More bodies have been recovered from the Atlantic in the area where a French jet disappeared last week, bringing the total number to 17, officials say.
Stephen Pate, NJN Network, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, June 8, 2009 with stories from CTV and the BBC
Dozens of pieces of debris from the Air France plane were also picked up by Brazilian and French ships. They were found some 1,000km (600 miles) north-east of Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha islands where the Airbus disappeared with 228 people. Continue reading →
Afghan law strips women of rights, echoes of Taliban
By Stephen Pate, NJN Network, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, April 2, 2009
with story and video from CBC
A new Afghan rape law, supported by President Karzai, would make it illegal for women to refuse sex, strips them of property rights, grants custody to fathers and grandfathers. While reported in Canada, it is virtual unknown in US media. Women cannot leave their homes without permission from the husband. Canadian politicians are raising red flags along with women’s groups. Does this signal Canada is looking for a back door out of the war or real concern for women’s rights. The latter is hard to believe when Harper and Ignatieff allowed Pay Equity laws in Canada to be rescinded last week. Ignatieff is especially wishy washy on the issue. Will he ever stand up for anything other than getting power? Continue reading →
Since I was quoted on camera by CTV using the word “cripple”, some have questioned the political correctness of that statement. It is perfectly acceptable for a person with a disability to use the term “cripple” in the proper context.
In the CTV clip, I said “Cobblestones or cripples?
A popular family restaurant vowed to give their staff sensitivity training Monday after an employee kicked out a family because their autistic child was making too much noise. The ordeal began shortly after Sarah Seymour took her family, including her autistic daughter Eowyn, to a Smitty’s Restaurant in west Edmonton on Saturday. Continue reading →