Survivors from electric chairequipped residential school facing another court fight with Ottawa

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsIndian residential school survivors who attended an institution that used an electric chair to torture students are returning to court in another effort to force the federal government to release uncensored documents from the investigations and criminal trials of former school staff.Lawyers with the Ottawa firm Sack Golblatt Mitchell filed a “Return of Request for Directions” in December on behalf of students who attended St. Anne’s Indian Residential School, which was in St. Albany, Ont. A hearing date has been set for June 9 in Toronto.The filing is essentially asking for a clarification of a previous Jan. 14, 2014 ruling when Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell ordered Canada to disclose documents it held in its possession from an Ontario Provincial Police investigation into physical and sexual abuse at St. Anne’s Residential School.Ottawa initially denied it had the material, but eventually handed over 12,300 electronic documents related to the OPP probe, criminal court hearings and allegations of sexual and physical abuse at the school.The documents released by Canada, however, have been heavily redacted, according to the court filing.The documents are important for St. Anne’s survivors involved in the Independent Assessment Process (AIP), which was set up to hear claims and give compensation for sexual and serious physical abuse to residential school survivors under the multi-billion dollar Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.St. Anne’s survivors need the documents to prove their claims of abuse to IAP adjudicators. The redactions by Ottawa, however, are making it difficult for survivors to use the documents in their cases. The federal government acts as a party in the IAP hearings.“It has been difficult for claimants and council to try and figure out which documents may or may not be relevant to the case,” said Fiona Campbell, a lawyer with Sack Golblatt Mitchell.The court filing alleges that the federal government is redacting documents that are “in the public domain.” Ottawa is also “failing to provide an adequate school narrative for St. Anne’s or adequate reports for persons named in the applications as having abused the claimant.”Campbell said in some instances there are thousands of documents describing abuse allegations against individual staff members, but the “person of interest reports” on those staff members contain no more than a page or two and sometimes no mention of the allegations.The federal government is also refusing to release unredacted versions of three of five transcripts from open court criminal proceedings against former St. Anne’s staff. Ottawa is claiming that the three transcripts are no longer in the public domain as a result of the “length of time that has elapsed,” according to minutes from a Dec. 9 meeting of the IAP Oversight Committee.“I don’t even know what it means,” said Campbell. “If you can get the documents and it is a transcript of what took place in open court, I would have thought it was something that was available to the public.”The IAP Oversight Committee has basically given up on dealing with the issue of the St. Anne’s transcript and document issues, according to minutes of the December meeting.“The technical subcommittee has reached the end of its discussions on the St. Anne’s IRS issues,” said the minutes.NDP MP Charlie Angus said the IAP committee shares some of the responsibility for the scenario that has residential school survivors marching back to the courts.“The responsibility here [falls on] the Independent Assessment Process, who continue to fail survivors of St. Anne’s,” said Angus. “What kind of legal process says it’s okay for the defendants to suppress evidence and produce false evidence?”Angus said the IAP Secretariat “is making no effort to make sure it’s a fair process.”Justice Canada referred questions on the issue to Aboriginal Affairs which it said was the lead department on the file.Aboriginal Affairs said in a statement that Canada is also seeking clarification through the request for direction filed by the St. Anne’s survivors, but could provide no further comment because the matter is before the courts.Survivors who attended the Bishop Horden Indian Residential School from Moose Factory, Ont., are also seeking to have the results of the request for direction apply to their cases that have not yet been concluded through the IAP process.In addition to physical and sexual abuse, staff at St. Anne’s used an electric chair to shock students as young as six. They also forced sick students to eat their own vomit.A five-year OPP investigation in the 1990s led to the conviction of five former staff members from the school.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Early voting for the general election started today in San Diego

first_img Posted: October 8, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez Elizabeth Alvarez, Early voting for the general election started today in San Diego Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter October 8, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – We are a little less than 1 month from the general election. The voting signs are up and the San Diego County Registrar of Voters office is open. Aaron Morgan was one of the first people there.“I thought I would get a head start, be proactive and get an early start.”Anthony Blas says he wanted to get an early start on making sure his personal information was updated.” I came today to put in my change of address and my voting by mail paperwork so I can do my duty.”Early voting for the November 6th general election is now officially underway at 5600 Overland Avenue.“It took me about 5 to 7 minutes to vote. I thought it was a very efficient process” said Morgan.There are 326 items on the ballot throughout the entire county. That’s 52 questions on the ballot, 11 of them are state propositions and 41 of those are local measures.“We’re sending out 1.1 million mail ballots to the US Postal Service today so voters should be receiving those in the next couple of days” said Michael Vu, Registrar of Voters.Keep in mind if you are voting by mail, the official ballot for the general election this year is a two card ballot meaning there are two pages. That means that when you mail it back extra postage will be required — $0.71 to be exact. For those of you wanting a sample ballot pamphlet and voter information pamphlet, don’t worry, the office it’s still sending those out.“We are sitting at over 1.7 million registered voters. That’s the highest it’s ever been in any election we’ve conducted in the county. That number will of course increase by the time voter registration deadline happens on October 22nd” said the registrar of voters.Vu also says he expects to see close to a 75% turnout for this election and long lines on Election Day. He says voting now could save you the headache of a long wait at the polls.“The last time we had an open gubernatorial general election, we had a 64% turnout so I anticipate with the political climate out there, a lot close contests out there, a lot of high-profile races, a lot of questions to consider, I anticipate voters will turn out in this upcoming election.”last_img read more

