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mclachlin4  Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin says the new Liberal government should solve the “perpetual crisis” with the selection process for hiring judges, CBC reported August 11. McLachlin told the Canadian Bar Association’s conference in Ottawa, “This is not the first time that I have come before you to call upon the government of the day to meet its obligation to appoint judges in a timely fashion.”

mayElizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party, says she will be “doing a lot of reflecting” on her future role as party leader after members voted in favour of a resolution supporting sanctions against Israel. “I’m struggling with the question of whether I should continue as leader or not, quite honestly,” May said in an interview on the CBC’s The National, August 9. At its convention in Ottawa the previous weekend delegates passed a resolution that “supports the use of divestment, boycott and sanctions (BDS)” against Israelis. Jewish groups condemned the party’s decision but praised May for speaking out against the resolution.

gay pride anglicansFor the first time, the Anglican contingent in Ottawa’s annual Pride parade August 21 will walk together as the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa. In past years, Integrity Ottawa has coordinated Anglican participation in the parade. “This year, as a consequence of the decision made by General Synod in July, we will walk together as the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa,” wrote openly gay Anglican Ron Chaplin in an email August 3 on the diocesan list server. Chaplin, who is openly gay, was a member of the Ottawa delegation at synod. Members of synod voted July 11 against a motion to allow same-sex marriages but the result was overturned the following day on further examination.

hurtigEdmonton-born Mel Hurtig was “a gifted author and celebrated publisher,” says Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly. “His legacy will live on in the impressive body of work that he wrote and published, including The Canadian Encyclopedia and The Junior Encyclopedia of Canada.”  Hurtig died of pneumonia August 3 in a Vancouver hospital at the age of 84. An ardent nationalist, Hurtig was the recipient of the Lester B. Pearson “Man of the Year Peace Award.”

sinclairSenator Murray Sinclair is pleased the federal government is collaborating with Indigenous leaders and families of Missing and Murdered Women and Girls in Canada to establish a national inquiry. “I congratulate the Native Women’s Association of Canada for its perseverance in bringing this about,” he said in a statement August 3 following the launch of the latest phase of the inquiry. Sinclair, who was chief commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, noted that the inquiry was one of the “Calls to Action” of the commission. The federal government has committed $53.86 million over two years to establish the inquiry.

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A seven-member Advisory Board, chaired by former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, is part of a new process for appointing Supreme Court of Canada Justices. In making the announcement August 2, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the process “is open, transparent, and sets a higher standard for accountability.” The Advisory Board is to “identify suitable candidates who are jurists of the highest caliber, functionally bilingual, and representative of the diversity of our great country,” he said.

grey cup3Ottawa’s TD Place will play host to the 2017 Grey Cup. CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge made the announcement July 31 before the Ottawa Redblacks home game against the Toronto Argonauts. The event comes to Ottawa as part of the city’s plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in 2017.

IMG_9450Ed Bianchi, program manager at KAIROS Canada, speaks at the news conference that followed the launch of the latest phase of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. KAIROS, “continues to hold the survivors and their families and communities in its heart and in our prayers,” he concluded. KAIROS is an ecumenical justice organization whose members include 11 denominational churches and organizations.

IMG_9242Judge Marion Buller, the first female First Nations judge in British Columbia, speaks after it was announced August 3 that she will be the chief commissioner of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. Buller was introduced at the launch of the latest phase of the inquiry, held in the Grand Hall of the Canadian Museum of History. The federal government has committed $53.86 million over two years to establish the inquiry.

IMG_9271Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould prepares for a news conference at the Canadian Museum of History following the launch of the latest phase of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. “We know the inquiry can’t undue the injustices indigenous people have experienced over decades,” Wilson-Raybould said at the launch.

IMG_9462Dawn Lavell-Harvard, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada says her organization will be watching the progress of the inquiry carefully. “We need to make sure this inquiry succeeds,” she said.

IMG_9266The launch of the latest phase of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, and the announcement that Judge Marion Buller, the first female First Nations judge in British Columbia, will be the chief commissioner, were welcomed by participants and guests.