APTN National NewsIt has only made one stop, but the government’s blue-ribbon panel on education is already raising suspicions that it’s not as independent as the government claims.The panel on First Nation education started its journey across Canada last week looking for answers on how to improve education for First Nation youth.It was created by the Assembly of First Nations and Ottawa.During the panel’s first visit in Akwesasne on Friday, government officials were very protective of the panel, even asking reporters for questions ahead of time.The tactic prompted the AFN to send out a statement.“We want to ensure that the panel is independent and seen to be independent and, for that reason, the AFN will be advising (Aboriginal Affairs) of our concerns about any appearance of control (by the department),” the statement said.
APTN National NewsA traditional man in northern Alberta is claiming the RCMP tore apart his sweatlodge, accusing him of being a drug dealer.The man says he’s done nothing wrong and wants the harassment to stop.As APTN’s Keith Laboucan found out, the chief and council of his reserve aren’t so sure who to believe.
APTN National NewsSix teenage boys were found drowned and a teenage girl was found asphyxiated from an alcohol related incident.Their deaths happened at different times, but they were all students attending the same high school in Thunder Bay, Ont.An inquest was called into their deaths in 2012, but now the families have been hit with more delays.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has this story.
APTN National NewsThe Nova Scotia inventor who sold a “disintegrator” unit to Six Nations finally spoke during a no-holds barred meeting in Brantford, Ont.John Kearns sold the unit to the community and it was supposed to take care of an ongoing waste issue while emitting zero toxins.But it didn’t work.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has this story.
(Undated family photo of Kinew James. APTN/Flile)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA women inmate advocacy group is going to Saskatchewan court in hopes of overturning a provincial coroner’s decision rejection their participating in an upcoming inquest into the in-custody death of an Indigenous woman.Kim Pate, executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, said her organization has filed for a judicial review of Saskatchewan coroner’s Timothy Hawryluk’s decision to deny the group standing during the inquest into the death Kinew James.Pate said the organization will be asking the Saskatchewan court to either grant Elizabeth Fry standing or send the issue to another coroner for review.“I was shocked. I can’t imagine not seeing us having an interest and being able to provide some important input and perspective in the inquest into Kinew’s death unless (Hawryluk) has no experience in this area,” said Pate. “We would never have imagined we would not be granted standing. There was no indication. All along we have been corresponding with the coroner’s office to have standing and indicating we desire to have standing since Kinew died.”Saskatchewan’s Office of the Chief Coroner did not return an APTN National News call requesting comment.James died at the age of 35 on Jan. 20, 2013 in Saskatoon’s Regional Psychiatric Centre. James, originally from Winnipeg, was diabetic and died from a heart-attack. She was on the tail-end of a 15 year-sentence.James was found unresponsive in her cell and declared dead-on-arrival at the hospital. It has since emerged that other prisoners held at the psychiatric centre repeatedly pressed emergency call buttons to alert staff James needed immediate medical assistance, according to a document on the case posted on Elizabeth Fry’s website.The Elizabeth Fry Society provided support for James throughout her time within the prison system and its officials met with her two weeks before her death, said Pate.James suffered from a mental illness and often came into conflict with guards and was convicted of assaulting correctional staff.Donald Worme, the lawyer representing James’ family, said they support Elizabeth Fry’s request for standing.“I think it’s unfortunate. I think it is really short-sighted. Obviously Elizabeth Frye is a group that has a very focused mandate and they are good at what they do. They can bring a lot of their experience to this and help the system help itself,” he said. “It seems to me the system is more concerned about maintaining the status quo.”While the inquest is scheduled to begin the first week of January, Worme said he will be seeking to push back the start date to February or March to better prepare for the email@example.com@JorgeBarrera
Willow Fiddler APTN National NewsA coroner’s jury examining the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay gave their recommendations this week.The students were all from remote communities, and only in the city to go to school.The jury heard from over 100 witnesses, and gave more than 100 recommendations.But some people who testified at the inquest think the biggest issue might have been overlooked.
