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Get out there and start taking land back By sacred fire artist

first_img(Isaac Murdoch sitting by a fire at Queen’s Park in Toronto issuing his call for people to “get out there and start reclaiming those traditional places that you have that you call home”)Justin BrakeAPTN NewsCanada could be on the verge of another Indigenous uprising, according to a well-known Ojibway artist whose art has become a powerful force among grassroots people and movements across the country.Isaac Murdoch, a traditional knowledge holder from Serpent River First Nation and a member of the Onaman artist collective, took to Facebook Wednesday night from the newly formed Justice For Our Stolen Children solidarity camp in Toronto’s Queen’s Park and issued a call to action.“I encourage our Indigenous people to get out there and start reclaiming those traditional places that you have that you call home,” he said.“I don’t believe in cede and surrender, I don’t believe that all this land should belong to Canada. So get out there and start making your own camps. Get out there and start taking land back.“And if you’re in remote areas, start utilizing your land, because we know that when there are Indigenous people out there it makes a difference,” Murdoch continued. “And we need a bigger presence in our forests and on our land so we can do our due diligence in being stewards of our land, and doing water protection and land protection duties.”Watch Isaac Murdoch’s Facebook call to action here:  In the 11-minute address, he linked the Indigenous child welfare crisis, violence against Indigenous women, girls, two-spirited, and youth suicide to the dispossession of Indigenous people from their lands.“Right now there are thousands and thousands of children that are in care, and a lot of them were taken illegally,” Murdoch said.“When Canada first became a country they inherited something called ‘The Indian Problem,’ which was free-roaming Indigenous people. So to contain the ‘Indian Problem’ they had to force everybody on to reserves or into the cities so that they could be colonized,” said Murdoch, whose traditional name is Bombgiizhik.“And of course that meant taking children away from their parents…all because they wanted to have a free-for-all on resource extraction.”Murdoch said the same government policies and tactics employed during the residential schools and Sixties Scoop eras continue today as the “Millennium Scoop”.“This is still happening,” he said.Last year Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott called the number of Indigenous children in care in Canada a “humanitarian crisis.”In Manitoba alone, around 10,000 children are in state care, most of them away from their communities and culture.“The future climate leaders are in care, and they’re going through mass assimilation”In an interview with APTN News, Thursday Murdoch said the climate crisis has created a heightened urgency on Indigenous Peoples’ fight for liberation.“Because we’re in abrupt climate change there’s a move to get our children back so that we can teach them the language,” he said. “There’s moves to get back on the land so that we can protect the land and waters. There’s moves to start investing into our young people and the education that they want, which is land-based education.”The United Nations has warned for years how climate change disproportionately impacts Indigenous peoples.“Indigenous peoples are among the first to face the direct consequences of climate change, due to their dependence upon, and close relationship, with the environment and its resources,” according to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) website.In the north, Inuit are already feeling the impacts with melting ice that is making hunting and fishing unpredictable, which has caused danger and uncertainty for those who live off the land.UNDESA also says climate change “poses threats and dangers to the survival of indigenous communities worldwide, even though indigenous peoples contribute the least to greenhouse emissions,” and that Indigenous peoples are often “interpret and react to the impacts of climate change in creative ways, drawing on traditional knowledge and other technologies to find solutions which may help society at large to cope with impending changes.”But Murdoch is concerned that under present circumstances many Indigenous children and youth won’t be equipped to lead the fight against climate change rooted in their own cultures.“The future climate leaders are in care, and they’re going through mass assimilation right now. It’s a genocide that’s happening to Indigenous people still.”In his call to action Murdoch told viewers “the only thing that’s going to stop fossil fuel extraction is probably the Indigenous resistance. So be strong, stand up, stand your ground and get out there and do what you can.”Governments and authorities working to shut down camps, resistances Murdoch’s call came hours after the City of Burnaby issued an eviction notice to land defenders and water protectors at Camp Cloud who are fighting to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, which, if built will triple the capacity of diluted bitumen flowing from Alberta’s tar sands, through unceded Indigenous territories to the coast.“I encourage people to get out there and stand with Camp Cloud because we can’t afford to have oil reach international markets because that’s billions of barrels of oil that’s going to go into the atmosphere, so we need to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline.”The Burnaby eviction notice expires Saturday.Murdoch’s appeal also came days after RCMP arrested Secwememc Ktunaxa warrior Kanahus Manuel and kicked the Tiny House Warriors out of a B.C. provincial park in unceded Secwepemc territory, and one day before the Government of Saskatchewan applied for a court order to shut down the Justice For Our Stolen Children camp in Regina.“There’s a tension in the air,” Murdoch told APTN. “Everything is all related: stolen children, the environment, the rekindling of our languages and culture. It’s all tied in together.”The Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion stands at more than 150 First Nations.Speaking with Nation to Nation in May, Serge Simon, Grand Chief of the Kanesatake Mohawk Council and a Treaty Alliance member, said if government prioritizes industry over First Nations’ concerns on their own territories, “you are going to see a flashpoint somewhere.“I’m really hoping for my friends in B.C. that it doesn’t go that way for them.”In May Nation to Nation host Todd Lamirande asked RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki how she thinks the Trans Mountain protests will unfold throughout the summer.“I’m going to hope that it continues the way it has up to this point,” she said, “because up to this point the protestors have had the right to protest and the right to have their voices heard in a safe and secure manner, and I’m hoping that this will continue through the summer despite any decisions made.”Lucki also said that rebuilding trust with First Nations “is a process, and it’s bigger than words.“In building trust with our Indigenous people, and in our reconciliation efforts, we have to translate words into actions and create better understanding with our members,” she continued. “Because when we deal with racism, racism to me is a lack of understanding, so the members and employees need a better understanding of Indigenous people.”Murdoch said he wants people to “be safe, but to get out there and to use your voices and use any means necessary to help reduce climate change that is happening — and also to make sure that the land and waters are pure and clean again.“We only have one planet and this is going to take everybody to come together and make a difference.” read more

