OTTAWA – A doctor who worked with the University of Ottawa’s health services team is facing more than 80 new charges in a sexual assault investigation and police say there may be more alleged victims.Police say 56-year-old Vincent Nadon of Chelsea, Que., is due in court today to face 43 counts of sexual assault and 40 counts of voyeurism related to 40 female complainants.Investigators with the force’s Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit say the alleged offences may have taken place as far back as the late 80s, and up until this year.Nadon was originally charged in January, when he was practising family medicine.The force said it received a complaint from a woman in her 20s who suspected she was being filmed without her consent.Ten additional charges were laid against Nadon in February.University of Ottawa Health Services says it was “very disturbed” to learn of the new charges against Nadon.“Our greatest concern continues to be for the victims,” executive director Christopher Fisher said in a statement. “The University of Ottawa Health Services would like to inform patients that Dr. Vincent Nadon will not be returning to work with our organization.”
CALGARY – Vast geographic distances and high staff turnover have made it more difficult for justice officials to help Indigenous women and girls in the North, a national inquiry was told Monday.A week-long hearing of the missing and murdered Indigenous women inquiry began in Calgary with a look at the role of prosecution and victim services. The hearing is the first of two to delve into how systemic issues can contribute to the vulnerability of Indigenous womenMental-health care and housing are scheduled to be discussed later in the week. A session on policing is to take place in Regina next month.“This is going to provide us with a foundation for our recommendations ultimately and our final report,” inquiry chief commissioner Marion Buller said.Leanne Gardiner with the Northwest Territories Justice Department told the hearing the biggest challenge is building trust with victims and their families. When there is only one victims services provider in a community, staff turnover can be disruptive.“At some points, it has to start from scratch,” she said.Some people in remote areas have no way to quickly get face-to-face services, Gardiner said.“The reality is that we don’t have victims services providers in every single community, in person ready to support someone. And crime and victimization happens in every single community.”The Northwest Territories has 11 victims services providers who work through eight community organizations. Gardiner said those providers have been creative helping people by phone or teleconference, but she said that in person interaction is always preferable.Poor weather and spotty Internet connections can also pose a challenge, she added.“As northerners are apt to do, you adjust to the circumstances that you’re in.”John Phelps, Yukon’s chief federal prosecutor, said his office deals with a hefty caseload.“We deal with a significant percentage of violent and sexualized violent crime within the territories compared to the national averages,” he said.Crown witness co-ordinators have made things run more smoothly by helping victims navigate the justice system and by acting as a liaison with lawyers and judges, Phelps said.But not enough co-ordinators are Indigenous, given how many people from those communities are victims of crime, he said. All of the Crown witness co-ordinators in Nunavut are Indigenous, but in the Northwest Territories only one of seven is. In Yukon, it’s one of five.Keeping in contact with victims has also been a challenge.“Either we don’t have adequate information coming from the investigative agency or, because of the lapse in time, victims have moved on.”Northern prosecution offices also have a tough time recruiting and retaining staff, he added.The inquiry has already heard from 1,200 people across the country whose loved ones have been killed or have disappeared.“Families and survivors have told us about a lack of information coming from service providers and families have also told us about lack of timely response,” said Buller, who added that a lack of cultural understanding is also a problem.“Families and survivors have told us time and time again that there weren’t translators available, that elders weren’t consulted, that there was also a lack of understanding that in some communities women certainly cannot talk about domestic violence, for example.”
NOYES, Minn. – It was just a matter of time until an aslyum seeker died trying to illegally cross the border into Canada, the reeve of Emerson, Man., said Tuesday.Greg Janzen was reacting to the death of Mavis Otuteye, a 57-year-old woman believed to be from the African country of Ghana, whose body was found late last week near Noyes, Minn.“We were always expecting to find someone in the ditch when the snow melted, which we never did,” he said. “(Then) the Red River didn’t flood nearly as much as we expected so we thought it would be clear sailing, but now we have this.”The Kittson County sheriff’s department said an initial autopsy concluded the cause of death was possible hypothermia, though a final autopsy is still pending.The police said they believe Otuteye had been heading to Emerson, which is just across the border from Noyes.Though the two communities are very close together, Janzen said it had been cold and rainy that night, and there were two other weather-related medical calls involving border crossings on the weekend. He said those who travel in the middle of the night can also become disoriented, and the area is sparsely populated.There has been a spike in asylum seekers since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, with the most recent RCMP figures showing 859 people were stopped between official border points in April.For the year so far, there have been 1,993 interceptions in Quebec, 477 in Manitoba and 233 in British Columbia.Janzen has long been a critic of the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement, under which people who have made refugee claims first in the U.S. are turned back at official Canadian entry points.However, it does not apply to people who get onto Canadian soil first, resulting in many crossing fields and ditches and avoiding the official border posts.Those asylum seekers are allowed to follow normal refugee-claim procedures and are usually released and cared for by a non-profit agency until their case is heard.“Until they close this loophole, this is going to keep happening,” Janzen said of the agreement. “What scares me is next winter again.“We’re still getting women and children. What’s going to happen to the children? One of these times the kids aren’t going to make it.”He said he also fears for the safety of his community.“So far our residents haven’t been assaulted, but that’s going to happen yet, too.”Otuteye’s case is currently under investigation by the Kittson County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
VICTORIA – Victoria officially has a new police chief, nearly 18 months after its former leader stepped aside amid a misconduct investigation involving inappropriate Twitter messages.The police board says Del Manak has been permanently appointed chief constable of the Victoria Police Department.Manak has been acting as head of the force since December 2015, when former chief Frank Elsner stepped aside while investigations were conducted into allegations that he’d sent Twitter messages to the wife of one of his officers.Elsner was suspended last April and officially quit last month.Mayor Lisa Helps says Manak has demonstrated “unwavering leadership” and created a strong community presence for the department despite working under “challenging circumstances.”Manak says in a statement that he plans to build on the force’s reputation by engaging and collaborating with the community.
