first_img Twitter FROM IBIS TALENT MANAGEMENT:  Congrats to the hardest working actor, LIAM MURPHY on booking a role on Hallmark Channel’s GOOD WITCH starring Catherine Bell, James Denton and Bailee Madison. Way to go Liam!!LIAM MURPHY LINKSFACEBOOK:  IBIS TALENT MANAGEMENT Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Soldout CJF Awards celebrates journalistic excellence Peter Mansbridge among presenters

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO, June 7, 2017 /CNW/ – In a year highlighting the news media’s critical role, The Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards (CJF) is proud to honour journalistic excellence across the country and abroad.The sold-out CJF Awards will be hosted by Canadian globetrotter Lyse Doucet, BBC’s chief international correspondent and senior presenter for BBC World TV and BBC World Service Radio. The annual event attracts more than 600 journalists, media executives, academics and business leaders. This year, it takes place this Thursday, June 8, in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York.“It’s wonderful to have the support of media and business communities at a time when quality journalism is more critical than ever,” says CJF executive director Natalie Turvey. “We are thrilled to recognize the work, talent and enterprise of journalists—both recipients and nominees.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Peter Mansbridge, host of The National and chief correspondent of CBC News, will be among the presenters at the CJF Awards in Toronto on June 8. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation) Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Advertisement Peter Mansbridge, host of The National and chief correspondent for CBC News, will present this year’s CJF Tribute to Jake Tapper, CNN’s chief Washington correspondent and daily anchor of The Lead with Jake Tapper, for upholding the highest standards of excellence and inspiring working journalists around the world. Tapper, known for his work on the 2016 U.S. election and his relentless questioning to combat spin and fake news, also hosts CNN’s Sunday morning show, State of the Union, where he interviews newsmakers on politics and policy.Another highlight of the evening will be the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Jean Pelletier, currently senior director of television current affairs and documentaries for Radio-Canada, in recognition of an extraordinary career as a reporter, editor, producer and journalism trailblazer—in both print and broadcast. As La Presse‘s first permanent correspondent in Washington, D.C., Pelletier uncovered the story of the 1980 dramatic escape from Iran of six U.S. diplomats who were hidden by Canadian embassy staff during the Tehran hostage crisis.Winners will also be announced from shortlists for the CJF Innovation Award and the CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism in two categories: large and small media. (The shortlists are available at awards to be presented include the CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships, The Landsberg Award, the Greg Clark Award, the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, the Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, the William Southam Journalism Fellowships and the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy.This year’s media guests include: Gurdeep Ahluwalia, Doug Alexander, Peter Armstrong, Robert Benzie, Ian Brown, Piya Chattopadhyay, Christine Dobby, Dwight Drummond, Matt Galloway, Chantal Hébert, Carolyn Jarvis, Amber Kanwar, Tim Kiladze, Jacquie McNish, Anne-Marie Mediwake, Shree Paradkar, Grant Robertson, Craig Silverman, Anna Maria Tremontiand Paul Wells, among others.The CJF thanks presenting sponsor CN, along with the following organizations for their support of this event: BMO Financial Group, Labatt Breweries of Canada, Accenture, Medtronic, Scotiabank, Shaw Communications, Barrick Gold Corporation, Manulife, Rogers, Ivanhoé Cambridge, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, CTV News, Facebook Journalism Project, The Jackman Foundation, Thomson Reuters, Canadian Bankers Association, CIBC as well as Tom Kierans and Mary Janigan.Thank you also to The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, Metro, National Post, Toronto Star, CNW, CPAC, The Canadian Press and Porter Airlines for their in-kind support.Executives and leaders from the following major media outlets, businesses and organizations will also be among those attending the event: Aimia, Blakes, Cassels and Graydon, Bloomberg News, Canadian Women’s Foundation, CBC, Radio-Canada, CNW, Fasken Martineau, Global Public Affairs, General Motors Canada, Google, H+K Strategies, Morneau Shepell, RBC, Shaw Communications, Sussex Strategy Group, TD Bank Group, Torys LLP, Twitter Canada and Weber Shandwick Canada.#CJFawardsAbout The Canadian Journalism FoundationEstablished in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement. Our signature events include an annual awards program featuring a must-attend industry gala where Canada’s top newsmakers meet Canada’s top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speakers’ series, we facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also supports journalism fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research. Twitterlast_img read more

