Search ends for Rankin hunter

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe search for a missing Rankin Inlet hunter has been called off after he walked into the community late Tuesday evening.The man had left Whale Cover for Rankin Inlet on his snowmobile Monday afternoon, but did not arrive at the expected time. The trip usually takes three hours.Searchers from both communities were looking for the 46 year-old man whose name was not released.He is believed to have been travelling with a sled and hunting supplies.last_img

Status of Womens Action Plan inflated Aboriginal Affairs violence prevention project spending

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsWhen it released its “Action Plan” to fight violence against Indigenous women, the Harper government inflated by $24.5 million the amount of money Aboriginal Affairs planned to spend on reserve-based family violence prevention projects.Status of Women’s “Action Plan,” released Sept. 15 claimed Aboriginal Affairs planned to spend $66.2 million over five years beginning in 2015 on “violence prevention activities” under its Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP).Aboriginal Affairs, however, said over the weekend it was spending $41.7 million over five years on violence prevention projects under FVPP.The difference between the Action Plan figures and Aboriginal Affairs’ numbers is $24.5 million.It’s unclear how Status of Women and Aboriginal Affairs arrived at different totals when both were talking about the same FVPP program money.The FVPP program is getting $31.74 million a year beginning in 2015. It received a $1.34 million increase over the previous five years. This money is being transferred from a similar program previously housed under Canadian Heritage.It appears Status of Women and Aboriginal Affairs divided the total differently.The FVPP program is divided between funding for shelter services and violence prevention programs.Status of Women’s Action Plan numbers also differ from Aboriginal Affairs’ figures on shelter funding.The Action Plan states that, under the FVPP, shelters in 41 First Nation communities would get $18.5 million a year, beginning in 2015.Aboriginal Affairs, however, said shelters would get $23 million a year under the program, with about $3.5 million of the total going to reimburse provinces and territories for shelter services.Aboriginal Affairs released its figures over the weekend in a response to an APTN National News story published Friday that reported the Action Plan’s figures showed a cut to 41 First Nation shelters.Aboriginal Affairs said there would be no cut and shelter funding would remain the same.APTN National News contacted Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch’s spokesperson to get clarity on the numbers on Friday. The minister’s office bounced the question to media relations office for Employment and Social Development Canada. The department then bounced the question to Aboriginal Affairs.Aboriginal Affairs initially responded to APTN National News’ query Saturday, but, as of this article’s posting, had not answered additional questions on the discrepancy between how Status of Women divided FVPP’s funding versus how Aboriginal Affairs sliced the funding pie.Liberal MP and Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett said the Harper government is playing a “shell game” moving money between departments to create the perception it’s dealing with the issue while faced with persistent calls for a national inquiry.“Regardless of the government’s desperate and confused backtracking on the apparent shelter cuts, it is clear that on-reserve shelters are already critically underfunded and maintaining the same 2010 funding is a completely inadequate response to this epidemic of violence,” said Bennett.The NDP on Monday again pressed the government to call a national inquiry. Cree MP Romeo Saganash led the opposition charge.Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch reiterated the government was acting on the issue through its Action Plan.Last Friday the NDP, who outnumbered the Conservatives in the House, triggered a debate on the need for a public inquiry into the high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women.Saganash delivered an elegant and emotional speech about the need to hold an inquiry so the families of the missing can get some sense of closure. Saganash used his own mother as an example of how important closure is for those who do not know where their loved ones lie. Saganash said his brother Jonish died in residential school when he was only five years old in 1954. Saganash’s mother did not know where he was buried until 40 years later, when the little boy’s grave was discovered by his sister.“It is only by coincidence, one day, that one of my sisters happened to be in the area and someone told her, ‘I know where your little brother is buried.’ After 40 years, my sister filmed the site where he was buried and brought the film back to my mom to show her,” said Saganash. “I do not know if any of the members have seen their mother cry, but I saw my mother cry many times, but the day she saw that video, I had never seen her cry that way. That was closure. That is what we call closure. That is the closest she could get to final closure for her son. That is what Indigenous families in this country need.That is what they want. That is why they are calling for this national inquiry.”The Conservative MPs across the floor where unmoved and the parliamentary secretary for status of women questioned whether Saganash supported the need to break intergenerational cycles of violence.“Does he not think that addressing underlying causes of violence through structured training initiatives are important?” said Status of Women parliamentary secretary Susan Truppe.Saganash said in response that no plan would work without first understanding the root read more

