Replay APTN correspondent wins human rights award for Jordans Principle stories

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was recommendation number three in the Truth and Reconciliation report released June 2: We call upon all levels of government to fully implement Jordan’s Principle.That principle is named after Jordan River Anderson, a boy from Norway House First Nation, about 800 kilometres north of Winnipeg.Jordan suffered from Fineman Ziter Syndrome, a muscular disorder that required either a stay in hospital, or extensive home care.After spending two years in a Winnipeg hospital, doctors decided Jordan could go home if the right nursing care was provided.The debate between Canada and the province of Manitoba began; who would pay for his care at home?Jordan died in hospital before Canada and Manitoba could come to an agreement.That was 2005.In 2007, the House of Commons voted unanimously to pass a motion by NDP MP Jean Crowder. The motion was called Jordan’s Principle. It spelled out what should happen if a First Nation child with special needs living on reserve was sick and needed services that would be readily available to any child living off-reserve.Seven years after that motion was passed, APTN correspondent Trina Roache decided to take a look at whether First Nations children are in a better place now.Outside the Circle: the Status of Jordan’s Principle is a three part look at what First Nations families face when looking for health care.Here is part 1: Here is Part 2: Here is Part 3:center_img On June 6, at the Canadian Association of Journalist conference in Halifax, Trina won the award for Human Rights Reporting for this series.If you have a story to tell, please do not hesitate to contact Trina at:troache@aptn.caorlast_img read more

New Alberta AFN regional chief says treaties guaranteed resource revenue sharing

first_imgEmail Name Message Name Send a copy of this email to yourselfIf you want to submit this form, do not enter anything in this field Brandi Morin APTN National NewsThe newly elected Alberta Assembly of First Nations regional Chief Craig Mackinaw is ready to tackle his new role starting July 1.Current regional leader Chief Cameron Alexis did not seek re-election this term as he stepped down to care for his wife who is ill with cancer.Mackinaw, from Ermineskin Cree Nation in Maskwacis, spent 18 years as a band councillor and then served as chief of the First Nation for two years. Within those two years he also served as grand chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six.He was elected at the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs gathering in Edmonton this past May and said he is confident his previous experience in politics will help him represent Alberta First Nations.“I have a good idea of what’s going on and what work needs to be done,” said Mackinaw.Some of his top priorities will be calling for action on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, addressing education gaps, child welfare issues, health inequities and resource revenue sharing.Mackinaw believes revenue sharing could be the answer to solving social and economic issues plaguing many First Nations. Alberta makes billions of dollars of profits off natural resource development and its First Nations should be making a cut of them.Alberta chiefs conducted a study several years ago which revealed that if First Nations received only 5 per cent of provincial resource revenues they would be more than capable of financial independence.“Revenue sharing would help the bands in providing services to their members. It could help in having another funding source separate from AANDC dollars. If the governments work with us it will be beneficial for everyone.”Chiefs in Alberta have been pushing the topic of resource revenue sharing for several years. In 2011 they took the issue to Prime Minister Stephen Harper who advised the chiefs to take it back to the province.Then in a 2013 meeting between chiefs and former Alberta Aboriginal Relations Minister Robin Campbell, chiefs requested the province consider resource revenue sharing. The answer was “no.” Campbell referenced that First Nations benefit from revenues like any other Albertans and said in an interview with the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society that, “we’re not going to take a share of our resource revenues and give it to First Nations.”But it’s about implementing the original intent of Treaty’s, said Mackinaw and it’s a dispute he will continue to push to resolve.“In regards to Treaty agreements the government needs to work with us on fulfilling their end. There’s some unfinished business that needs to be discussed and we need to bring those items to the table to agree on moving ahead.”Alberta chiefs believe their Treaty equates to revenue sharing, as they never signed away all of their resources.“The way it (Natural Resource Transfer Act) was set up and drafted in 1923, by the Province of Alberta regarding all our oil and gas, timber and mining and all the various industries fall underneath that. When it was drafted they didn’t consult with us. That’s where part of our problem with, especially oil and gas, there’s no revenue sharing. We should be having revenue sharing,” said Mackinaw.He is hopeful the new Alberta NDP government will sit down to discuss the issue.“It’s a wait and see what happens. Hopefully what they’re saying and what we’re reading in the news will be followed through on. Myself, I’m waiting to see. I guess we will see within the next year how they stand and how they’re going to work with us.”bmorin@aptn.ca Email Message Send a copy of this email to yourselfIf you want to submit this form, do not enter anything in this fieldlast_img read more

