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Politics 204 for December 8

Quote of the day

  • Winnipeg School Division Trustee Sherri Rollins

    “Trustees recognize the importance in today’s global economy of providing WSD students with opportunities to learn a second language. We’re excited to be the first division in Winnipeg to offer bilingual language programs in Indigenous Cree and Ojibway, as well as Spanish.” — Winnipeg School Division trustee Sherri Rollins after the WSD approved sweeping changes to language programs, creating Ojibway, Cree and Spanish programs for next fall, and adding another French bilingual school.

Waiting

  • Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

    Waiting for answers: This afternoon, the Liberal government announced details of the public inquiry on missing and murdered indigenous women. This follows Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s address to the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly this morning in Gatineau, Que.,
  • Waiting for refugees: The “command centre” for co-ordinating the resettlement of Syrian refugees is gearing up for a major influx in early January. The city is expected to receive fewer than 100 privately sponsored and government assisted Syrian refugees in December.
  • The waiting game: Canadians are waiting even longer this year to get treatment from a medical specialist, the Fraser Institute said in its annual Waiting Your Turn report this morning — 18.3 weeks of waiting, compared to 18.2 a year ago.

Good news

  • Shoal Lake 40 First Nation has been under one of the longest boil-water advisories in Canada.

    For Shoal Lake: City hall is setting aside $1 million for the design of an access road and two bridges to connect Shoal Lake 40 First Nation to the mainland.
  • For Manitoba businesses: The City of Minneapolis-St. Paul has exercised an option to buy an additional 30 transit buses from New Flyer Industries.

In case you missed it

  • Dean Koshelanyk says students have told him about racist remarks online.

    It’s QUESTION period: Prime Minister Trudeau seemed nervous and lacking in answers in his first appearance in the House of Commons as prime minister. It would appear things are different on that side of the House.
  • Fair warning: Winnipeg School Division trustee Dean Koshelanyk warns that racism towards Syrian refugees is already tearing through WSD on social media.
  • Switching schools: Education Minister James Allum says a Maples Collegiate student switched schools for academic reasons, but won’t intervene in a Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association ruling to ban him from varsity basketball for a year.

Take a break

  • Jesse Matas of Riding Mountain National Park skates on the smooth-as glass ice covering Clear Lake in the park on a sunny and warm Monday afternoon. Matas skated across the lake to the townsite of Wasagaming and back again. The lack of snow so far this year has created a rare opportunity for winter enthusiasts to enjoy the clear ice.

    Just to clear your mind: For a bit of a break in a busy day, watch our amazing video of skating on Clear Lake. It makes you want to put on your skates and head out for a fast game of shinny.

On the calendar

  • School boards: St. James-Assiniboa school board meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at 2574 Portage Ave. A major item on the agenda is a vote on a proposed reorganization of middle schools to create French milieu at Ness Middle School.School boards: St. James-Assiniboa school board meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at 2574 Portage Ave. A major item on the agenda is a vote on a proposed reorganization of middle schools to create French milieu at Ness Middle School.
  • At city hall: City council is holding its last meeting of 2015, where councillors are expected to approve $1 million for the design of an access road and two bridges to connect Shoal Lake 40 First Nation to the mainland.
  • In the House: MPs will continue to debate the throne speech today and Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault will table her 2014 annual report. As well, senators meet today for routine business for the first time this Parliament.

Today in history

  • In 1869, Louis Riel issued the Declaration of the People of Rupert’s Land and the North West. He declared the sale to Canada of Rupert’s Land (the Hudson’s Bay Company territory) without their consent entitled people to set up their own government. Many in Canada privately agree, including Militia Minister George-Êtienne Cartier.

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