MONTREAL – The Quebec government says Montreal’s Olympic Stadium will have a new, $250 million roof by 2023.Tourism Minister Julie Boulet said on Thursday that the province doesn’t know yet whether the stadium’s new covering will be retractable.She said the government is open to having a roof that could be demountable for certain events.Quebec will begin asking for proposals in 2018.Montrealers have been dealing with the stadium’s problematic roof for years.Radio-Canada reported in May the roof tore 677 times over the last year and 7,453 times over the past ten years.Montreal’s Olympic Stadium was designed by architect Roger Taillibert and it was built for the 1976 summer games.
Ontario’s animal welfare organization has ordered a dog-sledding business north of Toronto to take several steps to improve the well-being of more than 100 canines as an animal cruelty investigation continues.The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ordered Windrift Kennel in Moonstone, Ont., on Friday to provide insulated shelter, clean water, appropriate food and veterinary care to the dogs on site after a complaint was made by a couple on Sunday.Natasha Guerriero and Dylan Blake, from Whitby, Ont., said they went dog-sledding and took videos of the animals afterward.The clips, which the pair posted to Facebook, show dozens of dogs chained up in the snow, with one dog limping with an apparent open wound on one of its front legs.The OSPCA said in a statement that officers visited Windrift Kennel on Monday and said “several areas of concern were identified.”“Our officers continue to oversee and monitor the conditions for the dogs to ensure the concerns are corrected and the dogs have the proper care and living conditions,” it said.Dogs at the kennel are receiving veterinary assessments, the OSPCA said, noting that the outcome of those examinations could result in more orders being issued.“As the investigation progresses, we will continue to provide updates regarding the welfare of these dogs,” the OSPCA said.The owner of the dogs must comply with the orders or the animals can be seized, the OSPCA added.Windrift Kennel did not respond to requests for comment.The couple who made the complaint called the conditions of the dogs “sickening.”“Dozens and dozens of dogs, if not all of them, are in trouble — they were limping, scrawny and starving and the owner said they sleep in little huts outside year round,” Guerriero has said.The couple booked their outing through a company called Toronto Adventures, Guerriero said.The tour operator has since cut ties with Windrift Kennel, and a staff member said Toronto Adventures received death threats over the incident.
