Ontario Provincial Police cruisers watched from a distance Friday morning as a backhoe dug up a road in Caledonia, Ont., by the entrance to a First Nations land reclamation camp that has put a halt to a planned housing development.Members of Six Nations of the Grand River set up camp at the McKenzie Meadows housing development in July and renamed it 1492 Land Back Lane. It's now the centre of a land dispute that's over 200 years old. Six Nations of the Grand River, a Haudenosaunee community that has the largest on-reserve population in the country, neighbours Caledonia, which is about 22 kilometres south of Hamilton.A skirmish between some members of Six Nations and the OPP on Thursday afternoon by the back entrance to 1492 Land Back Lane led camp members to move to establish control over road and highway access points to the two site entrances. The back entrance to the camp links onto Argyle Street before connecting with Highway 6.McKenzie Road, which runs by the front entrance to the site, was dug up overnight on two sides.By Friday morning, on one side of Argyle Street, which runs by the back entrance to 1492 Land Back Lane, a crushed school bus lay on its side with the spray painted words, "Land Back Tours."Nearby, a hydro pole leaned precariously, its base chewed up by fire. Up the road on Argyle Street, a transformer station sat with its gates mangled.WATCH | New clashes in Caledonia land dispute in Ontario:Part of Highway 6 that connects to Argyle Street was also torn up overnight by heavy machinery that members of Six Nations said they commandeered from a road work site. Another part of the highway was blocked by dirt and concrete barriers. A set of CN railway tracks was also dug up, the warning lights knocked across the rails.Injunction granted ThursdayOn Thursday, Superior Court Justice R.J. Harper granted a permanent injunction against the 1492 Land Back Lane camp that had been requested by the developer, Foxgate Development. Haldimand County was also granted an injunction against road blockades.Six Nations members then confronted several OPP cruisers that were parked near the back entrance of 1492 Land Back Lane. Camp spokesperson Skyler Williams said the OPP used a Taser and fired rubber bullets.The OPP issued a statement on Twitter saying that its officers were confronted and police cruisers were heavily damaged in the confrontation and that in response, officers used "appropriate non-lethal force."The property is part of the Haldimand Tract granted to Six Nations of the Grand River in 1784 for allying with the British during the American Revolution.The granted land encompassed 10 kilometres on both sides of the 280-kilometre Grand River, which runs through southern Ontario and into Lake Erie. Six Nations now has less than five per cent of its original lands.Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett's office said in an emailed statement that it wants to meet with the community "at the earliest opportunity."The statement said "Canada deeply values its relationship with Six Nations" and wants to work "collaboratively" to deal with the "historical claims and land right issues."
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There are growing concerns — and signs — that the idled North Atlantic refinery in Come By Chance could be reduced to a storage and distribution terminal for imported fuels, and that could mean a devastating economic blow to Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as to hundreds of workers connected to the industrial site.Silverpeak, the New York investment management firm that owns the refinery, its marketing division and a chain of North Atlantic service stations, has reserved the name NARL Terminal Inc. with the provincial government's Registry of Companies. The law firm that represents Silverpeak in this province, Stewart McKelvey, filed a request to reserve the name on Oct. 6. According to online records, that request was approved.Silverpeak has declined repeated interview requests from CBC News, with a representative writing in an email that "the company has no comment at this time."But industry sources say that unless a new buyer can be found, it's possible a scenario similar to one that played out in Dartmouth, N.S., seven years ago could be repeated in Come By Chance.And with Silverpeak taking steps to form a new company that could oversee such a facility, one of the companies interested in buying the refinery is speaking out.> 'The conversion of the facility into an import terminal could have unfavourable outcomes for the province and the local community, including permanent job losses, increased fuel prices, and potentially unresolved environmental liabilities.' \- Origin International"The conversion of the facility into an import terminal could have unfavourable outcomes for the province and the local community, including permanent job losses, increased fuel prices, and potentially unresolved environmental liabilities," a representative for Origin International, a U.S.