Racism gets full airing during Town Hall

first_imgAPTN National NewsOn Tuesday evening, APTN broadcasted its live Town Hall from Winnipeg.The event was called “Racism: Let’s talk about it!”The event brought together experts and a studio audience to talk, listen and learn about racism.APTN National News reporter Matt Thordarson takes a closer look at the evening.last_img

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Pimicikamak leaders meet with province occupation continues

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn occupation of a Manitoba hydro power dam will continue.A high-level meeting with a provincial cabinet minister Friday wasn’t able to bring the protest to an end.APTN’s Tim Fontaine was at that meeting and the occupation.He files this report.last_img

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The fight against billiondollar condo development on shores of Ottawa River

first_imgAPTN National NewsA billion-dollar development project on the shores of the Ottawa River could be an opportunity for local Algonquin groups.But some First Nations aren’t sold on the idea, including a world-renowned architect.APTN’s Annette Francis has the story.last_img

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Metis musician Nelson Little releases second album

first_imgAPTN National NewsManitoba Metis musician Nelson Little releases second album – Ain’t afraid of the truthIt’s described as a raw, gritty country album that uses real life situations to bring a message through music.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson has the story.last_img

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After decades of poor water quality Enoch will be using Edmontons water

first_imgChris Stewart APTN National NewsThe Enoch Cree First Nation in Alberta isn’t on a boil water advisory – but people in the Alberta community didn’t trust the water.And with the community hosting the World Indigenous games this July, the federal government will pay for a supply fresh drinking water.cstewart@aptn.calast_img

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Trump calls Democrat Senator Pocahontas – again

first_imgAPTN News U.S President Donald Trump has once again taken to Twitter to use what many call a racial slur in reference to Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren.“Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.” Trump wrote in a tweet posted Friday morning.Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017Warren, who has said in the past that she has Cherokee blood, has been the focus of Trump’s ‘Pocahontas’ attacks in the past.Trump has referenced Warren by that name a number of times including on the campaign trail in 2016.It’s a name Indigenous peoples oppose for sexualizing Indigenous women and turning them into a cartoon character.Terrill Tailfeathers, from the Blood Tribe south of Calgary, called on Twitter to act.“Please report this tweet for targeting a race,” he tweeted.Please report this tweet for targeting a race. https://t.co/JmymGFn2fW— Terrill Tailfeathers (@Terrilltf) November 3, 2017 Warren responded with a shot of her own.“You might think your tweets are cute, @realDonaldTrump, but they won’t stop Mueller’s investigation or keep your people out of jail.”You might think your tweets are cute, @realDonaldTrump, but they won’t stop Mueller’s investigation or keep your people out of jail.— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) November 3, 2017Mueller is Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller who is leading the probe into alleged Russian intervention in the 2016 U.S. election.Meanwhile, three days ago, Trump declared November National Native American Heritage Month.“During National Native American Month we honor and celebrate the first Americans and recognize their contributions and sacrifices,” Trump said in the proclamation. Barbara Low, a Mi’kmaq woman from Nova Scotia, followed suit.“I reported. Asking followers to do the same. @Twitter are you listening? #IndigenousPeoples are on this platform too.”I reported. Asking followers to do the same. @Twitter are you listening? #IndigenousPeoples are on this platform too. #WeAreStillHere https://t.co/akFF2ZYhRT— Barbara Low (@BarbaraXLow) November 3, 2017American actor George Takei also took their side.“1) You’re a racist. 2) You want to investigate political opponents like a tinpot dictator. 3) When are you resigning? Asking for a country.”1) You’re a racist. 2) You want to investigate political opponents like a tinpot dictator. 3) When are you resigning? Asking for a country. https://t.co/g9j4EZMkNn— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 3, 2017last_img read more

