(Pictured L to R: Canupawakpa Dakota Nation Chief Frank Brown, former Roseau River First Nation chief Terry Nelson, Plains Wahpeton First Nation Chief Orville Smoke and former Sioux Valley First Nation chief Ken Whitecloud. APTN/Photo)By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsIranian officials are “working very hard” to bring a group of Manitoba First Nations leaders to Tehran and address the Iranian parliament, said former Roseau River First Nation chief Terry Nelson after a meeting with an Iranian diplomat Monday.Nelson, along with two Dakota chiefs and an adviser, met with Kambiz Sheikh-Hassani, the charge d’affaires at Iran’s Ottawa embassy, for about an hour Monday afternoon.“They were pretty clear on the message. They are working very hard to get us the invitation to Iran and they are taking us very seriously,” said Nelson. “They are going to work with us to make sure that the stories of what happened to our people will get out.”The Iranian regime has been condemmed by human rights groups over its brutal repression of dissent. Iranian authorities have fired on student demonstrations and regulary jail political dissidents.Nelson travelled from Winnipeg to Ottawa with a handful of supporters to blitz dozens of embassies this week with information about Canada’s negative treatment of First Nations people.Seen by many as a firebrand, Nelson visited Iraq in 1998 and authored the 2007 Day of Action Assembly of First Nations motion that lead to a Mohawk blockade of a major highway and rail lines between Ottawa and Toronto.Nelson says he was recently ousted as chief of Roseau River in a “coup” orchestrated by the federal Aboriginal Affairs department.The department in February postponed a planned referendum vote on whether Roseau River wanted a band government under a custom code or under the Indian Act. Nelson won repeated elections as an Indian Act band chief. The department pushed the referendum to an unspecified date after a Federal Court ruling decided a competing chief, selected under a custom code, was the legitimate leader.Nelson was accompanied to Monday’s meeting by Canupawakpa Dakota Nation Chief Frank Brown, Dakota Plains Wahpeton First Nation Chief Orville Smoke and former Sioux Valley First Nation chief Ken Whitecloud, who was acting as and adviser.“They understand what Aboriginals are going through,” said Brown. “They also said they are demonized and I can understand that too. Everyone says Iran is a…warring country. We all face the same things from a stronger country that wants to demonize smaller people.”APTN National News could not reach Iranian embassy officials Monday for comment.Canada has taken a hard line against Iran over the belief the Islamic nation is developing a nuclear weapons program. There is widespread speculation that Israel could strike Iran within the next few months in a move that would also draw in the U.S. and possibly spark a wider conflict.Iran is also currently facing biting international economic sanctions.Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said the Iranian regime would use nuclear weapons even if it meant its own destruction.Iran, however, has used the poverty afflicting many First Nations communities in Canada, as a diplomatic weapon against Canada.In January, the Iranian foreign ministry said it had summoned the Canadian charge d’affaires in Tehran over Canada’s treatment of Aboriginal people.“The unfavorable condition of the Indigenous Canadians is a cause of sorrow and grief for the international community and the Islamic Republic of Iran strongly protests against the blatant violation of these people’s rights by the Canadian government,” said the ministry in a statement at the time.Monday’s meeting came at the request of Nelson who recently sent a letter to the Iranian embassy addressed to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad requesting an audience with the Iranian parliament.Nelson said Monday’s meeting was approved by Tehran. He said Iran sees a potential visit by First Nations leaders as an opportunity to improve its image.“I think the (trip) will happen,” said Nelson. “I think they are very serious about trying to undo the picture that everybody has about Iran. That in fact, the Western media has been very clear that Iran is an unsafe country, that it has human rights violations. The media paints Iran as the aggressor, but (Sheikh-Hassani) was clear in his message that (Iran) never has attacked another country.”Smoke said Indigenous people in Canada are running out of options and should be looking to other countries for investment and political help.“We have tried everything humanly possible in our country and it seems like every door we open there is nothing for us,” he said. “We don’t have any treaties (with Canada or Manitoba) and that is why I think we have a right to go to any country, any entity, that can help us and I am hoping that this is one of them.”The Dakota, who never signed treaties with Canada, are currently battling Ottawa in Federal Court over recognition of their title over their traditional territory. Ottawa considers the Dakota in Manitoba “refugees” from the U.S., but the Dakota assert they’ve inhabited and used territory in Canada since time immemorial.The Dakota are also fighting Manitoba finance authorities who have executed four raids on a smoke shop set up on Dakota territory. The smoke shop is selling tax-free cigarettes manufactured by federally-licensed Rainbow Tobacco, which is based in the Quebec Mohawk community of Kahnawake.Brown said profits from the sale of cigarettes have gone toward the purchase of a new fire truck and bison meat for the Dakota communities.There are also plans to allow customers to use non-perishable food as trade items for cigarettes. The food would then be distributed to poor families in their communities, he said.The Dakota also plan to set up a casino on their territory and a bank, said Brown.“When the Dakota is non-treaty to Canada, there is no arrangement between Canada and Dakota on Dakota’s land, that is the issue,” he said. “If there is no arrangement between Canada and the Dakota, then whose land is it? It is Dakota lands. If there is no arrangement then Canada has no jurisdiction over Dakota land.”Nelson said there are plans to hold a small rally in front of the Iranian embassy Tuesday morning at about 10 firstname.lastname@example.org
APTN National NewsThe great-grandson of an influential doctor who pushed for change at residential schools more than a century ago, is on a journey of discovery.His mission is honour a man he never knew.APTN’s Annette Francis has the story.
