Port-of-Spain: India captain Virat Kohli on Sunday shattered a 26-year-old record when he surpassed Pakistan’s Javed Miandad for most runs by any batsman in ODIs against the West Indies. Meanwhile, India were 233 for four when rain interrupted play. Opting to bat, skipper Virat Kohli made 120 off 125 balls to anchor India’s innings. Besides, Shreyas Iyer was unbeaten on 58 when the skies opened up in the second delivery of the 43rd over. Kohli was 19 runs shy of the landmark when he came into bat in the second ODI against the West Indies and he overtook Miandad’s tally of 1930 runs with a single in the fifth over bowled by Jason Holder. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThis was Kohli’s 34th ODI against the West Indies while Miandad had accumulated his runs from 64 matches. The prolific Indian captain has so far hit seven hundreds against the West Indies and has an average of over 71 in ODIs against the Caribbeans. Australia’s Mark Waugh is a distant third with 1708 runs from 47 matches, followed by South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis (1666 runs in 40 matches) and Pakistan’s Rameez Raja (1624 runs in 53 matches). Kohli played his first ODI against West Indies in the 2009 Champions Trophy in Johannesburg in which he scored an unbeaten 79. His first hundred against the West Indies came in 2011 in Visakhapatnam. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterKohli’s domination against the West Indies cane be gauged from the fact that he struck four back-to-back centuries against them between July 2017 and October 2018. Meanwhile, Kohli on Sunday also notched up his 42nd ODI ton, and in the process surpassed Sourav Ganguly to become the second highest run-scorer for India in ODI cricket. Ganguly scored 11,221 runs in 297 innings while Kohli took 229 innings to go past the former skipper. Soon after Kohli broke his record, Ganguly tweeted: “Virat kohli another master class in one day cricket @imVkohli @BCCI .. what a player.” Thirty-year-old Kohli is now only behind Sachin Tendulkar, who has a whopping 18,426 runs to his name which he accumulated over 452 innings. Kohli is now the seventh highest run scorer in ODIs overall behind Jacques Kallis, Inzamam-Ul-Haq, Mahela Jayawardene, Sanath Jayasuriya, Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara and Tendulkar. read more
Raipur: Former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister MLA Ajit Jogi is likely to lose his tribal reserved Marwahi seat in the state Assembly after a high-powered government committee ruled that he does not qualify as a Scheduled Tribe member and ordered the revocation of his tribal certificates.This comes as a jolt to Jogi who, for nearly two decades, has been fighting to prove his and his family’s Scheduled Tribe status. Jogi, in his reaction to the yet-unpublished findings, said they were false and alleged that the committee was influenced by the Congress government in the state. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe high-powered certification scrutiny committee was formed on the order of the Chhattisgarh High Court in 2018. The panel, headed by D D Singh, Secretary, Tribal and Scheduled Caste Development Department, finalised the report last week, a senior government official said here. It concluded that Jogi failed to substantiate his claim of being member of Kanwar community, a Scheduled Tribe, and hence all the caste certificates declaring him to be a tribal stand cancelled, the official said, quoting the report. The committee also authorised Bilaspur Collector to carry out necessary proceedings under the Chhattisgarh Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other Backward Classes (Regulation of Social Status Certification) Rules, 2013, the official said. Besides, it ordered confiscation of all caste certificates issued to Jogi in the past, he added. read more
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Russia on September 4-5 will open a “new chapter” in the already close ties between the two countries as both sides will aim to expand cooperation in a plethora of areas, including defence, trade, civil nuclear energy and hydrocarbons, Russian envoy in India Nikolay Kudashev said on Wednesday. On the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, he said Russia is strongly backing India’s position on abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution and that New Delhi and Islamabad should resolve the outstanding issues through dialogue, based on the Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US In Russia, Modi will attend the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok and hold the annual bilateral summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. At a press conference, Kudashev said the summit between Modi and Putin will lay a solid ground for exploration and promotion of a new dimension of the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries. Another Russian official said both sides are working towards finalisation of an agreement for setting up six more civil nuclear reactors in India, apart from the Kudankulam project. Under the Kudankulam project, Russia is building six nuclear reactors in India. read more
EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says while other western premiers meeting in Yellowknife will be talking about how to spend money, she’ll be working in Alberta figuring out how to earn it.Notley says she is not attending the meeting on Wednesday because her time is better spent making sure the Trans Mountain pipeline project goes ahead.She says Alberta needs to be able to pay for important programs to be discussed at the meeting such as pharmacare.She says it’s not business as usual because B.C. Premier John Horgan is trying to shut down the pipeline and take $15 billion out of the Canadian economy.She says it might be worth going to the meeting to chastise Horgan if a decision on Trans Mountain were still a long way off, but the deadline is too close now for her to do that.Owner Kinder Morgan has set May 31 as the date by which it needs to have enough certainty to proceed with the pipeline’s expansion.Alberta sees the pipeline as key to moving bitumen from the province to the coast and from there to lucrative overseas markets. read more
