Ontario supporting the local fight against gun and gang violence

New action to boost local efforts to stop gun violence and gang activity across Ontario

March 26, 2019

Ministry of the Attorney General

Ontario’s Government is putting people first and taking strong action in its plan to fight gun violence and dismantle gangs by boosting local crime prevention, enforcement and prosecution across the province.

“We have listened to communities fighting to curb gun crime and dismantle gangs across Ontario, and new help is on the way,” said Attorney General Caroline Mulroney. “Our government is standing up for law-abiding citizens, local police and prosecutors to keep communities safe and protect young people from gang activity.”

As part of the plan, the province will launch a Gun and Gang Support Unit that will support major gun and gang investigations and prosecutions, as well as improve province-wide intelligence gathering, integration and coordination. To combat gangs across the province, the unit will assist local police services and prosecutors to investigate complex cases across jurisdictions.

To help police services work together on major investigations that target the drug, gun and human trafficking activities that fund criminal gangs, Ontario is establishing a dedicated Gun and Gang Specialized Investigations Fund to support joint forces operations.

“Supporting the creation of a Gun and Gang Support Unit is one more way our government is working to protect families from criminal violence and support victims of crime,” said Sylvia Jones, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. “This new highly-specialized unit will provide local police and prosecutors with the expertise and support they need to crack down on gang activity.”

At the same time, the government will work with communities to establish justice centres in various locations across the province to move justice out of the traditional courtroom and into a community setting. These centres will co-locate justice facilities with prevention and intervention supports to hold individuals accountable while connecting them with services that address the root causes of crime and break the cycle of offending.

In particular, these centres can include programs that disrupt gang recruitment and help to lead youth and young people away from a path that could lead to more serious crime. This groundbreaking approach has been effective in several jurisdictions across North America in reducing crime rates, breaking the cycle of offending, supporting frontline officers and building healthier and safer communities.

Preventative programs are critical to providing meaningful alternatives to participating in criminal activity for communities and youth at high-risk of involvement in gangs and gun violence and victimization. Ontario will:

  • Establish the Youth Violence Prevention and Resilience Program to foster and strengthen social connections that reduce risk factors associated with gun and gang violence and victimization.
  • Work with select school boards across the province through the Keeping Students in School Pilot Project to address the over-representation of some groups in suspension and expulsions – including students from families living in poverty, students with disabilities, Indigenous, Black and other ethno-racial groups of students.
  • Develop the Indigenous Youth Prevention and Intervention Program fund to support Indigenous communities and First Nations police services in delivering help to prevent Indigenous youth from being recruited by local gangs,
  • Support the development of the Gang Intervention and Exit Program for Indigenous women to prevent exploitation, recruitment and further victimization of Indigenous women and girls.

“When we help protect at-risk young people, we create safer and stronger communities,” said Mulroney. “The new justice centres will bring communities, police, and justice partners, together with health and social services, under one roof, with the shared goal of restoring safety to communities experiencing the threat of gun violence and gang activity.”

Quick Facts

  • The federal government has provided Ontario with $11.37 million over two years for initiatives that aim to reduce gun crime and criminal gang activities.
  • In 2018, the province invested $25 million over four years in new funding to the Toronto Police Service to provide them with additional digital, investigative and analytical resources necessary for fighting gun and gang violence and support Intensive Bail Firearms Teams in Toronto courthouses.
  • Justice centres will be developed in Kenora, London and Toronto’s downtown East and Northwest neighbourhoods.
  • Youth and young adults aged 16-29 are both most likely to commit criminal offences and most likely to become victims of crime.

Background Information

Quotes

“We want youth at risk of coming into conflict with the law to build resiliency and gain important skills that will help them throughout their life. We want to work with our partners to provide programs that strengthen communities, create safe neighbourhoods and set up all of Ontario’s youth for success.”

Lisa MacLeod
Minister of Children, Community and Social Services

“The Ministry of Education will work together with school boards and other ministries to address barriers in the education system when it comes to student success and well-being in both their classrooms and communities. Students need to know there are alternatives and opportunities to have a successful future and we’re going to work with them to realize their potential.”

Lisa Thompson
Minister of Education

Media Contacts
Jesse Robichaud
Minister’s Office
647-632-6938

Brian Gray
Communications Branch
MAG-Media@ontario.ca
416-326-2210

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Saying good-bye to Rene Espaniel – My Algoma Manitoulin Now

Mar. 26th, 2019

Communities across the North Shore area, including Massey and Sagamok-Anishnawbek First Nation, bid good-bye to long-time resident and Korean veteran, Rene Espaniel.
Born in 1930, Rene served in the Canadian Forces that were called to support the United Nations in South Korea in 1950.
His celebration of life took place this past weekend.
Doreen Demers Ferguson with the Massey Legion says there was a gun salute for Espaniel and many of his comrades in attendance as well as words of support from both MPP Mike Mantha and MP Carol Hughes

Read More: https://www.myalgomamanitoulinnow.com/24462/saying-good-bye-to-rene-espaniel/

Budget 2019 investments to help Canadians find and keep good jobs

March 26, 2019

As the nature of work changes, Canadians want to build their skills and learn new ones, so they can enjoy greater job security and build a better future for themselves and their families. The Government of Canada is working to make it easier for Canadian students and workers of all ages to find and keep good jobs.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today visited Winnipeg, Manitoba to highlight how Budget 2019 will help Manitobans – and all Canadians – succeed in a rapidly changing job market and an increasingly competitive global economy.

Introduced in Budget 2019, the new Canada Training Benefit will help workers gain the skills they need. Thanks to the new Benefit, workers will be able to take four weeks off every four years to pursue training to improve their skills or learn new ones. The Benefit will provide a credit to help workers pay for training, as well as up to four weeks of income support through a new Employment Insurance Training Support Benefit. The government will also consult with provinces and territories on changes to labour laws to help make sure jobs are protected, so that workers can take the time they need to keep their skills up to date and in-demand.

Through Budget 2019, the government is also helping more young Canadians pursue the careers of their choice, by enhancing support for apprenticeships and making post-secondary education more affordable. New measures will support post-secondary education for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation students, so they can gain the skills they need to succeed.

With new investments in student work placements, Budget 2019 is a significant step towards making sure there is a work placement for every student who wants one. Young Canadians will also benefit from support for service experiences through the Canada Service Corps, and opportunities to work or study abroad, giving them an advantage in our global economy.

Canadians are among the most skilled and highly educated workers in the world. With this year’s budget, the Government of Canada is making sure Canadians can keep developing their skills throughout their working lives, so they can build good careers and benefit from Canada’s growing economy.

Quotes

“People in Winnipeg and across Canada want the education, skills, and experience they need to succeed in today’s changing global economy. Through Budget 2019, we are making smart investments in Canadians, and giving students and workers the support they need to find and keep good jobs, and build a better future for themselves and their families.”
—The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“The Canada Training Benefit is about giving workers the two things they need most to upgrade their skills: time and money. These measures will help Canadians find and keep good, well-paying jobs and ensure everyone has a fair chance at success – not just for today but for the future of work in Canada.”
—The Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Quick Facts

  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development estimates that one in ten Canadian jobs are at high risk of automation, with about one in three jobs likely to experience significant change as a result of automation.
  • The Government of Canada makes significant investments in skills development – close to $7.5 billion annually. More than $3 billion of this programming is delivered in partnership with the provinces, territories and Indigenous groups, and targets students and Canadians who are unemployed.
  • Introduced in Budget 2019, the Canada Training Benefit includes a new tax credit that will provide working Canadians between 25 and 64 with up to $5,000 over their career to pay for up to 50 per cent of their training fees.
  • The government is also lowering interest rates on Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans, and eliminating interest charges entirely during the six-month grace period. Together, these measures will save the average borrower approximately $2,000 over the lifetime of their loan and help make paying back student loans more affordable.
  • Budget 2019 investments will also create up to 84,000 new student work placements per year by 2023-2024 for young people to learn new skills, build their resumes, and help them start their careers.

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Fears of lack of affordable food affecting many First Nations people – Radio Canada International

March 26, 2019

Studies and statistics have consistently shown that suicide rates among Canada’s Indigenous peoples are two to three times higher than among non-Indigenous Canadians.

The reasons are complex, of course, but a new study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal concludes the quality and availability of foods plays a major role in the mental health of Indigenous people living off-reserve in the country, a finding that appears to confirm a study carried out in Atlantic Canada in 2017.

Read More: http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2019/03/26/fears-of-lack-of-affordable-food-affecting-many-first-nations-people/

Media advisory: Parliamentary Secretary Gary Anandasangaree to Tour Northern Ontario

TIMMINS – Gary Anandasangaree, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism (Multiculturalism) and Member of Parliament (Scarborough–Rouge Park), will visit Moosonee and Timmins on March 27 and 28 and meet with representatives of the region’s cultural and Indigenous communities. Activities open to media are listed below.

Media events for Thursday, March 28, 2019

Tour of the Timmins Museum National Exhibition Centre

Location: 325 Second Avenue, Timmins

Notes for media:

  • 5:45 p.m. – photo opportunity

Please note that all details are subject to change. All times are local.

Contacts

Simon Ross
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism
819-997-7788

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
pch.media-media.pch@canada.ca

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Leaders from Grassy Narrows, Cat Lake have both requested Prime Minister visit to see struggles first hand

Leaders from Grassy Narrows, Cat Lake have both requested Prime Minister visit to see struggles first hand

Mar 26, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hasn’t yet committed to visiting two First Nations in northwestern Ontario despite leaders from those communities asking that he come see the effects of ongoing issues, first hand.

The chiefs of Grassy Narrows and Cat Lake have called on Trudeau to visit their communities. Grassy Narrows continues to deal with the fallout of industrial dumping in the English-Wabigoon River system about 50 years ago and the resulting mercury contamination of the water and fish, while Cat Lake is grappling with a housing crisis.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/cat-lake-grassy-narrows-trudeau-visits-1.5069939

Alberta University of the Arts welcomes Jan Hall as university’s New Indigenous Coordinator and Facilitator of the Lodgepole Center

Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jan Hall as the university’s new Indigenous Coordinator. Jan brings a wide range of experience from the public and private sectors to the role, including working with the Vice President (Academic) and Provost at the University of Regina, and collaborating with Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Canada.

“We are very excited to have Jan Hall join AUArts,” said Dr. Alex Link, Associate Vice President Academic Affairs and Chair of the School of Critical and Creative Studies. “Her range of experience, eagerness to serve Indigenous students, and compassionate dedication to building relationships inside and outside AUArts among all our diverse communities is sure to help us realize the Lodgepole Center’s great potential.”

She brings vocational expertise with an academic background in Indigenous Studies, Project Management experience from the University of Regina and excitement at the prospect of contributing to Alberta’s only university dedicated to art, craft and design in Alberta.

“I look forward to serving the students, faculty, staff, and especially our Indigenous community at and with AUArts,” said Jan. “I would like to further establish our Truth & Reconciliation connections, growth and funding opportunities, and cultivate a stronger and healthier future through engaged collaboration for First Nation, Inuit and Métis Peoples.”

The Lodgepole Center is a dedicated and inclusive space. The name was given by the AUArts Elder Council to reflect the supportive nature of the lodgepole, traditionally placed at the centre of the tipi to carry the weight of the covering.

This gathering place opened September 2016 and facilitates Elder advising, traditional ceremonies, workshops, sharing circles and more. The Lodgepole Center is located on AUArts’ third floor in Room 375 and is open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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For more information please contact:
Steven Hodges, Community Engagement Strategist, Alberta University of the Arts
t. 403.284.7656 c. 403.472.5756 e. steven.hodges@AUArts.ca

Marion Garden, Director, Communications & Marketing, Alberta University of the Arts
t. 403.284.7643 c. 403.585.8114 e. marion.garden@AUArts.ca

About Alberta University of the Arts

Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) is a community of thinkers, shapers, makers and risk takers. We are students, faculty, staff and alumni rich in diversity of culture and thought, challenged to fearlessly explore what moves us, drives us, and implores us to see the world differently.

Formerly Alberta College of Art and Design, we are dedicated to innovative and emerging art, craft and design programs. For nearly 100 years, AUArts has educated in ways that test the boundaries of common thought and we celebrate eleven Governor General’s Award winners amongst our faculty and alumni. Alberta University of the Arts has five Schools of learning: Visual Art, Craft and Emerging Media, Communication Design, and Critical and Creative Studies offering undergraduate BFA and BDes degrees, and a graduate MFA, as well as the School of Continuing Education and Professional Development.

Our studio-based education model introduces learners to a community of passionate minds, provocative thinkers, ambitious doers and brave creators.

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Aboriginal Lands – Duties of the Crown – Fair dealing and reconciliation – The Lawyer’s Daily

March 26, 2019

Appeal by the Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government and the Tsilhqot’in Nation from a judicial review judgment. The appellants held judicially recognized aboriginal hunting, trapping and trade rights in their traditional territory. They also conducted fishing, gathering, and spiritual and ceremonial activities in the area that were of special significance to their cultural identity and heritage. The respondent, TML, was a mining company that held mineral lease rights in the area. The respondent proposed to develop a gold and copper mine. A federal environmental assessment rejected the project due to its significant adverse environmental effects.

Read More: https://www.thelawyersdaily.ca/articles/11183

Morneau unveils principles for Indigenous ownership in Trans Mountain – BNNBloomberg.ca

CALGARY — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the government remains committed to putting the Trans Mountain pipeline and its proposed expansion back in private hands as he unveiled four principles for including Indigenous groups in those discussions.

But he says timing and details of the sale of the pipeline depends on when it is “de-risked” and therefore can’t be determined until consultations now underway with affected Indigenous groups are completed.

Read More: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/morneau-unveils-principles-for-indigenous-ownership-in-trans-mountain-1.1234381

iPolitics AM: Trudeau in Winnipeg as questions swirl over reports of earlier clash with Wilson-Raybould – iPolitics.ca

Mar 26, 2019

ALSO TODAY: Morneau takes budget-boosting tour to BC as ministers fan out across the country to tout skills training measures

After kicking off a two-day visit to Winnipeg by rallying local Liberals at a party-organized soiree on Monday night, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to start the day by joining International Trade Minister — and area MP — Jim Carr for a tour of the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, where the duo will “highlight” the Canada Training Benefit unveiled in last week’s budget.

Read More: https://ipolitics.ca/2019/03/26/ipolitics-am-trudeau-in-winnipeg-as-questions-swirl-over-reports-of-clash-with-wilson-raybould-over-2017-supreme-court-pick/

Budget 2019: Helping Canadians find and keep good jobs

March 26, 2019               Oshawa, Ontario            Employment and Social Development Canada

Since 2015, the Government of Canada has focused on strengthening and growing the middle class and offering real help to people working hard to join it. This is part of our plan to build a workforce that will lead in innovation and create good, well-paying jobs. The plan is working: since November 2015, hard-working Canadians have created more than 900,000 new jobs.

Budget 2019 is the next step in the Government’s plan to make sure middle-class Canadians benefit from Canada’s economic growth. This includes helping more Canadians find an affordable home, prepare for good, well-paying jobs, retire with confidence and afford the prescription drugs they need.