Elder Stephen Augustine standing behind NDP leader Tom MulcairTrina Roache APTN National NewsElder Stephen Augustine says he’s not against the NDP but he doesn’t like the fact the party used his image in a brochure outlining the party’s Indigenous platform. “My image is spread all across Canada and what impact is that going to have on indigenous people?” said Augustine. “It sends a message that I’m a big supporter.”The first photo shows Augustine standing behind NDP leader Tom Mulcair, who is sitting talking to Mohawk Elder Billy Two Rivers.It was taken by the publicity team for the NDP at the Assembly of First Nations AGA in July, 2014.Augustine said he wants them removed.“It’s a matter of the privacy of the voting privileges in Canada,” said Augustine. “Nobody is supposed to know where my vote is and here it a wide open assumption that I’m voting NDP by appearing in their platform.”Augustine with his back to the camera, talks with Tom Mulcair in Halifax, 2014Augustine said he never posed for that picture and that he doesn’t recall meeting Mulcair. He said he was never asked by the NDP for permission to use the photo.He only found out late Thursday when he attended an event and was asked about his support for the NDP.Augustine is “troubled” and “embarrassed” by the use of his image during an election campaign.“I’ve never been asked,” said Augustine. “I feel I’m being used in a sense, that I’m being displayed as a big supporter as the NDP…I still feel I have badly misrepresented here.”He said as a hereditary Mi’kmaw Chief and elder and Dean of Unama’ki College at Cape Breton University, Augustine worries it could sway indigenous voters.Mohawk elder Billy Two Rivers recalled sitting with Mulcair and knew his picture was taken. But he too was unaware that it was used in the NDP platform.“I don’t go around asking to have my picture taken with them,” said Two Rivers. “Someone took a picture of us sitting down. But there was one picture taken there and someone had asked me, are you aware of it? Well, I’ve seen it. They said, do you mind if we use it? I said, I do mind. I’m Mohawk, I don’t vote.”Two Rivers said governments come and go and assimilation policies still prevail, no matter which party is elected.He doesn’t support any of them. And he actively encourages other indigenous people not to vote.“I think it’s an underhanded political allurement to vote,” said Two Rivers. “People will say, hey, Billy likes the NDP. If he likes the NDP, let’s vote for them. So it’s a misrepresentation.”Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day is also pictured in the NDP brochure, though he doesn’t have a problem with it.Though he did ask the Liberals to remove a photo of Trudeau shaking his hand from its website during this election campaign.“The Liberal pic was placed up front and could have been perceived as a cameo verifying support,” wrote Day in a statement to APTN National News. “The NDP pic was incidental to a key dialogue session that is essential to this election.”Ontario regional chief Isadore Day seated on the far right at a table with NDP leader Tom MulcairDay added, “pictures with federal leaders seeking to shape a government to government agenda doesn’t mean I will drop a ballot in the box. As the Ontario Regional Chief, I remain non-partisan and neutral with my sole purpose being to raise issues for all First Nations.”NDP media spokesperson, Emilie Grenier said while the NDP legally have a right to use photos they’ve taken at public events, they do use consent forms when possible.Grenier said the NDP did send out drafts of the platform to the Assembly of First Nations and before it was unveiled on October 7.Most of the photos were taken at AFN events. Grenier said the AFN gave the draft the thumbs up, though an email to AFN has said there was no advance look or image approval.Grenier said out of respect, the NDP will remove the photos of Stephen Augustine and in an email have offered an apology, adding “…we are sorry for any confusion.”Augustine isn’t sure yet if he’ll accept it.The NDP have removed it from the digital brochure and say only ten hard copies were printed. The NDP did not put the photo of Augustine on Twitter.Though image has already been shared on Facebook, tagging Augustine in a post that celebrates what is assumed to be his support for the NDP.“At least they should advise the people that they’re going to use the image for their platform,” said Augustine. “[The NDP] should be more responsible.”email@example.com
APTN National NewsNunavut is where one-size-fits-all plans designed down South go to die.So far, the weather in the territory is still undefeated and education officials were reminded of that last week.As APTN’s Kent Driscoll finds out, one massive storm has created many smaller headaches for Nunavut’s potential high school graduates.