AFN National Chief Bellegarde responds to Harpers broadside over education bill

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsAssembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde has responded to a broadside from Conservative leader Stephen Harper who accused the First Nation leader of flip-flopping on the controversial First Nation education bill.Harper criticized Bellegarde during a media interview over the weekend, accusing the AFN leader of changing positions on the education bill. Harper also said he wasn’t sure if Bellegarde would be willing to work with the Conservative government if it retained power.Bellegarde said he opposed the bill, known as the First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act, because it was fatally flawed.“First Nations widely rejected Bill C-33 because it was not about First Nation control. My position is based on that conviction and the position of my constituents when I was regional chief and as national chief,” said Bellegarde, in a statement sent to APTN National News.Bellegarde said the chiefs were ignored after they offered to work on an improved approach with the Harper government to get the balance right.“We extended the offer to work on a real approach to First Nations control of First Nations education based on a new and honourable process being put in place, but there has been no response,” said Bellegarde. “We’ll continue to press for action on First Nations education and closing the gap during the election and after.”Bellegarde said he is ready and willing to work with whoever gets into power after Oct. 19.“Whoever forms government after this election must understand they have the same responsibility to work with us because our priorities are Canada’s priorities,” he said.During his interview with CBC’s The House, Harper blamed chiefs in the AFN for scuttling the bill, which came with a $1.9 billion incentive.“This government worked with former chief (Shawn Atleo) and the AFN to create a massive overhaul to reform our Aboriginal education system to provide standards and transferability to other education systems,” said Harper. “The AFN as a whole, unfortunately, some in the AFN reversed their position. I think Mr. Bellegarde was one of those. But there are many communities and groups of communities in this country who want to move forward with that reform because they understand it’s the best thing for their children.”The broad strokes of the bill was actually drawn up over a weekend of secret negotiations in February 2014 between Atleo, Harper, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Barnard Valcourt and Wayne Wouters, the former Clerk of the Privy Council.A week later, Atleo and Harper announced they had reached a “historic” agreement on education. The majority of the AFN executive didn’t know about the press conference until the eleventh hour.Atleo resigned as a result of the furor triggered by the bill.AFN chiefs rejected a previous version of the bill in the fall of 2013 after a months-long consultation process by Aboriginal Affairs.Critics of the bill said it gave the minister of Aboriginal Affairs too much control over education in First Nation communities.Valcourt said the government would not release the bulk of the new education funds unless the AFN agreed to the bill which died when the writ was dropped to begin the current federal read more

Saskatchewan mayor hopes his community follows him on path to reconciliation

first_imgLarissa BurnoufAPTN National NewsThe mayor of Elbow, Saskatchewan has agreed to help in the elimination of racism faced by First Nations people in his community by ensuring that all staff and elected officials be educated on the history of Treaties, residential schools and the treaty and inherent rights of first nations people.Rob Hundeby said it’s time to acknowledge that racism is alive and well in Saskatchewan.“I’ve actually had people approach me and say part of the reason they look at investing in Elbow or building a home in Elbow, is because there is no reserve that’s close by,” he said. That’s wrong. Racism is still a part of Saskatchewan.”Hundeby said at a recent Saskatchewan urban municipalities (SUMA) convention, FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron was welcomed for the first time to address the communities.He said he was touched by Cameron’s speech and it opened his eyes to the racist attitudes still being in Saskatchewan.“There’s SUMA, which you’re dealing with urban communities, and there’s SARM, which you’re dealing with rural communities,” he said. “And the Indigenous population doesn’t really have a fit anywhere in there and I think partially due to racism.”The mayor is now setting an example and apologizing for any racist attitudes he’s had towards aboriginal people, hoping it starts to build bridges towards reconciliation.“I apologize to you Chief Cameron and the FSIN for any racist thoughts, comments or actions that I’ve had during my life and I hope you accept my apology.”Cameron, who heads up the FSIN, shook the mayors hand and accepted the apology.Cameron said it’s a starting point that will hopefully welcome other urban and rural municipalities in the province to come to the table and begin to work together on addressing racism. And that ending racism and building a bond between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in Saskatchewan is something we must do now, for future generations.“None of us are going anywhere but our children and grandchildren are going to live here,” said Cameron. “What kind of legacy and foundation do we want to leave behind for our children? {That} legacy is built on love, kindness, and respect. Acceptance of each and every one of us, for who we are, what we are, where we live, how we walk, how we talk. Acceptance and forgiveness.”Hundeby said while the resolution to sign the MOU was passed unanimously by village council, the community of Elbow has not be consulted.He said he hopes his constituents are on board.last_img read more

First Nation hockey team competes in firstever allgirls tournament in Ottawa

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN NewsWhat started as a pipe dream became a reality for an all-girls hockey team from Fort Hope First Nation.The Rez Girls travelled to Ottawa to compete in their first-ever all-girls pee wee tournament on Friday.“I think they did amazing,” said Rebecca Jerome, the team’s coach and a teacher in the fly-in community. “They had a rough start but they were able to get comfortable with the ice and were working together and talking to each other on the ice and the best thing was them supporting each other especially their goalie.”Jerome has been working with the 16-member team since September to get to them to the nation’s capital.For many of the girls, it was their first trip beyond the Thunder Bay area, and it wasn’t just about hockey. They had the chance to tour Ottawa, including Parliament Hill and the Canadian Museum of History.Allison Norman, the team’s general manager, says it took a lot to bring the team on this trip.The girls started fundraising through businesses and corporations, but when word got out the generosity flowed. The team received donations from the community of Markham for the jerseys, plus donations of quilts, backpacks, hockey equipment and food.Steve and Katie Koopman, of Kingston, launched a GoFundMe page, to help take the team to an Ottawa Senators game.Steve Koopman says the page has raised more than $10,000 – far beyond the initial $3,000 goal.“We’re already trying to get them a little bit of a jump toward next year’s tournament or even assisting with equipment in the future,” he said.last_img read more