Packed with Exclusive New and Returning Dramas Bravos Nationwide Freeview Begins April

first_imgBravo Freeview Programming Includes:THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Sunday, April 29 at 9 p.m. ET – Two-Episode Season 2 Premiere Event)The Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning drama series returns with a second season shaped by Offred’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. “Gilead is within you” is a favorite saying of Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd). In Season Two, Offred and all the characters will fight against – or succumb to – this dark truth.COLONY (Wednesday, May 2 at 10 p.m. ET – Season 2 Premiere)A thrilling sci-fi series set in Los Angeles in the very near future. After an alien invasion conquers earth, the remaining human inhabitants must decide whether to bow down to the demands of the invaders or risk their lives through rebellion.HARD SUN (Sunday, May 6 at 10:05 p.m. ET – Series Premiere)While investigating what appears to be the routine death of a computer hacker in London, partners and enemies, Charlie Hicks and Elaine Renko, inadvertently stumble upon proof that the world is facing certain destruction – in only five years. This is a terrifying reality that the secret state is urgently attempting to suppress. As Hicks and Renko find themselves pursued by ruthless and deadly Security Service operatives, they must use all their ingenuity to protect themselves and those that they love.CARTER (Tuesday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET– Series Premiere)In the premiere episode, “Koji the Killer” (Tuesday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET), Carter returns to his hometown of Bishop, Ontario after a public scandal in Los Angeles. His housekeeper-turned guardian of 30 years has been accused of murder, and Harley demands to be included in the investigation. Along the way, he discovers that he has a knack for real detective work and may not return to L.A. so quickly after all. Bravo continues to fuel its Top 10 status with the return of the critically acclaimed series THE HANDMAID’S TALE, with a two-episode premiere event Sunday, April 29 at 9 p.m. ET. Season 2 finds Offred (Elisabeth Moss) pregnant as she fights to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. Catch up on Season 1 of THE HANDMAID’S TALE with two back-to-back episodes airing at 1 a.m. ET every day starting Monday, April 23 – Friday, April 27.As previously announced, all-new original series CARTER, starring Jerry O’Connell, lands on Bravo May 15 at 8 p.m. ET. Harley Carter (O’Connell) was living the dream. After moving to Hollywood from small-town Canada, he became a huge star as a detective on America’s #1 TV show. But years in the limelight and an endless blur of parties, premieres, and 16-hour workdays were starting to take a toll. It all bubbles over with a public showdown on a red carpet, prompting Harley to return to his hometown to reconnect with his roots. But as he tries to settle back into his old life, he finds himself in an odd new reality of playing a real-life detective with his childhood friends, no-nonsense police veteran Sam Shaw (Sydney Poitier Heartsong) and street-wise, coffee truck owner Dave Leigh (Kristian Bruun). Together, they’re solving crimes, with mixed results.Detective crime drama HARD SUN makes its exclusive Canadian series premiere Sunday, May 6 immediately following THE HANDMAID’S TALE. From creator of acclaimed British crime drama, LUTHER, the six-episode, pre-apocalyptic series follows partners and enemies, Charlie Hicks (Jim Sturgess, Across the Universe) and Elaine Renko (Agyness Deyn, Hail, Caesar!), who inadvertently stumble upon proof that the world is facing certain destruction – in only five years.Sci-fi thriller COLONY makes its Season 3 premiere on Wednesday, May 2 at 9 p.m. ET.  This season finds Will (Josh Holloway, LOST) and Katie Bowman (Sarah Wayne Callies, PRISON BREAK) continuing their fight to stay together as a family in the midst of a new world order and alien invasion.As well, Bravo continues to deliver new episodes of SUITS Season 7B on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET, culminating in the two-hour season finale (Wednesday April 25, at 9p.m. ET) that bids farewell to main characters Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) and Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle).Subscribers and non-subscribers can also sample Bravo programming online at and via the BravoGO app during the freeview period with participating TV providers.See below for premiere dates and descriptions for new and returning series. All dates are subject to change. Visit to confirm local broadcast times. About BravoBravo delivers compelling stories through clever and immersive programming to viewers across Canada. From high-profile dramas to blockbuster feature films, Bravo is home to award-winning entertainment. Bravo is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about Bravo is available at Social Media links Advertisement Facebook  Bravo on Facebook Bravo on Twitter Advertisementcenter_img TORONTO – Beginning April 24, Bravo is unlocking a nation-wide freeview showcasing its exclusive lineup of engaging, must-see dramas. High profile premieres rolling out during the freeview include Season 2 of the award-winning drama series, THE HANDMAID’S TALE, as well as crime drama HARD SUN, and Bravo’s newest original series, CARTER.The Bravo freeview is available on service providers across Canada including Bell, Bell Aliant, BellMTS, Rogers, Telus, Shaw, Shaw Direct, SaskTel, Cogeco, Videotron, and Eastlink. In addition, subscribers and non-subscribers alike can sample Bravo programming via the on demand menus on their set-top box with participating TV providers for the duration of the freeview.With a diverse lineup stacked with big-buzz series, including THE HANDMAID’S TALE which was the #1 series on Canadian Entertainment Specialty with overall viewers during the 2016/2017 broadcast year, Bravo continues to rank in the Top 10 Canadian Entertainment Specialty networks with overall viewers.  Bravo’s overall average audience this current broadcast year-to-date has increased by 4% with total viewers, and 14% with A18-34 viewers. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Source : Numeris, M-Su 2a-2a, Current Broadcast Year-to-date = BY17/18-to-date (8/28/2017 to 4/1/2018) vs. same weeks last year. Login/Register With:last_img read more


