Nine arrested after RCMP blocks teepee raising on Parliament Hill

first_img(Jocelyn Iahtail, centre, requesting the release of nine people arrested for attempting to bring teepee poles on Parliament Hill without a permit. The detainees show of their hand-cuffs inside a tent-turned-detention block. APTN/Photo)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsOutside the tent-turned-holding cell along the sidewalk by Parliament Hill’s East Block Jocelyn Iahtail and Elder Sophie Gunner-Sackabuskum wanted to know what happened to someone named “Crow” who they said was arrested along with nine others for trying to carry teepee poles onto the Hill grounds without a proper permit.The RCMP officer who oversaw the arrests, whose last name was Lemoyne according to his ID patch, said he didn’t know of anyone named “Crow.” Lemoyne said only nine people were arrested Wednesday evening for “obstruction” because they needed proper permits to set up the teepee.“They were not allowed to come in with the teepee or they would be arrested,” said officer Lemoyne. “It is against the rules of the Hill, you cannot have tents. You usually need permits to go here. You guys are welcome to come, but no teepee.”Ihatail said the RCMP had no right to keep the teepee off Parliament Hill. She said it was to be used for a fasting ceremony.“We are the ceremonial people. I have a right to be here…I didn’t go invade Europe,” she said.“I didn’t invade anywhere,” said Lemoyne.And no one seemed to know what happened to Crow.Candace Day Neveau is one of the Bawating water protectors. She said the action is just about reclaiming ceremony. APTN/PhotoBy now RCMP officers and Parliament Hill security guards had erected a barricade just inside Parliament Hill’s East gate to block the transport of teepee poles onto the main grounds now overgrown with the scaffolding for Canada’s 150th celebrations scheduled for Saturday. In the background, technical crews tested the laser lights on the main stage. A smattering of tourists, walking the nearly empty streets around the Hill on a cool and sweet June night now tinged with the scent of sage, stopped by briefly to take in the spectacle, which, in a way, captured the state of relations between Canada and Indigenous peoples, according to academic Hayden King.“It’s an image that I think characterizes the relationship generally, this push and pull that goes on forever and ever (and) you see this inertia, those bones being prevented from being set up,” said King.For a couple hours Wednesday evening the teepee poles were physically stopped by Parliament Hill security officers, who are now overseen by the Mounties following changes enacted by the previous Conservative administration of Stephen Harper. The Hill security officers clung to the front end of the teepee poles held aloft by supporters of the Bawating water protectors who drove down from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Wednesday to launch the ceremonial action.“We are trying to prevent it from going forward,” said one Hill security guard. “These are the orders we were given.”Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee was one of the supporters carrying the teepee poles.“This is not a protest or a demonstration. They are here for prayer, they are here for ceremony. They wanted the teepee set up so they could do their fasting,” said Madahbee. “This is just a ceremony, what is so scary about it? This isn’t a missile we are carrying here. It’s a teepee, it is made of wood poles. It is going to have a small diameter of space on the Hill.”Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee was one of the supporters carrying the teepee poles. APTN/PhotoKyle Chiblow was one of the Bawating water protectors arrested Wednesday evening and slapped with a six-month ban from Parliament Hill. He said officers dragged him down to the ground and arrested him.“There were some forced movements. I got pushed in the way. I don’t care if you are wearing the uniform or not, I don’t stand for getting pushed around,” said Chiblow, from Mississauga First Nation. “I stood my ground and told the officer he was in the wrong and he needed to respect international laws. With that, they dragged me to the ground and into the tent.”Chiblow said he grew up around ceremonies and learned much during the Idle No More movement. He said the Bawating water protectors were formed in response to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s recent battle to stop an oil pipeline from crossing under their drinking water supply in North Dakota.“A few of us got together to hold demonstrations in Sault Ste. Marie to bring awareness of Standing Rock and that led to more discussions about what could be done locally and across Turtle Island,” he said.Chiblow said the group of nine detainees set up a sharing circle in the tent-turned-holding cell and invited RCMP officers to participate.“We got to have some dialogue with the officers to get an understanding of where they are coming from and it allowed them to get an understanding of where we are coming from,” said Chiblow.Kyle Chiblow was one of the Bawating water protectors arrested Wednesday evening and slapped with a six month ban from Parliament Hill. He is holding his “Trespass” notice. APTN/PhotoJohnny Wabigwan, from Thessalon First Nation, was also arrested.“We are here because Canada 150 is a celebration of holistic genocide,” said Wabigwan, who is also a member of the Bawating water protectors. “We can’t say culture because that is just one part of it. We can’t just explain one part of all these issues. We have to explain it all in a whole, it is the whole picture in one, in one genocide. The culture of the people, the way of life, the land, the natural laws bestowed on us by the Creator, by our ancestors, were stripped from us and now we don’t have the right to set up our ceremony on unceded Algonquin territory.”After a prolonged stalemate over the poles, the RCMP agreed to allow the teepee to be raised on the south side of the barricades, just inside the East gate. It took two attempts to raise the teepee because the canvas was not long enough for the poles and needed a shorter tie-off at the top.Johnny Wabigwan, from Thessalon First Nation, was also arrested. APTN/PhotoA press conference is planned for 10 a.m. local time on Parliament Hill Thursday about the next steps in the ceremonial action. Some of the water protectors are expected to commence fasts.Assembly of First Nation Ontario regional Chief Isadore Day appeared at the action in a show of support and helped raise the teepee along with Madahbee.“There will be moments over the next several hours, the next couple of days when negativity will want to come in here. It doesn’t belong here,” said Day, during a short speech. “Peace and friendship, that is on what the original treaties are built.”Day’s cousin Candace Day Neveau is one of the Bawating water protectors. She said the action is just about reclaiming ceremony.“We have to have faith in our traditions,” she said.The last major fast in Ottawa occurred over the 2012-2013 winter when former Attawapiskat chief Theresa Spence held a liquids-only fast on Victoria Island during the height of the Idle No More movement.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Manitoba Canada agree to pay 90 million to 4 First Nations for

