By Susan Delacourt Star Columnist Thu., Aug. 30, 2018 Justin Trudeau has long said he wanted his prime ministership to be judged by how he handles two big relationships — with the United States and with Indigenous Canadians. The Prime Minister may well remember this week as the one when those words truly came back to bite him. A high-risk purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline is now in a dangerous limbo and it’s been a week of high-stakes drama over the future of Canada-U.S. trade. Trudeau’s critics, from all over the political spectrum, are keen to cast these developments as major relationship fails for the PM. Indigenous activists celebrated a Federal Court ruling on TransMountain on Thursday as a sharp rebuke to the Trudeau government’s sincerity about citizen engagement. In fact, it was; in the court’s words, this federal government had failed to conduct a “meaningful, two-way dialogue” with people affected … [Read more...] about A chastening week for Justin Trudeau in his relationships with Indigenous People and with the U.S.
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DEAR Datuk Seri, I hope this finds you well. My name is Aiman, I am 33 years old, currently residing in Kampung Masjid, Beserah, Kuantan. I was called to write you this open letter to air out some concern I have regarding the new bill motion that you tabled in Parliament on Monday – Rang Undang-undang AntiBerita Palsu 2018 or the Anti-Fake News Bill 2018. Since the first reading on Monday, much coverage has been done on this Bill, by both the national media as well as the alternative media. However, there are some parts of the Bill that I do not understand. The extent of my education in Law is just the basics of Business Law which were a compulsory subject when I was doing my bachelor, and even that I couldn't understand the whole thing. So as the de-facto minister in charge of Laws, I think that I should address it to you and ask you personally rather than making my own speculations since even after reading the articles and commentaries for and against the bill, I still … [Read more...] about Open Letter to Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis received a letter from a sex-abuse victim in 2015 that graphically detailed how a priest sexually abused him and how other Chilean clergy ignored it. That contradicts the pope's recent insistence that no victims had come forward to denounce the cover-up, the letter's author and members of Francis' own sex-abuse commission have told The Associated Press.The fact that Francis received the eight-page letter, obtained by the AP, challenges his insistence that he has "zero tolerance" for sex abuse and cover-ups. It also calls into question his stated empathy with abuse survivors, compounding the most serious crisis of his five-year papacy.The scandal exploded last month when Francis' trip to South America was marred by protests over his vigorous defence of Bishop Juan Barros, who is accused by victims of covering up the abuse by the Reverend Fernando Karadima. During the trip, Francis callously dismissed accusations against Barros as "slander," seemingly unaware … [Read more...] about Despite denial, Pope got sex abuse victim’s letter
The former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison on sexual-assault charges. During the sentencing, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina read a letter Nassar had written, saying it proved he did not “get it” and was not sincere in his apologies for his actions. Aquilina told Nassar “I just signed your death warrant” after giving him his sentence. The former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced on Wednesday to up to 175 years in prison on sexual-assault charges. Nassar’s extraordinary sentencing hearing in Ingham County Circuit Court lasted over a week, with more than 100 women giving victim-impact statements about assault and molestation they said Nassar committed. Nassar in December was sentenced to 60 years in prison for child-pornography charges. On Wednesday, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina resurfaced a letter Nassar … [Read more...] about ‘I just signed your death warrant:’ Judge sentences Larry Nassar to up to 175 years in prison after picking apart his damning letter
Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison on Wednesday at the conclusion of a seven-day sentencing hearing. Just before sentencing Nassar, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina read from a letter that Nassar had recently written, arguing that it was evidence that he had not come to terms with his crimes. The courtroom crowd could be heard reacting with shock and horror at multiple points as Judge Aquilina read back excerpts. Former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison on Wednesday by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina on charges of sexual assault.The sentencing hearing lasted seven days and saw more than 150 women come forward to speak to the abuse committed against them by Nassar.After the women spoke, Nassar gave a statement of apology. “There are no words that can describe the depth and breadth of how sorry I am for what has … [Read more...] about Judge Rosemarie Aquilina read excerpts from Larry Nassar’s letter to the court to the horror of the audience