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TORONTO _ A Federal Court judge wants input by the end of the month into whether he has the power to decide how much the government should pay lawyers who successfully pursued an unprecedented lawsuit against Canada for the loss of Indigenous identity suffered by victims of the ’60s Scoop.
The request by Judge Michael Phelan to the lawyers involved comes after Justice Edward Belobaba, in a separate but parallel proceeding in Ontario Superior Court, threw a legal grenade into the Scoop class-action settlement by decrying the $75 million Canada had agreed to pay in legal costs as too rich by half.
In a scathing decision in June in which he opened up the larger question of how class-action lawyers are compensated, Belobaba also railed at part of the deal under which lawyers who acted in Federal Court would collect half the fee total _ $37.5 million _ while the other half would go to the lawyers who had acted in Superior Court.
The lawyers who had spent years fighting the landmark case in Superior Court agreed to allow Belobaba to deal with the fee issue separately. That paved the way for his final approval and implementation of the hard-fought Scoop settlement under which survivors are to be paid up to $50,000 each.
The lawyers in the Federal Court action, however, made no such concession. They maintained, and still do, that Federal Court Judge Michel Shore, who was handling the matter, had signed off on the settlement on May 11, including the fee arrangement he called fair and reasonable. They nevertheless went back to Federal Court for one more judicial sign-off in light of the change on the Ontario end of the settlement.
On Aug. 2, Phelan, who took over the case from Shore, signed an order under which the lawyers in Federal Court would get their $37.5 million.
However, the following day, after Belobaba had received a copy of the order, Phelan sent a note to the Federal Court parties in which he said his approval applied to the Scoop agreement “other than fees.”
Almost a week later, Phelan questioned whether he could even rule on the fee issue.
“In light of Justice Shore’s decision approving fees, what jurisdiction does the court have to consider the issue?” Phelan wrote.
In response, lawyer Celeste Poltak with Koskie Minsky in Toronto wrote Phelan to say there never was any new request for the judge to rule on the fees because “the amount was already approved by Justice Shore and Your Honour.”
The letter goes on to point out that no one had appealed Shore’s order and, as a result, the fee issue had been “finally disposed of.”
Nevertheless, in a case conference call Thursday, Phelan again asked for submissions before Aug. 31 on his authority to deal with the fee issue, and promised to render a decision within a week or so of that date, said Kirk Baert, another lawyer involved in the case.
In the interim, the lawyers acting in Superior Court _ Jeffery Wilson and Morris Cooper _ are waiting to see whether their $37.5 million will materialize. They declined to comment on the latest twist but had previously said it would be grossly unfair for them to have to take home less than their Federal Court counterparts given Belobaba’s criticism.
In his decision in June, Belobaba was effusive in praising Wilson, whose small firm took on “enormous” risk by filing the case in 2009 and then put in millions of dollars in time without any guarantee of success.
“Bluntly put, this is as close a case of class counsel ‘betting the firm’ as I have seen,” Belobaba wrote.
At the same time, the judge slammed “opportunistic” class-action lawyers who had acted in Federal Court, saying he was “stunned” they had admitted to collecting $10 million in fees for essentially having done not much at all.
In all, Belobaba said, the total legal bill should have been around $37.5 million _ half what was agreed to _ of which the Federal Court lawyers deserved no more than $12.5 million.
It now remains to be seen whether Phelan makes any changes to the fees and what Belobaba will decide regardless of what happens in Federal Court.
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Zhiibaahaasing First Nation heads to the polls on September 5 – Manitoulin Expositor
August 17, 2018
ZHIIBAAHAASING—Ogimaa Irene Kells has been acclaimed as chief of the Zhiibaahaasing First Nation in the band elections slated for September 5, while there are seven candidates vying for the three seats at the council table.
Candidates for band council include: Christine Bigras, Carl Antoine, Melody Antoine, Charlene Sagon, Kevin Mossip (incumbent), Bobbi Sue Kells-Riberdy (incumbent) and Crystal Sagon (incumbent).
Election polls will open on Wednesday, September 5 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Zhiibaahaasing Complex. All Zhiibaahaasing members that are eligible to vote require a valid status card or piece of identification; forcCall in voters, please call (705)283-1089. For more information regarding the election please call the Zhiibaahaasing First Nation administration building during business hours (705)283-3963, Electoral Officer Dan Simon at (705) 282 4401 or by email to email@example.com.
