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Jukasa News Update – Monday, March 4, 2019


Environmentalists and opposition politicians say the Ontario government’s review of endangered species laws could open the door to weakened protections and development of key habitats.
The concerns are being raised days before the province is set to stop accepting comments on an examination of the Endangered Species Act.
The Progressive Conservative government says the act _ implemented over a decade ago _ hasn’t accomplished what it needs to on a number of fronts.

Federal Justice Minister David Lametti is publicly musing about whether Canada should consider separating the offices of its attorney general and its minister of justice in the wake of the SNC-Lavalin controversy.
As part of her explosive testimony to the House of Commons justice committee earlier this week, Jody Wilson-Raybould said she believes there is merit in the committee studying splitting the roles of attorney general and justice minister.
The justice minister has major lawmaking responsibilities, while the attorney general is an independent legal officer with a duty to keep partisan concerns out of those decisions.

Ontario is gathering feedback on legislation aimed at eliminating the gender wage gap, including asking businesses how onerous pay transparency reporting would be.
The Progressive Conservative government paused implementation last year of a law from the previous Liberal government that would require more openness in the workplace about pay equity.
Based on the most recent data from Statistics Canada, women earn about 71 cents for every dollar that men earn.

New legislation was tabled Thursday in the House of Commons that seeks to affirm the right of Indigenous Peoples to have jurisdiction over child welfare in their communities.
The main purpose of the bill is to stop the over-representation of Indigenous children in foster care _ a situation that has become so dire in Canada it has been described as a humanitarian crisis. Currently, Indigenous children account for 52.2 per cent of children in foster care in private homes, according to 2016 census data.
First Nations, Inuit and Metis leaders applauded the new bill as a turning point in Indigenous Peoples’ right to self-determination and reconciliation.

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