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first_imgOTTAWA — Amnesty International is calling on the Canadian government to suspend its Safe Third Country agreement with the United States in light of a controversial new refugee policy implemented this week by the Trump administration.The group says the policy no longer guarantees asylum seekers the same legal rights as those offered in Canada and could see some migrants sent back to countries where they face risks of violence and persecution.Under the Safe Third Country agreement, asylum seekers arriving in Canada from the U.S. must file a refugee claim in America as it is considered safe.But refugee agencies worry those migrants could now be at risk of deportation after the Trump administration said anyone arriving at the southern border cannot file for refugee protection if they failed to file a protection claim while moving through another country.The move would disqualify thousands of migrants who have travelled through Central America and Mexico.A spokesperson for Border Security Minister Bill Blair says Canada still deems the U.S. a safe country governed by the rule of law, but adds that American rules and policies are always being reviewed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgThe Duchess of Cornwall recently hosted a reception in support of survivors of rape and sexual abuse at Clarence House.The Duchess of Cornwall (right) talks to guests during a reception in support of survivors of rape and sexual abuse at Clarence HouseCredit/Copyright: http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/news-and-diary/supporting-survivors-of-rape-and-sexual-abuseThe Duchess organised the reception, whose guests included Home Secretary Theresa May and Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer, to bring together political figures, rape support groups and rape survivors.The Duchess, who has visited nine rape crisis and sexual assault referral centres in the UK since 2009, spoke to those present of the importance of forming a “united front to help victims of rape and sexual abuse”.She said: “Over the past few years, I have seen for myself some of the remarkable work being undertaken by representatives of rape crisis organisations, the National Health Service and the police across the country.“During my visits to some of these centres I have been so impressed by the professionalism and commitment of the individuals who provide a lifeline to the women, the children and the men, who have been left shamed and traumatised and made to feel so worthless through no fault of their own.”She spoke of the need to end the taboo surrounding rape and sexual abuse, adding: “Perhaps, from this small beginning, we will be able to build a future where society will simply not tolerate rape and sexual abuse any longer.”Survivor Mia James chatted to The Duchess for several minutes following her speech. Ms James, from south-east London, said: “I just thanked her for her support.“We need somebody high profile to raise awareness for the common man, because our juries are made up of each and every one of us – and each and every one of us has misconceptions about rape, misconceptions about the causes of rape.“It’s a case of wanting to get the message out as to what it’s all about, and I’m really happy we’ve got The Duchess doing that.”The Duchess said it was “shocking” that relatively few rapes resulted in a conviction.In her speech, she said: “This challenging and emotive subject has been brought to the fore in recent months with some shocking news stories – although it is by no means a new story.“The findings of the Government’s recent report into sexual offending revealed once again that the number of victims reporting these crimes is still only a tiny proportion of the total and even fewer of those cases end in a conviction.”Ms James agreed that more people need to speak out about rape and sexual assault.She said: “I want people to stop sweeping us under the carpet. I want this to be something that is not associated with the word ‘taboo’.“With someone as high profile as The Duchess, survivors will feel more comfortable coming out with their stories. They can report it and know there is no stigma attached.”Mr Starmer admitted that “hard work” was needed to increase victims’ confidence and lead more of them to report their rape.He said The Duchess’s contribution was “really positive”.“It’s fantastic that she’s shown such a level of commitment to this important area,” he added. “Bringing these people together is a very significant step. We’re working together more than we were – but we need to continue to do so.”Ms May said the meeting highlighted the fact there are many victims of rape and sexual violence, with more needing to be done to support them.She added that the Government had ringfenced funding which would provide funding for rape crisis centres, emphasising their importance.Mumsnet co-founder Justine Roberts also attended the reception.Mumsnet has a campaign called We Believe You, which aims to challenge rape myths and raise awareness of the impact of sexual violence on people’s lives.Ms Roberts said of today’s meeting: “You can really tell she’s spoken to victims. She feels very passionately about the issue.”The meeting was the first time such a wide range of representatives from various UK groups had met to focus solely on issues surrounding rape and sexual abuse, a Clarence House spokeswoman said.Source:PrinceOfWales.gov.uklast_img read more


