Face to Face Family member of 9 missing or murdered now critical

first_imgDennis Ward APTN Face to FaceSue Caribou had high hopes for the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.The Manitoba woman has seven murdered and two missing family members.Now, Caribou feels nothing good is going to come out of the inquiry and feels the millions of dollars being allocated to the inquiry should be directed to helping the families search for loved ones.dward@aptn.calast_img

Elders youth gather on HuronWendat territory for meeting generations in the making

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsElders from across Quebec travelled to the Huron-Wendat territory to share their knowledge with young people who also travelled from different parts of the province.More than 100 youth met with Elders to learn traditional ways of hunting and cooking as an example.The weekend’s event was years in the making.tfennario@aptn.a@tfennariolast_img

Yellowknives Dene relinquish land to expand NWT capital

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsThe City of Yellowknife and the Yellowknives Dene First Nation are united behind a proposal that would alter their municipal boundaries.The boundary change is part of the larger Akaitcho land claim process, involving the Dene, Lutselk’e and Deninu Kue First Nations in Northwest Territories.The city of Yellowknife will likely give formal approval at the next council meeting later this month.At that time, it will be up to the territorial government to make a recommendation to the minister of lands.cmorritt-jacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img

Correction Media Ownership Rules story

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – In a story Oct. 25 about media-ownership rules, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Dennis Wharton was the head of the National Association of Broadcasters. He is executive vice-president of communications.A corrected version of the story is below:FCC plans vote over loosening limits on media ownershipThe Federal Communications Commission is planning to vote in November on proposals to roll back ownership rules that were meant to support diverse voices in local mediaThe Federal Communications Commission is planning to vote in November on proposals to roll back ownership rules that were meant to support diverse voices in local media.The newspaper and broadcasting industries have pushed for changes to the rules as they face growing online competition. Critics say dropping the rules will encourage media consolidation and hurt local voices and diversity.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Wednesday at a congressional hearing that he wants to eliminate rules that, among other things, bar a company from owning both newspapers and TV stations in one market. It’s been in place since 1975 but exceptions have been allowed.He also proposed scrapping limits on owning both local radio and TV stations, and would make it easier for one company to own two broadcast TV stations in one market.“The marketplace today is nothing like it was in 1975,” Pai said, adding that newspapers are shutting down and broadcast TV and radio stations are struggling, while competition from the internet, where Google and Facebook dominate in digital advertising, is rising.Republicans outnumber Democrats on the five-member the FCC, suggesting Pai has the support to change the rules. Democrats on the commission and in Congress have criticized efforts to undo or ease the rules.Dennis Wharton, executive vice-president of communications for the National Association of Broadcasters, said Wednesday that the limits have hurt TV broadcasters.He said the NAB supports Pai’s plan, and looks forward “to rational media ownership rules that foster a bright future for broadcasters.” It’s expected that rolling back the FCC limits will allow companies that own TV stations to get bigger.The FCC is currently reviewing a takeover deal between Sinclair and Tribune Media, two TV station owners. Pai has already allowed one rule change that eased the way for Sinclair by permitting it to reach more households than was otherwise allowed. It would reach more than 70 per cent of American households if the Tribune Media deal goes through.Companies like Sinclair own TV stations that run programming from the major networks, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, around the country.The head of Free Press, an advocacy group that fights against media consolidation, said that Pai’s plan will hurt independent news sources.“We need to strengthen local voices and increase viewpoint diversity, not surrender our airwaves to an ever-smaller group of giant conglomerates,” Craig Aaron said in a statement. He said Pai’s proposals will face opposition at the FCC and in the courts.last_img read more

