Yet another TV adaptation for Atwood as MaddAddam comes to small screen

first_imgAdvertisement Author Margaret Atwood arrives at the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards, on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. (CHRIS YOUNG / THE CANADIAN PRESS) HOLLYWOOD, CALIF.—Another series inspired by Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s writing is on the horizon.Anonymous Content and Paramount Television say they’ve acquired the rights to develop a series based on Atwood’s dystopic trilogy Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam.The MaddAddam trilogy features a small group of survivors reeling from a global pandemic that has wiped out most of humanity. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: The executive producers will come from Anonymous Content as well as Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment.In a statement, Atwood says she’s happy with the producers’ vision and the “stunning visual presentation they put together.”center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgCALGARY, May 7, 2019 – Following the official launch of WestJet’s new 787-9 Dreamliner service between Calgaryand London, Gatwick the airline’s newest marketing video #LondonCalling highlights real-time surprises for unsuspecting Calgarians.In the video, WestJet’s teal painted phonebooth was positioned to ring throughout the day in downtown Calgary in hopes of enticing curious pedestrians to answer the call. Of the thousands who walked by, 10 of those who answered were gifted round-trip tickets for two from Calgary to London, Gatwick. Advertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: “London is an incredible destination for our guests and with our new non-stop Dreamliner service between Calgary and London, Gatwick there’s never been a more comfortable way to get there,” said Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President Marketing Communications. “We thought there was no better approach to entice guests to visit Britain than by testing out Calgarians’ curiosity for adventure through the unusual ringing of an iconic London phonebooth in our own downtown core.”The phonebooth used in #LondonCalling is authentic and was shipped from the United Kingdom prior to being painted teal. The ‘Piccadilly style kiosk’ weighs over 1,500 pounds and was transferred throughout the day on April 23 to locations on Stephen Avenue and Eau Claire in downtown Calgary.WestJet currently offers daily flights between Calgary and London, Gatwick. Its new Dreamliner aircraft carry 320 guests in a three-class cabin configuration including the airline’s newly revealed Business cabin featuring 16 private pods with lie-flat seats, an upscale Premium cabin and an updated Economy cabin.WestJet is Calgary’s largest airline, and by June 2019, will offer flights to 68 non-stop destinations with over 1,000 flights per week from YYC. More Calgarians choose WestJet for their air travel than any other airline.About WestJetTogether with WestJet’s regional airline, WestJet Encore, we offer scheduled service to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe and to more than 175 destinations in over 20 countries through our airline partnerships. WestJet Vacations offers affordable, flexible vacations to more than 60 destinations and the choice of more than 800 hotels, resorts, condos and villas. Members of the WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of flights and vacations packages to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods, and have access to Member Exclusive fares offering deals to WestJet destinations throughout our network and those of our partner airlines.WestJet is proud to be recognized for three consecutive years as Best Airline in Canada (2017-19) and awarded among travellers’ favourite Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (2019). From 2017-2018, WestJet was also awarded among travellers’ favorite Mid-Sized and Low-Cost Airlines in North America. The airline was also recognized among the Economy Class winners in North America, 2018. All awards are based on authentic reviews from the travelling public on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. We are one of very few airlines globally that does not commercially overbook.WestJet is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol WJA. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit recognition includes:2019/2018/2017 Best Airline in Canada (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)2019 Winner Among Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)2018/2017 Winner Among Mid-Sized and Low Cost Airlines – North America (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)2018 Winner – Economy, North America (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)2018 Number-One-Ranked Airline Credit Card in Canada (Rewards Canada)2018 North America’s Best Low-Cost Airline (Skytrax)2018/2017/2016 Canada’s Most Trusted Airline (Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria)Connect with WestJet on Facebook at WestJet on Twitter at WestJet on Instagram to WestJet on YouTube at the WestJet blog at blog.westjet.comcenter_img Advertisement WestJet’s #LondonCalling (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Take Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts, for instance, which has used a host of techniques to welcome in new audiences. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents monthly Chiaroscuro Evenings to appeal to young adults so they don’t feel like it’s their ‘grandmother’s museum,’ according to director of communications Pascale Chassé. (Frédéric Faddoul) Login/Register With: Late-night, glow-in-the-dark painting sessions. Dance parties. Trendy food and drink stations. Intimate live performances. Hip-hop concerts. Social media stars dropping by.This ain’t your parents’ museum.Major art galleries and museums are pulling out all the stops to inspire young adults to visit, from diversifying the type of art that’s displayed, to turning galleries into party hot spots, to dropping prices all the way to free.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Former CAP employee wants Federal Court to hear sexual harassment complaint against

