Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsCindy Blackstock, the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society spoke out about how Canada and the provinces deal with children who need medical help on reserve.“If you don’t have water or a house parenting programs aren’t going to do you a lot of good,” she said. “Unless we create equity across all those dimensions the over-representation is going to continue.”Blackstock won a discrimination case in the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) against Canada where she proved the federal government spent less on First Nations child welfare when compared to what the provinces spend off reserve.Earlier this year the CHRT issued its fifth non-compliance order against Canada.But she says the provinces have a role to play as well.“If that solution the government agrees that’s a good solution and they still don’t implement it and you’ve tried everything I think that yeah you should go to litigation because the bottom line is that kids should come first,” she told the [email protected]@bhobs22
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled the death of promising cricketer Debabrata Pal, who was killed after lightning struck him on Sunday.The incident happened when the 21-year-old all-rounder went for practice at Vivekananda Park ground. He was a resident of Serampore in Hooghly. While addressing the felicitation programme of toppers from different boards of examination, Chief Minister said: “I am saddened due to the tragic death of the budding cricketer.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAroop Biswas, the Youth Services and Sports minister along with Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Minister of State for Youth Services and Sports department, went to SSKM Hospital on Monday. The post-mortem of Debabrata’s body was carried out at SSKM. Shukla said: “We are shocked. It is a big loss for the family and Bengal. I pray to God that it should not happen with anyone else.” It may be mentioned that the lightning struck when he was about to enter a shade. Others, who were also busy in their practice along with him, had already gone under it as soon as the rain started pouring. He was last of the lot. Other players came out when he fell on the ground and rushed him to hospital where he was declared brought dead. Calcutta Cricket Academy will remain closed for 3 days as a mark of respect.