VICTORIA – Green Leader Andrew Weaver says he’s very close to making a deal with either the Liberals and the New Democrats on forming a new minority government in British Columbia.He said negotiations between the parties have intensified since Elections BC confirmed the province’s election results earlier this week with the Liberals holding 43 seats in the legislature to the NDP’s 41 and the Greens’ three.“For us it’s very important to ensure that we can demonstrate to British Columbians that we can make a minority government work,” he told a news conference on Friday.Weaver said the parties have looked at a range of examples of minority governments in Canada and overseas to determine how to proceed, and he isn’t interested in a coalition government because that would undermine the Greens’ ability to defend their platform.“We obviously need to find a situation that will be stable, that can advance the kind of policies we think got the B.C. Greens 17 per cent of the popular vote,” he said.Reforming the voting system to implement proportional representation remains one of the key issues for the Greens, but Weaver said “how we get there is, of course, up for negotiation.”The Greens and NDP support a system of proportional representation that accounts for the number of seats each party gets in the legislature based on their percentage of the popular vote.NDP Leader John Horgan has said he wouldn’t want to change the electoral system without a referendum. Weaver has said his preference is to implement proportional representation and then after two elections hold a referendum on whether people want to keep it.The NDP has said it would hold a referendum on proportional representation that would require the support of 50 per cent plus one and the party would campaign in support of the change.Two previous referendums on proportional representation have failed in B.C.The Liberals led by Christy Clark haven’t discussed their negotiating position since the final vote counts were released on Tuesday.But in a statement, Clark said the Liberals intend to form a government because they have a plurality of seats in the house. The Liberals were seeking a fifth successive majority government in the election held on May 9.Although the Green platform has many overlapping points with both parties, Weaver said compromise is necessary and voters aren’t going to see a single party’s platform dominate.Weaver said he thinks there’s no reason why a minority government shouldn’t last a full four-year term.Negotiating teams from all parties will be drafting proposals this weekend. Weaver said an agreement will likely be reached before Wednesday, which was his original goal in talks with the other parties.— By Linda Givetash in Vancouver read more
CHARLOTTETOWN – New Brunswick’s premier heads to Washington on Tuesday, to meet with a senior member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet, in a final push to have his province exempt from hefty duties on softwood lumber exports to the United States.It’s the second time in two months that Brian Gallant will meet with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to make New Brunswick’s case — ahead of a final determination expected September 7.In June, the U.S. Department of Commerce hit Canada with an additional 6.87 per cent in preliminary average anti-dumping tariffs, leaving the industry facing average duties of about 27 per cent.The decision exempts the other three Atlantic provinces, but New Brunswick — exempt from such tariffs in the past — is not.Gallant said he’ll make the case that exporting softwood lumber creates jobs in his province and lowers the cost of construction for American families.“I will argue this and other reasons why New Brunswick should continue to have the exclusion we have enjoyed since 1982,” Gallant said Sunday.Former U.S. ambassador David Wilkins, who New Brunswick hired as a special envoy on the softwood trade dispute, will also be part of the meeting.During his first meeting with Ross, in July, Gallant said he stressed the importance of the trading relationship between the Atlantic provinces and the New England states.The premier said he used the example of Twin Rivers Paper Co. to demonstrate how the two economies are intertwined.Headquartered in Maine with significant New Brunswick operations, the company operates integrated pulp and paper mills connected by pipelines crossing the St. John River. One pipeline carries pulp from Edmundston, N.B., to the paper plant, while another transports steam between facilities. Wood chips and biomass from Canadian sawmills help generate the steam used to make pulp.“They have about 1,000 employees, evenly divided between the two countries. They contribute over $200 million to the economies of Maine and New Brunswick,” Gallant said.Softwood lumber contributes more than $1.45 billion to the New Brunswick economy each year and employs more than 22,000 people.While most softwood lumber exporters in New Brunswick would be paying a combined rate of about 27 per cent, it would be about 10 per cent for J.D. Irving Ltd., which was hit with a three per cent countervailing duty in April’s preliminary ruling.Forest NB, which represents most of the forestry companies in New Brunswick, said the treatment of J.D. Irving Ltd., proves the case for all New Brunswick softwood lumber producers.Gallant’s meeting in Washington on softwood lumber comes on the heels of two days of talks on trade and the future of NAFTA with the other Eastern Canadian premiers and the governors of the New England states.The premiers said it is important to use every occasion to make their case on the importance of a strong trading relationship between Canada and the United States. read more
