Trudeau to talk China with Trump set table for G20 summit

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on Thursday will be an opportunity to talk about China and global issues set to be discussed at next week’s G20 leaders’ summit in Japan.Speaking before a meeting with his Liberal caucus today, Trudeau says the two leaders will discuss the challenge China poses to global trade, as well as to Canada and the United States.The Canadian government has been calling for China to release two Canadians whose detentions are largely viewed as a retaliation for the arrest of a Huawei executive in Vancouver at the request of the U.S.Countries including the U.S., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, and the U.K. have spoken out in support of the detained Canadians.Trudeau also says trade will be a big part of the meeting with Trump as both countries look to ratify the new NAFTA.He says Canada is still trying to keep in step with the U.S., adding he has the ability to recall Parliament this summer if needed to ratify the trade pact.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

ViceAdmiral Mark Norman to retire from Canadian Forces

first_imgVice-Admiral Mark Norman is retiring from the Canadian Forces after reaching a “mutually acceptable agreement” with the government, the Department of National Defence said Wednesday.The surprise announcement comes more than a month after Crown prosecutors stayed their politically charged breach-of-trust case against the military’s former second-in-command.Norman said at the time that he wanted to return to duty, a plan that was welcomed by defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance even as questions swirled over whether Norman would file a lawsuit against the government.Instead, in a statement Wednesday, the Defence Department said that “after consulting with his family, his chain of command, and his counsel, Vice-Admiral Norman has decided to retire from the Canadian Armed Forces.”The department also revealed that Norman’s lawyers had negotiated a “mutually acceptable agreement” with the government, “the details of which will remain confidential.”The talks were overseen by former Ontario Court of Appeal chief justice Warren Winkler.“Both parties believe that this resolution will return focus to the critical work of the Canadian Forces, which is the protection of all Canadians,” the department said.“The government of Canada thanks Vice-Admiral Norman for his 38 years of dedicated service and wishes him well in all of his future endeavours.”Norman was suspended from the military in January 2017 and later charged with breach of trust for allegedly leaking government secrets to put pressure on the government to approve a $700-million shipbuilding project.The former navy commander, who was vice-chief of the defence staff when he was suspended, denied any wrongdoing while his lawyers accused the federal Liberal government of political interference in the case.While the Liberals in turn denied the charge, the case nonetheless became a cause celebre for the federal Conservatives and many former military personnel rallied to Norman’s defence.Following months of pre-trial hearings in which Norman’s lawyers fought for access to thousands of pages of secret government documents, the Crown stayed the case on May 8.Prosecutors said at the time that new information uncovered by Norman’s legal team had left no reasonable prospect of a conviction.last_img read more

Would you live in the City of the Future

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, how much of your privacy are you prepared to trade for ease and convenience? And before you answer this, take a look at the fine print of all the apps you’ve downloaded recently.But what about in the real world? In your physical space? This is the debate around Toronto’s Sidewalk Labs proposal, which would see a new ‘smart’ community built along the Waterfront. There are hundreds of benefits to using data to build a more efficient city. And hundreds of downsides to collecting it from citizens as they go about their daily lives.So how will this debate unfold? Will part of Toronto become ‘smart’? And why is the corporation that wants the data also proposing allowing other organizations to access it?GUEST: John Lorinc, senior editor, Spacing Toronto; 2019-20 Atkinson Fellow (focusing on Smart Cities, data and privacy)Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at read more

NewsAlert Three former St Mikes students plead guilty to assault sex assault

first_imgTORONTO — Three former students of a prestigious Toronto private school have pleaded guilty in a sex assault scandal that rocked the institution. The teens, who attended St. Michael’s College School, each pleaded guilty to one count of sex assault with a weapon and one count of assault with a weapon.One of the teens also pleaded guilty to making child pornography.Police launched an investigation last fall after a video that captured an alleged sexual assault on the school’s campus was shared on social media.Seven students were charged with assault and sexual assault offences that related to three incidents involving members of one of the school’s football teams.Four of the students charged were expelled and three withdrew from the school in the wake of the allegations.This report by the Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 3, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Eve Torres Wins Stars Earn Stripes For USO