Speaking at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, highlighted how investments in Budget 2019, Investing in the Middle Class, would help Canadians find and keep good jobs in a rapidly changing job market and in an increasingly competitive global economy.

Through Budget 2019, the Government is taking concrete action for students and workers of all ages by:

  • Helping workers gain new skills with the creation of the new Canada Training Benefit, a benefit that will give workers money to help pay for training, provide income support during training, and, with the cooperation of the provinces and territories, offer job protection so that workers can take the time they need to keep their skills relevant and in-demand.
  • Making post-secondary education more affordable by lowering interest rates on Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans, and making the six-month grace period interest-free after a student loan borrower leaves school.
  • Providing more on-the-job learning to young Canadians by supporting the creation of up to 84,000 new student work placements by 2023–24, a significant step toward making sure every student who wants to gain relevant, real-world experience can do so.
  • Enhancing support for apprenticeship, encouraging more people to consider training and working in the skilled trades.
  • Creating meaningful service opportunities through the Canada Service Corps for young Canadians to learn new skills, gain leadership experience and contribute to their communities.
  • Providing distinctions-based funding for post-secondary education to help First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation students better access post-secondary education and succeed during their studies.
  • Creating opportunities for young Canadians study or work abroad and gain skills needed to succeed in a global economy.
  • Providing better supports for all youth through a modernized Youth Employment Strategy.

Canadians are among the most-skilled, highest-educated workers in the world, and through Budget 2019, the Government is ensuring Canadians can keep their skills relevant so that they can build good careers and benefit from Canada’s growing economy.

Quotes

“The Canada Training Benefit is about giving workers the two things they need most to upgrade their skills: time and money. These measures will help Canadians find and keep good, well-paying jobs and ensure our workforce is prepared for the future of work in Canada.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Quick facts

  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development estimates that about 1 in 10 Canadian jobs are at high risk of automation, with about 1 in three 3 likely to experience significant change as a result of automation.
  • The Government has already introduced a number of measures to help Canadian workers find and keep good jobs today, and prepare for the new good jobs of tomorrow:
    • Budget 2016 grew Canada Student Grant amounts by 50 percent and expanded eligibility criteria, making it possible for more students to receive assistance they don’t have to pay back. The Government also increased thresholds for the Repayment Assistance Plan so that no graduate will have to repay their Canada Student Loan until they earn at least $25,000 per year.
    • In Budget 2017, the Government introduced its Innovation and Skills Plan—an agenda that focuses on people and addresses the changing nature of the economy.
    • Skills Boost, a series of measures announced in Budgets 2017 and 2018, plays a key role in ensuring the Government is able to support adults who want to return to school and upgrade their skills.
    • Budget 2018 introduced a Pre-Apprenticeship Program, which helps people who are currently underrepresented in the trades—including women, young people, Indigenous People, newcomers and people with disabilities—prepare for an apprenticeship.
    • Budget 2018 also introduced the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women to support women entering, progressing and completing their training in Red Seal trades where women are underrepresented.
  • The Government makes significant investments in skills development—close to $7.5 billion annually. More than $3 billion of this programming is delivered in partnership with the provinces, territories and Indigenous groups, and targets students and Canadians who are unemployed.
  • In Budget 2018, the Government committed to a review of skills programming to maximize its effectiveness, particularly the way in which support is provided to workers wishing to take advantage of emerging opportunities.

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Contacts

For media enquiries, please contact:
Véronique Simard
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
veronique.simard@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
819-654-5611

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

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The Daily Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Natural resource indicators, fourth quarter 2018

Real gross domestic product of Canada’s natural resources sector decreased by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. Natural resources prices fell 7.0% from October to December, led by decreases in energy products (-9.4%).

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Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy

Enterprises that implemented product innovations reported on average that 9.1% of their sales came from products that were “new to market” in 2017, while 9.4% of sales were from products or services that were new to the enterprise only.

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Study: Indebtedness and Wealth Among Canadian Households

Understanding the health of the balance sheets of Canadian households is a complex issue that continues to generate considerable discussion. A new Statistics Canada study contributes to these discussions by highlighting the extent to which national measures of indebtedness and wealth mask significant variation across the country. The study is largely based on results from the 2016 Survey of Financial Security (SFS), which allow for a detailed profile by census metropolitan area (CMA) and by income groups.

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Childhood National Immunization Coverage Survey, 2017

According to the World Health Organization, every year more than two million deaths are prevented worldwide due to immunization. In Canada, routine childhood vaccines are provided free to families as part of provincial and territorial publicly-funded programs.

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Annual civil aviation statistics, 2017

Net operating income for the Canadian Level I to III air carriers increased 11.2% from 2016 to $2.3 billion in 2017.

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Government expenditures and revenues in the transportation sector, Transport Canada data, 2016

Selected data from the Addendum to Transport Canada’s Transportation in Canada annual report are now available.

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Civil Court Survey, 2017/2018

Civil Court Survey data for 2017/2018 are now available.

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PDAC 2019 Distinguished Service Award: Donald (Don) Bubar

Credits: ThePDAC
Published on Mar 22, 2019

For his contribution to building awareness of Indigenous issues among PDAC members, his support of geoscience education in Canada, and his exploration success.

During Don Bubar’s 40-year career as a geoscientist he has contributed to successful exploration in Canada, and been a leading advocate for geoscience education. But his most enduring legacy may be his role in forging a better, more productive relationship between Indigenous groups and the minerals industry. As founder and head of the PDAC’s Aboriginal Affairs committee, Don recognized the urgent need to bring the two groups together in dialogue about how exploration and mine development could support local communities through training, jobs, and business development.

H2O Innovation and Sustainable Water deliver Water Reuse Infrastructures Through Water Processing Agreements

Quebec City, March 25, 2019 – (TSXV: HEO) – H2O Innovation has partnered with Sustainable Water (“SW”) – Glen Allen, VA – on more than 45 eco-engineered wastewater reclamation and reuse projects in the United States. These projects range from small community-scale water treatment to district-scale wastewater reclamation and reuse. The partnership with Sustainable Water spans beyond technology, system design and operations into full Water Processing Agreements which also include project development, finance and investment. This is a strategic collaboration that will allow a greater reach into the water reuse market. “Our partnership with H2O Innovation combines decades of water treatment experience and an ability to provide clients with unmatched expertise for customized water management solutions”, stated Jonathan Lanciani, President of Sustainable Water.

“Up to now, we have disclosed six (6) projects, which are now part of our $50.0 M backlog, and we are actively working on a pipeline of 41 opportunities for similar-sized water recycling plants. This partnership with Sustainable Water is looking very promising at a time when the decentralized water reuse market is exploding. The momentum we are building with Sustainable Water will certainly create a lot of value for both our organisations”, stated Frédéric Dugré, President & CEO of H2O Innovation.

The partnership’s first project consists of a wastewater reclamation and reuse system serving a major manufacturing plant in Virginia. Called the Virginia WaterHub®, this system combines natural, hydroponic, treatment techniques with the flexMBRTM open technology and reverse osmosis (“RO”). This system will treat 0.7 MGD (2,650 m3/day) of domestic and industrial wastewater coming from a manufacturing center’s campus. On-demand, recycled wastewater will be used in cooling towers – reducing the campus potable water footprint by nearly 40%.

The Virginia WaterHub® is a hallmark of H2O Innovation’s design & operation collaboration with Sustainable Water. This project, like many other WaterHub® projects, are owned by Sustainable Water through a Water Processing Agreement (WPA). A WPA is an agreement that allows Sustainable Water to invest on behalf of the client to design, build, operate, and maintain a water treatment and reclamation system.

The construction of the Virginia WaterHub® is nearing completion and system start-up is slated for the summer of 2019. H2O Innovation O&M business line, Utility Partners, will also operate the system on behalf of Sustainable Water, for an initial 5-year period. The system will use H2O Innovation’s state-of-the-art IntelogxTM software package custom designed for WaterHub® reclamation and reuse projects. “In the projects we delivered for SW, we used our latest membrane technologies (flexMBRTM), we provided our IntelogxTM software that has the most attractive user experience in the water industry, and we provided the staff & the expertise to operate the plant; we basically take full accountability for both CAPEX and OPEX. Delivering such a level of long-term price certainty to a water asset developer like Sustainable Water is a unique offering that no other equipment firm is able to provide. This is also why the collaboration with Sustainable Water is a true partnership, way beyond the typical supplier-customer relationship”, added Guillaume Clairet, COO of H2O Innovation.

About H2O Innovation

H2O Innovation designs and provides state-of-the-art, custom-built and integrated water treatment solutions based on membrane filtration technology for municipal, industrial, energy and natural resources end-users. The Corporation’s activities rely on three pillars which are i) water and wastewater projects; ii) specialty products and services, including a complete line of specialty chemicals, consumables, specialized products for the water treatment industry as well as control and monitoring systems; and iii) operation and maintenance services for water and wastewater treatment systems. For more information, visit www.h2oinnovation.com.

About Sustainable Water

Sustainable Water is a water management consulting firm and water infrastructure developer, focusing in district-scale water reclamation and reuse projects. Sustainable Water specializes in the design-build of ecologically-engineered wastewater treatment solutions. The company develops solutions for a variety of industries, including higher education, automotive manufacturing, food & beverage manufacturing, office parks and airports. Their WaterHub® reclamation projects are changing the paradigm for wastewater management in urban environments. To learn more please visit www.sustainablewater.com.

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H2O Innovation Inc.

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Contact:

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H2O Innovation Inc.

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Rubicon Minerals Announces the Filing of its Full Year 2018 Results

TORONTO, March 25, 2019 – Rubicon Minerals Corporation (TSX: RMX | OTCQX: RBYCF) (“Rubicon” or the “Company”) announces that it has filed its Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis (“MD&A”) for the year ended December 31, 2018. The Company confirms that copies of these interim filings can be obtained at www.rubiconminerals.com or www.sedar.com.

Financial Highlights from the year ended December 31, 2018

  • Cash position: As of December 31, 2018, the Company had cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments of approximately $15.4 million.
  • Exploration and evaluation expenditures: For the year ended December 31, 2018, the Company spent approximately $24.2 million in expenditures related to underground development, drilling, maintenance and technical consulting fees which were offset by $7.4 million in proceeds recognized from the sale of precious metals. Expenditures were up $11.5 million compared to prior year as the Company ramped up spending on the mill facility for the duration of the bulk sample processing program.
  • Raised $16.6 million in financing proceeds: On February 26, 2018 and December 24, 2018, the Company closed a public flow-through share offering of for aggregate gross proceeds of $10.9 million and $5.7 million respectively to fund ongoing operations.
  • General and administrative expenses (including salaries and benefits, and consulting and professional fees): The Company spent approximately $5.1 million on expenditures related to general and administrative, salaries and benefits, and consulting and professional fees in 2018. Expenditures were up $0.9 million compared to 2017 primarily related to consulting and professional fees as well as higher overhead and compensation expenses.

2018 Accomplishments

Rubicon had a successful 2018 campaign, achieving several significant milestones to de-risk the Phoenix Gold Project. Some of the key milestones achieved include:

  • Developed a new structural interpretation and geological model of the F2 Gold Deposit, showing more continuity of gold mineralization within the HiTi Basalt Units and potential amenability of bulk mining methods.
  • Delivered the new 2018 Mineral Resource Estimate, showing material increases in tonnes (“t”), grade, and ounces on all mineral resource categories.
  • Completed test trial mining of more than 35,000 t of mineralized material and demonstrated the amenability of the sublevel longhole bulk mining method resulting in $7.4 million in net proceeds realized from the sale of precious metals.
  • Successful re-start of the Project mill, achieving peak throughput rates of approximately 1,540 tonnes per day (based on a 22-hour mill availability) and gold recoveries of 95.1%, with 43.2% of gold recovered via gravity circuit, during the bulk sample processing program.
  • Positive bulk sample reconciliation results compared to the resource block model estimates of the planned stopes, validating the new geological model and 2018 Mineral Resource Estimate.
  • Completed 20,000 metres (“m”) of orientated infill drilling to improve the mineral resource categories of the 2018 Mineral Resource Estimate.
  • CPPIB Credit Investments Inc. (“CPPIB Credit”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board agreed to transfer its $12.0 million existing secured loan facility with Rubicon (“Loan Facility”) to Sprott Private Resource Lending (Collector), L.P. (“Sprott”). In addition, Sprott has amended the Loan Facility to adjust the minimum cash requirement from $5.0 million to $1.0 million in exchange for warrants, improving the Company’s financial flexibility.
  • During the year ended December 31, 2018 the Company commissioned a metal effluent treatment plant for the purposes of discharging water from the tailings management facility (“TMF”) and was able to discharge water from the TMF under existing permits as it continued to comply with all environmental discharge requirements.

Outlook

The Company believes its 2018 achievements have significantly advanced the Project and provides management with a solid foundation to continue advancing the Project towards a potential commercially viable operation. As of March 22, 2019, the Company had cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments of approximately $11.0 million. In management’s view, the Company has sufficient financial resources to the Company’s 2019 planned activities as follows:

  • Produce an updated NI 43-101 Mineral Resource Estimate in the first half of 2019, based on the 20,000 m of orientated diamond drill information from the 2018 Exploration Program;
  • Release a Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”), at a minimum, for the Phoenix Gold Project in second half of 2019, based on the updated NI 43-101 Mineral Resource Estimate. The PEA will include a preliminary life of mine plan, updated Project economics and a preliminary production profile. The PEA will build upon the results of the 2018 bulk sample program and the Company’s mine and mill performance during the test trial mining.
  • Continue exploration throughout 2019 with up to 20,000 m of orientated diamond drilling, predominantly focused on growing mineral resources and advancing the Company’s understanding of the high-grade mineralization potential at depth.
  • Within the Phoenix Gold Property claim boundary, the Company has identified exploration targets within 2 kilometres from the Phoenix Gold Project shaft and surface infrastructure, which the Company intends to explore in 2019. Rubicon believes these targets have strong mineral potential based on historical mining and exploration.

Please refer to our Financial Statements and MD&A for the year ended December 31, 2018 for further details.

About Rubicon Minerals Corporation
Rubicon Minerals Corporation is an advanced gold exploration company that owns the Phoenix Gold Project, located in the prolific Red Lake gold district in northwestern Ontario, Canada. Additionally, Rubicon controls over 285 square kilometres of prime exploration ground in Red Lake and more than 900 square kilometres of mineral property interests in the emerging Long Canyon gold district that straddles the Nevada-Utah border in the United States. Rubicon’s shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (RMX) and the OTCQX markets (RBYCF). For more information, please visit our website at www.rubiconminerals.com.

RUBICON MINERALS CORPORATION
George Ogilvie, P.Eng.
President, CEO, and Director

 

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Goldcorp Announces Support for Newmont Special Dividend

Mar 25, 2019

VANCOUVER, March 25, 2019 – GOLDCORP INC. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG) (“Goldcorp” or the “Company”) announced today that it has consented to Newmont Mining Corporation (“Newmont”) (NYSE: NEM) paying a one-time special dividend (the “Dividend”) to its shareholders conditional on the approval of the Newmont resolutions by the Newmont stockholders and the Arrangement resolution by the Goldcorp shareholders relating to the Arrangement, which was previously announced on January 14, 2019. Goldcorp continues to recommend that its shareholders vote in favour of the completion of the Arrangement.

