first_imgAdvertisement Throughout the series the cast will focus on their strengths and explore their inherent talents with the help of experts in the medical and employment fields. The journey isn’t always easy but each individual is determined to overcome their challenges, help change employers’ perceptions and land a coveted job that they’re passionate about.“It truly is an honour to be able to tell these stories and produce this program,” says Thomas Howe, President and Executive Producer at THA. “Many of the featured individuals have been looking for a job for years to no avail. This show is genuinely life-changing for the job seekers as well as the visionary companies willing to take a chance on them.”In order to be accessible for individuals living with vision loss, Employable Me features Integrated Described Video, where description is incorporated during the production phase, eliminating the need for a secondary audio track.Employable Me is produced by THA in partnership with AMI and TVO, and is licensed by all3media international.The series will air on AMI-tv with back to back episodes on August 11, 18 and 25 at 9 and 10 p.m. ET and PT. The full series will be re-broadcast on September 3 from 3 to 9 p.m. Full episodes of Employable Me will be available online at ami.ca. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that it will air the Canadian edition of Employable Me, a moving documentary series featuring job seekers who are determined to show that having a physical disability or neurological condition shouldn’t make them unemployable.Produced by Thomas Howe Associates Inc. (THA), the six-part series provides an honest and emotional look at the challenges that individuals of varying abilities face in the job market. Each one-hour episode features two job seekers living with vision loss or a neurological condition such as Tourette Syndrome, Asperger Syndrome, Down Syndrome or ADHD.“We’re thrilled to have Employable Me debut on AMI-tv,” says John Melville, Vice-President of Programming and Production. “The series has already found success in the UK and we strongly believe that there are a number of compelling stories to share from determined and talented job seekers right in our own backyard.” Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement We all knew that Koerner Hall was beautiful and that its acoustics were amazing from the moment we first set foot in the 1,135-seat auditorium nine years ago. But it took a few years to see how successful it would be as a musical draw for Torontonians.It turns out there was no cause to worry. In fact, Koerner Hall may be Toronto’s must successful music venue in terms of not discriminating between any sort or style of music. Jazz, world music and pop musicians are just as happy playing the room as people from the classical world. The story is the same for their audiences.The visible proof of how well this melting-pot of a music box has succeeded is on display in Koerner Hall’s 10th anniversary season, unveiled at a big Royal Conservatory of Music party on Monday evening. There is literally something for everyone on the bill. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment There will be a little cluster of opening and closing concerts packaged as festivals to bookend the 2018-19 season. The openers include Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain, conducted by Yannick Nézét-Séguin. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Get ready for 11 days of musical festivities in the heart of

first_imgQUÉBEC – Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) and Canadian Heritage(PCH) Advertisement PCH awarded $550,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) to support the programming for this 51st must-see song fest in Québec City.The FEQ is an international art and music event that has been offering rich and diverse programming for 51 years. Attracting concert-goers from Quebec and elsewhere in Canada, the United States and around the world, the Festival is an important pillar for tourism in the Québec City area.Quotes“Every year, the Festival d’été de Québec dazzles us with the quality of its diverse programming and the overall visitor experience. I am pleased about the Government of Canada’s support for the Festival, which shines a light on Québec City and the surrounding area, as well as the entire province, for Canadian, North American and foreign tourists. I wish all festival-goers a wonderful time!”The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Member of Parliament for Québec and Minister of Families, Children and Social Development“Tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors worldwide. By supporting events like the Festival d’été de Québec, we are showing our commitment to fostering growth in this industry and promoting the attractiveness of the cities that host them.”The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED“For more than 50 years, the Festival d’été de Québec has spared no effort in showcasing our talented artists, who express their art through a wide variety of musical styles. This major event is a perfect illustration of the cultural vitality that exists across the country.”The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage“With the support from CED and PCH, the Festival has the means to fulfill its ambitions and further its development. This support is a significant factor in the event’s growth and sustainability and confirms the FEQ’s major contribution to the economy and to tourism development in Quebec and Canada.”Claude Doré, Acting Director General, FEQQuick factsCED is one of the six regional development agencies under the responsibility of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.This year marks the 50th anniversary of federal regional economic development in Quebec: half a century of concrete action dedicated to the development of the regions and local businesses.For more information on CED and its priorities, consult the 2018–19 Departmental Plan or visit www.dec-ced.gc.ca.PCH’s CAPF provides financial assistance to organizations that professionally present arts festivals or performing arts series and organizations that offer support to arts presenters. Through the CAPF, Canadians have access to a variety of professional artistic experiences in their communities.The FEQ welcomes international superstars, rising stars and emerging artists in all musical styles. Street musicians also add a touch of colour to the Festival, not to mention the rich lineup of shows and activities for the family.During the FEQ’s 10-day run, more than 250 shows will be presented on 10 stages in the heart of Québec City.Every year, the FEQ welcomes over 350,000 participants and can boast that 11% of its festival-goers are day-trippers and 27% are tourists. The latter come from Quebec (50%), the other Canadian provinces (19%), the United States(13%) and other parts of the world (18%). The number of visitors from outside Quebec has been on the rise since 2015.Stay connectedFollow CED on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTubeFollow PCH on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr Follow the FEQ on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Flickr, Snapchat The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Member of Parliament for Québec and Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, acting on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED, and the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced Government of Canada support for the Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ), which runs from July 5 to 15, 2018.CED’s non-repayable contribution of $1,260,000 was granted under the Quebec Economic Development Program to the Festival d’été international de Québec Inc. to help promote and market the 2017 and 2018 editions of the event outside Quebec through advertising, e-marketing and media relations. The assistance also went toward new additions to the Festival, such as spectacular street performances, urban structures and bracelets that create lighting effects. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Rising star comedian Ryan McMahon in Montreal just for laughs

