Asylum claims have more than tripled since 2015 Statistics Canada saysAsylum claims have more than tripled since 2015 Statistics Canada says


first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — New figures out this morning from the national statistics office says the number of asylum claims in Canada more than tripled between 2015 and 2018.Statistics Canada says that in 2015, the year the Trudeau Liberals were elected, there were about 16,000 asylum claimants.Two years later, in 2017, there were more than 50,000 claims.Last year, Statistics Canada says, there were 55,000 claimants, showing the pace of growth had slowed, but the total was well above the previous peak for claimants a decade earlier.Details from the national statistics agency also show that asylum claimants tend to be younger than the general population in Canada, and most are male.Economically, asylum-seekers fare similarly to other immigrant groups — the longer they are in the country, the higher their average salaries and wages.last_img read more


The War to June 6 1944 How the decisions surrounding DDay cameThe War to June 6 1944 How the decisions surrounding DDay came


first_imgOTTAWA — THE WAR TO JUNE 6: Allied fortunes had rebounded by 1944 after the massive German conquests of 1940-41. British and American armies had driven the Germans from North Africa and Sicily, forced Italy to surrender and were moving up the Italian boot while Allied bombers were pounding German cities and towns day and night. In the East, the Soviets were on the march to Berlin. And in the Pacific, the Americans were making headway against the Japanese.WHY INVADE? Military planners recognized Germany could not be defeated by strategic bombing or naval blockade. Instead, they would have to invade to both free occupied Allies and ensure Europe didn’t fall into the hands of the Soviet Union.WHY NORMANDY? The decision was largely dictated by technology and supply problems. Beaches had to be within range of British-based fighter planes and easy striking distance of a port, which would be needed to unload supplies. The Nazis believed the Allies would attack at the Pas de Calais, which was the closest point to Great Britain. Knowing this, the Allies devised an elaborate deception to keep the Nazis focused on this area while actually preparing for Normandy, which had lighter defences, suitable beaches and the requisite proximity to ports.WHO HAD THE ADVANTAGE? In many ways, the Allies and Germans were well-matched. The Allies had far superior air and sea power; the Germans had troops and tanks available for quick reinforcement. The Germans had better tanks and anti-tank guns while the Allies had more of both. German troops, in many cases, were better trained and superbly led by hardened veterans. The Germans, however, were hampered by shortages of supplies, especially fuel while the Allies had plenty of everything. German generals also faced ham-handed interference by Adolf Hitler; Allied generals were able to unfold their plans without harassment from above.WHY D-DAY? A combination of factors including weather, the phases of the moon and the tides led to June 6 being the day of the invasion. As for the moniker, military planners habitually designated the day an operation was to begin as D-Day — the ‘D’ has no particular significance. However, because the Normandy invasion was largest of its kind ever attempted, D-Day became forever associated with the operation on June 6, 1944, the official name of which was Operation Overlord.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Quebecers less exposed to Holocaust than other Canadians poll findsQuebecers less exposed to Holocaust than other Canadians poll finds