The Dividend delivers value to existing Newmont shareholders with an immediate cash payment for a portion of the synergy potential arising from the Nevada joint venture announced with Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:GOLD) (TSX:ABX) (Barrick) on March 11, 2019. The Dividend will be paid to Newmont shareholders of record as of April 17, 2019, which is prior to the closing of the Arrangement.

The special committee (the “Special Committee”) of the Board of Directors of Goldcorp recommended to the Board of Directors of Goldcorp that it consent to the Dividend and that it reaffirm its recommendation that Goldcorp shareholders vote in favour of the completion of the Arrangement.  Fort Capital Partners provided an opinion to the Special Committee to the effect that, as of March 24, 2019 and assuming payment of the Dividend, the consideration to be received by holders of Goldcorp common shares pursuant to the Arrangement is fair, from a financial point of view, to such holders, subject to the limitations, qualifications and assumptions set forth in such opinion.

The Board of Directors of Goldcorp unanimously determined that it consent to the Dividend and that it reaffirm its recommendation that Goldcorp shareholders vote in favour of the completion of the Arrangement. In making its determination to consent to the Dividend and to continue to recommend that its shareholders vote in favour of the completion of the Arrangement, the Board of Directors of Goldcorp considered, among other things, the recommendation of the Special Committee. TD Securities and BofA Merrill Lynch have each provided an opinion to the Board of Directors of Goldcorp to the effect that, as of March 24, 2019, and assuming payment of the Dividend, among other things, the consideration to be received by holders of Goldcorp common shares, pursuant to the Arrangement, is fair, from a financial point of view, to such holders, in each case, subject to the respective limitations, qualifications and assumptions set forth in such opinions.

The pending combination of Newmont and Goldcorp will feature an unmatched portfolio of world-class operations, projects, Reserves, exploration opportunities, and talent. After the transaction closes, expected in the second quarter, Newmont Goldcorp is expected to:

  • Begin delivering a combined $365 million in expected annual pre-tax synergies, supply chain efficiencies and Full Potential improvements representing the opportunity to create $4.4 billion in Net Present Value (pre-tax);(4)(5)
  • Target 6-7 million ounces of steady-state gold production over a decades-long time horizon;(1)
  • Have the largest gold Reserves and Resources in the gold sector, including on a per share basis;
  • Be located in favorable mining jurisdictions and prolific gold districts on four continents;
  • Deliver the highest dividend among senior gold producers;(2)
  • Offer financial flexibility and an investment-grade balance sheet to advance the most promising projects generating a targeted Internal Rate of Return of at least 15 percent;(1)(3)
  • Feature a deep bench of accomplished business leaders and high-performing technical teams and other talent with extensive mining industry experience; and
  • Maintain industry leadership in environmental, social and governance performance.

Goldcorp has also announced today that Institutional Shareholder Services Inc., a leading independent proxy advisory firm, has recommended that shareholders of Goldcorp vote FOR the proposed plan of arrangement with Newmont.

Goldcorp shareholders will vote on the acquisition at its special meeting to be held on April 4, 2019.  Pursuant to the acquisition, Goldcorp shareholders will receive 0.3280 of a Newmont share and $0.02 for each Goldcorp share. Meeting materials, together with an investor presentation and other information, are also available on Goldcorp’s website and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and EDGAR at www.sec.gov.

About Goldcorp www.goldcorp.com

Goldcorp is a senior gold producer focused on responsible mining practices with safe, low-cost production from a high-quality portfolio of mines.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the United States Exchange Act of 1934, as amended,  the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, or in releases made by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, all as may be amended from time to time, and “forward-looking information” under the provisions of applicable Canadian securities legislation, concerning the business, operations and financial performance and condition of Goldcorp. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to Newmont’s planned acquisition of Goldcorp; the expected terms, timing and closing of the proposed transaction, including receipt of required approvals and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions; estimates of future production, including expected annual production range and reserve base; estimates of future capital expenditures; and expectations of future plans and benefits. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects” , “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” , “believes”, or variations or comparable language of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “should”, “might” or “will”, “occur” or “be achieved” or the negative connotation thereof.

Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of factors and assumptions that, if untrue, could cause the actual results, performances or achievements of Goldcorp to be materially different from future results, performances or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. Such statements and information are based on numerous assumptions regarding present and future business strategies and the environment in which Goldcorp will operate in the future, including the price of gold, anticipated costs and ability to achieve goals. Certain important factors that could cause actual results, performances or achievements to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among others, delays or failure to obtain the required approvals; competitive responses to the announcement of the transaction; litigation or challenges to the proposed transaction; changes to the current scientific and technical information; permitting, development, operations and expansion of Newmont’s and Goldcorp’s operations and projects being consistent with current expectations and mine plans, including without limitation receipt of export approvals; planning and integration assumptions; gold price volatility, discrepancies between actual and estimated production, mineral reserves and mineral resources and metallurgical recoveries, mining operational and development risks, litigation risks, regulatory restrictions (including environmental regulatory restrictions and liability), changes in national and local government legislation, taxation, controls or regulations and/or change in the administration of laws, policies and practices, expropriation or nationalization of property and political or economic developments in Canada, the United States and other jurisdictions in which the Company does or may carry on business in the future, delays, suspension and technical challenges associated with capital projects, higher prices for fuel, steel, power, labour and other consumables, currency fluctuations, the speculative nature of gold exploration, the global economic climate, dilution, share price volatility, competition, loss of key employees, additional funding requirements and defective title to mineral claims or property. Although Goldcorp believes its expectations are based upon reasonable assumptions and has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.

Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Goldcorp to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: the inherent uncertainty associated with financial or other projections; the prompt and effective integration of Newmont’s and Goldcorp’s businesses; the ability to achieve the anticipated synergies and value-creation contemplated by the proposed transaction; the risk associated with Newmont’s and Goldcorp’s ability to obtain the approval of the proposed transaction by their shareholders required to consummate the proposed transaction and the timing of the closing of the proposed transaction, including the risk that the conditions to the transaction are not satisfied on a timely basis or at all and the failure of the transaction to close for any other reason; the risk that a consent or authorization that may be required for the proposed transaction is not obtained or is obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against the parties and others related to the arrangement agreement; unanticipated difficulties or expenditures relating to the transaction, the response of business partners and retention as a result of the announcement and pendency of the transaction; risks relating to the value of the Newmont’s common stock to be issued in connection with the transaction; the anticipated size of the markets and continued demand for Newmont’s and Goldcorp’s resources and the impact of competitive responses to the announcement of the transaction; and the diversion of management time on transaction-related issues as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled “Description of the Business – Risk Factors” in Goldcorp’s most recent annual information form  available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov. Although Goldcorp has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. Except as otherwise indicated by Goldcorp, these statements do not reflect the potential impact of any non-recurring or other special items or of any disposition, monetization, merger, acquisition, other business combination or other transaction that may be announced or that may occur after the date hereof. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of providing information about management’s current expectations and plans and allowing investors and others to get a better understanding of Goldcorp’s operating environment. Goldcorp does not intend or undertake to publicly update any forward-looking statements that are included in this document, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

For further information please contact:

INVESTOR CONTACT MEDIA CONTACT

Shawn Campbell

Director, Investor Relations

Telephone: (800) 567-6223

E-mail:  info@goldcorp.com

Christine Marks

Director, Corporate Communications

Telephone: (604) 696-3050

E-mail: media@goldcorp.com

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Canadian Championship Dog Derby and Dominion Diamond Announce Race Schedule

YELLOWKNIFE, CANADA (March 22, 2019) – Dominion Diamond Mines ULC (Dominion) and the organizers of the Canadian Championship Dog Derby are pleased to announce the schedule of races taking place in Yellowknife March 29-31, 2019. Dominion is proud to once again be the title sponsor of the three-day 10-dog race.

The Canadian Championship Dog Derby reflects the evolution of dogsledding from the heritage of the trapline to a modern-day world-class sporting event. It celebrates athleticism and endurance while challenging dog racers to take on the harsh conditions of northern Canada in a 240-kilometre race, held over three days.

Dominion is honoured to continue its partnership with the Canadian Championship Dog Derby, a Yellowknife tradition dating back almost sixty-five years. Dominion is committed to supporting local communities and encouraging traditional activities.

The Dog Derby is held annually alongside the Long John Jamboree in Yellowknife. The Canadian Championship Dog Derby is the main event, consisting of several 10-dog teams from all over North America. Accredited by the International Federation of Sleddog Sports (IFSS), participants in this race can work towards achieving World Cup status.

Further to the main event, the organizers host six additional races, which reflect the commitment to develop young mushers and involve a wide range of racers. Several races are designed for youth who are looking to build their experience, while others give an option for kennels to enter shorter distance competitions.

Events will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (March 29-31) beginning each day at 9:30 am and continuing until approximately 4:30 pm (see the schedule below for more information).

RACE SCHEDULE 2019

DAY 1 – FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019

9:30 am: 4-Dog Race
Sponsor: NorthTech Drilling
Timed Start / 8 miles

10:30 am: 6-Dog Race
Sponsor: Yellowknife Veterinary Clinic
Mass Start / 16 miles / Day 1 of 2

1:00 pm: 10-Dog Race
Sponsor: Dominion Diamond Mines
Mass Start / 50 miles / Day 1 of 3

DAY 2 – SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2019

9:30 am: 4-Dog Race
Sponsor: NorthTech Drilling
Timed Start / 8 miles

10:30 am: 6-Dog Race
Sponsor: Yellowknife Veterinary Clinic
Mass Start / 16 miles / Day 2 of 2

1:00 pm: 10-Dog Race
Sponsor: Dominion Diamond Mines
Mass Start / 50 miles / Day 2 of 3

DAY 3 – SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019

9:30 am: 5-Dog Mad Trapper Race
Teams must have at least one female musher and an amateur
Sponsor: Weaver & Devore
Mass Start / 8 miles

10:30 am: 2-Dog Race, Ava Lizotte Memorial Race
Open to children aged 5 to 12 years old, we will supply you with a team to race
Sponsor: Stewart, Weir, MacDonald Ltd.

11:00 am: Sponsors/Media Race
Sponsor: Canadian Championship Dog Derby Mushers
Timed Start / 8 miles

1:00 pm: 10-Dog Race
Sponsor: Dominion Diamond Mines
Mass Start / 50 miles / Day 3 of 3

More information can be found at www.canadianchampionshipdogderby.ca as well as on the Facebook page @CanadianChampionshipDogDerby.

About Dominion Diamond Mines ULC

Dominion Diamond Mines ULC is a Canadian mining company and one of the world’s largest producers and suppliers of premium rough diamond assortments to the global market. The company owns a controlling interest in the Ekati Diamond Mine, which it operates, and owns 40% of the Diavik Diamond Mine. Both mines are located in the Northwest Territories of Canada. In addition to its mining operations, Dominion has offices in Canada, Belgium and India. For more information, visit www.ddmines.com.

About the Canadian Championship Dog Derby

The Canadian Championship Dog Derby is one of the oldest sled dog races in North America. The race begins with a mass start and spans 240 km over 3 days on Great Slave Lake. Accredited by the International Federation of Sleddog Sports (IFSS), participants in this race can work towards achieving World Cup status. The challenge of a long-distance sprint means it takes years of training to prepare a team to compete at this calibre.

In 1955, the first Dog Derby was held. It was a chance for Northern people to demonstrate the skill and knowledge required to train a good team of dogs. Most Northern families’ livelihoods depended on using sled dogs as a form of transportation. Owning a dog team during the early to mid 1900s was comparable to owning a vehicle today. Sled dog teams in the NWT were prevalent all the way to the 1970s, when snowmobiles and automobiles took over as the mode of transportation. It was during this transition that dog mushing turned from a necessity into a sport – and has been celebrated as such ever since. For more information, visit www.canadianchampionshipdogderby.ca.

Contact:

Canadian Championship Dog Derby
Dianna Beck, di@theedge.ca

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Large-Scale Delta Greenhouse Fully Funded as AgraFlora Organics Closes $20 Million Third and Fourth Tranches of $40 Million Equity Participation and Earn-In Agreement

VANCOUVER, March 25, 2019 – AgraFlora Organics International Inc. (“AgraFlora” or the “Company”) (CSE: AGRA) (Frankfurt: PU31) (OTCPK: PUFXF), a growth oriented and diversified international cannabis company is pleased to announces that, further to its news releases dated September 25, 2018, October 11, 2018, November 19, 2018, December 10, 2018 and February 28, 2019, it has closed a $20 million third and fourth tranches of the $40 million Equity Participation and Earn-In Agreement with Delta Organic Cannabis Corp. (“DOCC”) and issued the third tranche of 44,582,040 common shares (the “Shares”) of the Company at a deemed price of approximately $0.45 per Share.

“The close of the $40 million financing represents another significant milestone met for the company as our 2.2 million square foot greenhouse is officially fully funded,” said Derek Ivany, President and CEO of AgraFlora Organics International Inc. “Our strategy of partnering with leading organizations has led to AgraFlora owning an 50% economic interest in the second largest cannabis greenhouse in Canada. While we remain focused on the three-phase conversion project of the Delta Greenhouse Complex, we will continue to pursue additional opportunities within the domestic and international cannabis markets.”

The Shares are being issued pursuant to the Equity Participation and Earn-In Agreement dated September 25, 2018 as amended on October 11, 2018, November 19, 2018 and March 22, 2019, with Delta Organic Cannabis Corp., a privately held Toronto-based cannabis investment company backed by preeminent leaders in Canadian cannabis enterprise.

With the funding of $40 million, DOCC has earned a 20% economic interest in Propagation Services Canada Inc., AgraFlora retains a 50% economic interest and the Houwelings Group and partners own the remaining 30%.

The Company also announces, further to its news release dated September 14, 2018, it is proceeding with the issuance of 10,000,000 Shares at a deemed price of $0.71 per Share to key personnel, including related parties, who are assisting with Propagation Services Canada and the 2.2 million square foot greenhouse project located in Delta, British Columbia (the “Delta Facility”) which was announced on June 29, 2018.

The Company further announces that, pursuant to a letter of intent dated May 22, 2018, it will be issuing an aggregate of 5,000,000 Shares to Cornelius Houwelings (the “Consultant”) as set out below:

 

Date of Issuance No. of Shares
March 25, 2019 1,250,000
June 25, 2019 1,250,000
September 25, 2019 1,250,000
December 25, 2019 1,250,000

Total:                      5,000,000

The Company has agreed to issue the Consultant an additional 5,000,000 Shares upon the achievement of the Delta Facility becoming 100% operational in cannabis.

The Company also announces that it is proceeding with the issuance of 281,690 Shares at a deemed price of $0.71 per Share to Vendure Genetics Labs Inc. (the “Supplier”) pursuant to a supply agreement dated December 26, 2018, whereby the Company agreed to purchase certain plants, plant matter and related plant-based products from the Supplier for total consideration of $200,000, payable in Shares.

The Shares are subject to a statutory four-month hold period.

About Delta Organic Cannabis Corp.

DOCC is Canadian focused vertically integrated cannabis company formed by some of the most successful early-movers in the space.