first_imgAPTN NewsThe province of Manitoba and the federal government have agreed to a $90M dollar settlement with four First Nation communities affected by the massive 2011 flood.The communities involved are Pinaymootang, Little Saskatchewan, Lake St. Martin and Dauphin River First Nations.A settlement approval hearing is scheduled for Jan. 12, 2018 in Winnipeg.While not admitting wrongdoing, the provincial and federal government have agreed to pay $90.2 million.The money includes contributions towards lawyer fees and expense as well as administration costs.Payments of the settlement are based on the number of people that come forward to make claims so it is still unknown how much eligible evacuees may receive.Thousands of people were evacuated in 2011. Earlier this year, the federal government believed as many as 2,000 were still displaced.The flood was one of the largest and most expensive the province of Manitoba has ever seen.Many of those impacted by the flood remain in need of assistance to this day.A final report commissioned by the previous provincial Liberal government called for major changes to how the province deals with the after-effects of a flood.In all, 65 recommendations were made based on consultations with impacted communities.They include improved health care, financial disaster relief, and better water management.Contact APTN National News here: news@aptn.calast_img read more

These residential school survivors are dying waiting for Trudeau government to reconcile

first_imgWhen the Harper government left day scholars, like Jo-Anne Gottfriedson, out of the Indian Residential School settlement it opened the door for 101 bands to sue the feds. Gottfriedson, above, stands in the room where a priest abused her. Kenneth Jackson/APTN photoKenneth JacksonAPTN NewsResidential school survivors in Kamloops can see the building where they went to school.They can walk in the front doors and down the same halls as they did as children.But they can’t get Ottawa to see them as residential school survivors.And they certainly can’t get an apology.Because for the Trudeau government to do that, it first needs to reach an “equitable” settlement for these day scholars who have been suing the federal government since 2012.Day scholars attended residential schools during the day and went home at night because they lived close by, while other kids resided at the same schools.The day scholars are now scheduled to take Ottawa back to court next month after years of mediation recently fell apart.This was around the time Ottawa reached an agreement-in-principle with day school survivors last December. Those are students who attended residential schools that operated only during the day.Both groups of survivors were left out of the 2006 Indian Residential Schools settlement agreement and have separate lawsuits against Canada.All of it is pretty hard to accept for Jo-Anne Gottfriedson, a day scholar who was sexually abused by a priest at the Kamloops Indian Residential School.Gottfriedson and other day scholars at Kamloops weren’t allowed to participate in the common experience payment process negotiated for other residential survivors of the Kamloops school, the ones who slept overnight, and all the others across Canada.That also means that the 2008 apology from former prime minister Stephen Harper didn’t include them.“It’s very disheartening and very frustrating to know our people’s lives aren’t honoured because Canada can’t decide what is a fair and just settlement for day scholars,” said Gottfriedson who attended the Kamloops school for several years as a child.“To witness people passing away and were denied that opportunity for reconciliation is devastating.”One of the survivors that passed away was her sister, Violet Gottfriedson, and there has been dozens more, including descendants, she said since the class-action was certified in 2015.Violet passed away shortly afterwards.“She left this world knowing Canada was responsible,” said Gottfriedson. “The day she died I was with her… she said ‘I want you to continue the work you are doing. Our people deserve justice. Don’t give up.”Gottfriedson’s story was part of a special Nation to Nation episode in November where she entered the room where a priest abused her for the first time in years.”At the 13th hour the Harper government said drop day scholars or we don’t have a settlement”: see a special report on residential school survivors still fighting for justice.https://t.co/SYTLH3y8VOKamloops residential school below. pic.twitter.com/CTiRei6t0p— APTN National News (@APTNNews) November 30, 2018When the class-action was certified in 2015, it also included descendants of survivors as defendants and bands, the actual communities.By leaving the day scholars out of the residential school settlement package, a judge agreed that bands could also sue the federal government for the loss of language and culture caused by the residential school policy.It had never been done before. All previous settlements were only for survivors.The two bands that first signed on were Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc (Kamloops) and Sechelt First Nation in British Columbia. There are now over 100 bands signed on stretching across the country.Garry Feschuk, the former chief of Sechelt, is a representative of the band portion of the class-action and has seen the impacts his community suffered because of the residential school policy.