first_imgAnimal shelters nationwide are preparing to host the world’s largest mobile cooperative adoption event as North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization gets ready for its 14th annual Tour For Life.Scooby-Doo and Cesar Millan Partner with Schools Nationwide to Host Mutt-i-grees Pack PartiesBeginning March 12 through May 16, this mobile pet adoption tour will make its way across the country, stopping in 52 U.S. cities and 26 states, plus Washington D.C., and cover more than 17,000 miles.To continue the celebration of animal shelter adoptions, the world’s most beloved canine Scooby-Doo will be joining forces with North Shore Animal League America by inviting schools and libraries along the Tour For Life route to celebrate locally by hosting Mutt-i-grees Pack Parties. In conjunction with Tour For Life and its mobile adoption events, locally-hosted Pack Parties are events designed to raise funds and raise awareness for local shelters and Mutt-i-grees’ in-school curriculum programs that teach social and emotional learning skills by helping homeless animals.“Warner Bros. and Scooby-Doo are proud to support the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum and partner with North Shore Animal League America’s Tour for Life,” said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President, Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “With Scooby-Doo at the head of the pack, even more young fans and dog-lovers will be able to participate in community-hosted Pack Parties across the country to advocate for shelter adoption and help animals find the home that they deserve.”John Stevenson, President of North Shore Animal League America encourages community members to attend their local Tour For Life and/or Pack Party, as they will be supporting their community shelters and schools. He said, “All across America, students are making an impact and significant difference in the lives of homeless animals by sharing the message of the importance of shelter adoption.” He emphasized, “Each community should support their local event, because not only does it celebrate animal adoption but it also familiarizes communities with their local shelters and schools.”“Mutt-i-grees and Pack Parties have provided incredible support to us in so many ways. Their dedication and commitment is inspiring and their wonderful program has helped us motivate our club members to raise money for shelter animals and learn of their plight. We are so grateful,” said Kimberly Spanjol, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LMHC YAP (Youth Animal Protectors) Club, NYC of the Stephen Gaynor School.Proceeds raised through the national Mutt-i-gree’s Pack Party website will benefit North Shore Animal League America and Cesar Millan’s Cesar Millan Foundation. The school or library raising the most funds at a Mutt-i-grees Pack Party will also be eligible to win $1000 for their organization along with a visit from top-dog, and Mr. Mutt-i-gree himself… Scooby-Doo! To learn more about local events or to support the national Mutt-i-grees Pack Party efforts, visit www.scoobypackparty.com.Sponsored by PURINA, Tour For Life reinforces the importance of adoption and familiarizes communities with their local shelters and schools. Since its inception in 2001 Tour For Life has saved the lives of tens of thousands of animals across the country. North Shore Animal League America’s Tour For Life Mobile Rescue & Adoption Units will travel cross-country routes, simultaneously, stopping at scheduled destinations from coast to coast, and helping more than 100 shelters and rescue groups find homes for orphaned pets. To learn more about North Shore Animal League America’s Tour For Life, including the schedule and stops visit www.animalleague.org.last_img read more


first_imgMake A Difference Day will take place this Saturday, October 25, in neighborhoods throughout the country, bringing Americans together for the common good.Millions will participate in the nation’s largest day of volunteerism, sponsored by Gannett’s USA WEEKEND Magazine in partnership with Points of Light, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.From cleaning parks to working with local animal rescues, thousands of independently created projects are scheduled across the country, comprising efforts from individuals, corporations, universities, communities, states and nonprofit organizations. Gannett is leading nearly 100 volunteer projects across the country – with $490,000 in grant funding from the Gannett Foundation. Points of Light’s HandsOn affiliates will be coordinating projects as well.“Make A Difference Day is a chance for Americans to come together for the common purpose of doing good and helping others,” said Gracia Martore, president and chief executive officer, Gannett Co., Inc. “As a company, Gannett is built on serving our local communities, and with Make A Difference Day, we’re proud to make a positive impact in the communities we serve and hope it inspires continued volunteerism throughout the year.”“Make A Difference Day has become such a great opportunity for volunteers to change lives,” said Tracy Hoover, president of Points of Light. “If you don’t currently volunteer, Make A Difference Day is a great opportunity to start. If you already volunteer, this weekend is a great time to ask a friend to join you. Remember, a single person can change a life; millions can change our communities and our nation.”Those looking to start a project or join an existing one can do so at makeadifferenceday.com. The site has information on projects across the country detailing how they will help others on October 25. The interactive database also allows visitors to search for events in their community. Toolkits, a marketing guide and other resources are available to help project planners.Newman’s Own, founded on the philosophy of philanthropy, embraces volunteerism and awards $130,000 in grants to the top 13 projects that make a difference in their local communities. These grants can be used to expand the winner’s project or can be donated to the project leader’s charity of choice. A supporter of Make a Difference Day since 1994, Newman’s Own offers more than 100 varieties of high quality food and beverage products with the commitment to donate all profits to charity.“Since the founding of Newman’s Own in 1982, Paul Newman believed in the importance of giving back. He respected the Make A Difference Day initiative and viewed it as a great mechanism for encouraging volunteerism. We are proud to continue the tradition,” said Tom Indoe, president and chief operating officer, Newman’s Own.Award honorees will be featured in a future issue of USA WEEKEND Magazine and will be presented with their awards at an event in Washington, DC, in spring 2015. A $10,000 All-Star Award funded by the Gannett Foundation will be presented to a former national honoree who exhibits continued excellence in volunteerism.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more


