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The Canadian Forces say a dramatic enhance within the variety of sexual assault stories final 12 months is proof that efforts to crack down on such illicit behaviour within the navy are having a optimistic impression, and never that there have been extra precise crimes.

Army authorities acquired 111 stories of sexual assault between April 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018, in response to new figures supplied to The Canadian Press. That was greater than double the 47 stories acquired over the earlier 12 months.

Whereas these numbers seem troubling, at the least on the floor, the pinnacle of the navy’s sexual misconduct response crew instructed that they characterize an indication of progress within the Forces’ dedication to eradicate such offences from the ranks.

No breakdown of numbers

“It is a optimistic indication that individuals be at liberty to return ahead,” Commodore Rebecca Patterson, who took over command of the response crew in July, stated in an interview on Thursday.

“We’ve to mix that with the truth that issues which will have been ignored previously are actually being reported as a result of there’s the understanding amongst members of the [military] that they’ll report in the event that they see issues.”

Nonetheless, the navy didn’t present a breakdown on when the alleged sexual assaults really occurred, and Patterson admitted that officers are nonetheless wrestling with questions concerning the figures.

“As we transfer ahead and we construct the analytics piece into these varied databases, the intent could be to have the ability to say: Are these occurring circumstances with serving members or historic circumstances primarily based on a timeframe?” she stated.

One factor that’s clear is that inappropriate behaviour continued to happen throughout the Forces over the previous 12 months.

Chief of the Defence Employees Gen. Jonathan Vance has promised a zero-tolerance method to sexual misconduct within the ranks. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

That was regardless of Chief of the Defence Employees Gen. Jonathan Vance repeatedly promising to undertake a zero-tolerance method to sexual misconduct within the ranks, and warning those that did not hear that they might be severely punished.

Along with the alleged sexual assaults, navy authorities acquired 231 stories of non-criminal inappropriate sexual behaviour that included frequent sexual language or jokes, the airing of sexually specific materials and “pressuring for sexual exercise.”

There have been one other 76 stories of different sorts of alleged sexual crimes, together with sexual harassment, indecent publicity, little one pornography, abuse of authority and sexual exploitation.

And whereas among the inappropriate behaviour occurred earlier than Vance’s promised clamp down, about three-quarters of the stories handled incidents that allegedly occurred in 2017, which represented a mean of 25 monthly — or simply underneath one a day.

Inside survey outcomes to return

Eliminating sexual misconduct within the ranks stays a precedence from the highest on down, Patterson stated, including: “It’s a very long-term course of to hit cultural change, and we’re going to proceed to place numerous effort in throughout your complete establishment.”

Apart from the elevated reporting, Patterson pointed to the outcomes of a yet-to-be-released inner survey as additional proof that navy personnel really feel assured that their leaders are dedicated to preventing sexual misconduct.

“Their confidence that the chain of command was really making an attempt to do one thing and create a tradition of dignity and respect within the items is sitting round 85 per cent,” she stated. “Not 100 per cent, we’re nonetheless going for that.”

And she or he referenced the truth that round 55 per cent of incidents within the final 12 months have been reported by the sufferer or goal of inappropriate behaviour, versus a witness or bystander, additional suggesting confidence within the system.

But, previous navy commanders have been criticized for utilizing inner surveys to recommend all was nicely throughout the Forces when, it later turned out from media reporting and an investigation by Marie Deschamps, a retired Supreme Courtroom justice, that that wasn’t the case.

Marie Deschamps, a former Supreme Courtroom justice, led an unbiased investigation into sexual misconduct within the navy, and located ‘an underlying sexual tradition.’ (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

And the earlier 12 months noticed roughly the identical share of incidents reported by victims.

Commanders are persevering with to work on eliminating obstacles to reporting for victims, Patterson stated, and to make sure perpetrators are held to account via reprimands, counselling, expulsion from the Forces or, the place warranted, felony prices.

Army commanders have grappled with the difficulty of sexual misconduct within the ranks since ​L’actualité and Maclean’s information magazines reported in April 2014 that a lot of navy sexual assaults have been being ignored or performed down.

Deschamps led an unbiased investigation into the difficulty and her explosive report, launched in April 2015, described an “underlying sexual tradition” within the navy that was hostile to girls and left victims to fend for themselves.

Vance and different commanders have since ordered a zero-tolerance method, which has included kicking out dozens of navy members and rushing up courts martial for circumstances involving allegations of sexual crimes.

Bouchera Chelbi has been instructing English to elementary schoolchildren in Montreal for a decade. But when Quebec’s incoming authorities has its means, she could possibly be pressured to determine between her spiritual religion and her job.

The Coalition Avenir Québec, which gained a majority on this week’s provincial election, is promising to introduce a legislation prohibiting civil servants — together with judges, cops, prosecutors and lecturers — from sporting spiritual symbols within the office.

“We all know it may occur. However am I going to just accept it with out combating? No, I do not assume so,” mentioned Chelbi, likening the proposal to a “witch hunt.”

Chelbi, 47, mentioned she has been sporting a hijab since age 17 — when she determined, herself, as a matter of religion — in her native Algeria. She will be able to’t think about taking it off now.

“Even my husband can’t select what I ought to put on. Why would I take orders from a person I by no means met?” she mentioned, referring to the incoming CAQ premier, François Legault.

A consultant for the CAQ authorities mentioned Wednesday that those that do not adjust to the approaching legislation could possibly be re-assigned or lose their employment altogether.

The CAQ’s promise, if it turns into legislation, would possible be topic to a courtroom problem on the grounds that violates the Constitution of Rights and Freedoms.

The earlier Liberal authorities tried to cross a spiritual neutrality invoice that’s nonetheless earlier than the courts after it was challenged by civil rights teams.

Legault, nonetheless, has mentioned he is ready to make use of the constitution’s however clause to make sure the legislation goes into impact.

‘We have been down this street earlier than’

Lecturers’ unions and college boards have been fast to sentence the CAQ’s plans, which recall the failed “constitution of values” put ahead by the Parti Québécois in 2013.

The PQ additionally wished to ban lecturers from sporting ostentatious spiritual symbols, reminiscent of a hijab, kippa or giant cross. Particulars of the CAQ’s proposal have but to be introduced.

“We have been down this street earlier than. We’re towards this specific place that the federal government desires to take,” mentioned Angela Mancini, chair of the English Montreal Faculty Board. 

She rejected the concept that those that do not comply could possibly be moved to “workplace jobs,” as Legault recommended the day after his election.

Each time they begin speaking about Muslim ladies within the media, now we have issues on the street.– Bouchera  Chelbi , trainer

“I would not agree with that. I feel if someone is sweet at what they do and encourages children to be taught within the classroom, I want to hold them there,” she mentioned.

One of many province’s largest lecturers’ unions, the Fédération autonome de l’enseignement, takes the place that the state, and the province’s academic packages, needs to be secular, however not the individuals who work in them.

President Sylvain Mallette mentioned the stance is “primarily based on actuality and expertise.”

“Lecturers aren’t on the market making an attempt to transform their college students,” he mentioned.

Mallette could not give an estimate of what number of lecturers can be affected by such a ban, however he mentioned that, “even when it was only one particular person, we’d defend this place on precept.”

François Legault, Quebec’s premier-designate, has vowed to give attention to schooling and well being care within the early a part of his mandate. However he additionally desires to introduce a ban on spiritual symbols that might apply to some civil servants. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

Decade-old debate

Confronted with questions concerning the coverage, Legault and different representatives from the incoming authorities have identified that polls counsel a majority of Quebecers agree with the place.

The CAQ spokesperson additionally referred to the 2008 Bouchard-Taylor report on spiritual lodging, which recommended public servants in positions of authority, reminiscent of police, prosecutors and judges needs to be prohibited from sporting spiritual symbols. The report, nonetheless, didn’t advocate the ban be utilized to lecturers.

The proposal has raised concern not solely amongst Muslim ladies, however Jewish males who put on a kippa and Christians who put on a cross.

“I am a Christian and for years now I have been sporting this cross,” mentioned Shawn Browne, who teaches bodily schooling on the Montreal-area Hampstead Elementary Faculty. “It retains me pushing, retains me centered.”

Browne is not positive if he might be required to take it off or if, as an illustration, hiding it below his T-shirt would be acceptable.

Such questions are the place Quebec’s longstanding debate about spiritual lodging usually falls aside.