“The day scholar stories are no different than the people who resided in the schools. They suffered the same pain, they same abuses and the genocide that everybody else went through,” said Feschuk. “How many more of our survivors are going to have to die before we actually seek redress for them?”He said there was hope the action would get justice for the day scholars and reparations for the bands itself but that doesn’t seem to be the case any longer.A “senior person” on the case previously appointed by the federal government was replaced in February 2018 by Department of Justice lawyers and they came in with a “minimal mandate” or a settlement offer well below than what day scholars are expecting.The offer is confidential.“What happened is we have gone full circle and we’re back on the steps of the court house again because Canada is minimizing the pain day scholars went through and I think it’s wrong,” said Feschuk.They are willing to settle the survivor portion of the claim today if Ottawa can agree to the 10:3 formula, the same as the other residential school survivors received. That means $10,000 for the first year at a school and $3,000 for every other year.The number of day scholars and descendants are estimated to between 14,000 to 18,000 survivors said Feschuk.Matthew Coon Come is part of the action and said he is disgusted by the Trudeau government.“Day Scholar survivors are literally dying, and yet the government is going to force us to litigate whether there was a residential school policy aimed at destroying our language and culture? That is the opposite of reconciliation,” said Coon Come, former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, in a press release.From Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc, alone, 39 day scholars have passed since the court action began with 80 still alive, while 18 descendants have died, 187 remaining, during the same period.The Trudeau government didn’t respond to questions from APTN by deadline.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Canopy Growth to develop up to 3M sq ft of growing capacity

first_imgVANCOUVER – Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) says it will develop up to three million square feet of greenhouse growing capacity in British Columbia, more than doubling Canada’s biggest licensed marijuana producer’s production footprint.The company said in a statement that it has entered into a definitive joint venture agreement with a large-scale greenhouse operator where it will be a majority shareholder of BC Tweed Joint Venture Inc., a new company.Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton says the greenhouses currently grow peppers and the company will spend tens of millions of dollars to transform them to grow cannabis, the majority of which will be sold domestically.The company will spend $20 million to develop 1.3 million square feet and hopes to have product available as soon as July 1 next year when recreational marijuana sales are set to be legalized.The company will lease the facility from the partner’s affiliate and will have the option to acquire it. The undisclosed partner will receive Canopy shares as consideration.The deal expands Canopy Growth’s greenhouse production footprint to about 2.3 million square feet.BC Tweed will also have the exclusive option to develop another 1.7 million square feet of existing greenhouse infrastructure.Canopy started off growing indoors at a converted chocolate factory in Smiths Falls, Ont. but it has joined many others in adding greenhouse spaces, which facilitate lower cost production. It also has about 900,000 square feet of indoor production capacity.The expansion comes as reports suggest a looming medical and recreational marijuana shortage following legalization. Licensed producers are scrambling to add production space as the country ramps up to supply a legal recreational market.Linton said the growth comes amidst substantial demand and the company’s promises that it will fulfil any orders from any medical marijuana patients with Tweed or other Canopy Growth brands before recreational use orders.The supply agreement covers two years, including four million grams of cannabis and derivative products in the first year, according to a company statement.last_img read more

