Seeking Clarity, Support and Justice After a Winnipeg Police Dog Attacks a School Boy

On December 14, 2022, David Aloba, a five-year-old student of Samuel Burland School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was bitten by a police dog when the Canine Division of the Winnipeg Police Department Visited his school. The boy was taken to the hospital, where he received multiple stitches to his lower lips from a plastic surgeon. Winnipeg Police reported the incident to the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba, which is obligated to investigate incidents involving the police. However, the unit decided not to investigate the incident because David’s injury was not classified as ‘Serious’. According to the unit’s website, serious injuries involve a hospital admission, dismemberment or death. In an article published by CBC, an investigator from the unit, was quoted as saying that “although David was taken to the hospital, he was not admitted and that the unit could still carry out an investigation if there’s enough public interest”. In response, Mr and Mrs Aloba authorized NovaDOC African Community to release an online petition to gain public interest, and it received more than 3000 signatures in the first few days.

How do David’s parents feel about the incident and the way the authorities involved have handled it? What systemic changes do they want to see to avoid a reoccurrence? How can this incident psychologically impact David, his family and other community members? Legally, who should be held liable for damages?

Canada Safeguards Temporary Foreign Workers with New Amendments

Although temporary foreign workers have the same rights and protections as workers who are Canadian citizens and permanent residents, there have been allegations of forced labour, unsafe working conditions, and lesser wages experienced by TFWs. In September this year, the Canadian government made a series of amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (Temporary Foreign Workers) to safeguard the rights of foreign temporary workers employed in Canada.

New Immigration Streams in Alberta Provides Clarity on the Direction of Alberta Immigration

In April 2022, Alberta introduced the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP), a new stream to attract immigrants from overseas or other provinces. The Alberta Tech Pathway, one of the seven streams of this program, gained the most popularity over the last few months and placed Alberta on the lips of potential immigrants considering Canada.

Pilot Project Allow International Students Fill Labour Shortage

A shrinking unemployment rate and an increasing labor shortage have resulted in Canada relaxing its rules on off-campus work for international students. This pilot project which will allow international students to work off-campus more than 20 hours a week during the semester will run from November 15 this year to December 31, 2023. Here’s what you need to know about this project.

Declining Housing Supply Presents Opportunities for Equitable Population Redistribution

Housing availability and affordability have been a growing concern in Canada for a few years, especially in the last two years. In recent times, newcomers to metropolitan cities including Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal have faced the harsh reality of homelessness, with a limited supply of suitable homes in desired locations at affordable costs. The increasing inflation rate has further aggravated the situation and forced many to embark on inter-city migration.