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Fears & Facts -Leader-Post

Fears & Facts

It’s illuminating to look behind the statistics that resulted in Regina’s unwanted title as the “Murder Capital of Canada”

The Leader-Post
Published: Friday, October 19, 2007

For the majority of Reginans, the scary numbers and sombre headlines just don’t add up.

The city is again “murder capital” of Canada?

It sure doesn’t feel like it in upscale neighbourhoods like Wascana View, Richmond Place or Albert Park.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=54dbe656-dae2-4ae3-b5d7-296af9ad741a

by NationTalk on October 19, 20071133 Views

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Time to end rights exemption – Regina Leader-Post

Time to end rights exemption

Calgary Herald
Published: Friday, October 19, 2007

When the federal Tories announced in Tuesday’s throne speech that they intend to push forward with Bill C-44, which would bring First Nations communities under the Canadian Human Rights Act, the TV cameras registered a shocked expression on Phil Fontaine’s face.

Fontaine, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, has consistently opposed the repealing of Section 67 of the Act, which for years has contained a First Nations exemption.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=8091d3a3-875b-48b7-8ce0-457fbe27fed4

by NationTalk on October 19, 2007860 Views

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Aboriginals’ rights said violated – Regina Leader-Post

Aboriginals’ rights said violated

Kerry Benjoe, Leader-Post
Published: Friday, October 19, 2007

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) says the human rights of First Nations people are being violated.

“In a country as free and democratic as Canada, First Nations citizens are the only ones who don’t have full access to basic, fundamental human rights that other Canadians enjoy,” said Chief Patrick Brazeau on Thursday.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=bef4080c-2e7d-447f-8230-1a6edf7fa8ab

by NationTalk on October 19, 20071005 Views

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Court decision favours Metis fishing year-round – Regina Leader-Post

Court decision favours Metis fishing year-round

Anne Kyle, Leader-Post
Published: Friday, October 19, 2007

The Metis Nation Saskatchewan is calling for the creation of a provincewide agreement that recognizes and respects Metis harvesting rights.

“It is time for the government of Saskatchewan to sit down and honourably negotiate an agreement with the MNS that recognizes and accommodates Metis harvesting rights throughout the province, rather than continuing to charge and prosecute Metis harvesters at great expense to our people and Saskatchewan taxpayers,” Metis Nation Saskatchewan president Robert Doucette told reporters on Thursday. “We call upon the leaders of both the NDP and the Saskatchewan Party to make such a commitment to the Metis people during this election campaign.”

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=b2558925-16a3-4923-84ed-4ed9993a727f

by NationTalk on October 19, 2007933 Views

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Feathers, sequins and the noble white man (The Globe and Mail)

Artist Kent Monkman explores the Old World’s view of aboriginal culture through painting and performance

SARAH MILROY
From Friday’s Globe and Mail
October 19, 2007 at 5:28 AM EDT

The studio of Toronto artist Kent Monkman is a study in cultural cross-pollination. On the table in the middle of the space, an assistant is making a ceremonial feather headdress to Monkman’s exacting specifications (black and white feathers with pink trim and sequins), regalia that will be used in his performance at the Royal Ontario Museum tonight. The desk nearby is scattered with correspondence and notes, and a selection of well-thumbed art history books are propped open here and there for easy reference, many of them marked with slips of paper.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071019.wmonkman19/BNStory/Entertainment/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20071019.wmonkman19

by NationTalk on October 19, 2007847 Views

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Global warming threatens world, says Nobel prize nominee -Red Deer Advocate

Global warming threatens world, says Nobel prize nominee

By SUSAN ZIELINSKI
Oct 18 2007

Nobel prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier says the time is now to battle climate change.

“Climate change is as terrifying as any war. If we don’t do something in the next little while it will cost as many lives as war,” Watt-Cloutier told the Advocate after she spoke to a crowd of about 300 people at the Red Deer College Arts Centre on Wednesday.

http://www.reddeeradvocate.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=107&cat=59&id=1085855&more=0

by NationTalk on October 19, 2007716 Views

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Government to ferry cottagers around native blockade -CBC

Government to ferry cottagers around native blockade

Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 3:17 PM CT
CBC News

The Manitoba government is providing boats to ferry people to their cottages on the east side of Lake Winnipeg this weekend to avoid road blockades set up by the Hollow Water First Nation.

