VANCOUVER – Mayors across Canada are calling for federal leadership on the “national emergency” of overdoses by ensuring provinces provide timely access to addiction treatment and by launching public education campaigns.Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, who heads a task force of the big city mayors caucus on the opioid crisis, said he and his counterparts in 12 other cities agree the situation is so dire that Ottawa must take a leadership role if jurisdictions are not moving fast enough to save lives.Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott said last month she’s frustrated with provinces and territories that have not provided her with information on overdose deaths despite repeated requests.“We are in a national public health crisis in Canada,” Philpott’s press secretary, Andrew MacKendrick, said in a statement Thursday on behalf of the minister, who was unavailable. “Minister Philpott is committed to using every lever at her disposal to combat this crisis, and to working with all levels of government and partners across the country to do so.”Robertson said some provinces are “dragging their feet” on data collection but the federal government must step in with a standardized format to gather the information, which should be reported publicly at least every quarter.“It’s shocking when this epidemic is sweeping across Canada, when facts are being withheld,” Robertson said in an interview, noting Vancouver collects weekly information on the number of fatal and non-fatal overdoses while the provincial coroner’s service publishes monthly updates on its website.The service said there were 347 drug overdose fatalities in British Columbia between January and March, putting the total on track to surpass the record 931 illicit drug deaths last year, many involving the painkiller fentanyl.“It’s a human catastrophe and it’s taking an enormous toll on first responders and we can’t withstand this pace for much longer,” Robertson said, adding a co-ordinated response involving all levels of government is also essential to ensure that federal funds are directed toward removing barriers to treatment.MacKendrick said the Public Health Agency says it has been working with the provinces and territories to develop a common reporting template to be submitted on a quarterly basis.Across Canada, about 2,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2015, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has said, adding the number is headed even higher this year.Robertson and his counterparts on the task force, which is part of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, say addiction treatment is essential, including medically supervised opioid substitution therapy and prescription heroin for people who haven’t responded to other forms of intervention.The Vancouver Police Department issued its own report Wednesday calling for treatment on demand, saying the opioid crisis is taxing officers who can’t immediately refer people who need help and that reviving them with the overdose-reversing drug naloxone isn’t good enough.“There’s no question this is a national emergency,” Robertson said, adding the mayors debated whether the federal government should invoke the National Emergency Act.“It’s arguable whether that would make a difference. What’s essential here is that provinces immediately support treatment on demand that’s necessary to save lives.”The high number of overdose deaths in B.C. prompted the provincial government to open 23 overdose prevention sites so people could inject illicit drugs while monitored by trained staff.Robertson said giving people a place to use drugs under supervision is one of the first lines of defence to reduce overdose deaths but most provinces aren’t providing that service.The mayors said preventing deaths will require all four pillars of the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy, including harm reduction, treatment, prevention and enforcement, which includes national protocols for the handling of potentially deadly fentanyl and the even more lethal drug carfentanil.Vancouver has been at the forefront of drug policy, first by opening North America’s only supervised-injection clinic in 2003, and later by providing the only injectable heroin program on the continent, though it has a long wait list.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.
OTTAWA – The federal government has ordered the military to stay in Iraq for at least two more years as the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant prepares to enter a new phase.But despite a request from NATO for police trainers, there are “absolutely no plans” to send Canadian troops back to Afghanistan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday.“We have served (in Afghanistan) with distinction, with valour, over 10 years and made a significant impact,” Trudeau said during an event in Charlottetown. “And Canada’s looking to be helpful in other places.”Earlier in the day, the Liberal government announced it was extending Canada’s mission in Iraq, where the Canadian Forces will continue to help Iraqi forces in the fight against the Islamic State group until at least March 2019.“We know that Canada can, has and will continue to do important work in our efforts in northern Iraq,” Trudeau said. “Canada has a strong role to play as part of the international coalition against terrorism.”The length of the extension is unprecedented, while the mission itself will undergo significant changes that reflect the large degree of uncertainty around what will happen in Iraq in the coming months.After working almost exclusively with the country’s Kurdish forces for the past three years, the military is being given leeway to work with different groups, such as the Iraqi military.That decision could stoke concerns following recent reports of human rights violations being committed by some of those forces, including torture, forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said the change was necessary to ensure the military had the ability to respond quickly as Iraq’s needs changed, but that Canada would only work with “credible” partners.“Human rights will always be a paramount focus for us,” he said.Defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance is also being given flexibility in deciding what types of forces to deploy into the region, to a maximum of 850 military personnel.The Liberal government — like the Conservatives before them — previously laid out specific requirements for the types of forces involved in the mission.The government is also adding a military transport aircraft to the mission, and estimates the overall cost of the new two-year mission at about $378 million.Canada currently has about 200 special forces troops in northern Iraq, as well as 50 medical personnel and tactical helicopters, plus a surveillance plane and air-to-air refueller based out of Kuwait.Despite the changes, Sajjan said the military would continue to operate within the confines of its previous “advice-and-assist” mandate.That mandate has been under the microscope for years, most recently following revelations a Canadian sniper in Iraq shot and killed an ISIL fighter from a record-breaking 3,540 metres away.NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has said the incident, which bested the previous record for longest kill shot, is only the latest evidence that the mission involves combat, contrary to what the government says.“This major extension comes amid serious questions about the nature of the mission,” Mulcair said in a statement on Thursday, in which he called for a debate and vote in Parliament on the mission.“It is deeply troubling that the Liberal government made this announcement after the House of Commons has adjourned for the summer.”Unlike the previous Conservative government, Sajjan refused Thursday to say how many firefights Canadian Forces have been involved in.Instead, he repeated past assertions that the mission is a non-combat one, and said the rules governing when and why Canadian troops can use lethal force have not changed.The decision to give the Canadian Forces more flexibility reflects the uncertainty around what will happen once ISIL is defeated in Mosul, its last major urban stronghold in Iraq.Iraqi forces took a big step towards that objective on Thursday, as they captured the ruins of a major landmark in Mosul, sparking claims that ISIL nearing its end.But there are fears that it will go underground and resort to traditional terror tactics such as suicide bombings, which will require different types of training from what Canada and its allies have already provided.The extension also comes as tensions between Canada’s Kurdish allies and Iraq’s central government in Baghdad are building over the Kurds’ plans to hold a referendum on independence in September.Trudeau said Canadian officials “understand how complex the political and regional situation is in northern Iraq,” but that it wouldn’t detract from Canada continuing to help there.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said Trudeau was in Halifax.
