News News January 14, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 More arrests of journalists and bloggers despite Arab League observer presence News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria March 8, 2021 Find out more February 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Syria Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information RSF_en SyriaMiddle East – North Africa March 12, 2021 Find out more News Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of the blogger and journalist Muhammed Ghazi Kannass and condemns his arrest on 3 January in Damascus despite the presence of Arab League observers in Syria.Kannass was arrested by members of the security services as he was leaving his home in the Damascus suburb of Kafr Sousseh. It is not known where he is being held. Born in Saraqib, in the northern province of Idlib, he is a graduate of the communications faculty at Damascus University.He was active on Facebook and kept his own blog, called Kalemah Insan (“A man’s word”), in which he wrote many articles. He recently stopped posting “because of the current events in Syria.”Reporters Without Borders fears that the list of detained journalists and bloggers is getting longer, especially as it has just learned of a number of arrests of journalists dating back several months.For example, Hussein Issou, a writer and activist, was arrested on 3 September in the northeastern city of Al-Hasakah. It was clear from his articles that he was taking a keen interest in the development of civil society in Syria. Reporters Without Borders is concerned about his health as he has heart problems for which he underwent an operation.Shibal Ibrahim, an active member of the Union of Young Kurdish Coordinating Committees, was abducted by members of the security forces in the northeastern city of Qamishli on 22 September. His state of health is worrying as he has a liver ailment. Born in 1977, he graduated from a medical school but was never able to work as a doctor because of the file that the security services compiled on him.The blogger Othman Muhammed Issa was arrested at his home in Midan, a southern suburb of the capital, at 9:30 a.m. on 21 November. His computer and mobile phone were seized.Ishar Kamal Al-Ahmed, a journalist who worked for the Communist Party newspaper Al-Nour, was arrested on 1 August and was charged on 28 October of attacking the government’s image and “disrupting the public order and the nation.” He was subsequently convicted of coordinating and leading demonstrations, criticizing the government in online articles, disseminating anti-government leaflets, inciting a boycott, provoking the security forces and inciting sectarian hate.He was finally released on 28 December pending another court hearing that is due to be held on 25 January. He had repeatedly been summoned for questioning by the security services since the start of the mass uprising last March. He used to post a lot of information on websites and created and edited “Free Youth Network,” a very busy anti-government website from 2008 until last March, when the authorities closed it down because of its content.Reporters Without Borders has learned that the following persons have been released:- Nizar Adleh, a journalist who contributes to many websites. He had been held since 6 September.- Amer Matar, a journalist with the daily Al-Hayat who was arrested on 4 September. This was his second arrest. He was previously arrested on 30 March and released on 14 April. Following his second arrest, he was transferred to Adraa prison at the start of December and was freed on 3 January.- Reem Ghazzi, an actress, director and journalist who was arrested on 26 November and was transferred to Adraa prison at the start of December. She was freed on 8 January.Here is non-exhaustive list of other journalists and bloggers who are currently detained:- Qais Abazli, a very active netizen who was arrested on 25 September (https://www.facebook.com/qaisabazli?sk=info).- Nizar Al-Baba, an online activist who has been held since 21 September.- Miral Beroreda, a writer and poet who contributes to many websites.- Bilal Ahmad Bilal, a producer for Falesteen TV who was arrested in the Damascus suburb of Mo’adamieh on 13 September.- Alwan Zouaiter, a journalist who was written for many Lebanese dailies. He was arrested by intelligence officials in the northern city of Raqqah after returning from Libya. He was initially sentenced to five years in prison for allegedly contacting the Syrian opposition while abroad. The sentence was subsequently reduced to 13 months.- Omar Abdel Salam – Abd Qabani, a netizen arrested on 8 August.- Ammar Sa’ib, a netizen arrested on 1 August in Damascus. – Abd Al-Majid Tamer, a Kurdish freelance journalist working for Kurdish news websites who was arrested on 31 May in the northeastern city of Qamishli. He is reportedly still being held in Aleppo prison.- Manaf Al Zeitoun, who was arrested on 25 March. There has been no news of him since his arrest.The following two persons are also still detained:- Moheeb Al-Nawaty, Palestinian journalist who had lived in Norway since 2007. He went missing on 5 January 2011, nine days after arriving in Damascus. He is a Fatah member and used to work for the website of the satellite TV station Al-Arabiya.- Tal Al-Mallouhi, a 19-year-old student and blogger who has been detained since December 2009. She was brought before a state security court in Damascus for the second time on 17 January 2011. Reportedly accused of spying for the United States, she is being held in solitary confinement in Duma prison, near Damascus. Internet users all over the world have been calling for her release. She reportedly began a hunger strike on 26 December. Organisation Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law to go further