The First Nation has said it will also let some cottagers through one of several blockades set up a month ago on roads in the area around Manigotagan, about 180 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/10/18/hollow-water.html?ref=rss

by NationTalk on October 19, 2007880 Views

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Cottagers To Boat Around Blockades -CJOB

Cottagers To Boat Around Blockades
OCT 18 2007 03:20 PM

Cottagers affected by the blockades on the Hollow Water First Nation are going to the boats.

The Department of Conservation is using boats to take cottagers around the blockades to winterize their cabins starting this weekend.

http://www.cjob.com/news/news_xml.aspx?src=loc&rem=77336

by NationTalk on October 19, 2007773 Views

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UN special envoy to shine spotlight on housing in Toronto -Toronto Star

UN special envoy to shine spotlight on housing in Toronto

Visit part of fact-finding mission across Canada that has, so far, shown `stark, disturbing’ situation

Oct 18, 2007 04:30 AM
Joanna Smith
Staff Reporter

A United Nations special envoy set to arrive in Toronto as part of an investigation into the standard of housing across Canada says the evidence he has seen so far is “very stark and very disturbing.”

Miloon Kothari, the UN’s special rapporteur on adequate housing, arrives in Toronto tonight as part of a two-week investigation in Canada that focuses on housing for women and aboriginals, homelessness and the impact the 2010 Olympic Winter Games will have on housing in Vancouver.

http://www.thestar.com/article/268114

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Taking a stand on poverty -Toronto Star

Taking a stand on poverty
Millions around the world participate in `stand up’ backing U.N. goals to reduce hunger, homelessness

Oct 18, 2007 04:30 AM
Kristin Rushowy
Education Reporter

The students at St. Monica Catholic School joined millions around the world yesterday to stand up against poverty.

“We see it in our community and a lot of students shrug it off,” said 12-year-old Robert Fekete after an assembly at his Markham elementary school. “A lot of students don’t like to think about it.”

http://www.thestar.com/article/268112

by NationTalk on October 19, 2007760 Views

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Canada’s sizzling mining industry to face shortage of 90,000 workers in decade -CBC

Canada’s sizzling mining industry to face shortage of 90,000 workers in decade

Published: Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 5:53 PM ET
Canadian Press: Ross Marowits, THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – A decade after they toiled through the lean years, miners are the new rock stars of Canada’s industrial workforce.

Surging commodity prices, strong demand for metals from the growing Asian economies and an anticipated flood of retirements by experience miners has ensured recruits get lots of lovin’ from admiring suitors.

http://www.cbc.ca/cp/business/071018/b1018125A.html

by NationTalk on October 19, 2007793 Views

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Ones to watch -Winnipeg Free Press

Ones to watch
Young natives feted for their success

Thu Oct 18 2007
By Alexandra Paul

THEY’RE bright, ambitious and a credit to us all.
Fourteen young aboriginals will be honoured at a gala dinner tonight for their accomplishments in education, business, traditional culture and the arts.

Anishnaabe Oway-Ishi Inc., an employment agency, is hosting the awards at the Winnipeg Convention Centre for teenagers and young adults for the 14th year in a row.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/life/story/4059762p-4663903c.html

by NationTalk on October 19, 2007834 Views

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Reward would spur ‘highway of tears’ case, MLA says -Globe and Mail

Reward would spur ‘highway of tears’ case, MLA says

KRIS SCHUMACHER
The Canadian Press
October 18, 2007

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. — North Coast MLA Gary Coons has called on the Solicitor-General to attach a reward to the cases of missing and slain women along the so-called ‘highway of tears.’

Last week, RCMP said they have officially doubled the list of women, brought the timeline back to 1969 and expanded the geographical scope of the investigation farther south.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071018.HIGHWAY18/TPStory/?query=ABORIGINAL

by NationTalk on October 19, 2007837 Views

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Former Liberal minister broke lobbying rules, NDP says -Globe and Mail

Former Liberal minister broke lobbying rules, NDP says

DIRK MEISSNER
The Canadian Press
October 18, 2007

VICTORIA — The Opposition New Democrats filed a conflict-of-interest complaint yesterday against former Liberal cabinet minister Graham Bruce and the current B.C. cabinet, including Premier Gordon Campbell.