first_imgMONTREAL — A new poll suggests that Quebecers are significantly less likely than other Canadians to have learned about the Holocaust in school or read a book about the Second World War genocide.About 40 per cent of respondents across Canada said they did not learn in school that roughly six-million European Jews were murdered by the Nazis during the Second World War, while more than 53 per cent of Quebecers said so.More than 61 per cent of Quebecers polled said they’d never read a book about the Holocaust, compared to the Canadian average of 41 per cent.And 36 per cent of respondents from Quebec said they had never had contact with a Jewish person. The Canadian average was 18 per cent.Leger surveyed 1,560 Canadians over the age of 18, between June 7-11, 2019, in the poll commissioned by Jack Jedwab, president of the Association for Canadian Studies.In an interview Saturday, the historian said he was surprised to learn the gap between Quebec and the rest of the country was so high.“These are very surprising gaps — which is telling,” Jedwab said adding that he’s studied the Quebec history curriculum and the province’s schools don’t teach the Second World War in great detail.“And if you’re not going to deal with WW2, probably the end result is that you won’t learn a lot about the Holocaust because they are connected,” he said.Other than Quebecers, the Canadians least likely to have learned about the Holocaust in school were from Ontario and Atlantic Canada, both at 31 per cent.About 38 per cent of respondents from Manitoba and Saskatchewan, who were grouped together in the survey, said they had never read a book about the Holocaust, second only to Quebec.Ontarian respondents were the most likely Canadians to know someone who is Jewish — only 12 per cent of them said they have “never” had contact with a Jew.The survey results should be a wake-up call to Quebec’s minister of education, Jedwab said. Learning about the genocide of the Jews empowers people to fight discrimination and strengthens one’s sense of tolerance, he added.According to B’nai Brith Canada, anti-Semitic incidents in Quebec increased from 474 in 2017 to 709 in 2018, a jump of 50 per cent. Anti-Semitic incidents rose roughly 17 per cent between 2017 and 2018 across Canada.The 2,041 hate acts against Jews in 2018 was the first time since 1982 that there have been more than 2,000 such incidents in the country over a 12-month period, B’nai Brith Canada noted in its April report. The Jewish advocacy group also said in its most recent audit that the year 2018 “was characterized by a dramatic increase in anti-Semitic incidents worldwide.”A September 2018 survey that polled 1,100 Canadians, conducted by New York City-based Schoen Consulting, indicated 22 per cent of respondents between 18 and 34 years old were unaware or unsure if they had even heard of the Holocaust.In response to the rise of anti-Semitic acts in Canada and the decline of Holocaust awareness across the country, a foundation that educates young people about genocide is partnering with the Quebec government to offer high school teachers a study guide on genocide.Heidi Berger, head of The Foundation for Genocide Education, told The Canadian Press in April that beginning in the fall, a selection of high schools across Quebec will be offered the universal teaching guide as part of a pilot project. Her goal is to have the guidebook in every public and private high school across the province by 2020.Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Jane Philpott stands by commitment she made as a Liberal not toJane Philpott stands by commitment she made as a Liberal not to


first_imgOTTAWA — Jane Philpott says she stands by the commitment she made as a Liberal candidate to support access to abortion despite her personal beliefs.The former cabinet minister, now running as an Independent after being kicked out of the Liberal caucus in the wake of the SNC-Lavalin affair, says there are some issues that may cause her to vote differently from her former party should she return to Ottawa after the Oct. 21 vote.But she says abortion is not one of them.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau requires all Liberal MPs to vote with his government on matters of reproductive health, and would-be candidates for his party are asked during the nomination process whether that would be a problem.Philpott, a Mennonite, says that while she believes she would not personally choose to terminate a pregnancy, that has nothing to do with her obligations as an MP to uphold rights for all Canadians.The former health minister also says the Liberals were being “opportunistic” by circulating a 2005 speech by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer stating his opposition to same-sex marriage and suggesting he would restrict access to abortion, saying it feeds into cynicism about politicians.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


MDA Show Of Strength Telethon Raises Over 50 MillionMDA Show Of Strength Telethon Raises Over 50 Million