HALIFAX – Dozens of stray dogs facing uncertain futures in storm-damaged Texas are now settling into foster homes in Nova Scotia.Volunteers with the Save A Life Canada Animal Rescue Society arrived in Dartmouth late Tuesday with a van load of rescue dogs from high-kill shelters in the San Antonio area.Rescue director Becki Carpenter said the 26 dogs were already in shelters before hurricane Harvey hit last month, but she wanted to ensure that dogs in the outlying areas were not forgotten about.“It is an absolute fabulous feeling to know that they’re here, they’re free, they’re not at risk of being put to sleep anymore,” she said.The dogs will remain with their foster families for the next two weeks while the group begins processing adoption applications for permanent homes.Carpenter told Global News the conditions in San Antonio are poor and shelters are full, with many dogs being put down to make way for daily arrivals of strays.“The devastation is just as bad on a regular day. It’s not storm devastation, its just very, very poor conditions,” said Carpenter. “Stray dogs (are) everywhere, the shelters are full. Dogs get put down every day just to make room for the new dogs that are coming in.”Her group rescues dogs from high-kill shelters in places like Texas, California and Oklahoma, with about a quarter of its rescues also coming from surrender situations in Atlantic Canada.She said dogs are not put to sleep due to overcrowding in Nova Scotia, while an average of 7,000 dogs are euthanized every day in shelters across the U.S.(Global News) read more
WINNIPEG – A man is in critical condition after an overnight police-involved shooting in Winnipeg.The Independent Investigation Unit — Manitoba’s police watchdog — says officers were called to a north-central residence a few minutes after midnight.The team says once there, an officer fired his gun after they were confronted by a 25-year-old man.He was taken to hospital and underwent surgery.No officers were injured.The IIU, which investigates all serious incidents involving police in the province, has taken over the case.
WINNIPEG – The federal government has announced a cash infusion of $291.2 million over five years for policing in First Nation and Inuit communities.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale made the announcement Wednesday in Winnipeg, saying the money will start flowing to communities served under the First Nations Policing Program in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.The announcement includes money for up to 110 additional officer positions, starting in 2019-2020.Provincial and territorial governments fund 48 per cent of the policing program and they will be asked to increase their spending to maintain their share of the costs.The next due date for renewing agreements with provinces, territories and Indigenous communities is April 1 of this year.In the 2015-2016 fiscal year, there were 185 police service agreements covering more than 430,000 people in 450 First Nation and Inuit communities across Canada.“The First Nations Policing Program is a critical service that protects the safety of Indigenous Peoples through culturally relevant policing,” Goodale said. “This new funding will be ongoing so communities can count on it for the long-term.” read more
HALIFAX – It’s a modern-day suicide note: Four paragraphs to be posthumously published online the day after a planned Valentine’s Day massacre at one of Atlantic Canada’s busiest shopping malls.“Perhaps you have already heard the news of a mass shooting in Halifax,” Lindsay Souvannarath says in a queued blog post entitled “Der Untergang” — The Downfall.“This is where you’d expect me to post my reaction to it, but unfortunately I have no reaction, for I am now dead,” she says. “My head has been broken apart with a single shotgun shell.”The scheduled Tumblr post came to light this week as an exhibit in Souvannarath’s sentencing hearing for conspiracy to commit murder, a year after she pleaded guilty to the crime.As the public awaits a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge’s decision, expected Friday, The Canadian Press further studied the courthouse exhibits to better understand the shocking case.The suicide note is among reams of evidence that illuminate the potential motivations of the young college-educated woman from a leafy suburb of the U.S. Midwest.The suicide letter exposes the disturbing mind set of a would-be killer, the final act in a horrific plan set for Feb. 14, 2015, in the food court of the Halifax Shopping Centre.Co-conspirators Souvannarath and James Gamble planned to throw Molotov cocktails into the crowd and then open fire, killing as many people as possible before turning the guns on each other.The planned attack was thwarted by police after an anonymous tip was received by Crime Stoppers, but not before Souvannarath boarded a plane in Chicago, Ill., for Nova Scotia.Gamble killed himself as police surrounded his Halifax-area home while Souvannarath was arrested at the airport. A third accomplice — a local man described in court as the “cheerleader” of the murderous plot — was sentenced to a decade in jail.The thousands of pages of evidence in the case show how close the bloodshed came to being carried out.In the intended suicide note, she glorifies what she calls her “heroic longings” and says she fights “for principles, not politicians.”“It has always been my greatest dream to die in battle. But I do so not as a soldier, but as a murderer.”Souvannarath appears to reference German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, saying “my hate is beyond good and evil.”“What morality is depends on which end of the gun you are looking at,” she says. “With a gun in my hand, I am God.”The American also equates love with weakness, saying it softens the spirit while “hate sharpens the mind.”