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg-based comedian Ryan McMahon is getting noticed.The Ojibway-Metis comedian is in Montreal for one of the biggest shows of his life.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin caught up with him and brings us this story.last_img

Dustin Bird an honour student and quarterback with dreams of becoming an

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe family o f a slain teenager from northern Saskatchewan say he was a good kid and loved by many.Dustin Bird, 17, was an honour student when he was shot and killed last week on the Lac La Ronge Indian Band.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has more on the story.last_img

MMIWG What a National Inquiry can and cannot do

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Minister of Indigenous Affairs is expected to announce the details of the long-awaited national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls Wednesday including the terms of reference and commissioners that will take the lead.The inquiry was first announced by Carolyn Bennett and Status of Women Minister Patty Hadju back in December 2015. The government followed the announcement with 17 information sessions to hear from families across the country about what they wanted from the inquiry and how the terms of reference should be written.  Part of what the government heard was: Part of what the government heard was:The leadership should represent Indigenous communities and regions.It should also have a timetable that is sensitive to the needs of survivors, families and loved ones.Efforts must be made to avoid a long, drawn-out and legal process.The inquiry should include as many individuals and organizations as possible including survivors, families and loved ones, national Indigenous organizations, front-line workers, and Indigenous community leaders and organizations.It should also respect different points of view.The inquiry should take a broad approach to its analysis of the issues. It should look at the economic, cultural, political and social causes of violence against women, girls and trans and two-spirit people.It should also look at the causes of unequal and unjust treatment of Indigenous women, girls and trans and two-spirit people and recommend solutions to the causes of violence.The inquiry should provide a variety of cultural, spiritual and religious supports and ceremonies.The ceremonies should reflect the diversity of all participants and regions and be supported by elders.As well, it will be critical to have professional mental health counselling and community-based health supports. Professional and culturally-sensitive counselling will be needed if the inquiry is to be effective and avoid causing further trauma.Police have been a focus of many families and groups who are looking to the inquiry to find answers.In June, Assembly of First Nations National Chief addressed a conference of Canadian police forces telling those gathered that he was “putting them on notice” because families wanted answers on how investigators handled these cases.Police services across the country have long been criticized for their handling of cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and a number of families are awaiting news about how police forces will be scrutinized during the inquiry.In July, APTN National News was the first to obtain a draft of the terms of reference that will guide five commissioners in their duties. While police are not mentioned specifically, the early draft seems to give the commissioners the leeway to examine any institution they believe needs to appear at the inquiry.But what can a national inquiry accomplish? Are there limitations?The Women’s Legal, Education, Action Fund is a coalition of advocacy groups including the Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto that legal action to advance women’s issues.According to Christa Big Canoe, the organisations involved are watching the process to put together the inquiry.  and has prepared a FAQ on what an inquiry can and cannot do.It is reproduced here.#1: What is a national Commission of Inquiry?National Commissions of Inquiry are federally established investigations into issues of national importance. Federal inquiries are established under terms set out in the Inquiries Act. This Act says that the federal Cabinet can establish an inquiry at any time.Cabinet also has the discretion to determine the inquiry’s subject and scope. The Act is broad and gives the federal government ample discretion, so there is a lot of room for flexibility and creativity in designing the inquiry process. This can help to ensure a future inquiry will be a meaningful and sensitive process that includes diverse stakeholders.However, this also means that early and thorough research and consultation is especially important, as this will help inform the inquiry’s design so that it can facilitate and support a fair, responsive, and effective process.#2: How is it different from a Truth and Reconciliation Commission or a Royal Commission?Inquiries can take several forms. Royal commissions are a type of public inquiry. They receive a special seal from the Queen, but otherwise are not different from other types of public inquiry.Truth and reconciliation commissions are generally created to address mass human rights violations in a country’s past, usually as a country is transitioning from autocratic to democratic rule.Canada’s recent Truth and Reconciliation Commission was unique because it was established as one part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, which was negotiated by residential school survivors, churches that operated the schools, and the federal government.#3: How long do inquiries usually last from start to finish?The length of an inquiry can be decided by the government or the Commissioners at the start of the inquiry process, and the Commission is expected to keep to its deadlines.Past inquiries have varied considerably in length. For example, the Canadian Panel on Violence Against Women lasted two years, the Manitoba Aboriginal Justice Inquiry took three years, and the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples lasted five years.#4: Who can establish an inquiry?National Commissions of Inquiry are established by the federal Cabinet.#5: What could inquiry proceedings look like?The Commission has the power to determine the methods of an inquiry. Some Commission meetings and proceedings may be open to the general public and informal in nature. These could involve open houses, or opportunities to submit written comments.A Commission may also decide to have some proceedings that are adversarial (i.e. court-like) hearings with witnesses, cross-examination, and legal representation. This format is adopted when Commissioners feel the need to test the evidence of presenters to sort out an unclear or contested situation. These types of proceeding may require the involvement of lawyers.A commission may also hold closed hearings for highly delicate evidence, or the Commission may hold invitational symposia (i.e. meetings that are only open to those who are personally invited) or other meetings to hear the views of experts or certain key stakeholders. Again, the wide discretion of the Commission with regards to designing its own process is important to keep in mind. A Commission can use any combination of the above-mentioned types of process.It can also design new and unique types of proceeding.