47°C inside vehicle where boy, 2, was left alone: Edmonton police

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EDMONTON – A two-year-old boy was taken to hospital Friday afternoon, after being found alone inside a vehicle in south Edmonton.

Police and fire crews were called to a parking lot in the area of Calgary Trail and 34 Avenue around 4 p.m. Witnesses told police the child was alone in the car for 20 minutes.

When the two-year-old boy was taken out of the vehicle he was sweating heavily and appeared dehydrated, police say. He was taken to the Stollery Children’s Hospital, but officers say he will be okay.

Temperatures Friday afternoon hovered around the 25°C mark.

Police say the temperature inside the car was 47°C when the boy was removed from the vehicle.

The boy’s mother, who police say was inside the grocery store at the time, was arrested on scene. Charges are now pending against the woman.

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High school students use art to reflect on residential school legacy

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REGINA – Grade nine students at Martin Collegiate completed a memorial plaque today to culminate a unit on residential schools, and reflect on its lasting effects on Aboriginal people.

“The Project of Heart is a way to memorialize residential school survivors and, also, those who did not survive,” said Kendra Beliveau, a Grade 9 teacher at the school.

Students coloured inch-long rectangular tiles for the weeks-long unit. The tiles were smudged by the students Friday morning.

“If [the tiles] have black on the outside (perimeter), that represents someone who did not survive,” said Beliveau.

Adrianna Krznar, a student at the school, painted polar bears on her tiles.

“My [grandmother], who went to a residential school, I believe, loves polar bears. There’s multiple other things in her house with polar bears all over it,” she said.

Janessa Stone and three other students drew a dream catcher spanning several tiles, because it represents their…

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Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats Book Review

One thing that I have to say about this book is that I totally loved it and so did my kids. I read this book aloud in my homeschool this afternoon shortly after it arrived.  The author gives her readers a chance to understand what a child may go through while encountering bullying or just being different in relation to their peer group. She gives the reader a chance to see a super strength that flows through the protagonist via the actions of yoga. This book helps children to understand the value of being different and allowing others in their environment to be different as they are, without a direct negative outlook on the child. This book will help any teacher or parent that wants to explain bullying to their children and how to react when confronted with it. This is an excellent read for all elementary school age children. Image

The Struggle…

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It is cold during them winter nights, when you have nothing more than a bowl of flour soup to take the pain of hunger away. Waiting for the food bank to be open so you can get at least something to fill your tummy. This is common place amongst Indigenous people of Turtle Island. Yet the land is fat with its life giving nutrients, but still the people go hungry. I will never forget the land because she sustains me. Struggling to exist in the colonial system is the by-product of assimilation. I had no choice but to exist within this artificial system, I was born into it. I am not going to place blame for these circumstances. Mosom told me to never forget the land, because one day we will return to it. I never really understood what he meant when he first told me, but today is makes…

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Saskatchewan Metis leader calls on Ottawa to end national funding

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SASKATOON – The head of the Metis Nation Saskatchewan (MNS) is asking Ottawa to stop funding the national organization after the recent re-election of its president.

Robert Doucette, the president of MNS, called into question the recent re-election of Clem Chartier as president of the Metis National Council (MNC), saying Chartier was not democratically re-elected.

At issue, said Doucette, is how the MNC president voting delegates were chosen.

“Never in my twenty years of attending MNC annual general assemblies have I seen an MN-S executive not be a delegate sitting at the table representing Metis citizens at the MNC annual general meetings,” said Doucette.

Doucette alleges MNS vice president Gerald Morin and nine area directors replaced four democratically elected officials with three people who had not been elected which allowed Chartier to win the MNC presidency by one vote.

“As far as I’m concerned at this present moment, the MNC…

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NCAI Release on Interior’s Carcieri Opinion

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NCAI Encouraged By DOI Opinion On Carcieri;

Reaffirms Need For A Robust Fix That Ensures Tribal Equality

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) appreciates the efforts of the Department of the Interior in issuing a new legal opinion and working to provide further guidance in defining the tribes “under federal jurisdiction” as of 1934 in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2009 Carcieri v. Salazar decision regarding the Indian Reorganization Act. The opinion, however, highlights the need for Congress to make clear that all Indian tribes are under federal constitutional authority to regulate.

The Indian Reorganization Act was enacted in 1934 to restore Indian tribal governments and tribal lands after the failed federal policies of termination and assimilation. The Act ensured that the tribal way of life would continue and thrive. In its Carcieri decision, the Supreme Court determined that the Secretary of the…

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Spotlight On A Community of Butterflies: Chrysalis, by Barbara Shoff

This is a Mother’s Day special from May 11th – 13th!

Words, Words, Words


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A Community of Butterflies: Chrysalis (Published by LilyBearHouse, LLC.)

On-again-off-again psychic Vay Armstrong has a plan to change the world. Following ten years of domestic violence and abuse, she struggles with post-traumatic stress, paranoia and an inability to trust others. Determined to escape her reclusive life, she enlists the help of other abuse survivors to create a utopian community within Jakesville, Oklahoma. Will Vay be able to overcome family opposition, a romantic entanglement and a homicidal stalker to make her vision a reality, or will her only reality be a cold hole in the ground?”


Her eyes flashed opened meeting darkness. She heard loud barking near her head, followed by the cracking retort of gunshots outside her window. Her desire to survive overpowered her exhaustion.

He was back.

Reaching across pillows she wrapped her two terriers in one arm. She rolled to the floor, her free hand…

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“Love Thy Palestinian Neighbor:” A Bar Mitzvah Dvar Torah by Elijah David Gold

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The following post is a D’var Torah (Torah lesson/commentary) that was written and recently delivered by thirteen year old Elijah David Gold for his Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Tikkun v’Or in Ithaca, NY (where JVP Rabbinical Council member Brian Walt serves as rabbi).

In his address to his community, Elijah powerfully applied the Torah’s teaching to love one’s neighbor as oneself to the Israeli military’s treatment of Palestinian children in the West Bank.

Thank you for coming to my Bar Mitzvah.

My Torah portion is K’doshim, Leviticus 19:1- 20:27. It is a very important Torah portion because it gives us guidelines for how to treat others. I would like dedicate my D’var Torah to the memory of Wolf Karo. Our congregation participates in the Remember Us project. The Remember Us project has Bar or Bat Mitzvah children lift up the spirit of a child who died during the Holocaust before…

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