first_imgWWE Diva and USO representative Eve Torres left no doubt who was the king of the ring among the eight-competitor field by winning the NBC reality show competition “Stars Earn Stripes.”Eve Torres dropped by for a Labor Day visit with sailors and military families at the USO Naval Great Lakes in North Chicago.Credit/Copyright: T. E. Klein / USO via USO.orgTorres, who selected the USO as her charity of choice, earned $150,000 for the USO’s Operation Enduring Care by defeating Olympic skier Picabo Street and actor Dean Cain in the final challenge and the renowned wrestler could not be more proud of her victory.“‘Stars Earn Stripes’ was one of the best experiences of my life,” Torres told “I went in assuming I was the underdog because I didn’t have the military experience. The USO is a really important organization and I know that this win is really important to the troops.”Operation Enduring Care is a part of the wider USO Warrior and Family Care and raises funds to help the wounded, ill and injured troops and their families and caregivers while constructing two warrior and family centers — one at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., one in Fort Belvoir, Va.Torres revealed earlier how important supporting the troops and their families was to her and the WWE, a strong supporter of our nation’s military and she credited her training and mental toughness with giving her the edge needed to prevail.“I think being a WWE Diva is a tough job; there’s lots we do that’s not seen on television, constantly working and trying to better ourselves,” Torres told “And I really think that hard work and dedication from being a WWE Diva is probably what set me apart from the other competitors.”Source:USO.orglast_img read more

Telefilm Canada congratulates the Canadian talent nominated for an Oscar

first_imgCanadian talent nominated at the 89th Academy AwardsHoward Barish, co-producer (13th), Documentary (Feature)Sylvain Bellemare (Arrival), Sound EditingBernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye (Arrival), Sound MixingRyan Gosling (La La Land), Actor in a Leading RoleShawn Levy, co-producer (Arrival), Best PictureTheodore Ushev (Blind Vaysha), Short Film (Animated), National Film Board of CanadaPatrice Vermette (Arrival), Production DesignDenis Villeneuve (Arrival), DirectingAbout Telefilm Canada—Inspired by talent. Viewed everywhere.Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2013, the Talent Fund accepts private donations to principally support emerging talent. Visit and follow us on Twitter at and on Facebook at Facebook “On behalf of everyone at Telefilm Canada, I’d like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all of this year’s Canadian Oscar nominees. This recognition of Canadian talent and creativity shines brightly on the world stage,” said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada.“Over the last 50 years, Telefilm Canada has grown with the Canadian audiovisual industry, which has matured into a vital sector of activity at home and abroad. We are proud of the talent that our industry has developed, and continues to develop, as today’s Oscar nominations clearly demonstrates.“Canadians around the country have much to be proud of today and I wish the very best of luck to all the Canadians who are in the running for an Oscar this year.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAcrobats face unique challenges when performing in water trapeze acts. The temperature of the water needs to be just right, and gripping the apparatus can be more difficult. (GAVIN YOUNG / POSTMEDIA) Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Twitter It will come as no surprise to fans of Cirque that one or more of the routines in Luzia will involve a trapeze. The trapeze in all its different forms from bars, hoops, ribbons and ropes has been a staple of these Canadian spectacles since day one and of circuses in general for more than 170 years.The trapeze was created in the mid 1800s by a young French acrobat named Jules Leotard. He rigged his apparatus above the family swimming pool so if his practise routines misfired, the water would cushion Leotard’s fall. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Cirque du Soleil’s Grand Chapiteau or Big Top has taken up residence at Stampede Park until Sept. 17.For the next month it will be the home of Luzia, a tribute to Mexican art, culture, traditions, sounds and colours.Luzia, which was created in Montreal in the fall of 2016, is the 38th Cirque creation since 1984 and it is the 17th show to travel in one of the specially created tent theatres.last_img read more

