Winnipeg Human Rights News: November 12th-18th, 2017

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There are 10 people missing right now potentially in Winnipeg & turtle meets reindeer in this year’s Santa Claus Parade, a receptionist alleges sexual harassment by a doctor, a white nationalist is shut down in Winnipeg, and much more in this weeks’ news.

Missing Persons Alert

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Winnipeg police are asking for the public’s help to find a missing 23-year-old man.

Kyle Fortier was last seen in the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 8.

He’s five feet 10 inches tall and has a thin build, weighing about 110 or 120 pounds, police say. He has a goatee, brown or hazel-coloured eyes and short, medium-brown hair.

Fortier was wearing a navy blue hoodie, black jacket, blue jeans and brown runners the last time he was seen.

Police say they are concerned about Fortier. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250.

Norman Thompson
Winnipeg police have asked for help finding a missing teenage boy.

Norman Thompson, 15, last made contact with friends in the early hours of Nov. 10, police said. He’s described as five feet two inches tall and 120 pounds, with short dark hair. He was last seen wearing a green hoodie and dark blue sweat pants.

Winnipeg Police Service says it’s concerned about Thompson’s well-being. Anyone with information can call the missing persons unit at 204-986-6250.

Peri Ann Spenceperi-ann-spence
RCMP are asking the public for help locating a missing girl who they say is “extremely vulnerable and at risk for exploitation.”

Peri Ann Spence, 16, was reported last seen Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. when she left a residence on Pacific Avenue in Winnipeg, where she had been visiting friends.

Spence is described as five-foot-two and 119 pounds with long, straight black hair and brown eyes. She has been in contact with friends and family, but has not returned home, RCMP said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lundar RCMP at 204-762-5088 or Manitoba Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online or by texting “TIPMAN” plus a message to CRIMES (274637).

Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson

Winnipeg police are concerned about a missing 13-year-old girl and are asking for the public’s help to bring her home.

Pamela Anderson, 13, was last seen in Winnipeg’s West End on Oct. 25. She’s five feet five inches tall, with a medium build and long, reddish-brown hair.

Winnipeg police ask anyone who has seen her to contact the missing persons unit at 204-986-6250.

 

Serenity FlettSerenity Flett

Winnipeg police are asking for the public’s help in finding a 16-year-old girl who has been missing for almost three weeks.

Serenity Flett was last seen in East Kildonan on Oct. 10. Flett is described as Indigenous, 5-3, with a thin build, medium-length brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black and white shirt, black and white pants, black shoes, and carrying a black purse.

Police are concerned about Flett’s well-being and are asking anyone who knows where she is to call the 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Poverty & Community Outreach

  • Serving downtownWinnipeg Free Press
  • Local public forum to discuss Quebec face-covering billWinnipeg Free Press
  • U of M students think about ‘huge problems in the world‘ for Game Changer competition: CBC
  • House of Peace fundraising dinner expected to serve 1,000: CBC
  • Railway crossing where Ste. Anne girl died needs to be safer for cyclists: report:CBC
  • Mother-daughter duo fundraising to build prairie retreat for newcomers in Manitoba: CBC
  • Finding the right noteWinnipeg Free Press
  • Event focuses on violence against womenWinnipeg Free Press
  • Winnipeg’s Kurdish community raising money after earthquake: CBC
  • ‘Survival economy’: Winnipeg’s homeless struggling amid opioid crisis, lack of housing, say advocates: CBC
  • Handmade winter clothes donated to Winnipeg kids in need: CBC
  • Now it’s OK? How parents can explain and educate kids on legal potCBC
  • Single mom recovering from cancer to take in Jets game thanks to kind stranger:CBC
  • Turtle joins reindeer: Turtle Island creation story to be featured in Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade: CBC
  • Winnipeg teen’s comic about Viola Desmond wins Governor General’s award:CBC

Gender & Sexuality

  • ‘It’s scary out there’: Brandon women’s centre sees spike in domestic violence reportsCBC
  • Reporters tipped off collegeWinnipeg Free Press
  • Jazz prof Steve Kirby fired from Berklee College after U of M students share harassment complaints: CBC
  • Jazz pianist says Kirby’s bullying drove her from WinnipegWinnipeg Free Press
  • Hamiota teacher faces sexual exploitation of a young person after police investigate text messages: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Former receptionist alleges sexual harassment by Winnipeg doctor charged with sexual assault: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • The tipping point –– ‘until it’s not’: Winnipeg Free Press

Disability & Accessibility

  • Couple struggles with city to make home more accessible: CBC

Refugees & Race

Environment

Health

  • Organ donation a life-and-death matter: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Mistakes made,’ patient says: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Wait-list for kids’ dental surgery strikes nerve: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Deer Lodge Centre adds new beds for seniors with behavioural issues: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Chronic disease research space opens at Seven Oaks General Hospital: CBC
  • Task force recommends closure of 4 western Manitoba emergency roomsCBC
  • Theresa Oswald announced as Doctors Manitoba CEO: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Winnipeg teen who spoke out about depression, suicide says it helped her and others: CBC
  • Parents take emergency EpiPen cabinet idea to Winnipeg school board: CBC
  • Winnipeg school board will explore EpiPen cabinets for kids with allergies: CBC

