first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Director: James Griffith.Cast: David Giuntoli (Grimm).Did you ever see The Big Chill? ABC pilot A Million Little Things is about eight friends — four men and four women — who are shocked when the one friend whose life seemed most together commits suicide. That’s a wake up call to the others to start living their lives.Films: March 12th to March 29th..Safe HarborWriter/Producer: Jason Richman.Director:Cast:Series follows the lives of cops on and off the beat in Safe Harbor after a new police Captain — Oriana “Ori” Cloverfield — shakes up the division.Films: March 13th to April 2nd..NBCIn Between LivesWriter/Producer: Moira Krland.Director: Charlotte Sterling. Advertisement ABC Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: A Millon Little ThingsWriter/Producer: DJ Nash. Twitterlast_img read more

James Cameron fed up with Marvels Avengers movies

first_imgAdvertisement James Cameron fed up with Marvel’s Avengers moviesFilmmaker James Cameron is counting on cinema-goers soon experiencing “Avenger fatigue” as he is fed up of the Marvel superhero movies.The Oscar-winning director admits he is weary of the sheer volume of comic book adaptations currently being released – with the majority all revolving around male egos.“I’m hoping we’re going to start getting Avenger fatigue,” Cameron complained at a press event to promote his new documentary show, AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction. READ MORE Kevin Feige Amusingly Responds to James Cameron’s Superhero CriticismsMarvel Studios head and MCU mastermind Kevin Feige cleverly addresses James Cameron’s comments criticizing the comic book film genre. Building his career on the backs of superhero narratives, the 44-year-old Feige was expected to have the perfect rebuttal to Cameron’s arguments. But instead of making it a bigger issue than it should be, he opted to navigate his way out of the tricky question in the most clever way possible. READ MOREJames Cameron Says Superhero Movies Are Played Out, Compares Avatar Sequels to The GodfatherJames Cameron, hard at work on his series of sequels to 2009’s sci-fi blockbuster Avatar, says the era of superhero movies should be coming to an end. With Avengers: Infinity War opening in theaters later this week, heralding a paradigm shift for the studio that launched the modern superhero franchise, Cameron hopes Hollywood’s major studios will soon find a new thing.“I’m hoping we’ll start getting Avenger fatigue here pretty soon,” Cameron said while promoting his new docuseries AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction. “Not that I don’t love the movies. It’s just, come on guys, there are other stories to tell besides hyper-gonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process. It’s like, oy!” READ MORE Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgTHIS ENTIRE IG STORY ABOUT KEANU IS *italian chef’s kiss* PERFECTION ⭐️— Ari Saperstein (@ari_saperstein) March 24, 2019 Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment No joke #KeanuReeves— Alexa (@LikeAskAlexa) March 26, 2019United Airlines released a statement, explaining the plane diverted to Bakersfield “due to a mechanical indication.”“The flight landed safely without incident in Bakersfield,” the statement reads. “Passengers deplaned normally at the gate and were then transported via ground transportation to Burbank.”By Katie Scott ~ Global News Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Actor Keanu Reeves made a flight’s emergency landing a little more joyful than the usual frustration of having to change travel plans.Reeves was on a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Burbank, Calif., over the weekend, which had to make an emergency landing in Bakersfield, Calif., a couple of hours from their destination.The John Wick star was a passenger on the flight when it was cut short due to a mechanical issue. Actor Keanu Reeves attends the ‘Siberia’ New York premiere at The Metrograph on July 11, 2018 in New York City. (Gary Gershoff/WireImage) The 54-year-old actor was stranded with the other passengers at the airport in Bakersfield and they all took a van together.A fan took a video of Reeves advising the stranded passengers to take the minibus with him and “hit the road” instead of waiting for their luggage.“The people that unload the bags won’t be here for three hours. The vans will be here in an hour so if you want to hit the road and deal with your bags later or deal with customer service and get it delivered maybe,” the Hard Ball actor said.Later in the same video, a fan shows Reeves reading details about Bakersfield to the rest of the passengers in the van. He also used his phone and YouTube to play everyone a selection of music that was native to Bakersfield.keanu got stranded somewhere in california and had to take a bus instead of a plane and some guy filmed the entire experience and i am BEGGING yall to watch this— ᴄ ᴀ ᴛ (@keanusgf) March 24, 2019Reeves was spotted heading to a Carl’s Jr. location after everyone reached their destination of Burbank.People from the flight took to Twitter to share their memories with their favourite road trip buddy.That time when your flight out from #GDC almost crashes and you have to emergency land in a remote airport but at least Keanu Reeves is having as bad a day as you are.— Amir Blum (Unboxed) (@CheesyJedi) March 24, 2019 Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: SEINE RIVER FIRST NATION, ON – The Government is Canada is committed to the advancement of reconciliation by supporting access to cultural infrastructure, and by promoting collaboration in the preservation of Indigenous heritage within their communities.Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament (Thunder Bay–Rainy River), today announced that the Government of Canada is providing almost $800,000 in funding to Seine River First Nation for two projects that will help improve the promotion and preservation of local culture and heritage. Mr. Rusnak made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.Funding of $700,000 is going toward the construction of a multi-use cultural centre. The investment, provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, will enable Seine River First Nation to complete the construction of a new cultural centre, which will allow residents to come together as a community to share knowledge and enjoy cultural activities. Twitter The new facility will include workshop spaces where traditional skills, crafts and other art activities will be delivered, as well as dedicated exhibition and archival storage areas.Another $70,000 is being awarded through the Aboriginal Heritage component of the Museums Assistance Program to support the hiring of curatorial and heritage interpretative specialists, who will develop planning documents to inform future program offerings at the cultural centre.Quotes“Cultural spaces like the Seine River First Nation Cultural Centre are important gathering places that help forge strong bonds in communities. Our government is proud to help make this project a reality, which will make arts and culture accessible to all members of the community.” —The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism“I am proud that our government is supporting Seine River First Nation and the construction of their new cultural centre. Community members of all ages will have access to a wonderful space in which to come together to learn about, celebrate and bolster Seine River’s vibrant cultural life.” —Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament (Thunder Bay–Rainy River)“Seine River First Nation is grateful for the continued support from our local MP Don Rusnak and the financial contribution from Canadian Heritage administering the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. This is certainly a welcomed step towards reconciliation while providing a great opportunity for our community and region alike to celebrate our arts and culture. We recognize that by having our government’s support, it allows us to lay down an important foundation for critical programming that will preserve our way of life for all generations, both now and well into the future.” —Chief Tom Johnson, Seine River First NationQuick FactsConstruction of the Seine River First Nation Cultural Centre is already underway. When completed, the centre will measure 7,500 square feet.The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for arts, heritage, culture and creative innovation. The Fund supports renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment and feasibility studies related to cultural spaces.The Museums Assistance Program provides funding to Canadian museums and heritage institutions for activities that facilitate Canadians’ access to our heritage; foster professional knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions; and foster the preservation and presentation of Indigenous cultural heritage. The Program has an annual budget of $6.7 million.Associated LinksSeine River First NationCanada Cultural Spaces FundMuseums Assistance Program Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Narwhal ban lifted for five Nunavut communities

