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Will The Citizens’ Assembly Change Ontario Politics Forever?

Watch The Agenda with Steve Paikin this Wednesday to find out.

TORONTO, Jan. 23 – Should Ontario keep its current electoral system, or adopt a new one? This is the complex issue that a group of ordinary citizens are grappling with in the Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform. And Wednesday on TVO, The Agenda with Steve Paikin has invited a special panel of experts to discuss and debate the potential impact on how we vote in Ontario.

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by NationTalk on January 24, 20071344 Views

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McGuinty Government Supporting Grandparents Who Care For Vulnerable Grandchildren

Extended Family, Community Members May Be Eligible For Support

NIAGARA FALLS, ON, Jan. 23 – Grandparents, extended family members and community members who care for children in need of protection may now be eligible for financial support and services as part of new reforms to Ontario’s child well-being and protection system, Minister of Children and Youth Services Mary Anne Chambers announced today.

“Children who are unable to grow up with their parents due to protection concerns should have the opportunity, wherever possible, to grow up with members of their extended families,” said Chambers. “Protection of Ontario’s children is our number one priority. These new supports and services will encourage and enable grandparents and extended family or community members to provide the stability and security where children are not able to stay with their parents because of safety concerns.”

by NationTalk on January 24, 20071819 Views

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Canada’s New Government Invests $30M Towards the Establishment of the Atlantic Salmon Endowment Fund

January 23, 2007

CHAMCOOK, N.B. – The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister Responsible for New Brunswick, on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), today presented a $30-million cheque to the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation (ASCF). The funding officially establishes the Atlantic Salmon Endowment Fund, which will help restore and conserve salmon populations in rivers and streams in the Atlantic provinces and Quebec.

“One of Minister Hearn’s first statements in the House was that Canada’s New Government would deliver on its commitment to create this Fund,” said Minister Thompson. “This is a government serious about the environment, and serious about our commitments. This presentation today is about both of these things.”

by NationTalk on January 24, 20071185 Views

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Media Advisory/Government of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–( Jan. 23, 2007) – The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and the Honourable Edward Doherty, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour and Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs for the Province of New Brunswick, will host the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Labour in Fredericton, New Brunswick from January 25-26, 2007.

Discussion topics at the meeting include occupational health and safety with an emphasis on young workers, violence in the workplace, labour standards and Canada’s international labour activities.

LOCATION: The Delta Fredericton Hotel 225 Woodstock Road Fredericton, New Brunswick

CONTACT INFORMATION

Office of the Minister of Labour and
Minister of the Economic Development Agency of
Canada for the Regions of Quebec
Pierre Florea
Director of Communications
819-953-5646

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Human Resources and Social Development Canada
Media Relations Office
819-994-5559

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Office of the Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training
and Labour for the Province of New Brunswick
Shawn Hearn
Director of Communications
506-453-2568

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071553 Views

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AAFC: $134 Million Investment by Canada’s New Government to Boost Commercialisation of Agri-Based Innovation

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA–(Jan. 23, 2007) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today announced a major investment of $134 million towards the Agri-Opportunities Program, an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) program that will focus on the commercialization of new agri-based products, processes and services.

“This is just one of the steps Canada’s New Government is taking to fulfill its commitment to invest in the development of new opportunities for the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector,” said Minister Strahl. “Agri-Opportunities will help increase the demand for primary agricultural products – grains, oilseeds and other traditional and non-traditional products – for the benefit both of farmers and of the entire agricultural sector.”

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071506 Views

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BCUMYC Request for Proposals

Introduction

The BC United Métis Youth Circle (BCUMYC) is an institution of governance for Métis Youth in British Columbia. The BCUMYC was originally formed in 1998 in response to community consultation sessions conducted by the Métis National Youth Advisory Council held throughout the Métis Nation Homeland. Since that time the BCUMYC has continued to implement youth governance within the Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC). In addition to establishing and developing the governance structure of the BCUMYC, the Committee also delivers programs in each community across the province.

