Calgary indie pop duo Tegan and Sara to grace pages of Archie

first_img Twitter Advertisement Calgary indie pop twins Tegan and Sara are headed to the Archie Comics universe.The “Everything is Awesome” performers announced they will cross paths with the Riverdale characters in an upcoming issue of “The Archies.”The spinoff series follows the fictional band from the comic book franchise. The sisters unveiled the appearance with an Instagram post that showcases a cover from issue No. 5 with them alongside Jughead, Reggie and others. They said it hits stores in February 2018.Tegan and Sara join a number of other musicians who have graced the pages of Archie comics over the years.In 2011, rockers Kiss were central to the four-part series “Archie Meets Kiss,” while Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches appeared in two issues of “The Archies” this year.Several covers will be printed for the Tegan and Sara issue, including one with Tegan wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with an image of Betty, while Sara is sporting a shirt adorned with Veronica. Advertisement Tegan Quin, left, and Sara Quin of the musical group Tegan and Sara arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. – THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/APcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

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DRAGONS DEN ANNOUNCES NEW SEASON WITH 2018 AUDITION TOUR

first_imgAdvertisement DRAGONS’ DEN is calling on all aspiring entrepreneurs to present their business pitches for a chance to be featured next season on CBC. Beginning in Toronto on February 10, auditions will be open to the public, as producers hit the road visiting Canadian cities coast-to-coast in search of the country’s best business ideas in need of a Dragon investment.A full list of audition dates and cities are listed below, venues, timing and additional information can be found online via the DRAGONS’ DEN website (cbc.ca/dragonsden/auditions).The audition tour welcomes participants of all ages, with businesses at any stage of development. Hopeful entrepreneurs should prepare to pitch their concept to the DRAGONS’ DEN producers in five minutes or less. If they show the producers they have what it takes to pitch in the Den, they could be invited to Toronto to face the Dragons. Prospective pitchers are encouraged to apply online and bring a completed application form to the audition. Advertisement Producers will be on the lookout for entrepreneurs in the following cities:Feb. 10 – Toronto, ONFeb. 15 – Edmonton, ABFeb. 15 – Nanaimo, BCFeb. 16 – Windsor, ONFeb. 17 – London, ONFeb. 17 – Calgary, ABFeb. 17 – Vancouver, BCFeb 21 – Guelph, ONFeb. 22 – Belleville, ONFeb. 23 – Kingston, ONFeb. 24 – Montreal, QCFeb. 24 – Ottawa, ONFeb. 24 – Barrie, ONFeb. 28 – Oshawa, ONFeb. 28 – Thunder Bay, ONMar. 2 – Fredericton, NBMar. 2 – Charlottetown, PEIMar. 3 – Hamilton, ONMar. 3 – Halifax, NSMar. 3 – Cranbrook, BCMar. 7 – Waterloo, ONMar. 8 – Kelowna, BCMar. 8 – Lethbridge, ABMar. 10 – Calgary, ABMar. 10 – Victoria, BCMar. 14 – Collingwood, ONMar. 14 – Prince George, BCMar. 14 – Whitehorse, YTMar. 16 – Abbotsford, BCMar. 17 – St. John’s, NLMar. 17 – Vancouver, BCMar. 21 – Regina, SKMar. 23 – Saskatoon, SKMar. 23 – Quebec City, QCMar. 24 – Montreal, QCMar. 24 – Winnipeg, MBMar. 24 – Niagara Falls, ONApr. 7 – Toronto, ON.About DRAGONS’ DENDRAGONS’ DEN is one of the most successful Canadian unscripted programs and is currently in its 12th season. In addition to its success on air, DRAGONS’ DEN is also a hit online, boasting an active and engaged online community and averaging more than 450,000 page views per month. Full episodes and exclusive behind-the-scenes content can be viewed at cbc.ca/dragonsden. DRAGONS’ DEN is filmed at the CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto and airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC Television. Tracie Tighe is executive producer and Molly Middleton and Yette Vandendam are senior producers. Dianne Buckner hosts. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Find the show online at: cbc.ca/dragonsdenfacebook.com/dragonsden@cbcdragon #cbcdragonsden About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. Twitter Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Leonard Cohens poem Kanye West is Not Picasso gets social media buzz

