RCMP reopens investigation into Nunavut power corporation
APTN National NewsQulliq is the traditional Inuit lamp.It is also the name of Nunavut’s power corporation.A real Qulliq provides heat without much smoke.But as APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll reports, there is a lot of smoke in the air around the Qullip Energy Corporation.
Brazeau now allowed to communicate with woman he allegedly assaulted court documents
(Vanessa Brisson posted a photo of herself and Patrick Brazeau on April 26. Facebook)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsTroubled suspended Senator Patrick Brazeau is no longer required to stay away from the woman he allegedly assaulted on April 10, according to a recent filing in Quebec provincial court.Amendments to Brazeau’s release conditions filed with the court Wednesday removed the name of Vanessa Brisson. The amendment document was signed by Crown Stephany Robitaille, Brazeau’s defence lawyer Gerard Larocque and Brazeau.Brazeau was required to stay away from and not communicate with Brisson as a result of an incident that unfolded in the early morning hours of April 10 at the woman’s Gatineau, Que., home. Brazeau was charged by Gatineau police with assault, uttering threats, cocaine possession and breach of conditions following the incident which also involved another man.Brazeau, who is Algonquin, is still required to stay away from and not communicate with Marc Lamontagne, the man Brazeau allegedly threatened during the same incident.There was no indication in his court file that any of the charges against Brazeau have been withdrawn.He has pleaded not guilty.Brazeau is currently at the Melaric drug rehabilitation centre where he was sent by the court on April 11. The rehab centre sits about 133 kilometres east of Ottawa.The removal of Brisson’s name from Brazeau’s conditions likely came at her request. She posted a photo of herself and Brazeau on her Facebook page on April 26.Brisson, who works as a server at a Gatineau sports bar, could not be reached for comment.His next court appearance is scheduled for June 17.Brazeau is also facing sexual assault and assault charges against another woman. According to court documents about the February 2013 incident,Brazeau allegedly choked and spat on the woman, grabbed her breasts and pushed her down the stairs. The documents also allege he pulled her pants down hard enough to snap a button and break a zipper.The trial for the 2013 incident is expected to cross-pollinate with another set of Ontario charges laid by the RCMP in relation to a separate investigation into Senate expenses and housing allowance claims.Brazeau, along with retired Liberal Senator Mac Harb, were both charged with fraud and breach of trust this year following that investigation.Gerard Larocque, who is representing Brazeau in Quebec, said he had obtained video of the RCMP’s interview of the victim from the 2013 incident as part of a recent batch of disclosure. The woman was interviewed as part of the RCMP’s investigation into Brazeau’s Senate housing allowance claims.Larocque hopes to use the video interview to test the woman’s credibility in the assault and sexual assault trial.Brazeau was suspended from the Senate last year over his expense and housing claims. The Senate also suspended Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin.Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Brazeau to the Senate.email@example.com@JorgeBarrera
Inuit art making splash at Montreal art fair
APTN National NewsMontreal’s brand new art fair is taking place this weekend.Among the diversity of contemporary works on display, Inuit art has a place of choice.APTN’s Danielle Rochett has this story.
Saskatoon conference looks to help universities implement TRC recommendations
APTN National NewsA forum of university presidents and Indigenous leaders from across the country is underway in Saskatoon.They’re looking at how post-secondary institutions can implement recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.APTN’s Jaydon Flett has the story.