#6: Who will be able to participate in these proceedings?Participation in an inquiry may depend on the type or format of the proceedings.For open and informal proceedings, the Commission may encourage widespread public participation, usually by means of written comments submitted on paper or electronically, or by presenting to Commissioners in person.Adversarial hearings may require standing to participate. This means that people who want to participate in the hearing process will need to establish either: 1) how they are affected by the issues being addressed in the hearing, or 2) how their participation would further the public interest. In this situation, the Commission would have the discretion to determine how it will assess whether individual applicants should have standing.The Commission would also have the authority to determine who will be granted standing. In addition to granting standing to participate in this sort of proceeding, a Commission has power under the Inquiries Act to require the attendance of witnesses through subpoenas. While formal in nature, these adversarial 3 proceedings do have the potential to delve into contested or unclear proceedings do have the potential to delve into contested or unclear situations in search of a full picture of what has happened.A Commission may also restrict participation to certain groups or individuals, depending on the issue being considered. For example, closed hearings may only be open to people who are personally invited.#7: How will members of the public know whether they can participate?Once a Commission of Inquiry is established and has designed its process, there will likely be some form of public notice informing members of the public about upcoming opportunities to participate in the inquiry. Such notices should also specify the means by which members of the public and interested parties will be able to participate.#8: Could funding be available to inquiry participants?A key issue for any Commission of Inquiry, and for its potential participants, is whether funding will be available to those from whom the Commission wishes to hear (i.e. grants standing to). In the past, such funding has been available at some Commissions for those taking part in either the fact-finding part of the Inquiry or its policy deliberations. It is useful to explore the practices of past Commissions to see how this funding is determined, as each Commission can establish its own rules and practices. However, as the Missing Women Inquiry in B.C. has demonstrated, it is essential that the government which establishes the Inquiry provide it with enough funding to permit it to grant funding to participants who need it. Some experts have provided guidance for setting up future Commissions of Inquiry funding mechanisms.#9: What languages can an inquiry be conducted in? There are no specific provisions in the Inquiries Act concerning which language an inquiry must use in its proceedings. Most national Commissions of Inquiry in the past have generally been conducted in either English, French, or both, though some have also enabled people to participate in Indigenous languages.#10: What support could be provided to participants in an inquiry including survivors and the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls? Given that a Commission has the discretion to hire any staff it may require, and because it has the power to design its own process, it could ensure that support is provided to survivors, families, and others.#11: Can an inquiry integrate ceremony? Yes. As a Commission has the discretion to create its own process, it has the authority to integrate ceremony.#12: Who leads an inquiry? And how are they chosen? The Inquiries Act requires the Cabinet to appoint the Commissioners who will lead an inquiry. The Act specifies that Cabinet has the discretion to appoint one or several Commissioners (s3).In the past, Commissioners have tended to be retired judges, Attorneys General, or academics.However, Commissioners may be any person or persons whom the Cabinet determines has qualifications to lead a particular inquiry, and appointing a retired judge does not in and of itself does ensure an inquiry’s independence.Examples of Commissioners who have been appointed for other inquiries include Justice Sidney Lindon who led the Ipperwash Inquiry, while the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples was co-chaired by George Erasmus a former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, and Justice René Dussault from the Québec Appeal Court, with Viola Robinson, former president of the Native Council of Canada; Mary Sillett, former president of the national Inuit women’s association Pauktuutit and of the Inuit Tapirisat Canada; Paul Chartrand, a Métis lawyer and head of the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba; Justice Bertha Wilson, former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada; and Allan Blakeney, former premier of Saskatchewan.#13: What powers do Commissioners have?Commissioners have quite extensive investigative powers.They are able to summon any witnesses to give evidence in person or in writing, or provide documents requested by the Commission (s4 Inquiries Act).Commissioners’ power to enforce the attendance of witnesses and compel them to give evidence is equal to that of courts in civil cases (s5 Inquiries Act).Commissioners have the statutory authority to hire administrative, legal, research, and investigative staff as well as recognized experts to assist the Commission in its tasks.Commissioners also have the discretion to hire whoever else they deem necessary (s11 Inquiries Act). This can include interpreters and support workers.#14: Where can an inquiry take place?Commissions have the discretion to hold meetings in and visit different parts of the country.#15: Can there be regional or provincial branches of an inquiry?While some provinces have their own legislation allowing their governments to establish provincial Commissions of Inquiry, these inquiries would only be able to examine agencies and issues that fall under their provincial jurisdiction. Although, it is worth noting that Ontario’s Public Inquiries Act permits the province to partner with the federal government in a joint public inquiry (s4). This section would allow a future national Commission of Inquiry to address provincial agencies and issues in Ontario.The fact that a national Commission of Inquiry is federally established does not legally preclude provinces from engaging in the process. To date, all provinces have publicly expressed support for a national inquiry into violence against Indigenous women and girls. This may indicate some willingness by the provinces to collaborate and assist with a future national inquiry.Further, as a national body, a federally established Commission of Inquiry is in a perfect position to address issues of interprovincial coordination and cooperation as well as coordination (or lack thereof) between the provinces and the federal government. This is significant in the context of violence against Indigenous women because the failure to provide co-ordination between different jurisdictions of the State has been identified by the United Nations inquiry report on murders and disappearances as a violation of the rights of Indigenous women in Canada. (This issue was also identified by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in its 2015 report, a 2013 Human Rights Watch report, a 2011 report by the SisterWatch program with the Vancouver Police Services, and a 2010 report by the Federal Provincial Territorial Coordinating Committee of Senior Officials on Criminal Justice. For more information on this issue please see this past LSC report).#16: What is the possible scope of an Inquiry?When Cabinet establishes a public inquiry, it must also specify the inquiry’s terms of reference. These terms of reference delineate the scope of an inquiry.They generally specify: who the Commissioner(s) will be, the mandate or purpose of the inquiry, and the powers the Commission will have.These terms of reference can also set the duration of an inquiry and any other specifications or guidelines Cabinet may want to include. Former Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Brian Dickson engaged in a pre-inquiry process to determine the terms of reference for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. This pre-inquiry process is a good mechanism for ensuring consultation that will assist a government with developing strong terms of reference.Public inquiries can investigate and study facts and statistics as well as policies and broader systemic issues. As will be discussed in the five sub-questions below, both facts and their broader historical, social, and legal contexts are equally important.An inquiry can be well-equipped to study these things in an effective and helpful way.  