Slow response Residential school students say theyve been hurt by law firm

first_imgAPTN National NewsConsidering all the people who were responsible for overseeing the IAP system, the response to the concerns raised by Kelly Busch and others has been very slow.The Assembly of First Nations pointed out in the summer of 2010 that there were concerns.AFN Resolution 6/2010 was passed by consensus by the chiefs-in-assembly on July 21, 2010 at the annual general assembly in Winnipeg.Moved by Chief Ralph Paul, English River First Nation, SK and seconded by Chief Mike Starr, Star Blanket Cree Nation, SK, it directs AFN staff to do several things with respect to the Indian residential schools settlement agreement:* to seek a five-year extension to the settlement agreement,* to have the federal government audit existing Common Experience Payments and Independent Assessment Process (IAP) files,* to inquire into delays in recognizing schools whose former students are not yet eligible for compensation*  to look into delays in appeals to the National Administration Committee (NAC),* to advocate for an Ombudsman to protect the rights of former students,* to advocate for form fillers and health supports and the eventual transfer to First Nations control,* to meet with the IAP Oversight Committee and NAC to address issues, and pursue an accountability mechanism regarding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and national events.On March 31, Blood Tribe Chief Charles Weasel Head wrote a letter to IAP Chief Adjudicator Daniel Ish. He copied National Chief Shawn Atleo.“I write to express deep concern over reports we have been receiving that appear to raise questions about the credibility of the Independent Assessment Process,” Weasel Head wrote. “We have received reports from claimants and others who are assisting claimants that IAP files are not being handled appropriately in southern Alberta and other areas. The effect of the possible mishandling of these applications is two-fold. First individual claimants may not be receiving the financial compensation to which they are entitled. Second, claimants, many of whom already suffer from disadvantages, are not being heard in the assessment process and there is thus no real healing for them through the IAP.”He laid out the details of the allegations he was hearing from survivors and support workers.“The reports that have come to my attention are in part to the effect that there is at times little preparation work with claimants prior to IAP hearing, that information presented at hearing can be inaccurate or inconsistent with information contained in the written applications, and thus the credibility of claimants is sometimes questioned by adjudicators and claimants’ compensation is not always reflective of their actual experiences,” the chief wrote.He acknowledged that the “AFN is calling for an audit of IAP files” and called it a “laudable goal.”But then Chief Weasel Head went on to say that he was concerned about the slow pace of the reaction by the Oversight Committee to his concerns.“While that committee’s work in ongoing, it is unclear whether the committee has directly addressed the question of whether IAP claimants are receiving fair hearings and proper compensation through those hearings,” he wrote. “However, our concerns are such that that committee is unlikely to be in a position to act with any speed. Our view is that immediate steps need to be taken to protect the interests of claimants before harm is done to them.”APTN Investigates obtained the national chief’s response to Chief Weasel Head. Dated May 12, Atleo wrote that he “appreciated the concerns regarding the lack of preparation provided to claimants prior to IAP hearings that may impact a fair hearing and settlement.”“We have been successful in receiving approval for Aboriginal Support Workers whose responsibility it would be to assist IAP claimants and ensure that the IAP fairly and effectively meets the needs of claimants,” he wrote. “We are in the process of developing a work plan to implement this initiative as soon as possible.”An AFN source told APTN Investigates on June 21 that the AFN was thinking of going public with its concerns about what was happening in Alberta.“Our Regional Chief for Alberta, George Stanley, may be willing to speak to you. Yesterday, he called our office about issuing a release regarding ‘victimization of survivors by lawyers.’ I’m expecting a draft for review any time,” the source said on condition of anonymity.But that press release was never sent out.Charlene Belleau, the head of the AFN’s residential schools unit, was aware of the concerns and was busy trying to get government action, the source added.“In terms of our person who works on this file, she basically confirms a lot of the concerns you’re raising. The info on AFN advocacy for an Ombudsperson comes from a resolution [passed] last year. She states that ‘INAC believes everything is fine,’ that they considered the idea earlier but feel that the uptake indicates that everything is good. She says that the former students wouldn’t agree.”Chief Weasel Head was also pushing hard for action. His aunt, who raised him, was Annie Plume. Annie passed away on Nov. 17 after her IAP application was dismissed. Her son Tyrone Weasel Head says the dismissal happened because she was denied a translator during the adjudication hearing. Her first language was Blackfoot.Before her passing, the chief wanted to have the file reviewed and re-adjudicated. But even a man of his influence was finding it slow going.Many of the people on the Blood reserve have already passed on their complaints to the Law Society of Alberta. They are hoping that either a Law Society investigation or the investigation ordered by Justice Brown will result in cases that being reviewed and corrected if required.last_img read more