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Indigenous women targeted as street gangs flood Thunder Bay

first_img(Rival territory: The former Royal Edward Arms on the left houses gangs from outside Thunder Bay. The former Odd Fellows Hall, across the street on the right, is operated by local Indigenous gangs. Photo: Kenneth Jackson)Kenneth Jackson, Willow Fiddler and James Robinson APTN News She needed the money so she let the gang members in her home.Then things went crazy.They tried to take over and use her home as a trap house, a place where street gangs run drugs and women.“They gave me dope that caused a seizure and I almost died,” says the First Nations woman who APTN News has agreed not to name for her safety.When the ambulance came so did the police and they kicked the thugs out.Considering everything, she was lucky.Most aren’t able to get gang members out of their lives.After the police kicked them out, she wouldn’t let them back in.Now she walks around with a target on her head.“They paid people to harass and beat me up (after),” she says. “They are still coming after me.”She’s hardened by the chase of her next fix and whether one day, the gang will return, kick down her door and kill her.This is a familiar theme nowadays in Thunder Bay as outside gang members from Toronto and Ottawa are trying to take over the city.They’re violent, ruthless, dangling money and drugs on streets desperate for anything fast and free.But nothing is free and “life is cheap” as people told APTN reporters who last week spent several days digging into gangs and what’s known as the Fort William trap.The big city thugs are targeting the most marginalized people and, in Thunder Bay, that tends to be First Nations people, particularly women.That includes single mothers, according to Staff Sgt. Ryan Gibson who heads up the Intelligence unit for Thunder Bay police.“We had a couple kicks on doors last year (where) they had taken over their homes,” says Gibson. “They were basically single Indigenous women with kids.”Gibson says it was a “nightmare situation” for the women and has only gotten worse in the last year.The Toronto and Ottawa gangs are fighting for turf while Indigenous gangs, the most prominent being the Native Syndicate, also fight for space they long held.The outside gangs will offer free drugs to suffering addicts and then make them do their dirty work to get more.That includes trashing apartments of people who resist the gangs, prostituting women on the street or out of the trap houses.Gangs have “rats” or “lookouts” all over which made it difficult for APTN to talk to some people.Most couldn’t be named in this story for a fear of their safety.When not taking over homes of single Indigenous mothers or preying on the dope sick APTN was told of a new approach by gangs.There is word on the street of thugs shaving the hair off the heads of Indigenous women.“They’ll make them work the doors (of trap houses),” says one person. “They’ll send her to go do whatever until she can go back out there to work (the streets in forced prostitution).”It’s a form of control the person says.The outside gangs are known as “the blacks” – for their skin colour. People also had other, more racist terms for them.But as they gain a foothold in the city, many say trouble is brewing as they collide with established Indigenous gangs and drug dealers.In fact, all that separates them in the Fort William trap is the yellow line on George Street.Recently, the outside gangs have taken over floors in a building known as the Royal Edward Arms, a former hotel that once hosted Queen Elizabeth in the 1950s, while the old Odd Fellows Hall building right across George street is “Native territory.”Both buildings are overrun with drugs and discarded needles can be found throughout. People told APTN they are cash “havens” for the gangs.People also told APTN it’s just matter of time before something happens.“It’s a war,” says one person. “Every day I wake up: Am I going to get shot leaving the building today?“Odd Fellows people and Royal Eddy people are different. They don’t click.”Writing on the wall inside the former Odd Fellows Hall. The N.S. stands for Native Syndicate. Photo: Kenneth JacksonAPTN explained to Gibson what it was hearing happening in the buildings, including the turf war.“For you to tell me the Royal Eddy and Odd Fellows have issues, 100 per cent,” he says. “You’re not too far off.”The two buildings fall within the Fort William trap – an area of the south end that has the main homeless shelter.The hub of the trap is the Victoriaville Mall and Newfie’s Pub, that are kitty corner to each on Victoria street.People hustle on the sidewalks outside.It’s given the bar an unfair reputation to many who go there. It just happens to be the only bar there, they say.Marginalized people hang around outside and “runners” from the Royal Eddy and Odd Fellows are there, too.People who come down from the suburbs are known to pop in and get a runner to go get their fix.“You have people who come to the bar, who don’t drink at the bar, looking for people to run to the buildings to get their stuff and leave,” says one person.Several people told APTN the same thing.But the Fort William trap isn’t confined to this part of Thunder Bay.