Can an inquiry develop a clearer idea of the statistics of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls? Yes. Data collection and analysis is often a critical part of public inquiries. All inquiries are required to examine what is known, identify gaps in knowledge, and attempt to fill these gaps.Gaining an understanding, and contributing to the public understanding, of an issue is an important cornerstone of any effective inquiry. Further, the databases and other resources prepared during a Commission’s activities can be a very useful public resource if independently maintained after the inquiry ends.An example of this can is the Krever Inquiry, which was established to examine the tainted blood supply in Canada. The inquiry’s work and data collection ultimately led to the establishment of the Canadian Blood Services, an independent agency that continues to administer the country’s national blood bank. As such, these resources produced during the inquiry process continue to be an important living document for the public.The independent collection, ongoing management, and public reporting of data is an especially important issue in the context of violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada. Over the course of many years, collection, analysis, and public release of statistics and other data has been uneven and insufficient. This has deprived families, communities, Indigenous peoples’ organizations, and the public of an accurate, comprehensive, accessible, and up-to-date statistical picture of disappearances and murders.The Sisters in Spirit database of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, which was in the process of addressing these issues, was defunded by the federal government in 2010. The RCMP have not been transparent with their data on this issue.Several grassroots databases have been initiated across the country that would benefit from being better resourced, more coordinated, integrated, and standardized.Can an inquiry examine the root causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls?Yes. The majority of the literature on the subject of violence against Indigenous women and girls is unanimous about its historical, sociological, and legal root causes. The 2015 Inter-American Commission on Human Rights report on missing and murdered Indigenous women in British Columbia discussed the systemic and sociological factors responsible for the disproportionate violence faced by Indigenous women in the province. It explained that the disappearances and murders of Indigenous women in Canada are part of a broader pattern of violence and discrimination against these women throughout the country (p11). The report also noted systemic failures in policing, as well as the legacies of Canadian colonization and the persistence of discriminatory laws such as the Indian Act were responsible for the violence (p12).The 2015 United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) report confirmed the broad systemic causes for violence against Indigenous women in Canada. These included the social and economic marginalization of Indigenous women in Canada, failures by the police to promptly and thoroughly investigate instances of violence against Indigenous women, and the reluctance of the federal government to take immediate and effective state action (p3).Can an inquiry examine government policies, laws, and practices?Yes. A national Commission of Inquiry will be able to examine existing laws and policies, as well as the legacies of past laws and policies. A Commission will also have the authority to examine prevalent practices within government agencies that may not be explicitly required by law (and/or may be inconsistent with the law).Can an inquiry examine RCMP policies and conduct? Yes. A national Commission of Inquiry will be able to investigate and examine systemic issues within the RCMP that relate to violence against Indigenous women and girls, including RCMP policies and the conduct of RCMP officers.Can an inquiry examine individual cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls? It is important for the future inquiry to ensure that all investigations of missing and murdered women are thorough and unbiased. It is also important to review cases in a way that highlights both positive practices where they exist, as well as system failings that need to be addressed. If this is consistent with the Commission of Inquiry’s terms of reference, it may be possible for it to examine individual cases.However, given the high volume of implicated cases, individual case reviews for all past cases may not be feasible. More importantly, a public inquiry may not be the most helpful or advantageous way to review individual cases. Rather, an independent civilian investigation unit whose sole purpose and focus is to investigate individual cases may be appropriate. Such a unit could liaise with the Commission but its mandate could extend beyond the life of the Commission. Ultimately, it will be important to ensure that any inquiry or civilian investigation unit reviewing individual cases is independent from government and accountable.#17: How can an inquiry ensure it does not merely duplicate what has been done already by other inquests and inquiries?When setting the inquiry’s terms of reference and determining its scope and tasks, preliminary research and consultation will be required to determine where knowledge gaps exists and how the Commission may be able to fill these gaps. This preliminary research will also be helpful in identifying steps that governments can take right away, without waiting for the results of the inquiry. For a more detailed description and discussion of the findings of past inquiries and reports, as well as a discussion of areas that still require further research and study, please see past work by the Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women.#18: How is the independence of an inquiry ensured?The independence of past Commissions of Inquiry has generally been protected by ensuring that they are established at arm’s length from government. Practically speaking, this would require the Commission to have control over its own budget, structure, and other administrative decisions. In addition, the Commissioners must be seen to be independent, that is, not subject to guidance or direction from government once its initial terms of reference have been provided. It is also important that the Commissioners should not have been part of any past government or agency whose conduct will be examined.#19: Are there any mechanisms to ensure a Commission’s accountability in the process and outcome of an inquiry?Yes. The more proceedings are made open and accessible to the public, the more accountable and transparent the Commission will be perceived to be.Encouraging public scrutiny and media access can also help to ensure accountability.It is worth noting that the ultimate findings of a public inquiry are judicially reviewable by the Federal Court. This means that an individual can apply to the Federal Court to review a Commission’s decisions if it is believed that the decisions included factual or legal errors, failed to follow established procedures, or failed to conform to the scope of the Commission’s mandate.Judicial review can help to ensure a Commission’s accountability.#20: When the inquiry provides recommendations, is there a way to guarantee that these recommendations are implemented?There is no statutory duty to implement the recommendations of a national Commission of Inquiry.However, it is possible to take measures to improve the likelihood of recommendations being implemented. For example, eight years after the release of the final report of the Manitoba Aboriginal Justice Inquiry, the Manitoba government established the Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission.This Commission was tasked with reviewing the original inquiry recommendations, assessing the extent to which they were implemented, and ultimately directing how they could best be implemented more effectively. What is included in the Commission’s mandate regarding expected outcomes will matter, as will public attention to ensuring that the Commission’s work is orientated towards producing action and concrete measurable change.—last_img read more