Missing mother and murder at the Maliotenam hearings
Fontaine’s mother, Anne-Marie Jourdain went missing in 1957 at the age of 24.Family and community members from the Sept-Iles area in northeastern Quebec searched for the Innu woman but never found her remains.Fontaine said several things the shaman told her, fit clues that the family had found during the search. (Anne Marie Jourdain, Innu woman missing since 1957. Photo courtesy of the National Inquiry)Tom Fennario Danielle Rochette APTN NewsDuring her testimony at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), Denise Fontaine stood up and pulled a rosary out of her pocket.“All I wanted to know was whether my mother is living, or was she dead,” Fontaine said.She then described being given the rosary by an Inuit shaman“He held half of it, and then he asks me to hold the other half. I did that. He said ‘listen closely, yes, your mother is deceased. Are you ready to hear everything?’ I said yes,” recollected Fontaine.She then recounted what the shaman told her.“Why you never found her, was because she was burnt,” the shaman told her.Watch Danielle Rochette’s story from the inquiry. Anne-Marie Jourdain’s brother, Edmund was part of the search party after she went missing.He testified that they found footmarks that led to nearby sled or drag marks in the snow.As well as the body of a 12-year old boy that had accompanied Anne-Marie into the woods.The boy was wearing the coat and gloves of Anne-Marie, but a .22 rifle that they had been carrying was never found.“We don’t know what he died of, nothing was ever explained,” said Edmund Jourdain “Did they die in peace? Who dragged this child? Who did this to this child?”Fontaine said the family suspects someone at a non Indigenous logging camp that was located near where her mother went missing.“I’m sure that my mother was murdered,” Fontaine testified. “There was no Aboriginal person that was authorized to go on location. It’s as if my mother had been kidnapped, taken away, or murdered so she would not be found, and the fact that in the camp there was a wood stove, two 45 gallons drums, they must’ve burned her after they killed her to hide the evidence.”The family said they were told an RCMP officer searched the logging camp, but aside from that they say the investigation into Anne-Marie’s disappearance was inadequate.“Discrimination, that’s what it was about. This Innu is worthless,” testified Fontaine.Fanny Wylde, an Algonquin lawyer for the inquiry, said steps have already been taken to look into Anne-Marie’s disappearance.“In preparation of the testimony this morning we already wrote our subpoenas to send to the RCMP regarding that story, we would like to see if there was any files or an investigation,” said Wylde.“If there are no files, there will be a second phase during this inquiry which is the institution’s hearings, so therefore we’re going to ask questions to the institutions, which are the RCMP in this case.”The family of Anne-Marie Jourdain welcomes any progress in her case.After her disappearance, her children were raised in different households, and although they’ve since reunited, the loss of their mother haunts them.“I wish there some opportunity to meet my mother’s love, that’s what I missed most” said Fontaine.The National Inquiry runs until the end of the week in Maliotenam First Nation in Quebec.Follow Tom at the inquiry here:
Lentils Indias tariff key items as Saskatoon crop production show kicks off
SASKATOON – About 20,000 people are expected to attend the 35th annual edition of the Western Canadian Crop Production Show in Saskatoon this week as farmers looks for ways to get around the massive hit from India’s tariff on pea imports.The four-day event, which covers the production of cereal, oilseed and pulse crops, opened today at the city’s Prairieland Park.India’s decision last year to impose a 50-per-cent tariff on pea imports is expected to cause some headaches for Saskatchewan growers.Carl Potts, executive director of Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, has said that producers will likely reduce their pea acreage this year and may boost soybean production instead.Canada is India’s largest supplier of peas, chickpeas and lentils — with about half of production coming from Saskatchewan farms.The federal government says Canadian producers shipped more than $1 billion worth of pulses to India last year.Kevin Hursh, a Saskatchewan farmer and agricultural journalist, said there could be “slim pickings out there” as producers search for profitable crops.Hursh said many farmers will also be looking at different ways to cut production costs this year.“Everything from crop inoculants to seed treatments to fertilizer nutrients. There’s a lot of things to look at.”Hursh anticipates that despite the downturn in pulse crop production, 2018 could be another record year for canola acreage.Lori Cates, manager of agriculture for Saskatoon Prairieland Park Corp., said there are 348 exhibitors registered for this year’s crop production show.Cates noted that the event, which began in one small building, has grown to reach full capacity.The Saskatchewan government used the show’s kickoff to announce a new five-year, $125,000 funding agreement for the corporation.The province said in a release that more than 220,000 people visit Prairieland Park each year for agriculture-related events. (CJWW, The Canadian Press)