The Department of Canadian Heritage (DCH) has created the Aboriginal Peoples’ Program (APP), which has three components to it. The BCUMYC is provided with funding through the Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centres Initiative (UMAYC), which is part of the Aboriginal Communities Component of the APP.

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071444 Views

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National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation – National Training Report 2006

“Thank you.. To everyone who, as planners, presenters, speakers, participants, volunteers, have contributed to the amazing success of both the HOSW 5th Gathering and of the National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation’s own Training Conference, held under the auspices of the HOSW Gathering.Member of parliament Tina Keeper to launch opening of the national native addictions partnership foundation new liaison office in ottawa. ”

Download NNAPF National Training Report 2006

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071328 Views

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Media advisory – On the Eve of Family Literacy Day: Canadians’ Individual and Collective Success at Risk, New Report by the Canadian Council on Learning Says

OTTAWA, Jan. 23 – The Canadian Council on Learning will release its first annual State of Learning in Canada report on January 26, 2007, a comprehensive overview of Canadians’ progress in learning, with a special feature on literacy in Canada that highlights the challenges facing our society and economy.

The State of Learning in Canada also examines and makes recommendations in the following areas:

– early childhood learning
– learning in school
– adult learning
– Aboriginal learning

The report will be released at Literacy BC’s “Breakfast of Champions” event in Vancouver. CCL President and CEO Dr. Paul Cappon and British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell will be among the keynote speakers.

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071252 Views

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Backgrounder – McGuinty Government Helping Sault Ste Marie-area Students Succeed

TORONTO, Jan. 23 – The McGuinty government’s annual funding for Sault Ste Marie-area schools since 2002-03 has increased by $13.5 million or 8.4 per cent.

Using this investment, the Algoma District School Board and the Huron Superior Catholic District School Board have been able to:

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– Add 29 primary teachers over the past three years to reduce class sizes and move Ontario closer to achieving a cap of 20 students per primary class.

– Add 12 specialist elementary teachers to provide a full range of learning including physical education, arts, music and drama.

– Repair or replace seven sets of window, 19 roofs, six boilers and 70 other projects through the first stage of Good Places to Learn funding totalling $12.1 million.

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071318 Views

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McGuinty Government Invests In New Strategy To Improve Aboriginal Student Achievement

First Nations, Métis And Inuit Students To Benefit

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, Jan. 23 – The Ontario government is launching an Aboriginal Education Strategy that includes a new education framework and an initial $6 million investment to improve achievement for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, Education Minister Kathleen Wynne announced today.

“We are committed to reaching every student,” said Wynne. “And our new education strategy has been designed to help improve opportunities for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students – whether they live in remote areas or in urban centres.”

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071634 Views

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Exceptional University of Ottawa Heart Institute Quit-Smoking Program Offers New Hope for Canadians

Proven Smoking Cessation Program to Help Hospitals in British Columbia and New Brunswick

Establishes Framework for a National Quit-Smoking Model

OTTAWA – January 22, 2007 – An exceptionally effective smoking cessation program that results in more than 44% of participants remaining smoke-free for 6 months or more is being hailed as a new national model for use across the country. Developed by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) and supported in part by the Government of Canada, the so-called Ottawa Model will be implemented in two major health districts in the country.

The Ottawa Model is a hospital-based program involving a unique combination of consult and intervention, information, follow-up and feedback. At UOHI, about 1,500 in-patient smokers are identified annually and more than 98% participate in the Heart Institute’s program. Between 30% and 50% each year remain smoke-free for six months or longer. The program is now being replicated in 12 hospitals in the Champlain region of Ontario and is being used to assist all smoking patients, not just those with heart disease.

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071949 Views

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Star Catcher Hits Brandon: Calling All Emerging Aboriginal Singers

January 19, 2007

Manito Ahbee has launched a provincial talent search called Star Catcher. Winners at the various locations across Manitoba will compete in the finals on National Aboriginal Day, June 21 at the Red River Ex in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Star Catcher is scheduled to start at the Winter Tribal Days in Brandon, Manitoba on January 27, 2007. Other locations and dates to be announced.