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–A former female employee of an Aboriginal organization is asking the Federal Court to overturn a Human Rights Commission decision to dismiss a sexual harassment complaint against Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau, according to a court document.Brazeau was the head of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) before he was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.CAP deals primarily with non-status, off reserve First Nations and Metis issues.The former employee, Alisa Lombard, filed the application on Friday, the last day before a 30 day window to contest the commission’s ruling expired.According to the application, Lombard alleges she was sexually harassed by Brazeau in December 2007 and January 2008.Brazeau responded to the Federal Court filing on Twitter.“I certainly hope you get all the facts on this story, including how often the complainant has introduced complaints and lost,” tweeted Brazeau, who goes by the handle TheBrazman.Lombard is representing herself in the case. She has completed law school and expects to be called to the bar on June 21, National Aboriginal Day.The Federal Court application for a judicial review seeks to overturn the commission’s ruling dismissing the complaint without a hearing because it fell outside of its jurisdiction. Lombard argues that the commission erred in law when it made the decision.The commission handed down the ruling on March 30, and delivered the decision to Lombard on April 3.“The commission incorrectly, unfairly and unreasonably dismissed the complaint on the basis that the complaint was beyond its jurisdiction,” said the document. “The commission based its decision on an incorrect and unreasonable analysis of CAP’s nature and normal and habitual activities.”The commission originally agreed to deal with the complaint on Nov. 3, 2010, after a year-long submission process, the document said.Lombard originally filed her complaint against Brazeau and CAP with the commission in October 2009, after the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal dismissed it on jurisdictional grounds, “favouring federal jurisdiction,” the document said.Lombard turned to the human rights bodies following an internal CAP investigation of the complaint by a firm hired by the organization.The investigation concluded that no sexual harassment occurred, but did find “inappropriate behaviour by (Brazeau), including a clearly unwanted and rebuffed ‘inappropriate and stupid’ physical advance, the document stated.Lombard, who participated in the investigation, said she felt it “inadequately addressed her complaint.”David Langtry, chief commissioner with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, dismissed the complaint arguing that labour law fell under provincial jurisdiction.He also found that because CAP’s primary role involved lobbying and “political activities,” it was not “integrally tied to the Indian Act, status, Aboriginal rights” and therefore not a federal issue.Lombard argues in the document that the commission failed to “recognize the unique constitutional position of Aboriginal peoples in Canada” and “ongoing litigation respecting jurisdiction over Metis and non-status Indians.”The commission also erred by “refusing to hear a complaint where it was not ‘plain and obvious’ that there is not a prima facie case of discrimination, thereby precluding the complainant from any adjudication of the complaint on the merits, creating an egregious miscarriage of justice.”Lombard and CAP reached a settlement on the matter in March of this year, the document states.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

UN Indigenous rights declaration feted in Kanesatake

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples turned five on Thursday.The document was written to affirm that Indigenous rights should be protected.Canada didn’t endorse it until years later and when it did, it did so emphasizing it is merely an aspirational declaration.Despite this response, the Mohawk community of Kanesatake held a celebration.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has this story.last_img

RCMP investigating officer who uttered slur during raid on Mikmaqled antifracking camp

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn RCMP officer involved in the Oct. 17 raid on a Mi’kmaq-led anti-fracking camp in New Brunswick is under an internal investigation for saying “Crown land belongs to the government, not to fucking natives.”An RCMP spokeswoman said the force was informed of the statement on Oct. 18 and immediately sent the officer home and he is now the subject of an internal investigation.“This type of behaviour is unacceptable and is taken very seriously by the RCMP,” said Const. Jullie Rogers-Marsh.Rogers-Marsh wouldn’t say whether the officer was suspended.“I am unable to confirm that information as it is part of the ongoing internal investigation,” said Rogers-Marsh.RCMP tactical units, some in camouflage and wielding automatic weapons, walked in on the anti-fracking camp on the morning of Oct. 17. The camp, which was secured by the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society, was blocking a compound holding exploration vehicles owned by Houston-based company SWN Resources Canada. The company is exploring the region for shale gas deposits.The RCMP raid freed the company’s vehicles, but also triggered hours-long clashes between residents from Elsipogtog First Nation, which sits 15 kilometres away, and RCMP officers. Several RCMP vehicles were set on fire and 40 people were arrested after clashes that saw police use pepper spray, tear gas and fire rubber bullets. The RCMP also seized three rifles and crude explosive devices.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin, who was on the scene during the day of the raid, initially reported the statement made by one of the officers who was a member of the tactical units.Since Michelin’s report, shadowy online hacking group Anonymous took up the cause and recently released video that captured the voice of a barely visible RCMP officer in the woods making the statement which immediately triggered a reaction from Elsipogtog residents.Rogers-Marsh said Anonymous had nothing to do with the RCMP’s decision to put the officer under an internal probe.“We were made aware of it way before that was posted on-line,” she said.Anonymous said in a statement to APTN National News it was “crafting a wicked little plan to get (New Brunswick Premier David Alward) to suddenly announce a referendum.” The group provided no other read more