About Propagation Services Canada Inc.

Propagation Services Canada is a joint venture company focused on the cannabis flower and propagation market in Canada. Its Delta Greenhouse Complex covers approximately 2.2 million square feet and is one of the most technologically advanced greenhouses in North America, with an experience staff, full propagation services, advanced HVAC, lighting and water systems and its own 8.8 MW powerplant.

About AgraFlora Organics International Inc.

AgraFlora Organics International Inc. is a growth oriented and diversified company focused on the international cannabis industry. It owns an indoor cultivation operation in London, ON and is a joint venture partner in Propagation Service Canada and its large-scale 2,200,000 sq. ft. greenhouse complex in Delta, BC. The Company has a successful record of creating shareholder value and is actively pursuing other opportunities within the cannabis industry. For more information please visit: www.agraflora.com.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Derek Ivany

President & CEO

No stock exchange or securities regulatory authority has reviewed or accepted responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Some of the statements contained in this release are forward-looking statements, such as estimates and statements that describe the Issuer’s future plans, objectives or goals, including words to the effect that the Issuer or management expects a stated condition or result to occur. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature, they involve inherent risks and uncertainties.

SOURCE AgraFlora Organics International Inc.

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Drone Delivery Canada Corp. Announces Closing of Bought Deal Financing For Aggregate Gross Proceeds of $10,020,000

TORONTO, ONTARIO – March 25, 2019 – Further to its press releases dated March 6, 2019, Drone Delivery Canada Corp. (TSXV: FLT, OTC: TAKOF) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce today that it has closed its previously announced bought-deal prospectus offering (the “Offering”) underwritten by GMP Securities L.P., Canaccord Genuity Corp. and Echelon Wealth Partners Inc. (collectively, the “Underwriters”), pursuant to which the Company issued an aggregate of 8,350,000 units (the “Units”) of the Company, at the purchase price of $1.20 per Unit (the “Issue Price”), for aggregate gross proceeds of $10,020,000. Each Unit consists of one common share in the capital of the Company (each a “Share”) and one-half of one Share purchase warrant of the Company (each whole such warrant a “Warrant”). Each Warrant entitles the holder to purchase one Share at a price of $1.50 until March 25, 2021. If the volume weighted average price of the Shares on the TSX Venture Exchange is equal to or greater than $2.00 for a period of 10 consecutive trading days, then the Company may within ten business days accelerate the expiry date of the Warrants to the date that is 30 days following the date on which the Company issues notice to all the Warrant holders of the new expiry date. The Company will also issue a press release on the same date as it issues notice confirming the new expiry date of the Warrants. The TSX Venture Exchange has conditionally approved the listing of the Warrants, subject to standard listing conditions. The Warrants are expected to commence trading on or about March 28, 2019.

The Units were offered by way of a short form prospectus filed in all provinces of Canada. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the Offering to expand its commercial operations plan in Canada and potentially internationally by introducing larger, heavier-lifting drones to its fleet. Management and consultants of the Company invested an aggregate of $1,260,000 pursuant to the Offering.

The Company has granted the Underwriters an over-allotment option to purchase up to an additional 1,252,500 Units at the Offering Price, exercisable in whole or in part, at any time on or prior to April 24, 2019. The Underwriters were paid a cash commission equal to 6% of the gross proceeds raised, and were issued an aggregate of 250,500 compensation option (“Compensation Options”), each Compensation Option entitling the holder to one Unit at the Issue Price until March 25, 2021.

The securities issued pursuant to the Offering have not been, nor will they be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any State in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

About Drone Delivery Canada Corp.

Drone Delivery Canada is a drone technology company focused on the design, development and implementation of its proprietary logistics software platform utilizing drones. The Company’s platform will be used as Software as a Service (SaaS) for government and corporate organizations.

Tony Di Benedetto, Chief Executive Officer, Drone Delivery Canada Corp.

Email: tony@dronedeliverycanada.com

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Romios Announces Amendment to Agreement with Crystal Lake to Option Romios’ Newmont Lake Property

TORONTO, ONTARIO, March 22, 2019, Romios Gold Resources Inc. (“Romios” or the “Company”) (TSX.V-RG) (OTC-PK: RMIOF) (Frankfurt: D4R) today announced that the agreement (the “Definitive Agreement”) with Crystal Lake Mining Corp. (“CLM”) whereby Romios’ Newmont Lake Property (“Newmont Lake”) has been optioned to CLM has been amended to extend the date for CLM to provide confirmation that it has funding in place to finance its commitment to expend $3 million on an agreed exploration program on Newmont Lake before September 20, 2019. The Definitive Agreement now calls for the confirmation of the funding to be made on or before March 29, 2019, in consideration for which the second and third cash option payments of $250,000 each due to Romios are now payable on or before March 29, 2019, with the final $250,000 option payment due within 90 days from March 29, 2019. CLM is undertaking a private placement financing to fund the exploration program on Newmont Lake and satisfy the conditions of the amended Definitive Agreement.

The amended Definitive Agreement now provides that CLM can earn a 100% working interest in Newmont Lake in consideration for, among other things, the issuance of 12 million common shares of CLM to Romios (4,000,000 have been issued); the payment of an additional $1.75 million in cash option payments, with the remaining payments being $500,000 by March 29, 2019, $250,000 payable within 90 days of March 29, 2019 and a further $1 million payable upon CLM earning its 100% interest in Newmont Lake through the expenditure of $8 million on the Property over a 3-year period. CLM is required to spend $3 million on Newmont Lake by September 20, 2019, and present an exploration program and budget and provide evidence that the funds are available for the program by March 29, 2019.

If CLM is successful in acquiring Newmont Lake, Romios will receive a 2% Net Smelter Returns Royalty (“2% NSR”) on Newmont Lake, or on any after-acquired claims within a 5 km radius of the current boundaries of Newmont Lake. The 2% NSR may be reduced at any time to a 1% NSR on the payment of $2 million per 0.5% NSR. In the event an NI-43-101 compliant resource estimate is issued in respect of any part of Newmont Lake which exceeds 1 million ounces of gold equivalent resources (being the sum of Indicated and Inferred), Romios will be issued an additional 2 million common shares of CLM. It will also receive an additional 1 million common shares of CLM for each additional full 1 million ounces of gold equivalent resource on and part of Newmont Lake.

About Romios Gold Resources Inc.

Romios Gold Resources Inc., a progressive Canadian mineral exploration company established in 1995, is engaged in precious and base metal exploration primarily focused on gold, silver and copper on its properties in the Golden Triangle area, northwestern British Columbia. In addition to the properties in the Golden Triangle area, Romios holds a 100% interest in the Lundmark-Akow Lake property in Ontario, the LaCorne Property in Quebec and the Scossa Property in Nevada. It also holds a 2% Net Smelter Return Royalty on the Hislop property in Ontario.

For further information, please contact:

Tom Drivas, President and Director, (tel) 416-221-4124, (fax) 416-218-9772 or (email) romios@romios.com.

Frank van de Water, Chief Financial Officer and Director, (tel) 416-221-4124 or (email) fvandewater@rogers.com.

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Pengrowth Announces the Extension of Its Credit Facility

March 25, 2019

CALGARY, Alberta, March 25, 2019 – Pengrowth Energy Corporation (“Pengrowth” or the “Company”) (TSX:PGF, OTCQX:PGHEF), today announced that it has reached arrangements for the extension of the maturity date under its secured revolving credit facility (the “Credit Facility”) through September 30, 2019, subject to certain terms.

The Company’s $330 million Credit Facility (all amounts in Canadian dollars) is provided by a broad syndicate of domestic and international banks and had a scheduled maturity of March 31, 2019. The Company has executed an extension agreement (the “Extension Agreement”) to its Credit Facility, supported by 100% of the lenders in the syndicate, providing for the extension of the maturity date under the Credit Facility to September 30, 2019, by way of an initial extension to July 29, 2019 and two subsequent extensions to August 29, 2019 and to September 30, 2019, respectively, each of which will automatically become effective unless lenders with at least two thirds of the total commitments under the Credit Facility provide notice to the Company that such automatic extension will not apply in advance of the automatic extension dates.

The extension of the Credit Facility will provide support to Pengrowth while it undertakes its previously-announced process to explore and develop strategic alternatives with a view to strengthening the Company’s balance sheet, addressing upcoming debt maturities, and maximizing enterprise value.

About Pengrowth:

Pengrowth Energy Corporation is a Canadian energy company focused on the sustainable development and production of oil and natural gas in Western Canada from its Lindbergh thermal oil property and its Groundbirch Montney gas property. The Company is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and has been operating in the Western Canadian basin for more than 30 years. The Company’s shares trade on both the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “PGF” and on the OTCQX under the symbol “PGHEF”.

For investor and media inquiries please contact:

Tom McMillan
1-855-336-8814
Tom.McMillan@pengrowth.com

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North American Palladium Files Preliminary Base Shelf Prospectus

TORONTO, March 22, 2019 — North American Palladium Ltd. (“NAP” or the “Company”) (TSX:PDL) (OTC PINK:PALDF) today announced that it has filed a preliminary short form base shelf prospectus (the “Prospectus”) to provide the Company with the flexibility to take advantage of financing opportunities, if and when needed, assuming debt or equity market conditions are favourable during the 25-month period that the the Prospectus, once made final, remains effective (the “Effective Period”).

The Company also announced the voluntary withdrawal of its existing final short form base shelf prospectus filed on SEDAR on June 16, 2017 concurrently with the filing of the Prospectus.

The Prospectus has been filed in each of the provinces and territories in Canada. These filings, when made final and effective, will enable offerings of up to $500 million of common shares (treasury and/or secondary), senior and subordinated debt securities, including debt securities convertible or exchangeable into other securities of NAP, subscription receipts, warrants, share purchase contracts, and units comprised of one or more of the securities hereof (collectively, the “Securities”) at any time during the Effective Period.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities, nor will there be any sale of the Securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

If any Securities are offered under the Prospectus, the terms of any such Securities and the intended use of the net proceeds resulting from such offering would be established at the time of any offering and would be described in a prospectus supplement filed with the applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities at the time of such offering and would be made available by NAP.

For further information:

North American Palladium Ltd.
Investor Relations
Telephone: 416-360-7374
Email: IR@nap.com

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ISS Recommends Goldcorp Shareholders Vote in Favor of Proposed Plan of Arrangement with Newmont

Mar 25, 2019

VANCOUVER, March 25, 2019 – GOLDCORP INC. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG) (“Goldcorp” or the “Company”) announced today that it has consented to Newmont Mining Corporation (“Newmont”) (NYSE: NEM) paying a one-time special dividend (the “Dividend”) to its shareholders conditional on the approval of the Newmont resolutions by the Newmont stockholders and the Arrangement resolution by the Goldcorp shareholders relating to the Arrangement, which was previously announced on January 14, 2019. Goldcorp continues to recommend that its shareholders vote in favour of the completion of the Arrangement.

The Dividend delivers value to existing Newmont shareholders with an immediate cash payment for a portion of the synergy potential arising from the Nevada joint venture announced with Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:GOLD) (TSX:ABX) (Barrick) on March 11, 2019. The Dividend will be paid to Newmont shareholders of record as of April 17, 2019, which is prior to the closing of the Arrangement.

The special committee (the “Special Committee”) of the Board of Directors of Goldcorp recommended to the Board of Directors of Goldcorp that it consent to the Dividend and that it reaffirm its recommendation that Goldcorp shareholders vote in favour of the completion of the Arrangement.  Fort Capital Partners provided an opinion to the Special Committee to the effect that, as of March 24, 2019 and assuming payment of the Dividend, the consideration to be received by holders of Goldcorp common shares pursuant to the Arrangement is fair, from a financial point of view, to such holders, subject to the limitations, qualifications and assumptions set forth in such opinion.

The Board of Directors of Goldcorp unanimously determined that it consent to the Dividend and that it reaffirm its recommendation that Goldcorp shareholders vote in favour of the completion of the Arrangement. In making its determination to consent to the Dividend and to continue to recommend that its shareholders vote in favour of the completion of the Arrangement, the Board of Directors of Goldcorp considered, among other things, the recommendation of the Special Committee. TD Securities and BofA Merrill Lynch have each provided an opinion to the Board of Directors of Goldcorp to the effect that, as of March 24, 2019, and assuming payment of the Dividend, among other things, the consideration to be received by holders of Goldcorp common shares, pursuant to the Arrangement, is fair, from a financial point of view, to such holders, in each case, subject to the respective limitations, qualifications and assumptions set forth in such opinions.

The pending combination of Newmont and Goldcorp will feature an unmatched portfolio of world-class operations, projects, Reserves, exploration opportunities, and talent. After the transaction closes, expected in the second quarter, Newmont Goldcorp is expected to:

  • Begin delivering a combined $365 million in expected annual pre-tax synergies, supply chain efficiencies and Full Potential improvements representing the opportunity to create $4.4 billion in Net Present Value (pre-tax);(4)(5)
  • Target 6-7 million ounces of steady-state gold production over a decades-long time horizon;(1)
  • Have the largest gold Reserves and Resources in the gold sector, including on a per share basis;
  • Be located in favorable mining jurisdictions and prolific gold districts on four continents;
  • Deliver the highest dividend among senior gold producers;(2)
  • Offer financial flexibility and an investment-grade balance sheet to advance the most promising projects generating a targeted Internal Rate of Return of at least 15 percent;(1)(3)
  • Feature a deep bench of accomplished business leaders and high-performing technical teams and other talent with extensive mining industry experience; and
  • Maintain industry leadership in environmental, social and governance performance.

Goldcorp has also announced today that Institutional Shareholder Services Inc., a leading independent proxy advisory firm, has recommended that shareholders of Goldcorp vote FOR the proposed plan of arrangement with Newmont.

Goldcorp shareholders will vote on the acquisition at its special meeting to be held on April 4, 2019.  Pursuant to the acquisition, Goldcorp shareholders will receive 0.3280 of a Newmont share and $0.02 for each Goldcorp share. Meeting materials, together with an investor presentation and other information, are also available on Goldcorp’s website and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and EDGAR at www.sec.gov.

About Goldcorp www.goldcorp.com

Goldcorp is a senior gold producer focused on responsible mining practices with safe, low-cost production from a high-quality portfolio of mines.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the United States Exchange Act of 1934, as amended,  the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, or in releases made by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, all as may be amended from time to time, and “forward-looking information” under the provisions of applicable Canadian securities legislation, concerning the business, operations and financial performance and condition of Goldcorp. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to Newmont’s planned acquisition of Goldcorp; the expected terms, timing and closing of the proposed transaction, including receipt of required approvals and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions; estimates of future production, including expected annual production range and reserve base; estimates of future capital expenditures; and expectations of future plans and benefits. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects” , “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” , “believes”, or variations or comparable language of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “should”, “might” or “will”, “occur” or “be achieved” or the negative connotation thereof.

Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of factors and assumptions that, if untrue, could cause the actual results, performances or achievements of Goldcorp to be materially different from future results, performances or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. Such statements and information are based on numerous assumptions regarding present and future business strategies and the environment in which Goldcorp will operate in the future, including the price of gold, anticipated costs and ability to achieve goals. Certain important factors that could cause actual results, performances or achievements to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among others, delays or failure to obtain the required approvals; competitive responses to the announcement of the transaction; litigation or challenges to the proposed transaction; changes to the current scientific and technical information; permitting, development, operations and expansion of Newmont’s and Goldcorp’s operations and projects being consistent with current expectations and mine plans, including without limitation receipt of export approvals; planning and integration assumptions; gold price volatility, discrepancies between actual and estimated production, mineral reserves and mineral resources and metallurgical recoveries, mining operational and development risks, litigation risks, regulatory restrictions (including environmental regulatory restrictions and liability), changes in national and local government legislation, taxation, controls or regulations and/or change in the administration of laws, policies and practices, expropriation or nationalization of property and political or economic developments in Canada, the United States and other jurisdictions in which the Company does or may carry on business in the future, delays, suspension and technical challenges associated with capital projects, higher prices for fuel, steel, power, labour and other consumables, currency fluctuations, the speculative nature of gold exploration, the global economic climate, dilution, share price volatility, competition, loss of key employees, additional funding requirements and defective title to mineral claims or property. Although Goldcorp believes its expectations are based upon reasonable assumptions and has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.

Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Goldcorp to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: the inherent uncertainty associated with financial or other projections; the prompt and effective integration of Newmont’s and Goldcorp’s businesses; the ability to achieve the anticipated synergies and value-creation contemplated by the proposed transaction; the risk associated with Newmont’s and Goldcorp’s ability to obtain the approval of the proposed transaction by their shareholders required to consummate the proposed transaction and the timing of the closing of the proposed transaction, including the risk that the conditions to the transaction are not satisfied on a timely basis or at all and the failure of the transaction to close for any other reason; the risk that a consent or authorization that may be required for the proposed transaction is not obtained or is obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against the parties and others related to the arrangement agreement; unanticipated difficulties or expenditures relating to the transaction, the response of business partners and retention as a result of the announcement and pendency of the transaction; risks relating to the value of the Newmont’s common stock to be issued in connection with the transaction; the anticipated size of the markets and continued demand for Newmont’s and Goldcorp’s resources and the impact of competitive responses to the announcement of the transaction; and the diversion of management time on transaction-related issues as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled “Description of the Business – Risk Factors” in Goldcorp’s most recent annual information form  available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov. Although Goldcorp has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. Except as otherwise indicated by Goldcorp, these statements do not reflect the potential impact of any non-recurring or other special items or of any disposition, monetization, merger, acquisition, other business combination or other transaction that may be announced or that may occur after the date hereof. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of providing information about management’s current expectations and plans and allowing investors and others to get a better understanding of Goldcorp’s operating environment. Goldcorp does not intend or undertake to publicly update any forward-looking statements that are included in this document, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

For further information please contact:

INVESTOR CONTACT MEDIA CONTACT

Shawn Campbell

Director, Investor Relations

Telephone: (800) 567-6223

E-mail:  info@goldcorp.com

Christine Marks

Director, Corporate Communications

Telephone: (604) 696-3050

E-mail: media@goldcorp.com

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Media Advisory: Ontario Budget to be Released April 11, 2019

March 25, 2019

Vic Fedeli, Minister of Finance, will deliver the 2019 Budget on April 11, 2019 at approximately 4:00 p.m. in the Ontario Legislature.

Media lockup will be held in the Ontario Room of the Macdonald Block, 900 Bay Street, Toronto. Accredited members of the media can learn more about logistical details and register online at the following link: http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/media/lockup

Please note that landlines for internet and phone will not be available in the Ontario Room. However, attendees will have access to WiFi once lockup ends.

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Time:

Lockup for accredited media begins: 8:00 a.m.

Minister Fedeli to hold press conference inside media lockup at approximately 1 p.m., with opposition response to follow
Minister delivers 2019 Budget in the legislature: 4:00 p.m. (TBC)

Location: Ontario Room
Macdonald Block
900 Bay Street
TorontoMap

Media Contacts

Scott Blodgett

Ministry of Finance

scott.blodgett@ontario.ca

416-728-9791
Robert Gibson

Minister’s Office

Robert.M.Gibson@ontario.ca

416-845-8489

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Media advisory: Minister Murray to discuss Budget 2019’s skills training agenda with Indigenous Entrepreneurs in Victoria

March 25, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

The President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government, the Honourable Joyce Murray, will participate in a roundtable event with Indigenous entrepreneurs to discuss the skills training measures announced in Budget 2019. Minister Murray will be available for media interviews following the event.

Date

March 26, 2019

Time

10:50 am (local time)

Location

Songhees Innovation Centre

1100 Admirals Road

Victoria, BC

Associated Links

Contacts (media)

Farees Nathoo

Media Relations
Office of the President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government
613-369-3170

Media Relations
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Telephone: 613-369-9400

Toll-free: 1-855-TBS-9-SCT (1-855-827-9728)

TTY (telecommunications device for the hearing impaired): 613-369-9371

Email: media@tbs-sct.gc.ca

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Pauktuutit Inuit Women: Launch of Inuit Role Model Campaign

OTTAWA – Following an initial review of the Government of Canada’s budget released on March 19, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada is concerned about a lack of details on some items and the omission of others.

“While we are encouraged by some of the commitments promised in this budget ‒ funding the National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy, an Inuit-led post-secondary education strategy, and funding for improved health and social services for Inuit children within Inuit Nunangat ‒ we are concerned about the lack of details and silence on other issues,” said Rebecca Kudloo, President. “There is no action on the longstanding and urgent need for violence prevention and emergency shelters across the Arctic. And we expected to see a stronger GBA+ lens used when determining priorities so that’s disappointing.”

For years, Pauktuutit has heard from countless women that Inuit-specific healing programs are necessary to improve the safety of Inuit women – women who are 14 times more likely than other Canadians to experience violence. The announcement that the Government of Canada supports the creation of a much-needed mental health and substance abuse treatment facility in Nunavut is notable. Pauktuutit is anxious to hear specific details like when it would begin providing services and the financial resources it would have to ensure sustainability and positive long-term outcomes.

President Kudloo added, “Inuit are resourceful and innovative and when we have the tools we need, our communities can thrive. The government specifically identifies ‘Strong Arctic and Northern Communities’ in this budget. A strong Arctic will only come when Inuit women are heard, safer, and empowered.”

Media Requests

Tania Budgell

Director of Communications

communications@pauktuutit.ca

T: 613-238-3977 ext. 239

C: 613-316-8943

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NTI: Hope, Optimism and a plan for a TB-free Nunavut

(March 24, 2019 – Iqaluit, Nunavut)

March 24th is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day.

“This World TB Day is a time of hope and optimism for a TB-free Nunavut – for ourselves, for our children and for generations to come,” said Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) President Aluki Kotierk. “I take this opportunity to reassure Nunavut Inuit that we now have tools for TB diagnosis and treatment that happens in our communities. Let us eliminate TB together! I encourage Nunavummiut to get tested for this treatable infection.”

NTI commits to advancing our work on addressing food insecurity through reclaiming food sovereignty, housing and poverty reduction; all of which have been identified as areas that contribute to these high rates of TB. We will continue to work collaboratively with our partners to strengthen our social determinants of health as Inuit.

Last year on World TB Day, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Federal Government jointly announced a commitment to cut the incidence of Inuit with TB across Inuit Nunangat in half by 2025, and to eliminate TB by 2030. Budget 2018 followed with $27.5 million to begin Inuit TB elimination efforts. ITK released the Inuit TB Elimination Framework in December 2018 which will include a Nunavut specific action plan in the coming months, developed by NTI and the Government of Nunavut collaboratively.

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Bridging Indigenous and non-Indigenous worldviews in architecture – UM News

March 25, 2019

From burning a piece of wood to foraging for pine needles, Shawn Bailey [M.Arch/14] takes a holistic approach to designing a new structure, drawing inspiration from all of a site’s natural materials.

“I think the design process is a very play-based process,” says Bailey, a Métis architect and assistant professor cross-appointed in the University of Manitoba’s faculties of architecture and engineering. “It’s sort of letting go of preconceived notions and following your intuition by using elements within the landscape.”

Read More: http://news.umanitoba.ca/bridging-indigenous-and-non-indigenous-worldviews-in-architecture/

Government of Canada takes steps to protect Aquatic Species at Risk

From: Fisheries and Oceans Canada

March 25, 2019

Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s natural environment and wildlife are at the core of our national identity. Biodiversity is the cornerstone of our way of life – the health of the natural environment supports our culture, our well-being and our economy. Unfortunately, some of the species in our waters, rivers, lakes and estuaries are at risk and need our collective help to ensure their survival for future generations. We must take urgent, collective action to protect them.

That’s why the Government of Canada is committed to reversing the decline of Canada’s wildlife and biodiversity and takes the protection of species at risk seriously.

The Government of Canada works with all Canadians to protect endangered or threatened species and their habitat under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced that the Government of Canada has proposed, consistent with scientific advice, that 32 aquatic species be added to or reclassified under SARA. These species include 23 freshwater fishes and nine molluscs.

As well, the Minister proposed the Shortfin Mako shark, designated as Special Concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), for reconsideration based on information that was not available at the time COSEWIC assessed its status.

The status of several species has improved and the Government of Canada is proposing to reclassify these species to a lower risk category. These species are: Pugnose Shiner, Salish Sucker, Striped Bass (St. Lawrence River), Mapleleaf (Saskatchewan-Nelson Rivers), Mapleleaf (Great Lakes-Upper St. Lawrence), Rainbow, and Eastern Pondmussel. Unfortunately, several other species have been found in worse condition, or were newly identified as being at risk.

The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change will consider comments and any additional information received. Decisions to protect species under SARA are based on many considerations including assessments by COSEWIC and other scientific advice, consultations with Canadians, Indigenous Peoples and Communities, and industry and an evaluation of the potential socio-economic impacts on communities.

Species added to or reclassified on Schedule 1 of SARA:

Fish

  • Rainbow Trout (Athabasca River)
  • Rainbow Smelt (Lake Utopia large – bodied)
  • Silver Shiner
  • Plains Minnow
  • Bull Trout (Saskatchewan – Nelson Rivers)
  • Black Redhorse
  • Lake Sturgeon (Southern Hudson Bay – James Bay)
  • Silver Lamprey (Great Lakes – Upper St. Lawrence)
  • Bull Trout (Western Arctic)
  • Bull Trout (South Coast British Columbia)
  • Cutlip Minnow
  • Unarmoured Threespine Stickleback
  • Giant Threespine Stickleback
  • Northern Sunfish (Great Lakes – Upper St. Lawrence)
  • Striped Bass (St. Lawrence River)
  • Spotted Gar
  • Pugnose Minnow
  • Pugnose Shiner
  • Salish Sucker
  • Channel Darter (Lake Ontario)
  • Channel Darter (Lake Erie)
  • Channel Darter (St. Lawrence)
  • Silver Chub (Great Lakes – Upper St. Lawrence)

Molluscs

  • Fawnsfoot
  • Hickorynut
  • Lilliput
  • Threehorn Wartyback
  • Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussel
  • Mapleleaf (Saskatchewan – Nelson River)
  • Mapleleaf (Great Lakes – Upper St. Lawrence)
  • Rainbow
  • Eastern Pondmussel

Quotes

“The protection of aquatic species is a priority for the Government of Canada. We are taking action based on scientific advice and the concerns of communities to protect endangered species. By working together with Canadians, we can increase the likelihood that species at risk will survive and recover while maintaining our rich and diverse marine environment.”

The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada introduced the Species at Risk Act in 2002 to provide a legal framework for wildlife species management, protection and recovery.
  • Currently, there are 120 aquatic species protected under SARA.
  • COSEWIC is an independent committee that identifies and designates species at risk and is made up of wildlife experts and scientists from federal, provincial and territorial governments, universities, and non-government organizations.
  • Once a species is listed as threatened or endangered under the Species at Risk Act, a recovery strategy will be developed, followed by one or more action plans. For species of special concern, management plans will be developed.
  • The species proposed for listing or reclassification were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on March 23, 2019.

Associated links

Contacts

Jocelyn Lubczuk
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
343-548-7863
Jocelyn.lubczuk@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
613-990-7537
Media.xncr@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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Muskoday Chief pledges action on poverty, and improved transparency – paNOW

Mar 25, 2019

Fresh off last week’s election win, Herman Crain starts his first full week as chief of Muskoday First Nation.

Crain was a councillor for close to 30 years and a longtime member of the Muskoday Fire Department. He received almost 200 more votes than Sandi Leboeuf.

“The people gave me a lot of support, a strong mandate, and it’s up to me now,” Crain said.

Read More: https://panow.com/2019/03/25/muskoday-chief-pledges-action-on-poverty-and-improved-transparency/

ENMAX to Purchase Emera’s Operations in Maine for $1.3 Billion USD

Company Release – 03/25/2019 08:33

  • Purchase price of $959 million USD ($1,286 million CAD) for shares plus acquired debt, for total enterprise value of $1.3 billion USD ($1.8 billion CAD)
  • Fully achieves the targeted asset sale component of Emera’s three-year funding plan and proceeds will be used to support Emera’s capital investment opportunities within its regulated utility businesses and reduce corporate level debt
  • Marks the advancement of ENMAX’s growth strategy through the expansion of its regulated business operations in North America, leading to a 50% increase in regulated rate base
  • Transitions ENMAX to an approximately $8.0 billion (assets), deeply experienced regulated transmission and distribution utility operator with an excellent reputation for customer satisfaction, safety and reliability
  • Subject to certain conditions, including regulatory approvals, and anticipated to close late in 2019

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia & CALGARY, Alberta–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Emera Inc. (TSX:EMA) and ENMAX Corporation (ENMAX) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement in which Emera has agreed to sell to ENMAX its interest in Emera Maine, its regulated electric transmission and distribution company in Maine, for a purchase price of $959 million USD ($1,286 million CAD). Including the assumed debt, aggregate enterprise value is forecasted to be approximately $1.3 billion USD ($1.8 billion CAD) on closing.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190325005408/en/

This transaction is part of Emera’s previously announced three-year funding plan and together with the previously announced sale of its New England Gas Generation portfolio will, on closing, fully achieve the targeted asset sale component of the plan. Upon closing of these transactions Emera will have raised approximately $2.1 billion CAD of equity proceeds which will be used to reduce Emera corporate level debt and support its $6.5 billion CAD three-year regulated capital program.

“We are very pleased with the progress we’ve made on optimizing our portfolio and, upon closing, proceeds raised through select asset sales will give us greater financial flexibility as we fund our continued growth,” said Scott Balfour, President and CEO of Emera. “One of our priorities has been to identify a buyer for Emera Maine that has the technical skills, experience and financial strength to assure that our customers will continue to receive high quality, reliable service. ENMAX more than measures up on these essential qualities.”

This transaction reflects ENMAX’s strategy to grow through the expansion of its regulated utility business in North America, leveraging ENMAX’s established expertise in the provision of regulated transmission and distribution electricity services. The addition of approximately $900 million CAD in regulated rate base assets to ENMAX’s portfolio results in a 50 per cent increase in regulated rate base, with 70 per cent of ENMAX’s future cash flows being derived from regulated and non-commodity sources, providing stable, high-quality earnings to ENMAX. ENMAX is funding this transaction 100 per cent through debt. Inclusive of incremental transaction financing, this transaction will be immediately accretive to earnings and cash flow.

