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Fort Worth residents talk election results over breakfast

first_imgAbbey Block Abbey Blockhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/abbey-block/ Twitter Abbey Blockhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/abbey-block/ printAt 6:00 a.m. following election day, many of the booths at the Paris Coffee Shop were empty. For many of the people who already gathered at the popular local restaurant, president-elect Trump was their candidate of choice.An employee of the Paris Coffee shop reads the newspaper after election day.Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. The new president-elect earned 290 electoral votes. His democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, earned 228 electoral votes.Trump’s win is being called one of the biggest upsets in presidential election history. Many news outlets gave Clinton a 90 percent chance of winning the election before Nov. 8.Despite these statistics, Kelly Shannon said he was not surprised by Trump’s victory.“He struck a very strong nerve in this country,” Shannon said. “I think there’s a greater opportunity with an anti-political establishment candidate than more of the same that we’ve had in the past.”Shannon Kelly said he would describe himself as a conservative.Tony Gonzales said he stayed up late to find out the results of the election. Although the outcome of the election surprised him, Gonzales said he was pleased that Trump won.“It takes a lot of work and a lot of votes to counteract all the media was trying to do for Hilary Clinton.” he said. “I wasn’t sure he was going to be able to do it, but it was very historic.”Many republican leaders also said they were stunned by Trump’s unexpected victory.According to the Associated Press, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Trump’s win was “the most incredible political feat I have seen in my lifetime.”To Esther Ortiz, a hospital eligibility specialist in Fort Worth, Trump’s victory marked the end of a very long and negative campaign.“The election has been very childish,” she said. “Honestly I would  leave my television. I didn’t want to hear the things they were saying.”Ortiz said she hopes Trump will lead the nation to unification.Esther Ortiz said she was surprised Trump “beat all the odds.”“There has been so much division,”Ortiz said. “I’m just hoping we can all come together.”Ortiz, who said she voted for Trump, said she thinks it is important for the country to move forward.“We can’t change the past. We can’t change what has happened,” she said. “So let’s just go forward from this point on now. Let’s work together so other countries around the world aren’t laughing at us.”Hear more from Ortiz below. Linkedin + posts Abbey Blockhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/abbey-block/ Twitter ReddIt Women in STEM: bias and bridging the gap Facebook Ballet Frontier of Texas wows in Nutcracker performance Abbey Blockhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/abbey-block/ Fort Worth girl searches for a bone marrow donor Facebook Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Linkedin Rising number of students reporting mental health issues Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Previous articleDespite outcome, women celebrate their first vote for a woman candidateNext articleLocal artist and TCU alum presents new exhibit Abbey Block RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

 

Celebrate 66th Anniversary of Human Rights Declaration

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * The community is invited to join Mayor Bogaard and the Pasadena Chapter of the United Nations Association on International Human Rights Day to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at the Pasadena Central Library, Donald R. Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut St.Each year during International Human Rights Day, Pasadena joins communities around the world to celebrate the U.N. General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Dec. 10, 1948. This year’s celebration features a special video presentation, lecture and exhibits centered on the 2015 U.N. theme “International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies.”The event will begin with opening remarks by Mayor Bogaard, followed by a short film on low-tech solar lighting and a reading of “We Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures.”The celebration is free to the public, and refreshments will be provided. Guests can visit exhibits by One Fridge off the Grid and Pasadena Water and Power.“As the international community tackles the challenge of global climate change, there has been an increased focus on conservation and using renewable and alternative energy sources,” said Mayor Bogaard. “Pasadena’s ongoing commitment to attaining greater energy efficiency mirrors the U.N.’s 2015 theme of light and light-based technologies.”This year’s featured speaker is award-winning scientist and sustainability expert Elena Christopoulos. Christopoulos is a member of the American Hellenic Council California Board of Directors, advisor to the Green Chamber of Commerce and technical and consular advisor for energy think tank E3NYC. In 2000, Christopoulos implemented the first urban wind turbine in North America, located in Toronto. She also brought the first urban wind turbine to Southern California for the Los Angeles Community College District as part of a $6 billion bond program. Christopoulos attended Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.Free parking is available at the Central Library parking lot. For Pasadena ARTS bus and other transit schedules, visit www.cityofpasadena.net/artsbus. For more information, contact Rhonda Stone, Field Representative to the Mayor, at (626) 744-7147.Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit us online at www.cityofpasadena.net; follow the city on Twitter @PasadenaGov, www.twitter.com/pasadenagov, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofpasadena. Or call the Citizen Service Center, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (626) 744-7311. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News center_img More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Government Celebrate 66th Anniversary of Human Rights Declaration Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Published on Monday, December 8, 2014 | 4:14 pm Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community Newslast_img read more