Tyendinaga Mohawk youth shutting down the highway of tears

first_imgAPTN National NewsGrade 8 students from the Quinte Mohawk public school just released a compelling album called, The Problem.For three weeks, the students collaborated on the project with musicians to create songs that educate, empower and inspire.APTN’s Annette Francis has this story.last_img

Militarys counterintelligence unit considered Valentines Day MMIW vigils source of potential extremism

first_imgRead a related report on military surveillance of AkwesasneJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Canadian military’s counter-intelligence unit considered the yearly Valentine’s Day vigils for murdered and missing Indigenous women as a potential source for “extremism” and “civil unrest,” according to a document released to APTN National News.The heavily redacted, seven-page counterintelligence report compiled by the Canadian Forces National Counterintelligence Unit was obtained under the Access to Information Act.The Threat information Collection report focused on a time frame from Jan. 6 to Feb. 5, 2015, included Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta as its geographical coverage area and used information from 27 sources.The report was compiled “in support of a Threat Assessment” required for an event or issue that is redacted from the document.Much of the report is redacted, except for a section referencing the Islamic State terror network in a section on terrorism, Akwesasne under a section referencing “criminal activity” and the Valentine’s Day murdered and missing Indigenous women vigils held yearly across the country.The vigils are mentioned third in a five item list under the heading, “Interference/Extremism/Civil Unrest.”It’s unclear why the vigils were included in the list as any potential explanation appears to be redacted. The unredacted portion, however, states that these vigils have never been a source of civil unrest or extremism.“(Feb. 14) has become a day to hold peaceful rallies and vigils to draw attention to violence against women, in some cases specifically violence against Aboriginal women,” said the report. “These events have been held for 24 years consecutively and have never been an issue.”The rest of the section is censored.CF National Counter Intelligence Unit report Download (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more

Montana Judge orders environmental review of altered Keystone XL pipeline route

first_imgThe Canadian PressA federal judge in Montana has ordered an environmental assessment for the altered route of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.The ruling comes as the latest potential setback for a pipeline that the Calgary-based company has been trying to build for a decade.Plaintiffs including the Indigenous Environmental Network and Northern Plains Resource Council had brought the lawsuit after Nebraska approved an alternative route to the one TransCanada had proposed through the state.They argued that the U.S. State Department violated several acts in issuing a presidential permit for the pipeline without a proper environmental assessment of the changed route.United States District Court Judge Brian Morris ruled that federal defendants need to supplement their environmental assessment, but declined to revoke the presidential permit.Morris said in his ruling that the added environmental assessment should be completed before TransCanada’s planned start to construction in the second quarter of 2019, and will consider further remedies if that becomes no longer possible.TransCanada spokesman Terry Cunha said the company was studying the ruling and had no immediate comment.The proposed 1,897-kilometre, $10-billion pipeline would carry crude from Hardisty, Alberta to Steel City, Nebraska.last_img read more

