Sutherland Im still going to continue fundraising

first_imgAPTN National NewsThis year, Candace Sutherland completed her “Vision for Hope” cross-country run, raising millions for a number of charities along the way, and became perhaps the first teenager to ever run across Canada.Sutherland joins APTN National News anchor Dana Foster to look back at her achievement.last_img

Prorogation forces shift in dates for UN Indigenous peoples rapporteur visit

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, will now visit Canada from Oct. 7 to 15.In a statement sent to some First Nations organizations, Anaya’s office said the dates were changed at Ottawa’s request.“The government of Canada informed the special rapporteur that it was changing the dates to accommodate the session of Parliament,” said the statement. “In order to avoid further delays or cancellation of the visit, the special rapporteur agreed to the new dates.”Foreign Affairs did not return phoned and emailed requests for comment on the changed dates.Parliament is set to resume Oct. 16 with a speech from the throne.Gov. Gen. David Johnston, at the request of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, officially prorogued Parliament on Sept. 13.Anaya was originally scheduled to begin his visit on Oct. 12 to 20.last_img read more

Homeless Hero dies in same Winnipeg river he saved two people from

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe body of a First Nation man dubbed “Homeless Hero” by the media was pulled from the same river Sunday where he twice saved drowning people.Police haven’t confirmed the identity of the body but members of Winnipeg’s indigenous community say it’s Faron Hall, 49.An off-duty police officer had spotted a man in the Red River in distress on Friday but was unable to save him.Foul play is not suspected.Hall’s body was pulled from the river just hours after the body Tina Fontaine, 15, was found in the same waters.In 2009, Hall first made headlines when he dove into the icy waters of the Red River to save a drowning teenager.“I just couldn’t see that little guy die.” Hall said.He became known as the “Homeless Hero” in the days after the rescue and was given a bravery award by the city. Word of his heroic act even reached Parliament and MP Rod Bruinooge honored Hall in the House of Commons in 2009.“He downplayed his actions saying, ‘I don’t think I’m a hero, I’m a human being.’” Bruinooge said at the time. “Faron, you certainly are a hero.  You showed a rare example of selflessness risking your life to save another.”Incredibly, just months later he saved one of two friends who were drowning in the same river once again thrusting him into the spotlight.Hall had lived on the streets for seven years and struggled with alcohol addiction before first jumping into the river to save the drowning teenager. He told APTN National News that he hoped the incident was a turning point.“I believe I gave that little guy his life back and I got to give my life back and that’s what I plan to do,” he said.But over the years, Hall’s struggles continued and he was once hospitalized after being assaulted by people who supposedly recognized him as a celebrity. Just days before he disappeared, Hall had been released from jail for assault.Still, many in Winnipeg are remembering Hall for his act of courage. Winnipeg’s mayor Sam Katz issued a press release calling the death of Hall a tragedy.“He (Hall) was a humble individual who put himself last and gave the best of himself to others even while battling his own immense challenges. Most heartbreaking is that he seemed to miss seeing in himself what we saw in him: that he was a true and selfless hero deserving of honours and a good life,” said Katz.Tributes are pouring in on social media, with some saying Hall performed one last rescue by leading searchers to the body of Tina Fontaine. People are saying the body of Fontaine was only found during the search for Hall’s body.Police confirmed they found Fontaine while divers were searching for Hall.A member of the Dakota Tipi First Nation, Hall grew up mainly in Winnipeg but also spent time on the Sagkeeng First Nation as a child. He was the father of four children.A gathering to honour Faron Hall and Tina Fontaine is scheduled today in Winnipeg. People will gather at the Alexander Docks at 7 p.m. before walking to the Forks for a vigil.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Outspoken doc not impressed by Health Canada announcement

