Alberta Saskatchewan Ontario criticize passage of federal environment bills

first_imgEDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he will fight the passage of two federal environment bills on multiple fronts — starting in court.Kenney says he is filing constitutional challenges to Bill C-48 and Bill C-69 because he believes they unfairly target his oil and gas province.READ MORE: B.C. tanker ban, environment assessment bills scale final hurdle in SenateKenney says Bill C-48, which bans tanker traffic on the northern British Columbia coast, is particularly punitive because there’s no such ban on tanker traffic elsewhere in Canada.And he says Bill C-69, which rewrites rules to assess proposed energy projects, is so onerous that they won’t get built.Kenney also says he will revisit how much Alberta pays in equalization.READ MORE: A discussion on pipelines, the environment and more with the federal Natural Resources MinisterThe provinces of Saskatchewan and Ontario have also weighed in with criticism on the bills.Ontario Energy Minister Greg Rickford says Bill C-69 is a twin disaster by reducing Canada’s energy competitiveness while failing to better protect the environment.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says the bills will hurt the economy and job creation.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Doug Ford says Boris Johson will do great job as Britains next

first_imgLUCAN, Ont. — Ontario Premier Doug Ford says Boris Johnson will do a “great job” as Britain’s next prime minister.Ford praised the new leader of Britain’s Conservative Party at a news conference in Lucan, Ont., this morning.He says Johnson is “a no-nonsense type of person” who will “get the job done.”The premier says he would like to meet Johnson if he ever travels to the United Kingdom.Johnson overwhelmingly defeated rival Jeremy Hunt in a vote of party members.He is also set to succeed Theresa May as prime minister on Wednesday.— with files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Jordin Sparks To Perform At A Magical Evening For The Christopher And

first_imgThe Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the nation’s leading nonprofit providing care to those living with paralysis and advancing research into treatments and cures for spinal cord injury, will honor international box office record breaking film THE INTOUCHABLES at its annual star-studded A Magical Evening fundraising gala on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.The Weinstein Company Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein will accept the Dana Reeve HOPE Award at the gala reception on behalf of TWC and the film’s directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache.Peter T. Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Reeve Foundation, stated, “the Dana Reeve HOPE Award is presented to a person or organization that has shown amazing grace, strength and fortitude. The recipient of this award is dedicated to continuing the hope that Dana Reeve brought to the world and to the millions of people living with paralysis. It is only fitting that we honor The Intouchables for touching audiences worldwide and reminding us of the commonalities shared between all of us, no matter the circumstances.”Having received worldwide critical acclaim and international box office success, THE INTOUCHABLES is an irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility that has warmed the hearts of millions. Based on a true story of friendship between a millionaire (Francois Cluzet of TELL NO ONE) living with paralysis due to a spinal cord injury and his street smart ex-con caretaker (breakout star Omar Sy), THE INTOUCHABLES depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common.Since its release, THE INTOUCHABLES has shattered box-office records worldwide to become the third highest grossing film of all time in France, the highest grossing French film in Germany ever, and has held the #1 spot in many countries around the world grossing over $356 million worldwide and counting. The film is currently playing in theaters throughout the U.S. and has won multiple awards at film festivals around the country including: the ColCoa Film Festival’s Audience Award and Critics Special Prize; the Florida Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best International Feature; the Wisconsin Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Narrative Film; and the Nashville Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature.“On behalf of Eric and Olivier and TWC, I would like to express how humbled we are to be recognized by one of the most inspirational and forward thinking organizations of our time,” said Weinstein. “Christopher and Dana Reeve have bettered the lives of millions, and the fact that this film is the first ever to be honored by them shows us how the film’s true story touches the hearts of so many like it did ours.”Wilderotter added, “We have always honored individuals and corporations that embody our mission to further the quality of life for those living with paralysis. After seeing this extraordinary film, we felt compelled to honor all of the individuals who helped bring this film and its inspirational story to light. This film captures the Foundation’s mission of ’Today’s Care, Tomorrow’s Cure’ and we are passionate about sharing its empowering message with our community.”This year’s gala will also honor longtime Foundation supporter and current board member Paul Daversa and Daversa Partners, Inc. with the Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award and feature a special live performance by recording artists Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo.Proceeds from A Magical Evening will benefit the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the benefit office at (212) 763-8594 or email ReeveFoundation@cmevents.net.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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LA Art Show To Benefit St Jude Childrens Research Hospital

