Canada Natives Facing ‘crisis’: Un Envoy

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29. The union, which represents some 3,300 conductors, trainmen, yardmen and traffic coordinators, said CN rejected its offer to extend conciliation talks that ended on Oct. 7. The union says talks stalled over CN demands for concessions that would force workers to work longer hours with less rest time between trips. Hackl told Reuters that the Montreal-based railway wants to increase the hours that some conductors can be required to work to 12 from 10 hours per tour, and wages and the retirement plan are not central issues. CN spokesman Mark Hallman said none its bargaining proposals would compromise the health and safety of union members. “CN remains optimistic that it can negotiate an amicable settlement …. to avoid labour disruption in Canada,” he said. Railways move crucial commodities across Canada, including potash, coal, oil and a 2014 Western Canadian grain crop that is expected to be one of the largest on record. “Minister Leitch encourages both parties to continue negotiating and reach a new collective agreement as soon as possible, as the best solution in any dispute is always the one that the parties reach themselves,” said the spokeswoman. “We are monitoring the situation closely.” The Canadian government has intervened several times in recent years to force striking unionized rail and airline workers back on the job. In May 2012 Ottawa passed legislation that ended a strike at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd, CN Rail’s main domestic rival. Leitch’s spokeswoman did not respond to a question about whether Ottawa would be prepared to intervene if CN Rail workers went on strike. @yahoofinance on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Related Content Chart Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the “Enter symbol/company” at the bottom of this module.

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya, at the end of a nine-day tour of Canadian aboriginal communities, said steps taken to right historical wrongs, and help lift aboriginals out of severe poverty have been “insufficient.” “Despite positive steps, daunting challenges remain,” he told a press conference in Ottawa. “From all I have learned, I can only conclude that Canada faces a crisis when it comes to the situation of indigenous peoples of the country.” He noted that the “wellbeing gap” between Canadian aboriginals and non-aboriginals has not narrowed over the last several years. He pointed, for example, to overcrowded, mouldy homes “in need of serious repair,” high suicide rates, and lack of educational and work opportunities in many aboriginal communities. “Overall there appear to be high levels of distrust among aboriginal peoples toward government(s),” he added. Anaya visited several aboriginal communities, and spoke with government officials over the past nine days. In his preliminary observations, he urged Ottawa to consult more with aboriginals on proposed education legislation, hold a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women, and prolong an ongoing Truth and Reconciliation Commission probing abuses at government-funded, church-run residential schools. “If that doesn’t happen, the path forward will be a rocky one,” he warned. The government has recently said no to all three. Anaya will soon present a more detailed report on the plight of Canadian natives, with recommendations, to the United Nations Human Rights Council. In it he is expected to also praise Canada for its process of settling land claims, remedying gender disparities in laws specific to natives, and “adopting the goal of reconciliation, to repair the legacy of past injustices” since Anaya’s predecessor last visited Canada in 2003. Conflicts with aboriginals arising over Canada’s burgeoning resource industry may also be featured in the report.

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aThis seems to be to be a good idea because it allows the chief electoral officer to have this body, against which to measure proposals from the government for change, and to accept significant support for his views, and their views, and at the same time to help him steer the course for all the modernizations for the statutes,a he said. The relationship between Elections Canada and the Conservatives has often been difficult. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was a vocal critic of the organization when he was with the National Citizens Coalition, once deriding the election bureaucrats as ajackasses.a The party complained loudly about Elections Canadaas investigation and prosecution of the Tories for exceeding local election limits in the 2006 election. The party pleaded guilty and paid $52,000 in fines in 2011. The prime ministeras former parliamentary secretary, Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro, was often critical of the agency when he was pointman for the government on the arobocalla scandal. He himself now faces charges of exceeding spending limits on his 2008 campaign, and has left the Conservative caucus. Kingsley said that he hopes the government and Elections Canada are not headed for a showdown over the upcoming legislation. aOne could only hope that with all the experiences the government has undergone in its relationship with the parliamentary officers, that this would be gone by now,a he said. aBut who knows? The government has indicated displeasure in the past. I think itas going to be an important body to have in place when new legislation is tabled.a The advisory board is to meet for the first time this fall. The government has not said when it will table changes to the Elections Act.

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