first_imgThree of the Internet’s most beloved pets are teaming up to help the millions of cats and dogs in shelters and rescue groups across the country find loving homes.Social Media Superstars Lend Star Power To Homeless Cats and DogsFashion icon Toast Meets World, globally recognized pianist Keyboard Cat and life of the party Hamilton Pug are lending their star power to “Start A Story. Adopt,” a new public service advertising (PSA) campaign from The Shelter Pet Project, a collaborative effort between Maddie’s Fund, The Humane Society of the United States and the Ad Council.Toast Meets World, Keyboard Cat and Hamilton Pug receive millions of views, likes and shares on social media, but most people don’t know they were adopted. Created pro bono by J. Walter Thompson New York, these new PSAs share these pets’ unique stories, which all began in shelters and rescue groups, and highlight the special bonds between the pets and their families. Prospective owners are encouraged to visit TheShelterPetProject.org to learn more about the adoption process and search for adoptable pets at shelters and rescue groups near them. Adoption advocates are also encouraged to support the effort on social media by using the hashtag #StartAStoryAdopt to share stories of how their shelter pets changed their lives for the better and to encourage others to start their own stories by adopting an amazing shelter dog or cat today.Video: #StartAStoryAdopt | Shelter Pet AdoptionWayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS said: “Millions of healthy, adoptable dogs and cats enter shelters across America each year and are just waiting for a special home. Unfortunately, many of those animals never find one. We hope Toast, Keyboard Cat and Hamilton Pug inspire people to support their local animal shelters and start their own stories by adopting a pet in need of a home.”There is a common misconception that there is something wrong with shelter pets; however, the majority of these pets end up in shelters and rescue groups through no fault of their own. “Moving” and “landlord issues” are among the top reasons animals find themselves in shelters.“This campaign comes at a watershed moment for homeless pets,” said Amy Zeifang of the Maddie’s Fund Executive Leadership Team. “Thanks to the increased popularity of shelter and rescue group pets, we’re close to reaching our goal of ending pet homelessness in the country. In fact, if every community in the United States would just adopt six more pets each month, every healthy and treatable shelter dog or cat in America would have a home.”The TV, radio, print, outdoor and web PSAs will be distributed this week to national media and will air in donated time and space per the Ad Council’s model. Over the coming months, the campaign will continue to build awareness around the issue through an extensive social media campaign, which will include original and user-generated content encouraging people to share their shelter pet adoption stories. Through the Ad Council’s first partnership with CrowdTap, the campaign will also leverage the marketing platform’s extensive network of social media influencers to spread the word about shelter pet adoption and the new PSA campaign.“J. Walter Thompson is proud to partner with The Shelter Pet Project and The Ad Council to champion the adoption of shelter pets,” said Gustavo Martinez, Worldwide Chairman & CEO of J. Walter Thompson Company. “By showcasing the wonderful success stories of our adopted celebrity pets and the happiness they bring to thousands of people each day, we hope that prospective owners can see the difference they can make and choose a shelter pet as their next companion.”The Shelter Pet Project is the first national PSA campaign to bring together animal welfare organizations and shelters across the country with one unified goal – to increase pet adoption. Since launching in 2009, The Shelter Pet Project has received more than $272 million in donated media. In the past year alone, there have been more than 700,000 searches for adoptable pets on TheShelterPetProject.org.“It’s heartbreaking that so many healthy and treatable pets are needlessly euthanized every year,” added Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “Pets can bring so much love and comfort to a family, and I urge those thinking about adopting to make shelters and rescue groups the first place they turn.”last_img read more