-based private company that specializes in recycling used oil products, told CBC News. Worst-case scenarioThe Imperial Oil refinery in Nova Scotia was closed in 2013, and converted into a marine terminal, requiring only a small fraction of the roughly 400 workers with ties to the refinery.The union representing most of the workers at NARL Refining Inc., better known as North Atlantic, says outside of a complete shutdown, the downsizing to what's known as a "tank farm" would be a worst-case scenario."It would be a big loss of jobs. A huge impact on the economy and the price of fuels here," said Glenn Nolan, president of Local 9316 of the United Steelworkers.Energy Minister Andrew Parsons said he became aware of the the possible creation of a new company through the media on Thursday, when he was asked about the development by allNewfoundlandLabrador.com."The biggest thing I can say is I'm aware, the second thing I can say is it's not a part of any discussions I'm having, and the third thing I can say is obviously I'm not supportive of it," Parsons said during an interview Friday.The 135,000-barrel-a-day refinery was idled in March, when the COVID-19 pandemic caused a global drop in demand for fuel.A proposed sale to Irving Oil collapsed in early October without either side offering an explanation, and now at least two companies have expressed interest in a possible acquisition.Origin International, based in Maryland, issued a statement to CBC News this week saying it plans to reopen the refinery in the second quarter of 2021, and that it will recall all the roughly 500 employees as soon as a deal is inked.A second company is also showing an interest, but has asked not to be identified, said Parsons.'Warm idle' modeWhile backroom discussions are underway, talk is intensifying about the need to keep the refinery in what's called "warm idle" mode as the winter approaches.Silverpeak has requested financial assistance from the provincial government to keep the refinery in what's known as a "steady state." When asked about this on Friday, Parsons said: "We have said at no point are there any options that are off the table."But he said the primary focus is to help steer the current owner and potential buyers toward a possible deal."Most hours of each day are spent with this process," said Parsons.While the province does not have an ownership in the refinery, it has more than passing interest in what's happening.The province is responsible for environmental liabilities that existed at the refinery prior to Silverpeak's purchase in November 2014.An assessment to determine the site's environmental conditions for indemnity coverage is currently ongoing, according to the energy department.In recent years, the refinery has represented as much as five per cent of the province's economy."We have a very significant vested interest in this," Parsons said.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Police in New Brunswick say missing writer Richard Vaughan has been found dead. The author and video artist, who wrote under the name RM Vaughan, was a revered figure in Canada's LGBTQ arts scene. Fredericton Police say his body was found on Friday, 10 days after he was reported missing, and that his death is not being treated as suspicious.
A Toronto fish store with four locations has stopped buying lobster from Nova Scotia commercial fishers as a show of support for Indigenous fishing rights.Hooked Inc., which describes itself as "Toronto's knowledgeable fish store," took the stand this week in support of the Mi'kmaw people. Lobster harvested by N.S. commercial fishers used to be a primary source of fresh lobster for the store. Dan Donovan, co-owner of Hooked, said he was not surprised by the dispute but he is disappointed. He runs stores in Kensington Market, Leslieville, South Kingsway and on the Danforth. "We don't support people who behave that way," Donovan told CBC Toronto on Saturday.Donovan said the racism must stop, the violence must end and the federal government must ensure the safety of the Mi'kmaw people.The dispute between N.S. commercial fishermen and the Mi'kmaw people has led to violent clashes and a fire that destroyed a lobster pound used by Mi'kmaw fishers.Donovan said Hooked wrote on a paper on the issue in response to questions from customers."We are saddened to see the eruption of racism and hatred that has occurred in recent days. The reported acts of violence, threats, intimidation and interfering with gear are inexcusable. We call on commercial fishermen and their leadership to publicly condemn all acts of violence and intimidation against Mi'kmaw fishers and their families," Hooked says in the paper.Hooked calls on federal fisheries and oceans minister Bernadette Jordan to ensure the safety of Mi'kmaw fishers, to respect treaty rights and Mik'maw law and to enter into "truly nation-to-nation" negotiations to find a solution to the management of shared resources."We hope Mi'kmaw and commercial inshore fishermen can find a way back into dialogue in good faith and based on common values, to work together and share their knowledge and expertise in community-based fisheries management."Five weeks ago, Mi'kmaw fishers in southwest Nova Scotia began harvesting lobster outside the federally regulated fishing season.They said they had the right to do so based on 1999 Supreme Court of Canada decision, known as the Marshall decision, which affirmed a treaty right to hunt, fish, and gather in pursuit of a "Moderate Livelihood" based on the 1760-61 peace and friendship treaties.When the First Nation began fishing in September, tensions between their boats and non-Indigenous fishers ignited almost immediately. A series of escalating events ensued, leading to the destruction of a lobster pound that had held the catch of the Indigenous fishers.Mi'kmaw lobster traps were cut, large crowds gathered at the wharfs and hurled racist insults at fishers, and vehicles were set on fire. A lobster pound handling Mi'kmaw catch was burned to the ground, and big crowds damaged another lobster pound in New Edinburgh, N.S.Donovan said the move to stop buying lobster is "good business" for his store but it is unlikely to have much of a financial impact on the N.S. commercial fishers. "We're a small player," he said.
