Ontario logs fewer than 600 new COVID-19 cases for third straight day

September 8, 2021

Ontario has logged fewer than 600 new COVID-19 cases for the third day in a row and officials say the majority of infections continue to be identified in unvaccinated people.



Federal election: Canada’s next government should shift from reconciliation to decolonization and Indigenous self-determination

September 7, 2021

The federal government released the 2021 National Action Plan: Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women, Girls, And 2SLGBTQQIA+ People on June 3, 2021. The plan came two years after the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) released its final report, Reclaiming Power and Place. The plan’s release was somewhat rocky, coming days after the Native Women’s Association of Canada called the process of developing the plan “toxic and dysfunctional.” Concerns were also consistently raised about how slow the process was.



Poll finds majority of Canadians believe reconciliation is an important voting consideration

September 7, 2021

The election is now less than two weeks away, and a recent poll found a majority of Canadians believe reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples is an important consideration in how they plan to vote. For more on this, we’re joined by Mi’kmaw lawyer Pam Palmater.



Anishinaabe advocate calls on Canadians to put their ‘ally ship into action’ at the polls

September 7, 2021

Earlier this year, it seemed as though everyone was talking about Canada’s relationship with Indigenous people, says writer and activist Riley Yesno. Then an election was called, and those conversations dropped off the radar.



Northeast council moves motion encouraging Ontario to settle Robinson-Huron annuities issue

September 8, 2021

Council for the Northeast Town received a letter from Robinson Huron Treaty Litigation Fund representative Chief Dean Sayers at its August 31 meeting, seeking support in its ongoing negotiations with both the Crown and the province of Ontario.



State of Emergency declared on Walpole Island First Nation

September 7, 2021

A State of Emergency has been declared on Walpole Island First Nation in response to a drug epidemic. According to OPP, the Chief and Counsel declared the emergency in July after a rise in illicit drug use and overdoses in the recent months.



Mining company ‘caught in the middle’ between Ginoogaming First Nation and Ontario

September 7, 2021

A Superior Court judge has extended an interim injunction against mineral exploration in the non-reserve portion of Wiisinin Zaahgi’igan, an area that Ginoogaming First Nation has described as a sacred and cultural part of its traditional territory.



Canada falling short on sustainable development goals

September 7, 2021

When it comes to meeting an international commitment to ensure access to safe water, Canada is falling short, and, in the process, failing First Nations communities in this country.



How Indigenous institutes are reclaiming education

September 7, 2021

It was a major victory for a group of Indigenous educators back in 2017, when the Ontario government passed an act that formally recognized Indigenous institutes in the province. “The advocacy leading up to the act was nearly 30 years in the making,” says Rebecca Jamieson, president and CEO of Six Nations Polytechnic and chair of the Indigenous Institutes Consortium.



Irene Kells re-elected as chief of Zhiibaahaasing First Nation

September 8, 2021

While incumbent Ogimaa-kwe Irene Kells has been acclaimed as chief of Zhiibaahaasing First Nation, two of the incumbent councillors will be joining her over the next three-year term following the September 4 elections.



Alanis Obomsawin’s tribute to Murray Sinclair is a national treasure

September 7, 2021

The documentary Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair will make its world premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as part of its Celebrating Alanis retrospective.



Business Partnership Supporting Indigenous Entrepreneurs

September 7, 2021

The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and Hydro One are partnering to support Indigenous owned businesses.



Wisdom: An origin to a new age reconciliation: through Virtual Reality

September 7, 2021

As a kid, back when television had fewer options to choose from, the dose of my entertainment came from sitting with my grandparents at night, sipping on hot chocolate, listening to their stories, and sleeping to their voices. Some of the best lessons in my life were taught that night, and the day after, and every night they shared their life experiences.



Dilico Youth Council to connect with Indigenous youth during the month of September

September 8, 2021

Dilico Anishinabek Family Care’s Dilico Youth Council is holding a Celebrating Us Virtual Youth Gathering for youth 12-years-old and older featuring four evenings of events led by Turtle Concepts during September.



Local cover of ‘Stand By Me’ aims to foster hope and healing for residential school survivors

September 6, 2021

Members of the Wallaceburg Brass Quintet have teamed up with Walpole Island First Nation community members to produce a video about healing, hope and the power of art.



Book burning at Ontario francophone schools as ‘gesture of reconciliation’ denounced

September 7, 2021

A book burning held by an Ontario francophone school board as an act of reconciliation with Indigenous people has received sharp condemnation from Canadian political leaders and the board itself now says it regrets its symbolic gesture.