WHITEHORSE – Twenty-six mushers and their dogs have one more day of rest before the teams hit the trail for the 35th annual Yukon Quest sled dog race, renowned as one of the toughest such events on the planet.The international event, covering 1,609 kilometres, begins Saturday in Fairbanks, Alaska, with the winner due to cross the finish line in Whitehorse nine or 10 days later.Despite unseasonably warm weather in some parts of Yukon, race official Natalie Haltrich says conditions in Alaska are excellent.The mushers, including last year’s winner, 26-year-old Alaska resident Matt Hall, must scale three mountain peaks, pass through five check points and cover 241 kilometres before crossing the border into Yukon just west of Dawson City.In Canada, the racers and their teams of 14 dogs, must go through another four checkpoints and get past the 1,234-metre high King Solomon’s Dome peak before reaching the Whitehorse finish line.Along with defending champ Hall, mushers including former winners Hugh Neff and Allen Moore, along with 12 other race veterans and 11 rookies.Haltrich says some people oppose the event, but she says everyone is invited to view it and meet the veterinarians who ensure the health of the dogs.“I believe in this race, the people who put it on believe in this race,” Haltrich says.“We know what we do well, we are proud of what we do well and we are not afraid to meet folks and invite them to learn as well.”Anyone interested in following the race can keep track of the mushers and their dogs at www.yukonquest.com. (CKRW)
QUEBEC – The man who gunned down six Muslim men in a Quebec City mosque deserves to spend 150 years in prison, a Crown prosecutor said Tuesday as he recommended Alexandre Bissonnette receive the longest sentence in Canadian history.Bissonnette’s crimes are “despicable, repugnant … and equate to terrorism,” said prosecutor Thomas Jacques at the killer’s sentencing hearing.Earlier this year, Bissonnette, 28, pleaded guilty to six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder after he walked into a mosque in the provincial capital on Jan. 29, 2017, and opened fire.A single first-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.Quebec Superior Court Justice Francois Huot could multiply Bissonnette’s sentence by the number of people he killed and therefore order the shooter serve 150 years in prison before he becomes eligible for parole — meaning he would die in custody.Bissonnette’s lawyer, Charles-Olivier Gosselin, has portrayed his client as an anxious and fragile man and suggested he be eligible for parole after 25 years.Jacques told the judge Bissonnette deserves a sentence that is proportionate with the “carnage” he inflicted on the city’s Muslim community, and on the rest of the country.Bissonnette began considering mass killing in 2015, Jacques said.A year later, he chose his target, Quebec City’s mosque, the prosecutor continued.“It’s not a trivial location,” he said. “It’s a place of worship, a saintly place, a sacred place.”Not only was the killing premeditated, but the shooter was determined, acted methodically and with cruelty, Jacques said.Bissonnette even smiled at a couple of people in the mosque “to give them hope,” before coldly executing them, Jacques added.“What happened is a black eye on all the values protected by Canadian society,” Jacques told the judge.Mohamed Labidi, ex-president of the mosque, was at the courthouse and said, “all the families of the victims … want an exemplary sentence. They want the maximum the law allows.”Bissonnette’s defence team has requested the trial judge declare consecutive sentences — a part of the Criminal Code since 2011 — unconstitutional and invalid.After Huot finishes hearing arguments on sentencing, he’ll decide whether the parties should move forward with a debate on the defence’s motion to declare consecutive sentences unconstitutional.Earlier on Tuesday, defence lawyers argued Bissonnette’s case was vastly different from those in which convicts received consecutive sentences.They cited cases involving the cannibalism of a two-year-old child, women who were murdered simply for their gender, as well as a case in which a woman was stabbed to death, along with her parents, after she considered leaving her husband.Defence lawyers also cited the case of Moncton shooter Justin Bourque, who was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 75 years after he murdered three RCMP officers and wounded two others. The judge in the case noted that Bourque had not shown any remorse.“What we see in these decisions … are particularly heinous crimes, awful, and committed in relatively long intervals, over several days,” defence lawyer Jean-Claude Gingras said.In contrast, Bissonnette admitted his crime, surrendered to police, and always co-operated with the authorities, Gingras said.Bissonnette was described by his defence team as a sick young man but someone who can be rehabilitated and who has repeatedly shown remorse, shame, and who has been described by experts as representing a low to moderate risk of recidivism.A consecutive sentence would “annihilate” Bissonnette’s chances of rehabilitation and rob him of hope, Gosselin said.Huot interjected at that point, noting that the crime was, “to my knowledge, a unique situation where 50-52 victims were targeted because they belonged to a particular group.“It’s quite difficult to try to classify the degree when comparing a horror situation to another horror situation,” the judge said.Huot has said he expects to deliver a sentence by September.
