TORONTO – The family of an 81-year-old Toronto man in need of a kidney transplant has taken to putting up flyers pleading for a donor with the hope someone will step forward.The efforts of Marcel Rozen’s wife, who posted the notices on message boards around the city, have highlighted the difficulties faced by thousands of Canadians waiting for a kidney transplant.“I’m on a waiting list, but how long do you wait? That’s the question,” Rozen said in an interview. “It’s very hard. And I’m not a young kid either, so that doesn’t help”Rozen’s kidneys function at 5 per cent or less of their normal capacity. Every night for nearly three years, he has hooked himself up to a dialysis machine that, over the course of nine hours, cycles eight litres of medical fluid through his body.“You don’t sleep that well,” he said. “Sometimes when it drains the liquid from your body it starts to hurt, so even when you sleep you wake up.”Rozen will remain on dialysis until he can get a transplant, he said, but doctors told him when he began his nightly treatments that it could take up to eight years to get a new kidney.There are currently over 1,000 people in Ontario waiting for a kidney, the Ministry of Health said.Each of them will spend, on average, four years waiting for a transplant. In 2017 alone, 37 Ontarians died while on the waiting list for a kidney, the ministry said.“Priority for patients on the wait list is based on medical urgency, blood type and … DNA type matching and wait times,” ministry spokesman David Jensen said.In Ontario, a deceased donor’s kidneys are matched to a patient on the waiting list by the Gift of Life Network, the province’s organ and tissue donation agency.“One kidney (from each deceased donor) is allocated to patients in the transplant program within the donor’s region first and, if no match is found, the kidney is then allocated to a patient listed at another provincial transplant program,” Jensen explained. “The other kidney is shared nationally for specific patients first and, if no match is found, the kidney is allocated to a patient at a provincial transplant program.”Advocates say the greatest challenge facing Canadians in need of a kidney transplant is an overwhelming lack of available donors.“The need for organs, in particular kidneys, outpaces the supply,” said Elizabeth Myles, national executive director of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.There were over 3,400 Canadians on the kidney waiting list in 2016, but only about 1,730 transplants performed that year, she said.“Our pool for available kidneys is through a deceased donor, somebody who has registered to donate their organs after they have passed away, (but) only about three per cent of deaths qualify for organ transplant,” Myles said.“And then there’s the living donors … but that is certainly not a decision that somebody would make lightly. The kidney is a complicated part of your larger body so there is a lot of challenges or steps one needs to go to.”Patients often have a loved one willing to donate a kidney, but they may not be a match, said Myles.Canadian Blood Services runs a kidney “exchange” program, however, that connects mismatched pairs of donors and recipients with people they do match with.For instance, if someone wants to donate a kidney to their partner but they are not a match, Blood Services will connect the couple with another set of donor-recipient candidates who don’t match each other but could benefit from the partner’s kidney.This donation chain can include several pairs of people exchanging kidneys, Myles said.In Rozen’s case, doctors have ruled out his wife and his brother-in-law as potential donors because they are not healthy enough to survive with only one kidney, Rozen said.“Everybody else in my family, most of them are dead so I just don’t have anybody else,” he said.Rozen’s wife, Julia, has consequently taken on the search for a donor, posting flyers around Toronto asking for help.She was inspired by a recent story about a New Jersey man who went to Disneyworld wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with his phone number and the words, “In need of kidney O Positive.” Photos of the man were shared on social media and, ultimately, led to him finding a donor, the Washington Post reported.“She said, ‘well if he can do it, I can do something similar,’” Rozen said, noting that his family has since received six or seven calls from people who want to help but have yet to be approved for donation by a doctor.“What is going to happen to me tomorrow or the next day? I don’t know,” he said. “You just hope for the best.”— With files from Nicole Thompson
It will take several months to distribute the more than $9.1 million raised so far for the victims of a fatal bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos, says the platform hosting the online crowdfunding campaign — the largest ever in Canada.More than 100,000 donors in 65 countries have contributed to the GoFundMe campaign — ranked among the five most successful campaigns ever on the platform — with donations ranging from $5 to $50,000 coming from individuals, families, sports teams and multinational corporations.A spokeswoman for GoFundMe declined to say whether the money would be dispersed only among the families of the 16 people who died after a bus carrying a junior hockey team collided with a truck last week, or if it would also go to the 13 others who were injured.“It’s still too soon for that level of detail and the distribution of funds will take time to organize,” Rachel Hollis said in an email. “We will ensure the Humboldt Broncos have all the support they need.”A campaign of that scale presents logistical challenges, which GoFundMe said it’s still working through.