Toronto stock index rallies as oil prices and loonie stabilize US markets
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index surged more than 200 points in a broad-based advance as U.S. stocks rallied for a second session in a row, erasing some of the massive losses suffered last week.The gains came after the Toronto stock index dropped more than eight per cent from its all-time high and leading Wall Street indexes slumped into a “correction” for the first time in two years. Market commentators believe the abrupt stock market rout that began two Fridays ago might have been triggered by a combination of events that rattled investors, including worries about a potential rise in U.S. inflation or interest rates.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 207.35 points or 1.38 per cent to 15,241.88 on Monday, with materials and gold stocks leading the way.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average soared 410.37 points or 1.70 per cent to 24,601.27. The S&P 500 index was up 36.45 points or 1.39 per cent to 2,656.00, and the Nasdaq composite index was up 107.47 points or 1.56 per cent to 6,981.96.“The strength today is a continuation of the rebound we saw midday last Friday. I would still categorize this as a little bit more of a reflex to the extreme selling we saw last week, and I say that because the underlying data has remained categorically positive,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“I would say more broadly the economic data around the world suggests that growth is on the upswing and corporate earnings data continues to come in quite strong. And I’d say those were trends that never really saw disruption, even though we saw major disruption in the performance of global stock markets last week.”Among some of the big earners Monday was Restaurant Brands International Inc. The owner of Burger King and Tim Hortons moved up $4.39, or 6.18 per cent, to $75.48 after outperforming analyst expectations on its fourth quarter profit.Meanwhile, Shopify Inc. jumped $10.67, or 7.10 per cent, to $161.05 amid news the Ontario government has inked a deal to use its e-commerce platform for cannabis sales online and in stores as part of its plan to be the province’s sole distributor of legal recreational marijuana.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed an average trading value of 79.35 cents US, up 0.04 of a U.S. cent — ending last week’s five-day slide.On the commodities front, the March crude contract was up nine cents to US$59.29 per barrel after sharp drops all of last week and the March natural gas contract was down three cents at US$2.55 per mmBTU.The April gold contract was up US$10.70 to US$1,326.40 an ounce and the March copper contract was up five cents to US$3.09 a pound.Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR, TSX:SHOP)
Washington Legislature phases out Atlantic salmon farming
SEATTLE – The Washington Legislature on Friday voted to phase out marine Atlantic salmon aquaculture, an industry that has operated for decades in the state but came under heavy criticism after tens of thousands of nonnative fish escaped into waterways last summer.After lengthy debate, the Senate passed the bill on a 31-16 vote. The House earlier passed it on 67-31 vote and it now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat who has expressed support.The bill would end state leases and permits for operations that grow nonnative finfish in state waters when current leases expire in 2022.The bill targets Canada’s Cooke Aquaculture Pacific, the largest producer of farmed Atlantic salmon in the U.S., whose net pens in northwest Washington collapsed Aug. 19. Cooke currently has two leases with the state.State officials last month blamed Cooke’s negligence for failing to maintain its net pens. They said the escape of the salmon put the state’s ecosystem at risk and fined the company $332,000. Up to 263,000 invasive Atlantic salmon escaped into Puget Sound, raising fears about the impact to native Pacific salmon runs.Sen. Kevin Ranker, a Democrat who sponsored similar legislation in the Senate, said the “state ban is a strong stance to ensure the protection of our marine environment and native salmon populations.”Joel Richardson, vice-president of Cooke, said in a statement that the company was “deeply disappointed” with the bill’s passage, the potential impact on the industry and “more than 600 rural workers and their families that rely upon salmon farming for their livelihoods.”He said the company will evaluate its operations and investments in the state and ensure that whatever decision they make puts families and workers first.Richardson told lawmakers last month that Cooke would be able to seek damages under a provision of the North American Free Trade Agreement if the measure passed. He said the bill would strip the Canada-based company of its $76 million investment in the state in an unfair way. He did not address that issue in his statement Friday.Sen. Judy Warnick, a Republican, said “we are putting an industry out of business.”Other Republicans who opposed the bill said it would put people out of work, shut down a vital industry and set a bad precedent.