first_imgMusical performances and inspiring family stories were featured prominently on this year’s MDA Show of Strength Telethon. The Muscular Dystrophy Association’s telethon aired for two hours on Sunday on ABC television stations nationwide.The Telethon raised $59,583,555 to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.For the first time ever, viewers tuning in to the telethon were able to track donations through an online tote board featured on mda.org. The tote consists of generous donations made by the American public through phone, online and texts, and contributions made by national sponsors who help MDA through their own fundraising campaigns leading into the telethon.“Our heartfelt thanks go to the celebrities and performers who appeared, as well as to our wonderful national and local partners and the MDA families who shared their extraordinary stories of strength,” said MDA President and CEO Steven M. Derks. “Most of all, we have to thank the American public, whose continuing, generous support has helped MDA arrive at a point when lifesaving treatments for muscle diseases are on the horizon.”Highlights of the 48th annual telethon included multiplatinum group the Backstreet Boys opening the show with a dual performance of their newest single “In A World Like This” and one of the most popular hits of their 20-year career, “I Want It That Way.”Performances during the nationally broadcast show included: teen pop sensation and 2013 MTV Video Music Awards “Artist to Watch” recipient Austin Mahone performing his hit single “What About Love;” platinum-selling country star Darius Rucker performing his summer anthem “Radio” from his new album “True Believers;” “Glee” actor/singer Matthew Morrison performing “On the Street Where You Live;” and award-winning country music artists Lee Ann Womack and Luke Bryan performing “I Hope You Dance” and “Country Man,” respectively.Additional star power was provided by Ryan Seacrest, Enrique Iglesias, Paula Abdul, hip-hop dance crew Jabbawockeez, “American Idol” runner-up Jessica Sanchez, Kenny Loggins with the Blue Sky Riders, American blues rock band Vintage Trouble, and Universal recording artist and star from “The Voice” Chris Mann.Additional presenters for the 2013 show included: ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser, “Dancing with the Stars” contestant and “Brady Bunch” mom Florence Henderson, Emmy award-winning journalist Jann Carl, Olympic gold medal gymnasts Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner, and No Doubt drummer Adrian Young and his son, Mason Young.The telethon saluted its own history by featuring clips of memorable past performances, some fairly recent such as Grammy-nominee Pitbull and his 2012 performance of “Get it Started,” and a soulful Ray Charles medley, reaching as far back as the ’70s. Viewers were invited to visit mda.org to vote for their own favorite “Memorable Moments” from telethons past, including several featuring longtime telethon host Jerry Lewis.In addition to funds contributed by the public, substantial support was provided by MDA’s family of national partners, including the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), CITGO Petroleum Corp., The Safeway Foundation, Lowe’s, Harley-Davidson, Jiffy Lube, National Association of Letter Carriers, 7-Eleven, 7UP, Acosta Sales & Marketing, Burger King and Tall Cedars of Lebanon of North America.IAFF, which has been raising funds for MDA since 1954 through community events such as the streetside “Fill the Boot” campaign, amassed a fundraising total of $26.1 million for this year’s telethon.MDA’s mission encompasses dozens of neuromuscular diseases, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy. One segment focused on 11-year-old identical twins Nolan and Jack Willis from Fayetteville, N.Y., both of whom are affected by Duchenne MD and are taking part in a promising clinical trial.The telethon also presented stories on individuals affected by spinal muscular atrophy, including 3-year-old Cooper Somers of Humble, Texas; 8-year-old Reagan Imhoff of New Berlin, Wis.; and Juan Morales, 28, of Pembroke Pines, Fla.Also featured were India Peters, 21, of Oxon Hills, Md., who has facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy; and Ben Thomas, 32, a husband and father from St. George, Utah, who is fighting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Texas educator Veronica Nino who lost her battle to ALS last October after being featured on the 2012 telethon was paid tribute in a memorial segment.Another young person affected by Duchenne MD is MDA’s National Goodwill Ambassador, 13-year-old Bryson Foster of Concord, N.C. Throughout the telethon, Bryson assisted announcer Shawn Parr in offering “stayed tuned” messages about upcoming performers.MDA.org and Social MediaBesides making donations and voting on Memorable Moments, viewers were encouraged to check out and share exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the telethon with celebrities and MDA families, view and submit a photo to a special Instagram gallery of “Make a Muscle” photos, and sign on to be a “Muscle Maker” for $19 a month. MDA social channels included Facebook at facebook.com/MDANational, Twitter at twitter.com/MDAnews, Google+ at mda.org/plus, Instagram at instagram/mda_usa and Pinterest at pinterest/mdanational.last_img read more