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Department of Fisheries and Oceans has partially lifted a ban on the international trade of narwhal products.Previously, international shipping of narwhal products was banned in its entirety. But with the partial lift of the ban, Inuit in Arctic Bay, Qiqiktarjuaq, Pangnirtung, Clyde River, and Iqaluit can now resume the narwhal trade.It’s a whale of a tale, and APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll is here to tell it.last_img

UNs Anaya calls on Harper government to change course on First Nation

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The UN special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples called on the Harper government to reverse course on three major fronts in order to avoid a “rocky road” in its relationship with the country’s First Nation population.During an Ottawa press conference Tuesday marking the end of his nine-day tour through Canada, James Anaya said the country faces “a crisis when it comes to the situation of Indigenous peoples.”Anaya said the “well-being gap” between First Nation and non-First Nation people in Canada continues to grow and that he witnessed “high levels of distrust among Aboriginal peoples toward government at both the federal and provincial levels.”He said First Nation people were still suffering from “multiple legacies of the history of colonization, treaty infringements, assault on their cultures and land dispossession.”Anaya visited First Nation communities in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. He also met with federal officials, including Valcourt, and the RCMP.Anaya initially requested permission to visit Canada in February 2012 and wrote Ottawa three times requesting official permission to visit. He finally received permission this past summer.Anaya, who will issue a report next year based on his visit, said Ottawa needed to start mending its relationship with the country’s First Nation population. The path he recommended, however, would require the Harper government to abandon hardened positions on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), calls for a national inquiry into the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women and proposed legislation governing on-reserve education.“In order for the trust that needs to be built, these kinds of steps need to be taken,” said Anaya. “That path forward has to be defined with the participation of Aboriginal peoples’ concerns and if that doesn’t happen the path forward will be a rocky one.”In an emailed statement, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office sidestepped questions asking whether there would be any shift from long-standing positions on the TRC, the national inquiry and the First Nations Education Act, as requested by Anaya.“The special rapporteur’s observations in regard to the wellbeing of Aboriginal people in Canada is at the centre of Canada’s preoccupations and explains why the Government has taken, and continues to take, effective incremental steps to improve the situation in partnership with Aboriginal Canadians,” said the statement.Anaya, however, said he didn’t believe the Harper government wouldn’t budge.“I am not going to accept the premise they are not going to move on these issues and yes I have discussed these matters with the government officials I spoke with. There was no expression of negativity toward me in my making these recommendations,” said Anaya. “These are matters that need to be reconsidered.”Anaya said the TRC’s probing of the dark history and legacy of residential schools is so important Ottawa needed to do allow the commission the time it needed to fully finish its work. The TRC’s mandate expires at the end of next July.“It is clear that the residential school period continues to cast a long shadow of despair on Indigenous communities and that many of the dire social and economic problems faced by Aboriginal peoples are directly linked to that experience,” said Anaya. “I urge the government to ensure that the mandate of the (TRC) be extended for as long as necessary for it to complete its work and to consider establishing means of reconciliation and redress for survivors of all types of residential schools.”The Harper government has resisted previous calls to extend the TRC’s mandate. A senior federal official told APTN National News late last fall that the commission would not be getting its desired extension. The TRC has been battling Ottawa over historical residential school documents and was forced to take the federal government to court on the issue.Anaya also called on the Harper government to strike a national inquiry into the high rates of missing and murdered Indigenous women.“A comprehensive and nation-wide inquiry into the issue could help ensure a coordinated response and the opportunity for the loved ones of victims to be heard,” said Anaya. “And (it) would demonstrate responsiveness to the concerns raised by the families and communities affected by this epidemic.”Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said on more than one occasion he does not want to call for a national inquiry into the matter. The prime minister told First Nation leaders during a meeting last January he doesn’t believe such an inquiry would lead to any real change.On education, Anaya called on Ottawa to recalibrate its plans to introduce legislation governing on-reserve schools.“I have heard remarkably consistent and profound distrust toward the First Nations Education Act being developed by the federal government, and in particular deep concerns that the process for developing the Act has not appropriately included nor responded to Aboriginal views,” said Anaya. “I urge the government not to rush forward with this legislation, but to re-initiate discussions with Aboriginal leaders.”He also called for increased funding to put on-reserve education systems on par with province-run systems.The Harper government has repeatedly stated it wants to have its proposed First Nations Education Act in force by the time school begins again next September. Ottawa has made the issue central to its Aboriginal affairs goals. It created a blue-ribbon panel to study the issue, launched controversial consultation sessions across the country and released a blue-print of the legislation this past summer. Valcourt has also promised First Nations leaders a chance to see the legislation before it’s tabled in Parliament, but funding would not accompany the proposed Act.The Throne Speech, which lays out the government’s agenda for the next Parliamentary session, is expected to highlight the Harper government’s plans for education read more