AFN National Chief Bellegarde backs NDPs Indigenous issues platform

first_imgAPTN National News ENOCH CREE NATION, Alta.–Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde is backing the NDP’s Indigenous issues platform saying it “addresses many of our key priorities.”Bellegarde issued the statement Thursday morning.“The NDP platform is a comprehensive response to our ‘closing the gap’ agenda,” said Bellegarde. “It addresses many of our key priorities and commits to high level engagement to work together to close the gap.”An AFN official said Bellegarde’s support for the NDP’s platform is not an official endorsement of the party.Mulcair unveiled his party’s platform on Indigenous issues Wednesday during an AFN hosted forum in Enoch, Alta. The AFN invited all federal party leaders to the event, but Mulcair was the only one to show up.Mulcair announced an NDP government would invest $1.8 billion over four years into core K-12 First Nation education which would grow to $4.8 billion over eight years.Bellegarde’s statement praised the NDP’s platform for its promises to create a cabinet committee on Indigenous issues, call an inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women in 100 days and invest $68 million in Indigenous languages.“We hold up all federal parties and party leaders that truly listen to First Nations and reflect our concerns,” said AFN National Chief Bellegarde.  “First Nations priorities are Canada’s priorities and I am pleased that yet another party is responding to our agenda.”This is the first time in the election where Bellegarde has singled out a party for their platform on Indigenous issues.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Innu elders annual walk ends early following snowmobile incident

first_imgJustin Brake APTN NewsOn Monday, Tshaukuesh “Elizabeth” Penashue embarked on her annual trek to Nutshimit — the Innu term for “on the land” — but had to turn back after an incident that may have left her injured.A Facebook post by Penashue’s daughter-in-law Tuesday said the elder was on the back of a snowmobile trying to pass through slush on the ice when the snowmobile tipped over and Penashue hurt her knee.“She says that she didn’t want to go back home. She really wanted to stay out in Nutshimit. She says that there was a lot of slush on the ice which made the skidoo tip over while she was on the back of it,” Bernice Webber Penashue wrote in the Facebook post.“She said that she will wait for her sons to finish the Cain’s Quest [snowmobile] Race and talk to them with her family members about her walk. She is hoping she can still continue her walk if all is well with her knee. She is still waiting for results at the hospital. Please keep her in your prayers.”For almost 20 years the respected Innu elder from Sheshatshiu First Nation has led the weeks-long journey into the Labrador backcountry as a way to highlight the importance of maintaining the traditional ways of the Innu, and of preserving Innu culture and identity.Among the greatest threats to loss of language, culture and traditions are large-scale industrial development projects in Nitassinan, the Innu word for “our land,” she said.Penashue cites the Voisey’s Bay mine and the Muskrat Falls hydro project as two projects where she feels government did not listen to the people and went ahead with developing on Innu lands in ways that would hurt Innu people.“Sometimes the government said, oh, the people, he don’t hunt, he don’t go anymore in the bush; it’s not true. It’s not true,” she said ahead of her walk, which began Monday afternoon.“We want to show government, Innu people…respect the land, animals, and the water. And my people, the children, young children — I don’t want the children get lost, our culture.”Penashue opens her walk to anyone who would like to join her, but she’s particularly interested in bringing along Innu youth, who she says are at risk of losing their identity.“I explain many times [to] my grandchildren — I said it’s very, very important, school, and our culture. You’re Innu. Don’t ever ever think, ‘I’m a white person’. No. You got to know, you Innu people. And you’ve got to learn. I don’t want you to get lost. Our culture is so important.”Fifteen-year-old Jolene Tshakapesh of Natuashish First Nation was one of several youth who are accompanying Penashue this year.She said Monday she was looking forward to “[going] hunting with Elizabeth,” and to “enjoy the nature.”Penashue said she wanted to show those joining her the traditional Innu ways of hunting and setting up camp in the woods — and that she planned to share stories before bed in the evenings.Lucas Meilach-Boston traveled to Sheshatshiu from Toronto; it was to be his second walk.“I just wanted to come back again and be part of it again, and be here to walk in solidarity with Innu people as they celebrate their culture and their heritage and show their strength,” he said Monday.“What Elizabeth wants from [the walk] is what I want to share, and that’s to show people how important the land is, and how important animals are, and how important the trees ard, and that the Innu people know how to respect those things, and that their way of life is strong — and that it’s important and still exists.”Penashue has long advocated for Innu rights in the face of colonial encroachment on Nitassinan and amid the ongoing dispossession of Innu people from their homeland.She has been arrested while defending her land from the harms of the NATO low-level flying exercises in the late 1980s and early ‘90s, and subsequently the Voisey’s Bay mine.In recent years she has been an outspoken critic of Muskrat Falls, which she says threatens the water Innu and wildlife depend on.In 2014, she wanted to walk to the Muskrat Falls site to visit the falls one last time before they were flooded. Nalcor Energy, the Crown corporation building the dam, denied her request.“Old people very sad what happened, like Muskrat Falls, and Voisey’s Bay. It damage our land, our river, and…we want to make government understand why the people always concerned.”Penashue and the approximately 12 others were planning to hike across Lake Melville to the base of the Mealy Mountains, where they would set up camp for a day or two before continuing into the mountains.The walk was to last three weeks.last_img read more