IndianaLocalNews TAGSAprilleafMishawakapick-upStreet Department Twitter Twitter Facebook Google+ Facebook WhatsApp The snow has long since melted, which means you may need your leaves picked up once again.The Mishawaka Street Department plans to provide a one-week leaf pick-up beginning Monday, April 20. It will last through Friday, April 24.Mishawaka residents should rake leaves to their curbside, and plan for them to be picked up the day before their regular trash pick-up day.Leaves should be free of branches, twigs, stones or other foreign objects.For questions, call the Mishawaka Central Services office at (574) 258-1660. Mishawaka leaf pick-up set for week of April 20 WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Pinterest By Brooklyne Beatty – April 10, 2020 0 301 Previous articleBBB of Northern Indiana looking for donors to help them connect medical heroes with mealsNext articleUSPS taking steps to protect customers, workers during pandemic Brooklyne Beatty
We’d like to thank commuters and others for their patience while we carry out these essential works. We regret that there will be inconvenience and we urge motorists to plan ahead and allow extra journey time. If people have questions regarding the diversion routes or works they can call the Exeter scheme information line on 07769 162338. This is an essential element of the flood defence scheme and these flood gates will reduce flood risk to hundreds of homes and businesses in the city. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption during the closure of Station Road, but the long term benefits will outweigh the short term inconvenience. The Environment Agency and Network Rail have co-ordinated their work such that Network Rail will carry out essential maintenance work on their level crossing during this time to avoid the need for a separate closure at a future date.The Environment Agency will be holding a drop-by briefing on Station Road on 12 March 2018 from 4pm to 7pm to explain the works and diversion routes. The briefing is in the public car park on the Exwick side of the bridge. You can also see the latest information on GOV.UK.Throughout the works detailed traffic and pedestrian diversion signage will be erected to direct people around the closures.Richard Cox, the scheme’s project manager said: The construction of the Exeter flood defence scheme is now well advanced with completion of the whole scheme expected at the end of 2018. The scheme is a partnership between the Environment Agency, Devon County Council and Exeter City Council. The flood defences will reduce the risk of flooding to more than 3,200 homes and businesses in Exeter.As part of the new defences being built in the north of the city it will be necessary to close Station Road from 9 April 2018 for 9 weeks. Station Road is located near St David’s Station and links Exwick Road to Cowley Bridge Road across the River Exe.Two flood gates will be built across Station Road on either side of the river and the flood relief channel. When not in use the gates will sit behind the footpaths; when a flood is expected the gates will be closed thereby completing the flood defences and protecting the properties on each side of the river.It is necessary to close Station Road to vehicles during the construction work due to the size of the foundations required to support the gates. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able use the footpaths across the bridges except for the 4 weekends in May when complete closures will be in place.Cllr Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Environmental Services said:
“Dateline November 13, 2019 SAN FRANCISO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google said on Wednesday it will offer personal checking accounts next year through its Google Pay app, initially in partnership with Citigroup Inc (C.N) and a small credit union at Stanford University. The project, codenamed Cache, comes as rivals Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. are expanding their own efforts in consumer finance, a broad area that ranges from digital payment apps to bank accounts, brokerage accounts and loans, and which offer Silicon Valley new sources of revenue and new opportunities to strengthen ties with users. Google spokesman Craig Ewer said the company’s lead partners were Citi and Stanford Federal Credit Union and that more details would be known within months.”“If we try to play like the Yankees in here, we will lose to the Yankees out there.”I recently wrote about it here, and presented to a group of Credit Unions the idea that no matter how much work Credit Unions do to adopt technologies, reinvent member journeys, or analyze data, if their efforts are focused on competing with banking’s “Yankees” (Citigroup, JPMorganChase, BankofAmerica, etc) by adopting the competitive strategies of those “Yankees”, they will lose.Credit Unions Must Find Their Own Way, Even When They Join the “Social Network.”Reuters, in their report rightly noted that traditional banks (and Credit Unions, I might add) have long partnered with companies outside the industry to lure deposits or expand their loan books. But the move to partner with Google and others in the “social network/network platform” economy creates a challenge previously unseen by Credit Unions.Technologists have been telling Credit Unions