It was another day with double-digit cases of COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan as there were 33 cases reported Friday. There are five new cases reported in the North Central zone, which includes Prince Albert. In other zones there were nine in Regina, four in Saskatoon, South West and the North East, three in the Central East and North West and a single case reported in the Far North West. To date, 37 of Saskatoon’s confirmed cases have been linked to a single nightclub venue. The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) would not confirm which venue. Publichealth investigations are underway to determine the source of transmission for all new cases. The Saskatoon zone leads the Active Case breakdown with 128 cases, the North Central zone is second with 118 active cases. North Central 2, which includes Prince Albert, has 61 active cases. North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 51 active cases and North Central 3 has six active cases. In third place is Regina with 70 active cases. Of the 2,591 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 511 are considered active. The recovered number now sits at 2,055 after 31 more recoveries were reported. The number of deaths from COVID-19 is currently 25. The number of people in hospital is 20 in total in the province. Sixteen people are currently receiving inpatient case; nine in the Saskatoon zone, five in the North Central zone and one each in the Regina zone and North West zone. Four people, three in Saskatoon and one in Regina, are in intensive care. The total number of cases is 2,591 Of those 563 cases are from the Saskatoon area, 480 cases are from the south area (228 south west, 211 south central and41 south east), 476 cases are from the north area (162 north west, 212 north central and 102 north east), 425 cases are from the far north area (375 far north west, zero in far north central and 50 far north east), 352 cases are from the central area (196 central west and156 central east) and 293 cases are from the Regina area. Two cases have pending residence location. There are currently 82 cases that are health care workers; however, the source of the infections is not related to their work environments in all instances. Of the 2,591 cases in the province: 338 cases are related to travel, 1,299 are community contacts, which includes mass gatherings, 690 have no known exposures and 264 are under investigation by local public health. The age breakdown shows 482 cases involve people 19 years of age and under, 912 cases are in the 20-39-age range,751 are in the 40-59-age range, 369 are in the 60-79-age range and 77 are in the 80-plus-age range. The gender breakdown shows 51 per cent of the cases being females and 49 per cent being males. Yesterday, 2,297 COVID-19 tests were performed in Saskatchewan, which was the highest number to date. As of today there have been 242,500 COVID-19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan. Michael Oleksyn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince Albert Daily Herald
Le Chateau is filing for CCAA protection and plans to shutter all 123 of its stores following lagging sales during COVID-19 pandemic. Minna Rhee reports.