VICTORIA — Homemade videos by a Vancouver filmmaker featuring scenes of his toddler’s escapades and shots of a friend’s Pomeranian named Nacho are fast becoming the indie hit of British Columbia’s electoral reform referendum.Joel McCarthy said his four videos in support of proportional representation have already been viewed up to 900,000 times, giving him a huge sense of satisfaction that he may be playing a part in changing the province’s voting system. Prof. David Black, who teaches communications theory at Royal Roads University, has viewed the 28-year-old filmmaker’s videos and said he believes McCarthy has produced a hit with young voters.Millennial voters are more interested in understanding how issues blend together as opposed to older voters who look to draw lines between opinion and facts, said Black.“What we’re seeing in these videos is not so different than what we see in the Trevor Noah or Stephen Colbert shows,” he said. “Ironic, mocking, kind of post-modern mash-up style, audio dubbing and breaking down traditional barriers between information and entertainment, between opinion and straight news.”B.C. voters need to mail in their ballots for the Nov. 30 deadline, choosing to either support a form of proportional representation for the next election in 2021 or keeping the first-past-the-post system. A majority of 50 per cent plus one is needed to change the system.McCarthy said he decided to make his own videos in favour of change after the No side started the referendum campaign branding proportional representation as a potential breeding ground for extremist political parties.He said the official Yes side initially ignored his offers to help, but it now shares his videos.McCarthy said he felt that if he didn’t deliver a positive message about proportional representation then no one would. “The first video I did I just went into my bedroom, put up my camera and made a rant basically kind of exposing the tactic that the No side was using and why I was going to vote Yes.”In his 10-minute video, “Figuring Out Question Two,” McCarthy outlines the pros and cons of the three versions of proportional representation voters have the opportunity to rank. He explains dual member, mixed member and rural-urban proportional, interspersed with scenes of his son banging into a table or falling out of a cupboard and photos of Nacho wearing a crown and a sombrero.“I hope you are still awake, but please do some more research,” McCarthy says in the video, where he explains his support for rural-urban proportional representation because he says there are no safe seats and independents stand a greater chance of being elected. Others on both sides of the question have created videos and posted them on social media, generating thousands of views. Elections BC, the province’s non-partisan office overseeing the referendum, also posted videos explaining the choices available to voters.Sam Sullivan, a Liberal member of the legislature from Vancouver, has posted several videos favouring first past the post, saying proportional representation takes power away from voters and hands it to political parties.“This is not a referendum. This is a coup,” Sullivan says in one video that has almost 27,000 views.A Yes supporter group, Make Every Vote Count, posted on Facebook a lip-synched parody of scenes from the Scottish independence movie Braveheart. In the BraveVote version, actor Mel Gibson urges his rebel warriors to support proportional representation while the British King Edward I warns of the rise of extremism if the first-past-the-post system falls.Black said McCarthy’s humour, speed talking and minimalist approach in the videos likely appeals to young voters.“The benefit of these homemade videos is they lead with their authenticity,” he said. “They lead with their sense of I get you, I understand you, I’m one of you. That plays well in social media.”Black said young voters are more interested in the sense of authenticity and transparency of issues, and McCarthy’s pleas to support electoral reform send a strong message. The message says young voters have the opportunity to change the system, if they turn out to vote, he said.“This is an issue where millennials are in a position to transform the electoral machinery and hence the political and policy environments that they will inherit,” said Black. “That’s a heck of a opportunity for any generation.”McCarthy, who posted blogs in favour of electoral reform during the 2015 federal election campaign, said he supported B.C.’s Greens in the 2017 provincial election but he did not vote for them because they stood no chance of winning in his Vancouver riding.“I felt so voiceless in so many elections,” he said. “This (referendum) means a lot to a lot of people, including myself.” Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — A full-scale trade deal between Canada and China is possible even as Canada remains open to striking smaller sector-by-sector agreements, says International Trade Minister Jim Carr.Speaking in Beijing Monday after bilateral economic meetings, Carr said China is interested in a wide range of Canadian products across many different sectors.But while Canada is in talks with China on a number of fronts, he insisted those efforts don’t preclude a wide-ranging trade agreement between the two countries.“It’s not one or the other,” he said. “These are trade conversations over a period of time. Trade is not an event and we’re having a continuous dialogue with our Chinese counterparts about a whole variety of products.”Last week, Treasury Board President Scott Brison told the Globe and Mail the best way to move forward quickly with China on trade would be to focus on opportunities for immediate gains in areas such as food and agriculture.And indeed Canada has sector-by-sector targets, including an aim to double trade with China as part of an effort to increase total Canadian agricultural exports to $75 billion by 2025. “We’re well on our way to meeting those goals,” Carr said.Brison’s comments echoed those put forward by dozens of business experts in a recent Public Policy Forum paper, warning that a sweeping deal risks provoking the United States. President Donald Trump has been raising trade barriers with China.Canada’s efforts to start formal free-trade talks with China stalled late last year after Chinese leaders bristled at a Canadian trade agenda that includes gender, labour and Indigenous rights.Meanwhile, concerns have been raised over a clause in the new United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement that allows any of the countries to withdraw from the deal on six months’ notice if one of the partners enters a free-trade agreement with a non-market economy — language widely seen as referring to China.China questioned Canada about the USMCA during talks this week and was informed of the provision that could affect negotiations between China and any of the three USMCA countries, Carr said.A number of federal and provincial officials have been in China over the last week to talk trade and drum up import and export deals between Canadian and Chinese businesses. Canadian companies taking part in the China International Import Expo last week secured $1.67 billion in agreements.China’s interest in so many Canadian products could ultimately lead to a comprehensive trade agreement, Carr said.Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who’s also in China, said high-level economic and financial discussions this week between the two countries were productive, and those talks will continue regularly to keep the momentum going.But he also noted that while Canada is actively promoting itself as “open for business” with China, when it comes to state-owned enterprises looking to invest in Canadian companies, Canada will be cautious.“We will examine those investment to make sure there are no security or other challenges for the Canadian economy,” Morneau said. “It’s consistent with the way other countries consider these investments.”Teresa Wright, The Canadian PressNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misstated Canada’s targets for agriculture exports to China.