NAFTA US hasnt done analysis on what happens if freetrade treaty ends

first_imgWASHINGTON, United States of America – American policy-makers admit they have not worked to analyze the economic impact of the end of the North American Free Trade Agreement, even as President Donald Trump threatens to cancel the agreement.That absence of research applies to both elected branches of the U.S. government: neither the White House nor congressional researchers have an impact assessment, despite uncertainty over the fate of the 23-year-old pact.Frustrations at the bargaining table exploded into the open at the last round where the most common conversation topic in the hallways involved whether Trump’s team was intentionally trying to sabotage a deal.A research unit for Congress, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which performs studies for lawmakers, tells The Canadian Press that it has in the past conducted analysis on international issues like the monitoring of Iran’s nuclear program, but nobody has yet requested research on NAFTA.“We have not been asked to look at the (NAFTA) issue,” said an official there.It’s the same at the White House. Donald Trump’s trade czar, Robert Lighthizer, says he hasn’t yet done the research. Inside U.S. Trade quoted him telling a group of American reporters that his current focus is trying to get a deal, not studying life without NAFTA.The countries have pushed the negotiation schedule into next year, shelving talk of a quick easy agreement.“You always think about what might happen, but we haven’t done any analysis of that at this point,” Lighthizer told a gathering of American trade reporters earlier this week, according to Inside U.S. Trade. “No, we don’t really have a plan beyond trying to get a good agreement…“(But) if we end up not having an agreement, my guess is all three countries will do just fine.”The Canadian government says it has been researching the potential impact of various trade scenarios.Some trade-watchers say it’s stunning that Washington isn’t.Duncan Wood, a Mexico expert, said the U.S. is certainly acting like it wants to leave the pact, putting forward proposals the other countries could never accept. Wood said he fears the Trump administration is inching toward a pullout — without doing its homework.“That doesn’t make me feel very good when I go to bed at night,” he told panel this week at the Washington International Trade Association.“If they were taking these decisions based upon years and years of studies and saying, ‘You know what, we think we’ll be absolutely fine, because the stats show it,’ I could say, ‘Okay, fine, I get it, I may disagree, because I like Mexico, but for the United States, I get it’…“(But) that (absence of research) worries me.”He cited the poultry trade as just one example of the complex potential consequences.Producers sell different chicken parts to different markets, based on local preferences. He said Mexico’s huge chicken tariffs would lead to an oversupply of dark meat on the U.S. market; a shortage in Mexico; and chicken plants moving to Mexico.But he said broken cross-border supply chains aren’t what worries him most. Wood expressed fear that the current fight at the NAFTA table is a prelude to a bigger battle against the World Trade Organization and international trading system: “These are dark days, my friends… This is near-apocalyptic what we’re looking at. I don’t mean to exaggerate. I’m not one for hyperbole.“I actually am terrified about what’s about to happen.”The last Republican president expressed similar concerns.George W. Bush delivered a gloomy speech this week that, without mentioning Donald Trump, warned about the degradation of American democracy, mean-spiritedness, racism, conspiracy-mongering, and attacks on open commerce.“Free trade helped make America into a global economic power,” Bush said. “We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade — forgetting that conflict, instability, and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism.”He said policy-makers should be sensitive to the painful effects globalization has had on some industries: “People are hurting. They are angry. And, they are frustrated. We must hear them and help them. But we can’t wish globalization away, any more than we could wish away the agricultural revolution or the industrial revolution.”The Canadian government says it’s been studying a variety of NAFTA contingency scenarios since last August.Some of that work has involved the legal and political questions surrounding a breakup. But officials say multiple departments, including Global Affairs Canada and the Department of Finance, have also been conducting economic analysis of the potential impact of a NAFTA cancellation.The former head of Foreign Affairs’ computer-modelling unit, Dan Ciuriak, said he’s working on a paper on different scenarios for the C.D. Howe Institute. His preliminary estimate is that the most drastic result — the end of free trade in North America — would see Canada’s economy contract 2.5 per cent long-term, with a larger shock in the short term.last_img read more

Pass it on CVS CEO says the learning should never stop

first_imgLarry Merlo has learned a few things during nearly eight years as CEO of one of the nation’s biggest drugstore chains — including that you shouldn’t ever stop learning.CVS Health Corp. is polishing off a $69-billion acquisition of the health insurer Aetna. The company, which also manages pharmacy benefits, is focusing more on providing in-store health care services and telemedicine, as retailers face pressing competition for product sales from the online giant Amazon.com.Merlo shared some of his insights and experiences as a business manager with The Associated Press.Q: Everyone faces competition. How has Amazon affected how you look at your business, especially the store areas outside the pharmacy?A: We work tirelessly in terms of what is it that we need to do to meet the needs of the customers and the clients that we serve. If we’re doing our job in that regard, then we don’t leave any white space to be disrupted by others.Q: What are the key things you look for in evaluating a possible acquisition?A: It starts with the strategy of the company and what are the various ways in which that can be achieved. Is it through acquisition, some type of partnership or joint venture? Then, the things that you would expect in terms of the quality of the potential acquisition, the quality of (its) leadership, and you go from there.Q: What advice would you give your younger self about managing people? What did you learn from your early mistakes?A: The learning never stops. It doesn’t matter if you’re the CEO or someone who is working their way up the ladder. There are times when I am a teacher, and there are also times when I’m a student, whether it’s learning from our customers or learning from our colleagues. Making sure that one never loses that perspective is important.Q: What have you learned about problem solving? What are the keys to tackling your most difficult challenges?A: It’s important to take time to understand the problem. Oftentimes when someone sees a particular problem or issue, they jump into solution mode and sometimes they don’t take the time to make sure that they’re solving for the right problem.Q: What is the best business advice you’ve heard?A: You can never forget where you came from and the impact that individuals had on your journey and how do you make sure that you continue to pay that back to others. I think that speaks to the value of having a collaborative, high-performing team. Collectively, you can get much more done and much more accomplished than a group of individuals working as individuals. I’ve always worked hard to practice that.___Follow Tom Murphy on Twitter: @thpmurphy .Tom Murphy, The Associated Presslast_img read more