“This will likely be a process that’ll take several months,” Hollis wrote. “We’ll move as quickly as possible, but in the wake of a tragic and complicated event these things unfortunately take several months to fully resolve.”GoFundMe said it has safeguards in place to ensure the money goes to the right place, including transferring funds directly to the beneficiary of the campaign, rather than its organizer.The campaign was organized by Sylvie Kellington, a Humboldt woman whose son played for a youth version of the team, and the beneficiary is “Broncos team officials,” Hollis said, noting that the money will eventually make its way to the families of Broncos players, as promised on the fundraising page.If questions arise, GoFundMe has a “Trust and Safety team” that will hold the funds until the beneficiary is verified “to our satisfaction,” the company said in a statement.“And, it’s important to remember that our platform is backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which means that in the rare case that GoFundMe, law enforcement or a user finds campaigns are misused, donors will get refunded,” the company said.In addition to the massive online fundraiser, some used other avenues to contribute money to the cause.For instance, Saskatchewan hockey officials announced an assistance program for players and their families following the crash. The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League said Monday that the fund will provide mental health help for everyone involved in its dozen teams across the province, including the Humboldt Broncos.The money to fund that program had to be raised separately from the online fundraiser, given GoFundMe’s policies that prevent money from going to beneficiaries that weren’t named in the initial campaign.At another fundraising campaign in Maple Creek, Sask., held by the conservation group Ducks Unlimited Canada Sunday, a set of luggage was donated and auctioned off 13 times, raising $5,000.“The fella that bought the luggage … said, ‘I’d like to donate it back and I’d like it resold with all the money going to the Broncos,’” said Alan Smith of Ducks Unlimited.“It sold again and the fella that bought it said, ‘I’d like to donate it back,’ and then it happened again and again and it ended up selling 13 times,” he said. “It was really quite incredible.”—With files by Peter Goffin
TORONTO – A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for two Toronto police officers accused of eating a marijuana-laced chocolate bar they allegedly took during a raid at a pot shop.Const. Jamie Young and Const. Vittorio Dominelli did not appear in court on Tuesday for the date-setting.Their case is set to return on Aug. 7.The officers face a number of criminal charges, including attempt to obstruct justice and breach of trust.They also face misconduct charges under the Police Services Act, but their disciplinary hearing has been put over until the criminal proceedings are complete.Police tribunal documents allege Young and Dominelli became distressed after eating the pot-infused chocolate and called 911.The documents say criminal charges laid against seven people at the pot shop had to be thrown out because of the officers’ alleged misconduct.
TORONTO – Stage, screen and film star Viola Davis says now that she’s achieved a level of success, she’s focused on achieving “significance.”“You get a certain amount of money, you buy a house, you’re on a TV show, which I’m at, and then you’re tired,” the Oscar-winner said Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival when asked how she measures success after all of her accolades.“You’re just tired and disillusioned. And frankly, just being honest, you’re miserable a lot. You’re like, ‘I’m tired, I don’t want to go to work, people don’t even know how hard this is,’” she said to laughs from her fellow cast members and assembled media.“You start complaining in your 8,000-square-foot house. And you realize that you’ve missed the final step — which is not success, but significance.”Davis made the comments while supporting her latest feature, the Chicago-set heist thriller “Widows.”Adapted from a 1980s-era British TV series by “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen and “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn, it follows four women forced to take extreme measures when their criminal husbands are killed on a job that goes very wrong.The film’s star-packed press conference included score composer Hans Zimmer and co-stars Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya and Colin Farrell.Davis spoke about what drives her work today, and called on Hollywood to do more to cast a variety of actors in significant roles.“I measure significance as living a life bigger than myself, that’s why I have a production company. When I became an actress, I became an actress because I saw Miss Cecily Tyson in ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,’” she said.“She gave me permission to do it. But she also showed me a way out of poverty, of feeling invisible, and I just feel like the narratives that are created in Hollywood right now have got to become inclusive. They have got to reflect the changing world and the changing cultures.”Davis, who also stars in the drama “How to Get Away With Murder,” which returns to ABC and CTV later this month, said she’s mindful of “that little girl” she used to be.“I want that little girl to be able to see images that she can attach herself to and to give her permission to feel … that she is being seen,” she said.Erivo said Davis was her inspiration, in the way that Tyson was for Davis.“You know that you were that for me, right?” the British Broadway star said, turning to Davis.“You don’t see it enough, you don’t see the woman that gets to be messy, to be onscreen and not have to be liked and be OK with that, to be intelligent and that’s what I knew I wanted to be able to do but didn’t ever see that until you (did it). So thank you.”
