Locals link gang to elders beating

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first_imgAPTN National NewsViolence against elders is a growing problem in Indigenous communities.Police in southern Alberta are investigating the shocking assault of an elder from the Blood reserve.An elder there says that he was trying to stop two people in a fight when they turned on him and beat him with a board.APTN’s Keith Laboucan has this story.last_img

An homage to the Dene drum

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first_imgAPTN National NewsA community in the Northwest Territories is honouring the drum, one of the sacred musical instruments of Dene culture.As APTN’s Wayne Rivers shows us, the importance of the drum goes far beyond just keeping a beat.last_img

Indigenous peoples cut from main text in draft global climate change deal

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first_img(YouTube video of Chief Raoni Metuktire, of the Kayapo people from the Xingu region in Brazil, issuing statement through translator during press conference Sunday in Paris outside COP21 talks.)Brandi Morin and Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA reference to the “rights of Indigenous peoples” has been cut from the main text of a draft UN agreement on combating climate change following the conclusion of a round of talks headed by negotiators for the countries around the table, according to one of the First Nation delegates at the Paris UN talks.First Nation Summit Grand Chief Ed John said in a widely distributed email report Sunday that the draft agreement will now be in the hands of politicians for the next week to finalize a deal on curbing the climate’s human-caused warming. The First Nations Summit is a British Columbia-based organization representing most First Nations and tribal councils in the province.The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) concludes on Dec. 11. The deal also needs be ratified by the legislative bodies of the signatories.There are about 150 countries involved in the Paris negotiations. The negotiations aim to craft an agreement that will curb the planet’s warming enough so it doesn’t surpass 2C above pre-Industrial levels this century.Canada is warming at twice the global rate.(An all-Indigenous flotilla took to kayaks Sunday on the Bassin de la Villette, which is Paris’ largest artificial lake and connects to the city’s canal system. Photo/Allan Lissner)Indigenous delegates, activists and leaders attending the conference have denounced the decision to cut the reference to the rights of Indigenous peoples from the text.“Now is the time we take action and demand from our leaders, our state governments that this is not the kind of climate agreement we want. Without the rights of Indigenous peoples and basic human rights, this agreement is complete garbage, said Eriel Deranger, with the Indigenous Environmental Network, in a video update from Paris.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, who attended the climate talks earlier this week, said the final text must include the reference to Indigenous peoples.“The rights of Indigenous peoples must be recognized in the final text of the treaty being negotiated,” said Bellegarde, in a statement. “Our rights must be respected and protected. States must understand that giving life to Indigenous rights is the most effective way to combat climate change.”Indigenous delegates and groups have also staged actions in Paris, which is still under heavy security, calling for a climate change agreement that meets the crisis they say is facing the earth and incorporates Indigenous knowledge, culture and spirituality.An all-Indigenous flotilla took to kayaks Sunday on the Bassin de la Villette, which is Paris’ largest artificial lake and connects to the city’s canal system.(An all-Indigenous flotilla took to kayaks Sunday on the Bassin de la Villette, which is Paris’ largest artificial lake and connects to the city’s canal system. Photo/Allan Lissner)Indigenous leaders from across the Western Hemisphere also held a press conference Sunday outside COP21 demanding the rights of Indigenous peoples and of the planet be respected in the final agreement.Chief Raoni Metuktire, of the Kayapo people from the Xingu region in Brazil, stated Indigenous peoples were united in “our struggle to defend land, to defend nature and to defend life itself.”The Kayapo face the destruction of their homeland as a result of the construction of the Belo Monte dam, the third largest in the world, along the Xingu River, which is a tributary to the Amazon.“What are we doing as Indigenous peoples? We are protecting the very balance of Mother Earth,” said Chief Raoni, through a translator, according to a video of the press conference posted on YouTube. “We hope that you can understand that. We hope that you understand that when we protect the rivers and we protect the waters we are protecting what cools and what soothes Mother Earth.”The draft text of the climate change agreement will now be sent to politicians.Currently, the preamble of the draft text includes a reference to the rights of Indigenous peoples and the reference is also included in one of the annexes accompanying the document.“(Indigenous Peoples) have been fighting to ensure it is in the main text. It is not there yet, but it is in Annex 2 and may end up in the text yet as ministers consider the items in Annex 2,” said John, in his email sent Sunday afternoon.The Annex 2 list of inserts in the article of the draft agreement that would also hold the reference to Indigenous peoples, includes recognition human rights and gender equality, along with the right of “peoples under occupation.”The Liberal government of Justin Trudeau pushed for inclusion of human rights and Indigenous rights into the main text of the agreement.Ottawa’s negotiators have been a “strong advocate of including the language of respecting human rights, including the rights of Indigenous peoples in Article 2.2 of the agreement,” according to a statement from the office of Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.Trudeau was only one of two world leaders who mentioned Indigenous peoples in speeches at the talks. Trudeau said the world could learn how to care for the planet from Indigenous peoples.McKenna is part of a small team of 14 ministers asked by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who is also COP21 president, to play the role of facilitator as the negotiations head into the final stretch.This is the first time in a decade Canada has been asked to facilitate climate talks.Draft text of Paris climate change agreementDownload (PDF, Unknown)bmorin@aptn.ca@songstress28jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

