Ottawa announces interim settlement with Indian Day School survivors

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first_imgCrown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett (APTN file photo.)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsIt’s nearly official.Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett announced Thursday an “agreement-in-principle” had been reached with former Indian day school students.“Today marks the historic step in that journey towards reconciliation and healing,” Bennett told a news conference flanked by former students.One of those students was Gary McLean of Lake Manitoba First Nation, who filed the class-action lawsuit on behalf of an estimated 200,000 survivors.“We know it’s a new beginning,” McLean told reporters.“For me, without forgiveness, we know things stay the same.”Bennett said the final details still had to be worked out and approved by a court.But she said Canada acknowledged the harms caused by the system that established and guided the schools.“As a result of the harmful and discriminatory government policies at the time, students who attended these schools were subject to sexual, physical and psychological abuse, and forced to abandon their language and culture,” the minister said.Compensation will address individual trauma and future healing, Bennett added.Students in front of Trout Lake Indian Day School in Ontario.Day school students were forced to attend the federally operated schools during the day but could return home at night – a system that began in the 1920s.The suit applies to First Nation, Inuit and Métis students.McLean filed his suit against Canada in 2009.“Thank you for supporting us to get this far,” he said of his legal team, his family and other supporters.Bennett said her government was investing $200 million to support healing, wellness, education language, culture and commemoration “for all those affected by Indian day schools.”kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more


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first_img Updated: 9:23 AM December 14, 2017 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSANTEE (KUSI) — The Santee Park & Recreation Committee (SPARC) gathered Thursday to consider recommendations on a smoke-free parks ordinance.SPARC will consider a smoke-free ordinance recommending smoke-free parks and open spaces to the Santee City Council. This could be the first step in creating smoke-free parks in Santee.Santee is the last city in the county to allow smoking in public parks, but local youth and park enthusiasts along with public health advocates have documented the impact of tobacco-related litter and the nuisance associated with tobacco use in all nine Santee Parks.A 2017 survey conducted in Santee indicates overwhelming support for smoke-free outdoor spaces and public parks.91 percent of people surveyed agree smoke-free parks are healthier for everyone6 percent of people surveyed support the current practice of allowing unrestricted smoking throughout Santee parks.Survey respondents agree that secondhand smoke is a nuisance and produces unhealthy air for children playing (91 percent), people eating (86 percent) and exercising such as walking, jogging, bike riding (86 percent).Years of research has provided evidence exposure to secondhand smoke is harmful to health. Smoke-free parks protect the health and quality of life of residents and visitors.Children exposed to secondhand smoke/vape are more likely to suffer from colds, ear infections, bronchitis and pneumonia.Secondhand smoke is especially dangerous to children AND adults with asthma or other chronic illness because it makes their condition worse and triggers asthma attacks.Secondhand smoke has been identified as a Toxic Air Contaminant by the California Air ResourceThis puts secondhand smoke in the same category as diesel exhaust, arsenic, and benzene.  Santee Park & Recreation Committee to consider ordinance to make public parks smoke-free , center_img Posted: December 14, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Vape is not simply water vapor. E-cigarettes have at least 10 toxic chemicals known to cause cancer and reproductive harm.Smoke-free parks help guard children and adults from secondhand tobacco exposure and harm.This information was provided by the California Department of Public Health.last_img read more


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first_img Moby To Sell Over 100 Pieces Of Gear From His Private Collection For Charity Moby To Sell Off Some Of His Gear For Charity moby-sell-over-100-pieces-gear-his-private-collection-charity News Email Twitter The dance music icon is selling some of his most beloved gear for a good causeBrian HaackGRAMMYs Apr 24, 2018 – 2:02 pm Starting April 26, GRAMMY-nominated producer/DJ, author and activist Moby plans to open a new Reverb.com shop in order to sell off more than 100 pieces of his classic studio gear, with plans to donate 100 percent of the profits to charity.”This is the equipment I’ve used to make all my records,” Moby explains in the launch video for his official Reverb Shop. “I have so much equipment and almost all of it has profound sentimental value to me, including synthesizers I started using in the ’80s. But rather than keep it all in storage, I want to sell it for a good cause.”The cause Moby has elected to help raise funds for is the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, an organization which plans to “dramatically [change] the way doctors treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer,” and “has been working tirelessly for alternatives to the use of animals in medical education and research and advocating for more effective scientific methods,” according to their website.The items Moby plans to sell include the Yamaha SY22 Vector synthesizer he used on his first-ever single release, 1991’s “Go,” as well as the Roland Juno-106 synth used for the bassline of “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?” from his Best Alternative Music Performance GRAMMY-nominated 1999 LP Play. Also up for grabs are assorted bass and electric guitars Moby has owned and used since the late 1980s, some costume pieces from the music video for “The Perfect Life” that Moby filmed with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, as well as  the “crown jewel” of his synth collection: the Roland Jupiter-6 that he used on “almost all of [his] early techno records,” and was once owned by techno pioneer Joey Beltram.”Every penny that’s generated goes to charity,” Moby explains. “I don’t get to keep any of it. I don’t get to keep the equipment, and I don’t get to keep even one cent of the money generated by it.”Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more Facebook last_img read more