National museum changes stance on genocide sides with inquiry findings

first_imgThe question of what is and isn’t genocide has been playing out across all forms of media this week after the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released its findings where commissioners called violence against women genocidal.During the release on Monday Commissioner Michele Audette quickly refuted deniers.“To the people who don’t think that there is a genocide today, we have 1,200 pages to prove it,” she said.Young says the term genocide comes with certain implications and may be a reason why many are quick to dismiss it.“People see that there’s a numerical threshold…whether it’s numbers or certain approaches are necessary for the term to apply,” said Young.He believes people who question the Inquiry’s findings may lack understanding.Young adds Canadians should commit to educating themselves and part of this includes reading the Inquiry’s final Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsThe Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is publicly acknowledging the past and present treatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada as acts of genocide, following years of criticism on the issue.“The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) has recognized genocide as an appropriate term in discussing and studying public policy towards Indigenous peoples in Canada as part of a colonial experience,” said John Young, president of the CMHR.The CMHR opened in 2014 amidst a wave of backlash from Indigenous peoples after the museum would not explicitly use the term genocide to describe the way Indigenous peoples have been treated by Canada’s colonial state.Instead the museum included an exhibit on Indian Residential Schools alongside other genocides of the world.At the time officials said it wasn’t appropriate for a museum to making those decisions.“We don’t have the prerogative, legally, to make that judgment if it’s homicide or genocide,” said Jodi Giesbrecht, director of research and head curator at the museum, during the opening in September 2014.“What we can do is present evidence and encourage that debate.”A debate that Young says the museum no longer wants to participate in.“A better way to recognize the harm done [and] the challenges we face as a country going forward is to just recognize genocide,” Young told APTN.The change came after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called residential schools a form of cultural genocide in 2015, according to Young.The change only became public after a visitor of the museum questioned them on Twitter last month about their stance.last_img read more

Indigenous peoples must be able to thrive Trudeau says on International Day

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in April 2019 that Canada will proceed with the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project, despite widespread opposition from First Nations whose lands the oil sands pipeline would run through. APTN file photo.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsJustin Trudeau is marking International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples with a message to Canadians that they should “learn more about the cultures and languages of Indigenous peoples” in Canada and elsewhere.In a statement released Friday morning the prime minister touts his government’s policy and legislative track record related to issues impacting Inuit, Métis and First Nations peoples.“Working with Indigenous partners, the Government of Canada has taken steps to close the gaps in housing, health, education, and opportunity for Indigenous communities across the country,” he says.“Since 2015, we’ve lifted 87 long-term drinking water advisories in First Nations communities. We’ve made important investments to make sure Métis Nation citizens have the housing they need. We’re also supporting Inuit-led approaches to eliminating tuberculosis across Inuit Nunangat by 2030. Together, we are building a better Canada, where everyone’s rights are recognized and respected.”In June the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) released its final report, detailing the historic and ongoing genocide of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA peoples.Trudeau has said that he “accepts” the inquiry’s findings of genocide but has not yet explicitly stated that Canada is responsible for ongoing direct or systemic violence amounting to genocide in the present day.In Friday’s statement the prime minister is remains vague about who is responsible for ongoing discrimination and violence against Indigenous peoples.Trudeau says Canada recognizes “the injustices Indigenous peoples have faced in Canada and continue to face around the world. While we cannot change history, we are working to right persisting historic wrongs.”In 2016 the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that Canada discriminates against First Nations children living on reserve by not providing the same services available to children elsewhere in the country.Since that time the tribunal has issued the Trudeau government seven non-compliance orders for failing to adequately address the situation.Trudeau also came under fire from First Nations leaders and grassroots people last year, who said the Liberals did not meaningfully engage them as part of the government’s effort to overhaul legislation related to First Nations’ rights.First Nations also said the government’s approach to recognizing and implementing Indigenous rights would “domesticate” inherent rights that pre-exist Canada.Following his government’s purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project (TMX) last year amid a climate emergency and significant opposition from First Nations, in April Trudeau announced Canada will proceed with the project.At the core of First Nations’ fight against the pipeline are the issues of self-determination and consent.At home and at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Liberal government has committed to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), which includes provisions that protect Indigenous peoples from harmful and unwanted encroachment on their lands and resources without their free, prior and informed consent.In its decision to purchase and proceed with TMX the government has used Canada’s current legal standards around the duty to consult Indigenous peoples on matters that will negatively impact them, rather than the minimum human rights standards laid out in the UNDRIP.Asked by APTN News in June for the definition of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) his government used in making a final decision on TMX, Trudeau said FPIC “is what we engaged in doing with Indigenous communities over the past number of months.“It is engaging, looking with them, listening to the issues they have, and responding meaningfully to the concerns they have wherever possible,” he explained.Cree MP Romeo Saganash’s private member’s bill, C-262, would have required Canada to review its laws and align them with the UNDRIP.But the legislation died on the order paper earlier this summer after being stalled in the upper chamber by Conservative senators.As the bill’s death became apparent, the Liberals promised that if re-elected in the fall election they would put forth government legislation that will enshrine UNDRIP in Canadian law.They made the same promise during the 2015 federal election campaign but did not follow through in their mandate.On Wednesday Trudeau was in St. John’s for the city’s annual Royal St. John’s Regatta, at the same time the province had begun flooding the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project reservoir in Labrador.Innu and Inuit have brought their concerns over Canada’s financial support for the project to the United Nations.Amid legal challenges by Indigenous groups, and following scientific research projecting Muskrat Falls would contaminate traditional foods people in Labrador depend on, the Liberals issued a second federal loan guarantee to the province to ensure the project’s completion. The financial support was not contingent on the province’s respecting of Indigenous rights.As flooding got underway this week Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe said in a statement Thursday that “the time bomb is ticking on the future of those who depend on the Churchill River and Lake Melville for sustenance, and on the health, culture and way of life of many Labrador Inuit.”Before the end of the spring parliamentary session, the Liberals managed to pass two key pieces of Indigenous-related legislation — Bills C-91 and C-92.C-91, An Act respecting Indigenous languages, promises to provide additional support to Indigenous peoples trying to preserve their languages, many of which are on the cusp of being lost.The legislation did not receive unanimous support from Indigenous leaders and groups.Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) President Natan Obed blasted the Liberals for excluding a section specifically dedicated to Inuit rights and their language, Inuktut, which is widely spoken across Inuit Nunangat and deserves official language status in certain regions, Obed has argued.C-92, the Liberals’ anticipated child welfare legislation, promises to return jurisdiction over child welfare to Indigenous communities.At present more than half of all children in foster care in Canada are Indigenous, though Indigenous children account for only 7.7 per cent of the country’s child population, according to Canada’s 2016 census.In provinces like Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the overwhelming majority of children in state care are Indigenous.It is estimated that each day in these provinces, an Indigenous child is apprehended by the state in what many refer to as the Millennium Scoop.“In the spirit of reconciliation, we will continue to work with Indigenous peoples toward a renewed relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership,” Trudeau says.According to the United Nations’ website, the Aug. 9 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was created “in order to raise awareness of the needs of [Indigenous Peoples].”The U.N. says there are around 370 million Indigenous people in the world, living in 90 countries.As holders of traditional and ancient knowledge of the land and biosphere, Indigenous peoples’ rights and sovereignty are widely regarded as a prerequisite for an adequate global-scale response to the climate emergency.“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I encourage everyone to learn more about the cultures and languages of Indigenous peoples, here in Canada and around the world,” Trudeau concludes in Friday’s read more