“They’re not just there. They are all over the city,” says Gibson.He says police have kicked down doors all across the city to keep up with the gangs, and Thunder Bay police press releases back this up.They’re littered with drug busts and violence related to gangs, like kidnappings.“They’ll go into an area, they’ll do their thing and we’ll go in and clean them out, arrest them but more will come,” says Gibson.He says the allure of Thunder Bay to outside gangs is they know they can make more money in the northern Ontario city and it also gives them connections to northern reserves where the price jumps even more.“We are going after them as much as we can but it’s like plugging the dike with your finger sometimes,” Gibson says, adding at one point the local jail had a wing and a half filled with outside gang members.People told APTN the outside gangs run drugs and women like a business. They have shifts and cycle members through to avoid police.“There’s a day shift and there’s a night shift,” says one person. “So you don’t know how many there are, right?“Usually they use the cleanest ones and they are the ones who got all the dope and money. The ones who don’t have a record.”Even with all the arrests, Gibson says he’s not surprised to hear this.“They are going to adapt to try and counter us and account for our techniques,” he says.Thunder Bay has always had social issues with addictions and crime but several people told APTN they are seeing dirty drugs hit the street and people are overdosing on heroin, similar to other cities across Canada with the fentanyl epidemic.But the cocaine can also be laced with the garbage they say. Two people told APTN three people died of overdoses the week before reporters arrived.Barb Campbell sits on park bench where her late brother Bert Woods could usually be found. He was victim of a homicide in September. It was one of several tragedies for Campbell. Photo: Kenneth JacksonBarb Campbell, 43, says her brother got sick from dirty drugs last week. “I noticed ever since that (dope) came into town people are just bones. People are getting poisoned,” says Campbell.It was just the latest thing she has had to deal with in recent months.Her daughter, Kory-Lee Campbell, 22, was killed in a double homicide in July allegedly by Campbell’s ex-partner, Garnet Loon.Loon and Campbell’s daughter, Kailee Loon, 19, was allegedly there, too. Police charged Garnet Loon, 41, with first-degree murder in Kory’s death.The other person killed was Robbie Gray, 50. Both Garnet and Kailee are charged with second-degree murder in Gray’s death.Robbie Gray in an undated Facebook photo.Gray’s name is known to those on the street.He was “the boss” of the Native Syndicate street gang several people say.Police will only say Gray was affiliated with the Native Syndicate.“This guy has been responsible for many deaths in this city,” says one person. “They’d charge him and people would disappear or people get beaten up (and) they’d recant their statements or move away.“He may not have directly killed a lot of people but his people underneath him did.”Gray’s Facebook page remains up and he had posted several photos of young First Nations men and women flashing a gang hand symbol.But there’s also many who posted on various posts saying they were going to miss him and it is sad he is gone.Tragedy struck Campbell again in September when her younger brother was killed in a suspected home invasion, while two others were badly hurt with a baseball bat.Police have charged Nazareth Nelson with second-degree murder of Bert Wood, 23, attempted murder on another and aggravated assault on a young First Nations woman.Campbell spoke of her brother sitting on a blue bench across from the courthouse where he was known to be. She and others wrote memorial messages on the bench.“I don’t want him to be forgotten. He was a good kid. He didn’t deserve that. No one deserves that kind of treatment. He was sleeping,” says Campbell.As she leaves the bench Campbell says, “I love you, Bert.”The Thunder Bay chapter of the Hells Angels recently put their logo back up suggesting they have enough members to operate a chapter again. Photo: Kenneth JacksonRecently, the Hells Angels put their death head sign back on their clubhouse on Simpson Street.It’s created quite the stir in the city.For some, it means maybe things will change.“I’m not a supporter of organized crime but when the H.A. had a heavy presence here there was order. We need them back. We didn’t have people dropping like flies and (overdosing) and shit like that,” says one person.Police busted the Thunder Bay chapter back in 2006 with multiple arrests and have done raids on the clubhouse since basically freezing them out for several years.For the death head to go back up it means they have enough members to run a chapter again.As for the First Nations woman at the beginning of the story, she is living one day at a time looking over her shoulder. While driving with APTN she spots a tanker ship out in Port Arthur in the north end of Thunder Bay.It’s a sunny day and it’s quite a pretty picture.“Oh God, look at that,” she says. “So much better than looking at a needle and a condom.”She’s quiet for a few seconds and then says it’s the most beautiful part of Thunder Bay, far enough away from the Fort William trap.“I’d just like to jump on that boat. It’d be my only escape out of here,” she says.last_img read more