Danielle RochetteAPTN National NewsMillions of dollars of new money will soon be available to help the growing urban Indigenous population in Quebec.On Monday, the province announced the money that will help provide services in urban firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com files from Brittany Hobson “Baby H” was apprehended on a so-called birth alert 90 minutes after she was born. B.C. says the practice will stop immediately.Melissa RidgenAPTN NewsBritish Columbia announced Monday that effective immediately, it’s ending the controversial practice of putting birth alerts on expectant mothers, which flags a disproportionate number of Indigenous mothers and infants for child welfare agencies.In its Calls for Justice that came out in June, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls called on all provincial and territorial governments to end the practice, which often leads to babies being take hours or days after they’re born and sometimes without good reason.“We know that birth alerts have been primarily issued for marginalized women and, disproportionately, Indigenous women,” said Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) Minister Katrine Conroy in a statement.“We acknowledge the trauma women experience when they become aware that a birth alert has been issued,” said the statement.Jennifer Charlesworth, the representative for children and youth in B.C., said the move – a first in Canada – will have positive effects.“We want to create a situation in which families are seeking help or accepting help and it’s more in a voluntary, trust-based relational way,” Charlesworth said. “When you use birth alerts, that triggers a system response, it creates fear and trepidation.“So even if families are struggling and needing help they might not ask for it because they’re concerned child welfare intervention is going to happen.”For years, agencies would flag an expectant mother when they felt her baby might be unsafe.In some provinces, a mother who was in the child welfare system herself was enough of a reason reason to be flagged.That information is attached to the mom’s health file and when she gives birth, child welfare officials are notified and show up at the hospital.“A birth alert could be in place and it doesn’t automatically mean the child would be removed but it does create a series of interactions and they may not be particularly helpful,” Charlesworth said. “They’ve been particularly damaging to Indigenous families.“What we don’t want to do is further traumatize those families what we want to do is step in and be in a relationship to support them to ensure safety and good safety planning.”But a B.C. man doubts it’ll help infants already seized by the government, like his granddaughter.APTN News reported in June, about a newborn apprehended after medical staff at a Kamloops hospital told MCFD workers that the first-time mom in her 30s was neglecting her baby 90 minutes after having a c-section.Read More: B.C. CFS moves in to seize 90 minute old baby on report of neglectAPTN can’t name the grandfather or the parents because the infant, dubbed Baby H, remains in care.She’s been in five different foster homes in her three months of life.The parents say they’ve been offered no reason why they can’t have their baby home with them without MCFD’s intervention, other than that the ministry ‘has concerns.”They’re currently allowed supervised visits with their daughter but the grandfather says there’s no progress being made on having the child returned home.APTN asked MCFD how an end to birth alerts will affect babies who have already been taken on such an alert. Ministry staff said they’d find out but didn’t respond by deadline at the end of the day.Baby H’s grandfather foresees some good coming from Monday’s announcement.“In general it is a good thing. Women won’t have so much fear of giving birth in hospitals,” he told APTN Tuesday.“There has been rising concerns about that for some time, especially with First Nations that they weren’t safe unless they had a large number of supporters to keep their children safe.”He credits families and advocates speaking out against the system, for B.C.’s change.“I don’t think (MCFD) would have made these changes if we had just sat back and allowed their bullying tactics to continue,” the granddad said.“They are used to dealing with people who are unable to stand up, for whatever reason, to their bullying, threats and intimidation.”Meanwhile, after the national inquiry demanded an end to birth alerts, Saskatchewan doubled down, saying the practice would continue.In Manitoba – which has the highest rate of children in care at 11,000 – the government has spent a year sitting on a review they ordered which also called for an end to birth alerts.Manitoba seizes on average, a newborn a day from hospitals via birth alerts.The Manitoba government said in a statement it continues to review the use of birth alerts and has already made changes with the goal to reduce the number of children apprehended at birth.“We are shifting our focus toward better supports for expectant mothers, including early interventions, reunification and better planning to provide supports. This can reduce the need to take a child into care, except when these interventions have failed,” read the statement.The Restoring the Sacred Bond project will use doulas to support the needs of at-risk Indigenous mothers, in partnership with Southern First Nations Network of Care and is set to start work this fall.“Mothers will then be connected to doulas, who will be a birth helper and provide support through a traditional cultural lens that the mother can learn and incorporate into her approach to parenting.”