Justice ministers push feds for answers on support for pot legalization

first_imgVANCOUVER – Canada’s justice ministers are asking for clarity and support as they scramble to organize and police an entirely new marijuana industry in fewer than 10 months.British Columbia Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said he hopes this week’s meeting between federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and her provincial and territorial counterparts will provide more answers about how the Canadian government intends to make good on its plans to legalize pot by summer 2018.“Obviously, I think the July time frame is a challenge,” he said. “But right now that’s the timeline, that’s the time frame that we’re working towards.”The justice ministers began two days of meetings in Vancouver on Thursday. Besides pot, the agenda includes discussions around how the justice system deals with people who don’t disclose their HIV status to their sexual partners and the fallout from a Supreme Court of Canada decision that puts a time limit on how long it takes to prosecute a criminal charges.Manitoba Justice Minister Heather Stefanson said in a statement that her government wants more clarity on how the Canadian government intends to support provinces in implementing The Cannabis Act.Stefanson stressed the importance of developing proper policy to address road safety and enforcement, regardless of the regulatory regime.“Our primary concern regarding the legalization of marijuana is the health and safety of Manitobans,” she said. “The federal government must recognize that rushing into something of this magnitude presents tremendous risks.”Ontario Justice Minister Yasir Naqvi described the deadline as tight but added that his province is working diligently to be ready by July 1, 2018.Ontario became the first province to make public its plans for legalized cannabis last week, unveiling the outline of a regulatory system that restricts sales to stores operated by its own liquor board.“The timeline is fast approaching and we have not been wasting our time, fully recognizing that a lot of work has to be done,” Naqvi said.He added that Ontario developed its plan following extensive consultations and that other provinces and territories will have to find their own way.The federal government has come under fire for what appears to be a hands-off approach to regulating the sale and policing of marijuana once it becomes legal.Brian Patterson, head of the public safety group Ontario Safety League, said he is shocked by the federal government’s commitment to an unrealistic deadline that is politically motivated and will put Canadians at risk.The group released a position paper earlier this month titled “Too Far, Too Fast,” urging the government to slow down and consult more extensively with police forces, health agencies and provincial governments.“Before you open the pool you better check the chlorine levels and know what’s going on. And we’re just opening the pools because it’s Canada Day,” Patterson said.“Spitballing in the dark seems to be the method being used to stick to that date.”Patterson also criticized the absence of scientific evidence to back some of the federal government’s positions, such as allowing 18 year olds to smoke when health professionals have said exposure to marijuana can negatively impact developing brains in people as old as 25.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said repeatedly it is important to act quickly to get marijuana out of the hands of youth, who he says have easier access to weed than beer.Youth health experts urged a House of Commons health committee earlier this week to develop extensive prevention and public-education campaigns focusing on the harmful effect of marijuana, warning that stronger regulations alone will be ineffective in deterring kids from smoking pot.Representatives from several law enforcement agencies warned the federal government that there was zero chance police would be ready in time to enforce new laws for legalized pot.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

