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David Suzuki Foundation 2009 Federal Budget Analysis

January 28, 2009

“Although this budget has some pockets of green spending, overall it represents a missed opportunity for the government to position Canada as a leader in the green economy of the future. Contrast this with what our major trading partner, the U.S., is doing under President Barack Obama. President Obama just announced $55 billion in immediate green stimulus spending. Meanwhile, less than five per cent of Canada’s budget is allocated to immediate green stimulus spending.”

Peter Robinson, CEO, David Suzuki Foundation

by NationTalk on January 30, 2009680 Views

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FedNor Mandate Strengthened – Budget 2009 Good News for Northern Ontario

OTTAWA, Ontario, January 28, 2009 — On Tuesday, in the Government’s federal Budget – Canada’s Economic Action Plan – FedNor got a boost to help continue to support the growth and prosperity of communities and small businesses in Northern Ontario.

The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for FedNor, says the Government has demonstrated its commitment to Northerners by strengthening FedNor’s mandate of regional economic development in Northern Ontario.

by NationTalk on January 30, 2009913 Views

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Iroquois Caucus says Budget Falls Short in Meeting Necessary Needs

OTTAWA, Jan. 29 – The federal budget represents a missed opportunity by the Government of Canada to strengthen its relationship with First Nations, according to the Iroquois Caucus which represents seven Iroquois communities comprising a total combined membership of over 60,000.

by NationTalk on January 30, 2009626 Views

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Minister Releases Consultation Material for Board Reform Initiative

YELLOWKNIFE (January 29, 2009) – An information package describing the proposed approach to regional service boards has been released by the Honourable J. Michael Miltenberger, lead Minister for the Refocusing Government Strategic Initiative Committee. This information will be the basis of consultation and the development of detailed implementation plans.

by NationTalk on January 29, 2009503 Views

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North-western Ontario First Nation initiative – Two Feathers Forest Products receives attention in Federal Budget

Two Feathers Forest Products initiative involving Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation, Pikangikum First Nation, and Eagle Lake First Nation in North-western Ontario receives attention in Federal Budget

(Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation, Ontario, January 28, 2009) “Momentum is growing – and we are well on our way,” are the words used by Terry Favelle (President, Two Feather Forest Products and Wabigoon Lake Ojibway First Nation – Councillor). This is how she described the benefits of the attention both the federal and provincial governments are paying to the Two Feather Forest Products (TFFP) project. “A mention in yesterday’s federal budget and a funding announcement two weeks ago by the Ontario Minister of Northern Development and Mines has come at the right time.”

by NationTalk on January 29, 2009743 Views

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Prime Minister Highlights Building Investments that will Create Jobs

Economic Action Plan will create jobs today, and build a stronger foundation for the jobs of tomorrow.

29 January 2009
Ottawa, Ontario

Roads, bridges, highways, tunnels, rail links, broadband Internet access, border crossings, colleges and universities are all among the projects that will benefit from the $12 billion in infrastructure funding contained in the Harper Government’s Economic Action Plan.

by NationTalk on January 29, 2009518 Views

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Federal Budget Leaves Urban Aboriginal Peoples Out In The Cold!

Ottawa, January 28, 2009 – For Immediate Release

With approximately 70 percent of Aboriginal People living off-reserve, the federal budget announcement of $2.075 Billion in funding for social housing contains nothing to address the deplorable housing conditions and homelessness among Aboriginal Peoples living in cities and rural areas across Canada.

by NationTalk on January 29, 2009980 Views

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CPhA: Budget Support for Electronic Health Records and Aboriginal Health Important Contributions

Ottawa, Ontario –(Jan. 28, 2009) – The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) welcomes the investments outlined in the federal budget for meeting the commitment to provide Canadians with electronic health records and to invest in the health of aboriginal people.

by NationTalk on January 29, 2009585 Views

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Federal Government Falls Short in Supporting and Enhancing the Role of Canada’s Volunteers

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January 28, 2009

OTTAWA – While focusing on critical components of our nation’s infrastructure – from environmental sustainability and community support to skills training for the unemployed and Aboriginal Canadians, the federal government’s Budget 2009 has fallen short in recognizing the overarching role that volunteers play in implementing these goals and driving our nation’s economy.

by NationTalk on January 29, 2009711 Views

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MAC Encouraged by Budget Measures Aimed at Economic Stimulus

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Ottawa, January 28, 2009 – The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) views the Federal Budget 2009, tabled yesterday, as being appropriate for the times. Investments in infrastructure, as well as providing greater access to credit, are positive steps in addressing the economic downturn.

by NationTalk on January 29, 2009685 Views

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MABC Supports a Reasoned Budget for Challenging Times

Vancouver, British Columbia –(Jan. 28, 2009) – The Mining Association of BC expressed its support for the 2009 federal budget, which includes a number of measures designed to stimulate Canada’s struggling economy.

by NationTalk on January 28, 2009612 Views

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Federal Fiscal Blueprint Dodges Health Concerns

Early release. Published at www.cmaj.ca on Jan. 28, 2009.