OTTAWA – Federal political parties are gearing up for the final parliamentary session before the next election, but while the Conservatives and the Liberals tout having many candidates nominated and money in the bank, the NDP has yet to nominate a single candidate.NDP president Mathieu Vick says the party revamped its nomination process over the summer and the new rules came into effect about two weeks ago. Those rules were approved and distributed to ridings at the beginning of the month and nomination meetings are now being scheduled.“We’re just now starting to have all of our nomination dates up, so we’re hoping to have all of our incumbents at the very least nominated by the end of 2018 and then hopefully in the new year we can get a bunch more,” he said.The NDP convention in Surrey, B.C., last week was an opportunity for members to talk strategy and Vick said the party is “feeling pretty good.”He said he’s hoping the retreat was a launching pad to intensify the party’s efforts, rally troops and get the ground game going, saying that the NDP has success “at the doorstep.” He also said the NDP has launched a volunteering recruitment campaign and overall he’s feeling “energized” about 2019.Vick acknowledged that the party has had some financial challenges but insisted things are looking up.The NDP’s annual fundraising returns show the party pulled in $4.86 million from 39,053 donors last year. The Tories raised $18.84 million from 94,786 contributors in 2017, outflanking the Liberals by nearly $5 million.Meanwhile 25 Liberal incumbents, including Leader Justin Trudeau, have been nominated as candidates for the next election, plus one new contender. The Liberal party has declared that all 183 of its MPs will be acclaimed without having to win nomination contests in their ridings, provided they meet certain fundraising, membership and voter engagement targets by Oct. 1.And the Conservatives have nominated 133 candidates, including 46 non-incumbent candidates.Hamish Marshall, the Tories 2019 campaign chair, said the party is doing “really well.”“We’re aggressively nominating candidates and we’ll be increasing that through the fall,” he said.While the federal Liberals have made it known that they are planning on painting Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer as “Stephen Harper 2.0”, the Tories are holding their branding cards close, and say they are not too worried about the Liberal strategy.“It’s a difficult thing…making arguments based on history or projecting backwards,” said Marshall.He said the Tories will focus on the government’s failures rather than debating whether someone is like somebody else. And while the Conservatives branded Trudeau as “just not ready” in the last election, Marshall hinted there would be a fresh approach for 2019.“Stay tuned for that,” he said.
FIELD, B.C. (660 NEWS) – At around 10:00 am on Thursday a 15-car train derailed in B.C., just east of Field.So far investigators from the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) are not able to release much information about what happened.“It was a westbound train travelling at 14 miles per hour,” said Alexandre Fournier with the TSB.Fournier said there were no reports of any injuries brought to the TSB. He could not confirm if there was any kind of spill as a result of the derailment.It’s too early in the investigation to point to a cause of the derailment.CP Rail said in a release there were no injuries and “no concern to the public” at this time.Work crews have been sent to the site of the derailment and the investigation is ongoing.Editor’s note: On Thursday, the TSB said 27 cars derailed but updated that information when an investigator arrived on the scene later in the day. We have changed our article to reflect that detail.