first_img Twitter Advertisement He landed a big break on MuchMusic when he was invited to perform on Electric Circus — which at that point in time seemed to be the only way forward for a number of ambitious up-and-comers.Through hard work, dedication, determination, and pure originality, Williams didn’t slip through the cracks. With Symphony in Effect he changed the course of not only hip-hop music but the Canadian music industry altogether.WATCH: Maestro Fresh Wes’ seminal 1989 hip-hop smash-hit, ‘Let Your Backbone Slide’Aside from music, Williams is known for his acting career. In 2018, he wrapped up eight seasons on the critically acclaimed Canadian sitcom, Mr. D, where he played the competitive but beloved school teacher, Paul Dwyer, for almost a decade.After a four-year stint on Canada’s Instant Star, Williams was nominated for a Gemini Award thanks for his performance on HBO’s The Line. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment After 30 years of success, the godfather of Canadian hip hop, Maestro Fresh Wes (or Wesley Williams) is celebrating his career in style. Not by looking back to the past, but with a brand new album.On March 8, 2019, the Let Your Backbone Slide rapper released his ninth studio album, Champagne Campaign. According to Maestro Fresh Wes, the album is a toast to his career and a celebration of hip hop, the evolution of music and what it really is to stay “fresh” and revered.The Toronto-born rapper kicked off his career in the early 1980s working hard at his craft and, without knowing it, shaping what hip hop music would eventually be. Advertisement Maestro Fresh Weslast_img read more

Brazeau experiment gone wrong comment likely revealed true intentions behind appointment Senator

first_img(Conservative Senator Marjory LeBreton said embattled Algonquin Senator Patrick Brazeau was “an experiment gone wrong.”)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsConservative Senator Marjory LeBreton needs to clarify what she meant when she said embattled Algonquin Senator Patrick Brazeau was “an experiment gone wrong” given recent revelations the Canadian government experimented on First Nation people during the Indian residential school era, according to a Liberal First Nation Senator.In an interview with Global News last week, LeBreton said Brazeau was “just a human tragedy,” that he “could have done great work for his people,” and that he was “an experiment gone wrong.”Senator Lillian Dyck said LeBreton’s choice of words was troubling.“Given the recent media attention about unethical experiments done on First Nation children and adults in residential schools and TB sanatoriums, it was a poor choice of words,” said Dyck. “Perhaps it was a slip of the tongue revealing what she was really thinking, that the Harper government’s experiment in using Brazeau to divide and conquer Aboriginals went wrong.”The Canadian government conducted nutritional experiments on First Nations adults and children and experimented with a controversial tuberculosis vaccine on First Nations infants in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, historical documents show.Brazeau, who was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, was banished from the Conservative caucus after he was charged with assault and sexual assault against a woman who shared his residence. His next court date is scheduled for October.Brazeau was also been caught in the housing allowance and expense scandal that has engulfed Senators Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin, who were both also appointed by Harper. Mac Harb, who was appointed by former prime minister Jean Chretien, recently resigned his Senate seat after paying back about $231,000 in living and traveling expenses.The RCMP is currently investigating Duffy, Brazeau, Harb over their expense claims and is reviewing Wallin’s file.Brazeau’s office said he would not be responding to LeBreton’s statements.LeBreton’s office said she was in the midst of moving locations and would not be available speak to APTN National News about the issue. Instead, a staffer in LeBreton’s office said the Senator already admitted she used the wrong words in an interview last week with CTV. Her office staffer, however, refused to issue a similar statement to APTN National News.LeBreton told CTV that her referral to Brazeau as “an experiment” was an “unfortunate choice of words” and that his appointment by Harper was the result of “good intentions gone awry.”LeBreton is moving offices because she stepped down as Senate majority leader this past summer. She also gave up her seat at the federal cabinet table. She played a key role as government defender when the Senate scandal exploded with the revelation Harper’s former chief of staff Nigel Wright cut a $90,000 cheque to cover Duffy’s expenses.The RCMP is also probing that matter.Dyck said Harper chose Brazeau to push through his government’s agenda on First Nation people and attack the existing First Nation leadership.“Harper’s experiment of appointing Brazeau to attack leaders of Aboriginal organizations…went wrong, because Brazeau did not have a strong base of supporters and little or no credibility on the Aboriginal file,” she read more

First Nations across Manitoba gather to talk about tobacco

first_imgAPTN National NewsFirst Nations across Manitoba came together to talk about tobacco.They discussed life-threatening effects caused by smoking and the positive ways tobacco can be used instead.APTN’s Jaydon Flett has the story.last_img

Face to Face with Clint Davis

first_imgAPTN National NewsClint Davis is well known in the business community and he recently won an Indspire award for those accomplishments.An Inuk originally from Happy Valley Goose Bay in Labrador, Davis went on to study business at Acadia, Dalhousie and Harvard universities.Davis is now the Vice President of Aboriginal Affairs for TD Bank, and prior was the President and CEO for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.Face to Face sat down with him to find out how Indigenous communities can take what few resources they have and potentially become a hub for economic development.He also has some advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.last_img read more

Did Canada fail in its fiduciary duty to protect the people of

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN National NewsFor decades, the community of Grassy Narrows in northwestern Ontario has been battling mercury contamination on their land, in their water and food sources.According to band members and politicians, its time the federal government step up their game.last_img