AFN holds national day of action on Parliament Hill to push child

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first_img-with files from The Canadian Press APTN NewsThe Assembly of First Nations is holding a national day of action Thursday in Ottawa to push the issue of First Nations child welfare.“The National Day of Action is a call to the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada to immediately and fully implement the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) orders on First Nations child welfare and Jordan’s Principle,” a release sent out Wednesday said.The AFN’s event will take place on Parliament Hill and is the result of Resolution #40 from the AFN’s summer annual general assembly.No other events are taking place across the country according to the AFN.Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott are expected to attend and speak at the event.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Philpott said she is calling for a meeting early next year on Aboriginal child welfare, likening the current state of affairs to Canada’s residential school legacy that forcibly removed young people from their culture and families.Philpott, who sent a letter this week to provincial and territorial counterparts requesting their attendance at the meeting, said the rate at which Canada is apprehending Indigenous kids is among the highest in the world.“To me, this is arguably the most pressing priority of my new department,” Philpott said in an interview.There is no cohesive plan to examine how to get children back into Indigenous communities, she said, suggesting it is necessary to get everyone together who has a role to play, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit leaders, child and family services agencies and groups such as the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.The society’s executive director Cindy Blackstock, along with the Assembly of First Nations, has been engaged in a battle spanning more than a decade on the underfunding on child welfare services for First Nations children.Philpott said the government is working to comply with the tribunal findings but conceded Ottawa has a “huge responsibility” to tackle outstanding problems with Indigenous child welfare.She insisted, however, that Ottawa is working to turn the tide.“We know that the federal government needs to step up and be a real partner in this work,” Philpott said in the letter to the provinces and territories.“It is time that we do more and that we do it faster.”The minister has pointed out that while lots of work remains to be done, the government has approved more than 19,700 cases since 2016 under what’s known as Jordan’s principle _ a policy aimed at ensuring First Nations children can get services without getting caught in red tape.Philpott said she spoke last week with Sen. Murray Sinclair, who led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s examination into Canada’s residential school legacy.He told her it’s no coincidence provinces with the highest rates of children in foster care generally are the same provinces that had the highest rates of residential schools.The need to address Indigenous child welfare issues topped the list of the TRC’s 94 calls to action.The AFN event on Parliament Hill will take place between 10 am e.t. and noon.National Chief Perry Bellegarde is scheduled to hold a news conference following the rally.Contact APTN National News here: news@aptn.calast_img read more

Winnipeg shelter expansion will mean more mental health addictions services

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first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsA Winnipeg shelter that offers refuge for people struggling with addictions, mental health and homelessness is expanding.Main Street Project received possession of the vacant Mitchell Fabrics building in Winnipeg’s north end on Oct. 8 and is currently fundraising part of the estimated $10-million needed to finish the project.The federal government will provide some money through the National Co-Housing Investment Fund, through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.The decision to purchase the 3,344 square metre building will transform services the agency offers.Rick Lees, executive director of Main Street Project says he’s excited for the potential this building has.“We think this should be a landmark facility,” Lees said. “For far too long we’ve tended to push our marginalized folks back, where people can’t see them.”Lees said he hopes this addition is something that people can point out and say “this is how our city looks after those who have trouble looking after themselves.”The organization has been on the frontlines of addiction treatment and providing emergency shelter for 46 years.   Unlike other shelters in the city, it’s not a prerequisite to not be using to access the services they offer.The current centre is only 195 square metres, has one shower, three toilets and crams approximately 85 people a night who sleep on mats rolled out on the floor.  A condition that’s deemed unsafe, according Lees. 150 people come and go through the shelter throughout a normal day.“The space will be used mostly for our day and overnight shelter,” said Lees. “But instead of the use of mats, beds will be available for them here.  There will be a kitchen accessible to clients 24-7.“It’s just important to accommodate these people in a more respectful, dignified, safe and healthy way.”Phil Goss is a peer advocate for Main Street Project and has been working with the agency for about five years.  He said 31 years ago he was once a client here.He said it’s incredible to see the organization expanding.“One of the biggest complaints – not a complaint but an observation, the people weren’t being helped,” he said. “They were being supported with food and warmth, but that’s pretty well it.“Now, they’re going to have all kinds of opportunities to do all kinds of things like work programs, counselling programs and just all kinds of things to help people up.”The facility’s administration said they’re working with architects and engineers to hopefully begin renovations by January, with the completion date of December 2019.abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more

