Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement The films will be repeated on October 13 at 2:30 p.m. CT* and again on October 16 at 12 a.m. CT*.The Spirit of BirthDirector: Rebeka Tabobondung | Producer: Michelle St. JohnAfter a colonial legacy of silencing Indigenous women’s wisdom, a searching mother and midwife’s journey to revitalize traditional birth knowledge.ReleasedDirector: Chantal Rondeau | Producer: Jennifer Bowen-AllenKaren Nicloux, a First Nations traditional artist, recently released from prison, re-stitches the fabric of her life together one piece at a time.The LeagueDirector: Jenna Neepin | Producer: Justina NeepinThe Aboriginal Mixed Curling League and Bonspiel have been around for over 20 years. Norman Meade, the league founder and organizer, shares his story of how the league began and hopes that the next generation of curlers will continue to keep the league and sport alive.Mia’Director: Amanda Strong | Producer: Bracken Hanuse CorlettA hybrid documentary using animation and sound as a vehicle to tell the story of transformation and re-connection of the main character Mia’s struggles to return home, as she traverses through polluted waters and skies, witnessing various forms of industrial violence and imprint that have occurred upon the land.*Check your local listings.• • •NSI Aboriginal Documentary 2013-15 was made possible by Presenting Sponsor NBCUniversal; Program Partners APTN, RBC Emerging Artists Project, and Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage; Bootcamp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, imagineNATIVE and Hots Docs; Tuition Sponsor NBCUniversal; Provincial/Territorial Sponsors Manitoba Film & Music and Yukon Film & Sound; Industry Partner Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) and Service Sponsor Line 21 Media Services.NSI Aboriginal Documentary 2015-17 is funded by Presenting Sponsor NBCUniversal; Program Partners APTN, Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and RBC Emerging Artists Project; Aboriginal Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Boot Camp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment, Telefilm Canada, imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Hot Docs and Breakthrough Entertainment; Tuition Sponsor NBCUniversal; Provincial Sponsors Manitoba Film & Music and Creative Saskatchewan; Industry Partners National Film Board, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and the Directors Guild of Canada; and Service Sponsor Line 21 Media. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.• • •We are currently accepting applications for this program. Apply to NSI Aboriginal Documentary. Advertisement Login/Register With: The National Screen Institute is pleased to announce that four short documentary films from the second year of NSI Aboriginal Documentary will be featured on APTN on October 10 as a one-hour special at 8 a.m. CT*.“We are grateful to APTN for their ongoing support of NSI Aboriginal Documentary and its filmmakers,” said John Gill, CEO of NSI. “Giving these talented emerging filmmakers a national platform is hugely valuable and helps their stories reach the wide audience they deserve.”“APTN is pleased to partner with the NSI once again,” said Jean La Rose, APTN Chief Executive Officer. “This program has been important to lay the ground work and train each selected producer and director team, pairing them with an industry mentor to assist with the final development and production of a short documentary film.” Twitter
Rob Sobey, Chair of the Sobey Art Foundation, notes: “I am thrilled by the caliber of the artists selected by the jury for this year’s longlist. The diversity of backgrounds gets more exciting every year. We are delighted to see several never-before nominated artists and are excited to learn who from Canada will participate this year in the SAARP in Berlin, London and New York. We are grateful that their work will help Canadians, as well as people around the world, to become better aware of the richness and vibrancy of contemporary Canadian art.”The 2019 jury panel has selected the following 25 artists:ATLANTIC Philippa JonesEleanor KingLogan MacDonaldEricka WalkerD’Arcy WilsonQUÉBECMarie-Michelle DeschampsNicolas GrenierCaroline MonnetCelia Perrin SidarousSabrina RattéONTARIOStephanie ComilangPatrick CruzBrendan FernandesLaurie KangErdem TaşdelenPRAIRIES & NORTHAlana BartolCatherine BlackburnKablusiakCurtis Talwst SantiagoThe EphemeralsWEST COAST & YUKONAndrew DadsonRochelle GoldbergGabrielle L’Hirondelle HillAnne LowCarmen PapaliaThe artists gain valuable exposure to leading art professionals in Canada and abroad, as their portfolios are reviewed and judged by the jury, chaired by National Gallery of Canada’s Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Josée Drouin-Brisebois. The 2019 jury is composed of Peter Dykhuis, Director/Curator, Dalhousie Art Gallery, for the Atlantic Provinces; Jo-Ann Kane, Curator, National Bank Collection, for the Quebec region; Swapnaa Tamhane, Independent Curator, Artist, and Writer, for the Ontario region; Lindsey Sharman, Curator, Art Gallery of Alberta, for the Prairies and the North region; Nigel Prince, Executive Director, Contemporary Art Gallery, for the West Coast and Yukon; and international juror, Henriette Bretton-Meyer, Curator, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark.“I am so proud of the 2019 Sobey Art Award jury for its work on a compelling and provocative longlist of Canadian artists,” said Drouin-Brisebois. “This year’s list is certain to stimulate curiosity and debate. Through its international residency program, exhibition of the finalists, and its cash prizes, the SAA has an invigorating impact on the artists recognized by the jury for their innovation and creativity. The National Gallery is looking forward to partnering with the Art Gallery of Alberta to bring an inspiring exhibition for our first time to this part of the country.”The five shortlisted artists will be announced June 12 and the international residencies recipients will be revealed on September 18. The Sobey Art Award finalists’ exhibition will be on view from October 5, 2019 to January 5, 2020 at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton. The grand prize winner of the 2019 Sobey Art Award will be announced at a gala hosted by the Art Gallery of Alberta on November 15, 2019. The Fogo Island Arts residency winner will be announced in the weeks following the gala.For more information, please click the following hyperlinks:About the Sobey Art Award processThe National Gallery of Canada first accepts nominations for the Sobey Art Award from recognized agents and institutions. The jury panel oversees the selection process for the award, as well as for the residency program. From the list of nominated artists, the jurors create a longlist of 25 artists – five artists from each of five designated regions in Canada. The panel will then choose one representative from each region to be included on the national shortlist to be announced in June and featured in the 2019 Sobey Art Award exhibition.About the Sobey Art Award Since its launch, the Sobey Art Award has profiled over 230 Canadian artists through its longlist process. For recipients, the Sobey Art Award has become a mark of distinction that has steered the artists toward national and international recognition. Past top award winners are Brian Jungen, Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Annie Pootoogook, Michel de Broin, Tim Lee, David Altmejd, Daniel Barrow, Daniel Young and Christian Giroux, Raphaëlle de Groot, Duane Linklater, Nadia Myre, Abbas Akhavan, Jeremy Shaw and Ursula Johnson. The 2018 Sobey Art Award Winner, Kapwani Kiwanga, was announced on November 14, 2018 at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.About the Sobey Art FoundationThe Sobey Art Foundation was established in 1981 with a mandate to carry on the work of entrepreneur and business leader, the late Frank H. Sobey, to collect and preserve representative examples of 19th- and 20th-century Canadian art. The Art Foundation has assembled outstanding examples from Canadian Masters such as Cornelius Krieghoff, Tom Thomson and J. E. H. MacDonald. The collection is on view in the former home of Frank Sobey and his wife Irene in Pictou County, Nova Scotia.About the National Gallery of Canada The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada’s premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. In 2015, the National Gallery of Canada established the Canadian Photography Institute, a global multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to the history, evolution and future of photography. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, visit gallery.ca and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.About the Art Gallery of AlbertaThe Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta, and the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture. For more information visit www.youraga.ca. Login/Register With: Advertisement OTTAWA, April 16, 2019 – The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada announced today the longlist of nominees for the 2019 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s preeminent contemporary art award. The 25 most promising young Canadian visual artists, nominated by leaders in arts communities from coast to coast to coast, have been selected to contend for the $100,000 CAD grand prize.Established in 2002, the Sobey Art Award represents unprecedented opportunities for today’s Canadian artists, while raising the visibility of Canadian contemporary art here and abroad. The top prize of $100,000 CAD is awarded to the winner, $25,000 CAD is given to each of the four shortlisted artists, and $2,000 CAD is presented to each of the twenty longlisted artists.In addition to monetary awards, three among the 25 artists will be selected by the Sobey Art Award jury to participate in the Sobey Art Award Residencies Program (SAARP), an international residency program ranging from three to six months. Finally, one shortlisted artist will be selected by Fogo Island Arts to attend an annual residency. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook
APTN National NewsLast year, the Department of National Defense listed the Mohawk Warrior Society as an “insurgent group”. Controversy erupted, and the DND promised to apologize to the Mohawk group for the label.Since then, no apology has been issued.APTN National News reporter Trish Allison talks to Mohawk leaders about the promise and what the DND’s silence means to them.
