Between June 2006 and May 2007, Aspen Regional Health undertook a comprehensive Community Health Assessment. The final document that was prepared provides an assessment of the current health status as well as the lifestyle choices of the people who live in Aspen Regional Health. The document addresses questions such as:
· How healthy are we?
· What is making us sick?
· What factors play a role in determining the health of our communities?
· How do we use the services that are available to promote and protect our health and
· What services do we access when we become ill?
The first-ever pan-territorial study on homelessness sheds a stark light on the bleak realities facing many women and their children living in Canada’s North. You Just Blink and It Can Happen: A Study of Women’s Homelessness North of 60 concludes that thousands of women and their children live in absolute or “hidden” homelessness.
“A Study of Women’s Homelessness North of 60” makes 16 recommendations calling on all levels of government to help resolve what has become one of the North’s, and indeed Canada’s, most pressing social concerns.
NDP calls on Harper Conservatives to act on recommendations
OTTAWA – Reports of homeless women having to sleep with rotting garbage in order to keep warm during Arctic winters shames Canada, and immediate action must be taken, four NDP MPs said today.
Inuit seek share of Doris North project’s safety deposit
Last Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2007 | 4:18 PM CT
The Kitikmeot Inuit Association in western Nunavut plans to talk to federal Indian and Northern Affairs officials about jointly holding a security deposit from Miramar Mining Corp. for its gold mine project near Cambridge Bay.
Shear Mineral stock sparkles
Large diamond discovery rings true with investors
The Edmonton Journal
Published: Thursday, November 15
EDMONTON – Shear Minerals Ltd. shares jumped more than 21 per cent Wednesday after the Edmonton company said it had recovered a 5.43 carat diamond from the Churchill Diamond Project in Nunavut.
The diamond is one of eight broken fragments of a mother stone estimated to have been as big as 14 carats, CEO Pamela Strand said.
Last Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2007 | 3:52 PM CT
A court in Brandon, Man., heard closing arguments Thursday in a precedent-setting trial over Métis hunting rights.
Will Goodon was charged in 2004 after he shot a duck without a provincial hunting licence. He did possess a Métis “harvester” card, issued by the Manitoba Métis Federation, but the province has refused to recognize those cards.
Doug Cuthand, The StarPhoenix
Published: Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday was World Diabetes Day, but with the provincial election and Remembrance Day it passed under the radar. This is too bad, because diabetes quickly is becoming the modern epidemic for First Nations people.
TORONTO, Nov. 15 – David Mitchell, one of North America’s foremost experts on racial profiling, will be a featured speaker at a conference presented by the Human Rights Committee of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario this Friday and Saturday in Toronto. The conference, to be held at Ryerson University’s Student Campus Centre, is focused on poverty and will look at appropriate responses to HIV/AIDs within Ontario aboriginal communities and in Southern Africa among other issues.
TORONTO, Nov. 15 – The 9th annual research conference of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) will examine why individuals and communities continue to be vulnerable to HIV/AIDS more than 25 years after the disease first appeared.
QUEBEC, Nov. 15 – Place aux jeunes du Québec (PAJQ), an organization active in stemming youth exodus and attracting graduates in rural areas for 18 years, has been the model used in developing Place aux Jeunes (PAJ) and Make Way for YOUth (MWY) in Yukon, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia. Among their strategies, these organizations provide individual remote support and exploratory visits in the field to potential migrants and job seekers.
Life on some reserves ‘unacceptable,’ minister says
The Canadian Press
November 16, 2007 at 5:03 AM EST
TORONTO — The living conditions on some Ontario first nation reserves, where contaminated land has forced several communities to close their local schools, are “offensive” and “unacceptable,” Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Minister Michael Bryant said yesterday.
Millbrook, major investor give Melford project money so cargo ships can come in
By TOM PETERS Business Reporter
Fri. Nov 16 – 6:39 AM
Melford International Terminal Inc., developer of a marine cargo terminal at the Strait of Canso, is about to receive a financial boost that will help finance the initial stages of its $300-million project.
TORONTO — The living conditions on some Ontario First Nation reserves, where contaminated land has forced several communities to close their local schools, are “offensive” and “unacceptable,” Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Minister Michael Bryant said yesterday.
(AlbertaIndex, November 16, Friday) — In collaboration with the Alberta government, construction associations and labour groups recently launched “A Workforce Strategy for Alberta’s Construction Industry” to address labour and skills shortages over the next decade.
The landmark strategy involving more than 15 industry and labour organizations will help identify and develop actions to ensure an adequate and skilled workforce to meet the growth in Alberta’s construction industry.
WENDAKE, QC, Nov. 16 – The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) is deeply disappointed that the federal government has opted to reintroduce a bill largely unchanged from Bill C-44 from the last Parliament. Bill C-44 was debated at the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs last spring where it heard from the First Nations that Canada’s Constitution obliges that any Federal initiative that impacts the rights of the First Nations must first be discussed with us and is subject to our consent. Bill C-21, like Bill C-44 before it, will affect our rights and neither the consultation nor the consent has occurred.
New York, NY – The highly esteemed Native American Music Awards will be featured in a nationally televised broadcast special this Friday, November 16th, 2007 at 8:00PM EST on MHz Worldview. Taped in front of a live audience, this two hour broadcast program will feature performances and special guest appearances by leading nominated and award-winning artists from this year’s Ninth Annual Native American Music Awards show which was originally held on October 6, 2007 at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York.
Manitoba’s mining industry will be explored at the annual Manitoba Mining and Minerals Convention being held at the Winnipeg Convention Centre today until Saturday, Science, Technology, Energy and Mines Minister Jim Rondeau announced today.
