Nearly half of London’s child poverty charities could shut due to coronavirus

first_imgNearly half of London’s child poverty charities could shut due to coronavirus  402 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: COVID-19 Funding Some 40% of the charities supporting children will be forced to close within six months if they cannot raise the funds they planned due to coronavirus, according to research by The Childhood Trust.The Childhood Trust‘s study, which surveyed 65 child poverty charities in London collectively supporting 184,000 children and young people, has revealed that nearly 90% of the charities are certain that vulnerable children will go hungry due to the loss of free school meals, a shortage of staple foods and the loss of parental earnings during the coronavirus outbreak.51% of charities have stated that they will need financial support to ensure that an adequate supply of food can continue to go to the poverty stricken children who were already at risk of hunger in the UK’s worst affected city. A further third (35%) have also revealed the need for support in delivering food to them.89% of charities expressed an urgent need for emergency funding and other financial support from the state and nearly half (42%) surveyed anticipate losing up to £50,000 in funding due to the coronavirus with nearly a quarter anticipating losing over £100,000.Laurence Guinness, CEO of The Children’s Trust said:“The stark comparison between the funding decline in charities and vast increase in children who are going to need support is hugely worrying. Evidence from our network of over 200 funded charities highlights that the impact of this crisis is being disproportionately experienced by children whose lives are already challenged by poverty and its attendant hardships. For many of these children, the crisis is exacerbating chronic anxiety, stress, inadequate diets, domestic violence, loss of peer support and rapid mental health deterioration.”“After a decade of austerity and cuts to services for children the support that small, grassroots charities provide for children throughout London is more important than ever. The economic impact of COVID-19 is an existential threat to many charities’ ability to provide support once this crisis subsides. We need the Government to step in and provide specific charitable support immediately.”center_img  401 total views,  2 views today Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 1 April 2020 | Newslast_img read more

Over Concerns About Openness, OpenStack Founder Leaves Rackspace

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud#news Related Posts alex williams Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img One of the founding members and chief architect for OpenStack says he could not get necessary changes to the open-source cloud effort made and has left Rackspace as a result. Rick Clark wrote in a blog post that he left Rackspace to pursue an opportunity at Cisco but also due to his inability to effectively lobby for changes he believes need to be made to the OpenStack effort.In particular he cited the OpenStack Governance Model that went underwent changes without community participation.OoenStack detailed the changes in a blog post. These include the election of technical leads for each project and the revamping of the Project Policy Board. There will also be a new Advisory Board.What Clark’s Departure MeansClark’s departure comes one month before the OpenStack Design Summit. The conference will help set the tone for its next evolution and test its mettle as an open organization.Openness made the Linux movement what it was. OpenStack is at a juncture that could define it as an open, community driven organization. The energy is behind the effort but confidence in the organization will in part depend on how it evolves. Clark questions that openness but is also a believer in OpenStack’s future. His post drew such attention that he took it upon himself to write a follow-up, clarifying his views about Rackpace and his support for OpenStack.Rackspace provided the following statement:Rackspace does not comment on the circumstances under which employees leave the company. We’ve gotten positive feedback on the recent changes in governance of OpenStack, with elections happening now. Code contributions continue to pour in from around the globe as we work toward the 3rd release (Cactus) April 14, followed by the second public Design Summit, April 26-29. With new developers and organizations joining and investing in the project every day, we’ve never been more excited about OpenStack’s future.In an interview, Clark said his new role at Cisco is as principal engineer and to help with open-source efforts. It was a huge opportunity he could not pass up. He thinks Rackspace is trying to do the right thing but needs to avoid the problem in the future. What he does not want is a fork. A split is bad for everyone.He supports the changes that Rackspace has made. There will be tech leads for each of the sub projects that are part of OpenStack. His role as chief architect is going away. “That’s how it should be,” Clark said.Five Big IssuesClark cited five issues in his original post that he says illustrate the problems at hand:Influence over Control. In Clark’s view, Rackspace is trying to control OpenStack more than influence it. The company had made changes to the governance of OpenStack without discussing with the community.Openness Matters. Clark says that from the start, OpenStack said openness and transparency were core to the organization. If that’s the case, then why did Rackspace not make it transparent and in the open about the changes it was making to the governance of the organization?Technology not Marketing. There’s concern that Rackspace is treating OpenStack as a marketing vehicle more than as the technology initiative it really is.Community means Participation. The OpenStack definition for community is wrong. Signing up partners does not mean the effort has a community. Partners did sign up to be a part of OpenStack but there is an issue with participation. Foundation, Foundation, Foundation. The code for OpenStack needs to go into a foundation. He writes: “Putting the code in a foundation similar to the Linux Foundation, is good for everyone. IANAL, but I believe it protects Rackspace from some types of legal liability, spreads out the cost of running the project, it shows that Rackspace understands that it doesn’t actually own the project, and it protects the project from management changes and changes of priorities at any one company. Most important of all, it encourages an ecosystem to develop, by placing everyone on fair and equal footing.”The Future of OpenStackThe future of OpenStack viewed from today’s vantage point tells a story about a movement that may be better defined by its second year than by its first.It was only OSCON last July when OpenStack launched. We have yet to see any major developments emerge from it. Those should come by next year.But in the meantime, there are some important issues to resolve before OpenStack is an open-source movement that is truly comparable to the Linux community. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Game 2 loss blessing in disguise for newly-crowned Blue Eaglets

