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Are You Alive – Theresa Spence Indian Chief – Starbucks Guns

Are You Alive – Theresa Spence Indian Chief

Sometimes known as a certificate of existence or a proof of life, a certificate of life is document that is created by a government entity in order to provide evidence that an individual is currently living. This sort of document is often used by government agencies that provide ongoing benefits to citizens, providing evidence that the agency has verified that the individual receiving benefits is indeed still alive and has not passed away since the last investigation. Insurance companies are also likely to use an internal version of the certificate of life as part of a routine check on clients who receive pension and annuity payments.
The purpose of the certificate of life is to make sure the recipient of some type of benefit is still alive and is the one who is actually enjoying those benefits. By periodically checking on the current status of the beneficiary, government agencies and insurance companies make it more difficult for benefits intended for a specific individual to be appropriated by someone else as part of a scheme to commit fraud. When used for this particular purpose, agencies and insurance companies will employ several different methods to verify that the recipient is still alive, up to and including conducting a site visit to ensure the individual in question is living and is receiving his or her benefits in a timely manner.

At least one Attawapiskat First Nation band member is vowing to appeal Chief Theresa Spence’s re-election, as the controversy surrounding the process is shedding light on a longstanding issue: a democratic deficit on some First Nations reserves.

The election required band members to travel to the northern Ontario reserve to vote, even though more than half of its population lives off-reserve. Charles Hookimaw, an Attawapiskat band member who lives in North Bay, told Postmedia News he plans to appeal Spence’s election result.

“I won’t let this die down,” Hookimaw said. “It’s my right to vote. You can’t violate that.”

Spence, who gained notoriety by undertaking a six-week protest liquid diet near Parliament Hill at the height of the indigenous grassroots Idle No More movement in January, won re-election on Tuesday with 214 votes out of 507 cast.
It’s my right to vote. You can’t violate that

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If you notice the person in front of you packing heat while you’re waiting in line for iced coffee, it’s because Friday was “Starbucks appreciation day,” as organized by a gun advocacy group on Facebook.
The Facebook page titled “Gun Owners,” which has more than 234,000 Likes, set up the public event on July 29. More than 3,000 of the roughly 16,000 invited say they plan to attend.
“These events are not endorsed by Starbucks,” Starbucks spokesman Zack Hutson told Mashable. “Our stores are gathering places for the communities we serve and we respect the diversity of our customers.”
The managers of the Gun Owners Facebook page have not yet responded to our request for comment.

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