Canadian auto sales slide in November compared to 2017

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — Canadian auto sales dropped by 9.4 per cent in November compared to the same time last year, which is the largest year-over-year decline since the financial crisis.Canadian auto sales fell 9.4% in November from a year earlier. BMO notes “significant deterioration” in BC and Alberta. pic.twitter.com/ZgJr1SPABi— Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) December 4, 2018Senior Economist with the Bank of Montreal, Alex Koustas, said this drop was a bit of a surprise.“I would say November’s print was defiantly a bit to the larger side, defiantly something that signals things might be slowing down a bit more than expected, although that being said I think the strength that we saw earlier in the year was a bit unexpected as well.”Alberta suffered one of the bigger slides compared to other provinces.READ MORE: Canadian auto sales off to a strong start after record-breaking JanuaryKoustas thinks that’s mainly due to the economic situation currently in the province and the oil market.But Koustas added overall Canada should have a strong year when it comes to auto sales.“Sales this year are still on pace to be kinda the third best on record,” said Koustas, “If you take a look at Novembers number, it’s no worse than what we saw, say in 2014 or something like that, which was still a pretty strong year all truth be told.”If there are any takeaways from the November numbers, Koustas said it appears the market is starting to slow, which could result in a quieter 2019.last_img read more

Bill to prevent strike or lockout at OPG expected to pass today

first_imgTORONTO — The Ontario government is expected to pass legislation today that would prevent a strike or lockout at a utility that provides roughly half of the province’s power.The government called legislators back from the holiday break on Monday in an effort to end the dispute between the Power Workers’ Union and Ontario Power Generation, saying the move was necessary to stave off outages.The Progressive Conservatives say their bill, if passed, will send the matter to arbitration so it can be resolved without jeopardizing the province’s electricity supply.The Opposition has accused the Tories of fear-mongering and immediately turning to back-to-work legislation when there were less drastic options available.The union, meanwhile, has said it is disappointed with the government’s decision, which it says undermines bargaining efforts.The labour group, which represents about 6,000 OPG employees and another 10,000 energy sector staff, has been without a collective bargaining agreement since March 31.It said the utility’s final offer was rejected by a nearly 60 per cent vote of its membership, with the key sticking point deemed to be OPG’s refusal to grant over 300 “term” workers the same rights as full-time employees at the Darlington and Pickering Nuclear Plants.The union issued a strike notice last Friday, prompting the government to announce the emergency session, although government sources had already said that was a possibility.Workers would not walk off the job until three weeks after the notice was issued, however, due to rules surrounding the shutdown of nuclear equipment, the province has said.But it said outages could begin as early as this Friday as some equipment powers down.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Indian court declares tycoon Vijay Mallya economic offender

first_imgNEW DELHI — An Indian court has declared tycoon Vijay Mallya a fugitive economic offender, a ruling that empowers authorities to confiscate his properties and assets.Judge M.S. Azmi’s decision on Saturday comes less than a month after a British Court ruled that Mallya should be extradited to India to face financial fraud allegations. Mallya remains free on bail in London and can appeal the ruling.Mallya, who left India in 2016, is accused of money laundering and cheating Indian banks out of hundreds of millions of dollars. He has denied wrongdoing.He was declared a fugitive economic offender under a new Indian law that applies to a person accused of financial fraud of over 1 billion rupees ($14.2 million) and who has fled India to avoid prosecution.The Associated Presslast_img

Nearly 9000 raised so far at Fort St John Jail n Bail

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Three local law enforcement members and their colleagues have raised nearly $9,000 so far at this year’s Jail ‘n’ Bail in Fort St. John.RCMP Corporal Spencer Owen, Constable Rebecca Bojczuk, and Sheriff Joelle Jensen will be riding over 700 kilometres from Prince George to Prince Rupert in this year’s Cops for Cancer – Tour de North, which starts on September 14th.To help the three peace officers raise money the Jail ‘n’ Bail event – which runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – is also featuring a burger barbecue until 2 p.m. at the Canadian Tire parking lot. Acting Judge and mayor Lori Ackerman hands down a verdict at this year's Jail 'n' Bail. Photo by Chris Newton Acting Judge and mayor Lori Ackerman hands down a verdict at this year’s Jail ‘n’ Bail. Photo by Chris Newton Fort St. John residents seek "bail money" at this year's Jail 'n' Bail. Photo by Chris Newton Fort St. John residents seek “bail money” at this year’s Jail ‘n’ Bail. Photo by Chris Newton So far, 15 residents have been “arrested” in this year’s event on charges that included “coming off a little peachy,” “exceeding their limit of fabulous shoes,” “not having enough fun this summer,” and “having a pocket square that didn’t match their tie,” among several othersAs of 1:00 p.m., the event had raised $8,785, though that number is expected to climb as several other notable residents – including mayor Lori Ackerman – had been issued “warrants” or been placed in “jail.”Since May, the three officers have ridden over 2,300 kilometres to train for this year’s Tour de North. Last year’s Jail ‘n’ Bail in Fort St. John raised $21,355, and Cpl. Owen said he was optimistic about beating that tally this year.Cpl. Owen said that members of the public are still able to nominate their friends, family members and coworkers to be “arrested” by an RCMP member. “Wanted” posters are able to be filled out at the Fort St. John RCMP detachment, as well as at the Jail ‘n’ Bail event location.last_img read more

