Canada – The CHRT and Class Action Parties welcome the Honourable Murray Sinclair to chair discussions to reach an agreement

Today, the Government of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, the Chiefs of Ontario, Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Moushoom/Trout counsel welcome the Honourable Murray Sinclair as the Chair of discussions aimed at reaching an agreement on compensation to First Nations children and on ending Canada’s discrimination, and preventing its recurrence, through long-term reform of the First Nations Child and Family Services program and Jordan’s Principle.

Ottawa, Ontario (November 10, 2021) – Today, the Government of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, the Chiefs of Ontario, Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Moushoom/Trout counsel welcome the Honourable Murray Sinclair as the Chair of discussions aimed at reaching an agreement on compensation to First Nations children and on ending Canada’s discrimination, and preventing its recurrence, through long-term reform of the First Nations Child and Family Services program and Jordan’s Principle.

Senator Sinclair played an instrumental role for many years advancing reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples in Canada. In 2009, Senator Sinclair became the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). He led hundreds of community hearings, sharing circles, and regional gatherings across Canada, in which thousands of residential school survivors shared their difficult and often traumatizing experiences. Senator Sinclair ensured that their stories – and the long-lasting impacts of colonialism on Indigenous Peoples – have been properly documented, so that it will never be forgotten.

Senator Sinclair was Manitoba’s first and Canada’s second Indigenous judge. In 2016 he was appointed to the Senate where he used his position to bring awareness to concerns of Indigenous Peoples until his retirement from the Senate in January 2021. Senator Sinclair continues to tirelessly advocate for the rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the importance of keeping the Government of Canada accountable in the steps needed on the path of reconciliation.

The Parties sincerely thank Senator Sinclair for agreeing to play an important role in this critical process.

Background:

On October 29, 2021, the Parties announced that they had agreed to sit down immediately and work towards an agreement by December 2021 on outstanding issues. This will include:

Providing fair, equitable compensation to eligible victims impacted by Canada’s discriminatory conduct,
Ending the discrimination and preventing its recurrence by achieving long-term reform of the First Nations Child and Family Services program and Jordan’s Principle, and 
Funding for the purchase and/or construction of capital assets that support the delivery of child and family services on-reserve and under Jordan’s Principle.

Adrienne Vaupshas

Press Secretary

Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu

Minister of Indigenous Services

adrienne.vaupshas@canada.ca

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Canada – Taking Action to Address Potential Barriers in Staffing:  Public Service Employment Act amendments receive Royal Assent

Ottawa, Ontario – Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Too many Canadians continue to face bias, barriers, and discrimination based on their race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or other factors.

The Government of Canada has amended the Public Service Employment Act to address systemic barriers for equity-seeking groups in public service staffing.

These amendments represent foundational work that will help departments take measures in their staffing actions to reduce barriers and encourage more inclusive recruitment practices. 

Over the past several months, the Treasury Board Secretariat worked with employee networks, bargaining agents and senior officials for Employment Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to better understand the experiences of members of equity-seeking groups in public service staffing.

Amendments to the Public Service Employment Act reaffirm the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce and strengthen provisions to address potential bias and barriers in staffing processes.

With these changes:

All new or revised qualification standards must be evaluated for bias and barriers for members of equity-seeking groups. 


Permanent residents now have the same preference as Canadian Citizens when appointments are made through external advertised hiring processes.
The design and application of assessment methods must include an evaluation of bias and barriers, and reasonable efforts for mitigation.
The Public Service Commission now has explicit authority to audit for bias and barriers that disadvantage members of equity-seeking groups.
The Commission and deputy heads will have explicit authority to investigate bias and barriers for members of equity-seeking groups. 

These Public Service Employment Act amendments form one part of a set of initiatives and activities to increase diversity and inclusion in the public service so that it is reflective of the Canadian population it serves and a place where all public servants feel a true sense of belonging.

The work of eradicating bias, barriers, and discrimination, which have taken root over generations, demands an ongoing, relentless effort. The Government of Canada is committed to this effort and will use all available levers to improve the experiences of public servants in their workplace and ensure that they are able to realize their full potential.