Yukon says its in dire need of full time police presence

first_imgAPTN National NewsPeople in a Yukon community say it’s plagued by violence and are in need of police protection.As APTN’s Shirley McLean reports, because the community of Burwash is so small, there’s no money in the government’s budget for a full time police station.last_img

Canada promises youth centre after Indigenous Affairs Minister meets with Attawapiskat youth

first_img(Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett (4th from the left) met with leadership and community members in Attawapiskat Monday. Photo from Carolyn Bennett’s twitter feed)Annette Francis APTN National NewsATTAWAPISKAT — After getting off the flight from Timmins, Indigenous Affaris Minister Carolyn Bennett and NDP MP Charlie Angus headed to the centre of Attawapiskat to where a number of young people were waiting to have their say.The meeting began with an opening prayer and then went right into statements and questions from a number of young people like Robert Sutherland, 20, who was first to the podium.“Tell me why we First Nations live in third world conditions,” Sutherland asked. “Why is it so easy for the government to welcome refugees and offer them first-class citizenship in our country? When will Canada wake up and open its eyes to First Nations communities?”Bennett is in the community to meet with officials and to hear from youth and families. The open door meeting took approximately two hours.So inspiring #Attawapiskat Youth-nd4 secure personal cultural identity,youth centre,land-based prog,healing #cdnpoli— Carolyn Bennett (@Carolyn_Bennett) April 19, 2016In the end, the minister committed to a youth centre and programming. In addition, a youth delegation from across the region will be invited to Ottawa.“It is about us just deciding to work together. Listening to the youth. Listening to chief in council,” said Bennett. “What are their priorities and how do we make it happen across government departments and across jurisdictions.”Grinning ear to ear, Sutherland said he’s pleased with the first meeting. In spite the hardships in the community, there’s hope.“When they said they’re gonna approve our youth centre, our youth site, that’s the main goal to bring in some programs to bring back self-identity, activities, I’m happy and a lot of youth are happy,” said Sutherland.”We know crisis that is happening won’t go away overnight. We will not give up” Attawapiskat youth today— Irwin Elman (@OntarioAdvocate) April 18, 2016The Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, Irwin Elman, was witness to the meeting. Elman spent the weekend in the community, talking with families, children and youth.Elman said he sensed the young people felt good about the meeting, but he remains cautiously optimist.“The proof is in the pudding and I think we have to see what come of it,” said Elman. “A youth centre is very important, but they need to begin to make that real and start planning.”He said there’s a real deficit in the community including housing, and mental health supports. If you rest that youth centre on the foundation of services that perhaps don’t exist, that youth centre could have a hard time being successful.We had profound meeting with Attawapiskat youth. Will build youth centre, support programming, healing plans and youth delegation to Ottawa— Charlie Angus NDP (@CharlieAngusNDP) April 19, 2016Charlie Angus, the NDP Indigenous Affairs critic, called it an important beginning in ending what he called this “cycle of despair.”“I’m pleased we have something deliverable for the young people,” Angus said. “Is this enough given the extent of the crisis that has faced Attawapiskat? No, it’s not enough yet, but we have to start with this first step.”Speaking briefly after her meeting with the chief, Bennett noted larger issues such as the acute shortage of housing, the desire for a healing lodge as well as the ongoing concerns of the youth.All levels of government and departments need to work together to “provide hope and a plan,” she said.“The chief is very clear: we need to work no longer Band-Aid and piecemeal.”Shisheesh said he’s happy with what had been achieved.“The meeting was good and we’re getting somewhere,” he said.But how quickly anything will change remains to be seen. The youth centre, for example, did not carry an immediate dollar figure.In the interim, the youth of Attawapiskat said they’re tired of waiting for an acknowledgement of their struggles.A huge part of the problem, they say, some of them tearfully, is that young people have lost a sense of who they are.“If we can restore the self-identity to our youth, it gives them something to stand on, it gives them something that’s theirs, it gives them something good to live for,” Sutherland said.“We don’t ask for much.”— with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Why didnt police take her to the hospital despite charges Debra Chrisjohns