The NDP’s conflict complaint says Mr. Bruce broke conflict rules because he lobbied cabinet members on behalf of aboriginals in his former Vancouver Island riding shortly after his election defeat.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071018.LOBBYIST18/TPStory/?query=ABORIGINAL

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Work begins on Porcupine caribou plan as report points to decline -CBC

Work begins on Porcupine caribou plan as report points to decline

Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 5:29 PM CT
CBC News

Biologists and aboriginal and government leaders began meeting in the Northwest Territories Thursday to create a new management plan for the Porcupine caribou herd, just as a new Arctic report revealed that some caribou herds are shrinking.

Meeting in Inuvik, government and aboriginal officials from the Yukon and Northwest Territories discussed the state of the herd and how to develop a caribou harvest management strategy.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/18/north-caribou.html

by NationTalk on October 19, 2007810 Views

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In Solidarity Against the Treaty -The Vancouver 24 Hours

In solidarity against the treaty
Penn and her paper

By SEAN HOLMAN

High-profile federal Liberal candidate Briony Penn is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with aboriginal leaders opposed to the Tsawwassen First Nation final agreement (physically speaking, at least). Earlier this week, Penn, a prominent environmentalist, was spotted attending a protest at the legislature against that agreement – and the treaty process as a whole.

http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/News/2007/10/18/4584984-sun.html

by NationTalk on October 18, 2007765 Views

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Nunavut Premier Frustrated with Throne Speech’s ‘Mixed Signals’ -CBC

Nunavut premier frustrated with throne speech’s ‘mixed signals’
Government address made no committment to devolution, Okalik says

Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 9:12 AM CT
CBC News

The federal government’s throne speech made mention of the North, but Nunavut Premier Paul Okalik said it still discouraged him because it did nothing to help his territory gain control over its own affairs.

“I must say for our government, it was not that encouraging,” Okalik said Wednesday, the day after Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean delivered the speech in Ottawa.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/18/nu-speech.html

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Project tackles high amputation rates for aboriginal diabetics -CBC

Project tackles high amputation rates for aboriginal diabetics

Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 12:28 PM CT
CBC News

Health officials are working to determine why aboriginal diabetics in Manitoba are much more likely to have a limb amputated than other people with the disease.

The rate of diabetes among aboriginal people in the province is four to five times higher than the general population, says Tracy Scott of the Ontario-based St. Elizabeth Health Care, which is conducting the study.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/10/18/diabetes-amputations.html

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First Nations activist says courts lacks authority to try him -The London Free Press

First Nations activist says courts lacks authority to try him

Thu, October 18, 2007
By CP

CAYUGA — A First Nations activist arrested at a Caledonia building site last month is challenging a Cayuga court’s authority to try him on criminal charges, including counts of mischief, assaulting police and robbery.

Skyler Williams, 24, is among a number of Six Nations Haudenosaunee people currently before the courts who believe Canadian law doesn’t apply to them because they belong to a sovereign nation with its own laws and customs.

http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/CityandRegion/2007/10/18/4585331-sun.html

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Tribes defend Bruce over conflict, lobbying claims -Times Colonist

Tribes defend Bruce over conflict, lobbying claims
Cowichan leaders deny any improprieties in lobbying efforts by ex-cabinet minister

Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2007

Leaders of the Cowichan Tribes say their business dealings with former Liberal cabinet minister Graham Bruce are above board and treaty funds were never used to pay for Bruce’s lobbying efforts.

Allegations that Bruce, who has worked as a consultant since losing his seat in 2005, violated lobbying and conflict-of-interest rules while working for the band and that treaty support funds were misused are part of a campaign by opponents to discredit the Cowichan Tribes administration and the Liberal provincial government, general manager Ernie Elliott said yesterday.

http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=71a9530d-0892-484e-80ee-b60112f5e0d1

by NationTalk on October 18, 2007783 Views

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Labrador Inuit ponder ban on uranium mining -CBC

Labrador Inuit ponder ban on uranium mining
Nunatsiavut resources minister hopes to develop new policy

Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 6:35 AM CT
CBC News

Labrador’s Inuit assembly is considering a motion that would ban uranium mining on land it governs.

