As provincial business leaders gather for the BC Natural Resources Forum, Prince Rupert Port Authority CEO Shaun Stevenson discusses how the pandemic has impacted the economy of Northern BC.
As provincial business leaders gather for the BC Natural Resources Forum, Prince Rupert Port Authority CEO Shaun Stevenson discusses how the pandemic has impacted the economy of Northern BC.
When the hockey season resumes, 13-year-old Matéo Pérusse-Shortte will be taking a shot at a long-standing problem in his sport: racism. The Montreal teen and his mother Moashella Shortte are starting a hockey diversity group in Quebec to make the sport more inclusive by allowing players of colour to share their experiences. Pérusse-Shortte, a right winger, was only eight when he first had to confront racism head-on. As he pursued his hobby into his teens, the discrimination continued. Matéo Pérusse-Shortte first experienced racism while playing hockey at the age of eight.(Kwabena Oduro/CBC) "We were in the semi-finals and I scored the tying goal. I got to celebrate in the stands and there was a family flipping me off and calling me the N-word," he said. "Coaches would look at me differently, maybe [give me] less ice time … I felt it, the ignorance of coaches." A self-described hockey mom, Shortte says being one of the only parents of colour in those stands was an additional barrier to speaking about the prejudice her son faced. Teen hockey player Matéo Pérusse-Shortte says a family in the stands once called him the N-word. He first confronted racism head-on when he was eight years old. (Submitted by Moashella Shortte) "If I start telling people, 'Hey, you know, this happened to my son,' I know exactly what's going to happen: those people are going to talk to me less and less," she said. "People are not comfortable to talk about race, and Black people are not comfortable to put themselves out there because we know that we will be isolated." Plans for the group are still in development, but the first online session is scheduled for September and will be open to players, parents and coaches. "I would love to see coaches seeking out information on how they can support their Black players, how they can learn to identify when racism is taking place and what to do about it," said Shortte. Once the group is launched, Pérusse-Shortte says he hopes to have a greater sense of belonging. "I hope to feel more comfortable in my sport after all of this." (CBC) For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.
LONDON — Prince Philip has had a successful heart procedure at a London hospital and is expected to remain for several days of “rest and recuperation,” Buckingham Palace said Thursday. The palace said the 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II “underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.” “His royal highness will remain in hospital for treatment, rest and recuperation for a number of days,'' the palace said in a statement. Philip, 99, has been hospitalized since being admitted to King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Feb. 16, where he was treated for an infection. On Monday he was transferred to a specialized cardiac care hospital, St. Bartholomew’s. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, said Wednesday that Philip's condition was “slightly improving.” “We’ll keep our fingers crossed," said Camilla, who is married to Prince Charles, eldest son of Philip and the queen. Philip's illness is not believed to be related to the coronavirus. Both Philip and the monarch received COVID-19 vaccinations in January and chose to publicize the matter to encourage others to also take the vaccine. Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, retired in 2017 and rarely appears in public. Before his hospitalization, Philip had been isolating at Windsor Castle, west of London, with the queen. Although he enjoyed good health well into old age, Philip has had heart issues in the past. In 2011, he was rushed to a hospital by helicopter after suffering chest pains and was treated for a blocked coronary artery. The longest-serving royal consort in British history, Philip married the then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947. He and the queen have four children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. His illness comes as the royal family braces for the broadcast of an interview conducted by Oprah Winfrey with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Meghan and husband Prince Harry quit royal duties last year and moved to California, citing what they said were the unbearable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media. Relations between the couple and the palace appear to have become increasingly strained. On Wednesday, the palace said it was launching a human resources investigation after a newspaper reported that a former aide had accused Meghan of bullying staff in 2018. In a clip from the pre-recorded Winfrey interview, released by CBS, Winfrey asks Meghan how she feels about the palace “hearing you speak your truth today?” “I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent if there was an active role that the firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us,” the duchess says. “The Firm” is a nickname for the royal family, sometimes used with affection and sometimes with a note of criticism. Jill Lawless And Danica Kirka, The Associated Press
LISBON, Portugal — Portugal’s government is reporting major progress against wildfires that traditionally scorch the country each summer, saying Thursday the average annual number of blazes and charred area has fallen by more than half over the past three years compared with the previous decade. Authorities enacted a broad range of measures after wildfires killed more than 100 people in 2017. Though officials said climate change, including higher temperatures and lower rainfall, was partly to blame for the destruction, experts also identified poor forest management and preparedness as a cause of repeated outbreaks. Authorities say they have opened more than 4,500 kilometres (2,800 miles) of firebreaks in recent years. Nobody has died in forest blazes in Portugal since 2017. The government concedes, however, that much remains to be done to address the underlying causes of wildfires. They include a migration of people from the countryside to urban areas, leaving large areas untended, and the large swathes of unbroken conifer forests and eucalyptus plantations, which are economically profitable but burn fiercely. The Associated Press
Emergency crews successfully pulled off a daring rescue of all 31 crew onboard a fishing boat off the coast of Nova Scotia that had caught on fire and was sinking.