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe family of Debra Chrisjohn says they still have a number of questions about her death that the police have never answered.In a statement following the announcement that two police officers have been charged with Chrisjohn’s death by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the family said many things are still a mystery.“Why didn’t the police take her to the hospital sooner when they knew she was sick and needed help? Asked Debra Chrisjohn’s father Robert Chrisjohn. “The police arrested her and were responsible for making sure she was okay. This happens way too often in our community.“This happens all the time. The police don’t seem to care.”On Thursday, the SIU announced that Ontario Provincial Police Const. Mark McKillop, and London Police Service (LPS) Const. Nicholas Doering are each facing one charge of criminal negligence causing death, and failing to provide the necessities of life.According to the SIU and the release sent out by Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto (ALST) that is representing the Chrisjohn family, Debra Chrisjohn was in contact with police on Sept. 7, 2016 after it was reported that she was obstructing traffic.She was arrested by Doering who learned that she had an outstanding warrant for shoplifting – but in another jurisdiction. Doering handed Debra Chrisjohn over to Mckillop at an OPP detachment.Less than three hours after being taken into custody – Debra Chrisjohn was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.“Aboriginal Legal Services has long been concerned with the relationship between Indigenous communities and the police,” ALST Lawyer Caitlyn Kasper said in the statement. “This is an important issue not just for Debra’s family, but for all Indigenous people across Ontario.”Mckillop and Doering are scheduled to appear in court on July read more

No transparency Manitoba survivors opting out of 60s Scoop settlement

first_imgThe Canadian PressWINNIPEG – Some Manitoba survivors of the ’60s Scoop are encouraging others to opt out of a settlement with the federal government.They say they were not consulted in the agreement meant to resolve several class-action lawsuits and suggest lawyers will walk away with more money than the Indigenous people who were affected by the adoptions.“We as children had no say in where we were sent and now they are giving us no say in how we are going to be compensated,” said Coleen Rajotte, who was taken from her community in Saskatchewan when she was a baby and raised by a Manitoba family.In October, the federal government announced it had reached a $750-million agreement with about 20,000 people who were placed in non-Indigenous foster homes as far away as New Zealand between 1951 and 1991. The agreement, which is yet to be finalized, would see survivors each receive between $25,000 and $50,000.The four law firms involved would get a separate $75 million. Another $50 million was set aside for the Indigenous Healing Foundation.Priscilla Meeches and Stewart Garnett were the lead plaintiffs in the Manitoba lawsuit and were in Ottawa for the announcement. They said they didn’t see the agreement before they were brought on stage with Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett.At a news conference organized in Winnipeg on Friday by a local ’60s Scoop survivors group, they said they are opting out of the settlement.Meeches said she has felt a loss of identity and home throughout her life because of being adopted out during the ’60s Scoop. She said she spent her life trying to find a place to say, “I’m here. I’m home,” and the settlement has only brought up more feelings of loss.“I’m not happy with the fact there was no transparency,” Meeches said.Garnett said Manitoba was the epicentre of the ’60s Scoop and its impact can be seen on the streets of Winnipeg, where many people who were taken from their families are struggling in life after losing their identities.They said if people accept the agreement they will be signing away the right to sue for sexual and physical abuse that some adoptees experienced.The group also criticized the settlement for leaving out Metis survivors. The federal government has argued that Metis weren’t recognized as having Indigenous rights at the time, so Ottawa can’t be held responsible for those children. The National Indigenous Survivors Network in Ottawa is also trying to get people to opt out.The groups say there is a clause in the agreement that if 2,000 people agree to opt out it can be declared void.A statement from Bennett’s office said the proposed settlement resolves issues in the longest-standing case and similar class actions, and represents a significant first step in “resolving this historic injustice.”“We know that there are other claims that remain unresolved, including those of the Metis and non-status,” the statement said.It added that the office is committed to resolving remaining litigation through negotiation.last_img read more

Former AFN regional chief says latest incident of racism in Thunder Bay

first_imgDennis WardAPTN NewsOntario’s former regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations says leadership in the Thunder Bay region needs to “step the hell up and do something” after an Indigenous man was attacked at a bus station.Isadore Day took to social media to express his outrage over the latest incident of violence in the city where pictures posted on social media on Wednesday night showed an Indigenous man lying on the ground with a bloodied face.The post alleged he “minding his own business” outside the Water Street bus terminal when a non-Indigenous person walked up to him and punched him.Thunder Bay Police say they are investigating.Day posted his own response to the “violent attack” on his Facebook page.“This certainly is an unfortunate display of how bad things are” wrote Day who was planning to send his response to Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott.“Leadership need to step the hell up and do something – this man has a right to safety, dignity and a right to justice!!!” Day wrote.Day said a number of months ago when he was still the Ontario regional chief he tried to step in to help out on these types of matters but “was gagged and told not to speak on matters; and that the catchment political voices would address these issues.”Day, who tagged Bennett and Philpott in the post wrote “First Nation people in Thunder Bay and other gateway communities that face this #Racism and #ManifestHate, are being socially mutilated and abused – this racism is rampant and this must end!”Day is calling for the First Nation, municipal, provincial and federal governments to convene a public meeting on racism in Thunder Bay.“This shit has to end – it will only end with when people stand up, step up and sometimes shut up and let the right people talk!” wrote Day who felt it was premature to speak more about his post.Last week, another video surfaced online showing a young man punching a woman in the face and her falling to the ground.Thunder Bay Police say the 52-year-old male victim was transported to the hospital for medical attention. Investigators say they are speaking to witness and following up this investigation.The City of Thunder Bay is condemning the violence.In a statement, the Mayor says “we are deeply saddened by an incident of violence that occurred Wednesday evening in the Water Street area. As a City, we condemn hate-motivated crimes and discriminatory read more