TransCanada says it is committed to Keystone XL pipeline after judge orders

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The Canadian proponent of the $10-billion Keystone XL crude pipeline says it remains committed to the oft-delayed project despite a Montana judge’s ruling that it must pass a further environmental review.TransCanada Corp. spokesman Terry Cunha says the company has received the judge’s ruling and is reviewing it.U.S. District Judge Brian Morris put the project on hold, ruling that the potential impact had not been considered as required by federal law. Environmentalists and Native American groups had sued to stop the project, citing property rights and potential oil spills. The federal court order blocks a Trump administration permit for the construction of the pipeline. President Barack Obama appointed Morris.TransCanada shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange fell by as much as 2.75 percent in early trading on Friday.A shortage of export pipeline space to carry away growing oil production in Alberta has been blamed for recent steep discounts in prices for Canadian heavy crude as compared to New York-traded benchmark oil.The 1,897-kilometre pipeline would carry as much as 830,000 barrels of crude per day from Hardisty, Alta., to Steel City, Neb., and on through a half-dozen states to refineries on the Gulf Coast.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

City received application for NonMedical Cannabis Retail Store Licence

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, BC – An applicant, under the name Glory Cannabis Company, has applied to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch for a Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Store licence.The Applicant, 1181393 B.C. Ltd. is proposed to be located at 9823 – 100 Street in Fort St. John which is in the allowable area of the City’s C-2 (Downtown Core Commercial) Zone for a cannabis retail store.Proposed hours of operation are from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday to Thursday; 9:00 am to 10:00 pm Friday to Saturday; and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Sunday. Residents and owners of businesses located within a 0.8 kilometre (1/2 mile) radius of the proposed establishment may comment on this proposal by writing to:City of Fort St. JohnAttention: Laura Howes, Deputy City Clerk10631 – 100 StreetFort St. John, BC V1J 3Z5Email: lhowes@fortstjohn.caYour letter must be received on or before Friday, January 4, 2019. Your name and residential/business address must be included. Please note that your comments may be made available to the applicant or Government Officials where disclosure is necessary to administer the licence application process.PETITIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.To view the Public Notice CLICK HERElast_img read more

Bob Zimmer hosts Northern BC Caribou Closures Town Hall

first_imgZimmer applauds those that have written and called Federal and Provincial Ministers involved in the file. He shares, our region and residents have a right to be heard. The lack of transparency that continues to surround these Caribou Recovery Plans is deeply troubling. Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre Fort St. John FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It has been two months since Bob Zimmer, local representatives and stakeholders began raising the alarm about plans for a potential Caribou Recovery Program in the Region.Zimmer will be hosting a Public Northern BC Caribou Closures Town Hall on February 2nd at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre in Fort St. John from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. This is an opportunity to bring the community together to discuss concerns and Zimmer hopes to get answers to questions.In Bob Zimmer’s January 21, 2019, Weekly Report, he shares that the promised public meetings with the Government have been cancelled, and future plans regarding the Caribou are still unknown. He goes on to say this could have an effect on our region, economically and recreationally.center_img 11308 Alaska RoadFort St. John, BC V1J5T5last_img read more