The rhetoric seemed as rushed as the economic plan.

Kickstart. Quick fix. Immediate action. Even, enabling quick protective action. Some such form of hasty wording could be found on virtually every page of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s 2009/10 fiscal blueprint or in virtually every utterance made by federal officials during yesterday’s background briefings on the new Canadian budget.

by NationTalk on January 28, 2009613 Views

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Premier’s Statement on the Aboriginal Business Awards

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Jan. 28, 2009

Office of the Premier

VANCOUVER – Premier Gordon Campbell released the following statement today to congratulate the winners of B.C.’s first-ever Aboriginal Business Awards.

“I would like to extend my personal congratulations to all the recipients of these prestigious new awards.

by NationTalk on January 28, 2009567 Views

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Federal Stimulus Budget Invests in Arts and Culture

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Montreal, January 27th 2009 – The Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) welcomes the injection into the arts and culture sector as part of the 2009 Federal Stimulus Budget. Of this, $100 million will go into the Arts Presentation Canada program and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, which support arts festivals. Another $60 million is dedicated to the Cultural Spaces Canada program, which supports infrastructure projects such as construction and renovation of cultural spaces. Over the next 2 years the Canadian Television Fund will receive $200 million and the Canada New Media Fund will receive 28.6 million.

by NationTalk on January 28, 2009668 Views

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Budget Good News for EMR Use, not for MD Shortage: CMA

January 28, 2009
By Patrick Sullivan

The CMA has given the new federal budget high marks for its attempt to boost the use of electronic medical records (EMRs) but it is disappointed by its failure to acknowledge the country’s physician shortage.

by NationTalk on January 28, 2009625 Views

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The National Association of Friendship Centres Left Behind in the 2009 Federal Budget

For Immediate Release

OTTAWA, ON, January 27, 2009 – The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) is disappointed by today’s Federal Budget 2009 announcement. As Canada’s largest Aboriginal service delivery infrastructure, the NAFC is most disturbed by the Government of Canada’s complete lack of interest in one of the most vulnerable populations in Canada – Aboriginal people living in urban Centres.

by NationTalk on January 28, 2009589 Views

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CHA/Budget 2009: Contributing to the Well-Being of Canadians

Ottawa, Ontario –(Jan. 27, 2009) – Our country is facing serious economic challenges for the first time in many years. The Canadian Healthcare Association (CHA) is pleased that several of the initiatives announced in today’s federal budget will contribute to Canadians’ well-being.

by NationTalk on January 28, 2009565 Views

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Investments in Health & Research Infrastructure Transformational, Funding for Science Needs Attention

OTTAWA, Jan. 27 – The Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations (ACAHO), congratulates the federal government on its series of infrastructure investments through Canada Health Infoway ($500 million) and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI – $750 million).

by NationTalk on January 28, 2009618 Views

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REALTORS(R) Welcome Federal Housing Initiatives in stimulating Canadian Economy

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) welcomes the federal government initiatives to stimulate economic growth outlined in the 2009 budget, especially those that will encourage home ownership in Canada. The Association applauds the government for recognizing the economic importance of the housing industry in some of the budget measures.

by NationTalk on January 28, 2009573 Views

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AFN National Chief Says Federal Budget Fair on Infrastructure – But Needs to Do More for First Nations

OTTAWA, Jan. 27 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine stated that today’s federal budget includes some positive measures for First Nations but needs to do much more to strengthen First Nations economies which, in turn, benefits all Canadians.

by NationTalk on January 28, 2009704 Views

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National Inuit Leader Gives Mixed Review to Federal Budget

Media Release
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, today responded to the federal government budget for 2009-2010 announced in the House of Commons.

by NationTalk on January 28, 2009609 Views

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Economic Stimulus Funds must Flow to First Nations Communities as soon as Possible

For Immediate Release
January 27, 2009

Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – Although today’s federal budget falls well short in committing the investments needed close the wide social and economic gaps faced by First Nations communities, there are clear and positive signs that the federal government recognizes that investing in First Nations infrastructure makes economic sense for everyone. It is imperative that the funds identified flow to communities on an urgent basis.

by NationTalk on January 28, 2009557 Views

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Federal Budget Shows Promise as First Step Toward Closing the Gap