Foster homes investigated 7 times within a year but Ontario didnt close

first_imgKenneth JacksonNation to NationThere were at least seven investigations that verified child protection concerns into a company operating three foster homes in Thunder Bay before the Ontario government shut them down in the weeks following the death of Tammy Keeash in May 2017, Nation to Nation has uncovered.The 17-year-old’s body was found in a Thunder Bay waterway two months after she was placed in one of the three homes owned at the time by Johnson Children’s Services.When Keeash first arrived at the home there was an active investigation after an Indigenous boy complained about being “required” to sleep on his bedroom floor using his jacket as a blanket when a bed bug infestation broke out in the home during the winter.Each of the investigations were undertaken by Dilico Anishinabek Family Care, an Indigenous child welfare agency operating in the city.Dilico confirmed multiple complaints, in the seven investigations, of inadequate supervision as several children were drinking alcohol, one to the point of hospitalization, and another ended up in Winnipeg unbeknownst to staff at one of the homes.Daily logs weren’t being kept that assist police if a child went missing and in several cases staff were found to lack training, according to notes of Dilico’s investigations.Dilco first warned the Ontario government of its “serious concerns” July 5, 2016, after pulling six of their children from Johnson’s homes, according to minutes of a conference call between Dilico and the province.It also expressed concerns during that telephone call about Tikinagan Child and Family Services, another Indigenous child welfare agency.Dilico said Tikinagan wasn’t respecting Dilico’s jurisdiction of the Thunder Bay area by placing children in foster homes without allowing Dilico to supervise them while in the city, which it felt was putting them at risk.Shortly after that call, Dilico filed for an emergency injunction against Tikinagan and the province asking the courts to stop Tikinagan from ignoring Dilico’s jurisdiction.The matter was adjourned to allow time to test evidence.While this was unfolding, Dilico recommended Tikinagan remove their kids from Johnson’s homes in October 2016.But Tikinagan kept their children in the homes and continued placing new kids, including Keeash.A cross still remains in last spot Tammy Keeash was seen alive.When Keeash died, Dilico filed a second emergency injunction.The dispute was in mediation by then, with Sen. Murray Sinclair presiding over it.“Dilico has investigated and verified instances of actual, demonstrable harm to Indigenous children in the care of Tikinagan in the City and District of Thunder Bay since the dates of my prior affidavits (in July 2016),” wrote Carmela Hardy, Dilico’s director of child welfare on May 19, 2017.“My department at Dilico, Child Welfare, provides all services to Indigenous children and families related to protection, and which are authorized by the Robinson Superior Treaty First Nations under the terms of the Kitchi-Gaa-Ming Anishinabek Ogemagg and by Ontario pursuant to the provisions of Ontario’s Child and Family Services Act.”Tikinagan successfully sought to again have the matter adjourned.It still remains unresolved in mediation but documents filed in the case, while heavily redacted and among large volumes of filings, offer a glimpse into the of care provided to Keeash at the time of her death, as well as several other children, that normally never make it to the public realm and is part of special look into the child welfare crisis on Thursday’s Nation to Nation.The documents name five other children, that Dilico alleges were put in harms way, but the information was redacted at the request of Tikinagan.“There is no immediate urgency to proceeding with Dilico’s motion,” said Judy Angeconeb, Tikinagan’s assistant director of services in a May 26, 2017 affidavit.“The status quo has existed for years.”Turns out both agencies had been arguing for years over who has jurisdiction of children in care while in the Thunder Bay area.Tikinagan maintains if the child comes from one of the reserves it provides child welfare services to, then no matter where they end up they are still under the care of Tikinagan, not another agency like Dilico in Thunder Bay.But any investigations or apprehensions in Thunder Bay are still done by Dilico in Thunder Bay, Tikinagan confirmed in court records.That includes at least one of the seven investigations done by Dilico, as one of the complaints was filed by a Tikinagan worker.As for keeping kids in Johnson’s homes after Dilico verified complaints, Angeconeb offered several reasons.“Dilico was making recommendations only, and Tikinagan was not obliged to follow them,” she said.Johnson’s continued to be licensed by the Ontario government to be a foster home provider, she said.“The children in the (Johnson homes) were generally doing well, they were happy, and there were no serious occurrences reported,” she said. “There were a very limited number of placements available for these older, hard to serve youth, especially in Northern Ontario.”Angeconeb also said Johnson’s had “undertaken improvements to address these concerns” that were found in Dilico’s seven investigations.Dilico would launch an eighth investigation into Johnson’s homes when Keeash died.Keeash was moved to Thunder Bay in March 2017 after she tried to hang herself in her grandmother’s home.She also battling several mental illnesses, including post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as conduct, borderline personality, major depressive disorders.Keeash didn’t go to school while living at Johnson’s home and spent most of her days playing video games at the home according to the coroner’s report into her death.“It was from this location that Tammy left the night she passed away,” wrote Dr. Dirk Huyer, chief coroner of Ontario, in his report.She was driven by a staff member to meet family who were in town, however, according to further documents, Keeash was supposed to be under 24-hour supervision based on her mental state and previous suicide attempt, but that wasn’t happening.Keeash and two cousins, along with a male friend, went and drank in Chapples Park near Ford Street in Thunder Bay. It was a secluded area and Keeash would never leave alive.Huyer said her death was ultimately ruled an accidental drowning after two police investigations. Her two cousins and the friend left her passed out in the park and it’s believed she somehow found her way into the waterway and drowned.When she didn’t make it back to the foster home that night by her 11 p.m. curfew staff there didn’t report her missing but called police to say she was breaching her probation conditions from a previous conviction.(Ontario chief coroner Dr. Dirk Huyer)It wasn’t until the next day that she was reported missing around 1 p.m.Her body was found later that night in the Neebing-McIntyre floodway by a church youth group playing in the park.Dilico said it has a protocal with Thunder Bay police and believes it could have assisted in Keeash’s case.“Had Tikinagan entered into an Interagency Service Agreement with Dilico, the investigation into (Keeash’s) disappearance could have been more timely and comprehensive, conducted in accordance with the established protocol with the Thunder Bay police,” wrote Hardy in the May 19, 2017 affidavit.Court documents detail how the homes were shutdown by the province after Keeash’s death and the closures were first reported by the Toronto Star newspaper in June 2017.Nation to Nation reached out to Johnson Children’s Services two week ago detailing in an email the court case and documents found within it but never got a response.On its website it says the company is based out of Vaughan, Ont., in the Toronto area.“Johnson Children’s Services is a treatment foster care agency located in East-Central Region of Ontario, providing individualized services to foster children with special needs,” it says on their website.Nation to Nation reached out to Tikinagan’s lawyer but never received a response. The Ontario government said it couldn’t comment.“The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services continues to focus on creating better outcomes for children and youth receiving services under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017. The ministry is unable to comment further on matters that are, or may be before the court,” said ministry spokesperson Genevieve read more