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first_imgJatiya Oikya Front convenor Kamal Hossain. File PhotoGano Forum president Kamal Hossain on Thursday said they have asked their two MPs-elect not to join parliament as per their party’s decision, reports UNB.”We’ve clearly conveyed them our party’s decision of not joining parliament and they won’t do it,” he said.Kamal came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting of Jatiya Oikya Front steering committee at his Motijheel chamber.Meanwhile, the Oikya Front has decided not to join the tea party at Ganabhaban on 2 February terming it a “mockery”.Oikya Front spokesman Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “Our several thousand leaders and activists have been in jail while many others killed and injured centering the election. Many candidates have also been injured.”He further said, “Under the circumstances, we think arranging such a tea party by the prime minister is nothing but a mockery. So, we think there’s no necessity to join the tea party.”last_img read more


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first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Amy BishopSheldon Epps came onboard as Theater Under the Stars’ new Artistic Advisor in late April.It’s only been about six weeks since Sheldon Epps came onboard as Artistic Advisor for Theater Under the Stars, but he’s already making some bold changes. They’ve just announced that half of next season’s shows are being switched out.“One of the things that was a bit bothersome for me about the previously announced season was that there were shows on it that had not only been produced here but had been produced often and in recent memory,” Epps says, adding that his intent for the Houston-based musical theater company is to reach an audience that represents the area’s diversity. He’s replacing Grease with In the Heights, cutting Shrek and adding Into the Woods, and replacing Jesus Christ Superstar with Dreamgirls.But how will the subscribers – which number about 4,000 – feel about the changes?“I’m hoping that even though change is sometimes difficult to adjust to, that it’s change for the better and people will be happy about that,” he says.But for any subscribers who are not happy with the changes, TUTS says they’ll refund their money.Epps came into TUTS in the wake of what some have described as drama within the organization, which has undergone swift and unexpected leadership changes over the past few months.But Epps is more concerned with the future.“Frankly, my focus is not on what has occurred in the past, but where TUTS is going,” he says.The California native’s acting career began at the Alley Theater in Houston after college. For the past 20 years, he’s served as artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse in California.He says another interest is creating a “Second Stage Series,” which would involve bringing in additional shows specifically for the Hobby Center’s smaller stage. The organization has not made an announcement of their plans for TUTS Underground, the company’s series known for its edgier, more contemporary productions. Epps says they’ll have more information for the public in early July. X Share 00:00 /02:00last_img read more


