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By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-The U.S. has been keeping regular intelligence on potential security threats in Canada, including the activities of unnamed First Nations groups, according to two cables sent by the U.S. embassy in Ottawa and obtained by APTN National News.The cables, labelled “secret,” were given to APTN by whistleblower website WikiLeaks. They were in a batch of about 800 cables that were not part of this week’s larger release of U.S. State Department cables originating in Canada.They were embargoed until 9 p.m. ET Friday.The cables, sent from the U.S. embassy in Ottawa, and titled, Security Environmental Profile Response For Mission Canada, appear to be part of regular updates on the situation in the country.The U.S. identified the involvement of Aboriginal groups in anti-U.S. demonstrations and as possible terror threats in a Feb. 27, 2009 cable.In a Feb. 16, 2005 cable, Aboriginal groups are only identified as possible terror threats.The copy of the cables obtained by APTN, however, only include a “partial extract of the original cable,” according to the documents.The cables are structured as answers to a list of questions not contained in the documents.Under the subheading “Demonstrations,” the information details the size, type and frequency of demonstrations, highlighting those targeting the U.S. and its domestic and foreign policies.“Human rights groups, small political protest/grass roots organizations and Canadian Aboriginal groups are prone to carrying out demonstrations aimed at the host government and sponsor anti-U.S. demonstrations,” reads the cable from 2009.The same cable then describes the types of issues that have triggered demonstrations and the size.“Peaceful demonstrations and marches occur near the embassy on a frequent basis and involve between 20 to 100 persons. Police support including notification and monitoring is excellent,” said the cable. “Ongoing U.S. Foreign Policy initiatives and military actions as well as U.S domestic issues related to the U.S. Canada border have triggered Anti-American demonstrations(sic).”The cable also noted Toronto and Vancouver see the largest demonstrations.The 2005 cable said there was an increase in demonstrations throughout the country as a result of the Iraq war.The cables also list potential terrorist threats in Canada. Under the heading “Indigenous Terrorism,” the cables outline several subgroups of interest, including Anti-American Terrorist Groups and Other Indigenous Terror Groups.Both cable lists indicate there are no known Anti-American terrorist groups or formally named home-grown terror groups in Canada. The cables, however, include Aboriginal groups under the heading of “Other Indigenous Terror Groups” which also named the so-called Toronto 18, who were arrested in 2006 for planning attacks against Canadian targets.“These ‘homegrown terrorists’ are first generation Canadian citizens, primarily of Pakistani descent, and they were allegedly plotting to attack the CN Tower in Toronto as well as the Parliament building in Ottawa,” the 2009 cable said. “Native Canadian (Aboriginal) groups have on occasion, had confrontations with Canadian police.”The 2005 cable lists only Aboriginal groups under the same heading.“Native Canadian (Aboriginal) Groups have, on occasion, had confrontations with Canadian government security and military personnel,” the cable said.The 2009 cable also notes that the RCMP arrested a “suspected terrorist” believed to be plotting attacks in Austria.The same cable also notes that “almost every known Islamic extremist group has either a presence or sympathizers in Canada.”firstname.lastname@example.orgThe cablesDownload (PDF, Unknown)Download (PDF, Unknown)
APTN National NewsCirque du Soleil is one of the world’s premier acts.To be part of Cirque you compete with performers across the globe.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith offers up a glimpse into the life of a Cirque du Soleil performer from an Albert First Nation and his fall from a great height.
APTN National NewsLast week youth from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug welcomed Canadians into their homes.It was a call for nation-to-nation friendship.But what did the visitors take way from their trip?APTN’s Delaney Windigo was there and files this story.
Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe federal Liberal budget unveiled Wednesday provided no new funding for First Nations child welfare, but it promised to create an “Indigenous Framework on Early Learning and Child Care” at the conclusion of ongoing consultations with First Nations, Inuit and Metis stakeholders.The Justin Trudeau government is prepared to invest additional dollars into First Nation child welfare and is planning to develop the framework with input from stakeholders before committing to the new funding, said a federal official speaking on background.Finance Minister Bill Morneau would not say when the new money would surface while responding to a question on the issue from APTN host Todd Lamirande during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.“This is of continuing importance to us and this is a dialogue we have to continue,” said Morneau.While Morneau spoke, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal held a hearing a few blocks away on Ottawa’s failure to comply with a 2016 ruling ordering an end to the discrimination of First Nations children by the continued federal underfunding of on-reserve child welfare services.The hearing was sparked as a result of a non-compliance motion filed by Cindy Blackstock, the head of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, the Assembly of First Nations, Nishnawbi Aski Nation and the Chiefs of Ontario.Blackstock and the AFN launched a human rights complaint against Ottawa over its underfunding of First Nations child welfare services in 2007. The human rights complaint also targeted Ottawa’s uneven application of Jordan’s Principle which places the care of First Nations children ahead of jurisdictional disputes over funding.In a recent filing with the tribunal, Ottawa claimed the quasi-judicial body had no authority to control how the federal government chose to spend dollars or interpret how it should comply with the ruling.Blackstock has told APTN she may be forced to seek a contempt order against Ottawa with the Federal Court.Ottawa has argued it is doing all it can on child welfare for the moment. Last year’s budget committed $643 million over five years in new funding for child welfare, with the majority of the dollars flowing in the last two years. The Liberal government set the amount which appeared in the 2016 budget before the tribunal issued its ruling.Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett has said the system needs deep reform, but it won’t happen without more consultations. Bennett has dispatched a ministerial representative to help conduct the email@example.com@JorgeBarrera