MONTREAL – Canadian home sales are expected to drop to their lowest level in three years in 2018, driven largely by a decline in Ontario, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Friday.The association expects that 495,100 homes will be sold next year after downgrading its sales forecast for 2017 on a 9.9 per cent drop in August compared with a year ago.It expects sales will fall 2.3 per cent in 2018 following a 5.3 per cent decline this year to 506,000, or 20,000 fewer than previously forecast in June.Seasonally adjusted sales in August rose 1.3 per cent from the prior month — the first gain in five months — due to a 14.3 per cent boost in the Greater Toronto Area. Still, sales in this area were down 35 per cent from a year ago.Benjamin Reitzes of BMO Capital Markets said the August data suggests the worst may have passed for the GTA following Ontario policy changes to restrict foreign buyers, but the future is unclear.“The Bank of Canada’s rate hikes should help contain any renewed exuberance, but if things do heat up again, expect policymakers to step in before too long,” he wrote in a report.RBC Capital Markets senior economist Robert Hogue said last month’s numbers show that Canada’s housing market isn’t becoming “unhinged.”“Our view remains that Canada’s market is in the process of transitioning to a more moderate level of activity in an environment marked by tighter policy, rising interest rates and poor affordability in certain regions,” he wrote.CREA projects sales in British Columbia and Ontario will fall by about 10 per cent in 2017, compared to record highs set in 2016.The association said sales in August were down in nearly two-thirds of all local markets, led by the Greater Toronto Area and nearby housing markets.In Vancouver, August sales were up 7.3 per cent from July and 21.3 per cent higher than a year ago.“Experience shows that homebuyers watch mortgage rates carefully and that recent interest rate increases will prompt some to make an offer before rates move higher, while moving others to the sidelines,” stated CREA President Andrew Peck.The average price for a home sold last month was $472,247, up 3.6 per cent compared to a year ago. Greater Toronto was up 3.1 per cent and Greater Vancouver 17.9 per cent.Excluding these regions, the national average price was $373,859.The national average price is forecast to rise by 3.4 per cent to $507,700 in 2017, lower than its prior forecast because of fewer luxury home sales in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario.However, it is expected to dip by 0.6 per to $503,500 next year largely reflecting that a record number of high-end home sales around Toronto earlier this year likely won’t be repeated in 2018.Newfoundland and Labrador sales this year are forecast to decrease by 8.1 per cent, and Saskatchewan down four per cent.Alberta is projected to have the country’s largest increase at 7.4 per cent, but that’s still below the provincial 10-year average.Sales are forecast to grow 5.4 per cent in Quebec and 5.7 per cent in New Brunswick.Manitoba and Quebec are the only two provinces expected to set new annual sales records in 2017, while sales in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are on track to come up just short of all-time record levels.
Stocks gave up a big rally and took a dive in afternoon trading Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates again and said it plans to keep raising them next year. The market finished at its lowest level since September 2017.On Wednesday:The S&P 500 index shed 39.20 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 2,506.96.The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated 351.98 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 23,323.66.The Nasdaq composite skidded 147.08 points, or 2.2 per cent, to 6,636.83.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks declined 27.95 points, or 2 per cent, to 1,349.23.For the week:The S&P 500 is down 92.99 points, or 3.6 per cent.The Dow is down 776.85 points, or 3.2 per cent.The Nasdaq is down 273.84 points, or 4 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 61.58 points, or 4.4 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is down 166.65 points, or 6.2 per cent.The Dow is down 1,395.56 points, or 5.6 per cent.The Nasdaq is down 266.56 points, or 3.9 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 186.28 points, or 12.1 per cent.The Associated Press
The Canadian Press TORONTO — General Motors says it has reaffirmed plans to close the Oshawa Assembly Plant in meetings with the Ontario and federal governments.Company CEO Mary Barra met briefly with federal Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains Monday on the sidelines of an auto show in Detroit, and company executives met with Ontario Premier Doug Ford earlier on Tuesday.The company says it told both governments that it intends to continue to be a major manufacturer in Canada with its Ingersoll and St. Catharines plants and an expanded automotive research base.GM announced in late November that it would wind down its Oshawa operations by the end of 2019 at a loss of about 2,600 unionized workers and 340 other staff.Bains said in a statement that he urged the company to reconsider the Oshawa closure, and regrets that the company’s position hasn’t changed.He said the federal government stands ready to play an active role to find a solution for Oshawa’s workers.
EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta is putting an expiry date on proposed legislation that would allow the province to regulate oil and gas shipments.The government has said it might use such a law against British Columbia if that province continues to block an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.Parties on both sides of the house voted on Wednesday to accept an Alberta Party amendment to put a two-year limit on the bill. It proposes that Alberta have the power to restrict and redirect flows of oil, gasoline and natural gas to maximize profits, given the bottlenecks in pipelines.The amendment gives the government the option to extend the bill after the two-year limit, but it would need to go back to the legislature for approval.Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd told the house that two years is a reasonable time and the amendment doesn’t tie the government’s hands.Premier Rachel Notley has threatened consequences to B.C. for opposing and delaying Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain project.The bill has the potential to cause gasoline and other fuel-related prices to spike in B.C.The dispute is heading for a showdown on May 31. That’s the date Kinder Morgan Canada has set for a decision on whether it might cancel the $7.4-billion project. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Tommy Lakes fire that caused residents north of Prespatou to be evacuated Saturday night, is now over 20,000 hectares in size.According to an update posted Sunday morning by the B.C. Wildfire Service, the fire is now 20,000 hectares and approximately 29 km northeast of Mile 109 of the Alaska Highway. Officials are still saying the size of the fire is only an estimate and that they will do further tracking on Sunday to determine the full size and of the fire. On May 26, the fire did move to the Northeast.The evacuation order is in effect for the following area: Tommy Lakes Wildfire courtesy of the B.C. Wildfire Service from earlier in the 2018 wildfire season. 1 of 6 Interface: Interface FireEvacuation Order is in effect.On May 26, 2018 at 1700 hours the Peace River Regional District issued an evacuation order for Electoral Area B due to the Tommy Lakes wildfire. The evacuation order is in effect for:Starting at the junction of Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road bearing northerly along the Beaton Airport Road ending at the bridge on the Beatton River. Next bearing SE along the Beaton River continues stopping near Two Creeks Road near the Beatton River. Next bearing SW along the Two Creeks Road returning to the junction of the Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road.More informationIt is expected that an area restriction will be in place to restrict public access to the active wildfire area and access roads within the Tommy Lakes wildfire boundary. This is to ensure the safety of the public and crews.Cause: Lightning Resources• 77 firefighters• 7 helicopters• 7 heavy equipmentThe primary objectives are to establish machine guard and if conditions permit conduct controlled burning operations, in order to protect oil and gas infrastructure and other values in the vicinity of G80340. Two unit crews are working on the east side of the South Nig Road connector continuing west of the Nig connector to Tommy Lakes junction. Additional crews are working along with heavy equipment to build guard to establish access to Beatton River off the Tommys Lake Road. They will also be preparing for controlled burning (burn off) operations if weather permits.The Tommy Lakes (G80340) is the result of the amalgamation of the former Beatton Lake (G80340) and the Tommy Lakes Road (G80341). This amalgamation occurred on May 25, 2018.Please refer to attached perimeter map for location of the Tommy Lakes wildfire.Smoke may be visible to the public from this wildfire. Photo taken by Ina Dick Discovered: Tuesday, May 22, 2018Size: 20,000.0 hectares (estimated)Status: Active• 0% containedThe fire is approximately 20,000* hectares, 0% contained*This area is an estimate only. The wildfire is expected to be tracked today to determine a more accurate area including the May 26th excursion to the northeast. Starting at the junction of Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road bearing northerly along the Beaton Airport Road ending at the bridge on the Beatton River. Next bearing SE along the Beaton River continues stopping near Two Creeks Road near the Beatton River. Next bearing SW along the Two Creeks Road returning to the junction of the Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road.Forest Fire PhotosHere are some photos of the fire submitted to Energeticcity.ca by Ina Dick and the B.C. Wildfire Service: Below is the latest update from the B.C. Wildfire Service:Tommy Lakes (G80340)Last updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 9:47 AMLocation: Approximately 29km northeast of mile 109 Hwy 97 (Alaska Highway)• See approximate location of this wildfire by clicking here Photo was taken by Ina Dick. Tommy Lakes Wildfire courtesy of the B.C. Wildfire Service Photo taken by Ina Dick
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Coldest Night of the Year Walkathon Fundraiser took place on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019. The walk was a big success in raising funds for Community Bridge.“We raised almost $22,000,” said the event organizer Faye Anstey, “Despite the coldest temperatures we have seen since we started the walk in 2017, we saw 70 brave souls come out and participate.”The Annual Event starts and finishes at the Northern Lights College, which can be either a 2km or 5km walk from the College to the Credit Union and then back to the college. Money raised goes to Community Bridge who is committed to creating a safe, caring environment for people to nurture their emotional and social well-being.Anstey thanks their main Sponsor Surerus Pipeline and the ‘Rest Stop’ sponsors North Peace Savings and Credit Union, Rumble Industries, Finning Cat and to the Northern Lights College for the ‘Start and End’ Location as well as the delicious Chili to warm everyone up at the end of the night.To visit the official site; CLICK HERE To visit Community Bridge FB Page; CLICK HERE