For more information and for Star Catcher registration forms, please contact the Manito Ahbee office.
P: (204) 956 1849
E: info@manitoahbee.com
W: www.manitoahbee.com

All completed registration forms must be mailed or dropped off at the Manito Ahbee office.
Manito Ahbee Office
Lower Level, 376 Donald Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2J2

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071501 Views

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Cumberland Completes Cannu Gold Resource Estimate, Plans for New Reserves and Continued Exploration in 2007 at Meadowbank Gold Project

CUMBERLAND RESOURCES LTD. (TSX: CLG; AMEX: CLG) is pleased to report that the 2006 drill program at the Company’s 100% owned Meadowbank gold project has been successful in readying gold resources for reserve definition at the Cannu zone, a potentially open pittable high-grade zone of mineralization discovered in 2005. Meadowbank is host to Canada’s largest undeveloped pure gold open pit reserves of 2.9 million ounces. The Meadowbank project, located 70 kilometres north of the hamlet of Baker Lake, Nunavut, is designed to produce an average of 330,000 ounces of gold per year over an eight year mine life.

The Cannu gold zone is located immediately north of the proposed Portage open pit, the largest of three proposed open pits at Meadowbank. Systematic infill and step-out drilling completed during 2006 has been incorporated in an updated Cannu resource estimate. Highlights of the updated Cannu mineral resource estimate (January 2007) include:

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071324 Views

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Polaris wins PDAC Award for Environmental Excellence

VANCOUVER, Jan. 22 – Polaris Minerals Corporation (TSX:PLS) today announced that it has been selected to receive the prestigious e3 Environmental Excellence in Exploration Award by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).

The PDAC has selected Polaris to receive this award for “establishing excellent community relations and environmental practices during the exploration and construction of its Orca Quarry near Port McNeill on Vancouver Island. The company set up partnerships with First Nations communities that have enabled bands to have an equity stake in the operation, and two of the largest quarries of their kind in Canada have been successfully permitted with the support and cooperation of the local community. Polaris has also exceeded expectations in its attention to the protection of the environment.” More information on Polaris’ award winning practices can be viewed at http://www.pdac.ca/pdac/programs/awards/award-winners.htmlNo.E3

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071667 Views

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Additional Federal Funding Awarded for Public Participation in the Environmental Assessment of Keltic LNG Project

OTTAWA – January 22, 2007 – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) has awarded a total of $23,590 to three applicants to support their participation in the environmental assessment of the proposed Keltic Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal and Marginal Wharf Project in Goldboro, Nova Scotia. The recipients are: Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, Mainland Nova Scotia Building and Construction Trades Council and Sierra Club of Canada – Atlantic Canada Chapter.

The funds will be used by the recipients to exclusively review and comment the comprehensive study report prepared by Transport Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the two federal responsible authorities for the project.

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071479 Views

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Affordable Housing Project In La Loche To Help Single Parents

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January 22, 2007
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The Dené Empowerment Centre, a new facility which provides transitional housing for single parents, officially opened today in La Loche. The facility will empower residents to gain self-reliance, social inclusion and well-being, and build independence so they can transition to non-supportive housing.

“Canada’s New Government is working to ensure funding is available for projects like this one, to address the challenges of homelessness in communities across the country,” said the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development. “Today, I am pleased to announce this project which will make an important difference in the lives of Aboriginal individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.”

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071633 Views

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Notes for an Address by The Honourable Jim Prentice, PC, QC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians on the Primrose Lake Economic Development Trust Fund

Notes for an Address by The Honourable Jim Prentice, PC, QC, MP Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians on the Primrose Lake Economic Development Trust Fund

Beauval, Saskatchewan
January 22, 2007

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Thank you for that kind introduction. I would especially like to welcome the elders, Mayor Alex Maurice and Primrose Lake Air Weapons Range committee co-chair, committee co-chair Jim Durocher, Minister Buckley Belanger, and Minister of Northern Affairs Joan Beatty.