first_imgThis file photo taken on January 16, 2012 shows Canadian singer and poet Leonard Cohen, left, and rapper Kanye West (JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images and AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Advertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO — Leonard Cohen aimed his proverbial pen at Kanye West as he crafted a collection of poems in the final months of his life.In the recently published book “The Flame,” which also includes lyrics and illustrations by the late Canadian literary and music star, is a piece titled “Kanye West is Not Picasso.”Dated March 15, 2015, the poem is a cheeky point-counterpoint narrative surrounding the boastful nature of the hip-hop star, who once declared onstage: “I am Picasso.” The poem had social media abuzz on Thursday as West visited the White House.“Kanye West is not Picasso. I am Picasso,” starts Cohen’s poem. “Kanye West is not Edison. I am Edison. I am Tesla.”The poem contains a couple of expletives, and also mentions rapper Jay-Z.“Kanye West Is Not Picasso” by Leonard Cohen, from Cohen’s new book ‘The Flame.’ pic.twitter.com/w5lUfkjdYv— S H I R E S’ $Hit Show (@amandashires) October 11, 2018“Jay-Z is not the Dylan of anything. I am the Dylan of anything,” says the poem. “I am the Kanye West of Kanye West. The Kanye West.”Poems in “The Flame” are said to have been selected and ordered by Cohen himself.It’s billed as the final volume of poems from the distinguished Montreal native, who died in November 2016.In the foreword, his son Adam Cohen writes that the volume “was what he was staying alive to do, his sole breathing purpose at the end.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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NETFLIX JUST THREW SOME MAJOR SHADE AT THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENTS SEX ED

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter The modernized sex-ed program, which has been referred to as “controversial,” is opposed by social conservatives, covers topics like sexual orientation, same-sex relationships, sexting, and consent.“We expect our teachers, principals, and school board officials to fulfil their obligations to parents and children when it comes to what our students learn in the classroom,” Ford said.“We will not tolerate anybody using our children as pawns for grandstanding and political games. And, make no mistake, if we find somebody failing to do their job, we will act.”And this December, Netflix brought back a classic, and decided to let Canadians know in the best way possible.“Since the Ontario sex-ed curriculum has gone back in time, you can ‘learn’ about sex the way teens in the ’90s did: all the American Pie movies are now on Netflix,” they tweeted.since the Ontario sex-ed curriculum has gone back in time, you can “learn” about sex the way teens in the ’90s did: all the American Pie movies are now on Netflix— Netflix Canada (@Netflix_CA) December 5, 2018And if all else fails, remember, this one time, at band camp… Facebook Advertisement Netflix has thrown some shade at Doug Ford’s government.As the Ontario government continues to work on the Education Ministry’s decisions for the 2019-2020 school year, teachers in the province were advised to use a revised interim curriculum, which will include a health and physical education curriculum used from 1995 to 2014.Ford also issued a warning to teachers considering whether to teach the current sex-ed curriculum introduced by former premier Kathleen Wynne in 2015, saying the province “will act” if a teacher fails to do their job. Advertisementlast_img read more

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CCMA PARTNERS WITH SOCAN TO LAUNCH CCMA SONG CAMP

first_imgThe inaugural CCMA Song Camp will boast a roster of some of Canada’s top country talent. Those attending include:SONGWRITERSKelly ArcherPatricia ConroyDan DavidsonLindsay EllAndrew HyattEmma-LeeMeghan PatrickMackenzie PorterDeric RuttanBen StennisTebeyPRODUCERSBlake BollingerJeff JohnsonKaren KosowskiColin MunroeDave “Dwave” ThomsonFor more information on the CCMA and the CCMA Song Camp you can visit www.ccma.org .About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2019 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker, the Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary and Tourism Calgary.About SOCANSOCAN is a rights management organization that connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. More than 150,000 songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists are its direct members, and more than 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of rights management, with wholly-owned companies Audiam, Dataclef, MediaNet, RoyaltyGuru and SODRAC, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music and visual arts have value and creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.com Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA) is pleased to announce that it has partnered with SOCAN, the largest music industry organization in Canada, to launch the CCMA Song Camp. Taking place January 27 – February 2, 2019 in Gaspar Hernández, Dominican Republic, the week-long camp will bring together 16 established country music songwriters and producers with the goal of creating a broad collection of radio-ready songs.Sun, sand and country music; the perfect combination for a week in the Caribbean. Spending seven days off the grid at the Song Camp provides attendees the opportunity to break free from their day-to-day and life’s distractions, giving them the freedom to channel their creative outlets and granting them access to unique collaborative experiences they might not otherwise have.Each morning the curated group of writers and producers will receive a briefing and then dissolve into their small assigned groups where they will spend the day collaborating to develop a collection of new songs. Days will consist of a series of three writing sessions, ranging from two to five hours in length, with new groups being assigned together each day. Every evening will culminate with a late-night showcase, providing the groups an opportunity to share their favourite tracks from the day’s sessions. Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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We are nations says AFN candidate Gabriel