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first_imgKolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Thursday raised questions over the evaluation of the answer scripts of History in the wake of a number of students who had scored 90 percent or above in Higher Secondary or its equivalent examinations getting less than 10 in the entrance test at Jadavpur University.”A number of students have approached me in the past few days who have secured less than 5 in the entrance examinations at JU. These students have bagged more than 80 percent or even 90 percent marks in History in the Board examinations. Even Granthan Sengupta, who came first in Higher Secondary examination, is among the students who have secured poor marks in JU’s History entrance test. Have the answer scripts been examined properly,” the minister questioned.He, who has always claimed that admission should be strictly on the basis of merit, was critical against a section of students who had agitated in the varsity demanding admission test for a number of days last month. “Now, I will ask those students who had agitated whether there has been transparency in the evaluation of the answer scripts in the entrance examination,” Chatterjee said.JU decided on Thursday that Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das will be acting as the Chairman of the admission committee of Jadavpur University and a fresh review of the History answer scripts will be conducted. Registrar Chiranjib Bhattacharjee will assist the V-C. The decision was taken after Dean of Arts Subhasish Biswas wrote to Vice-Chancellor Das praying resignation.”I strongly declare that the entire crisis which has taken place in the admission procedure of BA admission test in History of JU is due to my negligence of work and I am solely responsible for that… In the case of admission test in History, I detected an uneven marking after receiving many complaints,” Biswas’ self-declaration stated.A senior JU administrative official said Biswas’ resignation from the post of Dean of Arts has been accepted and he will no longer be involved in the admission process. “He is also the head of the History department. His resignation from this post is still under consideration,” the official added.A section of students had been demanding the resignation of Biswas in the wake of this crisis and had gheraoed Das and some other senior administrative officials on Wednesday. It was lifted in the wee hours on Thursday after Biswas tendered his resignation. The admission in the Arts subjects like International Relations, Bengali and English went off peacefully on Thursday with the majority of the seats getting occupied.last_img read more


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first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Beats Electronics, a maker of high-end headphones whose distinctive branding and ubiquity makes them hard to miss in many urban areas nowadays, has secured a $500 million investment from Washington-based private-equity firm the Carlyle Group.Carlyle has purchased an undisclosed minority stake in Beats in a deal that values the electronics maker at more than $1 billion. The ballpark valuation comes as no surprise, given that Beats is on track to net anywhere from $1.2 to $1.5 billion in revenue this year, according to published reports.”These transactions represent the evolution of the financial strength and significant growth prospects of Beats,” Jimmy Iovine, Beats co-founder and chief executive, said in a statement.Founded in 2006 by rapper Dr. Dre and Iovine, chairman of music label Interscope, Beats has come to dominate the market for pricey headphones. According to the NPD Group, Beats has grabbed more than 60 percent of the U.S. market for headphones costing more than $100. Its signature headsets retail for between $200 and $400.Related: How Jay-Z Went From Music Mogul to Sports AgentAlso on Friday, Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC announced that it was selling back to Beats its remaining 25 percent stake in the audio equipment company for $265 million. Two years ago, HTC bought a majority stake in Beats for about $300 million and began integrating the company’s audio technology into its smartphones.Then, in July 2012, HTC sold half of its stake, about 25 percent, back to Beats for $150 million. Analysts said the partnership had failed to help HTC make gains in the smartphone market.Indeed, with most mobile-phone users voting with their wallets in the ongoing East-West beef between Samsung and Apple, HTC has been posting weak earnings. Its profit for the second quarter of 2013 was down 83 percent from the year before.Carlyle, meanwhile, has stepped in to give Beats the cash it needs to expand both in the U.S. and abroad. Beats sells speakers and car audio systems in addition to headphones. It is also developing a streaming music service to compete with Spotify and Pandora, according to The Wall Street Journal.”We are confident that Beats will continue to drive innovation and growth in the premium audio accessory market, particularly as the proliferation of smart phones and tablets stimulate increased consumption of digital media,” Sandra Horbach, a managing director at Carlyle, said in a statement.Carlyle will also reportedly fill two of the six seats on Beats’ board.Related: Music Service Rdio Will Launch Free Version to Compete With Spotify Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read September 27, 2013 Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more


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first_img 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. August 7, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img The highly-anticipated launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, its most powerful rocket yet, is four months away. To prepare, Elon Musk shared what he hopes will happen.Related: 20 Weird Things We’ve Learned About Elon MuskIn an Instagram post on Friday, the SpaceX founder and CEO shared an animated video of the Falcon Heavy launch, demonstrating a seamless takeoff and landing. The video shows the intended process of the launch, with the Falcon Heavy lifting off and its smaller rockets detaching and landing back on Earth. Later, the core module of the rocket is seen returning to Earth as well.If things go as planned, the Falcon Heavy, which is nearly three times as powerful as the Falcon 9, could eventually transport humans between Earth, the moon and Mars. But don’t get your hopes up too much. “Lot that can go wrong in the November launch,” Musk wrote in the Instagram post.Related: 15 Times Elon Musk Had the Best ResponseThat’s not deterring fans though. People are excited about the launch, responding to his post with comments such as, “What if a lot can go so right? Either way I know you will perfect the unimaginable,” and “Beautiful. Inspiring. Go and have luck and success.”Watch how SpaceX plans to launch the Falcon Heavy below. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more