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BC First Nation looking to expand its power supply

first_imgChris MacIntyreAPTN NewsThe Taku River Tlingit First Nation is hoping to expand its hydroelectric power station and to share the clean energy with others living in the Yukon.Peter Kirby, a member of the community and CEO of the Tlingit Homeland Energy Ltd., says he hopes to expand the power plant from providing power to his community to selling clean energy to the Yukon through Yukon Energy.“When we built this project we thought, there’s more energy in this creek,” he said. “We know the Yukon area well, we know the potential for projects in the Yukon region, and we know this project is exceptional to meet the needs of the Yukon.“We are ready, willing and able to have a conversation with supporters of the project and the potential customer Yukon on what that would mean in terms of energy purchase agreement and we hope to be there in the next few months.”(Constructed in 2009, the Atlin hydroelectric power station has been providing the community with clean energy. This station currently has an installed capacity of 2.1 Mega Watts)The hydroelectric station currently has an installed capacity of 2.1 mega watts of power.The community peaks at 1.4 mega watts with the remaining power being stored in a load bank.If the expansion plan gets the greenlight, the installed capacity would grow to 8.5 mega watts.Andrew Hall, president of Yukon Energy says he’s also optimistic about the project.He says that hydroelectric power is better long term but states that there are many hurdles to work through before negotiations can start.“There’s the technical feasibility. What does it take to bring that amount of power up to the Yukon, and up to Whitehorse? What kind of transmission lines do we need?“So there’s the technical piece and then there’s the financial. Do the numbers make sense?,” he said.Even with all the hurdles ahead, Kirby said he’s ready to do the work that needs to be done and remains proud of where the project started and where it could go.“I’m very proud of the work that we did in this community, our whole community,” said Kirby.“I’m very proud of what’s happened in our community since then.”cmacintyre@aptn.calast_img read more

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Prisonthemed restaurant in Egypt draws in curious diners

first_imgMANSOURA, Egypt – A prison-themed restaurant in Egypt? It might seem distasteful in a country where thousands of people, mostly Islamists but also secular pro-democracy activists, are languishing in jail on what right groups say are trumped-up charges.Yet, the restaurant in the coastal city of Mansoura called “Food Crime” is doing good business because of its novelty, according to patrons. Props like handcuffs, inmate number plaques, a prisoners’ cage and even an electric chair are served up as welcome selfie-fodder.“It’s a catchy idea and I did not want to do something that is traditional,” said the restaurant’s owner, Waleed Naeem, 37. “Our prices are competitive — our most expensive sandwich on the menu is just 15 pounds (84 U.S. cents).”Naeem is irked by anyone who tries to link the restaurant’s theme to the large-scale crackdown on dissent since the military ousted an Islamist president in 2013.“The people of Mansoura really like this restaurant and think it’s a great idea. But others are making a huge deal out of this on social media,” said Naeem, who has refused to give media interviews to news outlets that want him to speak about what his eatery symbolizes.“My restaurant is not political,” said Naeem, who maintains that the idea of Food Crime was inspired by similar establishments in South Korea, China and Italy. “I don’t think it has anything to do with real prisons and those inside them.”The restaurant’s unusual decor attracts many in Mansoura, like Yasmeen Khouly.“The idea is crazy, but it’s all about trying something new and seeing what’s out there, she said after eating there with a friend.“Obviously seeing handcuffs and an electric chair is strange.”Engineer Ahmed Atef, however, said the environment reminded him of his days in the army, and “the prisons I used to see when I served.”The motif has even drawn in policemen like Amr El Gohary, who said he was impressed by features of the “amazing decor,” like the handcuffs and a metal cage that allowed him to engage in some role reversal.“Obviously it made me love this place. The experience of eating in the cage was interesting because being a policeman, I’m the one who puts people in handcuffs and prisons.”last_img read more