Star junior hockey player in Facebook racism controversy

first_imgAPTN National NewsPlayoffs in the Western Hockey League are being upstaged by controversy over an alleged racist comment made by one of the league’s rising stars.A complaint posted on Facebook under the name of player Brayden Shenn centres on the old myth that Aboriginal people do not pay taxes.In general, only First Nations people who live on-reserve and who work for an on-reserve company do not pay income tax.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo delves into the controversy.last_img

A tour of one of the largest communities ever to be discovered

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Huron Wendat village close to Toronto is the largest of it’s kind every found.The size and scope is changing the way some historians look at North American life prior to the arrival of Europeans.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has morelast_img

Labrador voters go to the polls today

first_imgAPTN National NewsVoters go to the polls today in Labrador.The place has election fever with candidate signs up all over.Voters will decide who will be their Member of Parliament after Prime Minister Stephen Harper called a byelection in the riding when former cabinet minister Peter Penashue quit in a swirl of controversy.APTN’s Ossie Michelin is there and will be providing updates throughout the day.last_img

RCMP probing officers handling of domestic violence allegation against Onion Lake Chief

first_img(Vicki Monague filed complaint over RCMP’s handling of her criminal allegation of domestic violence against Onion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox. Photo supplied by Monague.)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe RCMP is probing complaints filed against officers from the Onion Lake Cree Nation detachment over their handling of a domestic violence allegation against Chief Wallace Fox, APTN National News has learned.Fox, the long-time chief of the Saskatchewan First Nation, was charged Monday with two counts of assault, one count of possession of a dangerous weapon and one count of uttering threats to damage property stemming from a domestic incident at his Onion Lake residence. He is scheduled to appear in provincial court on Dec. 16.Toronto-based investigators with the RCMP Professional Standards Unit are also currently probing how the Onion Lake RCMP detachment handled the allegations against Fox.The probe was triggered after the alleged victim filed a complaint with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP.The charges were laid nearly six months after Vicki Monague, who is from Beausoleil First Nation in Ontario, filed her criminal allegation against Fox with the RCMP detachment at Onion Lake.A spokesperson for Fox said he would not be commenting on the charges because the matter is now before the courts.Monague said she was informed by the Saskatchewan Crown last week that he had recommended charges against Fox. Still, she said she was “shocked” when Fox was finally charged.“This has been going on now for nearly six months. We didn’t know how to feel about it. I think we are in kind of shock mode right now and we are starting to figure out what this actually means,” said Monague. “I think for me and my kids especially the hardest part has been the anxiety attacks and watching somebody that we know personally behind closed doors on the news, in media articles on social media being an advocate for murdered and missing Indigenous women.”Monague said she filed her complaints against the detachment’s officers in Onion Lake because she felt they didn’t take her domestic violence allegations seriously. Monague said she was initially told by one officer at the Onion Lake detachment that she had to appear in person if she wanted to press any charges against Fox.“I was fearful of my husband and left Onion Lake Cree Nation to return home,” said Monague, in her letter of complaint dated July 3. “I was also fearful that had I pressed charges, Wallace Fox, being the chief, would have interfered with those charges proceeding through political means.”Staff Sgt. Paul Dickinson and a sergeant from the RCMP’s Professional Standards Unit interviewed Monague on Oct. 1 about her complaint against four RCMP officers, including three from the Onion Lake detachment and the staff-sergeant who originally handled her complaint against the detachment. The interview was held at the OPP detachment in Midland, Ont.The Onion Lake detachment commander has already received “verbal operational guidance in the area of compassion when dealing with victims of crime” as a result of the complaints, according to a copy of a complaint intake document obtained by APTN.Monague said she had been living with Fox since October 2014 and had been involved in a relationship with him since July of the same year. The alleged incident occurred at Fox’s residence on May 13, said Monague.Monague said she filed her domestic violence allegations on May 18 after she arrived in Beausoleil First Nation, in Ontario, following a four-day drive from Saskatchewan.Monague said she and her children, aged 11, 12 and 14, issued sworn statements before a commissioner of oaths on June 8 alleging domestic violence. Monague said she gave her statement at the Midland police detachment and her children issued their statements at the Anishinabek police detachment.Monague said the statements were sent by Purolator Courier but were not picked up by Onion Lake RCMP until June 30, according to her letter of complaint.“I have seen corruption within the Onion Lake RCMP and they have failed to protect me and my children,” she said. “But my main concern is, what about other women. How many other women could there be that came forward and the police refused to investigate. How many other women have they done this to?” read more