Food retailer Loblaw raising handling fee for its largest suppliers

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first_imgVANCOUVER – The largest suppliers of Loblaw Companies Ltd. will have to pay a new handling fee, the company said.Suppliers using Loblaw’s distribution centres will pay 0.79 per cent on the cost of goods they sell to the company, while those shipping directly to stores will pay 0.24 per cent, said spokesman Kevin Groh in an email, adding the fee doesn’t apply to the company’s small suppliers.“We have always had handling fees,” he said. “We have simply held them flat for nearly a decade, as we’ve invested billions to create a highly efficient supply chain.”Groh could not immediately provide information on existing fee rates, however said this fee is in addition to existing ones.“In the end, our company, suppliers and customers benefit from products making it to our shelves efficiently and consistently.”Players in the Canadian grocery industry often charge suppliers various fees. Suppliers may pay listing fees, for example, to have their product stocked.Loblaw started sending letters last week informing the suppliers who will have to pay the new fee, Groh said.The move could result in about $80 million in savings for the company, wrote BMO analyst Peter Sklar in a note sent to clients on Friday.In the short-term, the program could save $160-million before taxes, he said, but that’s unlikely in the long-term as vendor co-operation will wane. Suppliers will work hard to claw back the charge in future price negotiations, he said, and slash the expected savings in half.Loblaw can’t validate estimates, Groh said.Sklar said he found the letter “strongly worded, as it discourages suppliers from discussing the new fee with Loblaw merchants.” He believes that’s an attempt to minimize suppliers’ negotiating abilities.“While these types of ‘asks’ can improve Loblaw’s earnings in the short term, our concern is that longer-term relationships with, and innovations by, suppliers could be impaired,” he said.Groh said suppliers can continue to discuss merchandising strategies with the company’s merchants.The move comes shortly after the company announced it would lay off 500 office workers, including various executives, earlier this month. At the time, Groh said the grocery industry faces a variety of pressures, but the layoffs aren’t a response to a single one, including a rising minimum wage.Grocers are grappling with rising minimum wage laws in certain provinces, and pressure from discount retailers and Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods.Loblaw has sent at least one other letter similar to this to suppliers in the past.In July 2016, the company told suppliers it will apply an automatic 1.45 per cent price deduction on all shipments it receives beginning Sept. 4. It also said the grocer would reject any future cost increases from suppliers, unless they are related to higher input costs.The Competition Bureau is investigating Loblaw programs, agreements and conduct related to pricing strategies and programs with suppliers.The investigation started with a review of Loblaw’s proposed acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart in 2014. While the bureau reached a consent agreement with Loblaw that required it to sell certain stores and imposed some restrictions, the bureau continued to investigate its supplier practices.The bureau is also separately investigating allegations of price fixing in the bread aisles of major grocer’s, including Loblaw, Sobey’s Inc., Metro Inc. and others who have said they are co-operating with the investigation.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Roads blocked in Catalonia to protest exleaders detention

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first_imgMADRID – Demonstrators angered by the detention of former leader Carles Puigdemont blocked highways across Catalonia and roads in central Barcelona on Tuesday, as the separatist politician remained in a German jail pending a decision on Spain’s extradition request.Transportation authorities in the northeastern Spanish region said a main motorway remained blocked in Figueres, near the border with France. Demonstrators also stopped traffic in another highway leading to the city of Lleida, and a national road between Tarragona and Valencia.Early protests that caused disruptions on several roads in central Barcelona, the main city in Catalonia, had cleared by mid-Tuesday morning.The prosperous region has been marred by largely peaceful protests for more than six months, since a bid for secession from Spain began in earnest.The Catalan parliament’s declaration of independence in late October following an ad-hoc referendum banned by the Spanish government received no international recognition and provoked a takeover of the regional government by Spanish authorities.Puigdemont was ousted and fled to Belgium. Last week, a Spanish Supreme Court judge charged the 55-year-old politician with rebellion and misuse of public funds.Spain then issued arrest warrants for six of the seven Catalan separatists who have fled the country. Puigdemont was detained on Sunday, shortly after crossing the border into Germany from Denmark.Defence lawyer Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas, who visited the politician in the Neumuenster prison where he’s awaiting a tribunal’s decision on whether to extradite him to Spain, said Puigdemont was in “perfect shape, both physically and emotionally,” ready to fight the request.“To see him with such determination has been a shot of euphoria,” Alonso-Cuevillas said.Further decisions on Puigdemont’s immediate future appear unlikely before Easter. A court in Schleswig will decide on formal pre-extradition custody and whether his extradition is admissible. Such cases are typically dealt with in writing, without a hearing, though one is possible.Germany’s criminal code — unlike Belgium’s, where Spain had earlier sought Puigdemont’s extradition — includes an offence that appears to be comparable to rebellion, the main accusation against the Catalan politician. It calls for prison sentences for anyone who “undertakes, by force or through threat of force” to undermine the republic’s existence or change its constitutional order.Spanish government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo said that Madrid is confident that Puigdemont’s extradition will be granted because the case, he said, is not politically motivated.“This is not just a Spanish issue,” Mendez de Vigo told reporters at the end of a Spanish Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. “Flouting the rules of a (European Union) member state is also a crime in Germany.”In a move celebrated by his supporters, the United Nations Human Rights Committee announced that it has registered a complaint by Puigdemont alleging that Spain has violated his political rights.A group of lawyers and human rights experts lodged the case in March, claiming that Spain has violated human, civil and political rights in its crackdown on Catalonia’s independence bid. The Spanish government has six months to respond.__Associated Press writer Geir Moulson contributed to this report from Berlin.__A previous version of this story has been corrected to reflect that the former Catalan leader’s detention took place after crossing into Germany from Denmark, not Finland.last_img read more