“There are a number of reasons to showcase our second-largest primary resource industry,” said Rondeau. “The most important reason is to attract new investment because a strong minerals sector means jobs, economic development and prosperity for Manitobans.”
November 14, 2007: Calgary, Alberta. Bronco Energy Ltd. (“Bronco” or “the Company”) (TSX: BCF) is pleased to announce another operations update, along with its proposed 2008 capital expenditure program and the filing of its unaudited interim consolidated financial statements and related management’s discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) for the quarter ending September 30, 2007. The selected operational and financial results outlined below should be read in conjunction with Bronco’s unaudited interim consolidated financial statements and related MD&A for the quarter ending September 30, 2007, which can be viewed at www.broncoenergy.ca or by accessing the Company’s profile at www.sedar.com.
November 15, 2007 – Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (NL Hydro), Hydro-Québec and the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) announced an agreement today to supply electricity to the communities of Schefferville, Kawawachikamach and Matimekosh-lac-John, Québec.
IOC built and installed the Menihek/Schefferville interprovincial electrical system in 1954 to support its mining operations and supply electricity to the Town of Schefferville. Through this agreement, NL Hydro and Hydro-Québec have assumed ownership of the Labrador and Québec assets and infrastructure respectively from IOC. Hydro-Québec has also purchased the distribution system assets for the Town of Kawawachikamach from the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach.
Brantford: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released a new petition calling on all levels of government to stop Ontario’s standoff in Caledonia. CTF Ontario Director, Kevin Gaudet said, “The people of Caledonia are definitely in distress given that for 21 months now they have suffered through this standoff. That is why we are issuing an S.O.S. distress signal today in an effort to spur governments to resolve the matter.”
Stornoway Diamond Corporation (SWY:TSX) and Shear Minerals Ltd. today announced the recovery of a 5.43 carat diamond from the second phase of processing of the 400-tonne bulk sample extracted earlier this year from the Kahuna kimberlite dyke on the Churchill Diamond Project, Nunavut. The diamond is a broken fragment of a larger stone which is estimated to have been up to 14 carats in size. This estimation is based on the presence of eight complementary broken diamonds recovered in the same sample. Results from the second phase of bulk sample processing at Kahuna are considered preliminary as diamond recovery is still underway.
Sponsorship Continues Legacy of Supporting Major Sports Events
YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES–(Nov. 15, 2007) – The ATCO Group of Companies and Nunasi Corporation celebrated the pageantry of the upcoming 2008 Arctic Winter Games by wrapping their company buildings in the host city of Yellowknife with colourful sports signage.
DUNCAN, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Nov. 13, 2007) – Western Forest Products Inc. (TSX:WEF) (“Western”) today announced its results for the third quarter of 2007. The Company reported a net loss of $37.7 million ($0.18 per share) and EBITDA of negative $29.8 million in the third quarter of 2007.
(November 15, 2007 —Thunder Bay, ON) The Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs is hosting a workshop for parents, youth, teachers, policy makers, French-language educators, therapists, and childcare workers. Building from Strength: Evidence and Reality-based Tools and Interventions takes place at the Valhalla Inn from November 22 – 23, and begins at 8:00 a.m. each day. More than 200 participants from the region are expected to participate in the conference, which offers 22 unique learning sessions.
WHITEHORSE – The Selkirk First Nation has been awarded over $2 million in Northern Strategy funds for its Journey to Self Reliance project and will partner with the Department of Economic Development to work on building a strong government.
How do you pump life back into a fading economy? That’s just one of the issues researchers from the University of Victoria, as well as officials and residents from the Port Alberni community, will discuss during a six-hour forum on Saturday, November 24 at the Echo Centre in Port Alberni.
February 28-29, 2008 – Coast Plaza Hotel, Vancouver, BC
The First Nations Schools Association (FNSA), the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and the Anishnaabe Place Parents Club, are pleased to announce the 4th First Nations Parents Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is, “One, Two, Three, Come Learn with Me!!”, and acknowledges the vision that First Nations parents have for their children’s future.
N.B. First Nations could face litigation over casino
Last Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2007 | 10:37 AM AT
The Canadian Press
Ambitions among New Brunswick First Nations groups to build a casino independent of government will likely meet with litigation as the province defends its legal high ground on gaming issues, experts contend.
That is, if the province doesn’t wilfully ignore First Nations gambling pursuits to avoid a contentious political showdown.
Apparently last month’s attack by Trevor Gladue on Metis Nation of Alberta President Audrey Poitras was only the first salvo in a war of words. This week, the MNA vice president accused Poitras of financial mismanagement.
“Invoices and other documents have come to light showing that Audrey Poitras…authorized personal expenditures not allowed under the MNA bylaws,” Gladue said in a Nov. 5 news release.
If you have questions about your Common Experience Payment (CEP) Application, please contact Service Canada at 1-866-699-1742 or visit your local Service Canada office. A list of offices can be found on the Service Canada website at www.servicecanada.ca.
The Government of Canada is working hard to expedite the processing of your CEP application in a timely manner. Immediate steps include an increase in the number of processing staff and an increase in the number of agents available to answer your call when you contact the toll-free number listed above. The Government understands that applicants have been waiting a long time for payments and they appreciate your patience.
The next status update will be available on November 21st, 2007.
TIMMINS, ON Thursday November 15, 2007: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy today announced a one year commitment of NAN’s 49 First Nation communities to work with the Government of Ontario to jointly develop a results-based process to address and resolve current challenges in the areas of consultation and accommodation, resource development, mining, parks, and licensing and permits within NAN territory – an area covering two-thirds of the province of Ontario.