Feeding America National Geographic and Mario Batali Share Stories of Hunger andFeeding America National Geographic and Mario Batali Share Stories of Hunger and


first_imgFeeding America has announced that acclaimed chef Mario Batali will serve as a guest editor for National Geographic magazine’s Your Shot assignment to inspire people to care about the issue of hunger in America.Batali is a member of the Feeding America Entertainment Council and a longtime anti-hunger advocate. Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, providing food to more than 46 million Americans each year.This year, National Geographic magazine’s editorial narrative is “The Future of Food.” In tandem, the Your Shot assignment “The Story of Hunger and Hope” project is designed to capture photographs of what hunger looks like in communities around the country and convey the hope that exists when people work together to solve the problem.Selected photographs from the Your Shot campaign will be included in the book Feeding America: Stories of Hunger and Hope, which is scheduled to be published October 2015, the book is being created as a persuasive tool for inspiring people to support hunger-relief efforts.Your Shot is National Geographic’s online community of nearly 500,000 photographers designed to tell stories through compelling photography. Anyone can join the Your Shot community to participate in the assignment.Throughout the assignment, which closes Sunday, November 30, Batali will help raise awareness by sharing his perspective on select submitted photos. The top photographs will be announced and posted on Monday, December 8.This project is funded by The Howard G. Buffett Foundation.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more


Queen Latifah Donates Star Spangled Banner To CharityQueen Latifah Donates Star Spangled Banner To Charity


first_imgIn an effort to support America’s military, Veterans and their families, Queen Latifah has gifted her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, sung during the 2015 NBA All Star game, to Fisher House Foundation.“Our military and their families sacrifice for us every day, often in ways we can’t even imagine,” said Queen Latifah. “I’m honored to give back through an organization that I admire that has been supporting the military and Veterans for the past 25 years – Fisher House Foundation. The homes that they build at military and Veterans’ hospitals have served hundreds of thousands of families, allowing them to be near their loved ones while healing in nearby Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs medical centers.”Fisher House Foundation has made the song available to the public on iTunes, Google Play and other on-line outlets. Thanks to Queen Latifah, all the proceeds will benefit military families through the Foundation’s programs. Additionally, last Veterans Day, she gave a shout out for the Hero Miles program on her nationwide talk show. The Hero Miles program uses donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members.“We are so grateful for this unique opportunity provided to us,” said Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation. “Queen Latifah is a talented actress, and beautiful international model – not to mention a great singer. This is not only an honor for us, but also a sincere way to say thank you to our country’s military, Veterans and their families.”The Star Spangled Banner, sung by Queen Latifah, is available for digital download on iTunes, Google Play, and streaming services.last_img read more


Nicki Minaj Awards 37 College ScholarshipsNicki Minaj Awards 37 College Scholarships


first_imgNicki Minaj has announced 37 college scholarships via social media.The announcement was made as part of the rapper’s Student Of The Game initiative, an on-going commitment to education.The chosen students will receive funding for loan repayments and tuition payments.This is the second time Minaj has awarded scholarships as part of the initiative, which she launched in 2017. For information, visit her Social Media accounts.last_img


He really took something from me Montreal actress Erika Rosenbaum says HarveyHe really took something from me Montreal actress Erika Rosenbaum says Harvey