A look at Brexit as UK prime minister cancels the big vote

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first_imgLONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday postponed a parliamentary vote on the Brexit deal between her government and the European Union.Brexit explained:HOW DID WE GET HERE?Voters across the United Kingdom backed leaving the EU by a vote of 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per cent in a referendum that was held on June 23, 2016. Voter turnout was 72.2 per cent, the highest for any U.K. election since 1992.On March 29, 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May formally notified the EU of the U.K.’s intention to leave, starting the two-year negotiating period spelled out in the bloc’s rules. This means that U.K. is due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019.May and EU leaders have negotiated a withdrawal agreement that spells out the terms of the U.K.’s departure. The deal also outlines the future relationship between the two sides, although the details are subject to further negotiations.WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK?The House of Commons, the elected branch of Parliament, was scheduled to vote on the deal Tuesday, but the prime minister delayed the vote in the face of widespread opposition.May insists the deal “delivers for the British people,” but after three days of debate, it was clear that she didn’t have the votes needed for passage.Much of the anger is focused on provisions designed to prevent the re-implementation of physical border controls between Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K., and the Republic of Ireland, a member of the EU. Under the so-called backstop, the U.K. would remain part of the EU customs union if the two sides couldn’t agree on another way to avoid a “hard border.”Lawmakers from all sides of the political spectrum criticized the backstop because the U.K. couldn’t leave the arrangement without the EU’s consent, giving European negotiators leverage to demand future concessions. The backstop would also treat Northern Ireland differently from the rest of the U.K., drawing the ire of politicians who zealously guard Northern Ireland’s continued union with Britain.WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?A delay will force the weakened government to try to renegotiate its departure or face two equally unpalatable choices: a “no-deal” Brexit that could bring havoc to the economy or call a second referendum, which could undermine faith in the country’s democratic institutions and lead to mass protests. Whichever option she chooses, analysts say May’s government is weakened — perhaps fatally.WHAT ARE MAY’S OPTIONS?The prime minister may ask EU leaders to accept changes to the deal when they meet Dec. 13-14 in hopes of winning support in Parliament. EU leaders insist the 585-page withdrawal agreement can’t be renegotiated, but the declaration on future relations is shorter and subject to future negotiations so amendments may be possible.But there is no agreement about what a better deal would look like.Many “Brexiteers” seek a clean break with the bloc and want to change the Irish backstop. Pro-EU lawmakers want a softer divorce — the so-called Norway option — that would keep Britain inside the EU’s single market for goods and services. The EU might be open to this idea, but it would mean accepting the continued free movement of EU citizens into the U.K., a red line for many Brexit supporters.IS MAY’S JOB IN JEOPARDY?Though she insists she has no plans to resign, May’s hold on power has been weakened by her inability to bridge differences within her Cabinet and finalize a deal on the biggest issue facing the U.K. since World War II.Pro-Brexit rebels in her Conservative Party can trigger a vote of no-confidence in May’s leadership if they win the backing of 48 members of Parliament. If May lost the vote, the party would hold an election to choose a new party leader— a process that would take several weeks.May would remain prime minister in the meantime, but without much authority as the clock ticks down to March 29, the day Britain officially is due to leave the EU.IS THERE AN ELECTION ON THE CARDS?The opposition Labour Party has threatened to call for a vote of no-confidence in the government, which could trigger a general election. But winning such a vote would require the support of some Conservatives, who may be unwilling to trigger an election that could well see them ousted from power.If May’s government lost a confidence vote, it would have two weeks to overturn the result with a new vote by lawmakers. If that failed, there would be an election, a process that takes five to six weeks.Whatever new government emerges would have little time to solve the Brexit conundrum before March 29.COULD THE U.K. CHANGE ITS MIND?Yes. The European Court of Justice ruled Monday that the U.K. can change its mind and remain in the EU without the agreement of the other 27 member nations.This provides encouragement to supporters of a so-called People’s Vote, who are seeking a second referendum now that the costs and benefits of Brexit are better understood.___See the AP’s Brexit coverage at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitDanica Kirka And Jill Lawless, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Current Load Restrictions