 

Trial Courts Cannot Grant Bail In POCSO Cases In The Absence of Complainant: Delhi HC Reiterates

first_imgNews UpdatesTrial Courts Cannot Grant Bail In POCSO Cases In The Absence of Complainant: Delhi HC Reiterates Karan Tripathi14 May 2020 9:58 PMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court has directed the Registrar General to circulate the Practice Direction dated 24/09/19 as well as the orders of this court in the case of Reena Jha v. Union of India, to all the District & Sessions Courts in order to ensure compliance of these directions by the criminal courts.The order has been passed by the Single Bench of Justice Brijesh Sethi in a plea challenging…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court has directed the Registrar General to circulate the Practice Direction dated 24/09/19 as well as the orders of this court in the case of Reena Jha v. Union of India, to all the District & Sessions Courts in order to ensure compliance of these directions by the criminal courts.The order has been passed by the Single Bench of Justice Brijesh Sethi in a plea challenging the grant of interim bail by the Sessions Court to a person accused under section 376 of the IPC and section 4 of the POCSO Act, without issuing any notice to her complainant. These directions mandates that the presence of the informant or any person authorized, shall be obligatory at the time of hearing of the application for bail to the person under Sections 376/ 376(3)/ 376-AB/ 376-DA and 376-DB IPC.Appearing for the Petitioner, Ms Tara Narula submitted that the Sessions Court order is bad in law as the same has been passed without issuance of notice to the complainant of FIR and thereby, denying the opportunity of hearing.Ms Narula cited the amended section 439 of the Criminal Procedure Code, as well as the Practice Directions issued by the Delhi High Court on 24/09/19, which have mandated that the presence of the informant or any person authorized,shall be obligatory at the time of hearing of the application for bail to the person under Sections 376/ 376(3)/ 376-AB/ 376-DA and 376-DB IPC.By an order dated 27/01/20, the Petitioner further pointed out, the Delhi High Court had extended the obligation stated under the said Practice Directions to cases under POCSO as well and a direction was issued to the District Judges, National Commission for Protection of Children Rights (‘NCPCR’) and State Commission for Protection of Children Rights (‘SCPCR’) to strictly comply with the same.It was argued by the Petitioner that in utter violation of the aforesaid directions, District Courts at Delhi are passing bail orders without adhering to the mandatory requirement of issuance of notice to the complainant/ first informant or authorized person in the first instance.The Petitioner further submitted that the trial court passed has passed the impugned order ignoring the fact that the victim and her family are living in the vicinity of the accused and enlargement of accused on interim bail is a threat to their lives.Appearing for the state, Ms Meenakshi Dahiya submitted that these directions are already being followed in both the letter and spirit, and the same will also be brought to the notice of Investigating Officers to ensure strict compliance. While observing that the order dated May 05 wherein interim bail was granted to the accused was passed in the absence of the complainant, the court noted that the court are bound to follow the Practice Directions.The court also directed the Registrar General to ensure that the name of the judicial officer against whose order the present petition has been filed, does not figure anywhere while circulating the directions.In order to protect the complainant, the court directed for the number of the Beat Constable, W/ASI, Division Officer as well as of SHO to be provided to the Petitioner forthwith so that in case of any exigency, the concerned officials can be contacted.Click here to download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

 

Latest: Wigan 0 QPR 0

first_imgQPR made a good start to the second half of the Championship play-off semi-final first leg, with Armand Traore’s shot bringing a save from Wigan keeper Scott Carson.In the first half, Gary Caldwell headed straight at Rangers keeper Rob Green from a cross Jordi Gomez, whose low shot shortly before the interval produced a save from Green at his near post.Roared on by more than 3,000 travelling fans, Rangers defended resolutely in the opening 45 minutes and had the occasional sight of goalGary O’Neil had an effort blocked after being set up by QPR’s top scorer Charlie Austin and Traore headed over from Junior Hoilett’s cross.Veteran centre-back Richard Dunne, back in the R’s starting line-up, has struggled at times and is on a yellow card, having been booked for a foul on Callum McManaman.After a decent spell by the visitors early in the second half, they survived a scare at the other end when James Perch failed to make contact with Jean Beausejour’s fine cross. QPR: Green, Simpson, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill, Hoilett, Barton, O’Neil, Traore, Morrison, Austin. Subs: Murphy, Carroll, Yun, Doyle, Hughes, Henry, Kranjcar.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