WEST VANCOUVER, Jan. 27 – Today’s federal budget includes welcome and overdue measures that, if implemented, could allow First Nations to at least start addressing historic issues that have left them among Canada’s most disadvantaged, BC Regional Chief A-in-chut (Shawn Atleo) said.

by NationTalk on January 28, 2009613 Views

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CHRA Reacts to Social Housing Spending in Federal Budget

OTTAWA, Jan. 27 – The Conservative government has released its budget, including an economic stimulus package which injects an additional 2.075 billion dollars into Canada’s affordable housing sector over two years. $1 billion will be spent on renovations and retrofits to social housing, which could include energy efficiency retrofits. Significantly, this funding is contingent on matching funding being provided by provinces and territories.

by NationTalk on January 28, 2009556 Views

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NAN Response to Federal Budget

THUNDER BAY, ON, Jan. 27 – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy expressed cautious optimism that federal funding for infrastructure improvements will begin to address the growing crisis faced by NAN First Nation communities following today’s release of the Government of Canada’s budget by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.

by NationTalk on January 28, 2009624 Views

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First Nation Leader Responds to Budget

Investments in social housing ‘a good start’, Beaucage

OTTAWA, Jan. 27 – The federal budget certainly wasn’t reflective of First Nations expectations, nor close to what was offered by the First Ministers at Kelowna, but the budget does need to address overall economic uncertainty according to Grand Council Chief John Beaucage. He also called the government’s investment in on-reserve social housing “a good start”.

by NationTalk on January 28, 2009660 Views

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The Fraser Institute: “Irresponsible” Federal Budget Caters to Special Interests and Leaves Future Taxpayers With a Legacy of Debt

Vancouver, British Columbia –(Jan. 27, 2009) – Today’s federal budget turns back the clock on Canada’s past sound fiscal management and sets the nation back down the path of massive deficits and increased debt, said Niels Veldhuis, Fraser Institute senior economist.

by NationTalk on January 28, 2009600 Views

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Budget 2009 Full Document & Conservative Government Aboriginal Overview

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Conservative Government Aboriginal Overview

Aboriginal Canadians
An essential part of Canada’s training efforts is fostering partnerships with Aboriginal groups and the private and public sectors to ensure that Aboriginal Canadians get the skills and training they need to play a larger role in the labour market, and to help them make the most of employment opportunities.

To continue to support this partnership-based approach, Budget 2009 will provide an additional $200 million over three years to support Aboriginal skills development and training. This funding will enhance the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership initiative and create a new fund.

by NationTalk on January 27, 20092297 Views

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Release of The Fiscal Monitor

Ottawa, January 27th, 2009
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Related document:
The Fiscal Monitor – November 2008

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for November 2008.

Highlights

November 2008: budgetary surplus of $15 million

There was a budgetary surplus of $15 million in November 2008, compared to a surplus of $0.5 billion in November 2007. Budgetary revenues were down $0.8 billion, or 3.9 per cent, from November 2007, reflecting lower corporate income tax, goods and services tax (GST) and sales and excise tax revenues. Program expenses decreased by $38 million, or 0.2 per cent, compared to November 2007, reflecting increases in transfer payments offset by a decrease in other program expenses. Public debt charges decreased by $0.2 billion compared to November 2007.

by NationTalk on January 27, 2009600 Views

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Budget 2009: Canada’s Economic Action Plan

Ottawa, January 27, 2009
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The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today tabled a comprehensive budget plan to stimulate economic growth, restore confidence and support Canadians and their families during a synchronized global recession.

by NationTalk on January 27, 2009961 Views

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Federal Budget – The First Nations are in Dire Need of Pressing Investment for Housing, Job Creation and Education

WENDAKE, QC, Jan. 27 – The Chief of the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), Ghislain Picard, is expecting a budget that will take into account the past commitments of the government, a budget that really answers the pressing needs of Quebec’s First Nations. “Faced with the countless challenges and problems that overburden us, the federal government has the duty to act. We will not accept once again to be neglected by the measures that will be announced today”, stated the Chief.

by NationTalk on January 27, 2009965 Views

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Remarks for panel discussion on The Need for Criminal Justice Reform at Re-inventing Criminal Justice: a beginning conversation by Deputy Director General Steven Chabot, President – January 23, 2009

Good morning, distinguished colleagues.