Senator says judges are in best position to decide sentences – Ottawa Citizen
August 16, 2018
A Liberal-appointed Senator who has introduced a bill to water down the impact of mandatory minimum sentences says judges are in the best position to deliver penalties tailored to the individual criminal.
“I am pleased to see that judges are challenging the application of mandatory minimum penalties,” Sen. Kim Pate said Wednesday after learning that an Ottawa judge has become the latest member of the judiciary to strike down as unconstitutional two mandatory minimum sentences.
Justice Colin McKinnon ruled on Tuesday that sending a naïve and unsophisticated pimp to prison for three years as demanded by the Criminal Code’s mandatory sentencing provisions amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.
Métis rights and self-government focus of the 25th MNO AGA
The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) launched its 25th Annual General Assembly (AGA) tonight in Peterborough with the arrival of the traditional voyageur canoes on the shores of Beavermead Park.
The MNO leadership, including members of the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO), as well as special guests, paddled the canoes and were greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of MNO citizens. Among the special guests were Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef, Director of First Peoples House of Learning at Trent University Dawn Lavell-Harvard, Métis National Council President Clément Chartier, Métis Nation British Columbia President Clara Morin Dal Col and other dignitaries.
The crowd was welcomed to beautiful Peterborough by PCMNO Region 6 Councilor Tom Thompson and the MNO Peterborough and District Wapiti Métis Council, led by President Andy Dufrane. The community council also served soup and bannock to all those in attendance.
More than 400 MNO citizens and guests from across the province will attend this year’s AGA, which will focus on Métis rights and self-government.
“This is a milestone year for the Métis Nation of Ontario and as we look back on our history, we also look forward to the recognition and implementation of Métis rights and self-government,” stated MNO President Margaret Froh. “We have a lot of work ahead of us as we move our priorities forward, but this is an exciting time for the Métis Nation.”
Kicking off an outstanding line-up of entertainers to play this weekend, MNO citizen and award-winning musician Amanda Rheaume and her band took the stage for a full concert that included her song We Aspire, which is based on the MNO Statement of Prime Purpose. Her performance had everyone out of the seats and energized the crowd.
This year’s AGA is full of exciting events to commemorate the milestone 25th anniversary. On top of regularly planned events, including the President’s State of the Nation Address and business sessions, MNO AGA attendees can enjoy social evenings with Métis dancers, music, games, concerts and an evening lake cruise.
Inaugural Masters Indigenous Games Inspires Pride and a Legacy for the Future
Inaugural Masters Indigenous Games Inspires Pride and a Legacy for the Future
Through the celebration of athletic achievement and cultural heritage, the Games inspire a commitment to wellness and deep sense of pride in being Indigenous.
August 17, 2018 – Toronto, ON – As athletes bowed their heads to accept their medals and posed for pictures with fellow teammates, children, parents, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, showcasing their hard-earned shiny new hardware, the immense pride of accomplishment, was clear as day. The Masters Indigenous Games 2018 (MIG 2018) was an opportunity for Indigenous adults from around the world, to compete in sport, develop their skills, get fit and have fun while doing it. Although the event was geared towards adults over the age of 20, the event brought families and communities together, with kids cheering on their parents, and in some cases, parents and their grown children competing together. The MIG 2018 was a bridge builder, an opportunity to create dialogue through sport and culture, for the increased wellness of Indigenous Peoples.
With participation from more than six countries and 59 Indigenous communities, 600 participants, 70 cultural performers, and 322 medals awarded, the inaugural Masters Indigenous Games was a considerable success in bringing together sport and culture, within an Indigenous framework of wellbeing.
“The MIG 2018 brought us together, in celebration, in strength and in solidarity,” said Marc Laliberte, president, Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario. “The pride I saw on participant’s faces, the dedication, the coming together of community, the sharing of our collective knowledge, brought tears to my eyes and gratitude to my heart. We have only scratched the surface and laid the groundwork, as we will continue to build upwards, and reach higher to inspire more individuals to celebrate wellness through sport, in their own culturally distinct ways.”
Sport wasn’t the only field of play showcasing the motivation, dedication and pride of participants. Cultural performances, interactive traditional sport demonstrations, a Pow Wow and community feast, were all platforms for Indigenous Peoples to strive, achieve, inspire and most importantly, to celebrate their identity, community, traditions and history.
