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Hate crimes down in Canada but expert warns numbers dont always tell

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The number of people targeted by hate crimes in Canada was down last year for the first time in five years.Statistics Canada says about 1,800 cases were reported to police, marking a decrease of almost 300 from 2017.However, Evan Balgord with the Canadian Anti-Hate Network says you have to be careful when trying to break down the stats.“So a woman’s walking down the street and she has her hijab pulled off. How are we categorizing that? Is it anti-woman? Maybe anti-black? Anti-Arab, anti-Muslim, how are we categorizing that?”Balgord says you also have to consider many victims of hate crime don’t tell the police what happened, so those incidents aren’t even included in the numbers. Overall, he notes a number of reasons for why the data compiled may not actually paint the full picture.Hate-motivated crimes apparently “peaked” in 2017. While the number of police-reported hate crimes saw a decrease in 2018 from the year before, Statistics Canada notes the number was still higher than in 2016.Police-reported crimes in Canada see increaseOverall, police-reported crime in Canada was up two per cent in 2018 for the fourth consecutive year. Statistics Canada says half of the provinces and two of the country’s territories reported a higher Crime Severity Index last year compared with the year before.They include Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Manitoba, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, New Brunswick, as well as Newfoundland and Labrador.The remaining province reported decreases, with the exception of British Columbia and Alberta, which both remained stable.While Balgord notes the numbers released can be used to indicate general trends, he says they can’t really be used for much else.“From a methodological standpoint, from a statistics standpoint, from a, kind of, a process of how this data is collected and report for our standpoint, it’s actually very bad data with several flaws.”Police-reported crimes in Canada are measured by both the crime rate and the Crime Severity Index. The CSI measures the volume and severity of police-reported crimes, Statistics Canada explains.It reports the homicide rate saw a decline in 2018 from a year earlier, after seeing an increase in 2017.“Far fewer homicides were reported in Alberta (-38), British Columbia (-30), Quebec (-10) and Nova Scotia (-10) in 2018,” Statistics Canada says. “With the exception of Alberta, these decreases followed notable increases in 2017.”-With files from Lauren Boothbylast_img read more

HARVEY WEINSTEIN HORROR MOVIE TO BE SET IN TORONTO

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In a recent interview with French publication Le Parisien, 77-year old De Palma said the allegations of Weinstein’s sexual abuse and harassment will be the premise of his latest work. READ MORE Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter Advertisement HARVEY WEINSTEIN HORROR MOVIE TO BE SET IN TORONTOWriter and director Brian De Palma — best known for his direction on Carrie and Scarface — has decided that his newest horror movie will be “inspired” by the Harvey Weinstein scandal (Weinstein was arrested on charges of rape and criminal sex acts) and will take place during the Toronto International Film Festival.To the french media outlet La Parisien, De Palma said “I am writing a film about this scandal, which I am currently discussing with a French producer…it will be a horror movie, with a sexual aggressor, and it will happen in the film industry.” READ MOREBrian De Palma Says He’s Writing a Harvey Weinstein Horror FilmBrian De Palma became a horror movie icon when he helmed “Carrie” in 1976, and now more than 40 years later, he says he is returning to the genre to create a Harvey Weinstein horror film.last_img read more

New federal law will force First Nation band politicians to reveal salaries

first_imgAPTN National News WINNIPEG–A bill requiring First Nations bands to publicly disclose the pay and expenses of their politicians is set to become law, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt said during a press conference in Winnipeg.The First Nations Financial Transparency Act, also known as Bill C-27, has passed the Senate and will receive Royal Assent sometime Wednesday.“This legislation recognizes that First Nation members want no less than other Canadians when it comes to knowing how public funds are spent in their communities,” said Valcourt. “They want assurances that their governments manage resources to improve the lives of the people they serve.”The new law will impact about 580 First Nations under the Indian Act requiring them to publish chief and band councillor salaries and expenses on the Internet.The law will also require First Nations to publish their annual audited financial statements by July 29, 2014.AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo blasted the new law, saying it “would not support” accountability and gives “more power to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.”Atleo said the AFN opposed the bill at every stage because it did little to change the broken relationship between Ottawa and First Nations people.“We do not support unilateralism that further entrenches us in a system that doesn’t work for our people or Canada,” said Atleo. “The answers lie in our communities and with our citizens, not with more control from Ottawa…Canada needs to listen and to act.”The genesis of the bill began in October 2010 when Conservative Saskatchewan MP Kelly Block introduced a private member’s bill aimed at increasing the financial transparency of First Nations governments. Block’s bill, however, died after the minority Harper government fell in March 2011.The Harper government, however, formed a majority following the federal election and in the Speech from the Throne indicated its plans to follow through with the aims of Block’s bill. The current version of the Act was introduced in November 2011.A report on by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation found that 82 band chiefs and councillors made more than the prime minister’s $317,574 salary in 2008-2009. In Alberta, 47 chiefs and councillors made more than the prime minister that year.First Nations chiefs passed a resolution in 2010 agreeing to publish their salaries and expenses, but they blasted Block’s original bill, calling it “unnecessary” and “heavy-handed.”last_img read more