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With temperatures rising the thaw has begun to affect the roads in which heavy vehicles and commercial transport trucks travel upon, load restrictions have started and all times are Pacific Time unless otherwise noted.Load Restrictions within the Peace District, Service Area 21, South Peace, effective 11:59 PM PST Sunday, March 17, 2019 – 24 hours a day. All Provincial Numbered Routes, paved or gravel – 100% Legal Axle Loading Please Note: All side roads within the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM – Fort Nelson) are not included in the following load restriction notice. For further information regarding load restrictions within the NRRM, please contact the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality office at (250) 774-2541.All Provincial Numbered Routes, paved or gravel – 100% Legal Axle LoadingAll Provincial Side Roads, paved or gravel – 70% Legal Axle Loading except as listed below75% Legal Axle Loading; All Provincial Side Roads, paved or gravel – 70% Legal Axel Loading except as listed below75% Legal Axle Loading;Backroad Road 206M (from Pederson Road 215 east to Berry Road 213A)Berry Road 213A (from Pederson Road 206M to Road 206D)Bessbourough Road 212 (from Highway 97 west to Mason/Semple Road 237)Briar Ridge Road 4 (from Highway 2 to Highway 49)Braden Road 22 (from Highway 97S to Highway 97N)Burbee Road 12D (from Jackfish Road 12, east for 300m)Jackfish Lake Road 12 (from Woods Road to Boysen Road 69A)Old Alaska Highway Road 64 (from Highway 97N (north end) to Triangle Road 25)One Island Lake Road 18 (from Highway 52E to Km 20.8)Pederson Road 215 (from Highway 2 to Backroad Road 206M)Triangle Rd 25 (from Old Alaska Highway Road 64 to West Coast Road 235)100% Legal Axle Loading;Cosins Road 213C (from Highway 49 north for 400m)Dangerous Goods Route Road 94East Arras Road 41A (from intersection of 97S to Pumphouse Access Road 208C)Fabric 84 Road (from highway 97S to end)Hasler Road 26Imperial Access Road 210 (from Washington Road 221 east to North Rolla Road 219)Jackfish Lake Road 12 (from Highway 29N to Woods Road)Johnson Road 232C (from Highway 97 east for 1.8km)Lowe Road 200LMagusin Road 245W (from Highway 97N south to the bridge just south of Parkland Road    7)Mason/Semple Road 237McQueens Road 210 (from North Rolla Road 219 east to Rolla Road 3)Old Alaska Highway Road 64 (from intersection with 97N (South end) to km 3.7)Pumphouse Access Road 208CRanson Road 33Rolla Road 3Sweetwater Road 6 (from North Rolla Road 219 to Rolla Road 3)Upper Cutbank 13 (from Lowe 200L to Community Pasture Road 200F)Washington Road 221 (from Highway 97 to Imperial Access Road 210)West Fraser 89Load Restrictions within the Peace District, Service Area 22, North Peace are effective 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, March 17, 2019 – 24 hours a day. Beatton River Airport Rd, from Alaska Hwy 97N north to end of roadBeryl Prairie Road 715R from intersection with Canyon Drive to Beryl Prairie Road 118Beryl Prairie Road 118 from intersection with Beryl Prairie Road 715R to the endBuick Creek Road 154Cypress Creek Road 187Farrell Creek Road 115, from intersection with Hwy 29N to Harasymyk RoadGraham River Road 123Milligan Creek Road 137 from North Pine 259 to PeejayMontney Highway Rd 254 from Alaska Hwy 97N east to 281 RdMontney Highway Rd 281 from 254 Rd north to 256 RdMontney Highway Rd 256 from 281 Rd east to Prespatou Rd 275Road 265A (100th Stree! t) from 85th Avenue south to Mason Road 240Rose Prairie Road 101 from Road 260 north to Prespatou Road 193Siphon Creek Road 184Stoddart Creek Road from Alaska Hwy 97N to Montney Highway 254Schwalm Road 106 from intersection with Cassidy Road 238U to the endTank Farm Road 249 from Baldonnel Road to intersection with Cassidy Road 238UUpper Halfway Road 117, from km 54.1 to the end100% Legal Axle Loading;103A Airport Road from Underpass Road 255 to Swanson Lumber Road 25985th Avenue (Holloway Road # 240A) from Old Fort Road to 100th Street240 Crossover Rd from 269 to Old Fort RdBaldonnel 107 Rd from Underpass 255 Rd to Tank Farm 249 RdBeatton/ Montney Road 271, from Highway 97 north to Montney Highway 254Cecil Lake Road 103 from intersection with Rose Prairie Road 101 to Alberta borderCanyon Drive 520R, from intersection with Highway 29N to W.A.C. Bennett DamClayhurst Road 111 from Cecil Lake Road 103! south for 19.7 km to intersection with       Ferry Road 110.Doig Road 188East Bypass Road 146, from the Fort St John city limits to the Rose Prairie 101 Rd.Ferry Road 110 from the intersection with Clayhurst Road 111 south 10.5 km to the     Moose Mouth Bridge.Fort Nelson Airport Connector Road 504AGrandhaven Road 242, from Alaska Highway 97 to Riverview Road 269Montney Highway Rd 256 from Prespatou Rd 275 to Rose Prairie Rd 101Montney South Road 121 from Rose Prairie Road 101 west and north to Beatton/ Montney  Road 271North Pine Road 259, from Road 260 to Milligan Creek Road 137Old Fort Road 148 from Alaska Highway 97 south to Howe PitPrespatou Road 193, from Montney Highway 256 north to Triad Road 169A/ Mile 30 Road   169Riverview Road 269, from Alaska Highway 97 south to end of public roadRose Prairie Road 101 from Fort St John city limits to intersection with Road 260Sikanni Chief Road 517Swanson ! Lumber Road 259, from the Fort St John city limits to the intersection with the    Airport Road 103AToews Road 246Underpass Road 255, from Alaska Highway 97 to Road 103AUpper Halfway Road 117, from Alaska Highway 97 to km 54.1Wilson Road 260A, from Rose Prairie Road 101 to Road 259West Bypass Road 145, from the Fort St John city limits to Rose Prairie Road 10150% Legal Axle Loading;Mile 30 Road 169 from Kvile Rd 169C West to the Beatton River Rd 151Triad Road 169A from Reimer Rd 171 East to the end of the right of wayThe following permanent restrictions are in effect year-round;50% Legal Axle LoadingOld Fort Rd 148 from Howe Pit to the Old Fort Loop 616Blast_img read more

Trudeau to launch Liberal election campaign in Vancouver just like in 2015

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first_imgSpeaking to reporters earlier today outside Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Trudeau said starting the Liberal campaign in B.C. felt right in 2015 and feels right again in 2019.He says his decision to launch from Vancouver four years ago instead of Ottawa was criticized by some as a terrible mistake — but that his party eventually showed that campaigns happen across the country.Trudeau also capped off his 2015 campaign with a rally in North Vancouver, an area where his mother grew up and that his grandfather, James Sinclair, represented for 18 years as a Liberal MP.The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is kicking off his election campaign in his second home of British Columbia, just like he did in 2015.Four years ago, Trudeau was on a plane headed for Vancouver when then-prime minister Stephen Harper asked the Governor General to dissolve Parliament.Trudeau will headline another West Coast campaign launch this evening in the riding of Vancouver Kingsway, a seat held by the New Democrats for over a decade.last_img read more