Despite violence people still heading to StandingRock to help in any way

first_imgTina House APTN National NewsSince the police crackdown on October 28, the camps in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe over the Dakota access pipeline have seen their share of peaceful – and violent moments.On Wednesday, the #NoDAPL supporters stride to storm a private ranch where the Tribe says artifacts and burials ground exist.They were met by a wall of police who used pepper spray and rubber bullets to beat them back.That hasn’t deterred people from making the journey to North Dakota.thouse@aptn.calast_img

Ontario authorities have kept teens suicide letters from her family for 724

first_img(Barbara Suggashie, left, and her husband Clarence Suggashie hold the picture of their deceased daughter Kanina Sue Turtle who died by suicide Oct. 29, 2016. APTN file photo)Kenneth JacksonAPTN NewsWhen Barbara Suggashie first saw the video of her daughter’s suicide she only watched the first few minutes.Then she shut it off.She wanted to see if her daughter said goodbye.“But she never said anything,” said Suggashie.Kanina Sue Turtle was 15 when she died Oct. 29, 2016.That’s nearly 730 days ago and Suggashie, like any parent, has often wondered what her daughter was thinking at the time.Kanina did have something to say to her family.She wrote letters to them.But no one told the family.“No one said anything,” said Suggashie on the telephone over the weekend from her home in Poplar Hill near the Ontario and Manitoba border.Not the Ontario Provincial Police that investigated Kanina’s death in Sioux Lookout, Ont.Not Tikinagan Child and Family Services that owned and operated the foster home, and who took Kanina from her parents 10 times throughout her life for safety concerns.And not the Ontario coroner’s office.The family didn’t learn of Kanina’s last words until last month.That’s when a report, commissioned by Chief Coroner Dr. Dirk Huyer, was released on the deaths of 12 kids in child protective services between 2014 and 2017.It’s 86 pages looking at systemic issues that are failing the most vulnerable children in the province. Each of the 12 children had about one page each dedicated to them.In Kanina’s section there is a line that Suggashie hasn’t been able to forget: “Suicide notes were left for various family members…”It came as a shock.Why hadn’t anyone told her?Kanina, left, with her mother, Barbara, several months before her death. Facebook photo.But then again Suggashie was used to things being kept from her after her daughter’s death.For instance, the actual video of Kanina’s suicide was kept from the family for about nine months.During that time Suggashie didn’t believe it was suicide.Then police returned Kanina’s iPod in the summer of 2017 right around the same time the family’s access to information request for Kanina’s police report, and officer’s notes, arrived.Kanina filmed her death on the device and police officer notes mention the video. It’s about an hour and has been reviewed by APTN, as previously reported.The video shows Kanina was left alone for 45 minutes before the a worker in the home checked on her.It was far too late by then as she had been motionless for approximately 40 minutes.Suggashie said she has asked Tikinagan why her daughter was left alone when the agency knew she was suicidal and had been in the hospital multiple times in the days before her death for self-harming.When the investigating coroner did the autopsy hundreds of new cuts were all over her body.“I don’t understand Tikinagan. They are hiding something,” she has said over and over since APTN first broke the news of the video Feb. 28.She also never had the coroner’s death investigation report until late this summer when the family hired a lawyer to find out what happened. The lawyer, Cara Valiquette based in Bracebridge, Ont., was able to get some of Kanina’s records, including her counsellor notes.Those records show Kanina missed every appointment with her counsellor in the five days before her death. Her counsellor, Violet Tuesday in Sioux Lookout, also noted she had difficulty reaching Tikinagan during those five days.In depth: Love and death in child welfare: Kanina Sue Turtle’s last daysThe death investigation report was completed by regional coroner, Michael Wilson, over a year after Kanina’s death because no one had had done it by then, as Wilson mentions. Wilson also says in the report it does not appear anything could have stopped Kanina from killing herself.Wilson was also involved much earlier in the investigation into Kanina’s death. Immediately after her death, the OPP asked the coroner’s office to pay for specialized software that would allow the police to remove the video from Kanina’s iPod and keep as evidence, as the device had timed out and locked police out.Wilson wouldn’t pay the costs and said the family could if they wanted the device back. Kanina’s family would guess her password to get into the phone after police returned it.APTN contacted Huyer by email Monday asking who has Kanina’s suicide letters.“I am away from the office for two days so I am not able to answer until later this week as I have to check with others,” wrote Huyer Monday night. “I would be happy to respond to the family with any questions they have.”Huyer was in Sioux Lookout for a media conference over the cold case involving Audrey Anderson. That’s also where Tikinagan’s headquarters is located.He emailed again Tuesday evening saying he has made several inquires to find out about the letters.“You and the family have raised a question to me which I will make best efforts to find the answers in as timely a manner that I can,” he said. “As you are aware I do not have direct knowledge of all investigations (17,000) in the province each year.  I was not the investigating coroner in this case.”Tikinagan declined to comment when asked why the letters have been kept from the family or when they will be delivered.“Tikinagan will not be commenting on any matter relating to Kanina Turtle, as there is litigation before the Courts,” said Tikinagan’s lawyer, Catherine Beamish.Kanina’s family sued Tikinagan for $5.9 million over her death last month.After learning of the letters Suggashie and her husband, Clarence Suggashie, said they asked Tikinagan for the letters but never got a response.“They didn’t say anything,” said Clarence.He said he now goes to the Northern Store asking if they have mail hoping the letters are there.They are hoping it’s just a mistake someone will correct.“Every day we check the mail,” said Clarence. “Nothing.”kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Ottawa announces interim settlement with Indian Day School survivors

