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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

Ralph Goodale - Jody Wilson-Raybould - Jane Philpott
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

Linda Davidson - Janet Merlo
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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Are 30-Somethings Earning More Than Their Parents? StatCan Study Says Yes

Are 30-Somethings Earning More Than Their Parents? StatCan Study Says Yes

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

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OTTAWA – A new study from Statistics Canada appears to suggest that 30- and 40-something Canadians are more likely to live the American dream of earning more than their parents than their counterparts south of the border.

The research released Tuesday by the national statistics office found that overall, Canadian children who turned 30 and 40 between 2000 and 2014, earned more than their parents did at the same age.

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Federal Benefits Workers Told to Stay Offline When Vetting Applications

Federal Benefits Workers Told to Stay Offline When Vetting Applications

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

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OTTAWA – Federal workers whose job it is to determine whether someone is eligible for employment, disability or seniors’ benefits have been told to stop being amateur sleuths by searching the Facebook profiles of applicants.

The order came after senior officials learned that staff were logging on to social media websites to check on any suspicions they had with someone’s application for Canada Pension Plan disability benefits.

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Former Cabinet Minister Vic Toews Challenges Conflict Ruling in Federal Court

Former Cabinet Minister Vic Toews Challenges Conflict Ruling in Federal Court

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

Vic Toews
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews listens to a speaker during a news conference in the Foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Toews, who is now a judge in Manitoba, is being investigated after the federal ethics commissioner ruled he violated conflict-of-interest rules shortly after leaving politics. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

OTTAWA – Former cabinet minister Vic Toews says ethics commissioner Mary Dawson made findings that are “inaccurate and inconsistent with the evidence” in ruling that he violated conflict-of-interest provisions.

In an application filed Wednesday with the Federal Court of Canada to have Dawson’s April ruling thrown out, Toews also says he was unable to properly respond to the accusations because witnesses were barred from speaking to him.

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