Kinder Morgan Canadas pipeline woes hurting investment in Canada observers

first_imgCALGARY – The suspension of work on Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will have a “chilling” effect on overall investment in Canada, industry observers say.The company’s decision Sunday to impose a May 31 deadline for government reassurance that it can safely spend the bulk of the project’s $7.4-billion construction cost comes after two other projects were ended last year — TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Energy East pipeline and Enbridge Inc.’s previously approved Northern Gateway.“We have become a high-political-risk jurisdiction because of the apparent ambivalence of government resolve to develop our resources. And we are a resource economy,” said Bob Skinner, executive fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, on Monday.He said Kinder Morgan and other megaproject developers are being prudent and acting in the shareholders’ interest when they halt the investment of billions of dollars in projects when they “have no idea” if it will be allowed to proceed to completion.In a statement on Sunday, CEO Alex Pourbaix of Trans Mountain shipper Cenovus Energy Inc. warned there will be a “chilling effect on investment … across the entire country” if the project fails.The potential halt of such energy projects does affect the Canadian economy as a whole, agreed CIBC deputy chief economist Benjamin Tal.“Energy investment is a very important part of total investment in Canada especially when it comes to rate of growth. To the extent that we see some uncertainty there, it can have a macro impact,” he said.The Trans Mountain expansion to add 590,000 bpd to its current 300,000 bpd capacity is needed to show Canada is a good place to do business, said a spokeswoman for Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., which has a contract to ship 75,000 barrels per day on the new pipeline.“The government of Canada approved the Trans Mountain expansion project based on strong scientific evidence and deemed the project in the national interest following the completion of extensive and comprehensive environmental, stakeholder and regulatory reviews,” said Julie Woo in an email. “It is time to see this project through.”Business investment that should be coming to Canada is being diverted to the United States, Royal Bank CEO Dave McKay warned recently. He said the investment exodus is already underway, especially in the energy and clean-technology sectors, due to Ottawa’s lack of response to a U.S. tax overhaul.Tim McMillan, CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said he is seeing the same discount prices for Canadian oil and gas drilling rights, assets and companies compared with those in the United States.He suggested the federal government could follow Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s suggestion of taking a financial stake in the Trans Mountain project, perhaps by offering to guarantee to repay Kinder Morgan’s investment if the project fails to proceed as promised, instead of offering only verbal support.“This is a profound issue for us and reflects not just on this one project. We’ve had a series, like Energy East and so on, that have painted Canada into a corner as a place to invest,” said Chris Bloomer, CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.“What happens here is going to reverberate into the future as far as how we do things in this country. We need to keep that in mind for all projects.”In a report in February, Scotiabank said delayed construction of pipelines including the Trans Mountain expansion, Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement and TransCanada’s Keystone XL is causing discounts for Canadian crude prices that are costing the economy roughly $15.6 billion a year, with the impact expected to moderate as more rail shipping capacity comes on line this year.Follow @HealingSlowly on TwitterCompanies in this article: (TSX:KML, TSX:CVE, TSX:CNQ)last_img read more