for years (I was one) that technology would enable competition and improve community-sized institutions’ abilities to compete with the largest players, the “Yankees” of our industry. And, to some degree, there was truth to this. Technology widened Credit Unions’ ability to distribute services, helping them to widen their geographic base, and potentially opening up a wider prospective audience for their services. But the gains are smaller than promised because Credit Unions’ adopted the technology but largely continued with their traditional business model and strategy, while mimicking many of the strategies of those large industry players.The Social Network Became the Network PlatformGoogle, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple have become “GIANTS” in our economy. They dominate our lives in ways unimagined just a few short years ago. Debate all you want the value of this, or the rightness of this; but note the primary reason why they have succeeded to this degree.Why did these companies grow so big, so fast? The reason, say economists, is simple, and it’s the same in all four cases: All of them benefited from the “network effect.” The network effect is the simple principle that the more members or users a social network has, the more attractive it becomes for other people to join as well, because the usefulness of the network goes up with the number of users.And these networks have become, by tapping into the social networks they created, the platforms for a great deal of commerce in our economy, both online and offline, especially as online commerce has decimated offline commerce in a growing number of markets.Companies large and small have found their way to do business in “partnership” with the large platform companies. But these partnerships are better understood as “playing the role of ‘provider’ in the network triangle of “consumers-network platforms-providers.” And this triangle, while creating new and attractive opportunities for both consumers and providers, has delivered monopoly-like benefits to the network platform companies. And what of the benefits to consumers and providers? Consumers have found the benefit of great access to providers (and also challenges working within the constraints of a monopoly-like channel), and providers have found both opportunity and challenges when joining the marketing and distribution channel of these network platforms.The greatest challenge for providers “partnering” with the platforms has proven to be the difficulty of working within this business model. All providers, but especially smaller ones, often find it difficult to distinguish themselves and to profit from that distinction. This includes the competitive pricing challenge felt by smaller “partners” who lack the market presence, and customer volume, to maintain margins in this new marketing and distribution ecosystem. In other words, when you decide to play with the “big boys” size matters.Mimicking the strategies and tactics of banking’s “Yankees” will not work and Credit Unions are about to find out why, in a big way.Quotes included in the press release regarding Google’s move into checking accounts illustrate each party’s strategic focus and, to a degree, their relative position of power in this announced “partnership.”The folks at Google wish to access the banking system, without taking on the expense burdens of joining it, in order to bring into their world another large component of our economy: “We’re exploring how we can partner with banks and credit unions in the U.S. to offer smart checking accounts through Google Pay, helping their customers benefit from useful insights and budgeting tools, while keeping their money in an FDIC or NCUA-insured account,” Ewer said in a statement, referring by acronym to two U.S. agencies that insure deposits. To illustrate my point regarding “relative competitive strength” in this new “Financial Network”, Stanford Federal and Citi confirmed their roles and their strategies.Citigroup, a “Yankee”, has the muscle to truly “partner” as a “provider” in the network model, and so they pursue “customer volume”: “This agreement has the potential to expand the reach and breadth of our customer base,” Citi spokeswoman Liz Fogarty said. “Privacy and transparency are, and will continue to be, critical priorities.” Stanford FCU, on the other hand, pursues “relevancy”: Joan Opp, president and chief executive of Stanford Federal, described the deal as “critical to remaining relevant and meeting consumer expectations.”“The Runt of the Litter, Dies”So said Brad Pitt’s character, Billy Beane, in the movie “MoneyBall.” The film was inspired by a book that, by the way, was further titled “The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.”I’m not here today to condemn the decision of Stanford FCU, nor to mock Ms. Opp’s comment. Far from it. I believe Stanford FCU is right to enter into this opportunity. But I also believe, as you can read above, that Credit Unions’ entry into the “network platform economy” is rife with challenges, not just opportunities. And I believe strongly that “remaining relevant and meeting consumer expectations” is a defensive posture that illustrates clearly the challenge confronting Credit Unions.Credit Unions are the “runt of the litter” and cannot simply enter this space on the coattails of the industry’s largest teams. All evidence points to the grave threat these network platforms pose for each industry’s marginal players. And make no mistake, Credit Unions’ boats have risen with the tide, but they remain a small part of the broad