North American stock indexes stumble as loonie hits 6week high

first_imgTORONTO – Mining stocks and financials weighed on Canada’s main stock index Tuesday as U.S. markets also fell into the red, while the Canadian dollar gained ground.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 53.35 points to 15,915.68 in a broad-based decline that included the materials, gold and base metals sectors.In commodities, the February gold contract fell US$12.80 to US$1,264.90 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 14 cents to US$2.95 a pound.It was also a negative day for financial institutions, as the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) wrapped up the big banks’ earnings season Tuesday with a drop in profits, which were hit by reinsurance claims related to hurricanes Irma, Maria and Harvey during the quarter ended Oct. 31. The Canadian lender’s net income slipped to $1.23 billion, down from $1.35 billion during the same period a year earlier.Canada’s other big banks also saw losses, including Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD), which was down 1.32 per cent, and Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS), which was down 0.59 per cent.“The banks are all a little weak today but if you look at the operating results the banks have reported we have seen fairly strong results from the vast majority of the banks,” said Colum McKinley, vice-president and portfolio manager of Canadian equities at CIBC Asset Management Inc.“And despite some concerns people have had about the Canadian economy and about housing and the effect that would have on the Canadian banks, we’ve seen fairly good results out of their underlying businesses so we continue to be encouraged by the results that we see being reported.”The energy sector was the lone bright spot among major sectors on the TSX, as the price of oil recovered modestly after a sharp drop on Monday. The January crude contract advanced 15 cents to US$57.62 per barrel.Elsewhere in commodities, the January natural gas contract retreated seven cents to US$2.91 per mmBTU.“There is a bit of a divergence in the energy space,” McKinley noted. “There continues to be a near-term challenge on getting gas to markets effectively and concerns about growing oversupply. And so we’re likely to see that weigh on these stocks in the coming months and quarters.”South of the border, Wall Street fell into the red after a recovery for technology stocks lost ground. Telecom stocks, utilities and industrial companies had the market’s sharpest losses.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 109.41 points to 24,180.64. The S&P 500 index edged down 9.87 points to 2,629.57 and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 13.16 points to 6,762.21.Tech stocks began stumbling last week as expectations ramped up for Washington to push through an overhaul of the tax system. Technology companies already pay some of the lowest effective tax rates of companies in the S&P 500, so they have less to gain from the proposal.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 78.86 cents US, up 0.09 of a U.S. cent, ahead of Wednesday’s Bank of Canada interest rate announcement.That’s the highest level for the loonie in six weeks when it closed at an average trading price of $78.95 cents US on Oct. 24.– With a file from The Associated Press.Note to readers: CORRECTS TSX closing numberslast_img read more

