APTN National NewsThe Missing Women Commission of Inquiry has appointed two new lawyers to represent the interests of Aboriginal people at the inquiry.Suzette Narbonne has been practicing law for 22 years, and is now in Vancouver reviewing the information and evidence presented so far. She’ll be joined by Elizabeth Hunt, who practices in Williams Lake in northern B.C.They replace lawyer Robyn Gervais, who resigned from the inquiry after stating that it was excluding the voices of Aboriginal people.APTN National News reporter Tina House sat down with Narbonne to talk about the inquiry and what she hopes to accomplish.
(PART I)APTN National NewsThis week in Aboriginal politics saw the Conservatives still trying to push through parts of the budget bill including changes to the Indian Act on elections while Aboriginal leaders are in Winnipeg talking about missing and murdered Aboriginal women.This week the panel featured Conservative MP Chris Warkentin, NDP MP Jean Crowder and Green Party leader Elizabeth May.
APTN National News Boxing is a tough sport but for one woman it has changed her life.Sheena Kaine overcame her difficulties with addiction.Now she is stepping into the ring to teach her daughter how to stay healthy, sober and how to deliver a knockout punch.APTN’s Keith Laboucan reports.
Kent Driscoll APTN National NewsEvery year in the south, a walk to raise money for a kids help line takes place.Up north, no such walk takes place.But one young person tells Kent Driscoll why Nunavut needs firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis Ward APTN National NewsA Cree Nation in Saskatchewan is in shock following the shooting death of a young on a farm.Colten Boushie was killed Thursday.A man has been charged with murder, but many questions remain.Additional interviews in this story courtesy of the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.email@example.com
Annette FrancisAPTN NewsWhile the federal government believes the $4.5 billion purchase of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline is good for Canada, federal opposition parties don’t quite agree.Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the project is approved, and will go-ahead on schedule.But one party says the project is saddling taxpayers with an unnecessary financial burden – another says Indigenous rights are being trampled on.Here is the latest from Ottawa.firstname.lastname@example.org@aptnafrancis
Kent DriscollAPTN NewsA new language training program in Nunavut is receiving $5.4 million from the territory’s land claim group.Nunavut Tunngavik and the government of Nunavut have been at odds over how to support the Inuit language.Now Tunngavik is putting money behind the email@example.com@kentdriscoll
TORONTO – The loonie dropped sharply after the Bank of Canada kept its key interest rate target on hold Wednesday, as North American stock markets pulled back on profit taking.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 78.30 cents US, down 0.65 of a cent.“The loonie seems to have had its peak when the Bank of Canada was raising interest rates and the reports of year-over-year economic growth were coming out stronger than people had expected,” said Norman Levine, managing director of Portfolio Management Corp.“Now people are seeing that rates aren’t going to go up as fast in Canada as they were before and that economic growth in Canada will probably be lower next year than it was this year.”The Bank of Canada left its benchmark interest rate unchanged Wednesday following two straight hikes since July in response to the economy’s impressive run over the last four quarters. The central bank warned it expects to stick to its rate-hiking path, although at perhaps a more tentative pace.In its scheduled announcement, the bank said it held off this time in part because it expects the recent strength of the Canadian dollar to slow the rise in the pace of inflation.The move in the loonie Wednesday came as the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index fell 50.37 points to 15,854.77.South of the border it was also a negative day, with U.S. stocks giving back most of their profits earned Tuesday.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 112.30 points to 23,329.46. The S&P 500 index gave back 11.98 points to 2,557.15 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 34.54 points to 6,563.89.“I think in general markets have had the longest run, especially the U.S. markets, without a five per cent correction in recent or longer memory,” said Levine. “It’s not surprising you get some profit taking after some big runs. We keep expecting the five per cent, the 10 per cent correction, but we keep never getting it.”Still, Levine added, while U.S. stocks are at the high-end of historic valuations, “they’re not blowout, stupid valuations.”In commodities news, the December crude contract lost 29 cents to close at US$52.18 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down five cents at US$3.08 per mmBTU.The December gold contract added 70 cents to US$1,279.00 an ounce and the December copper contract was down two cents to US$3.18 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
VICTORIA – Finance Minister Carole James says she’s optimistic about British Columbia’s bottom line even though the budget will have a smaller surplus.The 2017-18 budget has a projected surplus of $190 million, $56 million less than the NDP forecast earlier this year, James said Tuesday in releasing the province’s second quarter fiscal update.The economy is still projected to grow by 2.9 per cent.Government revenue has dropped by $283 million, largely because it has collected less in personal and corporate income tax, James said. Wildfire costs were also up by $152 million since September’s update.“I’m optimistic we’re going to continue to see the growth projections that we see and, in fact, strong growth based on the targeted investments we are putting in place in this province,” James said.She said the minority New Democrat government has proposed long-term plans to support child care and housing.“Investing in affordable housing is going to help employers who are looking to invest in B.C.,” she added.The province is forecasting a 9.3 per cent boost in retail sales and 17.3 per cent growth in exports.There were 42,296 housing starts from January to October, keeping pace with the feverish pace of recent years and well ahead of the historic average of 29,465.“All of these indicators continue to show growth,” James said.She said the previous Liberal government posted large budget surpluses of $2 billion and higher, but more should have been spent on housing, children and those in need.“Good fiscal management is making sure the economy is strong and the benefits of that strong economy are felt by all British Columbians.”Liberal finance critic Shirley Bond said the positive numbers reflect the fiscal discipline of the former government.“Although the NDP inherited a $2.7 billion surplus, they have already managed to dip into B.C.’s savings and they haven’t even fulfilled most of their major campaign spending,” Bond said in a statement.James would not speculate on the impact the government’s impending decision on the future of the Site C dam would have on the budget. The B.C. Utilities Commission has estimated cancelling the hydroelectric dam would cost about $4 billion.
Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,371.55, up 61.56 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up $2.36, or 19.97 per cent, to $14.18 on 64.3 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up $3.53, or 10.91 per cent, to $35.90 on 11.6 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up $1.27, or 6.29 per cent, to $21.46 on 6.6 million shares.BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Wireless communications. Up $1.93, or 12.85 per cent, to $16.95 on 6.2 million shares.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Up 46 cents, or 0.62 per cent, to $74.17 on 4.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down five cents, or 1.69 per cent, to $2.91 on 4.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:CMED). Health care. Up $1.98, or 8.20 per cent, to $26.13 on 695,701 shares. The Saskatoon-based company is urging its shareholders to reject a hostile takeover bid by competitor Aurora Cannabis Inc., criticizing the value of the proposed deal and its effect on its share price. In a letter to shareholders released Wednesday, the medical marijuana producer said its shares are trading above Aurora’s offer of $24 and would likely be higher if it were not for the all-stock hostile bid.
CALGARY – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is predicting more pain for the oil and gas sector next year.It predicts a total of 6,600 wells will be drilled in Canada in 2019, down about five per cent from an expected 6,980 wells this year, adding that translates to a year-over-year decrease of up to $1.8 billion in capital spending by exploration and production companies.Outgoing association chief executive Tom Whalen says the oilfield services sector in Canada is headed for a third year of stalled activity as export pipeline capacity constraints keep petroleum prices low.It forecasts an average Western Canadian Select price discount to New York-traded West Texas Intermediate of US$24.50 per barrel next year, about US$10 above typical differences.3,532 of those wells are epxected to be drilled in Alberta. The decrease in wells is going to mean $1,5 to $1.8 billion less in capitl spending by exploration and production companies across the country #yyc— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) November 1, 2018The forecast calls for activity to gradually ramp up during 2019 as crude-by-rail volumes rise to allow more barrels to get to market.PSAC announced Thursday that former Alberta cabinet minister and provincial trade representative Gary Mar will become its new president and CEO as of Dec. 1.
LAVAL, Que. – Bausch Health Companies Inc. reported a loss of $350 million in its latest quarter as its revenue moved lower.The company formerly known as Valeant Pharmaceuticals says the loss for the quarter ended Sept. 30 amounted to $1.00 per diluted share.The result compared with a profit of $1.30 billion or $3.69 per share in the same period a year earlier when it benefited from internal tax reorganization.Revenue totalled nearly $2.14 billion for the quarter, down from nearly $2.22 billion a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Bausch Health says it earned $403 million in its most recent quarter, up from $367 million in the third quarter of 2017.The company says the increase was primarily due to lower interest costs and a lower tax rate.Companies in this story: (TSX:BHC)
TORONTO (660 NEWS) – The Prime Minister has answered questions about Alberta’s energy problems.Justin Trudeau was in studio with Breakfast Television in Toronto where he was asked about what he is doing to help Alberta.Trudeau said he continues to work with the province and the oil and gas industry to help Albertans that are struggling right now.“Yes, we are looking at income supports as well, but the real core of the problem is that there is no access to markets other than the United States for Canadian oil from the oilsands,” said Trudeau.He said that is why the federal government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline.He also laid blame on previous regimes for not getting these projects done.“This is a problem that has gone on for years. For ten years the Conservatives in Ottawa marginalized indigenous voices, ignored the environmental responsibilities, and therefore couldn’t get things built.”The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project hasn’t been built by the Liberal party either, but Trudeau said the work being done right now will ensure that this project will go forward.“We’ve moved significantly on that,” said Trudeau. “The federal court of appeals came back and said ‘you need to do more on indigenous consultations, more on the environment. We are on the right track, but you need to do more.’ We are following their blueprint because we understand these things need to be done in the right way.”