Meaningfully address global concerns on terrorism India US to Pak

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first_imgWashington: India and the United States have asked Islamabad to “meaningfully address” the international community’s concerns on terrorism, including that emanating from across the border from Pakistan. The concern was raised in an statement by the Indian Embassy here after Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and his American counterpart Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale held Foreign Office Consultations here at the State Department, nearly a month after the Pulwama terror attack. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping “Both sides called on Pakistan to meaningfully address the concerns of the international community on terrorism, including cross-border terrorism,” the statement said. Tensions between India and Pakistan flared up after a suicide bomber of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. India has provided a dossier to Pakistan, detailing the role of JeM in the Pulwama terror attack. India has also said that Pakistan has failed to take any credible action against JeM and other terrorist organisations, which continue to operate with impunity from Pakistan. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang On Monday, Gokhale called on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and they agreed that Pakistan must take “concerted action” to dismantle terrorist infrastructure and deny safe haven to all terror groups on its soil. Gokhale and Hale also reaffirming their commitment to the Indo-US Strategic Partnership and they reviewed the progress made since the first Ministerial 2+2 meeting held last September and discussed ways to further expand cooperation. While cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region formed an important part of their deliberations, they also discussed counterterrorism cooperation and a range of global and regional issues of mutual interest, including the current situation in Afghanistan, North Korea, Iran and Venezuela, the State Department said in a readout of the meeting. “They affirmed the vitality of the US-India strategic partnership and the importance of joint leadership to strengthen the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region,” the State Department said, amidst China increasingly flexing its muscles in the region. The Indo-Pacific is a biogeographic region, comprising the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacific Ocean, including the South China Sea. Beijing asserts nearly all of the South China Sea as its territory, while Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts. During the meeting, Gokhale and Hale affirmed their support for increased cooperation to include advancing initiatives undertaken as part of the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue process. “Recognising that the US and India share complementary visions for the Indo-Pacific, they agreed to deepen cooperation toward their joint goals in the region, including in conjunction with other Indo-Pacific partners,” the State Department said. According to the Indian Embassy, Gokhale and Hale exchanged views on building convergence in the Indo-Pacific and agreed to work with each other and regional partners to promote inclusivity, stability, peace and prosperity in the region.last_img read more

College student moves Bombay HC to abort foetus cites fragile mental health

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first_imgMumbai: The Bombay High Court Wednesday directed the dean of JJ Group of Hospitals here to constitute a panel of doctors to assess the mental health condition of a 20-year-old college student, who has approached the court seeking to terminate her pregnancy.The petitioner is in 23rd week of pregnancy, which is a result of a “consensual” relationship. She approached the high court saying though the foetus has no known abnormalities and the pregnancy doesn’t pose a threat to her physical well being, carrying the pregnancy to its full term will be detrimental to her mental health. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In her petition, filed through advocate Neha Philip, the woman submitted opinions of some private medical practitioners affirming she suffered from some mental health problems and that her mental condition was “fragile”. The petitioner claimed she was also incapable of having given a coherent consent to such a relationship. The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act prohibits termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks. The Act permits abortion after consultation with one doctor up to 12 weeks. Between 12 to 20 weeks, medical opinion of two doctors is required for termination of pregnancy. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KBeyond the 20-week, exceptions are legally permissible only if continuation of the pregnancy poses a threat to the mother’s health and life. However, in the recent past, the Supreme Court and several high courts, including several benches of the Bombay High Court, have taken an expansive view of the definition of health and risks to the life of the woman as defined under the Act. These courts have permitted termination of a pregnancy if it were likely to have an adverse effect on the woman.last_img read more

Two men one juvenile held for multiple murder cases

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first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday said that they have arrested two persons and apprehended a juvenile in the murder case in Krishna Nagar area. The law enforcement agency said that business rivalry in scrap dealing was the reason behind the killing. Police identified the accused as Rizwan (26), Mohsin alias Abrar (34) and one juvenile. They were nabbed from East Delhi area on March 9. On further interrogation, the apprehended Child in Conflict with Law (CCL) was also found to be involved in another murder case, in which he had shot Hakimuddin, a cluster bus conductor in front of his five-year-old son. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police ( Crime) Joy Tirkey said that during the interrogation of accused it has been revealed earlier that Abrar is the key witness in the murder of one Zafar. “One Sarfaraj was threatening Abrar through Rihan, who is a parole jumper to be hostile in court in this case,” said DCP Crime. For this Abrar along with his associates hatched a conspiracy to eliminate Sarfaraj. On April 5, Abrar along with Rizwan, Salman, and one CCL checked the route of Sarfaraj and in the evening while he was coming back from the stadium on his motorcycle they chased him. “While Sarfaraj reached near Kanti Nagar, Rizwaan fired upon Sarfaraj which hits on his back and he felt from his bike. After this Abrar and Rizwan indiscriminately fired upon him from their weapons and left the spot,” said DCP Crime.last_img read more

Three naval warships to be first responders to Fani

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first_imgNew Delhi: Three Indian navy’s warships — Sahyadri, Ranvir and Kadmatt — with relief material and medical teams are tracking extremely severe cyclone Fani and will be the first responder and start rescue work as soon the storm hits the coast in Odisha. The ship sailed south of the cyclone to be able to start rescue operations even as other naval vessels remain on standby at Vishakhapattanam. Naval divers teams have also moved to Odisha from Vishakhapattanam. The cyclone is expected to cross Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali around Puri during forenoon on Friday.last_img