Congress of Aboriginal Peoples excluded from March meeting with Prime Minister

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP), which represents off-reserve and non-status Indigenous peoples, was not invited to next month’s planned Vancouver meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indigenous leaders.The Congress was excluded because the March 2 meeting with the prime minister is meant for organizations representing “title holders,” meaning those with Aboriginal rights under section 35 of the Constitution, APTN National News has learned.The Prime Minister’s Office has asked the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Metis National Council to send a delegation of 10 representatives each to the meeting which will focus on discussions around combating climate change.The meeting with Indigenous leaders will be followed by a meeting between the prime minister and premiers the next day.The PMO confirmed in a statement that CAP was not invited to the March meeting. The PMO said the AFN, ITK and the Metis Council were meeting with the prime minister “in the context of a renewed nation-to-nation relationship.”The PMO said the March meeting does not “in any way preclude ongoing discussions” with all national Indigenous organizations.“The government of Canada has committed to working and meeting regularly with the national Aboriginal organizations and will continue to engage in robust bilateral discussions,” said the PMO statement.Despite repeated requests, CAP did not provide any read more

Women set off for 10 day walk to raise awareness of water

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsFor the next two weeks, a group of women will be walking along a major river in Nova Scotia.The walk is the raise awareness about a project that they say will threaten the river.And to send a message to people that it’s time to get involved.troache@aptn.calast_img

