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Photos for October 2016

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prenticeFormer Alberta premier Jim Prentice and three others were killed in a small-plane crash near Kelowna, B.C. Oct. 14. The former federal cabinet minister was Alberta premier from 2014 to 2015. “He was broadly respected in the House of Commons – across all party lines – for his intelligence, commitment, and honest straightforward approach on tough issues,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

mounties-womenThe RCMP has offered compensation to female officers and civilian members in a harassment-related settlement that could cost up to $100 million. The settlement includes an independent claim process and compensation scheme for women who experienced gender and sexual orientation-based discrimination, bullying and harassment in the RCMP from Sept. 16, 1974 to the date the settlement receives court approval, the force said in a news release Oct. 6. Commissioner Bob Paulson also issued an apology to the women. “I stand humbly before you and solemnly offer our sincere apology,” he said. “You came to the RCMP wanting to personally contribute to your community and we failed you. We hurt you. For that, I am truly sorry.”

twain2_filteredCanadian country singer Shania Twain will be the first woman to receive CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime award at the seventh annual CMT Artists of the Year celebration Oct. 20. Past recipients include Kenny Rogers and Merle Haggard. Twain was born in Windsor Ont., and raised in Timmins, Ont.

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Former Ottawa priest Jacques Faucher, recently convicted of molesting three boys aged 9 to 13 more than 40 years ago, apologized to his victims Oct. 4. But only one of the three stayed in the courtroom to hear him. Faucher “appeared to deliver an offhand and long-winded apology at his sentencing hearing Tuesday that acknowledged the “scandal” he caused within the Catholic Church,” the CBC reported. He also accused the media, including the creators of the award-winning film Spotlight, of profiting off sex abuse scandals in the Catholic Church. Faucher, 80, was convicted of six counts of indecent assault and gross indecency. No date was set for his sentencing.

coderre2Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre says the city will appeal the suspension of its pit bull ban and restrictions. “Owning a dog or cat in Montreal is a privilege, not a right,” said Coderre in an open letter on his Facebook page Oct. 6. “And it comes with obligations.” Montreal’s bylaw on pit bulls was suspended Oct. 5 by a Quebec Superior Court judge pending a court ruling on a legal challenge.

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trudeauPrime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the vigil on Parliament Hill Oct. 4 honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women. He called the annual event a “sad moment of reflection” and acknowledged that work is needed to repair the government’s relationship with Indigenous Canadians.

tolleyPrime Minister Justin Trudeau embraces Algonquin woman Bridget Tolley at the vigil on Parliament Hill Oct. 4 honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women. Tolley, whose mother was killed in 2001 after being struck by a Quebec police car, told the gathering, “We shouldn’t have to beg for justice.”

img_1636Kilatja Simeonie holds a photo of her cousin, Annie Pootoogook, at the vigil on Parliament Hill Oct. 4 honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women. Pootoogook was a well-known Inuit artist whose body was pulled from the Rideau River in Ottawa Sept. 19.

picardGhislain Picard, Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief for Quebec-Labrador, says the death of Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook “is a sad reminder that justice is not yet at our doorstep.” He was speaking at the vigil on Parliament Hill Oct. 4 honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women. Pootoogook’s body was pulled from the Rideau River Sept. 19. Police are investigating the circumstances of her death but initially ruled out homicide.

samantha-and-cailyn-together-are-tarniriikYoung Inuit throat singers Samantha and Cailyn perform a song dedicated to Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook at the vigil on Parliament Hill Oct. 4 honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women. Pootoogook’s body was pulled from the Rideau River Sept. 19.