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Creating Opportunity for Now and the Future Focus of Throne Speech

February 10, 2009

Edmonton… Plans to help Alberta meet the challenge of tough times and lay the foundation for future growth were detailed in the Speech from the Throne, delivered by Lieutenant Governor Norman L. Kwong, on February 10.

“We are in the midst of a difficult economic time, but Albertans can face the future with confidence,” said Premier Ed Stelmach. “The throne speech outlines how we will protect Albertans from the worst effects of the economic downturn, maintain a strong presence on the world stage, and continue to build our province and invest in our future.”

by NationTalk on February 11, 2009908 Views

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Algonquins of Barriere Lake – No more interference

OTTAWA, Feb. 10 – The Algonquins of Barriere Lake community members are gathered in Ottawa to support the new Customary Council as they intervene in federal court applications T-462-08 and T-1514-06 filed by David Nahwegahbow which purports to be on behalf of Algonquins of Barriere Lake.

by NationTalk on February 10, 20091082 Views

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MNBC 2009 Election

Posted: February 9th, 2009

Please be advised the date for the Métis Nation British Columbia election has been set for April 18th, 2009. The Métis Nation Governing Assembly delegates made the decision for the election date at the recent Métis Nation Governing Assembly held on January 24th-25th, 2009 in Richmond BC.

» View Election Notification 2009 (PDF)

by NationTalk on February 10, 2009752 Views

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Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification Awards and Recognition Statement to the Legislative Assembly

Hon. Jackson Lafferty
Monday, February 09, 2009

Mr. Speaker, the week of February 1st to 7th was Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification Week in the NWT. I am pleased to be able to share that we had much to celebrate. 153 Northerners are in the process of Occupational certification in the NWT, which is the highest number ever. The number of Apprentices registered in the NWT has increased substantially for the first time in several years. As of January 2009, there were 427 apprentices, just over half of whom are in their first year. This is an increase of more than 25% from the previous year.

by NationTalk on February 10, 2009741 Views

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Premier Raises Yukon Issues of International Importance with Prime Minister

FOR RELEASE #09-022
February 9, 2009

WHITEHORSE – Premier Dennis Fentie met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa today to discuss issues of international importance that affect Yukon.

Under discussion were the Porcupine Caribou Herd and Yukon River salmon agreements between the Governments of Canada and the United States.

by NationTalk on February 9, 2009782 Views

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Mining, Sustainable Development and First Nations, Our New Frontier – by Pierre Gratton, President & CEO, Mining Association of British Columbia

This speech was given to the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) – North Central Branch, Prince George, British Columbia on June 26, 2008 by Pierre Gratton, President and CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia.

Thank you for that kind introduction. It is a pleasure to be here to give what is, in fact, my maiden speech as President and CEO of The Mining Association of British Columbia. Actually, it’s a pre-maiden speech, because I don’t officially take the helm until next Monday.

by NationTalk on February 9, 2009816 Views

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Avalon Ventures Ltd. Statement to the Legislative Assembly

Hon. Robert R. MacLeod
Friday, February 06, 2009

Mr. Speaker, Rare Earth Elements are being increasingly sought for their importance in the development of green technologies. It is Rare Earth Elements such as dysprosium that allow electric motors to remain lightweight and small, yet deliver the efficiency and power required for modern vehicles. Europium is used in florescent lighting which cuts energy use by 75% compared to incandescent lighting. Terbium is used in energy efficient fluourescent lamps. Yttrium is used in almost every vehicle on the road. Yttrium-based materials improve the fuel-efficiency of engines.

by NationTalk on February 9, 2009889 Views

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Chief Dean Sayers focusing on Health Care, Nationhood and Treaty Rights

