Canada’s relations with aboriginals in ‘crisis,’ UN envoy says after fact-finding mission
Take a look back at the best fights from the 2012-13 season . In the first of six exhibition meetings between the two rivals ahead of Februarys Sochi Olympics on Saturday, a hit on Canada goalie Shannon Szabados late in the third period sparked a full-on line brawl Saturday in Burlington, Vt. University of North Dakota product Jocelyne Lamoureux delivered the blow, prompting ex-University of New Hampshire Wildcat Courtney Birchard to accost her in the corner. Fighting in hockey is a rare sight on the international stage (especially in the womens game), but according to Team Canada captain Hayley Wickenheiser, this isnt the first dustup the two world powers have been involved in. We had a similar scrap in 2010, so I guess we have one every Olympic cycle to get it out of our system, Wickenheiser told reporters after the game, via Canoe.ca . It was kind of fun to see, and it brought a lot of intensity to another dog fight with these guys. There are few, if any, blowouts in this series. Canada, the defending Olympic champion, took home a 3-2 win in Game 1. Check out the brawl in the video below, with a stick tap to The Big Lead : Some of the highlights: 0:09 One of the announcers repeatedly says “Oh yeah!” as the brawl begins. 0:35 A true logistical challenge of brawling with cages over your face becomes all too apparent. 0:44 US goalie Brianne McLaughlin is not impressed. 0:55 The camera operator loses focus. 1:03 Everyone is pretty well spent.
But as negotiations sputtered ahead of a Thursday deadline, a safe-haven rally for gold in turn boosted Canada-listed gold miners. “Many of the leading (gold mining) stocks have been beaten down beyond belief, are trading at very attractive valuations and they offer good dividend yields,” said Elvis Picardo, a strategist at Global Securities in Vancouver. The gold mining sub-index, which has declined sharply in recent months, gained more than 3 percent. Other commodities, including oil, were lower, while the three main U.S. indices also retreated in the face of the political uncertainty. The resource-heavy Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index ended up 39.35 points, or 0.31 percent, at 12,931.46. Picardo said the index should be well-placed to gain in the medium-term, assuming a deal is reached that avoids a U.S. default. “Investors are just waiting for this one big uncertainty to be resolved before they jump in with both feet,” he said, pointing to energy and mining stocks as likely winners. Hopes for a deal had risen after U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, and his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell, ended a day of talks on Monday with Reid saying they had made “tremendous progress.” “I suspect something will happen on the positive side (in U.S. fiscal negotiations) but in the meantime the market is very nervous,” said Irwin Michael, portfolio manager at ABC Funds.
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But the game is an international soccer friendly, not a qualifier. The game has six minutes on the clock. But current score is already 0-1. Todays Canada vs Australia 2013 soccer game features two teams with recent loosing records. But at only one minute today, Joshua Kennedy scored on an assist from Marc Bresciano. Current score is still 0-1 in the first half. Canada has three losses and two draws in their last five games. Australia in turn has four losses and one draw in their last five matches, officials remind news. Canada drawed against Panama and Mauritania in recent weeks. In a rematch, they fell to Mauritania. Australia, in turn, recently got beat by Brazil and France, news analysts note. Australias last win was in June against Iraq. Canada, however, has not had a win since at least January 13 of this year.
Canada vs Australia 2013: Kennedy Scores Early in First Half
Canada consistently ranks near the top among countries with respect to human development standards, and yet amidst this wealth and prosperity, aboriginal people live in conditions akin to those in countries that rank much lower and in which poverty abounds. He said at least one in five aboriginal Canadians live in homes in need of serious repair, which are often also overcrowded and contaminated with mould. The suicide rate among Inuit and First OTTAWAA a Canada is facing a acrisisa over its treatment of aboriginals and the Harper government needs to take urgent steps to build trust with its indigenous peoples, says a United Nations human rights envoy. The message came Tuesday from James Anaya, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, who wrapped up an eight-day fact-finding trip to Canada with an impassioned news conference near Parliament Hill. In a sharply worded statement, he called on the Conservative government to grant an extension to a commission studying the residential schools saga, move more slowly on plans for a bill to reform aboriginal education and establish a public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women. He said Canada has been a world leader on human rights and was one of the first countries to extend constitutional protection to aboriginals. aBut despite positive steps, daunting challenges remain,a he said. aFrom 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.a He said the awell-being gapa between aboriginals and non-aboriginals has not narrowed in recent years, treaty claims remain apersistently unresolveda and there is a high level of adistrusta among aboriginals toward the federal and provincial governments. aCanada consistently ranks near the top among countries with respect to human development standards, and yet amidst this wealth and prosperity, aboriginal people live in conditions akin to those in countries that rank much lower and in which poverty abounds.a He said at least one in five aboriginal Canadians live in homes in need of serious repair, which are often also overcrowded and contaminated with mould. The suicide rate among Inuit and First Nations youth on reserve a more than five times greater than other Canadians a is aalarminga, he said aOne community I visited has suffered a suicide every six weeks since the start of this year. Aboriginal women are eight times more likely to be murdered than non-indigenous women and indigenous peoples face disproportionately high incarceration rates.a Amidst all this, he said governments are taking steps to address the problems, but they have fallen far short of what is needed. Anaya said Prime Minister Stephen Harper as government must spend more time truly consulting aboriginals. aIf that doesnat happen, the path forward is going to be a rocky one.a The Harper government has had a history of treating UN emissaries with disdain and it was critical of Anaya last year when he spoke out against living conditions at a Northern Ontario reserve. Anaya met last week with Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt, who issued a written statement Tuesday which did not address his specific recommendations. Instead, Valcourt pointed to Anayaas compliments of Canada and insisted that the Conservative government is preoccupied with the awell-beinga of aboriginals and is taking aeffective incremental stepsa to make progress for them.