Canadas new Trans Mountain consultation plan met with skepticism

first_imgThe Tiny House Warriors are asserting their Indigenous rights and title on the land in Blue River, B.C. and say they have no plans on moving until the Trans Mountain pipeline is dead. File photo.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsCanada will not appeal a federal court’s recent ruling on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and says it will re-engage with First Nations and Métis communities impacted by the project.The announcement by Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi Wednesday morning comes amid ongoing debate around Canada’s duty to consult Indigenous peoples on the pipeline, and on resource projects developed on Indigenous lands more broadly.On Aug. 30 the Federal Court of Appeal ruled on a case brought forth by a number of First Nations, the Cities of Vancouver and Burnaby and the Government of British Columbia that the National Energy Board’s (NEB) “process and findings were so flawed that the Governor in Council could not reasonably rely on the Board’s report,” and that Canada “failed to fulfil the duty to consult owed to Indigenous peoples.”Responding to that decision on Wednesday Sohi announced the federal government is appointing former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci to oversee a new consultation process in which Canada will “work to address concerns of First Nations and Métis communities to move forward in the right way on this project in accordance with the Court’s direction.”Canada intent on getting pipeline builtWhile Canada won’t appeal the decision to the Supreme Court, Indigenous leaders and grassroots people are skeptical of the Trudeau government’s intentions, and whether it will respect Indigenous rights.Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) told APTN Wednesday that UBCIC is “firmly convinced that the Trudeau government is making its best efforts to circumvent the Federal Court of Appeal decision and to reactivate the project as quickly as possible.”On Wednesday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters the feds are “intending to follow the blueprint laid out by the courts,” and that “if we were to appeal [the decision] it would take another few years before we could begin construction.”“We feel that the blueprint that the court laid out for [Trans Mountain pipeline] will allow us to get things done quicker and get our resources to new markets other than the United States in a more rapid fashion.”Watch Annette Francis’ story on the announcement here Eugene Kung, a lawyer with West Coast Environmental Law who has written about Trans Mountain and Aboriginal rights, says Trudeau and Sohi’s comments Wednesday indicate Canada “seems to be focused not on what the Supreme Court of Canada has said” on Aboriginal rights, but rather “on what the federal court said in this one decision.”In a recent article for Policy Options Kung wrote, “It is important to recognize that the Federal Court of Appeal did not create any new law in this decision,” and that judges “simply applied the law as set out by the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal in cases such as Haida, Gitxaala, Chippewas of the Thames and Clyde River, among others.”Kung said the Supreme Court of Canada “has said very clearly how to ensure adequate consultation, which is to obtain consent, and it’s very clear that this is not what the intention of this process is.”He echoed Grand Chief Phillip’s concerns that “it looks as though their mind is already made up, which kind of suggests it’s very possible that whatever comes out of the end of this process will end up back in the court again, which is in nobody’s interest.”Stewart said while the UBCIC consults with their legal team on the announcement, they “don’t want to be somewhere off in left field undertaking a grandiose consultation process while construction crews are out laying pipe.”Khelsilem, a councillor and spokesperson for Squamish Nation, a litigant in the case, said in a statement released Wednesday that the Nation “continues to have serious concerns” about Trans Mountain, and that they “expect an honourable consultation process that upholds our nation’s Indigenous rights.“The Trudeau government tried to ram this project through our territory with a predetermined outcome and this was not acceptable to Squamish Nation or the courts,” Khelsilem added.“We would have concerns about any process which had artificial timelines or restrictions on our rights. We have a sacred duty to protect our traditional territory for future generations.”“Accommodation where accommodation is possible”: Sohi In May, Canada announced it was buying the embattled pipeline—which has faced fierce opposition from Indigenous groups for years while garnering the support from some First Nations and Metis communities—from Texas oil giant Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion.At that time Indigenous leaders from a host of Nations and communities—and with grassroots people asserting their rights and jurisdiction on the ground in unceded Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, Musqueam, Sto:lo and Secwepemc territories—vehemently and publicly opposed the Trudeau government’s assertion that it would see the pipeline through to completion.Critics of the project maintain that in building a pipeline through their lands without Indigenous peoples’ free, prior and informed consent violates Aboriginal rights and contradicts Canada’s commitment to upholding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, including the imperative to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Following the federal court of appeal’s announcement in August Indigenous representatives gathered in Vancouver for a joint news conference.“It was a hard fight, but I’m glad today the courts heard the teachings of our culture, and our spirit, and how we carry ourselves,” Tsleil-Waututh Chief Reuben George announced. “The people up here that represent the nations could have negotiated for millions, but we can’t put a price on the things that we love.”Asked by reporters how Canada will carry out its consultations with Indigenous groups, Sohi said Wednesday the feds “are going to engage in good faith and in a meaningful way,” adding Canada will “offer accommodation where accommodation is possible.”Sohi said the NEB is conducting its own review of marine shipping and the impacts on species at risk.Meanwhile, Canada will begin its consultation process, he added.“We will follow the direction that has been given to us by the federal court, [which] has said that meaningful consultation can take place in a focused and efficient manner. “So with that we’ll be going into the communities with an open mind, and engaging and listening and learning from them, and accepting their help in designing and the input into how we need to move on this important project.”Grassroots resistance remains until Indigenous rights respectedMeanwhile, the Tiny House Warriors continue to assert Secwepemc title and jurisdiction on the land in Blue River, B.C. at the site of a proposed worker’s camp.Kanahus Manuel of the Secwepemc Women’s Warriors Society—and granddaughter of George Manuel, the former UBCIC Chief who led the “Constitutional Express” grassroots movement in 1980 and 1981 that ultimately pressured the Pierre Trudeau government to include Indigenous rights in the repatriated constitution in 1982—said Canada still isn’t respecting Indigenous rights by consulting with bands created under Canada’s Indian Act.“The Secwepemc Nation is one nation; it takes up more than 500 kilometres of this pipeline route,” she told APTN by phone Wednesday.Manuel said Canada is “talking to the chief and council system…and those chiefs and councils are violating our Indigenous rights in thinking that they are the proper decision-makers.”Manuel pointed out that Indian Act bands are only able to make decisions on the reserve lands determined by Canada.“When they’re talking about going back and re-establishing consultation with First Nations, they’re talking to the wrong people,” she said.“We have governance laws based on consensus that were given to us from—in our case in Secwepemcul’ecw, from Chief Coyote, and the old ones, those teachings of consensus.“The proper decision-makers are the people who hold that title collectively amongst our Nation. So in Secwepemcul’ecw, that’s 10,000 people who are the rightful title holders.”Critics have long maintained that Canada’s Indian Act divides and conquers Indigenous Nations by creating First Nations bands within broader societies, and then uses negotiating tactics to pressure those bands to consent to resource development on their lands.“Every time our Nations are compromising because they’re holding a gun to those chiefs’ heads and they’re playing Russian Roulette with that trigger. ‘You say yes, we won’t shoot. You say no, we pull funding, you people die,’” Manuel added.Manuel said the Tiny House Warriors are still established in Blue River and have watched pipeline infrastructure being moved north through the community.“We will continue to blockade. And with these continued threats by the federal government, we’re not going to take them lightly. “If they’re going to amp up pushing this pipeline through, then we’re going to amp up the conflict and the confrontation and the blockades that are going to happen to stop this pipeline.”She said her grandfather, and her father Arthur Manuel, helped mobilize thousands to get Indigenous rights into Canada’s constitution, and that it’s up to grassroots people to ensure those rights are respected by Canada.“We need to remember that people fought for that in the constitution,” she said. “Aboriginal title exists.”last_img read more

