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North East LHIN Funds Support for Seniors and Palliative Patients on Manitoulin Island

March 24, 2017 – Like many seniors, Mary* would prefer to stay in her own home. However, with diabetes and arthritis, she is finding it a lot harder to make meals and perform other activities of daily living. She could use some help but isn’t sure where to find it.

The North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) is investing in programs and services to support seniors like Mary as well as palliative patients living at home in the Manitoulin Island area.

“We know people need extra care support at the end of their life and Northerners have told us they want to be at home among family and friends,” said Louise Paquette, CEO of the NE LHIN. “With targeted investments in the Manitoulin area, providers are working together to find the best way to improve access to care and increase care coordination for seniors like Mary.”

The NE LHIN is making the following investments aimed at increasing access to care and support in the home for Northerners in the Manitoulin area:

  • The addition of a Geriatric Social Worker at Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, in Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation, who will work as part of an interdiscipinary team to help older people (55+) and their families. The team will provide clinical interventions such as assessments, supportive counselling, and linking clients to other health and social programs. This Geriatric Social Worker will support up to 75 clients. ($102,000).
  • Assisted Living to support 10 frail seniors in their homes with both scheduled and unscheduled visits. The funding will be shared between Aboriginal health service providers on Manitoulin Island but flowed through Noojmowin Teg Health Centre ($250,000)
  • A Hospice Volunteer Visiting Program to support people at the end of their life and their families. The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) is working with the Manitoulin Collaborative – a group of health care providers who deliver services ranging from hospital to home and community, and mental health and addiction care– to create a visiting program that will address the unique needs and practices of the many communities in the Manitoulin area. ($20,000)

“These investments were in response to service gaps identified by the First Nation health authorities of Mnaamodzawin, Wikwemikong and M’Chigeeng, and other area partners,” said Pam Williamson, Executive Director, Noojmowin Teg Health Centre. “The new services will contribute to the wholistic health and well-being of elders, and extend their ability to live within their own homes and communities.”

As a health service provider that currently manages several home and community services in the Manitoulin area, VON is well connected to the community and can use this investment to supplement its existing range of services to extend to hospice visiting.

“It is a very exciting time for VON and we are ecstatic to be working with such great partners,” said Jacqueline Dorval, Executive Director, VON for Canada – Ontario Branch.

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For more information: Contact Lara Bradley, NE LHIN Communications Officer, at 705-674-1492 or lara.bradley@lhins.on.ca

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Federal budget initiatives to reduce health inequities and support sustainable food system

Mar 23, 2017

TORONTO, ON — Yesterday’s federal budget, tabled by the Honourable Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, indicate a commitment to addressing issues that cause health inequities for many Canadian households. Dietitians of Canada applauds the measures that will reduce household food insecurity by supporting income security, strengthen Indigenous communities, and provide targeted funding for home care and mental health services. As well, new funding for innovation in the agri-food sector will contribute to healthy and sustainable food systems in Canada.

“Initiatives outlined in the budget, such as supports for education and job skills, affordable housing, and childcare, should contribute to reduced rates of household food insecurity and address health inequities in the long term, by contributing to income adequacy for vulnerable people,” says Pat Vanderkooy, Manager of Public Affairs for Dietitians of Canada. “Dietitians were also encouraged to see investment to strengthen Indigenous communities, where rates of household food insecurity are two to six times higher than rates among non-Indigenous people and access to safe drinking water is often a concern.”

According to Dietitians of Canada’s position on household food insecurity, over four million Canadian adults and children live in food insecure households – households with limited access to food due to inconsistent income or insufficient financial resources. Adults in food insecure households are more likely to develop multiple chronic physical and/or mental health conditions that can easily double the total cost of health care services required.

“Healthy and sustainable food systems are also a priority of Dietitians of Canada, so we were pleased to see support for innovation in the agriculture and food sector,” says Vanderkooy. “These investments could support sector efforts to produce healthier food products while also reducing environmental impacts and building sustainability within our food system.”

“Dietitians of Canada has actively provided input to federal government departments as they develop long-awaited food and health policies, many of which are related to the priorities we see reflected in this Federal Budget,” adds Vanderkooy.  “Dietitians have and will continue to provide feedback on proposed regulatory changes that support actions within Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy. Dietitians of Canada has also advocated for improvements in the Nutrition North Canada program and are preparing to participate in consultations during the development of the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy and a National Food Policy.”

About Dietitians of Canada
Dietitians of Canada is the professional association for dietitians, representing members at the local, provincial and national level. As the voice of the profession, Dietitians of Canada strives for excellence in advancing health through food and nutrition.

Dietitians of Canada supports the access of Canadians to evidence-based food and nutrition information and helps them locate a dietitian for nutrition counselling and nutrition services at dietitians.ca/find.

Read Dietitians of Canada’s position and recommendations on household food insecurity.
Read Dietitians of Canada’s position on Mental Health and the role of dietitians.

Additional Information:

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Kate Comeau, MSc, RD
Manager of Public Relations and Media
Dietitans of Canada
kate.comeau@dietitians.ca
416-642-9316

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ISPARC: Registration Extended for 2017 Player Selection Camp

Team BC Player Selection Camp Registration Extended Until Monday, March 27, 2017

I·SPARC seeking top Indigenous male and female hockey players from across the province.

Registration for the Team BC Player Selection Camp for the 2017 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) has been extended and will remain open until midnight, Monday, March 27th.

Indigenous male and female hockey players are invited to participate in the 2017 Team BC Player Selection Camp where players will be evaluated over a three-day period by the Team BC coaching staff. The Selection Camp will be held April 7 to 9, 2017 in Prince George, BC. Team BC will be represented by one male and one female team each comprising a maximum of 24 bantam/midget aged players at the 2017 NAHC to be hosted in Cowichan, British Columbia from May 1 to 6, 2017.

Players must meet the following criteria to be eligible for participation in the NAHC:

  • Resident of British Columbia and of Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Inuit, Métis)
  • Male: Bantam or Midget age, as of the 2016/17 competitive season (born 1999 to 2003)
  • Female: Bantam or Midget age, as of the 2016/17 competitive season (born 1999 to 2003) and those born 1997 to 1998 (as the female team can carry up to one (1) overage player)
  • Registered or eligible to be registered with BC Hockey. (Players not registered with BC Hockey for 2016/17 season may register via this camp for an additional fee of $40)

The Camp Registration Fee is $120 per player and includes a Team BC Selection Camp jersey.  Pre-registration is mandatory as no ‘walk-ins’ will be accepted. Online registration will remain open until Monday, March 27, 2017.

For more information or to register, please visit: www.teambcnahc.com.

National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC)
The NAHC is the premier forum for elite bantam and midget-age Aboriginal hockey players from across Canada.  It is the only national annual event that showcases and celebrates the athletic abilities of Aboriginal athletes from across the country, and aids in fostering cultural unity and pride. Team BC is represented by two teams, one male team and one female team, featuring the top bantam/midget aged players from across the province.

Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council
I·SPARC is a consortium of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, First Nations Health Authority, and Métis Nation BC. As the stewards of BC’s Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Strategy, I·SPARC works with First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, Friendship Centres, schools and other sport and physical activity stakeholders to deliver community-based programs designed to promote active lifestyles and support the desire for transformative change in the health and well-being of Indigenous communities, families and individuals across BC.

Contact
Alissa Assu
Team BC Coordinator
Ph: 1.800.990.2432 or 250.388.5522 ext. 285
E:  teambc@isparc.ca
W:  www.teambcnahc.com

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OPSEU President ‘steps up’ for Indigenous members fighting water privatization

Thursday, March 23, 2017 – 11:30am

“Water is life.”

That’s a key message for OPSEU’s Indigenous Mobilizing Team (IMT), which joined forces with George Brown College to host an all-day conference on protecting water as a public resource.

The “Water is Life” symposium at George Brown’s waterfront campus was held March 22 to mark the United Nations’ World Water Day. It featured Wisdom Keeper Pauline Shirt, George Brown College Aboriginal counsellors Lori Budge and Jolene May, Trent University facilitators Mary-Claire Buell and Kyla Judge, former Awkesasne Chief Brian David, internationally renowned activist Karl Flecker, two Indigenous midwives and midwifery activists from rural Guatemala, and OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.

“What we do to water is what we do to ourselves,” said IMT member Crystal Sinclair. “We all share the responsibility of protecting our water because our water is our life.”

The theme of water protection water ran like a river through the day of seminars, drumming, prayers, interactive workshops, and presentations.

“Indigenous communities across Ontario are in a water crisis,” said OPSEU President Thomas. “Over 100 communities are under a boil-water advisory right now, and this is nothing new. This has been a chronic problem for decades.

“The Indigenous participants at this symposium who represent communities across Ontario know exactly what needs to be done to protect us all,” he added. “OPSEU is stepping up as your partner to help this happen.”

Partnerships are crucial to success, said Karl Flecker.

“Corporations are becoming more and more skillful about turning our water into profit. They steal water from our aquifers, raise the price a thousandfold, and then sell it back to us,” he said. “We must resist.”

He said the United Nations is warning that within 10 years, overconsumption and contamination could leave the world with 60 per cent of what is needed to survive.

But he also says that there is reason for hope, pointing to communities around the world – many of them Indigenous – that are working together to save their water.

“New Zealand has passed a law that recognizes one of its major rivers as a living entity. If you harm the river, it’s like you’re harming a person. On Monday, India passed a similar law protecting the Ganges,” said Flecker.  “Indigenous leadership is saving our water supplies.”

Before closing the event with a prayer, Wisdom Keeper Pauline Shirt said that protecting our water will take both solidarity and spirituality. “Remember that water is the lifeblood of Mother Earth,” she said. “We’ve heard many beautiful, healing words today. Together, we’ll honour our responsibility to protect our land, our water, and our cultures.”

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NDP: What they’re saying about Budget 2017

March 23rd, 2017

The Liberals had an opportunity in budget 2017 to build an economy that lifts everyone up, not just the few at the top. Unfortunately they decided to defend the interests of wealthy insiders and told everyday Canadians to take a back seat.

“If you’re an infrastructure bankroller or a billionaire tax dodger, today is a good day. For working Canadians, not so much.” – Mark Hancock, CUPE National President

“There’s nothing new in the budget for First Nations children and their families, in child welfare, or their implementation of the Jordan’s Principle, even though they’ve been found out of compliance with legal orders to stop that inequality. It’s a moral issue: is Canada so broke that the finance minister and the Prime Minister have made a deliberate choice to discriminate against little kids?” – Cindy Blackstock, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society

“The Canadian Medical Association is disappointed that the federal budget tabled today in the House of Commons by Finance Minister Bill Morneau has missed an important chance to begin building a much-needed national seniors strategy.” – Canadian Medical Association

“Economic growth is meaningless if it’s enjoyed only by a lucky few. The measures in today’s budget will do little to address the big issues facing Canadians.” – Senior Economist David Macdonald, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

“The budget misses crucial protection for nature — the backbone for a healthy environment and thriving economy.” – David Suzuki Foundation

“Not only does Ottawa not provide sufficient funding to the provinces, but these funds will be free to be used to various ends. It would have been more encouraging for people without adequate housing if Ottawa had dedicated amounts specifically to social housing.” – Le Front d’action populaire en réaménagement urbain (FRAPRU)

“The Government says it wants to improve Canada’s reputation as a global leader among its peers – and to reach the most in need, in particular women and girls. With Budget 2017, Canada falls short on one key metric: the broad and significant financial commitment necessary to achieve this objective.” – Canadian Council on International Cooperation

“Bottom line, this budget doesn’t do enough for our Veterans and their families. How long do Veterans have to wait?” – David Flannigan, Dominion President, Royal Canadian Legion

“Agriculture is a crucial part of the Canadian economy but it needs government support. Unfortunately, the help offered to producers has been steadily declining since 2003, while production conditions are becoming increasingly risky and complex. The Canadian government can and must do more for the agricultural sector.” – Marcel Groleau, President of the Union des producteurs agricoles

“Canada’s first gender-based budget is like a friend who oozes sympathy over coffee but can’t find cash when the check comes: It falls short, but means well.” – Erin Anderssen, Globe & Mail

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Liuna: 2017 Assembly of First Nations Energy Forum

23 March 2017

LiUNA is honoured to participate at the 2017 Assembly of First Nations National Energy Forum in Ottawa discussing Skills Training Initiatives in Canada’s Energy Sector.LiUNA has taken necessary steps to implement Indigenous Training and inclusivity in the workforce with a significant focus on training Indigenous youth, to improve and build better communities from coast to coast to coast.We have had much success but understand that there is much more to be done.

Larry Villeneuve, LiUNA Indigenous Training Liaison together with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Bellegarde, and Grand Chief Edward John

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Canada’s Business Investment Hits New Low against US – C.D. Howe Institute

Business investment per worker in Canada is at its worst level compared to the United States in more than a quarter century.

March 24, 2017 – Business investment per worker in Canada is at its worst level compared to the United States in more than a quarter century, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Equipment Failure: Feeble Business Investment Costs Canadians their Competitive Edge,” authors William B.P. Robson, Aaron Jacobs and Benjamin Dachis analyze trends in business investment per worker in Canada and abroad, and come away with ominous news about how prepared Canadian workers will be to compete globally.

“We find that after years of narrowing the gap between investment per worker in Canada and abroad, capital investments by Canadian businesses have fallen sharply,” commented Robson. “This means fewer investments in everything from the machinery and equipment workers use in their jobs to the intellectual property that drives productivity.”

He added: “Unfortunately, Canada’s business investment in 2017 looks bleak, particularly compared to the United States, our largest trading partner.”

Canadian workers in 2017 will probably receive just 55 cents of new investment for every dollar received by US workers, down from a high of 77 cents in 2013. Compared to workers in the OECD—a basket of market-oriented economies including Germany, Japan and the UK—Canadians will likely register a dismal 67 cents for every dollar of investment elsewhere.

Within Canada, Alberta and Saskatchewan will see the steepest declines in investment per worker relative to the US. The level of investment in tools and equipment is especially dire in Central Canada and the Maritimes. For every dollar an American company invests, workers in Ontario are set to get 42 cents. In Quebec, that number is a dismal 37 cents.

The authors encourage policymakers to adopt the following measures to promote business investment: trade liberalization, faster and more certain regulatory processes, affordable electricity and lower taxes on non-residential investment.

Click here for the full report.

The C.D. Howe Institute is an independent not-for-profit research institute whose mission is to raise living standards by fostering economically sound public policies. Widely considered to be Canada’s most influential think tank, the Institute is a trusted source of essential policy intelligence, distinguished by research that is nonpartisan, evidence-based and subject to definitive expert review.

For more information contact: William B.P. Robson, President and CEO, Aaron Jacobs, Researcher, and Benjamin Dachis, Associate Director, Research, C.D. Howe Institute.: 416-865-8138, or email: kmurphy@cdhowe.org.

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2017 AIAI Health Scholarship

AIAI

The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI) is a Political Territorial Organization (PTO) estab-lished in 1969, to represent their seven Member First Nation communities at all levels of government. AIAI represents approximately 20,000 Status Fist Nation people from Batchewana First Nation, Caldwell First Nation, Delaware Nation Moravian of the Thames, Oneida Nation of the Thames, Wahta Mohawks, Hiawatha First Nation, and Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (Tyendinaga).