Chamber holds luncheon on Population Change Business Opportunities

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce held their monthly Speaker Series Luncheon on Tuesday at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre.Guest speaker for the Luncheon was Marleen Morris, Co-Director of UNBC’s Community Development Institute, presenting Population Change = Business Opportunities.Morris shared the results of the Fort St. John Community profile and highlighted how this will translate to business opportunities. According to Morris, Fort St. John stands out in population when compared to other Northern B.C. communities as most communities have lost population.“Looking at our population, Fort St. John has seen steady growth since 1981, except for a little blip in the mid-80s that was consistent with the global economic downturn of the early 1980s. Fort St. John really stands out in terms of Northern British Columbia, in this regard. Many communities in Northern B.C. have actually lost population over this period of time or have remained only stable.”Morris says that, despite economic cycles, the income trends for Fort St. John have grown in recent years with the highest median of income in B.C. of $104,000 per year.Morris also says that Fort St. John has a growing senior population and sees this as a business potential since they typically have a greater money reserve and will require in-home care and medical needs.She also sees immigration as a business opportunity as businesses can adapt and offer products/services that cater to their culture or needs.For more on Population Change = Business Opportunities, the CDI of UNBC will be holding a series of Brown Bag Lunch Sessions in partnership with The Forge starting on May 2 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 9904 94 Avenue in Fort St. John. For more information, and to register, you can call 250-261-9917 or email cdi@unbc.ca.last_img read more

Update – Grande Prairie RCMP lay charges after death investigation near Bezanson

first_imgAs this matter is now before the courts no further information will be released.For more information on this story, CLICK HERE GRANDE PRAIRIE, B.C. – Update, RCMP Major Crimes North and Grande Prairie RCMP General Investigation Section have charged a suspect in relation to a homicide that occurred in Bezanson April 23, 2019.Randy Stephen Fiddler (59) has been charged with second-degree murder in the homicide of his wife Merna Fiddler (55).Fiddler remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on April 24, 2019.last_img

District of Taylor to draft Open Air Burning Bylaw

first_imgThe main purpose of the by-law would be to educate the public on safe burning practices and to give District Fire Officials the authority to assess burn and property conditions within the District’s Fire Protection Area before a burn is permitted.Similar by-laws are also being considered by the Peace River Regional District in an effort to prevent wildfires.The By-law is still under review with the Protection Committee. TAYLOR, B.C. – At a Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, District of Taylor Council looked at the Draft Open Air Burning By-law.With open burning being a significant contributing factor in the amount of brush and forest fires, District Fire Chief, Steve Byford, is recommending that Council, with support from the Protection Committee, approves the proposed Open Air Burning Bylaw No. 834, 2019.The proposed by-law is to regulate Open Air Burning in the District of Taylor andwithin the Taylor Rural Fire Protection Area.last_img read more

Fort St John youth enters 2019 Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan –

first_imgPENTICTON, B.C. – Fort St. John resident, four-year-old Callum Horst, rode in the kids PicoloFondo fun race.On Saturday, July 13th, the 2019 Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (PGAMO) presented the free Piccolofondo for kids under 5 (run bikes) through to 12 years-of-age. The participants rode in a 400 m to 5 km circuit.The PicoloFondo kids race took place at Gyro Park in Penticton.  Horst is now looking forward to training for next year’s PicoloFondo because he had such fun riding today.To view the FB Page; CLICK HERElast_img

Local gardener recognized on national level in Best Backyard Contest

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A local resident has been recently recognized on a national level for their backyard garden.Carla Demers, of Fort St. John, was the recent recipient for the grand prize of the Communities in Bloom 2019 Canada’s Backyard Contest.Demers says, back in July, she came across the contest on Facebook and, not having much of a horticultural background, decided to enter it on a whim with no thought of actually being a finalist or of even winning it. “I entered the contest on a whim one day, while I was drinking coffee in the morning, and actually I never thought much about it until I got the phone call saying that I was a finalist. I just thought “what the heck, I’ll give it a try” and never really thought about it again.”Demers had entered three photos into the contest and was up against about 400 other entrants from across Canada.As being a top winner, Demers received a $1,000 Home Hardware gift card, which she says will be put to good use for the next garden season.last_img read more