first_imgAPTN National NewsTORONTO–Perhaps best known for her role as spokesperson during the 1990 Oka Crisis, Ellen Gabriel said Canada must change the way it deals with First Nations.“The tiny little box that we’ve been put in by the Indian Act is not working. We have a broken relationship with Canada and we need to decolonize that relationship,” she said.But Gabriel said change has to happen in First Nation communities too.“Because of the residential schools, because of the Indian Act, we need to restore the places of women in our communities. We talk about the violence in our communities, we need men to stand up. Not behind us, but beside us as our brothers. Stop the violence in our communities,” she said.Gabriel is one of eight candidates vying for the position of national chief of the AFN. She was speaking during the candidate’s forum during the AFN gathering in Toronto where chiefs will vote for national chief on Wednesday.Gabriel said the AFN needs to remember who it represents.“We should not be going to Canada who we have disputes with. If we have a dispute with one another it should not be up to Canada and their courts who have a limited scope in their interpretation of what our rights are. We should be going to the international level, because our treaties and our agreements are international agreements. We are nations,” she said.Gabriel touched on topics like protecting Indigenous languages, the importance of First Nation controlled child and family service organizations, and calls for a national inquiry into the hundreds of missing and murdered Indigenous women.“In 2006, the Union of Chiefs of Police vowed that they would create a protocol on how to deal with the missing and murdered Aboriginal women. Here it is 2012 and they’ve done nothing. They have done nothing because it is in their best interests to keep women oppressed,” she said.Gabriel also said the AFN must support the community of Barriere Lake in Quebec which has been battling to govern traditionally and First Nations fighting tar-sands development in Alberta.But she stressed that she’s not against First Nations benefiting from their own lands.“But I’m against development that hurts and exploits our lands so that we can longer drink our water. That poisons the water, the moose and the fishes that we eat. It has to be sustainable development,” she said.last_img read more

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Family of Tiffany Morrison calling for people to support MMIW inquiry

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsThe family of Tiffany Morrison is calling for people to support the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.Melanie Morrison is the sister of the 24-year-old who was found dead in her community of Kahnawake more than a decade ago.“They’re listening to when families are speaking up, the communication issue, that’s been stepped up, the way that they handled the meeting, in the Yukon was done really well, so it gives hope that they’ve been listening to what we’ve been suggesting,” said Morrison.The community held a walk in her honour Sunday – see video.The inquiry has come under fire for appearing to be disorganized and some have criticized it for not community with families.It held three days of hearings in Whitehorse. No new dates are scheduled.tfennario@aptn.calast_img read more

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Uncertainty envelops impact of federal pot law on First Nation territory