It has taken us a long time to reach this point and I admire your patience in seeing it through. I dearly wish the late Mr. Lawrence Yew, the first chairman of the Primrose Lake Air Weapons Range committee, could have been with us today. I’m sure he would have shared my excitement about the Primrose Lake Economic Development Trust Fund and its benefit to your communities. Over the past year, I have had the good fortune to visit First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across Canada that are seizing new economic opportunities and defining their own futures. Many of these groups are now at the centre of some of the largest initiatives underway in Canada: diamond mines in the North, nickel-mining in Labrador, and oil-and-gas projects in the West.

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071385 Views

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Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine Statement Regarding Appeal by Attorney General of Canada on Residential Schools Settlement Approval by Saskatchewan Court

OTTAWA, Jan. 17 – “We are very disappointed to learn that the Attorney General of Canada has appealed part of a Regina Court decision to approve the Indian residential school class action lawsuit. We strongly encourage the Government of Canada and the Saskatchewan Court to sever this legal issue so that the $1.9 billion settlement process can proceed without further delay in settlement payments for survivors.”

“We have now heard from all nine courts. All agree the settlement agreement is fair and just. Some courts have raised some concerns that need to be addressed immediately to ensure survivors get their money in a timely fashion. Compensation payments for the approximately 80,000 residential school survivors should likely begin later this summer.”

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071587 Views

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$120M For Coast Economic Development & Conservation

For Immediate Release
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Jan. 21, 2007
Office of the Premier
Environment Canada

VANCOUVER – The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment, today signaled that the government will proceed with a $30-million contribution to support the Conservation Investments and Incentives Initiative (CIII) fund. This fund, supported by governments and private foundations, is aimed at preserving the integrity of the Spirit Bear Rainforest for generations to come. This announcement is yet another milestone in the environmental agenda of Canada’s New Government.

“We know there is a strong link between a healthy ecosystem, a healthy society and Canada’s economic prosperity,” said Minister Baird. “This ambitious and collaborative initiative will achieve just that, and we are committed to work closely with First Nations and non-government organizations to bring it to life.”

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071571 Views

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National Symposium On Aboriginal Business Practices Begins Tuesday In Saskatoon

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January 22, 2007
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Aboriginal business and economic development practices, and the best policies and approaches for supporting their success, will be the topic of a national symposium beginning tomorrow in Saskatoon and concluding on Thursday.

Almost 700 people from across Canada—including the Premiers of B.C., Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut, and the North West Territories, and key Aboriginal leaders—will be in attendance for “Excellence in Action: Best Practices in First Nations, Métis and Inuit Economic Development” at Teacher’s Credit Union Place. The symposium agenda features keynote speakers, panels, and sessions addressing Aboriginal challenges and successes at every level of economic activity.

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071516 Views

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Public Comment Invited on the Comprehensive Study Report for the Proposed Galore Creek Mine Project

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) invites the public to comment on the conclusions, recommendations and any other aspect of the comprehensive study report prepared for the proposed Galore Creek Copper-Gold-Silver Mine Project in British Columbia.

Public comments received by February 19, 2007 will be considered. All documents received will be considered public and will become part of the public registry. Interested persons or groups are invited to send their remarks in the official language of their choice to:

Margaret Bakelaar, Senior Program Officer
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
757 West Hastings Street, Suite 320
Vancouver, BC V6C 1A1
Tel.: 604-666-6961 / Fax: 604-666-6990
margaret.bakelaar@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071420 Views

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Canada’s New Government Invests $15 Million in Primrose Lake Communities

BEAUVAL, SASKATCHEWAN (January 22, 2007) – Canada’s New Government today announced $15 million to improve the long-term economic viability of the Primrose Lake communities. The announcement was made by the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. The department is sharing responsibility for this initiative with Western Economic Diversification Canada.

The funding will be used by the four Primrose Lake communities of Cole Bay, Jans Bay, Beauval and Île-à-la-Crosse and surrounding areas to promote regional economic development and economic infrastructure. The funding is intended to promote development in communities located near the Primrose Lake Air Weapons Range.

