Winnipeg Human Rights News: October 22nd-28th, 2017

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In this week’s news, Pallister finally reveals his climate plan (although it’s missing key details), the National Homelessness conference takes place in Winnipeg, a man just wants to die, the letter bomber trial and Kelvin high school murder trial are underway, and much more.

Missing Persons Alert

Update: Kierra Hather has been found safe.

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.

Ethan Sumner

Oakbank RCMP are asking Winnipeggers to keep an eye out for a “vulnerable, at-risk youth” who might be in the city. Ethan Sumner, 17, was reported missing on Thursday at about 10:20 p.m., the Mounties say. He was then spotted a few hours later near Vimy Ridge Memorial Park on Portage Avenue. He has not been seen since.

The teen is described as five feet five inches tall, 145 pounds, with brown eyes and dark hair. He was last seen wearing cargo shorts, a dark shirt and a cream-coloured toque. He also might be wearing a camo-coloured hoodie. Sumner is known to hang around on Selkirk Avenue near Salter street. Anyone with information is asked to call the Oakbank RCMP at 204-444-3391.

Taya GuimondTaya Guimond

Police in Powerview, Man., are asking for the public’s help finding a missing 16-year-old girl. Taya Guimond was last seen in Powerview Oct. 2 and RCMP believe she may now be in Winnipeg or Selkirk.

Guimond is described as being 5’3″ tall, with a heavier build, brown eyes and straight, shoulder-length black hair. Police are concerned for Guimond’s well-being and ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call Powerview RCMP at 204-367-8728.

Donald King

Winnipeg police are looking for a senior who hasn’t been seen in a week. Police sayDonald King, 63, was last seen on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 3 in Windsor Park. Officers are concerned for his well-being.

King is six feet one inches tall and has a slim build and short white hair with stubble on his face. He was last seen wearing glasses with dark rims, a black sweater, blue jeans, grey shoes, a plaid scarf and a tan satchel.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Winnipeg Police Service’s Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250.

Pam Sandhupam-sandhu

Winnipeg police are asking for the public’s help tracking down a missing 23-year-old woman. Pam Sandhu was last seen in the South Pointe area of Winnipeg Tuesday evening.

Sandhu is 5’6″ tall, 154 lbs., with long brown hair. Police say they are concerned about Sandhu’s well-being. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call police at 204-986-6250.

 

Poverty & Community Outreach

National Homelessness Conference in Winnipeg
  • ‘Dire’ problem of Indigenous homelessness focus of national conference in Winnipeg: CBCAPTN News
  • Delegates challenged to find solutions at conference on ending homelessness: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Front-line workers voice frustration at conference on ending homelessness: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Bonfire offers warmth as experts confront chilling facts of homelessness: CBC
  • Feds propose $40-billion strategy to end homelessness: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Seeking homelessness solutions in a supportive setting: Winnipeg Free Press
  • More than talk needed: Homelessness conference misses chance for real action:CBC

Gender & Sexuality

  • Program of acceptance a life-saver for LGBTTQ* youth: Winnipeg Free Press
  • ‘Be informed’: Global advisor from UN Women talks about sexual violence in WinnipegCBC
  • ‘I have led women on, I’ve cheated’: One man’s #IHave storyCBC
  • Finally, workplace abuse under fire: Winnipeg Free Press

Disability

  • Nowhere to go for Winnipeg man who lost legs in train accident after hospital discharge: CBC

Refugees & Race

 

Environment

  • New chemical cocktails found in Hudson Bay polar bearsCBC
  • Environmentalists, hog industry clash: Winnipeg Free Press
Manitoba’s Carbon Plan

Health

  • Health Canada knew of massive gaps in First Nations child health care, documents show: CBC
  • Mental health advocates fear review will prompt bed closures in Manitoba: CBC
  • No health-care premium for Manitoba in 1st term, premier says: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • WRHA posts negative net assets of $21.2 millionWinnipeg Free Press
  • ‘I feel totally abandoned’: Manitoba woman waiting for knee surgery: CBC
  • Most outpatient physio service ends Nov. 24, WRHA says: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Province alerting schools, daycares as mumps outbreak growsWinnipeg Free Press
  • Addressing a need for support: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Early results in health transformation ‘promising,’ authority says: CBC
  • Health-care changes have cut wait times, improved care, WRHA and health minister say: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Custom-trained service dog ‘has given me freedom,’ says polio survivor: CBC
Crystal Meth in Winnipeg
  • Winnipeg: A city wide awake on crystal methCBC
  • Manitoba can, and should, do better for those fighting addictionCBC
  • Winnipeg’s 1st Crystal Meth Anonymous group launches to support those battling addiction: CBC
Delayed Access to Assisted Death
  • Province’s assisted dying team, Misericordia clash over elderly man’s request to end his lifeWinnipeg Free Press
  • Waiting to die: Winnipeg man says faith based hospital delayed access to assisted deathCBC
  • A call to action to ease the affliction of lonelinessWinnipeg Free Press
  • Winnipeg man receives assisted-death assessment after concerns faith-based hospital caused delay: CBC