FREDERICTON — Documents filed with the Federal Court show the former Harper government was concerned about the legal and political fallout from how it dealt with a New Brunswick potato farmer jailed for more than a year in Lebanon.Henk Tepper languished in a Beirut jail cell in 2011 and 2012 on allegations he tried to export diseased potatoes to Algeria.In 2013 he launched a lawsuit against the Canadian government, saying the government didn’t do enough to try to secure his freedom, and therefore his right to life, liberty and security of person were violated.The lawsuit, which seeks $16.5 million in damages, also says the RCMP provided private information including the annual sales of Tepper’s farm and value of his home to Algerian authorities in contravention of the Privacy Act.In a 13-page statement of defence, the government said it provided Tepper with diplomatic help and made “numerous and frequent diplomatic interventions” on his behalf.It states there were about 10 meetings between Tepper and representatives of the Canadian government to monitor his well-being, 40 phone conversations with Tepper’s family members and 50 interactions with his lawyers.The case has yet to make it to trial, although a pre-trial conference is set for Monday in Ottawa.Documents — including government emails — disclosed by the defence and filed with the court last week show that, during his incarceration, officials cautioned each other about saying anything publicly that could help in a Tepper lawsuit.Tepper had already filed a civil suit against the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for negligence concerning inspections and documents for the potato shipment to Algeria in 2007.Someone had doctored one of the inspection reports to say the shipment was all approved, when in fact a portion of the shipment — from Quebec — had tested positive for Bacterial Ring Rot which is a quarantine pest in Algeria.Tepper was unaware that Algeria had been granted an Interpol Red Notice for his arrest, until he was stopped by authorities in Lebanon when he arrived for an agricultural trade mission.Tepper’s detention and possible extradiction to Algeria generated a lot of public and media attention, and according to the documents filed with the court — a lot of discussion among government and consular officials.Notes from one meeting of consular staff read “given Tepper’s role, the commercial world of the Maritimes, there is a lot of interest at the political level. The family is extremely litigious.”Another email, dated April 11, 2011, reads “MSFA (Minister of State Foreign Affairs) has instructed us to meet Thursday with Mr. Tepper’s wife and sister. There will have to be solid preparation for this. Otherwise – add another $100 million to the legal liability fund.”By July 5, 2011, the-then minister of state for foreign affairs, Diane Ablonczy, wrote an email saying “I foresee another Tepper lawsuit against GoC for business/monetary losses relating to our ‘failure’ to have him released. Points up importance of better communication with Canadians about what we can and cannot do, especially with regards to the legal process in other countries.”At the time, one of the people exerting pressure on the government to secure Tepper’s release was Senator Pierrette Ringuette of New Brunswick, and it appears government officials were not happy about it, often complaining in emails that the senator was misrepresenting the facts.During one string of emails, staff of the ministry of state foreign affairs complained about the senator and raised concerns about a planned meeting between her and officials of the RCMP.“The more we cater to this woman the longer the story lives on. There is no good that can come of this meeting,” one person wrote.The response was “Ok. I did want to throat punch her though…,” with a subsequent reply alluding to a profane sexist smear.By November 2011, John Baird, the-then foreign affairs minister, was considering a call to the Lebanese justice minister requesting that Tepper be expelled back to Canada.However in an email to Ablonczy, staff advised “we have no reason to put all our eggs in one basket for this guy and not some of our other cases where there is more humanitarian reasons to do so.”And: “In addition, Mr. Tepper is currently suing the GoC… seems odd why we would do something out of the ordinary for him and not others.”Tepper was held in a basement cell that measured about five metres by 10 metres. It was dark and infested with cockroaches and spiders.He eventually returned to Canada on March 31, 2012, after his lawyers obtained a Lebanese presidential decree.Following his return to Canada, Tepper said he felt let down by his own government.Although Tepper is free and back in New Brunswick, the Interpol Red Notice remains in place, keeping him from travelling outside of the country.Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The Telegraph-Journal in New Brunswick has been named the winner of the 2018 Michener Award, which honours excellence in public-service journalism.The Saint John-based newspaper was nominated for an 18-month investigation that exposed problems with New Brunswick’s ambulance service. The newspaper uncovered a severe shortage of paramedics that left ambulances sitting empty, leaving some people in emergency situations to be transported in regular vehicles.The finalists for the award included work by the Waterloo Region Record; the St. Catharines Standard; CBC TV News; the Toronto Star, CBC News and Radio-Canada; and APTN and CBC North.Gov. Gen. Julie Payette presented the award to the winner Friday at a ceremony at Rideau Hall. The Michener Award was founded in 1970 by former governor general Roland Michener.lan Allnutt, president of the Michener Awards Foundation, praised the winning entry and paid tribute to the finalists in a news release.“There were many stellar entries to the Micheners this year — powerful work which uncovered political corruption, gave voice to the voiceless, changed laws — but none more transformative than this series,” Allnutt said. “It was a major issue in the 2018 provincial elections and gave rise to a new government championing a wide-ranging overhaul of the ambulance system.”The Waterloo Region Record was nominated for Greg Mercer’s months-long investigation of the health problems inflicted on workers by the once-important rubber industry in Kitchener, Ont.The St. Catharines Standard earned its nomination for reporter Grant LaFleche’s year-long investigation that led to more than 50 stories on a conspiracy behind the hiring of the top bureaucrat in Ontario’s Niagara region.CBC TV News was nominated for an investigation by the program “The Fifth Estate” into long-standing claims by Transport Canada that school buses are safer without seatbelts, contrary to the department’s own conclusion that they would have prevented numerous deaths and thousands of injuries.The Toronto Star, CBC News and Radio-Canada received a joint nod for their collaboration with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that shone a light on lax approval, regulation and oversight of the country’s medical-device industry.APTN and CBC North earned a joint nomination after they exposed failures in the child-welfare system that led to physical abuse and neglect of Indigenous teens. The reporting led to a public apology by the Yukon government for its failure to protect the youths as well as corrective actions.The Canadian Press
JASPER, Alta. — One person has died and another was taken to hospital after a small plane crashed into a river in western Alberta.RCMP Const. Shelley Nasheim says the aircraft was attempting to take off from an airstrip near Jasper on Sunday around 1:30 p.m. when it crashed into a nearby river.CityNews map showing approximately where a deadly plane crash happened, July 21, 2019. (CREDIT: CityNews)Nasheim says it appears there were only two people on board.The single passenger–a 31-year-old man–was pronounced dead on scene. The man who was piloting the flight was rushed to an Edmonton hospital by STARS Air Ambulance and is in serious but stable condition.The identities of the two people have not yet been released.The Transportation Safety Board has been called in to investigate.The Canadian Press
Henry Winkler, actor, director, author and philanthropist, is partnering with National Stroke Association to celebrate caregivers during National Family Caregivers Month this November.Henry’s mother suffered a stroke in 1987 and lived with the results for more than 10 years. Her challenges after her stroke included walking, upper limb spasticity and limited use of her left side. Even though she received extensive therapy, her recovery was minimal and very difficult. Henry watched as she struggled and lost her joy. To date, he feels his most challenging role was being a caregiver to his mother after her stroke. Henry has joined National Stroke Association’s Faces of Stroke campaign to remind other caregivers about the importance of their role on the healthcare team.Read more and watch a video of Henry Winkler discussing his role as a Faces of Stroke Ambassador.There are more than 65 million family caregivers in the U.S., each with a unique story. Caregivers and family members play a vital role in a stroke survivor’s recovery. They’re the ones who look after a stroke survivor’s needs, which may be emotional, financial, physical, social or practical. Caregivers must strike a balance between taking care of both their loved ones and themselves. They must put their own needs first and protect their own health in order to provide their loved ones with the best care possible. Caregivers can find coping strategies through National Stroke Association’s iHOPE: When Caregiving Is Stressful webinar or by connecting with more than 1,700 other caregivers at Careliving(SM) Community, an online community that provides a place for discussion, connection and support.National Stroke Association launched the Faces of Stroke campaign in 2011, and has supplemented it with new mini-campaigns that delve into specific stroke topics, such as caregiving. Caregivers are—hands down—a vital piece of stroke recovery, which can last a lifetime. But their own health is often overlooked. “National Stroke Association wants to recognize and honor caregivers this month,” said Jim Baranski, the organization’s chief executive officer. “We hope to hear many more stories about how people of all ages and backgrounds take on this role, voluntarily and involuntarily.”