Indigenous

  • 350-year-old woman helping to preserve Rocky Cree languageCBC
  • Canada Moves Closer to Gender Equity for Indigenous Women: NYTimes
  • ‘Disgusting’: Son of murdered Mountie angered by new film about his father, RCMP Const. Dennis Strongquill: CBC
  • 132 years after his execution, many Métis reject exonerating Louis RielCBC
  • Northern fires a political hot potato: Winnipeg Free Press
  • ‘Sick internal culture’ says fired staffer of MMIWG inquiry: CBCAPTN News
  • Families testifying at MMIWG inquiry say aftercare support is lackingCBC
  • MMIWG inquiry lacked family aftercare plan, HR staff, says fired health manager:CBC
  • 2 Yukon staff members resign from MMIWG inquiryAPTN News
  • Execution anniversary of Louis Riel inspires exhibit of rare, curious items: CBC
  • Nation To Nation: Metis leader expresses skepticism on Riel anniversaryAPTN News
  • Multiple surgeries, infection and a rare disorder: First Nations woman questions her care in ManitobaCBC, APTN News

Justice & Crime

Crime
  • Girl, 17, runs away after being offered ride in ‘suspicious’ incident, Winnipeg police say: CBC
  • Police investigating two Sunday night stabbingsWinnipeg Free Press
  • Man, 29, arrested after Winnipeg taxi robbed at gunpoint: CBC
  • Police investigating after man stabbed in Valley Gardens neighbourhood: CBC
  • University of Winnipeg ups security after campus stabbingsCBC
  • Bookkeeper sentenced to 15 months for stealing $292,000 from community clubWinnipeg Free Press
  • U.S. supplier accused of sending bogus invoices to Manitoba firmsWinnipeg Free Press
  • Man shot on Higgins in stable conditionWinnipeg Free Press
  • Man charged in crash that killed 68-year-old pedestrian: CBC
  • Man dies after being hit by Winnipeg Transit bus in downtown: CBC
  • Pedestrian ‘bounced about 10 feet’ in fatal Winnipeg Transit crash, witness says:CBC
  • Police seek witnesses after fatal bus collisionWinnipeg Free Press
  • ‘Tis the season for a spike in thefts from vehicles, Winnipeg police warn: CBC
  • Teacher arrested in texting caseWinnipeg Free Press
  • Manhunt ends in fatal shootingWinnipeg Free Press
  • ‘It’s hell,’ says mom of man shot dead after RCMP manhunt in Manitoba: CBC
  • ‘100 kilometres away from their backup’: RCMP association wants changes after prisoner overpowers lone officerWinnipeg Free Press
  • ‘Justice shouldn’t be decided based on where you live’: Report finds unequal access to legal servicesCBC
  • Charges to be reversed after Winnipeg family’s water shut off due to ex’s unpaid billCBC
In the Courts
  • Treasurer gets jail time for stealing nearly $300K from community clubCBC
  • Trial hits snag as accused refuses to waive lawyer-client privilegeWinnipeg Free Press 
  • Ex-lawyers’ testimony sought in bombing trial: Winnipeg Free Press 
  • Man pleads not guilty in shootingWinnipeg Free Press
  • Winnipeg man sentenced to 21 years for sexually exploiting underage girlsWinnipeg Free Press
  • Settlement reached in ‘sexually toxic workplace’ lawsuits against dealership:CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Controller who cheated hotel out of $134K spared jail: CBC
  • Jury acquits man in drug-trade killingCBC
  • Witness to random shooting was Facebook friends with alleged gunman, court hears: Winnipeg Free Press

Politics

Local
Churchill
  • Federal government set to sue Omnitrax over broken rail line to Churchill: CBC
  • Churchill rail line appears to be neither ‘critical’ nor ‘strategic’ to governments:CBC
  • Churchill residents hope community Christmas feast provides bright spot during tough times: CBC
  • Omnitrax threatens NAFTA challenge as Ottawa files lawsuit: CBC
  • Omnitrax, Ottawa trade multimillion-dollar legal punches over unrepaired Churchill rail line, port failure: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Largest challenge we ever faced’: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Feds drop hint of a forthcoming takeover of Hudson Bay Railway, port: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Town’s potential ignored: construction head: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Food on way to Churchill in name of five-year-old girl: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Toronto investment firm gets on board with Churchill port, northern rail purchase: CBC
  • New hope stirs in northern Manitoba after Fairfax joins groups to buy Churchill railway: CBC
  • OmniTRAX fights lawsuit with claim under NAFTA: APTN News
  • Ottawa suing OmniTRAX over Churchill rail: APTN News

Cultural

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