Gender discrimination on dollar bills results in action in the States

Canada’s got the queen, but Americans only have dudes on their money and a new campaign called “Women on 20’s-dot-org” is aiming to change that.

An online petition calling on President Obama to put a woman’s face on a 20-dollar bill by 2020 has already racked up more than 250-thousand signatures.

Suggestions include First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Civil Rights pioneer Rosa Parks, Underground Railroad engineer Harriet Tubbman and Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.

The man who caught on camera a White police officer shooting a black man in the States fears his own safety

The man who recorded a white South Carolina police officer shooting a black man in the back says he fears for his own safety since he was identified as the person who videotaped the shooting.

Feidin Santana says people now know where he lives and works.

He says lives changed in a matter of seconds when he recorded the shooting on his way to work.

The police officer is charged with murder and has been fired.

California debating on whether vaccines should be mandatory

California’s legislature is debating whether to make vaccines mandatory for school children.

A proposed bill would take away a parent’s choice to opt out of vaccines for religious or other reasons.

But anti-vaccination groups say parents should be the ones to decide what is best for their children, not the government.

The bill was proposed in the wake of a massive measles outbreak originating in Disneyland that spread to Canada and Mexico.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne finds prostitution law to be constitutional

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government has found Canada’s new prostitution law to be constitutional, but she is still concerned about what effect it will have on sex workers.

The government review concluded there was no clear unconstitutionality, but Wynne says the province will keep an eye on the effects of the legislation.

The sweeping new changes to the way prostitution is regulated in Canada follows a Supreme Court decision that found the old laws violated the rights of sex-trade workers.

Ottawa police monitoring guards who watch over National War Memorial

As the guards who watch over the National War Memorial stand at their posts today, Ottawa police officers are watching their backs.

The Department of National Defence is paying the Ottawa Police Service an estimated 425-thousand dollars until November to provide a guard for the sentries.

The move comes after the October 22nd attack in which Michael Zehaf Bibeau fatally shot honour guard Corporal Nathan Cirillo in the back.

The memorial is under City of Ottawa jurisdiction.

Suspended senator using Duffy trial for own defense

Suspended senator Patrick Brazeau is using the trial of his fellow embattled senator, Mike Duffy, for some pointers for his own defence.

Like Duffy, Brazeau was suspended over allegations related to disputed travel and living expenses.

Brazeau is at the Ottawa courthouse today, taking copious notes on a pad of lined yellow paper.

As he headed in to court, he told reporters he was there to support his fellow independent colleague.

Duffy is facing 31 counts of breach of trust, fraud and bribery.

Lawyer for delta police officer expects some overlap in criminal and civil trials facing client

The lawyer for a Delta police officer says he expects there will be an overlap of some evidence in the criminal and civil trials his client is facing.

Constable Jordan MacWilliams was charged with second-degree murder last fall over the death of 48-year-old Mehrdad Bayrami, and he is also facing a civil lawsuit from the dead man’s daughter.

MacWilliams has responded to that civil lawsuit, saying he had a reasonable fear Bayrami would cause death or grievous bodily harm to himself or others.

Jeremy Poole is the lawyer who is representing MacWilliams, and he says it’s likely a criminal matter will be resolved before a civil lawsuit against his client makes it to court.

Accused terrorist caught on camera suggesting the location of bomb placement

An accused terrorist has been caught on surveillance video suggesting pressure-cooker bombs be placed near the urinals in washroom in a Victoria mall.

John Nuttall says the bombs would distract from an attack on the legislature and would not hurt women, children or Muslims.

He says Muslims don’t stand up to pee like a dog, so he’d only be targeting kafirs, which is the Arabic term for infidels or unbelievers.

Nuttall and his wife Amanda Korody have pleaded not guilty to four terrorism-related charges stemming from an alleged plan to attack the provincial legislature on Canada Day 2013.

Passenger tests positive for measles after arriving at YVR

A medical health officer says a single individual with measles can infect up to 15 to 18 people

Reka Gustafson made the comments yesterday, while announcing nine cases in total have now been diagnosed, and they are all related to a flight from China to Vancouver.

She is ruling out screening travellers coming to Canada for measles, saying that would likely be ineffective.

Gustafson says that in 2014, there were 14 cases of measles reported in Metro Vancouver and most of those were imported to the province.

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