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Trappers worried traditions will go up in smoke from Wildfires in Wood

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsRobert Grandjambe Jr. has 100 beaver pelts to bring to market in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories.He’s following in the footsteps of his ancestors as a full-time trapper.“I have access to roads, trails and corridors that I had only had heard stories of. Living in the community of Fort Chipp [Chippawa] it wasn’t accessible to me, but as an adult I have it at my fingertips,” Grandjambe said.Fur harvesting was no cake walk for the 34-year-old Mikisew Cree First Nation man.He had to obtain permission of other trappers to use the land and has had issues in the last eight years with Parks Canada, when one of his cabins was torn down while he was away.Read More:Fort Chip trapper says he’s standing up for treaty rights after officials tear down cabin in national park“Having 21 members in the boundaries is difficult to exercise. If everyone on 1204 [plot of land he belongs to] was trapping it breaks down to 25 square kilometres. It isn’t a very big area and you can probably remove a lot of animals if everyone was trapping,” he said.Now the modest territory he has access to is under threat from something else – wildfires.“I cut trees to supply wood for my camp and it is quite phenomenal to see the 150, 200-year-old trees. As a trapper it is good populations for myself to harvest in these areas. These areas are very crucial to the ecosystems in the park,” Grandjambe said.(Robert Grandjambe Jr. inspects three weeks of work preparing pelts for market in Wood Buffalo National Park. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)Richard Mercredi lived on the trap line long before he had even graduated public school.The Métis hunter is troubled at the potential effects wildfires could have on future generations.“You lose a lot of the youth because they can’t hunt because the place is all burnt. There’s only a certain amount of places to go and a lot of the park is inaccessible or only accessible by river or by boat,” Mercredi said.He noted changes he’s witnessed firsthand over the past few years.“A lot of the prairies where we use to hunt, they use to flood. Now it’s dry, and the willows have started coming up and filling the space in,” he said.(A burn area in Wood Buffalo National Park. Fire has taken out roughly 45 percent of the park in the last decade, according to Parks Canada. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)Wood Buffalo National Park is roughly the size of Switzerland with four Métis and eight First Nation groups that hold title to the area.It has one of the largest freshwater deltas in the world and is an oasis to many animals including the last natural wild migratory flock of whooping cranes.Mercredi pointed to the already fragile state of the Peace-Athabasca watershed.He recalled one spot where he use to trap burned so hot in 1979 that the seeds, roots and moss have never returned.“If you drive along the highway and it is raining out, the water was pouring out of the ditch and running away because there was no moss to hold it,” Mercredi said.According to Jean Morin, program manager for national parks in the N.W.T., in the last decade roughly 40 to 45 per cent of Wood Buffalo has burned.“In summer we get up to 20 hours of daylight and we experience a lot of nighttime growth. Sometimes you come up with a plan (to fight fires) in place.“You want to do the plan the following day but overnight the fire will double in size. We take that into consideration and facility protection becomes a focus,” Morin said.(A fox surveys the territory in the Wood Buffalo National Park. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)He has worked with the park for ten years and said fighting fires in such a large park is no easy task.In some instances, the park has seen up to 50 fires in one season.Driving through the park, the burn zones juxtapose the mighty jack pines and lush spruce.By air the scope of the burns is evident, but also the successes of Parks Canada in protecting Indigenous communities like Peace Point through back burns.Each year, Wood Buffalo hires 16 seasonal fire fighters, but can call for backup from national parks Canada.Morin said his team’s priority is to hire local and that most of the staff are from the area.However, in a follow-up email with Parks Canada to clarify, the number of northern hires was low.“This year, nearly 25% of Parks Canada’s fire crew working in Wood Buffalo National Park are local to Fort Smith, NT,” Megan Damini, media relations officer, Parks Canada said.APTN News was told that it’s optional for staff to self-identify during hiring processes and that the information is confidential so Parks Canada would not confirm the exact number of Indigenous firefighters working in Wood Buffalo this season.Grandjambe said he’s crossed paths with fire fighters unfamiliar with the area.“I have picked up fire crews on the road where a chopper had dropped them off to do assessments on cabins, but they had no clue where they are walking.“They were five kilometres out and walking for hours away from these cabins. This eats up a lot of their day,” he said.(A bear stops for a look at its photographer in Wood Buffalo National Park. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)When a fire is reported, the fire management team refers to a databank that lists entities considered “values at risk.”These includes, infrastructure such as cabins, First Nations land, roadways, power lines, graveyard and cultural sites.According to Morin, the crew will gauge priorities based on these values at risk.“Fire not only in Wood Buffalo National Park, has been shaping vegetation for years. Wildlife has adapted to that, and it is needed. It is a fire-dependent ecosystem.“The park is organized through fire management zones that priority values at risk. And areas near those values at risk. After that, there is an area more in the middle of the park that we would let the fire do its own thing,” Morin said.(A calf feeds in Wood Buffalo National Park. The park is home to a number of species. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)While Grandjambe said he agrees that fire does have a place in Wood Buffalo, he hopes to see old growth forest and animals added as a value at risk.He is open about his responsibility to the land and to his family’s tradition of fur harvesting.“It was fearful for my grandfather to trap in the park back in the day because of the way the park (staff) treated him. He wasn’t proud of prominent and didn’t show or share those teachings with other people.“It isn’t necessary to burn large quantities of land over and over again. I have not been approached by Parks on this, but I am very willing to share and show the knowledge I have,” Grandjambe said.And he is doing just that, by bringing his beaver pelts to market and remaining connected to his trap line no matter what the wildfire season has in read more