Addressing climate change and respecting Indigenous rights go hand in hand, says Eriel Deranger of Indigenous Climate Action. APTN file photo.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsIndigenous climate leaders in Canada say parliament’s emergency debate on climate change Monday evening was necessary but inadequate.On Monday House of Commons Speaker Geoffrey Regan approved the debate following requests from the Green Party, NDP and Liberal MP Nathaniel Erksine-Smith, who were responding to the International Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Oct. 8 landmark report that outlined the dire circumstances the planet is in if it doesn’t do more to limit global warming to 1.5C.Much of the discussion focused on Canada’s existing plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but the debate is “30 years overdue,” according to Canada’s representative on the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC).“Inuit have been bringing warnings about global warming to the international community as far back as the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992,” ICC Canada President Monica Ell-Kanayuk said in a statement released Tuesday.The IPCC, a body of the United Nations tasked with bringing together leading scientists and researchers from around the world to file reports on the status of climate change, warned in its landmark report that failing to limit global warming to 1.5C will result in significantly increased risks of major adverse impacts like floods, droughts, food insecurity, poverty, and a mass die-off of the ocean’s coral reefs by as soon as 2040, much earlier than previously anticipated.To achieve this, the world only has 12 years, until 2030, to reduce emissions by 45 per cent below 2010 levels, the IPCC says.The world has already warmed up about 1C compared to the mid-19th century and is experiencing the effects of that, including more violent storms, more frequent flooding, longer droughts and more forest fires.Each 0.5 C degree of warming raises those risks significantly, with entire ecosystems possibly being eradicated, parts of the planet becoming too hot to sustain life and island nations getting drowned out entirely by rising sea levels.To avoid the impacts of 1.5C warming, Canada would need to cut its annual emissions almost in half from current levels within 12 years to meet that goal but currently aims to cut them by a little more than 25 per cent by 2030.The current climate plans — with carbon pricing, energy efficiencies, renewable power sources and technological innovations — don’t even get Canada to the existing goal.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said last week her plan is to implement the existing climate framework and reach the current targets before looking at more ambitious measures.Emergency debate lackingClayton Thomas-Muller, a Cree climate campaigner for 350.org, told APTN News Monday he welcomed the debate but was skeptical the Liberals would take adequate action.“Justin Trudeau has been suspiciously silent for the last week,” he said, adding the government’s response is “troubling” given the magnitude of the crisis and the “current situation of geopolitics in this country” with respect to “pipeline politics and Indigenous people.“The fact of the matter is the IPCC report has told us that we have 12 years to get this stuff right. And that means that we have to have a significant shutting down of fossil fuel development.”Thomas-Mueller said Canada “has to stop the expansion of the Alberta tar sands, and we need to significantly invest in renewable energy.”Clayton Thomas-Muller says Canada must stop Alberta oil sands expansion and invest in renewables to do its part to limit global warming. 350.org photoBut the feds don’t appear to be taking their own commitments seriously, Thomas-Muller added, citing the government’s support for fracking and liquid natural gas development in northern British Columbia, its approval of offshore oil development in the Maritimes, and its expansion of the Alberta oil sands through its approval of Line 3 and its recent purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.“We’re in this very contradictory moment right now where the government of Canada is on an international platform saying we’re a climate leader, but domestically with their announcements of economic initiatives are saying we are not a climate leader, we are investing in technologies from the past.”Eriel Deranger, from Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and Executive Director of Indigenous Climate Action, says Monday’s emergency debate revealed what she calls a tendency among decision-makers “to lean in towards trying to save and buffer and pad the economy over actually trying to save the planet.”She noted Green Party leader Elizabeth May was “the only one that came out with reality” in the debate.“You’ve got one chance to protect your kids’ world, you’ve got one chance, and it’s expiring in about 10-12 years, to hold global average temperature to no more than 1.5 degrees,” May said Monday evening.“If you miss that…you end up in a situation where the worst case scenario isn’t bad weather, it’s the collapse of our civilization and the extinction of millions of species, potentially including us.”Deranger said the federal government’s approach to the climate crisis fails to address underlying causes, “the status quo of colonialism and capitalism,” which she argues are also at the root of Canada’s mistreatment of Indigenous peoples “under that premise of terra nullius and man’s domination over nature, which is in contravention to Indigenous values and cosmologies and rights.”During the debate federal Minister of Climate Change and Environment Catherine McKenna touted the Liberals’ efforts to phase out coal production, and its investments in public transit, social housing and the renewable energy sector.She also referenced the Liberals’ involvement of Indigenous communities in Canada’s climate strategy.Canada presently has five climate-related programs that involve Indigenous communities, the bulk of which deal with monitoring and mitigation, not prevention or the “bottom-up” solutions Deranger says are needed, and which Indigenous people should be a part of.“We don’t have self-determination. We’re not in positions of power. We’re not given any authority or autonomy or sovereignty over our lands and territories,” she says.“We’re given a voice, yes…but we need to go beyond being given a voice and we need to be given actual power and control to determine what happens in our lands and territories.”McKenna deflected criticism from the NDP and Greens by pointing to the Conservatives’ lack of action on climate change during their decade of governance under Stephen Harper.Thomas-Muller and Deranger both said the conversation in parliament needs to radically shift, from party politics toward a recognition that climate justice and Indigenous rights go hand in hand and can be part of a transition to a just and sustainable economy based on clean renewable energy.