“Transmission and distribution utilities play a vital role in delivering essential electricity services to our homes, communities and businesses, and as electricity customer needs evolve, utilities like ENMAX and Emera Maine are adapting and investing to ensure customers continue to benefit from access to safe, reliable services,” says Gianna Manes, President and CEO of ENMAX. “The acquisition of Emera Maine is a complementary opportunity for ENMAX to grow our regulated utility business and enhance our connections with customers.”

Emera’s first investment outside Canada was Bangor Hydro in 2001. Together with Maine Public Service Company, purchased in 2010, they merged to form Emera Maine. Emera Maine is headquartered in Bangor and serves 159,000 customers in the northern part of the state.

“Our Maine investments have delivered consistent financial results over the past 18 years and have contributed greatly to Emera’s evolution into a North American energy leader. I want to thank the dedicated team at Emera Maine, who have continuously demonstrated their commitment to working safely and delivering for customers. ENMAX shares these commitments and values which will contribute to a smooth transition,” says Balfour.

“We recognize and appreciate the long-standing community roots, customer connections and history of service that Emera Maine offers,” says Manes. “We look forward to partnering with its capable and valued team to continue to serve Maine.”

The transaction is subject to certain conditions and obtaining regulatory approvals, including those of the Maine Public Utilities Commission, the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, and is anticipated to close late in 2019.

RBC Capital Markets acted as exclusive financial advisor to Emera on the transaction. Legal advisors to Emera were: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Verrill Dana LLP

CIBC Capital Markets acted as exclusive financial advisor to ENMAX on the transaction. Legal advisors to ENMAX were: Bracewell LLP; Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson, P.A.

About Emera

Emera Inc. is a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with approximately $32 billion CAD in assets and 2018 revenues of more than $6.5 billion CAD. The company primarily invests in regulated electricity generation and electricity and gas transmission and distribution with a strategic focus on transformation from high carbon to low carbon energy sources. Emera has investments throughout North America, and in four Caribbean countries. Emera’s common and preferred shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade respectively under the symbol EMA, EMA.PR.A, EMA.PR.B, EMA.PR.C, EMA.PR.E, EMA.PR.F and EMA.PR.H. Depositary receipts representing common shares of Emera are listed on the Barbados Stock Exchange under the symbol EMABDR and on The Bahamas International Securities Exchange under the symbol EMAB. Additional Information can be accessed at www.emera.com or at www.sedar.com.

About ENMAX

ENMAX Corporation, through its subsidiaries, makes, moves and sells electricity to residential, small business and large commercial customers and is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta with approximately $5.6 billion CAD in assets and revenues of $2.4 billion CAD in 2018. ENMAX Power Corporation owns and operates transmission and distribution infrastructure in Calgary and ENMAX Energy Corporation owns diverse generation facilities throughout the province. Through its subsidiaries, ENMAX offers a range of innovative energy solutions to over 669,000 customers across Alberta including electricity, natural gas, renewable energy and other services.

 

Emera Inc.
Investor Relations

Erin Power
902.428.6760
erin.power@emera.com

Media

Jeff Myrick
902.428.7172
jeff.myrick@emera.com

ENMAX Corporation
Investor Relations

Davin Kivisto
403.689.7255
dkivisto@enmax.com
For more information, visit www.enmax.com

Media

Gina Sutherland
403.689.6150
mediaroom@enmax.com

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Our Health Counts Survey Launched – 89.5 The Lake FM

March 25, 2019

A new health survey has been launched in the Kenora area.

The “Our Health Counts” project is targeted at indiginenous residents in the city and surrounding first nation communities.

Organizers says they hope to get as many as 900 surveys completed in the next year or so.

It’s hoped the survey results will give a more accurate count of the aboriginal population in the Kenora area and find out what their specific health needs are.

Read More: http://www.895thelake.ca/news/1987526730/our-health-counts-survey-launched

MNC: Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak – Women of the Métis Nation receive funding for Métis Women to participate in Community Development

March 22, 2019, Ottawa, ON – The Government of Canada has announced capacity funds to Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak – Women of the Métis Nation. The funding from The Department for Women and Gender Equality is for $250,000 over 3 years for a total of $750,000. It will assist Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak to develop human resource capacity to support initiatives of importance identified by Métis women specifically in the areas of governance and community participation.

This funding will provide much needed capacity to support the organization’s mandate which is to ensure that Métis women from across the Métis homeland are safe, connected, and empowered. It will also go towards engagement to link Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak with other Métis and Canadian organizations. The goal is to help create the conditions for strong Métis female participation throughout the Métis Nation to help build healthy, vibrant and productive communities.

Funding will go towards advancing Métis women into leadership roles in their communities, as well in positions of governance. An aim of the project is to raise the profile and voice of Métis women in areas where they can effect change like School Boards, Municipal Governance, and committees in Métis and mainstream governments.

“This funding is much needed for Métis women across the Métis Nation. It is part of a $100 million commitment to women’s issues across Canada. We are pleased to be recognized as a leader in our community”, says Melanie Omehiho, President of Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak – Women of the Métis Nation. “This funding will assist our goal which is to help Métis women overcome barriers that many do not realize exist. Giving Métis women the skills and confidence to join the public conservation and participate thoroughly, through a strong female Métis lens and proper skills training, is our number one priority. I would like to thank Minister Monsef for her commitment to this work.’

“Our government is committed to investing in women’s organizations, and Indigenous organizations serving women, because we know it is the most effective way to advance gender equality”, says Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Minister of International Development. “We are happy to announce stable and flexible funding to help the Women of the Métis Nation build capacity so they can grow and continue being a strong voice for Métis women across the country.”

“Congratulations to the women of the Métis Nation for their on-going advocacy” adds Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown – Indigenous Relations. “The Government of Canada is proud to work with you to advance the needs of Métis women from coast to coast to coast. We know that when women are seen and heard, they use their voices to the benefit of their families and entire communities.”

Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak – Women of the Métis Nation member organizations include women representation from the five Métis homeland provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. Through strategic planning, advocacy, enhancing internal operations through governance training and building and improving networks, our capacity to advance equality between Métis women and men, and Metis women and Canadian society will improve outcomes in the economic, social and democratic life of Metis women.

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For more information contact:

Lisa Pigeau
Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak – Women of the Métis Nation
613-404-4481

Or

Valérie Haché
Communications Officer
Department for Women and Gender Equality
819-420-8684

Or

Jessica Morrison
Office of Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
613-426-7122

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ATAC Resources Ltd. Closes Oversubscribed $3.68M Private Placement

March 22, 2019 – Vancouver, B.C. – ATAC Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: ATC) (“ATAC” or the “Company”) announces that it has closed the private placement announced on February 22, 2019. The private placement consisted of the sale of 10,507,143 flow-through units at a price of $0.35 per flow-through unit, each consisting of one flow-through common share and one-half (1/2) of a share purchase warrant, for gross proceeds of $3,677,500.05. Each whole warrant will entitle the holder to purchase one non-flow-through common share at a price of $0.425 until March 22, 2021.

The proceeds from the private placement will be used for further exploration at the Company’s Rackla Gold Property in central Yukon.

The Company paid cash finders’ fees totaling $133,875 and issued 382,500 finder warrants to arm’s-length parties, including PI Financial Corp., Canaccord Genuity Corp. and Haywood Securities Inc. in connection with the closing of this private placement. Each finder warrant has the same terms as the warrants forming part of the flow-through units disclosed above.

All of the securities issued pursuant to this private placement, including any shares that may be issued pursuant to the exercise of either the share purchase warrants forming part of the flow-through units or the finder warrants, are subject to a hold period in Canada until July 23, 2019.

About ATAC

ATAC is a Yukon-based exploration company focused on developing Canada’s only Carlin-type gold district and intrusion related polymetallic targets at the Rackla Gold Property. Work on the ~1,700 km2 property has resulted in the Osiris Project Inferred Mineral Resource of 1,685,000 oz of gold at an average grade of 4.23 g/t (in 12.4 Mt), a positive Preliminary Economic Assessment for the Tiger Gold Deposit and multiple base metal discoveries. ATAC is well-financed with approximately $14 million in working capital.

On behalf of Management and the Board of Directors of ATAC Resources Ltd.

Graham Downs, President and CEO

For further information, please contact:
Matthew Keevil, VP, Corporate Affairs
ATAC Resources Ltd.
T: 604-687-2522 ext. 260
mkeevil@atacresources.com

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Nunavik Inuit to revisit self-government based on Inuit values, heritage and language – Nunatsiaq News

March 25, 2019

Mary Simon appointed chief negotiator

Nunavik Inuit have given their birthright organization the go-ahead to enter into a new round of negotiations towards self-government.

Delegates passed a resolution to that effect last week at Makivik Corp.’s annual general meeting in Aupaluk.

And to guide that process, Makivik has appointed Mary Simon as the new chief negotiator of Nunavik self-determination and Inuit government, according to a March 21 news release.

It’s been eight years since Nunavimmiut voted on a proposed self-government model called the Nunavik Regional Government.

Read More: https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/nunavik-inuit-to-revisit-self-government-based-on-inuit-values-heritage-and-language/

Milton Logistics Hub Project — Review Panel Invites Public Comment on the Latest Information Request Responses

March 25, 2019 — The Review Panel established for the joint process for the review of the proposed Milton Logistics Hub Project is notifying participants that the Proponent, the Canadian National Railway Company (CN), has responded to Information Request packages 6 to 8.

The Review Panel now invites the public, Indigenous groups, governments and other participants to submit written comments on the sufficiency of CN‘s responses to Information Request packages 6, 7 and 8, following the Review Panel’s submission procedure (CEAR #523). Comments regarding the sufficiency of the responses are due by April 9, 2019.

Information Request packages 1 to 8 were prepared by the Review Panel in relation to CN‘s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and application to the Canadian Transportation Agency. The Review Panel previously held a comment period on CN‘s responses to Information Request packages 1-5.

CN‘s responses are available on the public registry with the following document numbers:

  • Package 6 – #714
  • Package 7 – #680
  • Package 8 – #705, #714, #722, #732

Comments or recommendations for additional information that have already been submitted to the Review Panel do not need to be sent again. All comments received will be considered public and will be posted to the online public registry.

The Review Panel will consider all comments received from participants when deciding whether it has received sufficient information to proceed to the public hearing. Once the Review Panel determines that the EIS contains sufficient information it will schedule and announce the public hearing. The Review Panel will provide a minimum of 60 days’ notice of the start of the public hearing.

Written comments in either official language should be sent by April 9, 2019 to:

Joseph Ronzio,
Panel Manager, Milton Logistics Hub Project
c/o Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor, Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
MiltonHubPanel.PoleMiltonCommission@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

The Proposed Project and the joint process for the review

The Canadian National Railway Company is proposing the construction and operation of a logistics hub, designed to transfer containers between trucks and railcars. The project would be located in Milton, Ontario on 400-acres of CN-owned land, and would include a railway yard with more than 20 km of track.

The joint process for the review of the Milton Logistics Hub was established to ensure an efficient single window process for the federal environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 and the collection of information that may be used for a potential decision on the project by the Canadian Transportation Agency. To find out more about the process and the Review Panel’s mandate see the Agreement between the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and the Chair of the Canadian Transportation Agency to establish the joint process for the review.

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Explore and recreate history with Photostories Canada, a new website created by the Canadian Photography Institute

March 22, 2019

  • Free online photography resource
  • More than 800 photostories from 1955 to 1971 available to view

The Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada is delighted to announce the official launch of its new website, Photostories Canada. Created in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada with funding from the Virtual Museum of Canada, it offers a searchable resource of more than 800 photostories created between 1955 and 1971 by the National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division. Photostories are made up of a selection of four to twelve photographs arranged on half a page or a full-page, accompanied by descriptive captions and a title.

“These photostories function as valuable historical resources that tell vital stories about Canada from the post-war era to the early seventies, an important period of development and growth for the country,” says Andrea Kunard, Associate Curator at the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada and Founder of Photostories Canada. “The stories often present an idealized image of Canada, which we encourage users to engage with critically. Thinking about the way we represented our country in the past gives us the opportunity to consider how we want it to be viewed in the future.”

From mining to medicine, religion to railroads, the photostories depicted charming scenes of small town life, promoted major events such as Expo ’67, and shared images of hopeful future Stanley Cup contenders. Themes included cultural, industrial, scientific and political highlights, offering Canadians from one part of the country an opportunity to learn more about people, places and events in another. For example, those living on the West Coast could find out about oyster fishermen living on Prince Edward Island, while farmers in southern Ontario could learn about the artistic production of Inuit artists in the Northwest Territories.

Using the photostories as inspiration, teachers, students, archivists, researchers, history buffs, journalists and the general public can also create their own photostory by using the website’s app. Choosing from a curated selection of engaging images, they can narrate their own imaginative stories. Teachers can discover ways to use Photostories Canada in their classroom by downloading a teacher’s guide and lesson plan from the website.

“One of the objectives of Photostories Canada is to make this archival material available to a variety of audiences,” explains Andrea Kunard. “Teachers can encourage students to engage with Canada’s history while gaining skills in critical thinking, the general public can connect with an extensive archive of photographs to study at their leisure, and academics can access a wealth of material for research, reference and inspiration.”

Photostories Canada features photostories in their original mat-release format – which made it easy for them to be shared and re-printed in magazines, newspapers, government documents and other publications – with approximately 500 written in English, of which 250 were then translated to French, as well as an additional 250 that were originally created in French and have been recently translated. Each share invaluable information, not only providing a record of the history of photojournalism in Canada, but also offering exceptional examples of documentary photography and shining a light on the many successful photographers working within the National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division. “This project showcases in striking ways the photographs of the NFB, in this case documentary images of high artistic and historic quality. These archives are a rich resource that must continue to be shared, and we thank our partners for having made them more accessible to Canadians. The entire population will benefit from a better understanding of our nation’s history,” said Claude Joli-Cœur Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board of Canada.

DISCOVER:  photostories.ca | FOLLOW: #PhotostoriesCanada

About the Canadian Photography Institute

The Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada is a creative and innovative centre dedicated to sharing, collecting, and questioning photography in all its forms. It brings people and communities together at the museum, online, and around publications to see, appreciate, and study photography. The Canadian Photography Institute was established in 2015 and officially launched in October 2016. Its collections build upon the National Gallery’s Photographs Collection. The Institute benefits from the unprecedented support of CPI’s Founding Partner Scotiabank, the Archive of Modern Conflict and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. For more information, visit: gallery.ca/cpi.

About Library and Archives Canada

As the custodian of Canada’s distant past and recent history, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is a key resource for all Canadians who wish to gain a better understanding of who they are, individually and collectively. LAC acquires, processes, preserves and provides access to our documentary heritage and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions. For more information, visit: bac-lac.gc.ca.