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I never thought I would live to see justice Indian day school

first_imgAmber BernardAPTN NewsA plaintiff in the Indian Day Schools Settlement says the agreement and compensation for day school survivors will help many heal from the wounds inflicted on them decades ago.Claudette Commanda, an Algonquin elder, has been in court for about 10 years now.“I never thought I would see justice and for me,” she said. “It’s more than justice — it’s validation that the government did wrong…against the First Nations children.”Individual compensation under the settlement ranges from $10,000 to $200,000, depending on the severity of abuse suffered.Lead plaintiff Margaret Swan doesn’t believe the money alone will heal wounds, but that the settlement is a step in the right direction.“There’s never going to be enough money to compensate the damage that’s been done to our people,” Swan told ATPN News. “However, this money that’s being provided to our people will help some of us to a certain degree.”Commanda wants to see applications and compensation for survivors distributed as soon as possible because some never lived to see justice.“We don’t want to drag this on because survivors are dying,” she said. “We want to make sure survivors are eligible for their compensation and that they receive their compensation. It belongs to them, period.”Family members of survivors who have passed away will be able to make estate claims on their behalf.There will also be a $200 million fund for commemorative projects.Plaintiffs and the federal government will be meeting in the coming weeks to discuss further details of the read more

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Short seller sues Home Capital Group 3 former executives for 4M in

first_imgTORONTO – A short seller is suing Home Capital Group (TSX:HCG) and three former executives for $4 million, alleging the alternative mortgage lender’s false representations scandal cost him millions when he closed his position early.Marc Cohodes filed a statement of claim Monday with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice saying he took a substantial short position in Home Capital’s shares in 2014 after determining the company was overvalued.Between March and June 2015, the claim says based on positive information provided in Home Capital’s financial reporting, Cohodes repurchased 91,800 of those shares at more than $40 each, resulting in a purchase cost of more than $3.6 million.Cohodes alleges Home Capital, former CEO Gerald Soloway and former CFOs Robert Blowes and Robert Morton knowingly misled investors in the company’s annual and quarterly results by misrepresenting risk management controls.Home Capital did not immediately return a request for comment. None of the allegations have been proven in court.In 2017, the lender was accused by regulators of misleading investors, which caused depositors to swiftly withdraw their money and leaving the company in crisis mode.Home Capital eventually agreed to pay $29.5 million to settle with the Ontario Securities Commission and class-action lawsuit matters related to the allegations.Soloway and Morton faced $1 million and $500,000 penalties respectively. Soloway was barred from acting as director or officer of a public company for four years, while Morton faces a two-year ban.Blowes is the only executive named in the suit who remains on the company’s board of directors.last_img read more

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More customs facilities in more places Canada US plan expanded preclearance

first_imgWASHINGTON – Imagine clearing Canadian customs in Florida, Arizona, or Chicago, or having a U.S. customs facility attached to a car plant in Ontario, with the goal of helping people and cargo travel faster between the countries.The Canadian and American governments are discussing it.They have begun talking about expanding preclearance — with plans to discuss potential sites for the first-ever Canadian customs facilities inside the U.S., and the longer-term goal of applying it to commercial goods.“You’ve got an administration on the American side and certainly on our side, that really want to move these files,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Monday, after his first face-to-face meeting with his new U.S. counterpart — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.Preclearance has a long history.It began decades ago with U.S. border facilities in major Canadian airports — allowing people to clear customs at home, avoid logjams in U.S. hubs and fly directly into U.S. airports that don’t have customs facilities.A few years ago the Harper and Obama governments agreed to new rules allowing the practice in every mode of transport — rail, cars, buses and ships. The Trudeau Liberals approved pilot projects at rail stations in Montreal and B.C.Now, with the Trump administration, the countries are working on two future phases. Goodale said he already began discussing a first phase with Nielsen’s predecessor — installing Canadian facilities inside the U.S.“John Kelly and I had a conversation about, ‘Where would we start?’ He thought Boston — his hometown. Some Canadians suggested either Fort Lauderdale, (Florida), or Scottsdale (Arizona) — the (places with) snowbird traffic in the winter,” Goodale said in an interview.“Midwesterners would say Chicago. … Or somewhere in the American northeast,” he said noting that Canadian ski resorts would appreciate quicker access for American travellers. “There are lots of ideas.”But the bigger long-term goal involves cargo.The countries have agreed to meet this spring to develop a plan on what regulatory changes might be required to introduce preclearance for cargo beyond a pair of previous pilot projects.Goodale said he envisions a future where cars can have their components screened and sealed for shipment right inside the plant. Given that a car under construction might cross the border a half-dozen times, he said that would avoid snags and boost productivity.“The real prize of preclearance is when we could expand it from passenger to cargo,” Goodale said.He said he left the first meeting with Nielsen feeling positive.“Really good meeting,” he said.“You wonder in the first encounter: Will there be a list of complaints or grievances? No. There’s a list of important issues we’re working on together… It’s a really good, constructive, international to-do agenda.”last_img read more