Aphria set to be Shoppers Drug Marts cannabis supplier with new agreement

first_imgVANCOUVER – Marijuana producer Aphria Inc. announced it has entered a five-year agreement to supply pharmacy chain Shoppers Drug Mart with medical cannabis.The company said Monday that it will provide the pharmacy with four strains of dried marijuana flower in two different sizes and four cannabis oils. All 12 products will carry the Aphria brand name.The deal comes after many months of discussions and is subject to Health Canada approving the application of the chain’s parent company, Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L), to dispense medical marijuana. Loblaw applied for a licence in October 2016, but neither company can say if or when that application will be approved.If granted, Aphria (TSX:APH) said it expects Shoppers Drug Mart will sell Aphria-branded cannabis products online. Current federal regulations allow licensed producers to distribute medical marijuana direct to consumers by mail.The agreement is expected to have a positive material impact on Aphria’s medical sales revenue, said Aphria CEO Vic Neufeld during a conference call with analysts shortly after the news was announced.“We have an opportunity to grow as Shoppers Drug Mart grows,” he said, adding Aphria’s committed to not entering discussions or making any business transactions with other national pharmacy banners in excess of a certain size.If the federal government changes the rules to allow pharmacies to dispense medical marijuana in stores, Neufeld said, “the home run turns into a grand slam.”The company’s stock closed nearly two per cent higher on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday. It gained 22 cents to $11.62.Aphria is one of several voices advocating for pharmacies to be permitted to distribute medical cannabis.Loblaw has previously said it believes pharmacists and pharmacies should play a role in medical marijuana distribution, and posted a job ad for a medical marijuana brand manager as Shoppers Drug Mart last month.“We have been very transparent in our view,” said Catherine Thomas, a spokeswoman, in an email.“As the federal and provincial governments finalize their respective cannabis frameworks, we remain optimistic that they will allow pharmacists in stores, in communities to apply their professional care to medical cannabis patients.”The Aphria deal is one of several recent agreements between marijuana producers and pharmacies.Maricann Group Inc. announced last month it entered into a letter of intent with Lovell Drugs Ltd. to be its primary and exclusive provider of medical cannabis. Lovell Drugs has a dozen pharmacies across Ontario.Earlier this year, CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. signed a letter of intent with member-owned co-operative PharmaChoice to be its exclusive medical cannabis distributor and to train its pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. The deal is on hold until the first legislation change that allows pharmacies to distribute medical cannabis and will be completed within 60 days of that change.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Fight over Charles Mansons estate remains in need of venue