US factories expanded at slowest pace in more than 2 years

first_imgWASHINGTON — American factories grew last month at the slowest pace in more than two years.The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, says its manufacturing index dropped to 54.1 in December, down from 59.3 in November and lowest since November 2016. Anything above 50 signals growth, and American manufacturing has been on a 28-month winning streak.Still, the December drop was bigger than economists had expected.New orders, production and factory hiring all grew at a slower pace last month. Eleven of 18 manufacturing industries reported growth last month, led by textile mills and apparel makers.Several respondents cited higher costs and uncertainty arising from President Donald Trump’s import taxes on steel, aluminum and hundreds of Chinese products.Paul Wiseman, The Associated Presslast_img read more

BP scales back exploration plans off NS gives up half its offshore

first_imgHALIFAX — BP Canada is scaling back its oil and gas exploration plans off Nova Scotia, giving up half the offshore area included in its exploration licence.The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board says the energy giant is surrendering 50 per cent of the area included in its licence — a consolidation of four offshore parcels roughly 300 kilometres southeast of Halifax.The move comes after BP failed to drill four wells within the first phase of its exploration licence, required for the second phase to be approved.The board says the company will pay a $1-million deposit to extend the first phase of its exploration licence, which ended Monday, by one year.It says if BP decides to drill a well during the extension period, the energy firm will need to apply for authorization.However, the board says if BP does not drill a well during that period, the company would forfeit the deposit and either surrender the remaining area under its exploration licence, or be required to make a $2-million deposit for another one-year extension.The Nova Scotia government has heavily promoted the province’s offshore oil and gas sector in recent years, estimating a potential resource of 121 trillion cubic feet of gas and eight billion barrels of oil.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Report suggests growing gap between greenhouse gas projections and promises

first_imgThat’s a 50 percent increase in 18 months.Keith Stewart of Greenpeace says that increase is likely coming from growing energy production.The information comes as the Liberal government continues to promise a new pipeline will be built to take bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to ports in British Columbia. OTTAWA, O.N. — A recently released report by the federal government to the United Nations suggests the gap is growing between Canada’s greenhouse gas promises and the likely result of its policies.In 2016, Ottawa said its current and planned climate change policies would be 44 megatonnes short of meeting its promises under the Paris agreement.But in its last report to the UN, just recently made public, the federal government says that by 2030 Canada will be 66 megatonnes short of living up to its commitments.last_img read more

US Midwest refinery maintenance outages to weigh on Canadian oil prices

first_imgThe difference between benchmark oilsands blend Western Canadian Select and New York-traded West Texas Intermediate has widened to five-year highs of more than US$30 per barrel in the past week, closing Tuesday at US$31.50 per barrel.That’s more than double the typical discount, and also reflects ongoing export pipeline constraints.In a separate report, energy analysts at Haywood Securities Inc. point out that Canadian light oil is also facing higher-than-usual discounts to WTI and that situation is also expected to be aggravated due to lower demand from U.S. Midwest refineries. CALGARY, A.B. – A maintenance shutdown at the refinery that is the largest buyer of Canadian heavy oil in the United States is expected to extend and possibly worsen the price discounts on crude from north of the border.Analysts at AltaCorp Capital in Calgary say the planned turnaround at the 430,000-barrel-per-day BP Whiting refinery in Indiana – which buys about 250,000 bpd of heavy crude from Canada – will reduce demand over the next month and a half.They say the shutdown adds to a heavy schedule of refinery maintenance in the U.S. Midwest, with about 829,000 bpd of capacity expected to be unavailable through October, higher than 560,000 bpd in the same period of 2017 and 300,000 bpd the year before.last_img read more