“There is eminent threat coming towards us, and we have the capacity to reallocate resources, to redistribute the way that we do things, to effectively do this in a real way to protect people and lives,” Deranger said. “And we’re not doing it.”Thomas-Muller said Indigenous people and Canadians are paying attention to how decision-makers are responding to the crisis.“We’ve got a big challenge ahead of us…moving forward into the 2019 election, and those running for office better take that into consideration.”Only one of the 11 sitting Indigenous MPs spoke during Monday’s climate debate.During his speech Liberal member for Winnipeg Centre Robert-Falcon Ouellette said the Liberals are working to implement a national carbon tax as one measure to reduce carbon emissions in Canada.Ouellette took aim at Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as well as the federal Conservatives, who are resisting the strategy.The Liberals have given provinces time to come up with their own carbon tax scheme, otherwise say they will impose the tax in 2019.Biodiversity and the Indigenous knowledge that protects itMany on the front lines against fossil fuel development in Mi’kmaq, Secwepemc, Wet’suwet’en, Coast Salish, Anishinaabe and other territories are fighting for their inherent rights, but Deranger and Thomas-Muller say Canadians should understand they’re also fighting to preserve the sacred — Mother Earth — for everyone.“We could quit building all the high intensity emission fossil fuel stuff today, and we would still need to preserve and nurture biodiversity to help bring our planet back to stabilization,” Deranger explains.Eriel Deranger of Indigenous Climate Action says Canada can’t adequately respond to the climate crisis without also respecting Indigenous rights. File photo.“And the reality is that Indigenous communities, land-based communities have literally been on the front lines of advocating for, nurturing and preserving, the biodiversity of this planet since time immemorial.“We have literally been the reason why the planet hasn’t hit the tipping point,” she continues, pointing out that 80 percent of the world’s biodiversity is within recognized Indigenous lands and territories.“We maintain a sacred and spiritual connection to those lands and territories that are critical for climate stabilization.“It’s that knowledge, that understanding, that is going to be critical in connecting humanity back to nature in order for us not to continue to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.”Thomas-Muller said he stands in solidarity with front line groups like the Unist’ot’en in northern B.C., “who are adamantly opposed to the exportation of fracked gas from Northeastern B.C. through salmon-producing rivers and streams.”The Unist’ot’en, a Wet’suwet’en clan that has established a settlement on its traditional territory in the way of multiple proposed pipeline projects, has cited the need to limit climate change as one of the primary factors for its assertion of sovereignty over its title lands.Deranger says she doesn’t want to perpetuate the idea that “all Indigenous people have some romanticized connection with land, but there are still many Indigenous peoples, knowledge holders, land users, that maintain a solid connection and understanding and intimacy with the land that has been passed down for generations. And it’s that connection that is so critical,” she explains.She points out that climate scientists and others have recognized Indigenous peoples’ central role in addressing the climate crisis.But none of this factored into Monday evening’s debate in the House of Commons, she says.Instead, politicians remain silent when Indigenous people are criminalized for defending their lands and resisting fossil fuel extraction.“When a government makes a determination that a project is not good for the country, everyone applauds. But when First Nations get up and oppose these projects…we are criminalized, we are made to look like we are breaking laws when we actually are only upholding our own laws.“The reality is it’s our communities that have been safeguarding our lands and territories and the biodiversity of this planet—not just here in Canada but globally—and it’s time to recognize that when Indigenous communities are standing up for our lands and territories we need to start listening rather than criminalizing them.“Those lands and territories are going to be critical for our survival, and it’s more than just about how much money we have in our bank account. It’s about whether or not we have clean water to drink, clean air to breathe, and food to nurture our minds, our bodies and our spirits.“We are literally in the last 60 seconds of the 11th hour, and we don’t have any more time to be arguing the semantics and the economics of this anymore. This is literally life and death.”Indigenous leaders in support of fossil fuel developmentAthabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam was for a long time firmly opposed to continued oil sands expansion in his people’s region, but earlier this year did an about-face on the issue and has since publicly called for First Nations to take an ownership stake in pipeline projects like Trans Mountain.Deranger, who has worked for the First Nation, said the chief’s new position is “sad” and represents a sense of defeat after her people have worked hard to protect their land and territory from the harms of the fossil fuel industry.“Colonialism and capitalism and systems of white supremacy are not just bound to white folks – they are pervasive, they are packaged and sold,” she said.“In order to be successful you need to have money and a car and a home and you need to be part of the capitalist machine. And so much so that it’s been forced on a lot of communities.“The reality is…they have literally beat us down and eroded our ability to have that connection to the land, through degradation and contamination.”Deranger says many Indigenous people have been forced to adopt an “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” mentality when it comes to fighting against harmful policies or industries that harm their communities.“There’s this pervasive attempt to continue to try to assimilate and coerce Indigenous communities,” she says. “And you wonder why communities are buckling – because they don’t have millions of dollars to enter into these review processes and legal cases to challenge these projects.“It’s coercion and bribery at its finest, it’s another tactic of assimilation, and it’s not fair that we’re being used in this way because we have literally been painted into corners in our communities to accept this because is literally no other option.”With files from the Canadian Press.