There is one new case of COVID-19 being reported in Newfoundland and Labrador Saturday, bringing the active number of cases in the province to 10.According to a news release from the Department of Health, the case is travel related — a male resident of the province living in the Eastern Health region between ages 50 and 59 who returned from work in Alberta. The man has been in self-isolation since his arrival.Contact tracing is underway, with close contacts of the man being advised to quarantine.As of Saturday, 50,455 people have been tested for the virus — that's an additional 278 in the last 24 hours.Since the pandemic began, 275 people have recovered from the virus and there have been four COVID-19 related deaths in the province.Some travellers advised to get testedAs a result of the new case being travel related, the Department of Health is advising passengers who travelled on Air Canada Flight 690 from Toronto to St. John's on Oct. 20 to call 811 to arrange for COVID-19 testing.A similar advisory was also made as part of Friday's update. Passengers who travelled on Air Canada Flight 7484 from Toronto to Deer Lake on Oct. 12 have also been asked to call 811 for COVID-19 testing.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
WestJet says it will begin providing refunds to passengers whose flights were cancelled due to the pandemic. The Calgary-based airline said it will begin contacting all eligible flyers with WestJet and Swoop on Nov. 2. It will begin with those whose flights were cancelled in March 2020 at the onset of the pandemic, to offer refunds in the original form of payment.The process is expected to take six to nine months, the company said. It asked customers to wait to be contacted, in order to avoid overloading its call centre. "We are an airline that has built its reputation on putting people first," said Ed Sims, WestJet president and CEO, in an emailed release."We have heard loud and clear from the travelling public that in this COVID world they are looking for reassurance on two fronts: the safest possible travel environment, and refunds."Sims said in a letter posted to the company's website that since March, it has done everything it can to reduce costs in the face of a 95 per cent drop in demand. WATCH | Airlines struggle and plead for aid amid stall in travel:"Up until this point, quite plainly, the financial position of airlines around the world has been precarious," Sims said."We went 72 days in a row where cancellations outstripped bookings, something that has not happened — ever — in our almost 25-year history. Thankfully, we are seeing bookings higher than cancellations now but still at a level that sees more than 140 of the 181 aircraft in our fleet parked and more than 4,000 WestJetters permanently laid off."The company said it's the first national airline in the country to proactively begin refunding customers during the pandemic — a comment that Air Canada contested."Misleading statement! WestJet is just now catching up to our policy to refund refundable fares. We have already refunded over $1.2 billion in refundable fares to date," Air Canada wrote on Twitter on Wednesday evening.Within 10 minutes of that tweet, more than a dozen replies from customers said they still had not received their refund. Air Canada said in an emailed statement that it has reimbursed refundable tickets since the start of the pandemic, and that vouchers are offered to those who have purchased non-refundable tickets. In June, both Air Canada and WestJet began offering refunds to some passengers whose flights originated outside of Canada. WestJet offered refunds on flights originating from or landing in the U.S. or U.K., and Air Canada offered refunds to those whose flights originated in the EU — but not in Canada. Air Canada made the most recent U.S. Air Travel Consumer Report, released in August, for having the most refund complaints of any foreign airline the previous month. It had 1,705 complaints, while WestJet had 346. The airline industry in Canada has lost billions due to border closures and grounded flights during COVID-19.Up until now, most Canadian airlines have offered travel vouchers to passengers with cancelled flights. The vouchers were redeemable for two years. The lack of cash refunds have led to petitions and even possible class action lawsuits against the industry. The Canadian Transportation Agency said in April that, given the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, vouchers were a reasonable alternative to refunds.The CTA said in an emailed statement after this article was originally published that it has consistently emphasized that its position changes nothing when it comes to airline obligations and that under the Air Passenger Protection Regulations, airlines are not required to provide refunds when the disruption is outside of their control. "Any passenger who believes they're owed a refund under the relevant tariff and hasn't received one can file a complaint with the CTA. All complaints are dealt with on their merits," the statement read. The agency said that between March 15 and Oct. 16, it's received close to 10,000 complaints. It's still in the process of reviewing the complaints but said that so far, about 4,300 are related to refunds. WestJet's move comes days after opposition parties demanded the federal government ensure passengers receive refunds as a condition of any airline bailouts.Carriers' requests for financial assistance from Ottawa have failed to materialize in funding while the United States and some European countries have offered billions in financial aid, with strings attached including partial government ownership and emissions reduction commitments.Federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau said WestJet's move was a step in the right direction."Canadians deserve refunds for cancelled trips as a result of [COVID-19]," he wrote on Twitter. Delays 'ridiculous'WestJet's website states those who cancelled their own flights or purchased basic fares will not be refunded. Passenger rights advocate Gabor Lukacs said the six to nine months WestJet estimates it will take to process refund requests is excessive, calling it "ridiculous" and a "non-starter."He also said the refund exclusions violate consumer rights."It doesn't matter whether it was a business class elite fare or a basic fare, they have to refund it equally," Lukacs said, citing provincial legislation and regulation.WestJet had started to bleed money from advance ticket purchases even before Wednesday's announcement.Of the nearly 16,300 guests who requested chargebacks from their credit card issuers between March and Aug. 19, only 11 per cent were denied, according to an affidavit WestJet regulatory affairs director Lorne Mackenzie filed to the Federal Court in August.Certification hearings on a class action against WestJet, Air Canada and Transat AT are to begin in Federal Court on Nov. 2, the same day WestJet's policy goes into effect.