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration waded more forcefully Thursday into Russia’s dispute with the western world, imposing sanctions to punish election meddling and computer attacks on key infrastructure, and expressing solidarity with allies following a brazen chemical attack on British soil.The U.S. froze American assets held by 19 Russians, as well as transactions with those individuals, in response to recently revealed propaganda efforts during the 2016 election, as well as cyberattacks that targeted energy, nuclear, water and aviation facilities, and other infrastructure.Washington also brushed aside ambiguity about whether it would support the U.K.: in a joint statement with France and Germany, all four countries condemned what they called the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War.The U.K. had thoroughly briefed its allies on known details of the attack, and the countries all share the assessment that there is no plausible alternative explanation to Russia being the culprit, Thursday’s statement declared.“It certainly looks like the Russians were behind it,” said President Donald Trump, who has generally been reluctant to criticize Russia.“(It’s) something that should never, ever happen. And we’re taking it very seriously, as, I think, are many others.”His administration slapped financial sanctions against many of the same individuals recently charged in the Robert Mueller probe. Mueller alleged that Russians set up a disinformation unit that spread propaganda and violated American election laws in 2016.It described other ominous activity as well.Since at least March 2016, the U.S. says, Russian government cyber-actors have targeted U.S. government entities and critical infrastructure through a variety of penetration methods, including hoax emails.A senior U.S. national-security official, briefing journalists on condition of anonymity, called it “a multi-stage attack campaign” against “the systems that run our factories, and our grid.” The attacks are ongoing, he continued, but all the known penetrated systems have been protected.“This is a series of actions (we’re taking against Russia),” said the official.“We’re going to continue those actions to increase pressure on Russia until they change their behaviour, and become responsible members of the international community.”The Russians responded with frustration and professed disbelief. They have already warned that any action against them will be met with a reaction, including booting out foreign journalists in their own state-run networks.Britain says blame for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury lies with the Russian state. Prime Minister Theresa May has expelled 23 Russian diplomats, severed high-level contacts with Moscow and vowed to take both open and covert actions against Russian dirty money and “hostile state activity.”Russia has dismissed the nerve-attack accusations as pure speculation; Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow would “certainly” expel some British diplomats soon in retaliation.On Thursday, one Russian lawmaker suggested the attack could have been staged by anyone — even the U.S., or a NATO partner.“The Americans had access not only to the technology, but had access to its development,” Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted Alexei Chepa, the deputy chairman of a parliamentary foreign affairs committee, as saying.“In all likelihood, their NATO partners from Britain also had this access.”In addition to the election meddling and infrastructure attacks, the U.S. cited the Feb. 15 NotPetya cyberattack, attributed to the Russian military, as another reason for its decision to impose sanctions.The U.S. called the Feb. 15 incident the most destructive and costly cyberattack in history, resulting in billions in damage across several continents, as well as disruptions to global shipping, trade, and the production of medicines.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the U.K. will also have Canada’s support.“We offer our close friend and NATO ally … our sympathy regarding the despicable poisoning,” Trudeau said.“Canada is unwavering in its commitment to the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom can count on Canada’s full support in efforts to hold Russia to account for this unacceptable and unlawful behaviour.”Despite Thursday’s actions, meanwhile, U.S. Democrats continued to insist the president remains bizarrely reticent when it comes to Russia. The White House insisted Trump has been tough, an assertion questioned by the opposition party.They noted that most of the people punished Thursday had been previously charged in the Mueller probe — which Trump keeps criticizing.“(U.S.) Treasury will finally punish Russian individuals who, for the most part, were already indicted or subject to sanctions,” tweeted Adam Schiff, a Democrat on the House intelligence committee.“This from the president who said he was tougher on Russia than Obama. These sanctions will send a message to Russia, just not the one we want to send.”— With files from The Associated Press
OTTAWA – If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is willing to go to the wall to save the Trans Mountain pipeline and get oil to Canada’s west coast, federal Conservatives say he should be equally willing to do the same to revive a pipeline that would have brought oil to Canada’s east coast.And at least one Liberal backbencher is echoing that sentiment.A day after Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the federal government has made a $4.5-billion offer to buy Trans Mountain from Kinder Morgan and will build the expansion to the pipeline itself in order to overcome political opposition in B.C., Conservative Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt questioned Wednesday why Trudeau wasn’t putting up the same fight to save Energy East.“Will the Prime Minister promise to enter into negotiations to provide the same level of certainty for Energy East?” she asked.Energy East, which would have converted a natural gas pipeline to oil and extended it all the way to New Brunswick, was cancelled last fall when TransCanada decided conditions had changed, including new federal regulations and lower oil prices.The Conservatives were not alone in their thinking. Saint John, N.B., Mayor Don Darling also took to Twitter to wonder “where was this support for Energy East.”For his part, Trudeau rejected the idea, accusing the Conservatives of raising “old news” because they were embarrassed that they couldn’t get pipelines built when they were in government. However the questions raise a possible vulnerability for the Liberals in Atlantic Canada, a region where the party won all 32 seats in the last election.New Brunswick Liberal MP Wayne Long said that while he’s thrilled with the Trans Mountain decision, he’d like Trudeau to take another look at Energy East.“I’m simply asking my government to take a look at TransCanada, Energy East, and see if maybe the parties of TransCanada, our government could get together and find a way to revisit, reboot, restart a process that could lead to Energy East coming to Saint John, New Brunswick, my riding,” he said.In a speech to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Morneau warned that the Kinder Morgan deal does not set a new precedent for other projects.