first_imgThe 4th-Annual Rush HeARTS Education Luncheon will raise funds for Rush’s Education programs for New York City’s inner city youth.Hosted by Tamara Tunie, the event on March 11 at the Plaza Hotel will honor Cyndi Lauper, Charles Best, Craig Newmark, and Guy Vickers.Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation programs (Rush Galleries in the Schools, and Rush Toddlers, Rush Kids and Rush Teens) are designed to inspire students, provide positive alternatives to high-risk behaviors, and support increased academic performance, by filling the void of arts education programs in public schools and through afterschool and weekend sessions. Rush is proud of its success to date and looks toward a future in which its programs grow to encompass more children and artists, and continue to enhance access to arts institutions and arts experiences.Founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, a 501c3 organization, is dedicated to providing inner-city youth with significant exposure and access to the arts, and to offering exhibition opportunities for emerging and underrepresented artists. Over the past 20 years, Rush has developed a broad base of friends, collaborators and supporters dedicated to supporting its mission. In addition to the 3,000 students served annually in its education programs, each year Rush exhibits the work of over 100 emerging and community-based artists in its galleries, and welcomes over 10,000 gallery visitors to its spaces in Chelsea, Manhattan (Rush Arts Gallery) and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (Corridor Gallery).For more info on the event, click here.last_img read more


first_imgAPTN National NewsThey wanted to reinforce the Mohawk language for kids.In 2003, they created a puppet show for a Kahnawake local television show.Over the years, they have created over 15 different characters addressing all kinds of issues.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette pulls the strings on this report.last_img


first_imgAPTN National NewsA body pulled from a river in Thunder Bay, Ont., was that of a 15 year-old Aboriginal youth who had been missing since February.Thunder Bay news website Netnewsledger.com reported that local police identified the body as Jordan Wabasse.Netnewsledger reported that preliminary autopsy results indicated the cause of death was drowning and that foul play is not suspected.The northern Ontario city has seen seven young Aboriginal people die or disappear since 2000.Boaters on the Kaministiquia River found the body near an area where the hat of the missing teen was found late last month.Wabasse was last seen on Feb. 7 and was reported missing the next day.He was from Webequie First Nation.last_img read more


first_imgAPTN National NewsIt is usually a bit of a mob scene at the Iqaluit airport at lunch time, but on Monday it was a little crazier than usual.All of a sudden, a dance mob erupted.Around 40 people ambushed travellers with their moves and APTN National News was there.last_img


first_img(Vancouver lawyer Stephen Bronstein seen entering court. APTN photo) By Paul Barnsley and Kathleen MartensAPTN InvestigatesVANCOUVER – Vancouver lawyer Stephen Bronstein’s representation of survivors of sexual and/or physical abuse at Indian Residential Schools will be reviewed by investigators.The order came down on Feb. 22 from B.C. Supreme Court Justice Brenda Brown. Included in the order was a clause that ended the publication ban against naming Bronstein that Brown put in place on Jan. 18. A ban still exists on reporting specific details before the court of complaints made by clients or on the identity of the clients who made the complaints.APTN does not know what is before the courts. All of the information it has turned up was obtained through independent sources not involved in the court process.The lawyer and his law firm – Bronstein & Company – will be required to provide information to investigators employed by Crawford Class Actions Services, the company retained by Justice Warren Winkler, the Ontario judge charged with monitoring the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA). Justice Brown is one of eight judges across the country that represent Justice Winkler on regional matters.Bronstein has now been named as the lawyer who allegedly worked with Ivon Johnny, a convicted murderer who, it’s alleged, extorted money from survivors he signed up for the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) of the IRSSA.After two-and-a-half days of negotiations, last Friday Bronstein’s lawyer Mark Andrews signed an agreement that his client will abide by the conditions of the court order.The order made nine demands of Bronstein which must be met by March 15:– The lawyer must provide “any record of communication” between Bronstein and Johnny to the court monitor investigators.– The lawyer must provide “any agreements made between Mr. Johnny and Bronstein & Company with respect to services to be provided, and remuneration, expenses or other monies to be paid to Mr. Johnny.”– He must provide a description of all services provided to Bronstein & Company by Johnny.– He must disclose all “remuneration and other monies paid” to Johnny.– He must disclose “any such agreements with other persons” who have worked as form fillers for the firm.– Bronstein must disclose all services provided by those “other persons” and how much they were paid.– Bronstein must turn over all information related to “loans made by Bronstein & Company to IAP claimants secured by repayment from settlement funds” if any exist.– He must provide any information that might show “whether the advance of loans was ever used by Bronstein & Company for recruitment of clients.”– He must turn over any information in his possession – if any exists – related to “any arrangements consensual or otherwise made between Mr. Johnny and any Bronstein claimant with respect to Mr. Johnny receiving any form of benefit, remuneration or share of a claimant’s award or settlement.”Court monitor investigators have been given clearance to interview Bronstein and Johnny.An independent lawyer or “practice advisor” must be hired – and paid – by Bronstein to develop a plan to complete existing IAP cases and to “re-certify” any claims in which Johnny participated. That plan must be in place by April 11, the judge ordered.Three parties signed the order: Andrews for Bronstein & Company, and lawyers for Canada and Crawford. Dan Ish, the chief adjudicator of the IAP Secretariat, did not sign it. He wanted the judge to order a full-scale investigation.“I don’t think it goes far enough,” he said of the negotiated agreement.Other parties, including the Assembly of First Nations, have not yet stated their positions. The AFN did not have a lawyer present for the negotiations.The hearing that began Feb. 20 in Vancouver was marked by an unusually high level of secrecy. Allegations against the lawyer were to be presented to the judge who would then provide direction on how to proceed. Parties were expecting the judge to order a full-scale investigation like she did before in the case of Calgary law firm Blott & Company, and its affiliated form-filling company Honour Walk, who were eventually banned from the IAP.But not this time. Brown urged everyone to try and resolve the issue or at least narrow the scope of the probe. The judge did not explain her reasons but cited the “extensive” and expensive nature of ordering a full investigation.The review was sparked by complaints that residential school survivors in several B.C. communities near Williams Lake were being intimidated and threatened to hand over some of their compensation money to the convicted killer. APTN has learned it’s alleged Johnny dealt with at least 284 people.“Mr. Johnny scared a lot of people,” Ish said.Parole Board documents show that Johnny, 62, was on parole at the time. He told the board he worked for a lawyer distributing and collecting compensation application forms using a truck the lawyer bought him.He denies allegations he extorted funds from residential school survivors, forced them to drop their lawyers to sign on with his, or exaggerated their claims of abuse to receive more compensation.The compensation is paid by Canada for serious physical and sexual abuse suffered by children who were forced to attend residential schools.Johnny’s full parole was revoked by a parole board last month after the extortion allegations became public. Justice Brown also suspended him from participating any further in the IAP.last_img read more