PURPOSE

The AIAI Health Scholarship Award was created in 1989 to promote and recognize First Nations excel-lence in a Health or Traditional Healing post-secondary program. Ultimately, we strive to increase the number of First Nations people entering into a health profession as their career goal. The successful ap-plicants (2) will receive the $1000 Health Scholarship and honourable recognition by AIAI’s Grand Chief at the 2017 Annual General Assembly. At the request of the AIAI Chiefs Council two (2) scholarships will be awarded at $1,000.00 each.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA

  • All applicants must be of First Nation heritage and be a registered band member with one of the seven (7) AIAI Member Nations – Batchewana, Caldwell, Delaware (Moraviantown), Hiawatha, Oneida, Mo-hawks of the Bay of Quinte (Tyendinaga), and Wahta Mohawks.
  • Applicants can only accept this scholarship as a one time recipient.
  • Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student in a Health related or Traditional Healing post-secondary program for the 2016/2017 academic school year.
  • Applications Must Include the Following:
  • A self profile describing why you are deserving of such a scholarship.
  • Transcripts displaying your current academics
  • One (1) letter of support from your current program advisor, school counselor, or professor/instructor, etc.

One (1) letter of support from your Administration Office confirming that you are a registered Fist Na-tion member of your community.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

April 28, 2017
NOTE: Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
Reminder: include your contact information: i.e. Return address, email, and phone number.
Submit your application to the attention of:
Suzanne Nicholas, Health and Wellness Coordinator
Association of Iroquois & Allied Indians
387 Princess Ave. London, ON N6B 2A7
Phone: (519) 434-2761 Fax: (519) 675-1053
email: snicholas@aiai.on.ca

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Targeted funding adds more health program seats on Vancouver Island

March 23, 2017

VICTORIA – More health-care seats are being added at three public post-secondary institutions on Vancouver Island through one-time funding of $345,000 to ensure that health demands for patients are being met in local communities.

The three institutions receiving funding are:

  • Camosun College – $165,000
  • North Island College – $96,800
  • Vancouver Island University (VIU)- $83,200

Funding at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo will support 12 additional full-time equivalent (FTE) seats in the community health promotion for Aboriginal communities program. The part-time certificate program blends in-class and online learning and includes a practicum component. Graduates of the program can find employment in health-related roles supporting Aboriginal communities including Community Health Representative, Aboriginal Health Coordinator and Community Engagement Facilitator. The scheduled start date for the program is September 2017.

Camosun College and North Island College will both receive funding for their health-care assistant programs.

The one-time funding at Camosun College in Victoria will support 32 additional FTE seats in the certificate program, which includes three clinical placements and is offered in a part-time format to provide students with a flexible learning option. The scheduled start date for the program is September 2017.

North Island College in Courtenay will add 10 FTE seats in the 37-week program. The certificate program provides students with the opportunity to participate in a range of classroom activities and clinical experience outside of the college setting. The program is expected to start on or before September 2017.

Health-care assistant graduates are in high demand throughout the province and play an important role as front-line caregivers who can work in both community and facility settings. Health-care assistants provide personal care that promotes and maintains the physical, psychological and social well-being of clients with a particular focus on the elderly and persons with disabilities.

Government is providing more than $1 million this year in one-time funding to support an additional 133 FTE seats at 11 post-secondary institutions throughout B.C.

Since 2008, the Province has provided annual one-time funding for additional education seats in health programs. Funding to date totals more than $16 million and has created almost 2,000 FTE seats.

Funding for health-care training is one of the key ways the B.C. government is taking action to strengthen, grow and diversify rural communities. Targeted health-care funding builds on the immediate investments and long-term action plan outlined in B.C.’s Rural Economic Development Strategy that are expected to create over 26,000 jobs and add $2.8 billion to provincial GDP.

Quotes:

Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Advanced Education –

“Health-care professionals play an important role in meeting an increased demand for quality health-care in their local communities. Our government is providing targeted funding that will allow students to gain hands-on experience that will help them find success close to home after graduation.”

Michelle Stilwell, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum –

“Our government is working to ensure that the health needs of all British Columbians are being met. At Vancouver Island University, this funding will support students as they learn the critical skills needed to help improve health and well-being in Aboriginal communities.”

Don McRae, MLA for Comox Valley –

“Our government is working to ensure that communities throughout B.C. have the skilled professionals that they need to keep British Columbians healthy. Supporting additional seats in health-care programs is another example of how our government is targeting funding to meet the growing demands for health care on Vancouver Island.”

Sherri Bell, president, Camosun College –

“Camosun has had a long-standing reputation for delivering exceptional health-related education to students in our region for over 45 years. This investment in more health-care assistant seats at Camosun will help us meet the high demand both for the students pursuing careers as front-line caregivers and for the patients in our community and in local health facilities who need their skills and professional expertise.”

John Bowman, president, North Island College –

“This one-time funding allows NIC students to move from waiting lists into rewarding health-care careers and we thank the provincial government for their continued support. Students take classes, complete a workplace practicum and graduate with the skills, certification and knowledge to support North Island communities.”

Ralph Nilson, president, Vancouver Island University –

“Thank you to the provincial government for funding seats in this critical program, which will prepare VIU students for in-demand jobs in a niche sector in health care. This funding also supports a program that furthers one of VIU’s core values – building reciprocal relationships with First Nation communities. Through VIU’s community health promotion for Aboriginal communities, students learn culturally relevant skills which allow them to work with and support specific health-care needs within Indigenous communities.”

Quick Facts:

  • The health sector is one of the fastest growing fields in British Columbia and is part of a diverse, strong and growing economy.
  • According to the 2025 B.C. Labour Market Outlook, the health sector employed 227,000 workers in 2015.
  • Employment has grown at an average rate of 3.2% each year over the past decade.

Learn More:

B.C. Rural Economic Development Strategy: https://bcjobsplan.gov.bc.ca/b-c-s-rural-economic-development-strategy/

2025 B.C. Labour Market Outlook: https://www.workbc.ca/getmedia/00de3b15-0551-4f70-9e6b-23ffb6c9cb86/LabourMarketOutlook.aspx

Camosun College: http://camosun.ca/

North Island College: https://www.nic.bc.ca/

Vancouver Island University: https://www.viu.ca/

Media Contacts:

Lori Watson
Government Communications and Public
Engagement
Ministry of Advanced Education
250 387-8016

Michelle Tinis
Communications Lead
Camosun College
250 370-4626

Christiana Wiens
Media Liaison
North Island College
250 334-5280

Jenn McGarrigle
Communications Officer
Vancouver Island University
250 740-6559

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NCC: Protecting Biodiversity Benefits Us All

March 23, 2017

Toronto, ON

Nature Conservancy of Canada comments on 2017-18 federal budget

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is pleased to see that even in challenging economic times, Federal Budget 2017 affirms Canada’s commitment to protect our lands, our waters and the variety of species they sustain. The conservation of our biodiversity, in turn, will ensure our country remains a place where people want to live, work and invest.

NCC agrees with the federal government that protecting the environment and growing our economy go hand in hand.

Budget 2017 restates Canada’s pledge to protect 17 per cent of our land and inland waters and 10 per cent of our coastal and marine waters. Around the world, countries are forging ahead to reach these global targets by 2020.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is pleased to be working with the government to help chart a pathway for Canada to meet and exceed the same goals. Private land conservation and public-private partnerships, such as the Natural Areas Conservation Program, can make a meaningful contribution.

“Canada is in a position to lead the world in terms of what we choose to conserve,” says John Lounds, President and CEO of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “Our natural ecosystems support healthy and resilient communities. They are integral to any strategy to mitigate the impacts of climate change.”

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is encouraged to see that Budget 2017 provides:

  • Funding to protect Canada’s freshwater resources and to fight against aquatic invasive species,  especially in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin;
  • Additional support to help connect more Canadians to nature through our national parks and  marine conservation areas;
  • Changes to strengthen the credibility and long term impact of the Ecological Gifts Program (Ecogifts); and
  • Support for the conservation leaders of tomorrow through the creation of new green jobs for young Canadians.

Budget 2017 also recognizes that indigenous peoples are leaders in environmental stewardship, sustainable development and the management of natural resources on their lands. The Nature Conservancy of Canada applauds the launch of a pilot Indigenous Guardians Program to give indigenous peoples more resources and responsibility to manage their lands and to facilitate partnerships to help protect sensitive areas and species.

About:

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation’s leading private land conservation organization. NCC is a partner with Environment and Climate Change Canada through the Natural Areas Conservation Program. This matching-funds program, administered by NCC, has helped to conserve more than 990,000 acres (400,000 hectares) to date. www.natureconservancy.ca

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Media Contact:

Andrew Holland
National Media Relations Director
Office: 1-877-231-4400 | Mobile: 506-260-0469
andrew.holland@natureconservancy.ca

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Budget 2017 Brings a Real and Fair Chance at Success to Winnipeg

March 24, 2017    Winnipeg, Manitoba    Employment and Social Development Canada

Budget 2017 is the next step in the Government’s long-term plan to create jobs and strengthen the middle class. It places Canada’s skilled, talented and creative people at the heart of a more innovative economy. As the demands of the workplace change, so too must the education and skills that workers bring to their jobs. The changes in the economy—both here at home and around the world—present incredible opportunities for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

With its strong focus on innovation, skills, partnerships and fairness, Budget 2017 takes the next steps in securing a more prosperous future for all Canadians. It helps hard-working, talented and creative people develop the skills they need to drive our most successful industries and high-growth companies forward.

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour was in Winnipeg to address the local business community (Economic Development Winnipeg) to highlight Budget 2017, the Government’s ambitious agenda to support middle class Canadians at every stage of their lives, transform our neighbourhoods and communities, and give every Canadian a real and fair chance at success.

Minister Hajdu spoke about how Budget 2017 will:

  • Equip Canada’s workers with the skills and tools they need to succeed in a changing economy. It makes smart investments to help adult workers retrain or upgrade their skills to adapt to changes in the new economy, and to help young people get the skills and work experience they need to start their careers.
  • Position Canada at the leading edge of a changing economy, by helping to ensure that Canadians are able to access the jobs of the future. Budget 2017 helps connect companies on a global scale, takes an innovative and collaborative approach to solving modern challenges and helps businesses get what they need to grow.
  • Keep Canada on the path to building a fairer, more inclusive country that reflects the priorities of Canadians. The Government understands that change must result in the kind of growth that benefits all Canadians, at every stage of their lives—young Canadians, newcomers to Canada, working Canadians, seniors, Veterans and Indigenous people. The Government also takes an important step towards gender equality, with Canada’s first ever Gender Statement, which will serve as a basis for ongoing, open and transparent discussions about the role gender plays in policy development.
  • Advance Canada’s efforts to build a clean growth economy, by investing in green infrastructure that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, delivers clean air and safe drinking water and promotes renewable power. Budget 2017 also takes important steps to support the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
  • Advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples through investments in infrastructure and First Nations and Inuit health, actions to strengthen Indigenous communities, funding to support education and training, and measures to promote language and culture revitalization.
  • Make the tax system fairer for the middle class. Budget 2017 will close tax loopholes, crack down on tax evasion, improve existing tax measures for individuals and families, and eliminate measures that are inefficient or no longer effective. Through Budget 2017, the Government will also be taking steps toward eliminating tax measures that disproportionately benefit the wealthy.
  • Build stronger communities by improving access to early learning, child care and affordable housing. Budget 2017 takes concrete action to improve the quality of life of all Canadians, with more cultural and recreational centres, as well as safe and accessible public spaces.

By taking action today—investing in the things that Canadians need to succeed now and well into the future—Budget 2017 will help deliver a growing economy that works for every Canadian.

Quotes

“Budget 2017 continues our plan to strengthen the middle class—the heart of Canada’s economy. It makes smart and responsible investments that will provide Canadians with good, well-paying jobs and opportunities in the new, innovative economy.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Associated Links

Contacts

Annie Donolo
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance
annie.donolo@canada.ca
613-769-7187

Media Relations
Department of Finance Canada
fin.media-media.fin@canada.ca
613-369-4000

Matt Pascuzzo
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
matt.pascuzzo@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
613-291-5561

General Enquiries

Phone: 613-369-3710
Facsimile: 613-369-4065
TTY: 613-369-3230
E-mail: fin.financepublic-financepublique.fin@canada.ca

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Helping more Indigenous students come to study – UM Today

$1M Donation to Front and Centre campaign creates the Qualico Bridge to success program
March 23, 2017 —

Indigenous students will now make a smoother transition from communities across this province to University of Manitoba campuses thanks to a visionary new program supported by real estate company Qualico.

The Qualico Bridge to Success program, supported through $1-million donation to the U of M’s Front and Centre campaign, is positioned to ease the transition of Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit, Métis) students into post-secondary education at the U of M.

“Through the Qualico Bridge to Success Program we will be able to join the University of Manitoba as a partner in Indigenous learning, piloting a new way of supporting Indigenous students as they transition to post-secondary studies,” said Kevin Van, Vice President of Qualico. “We are hoping that the Program will ultimately result in the success of talented, inquisitive students who want to make a difference in our world.”

Read More: http://news.umanitoba.ca/helping-more-indigenous-students-come-to-study/

Morneau on right track with budget, but more needs to be done: Dillon

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(March 24, 2017) – “Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s second budget addressees the changing economy, but does not deal with a number of issues that working Canadians are facing,” said Patrick Dillon, Business Manager of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario (PBCTO). “The federal government is correct in recognizing that Canadians need to upgrade their skills and transition into new jobs as technology and innovation change the traditional workplace.”

“The Building Trades have been at the forefront of providing skilled trades training through our various training centres across Ontario,” Dillon noted. “We are proud that our apprenticeship completion and retention rates are highest in the province, putting workers on track to join the middle class with well paying jobs and benefits.”

PBCTCO members have been leaders in developing various programs that address gender equality; transitioning armed forces personnel to careers in the trades through Helmets to Hardhats Canada; working with Indigenous people to provide training and work opportunities in construction; and with vulnerable youth through programs like Hammerheads and the Carpenters’ CHOICE Program.

“Morneau’s budget still does not tackle equitable taxation policy,” said Dillon. “We need a progressive and fair tax system that provides the government with the revenue necessary to provide the programs that Canadians rely on.”

Dillon went on to say, “We have raised the issue of fairness for tradespeople with successive governments. Current tax rules do not allow deductions for travel when a construction tradesperson works away from home. However, a construction salesperson going to the same jobsite as the construction worker is allowed to write off his or her travel, accommodation and food expenses. We find this to be unfair and discriminatory to the construction worker who is actually building Canada. Hopefully, the finance minister and government will give this some consideration when they provide their Fall Economic Statement.”

“The federal government is finally starting to deal with a perennial concern of ours, the underground economy,” said Dillon. “The underground economy is costing Canadians billions annually and takes work away from legitimate contractors and their workers. It also is part of the underfunding of our health care and education systems. I commend the Minister for his efforts but more needs to be done on this front.”

The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario represents 150,000 trades workers throughout the province.

Contact Information:
Provincial Building and Construction Trades
Council of Ontario
Patrick Dillon
Cell: (416) 347-8245
patrick@ontariobuildingtrades.com

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Eye on the Esplanade: Ceramics exhibition shows varied interpretations of Canada’s formation – Medicine Hat News

March 24, 2017

This year, Canadians will celebrate 150 years as a nation. To commemorate this unique occasion, the Esplanade Art Gallery presents Oh Ceramics! a national exhibition featuring 16 ceramic artists from across Canada. We thought it was most appropriate to present an exhibition of high-calibre Canadian artists working in clay, the bedrock of our region and our city.