“What I would say is that this decision today was exceptional. We are in a situation where we’re putting forth a decision to make something happen in an exceptional way for a project that, let’s acknowledge, is pretty unique.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer vowed to make reviving Energy East a campaign issue and said he wouldn’t put $4.5 billion on the table to get it done.“I believe the Liberals would like people to believe (buying) was the only way to get the pipeline built but I think more and more Canadians are realizing that the fact that it’s being nationalized is a result of other things that could have been avoided if this government had made different decisions,” Scheer said.If the government had reinforced federal authority for pipelines through the courts and in legislation as soon as B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan became premier last year, Scheer said that would have prevented Horgan from introducing the uncertainty that ultimately led to Kinder Morgan’s nervousness that the project would never come to fruition. Instead, he said Trudeau did nothing to fast-track any constitutional references and never introduced legislation to “entrench and enshrine federal jurisdiction.”Horgan’s court reference — to see if B.C. has the constitutional authority to pass a regulation to limit flows of diluted bitumen in the new pipeline pending additional scientific research on how to clean it up a potential spill — spooked Kinder Morgan investors. The Constitution gives Ottawa jurisdiction over pipelines and many legal experts believe Horgan’s regulation won’t pass judicial scrutiny, but the company nevertheless halted non-essential spending on the project in early April and demanded Ottawa prove there was certainty to move forward by the end of this month.Morneau said this week the only way to provide 100 per cent certainty was for Ottawa to buy the pipeline, build the expansion itself and then sell the whole thing back to the private sector when it made financial sense later. He said federal ownership will shield the project from B.C. political hijinks.However Toronto energy lawyer Ian Blue said ownership doesn’t change the fact that the Constitution clearly gives authority for pipelines to Ottawa and the Supreme Court has upheld the law to prevent provinces from doing anything that would “neutralize its essential function.”In other words, Horgan’s regulation would be unconstitutional no matter who owns the pipeline, said Blue.The biggest question now, he said, is what Trudeau will do about the expected crush of protests. Thus far the government has only said it will respect the democratic right to protest.More than 200 protesters — including NDP MP Kennedy Stewart and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May — have already been arrested for violating a court-ordered injunction to stay a certain distance away from Kinder Morgan’s marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C. Many more protests are expected as anger at the government’s pipeline purchase exploded this week.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said he has not instructed any other MPs in his caucus about how to participate in protests and said he understands the frustration and anger of people who felt the Trudeau government promised to protect the environment, not build more pipelines.“I’m absolutely not condemning it,” he said. “I’m saying I understand that people use non-violent civil disobedience. People use protests as a way to express their frustration and I understand that.”__ with files from Lauren Krugel in Calgary
A New Brunswick realtor opted to think on his feet in a bid to sell a four-bedroom home near Moncton, dancing around the house to the 1980s classic “Take On Me” in a sales video that’s gaining traction on Facebook“I’ve always had creative ideas when it comes to marketing houses,” said Dylan Mahaney, 27. “I don’t think anyone in my office is surprised that I’m the one to do this.”Wearing a deadpan expression, Mahaney moves through the rooms of the house performing a dance colloquially known as “The Floss” — fists clenched, his arms swing from side to side, one in front of his body and one behind, as he sways his hips in the opposite direction.Though he has no formal training, Mahaney said he learned the dance relatively quickly, though some who are less co-ordinated may have difficulty picking it up.“It’s all in the hips,” he laughed as he described the technique. “People tend to start with the hands, but you have to start with the hips and add in the hands afterwards.”Mahaney said he got the idea from another realtor in San Diego who had made a similar video, though the dance move has been an internet meme for quite some time.“Flossing” exploded onto social media within the past year after a dancing, backpack-clad boy upstaged pop star Katy Perry during a Saturday Night Live performance of “Swish Swish” in May 2017.Mahaney said he was surprised by the attention the video garnered, after it received tens of thousands of views in a matter of days.“There are some less-than-nice comments out there, but that’s not what I’m focused on,” he said. “I’m focused on the people that are understanding it, and who are saying that not only is this a great house, but that I’ve made them feel good as well.”The success of Mahaney’s video has inspired him to continue making videos in the future, and he said that he already has two shoots planned for next week.While he already has the songs and the dance moves picked out for the planned shoots, he said he intends to up the ante for subsequent videos.“At some point, I’ll probably need to hire a choreographer,” he said.Mahaney said he has not yet received any offers for the Upper Coverdale, N.B., house — which is on the market for a cool $319,900 — though he hopes the video will get the attention of prospective house hunters.“Ultimately, my goal is to sell the house,” he said. “As silly as it is, my client will never be able to say that I didn’t try.”On the web: https://www.facebook.com/DylanMahaneyREALTOR/videos/1970074203042778/
The Canadian Press MONTREAL — A Quebec coroner has found the death of a 17-year-old in January following a routine appendix removal was highly preventable.In a report to be made public Tuesday, coroner Dr. Louis Normandin concludes Jimmy Lee Durocher did not receive proper follow-up care after his operation.Durocher went into cardiorespiratory arrest after receiving a morphine dose.The report suggests there were a number of signs Durocher was not doing well after receiving the morphine, but staff at the Joliette, Que. hospital failed to act.His condition steadily worsened, and Durocher was ultimately declared dead after being transferred to a Montreal hospital.Normandin ruled Durocher’s death accidental, noting that no one could have predicted his reaction to the pain drug. But he is recommending hospitals follow protocols for the administration of narcotics.Jean-Pierre Menard, a Montreal lawyer representing Durocher’s parents, said they want to ensure similar lapses don’t happen in the future.“The goal of the parents is to bring some change, to ensure everyone respects and complies with the protocols,” Menard said on Monday. “And to avoid a repetition of such a terrible event.”