first_imgThe LA Art Show is pleased to announce its selection of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as benefiting charity of its opening night premiere party, 8-11 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St.A Patron Reception will begin at 7 p.m., and the LA Art Show will be open to the public in the same location from Jan. 15-18.Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo will host the benefit.St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Thanks to support from events like this one, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.“We are excited to partner with St. Jude at the 20th Anniversary LA Art Show,” said Kim Martindale, general manager and producer of the LA Art Show. “By sharing their knowledge freely and exchanging ideas openly, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital inspires more collaboration between doctors and researchers worldwide, and as a result, more lifesaving treatments for children everywhere.”More than 7,000 art patrons attended in 2014. Guests included: Leonard Di Caprio, Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez, Tim Robbins, James Franco, Barbra Streisand, James Brolin, Shepard Fairey, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Lily Collins, Michelle Monaghan, Debra Wilson, Princess Anita Theodora of Orange-Nassau, Gabrielle, Duchess of Schoeneberg, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Kevan Hall, Hill Harper, Robert LaSardo, Bria Murphy, Willem van Gogh, James DuMont, Alex Lombard, Sue Wong, Michael Peer, Toni Garrn and Abdulla Ali Saboosi, Consul General for the U.A.E., among others.Patron tickets are $250, Vanguard tickets are $200 and Friend tickets are $125. The show is open to the public from Jan. 15-18, 2014. General admission is $20.For additional information, visit LAArtShow.com.last_img read more

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Sharon Stone And James Cromwell To Tackle CyberBullying In The Principle

first_img“One of the greatest ways to capture the attention and teach our world about the devastating effect of bullying is through film. One healing film that goes viral can quickly impact more hearts and minds than one million classes on the subject,” says John Viscount, creator of the powerful new screenplay The Principle.International Award-Winning filmmakers launched a Kickstarter campaign for this new transformational short film starring Academy Award nominee Sharon Stone and directed by Academy Award nominee James Cromwell.“The Principle” is the second film from Viscount and ONE Film Company. It’s a modern dramatic parable that deals with the devastating plague of the digital age — cyber-bullying. Tragically, the global reach and 24-hour accessibility of today’s internet and social media platforms make cyber-bullying an even greater problem than traditional bullying because it affects more people and is more rapidly spreading — 43% of kids have been bullied online and one in four has had it happen more than once.

Viscount has also adapted “The Principle” into a hybrid three-act play that merges profound philosophical teachings, high drama and social activism. The debut production will be directed by Barry Brodie at the Sho Art, Spirit & Performance in Windsor, Ontario.Viscount’s first film, “Admissions” stars Academy Award nominee James Cromwell. He leads a culturally diverse cast in a tragic and hopeful story that tackles directly the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to reveal at its heart, a profoundly human struggle. To date, “Admissions” has won 26 awards on four continents and has been screened for world leaders and governmental bodies. Additionally, the film is translated into Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, and Farsi, and has been broadcast to over 80 million people. 

After viewing “Admissions”, Ms. Stone proclaimed it her favorite film of the year and reached out to Viscount. She asked him to write a script for her addressing the issue of cyber-bullying and agreed to be the spokesperson for the film. Stone and Viscount plan to introduce the film into school curriculums across the globe with a classroom discussion guide.“By examining humanity’s intractable problems in a very modern and dramatic context, the purpose of these short films is to do more than just spark a conversation – the hope is to inspire real action,” stated Viscount.John Viscount is co-founder of PeaceNow.com, a one billion person, online signature campaign to enact a United Nations Global Resolution that creates Departments & Ministries of Peace in governments worldwide.

PeaceNow.com is a 501c3 non-profit organization that to date, has signers from over 190 countries. In July 2015, Sharon Stone, global humanitarian, activist, actor and mother of three children, joined the Board of Directors.