Our endeavour began two years ago, when my colleague Joanne Marion inquired if I would like to co-curate a national ceramics exhibition. After six months of research and deliberation, we determined a group of artists and invited them to create pieces in response to Canada’s formation, 150 years of confederation, and what the future may hold. These 16 ceramic artists, from B.C. to Nunavut to Newfoundland, interpreted this creative journey through a multitude of diverse themes and spent a year creating the works. The results are as varied as Canada’s cultural sphere: From bone China yunomi vessels inspired by the horizon line of the prairies to Women’s March Selfie Stations to wood fired lidded pots in the shape of curling rocks.

Read More: http://medicinehatnews.com/entertainment/local-entertainment/2017/03/24/eye-on-the-esplanade-ceramics-exhibition-shows-varied-interpretations-of-canadas-formation/

Agency’s $7.5M centre better for youth, saves money – Reportca.net

The first piling for the new Macdonald Youth Services building went into the ground 364 days ago.

On Thursday, CEO Dr. Erma Chapman proudly opened the doors of the $7.5-million facility at 175 Mayfair Ave.

Macdonald Youth Services held the grand opening for its new 33,000-square-foot therapeutic centre on Mayfair Ave.

“On time and on budget,” Chapman said as dignitaries gathered for the official ribbon-cutting.

MYS provides services to nearly 9,500 children, youths, adults and families. It runs a walk-in youth shelter, full-time foster family care, special counselling, group homes and mobile crisis teams. It also delivers work- and life-skills programs.

Read More: https://reportca.net/2017/03/agencys-75m-centre-better-for-youth-saves-money/

Actua Highlighted in 2017 Federal Budget Speech as Leader in Digital Skills Development

Ottawa, March 22, 2017

Today the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance tabled the Government of Canada’s 2017 Budget: Building a Strong Middle Class. In it, Minister Morneau announced aTeaching Kids to Code fund that will support the development of digital literacy and coding skills among Canadian youth.

In his speech to the House of Commons, Minister Morneau listed Actua as an example of who this fund could benefit.

“To give our young people the best possible start, we will promote hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, and math, especially for young women, girls, and Indigenous youth.

Building on work being done by impressive organizations like Ladies Learning Code and Actua, we will encourage students to learn coding in the same way they learn to read and write, preparing our kids for the jobs of the future.”

“We are proud to have Actua formally recognized in today’s Budget speech as a national leader in building skills and confidence in science and technology among youth across Canada. For twenty-five years we have focused on engaging the hardest to reach youth, including girls and Indigenous youth, and we are thrilled that the government’s Innovation Agenda is focused on skills development and inclusivity,” said Jennifer Flanagan, President and CEO of Actua.

Over the past two years alone, Actua has engaged over 80,000 youth in hands-on coding and computer science experiences that build digital literacy through its national Codemakers program, supported by Google Canada. This has included significant numbers of First Nations, Inuit and Metis youth, girls and young women, youth in the Arctic and youth facing other socio-economic challenges.

“Computer science is not simply the language of ones and zeroes. It’s the language of creativity, entrepreneurship and Canada’s future potential. Google has been a proud supporter of Actua’s Codemakers program since 2014 and we’re thrilled to see the federal government investing in a strong digital strategy that includes this kind of early youth engagement,” said Sam Sebastian, Vice President and Managing Director of Google Canada.

Actua looks forward to further aligning our organization’s work with the Government of Canada’s strategy to support lifelong learning, increased diversity and digital skills development in Canada.

About Actua: Actua is Canada’s leading science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) youth outreach network representing 35 university and college based members. Over 5 million young Canadians have been inspired through their participation in Actua’s hands on educational workshops, camps and community outreach initiatives.

Each year, Actua’s growing network of member organizations reach over 250,000 young Canadians in over 500 communities nationwide. At the national level Actua focuses on the engagement of underrepresented audiences through specialized programs for Indigenous youth, girls and young women, at-risk youth and youth living in Northern and remote communities. Actua’s major funders include: Google Canada, Suncor Energy Foundation, the Government of Canada, GE Canada, Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Status of Women and Lockheed Martin. For more information about Actua, visit actua.ca.

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Contact Information:

Kristina Martin, Director of Communications, Actua
15 York Street, Ottawa ON K1N 5S7
Tel: (613) 234 4137 Fax: 613 234 4779

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Liberal caucus holds rare Friday meeting – The Globe and Mail

Mar. 24, 2017

The Liberal government is looking at many options for increasing tax revenue, but touching capital gains is not in the cards, Finance Minister Bill Morneau insists. The business community remains cautiously optimistic about the government’s fiscal plans, while the science community hopes new funding will help them lure researchers from the United States and Britain. Transit advocates are grumbling about the elimination of the tax credit in this week’s budget. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chose to skip parliamentary debate of the budget in order to campaign for the Liberal candidate in a Toronto-area by-election. He’ll be back in Ottawa this afternoon, when the Liberal caucus will begin a rare weekend caucus meeting.

China’s ambassador to Canada says the Asian country should have unfettered access to invest in the Canadian economy, and any concerns about human rights should be disregarded. “Investment is investment. We should not take too much political considerations into the investment,” Lu Shaye told The Globe in an exclusive interview.

Read More: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/liberal-caucus-holds-rare-friday-meeting/article34414126/?page=all

Budget 2017 brings a real and fair chance at success to Vancouver

March 23, 2017 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Budget 2017 is the next step in the Government’s long-term plan to create jobs and strengthen the middle class. Canada is home to a well-educated and highly skilled workforce, but as the demands of the workplace change, so too must the education and skills that workers bring to their jobs. The changes in the economy—both here at home and around the world—present incredible opportunities for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

With its strong focus on innovation, skills, partnerships and fairness, Budget 2017 takes the next steps in securing a more prosperous future for all Canadians.

Today at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, discussed Budget 2017, the Government’s ambitious agenda to support middle-class Canadians at every stage of their lives, transform our neighbourhoods and communities, and give every Canadian a real and fair chance at success.

Minister Bains spoke about how Budget 2017 will:

  • equip Canada’s workers with the skills and tools they need to succeed in a changing economy. Budget 2017 places Canada’s skilled, talented and creative people at the heart of a more innovative economy. It makes smart investments to help adult workers retrain or upgrade their skills to adapt to changes in the new economy. And it helps young people get the skills and work experience they need to start their careers.
  • position Canada at the leading edge of a changing economy by ensuring that Canadians can access the jobs of the future. Budget 2017 helps connect companies on a global scale, takes an innovative and collaborative approach to solving modern challenges, and helps businesses get what they need to grow.
  • strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, universal health care system to meet the needs of Canadian families. Budget 2017 confirms the Government’s historic health agreements with 12 provinces and territories by investing in better home care and mental health initiatives that will help the families who need it most.
  • keep Canada on the path to building a fairer, more inclusive country that reflects the priorities of Canadians. The Government understands that change must result in the kind of growth that benefits all Canadians at every stage of their lives—young Canadians, newcomers to Canada, working Canadians, seniors, veterans and Indigenous Peoples. The Government also takes an important step toward gender equality with Canada’s first ever Gender Statement, which will serve as a basis for ongoing, open and transparent discussions about the role gender plays in policy development.
  • advance Canada’s efforts to build a clean growth economy by investing in green infrastructure that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, delivers clean air and safe drinking water, and promotes renewable power. Budget 2017 also takes important steps to support the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
  • advance reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples through investments in infrastructure and First Nations and Inuit health, actions to strengthen Indigenous communities, funding to support education and training, and measures to promote language and culture revitalization.
  • make the tax system fairer for the middle class. Budget 2017 will close tax loopholes, crack down on tax evasion, improve existing tax measures for individuals and families, and eliminate measures that are inefficient or no longer effective. Through Budget 2017, the Government will also be taking steps toward eliminating tax measures that disproportionately benefit the wealthy.
  • build stronger communities by improving access to early learning, child care and affordable housing. Budget 2017 takes concrete action to improve the quality of life of all Canadians with more cultural and recreational centres, as well as safe and accessible public spaces.

By taking action today—investing in the things that Canadians need to succeed now and well into the future—Budget 2017 will deliver a growing economy that works for every Canadian.

Quotes

“Budget 2017 continues our plan to strengthen the middle class—the heart of Canada’s economy. It makes smart and responsible investments that will provide Canadians with good, well-paying jobs and opportunities in the new, innovative economy.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Associated Links

Media may contact:

Annie Donolo
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance
annie.donolo@canada.ca
613-769-7187

Media Relations
Department of Finance Canada
fin.media-media.fin@canada.ca
613-369-4000

Karl W. Sasseville
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
343-291-2500

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777
ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca

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RAIC welcomes federal investment in communities

OTTAWA, March 23, 2017 – This year’s budget continues the theme of investment in communities and the built environment that underpinned the 2016 budget. According to Michael Cox, President-Elect of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), “This budget strives to be transformative for people, place and planet. Its promise is to invest in more sustainable systems – infrastructure, buildings, transportation, industry and innovation – that will elevate Canadians’ quality of life.”

Much of the budget is centered around cities with a federal re-engagement in housing, transit system expansions and infrastructure at post-secondary institutions

Sustainability underpins much of this funding with new building codes, energy renewal programs and $5 billion earmarked for green infrastructure projects. “A clean environment and strong economy go hand-in-hand,” says Jennifer Cutbill, RAIC’s Chair of Committee on Regenerative Environments.“It’s good to see the government investing in climate change actions.”

Acknowledging the commitments for additional funding for Indigenous Peoples, professor and architect Patrick Stewart, the Chair of the RAIC’s Indigenous Task Force, says that any such investment must be “based in the Indigenous knowledges of their communities to contribute to the success of their communities. This is especially true for design where our alternative design processes and forms of community engagement empower First Nations communities.”

Innovation to solve Canada’s big challenges features prominently this year. For example, the Smart Cities Challenge calls for improving quality of life through better urban design. “It’s interesting that the government is rethinking what a 21st century city should be and recognizing that it deserves money for research” says Mr. Cox. “We’re one of the professions key to developing smart cities.”

Click here for full details on the federal budget.

Highlights of budget items related to the built environment and design.

Housing

  • $5-billion over the next 11 years for a newNational Housing Fund to address critical housing issues and prioritize support for vulnerable citizens, among them seniors, Indigenous Peoples, and persons with disabilities;
  • $3.2 billion over the next 11 years for affordable housing, including new construction and renovation of existing housing;
  • $300 million over the next 11 years to provide targeted support for northern housing;
  • $225 million over the next 11 years to housing providers serving Indigenous Peoples not living on-reserve, including for capital repairs and development of new housing.

Public Transit

  • $20.1 billion over 11 years for new urban transit networks and service extensions.

Indigenous Communities

  • $4 billion over 10 years to build and improve housing, water treatment systems, health facilities and other community infrastructure (in addition to $8.4 billion over five years announced in 2016);
  • $83.8 million over five years to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada to improve the design and construction of northern infrastructure;
  • integrate traditional Indigenous knowledge to build a better understanding of climate change and to guide adaptation measures;
  • enhance Indigenous community resilience through infrastructure planning and emergency management in those communities where flooding risks are increasing;
  • $5 million per year for five years to Indspire, a charitable organization that helps Indigenous students attend post-secondary school. The funding is conditional on Indspire raising $3 million per year in matching funds. The RAIC Foundation is a contributor to Indspire.

Greener Buildings

  • $5 billion through the Canada Infrastructure Bank over the next 11 years for green infrastructure projects, including those that reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
  • $182 million to develop and implement new building codes to retrofit existing buildings and build new net-zero energy consumption buildings across Canada;
  • $67.5 million over four years to Natural Resources Canada to renew and continue existing energy efficiency programs;
  • $39.8 million over four years to Natural Resources Canada to support projects and activities that increase the use of wood as a greener substitute material in infrastructure projects, e.g. in mid-rise commercial and industrial buildings.

Infrastructure

  • $741 millionfor infrastructure projects at universities and colleges and affiliated institutions through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund;
  • $340 millionfor equipment and facilities for post-secondary institutions, research hospitals, and other not-for-profit institutions;
  • $300 million over 10 years to the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, focused on the construction, renovation and equipment needs of creative spaces/hubs.

City-building

  • $300 million over 11 years to Infrastructure Canada to launch a Smart Cities Challenge Fund. The Smart Cities program invites cities to create ambitious plans to improve the quality of life for urban residents through better city planning, greener buildings, smart roads and energy systems and advanced digital connections.

Recognizing foreign credentials

  • $27.5 million over five years, and $5.5 million per year to help newcomers, including foreign-trained architects, in the process of getting their credentials recognized.

ABOUT THE RAIC

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada is the leading voice for excellence in the built environment in Canada, representing about 5,000 members. The RAIC advocates for excellence in the built environment, works to demonstrate how design enhances the quality of life and promotes responsible architecture in addressing important issues of society.

For more information:

Maria Cook
Manager, Communications and Advocacy
mcook@raic.org
613-241-3600 Ext. 213

Angie Sauvé
Member Communications Specialist
asauve@raic.org
613-422-3617

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U.K. scholar brings whaling logbook research to UCalgary’s Arctic Institute of North America – U Today

Research into old marine records shines new light on climate change in the North

It almost seems like kismet that Matthew Ayre would wind up at the University of Calgary as a postdoctoral scholar with the Arctic Institute of North America (AINA).

While working on his PhD in geography at the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom, he read a UToday story from late 2015 about AINA director Maribeth Murray receiving funding to investigate historic sea ice variability in the Arctic from old marine logbooks. He knew at once that was where he needed to go next.

“I contacted them and said I’m doing the same thing,” says Ayre, who arrived in Calgary in January. “When I saw they were looking for a postdoc, I applied right away.”

Read More: http://ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2017-03-22/uk-scholar-brings-whaling-logbook-research-ucalgarys-arctic-institute-north-america

Budget 2017 Brings a Real and Fair Chance at Success to Saint John

March 23, 2017   Saint John, New Brunswick    Employment and Social Development Canada

Budget 2017 is the next step in the Government’s long-term plan to create jobs and strengthen the middle class. It places Canada’s skilled, talented and creative people at the heart of a more innovative economy. As the demands of the workplace change, so too must the education and skills that workers bring to their jobs. The changes in the economy—both here at home and around the world—present incredible opportunities for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

With its strong focus on innovation, skills, partnerships and fairness, Budget 2017 takes the next steps in securing a more prosperous future for all Canadians. It helps hard-working, talented and creative people develop the skills they need to drive our most successful industries and high-growth companies forward.

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour was in Saint John to address the Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce members to highlight Budget 2017, the Government’s ambitious agenda to support middle class Canadians at every stage of their lives, transform our neighbourhoods and communities, and give every Canadian a real and fair chance at success.