first_imgRosenbaum tells Chattopadhyay why she kept quiet about Weinstein until now.  Here is part of their conversation.Piya Chattopadhyay: Tell me about the first time you met Harvey Weinstein. Erika Rosenbaum: I was a very young actor, new to Los Angeles, and I was there with really very little qualifications or opportunities. I had very little money. I did not have an agent …So I was at a party and I met him and I didn’t really know much about him at the time. He had to explain to me who he was. And I think he got a kick out of my candor and the sort of small-town girl that I was at the time …Actress Rose McGowan has alleged that Harvey Weinstein raped her. She is one of many women in Hollywood accusing the producer of sexual harassment. (Richard Shotwell/Associated Press)I just wanted to impress him so that if I was in an audition room and he was on the other side of the table, he would remember me and I would have an advantage.READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Twitter Warning:  This story contains disturbing details.As the Harvey Weinstein scandal ripples through the film industry, a Montreal actress joins the growing number of women accusing the Hollywood movie mogul of sexual misconduct.In an interview with The Current‘s Friday host Piya Chattopadhyay, actress Erika Rosenbaum, 37, says she first met Weinstein in her 20s in Los Angeles, which led to several “inappropriate” meetings with the film producer that left her with feelings of confusion, shame and powerlessness.‘I thought that something I had done had provoked this behaviour in him and so I was deeply guilty for whatever I had done to allow this to happen.’ Montreal actress Erika Rosenbaum, 37, says there were three separate instances in her 20s where Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein aggressively came on to her. (Reisler Talent Agency)last_img read more


Brooklyn NineNine was saved and The Expanses rescue is imminent Designated SurvivorBrooklyn NineNine was saved and The Expanses rescue is imminent Designated Survivor


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Canadians actor Kiefer Sutherland, left, and Paulo Costanzo in Designated Survivor. The Toronto-shot series could be the next TV show saved from cancellation. (ABC) Advertisementcenter_img Cancellation isn’t quite the automatic execution it used to be for TV shows.This month, NBC picked up Brooklyn Nine-Nine just a day after Fox laid it to rest. Fox resuscitated Last Man Standing a year after ABC killed the six-season Tim Allen comedy.And on Monday came news that Amazon Studios was in talks to save The Expanse after it was cancelled by Syfy. Advertisement Twitter Those first two shows were brought back by companies that own the series, which remains the most important factor in a network’s decision to save a show.Since program-ownership rules were relaxed in the 1990s, “We saw the networks gravitate toward content produced by their own studios,” says Stacey Schulman, chief marketing officer for ad firm Katz Media Group. “So it’s not surprising if shows in danger of being cancelled go to other networks” that own them and profit from selling reruns to other outlets.last_img read more


Lubicon now face second threat as Alberta wildfires creep closerLubicon now face second threat as Alberta wildfires creep closer


first_img(YouTube video of heavy smoke in Slave Lake)APTN National NewsLITTLE BUFFALO, Alta.–A beleaguered First Nations community already dealing with the health and environmental impacts of a massive oil spill is now starting to evacuate as raging forest fires in northern Alberta, which have already consumed part of a town, creep closer.Elders, children, women and those with health difficulties are leaving the Lubicon Cree community of Little Buffalo, Alta.Community officials say the wildfire is about 25 kilometres away.A wildfire has already burned one third of Slave Lake, Alta., a town of about 7,000 people.The wildfire in the Peace River area that is threatening Little Buffalo has also forced the suspension of clean-up efforts of the oil pipeline spill that left many in the community complaining of illnesses.While still kilometres away, local residents have reported that smoke from the fire has already reached the community.APTN National News will have a full story at 6 p.m. ET.last_img read more


Gitxsan accuse Enbridge of trying to divide and conquer their peopleGitxsan accuse Enbridge of trying to divide and conquer their people


first_imgAPTN National NewsFirst Nations in British Columbia have expressed publicly they are against Enbridge’s $5.5 billion proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.But the recent announcement of a tentative deal between Enbridge and the Gitxsan has been causing a rift in surrounding communities.APTN National News reporter Wayne Roberts has this report.last_img