It is an honour to be invited to this “beginning conversation”, and to represent the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. This Symposium is an important opportunity for practitioners in the criminal justice system to speak candidly and openly about the future of the criminal justice system. Each of us here today is a leader in his or her field and it rests with us, those who work daily within the system, to demonstrate leadership within our sectors and within the overall criminal justice system, to seek opportunities to improve, to find effectiveness and efficiency. I applaud each of you for taking time from what I know are very busy schedules to join in this “beginning conversation”. I congratulate the organizing committee for their efforts in bringing us all together.

by NationTalk on January 27, 2009619 Views

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Michael Shapcott on Housing

WI backgrounder: $2.075 billion for housing in Tuesday’s federal budget;
Will the feds deliver quickly on new affordable housing investments?

The federal government is busily leaking all sorts of details about Tuesday’s federal budget – a sharp departure from the usual secrecy that surrounds spending plans – and the latest “leak” from federal housing minister Diane Finley in the Sunday Toronto Star sets out $2.075 billion for housing initiatives. If the spending plans are confirmed in the budget (and it’s hard to imagine why Minister Finley would be so specific in her disclosures if she wasn’t in the know), it will mean (quoting the language in the Star):
· $1 billion to “renovate existing social housing”, including energy retrofitting;
· $600 million for on-reserve Aboriginal housing;
· $400 million for “seniors’ housing”;
· $75 million for “housing for people with disabilities”.

by NationTalk on January 27, 2009635 Views

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Manitoba Metis Federation President’s message – January 26, 2009

Greetings from President Chartrand,

Well, it certainly has been cold this new year. I hope everyone has been able to plug your vehicles in and find ways to keep you and your family warm. There’s no doubt that the weather in the Metis homeland is part of the reason why we’re such a tough and resilient people.

by NationTalk on January 27, 2009635 Views

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Media advisory – National Student Federation Chairperson to Comment on Federal Budget

OTTAWA, Jan. 27 – Canadian Federation of Students’ National Chairperson Katherine Giroux-Bougard will be available for comment immediately following the tabling of the federal budget on Tuesday, January 27 at 4:00 p.m.

by NationTalk on January 27, 2009596 Views

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Speech from the Throne

26 January 2009
Ottawa, Ontario

Honourable Senators,
Members of the House of Commons,
Ladies and gentlemen,

In these uncertain times, when the world is threatened by a struggling economy, it is imperative that we work together, that we stand beside one another and that we strive for greater solidarity.

by NationTalk on January 26, 2009737 Views

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Background Notes for ITK President Mary Simon – Meeting with First Minister and NAOs – Ottawa, January 15, 2009

· Thank you for the invitation today.
· Half a year ago, I was in the House of Commons, along with others here today, for the apology to victims of residential schools.
· That was an important event in our shared history.
· And the occasion of an important reminder that, with thoughtfulness and candour, even the most painful of legacies and the most intractable of problems can be confronted.

by NationTalk on January 26, 2009868 Views

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Five Tests for Canada’s next Federal Budget

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OTTAWA— The January 27 federal budget will be one of the most important in Canada’s history and should meet five key tests, says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

“What’s in this budget matters, more than ever,” says CCPA Senior Economist Marc Lee. “Canadians expect a budget that will stave off the worst of the current recession, keep and create jobs, and lay the groundwork for a fairer, greener, and more sustainable economy.”

by NationTalk on January 26, 2009642 Views

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Funding for Social Services Crucial to Support Families

OACAS recognizes the magnitude of the global economic crisis and the impact it is already beginning to have on Ontario’s families and children. As front-line service providers whose mandate is to protect children from abuse and neglect, Children’s Aid Societies know first-hand the impact of economic uncertainly, plant closures, job loss and family stress on the well-being of children and youth. Sustained funding for social services is necessary to ensure children and families are not further disadvantaged in the current economic climate. In the Pre-Budget Consultation: Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, OACAS made recommendations to change the funding model in six key areas:

by NationTalk on January 26, 2009462 Views

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Member of Parliament Greg Rickford Announces Funding for Winter Roads Network

Announcing Funding for Winter Roads Network Speaking Notes for Greg Rickford, MP The Member of Parliament for Kenora, Ontario on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians

Announcing Funding for Winter Roads Network

Sioux Lookout, Ontario
January 23, 2009

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Good morning ladies and gentlemen. [Acknowledgment of dignitaries as appropriate]. I’m very pleased to be here with you today on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians.

by NationTalk on January 24, 2009614 Views

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Appointment to the Board of Directors of the First Nations Financial Management Board

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Ottawa, Ontario (January 23, 2009) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians announced today the appointment of Ms. Michele Baptiste to the Board of Directors of the First Nations Financial Management Board (FMB).