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071540 Views

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Canada And Yukon Announce New Infrastructure Project Funding Of More Than $10.5 Million From Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund

OTTAWA, ONTARIO (January 18, 2007) – Four Yukon community-based infrastructure projects will get funding from the Canada-Yukon Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF). Today, the Government of Canada and the Government of Yukon announced more than $10.5 million dollars in project funding for 2006-2007. Projects include the Hamilton Boulevard extension in Whitehorse, road improvements in the Mayo region, a new playground in Dawson City, and a new sewage facility for Pelly Crossing.

“Safe and healthy communities are our number one objective,” said Community Services minister Glenn Hart. “These projects reflect the Yukon government’s ongoing commitment to creating healthy and safe communities, and we are very pleased with the participation we receive from Canada and our local governments in reaching these goals.”

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071392 Views

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Media Advisory/Photo Op – From Poverty to Prosperity: Expanding the Partnership Between the Assembly of First Nations and Corporate Canada

OTTAWA, Jan. 22 – Media are invited to join Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine at a special signing ceremony with business leaders to launch the National Chief’s Corporate Challenge. With a population of over 750,000, First Nations represent the youngest – half are aged 23 or younger — and fastest growing segment of the Canadian population, and the workforce of the future.

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Webcast: An audio web cast of this event will be available live and in archive after the event via CNW Group; www.newswire.ca, and by cutting and pasting the following url: http://www.newswire.ca/en/webcast/viewEvent.cgi?eventID=1712040 into a web browser.
An audio card will be required and a media player.

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.

For further information: Nancy Pine, Communications Advisor – Office of the National Chief, On site cell (613) 298-6382, npine@afn.ca; Bryan Hendry, A/Director of Communications, (613) 241-6789 ext 229, cell (613) 293-6106, bhendry@afn.ca

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071509 Views

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City of Toronto Responds to Oneida Nation’s Green Lane Court Challenge

TORONTO, Jan. 22 – The Oneida Nation of the Thames today announced it has initiated a court challenge regarding the issuance of the September 2006 Certificate of Approval for the expansion of the Green Lane landfill site.

Based on comments from the Chief that the matter is before the courts, the City is not in a position to make comment.

The City of Toronto is continuing its final due diligence with a closing date of late March, 2007.

The City is committed to operating the landfill as a good neighbour and intends to abide by all conditions of the Provincial Certificate of Approval.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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For further information: Brad Ross, City of Toronto Media Relations,
(416) 392-8937, (416) 919-6503 (cell)

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071444 Views

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Canada’s Aging Water and Wastewater Systems in Desperate Need of New Investment and Management

TORONTO, Jan. 22 – Cash-strapped governments across Canada need to encourage private investment in water and wastewater systems if the nation wants to better protect public health and the environment, urges a new report from The Fraser Institute, an independent research organization with offices across Canada.

While the exact number of Canadian communities with substandard water and wastewater systems is unknown, problems across the country have been well documented, says the report, Water and Wastewater Treatment in Canada: Tapping into Private-Sector Capital, Expertise, and Efficiencies. Names such as Walkerton, North Battleford and Kashechewan represent the most serious failures of drinking water delivery systems while significant amounts of wastewater on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts are discharged into receiving waters with little if any treatment.

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071841 Views

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Ontario Medal For Good Citizenship Recipients Announced

13 Ontarians To Be Honoured For Their Contributions To The Province

TORONTO, Jan. 22 – Thirteen Ontarians whose long-term efforts have made outstanding contributions to their communities will be honoured with the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship at a Queen’s Park ceremony on January 25, 2007.

“The men and women who are being recognized with this medal are pillars in their community whose selfless contributions make those communities even better places in which to live,” said James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

“These remarkable Ontarians are role models in their communities,” said Mike Colle, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. “Each is deserving of this extraordinary honour for their exemplary contributions to our great province.”

by NationTalk on January 23, 20072375 Views

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New Mines Needed for Canada to Shine in Metals Boom

OTTAWA, Jan. 22 – Canada needs to develop more new mines to fully capitalize on the global demand for minerals, according to Mission Possible: A Canadian Resources Strategy for the Boom and Beyond.