Aurora Energy is hoping to develop a uranium mine near the coastal Labrador community of Postville within the next decade.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/18/uranium-inuit.html

by NationTalk on October 18, 2007830 Views

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Film salutes missing aboriginal women -Leader-Post

Film salutes missing aboriginal women

Kerry Benjoe, Leader-Post
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2007

One Saskatoon-based film maker believes everyone needs to know about the more than 500 missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada so he produced a documentary called, Stolen Sisters.

“We thought this was a story that was important,” said the film’s director and producer Antonio Hrynchuk.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=39bd0a7b-e2b3-437c-820a-20e99376c6fc

by NationTalk on October 18, 2007803 Views

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Plight of Poor, First Nations “National Disgrace” -The Chronicle Herald

Plight of poor, First Nations “national disgrace”
Forget tax cut, boost social programs, activists tell Ottawa

By COLIN PERKEL The Canadian Press
Thu. Oct 18 – 6:25 AM

TORONTO — Widespread poverty in Canada, particularly among aboriginal peoples, is tarnishing the international reputation of a country that considers itself a moral beacon to the rest of the world, activists told a union-led rally Wednesday.

Speakers at the event in Toronto, one of several around the globe to mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, assailed Prime Minister Stephen Harper for planning to cut taxes rather than invest in public services that help ensure social justice.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Canada/966590.html

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First Nations focus must be on economy: chief -Regina Leader-Post

First Nations focus must be on economy: chief

Bruce Johnstone, Saskatchewan News Network; Regina Leader-Post
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2007

REGINA — First Nations people need to become full participants in the economy or remain a burden on the province’s taxpayers, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Lawrence Joseph said Wednesday.

“The studies indicate that Indian people are a social burden to taxpayers of Saskatchewan and Canada,” Joseph told a Regina Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/business/story.html?id=ea9a5dd7-697c-4a8f-ac3d-954b3369082e

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Chief Receives Second Mandate -The Powell River Peak

Chief receives second mandate

Laura Walz — Peak Editor
10/17/2007

Paul re-elected to head tribal council that provides economic and governance advice

Tla’Amin (Sliammon) First Nation Chief Walter Paul has been elected for a second term as chairman of the Naut’su mawt Tribal Council.

The organization includes the first nations of Chemainus, Halalt, Homalco, Klahoose, Malahat, Nanoose, Sliammon, Snuneymuxw, Tsawwassen and Tsleil-Waututh.

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18929405&BRD=1998&PAG=461&dept_id=499599&rfi=6

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NS has highest tuition in Canada – ChronicleHerald.ca

N.S. has highest tuition in Canada — StatsCan

By The Canadian Press
Thu. Oct 18 – 10:38 AM

Nova Scotia is once again at the top of the list when it comes to the high cost of university tuitions.

Statistics Canada says the average tuition in the province sits at $5,878 a year.

The national average is $4,524 a year.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/9004370.html

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Native protester challenging the court – AM900 CHML

Native protester challenging the court

Oct, 18 2007 – 5:00 AM

CALEDONIA (AM900 CHML) – One of the aboriginal protesters arrested on the Stirling Woods building site in Caledonia last month is now challenging the court’s authority to try him on criminal charges.

24-year old Skyler Williams is facing a raft of charges, including robbery, assaulting a police officer and mischief.

http://www.900chml.com/news/news_local.cfm?cat=7428218912&rem=77285&red=80121823aPBIny&wids=410&gi=1&gm=news_local.cfm

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Organized crime linked to Labrador drug bust: RCMP – CBC

Organized crime linked to Labrador drug bust: RCMP

Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 7:29 AM NT
CBC News

RCMP say they have made the largest marijuana bust in Labrador’s history, and say the bust is connected to organized crime.

Officers in Happy Valley-Goose Bay showed off more than eight kilograms that had been seized from a house in the town. Police said the stash, enough to make about 40,000 joints, could have netted a potential street value of about $160,000.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2007/10/18/labrador-bust.html

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Fraser fishery dispute divides racial groups – The Province

Fraser fishery dispute divides racial groups

Brian Lewis, The Province
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2007

We’re sitting at the kitchen table in longtime commercial fisherman Richard Nomura’s Ladner home, where he’s telling me why the Japanese-Canadian Fishermen’s Association feels strongly that Canada’s native-only fishery violates the Charter of Rights.