For winter-weary Canadians, today is the day when a pair of celebrity rodents are called upon to offer a sign that spring-like weather is just around the corner — or not.The two, pug-nosed critters — Shubenacadie Sam in Nova Scotia and Wiarton Willie in Ontario — will be roused from their shelters just after dawn to take part in Groundhog Day. Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil will also make an appearance with his top-hatted handlers at Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill just outside of Punxsutawney, Pa., about 100 kilometres northeast of Pittsburgh.Folklore has it that if a groundhog sees its shadow on Feb. 2, it will retreat into its burrow, heralding six more weeks of cold weather — not bad by most Canadian standards.However, spring-like temperatures are thought to be on the way if there is no shadow to be seen.The centuries-old tradition has something to do with Feb. 2 landing midway between winter solstice and spring equinox, but no one knows for sure.Some say it started with Candlemas, a Christian custom in February named for the blessing of candles during the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary.Other sources trace its origins to medieval Europe, where farmers watched for hedgehogs emerging to catch insects — a sign that the land was warming up.One Scottish couplet succinctly summed up the superstitions of the time: “If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, There’ll be two winters in the year.”When Europeans settled in North America, they looked to the groundhog for their spring predictions.However, groundhogs are not native to British Columbia, where the role of four-legged forecaster has been handed to a Vancouver Island marmot named Violet.The experts say the odd ritual has a terrible record when it comes to predicting the weather.In his book, “The Day Niagara Falls Ran Dry,” climatologist David Phillips cites a survey of 40 years of weather data from 13 Canadian cities, which concluded there was an equal number of cloudy and sunny days on Feb. 2.During that time, the groundhogs’ predictions were right only 37 per cent of the time.“Given that 33 per cent accuracy can occur by chance, a score of 37 per cent is nothing to boast about,” Phillips says.The Canadian Press
RED DEER (660 NEWS) — United We Roll Convoy for Canada is gearing up for a cross-country journey to Parliament Hill.The group of trucks will convene and depart from Red Deer on Valentine’s Day before heading east, winding their way through the prairies and Ontario en route to Ottawa.They are expecting to arrive by February 19, barring any delays.Along the way, the group is hoping to attract supporters and raise awareness of the struggling oil and gas industry.“Our goal is to create some awareness, with trucks, across the country to get people behind what we are standing for, and to get people on Parliament Hill,” said Glen Carrit, convoy organizer.Their ultimate goal is to raise awareness of what the implications of a stagnant oil and gas industry are for Canadians. Among their primary concerns —- failed pipeline projects that they maintain would provide relief from an oil glut that sent prices plummeting.“There’s been work here, and the oil and gas industry has been pretty good; we have ups and downs and everybody knows that,” said Carrit. “Nobody has seen anything like this, and we’re just tired of the huge downturn of the oil and gas industry, and that our products aren’t getting the pipelines.”Carritt also points out that they’re opposed to legislation that hinders the industry, like Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, and C-69, the Impact Assessment Act and Canadian Energy Regulator Act.With provincial and federal elections approaching, Carritt hopes Canadians will take a hard look at who they’re voting for.READ MORE: Pro-oil rally stresses importance of the energy industry in Lac La Biche“Be careful to vote for change because change is a good thing if it goes in the right direction,” he said. “We’re not here to tell people who to vote for. What we’re here to tell people is that we are not happy with the current government as it is right now.”Carrit is encouraging people to join the caravan even if they don’t plan on taking part in the entire journey. A GoFundMe campaign led by Carritt raised over $42,000 to help offset fuel costs for those traveling with the caravan to Ottawa.Others who aren’t able to join the traveling caravan are taking buses or flying into the capital.The convoy is also accepting letters that they will deliver to Parliament Hill.It’s intended to be a peaceful rally, and it has tried to distance itself from a previous affiliation with the Yellow Vest movement calling it “unprofessional”.There are no plans to hinder traffic along the way, and they are cooperating and coordinating with transportation ministries.“We’ve got a huge disconnect with our current government,” he said.