“In all my twenty-three years of life, I have never learned to love another person,” she says. “I receive love, but it passes through me like water through a sieve.”She writes about the “wonder of isolation” and severing bonds with humanity to be “free from empathy.”Souvannarath, now 26, has been held at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional facility in a Halifax-area industrial park since her arrest three years ago.During her incarceration, a prison guard found this scrawled on the back of a Sudoku puzzle in Souvannarath’s cell: “It is a strange feeling to meet someone and almost immediately know that you ought to die with them.”“To James and I, it happened simultaneously. At first we were casual acquaintances having discovered each other’s Tumblr blogs through a mutual interest in the Columbine shooting and in National Socialism. Less than a month later, we were planning our deaths.”The Crown is recommending a sentence of 20 years to life in prison, while the defence says the sentence should be 12 to 14 years, with credit for time served. read more
OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives say they’re hearing from frustrated canola producers who are still waiting for financial relief recently promised by the Liberal government.The Tory shadow minister for agriculture says in a letter to Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau that canola producers are expressing concern about funding promised three weeks ago that is not yet available.Luc Berthold says that time period is “like an eternity” for canola producers under the current circumstances, adding the government needs to fix the situation immediately. The federal Liberals promised financial aid to canola farmers earlier this month to lessen the impact of China’s decision to ban their products as an apparent part of a trade dispute.The announcement changed a program that advances farmers money against the expected value of their crops and raised loan limits to $1 million from $400,000 and upping an interest-free portion to $500,000 from $100,000.China has rejected Canadian canola seeds in recent months and barred shipments from two of Canada’s biggest exporters in what is considered retaliation for the detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.The Canadian Press read more
OTTAWA — A newly released government document shows that federal officials feel stymied by data roadblocks in their bid to help policymakers tackle a growing political concern about the country’s “gig” economy.Documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act show federal officials were leery of the reliability of existing data on the number of Canadians using online platforms to earn their livings, even though the figures had come from reputable sources.The late-March briefing note shows officials at Employment and Social Development Canada were looking for alternatives.Federal officials have been closely watching the changes in the labour force away from full-time jobs in favour of more temporary, part-time or contract work.Available research suggests young people are more often found in these positions, which can be lower-paid and without benefits or longer-term job security. That makes the effects of the gig economy of particular interest to politicians: millennials make up the largest voting cohort this election season.Concerns about the ripple effects have prodded changes to the Canada Pension Plan, analysts’ deep policy dives into the future of the federal social safety net, new spending on skills training and amendments to the federal labour code.What makes measuring the size of the gig economy so difficult is that there are competing definitions of what it includes. ESDC officials leaned on an American definition that described gig workers as those who take short work or tasks through websites or mobile apps that arrange payment and connect them directly to consumers.So, for instance, driving Ubers, making SkipTheDishes deliveries, or picking up odd work from TaskRabbit. Putting together multiple part-time jobs, soliciting work through a website such as Kijiji, or surviving on short-term contracts didn’t count.Underlying concerns about the gig economy is a demographic shift firmly underway in Canada. Aging baby boomers will retire in droves over the coming years without enough young workers to replace them — which raises a potential problem. Unlike the Canada Pension Plan, old-age security payments are funded by tax dollars, and federal coffers might not be able to cover the cost of seniors’ benefits that are increasing faster than inflation.Add to that populist concerns about immigrants, who have been the main drivers of population growth as birth rates have declined, and there is a potential potent mixture for the coming election campaign.What to do beyond election day has engrossed federal officials from multiple departments, who have tested worst-case scenarios and a range of possible policy responses.Armine Yalnizyan, an economist who has researched the gig economy in detail, said available data suggests a growth in the platforms could erode wages for engineers, accountants, programmers and lawyers as companies connect with cheaper overseas labour. Federal programs either provide workers with capped income supports — which for high-wage workers would be well below the earnings they’re used to — or retraining funding, she said.“This isn’t the hollowing out of the middle, this is the hollowing out of the high-skill, high-wage class and we don’t have programs for that crowd,” Yalnizyan said.