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By Jeremy Warren, The StarPhoenix, September 2, 2015
The man who admitted defrauding the Whitecap Dakota First Nation of millions of dollars jammed a cooler with $143,000 in $100 bills, owned a storage locker filled with shoes worth around $200,000, and once spent $700 just on socks.
Details — along with new allegations by the defence — emerged Wednesday in Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench at sentencing for Hugo Edgardo Gallegos, the accountant who pleaded guilty last month to two counts each of theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000, a charge of laundering the proceeds of crime and a charge of possession of the proceeds of crime.
By Kate Kyle, CBC News, June 25, 2015
Aboriginal prisoners are overrepresented in Canada’s federal prisons and waiting longer for parole, according to new numbers from the Public Safety Ministry, which is responsible for corrections.
Federal offenders are first eligible for parole after serving one-third of their sentences, but their release isn’t guaranteed. Read the rest of this entry
CBC News, May 27, 2015
The number of aboriginal women in Canadian prisons is on the rise, according to the federal prison watchdog and the Native Women’s Association of Canada wants justice officials to do something about it.
Women of aboriginal decent now make up more than 35 per cent of the female prison population, Howard Sapers, Correctional Investigator of Canada, told CBC News this week. Aboriginal women represent about four per cent of the general population. Read the rest of this entry
by Warrior Publications, Feb 14, 2015
During the nation-wide actions to “Shutdown Canada” on Feb 13, 2015, the largest turnout was in Vancouver, BC, where over 100 people blocked a main entrance to the Port of Vancouver. The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) deployed a couple dozen cops to the action, mostly members of the Public Safety Unit (PSU) in soft tac mode (baseball caps, no armour). This is fairly routine in Vancouver, where the PSU is frequently deployed for protests. Read the rest of this entry
John Ivison, National Post, May 1, 2013
Mankind is at a crossroads, Woody Allen once quipped: “One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.”
Canada’s relations with its aboriginal people are also at a crossroads but, fortunately, one of the potential paths forward promises a more auspicious outcome than Mr. Allen’s doomsday scenario. Read the rest of this entry
by Anonymous, Vancouver Media Coop, November 27, 2012
Perhaps more than at any other time in its history, the Canadian state has invested its future in a single massive industrial project. The Tar Sands (1) is increasingly the driver of Canada’s economy, a symbol of its national identity, and central to how it seeks to position itself globally in the future. As pipeline projects advance across the continent, there is a pressing need for us to understand how, in opposing the transportation of Tar Sands oil, we have an unparalleled opportunity to disrupt the capitalist political system in this country. This is especially important in Ontario, where presently the movement against the pipelines is weakest. Read the rest of this entry
It’s not a trick – and for would-be masked rioters, it’s no treat, either.
While tens of thousands of children are putting the final touches on Halloween costumes and masks, the House of Commons has approved a bill banning people from hiding their faces during riots.
The private member’s legislation, Bill C-309, is the brainchild of Alberta Conservative backbencher Blake Richards. Read the rest of this entry
By Alexandra Paul, Winnipeg Free Press, October 12, 2012
The rising number of aboriginal women behind bars in Canada is “nothing short of a crisis,” yet Ottawa pays little more than lip service to public calls for change, concludes a new study prepared for Public Safety Canada. Read the rest of this entry