 

Hero’s farewell for Helen Suzman

first_imgWelsh adds: “A perverse ‘honour’, of which she is inordinately proud, was being declared an ‘Enemy of the State’ by Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe in 2001.” Helen Suzman, veteran South African politician and fearless campaigner against apartheid, was laid to rest in West Park Cemetery, Johannesburg on Sunday at a funeral attended by hundreds, including South African President Kgalema Motlanthe and a host of other dignitaries from across the country’s political spectrum. “The qualifications, based on educational and property criteria, survived until 1978, although Helen had privately advocated universal adult suffrage well before this date.” She studied and lectured in economics and economic history at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where her interest in politics grew, partly through her involvement in the South African Institute of Race Relations, a liberal organisation that conducted research on racial issues. “The tools of her liberation struggle were not guns, or the politics of resistance, but the use of the machinery, the beast of the apartheid Parliament, to attack the system itself.” Suzman remained active in public life after stepping down as an MP, serving as president of the SA Institute of Race Relations from 1991 to 1993, serving on the Independent Electoral Commission that oversaw the country’s first democratic election in 1994, and serving as a member of the statutory Human Rights Commission for several years thereafter. “History must record that [Suzman] was one of the great freedom fighters for the liberation of South Africa from the tyranny of apartheid,” South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein said in his eulogy. 5 January 2009 “In a patriarchal society like South Africa, discrimination against women was also rife,” Welsh notes. “For many years the quest for equal status was one of Helen’s main concerns, and she achieved considerable success.” Suzman died on 1 January 2009 at the age of 91. Author and human rights activist David Welsh writes in his short biography on the Suzman Foundation’s website: “Dissatisfaction with the UP’s shilly-shallying on racial issues grew among the small band of liberals in the caucus. Finally, in 1959, dissatisfaction boiled over into open revolt, and 12 MPs, including Helen, broke away and subsequently formed the Progressive Party, with an openly liberal programme of extending rights to all South Africans, but with a qualified franchise. In 1967, Suzman visited Nelson Mandela in prison on Robben Island for the first time. Remembering the visit, Mandela later said: “Mrs Suzman was one of the few, if not the only, member of Parliament who took an interest in the plight of political prisoners.” According to the Helen Suzman Foundation, Suzman was born in the mining town of Germiston, east of Johannesburg, on 7 November 1917 to Samuel and Frieda Gavronsky, both immigrants from Eastern Europe who had come to South Africa to escape the restrictions imposed on Jews by Russia. Achmat Dangor, chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, said in a statement on Thursday that South Africa had lost “a great patriot and a fearless fighter against apartheid.center_img In 1953 she won the nomination contest for the Johannesburg constituency of Houghton – a safe United Party (UP) seat – and on 14 March of that year she became an MP. Her workload, during her solitary 13 years in Parliament, was prodigious. “She grabbed every opportunity to speak, to put parliamentary questions, and to intercede with ministers on behalf of the many hapless individuals and communities who were caught up in the merciless bureaucratic toils of apartheid. “We remember how Mrs Suzman was one of the very few members of Parliament who protested against apartheid legislation, including the 1 May 1963 promulgation of the General Law Amendment Act or ‘the Ninety Day Detention Law’ – the beginning of South Africa’s notorious system of detention without trial.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “In a typical parliamentary session she spoke on average in 15 ministerial votes (in which the performance of a minister and his department was debated), participated in numerous debates on bills, and asked some 200 parliamentary questions – which elicited valuable information that she put to good use in her speeches inside and outside Parliament. In her final speech in Parliament, Welsh writes, Suzman did “what no MP had done before: she proposed a motion of censure on a judge who had imposed a derisory sentence on two white farmers who had beaten an African labourer to death. Predictably, the motion failed, but the episode caused a national furore. The judge in question was subsequently transferred away from actual court work.” From 1961 until 1974, when she was joined by five other Progressive Party MPs, Suzman was the only member of Parliament who consistently and unequivocally opposed discriminatory legislation in South Africa, including a spate of security laws that left the rule of law in tatters. When, as President of South Africa, Mandela bestowed on Suzman the Order of Meritorious Service in 1997, he said of her courage: “It is a courage born of the yearning for freedom; of hatred of oppression, injustice and inequity whether the victim be oneself or another; a fortitude that draws its strength from the conviction that no person can be free while others are unfree.” He added: “It was an odd and wonderful sight to see this courageous woman peering into our cells and strolling around our courtyard. She was the first and only woman ever to grace our cells.” Her achievements have been acknowledged by numerous awards and honours, including over 25 honorary doctorates from local and international universities, two nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize, and the International Freedom Prize from Liberal International in 2002. In 1989 she was made a Dame of the British Empire, a rare honour for a foreigner. Suzman, one of the country’s longest-serving members of Parliament, fought a lonely battle from within the apartheid legislature for the right of all South Africans to vote. “In a famous exchange a certain minister shouted: ‘You put these questions just to embarrass South Africa overseas.’ To which Helen coolly replied: ‘It is not my questions that embarrass South Africa – it is your answers.’”last_img read more

