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B.C. Unveils New Export Tax on Raw Logs -The Times Colonist

B.C. unveils new export tax on raw logs
Critics unimpressed as Coleman touts shift away from old-growth harvests

Lindsay Kines, Times Colonist with files from Kim Westad
Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2007

B.C. will put a new tax on raw log exports, reduce harvest of old-growth timber, and invest $21 million in everything from First Nations forestry operations to tree fertilizer under a new coastal forestry plan, Forests Minister Rich Coleman announced yesterday.

http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=0fb97bf8-4bab-4b01-a6ce-c1abb0a8e76f

by NationTalk on October 30, 20071042 Views

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Nunavut Environment Minister Blasted over Polar Bear Quota Cut -CBC

Nunavut environment minister blasted over polar bear quota cut

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 | 9:43 AM CT
CBC News

A Nunavut MLA accused territorial Environment Minister Patterk Netser of turning his back on Inuit elders and hunters, in slashing the polar bear hunt quota in western Hudson Bay by nearly one-third.

Netser announced the cut in the quota in September, out of renewed concerns that the bear population in that area is in trouble. But Netser’s decision came despite Inuit claims that the polar bear numbers are rising there.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/10/30/nu-pbear.html

by NationTalk on October 30, 2007810 Views

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First Nations Bank Buys Back Shares from TD -The StarPhoenix

First Nations bank buys back shares from TD

Murray Lyons, The StarPhoenix
Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2007

First Nations Bank of Canada has taken another step toward becoming an independent financial institution through raising new capital that will also help it expand its presence in Canada’s North.

The Saskatoon-headquartered bank announced Monday it had raised $14 million in new share capital among aboriginal investors, including groups in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. Besides providing a boost to its working capital, First Nations Bank is using about 20 per cent of the money to buy back shares owned by Toronto-Dominion Bank.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/business/story.html?id=ccb271a0-b858-4550-a64b-f49fcd6135cb

by NationTalk on October 30, 20071064 Views

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Are Prisons Ready for Extra Inmates? -Edmonton Journal

Are prisons ready for extra inmates?

The Edmonton Journal
Published: 2:21 am

The Harper government wants to make communities safer by locking more criminals in jail and keeping them there longer. Its proposed crackdown on violent crime calls for mandatory five-year jail sentences for gun crimes and prison time for some drunk drivers, for instance.

http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=8194724d-1246-4390-8e48-0006b40f33d7

by NationTalk on October 30, 2007964 Views

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MNBC Louis Riel Day Celebration

On behalf of the MNBC Leadership and Staff we would like to extend an invitation to attend an open house at the MNBC Vancouver Office in honour of Louis Riel Day. Details are included below:

Date: November 16th
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: MNBC Vancouver Office
Suite 905-1130 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6E4A4

Entertainment and Refreshments provided

by NationTalk on October 30, 20071044 Views

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Premier Announces the Appointment of New Cabinet

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Executive Council
October 30, 2007

With a renewed mandate from the people of the province, the Williams Government is moving forward with implementing its strategic vision for Newfoundland and Labrador, as laid out in the 2007 General Provincial Election. The Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, said today his new Cabinet will provide sound and strong leadership for the province, as Newfoundland and Labrador enters a period of historic economic self-reliance. The new Cabinet was sworn in today at a ceremony at Government House in St. John’s.

“Our team has been blessed with another strong mandate to govern Newfoundland and Labrador, based on our approach to economic and resource development, strong social programs and a meaningful plan for prosperity and growth,” said Premier Williams. “Our Cabinet and entire caucus are energetic and enthusiastic about the four years ahead, as we will continue to implement our vision for a province that is more self-reliant, healthier, better-educated and in control of our own destiny.”

by NationTalk on October 30, 20071378 Views

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Plutonic and GE Commence Funding for Toba Montrose General Partnership

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Oct. 30, 2007) – Plutonic Power Corporation (TSX:PCC) and GE Energy Financial Services announced today that they have executed agreements aimed at completing funding of East Toba River Montrose Creek partnership. Plutonic has transferred all contracts, permits, rights and authorizations to the Toba Montrose General Partnership (the Partnership), including its Energy Purchase Agreement with BC Hydro. This is the first of a series of transactions to fully fund development of the $660 million, 196 megawatt (MW) East Toba River and Montrose Creek run-of-river hydroelectric project, located 190 kilometers northwest of Vancouver at the headwaters of the Toba Inlet north of Powell River.

by NationTalk on October 30, 20071496 Views

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UNEP Partners with Vancouver 2010 on Environmental Initiatives for the 2010 Winter Games

UNEP and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Sign Memorandum of Understanding

VANCOUVER and NAIROBI, Oct. 29 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) today signed an agreement at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to enhance environmental performance at the 2010 Winter Games and increase public awareness of the importance of environmental protection and sustainable development.

by NationTalk on October 30, 20071092 Views

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AltaCanada Energy Corp. – Montana wells being Tested

TSX-V SYMBOL: ANG

CALGARY, Oct. 29 – AltaCanada Energy Corp. reports that two
exploratory wells on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in northern Montana
were cased in October. Both wells are currently being production tested and
indicate gas flows from several Eagle zones. Specific test data is being kept
confidential. The evaluation of the Corporation’s 230,000 new gross acre block
on the Reservation is at a very preliminary stage and five additional wells
are planned before year end, including two deeper tests.

by NationTalk on October 30, 20071196 Views

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Williams recruits 5 rookies for expanded N.L. cabinet -CBC

Williams recruits 5 rookies for expanded N.L. cabinet
Maverick lawyer Kennedy appointed as justice minister

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 | 12:32 PM NT
CBC News

Premier Danny Williams brought in new blood and dropped two old faces while introducing an enlarged Newfoundland and Labrador cabinet on Tuesday.

Flush with 43 of the 48 seats in the house of assembly after the Oct. 9 provincial election, Williams introduced the new faces during a swearing-in ceremony at Government House in St. John’s.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2007/10/30/new-cabinet.html?ref=rss

by NationTalk on October 30, 2007993 Views

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