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Investigators say a Canadian Pacific freight train was parked and began to move on its own before it derailed and killed three crew members on the Alberta-British Columbia boundary.The Transportation Safety Board says the westbound train had been parked on a grade for two hours near Field, B.C., when the westbound train started rolling.Carmichael describes how treacherous this terrain is. From Lake Louise to Golden it is very rough, though CP would be better poised to answer exactly what challenges are present pic.twitter.com/HkLwl6XRz6— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) February 5, 2019The board says the crew had just boarded the train but weren’t yet ready to depart.It says the train gained speed well in excess of the 32 km/h maximum for the tight turns in the mountain pass.READ MORE: Three workers dead in B.C. train derailmentSome 99 cars carrying grain and two locomotives derailed at a curve ahead of a bridge.The derailment claimed the lives of three workers who were living in Calgary: conductor Dylan Paradis, engineer Andrew Dockrell and trainee Daniel Waldenberger-Bulmer.James Carmichael with the TSB started the afternoon by offering his condolences to the families of the three men who were killed.The TSB investigation will now focus on why the loss of control took place. Carmichael pointed out that it’s too early to say what contributing factors were present during the crash and they are dealing with the most challenging railway territory in North AmericaEvery other factors, from weather, to maintenance history will be examined before a conclusion can be offered. It is too early to say what the contributing factors are. Carmichael adds this is some of the most challenging railway territory in North America.— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) February 5, 2019 Electronic communications from the crew will be reviewed. Carmichael cannot say if CP was in regular contact with the crew while the train was parked— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) February 5, 2019The union representing the workers, Teamsters Canada, said its focus now is on remembering the victims but is calling for change from the federal government on rail-related crashes.It noted eight people have lost their lives in rail incidents within the past year.WATCH: Three workers dead following CP rail derailment in B.C. WATCH: Field in fear of more derailments With files from The Canadian Press
REGINA — Retired police corporal Jim Pratt remembers standing on a road on the outskirts of Regina as a team of searchers walked through a yellow canola field.They were looking for a missing Indigenous girl, five-year-old Tamra Keepness. Elders had told police they had visions of the child near rocks, water and trees.Pratt says a car with two older white women pulled up beside him, and one peeped out a window.“Did you find our baby yet?” she asked.No. And fifteen years later, Tamra still hasn’t been found.Pratt gets emotional thinking about that day, that unsolved case and the girl so many worried about.“Race was thrown to the side,” Pratt says. “That little girl became everybody’s baby.”Tamra and her toothy smile were well-known across Canada in 2004, and the search for the missing girl grew to one of the largest in Regina’s history.She was last seen about 10:30 p.m. on July 5 of that year as she was going to bed in her home in Regina’s core, where she lived with her mother, stepfather, twin sister and four other siblings.She was noticed missing the next day about noon.“No matter what we did, no matter how many people we talked to, no matter where we searched, we were no closer at the end of that than we were the day that she was reported missing,” says Marlo Pritchard, a staff sergeant in charge of the major crimes unit at the time.Now chief of police in Weyburn, Sask., Pritchard recalls the force was consumed with an urgency to find the little girl.About 2,000 tips came in and, like a grenade going off with fragments flying everywhere, each one needed to be looked at as a potential lead.It’s frustrating no one was able to find her, he says.“It pulls at your heart. It hurts.”Retired officer Ron Weir, who was called in to set up the search and rescue operation just as he was heading out on holidays, remembers working 20-hour days on the case.Police were “behind the eight-ball,” he says, because several hours had passed between the time Tamra was last seen and when she was reported missing.He brought in volunteers to help.“These people were out there daily with us for months and taking time off their work,” he says.Police and hundreds of volunteers scoured neighbourhoods, combed through yards and garages and, assuming the worst, looked in trash bins and a local landfill. The search also expanded to Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation and Pasqua First Nation based on tips from the public and visions from elders.Regina police did not respond to a request for an update on the case. But this week they released a short video saying investigators continue to search for answers.The old brown-and-white house from where Tamra vanished still stands on Ottawa Street. Some residents say the neighbourhood has its issues: property crime, women working street corners at night and people in dark clothing walking around looking inside vehicles.Posters of a missing Indigenous woman, Jenaya Wapemoose, who hasn’t been seen since March, are taped to lampposts along the block.Tamra’s cousin, Honey Watetch moved in across the street a few months ago. Having Tamra’s old house so close is hard, Watetch says, and she doesn’t like to talk about it.Troy Keepness also visited the neighbourhood this week.Tamra’s father says he feels like crying and harbours guilt over losing custody of his children in the years leading up to Tamra’s disappearance.The last time he saw Tamra — the brave, giggly, energetic girl who looked most like him, Keepness says she told him she wanted to be home with him.He’s numbed the pain over the years with alcohol and drugs, he adds, and has also had interactions with police.“I feel awful about how I’ve been living to deal with issues around my life.”Keepness has 10 other children who are mostly now grown, he says. He’s proud of his kids. One son recently graduated high school. Tamra’s twin is now in university.He knows Tamra would be doing well now too, he says, and hopes to one day find her — or at least find out what happened to her.It’s something he has prayed about.“I prayed whoever has her would keep her safe and not hurt her,” he says. “And if she’s already an angel, then I said ‘hello.’”Pratt still advises police on the case, and says he also thinks about Tamra all the time.“Some day we’ll see her in the spirit world or some day she’ll walk down the street in real life and say, ‘I’m here,” Pratt says. “That’s how I have to look at it.“We’re not going to give up hope.”Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press
CALGARY — Pembina Pipeline Corp. has signed a deal to buy Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. and the U.S. portion of the Cochin pipeline system in an agreement it valued at a total of about $4.35 billion.Upon closing of the deal with Kinder Morgan Inc., Pembina says it will increase is monthly dividend by a penny per share to 21 cents.The Cochin pipeline runs 2,900 kilometres between Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., and Chicago and has a design capacity of up to 110,000 barrels per day.The deal also includes an Edmonton storage and terminal business and Vancouver Wharves, a bulk storage and export-import business.Pembina is offering 0.3068 of a Pembina share per Kinder Morgan Canada share and class B unit. The acquisition is valued at approximately $2.3 billion including the assumption of Kinder Morgan Canada’s preferred shares and outstanding net debt.In addition, Pembina is paying roughly $2.05 billion in cash for Kinder Morgan Cochin LLC, which holds Cochin US. Companies in this story: (TSX:PPL, TSX:KML) The Canadian Press