financial marketplace. And it is this type of player who lacks the customer volume, economies of scale and capital to compete within the strictures of the system built and deployed by Google, Amazon and the others.Credit Unions have to join this new economy, it is where future members reside. Credit Union average membership continues to grow older and our younger generations are open to meeting their financial needs within the “social network” models they have adopted as “native” to their experience. So, Credit Unions have to go there, and I applaud Stanford FCU’s actions. But success, not survival, is contingent on the entire Credit Union movement defining a plan for success that is “fully different from” the efforts of the “Yankees”, the big banks. Do I know what that plan is? I do not. But I know it must be found (and we have to look everywhere, even at our FOMs’ internally and externally imposed constraints), for history has shown us, again and again, that you cannot win when playing an unfair game if you are going to follow the path of those who ante up with resources you can only imagine possessing.Credit Union leaders need to recognize that Google’s announcement is a “call to arms”, one I’ve long expected. And we all need to think anew, think differently. I hope to talk with many others about this. I hope some of you have already started. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Greg Crandell Greg Crandell provides strategy, market planning, business development, and management consulting to financial technology firms and their clients – Credit Unions and Banks. For more years than he wishes to admit, … Web: queryconsultinggroup.com Details
Malta has been urged to place greater emphasis on third-pillar pension saving rather than a compulsory or semi-compulsory system of occupational provision.The Malta Employers’ Association (MEA) suggested the government should introduce incentives to encourage workers to save into third-pillar provision, or nudge employees into action.It reiterated its long-standing opposition to any element of compulsory pension saving.The government-backed Pensions Strategy Group (PSG) previously suggested this should be the next step if current proposals to encourage saving into individual savings accounts failed to boost participation. In its position paper, the MEA argued that the government needed to do more to ensure Maltese workers understood that the first pillar would only ever act as a safeguard, unable to guarantee the same purchasing power enjoyed while in employment.“The Association reacts positively to the fact that, rather than introducing a second pillar, the [PSG] is recommending incentives for more persons to invest in third-pillar products,” it said. The MEA’s paper implied that pensioner poverty was due to “individual choices” made by pensioners, driving them towards poverty.“The MEA has been claiming that a culture of dependency is detrimental to our society, and that people cannot expect the state to provide for all their needs through handouts,” it said.“The general public must be made to understand this point through educational campaigns.”Under the current Supporting Retirement Scheme proposed by government, workers will be offered a tax rebate on annual contributions up to €1,000, which it was hoped would offer an average replacement rate of 9% after 40 years of contribution.In the event that the system fails to boost participation, the PSG recommends the consideration of a mandatory opt-in, voluntary opt-out scheme, with administration and other elements overseen by employers.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to MEA position paper ‘Strengthening the pension system’
Keppel Offshore & Marine’s subsidiary, Keppel Shipyard, is on track to deliver a floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) to Dixstone holdings, an affiliate of Perenco. FPSO La Noumbi, Source: KeppelScheduled for delivery in 3Q 2018, it will be deployed to the Yombo field operated by Perenco offshore Congo, Africa, Keppel said in a statement on Thursday.The FPSO was named La Noumbi at Keppel Shipyard on Thursday. The ceremony was witnessed by Jean-Marc Thysthere Tchicaya, Minister of Hydrocarbons, Republic of the Congo.Chris Ong, CEO of Keppel Offshore & Marine said, “We are pleased to be on track to deliver a sixth project to Perenco to their satisfaction.”Ong added: “This is also our fifth project for the Republic of the Congo and we are proud to have been able to support the development of the nation’s significant oil reserves over the years. In fact, the FPSO Conkouati which La Noumbi will be replacing was first converted by Keppel Shipyard in 1991 and has served the Yombo field for more than 25 years.”Keppel Shipyard’s work scope on the conversion of the crude oil tanker into an FPSO included the installation and integration of topside process skids, fabrication of a new accommodation module as well as life extension works.La Noumbi will be capable of producing 12,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd), processing 120,000 barrels of water per day and storing 762,062 barrels of oil.Benoit de la Fouchardiere, CEO of Perenco, said, “The FPSO La Noumbi represents our commitment to enhance production in the Yombo field in the Republic of the Congo. We have partnered Keppel Shipyard because they are the industry leader in such conversions and have continually provided us excellent value and quality that meet our strict requirements. I am confident that La Noumbi will be just as successful as the FPSO Conkouati and serve for another 20 years.”
