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Liberals repeal Conservative immigrant residency requirement targeting marriage fraud

Apr 25 2017 — Kathleen Harris — The Liberal government is repealing a measure brought in by the Conservatives that required newcomers to live with their sponsoring spouse for two years or face deportation. The conditional permanent residency status policy, which kicked in October 2012, was designed to clamp down on marriage fraud. But immigrant advocates said it had the effect of trapping some people […]

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Supreme Court to hear case on justice system delays

Apr 25 2017 — Kathleen Harris — The Supreme Court of Canada is hearing a case today that could ultimately fine tune an earlier ruling that’s been widely criticized for allowing people accused of a crime to walk free without trial. Provinces hope today’s case will give them more wiggle room when it comes to wrestling with clogged courts and chronic delays. […]

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Transgender inmate hopes to make history with transfer to women’s prison

Apr 23 2017 — Kathleen Harris — After nearly two decades of taunts, threats and physical abuse behind bars, Fallon Aubee hopes to become Canada’s first federal inmate to be placed in a prison based on gender identity rather than biological sex at birth. Aubee, who’s serving a life sentence at B.C.’s Mission Institution, has applied for a transfer to a women’s […]

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Federal government to test ‘name-blind’ hiring process

Apr 20 2017 — Kathleen Harris — The federal government is testing a name-blind recruitment process in an attempt to knock down barriers for job-seekers from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Treasury Board President Scott Brison said the pilot project will make the hiring process more fair and inclusive, and lead to a more diverse and strengthened federal public service. “This will benefit Canadians […]

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Airport privatization could hike costs and threaten security, Ambrose says

Mar 21 2017 — Kathleen Harris — A “botched” job of selling off Canada’s airports would be costly for travellers and could even threaten national security, interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose says. The government is studying the potential privatization of some of Canadian airports, but has not yet made any decision. On the eve of Wednesday’s federal budget, the Conservatives tabled an […]

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Supreme Court to hear ‘honour killing’ extradition case

Mar 19 2017 — Kathleen Harris — A long-running legal battle heads to the Supreme Court on Monday as two B.C. residents accused of arranging the honour-killing of a young relative in India continue to fight the federal government’s efforts to extradite them. Jaswinder (Jassi) Sidhu was found dead in a canal in India in 2000. India has been trying for years […]

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Prison watchdog sees sharp decline in use of solitary confinement

Mar 14 2017 — Kathleen Harris — Canada’s prison system is holding fewer inmates in solitary confinement, and for shorter periods of time. Correctional investigator Ivan Zinger released new figures today showing the number of admissions to segregation dropped in 2015-2016, a trend that has continued into this year. The average length of stay in solitary is also down, from an average […]

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Government moves to formally scrub abortion law from Canada’s Criminal Code

Mar 8 2017 — Kathleen Harris — The federal government is stripping seven outdated sections from Canada’s Criminal Code, including a provision banning abortion that was struck down nearly 30 years ago. The prohibition against abortion was found unconstitutional in the landmark Supreme Court ruling in favour of Dr. Henry Morgentaler in 1988, which determined the ban violated a woman’s right to […]

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Federal government to axe ‘zombie laws’ from Canada’s Criminal Code

Mar 7 2017 — Kathleen Harris — The federal government is moving to clean up Canada’s Criminal Code by stripping so-called “zombie laws” from the books. Criminal justice experts have been calling on Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to reform the code they say is filled with outdated laws, duplications and inconsistent language. She is scheduled to make an announcement at 3:30 p.m. […]

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Bob Paulson set to retire as RCMP commissioner

Mar 6 2017 — Kathleen Harris — Canada’s top Mountie is retiring, passing the torch to a new commissioner who will pick up the fight against systemic harassment, sexual abuse and discrimination in the national police force. RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson announced he will step down June 30 to focus on his family. Paulson’s retirement will come after 39 years of service, […]

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Liberals look at making skilled immigrant loans pilot project permanent

Mar 5 2017 — Kathleen Harris — A pilot Conservative project to loan money to help skilled immigrants land jobs in their field could be revived as a permanent program under the Liberal government. One of the biggest barriers for newly arrived doctors, dentists, engineers and high-tech professionals is coming up with the cash to pay for the required licensing fees, exams […]