Four stories in the news for Friday, Feb. 22———REPORT WON’T SETTLE TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE BATTLEAn environmental group says it expects the National Energy Board to again approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion when it releases results of its reconsideration of the project today. Sven Biggs, climate campaigner for Stand.earth, says the federal regulator’s track record is to approve pipelines, but he says that won’t stop opponents from launching legal challenges and street protests. The NEB’s 2016 approval of the project was set aside last summer by the Federal Court of Appeal, which found the regulator had not properly considered how southern resident killer whales would be affected by additional tanker traffic. The court also found there was insufficient consultation by the federal government with Indigenous communities.———MISCONDUCT REVIEW FOR B.C. LEGISLATURE BRASSTwo top officials at British Columbia’s legislature are now facing an independent review of their conduct as well as an ongoing investigation by the RCMP. The legislature’s all-party Legislative Assembly Management Committee voted unanimously to undertake the independent review to determine if clerk Craig James and sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz breached their administrative duties. Speaker Darryl Plecas, the chairman of the committee, says he’s pleased the committee has found a path forward. Lenz and James have been suspended with pay since November after members of the legislature learned of an RCMP investigation and the appointment of two special prosecutors.———LONG SOLITARY CONFINEMENTS FOR YOUTH MUST STOP: ADVOCATEManitoba’s children’s advocate is urging the province to stop lengthy solitary confinement of youth in custody. Daphne Penrose and provincial ombudsman Marc Cormier investigated the use of solitary confinement, segregation and pepper spray in youth jails. In one case, her review found one boy who was isolated for 400 straight days in a cell no bigger than a parking stall. Penrose says the province should immediately end solitary confinement longer than 24 hours for kids in custody. She also says the province should build a facility to help young offenders who have mental illnesses.———STABBED B.C. COP CALLED A HERO BY POLICE CHIEFAn off-duty British Columbia police officer who was stabbed several times in the stomach while picking up his children outside an elementary school is being called a hero by his police chief. “I want to acknowledge the quick thinking and the bravery of acting Sgt. (John) Jasmins,” Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord told a news conference Thursday. He said Jasmins intervened in a domestic dispute by tackling a man who is also accused of stabbing his wife just as children were being released from school on Wednesday. The woman, who was picking up one child at the school, remains in hospital in serious condition.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— SNC-Lavalin holds a conference call to discuss its fourth-quarter financial report, which will be released before markets open.— Vice-admiral Mark Norman’s case is back in court for an update on proceedings.— The murder trial of Dennis Oland continues today in Saint John, N.B.— Representatives from the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, West Coast Environmental Law and Stand.earth will hold a news conference in response to the NEB’s announcement on the Trans Mountain pipeline.— Statistics Canada will release its retail trade results and data on investment in building construction for December.The Canadian Press
EDMONTON – Alberta has halted construction of a medical superlab, saying it wants to allow the just-elected United Conservative government time to review the project.An Alberta infrastructure representative says in an email that the “pause” is intended to minimize costs incurred before the new government has the opportunity to conduct a review.The $590 million lab near the University of Alberta’s south campus was announced by the NDP government in 2016, and former health minister Sarah Hoffman noted last month that site preparation was underway.But Premier-designate Jason Kenney has called the project unnecessary and promised to scrap it if elected.The lab was intended to bring existing laboratories and staff under one roof to process the more than 30 million tests conducted in the province every year.Kenney has said the project would do nothing to improve patient services, and that a UCP government would also put the NDP’s plans for a lab-testing superagency on hold while consulting on the best way to deliver lab services.
World Harmony Productions has announced the artist line-up for the ONE WORLD CONCERT—a historic celebration of peace, music and common ground—coming to the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.Expected to be one of the largest gatherings of international artists ever to travel to the region, this special benefit concert immediately follows a public talk by the Dalai Lama and features an original song written and performed by multiple artists, especially for His Holiness.The all-star lineup for the ONE WORLD CONCERT includes: Host band Don Was and his All-Star Band, Dave Matthews, Counting Crows, Phillip Phillips, Nas, A.R. Rahman, Andy Grammer, Matisyahu, Natasha Bedingfield, Swiss Beatz, Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Winans, Angelique Kidjo, Voices of Afghanistan, Souad Massi, Engelbert Humperdink, Roberta Flack, David Sanborn, Joanne Shenandoah, David Crosby and Nelly Furtado. Special guests include Whoopi Goldberg, the evening’s emcee, and NBC News’ Ann Curry.