Rankin Inlet is one of the most haunted places in Canada Maybe

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsIf you google Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, you might be surprised by the findings.The hamlet is listed as one of Canada’s most haunted places.In particular, it’s the Rankin Fire Hall that gives some people the

Former Ontario chief arrested for assault breaching bail conditions

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsA former chief of a northwestern Ontario First Nation remains in custody in Thunder Bay after being arrested for assault and breaching his bail conditions.Multiple sources confirm Eli Mandamin, formerly of Iskatewizaagegan (Shoal Lake 39), was charged February 6.Mandamin, 60, appeared in court via videolink Friday and was remanded in custody at the district jail until February 20.He is charged with one count of assault, one count of failing to comply with an undertaking, and two counts of breach of recognizance.A publication ban was imposed  on details of the most recent allegations.Mandamin had been free on bail awaiting sentencing on a historical sex crime from the 1980s. He pleaded guilty last winter to having sex with a minor between 14 and 16 years of age, after which a rape charge was withdrawn.He is scheduled to be sentenced on that plea in Kenora, Ont., on February 26.Victim Pauline Fair waived a publication ban on her name.“The case… is a really huge victory for me,” she told APTN News in an earlier interview.“It would take a dozen women to bring down a guy like that. And I brought him down by myself.”Fair was 14 when she said Mandamin – then a special constable with the Ontario Provincial Police – took her to the building that served as the community detachment.She says something caused her to black out and she awoke with him on top of her, assaulting her.Fair became pregnant and gave birth to a son, which she said, kept her from reporting the crime for decades.“I was protecting him,” she said, noting her son died a few years ago.“That’s why I didn’t come forward before.”Mandamin’s lawyer in that case, Robin Parker, didn’t respond when asked for a comment for this story.last_img read more

