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AFN national chief urges action on ‘gross human rights violation’ – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 14, 2018 

By Kristy Kirkup


OTTAWA _ Forced sterilizations of Indigenous women are reprehensible and must immediately be stopped, says Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde.

The scope of the problem must also be examined across Canada, Bellegarde said.

“It is wrong, it is immoral, it is a gross violation of human rights and this dehumanizing practice must stop,” Bellegarde said in an interview.

He also stressed the need for urgent investigation to ensure proper statistics are collected. He pointed to a resolution passed by First Nations chiefs this summer at the AFN’s annual general assembly calling for increased awareness, efforts to stop the practice and support for survivors seeking redress.

The national chief’s comments come as Maurice Law, an Indigenous-owned national law firm, and Amnesty International Canada plan to raise the issue at the United Nations Committee Against Torture next week.

In its submission to the UN committee, the firm says it is seeking legal reforms to stop the “modern-day forced sterilization of Indigenous women in publicly funded and administered hospitals in Canada.”

The firm is also leading a proposed class action against all health regions across Saskatchewan, the federal and Saskatchewan governments and individual medical professionals.

The lawsuit was launched in 2017 by two affected women in the Saskatoon Health Region who each claimed $7 million in damages. Now about 60 women are part of the lawsuit.

Accountability for forced tubal ligations _the severing, burning or tying of the Fallopian tubes that carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus _will involve several jurisdictions, Bellegarde said.

“It is not just the federal government you have to point fingers at,” he said. “You have to point fingers at provincial governments and district health boards because that’s where the money flows, and start getting them to communicate to their doctors and nurses that this has to stop.”

Alisa Lombard, an associate with Maurice Law, said she has heard from a number of women following an article by The Canadian Press this week detailing reports that forced sterilization is not just a shameful part of Canadian history but is still happening.

“We’ve heard from various additional women who are reporting having been forcibly sterilized, Indigenous women, and actually non-Indigenous women who are coming forward reporting they have witnessed Indigenous women being pressured into forced sterilization,” Lombard said. “Since the veil of silence has been lifted, even just a bit, that courage is really seeping through, which is very encouraging. The clearer the dimensions of the issue become … it can assist the women in their healing and understanding they are not alone.”

Francyne Joe, president of the Native Women’s Association, said forced sterilization amounts to nothing short of torture.

Indigenous women deserve to be respected in the medical system and to be treated with empathy and fairness like any other Canadian, she added.

“For this historic act to continue happening in this day and age … Indigenous women are not feeling safe in Canada,” she said. “That needs to change.”

Ontario Sen. Yvonne Boyer, who co-authored a report on tubal ligation in the Saskatoon Health Region in 2017, said she has heard from many Indigenous women across the country who are seeking help for the trauma they’ve endured.

She is supporting a call from Amnesty International Canada for the federal government to appoint a special representative who is Indigenous to examine the scope of the issue nationally.

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Teck Media and Investor Webcast Advisory

Vancouver, B.C. – Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TECK.A and TECK.B, NYSE: TECK) (“Teck”) Senior Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Ron Millos will be presenting at the Goldman Sachs Global Metals & Mining conference on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 8:15 a.m. Eastern/5:15 a.m. Pacific time. The investor presentation will include information on company strategy, financial performance, and outlook for the company’s business units.

The presentation will be webcast through the following link at:

Alternatively, the webcast with supporting slides will be available on Teck’s website at:

About Teck

Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TECK.A and TECK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TECK. Learn more about Teck at

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Montreal’s Indigenous community gets funding to support language revitalization – CBC

‘They’ll be able to connect with somebody, have a basic level of speaking and be proud of their language’

Nov 15, 2018

Learning Kanien’kéha over the past two and a half years has been a way for Amanda Ibarra to reconnect with her Mohawk roots.

She grew up off reserve from her grandmother’s community of Kahnawake, Que.

“I feel like I am bringing back something that was lost,” she said.

The 26-year-old is one of 150 students taking free language classes at Native Montreal, a not-for-profit organization serving Indigenous people in the city.

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Tervita Corporation Announces Third Quarter 2018 Results

Revenue Growth and Strong Margins Highlight the Quarter and Year to Date

Calgary, AB, November 14, 2018 – Tervita Corporation (“Tervita” or the “Company”) (TSX: TEV) announced today the results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018. All financial figures are in millions of Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.

Message from the President and CEO

“In Q3 2018, our combined operations delivered strong performance with Adjusted EBITDA increasing 69% year-over-year to $71 million, with an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 35%. These results reflect our recent merger with Newalta and contributions from our growth and expansion investments in key regions,” said John Cooper, President and CEO. “The integration is progressing well and synergies are on track with the combination of the two companies delivering exactly the kind of incremental benefits we had envisioned. We expect annualized run rate synergies of $20 to $22 million by the end of 2018, and to deliver $40 to $45 million of annualized synergies by August 2020.”

“This is a period of significant development for our business and we intend to make the most of our expanded infrastructure and services while also driving continuous improvement across all operations,” continued Cooper. “Although the overall industry outlook is somewhat tempered due to current challenges facing the Canadian oil and gas sector, our expanded network is well positioned to provide our customers with opportunities to obtain the best available price for their products. We expect to finish the year with continued positive momentum. With a strong balance sheet underpinned by more stable production-related revenue, we remain well positioned to deliver double-digit growth and to capitalize on emerging market catalysts as they arise.”

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Toronto ‘carding’ activist Desmond Cole stopped by police in Vancouver – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 14, 2018 

By Laura Kane


VANCOUVER _ A Toronto activist and writer who was stopped by Vancouver police a day after arriving in the city says his experience reveals what daily life is like for black and Indigenous residents.

Desmond Cole has worked for years to end street checks or “carding” in Toronto and says he was the subject of a street check by a Vancouver police officer on Tuesday.

Street checks involve officers stopping a person and recording their information, regardless of whether an offence has been committed. Opponents say street checks disproportionately target people of colour.

“I get to leave Vancouver this weekend, but people have to live here every day. That’s what I really want people to sit with,” said Cole in an interview Wednesday.

“If this is what happened to me, what is everyday life like for vulnerable residents in the city of Vancouver and in this province? That’s the question people have to ask themselves.”

Vancouver police data shows that 16 per cent of street checks last year were of Indigenous people, who make up two per cent of the population. Another five per cent of street checks involved black people, who make up one per cent of the population.

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs have filed a complaint with the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner calling for an independent review of the practice.

Police in the city conducted an internal review and released a report that says there was “no statistical basis” to conclude officers use the checks to discriminate against certain races.

Cole is visiting Vancouver to deliver a speech on racial inequality at a Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives fundraiser. After the interaction with police on Tuesday afternoon, he posted a video of himself discussing the incident on Twitter.

In the video, he said he was smoking a cigarette on a sidewalk near Stanley Park when a police cruiser passed, pulled a U-Turn and stopped next to him. The officer told him he was breaking a bylaw against smoking in parks, Cole said.

Cole said he replied that he was not in a park and wasn’t from the city. He refused the officer’s repeated requests to give his name or show identification. He said the officer threatened to arrest him, but after about 15 minutes he left without issuing a ticket.

Cole said as the officer drove away, he said: “I’ll be seeing you around again.”

In the interview, Cole said the officer also asked several times whether there were any warrants out for his arrest.

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians from unlawful search, seizure and detainment by police, he said.

“I could have just given the police officer whatever he asked for. But I don’t want to live in a police state. I actually want the laws that are on the books in this country to apply to me just as they’re supposed to apply to everybody else,” Cole said.

Vancouver police issued a statement saying a street check was not conducted and no information was recorded. The officer approached Cole because he was smoking on the south side of the park, but chose not to serve a ticket, Const. Jason Doucette said.

“Our officers work through difficult situations every day and a key component of maintaining public safety is interacting with the public. VPD officers carry out their duties with integrity, compassion and respect and are accountable for their actions.”

Cole said police appear to have classified the incident as not being a street check because no information was recorded, although in his case he refused to provide any.

“If it was an unsuccessful street check, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a street check,” he said.

After the incident, Cole said he visited the police station and a sergeant later met him to discuss the encounter at a cafe where he was meeting to discuss carding with Josh Paterson, director of the civil liberties association.

Cole said he decided not to file a formal complaint because he doesn’t have faith in the ability of police to investigate themselves, and the civil liberties association complaint to the police complaint commissioner has already raised the issue.

Paterson said his group’s complaint also covers police stops where no information is recorded into the database.

He said he was saddened, though not surprised, by Cole’s experience.

“It’s a really stark example of what we’re talking about, in terms of arbitrary police stops where race is a factor.”

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Study: Weak reporting on missing, murdered Native women – CP

Source: The Associated Press
Nov 14, 2018

By Mary Hudetz


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Numerous police departments nationwide are not adequately identifying or reporting cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls as concerns mount over the level of violence they often face, according to a study released by a Native American non-profit Wednesday.

The report from the Seattle-based Urban Indian Health Institute, the research arm of the Seattle Indian Health Board, was conducted over the past year amid worry in tribal communities and cities that Native American and Alaska Native women are vanishing in high numbers, despite a lack of available government data to identify the full scope of the problem.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, joined other lawmakers and representatives of the Urban Indian Health Institute to review the report’s findings at a news conference in Washington. Its release comes as multiple bills at the state and federal level have been proposed to address the issue and improve data collection, including Savanna’s Act, which the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs voted Wednesday to send to the full chamber for consideration.

The bill would expand tribal access to some federal crime databases, establish protocols for handling cases of missing and murdered Native Americans, and require annual reports on the number of missing and murdered Native American women.

“We simply don’t have a grasp of the extent of the problem we’re dealing with,” Murkowski said. “Making sure that we do not have these gaps in reporting is going to be a critical and important first step.”

The authors of the Seattle non-profit’s report said they identified some 500 missing persons and homicide cases involving Native American women in 71 cities after reviewing data obtained through media reports and public records requests sent to police departments.

They reviewed cases dating back to the 1940s, though roughly two-thirds were from the past eight years, according to Annita Lucchesi, a cartographer and descendant of the Southern Cheyenne whose database of missing and murdered indigenous women in the U.S. and Canada was the basis for the research.

In total, she has a list of some 2,700 names. Of the cases included in the report on U.S. cities, a quarter represented missing persons cases, and just more than half were homicides.

Researchers said they expect their figures represent an undercount, in part, because some police departments in cities with substantial Native American populations _ such as Albuquerque and Billings, Montana _ did not provide figures in response to records requests, or because Native American victims may have been identified as belonging to another race.

Police in Albuquerque and Billings did not immediately respond to The Associated Press’ requests for comment.

“What it does show is, yes, this is happening,” said Abigail Echo-Hawk, who is the director of the Urban Indian Health Institute. “But there has to be major changes to the way data is collected.”

Some efforts to improve data collection at different levels of government are already underway.

In Washington state, for example, a law was enacted in June that requires the State Patrol to conduct a study to examine how to improve the collection and sharing of information about missing Native American women. The study also will develop an estimate of how many Native women are missing in the state. A report to the Legislature is expected in June.

In Congress, meanwhile, Savanna’s Act is among several proposals drafted to address cases involving missing and murdered Native American and Alaska Native women.

A proposal for reauthorizing the Violence Against Women’s Act also calls for annual reports on the number of missing and murdered Native Americans.

Savanna’s Act was introduced last year by North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat who lost her bid for re-election last week. She named the bill Savanna’s Act in honour of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a 22-year-old who was brutally killed in Fargo, North Dakota, in 2017 while eight months pregnant.

Her neighbour Brooke Crews admitted to the killing and was sentenced to life in prison without parole earlier. Her boyfriend William Hoehn was sentenced last month to life in prison with a chance at parole for conspiring to kidnap the baby and lying to police about it.

The child survived and lives with her father.

Heitkamp has said that if authorities had more accurate statistics, they might be able to detect patterns to help solve more cases. The authors of the non-profit’s report share that opinion, but also point out that the legislation’s data collection mandates likely would not include LaFontaine-Greywind herself.

That’s because the bill would largely set mandates for federal law enforcement, which has some jurisdiction over crimes on reservations and other tribal lands but not municipalities, like Fargo.

The report underscores U.S. Census figures showing that a majority of Native Americans now live in urban areas. The study said that shows the need for including consideration of cases stemming from cities in reforms.


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FSIN threatens more legal battles if province impedes Sask. First Nation’s pot store – CBC

FSIN fully supports Muscowpetung’s cannabis act

Nov 14, 2018

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) has voiced its support for a First Nation operating a pot store outside Saskatchewan’s regulatory framework after the provincial government called for the shop to close.

In a strongly worded statement, Chief Bobby Cameron expressed his support for Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation’s Cannabis/Hemp Act, which was introduced after membership voted 86 per cent in favour on Monday.

“First Nations have the jurisdiction, sovereignty, and authority within their respective nations,” Cameron said.

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PDAC 2019 Awards Honour Industry Leaders

Toronto (November 13, 2018) – The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is excited to announce that six top international and domestic performers have been selected in recognition of their excellence.

Now in its 41st year, the annual PDAC awards showcase exceptional leaders in the mineral exploration and mining community. Recipients will be celebrated at an Awards Gala & After Party at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto on Tuesday, March 5 during the PDAC 2019 Convention.

Congratulations to the award recipients for their outstanding accomplishments.

Bill Dennis Award: Peregrine Diamonds Ltd, Chidliak Diamond District

In 2008, the Peregrine Diamonds exploration team made the grassroots discovery of the Chidliak Diamond District, near Iqaluit on Baffin Island, Nunavut–Canada’s second largest kimberlite district. Exploration programs and engineering studies completed between 2008 and 2018 led to the discovery of 74 kimberlites, one of which has a 17.96 million carat inferred mineral resource with an average grade of 2.41 carats per tonne and average diamond value of US$151 per carat, with six other kimberlites having economic potential. A 2018 Preliminary Economic Assessment outlined an open pit mine with a 13-year mine life and post-tax NPV of CAD$668.7 million and IRR of 31.2%. Peregrine was acquired by De Beers Canada in 2018, and anticipation is that Chidliak will become Canada’s next diamond mine.