Minister Hajdu spoke about how Budget 2017 will:

  • Equip Canada’s workers with the skills and tools they need to succeed in a changing economy. It makes smart investments to help adult workers retrain or upgrade their skills to adapt to changes in the new economy, and to help young people get the skills and work experience they need to start their careers.
  • Position Canada at the leading edge of a changing economy, by helping to ensure that Canadians are able to access the jobs of the future. Budget 2017 helps connect companies on a global scale, takes an innovative and collaborative approach to solving modern challenges and helps businesses get what they need to grow.
  • Keep Canada on the path to building a fairer, more inclusive country that reflects the priorities of Canadians. The Government understands that change must result in the kind of growth that benefits all Canadians, at every stage of their lives—young Canadians, newcomers to Canada, working Canadians, seniors, Veterans and Indigenous people. The Government also takes an important step towards gender equality, with Canada’s first ever Gender Statement, which will serve as a basis for ongoing, open and transparent discussions about the role gender plays in policy development.
  • Advance Canada’s efforts to build a clean growth economy, by investing in green infrastructure that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, delivers clean air and safe drinking water and promotes renewable power. Budget 2017 also takes important steps to support the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
  • Advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples through investments in infrastructure and First Nations and Inuit health, actions to strengthen Indigenous communities, funding to support education and training, and measures to promote language and culture revitalization.
  • Make the tax system fairer for the middle class. Budget 2017 will close tax loopholes, crack down on tax evasion, improve existing tax measures for individuals and families, and eliminate measures that are inefficient or no longer effective. Through Budget 2017, the Government will also be taking steps toward eliminating tax measures that disproportionately benefit the wealthy.
  • Build stronger communities by improving access to early learning, child care and affordable housing. Budget 2017 takes concrete action to improve the quality of life of all Canadians, with more cultural and recreational centres, as well as safe and accessible public spaces.

By taking action today—investing in the things that Canadians need to succeed now and well into the future—Budget 2017 will help deliver a growing economy that works for every Canadian.

Contacts

Annie Donolo
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance
annie.donolo@canada.ca
613-769-7187

Media Relations
Department of Finance Canada
fin.media-media.fin@canada.ca
613-369-4000

Matt Pascuzzo
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
matt.pascuzzo@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
819-654-4183

General Enquiries

Phone: 613-369-3710
Facsimile: 613-369-4065
TTY: 613-369-3230
E-mail: fin.financepublic-financepublique.fin@canada.ca

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Pipeline Safety, Indigenous Peoples, and Modernizing the National Energy Board (Speech)

Speech to the Alberta Institute of Agrologists

Alberta

March 16, 2017

National Energy Board Chair/CEO Peter Watson

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Introduction

  • I appreciate the opportunity to join you today and acknowledge that we are on the traditional lands of the Kootenay, Stoney, Blood, Peigan, Siksika and Tsuu T’ina First Nations peoples.
  • Over the past few years, you have undoubtedly heard about the National Energy Board and the work we do.
  • You may have read about us online or in a newspaper, seen us on the news, or heard about us in Parliament during Question Period.
  • Our work places us squarely in the midst of the most important public policy debates in Canada.
  • From pipeline safety, to controversial pipeline projects, to the modernization of the NEB, to the relationship Canada has with Indigenous Peoples…
  • The NEB is in the middle of it all.
  • So today, I want to talk with you about three things.
    • First, pipeline safety and environmental protection,
    • Second, modernizing the NEB and ensuring inclusive practices,
    • And finally, redefining our relationship and engagement with Indigenous Peoples.
  • How they relate to each other. And how they are critical to building a better Canadian energy regulator.

Why Regulate?

  • First of all, when we talk about modernizing Canada’s federal energy regulator, I think you have to start with a basic question, “Why do we need a regulator?”
  • I’ll give you a two-word answer, “Three Kids.”
  • You might know this story.
    • In June 1999, three kids were spending the afternoon at a creek near downtown Bellingham, Washington.  One eighteen-year old boy was fly-fishing; the other two were just having fun, like 10-year old boys like to do.
    • A nearby gasoline pipeline failed. 230,000 gallons of gasoline spilled into the creek.
    • The eighteen year old boy fly-fishing was overcome by fumes; he fell into the creek and drowned.
    • Moments later, the gasoline ignited and the two other ten-year old boys – who were playing near the creek – died instantly.
  • So it’s a sunny afternoon, three kids go to a creek, there’s a leak, there’s an ignition, and three families lives are changed forever.
  • All because of a pipeline that people in the county didn’t even know was there.
  • John Harris, who was a reporter with the local newspaper at the time, said that it,
    • “Never crossed my mind before that there could be a pipeline with gasoline running through the city. Most of the people I talked to had no idea that this pipeline runs right through town.”
  • Now that terrible tragedy eventually led to the formation of the ‘Pipeline Safety Trust’, an American organization that promotes pipeline safety through education and advocacy.
  • But I ask you. If you are a pipeline regulator in Canada, with jurisdiction over 73,000 km of pipeline that runs from coast to coast; and through many, many densely populated areas, why do you exist?
  • I’ll tell you why. You exist to do all you can to ensure that pipelines are safe and that the environment is protected.
  • So Canadians can count on you, have confidence in you – that they are safe – and their kids are safe.
  • Because we never want what happened in Bellingham to happen in Canada.

Excellence

  • So, as an energy regulator, how are we going to do that?
  • By being accountable and by being EXCELLENT at everything we do.
  • That means every facet of our work needs to aspire to excellence,
    • from our pipeline inspections,
    • to our understanding of the issues, trends, and latest technology,
    • to the need to have excellent management systems.
  • Because there isn’t just one thing that can cause a pipeline to fail.
    • It might be a substandard part,
    • It might be a lack of attention paid to the quality of a weld,
    • It might be poor training of employees,
    • It could be one of a hundred things.
  • And if we are to prevent incidents like the one in Bellingham from happening, we can’t be complacent. We must have excellence in everything we do – because public safety and the environment we value are at risk.
  • And over the past year, that commitment has informed much of our thinking on how we do our work at the NEB.

Regulatory Excellence

  • Last year, the NEB began to work on what the University of Pennsylvania has called, “Regulatory Excellence.”
  • And as I said before, if the public is to have sustained confidence that the pipelines we regulate are safe and the environment is protected, than we need to aspire to excellence in absolutely everything we do.
  • To do that, you need excellent management practices.
  • And if the NEB expects the pipeline companies it regulates to have excellent safety and management systems, then the NEB needs to achieve excellence in its own systems for safety and management systems oversight.
  • So in 2016, we implemented a new management system and something we call our ‘Departmental Results Framework’ which allows us to:
    • publicly track and report on the progress of our commitments – like improving our  pipeline safety and public engagement work;
    • assess the effectiveness of that work – with tools like performance measurements;
    • and help us align our staffing and budget – and even our organizational culture – towards excellence in safety oversight.
  • I think it is important to note that we will not assess our results and ‘Results Framework’ in isolation.
    • To be effective, the measurements need to make sense and reflect the interests of the people we serve – from landowners to environmental groups.
  • We consulted with stakeholders across Canada on the performance measurements that we wanted to put in place, and we will be open and transparent with those stakeholders in reporting our results.
  • And the timing has worked out well, as last year the federal government formed an Expert Panel on NEB Modernization which was tasked with making recommendations on the Board’s governance structure and mandate, among other things.
  • So it’s an exciting time at the Board, with a lot of change both from outside and within the NEB.
  • By focusing on achieving Regulatory Excellence and implementing our new Departmental Results Framework, in addition to the government’s modernization work, the NEB is going through nothing less than a transformation.
  • And so I reiterate, if the NEB truly wants to tackle the challenges we face, Canadians need to have sustained confidence in the NEB’s honesty and willingness to engage with them, and to be held accountable.

Pipeline Safety & Environmental Protection

  • So how do we get there? As you would expect, a big part of our approach emphasizes pipeline safety and environmental protection.
  • And our goal is to prevent harm to people and the environment.
  • We do this by implementing multiple levels of oversight processes, or regulatory defences.
  • This starts with ensuring a company complies with regulatory requirements and project conditions.
    • Field inspections, company filings, incident reporting, and analysis of all this information guides our approach.
  • We also ensure a company complies with financial requirements – including the ability to pay for spills and the set-aside of funds to properly abandon their projects at the end of life.
  • We then go deeper and investigate the adequacy of a company’s management systems to prevent harm – in the areas of pipeline integrity, safety management, environmental protection, security of infrastructure, damage prevention, and public awareness.
  • We do this through comprehensive management system audits of a company or audits of a common set of issues across companies.
  • Again, we utilize all of the data and information at our disposal to target our audits and oversight to potential areas of risk and harm.
  • We then go deeper again and have begun to demand a strong safety culture in the companies we regulate – and have begun gathering data on safety culture.
  • And – to close the loop and ensure accountability to the public – we report our performance on each of these levels of oversight – through our Results Framework.
  • As I said, our goal is to prevent harm and to strive for zero incidents.
  • So let me say a bit more about Safety Culture, because if you strive for zero incidents, you must drive performance beyond compliance with standards and support and enable a strong safety culture in the companies you regulate.

Safety Culture

  • In the Board’s drive to achieve zero incidents, the NEB recognizes the need to go beyond compliance – and has embarked on a path to demand a strong safety culture in the companies it regulates.
  • Companies need to comply, and they need to have an ever improving management system.
  • The NEB clearly understands that culture, and the human factor, are at the root of performance issues.
  • And a strong safety culture is one in which:
    • leaders demonstrate that safety is their overriding priority;
    • every employee feels empowered for making safe decisions;
    • and the organization is continually learning from its experiences with the goal of advancing safety.
  • Leadership is key to maintaining a healthy safety culture. An organization that has a strong safety culture scrutinizes – as a normal business function – every decision it makes to ensure that risk is managed appropriately.
  • So in 2014, the NEB released a ‘Statement on Safety Culture.’ The Statement includes a definition of safety culture and outlines the expectation that companies regulated by the Board must build a positive safety culture.
  • Our ongoing work on safety culture has highlighted the need for industry to look beyond traditional safety measures (such as workplace injury rates) to other indicators of process safety.
  • So the NEB and a number of other regulators completed a ‘Safety Culture Indicators Research Project’ to identify specific indicators that could be used to gather data on safety culture during their compliance oversight activities and facilitate greater understanding of industry safety culture.
  • We released our report on safety culture indicators in 2016, and we continue to work to further improve the use of industry safety culture indicators in our work.
  • In addition, the NEB is looking in the mirror – and considering how achieving excellence in our own culture for safety and management systems oversight – will support broader performance improvements in industry.

Modernizing the NEB & Enduring Inclusive Practices

  • Much has been said over the past while about the need to modernize the NEB.
  • Without a doubt, there is an absolute need for this to occur.
  • We understand the critical importance of public trust. We fully support the Government of Canada’s review to modernize the NEB and we are committed to helping the Government achieve its objectives.
  • Quite frankly, modernization will put wind into the sails of the NEB.
  • Right now, I would say that the framework that the NEB currently operates under gives the impression that our only role is as an ‘expert quasi-judicial tribunal.’
  • I have to say that I have never liked the terms ‘expert’ or ‘quasi-judicial’.
    • They conjure up images of boundaries and walls around the NEB that should not be crossed.
    • They also give the impression that we are a ‘level above’ those we interact with.
  • But we are not an organization with walls around it. We surely can and should authentically work with others.
  • I believe that a twenty-first century energy regulator needs to have stellar competence, but it also must be inclusive and engage empathically with others.
    • All the while, maintaining the utmost integrity in its practices and behaviors.
  • And while we work at arms-length on hearing matters and applications from the industry we regulate as well as the stakeholders that intervene – and nobody can interfere with those decision-making processes – we must be mindful that the public has less time for formal, exclusive, expert processes and the public wants to be more involved.

Making the NEB More Inclusive

  • So what steps can be taken to allow the NEB to be more inclusive?
  • First, Government can provide additional clarity in our legislation around the factors they believe must be considered for the ‘public interest.’
  • They could also consider adding a transparent legislative mechanism to provide us policy direction in the future.
  • Second, in addition to reviewing the diversity of Board Members making adjudicative decisions, Government could consider an advisory board or governance board that include a diverse group of Canadians, to increase awareness and oversight of systematic performance of our organization.
  • As part of its ‘Results Framework,’ the NEB will be assessing the fairness and accessibility of its adjudication process, in a systematic way. I believe more needs to be done here, including a reassessment of our Participant Funding Program.
  • Third, both the legislative framework and our own internal processes need to re-assess how pipelines and the NEB’s legislated processes interact with landowners and municipalities, particularly for infrastructure planning.
  • The current imbalance of power needs to be addressed and more inclusive planning processes put in place for municipalities.
  • For landowner issues, some have suggested that a Landowner Advocate model be developed and funded. This is an idea worth considering.
  • Lastly, we can’t talk about inclusivity without addressing our engagement with, and inclusion of, the original stewards of the land in Canada – Indigenous Peoples.

Redefining the Relationship & Engagement with Indigenous Peoples

  • The interests of Indigenous Peoples have been a significant part of how the NEB has considered its responsibilities over the past few years.
  • A number of the NEB’s Board Members have significant knowledge of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples;
    • two Board Members are Indigenous,
    • three Board Members have substantial experience working in Canada’s North with Indigenous Peoples,
    • and, one Board Member is a former Deputy Minister of the federal Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
  • The NEB has also acknowledged that Indigenous Peoples have an oral tradition, so to respect that, Board Panels have invited Indigenous Interveners to provide oral traditional evidence during hearings.
  • While the Board’s approach to this point has been in good faith, we know that much more needs to be done – specifically, there needs to be a greater focus on engaging Indigenous Peoples on the lifecycle of pipelines.
  • The NEB needs to have a relationship with Indigenous communities. And we need to start building that relationship well before an application for a pipeline even appears.
  • The Board also has to learn what Indigenous Peoples know about their traditional territories – respect the values within that – and continue to incorporate it into our work.
  • We have to take the Indigenous relationship with the land and weave it into our own responsibility for helping ensuring that pipelines are safe during their entire lifespan.
  • That means the relationship has to continue well beyond a pipeline hearing. The relationship and engagement has to be enduring – it has to last to the end of the life of that pipeline – and then beyond that.

3 Generations

  • Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what that would mean to me.
    • What does the ‘lifespan of a pipeline’ mean?
  • Today, I think that could be well beyond 50 or 60 years.
  • So if we take 60 years as an example, well, that means 3 generations in my family.
  • My oldest son is getting married soon. I don’t know when (or if) he will have a child…but if an application for a pipeline landed in my office today…and if that pipeline was built…
    • It’s possible that my potential grandchild would be retiring from the NEB when the pipeline is set to be decommissioned.
  • So when I think of the lifespan of a pipeline, I think about multiple generations of my family.
  • And I can’t help but conclude that if the NEB and Indigenous Peoples can’t engage at the start of a project, how can they work together through multiple generations over the lifespan of a pipeline?
  • So we need understanding, we need respect, we need to commit to enduring engagement and we need recognition from the NEB of the importance that Indigenous Peoples have with the land and the environment.
    • And we have to commit to new ways of doing things.

Indigenous Committees

  • One of those new ways of doing things is ‘co-development’ of approaches to pipeline oversight.
  • I am very optimistic about the federal government’s commitment to co-develop ‘Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committees’ for the TMX and Line 3 pipeline projects.
  • Right now, the Government, along with Indigenous Peoples and the NEB are working to co-develop Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committees for those two pipelines.
  • And I believe that when these committees are in place, they will reflect a real commitment to working together between Indigenous communities from across BC and the Prairies, the Government, and the NEB.
  • They will be part of the safety and environmental monitoring of those two pipelines and be participants in the lifecycle oversight process…this is big step for all of us.
  • So, this strong working relationship will begin with these two projects – and it will be the foundation for a new way of doing business for the NEB – and it will be an enduring relationship.
  • Through these Committees, we will need to be accessible and open to Indigenous Peoples at the beginning, middle, and end of a pipeline project.
  • I am very hopeful that strong working relationship approaches like these Committees’ will be the NEB’s new way of doing things into the future.

