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B.C. Supreme Court judge rejects bid to send Coastal GasLink pipeline back for assessment

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has rejected a bid by the Office of the Wet’suwet’en to kill an extension of the environmental assessment certificate that gave the green light to a northern B.C. pipeline that was at the centre of countrywide protests. In a decision released this week, Justice Barbara Norell said B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) …

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Hate crimes jumped 51 per cent in part spurred by pandemic, Toronto police report

TORONTO — Hate crime complaints and arrests in the country’s largest city jumped sharply last year, with Jewish and Black people the most common targets, according to an annual police report released on Thursday. The report cites the COVID-19 pandemic first reported in Wuhan, China, and the police murder of George Floyd, a Black man …

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Pandemic has increased health-care inequity for Indigenous women, report finds

A new report into the barriers facing Indigenous women trying to access health care during the pandemic describes serious issues including racism and lack of access to mental health services. The report titled In Her Circle also suggests ways to provide better health-care services. About 43 indigenous women and two-spirit individuals spoke about their experiences through telephone …

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