Distinguished Service Award: Donald (Don) Bubar

The inaugural Chair of the PDAC Aboriginal Affairs Committee that was formed in 2004, Don is credited with raising awareness about the importance of engagement between companies and Indigenous communities, and encouraging participation by Indigenous peoples in the mineral industry. During Don’s tenure, PDAC saw tremendous growth in participation by self-identified Indigenous people at the annual PDAC Convention. Don was instrumental in developing a relationship with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN, which ultimately led to the Memorandum of Understanding between PDAC and AFN, signed March 4, 2008.

Environmental & Social Responsibility Award: NexGen Energy Ltd.

A uranium exploration and development company with a portfolio of projects in Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Uranium Basin, NexGen is giving back to the province by investing in community initiatives focused on education, health and economic development. NexGen’s programs empower Saskatchewan’s youth through hands-on work experience, providing access to education, sport and employment opportunities. From an environmental standpoint, NexGen is an early adopter of centrifuge units and introduced the use of TECH Directional drilling methods as a way of reducing the surface footprint from exploration drilling.

Skookum Jim Award: Gordon Maxwell

A well-known and respected geologist who is a member of Sachigo Lake First Nation in northwestern Ontario. Gord’s 35+ year career has taken him around the world evaluating projects and potential acquisitions. He is a long-time workplace health and safety advocate, and has spent many years championing the Canadian Diamond Drilling Association’s Drilling Excellence Certification Program to establish a new, higher standard of quality in the diamond drilling industry. He is well-known and respected in the Canadian minerals industry and is an exceptional role model to all youth, particularly young Indigenous people.

Thayer Lindsley Award: Cardinal Resources Limited, Namdini Gold Project

The Namdini Project is a rapidly evolving discovery. An atypical Birimian gold deposit in the northeast corner of Ghana that comprises an initial Minable Reserve of 129.6 million tonnes at an average grade of 1.14 grams per tonne of gold, for an impressive 4.76 million ounces of gold that can be extracted from a single open pit. In addition, there are nearly 63 million indicated and inferred tonnes at 1.2 grams per tonne of gold for 2.11 million ounces gold. Based on the October, 2018 pre-feasibility study, and using US$1,250 as a gold price, Namdini has a post-tax NPV(8) = US$588 million, with a IRR of 38%.

Viola R. MacMillan Award: Nemaska Lithium Inc.

Nemaska’s Whabouchi project is located in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay region in Québec, and is one of North America’s largest spodumene deposits. The company successfully completed a CAD$1 billion financing package in May 2018, to build a unique lithium hydroxide and carbonate production facility, in tandem with a spodumene mine. The Whabouchi Mine and concentrator are expected to start production with sales of spodumene concentrate in the third quarter of 2019. It has an initial 33-year mine life and is expected to produce 213,000 tonnes per year of 6.25% (Li2O) spodumene concentrate.

PDAC’s Board of Directors select recipients based on the recommendations of the association’s Awards Committee. More information about the 2019 award recipients will soon be available at

About the PDAC

PDAC is the leading voice of the mineral exploration and development community. With over 8,000 members around the world in all sectors of the mining industry, PDAC’s mission is to promote a globally-responsible, vibrant and sustainable minerals industry. As the trusted representative of the sector, PDAC encourages best practices in technical, operational, environmental, safety and social performance. PDAC is known worldwide for its annual PDAC Convention, regarded as the premier international event for the mineral industry. The PDAC Convention has attracted more than 25,000 people in recent years and will next be held March 3-6, 2019 in Toronto. Please visit

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Third Quarter IIBA Report highlights – Baffinland reaches highest Inuit employment of 2017-2018

November 14, 2018

Each quarter, Baffinland develops an IIBA Report to report on its commitments outlined in the Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement signed with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. In this quarter, Baffinland saw its highest Inuit employment level in the last two years with approximately 357 employees.To see highlights of our Quarter 3 report, click here.


Strengthening the Canada-Singapore commercial relationship

November 15, 2018

On the margins of the ASEAN Meeting, the Prime Minister took the opportunity to meet with companies in the region in order to draw attention to — and encourage new investments in — Canada.

The Prime Minister also made a focus of his visit to meet with and learn how to best support Canadian companies expanding their operations in the region.

Whether attracting international investment or helping open markets for Canadian businesses, creating jobs and growing the economy remained at the core of these conversations.

While in Singapore, the Prime Minister sat down with several global business leaders in bilateral meetings and as part of a financial roundtable discussion hosted by investment company Temasek. He promoted Canada as one of the best places to invest, and encouraged continued co-operation to deepen Canada’s trade and investment relationship with Singapore, ASEAN, and Asia.

The Prime Minister met with senior leadership from the following companies:

  • Agrocorp: One of the world’s leading buyers of pulses and the first company to use Canada’s Global Skills Strategy visa program, Agrocorp today announced plans to invest $5 million in a new protein plant in Saskatchewan.
  • CapitaLand: One of Asia’s largest real estate companies with a global portfolio that includes integrated developments, shopping malls, serviced residences, offices, homes, real estate investment trusts and funds. CapitaLand is headquartered in Singapore.
  • DBS Bank: Among the largest banks in Asia, DBS Bank has strong business ties with Canadian financial institutions and offers Canadian-backed insurance products to their clients in East Asia.
  • GIC: Singapore’s largest sovereign wealth fund and among the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world, GIC has co-invested with Canadian pension funds and invested in Canadian artificial intelligence companies.
  • JTC Corporation: A real estate company based in Jurong, Singapore, that also offers industrial land, gardens and parks, factories, office space and housing.
  • Keppel Corporation: One of Singapore’s largest conglomerates, Keppel Corporation’s subsidiaries include the world’s largest oil rig builder and several other offshore and marine, property, and infrastructure businesses. They are working with Export Development Canada (EDC) to promote the use of Canadian products in the company’s supply chain.
  • Mapletree Investments: A real estate development, investment, and capital management company headquartered in Singapore, Mapletree Investments manages over $40 billion in global assets, including Canadian real estate.
  • Olam International: The third largest agri-business in the world, Olam International operates in 70 countries and supplies sustainable agricultural and food products to tens of thousands of customers.
  • Pavilion Energy: A major Singaporean energy company, Pavilion Energy supplies one-third of Singapore’s power and is a leading provider of clean energy and LNG.
  • PSA: One of the world’s largest port operators, PSA recently made significant investments in British Columbia’s trade and transportation infrastructure.
  • Razer: A global leader in gaming hardware and software, and one of the biggest brands in eSports, Razer has signaled interest in Canadian talent and technology.
  • Singapore Power Group: One of Singapore’s largest corporations and a leading energy utilities company in Asia Pacific, Singapore Power Group has expressed interest in partnering with Canadian companies to offer smart grid solutions.
  • Singapore Technologies Engineering: A global technology, defence, and engineering group, and among the largest companies listed on the Singapore Exchange, Singapore Technologies Engineering procures from Canadian aerospace and aviation industries and has expressed interest in Canadian smart cities technology and Canada’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative.
  • Singtel: Singapore’s leading telecom company, Singtel serves over 685 million mobile customers around the world.
  • Surbana Jurong: A Singapore-based consulting firm industrial and infrastructure development The company provides urban planning and design, development management, quantity surveying, waste management, engineering, project management, construction management, security, and water management solutions.
  • Temasek: One of Singapore’s largest sovereign wealth funds, Temasek has billions of dollars of investment in Canada across a wide range of sectors and provinces, and has shown a strong interest in Canadian artificial intelligence.

The Prime Minister also spoke at the Singapore FinTech Forum during the Singapore FinTech Festival. He highlighted how Canadian FinTech companies are leaders in the industry – making investing easier and more accessible, and keeping banking up-to-date in the digital marketplace for people around the world. At the Forum, the Prime Minister announced the expansion of Canada’s successful Canadian Technology Accelerator program, with a new accelerator being launched in Singapore.

The ‎Prime Minister also attended the opening of a new office in Singapore for Canadian company Element AI. He highlighted how Canadian companies like Element AI are developing transformative technologies and positioning Canada as a world leader in artificial intelligence and deep learning.

The Prime Minister also met with representatives of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Canada-ASEAN Business Council.


“The close relationship between Canada and Singapore has always been forward-looking – and now, with the CPTPP coming into force, that’s more true than ever. Canadian entrepreneurs are already setting Canada up for success in Singapore and other countries across the Asia-Pacific region. Our government will continue to strengthen existing partnerships, while opening the door to new markets and investment opportunities, to create good, middle class jobs for Canadians.”
—Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Quick facts

  • Canada and Singapore are among 11 member countries of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • Singapore is the largest source of foreign direct investment from Southeast Asia to Canada and a top destination of Canadian investment within the region.
  • Canadian direct investment in Singapore was $5.7 billion in 2017. Foreign direct investment in Canada from Singapore was $354 million in 2017, up from $321 million in 2016.
  • Most of Canada’s top financial institutions and some 150 Canadian firms have operations in Singapore.
  • This is the third edition of the Singapore FinTech Festival, organized by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). It is one of the largest of FinTech events and attracts more than 30,000 participants in various fields from over 100 countries. More than 5,000 companies were represented at the 2017 edition.
  • This will be the first time that Canada has a pavilion at the Festival with attending representatives of some 20 Canadian companies from British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec. The Canada FinTech Forum will provide Canadian companies with an opportunity to showcase their products and services as well as their technologies and innovations to a regional audience.

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BR McKenna Whales – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Nov 15, 2018 

VICTORIA – Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna learned first hand how passionate British Columbia residents are about saving endangered southern resident killer whales when she met a crowd of protesters.

McKenna says she was riding a bike along Victoria’s Galloping Goose Trail yesterday to a news conference when she encountered protesters calling on the government to do more to save the southern resident killer whales.

The minister stopped for several minutes to speak with the protesters before getting back on her bike.

She says she told the group that she knows how much people care about the whales, which is why the government is committed to ensuring their long-term health.

McKenna says the federal government introduced killer whale protection measures in the summer that include reducing noise levels from vessels, accelerating studies of the impacts of pollution on whale populations and restricting chinook salmon fishing, the preferred food of the southern residents.

When the Federal Court of Appeal overturned the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project last August, it cited the National Energy Board’s failure to adequately assess the impact of increased marine tanker traffic on southern resident killer whales.

(The Canadian Press)



Prep Business Report – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Nov 14, 2018 

Canada’s main stock index edged lower amid losses in the key materials sector and the health-care sector, which includes many of the country’s big marijuana companies.

The S&P/TSX composite index was down 15.32 points at 15,116.46.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 51.80 points at 25,234.69. The S&P 500 index was down 3.13 points at 2,719.05, while the Nasdaq composite was down 19.01 points at 7,181.87.

The Canadian dollar traded for 75.57 cents US compared with an average of 75.52 on Tuesday.

The December crude contract was up US$1.30 at US$56.99 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was up 44.5 cents at US$4.55 per mmBTU.

The December gold contract was up 20 cents at US$1,201.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 2.15 cents at US$2.71 a pound.


Online sales giant Ebay is calling on the federal government to bring in legislation to end job action at Canada Post.

The manager of Ebay’s Canadian and Latin American divisions is urging quick action to ensure retailers don’t lose out on critical Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

Andrea Stairs warns a continuation of rotating strikes that began October 22nd will result in significant losses for small and medium-sized businesses across the country.

Canada Post says it’s facing an unprecedented backlog of shipments as the strikes have targeted its major sorting plants in Vancouver and particularly Toronto. (The Canadian Press)


Shares of cannabis producer Canopy Growth dropped as much as 10 per cent after it reported a wider second quarter loss of 330.6-million dollars.

That amounted to a loss of $1.52 per share — down from a loss of a penny per share a year ago and missing analyst estimates of a loss of 12 cents.

Revenue for the quarter totalled 23.3-million dollars, up from 17.6-million a year ago but down from 25.9-million in the previous quarter.

Canopy says the slowdown in quarterly revenues stemmed from “hiccups” in shipping medical cannabis to Germany and medical patients being distracted by Canada’s impending legalization of recreational pot on October 17th. (The Canadian Press)


Shares in Canada Goose gained more then 20 per cent in morning trading after it reported a better-than expected second-quarter profit.

The high-end parka maker also raised its outlook for growth this year after reporting a 49.9-million dollar profit for the quarter — up from 37.1-million a year ago.

Adjusted earnings came in at 46 cents per diluted share — up 29 cents a year ago and well ahead of the 26 cents that analysts had expected, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.

Revenue totalled 230.3-million, up from 172.3-million in the same quarter last year. (The Canadian Press)


Pan American Silver has announced the friendly acquisition of Nevada-based Tahoe Resources.

The Vancouver-based Pan American says the stock-and-cash deal is valued at more than one-billion dollars U-S.

Tahoe shareholders will hold about a 27 per cent stake in the combined company at the closing of the deal, which is expected in the first quarter of next year.

The contingent value rights will increase that to 32 per cent, based on the number of Pan American shares outstanding following the closing of the deal. (The Canadian Press)


Cineplex says gains at the box office and concession stands boosted third quarter revenue by 4.4 per cent to 386.7-million dollars.

But the movie theatre company says earnings fell to 10.2-million dollars from 17.2-million dollars a year ago.

The results for the most recent quarter included higher share-based compensation costs and one-million dollars in restructuring costs. (The Canadian Press)


Prime Minister Theresa May says a draft divorce agreement with the European Union takes the U-K significantly closer to delivering what the British people voted for when they decided to leave the bloc.