Bombardier turns tables on Boeing with Airbus deal it says avoids CSeries

first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier Inc. believes its partnership with Airbus puts it on a strong legal footing to avoid import duties for its CSeries commercial jets while turning the tables on Boeing.The Montreal-based company has a legal opinion that no duties can apply because the final assembly of the plane for U.S. customers will be done at Airbus’s plant in Alabama, said a source.“The assembly in the U.S. can resolve the issue because then it becomes a domestic product and therefore a domestic product would not have the import tariff apply to this,” Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare said Tuesday in Toulouse, France, after announcing a partnership with Airbus.He told reporters that the company will continue to fight Boeing’s “unfair and unjustified” petition.Boeing said it will maintain its effort to have aircraft manufacturers compete on a level playing field even though it is by far the No. 1 recipient of U.S. government subsidies, drawing US$14.4 billion in various forms of assistance since the 1990s according to the website Subsidy Tracker.“The announced deal has no impact or effect on the pending proceedings at all,” said J. Michael Luttig, general counsel for Boeing, in an email. “Any duties finally levied against the CSeries (which are now expected to be 300 per cent) will have to be paid on any imported CSeries airplane or part, or it will not be permitted into the country.”European aircraft giant Airbus said it will buy a majority stake in Bombardier’s CSeries program for no financial payment, with Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) holding a 31 per cent stake and the Quebec government 19 per cent. The deal is expected to close in mid-2018 following regulatory approvals in several countries including Canada.The Airbus-Bombardier partnership promises to reshape the global aircraft industry by putting pressure on Boeing to compete and calling into question its trade complaint.Preliminary duties of nearly 300 per cent were imposed but a final duty rate is scheduled to be announced in mid-December. The case can be thrown out altogether in early February if the U.S. International Trade Commission determines that Boeing wasn’t harmed by the CSeries.“[Boeing’s] strategy to damage Bombardier through the trade sanctions basically backfired and drove Bombardier into their competitor’s arms giving their company a state-of-the-art program,” said Ernie Arvai, partner in commercial aviation consultancy Air Insight.He said Boeing’s misjudgment will cost it dearly by risking military orders from Canada and Britain while being forced to potentially speed up the timing of its new smaller aircraft to replace the 737 Max.“I don’t think it was their finest hour and their strategy backfired because now with the second assembly line in Mobile (Alabama), the CSeries will be U.S.-produced and the whole process of a foreign-produced aircraft is out the window.”The two North American manufacturers held talks to reach a truce but Boeing walked away in anticipation of high preliminary duties on CSeries imports by the Department of Commerce, sources said.“They were not open to finding any kind of solution,” said a person who spoke without being named because he’s not authorized to speak.Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains said the federal government will hold firm against buying Super Hornet fighter jets as long as Boeing pursues the trade case against Bombardier.“From our point of view it was always about defending the aerospace sector, standing up for the aerospace sector and standing up for the workers in Canada,” he said in an interview from Ottawa.Bains said the government’s review of the transaction under the Investment Canada Act will make sure that intellectual property remains in Canada and production and final assembly for CSeries sold outside the U.S. will be completed at Mirabel, Que.Now that Bombardier has partnered with Airbus, industry analysts say Bombardier has the legal edge in a political skirmish.“With the aircraft now having a U.S. domestic production line, the issue around the Boeing trade complaint will be moot as the CSeries will no longer be imported into the United States for U.S. customers,” said Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial.Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group said the big loser is Boeing.“The new deal destroys Boeing’s trade case. They (and Commerce) can try to persist, but the new Alabama CSeries line makes that futile,” he said in a report.Aboulafia said the Commerce Department will rule that it has no authority on jetliners exported from Alabama to Delta Air Lines headquarters in Georgia.He also believes the result will be a stronger alliance between Boeing and Brazil’s Embraer.Ultimately, he expects the politicized trade complaint will be undercut by the very politicians Boeing appealed to most — the protectionist wing of the Republican party.While the CSeries, Airbus and Bombardier are the winners, Aboulafia adds U.S. President Donald Trump’s name to the list.“I predict an official Trump tweet taking credit for bringing Airbus factory jobs to Alabama. If Boeing leadership expected loyalty from Trump, they were mistaken.”Bombardier investors warmly received the Airbus partnership, driving up the Montreal-based company’s shares to a nearly three-year high on Tuesday.Shares reached $2.97 in early trading and closed up 15.7 per cent to $2.73 Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Analysts say the partnership will at least double the value of the CSeries to more than US$4 billion at lower risk even though Bombardier’s stake will be cut in half.last_img read more

Ontario Liberals bring in bill retaliating against Buy American provisions

first_imgTORONTO – With roughly three months before a spring election, Ontario’s governing Liberals are using the last legislative session to push back against any state that adopts Buy American provisions, saying the move is necessary to protect the province’s workers and businesses.The Liberals kicked off the session Tuesday by introducing a bill that would reduce procurement opportunities for states that adopt such provisions, by allowing provincial officials to write regulations targeting individual states.Premier Kathleen Wynne had earlier this month declared her intentions to counter protectionist measures put in place by some U.S. states, a decision she said was inspired by a recent infrastructure bill from the state of New York.If passed, the legislation would apply to organizations within the Ontario government and the broader public sector, though some could obtain exemptions, the province said Tuesday.The regulations would be proportional to the restrictions imposed in the targeted state, and would be revoked if the state cancels its Buy American policy, the province said. Any contract that violates the legislation or regulations would be proclaimed void, it said.“Our government’s priority is to ensure that Ontario businesses and workers have access to other markets and are treated fairly when operating within those markets,” International Trade Minister Michael Chan said in a statement.“Our proposed legislation would achieve that by creating a level playing field between Ontario and U.S. states when it comes to government procurement.”The opposition parties have said they would review the legislation when it is tabled, but have also called the move a reckless political gambit from the Liberals as they fight to remain in power.“I think that these kinds of issues are important to be dealt with by the federal government frankly as well, and I worry if we’re out of step with other provinces it might cause some bigger problems for the nation,” said Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.Wynne has previously said the federal government is aware of her plans, and that she intends to discuss the idea with other Canadian premiers at an upcoming conference.The Ontario legislature also resumes at a time of political upheaval, with both opposition parties dealing with significant changes in their ranks.The Progressive Conservatives are in the middle of a leadership race that has exposed a growing rift between party factions. The contest was launched after the party’s former leader, Patrick Brown, resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct, which he has repeatedly denied.Brown, who has since mounted a campaign to clear his name, announced on Friday that he planned to run for his old job — just hours after he was booted out of the Tory caucus. The Barrie, Ont., politician will have to sit as an independent when he returns to the legislature. He was not present Tuesday.Interim Tory leader Vic Fedeli said that while the last few weeks have been trying, the Tories have emerged stronger than ever. He said the party is focused on its true goal — defeating the Liberals.“Anything they promise in the coming months will be nothing more than a costly re-election ploy they have no intention of keeping,” he said.Horwath, meanwhile, recently removed her chief of staff and campaign director after he was accused of not taking seriously sexual misconduct allegations brought to him during his time at Manitoba’s legislature. He has denied he was told about the formal complaints.The NDP leader said the party is nonetheless ready for the election campaign and to tackle hospital overcrowding, long wait times for health care, and other issues.“For the next number of weeks throughout this session, we’re going to continue to not only keep the government’s feet to the fire, we’re also going to be continuing to bring forward our great ideas for the people of Ontario,” Horwath said.last_img read more