Energy Information

  • Before I conclude, I also want to state that it will be difficult for a modernized energy system to work really well if the policymakers, regulators, stakeholders – and indeed all Canadians – don’t have good energy information.
  • Quite frankly, the energy information system within the Government of Canada needs to be strengthened – all parts of the system.
    • We need better data, because that will lead to better analysis, which will help support the myriad of energy policy decisions needed in the future.
  • The increasing pace of change in Canadian and global energy markets and climate policy development suggest that the need for up-to-date analysis on energy trends is greater than ever.
  • It should be our goal to help Canadians and policy makers understand these complex interactions through publicly-developed analysis, reports, and statistics.
  • We also need innovation in how we deliver this information. We need cutting-edge data visualization to deliver cutting-edge energy information to Canadians.
  • To me, a strengthening of the energy information system within the Government of Canada is an essential compliment to the reforms underway.

Conclusion

  • In closing, I want you to know that my goal is for this country to have a national energy regulator that maintains the public confidence of Canadians.
  • And to accomplish that, it will be built on a foundation of three elements.
  • First, a relentless focus on safety and environmental protection – because we never want anything to go wrong.
  • Second, modernizing our legislation and processes to support the move away from ‘exclusivity’ to ‘inclusivity.’
  • And third, enduring engagement with the original stewards of the land – Indigenous Peoples.
  • If we do that, then we will truly be driving excellence. And it will put wind in the sails of the National Energy Board. Thank you.

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Western Copper and Gold Announces 2016 Results

March 24, 2017

VANCOUVER, B.C. Western Copper and Gold Corporation (“Western” or the “Company”) (TSX:WRN; NYSE MKT:WRN) reports its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2016.

“Western is proud to have been able to weather the latest market downturn without share dilution,” said Dr. Paul West-Sells, President and Chief Executive Officer. “With recent increases in gold and copper prices contributing to renewed optimism in the sector, we are well positioned to capitalize on the increasing interest for projects like Casino that will provide significant low-cost production in safe jurisdictions.”

This news release should be read in conjunction with the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2016, and the notes thereto, and management’s discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) for the year ended December 31, 2016.  All figures in Canadian dollars (“$”).

2016 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dale Corman, previously Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, was appointed Executive Chairman in February 2016. Concurrently, the Company appointed Paul West-Sells, previously President and Chief Operating Officer, to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer. These changes were part of standard succession planning.
  • In August 2016, an Independent Engineering Review Panel engaged by Western to evaluate the current tailings management facility (“TMF”) design, assess potential alternative storage technologies, and review the alternate locations study for the Casino Project’s TMF confirmed that the design concept currently forming the basis of the Company’s submission to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (“YESAB”) represents the best available technology for storing solid waste from the Casino Project.  It also provided guidance and made recommendations to enhance the design of the TMF and to meet internationally accepted standards and good practices.
  • Western signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ferus Natural Gas Fuels Inc. (“Ferus NGF”) for liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply to the proposed Casino Project in September 2016. Ferus NGF plans to build and operate the LNG plant in the vicinity of Fort Nelson, British Columbia. The Fort Nelson area was strategically chosen to minimize the cost of transporting the LNG to the mines, contributing to supply reliability and strong project economics.
  • In November 2016, the Company completed an agreement with Cariboo Rose Resources Ltd. (“Cariboo Rose”) (the “Purchase Agreement”). Pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, Cariboo Rose exercised its option to acquire the 55 mineral claims known as the Casino B Claims, and received 500,000 common shares of Western.  In return, Western acquired nine (9) of the Casino B Claims and has a right of first refusal on the other 46 Casino B Claims.

The nine Casino B Claims acquired by Western as part of the Purchase Agreement increase its land position on the western edge of the Casino deposit. The new mineral claims underlie a portion of the proposed heap leach facility and will provide a buffer zone to the open pit described in the Casino Project feasibility study.

FINANCIAL RESULTS

For the year ended December 31, 2016, Western incurred a loss of $2.1 million ($0.02 per common share), which is comparable to the net loss of $2.1 million ($0.02 per common share) reported in the prior year.

The Company also incurred $2.3 million on advancing the Casino Project in 2016.  This compares with expenditures of $3.8 million in 2015. Over the last few years, the majority of Western’s activities and expenditures relating to the Casino Project have focused on permitting, engineering, and wages for the employees who manage those functions.  Expenditures decreased significantly during the year ended December 31, 2016 because in 2015, Western incurred significant costs to complete the two supplemental reports submitted to the YESAB.  Permitting activities were limited in 2016 as the Company awaited the ESE Statement Guidelines from YESAB for the first half of the year and spent the next few months planning its approach to meet these requirements in its updated project proposal. The Company also acquired certain Casino B claims in 2016.

Western ended the most recently completed financial year with $6.7 million in working capital, including $6.8 million in cash and short-term investments.

FILINGS

The Company filed its annual information form, audited consolidated financial statements and MD&A for the year ended December 31, 2016 with the appropriate Canadian regulatory bodies on March 23, 2017. These filings are available for viewing on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

The Company also filed its annual report on Form 40-F with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the year ended December 31, 2016 on March 23, 2017.  Western’s Form 40-F is available for viewing and retrieval through EDGAR at www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml.

The filings described above are available on the Company’s website: www.westerncopperandgold.com. Western will also provide a copy of the filings to any shareholder, without charge, upon request.  Requests may be made by email, telephone, or regular mail.

ABOUT WESTERN COPPER AND GOLD CORPORATION

Western Copper and Gold Corporation is developing the Casino Project, Canada’s premier Copper-Gold mine in the Yukon Territory.  For more information, visit www.westerncopperandgold.com.

On behalf of the board,

“Paul West-Sells”

Dr. Paul West-Sells
President & CEO
For more information, please contact:

Chris Donaldson,
Manager, Corporate Development and Investor Relations
604.638.2520 or cdonaldson@westerncopperandgold.com

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Think Tuberculosis Is a Thing of the Past in Canada? Think Again – The Tyee

Drug shortages, lack of availability mean disease remains a real threat to vulnerable communities.

Tuberculosis kills more people than any other infectious disease on the planet. Nevertheless, TB is not high on the lists of health concerns of most Canadians. While it cut a wide swath through the population a century ago, rising standards of living drove a decline in the incidence of the disease in the first half of the 20th century. Drugs developed in the 1940s and 1950s offered an effective cure for the cases at the time.

Unfortunately, the success of those drugs has led to a complacency that is preventing us from taking the necessary measures against this disease. Tuberculosis is still a real threat for many Canadians, particularly the homeless and Indigenous people who have not experienced improvements in nutrition and housing, as well as people from countries where TB remains widespread. Complacency is also creating unnecessary barriers to addressing the emerging threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis.

Read More: https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/03/24/Tuberculosis-in-Canada/

Shore Gold Inc. Announces Year End Results

Shore Gold Inc. (“Shore” or the “Company”) reports that the audited results of its operations for the year ended December 31, 2016 will be filed today and may be viewed at www.sedar.com once posted. A summary of key financial and operating results for the year is as follows:

Highlights

  • Announced results of core drilling programs on the Star and Orion South Kimberlites;
  • Announced the completion of certain geotechnical investigations and other test work on the Star – Orion South Diamond Project (“Project”);
  • Announced the closing of a private placement of 9.1 million Flow-Through Common Shares and 2.5 million Common Shares for aggregate gross proceeds of $2.5 million;
  • Announced the closing of a private placement for gross proceeds of $1.0 million;
  • Continued to seek opportunities for Project development capital;
  • Working capital of $2.9 million at December 31, 2016;
  • Issued and outstanding shares of 293,961,008 at December 31, 2016

Overview0B

The Project is situated in the Fort à la Corne kimberlite field in central Saskatchewan. The Project includes the 100 percent Shore owned Star Diamond Project, as well as Star West and the Orion South Kimberlite, which fall within the adjacent Fort à la Corne Joint Venture (“FALC-JV”). Shore has a 69 percent interest (2015 – 69 percent) in the FALC-JV and Newmont Canada FN Holdings ULC (“Newmont”) has a 31 percent interest (2015 – 31 percent).

During 2015, the Company announced Revised Mineral Resource estimates for the Star and Orion South Kimberlites (see SGF News Release dated November 9, 2015 and Technical Report filed December 21, 2015). Accordingly, the mineral resources and economic assessment previously disclosed by Shore for the Project should no longer be relied upon. The Technical Report on the Revised Resource Estimate for the Project provided an updated Mineral Resource Estimate for the Star and Orion South kimberlite deposits which included an Indicated Mineral Resource of 393 million tonnes containing 55.4 million carats of diamonds at a weighted average price of US$210 per carat. In addition to the Indicated Mineral Resource Estimate, the Star and Orion South Kimberlites includes Inferred Resources containing 11.5 million carats.

Events relating to the Star – Orion South Diamond Project

During 2016, the Company completed core drilling programs to further expand the internal stratigraphy of the Orion South and Star Kimberlites extending and in-filling geological continuity from the 2015 drilling programs. Five holes, totaling 1,257.97 metres of drilling, were completed on the Star West portion of the Star Kimberlite located within the claims of the FALC-JV (See SGF News Release dated March 29, 2016). This drilling on Star West aimed to delineate the extent of all kimberlite units, particularly the lower unit, which is high value Cantuar kimberlite. The Company also announced the completion of the core drilling on the western margin of Orion South, which consisted of eight holes and totaling 1,592.75 metres of drilling (See SGF News Release dated July 19, 2016). During the third quarter of 2016, Shore announced that it had successfully completed significant aspects of geotechnical investigations and other test work on the Project (See SGF News Release dated September 26, 2016).

Shore recently announced that it has successfully completed significant aspects of test work towards an updated feasibility study on the Project (See SGF News Release dated March 6, 2017). The work completed in recent months includes: X-ray Transmission (“XRT”) recovery of diamonds from Star pyroclastic kimberlite, ore processing data review, diamond parcel characterization, kimberlite particle size analysis and overburden removal investigations. These programs investigate the use of new technology for the efficient excavation of the open pit and improvements to the flow-sheet of the diamond processing plant, while simultaneously reducing pre-production capital costs and the time to initial diamond production.

During December 2014, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (“CEAA” or the “Agency”) announced an Environmental Assessment Decision for the proposed Project (See SGF News Release dated December 3, 2014). The Environment Minister announced that the Project “is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects when the mitigation measures described in the Comprehensive Study Report are taken into account”.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment (“Ministry”) is continuing to work on fulfilling the Province’s Duty to Consult responsibilities with First Nation and Métis communities potentially impacted by the proposed Project. The Company has recently been informed by the Saskatchewan Minister of Environment that additional consultation is required between the government and First Nation and Métis communities for the government to meet its legal obligation with respect to duty to consult and accommodate process (See SGF News Release dated January 26, 2017). The government is proceeding with a work plan that they anticipate will enable them to complete this required consultation process within six months. The Ministry has indicated to Shore that once consultations with potentially impacted First Nation and Métis communities are thorough and completed, all pertinent information will be reviewed before a decision under The Environmental Assessment Act is made. During 2016 the Company also continued with discussions concerning potential education and training, job, business and participation opportunities for members of James Smith First Nation, Peter Chapman Cree Nation and Chakastaypasin Cree Nation, collectively referred to as the James Smith Cree Nation (“JSCN”). The intention of such discussions are to establish mutually agreeable terms for a participation agreement in anticipation of the proposed Project

Year to Date Results

For the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company recorded a net loss of $5.4 million or $0.02 per share compared to a net loss of $9.1 million or $0.04 per share in 2015. These losses were primarily due to ongoing operating costs and exploration and evaluation expenditures incurred by the Company exceeding interest income earned on cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments. Exploration and evaluation expenditures incurred during the year ended December 31, 2016 primarily related to expenditures relating to the drilling programs, geotechnical investigations and test work as well as the continuation of the environmental assessment process for the Project.

Selected financial highlights include:

As at As at
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position December 31, December 31,
2016 2015
Current assets $   3.2 M $   4.3 M
Capital and other assets 1.5 M 1.7 M
Current liabilities 0.3 M 0.3 M
Premium on flow-through financings 0.2 M 0.5 M
Long-term liabilities 0.6 M 0.6 M
Shareholders’ equity 3.6 M 4.6 M
Year Ended Year Ended
Consolidated Statements of Loss and Comprehensive Loss December 31, December 31,
2016 2015
Interest and other income $ 0.0 M $ 0.0 M
Expenses (5.9) M (9.1) M
Loss for the period before other items (5.9) M (9.1) M
Flow-through share premium 0.5 M (0.0) M
Net and comprehensive loss for the year (5.4) M (9.1) M
Net loss per share for the year (basic and diluted) (0.02) (0.04)
Year Ended Year Ended
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows December 31, December 31,
2016 2015
Cash flows from operating activities $ (4.5) M $ (7.7) M
Cash flows from investing activities 0.1 M 0.9 M
Cash flows from financing activities 3.3 M 5.1 M
Net increase (decrease) in cash (1.1) M (1.7) M
Cash – beginning of year 3.9 M 5.6 M
Cash – end of year 2.8 M 3.9 M

Outlook

The 2016 core drilling programs were required to further expand the internal stratigraphy of the Orion South and Star Kimberlites extending and in-filling geological continuity from the successful programs of 2015. The Company intends to update the previous Feasibility Study with a revised mine plan, where new technology is applied to more efficiently remove the sand and clay of the overburden, in addition to the application of new technology in the processing plant. Preliminary calculations suggest that such an updated feasibility study can positively change the economic model for the Project by increasing the Mineral Reserve estimate and reducing the pre-production capital costs and schedule to diamond production.

In addition, the Company is proceeding with the environmental assessment process and is continuing to seek opportunities for development capital through participation in the Project by a third party or a syndicate of investors.

As of March 23, 2017, the Company had approximately $2.3 million in cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments (excluding $1.0 million in restricted cash). A portion of the Company’s cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments will be used to advance certain aspects of the Project, including work required for an updated feasibility study, the environmental assessment process, as well as for general corporate matters.

Technical Information

All technical information in this press release has been prepared under the supervision of George Read, Senior Vice-President of Exploration and Development, Professional Geoscientist in the Provinces of Saskatchewan and British Columbia and Mark Shimell, Project Manager, Professional Geoscientist in the Province of Saskatchewan, who are the Company’s “Qualified Persons” under the definition of NI 43-101.

For further information: shoregold@shoregold.com or (306) 664-2202

www.shoregold.com

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It’s great to see our government investing in new funding for skills training, Indigenous education and social innovation’ – The Nugget

March 24, 2017

The federal government’s focus on lifelong learning is a positive move, according to Canadore College president George Burton.

“It’s great to see our government investing in new funding for skills training, Indigenous education and social innovation,” Burton says.

“It’s welcome news to see the creation and expansion of programs to help our population match their skills to today’s exacting and evolving labour market.”

Read More: http://www.nugget.ca/2017/03/24/its-great-to-see-our-government-investing-in-new-funding-for-skills-training-indigenous-education-and-social-innovation

Pengrowth Announces Sale of Bernadet Montney Lands for $92 Million

CALGARY, ALBERTA–(March 23, 2017) – Pengrowth Energy Corporation (TSX:PGF)(NYSE:PGH) today announced that it has entered into an agreement for the sale of its non-producing Montney lands at Bernadet in North East British Columbia for cash consideration of $92 million.

The Bernadet asset encompasses 36.6 sections (100 percent working interest) of land with no associated production, cash flow and neither reserves or resources assigned to it in Pengrowth’s December 31, 2016 year-end reserve report.

