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In the news today April 25

first_imgALSO IN THE NEWS:—  Preliminary hearing in the case of Commissioner of Competition Tribunal vs. Ticketmaster and parent company Live Nation Entertainment Inc. for allegedly using deceptive ticket pricing practices, demanding it display the full price up front.— Constitutional arguments will be heard in the case of Lorne Grabher, whose surname-personalized licence plate was revoked because it was deemed offensive to women.— Fatality inquiry into the deaths of Const. David Wynn and Shawn Rehn. Rehn was out on bail when he shot Wynn in a casino. He then shot himself in a nearby home.———The Canadian Press Five stories in the news for Thursday, April 25———WILSON RAYBOULD: FEDS WANT TO JUST ‘MANAGE THE PROBLEM’ OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLESFormer justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said the Liberal government made promises on Indigenous issues but backtracked on reconciliation and resolving long-standing problems after taking the reins of power. Wilson-Raybould made the comments in a speech to the First Nations Justice Council in British Columbia, saying she went to Ottawa in 2015 when the Liberals were keen to recruit Indigenous candidates. She said she faced resistance, including when she issued a directive over how federal government lawyers should handle civil cases with Indigenous people and was then shuffled to the veterans affairs portfolio.———CANADA SAYS SOLUTION COULD COME SOON TO GARBAGE DISPUTE WITH THE PHILIPPINESEnvironment Minister Catherine McKenna thinks a solution can be found in the coming weeks to the argument over who’s responsible for dozens of containers of Canadian garbage that have been sitting in a port in Manila for almost six years. A Global Affairs Canada official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the negotiations are still underway, told The Canadian Press it’s expected that the garbage will be returned to Canada. The Canadian ambassador in the Philippines made similar comments to the Philippine News Agency after Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to “declare war” on Canada over the trash.———FEDS OFFER PROVINCES 50/50 SPLIT ON ABANDONED BUS-ROUTE SERVICEThe federal government will split funding for bus service on rural routes abandoned by Greyhound in northern Ontario and Western Canada, but Transport Minister Marc Garneau says only British Columbia has so far taken him up on the offer. Garneau made his comments Wednesday after meeting with B.C. Transportation Minister Claire Trevena. It was the fourth discussion between the ministers on a 50/50 cost-sharing plan to service routes that were dropped when Greyhound shut down operations last fall, citing a loss of $70 million over six years.———MANITOBA FILES CARBON TAX LAWSUITThe Manitoba government has filed its own court challenge of the federal government’s carbon tax, following similar moves by Ontario and Saskatchewan. In documents filed in Federal Court, the Manitoba government seeks a judicial review to quash the federal tax on the grounds it exceeds Ottawa’s constitutional authority. Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick — all provinces lead by conservative governments — have refused federal Liberal demands to enact their own carbon levies. That prompted Ottawa to impose its own tax in those provinces, which started April 1 at $20 per tonne and will rise to $50 per tonne by 2022. A date has not been set for the hearing.———INQUIRY INTO ALBERTA RCMP OFFICER’S KILLING  LOOKS AT BAIL HEARING PROCESSAn Alberta Justice official has told a fatality inquiry into the death of a Mountie that the province is right not to force prosecutors to tell bail hearings about a suspect’s criminal record. Assistant deputy minister Eric Tolppanen spoke Wednesday at the inquiry into the shooting of Const. David Wynn at an Edmonton-area casino in 2015. Career-criminal Shawn Rehn was out on bail on other charges when he killed Wynn and wounded an auxiliary constable. Tolppanen said it’s unnecessary that prosecutors be legally required to tell bail judges about a suspect’s criminal record, the nature of the alleged offence and bail history. He said such a requirement would limit the ability of prosecutors to present their cases as they see fit.———last_img read more

Saskatchewan suspends advocate for childrenyouth cites harassment complaints

first_imgREGINA — Saskatchewan’s advocate for children and youth has been suspended after multiple complaints of harassment.The legislature’s board of internal economy says Corey O’Soup was suspended from his duties Thursday following an investigation.Details of the harassment complaints were not released.The board says the investigation was conducted by an independent investigator with extensive experience dealing with harassment complaints.By law, people appointed as independent officers of the legislative assembly may only be removed by a vote of members of the legislative assembly.Provincial Ombudsman Mary McFadyen has been appointed interim advocate for children and youth.“Harassment cannot be tolerated in any workplace, and certainly not in the office of a statutory officer of the assembly,” Mark Docherty, Speaker of the legislative assembly, said in the release Thursday.“I want to assure the staff members of the advocate’s office, and of all statutory offices, that we support their right to work in a safe and respectful environment.”Docherty says he intends to bring the case before the legislature at the next sitting.The advocate for children and youth speaks up for the rights, interests, and well-being of children and youth in the province. (CJME, CTV Regina) The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Dozens sickened by carbon monoxide leak at Winnipeg hotel no longer in

