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Morning Brief: Compensation for child welfare and PS752 victims


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Good morning, and happy 2022.

$107 million for Flight PS752 victims: Ontario’s Superior Court has awarded $107 million to the families of six people who died in the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crash nearly two years ago. Justice Edward Belobaba of Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice in May ruled that the Jan. 8, 2020 crash was an intentional act of terrorism. Fifty-five Canadians and 30 permanent residents were among the 176 people killed when Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps shot the plane down.

Ottawa to announce child welfare deal: Ottawa will release details today of the $40 billion agreement-in-principle to compensate First Nations children and their families who were part of the on-reserve child welfare system. Half the $40 billion that has been earmarked will go to compensation, while the other half goes to reforming the system.

Negotiations between the federal government, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, the Assembly of First Nations, and lawyers for several class action lawsuits were completed late on Dec. 31. The non-binding agreement still needs sign-off from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and Federal Court.

Kady O’Malley writes in iPolitics AM that, according to the official advisory, Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minster Marc Miller, and Justice Minister David Lametti are slated to appear alongside representatives from the Assembly of First Nations, Chiefs of Ontario, and Nishnawbe Aski Nation at the midday “hybrid” media availability, which is expected to lay out who will be eligible for the payments and how and when they will be paid, according to The Canadian Press.

Toronto family stranded in Kabul: An Afghan-Canadian family, who have lived in Canada for about eight years and some of whom were born in Canada, are stranded in Kabul because Ottawa has yet to issue a visa for their Afghanistan-born baby. The father worked for Canada’s international development agency in Kandahar before they immigrated to Canada.

Canadians pessimistic about economy in 2022: A new Nanos survey has found that Canadians are heading into the new year with a lack of confidence in economic growth. Asked about the Canadian economy, 45 per cent of respondents said they thought it will get weaker in the next six months, while 19 per cent said they believed it would get stronger. In terms of their personal finances, most respondents said they believed they would stay the same this year, but those who did anticipate a change in their personal finances were more likely to say they would get worse throughout the year.

Order of Canada becoming more diverse: With the latest appointees to the Order of Canada having been announced last week, CBC News took a look at the diversity of appointments last year and found that women and visible minorities were better-represented compared to the past three years. Just over 40 per cent of the 135 people recently inducted into the Order of Canada were women, according to the report, while 12.6 per cent were visible minority and just over 8 per cent were Indigenous.

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AROUND THE WORLD

Haiti PM survives apparent assassination attempt: Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry was forced to flee the northern city of Gonaïves after what appeared to be an assassination attempt outside a church on Saturday. One person died in gunfire exchanged between his security forces and an armed group that had reportedly warned Henry not to come to the city. Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in July 2021. General elections are scheduled for mid-2022.

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes found guilty of fraud: A California jury has convicted Elizabeth Holmes, who founded and led the Silicon Valley blood-testing tech startup Theranos, of defrauding investors. She claims she never knowingly defrauded patients or investors. No date has yet been set for sentencing; she has a further hearing scheduled next week. BBC News has the story.

What is going on in eastern Congo? Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has again sent troops into eastern Congo, which he says are targeting rebels accused of terrorist attacks in Kampala. Many Congolese, however, are wondering if it’s really a fresh attempt to plunder their country’s riches. Ugandans, meanwhile, wonder whether it’s an attempt to distract from the president’s crackdown on dissent at home.

ElsewhereIsrael to start reopening to foreigners. South African data suggests it has passed its Omicron peak without a major spike in deaths. A suspect is in court today on charges of arson after a devastating fire swept through South Africa‘s parliament. Sudan‘s prime minister quit after failing to restore a civilian government. Houthis seized a “hostile” vessel off of Yemen that Saudis say carried medical equipment. U.S. and European factories said supply chain issues were easing. Apple became the first company to hit a $3 trillion valuation. Tesla is opening a controversial showroom in Xinjiang. Hong Kong activist jailed for Tiananmen vigil. Hong Kong media outlet Citizen News to shut down. Jan. 6 committee prepares to go public as findings mount. Trump and his children were subpoenaed by the New York attorney general in a family business investigation. Alaska recorded a record December temperature of 67°F (19°C).

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