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Why We Should All Be Concerned About Bill C-43: An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and the Criminal Code

Significant Amendments to the CCRA proposed in Bill C-43 (excerpted from Graham Stewart and Michael Jackson’s commentary) _____________________________________________________________________________________________ In December 2007, the Correctional Services Canada (CSC) Independent Review Panel released its final report outlining recommendations for the Government of Canada. The Panel was assigned the task of completing a review of CSC’s operational priorities, strategies … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Living and Dying

http://www.healthzone.ca/health/newsfeatures/article/729852–man-thought-in-coma-for-23-years-was-conscious ____________________________________________________________________________________________ The above article appears in the Toronto Star today. It is about a car crash victim, Rom Houben, who was thought to be in a vegetative state for 23 years, when in fact he was conscious the entire time. I can’t imagine the horror of being trapped in one’s own mind, unable to … Continue reading

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11th International Trans Day of Remembrance

Information taken from http://www.transgenderdor.org and the 519 Community Centre website listed below. The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web … Continue reading

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Press Release: National Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2009

BUZZ ALERT IMMEDIATE RELEASE National Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2009: Leaders Gather to Discuss Aboriginal Access Vancouver, BC (November 3, 2009) –The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) will be hosting a special presentation luncheon, on December 1, 2009, to heighten the awareness of the increasing rates of HIV infection amongst the Aboriginal Peoples within Canada. … Continue reading