PRRD releases new photos and LiDAR data of the Old Fort Landslides

first_imgAs of Wednesday, the movement of both the main slide and the west slide appeared to be slowing down according to the report released by the Regional District.  That, unfortunately, doesn’t mean the slides are finished moving.  The report goes onto say “landslides are unpredictable and there is potential for these slides to slip and/or speed up again. We will continue to monitor their progress daily, especially for any impact from the precipitation last night and today.”Geologists continue to monitor the slides with LiDAR data, and the team says they will refine their analysis and provide another update on the size and movement of the slide areas.The Peace River Regional District will host a meeting on Sunday only for residents of the Old Fort.Below are more pictures and LiDAR data released by the Regional District on October 12, 2018. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has released photos and LiDAR data that shows the growth and size of the Old Fort landslides.The main slide that started on September 30, 2018, is now 25 ha. and is over 1.3 km in length as of October 10.  The slide is anywhere from 100 to 200 metres in width. The western slide that is located below the Fort St. John lookout is about 14 ha., and 450 metres in length and the Old Landslide Complex had previous movement on October 6 and 7 in the upper northwest corner near the gravel pit.Here is a video update from the PRRD.last_img read more

Energy board to hear traditional Indigenous evidence in Trans Mountain review

first_imgThirty-one Indigenous groups or individuals from Canada and the U.S. are scheduled to participate and the hearings will be held in Calgary the week of Nov. 19, in Victoria the week of Nov. 26 and in Nanaimo, B.C., the week of Dec. 3.Some First Nations that won the court battle in August, including British Columbia’s Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations, say the new process is too rushed and they’re considering filing fresh court challenges after the board issues its report.The energy board responds to concerns about the timeline in documents released Wednesday, saying there’s already significant evidence on the record and legislation requires it to conduct proceedings within the time limit set by the federal government.The board includes oral traditional evidence because it “understands that Indigenous peoples have an oral tradition for sharing knowledge from generation to generation,” it says in the documents.“This information cannot always be shared adequately or appropriately in writing,” it says.The traditional evidence previously provided in the first Trans Mountain review remains on the record, it says, and board members will read transcripts prior to the new hearings. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The National Energy Board will hear oral traditional evidence from Indigenous groups in the coming weeks as part of its new review of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The Federal Court of Appeal struck down the federal government’s approval of the project in August, citing inadequate Indigenous consultation and the energy board’s failure to review the project’s impacts on the marine environment.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government ordered the energy board to review the marine impacts and submit a report no later than Feb. 22, and on Wednesday the board unveiled its schedule for oral traditional evidence. The board adds that Indigenous interveners should file any scientific evidence or expert reports as written evidence.Those scheduled to participate include the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, the pro-pipeline Cheam First Nation, a coalition of U.S. tribes and B.C. Green party member of the legislature Adam Olsen, who is Indigenous.The project would increase tanker traffic seven-fold in Burrard Inlet off Metro Vancouver’s coast, raising concerns about impacts on salmon and endangered southern resident killer whales.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Man involved in illegal fund deal in cop net

first_imgKolkata: Sleuths of detective department of Kolkata Police nabbed a person with cash worth more than Rs 87 lakh from Sudder Street in New Market on Sunday. It is suspected that the money was being used for an illegal transaction.According to the police, on Saturday afternoon, detective department sleuths got a tip-off that a deal involving huge amount of money was being made around Suddar Street in New Market area. Based on the information, plain-clothed police personnel started patrolling the vicinity of Sudder Street and Jawahar Lal Nehru Road from 3:30 pm. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersOne of the police sources was also there to identify the suspect.Around 5:20 pm, the source pointed at a person who was coming along the Sudder Street carrying a backpack. The person was later identified as Md. Wasim Khan of Taltala and he was detained on suspicion.Sleuths found huge number of notes of denomination Rs 2000 and Rs 500 inside his bag. Khan was immediately taken to the DD facility in Lalbazar. It was found that Khan was carrying Rs 87.5 lakh. When asked why he had so much money with him Khan could not provide valid reason and necessary documents which could substantiate the possession of such a huge amount of money. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaFollowing the interrogation, Khan was arrested under Section 379 IPC (punishment for theft by exercising the power conferred) and under Section 41 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) where a police officer may arrest any person without an order from the magistrate and without an arrest warrant. Sleuths are trying to find out how Khan got such a huge amount of cash. Also, investigations are on to find out where the money was about to be sentlast_img read more