Morocco recalls envoy from Algeria over WSahara criticism

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first_imgRABAT – Morocco on Wednesday recalled its ambassador to Algeria over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s “aggressive” and “deliberately provocative” comments about the Western Sahara, the foreign ministry said.The diplomatic spat follows the latest barbed exchange between the North African neighbours whose decades-old rivalry centres on the disputed territory, annexed by Morocco in 1975 in a move never recognised by the international community.The foreign ministry in Rabat said the decision to recall the ambassador followed “a growing number of provocative and hostile acts by Algeria towards the kingdom,” notably regarding “regional differences over the Moroccan Sahara.” It highlighted a speech by Boutelifka at a meeting in Abuja on Monday in which the Algerian president said an international mechanism to monitor human rights in Western Sahara was needed “more than ever.”In his speech, Bouteflika referred to “massive and systematic human rights violations that take place inside the occupied territories to suppress the peaceful struggle” of the Sahrawi people for freedom of expression and association.The Moroccan foreign ministry criticised “the deliberately provocative content and the inherently aggressive terms of this message coming, furthermore, from the highest authority in the country.”Morocco’s move comes as a report is due to be presented to the UN Security Council by special envoy Christopher Ross, who visited the region this month in a new bid to push for a peaceful resolution to the frozen conflict.Rabat has proposed broad autonomy for the phosphate-rich territory under its sovereignty.But this is rejected by the pro-independence Polisario Front, who are based in the western Algerian city of Tindouf and fought Moroccan troops for a decade and half until the United Nations negotiated a ceasefire in 1991.After Bouteflika’s speech on Monday, Morocco’s official MAP news agency accused Algiers of seeking to further “its hegemonic designs in the region”.It also charged that Algeria was trying “to distract attention from the serious rights abuses which take place daily on its territory.”At the weekend, Morocco’s nationalist Istiqlal party, which withdrew from the coalition government earlier this year, called on the authorities “to recover territory in the southeast that Algeria took by force and which notably includes Tindouf”.Algeria’s Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra hit back on Tuesday, saying Bouteflika’s comments were simply “a reminder of Algeria’s well-known position.”He criticised as “totally unacceptable and irresponsible” the statement by a leader of a Moroccan political party, and urged Rabat to show restraint.The Algerian president’s call for a mechanism to protect Sahrawi rights follows a US proposal in April, angrily rejected by Morocco and later dropped, to task the UN peacekeeping force in the Western Sahara with a human rights monitoring mandate.In the ambassador’s absence, the Moroccan embassy in Algiers will continue to function but under the authority of the charge d’affaires, the foreign ministry said.last_img read more

Latest conflict resource poachers on the prowl for ivory

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first_imgBy Pavithra Rao – An average of about 45 elephants per day were illegally killed in 2011 in every two of five protected sites holding elephant populations in Africa, thanks to the growing illegal trade in ivory, which continues to threaten the survival of elephants on the continent. A joint report by four international conservation organizations says that 17,000 elephants were killed in 2011 alone and the amount of ivory seized has tripled over the last decade.“Organized criminal networks are cashing in on the elephant poaching crisis, trafficking ivory in unprecedented volumes and operating with relative impunity and with little fear of prosecution,” says Tom Milliken, an expert on ivory trade with TRAFFIC, a global wildlife trade monitoring network. The joint report, Elephants in the Dust: The African Elephant Crisis, released this year, warns that increasing poaching levels, as well as loss of habitat, are threatening the survival of African elephant populations in Central Africa and in previously secure populations in West, Southern and Eastern Africa. The report was produced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network (TRAFFIC).The 17,000 elephants illegally killed in 2011 lived at sites monitored through the CITES-led Monitoring Illegal Killing of Elephants programme; these sites hold approximately 40% of the total elephant population in Africa. The report warns that initial data from 2012 show that the situation had not improved, and that the true figures may be much higher.Long ago elephants used to roam freely in Africa, finding paradise in places like Côte d’Ivoire, which literally means “the coast of ivory.” Even the country’s national football team, Les Éléphants, derives its name from the mighty animal. The elephant population of Côte d’Ivoire has since dropped dramatically, with only about 800 remaining throughout the country. The drive to save elephants has become the latest frontier in the conflict over natural resources in Africa.“Like blood diamonds from Sierra Leone or plundered minerals from Congo, ivory, it seems, is the latest conflict resource in Africa, dragged out of remote battle zones, easily converted into cash and now fueling conflicts across the continent,” according to Jeffrey Gettleman of the New York Times.Elephant tusks are of high value in the Far East, particularly in China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia, where many use them for ornamentation as well as for religious purposes. With booming economies, the demand can only increase, many believe.Going extinctIncreasing numbers of poachers in Africa are ready to supply these markets. They slaughter the animals and saw off their tusks, sometimes even invading sanctuaries to do so. Given the rate at which they are being slaughtered each year, African elephants could be extinct over the next decade, says the Wildlife Conservation Society, an animal protection organization.The authors of Elephants in the Dust agree. They say current population estimates suggest alarming declines in elephant numbers in parts of Central and West Africa, as well as an increasing risk of extinction for some local populations. Africa used to have a few million elephants at the turn of the century, current estimates put the continental population in the range of 420,000 to 650,000. Botswana, Tanzania and Zimbabwe account for well over half of them.Cyanide poisoning Worse, many of the poachers are alleged to be working for rebel groups, such as the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda and the Janjaweed in Sudan, and terrorist and militant groups such as Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabaab. These groups engage in the illicit ivory trade, using the profits to finance terrorist works.Earlier this year UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that elephant slaughter for tusks was surging in the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Chad and Gabon. “Poachers are using more and more sophisticated and powerful weapons, some of which, it is believed, might be originating from the fallout in Libya,” Mr. Ban said in a report to the UN Security Council. In Zimbabwe, for instance, poachers have started using cyanide on elephants and other wildlife by poisoning natural salt licks. Since May 2013, photos by legitimate hunters, taken during aerial surveys in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, have shown more than 300 elephant corpses.According to Elephants in the Dust, large-scale seizures (seizures of consignments weighing over 800 kg) of ivory destined for Asia have more than doubled since 2009, reaching an all-time high in 2011. The report says large movements of ivory, involving the tusks of hundreds of elephants in single shipments, were a sign “of the increasingly active grip of highly organized criminal networks” engaged in illegal ivory trade.“These criminal networks operate with relative impunity, as there is almost no evidence of successful arrests, prosecutions or convictions,” says the report. Furthermore, “The prevalence of unregulated domestic ivory markets in many African cities, coupled with the growing number of Asian nationals residing in Africa also facilitates the illegal trade in ivory out of Africa.”It’s not just the elephant population that is threatened by illegal killings; local communities suffer too. “The surge in the killing of elephants in Africa and the illegal taking of other listed species globally threatens not only wildlife populations but the livelihoods of millions who depend on tourism for a living and the lives of those wardens and wildlife staff who are attempting to stem the illegal tide,” says Achim Steiner, UNEP executive director.In May 2013, for example, poachers in the Central Africa Republic attacked the Dzanga Bai Clearing in the Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, home to about a hundred elephants. Almost 20 poachers illegally entered Dzanga Bai and massacred more than 25 elephants, including four calves. During the same month, poachers invaded the Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya and four other animal sanctuaries, killing seven rhinos.Concerted efforts neededNumerous solutions have been proposed and adopted in the past to stamp out poaching, but with mixed results. According to Mr. Ban’s report, “The situation has become so serious that national authorities in some countries, such as Cameroon, have decided to use the national army in addition to law and order enforcement agencies to hunt down poachers.”One innovative tool from the wildlife campaign group Kenyans United Against Poaching is the  HYPERLINK “http://poachersexposed.com/” website. The site is intended to name and shame animal poachers as well as middlemen and traffickers. According to Salisha Chandra, a spokeswoman for the group, publicly listing offenders’ names online will make poachers and traffickers think twice. Last May the Kenyan parliament increased penalties for wildlife poaching and trafficking of ivory to up to 15 years in prison along with huge fines. According to authorities, poaching has reduced Kenya’s elephant population from 160,000 in the 1960s to 38,000 today.Challenges remain  Even with efforts to increase fines and jail time for offenders, poachers are still on the prowl. Somalia, for instance, is overrun by rebel and terrorist groups, as well as pirates and traffickers. It is no wonder that the illegal ivory trade flourishes in such an environment.Anti-poaching campaigners are demanding that authorities properly investigate and prosecute all those involved in exporting elephant tusks especially to the Far East. UNEP has called for follow-up investigation of any large-scale seizure of ivory going from Africa to Asia, and for trans-boundary criminal intelligence units.The successful outcome of current efforts hinges on the availability of adequate resources, and on the political will to raise necessary awareness and enact and implement policies that punish offenders. The Elephants in the Dust report expresses this point clearly: “Unless the necessary resources can be mobilized to significantly improve local conservation efforts and enforcement along the entire ivory chain, elephant chains will falter, poaching will continue and illegal trade in ivory will continue unabated.”Africa Renewallast_img read more