WASHINGTON – House Republicans on Monday unveiled an $81 billion disaster aid package to help hurricane-ravaged communities and states hit by wildfires, almost double the amount requested by President Donald Trump.GOP leaders promised a vote this week on the measure, which would bring the total provided in response to this year’s devastating round of hurricanes to more than $130 billion — exceeding the cost to taxpayers of Hurricane Katrina.The emergency aid would provide $26 billion for community development block grants, which would help Florida, Texas and the Caribbean rebuild, along with Western states recovering from wildfires. There’s funding for prevention of future flooding, highway repairs and help for small businesses. There’s almost $28 billion for the government’s chief disaster aid account, $4 billion of which could be used to help cash-strapped governments such as Puerto Rico’s stay afloat.“We have a commitment to our fellow citizens that are in the midst of major rebuilding efforts,” said Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., who sponsored the measure. “They deserve our continued support, and we must provide the necessary resources for them to recover from these emergencies.”The package also would provide $2.6 billion for farm disasters. Florida lawmakers have said citrus crops in their state have been suffering.“It’s a big win for Florida’s agriculture,” said Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla.Last month, Trump requested $44 billion, his third emergency request since hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria slammed the Gulf Coast and Caribbean. The request sparked howls from lawmakers from hurricane-hit states.“While it was not everything, it was further than the administration proposed,” Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, said Monday.The disaster measure is one of many items on Capitol Hill’s unfinished agenda. It also promises to deliver votes for a plan by House GOP leaders to prevent a government shutdown at midnight Friday, but it’s unclear whether the emergency relief would be paired with the stopgap spending bill or advance separately.Earlier, the Senate’s top Republican announced a lengthy wish list that he hopes to attach to a must-do stopgap spending bill this week, but there’s no agreement with the chamber’s Democrats and little time to waste.Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is eyeing the measure as a shortcut to power several other items into law, including hurricane relief, a renewal of a children’s health insurance program and funding to stabilize “Obamacare” insurance markets.But top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has other priorities, chiefly protection from deportation of immigrants commonly referred to as “Dreamers” and securing spending increases for domestic agencies to match huge budget increases sought by defence hawks for the Pentagon.The must-pass spending bill would be the main item of congressional business remaining after Republicans wrap up action on their hard-fought tax bill on Tuesday. Lawmakers are eager to head home for the holidays.As Republicans controlling Congress hashed out their tax measure, however, a stack of unfinished legislation piled up. Negotiations have produced some progress, but many disagreements remain. Perhaps most significantly, Democrats are demanding that Trump fulfil pledges to address the immigration issue, which involves protections for immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children and who have often known no other home than the U.S.Republicans leaders don’t want to take on the politically explosive issue of immigration this year but promise it will be taken care of next year. And GOP leaders have so far rejected Democratic demands that domestic agencies and foreign aid accounts receive spending increases at parity with the $60 billion to $70 billion or more increase that Republicans want to award the Department of Defence.The complexity of the agenda — and Capitol Hill’s spotty track record of bipartisan success in the Trump era — has spawned speculation that lawmakers will do the bare minimum to avert a shutdown and punt almost all the rest of the issues into the new year.In the House, GOP leaders have announced a plan to pair a huge Pentagon funding bill with record spending increases with a stopgap spending measure called a continuing resolution that would keep the rest of the government running at current levels through Jan. 19. They have also added a GOP-drafted renewal of the popular Clinton-era Children’s Health Insurance Program.The House GOP plan has little chance of surviving in the Senate. Unlike the tax bill, which is advancing under special filibuster-proof procedures, Democratic votes are needed to pass the year-end measure.“We need action on Dreamers, and we need our Republican colleagues to co-operate,” Schumer said. “On these issues and more, there is a lot of work left to do.”And in the Senate, McConnell promised several additions of his own, including tens of billions of dollars in hurricane aid, renewal of a controversial overseas wiretapping program that’s valuable in fighting terrorism, and a budget waiver that would make sure the tax bill doesn’t trigger cuts to Medicare and other benefit programs under pay-as-you-go rules enacted when Democrats controlled Congress.“Congress must do what is right for the American people and take action this week,” McConnell said, urging his colleagues to “come together and help pass a funding agreement that fulfills our responsibilities to the nation.”
NEW DELHI – Officials say nine protesters were killed when police opened fire on demonstrators demanding the closure of a south Indian copper plant.Thousands of protesters turned out Tuesday amid months of rallies against the Sterlite copper smelting plant, which demonstrators say has polluted the area’s groundwater.Media reports from the town of Tuticorin say that pushing and shoving between protesters and police turned more violent Tuesday, with demonstrators pelting police with stones, overturning cars and setting fires.The top official in Tamil Nadu state, K. Palaniswami, said police “had to take action under unavoidable circumstances to protect public life and property.”Sterlite Copper has requested government approval to expand its immense plant in Tuticorin. Sterlite is a unit of the firm Vedanta Ltd.