“What are you going to train them in? They’ve just spent seven to 10 years training and spent a fortune on it. Obviously, our systems are not designed for that reality and that’s where we’re hitting the stress tests.”The briefing note, sent to a handful of top ESDC officials, lamented that the “available evidence about the incidence and quality of online platform work, in Canada and abroad, is currently quite limited, impeding the provision of policy advice.”Officials also raised cautions on survey results from two major federal institutions — Statistics Canada and the Bank of Canada — on the number of Canadians using online platforms for their incomes, highlighting concerns with how the data were obtained.The document says Statistics Canada scuttled a plan to replicate an American labour survey on gig workers after U.S. officials admitted there were problems with the results. Instead, a survey of the digital economy found about 230,000 Canadians had been involved in platform work in the previous 12 months, or 0.8 per cent of the population over age 18.A similar effort by the Bank of Canada suggested between 4 and 6.5 per cent of Canadians over 16 were part of the gig economy.Both results, different as they were, were “markedly lower” than other countries, the document says, and should be “treated carefully due to the small number of respondents.”“We know there’s been growth and we know Canada is very reliant on this form of labour, both among employers and, oddly, amongst workers,” Yalnizyan said. “Something’s happening, we just don’t know how to measure it properly.”Results from a new Statistics Canada effort are expected to be available this fall, the briefing note says, but officials at ESDC were already pushing “alternative methods of data collection” to learn more about platform workers and their job quality.A department spokeswoman said ESDC “continues to explore the possibility” of taking part in an international survey of platform workers and an in-depth study with Statistics Canada, both of which would take place next year.Jordan Press, The Canadian Press read more
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TORONTO, Oct. 11, 2018 – On October 27, Canadian movie-lovers, friends and families are invited to visit their local Cineplex theatre to enjoy a morning of free films for a great cause. For the eighth consecutive year, Cineplex Community Day will treat guests to a selection of popular movies, with all proceeds from donations and select concession sales supporting the Company’s national charitable partner, WE Charity. WE Charity is part of WE – a family of organizations that makes doing good, doable.“Community Day is a great opportunity for families and friends to enjoy some quality time together in support of a great cause,” said Ellis Jacob, President and CEO, Cineplex. “WE is dedicated to inspiring and empowering our youth and as one of the country’s largest employers of young people, we are proud to play a continuous role in positively shaping their futures.”This year’s line-up of free films includes popular releases from Paramount Pictures for movie-lovers of all ages, including Sherlock Gnomes, Daddy’s Home 2, Transformers: The Last Knight, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadowsand Book Club. Guests can enjoy concession items like popcorn, soft drinks and select candy for just $2.50 each and, in exchange for a $2.50 donation to WE Charity, all participating theatres will also be selling a variety of fun, movie-themed merchandise including plush toys, action figures, keychains, accessories, drink toppers, popcorn holders and more! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “Community Day brings families together and gives them the opportunity to do good by creating impact through their movie-going experience,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder, WE. “Thanks to Cineplex’s generous support, we are able to continue empowering young changemakers in Canada through our WE Schools program, by providing them with the tools they need to create meaningful change both at home and abroad.”Cineplex theatres across Canada will open their doors at 9:00 AM (local time) on Saturday, October 27, 2018, with tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. Movies will begin at 9:30 AM (local time) and all locations will return to regular programming in the afternoon. Films will be shown in English and French, depending upon the market, and guests are encouraged to visit Cineplex.com/CommunityDay for a list of participating theatres, show times and available languages.Cineplex is proud to acknowledge its numerous corporate employees, local theatre management and Cast who volunteer their time each year as well as Paramount Pictures, Mars Canada and Wrigley Canada for providing products or services to help make Community Day a reality. To show your support for Community Day, please join in Cineplex’s online conversation via Facebook (Facebook.com/Cineplex), Twitter (@CineplexMovies) and Instagram (@CineplexMovies).About CineplexA leading entertainment and media company, Cineplex (TSX:CGX) is a top-tier Canadian brand that operates in the Film Entertainment and Content, Amusement and Leisure, and Media sectors. As Canada’s largest and most innovative film exhibitor, Cineplex welcomes over 70 million guests annually through its circuit of 164 theatres across the country. Cineplex also operates successful businesses in digital commerce (CineplexStore.com), food service, alternative programming (Cineplex Events), cinema media (Cineplex Media), digital place-based media (Cineplex Digital Media), amusement solutions (Player One Amusement Group) and an online eSports platform for competitive and passionate gamers (WorldGaming.com). Additionally, Cineplex operates a location based entertainment business through Canada’s newest destination for ‘Eats & Entertainment’ (The Rec Room), and will also be opening new complexes specially designed for teens and families (Playdium) as well as exciting new sports and entertainment venues across Canada (Topgolf). Cineplex is a joint venture partner in SCENE, Canada’s largest entertainment loyalty program.Proudly recognized as having one of the country’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Cineplex employs approximately 13,000 people in its offices across Canada and the United States. To learn more visit Cineplex.com or download the Cineplex App. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter read more