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – The battle brewing over the estate of Charles Manson entered court Monday, though it remains unclear where it will ultimately be fought or whether others will join a pen pal and purported grandson laying claim to the cult leader’s possessions and body.The issue of venue is clouded because Manson, 83, died at a hospital in Kern County in November but was incarcerated in Corcoran State Prison in neighbouring Kings County. His body is still being held at the coroner’s office in Bakersfield.Attorney Alan Davis, representing the proposed administrator of the estate for purported grandson Jason Freeman, said Los Angeles County is the proper venue because Manson lived there before he was imprisoned for orchestrating the 1969 killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and eight other people.Judge David Cowan said it was premature to make the determination and he scheduled a hearing Jan. 26 to determine where the two separate matters — who controls his estate and who gets his remains — should be decided.Michael Channels, who said he became friends with Manson decades ago after repeatedly writing him in prison, challenged the Freeman claim. He holds a will that he said Manson signed and sent him 16 years ago.The two-page document said Manson disinherited two known sons and any unknown children and leaves Channels the entire estate, which includes potentially lucrative rights to his image and music he wrote and recorded.Guns N’ Roses 1993 recorded a Manson song, “Look at Your Game, Girl,” though royalties went to victims under a court order. Manson was also an acquaintance of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson in 1968, and the band recorded a variation of a Manson song under the title “Never Learn Not To Love.”Channels, a contractor who said he has troves of Manson memorabilia including clothing and letters, and has sold autographed cassettes and CDs of the convict’s music, disputed there’s much value to the estate.“I feel sorry for the other side if they do win because there’s a lot bad juju that comes along with Charles Manson,” Channels said. “It’s not all roses.”Others have suggested Channels intends to profit off Manson’s will if he prevails.Channels, who said he couldn’t find a lawyer willing to take the case and represents himself, said his mission is only to make sure his friend can rest in peace. He said Manson feared his body could be mutilated and tattoos put on display and ashes worn in pendants.Court documents filed by Davis claim Freeman is the son of the late Charles Manson Jr. and the grandson of Charles Manson and his first wife, Rosalie Willis.A man who believes Manson fathered him during a Wisconsin orgy in the late 1960s also plans to make a claim to the estate.Matt Lentz, a Los Angeles-area musician who goes by the name Matthew Roberts, has a will Manson purportedly signed in January 2017 naming him as beneficiary, said his agent, Mike Smith. He said Manson gave the will to friend and memorabilia collector Ben Gurecki, who is named as executor.Lentz was expected in court, but didn’t show up Monday. Smith said Lentz was also having trouble finding a lawyer to take the case.last_img read more

TransCanada CEO hopeful on LNG moving forward cautiously on Keystone XL

first_imgCALGARY – The head of TransCanada Corp. said Thursday that he’s still optimistic about Canada’s liquefied natural gas export prospects and that the company is proceeding very carefully on its controversial Keystone XL pipeline.Speaking at an investment conference in Whistler, B.C., Russ Girling said the company sees an emerging window of demand opportunity in 2022 for the Shell-backed LNG Canada project to go forward and expects to hear a decision in the next 12 months or so.On the company’s Keystone XL project, Girling said TransCanada has looked carefully at how the alternative route for the pipeline was approved in Nebraska and is now confident the decision will hold.“We’re very comfortable with the legality and the technical underpinning of that decision,” he said.His comments come as opponents of the pipeline say they’re looking to challenge the legitimacy of the approval, because it wasn’t for the preferred route TransCanada had originally applied for.Girling said the alternate route isn’t a challenge technically and the extra few miles in length will add about $100 million to $200 million to the project cost.With a new route approved, he said the company is working to acquire land and continue engineering and is being especially careful on project spending until they’re fully ready to start construction.“We’ve got a lot of bruises from not being really careful, so we’ll just be very careful of how we spend our money through the next 12 months.”One of the company’s recent setbacks was cancelling the Energy East pipeline, which Girling said was done because of its complexity and difficulty compared with other projects.“It didn’t appear like we could get all the pieces put together that were necessary.”Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP)last_img read more

Manitoba premier calls for de escalation in AlbertaBC pipeline dispute

first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says increasing regional tensions and economic uncertainty over the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline project should be defused as quickly as possible.Pallister’s comment comes one day after the Alberta government announced it’s banning wine from British Columbia because of B.C.’s plans to limit how much diluted bitumen can be shipped from its coast.Pallister says in a statement that he has promoted open trade among the provinces and he’s concerned about the controversy in the energy sector and the resulting provocation and threats at the provincial level.He notes that both the National Energy Board and the federal cabinet approved Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in 2016 after determining it was in Canada’s national interest.Notley conceded on Tuesday that the ban on B.C. wine may violate interprovincial free-trade rules, but said Alberta is moving ahead anyway.B.C. Premier John Horgan has said the issue is about his government’s responsibility to keep the coastline and inland waterways safe.“This uncertainty is decidedly unhelpful to economic development in Western Canada and for the general well-being of the Canadian federation,” said Pallister’s statement Wednesday.“Whether it’s a pipeline or a transmission line, markets and investors need certainty. They don’t react well to either overlapping processes or backward steps.”(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