Trudeau challenged on immigration Indigenous sovereignty at Nova Scotia town hall

first_imgJustin Brake APTN National News The prime minister kicked off a national town hall tour Tuesday night in the Sipekni’katik district of Mi’kma’ki – or Lower Sackville, N.S. That’s what Trevor Sanipass of Eskasoni and Elder Billy Lewis reminded the more than 1,000 in attendance during a land acknowledgement to begin the evening.From health care and marijuana legislation, Justin Trudeau fielded questions on an array of issues, including immigration and Indigenous sovereignty in the Sackville High School gymnasium.As the event began Rebecca Moore, a 27-year-old Mi’kmaw woman from Pictou Landing First Nation stood silently among the seated audience members as the prime minister slowly went around the room taking questions in a clockwise direction.After a dozen questions, and arriving at the place where Moore stood alongside her friend Michelle Paul, who was holding an eagle feather in the air, Trudeau skipped over the two, still not having taken a question from an Indigenous person on Indigenous related matters.Moore quietly walked out of the room. But Paul left her place and moved to an empty seat ahead of Trudeau’s queue, this time garnering his acknowledgement.Holding the eagle feather, Paul challenged Trudeau on the disparity between his promises of reconciliation and renewing nation to nation relationships, and the realities on the ground in Nova Scotia.“Right here in Mi’kma’ki, right now, we have in Eskasoni 70 per cent poverty — that’s unacceptable. We have in Potlotek water that cannot be drank, that cannot be used — that’s unacceptable. And on the Sipekni’katik River we have warriors at the Treaty Truckhouse who refuse to leave because Alton Gas is threatening to pour brine in our river system. That is unacceptable,” she said.Paul reminded Trudeau that there are traditional governing systems in place in Mi’kma’ki, but that Canada doesn’t recognize them, instead negotiating only with the Assembly of First Nations and chiefs elected under the rules and legislation of Canada’s Indian Act.After returning to the audience Moore then spoke to Trudeau reminding him that the Peace and Friendship treaties are still binding, and that Canada is not holding up the Crown’s side of the agreements.“I’m a direct descendant of Jean-Baptise Cope, who signed the Peace and Friendship Treaty—the Peace Treaty of 1752—and we’re still here and every day I see that treaty being disrespected and dishonoured and I’m here to ask you: When are you going to honour the treaty in its full capacity, the way that it was supposed to be?”Moore also suggested that if the treaties were being adhered to, fewer Mi’kmaq would be living in poverty.“We are not an Indigenous nation under Canada, we are an Indigenous nation on a national level,” she said.“We have something under the Peace and Friendship treaties [where] we have the rights to sell our wares, and we also have the rights to best advantage in trade. So my question to you is: If we have best advantage in trade under international treaty law, then why are we the poorest people in the country? It doesn’t look to me like we have best advantage in trade. It looks to me like you have best advantage in trade.”Responding, Trudeau didn’t address the Mi’kmaq treaties specifically but acknowledged that Canada has not respected treaties with Indigenous nations more broadly.He also alluded multiple times to “partnerships” between Canada and “Indigenous Canadians,” and said reconciliation and the establishment of healthy nation to nation relationships will take some time.“You both highlighted the complexities and the challenges we are facing of defining what is a nation to nation relationship, who our interlocutors must be, how we move forward in true partnership that respects rights and opportunities,” he said.To Paul and many in Mi’kma’ki, the wait has been decades and centuries-long.“We don’t have the luxury of time, actually, because a lot of our leadership that he recognizes are at the table negotiating, as we speak,” Paul told APTN after the event, alluding to various Mi’kmaq land claims negotiations taking place between Indian Act chiefs and Canada’s Department of Crown-Indigenous Affairs.“We’re not happy about that,” Paul said. “They don’t have our consensus. We want our treaties honoured, we want them implemented. We know how powerful our treaties are.“We’re ready as rights holders, as a sovereign Mi’kmaq Nation.”The issue of immigration featured prominently at Tuesday’s town hall, too.Outside about two dozen people rallied in support of Abdoul Abdi, the 23-year-old Somali refugee making headlines over his potential imminent deportation.Abdi’s sister, Fatouma, asked Trudeau point blank why he isn’t stepping in to help her brother.“Why are you deporting my brother? How come you’re not stopping it?” she asked the prime minister.Trudeau said deporting people is “something we have to take very, very seriously [and] something we have to reflect on with compassion, and with empathy, and with understanding on a case by case basis.”jbrake@aptn.calast_img read more