Facebook Advertisement Stephen Waddell Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: After 39 years as our Master Steersman of this mighty ship called ACTRA, our Scottish lad from Clan Waddell will soon be taking a step back from the helm.How to describe what Stephen Waddell has done for this union, YOUR union, is somewhat impossible to describe in a 700-word essay. But here we go.Stephen helped us achieve a lot of firsts for our union. He helped revamp ACTRA’s infrastructure, making it purr like a kitten. From the get-go, Stephen found ways to better our working conditions, securing residual fees so that long after we shoot a film, we would still see money coming our way. With each successive negotiation with producers, Stephen (our Chief Negotiator) steered the Negotiating Committee into making great gains for ACTRA. The 1995-1998 Independent Production Agreement represented a major change in the way Use fees are calculated so producers could no longer deduct questionable expenses that chipped away at what performers were owed. Then, in 1999, he helped negotiate the VERY FIRST collective agreement in the world to cover performers appearing in digital media ads (that means the Internet!). And who can forget 2007 when Stephen guided us through the very first strike in our union’s history. I was part of the Negotiating Committee that year and it was particularly volatile, but ultimately a successful bargaining round. Not once did Stephen waver in his convictions that we ACTRA members were worth the fight. This led to us achieving the first collective bargaining agreement in the world to contain provisions for New Media production and Use. Advertisement read more
APTN National NewsThe Mohawk community of Kanesatake will hold an election in early May, three months earlier than planned.The community is deeply divided by what many say is a completely dysfunctional band council.APTN’s Danielle Rochette has this story.
(In order of appearance: RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson refuses to answer questions while in his SUV; RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Harold Pfleiderer refuses to answer questions from APTN; Justice Minister Peter MacKay; Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney. APTN/Video)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA grand chief from Alberta wrote to RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson Monday requesting he authorize the public release of all data collected by the federal police force as part of its review of 30 years of murdered and missing Indigenous women cases across the country.Treaty 6 Grand Chief Bernice Martial wrote to Paulson in response to recent claims made by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt that unreleased RCMP data shows Indigenous men are responsible for 70 per cent of the murders of Indigenous women. Valcourt made the statement during a closed-door meeting with three grand chiefs, including Martial, while the minister was in Calgary on March 20.“We are requesting that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police release the report in its entirety on missing and murdered Indigenous women,” said Martial, in the letter obtained by APTN National News. “As the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations of Alberta, this issue is at the heart of our communities and families who need some answers on their murdered and missing loved ones.”The RCMP said in a statement last Thursday that it would not be releasing any data based on the “ethnicity” of perpetrators. RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Harold Pfleiderer also refused to back Valcourt’s claim that his statistic came from unreleased RCMP information.Martial said the RCMP needed to release the information to determine whether Valcourt’s statements were true.“With the recent statements by (Valcourt) stating that 70 per cent of Indigenous men are responsible for the deaths of the approximately 1,200 missing and murdered Indigenous we would like to review the report to see if his claims are accurate,” wrote Martial, whose treaty organization represents 25 First Nations. “This issue is close to my heart as I know it has affected so many families within our territory of Treaty 6.”The RCMP has released only a portion of the information it gathered as part of its missing and murdered Indigenous women project. The federal police force reviewed cases held by about 200 police agencies across the country dating back to 1980.Valcourt would not stop to answer questions from APTN about the data prior to question period Monday. Inside the House, he faced similar questions on the issue for a third time. Valcourt was not allowed to respond to the issue during question period last Friday.This time, he answered one of two questions on the subject.Quebec NDP MP Mylene Freeman, whose riding includes the Mohawk community Kanesatake, demanded during question period that Valcourt apologize for his “unsourced” claim.“The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs…deeply offended First Nations leaders when he tried to cite an unsourced fact contradicted by the RCMP,” said Freeman. “Instead of attacking Indigenous people, the minister should bring people together to end the violence and finally call a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.”Valcourt said he wouldn’t comment on what was said behind closed doors.“What I got from many people outside of those meetings, and I am talking about chiefs and tribal councils, is that they will indeed use the action plan to address the issues of missing and murdered Aboriginal women,” said Valcourt, during question period.The minister, however, remained seated when Freeman launched a second question, this time in French which is Valcourt’s mother-tongue.Referring to a recent appearance on popular Quebec television show Tout le Monde en Parle by Laurie Odjick, whose daughter disappeared from Kitigan Zibi, which sits north of Ottawa in Quebec, Freeman asked the government to call a public inquiry.