first_imgJohn W MurrayAPTN InvestigatesA general practitioner who works with Indigenous patients is skeptical about a new Health Canada policy that allows travel companions for pregnant Status Indian and Inuit women.Dr. Mike Kirlew, a Sioux Lookout, Ont. doctor told APTN Investigates he believes the policy is just another band aid on a system that needs major surgery.He wonders if the policy is something the federal government really feels is innovative.“Do we honestly think that this would win a health care innovation award,” he said.APTN Investigates is digging into Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) and First Nations healthcare as part of a report called Surviving Bureaucracy airing Friday April 21.Health Canada announced on April 9 they would allow partners or coaches to travel with mothers-to-be who leave northern communities to give birth but Kirlew said it’s been a mainstream policy for four decades.He said Health Canada and First Nations must strive for health care excellence overall instead of what he calls “incremental changes.”“That’s not innovative. It’s not particularly a ‘high five moment’,” he said, adding he is still grateful for the decision.He said there is greater clarity in policies and provincial legislation for mainstream Canadians than exists for Indigenous peoples.“If you have grey areas, people die in grey areas,” he said, adding legislation should clearly define health policy.“There is no law that says that Health Canada has to provide any minimum service on a reserve,” he said.Kirlew says clearly defined policy and protocol, like counting tools and gauze in surgery, have contributed to better patient outcomes.“You could go in to any hospital in the province and they will say this is our policy for counting pieces of equipment,” he said.  “This is our policy for sterilizing a piece of equipment. It is clear. You can get a policy. You can watch workers. And they are trained in adhering to that policy.”Kirlew said provincial systems are always operating on a mantra of “excellence,” often codifying it their own mission statements.For example, Covenant Health in Alberta states their organization will “serve through excellence in care.”Winnipeg’s Seven Oaks General Hospital’s mission statement states their intent is to “to provide exceptional care.”But nothing similar exists for nursing stations and federal healthcare.Dr. Kirlew advised Indigenous people and communities to reach that bar.“Don’t shortchange yourself by saying we want health care, it’s a treaty right to excellent healthcare, just like everyone else gets,” he said.He suggested the federal government needs to be challenged to reach for excellence as well, and pointed out Indigenous peoples are set up to fail in the current system.“It’s pointed towards crisis; it’s pointed towards illness,” he said. “It’s pointed towards making sure you are born marginalized, making sure that you live marginalized, and making sure you die marginalized.”jmurray@aptn.calast_img read more

Questions linger as MMIWG inquiry completes community hearings

first_imgKathleen Martens APTN NewsThe National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls wrapped up its community hearings Sunday with a series of question marks hanging over its head.Will it get the two-year extension it wants from the federal government?When will it commence institutional hearings and expert panels?Chief Commissioner Marion Buller was able to answer some of those questions Sunday in Richmond, B.C. where roughly 100 witnesses were expected to have testified over five days.“We haven’t heard anything about the extension,” she said of the request last month to the Trudeau government for another two years and $50 million.So she said it would be business as usual until they hear otherwise.“We’re moving forward with our work plan that we’ve already established,” she added.That means collecting statements from survivors and families until April 20. A deadline, she says, that was set months earlier to give the four commissioners time to review all the information before compiling their recommendations to government by the end of the year.The next question: Will the inquiry get the cash injection it needs to complete its existing work after revealing last month it was running a deficit?Buller says yes.“We anticipate that we’ll be able to negotiate further funding from Ottawa,” she said, noting they need “roughly 10 per cent of their budget” to finish up.Meanwhile, Buller said the institutional hearings will look very different from what Canadians have seen so far.She has the power to subpoena top officials in policing, Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments, and child welfare across the country.Those officials will be called before commissioners to answer questions about their processes and procedures that have come under fire so far.“We’re going to be putting the truths that we’ve heard in this part (of the inquiry) to people in (those positions),” she said.“I can request or order people to attend.”Meanwhile, if the extension does come through, Buller said her team has a few locations in mind for the next community hearings. To date, the inquiry has held 15 hearings.She said southern Ontario is among the locations.kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

Loblaw preorders 25 Tesla allelectric trucks for undisclosed price

first_imgMONTREAL – Loblaw Companies Ltd. says it is among the first purchasers of Tesla’s new electric truck.Canada’s largest supermarket chain (TSX:L) says it has pre-ordered 25 of the vehicles called the Tesla Semi.“It’s part of our commitment to electrify our fleet,” spokeswoman Catherine Thomas said.Earlier this month, Loblaw committed to have a fully electric fleet as part of the company’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by 2030.That would involve adding 350 zero-emission vehicles and more than 2,500 trailers to the fleet.The Ontario-based grocer said removing diesel from its transport trucks and refrigerated trailers could reduce more than 94,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually, the equivalent of removing more than 20,000 cars from the road.By 2030, Loblaw expects to have reduced emissions from electricity use by 35 per cent, transportation by 25 per cent, and refrigerants by 50 per cent.First deliveries of the Tesla trucks are expected in 2019.No price for the trucks was provided, but reservations for the Tesla Semi cost US$5,000 per truck.Wal-Mart says it has also pre-ordered 15 vehicles, including 10 for its Canadian routes.“We have a long history of testing new technology — including alternative-fuel trucks — and we are excited to be among the first to pilot this new heavy-duty electric vehicle,” Wal-Mart spokesman Ryan Curell wrote in an email.“We believe we can learn how this technology performs within our supply chain, as well as how it could help us meet some of our long-term sustainability goals, such as lowering emissions.”Tesla declined to identify any other Canadian buyers for the truck that it says can go from zero to 100 kph in five seconds without a trailer, compared to 15 seconds for a comparable diesel truck.It says the Tesla Semi requires no shifting for smooth acceleration and its brakes recover 98 per cent of kinetic energy to the battery.“Overall, the Semi is more responsive, covers more miles than a diesel truck in the same amount of time, and more safely integrates with passenger car traffic,” it said on the company’s website.Tesla says that a fully loaded Semi consumes less than two kilowatt-hours of energy per mile and has a range of about 800 kilometres. That could save owners at least US$200,000 in fuel costs over 1.6 million km.last_img read more

