Dan Shewchuk, the Nunavut justice minister, told the Senate legal affairs committee Feb. 2 that Bill C-10, the Conservative government’s omnibus crime bill, will create big costs and other problems for Nunavut’s justice and correctional systems.
Bill C-10, known as the Safe Streets and Communities Act, would amend the Criminal Code, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other federal laws to limit the use of conditional sentencing, create more mandatory minimum sentences and make the youth justice law more tough.
“Nunavut has a unique justice system and Bill C-10 will have repercussions on our territory,” Shewchuk said. Read more »
By The Canadian Press, The Tyee
Canada needs safe-injection sites in every region to curb the spread of hepatitis B and C, says a health-care coalition that is calling for a more aggressive approach to combat the diseases.
The Canadian Coalition of Organizations Responding to Hepatitis B and C has issued a report card on Canada's performance and found that resources are inconsistent across the country.
Co-ordination appears particularly poor in Prince Edward Island, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories and prison inmates across the country are especially vulnerable, the group says in its report.
"Governments are essentially failing in terms of the prison population," the report says. Read more »
By: JANE GEORGE, Nunatsiaq Online
Nunavut residents who hoped to see two new addictions and treatment centres in the territory will likely have to wait longer.
That’s because the Government of Nunavut has put on hold its request for proposals for centres in Iqaluit and Cambridge Bay.
In Cambridge Bay, there’s already a plan to convert the former student hostel into a residential addictions treatment and healing centre and many people in the Kitikmeot region are eager to get help closer to home.
But after hamlet officials hadn’t received any news about their proposal, which they submitted this past February, they learned that the RFP was cancelled. Read more »
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