MURPHY’S COVE – Seasonal tourism operators are entering their second season during a global pandemic. Many are wondering – did summer 2020 prepare them for this upcoming summer? Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean hosts guests from all over the world. More than 50 per cent of guests typically come from outside Nova Scotia, with 33 per cent percent being international. Owner/operator Ryan Murphy told The Journal via email how very different the 2020 season was for the business. “With COVID, our interprovincial and international [guests] went to zero. The Atlantic bubble had very little effect for us. We adjusted our marketing budget to focus locally and – fortunately – we were able to mostly make up the shortfall with Nova Scotia guests.” Murphy suggested the 2021 season will undoubtedly be different from a typical year, but he remains hopeful it will be closer to normal than 2020. “Our greatest success with COVID was transitioning quickly to capitalize on more local guests from around Nova Scotia,” Murphy said. “Our greatest challenge with COVID has been navigating the constantly changing public health requirements and the government assistance programs.” One of the largest challenges for Murphy’s in 2020 was the additional work required for reservations. Murphy’s Camping processed 40 per cent more bookings in 2020 than in 2019 – due to the extensive number of cancelled bookings from interprovincial and international guests – and subsequent bookings from provincial guests. “Another challenge COVID posed for us was our nightly mussel boils – which generally encourage interaction amongst guests and is something for which we are well known,” Murphy said. “Our decision to cancel the mussel boils for the 2020 season was not made lightly, but we felt was necessary to help limit interaction amongst guests.” Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean celebrated its 60th year in operation in 2020 – making it one of the most well-established tourism operations in Nova Scotia. “As a small campground, with just 51 campsites, we offer a very hospitable atmosphere promoting interaction between guests,” said Murphy. He spoke of the history of the business and shared that during the past 10 years Murphy’s Camping has received guests from more than 60 countries. “Murphy's Camping is committed to providing an unforgettable camping experience for its guests by creating a friendly and hospitable atmosphere in a picturesque environment. Our main activities include overnight accommodations and wild island adventures, including scenic boat tours, boat charters and an island drop-off service.” Murphy explained Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean has historically invested a significant portion of its marketing budget outside Nova Scotia and Canada. “As a result [the campground] has seen double digit growth in recent years – outpacing average tourism growth in the province.” Bookings for 2021, Murphy said, are not on pace with typical years – but that is expected. “With the timeline for international travel still largely unknown, our bookings consist of provincial guests and some hopeful interprovincial guests,” he said. “Generally speaking, provincial reservations do not reserve as far in advance as international guests; hence, fewer bookings at this time.” As a well-established Nova Scotia seasonal business operator, Murphy noted the company understands its position of privilege as a longstanding tourism operation will help it weather the COVID pandemic. “As a business that was founded closer in date to the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic than the present-day pandemic – we’re confident in our ability to bounce back from the impacts that COVID-19 is having locally and around the world. “We’re hopeful tourism in Nova Scotia will recover swiftly following the pandemic and – as a province – we can get back on track toward reaching the goal set forth by the Ivany Report … that is to double tourism revenue from 2014 to 2024.” Murphy believes this goal is almost certainly unachievable following the pandemic, given the long-term effects it will have on global travel. “That said,” he notes “… we must keep our sights set high.” Murphy took over in 2019 from his parents – Brian and Marilyn Murphy, who are still working in the business. They are currently in a three-year transition period. Janice Christie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal
A man in his 50s was killed in a house fire overnight in North York, Toronto police say. Emergency services were called to a home on Mayberry Road, near the corner of Jane Street and Sheppard Avenue West, shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday. Two elderly residents were helped out of the house by a responding officer, police said. Soon after, firefighters found the man unconscious in the basement of the home. Firefighters and paramedics attempted to save the man's life. He was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Sabino Polidoro told reporters at the scene that he lived in the house with his parents and a man he only identified as Frank, who had been living with them off and on for the last few years. The fire had started in the man's bedroom in the basement, Polidoro said, adding that Frank didn't get out because he was trying to douse the flames. "He's a stubborn guy, but he's a great guy … you know, he tried to put the fire out. And I guess he saved us all," Polidoro said. The fire broke out at around 3:30 a.m., Polidoro said. "I heard a noise and I smelled the smoke, and by the time I went downstairs, Frank was trying to put out the fire," he said. But soon the fire alarm was going off, and black smoke was billowing out of Frank's room. Polidoro was worried about his parents. "I go, 'Frank forget it, lets just go,'" he said. "So I ran upstairs to get my mom and my dad out." By the time Polidoro got upstairs, he couldn't see anything at all. "It was like, pitch black. And you couldn't breathe," he said. Polidoro worked on getting his parents out of the house, and thought Frank was doing the same. He said Frank's parents had passed away some years ago, and he was working on "getting his life back together. "He had nowhere to go, so my mom took him in," he said, adding that Frank would often take his mother to church. "He was like a son to her, he was like a brother to me too," he said.
How many fly-in workers are employed in the North, exactly? It's a surprisingly hard number to come by. That's partly because of a lack of reporting requirements that leave workers open to exploitation and governments in the dark, experts say. "It's a big, complicated picture, and it's largely invisible," said Barbara Neis, a sociologist at Memorial University and the director of the On the Move Partnership, which studies fly-in workers. Now, as outbreaks of COVID-19 at remote resource projects expose the scale of the system, researchers say improving transparency about where these workers are employed has never been more important. "We really need better data," said Sara Dorow, chair of the University of Alberta's sociology department and a researcher on fly-in workers. "That data of who is in camps, and what is happening in camps, should be publicly [available] ... because it has public implications, as COVID clearly has illustrated." A worker walks past the engine of a Boeing 737 Max aircraft in Vancouver. Researchers say data on fly-in workers is hard to come by. Researchers say data about how may workers are in fly-in camps and what's happening within them should be publicly available. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press) What we know about fly-in workers In Canada's North, infrastructure and resource projects depend heavily on labour provided by a transient workforce. Workers are flown from southern jurisdictions to remote worksites. But data on the size of that workforce is sketchy. Neis says Statistics Canada provides some data, but their counts of fly-in workers are rarely updated and often not released to the public. Benefits agreements, where they are used, shed a little more light on who is employed by resource and constructions projects. An annual benefits report in the N.W.T., for example, reveals 55 per cent of the mining workforce is flown-in from outside the territory. But many fly-in workers don't work in industries with impact or benefit agreements. According to Neis's data, the territories rely on fly-in and non-resident workers for everything from health care to food services to transportation. Even governments are not immune — more than one in five workers in public administration in Nunavut had their residence in another province or territory, her 2016 data showed. [Governments] really have no control of, or knowledge of, how many workers are out there. - Barbara Neis, sociologist at Memorial University That same data shows that the system has grown over the past two decades. In Yukon, there were nearly 400 more non-resident workers in 2016 than there were in 2002, according to a 2020 report from Neis and her team. Canada is far from the only Arctic country to use temporary and rotational workers in this way. In a recent article for The Arctic Institute, Alexandra Middleton, an assistant professor at the University of Oulu's School of Business in Finland, called the practice "widespread across all Arctic states." But "there is no unified approach on how to measure it," she said in an email. "[The] model flourished because … it does not require investments into industrial town development, allows for lean and flexible management and [enables] access to a larger supply of qualified workers," her article reads. But it "comes with an array of negative social effects on the local community and on the workers themselves." Cooks at the N.W.T.'s Gahcho Kue mine site in 2016. Cramped conditions and communal spaces have meant several outbreaks of COVID-19 at worksites in the remote North, including at Gahcho Kue.