NAFTA deal possible by end of March says Canadian envoy MacNaughton

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s ambassador to the United States said Monday he believes NAFTA negotiators can reach an agreement in principle by the end of March.The upbeat assessment from envoy David MacNaughton comes in the face of the continuing threat from U.S. President Donald Trump to blow up the deal, which hangs over the final eight weeks in the current negotiating schedule.MacNaughton refused to speculate on whether Trump is likely to pull out of NAFTA, but he said enough progress has been made on the “wiring and plumbing” of the agreement that all three countries can iron out their differences on the more substantial issues in the next two months.“I would love to see a deal done,” the envoy said after an event in Ottawa with his U.S. counterpart, Kelly Craft. “We’ve made tremendous progress on some of the less spectacular things.”Craft said little about the substance of the negotiations in her appearance with MacNaughton during a staged question-and-answer session at a conference on North American energy. But the two ambassadors did laud their close co-operation and the ties of friendship between Canada and the U.S.Craft dropped a broad hint that she doesn’t find her president’s rhetoric helpful.“When President Trump asked me to consider serving as U.S. ambassador to Canada, he promised that this would be very interesting and very, very important,” she said.“I don’t really need him to continually say ‘tear up NAFTA’ to keep it interesting. A little bit of boring would have been just fine with me.”MacNaughton said the time has come to leave political rhetoric behind and find a workable agreement in principle that officials can hammer out later.“There are still four or five sticking points,” he said.“I think we roll up our sleeves and work hard on them we can at least get to the point where we’ve got an understanding, whether it be an agreement in principle or whatever it is, which we then allow technical people to work on.”Two more rounds of negotiations are set to take place before presidential elections in Mexico and the U.S. congressional midterms, which observers fear could prove disruptive.The lingering doubt is bad for the U.S. economy and business in general, MacNaughton said.“The uncertainty causes people to sit on their wallets rather than make investments,” he said. “I’d hate to see that stalled because of the uncertainty around NAFTA.”Substantial differences remain on autos, a sunset clause and an investor-dispute resolution mechanism, while U.S. demands for greater market access to Canada’s protected dairy industry also loom large.The NAFTA renegotiation survived its sixth round of talks in Montreal, with the U.S. dialing down some of its negative rhetoric, including its imminent threats of withdrawal.U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer said he was unsatisfied with Canadian proposals on autos and characterized a Canadian complaint to the World Trade Organization as a “massive attack” against the U.S. trading system. But he said enough progress was made in Montreal to continue the talks.Craft said the U.S. wants to see greater energy co-operation between Canada, Mexico and the United States reflected in an updated NAFTA.“The United States wants NAFTA modernization to strengthen the North American energy revolution and promote North American energy security and self-sufficiency,” said Craft.“A separate energy chapter must add value not duplicate obligations found in other chapters.”Craft did not elaborate and left the event without speaking to reporters afterwards.last_img read more

CN apologizes promises immediate action to clear backlog of grain shipments

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian National is apologizing for failing to keep grain shipments moving reliably by rail, and says it’s taking immediate steps to clear the backlog — including mobilizing more train cars and workers.The move comes just two days after CN dumped its president and CEO amid growing complaints that the backlog of shipments is compromising Canada’s reputation as a reliable exporter, costing sales and putting farmers in a cash-flow crunch.“We apologize for not meeting the expectations of our grain customers, nor our own high standards,” Jean-Jacques Ruest, who took over the helm of CN from Luc Jobin on an interim basis, said in a statement early Wednesday.“The entire CN team has a sense of urgency and is fully focused on getting it right for farmers and our grain customers, regaining the confidence of Canadian businesses and protecting Canada’s reputation as a stable trade partner in world markets.“Moving the Canadian economy is in our DNA. We can and we will do much better and that starts today — no excuses.”Among other things, the company says it’s offering incentives for key operating employees to delay retirement and postpone vacations, and to entice recently-retired employees to return to work.It’s also deploying qualified managers to operate extra trains and adding train crews in western Canada.CN says it has leased 130 locomotives to increase capacity, almost all of which are now in use. And it’s investing more than $250 million this year to build new track and yard capacity in western Canada.According to the Ag Transport Coalition, CN and Canadian Pacific combined provided only 38 per cent of the rail cars ordered by grain shippers during the week of Feb. 12 — CP delivered 66 per cent of its orders and CN just 17 per cent.On Tuesday, Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay wrote a joint letter aimed at putting pressure on the country’s two major railways to clear the backlog.They expressed their “serious concern” about the failure of the railways to meet the expectations of shippers and customers over the winter. While the ministers said they understand the railways have faced challenges due to a larger than expected grain crop last year and extreme winter weather, they called the companies’ performance “disappointing.”The ministers asked the railways to publicly provide a clear description of how they intend to clear the backlog, as well as their plans for maintaining the fluidity of future shipments. They gave the companies until March 15 to publish the information on their websites.The duo said the backlog has created problems that are most acute for farmers, who need their grain delivered in order to have the cash to pay off past loans and purchase inputs for the coming crop year. But they also said shippers in a variety of other sectors — including forestry, energy and chemicals — have “lost significant business and opportunities” due to the inability to move their products in a timely way.In its statement, CN said it will provide weekly tracking of grain shipments. The company also urged Parliament to pass Bill C-49 swiftly.The legislation, which has been stalled in the Senate since the fall, would financially penalize railways that fail to deliver promised rail cars on time. It would also require railways to publicly report each summer on their abilities to move that year’s grain crop, and to publish by Oct. 1 each year a winter contingency plan for keeping shipments moving regardless of bad weather.last_img read more