Face to FaceWhile buildings and streets are being renamed and statues are coming down in the name of reconciliation, it’s also causing controversy.“Reconciliation is not easy” says Ry Moran, the director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.“It’s about changing the status quo and anytime you change the status quo, it ruffles feathers.”As an example, there was opposition to the removal of the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald in Victoria, B.C. in August.Moran says “Canada is not the only country grappling with this.“Many countries are trying to decolonize or re-understand their histories. I think the thing to remember is that nobody is talking about erasing history in all of this. It’s about changing how we understand history.”Moran, who joined host Dennis Ward on Face to Face says there has also been positive changes in the classroom.“It’s not to say there isn’t still a long ways to go but generally speaking, across the country, most if not all jurisdictions in the country have certainly brought residential schools information into the classroom.”That too has not been without controversy. There’s been a roll back in planned programming in Ontario schools following the recently election of Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government.“That I think is a real disappointing matter that has happened” says Moran.Read the TRC’s CTA here: 94 Calls to ActionMoran believes time is of the essence when it comes to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action.The Liberal government has made big promises on legislation for child welfare, languages and other calls to action – but there has been little follow through with less than a year to go before the next federal election.And there is a role to play for the average Canadian to play in reconciliation.“I think for non-Indigenous peoples, the most critical thing that individuals can do is rectify the imbalance of historical understanding and really try to put one’s self into the shoes of an Indigenous person for a little bit.”firstname.lastname@example.org
Nutrition North has long been criticized for the way it works; paying retailers to lower their prices through a shipping subsidy instead of going directly to families.It replaced the Food Mail program in 2011, which retailers disliked.Now more food and non-food items will be eligible for the freight subsidy, Jones said. And there will be more ways to pay instead of only with credit cards.Jones said in exchange the government wants better reporting from retailers on how the subsidy is being applied.And consumers want to see that, too, she said, on receipts from more stores.But Nunavut premier Joe Savikataaq said giving retailers more subsidy money wouldn’t guarantee better prices.“We would like to see more direct benefit and subsidy to Nunavummiut,” he said in a release.And Nunavut should have “a dedicated presence” on the program’s advisory board, the premier added.Food reformThis is the Liberal government’s first major overhaul of Nutrition North after it held public hearings into the plan in 2016.Jones said her party will bump the program’s budget to $14 million and add a harvesters’ support grant program to help cushion the high cost of hunting.Food insecurity is a huge issue in northern and remote communities, where there is usually only one major supermarket.Retailers say shipping – mostly by air – jacks up the prices while consumers wonder why junk food is priced much lower than healthy goods.As a result, diets are poor and can lead to health problems.Something Nutrition North is supposed to address but often misses the mark, as APTN Investigates revealed in this documentary.“Nearly 70 per cent of Inuit households in Nunavut are food insecure,” said Aluki Kotierk, president of Inuit rights group Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.“Inuit children are living in food insecure households at a rate eight times the national average, among the highest documented food insecurity rate for an Indigenous population in a developed country.”Kotierk said adding money to offset the high cost of hunting country food would help many families.“It is a necessary and integral part of Inuit culture,” she said in a release.“It is our safety net, at a time of major social changes.”email@example.com@katmarte Ingredients to make bannock to be included in Nutrition North program. (APTN file)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe Trudeau government is trying to make Nutrition North more palatable.It announced updates Monday to the remote and northern food subsidy program developed by the Harper government, including bannock-making ingredients.“Our government firmly believes that policy created with Northerners, for Northerners is the most effective,” said Labrador Lib-MP Yvonne Jones in Iqaluit.“The changes to the subsidy rates and the food eligibility list announced today reflect what we have heard from Northerners about how we can better help them access healthy foods.”Jones, parliamentary secretary to the minister of intergovernmental and northern affairs and internal trade, said more groceries, along with baby formula, would be added to the list of products subsidized under the program after complaints from consumers.Frozen fruits and vegetables, infant food and formula, spaghetti, macaroni and dried beans will be covered under the expanded formula starting January 2019.The complete list is here: Nutrition NorthWatch Kent Driscoll’s story on Nutrition North