(Kate Kyle/CBC) COVID-19 exposes scale of system Those negative impacts have been on display during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the remote sites become the epicentres for major outbreaks. Little is known about the size of many work camps, especially those in remote Arctic regions, which can number in the tens of thousands. Reporting on outbreaks has provided a rare window into the scale of operations. In her article, Middleton notes one case in Russia, where 2,000 cases of COVID-19 were identified in a workforce of 10,000 people. And the scale of that outbreak demonstrated another fact of fly-in work — its highly infectious conditions. "People, as a rule, live in modified shipping containers, with eight workers sharing 20 square meters, making it very hard to prevent the spread," she wrote of Arctic projects. Camp is almost always already a place [where] bodies are close to each other. - Sara Dorow, sociologist at the University of Alberta Similar waves of infection have occurred closer to home. An outbreak at the N.W.T.'s Gahcho Kue mine led to 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among just a few hundred workers, and at least three hospitalizations. But the ongoing discovery of new cases — and working arrangements which put local residents alongside fly-in workers — has not been enough to prevent the mine from restarting operations, albeit with more rigorous testing procedures. "Camp is almost always already a place [where] bodies are close to each other," said Dorow, the researcher at the University of Alberta, who surveyed roughly 75 fly-in workers at Alberta oilsands sites. "Even before COVID[-19] came along, our participants were talking about, you know, somebody sneezes and everybody gets a cold," she said. A worker standing on the stairs of a natural gas reservoir at the port of Sabetta in the Arctic circle. The lack of reporting requirements on fly-in workers can leave them exposed to discrimination and exploitation, said Alexandra Middleton, an assistant professor at the University of Oulu in Finland.(Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images) Heavy psychological toll Dorow said part of what makes these workplaces so infectious is a culture that discourages reporting illness or injury, particularly during economic downturns. "They felt that to put yourself forward as being ill or unhealthy was to put yourself on the radar for layoffs or not being called back," she said. Her survey shows other downsides of fly-in work. Workers reporting feeling highly stressed by camp life, bad food, poor sleep and little control over schedules that keep them from their families. In the male-dominated oilsands industry, female workers were also highly likely to report harassment. Little control over schedules also means little chance of family accommodations. "I think that's one area where we can and should see more legal attention," Dorow said. But the fact that provincial and territorial governments know little about these workers means they are more likely to "fall between the cracks," Dorow said. Foreign workers at greater risk That goes doubly for sites which employ foreign temporary workers, who are often not tracked by municipal or provincial governments. That poor documentation leaves foreign workers exposed to discrimination and exploitation, according to Middleton at the University of Oulu. Even inside Canada, many provinces and territories rely heavily on temporary foreign workers, who often arrive "in a kind of debt bondage" to recruiters, according to Neis. "There are definite issues," Neis said. "It's very difficult for them to speak out … They are very vulnerable." But while the federal government tracks their immigration, that data is not shared with provincial, territorial, or municipal governments, who are tasked with guaranteeing their working conditions, health care, and other aspects of life. "They really have no control of, or knowledge of, how many workers are out there," said Neis. A Chinese mine worker in Eritrea. Experts say foreign fly-in workers are at even greater risk of exploitation and discrimination.(Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) Modern slavery reporting could shine light on industry One solution for this gap that Middleton proposes is the adoption of modern slavery legislation, which requires companies to demonstrate that they do not benefit from forced or child labour at any point along their supply chain. Middleton's research shows Canada and Russia to be home to the fewest companies that do this reporting. While Canada's politicians have attempted to enshrine this requirement in law twice already, both attempts failed. A third attempt, Bill S-216, was stalled by the pandemic. Even if the bill is passed, Middleton says, companies should go beyond minimum reporting requirements to ensure they are transparent about their workforces. "Companies investing in the Arctic projects need clear rules and [a clear] understanding of what is expected from them," she wrote. Dorow and Neis agreed that better reporting from companies — and better data from governments — is essential. "Industry absolutely has to be a player in this, because they have the best access to workers," said Dorow. There's a long way to go. Dorow asked industry groups for their help getting her survey in front of workers. In the end, they declined.
