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From Bill 6 to sliding poll numbers Notley discusses first full session

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by News Staff Posted Dec 10, 2015 5:42 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 10, 2015 at 5:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email From Bill 6 to sliding poll numbers, Notley discusses first full session Wikimedia Commons Following her historic victory in the provincial election in May, it certainly has been an interesting first full legislative session for Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.Along with the falling price of oil and thousands of job losses, her government has faced backlash from the Bill 6 saga and the ongoing royalty review.She spoke to reporters today about the experience and how it compared to being in opposition.“It’s both exciting because we win some votes, which never used to happen when I was in opposition, but it’s also a great deal of work and there’s no question you have a tremendous sense of responsibility, a tremendous sense of obligation to all the people of the province,” she said.Following the amendments and ultimate passing of Bill 6 Thursday, Notley was mostly asked about what the legislation now excludes, which is coverage for children of farming families, along with neighbours and volunteers helping out.Notley was asked about this year’s incidents of children who died in farming accidents, which wouldn’t come under OHS investigations under the current legislation.“That’s about the relationship between parents and children and that’s not what this bill is about,” she said. “This bill is about correcting the long, unmet need to protect vulnerable, paid farm workers who are obliged to follow the instructions of their employers at risk of losing their job if they don’t.”“That’s a different issue than the one you identify, not unimportant, but that’s not what this bill is about and it’s not what it’s ever intended to be about.”She was also asked if she’s thinking of going beyond Bill 6 in terms of protecting farming children.“The relationship between a paid worker and a farmer is that between employer and employee, between adult and adult, where there’s legal obligation of one adult to asceed to the direction of the other adult and that’s very different than reaching into families and saying you’re parenting well or you’re not parenting well,” she said. “As government, we do that already, we do that through child protection and there are other ways in which these issues are dealt with, but it’s simply not an issue that was planned to be covered under this bill.”As a recent ThinkHQ poll shows government support dropping outside of Edmonton for the NDP, Notley said popularity will ebb and flow.“We have three and a half years before the next election, so I’m going to focus on governing in what I believe is in the best interest of Albertans,” she said.Notley was also asked if she’s worried her government’s actions could lead to a more united front from the right in the next election.“I’m not terribly concerned,” she said. “We’re almost at the one-year anniversary of the last most concrete iteration of this desire to blend these two parties and I think we all know that it didn’t exactly enjoy tremendous endorsement by Albertans.”Notley also confirmed the royalty review will not be presented at the end of the month as originally scheduled, saying the short delay is regrettable, but necessary and the hope is to have it in early January.After Independent MLA Deborah Drever was booted from the NDP caucus for controversial photos, Notley said she’s shown good progress with her recent domestic violence bill and she’ll continue to keep an eye on it.“She went out and talked to people as far as I understand and asked for advice on what would be the most helpful bill that she could bring forward and she came up with that idea,” Notley said.On climate change and talk of the 1.5 degree Celsius climate change target, Notley was asked about what could mean for the Alberta economy.“Our plan I think stands on its merits and it is a plan that brings about significant, real, measurable change and a significant reduction in what would’ve happened otherwise,” she said. “The reason we brought in this plan was to avoid the scenario where we had plans and rules imposed upon us that might have otherwise hurt Alberta’s economy.”“I’ve certainly received fairly strong indications from the federal government that they perceive that the step that we have taken is a major one, they see it as a good thing, one that they will support and not one that they will be planning to ask us to amend.” read more

Number of alleged child sex offences committed by other children almost doubles

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first_imgIn total, there were 32,452 reports to police of alleged sexual offences by children on other children over the four year period, an average of more than 20 every day.The figures relate to instances where the alleged perpetrator and victim are both aged under 18. Incidences of sexting – where sexual images are exchanged between minors – are included in the definition of sexual offences.Barnardo’s said the data, obtained under Freedom of Information rules, show the number of reported cases more than doubled in 12 force areas between 2013 and 2016.Simon Bailey, National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Child Protection, said: “We believe we can attribute these increases to more awareness and greater victim confidence.”We also have to look at the possibility that more abuse is being perpetrated and if technology is facilitating this.”These figures highlight the importance of building resilience in young people and educating them about sexual relationships.”This can’t be left to chance.”Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan said the charity warned last year that “unless child on child sexual abuse is dealt with head on, it may become the next scandal in our society”.He added: “These results are another wake up call to the extent of the problem. “We’re deeply concerned more children may be sexually harming other children.”Conservative MP Nusrat Ghani called on the Government to work with schools, local authorities, police and voluntary organisations to tackle the issue.She added: “In this smartphone age, parents must also play a vigilant role in protecting their children from harmful sexual behaviour and from harmful sexual images that cause damage they are too young to understand.”Last year a cross-party parliamentary panel said a consistent national strategy was needed for tackling growing concerns about access to extreme pornography, the sharing of naked images online and sexting. The panel’s inquiry concluded that children and young people should not be “unnecessarily criminalised” for displaying harmful sexual behaviour towards others. Credit:Getty Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Teenager checks messages on her smartphone  The number of children being investigated by police for sexual offences has almost doubled in the last four years.Children potentially face being criminalised for committing sex offences against other youngsters, an investigation found, with a rise in the use of smartphones thought to be a contributing factor. Last year there were 9,290 reports of such cases to forces in England and Wales, a jump of 78 per cent compared to 2013, according to figures obtained by charity Barnardo’s.A spokesman for Barnardo’s said: “Too often children displaying harmful sexual behaviour are treated as ‘mini sex offenders’. “Although public protection should always remain the primary driver when dealing with cases of harmful sexual behaviour  young offenders should be treated as children first and offenders second.”last_img read more

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