North American stocks close higher as oil price surges loonie edges lower

first_imgA surge in oil prices helped the energy sector boost Canada’s main stock index Tuesday, as North American stock markets regained some of the ground lost Monday.Broad losses kicked off the week as trade tensions between the U.S. and China flared up over potential action by the U.S. on technology export and investment restrictions, but trade fears eased up Tuesday, said Craig Jerusalim, portfolio manager at CIBC Asset Management.“The market rebounded today partially off the overreaction yesterday, and there was some downplaying of the trade concerns, and that’s clearly helped lift some of the North American equity markets. Canada’s particularly strong on the back of higher commodity prices.”Crude was the major commodity mover as the August crude contract closed up $2.45 or 3.6 per cent at US$70.53 due to a variety of factors.Oil moved on strong fundamental demand, the production outage that started last week at Syncrude Canada is finally starting to bite, and the most prevalent reason is new pressure from the Americans for its allies to stop buying Iranian oil, said Jerusalim.“Those three things together have resulted in the oil price being up well over three per cent today, which is a big single day move,” he said.U.S. President Trump has already made major steps to disrupt Iranian oil exports with the announcement he would pull out of a nuclear deal with the country and restore sanctions, so the latest move is just added pressure, said Jerusalim.“There was just more rhetoric and commentary coming from different sources of additional pressure. So it wasn’t new news, it was just the rhetoric being ratcheted up slightly.”The increase was enough, however, to counter negative pressure on oil after Saudi Arabia said it was planning record oil production for July of about 10.8 million barrels a day.The rise in energy helped the S&P/TSX composite index close up 96.13 points at 16,280.09, after losing 266.18 points a day earlier.The S&P/TSX capped energy index was up 2.9 per cent on the day to lead index gains on the market.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 30.31 points at 24,283.11. The S&P 500 index was up 5.99 points at 2,723.06 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 29.62 points at 7,561.63.The Canadian dollar averaged 75.15 cents US, down 0.02 of a US cent.The August gold contract ended down US$9 to US$1,259.90 an ounce. The July copper contract was even at US$2.99 a pound and the August natural gas contract was up one cent at US$2.93 per mmBTU.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,169.28, up 9.78 points).RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Up nine cents, or 12.2 per cent, to 83 cents on 46.1 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 58 cents, or 4.54 per cent, to $12.19 on 36.4 million shares.Wallbridge Mining Co. Ltd. (TSX:WM). Metals. Down seven cents, or 21.9 per cent, to 25 cents on 7.6 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Down 54 cents, or 2.76 per cent, to $19 on 7.6 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Down 74 cents, or 1.7 per cent, to $42.17 on 4.9 million shares.Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Metals. Down three cents, or 3.95 per cent, to 73 cents on 4.67 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Chorus Aviation Inc. (TSX:CHR). Down four cents, or 0.5 per cent, to $7.61. Chorus Aviation says it has signed a deal to perform heavy maintenance work for Latvia’s airBaltic. Financial terms of the agreement were not immediately available. Under the deal, Jazz Technical Services will provide airframe maintenance for airBaltic’s 12 Q400 NextGen aircraft. The work will be done at its facility at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.last_img read more

North Koreas stable exchange rates confound economists

first_imgPYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — One of the biggest mysteries among North Korea economy watchers is how the country has managed to maintain stable exchange rates despite intense sanctions, political tensions and a swelling trade imbalance.The North claims it simply shows how strong the economy really is. But outside experts say it could reflect anything from tight loan policies and government restrictions on speculative dealing to a massive sell-off of state assets.Understanding what’s going on with the North Korean economy is essential for negotiators trying to gauge how seriously leader Kim Jong Un is about giving up his nuclear weapons and whether sanctions are actually what got him to the negotiation table, as many in the U.S. government have suggested.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Toyota US chief says car sales are close to bottoming out

first_imgDETROIT — Toyota’s top U.S. executive says car sales nationwide have bottomed out and his company will keep making them despite a dramatic shift to trucks and SUVs.U.S. CEO Jim Lentz told the Detroit Economic Club Wednesday that car sales fell below 30 per cent of sales last month, and he thinks that’s close to the bottom.While Fiat Chrysler, Ford and General Motors are cancelling many car models, Lentz doesn’t see that happening with Toyota. He says U.S. consumers still are buying more than 4 million compact, midsize and near-luxury cars each year, so cars are still a huge market. He says Toyota can pick up sales as other companies cut back on car models.Tom Krisher, The Associated Presslast_img read more