The sale further enhances the Company’s strategy to de-lever its balance sheet and provide additional financial flexibility to pursue development of Pengrowth’s remaining core growth assets.

Derek Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pengrowth commented, “We believe this transaction provides a compelling opportunity to realize value on an asset that has no associated production or cash flow and will allow us to further deleverage our balance sheet. We continue to be active in the Montney through our Groundbirch assets, which are currently producing and which have demonstrated excellent potential to provide long-term growth in production and reserves for Pengrowth.”

The effective and closing date of the transaction is expected to occur on or about March 31, 2017, subject to customary closing conditions.

About Pengrowth:

Pengrowth Energy Corporation is an intermediate Canadian producer of oil and natural gas, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. Pengrowth’s assets include the Lindbergh thermal oil, Cardium light oil, Swan Hills light oil and the Groundbirch Montney gas projects. Pengrowth’s shares trade on both the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “PGF” and on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PGH”.

PENGROWTH ENERGY CORPORATION

Derek Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer

Currency:

All amounts are stated in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified.

Pengrowth
Wassem Khalil
Manager, Investor Relations
(403) 233-0224 or Toll free 1-855-336-8814

Investor Relations
investorrelations@pengrowth.com
www.pengrowth.com

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TransCanada gets U.S. State Department’s OK for Keystone XL pipeline – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Mar 24, 2017 

CALGARY _ TransCanada has been granted a presidential permit from the U.S. State Department that allows it to move forward on building the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, the latest turn in fortunes for the controversial project.

In granting the permit, the U.S. State Department said it concluded that Keystone XL, which is fiercely opposed by environmentalists concerned about its potential impact on climate change, would serve the national interest after considering a range of factors including energy security and the environment.

“This is a significant milestone for the Keystone XL project,” TransCanada CEO Russ Girling said in a statement Friday.

However, Keystone XL faces more hurdles.

TransCanada (TSX:TRP) still does not have deals with all the landowners in Nebraska on the pipeline’s proposed route and it lacks a permit in that state. Protesters also promise they will try to stop the project, which would help carry Alberta crude to U.S. refineries.

The Calgary-based company said Friday it would continue to work with key stakeholders throughout Nebraska, Montana and South Dakota to obtain the necessary permits and approvals to advance this project to construction.

However, because the pipeline project crosses the Canada-U.S. border, TransCanada also required approvals from the president and U.S. State Department.

Former president Barack Obama rejected the previous Keystone proposal, saying it wasn’t in the U.S. national interest.

In response, TransCanada filed a challenge under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement, alleging the U.S. government breached its legal commitments under NAFTA. That challenge has been discontinued, TransCanada said Friday.

Donald Trump, while campaigning to be president of the U.S., had said he would reverse Obama’s decision.

“While receiving the permit is a good step forward for the project that could provide visible growth in the 2020 time frame, given the prior comments and executive orders out of the Trump administration, we believe that the receipt of the presidential permit was expected by the market,” RBC Capital Markets said in a note to clients.

“We note that KXL is not included in our valuation for the stock and if the project moves forward, we view that as upside.”

Trump signed an executive order in his first week in office that invited TransCanada to reapply for a permit and promised a decision within 60 days. The 60-day timeline in Trump’s executive order was to expire Monday.

“We greatly appreciate President Trump’s administration for reviewing and approving this important initiative and we look forward to working with them as we continue to invest in and strengthen North America’s energy infrastructure,” Girling said.

The White House said Trump was expected to make an announcement about Keystone XL later Friday.

Awarding cross-border pipeline permits is technically the domain of the Secretary of State. However, in this case, The Associated Press reported Thursday that the decision would come from Undersecretary of State Tom Shannon because his boss, former oil executive Rex Tillerson, recused himself from the decision.

INDEX: OIL&GAS UTILITIES NATIONAL BUSINESS POLITICS

 

Kapuskasing Gold Bolsters Land Position at Lady Pond with Additional Copper/Cobalt Claims in Newfoundland & Labrador

March 23, 2017 – Kapuskasing Gold Corp. (TSX-V: KAP) (the “Company” or “KAP”) announces that the Company has acquired by staking a 100 per cent interest in 15 claims (375 hectares) located in the prolific mining area of Baie Vert, in the Springdale Peninsula area of Newfoundland. These claims are proximal and contiguous to the “Lady Pond Project”. The Lady Pond Project is now composed of 33 claims (825 hectares) located approximately 45 kilometres from the Nugget Pond Milling Facility operated by Rambler Metals and Mining Canada PLC..

The ongoing compilation to date on the 8 recently acquired claim blocks announced March 1, 2017, is progressing well (data housed by the Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Natural Resources (DNR)). The compilation has also pointed KAP toward privately held files that the Company is accessing where available.

Historic work to date indicates the Lady Pond Prospect is one of the priority properties in the portfolio of eight. DNR files reviewed and interpreted guided the Company to acquire 11 claims to the northeast and 4 claims to the southwest (275 and 100 hectares respectively) of the Lady Pond prospect. The 15 claims were staked to cover the interpreted strike direction of geology and known mineralization.

The review of historic data has located selected grab sample results of blasted rock on a dump site located at Lady Pond. Three of the samples returned the following results:

  • 1.08 g/t gold, 5.84% copper and 0.05% cobalt,
  • 0.81 g/t gold, 3.36% copper and 0.12% cobalt
  • 6.51 g/t gold, 6.80% copper and 0.14% cobalt

KAP is continuing the historic data compilation and cautions the reader that these are selected grab samples and additional sampling is required to verify and bring up to 43-101 compliant standards.

The Company continues to review all available data on the projects in Newfoundland and Labrador. The compilation will guide the exploration that will commence in late spring as conditions permit. Exploration programs will focus on the down dip and shallow on-strike potential of the known sulphide occurrences, with a particular emphasis on cobalt and gold mineralization. Previous operators focused primarily on the copper mineralization and it appears that cobalt and gold analysis was never routinely performed. KAP will concentrate on determining the cobalt, gold and copper potential by assaying for all three elements. As the compilation progresses materials will be placed on the company website.

“We are excited about the known copper mineralization of the Lady Pond area, however, the potential for cobalt and gold mineralization is particularly intriguing.” stated KAP president and CEO Jonathan Armes. “Adding additional claims by staking should reward the Company and its shareholders by adding 100% owned claims hosting historic surface occurrences.”

Mr. Garry Clark P.Geo,(Exploration Manager and a director of the Company) a Qualified Person (“QP”) as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed the technical content of this release. The content of the geological data presented has been derived from the Provinces Mineral Deposit Database and exploration assessment files and are believed to be accurate and correct.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

Kapuskasing Gold Corp.

Jonathan Armes
President & CEO
Phone 1 (416) 708-0243

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Ian Mulgrew: Half a century on, Tom Berger still battling for First Nations – Vancouver Sun

Nearly half a century after he stood in the Supreme Court of Canada and made history for aboriginal people, Tom Berger rose again in the august chamber.

On the eve of his 84th birthday, his hair a snowy thatch, the man once known across the north as “Ni-wha Judge” (Our Judge) asked the high bench to once more step in to help the country’s founding peoples work toward reconciliation.

His appearance long ago led to the 1973 Calder decision and modern treaty signing — the first in 1975 involving the James Bay indigenous people, and the most recent in 2016 with the Algonquin in Ontario and land that included Parliament Hill.

Read More: http://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/b-c-icons-lifelong-crusade-for-aboriginal-rights-continues

Strikepoint Gold Inc. announces $3 Milllion Private Placement

March 23, 2017, Vancouver, BC –StrikePoint Gold Inc. (TSX.V:SKP) (“StrikePoint” or the Company) is pleased to announce that is has arranged a $3,000,000 non-brokered private placement consisting of 6,779,664 Flow-Through Shares (the “FT Shares”) at an issuance price of $0.295 per FT Share for total proceeds of $2,000,000 and 3,389,000 Non-Flow Through Units (the “NFT Units”) at a price of $0.295 per NFT Unit for total proceed of $1,000,000.  Each NFT Unit will consist of one non-flow through common share and one non-flow through share purchase warrant with each warrant being exercisable at a price of $0.50 for a period of two years from closing.

The Company further announces that concurrent with this announcement, it has closed on the 6,779,664 FT Shares for total proceeds of $2,000,000.  The FT Shares will be subject to a hold period expiring on July 24, 2017.  Finder’s fees of $140,000 cash and 474,576 finder’s warrants will be paid to Medalist Capital Ltd. in connection with this closing.  The finder’s warrants will have an exercise term of two years from issuance with an exercise price of $0.295 and be subject to a holder period expiring on July 24, 2017.

It is anticipated that a 7% finder’s fee, payable in cash and warrants will be paid in connection with the balance of the financing.

The proceeds from the issuance of the FT Shares will be used to incur Canadian exploration expenses on the Company’s gold projects located in the Yukon Territory, and the proceeds from the NFT Units will be used by the Company for general working capital.

It is anticipated that the closing of the $1,000,000 NFT Units will be on or before March 31, 2017.

The private placement is subject to approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD of STRIKEPOINT GOLD INC.

Shawn Khunkhun
CEO and Director

For more information, contact:

Shawn Khunkhun
604-602-1440
sk@strikepointgold.com

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The Daily Friday, March 24, 2017

Consumer Price Index, February 2017

The Consumer Price Index rose 2.0% on a year-over-year basis in February, following a 2.1% increase in January. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the Consumer Price Index was down 0.2% in February, following a 0.7% gain in January.

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Government Finance Statistics, fourth quarter 2016

Quarterly data for Government Finance Statistics (GFS), a system that presents fiscal statistics using the international standard GFS developed by the International Monetary Fund, are now available. This standard allows consistent aggregation and analysis between participating countries.

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Waste management industry: Business and government sectors, 2014

The total amount of waste diverted to recycling or organic processing facilities increased by 7.0% compared with 2012 to 9.1 million tonnes in 2014.

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Natural gas transmission, storage and distribution, January 2017

Natural gas transmission pipelines received 566.0 million gigajoules of natural gas from fields, gathering systems and plants in January, up 6.0% compared with January 2016. Seven provinces posted receipts, with Alberta (69.0%) and British Columbia (28.0%) holding the vast majority.

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Milled wheat and wheat flour produced, January 2017

Millers milled 253 356 tonnes of wheat in January, while wheat flour production totalled 193 120 tonnes.

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Teamster Statement on Trudeau Budget

Laval, March 22, 2016 — Teamsters are satisfied with the Trudeau government’s second budget, which continues on the path laid out in the previous budget.

“Workers and the middle class should benefit from this budget,” commented François Laporte, the President of Teamsters Canada.

New measures to help Canadians keep their skills up to date are a good first step in dealing with the challenges posed by automation. However, the government will need a more aggressive strategy as technological change is expected to eliminate jobs faster than people can retrain.

Though details are lacking, proposed changes to make the Canada Labour Code more “flexible” will need to be carefully analyzed. Teamsters will fight any attempt to go after labour rights and job security.

Welcome investments

In an effort to put Canadians back to work, infrastructure spending should be expedited wherever possible.

“We recognize that investing billions of dollars quickly and intelligently is easier said than done,” explained Laporte. “But the government also needs to recognize that fixing and building the nation’s infrastructure creates much needed jobs for tens of thousands of Canadians.”

Teamsters applaud the federal government for investing $5 billion over 10 years on mental health. The union views mental health in the workplace as a pressing issue; according to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, mental illness costs the economy over $51 billion each year.

The $867 million investment in Via Rail is also welcome news, as it stands to directly benefit travellers and Teamster members employed at the crown corporation.

A matter of fairness

Teamsters are pleased that the federal government will force ride-sharing companies like to Uber to register and collect sales taxes. “We’re glad that the government has started to tackle the issue of the sharing economy,” added Laporte.

Efforts to crack down on tax evasion are also welcome, as long as the government has the courage to target big banks and large accounting firms. According to the Conference Board of Canada, tax evasion could cost Canadians up to $47.8 billion.

Teamsters urge the government to eliminate the tax credit on stock options in a future budget. The write-off disproportionately benefits Canada’s richest CEOs, who already earn over 193 times the average worker’s salary.

Finally, the union is delighted that the government’s budget recognizes issues faced by women, indigenous people, and the LGBTQ community.

“We’ll carefully monitor the implementation of this year’s federal budget,” concluded Laporte. “Overall, we’re satisfied and hope the Canadian economy will respond positively in the coming months.”

Teamsters represent 125,000 workers in Canada in all industries. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.

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Information:

Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Public Relations
Cell: 514-609-5101
slacroix@teamsters.ca

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TransCanada Receives Presidential Permit for Keystone XL

HOUSTON, TEXAS and CALGARY, ALBERTA–(March 24, 2017) – News Release – TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) today announced that the U.S. Department of State has signed and issued a Presidential Permit to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline.

“This is a significant milestone for the Keystone XL project,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president and chief executive officer. “We greatly appreciate President Trump’s Administration for reviewing and approving this important initiative and we look forward to working with them as we continue to invest in and strengthen North America’s energy infrastructure.”

Keystone XL is an important piece of TransCanada’s comprehensive U.S. growth portfolio driving an investment of more than US$15 billion in liquids and natural gas projects that will create thousands of well-paying jobs and generate substantial economic benefits across the U.S.

TransCanada will continue to engage key stakeholders and neighbors throughout Nebraska, Montana and South Dakota to obtain the necessary permits and approvals to advance this project to construction.

In conjunction, TransCanada has discontinued its claim under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and will end its U.S. Constitutional challenge.

With more than 65 years’ experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and liquids pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada operates a network of natural gas pipelines that extends more than 91,500 kilometres (56,900 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is the continent’s leading provider of gas storage and related services with 653 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A large independent power producer, TransCanada currently owns or has interests in over 10,700 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada is also the developer and operator of one of North America’s leading liquids pipeline systems that extends over 4,300 kilometres (2,700 miles), connecting growing continental oil supplies to key markets and refineries. TransCanada’s common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. Visit TransCanada.com

Media Inquiries:
Terry Cunha
403.920.7859 or 800.608.7859

TransCanada Investor & Analyst Inquiries:
David Moneta / Stuart Kampel
403.920.7911 or 800.361.6522

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Five stories in the news today, March 24 – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Mar 24, 2017

Five stories in the news for Friday, March 24:

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US GOVERNMENT TO MAKE KEYSTONE ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY

All signs point to the Keystone XL pipeline project getting approved today. The White House says there will be an announcement. It didn’t elaborate, but the Trump administration has repeatedly said it supports the project that was scrapped by former U.S. President Barack Obama. Trump invited Calgary based TransCanada Corp. to reapply shortly after he took office in January.

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SASKATCHEWAN JUSTICE REVIEWING HUSKY OIL SPILL

Saskatchewan’s Justice Ministry is reviewing Husky Energy’s response to alarms before a major oil spill to determine whether charges are warranted. The department is also looking into a delay in shutting down the ruptured pipeline. The leak last July allowed 225,000 litres of heavy oil mixed with diluent to spill onto the bank of the North Saskatchewan River. About 40 per cent reached the river.

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FUNERAL TO BE HELD TODAY FOR NATHAN DUMAS

Funeral services will be held today for a seven-year-old boy who died last week in St. Catharines, Ont., leading to a murder charge against his stepfather. Nathan Dumas was rushed to hospital on Friday but died the next day. Police launched a manhunt for his stepfather, 43-year-old Justin Kuijer, who was arrested on Tuesday in Kenora, Ont.. Visitation was held for Dumas on Thursday and his funeral will be held today in Thorold, Ont.

