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Government of Canada proposes new regulations for playpens

Proposed regulations would strengthen requirements for playpens to better protect infants and young children from potential injury or death

April 21, 2017 Ottawa, ON Health Canada

Playpens are intended to provide a safe playing environment for infants and young children. However, over the years, playpen designs have evolved and there are safety hazards associated with certain designs, including the use of accessories, such as change tables and other sleep accessories.

While these changes may appear convenient to parents, there are risks involved, including strangulation in collapsed side rails, getting caught between accessories and the playpen, getting caught in openings in the sides of the playpen, and suffocation on the angled mattress pads of sleep accessories.

Following consultation with provincial and territorial governments, Health Canada is proposing to replace the current requirements for playpens under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, with the new Playpens Regulations. The proposed regulations were developed to help address identified safety issues and align the majority of the Canadian requirements with those in the U.S.

The proposed Playpens Regulations also better align with the Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations, which came into force on December 29, 2016. The Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations contain improved safety requirements for products marketed or intended for children’s sleep, such as cribs, cradles and bassinets, as well as sleep accessories that attach to these products.

The Government of Canada encourages Canadians to review the proposed new regulations and to submit feedback to Health Canada by June 6, 2017.

The best place for an infant or young child to sleep is always a crib, cradle or bassinet. Health Canada continues to remind parents and caregivers that playpens should not be used for unsupervised sleep. The Department also recommends that parents and caregivers always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for assembly and use.


“When parents purchase a playpen, they should have confidence that it will provide a safe environment for their child. The proposed changes will further strengthen safety requirements for these products in order to better protect infants and young children.”

Jane Philpott
Minister of Health

“As an organization dedicated to injury prevention and saving lives, Parachute supports these proposed new requirements. The stricter standards that Health Canada has introduced today will offer parents and caregivers better peace of mind when using products that children play and interact with on a daily basis.”

Pamela Fuselli,
Interim CEO, Parachute

Quick Facts

  • The proposed regulations include:
    • additional requirements and test methods to address unintentional folding or collapse of the playpen’s top rails, and
    • the introduction of requirements and test methods for playpen accessories, including accessories intended for unsupervised infant sleep.
  • Between 1990 and September 2016, the Department received 156 reports of incidents associated with playpens and their accessories. These incident reports included 10 deaths, 1 serious injury, 31 minor injuries, and 114 incidents without injury.
  • Between 1995 and October 2016, Health Canada negotiated 19 voluntary recalls with industry that were related to playpens. Eight of these related to entanglement, six to side-rail collapse and five to playpen accessories.

Associated Links


Andrew MacKendrick
Office of Jane Philpott
Minister of Health

Media Relations
Health Canada

Public Inquiries:
1-866 225-0709


Changes to three CMF program deadlines

Northern Incentive, Anglophone Minority Incentive and Corus-CMF “Page to Pitch” Program

Toronto, April 21, 2017 – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) has modified deadlines for two of its programs to reflect feedback from producers who regularly benefit from these programs. Specifically, deadlines to apply for production funding through the CMF Northern Incentive and the Anglophone Minority Incentive have changed. The Development funding deadline for the Northern Incentive remains May 23, 2017. The CMF also announced upcoming deadlines for the Corus-CMF “Page to Pitch” Program.

The new deadlines are as follows:

    • Northern Incentive – Production
      • Opening date : May 30, 2017
    • Anglophone Minority Incentive
      • First opening date ($3M): May 16, 2017
      • Second opening date (1.5M$): August 29, 2017
  • Corus-CMF “Page to Pitch” Program
    • Year Four, Round Two: June 13, 2017
    • Year Five: October 3, 2017

The Corus-CMF Page to Pitch program is available to producers seeking funding for creative and business activities during the development of eligible live-action and animated television projects triggered by any CRTC-licensed Canadian broadcaster. It funds eligible costs related to story and script development as well as expenses related to the acquisition of pre-sale financing from foreign broadcasters and distributors. The following types of projects are eligible for funding in Year Four, Round Two of this program:

  • English Animation or animated-related projects: PAGE funding
  • French Live Action projects including documentaries: PAGE and PITCH funding

About the Canada Media Fund
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit


For more information, please contact:

André Ferreira
Communications Manager
Canada Media Fund


Quebec announces mixed police force to fight sexual exploitation – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Apr 21, 2017

MONTREAL _ Quebec is budgeting $6.4 million over five years to create a special police unit dedicated to fighting sexual exploitation by targeting pimps and johns, the province’s public security minister said Friday.