Aurora Cannabis revenues more than triples to 191 million in fourth quarter

first_imgEDMONTON – Aurora Cannabis Inc. capped a busy year by seeing its revenues more than triple to $19.1 million in the fourth quarter.The Edmonton company says revenues for the three months ended June 30 were up from $5.9 million a year earlier.The company said the gross margin on medical cannabis was 74 per cent, up from 58 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017. The increase was mainly due to higher average selling price per gram of dried cannabis and a higher proportion of cannabis oil sales.The cash cost for dried cannabis sold was $1.87 per gram, down from $2.09 a year earlier. The cash cost to produce dried cannabis also decreased 11 per cent, to $1.70 per gram, from $1.91. The decrease was primarily due to efficiencies from automation and yield expertise.The company sold 1,617 kilograms of dried cannabis and cannabis oils in the quarter, up from 755 kilograms a year earlier.The number of active registered patients increased to 43,308, up from 16,400.Net income attributable to shareholders was nearly $80 million, up from a $4.82 million loss a year ago.The increase was primarily attributable to the unrealized non-cash gain on derivatives and marketable securities, which was partially offset by increased finance costs, share-based payments, acquisition and project evaluation costs.For the full year, revenues increased to $55.2 million from $18.1 million in 2017.Net income attributable to shareholders was $71.9 million, up from a $13-million loss a year ago.Aurora Cannabis has completed 11 strategic acquisitions in the past year, while another is in progress.The number of employees increased to 1,400 from 300 at the end of the last fiscal year.The company says it intends to list its shares on a senior U.S. stock exchange.“Listing our shares on a senior U.S. exchange reflects the level of corporate and business maturity and our high-paced execution,” stated CEO Terry Booth. “This listing provides access to a broader investor audience who gain the opportunity to participate in our continued success.”Analyzing the performance of marijuana companies is tough because of accounting rules used in the agriculture industry that require companies to put a value on their pot plants before they are harvested, and approaches differ between producers on how to apply these guidelines.(Companies in this story: TSX:ACB)last_img read more

US midterm results could delay new trade deal into 2020 watchers warn

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadians are inspecting the new U.S. political landscape following midterm election results that many believe have added fresh trade-related uncertainty.The Democrats’ majority victory in the House of Representatives could mean the ratification of the recently struck United States-Mexico-Canada deal, known as USMCA, will have to wait well into 2019 — or even until 2020.Experts predict the pact will eventually gain approval, but until it’s ratified businesses will have to deal with considerable unknowns as they try to make longer-term decisions on export strategy and investments.“There will be a lot of uncertainty for a number of months and that uncertainty is not good for Canadian business interests,” said Lawrence Herman, a Toronto-based trade lawyer with Herman and Associates. “There is a chance that the Democrats would agree to have this deal approved. On the other hand, as we’ve heard, there are those in the Democratic party who don’t want to give Trump and the Republicans any kind of break whatsoever.”Dan Ujczo, an Ohio-based international trade specialist, said it will be a “political miracle” to have the USMCA voted on in the spring.March, he added, is the earliest the deal could be voted on in Congress. Before that, the practical aspects of choosing a new speaker and committee chairs’ settling into their positions will take up considerable time. He also noted the 2020 U.S. election season will likely begin as early as spring 2019.“We’ll be lucky to get a vote in 2019,” said Ujczo, a partner in the law firm Dickinson Wright. “I think we’ve got to realistically look at 2020.”U.S. trade deals must be passed by both the House and the Senate, where the Republicans strengthened their majority in Tuesday’s vote.A senior Canadian source with knowledge of the trade discussions said Wednesday that Ottawa doesn’t think the midterm results have changed much in terms of timing when it comes to USMCA’s ratification. They insisted ratification has been considered dependent on calendars in the U.S. and Mexico all along.While Ottawa expects the Democrats’ new majority in the House to lead to political battles on trade, the feds are comfortable there’s widespread, bipartisan support for the U.S.-Canada trading relationship, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter.The U.S. political parties, the official added, will need to find areas of common ground and Ottawa thinks USMCA will be one of them.Capri Cafaro, executive in residence at American University’s School of Public Affairs in Washington, said she doesn’t expect the obvious divisions between the parties to hold up USMCA’s ratification for too long. Cafaro, a former Democratic minority leader in the Ohio state senate, expects the deal to be very early business in 2019.The Democrats have traditionally stood for free and fair trade, she said.“It is more likely than not that this might be an area where Democrats could work with the Trump administration and push it forward,” she said.“I don’t foresee it being an issue, but you never know.”Canada should also keep the worst-case scenario in mind — the USMCA fails to pass Congress and U.S. President Donald Trump decides to terminate the deal.Trump has repeatedly called NAFTA one of the worst trade deals he’s ever seen and he did so again at a news conference Wednesday. He called on the Republicans and Democrats to come together in support of the deal.“USMCA has gotten rave reviews,” Trump insisted as he addressed reporters.“Now is the time for members of both parties to join together, put partisanship aside and keep the American economic miracle going strong. It is a miracle — we’re doing so well.”Canada will also scrutinize the midterm results for other cross-border impacts, including the fate of the Trump administration’s painful tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from north of the border.Unifor president Jerry Dias, whose union represents auto workers, said now that the midterms are over Canadian MPs from all parties must apply more pressure to secure the removal of unjust tariffs he argues were imposed to score political points with the Republican base.But neither Cafaro nor Ujczo expects the U.S. tariffs — which allies, including Canada, have responded to with countermeasures of their own — will disappear any time soon.“I think barring significant market forces — that may have even more significant political implications — I don’t see the tariff issues going away,” Cafaro said.Ujczo said he hopes the tariffs are lifted by the USMCA signing at the end of November, but he noted there’s an increasing expectation in the business community that the levies will remain in place well into 2019.last_img read more