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Trumps tirade sparks calls for calm promises of support for Trudeau

first_imgOTTAWA – Leaders from across Canada’s political spectrum voiced their support Sunday for free trade and opposition to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum while denouncing the Trump administration’s unprecedented attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Among them were some of Trudeau’s fiercest critics, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and incoming Ontario premier Doug Ford, both of whom promised to stand with the government as it seeks to resolve what has become an all-out trade war with the U.S.Former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, meanwhile, questioned Trump’s “obsession with trade relations with Canada” during an appearance on U.S. television.All of the comments came after Trump unleashed a Twitter tirade against Trudeau following the G7 on Saturday, in which the president called the prime minister “dishonest and weak.”Trump also threatened to go after Canada’s auto industry, a mainstay of the Ontario economy, in the same way that he has already done with its steel and aluminum sectors.The tirade was enhanced by extensive comments Sunday from two of the president’s closest advisers who said the prime minister betrayed Trump in comments Trudeau made at the end of the G7 summit in the Charlevoix region of Quebec.Trump’s top economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Trudeau made Trump look weak ahead of his North Korea summit, while trade adviser Peter Navarro said there was a “special place in hell” for the prime minister.“It’s certainly not helpful to have that type of language when we’re dealing with two governments, two countries that have had a long history of mutual support, mutual co-operation,” Scheer told reporters during an event at an Ottawa gas station on Sunday.“That’s why we have been doing what we can to present that united front when we’re talking about the benefits of NAFTA, when we’re talking about the benefits of free trade for both Americans and Canadians.”That doesn’t mean the Conservatives support everything the Liberals are doing, Scheer added before listing a number of “missed opportunities” to put pressure on the U.S. and make Canada more attractive to foreign investment.Those include a failure to quickly ratify the 11-country free-trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership as well as the government’s push for a national carbon tax and its refusal to cut taxes for businesses.Nevertheless, he said, “every time in history when there are these types of discussions, all Canadians who believe in free trade, political parties who believe in the benefits of free trade as a philosophy, as an economic policy goal, have worked together.“And that’s what we are going to continue to do.”Ford, a populist campaigner who has praised U.S. President Donald Trump in the past, similarly said on Sunday that he stands “shoulder to shoulder” with Canada’s Liberal prime minister because jobs in his province are at stake.“My number 1 priority is to protect jobs in Ontario, especially protect the steel workers, aluminum workers. That’s going to be a priority,” Ford told reporters at Queen’s Park.“We’re going to sit down with our federal counterparts. We’re going to stand united. I know all provinces should be standing united with our federal counterparts and we’ll deal with that.”Former prime minister Harper rounded out the conservative triumvirate during an appearance on the Fox news network in which he noted that the deep trade relationship between Canada and the U.S.The U.S. has legitimate concerns about trade with China and even Mexico when it comes to automobiles, Harper added, “and I would be the first person telling our government to be a partner in those things because I think Canada shares those concerns.”However, he added, “I don’t understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada.”Conservatives weren’t the only ones offering support as Green Party Leader Elizabeth May tweeted that the prime minister was handling Trump’s “outbursts” and “bullying” as well as anyone, and “all Canadian leaders need to support Trudeau.”And NDP MP Charlie Angus tweeted that Trump’s behaviour was “appalling,” adding: “This is a small-minded man not fit for public office. Canada will not be pushed around by his circus-thug bluster.”Not everyone was impressed, however, as Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos accused the prime minister of using an “incompetent approach” to dealing with the U.S., in part by refusing to pursue one-on-one trade talks with Washington.“Stop poking U.S., stop jumping in front of bullets meant for Mexico, start bilateral (NAFTA negotiations) and stop dialogue with Iran,” Housakos said on Twitter.“Focus on (a) deal that’s critical to our economy.”Former Canadian ambassador to the U.S. Derek Burney was among those urging Canada and others to stay calm, adding that he hopes Trump’s latest antics will spark more “sober sentiments” in Congress and with others in the U.S.Several members of Congress and former U.S. officials were quick to express their disapproval with the administration’s attacks on Trudeau and Canada, including Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy.Murphy retweeted a comment by European Council President Donald Tusk who appeared to mock Navarro by stating: “There is a special place in heaven for (Trudeau). Canada, thank you for the perfect organization of (the) G7.”last_img read more