The squad will be composed of 25 investigators from police forces in Quebec cities including Montreal and nearby communities, Quebec City and Gatineau, as well as from the provincial police and RCMP, Martin Coiteux told a news conference.

“Pimps are going to have a very tough life in Quebec over the next few years,” he told reporters.

Coiteux said the force will resemble the model used to investigate and prosecute organized crime.

Quebec’s police forces have always been fighting sexual exploitation, he said, but pimps often move women from city to city, which he said necessitates a better co-ordinated response from police agencies.

He said he was told of the extent of the problem in 2016 when a series of young women escaped from youth centres around Montreal and were feared to be vulnerable to exploitation.

“A number of cases (of sexual exploitation) have been made public, and we know the problem is bigger than that,” he said. “We don’t have to wait to have comprehensive statistics to consider this is serious enough to act.”

The sexual exploitation unit will be led by Montreal police and be headquartered in that city. Gatineau and Quebec City will have satellite bureaus.

Coiteux said the mixed squad will target pimps but also go after clients.

He added that individual police forces will contribute financially, bringing the total budget to $12 million over five years.



CRIME Sask Child Injured – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Apr 21, 2017 

BIG RIVER, Sask. – Two people have been charged in an alleged hit-and-run in Saskatchewan that injured several children, including one seriously.

RCMP allege a vehicle failed to stop after colliding with five youth who were walking along a road on the Big River First Nation on April 9.

An 11-year-old girl remains in hospital in Saskatoon, while the four others suffered minor injuries.

Colt Morin, who is 20 and from the Big River First Nation, faces charges that include failing to stop at the scene of an injured person, impaired driving causing bodily harm and driving while suspended.

Elizabeth Joseph, who is 37 and also from Big River First Nation, is charged with failing to stop at the scene of an injured person and obstruction.

Morin is to appear in Prince Albert provincial court on Wednesday, while Joseph is to be in court May 9.

(The Canadian Press)



21 Additional First Nations welcomed as Signatories to the Framework Agreement

(April 21, 2017)

On behalf of the Lands Advisory Board, and the Framework Agreement Signatory First Nations, and with the full support of Canada, we are delighted to welcome the following 21 new signatory nations to the Framework Agreement. This brings the total number of Framework Agreement Signatory First Nations to 148.

This year the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management (Framework Agreement) celebrates 21 years of land governance authority, during which time it has helped communities across the country exercise their inherent rights over their reserve lands and resources. Under the Framework Agreement and the First Nations Land Management Act, 33 sections of the Indian Act no longer apply to those communities who ratify their community land codes enabling these communities to move ahead in their goals of self‐governance and self‐sufficiency beyond the boundaries of the Indian Act.

The Lands Advisory Board and the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre, have worked diligently to provide support to the Framework Agreement signatories, and to ensure that all First Nations are offered the opportunity to pursue this initiative, if they so desire. We are thankful to Canada, and to Minister Bennet and her staff, for the cooperation, partnership and continued support of First Nations across Canada in their pursuit to become signatories to the Framework Agreement.

We look forward to working with each of them as they continue their journey towards self‐ determination.

Nova Scotia: Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation
Quebec: Listiguj Mi’gmaq

Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishnaabek, Chapleau Cree, Big Grassy, Hiawatha,

Mattagami, Saugeen, Sheshegwaning

Saskatchewan: Carry The Kettle, James Smith, Sakimay
Alberta: Enoch Cree, Fort McMurray
British Ditidaht, Iskut, Kwaw‐kwaw‐apilt, Lytton, Penelakut, Splatsin Indian Band,
Columbia: T’it’q’et

“It is with great pride that we announce the addition of these 21 First Nations as signatories to the Framework Agreement. Under the Framework Agreement First Nations are recognized as the authority over their lands and resources and as such, land management activities are being completed at the speed of business. We are forging a new path of prosperity for our communities, and it is wonderful to welcome these 21 additional First Nations on our journey”

– Robert Louie

Chair, First Nations Land Advisory Board

“The Framework Agreement strengthens Aboriginal culture, renews our role as stewards of the land, promotes self‐sufficiency and community pride, and offers protection for our traditional values. It is a great day when we can welcome additional First Nations to the Framework Agreement, so that they too can experience the tremendous benefit it affords to our everyday lives. My thanks to Canada, and to Minister Bennet, for the continued support of this important, First Nation led initiative.”