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Ben Jerrys maker ditches London HQ for sole Dutch base

first_imgTHE HAGUE, Netherlands – Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods multinational whose vast stable of brands includes Dove, Knorr and Ben & Jerry’s, has opted to have its sole headquarters in the Netherlands rather than Britain, ending a dual structure that goes back nearly 90 years.The company said Thursday that the decision to pick Rotterdam over London is part of a raft of structural changes that will turn it into “a simpler, more agile and more focused business.”While Unilever made no mention of Britain’s impending departure from the European Union, the decision should in practice help it manage the uncertainties of Brexit and is highly symbolic at a time of doubts over London as a global capital.Many firms with operations across the EU are worried about the potential disruption after Britain leaves the bloc in a little more than a year’s time. In a scenario where Britain and the EU fail to agree on the outlines of a future relationship, tariffs could be imposed on a host of products, hobbling supply chains and raising costs for firms.Unilever, however, argued that the move is driven by its need to simplify its structure. Last year, it vowed to slim down its organization and create more value for shareholders after rebuffing a $143 billion hostile takeover bid by rival Kraft Heinz.Besides consolidating the headquarters, it will also divide its operations into three divisions — Beauty & Personal Care, Home Care, and Foods & Refreshment.“The board believes the move to three divisions and the simplification of our corporate structure will create a simpler, more agile and more focused company with increased strategic flexibility for value-creating portfolio change,” Chairman Marijn Dekkers said.“The changes announced today also further strengthen Unilever’s corporate governance, creating for the first time in our history a ‘one share, one vote’ principle for all our shareholders.”David Cheetham, chief market analyst at XTB, said the reasoning seems “pretty logical” given that the Dutch business represents 55 per cent of Unilever’s overall share capital and that the shares listed in Amsterdam are more liquid than those in London.Though the dual headquarters will become a thing of the past, the company’s shares will continue to be traded in London. On Thursday, the share price closed down 1.7 per cent in London and 1.0 per cent in Amsterdam.“Whilst it is tempting to politicize this decision as a clear and obvious example of waning confidence in post-Brexit Britain, that would be remiss, with the simple facts being that it is purely business-based,” Cheetham said.Unilever made a point of saying that staff levels in both countries would be unaffected by the change. The company employs 7,300 people in Britain and 3,100 people in the Netherlands, out of nearly 170,000 worldwide. The company had sales in 2017 of more than 50 billion euros ($62 billion).Analysts note that besides streamlining operations, the decision could help insulate Unilever from a hostile takeover of the kind Kraft Heinz attempted — Dutch laws are considered to be tougher than British ones when it comes to takeovers.Dutch Economic Affairs Minister Eric Wiebes welcomed the announcement, saying it underscored that the Netherlands is an attractive location for big business.“Unilever is a fantastic company to have here,” Wiebes told NOS Radio. “It’s a sustainable company that focuses on long-term job creation.”The British government also had a positive take, saying that Unilever was basing its two fastest-growing divisions — Beauty and Personal Care and Home Care — in Britain and stressing that Brexit was not a factor. In a tweet, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said Unilever’s decision to base its head office in Rotterdam is “part of a long-term restructuring plan of the company and is not connected to the U.K.’s departure from the EU.”Unilever was formed in 1930 by a merger of the Dutch Margarine Unie and Britain’s Lever Brothers. That led to the company’s dual identity — with Unilever PLC in Britain and Unilever NV in the Netherlands technically separate companies but operating together thanks to a raft of agreements that allow them to share everything from brands and technology to identical boards of directors.___Pan Pylas reported from London.last_img read more

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British man seeks China state TV ban for forced confession

first_imgLONDON — A British corporate investigator has filed a complaint to U.K. regulators about Chinese state TV, saying its British license should be revoked because it broadcast his forced confession when he was imprisoned in China.Peter Humphrey filed a complaint Friday against China Central Television and its international division, China Global Television, for violating British broadcasting rules.Humphrey and his wife spent two years in prison after being convicted of illegally acquiring personal information of Chinese citizens.The couple had been hired on contract by pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline to look into a security breach, but became collateral damage when the Chinese government began investigating the pharmaceutical company’s bribery practices.The pair was shown on Chinese television purportedly confessing their crimes.CGTN is available on free and pay television channels in Britain. The broadcaster is reportedly expanding its presence in Europe with a new studio and production centre set to open in London by the end of the year.In 2012, Britain’s communications regulator, Ofcom, revoked Iranian state-owned Press TV’s license following a complaint by Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari that the station aired an interview with him while he was detained. Bahari said he was forced to do a scripted interview with his captors, who threatened him with execution.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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The Latest European Central Bank expects slower growth