Two staff members for Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia tested positive for the coronavirus, but a subsequent test of the senator came back negative, the senator's office said Saturday. Loeffler was tested on Friday after learning about the positive tests of two Senate staff members, her office said in a brief statement. The statement did not say whether the senator had close contact with the staff members or planned additional tests.
Shares of Chorus Aviation Inc. surged 34 per cent after it confirmed receiving an acquisition proposal from an unnamed third party. The Halifax-based regional aviation company said in a brief news release Friday that it had received "a preliminary, non-binding acquisition proposal from a third party that is subject to a number of significant conditions." Chorus shares, which had been halted in trading, closed up 81 cents to $3.18.
Basic information about young people who have used government services in Nunavut isn't being tracked because of "complacency and a lack of accountability," says the annual report from the territory's representative for children and youth. Jane Bates says her 2019-2020 report needed data from government departments to create baseline information on people under 19 that could help shape policies and legislation. In March, her office sent questions to the departments of Family Services, Health, Education and Justice about where, why and how youth were getting access to services.
Nearly 20 years after Calgary musician Paul Hepher was shot in the head in his basement apartment, his killer has been convicted.On Friday, Court of Queen's Bench Justice Blair Nixon found Terrance Wardale guilty of second-degree murder following a trial in March.Hepher, 50, was fatally shot in the head sometime between Feb. 28 and March 4, 2001.During the trial in March, Wardale, 64, admitted he'd killed Hepher during a "botched robbery," but defence lawyer Adriano Iovinelli argued his client should be found guilty of the lesser offence of manslaughter. "I find Mr. Wardale neither credible nor reliable," said Nixon. "I do not believe Mr. Wardale."Wardale hung his head as the decision was read aloud.In 2001, investigators found "numerous pieces of forensic evidence" in the basement suite but did not identify any suspects in the initial investigation.The case went cold, but more than 10 years later, police re-launched the investigation.On top of securing DNA evidence linking Wardale to the scene, he also confessed to undercover police officers.Undercover confessionsWardale told undercover police that he took a Halloween mask and a loaded handgun and biked over to Hepher's northwest apartment with the intent to rob the victim. Wardale had bought marijuana from Hepher before.The killer, whose home was about to be foreclosed on, told police he thought Hepher would make an easy robbery target, believing he might keep cash in his apartment. But Hepher was not compliant and fought back.After the mask was ripped off and his identity was revealed, Wardale shot Hepher.Wardale told three different undercover officers that he had shot Hepher."He said you 'don't have the f--kin' balls to shoot me,'" Wardale said during the undercover operation."I says 'I'm sorry Paul,' f--kin pulled the trigger," he admitted.Nixon will hear sentencing arguments later this year from Iovinelli and prosecutors Gord Haight and Tara Wells.A second-degree murder conviction comes with a life sentence with no chance of parole for 10 to 25 years.