It sounds like spinning straw into gold: suck carbon dioxide from the air where it’s contributing to climate change and turn it into fuel for cars, trucks and jets.A British Columbia company says in newly published research that it’s doing just that — and for less than one-third the cost of other companies working on the same technology.“This isn’t a PowerPoint presentation,” said Steve Oldham of Carbon Engineering. “It’s real.”As policy-makers work on ways to try to keep global warming within the two-degree limit of the Paris agreement, fears have been raised that carbon dioxide emissions won’t be cut fast enough. Some say carbon will have to be actively removed from the atmosphere.In an article published Thursday in the peer-reviewed journal Joule, Carbon Engineering outlines what it calls direct air capture in which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere through a chemical process, then combined with hydrogen and oxygen to create fuel.“If these aren’t renewable fuels, what are?” said David Keith, professor of applied physics at Harvard University, lead author of the paper and principal in Carbon Engineering.At least seven companies worldwide are working on the idea. Swiss-based Climeworks has already built a commercial-scale plant.It costs Climeworks about US$600 a tonne to remove carbon from the atmosphere. Carbon Engineering says it can do the job for between US$94 and US$232 a tonne because it uses technology and components that are well understood and commercially available.“We’re tapping into existing industrial equipment and then defining a new process and applying some unique chemistry to it,” said Oldham.Carbon Engineering’s plant in Squamish, B.C., currently pulls about one tonne of carbon a day from the air and produces about two barrels of fuel. Since its components are off the rack, it should be easy to scale up, Oldham said.“We’ve bought the smallest scalable unit of each piece of technology we have.”Carbon Engineering’s fuel costs about 25 per cent more than gasoline made from oil. Oldham said work is being done to reduce that.Because the plant currently uses some natural gas, by the time the fuel it produces has been burned it has released a half-tonne of carbon dioxide for every tonne removed from the air. That gives it a carbon footprint 70 per cent lower than a fossil fuel, he said.That footprint would shrink further if the plant were all-electric. And if it ran on wind- or solar-generated electricity, the fuel would be almost carbon neutral.Long-distance transportation would welcome such fuel, suggested Keith.“Solar and wind power have got amazingly cheap, but only in really great sites and only when the wind is blowing and the sun is shining. That cheap power doesn’t magically make an airplane go from Winnipeg to Halifax.“What you need is a way to make a fuel in a place where you’ve got really cheap low-carbon power, and that will power the airplane. That’s the core idea here.”Putting a price on carbon has been crucial to Carbon Engineering’s development, said Oldham.“We would not be in business if carbon pricing did not exist.”Carbon Engineering’s next step is to build a full-scale plant. That’ll take about 2 1/2 years, said Oldham.One of the great benefits of making fuel from air is energy independence, said Oldham.“Any country, any region, can have its own fuel. They’d be no longer dependent on the geopolitical situation if Country X has oil and Country Y does not.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The supersized superhero hit “Avengers: Infinity War” has crossed $2 billion in worldwide ticket sales, becoming only the fourth film to reach that rarified box-office milestone.The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that “Infinity War” reached the mark Monday, about seven weeks after opening. The only other movies in the $2 billion club are “Avatar,” ”Titanic” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”“Infinity War” currently ranks as the fifth highest-grossing film in the U.S. and Canada with $656.1 million thus far. Its $257.7 million domestic opening weekend set a new record. The Marvel release has done just as well overseas. In China, the film’s $369.7 million gross to date ranks third all-time.An “Avengers” sequel to “Infinity War” is scheduled to be released in May of next year.
UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. – U.S. President Donald Trump let Canada know how he really feels Wednesday — sharpening his tariff threat, calling out Chrystia Freeland and claiming he denied Justin Trudeau a bilateral meeting, all because of the federal government’s hard bargaining on North American trade.Trump made the comments late Wednesday during a free-wheeling news conference at the end of his two days at the United Nations General Assembly. He was asked if he had denied Trudeau a request for face time while the two leaders were at the UN.“Yeah, I did,” Trump said. “His tariffs are too high and he doesn’t seem to want to move. And I’ve told him, ‘Forget about it.’”But the president wasn’t done.He then reiterated his threat to slap punitive tariffs on Canadian auto imports to the U.S., a both-barrels tactic experts on either side of the border have warned would devastate the industry.“Frankly, we’re thinking about just taxing cars coming in from Canada,” Trump said. “That’s the motherlode, that’s the big one. We’re very unhappy with the negotiations and the negotiating style of Canada.”And then, for good measure: “We don’t like their representative very much.”That appeared to be a reference to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, a former journalist and careful tactician whose star turn in Trudeau’s government has earned her deep respect in the Liberal caucus and beyond.Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office disputed the president’s statement — insisting for the second time this week that they did not request a meeting and declining further comment.It wasn’t immediately clear whether Trump was responding to comments Trudeau made earlier at a news conference of his own — similar to what happened over the summer following the G7 meetings in Quebec.Trump had already left Charlevoix and Trudeau was giving a seemingly benign defence of Canadian interests at a post-summit news conference when the president suddenly erupted into a bitter Twitter tirade from the confines of an airborne Air Force One.The two leaders have spent little time together since, suggesting that the G7 gathering was a turning point in one of the most important high-level diplomatic relationships in the world.Earlier Wednesday, Trudeau appeared to give a gentle nudge to the president’s trade ambassador, saying Trump had insisted repeatedly that punitive American tariffs on steel and aluminum wouldn’t be an issue under a new NAFTA.Trump has said “a few times” that a new deal would mitigate the tariff issue, the prime minister said.“We are continuing to work on getting to a right deal for Canada, a right deal for Canadians. And that involves, obviously, feeling confident about the path forward as we move forward — if we do — on a NAFTA 2.0 and the … lack of punitive tariffs that we consider are unjust,” Trudeau said.The pressure, of course, is mounting.Congress, wary of upcoming midterms that are widely expected to inject more Democrats into the current power balance on Capitol Hill, is agitating for Canada to join an existing U.S.-Mexico deal before a self-imposed deadline of Sunday.Observers say the patience of U.S. lawmakers is waning, particularly with a good deal with Mexico on the table. Supporters of Mexico’s incoming government, which takes office Dec. 1, are not especially fond of NAFTA, which is why both countries want the deal done before then.Trudeau’s interactions with the mercurial U.S. president have been a subject of great curiosity over the course of his three days at the General Assembly.First, there were the comments from U.S. national security adviser John Bolton, who suggested Monday that requests for a bilateral meeting “couldn’t be accommodated.” Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office insisted no such request had been made, given already close contact with the White House.The next day, what appeared to be a brusque encounter between the two leaders — Trump appeared to ignore the prime minister at a UN luncheon until Trudeau tapped him on the shoulder, only to shake hands with a still-seated president — sent tongues wagging.The prime minister insisted it was just an innocent exchange — a notion that was all but in tatters by the time Trump took to the podium, where he felt compelled to add his standard countervailing compliment.“I love Canada, by the way,” he said. “I have so many friends … but that has nothing to do with this.”
Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,517.40, down 336.65 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 11 cents, or 0.83 per cent, to $13.13 on 33.3 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up $2.64, or 15.1 per cent, to $20.06 on 26.4 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down 26 cents, or 6.18 per cent, to $3.95 on 19.6 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down 28 cents, or 7.47 per cent, to $3.47 on 10.8 million shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Energy. Down $1.22, or 3.02 per cent, to $39.12 on 10.1 million sharesRNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Down one cent, or 1.33 per cent, to 74 cents on 9.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC). Down $6.99 or 13.5 per cent to $44.86. The Montreal-based engineering and construction company’s shares plunged to their lowest level in years on Wednesday after it announced that federal prosecutors won’t agree to negotiate a deal that would set aside unproven fraud and corruption charges in return for fines, co-operation and other reparations. SNC shares haven’t closed below $45 since early 2016.WestJet Airlines. (TSX:WJA). Down 27 cents or 1.45 per cent to $18.36. The airline plans to launch non-stop service from Calgary to Dublin, Paris and London’s Gatwick Airport using its first three new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, challenging Air Canada with transatlantic flights that target business passengers and the jet set. The new routes reflect not just a grab for more would-be Air Canada passengers, but also an attempt to entice new travellers.
KATOWICE, Poland — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland and other climate news (all times local):1:55 p.m.Vulnerable countries are warning against a “mediocre” outcome at the U.N. climate talks in Poland.With just over a day left before the scheduled end of the meeting, a group of 48 countries called Thursday for greater unity among rich and poor countries.The group, calling themselves the Climate Vulnerable Forum, said they are already experiencing the harmful effects of global warming such as prolonged floods, storms and droughts.Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed said countries such as his island nation “have no intention of becoming climate change’s first victim. We will do whatever it takes to survive.”The group called for a clear signal to come out of the talks in Katowice, Poland, that would spur more ambitious action by governments, businesses and citizens around the world to halt global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit).___10:45 a.m.Negotiators from almost 200 countries are making a last-minute effort to resolve differences on the rules that will govern the 2015 Paris climate accord.Diplomats and ministers worked through the night to present fresh drafts on the rulebook and other issues Thursday to the chair of the U.N. climate talks in Poland.A Polish diplomat overseeing the two-week meeting is expected to merge the drafts and present them to delegates in the afternoon.German negotiator Karsten Sach told reporters that a key test of whether the talks will conclude successfully Friday.Other issues include financial support for poor countries and how to acknowledge of a key scientific report on keeping warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7. Fahrenheit) that major oil producers called alarmist.The Associated Press
It took the 12 firefighters who responded close to two and a half hours to extinguish the fire due to its intensity.Sabulsky said that luckily no one was injured, though the oil change shop was completely destroyed while the car wash was scorched.It this point Sabulsky said that it’s not known what caused the fire, though it has not been deemed suspicious. CHETWYND, B.C. – Fire crews in Chetwynd had a busy start to the week after the long weekend after a fire erupted at a local oil change shop.Chetwynd Fire Chief Leo Sabulsky said that firefighters responded to a structure fire at the Great Canadian Oil Change located in the 4200-block of 53rd Ave. NE at around 4:30 Tuesday morning.Upon arrival, fire crews noted that the building was fully engulfed in flames, and was threatening the Northern Oasis car wash immediately adjacent.
Additional rainfall amounts of 15 to 30 mm are expected before the system moves eastward into Alberta early Thursday morning.The heaviest rainfall is expected over Fort Nelson to Muncho Lake – Stone Mountain Park, and areas southeast of Watson Lake. Isolated thunderstorms associated with the system are likely to enhance local rainfall amounts today.The rain should help BC Wildfire Service crews currently battling the Lutz Creek Fire near the community of Lower Post, which has grown to over 100,000 hectares. FORT NELSON, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for areas of B.C. north of the Peace Region, including the Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake Park, and Watson Lake regions.Meteorologists say that a slow-moving upper-level low pressure system is bringing rain to Northeast B.C. today.Rainfall amounts of 10 to 30 mm have been reported over regions between Dease Lake and Fort Nelson since the rain began yesterday evening.
New Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal Monday gave a conditional go-ahead to a Rs 42,000 crore offer by world’s largest steelmaker ArcelorMittal to buy Essar Steel, taking the billionaire Lakshmi Mittal closer to his dream of opening a shop in his home country. A two-member bench headed by Justice S J Mukhopadhaya said the acceptance of the resolution plan submitted by ArcelorMittal and partner Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp will be subject to its final order in the appeal filed by the promoters of debt-laden Essar Steel against the move. It also said there is no stay on disbursal of the funds among financial and operational creditors of Essar Steel, which was auctioned to recover unpaid bank loans. This came almost 20 months after the insolvency petition against Essar Steel was admitted by the Ahmedabad-bench of NCLT on August 2, 2017, and the entire process has been tied up in legal wrangles as the promoters used every legal forum available to challenge the process. It wasn’t immediately clear if Essar Steel promoters will choose to appeal against the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) verdict in the Supreme Court. Essar Steel will give Mittal a chance to enter the Indian steel market after previous attempts to set up mills in the country failed to materialise. Lenders to Essar Steel had in October approved Arcelor-Nippon’s offer to pay Rs 42,000 crore in an upfront cash payment to the creditors and a further Rs 8,000 crore in capital infusion in the 10 million tonnes steel mill – the largest steel asset on the block under the bankruptcy law. In doing so, they ignored a last-minute offer by the promoter Ruia family to pay Rs 54,389 crore to clear 100 per cent outstanding of both financial and operational creditors of Essar Steel. The plan was late last month approved by the bankruptcy court. Arcelor’s plan faced opposition from operational creditors who were getting just 4 per cent out of the total receipt. Both operational creditors and Essar Steel promoters challenged the approval of the Ahmedabad-bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) to Arcelor plan in NCLAT. The NCLAT bench said the resolution professional of the company can disburse the funds between the financial creditors and the operational creditors as per resolution plan submitted by it. “The resolution professional will be the chairperson of the monitoring committee and will act in accordance with law to ensure that the company is a going concern,” the tribunal said. Standard Chartered, an operational creditor and some others objected to lesser payment to them under the resolution plan submitted by ArcelorMittal. On this, the NCLAT Chairman said: “Pehle Laxmi ko aane dijiye (Let the money come first)”. He assured them of a proper hearing on the issue and said it will look into the issue of discriminatory distribution of the funds between financial and operational creditors as per its previous order passed in the Binani Cement matter. “Right now, you are getting Rs 60 crore. If you are entitled then you would even get more than that. If less, then you would have to refund,” the bench said. The NCLAT has directed to list the matter on March 27 for next hearing. ArcelorMittal’s resolution proposal involves financial creditors getting Rs 41,987 crore out of their total dues of Rs 49,395 crore. Operational creditors, under the plan, would get just Rs 214 crore against the outstanding of Rs 4,976 crore. Last week, NCLAT had suggested that all operational creditors below Rs 1 crore should get 100 per cent of the dues and so should the employees of Essar Steel. Only 90 per cent of Rs 42,000 crore should be allowed for financial creditors. The appellate tribunal also said it will look into the issue of discriminatory distribution of the funds between financial and operational creditors. It has asked the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) to submit a ratio of distribution of funds between financial and operational creditors.
New Delhi: Four men were arrested for allegedly robbing an employee of the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) after stabbing him in south Delhi’s Lodhi Colony, police said Sunday.They have been identified as Mukhtyar, 26, Mohammad Hamid, 28, Rupan, 25, and Sanjay, 20, they said. Madan Singh Rawat, 46, working with the SAIL, told police that on April 5 he was walking towards JLN metro station from his office on Lodhi Road and when he reached at the intersection of Golf Links and Lodhi Road, he was waylaid by the accused persons. They tried to snatch the bag from Rawat and when he resisted, he was stabbed in his thigh, police said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe accused then took away Rawat’s wallet containing Rs 2,500, his mobile phone and also decamped with other belongings, including credit card and debit card, Vijay Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), said. Investigations revealed that one Sanjay was seen in the area on the date of incident, he said. On further verification, it was also revealed that Sanjay had shifted his residence to Shidharth Basti in Sunlight Colony, Kumar said. Later, he was picked from his home. His sustained interrogation led to the disclosure of names of other accused — Mukhtyar, Mohammad Hamid and Rupan, the DCP said. Thereafter, a series of midnight raids were carried out in Inderpuri, Ashram and Sunlight Colony areas and the three were apprehended, he said. The accused disclosed that they consume drugs and targeted Rawat near Golf Link Red Light when they were going towards Sai Baba Mandir via Lodhi Road, Kumar said. Driving license and Rs 1,100 and the weapon used in the offence was recovered from them, police said.