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.” read more

Indigenous rights framework far from dead as Trudeau government rolls it out

first_imgNation to NationA series of announcements in the last few weeks, and several more expected any day, suggest the Trudeau government is rolling out its Indigenous rights framework by piecemeal opposed to the failed plan of one large piece of legislation.Those pieces appear to include the recently revamped K-12 education funding formula for First Nations across Canada. It is set to improve funding for First Nations as of April but also open the door to a self-government type of system for a single nation, or group, to negotiate with the federal government.The same concept is expected with Indigenous child welfare legislation, to be tabled in the House of Commons any day. There’s an opt-in clause expected in that legislation, meaning nations can do nothing, and remain status quo, or decide to negotiate a deeper deal with Ottawa to control the welfare of their children.That’s all similar to the idea of the Indigenous rights framework that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last Feb. 14 in the House of Commons.The Trudeau government gave itself a deadline of last December to table a large bill that would likely to encompass all these new agreements in the hopes of doing away with the Indian Act.But it was going to provide First Nations with a clause to opt-out of the Indian Act. No nation was going to be forced out from under it. But if they opted out then they could negotiate what it actually meant regarding, such things as, title and taxation.Faced with still opposition, by many First Nations and regional governments, the Liberals backed away from tabling the bill.The idea was for Canada to “renew its relationship with Indigenous peoples, one based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.”That’s not from Trudeau speech, even though it sounds awfully similar, rather it comes from a Jan. 16 press release issued by Crown-Indigenous Relations marking the signing of a “protocol for consultation and accommodation” with the Huron-Wendat Nation.Similar language was used in an announcement involving the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne on Jan. 23 to solve issues of around border crossings. There’s another on Jan. 15 with the Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island and working towards a “Tripartite Framework Agreement” to recognize and implement the rights of the Mi’kmaq.“What we heard resoundingly from First Nations, Inuit and Metis is take the time to do it right and listen to us which is an obvious approach but novel for governments,” said MP Marc Miller, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, on Nation to Nation Thursday.But Conservative MP Cathy McLeod said it can only been seen as a failure, or an over-promise, under-deliver situation by Trudeau.“The Prime Minister has failed in terms of standing up in the House a little over a year ago making a big commitment and not getting it done,” said McLeod, who is the Conservatives critic on Indigenous affairs.But what those that were against this approach in the first place?“It just shows that this government is not following through on its promise to have respectful dialogue,” said NDP MP Rachel Blaney.N2N@aptn.calast_img read more