WHITEHORSE — Dennis Fentie, who served as Yukon premier for nine years, died Friday at the age of 68.Fentie served as the territory’s seventh premier from 2002 to 2011 as leader of the Yukon Party, which confirmed his death in a statement.He was first elected as a New Democrat to the legislative assembly in 1996, representing Watson Lake.He crossed the floor to the Yukon Party in May 2002, then won the party’s leadership and led it victory over the Liberals later that year.Fentie, who was also the territory’s finance minister, won a second term in 2006 and stepped down as leader 2011.Yukon Party Leader Stacey Hassard said in a statement that Fentie helped transfer more power from the federal government to the territory and made the economy his focus.“Over his nine years as premier, he was instrumental in negotiating a better health care funding agreement between the territories and Canada as well as for getting improvements to the territorial formula financing arrangements,” he said, adding that Fentie had “a tenacious spirit.”Hassard said Fentie was responsible for patients having access to modern hospitals in Dawson City and Watson Lake.“A hard-working premier who always had the best interests of Yukon at heart, Dennis was, above all else, a great friend to all of us and he will be sincerely missed. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family.”He was born in Edmonton and moved to Watson Lake in 1962 at the age of 12.Fentie was also the owner of a construction company.His career wasn’t without controversy. Before he was elected, Fentie admitted that he had been arrested for drug trafficking in 1975 and served 17 months in prison. He was pardoned in 1996.After he was elected, Fentie said he was embarrassed about the conviction.Flags at government buildings were lowered to half-mast in memory of Fentie.(CKRW, The Canadian Press) The Canadian Press
Z100, New York’s No. 1 Hit Music Station, has unveiled the star-studded lineup for its annual holiday concert, Z100’s Jingle Ball 2015, presented by Capital One, taking place on Friday, December 11, at 8 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.Z100 Jingle Ball 2015Z100’s Jingle Ball 2015 is part of the national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour, the season’s biggest annual music event that captures the holiday spirit of the iHeartRadio app, in Dallas, San Francisco/Oakland, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa. Z100’s Jingle Ball 2015 will mark Z100’s 20th year of bringing cheer to New York City with the holiday season’s biggest annual music event.Z100’s on-air personality, Mo Bounce, officially announced the all-star performers for Z100’s Jingle Ball 2015 which will include The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Selena Gomez, 5 Seconds of Summer, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony, Zedd, Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo, Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld, R. City, Conrad Sewell and DNCE. Special guest hosts will also include Elvis Duran of the “Elvis Duran and The Z100 Morning Show” alongside the entire Z100 family, with more to be announced.Capital One will sponsor the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour and as part of this partnership Capital One cardholders get exclusive first access to high demand tickets through a special iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Capital One Cardholder Pre-Sale. The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Capital One Cardholder Pre-Sale will begin tomorrow, October 6 at 10 a.m. local and will run through October 9 at 10 a.m. local or while supplies last. Tickets will be available at iHeartRadio.com/CapitalOne. Any remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on October 12 at 10 a.m. local, and will be available at iHeartRadio.com/jingleball.“Its amazing to celebrate Z100’s incredible legacy with the 20th annual Z100 Jingle Ball,” said Mark Medina, Program Director, Z100. “This year we’ve put together the hottest lineup for another amazing Z100 Jingle Ball concert so we can celebrate this monumental milestone with our listeners.”“It always amazes me how the Z100 Jingle Ball talent gets bigger and bigger every year,” said Elvis Duran. “This year’s show will be mind-blowing. It’s such an honor to be part of such a huge institution.”For the first time in Z100’s Jingle Ball history, Z100 is proud to announce its partnership with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. By putting children first, UNICEF has helped save more lives than any other humanitarian organization. Starting later in October, Z100 listeners can make a donation to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, giving them a chance to win tickets to Z100’s Jingle Ball.Z100’s Jingle Ball 2015 will kick-off with the action-packed Z100 & Coca Cola’s All Access Lounge, the official pre-event celebration. The event, which is free to the public, will include performances by Shawn Mendes, DNCE, Charlie Puth, Alessia Cara, R. City and Conrad Sewell, followed by meet-and-greets with fan favorites. Z100 & Coca Cola’s All Access Lounge will feature music as well as interactive displays from some of today’s hottest brands and products. The event will take place from 12 – 6 p.m. EST at Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St., New York, NY and will welcome fans of all ages.Every year, Z100’s Jingle Ball gives back to the community to celebrate the holiday season. This year’s official charity for Z100’s Jingle Ball 2015 is the Ryan Seacrest Foundation – $1.00 of each ticket sold will be donated to the non-profit organization, which is dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives.“The Ryan Seacrest Foundation is proud to team up with Jingle Ball for the third year in a row, allowing us to raise more funds and awareness for our work with children’s hospitals across the country,” said Meredith Seacrest, Executive Director & COO of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. “We love being a part of this concert tour and are truly grateful for all iHeartMedia does to help us lift the spirits of young patients and their families.”The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2015 Tour is presented by Capital One. Additional proud partners of this year’s national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour event(s) include: Allstate Insurance Company, Macy’s, The CW Network and Verizon. Multimarket partners include: Ulta Beauty. Z100’s Jingle Ball 2015 is also sponsored locally by Mercedes Benz, P.C. Richard & Son, Twix, Ari by Ariana Grande, Key Food, Fujifilm and Hornblower Cruises.Z100’s Jingle Ball will video stream exclusively on Yahoo for fans nationwide live and broadcast live on iHeartMedia Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) stations across the country on Friday, December 11, at 8 p.m. EST as well as be featured as an exclusive nationwide 90 minute broadcast special on The CW Network on Thursday, December 17, at 8 p.m. EST/PST, giving music fans across the country the opportunity to experience the highly anticipated annual event.
