Winnipeg Human Rights News: November 19th-25th, 2017

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There are 10 people missing right now potentially in Winnipeg. Also in this week’s news, Canada announces a housing strategy, Manitoba gets a failing grade for child poverty, Winnipeg raises transit prices, the CMHR is called out for one particular exhibit, and much more.

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).

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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

  • New housing strategy to build 80K affordable rental units for Canadians ‘feeling the pinch’: CBC
  • Coalition demands plan for child povertyWinnipeg Free Press
  • They’ve got hope in the bagWinnipeg Free Press
  • Calling all crocheters: Group wants to turn plastic shopping bags into mats for homelessCBC
  • Door opens on first Habitat home from Jimmy Carter visit: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Giving away Jets ticket turns into ‘Pay it Forward’ projectCBC
  • Manitoba gets failing grade for ‘nightmare’ rates of child povertyCBC
  • Homeless to Hall of Fame: Artist commissioned to paint Winnipeg Jets portraits:CBC
  • Anti-poverty groups, municipal leaders gather in Ottawa on eve of national housing strategyWinnipeg Free Press
  • Liberals detail $40B for 10-year national housing strategy, introduce Canada Housing Benefit: CBC
  • Trudeau says housing is a human right — what does that mean exactly?: CBC
  • Dad living in cockroach-infested public housing dreams of better home whennational funding comes in 2020CBC
  • Wanted: New home for West Broadway soup kitchenCBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • City shows off security shields for transit buses; union objects to ‘photo op’: Winnipeg Free PressCBC
  • Summers’ light shines at Spence centreWinnipeg Free Press
  • Winnipeg outreach program gives people with mental illness jobs and purpose:CBC
  • Filling homes and heartsWinnipeg Free Press
  • Tragedies help spark stunning turnaroundWinnipeg Free Press
  • Underfunded school serving children chili from food bank for breakfast, MLA alleges: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Building momentum: Re-integration program for former inmates gets gov’t fundingWinnipeg Free PressCBC
  • Passion for justice: Public Interest Law Centre looks back on 35 years of fighting for the voiceless: CBC

Gender & Sexuality

  • Ottawa to apologize for persecuting LGBT public servantsCBC
  • Manitoba doctors to see $100K grant to improve maternal, fetal health in Kenya:CBC
  • 3 women groped on their way to work near Health Sciences Centre:CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Pride Winnipeg rethinking festival date change decision: CBC

Refugees & Race

  • Syrian family grateful for new life in Winnipeg despite struggles: CBC
  • CMHR faces calls to remove Myanmar leader Suu Kyi from exhibit: CBC

Health

  • Low-cost physio programs fill void ahead of health cutsWinnipeg Free Press
  • ‘It was a sad day’: Surgeon waves goodbye to St. Boniface hand therapy: CBC
  • More health-care administration cuts coming, minister warns: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Care home cuts blasted by Opposition: Winnipeg Free Press
  • ‘It is manageable’: Winnipeg personal care homes dealing with one-time funding cut: CBC
  • Health-care funding should go to where patients go, not to where they live, study suggests: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Clinic closure causing worry for clients: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Klinic to close Transcona drop-in counselling programCBC
  • CancerCare program offers hope for hopeless young patientsWinnipeg Free Press
  • Auditor general blasts Indigenous dental-services initiativeWinnipeg Free Press
  • ‘We’re not part of the plan:’ Doctor wants Manitoba to take over Kenora’s health-care planning: CBC

Indigenous

  • Ottawa urged to compensate MétisWinnipeg Free Press
  • Remains from 145 Indigenous ancestors in storage at University of Winnipeg:CBC
  • Winnipeg woman searches for child whose heritage was hidden when she gave him up in 1979: CBC
  • Another lawyer quits MMIWG inquiry as resignations, firings mount: CBC
  • Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival puts young Indigenous filmmakers in the spotlight: CBC

Justice & Crime

  • Manitoba homicide rates almost twice the national averageWinnipeg Free Press
  • Clients, employees of Shut Ur Pie Hole say they got burned by Winnipeg bakery:CBC
  • Emily Cablek breaks silence on children’s abduction, domestic violence: CBC
  • Winnipeg man charged with illegally acting as immigration consultant: CBC
  • Hit-run victim’s family disappointed accused did not make court appearance:CBC
Crime
  • Teen involved in large fight before Valley Gardens stabbing, police say: CBC
  • Accused in fatal highway collision had mental health system involvementCBC
  • Winnipeg store owner gets 5 years for plotting to murder business partnerCBC
  • Months-long search for suspect ends peacefullyWinnipeg Free Press
  • Winnipeg police arrest man wanted for arson, attempted murder and sexual assaultCBC
  • Chief medical examiner calls inquest into death of Stony Mountain inmate:CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • 4 arrested after series of robberies, carjackings in Winnipeg: CBC
  • Winnipeg police arrest 19-year-old in series of online ad-related robberies: CBC
In the Courts
  • Vic Toews drops challenge of conflict ruling: Winnipeg Free PressCBC
  • Charged cop not present for brief court hearing in fatal hit-and-run case: Winnipeg Free Press
  • ‘I have no defence’: Mountie recounts theft of gun used to shoot teen: CBC
  • Former Anglican priest says sexual relationship with parishioner was consensualCBC
Letter Bombing Trial
  • Ex-wife to testify in Guido Amsel mail-bombing trial: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • ‘A firecracker pop’: Lawyer Maria Mitousis recounts opening exploding package sent to her office: Winnipeg Free Press
  • ‘I knew I was bleeding:’ Lawyer who lost hand in letter-bomb blasttestifies: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Handwriting on suspicious package ‘seemed similar’ to Guido Amsel’s, ex-wife testifies: CBC
  • Mail bomb victim Maria Mitousis hesitated before opening ‘weird’ packageCBC
  • Bombing victim shows grace, courage during testimony: Winnipeg Free Press
Cop Accused of Harassment

Politics

Federal
Provincial
  • Throne speech preview: Amended legislation would help foster parents become guardiansWinnipeg Free Press
  • Smarter kids, more daycare expected in PC throne speech: CBC
  • Manitoba throne speech promises public service transformation, changes to health care and child welfare: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Winnipeg’s biggest priorities absent from provincial throne speech: mayor: CBC
  • Children’s Advocate getting ready for growing responsibilitiesWinnipeg Free Press
  • Will Pallister show us what he’s made of?: Winnipeg Free Press
Local
  • Winnipeg fire chief on hot seat at labour hearing: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Concerns voiced at public hearingWinnipeg Free Press
  • Union wants nearly $600,000 from city for ignoring workplace respect rules: Winnipeg Free PressCBC
  • Councillor frustrated by lack of action on call to improve sidewalk snow clearing:CBC
  • MLA Fletcher joins Coun. Dobson in opposing addictions-recovery centre in west Winnipeg: CBC
  • South Osborne neighbours pack meeting on boarded-up Rubin BlockCBC
  • Winnipeg budget 2018: Bus fares and parking fees up, infrastructure spendingdown: CBC
  • 25 cent bus fare hike, route cuts will hurt Winnipeg’s poor, advocates warn: CBC
  • Transit union to city: Use smaller buses or Uber-like apps instead of cutting service: CBC
  • Overcrowded buses push Winnipeg Transit rider to call out mayor over service cuts, fare hike: CBC
  • Bowman’s budget receives range of reactionsWinnipeg Free Press
  • A pain in the budget: Bowman makes good on threats to cut services in 2018Winnipeg Free Press
  • Winnipeg’s Proposed 2018 Budget in Seven Graphics: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Charleswood corridor questions go unaskedWinnipeg Free Press
  • Second public works official quits in wake of Charleswood roadway controversy: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Bowman refuses to comment on staff departures in the fallout of south Charleswood corridor plan: Winnipeg Free Press
Churchill
  • ‘Never a dull moment’: Lawsuit, NAFTA claim, Fairfax partnership spur optimism, tension in Churchill: CBC
  • Industry pulling up stakesWinnipeg Free Press 
  • NDP’s complaint basis of Omnitrax railway probe: Winnipeg Free Press

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