“These government-sponsored racial programs in the commercial fishery have reopened old wounds,” he says.

http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=9c7603b5-9192-4816-bb14-66c1aa134781

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New guidelines promote sustainable lobster fishery for Mi’kmaq – ChronicleHerald.ca

New guidelines promote sustainable lobster fishery for Mi’kmaq

Thu. Oct 18 – 6:07 AM

ESKASONI — A First Nations research organization released new guidelines this fall to promote sustainable lobster fishing in the Mi’kmaq community.

The Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources published the new plan, which kicked in with the Sept. 15 fishing season. It encourages anglers to go back to the traditional First Nations hunting principles, such as netukulimk, in their food, social and ceremonial fishery practices.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/966569.html

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Violent crime on the rise – Canada.com

Violent crime on the rise

Meagan Fitzpatrick , CanWest News Service
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2007

Canada’s murder rate was down 10 per cent last year — to 605 — but the rate of youth aged 12 to 17 accused of homicide was at its highest point since 1961, according to the latest numbers from Statistics Canada.

A total of 84 young people were accused of murder in 2006, a dozen more than in 2005. The number of victims killed by a youth however, remained virtually unchanged.

http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story.html?id=53990c28-72a8-4949-8533-c1a818020f92&k=95708

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Send Ottawa health bill: Karwacki – StarPhoenix

Send Ottawa health bill: Karwacki
Says First Nations health costs federal duty

Veronica Rhodes, Saskatchewan News Network; Regina Leader-Post
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2007

REGINA — Since the federal Conservative government is unwilling to negotiate with Saskatchewan on equalization, David Karwacki says Ottawa should be billed $1.1 billion for failing to meet its obligation to First Nations people.

The leader of the Saskatchewan Liberals said Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the 12 Conservative MPs from the province reneged on their equalization promise to Saskatchewan. In turn, they must be held accountable for their constitutional responsibility to the province’s First Nations people.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/story.html?id=066dda23-aa95-402a-96d6-07ba77b2636e

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Hunger strikers make their point – The Chronicle Journal

Hunger strikers make their point

By BRYAN MEADOWS
Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A week-long hunger strike by two First Nation educators has raised awareness about a lack of federal funding for education on remote aboriginal communities in Northwestern Ontario.

“That was what we wanted,” Dean Cromarty said Wednesday, adding, however, that there is overall disappointment about the federal government response to the protest.

http://www.chroniclejournal.com/stories_local.php?id=70451

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Casino gives to cancer centre – Winnipeg Sun

Casino gives to cancer centre

A major contribution by a First Nations-owned casino is slated to help the development of a new cancer centre.

Yesterday, the First Nation owners of the South Beach Casino and officials from Victoria General Hospital delivered details for the $100,000 contribution.

http://winnipegsun.com/News/Manitoba/2007/10/18/4585033-sun.html

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Manpower mining shortage looming -NOB

Manpower mining shortage looming

By NICK STEWART

The mining industry can expect massive labour shortages and ongoing project delays if steps are not taken to curb the shortfall of nearly 100,000 professionals in Canada within the next decade, according to a senior manager with the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM).

“It’s a serious problem, and it’s going to be difficult to address,” John Mason, senior manager, Ontario Geological Survey (OGS), says.

http://www.nob.on.ca/industry/mining/10-07-manpower.asp

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End `disgrace’ of poverty, union rally hears -Toronto Star

End `disgrace’ of poverty, union rally hears

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Widespread poverty in Canada, particularly among aboriginal peoples, is tarnishing the international reputation of a country that considers itself a moral beacon to the rest of the world, activists told a union-led rally today.

Speakers at the event in Toronto, one of several around the globe to mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, assailed Prime Minister Stephen Harper for planning to cut taxes rather than invest in public services that help ensure social justice.

http://www.thestar.com/article/267926

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Action needed on poverty -Toronto Star

Action needed on poverty

Oct 17, 2007

Around the globe today, millions of people will join rallies as part of the United Nations’ International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Across Canada, there will be more than 300 events, including a major rally in Toronto at Metro Hall where social activists, union members and others will urge federal, provincial and municipal politicians to do more to eliminate unacceptable poverty levels in our midst.

http://www.thestar.com/article/267731

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Tapping into contracts just a keystroke away -Globe and Mail

Tapping into contracts just a keystroke away
Users can search by category and register to bid on website listing requests for tenders from across Canada

IAN HARVEY
Special to The Globe and Mail
October 17, 2007

Five years ago, Barry Payne sat down in his basement at 5 a.m. and peered wearily at his computer, driven by a dream and an idea to be in business for himself.

