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Three Edmonton Institution inmates have launched a $5.6-million lawsuit against the Attorney General of Canada after they say they were placed in segregation for 43 consecutive days over the summer.
According to a statement of claim filed on Oct. 25, Matthew Hamm, 37, Taylor Tobin, 19, and Shawn Keepness, 31, were placed in “involuntary administrative segregation” on June 30, 2016 because of a belief they were planning to harm or assault correctional officers. They claim the segregation was unlawful and procedurally unfair.
“The segregation suffered by the plaintiffs was cruel and unusual punishment,” the statement of claim reads.
“The placement of the plaintiffs in segregation was unreasonable and the punishment suffered in segregation was grossly disproportionate to the purported offence.”
The inmates were released from segregation on Aug. 10, after a successful application to the court.
In an Aug. 9 decision, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Joanne Veit said the decision to place and keep the inmates in segregation was unreasonable, procedurally unfair and unlawful. She ordered the three men be returned to the general population at the prison, a maximum-security institution for inmates serving terms of two years or more.
According to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, the longest an inmate can be in involuntary administrative segregation is 30 days.
The lawsuit also claims Hamm and Tobin were denied appropriate mental health care and Tobin and Keepness were denied access to their spiritual rights while in segregation.
Each inmate is seeking $1.873 million plus damages. None of the allegations has been proven in court.
WASHINGTON – Giving men and women equal opportunities —; and pay —; is good for business.
The chief of the International Monetary Fund on Monday called on governments and businesses to do more to promote the same economic opportunities for men and women and to fight discrimination that interferes with those goals.
Speaking at a conference in Washington, the fund’s managing director, Christine Lagarde, said that ensuring equal pay and economic opportunities for men and women boosts growth, promotes diversity, reduces economic inequality around the world and helps companies earn more.
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“It’s actually good for growth, it’s good for diversification of the economy, it’s good for reducing inequality and from a micro point of view, it’s also good for the bottom line of companies,” Lagarde said.
“It’s an economic no-brainer.”
Equal pay has been a hot issue in the presidential campaign as American women are estimated to earn about 80 cents for every dollar earned by men. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have pledged to fight for better pay and work conditions for women. Trump’s critics, however, have questioned his resolve, pointing to some of his derogatory comments about women.
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Lagarde said that developing countries can foster equal pay by channeling government spending to areas such as education, health care and infrastructure, which affect women most. Advanced economies can tackle the problem on the revenue side, Lagarde said, by easing the tax burden on families’ second income earners, typically women, and single-parent households, also usually women in the low tax brackets.
“Good fiscal policies actually serve to close that gender gap and to facilitate access,” Lagarde said.
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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the United Nation’s top women’s rights official called on governments to show more political will to give women greater economic opportunities. “The tone from the top makes a big difference,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said.
She added that it was high time governments were made accountable for promoting women’s rights. “It would really be nice when a government is toppled because they didn’t pay attention to women,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said. “And there isn’t enough of that happening.”
A team of underwater researchers is beginning its work on two Canadian heritage sites, where historically significant shipwrecks are located.
Sir John Franklin and all of his 129 men died in the arctic in an expedition to find the Northwest Passageway.
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Both ships sank and are now sitting on the bottom of the Arctic ocean.
Canadian researchers began looking for the two ships in 2008.
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They found HMS Erebus in 2014 and HMS Terror in September 2016.
Underwater archaeologist Marc-André Bernier speaks to students at Laval University, Monday, November 7, 2016. Jean-Vincent Verville/Global News
Underwater archaeologist Marc-André Bernier speaks to students at Laval University, Monday, November 7, 2016.
Jean-Vincent Verville/Global News
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“The story of John Franklin and the 1845 expedition is something that has captivated the minds of Canadians and British for many reasons,” said underwater archaeologist and research team manager Marc-André Bernier.
“It’s one of the lasting mysteries in Canadian history.”
Bernier gave a lecture Monday morning at Laval University.
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“[The HMS Terror] is in incredible condition, better than HMS Erebus and for us looking forward, it’s going to be quite exciting because we’re going to re-write the whole Franklin history with this discovery,” he said.
Once the dives begin in the new year, the team hopes to discover what really happened to Franklin and his men.
WINNIPEG —; The Winnipeg Jets have signed defenceman Jacob Trouba to a two-year, $6-million contract.
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The deal comes roughly six weeks after Trouba’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, revealed his client had asked to be traded. Overhardt says the request was made as Trouba wanted to switch sides and play as a right shot defenceman. Some believed the statement was a cover-up and that the American no longer wanted to play in the Manitoba capital.
“From the very on set, Jacob didn’t have a problem playing in Winnipeg or Canada,” said Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff.
“We’ve been interested in signing Jacob the whole summer. From my standpoint, nothing has changed. Hockey players want to play hockey. There was an opportunity here.”
News of the trade request irked some players. Jets forward Mathieu Perreault was the most vocal, calling Trouba selfish. Cheveldayoff doesn’t believe there will be an issue when the 22-year-old returns to the team.
“Everyone knows there is a business side to the game,” said Cheveldayoff. “When players are in the dressing room, that’s their family. I think he will be welcomed back.”
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Trouba could return to Winnipeg as soon as Tuesday. He has been skating in the Detroit area, giving Cheveldayoff confidence he is physically ready to play.
“It’s not out of the realm of possibility to see him tomorrow (against the Dallas Stars) but that’s probably pretty quick,” said Cheveldayoff. “We’re hopeful sooner rather than later.”
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When asked if he now plans to trade Trouba, Cheveldayoff replied by saying he’s a part of the team.
“Jacob Trouba is a Winnipeg Jet,” said Cheveldayoff. “We are here to announce his signing and the excitement that’s there. He gets the opportunity to re-join this team and get on the ice.”
Trouba became a restricted free agent this summer when his three-year, entry-level contract expired. He logged 23 goals, 49 assists and 151 penalty minutes in 211 regular season games with the Jets. Trouba was selected ninth overall by Winnipeg in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.