Newcastle plan to speak to a series of potential candidates for the vacant post of head coach once again as they attempt to move on swiftly from near-disaster. Managing director Lee Charnley, as he did following Alan Pardew’s departure for Crystal Palace in January, intends to hold informal talks with several men in order to gauge both what they have to offer and whether or not they could work within the prevailing system at St James’ Park. It is understood Patrick Vieira, head of Manchester City’s elite development squad, is among a small number of contenders with whom discussions will be held, with the name of long-term target Steve McClaren, now a free agent following his sacking by Derby, also on the list. Press Association Former Swansea boss Michael Laudrup too is available after his brief stint in the Middle East, and could be invited to share his thoughts on the position. However, it appears that John Carver, who took over from Pardew on an interim basis and suffered a tortuous second half of the season, has slipped in the pecking order after winning only three of his 19 Barclays Premier League games at the helm. The Magpies did much of the groundwork towards making an appointment at the turn of the year, but at that point, their preferred candidate was unavailable. They spoke to McClaren and Remi Garde, among others, at that stage, and the former England boss was offered the chance to return to the north-east, where he enjoyed a successful spell with Middlesbrough between 2001 and 2006. However, he opted to remain loyal to the Rams, and in turn, Newcastle decided to keep their powder dry until the end of the campaign. Little did they know how the remaining months of the season would unfold and McClaren was approached once again with three crucial games left and the club in dire need, with Derby’s promotion hopes having being dashed. Again, the answer was in the negative, but while that did not go down particularly well on Tyneside, the fact that he is now very much available – and perhaps significantly, there would be no compensation to pay – could prove attractive. Frenchman Vieira would be a very different candidate, one with no proven track record as a head coach, but with a glittering playing career behind him and the authority that brings, particularly among his compatriots, a sizeable number of whom are among the current Magpies’ squad. He is currently completing his coaching qualifications and would certainly be the kind of name to excite disgruntled fans. Charnle y is in no rush to make an appointment with the field having changed markedly since January, but with a big summer in the transfer market ahead of the club following owner Mike Ashley’s promise to invest in the squad, he cannot wait too long.
…says “baseline” vs “aggressive” spending reduces chance of Dutch disease…urges equal levels of saving, spending during first 5 yearsThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) has recommended that Guyana adopt a “baseline” approach when it comes to spending oil money on public investments, in order to avoid the dreaded “Dutch disease” that is known to plague oil rich economies. According to the fund, in its most recent report on Guyana, using an “aggressive” instead of a “baseline” spending model can have several negative macro-economic effects on a country that already has an infrastructure and development deficit.“Dutch disease is lower under the “baseline’” approach,” the IMF team said. “Rapid growth in public investment spending in the “aggressive” approach would dampen private consumption and investment significantly due to large crowding out effects”.The report added, in addition to higher real interest rates from large public sector borrowing in the short term, massive front-loading of Government investment spending would lead to higher inflation and more pronounced appreciation of the real exchange rate, adversely affecting export competitiveness.According to the report, such spending would result in reduced output from the trading sector and, thus, worsens the “Dutch disease” effects. The report noted that the “baseline” approach reduces the chance for the crowding out of private buying. In addition, the report warned, the effect of investment from the increased Government spending is dampened.“Despite the relatively lower amount of public investment spending to improve infrastructure compared to the “aggressive” approach, non-oil output growth in the medium- and longer-term are higher as public investment reinforces private investment, thus, minimising the effects of ‘Dutch disease’ and crowding out of private demand,” the report noted.SpendingDespite this, however, the fund acknowledged that large transfers of oil money to the budget are expected over the next five years, as well as accumulated savings in the Natural Resource Fund (NRF). It, therefore, urged equal spending and saving during the first five years as the best option in Guyana’s context to help prevent the Dutch disease.Based on projected oil prices and production, it noted that transfers to the budget will amount to a cumulative 32.7 per cent of non-oil GDP (Gross Domestic Product) over 2020 to 2024 and the balance in the NRF would amount to 30.1 per cent of non-oil GDP by end-2024. This presents an opportunity to scale-up capital and current spending to address infrastructure gaps and human development needs”.