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The recent case of a man who was unlawfully at large in the Truro, N.S., area and allegedly committed dozens of sex and drug trafficking crimes against children shows the need for a local youth shelter is dire, says a youth advocate.
Michelle Rafuse, a volunteer who supports First Nations youth in court, said a shelter for young people would help prevent at-risk youth from becoming victims of violence and sexual exploitation.
“There’s no place for kids to go in Truro if they need a place to stay,” said Rafuse, who often allows homeless kids to stay at her own home.
“If they have no place to go, they end up in circumstances where they could get led down a path they don’t want to be on.”
Truro and the surrounding Colchester County do not have a youth shelter. The counties of Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, Pictou and Halifax all have youth shelters serving their areas.
Youth shelters are usually run by not-for-profit groups and are aimed at ending homelessness for people aged 16 to 24. The youth stay for several months and receive connections and support to help them get their lives on track.
CBC News spoke to a 22-year-old Indigenous man who said he spent the last several years homeless in Truro. He said he used to walk around the town at night messaging friends and asking for a place to stay, often crashing at the homes of friends on their laundry room floors. If he couldn’t find a place to stay, he kept walking.
“It was weird sleeping outside, so I just stayed awake,” said the young man, who recently found housing because a member of the community offered up her home. “There’s a lot of people in the same boat. There’s a pretty big need for it.”
CBC News is not identifying the man because he has been a participant in the youth criminal justice system, involved in break and enters, which he said he did to get money to support himself. He said he wouldn’t have committed those crimes had he not been so desperate and had a safe home.
He said his troubles started in his teens when his relationship with his father turned volatile. Upset about the fighting, he failed to turn up at his job baking cookies and bread at a local bakery. After losing the job, he said he was kicked out of the house because he could no longer pay the rent.
Truro has emergency shelter, but it’s not just for youth
Truro has a youth centre, which has been closed due to COVID-19, but it’s only open during the day. There is also an overnight emergency shelter open to youth over the age of 16.
Truro, with its population of 12,500 is a hub town, a crossroads where the Trans-Canada Highway joins from three different directions. The town is next door to the Millbrook First Nation, a Mi’kmaw community with many members living off-reserve.
A 2018 Statistics Canada study found Nova Scotia had the highest rate of human trafficking in the country in 2016.
Joe Pinto, a local developer and businessman, said he’s noticed the growing issue of youth homelessness in Truro.
“There seems to be a lot of kids that the parents are not available to look after them or they’re just on the street, couch-surfing, going from place to place. I feel that there’s a need to house them and give them a bit of guidance,” he said.
Pinto said he has space available in downtown Truro for a youth shelter if a community group is interested.
Social services and housing are provincial responsibilities. In a joint statement, the Department of Community Services and the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing described having a place to live as an important piece of the complex problem of human trafficking.
To propose a youth shelter for the town, a community group would first have to submit a proposal, which could include a request for funding, to Nova Scotia’s Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing. So far, no such proposal has come forward.
What the province says it’s doing
The Nova Scotia government earmarked $1.4 million in new funding to combat human trafficking, some of which is trickling down to Truro. In the town, there is one housing support worker and a trustee who can help at-risk youth find secure, stable housing. The province said rent subsidies are available and the Truro Homeless Outreach Society can also connect people to safe and affordable housing.
Truro Mayor Bill Mills said he’s open to the idea of a youth shelter, but it’s going to be a tough sell right now to get funding from the municipality because everyone is being stretched.
“On the surface, if we could pull this off and have a youth shelter and the right people in place… sure, why not,” he said, adding that a letter to council would be the first step.
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Texas needs to ramp up spending on proven child-abuse prevention programs, child advocates and several lawmakers said Tuesday.
Sending “home visitors” such as nurses, teachers and social workers to work with disadvantaged pregnant women and high-risk young families can avert huge state costs, several speakers said at a “Home Visiting and Child Protection Day” rally at the Capitol.
The programs improve future graduation rates and avoid social ills such as incarceration, they said.
But the state is spending only about $70 million, including federal funds, on Home Visiting and Nurse-Family Partnership programs in the current two-year cycle, said Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio.
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A proposal to ask people to provide details of their social media accounts before entering the United States has been criticized as “highly invasive” by privacy advocates.
A coalition of 28 groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Center
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The tech community is up in arms against the official version of an anti-encryption bill by Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), which was released on Wednesday.
The Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016 would require companies like Apple and Google to decrypt customers’ data upon request by court order. Technology and privacy groups have taken a stand against the measure and the bill has little support in Washington, D.C
“We have serious concerns with the proposal released today because it effectively puts limits on data security and we are concerned it would ultimately undermine security, innovation, and public safety,” Software Alliance President Victoria Espinel said in a statement. “We appreciate the work by Senators Burr and Feinstein in putting forward an actual proposal, but we believe this bill would stunt the development and use of security technologies such as encryption, both today and into the future.”
The App Association, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and Electronic Frontier Foundation drafted similar criticism. The ACLU called an early draft of the bill released last week “a clear threat to everyone’s privacy and security.” The White House declined to offer public support for draft legislation, according to Reuters.
Still, Sens. Feinstein and Burr believe they are taking the right measures to fight crime and terrorism.
“The bill we have drafted would simply provide that, if a court of law issues an order to render technical assistance or provide decrypted data, the company or individual would be required to do so,” Sen. Feinstein said in a statement. “Today, terrorists and criminals are increasingly using encryption to foil law enforcement efforts, even in the face of a court order. We need strong encryption to protect personal data, but we also need to know when terrorists are plotting to kill Americans.”
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) pledged a filibuster of the bill if it came before the Senate.
“This flawed bill would leave Americans more vulnerable to stalkers, identity thieves, foreign hackers and criminals,” Sen. Wyden said in a statement. “And yet it will not make us safer from terrorists or other threats.”
Another anti-encryption bill deflated in the California Assembly on Wednesday. The bill proposed a mandated $2,500-per-day fine for companies refusing to decrypt data.
“The bill, both before and after it was amended, posed a serious threat to smartphone security,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote in a press release about the California legislation. “It would have forced companies to dedicate resources to finding ways to defeat their own encryption or insert backdoors to facilitate decryption. As a result, the bill would have essentially prohibited companies from offering full disk encryption for their phones.”
Lawmakers have placed some urgency on encryption legislation due to the recent showdown between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Apple. In February, the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles told Apple that it must provide “reasonable technical assistance” to investigators aiming to unlock an iPhone 5C formerly owned by San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. Apple refused to create a “backdoor” to its product, but it was revealed earlier this week that the FBI paid professional hackers to crack the phone.
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For several years now, privacy advocates in the Middle East and North Africa have grappled with the impact of targeted surveillance technologies on various communities in their countries. These tools, sold by unscrupulous European companies to some of the world’s least democratic governments, have been increasingly used to spy on activists, often without any legal mandate. This summer’s Hacking Team leaks confirmed the extent to which the spyware industry hasspiraled out of control. Often signed by the company’s CEO with fascist-era slogans, emails between the company and its government purchasers show that the company’s previous claims—that they don’t sell to repressive regimes—were bald faced lies. While the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab had previously unearthed the sale of Hacking Team tools to some countries in the region, the leaks showed that the company’s reach is farther than previously imagined: Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Oman, Bahrain, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates have all emerged as clients of Hacking Team at one time or another. Reactions from across the region vary from anger to utter rage. In a piece entitled, “Hacking Team: The company that spied on you during the revolution!” [fr], Tunisian group Nawaat shows that the […]
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