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — An aspiring professional chef living in Dawson Creek made the Top 12 on last night’s fifth season premiere of Master Chef Canada.28 year-old Jen Jenkins, who grew up in both Mackenzie and Prince George and now lives in the Mile Zero City, made her first appearance on the show last night, when the Top 21 contestants were whittled down to just 12. The contestants’ first challenge for the panel of three judges was to make a signature dish using an ingredient they had brought from home.The stay-at-home mom had brought eggs with her to the challenge, deciding to wow the judges with her famous (among family and friends) Eggs Benedict. Jenkins explained that she’s worked on her version of the classic brunch dish for the better part of her life, and that it made sense she would open the competition with Eggs Benny. Jen Jenkins’ Eggs Benedict in a potato nest with hollandaise sauce and tomato salsa, which won her a spot in the Top 12 of Master Chef Canada’s fifth season last night. Photo by CTV.“I cook eggs everyday for myself, for my daughter, my husband. I figured why not go with that, and that’s what got me there today. For years and years I worked really hard on trying to create a Hollandaise sauce that was homemade instead of the packaged brand. I was always unhappy with the packaged brand. So I worked really hard on figuring out trying to make it and fixing it when it cracks. We used to have family meals every Sunday and I would do Eggs Benedict every time and everybody loved it. I would just start to put my own spin on it, but I’ve never done like I did last night with the potato nest. That was completely out of left field, I was like ‘I have to make it cooler, I have to make it better.’ And I did.”Dawson Creek resident Jen Jenkins and Master Chef Canada judge Claudio Aprile. Supplied photoAfter sampling all the dishes, the judges proclaimed that Jenkins was deserving of the white apron, allowing her to make the first cut of the competition. The winner will be walking away with $100,000 and the title of Master Chef Canada. Jenkins said that she’ll be continuing to stay focused during the rest of the competition in order to take home the title.Even if she doesn’t take home the title, Jenkins said that she’s already incredibly happy with qualifying for the show, which she applied for last August. Regardless of how well she does during the TV competition, the amateur chef will be making a big step toward her goal of turning pro: Jenkins said that she and her family will be moving to Ontario later this year after she was accepted to the Stratford Chefs School. Jenkins said that she’ll begin her studies next fall, with the goal of achieving her dream of being paid to do what she loves: cook delicious food.Master Chef Canada airs Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. on CTV.
August 14thAugust 15thAugust 16thAugust 17thAugust 20thAugust 21stAugust 22ndAugust 28thAugust 29thAugust 30thThe school will also begin accepting student registration at that time. Parents looking to register their children at Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray must bring their birth certificate and proof of residence when signing up. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School will begin giving tours of the facility starting August 14th.All school tours will run between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. beginning at the school’s main office.Tour dates are shown below :
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City of Dawson Creek will be delivering new recycling carts to residents this month.Dawson Creek Council voted in favour of implementing a curbside recycling program in the City earlier this year, making it easier for residents to recycle household items and reduce materials sent to the landfill.“We’ve heard residents ask for curbside recycling, and a majority identified it as a priority during our recent OCP consultation process,” said Mayor Dale Bumstead. “Many Dawson Creek residents are already sorting and recycling their household waste, and the new curbside collection service makes recycling much easier and more convenient, and helps us keep more out of the landfill.” Curbside recycling collection begins the week of September 3rd. Recycling will be picked up every other week, on the same day as garbage collection, which the City says will continue to be picked up every week.The City’s current garbage collection contractor, Waste Management, will also collect curbside recycling.Recyclable materials are placed in the 360-litre recycling cart and set out beside the garbage cart every other week. A printed guide showing accepted materials, how to place carts and a collection calendar is being distributed with the carts.Recyclable materials that are allowed inside the new carts include:household paperhard plastic containers (numbered 1 to 7)foil & metal containersdisposable drink cups & lidsnewspapers & magazinescardboard boxes & boxboardgable top containers & aseptic (“TetraPaks”) cartonsnon-hazardous aerosol cans.Plastic bags, glass and foam packaging are not accepted in recycling carts.In order to save on unnecessary printing, residents are encouraged to download the Dawson Creek app, which is available for Apple and Android devices, and to sign up for schedule reminders on the City’s website. The Waste Wizard app also includes the most up-to-date disposal instructions for hundreds of household materials including items that can be included with curbside garbage and recycling, taken to a recycling depot, or special instructions for hazardous materials. For more information on the recycling program, accepted materials and to find your collection schedule visit www.dawsoncreek.ca/recycle, or download the Dawson Creek app.Missed or problem cart deliveries can be reported to the City of Dawson Creek at 250-784-3600.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) met ICC chairman Shashank Manohar in Mumbai on Monday and decided that the Indian board will work with the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for the next six months on a trial basis. Sources said that the board was willing to work with NADA for a period of six months, but the agency would be allowed to collect only 10 per cent samples for testing. “The Indian board has agreed to try and work with NADA for the next six months and then decide on the road ahead. “Trust has been an issue and that needs to be gained with quality work from the agency. The agency will collect only 10 per cent samples for testing. “The board feels that with the 2022 Commonwealth Games in sight, India would like to field the women’s team in the event at Birmingham and this is a move aimed at that direction,” the source said. While the International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to remain compliant to the WADA directives, the BCCI had reservation on dealing with NADA. ICC CEO David Richardson in February spoke on the need to get the differences between the BCCI and NADA sorted. “We are trying to help the BCCI sort out the issue with WADA and NADA. We think cricket should be in the 2028 Olympics, but it’s not going to happen unless we are a unified sport. “At this stage, we need to convince the BCCI that it is a good thing for cricket to be in the Olympics from all aspects,” he had said. However, the BCCI officials present at the last ICC chief executive meeting had made it clear that WADA must name a different testing agency as they did not trust NADA, thanks to mistakes the agency had made.