“We believe that stroke survivors and those who play key roles in their lives have the power to influence healthy behaviors through storytelling,” said Mr Baranski. “You just have to give them the opportunity. Anyone affected by stroke—no matter the connection—can have a role in raising awareness by telling their stories and sharing them with people they care about.”National Stroke Association’s Faces of Stroke public awareness campaign aims to change the public perceptions of stroke through sharing personal stories. The Faces of Stroke campaign features an online gallery of hundreds of stroke champions’ stories and photos, an easy-to-use online story submission tool, educational information about stroke and opportunities to share stories socially through Facebook, Twitter and email. Learn more about the campaign at www.stroke.org/faces.Source:Stroke.org
Malala Yousafzai turned 18-years-old yesterday, and celebrated by getting people around the world to call for education for everyone.Malala #booksnotbulletsThe activist had her supporters post photos of themselves with their favorite books as part of the #booksnotbullets campaign, imploring world leaders to understand that education is the best investment for our future.Malala chose The Diary Of Anne Frank as her favorite book, as she says it reveals the courage and strength of a young girl living under conflict.“It inspires me to believe that every child deserves the right to dream, the right to learn and the right to live in peace.“I urge world leaders to prioritize education because education is the only way through which we can defeat terrorism, fight against poverty and bring peace and prosperity. The money that is spent on just a few guns, if given to a child’s education, can change that child’s life.“We cannot stop terrorism just by killing the terrorists and people. We need to fight against the ideology of terrorism and extremism, and that can be done successfully only through education. If a child, suffering from poverty and difficulties, is not given a book, he will pick up a gun.“I call on my sisters and brothers all around the world to join me in this mission – #booksnotbullets.”Find out more here.Copyright ©2015Look to the Stars
Advertisement Advertisement A group of Indigenous female developers in Hamilton, Ontario, are putting their own cultural spin on the usually male-dominated video game industry.Purity & Decay is a futuristic detective video game being developed by Achimostawinan, a company of five people — four of whom are Indigenous.The game’s prototype was created over just two days in February of this year at an event held by the Toronto organization Dames Making Games by two Indigenous women, Meagan Byrne and Tara Miller. Login/Register With: Meagan Byrne and Tara Miller are two of the Indigenous women behind Purity & Decay, a cybernoir video game. (Meagan Byrne/Tara Miller/Contributed) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook “I remember talking about how interesting it would be to take that kind of thing and present it in an Indigenous way,” said Miller.The game is set in North America of 2262, where a class system divides people both metaphorically and physically and the ruling class lives in floating cities. The protagonist, private eye Myeengun Hill, is sought out by a woman to help find answers about her sister’s murder.READ MORE Advertisement Twitter
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APTN National NewsThe northern Ontario community of Pikangikum has suffered from a fire, according to the OPP.OPP Sgt. John Whitney said it’s believe there were fatalities as a result of the fire, but there are few details at the moment.Whitney said the Ontario Fire Marshall’s Office is headed to the community to investigate.The OPP said in a statement there were “a number of persons” dead as a result of the fire that started late Tuesday night and several remain unaccounted for.According to a community member, at least three children were killed in the house fire, along with six other family members.Pikangikum First Nation is a fly in community located 509 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay.More to come.