May told lawmakers that the deal means Britain will “take back control” of its laws and borders while protecting jobs, security and the integrity of our United Kingdom.

May’s Cabinet is due to meet later today to consider whether to back the deal reached yesterday.

Pro-Brexit politicians are already attacking it, saying it will bind Britain to E-U rules and regulations long after it leaves the bloc in March. (The Associated Press)

(Business Report by The Canadian Press)

(The Canadian Press)


Ontario Establishes Strict Regulations for the Licensing and Operation of Private Cannabis Stores

Tightly-regulated private cannabis retail store system will protect children and combat the illegal market
November 14, 2018

Ministry of the Attorney General

Today, Ontario’s Government for the People implemented the latest phase of its planned response to the federal government’s legalization of cannabis by passing strict new regulations to protect children and youth, keep communities and roads safe and combat the illegal market.

The result of widespread consultations with the people of Ontario, these regulations provide clarity for a private recreational cannabis store system that will begin April 1, 2019 under the close oversight of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

The regulations establish a minimum distance of 150 metres (approximately 500 feet) between cannabis retail stores and schools, including private and federally-funded First Nation schools off-reserve. This distance buffer will help protect students and keep communities safe, while other regulations will combat the influence and participation of organized crime in the legal licensed framework.

“The purpose of these regulations is to keep kids safe and to ensure all people operating in this tightly-regulated retail system behave with integrity, honesty, and in the public interest,” said Attorney General Caroline Mulroney. “The application process for private cannabis retail store licences will begin on December 17, 2018, and we will be ready with laws and regulations to protect Ontario’s youth and to combat the criminal market in response to the federal government’s legalization of cannabis.”

Other new strict regulations established by the Ontario Government include:

  • Retailers will not be permitted to allow anyone under the age of 19 to enter their stores. This approach and other regulations were developed to address the risk of youth exposure to the cannabis retail market.
  • Specific instances in which applicants will be denied a licence, including cannabis-related criminal offences. Notably, illegal cannabis retailers who were operating after October 17, 2018 are not eligible for Ontario cannabis sales licenses.
  • A prohibition on the issuance of a licence to any individual or organization who has an association with organized crime.
  • Requirement that individuals or entities applying for an operator licence demonstrate their tax compliance status to show that they are in good standing with the government.
  • A requirement for all private recreational cannabis retail storefronts to be stand-alone stores only.
  • Individuals with a store authorization, cannabis retail managers and all retail employees will be required to complete the approved training to ensure that any individual who works in the cannabis retail market is trained in the responsible sale of cannabis.

Quick Facts

  • The government has consulted with municipalities, Indigenous communities, law enforcement, public health advocates, businesses and consumer groups, as well as representatives from other provinces to create these new regulations.
  • The private retail store model will be tightly-regulated and strictly enforced by the AGCO, establishing a zero-tolerance approach for any retailer who provides cannabis to anyone under the age of 19.
  • It is anticipated that the AGCO will begin accepting applications on December 17, 2018 and private retailing of cannabis will begin on April 1, 2019.
  • The government has committed to providing $40 million over two years to help municipalities with the implementation costs of recreational cannabis legalization.
  • Private retail recreational cannabis stores will be permitted to open between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. on any day. These operating hours are consistent with on-site retail stores for alcohol and will provide retailers with the flexibility to respond to local market conditions and consumer demands.
  • A market concentration limit of 75 stores per operator has been set to prevent a high degree of market consolidation, promote opportunities for small businesses and promote investment in the cannabis retail sector.

Additional Resources

  • The new recreational cannabis regulations will be posted on
  • Find out more about the licensing process for private recreational cannabis stores on the AGCO website

Media Contacts

Jessica Trepanier
Minister’s Office

Brian Gray
Communications Branch


BR Quebec Ottawa Health Spat – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Nov 15, 2018

Quebec Premier Francois Legault is telling Ottawa to butt out of the province’s business on health care.

Legault told reporters, “We will not be dictated to by the federal government.”

The strong words were in reaction to news that Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor threatened the province last summer over its tolerance of private health-care services.

Petitpas Taylor wrote a letter to former Quebec health minister Gaetan Barrette in August, warning him that Ottawa would cut health-care transfer payments to the province if it continued to allow patients to pay out of pocket for medical exams.

The letter, obtained by The Canadian Press, says allowing patients to jump the queue in the public system and pay for private exams is “unjust” and a violation of the Canada Health Act.

Legault told reporters that Quebec has full authority over its health-care system.

Quebec’s new health minister, Danielle McCann, echoed the premier’s comments.

The federal government transferred 6.2 billion dollars to Quebec in health care payments for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

(The Canadian Press)


Canada Post issues new offer to employees as eBay calls on Ottawa to end strikes – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 14, 2018 

By Terry Pedwell


OTTAWA _ Canada Post has issued what it calls a “time-limited” contract offer to its employees in hopes of ending rotating strikes that have created a historic backlog of undelivered parcels.

The offer Wednesday to members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers came just hours after online sales and auctioning giant eBay called on the federal government to legislate an end to the contract dispute.

The Crown corporation’s four-year offer includes annual two per cent wage hikes, plus signing bonuses of up to $1,000 per employee.

The proposal, which the agency said was worth roughly $650 million, also contains new job-security provisions, including for rural and suburban carriers who have complained about precarious employment, and a $10-million health-and-safety fund.

But Canada Post said the offer was only viable if it can be agreed to before the holiday shopping rush. It has imposed a deadline of Nov. 17 for Canadian Union of Postal Workers members to accept the deal.

“This measure is to ensure we can reach a just-in-time resolution and deliver for Canadians ahead of the holiday rush,” the Crown corporation said in an email.

“The time limit is necessary as this offer is only affordable if we can clear the backlogs caused by the union’s strike activity and effectively deliver the quickly arriving massive Black Friday and Cyber Monday volumes.”

CUPW said on its website late Wednesday that Canada Post “has made some movements towards addressing our key priorities, however, we have a long way to go to achieve a negotiated collective agreement.”

Key issues missing from the offer include job security, pay for all hours worked and guaranteed minimum hours, the union said, adding that its national executive board would be meeting to discuss the next steps.

Earlier in the day, the head of eBay Canada sent a letter to the prime minister late Tuesday, urging him to force an end to the labour dispute. Andrea Stairs, eBay’s general manager for Canada, also warned that quick action was needed to ensure retailers don’t lose out on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

“I encourage the government to explore all available legislative solutions to alleviate the current situation,” Stairs wrote in the letter, which was also sent to Labour Minister Patty Hajdu and Public Services Minister Carla Qualtrough.

Continued rotating strikes at Canada Post will result in significant losses for small and medium-sized businesses across the country, Stairs warned, noting that smaller firms are unable to negotiate lower shipping fees with other delivery services.

While many businesses have adapted as best they can since the strikes began on Oct. 22, Stairs said adjustments online sellers have made so far to avoid delivery disruptions are unsustainable.

“Black Friday and Cyber Monday are critical sales opportunities for Canadian small and micro retailers, particularly those that sell into the U.S. _ the largest consumer market in the world,” she wrote.

“Should the Canada Post service disruptions continue through this key retail moment, these (smaller businesses) will be seriously disadvantaged in competing for U.S. demand.”

Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which are annual shopping days known for their deep discounts, fall this year on Nov. 23 and 26.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned last week that his government would look at “all options” to bring the Canada Post labour dispute to an end if there was no significant progress in contract talks. Trudeau did not elaborate on what actions could be taken, although the previous Conservative government passed legislation to end a two-week lockout of postal employees in 2011.

A spokeswoman for Hajdu said Wednesday the government recognizes Canadians and small businesses rely on the postal service, and encouraged corporate and union negotiators to keep talking.

“We urge both parties to reach a deal soon to reduce the impacts to Canadians, businesses, Canada Post and their workers,” Veronique Simard wrote in an email.

Canada Post said Wednesday it was facing an unprecedented backlog of shipments and warned the situation could escalate quickly.

Postal union members picketed in Toronto on Tuesday for the third time in the past two weeks. The latest job action in Toronto was over by Wednesday morning, but the shutdown added to the backlog of items already waiting to be sorted and shipped, said Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton.

“We have now surpassed 260 trailers of parcels and packets waiting to be unloaded,” Hamilton wrote in an email, referring to the Gateway parcel processing plant in Toronto.

“The union just took down their pickets but we are backed up beyond anything we’ve ever seen in our history. With Toronto out on strike, we also missed two days of customer pickups, which will likely push that trailer total over 300 today.”

The previous peak for backlogged trailers reached 220 during last year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping period, he said.

The union is negotiating contracts for 50,000 of its members in two divisions _ urban carriers and rural and suburban workers. It said Tuesday that Canada Post had failed to address key issues, including health and safety, staffing levels and job security.

The two sides have been negotiating for almost a full year, with little success despite the assistance of government-appointed mediators.


Suncor Energy declares dividend and amends normal course issuer bid

CALGARY, Alberta , Nov. 14, 2018– Suncor Energy’s Board of Directors has approved a quarterly dividend of $0.36 per share on its common shares, payable December 24, 2018 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 3, 2018.

Suncor also announced today that the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) accepted a notice filed by Suncor of its intention to amend its existing normal course issuer bid (the NCIB) effective as of November 19, 2018 to purchase common shares through the facilities of the TSX, New York Stock Exchange and/or alternative trading platforms. The notice provides that Suncor may increase the maximum number of common shares that may be repurchased in the period beginning May 4, 2018 and ending May 3, 2019 from approximately $2.15 billion, or approximately 3% of Suncor’s issued and outstanding common shares as at April 30, 2018, to approximately $3 billion, or approximately 5% of Suncor’s issued and outstanding common shares as at April 30, 2018. The decision to increase the NCIB was previously announced with Suncor’s second quarter release on July 25, 2018. No other terms of the NCIB have been amended.

Between May 4, 2018 and November 13, 2018 and pursuant to the NCIB, Suncor has already repurchased approximately $1.98 billion of common shares on the open market. Pursuant to the NCIB (as amended), Suncor has agreed that it will not purchase more than 81,695,830 common shares, of which 39,101,184 common shares have already been purchased between May 4, 2018 and November 13, 2018.

The actual number of common shares that may be purchased and the timing of any such purchases will be determined by Suncor. Suncor believes that, depending on the trading price of its common shares and other relevant factors, purchasing its own shares represents an attractive investment opportunity and is in the best interests of the company and its shareholders. The company does not expect the decision to allocate cash to repurchase shares will affect its long-term growth strategy.

From November 14, 2017 to May 1, 2018, under Suncor’s previous normal course issuer bid, Suncor successfully completed the purchase of approximately $926 million worth of its common shares (20,936,298 common shares) at a weighted average price of $44.21 per common share.

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Early data suggests no spike in pot impaired driving after legalization: police – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 15, 2018


VANCOUVER _ Canadian police have not seen a spike in cannabis-impaired driving one month since legalization, but there needs to be more awareness of laws around storing marijuana in vehicles and passengers smoking weed, law enforcement officials say.

The Canadian Press canvassed police forces and provincial and territorial Crowns across the country and while some said it was too early to provide data, others said initial numbers and anecdotal impressions suggest stoned driving isn’t on the rise.

“Even before the legislation we were catching a lot of high school kids because marijuana has seemed to be kind of mainstream forever,” said Sgt. Joe Cantelo of the Kennebecasis Regional Police Force in New Brunswick.

“In our department, there’s certainly no rise in impaired driving by (marijuana).”

Police forces in Vancouver, Regina, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, Truro, N.S., and Kensington, P.E.I., all said they hadn’t noticed a significant change in driver behaviour since pot was legalized on Oct. 17.

Cantelo said there were three impaired driving charges in his community over the last few weeks and they were “strictly older adults with alcohol.”

Manitoba RCMP conducted three cannabis-impaired driving investigations in the three weeks since Oct. 17, compared with one such investigation in the three weeks prior to legalization. There were about 50 alcohol-impaired driving charges laid during each of the same periods.

Const. Jason Doucette said Vancouver police have issued 18 violation tickets under provincial cannabis laws since Oct. 17. The majority of traffic-related tickets were issued because pot was not properly stored or passengers were consuming weed in the vehicle.

During one roadblock campaign, he said Vancouver officers noted six events specific to cannabis impairment, which led to four 24-hour driving suspensions.

“As expected, we haven’t seen a dramatic increase in cannabis-related offences,” he added.

Provinces and territories established their own laws around cannabis storage in vehicles, but generally weed must be in closed packaging and out of reach of the driver. Manitoba took a step further and required pot to be in a secure compartment, such as the trunk.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, there have been at least six charges related to open or accessible cannabis in vehicles, RCMP said.

Obviously drivers can’t consume weed, but many provinces, including British Columbia and Ontario, have banned passengers from toking as well. A joint-smoking passenger in Saanich, B.C., was slapped with a $230 fine a day after legalization, police said.

As for cannabis-impaired driving, some police detachments and Crowns don’t track it separately from impairment caused by other drugs or alcohol.

The B.C. Public Prosecution Service said it doesn’t classify impaired-driving charges by intoxicant, but in the three weeks after legalization it approved 43 such charges, while in the three weeks before legalization it approved 52 charges.

Toronto police said they’d had 58 drug-impaired driving incidents in 2018 to date, including two after pot legalization, and 824 alcohol-impaired incidents. That’s compared to 60 incidents of drug impairment in drivers and 1,154 instances of alcohol impairment in all of 2017.

In Halifax and the Northwest Territories, there were no cannabis-impaired driving arrests in the three weeks before or after legalization, while in Nunavut, there were five general impaired-driving charges during both periods.