Canada Jetlines plans to base Montreal operations at small St Hubert airport

first_imgDiscount airline Canada Jetlines Ltd. says it plans to base its Montreal operations in a couple of years out of a small airport that is undergoing an expansion.The Vancouver-based company hasn’t yet launched service, but it announced Thursday a partnership with Montreal Saint-Hubert Longueuil Airport to support its efforts to build a low-cost secondary airport on the south shore of the city.Canada Jetlines CEO Javier Suarez says Montreal travellers deserve low-cost air travel options that don’t require them to cross the U.S. border.“Saint-Hubert is a short commute out of the downtown core of Montreal, and our passengers will not only benefit from ultra-low airfares, they will also have convenient access to a new purpose-built low-cost facility in Saint-Hubert,” he said in a news release.Saint-Hubert airport is about a 15-minute drive from downtown Montreal and 32 kilometres from Montreal Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport.The airline is working towards a launch next summer and would seek to start Montreal service by early 2020. It will also fly to secondary airports in Abbotsford, B.C., Hamilton, as well as Halifax Stanfield International Airport, offering domestic service and winter flights to sun destinations. It plans to start with two Airbus A320s and add four planes annually.Saint-Hubert airport, which mainly serves private aircraft, recently upgraded its runway, supported by a $13-million federal contribution, that can accommodate narrowbody planes as big as the Boeing 737 or A320. It also plans to build a new passenger terminal.“With this announcement and this commitment we’re going to have to fast-track something,” said Jane Foyle, general manager of DASH-L, the non-profit organization that runs the Saint Hubert airport.“I think we can deliver for 2020. If there’s interest to start faster we’re also looking at what we could use at the airport at the moment as a temporary type facility.”Foyle has a vision for Saint-Hubert joining a national network of secondary airports that offer lower fees to support the Canadian expansion of ultra low cost airlines like Swoop and Flair Airlines.“If we had a network of ultra low cost airports across Canada, I think that’s what we want to be part of,” she said in an interview.“Abbotsford in B.C. is that already. Hamilton is at that game too but their cost structure might not be as flexible as ours will be. We’re going to be financially attractive for airlines to come here.”Discount carrier Flair Airlines says it is reviewing options for the Quebec market and hasn’t made a firm commitment to any airport in the province.WestJet subsidiary Swoop said as its fleet increases to 10 next year it will be looking for markets and airports for its 189-seat planes.“This could potentially include service to Quebec, but I’m unable to confirm that for you at this time,” said spokeswoman Karen McIsaac.Porter Airlines spokesman Brad Cicero says the airline based at Toronto Island’s Billy Bishop Airport has no plans to change its Trudeau airport-based service out of Montreal.Foyle said catering to ultra low cost carriers can be risky because their success is unproven in Canada. But she also hopes to offer flights to transport business people to Toronto, be a hub for regional service in Quebec and attract travel airlines like Sunwing and Air Transat for flights south.She said the main challenge is to secure designated airport status that will provide security screening services from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority at an affordable rate and obtain customs and immigration services from the Canada Border Services Agency to offer transborder flights.Foyle said Saint-Hubert airport can also help in keeping Quebecers from crossing the U.S. border to catch flights.“We’re losing a lot of Canadians that are going to Plattsburgh and Burlington to fly out of American airports and we would be strategically located to try to get these passengers, these Quebecers back and flying out of our airlines potentially and our airport.”Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)last_img read more

BoC survey finds business sentiment down slightly but remains positive

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — A new survey by the Bank of Canada suggests overall business sentiment has weakened slightly, but continues to be positive.The central bank’s business outlook survey indicator decreased slightly, but remains elevated as responses to almost all the survey questions were holding above their historical averages.The survey results come ahead of the central bank’s next interest rate decision set for Jan. 9 when it will also release its updated outlook for the economy.Over the next 12 months, the survey suggested that firms expect sales growth to stabilize, while those linked to western Canadian oil prices and to housing in some regions expect demand to weaken or remain subdued and sales growth to moderate.The indicator of investment spending on machinery and equipment pulled back slightly, but the survey found intentions are still solid.On balance, plans to hire more workers continue to be widespread and similar to the previous survey.The survey based on interviews with senior managers of about 100 firms was done from Nov. 5 to Nov. 28.last_img read more

RCMP on scene after small plane crash occurs east of Grande Prairie

first_imgUPDATE – At 2:03 p.m. today the RCMP responded to a plane crash involving a Basic Ultralight plane. Attending EMS pronounced the 43-year-old male pilot, from Saskatchewan, deceased.There were no other occupants in the plane.No information will be provided by the RCMP in relation to the cause of the crash.  Transportation Safety Board of Canada has carriage of the investigation. GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – Grande Prairie RCMP were on the scene of a small plane crash that occurred near Range Road 52 at approximately 2:03 p.m.RCMP along with fire crews and Emergency Medical services confirmed that there was only one person in the plane when it crashed.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada was contacted and they will be conducting an investigation into what caused the crash.Update: The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has been Contacted and will be conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash. – RCMP Release #gpab #countyofgp @TSBCanada— William Vavrek (@williamvavrek) July 31, 2018This is a developing story and we will have more information when it becomes available.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP looking for missing man travelling to Prince George

first_imgUPDATE – Grande Prairie RCMP would like to advise that Cody Baskott has been located. He is safe and unharmed. RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.Grande Prairie, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 30 year old Cody Baskott.He was last seen on November 7, 2018 in Grande Prairie, Alberta and possibly may be travelling to Prince George, BC.Baskott is described as: · Caucasian· 5’8″/138 lbs· Blonde hair· Blue Eyes· last seen wearing a black ball cap and a black hoodyThere is a concern for Baskott’s well-being. The RCMP would like to locate and speak with him as soon as possible. If you have any information about his whereabouts, please contact Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700.If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at www.tipsubmit.comlast_img read more