first_imgAPTN National NewsThere are no hard numbers to determine how many inmates in Canada’s justice system suffer from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. But the Yukon government is looking to find out. It’s launching a new study, the first of its kind in the country, to find out how many prisoners have F-A-S-D.APTN’s Shirley McLean has more.last_img


first_imgMatt Thordarson APTN National NewsA group of Indigenous girls from Winnipeg are spending most of their free time literally kickin’ it.And it’s paying off in more ways than one.mthordarson@aptn.calast_img


first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National NewsA Mi’kmaq warrior in New Brunswick is hopeful that a band council resolution (BCR) to ban drug dealers will help keep his community safe.“I know the drug dealers are scared now that this BCR is in the mix,” said John Levi, from Elsipogtog. “I want to give a thumbs up to the chief and council that took the stand and leadership role and go ahead and fight the drugs.”Last week, two First Nations in the province responded quickly to news of a suspected fentanyl-related death in Esgenoopetitj, also known as Burnt Church. The Maliseet community of Tobique unanimously passed a resolution to ban convicted drug dealers from its reserve.And in Elsipogtog, the chief and council dusted off a policy it had passed several years ago and issued a community notice to warn “those who choose to distribute this poison and exploit our people. The Chief and Council are fully prepared to invoke extreme measures by expelling and banning” drug traffickers.“We need more community members to help and support this drug war,” said Levi. “We don’t want anything to happen to our community like what happened in Burnt Church.”In Esgenoopetitj, Ann Marie Lambert died after an apparent overdose and three others were sent to hospital. Community leaders have tied Lambert’s death to pills laced with fentanyl. RCMP are investigating but won’t confirm any details.Ann Marie Lambert. Family photo.Whether or not fentanyl is responsible for Lambert’s death, it has spurred action in communities already struggling with drug problems.“It’s basically a no-brainer. We’re trying to save lives,” said Tobique Chief Ross Perley. “We’re trying to avoid young people from abusing drugs and poisoning their minds and bodies. And potentially avoid a death in the community.”Perley said the council is working closely with RCMP, who has several known drug dealers in the community under investigation.“Our hope is that we never have to use this resolution,” said Perley. “Our hope is the drug dealers and traffickers will not risk losing the services of the community and stop poisoning their people and stop trafficking drugs.”Perley said the resolution acts as a deterrent. He expects a challenge if the band does have to enforce the drug ban, but is confident the band would win.“We have control of our programs of our programs and services here in the community. We have to stick to our policy,” said Perley. “If we get challenged and have to go to court then we are up for the challenge.”Levi is glad to see action.Last year, Levi had taken it upon himself to police drug dealers in Elsipogtog. He had set up a roadblock checking cars driving in and out of the community.“The first step is for somebody in the community to take the first step to fight the drug dealers,” said Levi. “I already took that step, now the chief and council is taking the second step. We are slowly moving forward. Hopefully we will beat it and have our community clean again.”Now with the fentanyl scare, Levi has asked community members to send him any information on who is dealing drugs.“It’s pretty hard for me to go to somebody’s house and take it upon myself, but I’ve approached a few drug dealers just to let them know we know they’re selling, that we’re watching and the RCMP is watching, just to give them a warning, a heads up that we know what’s going on,” said Levi. “Of course, they deny and I just let them know, ‘I know who you are and I wish you’d stop selling.’”Levi said the help is there if people want to stop using drugs. Elsipogtog has programs to help people overcome addictions. But he said banishment could help keep the drugs out in the first place.troache@aptn.ca@TrinaRoachelast_img read more