The Games were an important pathway to continue the dialogue and journey of reconciliation, with a Cultural Village and Pow Wow which was open to the public and saw more than 5,000 people in attendance over the four-day event. Children from summer camps in the City attended the Cultural Festival and learned about traditional Indigenous art, music, stories and sports such as high-kick, a traditional sport from the arctic, practiced by the Inuit Peoples and demonstrated by Johnny Issaluk. Issaluk, a world renowned athlete who has been practicing, competing, performing, coaching and teaching Inuit Games for more than 20 years, culminating in his status as one of the most successful Inuit Games athletes of his generation, is a shining example of what the Games can inspire. In a similar fashion, the Pow Wow, with more than 200 registered dancers and 1,500 people in attendance throughout the day, was a dazzling display of heritage and cultural pride, a sacred ceremony for Indigenous Peoples – a way of wellness – thousands of years old.
The MIG 2018, developed by the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO), achieved something great – the lighting of a flame, burning bright for personal and community wellness, through Indigenous frameworks of sport and culture. As part of the inaugural Games, a campaign entitled ‘Wellness Warriors’ was launched, with the intent of celebrating Indigenous ways of wellness. The campaign highlighted athletes, coaches, leaders, parents, healers, knowledge keepers and everyday people, doing amazing things in their own lives, creating a ripple effect within their communities and beyond. MIG 2018 changed perceptions and understandings of Indigenous ways of being and doing, and was able to diversify media representations of Indigenous peoples by showcasing their great achievements and successes, an important step in changing the current discourse around Indigenous Peoples in Canada, and across the world.
About the Masters Indigenous Games
The Masters Indigenous Games was founded by the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO) to meet the growing need for competitive sport for the aging population. The Games encourage mature individuals to be active, with the awareness that competitive sport can continue throughout life, contributing to increased health and wellness. The inaugural Games took place July 12-15, providing an opportunity for Indigenous adults from around the world to engage in sport competition with their peers.
The Masters Indigenous Games are a direct legacy of the successful Toronto 2017 NAIG which took place in the Greater Toronto Area last July.
MIG 2018 Quick Facts:
The MIG 2018 took place from July 12-15, 2018, with the majority of events taking place at Downsview Park located in Toronto, Ontario.
The MIG 2018 featured more than 600 participants, from six countries and 59 Indigenous communities, 300 volunteers, 200 registered Pow Wow dancers, 70 cultural performers, with more than 5,000 people in attendance over the four-day event.
The MIG 2018 resulted in an economic impact of $3 million dollars and supported Indigenous performers, artists, and businesses.
A Cultural Village showcased Indigenous artists, performers, sport demonstrations, storytellers and vendors throughout the Games, and was free and open to the public.
The MIG 2018 held a traditional Powwow, with Dance Specials and a Community Feast on the last day of competition, attended by more than 1,500 people.
The Masters Indigenous Games was founded by the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO), the officially recognized Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sport Body for Ontario. For more information about ASWCO, please visit aswco.ca.
The Masters Indigenous Games 2018 honours and acknowledges the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit. The Masters Indigenous Games 2018 also acknowledges all Indigenous Peoples and communities across the province of Ontario, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, living both on and off reserve, in rural and urban communities.
Tearing down statues is not reconciliation: Brian Lee Crowley in the Telegraph-Journal – MLI
August 16, 2018
Unsurprisingly for the head of an organization called the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, I believe the current campaign of vilification and erasure being carried out against Sir John A. Macdonald, architect of Confederation and our first prime minister, is both wrong and unjustified. On the other hand, I warmly welcome the desire for reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples that justifies this campaign in the minds of many people of good will.
Can the desire to celebrate the history of perhaps the finest country in the world, and that of seeking reconciliation with Indigenous people who feel wronged by that history, be made to co-exist? I believe they can and that we should try.
Remembering that the most recent attack on Sir John’s reputation was the removal of his statue from the city hall in Victoria, BC in the name of reconciliation, the meaning of that word is worth reflecting on. Perhaps the most famous truth and reconciliation (T&R) effort in the world was South Africa’s following the end of the odious apartheid regime.