Legal challenge filed over highstakes competition to design 60B warships

first_imgOTTAWA — The $60-billion effort to build new warships for the navy has hit another snag, this time in the form of a legal challenge by one of three companies involved in the high-stakes competition to design the vessels.The federal government announced last month that U.S. defence giant Lockheed Martin beat out two rivals in the long and extremely sensitive competition to design replacements for the navy’s frigates and destroyers.Lockheed’s design was based on a new class of frigates for the British navy. The company is now negotiating a final contract with the government and Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding, which will build the ships.But one of the other two companies, Alion Science and Technology, is now asking the Federal Court to quash the government’s decision, saying Lockheed’s design did not meet the government’s stated requirements and should have been disqualified.Industry insiders had long warned that Lockheed’s selection as the top bidder combined with several changes to the competition after it was launched — including a number of deadline extensions — would spark lawsuits.While the government, Irving and Lockheed Martin are declining to comment, federal officials have previously defended the way the competition was run and expressed confidence about defending the decision in court.Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP looking for suspect involved in stabbing

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, AB. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect involved in a stabbing last weekend.According to Cst. Melanie McIntosh, on March 4th, 2018 at roughly 12:30 a.m., Grande Prairie RCMP responded to a report of a bar fight at the Crown and Anchor Pub. A pair of men got into a verbal altercation in the smoking area of the bar that turned physical as the two men had to be separated by bar patrons. It was discovered after the fact that one man had suffered a stab wound to his leg, but was treated at the scene by EMS.Witnesses, or anybody with information about this incident, can speak with police by attending the detachment or calling 780-830-5700. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com.last_img read more

Free Movies in the Park is back for 2018

first_imgThank you to all our sponsors.Presenting Sponsors:Shell CanadaFort St. John Co-operative AssociationSupporting Sponsors:Home Of The Whopper FSJD&T DisposalsHome2 Suites by Hilton Fort St JohnEagle Vision Video Productions Ltd.Pioneer Sanitary Solutions100.1 Moose FM Shell Canada and the Fort St. John Co-operative Association present Movies in the Park all summer long. Once again this year FREE Movies in the Park will happen each month starting with the event Friday, June 15 at Centennial Park.The first two movies that will be shown are Captain Underpants and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The movies will start at 7:00 p.m. on June 15. On top of the movies, there will be food and of course popcorn being sold by the Northern Dance Theatre Society.You can also join us on July 13 and August 24 for two more FREE movies each night. The movies for those months will be announced closer to each date.last_img read more