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AIR MILES CASH POINTS STOLEN BY CRIMINALS

Air Miles has posted a letter on its website warning that criminals have stolen cash miles from some of its members. The rewards program says a small number of in-store transactions have taken place in which thieves used stolen miles to buy goods. A spokeswoman says members’ personal information has not been compromised. The company has temporarily removed the cash miles option for in-store purchases.

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STAMPEDE CHUCKWAGON AUCTION AHEAD BY A NOSE

It came right down to the wire, but the annual Calgary Stampede chuckwagon canvas auction just edged out the total raised a year ago. Bidders pledged just over $2.4 million for the right to advertise on tarps on the 36 chuckwagons that will compete in 10 days of racing at the Stampede. The auction, considered a bellwether for Alberta’s oilpatch mood, raised just under $2.3 million last year.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:

_ Statistics Canada releases the consumer price index for February.

_ Finance Minister Bill Morneau addresses The Canadian Club of Toronto and The Empire Club regarding Budget 2017.

_ A group of disabled veterans and supporters hold a news conference in Halifax to outline their disappointment with Ottawa.

_ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Kinova Robotics in Boisbriand, Que., and participates in a robotics technology demonstration.

_ Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and First Nation Chiefs representing the Blackfoot Confederacy sign protocol agreement in Calgary.

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Canadian Orebodies Mobilizes Drill to Hemlo North Limb Property

TORONTO, March 23, 2017 – Canadian Orebodies Inc. (“Orebodies” or the “Company”) (TSX Venture: CORE) is pleased to announce that a Phase 1 drill program of 2,500 metres will be commencing on the Company’s North Limb Property in early April.

“We are excited to commence drilling in the next few weeks on our North Limb Property as we believe it has great underexplored potential. The ‘Tongue’ portion of the Property is particularly interesting, as it is interpreted to be the up ice potential source of the high grade Valley Float,” said Gordon McKinnon, President and CEO of Orebodies. “Obviously, gold is the primary target. That being said, our VTEM Max airborne survey was successful in defining several high priority VMS and MMS targets that have never been tested, that cannot be ignored. In addition, we anticipate commencing an initial drill program on our Hemlo Wire Lake property shortly after the successful completion of the program at the North Limb. We are excited to begin a very active year for the Company.”

North Limb Drill Program

The Company will be commencing its first drill program on the North Limb Property in early April. The current drill plan is anticipated to total 2,500 metres and is designed to test various exploration targets, including:

  • “Hemlo Style” gold associated with the Lunny Lake Porphyry;
  • Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide (“VMS”) mineralization proximal to the historic Caravelle Cu, Zn, Au, Ag Occurrences; and
  • Magmatic Massive Sulphide Ni, Cu mineralization (“MMS”) associated with the Spruce Bay Ultramafic Complex.

“Hemlo Style” Gold Target

In 1996, Hemlo Gold Mines Inc. (“Hemlo Gold”) encountered 1 metre of 37.35 gpt Au1 and 1 metre of 10.6 gpt Au1 approximately 200 and 400 metres southeast of the North Limb Property. These holes were drilled into the Lunny Lake Porphyry which was thought by Hemlo Gold to have similarities to the Moose Lake Porphyry, the principle host for the gold deposits at Hemlo. The Company plans to test targets along the extensions of the Lunny Lake Porphyry including airborne EM Anomalies identified from the 2016 VTEM Max Survey flown over the North Limb Property (see press release dated January 23, 2017).

Tongue Property – Potential Source of the Valley Float

Within the North Limb Property is an area covering 78 claim units referred to as “the Tongue”. This area has seen no exploration since the initial Hemlo gold rush in the 1980’s and has no record of ever being drilled. The Company’s interest in the Tongue lies in that it is interpreted to be directly up-ice from the angular float of mafic volcanic material found to the southwest in 1994 that assayed up to 16.2 gpt Au1, the source of which has never been located (see press release dated March 2, 2017). Studies done by the Company demonstrate that the gold mineralization from the float material is associated with disseminated sulphides (pyrite-arsenopyrite). In February, the Company completed a 15 kilometre induced polarization (I.P.) survey on the Tongue Property which outlined four high priority, unexplained, targets that will be tested in the upcoming diamond drill program.

VMS Targets

VMS style mineralization was first discovered on the North Limb Property by Caravelle Mines in 1964. Historic drilling from the #2 Occurrence included: Hole A2 – 2.5 m of 8.2 gpt Au, 1.1% Cu, 0.8% Zn, and 13.7 gpt Ag1 and Hole W1 – 2.1 m of 3.2 gpt Au, 2.9% Cu, 2.1% Zn, and 52.8 gpt Ag1. The 2016 VTEM Max Survey outlined an untested EM Target proximal to the #2 Occurrence.

MMS Targets

Historical geological mapping partially outlined a large approximately 2 km by 0.5 km ultramafic body near Spruce Bay on the eastern portion of the North Limb Property. The VTEM Max Survey identified three priority EM Anomalies associated with this ultramafic intrusive that could represent magmatic massive sulphide mineralization.

Technical Information

This press release has been prepared under the supervision of Mr. Bruce Mackie (P.Geo.), who is an independent consultant to the Company and a “qualified person” (as such term is defined in National Instrument 43-101). Mr. Mackie has verified the technical data disclosed in this press release.

1 Readers are cautioned that assay results are historical in nature and have not been verified by a qualified person on behalf of Canadian Orebodies Inc.

About Canadian Orebodies Inc.

Canadian Orebodies is a Canadian-based mineral exploration company with a portfolio of properties in Ontario and Nunavut. Canadian Orebodies is focused on generating shareholder value through the advancement of its two Hemlo area properties: the North Limb and Wire Lake.

For more information please visit www.canadianorebodies.com or contact:

Gordon McKinnon, President & CEO
Canadian Orebodies Inc.
Tel: (416) 644-1747

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Advocates once again push federal government to comply with First Nations child welfare ruling – CBC

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has issued 3 compliance orders to feds since landmark 2016 ruling

Mar 23, 2017

First Nations child advocates are before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in Ottawa again this week, trying to force the federal government to abide by an order to provide equitable funding for child and family services on reserves.

In a landmark ruling last year, the tribunal found that the federal government discriminates against First Nation children on reserves by failing to provide the same level of child welfare services that exist elsewhere.

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/blackstock-human-rights-tribunal-2017-1.4038595

Dominion Diamond’s Fiscal 2017 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results to be released Wednesday, April 12, 2017

YELLOWKNIFE, Northwest Territories–Mar. 23, 2017– Dominion Diamond Corporation (TSX: DDC, NYSE: DDC) (the “Company” or “Dominion”) will release its fiscal 2017 fourth quarter and year-end results for the period ended January 31, 2017, after market hours on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

Beginning at 11:00AM (ET) on Thursday, April 13, 2017, the Company will host a conference call for analysts, investors and other interested parties. Listeners may access a live broadcast of the conference call on the Company’s website at www.ddcorp.ca or by dialing 844-249-9383 within North America or 270-823-1531 from international locations and entering the conference ID 89945848.

An online archive of the broadcast will be available by accessing the Company’s website at www.ddcorp.ca. A telephone replay of the call will be available two hours after the call through 2:00PM (ET), Thursday, April 27, 2017, by dialing 855-859-2056 within North America or 404-537-3406 from international locations and entering the conference ID 89945848.

About Dominion Diamond Corporation
Dominion Diamond Corporation is a Canadian diamond mining company with ownership interests in two major producing diamond mines. Both mines are located in the low political risk environment of the Northwest Territories in Canada. The Company operates the Ekati Diamond Mine, in which it owns a controlling interest, and also owns 40% of the Diavik Diamond Mine. It supplies premium rough diamond assortments to the global market through its sorting and selling operations in Canada, Belgium and India.

For more information, please visit www.ddcorp.ca

Source: Dominion Diamond Corporation

Dominion Diamond Corporation
Jacqueline Allison, (416) 205-4371
Vice-President, Investor Relations
jacqueline.allison@ddcorp.ca

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Budget 2017 invests in Canada’s transition to a clean economy

Wind-powered electricity central to Canada’s energy transition

Ottawa, Ontario, March 22, 2017 – Jean-François Nolet, vice-president of policy and communications at the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) released this statement following the release of the 2017 Federal Budget.

“The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) applauds the Federal Government’s commitment to continue its transition to a low carbon economy and its recognition that doing so will provide significant economic benefits to Canada. We are pleased to see that the Federal Government will continue to collaborate with the provinces in developing and identifying green infrastructure projects that will allow the modernization of Canada’s electricity grid and the integration of clean low-cost renewable energy sources like wind energy. The wind energy industry is committed to working with the Federal Government to identify the projects that will best support the deployment, integration and optimized use of renewable power. This includes a role for wind energy in the reduction of diesel use in Indigenous communities. We are also committed to collaborating with the Federal government on the development and implementation of performance standards for natural-gas-fired electricity generation. CanWEA looks forward to working with the Federal Government as it forges ahead with its commitment to achieve the deep cuts in emissions needed to address climate change while strengthening the economy.”

For more on the role wind energy can play in the transition to a low carbon future, download a copy of Canada’s Advantage – A Vision for Renewable Electricity in Canada, November 2016, a publication of the Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity (CanCORE).

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About the Canadian Wind Energy Association

CanWEA is the voice of Canada’s wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy. A national non-profit association, CanWEA serves as Canada’s leading source of credible information about wind energy and its social, economic and environmental benefits. Join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn. Learn more at www.canwea.ca.

For more information or for interview opportunities, please contact:

Lejla Latifovic, Senior Communications Advisor
Canadian Wind Energy Association
613-234-8716 x 241 or 1-800-922-6932 x 241
lejlalatifovic@canwea.ca

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B.C. reports 64 pipeline benefit deals with 29 northern First Nations – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Mar 23, 2017 

VICTORIA _ The British Columbia government says it has completed benefit agreements with 90 per cent of the eligible First Nations along four proposed natural gas pipeline routes across northern B.C.

The Ministry of Aboriginal Relations says 64 natural gas pipeline benefits contracts have been signed with 29 First Nations and that most include initial financial payments worth over $1 million, although the ministry says only $13 million has been paid out so far.

Most of the agreements also have separate milestone payments, covering when construction begins or gas starts to flow.

The four proposed pipelines linking the gas fields to the northern coast are Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline, the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project, the Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project and the Pacific Trail Pipeline Project.

A government news release says the 16 First Nations along the Pacific Trail route would receive an estimated $32 million in direct benefits during the construction phase.

The ministry says the agreements help to establish long-term working relationships that include sharing benefits while supporting environmentally and socially responsible natural gas development that also respects aboriginal rights.

INDEX: OIL&GAS BUSINESS POLITICS

 

PDAC welcomes support for mineral exploration and mining in Budget 2017

OTTAWA (Wednesday, March 22, 2017) – The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) applauds the Government of Canada for taking steps to support a competitive and responsible mineral exploration and mining industry, as announced in today’s Federal Budget 2017.

“A number of initiatives included in Budget 2017 are in line with PDAC’s recommendations to ensure Canada’s mineral exploration and development sector can further discover and develop the natural resources our nation is blessed with, for the benefit of all Canadians,” says PDAC President Glenn Mullan. “This budget celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation and our mineral and mining industry is proud to be an important part of Canada’s past and we look forward to remaining part of Canada’s future.”

Today’s budget has a clear emphasis on innovation, clean technologies and gender equality. PDAC is pleased to see the inclusion of many of its recommendations:

  • Renewal of the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC) until March 31, 2018 and maintenance of the flow-through share system, as announced by the Honorable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources during the PDAC 2017 Convention on March 5.
  • Commitment to important infrastructure investments in remote and northern Canada—including through the Canada Infrastructure Bank that is responsible for investing at least $35 billion over 11 years—where exploration projects have average costs of 227% more than non-remote projects. An additional $2 billion, also over 11 years, was announced for northern and rural infrastructure to help communities where many of our members live and work.
  • Support access to skills development and training for Aboriginal people through the $50 million Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy, which can assist with accessing employment and economic opportunities generated by the minerals industry.
  • Continued investment in clean technology development through a $1 billion commitment over four years for industries including mining, and a new five-year Strategic Innovation Fund.
  • Emphasis on gender equality in society, which PDAC has championed throughout the minerals industry.

“The METC has been renewed by successive governments because it is a proven, effective incentive that has stimulated investment in grass-roots exploration and created greater opportunity,” says PDAC Executive Director Andrew Cheatle. “Without this vital tax credit there will be less exploration, which means less mineral discoveries, and ultimately, less economic benefits that are generated by producing mines”

The Canada Infrastructure Bank—announced in the Fall Economic Statement and part of the Federal Government’s nation-building infrastructure plan—will help unlock natural resources in remote and northern Canada. This is something PDAC has advocated for since 2013.

The mineral exploration and mining industry contributes around $56 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) annually, and directly employs more than 373,000 workers (plus a further 190,000 indirectly), and is the largest private-sector employer of Aboriginal people in Canada.

About PDAC

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (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, the 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 over 25,000 people from 125 countries in recent years and will next be held March 4-7, 2018 in Toronto. Please visit www.pdac.ca.

Media contact

Kristy Kenny
Coordinator of Communications, PDAC
416-362-1969 ext. 233
kkenny@pdac.ca

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Liberals open to letting more private dollars pay for public services: Morneau – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Mar 23, 2017

By Jordan Press

THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA _ New federal government spending programs are being put to a new litmus test, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Thursday _ whether or not they offer the potential for luring private-sector investment.

Squeezed by deeper deficits, the Liberals only have so much fiscal wiggle room, which had Morneau putting spending proposals for his latest budget to a two-pronged test: Does it grow the economy, and might someone else want to help pay for it.

Without both, the spending might have to be put off, Morneau said Thursday in a post-budget interview with The Canadian Press.

In preparing the document tabled Wednesday in the House of Commons, Morneau said, he rejected multiple spending asks from cabinet ministers because they couldn’t leverage private investment, although he provided no specifics.

It makes clear that the cash-strapped Liberals have adopted a public-private philosophy when it comes to financing public services: that private dollars should play a central role, and no area of government spending is exempt.

“I don’t have anything that’s off the table, but we’re always going to come at it with that screen: ‘Is this a place where government is the best place to think about the investment, or is this some place where there is the opportunity for private-public partnership?” Morneau said.

“That’s an important way for us to ensure we’re fiscally responsible.”

When asked if that includes health care, where the idea of any sort of privatization evokes strong emotional responses from Canadians, Morneau said he hadn’t seen any proposals that the government has considered in that regard.

“That’s not something that we’re considering now,” he said.

The Liberals, out of necessity, believe private dollars can stretch public funding and help boost economic growth, which is key to ensuring healthy government coffers and also battling the forces of populism.

Morneau, ministers and Liberal MPs began reaching out Thursday to talk to Canadians about the economy as they embarked on the task of selling the federal budget _ in particular convincing people that it will help them in both the short and long term.

While the budget puts an emphasis on skills development, it also puts money into areas and sectors where the Liberals believes they can “win” _ industries where Canada already has a solid foundation that could grow with government help, including resources, agri-food, advanced manufacturing and artificial intelligence.

“We’re seeing government as an enabler for more commercial success, not as an actor on its own, but one that’s encouraging additional investment,” Morneau said.

But the push for more private actors in public services goes beyond growing industries _ it’s playing a growing role in social policy as well.