Alberta election promised titanic clash delivered name calling bozo eruptions

first_imgNotley ran on her record of continuing to build Alberta through the lean times of low oil prices.But apart from promises to expand subsidized daycare and keep pace with population growth and inflation on health and education spending, her campaign was a bullhorn assault on Kenney’s character.It featured websites and speeches highlighting Kenney’s past statements against abortion and same-sex marriage and his promise in this campaign to roll back some protections for gay students in schools.“Mr. Kenney is not being forthright with Albertans when he talks about the idea that his party accepts and supports people in the LGBTQ community. They do not,” said Notley, at the mid-campaign leaders debate.Kenney drew a bead on the free-spending ways of Notley’s four years in government, with a carbon tax and billions of dollars borrowed to pay for capital projects and program spending.He wielded Prime Minister Justin Trudeau like a battle axe, referring often to a “Notley-Trudeau alliance” he said had kneecapped Alberta’s oil and gas sector. EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta’s election campaign promised a titanic clash of ideas and ideologies between two nationally known leaders, but delivered a burlesque of biting attacks and bozo eruptions, and a surprise guest appearance by the RCMP.Rachel Notley will make history Tuesday as either the first Alberta NDP premier to win re-election or the first-ever leader of an Alberta party that failed to win a renewed mandate on its first try.A win for Jason Kenney’s United Conservatives, as predicted by the polls, means a return to the right-centre for Alberta, its traditional home since the middle of the last century. He painted Notley as a toadying flunky for Trudeau. He said she brought in a provincial carbon tax to placate the prime minister, and didn’t push him until recently on a B.C. northern coast tanker ban or on proposed federal changes to approve energy projects _ both of which Notley agrees would harm Alberta’s bread-and-butter industry.All of this was done, Kenney said, to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expanded to the B.C. coast. But while the feds ultimately bought the line to keep it alive, it remains tied down in consultations and legal red tape.“This premier … sold us down the river to Justin Trudeau and all we got for it is a jobs crisis, a carbon tax and no pipelines,” Kenney told a crowd at a whistle stop in Turner Valley.Notley, in turn, has said Kenney’s “fight back” strategy, including taking Trudeau to court over the federal carbon tax and his energy legislation, is cynical and ultimately self-defeating political theatre.center_img Political scientist Duane Bratt said Kenney’s plan resonates right now with a province hit by hard times and feeling hard done by.“Right now there is a lot of anger,” said Bratt with Calgary’s Mount Royal University.Kenney has had to play defence against so-called bozo eruptions by some of his candidates.Caylan Ford, an Oxford-trained global politics adviser and arguably the brightest of Kenney’s UCP star candidates, resigned on the eve of the campaign for comments viewed as sympathetic to white nationalism.Eva Kiryakos quit before the nomination cutoff over her comments about Muslims and transgender washrooms.Mark Smith, the caucus education critic, apologized but did not quit the campaign for an anti-abortion and homophobic sermon delivered years earlier.Kenney has also had to deal with probes by RCMP and the elections commissioner into allegations of fraud and money laundering in the United Conservative leadership race, which Kenney won in 2017.On top of that, Mounties descended this past week on the workplace of UCP Calgary candidate Peter Singh, seizing a hard drive and other work items.Singh has denied wrongdoing and said the items were returned, but hasn’t answered questions about the nature of the police investigation.Calgary pollster Janet Brown said the marquee matchup of Kenney versus Notley never materialized.“It was supposed to be a battle of the titans and instead it was two quite horrible campaigns,” said Brown.“Kenney was always putting out fires, was always getting off his message. On the other hand, the NDP was always taking shots at Kenney and rarely getting around to telling their own story.”On the fringes have been the Liberals and the Alberta Party.Each tried its own version of a political Hail Mary to grab attention: the Liberals pitching a sales tax and the Alberta Party warning it would withhold provincial taxes from Ottawa.Brown says the campaign may have done little to change anyone’s mind.“My read on things is that voters are very frustrated and disappointed with how this campaign went,” she said.“The tactics of both sides have just really resulted in people digging in their heels.”last_img read more