Mindtree to be run independently for now, says L&T

first_imgMumbai: Engineering major L&T which mounted a hostile takeover of software firm Mindtree with Rs 10,733-crore bid on Monday ruled out merging it with its IT arm for the time being. L&T on Monday announced a hostile takeover bid involving a three-pronged acquisition of Mindtree, wherein it will pay Rs 980 a share for 20.3 per cent stake of V G Siddharth, buying 15 per cent from the public and mounting an open offer at Rs 980 a share later. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Thus, it plans to acquire 67 per cent for a consideration of Rs 10,733 crore. “We have not thought about integrating Mindtree with us (L&T Infotech). For the time being, it will be run as an independent entity,” L&T Managing Director and chief executive S N Subramanyan told reporters here on Tuesday. Describing the deal as meeting of two like-minded people, he said V G Siddharth whose 20.3 per cent stake the company has bought out at Rs 980 a share, had approached them three months back for buying him out. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “It was a meeting of minds between us and Siddharth,” Subramanyan said, adding the Cafe Coffee Day owner wantedto house his shareholding with a group where he saw the same governance values and ethics. “The senior management at Mindtree are good friends with us and are people of repute and we see a lot of positivity in going ahead with the deal,” he said. He also reassured employees that L&T is an 80-year-old company with strong governance values. “Mindtree will be run as an independent company, LT will provide board oversight. We hope better sense and rationality will prevail,” Subramanyan said. L&T group CFO R Shanker Raman said there is a relative upside to Mindtree and that’s what made them to buy the company and that both the companies (L&T Infotech and Mindtree) are USD 1 billion each and have enough opportunity to grow respectively.last_img read more

Prez administers oath of office to Justice Ghose as Lokpal chief

first_imgNew Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday administered the oath of office to Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose as Lokpal chairperson. “The oath was administered at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan,” according to an official statement. Justice Ghose, a former Supreme Court judge, was on March 19 appointed as the country’s first Lokpal, the anti-corruption ombudsman.last_img

SC to hear fresh plea on forest dwellers today

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear on Monday a fresh plea seeking a direction to authorities not to evict any forest dweller and to set up an SIT to look into alleged illegal acquisition of tribals’ land.A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna had on March 5 taken cognisance of the plea, filed by Chhattisgarh-based Tarika Tarangini Larka, seeking a direction to the Centre not to allot possession of any forest land belonging to tribals to anyone other than ‘adivasi’ residing in that particular area. The apex court, while dealing with other similar pending petition, had on February 28 stayed its February 13 order directing 21 states to evict 11.8 lakh illegal forest dwellers whose claims over the forest land have been rejected by authorities. In the fresh petition, filed through lawyer M L Sharma, Larka has alleged that authorities in Tamnar of Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh have forcibly grabbed a large area of tribal land and handed it to outsiders and now are trying to oust ‘adivasi’ from the area. “For this, they adopted simple strategy declaring forest dweller as non-adivasi to grab their land in the forest and village by rejecting their claim upon land,” the plea has said. It has sought restoration of land acquired by the government from tribals in Chhattisgarh for mining and other purposes and to provide them value of mined minerals. The petition has also sought setting up of a special investigation team (SIT) comprising retired judges of the apex court to look into the alleged illegal acquisition of land belonging to tribals throughout the country. Besides, it has sought a direction to the CBI to register an FIR under the provisions of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Act to investigate the matters brought to light by the SIT and to file their report before the apex court.last_img read more

Restaurant blast in southern Philippines wounds at least 13

first_imgManila: A bomb blast outside a restaurant on Wednesday wounded at least 13 people, including children, in the insurgency-plagued southern Philippines, authorities said. The explosion shattered a window at the front of the eatery, striking family members gathered for an event in the town of Isulan on Mindanao island, Mayor Marites Pallasigue said. The southern Philippines is plagued by multiple armed groups ranging from communist insurgents to Islamic State-aligned jihadists, which leave the area mired in poverty and violence. Police cordoned off the area outside the shattered facade of the restaurant as a probe began into who was responsible. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The bomb was placed at the back of the air conditioner,” said Pallasigue, putting the number of wounded at 13. “Most the victims are related to each other,” she added. Police confirmed the explosion but said the number of wounded could be as high as 18. No deaths have been reported. On a neighbouring island to the south of Mindanao, an IS-claimed attack in January on a cathedral during Sunday mass killed 21 and wounded about a hundred others. The bombing cast a shadow over a vote less than a week earlier to give Muslims in the south of the Catholic majority Philippines greater resources and control over their affairs. The explosion Wednesday in Isulan happened just a few meters from the site of a deadly blast which occurred last year and was believed to have been carried out by Islamist militants.last_img read more