The Revenant actor Duane Howard posts apology to Vancouver woman over incident

first_img(Editor’s Note: APTN News has spoken to Duane Howard and will be posting a story shortly.)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe Revenant actor Duane Howard has apologized to a Vancouver woman for an “incident” that happened years ago.“I’m here today to stand my truth and apologize to Lauraleigh Paul,” Howard said in a video posted to Facebook Tuesday but was taken down later in the day.The following is an unedited video Duane Howard posted on his Facebook site on Tuesday. The video has since been taken down. Howard doesn’t elaborate on what incident was that he is apologizing for.Lauraleigh Paul told APTN News that she was 16 and Howard was 30 at the time.“I honestly thought he was an upstanding man in our community,” Paul said. “I felt safe going into those kids room to sleep on their floor. I was wrong.”She said she has talked to Howard about it since and he has apologized.So she was thrown for a loop when he denied the allegation in a statement to APTN on Oct. 12, sent by his publicist.“Mr. Howard wants his community to know that he is shocked by Ms. Paul’s allegations and that he firmly denies having ever harmed her in any way. Mr. Howard is not commenting further until after he’s spoken to his counsel.”Paul said she was was hurt and angry.But now, Howard is saying sorry to Paul and her family and her community.“I want to firstly acknowledge the pain and hurt that I have caused her. I sincerely apologize for what you have went through carrying that trauma,” he said while looking into a camera and reading a prepared statement.“I hope that this statement allows you and your family and your community to begin the healing of what was brought up.”Paul said the incident changed her life.“My self-esteem stayed at the bottom of the barrel for many years,” she wrote.“I tried to return to the pow wow circle. He mostly ignored me, except when he was talking to other men at the drum or in circle – laughing behind his hands, he and whomever he was talking to… looking directly at me, talking behind their hands and laughing hysterically.“I was so ashamed that I stopped going to pow wows, and I stopped going to the friendship center for practice. I lent my regalia out and never asked for it back. I never made another one. I never danced again.”Paul said she wrote a Facebook post after being triggered last week.She started writing after two days of what felt like anxiety.She said she was overcome with “shame and fear” once she posted the disclosure, but was bolstered by so many people supporting her online.“It goddamn feels like death. I can’t breathe,” she wrote.“I’ve got two boys, my dreams are coming true for my business and my people, and I feel so f***ing grey.”(Duane Howard as Chief Elk Dog in The Revenant)Howard, who shot to fame after starring as Elk Dog with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant, is from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation on Vancouver Island.His biography on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) says he struggled with drug and alcohol addiction from a young age and lived on the streets it says until he turned to acting in the ‘90s where he could channel all of his life’s experiences.“Duane is very matter-of-fact that it took all of this, the childhood addictions, his near deaths on the street, his recovery, education and training, all of it to perform the role of ‘Elk Dog’ in The Revenant.”Howard said he is ready hold an accountability circle with Paul.“The reason why it took me a week to respond is that I was afraid and ashamed to face the truth,” he says in the video.“I’ve been going through a lot of hurt and pain and facing the shame and guilt. I have been processing a lot of this.”Danielle Jack, who knows Howard personally, supports Paul for speaking out and hopes it helps her heal.“My heart goes out to Lauraleigh and her family,” she wrote in an email to APTN.“We held him in such high regard and applauded his success while she stood alone with such a broken spirit thinking no one would believe her.”kmarten@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

Drone search team rallies outside Port Coquitlam courthouse

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsAdvocates calling themselves the MMIWG Drone Search Team travelled to Port Coquitlam, B.C. Monday to rally outside the courthouse.They arrived for the first day of the trial of Okanagan man Curtis Wayne Sagmoen.Sagmoen is charged with assaulting a woman with a hammer.Vancouver reporter Tina House has more.last_img

Players parents and coaches in Whitehorse head into the hockey rink to

first_imgChris MacIntyreAPTN News12-year old Ryan Aitken traveled five hours from Dawson City to Whitehorse to attend the Learn to Lead Hockey Camp.Aitken has been to this hockey camp for the past few years in hopes to one day play in the NHL for his favorite team, the Edmonton Oilers.“It’s a lot of work. It takes a lot of time,” Aitken says. “You got to show up for practice on time. You actually have to try to work hard so you can get like this.”(Ryan Aitken takes these camps as opportunities to build his skills so that one day he can play for the Edmonton Oilers. Photo: Chris MacIntyre/APTN)It’s almost noon and the rink is full of blue and yellow jerseys and players skating back and forth passing pucks and taking shots.Pucks echo as some hit the boards and some hit the net posts.Amongst all the noise, directions from the coaches can be heard loud and clear.(Aaron Asham is surrounded by a group of happy but tired players on day 3 of the Learn to Lead hockey camp. Photo: Luke Smith/APTN)The coaches at this years hockey camp are Arron Asham, Wacey Rabbit and Brandon Montour.Asham, a retired former professional hockey player who played for 15 seasons with six different teams including the Montreal Canadiens, and with Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.Wacey Rabbit plays with the Jacksonville Icemen, but has traveled all over the world playing hockey, and Brandon Montour, a defenseman for the Buffalo Sabres.There are 117 players in total at the five day camp that is put on annually by the Yukon First Nation Hockey Association.(Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour talks to players before they head out on to the ice ( Photo: Luke Smith/APTN)The Association was created in the 70’s to provide opportunities for players to compete with other provinces and territories.Players at this years camp have come from as far as Smithers, B.C.On day three of the camp, players were already starting to feel the affects of the training.Asham explained that although it’s a time for fun, it’s not easy.“We run them through drills trying to teach the proper ways how to stick handle, proper way how to take a stride,” he said.“Everyone seems to be having a good time. A lot of tired kids”Rabbit believes that skills off the ice are just as important as skills on the ice.“Some of the kids can’t skate and by Friday they are ripping around. So that’s just confidence building and they bring that in to everyday life,” said Rabbit.By saying it’s important he shares what he was taught by “respecting their teachers, respecting their classmates, and respecting themselves most of all”Montour was only at the camp for one day so he took every chance he could to interact with players on the ice and off the ice.As a current player in the NHL he had tons of great advice to give players.He was happy to be able to give back to community and he was excited to see so many kids.“I hope some kids here want to strive to be in the NHL or play competitive hockey” he adds “learn from us and you know, what we have to say and take even if its justa little bit, take a little bit and move forward with that”.With the end of the five days nearing, players are starting to skate faster, shoot harder and laugh louder.Ryan Aitken is excited to go home but can’t wait to tie his skates up and come back next July. Before he hits the ice he had just enough time to give his own piece of advice.cmacintyre@aptn.calast_img read more