first_imgNation to Nation The opposition members of Nation to Nation’s political panel took the government to task over why it forced Angela Shisheesh into court to get permission to tell the world about her ordeal at the notorious St. Anne’s residential school in Fort Albany, Ontario.Ottawa and the church currently control her testimony because of a previous settlement.NDP MP Charlie Angus has been a strong advocate of Sheeshish’s struggle.His colleague, NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson, was asked about the issue during N2N’s political panel.“Decades of what any of us would call torture, institutionalized pedophilia, people in the highest level of responsibility inflicting the worst abuse of power. And ruining generations of families,” Malcolmson told N2N Host Todd Lamirande.“So how on earth the government, the Canadian government, can allow itself to be characterized in any way as not on the side of the families and not doing everything to bring the real criminals to justice here.”As well, the government of Canada is set to make marijuana legal this July.However, chiefs in Ontario and Quebec say it’s happening too fast.And First Nations are not fully prepared for the impacts.AFN Ontario regional chief Isadore Day says the First Nations he represents want more involvement.“We feel that the government needs to take another year, “ he told Lamirande. “They need to work with us directly. There needs to be a fair share. We need set asides. We need investments in community safety.”And earlier today Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett made an announcement on a National Council for Reconciliation.It will be a body that will report back to the government on the progress of reconciliation.Treaty Six Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild will sit on its interim board.“For me I think we’ve made some very, very important progress but what we need is the council,” he said. “We need the monitoring of all this good activity and perhaps some coordination because there’s a lot of things that are happening where we can learn from each other.”Littlechild will be joined by five other board members, Max Fineday, Dr. Mike Degagne, Clint Davis, Jean Teillet and Edith Cloutier, for a six month term.You can subscribe to the Nation To Nation podcast below:last_img read more


first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsHealth officials in Vancouver are now battling a new drug on the streets.Since 2014, first responders have largely been seeing overdoses caused from fentanyl, and carfentanil.But now there’s something new that naloxone – the drug that helps revive overdose patients – has no effect on.thouse@aptn.ca@inthehouse7last_img