Released today by The Conference Board of Canada, this final report of a three-year research program-The Canada Project-is perhaps the most comprehensive attempt in the past two decades to reimagine the Canadian economy.

“This sector is enjoying prosperity due to high commodity prices, but Canada’s reserves of major metals are declining because of inadequate exploration activity in the last decade,” said Gilles Rhéaume, Vice-President, Public Policy. “Greater exploration efforts than ever before will be required to boost our reserves and open new mines.”

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071858 Views

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Métis Election Possible in 2007

January 17, 2007 SASKATOON, SK – The Independent Oversight Committee and Chief Electoral Officer designate (IOC/CEO), the body created to hold new elections for the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, is pleased to announce that they have completed a comprehensive election strategy. Under the plan, an election for the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan could be held on June 27, 2007.

“This plan follows the recommendations of recent electoral reform commissions and would ensure Métis citizens in Saskatchewan will be able to vote in a free and democratic election for the provincial executive,” stated Committee Chairperson, Marilyn Poitras.

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071871 Views

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Caribou, Sturgeon, Piping Plover Research To Benefit From Special Conservation And Endangered Species Fund

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January 22, 2007

Eight Manitoba organizations involved in conservation enhancement and awareness programs will receive more than $155,000 in special conservation and endangered species fund grants, Conservation Minister Stan Struthers announced today.
 
“The fund provides grants to non-profit community-based organizations for projects that will enhance the natural resources of the province,” said Struthers. “It encourages organizations to develop local projects that foster better understanding of natural resource issues and the environment.”

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071677 Views

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First Nations Launch Court Action Over Toronto Landfill

TORONTO IMMEDIATE RELEASE–(Jan. 22, 2007) – The Oneida Nation of the Thames, supported by the Chippewas of the Thames and Munsee-Deleware Nation are initiating a court action to thwart the proposed sale of the Green Lane landfill site to the City of Toronto. The sale, and a recent environmental Certificate of Approval paves the way to the diversion of Toronto garbage to Green Lane and into the traditional territory of the Anishinabek, Oneida and Deleware Nations.

These three First Nations represent all First Nations interests in the London area, which includes the site of the Green Lane landfill. These First Nations, with the support of the Union of Ontario Indians and the Chiefs of Ontario will oppose any action that may lead to the directing Toronto’s garbage to First Nations’ traditional territory.

by NationTalk on January 23, 20072376 Views

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Saskatchewan Youth Summit Increased To 600 Participants

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Very strong interest and high demand has led to an increase in the number of participants in the upcoming Saskatchewan Youth Summit. The plan was originally to include 450 participants, 300 youth and 150 representatives from business, labour, education and government. Due to the overwhelming response, the number of participants were increased to 400 youth and 200 stakeholders. All available spaces are now full and applications are no longer being accepted.

The first Saskatchewan Youth Summit will take place at the Teacher’s Credit Union Place in Saskatoon on February 2 and 3. The event was promised in the October 2006 Speech from the Throne as part of the Government’s strategy to attract and retain young people in the province.

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071748 Views

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Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards To Recognize Outstanding Volunteer Contributions

TORONTO, Jan. 22 – Today, The Honourable James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust, announced two new Lieutenant Governor’s awards to recognize community volunteers for outstanding achievements to preserve, protect and promote Ontario’s heritage.

“Preserving our heritage enriches our communities, creates opportunities for cultural and educational experiences and builds our sense of identity as Ontarians,” said Mr. Bartleman. “These new Ontario Heritage Awards will honour extraordinary volunteers for their role in keeping our history alive.”

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Government Signs Socio-Economic Agreement with Proponents of Proposed Mackenzie Gas Project

YELLOWKNIFE (22 January 2007) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has signed a Socio Economic Agreement (SEA) with the proponent of the proposed Mackenzie Gas Project (MGP).