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe federal Liberal government’s point-man on legalizing marijuana said more talks between Ottawa, the provinces and First Nations are needed to sort out how the looming pot law will apply on reserves.Liberal MP Bill Blair, who is also parliamentary secretary for justice, said while provinces and territories will be responsible for developing regulations and distribution models for marijuana within their jurisdictions, it remains to be determined how those will be applied on First Nation territory.“It’s an ongoing discussion between the three levels of government,” said Blair, a former Toronto police chief. “It’s part of a discussion that needs to take place.”Ontario recently announced a plan to regulate and distribute marijuana through provincially controlled outlets. The plan was silent on how First Nations will fit into the scheme.A spokesperson for Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said the province is initiating discussions with First Nations to coordinate an approach to marijuana legalization.“Ontario recognizes the importance of holding meaningful consultations with Indigenous communities about cannabis legalization and has already held initial conversations,” said spokesperson Andrew Rudyk, in an emailed statement. “Ontario will develop a government-to-government engagement process with Indigenous communities and organizations…to facilitate discussions on the provincial approach to federal cannabis legalization.”A first meeting of this so-called “bilateral cannabis table” is scheduled for Sept. 25.Assembly of First Nations Ontario regional Chief Isadore Day said the provinces should have no role in how First Nations decide to deal with marijuana on their territory.“Ultimately there will need to be recognition of First Nation governments to look at issues of enforcement, to look at those harmonized arrangements,” said Day. “The province has no right. The question will then become, ‘Who will do it?’ Something of this nature does need to be regulated; whether it will be self-regulated by First Nations, whether it will be regulated by the federal government. If we are saying no to the provincial government, how will we put in place a management and enforcement regime that will protect the community?”Day appeared before the House of Commons Health committee on Thursday and criticized the federal government’s failure to include First Nations in developing its proposed pot legalization legislation, Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act.The Health committee has heard from over 80 witnesses in its study of Bill C-45.The regional chief said First Nations are not ready to deal with the possible fallout of legal marijuana by the government’s self-imposed deadline of July 1, 2018.“First Nations are…not prepared to deal with all the ramifications of Bill C-45,” said Day. “We are not yet in a position to fully understand and fully address those impacts.”Day said the text of the legislation mentions provincial and municipal governments, but not First Nations.“If the government of Canada is serious about its dedication to a government-to-government relationship, First Nations need to be included within this section to provide adequate responses to the implications of this bill within and surrounding First Nation communities,” said Day.Day said Ottawa needed to consider revenue sharing agreements with First Nations on the expected windfall revenue from pot sales to help offset expected increases in costs for communities on policing, ambulance, fire and health services.Day said the legislation also needed to acknowledge the right of First Nations to ban marijuana from their territory as is currently the case with alcohol.He said the AFN, which currently has no official position on the issue, is planning to hold a national summit on cannabis early next year.The marijuana market is already blooming on the ground in several First Nations in Ontario. Tyendinaga, Six Nations and Alderville First Nation already have operating dispensaries and Akwesasne is expected to soon join the group.Jamie Kunkel, who owns the Smoke Signals dispensary in Tyendinaga, said Ottawa and the provinces have no business trying to regulate marijuana on Indigenous territory.“As Indigenous people, we are going to take the exact same stance as tobacco. It is a natural product and it all goes back to the same thing,” said Kunkel, an Indigenous pioneer in the cannabis world who developed his own marijuana strain. “We just want to be left alone. Keep your hands out of our pockets. Don’t tell us how to live our lives. Let us operate the way we operate.”Kanenhariyo, owner of Mohawk Medicine in Six Nations, a traditional medicine and herbal store which sells marijuana alongside bear root, sage and sweet grass, said he’s concerned that band governments will try to muscle local entrepreneurs out of the business by signing deals with provinces.“I am concerned that this talk about shared resources, shared income from the cannabis industry with band councils getting involved in negotiations with the provinces will lead them into copying what the provinces have done and cut out individual entrepreneurs making a living,” said Kanenhariyo. “Indigenous communities can use cannabis in a way to create economic stimulus within the community like tobacco did, without it becoming criminalized, without the province saying we want all the money, so communities can build themselves economically. The entrepreneurs are the ones who need the jobs, who need the work to grow it.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarrerlast_img read more

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New Brunswick premier off to Toronto to court more cybersecurity jobs

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant is off to Toronto this week in an effort to attract more cybersecurity jobs to his province.Gallant will meet with officials of Siemens, who are looking for a location to build a “global centre of confidence” in cybersecurity.“Obviously we believe that we have the assets and a cluster that is second to none in North America for a business like Siemens to be able to invest in their global centre of confidence in cybersecurity,” he said.Gallant said the centre would include dozens of high-paying jobs, with the potential for dozens more during a second phase.“There are some ‘i’s to dot and ‘t’s to cross, but we’re very positive, and Opportunities New Brunswick has been working very closely with Siemens, who completely understand what we have to offer here in New Brunswick when it comes to cybersecurity, the cluster we’re building together, the strong workforce and innovative economy,” he said.Siemens already has a large presence in the province with facilities to develop smart-grid technology.Gallant said attracting Siemens’ new centre to New Brunswick would, in turn, help attract other major companies to locate their cybersecurity programs in the province.New Brunswick is becoming a cybersecurity hub with major investments by companies like IBM and TD Bank, and the Canadian Cybersecurity Institute at the University of New Brunswick.Last month, the TD Bank Group became the first Canadian bank to join the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity as a founding partner.Frank McKenna, deputy chairman at TD and a former New Brunswick premier, said protecting online data is “mission critical” for the bank because it is under constant attacks from hackers.He said the bank plans to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in the institute and will open an office on site with up to 20 employees to start with. The institute’s cybersecurity graduate students will work with TD technology teams to develop new ways to detect and deal with online threats.There have been reports that estimate the global cost of cybercrime exceeded $600 billion last year.“We really believe that cybersecurity is, unfortunately, a major challenge for businesses, organizations and countries around the world moving forward, which makes it a huge economic opportunity as well,” Gallant said.last_img read more