Dhoni half a captain of Indian team Kohli visibly rough without him

first_imgNew Delhi: Former captain Bishan Singh Bedi Monday called Mahendra Singh Dhoni “half a captain” of India’s limited overs team and said his absence made skipper Virat Kohli “visibly rough” on the field during the fourth ODI against Australia. Dhoni has been rested for the last two games of the series which is tied at 2-2, going into the decider here on Wednesday. “I am nobody to comment but we all are wondering that why Dhoni is being rested and his absence was felt yesterday, behind the stumps, with the bat and on field also. He is almost half a captain,” Bedi told PTI at a reception organised by the Australian High Commission for its cricket team. “Dhoni is not getting any younger, he is no spring chicken either but the team needs him. He has a calming influence on the side. The captain needs him by his side, he is visibly rough without him. It is not a good sign,” said the 72-year-old spin great who took 266 wickets in 67 Tests. Bedi also felt the Indian ODI team is experimenting needlessly ahead of the World Cup, to be held in the United Kingdom from May 30 to July 14. “I would personally like them to live in the present. World Cup is still two and a half months away. Just play the game. For World Cup, we have been experimenting in the last one year and I am not happy with that at all,” he said, adding, that the IPL, beginning March 23, can pose serious problems for the team ahead of the mega event. “Anyone of them can get injured during the IPL. You can’t expect them to not give 100 percent while playing for their respective franchisees.” Wrist spinners are the flavour of the season with Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal leading the pack at the moment. Bedi hoped the team management has adopted the right approach by sidelining finger spinners like Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja though the latter remains part of the ODI team. “I hope they are right about wrist spinners but I cannot figure if there is a better all-rounder than Jadeja. What is the need to undermine him?” he asked. Risabh Pant, who played his fourth ODI in Mohali on Sunday and first in the ongoing series against Australia, was sloppy behind the stumps. Bedi questioned the need for resting Dhoni and giving Pant an opportunity with the series very much alive. “Pant is a wild horse. Somebody has to tame him. Who is going to do that? The support staff should be able to do that. He is making the same mistakes again and again and behind stumps, too, he has a lot of work to do, honestly. Your chairman of selection committee (MSK Prasad) is a wicketkeeper, you talk to him at least,” said Bedi. Talking about the areas of improvement in the current ODI team, he added: “Cricket sense must improve. Cricket ability and cricket sense are two different things. You have tonnes of ability but without sense there is not much you can do. Yesterday, it was such a good start from India yet they were struggling to last 50 overs while Australia finished with more than two overs to spare.”last_img read more

Railways booking counters to remain closed at most centres on Holi

first_imgNew Delhi: The passenger reservation counters (PRS) under Northern Railways will remain closed at majority locations during morning hours of March 21 on the occasion of Holi.According to Northern Railway, on the occasion of Holi festival, only skeleton services will be available from 8 am to 2 pm at PRS ticket counters at IRCA Reservation Complex New Delhi, Delhi Junction and Hazarat Nizamuddin. However, these locations will function as usual in the evening shift. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe PRS Counters at Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Okhla, Karkardooma, Delhi Shahadra, Adarsh Nagar, Kirti Nagar, Tughlakabad, Shakurbasti, Rohini, AIIMS, International Tourist Bureau, Ghaziabad, NOIDA, Subzimandi, Anand Vihar Terminal, , Sahibabad, Naya Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Palam, Delhi Cantt., Delhi Sarai Rohilla, Faridabad, Ballabhgarh, Palwal, Narela, Sonipat, Panipat, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Mansa, Rohtak, Bahadurgarh, Nangaloi, Shamli, Muradnagar, Modi Nagar, Meerut Cantt., Meerut City, Muzaffarnagar, Khatauli, Darul Uloom Deoband, Baraut, Gohana, Pataudi Road, Jhajjar, Greater Noida,Noli, Mahem Town ,Saket Court, Dwarka Court , CAT, Shakurbasti, Samalkha, Gannaur, Shahabad Markanda,Jakhal, Tohana, Julana, Narwana and Chaudhry Charan Singh University ( MTC ) will remain closed in the Morning Shift (8 am to 2 pm). All these PRS olcations will function as usual in the Evening Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsShift. “The PRS counters at Parliament House, Press Club of India, Supreme Court, Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, IIT, Tis Hazari, High Court, Kashmiri Gate and Railway Board will remain closed for the whole day on Thursday,” said the press statement of Northern Railway. Current Reservation Counters at New Delhi (Paharganj and Ajmeri Gate side), Delhi Junction, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Anand Vihar Terminal, Meerut City and Delhi Sarai Rohilla Railway stations will work at usual timing.last_img read more

Vijayvargiya attends court over police complaint in Balurghat

first_imgBALURGHAT: BJP leader and central committee member Kailash Vijayvargiya attended Balurghat Court on Monday. He had been summoned by the court on the basis of the complaint lodged by Balurghat Police against him on May 9, 2018.Vijayvargiya’s lawyer and BJP candidate from Diamond Harbour Nilanjan Roy, however, said his presence in court had been a routine attendance and nothing else. According to a source, the BJP leader, while delivering a speech before the Panchayat polls at Kamarpara located on the outskirts of Balurghat, attacked the police and local administration using ‘unprecedented disrespectful and unethical language’, to get attention from the voters. Following the incident, the police had lodged a complaint against him. Police had also filed complaint against district BJP president Subhendu Sarkar and some other leaders, on the same charges. Sarkar had been subsequently sentenced to 12-day imprisonment. Recently, Vijayvargiya had received a court notice in which he had been summoned on the basis of the complaint. “Vijayvargiya and the local BJP leaders had used abusive language against police and administration without any provocation, before the Panchayat polls while addressing the public in Kamarpara. Their intention was politically fabricated and it was for nothing but to gain public attention. Naturally, the police were compelled to file complaints against them,” said a political observer. After attending the court, Vijayvargiya took part in a nomination filing programme of party candidate Sukanta Majumdar, whom the party had fielded against Trinamool Congress candidate from Balurghat Arpita Ghosh.last_img read more

