Paul Martin, the former prime minister and guest speaker at Wednesday’s We Day youth rally in Winnipeg, has been busy building his non-profit Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative to fight what he calls the federal government’s “absolute discrimination” against Aboriginal students.
Though the focus of We Day organizers' Free the Children is primarily helping impoverished kids overseas, largely by building schools in places like Kenya, Martin wants to remind us about those who need help in our own backyard. “I have spent a lot of time in Africa. In fact, I just got in from North Africa late last night,” he says. “I have been in Aboriginal communities in northern Canada that are far worse than anything I've seen in Africa. While we have a responsibility to the world, we also have a great responsibility at home.”
Of course, the big difference between Africa and Canada is that African governments simply don’t have the resources to give their populations the education they deserve, while Canada does and simply chooses not to spend money on Aboriginal children, according to Martin.
Sexual Assault Statistics in Canada
A Numerical Representation of the Truth
Of every 100 incidents of sexual assault, only 6 are reported to the police
1 - 2% of "date rape" sexual assaults are reported to the police
1 in 4 North American women will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime
11% of women have physical injury resulting for sexual assault
Only 2 - 4% of all sexual assaults reported are false reports
60% of sexual abuse/assault victims are under the age of 17
over 80% of sex crime victims are women
80% of sexual assault incidents occur in the home
17% of girls under 16 have experienced some form of incest
83% of disabled women will be sexual assaulted during their lifetime
15% of sexual assault victims are boys under 16
half of all sexual offenders are married or in long term relationships
57% of aboriginal women have been sexually abused
1/5th of all sexual assaults involve a weapon of some sort
80% of assailants are friends and family of the victim
Elizabeth May Loses it
Elizabeth May continues to do damage control after she made a controversial speech last weekend at the annual press gallery dinner in Ottawa.
It’s mostly a light-hearted event. But the federal Green Party leader went on too long, and eventually used the F-word to insult the Harper cabinet over its treatment of former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr.
May has apologized, saying she was tired and recovering from the flu.
On Monday, she was asked on Global BC whether alcohol played a factor.
“I don’t — well, that’s a question for me to answer because it’s very subjective. I had wine with dinner. That’s it. I didn’t have cocktails or drinks anywhere else. I had wine with dinner at the table. I was recovering from flu, so I was drinking as much water as possible because my throat hurt. But I don’t think it was a factor, but I definitely had wine with dinner. I’m not going to deny that.”