The Social Protection Ministry in collaboration with the Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Ministerial Task Force will be launching the first victims’ rights handbook, in observance of World Human Trafficking Day on July 30, 2016.The handbook is intended to guide TIP victims to realise, understand, accept and demand their rights.Some of the most common violations of human rights are; the right to personal autonomy, the right not to be held in slavery or servitude, the right to liberty and security, the right to be free from cruel or inhumane treatment , the right to safe, healthy working conditions and the right to freedom of movement.Tanisha Williams- Corbin, Coordinator (Ag) Counter Trafficking In Persons (C-TIP) Unit, said that, the Ministry will also be launching a campaign titled “Look Out, Speak Out and Take Down” which will be taken to various hotspots.She explained that the Ministry will be aggressively pushing its awareness campaign to educate citizens about TIP with the aim of preventing, reducing and eliminating the scourge.Some of the activities planned are roadside gaffs, school awareness sessions for community, structured awareness sessions for community leaders, distribution of educational materials and novelties, and sessions with social minority groups inclusive of Sex Workers’ Coalition and Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination SASOD.The Ministry will also be providing counselling services for TIP victims, public assistance and necessary psychosocial support in keeping with the Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act of 2005, and provision of technical training and grants and loans for at risk families.
A 23-year-old taxi driver is now in the custody of Police after he was on Saturday afternoon found to be in possession of 13,800 grams of compressed cannabis.The bust was made at around 17:00h, as ranks were conducting a routine ‘stop and search’ operation in the vicinity of the Weldaad Police Station on the WestSeventeen taped parcels containing 13,800 grams of compressed marijuana were found in the carCoast of Berbice.According to reports, the man, from Burnt Bush Dam, East Canje, East Berbice, was observed making a sudden about-turn upon observing the ranks at the roadblock, and was accordingly pursued and detained. A search carried out on his motor vehicle revealed seventeen taped parcels containing the illegal substance. As such, he was taken into Police custody, and is expected to appear in court today to answer a of cannabis possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Having recently come into the B.C. SPCA’s care, the three canines – Whiskers, a male Chihuahua; Duschana, a female long-hair Chihuahua mix; and Cyo, a female short-hair Chihuahua – all have severe dental disease, among other medical problems.“Whiskers is a timid little fellow with a lion’s heart. He gives the tiniest little kisses,” says North Peace Branch Manager, Candace Buchamer. “Duschana is a sweet little lady who is very willing to make new friends but it isn’t easy for her. She needs a little extra TLC, but once she gets to know you, she loves sitting on your lap while having her ears gently stroked.”“And Cyo, also timid and insecure, will take awhile to trust you,” Buchamer notes.- Advertisement -“But it is well worth the effort when she’s covering you with tiny little warm kisses,” she says. “These dogs are all such darlings. We just want them to have a chance at living pain-free lives, hopefully in loving homes.”As well as dental surgery, the dogs also need blood testing done. The estimated total of their medical care is nearly $3,500, and that total doesn’t include the medical costs for any of the other animals at the North Peace shelter.A non-profit organization, the B.C. SPCA says they rely mainly on donations from the public to help the most vulnerable animals.Advertisement If you can help Whiskers, Duschana and Cyo, and other animals like them at the Fort St. John SPCA, you can donate online at spca.bc.ca/medicalemergency or in person at the shelter, 9311 81 Ave., FortSt. John.