first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sold for a record $450 million (380 million euros) at auction on Wednesday, smashing previous records for artworks sold at auction or privately.The painting, “Salvator Mundi,” Latin for “Savior of the World,” is one of fewer than 20 paintings by Leonardo known to exist and the only one in private hands. It was sold by Christie’s auction house, which didn’t immediately identify the buyer.“‘Salvator Mundi’ is a painting of the most iconic figure in the world by the most important artist of all time,” said Loic Gouzer, co-chairman of post-war and contemporary art at Christie’s. “The opportunity to bring this masterpiece to the market is an honour that comes around once in a lifetime.”The highest price paid for a work of art at auction had been $179 million (152 million euros), for Pablo Picasso’s painting “Women of Algiers (Version O)” in May 2015, also at Christie’s in New York. The highest known sale price for any artwork had been $300 million (253 million euros), for Willem de Kooning’s painting “Interchange,” sold privately in September 2015 by the David Geffen Foundation to hedge fund manager Kenneth C. Griffin.A backer of the “Salvator Mundi” auction had guaranteed a bid of at least $100 million (85 million euros). The bidding opened at $75 million and ran for 19 minutes. The price hit $300 million about halfway through the bidding.People in the auction house gallery applauded and cheered when the bidding reached $300 million and when the hammer came down on the final bid, $400 million. The record sale price of $450 million includes the buyer’s premium, a fee paid by the winner to the auction house.The 26-inch-tall (66-centimetre-tall) Leonardo painting dates from around 1500 and shows Christ dressed in Renaissance-style robes, his right hand raised in blessing as his left hand holds a crystal sphere.Its path from Leonardo’s workshop to the auction block at Christie’s was not smooth. Once owned by King Charles I of England, it disappeared from view until 1900, when it resurfaced and was acquired by a British collector. At that time it was attributed to a Leonardo disciple, rather than to the master himself.The painting was sold again in 1958 and then was acquired in 2005, badly damaged and partly painted over, by a consortium of art dealers who paid less than $10,000 (8,445 euros). The art dealers restored the painting and documented its authenticity as a work by Leonardo.The painting was sold Wednesday by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who bought it in 2013 for $127.5 million (108 million euros) in a private sale that became the subject of a continuing lawsuit.Christie’s said most scholars agree the painting is by Leonardo, though some critics have questioned the attribution and some say the extensive restoration muddies the work’s authorship.Christie’s capitalized on the public’s interest in Leonardo, considered one of the greatest artists of all time, with a media campaign that labeled the painting “The Last Da Vinci.” The work was exhibited in Hong Kong, San Francisco, London and New York before the sale.In New York, where no museum owns a Leonardo, art lovers lined up outside Christie’s Rockefeller Center headquarters on Tuesday to view “Salvator Mundi.”Svetla Nikolova, who’s from Bulgaria but lives in New York, called the painting “spectacular.”“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she said. “It should be seen. It’s wonderful it’s in New York. I’m so lucky to be in New York at this time.”___This story has been corrected to show the name of the painting is Latin, not Italian.last_img read more


first_imgBEIJING, China – China’s global trade balance swung to a rare deficit in March as exports shrank but its surplus with the United States, the centre of a worsening dispute with Washington, stood at $15.4 billion.Exports contracted 2.7 per cent from a year earlier to $174.1 billion, down from the 24.4 per cent growth for the first two months of 2018, customs data showed Friday. Imports rose 14.4 per cent to $179.1 billion, though that was down from 21.7 per cent growth in January and February.“The upshot is that the latest trade data suggest that both domestic and foreign demand held up well in March,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics in a report.The trade surplus with the United States contracted 13 per cent from a year earlier, while China’s global trade balance swung to a $5 billion deficit.President Donald Trump has approved a possible tariff hike on $50 billion of Chinese goods in response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology. Trump is demanding Beijing take steps to narrow its trade deficit with the U.S., which Washington says stood at a record $375.2 billion last year.China runs multibillion-dollar monthly surpluses with Europe and the U.S., which helps to offset deficits with Japan, South Korea and developing countries that supply industrial components and raw materials. The global trade balance often slips into deficit for one month early each year as factories restock following the Lunar New Year holiday.“The biggest risk going forward is clearly that the current trade tensions escalate to the point where meaningful tariff barriers are erected,” said Evans-Pritchard. “But even if this is avoided, trade looks likely to soften slightly over the coming quarters given that global growth now appears past its peak and China’s own economy faces rising headwinds from tighter policy.”Chinese President Xi Jinping announced market-opening measures including a cut in import taxes on autos and an easing of controls on foreign ownership in China’s auto industry.The Commerce Ministry denied Thursday that had anything to do with the dispute with Washington and said negotiations were impossible while Trump was threatening tariff increases on a possible $100 billion list of additional goods.Forecasters have been expecting Chinese economic growth to weaken since late last year after regulators tightened controls to cool a boom in bank lending and real estate sales they worry is driving a dangerous rise in debt.Meanwhile, China’s trade surplus with the 28-nation European Union, its biggest trading partner, shrank by half from a year ago to $3.6 billion.___Online:General Administration of Customs of China (in Chinese): www.customs.gov.cnlast_img read more