Saskatchewan RCMP investigating arrests by officer after videos surface online

first_imgThe Canadian PressAn RCMP officer in a northern Saskatchewan community has been relocated while police investigate three of his arrests over the weekend.Mounties say the officer was responding to calls involving weapons early Sunday morning in Pelican Narrows.They say two videos of two of the arrests were posted online and show the officer drawing a firearm and using profane language.One of the suspects is underage and cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.A machete was seized during the youth’s arrest.Short videosThe RCMP says the videos are short and only capture a few seconds of the exchanges between the officer and those arrested.“The different aspects of these incidents are being reviewed as part of the RCMP supervisory process, including situational factors, police tactics used and the actions taken by the officer,” the RCMP said in a news release Tuesday.“These incidents will be reviewed in their entirety, including the moments before and after what is shown in the videos.”The RCMP says the officer has been temporarily relocated outside of the community and reassigned to non-frontline work, pending the outcome of the investigation into his conduct.Police are asking anyone with footage of the arrests to contact any RCMP detachmentlast_img read more

A look at what the Manitoba election brings for Indigenous people

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsPeople in Manitoba are set to hit the polls next week for the 42nd provincial election.The NDP, Liberals and Green parties are attempting to dethrone the governing Progressive Conservatives.While many promises have been made from all four parties, what has seemingly been missing is what each party will do for Indigenous people in the province.Brian Pallister says his government has spent the last three years working to repair relationships with First Nations.During a press conference he cited the Tories work on the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels.“We’re moving on flood protection projects and give people a chance to grow in their own communities,” he said.“We’ve been working really hard on the duty to consult framework to make sure we’re involving communities and individuals [to] have the chance to be involved in dialogue from top to bottom when we make changes.”But Pallister’s consultation process was heavily criticized at a First Nation town hall meeting on the flood project last month.Pallister has also come under fire for axing several agreements with the Manitoba Metis Federation over Hydro projects.Pallister committed to advocating for Indigenous women and girls.“I spent a decade of my life standing up for Indigenous women’s rights in respect to matrimonial property,” he said referring to his work as an MP before becoming party leader.If re-elected, the Conservatives say they will address the 231 calls for justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls through it’s Gender-Based Violence Committee of Cabinet, which was launched in December.The NDP is headed by Wab Kinew.He says his party is committed to creating a cabinet committee to act on the Inquiry’s findings.“What I can tell you is it’s not going to be me overseeing the recommendations it’s going to be folks like Nahanni Fontaine, Bernadette Smith, Amanda Lathlin who have lived experience of what it’s like to be an Indigenous woman in Manitoba,” said Kinew at a party news conference.Kinew is set to make history is his party wins.He will be the first First Nations man to become premier of Manitoba.But his campaign hasn’t been without controversy.In 2017, a woman came forward with allegations of domestic assault against Kinew, which stemmed from 2003.Kinew has denied the allegations.Kinew has repeatedly turned down requests for an interview from APTN News to discuss the campaign and the allegations.The Tories have made this the focus of attack ads over the past month.Healthcare is the main plank in the NDP platform, especially for the north.“That involves more clinics, health centres and specialists being located in the north. We’ll work with northern communities including northern First Nations to bring those services closer to home,” said Kinew.Green Party leader James Beddome has also stated the importance of healthcare, especially when it comes to youth in remote northern communities.God’s Lake First Nation recently called a state of emergency after four young people died by suicide over the summer.Beddome said his party will take advantage of telehealth options but admits this isn’t always possible.“It’s even a challenge in some of those communities because even the internet is not reliable so we’d certainly have to look at that. But there is going to be a need to have more psychologists up there,” he said.The Liberals plan to open 24/7 safe spaces for women fleeing domestic violence.Party leader Dougald Lamont said if his party forms government they will create a Manitoba police service with an Indigenous-lead unit.He added addressing many of the MMIWG Inquiry’s recommendations starts with tackling poverty.“We’re proposing a basic minimum income for all Manitobans that would basically end Employment and Income Assistance,” said Lamont.“The goal is to get every Manitoban out of poverty within four years. First Nations are Manitobans as well so we would partner with the federal government to make sure that is working on reserve as well.”Voters hits the polls on Sept. read more

