Morning update: Indigenous women make up half of the female population in Canada’s federal prisons


Indigenous women now make up half of the female population in federal penitentiaries, a situation Canada’s Prisons Ombudsman calls “shocking and shameful.”

Last week, federal prisons held 298 non-Indigenous women and 298 Indigenous women. This is the first time the ratio has reached 50/50, the ombudsman, Correctional Investigator Ivan Zinger, told The Globe’s Patrick White. One in 20 women in Canada is Indigenous.

Ottawa has made countless commitments to address the overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in prison over the years. In its 2001 Speech from the Throne, the Chrétien government pledged to eliminate the disparity within a generation. More recently, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate letters directed the Ministers of Justice and Public Safety to address the issue. But the trend has defied all government efforts to reverse it.

“It’s just shocking and shameful for a country that has so many resources,” Zinger said.

Canada’s Prisons Ombudsman has said the overrepresentation of Indigenous women in federal prisons is “shocking and shameful for a country that has so many resources.”Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

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How Utah’s “Trigger Law” Would Change Abortion Access in the State If Roe v. wade falls

For Utah lawmakers and advocates who have spent decades working to ban abortion, the prospect that Roe v. Wade will soon be canceled in the United States has produced an outpouring of joy – and a new determination for additional measures to limit medical abortions and simplify adoption.

Utah is among 13 states that have enacted “trigger laws” that can ban most abortions almost immediately if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Roe v. Wade of 1973, which legalized the termination of pregnancies to the point of fetal viability. A draft Supreme Court decision leaked this week suggests the imminent overturning of Roe v. Wade.

“I’m very happy — very happy,” said Karianne Lisonbee, a Republican lawmaker who sponsored the state’s trigger bill in the Utah House of Representatives.

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US Federal Reserve hikes interest rates by half a point, biggest hike in two decades

The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced its biggest interest rate hike in two decades and signaled that more outsized rate increases are ahead, a move that rippled through global markets and will set the tone for central bankers around the world.

The Federal Open Market Committee, which manages US monetary policy, voted unanimously to raise the central bank’s key rate by half a percentage point, instead of the usual quarter-point move. He said in June he would begin trimming the Fed’s $9 trillion balance sheet, which is replete with assets purchased during the pandemic to keep interest rates low. This will further increase borrowing costs.

The widely anticipated move puts the world’s most influential central bank on track to scale back monetary stimulus at the fastest pace in decades in hopes of preventing high inflation from taking hold.

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Ottawa urged to increase levels of security personnel at Toronto Pearson airport: Some of Canada’s busiest airports are warning of excessive delays, while the largest, Toronto Pearson, is asking Ottawa to increase staff at passenger checkpoints to ease long waits and long lines waiting.

Quebec maple syrup producer Bernard & Fils aims to tap into the global market with the takeover of Bain Capital: One of Canada’s most reputable maple syrup companies has been taken over by US private equity giant Bain Capital, a sign that the amber-colored sweetener is attracting more attention from well-capitalized investors. .

The RCMP must increase Indigenous representation within its ranks to advance reconciliation efforts, according to a review: An assessment of the RCMP’s progress on reconciliation revealed challenges, including the need for more Indigenous employees across the organization and a decline in Indigenous enrollment in the strength training academy in Regina.

Sinn Fein is aiming for a historic victory in Thursday’s election in Northern Ireland: If opinion polls are correct, Thursday’s election in Northern Ireland will see the Irish Nationalist Party elevated to the largest group in the country’s 90-seat assembly. This would give the party seeking to unite with Ireland the premiership of the Belfast government for the first time.


Global stocks rise: Global stock markets were still on high alert on Thursday, relieved that the biggest hike in US interest rates in more than two decades had not been even steeper. Just after 5:30 a.m. ET, Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.78%. The German DAX and the French CAC 40 rose 1.34% and 1.55% respectively. In Asia, the Hong Kong Hang Seng ended down 0.36%. Markets in Japan were closed. New York futures were weaker. The Canadian dollar was trading at 78.43 cents US.


When lying becomes normal in politics, democracy suffers

“Our society is protected from dishonesty in so many aspects of our daily existence; there are laws prohibiting lying in court, lying on financial documents, lying in advertising campaigns. We must be equally protected against politicians who lie. This is partly the work of the media. We must be vigilant and challenge politicians who spread information that completely distorts the facts. – Gary Mason

The origins of Putin’s totalitarianism

“For Mr. Putin, the strengthening of state security organs seemed like an insurance against upheavals like those of 1991, which led to the disappearance of what he calls “historic Russia”. And Mr. Putin is very proud of the stability of the political system he has built – a process that has no doubt been aided by high energy prices and the relatively competent management of some siloviki.” – Nina L. Khrushcheva


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For Mother’s Day, give her a book – and some alone time at home to read

Evangelist of books as gifts for Mother’s Day, Marsha Lederman of The Globe shares a list of new motherly-themed titles to consider for the mom in your life.

MOMENT IN TIME: May 5, 1945

Japanese bomb kills six in Oregon

A Japanese paper balloon carrying a bomb in flight, c. 1944-1945. Between November 1944 and April 1945, Japan launched more than nine thousand explosive balloons – experimental weapons intended to kill and cause fires in North America.Courtesy of Robert Mikesh Collection, National Museum of the Pacific War

On this day in 1945, Archie Mitchell got out of his car near Leonard’s Creek, Oregon, with a picnic. With him were five children from Sunday school at his church, where he was a pastor, and his pregnant wife. He was a short distance behind them when he heard an explosion. His wife, Elsie Mitchell, and children, Joan Patzke, Dick Patzke, Jay Gifford, Edward Engen and Sherman Shoemaker, were killed by a Japanese explosive balloon, rendering them the first and only known American war casualties in the continental United States during World War II. One of the victims spotted something in the woods, according to the New York Times, and then called the others. “One of them shot off a piece of the balloon and a huge explosion followed,” the newspaper reported weeks later. Japan’s explosive balloons floated high in the atmosphere and were carried over the Pacific Ocean by strong air currents. Of the more than 9,000 launched, 361 were eventually found in 26 US states, Mexico and Canada. The US Censorship Board first asked newspapers not to publish articles on explosives, in order to avoid panic. The Oregon bomb was described in articles as “an explosion of unannounced cause”. The US government began warning the public about the balloon bombs a week later, and on June 1 of that year lifted the blackout over the cause of the deadly explosion. Mahdis Habibinia

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