Alberta Health Services is looking for contractors to take over its laundry services as the government embarks on a plan to outsource thousands of healthcare-sector jobs to private companies.AHS issued a request for proposal on Friday seeking a contractor to assume responsibility for its remaining in-house laundry services. The move is expected to result in the layoffs of 428 full-time, part-time and casual workers. AHS and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees both cited the figure.The proposal comes after Health Minister Tyler Shandro detailed a plan last week by AHS to lay off up to 11,000 employees — mostly in laboratory, cleaning and food services. Those jobs will be outsourced to private companies, a recommendation contained in the Ernst & Young cost-cutting review released in February. In a news release, AHS said the laundry transition will save money and avoid the cost of replacing its aging infrastructure. "By reinvesting savings from initiatives such as contracting out laundry services into the health system, we can improve patient care and ensure Albertans are provided with the best possible health care," Shandro said in a statement Friday. About two-thirds of laundry services are currently provided by a third party, including in Calgary and Edmonton. AHS said the move will eliminate the need to spend $38 million on upgrades to its laundry infrastructure that would otherwise be immediately necessary.AHS said it "anticipates there will be some opportunities" for employees to work with a new contractor. The AUPE, which represents the laundry workers, said the move will upend the lives of its members based at 54 sites across the province."Jason Kenney wants to corrode their working conditions, pay, benefits, hours and more," AUPE vice-president Kevin Barry said. "Privatizing laundry also results in lower quality and sometimes unsafe services as staff are forced to cut corners to create profit for the private owners."The deadline for proposals is Dec. 1 and AHS is expected to pick a contractor by mid-March. Laundry service accounts for $60 million of the health authority's $15.4-billion budget, according to the Ernst & Young review.The report said there had been frequent staff safety "near misses and injuries" due to workarounds from equipment breakdowns. Laundry workers' disabling injury rates are about 60 per cent higher than other AHS staff, according to the review. It estimated AHS would have to spend about $200 million on equipment and infrastructure to maintain operations. The request for proposal says the laundry contractors will be responsible for onsite pick-up and delivery, processing, replacement, quality control and inventory management."A contracted model will enable a sustainable service, while eliminating risk that our outdated laundry infrastructure poses," said AHS president Dr. Verna Yiu.In 2015, Sarah Hoffman, health minister in the NDP government, halted an AHS-proposed plan to privatize laundry services outside of Edmonton and Calgary.
A lawsuit filed against John Horgan says the B.C. premier contravened the constitution when he dissolved the legislative assembly and called a snap election.Documents filed in B.C. Supreme Court by advocacy groups Democracy Watch and Integrity B.C. are seeking a declaration and order that the premier's action violates the fixed election date measure in B.C.'s Constitution Act and the constitutional convention created by previous fixed elections in 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017.The lawsuit is not asking to stop Saturday's provincial election."By calling a snap election during a pandemic instead of waiting for the fixed election date a year from now, Premier Horgan acted like an old-school power-crazed politician, not a new democrat committed to fair and democratic elections," said Duff Conacher of Democracy Watch. Horgan called the election on Sept. 21, claiming that with COVID-19 expected to be a fact of life over the next year, it made sense to do so to create more certainty and stability in government.Horgan had been leading a minority NDP government with the support of the B.C. Green Party through a Confidence and Supply Agreement.In 2017, the NDP-led government passed legislation moving the fixed election dates from May to the third Saturday in October. The early election call has been criticized for being a power grab by the premier and his party while the polls were showing both enjoying unprecedented popularity and a wide lead over the opposition. Integrity B.C. founder Wayne Crookes says Horgan's snap election call was self-interested, hypocritical and unfair."It violates the fixed election date measures in B.C.'s constitution that the NDP has publicly supported, and the written agreement that the NDP had with the Green Party, and the good democratic tradition of fixed elections every four years that has developed through the past four B.C. elections," he said.In 2001, B.C. became the first province in Canada to adopt fixed election dates. The fixed date for the next provincial election was supposed to be Oct. 16, 2021.