“This is the wrong action tonight and I’m just appalled that this is the direction we’re going,” said Sen. Shelly Short, a Republican.Republicans introduced numerous amendments that were rejected, including proposals to allow growing native fish or single-sex Atlantic salmon in net pens and a tax incentive package to help the industry transition to other operations.Atlantic salmon farming has been in the state since the 1980s but remains controversial in the Northwest, famed for its native Pacific salmon runs and where tens of millions of dollars are spent each year to bring back declining populations of wild Pacific salmon stock.Washington state joins Alaska, which has banned commercial finfish aquaculture. Oregon and California do not have commercial salmon farming operations.“Phasing out of industrial ocean fish farms in Washington is a victory for our oceans and coastal communities,” said Hallie Templeton with Friends of the Earth in a statement.Cooke, based in New Brunswick, Canada, is the only company to farm Atlantic salmon in state waters. The company bought operations from Icicle Acquisition Subsidiary in 2016. It was in the process of getting permits for an expanded operation near Port Angeles when the net pens off Cypress Island capsized.____House Bill 2957____This story has been corrected to show that current lease runs out in 2022, not 2025.___Follow Phuong Le at https://twitter.com/AP_Phuong
Pot stocks riding high on Trump commitment to support states where legal
Canadian and U.S. marijuana stocks are riding high on news that President Donald Trump will support congressional efforts to protect states that have legalized cannabis, which is illegal south of the border under federal law.Licensed producer Aphria Inc.’s stock rose nearly 15 per cent to close at $11.40 on the Toronto Stock Exchange while Friday Night Inc., which owns cannabis assets in Las Vegas, saw its shares rise by more than 20 per cent to close at $0.65 on the Canadian Securities Exchange.Liberty Health Sciences, which has interests in U.S. states where the drug is legal and in which Aphria has a stake, saw its shares rise more than 19 per cent to close at $0.99 on the CSE.While several states have legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use, marijuana remains an illegal schedule 1 drug under U.S. federal law.And in January, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo which suggested that the federal government would not intervene in states where the drug is legal and said it would be up to federal prosecutors to decide how aggressively to enforce the law.But earlier today, Colorado Senator Cory Gardner said he received a commitment from Trump that the memo’s recission would not impact Colorado’s legal marijuana industry, ending a standoff with the U.S. Department of Justice.In response to Sessions’ recission of the Cole Memorandum, Gardner had placed a hold on all Department of Justice nominees until he received a commitment that Colorado’s rights would not be infringed.“President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states’ rights issue once and for all,” Gardner said in a statement. “Because of these commitments, I have informed the Administration that I will be lifting my remaining holds on Department of Justice nominees.”Almost all marijuana stocks got a lift from the news, even those without U.S. exposure. Canopy Growth Corp.’s shares rose 7.84 per cent to close at $29.84, while Aurora Cannabis’ stock rose 8.58 per cent to close at $8.73 on the TSX.Vahan Ajamian, an analyst with Beacon Securities, called Trump’s commitment “a massive gamechanger” for the marijuana sector.“This is consistent with our thesis and excellent for U.S. cannabis operators,” he said in a note to clients.Marc Lustig, chief executive of CannaRoyalty, called the change in tone at the U.S. federal level “significant.”“Given how much larger the U.S. cannabis market is in comparison to Canada or any other country this development is potentially game-changing for industry participants,” he said in an emailed statement. “As one of the largest licensed operators of cannabis in the state of California, we expect this change of direction to significantly clarify things in state-legal markets.”Companies mentioned in this story: (TSX:APH, TSX:WEED, TSX:ACB)
Watch geeks drive booming trade in preowned pieces