first_imgThe Canadian Press WINNIPEG — All 46 people who were taken to hospital after a carbon monoxide leak at a Winnipeg hotel have been discharged.Cory Kolt, a spokesperson for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, says none of the people taken to four area hospitals yesterday required admission.Health and fire department officials provided an update at a news conference this afternoon.The gas leak was detected Tuesday morning in the boiler room of a Super 8 hotel near the western edge of Winnipeg and prompted an evacuation.Manitoba Hydro shut off gas lines and ventilated the three-story building.The hotel’s owner, Justin Schinkel, said the Super 8 recently passed a fire inspection and has never had a carbon monoxide leak before.WATCH: Clearing up CO detector confusionlast_img read more

Canada eyeing implications of US plan to allow imports of prescription drugs

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s health minister says the federal government is in touch with U.S. officials to discuss the Trump administration’s plan to allow imports of cheaper prescription drugs from north of the border.In a statement, officials for Ginette Petitpas Taylor are describing the latest display of American interest in Canadian medication as further evidence of Canada’s commitment to more affordable prescription drugs.The statement says Ottawa is constantly monitoring the Canadian drug supply, and will work closely with health experts to better understand the implications for Canadians and avoid any adverse effects on supply or drug costs.The U.S. administration announced today it intends to set up a system that would allow Americans to legally import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada.A recent spike in U.S. interest in cheaper Canadian medication — it has become a central issue in the American election campaign — prompted more than a dozen organizations to urge Petitpas Taylor to safeguard the Canadian supply.In a letter, the groups say Canada’s drug supply is simply not sufficient to support both the Canadian and the U.S. market.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Refugees in 2015 Syrians now citizens in time for 2019 federal election

first_imgOTTAWA — Ahmad Almahmoud has dedicated time every day to follow the news, wanting to be an informed citizen for this fall’s federal election.He is one of 25,000 Syrian refugees that were resettled in Canada between the October 2015 federal election and February 2016. More Syrian refugees have landed in the country since then, with Statistics Canada numbers showing almost 60,000 being resettled as of this past February.Now, he is on the verge earning his citizenship as others have done so he can do something on Oct. 21 he wasn’t able to do in Syria — vote in a free and fair election.The Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party has held power in Syria since 1963, including almost 20 years under Bashar al-Assad following three decades of his father’s rule. The party has survived multiple uprisings, including the Arab Spring demonstrations in 2011 that led to the ongoing civil war.Fleeing a war-torn country to exercise democracy in Canada has been a huge shift for Almahmoud and other Syrians.“The democracy, the elections, the transfer of power peacefully and seamlessly — it’s all new to us,” Almahmoud said.“You feel better when you see (these things).”Alahmoud and his family fled Syria for neighbouring Jordan in 2012. There, he worked as a barber in the city of Mafraq — just south of the Syrian border — until the United Nations said Canada was willing to resettle him, his wife and their two children.“Anyone would look for a better future for his kids,” he said. “We travelled all the way to Canada looking for safety.”The family landed in Canada in February 2016.A third child, a son, was born in 2017, meaning the toddler already has Canadian citizenship.Soon after arriving, Alahmoud opened a barbershop that has since grown to include three other barbers, one of whom is also a Syrian newcomer.Immediately bringing over 25,000 Syrian refugees was a key foreign policy promise the Liberals made in the last election, fueled by the horrifying image of three-year-old Alan Kurdi’s lifeless body on a Turkish beach.Almahmoud said the success of the refugee initiative was not due to one party, but because of the help and support Canadians provided for the waves of new arrivals.In March, Almahmoud, 32, filed his citizenship application. While he awaits a date to write his citizenship test, he said he hopes he’ll be able to take the oath in time to vote on Oct. 21.“It’s great (to become a Canadian citizen,)” Almahmoud said. “We are proud to be part of Canada.”To apply for citizenship, residents have to provide proof that they can speak and write in either English or French, that they have lived in Canada as a permanent resident for at least 1,095 days — equivalent to a period of three years — over the preceding five years, and that they filed taxes in at least three of the previous five years.Federal figures show that 897 Syrian-born applicants became Canadian citizens during the first four months of 2019. They joined 1,597 Syrians who had become citizens in 2018, and 587 from 2017.Research also suggests that more recent immigrants are getting out to the polls in federal votes. A 2016 Statistics Canada report noted that between the 2011 and 2015 elections, the gap in voting turnout narrowed between recent arrivals and those who have been in the country for at least 10 years.Almahmoud said voting in the upcoming election will be an obligation if he is a Canadian citizen by then, and that he would cast his ballot for “the best person or who you think is the best.”To figure out how he will vote, Almahmoud said he keeps an eye on the television while he works in his barbershop, or listens to the news on the radio.“I spend most of my time at my salon, so either the TV or the radio is on,” he said.Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mary Robinson Appointed United Nations Special Envoy For Climate Change