“After discussions with thought leaders throughout the world and with His Holiness, it became clear to me that a peace movement can only be realized when we engage the public in conversations about common ground and understanding,” explains Samuel Nappi, founder of One World Community Foundation and president of World Harmony Productions. “As music is the universal language of our soul, we are thrilled to be partnering with Syracuse University and such a talented group of artists and intellectuals to help enliven the conversation.”Musician David Crosby says, “This event has such important chemistry. His Holiness the Dalai Lama seeks peace and compassion for the whole human race, and the diversity of musicians and speakers on the panels is also important. Since Dave Matthews first appeared in the music world he has been trying to go for the high ground. He’s also a very powerful presence.”Crosby adds, “There’s a chance for magic to happen here.”Tickets to the ONE WORLD CONCERT include admission to the combined public talk by the Dalai Lama and the musical performances. Prices range from $35-$55, with a limited number of Gold Circle tickets available. Tickets will be sold via Ticketmaster, the Carrier Dome Box Office or 888-DOMETIX. Presale tickets will be sold starting on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM EDT. The Public on-sale will begin Monday, September 10 at 10:00 AM EDT.A special online only presale for SU and ESF full-time students will begin on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 2:00pm EDT. SU and ESF students will be sent instructions to their school email address. Proceeds from the concert will be used to advance international relief efforts and fund a new scholarship named for Bassel Al Shahade, the SU graduate student killed earlier this year in Syria while making a documentary film on the violence in his homeland.The October 9 appearance of His Holiness and the ONE WORLD CONCERT in the Carrier Dome will follow a panel discussion to be held at Syracuse University on October 8. While the panel discussion will have extremely limited seating, the ONE WORLD CONCERT event will offer greater opportunity for members of the public to see and hear His Holiness in person, while witnessing the gathering of world-renowned artists all performing for peace.For more information, visit oneworld.syr.edu.Source:PR Newswire
The London premiere of Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts’ new film, The Impossible, will benefit a charity set up to help victims of the devastating 2004 Asian Tsunami.The ImpossibleIndian Ocean Disaster Relief works to alleviate the suffering of communities in the Indian Ocean region, through the provision of sustainable education and training programs that improve the capacity of local organizations and enhance the livelihoods of vulnerable children and young people.The Impossible tells the story of a family affected by the disaster, and the premiere – which will be attended by the stars and director of the movie – will take place at the BFI Imax Cinema in London on November 19.“Indian Ocean Disaster Relief are delighted to be appointed as the official charity partner for the U.K. charity premiere of The Impossible,” said IODR founder and chairman Tony Matharu. “The story running through the heart of this film was an actuality for many of the children and young people we continue to support. The narrative objectives of this film mirror those of Iodr, highlighting many of the issues faced by those we support, both bringing and maintaining attention on their continued plight.”Tickets to the premiere cost £20, and more information can be found here.
The Jazz Foundation of America presents the 15th annual A Great Night In Harlem concert.For 27 years, the Jazz Foundation of America has been keeping jazz & blues alive by helping the musicians who played with everyone from Duke Ellington & Billie Holiday to Jimi Hendrix & The Rolling Stones. They now assist in more than 7,000 cases a year nationwide.The 15th annual A Great Night In Harlem will transport you with thrilling moments of music and real life stories of musicians saved by JFA.The concert will feature Dr. John, recipient of the Hank Jones Award, as well as special appearances by The John Mayer Trio, Bruce Willis, Robert Randolph, Robert Cray and more…October 27th, 2016Apollo Theater253 West 125th Street, New York, NY (btw 7th & 8th Ave.)Find out more here.
Twitter Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: One of the Calgary Stampede’s most exciting music stages has announced the third and final part of their lineup for the 2018 show, with the total count seeing dozens of artists expected to perform.The Coca-Cola Stage appears to feature a bit more rock than the rest of the country-heavy festival — it is the Stampede, after all — with performers like Broken Social Scene, Walk Off The Earth, and Sheryl Crow expected to perform throughout the 10-day event.According to a release from the Calgary Stampede, the Coca-Cola Stage will feature over 50 artists by the time the Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth is all said and done, and they have been rolling out the full lineup over the course of three days. Advertisement
Facebook @Backstreet Boys, Facebook Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Your 13-year-old self is likely screaming right now – the Backstreet Boys are going on a world tour and they’re coming to six cities in Canada. The tour kicks off in May 2019, in support of their tenth album called DNA, which comes out in late January.The Backstreet Boys will be hitting up Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver next summer as part of their worldwide tour. The group is commemorating 26 years of boyband magic.These are the dates of every Canadian stop on their tour:July 15, 2019: Bell Centre, MontrealJuly 17, 2019: ScotiaBank Arena, TorontoJuly 22, 2019: Bell MTS Place, WinnipegJuly 24, 2019: ScotiaBank Saddledome, CalgaryJuly 25, 2019: Rogers Place, EdmontonJuly 27, 2019: Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena, Vancouver Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment If you’re unable to secure tickets to their Canadian shows, the Boys will be travelling across the US for all of August and September. So, you may have better luck going across the border to see them live.Tickets officially go on sale on Wednesday, November 14th at livenation.com. Every ticket purchased will include one copy of their new album.Source: E Online
