Winnipeg Human Rights News: August 7th-12th

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In this week’s news, the 2020 Outgames are out, Parker land protests continue, an Indigenous man receives a rude awakening by a transit driver, questions remain about Pallister’s communication while in Costa Rica and much more.

Missing Persons Alert

Update: Sherrie Garson has been found safe.

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Oakbank RCMP are looking for a 16-year-old girl who was last seen July 31 early in the morning on Balmoral Street.

Dakota Hunter is described by RCMP as aboriginal in appearance, five-foot-eight and weighing 140 pounds with brown eyes, long brown hair and a red birthmark on the front of her neck. She was last seen wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, black capri pants and sandals and carrying a black backpack.

She is known to frequent locations around the University of Winnipeg and The Forks.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Oakbank RCMP at 204-444-3391 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. Secure tips can be submitted online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com, and tips can be sent over text message by sending “TIPMAN” and a message to 274637.

Scott Hadath

Scott HadathThe family of a Winnipeg man who has been missing since Monday is desperate to find their loved one who disappeared after getting off work. “We’re very distraught right now,” Robert Hadath told CBC Thursday.His brother Scott Hadath has been missing since Monday afternoon when he got off work around 3 p.m. from his job at Canadian Tire on Fermor Avenue. Winnipeg police and Manitoba RCMP are now searching for the missing 39-year-old.

“This is just not something that you’d expect from Scott,” his brother said. “It’s just out of character for him, so we have no idea what to think at this point.” He’s very reliable.” Hadath, who lives with his mother in the Windsor Park area of Winnipeg, said family started to get worried after his brother didn’t show up for work on Tuesday and they couldn’t get in touch with him on his cellphone.
“Generally if he would go out, he would go out maybe for a couple hours, right, and then he’d be back,” Hadath said. Hadath said friends and family have searched everywhere they can think Scott might be, including the Whiteshell area, where his family owns a cabin, and are desperate to find him. “It’s quite the emotional roller-coaster,” he said. Scott Hadath is described as 5-foot-10 with a heavy build, a beard and hazel eyes.

Scott Hadath is believed to be driving a 2015 black Mini Cooper with Manitoba licence plate HJB 662. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Winnipeg missing persons unit at 204-986-6250.

 

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A missing teen who was last seen being dropped off at a residence in Winnipeg is “extremely vulnerable” and at-risk for exploitation, police say.

Kamryn Greyeyes, 15, was last seen Tuesday evening. The teen is from the rural municipality of St. Laurent, but is known to frequent the area around Cathedral Avenue and Main Street in Winnipeg.

Kamryn Greyeyes, 15, was last seen on Tuesday night when she was dropped off at a residence in Winnipeg. (Winnipeg Police Service) She was last seen being dropped off at a home in the city.

“Kamryn is extremely vulnerable and at-risk for exploitation,” police wrote in a news release on Thursday. “She is known to associate with gang members.”

She is described as five feet five inches tall, about 120 pounds with long, dark hair. Police are extremely concerned for her well-being and ask for public assistance to locate her.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lundar RCMP at 204-762-5088 or call Manitoba Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. You can also submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).

 

Poverty & Community Outreach

  • ‘It’s not a part of me anymore’: Former gang member says tattoo removal will help his futureCBC
  • N.W.T. athletes get a taste of ‘Friendly Manitoba’ at Canada Summer Games: CBC
  • Eyes in the sky appear to help Winnipeg crack down on illegal dumpingCBC
  • Winnipeg Man Trying to Help Others Leave the Gang Life Becomes a Target:APTN News (video)
  • Social assistance irrelevant in eviction battle, Portage residents say: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Feds to help at-risk youth get job skills: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Search-and-rescue fundraiser keeps legacy aliveWinnipeg Free Press
  • Sisters dishing out selfless service with free meals: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Kiwanians grateful for chance to give back to community: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Acknowledging diversity — warts and all: CBC

Gender & Sexuality

  • Winnipeg pulls the plug on 2020 OutGamesCBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Gay man celebrates anniversary of blood donation rule change by rolling up his sleeve: CBC

