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Sixties scoop: Aboriginals adopted into white families want formal apology

WINNIPEG - Some aboriginal people who were adopted into white families during the so-called Sixties Scoop say it's their turn for reconciliation and are calling for a formal apology from the federal government. Dozens of adoptees gathered in Winnipeg on Monday to tell their stories — many for the first time — and figure out how to get justice. Coleen Rajotte was taken from her Cree community in Saskatchewan when she was three months old and raised by a Manitoba family. Adoptees were robbed of their real families and feel someone has to be held accountable, she said.

Kenya legalises polygamy without wife's consent

Kenya's parliament has passed a bill allowing men to marry as many women as they want, prompting a furious backlash from female lawmakers who stormed out, reports said Friday. The bill, which amended existing marriage legislation, was passed late on Thursday to formalise customary law about marrying more than one person. The proposed bill had initially given a wife the right to veto the husband's choice, but male members of parliament overcame party divisions to push through a text that dropped this clause.

Kenya legalises polygamy without wife's consent

Kenya's parliament has passed a bill allowing men to marry as many women as they want, prompting a furious backlash from female lawmakers who stormed out, reports said Friday. The bill, which amended existing marriage legislation, was passed late on Thursday to formalise customary law about marrying more than one person. The proposed bill had initially given a wife the right to veto the husband's choice, but male members of parliament overcame party divisions to push through a text that dropped this clause.

B.C. Liberals look to Victoria seniors care leader to fill post as Canada's first seniors advocate

VICTORIA - The B.C. government has appointed a Victoria care administrator with 20 years experience working with and serving the elderly as the provincial seniors advocate. In what is a Canadian first, Health Minister Terry Lake says appointing Isobel Mackenzie to head the Office of the Seniors Advocate fulfils a Liberal government promise to create the position. The advocate post resulted from a sweeping report by Ombudsperson Kim Carter who made 176 recommendations to improve the lives of B.C.'s elderly.

B.C. Liberals look to Victoria seniors care leader to fill post as Canada's first seniors advocate

VICTORIA - The B.C. government has appointed a Victoria care administrator with 20 years experience working with and serving the elderly as the provincial seniors advocate. In what is a Canadian first, Health Minister Terry Lake says appointing Isobel Mackenzie to head the Office of the Seniors Advocate fulfils a Liberal government promise to create the position. The advocate post resulted from a sweeping report by Ombudsperson Kim Carter who made 176 recommendations to improve the lives of B.C.'s elderly.

No maternity leave for women using surrogates: EU top court

Women who use surrogate mothers to have a child do not have a legal right to maternity leave when the baby is born, the European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday. The European Union's highest court said EU "law does not establish a right to paid leave equal to maternity leave or adoption leave" for women having a child by a surrogate. At the same time, EU member states are free to apply more accommodating rules if they choose to do so, it added.

Lawmakers launch group to ensure visitations after divorce

More than 40 Japanese lawmakers set up a group Tuesday with an aim to enact legislation to ensure visitations between children and their parents separated due to divorce or marital disputes in Japan. The lawmakers from both ruling and opposition parties will strive to prevent severance of the parent-child relationship for the child's best interest, as more than 150,000 children in Japan every year are estimated to lose contact with noncustodial parents following divorce.

Mothers' monitoring of media tied to kids' weight

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children whose mothers pay close attention to how much time they spend watching TV and playing video games tend to weigh less, according to a new study. Researchers found that mothers who were more active in their media supervision had children who were thinner at age seven and who gained less weight over the next few years.

Caregivers often pick up phones at mealtime

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Some parents pay more attention to their mobile devices than the kids they're supervising during meals, according to a new analysis. Researchers found that among a small number of adults they observed eating at fast food restaurants with children, about 40 percent of those with mobile devices paid attention to the phone or tablet "almost continuously" throughout the meal.

Kentucky will not appeal ruling on recognizing gay marriage

(Reuters) - Kentucky will not appeal a U.S. federal court ruling that orders it to recognize the legal same-sex marriages of residents who wed elsewhere, state Attorney General Jack Conway told reporters on Tuesday. Conway said a decision made last month by a federal judge was correct and an appeal would be tantamount to defending discrimination. "It's about placing people above politics," he said at his office in Frankfort.
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