Willow Fiddler APTN NewsFirst Nations policing in Ontario is one step closer to being considered an essential service after the Safer Ontario Act was passed on Thursday.Bill-175 states First Nations can apply to be a designated police board responsible for policing in an area under the Police Services Act.This means First Nations police services could be protected under the same legislated policing standards as municipal and provincial police services.Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) called the passing of the bill a historic day and a result of years of negotiating the legislative framework that could mandate the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS) – the country’s largest First Nations police force.“This legislation will ensure that NAN First Nations will have access to the same level of policing as the rest of Ontario,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler in a news release.NAN has been in a tripartite agreement with the province and Canada since 1994 when NAPS was created.Since then, First Nations leaders in northern Ontario have been calling for equitable policing for its communities.“It’s a huge development, after all the time, Ipperwash, everything else. This is very big,” said Julian Falconer, legal counsel for NAN, referring to the 1995 Ipperwash Crisis in which Stony Point First Nation occupied land the federal government had appropriated for military use.“There’s actual protections in the act to retain the Indigenous identity and become a legislated police service just like any other police service in the province,” Falconer said.However, the challenges of First Nations policing hasn’t been so much the cultural aspects but the chronic resource and funding inadequacies that leave officers and communities feeling unsafe.In 2016, all but one of the 135 officers with NAPS voted in favor of strike action. They were frustrated and fed up with low pay and poor working conditions that did not meet standards because there were none.Under the First Nations Policing Program, some detachments have operated with no running water or heat and officers are required to work, often times alone, with no immediate back up in the 35 First Nations communities served by NAPS.The chronic inadequacies have been documented in various reports and recommendations from public inquests like the one for Lena Anderson, a young mother from Kasabonika First Nation who died by suicide when she was detained and left alone in the back of a police truck in 2013.In April 2017, the province offered First Nations policing full wage parity with provincial police.The Safer Ontario Act was tabled in the legislature in November 2017.“Safety backed by the rule of law will ensure that policing by our officers will be equitable to other police services in this province. This will go a long way to improving the health and safety of our communities,” said NAPS board chairman Mike Metatawabin.
B.C.’s Attorney General warned Alberta could be in for another legal battle if proposed legislation introduced by Premier Rachel Notley causes gas prices to spike.The bill would give Alberta’s Energy Minister the power to restrict exports of oil, gasoline and natural gas; a move that analysts say would drive up gas prices in B.C., potentially by more than 25-per cent.It all comes as investor confidence continues to wane given all the uncertainty around the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.Attorney General David Eby said the province would launch immediate court action on constitutional grounds if it believes the new law punishes British Columbia.“Any concern that British Columbians have that a bill that preferentially punishes British Columbia from the Alberta perspective and tries to drive up gas prices would be unconstitutional, we would take action immediately to address that,” he explained.“We know, as I’m sure they know, the constitution forbids discrimination around energy between provinces, Section 92 sub A, sub 2, it’s in black and white, and if there’s anything in this legislation that even suggests the possibility of discrimination against British Columbians, we will take every step necessary to protect the interests of British Columbians because it will be completely illegal,” argued Eby.Meanwhile, Canadian Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Perrin Beatty said all the delays and infighting are sending the wrong message to the international investment community.“Even if you spend hundreds of millions of dollars and go through the regulatory process to get a project approved, there’s still no guarantees the rule of law will be followed, so we need to clear that up,” he said.Beatty added Canada’s reputation hasn’t been damaged beyond repair but the longer it takes to fix the regulatory process the more damage will be done.
TORONTO – Ontario will see the return of buck a beer by Labour Day weekend, The Canadian Press has learned, though some in the industry predict few brewers will embrace the new, lower minimum price.A source with knowledge of the plan says the Progressive Conservative government is expected to announce Tuesday that it will lower the minimum price of a bottle or can of beer to $1 from $1.25 by the September holiday weekend.Brewers would not be required to charge less, however, and the lower minimum price would not apply to draft beer, nor would it include the bottle deposit.The government is hoping to get brewers on board by launching what it calls a “buck-a-beer challenge” with incentives for those who cut prices to $1, the source said.The move was one of Premier Doug Ford’s promises during the spring election campaign, and Ford suggested in a video released Friday that he would be making good on it soon. He has also vowed to broaden the sale of beer and wine to corner and box stores.The Tories have said bringing back buck a beer would allow more competition in the beer market without affecting the province’s revenues from beer and wine taxes, which brought in roughly $589 million in 2016-2017, according to government documents.Ontario previously had buck-a-bottle beer but the Liberal government quietly hiked the minimum price in 2008, citing its “social responsibility” mandate.In its heyday, buck a beer was a successful marketing campaign and seized a significant share of the market, said Scott Simmons, president of Ontario Craft Brewers, who was an executive at The Beer Store at the time.Several brewers adopted it, including Lakeport, which “really took it to town,” said Simmons, who spent a year at the company.But the costs of making beer have gone up, as have the provincial and federal taxes, making it less feasible for brewers to sell their product at the $1 minimum price now, he said.“I don’t see many, if any, heading to that price simply from a profitability point of view,” he said.“I don’t think it can be done in 2018 but some brewers may think it can be done and I’d be interested to see what’s actually in the product that they’re selling at that price,” he said. “It can’t be very good, let me put it that way.”Few brewers sell at the current minimum price unless they’re having a sale, Simmons said, noting that an additional $6 drop for a case of 24 would likely wipe out any profits.Still, the move will appeal to value-conscious consumers, though it probably won’t affect the craft beer market, which attracts a demographic that is willing to pay more, he said.