Sgt. Joyce Kemp said Quebec provincial police made 252 arrests for drug-related driving impairments between Jan. 1 and Sept. 17 of this year, compared to 319 for all of 2017 and 310 in 2016.

“A lot of people seem to think this is something new,” she said. “But the numbers speak (for themselves), we’ve been doing this for quite a few years now.”

Some police detachments, including Edmonton, Regina, Yukon and Nunavut, have purchased or are planning to purchase the federally approved roadside saliva test, the Drager DrugTest 5000, but have not used it in the field. Others have decided to rely on standardized field sobriety tests and drug recognition experts for now.

Kyla Lee, a Vancouver-based lawyer who wants to file a court challenge of the Drager test once it’s used on a driver who wishes to dispute it, said she hadn’t heard of it being used anywhere yet.

She said she’s impressed so far with the police approach to enforcement, particularly in B.C.’s Lower Mainland.

“I was worried when the law changed … that this sort of panic around cannabis-impaired driving was going to lead to a number of false arrests and bad investigations. That’s not what I’ve been seeing,” she said.

There still needs to be more awareness among Canadians, especially youth, of the dangers of cannabis-impaired driving, said Andrew Murie, CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada.

“The problem we were having, especially with young people with cannabis, is they didn’t see cannabis as dangerous, (we) didn’t see them upholding the same type of behaviours they would around alcohol,” he said.

“We had a problem of perception that it’s less dangerous and that’s the biggest battle we’re fighting right now.”

_ With files from Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John’s, Morgan Lowrie in Montreal, Nicole Thompson in Toronto, Steve Lambert in Winnipeg, Ryan McKenna in Regina, Bob Weber in Edmonton and Bill Graveland in Calgary


Government of Canada is investing in safer First Nation and Inuit police facilities

November 15, 2018
Ottawa, Ontario
Public Safety Canada

Like all communities in Canada, Indigenous communities should be safe places where families can thrive and local economies can flourish. Public safety is essential to that prosperity.

Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced that the Government of Canada is investing $88.6 million over seven years in policing facilities in First Nation and Inuit communities to ensure that police officers serving these communities work in safe facilities.

Recognizing there are pressing needs in terms of policing infrastructure in First Nation and Inuit communities, a new federal program, Funding for First Nation and Inuit Policing Facilities, will provide funding to repair, renovate, or replace policing facilities owned by First Nation and Inuit communities starting in 2018-2019. The program will help ensure policing infrastructure complies with current building, policing facility, and health and safety standards.

This program, which is cost-shared 52 per cent/48 per cent with the provinces and territories, will be implemented in two phases:

  • In the first phase, beginning immediately, communities with policing facilities known to require urgent repairs will be contacted to access program funding over the next two years.
  • In the second phase, starting in 2020-2021, projects will be selected for funding based on the results of a professional assessment of First Nation and Inuit police service facilities and a set of national merit criteria.

Safe policing facilities will result in the delivery of better quality policing services and contribute to safer First Nation and Inuit communities.


“Through culturally relevant policing, the First Nations Policing Program protects the safety of over 400,000 people in First Nation and Inuit communities. Building on our government’s major investments in new officers, salaries and equipment, we are making new investments in policing facilities so officers can do their jobs properly and keep their communities safe.”

– The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Quick facts

  • In the coming months, the Government will be launching a bidding process for a professional assessment of First Nation and Inuit police service facilities. This assessment will inform the selection of phase two infrastructure projects.
  • The Government of Canada is also investing up to $291.2 million over five years, beginning in 2018-2019, in policing in First Nation and Inuit communities currently served under the First Nations Policing Program (FNPP). For the first time, this funding will be ongoing and includes an annual increase of 2.75% to address inflation.
  • Through the FNPP, policing agreements in First Nation and Inuit communities are cost-shared with provinces and territories, and support the provision of professional, dedicated and responsive police services in over 450 communities across Canada.

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Scott Bardsley
Senior Advisor for Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada


Kapwani Kiwanga wins 2018 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s most prestigious contemporary art prize

November 14, 2018

Kapwani Kiwanga, representing the Ontario region, is the winner of the 2018 Sobey Art Award, confirming her position as a rising star in the Canadian contemporary art scene. The award was announced at the annual Sobey Art Award gala held Wednesday evening at the National Gallery of Canada. Upon receiving the award from Ursula Johnson, last year’s winner, Kapwani Kiwanga said:

“The Sobey Art Award is a humbling encouragement to continue to make work that asks us to look anew at society and its past while allowing us to imagine unbounded possibilities.  The award affords me the opportunity to create conditions which will allow me to focus more intently on my work and push it further in the years to come. I am honoured to be included amongst this group of talented artists whose strong voices remind us of art’s potential to both move and challenge. I am thankful to all those who have believed, encouraged, supported, called into question, trusted, taken issue, pushed, shared, disputed, and cared.”

Kapwani Kiwanga is the fifteenth Canadian artist under 40 to win the distinguished annual award, which is valued this year at Can$100,000. The four other finalists: Jordan Bennett, representing the Atlantic region; Jon Rafman, from Québec; Joi T. Arcand, representing the Prairies and the North and Jeneen Frei Njootli from the West Coast and Yukon; each take home Can$25,000. The 2018 Sobey Art Award Jury was impressed with Kapwani Kiwanga’s critically engaged and visually compelling work.

“The jury noted how Kapwani Kiwanga creates a visual language to reconsider complexities and peripheries of history. She points to fissures in our human narrative. Using archival materials and referencing anthropology, agriculture, and urban design, among other sources; she reveals global effects of the colonial project. In so doing, she addresses hidden authoritarian structures, institutional devices, and power imbalances to help us see the world differently.”

The members of the 2018 Sobey Art Award jury, chaired by Josée Drouin-Brisebois, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada, are Heather Igloliorte, Independent Curator and Concordia University Research Chair in Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement, for the Atlantic Provinces; Jean-François Bélisle, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Musée d’art de Joliette, for the Quebec region; November Paynter, Director of Programs, Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada, for the Ontario region; Kristy Trinier, Executive Director, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, for the Prairies and the North region; Melanie O’Brian, Director, Simon Fraser University Galleries, for the West Coast and Yukon; and international juror, Séamus Kealy, Director, Salzburger Kunstverein.

The Sobey Art Award aims to promote new developments in contemporary Canadian art and provide much needed financial support for artists as they grow their practice and develop their international network.

This year, a total of Can$240,000 in prize money was awarded: the $100,000 for the overall winner, the $25,000 given to each of the four shortlisted artists, as well as $2,000 was awarded to each of the remaining twenty longlisted artists. In addition to the cash awards, three nominees from the longlist will take part in the Sobey Art Award Residencies Program — international art residencies funded by the Sobey Art Foundation.

Rob Sobey, Chairman of the Sobey Art Foundation, congratulated the 2018 winner on behalf of the Foundation at the gala event: “We are delighted to welcome Kapwani Kiwanga into the alumni of Sobey Art Award winners,” he said. “This has been another amazing exhibition and I’d like to thank all of the five shortlisted artists for their hard work and commitment to this process and especially to this exhibition.”

The first Sobey Art Award was presented in 2002 and awarded biennially until 2006, after which it became an annual award. The prize has had an undeniable impact on the careers of young Canadian contemporary artists including Brian Jungen (2002), Jean-Pierre Gauthier (2004), Annie Pootoogook (2006), Michel de Broin (2007), Tim Lee (2008), David Altmejd (2009), Daniel Barrow (2010), Daniel Young and Christian Giroux (2011), Raphaëlle de Groot (2012), Duane Linklater (2013), Nadia Myre (2014), Abbas Akhavan (2015), Jeremy Shaw (2016)  and Ursula Johnson (2017).

On Thursday, November 15 at 6 pm, Kapwani Kiwanga, joins Mary Lynk, award-winning journalist and producer for CBC radio’s IDEAS program, for an on-stage conversation. The event is in English with simultaneous French interpretation and admission is free. For more information please visit Sobey Art Award lectures and Talks on the Gallery’s website.

The 2018 Sobey Art Award exhibition showcasing the work of all five shortlisted artists is on view at the National Gallery of Canada until February 10, 2019.

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Ont Fiscal Update – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Nov 15, 2018

By Paola Loriggio

TORONTO – Ontario workers earning less that $30,000 will no longer have to pay provincial income tax starting next year, and those earning up to $38,000 will pay less tax, The Canadian Press has learned.

Government sources say the plan will be laid out in the province’s fall economic statement, slated to be tabled in the legislature this afternoon.

The sources say the tax changes will apply to 1.1 million Ontario workers making minimum wage or slightly above it, noting some other low-income workers who currently use a combination of rebates and other measures are already spared provincial income tax.

They say those who will be newly exempt are expected to save roughly $850 per year, or $1,250 per year for households with two exempt workers.

The sources say the plan will cost the province about $120 million between Jan. 1 and the end of the fiscal year. No further projections are included in the fiscal update, they say.

Premier Doug Ford had promised to eliminate provincial income tax for low-income workers in exchange for scrapping a minimum wage hike planned by the previous Liberal government that was set to take effect next year.

(The Canadian Press)


Brian Gallant to make resignation announcement official at news conference today – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 15, 2018 

By Kevin Bissett


FREDERICTON _ Former premier Brian Gallant will go to the New Brunswick legislature this morning to officially announce that he will be stepping down as Liberal leader.

Sources tell The Canadian Press that Gallant will ask the party to organize a leadership convention.

They say he intends to remain as Opposition leader until the party chooses his replacement.

Gallant is scheduled to officially announce his intentions at the legislature at 11 a.m.

He became leader in 2012, and premier in 2014 at the age of 32, but came up short in September’s provincial election.

His minority government was toppled two weeks ago in a confidence vote on the Liberals’ throne speech, and Progressive Conservative Premier Blaine Higgs and his minority government were sworn-in last week.

Donald Wright, a political scientist at the University of New Brunswick, says Gallant likely spoke to his caucus and party, read the tea leaves and learned his future is not as party leader.


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Baloney Meter: Will tougher penalties for gang members make Canada safer? – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 15, 2018

By Jim Bronskill


OTTAWA _ “Canadians deserve to feel safe where they live. A Conservative government will deal swiftly and firmly with gang crime as part of our overall plan for a safer Canada.”

_ Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, news release, Nov. 8, 2018.

Dozens of handguns, bags of deadly drugs and confiscated cash were on display at a news conference after police laid more than 1,000 charges in June against 75 suspected members and associates of a Toronto-based gang.

Since 2013, gang-related homicides in Canada’s largest cities have almost doubled, Public Safety Canada says.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s solution to the scourge of gang crime focuses on strict law enforcement and creating new penalties. He says the Conservatives will put an end to “the revolving door” for gang members by making it easier for police to target them and put them where they belong: behind bars.

Will Scheer’s plan make Canadians safer?

Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).

This one earns a rating of “a lot of baloney.” Here’s why:

The Conservative proposal

Scheer’s plan includes five elements:

_ Ending automatic bail for gang members, to ensure arrested repeat gang offenders remain in custody.

_ Identifying gangs in the Criminal Code, much like the existing list of terrorist organizations, to help speed up prosecutions.

_ Revoking parole for gang members, sending them back to jail if they associate with other known members.

_ Tougher sentences for ordering gang crime, including mandatory sentences in federal prison for directing crimes.

_ New sentences for committing and ordering violent gang crime, with mandatory sentences in federal prison.

What the experts say

Criminal-justice experts say elements of the Conservative blueprint either duplicate existing measures or would be struck down as unconstitutional, and ignore the kind of measures shown to be effective in dealing with gang-related crime.

“Overall, it seems to be written by someone who has either little knowledge of the criminal process, or it’s trying to mislead people about the process,” said Kate Puddister, an assistant professor of political science at Ontario’s University of Guelph.

Added Neil Boyd, a criminology professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia: “It is very lamentable that the leader of the Opposition has chosen to engage in a Trumpian style of rhetoric, chastising the government through either deliberate distortion, or a more fundamental ignorance of existing law.”

An analysis of each of Scheer’s proposals:

_ Ending automatic bail for gang members.

While bail is not automatic, it is generally allowed as a constitutional right unless public safety would be endangered by releasing the accused. However, for some offences, including those involving a firearm or a gang _ known as a “criminal organization” in the Criminal Code _ the accused must show why their detention is not justified.

Simply outlawing bail for gang members would result in “a pretty strong constitutional challenge,” Puddister said.

_ Identifying gangs in the Criminal Code.

The Criminal Code, while not listing specific groups, defines a criminal organization as a group of three or more people with the purpose of committing serious offences for material benefit.

Experts say prosecutors rightly have the burden of proving gang activity. The question of whether a group of individuals is an organized crime network “is not one that can simply be assumed,” Boyd said.

_ Revoking parole for gang members.

Release on parole is never guaranteed, and the Parole Board of Canada must assess an offender’s risk when they become eligible. Offenders on parole must obey the law and follow standard conditions, such as reporting regularly to a parole officer. The parole board can also impose special conditions, and has the power to revoke release if the conditions are breached.

The Conservative proposal “implies that the people working in the system are stupid,” said Irvin Waller, a criminology professor at the University of Ottawa.

_ Tougher sentences for ordering gang crime.

The Criminal Code states that a member of a criminal organization who instructs someone to commit an offence for their benefit is guilty of an indictable offence and could receive a life sentence.

There is considerable academic research that shows mandatory minimum sentences “don’t really work and have disproportionate effects on minority communities and vulnerable people,” Puddister said. “Simply because there’s no minimum doesn’t mean judges won’t apply a restrictive sanction.”

Adds Waller: “Mandatory minimums are not a silver bullet.”

All this aside, many firearm offences already carry mandatory penalties.

_ New sentences for violent gang crime.

Penalties in the gang section of the Criminal Code range from as much as five years to life in prison.