BC Secondary Schools receive their annual Report Card

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The annual Report Card on B.C’s Secondary Schools was released by the Fraser Institute, a tool that Secondary Schools academic performances can be compared.Based on seven academic indicators using student results from annual provincewide exams, grade-to-grade transition rates, and graduation rates, this Report ranks 251 public and independent secondary schools.Of the top 53 schools in the ranking (seven were tied for 47th) 24 are public schools and 29 are independent schools. Located in 26 different cities and towns across the province, including Revelstoke, Summerland, Agassiz, Hope, and Duncan. “All too often, we hear excuses that public schools can’t compete with independent schools because of the communities and students that they serve, but that’s just not true—every school can improve and strive to rank higher than the year before,” said Angela MacLeod, a Fraser Institute senior policy analyst.These are the rankings for schools in the North and South Peace Region;106/251 – Dawson Creek215/251 – Fort Nelson244/251 – Fort St. John246/251 – ChetwyndThis year, 36 schools showed statistically significant declines in performance over the past four years, and 33 showed statistically significant improvement.“This Report Card proves that improvement is possible in every corner of the province, in every type of school serving every type of student,” MacLeod said.Notably, of the top 10 fastest-improving schools—regardless of rank—seven are located outside the Greater Vancouver Area in Agassiz, Chilliwack, Invermere, Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Terrace and 100 Mile House. In fact, none are in the City of Vancouver.For the complete results on all ranked schools, and to easily compare the performance of different schools; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Site C Construction Schedule for September 1st – September 15th 2019

first_img• Large sections of penstock pipe will be transported along Old Fort Road. This requires occasional overnight rolling closures, with short delays to traffic. Check our website for upcoming deliveries.• Construction of a wash station to limit the migration of invasive species continues.• Contractors will continue to move equipment and materials to the site. This includes deliveries by rail and road.• Contractors are continuing construction and operations in their work areas: main civil works, generating station and spillways civil works, turbines and generators, and substation. Activities include drilling, blasting, crushing, earthmoving, tunnelling, concrete placement, and road maintenance. Tower and mobile cranes will be used.• Transmission line work may occur on the 138 kV right-of-way within the dam site.• Excavation, including in-river excavation, will progress on both banks of the Peace River. • Construction activities will continue. This could include drilling, blasting, crushing, earthmoving, tunnelling, concrete placement, and road maintenance. We will use the tower and mobile cranes.85th Avenue Conveyor• Testing of the conveyor system has begun.• Work will use heavy machinery, resulting in noise, dust and vibration. Typical work hours are 7 am to 7 pm, seven days a week. Road sweeping and dust suppression will occur.Highway 29• Noxious weed inventory and treatment may occur along Highway 29 and in Wuthrich, Portage Mountain, and West Pine quarries. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The following outlines the construction details for the Site C project for September 1st – 15th, 2019.Dam site area – north bank and south bank• Construction has started on a chain-up area for project vehicles on Old Fort Road, near the entrance to Site C at Gate B.• Noxious weed inventory and treatment will occur in the main civil works area, on the banks of the Peace River.center_img • Construction will continue at Cache Creek West. This will include grading, road construction, and drainage work.• Geotechnical investigations will occur near Lynx Creek.• Site drainage at Cache Creek East will take place.• Archaeological studies will take place at Lynx Creek, Farrell Creek and Dry Creek.• Portage Mountain Quarry development will continue, including haul road construction, rock blasting and rip rap production.• Visit our website for more Highway 29 schedules, maps and construction updates.Reservoir area• New: Construction will begin on a causeway to an island in the Peace River. Boaters are asked to stay clear of the work area.• Forestry and access road data collection and site investigations will continue.• Road construction will continue in preparation for clearing on the south bank of the eastern reservoir.• Archaeological investigations may occur in support of reservoir access road design and construction.• Clearing on the north bank and south banks of the eastern reservoir has resumed, including areas in the middle reservoir east of Halfway River.Transmission works• Transmission line construction will continue. This includes helical pile foundation installation, testing and welding, and tower assembly.• Maintenance work will continue on roads that provide access to the transmission corridor.• Clearing activities may occur. This includes selective hand-falling and hauling logs to local mills. Wood waste will be chipped, mulched, spread as coarse woody debris or hauled off-site.• Road construction will occur in various locations on the transmission line right-of-way. This includes but is not limited to the Peace Canyon and Peace Hill, Trapper Main, Boucher Lake and Medicine Woman road areas.Other areas• Work is occurring downstream of the dam site for the Peace River side channel enhancements.• Aggregate and riprap production will continue in West Pine Quarry. We will transport material by rail to the dam site and by truck to Highway 29.WHAT TO EXPECTWork will take place during the day, night, and on the weekend until the project is completed. During this time, residents can expect:Traffic – please use caution and obey safety signage• Old Fort Road• Near Gate A to the dam site, drivers may encounter loose gravel and increased commercial traffic.• Gravel sections have developed near 85th Avenue.• Overnight deliveries of penstock pipes along Old Fort Road will result in rolling road closures and traffic delays. Deliveries will occur every one or two weeks.• Due to equipment delivery, there may be occasional short road closures along Old Fort Road from Tahltan Road to Gate B.• Highway 29: Construction-related equipment will travel along Highway 29. Visit drivebc.ca for the latest traffic advisories.• Other areas: Trucks with heavy loads will be accessing the dam site and other project areas, using public and resource roads.Equipment• Heavy machinery will be in the transmission line corridor. Please stay clear of the work areas.• Helicopters and commercial drones may be used to support investigative and construction works.Noise and vibration• Some noise and vibration may occur near the dam site and work areas, including the quarries. Pile driving may take place near the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands.Other• During noxious weed inventories, crews will travel through areas to capture data. Areas, where herbicide has been applied, will be signposted.• Please stay clear of active in-river work areas along the Peace and Moberly rivers. These areas are identified with signage and markingslast_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP seek assistance to identify break and enter suspects