CALGARY – A new report by research firm IHS Markit forecasts the intensity of oilsands emissions to improve by between 16 and 23 per cent by 2030.The report by IHS vice-president Kevin Birn found emissions intensity, which measures how much greenhouse gas emissions are produced per barrel of crude, to have already dropped by 21 per cent between 2009 and 2017.Birn says the intensity of mining-based oilsands operations stood at an average of 83 kilograms of carbon dioxide per barrel last year, while steam-based operations averaged 63 kilograms of carbon dioxide per barrel.Different methodologies on the issue have resulted in varying estimates on emissions intensity. The Pembina Institute said in a 2017 report that the emissions intensity from oilsands operations had increased by nine per cent between 2004 and 2015.Birn says future emissions improvements will be driven by efficiency improvements as new projects come online and vary significantly by project. Emissions intensity for mining projects ranged from 39 to 127 kilograms of carbon dioxide per barrel in 2017.He says policies introduced in recent years, including intensity-based carbon pricing, an absolute cap on oilsands emissions, and a proposed national carbon pricing will help drive improvements.
MONTREAL — Brookfield Business Partners LP and the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, together with a group of institutional partners, have signed a deal to buy Johnson Controls’ power solutions business for US$13.2 billion.The business produces batteries for automakers and aftermarket distributors and retailers.The companies say it is well positioned to benefit from the growth in demand for advanced batteries, including those used in electric vehicles.“We are excited to grow our business with the acquisition of power solutions, a global market leader which generates consistent cash flows and profitability,” said Cyrus Madon, chief executive of Brookfield Business Partners. “We look forward to partnering with the management team to continue growing this world-class business and build on its track record of innovation.”George Oliver, Johnson Controls chairman and chief executive, said the deal was a significant milestone in the ongoing transformation of the company.“The sale of our Power Solutions business will create value for investors by streamlining our portfolio and giving us increased financial flexibility to strengthen our balance sheet, return capital to shareholders and create optionality in our buildings business,” Oliver said in a statement.Johnson Controls expects net cash proceeds from the deal to be US$11.4 billion after tax and transaction-related expenses.It expects to use $3 billion to $3.5 billion to repay debt.The transaction will be funded with approximately US$3 billion of equity and about US$10.2 billion of long-term debt financing.Brookfield Business Partners, the main business services and industrials company of Brookfield Asset Management Inc., expects to fund approximately 30 per cent of the equity, while CDPQ will fund about 30 per cent. The balance is being funded by other institutional partners.The deal is expected to close by June 30, 2019. Companies in this story: (TSX:BBU.UN, TSX:BAM.A)The Canadian Press
HOUSTON — An ATM in the Houston area has been shut down and is guarded by law officers after mistakenly dispensing $100 bills instead of $10s and word of the glitch got out on social media.Some Harris County sheriff’s deputies protected the outdoor ATM after Sunday night’s incident and notified Bank of America.A bank statement Monday says a vendor incorrectly loaded $100 bills in place of $10 bills. Bank of America also says customers will be able to keep the additional dispensed money.Officials with North Carolina-based Bank of America didn’t say how much cash was wrongly dispensed.The Associated Press