“Staff views the implied roughly equal shares of saving versus spending of the oil income during the first five years as appropriate—it should contain “Dutch disease” effects. Staff emphasised the need to continuously monitor the economy’s absorptive capacity and to stand ready to scale back spending if signs of overheating or spending inefficiencies emerge”.The Natural Resources Fund (NRF) Act remains the only piece of legislation specifically for the oil and gas sector that fully ventilated and passed. It creates the NRF fund and oversight committee, which will save and oversee oil revenue for Guyana.Finance Minister Winston Jordan has previously said that oil revenue, when it arrives, will be divided into three parts: monies to go into the budget, money to be held as a buffer and monies to be saved for future generations. However, he has sought to downplay the amount of money Guyana will earn in 2020.The report also notes that recommendations from past reports had included warning Guyana to keep its fiscal deficit reduced, make public investment implementation more efficient and to avoid non-concessional loans from external organisations.“The authorities’ policies have been broadly consistent with these recommendations,” the report observed. “In addition, the authorities continue to benefit from Technical Assistance (TA) delivered by the Fund and other providers”.
Kent Driscoll APTN National NewsGo Savarq airline answered questions Monday on why it folded before getting off the ground.The newest of Nunavut’s airlines had been promising cheaper rates.But on Friday, officials announced the company was grounded. They’re hoping it’s not the end of the dream.
(The woman above previously told APTN she was pressured into sterilization at the Saskatoon Royal University Hospital in 2008. APTN file photo.)Nation to NationIt’s completely unimaginable.You go to the hospital to give birth and leave never able to do so again.Over 100 women, mostly Indigenous, have come forward to say they were coerced, or forced, into sterilization.And mainly in Saskatchewan.“We should be outraged as Canadians that this is happening because this is about a value judgement about who gets to give birth in this country and who doesn’t,” said NDP MP Rachel Blaney Thursday on Nation to Nation.A class-action lawsuit was filed in 2017 against Saskatchewan and its health authority, as well as several doctors in the province, and the federal government.It began with two woman but lawyer Alisa Lombard said that number has grown since word began to spread. Each woman is seeking $7 million in damages.“You have women who are going into have children, in publicly funded hospitals, hoping for that beautiful experience, having a child is or ought to be. And they’re leaving unable to have any more, against their will,” said Lombard of the Saskatoon-based law firm Semaganis Worme Lombard.Any woman that has given birth knows the moment following delivery is likely the worst time to be making life-altering decisions but that’s what Lombard said women have told her.“It’s chaotic. It’s not a time when you can have these long, lengthy conversations about what you to do for the rest of your life,” she said.It is also alleged to have happened while in labour according to one of the women who previously told APTN that staff at the Saskatoon Royal University Hospital pressured her into sterilization during the birth of her second child in 2008.Watch the full episode of Nation To Nation While most of the cases date between 1990s to the early 2000s, Lombard said a woman came forward saying it happened to her just last December.And it could spread across the country.“We are examining the possibility of expanding and we will do so at a time and place that we think is appropriate,” she said.The Senate’s committee on human rights started looking at the matter last week to figure out the scope of the issue.It hasn’t become a criminal investigation, yet.“If people were having things done without informed consent that’s breaking the law,” said Cathy McLeod, Conservative shadow critic on Indigenous Affairs.While Canada is a defendant in the class-action, Liberal MP Marc Miller encouraged people to come forward.“The fact that it is happening to Indigenous women makes it even more so despicable. We encourage anyone that has had this happen to them to step forward and contact the RCMP or authorities and report it,” said [email protected]