(Mohawks from Kahnawake battle with Canadian soldiers during the 1990 Oka crisis. File/photo) Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsAs the smoke was clearing from the 1990 Oka Crisis, then-prime minister Brian Mulroney wrote to the premiers of the Northwest Territories and the Yukon about the long, hot summer saying his government would be responding to the demands of “Aboriginal people” in four parts.At the top of the list was “resolving land claims.”Mulroney assured the two premiers the issue would receive Ottawa’s full attention.“The federal government is determined to create a new relationship among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians based on dignity, trust and respect,” wrote Mulroney to former NWT premier Dennis Patterson and former Yukon Premier Tony Penikett in near-identical letters dated Nov. 15, 1990.The other issues on the list included, “defining a new relationship between Aboriginal peoples and governments,” also “improving the economic and social conditions on reserves” and “addressing the concerns of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples in contemporary Canadian life.”Throughout the summer-long crisis in Kanesatake and Kahnawake which spread across the country, the issue of comprehensive claims, or modern treaties, continued to crop up as a major irritant from the First Nation side. Pundits and First Nation representatives who appeared on CBC, CTV and other local cable newscasts repeatedly mentioned the need for Ottawa to overhaul its approach to comprehensive claims. APTN did not exist at the time.In response, after the guns, tanks and helicopters faded from television screens, Mulroney began an overhaul of the land claim system. First, he eliminated the six-claim cap on the number of negotiations Ottawa would deal with at any one time. In 1992, the British Columbia-specific treaty table was created and in 1993 former Progressive Conservative Indian affairs minister Tom Siddon unveiled an overhaul of Ottawa’s comprehensive claim and specific claims policies.The LettersDownload (PDF, Unknown)Since then, only four B.C. modern treaties have been settled while First Nations involved in the process have amassed about $500 million worth in loans from the federal government to pay for negotiations. As of January 2013, Canada has issued $1 billion in loans and non-repayable contributions to First Nation groups involved in claims talks which can take up to three decades to reach a final agreement.It’s also emerged that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet has stalled three modern treaty negotiations for two years.As it nears the end of its first majority mandate and its ninth year in power, the Harper government is only now beginning to address the issue of comprehensive land claims and folding it into a process named to imply a redefinition of Ottawa’s relationship with its Indigenous nations.It’s called the “reconciliation framework” and it was first mentioned by Ottawa in a statement issued by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office last Thursday in response to the release of a report by former federal negotiator Douglas Eyford.Eyford was appointed last July by Valcourt to meet with dozens of First Nations across the country on improving Ottawa’s comprehensive land claims policy. As his report points out, Eyford travelled well tilled soil. The federal comprehensive claims policy has been updated three times since its 1973 creation. There have also been eight studies or reports on the issue since 1983, including a 2006 report from the federal Auditor General and two Senate reports, in 2008 and 2012.“Many of the issues I have considered are neither new nor unforeseen. The observations, findings, and recommendations of these reports remain relevant and compelling despite the passage of time, legal developments, and changes in policy having placed some of the issues in a different context,” said Eyford, in the report.Comprehensive claims encompass territorial claims, self-government and Aboriginal rights. They are negotiated in areas not covered by so-called “surrender” treaties or numbered treaties. The majority of these claims stem from British Columbia, the North, parts of Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.Specific claims generally stem from historical grievances over loss of land or the misuse of monies held in trust by Ottawa.Eyford’s report also mentions a “reconciliation framework” and issues recommendations on its possible creation.“Canada’s commitment to reconciliation should be reflected in a new framework that: continues to support modern treaty negotiations, but addresses institutional barriers…provides a rights-informed approach to treaty-making,” said the report. “(It should also offer) other reconciliation arrangements for Aboriginal groups that are not interested in negotiating a comprehensive land claims agreement…and improves the implementation of modern treaties and other agreements with Aboriginal groups.”Valcourt’s office is saying little about its own vision for this new framework aside from sending links to the department’s interim comprehensive claims policy which was widely panned by First Nation groups.In an emailed statement, Valcourt’s office said the reconciliation framework is simply the renamed “framework for addressing Section 35 Aboriginal Rights.” The minister also has no plans to roll anything out soon.“This framework will be developed incrementally and through dialogue with partners,” said the statement. “Over the coming months, we will engage with Aboriginal groups as well as other stakeholders, including those who provided input during the engagement meetings (with Eyford), in order to seek their feedback on those recommendations.”Valcourt’s framework plans, however, are getting a lukewarm response from the Assembly of First Nations.AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said Valcourt needed to open direct discussions with First Nations on the issue.“Any work on a ‘reconciliation framework’ needs to be discussed directly with First Nations,” said Bellegarde. “We are concerned that this government is relying too much on ministerial special representatives and other agents when the federal government has a duty to engage directly with First Nations.”It all seems a far cry from what was promised following the Oka crisis by the Mulroney government of which Valcourt was once a part.“I have great respect for the peaceful and patient manner in which most chiefs, elders and Aboriginal people have expressed their grievances and my government will continue to work with these individuals to find appropriate measures to respond to the needs and concerns of Aboriginal people,” said the letters, which Mulroney signed. “These grievances raise issues that deeply affect all Canadians and therefore must be resolved by all Canadians working together.”According to a memo sent to Mulroney with draft responses to the two premiers, the letters “were developed in consultation with the Department of Indian Affairs.”The MemoDownload (PDF, Unknown)email@example.com@JorgeBarrera