Payments firm Square Inc agreed on Thursday to buy a majority stake in rapper Jay-Z's Tidal music streaming service for $297 million in a deal that could popularize blockchain or other new approaches to storing and buying online media. Square Chief Executive Jack Dorsey, who also runs Twitter Inc, said in a statement that the tie-up "comes down to one simple idea: finding new ways for artists to support their work." Square and Tidal would work on new listening experiences "to bring fans closer together," simple integrations for merchandise sales and financial tools for artists, he added in a Twitter post.
SYDNEY — The chief of Nova Scotia's largest First Nations community says the federal announcement regarding the upcoming fishing season took him by surprise. On Wednesday, Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Minister Bernadette Jordan announced that effective immediately, any fishing by moderate livelihood fisheries will need to take place during the existing commercial season. Jordan also stated that these fisheries will be regulated through licences issued by her department. Jordan says these licences will provide an opportunity for First Nations harvesters to sell their catch legally and earn a moderate livelihood and will also prioritize conservation to ensure that lobster stocks remain healthy. Eskasoni First Nation Chief Leroy Denny says the government failed to conduct the necessary consultation with his community and that the government's plan is a unilateral decision. "The federal government is fully aware that such a requirement will be a direct infringement on our constitutional treaty rights, and as such, will require the federal government to legally justify such an infringement," Denny said. Denny says the community is making plans for its own fishery and will hire two coordinators to develop the plan for the spring. Jibby Paul is from Eskasoni and has been fishing for over 20 years. He says this decision is an infringement of his treaty rights. "It negates my right to go fishing and make a moderate livelihood, to exercise my right 365 days of the year," said Paul. Paul owns four fishing boats that he purchased to share with his children. He's worried that there won't be enough licences to go around. "It's a compromise but it's a limited compromise because not everybody is going to benefit from it. There are 4,000 people in my community and poverty is an issue and they're going to give us five or six licences? It's a slap in the face." Paul says he and other fishers from Eskasoni joined Potlotek First Nation when they launched their moderate livelihood fishery this past October, the first of its kind in Cape Breton. Since then, Membertou and Eskasoni have announced their intention to put boats in the water in the coming months. Chief Denny says he will be following up with the federal government and exploring legal options with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs. Ardelle Reynolds, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Cape Breton Post
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Dutch court ruled Thursday that a deeply religious father who kept some of his children isolated from the outside world for years in a remote farmhouse can't stand trial on charges including child sexual abuse because he has been incapacitated by a stroke. The decision came after prosecutors last month asked the court in the northern city of Assen to drop the case because the 68-year-old suspect wasn't fit to stand trial. It brings to an end a case that made headlines around the world after one of the man's sons raised the alarm and authorities discovered the father had been living for years with six of his children in the farmhouse in the eastern Netherlands. At a preliminary hearing in January last year, prosecutors portrayed the father, identified only as Gerrit Jan van D., as a deeply religious man who saw his family as “chosen by God” and did everything in his power — including physical beatings and other punishments — to keep them from succumbing to what he considered malign outside influences. The court ruled Thursday that a 2016 stroke had so badly affected the father's ability to communicate that continuing with the case would breach his fair trial rights. “He doesn't sufficiently understand what is happening in the courtroom,” court spokesman Marcel Wolters said in a video statement. The six children who were kept on the farm are now all young adults. Three older siblings had earlier left the family’s isolated life. Their mother died in 2004. The Associated Press
Northern and western Canada has a new organization advocating for Black involvement in federal politics. The newly formed Black Voters Matter Canada has partnered with the federal parties and Black-led organizations to host workshops about running for federal office as a Black person. Ambe Chenemu, president of BACupNorth, says this is also a chance to help Black northerners create the change they want to see in the government by being an active participant on the inside. "I feel that this is the opportunity for us to start to educate our community on what it means to really get involved and that it is possible. It's no longer a dream," Chenemu said. "It is something that can be a reality and it's definitely one of the mandates of our Black advocacy to empower northerners to reach their full potential and aspirations in terms of being involved." The event election series will feature a Black parliament member, federal candidate or campaign organizer from the Liberal, Green, Conservative, and NDP to talk about their personal experience running a campaign as well as how to successfully be nominated as a federal candidate. The final talk is scheduled to be a panel discussion about Black women in politics. The hope is to encourage more Black people in western and northern Canada to run for office. It will also give the participants a chance to connect and network with others interested in politics. "I think that people are doing a lot of things on their own and sometimes it's just much, much [more] helpful when … there's a community behind you that is open to support you and guide you along this process," said Chenemu. The Zoom session will be held on weekends throughout March. Those wanting to participate can sign up on the group's event page. For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here. (CBC)
Katy McAvoy hoped she would have more time for her job search after her 5-year-old daughter started in-person kindergarten in mid-November after months of virtual learning due to the pandemic. The unpredictable schedule made it difficult for McAvoy to find time for interviews and networking or to figure out a feasible work schedule. So even though school opened again in January, McAvoy, who was furloughed from her job with a local arts organization last June and permanently laid off in November, decided to stop searching.