Equatorial Guinea New Host of CAN 2015

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Rabat- According to French Sports Magazine L’équipe, Equatorial Guinea will be the new hosts of the 2015 African Cup of Nations instead of planned hosts Morocco who were ruled out from hosting the tournament following a decision of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on November 11.Citing Equatorial Guinean sources acquainted with the issue, the French Magazine said on Friday that the decision of hosting the forthcoming edition of the African football showpiece will be formally announced in the day.The magazine said that Equatorial Guinea has proven its technical ability and know-how to host the competition when it co-hosted the 2012 African Cup of Nations with Gabon. This comes following the emergence of news suggesting that the Gulf state of Qatar stands ready to host the event in case the African Football Federation makes a formal request.“If officially asked, Qatar is ready to offer any help in hosting the African Cup due its strong relation with Issa Hayatou, president of the Confederation of African Football,” Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Thani, the President of the Qatari football association was quoted as saying. read more

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Morocco Calls for Respecting Human Rights in Fight Against Terrorism

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Geneva- Morocco stressed, on Tuesday in Geneva, the need for respecting human rights in the fight against terrorism.This came in an address by Morocco’s permanent representative to the UN office in Geneva, Ambassador Mohamed Aujjar who was speaking at a panel in the UN Human Rights Council on the protection of human rights in the fight against terrorism.The panel was held following the adoption of the Council’s resolution 28/17 at its March session at the initiative of Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Algeria. Aujjar made it clear that states should ensure the security of their citizens as well as the respect of international law, especially in the field of human rights.Aujjar also shed light on the adoption of the 2011 constitution in Morocco, which mirrors steadfast commitment to universally recognized human rights.The recent bloody events targeting Ndjamena, Sousse in Tunisia and Kuwait city as well as Isere in France show the heinous reality of terrorism.In this regards, Aujjar reiterated strong condemnation of all terrorist acts including the funding of terrorism.The meeting was also an occasion to highlight the Moroccan counter terrorism strategy that couples security measures along with human development and the promotion of a moderate Islam.One of the salient aspects of Morocco’s strategy, he said, is the training of religious scholars at the Mohammed VI institute for the training of Imams, which has been attracting students from around the globe.The institute currently offers training to 770 students of whom 500 are from Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and Asia. At the end of their training, these future imams will return to their countries to ensure the religious supervision of their communities in line with the tolerant precepts of Islam.Aujjar concluded his address by asserting that countering terrorism and protecting human rights hinges on the promotion of human rights in the educational system and the promotion of the values of tolerance among the youth. read more

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