UN report highlights systemic violence against Indigenous women supports MMIWG inquiry findings

first_imgRyerson University Chair of Indigenous Governance Pam Palmater says the new UN report confirms Canada’s colonial violence against Indigenous women and girls. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsA coalition of women’s rights organizations is demanding action in Ottawa following the release of a United Nations report that highlights what it says is Canada’s failure to address violence against women.In particular, UN Special Rapporteur for Violence Against Women Dubravka Šimonović draws attention to her finding that “Indigenous women from First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities face violence, marginalization, exclusion and poverty because of institutional, systemic, multiple intersecting forms of discrimination not addressed adequately by the State.”The report comes just weeks after the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) detailed its findings of ongoing genocide against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA folks.Šimonović’s report will be delivered to the UN Human Rights Council, which monitors human rights abuses globally and makes recommendations to countries found to be in violation of human rights.‘Very timely’Mi’kmaq lawyer Pam Palmater, who worked with the Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) as a joint party with standing in the MMIWG national inquiry, called the UN report “very timely,” speaking at a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Thursday.“We know the National Inquiry found there was genocide committed against Indigenous women and girls, and the reasons for that was Canada’s laws, policies and practices were both racist and sexist, which create this framework of violence,” she said.“And the UN Special Rapporteur said it’s really the same gendered colonization that has specifically targeted Indigenous women and girls that has created what they call ‘grave human rights violations,’ and has led to all of the murders, disappearances, trading, trafficking, exploitation of Indigenous women and girls that continues today.” In her report, Šimonović says she “observed significant gaps and challenges related to prevention and protection of women from gender-based violence, in particular with regard to Indigenous women and girls.” She found that “rates of female victims of violent crime were eight times higher in the territories and nearly three times higher in the Provincial North than in the South,” and that “Indigenous women are three times more likely to be victims of violence than non-Indigenous women.”Inadequate protectionŠimonović also notes that “an issue of major of concern in the country is the inadequate protection of Indigenous women and girls’ economic social and cultural rights as an element exacerbating the high rate of violence against women. “Indigenous women from First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities face violence, marginalization, exclusion and poverty because of institutional, systemic, multiple intersecting forms of discrimination not addressed adequately by the State.” The special rapporteur specifically names high rates of child apprehension, the over-incarceration of Indigenous women, coerced sterilization and sexualized violence by police and corrections officers as issues related to what she refers to at one point in her report as “gendered colonization”.She also notes the conclusions of a survey conducted by the Canadian Women’s Foundation, which found that Indigenous women and girls make up half of human trafficking victims.As part of her visit to Canada in April 2018 Šimonović met with provincial, territorial and federal government officials. She also visited women’s shelters, correctional facilities and met with MMIWG National Inquiry Chief Commissioner Marion Buller.APTN News requested comment from Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett.In a written statement, Monsef’s Press Secretary Braeson Holland outlined a number of investments the Liberals have made to address and prevent gender-based violence and said government is reviewing Šimonović’s report and recommendations.“Gender-based violence must not be tolerated in Canada, and we will continue to work with our partners across all sectors – including other orders of government, the not-for-profit sector, philanthropy, and the private sector – to end gender-based violence in all of its forms,” Holland writes.The special rapporteur’s report will be delivered to the UN Human Rights Council.Human rightsEarlier this month the UN’s High Commissioner on Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, visited Ottawa and met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland to discuss the state of international human rights.She called on Canada to implement the MMIWG National Inquiry’s 231 Calls for Justice but stopped short of naming the violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA peoples genocide.Bachelet, a former two-term president of Chile and prisoner of conscience under that country’s Pinochet dictatorship, did not answer a question from APTN on whether Canada, given its treatment of Indigenous peoples, should have a seat on the UN Security Council.Canada is presently vying for a seat on the prestigious council, which comes with significant diplomatic powers.Mi’kmaq lawyer Pam Palmater worked with the Feminist Alliance for International Action. Justin Brake/APTN.Palmater said Thursday in Ottawa the new UN report adds “extra force to calling on Canada to act now,” and that it’s “incumbent on the United Nations in all of its forums, to really rethink, what should Canada’s role be — whether it’s at the security council, or any of the treaty bodies — and how can they best hold them to account for continued violence against Indigenous women and girls, created by Canada’s laws and policies, that aren’t being addressed?”Šimonović, Bachelet and the MMIWG national inquiry have all called on Canada to implement a national action plan to address the systemic gender- and race-based violence against Indigenous women.Trudeau announced on June 3 the government will “conduct a thorough review” of the MMIWG report, “and we will develop and implement a National Action Plan to address violence against Indigenous women, girls, and LGBTQ and two-spirit people.” He also said the feds “will turn the inquiry’s Calls for Justice into real, meaningful, Indigenous-led action.” Trudeau made a similar promise when the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report in 2015.In his election campaign Trudeau promised to implement the TRC’s 94 calls to action, including implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as the framework for reconciliation.A private member’s bill from Cree NDP-MP Romeo Saganash compelling Canada to align its laws with UNDRIP, which represents the global minimum human rights standards for Indigenous peoples, made it all the way to third reading in the Senate earlier this month.Order paperNow it’s poised to die on the order paper following weeks of resistance from Conservative senators.Advocates of the bill say the Trudeau government could have adopted it as a government bill to ensure its passage into law.  Trudeau is now promising to implement UNDRIP if Canadians re-elect the Liberals in this fall’s federal election.Among her recommendations, Šimonović calls on the federal government to “fully harmonize laws at all levels of the national jurisdiction with the [Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women] and, with regards to Indigenous women, in conjunction with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”She also calls on Canada to investigate “all allegations of forced or coerced sterilizations, with particular attention to cases involving Indigenous women and girls.” read more