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Chinas Xi World faces choice of confrontation cooperation

first_imgPORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — China’s president says the world faces a choice of co-operation or confrontation in a speech to a summit of leaders that is divided by tensions stemming from increased U.S. protectionism.President Xi Jinping expressed support for global free trading system that has underpinned his country’s rise to world’s second-biggest economy.Xi says, “The future of mankind hinges on the choices we make.”Leaders of Pacific Rim countries that make up 60 per cent of the world economy are meeting in the capital of Papua New Guinea for an annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Quebec paint manufacturers seize on Sicos exit to grab market share

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec paint manufacturers are seizing on the American-owned Sico paint company’s move to Ontario from Quebec by launching marketing campaigns and tapping into renewed sensitivity around local ownership after a string of closures and layoffs.Sico, an 81-year-old company bought by American giant PPG Industries Inc. in 2013, said last week it plans to close its plant in Quebec City and distribution centre in the Montreal area next September, eliminating 125 jobs.Quebec Premier Francois Legault and Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume have both invoked the idea of a Sico boycott.Denalt Paints, whose 60 employees make products under various brand names in Montreal, is buying ad slots on five radio stations around the province on top of a web and billboard campaign. Sales director Nicholas Le Marchand says pride in regional wares and “a perfect storm” of foreign purchases and local shutdowns is fostering more demand for Quebec products.Patrick Rodrigue, director of operations at the Laval-based Micca Paint Inc., says he is revving up for a multi-platform ad push to capitalize on the “opportunity.” Nearby, MF Paints — which just hired a chemist laid off from Sico — aims to more than double its Quebec market share to 20 per cent after being “swamped” with calls by hardware and building materials stores.Lowe’s Companies Inc. announced this month it will close 31 stores and other locations in Canada, including nine Rona outlets in Quebec, two years after acquiring the Montreal-area-based retailer. Three days later on Nov. 8, Montreal-based Bombardier Inc. announced it will lay off 5,000 workers company-wide, including 2,500 in Quebec, and sell off two units.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Climate talks kick off in Poland with boost from G20 summit

first_imgKATOWICE, Poland — Negotiators from around the world are meeting in Poland for talks on curbing climate change, three years after sealing a landmark deal in Paris that set a goal of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).Envoys gathered Sunday in the southern city of Katowice, a day earlier than originally planned, for the U.N. meeting that runs until Dec. 14.Ministers and some heads of government are to join Monday, when host Poland will push for a joint declaration on ensuring a “just transition” for fossil fuel industries facing closure as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The meeting received a boost over the weekend, after 19 major economies at the G-20 summit affirmed their commitment to the 2015 Paris climate accord. The only holdout was the United States.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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UK parliament releases internal Facebook documents

first_imgLONDON — The British Parliament has released some 250 pages worth of documents that show Facebook considered charging developers for data access.Parliament’s media committee seized confidential Facebook documents from the developer of a now-defunct bikini photo searching app as part of its investigation into fake news.In one email, CEO Mark Zuckerberg writes “There’s a big question on where we get the revenue from. Do we make it easy for devs to use our payments/ad network but not require them?”The committee received the documents from app developer Six4Three, which had acquired the files dating from 2013-2014, as part of a U.S. lawsuit against the social media giant. It’s suing Facebook over a change to the social network’s privacy policies in 2015 that led Six4Three to shut down its app, Pikinis.Facebook could not immediately be reached for comment.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Italy lowers deficit in revised budget to avoid EU sanctions

first_imgMILAN — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has presented a revised budget to the European Union that proposes a lower deficit than an earlier version in a bid to avoid costly sanctions.Conte told reporters in Brussels after meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker the new draft lowers the budget deficit to 2.04 per cent of GDP from 2.4 per cent of GDP.Conte said both parties represented in Italy’s coalition government back the new proposal, which retains both the basic income for job-seekers promised by the 5-Star Movement and a rollback on an unpopular pension reform pledged by the League.The EU commission rejected Italy’s previous budget, saying the populist government’s spending plans would break promises to lower public debt.Conte said of his Wednesday trip to Brussels: “‘We hope to bring home a positive solution.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Over 7000 lightning strikes recorded over Northeast BC on Sunday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Data collected by Environment Canada shows that a series of thunderstorms caused over 7,000 lightning strikes to be recorded over Northeast B.C. on Sunday.Meteorologist Louis Kohanyi said that several massive thunderstorms began forming over the Rocky Mountains near Chetwynd and Hudson’s Hope during the middle of the afternoon Sunday. Kohanyi said however that daytime highs will only reach the low- to mid-20’s, meaning the Peace Region won’t see temperatures that were nearly as intense as those seen on Saturday and Sunday.Fort St. John and Dawson Creek both broke alltime high temperature records for July 28th on Saturday.The 29.4 degrees recorded at the North Peace Airport was 0.5 degrees hotter than the previous record of 28.9 degrees, which dated back to 1982.Dawson Creek meanwhile recorded a high of 29.8 degrees, which was 0.2 degrees higher than the last record, which also dated to 1982. Kohanyi explained that Environment Canada issued the first severe thunderstorm warning at around 6:45 p.m. for a thunderstorm near Chetwynd that began moving in a southeasterly direction.Another warning was issued for a thunderstorm that formed over East Pine and moved into the Dawson Creek area shortly after 9:00 p.m.A map of lightning strikes recorded over the B.C. Peace Region on Sunday. Photo by Environment CanadaIn total, Kohanyi said that there were approximately 7,000 lightning strikes recorded over the B.C. Peace Region during the course of the storms, which lasted over six hours and finally moved over Alberta at around midnight.A lightning bolt strikes near Pouce Coupe on Sunday evening. Photo by Alistair McInnisDawson Creek bore the brunt of the storms, as 20.6 millimetres of rain was recorded at the Dawson Creek Regional Airport.center_img Of that, Kohanyi said 13.2 millimetres fell in just one hour, while wind gusts peaked at 65 kilometres per hour.In contrast, the North Peace Airport weather station only recorded 2.4 mm of rain and wind gusts of 57 km/h.A map of lightning strikes recorded over Western Canada. Photo by Environment CanadaKohanyi said that an upper-level trough will be moving down from the Fort Nelson area throughout the day, meaning showers or thunderstorms are once again a possibility over Northeast B.C. today.last_img read more