Lindsay RichardsonAPTN NewsAcclaimed Cree actor Lorne Cardinal says he wants to teach Indigenous youth to give up their fear.Speaking to a crowd gathered in Winnipeg for the Vision Quest conference and trade show, a two-day networking event bringing together Indigenous youth, artists, and entrepreneurs, Cardinal’s keynote speech focused on conquering insecurities, staying curious, and the importance of education.Wearing a black brocade jacket and a shell necklace, Cardinal reiterated the same crucial message in an interview with APTN News.“I mean shyness is good when you’re being polite about it, but when it starts debilitating you from talking to somebody – a potential employer or a potential business partner, then it becomes a problem,” Cardinal said.“Then you’re creating a problem for yourself.”As a film and television actor with more than three decades of experience, Cardinal has held prominent roles in shows like Corner Gas, North of 60, and APTN’s stop motion animated series Wapos Bay: The Series, among others.“It’s important to put the shyness aside and be able to stand tall and say ‘hi I’m so and so, from so and so,’ and that only comes with self-confidence,” he said.But Cardinal’s ascent into screen and stage acting hasn’t been without obstacles.As a child, he says he struggled with debilitating stage fright as the self-described “shy brown child” in his class.“It was terrifying the first time I public spoke in grade three – I passed out. And then when I tried it in grade 7 I threw up,” he said. “So I’ve had a little love-hate thing with speaking in public.”“[Now] I take a breath and go ‘here we go,’” Cardinal added.Even as the first Indigenous graduate with a bachelor of fine arts degree in acting from the University of Alberta, Cardinal encountered dissent and resistance when thrust into the “real world’ of acting.“There was still a lot of the attitude of I could only audition or read for Native parts,” he explained. “You know, I’d go approach an artistic director and say ‘I want to audition for you’ and [they’d say] ‘we’re not doing any native-themed plays this year.’”As Indigenous leaders and industry players work to “break through the white ceiling,” as Cardinal puts it, the power to create real changes comes with confidence, and persistence.“That attitude is changing – slowly, but it is changing. And the more that we have trained Indigenous people in schools, in theatre schools or in technical schools – it makes it easier,” he firstname.lastname@example.org@sentimtl
Students participate in a physics experiment. Photo: Ashley Brandson/APTNAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsFor the past ten years the University of Manitoba has played host to high school students from around the province and Saskatchewan as they take part in the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program.The program addresses the under-representation of First Nations, Metis and Inuit students at Canadian Universities.The foundation offers all expense paid scholarships to Indigenous high school students to spend a week at a Canadian university meeting role models and learning about support systems that are available to them.Throughout the month of May, the program visited nine universities across the country.This year, 39 Indigenous students are spending a week at the University of Manitoba, learning about different science and engineering departments.“I’ve learned some stuff about the function of muscles, the science behind activity and how that helps athletes become better in sport,” says grade student Lochlan Lubinski.He spent that last 4 days exploring the department of kinesiology, the study of the mechanics of body movements.“It’s cool, I get to visit people working in different areas in the kinesiology department,” he says.(Lochlan Lubinski is showing off what he learned in the Kinesiology department. Photo: Ashley Brandson/APTN)Emillee Fronda got the opportunity to learn more about physics.“We did some work with radiation which I thought was going to be scary, but then we did some training and they explained how it should be scary, it’s a natural thing,” she says.Fronda says she’s interested in engineering and this week has been a great experience to get a small glimpse of what university life will be like.“I’ve been learning a lot and this is helping me become a lot more comfortable.”Ron Woznow is the executive director and founder of the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program.Since he founded the program in 2009, more than 500 students have participated in the foundation.“I’m not Indigenous myself, but I was raised by a single mother who thought every child deserved an education, and I guess she passed that on to me,” says Woznow.(Verna Kirkness. Facebook)He says he named the foundation after Kirkness to honour her accomplishments as an educator.“She’s 83 this year, started at 17 as a teaching assistant – ended up as a professor at the University of British Colombia.”Woznow says statistics show there’s a significant drop out rate between grade 10 and grade 12.One of the goals of this program is to excite young Indigenous students who hope to further their education after high school.He hopes by bringing students to post secondary institutions and allowing them to be mentored by a professor and their colleagues, it shows them that there are resources available for them.(The program takes place at the University of Manitoba. Photo: Ashley Brandson/APTN)Another important goal of the foundation is to increase the number of First Nations, Metis and Inuit students enrolling in science and engineering programs in Canada, and one day graduating.“We do see a lot of students returning,” says Ruth Shead, Co-ordinator of Indigenous Achievement.“I don’t have the exact numbers, but we have a few who have gone on to medical school and some have returned to our engineering program.”Woznow says he hopes the students leave this program excited about their future in post secondary education and that it motivates them to graduate high school.“We hope they understand if they have a dream of what they want to do, they’ll more confidence in themselves on how to achieve it.”email@example.com@ashleybrandson
