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The BIGGER PICTURE – assisted death, indigenous murders and sick leave …

Assisted death and mental disorders

Psychiatrists across the country are calling on the federal government to delay the implementation of rules that would expand access to medically-assisted death for people with mental disorders.

The Association of Chairs of Psychiatry in Canada says they are “incredibly concerned” about mental health patients since there’s no definition of the point at which someone may not be able to recover, to qualify for the procedure.

The group says there should be better access to care for patients, including addiction services before the rules are changed next March.

Getting ready for convoy protests

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s national security advisor says they’re planning ahead for another “Freedom Convoy” protest in Ottawa early next year.

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One of the organizers of the convoy that paralyzed the capital’s downtown early this year has called for a four-day convoy in February.

But Jody Thomas says different actions would be taken ahead of time to prevent a similar situation.

Thomas says deputy ministers have already met to consider plans to respond.

Indigenous murders in Winnipeg

A Winnipeg man is now facing allegations he murdered four indigenous women within a few months last spring.

Jeremy Skibicki is already being held in connection with the death of one woman in May.

Winnipeg police now allege he’s responsible for three other similar murders in the same time period.

They add there may be more victims.

Sick Leave

Federal Labour Minister Seamus  O’Regan says he’s encouraging the provinces to adopt increased sick leave legislation for employees.

Workers in industries under federal jurisdiction will be eligible for three paid sick days as of January 1st, under legislation passed unanimously last year.

That will rise to ten days per year by the end of 2023.

O’Regan notes most workers in Canada come under provincial control adding he respects their jurisdiction.

There’s no paid sick leave available in Ontario.

Our province allows three unpaid days, per year, for time off due to illness.

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