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 to the
Arctic Gas Symposium
March 2, 2007
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Thank you for this opportunity to speak with you this morning/afternoon.
I would like to take this time to discuss how Canada’s new government is working with Aboriginal, territorial, and industry stakeholders to develop Arctic Canada’s rich resource endowment in natural gas. I am convinced we can harness these resources to provide regional benefits and secure a new source of clean energy for Canada. And I am further convinced that we can achieve these objectives while minimizing environmental impacts and safeguarding traditional lifestyles and cultural values.
This government’s goals are relatively simple: ensure that development projects proceed in a manner that is environmentally sustainable, economically feasible and socially beneficial. Our policy is similarly straightforward: work with all stakeholders, including Northerners, Aboriginal groups, private companies and regulatory boards.
Today, more than ever before, the eyes of the world are focused on the North; and so they should be!
International Polar Year, or IPY, 2007-2008, launched by Minister Baird and myself in Ottawa just yesterday, demonstrates just how important polar regions have become to people the world over. More than 60 countries will fund hundreds of projects and studies. Canada alone will invest $150 million in IPY projects, making us a major player in this initiative.
EBR Registry Number: RB07E6002
Type of Posting: Regulation
Ministry: Natural Resources
tatus of Posting: Proposal
Date Proposal Loaded: 2007/02/26
Comment Period: 45 day(s)
Written submissions may be made between February 26, 2007 and April 12, 2007.
Amendment O. Reg. 667/98 (Trapping) made under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act to adopt provisions of the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS) with regards to trapping methods for several species of Ontario furbearing mammals
The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is proposing to amend the regulation governing the regulated methods used to harvest furbearing mammals in accordance with the provisions of the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS) between Canada, European Union member states and Russia made in 1998. In Canada, implementation of the AIHTS is overseen by the provincial/territorial Wildlife Ministers, with coordination of trap testing and research undertaken on their behalf by the Fur Institute of Canada.
The AIHTS trap standards that commercially-manufactured traps used by licensed trappers must meet are to ensure humane, safe, and effective trapping methods are used for species of furbearing mammals which are trapped for any reason (commercial fur industry, nuisance/problem removal, wildlife research/relocation).
March 5, 2007
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Hudson Bay Quest Takes Place March 24 to 28
Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Eric Robinson has announced the province will provide $10,000 in support of the upcoming Hudson Bay Quest race between Churchill and Arviat, Nunavut.
“This race not only symbolizes the spirit of historical northern transportation but also provides a glimpse into the hardship of travel throughout the North,” said Robinson. “Through this event, the participants, their families and their communities have an opportunity to celebrate their Arctic history and culture. I am proud to serve as official race marshal along with Minister David Simailak from the Nunavut government, and congratulate all of those businesses and organizations who have supported this event and recognize its value to northern communities.”
Premier Pat Binns today issued the following statement on the re-election of Chief Darlene Bernard as Chief of the Lennox Island First Nation:
“Throughout her term in office, Chief Bernard has worked diligently within her community and with all levels of government to advance the interests of the Lennox Island First Nation. Her focus on the areas of economic and community development fits well with our government’s vision on engaging and energizing local communities. I congratulate her on her re-election and look forward to working with her on various projects and initiatives in the future.”
Chief Bernard was first elected as Chief of the Lennox Island First Nation in 2001. Lennox Island First Nation is the largest First Nation community on Prince Edward Island.
CALGARY, ALBERTA–(March 5, 2007) – Kodiak Energy, Inc. (OTCBB:KDKN) is pleased to announce that the Seismic Program for Little Chicago is progressing well – with the strong cooperation of the Aboriginal workers and contractors, the project is over 75% complete (140km of access ice roads, 2 km of ice bridges, 100% clearing of right of ways, 40% drilling of shot holes, and data acquisition to start on March 8) and is expected to be finished on schedule for March 15/16, 2007 and on budget.
This work included the building of ice bridges and 140 km of access ice roads to the worksite. It included mobilization of a 56 man sleigh camp to the site. It includes 85 km of seismic acquisition. Once completed, the equipment and personnel will return to origin and all accesses reclaimed.
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(March 5, 2007) – As of March 5, 2007, the St. Catharines Tax Services Office, Enforcement Division will be the initial point of contact and intake centre for all Ontario and Nunavut disclosures and related enquiries. The Voluntary Disclosures Program promotes compliance by encouraging taxpayers to voluntarily correct previous omissions in their dealings with the Canada Revenue Agency.
Overall, the Voluntary Disclosures Program for Ontario and Nunavut will be handled by the St. Catharines, London and Peterborough-Kingston-Belleville Tax Services Offices – Enforcement Divisions.
The Canada Revenue Agency’s Voluntary Disclosures Program policies, procedures and guidelines are not changing. What has changed is the arrangement for submitting a disclosure for Ontario and Nunavut’s taxpayers. The purpose of this arrangement in Ontario and Nunavut is to facilitate better access to expertise and to enhance the efficient review of complex disclosures. The Canada Revenue Agency is committed to continue providing taxpayers with timely and excellent service in managing the Voluntary Disclosures Program.
Canada’s health care system needs to transform quickly to stem the rising tide of diabetes and other chronic health conditions
LONDON, ON, March 5 – Canada can and must do a better job of preventing, identifying and managing the growing prevalence of chronic diseases, according to the Health Council of Canada’s inaugural report on health outcomes.
The report, Why Health Care Renewal Matters: Lessons from Diabetes, looks at what we know about the best ways to manage chronic conditions and measures that against the way we currently treat diseases, using type 2 diabetes as a case study. The report explores how shifting the focus of health care can have a profound, positive impact on health outcomes and on the lives of Canadians, while also helping ensure the sustainability of our health care system for future generations.
The report was released today at the London InterCommunity Health Centre, whose innovative approach to screening, managing and preventing diabetes in that city’s higher-risk Latin American community is highlighted in the report alongside other encouraging chronic disease management initiatives across the country.
VANCOUVER, March 3, 2007 – The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, today announced financial support totalling more than $3 million for the cultural scene in British Columbia. This support will enable publishers to expand their promotional activities, reach new markets, and increase their financial viability. It will also allow arts organizations to present professional artistic performances, improve their facilities and increase their financial viability.
“Canada’s New Government is committed to supporting arts and culture in Canada,” said Minister Oda. “This investment in almost 50 initiatives in British Columbia will contribute to our cultural diversity and vitality.”
“Made in BC – Dance on Tour is thrilled to receive support from the Department of Canadian Heritage to bring BC dance to BC audiences,” said Robyn Campbell, Executive Director. “We are committed to enhancing access to arts experiences for all residents of the province, and are proud to contribute to the awareness and appreciation of contemporary dance in British Columbia’s regions.”
Winnipeg — Amateur filmmakers from Hay River, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Toronto were tonight celebrating as they scooped the top awards during the NSI National Exposure Amateur Movie Contest, part of the NSI FilmExchange Canadian Film Festival run by the National Screen Institute.
Eight jury prizes were presented and the winner of the NSI FilmExchange Audience Choice Award was revealed.
Since February 20, thousands of film fans watched films from 12 finalists on the National Screen Institute website and at zip.tv. People were asked to vote online for their favourite. Tonight the theatre audience at the Globe Cinema in Winnipeg cast their votes which were then added to the online totals to decide the winner of the contest’s top award: NSI FilmExchange Audience Choice Award, worth $1,000.