APTN National NewsAs tensions continue to escalate at an anti-fracking protest in northern New Brunswick, the chief of a First Nation in the midst of the action is calling on the provincial government to cool things down.Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock is asking the province to issue a moratorium on shale gas exploration in New Brunswick.Sock’s community is in Kent County where a company in searching for shale gas deposits.The RCMP has arrested about 30 people as a result of the protests.Tensions have also been running high between the RCMP and the protesters.
Shirley McLean APTN National NewsA unique tournament that was the first of its kind was held in Whitehorse this past weekend.It was a special tribute for Mother’s day and meant to honour Indigenous women and email@example.com
The Canadian PressVANCOUVER _ Nearly two decades after a landmark court decision on sentencing Indigenous offenders, lawyers say there are no national standards for implementing the ruling and too many Aboriginal people are still behind bars.The Supreme Court of Canada’s Gladue decision in 1999 said judges must take note of systemic or background factors when determining a sentence for Indigenous offenders in order to address their “serious overrepresentation” in prison.Indigenous people often feel removed from the justice system, said Mitch Walker, vice-president of the Gladue Writers Society of British Columbia, which promotes the best practices for writing Gladue reports that lay out the Indigenous background of an accused in pre-sentencing.“For First Nations people, justice just kind of happens to them. It doesn’t happen with them, it doesn’t happen for them, it doesn’t happen for their benefit,” he said. “And their interactions with the justice system have historically and contemporaneously been so negative that there’s a lot of fear.”That may change if a Gladue report is written in their case, which requires getting in touch with an offender, their family, and community, Walker said.Read more: Gladue courts need specialized training and it’s not happening yet“It’s a very delicate and awkward conversation to phone somebody and introduce yourself ? and then proceed with some very, very personal questions, questions that they wouldn’t discuss with their closest friends and family members,” he said.The accused is also interviewed and it’s often the first time they think deeply about how they ended up in trouble, Walker said.“Gladue report writers are sometimes the first contact that these individuals have with the criminal justice system who aren’t immediately making them feel as though they are a criminal, making them feel as though they’re being listened to.”But some in the justice system say the reports have been underutilized.Signa Daum Shanks, a lawyer and director of Indigenous outreach at Osgoode Hall law school in Toronto, said Gladue principles should be applied whenever an accused has Indigenous heritage, but it’s “stunning” how often lawyers decide the background information isn’t relevant to a particular case.Courts are consistently provided with context about an accused, she said, such as if someone is struggling with English. But that doesn’t always happen with Indigenous people, despite the Supreme Court ruling, Daum Shanks said.It’s “gut-wrenching” that the data in those reports isn’t making its way into courtrooms, where judges could use it to tailor sentences that could help prevent crimes from happening again, she said.Gladue principles are not intended to add an element of sympathy in sentencing an Indigenous person.“It’s about making sure some things don’t happen again.”There are still significant misconceptions about what Gladue principles are, even among people working in the criminal justice system, said lawyer Michelle Brass.“It’s not a get-out-of-jail-free card, for example. It’s not a creation of a second justice system,” she said.Brass is working with the Native Law Centre at the University of Saskatchewan to research how and when the reports are used by looking at about 250 cases across that province. Part of the project’s aim is dispelling misunderstandings by providing education for those in the justice system.At stake, Brass said, is the continued overrepresentation of Indigenous people in jails and prisons.Data from Correctional Service Canada shows Aboriginal people made up about 18 per cent of all federal inmates in 2001, but accounted for less than three per cent of the country’s total population.Indigenous offenders made up 23 per cent of the total offender population last year. About five per cent of people across the country identified as being Aboriginal in the 2016 census.For years, there’s been a substantial need for more Gladue reports across B.C., said Mark Benton, executive director of the Legal Services Society, the province’s legal aid office.The society traditionally used non-governmental funding for the reports and, with each report costing about $1,740 and taking about eight weeks to complete, there was only enough money for about 80 per year.Funding was dedicated to writing Gladue reports last year by the province, Benton said.In 2017, there were 131 Gladue reports written in B.C. and about 400 will be produced this year.Benton said he was concerned about the system a year ago, but now there’s real progress being made in B.C.“I believe that we’re headed in the right direction now and I believe there are people who are in a position to make the needed changes who are committed to doing that,” he said.Some other jurisdictions are focusing on better utilizing Gladue reports, too.Earlier this year, Yukon set aside $530,000 for a pilot project to train writers based in the territory to produce standardized reports and cover the costs of writing them.Reports had previously been written by untrained personnel, which led to uneven quality and some reports were tossed from court, causing delays in the justice system, the government said.“Yukon First Nations are over-represented in the criminal justice system and it is our hope that a Gladue report program will assist in raising awareness and understanding about the unique systemic factors faced by First Nations, while recommending restorative and healing options,” Grand Chief Peter Johnston of the Council of Yukon First Nations said in a statement.But there’s still work to be done when it comes to implementing the Gladue decision, Benton said, including the lack of national standards for the reports.The ruling affects all of Canada, he said, so there’s an expectation for a common approach across the country.The federal Justice Department said it’s up to each jurisdiction to determine how to implement the Gladue principles in the Supreme Court decision.The department runs the Indigenous justice program, which includes projects that raise awareness about the Gladue decision.Many details in Gladue reports could be standardized, Benton said, including what they should include, who’s qualified to write them and how long they should take to prepare.“As always in Canada, there is some benefit to a diversity of approaches when it comes to how justice works,” he said.“But I think after basically 20 years since the Gladue decision, it would be timely for a consolidation of the best practices to come together. And I think many of us are hoping that the federal government will take that on.”firstname.lastname@example.org@aptnnews
Charlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsThis month, Canadian Blood Services announced a national shortage.But potential donors living in some regions – like the North – can’t donate.APTN reporter Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs has this story.