John Viscount is also the author of Mind What Matters, A Pep Talk for Humanity.last_img read more

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Giant Beach Ball Installation Announced for Redpath Waterfront Festival presented by Billy

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Menkes is proud to be the exclusive sponsor of this unique concept, which really embodies the spirit of the festival and celebrates Toronto’s Waterfront,” said Peter Menkes, President, Commercial/Industrial. “With two significant development projects underway (Sugar Wharf and Waterfront Innovation Centre), this sponsorship is particularly meaningful as it further supports our ongoing commitment to the waterfront. We’re sure this installation will add a fun and playful element to this remarkable event.”HTO Pendulum Wave has been partially funded by the Government of Ontario’s Celebrate Ontario enhancement grant program, which is helping to support 328 festivals and events across the province in 2018.Construction of the installation is underway and more details will be released as they become available. HTO Pendulum Wave, presented by Menkes is named after HTO Park, the urban beach where it will be displayed during the festival. The name is also a play on the word H2O, an ode to Toronto’s vibrant and beautiful waterfront.Other Fast Facts about HTO Pendulum WaveThe entire installation will be 22′ tall, 42′ wide and 12′ deepThe entire installation will weigh approximately 19,000 lbsMore than 130 sq. ft of PVC material is being used to create the beach ballsVisitors will be able to interact with the installationThe Redpath Waterfront Festival bounces onto the waterfront June 22-24 with a variety of programs including: Aqua Cirque – an H20-themed circus show, the Waterfront Artisan Market, Wine & Spirit Festival, a Family Fun Zone and now an unforgettaball installation.Redpath Waterfront Festival 2018 partners include: Redpath Sugar, Billy Bishop Airport, Menkes, Waterfront BIA, Government of Ontario, Government of Canada, Westin Harbour Castle, Cision, Porter Airlines, Bell Media and Toronto Star.For details and updates visit towaterfrontfest.com and follow @towaterfrontfest on Facebook and Instagram and @towaterfest on Twitter.ABOUT MENKES DEVELOPMENTSMenkes Developments Ltd. is an award-winning, fully integrated real estate company involved in the construction, ownership and management of office, industrial, retail and residential properties. Founded in 1954, the company is one of the largest private developers in Canada, with a primary focus in the Greater Toronto Area. Menkes is known for its innovative, multi-disciplinary approach and particularly for its expertise in large-scale, mixed-use development. Past projects include the Empress Walk entertainment, shopping and residential complex in North York City Centre, and two landmark projects in Toronto’s South Core district, 25 York (TELUS House) office tower and the two million square foot One York commercial retail complex. The company’s latest project Sugar Wharf is a proposed waterfront community on an 11.5 acre site in downtown Toronto, which will be anchored by a new two-acre park. For more information about Menkes, please visit menkes.com and follow us @MenkesLife.ABOUT DECOR & MOREDecor & More is Canada’s largest event decor firm, designing and executing more than 400 events every year. Part of the North American event landscape for over 25 years, their team has the talent to combine fine art, craftsmanship and technology, defining some of the most progressive and innovative event designs in the country. www.decorandmore.comABOUT REDPATH WATERFRONT FESTIVAL, presented by Billy Bishop AirportThe Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by Billy Bishop Airport, is an annual summer event providing on-land and on-water programming for people of all ages and interests, with the goal of promoting Toronto locally and internationally as a premiere waterfront destination. With music, food and nautical entertainment, the festival offers something for everyone to enjoy. Every three years, the event welcomes majestic Tall Ships to Toronto. www.towaterfrontfest.com TORONTO – The Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by Billy Bishop Airport, is pleased to announce it will be bringing another incrediball installation to Toronto’s waterfront. Though not quite as large as last summer’s rubber duck, the festival anticipates this year’s activation will make just as big of a splash.Relive your best beach memories with HTO Pendulum Wave, presented by Menkes. The waterfront activation, custom-made for the festival by Canadian event design firm Decor & More, is made up of six 6.5′ tall beach balls. Inspired by science’s popular instrument, the pendulum wave, the beach balls will be suspended from a large truss frame and will swing back and forth like a pendulum.Menkes Developments Ltd. has signed on to be the presenting partner of HTO Pendulum Wave.   Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Facebook The Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by Billy Bishop Airport, will be bringing a giant beach ball installation to Toronto’s waterfront. (CNW Group/Water’s Edge Festivals & Events) Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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VPL IS LOOKING FOR A SCREENWRITER TO BE THE NEXT WRITER IN