TORONTO – Brookfield Property Partners LP offered $18.8-billion in stock and cash to fully acquire U.S. shopping mall owner GGP Inc. in a deal announced Monday, doubling down on the future of bricks-and-mortar retail even as many merchants face increasing pressure from e-commerce.The Toronto-based company (TSX:BPY.UN), a publicly-traded real estate subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management, already holds a 34 per cent stake in GGP (NYSE: GGP).The Chicago-based mall owner, which has 126 retail properties in 40 U.S. states, said it has formed a special committee of its non-executive, independent directors to review and consider the offer.The acquisition is an opportunity to leverage Brookfield’s expertise to grow, transform or reposition GGP’s shopping centres, “creating long-term value in a way that would not otherwise be possible,” said Brian Kingston, chief executive officer of Brookfield Property Group.“Brookfield’s access to large-scale capital and deep operating expertise across multiple real estate sectors combined with GGP’s high-quality retail asset base will allow us to maximize the value of these irreplaceable assets,” he said in a statement on Monday.Brookfield is offering $29, or US$23, in cash or 0.9656 of a Brookfield Property Partners unit in exchange for each GGP share. The amount of cash offered is capped at $9.4 billion, while the number of shares offered is limited to 309 million, worth roughly $9.4 billion.Brookfield Property Partners said the offer is a premium of 21 per cent to where GGP shares were trading before reports of a possible offer last week.Shares of Brookfield Property Partners were down more than three per cent in midday trading in Toronto on Monday to $29. Shares of GGP in New York, however, were up more than seven per cent to US$23.77.However, GGP shares are down nearly five per cent year-to-date, including Monday’s lift, as its retail tenants increasingly come under pressure from e-commerce sellers competitors, such as Amazon.But Brookfield’s Kingston sounded bullish on American shopping malls on its third-quarter earnings call earlier this month. He said that its U.S. mall business — which consists of 126 regional malls containing roughly 11.4 million square metres — saw positive financial results, with occupancy rising 80 basis points to 95.4 per cent.“Well-located, high-quality, retail real estate in the United States continues to perform well, despite negative perception in the public markets,” he told analysts on Nov. 2.“While many retailers continue to face significant challenges in growing their businesses, those retailers that are focused on the intersection between bricks and mortar retail and online sales channels continue to expand and grow.”He added in a letter to unitholders that it has continued to acquire big-box anchor spaces in malls and reposition them, calling it “one of the best opportunities in U.S. retail today.”John Williams, a partner at retail consulting company J.C. Williams Group, said there is “deep concern” in the U.S. about a “potential retail apocalypse” amid pressure on traditional retailers and shopping centres, some of which are overleveraged.However, he added, premier shopping centres in prime locations continue to draw in shoppers. And the shopping centres being revitalized — such as by using food as opposed to department stores as anchor tenants — to improve the shopper’s experience will be rewarded, he said.“The mall is nowhere near dead, and the good tenants are still very vital,” Williams said. “And I think it’s a matter of reinvention, to some degree, the tenant mix.”Mark Rothschild, a real estate analyst with Canaccord Genuity in Toronto, said Brookfield has signalled its interest in GGP for several years.“It’s only really been the last couple of years that GGP’s stock price has not done well, which created the opportunity for Brookfield to do this,” he said.However, Rothschild said it was surprising that Brookfield made the bid without partners, using its own expensive capital for the transaction.The offer comes after Brookfield in 2010 invested $2.5 billion for a 27 per cent stake in GGP as part of a deal for its emergence from bankruptcy. Brookfield has since moved to increase its stake, and in November 2013 Brookfield Property Partners invested another US$1.4 billion.
PORTLAND, Maine – Now serving sea monsters.That’s the message from members of the fishing industry, environmentalists and regulators who are trying to persuade U.S. consumers to eat more of a particularly weird-looking creature from the deep — monkfish.Monkfish have been commercially fished for years, but recent analyses by the federal government show the monster-like bottom dweller can withstand more fishing pressure. However, U.S. fishermen often fall short of their quota for the fish.A lack of reliable markets for the fish and convoluted fishing regulations make it difficult to catch the full quota, fishermen said. Nevertheless, the U.S. government is upping harvesters’ limits for monkfish for the next three years.Some New England fishermen switched to targeting monkfish in recent decades when traditional species such as cod began to decline, said Jan Margeson, a Chatham, Massachusetts, fisherman who made such a switch himself. He said the availability of monkfish represents an opportunity for the industry.“It is healthy. We can’t even catch the quota,” he said. “We had to find an alternative species once groundfish died years ago.”Monkfish, also known as goosefish, are predatory fish that camouflage themselves on the ocean bottom and can grow to be about 5 feet long. With a gaping maw and uneven, jagged teeth, its appearance is the stuff of nightmares.But proponents often say the taste and texture of its flesh is similar to lobster. And monkfish, which is often sold as a whole fish or as steaks of tail meat, frequently is more affordable than some other kinds of domestic seafood.Tails typically sell for about $7 per pound at New England fish markets where popular items such as lobsters and flounder sell for $10 per pound or more.The fish is brought to shore from Maine to North Carolina, with most coming to land in Massachusetts.Fishermen have caught more than 15 million pounds of the fish every year since 1987. They were allowed to catch 32.5 million pounds of monkfish each year from 2013 to 2015, but typically caught less than two thirds of that amount. The federal government increased that limit to about 33.8 million pounds for the 2017-18 fishing year, and that number will hold until 2020.The Environmental Defence Fund Seafood Selector and Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch both give the fishery positive reviews for sustainability. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also touts the fishery as a “smart seafood choice” that is “sustainably managed” according to federal guidelines, the agency says on its website.Right now is a good time for fishermen to start exploiting that reputation, said Ben Martens, executive director of the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association.“When we talk about diversification, monkfish is one of the things,” he said. “It’s a fishery that has opportunity for fishermen right now.”