Latest census numbers showcase Canadas everevolving ethnic diversity

first_imgOTTAWA – A decade ago, the CBC series “Little Mosque on the Prairie” won international acclaim for its depiction of Muslims trying to make their way in a rural Saskatchewan town.At the time, Saskatchewan was home to about 33,900 visible minorities — about 3.6 per cent of its population — and the show broke new cultural ground with its awkwardly hilarious choreography of Canadian multiculturalism’s delicate dance.But the land of the living skies now has a visible minority population of 63,275, driven by rising waves of immigration that have turned the fictional world of “Little Mosque” into a new Canadian reality.Take the tiny town of Frontier, Sask. — home to 280 people in 2006, just 20 of them immigrants.Ten years later, the population sat at 415, including 120 immigrants — dramatic growth driven largely by a local farm equipment manufacturer who found newcomers to Canada to be the only way to address his labour woes.Many of the workers Honey Bee Manufacturing brought in were from the Philippines; that country generated 15.6 per cent of all new immigrants to Canada between 2011 and 2016, followed by India at 12.1 per cent and China at 10.6 per cent.But while populous provinces like Ontario and B.C. were once the destinations of choice for new arrivals, more and more of them have been flocking to the Prairies, lured by more promising work prospects.The percentage of new immigrants living in Alberta reached 17.1 per cent in 2016, compared with 6.9 per cent in 2001; In Manitoba, it went to 5.2 per cent, up from 1.8 per cent; and four per cent in Saskatchewan, up from one per cent 15 years earlier.Where the jobs have been for the last five years is where the immigrants are going, said Lori Wilkinson, a sociology professor at the University of Manitoba who directs a research group focusing on immigration in the West. In Alberta, growth in employment reached 7.8 per cent during the census period, compared with a national average of just five per cent.And while the downturn in the oil and gas economy in the last year has surely slowed some growth since the census, economic immigration remains the dominant motive in attracting newcomers.“We’re looking for people to fill gaps in the labour market,” Wilkinson said.In Saskatchewan, as elsewhere, there’s been a commensurate spike in the number of newcomers who enter under the family reunification class, as well as refugees.During the first four months of last year, refugees accounted for one-quarter of all immigrants admitted to Canada, a spike Statistics Canada attributes to the massive wave of refugees from Syria who arrived in 2015 and 2016.Rhonda Rosenberg, the executive director of the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, tells a story of Mennonites reaching out to recently arrived Syrians in the town of Rosthern, Sask.The Mennonites quickly realized their pork-heavy diet wasn’t suitable for Muslims, and the two sides worked together on a more amenable menu. A wider understanding of the two faiths has since evolved, and with it, a better sense of community.“It’s better and it’s worse at the same time,” Rosenberg said of how the province has welcomed newcomers over the last decade.“There are better systems in place, there are more organizations working to be welcoming and inclusive and those are all good things. On the other hand, we’ve got that permissive climate to express hate … we see that here too.”Saskatchewan, like many provinces, has seen anti-refugee and anti-immigrant groups gain visibility in recent months, especially in light of racially charged protests and counter-protests in the U.S. over the summer.A sense from non-visible minorities that they are under threat has led to the explosion of the so-called “alt-right” in the U.S., sentiment that’s also believed to be fuelling the populist political movement there and around the globe.In the U.S., the visible minority population rests at about 37 per cent.The census data released Wednesday showed that in Canada, the visible minority population has reached 7.7 million, 22.3 per cent of the overall population and seven times the number first reported in 1981.In Canada, however, the forces that could drive populist political forces are far broader than the immigration debate, said Frank Graves, president of Ekos Research, which has studied the issue extensively in recent months.“As immigration has unfolded, it is largely seen as softening, not hardening, attitudes to diversity,” Graves said.“The rise in those more negative outlooks … are the people who are feeling more economically vulnerable and who aren’t doing well in the economy.”Another supposed bulwark against a populist sentiment overtaking Canadian politics is the electoral system, where ridings dominated by visible minorities are also proving to be ridings central to any party’s hopes of forming a government.In time, Statistics Canada will use the immigration data it published Wednesday and break it down according to the federal electoral map.The 2011 national household survey found nearly three dozen ridings where visible minorities made up at least 50 per cent of the population, and a further 77 where visible minorities were between 20 and 50 per cent, according to an analysis by Andrew Griffith, a former director of multiculturalism and citizenship for the federal government.That number is sure to go up, and parties will in turn seek to court those votes, not alienate them, Griffith said.“This will continue to influence electoral strategies of all parties.”last_img read more