Japan penalizes several cryptocurrency exchanges after hack

first_imgTOKYO – The Japanese government is slapping penalties on several cryptocurrency exchanges in the country, after 58 billion yen ($530 million) of virtual coins were lost earlier this year from hacking.The Financial Services Agency, which has been checking the exchanges, said Thursday that FSHO and Bit Station exchanges were ordered to halt operations for a month.It said FSHO was not properly monitoring trades and had not carried out employee training. The agency said it found that a Bit Station employee had taken bitcoins for personal use.Five other exchanges, including Coincheck, targeted in the massive hacking, were ordered to improve their operations.Coincheck had received a similar order earlier to beef up security measures.Japan is unusual in the world for embracing cryptocurrencies and setting up a licensing system to oversee their use.The exchanges ordered to improve their operations must file a plan to the agency by March 22.The theft at Coincheck of the NEM currency was the second major hacking assault on a Japanese crypto exchange after the Mt. Gox debacle in 2014.But Japan has chosen to seize the opportunity and regulate exchanges, setting up a licensing system last year, although experts say such measures are no guarantee against hacking and cybercrime.Japan has officially licensed 16 virtual-currency exchanges, and more, including Coincheck, are applying for licenses. As much as half of the world’s bitcoin trading is estimated to be in yen.Some countries like China are cracking down on virtual currencies, while other countries like the U.S. have been cautious, encouraging their use in limited ways.Japan has been far more accommodating to cryptocurrencies, attracting new businesses in the technology called blockchain.TV ads and billboard posters sing the praise of bitcoin, although they come with warnings, in fine print, to invest at your own risk.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at work can be found at read more

Oil industry to return to profitability this year after three years of

first_imgCALGARY – Canada’s oil industry is expected to be back in the black this year thanks to higher oil prices and more production after registering three years of losses.But the Conference Board of Canada says the recovery will be modest and ongoing pipeline capacity problems will likely continue to result in Western Canada’s oil production selling for discount prices.Michael Burt, director of industrial economic trends, says the oil industry will register pre-tax profits of about $1.4 billion this year after a string of losses since prices crashed in 2014.He says the profits are partly the result of efficiencies in the use of labour that are expected to continue to limit hiring. The industry is expected to create just 2,150 new jobs over the next five years.Total crude production in Canada is forecast to rise by an average annual rate of 3.4 per cent between 2018 and 2022, with most of it coming from the Alberta oilsands.Industry revenues are forecast to increase by about eight per cent in 2018.last_img read more

Metis taking Manitoba government to court in hydro spat after talks break

first_imgWINNIPEG – The Manitoba Metis Federation says it is taking the province to court in a dispute over planned hydro projects.Metis federation president David Chartrand met Tuesday with Crown Services Minister Cliff Cullen and Manitoba Hydro to discuss a deal between the federation and the Crown utility.In March, Premier Brian Pallister quashed a $67-million deal that had been negotiated between the federation and Manitoba Hydro to help support a transmission line to Minnesota. The premier called it “persuasion money.”The federation said at the time it would file for a judicial review to overturn the decision because, it argued, the agreement was legally binding.“We were hoping that the province would have come forward with a position of an olive branch, given that we believe strongly that the agreement was negotiated between ourselves and Hydro,” said Chartrand.“They are not willing to sit down and they are going to overrule Hydro, which we believe they don’t have the legal right to do.”He said the federation has given its lawyers the green light to go ahead with court action, probably within the next week.Cullen said the two sides have agreed to disagree on the matter.“They feel it was an agreement,” he said. “Our understanding is that it’s really a proposal.”Cullen said the ball is in the Metis federation’s court.“It’s really up to them on how they want to proceed,” he said. “We’ll wait and see what their undertaking is.”Despite the disagreement on the transmission line, Cullen said the government is committed to consulting with the Metis federation.Nine of 10 Hydro board members resigned in March over what they said was Pallister’s refusal to meet with them to discuss important issues, including Indigenous rights.last_img read more