– Chief Austin Bear

First Nations Land Management Resource Centre Inc.

“Congratulations to the 21 new signatory Nations to the Framework Agreement. Today marks an important step towards your journey to self‐determination. We will continue to work in full partnership with all the signatories as you assume greater control over reserve lands and resources ‐ leading to a brighter, more prosperous future for all.”

–The Honourable Carolyn Bennett

Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

For further information on this historic departure from the Indian Act, please contact:

First Nation Lands Management Resource Centre Communications Department



Former NHL coach of the year coming to U of S – News.USask

Former National Hockey League coach of the year Ted Nolan will meet with senior leadership, faculty, students and staff at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) later this month.

On Monday, April 24, Nolan will spend a full day at the U of S, serving as the keynote speaker in a morning forum with university senior administration and Indigenous leaders from across the province. He will also meet with students and staff in Huskie Athletics and the College of Kinesiology about Aboriginal athlete development, and later with the Human Resources department and the U of S Aboriginal Advisors Circle.

Nolan will cap his day on campus with a Speaker’s Forum address that is open to everyone in the evening at the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre, followed by an autograph and photograph session.

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2016 Taylor Award Regional Nominees

Pacific Region nominee – Susan Underwood

Susan is being nominated for the Taylor Award for her long-time voluntary work with Mission Institution minimum-security unit and the Fraser Valley community.

Susan’s work for approximately 20 years has been to connect and bridge different groups in the community toward mutual learning and healing. She works as a liaison to the FAVOR Group, a weekly restorative justice exploration group at Mission Institution’s minimum-security unit. She is also a long-time chair/co-chair of the Mission Institution minimum-security unit’s Restorative Justice Conference. She also volunteers as a community support for released offenders, in restorative justice education in the community, and as a non-security escort on offenders’ escorted temporary absences.

As director of the Partners in Learning program in Mission and Abbotsford, she oversaw the mentoring of countless youth by inmates of minimum-security unit at Mission Institution. Her most recent work is as is a Victim-Offender Mediation Program facilitator with the Community Justice Initiatives Association. This program assists both victims and offenders to work towards healing outcomes through a restorative justice approach.

Susan is a long-time resident and has raised her family in the Fraser Valley. Her earlier work with Abbotsford Community Services and with Rogers Communication helped root her deeply in that community. Her volunteer work has also included service as an executive member of the B.C. Association of Community Law Offices, a board member of Abbotsford Community Services, and as a media/video producer with the local Rogers Cable outlet.

As CSC’s mandate is to prepare inmates for successful reintegration, Susan and other volunteers provide support, modelling and encouragement for inmates as they learn pro-social and law-abiding ways of being contributing members of the community.

Ontario Region nominees – Neil and Gertie Minnema

For 47 years, Neil and Gertie have been chaplaincy volunteers at multiple facilities in the Kingston area.  Both regularly participate in leading worship, provide music at Chapel service, and give one-on-one support, counselling and religious education to offenders. They also provide citizen escorting and support to offenders released to the community.

Neil and Gertie have demonstrated a kind and compassionate spirit in their relationship with offenders and consistently demonstrate a genuine interest in the well being of offenders. They take time to listen, encourage and challenge inmates to think more positively and to seek ways of making better lifestyle choices.

Locally they also volunteer at a thrift store and assist with the Meals on Wheels Program in the Kingston area.

Outside of Canada, Neil and Gertie have traveled the world in humanitarian aid. They have assisted in the rebuilding homes, orphanages and schools in places after devastating natural disasters. They have assisted in places like Japan following the tsunami and helped rebuild homes in New Orleans, Texas and South Carolina devastated by hurricanes and floods. They’ve helped to build orphanages in Romania and volunteered in several African countries like Uganda, Zambia and Kenya.