Brandon school responds to smudging scandal Dakota student continues to smudge dailyBrandon school responds to smudging scandal Dakota student continues to smudge daily


first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsBRANDON, Man. – A Dakota student who says he was threatened to be sent home if he smudged before class, violating his school’s no-scent policy, continues to smudge daily before attending school.Stephen Bunn, 17, refuses to comply with the ultimatum he and his mother said was leveled against him by the Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School last fall.The story has made headlines for the last week, including these two APTN National News stories from Thursday and Monday.Bunn said he began to smudge with sage before school after he found his younger brother dead of suicide in June. He said the school first accused him of smoking weed and having drugs.However, the school, in a release posted to the school board’s website Monday, said they never told Bunn he couldn’t smudge.“At no time has any staff member or administrator asked a student to cease a cultural or religious practice,” the statement says.Sandy Bunn, Stephen’s mom, said the school isn’t telling the truth.The concerned mother told APTN last week she got a call from a school vice-principal in December who said: “We want you to notify us when he does (smudge) so we can send him home for the rest of the day.”APTN spoke to Sandy Bunn again Tuesday.“They did ask me to phone when Stephen smudges so that way (they) can excuse him for the remainder of the day,” she said standing behind her comments “If they’re not being apologetic, or even admitting that conversation took place, that is crazy on their part. It’s ridiculous.”APTN has asked for clarification on the school’s statement but it does say if a student violates the no-scent policy it could result in them being sent home.The school says staff and administration has been unfairly labeled racists.Sandy Bunn said she hasn’t received a call from the school to try and mediate the problem as she has no intention of telling her son not to smudge.In their statement, the school said they have already reached out to the Bunn family.“(Staff) have attempted to work with the student and family, through the Aboriginal Elder, to find a means whereby the student’s practices can be accommodated and respected while simultaneously ensuring that the school’s concerns are addressed. The Brandon School Division remains willing and open to engaging in further dialogue towards a solution,” says the statement.The elder did reach out to Sandy Bunn a week after she said she got the call from the vice-principal.“He called and said ‘the school had asked me to contact you as Stephen has been taken out of class a number of times and they’re concerned.’ He never mentioned anything about the smudging but did say he had sweet grass,” recalled Sandy Bunn.She turned down the sweet grass for two reasons: She had some and her son uses sage and questions why the elder doesn’t know the difference between the two.“He continued to say ‘don’t you want your son to respect authority?’” she said, adding that she certainly does, but, “I would like my son to be able to smudge in peace. They know we are not going to accommodate them. We have rights. I have always taught Stephen to stand up for what he believes in. You have to be that way in this day and age because we all have rights now.”kjackson@aptn.caTwitter: @afixedaddresslast_img read more


Rinelle Harper case triggers renewed calls from MPs for national inquiryRinelle Harper case triggers renewed calls from MPs for national inquiry


first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–As Rinelle Harper continues to recover from a vicious attack that nearly killed her, politicians thousands of kilometres away spoke her name as they renewed calls for a public inquiry into murder and missing Indigenous women.NDP and Liberal MPs pressed the Harper government during question period Monday to call a public inquiry. The Harper government again rebuffed the calls, saying there was no need for one because Ottawa had an action plan to combat violence against Indigenous women.Harper, 16, was found along the Assiniboine River by a passerby on the morning of Nov. 8 where she had been left for dead. Winnipeg police said Harper was attacked twice, the second time after she crawled out of the river.“Because of her incredible strength and the support of her family and friends, she is getting better,” said NDP MP Niki Ashton, whose Churchill riding is in northern Manitoba. “When will the current government take leadership to put an end to violence against women, come up with an action plan and support the families so that what Rinelle went through, and what thousands of Indigenous women go through, will never happen again?”Susan Truppe, parliamentary secretary for status of women, handled the questions for the government.“There have been more than 40 studies into the plight of missing and murdered Aboriginal women,” said Truppe. “Now is not the time for more studies. Now is the time for action.”Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash also pressed the government on the need for an inquiry.“First Nation communities demand a national inquiry,” said Saganash. “Why do the Conservatives reject this inquiry?”Truppe said there is no blanket support for a public inquiry.“I do not know why the members think everybody wants a national action plan,” said Truppe. “Not everybody wants a national action plan or a national inquiry.”Winnipeg Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux also raised the issue during question period.“When is the government going to call for a public inquiry on murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls?” said Lamoureux.“Canadians can count on our government to take violent crime seriously, including crimes against women and children,” said Truppe, in response. “Since we came to office, we have toughened sentences for murder, sexual assault and kidnapping and imposed mandatory prison sentences for the most serious crimes.”Police charged a 20 year-old male and a 17 year-old male in connection with the attack on Rinelle Harper.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more