Munich officials want train station to have air taxi parking

first_imgBERLIN – A group of city counsellors in Munich say they want the southern German city’s main train station to have a landing pad for flying taxis.Five city council members from the Christian Social Union party submitted a motion Wednesday calling on rail company Deutsche Bahn to consider the space needed for the small, drone-like passenger aircraft in its plans for a future redesign of the station.In their motion, they write that “it is to be expected that within a few years technology will have advanced so far that flying taxis can be used to transport people.”The party, which has a majority across Bavaria but is in opposition in the state capital’s assembly, has recently been championing the idea of flying taxis as a future means of travel.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,262.88, down 108.67 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up one cent or one per cent to $8.80 on 17.3 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) Health care. Up 97 cents or six per cent to $16.98 on 12.1 million sharesCronos Group Inc. (TSX:CRON) Health care. Up $1.04 or 8.8 per cent to $12.81 on 9.9 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) Health care. Up $1.96 or 3.4 per cent to $59.64 on 8,4 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) Gold. Down 25 cents or 1.8 per cent to $13.35 on 6.1 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE) Energy. Down 10 cents or 2.5 per cent to $3.91 on 5.5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Restaurant Brands International (TSX:QSR). Consumer discretionary. The parent company of Tim Hortons, denied a claim by a group of franchisees that the coffee pots they’re required to use have been shattering and injuring employees. RBI said the claim is yet another “false accusation” from a group that it has battled for more than a year.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) Energy. CNQ signed a deal to buy the Joslyn oilsands project for $225 million from Total SA and its partners, which include Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Canadian Natural will pay $100 million in cash on closing and make annual cash payments of $25 million over the next five yearsAimia Inc. (TSX:AIM) Industrials. The loyalty-points company agreed to settle a nine-year-old lawsuit over the expiry of Aeroplan mileage points and the closure of dormant Aeroplan accounts — setting the stage for a return of points to eligible members of the loyalty program. The agreement requires court approval.last_img read more

CGI believes its poised to take advantage of rising technology spending

first_imgMONTREAL – Despite global business tensions, companies will continue to invest in technology and CGI Group Inc. is well-positioned to take advantage of the growing market, chief executive George Schindler said Wednesday.In his view, both consumers and other citizens want access to a more digital experience, prompting companies and governments to take action.“This is really not a situation where they can decide not to invest,” Schindler said during a conference call to discuss CGI’s fourth-quarter results which topped expectations and boosted its share price on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Spending on technology and use of outsourcing are expected to increase over the next three years, according to estimates from the information technology and consulting firm.Last year, CGI conducted a survey that suggested 40 per cent of companies wanted digital strategies for all of their businesses, compared to 12 per cent the year before. The survey involved 1,300 business people and leaders, as well as government representatives in 17 countries. Canadians accounted for 15 per cent of respondents.“In many cases, we find that companies are now changing their business through IT projects, not the other way around,” Schindler said.He told analysts that new technologies, such as massive data analysis and automation, are shaking up business models and stimulating spending.CGI ended the year on a high note with earnings above expectations in the fourth quarter, during which profits and revenues increased.Investors reacted favourably, as shares closed up 2.97 per cent at $81.47 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.For the three-month period ended Sept. 30, the Montreal-based company posted net earnings of $293.5 million, or $1.03 per share, a 40 per cent increase over the same period in 2017.Quarterly revenue reached approximately $2.8 billion compared to $2.61 billion in the fourth quarter last year.“The company reported constant-currency revenue growth of five per cent year over year, above our estimate of 4.1 per cent year over year, mostly due to stronger-than-expected revenues in Europe and Canada,” said analyst Maher Yaghi of Desjardins Capital Markets in a note to clients.Excluding non-recurring items, including a $22 million restructuring charge, adjusted fourth-quarter earnings increased 12.4 per cent to $ 309.8 million or $ 1.09 per share.The performance exceeded the expectations of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, who expected adjusted earnings per share of $1.07 in the last quarter of the year.“We continue to see a market climate conducive to achieving our strategic aspirations of doubling CGI over the next five to seven years,” Schindler told analysts.Schindler did not express concern over the outcome of the mid-term elections in the United States, as Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives from President Donald Trump’s Republicans.Some observers say this could allow Democrats to block Republican efforts, particularly around government spending. CGI generates about 13 per cent of its annual revenue through contracts awarded to the U.S. federal government.For the full year, CGI generated net earnings of $ 1.1 billion or $3.95 per share, up 10.3 per cent from its 2017 financial year. Revenue soared by 6.1 per cent to $ 11.5 billion.Companies in this story: (TSX:GIB.A)last_img read more