The government is:

_ Testing ways to encourage private companies to pay for skills training programs;

_ Giving indigenous-led charity Indspire $5 million for bursaries and scholarships, provided it can raise $3 million in matching funds each year;

_ Introducing a new $5 billion housing fund that will aim to have the private sector help renovate and build social housing nationwide.

Then there is the proposed infrastructure bank, the goal of which will be to pull in private dollars to pay for large-scale infrastructure projects that offer a built-in revenue stream, such as transit and electrical grid projects.

Morneau said government funding and financing will be the only way to complete many projects, and there is only so much money to go around. Private investors, including pension funds “want to invest” in big work, Morneau said, “and that will allow us to do a lot more infrastructure than we might otherwise be able to do.”

The government is going to review projects as work on setting up the bank continues so that when the bank launches in about six to eight months, investors will have funding opportunities to consider, Morneau said.

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INDEX: ECONOMY NATIONAL BUSINESS POLITICS

 

Budget 2017: Electricity Key to Building Canada’s Low-Carbon Future – CEA

Ottawa (March 22, 2017) – In reaction to the federal budget tabled today, the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) welcomes the government’s commitment to supporting tomorrow’s low-carbon economy and spurring innovation.

“Canada’s future prosperity will be built on a foundation of clean, sustainable growth and Canada’s electricity sector operates at the nexus of economic growth and environmental protection,” said the Honourable Sergio Marchi, CEA’s President and CEO. “Having reduced emission over 30% since 2005, Canadian companies produce some of the cleanest electricity in the world and remain uniquely positioned to power our future low-carbon economy.”

CEA is particularly encouraged by the government’s support for Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s Sustainable Development Tech Fund; for electric vehicle charging infrastructure; for the deployment of clean electricity and emerging renewable energy technologies; as well as the $1 billion dollar injection into the Innovations Skills Plan. CEA members continue to be active supporters of reducing Aboriginal and northern communities’ dependence on diesel generation, a long-held CEA priority.

“Canadian electricity companies are investing in Canada’s future. For the last decade at least three of the top five infrastructure projects in Canada have been electricity projects,” added M. Marchi. “We look forward to further details on how the Canada Infrastructure Bank will help our members ensure continued access to the safe, reliable electricity that powers our economy and our daily lives.”

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About the Canadian Electricity Association

Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) members generate, transmit and distribute electrical energy to industrial, commercial, residential and institutional customers across Canada every day. From vertically integrated electric utilities, independent power producers, transmission and distribution companies, to power marketers, to the manufacturers and suppliers of materials, technology and services that keep the industry running smoothly — all are represented by this national industry association.

For additional information:

Margaux Stastny Director,
Communications
Telephone: 613 786 4333
stastny@electricity.ca

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Saskatchewan Justice reviewing whether charges warranted in Husky oil spill – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Mar 23, 2017

By Jennifer Graham

THE CANADIAN PRESS

REGINA _ Saskatchewan’s Justice Ministry is reviewing Husky Energy’s response to alarms before a major oil spill last summer to determine whether charges are warranted.

The department is also looking into a delay in shutting down the ruptured pipeline.

“I am deeply concerned about this … and I think our actions to date, and going forward … show that we’ve taken this very seriously,” Energy and Resources Minister Dustin Duncan said Thursday at the legislature.

The leak last July allowed 225,000 litres of heavy oil mixed with diluent to spill onto the bank of the North Saskatchewan River. About 40 per cent reached the river.

Government investigators say the leak began July 20, the day before the spill was discovered.

Investigators found that the pipeline’s alarms were warning of potential problems before the spill and continued until the line was shut down for scheduled maintenance at 7:15 a.m. on July 21.

Husky said last summer that pipeline monitoring indicated pressure anomalies at 8 p.m. on July 20 and the company started a shutdown at 6 a.m.

Duncan said he’s also concerned that the government was first told about the spill by a member of the public.

“It was the ministry that notified Husky that there was oil spotted by a resident of the province on the river. It wasn’t the other way around. They didn’t notify us first. We notified them.”

Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) could face fines of up to $1 million a day under the Environmental Protection Act and $50,000 a day under the Pipelines Act.

When asked about the justice department review, a Husky spokesman said: “We respect that there’s a process underway.”

Mel Duvall said in an email to The Canadian Press that the summary provided by the Saskatchewan government appears to be consistent with the company’s own investigation.

“As we have stated from the beginning, Husky accepts full responsibility and is using what we’ve learned from this incident to improve our systems and operating procedures.”

Husky, which says it has spent $107 million on the clean up, has said the pipeline buckled because of ground movement.

The spill forced the cities of North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort to shut their intakes from the river and find other water sources for almost two months.

Environmentalists have called for Husky to be fined for discharging a substance that could hurt the environment.

Hayley Carlson with the Saskatchewan Environmental Society said her group is happy that the investigation is being reviewed by prosecutors

“If charges were laid in this case, it would definitely set a precedent that the government of Saskatchewan is willing to take this issue seriously,” said Carlson.

The government says the Husky investigation has revealed that regulatory standards for pipelines that intersect with water need to be strengthened to address risks in those locations, slope movement in particular.

The government is also investigating another major oil spill that was discovered by a member of the public.

On Jan. 20, a band member from the Ocean Man First Nation in southeastern Saskatchewan found a 200,000-litre pool of crude on farmland.

The pipeline responsible, owned by Tundra Energy Marketing Ltd., is nearly 50 years old and there’s no record of it ever being inspected by provincial authorities.

_ With files from Ian Bickis in Calgary

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Ontario and Cliffs Walk Away From One Of Richest Chromite Deposits In The World, The Ring of Fire – KWG

Mr. Michael Mantha: Or what didn’t happen.
Mr. Gilles Bisson: — as my good colleague from Algoma–Manitoulin would know—we had an opportunity to develop the primary chromite deposit in the world, at a time when commodity prices were high and demand was high. It was just the perfect alignment to be able to raise the dollars necessary to build what would have been a huge operation in the Ring of Fire and for Ontario to be in the refining business, making not only steel but stain-less steel, putting Ontario on a really good economic footing when it comes to the steel, stainless steel and mining industry.

…This government, because it didn’t take seriously its responsibility when it comes to the accommodation for the duty to consult and to do what needed to be done by way of First Nations, said, “Private sector, you go out and do it.” So Cliffs resources, Noront, KWG and a number of other people went out there trying to, in their own way—I think of Frank Smeenk and the work that he has done and the millions of dollars he has spent trying to consult with First Nations in order to come to some sort of an agreement and a scheme that would give them a real, positive role in this Ring of Fire. He was never able to get there because he could never get the provincial partner to do what needed to be done, because the provincial government seemed unwilling, confused or paralyzed. I’m not quite sure which; probably a little bit of all—when it came to really making some key decisions in order to allow companies like KWG, Cliffs resources, Noront and others to go forward with their projects.

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Totem poles tell a story, the first peoples have carved them for thousands of years and continue to do so today…. 2017 footage

 

Federal budget’s new investment and cultural focus welcomed by Indigenous addictions and mental wellness advocate

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Federal budget’s new investment and cultural focus welcomed by Indigenous addictions and mental wellness advocate

Chatham-Kent, ON (March 24, 2017) The national voice advocating for First Nations culturally-based addictions and mental health services is welcoming the new federal budget as a positive sign of Canada’s commitment to improve Indigenous health outcomes. Carol Hopkins, executive director of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation is hopeful the additional $828-million for Indigenous health, with $204-million earmarked for mental health will mean an immediate influx of resources to assist with the on-going mental health crisis being felt in communities across Canada.

“It is encouraging to see the federal budget including Indigenous culture and knowledge in Canada’s strategy to address mental health issues,” says Hopkins. “It’s vital that Indigenous cultural practitioners,

Elders, and others who hold this knowledge are central to any plan to work with Indigenous people to address substance use and mental health issues.”

The Thunderbird Partnership Foundation has a long history of working with the federal government and Indigenous communities to find an approach to wellness that is rooted in culture. Making a difference in mental wellness will mean that Indigenous people have more hope in their lives, have a stronger sense of belonging, the meaning of life is informed by cultural knowledge and one’s purpose in life is informed by connection to land, lineage and our sacred Indigenous languages. Activities that facilitate and promote Hope, Belonging, Meaning and Purpose are land-based healing camps, cultural teachings and strength-based approaches that address intergenerational trauma from the core belief that Indigenous people have inherent strengths. Investments across the social determinants of health and wellness, such as, housing, education, maternal child health, language and culture, sports will also support mental wellness.

Last fall, Hopkins appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health regarding the Opioid Crisis in Canada, where she made several harm reduction recommendations. She says the $15-million earmarked in this week’s budget for harm reduction measures in the Canadian Drug and Substances Strategy, is welcome news, as the country continues to move away from a punitive approach to drug misuse.

Hopkins is also hopeful the expansion to First Nations and Inuit maternal and child health will mean increased capacity to support youth and women of child-bearing years with addictions to opioids. “We need more cultural services for these pregnant women and new moms to make sure they get the treatment supports they need to work towards wellness and maintain their right to mother.”

The Thunderbird Partnership Foundation works with First Nations to further the capacity of communities to address substance use and mental health issues. The non-profit organization promotes a holistic approach to healing and wellness that values culture, respect, community, and compassion.

Thunderbird’s scope of work is drawn from the Honouring Our Strengths: A Renewed Framework to Address Substance Use Issues Among First Nations in Canada and the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework.

To schedule an interview with Carol Hopkins, contact Sherry Huff at the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, 519-692-9922 ext 306, or 519-401-5166 (cell), shuff@thunderbirdpf.org.

Media Advisory: Social Emergencies Summit Being Held in Thunder Bay

March 23, 2017

Ontario Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation David Zimmer and Indigenous leaders from Mushkegowuk Council, Grand Council Treaty # 3 and Nishnawbe Aski Nation will deliver closing remarks and be available to media at the conclusion of the Social Emergencies Summit.

Date:                           Friday, March 24, 2017
Time:                           3 p.m.
Location:                     Valhalla Inn
1 Valhalla Inn Rd.
Ballroom 2
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Media Contacts

Flavia Mussio
Media Contact
Flavia.Mussio@ontario.ca
416-314-9455

Blair Ostrom
Minister’s Office
Blair.Ostrom@ontario.ca
416-314-6750

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First Nations need sufficient, predictable and sustained funding’: Madahbee

UOI OFFICES (Nipissing First Nation) March 23, 2017 – Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee says that new fiscal relationships with First Nations are important for the federal government.

“Sufficient, predictable and sustained funding is crucial for effective advocacy and participation in nation-to-nation relationships,” says Grand Chief Madahbee commenting on yesterday’s federal budget. “The current system needs an overhaul from this perspective.”

Health was a key focus of the federal budget with $282 million allocated over five years to address the immediate health priorities of First Nations.

“Mental health is beginning to be recognized as a key priority and I am pleased to see ground being broken in this direction,” says Madahbee. “With $118.2 million allocated to mental health programming and $86M to see NIHB expanded to mental health care and traditional healers this represents a step in the right direction.”

Madahbee adds that some of the right investments have been committed to, but Anishinabek Nation communities are not seeing implementation on the ground.

“The elimination of boil water advisories was placed front and center in the previous budget explicitly and with infrastructure improvement funds,” says Madahbee. “With an ambitious timeline of 2021 set on this high priority issue, we anticipated swifter, more decisive action than what we have seen. The dramatic transformation that was intended to close these socio-economic gaps has not occurred.”

The Anishinabek Nation has experienced slow progress to the revitalization of federal bilateral relations and wavering support for jurisdictional restorative initiatives such as education and housing.

“There is no one more appropriate than First Nations to lead the way for government reconciliation and this is what is being done with the Anishinabek Nation. First Nations have already begun working with the Province of Ontario in implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and we invite the federal government to take a key role.”

The leader of 40 First Nations says that commitment is needed concerning Child Welfare.

“The Anishinabek Nation leads the charge in the development of its Child Well-being Law to take care of our own children and return those that have been lost to us by a foreign, culturally insensitive system,” says Madahbee.

While the 2016 $2.6 billion commitment to on-reserve education was reconfirmed, the 2017 budget still made no mention of plans for the removal of the 2% funding cap to education. It is disappointing that First Nations must continue to fight for this equality.

The federal government also insists that an all-inclusive National Housing Strategy is the most effective way to resolve the First Nation housing crisis with an immense $11.2 billion allocation. The Anishinabek Nation disagrees, pointing to a regional strategy that offers more control at the community level in recognition of the diverse needs between our communities.

The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 40 member communities across Ontario, representing approximately 60,000 people. The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.

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Marci Becking, Communications Officer

Phone: 705-497-9127 ext 2290

Email : marci.becking@anishinabek.ca

www.anishinabek.ca

www.anishinabeknews.ca

www.sayyestoaes.ca

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NACCA Announces Gerry Huebner as Chief Strategy Officer

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NACCA Announces Gerry Huebner as Chief Strategy Officer

OTTAWA, March 23, 2017  – The National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Gerry Huebner as Chief Strategy Officer. Gerry graduated from Trent University in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Queens University in 1986.

“I’m looking forward to working with NACCA and helping Aboriginal Financial Institutions access the resources and tools needed to ensure that financial and business support services can continue to be made available to Aboriginal entrepreneurs across the country,” said Gerry. “The successes of the AFI network appears to be a well-kept secret – it’s a good news story that has to be shared more widely.”

Gerry has 30 years of experience in Aboriginal economic and business development. He has held a variety of progressive positions over his career. After graduating from university, he worked for the Royal Bank of Canada as a branch manager in Toronto, Ontario. In 1987, Gerry joined the Native Community Branch, Government of Ontario, as an economic development officer. A short time later, he assisted in the implementation of a business development program in Northern Ontario and was promoted to manager, economic development.

In 1990, Gerry moved to Aboriginal Business Canada (ABC) at Industry Canada (now known as Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada), holding positions in Toronto and Sudbury, Ontario. In this capacity, he worked directly with Indigenous entrepreneurs and First Nation communities, and developed key partnerships with a number of Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFIs).  He also worked to establish and expand third party delivery of ABC’s programming by AFIs. In 1998, Gerry moved to Ottawa to manage the development and implementation of Access to Capital programming in partnership with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), the Regional Development Agencies, Aboriginal CFDCs and NACCA. He remained there until ABC’s transfer to INAC in December 2006. In 2009, Gerry was seconded to Industry Canada to support the implementation of a new stimulus program under Canada’s Economic Action Plan. In 2010, he was asked to return to INAC to establish a new program, the Strategic Partnerships Initiative, to support coordination of Federal investments and increase Aboriginal participation in large economic development opportunities, such as the Ring of Fire in Northern Ontario and West Coast Energy Infrastructure in BC.

“NACCA will benefit immediately with the addition of Gerry,” said Shannin Metatawabin, CEO. “In my previous experience with ABC I worked closely with Gerry and found him to be extremely effective, thoughtful of AFI challenges and strategic in his approach.”

As Chief Strategy Officer, Gerry will focus on implementation of the strategic plan for the organization, provide input into program design and be key to re-establishing important member, government and industry relationships. In his free time, Gerry enjoys time at his cottage with his wife Kim, family visits, going to the gym, biking and traveling.

Contact Gerry at ghuebner@nacca.ca or 613-688-0894.

NACCA is a network of Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFIs) that provide financing and support to First Nations, Métis and Inuit businesses in all provinces and territories. NACCA works to build partnerships and develop economic growth for Aboriginal people in Canada. Learn more at http://nacca.ca

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