At least 200 Indigenous children went missing or died after entering a Quebec hospital.

September 7, 2021

“I still believe that she’s out there, that maybe we can find her, get her story, our story and the truth known.” Johanne Dubé speaks softly, like the breeze blowing the leaves of the trees. She and her sisters, Marguerite and Marceline, met us at a traditional site in the community of Manawan, in Lanaudière.



Nunavik crime victims systematically shut out of Quebec compensation program

September 7, 2021

In 2020, Quebec awarded $152 million in compensation to victims of violence, aimed at helping them deal with the aftermath of their trauma. Documents filed with the Superior Court of Quebec show, however, that of the 7,401 beneficiaries of the program, only nine were residents of Nunavik.



UQAT and INRS award the first Joyce Echaquan Memorial Scholarship

September 8, 2021

The Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) and the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) have awarded the first Joyce Echaquan Scholarship to Lucie Dubé, originally from the Atikamekw community of Opitciwan and a student in the Customized Master’s Program in Indigenous Studies at UQAT.



5 months after promising systemic racism commissioner, N.B. has yet to name one

September 8, 2021

The New Brunswick government has yet to appoint anyone to fill the role of commissioner of systemic racism, five months after the new position was announced.



Finding their inner light: mothers recover from addiction with support of Indigenous healing camp

September 8, 2021

When women come to the healing on the land treatment camp, Lynn Tootoosis can see that, for many, their inner light has been dimmed.



‘We know they are dangerous’: Fentanyl laced pills blamed for one death in Bunibonibee Cree Nation

September 7, 2021

The Chief of an isolated Manitoba First Nation says the community is now mourning the death of one of their own, while also worrying there could be more overdoses and deaths in the coming days and weeks, now that a dangerous drug, known as “green beans,” is circulating in the community.



Indigenous leaders renew calls to ban use of glyphosate in New Brunswick forests

September 7, 2021

Indigenous leaders have urged provincial politicians to ban the spraying of glyphosate in New Brunswick forests, expressing skepticism about federal scientific reports that found the herbicide is safe to use.



Canada’s first Inuk cardiac surgeon takes job in St. John’s

September 7, 2021

Dr. Donna May Kimmilaridjuk, Canada’s first Inuk cardiac surgeon, has taken a job in Newfoundland. Dr. K, as she’s known, has a plethora of awards and designations behind her, including a 2018 Indspire Award for Inuit youth.



Two dead, one injured in Sask. First Nation shooting; police arrest suspect

September 7, 2021

A manhunt that followed the weekend shooting deaths of two people in a home on a Saskatchewan First Nation has ended with the arrest of the suspect. RCMP say in a news release that 32-year-old Shawn Moostoos was arrested Monday afternoon at a home in Melfort, Sask., without incident.



Manitoba’s premier supports land acknowledgments at legislature

September 7, 2021

Land acknowledgements — a preamble to many meetings, announcements and even sporting events — has been absent from the Manitoba Legislature, but may soon become practice according to interim Progressive Conservative leader Kelvin Goertzen.



Alberta’s child advocate says ‘checking boxes’ approach to child welfare needs overhaul

September 7, 2021

Some of Alberta’s most vulnerable children are struggling to access care in a system focused on “checking boxes” and meeting deadlines, says the province’s child advocate.



11-year-old from Victoria publishes Kwakʼwala language book following UNESCO competition win

September 6, 2021

An 11-year-old from Victoria is the winner of an international competition organized by UNESCO, which looked for stories about language preservation written by Indigenous children.




2021 Federal Election



Where the main party leaders are on Day 25 of the federal election campaign

September 8, 2021

Here’s what you need to know about where the leaders of Canada’s major political parties are on Day 25 of the election campaign. You can watch streaming video of available live events on this page throughout the day. All times are eastern time (ET) unless otherwise noted.



Federal elections: What all the major parties have to say about energy, oil & gas

September 8, 2021

With Canadians going to the urns on Sep 20, the nation’s major parties have been stepping up their communication with citizens about key topics.



Where They Stand: The Parties on Child Care

September 7, 2021

It is no secret that child care in Canada could use a major, long overdue overhaul. Child care in Canada has very few solid functioning foundations.



Six environmental issues to talk about for the 2021 federal election

September 7, 2021

Several recent surveys confirm that the environment is a top priority for voters in this election. It is exciting that so many voters are focusing attention on the need for effective, timely, and cooperative climate action.