February 9, 2009

Health care, Nationhood and Treaty Rights are some of the issues Batchewana First Nation’s Chief Dean Sayers is planning to focus on over the next couple of years. Batchewana held its elections on Wednesday, February 4 and the Councillors who were elected for a two-year term are Peter Sewell, Harvey Bell, Shaun Boyer, Gary Roach, Greg Agawa, Vernon Syrette, Trudy Boyer and Robert Gary Gingras.

by NationTalk on February 9, 20091177 Views

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Batchewana Election Results

February 5, 2009

Statement of Votes for Batchewana First Nation

Chief Dean Sayers 337 votes

by NationTalk on February 9, 20091273 Views

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Premier Floyd K. Roland – Achievements of the 16th Legislative Assembly

Friday, February 06, 2009
Statement to the Legislative Assembly

Mr. Speaker, early in this Assembly we came together as Members to establish our vision, goals and priorities. Members agreed we would not simply work for the status quo, but we would work collaboratively to achieve real progress for the Territory.

by NationTalk on February 9, 20091035 Views

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Speaking Notes for The Honourable Chuck Strahl on the Supplementary Estimates of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Supplementary Estimates (B) of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
Speaking Notes for The Honourable Chuck Strahl PC, MP – Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians

Supplementary Estimates (B) of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Ottawa
February 5, 2009

Check against delivery

I’d like to thank you, Mr. Chairman, and your colleagues for inviting me to appear before the committee. I believe strongly in the work you do and the vital role you play in the democratic functioning of our country. Appearing before committees such as this one—sharing my views, responding to questions, being held accountable for my actions and decisions—is a responsibility of my office that I’m particularly delighted to fulfil.

by NationTalk on February 9, 2009872 Views

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Sivunivut Inuit Community Corporation Inc By -Election

Wednesday, 07 Jan 2009

Sivunivut Inuit Community Corporation Inc By -Election

1 Vice Chairperson
1 Director

by NationTalk on February 9, 2009888 Views

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Statement to the Legislative Assembly Supplementary Health Benefits Program

Hon. Sandy Lee
Friday, February 06, 2009

Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Members and the public for their interest in the Supplementary Health Benefits Program and Catastrophic Drug Costs Program. Since the details of the changes were announced last December, we have received numerous calls and questions regarding the programs. Comments were at times supportive of the direction we are taking with this new program – as a number of people will benefit from this new program.

by NationTalk on February 9, 2009810 Views

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Prime Minister Harper announces changes to streamline human resources management in the Public Service of Canada

6 February 2009
Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced changes to streamline and improve the management of human resources in the Public Service of Canada. This move will simplify the organizational structure for human resources management, reduce overlap and duplication and provide Deputy Ministers with the primary responsibility for managing the people in their own departments and agencies.

by NationTalk on February 8, 2009897 Views

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Prime Minister Harper Highlights Budget Initiative that will Fix up Local Arenas and Create Jobs

Pools, soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts also eligible for upgrade and construction funding under the Harper Government’s Economic Action Plan.

6 February 2009
MIRAMICHI, NB

Local hockey rinks, swimming pools and other community sites throughout Canada will be eligible to receive funding for upgrades, fix-ups and new construction thanks to the new Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RINC) Program in the Harper Government’s Economic Action Plan.

by NationTalk on February 8, 2009772 Views

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2009-10 NWT Budget Lays out Challenges and Opportunities

YELLOWKNIFE (February 5, 2009) – The Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) 2009-10 Budget was presented in the Legislative Assembly today by Finance Minister J. Michael Miltenberger.

Noting that the NWT has not escaped the effects of the global economic downturn, Minister Miltenberger called on Northwest Territories (NWT) residents “to work together during these difficult times, to meet the many challenges and seize the opportunities as they present themselves.”

by NationTalk on February 8, 2009878 Views

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Auditor General’s and Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development’s opening statements

December 2008 Report Press Conference – 5 February 2009

Auditor General

Good afternoon. We are pleased to present our December 2008 Reports, which will be tabled in the House of Commons this afternoon. The tabling of these reports was delayed because Parliament was prorogued. Most of the audit work we are reporting today was completed in the spring of 2008. This is the first opportunity I have had to introduce you to Canada’s new Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Scott Vaughan.

by NationTalk on February 6, 2009870 Views

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Robert Hawkins Intends to Oppose Motion to Remove the Premier and Cabinet

(YELLOWKNIFE) February 4, 2009 – Robert Hawkins, MLA for Yellowknife Centre, has announced his intentions to oppose a motion to remove the current NWT Premier and Cabinet.

“This motion could not come at a more inopportune time,” says Hawkins. “At a time where we are facing unprecedented economic challenges, we need to pull together and use this consensus system to its best effect – to seek collaborative solutions.”

by NationTalk on February 5, 2009964 Views

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Premier McGuinty Assigns New Parliamentary Duties

For Immediate Release
February 4, 2009

Strengthening The Team To Tackle Challenges

NEWS

The Ontario government is giving several MPPs new portfolios so they can help meet the emerging challenges facing Ontario.

by NationTalk on February 5, 2009716 Views

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Message For Canada – February 2009

An Economic Action Plan to Protect Jobs and Working Families

With a global recession raging, Canadians are concerned about the economy. The news is not all bad: unlike other countries, Canada has not nationalized or bailed out our banking sector. And thanks to our Government’s long-term policies of cutting taxes, paying down debt and investing in infrastructure, Canada is in a much stronger position than most other countries as we face this crisis.

by NationTalk on February 5, 2009911 Views

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Premier’s ‘erratic’ Approach to First Nations during Tough Economic Times Destabilizes Provincial Outlook

Carrier Sekani Tribal Council
News Release
February 2, 2009

“Our shared vision includes respect for our respective laws and responsibilities. Through this new relationship, we commit to reconciliation of Aboriginal and Crown titles and jurisdictions.” – New Relationship Document, 2005

Dakelh Traditional Territory/Prince George, BC – The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council is challenging Premier Gordon Campbell to publicly clarify his position on the New Relationship commitments he negotiated with First Nations in 2005.

by NationTalk on February 4, 2009915 Views

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Save the National Film Board

February 3, 2009

OTTAWA – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is approaching its 70th anniversary. Sadly, the mood among NFB staff is less-than-celebratory. Successive cutbacks have pared back the organization’s resources so dramatically that employees are starting to question the NFB’s ability to fulfill its mission.

by NationTalk on February 4, 2009958 Views

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Province Investing $ 14B for Jobs and Infrastructure

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
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Feb. 3, 2009

Office of the Premier

VANCOUVER – Close to $14 billion in infrastructure spending over the next three years could create tens of thousands of jobs and keep British Columbians working, Premier Gordon Campbell announced today in his keynote address at the British Columbia Economic Summit.

by NationTalk on February 4, 2009766 Views

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Angus Blasts Use of Tasers on Northern Children

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 3, 2009

OTTAWA – NDP MP Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) blasted the use of Tasers by Ontario Provincial Police officers on a First Nations child, barely 14 years old, who suffers from mental illness and is incarcerated. According to reports the child was tasered by police for picking at peeling pain in her prison cell in Northwestern, Ontario.

by NationTalk on February 3, 20091171 Views

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Launching of the Aboriginal Pavillion for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

Submitted by Mary Simon on Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Many Aboriginal leaders gathered today at the Vancouver Playhouse to announce the launch of the Aboriginal Pavillion for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. I was very proud to be there and to speak on behalf of the Inuit of Canada. Here is what I said in part,

“It is with great pride that I stand here today with the leaders of the Four Host First Nations, representatives of VANOC, my fellow Aboriginal Leaders, and Premier Campbell.

by NationTalk on February 3, 2009927 Views

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Beaucage Launches Bid for AFN National Chief

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OTTAWA, Feb. 3 – Change is coming to the Assembly of First Nations.