First Nations group gets share of clam fishery breaks Clearwater monopoly

first_imgOTTAWA – A company made up of First Nations members from Quebec and Atlantic Canada — and led by the brother of a Liberal MP — has ended a decades-long monopoly on a multimillion-dollar clam fishery dominated by industry giant Clearwater Seafoods Inc.Five Nations Premium Clam Co., has been awarded a new licence for Arctic surf clam, following last year’s move by the federal government to hive off a quarter of the fishery from Clearwater with the stated aim of boosting First Nations participation in the profitable industry.“This is a powerful step toward reconciliation,” Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc said in a statement.“The inclusion of participants from each Atlantic province and Quebec will allow the benefits of this lucrative fishery to flow to a broad group of First Nations and will help create good, middle-class jobs for Indigenous peoples in each Atlantic province and Quebec.”The fishing grounds for Arctic surf clams are located mainly off Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. The current quota is about 38,000 tonnes worth tens of millions of dollars annually.Five Nations Premium Clam will partner with Premium Seafoods to harvest, process and market the catch. Edgar Samson, whose brother is Liberal MP Darrell Samson, is listed as president for both companies.Chief Aaron Sock of the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick said he applauds the government for “its commitment to reconciliation” and for the jobs the fishery will create in his community.Sock, who is listed under Edgar Samson as a director and secretary for the new company, said that mid-March is the target date for finalizing what is, so far, an agreement in principle among the five First Nations. He declined to identify the nations until the deal is signed but said they include two Innu communities, from Quebec and Labrador, and two Mi’kmaq bands, from Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton, N.S.The decision has spurred a backlash in Grand Bank, N.L., population 2,200, which has been home to Clearwater’s clam processing facilities for the past 27 years.Mayor Rex Matthews said he is extremely disappointed that his community is being “hung out to dry” by a government with no respect for ordinary Canadians and their jobs.“(LeBlanc) doesn’t seem to care about full time, middle-class jobs in Grand Bank that he is removing, as long as there are good middle-class jobs for the Indigenous people,” Matthews said.Clearwater is crying foul over the announcement and has promised legal action against the government following its own unsuccessful bid, which involved partnering with 13 Mi’kmaq bands in Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia-based company had held all the Arctic surf clam licences since the mid-1990s.“We believe that the Mi’kmaq proposal was very strong and provided maximum benefits to Indigenous communities,” vice-president Christine Penney said in an interview.She stressed that Clearwater supports promoting Indigenous participation in natural resource industries and that its opposition to the announcement is not a reflection on the communities or operators that will benefit.“This decision, we believe, is a perverse outcome from an economic policy standpoint,” Penney said.“Sadly, it’s ineffective for Indigenous interests and, frankly, inequitable to Clearwater as a major investor and job creator in what we all know is a struggling Atlantic economy.”Clearwater has invested $156 million over the last three years to boost its capacity and develop the fishery and the market, the company said in a statement, adding that it took in more than $90 million from Arctic surf clam sales in 2016. That amounted to around 15 per cent of its total annual revenue.The Atlantic surf clam fishery employs more than 450 individuals year round in 52 communities across Atlantic Canada, which represents $28 million in employment income, Penney said.Sock said he was disappointed by Clearwater’s reaction.“Whenever a First Nation gets ahead in any industry, it seems like there’s always a company like Clearwater that seems to want to keep the First Nations people down,” he said.Neither the NDP nor the Conservative party responded immediately to a request for comment.Arctic surf clams are caught offshore aboard factory freezer trawlers and mostly exported to Asia. When blanched, their purple colour turns red and is attractive to the sushi and sashimi market.(Companies in this story: TSX:CLR)— Follow @gwomand on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly spelled the name of Aaron Socklast_img read more