The Latest House committee kicks of grilling of Google CEO

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Latest on Google CEO before Congress (all times local):10:25 a.m.A House committee has kicked off its grilling of Google CEO Sundar Pichai. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is asking if tech companies are “serving as instruments of freedom or instruments of control” in the U.S. and beyond.McCarthy, a California Republican, says Google had to testify because of the “widening gap of distrust” between tech companies and the American people.Pichai is facing the Republican-majority committee before Democrats take control of the House in January. Lawmakers are asking him about alleged bias in the company’s search results, as well as its reported plans to launch a censored search engine in China.___3 a.m.Google’s CEO faces a grilling from U.S. lawmakers on how the web search giant handled an alarming data breach and whether it may bend to Chinese government censorship demands.CEO Sundar Pichai’s appearance Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee comes after he angered members of a Senate panel in September by declining their invitation to testify about foreign governments’ manipulation of online services to sway U.S. elections. Pichai’s no-show at that hearing was marked by an empty chair for Google alongside the Facebook and Twitter executives.Pichai went to Washington later in September to mend fences. He took part last week in a White House meeting with other tech industry executives that focused mainly on getting government and businesses working more closely on accelerating emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.The Associated Presslast_img read more

The Latest NRA disappointed by bump stock ban

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Latest on the Trump administration’s move to ban bump stocks (all times local):3:55 p.m.The National Rifle Association is “disappointed” with the Trump administration’s plan to outlaw bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire continuously.Spokeswoman Jennifer Baker says the Justice Department should provide amnesty for gun owners who already have the devices.The Justice Department says the attachments will be banned beginning in late March under a law that prohibits machine-guns. The new rule reverses a 2010 government decision that found bump stocks didn’t amount to machine-guns.Baker says the regulation “fails to address the thousands of law-abiding Americans” who followed the government’s previous guidance.Bump stocks became a focal point in the gun control debate after they were used in the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest in modern U.S. history.__12:25 p.m.The Trump administration has moved to officially ban bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, and has made them illegal to possess beginning in late March.The devices will be banned under a federal law that prohibits machine-guns, according to a senior Justice Department official.Bump stocks became a focal point of the national gun control debate after they were used in October 2017 when a man opened fired from his Las Vegas hotel suite into a crowd at a country music concert below, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Petronas now officially a partner in LNG Canada

first_img“LNG Canada formally welcomes Petronas as our fifth Joint Venture Participant following a deal close this month,” said LNG Canada spokesperson Susannah Pierce. “You’ll continue to see LNG Canada as your day-to-day liaison with the community, First Nations and our stakeholders, so nothing changes in that regard.”“Petronas shares our strong commitment to the community, First Nations and government, and brings decades of LNG experience in construction and operations to LNG Canada, which will benefit our project as we move closer to a Final Investment Decision,” added Pierce.The announcement comes less than a year after Petronas and its partners scrapped plans to build a $36-billion LNG export terminal near Prince Rupert.LNG Canada has said that hopes to announce a final investment decision on the project during the second half of this year.With files from The Canadian Press. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – LNG Canada says that Petronas is now an official partner in the consortium that is proposing to build a $40 billion liquified natural gas export terminal in Kitimat.At the end of May, the Malaysian state-owned energy giant announced that one of its subsidiaries had signed an agreement for a 25 percent stake in LNG Canada, which was subject to regulatory approvals.In a Facebook post on Monday, LNG Canada officially welcomed Petronas as the fifth partner in the joint venture, which also includes Shell, PetroChina, Mitsubishi Corp., and Kogas Canada.last_img read more

Trading in MEG mixed after it rejects Husky Energys hostile takeover bid

first_imgAnalysts continued to speculate in overnight reports that Husky will have to raise its bid to win over MEG’s management.They also found it doubtful that an alternate bidder will emerge for MEG given that its only product, oilsands bitumen, is facing severely discounted prices as new oilsands production from northern Alberta makes worse an export pipeline bottleneck.In an email, Husky spokesman Mel Duvall says his company believes its offer is attractive, adding it intends to review MEG’s directors’ circular rejecting the deal in more detail before providing further comment.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – MEG Energy Corp. shares rose, fell and rose again Thursday morning after it formally rejected a hostile takeover offer from oilsands rival Husky Energy Inc.The target company said after markets closed Wednesday that the Husky offer is opportunistic and undervalues its assets and prospects, adding it intends to conduct a formal process that could identify a white knight to make a better offer.MEG shares rose by as much as 21 cents to $11 in morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange before falling back to near Wednesday’s close of $10.79 and then rising again to $10.85.last_img read more

