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Trudeau, majority of Liberal MPs vote against ISIS ‘genocide’ motion

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the majority of Liberal MPs have voted against a Conservative motion declaring that the violence perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) constitutes genocide.

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“Canada strongly condemns the atrocities committed by ISIL in the Middle East, and we stand with our allies in the fight against ISIS to make sure they lose the capacity to take so many civilian lives,” Trudeau said during question period Tuesday when pressed on why he would not vote for the motion.

The prime minister said the Liberal government has instead formally asked the UN Security Council to decide on whether calling it genocide is appropriate.

“We do not feel that politicians should be weighing in on this first and foremost,” Trudeau said.

“Determinations of genocide need to be made in an objective, responsible way. That is exactly what we have formally requested the international authorities weigh in on.”

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose’s motion accused ISIS of crimes against humanity, targeting groups such as Christians, Yezidis, Shia Muslims and other religious and ethnic minorities in Syria and Iraq.

WATCH: Rona Ambrose explains why the ‘genocide’ label is important 

The motion also asked MPs to agree that ISIS is using sexual violence as a weapon of war, enslaving women and girls and targeting gay and lesbian people for murder and torture.

The motion also called on MPs to condemn these atrocities and declare them to be genocide.

On Tuesday, Ambrose responded to Trudeau by accusing the Liberals of tarnishing the Canadian reputation as a protector of human rights.

“This is a low point for the Liberal party and it is a dark spot on Canada’s record as a defender of human rights,” Ambrose said during question period.

The motion did not pass, with 166 MPs voting against it — including the majority of Liberal MPs and Green party Leader Elizabeth May — while 139, mostly Conservatives and New Democrats, voted for it.

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However, four Liberal backbenchers decided to support the motion: Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Anthony Housefather, Karen Ludwig and Borys Wrzesnewskyj.

Housefather noted it was a free vote, saying he made his decision based on what he and his constituents believe.

“I believe that ISIS is committing horrible crimes, and I personally believe it is a genocide,” said the Montreal-area MP.

Housefather also said he did not consider the motion to be a Conservative one, even though Ambrose was the one to put it forward.

“I believe that motions that come before the House should be considered by everybody as members representing their ridings, and we should not be considering what party put them forward.”

Social services taking over children’s care from Saskatoon Tribal Council

The Saskatchewan government is taking back responsibility for the care of children from the Saskatoon Tribal Council Child and Family Services. Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer said the tribal council has repeatedly refused the ministry access to files for children it serves on reserve.

Harpauer said that means the government has no idea how many children are being cared for or what kind of care they’re receiving.

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    “I’m hoping that they are getting a very good level of care, but I want to be assured,” Harpauer told reporters Tuesday at the legislature in Regina.

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    First Nations agencies are required to monitor and track children in care on reserve and report back to the Ministry of Social Services. The province has what are called delegation agreements with 15 of 17 First Nations agencies.

    The Yorkton and the Saskatoon tribal councils have refused to sign new agreements.

    However, according to the latest report from the provincial auditor, the Yorkton council is working with the ministry and submits monthly reports on children in its care.

    The Saskatoon council is not submitting those monthly reports.

    Provincial auditor Judy Ferguson said last week that “without access to all files relating to children in care, the ministry cannot determine if children are properly cared for and protected.”

    READ MORE: 85 per cent of Saskatchewan children in foster care are indigenous: Stats Can

    Harpauer says there has not been consistent reporting since 2008 and the province has been working in a void “most of time.”

    “It’s not just how many kids,” Harpauer said.

    “With the other agreements and the other agencies that we work with, the other 16 agencies, they allow our quality assurance to go in the agency, randomly take files and ensure that the level of care is to the provincial standard because we believe that all children are entitled to the same level of care in our province.”

    “They will not allow our officials to do that with the files on reserve. They will not allow the children’s advocate to access the files on reserve.”

    Harpauer says years of trying to negotiate a new deal between the province and the tribal council have reached an impasse.

    Federal funding also expired in March.

    Harpauer says officials plan to go to the Saskatoon Tribal Council office on Wednesday to get the files and, if that doesn’t work, the province will have to go through the courts.

    “I’m trying to be very optimistic, but I won’t be shocked if they chose not to (share the files),” Harpauer said.

    The Saskatoon Tribal Council has seven member nations within a 200-kilometre radius of Saskatoon.

    A call to the office for comment was not immediately returned.

    Harpauer said the decision was not taken lightly.

    “It is not about politics, or jurisdiction. It is about the safety and well-being of vulnerable children, and that must be our primary concern,” she said.