“I am pleased that Ms. Baptiste has agreed to work with the Board,” Minister Strahl said. “She will be a great asset to the FMB and I look forward to her contributions.”

by NationTalk on January 24, 2009683 Views

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Labrador Metis Nation 2009 Submitted Resolutions

Friday, 23 Jan 2009

Resolution 1

Amendment to the LMN Membership categories

Whereas: The Labrador Metis Nation has possible members living outside the land claims area who are Inuk or Inuit-Metis;

Whereas: Inuk or Inuit-Metis individuals living outside the land claims share the same ancestry as Full Members;

by NationTalk on January 24, 2009630 Views

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Canada and Saskatchewan Sign Agreement to Invest in Economy

January 23, 2009 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification and The Honourable Lyle Stewart, Saskatchewan Minister of Enterprise and Innovation, today signed a new Canada-Saskatchewan Western Economic Partnership Agreement (WEPA) that will support long-term economic growth and competitiveness in Saskatchewan.

by NationTalk on January 23, 2009596 Views

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Premier Roland Meets with Aboriginal Leaders

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FORT SIMPSON (January 21, 2009) – Premier Roland and Deputy Premier Miltenberger met with leaders of the regional Aboriginal governments in the Northwest Territories for the fifth time.

These leadership meetings are an opportunity to share information and coordinate work on issues of mutual concern. They are held on a regular basis in locations throughout the Northwest Territories and provide an opportunity for discussion on matters of importance to all regions. Previous meetings have been hosted in the Sahtu and Beaufort Delta regions.

by NationTalk on January 23, 2009630 Views

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US President Barack Obama Welcomed as a “World Leader and Symbol of Renewed Hope and Justice for All”

Posted: 2009-01-20

(January 20, Washington, D.C.) Today’s swearing-in of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States was truly historic. Indigenous leaders from the United States and Canada gathered in Washington to witness and be a part of this world-changing event.

Among those who came to show their support was Grand Chief Matthew Mukash of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), who made the trip from James Bay, Quebec.

by NationTalk on January 23, 2009644 Views

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Support for Government Economic Package for Aboriginal Peoples

On January 16, United Church Moderator David Giuiliano wrote the following letter affirming the responsibility of the federal government to support Canada’s Aboriginal peoples in preparing the upcoming budget. This letter to Prime Minister Harper and all federal party leaders specifically supports the call for an economic stimulus package proposed by five Aboriginal organizations to the First Ministers meeting on January 15, in preparation for the presentation of the budget to the House of Commons on January 27.

by NationTalk on January 23, 2009770 Views

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Harris/Decima Poll: Swing Voters signal Opportunity for Government in Protecting Oceans’ Health

January 22, 2009

Pre-budget polling conducted on behalf of WWF-Canada by Bruce Anderson of Harris/Decima indicates that many voters in swing coastal ridings are looking for more protection of Canada’s oceans. The research conducted in four coastal ridings that have generally been close fought contests, shows that interest in greater protection of the oceans rivals crime fighting and tax cutting as a concern among swing voters.

For the federal Conservative government, there is an unmistakable opportunity, as 90 per cent agree that “conserving our natural environment is something a true Conservative Party should take very seriously” but 58 per cent believe this principle is not reflected in the direction the government is currently taking.

by NationTalk on January 23, 2009631 Views

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MiningWatch’s Recommendations for the 2009 Budget and Stimulus Package

Thursday January 22, 2009

Introduction

Prime Minister Harper has made a commitment to include the mining sector in an upcoming stimulus package. There is no denying that this sector, as with other industrial and resource sectors in Canada, is experiencing hard times. Metal prices have plummeted, fewer people are buying diamonds, and even the usually safe haven of gold has taken some tarnishing. Exploration is virtually stopped, development of many new projects is on hold and cutbacks or complete shut-downs are being announced at operating mines.

by NationTalk on January 23, 2009678 Views

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Budget should invest in people, not tax cuts: CUPE President

OTTAWA, Jan. 22 – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) wants the Harper government to choose a strong social safety net over tax cuts in next week’s federal budget.

“The government must carefully consider how they will spend our public revenues,” said CUPE National President Paul Moist. “Tax cuts will cripple the government’s ability to provide the social services that struggling Canadians so desperately need during a recession and beyond. Public services need to be seen as a form of wealth that Canadians can invest in, both to care for people long term, and to create new jobs to stimulate the economy.”

by NationTalk on January 22, 2009709 Views

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NDP Calls for Immediate Funding to First Nations’ Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 22, 2009

Ashton speaks at emergency conference on First Nations’ education crisis

OTTAWA – New Democrat Post-Secondary Education critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) will speak at an emergency conference on the status of First Nations’ student funding at the University of Winnipeg.

by NationTalk on January 22, 2009804 Views

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