“If we want to stop those involved in organized crime, who are not afraid of using deadly force against each other, the answer is not in changing already severe penalties, but in increasing the likelihood of arrest and conviction, and working to prevent involvement in these kinds of activities in the first instance,” Boyd said.

Other approaches

The Conservative plan doesn’t include any of the things that are proven to significantly reduce gang-related violence, Waller said. As an example, he pointed to Glasgow, Scotland, where the Community Initiative to Reduce Violence has seen success by establishing a partnership among police, social services, educators, housing officials and the public.

The initiative makes services and programs available to violent street-gang members who agree to change their lives and devote themselves to constructive work.

The U.S. National Institute of Justice says evaluations of gang-prevention programs show success flows from working with the local community, engaging city leaders, partnering with social service agencies and involving community members who have the respect of local gang leaders and members.

In Canada, about 180 people took part in a national meeting on gun and gang violence convened in March by the Liberal government. Among the recommended measures were initiatives that look beyond the immediate problem to address the roots of violence through a holistic, healthy-communities approach.

The verdict

The Conservative proposals to end gang activity focus on increasing penalties and locking up members for longer periods, based on the notion existing approaches are too soft on offenders.

Criminal-justice experts say existing penalties and parole provisions are stiff enough. In addition, public safety officials in Canada and abroad emphasize the need for a much broader approach to gang-related crime _ one that includes direct intervention with gang members and tailored programming.

For these reasons, the Conservative assertion that its plan would make Canadian communities safer is “a lot of baloney.”


The Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:

No baloney _ the statement is completely accurate.

A little baloney _ the statement is mostly accurate but more information is required.

Some baloney _ the statement is partly accurate but important details are missing.

A lot of baloney _ the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truth.

Full of baloney _ the statement is completely inaccurate.


Summit on Gang and Gun Violence: Summary Report

Gangs and gang crime, U.S. National Institute of Justice

Addressing Youth Gang Problems: An Overview of Programs and

The violence must stop: Glasgow’s Community Initiative to Reduce
Violence, second year report


Marie Wilson on the memories of residential schools

Credits: The Walrus

Marie Wilson talks about the trauma Indigenous people experienced in the residential school system, and what healing and reconciliation in Canada looks like, practically.

Wilson is former Commissioner of the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2009 to 2015). She has been an award-winning journalist, trainer, federal and territorial executive manager, teacher, lecturer, and consultant.

From Western University Presents The Walrus Talks Remembrance in London, Ontario, on November 5, 2018.

Minister Tassi meets with seniors, Indigenous leaders in Northern communities

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

November 14, 2018 North Bay, Ontario Employment and Social Development Canada

Seniors play an important part in contributing to the diversity of Canada and are an important part of our social fabric. That is why the Government of Canada is working to support older adults across the country.

Today, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors met with seniors in North Bay and Sudbury to highlight the importance of healthy aging and wellness. Minister Tassi had discussions with Indigenous seniors and organizations representing diverse communities on the topic of active living and emphasized the importance of healthy aging and working together to address challenges older Canadians face in Northern communities.

The Minister also met with Indigenous leaders and participated in activities funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, a program that has funded over 21,600 community-based projects since 2004. The program encourages seniors to get active in their communities and promotes social inclusion.

The Government of Canada continues to take concrete action to improve the well-being of seniors, including restoring the age of eligibility for Old Age Security (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) from 67 to 65 and increasing the GIS amount by almost $1,000 per year for the most vulnerable single seniors. The Government has also worked with provinces to enhance the Canada Pension Plan to help ensure that today’s workers can enjoy a safe, secured and dignified retirement.

Initiatives like these support the Government’s overall commitment to improve the well-being of all Canadians and strengthen the middle class and those working hard to join it.


“I was pleased to travel to communities in Northern Ontario today to learn about the unique perspectives of Indigenous seniors. The exchanges were insightful and informative. We have to work together to ensure we respond to particular needs of all seniors, and make sure we develop policies that benefit them, so that seniors can lead healthy, active and independent lives.”

– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors

Quick facts

  • Seniors are the fastest-growing demographic group in Canada. By 2030, the number of seniors will reach 9.6 million people, representing close to one quarter of Canada’s population.
  • Canadians’ life expectancy is expected to continue rising—Canadian men and women born in 2030 will live on average to age 84 and 87, respectively.

Associated links


For media enquiries, please contact:

Annabelle Archambault
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Seniors

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada


MNBC: Louis Riel Day 2018

November 14th, 2018

“Louis Riel Day” is the most significant day in our history as Métis people. This day is a day of celebration of who we are as a unique people, our unique culture and traditions independent of other Aboriginal peoples.

Louis David Riel, a transformative figure of Canadian history, born in St. Boniface Red River Settlement(Winnipeg) on October 22, 1844 was a great leader of Justice for Métis people and is recognized as a pioneer in the campaign for Métis rights in Canada. Louis Riel Day commemorates the anniversary of the execution of Riel on November 16, 1885 at Regina, Saskatchewan by the Canadian Government in the Northwest Resistence.  Louis Riel was a fearless defender of Métis Rights, Métis Culture and Idnentity.  Riel made the ultimate sacrifice for his people defending the Métis, and so on this day we honour and celebrate Louis Riel in recognition of our great Leader of the Métis Peoples, Father of Manitoba and Métis Hero.

The Métis Nation BC continues Riel’s fight as a nation, to gain recognition for Métis people in BC and to establish our Rights and create healthier and more sustainable Métis communities and build stronger relations with other indigienous peoples and government. All across our beautiful province of British Columbia MNBC’s Chartered Communities celebrate and honour this day or within the month of November with great pride and take the opportunity to raise the awareness to others within their respective communities who the Métis are, what are struggles were then as a people and what they are today.

Louis Riel is very significant to our Canadian History as are the Métis and our contributions in building this country. Read more >>>

Louis Riel Day is the day we proudly proclaim our Métis ancestry ~ Kishchee tey mo’yawn aen li Michif wi’yawn: “We are Proud to be Métis”.
President, Clara Morin Dal Col

In 1885 approximately 300 Métis men took up arms alongside Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont.

… and going down the coulee I saw Gabriel and he asked where the horses were .. It was the last time I saw Gabriel … Suddenly someone called out to me “ There they are, coming down the coulee with their cannon” I looked and saw them coming down and I shouted to the young men, ‘Take Courage, Take courage pray to God’

Report of Charles Trottier on the Battle of April 24, 1885.

Prayer of the Council 1885

Lord, Our God,
Thou art the Father of mercy and consolation;
We are several French Canadian Metis
Gathered together in Council,
Who put our confidence in Thee;
Grant that we may not be covered with confusion,
Ever defend us from this,
Enlighten us in our darkness of doubt,
Encourage us in our trials,
Strengthen us in our weakness and
Succour us in the time of pressing need


~ Louis Riel

Batoche (arial video)

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Canadore Nominates Outstanding Graduates for 2018 Premier’s Awards

Nov 14, 2018

(NORTH BAY, ONT.) — Canadore College is pleased to announce its nominees for the 2018 Premier’s Awards for outstanding college graduates.

Ernest Matton, Elder Little Brown Bear (Minesing, Ont.) – proud alumnus of Canadore’s general arts and science, and drug and alcohol counsellor programs, and manager of Indigenous culture and the Aboriginal healing program at the Michael Garron Hospital-Toronto East Health Network. Over nearly 25 years, Métis Elder Little Brown Bear has developed a holistic model to treating addiction and mental health issues by blending Indigenous teachings and ceremonies with mainstream Western practices in an award-winning approach to addictions treatment for Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations. Matton’s healing program takes its participants on an intensive healing journey to address emotional and mental traumas. His popular program purposely has no wait-list and client intakes have doubled in the last six years. Matton has received many accolades, including receiving the Governor General of Canada’s Sovereign Medal for Outstanding Indigenous Leadership, an investiture into the Order of Ontario, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Difference Maker Award, and the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation’s Barb Robinson Indigenous Excellence Award. Matton also holds an addiction education program certificate from McMaster University and a bachelor of education in Aboriginal education from Brock University. Elder Little Brown Bear says that his time at Canadore helped him to learn about the holistic relationship between trauma, mental health and addictions, which in turn shaped his ability to help pain sufferers.

Jessica Vander Kooij (Newmarket, Ont.) – proud graduate of Canadore’s broadcasting – television and video production program, and the executive producer, series producer of Property Brothers. After graduating, Vander Kooij quickly moved up industry ranks from assistant roles to an Emmy-nominated executive producer for one of HGTV’s most popular television series. Over the course of her 15 year career, she thrived in the live news scene with Breakfast Television and CityNews in Toronto, Ont. and Vancouver, B.C. Vander Kooij was the assistant director for Slice Network’s Wedding SOS, and assistant director for The Juno Awards broadcast with superstar rapper Drake before taking on her current role at Cineflix Media with the award-winning reality television series featuring brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott. Vander Kooij said she graduated from Canadore with an industry-ready portfolio and real world skills because the program exposed her to every aspect of the industry, which provided her with a comprehensive view of how different pieces fit together and how to steer them in the preferred direction.

The annual Premier’s Awards honour the important social and economic contributions made by college graduates to the province and to the world. Nominations are submitted by Ontario’s 24 colleges and are presented in six categories – Business, Creative Arts and Design, Community Services, Health Sciences, Technology, and Recent Graduate – and are reviewed by a selection committee. The winners will be celebrated at a gala event at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel on November 26. This year, 118 nominees and over 800 guests expected to attend.

Canadore alumni Kelly Crawford, (2016), Elina Katsman (2013), Peter Rowntree (2007) and Ted Hargreaves (1999) have been recognized as Premier Award recipients for their outstanding contributions in their respective fields.

Canadore College trains people through applied learning, leadership and innovation. It provides access to over 75 full-time quality programs and has outstanding faculty and provides success services to students from nearly 400 Canadian communities and 15 international countries. The College and its students add nearly $244 million to Nipissing Parry Sound Service Area economy. Approximately 1,000 students graduate from Canadore each year, and they join 45,000 alumni working across the globe. Canadore receives less than 50 per cent of its traditional funding from the provincial Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and relies on its own innovation and entrepreneurial endeavors and generous donors for the balance.

For more information, please contact:  Jessica Charette at 705.475.2538 or; Carrie Richmond at 705.474.7600, ext. 5216 or


Media advisory: Government of Canada, First Nations Health Consortium, and Government of Alberta to sign Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding on Jordan’s Principle

Treaty 6 Territory, Alberta — Please be advised that the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services alongside Chiefs from Maskwacis, Chief Joseph Weasel Child from Siksika Nation, Chief Clara Moberly from Bigstone Cree Nation and Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council which are represented by the First Nations Health Consortium and Danielle Larivée, Minister of Children’s Services for the Government of Alberta will sign a Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding on Jordan’s Principle.

Following the signing, Minister Philpott and other dignitaries will be available to answer questions from the media.

Date: November 15, 2018
Time: 14:00 p.m. (MDT)

Where: Radisson Hotel Edmonton
South – Jubilee Ballroom
4440 Gateway Boulevard
Edmonton, Alberta
For more information (media only):

Rachel Rappaport
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott
Minister of Indigenous Services

ISC Media Relations


Ilinniarvimmi Inuusilirijiit (II) Conference

14 November 2018 

The Government of Nunavut Department of Education will be holding the third territorial Ilinniarvimmi Inuusilirijiit (II) Conference from November 13 to 16, 2018. The conference will focus on how to assist students with social-emotional regulation using two new made-in- Nunavut evidence based programs developed by the Department of Education and Ilinniarvimmi Inuusilirijiit advisory group.

The first program, Northern Zones, is a social-emotional learning program to be used with small groups of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8. The second program, Mind Masters, is a health promotion program that helps children develop emotional regulation through relaxation, positive thinking and mindfulness.

Nunavut’s 42 ilinniarvimmi inuusilirijiit provide vital guidance to students advocating for and supporting those who are struggling with emotions and behaviors, and helping them work through their many adversities.


Media Contact:

Sandi Chan
Communications Officer
Department of Education


Minister LeBlanc announces call for proposals for research and monitoring projects related to Northern contaminants

November 14, 2018 — Ottawa, ON — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

The Government of Canada recognizes the importance traditionally harvested foods to the diet and cultures of northern and Indigenous people, and supports Northerners and scientists working together to better understand contaminant levels in these foods.

Today, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade, announced the 2019-2020 call for proposals for research and monitoring projects and related activities that address long-range contaminants and other contaminants of concern in Canada’s North.

Through the Northern Contaminants Program, the Government of Canada is supporting projects focused on environmental and community-based monitoring and research; health research; and capacity, communications and outreach activities with over $4 million in funding in 2019-2020.

These projects increase our understanding of long-range contaminant levels in traditionally harvested foods and their potential impacts on the health of animals and people. The projects’ findings will be used by policy-makers, individuals and communities to address the safety of traditional/country foods that are important to the health and well-being of Northerners.

Community members, and Indigenous and territorial governments are encouraged to work in partnership with university and federal scientists to submit proposals for projects. Applicants can submit proposals up until December 18, 2018. Projects selected for funding will be announced in 2019.


“We know that an evidence-based approach is essential to improving our understanding of pollutants and building healthier communities: that’s why our government continues to support community-based monitoring and research on pollutants in Canada’s North.”

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade

Associated links


For more information, media may contact:

Vincent Hughes
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc
Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade

Media Relations
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada


Media advisory: Minister Wilkinson will announce new Oceans Protection measures for British Columbia

Richmond, BC – The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, will announce new measures for British Columbia as part of the Government of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan. This plan is the largest investment ever made in Canada’s coasts and waterways, and will improve marine safety and responsible shipping, protect Canada’s marine environment, and will offer new possibilities for Indigenous and coastal communities.