City of Victoria joins campaign seeking climate costs from fossil fuel industry

first_imgVICTORIA – The City of Victoria is about to become the third Vancouver Island municipality to send what it calls a climate accountability letter to 20 of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies.A majority of Victoria councillors have approved sending the letter, which asks the companies, including Exxon, Chevron and Shell, to pay their share of the city’s climate costs.The motion to send the letter also includes a call for other local governments across Canada to make similar requests.More than 55 British Columbia-based legal and environmental groups joined forces in January to urge B.C.’s local governments to send climate accountability letters to the fossil fuel industry.Since then, the districts of Saanich and Highlands have contacted companies demanding payment for the costs of climate change.Organizations such as West Coast Environmental Law have also asked municipalities to consider a lawsuit against oil companies for a portion of local climate costs, similar to those filed recently by California municipalities, including San Francisco and Oakland.West Coast Environmental Law climate campaigner Anjali Appadurai says Victoria’s decision to forward the letter sends a powerful legal and symbolic message to the industry.“It sets the stage for other municipalities to take this type of action, to demand a fair share of the costs they are already incurring due to climate change,” she says.last_img read more

NAFTA Why the US wants a deal within weeks and whether its

first_imgThe United States is suddenly proposing a sprint to the finish toward a new NAFTA deal within about four to six weeks — a jet-fuel pace that aims to soar past political obstacles and procedural hurdles.Is it doable?Count veterans of NAFTA 1.0 among the skeptics. In interviews Tuesday, the top Canadian negotiator in the original NAFTA and the top American trade official who completed the pact under Bill Clinton expressed their doubts.”I don’t think so,” said John Weekes, Canada’s chief negotiator in the original deal.”These are complex things… These aren’t the sort of things you can just decide bang, bang… (It) has to be a good agreement that makes sense for all three countries — and not taking short cuts, and not agreeing to a bad deal.”The stated reason for the hurry now is simple: It’s the U.S. argument that political events beyond the spring could make it harder to finish a deal and get final ratification votes. In a few months, the Trump administration could face a more hostile Congress, and a more combative Mexican president.The U.S. argues that there are just two months left to get a deal this year — otherwise procedural rules, including more than six months required to ratify an agreement in the U.S. Congress, will make a final vote impossible before 2019.A more realistic timetable in Weekes’s mind would be a deal by December. That’s similar to the estimate offered by his former American counterpart Mickey Kantor — Clinton’s first U.S. trade czar foresees at least six months more of negotiating.”It’s going to take time,” Kantor said. ”Trade agreements don’t end before their time… There are a number of issues on the table — they have to be resolved.”Compare the current and past timetables.The original NAFTA took 14 months to negotiate. Lawyers then combed the text for errors, Clinton was elected and insisted on new labour and environmental side-deals, and then there were ratification votes — in the end, it took about 30 months.The current negotiations are into their seventh month. Of the roughly 30 chapters to complete, six are done so far. That’s not fast enough, current U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer said at the close of a round in Mexico City.”Now our time is running very short,” said Lighthizer, who described the four-to-six-week horizon in a chat later with American media.But the NAFTA veterans suspect something else is afoot.They believe the Trump administration is trying to squeeze the neighbours: ”I think they’re trying to pressure the Canadians and the Mexicans into a quick deal,” Kantor said.“I believe that Lighthizer thinks, and what President Trump thinks — if he understands this, which is debatable — is that the steel and aluminum tariff pressure will cause Canada and Mexico to fold.”That theory was bolstered this week when the threat of tariffs was dangled over the negotiating table. Lighthizer suggested that if Canada and Mexico sign a quick NAFTA deal, that could void any tariffs before they take effect.Weekes offers two bits of advice to the Canadians.The first is to nod politely, agree to the sped-up timetable — and then just keep doing whatever they need to do to get the best possible deal: “I would be inclined not to (admit my doubts about the timetable)… I’d say, ‘We’re prepared to proceed very, very fast… Speed — we’re prepared to go very, very quickly.’”His second suggestion is to show a counter-threat on the steel and aluminum tariffs.Weekes suggests mapping out a longer-than-necessary list of products, potential retaliatory targets, where tariffs would create maximum political damage for American politicians, but the least economic damage.He would make that preliminary list public, in the hope that it scares a few people in Washington. He would hope never to have to use it. And he would ignore the Economics 101 lectures about tariffs being mutually destructive.“I think we need to do something to make sure we don’t look like we’re pushovers,” Weekes said.“If we roll over, we’re basically saying, ‘Come after us anytime. Be my guest.’”It’s unclear whether Trump’s tariffs will ever actually hit the neighbours.On the one hand, a new poll says they’re unpopular — just 28 per cent of Americans want a trade war and 31 per cent want tariffs, according to a Quinnipiac survey. Already the administration says the penalties might never come into effect for Canada and Mexico if there’s a new NAFTA.The idea of tariffs on Canada is even becoming a political liability for the administration: for those Americans bashing the steel and aluminum plan, the notion of a trade war against Canada has actually become a favourite talking point.On the other hand, the most powerful pro-trade advocate in the White House is quitting. News late Tuesday of the departure of former Goldman Sachs executive Gary Cohn stoked suspicions he’d lost in a tug-of-war over tariffs.President Donald Trump promises more details in a formal announcement within about a week, coinciding with a big congressional election March 13 in the steel-producing state of Pennsylvania.On Tuesday, the president indicated he would be delicate in imposing tariffs: “We’ll do it in a very loving way,” he said, standing next to the prime minister of Sweden.last_img read more