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying three suspects involved in a break and enter.During the early morning of September 16, at around 5:30 a.m., the RCMP say they responded to a break and enter at the Wild Rose Country Inn in Grande Prairie.According to police, after gaining access to the business, one suspect stole a cash register. RCMP say two additional suspects then entered the business and stole a key box.The suspects are described as:Suspect #1male, average-sizedWearing black shoes, black gloves, black balaclava, dark clothing with light coloured stripe downside of pantsSuspect #2male, average sizewearing blue jeans, balaclava, black gloves, black jacket with red sleeves and white markings, and a dark hat with green writing on left sideSuspect #3male, large in sizewearing blue jeans, red and black gloves, white shoes, and a tight-fitting hooded, grey sweater with black sleevesIf you have any information regarding this incident, or if you can help identify the suspects, you are being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Activists were mobilising Dalits to overthrow govt Police

first_imgMumbai: Maharashtra Police Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that activists arrested in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence and Maoist links were mobilising Dalits to achieve the motive of the CPI (Maoist) to “overthrow the government”.Pune’s assistant commissioner of police Shivaji Pawar said this in an affidavit filed before the court to oppose the bail plea filed by one of the accused, Arun Ferriera. Apart from Ferriera, the police earlier arrested eight other activists, including Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj, P Varavara Rao, Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Ferriera and Gonsalves later filed bail petitions which came up for hearing on Wednesday before Justice P N Deshmukh, who posted the matter for April 5. The police are yet to submit the affidavit over Gonsalves’s petition. In their affidavit, Pune Police claimed that Ferriera and the other accused were senior members of the banned terrorist organisation, Communist Party of India (Maoist). They were “actively supporting and propagating the banned outfit’s unlawful activities to overthrow the government established by law”, the police said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedDuring investigation, it was revealed that the motive of the CPI (Maoist) was “seizure of political power,” the affidavit said further. “With a view to attain this motive, the organisation is waging not the old type of conventional war but a people’s war by mobilising public on a massive scale both military and politically,” it said. “The CPI (Maoist) is undertaking special efforts to build the party among Dalit masses. They try to rally Dalit masses extensively by taking up struggles for their self- respect and against discrimination, oppression, degradation and physical attacks by the upper caste feudal forces in order to achieve their motive,” the police said in the affidavit. The Elgar Parishad meeting held on December 31, 2017, during which Ferreira and the other accused gave “inflammatory, provocative and rebellious” speeches, saw significant participation of Dalit organisations, they said. “These Dalit organisations were systematically brought together by some active members of CPI (Maoist), which had also funded this meeting,” the affidavit said. The police claimed Ferreira and another accused Vernon Gonsalves were senior cadres of CPI (Maoist) and engaged in recruiting cadres for the banned outfit. “The intention of Ferreira and other accused persons along with the banned terrorist organisation CPI (Maoist) is to topple the democratically elected governments (Centre and state) by violent means, that is by creating mayhem, spreading terror and hatred,” the affidavit said. “The objective is to assassinate important public functionaries and strike terror in the public,” it said. Ferriera and other accused distributed pamphlets and booklets with an intention to incite, abet and promote enmity between different groups on the ground of religion, caste and community, it said. “They created disharmony and a feeling of enmity, hatred and ill-will between different religious groups, castes and communities and therefore, disturbed public tranquillity,” the affidavit said. “Net result of the meeting and speeches was riots that erupted at Koregaon-Bhima on January 1, 2018,” it said. It was found from certain documents and evidence collected from the accused persons’ residences that they were part of a criminal conspiracy and their role was not merely peripheral, but they were found to be playing a vital role in the offences committed, the police said in the affidavit.last_img read more

Always good to be around Tim Burtons creativity vision and imagination Michael

first_imgLos Angeles: Veteran actor Micahel Keaton says the only reason for him to be a part of the live-action reboot of 1941 Disney classic “Dumbo” was the opportunity to reunite with his “Beetlejuice” director Tim Burton. Keaton, who has also worked with Burton on two “Batman” films in the ’90s, said it is always an enriching experience for him to collaborate with the celebrated director. “We worked together three times before. This is the fourth. He’s not only a friend, I also think the experience of working with someone like Tim although there actually is no one like Tim is something most actors would jump at. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “It’s always a really good experience for me to be around that kind of creativity, vision and imagination. When you’re working on a set with Tim, and the people he hires to surround him, you’re reminded of why you do what you do,” Keaton said in a statement. The 67-year-old actor said he was not a “Dumbo aficionado” when he boarded the project. He is playing V A Vandevere, a persuasive entrepreneur who sets his sights on Max Medici’s (Danny DeVito) circus and its newest, miraculous member, Dumbo, a flying elephant. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “Your ears always perk up a little bit when Tim’s name is mentioned… There are certain people, when they call, you really want it to work if you can. There have been opportunities with other great directors where I just couldn’t do it, which was disappointing to say the least. But we slid this into a window and I’m glad. It’s just fun to show up for work and be part of all of this,” Keaton added. “Dumbo”, which also features Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins and Alan Arkin, releases in India on March 29.last_img read more