Noida: A BJP leader in Uttar Pradesh has announced severing ties with his son after he was fielded by the Congress as a Lok Sabha candidate and alleged the opposition party exploited “political differences” within his family.The Congress on Saturday announced Arvind Kumar Singh, son of BJP MLC Jaivir Singh, as its candidate from the Gautam Buddh Nagar constituency, which is currently represented by BJP leader and Union minister Mahesh Sharma. The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have already fielded Satveer Nagar from the constituency. The BJP is yet to announce its candidate. In a Facebook post on March 17, Jaivir Singh said his whole family including wife Raj Kumari Chauhan, a former Lok Sabha MP from Aligarh, their three sons and a nephew have “complete loyalty” with the BJP and are committed to the public policies of the party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi “But my son Arvind Kumar Singh started expressing a different ideology ever since his marriage two years ago and he started staying separately from the family,” the MLC said. Jaivir Singh, who earlier served as a BSP MLA from Barauli, said he joined the BJP in 2017. Arvind was opposed to the BJP and did not took its membership, he said. “Therefore, he was also released from the position of the Chancellor of the (Noida International) University. Now all social and political relations with him have come to an end,” Singh said.
Colombo: Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party TNA on Friday called for allowing foreign judges and prosecutors to probe the alleged war crimes, a day after the UN Human Rights Council gave Colombo two more years to set up a credible investigation into the country’s brutal civil war. Sri Lankan troops are accused of killing at least 40,000 ethnic Tamil civilians during former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime that brought an end to the three-decade long civil war with the LTTE in 2009, according to the UN. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAccording to the government figures, around 20,000 people are missing due to various conflicts including the civil war with Lankan Tamils in the north and east which claimed at least 100,000 lives. The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday approved giving two more years to the Sri Lankan government to set up a credible war crimes investigation into the civil war. M A Sumanthiran, the senior Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesman, said that they would urge for “a tribunal which is entirely international”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”We will take the case to the International Criminal Court,” he said while addressing Parliament. Sumanthiran said the official position taken by Foreign Minister Thilak Marapana on Wednesday in Geneva that foreign judges cannot constitutionally operate in Sri Lanka was false. “It is false to say that constitution does not allow foreign judges to function,” he said. Referring to a case precedent in 2001, Sumanthiran, a lawyer, said that the constitutional provisions do not curtail or restrict the operation of foreign judges in Sri Lanka. He said that the UNHRC resolution adopted in October 2015, which was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka, Colombo is bound to allow an international investigation. Sumanthiran said that when the government of Sri Lanka stands on one side with the militant group which fought for a separate state on the other side, only the foreign judges can ensure the impartiality of investigation. “We Tamils have no alternative but to work towards an international judicial process. We prefer a hybrid judicial mechanism,” he said. In Geneva on Thursday, the UN’s top rights body approved without a vote a resolution to postpone discussing the implementation of an official probe into crimes committed during the civil war.
Chennai: Led by the former captain of the Indian national side Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), led by Dhoni’s successor and current skipper Virat Kohli, by seven wickets in the opening encounter of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday.Batting first, RCB were bowled out for 70 in 17.1 overs in which Parthiv Patel top scored with 29 off 35 balls. Harbhajan Singh (3/20 in 4 overs), Imran Tahir (3/9 in 3 overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/15 in 4 overs) shared the wickets. Dwayne Bravo also chipped in with a wicket. In reply, CSK scored the runs in 17.4 overs with Ambati Rayudu scoring 28. RCB in defeat maintained their inglorious record against CSK and also had the ignominy of ending with the sixth lowest total in the league. Skipper Dhoni’s move to open with Harbhajan paid rich dividends as he removed rival skipper Virat Kohli (6) in the fourth over and RCB never recovered from that early blow.