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first_img Travelweek Group The future is now with Aloft’s new voice-activated hotel rooms Share << Previous PostNext Post >> STAMFORD, CT — Aloft Hotels has unveiled hotel rooms that are, quite possibly, smarter than the guests who stay in them.Dubbed ‘Project: Jetson’, the top-secret experiment marks the industry’s first-ever voice activated hotel room, giving guests entirely new ways to interact using the words “Hey Siri.” Each Aloft Voice-Activated Hotel Room is equipped with an iPad running a custom Aloft app used for controlling the in-room guest experience, with HomeKit-enabled accessories including room temperature, lighting options and more.Upon arrival, guests will launch a custom Aloft app on their in-room iPad to control various aspects of their voice-activated room. A personalized welcome screen will advise them on how to set up their room and use their own voice with “Hey Siri.” Each iPad also offers a simple tutorial to guide guests through the setup process and answer any questions they may have.These new rooms are available today at Aloft Boston Seaport and Aloft Santa Clara. The rooms also allow guests to brose the Internet, check the weather and explore local attractions. At the end of each stay, all iPads are reset and all personal preferences are removed from the device.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughts“At Aloft, we are constantly pushing the envelope, our imaginations and the adaptation of technology to reinvent the hotel stay of today and tomorrow,” said Sarah Downing, Vice President, Global Guest Initiatives & Innovation, Aloft Hotels. “We love working with companies like DigiValet to help bring our visions to life. The new Aloft Voice Activated Hotel Rooms are going to change the way that our guests interact, literally, with their room during their stay with us. It’s the latest way Aloft is changing the way we all travel.”center_img Monday, August 29, 2016 Tags: Aloft Hotels, Technology Posted bylast_img read more