Reliance quarterly profit grows 98 to highest ever Rs 10362 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: Richest Indian Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Thursday posted the highest quarterly net profit by any Indian private sector firm with a 9.8 per cent rise in earnings in the period ended March 31 after robust business in retail and telecom sectors offset a dip in oil refinery margins. The oil-to-telecom conglomerate reported a 9.8 per cent rise in its consolidated net profit at Rs 10,362 crore, or Rs 17.5 per share, in the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2019, as compared to Rs 9,438 crore, or Rs 15.9 a share, in the same period of the previous financial year, the company said in a statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThis is the highest quarterly profit by any Indian private sector company. State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) holds the distinction of posting the highest ever quarterly profit by any Indian firm when it had reported a net profit of Rs 14,512.81 crore in January-March 2013 after it received the full-year fuel subsidy in just one quarter. Reliance saw its revenue jump by 19.4 per cent to Rs 154,110 crore in January-March 2019, even though they were 9.7 per cent lower than Rs 170,709 crore revenue in the third quarter of the fiscal. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe company opened more retail stores and added 26.6 million new subscribers to its Jio mobile phone service that helped increase the profitability of the venture as its traditional oil refining business witnessed margin pressures on fluctuating international oil prices. In full year 2018-19, the company posted a record Rs 39,588 crore net profit on a revenue of Rs 622,809 crore. “During FY 2018-19, we achieved several milestones and made significant strides in building Reliance of the future. Reliance Retail crossed Rs 100,000 crore revenue milestone, Jio now serves over 300 million consumers and our petrochemicals business delivered its highest ever earnings,” Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani said. The record profit for the year came in a period of heightened volatility in the energy markets, he said, adding pre-tax profit has more than doubled in the last five years to Rs 92,656 crore. “Focus on service and customer satisfaction led to higher numbers of subscribers and footfalls across our consumer businesses, driving robust revenue growth. Our endeavour is to create better experiences for our customers, leading to a better-shared future,” he added. Its retail business, which comprises 10,415 stores with 510 being added in Q4, saw pre-tax business profit jump 77.1 per cent to record Rs 1,923 crore. “Reliance Retail is the only Indian retailer to be in the top 100 global retailers list and the 6th fastest growing retailer globally as per Deloitte’s Global Powers of Retailing 2019,” the statement said. Reliance Jio, the group’s telecom arm, posted a standalone net profit of Rs 840 crore, which was 65 per cent more than the previous year, as subscriber base swelled to 306.7 million from 280.1 million at the end of the December quarter. Earning per subscriber, however, declined to Rs 126.2 a month from Rs 130 in the previous quarter. The petrochemical business saw pre-tax profits jump by 24 per cent to Rs 7,975 crore on higher prices. The operator of the world’s largest oil refining complex saw pre-tax earnings from the business decline for the fourth quarter in a row. Pre-tax earnings fell 25.5 per cent to Rs 4,176 crore as margins dipped. It earned $8.2 on turning every barrel of crude oil into fuel as compared to a gross refining margin (GRM) of $11 per barrel in January-March 2018. The GRM was also lower than $8.8 and $9.5 per barrel earned in the second and third quarters respectively. “Refinery and marketing segment performance was impacted by lower crude throughput due to planned maintenance,” the statement said, adding they were also impacted by lower product differentials. The pre-tax loss of oil and gas business narrowed to Rs 267 crore in Q4 from Rs 600 crore a year back as output continued to decline. Having completed its major investment cycle, Reliance said its outstanding debt rose to Rs 2,87,505 crore as on March 31, 2019, from Rs 2,74,381 crore as on December 31 and Rs 2,18,763 crore on March 31, 2018. Cash in hand rose to Rs 1,33,027 crore from Rs 77,933 crore in the previous quarter. Retail business revenues surged 51.6 per cent to Rs 36,663 crore in Q4 and by 88.7 per cent to Rs 1,30,566 crore in 2018-19 fiscal. Reliance said Q4 FY2018-19 saw robust consumer activity at Reliance Jio with average monthly revenue per user coming at Rs 126.2. During the quarter, total wireless data traffic was 956 crore GB (up from 864 crore GB in the previous quarter) and total voice traffic was 72,414 crore minutes (up from 63,406 crore minutes in Q3). The company said it has completed the demerger of tower and fibre assets business.last_img read more