The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence featured 350 events across the country with more than 5,200 artists performing for a day of music on Sunday to honor victims of gun violence and to make gun violence prevention a voting issue in the November elections.Hawaii, the state with the lowest gun death rate in the country, initiated the concert series with a special sunrise Hawaiian Aloha chant performed by the Prince Dance Theatre at the Kahilu Theatre at 12:01AM HST/6:01AM EST. Moby made a surprise appearance at the Los Angeles concert while Joan Osborne joined the New York City performance.Jackson Browne and Rosanne Cash joined Marc Cohn on stage for a special performance of “The Only Living Boy in New York,” a song written by Paul Simon. Marc Cohn, a victim of gun violence himself, said of the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence musicians including Cash and Browne, “They stand tall and they stand up for what they believe in.”Following Hawaii, musical events took place over the course of the day at places of faith, historical theaters and other venues across the country.“Together we have power. If we rise to the challenge to unite and support sensible gun violence prevention measures in our cities and our towns, then we have the power to save lives. Let’s use our power for good,” said Eddie Vedder during his performance.The call to action on Sunday was to make gun violence prevention a voting issue in November, and to educate voters on the issue starting with Monday’s first presidential debate. Leading up to and on the day of the Concert Across America, organizers called for answers from the candidates on their solutions to curbing gun violence. Even though the question was not formally asked, the candidates still provided starkly different attitudes about gun violence in America.“We were thrilled that Hillary Clinton took the opportunity during the debate to reiterate her position on the gun violence epidemic in America. Specifically on the need to strengthen the background check system to keep guns out of the hands of violent felons, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill,” said John Rosenthal, founder Stop Handgun Violence and national co-chair of the Concert Across America.The founder of the Million Mom March and concert co-chair Donna Dees said “It is remarkable how so many organizations were represented at events across the country. In the Beacon Theatre alone, there were representatives from Moms Demand Action, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, the Brady Campaign, Stop Handgun Violence and Gays Against Guns, all in agreement that we must make gun violence prevention a voting issue in November.”The audience at the Beacon Theater was filled with activists who cheered at each reference to ending gun violence and people who have had loved ones ripped from their lives including Trennelle Gabay, the widow of Governor Cuomo’s lawyer who was gunned down in 2015. The parents of Allison Parker, who was murdered on-air during a news report for CBS in Roanoke along with Adam Ward, were in the audience. Andy and Barbara Parker held a backstage meeting with Marc Cohn and shared with him how much his song “Walking in Memphis” helped them.Jackson Browne invited John Rosenthal, founder of Stop Handgun Violence and National Concert Chair, Dees and concert coalition chair, Zoe Grover on stage during the Beacon performance to get a standing ovation for bringing so many diverse groups across America together. On stage, John Rosenthal reminded the audience of the power of music to mobilize movements and encouraged audience members to hold Congress accountable. Rosenthal also announced that the original estimate of 1000 participating artists was grossly underestimated as the 350 events nationwide reported over 5,200 performers.The artists and communities that participated in the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence reflect the diversity of the movement.“More than 300 enthusiastic people filled our audience” said Boca Raton organizer Elin Schusterman. “More than double the response of any previous event we have held since our committee against gun violence was formed over three years ago. We had everyone take out their phones and save congresses number in their phone before putting them away for the concert. Our audience left fired up and ready for action.”“We had 40 musicians including Jeffrey Gaines, plus 25 visual artists and dozens of advocates, vendors, speakers and so much more” Said Eric Miller organizer of the Ewing NJ event. “We had diversity, we had community and we had solidarity, it was incredible.”Elsewhere, middle schoolers in Gloucester, MA played to a packed venue at a teens only open mic and at San Quinton State Prison an inmate choir was led by a member of Rabbis Against Gun Violence to sing of choosing hope over hate.“This weekend, places of worship across the country raised their voices in song to raise awareness about America’s gun violence epidemic and to promote love, kindness and peace.” Said Brian Birch, Deputy National Coordinator of Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence.“We’re in awe of what these congregations accomplished. There was a performance from the University of Kentucky Black Voices choir at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Lexington, a multicultural choir performance by the World House Choir at First Presbyterian in Yellow Springs (Ohio), an interfaith event with 17 congregations gathering for an event they are calling ‘Standing on the Side of Love’ on the Capitol steps in Denver, and so many more. September 25th really was a day for standing on the side of love. Love can heal fear and policy change can save lives. We need both.”Others showed support with social media shout-outs, including Bette Midler, Snoop Dogg, Chelsea Handler, Sarah McLachlan, Valerie Jarrett, Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor.