 

Polokwane awaits World Cup stage

first_img24 February 2010 The Peter Mokaba Stadium is complete and the people of Polokwane, in South Africa’s Limpopo province, are excited to be part of history in the making as residents of one of the nine host cities of Africa’s first Fifa World Cup™. Known as Africa’s City of Stars, Polokwane is the smallest of the host cities for this year’s World Cup, and a visit allows one to experience the excitement for the event and the pride of locals. Jacob Ntuli, a 46-year-old bricklayer, is quick to comment when he overhears others talking about the World Cup. “We will welcome the people to watch our games at the stadium,” says Ntuli. ‘Place of Safety’ “Polokwane means ‘Place of Safety’ in Sotho, which is one of our 11 official languages. Yes, eleven, we are many different people, but we are all South African and we will welcome anyone from anywhere in the world to our city. It is a friendly city, and I wish there were even more matches here.” “Have you seen the stadium?” asks Precious Mbulani, a lady selling fruit on a street corner. “It is something very special because you can see it from far away, and on nights when the lights are on it is very beautiful. I wish I could watch a game at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, but it gives me pride to know that the best players will be so close to my home.” Ronald Le Grange, an importer waiting for a shipment at Polokwane International Airport, agrees with Precious. “To think that Polokwane will be part of this once in a lifetime World Cup is astonishing. It’s a great time to be South African, and a great time to be in Polokwane. “I have bought tickets for Argentina’s match against Greece for my family, and I can’t wait to enjoy the atmosphere at the Peter Mokaba Stadium,” says Le Grange.Four group stage matches Polokwane will host four group stage matches at the World Cup, with Algeria taking on Slovenia, France coming up against Mexico, Greece facing Argentina, and Paraguay playing against New Zealand. Fifty-three-year-old Sergio Santos is a contractor working in the city on a few government projects. “Polokwane has become like a second home to me. Seeing as I will be here during the World Cup, I have applied for the game between France and Mexico. “I will take a look at the other three games later on if there are still tickets, because saying you went to see a World Cup game is quite something, but saying that you attended four would make the nicest person jealous,” says Santos.‘My uncle helped build this’ Ten-year-old Petros Moloi says his uncle was one of the workers who built this stadium, “and he is very proud of it. Now that it is finished, the World Cup can come to Polokwane and he can watch a game. I love the stadium because it is so big and it makes me feel very small, but important because it is in Polokwane. “My teacher says the World Cup is something we will only see once, so we must remember for a long time and help to make it special for people from other countries,” says Moloi. Saul Pietersen runs a small cafe in Polokwane, and he is hoping that the extra business will make up for tickets that he bought for the match between Algeria and Slovenia. “I bought tickets for my brother and I when we did not know who would be playing in Polokwane. When the draw was done we saw it was Algeria and Slovenia, and I’m glad it is an African team that I can support. “The business from tourists will bring more profit and the tickets will be paid off quickly,” says Pietersen. “Maybe I should give discounts to Algerian and Slovenian fans who will be at the stadium with me!” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

 

SGT. BLUFF INDUSTRIAL PARK IS STATE CERTIFIED AND READY FOR TENANTS

first_imgA Sergeant Bluff industrial park has been certified as shovel ready through the Iowa Certified Site Program.Sgt. Bluff Mayor Jon Winkel says its the first in the western part of the state to achieve project-ready status.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/SBLUFFSITE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………100 plus acre site. :13The city and state economic development officials completed the certification in just over two years, a full year earlier than the process usually takes.Winkel says the land is ready for a company to build there:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/SBLUFFSITE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….market the site. ;21Sam Wagner of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce says the shovel ready site, combined with the metro areas number one ranking for industrial development projects from Site Selection Magazine, is a winning combination that should spur additional growth once a company builds there:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/SBLUFFSITE3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….. into those primary industries. :20The Sergeant Bluff Park is located at the south end of town along the newly developed Dogwood Trail roadway.last_img read more