Indigenous

  • Family of woman, 21, killed in Winnipeg shooting embark on 4-day honour walk: CBC
  • Wondering how to get involved in reconciliation? Start by asking yourself these 5 questions: CBC
  • Indigenous population growing rapidly, languages surging: census: CBC
  • Manitoba’s Indigenous population growth most noticeable among children: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Indigenous leaders’ names floated for Supreme Court: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Formerly homeless Métis scholar rewrites the definition of Indigenous homelessness: CBC
  • Program flying in northern First Nation kids to Bomber games expanded: CBC
  • Sixties Scoop survivors on path to healing: CBC
  • 60s Scoop survivors take to the streets of Winnipeg: APTN News
  • APTN Investigates: Reliving Indian and Inuit Tuberculosis SanatoriumsAPTN News
  • Winnipeg based company teaching communities how to grow healthy foodAPTN News
  • Member of Parliament gives Cree speech that his colleagues didn’t understand:APTN News
  • A look at a fire keeper who helped provide a space for healingAPTN News

Justice & Crime

  • Transit union says assaults on drivers will spike if Winnipeg reopens Portage and Main to pedestrians: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • RCMP employee blows whistle on lead contamination risk from firing range:CBC
  • Breathalyzer delay for officer charged in fatal hit-and-run raises questions, former cop says: CBC
  • Probe into hit and run is a chance for justice to be doneWinnipeg Free Press
  • Sexual abuse victim says teachers’ society threatening licence suspension for speaking publicly: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Winnipeg firefighter accused of sex assault released on bail: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Doctor faces sex-assault chargeWinnipeg Free Press
  • ‘He completely violated me‘: Winnipeg student talks about alleged assault by doctor: CBC
  • Man, woman wanted in Winnipeg shooting deathCBC
  • ‘Very little is actually being done’: Corrections Canada funded just 7 FASD assessments last year: CBC
In the Courts
  • Thomas Hanaway charged with personating police for 9th timeCBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Accused in murder trial hid drugs before calling 911, says witness: CBC
  • Kelvin High School murder trial begins: CBC
  • Jury reviewing video footage in case of stabbed teenager: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Ex-girlfriend testifies slain teen wasn’t violentWinnipeg Free Press
  • Murder victim’s ex-girlfriend regrets not telling a teacher before fightCBC
  • Manitoba seeks to free up courts with faster, cheaper divorce option: Globe & Mail 
Letter Bomber Trial
  •  Gruesome details colour start of trial of accused bomber Guido Amsel:CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Evidence contamination not possible, officer testifies during letter bomb trial: Winnipeg Free Press 
  • Note instructed lawyer to push button on recording device with bomb inside, attempted murder trial told: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Officer’s evidence-handling in focus at accused bomber’s trial: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Guido Amsel’s lawyers attack police’s collection of evidenceCBC
  • Defence chips away at police testimony: Winnipeg Free Press

Politics

Federal
Provincial
  • Organized crime will get edge on legalized pot, Manitoba premier says: CBC
  • Pallister won’t say if income test in the cards for property-tax credit: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Job losses in northern Manitoba could reach 1,500 in next 3 years: Briefing note:CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Uber, taxi industry take fight over ride-sharing bill to committeeCBC
  • Uber ready, waiting for WinnipegWinnipeg Free Press
  • Tuition hike ‘worst attack on students in 20 years‘: Winnipeg Free Press
  • From freeze to squeeze: Higher tuition puts pressure on Manitoba’s students:CBC
  • Province should slash communications budget, staff consultant says: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Pallister lashes out after NDP re-hires chief of staffWinnipeg Free Press
  • Manitoba among leaders in plans for legal pot, Pallister says; ‘that doesn’t mean I like it’: Winnipeg Free Press
  • House Speaker chides Fletcher for revealing legislature evacuation security detailsWinnipeg Free Press
  • Tories have no plan to lift NDP moratorium on school closures: Winnipeg Free Press
Local
  • Council advised to settle lawsuit over condo project before Coun. Browaty testifies: CBC
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