The Harper government withheld tens of thousands of documents that it was obligated to disclose as part of a human-rights case in which it is accused of discriminating against indigenous children. Now, it is using its failure to hand over the files to try to get the proceedings put on hold.
The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in 2007 saying it is wrong for the federal government to pay 22 per cent less for child welfare on reserves than the provinces pay for non-aboriginal welfare services.
Despite many attempts by the government to have the case dismissed, the hearings before the tribunal finally began in February of this year.
But, next Tuesday, Justice Department lawyers will ask for an adjournment of many months while they gather more than 50,000 documents that were required to have already been handed over to the Caring Society’s lawyers under the human-rights commission rules.
The late artist Nicholas de Grandmaison is a cultural icon of southern Alberta. He is well known for his portraits of politicians, families and unknown subjects.
The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery is undertaking a project that invites individuals to share their unique experiences with the artist or the subjects of his paintings. The project will be publicized during the exhibition of paintings donated by BMO Financial Group at the U of L Art Gallery May 2 to June 27.
Did you know that Chicago museums can’t display firearms?
Don Cherry’s grandfather, John Cherry, was one of the original Mounties that Marched West in 1874. John Cherry served for 3 years and 44 days before taking his discharge from the Force in Fort Macleod, Alberta in 1877. He was only 19 years old when he enlisted in the NWMP and was fined numerous times for failing to obey orders.
Pictured is Don Cherry with two members of the RCMP.