Shawn Browne, who teaches bodily schooling on the Montreal-area Hampstead Elementary Faculty, is Christian and wears a cross every single day. (Matt D’Amours/CBC)

“The issue with the controversy over affordable lodging is within the utility. Individuals could also be in favour in idea, however in follow it is a totally different story,” mentioned Christian Bourque, vp on the Montreal polling agency Leger Advertising and marketing.

“As quickly as you ask Quebecers, is it OK if we fireplace someone as a result of she or he is sporting that spiritual image and Quebecers say, after all not.”

Bourque mentioned the “actual controversy” will come when the invoice is tabled and there are hearings and courtroom challenges. However he does not imagine it is imminent.

For Chelbi, although, even discuss of such a ban brings again darkish recollections from when the PQ’s proposed constitution dominated public debate.

“I keep in mind lots of my pals had psychological breakdowns. They had been sick,” she mentioned.

“Each time they begin speaking about Muslim ladies within the media, now we have issues on the street.”

With information from Matt D’Amours and CBC Montreal’s Radio Midday

Swiss funding financial institution UBS has deemed Toronto and Vancouver to have among the many world’s greatest housing bubbles, with mispricing that is much more pronounced than it’s in costly cities like Paris and San Francisco.

In an annual report revealed Thursday, the Swiss financial institution checked out 20 cities all over the world which can be thought of to be monetary centres, native metropolises which can be hubs for his or her regional economies. The listing consists of acquainted names similar to Tokyo, New York, Sydney, Singapore and others, and for essentially the most half, all of the cities on the listing share one factor in widespread — the price of residing is greater there than it’s in different close by locations.

Some cities have been worse for renters and others introduced explicit challenges for foreigners. By way of general housing costs being way over they need to be based mostly on fundamentals, the financial institution singled out six cities for having worse housing bubbles than anyplace else:

  • Hong Kong. 
  • Munich.
  • Toronto. 
  • Vancouver.
  • London.
  • Amsterdam.

Utilizing information about native salaries, housing costs, rental markets, mortgage debt and different metrics, the financial institution checked out 20 of the greatest housing markets and gave every metropolis a rating. A rating beneath –1.5 is taken into account to be a depressed market, whereas a rating in a variety of between –1.5 to –zero.5 is taken into account undervalued. Pretty valued to UBS is between –zero.5 and zero.5, whereas overvalued is as much as 1.5. Something above 1.5 is taken into account to be a bubble, which the financial institution defines as ” a considerable and sustained mispricing of an asset, the existence of which can’t be proved except it bursts.”

Vancouver scored a 1.92. Toronto was even greater, at 1.95.

That is not as unhealthy as Hong Kong, which topped the listing with a rating of two.03. However each Canadian cities are solidly within the vary the place the financial institution considers them to be among the many most overvalued housing markets on this planet.

Over the previous 5 years, UBS says housing markets on this planet’s greatest cities have gone up on common by about 35 per cent. Vancouver has gone up by twice that. Toronto is up by 50 per cent.

The financial institution says a brand new overseas consumers tax applied in 2017 “proved futile in braking its increase” in Vancouver as after a quick pause, town’s housing market has continued to rise. By the financial institution’s calculations, the sale worth for a 675-square-foot residence close to downtown would value a extremely expert service employee 9 years in wage to afford. And even that assumption is predicated on the unattainable premise that they might spend 100 per cent of their earnings on their dwelling.

Not all of the cities UBS analyzed have been deemed to have overpriced housing. (Scott Galley/CBC)

A current slowdown in Toronto has made town marginally extra inexpensive for prosperous folks. However a 675-square-foot residence in downtown Toronto would value a extremely expert service employee greater than six years in wage to afford.

“Value dynamics have slowed significantly and its index rating declined considerably from final yr’s,” the financial institution mentioned.

The financial institution additionally mentioned “rising charges, stricter market laws or an financial downturn may flip the lights out on the get together given the excessive valuations and strained affordability.”

Excessive costs for housing have trickled down into the rental market, too, however even then there’s ominoud clouds on the horizon.

Based mostly on the financial institution’s calculations, anybody shopping for housing in Toronto as an funding property must hire it out for 25 years to interrupt even, based mostly on present charges. In Vancouver, it will take even longer — as much as 34 years.

“Buyers anticipate being compensated with capital features for overly low rental yields,” UBS mentioned. “If such hopes don’t materialize and expectations deteriorate, owners in markets with excessive price-to-rent multiples are more likely to endure important capital losses.”