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NEATs Northern Cohort seed and garden supply exchange

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – NEAT’s Northern Co-hort proudly presents the 1st Annual Northern Seed and Garden Supply Exchange.The Co-hort shares this will be a day of community building being held Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the NEAT Offices, 10003 95th Ave, Fort St John, above the NEAT Finds Thrift Store.Pack up your seeds and garden supply’s for the first of many exchanges. There will be workshops offered on mason bees, pruning and permaculture. As well as the opportunity to meet local ecological farms, gain access to local meats, canning, plant starts and weekly veggie box information. 12:30 pm – Pruning Principals with Sonya Runacres1:30 pm – Permaculture with Katy PeckTo pre-register to ensure space at our workshops; CLICK HERETo view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERE This is a family event and kids can paint and plant their own flower pot to take home.You can also sign up for a community garden bed, play with composting worms and veggie themed block prints.There will also be door prizes to win.Entry fee into the exchange is $5 which also gets you a 25% discount at NEAT Finds Thrift Store.The Professional Workshops are $10 each or $25 for all 3 (pre-register to ensure your spot)11:30 am – Mason Bees with Emony Nichollslast_img read more

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Smokey Skies Bulletin issued Friday for Northeastern BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Government has issued a Smokey Skies Bulletin, on June 1, for Northeastern B.C. due to continued impacts from wildfires in Alberta.According to the Government, the smokey conditions could last for the next 24 to 48 hours.During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour. Health Authorities say people with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure.For those with chronic breathing conditions, it is best to limit being outdoors and to stay inside during this time.Tips on how to protect yourself from smoke exposure can be found on the Government’s website.last_img read more

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Dealer of explosive material arrested

first_imgKolkata: Officers of Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police have arrested another person in connection with the explosive seized from the Tala bridge area on Friday.According to sources, on Saturday night, STF sleuths raided a house at Barasat in North 24-Parganas and arrested one Rabiul Islam. During interrogation sleuths came up with a person’s name, who is a well-known explosive dealer, from East Midnapore district. Later, police also came to know that Islam has a business of firecrackers which was intended to hide his actual business of explosive materials. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSources informed that the materials such as potassium nitrate to manufacture explosives were being supplied from Odisha to Islam. Later using these materials Islam used to manufacture explosives which were being circulated later during the night. To hide his illegal business Islam used to run his firecracker business. After getting the information, STF sleuths informed the East Midnapore police about it. East Midnapore police are trying t nab the person who used to supply raw materials for explosive from Odisha. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police recovered 1000 kg of explosive from a matador that was intercepted at the northern slope of Tala Bridge on BT Road under Chitpore police station area on Friday night. The driver and the helper of the vehicle were arrested who were coming from Balasore in Odisha and was headed towards North 24-Parganas. The raid was carried out around 12.20 am. The arrested duo has been identified as Indrajit Bhui of Melak village and Padmolochon Dey of village Mathani under Basta police station in Balasore, Odisha.last_img read more

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Kamal Haasan to campaign for TMCs Andaman candidate