Media are invited to attend the event. After the announcement, there will be an opportunity for media to ask questions.

Date:                Thursday, November 15, 2018

Time:               10:00 a.m. (PT)

Location:         Canadian Coast Guard Base
Sea Island

4260 Inglis Dr, Richmond, BC

Media will be directed where to park upon arriving at the gate.

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For more information:

Jocelyn Lubczuk
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
(613) 992-3474

Michelle Imbeau
Coast Guard Communications Advisor
Office: 604-666-2872
Cell: 604-219-5730


Environmental groups call on feds to protect caribou on provincial land – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 14, 2018 

By Nicole Thompson


TORONTO _ Three environmental groups are calling on the federal government to protect boreal caribou in northern Ontario, saying a decade of mismanagement by the province has put the animals increasingly at risk.

The David Suzuki Foundation, Ontario Nature and the Wildlands League issued a petition to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna this week, requesting that she recommend federal cabinet issue what’s known as a “safety net order” under the Species at Risk Act for two boreal caribou populations about 120 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay.

The move would prevent damage to or destruction of 65 per cent of the caribou populations’ habitats _ the amount of undisturbed land that the federal government said in a 2012 report would give the animals a 60 per cent shot at becoming self-sustaining.

“Caribou is an indicator of a healthy boreal forest,” said Anna Baggio, director of conservation planning for Wildlands League. “That forest is the backbone of our country in terms of providing us with ecosystem services, whether it’s cleaning our air, purifying our water, stablizing our soil.”

A spokeswoman for McKenna said the federal government is “taking swift action” to protect nature and wildlife, but did not respond to questions about the petition’s request.

In issuing their petition, the groups put together a report that said the Ontario government doesn’t know exactly how many caribou remain in the two at-risk herds because no surveys have been conducted on them since 2013.

The animals’ populations have been on the decline since before that time, the groups contend, and the conditions of their habitats are only getting worse.

“We know they’re not doing well,” said Baggio. “We know the calves aren’t surviving. We know the adult females aren’t surviving enough to replenish the population, and they’re facing more pressures. So the responsible thing to do would be to a) protect the habitat, and b) keep up the monitoring every year.”

The province’s Ministry of Natural Resources _ which handled endangered species before Premier Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservatives took power this summer _ and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change _ which now handles endangered species _ did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Baggio said it was irresponsible of the province not to keep close track of the health of the caribou population, given the continued development of their habitat.

“You know what they haven’t stopped doing? They haven’t stopped handing out permits for industrial development,” Baggio said, listing forestry, mining and mineral exploration as some of the key industries of concern.

A safety net order, Baggio noted, wouldn’t shut down industry in northern Ontario entirely.

“These ranges are massive,” she said. “You can protect critical habitat and there would be room for the industries to operate.”

She said the request for the federal government to step in was considered a last resort.

“We have exhausted all options,” she said. “We’ve sat in the public consultations. We’ve done the studies. We’ve put forward solutions.”

Sarah McDonald, a lawyer with Ecojustice who helped compile the groups’ report, said she believed a safety net order hasn’t been issued before but argued it would be a bold, positive move.

“It’s a big step for the government to step in and say that this large portion of land, at least in the case of caribou, is protected _ especially when that land is technically under provincial jurisdiction,” she said.

“Whether (the petition) results in an order or whether it just incentivizes the province to step up its game and do something to protect these ranges, either would be perfect for us as long as the outcome is that these caribou ranges are protected.”


What now for Calgary, Canada and Olympic Games after 2026 rejection? – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 14, 2018

By Donna Spencer


Calgary will redefine its reputation as a winter sport powerhouse in the aftermath of a vote rejecting a bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In a city where recreational, domestic and international athletes ski, board and skate in the legacy venues from the 1988 Winter Olympics, the results of a plebiscite indicated that distinction doesn’t warrant bidding for another games.

In the non-binding plebiscite, just under 40 per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot, and 56 per cent cast a dissenting one.

A Calgary city council that was nervous and divided over bidding is expected to scuttle it Monday.

Calgary, along with the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C., made Canada a player in the international sport community.

If a city synonymous with a successful games legacy doesn’t want to them again, what Canadian city ever will?

“Sport in a positive sense really brings a country together,” Canadian Olympic Committee president Tricia Smith said Wednesday. “I think it’s just a part of us, our humanity. So I suspect we will see another bid from Canada.”

But the chair of Calgary’s bid corporation doesn’t think the city should immediately shift its focus to chasing the 2030 Winter Games. Scott Hutcheson says the city needs to decompress and re-assess.

“I don’t think its 2030,” Hutcheson said. “I think you’ve got to put your pencil down for seven years. You don’t put it down for three years.

“Use the work later, but you can’t put a city through this every four years. My view would be let it go, accept the result, move on and come back with a bid maybe in seven years.”

Yves Hamelin relocated from Quebec, where he was head of the national short-track speedskating team, to Calgary in 2014 to oversee the Olympic Oval. His son Charles is a three-time gold medallist in short-track.

A sport system that would have been shaped by a home games on the horizon now must adjust expectations and plans, he said.

“For a while, there’s definitely going to be an impact,” Hamelin said. “Will this remove our appetite to do what’s right, to support our community, support youth and the athletes that come out of this sport development? The motivation will always stay.

“We will always keep our eyes on making the sport system as best we can with what we have to do that. The games were just a tool, a leverage to really give an edge to our system. We’re going to have to be more creative I would say.”

Looking at Calgary through a sport lens, it is a city of facilities more than three decades old.

While a new stadium and NHL arena weren’t part of the proposed draft plan, McMahon Stadium and the Saddledome were promised an overhaul.

A $500-million renewal of Calgary’s ’88 legacies was one piece of a proposed bid.

The other was economic revitalization of a city that has a commercial vacancy rate of 25 per cent in a province that desperately wants pipelines built to the coast to get a competitive price for its oil.

Calgary was one of many North American cities that made a pitch for Amazon’s second headquarters, but didn’t make the shortlist.

Calgary 2026’s proposed draft plan asked Calgarians to put in $390 million and said $4.4 billion would come back to the city if it won the games.

Kyle Shewfelt, an Olympic gold medallist in gymnasitcs at the 2004 Athens Games, is a business owner in Calgary operating his own gymnastics centre.

For him, sport ranked second behind the economy when it came to what he thought a Winter Games would do for the city.

“My question now is, if 56 per cent of Calgarians didn’t want this, what do they want?” he asked. “This was about a catalyst for our city to move forward.

“We’re in a place right now where we’re boom and bust because of oil and gas and that’s all we wait for. I want to diversity this economy. I want us to pursue a big challenge. I want to be a part of that.”

The International Olympic Committee is left with two of the three cities it invited to be candidates for 2026: Stockhom and Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

IOC executive Christophe Dubi visited Calgary multiple times touting a low-risk, high-reward scenario should Calgary get the games.

The IOC, like Calgary 2026, did not convince the majority of voters Tuesday.

“It comes as no surprise following the political discussions and uncertainties right up until the last few days,” the IOC said in a statement.

“It is disappointing that the arguments about the sporting, social and long-term benefits of hosting the Olympic Games did not sway the vote.”

_ With files from Canadian Press sports reporter Gregory Strong.


Nain residents encouraged to get screened for TB

November 14, 2018

The Nunatsiavut Department of Health and Social Development, in collaboration with Labrador-Grenfell Regional Health Authority (LGH), today launched a campaign aimed at encouraging residents of Nain, who have yet to do so, to get screened for tuberculosis.

“By choosing to be screened you are playing a major role towards eliminating TB in the community,” says Nunatsiavut’s Director of Health Services, Sylvia Doody. “TB can be prevented, but doing so takes a collaborative approach that involves the whole community.”

The expanded community-wide screening initiative focuses primarily on residents who have not been screened following the death of a 14-year-old youth in March 2018.

“It’s an unprecedented effort to contribute to the elimination of TB in the community and to help prevent future outbreaks”, says Dr. Gabe Woollam, LGH’s Vice-President of Medical Services. “As is the case in other Inuit regions in Canada, TB rates in Nain are far too high and steps must be taken to reduce the number of cases and prevent the spread of the disease. The enhanced community testing is an effort to do just that.”

A public meeting was held in Nain last evening to provide an overview of the plans to increase awareness of TB, and to outline what steps are being taken to screen as many residents as possible.

Additional human resources will be mobilized to the community as part of the expanded screening initiative, which will continue as long as necessary to minimize further threat of TB.

Media Contacts:

Bert Pomeroy
Director of Communications
Nunatsiavut Government
(709) 896-8582

Amanda MacNeil
Regional Director of Communications
Labrador-Grenfell Regional Health Authority
(709) 897-3102


People in Nunavut’s tourism industry to benefit from federal investments in Indigenous tourism and business development

From: Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

News release

Government of Canada supports small businesses and tourism operators in the Kivalliq region

November 14, 2018 – Rankin Inlet, NU – Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

More than 1.8 million people are employed in Canada`s tourism sector, making it one of the largest economic sectors in the country. Within the industry itself, there is a growing focus on Indigenous tourism that has the advantage of offering visitors a unique experience.

The Government of Canada recognizes the value of the Indigenous tourism industry as an economic driver and is committed to working in partnership with Inuit, Métis and First Nations to grow Indigenous tourism businesses. That’s why the government is investing more than $786,000 in four projects in Nunavut’s Kivalliq region.

The funding was announced today by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Minister responsible for CanNor. The funding will support:

  • The Turaarvik Co-op Hotel in Rankin Inlet
  • The Pitsiulak Co-op Retail and Hotel in Chesterfield Inlet; and
  • The Issatik Co-op Hotel in Whale Cove

All three locations will receive funding to significantly expand and modernize their facilities to industry standards. These renovations include expanding the number of rooms, adding new furnishings, improving facilities maintenance and service areas, and upgrading lighting to high-efficiency systems that will reduce demand on each community’s power plant.These facilities are major employers in each community with Turaavik Co-op Hotel employing 19 people, Pitisiulak Co-op Hotel employing 14 staff and Issatik Co-op Hotel employing 23 staff.

CanNor is also investing in the revitalization of Thule Qammaqs (sod houses) archeological sites near the hamlet of Chesterfield Inlet. The sites and their development will serve as a cultural tourism attraction. The project will involve consulting Elders and youth on the development of interpretative signage, as well as identifying options to attract visitors to the site. The development of an Inuit archaeological site provides the hamlet with new tourism and related business opportunities.


“In partnership with Indigenous communities, our government is committed to the long-term prosperity of the North. By expanding the tourism industry and supporting Indigenous owned businesses, we are growing the region’s economy and creating opportunities in a sector that will continue to create jobs.”

– Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Minister responsible for CanNor.

“Indigenous tourism has grown significantly in the last decade and there are unique opportunities to promote it as a cornerstone of Canada’s tourism brand. By working in partnership with Inuit in the Kivalliq, we are able to support these hotel renovations and cultural mapping to keep up with the increased needs of visitors in these communities.”

– Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie

“Member Co-ops in the Arctic continue to provide a wide range of products and services to its Members and customers in Northern Canada. By working with agencies such as the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) in Nunavut, Co-ops continue to grow and expand the Inns North Hotel brand in Northern Canada.”

– Jack Ediger, Vice President of Member Management Services, Arctic Co-operatives

“The mapping of these important historical sites will help to preserve Chesterfield Inlet’s rich history for generations to come as well as it will work to enhance and preserve the Inuit culture, and the improvements to the Pitsuilak Co-op Retail and Hotel is a welcome change.”

– Jimmy Krako, Deputy Mayor of Chesterfield Inlet

Quick facts

  • Tourism is already an important economic driver in Nunavut, adding $300 million to the economy and generating 2,500 jobs every year.
  • CanNor is providing $250,000 in funding to Turaarvik Co-op Hotel in Rankin Inlet with Arctic Co-operatives adding $844,800 for a total of $1,094,800.
  • CanNor is providing $250,000 to the Pitsiulak Co-op Retail and Hotel with Arctic Co-operatives adding $1,405,000 for a total $1,655,000.
  • CanNor is providing $250,000 to the Issatik Co-op Hotel with Arctic Co-operatives adding $2,020,000 for a total of $2,270,000.
    •    The total investment in renovating all three hotels is $5,019,800.
  • In Chesterfield Inlet, CanNor is investing $36,440 for archaeological mapping and cultural development with the Hamlet contributing $9,110 for a total investment of $45,550.

Associated links


Jeremy Ghio
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and
Economic Development Canada

Craig Welsh
Communications Advisor,
CanNor, Nunavut Region

Duane Wilson
Vice President of Stakeholder Relations
Arctic Co-operatives

Roy Mullins
Chief Administrative Officer
Hamlet of Chesterfield Inlet


Media Advisory – Governments of Canada and Northwest Territories to make announcement related to housing

YELLOWKNIFE, Nov. 14, 2018  – The federal and territorial governments will be making an announcement related to housing in the Northwest Territories.

Media are invited to join the Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and the Honourable Alfred Moses, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs.


November 15, 2018


11:00 a.m.


Great Hall
4570 – 48 Street

Yellowknife, NWT

For further information: Gabriel Teo, CMHC, (604) 376-4622,; Valérie Glazer, Press Secretary, Office of Minister Duclos, 819-654-5546,


Expect no quick end to Canada wide cannabis shortages, producers warn – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 14, 2018 


The supply shortages that have plagued many provinces in the first month of legal cannabis will likely persist for years, industry insiders say.

Provinces including British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have all reported varying degrees of shortages.

New Brunswick was forced to temporarily close more than half its stores, while the Quebec Cannabis Corporation has reduced its store opening hours to four days a week. Labrador’s only legal cannabis store said it was forced to temporarily close after being without any product for nearly two weeks.