About the Virtual Museum of Canada

The Virtual Museum of Canada, managed by the Canadian Museum of History with the financial support of the Government of Canada, is the largest digital source of stories and experiences shared by Canada’s museums and heritage organizations. The Virtual Exhibits investment program helps Canadian museums and heritage organizations develop dynamic medium- to large-scale online products exploring Canadian history, heritage and culture. For more information, visit: virtualmuseum.ca.

About the National Film Board of Canada

The NFB is Canada’s public producer of award-winning creative documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences. NFB producers are embedded in communities across the country, from St. John’s to Vancouver, working with talented creators on innovative and socially relevant projects. The NFB is a leader in gender equity in film and digital media production, and is working to strengthen Indigenous-led production, guided by the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. NFB productions have won over 7,000 awards, including 20 Canadian Screen Awards, 18 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 100 Genies. To access NFB works, visit NFB.ca or download its apps for mobile devices.

About the National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada’s premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. In 2015, the National Gallery of Canada established the Canadian Photography Institute, a global multidisciplinary research center dedicated to the history, evolution and future of photography. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, visit gallery.ca and follow us on Twitter @NatGalleryCan, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

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For all media requests, please contact:

Geneviève Ménard
Media Relations Manager
613-990-1654 | gmenard@gallery.ca

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Opinion: Doug Ford’s repeal of the Far North Act won’t gain the respect of Indigenous communities – Globe and Mail

March 25, 2019

Dayna Scott is York University Research Chair in Environmental Law & Justice in the Green Economy and associate professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Environmental Studies.

Late last month, Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government confirmed that it plans to repeal the Far North Act, seeking to reduce “red tape” and increase “business certainty” in the Ring of Fire – a mineral deposit located near James Bay. While Premier Doug Ford is not the first to think he has found a key to unlocking the resource potential of Ontario’s north, this strategy is sure to backfire.

Read More: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-doug-fords-repeal-of-the-far-north-act-wont-gain-the-respect-of/

TransAlta Announces Strategic Investment by Brookfield Renewable Partners

Calgary, March 25, 2019 – TransAlta Corporation (“TransAlta” or “the Company”) (TSX: TA) (NYSE: TAC) announced today an investment by Brookfield Renewable Partners and its institutional partners (collectively “Brookfield”) that crystalizes the value of its Hydro Assets, enhances its financial position to execute its strategy, and accelerates the opportunity to return capital to shareholders. This investment will ensure TransAlta will transition to 100% clean energy by 2025.

Under the terms of the agreement, Brookfield will invest $750 million in TransAlta (the “Investment”) through the purchase of exchangeable securities (described below), which will be convertible into an equity ownership interest in TransAlta’s Alberta Hydro Assets in the future at a value based on a multiple of the future Hydro Assets’ EBITDA. In addition, Brookfield has committed to purchase TransAlta common shares on the open market to increase its share ownership in TransAlta to 9%. TransAlta will include two experienced Brookfield nominees, Harry Goldgut and Richard Legault, on its slate of directors for election at the upcoming 2019 Annual and Special Meeting of shareholders (the “2019 Meeting”). TransAlta and Brookfield intend to work together to complete TransAlta’s transition to clean energy, maximize the value of the Hydro Assets, and create long-term shareholder value.

TransAlta also announced today that Robert Flexon, former CEO of Dynegy, has agreed to stand for election at the 2019 Meeting, bringing with him critical leadership skills and experience from the independent power-producing industry in the US.

Investment Highlights

  • Significant $750 million capital injection – TransAlta will direct $350 million to advance the Company’s coal to gas transition strategy, up to $250 million to buy back shares over three years, and the remainder to advance the development of existing and new growth projects and for general corporate purposes. This funding, combined with internally generated cash flow, allows TransAlta to advance its coal-to-gas strategy, continue to grow, return some capital to shareholders, and meet its target of repaying the $400 million medium term notes due in November 2020.
  • Recognizes the future value of TransAlta’s Alberta Hydro Assets by valuing the company’s Hydro operations based on the higher cash flows expected to be generated following expiry of the Alberta power purchase arrangement in 2020, while still maintaining a majority ownership position and future upside for TransAlta and its shareholders.
  • Creates a long-term cornerstone shareholder – Brookfield’s long-term investment in exchangeable securities, combined with its share ownership in the Company, provides TransAlta with increased stability and support to execute on its strategy for the benefit of all shareholders.
  • Strengthens operating capabilities with the creation of a joint TransAlta/Brookfield operating committee with representatives from both companies to provide advice in connection with hydro operations to maximize the value of the Company’s Hydro Assets.
  • Accelerates return of capital to shareholders through the Company’s commitment to return up to $250 million to shareholders through share purchases within three years by way of a substantial issuer bid (“SIB”) or through the normal course issuer bid program.
  • Adds extensive renewables experience and expertise to the TransAlta Board of Directors – the addition of Harry Goldgut and Richard Legault will enhance and complement the current mix of skills, experience and tenure on the TransAlta Board.

RBC Global Asset Management Inc., TransAlta’s largest shareholder at 12.4%, is supportive of the strategic Investment and has committed to supporting TransAlta’s slate of director nominees at the upcoming 2019 Meeting.

“Brookfield’s investment is a strong endorsement of TransAlta’s strategy and future value,” said Dawn Farrell, President and Chief Executive Officer. “By crystallizing the value of our Hydro Assets, we can accelerate the return of capital to shareholders and invest in coal to gas conversions and strategic gas and renewable developments, while still meeting our goal to reduce senior indebtedness to $1.2 billion by the end of 2020. With Brookfield as a cornerstone shareholder, we are well positioned to invest in our business and increase value for shareholders.”

“We are pleased to partner with TransAlta to accelerate its transition to clean energy and support value creation for all shareholders,” said Sachin Shah, CEO, Brookfield Renewable Partners.  “We look forward to contributing our capabilities, particularly our long-term expertise in the hydro sector, to enable the company’s growth over the long-term.”

Ambassador Gordon Giffin, Chair of the Board of TransAlta, said, “In addition to capital and operating expertise, we are adding deep industry experience, expertise and fresh perspectives to our Board. Mr. Goldgut, Mr. Legault and Mr. Flexon have impressive track records in renewable energy, thermal energy, infrastructure and value creation in rapidly evolving electricity markets. Together, we will work to ensure TransAlta’s success as we transform the company into a clean energy leader.”

Harry Goldgut is a Vice Chair in Brookfield’s Renewable Power and Infrastructure Groups. Mr. Goldgut has played a key role in the acquisition of the majority of Brookfield’s renewable power assets and has been involved in the restructuring of the electricity market in Ontario as a member of the Electricity Market Design Committee and the Clean Energy Task Force.

Richard Legault is a Vice Chair in Brookfield’s Renewable Power Group and served as the CEO of Brookfield Renewable Partners until August 2015. During his 28 years at Brookfield, Mr. Legault led the development and expansion of Brookfield’s renewable business in North and South America, and Europe. He also served as CFO at Brookfield Asset Management from 2000 to 2001.

Robert Flexon was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dynegy Inc. from 2011 until its acquisition by Vistra Energy Corp. in April 2018. Dynegy was a U.S. independent power producer engaged in the operation of power generating facilities and was previously listed on the NYSE.

Investment Details & Use of Proceeds

In concluding that the Investment is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders, the TransAlta board of directors received the recommendation of its independent special committee formed to evaluate and oversee the negotiations of the transaction and the analysis and advice from its financial advisor, CIBC World Markets Inc., and its legal advisor, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP.

Key terms of the agreement include:

  • The Investment will occur in two tranches, $350 million at closing, expected in May 2019, in the form of Exchangeable Debentures, and $400 million at a second closing in October 2020 in the form of Redeemable Preferred Shares (together, the “Exchangeable Securities”). Both securities will have an annual coupon rate of 7.0% and will be convertible into an equity interest in an entity holding the hydro assets after December 31, 2024.
  • After December 31, 2024, Brookfield has the right to exchange the Exchangeable Securities into an equity ownership interest in an entity to be formed that will hold the Company’s Alberta Hydro Assets, as follows:
    • The value of the Hydro Assets will be calculated based on a multiple of 13 times the average annual EBITDA generated by the Hydro Assets less $10 million per year of sustaining capex over the most recent three fiscal years prior to conversion, less an adjustment for tax, calculated in the manner specified in the exchangeable security provisions (“Hydro Assets’ EBITDA”).  The maximum equity interest Brookfield can own with respect to the Hydro Assets is 49%. Based on the Company’s estimates of the Hydro Assets’ future EBITDA, Brookfield’s $750 million is expected to convert into an approximately 30 – 35% interest in the entity holding the Hydro Assets.
    • If Brookfield’s ownership interest is less than 49% at conversion, Brookfield has a one-time option payable in cash to increase its ownership to up to 49%, exercisable up until December 31, 2028, and provided Brookfield holds at least 8.5% of TransAlta’s common shares. Under this top-up option, Brookfield will be able to acquire an additional 10% interest in the entity holding the Hydro Assets, provided the 20-day volume-weighted average price (“VWAP”) of TransAlta’s common shares is not less than $14 per share prior to the exercise of the option, and up to the full 49% if the 20-day VWAP of TransAlta’s common shares at that time is not less than $17 per share.
    • To the extent the value of the Investment would exceed a 49% equity interest, Brookfield will be entitled to receive the balance of the redemption price in cash.
  • If Brookfield chooses not to exercise its right to exchange its Investment as outlined above, TransAlta has the right after December 31, 2028 to redeem for cash all or any portion of the Exchangeable Securities for the original subscription price, plus any accrued but unpaid interest or dividends payable, provided the minimum proceeds to Brookfield for each redemption (other than the final redemption) is not less than $100 million and provided all Exchangeable Securities must be redeemed within 36 months of the first optional redemption.
  • Brookfield has agreed to increase its equity ownership in TransAlta from its current position of approximately 4.9% of the outstanding common shares, to 9% on the open market over two years following closing of the transaction, provided Brookfield is not obliged to purchase common shares of TransAlta at a price of more than $10 per share.
  • TransAlta has paid a non-refundable structuring fee of $7.5 million (1%) of the Investment to Brookfield on signing of the investment agreement. TransAlta has also agreed to pay an additional $15 million (2%) commitment (the “Commitment Fee”) upon closing of the first tranche of the Investment.
  • While Brookfield owns the Exchangeable Securities, it has the right to nominate two members for election to the TransAlta Board at each annual meeting of shareholders. If Brookfield’s nominees to the Board are not elected at the 2019 Meeting or any subsequent meeting, Brookfield’s obligation to increase and maintain its holding of common shares at 9% and its standstill and lock-up obligations (described below) will be suspended until the date that its nominees are elected or appointed to the Board.
  • Brookfield has agreed to standstill commitments for a three-year period from the date the first tranche is funded, with customary exceptions. It has also agreed to vote in favour of the Company’s director nominees and in accordance with any recommendations of the Board at any meeting of the shareholders of the Company, for a minimum of three years and subject to extension for so long as it has nominees on the Board.
  • Brookfield has also agreed to a lock-up which prohibits the sale of common shares or Exchangeable Securities, subject to certain exclusions, until December 31, 2023.
  • The Redeemable Preferred Shares are perpetual and will rank on equal footing with respect to all existing series of first preferred shares of the Company with respect to distributions and liquidation preference. The Exchangeable Debentures have a 20-year term, are unsecured and will rank subordinate to all existing and future secured and senior unsecured indebtedness of the Company, including the Company’s existing credit facility. The Company’s obligations under the Exchangeable Securities will not be guaranteed by any of its subsidiaries.
  • TransAlta and Brookfield will form a joint operating committee, for a period of six years, focused on optimizing the operations and maximizing the value of the Hydro Assets. The committee will consist of two Brookfield members, who are not nominees to the Board, with expertise in hydro facility management and two TransAlta members. Brookfield will receive a management fee of $1.5 million per year for six years as compensation for its work on the committee. TransAlta has the option to extend this arrangement for an additional two years.
  • The Investment is expected to close three business days after TransAlta’s 2019 Meeting, scheduled for April 26, 2019. The transaction is subject to certain customary closing conditions. In addition, if two or more directors (excluding the Brookfield nominees) are elected as directors at the 2019 Meeting who are not among the Company’s nominees recommended in the Company’s proxy circular for election to the Board at the 2019 Meeting, then the Company may elect to delay the first funding to a date that is not later than the 30th day following the date of the 2019 Meeting. If the Company elects to not proceed with the Investment, upon payment of the Commitment Fee, the agreement automatically terminates, and no party will have any liability to the other.
  • In accordance with good governance practices, the Board established a special committee of independent directors, comprised of Ambassador Gordon Giffin, Alan Fohrer and Beverlee Park (the “Special Committee”), to review, consider, and evaluate the proposed Investment, and make recommendations to the Board. The Special Committee and, ultimately, the full Board, unanimously concluded that the Investment is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders.
  • In connection with evaluating and negotiating the proposed Investment and determining that the Investment is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders, the Special Committee and the Board considered a number of factors and received and relied on analysis and advice provided by CIBC World Markets Inc. and Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP.CIBC’s advice included an analysis of (i)  the material financial terms of the proposed Investment, taking into account recent precedent transactions and comparable financings, securities or other transactions having features similar to the Investment, the implied value attributable to the equity interests in the Hydro Assets entity upon exchange of the Exchangeable Securities in certain circumstances, and the pro forma impact of a potential substantial issuer bid,  (ii) TransAlta’s funding options and capital needs, (iii) specific alternatives for the Company’s coal to gas conversion strategy, (iv)  other broader funding requirements, and (v) pro forma credit metrics arising from the financing alternatives considered and credit rating considerations.

Further Information

Additional details about the proposed Investment by, and TransAlta’s strategic arrangement with, Brookfield will be available in the Company’s material change report, available on www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov by March 26, 2019. A copy of the Investment Agreement will be included with the material change report. This press release is only a summary of certain principal terms of the Investment and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the more detailed information contained in our material change report and the Investment Agreement. Shareholders are urged to read those materials carefully.

As previously announced, the Company’s annual general and special meeting of shareholders is scheduled to be held at 10:30 a.m. (Calgary time) on April 26, 2019 at the TELUS Convention Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Shareholders are not being asked to take any action with respect to the 2019 Meeting at this time. The Company anticipates filing and mailing its Notice of Annual and Special Meeting and Management Proxy Circular for the 2019 Meeting by April 1, 2019, which will include full information concerning management’s proposed nominees for election to the TransAlta Board.

Conference Call Details

TransAlta will hold a conference call and webcast at 7:00 a.m. MDT (9:00 a.m. EDT) today, March 25, 2019, to discuss the strategic investment.  The call will begin with a short address by Dawn Farrell, President and CEO, followed by a question and answer period for investment analysts and investors.  Please contact the conference operator five minutes prior to the call, noting “TransAlta Corporation” as the company and “Sally Taylor” as moderator.

Dial-in numbers:

Toll-free North American participants call: 1-888-231-8191

Outside of Canada & USA call: 1-647-427-7450

A link to the live webcast will be available on the Investor Centre section of TransAlta’s website at http://www.transalta.com/powering-investors/events-and-presentations. If you are unable to participate in the call, the instant replay is accessible at 1-855-859-2056 (Canada and USA toll free) with TransAlta pass code 3238069 followed by the # sign. A transcript of the broadcast will be posted on TransAlta’s website once it becomes available.

