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Alicia Keys and Canada’s Indigenous Movement Share Human Rights Award

Alicia Keys and Canada’s Indigenous Movement Share Human Rights Award

By Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys speaks during a news conference prior to receiving an Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International recognizing those who have shown exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights in Montreal, Saturday, May 27, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

MONTREAL – American recording artist and humanitarian Alicia Keys believes a change is coming, as people in both Canada and the United States wake up to the fight against inequality and injustice.

“There’s a veil that’s lifted so we’re not able to say anymore, ‘I didn’t know that,'” she said Saturday in Montreal, where she was honoured for her activism.

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Red Cross Official Says Fentanyl a Risk; First-Aiders Can Say No to CPR

Red Cross Official Says Fentanyl a Risk; First-Aiders Can Say No to CPR

By Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press

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A Canadian Red Cross official says he sympathizes with a Manitoba postal worker who refused to perform CPR on a woman he feared might have overdosed on fentanyl.

“I can’t imagine the feeling that he or she was going through, knowing that they could have or wanted to help, yet they were more fearful for themself in that case,” said Don Marentette, the agency’s director of first-aid programs.

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Alberta Kidnapping Victim in South Carolina Jumps Through Glass Window

Alberta Kidnapping Victim in South Carolina Jumps Through Glass Window

By The Canadian Press

Fred Russell Urey
Fred Russell Utey is shown in this undated handout image provided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. Police in the United States say an Alberta woman being held against her will in a trailer in South Carolina jumped through a plate glass window to escape as officers surrounded the location. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Pickens County Sheriff’s Office)

Police in the United States say an Alberta woman being held against her will in a trailer in South Carolina jumped through a plate glass window to escape as officers surrounded the location.

They say the woman, described only as being between the age of 18 and 25, flew to Atlanta last week for what she believed was a modelling job.

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Winnipeg Author Katherena Vermette Wins $40,000 Amazon.ca First Novel Award

Winnipeg Author Katherena Vermette Wins $40,000 Amazon.ca First Novel Award

By The Canadian Press

Katherena Vermette
Katherena Vermette (HANDOUT)

TORONTO — Winnipeg writer Katherena Vermette has added to her growing list of accolades with top honours from the Amazon.ca First Novel Award.

The award-winning Metis author received the $40,000 grand prize for “The Break” (House of Anansi) at a ceremony held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto on Thursday night.

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Families of Missing, Murdered Women Urge Critics to Get Behind National Inquiry

Families of Missing, Murdered Women Urge Critics to Get Behind National Inquiry

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

Bernie Williams
Sexual abuse victim Bernie Williams is pictured in downtown Vancouver, B.C. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. Williams, who has spent more than 30 years on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside raising awareness about missing and murdered indigenous women, is urging families to keep faith in the process. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

OTTAWA – Bernie Williams says she and other indigenous women have already been to hell and back — and now is not the time to give up on a national public inquiry they’ve spent decades fighting for.

Williams, a long-time women’s advocate from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, is among family members of missing and murdered women raising their voices in defence of the commission as it faces a stream of criticism from activists and indigenous leaders.

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CBC Planning to Roll Out Reinvented ‘The National’ in October

CBC Planning to Roll Out Reinvented ‘The National’ in October

By Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press

Peter Mansbridge
Peter Mansbridge, CBC News chief correspondent, speaks during the CBC upfront showcasing the CBC 2017-18 fall/winter lineup in Toronto on May 24, 2017. As Peter Mansbridge prepares to bid farewell to “The National,” the CBC’s flagship news program is looking to possibly enlist multiple hosts to fill his permanent spot at the anchor desk. “We want it to be a show around active journalists,” Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News said in an interview during the network’s upfront presentation. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

TORONTO – As Peter Mansbridge prepares to bid farewell to “The National,” the CBC’s flagship news program is looking to possibly enlist multiple hosts for the anchor desk.

“We want it to be a show around active journalists,” Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News, said in an interview.

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Justice Minister’s Father Calls Missing, Murdered Women Inquiry ‘Bloody Farce’

Justice Minister’s Father Calls Missing, Murdered Women Inquiry ‘Bloody Farce’

By The Canadian Press

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Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale, left to right, Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould, during a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday, April 13, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

OTTAWA – Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s father is calling the national public inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women a “bloody farce.”

Bill Wilson, a hereditary chief, says the commissioners have “failed miserably.”

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‘Bittersweet’ Day for Ex-RCMP Women as Sex-Harassment Lawsuit Nears End

‘Bittersweet’ Day for Ex-RCMP Women as Sex-Harassment Lawsuit Nears End

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press

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Retired RCMP officers Linda Davidson (left) and Janet Merlo share a laugh outside Federal Court in Toronto on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Davidson and Merlo were representative plaintiffs in a class-action suit against the RCMP on behalf of sexually harassed female employees. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel)

TORONTO – Two women who endured years of sexual harassment as RCMP employees expressed mixed emotions as a landmark class-action suit against the force edged Wednesday toward final court approval.

Speaking after a settlement hearing, the women expressed hope their long battle would pave the way for a more hospitable RCMP workplace.

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