OTTAWA and CALGARY – August 17, 2007 – The Joint Panel reviewing the proposed EnCana Shallow Gas Infill Development project in the Suffield National Wildlife Area in Alberta, today announces that an approval has been received to extend the closing date by 30 days for the public consultation of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project.
Following a request by the Department of National Defence (DND), the Joint Panel had written to the federal Minister of the Environment and the Chairman of the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) to request an extension of the time period specified in the Agreement and Terms of Reference for the review of the EIS. DND subsequently withdrew its request; however, the Panel decided to maintain its request for an extension after having received a further request from the Siksika Nation.
News ReleaseCanada COM – NR #07.004 – August 17, 2007
IQALUIT, NUNAVUT – The Canadian Forces today completed Operation NANOOK 07, its largest operation to date in the North.
Held in the Baffin Island Coastal and Hudson Strait areas 7-17 August, the operation involved approximately 600 soldiers, sailors, and air force personnel along with the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Operation NANOOK 07 was designed to protect and defend Canadian sovereignty in Canada’s North while enhancing inter-agency coordination and communication. This was achieved through two exercise scenarios:
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August 17, 2007 – Manitoba – The South Beach Casino will be expanded to meet current demand and further strengthen economic opportunities for First Nations including remote communities in northern regions of the province, Attorney General Dave Chomiak, minister responsible for the Manitoba Gaming Control Commission, Ron Evans, grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, and Furlon Barker, chair of South Beach Casino Inc., announced today.
“South Beach Casino employs 170 Manitobans, 60 per cent of whom are Aboriginal,” Chomiak said. “An expanded facility will create new employment opportunities for First Nations and provide additional economic benefits to Aboriginal communities across the province.”
MAYO, YT, Aug. 17 – Today, the First Nation of the Na-Cho Nyak Dun (“NNDFN”) announced that they are suspending all regulatory dialogue with respect to Keno Hill Mines until suitable consultation and accommodation can be arranged with other governments.
“Governments have excluded us from any meaningful dialogue related to Elsa/Alexco proposed redevelopment of the Keno Hill Mines,” says Simon Mervyn, Chief of the First Nation of the Na-Cho Nyak Dun. “Although we have had some discussions in the past, they were “courtesy consultations” and only paid lip service to our rights while the government eagerly cooperates with Alexco in furthering its objectives. Our First Nations people have used these lands for generations and we intend to be fully involved in the decision making process regarding their reclamation and redevelopment.”
MONTREAL, Aug. 16 – Environment Canada’s Biosphère today launched an outdoor photography exhibition called RESPECT: in the heart of the boreal forest. Developed by Reporters Communication and presented free of charge until February 28th, 2008, the exhibit aims to raise Canadians’ awareness of the preservation of our natural environment.
Presented in collaboration with Parc Jean-Drapeau, RESPECT is set up in the great outdoors along the path that connects the Biosphère to the Metro station and includes 40 astonishing and diverse photographs of Canada’s boreal forest, from Quebec to the Yukon. These exclusive images were captured by eight of Canada’s finest photojournalists and are the fruit of a long plane journey made throughout the seasons, from the fall of 2006 to the summer of 2007.
Twelve more Métis families and individuals have access to quality, affordable rental housing in Saskatoon with the official opening today of La Maison Mamawe-Atosketak, an initiative of the province’s HomeFirst strategy.
The 12-unit project was made possible by $82,000 in funding from the province, and an additional $20,500 from the City of Saskatoon.
The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation (SGC) is rewarding the achievements of 15 Saskatchewan students with $13,000 in post-secondary scholarships, including a $2,500 Community Leadership Award.
Each year, SGC, which operates Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw, provides scholarships to encourage students to pursue full-time post-secondary education. Students demonstrating commitments to balancing education, family, work and being active in the community were rewarded for their excellence this year.
For Immediate Release
Aug. 16, 2007
Ministry of Economic Development
VANCOUVER – The B.C. Olympic and Paralympic Games Secretariat released a second report reviewing the 2010 Winter Games venue development program.
The report, prepared by Partnerships BC, was done as a follow up to the 2006 report released last year. This latest report looks at the project management and progress for the competition and accommodation venues that are being jointly funded by the provincial and federal governments. The report also assessed VANOC’s reporting requirements to the B.C. Secretariat within the context of the Performance and Accountability Framework.
Both of Partnerships BC’s reviews are available online at: http://www.ecdev.gov.bc.ca/2010Secretariat/reports_and_pubs.htm
BC Winter Games Secretariat
TORONTO, Aug. 16 – The Ontario Regional Chief, Angus Toulouse anticipates a positive working relationship with the new federal Cabinet announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “I would like to welcome and congratulate the new Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (INAC), the Honourable Charles Strahl to his new portfolio,” said Ontario Regional Chief Toulouse.
“First Nations in Ontario insist on a relationship with the Government of Canada that is reflective of the nation-to-nation relationship which has been established through the sacred Treaties, and affirmed by the Constitution of Canada, 1982,” said the Regional Chief. The First Nations in Ontario desire a process to support the recognition and implementation of First Nation governments and feel that this can be successfully achieved through the reconciliation of our First Nation rights. “This process will produce positive mechanisms to address the many diverse issues within our communities,” noted Regional Chief Toulouse.