FORT ST JOHN, B.C. – RCMP received a report of a stolen blue 2006 Range Rover.The vehicle was taken sometime between 1:15 am and 10:15 am, April 09, 2019 near 102nd Ave and 102nd St in Fort St John, BC.The Vehicle is described as: 2006 Land Rover Range Rover,Blue in colour,4 door SUVBC Licence Plate GA391XThe Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident or can assist in locating this vehicle, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca
Ipoh (Malaysia): Striker Mandeep Singh scored a brilliant hat-trick as India outplayed Canada 7-3 in a goal fest to set one foot on the summit clash of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament here on Wednesday. The 24-year-old Mandeep fired in three quick field goals (20th, 27th and 29th minutes), all of them coming in the second quarter, after Varun Kumar had given India the lead in the 12th minute of the high-scoring match. At the half time, India were 4-0 up in the match before Canada reduced the margin through a strike from Mark Pearson in the 35th minute. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhAmit Rohidas (39th), Vivek Prasad (55th) and Nilakanta Sharma (58th) struck later to take the game beyond the reach of the Canadians who scored two late goals through Fin Boothroyd (50th) and James Wallace (57th). With the win, India continued their unbeaten run in the tournament, with three wins and a draw to top the round-robin league table with 10 points. They play their final league match against Poland on Friday. India showed progress match-by-match in the tournament with improved structure and discipline as they took on an unpredictable Canadian side. India had beaten Canada 5-1 in the group stage at the 2018 World Cup in Bhubaneswar. India made an attacking start that put the opponents on the back-foot early in the match. A quick circle entry by Sumit Kumar Jr resulted to India winning a penalty corner in the 12th minute which was converted by Varun Kumar, scoring his third goal of the tournament. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterIndia built on the momentum in the second quarter and made several circle entries. Sumit Kumar Jr once again created an opportunity when he sent a fine pass to Mandeep who simply had to deflect the ball into the goal, taking India’s lead to 2-0. In the following minute, Surender Kumar created a penalty corner for India but an alert Canadian goalkeeper made a good save off Amit Rohidas’ flick. India earned two more penalty corners in the following minutes but failed to convert them. Canada earned their first penalty corner in the 26th minute, but drag-flicker Gordon Johnston sent the ball wide. Continuing to use full-press to their advantage, India held their sway. Midfielder Kothajit Singh dispossessed a Canadian player to make a brilliant assist to Mandeep from the 25m mark. Mandeep made no mistake in sending it past Canada goalkeeper Antoni Kindler.
Hyderabad: Telugu Desam Party supremo and Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nara Chandrababu Naidu on Monday claimed that around 70 per cent voters are happy in the state with the ruling Telugu Desam government, particularly welfare schemes.With only two days left for campaigning for the Lok Sabha and assembly elections in the state, Chandrababu Naidu addressed party leaders on Monday morning through teleconference and said that all the surveys are in favour of Telugu Desam Party. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He asked the party leaders and cadre to work hard for the success of party in the elections. The TDP chief underlined the need to bring awareness on EVMs among the voters. Later in the day, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda joined the election campaign with Chandrababu Naidu in Krishna district. Deve Gowda began his speech by addressing Chandrababu as future Prime Minister of the country. Deve Gowda said that Chandrababu had worked hard to bring all regional parties on to one string to fight against the BJP. Former Prime Minister asked the people of Andhra Pradesh to vote TDP for the development of the state. He said that YSRCP leader Jagan Mohan Reddy is busy doing rounds to the courts and Chandrababu is working hard to develop the state in various aspects. Welcoming the judgement of the Supreme Court on VVPATs verification, Deve Gowda asserted that they will continue to fight to bring paper ballot.
Surat: A court in Surat Thursday issued summons to Rahul Gandhi in response to a criminal defamation suit filed by a Gujarat MLA over the Congress president’s “how come all thieves have Modi as common surname” remark.Chief Judicial Magistrate of Surat, B H Kapadia, issued summons to Gandhi, directing him to be present before the court on June 7. The complaint against Gandhi was filed by BJP legislator Purnesh Modi, on April 16 under IPC sections 499 and 500 that deal with defamation. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghIn his complaint, the MLA from Surat-West seat claimed the Congress president was defaming the entire Modi community by saying all “Modis are thieves”. He was referring to an election rally at Kolar in Karnataka on April 13, where Gandhi asked, “Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, Narendra Modi…how come they all have Modi as common surname. How come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?” While talking to reporters after filing his defamation suit last month, Purnesh Modi had claimed that Gandhi’s remark has defamed the entire Modi community. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”There are a large number of people with Modi surname. Does it mean all members of the Modi community are thieves? He has defamed the community and also me as I carry the surname. This is why we have moved a complaint (against Gandhi) in a Surat court under IPC sections 499 and 500,” the MLA had said. A court in Ahmedabad had Wednesday issued summons to Gandhi in response to a criminal defamation suit filed by a BJP worker for calling BJP chief Amit Shah a “murder accused”.