Kashechewan grandfather says mouldy home is making his granddaughter sickKashechewan grandfather says mouldy home is making his granddaughter sick


first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsA Kashechewan grandfather is worried the mouldy house he lives in is making his granddaughter ill.William Nakogee says the 10-month-old girl has a red, itchy rash all over her body and face.He gave APTN News permission to publish the photos his daughter shared on Facebook.“My daughter’s been taking the pictures for one month straight and they got worser and worser,” William said in a telephone interview from the northern Ontario First Nation Monday.“One nurse said yesterday we can’t do anything for (her) anymore.”William says 10 people from three generations of his family live in the bungalow he estimated is about 30 years old.He says he switched bedrooms with his daughter and granddaughter to see if the rash would improve but says that hasn’t happened.William says the family also tried a different brand of detergent and that didn’t help.He said his daughter Arlene Nakogee has been taking the toddler to the fly-in community’s medical clinic nearly every day. But he said the visiting doctor won’t approve a visit to a skin specialist in a southern city.“They said it’s just excema,” Arlene noted. “I’m scared that it’s an infection.”APTN left a message seeking comment from the community’s health services organization.APTN also tried to reach Kashechewan Chief Leo Friday and were told he was out of town and not available for comment.William says he wants to get his granddaughter some relief but complaints to the band council have fallen on deaf ears.“It’s really bugging her, you know? When I talked to the nurse, she thinks it’s got to do with the family genetics,” he said.Arlene say other families have also posted photos of children with a similar-looking rash online. She thinks the living conditions – black mould and water piped from a “polluted” river – are to blame.The community just lifted its boil-water advisory, William added.“If I get a new house that would be nice,” he said, explaining the black mould is boarded over now and he’s trying not to disturb it.“We don’t want it to go in the air. You might cause lung disease or something.”APTN investigated the problem with mould in homes in the neighbouring James Bay community of Attawapiskat in this story called The Rot.last_img read more


Regulators urged to include socalled grey market in marijuana legalizationRegulators urged to include socalled grey market in marijuana legalization


