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Two for Trudeau: Manitoba Association for Rights & Liberties

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What are the top two human rights issues that Justin Trudeau needs to address? TWO LIBERAL PLATFORM WISHES? MAKE THAT THREE. I found it virtually impossible to select only two of the platform promises that the Liberal party should address immediately. It was because of the question that I asked myself,”Which Liberal campaign promises would alleviate the most pressing human crisis that we are facing not only as a nation but internationally as well?” With that question in mind three …

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Two for Trudeau: Institute for International Women’s Rights Manitoba

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What are the top two human rights issues that Justin Trudeau needs to address? For me, the two human rights issues that the new Trudeau government needs to address would be the pervasive and continuing violence against women in Canada, particularly those involving Indigenous women and girls, and secondly the need to address access to clean drinking water for many living in Canada’s First Nation’s communities. The human right to live a life free from violence is not secure for …

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Two for Trudeau: Global College

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What are the top two human rights issues that Justin Trudeau needs to address? Pick the two top fundamental human rights issues the new Trudeau government should address? Yikes! Actually, a domestic choice is easy. There is no greater stain on the history of Canada than the way indigenous people have been treated over the centuries. There is no greater current challenge for our wealthy, highly-developed country than the maddeningly complex factors that lock people in situations where they are …

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Two for Trudeau: Council of Canadians

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What are the top two human rights issues that Justin Trudeau needs to address? Council of Canadians – Winnipeg Chapter is engaged on many social justice issues through our members’ collaboration with other groups. Peace efforts, election reform, refugee support, trade justice, climate change, water protection, living wage – these are some of the issues that the new prime minister must address. Currently, two campaigns are the primary focus for our chapter, both informed by our growing understanding of Treaties, …

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Nominate a Manitoba youth who is making a difference in the community

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RE/MAX has partnered with Virgin 103.1 and BOB 99.9 to sponsor the ‘Future Forward’ contest in support of Macdonald Youth Services. As we know, many Manitoba youth are making worthwhile contributions to our community. Once monthly, Virgin 103.1 and BOB 99.9 will profile an inspiring youth in Manitoba, doing great things for their school, neighbourhood or city – and reward them with a $500 bursary in order to assist them in continuing or expanding their services. If you know a local …

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A Different Kind of Trick-or-Treating

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On Halloween, Derrek Bentley encourages high school students to trick-or-treat for clothing, non-perishable food items, or monetary donations instead of candy. This is one part of “A Homeless Night,” a project Bentley has organized for the past six years. The experiential project is designed to raise high school students’ awareness and understanding of homelessness in Winnipeg. Students learn about the complexities of homelessness, spend one night sleeping outside in a cardboard shelter, and volunteer at organizations that serve those who …

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Decision emphasizes that employer must avoid stereotypes and assumptions about addiction

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A Government-appointed human rights adjudicator found that a woman was discriminated against by her employer, the Northern Regional Health Authority, because it could not demonstrate that it had reasonably accommodated her disability-related needs. After reporting to work smelling like alcohol on one occasion, the woman was suspended.  Although she admitted to struggling with alcohol use and was willing to seek treatment, the employer refused to let her return to work unless she agreed to abstain entirely from alcohol.    Initially she …

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Building Community: A Walking School Bus Story

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As part of the team here at Green Action Centre in the Active and Safe Routes to School Program, I am often asked if I have any experience with my own three children in getting them to walk to school every day. My answer is that yes, I walk my own kids to school on a daily basis,  and since 2007 my wife and I have run a Walking School Bus for many of the children in our neighbourhood. I …

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Winnipeg’s Local Inclusion Summit #OURSUMMITWPG

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On September 17th and 18th, 2015, Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman will be hosting the “Mayors National Summit on Racial Inclusion”. This is a good idea. Earlier this year, Macleans magazine wrote an article “Welcome to Winnipeg, where Canada’s racism problem is at its worst”. This article was written based on the experience that Indigenous people in this city face. The mayors racial inclusion summit is being done to repair the cities image. Rightfully so. I have had the opportunity to …

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Mentoring for Board Leadership

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Spark match! Food Matters Manitoba’s Lissie Rappaport has been matched with Peg City Car Co-op Board President Liz Dykman in a twist on our usual mentoring match. Over the last few months, Lissie has taken on leadership of theWinnipeg Foodshare Co-op‘s Board of Directors. She wanted to make sure she does the best she can in the role, so she reached out to Spark for a Board Chair mentoring match. Our work is usually focused on enhancing the capacity of …

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Global Health Challenges: Ebola and Infectious Diseases – Politics at the Pub Report

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By Natalia Ivaniv As the closing event to this year’s Politics at the Pub speakers’ series, CIC Winnipeg welcomed Dr. James Strong M.D., head of Diagnostics & Therapeutics, Special Pathogens Program at the Public Health Agency of Canada, who spoke on the challenges of global infectious diseases, with special focus on the most recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, where he was directly engaged. As a member of the World Health Organization and the Global Outbreak Alert & Response Network, …