North American markets sustain decline for a second day in a row

first_imgTORONTO – North American markets fell again Thursday with Canada’s main stock index posting its ninth down day in October as its value is down seven per cent from its July peak.Concerns about a trade war with China, an incident involving the suspected murder of a Saudi journalist and the lowest crude oil prices in five weeks all coloured the day’s stock performance, especially in the U.S., said Les Stelmach, senior vice-president and portfolio manager at Franklin Bissett Investment Management.In Canada, the widening differential in the price of all grades of crude but particularly the Western Canadian Select heavy grade hampered energy stocks.“It’s kind of a defensive day today,” he said in an interview, pointing to gold, telecommunications and utilities being the only sectors to end in positive territory in Canada.Stelmach said Canada’s stock market has underperformed the U.S. for several years reflecting the better economic performance south of the border, U.S. corporate tax cuts and the composition of the market.“Returns were kind of flat for much of the year before they’ve now dipped into negative territory with a weak series of days here,” he said.Stelmach said he doesn’t foresee a near-term correction even though the Toronto Stock Market has lost 669.01 points so far this month after recording just four positive days.“To me it doesn’t feel like we’re running off a cliff here in Canada. More it’s been a slow decline for a period of time.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 125.77 points to 15,404.13, after hitting a low of 15,380.70 with 269 million shares traded.Declines were led by important sectors like metals, industrial, energy and financials.Most cannabis stocks again posted losses, on the second day of the drug’s legalization for recreational use.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 327.23 points at 25,379.45. The S&P 500 index was down 40.43 points at 2,768.78, while the Nasdaq composite was down 157.56 points at 7,485.14.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.59 cents US compared with an average of 76.96 cents US on Wednesday.The December crude oil contract was down 99 cents at US$68.71 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down 12.2 cents at US$3.20 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$2.70 at US$1,230.10 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 3.15 cents at US$2.75 a pound.last_img read more

UPDATED MLA Davies introducing Private Members Bill to change Peace River North

first_imgUPDATE: Davies’ Private Member’s Bill passed first reading in the Legislature this morning. Davies said that’s it’s now up to the government whether the bill will be brought forward for second reading and debate.VICTORIA, B.C. — Peace River North MLA Dan Davies doesn’t want to be known as Peace River North MLA Dan Davies, and will be introducing a Private Member’s Bill in the Legislature today to try to make the change official.Davies said in a statement this morning that he’ll be introducing a bill in the B.C. Legislature today to get the name of the riding that includes Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope, and Fort Nelson renamed to Peace River-Northern Rockies. He said that he’ll be introducing the Private Member’s Bill this morning at around 10:10 a.m. Davies explained that since his nomination as the BC Liberal candidate for last May’s election, he’s felt that the name of the provincial riding in the far corner of Northeast B.C. doesn’t properly reflect the entire riding.“Folks up in the Northern Rockies [Regional Municipality], they’re nowhere near the Peace River. They’re in a completely different watershed. Northern Rockies takes up ten percent of the province’s landmass. It’s a massive piece of the riding. It’s really the same reason why the federal electoral district was changed to include Northern Rockies.”Davies’ speech can be watched live on the Legislative Assembly of B.C.’s website: is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we speak with Davies about the introduction of his bill later today.last_img read more

City staff recommending no special fee for cannabis business licenses in Fort

first_imgIn her report, City Planner Ashley Murphey recommends that no cap be placed on the total number of Cannabis Retail business licences that are issued, and that business licensing fees remain the same at $125.00 for all businesses within the City.Murphey explains in her report that “a review of potential costs associated with the new use “Cannabis Retail” was conducted and it was determined that there is currently insufficient evidence to warrant an increase in fees, as it is likely this business will generate the same level of administrative costs as any other retail business.”The presentation also includes statistics from other municipalities in B.C. and Alberta regarding their proposed business license fees for cannabis retail.The communities of Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope, and Tumbler Ridge currently have not announced an increase from their standard business fees, which range from $50 to $150.Both Dawson Creek and Grande Prairie have announced that cannabis retail business licenses will cost $2,500/year, due to an anticipated increase in administrative and enforcement costs.Higher still are the fees in North Vancouver and Squamish, which are $3,691 and $5,000/year respectively. FORT ST, JOHN, B.C. – City of Fort St. John staff are recommending that Council not create a special business licensing schedule for cannabis retail operators to pay once the substance becomes legal in Canada in October.On July 23rd, Council voted in favour of a zooming amendment bylaw that would only allow cannabis retail operations in the City’s downtown core area, provided the property where they are situated is 200 metres from the closest school and 100m from the nearest park.In a presentation that is due to be delivered to Council next Monday during the Committee of the Whole meeting, staff outline the potential for the City to limit the number of cannabis retail licenses that can be issued, or whether an increase in business license fees for that use is warranted. The Village of Pouce Coupe is currently in the process of amending its business license bylaw, with proposed fees of between $5,000 and $10,000 per year.last_img read more

CISF golden Jubilee Insignia celebrated

first_imgNew Delhi: To commemorate the momentous occasion of 50th years of glorious existence of CISF on March 10, “CISF Golden Jubilee Insignia” and a “Short film on CISF” were released by Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution on the eve of Raising Day of the force at CISF headquarters on Friday.The Government has approved and sanctioned Central Industrial Security Force to institute ”CISF Golden Jubilee Insignia” to all members of CISF. The institution of Insignia will be an honour to the martyrs of CISF and a morale booster to all the serving CISF personnel, an official said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!A short film on CISF titled “Sentinels of India’s Critical Assets” of 14 minutes 30 seconds duration, has been made by CISF. Rajesh Ranjan, DG CISF encouraged and guided to make this film depicting the core capabilities of CISF. The film starts with the introduction to the force, its inception and thereafter takes the viewer through a visual journey of CISF of the five decades. The entire CISF family is grateful that Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan graced the occasion as Chief Guest. MOS (Parliamentary Affairs,Statistics and Programme Implementation) Vijay Goel, MOS (Home) Kiren Rijiju, Ajit Kumar Doval, National Security Advisor, former DsG of CISF and other Forces, Retired and serving Senior Officials of CISF and number of dignitaries were present and made the moment memorable.last_img read more

Polls close in Thailand’s first general election since 2014 coup

first_imgBangkok: Thais began the nail-biting wait late Sunday to see whether the ruling junta will return to power as a civilian government, or if pro-democracy parties can triumph against the odds, as polls closed in the country’s first general election since a 2014 coup. The Election Commission estimated 80 per cent of voters had turned out at schoolyards, temples and government offices across the nation, their enthusiasm fired by years of denied democracy. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSunday’s crunch vote was foreshadowed by a cryptic last-minute warning from King Maha Vajiralongkorn to support “good” leaders to prevent “chaos”. Thailand is a constitutional monarchy and the palace is nominally above politics. But the institution retains unassailable powers and is insulated from criticism by a harsh royal defamation law. The election pits a royalist junta and allies against the election-winning machine of billionaire ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra and an unpredictable wave of millions of first-time voters. The kingdom remains bitterly divided despite the junta’s pledge to rescue it from a decade-long treadmill of protests and coups. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPoliticians across the spectrum fear a stalemate under election rules, written by the junta, which limit the chances of any single party emerging with a comfortable parliamentary majority. There are 51 million eligible voters and more than seven million first-timers aged 18-25. Preliminary results were expected within a few hours of the polls closing at 5.00 pm local time (1000 GMT). “I want to see Thailand become more democratic and inequality eased from society,” said insurance company employee Pattrapong Waschiyapong at a Bangkok polling station. Fears of the potential for foul play ricocheted across social media in a reflection of the lingering mistrust between rival political camps, in a country which last held a general election in 2011. “Thai people come to vote because they want change,” said Somkid, 64, giving only one name, as she waited outside the headquarters of the Pheu Thai party. “If there is any vote rigging there will be protests.” The day was framed by the palace statement, which added further intrigue to an election that has repeatedly threatened to tip into chaos before a single ballot was cast. It reiterated comments by late king Bhumibol Adulyadej from 1969 calling for people to “support good people to govern the society and control the bad people” to prevent them “creating chaos”. King Maha Vajiralongkorn urged the public to “remember and be aware” of the remarks of his father, who died in 2016. While there were no further clues as to who those “good people” might be, the phrase — “khon dee” in Thai — is habitually attached to royalist, establishment politicians. Another royal command in February torpedoed the candidacy of the king’s elder sister Princess Ubolratana for prime minister of a party linked to Thaksin, a divisive ex-premier toppled by a 2006 coup. Thaksin has lived in self-exile since 2008, but he looms large over Sunday’s election. His affiliated parties have won every Thai election since 2001, drawing on loyalty from rural and urban poor. On Friday Ubolratana was guest of honour at the glitzy Hong Kong wedding of Thaksin’s daughter — with photos of the tycoon and the princess hugging and smiling going viral.last_img read more

Rio Olympics as special as Beijing: Phelps

first_imgNew Delhi: A record-breaking 28 medals in his kitty, the most decorated Olympian Michael Phelps says although Beijing Olympics was the greatest for him the “climb up the mountain” to the Rio Games made it equally special. Phelps won a staggering eight gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning all the events he participated in. In the 2012 London Games, the ace swimmer went on to win four gold and two silver medals. The American legend’s personal life faced various issues as he went into depression after the 2012 Games, and he later revealed having contemplated suicide. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhPhelps announced retirement but two years later returned to the sport in 2014. He went on to win six medals — five gold and a silver — in the 2016 Rio Olympics. “The 2008 Olympics was stats-wise was the best. Hard to say it wasn’t the greatest because I won eight medals but coming back to competing in Rio and the journey to it, that climb up the mountain was an amazing process. It was very different from Beijing but I loved it just as much,” the 33-year-old Phelps said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterTalking about his journey, Phelps said it was extremely challenging for him to make a comeback but the belief he had on himself made it possible. “The 2012 Olympics wasn’t my best form. It was challenging for me coming off 2008, not really having a goal not knowing where I was going was tough. “And after 2012, to be able to find the motivation and perform, fighting the odds made my entire journey really special.” Considered the greatest swimmer of all times, Phelps also revealed what went on in his mind before an event. “Standing on the block before the race there is absolutely nothing going on in my head. What could be going on their? Nothing, because I can’t change how I have prepared for this very moment for that race. All I can do is swim.” Phelps, who has a unique way of warming up before a race, also said that a lot of swimmers were intimidated by the action. Just before beginning a race, Phelps famously extends his massive arms and flaps them about his chest and back, slapping himself into the zone. “I never thought that my arm slap was intimidating, I did it when I was an 11-year-old. Honestly, I didn’t think about anyone else when I’m on the block. But a lot of people came up to me and told me they hated that sound.” Asked if he has any plans of coming back from retirement, the 33-year-old said there were none and he has achieved everything he wanted to. “In swimming you miss one day it takes two days to get back. So for me when I spent 6 years straight without missing a single day of training I was getting so much more benefit than other athletes who swam six days. I have lost it now there is no coming back now,” he said. “In the swimming world, I have been able to achieve whatever I wanted that’s what made 2016 (Rio Olympics) so good,” he said at the opening of the first ‘Under Armour’ store here.last_img read more