For six weeks or more it had been the same routine: Up before dawn and log on to the MERX Canadian Public Tenders online website, which carries information about requests for tenders from Canadian and U.S. governments and companies.

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Liberal Bruce accused of lobbying violations -Times Colonist

Liberal Bruce accused of lobbying violations

Lindsay Kines and Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist
Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Former labour minister Graham Bruce “called in his credits” with ex-cabinet colleagues to help the Cowichan Tribes obtain money that then paid his salary, NDP Leader Carole James alleged in the legislature yesterday.

Relying on purported minutes of meetings of the Cowichan Tribes Treaty Committee, the NDP accused Bruce in question period of violating the lobbyist and conflict-of-interest acts. The minutes also indicate that the undisclosed amount of money initially used to pay Bruce — who lost his seat in 2005 and now runs a consulting business — was Treaty Support Funding, which is supposed to be used only for treaty purposes.

http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=7025e25e-df83-4967-886c-b944afba09a9

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Small operations are the key for natives, chief says -Globe and Mail

Small operations are the key for natives, chief says

DIANNE RINEHART
Special to The Globe and Mail
October 17, 2007

‘Small business is the No. 1 economic driver in every province,” says Chief Clarence Louie, of B.C.’s Osoyoos Indian Band. “It’s no different for aboriginal communities.”

Chief Louie’s people prove his point. In the past decade, the south Okanagan band, with a population of only 450, has built an impressive business portfolio – including the award-winning Nk’Mip Cellar winery, a four-star hotel, and desert golf course – with annual budgets in excess of $17-million.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071017.SRSMBIZAB17/TPStory/?query=ABORIGINAL

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Faces in PM’s gallery help illustrate Tory agenda -Globe and Mail

Faces in PM’s gallery help illustrate Tory agenda

JANE TABER
From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail
October 17, 2007 at 4:42 AM EDT

Last night an RCMP officer’s grieving widow sat alongside the Prime Minister’s wife in the Senate chamber and listened to a speech that could be the prelude to an election.

The image of this young woman, Jodie Worden, in the Prime Minister’s gallery above the Senate floor was a powerful one. She had buried her husband, Chris, the day before in a funeral broadcast on national television.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071017.wtaber17/BNStory/National/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20071017.wtaber17

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Praise, protests greet Tsawwassen treaty -Peninsula News

Praise, protests greet Tsawwassen treaty

By Tom Fletcher
Black Press
Oct 17 2007

Tsawwassen First Nation chief Kim Baird made a rare guest speech to the B.C. legislature Monday, telling MLAs that the cash and land settlement in the new treaty deal gives her people the tools they need to create a healthy, independent and viable community.

Baird was greeted with a standing ovation from a packed chamber, with all but two MLAs applauding B.C.’s first-ever urban treaty settlement. Bulkley Valley-Stikine B.C. Liberal MLA Dennis MacKay and Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA Mike Sather stood quietly, indicating the opposition that has already caused Sather to be suspended from the NDP caucus. Theirs may be the only two votes opposing the enabling legislation for the treaty, the first to be reached after 14 years of talks with federal and provincial officials under the B.C. Treaty Commission.

http://www.peninsulanewsreview.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=24&cat=23&id=1084301&more=0

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Chief gears up for life under microscope -Globe and Mail

Chief gears up for life under microscope

JUSTINE HUNTER
October 17, 2007

VICTORIA — Since she was a teenager, Tsawwassen Chief Kim Baird has been consumed with negotiating a treaty for her community. Now as that treaty approaches completion, she is changing gears, from bargaining to building a new government.