Mumbai: Indian equities fell for the ninth session in a row on Monday as investors fretted about health of non-banking finance sector, US-China trade tensions and uncertainty over poll outcome.In their longest losing streak in years, the BSE Sensex crashed over 372 points and the NSE Nifty dived nearly 130 points on sustained sell-off across the board. In the past nine sessions, the Sensex has lost 1,940.73 points and the Nifty has given away 599.95 points. The BSE index widened its loss towards the fag-end of the session on emergence of intense selling in financial stocks as fresh concerns over liquidity crunch re-emerged. In percentage terms, however, Sun Pharma was the biggest loser with 9.39 per cent drop. Intra-day, the pharma major’s shares tanked over 20 per cent. Other top Sensex laggards were Yes Bank, Tata Steel and Indusind Bank — falling as much as 5.58 per cent.
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned Friday that his Lebanese Shiite movement will “punish” Israel for the killing of a top leader earlier this month.“The killers will be punished sooner or later… Those who killed our brothers will not know safety anywhere in the world,” he said in a televised tribute to Hassan al-Lakiss, whose killing Hezbollah blamed on Israel despite its denials.“We and the Israelis have accounts that need settling. There are old and new debts between us,” said Nasrallah. Lakiss’s “blood has not been spilt in vain… The punishment will come whenever we decide it,” Hezbollah’s secretary general added.“The Israelis think that Hezbollah is busy (with Syria’s war) and with the situation in Lebanon… I tell them: ‘You’re making a mistake,’” he said.Nasrallah was referring to his movement’s involvement in the war in neighbouring Syria.Thousands of Hezbollah troops are fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s troops, in a bid to crush a massive Sunni-led insurgency.Lakiss was assassinated in the parking of his apartment building on November 4 in the southern suburbs of Beirut, a stronghold of Hezbollah.Nasrallah said the top leader was “one of the brains of Hezbollah,” though he refused to reveal his position in the party, though he did say his role was linked to his “work as a jihadist.”“He worked to develop (Hezbollah’s) capacity,” said Nasrallah, adding he was “a brother and a friend.”The last time a top Hezbollah leader was assassinated was in 2008, when Imad Mughniyeh was killed in a Damascus car bomb blast.Mughniyeh’s killing was also blamed on Israel, Hezbollah’s sworn enemy, which denied involvement.
Rabat – Two men, who allegedly attempted to rob an armored cash-transit truck in Tangier last week, were arrested by the police on Tuesday.According to media reports, two Moroccan men living in Belgium have been arrested in connection to the failed robbery attempt.From the perpetrators, the police confiscated firearms, a Kalashnikov rifle and ammunition in an apartment in down town Tangier. Last week, the armed robbers attacked an armored vehicle belonging to private security firm G4S at the Val Fleuri Avenue in Tangier.The robbers fired around 20 bullets and lobbed a Molotov cocktail as they tried to raid the cash security van.The would-be robbers fled the scene without taking anything, and the security guards accompanying the armored truck were not injured.An investigation has been launched to solve the case. A search is also underway for other suspected accomplices.The last week violence comes few months after another incident in Tangier in which an armored truck was targeted in a robbery.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
Rabat – Scottish investigative reporter Andrew Jennings has revealed how the 2006 World Cup went to Germany after a key voter was bribed to abstain from the decisive vote. The veteran reporter, best known for his work investigating and writing about corruption in the International Olympic Committee and FIFA, published an extract of his new book, The Dirty Game, in which he details decades of corruption and shadowy dealings at FIFA.In the extract published in the British Daily Mail, Jennings claims that New Zealand’s Charlie Dempsey from the Oceania confederation was allegedly paid $250,000 to abstain from the vote that led to Germany beating South Africa by 12 votes to 11. According to Jennings, Had Dempsey voted to South Africa as originally mandated, the vote would have resulted with a 12-12 tie, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who had to back the South African bid, would have had to cast the deciding vote.However, Charlie Dempsey abstained from voting, citing “intolerable pressure” on the eve of the vote. The Oceania delegate allegedly walked out between rounds, went back to the Dolder Grand hotel and collected a briefcase containing $250K left for him in the cloakroom.Jennings also revealed how Sepp Blatter worked hard to divert the 2006 World Cup to Germany at the expense of South Africa in order to satisfy UEFA countries and keep the FIFA presidency.The vote to choose the hosts of the 2006 tournament involved four bidding nations: Germany, South Africa, England and Morocco. Morocco was eliminated from the first round.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission