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In the news today: Carolyn Bennett travels to Attawapiskat


 
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould looks on as Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett responds to a question during an announcement for a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women inquiry during a news conference in the Foyer of the House of Commons Tuesday December 8, 2015 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould looks on as Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett responds to a question during an announcement for a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women inquiry. (Adrian Wyld, CP)

Four stories in the news today:

INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS MINISTER TO VISIT ATTAWAPISKAT

The chief of a remote First Nation says he hopes a planned meeting with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett will be the beginning of real change for Attawapiskat. Increasing suicide attempts by youth in the community on James Bay prompted the northern Ontario First Nation to declare a state of emergency on April 9.

Related reading: The true tragedy of Attawapiskat 

ENTRAPMENT ARGUMENTS RESUME IN B.C. TERROR CASE

The entrapment trial resumes today for a British Columbia couple found guilty of terrorism who allege they were manipulated by police into plotting to blow up the provincial legislature. Last summer, a jury found John Nuttall and Amanda Korody guilty of planting what the pair believed were deadly pressure-cooker bombs on the legislature lawn in Victoria on Canada Day nearly three years ago.

Related reading: The self-radicalized terrorists next door 

DOES IT PAY TO LEAVE CANADA FOR TAX REASONS?

So you’re a wealthy Canadian whose tax bill is going up. Does it pay to leave the country? When media outlets reported last month that billionaire Murray Edwards is leaving Calgary for the United Kingdom, some saw it as proof that tax hikes for top earners are driving away the rich.

Related reading: Canada’s richest people: Murray Edwards 

CANADIANS LIKE THE QUEEN, BUT NOT HER SON: SURVEY

A recent survey suggests most Canadians are supportive of the Queen as the country’s monarch, but the same cannot be said for her heir, Prince Charles. To mark the sovereign’s 90th birthday on April 21, the Angus Reid Institute conducted a survey on Canadians’ views of the monarchy and its key players. The survey suggests that 64 per cent of Canadians support continuing to recognize Elizabeth as Queen, while only 46 per cent support Canada recognizing her heir, 67-year-old Prince Charles.

Related reading: Longer may she reign 


 
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  1. What’s missing in all these reports from the tragedy in Attiwapiskat is…where are the Chiefs? What are the local chiefs doing to help? Where is the National Chief responsible for First Nations. If the living conditions are so bad, why isn’t anything being done by the First Nations communities in other locations to help them out or perhaps relocate them? This crisis has been going on for decades and you can’t simply just blame federal and provincial governments over and over again. What government does and will continue to do is throw money at the problem in the hopes that it will all go away. It will not. Something has to be done from the FN community who have stood strangely silent.

    • According to the recent Supreme Court ruling, the federal government has quite specifically NOT been “throwing money” at First Nations. They’ve been chronically underfunded (compared to the rest of Canada) for decades.

  2. We are getting very frustrated with special interest groups like “Natives” forcing their agenda on all Canadians. Why are Canadians NOT all equal? As tax payers we are absolutely appalled at the latest “Metis are Natives” issue! Why are these groups approaching the government with their hands out expecting privilleges that we cannot get? Their current sence of entitlement is causing racism towards them. Common everyday Canadians are sick and tired of hearing about perceived abuses from the distant past…..GET OVER IT! Become a proud Canadian, stop whining and enjoy our great Country!

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