NEW YORK — Around two dozen traders sit in an open-layout second floor of a building in suburban Philadelphia. Surrounded by computer monitors, loud conversation and ringing phones, the energy on this trading floor is high and the commodity is blingy.At the headquarters of Govberg, they’re not dealing in diamonds or gold but preowned luxury watches, of which company sells about $200 million worth a year.Some 100 miles (160 kilometres) northeast, 23-year-old Christian Zeron sits in his parents’ dining room in suburban New Jersey looking at around 30 preowned vintage watches. In a few days, he’ll put them up for sale on his company’s website, theoandharris.com, which sells $2 million worth of watches annually.Govberg, in the watch business for 35 years, and Theo&Harris, founded only three years ago, are part of the thriving preowned luxury watch business. Along with dozens of other companies, they are the core of an industry that has exploded over the past few years, rivaling the new luxury timepiece business in size.“It’s bigger than people think,” said Reginald Brack, executive director and industry analyst for watches and luxury at NPD Group, which studies $2 trillion in consumer spending across 20 industries.Brack said it’s difficult to quantify precisely the market for preowned watches because nobody tracks it thoroughly. But some estimates put it at three times the new luxury watch market, itself estimated to be worth up to $10 billion just in the U.S.“I wouldn’t disagree with that statement,” Brack said. “And it’s only getting bigger.”Even though watches have been disappearing from people’s wrists with the spread of mobile phones, luxury watches remain a popular status symbol. In fact, sales have slightly crept up in the last two years.The preowned business allows shoppers to get a good deal on modern watches like Rolex Submariner, while also offering a large selection of vintage pieces like an early 20th Century Cartier Tank.Danny Govberg, the founder of Govberg’s global watch operation WatchBox, compared the rise of preowned watches to the “quartz revolution” nearly five decades ago.The introduction of battery-operated quartz movements in wristwatches took a big bite out of the market share from major automatic or mechanical watch brands such as Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Audemars Piguet. Those brands, which have since recovered, are now the bread and butter of today’s preowned watch traders.“Preowned watches are coming out of drawers so fast and furious now that I’ve never seen anything like it,” Govberg said in an interview in the company’s headquarters in Bala Cynwyd, just outside Philadelphia. “It’s a real disruption coming to our industry.”Luxury brands have taken note. In June, Richemont, the owner of such brands as Cartier and IWC, bought Watchfinder, a British online platform for trading preowned watches.“The preowned market has taken some business from the new market, there’s no question,” said Steven Kaiser, a veteran watch industry executive and founder of Kaiser Time, a New York-based luxury industry consulting firm.Govberg entered the preowned watch business in 1983 when he introduced watches to his family’s jewelry store on Jewelers’ Row on Philadelphia’s Sansom Street.“People weren’t collecting vintage watches back then,” he said, recalling that he would travel to Europe to buy used Rolexes and Patek Philippes from watch shows. “Little shows that you would go to, almost like trading card shows. Like wristwatch swap shows.”At the turn of the millennium, new platforms such as eBay drove Govberg to adopt his own online strategy. Ultimately, he founded WatchBox, a digital platform and app that includes video reviews and a trading market for valuable timepieces. The company recently launched a second season of “The Classroom,” a YouTube series that aims to educate watch enthusiasts about the intricacies of owning a watch that could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.Zeron, of Theo&Harris, also uses video to offer his thoughts on the industry. He regularly gets hundreds of thousands of views for his four weekly YouTube posts.“Social media is where it took off,” he said, sitting in his parents’ living room with Anna Griffin who was his first employee and a fellow student at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. “We don’t have a retail store — there was no actual foot traffic. It was all social buzz.”The young entrepreneur, who founded the company with $10,000 in saved up birthday money when he was a college sophomore, has a larger-than-life persona on social media, with a no-holds-barred approach to roasting iconic brands such as Breitling. Some of his viewers comment that he needs to lay off the caffeine or sugar.The internet has democratized horological knowledge, much like other niche areas of expertise like aviation.A watch enthusiast can spend hours on web forums, debating the differences between the various iterations of a $4,500 Tudor Black Bay (“I love the domed crystal but I’d be interested to see it 1mm thicker,” says one member on RolexForums.com of the latest “Fifty-Eight” release.)The explosive growth of preowned watch sales has deeper roots than social media, however. There’s an emotional and intellectual appeal to owning a mechanical device that could have three hundred small pieces inside.