Huskies Fill the Bus Food Drive takes place December 2

first_imgIf you or a group would like to volunteer your time for the Food Drive, you can contact Allen Karasiuk by email ajkara@telus.net or by phone at 250-261-9466.Below is a video from 2017 where Hockey Canada shares the importance of this Food Drive and the unique care we have for our community. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies hockey team is gearing up for their 21st ‘Fill the Bus’ Food Drive on December 2.All items collected from the Food Drive will be going to the Salvation Army. This is an integral campaign for the Salvation Army Food Bank as these items are the foundation of stock for the coming months.As this is a community event, the Huskies are seeking volunteers to help with the success of this event as many hands make light work.last_img read more

Air quality advisory for Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A ‘Dust Advisory’ has been issued for Fort St. John due to high concentrations of particulate matter (PM10).The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, in collaboration with Northern Health, issued the ‘Air Quality Advisory’ which will remain in effect until further notice.Exposure to PM 10 is particularily a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease. Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise near busy roads until the advisory is lifted.If you are experiencing symptoms such as continuing eye or throat irritation, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, cough or wheezing, follow the advice of your health care provider.Real-time air quality observations and information regarding the health effects of airpollution can be found at www.bcairquality.ca.For more information on current air quality; CLICK HEREVisit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.last_img read more

India hasn’t forgotten, will not forget Pulwama terror attack: NSA Doval

first_imgGurgaon: India has neither forgotten nor will forget the Pulwama terror attack and the country’s leadership is “capable and courageous” to mete out effective responses to such acts, NSA Ajit Doval said Tuesday. Speaking for the first time about the attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed on February 14 in Jammu and Kashmir, the national security advisor (NSA) asked the paramilitary force to “constantly” enhance their professionalism, training, physical capabilities and quick response skills. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “What should we do? What should be our way, our aim and our response and time to respond? The country’s leadership is both capable and courageous to (do) that,” Doval said. “The country will tackle all such challenges and we have the courage to do this,” he said while addressing Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel on the paramilitary force’s 80th raising day celebrations at its group centre here. Doval began his 16-minute speech by paying tributes to the 40 personnel who were killed when a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist blew up his explosives-laden vehicle alongside their bus, which was part of a convoy going from Jammu to Srinagar. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The country has not forgotten and will not forget the terror attack, Doval said, referring to the Pulwama incident. The NSA reiterated that the leadership of the country is fully capable to deal with any act of terror and also against those who abet it. Doval, a close aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is believed to be the person behind the planning of the air strike on a JeM camp in Balakot in Pakistan. The strike was carried out by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in retaliation to the Pulwama terror incident, which was one of the worst attack on security personnel in Kashmir in three decades. The Pulwama attack was a “very sad incident”, Doval said, adding that the country will always be indebted to these personnel and their families. He asked CRPF personnel to “not look back” as they have a golden future ahead. “If your morale is high, then the country’s future is safe,” the retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and chief of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), said. World history is replete with examples when weak internal security mechanisms led to loss of independence, constitutional crises and collapse of governments, he said. Doval said after World War II, out of the 37 nations that faced such crisis, 28 suffered it because of internal security problems. Therefore, the CRPF, as the lead internal security force of the country has an important role and onerous responsibility in ensuring peace, and law and order, he said. Doval praised the force for its quick response in moving from one conflict or combat theatre to the another in a short time and for being a very “credible” force for the Indian government when it comes to ensuring law and order anywhere in the country. He said anywhere in the country if there is a internal security challenge, “you will find CRPF’s tackling it” The CRPF, with about 3 lakh personnel, has 246 operational battalions, and was raised in 1939 as the Crown Representatives Police during British rule. It was re-named as the CRPF in 1949. It was granted the President’s colour this day in 1950 by the first home minister of the country, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.It is the highest honour bestowed on a force in recognition of exceptional service rendered by it to the nation, both during war and peace. This is the second time that Doval attended as chief guest a martial event conducted by any of the Central Armed Police Forces since he was appointed the NSA by the Modi government in 2014. Doval had reviewed an Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) parade in 2015 when the force guarding the China border marked its 54th years of raising. During the event, the NSA also decorated CRPF jawans and officers with gallantry medals that were announced on the occasion of the Republic Day this year.last_img read more