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Former NL premier Danny Williams to testify at Muskrat Falls hearing

first_imgHAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. – Public hearings will continue Monday morning for an independent inquiry into the issues surrounding the $12.7 billion Muskrat Falls hydro project on Labrador’s lower Churchill River.Former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams will begin testimony at 9:30 a.m. at the Beothuk building in St. John’s on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the project near Happy Valley-Goose Bay, which has been described as “the greatest fiscal mistake in Newfoundland and Labrador’s history ” by current premier Dwight Ball.During his term, Williams championed the project — which has been plagued by cost overruns and construction delays — as a form of energy independence from Quebec.He retired from politics shortly after announcing the plan for Muskrat Falls in 2010.At a hearing earlier this month, historian Jason Churchill told the inquiry that Quebec’s stronghold on the Churchill River’s resources have long blocked Newfoundland and Labrador from accessing elusive energy markets.He said Quebec has a disproportionate amount of control over the Churchill Falls Generating Station, informing Williams’ 2007 energy plan that proposed Muskrat Falls.Representatives from Indigenous groups, environmental groups and engineering and economic experts will take the stand later this month.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version mistakenly identified the lower Churchill River as being in Newfoundland. In fact, it’s in Labrador.last_img read more

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Top US trade official voices concern over Peru logging

first_imgLIMA, Peru — The top U.S. trade official is expressing concern that Peru may not be living up to its promises to combat illegal logging under a free trade agreement.In a letter sent in December, U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer wrote that he considered “unacceptable” a recent decision in Peru to put an independent agency that monitors the logging trade under the Ministry of Environment.The letter to U.S. Rep. Richard Neal came after House Democrats sent a letter requesting the U.S. trade representative take action.Lighthizer wrote that the U.S. position had been “forcefully communicated” to Peru and that he would request consultations if the decision was not reversed.Environmental activists consider Peru’s decision to make the forest inspection service a subordinate agency a blow in efforts to strengthen enforcement.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Condill Hotel starting to come down

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The demolition contractor hired by the City of Fort St. John has completed the abatement of contaminated materials inside the Condill Hotel, and today started to knock the historic building down. The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said that the demolition phase is expected to take approximately one month during which time the sidewalk and the parking lane in front of the building will be closed. Once the demolition is complete near the end of June and the site has been fully remediated, the property will be offered for sale for redevelopment. Contractors begin demolishing the Condill Hotel. Photo by Adam Reaburn Contractors begin demolishing the Condill Hotel. Photo by Adam Reaburn Contractors begin demolishing the Condill Hotel. Photo by Adam Reaburn Contractors begin demolishing the Condill Hotel. Photo by Adam Reaburn Contractors begin demolishing the Condill Hotel. Photo by Adam Reaburn Contractors begin demolishing the Condill Hotel. Photo by Adam Reaburn Harvey said in a release that the sale of the lot will provide a return on investment over the next 20 or 30 years. Any proposed development will follow the City’s Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaws that guide the form and character of any new or renovated building in the downtown core. “This generational opportunity for downtown redevelopment will have a lasting effect on our community,” stated Mayor Lori Ackerman. The City of Fort St. John purchased the building last July from Leo and Elaine Budnick, and announced after taking possession in September that it would be demolishing the historic building. After being awarded the contract to demolish the hotel last October, Prince George-based NAPP Enterprises for just over $457,000, with the total budget of acquiring and remediating the site for development set at $1.5 million.After finding more hazardous material than what was published in the tender, NAPP submitted a number of change orders that resulted in the City increasing the demolition budget by roughly $650,000. However, since NAPP resumed work in February, Harvey said that the City has not received any more change orders.last_img read more

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NPSS students collect donations to install lockers for homeless residents in Fort