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for August by Canadian city

first_imgOTTAWA – The national unemployment rate was 6.0 per cent in August. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L. 9.5 per cent (9.0)— Halifax 6.8 (6.5)— Moncton, N.B. 6.7 (6.4)— Saint John, N.B. 5.5 (5.4)— Saguenay, Que. 6.7 (6.8)— Quebec 3.7 (3.9)— Sherbrooke, Que. 4.5 (4.4)— Trois-Rivieres, Que. 4.7 (4.8)— Montreal 6.0 (6.1)— Gatineau, Que. 4.8 (4.9)— Ottawa 4.6 (4.3)— Kingston, Ont. 6.0 (5.9)— Peterborough, Ont. 4.8 (3.3)— Oshawa, Ont. 4.9 (4.4)— Toronto 6.1 (6.1)— Hamilton, Ont. 5.0 (4.7)— St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 7.4 (7.0)— Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.5 (5.7)— Brantford, Ont. 5.0 (5.3)— Guelph, Ont. 4.1 (4.3)— London, Ont. 5.2 (5.4)— Windsor, Ont. 6.6 (6.0)— Barrie, Ont. 6.7 (7.0)— Sudbury, Ont. 6.7 (6.6)— Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.3 (5.0)— Winnipeg 6.5 (6.7)— Regina 6.3 (6.5)— Saskatoon 7.2 (7.1)— Calgary 8.2 (7.9)— Edmonton 6.4 (6.5)— Kelowna, B.C. 6.0 (5.7)— Abbotsford, B.C. 5.0 (4.8)— Vancouver 4.7 (4.4)— Victoria 4.3 (4.2)last_img read more

Tilray US brand group partner on cannabisinfused retail products

first_imgNANAIMO, B.C. — Licensed producer Tilray Inc. has teamed up with the U.S. company behind brands such as Juicy Couture, Aeropostale and Nine West to develop and sell co-branded consumer cannabis products.The Nanaimo, B.C.-based company today announced the long-term revenue sharing agreement with Authentic Brands Group, to whom Tilray will initially pay US$100 million in cash and stock, or more depending on certain milestones.Tilray says it will receive up to 49 per cent of the net revenue from these products bearing names from ABG’s portfolio of more than 50 brands, with a guaranteed minimum payment of up to US$10 million annually for 10 years.Under the deal, Tilray would be the preferred supplier of active cannabinoid ingredients, such as CBD and THC, for ABG’s cannabis products.Its chief executive, Brendan Kennedy, says potential products include Nine West CBD foot cream or CBD-infused muscle wraps under the tennis brand Prince, but the brands to be used in the initial rollout are not yet set.He expects products to be on the market within 12 months on both sides of the borders, as allowed under U.S. and Canadian regulations.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

City of Fort St John wins award for work with partner municipality

first_img“The diversity of experiences this week and the quality of experiences that the City of Fort St. John has forged with local stakeholders and the community demonstrates true leadership,” stated Christopher Yeomans, CISAL Program Director. “The numerous missions that Mayor Ackerman and city staff have undertaken to Peru to support their peers and communities in Chumbivilcas helping them to strengthen their capacity to build better, more economically viable and inclusive communities is a testament to their empathy and commitment to share their wisdom and leadership.”“From the beginning, we realized the CISAL program had tremendous value. We were not only able to share the experience of our community, we saw how fragile community could be,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. “Through various agreements, including the Community Measures Agreement with BC Hydro, and dedicated efforts to foster relationships with local industry and community partners we continue to strive toward a sustainable and inclusive community.”When you have one of only three @UNESCO Global Geoparks in Canada, it is a MUST see, @TumblerRidgeGeo ! While in Tumbler Ridge the @CISAL_FCM delegation will be visiting the @ConumaCoal mine to discuss community and industry working together.— City of Fort St John (@fortstjohn) May 8, 2018The Federation of Canadian Municipalities program helps build more sustainable and inclusive communities in resource-based regions of Columbia and Peru through partnerships and learning opportunities from their Canadian counterparts. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has awarded the City of Fort St. John the 2018 Award for Outstanding Institutional Contribution to FCM’s international programs.This award recognizes the work of staff and elected officials in support of partner municipalities in Peru through FCM’s Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America (CISAL).  A delegation of women from Peru and Columbia have been touring local resource extraction facilities and visit non-profit organizations this week. They also met with local First Nation, business, and community leaders to discuss inclusivity and issues of women empowerment and gender equality.The @CISAL_FCM delegation spent the day at the South View Hutterite Colony learning about food security and communal living.— City of Fort St John (@fortstjohn) May 13, 2018last_img read more