Refugees & Race

  • ‘I feel like a dream’: Syrian refugee competes at Canada Summer Games for Team Manitoba: CBC
  • ‘This is a new life’: Winnipeg family buys 1st home, 5 years after arriving as refugees: CBC

Environment

  • Manitoba could get polluted water from U.S. after court ruling: CBC
  • Parker Lands developer unclear why protesters chose his property: CBC
  • Parker Lands protesters under surveillance, threatened with arrest by security firm: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Otterburne farm gets Manitoba’s biggest solar power installationCBC
  • Winnipeg’s bike trails getting 360-degree mapsCBC
  • Farmer about to flip the switch on largest solar-energy system in the province: Winnipeg Free Press

Health

  • Fentanyl crisis changes face of policing in Manitoba: CBC
  • Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre emergency room renovations to cost $765,000CBC
  • WestJet made homecoming for brain-injured grandson an ordeal, grandmother says: CBC
  • St. Boniface ER $3-M expansion may include chopper landing pad: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Back to school with mental illness: Winnipegger with schizophrenia to hit the books again: CBC
  • Winnipeg-raised doc debunks celebrity-endorsed women’s health myths:Winnipeg Free Press
  • Health-care jobs up in airWinnipeg Free Press
  • Few worry about Ebola lab in city: poll: Winnipeg Free Press

Indigenous

  • What does real reconciliation look like? University of Winnipeg students have some ideas: CBC
  • Processing her griefWinnipeg Free Press
  • Manitoba moves forward on Lake St. Martin flood mitigation: CBCAPTN News, Winnipeg Free Press
  • Team made up of residential school survivors recognized by Hockey Hall of Fame:CBC
  • More ’60s Scoop claimants may be included: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Free ride, rude awakeningWinnipeg Free Press
  • Study praises city schools for Indigenous educationWinnipeg Free Press
  • Program builds inner-city bridgesWinnipeg Free Press 
  • ‘No trust whatsoever’: Northern Manitoba community wants consultation, not action, on mine rehabilitation: CBC
  • Forest fire smoke prompts 285 to leave Poplar River First NationCBC
MMIWG Inquiry
  • MMIWG loses another key staffer as families slam ‘colonial’ inquiry process, demand hard reset: CBC
  • Front line worker says ‘immediate action’ needed to save MMIWG inquiry: APTN News
  • Missing, murdered Indigenous women and girls national inquiry loses its community relations directorAPTN NewsWinnipeg Free Press
  • Reset MMIWG national inquiry, Indigenous families tell Trudeau: APTN News

Justice

  • Nygard ignoring social responsibility to Cambodian garment workers, union says:CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Ex-Winnipeg detective details Sophonow’s wrongful conviction in new book:CBC
  • Man pointed loaded shotgun at family with 2-year-old: CBC
  • Teen sentenced for series of sexually deviant actions: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Winnipeg chef Rob Thomas acquitted of sexual assaultWinnipeg Free Press

Politics

Federal
Provincial
  • Wab Kinew pledges free tuition for kids aging out of care system: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Steven Fletcher says he’s received ‘huge support’ since ouster from PC party: CBC
  • Even apart, Fletcher and PCs are stuck togetherWinnipeg Free Press
  • Manitoba premier vows there were no leaks from use of wife’s email — but how does he know?: CBC
  • Pallister, punchlines and the problem that won’t go awayWinnipeg Free Press
  • Premier changes story about contact with staff while in Costa Rica: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Can’t hide forever in Costa Rica: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Premier defends work ethic in first interview since Costa Rica communications revelations: Winnipeg Free Press
  • ‘We could have done better,’ Manitoba premier admits over use of personal emails for government business: CBC
  • ‘Really disappointing’: Manitoba home improvement grant program axed: CBC
  • Riding association wants Steven Fletcher back in PC party: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Health cuts may include incontinence pads, blankets, washcloths: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Manitoba Housing evicting 18 families who haven’t paid rent since 1996: Winnipeg Free Press
Local
  • Striking airport union says temporary building unsafeCBC
Churchill

Disability

Cultural

  • Unofficial ‘Ghanaian pavilion’ protesting for LGBT rights in front of Folklorama sites: CBC

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