“Some licensed producers ? have been unable to deliver the volumes that they had originally committed to,” said Kate Bilney, a spokeswoman for the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch.

Khurram Malik, CEO of the Toronto-based cannabis company Biome Grow Inc., said the lack of supply is due in part to the tough regulations imposed by Health Canada on the country’s 132 licensed producers, and the time required by companies to develop a quality and compliant product.

He said the federal department also took too long to approve licences.

“The rules here are so difficult to grow cannabis _ quite frankly more difficult than anywhere else in the world _ that if you’re a new licence holder and you’ve never done this before, it’s going to take you a year, year-and-a-half, or two years to get any decent, consistent quality product out the door in any predictable volumes,” said Malik, adding it’s much easier and cheaper to grow in jurisdictions such as California.

“The good thing with that is, yes, it makes things difficult domestically, but the rest of the world looks at us as outright experts in this. They say if you can grow in Canada, you can grow anywhere.”

Malik said he suspects some companies did stockpile cannabis leading up to Oct. 17, but logistics such as packaging and shipping have held up distribution as producers navigate the red tape of a brand new sector.

“There may be empty store shelves right now in various provinces, but there’s product sitting in vaults ready to move. That will clean itself out in the coming weeks,” said Malik, whose company has facilities under development in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

“Once that’s out of the way, then you’re going to have intermittent shortages throughout 2019 and into 2020 as people produce and ship right away.”

Health Canada said it has taken steps to improve the licensing and capacity of producers, including increasing approved production capacity from 185,000 square metres to more than 1.2 million square metres since May 2017.

The department declined a request for an interview. But a statement from spokeswoman Tammy Jarbeau acknowledged that product shortages would likely continue “in the months ahead.”

“As with any new industry where there is considerable consumer demand, we expect there may be periods where inventories of some products run low or, in some cases, run out,” said Jarbeau in an email.

“Health Canada remains confident that there is sufficient supply of cannabis overall to meet market demand now and into the future.”

The department said given the long-standing prohibition of cannabis, there were no established benchmarks to precisely estimate demand levels, or to determine which products would be in high demand.

“As the overall supply chain gains experience in the Canadian marketplace, it is expected that such localized and product-specific shortages will become far fewer in number,” she said.

Brenda and Trevor Tobin, the mother-and-son owners of Labrador City’s High North, said demand at the store currently far outweighs the available supply.

The shop sold all of its cannabis in the first three hours on legalization day, and in the weeks following, products dried up for almost two weeks.

Brenda Tobin said she continues to sell product faster than producers are able to deliver it. She said that has prompted some of her customers to buy cannabis illegally.

“A lot of them have said, ‘Well I guess it’s back to the black market’,” said Tobin. “We hate to hear that, but I’m assuming if they want their product, they’re going to get it one way or the other.”

She said product availability has also been restricted as producers send lists of available products, rather than the shop being able to request certain products, she said.

Authorities in B.C. and Alberta said licensed producers have not been able to deliver on the volumes they had originally committed to, but neither province provided specifics.

“While we forecasted and planned for this level of demand, we did not anticipate the supply challenges,” said Heather Holmen, manager of communications for Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis. “The shortage of product is a Canada-wide challenge.”

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation said it received less than 40 per cent of the product it ordered from 14 licensed producers in August, but was able to bring in inventory from a P.E.I. producer days before legalization to help address the shortage.

The shortages meant that three Nova Scotia cannabis stores closed early a few hours early on three occasions during the first week of legalization. There have not been any closures since then.

Cannabis NB said it received 20 to 30 per cent of its order for legalization day. It said 12 of the province’s 20 stores were forced to temporarily close in the last few weeks, but have all since reopened.

“Temporary closures are sometimes required to allow for new inventory to arrive,” Cannabis NB said in an email. “We expect supply levels to eventually normalize, however, the demand is consistent, and supply is a challenge.”

Meanwhile in Ontario _ where its online store is the only way to legally purchase recreational cannabis until brick-and-mortar stores are put in place next year _ the provincial ombudsman has received more than 1,000 complaints related to delivery delays, poor customer service and issues with billing.

Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli said this week that the online Ontario Cannabis Store was returning to its original delivery time of one to three days, after receiving 200,000 orders since Oct. 17.

Ray Gracewood, chief commercial officer for the New Brunswick-based OrganiGram, said cannabis companies knew it would be a challenge to fulfil the demand during the first few months following legalization, and a shortage was inevitable as producers play catch-up.

“There’s a huge novelty factor and I think it probably has really captured the imagination of Canadians in general,” said Gracewood. “It’s a validation that Canadian consumers are willing to embrace regulated and legalized product.”

Gracewood said Canadian consumers have a whole new world of cannabis products to look forward to, and he expects producers will start developing product niches.

Ottawa has said it is aiming to make edibles containing cannabis and cannabis concentrates legal by next October.

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NASA wants Canadian boots on the moon as first step in deep space exploration – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 14, 2018 

By Mike Blanchfield


OTTAWA _ The head of the U.S. space agency says he wants to see Canadian astronauts walking on the moon before long, as part of a first step toward the farther reaches of space.

Jim Bridenstine, the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, says he wants Canada’s decades-long space partnership with the U.S. to continue as NASA embarks on the creation of its new Lunar Gateway.

The U.S. is seeking broad international support for the next-generation space station it is planning to send into orbit around the moon starting in 2021.

Bridenstine says he wants Canada to contribute its expertise in artificial intelligence and robotics, and that could include a next-generation Canadarm on the Lunar Gateway and more Canadian technology inside.

He says NASA wants to create a “sustainable lunar architecture” that would allow people and equipment to go back and forth to the moon regularly.

“If Canadians want to be involved in missions to the surface of the moon with astronauts, we welcome that. We want to see that day materialize,” he said told a small group of journalists in Ottawa today. “We think it would be fantastic for the world to see people on the surface of the moon that are not just wearing the American flag, but wearing the flags of other nations.”

He says the return to the moon is a stepping stone to a much more ambitious goal: exploration that could include reaching Mars in the next two decades.

“The moon is, in essence, a proving ground for deeper space exploration,” he said.

Bridenstine is in Ottawa for a large gathering of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, where speculation is running high about Canada’s possible participation in the U.S. space program.

Marc Garneau, who was the first Canadian to reach outer space in 1984 and is now Canada’s transport minister, told the conference he wants Canada to continue being a “star player” in all fields of the aerospace industry. But he had no new space initiatives to announce.

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, a vocal booster of Canada’s AI hubs in Ontario and Quebec, is also scheduled to speak.

On Dec. 3, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques will travel to the International Space Station on his first mission.


Government of Canada Supports an Inclusive and Innovative West Coast Marine Sector

From: Western Economic Diversification Canada

Funding will create opportunities for underrepresented groups in the marine sector and benefit small- and medium-sized enterprises in Western Canada

November 14, 2018 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Western Economic Diversification Canada

The Association of British Columbia Marine Industries (ABCMI) will receive support from the Government of Canada to stimulate growth in key areas of British Columbia’s marine sector.

Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) announced $1 million in funding to ABCMI during their second annual Business Opportunities Conference.

With support from the Government of Canada, ABCMI plans to engage women, Indigenous Peoples, and youth in networking, training, employment, and business opportunities in the sector. The association will also explore and develop labour market solutions under the BC Government’s Sector Labour Market Partnership Program.

To showcase and support the growth of BC’s marine sector, ABCMI will host local supplier development and collaborative events between industry, academic, and training institutions, as well as different levels of governments – including this year’s ABCMI Business Opportunities Conference. ABCMI will also work with industry to organize domestic and foreign trade missions to market the West Coast marine industry.


“The Government of Canada is proud to work with the Association of British Columbia Marine Industries. This project supports Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan to diversify the workplace to include women, Indigenous Peoples, and youth to grow the marine innovation network on the West Coast, and help small companies access procurement opportunities with larger customers.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada

“The Government of Canada is proud to support the ABCMI’s efforts to engage Indigenous Peoples, women and youth in British Columbia’s marine sector. With new career opportunities emerging in the National Shipbuilding Strategy and within the local industry, we welcome the opportunity to strengthen and diversify the region’s labour market.”

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada

“The ABCMI works to strengthen British Columbia’s industrial marine sector so our companies can prosper and our people can grow. This funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada will help us to further our mission to showcase our diverse and innovative industry across Canada and around the world.”

Leann Collins, Director Projects and Stakeholder Relations, Association of British Columbia Marine Industries

Quick facts

  • The marine industry is a significant contributor to the BC economy with over 1,000 companies and 21,000 workers across the province.
  • In the next decade, the marine sector will need to fill 16,600 jobs due to retirements, existing vacancies, and a projected sector growth of 5,500 new positions.

Associated links


Ben Stanford
Regional Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification Canada

Alex Rueben
Executive Director
Association of British Columbia Marine Industries (ABCMI)


Fifth Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine Clinic Opens in Selkirk

Clinics Offer Front-line Help For Manitobans: Friesen

SELKIRK—Manitoba’s fifth Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine (RAAM) clinic has opened, providing an option for residents of the Interlake-Eastern region seeking help from addictions, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced here today.

“In just over two months, RAAM clinics have proven to be successful in helping Manitobans seek treatment for addictions or substance-related concerns such as opioids, methamphetamine and alcohol,” said Friesen.  “Where it once took weeks or even months for individuals to get the help they seek, these clinics accelerate the process, helping them more easily navigate the health system and move them between addiction medicine specialists, primary care providers and community supports.”

The Selkirk RAAM clinic is in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority’s (IERHA) community health office at 237 Manitoba Ave.  The clinic provides assessment, counselling, the prescribing of appropriate medication and connections for adult patients to community treatment programs and primary care physicians.  No appointments or referrals are necessary to access services provided at the clinic, which will typically be staffed by an addictions physician and a combination of nurses, counsellors and outreach workers.

“Our RAAM clinic lets anyone struggling with an addiction know that they are not alone and that help is available to beat addiction.  We welcome anyone who wants to talk with health-care professionals who understand addiction.  We’ll use the next few months to better understand people’s needs and align clinic services with the care required,” said Ron Van Denakker, CEO of the IERHA.

Since Aug. 31, when the first RAAM clinic opened at Winnipeg’s Crisis Response Centre, more than 340 patients have accessed RAAM services.  Subsequent clinic locations have since opened at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba’s River Point Centre location in Point Douglas, as well as in Brandon and Thompson.

“We are excited to be a part of the RAAM clinics that are helping Manitobans in need get quick and easy access to addictions treatment,” said Ben Fry, CEO of the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba.  “When someone is struggling with substance use, having access to treatment quickly and close to home, it makes it much more likely they will be successful in their recovery.”

In addition to working directly with patients, RAAM clinical teams support primary care providers including mentoring, reassessment and referral of patients.  Clinical teams collaborate with regulatory bodies to ensure appropriate education tools and ongoing support are provided to health-care professionals.

The Manitoba government has provided $1.237 million for the creation of the clinics, highlighted as a successful model during extensive public and stakeholder consultations through the development of the Virgo report, which outlined a mental health and addictions strategy for Manitoba.

Information on RAAM clinics is available at the Manitoba Addictions helpline at 1-855-662-6605 (toll-free) or

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For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-945-4916.


Media advisory: Parliamentary Secretary to Join Maliseet Nation Conservation Council to launch the International Year of the Salmon in Eastern Canada

From: Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Moncton, New Brunswick – On behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Parliamentary Secretary Sean Casey, will join the Maliseet Nation Conservation Council and other agencies, organizations, Indigenous communities, and academics involved in the conservation and research of wild Atlantic salmon to celebrate the socio-economic importance of salmon and to underscore the necessity of collaborative efforts to conserve and protect this species.

Photo opportunities will be available for media in attendance. Parliamentary Secretary Casey will be available to media after the event.

Date: November 15, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. (local time)
Kennebecasis Room
Hilton Saint John
1 Market Square
Saint John, New Brunswick

Jocelyn Lubczuk
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard 343-548-7863

Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Sandy Lake First Nation works in partnership with the Government of Canada to upgrade and expand water treatment plant

From: Indigenous Services Canada

November 14, 2018 — Sandy Lake First Nation, Treaty 5 Territory, Ontario — Indigenous Services Canada

The Government of Canada is working in partnership with First Nation communities to build water and wastewater facilities and improve reliable access to safe, clean drinking water.

Today, Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora, on behalf of the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, announced the federal government’s commitment to the community of Sandy Lake First Nation to upgrade and expand its water treatment plant.

The design phase of the project commenced in October 2018 and construction is expected to begin in December 2019. This work will provide a long-term solution to the community’s water needs. Additionally, interim repairs to the water treatment plant and distribution system are underway to address the long-term drinking water advisory that has been in place since 2002. It’s expected the advisory will be lifted in December 2018.

When completed, the expanded water treatment plant will provide safe, clean, reliable drinking water to the more than 2,600 community members that live on the reserve.


“Our government is pleased to be partnering with Sandy Lake First Nation in implementing a long-term solution to the community’s long-term drinking water advisory that has been in place since 2002. While upgrades and the expansion of the community’s water treatment plant take shape, I am pleased that the community and Indigenous Services Canada officials will be able to implement an interim solution shortly that will allow for improved access to clean and reliable drinking water to the community, and lift the long-standing drinking water advisory.”

The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services

Quick facts

  • Sandy Lake First Nation is located approximately 225 kilometres northeast of Red Lake.

Associated links


Rachel Rappaport
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott
Minister of Indigenous Services

Media Relations
Indigenous Services Canada


Applications Being Accepted for Community Addictions Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Fund Program

November 14, 2018

The Department of Health and Community Services is inviting applications for the 2018-19 Community Addictions Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Fund Program. The fund provides financial support to individuals, community groups, schools and non-profit organizations interested in increasing awareness and understanding of mental health and addictions in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The application deadline is Friday, December 21, 2018 and program guidelines and application forms are available online at: Anyone seeking assistance with the application process, can contact their regional health authority contact identified in the application form.