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first_img Friday, December 16, 2016 TORONTO — In the 45 days prior to booking a trip, Canadians make 161 visits to travel sites, according to the 2016 Traveler’s Path to Purchase study by comScore.What’s more, Canadian consumers collectively spend 148 billion minutes per month interacting with digital content, and 70% of those people are consuming digital travel content.As shockingly high as those numbers are, Canada actually lags behind the UK and the U.S. for just about everything related to travel and technology. The growth rate for Canadian consumption of digital travel content is only 18%, compared to 44% in the UK and 41% in the U.S.And while Canadian travellers “are slowly shifting away from desktop-only usage at 36% in 2016 compared to 46% in 2015”, by and large Canadians spend many more minutes on their desktop computers and laptops than their smartphones and tablets.Simply put, when it comes to checking out travel sites online – whether it’s a travel review site, hotel and airline sites, an OTA or, ideally, the booking-friendly website of a traditional bricks-and-mortar travel agency – Canadian consumers still prefer using their desktop computers and laptops over iPhones or iPads. Going on the Internet and consuming online travel content via mobile devices – whether it’s on a smartphone or tablet – hasn’t caught on here quite as quickly as in the UK and the U.S. Growth is slow but steady.Which begs the question: do travel agencies here need to invest thousands of dollars in a mobile-friendly app that will enable clients to book with their bricks-and-mortar travel agency with a touch of their finger on their smartphones and tablets?Frederic de Pardieu doesn’t think travel agencies need a mobile app for bookings. And he’s in the travel app business. De Pardieu, CEO of Montreal-based mtrip (mtrip.com), says the best strategy for travel agencies is two-fold.For bookings, an agency should have a “responsive” website, that is, a website where the design works well with various screen sizes and can be adapted for mobile.The best time for an app, says de Pardieu, is in the post-booking stage.“Providing a native mobile app after the booking is the best way for agents to increase loyalty and generate revenue by engaging with the clients during the whole trip,” says de Pardieu.A native app is what most of us think of when it comes to apps. At Apple’s App Store, there’s an estimated two million apps available for download. Just about everything we do with our phones and tablets these days is via those colourful little app icons on our screens.Having a native mobile app for iOS and Android for the booking stage does not make sense, says de Pardieu. “Some have invested in a native app and the ROI is very weak.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterNot only that, but the cost of a native app built from scratch can cost anywhere from $50,000 to $200,000. A customizable white-label app customizable costs around $10,000 “however some small agencies share the same app for a very low starter cost”, says de Pardieu.At the post-booking stage, on the other hand, a mobile app makes sense, says de Pardieu. “On the post-booking stage, you continue engaging with the client by providing a mobile app which will be downloaded if you offer an added-value product (not only a list of bookings but helpful features like real-time flight alerts, flight check-in, offline maps and directions, offline travel guides). The agency will continue to own their client and increase loyalty.” A mobile website doesn’t fit the purpose on the post-booking side as it doesn’t work offline – it can’t be used abroad as nobody wants to pay roaming charges – plus features are limited and there’s not the same agency-client connection, he said.While the retail travel industry, like just about every other industry, is overwhelmed with the ‘Go Mobile or Die’ message and can be forgiven for throwing up its hands in overwhelmed exasperation at all the tech trends hitting the travel domain, competitors with very deep pockets are making strides.“Large travel brands are now focusing on a holistic approach of their mobile offering, which means engaging with their clients after the booking and during the whole trip,” says de Pardieu.Google launched Google Trips, he adds, a travel assistant which includes bookings, travel guides, maps “and they will soon let users book flights and accommodation”. Airbnb just launched its new app. “They want to become an OTA,” says de Pardieu.“This is a real threat for bricks-and-mortar travel agents as these players will draw more traffic from them. Travel agencies should definitively engage with their clients during the whole trip by providing a mobile travel assistant.”Jean Collette with Club Voyages Dumoulin, has a white-label version of mtrip’s post-booking app. “My mobile product is an app you find in Google Play and Apple’s App store,” says Collette. “It is free but in order to get the access codes you need to purchase a travel product or service from my agency. The app download mechanic works with my back office system. The minute an invoice is created the important information is transferred directly from my back office program to my app program, for example, name of client, email, dates, destination, itinerary, product or service description, etc.”Collette introduced his agency app this past summer and says he’s waiting for the winter travel season to see just how valuable the app is for his business. “[In terms of] ROI, it is too early; most of our clients will use the app over the winter. The strategy with the app is more for client retention than client acquisition.”More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upHis investment started with a set-up fee of $15,000 and a monthly fee of $1,500 based on 5,000 clients per year.Collette says his clients can do many things with the app “and the best things is the app works offline at destination. Clients can pre-register their flights, they get a complete travel guide of their destination, they get all the information on the shopping, dining, nightlife, tours and excursions, monetary device converter, the weather, it has a geo-localization navigator, AR (augmented reality) features, they can book, flight, cars, hotels, trips and excursions and city tours.”He adds “we have a website but we were not present in smartphones. Now we are and I believe it is a strong way to stay connected with our clients.”One popular post-booking app, from Umapped, was picked up by TPI. This fall TPI announced it had joined forces with the Canadian travel tech start-up to provide TPI clients with an interactive mobile itinerary with real-time messaging and content that extends to the client’s personal and social networks.Meanwhile TPI’s Internet booking search engine is mobile-friendly and both TPI advisors and clients have access to this tool and can book travel through this tool via their desktop PC or mobile device. TPI plans to add a cruise booking engine to this tool in the near future. “Our goal at TPI is to provide our advisors with the tools they need to focus on the customer,” said TPI VP, Tim Morgan.Softvoyage’s VP Sales & Marketing, Dan Langevin, says Softvoyage is seeing a huge uptake on its various platforms being accessed via mobile technology. Canada’s slow-growth mobile stats, at least when it comes to travel, could be because “Canadians are still very much using travel agents to book.”That said, the mobile usage curve is definitely trending up: “more and more shopping is being done using various platforms which includes mobile.” << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share Kathryn Folliott About Latest Posts Kathryn FolliottEditor at TravelweekKathryn is Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 1995. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Hong Kong, Jerusalem, the Swiss Alps and the Galapagos Islands among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Kathryn Folliott (see all) “They need to go where the bucks are”: Agents on ACTA partnership – April 18, 2019 As the cost of doing business climbs, host agencies, retail groups say they have options – April 4, 2019 As of 2021 Europe-bound clients will need to apply online for a visa waiver and pay a fee – April 3, 2019 Do travel agents need to invest thousands in a smartphone app? Really? Tags: Technologylast_img read more