The agreement formalizes commitments by the proponent with respect to employment, training, business opportunities and other related benefits for NWT residents. It also details measures to monitor and address the long-term management of infrastructure and possible impacts related to the proposed project.

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Forest Workers Rally Across Canada and Flood MPs Offices With E-mails on Jobs Crisis, as Industry Leaders Hold Parliament Hill Forum

OTTAWA, Jan. 22 – Canada’s largest union of forestry workers has mobilized Canadians and forest industry stakeholders from coast to coast to call for federal government action on the forest sector jobs crisis.

Today is the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada’s National Day of Action for Forest Sector Jobs, and thousands of Canadians are sending a unified message to Stephen Harper and their Members of Parliament urging them to “break the silence” on this crisis, and support new investment in forestry communities.

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071860 Views

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Canada’s New Government Canada Supports Aboriginal Women in British Columbia

VANCOUVER, January 19, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri Food, Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, and Member of Parliament (Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon), announced $77,303 in funding for three Aboriginal women’s organizations in British Columbia. The funds will enable the groups to assume leadership roles and play an active role in community development.

“When women have the opportunity to come together and play a leadership role, our entire society benefits,” said Minister Oda. “These projects support the aspirations of Aboriginal women in British Columbia by helping them honour Aboriginal culture and address issues of violence in our communities.”

by NationTalk on January 23, 20072213 Views

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Bronco Energy Ltd.: Operations Update-Wabiskaw Horizontal Oil Wells on Production

CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Jan. 21, 2007) – Bronco Energy Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:BCF) (“Bronco”) announces that it has completed the drilling, completion and equipping of six horizontal wells in the Wabiskaw formation on Indian Oil and Gas Canada (“IOGC”) Mineral Lease OL 6117, located at Wabasca, Alberta in the heart of the Athabasca Oil Sands Deposits, and has placed the wells on production to temporary facilities.

The drilling program was executed on time and under budget with a 100% success rate. The average horizontal well length drilled was 1603 metres per well. The six wells encountered an average oil saturated pay exposure of 94%. Management of Bronco believes this to be an excellent result and has high expectations for all six wells.

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Mackenzie Gas Project Proponents and GNWT Sign Comprehensive Socio-Economic Agreement

CALGARY, Jan. 22 – Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Limited, on behalf of the Mackenzie Gas Project co-venturers, announced today that the project coventurers have signed a comprehensive Socio-Economic Agreement (SEA) with the Government of the Northwest Territories.

The agreement outlines a broad range of socio-economic topics, with agreement between the parties in a number of specific areas related to the proposed project. These areas include training and employment, business opportunities, wellbeing, sustainable development, net effects on government, and ongoing monitoring of the proposed project, both during construction and operation. The agreement outlines commitments in specific areas including employment requirements and policies, hiring and procurement priorities for NWT and Aboriginal people, oil and gas training, transportation and infrastructure impacts, cultural preservation, safety and security, access to gas, and a monitoring advisory board (society) for the life of the project.

by NationTalk on January 23, 20072263 Views

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Media Advisory – McGuinty Government to Announce New Support for Aboriginal Students

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, Jan. 22 – Education Minister Kathleen Wynne will make an important announcement about new supports for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.

She will be accompanied by David Orazietti, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie.

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For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister’s Office, (416)
212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071936 Views

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STEP Program Helps Address Alberta’s Labour Shortage

News Release
January 22, 2007

Summer help for not-for-profit organizations feeling the crunch

Edmonton… With the increasing demand for workers in Alberta, it has become more difficult for the not-for-profit sector to recruit and retain workers. The provincial government’s Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) helps not-for-profit organizations find workers they need for the summer months and assists students and other Albertans looking for meaningful summer employment.

“Alberta’s not-for-profit sector is a significant contributor to the province’s economic and social prosperity,” said Iris Evans, Minister of Employment, Immigration and Industry. “STEP helps employers find workers who are interested in pursuing a career in certain fields, and helps community organizations hire top-quality people with exciting, new ideas and energy.

by NationTalk on January 23, 20072696 Views

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