Drilling contractors association forecasts muted stability in 2018

first_imgCALGARY – The association that represents Canadian oil and gas drilling companies says it expects “muted stability” for the industry in 2018 despite recent strengthening in oil prices.The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors is calling for 6,138 wells to be drilled in its 2018 forecast, an increase of just 107 from the number expected to be drilled this year.It says the Canadian rig fleet is expected to shrink by 19 to a total of 615 next year as drilling contractors continue to struggle to find capital needed to keep older equipment running and reinvest in replacement rigs.Last month, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada said it also expects a slight recovery in drilling in Canada in 2018 versus this year but the count will still be 30 per cent lower than in 2014 when oil prices peaked at more than US$100 per barrel.New York-traded crude closed at US$56.42 per barrel on Monday, up from lows of less than US$43 in June.Alberta government-owned lender ATB Financial said Monday the energy sector has “stabilized” and will enjoy a modest rebound in activity next year, helping fuel 3.9 per cent provincial economic growth.last_img read more

Ferry with nearly 300 people onboard stranded in Baltic Sea

first_imgCOPENHAGEN – A ferry with around 300 people on board was stranded in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday after the ship’s engine failed, the Danish operator said. No injuries were reported and an evacuation wasn’t immediately necessary.The breakdown aboard the Regina Seaways produced smoke, which triggered the ship’s fire extinguishing system in the engine room, Copenhagen-based DFDS Seaways said. The vessel was in international waters off Kaliningrad, Russia’s Baltic Sea exclave between Poland and Lithuania.“We are talking about a malfunction in the engine room that caused a lot of smoke,” DFDS spokesman Gert Jakobsen told The Associated Press. “Right now we are inspecting the engine room to find out whether the ship can sail on its own or needs to be tugged.”He said passengers had assembled at muster stations in preparation for a possible evacuation, but the “situation is under control.”The ferry, which also had cars and trucks on board, was travelling from Kiel, Germany to Klaipeda, Lithuania’s port city north of Kaliningrad. The crossing, one of DFDS’ many in the Baltic Sea region, normally takes about 20 hours.“On these kinds of crossings we have people from Germany, the Baltic countries and Russia. We cannot say now who was onboard,” Jakobsen said.The ship is about 85 kilometres (50 miles) from Klaipeda, said Vaidas Klumbys, another DFDS spokesman.He said that on Tuesday afternoon “we received the information from the ship that it was undergoing vibrations and smoke rising from the engines.”Russian state news agency Tass quoted Andrei Permyakov, head of the sea rescue co-ordinationcentre in Kaliningrad, as saying that rescuers from Lithuania, Russia and Poland responded.Lithuania’s navy said one of its helicopters and three navy vessels were sent to the site in case an evacuation was necessary. The regional news agency, Baltic News Services, quoted Klumbys as saying “the weather conditions are not good.”Forecasts for the southeastern part of the Baltic Sea said there were gale force winds, rain showers, poor visibility and risk of thunder storms in the region.Jakobsen wasn’t aware of any rescue operation, saying there was no evacuation.“But in this kind of situation, everyone steps in,” he said.The Regina Seaways was built in 2010 and can carry up to 500 passengers.___David Keyton in Stockholm, Liudas Dapkus in Vilnius, Lithuania, and Jim Heintz in Moscow, contributed to this story.___A previous version of this story was corrected to show that Kiel is in Germany, not Lithuania.last_img read more