800 students learn to “combat racism and ignorance” through blanket exercise – CBC
The blankets represent land in Canada and the participants are the Indigenous people or European settlers
Aug 17, 2018
Nearly 800 students from Lutheran and Anglican churches across Canada gathered at Lakehead University’s Thunder Bay campus on Thursday afternoon to learn the history of Indigenous people and how colonization occurred in Canada, through what’s known as a blanket exercise.
Organized and developed through Kairos — a coalition of ten national churches and religious organizations — this blanket exercise is a storytelling event that “tells the relationship between Indigenous and non-indigenous people in Canada,” according to Kairos’s program manager, Ed Bianchi.
“The blanket exercise is essentially a history lesson,” Bianchi told CBC News, “it’s an experiential, participatory workshop that lasts about 45 minutes.”
Harmful dumping in Canadian Arctic to double by 2035, new WWF study finds
OTTAWA, Aug. 15, 2018 — The amount of untreated grey water dumped in Canadian Arctic waters is projected to double by 2035 if left unregulated, this new report commissioned by World Wildlife Fund Canada shows.
As climate change makes the frozen region more accessible, grey water from vessels’ galleys, showers and laundry is being released in increasing amounts into the fragile Arctic marine ecosystem, which is home to whales, walrus, seabirds, fish and other marine organisms.
Current “hot spots” of grey-water dumping in the Arctic intersect with important whale habitats, such as calving areas and migration routes, as well as areas of high concentrations of Arctic char and sensitive benthic habitats. (See map, below.) Contamination of fish and shellfish threatens food security in northern communities.
Although the impacts of grey water are similar to sewage, ships passing through Arctic waters in Canada are not required to adhere to any specific regulations for grey water and ships are not monitored for dumping this harmful waste into the sea. Transport Canada rules for grey water are much more stringent for waters below the 60th parallel.
Hans Lennie, secretary-treasurer of the Inuvialuit Game Council, said:
“Northern communities rely on resupply ships and many communities are happy to see tourism growing responsibly in the Arctic. However, communities in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region rely on the ocean for food. Untreated grey water can contaminate shellfish and could create toxic algae blooms that have the potential to jeopardize our food security. As shipping grows in the Arctic, it’s important that regulations are changed to stop the dumping of grey water into the ocean.”
Melissa Nacke, specialist for arctic shipping and marine conservation at WWF-Canada, said:
“Regulations governing grey water disposal in the Arctic are overdue for an overhaul. WWF-Canada’s report clearly shows that traffic is increasing and the rate of untreated grey water disposal in the Arctic environment will rise rapidly over the next two decades. Grey water can have many harmful impacts on the ocean, including introducing invasive species, metals, bacteria and microplastics. It doesn’t make any sense that the fragile Canadian Arctic environment receives less regulation and protection than southern waters and neighbouring Alaska, and we want that to change.”
About grey water
Vessel grey water comes from showers, baths, laundry, dishwasher and galley wastewater.
It contains nutrients (such as nitrogen and phosphorus), oil and grease, detergent and soap residue, metals (such as copper, lead and mercury), bacteria, pathogens, hair, organic matter including food particles, suspended solids, bleach and pesticide residues.
Potential environmental impacts of grey water include shellfish contamination, algal blooms, lowered oxygen levels in the ocean and introduction of microplastics.
Passenger vessels, such as cruise ships, produce about 250 litres per day per person; cargo vessels produce less, about 125 litres per day per person.
About the report
Prepared by Vard Marine Inc., the study builds on a previous, similar greywater analysis from 2015.
This 2018 report presents a baseline for waste in the region in 2016 and provides projections for the quantities, types and areas of grey water concentration in the Canadian Arctic in 2025 and 2035.
By 2035, tourism will be the biggest source of grey water dumping, according to the report.
Even a small increase in the number of passenger ships can have a big impact on the amount of grey water being dumped: The report shows that, due to the large number of passengers on cruise ships and their higher water use per person, tourism is projected to generate the most grey water by 2035, especially in the Northwest Passage.
Ships used for mining exports and fishing spend much more time in the Arctic, so even though they have fewer people onboard and lower levels of water use, they are also large contributors.
The report also points to various grey-water treatment options that could be used on ships to eliminate environmentally harmful substances.
About World Wildlife Fund Canada
WWF-Canada creates solutions to the environmental challenges that matter most for Canadians. We work in places that are unique and ecologically important, so that nature, wildlife and people thrive together. Because we are all wildlife. For more information, visit wwf.ca.
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