MONTREAL – Some of the biggest names in tech are lining up to join Montreal’s burgeoning artificial intelligence cluster, but harnessing the sector’s full potential depends on creating homegrown tech champions, not just celebrating investments by large multinationals, warns one of Canada’s godfathers of deep learning.Canada is at the centre of research charting new ways to mine big data with implications for everything from better medical diagnoses to self-driving cars and Montreal is emerging as a hub thanks to a large concentration of available researchers in a low-cost city with great social values.Facebook became the latest Silicon Valley giant to set up shop in the city with a Sept. 15 announcement that it would open a research lab and invest $7 million in Montreal’s AI community, joining Google, Microsoft and Samsung, which all have a presence in the city.More deals are likely on the way, according to Yoshua Bengio, considered one of the pioneers of deep learning — an AI subset that uses neural networks to mimic the way a human brain learns and adapts.Bengio, who heads the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms, one of Canada’s three main AI centres of excellence, recently partnered with Samsung to open a University of Montreal lab that will focus on developing algorithms for use in voice and visual recognition, robotics, autonomous driving and translations.He believes Canada’s global stature in AI has been reinforced by its ability to attract the best researchers from around the world because of the strong connection between academic research and innovation.However, he also warned that without developing strong domestic AI companies, intellectual property developed in Canada risks flowing across the border to the financial benefit of the U.S.“Although these large companies coming to Montreal are contributing to the ecosystem in a beautiful way, in a few years from now we will need to have Canadian companies really leading the pack internationally for Canada to really succeed in this,” he said in an interview.It’s a type of brain drain, according to Gabriel Woo, who oversees the RBC Research Institute, an artificial intelligence lab in Toronto.“You don’t see them physically crossing the border but we need to keep guarding against what I feel is a more insidious kind of brain drain which is losing IP and losing wealth creation,” he said.Others worry that by hiring university professors, multinational tech companies are limiting the training opportunities for local students to become the next AI stars.Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, who’s leading the federal push to expand AI, said Canada can both attract foreign investment and help Canadian companies to grow.“It’s important that we develop IP in Canada, grow intellectual property in Canada and artificial intelligence in Canada and use big data to help Canadian companies succeed globally as well,” he said from Ottawa.Bains said he expects to unveil in the coming months the government’s supercluster approach and its strategy to protect intellectual property.Corporate Canada is latching onto the promise of artificial intelligence, which has been likened to a new industrial revolution in everything from engineering to banking to aerospace, but many companies are just starting to figure out the best use cases.“Data has indeed become the new oil,” Air Canada Calin Rovinescu told business leaders last week, adding that he sees AI as a way to deliver a more satisfying flying experience.Meanwhile, SNC-Lavalin CEO Neil Bruce said the engineering giant is preparing to partner in the coming months with an artificial intelligence startup in a bid to be more efficient than the competition and sees it being put to use in a number of areas including figuring out complex analytics required to extend the life of nuclear facilities.The head of Element AI, a Montreal AI startup factory established with Bengio, said corporations are still trying to figure out what AI means for them but want to ensure their businesses aren’t left behind.“The real motivation is about survival,” said Jean-Francois Gagne, who is overwhelmed by the number of calls from corporations.“It’s the fear of new entrants or a company that will totally disrupt them.”