Alberta organizes centralized donation program for residents of Fort McMurray

EDMONTON – Alberta is organizing a centralized donation program for residents of fire-ravaged Fort McMurray. The province said it will avoid mistakes from the Slave Lake fire when new clothes ended up in the garbage dump.

Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee said if Fort McMurray receives more donations than needed, items will be redirected to other charities.

Larivee said the province is partnering with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency to co-ordinate donations.

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    Items still being accepted include gently used furniture, food, bedding, baby food, bottles and formula.

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    There has been an outpouring of donations since last month’s fire, which destroyed one-tenth of the city and forced more than 80,000 people to flee.

    A similar show of support followed a fire that destroyed parts of Slave Lake in 2011, but some donations, including new children’s clothing, were later found in a landfill.

    Albertans who want to donate items for Fort McMurray residents can call 310-4455 for instructions.

    People interested in volunteering at the Alberta Wildfire Donation Centre operated by ADRA in Edmonton must register online.

    Donations can also be dropped off in person at the centre, 17306 – 129 Ave. NW, in Edmonton. For a list of the most-needed items, visit the Alberta government’s website.

    Financial donations are still being accepted by the Canadian Red Cross.

EXCLUSIVE: Quebec Cannabis Registry tracks 500 medical marijuana patients

MONTREAL —; The Quebec College of Physicians made it mandatory for doctors and patients to take part in a research study if they wanted access to cannabis. But tracking the use of medical marijuana in the province has proven to be a challenge.

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“It’s not that easy to set up this kind of project,” said Dr. Mark Ware, investigator at the MUHC’s Research Institute.

Quebec is considered a world leader when it comes to research on medical marijuana. It’s been just over one year since the Quebec Cannabis Registry first saw the light of day, and only a fraction of doctors who have applied are now authorized to prescribe pot, mostly in private clinics.

“We’re waiting for permission and approvals to extend recruitment to all publicly associated clinics across Quebec,” said Ware, who is planning to present his preliminary findings in Poland later this month.

Only 23 physicians are approved to authorize the use of medical marijuana, out of the 160 who have applied. The registry is now tracking 505 patients, and in the long run the goal is to have at least 3,000.

“I think the conclusion that we have is that it’s working,” insisted Ware. “We’ve been on a steady recruitment curve ever since we began.”

But the registry has also proven to be time-consuming for doctors and patients who typically have to spend hours filling out surveys on the different strains, symptoms and side effects of marijuana.

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“For some clinics this is a burden, especially if they’re recruiting a large number of patients. They need to be seen in follow up: the patients are seen every three months for the first two years,” said Ware.

Santé Cannabis is the largest clinic of its kind in Quebec, and employs a third of doctors who are taking part in the registry.

“There are dissuasive elements to the registry,” said Adam Greenblatt, executive director of Santé Cannabis.

“It’s a very strict guideline but hopefully once we see the registry take off in public clinics that will no longer be an issue.”

The goal is to widen access to physicians in all public medical clinics such as CLSCs, but first Quebec’s Health ministry needs to agree.

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Many stakeholders expect that the federal government’s plan to legalize marijuana will increase access for both medical and recreational users. But Quebec’s College of Physicians worries it could compromise the entire cannabis registry, considering it’s now compulsory.

“Personally, my fear is that opening the market and diminishing the price and difficulty of access to cannabis in general —; it may be a barrier to the registry,” said Dr. Yves Robert, secretary of the Quebec College of Physicians.

“Patients will probably have more facility to access cannabis without having to have a prescription.”

Your Manitoba: June 2016

Your Manitoba June 30; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Jeff Vernaus

Your Manitoba June 30; Pleasant Valley, Man.

Submitted by: Larry & Nancy Cruikshank

Your Manitoba June 30; Hwy 59, Man.

Submitted by: Liz Griffin

Your Manitoba June 30; St. Andrews, Man.

Submitted by: Mary Blonski

Your Manitoba June 30; Carman, Man.

Submitted by: Lori Wiebe

Your Manitoba June 28; Oak Hammock Marsh, Man.

Submitted by: Neil Longmuir

Your Manitoba June 28; Webb Lake, Man.

Submitted by: Norbert Collette

Your Manitoba June 28; St. Malo, Man.

Submitted by: Melody Smith

Your Manitoba June 28; Nopaming Prov. Park, Man.

Submitted by: Daryl Kruk

Your Manitoba June 28; Hecla Island, Man.

Submitted by: Arnold Baysa

Your Manitoba June 24; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Priscilla Kerr-Hatae

Your Manitoba June 24; Ste. Anne, Man.

Submitted by: Martin Gabbs

Your Manitoba June 24; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Tim Reisdorf

Your Manitoba June 24; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Linda Caldwell

Your Manitoba June 24; Oak Hammock Marsh, Man.