first_imgThe deadline for applications is Friday, February 8, 2019.For more information and details on how to apply visit www.vpl.ca/writer.About Vancouver Public LibraryVancouver Public Library has been dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading and information needs of Vancouver residents for more than 100 years. Our vision is an informed, engaged, and connected city. Our mission is a free place for everyone to discover, create and share ideas and information.Last year, VPL had more than 6.8 million visits, with patrons borrowing almost 9.5 million physical and digital items including books, ebooks, movies, music and magazines. Across 21 locations, VPL is the most-visited major urban library per capita in Canada. Facebook VANCOUVER, B.C. – Are you a screenwriter looking for an inspiring setting? Spend four months writing in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, home to a remarkable natural environment and lively culture guaranteed to spark your creativity.VPL is interested in hearing from a wide variety of writers working in the screenplay forms, including short films, feature films, television, mini-series, documentaries or video games.The library would like you to submit your application if you:Have a significant body of screenwriting credits.Have professional teaching and public speaking experience.Are enthusiastic about engaging the public in one-on-one and group settings.Have writing projects for this residency that are in the early working stage.Are available on a full-time basis in Vancouver from August to December 2019. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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OPP Aboriginal unit fell under sway of Six Nations in Caledonia book

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsAn Ontario Provincial Police unit created to deal with First Nations protests and blockades developed “Stockholm syndrome” with the leaders behind the Six Nations land seizure of a residential development in Caledonia, Ont., a new book claims.The recently released book, called Helpless, Caledonia’s nightmare of fear and anarchy and how the law failed all of us, was written by Globe and Mail columnist Christie Blatchford.The book focuses primarily on the lives of Caledonia residents who were caught in the middle of an escalating land claims battle between the Iroquois of Six Nations and the federal government that dates back 200 years and was even a file on the desk of Canada’s first prime minister.Blatchford’s Caledonia book aims to prove that the OPP administered “two-tiered justice” that treated the First Nations protestors more favourably than the non-Aboriginal Canadians caught in the cross-fire.The book relates stories from Caledonia residents who say they felt abandoned by the police who did little when non-Aboriginal locals faced harassment and threats from Six Nations protestors, had their cars sabotaged or rocks thrown at their homes. Caledonia residents also recounted how they felt that the police treated the non-Aboriginal residents who were simply trying to protect their property and lives like criminals.Blatchford also delves into the workings of the Aboriginal Relations Team (ART), a special OPP unit created in 2004 in response to the shooting of Dudley George at Ipperwash Provincial Park in 1995. Quoting unnamed and named OPP sources, Blatchford paints a picture of an ineffectual unit that appeared to have fallen under the sway of Six Nations leaders.The Caledonia crisis exploded after the OPP botched a raid in April 2006 on Douglas Creek Estates (DCE), a nascent residential development on long-claimed land that was seized by Six Nations residents.The ART team was led at the time of the Caledonia uprising by Dudley George’s cousin, Superintendant Ron (Spike) George, who was the head of Aboriginal Issues, Operations for the OPP.Blatchford wrote that frontline OPP officers were beginning to wonder which side the ART team was on.According to Blatchford, ART initially relied on four “contacts” from Six Nations and they included Dick Hill, Clyde Powless, Jesse Porter and Janie Jamieson, who was one of the original protestors to march onto DCE.Blatchford writes that in the first years of the Caledonia crisis, George and the ART would check any planned DCE-related OPP operation with Hill.“The OPP was essentially seeking the permission of the occupiers before taking any law-enforcement action,” writes Blatchford.Blatchford also quotes a “well-regarded OPP officer” who says Hill vetoed numerous OPP operations.“‘The answer was always the same: ‘If we do this there will be a huge backlash, rising tensions and the natives will have 200 men here at sunrise blocking roads,” this officer says. ‘So every operation was stood down.’”Blatchford writes that George fell “into a posture of trying to please or appease (Hill)” and traces it back to the initial encounter between Hill and George and the discussion of an ancient battle between the Iroquois and Ojibway.