Jukasa News Update – Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Montreal police are to announce a new policy on street checks today, months after a damning independent report found evidence of systemic bias linked to race in who they decide to stop.
Last October, Police chief Sylvain Caron said he was humbled and alarmed by the numbers but stressed that it was a reflection of a lack of policy.
The authors crunched three years worth of police data to come up with their conclusions, which they stopped short of conclusively describing as racial profiling.
Street checks involve officers stopping a person and recording their information regardless of whether an offence has been committed.
The report last fall suggested that people from certain racialized groups were much more likely than others to be stopped by police.
It found that Indigenous women were 11 times more likely to be questioned than their white counterparts; that Black and Indigenous Montrealers were between four and five times more likely to be subjected to stops while those of Arab descent were twice as likely to be stopped.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it will not allow commercial puppies under the age of eight months to be imported from Ukraine after dozens of dead or sick dogs were found on a flight at Toronto’s airport.
The agency says following an investigation into the June 13 flight it has cancelled import permits for such dogs from Ukraine.
It says its decision is based on possible failures to comply with import requirements, including animal welfare concerns.
The agency says the ban will remain in effect until it is satisfied that import conditions and international transport standards are in place and that animals will travel safely in the future.
Approximately 500 puppies landed at Pearson International Airport last month.
Thirty-eight were found dead on arrival, and many others were dehydrated, weak or vomiting.
“The Canadian Food Inspection Agency takes its mandate for protecting animal welfare very seriously,” the agency said in a release.
In June, Ukraine International Airlines apologized for the “tragic loss of animal life” on one of its flights.
In a post on Facebook, the airline said it was working with local authorities to determine what happened and to make any changes necessary to prevent such a situation from happening again.
Last month, Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of the Canadian branch of Humane Society International, said what happened to the dogs raises a lot of questions that the Canadian public wants answers to.
Ontario’s police watchdog says it’s investigating after a police-involved shooting in Hamilton left a 42-year-old man in critical condition.
The Special Investigations Unit says the incident started Tuesday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. when officers responded to a domestic call and found a person of interest in a car in a convenience store parking lot.
They say several officers approached the vehicle when an interaction occurred, which ended with two officers firing shots that struck the man.
Investigators say the man was rushed to hospital where he remains in critical condition.
The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates police interactions that end in death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.
National Chief Perry Bellegarde says provincial governments that want to cling to their jurisdiction over child welfare are the biggest barrier to implementing new legislation giving Indigenous communities control over their children’s well-being.
Bellegarde and Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller signed an agreement in Ottawa this morning that is the next step forward in implementing Bill C-92.
The bill passed in the last Parliament and took effect Jan. 1, setting national standards for Indigenous jurisdiction over child and family services.
However several provinces are concerned over the impact on their own roles in child-welfare programs, and Quebec is challenging the constitutionality of the bill in court.
The agreement signed today is a guide for discussions between Ottawa and Indigenous governments as each community moves to assert its control of child welfare for its own kids, recognizing Indigenous laws and customs.
Bellegarde says those discussions must also happen with provincial governments, which he pegged as one of the biggest barriers to reducing the number of Indigenous children in foster care in Canada.