With the vision to build a better future for children, the Shuswap Indian Band (SIB) and the District of Invermere (DOI) have recently formalized a friendship agreement that celebrates the Columbia Valley environment and its ancestors. On Oct. 13, the SIB chief and council met with councillors from the DOI on the shores of the Columbia River for a physically-distanced ceremony to sign a friendship agreement to build upon the existing community-to-community relationship. “The Friendship Agreement between Shuswap Indian Band and the District of Invermere is what a friendship is, that is, built on trust, respect and recognition,” said SIB chief Barb Cote in a recent press release. “We have certainly achieved that. Working together on this initiative of the active transportation route is only the beginning of a long-term partnership that can only make, not only our two communities, but the valley at large become more accessible for locals and visitors. We as a community are very proud to be working alongside the District of Invermere and look forward to leaving a legacy that our children, grandchildren and those unborn can enjoy for many years to come.” Members of the SIB were invited to watch the ceremony through a Facebook Livestream. However, the community’s celebration will be temporarily postponed until the spring or summer of 2021 when the COVID-19 crisis is controlled, and it is safe to host an event. Since 2019, the SIB has been participating in the Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) facilitated by the Council for Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to strengthen community relationships. Through the support of this program, the SIB and the DOI have entered this agreement to increase collaboration for joint-planning and community economic development. As a result of the CEDI program, including third-party facilitation, monthly meetings, bi-annual workshops, joint strategic and work planning has successfully taken place and will continue to take place going forward with the elected officials of the DOI and the staff with SIB delegates. “In 2019, the Shuswap Indian Band and the District of Invermere started down a path of relationship building and shared education,” said DOI mayor Al Miller in a recent press release. “We were enabled with the help of a federally-funded program, the Community Economic Development Initiative, which (was) one of nine partnerships selected across Canada. With this help, we have gained a greater understanding, appreciation and respect of each other. We are neighbours working hard at creating a project that will connect our communities together with an active transportation route and more importantly a Friendship Agreement that will serve us well into the future. I am proud to be signing this agreement alongside chief Barb Cote for the future of our communities.”Breanne Massey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Columbia Valley Pioneer
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Kyle Anthony Kennedy, 28, appeared in provincial court in Fredericton on Friday afternoon on seven charges related to a standoff that tied up a city neighborhood for much of Thursday. Appearing in court by phone, Kennedy was charged with pointing a firearm, uttering threats and assault with a weapon.He is also charged with two counts of forcible confinement. Fredericton police blocked off an area of the College Hill neighbourhood, on the city's south side, from about 8 a.m. Thursday after a neighbour called police about a man with a firearm on Gregg Court.nPolice said the man barricaded himself in a two-unit residence, and they negotiated with him most of the day until at 3:40 p.m., when he surrendered and was taken into custody.As Judge Kenneth Oliver read out the charges Friday, Kennedy had several outbursts and claimed he couldn't hear because of the phone line. Kennedy declined legal aid, citing a conflict of interest. While Oliver continued to read out the charges, Kennedy insisted on being in the courtroom in person and not over the phone.The judge paused and asked to have him brought into the courtroom in person from the holding cell. Oliver said he wanted to give Kennedy the benefit of doubt that there was a bad phone line.Twenty minutes later, Kennedy arrived in cuffs and was escorted into court by sheriff's officers. After Oliver resumed reading the charges, Kennedy had several outbursts, including one of disbelief when he found out he was charged with confinement. He shouted out over the judge and suggested he didn't know the people he allegedly confined had been in the building.Kennedy also shouted out that the firearms he'd had were inoperable. Kennedy did not have to enter a plea Friday. He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. for a bail hearing.
Action star Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Friday he has had heart surgery but is feeling "fantastic." Schwarzenegger, 73, posted a picture of himself giving a thumbs up from his hospital bed at the Cleveland Clinic, and thanked medical staff there. The actor, who was born with a heart defect, underwent emergency open-heart surgery in 2018 to replace a pulmonary valve.
Democratic vice-presidential hopeful Kamala Harris made a direct appeal to Black men Friday, defending her record as a prosecutor, blasting President Donald Trump as “racist” and vouching for Joe Biden as a man capable of addressing systemic racism and leading a diverse country. The California senator warned that Trump wants to “turn 20% of Black men in favour of him,” a mark that could tilt a range of battleground states in the South and Upper Midwest to the president.