First Nations educator develops suicide prevention curriculum for teachers

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsThere’s a new resource for educators interested in teaching about suicide.First Nations educator Harvey McCue has produced a program of 24 one-hour sessions designed for youth between the ages of 11 and 13.The experiential learning initiative features student activities, learning materials like stories, interactive videos and internet resources. It provides all required materials for in-class activities and a detailed guide for teachers.McCue, who hails from Georgina Island First Nation but now lives in Ottawa, says the exercises were designed to make students reflect.“What inspires me? Who are my heroes? What are my dreams? What would I like to be doing five years from now, 10 years from now?” he says.The curriculum is free and available for download at firstnationssuicideprevention.com.According to the website, the curriculum “connects culture with content related to resilient-rich choice-making that is applicable across the distinct First Nations in Canada.“Framed in highly creative, stimulating, and interactive ways, the First Nations Youth Suicide Prevention Curriculum has the capacity to build resilience by being responsive, engaging, and applicable to the worldview of participating First Nation’s youth.”McCue, who has been educating for 50 years, says the program could also be adapted to cater to non-First Nations Indigenous youth.“It might take six or eight months for a team of Inuit educators to say, alright let’s tear this one apart — let’s not throw it out entirely, but let’s make it more Inuit specific,” he says.tlamirande@aptn.ca@ToddLamirandelast_img read more

Passenger on airliner that crashed in Mexico files lawsuit

first_imgCHICAGO – A suburban Chicago man who was one of more than 100 survivors of a jet crash in Mexico this week is suing the airline.In the lawsuit filed Thursday in Chicago, 43-year-old Nestor Martinez of Northlake alleges that the Mexico-based Aeromexico was negligent in improperly taking off Tuesday during a severe storm.The jet had just taken off in Durango in northern Mexico when it smashed belly-down into a field near the runway. All 103 people aboard escaped. Rescuers took 49 people, most of whom suffered minor injuries, to area hospitals. Martinez’s attorney, Robert Bingle, says Martinez has headaches after striking his head, suffered muscle damage to his neck and shoulders, and has a laceration on his right leg.Bingle says it’s too early to say what caused the crash.last_img read more

Tesla and Akamai Technologies tumble while Cabot Oil rises

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday:Tesla Inc., down $22.68 to $310.12The electric car maker cut its prices by $2,000 and announced fourth-quarter sales figures that fell short of analysts’ estimates.Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., up $1.18 to $23.53Energy companies, the weakest sector in the market last year, rose as the price of crude oil turned higher.U.S. Concrete Inc., down $3.48 to $31.80Analysts at D.A. Davidson lowered their estimates for the company, partly due to unfavourable weather in Texas and wildfires in California.Akamai Technologies Inc., down $2.07 to $59.01Technology companies fell more than the rest of the market.Duke Energy Corp., down $1.60 to $84.70Utilities and other high-dividend stocks, such as real estate investment trusts, fell.Box Inc., up $1.50 to $18.38The cloud-based software company’s stock rose on rumours that it could be an acquisition target.NetEase Inc., down $5.63 to $229.74The Wall Street Journal reported that NetEase was left off a list of video game makers that got new approvals from Chinese regulators.Roku Inc., up $1.88 to $32.52The company said it is expanding its Roku Channel to include premium subscriptions.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Marijuana producer Canopy Growth granted hemp licence in New York