Predawn IT swoop on Ktaka minister nephew

first_imgBengaluru: In a pre-dawn swoop Thursday, Income Tax officials along with CRPF personnel carried out raids at the residences of Karnataka Minor Irrigation minister C S Puttaraju and his nephew. The raids were also carried out at the residences of PWD minister H D Revanna’s close associates Narayana Reddy, Ashwath Gowda and Raya Gowda in Hassan, sources said.Revanna’s son and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s grandson Prajjwal is contesting from the Hassan Lok Sabha seat. Condemning the raids, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy tweeted, “PM @narendramodi’s real surgical strike is out in the open through I-T dept raids. The constitutional post offer for IT officer Balakrishna helped the PM in his revenge game. Highly deplorable to use govt machinery, corrupt officials to harass opponents during election time.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsSpeaking to a private news channel, JD(S) leader Puttaraju said three teams of Income Tax officials and Central Reserve Police Force personnel carried out raids at his Chinnakurli residence in Mandya and his nephew’s house in Mysuru. The development came a day after Kumaraswamy raised fear about possible raids on Congress and JD(S) functionaries in the state.He claimed that CRPF personnel were brought from various parts of the country to carry out the raids. The raids on the Congress and the JD(S) leaders can take place early Thursday morning using CRPF jawans instead of taking Karnataka Police’ help in order to maintain secrecy, Kumaraswamy claimed on Wednesday.”Three teams of I-T officials and CRPF soldiers comprising eight soldiers carried out raids at my Chinnakurli residence in Mandya and my nephew’s residence in Mysuru,” Puttaraju told the news channel. The minister said he was not afraid of the raids and instead, it had instilled confidence in him.last_img read more

LS polls this time will bring mahaparivartan Akhilesh

first_imgDeoband (UP): Accusing the BJP-led NDA government of creating more rifts in the society than the British during colonial rule, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Sunday said this time, the Lok Sabha elections are to bring a “mahaparivartan”.Kicking off a joint campaign of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance here in western Uttar Pradesh, Yadav asked the BJP leaders to resolve not to lie during the auspicious occasion of ‘Navaratri’. Referring to the 2014 parliamentary election, the Samajwadi Party chief said, “He (Modi) came as a chaiwala (tea-seller) and we all believed (him) for the sake of ‘achche din’ and crores of jobs. But now, when elections have come again they say they are chowkidar (watchmen).” “This time, we all will together snatch the ‘chowki’ (seat) of every single chowkidar,” he said. Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi coining an acronym ‘SARAB’ (alcohol) from the initial letters of the Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal and Bahujan Samaj Party tie-up, Yadav said, “Our alliance is being termed ‘milawat (adulterated) alliance’, but those who talk about SARAB are intoxicated by power.” The Samajwadi party chief stressed that the dreams of socialist thinkers Ram Manohar Lohia and Kanshi Ram will be fulfilled by the alliance. “The coming election is for ‘mahaparivartan’ (grand change)… this is the alliance of giving a new government and a new PM,” he told the gathering. On the prime minister washing the feet of sanitation workers at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, the SP president said, “Everyone saw on TV when feet were being washed, but at the same time, jobs of the minorities and others were washed off.” The promise of ‘achche din’ (good days) has turned out to be ‘burey din’ (bad days). They (BJP)… brought GST, which benefitted big businessmen but the small ones remained harassed, he alleged. Taking a dig at the prime minister for making claims of all-round success, Yadav said, “The prime minister is making claims, but statistics prove the country is going backwards in all areas… They created walls within society, when what was required was that progress be made with the help of schemes.” He asked the BJP leaders to resolve never to tell lies, and said, “I have taken the same resolve this ‘Navaratri’.” RLD chief Ajit Singh took a swipe at the BJP’s “achche din” promise on Sunday, saying the good days were not meant for the people of the country but for Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself. Addressing a rally here, which witnessed the top leadership of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance coming on one platform to kick-off the joint campaign of the “mahagathbandhan” for the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls slated for April 11, Singh said, “What has PM Modi done in five years? He was not talking about your achche din, but his own achche din.” Elated over the massive turnout at the rally, Singh, a prominent Jat leader from the area, said it was an indication that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was going to be wiped out in the coming polls.last_img read more