NEW YORK, N.Y. – A judge threw out a New York lawsuit Friday against Fox News by former host Andrea Tantaros, citing her “vague, speculative and conclusory allegations.”The lawsuit U.S. District Judge George Daniels dismissed had alleged Fox tried to torment Tantaros after she complained about sexual harassment.The lawsuit claimed Tantaros was viewed as a threat by Fox executives after she declined an offer of more than $1 million to remain silent. The suit said Tantaros suspected her emails and telephone conversations were being monitored after she revealed personal information in calls or emails that were then referenced by others in cruel social media posts.She sought unspecified damages.Fox News Channel had urged the lawsuit be rejected, saying the claims were a paranoid fantasy or a deliberate hoax.In his written ruling, Daniels recounted her claims at length but repeatedly cited instances in which her accusations lacked the kind of specifics and proof necessary to put them before a jury.For example, he rejected a wiretap claim, saying she had “failed to allege a basic element of this cause of action: an actual interception of her wire, oral, or electronic communications.”In another instance, he struck down a malware claim, citing her “vague, speculative, and conclusory allegations.”In an email response to a request for comment, Tantaros said, “Not one part of this lawsuit was based on speculation and conjecture — it was based on first hand testimony, cold, hard facts, and independently verified computer forensics.“The Judge made the wrong call, and I absolutely plan on appealing,” she wrote. “Fox News will be held accountable, just as they have for their sickening past, rife with sexual harassment, discrimination and destroying the careers of dozens of women for having the courage to come forward with the truth.”Asked for comment, a Fox News spokesman said the decision speaks for itself.In August 2016, Tantaros sued the network, its ousted chairman and other top executives in a separate lawsuit, saying they retaliated after she detailed unwanted sexual advances made by her onetime boss Roger Ailes. A state judge ruled those claims were subject to closed-door arbitration.Tantaros worked as a host and political analyst for Fox News from 2011 to 2016.Ailes died last year.
MONTREAL – A J.D. Power survey says passenger satisfaction with the performance of Canada’s two largest airlines has grown in the past year.Air Canada enjoyed the largest gain in satisfaction among traditional carriers in North America, rising 25 points to 734 on a 1,000-point scale.WestJet scored 747 in the low-cost carrier segment, up from 736 a year ago.Each Canadian airline ranked third overall in their respective segments.Airline investments in newer planes, handling of luggage and cheaper fares drove a seventh straight year of improved customer satisfaction.Alaska Airlines ranks highest among traditional carriers for the 11th consecutive year, while Southwest Airlines tops the low-cost carrier list for a second straight year.Satisfaction with United Airlines dropped. The U.S. carrier received undesirable global attention after a passenger was dragged off an overbooked flight.The exceptions to improved satisfaction with North American airlines were in the categories of in-flight services, including food, beverage and entertainment systems.The study of business and leisure travellers is based on responses from 11,508 passengers who flew on a major North American airline between March 2017 and March 2018.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA)
OTTAWA – The sweeping Canadian retaliation against Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs has been carefully crafted in hopes of hitting the U.S. president where it hurts.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s counter-tariffs will take effect Sunday — a month after the Trump administration slapped duties on U.S. steel and aluminum imports from Canada and other allies.Canada’s response is set to include imposing tariffs on selected consumer products that come from a wide range of sectors — from hair lacquers, to ballpoint pens, to maple syrup.Ottawa released its finalized lineup Friday of items that will be hit by Canadian tariffs.Here’s a rundown of some of the states and products in the crosshairs of the retaliatory measures using Canadian government numbers. The figures are based on 2017 data from Statistics Canada and the U.S. Census Bureau.—Some of the states set to be hit hardest by Canada’s tariffs, based on how much of the targeted consumer products they shipped north in 2017:Ohio — $1.15 billionNew York — $1.12 billionWisconsin — $820 millionIllinois — $780 millionPennsylvania — $646 millionWashington — $629 millionCalifornia — $529 millionTennessee — $453 millionMichigan — $432 million—Value of 2017 imports from U.S. for some of the products targeted by Canada’s preliminary tariffs:Herbicides — $1.13 billionMotorboats, rowboats, canoes and other pleasure boats — $646 millionCoffee, roasted — $525 millionMayonnaise, salad dressing, mixed condiments — $522 millionFungicides — $418 millionKetchup and other tomato sauces — $264 millionOrganic facewash — $229 millionSoups and broths — $204 millionWhiskey — $62 millionMaple sugar and maple syrup — $17 millionBallpoint pens — $3.5 million
ALBANY, N.Y. — A city in New York state has found a novel way of motivating residents to pay their back taxes: personal notes handwritten by city officials.The idea stemmed from an experiment on late-tax payments, in which the city of Syracuse partnered with researchers at Syracuse University. City officials wrote and signed thousands of notes by hand, rather than sending standard legal letters demanding payment.The result was the city collecting nearly $1.5 million more than it predicted traditional methods alone would have brought in. University researchers estimate that the personal approach brought in 57 per cent more revenue from delinquent property owners than the city could expect from using more traditional letters.The notes took a less threatening approach, focusing on steps the resident could take to avoid late penalties or legal action. Instead of being addressed “dear property owner,” the notes were all personally addressed to the resident. Each had a brief, handwritten message on the outside of the envelope as well, researchers said.“It’s the kind of positive outcome that occurs when you aren’t afraid to try something new,” Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said in a statement.Collecting late taxes is a big challenge for many cities, which often use computer-generated letters to residents threatening action if the money isn’t paid. The researchers said the experiment could have broad applications to a number of different government services. The researchers said they aren’t aware of any other city in the U.S. using the personalized note method to collect taxes.“These are small, simple changes that can have huge payoffs,” said Leonard Lapoo, a Syracuse professor and director and co-founder of Maxwell X Lab, a behavioural research centre at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.The lab’s managing director, Joe Boskovski, called the experiment common sense, saying treating people as humans can yield results.The findings were first reported by The Associated Press. City officials announced them publicly on Tuesday.David Klepper, The Associated Press