first_imgSMITHS FALLS, Ont. — Canopy Growth Corp. says it has been granted a licence by New York State to process and produce hemp, a member of the cannabis plant family.The Ontario-based company is one of Canada’s biggest producers of legal cannabis products for medicinal and recreational use.Canopy says it plans to invest between US$100 million and US$150 million in its New York operations, although the exact location hasn’t been decided.The U.S. federal government designated hemp as an agricultural product late last year, making it a potential source of legal cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive compound also found in marijuana.Canopy says it will source hemp exclusively from U.S. farmers for its U.S. operations once up and running.Canopy Growth says it’s in the process of evaluating a number of sites that will become one of its first extraction and processing facilities outside Canada and it plans to announce the specific location within 100 days. Companies in this story: (TSX:WEED) The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Netflix 4Q Earnings Snapshot

first_imgLOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) _ Netflix Inc. (NFLX) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $133.9 million.The Los Gatos, California-based company said it had profit of 30 cents per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 24 cents per share.The internet video service posted revenue of $4.19 billion in the period, falling short of Street forecasts. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $4.21 billion.For the current quarter ending in April, Netflix said it expects revenue in the range of $4.49 billion. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $4.59 billion.Netflix shares have climbed 32 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen nearly 5 per cent. In the final minutes of trading on Thursday, shares hit $353.43, a rise of 62 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on NFLX at https://www.zacks.com/ap/NFLXThe Associated Presslast_img read more

Gasoline prices rose with land costs but full differentials unexplained report

first_imgVANCOUVER — A report analyzing gasoline prices in British Columbia says rising land costs and credit card processing fees may account for nearly the entire differential in retail margins observed between Vancouver and comparable areas up to the end of last year.The report by Deetkten Group was posted online late Wednesday by the B.C. Utilities Commission, which is overseeing a public inquiry into sky-high gas prices in the province.The consultant’s report says Vancouver’s gasoline retail margins, which are the difference between the wholesale price for fuel and the retail price less tax, “highly” correlates with local land values. The Canadian Press Credit card processing fees are applied as a percentage of a total transaction, meaning the fees will be higher in jurisdictions like Vancouver where prices at the pump are already high.But even after those factors are taken into account, more than one cent per litre in the retail margins remains unexplained.The report says transportation and regulatory costs may account for higher wholesale gasoline prices in B.C. cities, but even estimating those costs at their highest potential does not explain the full wholesale price differences.last_img read more

LS polls Cops crack down on illicit liquor weapons

first_imgNew Delhi: With the Lok Sabha polls around the corner, the Delhi Police has started a crackdown on the illegal weapons, liquors in the city. In a crime review meeting, the Delhi Police Commissioner also reviewed the progress report of the weekly monitoring items for forthcoming general elections.Police sources told Millennium Post from December 24, 2018 to February 21 this year, 39245.84 litres of illicit liquors, 28 can beer and 110 beer bottles were recovered. The law enforcement agency also recovered 304 knives, 254 live and 11 empty cartridges. In a crime review meeting, the top cop Amulya Patnaik reviewed the weekly progress report of the recoveries of these items. “He also told senior officers that there should stern action against misuse of vehicles, loudspeakers and other electoral malpractices,” sources further added. According to Delhi Police data from December 2018 to February 10, as many as 31,186 calls were received regarding loudspeakers. As many as 53 arms were deposited and 914 were verified. In the meeting, the discussion was also made to review and assessment of all licensed arms holders and deposition. Sources further said that during the period from December 24, 2018 to February 21, more than 15,000 vehicles were checked. As many as 791 actions were taken under CrPc whereas under DP Act 10,678 actions were taken. In the meeting, the discussion also focussed on the list of persons involved in booth capturing, impersonation, intimidation of voters in the past two elections. “Focus was also given on special drive against history sheeters, proclaimed absconders and fugitive criminals,” sources said. Police claimed that as many as 9,179 history sheets are on record. In the current year, 106 history sheets were opened and 106 are under process. According to Delhi Police, they have taken several initiatives to curb crime which includes patrolling and picket checking. “In 988 pickets (314–permanent and 674–temporary) more than 42,000 buses and TSR and 2,45,732 two-wheelers were checked till the last few weeks of February,” sources said. The picket staff had recovered 46 firearms, while 97 firearms were recovered by beat staff and 229 firearms by other staff.last_img read more

Facebook brings quoted message replies to Messenger

first_imgSan Francisco: To help people not lose the threads of conversations on Messenger, Facebook has introduced the quoted message reply feature on its messaging platform, the media reported. The feature works just like it does on WhatsApp. So with the roll out of the feature, the 1.3 billion users of Messenger would be able to quote a message to which they want to send a reply, VentureBeat reported on Wednesday. To make use of the feature, users would have to long-press on the text to which they want to reply and tap on the “reply” icon. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The feature works for responding to individual GIFs, videos, emoji, text and photo messages, said the report. The introduction of the feature comes just a couple of weeks after Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg announced his plan to make Facebook more privacy focused and merge services like WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook. “People should be able to use any of our apps to reach their friends, and they should be able to communicate across networks easily and securely,” Zuckerberg had said.last_img read more