Election Poll Tracker

September 7, 2021

After nearly three weeks of positive momentum for the Conservatives at the expense of the Liberals, the margin between the two parties is narrowing again as the Conservatives slip. The Liberals remain narrowly favoured to win the most seats.



Leaders’ debates usually don’t move the needle much — but this election could buck that trend

September 8, 2021

The leaders of Canada’s main political parties are converging near Ottawa this week to face off in what could be an unusually pivotal pair of debates. “I think this is probably one election where the debate really does matter,” said Jaskaran Sandhu, a political strategist with the public affairs firm State.



Tonight’s French debate, Thursday’s English debate pivotal for federal leaders

September 8, 2021

Five federal party leaders will face off in the first of two official election debates tonight in what may well be their best chance to sway voters before election day on Sept. 20.



‘We will not let them win,’ Trudeau says after being pelted with gravel during campaign stop

September 7, 2021

Saying he’s inspired by front-line workers facing harassment on the job, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said today he won’t let “the mob” control his campaign after he was sprayed with gravel during a raucous protest in London, Ont. yesterday.



Opinion: Justin Trudeau is still the Liberal campaign’s biggest asset, and now its greatest liability

September 8, 2021

There is that brief pause Justin Trudeau often takes before launching into his reply to a reporter’s question, followed by a little nod, an intake of breath, and a stock opening like, “Canadians expect their government to …” Some Canadians will watch it and give it a mental thumbs up. Others never could stand Mr. Trudeau, anyway. And some large number of Canadians will roll their eyes even when they half-agree with what he says



Conservatives to release platform costing hours before first official leaders’ debate

September 8, 2021

The Conservative Party is planning to release its costed platform on Wednesday, hours before the campaign’s first official debate.



The Conservatives target the swing voters sick of Trudeau — but wary of change

September 7, 2021

When Erin O’Toole released the Conservative Party’s list of election promises last month, at least one experienced political strategist was stumped. “I saw nothing that would help them win the election,” David Herle, the well-known Liberal adviser, told Politico. “No big tax cut. No serious affordability initiative.”



Singh, Trudeau attack one another on climate plans as NDP rolls out public transit promise

September 7, 2021

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh promised an NDP government would double funding for public transit in order to meet his promise to electrify all public transit in Canada, using the opportunity of the announcement to criticize the Liberals for what he says is their “failure” to deal with climate change.



Erin O’Toole promises to appoint a vaccinated health minister if his party wins power

September 7, 2021

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole promised today to appoint a health minister who’s been vaccinated against COVID-19 if his party wins power on Sept. 20.



Fact check: have GHG emissions risen under Trudeau?

September 8, 2021

The NDP attacked Justin Trudeau and the Liberals’ record on climate change Tuesday, asserting that in spite of big promises, the Grits have failed to lower greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in Canada.



Opinion: Parliament wasn’t toxic — Justin Trudeau just wants a majority

September 7, 201

Justin Trudeau is known for many things, but logical consistency isn’t really among them. When Parliament recessed for the summer, the prime minister bemoaned the “toxic” and “obstructionist” conduct of the opposition, as if toxicity and obstructionism were somehow new to Parliament Hill.



Green platform promises big, largely uncosted social programs, end to fossil fuel industry

September 7, 2021

Without holding a formal platform launch featuring party leader Annamie Paul, the Green Party of Canada has quietly released a series of largely uncosted promises for the 2021 election campaign.



Manitoulin Votes – September 8th Question

September 8, 2021

Each week for the past three weeks, The Expositor has posed a question to five of the candidates running for election in Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing that is of concern to the people of Manitoulin Island. The candidates’ responses follow below.



Meet the N.W.T. candidates: Liberal Michael McLeod running on gov’t’s record

September 7, 2021

Michael McLeod was elected MP of the Northwest Territories in 2015, and re-elected in 2019.  McLeod is the former mayor of Fort Providence and was an MLA in the Northwest Territories Legislature for three terms, from 1999 until 2011. In his third term as MLA, from 2007 to 2011, he served as minister of transportation and minister of public works and services.



Green Party releases platform with promises to cancel pipelines, boost carbon price

September 7, 2021

The Green Party is promising to boost greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, cancel all new pipelines and oil exploration, accelerate an increase in carbon pricing and ban the sale of all internal-combustion engine passenger vehicles.



Two Mi’kmaw candidates face off for federal votes in N.S.

September 7, 2021

Two Mi’kmaw candidates are vying for the same federal riding in Nova Scotia, which is home to two, larger Mi’kmaw communities.