first_imgKolkata: Actor-turned-politician and founder of Makkal Needhi Maiam Kamal Haasan will campaign for the Trinamool Congress candidate of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Haasan announced the same after holding a meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna on Monday.”The meeting was excellent. Makkal Needhi Maiam is in alliance with Trinamool Congress for Andaman and we hope this special relationship will evolve in future. I am going to campaign for their candidate in Andaman and for this I am going there on April 6,” Haasan told reporters after his meeting with Banerjee that lasted more than an hour. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Chief Minister said that Trinamool Congress has forged an alliance with the party which Hassan had floated on February 21 last year, from his hometown of Rameswaram. “He came to wish me well. There will be a public meeting at Andaman in support of Trinamool’s candidate, which Haasan will address. On behalf of our party, Sujit Bose will be present,” Banerjee said. Trinamool Congress has nominated Ayaan Mondal to contest for the Lok Sabha seat in the islands. Mondal is the grandson of eight-time MP from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Manoranjan Bhakta, who had won on a Congress ticket. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBishnu Pada Ray of BJP is the sitting MP of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In 2014, he had won by a margin of 7,812 votes. When questioned whether Haasan will campaign for Trinamool in Bengal, he said: “I will consider this. But right now my hands are full. There are 40 seats in Tamil Nadu and my first concentration will be on that state. But my love for Bengal and Kerala will continue.” He also maintained that MNM is a small regional party and the alliance will be taken forward step-by-step, following discussions with the Chief Minister. It may be mentioned that Andaman and Nicobar Islands has only one Lok Sabha constituency, which represents the entire Union Territory. Haasan has recently proved himself to be a sharp critic of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling him a “rich man’s guard.”last_img read more

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To check corruption in India CVC to train officials in Europe

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s probity watchdog CVC has decided to train anti-corruption officials in Europe to check graft in the country, officials said on Tuesday.The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is organising a customised vigilance related training programme at the International Anti Corruption Academy (IACA), Vienna, Austria from June 3 to 14, they said citing an official order. The training will be for eligible Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs) who act as distant arm of the Commission to check corruption in an organisation and others engaged in Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’vigilance related works, the officials said. The body has sought details from CVOs in order to update its database as well as nominate officers for the upcoming international/domestic training to be conducted by the Commission and for proposed customised training in Austria, they said. The training plan of the Commission states that “the officers (CVOs) should not have undergone any foreign training in the last two years as on April 1 of the year in which training is being organised”, in order to be eligible for the upcoming international training, the officials said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe IACA is an international organisation based in Laxenburg, Austria dedicated to overcoming current shortcomings in knowledge and practice in the field of anti-corruption, and seeking to empower professionals for the future challenges. Over Rs 240 crore has been allocated to the Personnel Ministry for domestic and foreign training of bureaucrats and augmenting necessary infrastructure during this fiscal in the interim budget presented by the Union government in February. The Personnel Ministry acts as a nodal department for the CVC. In its annual report for 2017 tabled in Parliament last year, the CVC said it had received a total of 23,609 complaints of corruption. Of these, 12,089 were against railway employees and over 8,000 against various banks officials.last_img read more

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Wayanad is no cakewalk

first_imgCongress President Rahul Gandhi filed nomination papers to contest from the Wayanad constituency which on Thursday, turned into a ‘human sea’ with thousands lining up streets and crowding squares to catch a glimpse of Rahul accompanied by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Up north, in Amethi, BJP candidate Smriti Irani, looked like she was in breakheart pass, the limelight going south to bypass Wayanad, tri-junction Kerala-Karnataka-Tamil Nadu. As Gandhi family’s pocket borough Amethi loses some of its privileged sheen, Wayanad is where all eyes are set. People from not only Wayanad and the rest of Kerala but also denizens of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka thronged Rahul-Priyanka Road Show’s route, prefixed and affixed to Rahul’s bandwagon. Also Read – A special kind of bondBut does Rahul Gandhi know wild animals stalk the constituency? They come out of forest lairs and descend from mountain fastness to disturb humans bent to tasks in cleared forestland, once free-range for elephants and big cats. Rahul should know pioneer land-buyers, mostly Christian migrants from central Kerala, crowded wild animals into shrinking jungles and forced adivasis to make a hasty retreat early last century. Does Rahul Gandhi know ‘his’ constituency; if so, how well? Rahul is the sort of politician who surrounds himself with armchair experts. Mostly young, they campaign on Twitter, and voters of Wayanad are woeful twitter-warriors. But they know their pepper and their coffee beans, plantain and banana. Can he tell the difference? He’ll have to. Also Read – Insider threat managementThere is this reporter who writes, “In Wayanad, Rahul will be greeted not just by the ecstatic mob of Congressmen alone, but a motley crowd of grim-faced farmers and Adivasis as well.” Astounding reportage. How does this guy know beforehand it will be an “ecstatic mob” of Congressmen or a “motley crowd of grim-faced farmers and adivasis”? That said, it’s fact “farmers and adivasis” are the two big chunks of voters in Wayanad. They make up 40 per cent of Wayanad’s voters. The Wayanad farmer is affected by climate change, is victim of public and private moneylenders; is hit by the free-fall of farm-produce prices and dogged and dragged by wild animals, alpha-predators. The Wayanad adivasi is in no better shape. If anything, worse off. They fall squarely in Rahul’s ‘NYAY’ bracket. After the initial years of hard back-breaking work, the second and third generations of Wayanad-farmers lived well-off lives. Pepper, coffee and cardamom made them rich. They lived life king-sized. Then land got “raped” and the environment degraded. Prices of commercial crops crashed. Moneylenders took charge. Today, the farmers, nearly 21 per cent of Wayanad, are living on borrowed money and borrowed time. Will Rahul Gandhi be able to improve their lot if he doesn’t become Prime Minister? Last August’s floods left farmers devastated and depressed. Loan burdens, drought-like conditions, results of diminishing forests and ill-conceived tourism initiatives, left holes in the hilly terrain, green cover gone. Rahul Gandhi has his work cut out. He can start by giving a good read to the Madhav Gadgil report. Wayanad needs to strike a balance between human and wildlife. Road and rail connectivity ought to improve and environmental concerns should not be overlooked. Medical care for people should go hand in hand with education. Food security for the tribal and other poor should be guaranteed. Successive UDF governments did not do much for Wayanad, where’s the guarantee Rahul Gandhi will? Congress is a strong entity in the state. Even if he doesn’t become Prime Minister, he still can make a difference in the lives of the people of Wayanad. According to reports, Rahul is not that unfamiliar with Wayanad. He’s been in and out of the constituency before. The problem is that Rahul has a less than sterling record in Amethi. And Smriti Irani is hollering this “fact” from Amethi. Also, it wouldn’t be a cakewalk. The LDF and the BJP-BDJS combine, both, have Rahul Gandhi in their crosshairs. The state Congress unit has its task cut out. It cannot let Rahul Gandhi, Congress President no less, lose. Religious groups have a considerable say and sway in Kerala politics. Even atheist-communists like Pinarayi Vijayan and Prakash Karat understand which religious denominations ought to be courted, which should not be. Rahul Gandhi cannot wear the ‘Janeou’ over his kurta in Wayanad; that much is fait accompli. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Bulk waste generators must segregate waste on site in Gurugram Deputy Commissioner