“With the Royal Assent of the Public Service Employment Act amendments, the government is making concrete progress to reduce the potential bias and barriers that disadvantage equity-seeking groups in staffing processes for the federal government. This is an important step to foster greater diversity, inclusion and accessibility in the public service.”

—The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board  

“We must use all available levers to create a public service that is inclusive and reflective of all Canadians. These amendments to the Public Service Employment Act, which tackle potential barriers in staffing processes at all levels of the public service, will help us get there.”

— Greg Fergus, Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board

Marie-France Proulx

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Office of the President of the Treasury Board

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Hong Kong – Disciplinary action against registered escalator contractor

Disciplinary action against registered escalator contractor

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     The Lifts and Escalators Ordinance Disciplinary Board (Board) has completed hearings for 22 charges of disciplinary offences brought against Otis Elevator Company (H.K.) Limited (Otis) and decided that all the charges are established and the company should be disciplined.

     Disciplinary charges against Otis include four charges related to convictions in court for improper escalator maintenance at Langham Place in Mong Kok that contravene the Lifts and Escalators Ordinance (Ordinance), and 18 charges involving professional misconduct or negligence. The Board ordered that Otis be reprimanded for the four charges against the Ordinance, and be fined $960,000 in total as well as pay the expenses incurred in the proceedings of around $590,000. The Board’s decision and orders were gazetted today (April 9). Details are available on the website www.gld.gov.hk/egazette/pdf/20212514/egn202125142027.pdf.

     The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) welcomes the decision and will continue to strictly enforce the Ordinance to ensure the safety and reliability of lift and escalator services, with a view to safeguarding public safety.

     On March 25, 2017, an ascending escalator at Langham Place stopped suddenly and reversed its operating direction, causing 18 injuries. The EMSD conducted a criminal investigation on the incident and found that Otis, being the registered escalator contractor that undertook maintenance of the escalator concerned, had failed to ensure proper periodic maintenance of the escalator. The EMSD therefore instituted prosecution for Otis’ contravention of the Ordinance. Otis was convicted by the court on March 9, 2018.

     Having considered the convictions of Otis in court, and the multiple injuries resulting from the incident, the Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services (DEMS), pursuant to Section 109(1) of the Ordinance, referred the disciplinary offences concerned to the Board for disciplinary proceedings. At the same time, the DEMS also referred another 18 disciplinary charges of professional misconduct or negligence against Otis to the Board for consideration, of which 11 charges involved Otis’ failing to submit notices to the DEMS for carrying out major alterations to escalators between 2015 and 2017, and seven charges involved Otis’ failing to enter information and particulars of escalator maintenance works into the log book in 2017.

Anil Uzun Calls for Action on Climate Crisis and Starts a Petition

Anil Uzun is a long time traveller and a climate warrior that has been travelling around the world for so many years. Anil Uzun says, “The world is dying and humanity is responsible for that. With the climate crisis, the world becomes inhabitable for many species including humans day by day. If we do not act now, the results of climate change will be irrevocable.”

“Climate crisis is one of the biggest threats awaiting the people. The reason behind the crisis is mostly the consumption and production of humans that cause black carbon, methane, hydrofluorocarbons, and tropospheric ozone that lead to global warming and resulting in deterioration air quality, food crisis, and water pollution. Most people are not aware of the impact so I wanted to start a petition to raise awareness and take action,” he says.

“Climate change will lead many countries to have weak economies that will directly cause problems related to the public health, agriculture and ecosystems and the overall welfare of the countries. That is why I urge the people to support me on the petition and sign it asap,” Anil Uzun says.

“People should take actions to urge governments and corporations to stop polluting the environment,” he says. “Emissions of carbon dioxide and the short-lived climate pollutants shall be regulated. Governments should follow The Paris Agreement that sets a target to slow the rate of global warming at 2°C. If we act now we can slow the rate of warming and lower public health risks,” continues Anil Uzun.

You can find the petition link at the personal blog of Anil Uzun:

https://aniluzun.net

Who is Anil Uzun?

Anil Uzun is a travel enthusiast, and what he loves the most is to travel with his loved ones. In short, he loves to make the most out of life. Anil Uzun started traveling when he was very young. In 2007, he began to take notes of his trips and created a travel journal. He has been traveling all around the world for about 13 years.