Their efforts provide great inspiration to other volunteers, CSC staff and inmates alike. Their reputation is admired and recognized throughout the Kingston area. If two people carry on the legacy of Dr. Charles Taylor and his wife Charlotte with faith-based counseling with offenders in correctional facilities and in the community it is this outstanding team of givers – hats off to Neil and Gertie Minnema.

Prairie Region nominee – Captain Edward Dean

Captain Edward Dean of the Maple Creek Saskatchewan Salvation Army has been a valued volunteer and community champion for Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge for 10 years.

Captain Edward Dean, or “Captain Ed”, has escorted countless temporary absences for offenders participating in community service as well as work release opportunities with the Salvation Army Thrift Shop and Church. He encourages women offenders to volunteer and assists them in building and strengthening positive community relationships.

Captain Dean assists the healing lodge recognize yearly events such as Remembrance Day, and Christmas and Easter dinners. He is respectful of local traditions and First Nation teachings and participates in Spring and Fall Feast, and cultural and spiritual events and ceremonies such as Sundance, powwows, and the Horse dance. He also makes it possible for residents to sell their hobby crafts in the community, which means they can earn their own money and have a sense of satisfaction and pride at a job well done.

Captain Dean has housed families visiting offenders and helped them with meals and transportation. When a resident scheduled to be conditionally released had her bus cancelled due to poor weather, Captain Dean drove her to make sure she did not miss her connection. While there, he took the opportunity to visit another resident who had been released to a halfway house nearby.

Captain Dean is also a member of the Housing Board in Maple Creek, the Chaplain for the local RCMP detachment and legion branch, and a member of the Citizen Advisory Committee for the healing lodge.

Captain Edward Dean embodies the spirit of volunteerism. He is a wonderful, humble person who enhances offenders’ lives and strengthens the rehabilitation process. Captain Dean’s focus, determination and unrelenting ambition and energy are an inspiration to us all.

Atlantic Region nominee – Donna Gardiner

Donna Gardiner has volunteered in her community in Newfoundland and Labrador for more than 20 years in various capacities. She began volunteering with a local Circles of Support and Accountability.  She then was appointed to the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Newfoundland & Labrador Community Correctional Centre (CCC). About 18 years later, she is chair of the CAC at the CCC and is CAC vice-chair for the Atlantic Region. Donna is presently on the CAC Subcommittee for Women Offenders and an active volunteer for the 7thStep Society of Canada that she attends weekly in Her Majesty’s Penitentiary, a provincial facility.

Donna also previously held a position on the National Volunteer Association of CSC, has been involved with the St. John’s Cerebral Palsy Association, the Rainbow Riders Therapeutic Riding Program, and Community Chaplaincy.

Donna is a mother of three and grandmother of two. Her initial career began in nursing, after which she also completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology/Sociology, as well as a Criminology Certificate. In 2003 Donna received a Parole Officer Induction Program Certificate from CSC. In her spare time, she makes jewelry and home décor items from recycled silver plated cutlery.

Donna has also demonstrated a keen interest in Indigenous and women offender issues. She is an individual who continually demonstrates her commitment to this community and the volunteer sector. Donna is a valued asset to various community organizations and has demonstrated an ability to work collaboratively with other volunteers, community partners, CSC and offenders.


Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup challenges Canadians to set a new record for Canada’s 150th birthday

ACROSS CANADA, April 21, 2017 – Canada is turning 150 this year and to celebrate the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is challenging Canadians to mark Canada’s big birthday by cleaning their shorelines in record-breaking numbers.

With Earth Day tomorrow, registration for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is now open and is easier than ever, with a new, user-friendly website at

“We had an incredible year in 2016,” said Rachel Schoeler, manager of the Shoreline Cleanup. “We broke all of our previous records, with more than 2,300 shorelines cleaned and 77,000 people helping us protect ecosystems and wildlife across the country.”

The Shoreline Cleanup isn’t coasting on its success for the year ahead; instead it will build on the momentum to almost double participation, with a birthday-themed target of 150,000 Canadians taking part for 2017.

“We’re setting an ambitious target because we believe Canadians have a responsibility to protect the nature around them — and as last year’s record participation shows, Canadians care deeply about the health of their communities and want to take action for the environment.”