Submitted by: Mark Rootes

Your Manitoba June 22; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 22; Oak Hammock Marsh, Man.

Submitted by: James Urchenko

Your Manitoba June 22; Portage la Prairie, Man.

Submitted by: Larry Parker

Your Manitoba June 22; Clearwater Lake, Man.

Submitted by: Andre Brandt

Your Manitoba June 22; Riding Mountain National Park, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 20; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Neil Longmuir

Your Manitoba June 20; Minisino, Man.

Submitted by: Ronald Felnhofer

Your Manitoba June 20; Laurier, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 20; Langruth, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 20; Deception Bay, Ont.

Submitted by: Nancy Mann

Your Manitoba June 15; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 15; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 15; Netley Creek, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 15; Headingley, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 15; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 13; Norris Lake, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 13; Falcon Lake, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 13; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 13; Winnipeg Beach, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 13; Morden, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 9; Portage la Prairie, Man.

Submitted by: Elton

Your Manitoba June 9; southern Manitoba.

Submitted by: Wendy Zibresky

Your Manitoba June 9; Netley Creek, Man.

Submitted by: Trevor & Cheryl

Your Manitoba June 9; Neepawa, Man.

Submitted by: Charlie Webb

Your Manitoba June 9; Meleb, Man.

Submitted by: Kevin Hurrie

Your Manitoba June 6; Lakeland, Man.

Submitted by: Thelma Hanneson

Your Manitoba June 6; Haywood, Man.

Submitted by: Corrine Bernard

Your Manitoba June 6; Big Whiteshell Lake, Man.

Submitted by: Helena Osborne

Your Manitoba June 6; St. Andrews, Man.

Submitted by: Tomek Malczewski

Your Manitoba June 6; Neepawa, Man.

Submitted by: Megan Stokes

Your Manitoba June 3; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Sharlene Garlinski

Your Manitoba June 3; Riding Mountain National Park, Man.

Submitted by: Nykola Dudeck

Your Manitoba June 3; Interlake, MB

Submitted by: Leslie Mehner

Your Manitoba June 3; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 1; Rosenort, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 1; Carman, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 1; Riding Mountain National Park, Man.

Submitted by: Nykola Dudeck

Your Manitoba June 1; St. Adolphe, Man.

Submitted by: Gilles Desrosiers

Your Manitoba June 1; Delta, Man.

Photo Credit: Linda Dahling

Your Manitoba June 2; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Randy Fridfinnson

Your Manitoba June 2; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Jeff Vernaus

Your Manitoba June 2; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Solange Lagassie

Your Manitoba June 3; Laurier, Man.

Submitted by: Gloria Desjardins

Your Manitoba June 8; Pinawa, Man.

Submitted by: Cindy Stonebridge

Your Manitoba June 8; St. Georges, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 8; St. Jean Baptiste, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 8; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Shelley Fedoruk

Your Manitoba June 8; Oak Hammock Marsh, Man.

Submitted by: Neil Longmuir

Your Manitoba June 10; Morris, Man.’

Submitted by: Jennifer Rhymer

Your Manitoba June 10; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Priscilla Kerr-Hatae

Your Manitoba June 10; Haywood, Man.

Submitted by: Cecile Furet

Your Manitoba June 10; Fraserwood, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 14; St. Norbert, Man.

Submitted by: Harold & Ester

Your Manitoba June 14; Riding Mountain, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 14; Lake of the Woods, ON

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Your Manitoba June 14; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 14; Ste. Anne, Man.

Submitted by: Martin Gabbs

Your Manitoba June 16; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Les Wilkinson

Your Manitoba June 16; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 16; Carman, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 16; Lac du Bonnet, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 21; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Sasha Palmova

Your Manitoba June 21; Ste. Anne, Man.

Submitted by: Larry Trush

Your Manitoba June 21; Stonewall, man.

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Your Manitoba June 21; Dominion City, Man.

Submitted by: Liz Griffin

Your Manitoba June 24; Landmark, Man.

Submitted by: Kathy Short

Your Manitoba June 24; Kenora, Ont.

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Your Manitoba June 24; Richer, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 24; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 24; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Joe Campbell

Your Manitoba June 27; Hecla Island, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 27; Lake Manitoba, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 27; Winnipeg Beach, Man.

Submitted by: Tyler McPherson

Your Manitoba June 27; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Gisele Fillion

Your Manitoba June 27, Otterfalls, Man.

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Your Manitoba June 29; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Mark Rootes

Your Manitoba June 29; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Jeff Williams

Your Manitoba June 29; Ponemah, Man.

Submitted by: Kathy Magnusson

Your Manitoba June 29; Winnipeg, Man.

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