TORONTO — The key financial and industrial sectors weighed on Canada’s main stock index in late-morning trading, while the loonie traded higher against the U.S. dollar.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 13.91 points at 15,130.97.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 50.84 points at 25,340.11. The S&P 500 index was down 0.59 of a point at 2,729.61, while the Nasdaq composite was down 37.52 points at 7,221.51.The Canadian dollar traded higher at 76.10 cents US compared with an average of 75.75 cents US on Thursday.The January crude contract was up US$1.19 at US$57.87 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was up 18.6 cents at US$4.22 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$6.50 at US$1,221.50 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 2.15 cents at US$2.77 a pound.The Canadian Press
___Nissan chairman arrested in probe of financial misconductYOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. says its chairman Carlos Ghosn has been arrested and will be dismissed for alleged under-reporting of his income and misuse of company funds. The Japanese automaker’s CEO said Monday that Ghosn was detained after he arrived in Japan earlier in the day. The Yokohama-based company said the violations by Ghosn and another executive were discovered during a monthslong investigation that was instigated by a whistleblower.___US stocks take sharp losses as tech, internet companies dropNEW YORK (AP) — Big technology and internet companies again came under heavy selling pressure, leading to broad losses across the stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly fell 500 points, pulled down by steep declines in Boeing and Apple. Amazon led a sharp drop among retailers as investors react to tensions between the US and China at a Pacific Rim conference. Industrial companies also fell. Nissan sank after its chairman was arrested on misconduct charges.___Volatile stock market spooking some older workers, retireesCHICAGO (AP) — Some older workers and retirees are spooked by the ups and downs of the U.S. stock markets. But there’s no indication that the recent volatility has brought about large-scale overhauls in retirement planning. A Bankrate survey says 62 per cent of Americans — and 76 per cent of those 65 and over — don’t believe their financial situation has improved in the two years since President Donald Trump’s election.___UK leader has eye on rebellion as EU braces for Brexit pushLONDON (AP) — The U.K. and the European Union are plowing ahead with trying to have their divorce deal signed, sealed and delivered within days. But the draft Brexit agreement has left British Prime Minister Theresa May fighting0020to keep her job. May waited on Monday to see if rebel lawmakers from her party had the numbers to trigger a no-confidence vote, while British and EU negotiators raced to firm up a final deal before a weekend summit where EU leaders hope to rubber stamp it.___Even small companies may be able to cut Amazon-like dealsNEW YORK (AP) — A company doesn’t need to be as big as Amazon to get a real estate deal. Whether a small business wants to buy or rent, it may have some leverage with landlords or local governments to get breaks on taxes or win grants. It’s especially doable if a company can be a drawing card that helps boost local commerce or has significant job creation plans. The key is often to look for real estate in an area that needs an economic boost, or a depressed neighbourhood that’s on the verge of making a comeback.___Bloomberg donates ‘unprecedented’ $1.8B to Johns HopkinsBALTIMORE (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is donating $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University. Bloomberg and the Baltimore university said Sunday that the gift is the largest ever to any education institution in the U.S. University President Ronald Daniels says the contribution will allow Hopkins to eliminate the need for student loans in financial aid packages.___Airbnb removes listings in Israeli settlementsJERUSALEM (AP) — Vacation rental company Airbnb says it is removing its listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. A statement released on the company’s website Monday said it will take down some 200 listings in Israeli settlements “that are at the core of the dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians.” Most of the international community views the settlements as illegal.___David’s Bridal files for bankruptcy, but your order is safeNEW YORK (AP) — David’s Bridal is filing for bankruptcy protection but there is no danger for customers who have ordered dresses because operations continuing as normal while the wedding and prom retailer restructures. The bankruptcy filing, the private company said Monday, will wipe out more than $400 million in long-term debt.___Brazil’s Petrobras to be led by privatization advocateRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s president-elect is appointing a pro-market reformer to lead the state oil company Petrobras. Roberto Castello Branco has advocated privatizing the oil giant, a measure also supported by his close ally Paulo Guedes, designated as Brazil’s next finance minister. However, experts say a wholesale privatization is unlikely.___The S&P 500 index fell 45.54 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 2,690.73. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 395.78 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 25,017.44. It was down as much as 512 earlier. The Nasdaq composite skidded 219.40 points, or 3 per cent, to 7,028.48. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks lost 30.99 points, or 2 per cent, to 1,496.54.Benchmark U.S. crude rose 0.5 per cent to $56.76 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was little changed at $66.79 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline added 0.4 per cent to $1.58 a gallon. Heating oil gained 0.6 per cent to $2.09 a gallon. Natural gas surged 10 per cent to $4.70 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Press