Today, alongside youth, Chiefs and grassroots supporters, Grand Council Chief John Beaucage of the Anishinabek Nation, launched his bid to become the next National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN).

by NationTalk on February 3, 20091112 Views

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Government of Canada Reintroduces Legislation to Provide Matrimonial Real Property Rights on Reserves

Ottawa, Ontario –(Feb. 2, 2009) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, today reintroduced the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act legislation addressing the issue of matrimonial real property on reserves.

by NationTalk on February 2, 20091010 Views

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Labrador Metis Nation Notice of Candidates

Monday, 02 Feb 2009

Attention all Members of the Labrador Metis Nation!!!

Candidates for President

Zone 4

Chris Montague

Kirk Lethbridge

February 16th, 2009 is Election day

10am-8pm, Labrador Friendship Center -Happy Valley
10am-8pm, LMN Main office- Goose Bay

by NationTalk on February 2, 2009761 Views

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Labrador Metis Nation Call for Nominations

Friday, 30 Jan 2009

Attention all Members of the Labrador Metis Nation

The Labrador Metis Nation is making a call for nominations for the position of President. Nomination day is January 31st, 2009 between the hours of 8am-8pm, at the LMN main office, 370 Hamilton River road.

Nominations will also be accepted via fax: 1-709-896-0594

For any further questions or concerns please call: 1-709-896-0592

by NationTalk on February 2, 2009667 Views

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Métis Nation has “Deep Misgivings” on Canada’s Economic Action Plan

OTTAWA, Feb. 2 – The leadership of the Métis Nation at a meeting held on Friday, January 30th expressed deep misgivings with the 2009 Federal Budget and will be seeking assurances from Prime Minister Stephen Harper that Métis Nation citizens will benefit from Canada’s Economic Action Plan. After undertaking a detailed analysis of the budget plan, President Clément Chartier and the Presidents of the provincial Métis governments from Ontario-westward found a distressing absence of any Métis-specific economic stimulus opportunities.

by NationTalk on February 2, 2009829 Views

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Passing of Helen Maksagak

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Ottawa (January 30, 2009) – It is with great sadness that I learned of the recent passing of Helen Maksagak, a respected elder who played a significant role in the history of both the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

by NationTalk on February 2, 2009845 Views

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Statement: Canada’s Green Budget 2009

Canada’s government takes seriously its responsibility to protect and promote the rich natural resources that define our environment and give our nation much of its form and character.

Our most recent Budget reiterates our commitment with significant investments that allow for the continued protection and conservation of our environmental heritage, and also for further research into how we can best conserve the natural resources and landscapes that will be left behind for future generations.

by NationTalk on February 2, 2009767 Views

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FSIN Welcomes the Stimulus Measures in the Federal Budget as Step in the Right Direction

FSIN Communications Unit
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2009

(Saskatoon, SK) FSIN Chief Lawrence Joseph welcomes many of the new investments in infrastructure, in particular the $400 million for on reserve housing. These short term measures create immediate stimulus for the Canadian economy and provide much needed relief for the housing crisis our First Nations are facing.

by NationTalk on January 30, 2009856 Views

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Budget 2009 Delivers for Manitoba and Plans Action for Economy

January 28, 2009

OTTAWA – Yesterday the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance tabled Budget 2009 – Canada’s Economic Action Plan – a bold multi-year approach to stimulate the economy and protect the country during the current global recession.

by NationTalk on January 30, 20091929 Views

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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, 2009898 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, 20091224 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, 2009931 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, 2009728 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, 2009977 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, 2009723 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, 20091263 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, 2009842 Views

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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, 2009955 Views

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MAC Encouraged by Budget Measures Aimed at Economic Stimulus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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, 2009921 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, 2009794 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, 2009848 Views

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Premier’s Statement on the Aboriginal Business Awards

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For Immediate Release
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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, 2009775 Views

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Federal Stimulus Budget Invests in Arts and Culture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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, 2009852 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, 2009825 Views

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