SC grants 2 more months to SIT to complete its probe

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday granted two more months to the Special Investigation Team to complete its probe into 186 cases of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.A bench comprising Justices S A Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer extended the time after the SIT informed it that more than 50 per cent of the work has been done and it wanted two more months to complete the investigation. The apex court also issued notice to parties on a plea by petitioner S Gurlad Singh Kahlon, a member of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, seeking inquiry into role of 62 policemen named in the riots. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The apex court had on January 11 last year constituted the SIT headed by former Delhi High Court judge Justice S N Dhingra and comprising retired IPS officer Rajdeep Singh and serving IPS officer Abhishek Dular to supervise further probe into the 186 riots cases, in which closure reports had been filed earlier. However, the SIT presently has only two members as Singh had declined to be a part of the team on “personal grounds”. The top court had appointed the three-member SIT after the Ministry of Home Affairs and counsel for petitioner S G S Kahlon arrived at a consensus with regard to the persons who could be appointed in the fresh SIT. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KLarge-scale riots had broken out in the national capital following the assassination of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her two Sikh security guards on October 31, 1984. The violence had claimed 2,733 lives in Delhi alone. The court had said the previous SIT did not carry out further probe into the 186 cases and had directed setting up of a fresh SIT comprising a former high court judge and two police officers. Justice Dhingra, who had retired from the Delhi High Court, had dealt with several high-profile cases including the 2001 Parliament Attack case as a trial judge. As the judge of the trial court, he had dealt with many of the 1984 riot cases, and his verdicts had resulted in conviction in 16 cases. On August 16, 2017, the apex court had appointed a supervisory panel to examine the earlier SIT’s decision to close 241 cases. The Centre had said that out of 250 riots cases which were probed by that SIT, closure reports were filed in 241. It had said some cases were still being investigated by the SIT, and two by the CBI.last_img read more

4,956 accidents, 718 deaths on Yamuna E-way in 5 years

first_imgNEW DELHI: A total of 4,956 accidents, 718 deaths and 7,671 serious injuries were recorded on the Yamuna Expressway between August 2012 to March 31, 2018, revealed an RTI reply.The alarming number of fatal road accidents on the Yamuna Expressway has caused widespread concern, calling for the effective intervention of the Central and State government agencies. Information culled out by RTI activist and Supreme Court lawyer K.C. Jain revealed that 718 deaths due to fatal accidents were recorded on the Expressway, the number of seriously injured was equally alarming at over 7,671. Since January, more than 130 accidents have taken place at the Expressway that claimed over 50 lives. Drivers not only violate speed limits but drive without wearing helmets and seat belts, Jain said. Between August 2012 to March 2018, 2.33 crore vehicles violated speed limits, data provided by automatic surveillance gadgets and number plate readers installed at various points showed, he claimed. “But violators are not booked and are allowed to go scot free.” Data available from the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) revealed that 23.42 per cent of accidents were caused due to over speeding while 12 per cent accidents due to tyre bursting.last_img read more

No Pak soldier or citizen died in Balakot air strike: Sushma Swaraj

first_imgAhmedabad: External Affairs Minister and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said no Pakistani soldier or citizen died in the air strike carried out by the Indian Air Force across the border in response to the Pulwama terror attack in February.Addressing women party workers here, she stressed on a 2014-like full majority BJP-led government this time also, saying former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee could not do everything which he wanted to because he was heading a coalition administration. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The IAF had struck a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot area on February 26, in response to the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. Swaraj said the air strike was carried out in self- defence. “When we carried out air strike across the border after the Pulwama terror attack, we had told the international community that we took that step in self-defence only. “We had told the international community that the armed forces were instructed not to harm any Pakistani citizen or its soldier during the strike,” she said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The Army was told to target only the terror camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammad, which had taken the responsibility for the Pulwama attack. “And, our Army did the same without harming any Pakistani citizen or soldier,” said Swaraj. The foreign minister said the entire international community supported had India over the air strike. Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she said he has emerged as a top international leader who sets the agenda for the world. Referring to the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, Swaraj said the then Congress-led UPA government had failed to take along other countries to isolate Pakistan in the world despite the fact that 40 foreign citizens belonging to 14 countries had also died in the strike. The External Affairs Minister said Pakistan had raised objection to the invitation extended to India for a meet of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Abu Dhabi last month, but the host county UAE snubbed Islamabad. Stressing on a full majority government led by the BJP this time also, Swaraj said Vajpayee could not do all the things he wanted because he was heading a coalition government (1998-2004).last_img read more