JSW Energy may buy General Motors Pune plant to make electric cars

first_imgSajjan Jindal-led JSW Energy, which announced its plans to foray into the EVs and energy storage segments in August last year, seems to have found the place for production. Emerging reports indicate JSW Energy and General Motors (GM) are in advanced talks and the former may buy GM’s plant at Talegaon in Pune.American auto giant General Motors which sold cars in India under the Chevrolet brand till the end of 2017 is now using the Pune plant only for exports. The company manufactures Beat hatchback and sedan versions for the North and South American markets. If the report is anything to go by, the move will mark General Motors’ complete exit from India. The logo of JSW is seen on the company’s headquarters in Mumbai, India, February 11, 2016.Reuters FileLivemint report claims JSW Energy plans to launch an electric car, code-named JSW car, and GM’s Pune car plant will be the hub. JSW Energy has planned to roll out its first electric vehicle by 2020.In February 2018, they signed a pact with Maharashtra for setting up a manufacturing unit for electric vehicles (EV) and Energy Storage Systems in the state. The possible acquisition of GM’s Pune plant seems to be in line with this pact.”What I know is that JSW is in talks with GM to buy the plant… there have been discussions. Originally, PSA was also interested but their talks fell through,” the publication quoted a source as saying. General Motors Talegaon plantMedia.GMGM’s Talegaon plant is valued anywhere between Rs 3,000 crore and Rs 3,500 crore and is spread over 300 acres. The car plant that opened in 2008 has an annual capacity of 130,000 vehicles. General Motors India also owned a plant in Halol, Gujarat. The company closed the Halol factory in 2017 and it was eventually acquired by China’s largest automaker SAIC Motor Corp. They will make cars under MG Motor brand for the Indian market from 2019.In addition to the pact with Maharashtra government, JSW Energy Ltd had signed an agreement with Gujarat government to promote the production of battery operated vehicles in the state along with the production of the electrical battery, storage solutions and charging infrastructure last year. The project is worth Rs 4,000 crore and it is expected to provide employment opportunities to over 6,000 local people.last_img read more

Unity in diversity is Indias strength Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said that unity in diversity is India’s strength, and asked people to uphold the spirit and remain united. Referring to a Sanskrit phrase found in Maha Upanishad, ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, meaning, “the world is one family”, the chief minister, on International Human Solidarity Day, urged everybody to stay united and fight the divisive forces. “On International Human Solidarity Day, let us pledge to uphold the spirit of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ in truest sense. Unity in diversity is India’s strength,” Banerjee tweeted. “We must all be united and fight against the forces which seek to divide us for selfish reasons,” she added. The United Nations’ (UN) International Human Solidarity Day is annually held on December 20 to celebrate unity in diversity. It also aims to remind people on the importance of solidarity in working towards eradicating poverty.last_img read more

Shopaholics onestop destination

first_img“I like my money right where I can see it: hanging in my closet.” – Carrie Bradshaw Fashionistas in town had a lovely time recently as they could feast their eyes upon a fabulous new collection launched. There could not be more perfect timing to launch the New Spring Summer Collection at Agashe, this year marking the celebration of their one year anniversary. They launched yet another fabulous spring summer collection with select prêt designers, new and old. Sheena Agarwal the owner and curator of Agashe is an image consultant and offers her expert guidance based on the look one aims. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThey launched yet another fabulous spring summer collection with select prêt designers, new and old. Sheena Agarwal the owner and curator of Agashe is an image consultant and offers her expert guidance based on the look one aims.Agashe is an up market, multi designer Fashion and lifestyle store that offers both tradition and style infused with a breathe of modernity. The store hosts and offers over 60 of India’s luxury prêt fashion designers with varied options ranging from Rs 5,000 to 50,000. Agashe offers both Western as well as Indian garments, and accessories for fashion enthusiasts under one roof. This is the perfect spot for all avid shoppers to stop by browse and pick from the latest collections of designers like Pallavi Mohan, GARO, HUEMN, Urvashi Joneja, Duett Luxury, Fadh.K, Sumaan Natwani, and many others. Recently they unveiled their Spring Summer line (SS’17) with the fashion show as it celebrated the first year anniversary. Some of the city’s famous and stylish diva’s like Dimple Fouzdar, Sanjana Thandani, Rachna Sandhu, Lupita Saluja, Mallika Jain were part of the celebration. Shopaholics who like to keep themselves updated about the current fashion and trends would find good company in here surrounded by the latest designs in the SS’17 collection. The pret store in MG road, Gurgaon has launched about 30 new designers’ Spring Summer collection.last_img read more

Youve all heard the saying like father like son

first_imgYou’ve all heard the saying like father, like son.District 21 State Sen. Gerald Allen walked away from last night’s primary with a huge win over his opponent, once again securing the Republican nomination for the office he’s already held for two terms, but that’s not the only win his family is celebrating.“It’s going to be a joy and a privilege to serve with my son,” Allen said. Wes Allen, Gerald Allen’s son, won the GOP nomination for District 89’s state representative.But they still have to beat their respective Democrat opponents before they’re a father-and-son Alabama political duo. Gerald Allen faces Rick Burnham, and Wes Allen faces Joel Lee Williams in the Nov. 6 election.But Wes Allen said he’s wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps for quite some time.“Watching Dad for years and years, you know I could see he had a heart for people and he wanted to make his district that he represents and the state of Alabama a better place,” Wes Allen said. “If we make it to November and are successful with these campaigns, it is going to be a really neat time to serve with him.”last_img read more