The European Commission on Thursday announced goals for the 27-nation bloc to reduce poverty, inequality and boost training and jobs by 2030 as part of a post-pandemic economic overhaul financed by jointly borrowed funds. The goals, which will have to be endorsed by EU leaders, also include an increase in the number of adults getting training every year to adapt to the EU's transition to a greener and more digitalised economy to 60% from 40% now. Finally, over the next 10 years, the EU should reduce the number of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion by 15 million from 91 million in 2019.
A smattering of followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory gathered near the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, the day the movement had predicted former President Donald Trump's return to office, but they were far outnumbered by security forces deployed to deter any possible attack. National Guard troops patrolled inside the fence encircling the Capitol, the scene of a deadly insurrection by Trump supporters that killed five people. John and Karyn Carson, who took time off work and came from California to see Trump be inaugurated for a second term, were undaunted.
(ANNews) – The Alberta Government and the Fort McKay Nations have reached an agreement on an access management plan (AMP) for Moose Lake – a traditionally sacred place for Fort McKay Nations. The access plan prohibits major infrastructure development within a 10-kilometer “buffer zone” around Moose Lake, an area the Fort McKay Nations use for hunting, fishing, trapping, and gathering. There will also be no new metallic or industrial minerals extraction allowed in the zone. All energy-related activities within a 1-kilometer radius of Moose Lake and Buffalo reserves are restricted to low impact exploration and monitoring only – with more enhanced environmental monitoring for all industrial development within the area. Fort McKay First Nation (FMFN) Chief Mel Grandjamb welcomed the agreement. “I must say the (Alberta) government listened and it understood Fort McKay’s desire to protect Moose Lake,” he stated. “With that understanding of our need, the government was able to take the documents through Cabinet with all our recommendations, including the ban of major infrastructure within the 10-km zone.” “The whole basis of this is for our members to go to that lake, (so) we can practice our treaty rights. We have an inherent right to the land,” he said. $8 million is going to be invested by the Alberta Government for the restoration of legacy seismic lines in the buffer zone. Environment and Parks Minister Jason Nixon said “It’s just one component of our commitment within that plan, but a pretty big one. “At the end of the day what we see here is a plan that balances First Nation community needs and rights, the treaty rights, within the area but still allows resource development to take place,” he said. Indigenous Relations Minster Rick Wilson also spoke on the plan by saying, “It’s a great move forward to find that balance with the First Nation and industry and the government working together.” The Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations released a statement congratulating Fort McKay on their success in preserving the land for traditional use. On March 1, Grand Chief – Okimaw Vernon Watchmaker, on behalf of the Treaty Six Chiefs, congratulated Chief Mel Grandjamb and his peoples for securing Moose Lake as a traditional use area for their members. “Their dedication and determination for more than twenty years to achieve their goals of having lands and waters for the future use by their members is a great achievement,” said Grand Chief Watchmaker. “The agreement with the Province is the first step for the Fort McKay First Nations and their future generations to protect their lands for the future use.” “Determination and perseverance on the part of Fort McKay has led their successful conclusion of a plan to go forward. They must be commended for their efforts – we await to see the outcome of their work for all the future generations to learn their traditional ways,” concluded Grand Chief Watchmaker. Fort McKay Metis Nation said the agreement is the culmination of many years of effort with various governments to ensure a plan to protect the sensitive Moose Lake area. “We’ve been moving the ball down the field for years,” stated Fort McKay Metis Nation President Ron Quintal. “Minister Nixen and Premier Kenney deserve credit for taking this file over the goal line. This decision creates a good framework for further discussions and forms the basis for the management of these important traditional lands and recognizes Metis Harvesting and Aboriginal Rights. This is a major step forward in the relationship between our communities and the Government of Alberta.” The Moose Lake AMP will initially be implemented as a policy before it is incorporated in the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (LARP). In 2022, when LARP is reviewed, the Moose Lake AMP will be incorporated permanently. Jacob Cardinal, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Alberta Native News
The probe will consider if Apple has a dominant position in the distribution of apps on its devices in the UK, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said. Payment policies related to Apple's App Store have for long drawn complaints from app developers as it requires them to use its payment system, which charges commissions of between 15% and 30%.