To receive funding, applications must act on at least one of the following priority areas:

  • Supporting young families (parenting skills, parent/child mental wellness, etc.)
  • Preventing substance use related risks and harms
  • Suicide prevention, specifically with respect to stigma reduction
  • Supporting positive mental health and wellness

A total of $150,000 in program funding is available for 2018-19. Funding is administered by the Department of Health and Community Services in partnership with the four regional health authorities. Each regional health authority has dedicated mental health promotion and addiction prevention staff members available to provide advice and support to interested applicants.

This initiative delivers on the commitment in The Way Forward to deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at


“When it comes to mental health and addictions it is imperative that we keep talking and listening within our communities. Through this program, we are providing communities the opportunity to become involved in the conversation and to get the word out on the importance of mental health promotion and addictions prevention to our overall health and wellbeing.”

Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services

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Learn more

Community Addictions Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Fund

Towards Recovery

Media contact
Tina Newhook
Health and Community Services
709-729-1377, 728-2837


Blackwater Gold Project — Public Comments Invited

From: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

November 14, 2018 — Ottawa — Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is conducting a federal environmental assessment of the proposed Blackwater Gold Project, located approximately 110 kilometres southwest of Vanderhoof, British Columbia.

The Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to comment on the draft Environmental Assessment Report, which includes the Agency’s conclusions and recommendations regarding the potential environmental effects of the project and their significance, the proposed mitigation measures, and the follow-up program.

The Agency also invites comments on the potential environmental assessment conditions for the project. Final conditions would become legally binding on the proponent if the project is allowed to proceed.

This project has benefited from several public and Indigenous consultation opportunities. This is the final public comment period in the process.

All comments received will be considered public. Written comments in either official language must be submitted by December 14, 2018 to:

Blackwater Gold Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
410-701 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V7Y 1C6
Telephone: 604-666-2431

Following the public comment period, the Environmental Assessment Report and potential environmental assessment conditions will be finalized and provided to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, along with comments received. The Minister will make a decision on whether the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

Associated links


Karen Fish
Communications Advisor
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency


Government of Canada supports Indigenous languages in Quebec

From: Canadian Heritage

Kahnawake, Quebec, November 14, 2018

Marc Miller, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced today that the Government of Canada is providing $275,558 to the Kahnawake Iakwahwatsiratátie Language Nest, over two years, to preserve and promote the Mohawk language. Mr. Miller made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.

The funding was provided through the Aboriginal Languages ​​Initiative and will enable the Iakwahwatsiratátie Language Nest to offer 1,700 hours of Mohawk language courses to 48 participants in the community through the use of language and cultural activities.

The Iakwahwatsiratátie Language Nest is a non-profit organization mandated to take immediate action to address the loss of Mohawk as a first language. The goal is to teach Mohawk to parents and children in a natural learning environment so they can adopt it as their first language.


“No relationship is more important to our government than the one with Indigenous people. The preservation, promotion and revitalization of Indigenous languages are essential components of reconciliation. I take pride in today’s announcement, as the funds will be used to consolidate efforts to preserve Indigenous languages in Quebec.”

– The Honorable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

“Indigenous languages are an integral part of the Indigenous identity and Canada’s cultural identity. We are pleased to support the efforts of the Iakwahwatsiratátie Language Nest to preserve and promote the Mohawk language.”

– Mr. Marc Miller, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“The parents, children and staff of the Iakwahwatsiratátie Language Nest are very pleased to receive help through the Aboriginal Languages Initiative. This funding will allow us to continue our very important work of helping families learn Kanien’keha and continue to be an integral part of the growing community effort to keep Kanien’keha alive for generations to come. Niawenhkó: wa.”

– Ms. Karihwakátste Cara Deer, Coordinator, Iakwahwatsiratátie Language Nest

Quick facts

  • UNESCO designated three-quarters of Canada’s 90 Indigenous living languages as “endangered.” UNESCO also found that there are no Indigenous languages in the “safe” languages category.
  • In 2016, only 15.6% of Indigenous people could converse in an Indigenous language, compared to 17% of Indigenous people in 2011 and 21% in 2006. Of those overall numbers, 21% of First Nations people, 64% of Inuit and 2% of Métis could converse in an Indigenous language.
  • In 2016, only 12.5% of Indigenous people declared their mother tongue was an Indigenous language, compared to 14.5% in 2011.
  • In 2016, 13.3% of Indigenous people declared that they spoke an Indigenous language at home, either most of the time or on a regular basis.
  • In the 2017 budget, the Government of Canada invested $89.9 million over three years to preserve, promote and revitalize Indigenous languages and culture.
  • The Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI) supports the preservation, promotion and revitalization of First Nations, Métis and Inuit languages through community projects and activities that include the publication of documents in Indigenous languages, Indigenous language courses and the development of Indigenous language preservation strategies.

Associated links


For further information (media only), please contact:

Simon Ross
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage


Infinity Women Secretariat Announces Prosperity Through Innovation

November 14, 2018
3-year project will support Métis women’s access to employment in Manitoba

Winnipeg, MB – Infinity Women Secretariat has announced funding through Status of Women Canada for a three-year project that will improve access to employment for Métis mothers and caregivers across Manitoba. The announcement was made as part of an event hosted by Infinity Women Secretariat, an affiliate of the Manitoba Metis Federation.

After an opening prayer by Linda St. Cyr-Saric and opening comments from Winnipeg Centre Member of Parliament Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Winnipeg South Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women Canada Terry Duguid announced the funding on behalf of Status of Women Canada. Through the Prosperity Through Innovation: Métis Women in Manitoba project, Infinity Women Secretariat will receive $283,800 over three years for increasing access to individualized, relevant programs and services including child care, job matching and skills coaching that will support Métis Women in Manitoba to achieve their goals. The project will realize these aims through partnerships and collaboration with employment and service providers including the MMF – Metis Employment and Training and the Louis Riel Institute.

“We know barriers exist for Métis women in Manitoba, including a lack of accessible child care programs and early learning opportunities,” said Duguid. “This 36-month project will address barriers faced by Métis women as they enter, re-enter or remain in the workforce.”

“We are very excited about this announcement as our project will help Métis women with their life and career paths, and towards achieving their holistic life goals,” said Campbell. “We welcome and appreciate the Government of Canada’s support for this project, which will help address barriers to economic security faced by Métis mothers and caregivers across Manitoba.”

Infinity Women Secretariat was incorporated on April 23, 2013 with a main objective to promote, empower and enhance the social, cultural and economic well-being of Métis women in Manitoba.

Status of Women Canada is a federal government organization that promotes equality for women and their full participation in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada. For more information, visit


Believe in Yourself; Believe in Métis.

The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Métis Nation’s Manitoba Métis Community. The Manitoba Métis are Canada’s Negotiating Partner in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.

For media information, please contact:
Barney Morin, Communications Coordinator
Manitoba Metis Federation
Office: 204-586-8474 x277
Cell: 204-391-0717


Experts warn of economic uncertainty until USMCA ratified; Dems cast doubts – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 14, 2018 

WASHINGTON _ Democrats are calling for tweaks to Canada’s new trade pact with the United States and Mexico as experts warn that economic uncertainty will linger until the deal is ratified in Congress.

New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell, the presumptive next head of the influential Ways and Means Trade subcommittee, is the latest member of the newly reconfigured House of Representatives to warn that it’s not about to rubber-stamp the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Pascrell tells Bloomberg that the new Democratic majority in the House will want better enforcement of the agreement’s labour and environmental clauses before voting to approve one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s singular accomplishments in his first two years.

California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to lead the new House majority, has also indicated she wants to see better enforcement on labour and the environment before she’ll support the agreement.

Trade lawyers, meanwhile, say economic uncertainty will be the norm rather than the exception until the deal is formally ratified by all three countries.

And they say that uncertainty would only get worse if Trump, in an effort to spur Congress into action, were to renew his threat to tear up NAFTA, the 24-year-old deal that remains in place until the USMCA comes into effect.


Many child killers have been placed in Indigenous healing lodges, stats show – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 14, 2018 

OTTAWA _ Newly released figures show the practice of placing child-killers in the federal prison service’s Indigenous healing lodges stretches back several years _ well before the recent uproar over Terri-Lynne McClintic.

The federal statistics indicate 17 male and female offenders serving time for killing minors were transferred to one of the Correctional Service of Canada’s healing lodges from 2012-13 through last year.

As of mid-September, there were 11 offenders in healing lodges who had been convicted of first- or second-degree murder of a minor.

McClintic, convicted of murdering eight-year-old Tori Stafford, was moved to a healing lodge in Saskatchewan from a traditional prison, sparking public and political outrage.

McClintic was eight years into a life sentence for the abduction, rape and murder of the Ontario girl.

Conservative MPs hammered away at the issue in the House of Commons for days, pointing a finger at the Trudeau Liberals. The new figures show such transfers were also taking place while Stephen Harper’s Conservatives were in office.

Healing lodges use Indigenous values, traditions and beliefs to help with Indigenous inmates’ rehabilitation and to get them ready to return to their communities. The prison service says the approach is holistic and spiritual, and includes guidance and support from Indigenous elders and community members.

The Liberal government recently announced new rules that make it harder for federal prisoners to be transferred to Indigenous healing lodges if they’re serving long sentences.

Under the rules, prisoners won’t be eligible for transfers to healing lodges without secured perimeters until they’re into the “preparation for release” phases of their sentences.

The Correctional Service will also have to consider inmate behaviour and how close offenders are to being eligible for unescorted temporary absences from prison before transferring them.

McClintic is now back in a traditional prison in Edmonton.

The murder of a child is odious and utterly reprehensible, and perpetrators must be held fully accountable for their crime, said Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.

“At the same time, our correctional system must also strive for rehabilitation so we can have fewer repeat offenders, fewer victims, and ultimately safer communities,” he said.

Healing lodges have a record of successfully dealing with difficult cases, and can be the right correctional approach for certain offenders, he added.


Parks Canada makes additional investment in ?apsc?iik t?as?ii multi-use trail in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve to protect the environment and cultural heritage

From: Parks Canada

November 14, 2018 Ucluelet, British Columbia Parks Canada Agency

Canadians love nature. The diversity of stunning natural landscapes across our country are preserved and protected by Parks Canada. Our Parks allow us to touch nature in new ways, to see amazing wildlife and stunning vistas, and to understand the natural wonder of our country more deeply. By expanding the trails through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Parks Canada will allow more Canadians to experience the beauty of Vancouver Island.

ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (pronounced ups-cheek ta-shee) is a new 25 km multi-use trail located in the traditional territories of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ. The trail has long been wished for by local communities and visitors to the park. It will span the length of the park reserve’s Long Beach Unit, as an accessible trail, and it will offer pedestrians and cyclists an alternative to motorized transport.

As stewards of the land, Parks Canada is responsible for ensuring the work on any project supports its obligations to local communities, environment, and cultural heritage. The trail is in the final stages of design and building will begin in the spring. Once complete, ʔapsčiik t̓ašii will offer visitors a safe, sustainable, and accessible trail, all while protecting the ecologically and culturally sensitive environment found in the park reserve.

As part of the project, Parks Canada conducted a number of environmental, engineering, archaeological, and traditional-use studies in order to adapt the trail design to protect sensitive features. Along the route, archeological sites were identified by Indigenous knowledge holders and species-at-risk habitats were identified, leading to redesigns as the trail has developed. As work progresses on ʔapsčiik t̓ašii, Parks Canada continues to gain valuable knowledge about the ecology, cultural heritage, and topography of this area.

Approximately $17 million in additional funding is being invested in ʔapsčiik t̓ašii to allow for these important changes which will strengthen environmental and cultural protection. This project is moving forward in partnership with the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ. Parks Canada is working with both First Nations to identify potential economic benefits, and is working to involve local Indigenous communities in the project. Parks Canada is committed to developing a system of national heritage places that recognizes the role of Indigenous peoples in Canada and their traditional use of these special places.



“National parks represent the very best that Canada has to offer, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. I am pleased that ʔapsčiik t̓ašii is moving forward and that it will preserve the rich cultural heritage of the local First Nations. No relationship is more important to the Government of Canada than the one with Canada’s Indigenous peoples. The close collaboration with the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ is part of our government’s ongoing efforts towards reconciliation. This new trail is a wonderful opportunity to reintroduce visitors to the beauty, history, and culture of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.”

Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • In October 2017, the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ chose ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (pronounced ups-cheek ta-shee) as the official name given to the multi-use trail. The name is Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ, and translates to “going in the right direction on the trail.”
  • Strict development limits are in place to ensure the protection of ecological integrity in Canada’s national parks. Parks Canada has a rigorous development review and environmental assessment process that ensures all new infrastructure projects comply with these limits and that the park’s ecological integrity is maintained. Additionally, any development in national parks is managed through consultation with Indigenous peoples, information sharing with stakeholders and Canadians, and planning that is informed by science.
  • The first phase of the project involved extensive environmental, archaeological, and engineering studies, the preparation of a Detailed Impact Analysis (otherwise known as an environmental assessment), trail design and planning, and trail building at the northern boundary of the park reserve. The second phase of the project will include preparation of the trail bed, in both the southern and northern portions, including laying gravel, installing drainage culverts, and building bridges.

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Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

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Boil Water Advisory has been lifted for the Hamlet of Whale Cove

The Department of Health advises residents of the Hamlet of Whale Cove that the boil water advisory is lifted.

For more information, contact your Regional Environmental Health Officer at 867-645-8071.


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Sarah Paterson A/ Manager, Communications
Department of Health


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