first_imgUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Irish President Mary Robinson as his Special Envoy for Climate Change to mobilize political will and action ahead of the climate summit that the United Nations chief will convene in September.Mrs. Robinson, who will continue to serve as President of the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice, will work closely with Special Envoys John Kufuor and Michael Bloomberg in her new role.“Building on her work on climate justice she will engage Heads of State and Government around the world in order to mobilize political will and action, and raise ambition in advance of the 2014 Climate Summit that the Secretary-General is hosting in New York on 23 September 2014,” said the announcement from Ban Ki-moon’s office.“The Summit will be an important milestone to mobilize political commitment for the conclusion of a global agreement by 2015, as well as to spur enhanced action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build climate resilient communities.”In asking Mrs. Robinson to take on this mandate, the Secretary-General commended her for her work as Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, in particular for her efforts in bringing cohesion and international awareness to the challenges in the region.He particularly noted her ability to galvanize the international community to support the efforts of the Great Lakes region in conflict resolution, socio-economic development and mainstreaming of marginalized groups, including women.Mrs. Robinson also served as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002.last_img read more

Stars To Attend Race To Erase MS Gala

first_imgThe 23rd Annual Race to Erase MS Gala will take place on April 15 benefiting Race to Erase MS and its “Center Without Walls” program which continues to raise funds in order to provide treatment and ultimately find a cure for MS.Guests will be able to participate in a silent auction before enjoying a dinner gala featuring live musical performances by KISS, Jordan Smith, and more. ALEX AND ANI’s Carolyn Rafaelian will be presented with the Race to Erase MS “Medal of Hope” Award. The evening will also include a one-of-a-kind live auction featuring fabulous vacation getaways and experiential packages.Special hosts for the evening include Sharon Osbourne, Jack Osbourne, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and LL Cool J. Additional guests include Mark Ballas, Garcelle Beauvais, Wendy Burch, Francesca Capaldi, Christine Devine, Carmen Electra, Emblem3, Frances Fisher, Clementine Ford, Marg Helgenberger, Allison Holker, BC Jean, Cobi Jones, Larry King, Robert Knepper, Ali Landry, Ross Matthews, AJ Michalka, Aly Michalka, Megan Nicole, Naya Rivera, Johnathon Schaech, Cybill Shepherd, Jojo Siwa, Lea Thompson, Anna Trebunskaya, Aisha Tyler, Louis Van Amstel, Clay Walker, Diane Warren, Dave Winfield, and many more.WHEN: Friday, April 15, 2016WHERE: Beverly Hilton9876 Wilshire Blvd.Beverly Hills, CA 90210Find out more here.last_img read more

This New Brunswick town was literally haunted by the radio

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement For seven decades, a mysterious site on the Trans-Canada highway marked Sackville, New Brunswick. Where the hills and trees faded just past the Nova Scotia border, 13 120-metre towers rose up from the town’s Tantramar Marsh. They encompassed CBC’s Radio-Canada International (RCI) shortwave broadcasting site, built during the Second World War to send broadcasts worldwide.Like others in the area, artist and filmmaker Amanda Dawn Christie was fascinated by the site — which not only transmitted Canadian content around the world in various languages, but also relayed Radio Free Europe broadcasts during the Cold War. This week, she’s premiering Spectres of Shortwave, her experimental documentary film on the site, at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax. It’s a project seven years in the making.“[The transmission site’s] purpose wasn’t for the locals,” Christie says. “So my interest was in what its relationship was to the local people who lived around it.” That relationship was more than just landscape: the transmission site affected the appliances, homes and even dreams of local residents. Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Netflix plans download zones in Ontario cottage country