Federal oil tanker ban bill defeated in Senate but legislation not dead

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – A federal ban on tanker traffic off British Columbia’s north coast has been defeated in a Senate committee.On a 6-6 vote, the Senate’s transportation and communications committee rejected Bill C-48 Wednesday night.The committee’s five Conservative senators voted against it, joined by Alberta independent Paula Simons. Five other independents and one self-identified Liberal voted in favour.When the result was clear _ a tie vote means whatever is being proposed fails _ the bill’s opponents applauded briefly in the Senate committee room.“The bill is defeated,” declared the committee’s chairman, Saskatchewan Conservative Sen. David Tkachuk.The House of Commons passed the bill a week ago and its failure in a Senate committee doesn’t mean it’s dead, but the vote is a blow for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals.Bill C-48 would put into a law a longstanding voluntary moratorium on coastal tanker traffic between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and the Alaska border, which is meant to protect delicate marine environments from potential spills.More precisely, the bill would forbid tankers carrying more than 12,500 tonnes of oil from loading or unloading in the exclusion zone, either directly at ports or by using other ships as intermediaries. Simons said late in the debate that she wasn’t confident that enough homework had been done to justify a permanent ban _ that the bill would lock in a temporary measure based on limited research more than 40 years ago.“I felt it was important as an Albertan, as a member on this committee, to come here with goodwill, to work towards amendments that would somehow strike a compromise where we could both protect one of Canada’s most extraordinary ecosystems while simultaneously not slamming the door in the face of the people of Alberta,” Simons said.She might have backed a temporary legal restriction on tankers to allow further research, she said, but couldn’t support the bill as it stood.Along with Bill C-69, which is meant to reform the federal assessment process for national-scale construction projects and is also in the Senate, Bill C-48 has enraged many backers of the Canadian oil industry, including Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.center_img “This is a victory for common sense & economic growth,” Kenney tweeted after the vote. “Thank-you to Senators for listening to Albertans & respecting fairness in our federation!”Conservatives in the Senate said voting down the bill is a win for Canada’s energy industry, leaving open the possibility of exporting Canadian oil from northern B.C. ports.The now-aborted Northern Gateway pipeline project, for instance, would have carried Alberta oil to Kitimat, B.C., in the no-tanker zone.“This bill would only make the issue of landlocked Canadian oil worse,” said a statement from Sen. Larry Smith, the Conservative leader in the Senate.The statement pointed out that Bill C-48 would forbid the transfer of oil onto or off ships in northern B.C. but wouldn’t stop tankers from passing through the area, impeding Canadian oil but not outlawing tanker traffic from Alaska.The bill has divided First Nations. Some, such as the Nisga’a, see economic opportunity in pipelines. Others, including a nine-nation alliance of coastal First Nations, worry about irreversible damage to fisheries and nascent industries based on products such as essential oils from old-growth trees.last_img read more

Section of 100 Street near 103 Avenue to be closed this week

first_imgLocal traffic only will be permitted between 102 Avenue and 103 Avenue northbound on 100 Street.The city is reminding drivers and pedestrians to obey all construction signage, the instruction of flaggers, and reduce speed to keep workers safe.Construction is expected to be completed this week.For more information, and for further updates, you can visit the City of Fort St. John’s Facebook page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Starting Wednesday, August 21, a section of 100 street will be closed as the City starts construction on the storm sewer system near 103 Avenue.According to the City, during construction, 100 Street at 103 Avenue will be closed to northbound traffic, with only one lane of southbound traffic available.The city says the sidewalk on the east side of 100 Street will also be closed between 102Avenue and 103 Avenue.last_img read more

CJI Gogoi offers prayers at Lord Venkateswara temple in hills

first_imgTirupati: Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice Ranjan Gogoi and his wife offered prayers in the shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala Hills near here on Friday, a temple official said.On his arrival at the shrine, Justice Gogoi was given a traditional reception by the officials of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) that governs the shrine. After an overnight stay in the hills, Justice Gogoi took part in an hour-long ‘abhishekam’ (celestial bath) ritual conducted for the main deity of Lord Venkateswara at the over 2,000-year old shrine amid chanting of Vedic hymns, a temple official said. This was his third visit as the chief justice of India to the shrine. He had offered prayers to Lord Venkateswara on November 18 last and on February 3, the official added.last_img

Think Tank Labels Moroccos Refugee Children in Sweden as Criminals

Rabat – International think tank the Gatestone Institute has accused Moroccan refugee children in Sweden of theft, petty larceny, pick pocketing, and muggings.In a report released on Thursday, the Gatestone Institute labeled refugee children from Moroccan origins as criminals and drug addicts, even though those children are aged between 12 and 16.“The Moroccan boys commit crimes such as theft, petty larceny, pick pocketing, and muggings, but the authorities do not know how to handle the kids who decline the help offered by the Swedish state,” said the report. The report noted that 381 Moroccan children sought asylum in Sweden last year. “They are usually street children from Tangiers or Casablanca, who started doing drugs at an early age, and they distrust all authorities,” said the report.However, they had no grounds for asylum, as Morocco is not at war.Still, the report claimed that before their applications are denied,”they often run away from the refugee homes, to roam the streets of Stockholm.”The Gatestone Institute estimated the number of homeless Moroccan refugees in Sweden at 200 children.It went to add that they are roaming the streets of Stockholm committing crimes and smoking hashish, and “are completely uncomprehending of the Swedish attitude towards drugs.”The report quoted a local police officer as saying that those children should be “locked up in institutions, but that is just short term, to save individual lives. I think we need national coordination to get at this problem.”The Gatestone Institute criticized the Swedish government, saying it should “refuse asylum to Moroccan street children and full-grown men posing as children.”Edited by Timothy Filla© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Bahrain Reiterates Firm Support for Moroccos Territorial Integrity

New York – Bahraini foreign minister Khalid Ben Ahmed Al Khalifa reiterated, on Thursday in New York, his country’s firm support for Morocco’s territorial integrity and “its indisputable rights” over the so-called Western Sahara.“I reiterate Bahrain’s firm support for Morocco’s territorial integrity and its indisputable rights over its Sahara,” Al Khalifa told the press following a meeting with foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar on the sidelines of the 70th UNGA.On bilateral relations, He underlined that they are based on privileged ties uniting HM King Mohammed VI and His Majesty King Hamad Bin Issa Al Khalifa at all levels. The Bahraini official also praised relations between Morocco and Bahrain as been historical, solid and exemplary.