Alberta Hate Crime Committee Launches “#StopHateAB” Website

Alberta-Hate-CrimesThe new resource will provide Albertans a space to record and document hate incidents in the province. The Alberta Hate Crime Committee (AHCC) announced today the launch of its new initiative, www.StopHateAb.ca. The StopHateAB.ca website will provide a space for Albertans to record and document hate incidents in order to improve awareness and education about hate incidents in our communities to the wider public. Given the recent amount of hate-related incidents that have come to public attention, there is a significant need to collect and track these incidents. While Statistics Canada provides annual reports on hate crimes, there is currently no space to document hate incidents. 

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Edmonton to Join in Solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017

Womens-MarchIn the spirit of diversity, equality and inclusivity, Canadians across the country will rally in the United States and over 20 countries on Saturday, January 21, 2017, in support of the Women’s March on Washington. The recent U.S. election is a reminder for all of us that the rights, freedoms, and sense of safety we cherish are not to be taken for granted. We will gather to say loudly and clearly that we will not tolerate discrimination, and that we will stand in support of all those who have been (and continue to be) the targets of hatred and closed minds. By marching and rallying in solidarity on January 21, 2017, we are saying that we intend to remain vigilant, here in our country to ensure that the hard-fought gains that have been achieved are not reversed or diluted.

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Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters Launches the “Lift Her Up” Campaign in Support of Women in Politics

lift her up campaignThe Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters has created a campaign “Lift her Up”, to counter the misogynist rallying cry heard on the steps of the Alberta legislature last weekend. Contrary to the copy-cat cries to “Lock her Up” , we know – based on a survey conducted earlier this year, that most men in Alberta agree that sexist, violent language and the sexualization of women in media and popular culture helps to legitimize violence against women”. In fact, we have seen improvements in men’s attitudes about violence against women over the last four years, according to a study conducted for ACWS by Leger Marketing. Shelter directors gathered in Edmonton for their December meeting voiced the concern about the effect these hateful messages have on our province’s boys and girls. 

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ACT Alberta Study on Labour Trafficking in Edmonton Released — “Canada is a cold jail”

human-trafficking EdmontonThe final report of the study, “Labour Trafficking in Edmonton: Holding Tight to a Double-Edged Sword” has officially been released. This project, the first of its kind in Canada, explores the hidden intricacies of labour trafficking in Edmonton. Through interviews and focus groups with local experts, criminal justice representatives, government officials, and service providers, this study has produced a local body of knowledge on the realities of labour trafficking in Edmonton. This study found that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is the primary vehicle by which labour trafficking occurs in Edmonton. Recruiters and employers manipulate this program and traffic workers both into and across Canada. Many businesses in Edmonton reap immense profits off the backs of victims of labour trafficking, who often work and live in deplorable conditions.

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TELUS launches Internet for Good Pilot to Support 15,000 Alberta Families

single-parents TELUS announced a new pilot program on November 24, 2016 that offers low-cost Internet service to single parent families receiving financial support through the Alberta Works Income Support and Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped programs. In early 2017, approximately 15,000 single-parent families currently receiving assistance through these programs will receive a coupon code in the mail. The code will allow them to activate TELUS’ offer of Internet service for $9.95 a month. This innovative pilot program is entirely funded by TELUS and comes at no cost to taxpayers or the government. Program participants will also have access to TELUS WISE, an innovative program dedicated to educating Canadians about Internet safety and equipping families with the tools they need to have conversations with their children and loved ones about online and smartphone safety.

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