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Netflix is giving Ontario cottage country dwellers an entertainment fix over holiday weekends this summer.The streaming video operator says it’s opening several temporary “download zones” that allow viewers to refill their mobile devices with fresh TV series and films.It begins this weekend with a Wi-Fi hot spot at Bass Pro Shop at Vaughan Mills on Friday and the Farmers Market in Collingwood, Ontario, both Saturday and Sunday. A spokeswoman for Netflix says employees will be on site to guide users through the steps.Streaming companies have been expanding their downloadable content as more subscribers watch entertainment while in transit. Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Restrictive mobile data plans have made it costly for most Canadians to stream on the road.Netflix began letting users download a limited selection of its TV and films last November.Other streaming video services such as Amazon Prime Video and Hoopla, which is used by some of Canada’s public libraries, also make content downloadable onto phones and tablets.Netflix says it will operate “download zones” at various Ontario cottage country locations on every holiday weekend until Labour Day.They include the Bass Pro Shop and 101 Centennial Dr. in Gravenhurst on the Canada Day weekend; Bass Pro Shop and 37 Main St. E in Huntsville on the Simcoe Day weekend; and Bass Pro Shop on the Friday of the Labour Day weekend. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter A man, who said he is one of the show’s producers, noted he could provide no details about which actors are on location, what they are filming or how long they will be in the city. Advertisement Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement A handful of fans watching filming of Schitt’s Creek at the Sherwood Motel on Monday morning were rewarded with quick glimpses of stars of the CBC TV series.“I’m here hoping to get to meet Eugene Levy,” said Jesse Mask of Brantford, who had been standing at the front of the Colborne Street East motel for several hours. “That’s my goal for the day.”Mask and his sister, Katie Mask, said they saw the backs of Levy and co-star Chris Elliott in the motel parking lot surrounded by the TV crew. A fleet of trailers and other vehicles were parked behind the Sherwood, a landmark in the city for more than 50 years, which was still open for business. Filming for the final season of the CBC comedy series Schitt’s Creek takes place Monday at the Sherwood Motel on Colborne Street in Brantford. (PHOTO BY BRIAN THOMPSON / THE EXPOSITOR) Login/Register With:last_img read more

Despite charges culture of fear remains in Poundmaker Favel

first_imgAPTN National NewsWith the Poundmaker First Nation leadership facing charges of fraud and allegations of intimidation, an uneasy silence has fallen over the community.One band member, however, is breaking the silence. APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo spoke to him.last_img

Another tar sands pipeline facing BC First Nations opposition

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhile much of the attention is on the Northern Gateway Project, there is another plan that is facing opposition.Kinder Morgan wants to twin an existing pipeline to ship bitumen from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.The Tslei Wau Tuth Nation and the Squamish First Nation organized an event this past weekend to send Kinder Morgan a message. The communities say they will not allow the company to bring in bitumen because it threatens their waterways.APTN National News reporter Tina House has this story.last_img read more

Sandy Bay First Nation in hot water as feds asked to take

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe chief and council of the Sandy Bay First Nation in southern Manitoba are in hot water.At the centre of the issue:  Allegedly unpaid teachers and missing pension and benefits.As APTN’s Matt Thordarson reports, the teacher’s union is asking the federal government to put Sandy Bay into third-party management.last_img

Ottawa school board looks to connect to Aboriginal culture

first_imgAPTN National NewsA positive learning environment and a sense of belonging are important to all students.But if you’re First Nation, Inuit or Metis in an urban environment it could be tough to feel connected in place without culture.That’s why the Ottawa District School Board and Aboriginal community are making changes in local schools.APTN’s Annette Francis has that story.last_img

Where are all the jobs promised for the Muskrat Falls project

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhen the Muskrat Falls Project announced it was declared Aboriginal peoples would be a priority in terms of hiring, followed by other Labradorians and then Newfoundlanders.However, many Labradorians say this is not the case.MP Yvonne Jones says she’s been fielding endless calls from workers looking for work.APTN’s Ossie Michelin has the story.last_img

Kalemi school doing big things in tiny community

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere’s a big school in a tiny community doing great things for its students.And this month the Kalemi Dene school in the Northwest Territories is being showcased on an international stage.APTN’s Iman Kassam reports.ikassam@aptn.calast_img