EDMONTON – Alberta’s 2018 budget includes more spending, an $8.8-billion deficit and a five-year plan to balance the books that’s tied to the ups and downs of oil prices and the vagaries of pipeline politics.Premier Rachel Notley’s government hails it as the responsible way forward while opponents castigated it as a gross abuse of the public purse that will punish generations to come.“This budget continues to support the vital programs and services Albertans need,” Finance Minister Joe Ceci said Thursday.“It continues to work on the diversification of our economy and we need that vitally because of the wild swings in our revenues.”The budget increases funding for core programs in education, health and community services.There is also money for previously announced incentive programs to diversify the energy-based economy and deliver more high-tech spots in post-secondary schools.The downside is a debt load of $54.2 billion this year in a province that was effectively debt free 14 years ago. The debt is expected to hit $96 billion by 2024.“That’s what it will take to make sure we don’t do without the important services and programs Albertans have come to rely on,” Ceci said.Interest payments on the debt will be $1.9 billion this year, more than all royalty payments expected from bitumen.Opposition United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney said the interest payments on the debt will be $3.7 billion by 2024.“If there was any suggestion the NDP was going to change its course and become fiscally responsible, that was blown out in a spectacular way in today’s NDP budget,” said Kenney.“I thought that they would be making a real effort to reduce the deficit and stop the growth in debt, but they’ve just thrown caution to the wind.”Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel said the long-term revenue forecasts are unrealistic and the government is making no effort to control some costs.“It’s just going to eventually bankrupt the province,” he said.Liberal legislature member David Swann said the budget represents a failure to diversify the economy.“We need to start having an adult conversation about a harmonized sales tax,” said Swann.This is expected to be the last full budget cycle before the spring election in 2019.When Notley’s NDP won power in 2015 she inherited an economy that was bottoming out as oil prices crashed and erased billions from Alberta’s coffers.Rather than ratchet back spending, the NDP poured money into infrastructure and avoided cuts to front-line services.The numbers show jobs are coming back — including 38,000 in the last three months of 2017 — and the GDP is on the rise. But the government has been hit with multiple credit downgrades and warnings over the years.The plan to get back to balance relies on revenue from two pipeline projects approved by the federal government: improvements to Enbridge’s Line 3 into Wisconsin and an expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain line to the West Coast.While construction on Line 3 has begun in Alberta, Trans Mountain faces delays in British Columbia.Premier John Horgan is going to court to see if his province has authority to stop any increased oil shipments from Alberta while B.C. reviews oil-spill safety and cleanup.That move has put the economic future of Trans Mountain up in the air, and Notley is threatening to reduce oil flows to B.C. in retaliation.“The pipelines will get built,” said Ceci. “They are federally approved.”Non-renewable resource revenue is expected to fetch $3.8 billion this year. But $10.4 billion is expected when the two pipelines kick in and the budget is balanced in 2024.Ceci has said steps are being taken to keep the debt and deficit figures manageable.Alberta has negotiated wage freezes with nurses and teachers, and is keeping the size of the civil service flat.It will take in $47.9 billion in total revenue this year against $56.2 billion in expenses. There is also a $500-million contingency fund to cover unexpected shortfalls.Health remains the big ticket department. Its budget rises three per cent to $22.1 billion, representing 40 per cent of total expenses.The government plans to spend $30 billion over four years on roads and schools, the Calgary Cancer Centre and a new hospital in Edmonton.For the first time, cannabis revenue is being factored in. Recreational marijuana use becomes legal this year and Alberta expects to take in $26 million in taxes.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML; TSX:ENB
BURNABY, B.C. – The leader of the Union of British Columbia Indians Chiefs says he will keep up the pressure against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline in Burnaby, B.C.Grand Chief Stewart Phillip sat with a coffee cup in his hands between fellow union executive members, Chief Judy Wilson and Chief Bob Chamberlin, at the gates of Kinder Morgan’s worksite on Saturday afternoon.“It’s about showing up, it’s about doing more than paying lip service to opposition to this very toxic, dangerous, dirty oil pipeline on the part of Kinder Morgan,” he said.Phillip, who has been arrested four other times as he fought for Aboriginal rights, says he believes it’s his responsibility to help stop the pipeline expansion.“This is not our first rodeo, so we’ll be here for a while,” he added.Activist and author Naomi Klein also joined the protesters, saying they are sending a message not just to the government but to investors that there’s real opposition to the fossil fuel industry in Canada.“What we need to do is move extremely rapidly toward renewable energy well before mid-century,” she said.“This project is totally incompatible with taking climate change seriously.”Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain project is set to twin an existing pipeline, tripling the flow of oil flowing to the B.C. coast from Alberta.The RCMP say they have arrested about 200 people demonstrating around the Trans Mountain facilities since mid-March, and while most face charges for civil contempt, officers have also made arrests for mischief, obstruction and assault of a police officer.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)
TORONTO – The Ontario government will reportedly allow private stores to sell marijuana once recreational cannabis becomes legal on Oct. 17.A source in the provincial government told the Globe and Mail that Finance Minister Vic Fedeli and Attorney General Caroline Mulroney are expected to make an announcement as early as next week to outline a plan to let the private sector own and operate cannabis shops.The source, who spoke on condition of not being identified, also indicated that the government would still control the distribution of the product to the stores and manage online sales.The previous Liberal government under Kathleen Wynne had planned to give the Liquor Control Board of Ontario a monopoly on the sale of recreational cannabis, with 40 stores slated to open this year under an LCBO subsidiary called the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS).The new system would mirror the Alberta model, which will allow for privately run cannabis stores to sell marijuana with licences granted by the liquor commission.Ontario Premier Doug Ford has already indicated that he was considering the private sector, saying in late June that he doesn’t believe “government should stick their nose into everything.”A spokesman for the Ontario Ministry of Finance wouldn’t comment on the details but said the province will be ready by the time marijuana is legal in October.