“We do not need a national inquiry,” said Susan Truppe, parliamentary secretary for the status of women department. “We are developing more community safety plans on and off reserves, including in regions identified specifically by the RCMP. This action plan will engage men and boys. It will raise awareness to breakinter-generational cycles of violence.”Paulson on Monday appeared before the Senate committee conducting a pre-study of the Harper government’s proposed anti-terror legislation, Bill C-51. Paulson left the committee meeting through a back door to avoid media and refused to roll down the window of his SUV when APTN caught up with him on the street.Pfleiderer was also present at the committee hearing, but he refused to comment when approached by an APTN reporter.“I am the spokesperson,” he said. “Give me a call in the office…I am not giving you a comment.”Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney also appeared at the Senate hearing.MacKay told APTN it was his understanding that Valcourt obtained his information from the RCMP, but he hadn’t personally seen the specific 70 per cent number.“I believe he was referencing material he was given by the RCMP. I wasn’t present at the meeting, I only heard what he has said about it since,” said MacKay. “I am only telling you what he has said about where this information originated.”Blaney seemed to suggest Valcourt’s number came from an “analysis” of public information.“The data are up there, anyone who wants to know about the file can download the data and make their own analysis,” said Blaney.firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera read more
APTN National NewsLas Vegas and Kahnawake are not two places you often hear mentioned in the same sentence.But when it comes to online gambling, the Mohawk community has made a name for itself.Since the late 1990s they’ve housed internet servers that host some of the world’s biggest gambling sites.Now, the Quebec government is making noises about blocking sites that are not part of its own Lotto Quebec brand and that is bad news for Kahnawake’s economy.APTN’s Tom Fennario has this story.
Trina Roache APTN National NewsMaliseet Chiefs in New Brunswick are calling on the federal government to reject a controversial open-pit mining project in their territory.A federal environmental assessment says the project will have significant negative impacts on traditional land use.The proposed mine is in the heart of Maliseet territory, 60 kilometres north of Fredericton. Maliseet, or Wolastoqey, communities have raised concerns over its impacts.The comprehensive review echoes those concerns, calling the effects “permanent, continuous, and irreversible.”Tobique Chief Ross Perley said the risks associated with the project are just too high for his territory.“This open pit mine would destroy one of our last remaining areas to harvest and practice our culture, and it creates a long term risk of contamination for our territory and resources,” said Perley in a statement. “This is not an appropriate project for Maliseet territory and we urge Canada to reject it in light of the conclusions in the Comprehensive Study Report”.The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency released its report last week and is now seeking input from the public.“St. Mary’s First Nation appreciates Canada’s acknowledgement of the heavy toll this mine would take on our rights,” said Chief Candice Paul, from the St. Mary’s First Nation. “We call on Canada to honour its Peace and Friendship Treaties with us and reject the mine on the basis of this finding of significant adverse effects.”The Sisson Mines Ltd. plans to extract tungsten and molybdenum. The open pit mine will include a massive, 751 hectare tailings pond. A swath of land will also be cleared for a 42 kilometre NB Power transmission line.In its review, the federal agency finds the company’s plans to mitigate the effects “fail to address the permanent loss of access to an area of high value, and the associated use of that area.”The New Brunswick Government has already given the project the greenlight.The lawyer for the Maliseet Chiefs, Dominque Nouvet, said the province jumped the gun on its approval of its own environmental assessment because consultation is ongoing.“The law is clear. Consultation should be completed in advance of decision making in order to inform it,” said Nouvet. “And that’s what was outrageous about the provincial approval, is that they themselves acknowledged that consultation was not yet complete.”Nouvet said the chiefs are still willing to consult and talk about accommodation.“The call for rejection stems from the fact their concerns have not been addressed. And this mine is going to have really serious adverse impacts on their traditional way of life,” said Nouvet. “And they’re running out of places to go to carry on traditional activities and exercise their rights. And at this point in time, nothing has been done to address that.”The Wolastaq Traditional Grand Council and clan mothers have strongly opposed the project from the beginning.Wolastaq Grand Chief Ron Tremblay applauds the elected chiefs for their calls to stop the project.“It’s important to preserve Wolastoqey homeland for our present and future children, also to protect the natural world so the animals, vegetation and waterways will continue to survive,” said Tremblay. “Our Wolastoqey Nation is facing invasions from companies and governments who are trying to destroy our natural homeland.”Nouvet, a consultation expert based in British Columbia, sees a huge contrast between Indigenous communities on the two coasts of Canada. She worked on the Tsilhqot’in case that led to a huge victory at the Supreme Court of Canada two years ago. That decision is considered a game-changer for Indigenous communities and the issue of consent.“What is just so tough for the Maliseet is that their land has been occupied and colonized, the resources have been exploited for hundreds of years,” said Nouvet.That long history has meant a greater loss of territory, said Nouvet.“They cannot fish for salmon, pursuant to their Aboriginal and Treaty rights. Forests have been overharvested. They are running out of places to go to exercise treaty rights that were promised to them in perpetuity. They never surrendered title,” she said.The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is taking submissions from public on the project until May 15.A decision on whether it’s approved is expected this summer.@TrinaRoachetroache@aptn.ca read more