Mohawk code talkers honoured in Akwesasne ceremony

first_img(92 year old Levi Oakes of Akwesasne is honoured for his service in second world war.)Annette Francis APTN National NewsAKWESASNE N.Y — Close to 700 delegates, veterans and members of Akwesasne gathered in the sweltering heat Saturday for a historic ceremony on the American side of the Mohawk Territory.They came to honour 24 Akwesasne Mohawk Code talkers.Levi Oakes, 92, is the sole surviving code talker from Akwesasne who fought in the second world war.“I enlisted at the age of 18, and from there I went to Louisiana to be trained,” said Oakes.Oakes served in New Guinea and the Philippines.Code talkers used their language to communicate between allied troops. Enemy forces couldn’t decipher the language.According to New York Congress woman, Elsie Stefanik, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is one of 33 American Indian tribes being recognized for using their language to send coded messages.“I can’t think of a more fitting time to bestow this congressional medal, then on the 150th anniversary of memorial day, said Stefanik.”She said, for far too long their sacrifice went unnoticed, and they were instructed not to speak of their roles in the military campaigns.Oakes said he kept his role in the war from his seven children, until five years ago.His son Wally said he’s proud of his father’s accomplishments.“We weren’t sure when he would get a medal, we were just hoping before he left this earth,” he said.District Chief, Timothy Thompson said today’s ceremony is the result of a long process that began in 2011, it’s long overdue.“It’s about time that our elders and our families get recognized for their valiant efforts to secure peace, he said.”afrancis@aptn.calast_img read more

Rez Girls hockey team getting closer to building their rink of dreams

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsA campaign to gift the northern Ontario community of Fort Hope First Nation with an ice pad is getting closer to reality.Earlier this year, Katie and Steve Koopman helped to raise money to allow the Rez Girls hockey team to take part in their first hockey tournament.They travelled to Ottawa in for the spring tournament.This fall, they set the bar a little higher.“I had a big goal of trying to reach $90,000 in 30 days,” said Katie Koopman. “We are into our second month, but we are just over two-thirds funded, which is really amazing.”The Koopmans began a GoFundMe campaign with the hopes of building a proper ice pad for the Rez Girls hockey team.They say although the pad won’t be in place for this hockey season, they plan to keep pushing on with the campaign.The Rez Girls are a PeeWee hockey team that gained attention and the hearts of man both on and off the ice during a house league tournament in March.According to the Koopmans, social media has played a big role in the success of the fund raising efforts.“Many of the donations come from people who play hockey themselves,” said Katie Koopman.“Their children play hockey it is their own act of reconciliation and they just believe in the effort and determination of these girls and coaches want to see them gifted with an ice rink, that every other kid in Canada has access to.”The Rez Girls probably won’t be able to practice on a new ice pad in their community this winter – but that won’t stop them from playing hockey.Koopman says the team will be heading to Kingston for a tournament this spring.afrancis@aptn.ca@aptnafrancislast_img read more

What the frack group demands answers around Canadian Premium Sands proposed mine

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsA group of environmentalists from the Hollow Water First Nation who call themselves “What the Frack” are demanding answers as to how a silica sand project, run by Canadian Premier Sand, was approved.The group was at the Manitoba legislature chasing down the minister of Sustainable Development.They want to know if a work permit was granted to Canadian Premier Sand to begin construction.“We’ve never received a straight answer,” said Don Sullivan. “it’s either yes, or no we haven’t.”Canadian Premium Sand is spearheading a project called Winipigow Sand.The company is in discussions with chief and council about plans to build an industrial plant to extract silica sand from Hollow Water and nearby communities of Seymourville, and Manigotagan.“I live there, this is my home,” said Hollow Water members Reg Simard. “I don’t want my home be… to be bulldozed.”Simard said the proposed mine is five to six kilometres from his house and he has concerns about the company’s proposal.“They come in and tell us all the great things about this,” he said. “All the positives, now granted there is a lot of positives uh – to the project but at what cost?”His main concern is about the air quality around the area once the project is approved.APTN News requested an interview with the Rochelle Squires, the minister of Sustainable Development.Her office said she was not available but in an email statement, the minister said that, “The company has submitted an Environmental act proposal which the province is currently reviewing. Crown-Indigenous consultation has begun.“Environmental safety, including health and safety, is a component of the company’s Environment Act proposal, which is currently under review.”abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more