Chris Fox, CP24.com
Published Friday, September 25, 2020 11:43AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, September 25, 2020 12:27PM EDT
Two more nooses were found at a construction site at Michael Garron Hospital on Thursday, prompting its president and CEO to release a statement expressing her shock and anger at what she says is clearly “a systematic problem.”
There have been at least four separate incidents so far this summer in which nooses have been left hanging at construction sites in the city, including another one at the Michael Garron worksite in June.
The incidents prompted Mayor John Tory to holds a series of meetings with executives and union leaders from the construction industry earlier this summer in which he challenged them to take action to address anti-Black racism within the sector.
The latest incident, however, casts a shadow over those efforts.
“This pattern indicates a systemic problem. Although we have been reassured by the efforts made by EllisDon and others to address racism in the construction industry, it is clear that they need to do better,” Michael Garron Hospital President and CEO Sarah Downey said in a statement issued Friday. “I am committed to addressing systemic and overt racism within our organization and the health sector and will hold EllisDon and all of our partners accountable to do the same.”
Downey said that the latest “despicable acts of racism” at the work site are particularly disheartening given the efforts the hospital went to in June to help the community recover, which included the staging of a “healing ceremony” before the final structural beam was erected in its new building.
She said that viewed through that lens, what happened on Thursday can only be described as “an overt attempt to dismantle the reconciliation work our community and our hospital has done to heal.”
For its part, EllisDon told CP24 in a statement that it immediately contacted police after becoming aware of the latest incident and will also be conducting its own investigation.
As well, the company says that members of its senior leadership team will be visiting the site today to “address the project team and condemn these actions.”
“We strongly condemn all acts of racism and we stand by our Black employees, subtrade workers and local community members,” the statement reads.
In a series of messages posted to Twitter on Friday morning Mayor John Tory said that he is “deeply concerned” with the latest incidents at the Michael Garron worksite, noting that “this blatant hatred and threat of violence, has no place in our city.”
Tory said that he will also continue to work with the construction industry to address anti-Black racism, as he has throughout the summer.
As part of that work, EllisDon has already taken a number of actions, including the creation off three employee-led leadership teams focused on anti-racism, inclusion and gender equality.
It has also created an Alliance of Black Employees Experience and Leadership (ABEEL) group.
Cadillac Fairview covertly collected images of millions of shoppers: Privacy commissioner – Calgary Herald
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Despite the violation of Canadian privacy law, Sharon Polsky said the country’s privacy legislation could not adequately ensure Cadillac Fairview would follow regulations in the future.
“The only thing the commissioner can do is ask nicely and make a recommendation, and if the company says, ‘Thank you for your recommendation, we’ll continue doing what we want anyhow,’ that’s all (the commissioner) can do, because the law is ineffective,” said Polsky, president of the Privacy and Access Council of Canada.
The five million images of shoppers collected were not faces, and the software was not capable of recognizing people, Cadillac Fairview said.
“These are sequences of numbers the software uses to anonymously categorize the age range and gender of shoppers in the camera’s view,” the company’s statement read.
According to the investigation, Cadillac Fairview asserted they had made shoppers aware of the use of facial recognition technology through decals placed at their entrances, but the privacy commissioners deemed those measures insufficient.
Polsky said she went to see the decals in August 2018, after the investigation commenced.
She said they did not mention the use of facial recognition software at the time, but were later changed to give more privacy information.
“This was not proper consent, and it’s unfortunate that the law allows companies in Canada to be cavalier,” Polsky said.
The privacy commissioners expressed concern Cadillac Fairview had refused to commit to obtaining express, meaningful consent from shoppers if it were to use the technology again in the future.
Shopify Drops Despite Crushing Revenue, Profit Estimates – Bloomberg
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Bank of Canada Governor Says Digital Dollar Project Moving Past Trial Stage – CoinDesk
The chief of Canada’s central bank has said its national digital currency initiative is progressing past the experimental phase.
In an interview with Reuters published Thursday, Bank of Canada (BoC) Governor Tiff Macklem said his institution is working with G7 member states on its plans for a central bank digital currency (CBDC).
The digital dollar project, he said, is now moving beyond the proof-of-concept stage and closer to being ready for launch. However, the governor deflated expectations, saying he thought there isn’t a need for one “right now.”
Even so, Macklem shared concerns about being outpaced by other countries, adding his institution wants to make sure it’s prepared for a CBDC launch if it chooses to head in that direction.
“If another country has [a CBDC] and we don’t, that could certainly create some problems,” Macklem said. “We certainly wouldn’t want to be surprised by some other country.”
G7 members should share information on their CBDC plans and timelines, he added.
The G7 includes some of the world’s largest developed nations – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K and the U.S. – as member states, which generally act in unison to address global economic issues.
Some nations outside the Group of Seven have already taken the lead when it comes to digitizing their fiat currencies.
China is already conducting public experiments with its digital yuan, signaling a launch may not be far off. The Bahamas became the first nation to take a CBDC into circulation this month, rolling out its “sand dollar” to increase financial access to underserved communities.
Macklem also said a “globally coordinated” strategy from the member states was required in order to keep digital currencies out of the hands of criminals.
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