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The NPSS Senior Alternate program has successfully been working on projects to benefit both Fort St. John, and the international community.  Right now they are wrapping up a year-long project to help the homeless in our community.Throughout this past school year, the program has completed projects such as sending Christmas shoeboxes, which are small boxes filled with gifts, to less fortunate children of Africa. The program also sponsored a family during Christmas and bought them Christmas dinner and gifts which hopefully helped the family have an amazing Christmas.In addition, they have also cleaned up the school grounds and they have brought greeting cards to the seniors at Peace Villa Care Home to brighten their day. Earlier this year, the class held a clothing and coin drive to provide warm clothing and supplies to the shelter. Walmart Canada also contributed a $1000 grant to this project.Currently, Ronin Medcalfe, who is the lead organizer for the homeless project, is working on getting lockers for the homeless living in our community to use to keep their belongings safe.“I think it makes them feel good like somebody cares,” said Ronin Medcalfe. He’s been working on this project since last year when his proposal letter was read at City Council.“They need somewhere to put their stuff where it won’t be stolen;  their wallets, ID’s, things that they treasure most,” said Medcalfe. Right now Ronin is working on the final stages of buying the lockers and getting them installed at the homeless shelter.“Every homeless person in Fort St. John who uses the shelter will have access to the lockers,” said Medcalfe. The Salvation Army was more than happy to work with Ronin and the other students on this project.“Receiving these donations means a lot to the community that we serve,” said Cameron Eggie, Executive Director for the Northern Centre of Hope. “It shows our guests that people do care about them and it shows our frontline staff that the community supports their work.” This article has been submitted by Cassie Westergaard a student at North Peace Secondary Schoollast_img read more

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Registration nearing a close for Tour of the Peace Charity Bike Ride

first_imgOrganizers realized that not everyone can bike 150 kilometres, so they added a 75 km bike race, a 10 km run, and a 5 km walk to this year’s program. In 2016 and 2017 the event had 18 riders and collectively raised $38,000 for the Foundation.To register for the Tour of the Peace Charity Bike Ride click here. The deadline for residents to register is July 23rd. TAYLOR, B.C. – The Tour of the Peace Charity Bike Ride is weeks away from closing registration.Tour of the Peace is a charity bike ride that aims to raise funds and awareness for children living with type-1 diabetes. The event teams up with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation every year in hopes of one day finding a cure.The event includes a 150km bike ride as well as a family-friendly barbecue at the end of the race. The bike ride starts at Peace Island Park and follows highway 97 and 29 all the way to Hudson’s Hope. The bike route is shown below:bike route. photo by Joanna Webster.last_img read more

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Mikisew Cree say Frontier oilsands mine deal includes vote on future development

first_imgLepine says Mikisew doesn’t quite have a “veto” on opening the new pit but the agreement puts pressure on Teck and makes it difficult for north pit mining to proceed if the First Nation isn’t satisfied.Mikisew was the last of 14 local Indigenous groups to sign support agreements with Teck last fall, just before the project went to a joint federal-provincial review panel that is expected to render a decision next summer.Teck manager of Indigenous affairs Robin Johnstone says the deal includes what amounts to a “no-development option,” adding that leaving unsettled part of the legal agreement with the Mikisew Cree was a “real step-out” for his company.“We essentially said we think that we can mine the north pit in an environmentally appropriate manner, but we’re going to take the first 30-odd years of mine life to actually prove to you that we will do that,” he said during a panel discussion at the Forward Summit Indigenous business conference in Calgary.“When it’s coming to the end of our mine life and we’re having to proceed to mine the north pit, we’re going to go through a process that’s going to include a ‘no development option’ and we’re going to work through that with you. So we’re really putting things on the line.” CALGARY, A.B. – The industry relations director for the Mikisew Cree First Nation says the community’s support of the massive Frontier oilsands open pit mining project includes an ongoing voice in how future development unfolds.Melody Lepine says the confidential agreement it signed last fall with developer Teck Resources Ltd. includes a provision requiring new negotiations before the company begins to mine its north pit, which would take it closer to Wood Buffalo National Park than any previous oilsands development.She says Teck will have to prove that it will address environmental concerns about water flow and quality in the Peace-Athabasca River delta from Frontier, which is designed to produce 260,000 barrels of bitumen per day for 41 years.last_img read more