Facebook Force Four Entertainment and Corus Entertainment are pleased to announce that principal photography is underway on Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip, a cinematic culinary series for Food Network Canada starring chefs Chuck Hughes (Chuck’s Day Off) and Danny Smiles (Top Chef Canada). The six-part series sees chefs and best buddies Chuck and Danny hit the road in an RV and feast their way across some of the nation’s most spectacular regions, sourcing the freshest ingredients and creating memorable meals with celebrated local chefs and food experts from Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, to Prince Edward Island. The original new series is set to premiere on Food Network Canada in Spring 2017.For years, the Montreal-based duo have been creating unforgettable feasts for guests and friends of Hughes’ critically acclaimed restaurants, Garde Manger and Le Bremner, and now in this epic culinary “bro-trip”, they’re seeking out Canada’s brightest chefs and most dedicated food artisans to help them create six feasts in six different campgrounds across Canada, including three national parks.“We are thrilled to begin shooting with the immensely talented and charismatic Chuck Hughes and Danny Smiles as they head out from their hometown of Montreal to experience the country in a whole new way,” says John Ritchie, Executive Producer, Force Four Entertainment. “We know that Food Network Canada viewers are going to love seeing their camaraderie as they get hands on, sourcing the freshest ingredients and cooking up incredible campsite feasts at each stop along the way.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip is produced by Force Four Entertainment, in association with Corus Entertainment’s Food Network Canada. SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Facebook:Facebook.com/FoodNetworkCanadaFacebook.com/ForceFourEntertainmentFacebook.com/ChefChuckHughesFacebook.com/DannySmilezInstagram/Twitter:Food Network Canada – @FoodNetworkCAForce Four Entertainment – @forcefourentChef Chuck Hughes – @ChefChuckHughesChef Danny Smiles – @ChefDannySmilesAbout Force Four EntertainmentVancouver-based Force Four began operations in 1983, and has grown to be one of Canada’s most successful and respected television production companies, producing more than five hundred hours of television and earning accolades on the national and international stage. Force Four was acquired by international entertainment leader Entertainment One (eOne) in 2014.The company’s highly successful television programs include lifestyle, reality and scripted programming that have sold and aired around the world. Force Four’s most popular series include Border Security: Canada’s Front Line, The Cupcake Girls, Shannon and Sophie, Village on a Diet, Murder She Solved, and the scripted sitcom Seed. Force Four has been awarded the prestigious Peabody Award, 10 Gemini Awards and over 25 Gemini nominations, and remains helmed by its previous owners President Rob Bromley, Chief Creative Officer John Ritchie, and Chief Operating Officer Gillian Lowrey.Force Four can be found on the web at www.forcefour.com.Food Network Canada is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Supernatural western Wynonna Earp returns to Alberta this week and filming kicks off for the show’s second season. “In our business, there’s a lot of times you’re doing a show you love and it never gets a chance to go to a second season, and this one would have been absolutely heartbreaking if we couldn’t do another season,” said Jordy Randall, executive producer with Seven24 Films. “To do a second season is a real gift, and I think it’s the first step to many more seasons frankly.” Twitter
Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Space on FacebookSpace on TwitterSpace on InstagramAbout Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA, original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and the international TV format THE LAUNCH. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Bravo’s mystery drama CARTER; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; CTV’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON as well as Comedy’s CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About SEVEN24 FilmsSEVEN24 Films is an independent film and television production company whose work has spanned over two decades. Executive Producers Tom Cox and Jordy Randall have produced dramatic series, mini-series, television movies and feature films garnering over one hundred industry awards and nominations. Current projects include the hit family series HEARTLAND, the longest running one-hour series in Canadian history, now in its eleventh season on CBC and UPtv, as well as YOUNG DRUNK PUNK, a half-hour comedy starring KIDS IN THE HALL alumnus, Bruce McCulloch. Other award-winning projects include the Canadian Screen Award winner, BOREALIS, as well as the Gemini Award-winning movie MAYERTHORPE and Gemini Award-winning mini-series BURN UP (with Bradley Whitford and Neve Campbell). Tom Cox and Jordy Randall were also co-producers on numerous high-profile feature films including the Academy Award nominated Brokeback Mountain, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Resurrecting the Champ and are both recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of their contribution to the arts.About IDW EntertainmentIDW Entertainment launched in November 2013 to distribute productions globally as well as to develop film and television properties based on IDW’s extensive catalog. The division is currently in development on a slate of properties including the chilling and realistic vampire thriller, V WARS, by New York Times best-seller Jonathan Maberry with writer/executive producer Tim Schlattmann (DEXTER, SMALLVILLE); political conspiracy series, COBB, with writer/executive producer Thania St. John (CHICAGO FIRE, COVERT AFFAIRS); quirky supernatural mystery, DOUGLAS ADAMS’ DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY, with writer/executive producer Max Landis (CHRONICLE); supernatural action series, PANTHEON, with co-creator Michael Chiklis (THE SHIELD). IDW also has several active theatrical projects in development. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.About SpaceSpace is home to phenomenal programming including imaginative dramas, epic movies, engaging reality series. Named “Channel of the Year” in 2013 by Playback magazine, Space is also home to original series WYNONNA EARP, KILLJOYS, and the exclusive Canadian home for signature series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, DOCTOR WHO, KRYPTON, and THE EXPANSE. Space content is always available on demand at Space.ca and on Space-branded On Demand channels through several of Canada’s TV Providers, and on Facebook, @SpaceChannel, and other social media platforms. Space is part of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. As described in recent profile in The New York Times, Andras (LOST GIRL) developed the “comedy-infused, character-driven drama” for television and serves as Executive Producer and Showrunner. SEVEN24’s Jordy Randall and Tom Cox serve as Executive Producers along with Ted Adams and David Ozer, as well as Todd Berger and Rick Jacobs. Brian Dennis is producer.Season 2 of WYNONNA EARP corralled an audience increase of 30% for total viewers compared to Season 1, and was up 33% among A25-54, 46% among A18-49, and more than double for females A25-54 and A18-49. WYNONNA EARP Season 2 made Space the most-watched entertainment specialty channel during its Fridays at 10 p.m. ET timeslot among adults A18-34 and A18-49.In the next episode of Season 3, “When You Call My Name” (Friday, July 27 at9 p.m. ET), the demon who cursed the Earp heir reveals himself in a shocking turn of events that will leave the team forever changed.WYNONNA EARP is produced by SEVEN24 Films in association with Space and Bell Media and distributed by IDW Entertainment. Production Executive for Bell Media is Rebecca DiPasquale. Tom Hastings is Director, Original Programming, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming; Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.Social Media links LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter TORONTO (July 23, 2017) – As announced at San Diego Comic Con this weekend, Space has renewed supernatural sci-fi series and fan-driven phenomenon, WYNONNA EARP, for a fourth season. Created by Emily Andras, produced by Calgary-based SEVEN24 Films, and distributed globally by IDW Entertainment, WYNONNA EARP stars Canadian actor Melanie Scrofano as the titular demon hunter. With Season 3 of the western phenomenon currently airing on Space Fridays at 9 p.m. ET, production on Season 4 of the one-hour cult-hit begins in Calgary in 2019.“We couldn’t be more excited that WYNONNA EARP is returning to fire up the Space lineup for a fourth season,” said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. “This ground-breaking series continues to prove itself to be a wildly imaginative, unconventional program that drives viewership and captures the hearts of critics and devoted fans alike. We’re thrilled to be on board with SEVEN24 Films, and the talented cast and crew for round four.”WYNONNA EARP follows legendary lawman Wyatt Earp’s descendant, Wynonna (Scrofano), who inherits his mystical gun, Peacemaker. With it, Wynonna and her posse of dysfunctional allies must fight against supernatural beings and other paranormal occurrences in a raucous, whisky-soaked struggle to break her family’s demonic curse. 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Advertisement Twitter This summer, you may have noticed the phrase #SaveShadowhunters turn up in high-traffic spots around the globe. Billboards in New York’s Times Square, for instance, or Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square or Seoul’s Gwanghwamun Gate station.The hashtag flew over Netflix’s downtown Los Angeles HQ in an aerial ad and ran down the length of British double-decker buses in London. Pedicabs emblazoned with the phrase ferried people around San Diego Comic Con.Long live the shadow world fandom. You guys are non stop. The #ShadowhunterPlane flew right over our office #soaringthroughthefog #writingthroughthelight #shadowhunters https://t.co/B7iORAqgVX— Todd Slavkin (@toddzer1) June 23, 2018 ✨ the shop sent us this pic after the installation these are going to be out and about at comic con! ✨#SanDiegoComicCon ??⭐️ #ShadowhuntersTakeSDCC ⭐️#SaveShadowhunters @FreeformTV @toddzer1 @netflix @AmazonStudios @cbsallaccess pic.twitter.com/vV2lakBgEf— #SaveShadowhunters • DAMMIT MEGAN™️ (@OUaTPreachers) July 19, 2018 Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Toronto-shot Shadowhunters is the latest sci-fi series fans worldwide are trying to save from cancellation. (Freeform) Login/Register With: Then there were the tweets — more than 14 million of them — along with old-school emails, letters and postcards sent to the sci-fi show’s creators as well as a variety of network executives.This highly coordinated campaign comes courtesy of the Shadowfam, champions of the recently cancelled, Toronto-shot Shadowhunters. It’s the latest rally by superfans driven to save their favourite TV shows.“Shadowhunters has such a global fandom. We’re literally everywhere,” said Maria Jose Garcia, who helped wrangle the Toronto billboard. Advertisement Advertisement
Adam Scorgie is pulling off the seemingly impossible, making it big as a film producer while being based not in Los Angeles, New York or even Toronto, but Edmonton.Scorgie, 38, has produced a number of critically and commercially successful documentaries, including two on the business and culture of cannabis and Ice Guardians, a compelling piece of journalism on the misunderstood culture of National Hockey League enforcers. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: He’s now completed his new film, Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story, which will appear on Sportsnet this winter.For all his successes, Scorgie’s life could easily have gone in a vastly different direction, one that speaks to Scorgie’s fascination with morally murky topics like the cannabis trade and the world of violence and intimidation in the NHL.BY GREG SOUTHAM | EDMONTON JOURNAL Advertisement Twitter
APTN National NewsA dispute between a developer and the Mohawks of Kanesatake appears to finally coming to an end.Norfolk Development sparked outrage in the Mohawk community this past summer with plans to build condominiums in an area claimed by Kanesatake.The Oka municipality says it bought the land for $280,000. The grand chief of Kanesatake says the community is happy with the deal and called on the federal government to stop any new developments on contested land in the area known as the Pines.
APTN National NewsFamilies and friends of missing and murdered Aboriginal women were on Parliament Hill Tuesday.An independent group called Families of Sisters in Spirit held a vigil in memory of their lost loved ones.The group is determined to raise political awareness surrounding the issue.For some families, the vigil was a tough reminder of what they’ve lost.
By Delaney WindigoAPTN National NewsToronto – They met gathered in Toronto and snaked their way through the financial district to Queen’s Park telling the federal government they’re Idle No More.If their voices weren’t loud enough they were armed signs slamming Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government.They started their march at Toronto’s Sheraton Hotel where the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers were meeting. They then made their way to Queen’s Park.“It’s a result of Harper’s agenda. Harper has created this movement inadvertently by showing his true colours and really trying to oppress people through legislation,” said demonstrator Jody Kechego of Bill C-45 that aims to limit control of First Nation land.A number of youth attended the rally too.One Cree Elder said he’s glad to see young people so engaged.“I feel that the youth are listening. That’s the most important thing is listening about our culture, our heritage and everything and I think a lot of young people are wanting to do it, but a lot of us older ones, we need to get our s**t together and show that example,” said Vern Harper.The rally also fell on the International Day for Human Rights, something that didn’t go unnoticed.“There’s just erosion of human rights and that’s been an ongoing story throughout history, constantly trying to get rid of the Indigenous responsibility,” said Tantoo Cardinal.