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Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante Opposed Bill 21 & Received Violence Threat

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante Opposed Bill 21 & Received Violence Threat

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante & opposition leader Lionel Perez are opposing the provincial government’s secularism bill. Plante is being targeted for violent threats.

She has received hateful comments after criticizing Bill 21. This bill will prohibit police officers, public school teachers, judges and other civil servants to wear religious symbols if passed.

She says that these attacks are increasing and the situation is even worse. Therefore, she has raised her security measures.

Valerie Plante said, “I’m taking this very seriously, people think they can sit behind their computer, not care about anything, say whatever they want: that’s false. It’s zero tolerance for me.”

The staff of Plante without revealing exact numbers say that the Mayor has been receiving several hateful & sexist messages and emails. Not just that, people also threaten her to do physical harm.

They have reported extreme threats to the Montreal Police Service.

The police didn’t comment on whether they started an investigation or not. However, Plante has not filed official police complain yet.

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Valerie Plante Expanded Her Security:

Noticing all these threats, Valerie Plante expanded her security. Her security now involves a bodyguard who doubles up as a driver. Additionally, police also make its presence at her public events.

She believes that all these threats increased after a rumoured involvement in the protest along with Adil Charkaoui, a controversial Montreal imam. While she was in South America at that time.

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante joined her adversaries at city hall to issue a joint declaration expressing the objection of people against the bill.

Not just Plante, but Ensemble Montreal Lionel Perez has also received hateful comments after raising her voice against Bill 21. Although, she hasn’t received any violence threat.

Lionel Perez wears Jewish Kippa. She said, “I will always speak with conviction. I will always say what I think on important topics, as an elected official, I think I have a duty to do so.”

Montreal Mayor thinks that her gender might also contribute to the threats she’s been receiving.

She says that criticism and insult are two different things. It’s a personal attack on her.

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B.C. students to return to school Sept. 10 as part of gradual restart

VICTORIA — British Columbia’s Education Ministry says children will be returning to classrooms two days later than originally planned as part of a gradual restart to schooling.

Education Minister Rob Fleming told reporters Tuesday that students wouldn’t be expected back on the original date of Sept. 8 to help give administrators and teachers more time to prepare for education amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The ministry now says in a release that staff will meet on Sept. 8, while students will be welcomed in classrooms by Sept. 10.

A government steering committee, established to help schools plan their restart, will issue operational guidelines next week on issues ranging from health and safety protocols to supporting the mental health of students.

The change in the start date comes after concerns were raised by the BC Teachers’ Federation and the BC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association.

Federation president Teri Mooring has called for more details on the government’s school plan, saying the information is needed for educators and parents.

This report was first published by The Canadian Press on Aug. 12, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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Feds commit $305M in additional funds for Indigenous communities during COVID-19

OTTAWA — The federal government has announced an additional $305 million to help Indigenous Peoples combat COVID-19.

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says the money is meant to help Indigenous communities prepare for emergencies and prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

He says communities can also use the money for a variety of other measures, including helping elders and vulnerable people, food insecurity, educational and other supports for children and mental health assistance.

The new money will flow through the Indigenous community support fund, bringing the total amount to $685 million this year.

Some funding will also go to First Nations living off-reserve as well as Inuit and Metis people living in urban centres, distributed based on need through an application process.

Miller says Ottawa is committed to ensuring Indigenous leaders have the tools and support they need to implement the various aspects of their pandemic plans.

“This funding will provide crucial support to key community initiatives that strive to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19 in First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities,” he said.

“This approach aligns with our commitment to support Indigenous leadership’s approaches to community wellness while providing the flexibility to respond to emerging needs, for example in response to an outbreak of COVID-19.”

To date there have been 425 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves, with 34 people hospitalized. Of these, 393 have recovered from the virus. There have also been 17 cases in the Nunavik region in northern Quebec. All have recovered.

The federal government has acknowledged that COVID-19 case counts among Indigenous Peoples do not reflect the true impact on Indigenous communities and individuals, as they only capture statistics from those living on reserves or in Inuit territories. The majority of Indigenous people in Canada live off reserve.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2020.

Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press

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Carleton ends student placements with police over failures to address racism

OTTAWA — Carleton University’s criminology school says it will no longer place students to work with police forces and prisons as a show of solidarity with the movement to address systemic racism in Canada’s criminal justice institutions.

Carleton’s Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice said in a statement Tuesday that the move will affect about 22 student placement positions in the 2020-2021 school year.

Since its creation 21 years ago, the institute says thousands of students have gained experience in the field through placements with the RCMP, Correctional Services Canada, the Ottawa Police Service and the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.

Faculty say the decision to end these opportunities comes in response to calls for organizations to cut ties with law enforcement agencies facing mounting public scrutiny over racist practices.

They say these institutions have demonstrated their “imperviousness to reform,” pointing to the recent string of police killings of Black, Indigenous or otherwise racialized people and those suffering from mental health challenges.

The institute says it hopes to expand student placement opportunities at research initiatives and community-based organizations working on a range of issues related to policing, criminal justice and social welfare.

Carleton is one of many schools with criminology programs that are re-examining their relationships with law enforcement as the push to reform or defund police forces gains traction across Canada.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2020.

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