Now in its 24th year, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, is Canada’s largest conservation-based cleanup. An initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and WWF-Canada, it calls on Canadians from coast to coast to help rehabilitate shoreline areas throughout the year. Participating in the Shoreline Cleanup educates participants on the stewardship of the water, habitats and how to make a positive impact on the environment.

“From storm drains, parks and school yards to lakes, rivers and oceans, shoreline litter impacts people and wildlife such as frogs, turtles, whales and birds in every corner of the country. By participating in the Shoreline Cleanup, we’re picking up debris before it has the chance to get into our aquatic ecosystems,” said Schoeler.

The most widely collected litter items in 2016 included plastic and paper bags, cigarettes, food wrappers and containers, caps and lids, glass and plastic beverage bottles, beverage cans, disposable flatware, straws, tobacco packaging and building materials. Once these items enter aquatic ecosystems, they can contaminate and degrade habitat, and cause injury to wildlife from ingestion and entanglement.

Celebrate Canada and make a difference in your community by taking action against shoreline litter. Participants can start a cleanup any time of year, at any shoreline across the country, and are invited clean it multiple times throughout the year.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, is one of the largest direct action conservation programs in Canada. A conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and WWF-Canada, the Shoreline Cleanup aims to promote understanding of shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups.

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is a non‐profit society dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life.

WWF-Canada creates solutions to the conservation challenges that matter most to Canadians, so that nature, wildlife and people thrive together. Because we are all wildlife.

Loblaw Companies Limited
Loblaw Companies Limited is Canada’s food and pharmacy leader, the nation’s largest retailer, and the majority unit holder of Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust.

Media contacts:

Deana Lancaster
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre

Emily Vandermeer
416-489-4567 ext. 7298


Advisory – CN to plant tree at special Canada 150th celebration, Regina event kickoff for plantings across Canada

CN Chair Robert Pace, CEO Luc Jobin to join Mayor Fougere

REGINA, April 20, 2017– CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) board chair Robert Pace and president and chief executive officer Luc Jobin will be joined Sunday evening by Regina Mayor Michael Fougere and other local officials to plant a commemorative tree and unveil a commemorative plaque in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.

The tree planting and plaque unveiling will be part of a Canada 150 community celebration being hosted by the city of Regina.

Where: Victoria Park, Regina
When: 5 p.m., Sunday, April 23
Who: CN executives, Mayor Fougere, First Nations leaders
What: Community celebration and picnic at 3 p.m., tree planting ceremony at 5 p.m.

A sugar maple tree celebrating Canada will be planted and plaque unveiled in the park. With its partner TreeCanada, CN is planting trees and donating commemorative plaques in 150 communities across Canada in recognition of the nation’s 150th birthday.

CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries – serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company’s website at

For further information: Media: Patrick Waldron, Senior Manger, Media Relations, (204) 934-8388; Investment Community: Paul Butcher, Vice President, Investor Relations, (514) 399-0052



Saskatchewan can’t give Catholic schools money for non Catholic students: court – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Apr 20, 2017

YORKTON, Sask. _ The Saskatchewan government doesn’t have the legal right to give Catholic schools funding for students who aren’t Catholic, a judge ruled Thursday.

Justice Donald Layh’s ruling stems from a lawsuit over the province’s policy of funding separate schools based solely on student enrolment without regard to the religious affiliation of the students.

The dispute involved the public Good Spirit School Division, the Christ the Teacher Catholic Separate School Division and the provincial government.

In 2004, Yorkdale School Division, now Good Spirit School Division, closed down its kindergarten-to-Grade 8 school in the town of Theodore because of declining enrolment. The division planned to bus students to the community of Springside, located 30 kilometres away.

In response, a local group created its own Catholic school division and opened St. Theodore Roman Catholic School. That prompted Good Spirit School Division to launch a lawsuit claiming the creation of the new school division was not to serve Catholics in the community, but rather to prevent the students from being bussed to a neighbouring town.

Layh’s ruling noted there is a growing number of non-Catholic students attending Catholic schools in the province.

He said provincial government funding of non-minority faith students attending separate schools infringes on religious neutrality and equality rights.

He said his judgment will cause significant repercussions in the province but says his ruling won’t have to be enforced until June 30 of next year.

The Saskatchewan government declined to comment on the ruling, saying it had to review the decision first.

(CTV Regina, The Canadian Press)



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