first_imgVANCOUVER – If it wasn’t for the scent, customers who wandered into Eden Medicinal Society would be forgiven for thinking they had entered a boutique health store rather than a marijuana dispensary.The distinctive fragrance greets shoppers at the door. It wafts from jars filled with bright green British Columbia bud lining spotless glass shelves. Flat-screen monitors on gleaming white walls display prices of golden hemp flower paste and mocha THC syrup.Behind the counter stands Vanessa Dandurand, the 30-year-old store manager with an encyclopedic knowledge of cannabis and many dedicated return customers.“For so many of our clients, this can be the only positive interaction they have all day. Their other stops today might be the pharmacy to pick up their prescription. It might be their doctor who tells them their cancer isn’t getting any better,” she said.The dispensary operates in the so-called grey market, or the portion of the marijuana industry that has both illegal and legal elements. Federal law bans selling weed over the counter, but Vancouver and Victoria have granted business licences to more than two dozen pot shops, including this Eden location.With legalization looming this summer, the fate of the licensed weed stores remains hazy. While the province has said it will allow both private and public shops, it has not released its full slate of regulations nor made clear how existing dispensaries will be incorporated.There are a dizzying number of questions for the province to consider, said Kerry Jang, a Vancouver councillor and co-chair of a provincial-municipal committee providing input on B.C.’s marijuana regulations.“If you were to roll in the current existing cannabis shops, right now they’re selling a lot of illegal product. We know under the federal rules they have to sell only product that’s grown by a licensed producer, so what happens to the old product?” he asked.“Is it destroyed? Are they allowed to sell it until the stocks are gone, or is it turned over, or do they have to get rid of it before they get a provincial licence?”Eden purchases its cannabis from small growers who hold Health Canada licences under the federal medical marijuana law, said community outreach co-ordinator Denise Brennan.Currently, the law only allows these licence-holders to grow for their own use or act as a designated grower for specific people. But Brennan said Eden plans to help its producers apply for micro-grower licences under the new legal regime.“It would make a lot of sense, in general, for independent dispensaries to continue along with their partnerships with micro-growers,” she said.The federal government has proposed a licensing program that includes micro-cultivation licences for small-scale growers, but the regulations have yet to be finalized.Canada should follow the lead of U.S. states that have successfully transitioned existing dispensaries into the legal market, said Jeremy Jacob, president of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries.In California, stores licensed by the local government were allowed to stay open until their application for a state licence was approved or denied, while Colorado gave priority to existing medical marijuana businesses and producers when it began licensing for recreational sales, he said.“They captured a whole bunch of the existing market and simply regulated it,” said Jacob. “They gave a head start to small business.”Jacob co-founded The Village dispensary, which he says is on track to receive a business licence from Vancouver. Co-founder Andrea Dobbs said she’s concerned about the federal government’s plan to take an extra year to legalize edible products.“I met a man yesterday who has been given two months to live,” she said. “A year is a long time when you have a life-threatening ailment.”Vancouver launched its licensing regime in 2015 after the number of illegal dispensaries in the city grew to nearly 100. Stores must pay a $30,000 annual fee and be located at least 300 metres away from schools, community centres and each other.Many unlicensed locations closed, but others have stayed open and racked up tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid fines. The city began asking for court injunctions against unlicensed stores in 2016, but a test case won’t be heard in court until September.Jang said he hopes provincial regulation speeds up the process of shutting down illegitimate shops.“We’re saying to the province: you have to be able to act on enforcement quickly,” he said, adding he hopes to see a system similar to what’s in place for alcohol.“The provincial liquor inspectors can go out and say, ‘This bar is selling to underage kids. We’re going to take away your licence and shut your doors.’ And there’s no buts about it. That’s it. It’s over.”B.C.’s Public Safety Ministry will announce details of the marijuana retail model in early February and enforcement is a key consideration, a spokesman said.“One of our top priorities is keeping the criminal out of the non-medical cannabis business,” he said. “In addition, an important part of implementing the new regulations will be public education and information.”A study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy last year surveyed more than 440 people who used cannabis and found they preferred buying it from dispensaries to growing it at home or getting it from a dealer.The data was collected in 2011, under a different medical cannabis regime, but it still sheds light on the relationships dispensaries have with patients, said co-author Zachary Walsh, who teaches psychology at the University of British Columbia.“Across the board, people really seemed to value the service dispensaries were offering,” he said. “There was certainly a strong bond between dispensary customers and proprietors.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more


Kinder Morgan Canada shares tick higher after deal to sell Trans MountainKinder Morgan Canada shares tick higher after deal to sell Trans Mountain


first_imgThe company estimated the deal is worth about $12 per restricted voting share, after capital gains tax. It expects its approximately 30 percent share of after-tax proceeds to be approximately $1.25 billion.Kinder Morgan Canada will continue to hold an integrated network of crude tank storage and rail terminals in Alberta. It will also own a terminal in Vancouver and the Cochin Pipeline system which transports light condensate from the United States to Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.The company had ceased all non-essential spending on the project until it receives assurances it can proceed without delays, setting a May 31 deadline on getting those guarantees.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s shares traded higher after the federal government announced it would buy its controversial Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion.The shares were up 47 cents or about three percent at $17.06 in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after going as high as $18. The company’s stock had been halted prior to the announcement.Ottawa is acquiring the existing Trans Mountain pipeline and the expansion project.last_img read more