first_imgGurugram: Deputy commissioner Amit Khatri held a meeting wherein strict instructions were given to ensure compliance with the Solid Waste Management Rules (2016) in Gurugram district.The directive was given to officials of the district urban local bodies (ULB) department, Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB), Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG). An MCG official present at all three meetings said that the tone of these meeting was urgent as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had, last Tuesday, come down heavily on district authorities for unscientific management of waste at the Bandhwari landfill. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesKhatri instructed officials to ensure that all of the city’s bulk waste generators segregate waste on site and have their own composting units. He also instructed that this model should be replicated on an industrial scale for large manufacturing units as well as at a panchayat level throughout Gurugram district. MCG Commissioner Yashpal Yadav said that the MCG has already identified 1,800 bulk waste generators within its jurisdiction, including industries, RWAs, restaurants, hospitals and industrial units. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarOf these, 100 are slotted to be fitted with compost units by June-end. “About 42 of these sites in Sohna and another 27 in Pataudi should be sufficiently equipped to handle their own waste by next week. On the whole, we are aiming to reduce the amount of garbage sent to Bandhwari by 50 per cent by the end of 2019,” said Yashpal Yadav, the MCG Commissioner. At the meeting, MCG officials revealed that 1,936 shopkeepers selling goods in polythene had been invoiced over the past year, raising just over Rs16 lakh in fines. Confiscated and recycled plastic materials have also been collected for the purpose of building plastic-infused roads in the city, which should commence sometime late next month. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has taken strict cognisance of the waste segregation system in Gururgam. The strict observation by the green court comes at a time when the recycling facilities in Bandhwari landfill site is yet to kick-off fully. Speaking on the issue Yashapal Yadav the MCG Commissioner said that they are in the process of implementing concrete plans with timelines so that the strategies can be implemented fully. At present, more than 1,000 tonnes of garbage from Gurugram and Faridabad is discarded daily at the area that is nestled in the green belt of Aravallis. Based on the proposal, the plant will treat more than 100 kiloliters of leachate daily.last_img read more

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Moroccan writer Fatima Mernissi discusses womens issues in Rabat

first_imgRabat – Moroccan writer Fatima Mernissi discussed women’s issues, tackling different points from feminism to globalization’s impact on women, during a lecture on Tuesday, March 18 at the Faculty of Educational Sciences in Rabat.Mernissi said that she rejects the word ‘feminism’. The reason behind her claim is that she was once planning on attending a conference on feminism with a male colleague. However, the organizing committee asked her to enter the room alone, refusing entry to the male journalist with her. She turned down the request.Mernissi also emphasized the point of globalization and its danger on women’s traditions. She featured her friend’s, Fatema Elourdigui, painting, which reflects the traditional life of Moroccan women. “I was inspired by Fatema’s Elourdigui painted picture since it reflects the real traditional way of rural women,” said Mernissi.Mernissi also discussed her most successful works, including “Reve de Femmes,” “L’amour dans les Pays Muslmans,” “Le Harim et L’occident,” and “Dreams of Trespass.”One thing that surprised Mernissi the most was when her books were translated into several languages, she said.Traveling has played a crucial role in Mernissi’s career, she said. She described her experiences as an author traveling to many different countries.“In order to eat, we should travel,” she said.Mernissi’s attendance was a good opportunity for many students and they enjoyed listening to and discussing issues related to women’s status in Morocco, particularly rural women.Mourad Echikhi, a student at the University of Mohammed VI in Rabat, said he was thrilled that Mernissi shared her experience and learned many new things about the reality of women in Morocco.“Fatema is a vivid example of a Moroccan woman who tries her uttermost to cast the light on Moroccan rural women, I am personally planning to read her inspiring books,” Echikhi said.Edited by Saba Nassem© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more