“(Hill) is alleged to have made a disparaging remark about his tribe (Iroquois) having routed George’s (Ojibway), and (Hill) said, ‘We kicked your ass hundreds of years ago, and I’ll be fucked if I negotiate with you.’”Blatchford quotes former Windspeaker reporter Paul Barnsley, and now the head of APTN’s investigative unit, to describe Hill as a “Warrior Society member.”Hill could not be reached for comment.Quoting Karl Walsh, the OPP’s union head, Blatchford writes that the ART had developed “Stockholm syndrome” as a result of working too closely with the key players from Six Nations.Stockholm syndrome is a term usually used to describe what happens to hostages who begin to empathize with their captors after a long period of captivity.“‘(Walsh) kept hearing that the ART members were ‘talking to, cavorting with, drinking with , eating with, getting subject to Stockholm syndrome with’ the occupiers and their leaders,” writes Blatchford.Blatchford also writes that “OPP members were also hearing reports of the ART becoming too tight with some of the less savoury characters” of the Six Nations land seizure and that the unit was withholding key intelligence from other OPP units.ART’s actions defended by OPPThe ART no longer exists, but it became a model for the existing provincial liaison team program created to deal with all major events, including First Nations issues, dignitary visits and other situations where there is a high potential for conflict, said OPP spokesman Insp. Dave Ross.Ross said the unit’s work in building ties to the Six Nations leadership actually “minimized the potential for violence and bloodshed in a very trying” situation.“They did admirably well in that situation in building that trust and relationship that allows that dialogue to happen when we get to serious incidents,” said Ross.Ross dismissed the allegations of two-tiered justice, saying that the OPP laid a total of 162 charges against 69 people in relation to incidents in and around the seized DCE territory. He said about 46 OPP officers were injured trying to keep the peace.“It is a difficult and complex matter,” said Ross. “Our primary role is to prevent violence and keep the peace.”Those who study and have policed conflicts between First Nations communities and the Canadian state say the OPP was caught in the middle of a volatile and political conflict that they had no ability to solve.A security source, who requested anonymity, but was involved in the early days of Caledonia, Ipperwash and with policing the Mohawk Warrior Society, said that the Oka crisis, the Gustafson Lake conflict and Ipperwash all weighed heavily on the decisions of the OPP. The source defended the actions of George and the ART.“The ART were really trying to embed themselves with the people in the community and the people involved in the disputes,” said the source. “What happened during Oka and Ipperwash was that communication breaks down and if you don’t know the players and they don’t know you, how do you build it? You can’t build a house when it’s burning down.”The source said that the Six Nations leadership was also trying control a “few hotheads” within its ranks.“Sometimes that is hard to do without inflaming things,” the source said.The source said the OPP were facing a well-financed group that had widespread community support. There was no easy way for police to dislodge Six Nations from the DCE site so they had to adjust their response accordingly.“Whenever you attach emotion and history to a situation, don’t expect a quick resolution and don’t think that force is going to resolve it.”The people who lived near the conflict zone became victims of historical and political forces far outside their control, said the source.“When you are standing in the middle of a fire, whether you put yourself there, or someone else put you there, you are going to get burned a little, it is going to be tough.”Queen’s University military studies professor Douglas Bland says police forces in general are not equipped to deal with conflicts involving First Nations and land claims.A situation like Caledonia cannot be treated purely as a criminal matter because it carries heavy political and historical baggage often involving a whole community, Bland said. Police in these situations have to act more like UN Peacekeepers because things could easily spread across the country.“The police are barely trained to deal with these kinds of things and they don’t like to deal with these kinds of things,” said Bland, who recently wrote a novel on a fictitious Indigenous revolt. “The thing that you hope to do in these peacekeeping missions is to settle everybody down and put out the immediate fires and get reasonable members of both communities to sit down and sort things out…a bar fight, they can sort out, but a community in uproar, they can’t deal with it, and anyway, that is not their business.”He said police are forced to make stark choices when it comes to keeping a lid on these sorts of situations.“(The OPP) didn’t want this local situation to explode in their face where they couldn’t control it and they were willing to tolerate the discomfort of the Canadians who had settled on what was reserve land rather than try and force the Six Nations people to give up that,” said Bland. “(The OPP) were more willing to take the heat from citizens who took them to court and lost their houses because they knew they would be compensated, rather than get into a fight with people on the reserve, who were armed and no one knew where that would go.”last_img read more

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Mohawk link in major Alberta smokes bust

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe RCMP is trumpeting a major bust of contraband cigarettes in Alberta.The illegal smokes are valued at millions of dollars and were being stored on an Alberta First Nation.Questions are now swirling about how and why two band officials brought the cigarettes into the community.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.last_img

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Family of dead Labrador teen wants meeting with Penashue

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe family of Burton Winters is still searching for answers.Winters, 14, from Makkovik, Labrador, went missing two weeks ago.His body was found four days later.Now a mother is trying to discover why search and rescue officials didn’t do more to find the boy.APTN National News reporter Taryn Della has this story from Halifax.last_img

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Winnipeg in midst of a crystal meth epidemic frontline workers

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN NewsGrassroots organizations in Winnipeg are calling on the province to address what they are calling a “meth crisis” in the city.This comes following a fire set at a transitional housing complex by a client in the throes of a crystal methamphetamine addiction.On Jan. 7 around 12:30 a.m. a man barricaded himself in a room on the top floor of the Morberg House and set a mattress on fire.A look at the room that was set on fire in the Morberg House. PHOTO: Brittany Hobson/APTNThe man was in the middle of a crystal meth psychosis according to Marion Willis, founder of Morberg House.“We know this person and, believe it or not this person is actually quite a nice guy,” said Willis.“He would never do anything like that except that he had a big slip and the slip was with meth. He entered a deep level of psychosis and that was the outcome.”Staff and founder of Morberg House. PHOTO: Brittany Hobson/APTNThere were about 15 people in the house at the time. No one was injured but Willis said the incident, along with the death of Windy Sinclair , 29, in December, show the extent of the growing crystal meth problem in the city.Sinclair was struggling with a meth addiction at the time her death. Her body was found frozen in a downtown back lane. The mother of four was two-months pregnant at the time. A cause of death has yet to be announced.“The level of meth use in this city has reached an epidemic. The meth psychosis is reaching a crisis that is beyond measure right now,” Willis said.Willis isn’t alone in voicing her concerns. Bear Clan Patrol founder James Favel said the group has seen a significant increase in meth use on the streets.“In our first year of operation, between June and November when the snow fell, we found 12 to 18 needles. The second year we found 300. This last year we’re over 4,000 already.”According to Willis and Favel, accessibility and cost are to blame for the increase. Costs can be as low as $10 for one hit or roughly a quarter of a gram and the high can last for up to 15 hours.Ruth Dixon knows first hand the devastating effects of addiction. Her 28-year-old son started using meth a year ago.“He wasn’t the same after that,” she said. “Once he took it he wasn’t the same. He’s not the son that I knew before.”Dixon works with youth in Winnipeg’s North End. She said the effects from inter-generational trauma are still embedded in the community and kids are seeking ways to self-medicate.“They turn to drugs for comfort, for a way out; to escape. It’s devastating to see our people in that condition,” she said.“Alcohol and marijuana are no longer the painkillers. It’s now stronger drugs.”Winnipeg police are also struggling to address the issue. They say they’ve seen an increase in crystal meth use within the past three years. Adding it’s fueling property crime, violent crime, and dangerous interactions with officers.So far the province has done little work with organizations to combat the crisis, said Willis.“We are the ones that can inform a strategy. We are the ones that can mobilize people and we are the ones that can act quickly, and yet we are invisible to this provincial government,” she said.She wants the province to fund the creation of a drug stabilization unit.Earlier this year the province increased the budget to the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba by $985,500.In a statement to APTN, the office for Minister of Health Kevin Goertzen said, “building upon our experience with opioid addiction, Manitoba’s work with methamphetamine will focus on the development of processes and team work to address challenges with withdrawal management, detoxification and treatment, in order to reduce risks to clients and staff who are working with these individuals.”bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

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MMIW protesters demanding people leave national roundtable police put up barrier

first_imgAPTN National NewsTensions have spiked at the national roundtable for missing and murdered Indigenous women as those not invited to attend have showed up at the meeting.It appears a couple dozen MMIW families are on scene in downtown Ottawa right now at the Marriott Hotel where the meeting is being held with provincial and federal politicians.They’re upset about not being allowed to attend the roundtable which has been compounded by the fact police are blocking them from gaining further entrance into the hotel.Cheryl Maloney, president of the Nova Scotia chapter of Native Women’s Association of Canada, has just agreed to leave the roundtable to be with the protesters.Protesters are demanding other walk out of the meeting as well.Alvin Fiddler, deputy grand chief at Nishnawbe Aski Nation in Ontario, left roundtable about 3:30 p.m.“Left the #mmiwroundtable mtg room to go stand with the families that are outside expressing their concerns” Fiddler tweeted. “We hear u and care about u.”One young man is singing for the families not invited.Many families flew into Ottawa this week and were forced to pick four ceremonial witnesses for the national roundtable. They told APTN National News it felt like they were pitted against each other.Many blamed the Harper government for making them pick.Earlier in the day, a few dozen protesters were on Parliament Hill. Up in the skies were two military helicopters. The RCMP said it was a coincidence.More to come.last_img read more

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Energy regulator orders Hydro One to cut administrative budget by 30 million

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s electricity customers shouldn’t foot the bill for “unreasonably high” compensation for Hydro One’s senior staff, the province’s energy regulator said as it ordered the company to cut its administrative budget by $30 million over two years.In a recent ruling, the Ontario Energy Board rejected a Hydro One request to increase its administrative costs and spend more on capital projects. The OEB decision comes as part of a review of a 2016 rate hike request from Hydro One which, if approved, would see rates jump by 0.5 per cent in 2017 and 4.8 per cent in 2018. The regulator will set the rates later this fall.Hydro One said in a statement that it will review the OEB orders and “determine appropriate next steps”.Natalie Poole-Moffatt, the company’s vice-president of corporate affairs, defended the utility’s management team.“Hydro One recruited a leadership team with the necessary experience to deliver on the promises we made to our customers: improve customer service and increase productivity while maintaining reliability,” she said in a statement.In 2015, the government announced it would sell 60 per cent of Hydro One to raise billions it would put towards infrastructure projects.In the decision, the OEB said hydro customers gain little from the jump in executive salaries that were largely generated by the IPO. The total corporate management costs for Hydro One in 2014 of about $5.5 million are set to increase to $22.1 million in 2018, the regulator said.“The OEB shares the concerns of … (those) who question whether Hydro One has adequately demonstrated that the significant increases in compensation costs associated with the parent company’s transformation will produce outcomes that utility customers value,” the OEB decision said.It also expressed concern that Hydro One has stopped making progress toward bringing executive compensation levels down to the market median and those efforts have “now reversed.” The regulator also said the company’s total compensation amounts are likely understated because not all items of Hydro One compensation were included in its rate hike request.“After considering all of the evidence related to the amounts for compensation that Hydro One seeks to recover from transmission services ratepayers, the OEB finds that compensation amounts in the total (administrative budget) for 2017 and 2018 of $412.7 million and $409.3 million are unreasonably high by an amount of approximately $15 million in each year,” the decision said.The OEB also rejected a proposal to give all of the tax savings generated by the 2015 IPO of the partially privatized company to shareholders. The regulator instead mandated shareholders receive 71 per cent of the savings while ratepayers receive the remaining 29 per cent.That would drop Hydro One’s shareholders portion of tax savings from $81.9 million to $58.1 in 2017 and from $89.6 million to $63.6 million in 2018.The OEB also ordered Hydro One to reduce its budget for capital expenditures by $126.1 million in 2017 and $122.2 million in 2018.A spokesman for Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault said Tuesday that the government’s plan to cut hydro bills by 25 per cent will not be impacted by any rate application approved by the OEB. Colin Nekolaichuk said the OEB rate application process has resulted in $278 million in reduced administrative and capital costs.“This is yet another example of the OEB’s strong record of denying hydro companies all that they ask for, and reviewing rate applications with the consumer in mind first,” he said in a statement.But NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns said the OEB didn’t go far enough to limit executive compensation or give ratepayers a bigger piece of future tax savings.“Legally, they could have assigned 100 per cent of (the tax savings) to customers,” Tabuns said. “There are billions of dollars that are now going to shareholders that could have kept bills down.”Progressive Conservative energy critic Todd Smith said the OEB decision shows that Hydro One’s executive compensation is out of line with other jurisdictions. Smith noted that the OEB report also provides an increasingly rare look into the financial status of Hydro One, which was removed from the purview of several legislative watchdogs after the IPO.“It takes an OEB report to actually see now what executive compensation has grown to at Hydro One,” he said. “No longer are the executives and the total cost to ratepayers known because only the top five executives are required … to declare what their compensation is.”last_img read more

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Gildan Activewear says Q1 profit drops 19 per cent on weaker sock

first_imgMONTREAL – Apparel manufacturer Gildan Activewear Inc. says its net earnings fell nearly 19 per cent in the first quarter compared to its record performance a year ago.The maker of socks, underwear and T-Shirts says it earned US$67.9 million in the period ended April 1, compared with US$83.5 million in the prior same quarter the previous year.That equalled 31 cents per diluted share, down five cents from a year ago.Excluding one-time restructuring and acquisition costs, Gildan earned US$74.6 million or 34 cents per share in adjusted profits. That’s down from US$90.1 million or 39 cents per share in the first quarter of 2017.Sales were US$647.3 million, down 2.7 per cent from US$665.4 million. That’s despite a 3.2 per cent increase in activewear sales due to price increases.Hosiery and underwear sales, meanwhile, were down 20 per cent as Walmart, Target and other large retailers are shifting to more house brand apparel with low prices.Gildan says the results were in largely in line with its expectations and reaffirmed its guidance for 2018.The Montreal-based company says international sales grew 24 per cent in the quarter.It also launched its full assortment of Gildan-branded men’s underwear on Amazon.The company says results were impacted by higher raw material and other costs, along with investments in e-commerce and distribution.Companies in this story: (TSX:GIL)last_img read more

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Agriculture Dept launches 2nd round of payments to farmers

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has authorized the Agriculture Department to launch the second and final round of $11 billion in trade mitigation payments to farmers hard hit by tariffs.In a tweet on Monday, Trump said he is fulfilling a promise to protect farmers against “unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations.”The Trump administration in July announced it would provide up to $12 billion to offset losses from Trump’s trade disputes with China and other countries.The first round of checks went out in September.In total, producers of almonds, corn, cotton, dairy, hogs, sorghum, soybeans, fresh sweet cherries and wheat will receive roughly $9.5 billion. Soybean farmers will get the largest share.Roughly $1.2 billion is earmarked for a food purchase and distribution program and $200 million to promote trade.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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School buses cancelled in SD60 for Monday

first_imgSchools will remain open.SD60 Buses Cancelled Monday, Nov 5, 2018. #yxj #fortstjohn #taylorbc #hudsonhope @moose_fm@energeticcity@cjdctv@daybreaknorth@AHNnewspaper@peacesunFM@963reachfm@daybreaknorth@cbckelownahttps://t.co/uxQsMVP2ua https://t.co/uxQsMVP2ua— School District 60 (@sd60) November 4, 2018 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 has cancelled all school buses for Monday.In a message posted on their website Sunday afternoon, the District has cancelled school bus service for Monday due to the heavy snowfall.The District says “We’ve been informed that due to the significant snowfall, side roads will not be cleared by tomorrow.  All school buses are cancelled for Monday, November 5.”last_img read more

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City of Fort St John Canada Day Events Schedule

first_imgThe Canada Day schedule is as follows:8 am Free Pancake Breakfast at the Fort St. John Firehall10 am – 11 am Pre Parade Entertainers (100 St) including performers from HulaHoop Circus.10 am – 4 pm Classic Car Show & Shine on 100 Street10 am – 4 pm Farmers Market located at the Old Visitor Centre lot11 am – 12 pm Parade (scroll down to view parade route map)11 am – 4 pm Food Trucks12 pm Mayor`s Kick Off & Opening ceremonies in Centennial Park – Opening Remarks, National Anthem, Land Blessing, Mayor’s remarks, Thank you to our sponsors (bring your lawn chair or a blanket to sit and enjoy)12 pm- 4 pm Family Activities in Centennial Park – Bouncy castles, balloon animals, face painting, Mini Golf with the Fort St John Public Library, roving entertainers, live entertainment, carnival games, spray park and more!10:45 pm Tim Hortons Canada Day Fireworks at Surerus Park.  (Parking at this location is crowded, please do your best to carpool, walk, bike, or watch from an alternate location)Here is a copy of the Canada Day Parade Route FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Monday, July 1st, 2019, come downtown to celebrate the national day with the community of Fort St. John for Canada Day.An exciting day has been planned for this Canada Day with multiple events held around the downtown core. Start your day with a pancake breakfast and end your day with a bang at the fireworks display.These are free family-friendly events to celebrate Canada turning 152 years old.last_img
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Province proposes to enact wolf cull in order to restore caribou population

first_img“The objective of this wolf reduction program is to reverse caribou population decline in the Tweedsmuir-Entiako, Hart Ranges, and Itcha-Ilgachuz herds. To reverse caribou population declines, high rates of wolf removal (>80%) must be achieved.”Robert Serrouya, director of the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute’s Caribou Monitoring Unit says several herds in B.C. have already turned around because of this multi-pronged approach.It is reported that a 30-day consultation with Indigenous communities and “targeted stakeholders” is underway in regards to the proposed wolf cull. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia is proposing to enact a predator cull to reduce the wolf population in central parts of the Province.As reported by the Vancouver Sun, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development says the cull would kill more than 80 percent of the wolf population in parts of central B.C. where herds are threatened.Darcy Peel, director of the B.C. Caribou Recovery Program, says the purpose of the wolf reduction program is to help the struggling caribou population, adding that an 80 percent reduction would be needed to ensure the return of caribou populations.last_img read more

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