By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsELSIPOGTOG FIRST NATION–Environmental concerns are beginning to bubble to the surface in the wake of SWN Resources Canada’s shale gas exploration work and some New Brunswickers are turning to the Mi’kmaq for help.One couple, living on the outskirts of Moncton, saw the sudden appearance of coliform bacteria in their well water after SWN’s thumper trucks rumbled across their front door. Near Rogersville, a senior citizen, in his 70s, discovered water bubbling up through a seismic testing shot-hole in the bush behind his property.Both reached out to the Mi’kmaq battling it out on the highway with SWN.Roger Pierskalla, who lives with his wife along Hwy 126 near Moncton, said a company hired by SWN to conduct the well water tests after the thumper trucks rolled by phoned to tell them they should immediately boil their water before drinking and contact the regional health inspector’s office.Tests results showed his well water had three units of total coliform forming colonies per 100 ml, far above the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines’ maximum acceptable standard of zero. While coliform bacteria may not pose an immediate threat, it can indicate the presence of other dangerous microorganisms. The drinking water guidelines are set by a federal-provincial-territorial committee.“I was upset, this is our lifeline, you can’t live without water. In one form or another, you need water,” said Pierskalla, 68.Then he received a letter from Stantec.“Based on this detection, we recommend you boil your drinking/cooking water or sued bottled water until the issue had been addressed,” said the letter, dated July 25.Pierskalla’s water was tested twice, once in April 2012 and in the same month the following year. The tests were both conducted by Fredericton-based Stantec, which had been hired by SWN to conduct the sampling. In both those tests, Pierskalla’s well water came back with zero total coliform forming colonies.When Stantec tested the well water again on July 23, 2013, after thumper trucks had rolled across Peirskalla’s front door, the results showed the presence of the bacteria. He was forced to shock chlorinate his well. He also called the regional provincial health department’s regional health protection office, which did not call back to follow up.“That never went anywhere after that. Nobody came out to check anything or do anything since,” said Pierskalla.Pierskalla’s wife recently got in touch with people in Elsipogtog saying she had proof that the thumper trucks had ruined their water.“They are part of our land here, they look after our land,” said Pierskalla, who traces his ancestry to Wabanaki Confederacy chiefs. “We have proof that these things do create changes in our water, we have it here…this their testing and this is their results.”About 80 km north up and off Hwy 126 near Rogersville, a 75-year-old man was recently walking through the bush behind his property when he noticed a swamp had sprung up from nowhere. He noticed that the water was bubbling up from a hole in the ground beneath a tree tacked with a metal plate indicating it was one of SWN’s exploration lines.The hole, called a shot-hole, was drilled by SWN contractor Geokinetics as part of seismic exploration work using explosives. The company drills holes then fills them with explosives. Data is then gathered off the detonation.The man, who did not want to be identified, reached out to his friends who knew people in the Mi’kmaq-led anti-fracking camp. Samples have since been taken to a lab for testing.Water bubbling up through shot-hole drilled by contractor hired by SWN Resources Canada. APTN/PhotoAPTN National News visited the site and water was clearly bubbling to the surface, creating a mini-swamp which had an oily sheen in some.According to Maxime Daigle, a former oil and gas worker with experience across Western Canada and the U.S., the drill likely punctured through into an aquifer and the company failed to properly seal it.“It’s disrupting the aquifer flows that people are depending on to get their water supplies for their house,” said Daigle, wearing rubber boots and standing ankle-deep in the water and muck.He said the aquifer was now at risk of contamination.“You pump down the bentonite and hope for the best and as you can see it’s not working,” said Daigle, who has been deeply involved with the Mi’kmaq in opposing shale gas exploration.Bentonite is a type of clay used to seal shot-holes.Pierskalla, who works at a call-centre, said he doesn’t believe the risk posed by eventual shale gas extraction through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is worth the money it’ll potentially bring the province.“If we have this kind of change in my water here, this is going to affect the water from all of this province and if there is no water to drink in this province, people are going to be leaving anyway,” said Pierskalla. “I don’t see where there is a profit here…I only see negatives”email@example.com@JorgeBarrera read more
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