first_imgCALGARY – The Alberta Energy Regulator says there were hundreds of pipeline safety incidents in the province last year but the rate has improved significantly in the past decade.In its annual report on pipeline performance, it says incidents fell by nearly half, from 800 in 2008 to 417 in 2017, despite the total length of provincially regulated pipelines growing by 11 per cent to 426,000 kilometres.Twenty-six of the incidents in 2017 resulted in high consequences — which could include more than 200,000 litres of liquids released, the release of poisonous hydrogen sulphide gas, impacts on flowing water or injuries to wildlife.That’s down from 29 in 2016, as the total number of incidents dropped by six per cent in 2017 from the previous year.About 80 per cent of incidents had low consequences, which means less than 20,000 litres of liquid spilled and it affected less than 100 square metres of land and no water bodies.Incidents are defined by the AER as leaks from faulty fittings or installation, releases from auxiliary equipment, damage from something hitting the pipeline even if no leak results, minor leaks and ruptures.The AER says nearly two-thirds of pipeline incidents resulted in less than 1,000 litres being released.It says internal corrosion remains the leading cause of pipeline failure.last_img read more


first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Wells Fargo Securities say they have agreed in principle to settle a lawsuit over Rhode Island’s failed $75 million deal with former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s videogame company.But they said in a court filing on Thursday that final approval is delayed due to the government shutdown. They’re asking a federal judge to put the case on hold until the shutdown is over and the agreement can be considered and approved.The SEC sued Wells Fargo and Rhode Island’s economic development agency in 2016, accusing them of making misleading statements about bonds used to fund the deal to move 38 Studios from Massachusetts to Rhode Island.The economic development agency previously settled the case, paying a $50,000 penalty without admitting wrongdoing.Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Presslast_img read more


first_imgTORONTO — A Gillette advertisement depicting sexism in boardrooms, backyards and on street corners is the latest in a wave of socially conscious promotions to crop up in the wake of the Me Too era, and a message that is likely to find a receptive audience in Canada — particularly among women.The U.S.-based shaving company’s “the best men can be” advertisement was released earlier this week and features scenes meant to make consumers rethink the idea of associating masculinity with being tough or misreading women, but has been criticized for insulting men and co-opting a social message to sell razors.The ad places Gillette among handfuls of other companies who have turned to socially-conscious advertising — a growing phenomenon abroad and in Canada, said Sarah Kaplan, director of the University of Toronto’s Institute for Gender and the Economy.“We are seeing it more and more,” she said, pointing out household cleaning product ads that have been increasingly featuring men and a Bud Light beer promotion starring celebrities Seth Rogen and Amy Schumer complaining about gender-based product pricing.“Advertisers have already been moving in the direction of breaking down these stereotypes and gender norms and many have taken on subtle forms, but Gillette is being much more explicit about what they are trying to accomplish and I think there will be more movement in this direction.”Long before Gillette’s ad was unveiled, technology company Nest Labs had already clued into the phenomenon with an ad it ran on Oscars night in 2018, where a dad uses the brand’s camera to remind a boy heading out to prom about respecting his date. On the same night, Twitter Inc. shared a black-and-white, spoken word ad meant to encourage women to “make their voices heard.”Then there was the September Nike ad starring NFL star Colin Kaepernick, who encouraged customers to “believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”Such socially-conscious advertisements, Kaplan said, can be attractive for brands because they allow companies to look like they are trying to do some good while also marketing products and targeting a new consumer base.She suspects Gillette’s ad had its sights set on millennial men, who have yet to pick a razor brand they will likely stick with for life, but also, women, who frequently purchase those razors for the men in their lives or for themselves after noticing women’s versions of the same product are often more expensive.Research suggests women in Canada tend to be particularly receptive to such advertising.A 2018 survey found that women are more likely to think positively about “issues-based” messaging in advertising.The poll of 1,581 Canadians from industry regulatory group Ad Standards Canada and research organization The Gandalf Group found that 67 per cent of respondents said they would feel more positively about a brand if its advertising included a public statement about curbing sexual harassment, while only 31 per cent of respondents said they would feel more positively about a brand if it included the Me Too hashtag in online advertising and social media.Overall, the study found most Canadians are more supportive of companies when they discuss specific steps they are taking around a social responsibility, instead of making public statements in support of a cause.Brent Barr, a branding instructor at Ryerson University, wasn’t surprised by the study’s findings or the push companies like Gillette are making into social responsibility, which he anticipates will only grow.Brands dabbling with social responsibility know that trumpeting causes can cause the public to warm to their brand or even reverse negative feelings they might have had towards it, he said.They also know that they can capture the key millennial demographic with such advertising because social responsibility campaigns tend to make the rounds on social media, he said.However, along with those benefits comes with demands from the public that companies like Gillette have to meet.“The typical younger consumer today wants you to stand up for an issue, but they become a bit jaded when people say things, but don’t do things,” he said. “It is not just about getting a tweet out, it is about what the company is doing in support of it and making sure they are invested in the issue.”Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Presslast_img read more