British police said on Thursday they had ruled out a criminal investigation into the famous 1995 BBC interview with the late Princess Diana, after complaints from her brother that she had been tricked into taking part with the use of forged documents. Diana's interview with journalist Martin Bashir, watched by more than 20 million viewers in Britain, shocked the nation when she admitted to an affair and gave other intimate details of her failed marriage to heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles. Last November, her brother Charles Spencer said the BBC had failed to apologise for what he said were forged documents and "other deceit" which led him to introduce Diana to Bashir.
Walmart Inc-owned Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart is exploring going public in the United States through a deal with a blank-check firm, although a traditional stock market listing is much more likely, people familiar with the matter said. The talks for a deal with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) are at a very early stage and could fall apart as no plans have been finalized yet, said the people, who declined to be named as the information is confidential. "We have been clear that we support an IPO for Flipkart, but we have not made any decisions on timing, listing venue or methodology," a spokesman for Walmart told Reuters.
The U.S. government has been slow to approve licenses for American companies like Lam Research Corp and Applied Materials Inc to sell chipmaking equipment to China semiconductor giant SMIC, sources said, as the impact of a global chip shortage spreads. Many licenses for U.S. suppliers to ship an estimated $5 billion dollars' worth of equipment and materials have not come through, according to more than half a dozen industry sources, though numerous companies submitted applications soon after the Chinese company was blacklisted in December.
BRUSSELS — The European Union's top court dealt a blow to Barcelona, Real Madrid and two other Spanish soccer clubs on Thursday by upholding a decision from the bloc's executive arm ordering they should pay back illegal state aid. In its final ruling, the European Court of Justice cancelled a previous legal decision two years ago by a lower EU court that found the clubs’ tax regime was lawful, and said the action brought by Barcelona is “definitively rejected." In 2019, the Luxembourg-based General Court annulled a decision by the European Commission dating back to 2016 ordering the clubs to repay several million euros in tax compensations. The EU's executive arm had found at the time that public support measures granted by Spain to several professional soccer clubs gave them an unfair advantage over other teams, in breach of EU state aid rules. When the General Court annulled the decision, it said the commission had not proved the tax regime constituted an unlawful economic advantage. But the ECJ ruled that the lower court committed an error in law and observed that the measures which also benefited Osasuna and Athletic Bilbao indeed constituted an aid scheme covering an unspecified amount of money and time, and was not linked to a specific project. The Commission said the four clubs were treated as non-profit organizations and paid a 5% lower tax rate on profit than rivals during more than 20 years, without an objective justification. It said the money to be recovered would be limited to 5 million euros ($6 million) per club but that the precise amount should be fixed by Spanish authorities. Barcelona has been going through a turbulent week after former president Josep Bartomeu appeared before a judge following a night in jail while being investigated for possible irregularities during his administration. Bartomeu and other officials were arrested on Monday after Catalan police raided Barcelona’s headquarters in a search and seizure operation. The arrests came less than a week before the club holds presidential elections. Barcelona is coming off its first season without a trophy since 2007-08 and has a debt of more than 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion), largely because of the coronavirus crisis. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Samuel Petrequin, The Associated Press