BEIJING, China – China’s exports to the United States surged last month, shrugging off President Trump’s tariff hike in a dispute over technology.Shipments to the United States climbed 13.3 per cent from a year earlier, to $41.5 billion, after a roughly similar rise in June, customs data show.At the same time, Beijing’s trade surplus with the United States — a frequent source of anger and threats from Trump — widened by 11 per cent from a year ago to $28 billion.The rise in exports defied expectations of a slump after merchants rushed to fill orders the previous month before Washington imposed 25 per cent duties on $34 billion of Chinese goods on July 6 in response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.The trade war between the world’s two biggest economies has forced many multinational companies to reschedule purchases and rethink where they buy materials and parts to try to dodge or blunt the effects of tit-for-tat tariffs between Washington and Beijing.Beijing has warned that its exporters face “rising instabilities” after Washington’s trade penalties. Beijing has retaliated with higher duties on a similar amount of American goods.On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced that it would proceed with previously announced 25 per cent tariffs on an additional $16 billion of Chinese imports starting Aug. 23. On Wednesday, China hit back by saying it would impose identical 25 per cent punitive duties on $16 billion of U.S. goods, including cars, crude oil and scrap metal, also to take effect Aug. 23.A Commerce Ministry statement labeled Trump’s decision to go ahead with the latest U.S. tariffs “very unreasonable.” Beijing’s retaliatory move was a “necessary response” to “safeguard its legitimate interests,” the ministry said on its website.Escalating its tensions with Beijing, the Trump administration has also threatened to impose penalties on an additional $200 billion in Chinese exports to the United States. Beijing says it is ready to retaliate against $60 billion of American imports. (Beijing cannot tax an equal amount of U.S. products, because the United States exports far fewer goods to China than it imports.)Tariffs are taxes on imports. They are meant to protect homegrown businesses and put foreign competitors at a disadvantage. But the taxes also exact a price on domestic businesses and consumers who pay more for imports.In July, China’s global exports surged 12 per cent, even faster than an 11 per cent increase in June. At the same time, overall imports to China jumped 27 per cent last month.Exports to the rest of the world might have been boosted by a weaker Chinese currency. The yuan has declined by 8 per cent this year against the dollar and by about 4 per cent against a basket of global currencies. A weakening currency makes a nation’s goods more affordable for overseas buyers.China’s trade conflict with the United States, coupled with weakening global demand, has compounded the challenges for Beijing. Economic growth has slowed since regulators tightened controls on bank lending to rein in surging debt.The unusually strong July import figures reflected higher prices, according to Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics.“We expect export growth to cool in the coming months, though this will primarily reflect softer global growth rather than U.S. tariffs,” Evans-Pritchard said in a report. “Import growth is likely to slow as domestic headwinds continue to weigh on economic activity.”China’s global trade surplus narrowed by 40 per cent from a year earlier to $28 billion. In the meantime, its trade gap with the 28-nation European Union contracted 8 per cent to $11.2 billion.China is running out of American goods to hit with retaliatory tariffs given the two nations’ lopsided trade balance. Last year’s imports from the United States totalled about $130 billion. That leaves only about $20 billion for penalty tariffs after increases that have already been imposed or threatened on U.S. goods are counted.Beijing has stepped up efforts, so far without success, to recruit governments including Germany and France as allies. Those nations have criticized Trump’s tactics, but they share U.S. complaints about Chinese industrial policy and market barriers.___AP Economics Writer Paul Wiseman in Washington contributed to this report.___This story has been corrected to show that the tariff-related rise in Chinese exports was in June.___General Administration of Customs of China (in Chinese): www.customs.gov.cn