“Nothing that anyone consumes is very interesting anymore,” said Zeron, sporting a 1980s 18-karat gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date.Take the ubiquitous iPhone — easily replaceable, Zeron notes.“If your vintage Omega breaks, that’s it. It’s over. You will never get another one like it,” he said. “You are going to remember the drinks and the dates and the arguments you had in it. You are going to be sad that you lost it.”Then, there is the sheer volume and variety on offer, with supply constantly flowing out of people’s drawers.“If you went into an IWC boutique, they may have 50, 60, 70, 80 watches to choose from,” Govberg said. “But in the preowned space of IWC, you may have 900 watches to choose from.”But the bottom line is that a preowned luxury watch in great condition is usually a third of the price of a new one.“For someone that is collecting, for someone that’s trying various pieces, is a natural fit,” said Paul Bragan, a watch collector and senior partner at market research firm Wakefield Research, based in Arlington, Virginia.Bragan spent hours quizzing Zeron online before taking the plunge with his first vintage watch purchase: a 1978 Rolex Datejust, which the Theo&Harris founder personally delivered during a trip to the Washington, D.C., area. It was the start of a friendship, and many more purchases for Bragan.“There’s a trade-in value proposition with preowned watches much like the car industry,” said Brack, of NDP.Watch executives often say their business is like the car industry — only better.“In the car business, you have about 15 years on a car,” Govberg said. “Watches are meant to last 100 years.”___Follow Amir Bibawy on Twitter @AmirBibawyAmir Bibawy, The Associated Press
Icelandair abandons takeover of rival budget airline Wow
Icelandair is dropping its $18 million purchase of financially troubled Wow Air, a rival Iceland-based budget airline that touts cheap flights between the U.S. and Europe.Icelandair Group said Thursday it’s unlikely terms of the Nov. 5 deal could be met in time for a shareholder meeting scheduled for Friday.Wow faces a challenging outlook as a stand-alone carrier. Earlier this week, it returned four planes to leasing companies in a move it called a necessary restructuring.Airlines have faced pressure from higher fuel prices for most of this year until a very recent slide in oil prices.Icelandair’s interim president, Bogi Nils Bogason, calls the deal’s collapse disappointing. Wow CEO and founder Skuli Mogensen says trying to pull off the deal in just a few weeks was ambitious.The Associated Press
Marriott and Starwood face class action lawsuits following data breach
TORONTO — Marriott International Inc. customers in Canada have filed a string of class-action lawsuits against the hotel giant and its Starwood brand after a recent security breach.At least three lawsuits have been launched against the U.S.-based company behind brands including W Hotels, St. Regis, Sheraton and Westin.Court documents show Toronto- and Montreal-based plaintiffs are accusing the company of negligence. They allege Marriott and Starwood were “reckless” with and failed to their protect personal information.The allegations have not been proven in court.Marriott declined to discuss the cases, saying the company does not comment on pending litigation.The hotel chain revealed last month that hackers stole contact, credit card, passport and travel information belonging to as many as 500 million guests over four years.The Canadian Press
UNBC and OGC partnering in Natural Resource Education program for indigenous students
“We are excited to offer these opportunities in partnership with UNBC,” says the OGC’s Executive Director of Strategic Relations, Dean Zimmer. “It is important to support Indigenous education efforts in natural resource management to ensure a strong presence throughout the lifecycle of natural resource based projects, including oil and gas.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The University of Northern B.C. and the BC Oil and Gas Commission say they’ll be partnering together to provide 30 Indigenous students with natural resource skills training. UNBC said in a release that students will have access to training in either Land Reclamation or Environmental Monitoring programs offered via the university’s Continuing Studies department. Funding will cover tuition, accommodation and food costs for the program, which starts as early as May. The Commission has provided $125,000 in funding for the program, while the BC Oil and Gas Research and Innovation Society has provided $25,000. These funds come from the Commission’s Indigenous Education Program, which was launched in January to provide training to benefit Indigenous students and their communities, and advance Indigenous inclusion in how resource projects are regulated and monitored.