first_imgFRANKFURT — The Latest on the European Central Bank’s monetary policy meeting (all times local):2:40 p.m.The European Central Bank has lowered its economic growth projections for this year and next year.The bank said Thursday it was lowering the outlook for the eurozone economy this year to 1.9 per cent from 2.0 per cent in its previous forecast in September.The projection for 2019 was lowered to 1.7 per cent from 1.8 per cent.The 19 countries that use the euro have seen growth ease to 0.2 per cent in the third quarter from the previous quarter, down from stronger growth at the end of last year. Worries about trade conflict between the U.S. and China, a possible meltdown of government finances in Italy, and a potential disorderly exit by Britain from the EU have weighed on activity.___12:25 p.m.The European Central Bank is expected to halt the stimulus program that it deployed nearly four years ago to nurture a teetering eurozone economy back to health.Analysts say the bank is likely to confirm Thursday its plan to stop the program’s monthly bond purchases at year end despite worries about growth. The program pumped 2.6 trillion euros ($3 trillion) into the economy of the 19 countries that use the euro.Attention will turn to President Mario Draghi’s news conference for clues about whether the bank might postpone its first interest rate increase.Draghi has credited the stimulus and low rates with creating 9.5 million jobs while Europe’s economy healed from a debt crisis that threatened to break up the euro. But critics in Germany say it bailed out fiscally wobbly governments.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

first_imgStocks surged on Wall Street Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average vaulting more than 1,000 points, its biggest one-day point-gain ever.Investors recouped all their losses from a Christmas Eve plunge as stocks rallied across all sectors, giving the Dow and benchmark S&P 500 index its best single-day percentage gain in 10 years.On Wednesday:The S&P 500 index rose 116.60 points, or 5 per cent, to 2,467.70.The Dow soared 1,086.25 points, or 5 per cent, to 22,878.45.The Nasdaq composite gained 361.44 points, or 5.8 per cent, to 6,554.36.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 62.89 points, or 5 per cent, 1,329.81.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 51.08 points, or 2.1 per cent.The Dow is up 433.08 points, or 1.9 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 221.36 points, or 3.5 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 37.72 points, or 2.9 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is down 205.91 points, or 7.7 per cent.The Dow is down 1,840.77 points, or 7.5 per cent.The Nasdaq is down 349.04 points, or 5.1 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 205.70 points, or 13.4 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Owner of famed French Riviera luxury hotel dies at 95

first_imgPARIS — Jeanne Augier, the millionaire owner of a luxury French Riviera hotel appreciated by celebrities and royalty, has died. She was 95.The Hotel Negresco in Nice announced in a statement that Augier died on Monday, after taking over the hotel in 1957 and working to “extend its influence throughout France and the world.”Flags hanging above the hotel flew at half-staff Wednesday in an extended mourning period declared by the hotel.The hotel’s art nouveau facade and pink dome dominate the elegant Promenade des Anglais on the Nice shore. It’s known both for its glamorous guests and thousands of works of valuable art and antique furniture collected by Augier.Augier died without heirs, and legal disputes are reportedly underway about what will happen to the hotel.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Agency built pen for possible horse slaughter

first_imgRENO, Nev. — The U.S. Forest Service has built its first corral for wild horses, a Northern California facility that could allow it to bypass federal restrictions and sell the animals for slaughter.The agency acknowledged in recent court filings that it built the pen for mustangs gathered in the fall on national forest land along the California-Nevada border because horses held at other federal facilities cannot be sold for slaughter.The Forest Service denies claims by horse protection advocates that it has made up its mind to sell the more than 250 horses for slaughter. But it also says it may have no choice because of the high cost of housing the animals and the continued ecological impacts it claims overpopulated herds are having on federal rangelands.The agency’s new pen is in the Modoc National Forest, about 170 miles (273 kilometres) northwest of Reno.Scott Sonner, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Officials searching for accident after finding injured person in Pine Pass

first_imgUPDATE- RCMP have located the vehicle and no one was in the vehicle. The female motorist was taken to the hospital and the incident is being investigated by the RCMP.Rescue trucks are returning home at this time.CHETWYND, B.C. – The Chetwynd and Mackenzie Rescue Trucks along with the RCMP and the BC Ambulance Crew from Mackenzie are searching for the site of a motor vehicle accident in the area of Azouzetta Lake Lodge & Campground and Powder King after an injured person has been found alongside the road. Emergency crews do not know if a passenger or passengers are still in a vehicle since the injured person cannot speak and is seriously injured.If you are travelling in this area, please look closely for any sign of an accident and report immediately to police-fire-ambulance personnel or call 911 with precise details. This is an emergency and an ongoing story.—last_img read more

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Trade minister Carr betting on LNG to unlock trade in China and

first_img“I would say there are lots of possibilities for sectoral trade. We know the LNG possibility is real. We know that the Chinese Canadian community is very interested in deepening ties.”The distinction Carr makes is significant. An attempt to launch formal free trade talks last winter stalled because Chinese leaders flatly rejected the Trudeau government’s progressive trade agenda that would have included labour, gender and Indigenous rights.And then there’s that surprise clause in the new USMCA. It requires a member country to provide notice and information to the other two partners if it plans free trade talks with a “non-market” economy. It gives the other partners a say in the text of such a deal.The Chinese embassy in Ottawa blasted the inclusion of the new clause because it unfairly targets China’s potential trading partners, and unfairly brands it as a “ non-market” economy. Carr is so buoyant about the door-opening possibilities of shipping cleaner energy across the Pacific that he categorically discounts the effect of another surprise on the trade file this past week.He sees no obstacle in the controversial clause in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that allows any of the countries to withdraw from the deal on six-months notice if one of the partners enters into a free trade agreement with a non-market economy, China, again.“There’s nothing in the trade agreement with Mexico and the United States that stops Canada from that. The deal has no impact on Canadian sovereignty or the capacity of the Canadian government to do business around the world,” Carr said.Carr’s job is to find new trading markets for Canada beyond its largest trading partner, the United States. The word “diversification” was conspicuously added to his job title during a July cabinet shuffle and the minister is clearly thrilled with what he sees as the LNG arrow in his quiver.Given the rocky, insult-laden, 14-month road to a new North American trade deal, the need to fulfil the promise of diversification has never been greater for Canada. Carr is also eyeing India, South America, and other Asian countries, as well as pushing for the speedy ratification of the new Trans-Pacific Partnership.He is hoping to travel to China next month, though he stops short of calling for all-out free trade with the country that is the subject of so much Trump administration ire. OTTAWA, O.N. – Jim Carr’s view of enhancing Canadian trade in Asia _ and its biggest prize, China _ is rosier these days because he’s seeing the possibilities through a new lens: LNG Canada’s new $40-billion liquefied natural gas project in northern B.C.“The most interesting development in Canada’s relationship with China happened (Tuesday),” the new minister of international trade diversification said in an interview one day after the historic announcement to build the long-awaited LNG plant in Kitimat, B.C.“What we’ll be able to say to our potential customers is that this now is real and there will be timetables.”center_img Trade experts and analysts support the careful approach that Carr advocates because it gives Canada room to talk to China without overtly angering the United States.“The Americans may still take notice but there’s nothing to stop Canada from continuing to have productive conversations with the Chinese in areas that we have common interests,” said Meredith Lilly, a trade expert at Carleton University.Lilly said the non-market economy clause is unusual and represents a new way for the Trump administration to force its allies to “pick sides” in its ongoing trade dispute with China that has seen billions of dollars of tariffs imposed on Chinese goods, and retaliation by Beijing.“You can view those as targeted at China, and the U.S. creating a template for future trade agreements with other countries beyond Mexico and Canada,” said Lilly.Derek Burney, who was a key player in the Brian Mulroney government that negotiated the original Canada-U.S. free trade deal, said he’s not convinced the clause has any teeth to prevent Canada from moving forward economically with China, which he urged the government to do “as assertively” as possible.“We have misfired in our approaches to China thus far. We have to redouble those efforts and get more serious, and not just with China, but with India as well,” he said.“China’s going to be the No. 1 economy in a number of years, not decades. We’ve got to take it more seriously.”Burney said business needs to do more to find opportunities to capitalize on the major trade deals that Canada has already completed with the European Union and South Korea, among others, as well as the new TPP that the Trudeau government hopes to ratify this fall.“I don’t see as much evidence yet of our companies taking advantage of the openings that those agreements are giving us,” said Burney. “The biggest handicap in Canada is complacency. We’ve become comfortable in the cocoon of dealing with the Americans for 75 percent of our trade.”Carr is anything but complacent.A full legislative effort is being made to ensure the rebooted TPP will be ratified this fall, giving Canada so-called first-mover advantage by being among the first six counties in the 11-country Pacific Rim pact to benefit. Meanwhile, Canada’s battalion of 1,000 trade commissioners and a newly created Invest in Canada agency are pushing hard on all fronts, said Carr.“All of it plays to the heart of our strategic investment, which is to safeguard the most important trading relationship for Canada, which we have done while expanding possibilities, which we are doing.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