Junior oil firms cutting dividends output as prices remain embarrassingly low

first_imgCompanies in this article include: (TSX:CJ, TSX:GXO, TSX:BNE)The Canadian Press CALGARY — A pair of junior Calgary oil companies are cutting payouts to shareholders and reducing production because of current steep discounts on western Canadian oil prices.Both Cardinal Energy Ltd. and Granite Oil Corp. say they can’t afford to wait and see if production cuts imposed by the Alberta government starting Jan. 1 will work to drain a glut of oil and thus allow prices to recover.Cardinal shares fell by more than six per cent in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after it announced it would temporarily cut its monthly dividend from 3.5 cents to a penny per share in view of “embarrassingly low prices” in the fourth quarter.Granite stock fell by as much as 4.7 per cent after it announced it would suspend its monthly dividend of 2.3 cents per share.Cardinal said it has decided to cut what had been record production of 22,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day by 15 per cent (about 3,300 boe/d) to avoid net losses due to low prices.Granite, similarly, said it has stopped production of about 200 boe/d after posting third-quarter output of just under 2,000 boe/d.“Our lack of provincial and federal government leadership and failure to act in getting new export pipelines built is costing not only Alberta, but all Canadians significant revenue and future investment in our country,” said Cardinal in a news release.“Although we don’t think that the current pricing differentials between Canadian barrels and U.S. barrels will be permanent, we are obligated to our shareholders to protect our business and our balance sheet until Canadian prices improve.”Junior oil firm Bonterra Energy Corp. announced in late November it would cut its monthly dividend to a penny from 10 cents per share.Bonterra and several other Alberta oil companies have said they will delay announcing budgets and providing guidance for 2019 until January in anticipation of more visibility on where oil and gas prices are headed.last_img read more

Three teenagers charged after multiple break and enters in Grande Prairie

first_imgThe suspects fled from the scene on foot but were located with the assistance of Police Dog Services and arrested without incident.Police say that their investigation revealed that all three were involved in the earlier crimes.Three 14-year-old boys from Grande Prairie are facing various charges including multiple counts of break and enter, possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of stolen property under $5,000, along with charges of theft of a motor vehicle, mischief, and failing to comply with conditions.The trio cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Mounties say that the incidents remain under investigation, and further charges may be laid.It’s not known when the three are due to appear in court. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Three teens are facing charges in Grande Prairie after police received a number of reports of break and enters in recent weeks.On July 19th and July 20th, the Grande Prairie RCMP received numerous calls from residents in the area of Crystal Lake Estates reporting that their homes had been broken into or vandalized.While investigating the break and enters, police encountered a stolen vehicle with three occupants.last_img read more