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Cops: 100 Naxals suspected to be involved in Dantewada ambush

first_imgRaipur: At least 100 Naxals are suspected to be involved in the attack in which a BJP MLA and four security personnel were killed in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, a police official said on Wednesday.Police have also recovered a GPS device of Naxals from the site in which the rebels had set the location of the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) used in the incident. Bheema Mandavi, the BJP MLA from Dantewada seat, and four personnel of his security staff were killed when Naxals blew up their vehicle near Shyamgiri village on Tuesday, just two days before the first-phase of the Lok Sabha polls in the state. “We have received inputs that around 100 Naxals, including 50 to 60 armed and rest militia (lower rung) members, led by commanders Deva and Vinod, were involved in the attack,” Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava told PTI over phone. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Malangir area committee of the banned CPI (Maoist), which is active in the area, along with Kerlapal area committee and some cadres of Jagargunda area committee jointly executed the attack, he said. Three weapons, including a 9 MM pistol and two rifles, were reported to be missing from the attack site, he said. “According to ground inputs, it was a pre-planned attack as a large number of armed cadres could not gather in such a short span of time. It could have been a trap laid for the MLA,” Pallava said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOn Tuesday, it was Mandavi’s third visit on the route in the election season. The SP said the area was sanitised twice by the District Reserve Group (DRG) in last five days, but the IED can be planted in a day only. On Monday, Mandavi passed through the same route but that day, de-mining exercise was done by security forces and he was escorted by an additional team of DRG, Pallava said. That day, the MLA is suspected to have told some villagers that he would attend the fair held in Shyamgiri on Tuesday, or somebody from the village would have invited him for it, he said. “We are checking the call details record of the MLA to ascertain if any person from the area called him,” he said. The MLA’s mobile phone is missing and it might have been taken by Naxals, the official said. On Tuesday also, Mandavi was being escorted by additional security of 50 DRG personnel on 25 motorcycles, during his poll campaigning. But when he sought that security be withdrawn citing that he had completed his campaigning for the day, the security forces returned, he said. The MLA then suddenly decided to head to towards Kuwakonda in his bullet proof vehicle, following which his security staff in the escort vehicle informed the police. The Bacheli police station head officer immediately called the MLA, asking him not to take that route due to security reasons, he said. “In the meantime, the MLA left behind his piloting escort vehicle. He, along with four security personnel in his SUV, and another vehicle behind carrying five policemen, headed towards Shyamgiri, ignoring the advisory,” he said, adding two escort vehicles followed his SUV. After spending a couple of minutes at Shyamgiri fair, the MLA headed towards Kuwakonda.last_img read more

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DHR joyride derails near Darjeeling after brushing against vehicle, no one injured

first_imgDarjeeling: The 52596 Darjeeling Himalayan Railway steam loco joyride brushed against a vehicle and got derailed. This resulted in multiple services of the DHR being cancelled on Monday.The joy ride was returning from Ghoom to Darjeeling. At Dali, around 4 km from Darjeeling, a vehicle was moving out of a garage located next to the tracks. The engine brushed against the vehicle, dragged it along and got derailed in the process. There was no report of any injury to the 27 passengers in the two coaches of the derailed train. The Railway Protection Force has lodged an FIR against the owner of the vehicle. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe single line was blocked owing to this. Subsequently, the 4:20 pm steam joyride was cancelled along with the 4:30 pm diesel joyride. The passenger train to Kurseong from Darjeeling was also cancelled. A diesel joyride returning from Ghoom was stuck, along with the train to Darjeeling from New Jalpaiguri. “We will return the full fare for the cancelled services. We will also ensure that the passengers booked in the cancelled services get a chance to take the ride on Tuesday or any other day if they desire. Owing to the ongoing tourist rush, we will provide additional coaches to accommodate the tourists,” stated a DHR authority. The cancellation of service came as a major damper for the tourists. “I returned to Darjeeling after 20 years and extended my stay as I did not get tickets for the joyride. On Tuesday I have a return train from NJP but I will avail a joyride before I depart from Darjeeling,” stated Asish, a tourist from Hyderabad.last_img read more

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Repoll in 168 polling stations of West Tripura LS seat: EC

first_imgAgartala: The Election Commission has ordered a repoll at 168 polling stations out of 1,679 polling stations in West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency, an election official said Wednesday.Repoll in polling stations spread over 26 of the 30 assembly segments of the Lok Sabha constituency will be held on May 12, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti said. Polling in the constituency was held on April 11 last and opposition CPI-M and the Congress had demanded repoll in the entire constituency, alleging large-scale rigging by the BJP during voting on April 11. Expressing dissatisfaction over the EC’s decision, Congress vice-president Tapas Dey said, “We were surprised to find that repoll was ordered only in few polling stations. We have no other alternative but to move the Supreme Court.”last_img read more

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