BJD to play big role in postpoll govt formation Naveen

first_imgBhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Sunday claimed that the BJD will win all the 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha and play a major role in government formation at the Centre in the coming elections in which no national party will be able to get a ajority.”No national party will be able to win majority in Lok Sabha election this time. BJD will have decisive role to play in formation of the next government at the Centre,” the Biju Janata Dal president said while formally kick starting his party’s poll campaign at a rally in Nayagarh. Claiming that the BJD will win all the 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha, Patnaik said this will give an opportunity for putting an end to the “historical injustice” meted out to the state. Assembly election is also scheduled to be held along with the Lok Sabha polls in four phases in Odisha next month. In 2014, BJD had won 20 out of the 21 Lok Sabha seats and 117 of the 147 assembly segments.last_img read more

People have to choose between honest and corrupt govts Modi

first_imgSundargarh (Odisha): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said people have to decide whether they want to choose an honest and principled government committed to development of all, or a corrupt and unprincipled one. “This time lotus will bloom in Odisha. The BJP will taste victory. I can say with certainty that maximum number of lotuses will bloom in the state,” Modi said at a rally in tribal-dominated Sundargarh. Similarly, the BJP will again come to power at the Centre as the country needs a strong and decisive government to ensure national security as well as speedy development, the prime minister said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Hitting out at the BJD government in Odisha, the prime minster said its intentions are not good and the 2019 polls are significant for the future of Odisha as well as country. On the 39th foundation day of the BJP, Modi said, “The party was born out of sweat of its workers, not dynasty or money. It came into being and grew manifold with the sweat and labour of its workers.” Asserting that the BJP all along fought to safeguard democracy, he said lakhs of party workers and leaders were jailed while protesting the Emergency. “Now the BJP has emerged as the world’s largest democratic organisations. It fought to protect democracy during Emergency,” he said. Assembly election in Odisha will be held along with Lok Sabha polls in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.last_img read more

Chandrababu Naidu to campaign for TMC

first_imgKolkata/ Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will campaign for the Trinamool Congress in Bengal on Thursday. He will address election rallies along with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Naidu, who is also the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president, left Delhi on Wednesday for Kolkata. He is slated to address election meetings in Jhargram and Haldia. He will campaign for the Trinamool in Kharagpur on Thursday. Banerjee had addressed an election rally of the TDP in Visakhapatnam last month. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMeanwhile, veteran Bollywood actor Shakti Kapoor, known for his villainous and comic roles, on Wednesday campaigned for Trinamool Congress candidate Madan Mitra for bypolls in Bhatpara Assembly seat. Kapoor participated in a Trinamool Congress road show in the area, travelling in a open jeep accompanied by popular Bhojpuri singer Rani Chatterjee. “If you want your future to be in safe hands, press button number three in the EVM. Do not forget. Press button number three” he said as Mitra’s name would be listed on number three on the EVM. He also recited some of his popular dialogues to entertain the people. With inputs from agencieslast_img read more

New Video Denounces Recruitment of Young Sahrawis to Polisario Militia

first_imgCasablanca- In a recent video posted on YouTube, a young Sahrawi denounced the recruitment of Sahrawi youth to the Polisario’s armed militia.  The video came as a response to another video posted a few weeks ago, in which a Sahrawi called on the Sahrawi population to stand up against the Polisario leadership by defending their rights through a project entitled “A Minute of Truth”.The young Sahrawi in the video identified himself as a member of the Sahrawi Movement for Change, which carried out several initiatives through which it denounced the Polisario leadership. In the video, the young man condemns the recruitment of young Sahrawi people to the Polisario’s militia, citing his own experience as an example. According to him, he was forced to join the militia when he was 15 years old, and spent 1 year training to use weapons.According to the Sahraw whose name was not disclosed, what he experienced as a young soldier in the militia was not an exceptional case. The Polisario requires all Sahrawi children who escaped expatriation to Cuba to spend several years away from their families.The young Sahrawi man also demanded that the leader of the Polisario, Mohamed Abdelaziz, and other officials in the Front be replaced.This video comes after a series of leaked videos in which young Sahrawis denounce what they describe as the abuses committed by the leadership of the Polisario against dissenting voices in the Tindouf camps.In one of the videos posted on YouTube last month, a young  Sahrawi described the dire situation of the population in the camps and called on the international community to find an “urgent resolution” to their long-lasting suffering.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Morocco UN Women Sign Partnership Agreement to Promote Gender Equality

Rabat – The Ministry of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development, and UN Women signed, Wednesday in Rabat, a partnership agreement to promote the institutionalization of the principles of gender equality in the public policy making process in Morocco.Launched by Minister of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development, Bassima Hakkaoui, and representative of UN Women-Maghreb Leila Rhioui, the agreement aims to contribute to the implementation of the government strategy on equality, the strategy of the social division, and the strategy of UN-women/ Morocco in terms of gender equality.The agreement also provides for the institutionalization and the promotion of the principles of equality in the public policy making process in Morocco, through capacity building of the Ministry in terms of inter-sectoral coordination, improved access to information, and the acquisition of tools of detection, assessment and awareness raising. Under this agreement, the Ministry and the UN-Women will work together to support the Social Development Agency and the National Institute of Social Action in Tangier, in order to enhance coordination between the various stakeholders in this field in Morocco. read more