More education in human trafficking is needed across Canada to combat the growing issue, which has been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, experts say. Julie Jones, a former police detective, human trafficking investigation specialist and founder of Human Intelligence Services Inc., said people often don’t know how to identify human trafficking, even when experiencing it themselves. “The most important aspect of trafficking today is grooming and how it’s done,” she said. “It’s all about manipulation and coercive control because, as is also common in domestic violence cases, people often don’t realize that they’re in an abusive situation until they become dependent on their abuser, are removed from their support network and can’t get out.” To address the need for more awareness, the Joy Smith Foundation officially launched Canada’s first online education centre this week
Month: October 2021
Get ready. An epic solar storm may be heading our way, one so big it could knock out power grids, damage satellites, cause internet blackouts, and essentially take down our modern life as we know it. It’s known as a 1-in-100 years solar storm. Solar storms are an explosion of energized particles hurled from the Sun known as flares or coronal mass ejections (CME). Small scale storms occur regularly but every century or so there is an extreme eruption. On Earth, we are about to enter a busy season for solar activity. According to research scientist Robyn Fiori, high solar activity occurs on an 11-year cycle, and we just got out of a low period. “We’re ramping up from a period of very low activity where we didn’t see a lot of flares or coronal mass ejections to a point where we’re starting to see more and more activity, and we’re starting to expect the potential for more impacts,” Fiori said.
Move aims to deter clever accounting to elude taxes by using low-rate havens. Leaders of the world’s biggest economies on Saturday endorsed a global minimum tax on corporations as part of an agreement on new international tax rules, a step toward building more fairness amid skyrocketing revenues of some multinational businesses. G20 finance ministers in July had already agreed on a 15 per cent minimum tax. Its formal endorsement at the summit on Saturday in Rome of the world’s economic powerhouses was widely expected. The deal did fall short of U.S. President Joe Biden’s original call for a 21 per cent minimum tax. Still, Biden tweeted his satisfaction. “Here at the G20, leaders representing 80 per cent of the world’s GDP — allies and competitors alike — made clear their support for a strong global minimum tax,” the president said in the tweet. “This is more than just a tax deal — it’s diplomacy reshaping our global economy and delivering for our people.” The agreement aims to discourage multinationals from stashing profits in countries where they pay little or no taxes. These days, multinationals can earn big profits from things like trademarks and intellectual property.
With a feather in her hand and a bright blue shawl and Métis sash draped over her shoulders, Carrie Bourassa made her entrance to deliver a TEDx Talk at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon in September 2019, where she detailed her personal rags-to-riches story. “My name is Morning Star Bear,” she said, choking up. “I’m just going to say it — I’m emotional.” The crowd applauded and cheered. “I’m Bear Clan. I’m Anishinaabe Métis from Treaty Four Territory,” Bourassa said, explaining that she grew up in Regina’s inner city in a dysfunctional family surrounded by addiction, violence and racism. She said her saving grace was her Métis grandfather, who would often sit her on his knee and tell her “you’re going to be a doctor or a lawyer.” “He would make me repeat it over and over as there was chaos going on, usually violence,” Bourassa said. “And why would he make me say that? Because there was nobody in my family that had ever gone past Grade 8.” As it turns out, Bourassa went on to become one of the most prominent and respected voices on Indigenous health in the country.
In the last 5 years, 4 Canadian universities have announced Black studies programs with more in discussion. A new black studies minor will be offered to students of Ryerson University in the Fall 2022 semester — and other similar programs are in the works across the country, filling what scholars are calling a longtime curriculum gap at Canadian universities. A successful program at Dalhousie University, launched in 2016, marked the beginning of a new era in academic institutions. But black studies scholars and academics say that this new wave has been in the works for a long time. By all accounts, students are leading the charge for black studies curriculums at Canadian universities, and have been for years, with the support of faculty. “I’m happy, but I’m not grateful. Let me put it that way,” said Afua Cooper, a black studies professor at Dalhousie University. “Because if it took white society and academia so long to recognize that, you know, the black experience is … worthy of scholarly inquiry, then I’m kind of like, ‘Hmm.'”