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Tesla made its biggest gain in five years Monday after company founder Elon Musk reached a settlement with securities regulators that will allow him to stay on as CEO of the electric car maker. That marked a big reversal from Friday’s plunge, the worst day for the stock in almost as long.Under a settlement announced Saturday, Musk will give up his post as Tesla’s chairman for at least three years.Musk and Tesla will each pay $20 million to resolve the case, making Musk’s August tweet that he would take the company private and had “funding secured” for the deal likely the most expensive social media post of all time.The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit Thursday that said the tweet constituted securities fraud because Musk knew he hadn’t lined up the money for such a deal.Tesla stock rose 17.3 per cent to $310.70 after a 14 per cent plunge on Friday, which left it slightly higher than it finished Thursday. As part of the settlement, Tesla will name two new, independent directors to its board.Critics, including some investors, had pushed for similar changes recently, arguing that a new chairman and a board less tied to Musk would be good for Tesla and its investors. Some have argued Musk should even give up the CEO role and assume a post such as chief technical officer.The SEC said it wanted to bar Musk from serving as an officer or director of a publicly traded company, a scary option for investors who felt Musk was nearly synonymous with Tesla and that another executive would have trouble managing Tesla’s manufacturing challenges and keeping the public satisfied in spite of Tesla’s substantial debts.
Both groups are not-for-profit and this evening’s Fundraiser is to help fund these programs throughout the year. Fundraising help keep membership fees lower to keep these groups more accessible to families, purchase music and to host out of town clinicians.The last song of the performance, the grand finale, is a collaboration between the choir and the band. The audience will be asked to participate and sing along.The concert is just before the Santa Parade and there will be Hot Chocolate served in the Lobby in preparation for exiting the Cultural Centre to go outside and watch the Santa parade.This is a family-friendly event and tickets can be purchased HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Traditional and not so Traditional holiday songs will be performed Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 1-3pm at the North Peace Cultural Centre.Join the Northern Lights Youth Choir FSJ and the Northern Winds Community Band for an afternoon of vocal and instrumental fun with a special guest appearance from T-Rex. The performance takes place just before the start of the Santa Parade and is a great opportunity to kick off this holiday season.The Holiday Sing-along is a celebration of two community groups coming together. The NLYCFSJ is a two-part children’s choir with members ranging from the ages 5-18 years. The NWCB is a Concert band made up of woodwinds, brass and percussion section.
KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Kamloops RCMP have captured a man who has several outstanding warrants in relation to a series of events across various jurisdictions in the province.In early January, 29-year-old Michael David Trosky was wanted on outstanding warrants in Dawson Creek, the Okanagan and Shuswap areas for charges including:Evading PoliceDangerous Operation of a Motor VehicleProhibited DrivingFailing to ComplyBreachTheft of Mail and Theft Under.He has appeared before the courts and is being remanded until April 11, 2019.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Ecojustice and Sierra Club BC are in court in October to challenge the government’s decision to exempt two Petronas Canada dams from environmental assessments.Located north of Fort St. John, B.C. is the Town Dam and the Lily dam which are used to store water used in fracking operations, making them a key part of a network of infrastructure linked to LNG development in the province.On behalf of the Sierra Club BC, Ecojustice lawyers will appear in the British Columbia Supreme Court in October to argue the province’s decision to exempt the dams from an environmental assessment. “The province’s decision to exempt the dams from environmental assessment sets a dangerous precedent — and suggests the government is not only unwilling to punish companies that break the law, but may actually reward them by facilitating a less rigorous review processes,” said Olivia French, Ecojustice Lawyer.“In an era when carbon pollution from oil and gas companies is threatening our communities with extreme weather like flooding and wildfires, we need stronger laws and better enforcement to put the health and safety of our communities ahead of corporate profit,” said Hanna Askew, Executive Director of the Sierra Club BC.