Actor Ashwath Bhatt, who has gained immense popularity for his acting prowess in movies like Raazi and Haider, will now be seen portraying an interesting character in Netflix’s web series ‘Leila’. Apart from movies, Bhatt also does theatre shows around the world.In an exclusive interview with Millennium Post, he shares acting tips for aspiring actors, talks about his upcoming projects, competetion in the film industry and much more. Read on… Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger What more important to you – roles or stardom? Besides writing and directing, I do theatre and teach acting in different parts of the world. So as long as I am doing something creative which is satisfying, I am happy. I was never in a race and I have always been clear about it. I have refused more films than I have done because of my urge to play different characters. Even at this stage of life, I am looking for challenges – something new and interesting, which I believe is very important for every actor. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up What are your criteria for taking up a project? Things keep on coming to you and as an actor, you have to decide what you want to do. For me, the character needs to be interesting. Sometimes there will be challenges as you don’t always get what you want. But what is important is how you make the most of what you have. How competitive is the industry in today’s time? What piece of advice would you like to give to the aspiring actors? The industry has always been competitive but it has become more organised now as there are casting directors and proper channels. Also, there is a lot of work in the industry. But the point is you have to prepare yourself and be ready for the time when work comes to you. I would say that all the aspiring actors need to keep improving their skills and work on their craft. Never say that ‘I know everything’. You have to keep learning because every day is a new day. Put all your efforts into everything that you do. Tell us something about your future plans? I am working on a web project named ‘Leila’ which will come on Netflix on June 14. The web series is based on a book and is set in 2040. In the web show, I am playing the character of Mr Dixit, who is a chief engineer by profession. Apart from that, I have recently done an Indian romantic musical film ’99 Songs’, produced by AR Rahman.
San Francisco: Facebook is in the process of restoring a number of groups that were affected by “sabotage” and were erroneously removed, the media reported. Facebook removed several groups from the platform after detecting content that violated its policies, but an investigation revealed that the content had been “posted to sabotage legitimate, non-violating groups”, The Verge reported on Thursday quoting a spokesperson of the social network. Facebook did not confirm who were the people behind the attack, but said that it is working to restore any groups affected and to “prevent this from happening again.” The attack came to light earlier this week when a popular meme account on Facebook known as Crossovers Nobody Asked For (CNAF) was suddenly shut down. Members of the group later discovered that a group known as Indonesian Reporting Commission (IReC) celebrated CNAF’s page being taken down, triggering suspicion that this group was behind the attack. The Indonesian Reporting Commission gets groups and pages suspended through posting questionable content and mass reporting it, The Verge reported. While the attack mainly affected a network of popular meme pages and groups, the incident exposed the vulnerability of Facebook’s moderation approach. As the news of the group shutdown spread quickly, it led to thousands of popular Facebook pages to switch from “private” to “secret” mode – which makes them virtually undetectable – as a measure to prevent themselves from being shut down, said the report.
Tunis — Tunisian forces have killed nine “terrorists” and seized two tonnes of explosives in the north of the country where policemen died this week in a jihadist attack, officials said on Saturday.The suspected “terrorists” were killed in the Mount Taouyer area of the Beja region, 70 kilometres (40 miles) west of Tunis, defence ministry spokesman Taoufik Rahmouni was quoted as saying by the official TAP news agency.Another spokesman said troops had captured a member of the group during the military operation to hunt down a cell of some 20 suspected jihadists blamed for Thursday’s killing of the policemen. The report did not provide further information about the explosives, and the ministry could not immediately be reached for comment.Rahmouni said the operation launched Thursday was still underway on Saturday with the aid of reconnaissance flights, and that artillery strikes had been carried out in the region.Since the 2011 uprising that sparked the Arab Spring, Tunisia has seen a rise in attacks by jihadist groups suppressed by former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.Some 15 soldiers and police have been killed since December as they track militants allegedly linked to Al-Qaeda along the border with Algeria, but Saturday’s operation was the first of its kind in Beja, which is much closer to the capital.The defence ministry has said it lacks the resources to combat militant groups and has struggled to contain them.On Friday, in a sign of rising frustration over the costly fight against jihadists, protesting security forces drove Prime Minister Ali Larayedh and President Moncef Marzouki away from a memorial service for the policemen killed in Beja.Tunisia has been locked in a political crisis since July, when prominent opposition lawmaker Mohamed Brahmi was shot dead by suspected jihadists, in circumstances similar to the murder of another opposition MP, Chokri Belaid, six months earlier.The opposition accuses the ruling Ennahda party — a moderate Islamist group that swept the country’s first post-revolutionary elections — of failing to combat the rise in jihadist militancy, and the government has been paralysed for the last three months.The two sides said Saturday they will launch a repeatedly delayed national dialogue on Wednesday in a bid to resolve the dispute.The announcement came two weeks after Ennahda agreed to stand down by late October as part of a roadmap to form a government of independents.The roadmap is also aimed at introducing a new constitution, electoral laws and setting a timetable for fresh parliamentary and presidential elections to end the political deadlock.