About TransAlta Corporation:

TransAlta owns, operates and develops a diverse fleet of electrical power generation assets in Canada, the United States and Australia with a focus on long-term shareholder value. We provide municipalities, medium and large industries, businesses and utility customers clean, affordable, energy efficient, and reliable power. Today, we are one of Canada’s largest producers of wind power and Alberta’s largest producer of hydro-electric power. For over 100 years, TransAlta has been a responsible operator and a proud community-member where its employees work and live. TransAlta aligns its corporate goals with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and we have been recognized by CDP (formerly Climate Disclosure Project) as an industry leader on Climate Change Management. We are also proud to have achieved the Silver level PAR (Progressive Aboriginal Relations) designation by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

For more information about TransAlta, visit our web site at transalta.com.

For more information:

Investor Inquiries: Media Inquiries:
Sally Taylor Phone: 1-855-255-9184
Manager, Investor Relations Email: ta_media_relations@transalta.com
Phone: 1-800-387-3598 in Canada and U.S.
Email: investor_relations@transalta.com

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Dal Faculty of Health, Medicine Team Publishes CMJA Study Linking Income Inequalities, Mental Health Issues in Indigenous groups – Dal News

March 25, 2019

Indigenous peoples in Canada have high rates of psychological distress, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts, and these mental health issues are linked to income inequalities, found a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Suicide is a major cause of death among First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, with rates two to three times higher than in non-Indigenous Canadians.

“We found persistent and substantial income-related inequalities in psychological distress and suicidal behaviours among Indigenous peoples living off-reserve in Canada, including status First Nations, non-status First Nations, Métis and Inuit,” says Dr. Mohammad Hajizadeh, School of Health Administration, Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Read More: https://www.dal.ca/faculty/health/news-events/news/2019/03/25/dal_faculty_of_health__medicine_team_publishes_cmja_study_linking_income_inequalities__mental_health_issues_in_indigenous_groups.html

Sault College Students Raise Funds Despite Government Cuts – SaultOnline.com

Ada Crowder and Ahmad Alkosani, two Soo College students representing WUSC (World University Service of Canada), hosted the Soo College Mutli-Cutural party this past Friday.

Featuring Syrian, Chinese, Indigenous, and Indian cultures, multiple performances proudly displaying the background of each cultural were demonstrated inside of Odeno, the on campus restaurant and bar.

Above is a video from the event, where ONNtv spoke to Ada and Ahmad about the importance of these events.

Read More: https://saultonline.com/2019/03/sault-college-students-raise-funds-despite-government-cuts/

Pauktuutit Inuit Women: Response to the Federal Budget

March 22, 2019

OTTAWA – Following an initial review of the Government of Canada’s budget released on March 19, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada is concerned about a lack of details on some items and the omission of others.

“While we are encouraged by some of the commitments promised in this budget ‒ funding the National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy, an Inuit-led post-secondary education strategy, and funding for improved health and social services for Inuit children within Inuit Nunangat ‒ we are concerned about the lack of details and silence on other issues,” said Rebecca Kudloo, President. “There is no action on the longstanding and urgent need for violence prevention and emergency shelters across the Arctic. And we expected to see a stronger GBA+ lens used when determining priorities so that’s disappointing.”

For years, Pauktuutit has heard from countless women that Inuit-specific healing programs are necessary to improve the safety of Inuit women – women who are 14 times more likely than other Canadians to experience violence. The announcement that the Government of Canada supports the creation of a much-needed mental health and substance abuse treatment facility in Nunavut is notable. Pauktuutit is anxious to hear specific details like when it would begin providing services and the financial resources it would have to ensure sustainability and positive long-term outcomes.

President Kudloo added, “Inuit are resourceful and innovative and when we have the tools we need, our communities can thrive. The government specifically identifies ‘Strong Arctic and Northern Communities’ in this budget. A strong Arctic will only come when Inuit women are heard, safer, and empowered.”

Media Requests

Tania Budgell

Director of Communications

communications@pauktuutit.ca

T: 613-238-3977 ext. 239

C: 613-316-8943

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Federal finance minister visits Calgary as protesters rally for pipelines – Globalnews.ca

March 25, 2019

As Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau promoted the federal budget inside Calgary’s Fairmont Palliser hotel on Monday, protesters shouted “pipelines for Canada” across the street.

Signs read “Kill Bill C-69” in black lettering over a yellow background with Uma Thurman’s Bride character plastered on.

Bill C-69 would change how projects such as oil and gas pipelines are reviewed.

Non-partisan pro-oil group Canada Action organized the protest in hopes the minister will hear their pleas for energy sector support — specifically, getting the Trans Mountain project off the ground.

Read More: https://globalnews.ca/news/5093562/bill-morneau-calgary-pipeline-protesters/

AgraFlora Organics Increases Ownership Position in Propagation Services Canada Inc.

Vancouver, British Columbia / March 20, 2019 – AgraFlora Organics International Inc. (“AgraFlora”) (the “Company”) (CSE: AGRA) (Frankfurt: PU31) (OTCPK: PUFXF), a growth oriented and diversified international cannabis company, is pleased to announce it is acquiring an additional 10% of the shares of Propagation Services Canada Inc. (“PSC”) for $14 million payable by common shares of AgraFlora at a price of $ 0.68 per share, equivalent to 20,588,235 common shares. The transaction has been agreed to in principle and approved by both boards of directors of AgraFlora and PSC. Following the transaction, the ownership of PSC will consist of AgraFlora as to 60%, the Houwelings Partnership Group as to 30% and the investors of Delta Organics Cannabis Corp. (“DOCC”) as to 10%.

“It is important for AgraFlora to continue to have a majority stake in the joint venture company Propagation Services Canada,” said Derek Ivany, President and CEO of AgraFlora. “The Delta Greenhouse Complex will become our marquee facility with 2.1 million square feet of greenhouse space and 100,000 square feet in production facilities. Progress on the retrofit continues to be on target and we expect to submit our licensing application video to Health Canada by the end of June.”

AgraFlora is issuing common shares at $0.68 per share which is an approximate 53% premium to the shares paid to DOCC at $0.445 for its 20% purchase of PSC, as announced in November 2018. The 10% acquired by AgraFlora comes from four shareholders of PSC who have shown confidence in the AgraFlora management team by converting their PSC shares into shares of AgraFlora. This is an arm’s length transaction and no finder’s fees are to be paid.

Upon closing the final $20 million payment of a previously announced financing, DOCC will receive an additional 10% from AgraFlora and AgraFlora will remain the majority shareholder with a 50% ownership position of PSC, with the Houwelings Partnership Group with 30% and the investors of DOCC with 20%. AgraFlora’s 50% ownership of PSC will entitle it to 50% of the annual estimated production of 250,000,000 grams from the Delta Greenhouse Complex.

Company 2020 Estimated Annual Current Market
Capacity (in grams) Capitalization (in CAN)
1 Aurora Cannabis 700,000,000 $9,363,165,980
2 Canopy Growth Corp. 525,000,000 $21,086,608,500
3 Aphria 255,000,000 $3,431,750,100
4 AgraFlora & PSC* 250,000,000 $274,616,000
5 Tilray 225,000,000 $9,363,165,980
6 The Green Organic Dutchman 195,000,000 $1,487,491,200
7 Cronos Group 150,000,000 $9,449,098,000
8 OrganiGram Holdings 113,000,000 $1,359,645,800
9 Hexo Corp. 108,000,000 $1,936,048,000
10 CannTrust Holdings 105,000,000 $1,375,432,800

(*2021, data source: public filings, company estimates, Motley Fool, Marijuana Index)

About Propagation Services Canada Inc.

Propagation Services Canada is a joint venture company focused on the cannabis flower and propagation market in Canada. Its Delta Greenhouse Complex covers approximately 2.2 million square feet and is one of the most technologically advanced greenhouses in North America, with an experienced staff, full propagation services, advanced HVAC, lighting and water systems and its own 8.8 MW powerplant.

About AgraFlora Organics International Inc.

AgraFlora Organics International Inc. is a growth oriented and diversified company focused on the international cannabis industry. It owns an indoor cultivation operation in London, ON and is a joint venture partner in Propagation Service Canada Inc. and its large-scale 2,200,000 sq. ft. greenhouse complex in Delta, BC. The Company has a successful record of creating shareholder value and is actively pursuing other opportunities within the cannabis industry. For more information please visit: www.agraflora.com.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Derek Ivany
President & CEO

For additional information:
AgraFlora Organics International Inc.
Tim McNulty
E: ir@agraflora.com
T: (800) 783-6056

For French inquiries:
Maricom Inc.
Remy Scalabrini
E: rs@maricom.ca
T: (888) 585-MARI

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Youth building birch bark canoe at Saugeen – Owen Sound Sun Times

March 25, 2019

Local First Nations youth are being taught valuable lessons about their past through the construction of a birch bark canoe at Saugeen First Nation.
For the past two-and-a-half weeks a group of eight youth have been working with a team of builders to construct the birch bark canoe from scratch in the workshop at the Saugeen First Nation Employment and Training Centre.
The 16-foot canoe is being constructed the same ways their ancestors would have, with hand tools to cut and shape the wood, and all the same materials, including birch, maple, cedar and spruce, with spruce roots to lash it together and spruce gum to make it watertight.

Read More: https://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/news/local-news/youth-building-birch-bark-canoe-at-saugeen

Daily sunrise ceremony ‘very powerful’ for Mi’kmaq elder – CBC

‘I can feel my ancestors telling me … “Greet the sun.”‘

Mar 25, 2019

It started with a teenaged boy’s question to his grandfather, and now Mi’kmaq elder Junior Peter-Paul feels the weight of his ancestors pushing him to greet the sunrise every day.

Peter-Paul burns sage for a smudge ceremony, turns to the east, beats the drum and sings as the sun rises over Charlottetown Harbour. The location can change, but the ceremony remains the same.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-mi-kmaq-sunrise-ceremony-1.5070152

Canada Welcomes Interest in Indigenous Economic Opportunities in Proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project

From: Department of Finance Canada

March 25, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

Today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau issued the following statement regarding Indigenous economic participation in the Trans Mountain Expansion Project:

“Since re-initiating Phase III consultations on the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project (the Project), the Government of Canada has heard interest from Indigenous groups in participating economically in the Project, including through equity and revenue sharing. The Government welcomes the interest, and hopes to engage on that topic, in the event that the Government decides to approve the Project. This was communicated to Indigenous groups involved in the consultation process earlier this month.

“Our Government’s focus remains on the continuing Phase III consultations that are actively underway with over 117 Indigenous groups that are potentially impacted by the Project.

“In the event of the Governor in Council making a decision to approve the Project, we would be committed to exploring the possibilities of Indigenous economic participation in the Project with Indigenous groups, should that be of interest.

“We have proposed that the exploratory discussions be guided by the following principles:

  • That the potentially impacted Indigenous communities could have an opportunity for meaningful economic participation in the Project;
  • That the participation of Indigenous groups could help the economic development of their communities in keeping with the spirit of reconciliation;
  • That the Government invested in the Trans Mountain Corporation to benefit all Canadians; and,
  • That the Project would be built and operated on a commercial basis.

“The Department of Finance would lead exploration of this topic. Our Government has been clear that no relationship is more important to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples—one based on respect, cooperation, partnership and the recognition of rights.”

Contacts

Media may contact:

Pierre-Olivier Herbert
Director of Media Relations
Office of the Minister of Finance
pierre-olivier.herbert@canada.ca
613-369-5696

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

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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Environmental Assessment For Road Into Ring Of Fire Begins – CKDR.net

March 25, 2019

An environmental assessment is underway on a road leading from Webequie First Nation to the Ring of Fire mining development.

Charles Cirtwell, President of the Northern Policy Institute, notes construction won’t start for at least another year, because those doing the work want to make sure it’s done right.

Cirtwell stresses all groups need to be heard from, but there’s also the landscape to deal with.

He notes in the past some groups were left out of the assessment, which caused problems.

Read More: http://ckdr.net/news/768671961/environmental-assessment-road-ring-fire-begins

Concert and launch of the 2018 Qilaut

To mark the end of Uqausirmut Quviasuutiqarniq, the Department of Culture and Heritage, invites Iqalummiut to the launch and concert of the 2018 Qilaut compilation album. Qilaut was created to celebrate Nunavut’s vibrant Inuktut music scene, and promote the use of Inuktut in daily life.

This year’s theme is Nunavutaaqsimaliqtilluta (20th Anniversary of Nunavut). Winners will perform their songs on:

  • Friday, March 29 at the Frobisher Inn’s Koojesse South from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m. at the same venue. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.

Join us in celebrating Nunavut’s annual Inuktut songwriting contest! Free copies of the album are available at Department of Culture and Heritage (Trigram building 903), or they can be downloaded at: www.ch.gov.nu.ca.

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Media Contact:

Elizabeth Allakariallak Roberts
Communications Officer
Department of Culture and Heritage
867-975-5543
EARoberts@gov.nu.ca

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Conestoga College: Community members share experiences during Truth and Reconciliation event

March 25, 2019

Community members share experiences during Truth and Reconciliation event

On March 15, Conestoga’s Aboriginal Services and Student Engagement teams hosted the college’s third annual Truth and Reconciliation event. Held at the Doon campus, the event welcomed members of the Conestoga community for a full-day of presentations that focused on the theme “Truth and Reconciliation in our backyard: What are you doing to contribute in your home or community?”

Christina Restoule, manager of Aboriginal Services, began the day with a discussion on the importance of the Indigenous Education Protocol which was signed at the college in October 2018. The protocol includes seven guiding principles to address the learning needs of Indigenous peoples and to support self-determination and socio-economic development of Indigenous communities.

Other presenters were drawn from the community and included elder Tauni Sheldon and Jennifer Parkinson, president of the Grand River Metis Council, who both touched on their own experiences as Indigenous women.

“What we’re doing today is important because my son’s grandchildren and generations to come need to have these conversations, need to be able to talk in an open and truthful way, need to understand the true history — not what I grew up with in grade in school,” explained Sheldon who was taken from her Inuit community as a baby during the 60s scoop — a time when thousands of Indigenous children were removed from their families without consent.

“Let’s start with reconciliation and truth in our backyard — it starts with us. You have to understand your own history,” added Parkinson, who didn’t learn she was Metis until she was almost 40. “It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday … every day is an opportunity to make things better.”

Keynote speaker Eddy Robinson shared his journey as an Indigenous student. Born and raised in Toronto, it was not until his adult years that he began to learn about and understand his father’s experience at residential schools. Over the last 25 years he has worked and advocated for Indigenous communities across Canada.

“It’s not fair to us that we don’t know our own story,” said Robinson. “How are we supposed to form relationships based on misconceptions?”

He called on the college community, and its individual members, to review the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s calls to action and to find ways to practise them.

Conestoga’s Be-Dah-Bin Gamik, a Place of New Beginnings, provides services for Indigenous students at Conestoga, including those who are First Nations (status and non-status), Metis and Inuit. It is a welcoming environment that assists students with a smooth transition to college life by providing ongoing support. Services include social and cultural events and activities, un-traditional counselling services and Elders-in-Residence programs.

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