UBCM delegates pass resolution asking provincial government to replace Greyhound in BC
The only Greyhound route that will continue to run in B.C. is the service between Vancouver and Seattle that is provided by the parent American bus company.This afternoon, the UBCM passed the following resolution:“Therefore be it resolved that the provincial and federal government work in consultation with local governments, public regulators and operators to establish new, affordable and coordinated transportation services that will ensure the continued movement of passengers and freight across BC and Canada.”After Greyhound cut four routes in Northern B.C., including the route connecting the B.C. Peace to Prince George, at the end of May, the provincial government launched BC Bus North, which provides twice-weekly service between Prince George and Fort St. John, along with weekly service between Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson.Though the service was launched as a temporary service for one year, the Province announced last month that roughly 900 riders had booked trips on the service between June 4th and mid-August. WHISTLER, B.C. – Delegates at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Whistler have voted in favour of a resolution asking the provincial government to establish a new intercommunity transportation service in B.C. ahead of Greyhound Canada’s withdrawal from Western Canada next month.In early July, Greyhound announced that it will discontinue service west of Ontario after October 31st.The only route still operating in Northeast B.C. is the Edmonton to Dawson Creek bus, which will be shut down.
Saulteau First Nations receive award for Woodlot management
MOBERLY LAKE, B.C. – The Saulteau First Nations have been recognized by the Province through the Minister’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management for the North.Woodlot licences are small, area-based tenures managed by individuals, groups or First Nations that generate jobs in planning, harvesting, road construction and maintenance, reforestation, silviculture and small-scale timber processing.B.C. has 857 active woodlots, which generate about $200 million of economic activity for the province every year. Operated by John Stokmans, the Province said that the stand density and productivity of the woodlot is above average and achieved without using herbicides. The First Nation has held the woodlot since 1990.“Saulteau First Nations have clearly shown innovation and strong, sound forest management,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “Their consideration for wildlife and non-timber values, while maintaining high woodlot productivity, is a job well done.”The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development said that the Firt Nation’s innovation extends to buying a flock of sheep and mobile pens and employing two full-time shepherds to aid in the removal of unwanted foliage. The high values placement of moose habitat management, wildlife tree retention and support of Treaty 8 rights to hunt and trap was also mentioned by the government as reasons the First Nation received the award.“Despite many silvicultural difficulties and other arduous challenges, Saulteau First Nations and John Stokmans have persevered and managed a woodlot that is a model for others to follow,” said Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. “Their woodlot provides jobs for members of their nations, is operated with environmental impacts front of mind and is an added revenue stream for the Saulteau peoples.”“Congratulations to Saulteau First Nations. It hasn’t been an easy road for them, but they are proof of what can be accomplished with some ingenuity and determination,” said Jeff Beale, president of the Federation of British Columbia Woodlot Associations. “I would like to thank their woodlot operator, John Stokmans, for his drive to acquire a small sawmill to enable a squared-log small home and cabin business to be operated by Saulteau First Nations members in their home community, and also for his insightful commentaries on woodlot licence and pest management plans for other woodlot operators in the area.”Award winners not only receive a signed, framed certificate of recognition from the minister, but the recipients also take home $2,500 each for their area awards, with an additional $2,500 going to the Charles Bloom Secondary school for also being named the top performer provincially.