Regional District cancels December 7 meeting on the Southern Mountain Caribou Program

first_imgA reschedule date for the meeting has yet to be announced.For more information, you can visit prrd.bc.ca DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has cancelled the meeting in regards to the Southern Mountain Caribou Program.The meeting was to take place on December 7, 2018.The main purpose of the meeting was to receive a delegation from Assistant Deputy Minister Jennifer McGuire, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy regarding the current status of the discussions regarding caribou recovery activities west of Chetwynd.last_img read more

Fort St John Local Immigration Partnership to host We All Live Here

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Local Immigration Partnership is hosting ‘We All Live Here’ on January 22 at the Stonebridge Hotel.This event will give an insightful look at immigration and settlement in Fort St. John as guests and residents share their stories of starting their lives in the Peace Region.The night will include a First Nations Welcome, Keynote Speaker Katie Rosenberger, and stories shared by immigrants. Light refreshments will be provided. The FSJLIP ‘We All Live Here’ event is taking place on January 22, at 6:25 p.m. with doors opening at 6:00 p.m., at the Stonebridge Hotel.To register for this free event and for more information, you can call 250-785-5323 ext. 21 or by email at janis.nual@success.bc.ca.last_img read more

Feds paid near top dollar for Trans Mountain pipeline spending watchdog says

first_img“If it was a car, we would say they paid sticker price, they didn’t negotiate very much, they didn’t get that many deals or manufacturers rebates _ quite the opposite,” Giroux told reporters Thursday morning.Expanding the pipeline’s capacity will come at an estimated cost of $9.3 billion if the project is completed by Dec. 31, 2021, the PBO estimates.But should the project encounter any construction delays or cost increases, Giroux says, “then it’s quite clear to us that the government would have overpaid” for the pipeline.An existing pipeline connects Alberta’s oilpatch northeast of Edmonton to a terminal in Burnaby, B.C., and its owner Kinder Morgan tried to expand it for years to increase the amount of crude oil it could carry. The federal government bought the pipeline from Kinder Morgan in August after political opposition to expanding the pipeline between Alberta and the B.C. coast gave the company and its investors cold feet. (It announced the purchase price as $4.5 billion but Giroux reported that after final adjustments, the net payment to Kinder Morgan was $4.4 billion.)The PBO analysis did note the project could have positive impacts on the country’s economy and on oil prices if the expansion is completed on time and on budget. But the fact the government was the only buyer is a warning sign.“It’s a very risky project to have bought something that nobody else in the private sector wanted to acquire. There are lots of retirement or pension plans that like to buy infrastructure of that nature that generate streams of revenues,” Giroux said. The board is to have its report ready by Feb. 22. “From a financial perspective, the risks are significant for taxpayers, but should this get built, it will be a relief for the oil sector in Alberta because it will accelerate the opening of markets for Canadian oil.”If the pipeline expansion does not go ahead, the value of the project would drop significantly, and cause the government to lose upwards of $2.5 billion, Giroux added, calling this the worst-case scenario.The Federal Court of Appeal struck down Ottawa’s approval of the project in a ruling last August, saying Canada failed to meaningfully consult with First Nations and that the National Energy Board failed to examine how the project would affect marine life.Ottawa is now consulting with Indigenous groups and the board has been reviewing the marine effects.center_img OTTAWA, O.N. – Canada’s parliamentary budget watchdog says the Liberal government paid the “sticker price” when it bought the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.4 billion.Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux estimates the Trans Mountain pipeline and planned expansion project are worth between $3.6 billion and $4.6 billion.This means government’s purchase price of $4.4 billion was at the high end of the project’s total calculated value.last_img read more

BC Government to improve WorkBC Services

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction is making changes to improve WorkBC’s services.According to the Government, the changes will offer better services for people who need support to re-enter the workforce, access training opportunities and to find good jobs.Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, says these changes will help those who are facing barriers when searching for work. “Many people trying to find work face barriers to opportunity. They need a hand overcoming those barriers to take the next step to meet their goals. That’s why we are refocusing WorkBC on delivering results for people. Improving accessibility and moving to more personalized supports will make it easier for more people to find good, stable jobs so they can provide for themselves and their families.”WorkBC provides employment services to people at centres throughout the province and online through WorkBC.ca. People can find local and provincial job listings, workshops, skills assessments and targeted programs that include training, work experience and wage subsidies.For more information on the changes in employment services, you can visit the Government’s website.last_img read more

Yoga program starts at Bert Bowes as a new initiative for wellbeing

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Bert Bowes Middle School has started a new Yoga Program to help improve the well-being of staff and students.Bert Bowes Middle School and Soul Space Community applied for an IMAGINE grant from Northern Health in September 2018.Jen Harrison, Vice Principal at Bert Bowes and Instructor at Soul Space Yoga Community, and Tammy Still, Owner of Soul Space Yoga Community, put the grant proposal together. According to Harrison, features in the proposal included weekly student yoga club, weekly staff yoga, a full set of mats, blocks, bolsters, straps, and blankets for Bert Bowes and Dr. Kearney Middle Schools, and a professional development session in Spring 2019.Harrison says she thanks Northern Health for the grant and feels the Yoga Program is an excellent initiative for improving the well-being of both staff and students.“I just think that the opportunity that Northern Health gave our school is one that we are so grateful for. Having someone offset the cost of purchasing equipment and supporting a teacher, and accessing the training is what has made this project possible.”Harrison also says Yoga is a relatively new frontier in education.“It’s a relatively new frontier in education and the connection between curriculum, instruction assessment, and mindfulness practices like Yoga, the research is really starting to show that there is a really strong correlation between mindfulness practice, positive mental health, and academic achievement.”Yoga sessions take place for all School District 60 staff on Monday afternoons, along with a Student Yoga Club session on Tuesdays, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., at Bert Bowes Middle School. For more information, you can contact Bert Bowes Vice Principal, Jen Harrison, by email at jharrison@prn.bc.ca.last_img read more

Two K12 support staff agreements ratified under the Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Ministry of Finance has announced that the first two K-12 support staff agreements have been ratified by local unions, their districts and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association Board.According to the Government, these agreements have been ratified under the Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate.The Government says the agreements focus on improving services for people and ensuring fair and affordable compensation and includes: A three-year term of July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022General wage increases of two percent per yearSchool District 81 (Fort Nelson) and BCGEU Local 717, representing 56 members, negotiated a provision of monthly collaboration time to educational assistants and similar positions directly supporting students.The ratifications complete the process that was started by the September 2018 Provincial Framework Agreement.For more information on Public Sector Bargaining, you can visit the Government of B.C.’s website.last_img read more

Former Fort St John man arrested on terrorism charges released from custody

first_imgHamdan, a Jordanian national, was acquitted of those charges by a B.C. Supreme Court judge in September 2017. Immigration authorities arrested him and determined at multiple detention reviews that he poses a danger to the public.The CBSA said that Hamdan made himself out to be a cheerleader for the Islamic State in many of his 85 Facebook posts as he glorified and encouraged lone-wolf attacks in Canada, the United States and other western countries.Hamdan cast his activity on Facebook as an alternative news source, providing his followers with another view of events in the Middle East as he relayed the message of a terrorist organization.The CBC says Hamdan must meet 25 conditions before he is released.  The CBC says a spokesperson for the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada would not elaborate on what those conditions would be or when he would be released. VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Immigration and Refugee Board has ordered that a former Fort St. John man that was acquitted 2017 of four terrorism-related charges be released from custody until he is deported.According to the CBC, at a detention review hearing on Friday, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada ruled he must be released from custody until he is deported from Canada.Othman Hamdan came to B.C from Washington state 16 years ago on a refugee claim and was arrested in Fort St. John in the summer of 2015 when he was originally charged with four terrorism offences.last_img read more

High oil prices an Achilles heel for Indian economy

first_imgSingapore: The surging price of oil is an Achilles heel for the Indian economy, complicating its inflation, current account, fiscal balance and currency outlook, a market report by Singapore’s DBS banking group has said. “The sharp rally in oil weighed on all asset classes; USD-INR jumped to 69.87 high before closing slightly lower, while equity markets ended in red,” said the report by Economist Radhika Rao and FX Strategist Philip Wee of the DBS Group Research Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalFor bond markets, the worry is two-pronged with the concern being that high oil prices might pose a fresh risk to the fiscal math, if subsides return, by extension requiring higher borrowing, said the duo. Also, pipeline inflation risks due to high oil prices further raise the hurdle for rate-cuts. The Reserve Bank of India’s minutes from the April meeting had already left the market divided– some see members as keeping the door open for rate cuts on worries over growth, whilst rest see the RBI cautious over inflationary risks, said Rao and Wee. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”These themes are likely to keep 10-Year INR bond yields (generic) above 7.45% this week, with break below to be shallow,” said the duo in the report. “2028 paper tested past 7.6% yesterday (Monday) and is likely to move in the higher 7.55-7.65% band this week. We had noted last week that short-tenor yields (1Y-2Y) have already bounced off lows; nonetheless sharper jump in 10Y yields saw the curve return to a widening bias,” the report said.last_img read more

Jets slot allocation to others only on temporary basis Ministry

first_imgMumbai: Allaying apprehensions of the grounded carrier Jet Airways on its vacant slots, the aviation ministry Tuesday said they are being allocated to other airlines purely on “temporary basis” and once the airline resumes operations, these slots will be returned. The ministry also assured Jet of “protecting” its historic slots as per the applicable norms and regulations. The SBI-led consortium of lenders and Jet Airways employees unions had Monday urged the government to secure its international landing slots to protect its valuation. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”To reduce inconvenience of passengers and facilitate induction of additional capacity, it has been decided to allot some of the slots vacated by Jet to other airlines purely on a temporary basis, for a period of three months,” the ministry said in a statement Tuesday. The abrupt temporary closure of Jet due to cash crunch last Wednesday left thousands of passengers in the lurch, forcing the ministry to allot some of the slots across domestic and international airports to other local carriers in a bid to help mitigate inconvenience. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe crisis at Jet has caused inconvenience to many air passengers and the ministry is seized of the matter, it said, adding the decision to allot vacant slot to other carriers has been taken to reduce the inconvenience of passengers and facilitate induction of additional capacity. “The historic rights of Jet Airways, as per extent ministry guidelines for slot allocation will be protected. These slots will be made available to Jet as and when they revive their operations,” the ministry said. It also said a committee has been constituted by government comprising regulator DGCA, the Airports Authority, joint venture/private sector airlines and slot coordinators to ensure that slots are allocated in most equitable and transparent manner. This committee would be allocating slots purely on temporary basis for three months only to those airlines which bring additional capacity (aircraft), the ministry added. Meanwhile, ending a three-day losing streak, shares of Jet Airways (India) surged nearly 10 per cent at close of trade Tuesday on value-buying at lower levels. The scrip jumped 9.90 per cent to close at Rs 169.90 on the BSE. During the day, it zoomed 12.19 per cent to Rs 173.45. At the NSE, shares advanced 8.30 per cent to close at Rs 167.55. On the traded volume front, 45.27 lakh shares of the company were traded on the BSE and over four crore shares on the NSE during the day. In the past three days, the scrip plummeted 40.94 per cent. It hit its 52-week low of Rs 132.20 on Monday.last_img read more

United still in top 4 race despite emotional season Solskjaer

first_imgManchester: Manchester United still have a chance to finish in the top four despite a rocky campaign and the sacking of their manager in December, the Premier League club’s boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday. United sacked Jose Mourinho in December when the club were 11 points adrift of the top four. Solskjaer has been reeling in their rivals but after some poor games recently United are sixth with three games to go, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. “It’s been an emotional season for the club because we’ve changed manager halfway through,” Solskjaer told reporters ahead of Chelsea’s visit on Sunday. “We’re still in the race for top four, and the focus has to be on Chelsea. If we get a performance there, which we know we can do, we know they’re tired, we don’t care because there’s three games to go. “You work your socks off for 90 minutes three times, then it’s your holidays.” Solskjaer was unbeaten in his first 12 league games in charge but United have since lost four of their last six matches, handing Arsenal and Chelsea the advantage in the race for the top four. “It’s a challenge, yes, and a difficult period now, but it’s what I expected,” he added. “The Premier League has changed, it’s such an unbelievable league. When I played, it was us and Arsenal. Now there are six teams really fighting or starting in the beginning believing they can challenge for trophies.” Midfielder Paul Pogba has been linked with a move to Real Madrid by British media in recent weeks, but Solskjaer said he believed the France international, who has a contract until 2021, would stay at Old Trafford next season. “You can’t guarantee anything in football but yes, I think Paul is going to be here,” Solskjaer said. “We want him to do well, he’s a leader in that dressing room and on the pitch for us.” Solskjaer also confirmed goalkeeper David De Gea would keep his place against Chelsea despite going a recent rough patch. The Spanish goalkeeper has not kept a clean sheet in his last 12 games in all competitions.last_img read more