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School District 60 Band program receives 500 donation from FSJ Coop

first_imgBand is an important skill and outlet as the intrinsic reward is priceless. Learning to play an instrument and be a part of a band promotes confidence and skills to interact with a community that develops these students into dynamic people.The importance of this festival is for students to have the opportunity to cultivate and grow a students love of serious music making. As this is a non-competitive festival, its an environment of exposure to different performers and clinics.With many students to transport, house and feed for days, fundraising efforts are what help the school ensure their students can participate in such an event.  To receive such a donation from Co-op is another step closer to getting the students to the event in April 2019.Students have been fundraising for this trip to September with bottle drives, selling first aid kits, and they are planning a bigger event in the new year which will be a dinner and or dessert theatre fundraiser.To help out with the cost of the students trip by donating please contact Bonnie Anderson our band parent coordinator at sd60bandparents@gmail.com FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fundraising for an upcoming Band trip to Edmonton was recently injected with a $500 donation from FSJ Co-op.Fundraising plays a big part in financing opportunities for kids to get outside of the community to learn and grow.  One such event for the SD60 Band program is the Edmonton Cantando Musical Festival.North Peace has a very vibrant and nurtured musical program that starts early in middle school and with the curriculum build and maintained by several teachers; this musical program continues with a student as they grow through their education and grades.last_img read more

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The Third Annual Coldest Night of the Year Walkathon

first_imgThis Fundraiser helps to continue providing education, support and professional counselling programs to individuals and families. Counselling and support services, including violence and homelessness prevention, family-strengthening, women’s outreach, and youth justice help build better lives.To visit the official site; CLICK HERE To visit Community Bridge FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Coldest Night of the Year Walkathon is a fundraiser for Community Bridge, Saturday, February 23rd, 2019.Registration for the walk is $40 which includes, an entry for the walk, a commemorative toque, chilli dinner donated by the NLC and prizes.This 2 km or 5 km walk starts at the Northern Lights College, follows a route to the Credit Union and back to the College. This year’s goal is to raise $25,000 for Community Bridge.last_img read more

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Protester climbs into tree near BC marine terminus of Trans Mountain pipeline

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. – A mid-air protest has begun in British Columbia at the western end of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which carries oilsands crude from Alberta to a port in Metro Vancouver.Stand Earth spokesman Sven Biggs says 71-year-old grandfather Terry Christenson has climbed a tree inside the Westridge Marine Terminal, which is the facility where oil would be loaded onto tankers in a planned expansion of the pipeline.This is the second protest for Christenson, who was arrested in March 2018 after climbing a tree in the same area to slow clearing for the pipeline construction. “Canada is already on the path to clean energy and we must continue to diversify our economy, not build more dirty pipelines. I’m here today to ensure Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hears this message loud and clear,” Christenson says. Christenson’s first protest lasted 16 hours before he was removed, but Biggs says the professional mountain climber has enough supplies to remain in his new perch for a week.Stand Earth says about 230 people were arrested last year for violating an injunction against protests at the marine terminal and other nearby infrastructure linked to the Trans Mountain pipeline.The federal government supports the tripling of the pipeline’s capacity but suspended work on the expansion last August when the Federal Court of Appeal found parts of a National Energy Board review were flawed and should be redone.Biggs says Christenson’s protest could be the start of many more.“It’s a message to Justin Trudeau and his cabinet who are right now considering whether or not to re-approve the pipeline. If they do that, I think they are going to see a lot more actions like this mornings’,” Biggs says.A statement sent by Christenson, through Stand Earth, says climate change will affect everyone and today’s protest is on behalf of his grandchildren, and grandchildren around the world.last_img read more

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