 

10 months agoAston Villa, Derby chasing Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu

first_imgAston Villa, Derby chasing Chelsea defender Ethan Ampaduby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Ethan Ampadu is a target for Championship clubs ahead of the January market.The Mirror says Aston Villa and Derby County are set to go head to head to sign Ampadu on-loan in January.Both clubs made moves for the 18-year-old Welsh international during the summer but Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wouldn’t let him leave.He remains a target for Villa and Derby who already have string Chelsea links.Villa have John Terry as first-team coach and Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham on-loan. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

 

9 days agoWhoops! Sheffield Utd forward Oli McBurnie caught with owl hoodie

first_imgWhoops! Sheffield Utd forward Oli McBurnie caught with owl hoodieby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United forward Oli McBurnie has deleted a picture of himself on social media wearing a Drake hoodie.The former Swansea striker uploaded the picture last night wearing a black hoodie with a huge owl across the front, reports The Star.The owl is the symbol of Candian rapper Drake’s ‘October’s Very Own’ (OVO) brand but bears a striking resemblance to Sheffield Wednesday’s badge. McBurnie was quick to delete the photo after both sets of fans were quick to make the unintentional connection between McBurnie’s hoodie and Sheffield Wednesday.Wednesday have been linked with the owl since 1912. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

 

MMIWG inquiry gets failing grades in NWACs latest report card

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women has received failing grades all around in the latest report card by the Native Women’s Association of Canada.NWAC released its report card Tuesday morning giving the inquiry failing grades in 10 of 15 categories, such as failing to include families, being transparent and sticking to timelines.The inquiry didn’t receive one passing grade. Read the full report here.“The families of First Nations Inuit and Métis women and girls deserve to be respected by this process,” the report states.NWAC said there needs to be action taken to honour and commemorate women and girls.“Beyond a formal letter indicating that ‘Indigenous women and girls are sacred,’ we have heard very little as to what the Inquiry has planned to honour and commemorate,” said NWAC. “Our stolen loved ones deserve much more.”The report cards comes on the heels of more than 30 advocates, Indigenous leaders and family members issuing an open letter Monday to the chief commissioner of the inquiry, suggesting the process is in “serious trouble.”The group wrote that while it is aware the commission has a difficult challenge, immediate action must be taken to prevent damage and shift the current approach of the inquiry.The letter, posted on the website of Métis artist Christi Belcourt, said people are “deeply concerned” by a continued lack of communication that’s been fostering anxiety, frustration, confusion and disappointment.The inquiry, designed to cost $53.8 million and take two years, is led by Marion Buller, the first female First Nations judge in British Columbia, with four other commissioners, including former NWAC president Michele Audette.The team’s mandate requires an interim report on its work in November, but a growing number of family members and other stakeholders say it’s still not clear when they will get a chance to share their testimony.The commission is set to hold its first public hearing May 29 in Whitehorse, but other community meetings won’t take place until later this fall at the earliest.No other dates have been confirmed for additional hearings, an inquiry spokesperson said in a statement last week, and the commission has yet to develop a database comprising the names of the victims.“There are now about 294 families who have reached out to the national inquiry and identified as wishing to participate,” said communications director Bernée Bolton.“There is an extensive community engagement and communications plan to connect to families and survivors.”Signatories of the letter published Monday say the time frame for the inquiry is “clearly too short,” adding the commissioners should formally request an extension from the federal government.“This will enable you to use the time this summer to seriously consider how the inquiry can be reformatted to address the myriad of concerns being raised widely across the country.”A spokesperson for Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said the minister remains confident that the commission has the appropriate resources and time to conduct its work.For its part, the inquiry said late Monday that the chief commissioner has received the letter and needs some time to “carefully consider the content.”In May 2014, the RCMP documented 1,181 murdered and missing women between 1980 and 2012.A year later, the force said 32 additional Indigenous women had been murdered and 11 more had disappeared since it first reported on the issue. It also cited an “unmistakable connection” between homicide and family violence.– with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more