About 20 potential projects are on her desk. There are administrative laws to be drafted, an economic model for sharing resources to be chosen. Land-use planning sessions and infrastructure negotiations fill her calendar.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071017.BCBAIRD17/TPStory/?query=ABORIGINAL

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Seed money gives wing to aboriginal ventures -Globe and Mail

Seed money gives wing to aboriginal ventures
Federal program nurtures entrepreneurs where expertise and capital are in short supply

DIANNE RINEHART
Special to The Globe and Mail
October 17, 2007

Ten years ago, Sean McCormick was a 23-year-old Métis student enrolled in Manitoba’s Aboriginal Entrepreneurial Training Program with an idea, a business plan and a dream.

Today, he’s the owner of Blue Moose Clothing Company, the biggest manufacturer of mukluks in Canada, and possibly in the world. The Winnipeg company’s annual domestic and international sales have soared to the seven figures, from first-year sales of $170,000, and Mr. McCormick employs 25 people, many of them aboriginal.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071017.SRSMBIZABOR17/TPStory/?query=ABORIGINAL

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Street tells real story about poverty, official says -Globe and Mail

Street tells real story about poverty, official says

STEPHANIE LEVITZ
The Canadian Press
October 17, 2007

VANCOUVER — He’s only halfway through a national tour examining homelessness in Canada, but a UN official says the truth about the issue is disturbing and far worse than statistics suggest.

Miloon Kothari arrived in what’s commonly known as Canada’s poorest postal code yesterday as part of his two-week trip through Canada as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing.

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Roland promises ‘stronger approach’ as N.W.T. premier -CBC

Roland promises ‘stronger approach’ as N.W.T. premier

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 | 11:46 AM MT
CBC News

Shortly after becoming the N.W.T.’s newest leader on Wednesday, Floyd Roland promised a tougher stance in relations with the federal government.

Elected members in the territory chose Roland, the MLA for Inuvik Boot Lake in the northern part of the territory, as its 10th premier in a secret ballot vote that morning.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nwtvotes2007/story/2007/10/17/nwt-premier.html

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Arctic warming threatening caribou, northern wildlife -CBC

Arctic warming threatening caribou, northern wildlife
Largest declines of caribou in Canada, Alaska, Yukon expert says

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 | 2:34 PM CT
The Associated Press

The Arctic is under increasing stress with warming temperatures changing wildlife habitat and local climate conditions, researchers said Wednesday.

The amount of sea ice has fallen below previous record low levels, caribou herds are declining in many areas and permafrost is melting, according to the annual update of the State of the Arctic report.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/17/science-arctic-stateof.html

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Throne speech’s northern focus ‘a good start’: Inuit leader -CBC

Throne speech’s northern focus ‘a good start’: Inuit leader

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 | 9:50 AM CT
CBC News

The head of the national Inuit organization says she can work with the Conservative government’s throne speech, which moves beyond a military focus on Arctic sovereignty to broader measures to help northerners.

The throne speech, delivered to Parliament on Tuesday evening, promised among other things a world-class scientific research station in the Arctic and a “northern strategy” that would focus on economic and social development.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/17/north-speech.html

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Band intends to develop farmland, chief says -Globe and Mail

Band intends to develop farmland, chief says

JUSTINE HUNTER
October 17, 2007

VICTORIA — The Tsawwassen First Nation’s first land-use plan, expected to be completed next spring, should lay the groundwork to develop farmland adjacent to the Roberts Bank container terminal, Chief Kim Baird said yesterday.

Today, the 207 hectares of protected farmland is growing fall crops of turnips, beans and grains.

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Harper seems to have ignored us,: Chief Paul – The Nova Scotia Business Journal

BY MONIQUE CHIASSON, TRANSCONTINENTAL MEDIA
The Nova Scotia Business Journal

Tuesday night’s federal throne speech has provoked a mixture of reaction locally. Millbrook Chief Lawrence Paul said he’s disappointed with the speech and feels natives were all but forgotten.

“It didn’t say too much about Aboriginal People. It makes me feel once again the plight of native people is being left out … once again any hopes we had have been dashed,” said Paul. “I was apprehensive going into it; I didn’t expect too many goodies.”

Paul was disappointed the throne speech did not include financial provision for native economic development and education as well as addressing high tuition rates. “There’s nothing to improve (our) standard of living. Harper seems to have ignored us.”

http://www.novascotiabusinessjournal.com/index.cfm?sid=72065&sc=107

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