Fire breaks out at Krishnanagar terminus, four buses gutted
Kolkata: Four buses were burnt to ashes after fire broke out at Krishnanagar bus terminus on Thursday night. Two more buses were damaged partially in the incident. The cause of fire is still unknown.According to sources, around 40 buses were parked at the said bus terminus on Thursday night. Later at around 12 am, some drivers and staff members saw a bus inside the terminus catch fire. Police and fire brigade were immediately informed. But before firefighters could reach the spot, fire had spread to three more buses. Three fire tenders were pressed into action and the blaze was brought under control after two hours. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSome locals alleged that the burning of the buses might have been intentional but police have not found any clue which can substantiate the allegation. Firefighters suspect that the fire might have occurred due to heat in the engine or short-circuit in the battery. Some bus drivers stated that before the fire broke out, staff members of the said bus were cooking food inside the bus using a kerosene stove. From there, the fire somehow touched the bus and burnt it down. However, the exact cause of fire can only be ascertained after a mechanical checkup. Sources have informed that a forensic test will be done for the same.
Giriraj Singh to contest from Begusarai: Shah
New Delhi: BJP chief Amit Shah said on Wednesday that Union Minister Giriraj Singh would contest the parliamentary election from Bihar’s Begusarai constituency and all his problems would be resolved by the party. Singh had on Monday accused the party’s state leadership of letting him down by “violating” his self-respect after denying him a ticket from Nawada, a seat which he won in 2014. The BJP has announced Singh as its candidate from Begusarai this year. Extending best wishes to Singh, Shah in a tweet said he has heard all the issues raised by the Union Minister and “all his problems will be resolved by the party.” “Giriraj Singh will contest from Beghusarai only,” Shah tweeted. BJP is contesting on 17 out of 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar. An equal number number of seats are being contested by its ally JD(U). Its another partner LJP is contesting on the remaining seats. As per the seats arrangement between the three parties, the Nawada seat has been given to the JD(U).
India had anti-satellite missile capability in 2007, but no political will: Ex-ISRO chief
Hyderabad: Former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair said on Wednesday that India had the anti-satellite missile capability more than a decade ago but there was no political will at the time to demonstrate it. He said when China shot down an ageing weather satellite by launching a missile in 2007, India had the technology to undertake a similar mission. “…now (Prime Minister Narendra) Modiji has taken the initiative and he had the political will and courage to say that we will do this. We have now demonstrated this to whole world,” Nair told PTI. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He had headed the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), Space Commission and was Secretary in the Department of Space from 2003 to 2009. Nair joined the BJP in October 2018. Asked if India could have demonstrated the anti-satellite missile capability in 2007 itself, Nair said “certainly”, but it could not be done due to absence of “political decision” to go ahead with it at that time. “Now, Modiji has courageously taken the decision,” he said. The prime minister on Wednesday announced India had demonstrated the capability by shooting down a live satellite, describing it as a rare achievement that puts the country in an exclusive club of space superpowers. India is only the fourth country to have such a specialised capability after the US, Russia and China.
Choppers, hired for marriages, denied permission to land: Police
Muzaffarnagar (UP): The district authorities have not permitted the landing of helicopters for marriage ceremonies citing restrictions ahead of the General Elections, police said. Haji Kallu, a trader, had hired private company helicopters to bring two brides from Mujheda and Kulheri villages to Khatoli Town for the marriage of his two sons on April 1 and 2. However, the district authorities denied permission to land the helicopters citing imposition of Model Code of Conduct.
Naval officer dies in fire onboard INS Vikramaditya
KARWAR: A naval officer died Friday after a fire broke out onboard INS Vikramaditya, India’s only aircraft carrier while entering the harbour in Karnataka’s Karwar. “Lieutenant Commander DS Chauhan bravely led the firefighting efforts in the affected compartment,” the Navy said in a statement. While the fire was brought under control, the officer lost consciousness due to the smoke and fumes during the firefighting efforts. He was immediately evacuated to the Naval Hospital at Karwar but could not be revived, the Navy said. The Navy added that the fire was brought under control by the ship’s crew “in a swift action preventing any serious damage affecting the ship’s combat capability.” A Board of Inquiry to investigate the fire incident has been ordered.