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt may not have been a perfect season for Ateneo, but for coach Joe Silva, winning the UAAP Season 80 juniors’ basketball championship still tastes sweet no matter how you win it.“All we wanted to do is to win the championship, whether we had to sweep or do it the hard way,” he said after the Blue Eaglets claimed the title with a 63-58 Game 3 win over the NU Bullpups on Friday. “All our main focus, our main direction was to win a championship.”ADVERTISEMENT “Fortunately, we lost,” he said as the Blue Eaglets once again focused on what they need to do to accomplish their set goal. “We needed that, not just in basketball, but in terms of the character of the boys. At least, the boys were humbled down.”Silva saw the differences—from the practices to the bus ride to the venue, to moments before Game 3 started — that Ateneo is hell-bent on bagging its first title in three years.“We had the right mindset coming into this game. We really knew that we wanted the championship,” he said.And just like the last time he hoisted the trophy with his Blue Eaglets, Silva still revels in the celebration of this recent success.“We took the same route but its a different cast of characters, different experiences. Both are fulfilling,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Stephen Curry shatters hotel table after golf blunder LATEST STORIES Read Next Finishing with a perfect 14-0 sweep of the eliminations, Ateneo seemed poised to complete the rare perfect season.As much as Silva and the players tried to downplay the situation, they knew that eventually, the streak would get in their heads — something which happened in Game 2, when the Blue Eaglets fell for the first time, 70-67, last Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“If I’ll mention in Game 2, I felt that the sweep got in our heads. We didn’t play well,” he admitted.But Silva looked at it as a blessing in disguise—a much-needed humbling experience for Ateneo. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving AFP official booed out of forum View commentslast_img read more

Why Team India coach Greg Chappell had to be sacked

first_imgIn the hours after a telephone call was made to Sharad Pawar, an official in the BCCI tried to pin one reason down for why the Indian cricket coach Greg Chappell had to go. “Trust,” he said, “There was absolutely no trust in Greg.” India’s apocalyptic 2007 World Cup, was,In the hours after a telephone call was made to Sharad Pawar, an official in the BCCI tried to pin one reason down for why the Indian cricket coach Greg Chappell had to go. “Trust,” he said, “There was absolutely no trust in Greg.”India’s apocalyptic 2007 World Cup, was merely the tipping point. At the end, Chappell and India had no future together. The abiding principle of mutual confidence on which players and coaches function had eroded completely. The juggernaut that would crush Chappell’s own ambitions of being a successful international coach and the Indian team along with it, had been set in motion almost as soon as the aristocratic Australian took charge.It is no secret that Chappell had no time for the seniors and most of the players had no time for him.Greg ChappellThe very tools that Chappell had used as a coach eventually nailed him. Leaks, e-mails berating players, tales about their misdemeanours, text messages to the press expressing his opinion came in such a flood that eventually they drowned him. When a TV channel said a “source close to Chappell” had called the seniors in the team a “mafia”, nobody questioned the veracity of the source or the information. It was, sadly, just the kind of thing Chappell was expected to say and do.Contrary to what he maintained, Chappell not only coached the team, he tried to set his own agenda through the media. It would not be wrong to say he was far more successful with his offfield squad than his on-field team. Patrician and persuasive, within a few weeks of his arriving, it was evident that the 58-year-old former Australian captain was a man with a mask, a man with two faces. One, the high-minded cricket philosopher and entertaining raconteur. The other, a man who operated on the principle that man management and manipulation were just synonyms for each other.Through his time in India, Chappell polarized opinion: relieved that he had taken care of the thorny issue called Sourav Ganguly, the Indian Board did little to remind Chappell of his brief. In doing so, they upturned cricket’s basic principle: in any team, the captain is the boss and the coach his assistant. Chappell then showed a group of Kolkata hecklers his middle finger; it was an action that would have brought the roof over the heads of cricket coaches any where else in the world. In India, his “guts” were admired. A selector said admiringly, “If players don’t bend to Greg, they will break.” It sounded like he was talking about political prisoners and not a bunch of young, anxious athletes.There was no future together for Greg Chappell and India as the abiding principle of mutual confidence on which players and coaches function had gradually eroded completely over a period of time.  All that was in the open. Behind the scenes, Chappell worked as hard. He courted the English language press, its owners, its editors and its reporters and kept up a constant interface. Within months of arriving, he had accused players of “deliberately” playing badly, of not using his advice in one match but using it in another benefit game where there was money to be made, and sending a now famous e-mail in which he called four cricketers “cancerous”. It was claimed that a player had berated Rahul Dravid in the dressing room in an attempt to undermine his leadership, a story that was later denied as untrue.Rahul Dravid, Greg Chappell, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender SehwagWith the selectors overawed by his persona, and Dravid installed as captain, Chappell had six excellent months when India played high quality one-day cricket. They won ODI series against Sri Lanka, England and also in Pakistan. An excited young Indian player told a friend, “you just watch, no one will be able to beat us in six months.” Players responded to the new fielding drills, to having a relaxed, new voice in the dressing room and mostly to the drug that gives cricketers a high: victory.If was when defeat arrived, first on the tour of Pakistan and then later in the West Indies that started the team’s long slide, it became apparent that the coach had a problem handling failure. There was a distinct pattern with Chappell: the successful player was embraced and anointed as the next big thing. After his terrific run in limited overs cricket, Yuvraj Singh was privately touted as the future India captain. A few months later, that future captain became M.S. Dhoni. All failures were tossed aside.CHAPPELL’S JUGGERNAUT ROLLS TO A HALTMAY 2005 Greg Chappell is appointed the coach of the Indian team till the 2007 World Cup.SEPTEMBER 2005 Has a spat with Ganguly on the tour to Zimbabwe. OCTOBER 2005 Selectors drop Sourav Ganguly from the ODI team.NOVEMBER 2006 Ganguly proclaims that Chappell’s mantra of the ‘processes’ being moreimportant than the results won’t work in a country like India.FEBRUARY 2007 Takes credit for the revival of Ganguly’s form, saying the move to drop him helped.MARCH 2007 India is knocked out of the World Cup and Chappell faces the press in a volatile conference, saying the responsibility must be shared.APRIL 2007 News stories claiming that Chappell had criticised senior players and called them a ‘mafia’ shock India.APRIL 4, 2007 Reports claim Tendulkar hurt at Chappell doubting the attitude ofseniors. Later in the day, Chappell calls Sharad Pawar and calls itquits.There was never any doubting the man’s knowledge of batting or indeed the thought he gave to cricket. Chappell’s was the classic case of the maestro who could perform but was incapable of teaching his art in a sustained and meaningful way. Or indeed of accepting that there were a few things he could not do. There was little wrong with his principles of youth and regeneration, either-except in the matter of his choices and the manner in which he openly preferred some players to others. Australian, Paul Wilson, who had worked with Chappell when he was the coach of South Australia said Chappell was a “fantastic” individual skills and batting coach. “But he was poor when it came to looking after a group of people… A lot of guys fell by the wayside. Greg didn’t seem to worry himself with a lot of the guys and they didn’t feel led.”Dravid and Chappell, both selfstarters who had risen high in the game, vibed well intellectually. The men they were in charge of were not the same; it was in negotiating those differences that both the captain and the coach stumbled. In South Africa, a player admitted that most of the team had “switched off” from the coach. Dravid organised meetings without Chappell to draw the group closer together, older players were used to bring the younger men into the loop. The notion that seniors “hammered and abused” youngsters drew this terse response from a World Cupper. “Sack us, drop us, we deserve it, we played badly. But don’t tell lies.”Chappell’s is a muddied legacy. Sanjay Manjrekar said he held a mirror up to Indian cricket. Ian Chappell, usually forceful about the superfluousness of cricket coaches, said it was no use expecting his brother to “act like an Indian” when he had been hired because of his knowledge as an Australian cricketer. If Greg Chappell had been the first foreign cricket coach for India, in all probability the team wouldn’t have had a second. In a lot that he did, Chappell merely highlighted differences instead of strengthening similarities with his players.Pinning India’s failures on one man would be dishonest; rather like Chappell’s eager leaps to take credit whenever the players succeeded. “It starts with me,” Dravid had said after the Cup exit and every Indian cricketer would do well to accept the same. Chappell was the maestro who could perform, but was incapable of communicating his art. Chappell did not play those two utterly miserable Cup matches for India. But as he leaves, he is neither the sacrificial scapegoat nor the helpless Western victim of eastern intrigue, just the wrong man for the job who had to go. By the time the World Cup ended, Chappell had overdrawn his credit on the stature he enjoyed in cricket.There is plenty that is wrong with Indian cricket and indeed with India. It is shambolic, disorganised, chaotic, slothful, it does little by logic or method or a concrete plan.But India can do one thing with unerring accuracy. It knows how to strip a man of his mask.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

a month agoLeicester boss Rodgers on Maddison: I understand draw of Man Utd

first_imgLeicester boss Rodgers on Maddison: I understand draw of Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers concedes he could lose James Maddison to Manchester United in January.Since his arrival in the Premier League, the England U21 international has continued to impress, with reports suggesting that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to land the playmaker. Rodgers, who became manager of the 2015-16 Premier League champions in February this year, conceded that keeping hold of his £70m-rated star man may prove difficult. He said: “I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been at Liverpool where I understand the draw of that type of club. Liverpool and Manchester United are two of the biggest clubs by far. “There’s other great clubs, there’s big clubs, but those two, in terms of worldwide status, are above the other clubs.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

3 days agoJoao Cancelo believes he can win Champions League with Man City

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Joao Cancelo believes he can win Champions League with Man Cityby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJoao Cancelo believes he can win the Champions League with Manchester City. Cancelo joined City from Juventus in the summer and, after a settling-in period at the Etihad, he is set for a fourth successive start tonight against Atalanta.”I’ve been aiming to win this competition since I was a child,” Cancelo said. “I came here because it’s my type of football. Man City is one of the teams that can win the Champions League.”Cancelo has previous experience of Gian Piero Gasperini’s side, having faced them with Juve in Serie A.”I believe we are both strong teams, all the teams in the Champions League are strong teams and I believe it will be a lively, interesting match,” he said.”I hope we will get the three points because if we get up to nine points it will put us in a secure position in the group.” last_img read more

Photo: Ohio State Debuted An Infographic Commemorating Every Win Of The Urban Meyer Era

first_imgUrban Meyer interacting with Ohio State football team.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 09: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes stands with his players before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Ohio Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Over the past three seasons under Urban Meyer, Ohio State has an impressive Big Ten regular season record of 24-0 and an overall record of 38-3. The Buckeyes were banned from the post-season in 2012 and lost the Big Ten title game and Orange Bowl to finish 12-2 in 2013. They finally struck gold on their third try by finishing 14-1 and winning this year’s College Football Playoff National Championship. Earlier tonight, the program put out an infographic recognizing all 38 victories of the Meyer era. It might take some time to adjust your eyes to it, but it’s definitely well-executed.Braxton Miller. J.T. Barrett. Carlos Hyde. Ryan Shazier. Bradley Roby. Devin Smith. There’s a lot of talent on that thing, and enough returning in Columbus to guarantee a lot more wins in 2015.last_img read more

Get Ready To TRANS4M With william

first_imgThe i.am.angel foundation will once again present its TRANS4M Conference and Benefit Concert on January 23, 2014.will.i.am launched the i.am.angel foundation in 2009 to TRANS4M lives through education, inspiration and opportunity. As a part of its mission the i.am.angel foundation administers charitable activities and programs targeted towards providing college scholarships (i.am scholarship Fund), financial literacy (i.am.home Fund) and college preparation and student life (i.am College Track). i.am.angel has a passion to promote and expand education in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Athletics and Mathematics (i.am STEAM).In February of 2012, will.i.am and the i.am.angel foundation held its first TRANS4M conference and benefit concert targeting the TRANS4Mation of will.i.am’s home town community – Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, California. In 2013, TRANS4M grew to include the inaugural class of 60 i.am College Track students and a visit from President Bill Clinton. The 2014 TRANS4M conference and benefit concert on Thursday, January 23rd will continue to chart their growth and expand our potential.TRANS4M is a conference sponsored by the i.am.angel Foundation co-hosted by will.i.am and Brian David Johnson, Futurist and Principal Engineer at Intel. TRANS4M is a collection of conversations, catalysts and performances geared towards a shared aspiration. The conference leverages a collaborative effort among businesses, non-profits, government, and community volunteers to promote innovation and solve large chronic problems. TRANS4M is where big ideas meet up with even bigger collective potential to deliver tangible results to the community.will.i.am and The Black Eyed Peas have been hosting charitable events on the Thursday before the Grammys for over 10 years. The benefit concert has become the Grammy weekend kick-off event in Los Angeles. It brings an eclectic group of performers for a once in a lifetime musical experience. Past performers at the benefit concert have included: The Black Eyed Peas, Stevie Wonder, Ne-Yo, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Sergio Mendes, Erykah Badu, David Guetta, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, James Brown, Carlos Santana, Maroon 5, Pink, Macy Gray, Common, Slash, Snoop Dogg, Boyz II Men, Lupe Fiasco, Wyclef Jean, Mos Def and many others.In 2013 more than 1,700 guests packed the house at Avalon Hollywood to hear performances by will.i.am, The Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, Estelle, Coco Lee, Ludacris and Bobby Brown. The event generated more than $3.3 million in donations and partnership grants to continue funding TRANS4Mation in Boyle Heights. The venue featured various STEAM-themed exhibits including a fighter jet, a lunar rover; a hovercraft and the i.am ART lounge. The TRANS4M benefit concert is more than just another fundraiser. TRANS4M is where the world’s greatest entertainers meet the innovators of today to create a greater collective potential for tomorrow.To find out more about TRANS4M, click here.last_img read more

Manitoba families call for National Inquiry reset that includes the resignation of

first_imgAPTN National NewsA coalition of families and survivors of missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Manitoba is calling on the remaining commissioners at the national inquiry to “be brave” and resign.“We the families of MMIWG and survivors in Manitoba have lost confidence in the national inquiry,” said Hilda Anderson Pyrz, co-chair of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Coalition of Manitoba. “The families and survivors agree that a hard reset required. This hard reset requires the resignation of the lead commissioner and of the remaining three commissioners and the explicit inclusion of policing in the terms of reference.”Family members and advocates gathered on Wednesday on the heels of the latest resignation from the embattled National Inquiry, this time from Commissioner Marilyn Poitras.The Manitoba coalition says they’ve “lost confidence” in what they call a “flawed process.” They cite a lack of communication, consultation and transparency. They’re also calling on the government to include policing in the terms of reference which has been a point of contention for many advocates and family members.The coalition will be writing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to let him know how they’d like to see the process move forward in Manitoba.That would include a regional, Indigenous process building on the “Families First” approach already being utilized. The Coalition would like to see a Commissioner for Manitoba that would work regionally and work parallel with the National Inquiry.“We are also calling for the implementation of an Indigenous design and Indigenous-led process for Manitoba that can contribute to a renewed national inquiry process,” said Pyrz.No names were put forward but some in the coalition believe a family member who is dealing with the pain and grief of losing a loved one should be named as a commissioner.On Monday, Marilyn Poitras sent a letter of resignation to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stating that she couldn’t fulfill her role as commissioner under the current structure of the inquiry. She sent a more detailed letter out Tuesday saying that few at the inquiry shared her vision of how the process should work.Poirtras’ resignation is the fifth resignation in the past couple of months. In June, the commission lost senior communications officer Sue Montgomery, Tanya Kappo, manager of communications, Chantale Courcy, director of operations and Michèle Moreau, the inquiry’s executive director.According to head Commissioner Marion Buller, people left for personal reasons – and “better opportunities.”Poitras’ resignation forced Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett to call a meeting with the commissioners to find out where the inquiry is at in terms of fulfilling its mandate.Indigenous Affairs Minister meeting with reporters Tuesday on Parliament Hill. Bennett called a news conference on Parliament Hill Tuesday to tell media that she was surprised with how much work the inquiry had done and was impressed with the work plan in place.“There is no question, that we all agree, communication has been an issue. And that they have got to do a better job at communicating their vision, their plan, values and the way that they’re going to get this work done,” said Bennett.The Manitoba families said they are not calling for the national inquiry to be scrapped – but restructured, including the need for regional representation.“Manitoba would name its own Indigenous commissioner,” said Sandra Delaronde – Co chair MMIWG Family and survivors coalition. “That would do the work regionally and then that work would feed into the national inquiry. The people in Manitoba, the coalition, in concert with the families, feel it’s important to be in control of the inquiry. We waited 20 years for the inquiry to come into play and the inquiry in its current form is not hearing the voices, is not inviting the consultation of the people in the region, or if it invites it, it’s not listening.”Betty Rourke, whose daughter was murdered in 2013, and a sister murdered in 1980, said it was hard to watch the National Inquiry livestream from Whitehorse at the end of May.She said she refuses to be “on trial” and said her family is hurting and feels nothing will come from the Inquiry in its current form.“It’s just a big farce. It’s all about money. All those commissioners are getting paid big bucks because of me hurting and all of my missing and murdered Family. We’re all hurting but we get nothing. No Answers, no phone calls, nothing,” said Rourke.The coalition said the process to choose a Manitoba commissioner would follow the same path as for the inquiry – the main quality being a person who can work with the families.“The families don’t feel heard. They aren’t engaging in this process. They don’t feel like they are able to engage in this process,” said Angie Hutchinson, a member of the coalition. “And they don’t feel like their loved ones are being valued in this process and we want to look at changing that.”Lead Commissioner Marion Buller. On Tuesday, Ontario Native Women’s Association sent a letter to Commissioner Marion Buller rescinding the association’s support of the inquiry.“This Inquiry needs to honour Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls,” said Executive Director, Cora McGuire-Cyrette in a statement posted Tuesday. “We cannot continue to harm the most vulnerable population in our communities. When do Indigenous Women get to matter? We want the Inquiry to assist families in their healing and to help Canada, Indigenous nations and communities to provide the guideposts to the changes we need so that we do not lose any more Indigenous women and girls to violence. We do not believe that the Inquiry in its current configuration can achieve these outcomes.”A spokesperson for Carolyn Bennett said the Indigenous Affairs Minister stands by the statements she made Tuesday. [email protected]last_img read more