Prior to Saturday’s provincial election, students at Steveston-London secondary took time this week to learn about the election process and cast their own ballots through the Student Vote BC program—which a number of other Richmond schools also participated in. Grade 8 and 9 students voted on-site with safety precautions in place, including hand sanitizer and physical distancing. Within their learning cohorts, students listened to candidates’ platforms in their riding, then followed the normal voting steps of checking in, marking their ballot, and leaving it in the ballot box. Senior students ran the voting station, which was organized by the school’s student council. Meanwhile, Grade 10 to 12 students—who had already experienced the process in their younger high school years—cast their votes online. And all students were prepped for the occasion with a video created by the student council that provided information about the provincial election and the three candidates in the Richmond-Steveston riding. Principal Carol-Lyn Sakata says the voting process provided an opportunity for students to exercise their civic responsibility. “The kids were fairly enthusiastic about (in-person voting), and my gut is that they took it very seriously,” she says. Sakata adds that one student had a learning experience when she asked if she could call her mother because she didn’t know who to vote for. This led to a discussion about how it’s important to be knowledgeable about candidates and options before casting your vote. Student Vote BC is open to all schools in the province free of charge. The results of the in-person voting will be released after official polls close Oct. 24.Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration waded cautiously Friday into international efforts to halt fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which are engaged in their worst conflict in more than 25 years. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met separately in Washington with the foreign ministers of both countries in a bid to promote a cease-fire in hostilities over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The State Department said Pompeo had emphasized to Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov the need “to end the violence and protect civilians.” “Both must implement a ceasefire and return to substantive negotiations,” Pompeo said in a tweet after his talks. Friday's meetings followed failed Russian-led attempts to broker a truce and lower-profile U.S. intervention to promote an end to the fighting. U.S. officials, including Pompeo's deputy, Stephen Biegun, have appealed for the countries to return to a dialogue over the territory. Meanwhile, heavy fighting raged over Nagorno-Karabakh even as the discussions in Washington were taking place. The two sides traded accusations involving the shelling of residential areas, and authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh said the town of Martakert and several villages in the Martuni region were struck by Azerbaijani rockets. The Azerbaijani Defence Ministry denied the claim and accused Armenian forces of targeting the Terter, Agdam and Agjabedi regions of Azerbaijan overnight. Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a war there ended in 1994. The fighting that started Sept. 27 marks the worst escalation in the conflict since the war’s end. According to Nagorno-Karabakh officials, 927 of their troops have been killed and more than 30 civilians also have died. Azerbaijan hasn’t disclosed its military losses, but says 63 civilians have been killed and 292 have been wounded. Armenia officially isn’t engaged in the fighting. Azerbaijan has accused Armenia of targeting its towns and villages with artillery and missiles, which Armenian authorities have denied. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow’s information indicated that the combined death toll from the nearly four weeks of fighting was approaching 5,000, a significantly higher number than officially reported by the warring parties. Russia, along with the United States, has co-chaired the so-called Minsk Group set up by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to mediate in the conflict. In his meetings, Pompeo “also stressed the importance of the sides entering substantive negotiations under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs to resolve the conflict based on the Helsinki Final Act principles of the non-use or threat of force, territorial integrity, and the equal rights and self-determination of peoples,” the State Department said. Putin said Russia is doing its best to negotiate a lasting truce. He voiced hope that the United States would work co-operatively to help end hostilities and mediate a political settlement. Turkey has thrown its weight behind Azerbaijan, vowing to support its longtime ally “on the battlefield or the negotiating table.” It has trained Azerbaijani military and provided it with strike drones and long-range rocket systems that gave Azerbaijan a strong edge on the battlefield. Matthew Lee, The Associated Press
The leaders of the provincial NDP, Liberal and Green parties are all slamming the provincial government's plan to do away with ranked ballots as an option for local elections in Ontario.In recent years, London, Ont. has held an election using ranked ballots, and other cities are looking at using them — but on Tuesday, Premier Doug Ford's ruling Progressive Conservatives introduced a COVID-19 recovery bill that also amends the election act to do away with the practice.In responses to electoral reform advocate Dave Meslin on Twitter, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca, and Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner all condemned the move."Mr. Ford interferes in democratic elections again and again. I'm committed to bringing back the right of municipalities to decide how to hold their own elections — including ranked ballots," Horwath wrote."Ranked ballots were originally brought in under an Ontario Liberal government. Not only would I bring back the ability for municipalities to choose to use them, but Ontario Liberals will introduce a Private Members Bill to attempt to restore them in the meantime," Del Duca said.The [Ontario Greens] fully support giving citizens the ability to improve their local elections with ranked ballots," Schreiner wrote. "I'm appalled that the Ford gov is once again undermining local democracy, and I am especially upset they are putting a price tag on democracy."The government previously said this measure will keep the electoral process consistent across municipal, provincial and federal elections.A spokesman for Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark says municipalities should not "experiment" with changes to municipal votes during the pandemic.The change was part of a bill introduced in the Ontario legislature that largely focuses on measures to provide liability protection from COVID-19 exposure to workers, businesses and charities.Clark's spokesman, Adam Wilson, said the bill, which must still be passed by the Ford government, would only affect one of the province's 444 municipalities, referring to London."Our new proposed changes would bring predictability to municipal elections at a time when Ontarians are focused on their health and safety," he said in a statement Tuesday.