Gurugram: The Gurugram police on Monday achieved a major breakthrough when it captured members of a dreaded gang who used to target under construction houses and buildings in the city.Most of the robberies used to take place in the Golf course extension area where the constructions used to take place. According to the law enforcement officials the accused have confessed that they were able to hold at least five of the guard’s hostage and in the process they ha stolen the stuff valued to be around a crore. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAll those arrested are from Gurugram. The law enforcement officials arrested eight members of this gang. As of now the leader of the gang has not been arrested. The members on the basis of the local weapons used to first target the guards securing the area and then steal stuff like construction materials and other valuables from the site. “For long we had been receiving complaints that how under construction buildings in the city were the new targets. The modus operand of the gang was simple they used to first survey the under construction house that was being guarded by a single guard. Then on the basis of strength, weapons and numbers, they used to subjugate the guard and commit theft,” said a senior official from Gurugram police. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe dangers of increased incidents of robbery continue to be a major challenge for law enforcement officials as it continues to witness an upward trend. “Robberies have been a major law and order problem in the city. However, the biggest concern is most of these criminals are targeting houses even in the daylight and are also successful in their attempt. Ironically, not only are these people targeting wealthy houses but even the middle classes are not secure,” said Ranjit Dhawan, a city resident.
Bhopal: Ending speculation, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Saturday announced that former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from the Bhopal constituency on the Congress ticket. “The central election campaign committee of the party has decided that Digvijaya Singh will contest from Bhopal. He was given the option to contest from Indore, Jabalpur or Bhopal. Later, it was decided that he will be the Congress candidate from Bhopal,” Kamal Nath told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.
Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping met Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday and expressed hope that Pakistan and India can meet each other halfway to improve their strained relations following the Pulwama terror attack by a JeM suicide bomber. Both leaders also exchanged views on the situations in South Asia, an official Chinese statement here said about the meeting between Xi and Khan. The India-Pakistan relations reportedly figured prominently in the meeting. Xi expressed hope that Pakistan and India can meet each other halfway and promote the stabilisation and improvement of India-Pakistan relations, it said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportKhan arrived in China on April 25 and attended China’s 2nd Belt and Road Forum (BRF) held on April 26-27. The BRF meeting was held to highlight the achievement of the trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) started by Xi in 2013 in which USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an important component. India skipped the meeting for the second time, protesting over the CPEC which is being laid through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe Sunday’s meeting between Xi and Khan was regarded significant as it was held in the backdrop of heightened tensions between India and Pakistan following the February 14 Pulwama terror attack carried out by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) which killed 40 Indian CRPF soldiers. China had sent its Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou to visit Pakistan in March as part of its efforts to ease the tensions. Khan’s meeting with Xi took place when China is under pressure at the United Nations over its repeated attempts to block efforts to declare Pakistan-based JeM leader Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. Last month, China put a technical hold on a resolution put forth by the US, the UK and France at the UN’s 1267 counter terrorism committee to declare Azhar as a global terrorist. The US later took the issue to the UN Security Council (UNSC) in a bid to pressure China to take a public stance on Azhar’s issue instead of just putting up blocks at the 1267 committee. China had expressed its firm opposition to the issue being taken to the UNSC, saying that the matter headed for settlement and blamed the US for scuttling it. While there is no word here whether the Azhar issue figured in Xi’s talks with Khan, officials say there is a sense of wariness on the part of Beijing to block India, the US and other countries’ efforts to blacklist him at the UN on behalf of Pakistan. Officials hoped that the issue could be resolved in the coming weeks following Khan’s visit to China. Prior to his meeting with Xi, Khan called on Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during which the two countries signed a number of agreements. Earlier, he met Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan. During Sunday’s meeting, Xi expressed China’s firm support to Pakistan to further the bilateral ties between the all-weather allies. “Pakistan is China’s all-weather strategic cooperative partner. China and Pakistan are ‘iron friends’ and have always firmly supported each other on issues concerning each other’s core interests.” Xi said. China takes Pakistan as a priority in its diplomacy, he said. “No matter how international and regional situations change, China firmly supports Pakistan in safeguarding its sovereignty and national dignity, choosing its own development path suited to its national conditions, combating terrorist and extremist forces, striving for a sound external security environment, and playing a constructive role in international and regional affairs,” Xi said. He said major progress had been made in bilateral cooperation in the construction of the CPEC, especially in areas such as finance, trade and other aspects, the statement said. “In the next stage, China and Pakistan should make more efforts to advance the all-weather strategic cooperation,” Xi said. He called on both sides to deepen high-level contacts and mutual support, strengthen strategic communication and promote high-quality cooperation in production capacity, infrastructure construction, people’s livelihood and trade within the framework of the BRI. Khan said the CPEC had played an important role in Pakistan’s economic development and the improvement of people’s lives.