Month: October 2019

NADYA KWANDIBENS HONOURED WITH 2018 ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL INDIGENOUS ARTS AWARD

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Nadya is an intrepid, ground-breaking and influential artist,” said the jury members, who were unanimous in their choice. “She has brought an Indigenous voice to portrait photography that recontextualizes images and shows us our true selves.” They also praised Nadya’s dedication and commitment, noting her reliable presence “in every community and at every event.”Nadya’s exceptional work highlights the power of photography as a storytelling medium,” said Peter Caldwell, Director & CEO, Ontario Arts Council. “She is widely respected for her reflective, empowering portraiture, as well as her visionary approach to representation. My sincere congratulations to Nadya on her achievements and this award.”The OAC Indigenous Arts Award also honours emerging leadership: each year, the award recipient is invited to nominate a rising Indigenous artist or arts professional to receive a $2,500 prize. Nadya has selected photographer Melissa General as this year’s emerging laureate.About Melissa GeneralMelissa General Advertisement Facebook About the awardThe Ontario Arts Council Indigenous Arts Award is a $12,500 award program: $10,000 is awarded to the laureate, $2,500 to the emerging artist or arts leader.Jurors for the 2018 award were playwright Falen Johnson (Toronto), curator/visual artist Clayton Windatt(North Bay) and musicologist/journalist/broadcaster Brian Wright-McLeod (Toronto).Previous laureates include Denise Bolduc (2017), Samuel Thomas (2016) and Daniel David Moses (2015). Click here for a full list of past recipients. Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Photographer Nadya Kwandibens is the recipient of the 2018 Ontario Arts Council Indigenous Arts Award. This award, created in 2012, celebrates the work of Indigenous artists and arts leaders who have made significant contributions to the arts in Ontario.Nadya will receive this $10,000 award on Sunday, June 24, during the Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York (250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto). The award presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m., just before a free concert by Juno Award–winning music duo Digging Roots.About Nadya KwandibensNadya is Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from the Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation in northwestern Ontario. She is a self-taught photographer with both artistic and commercial practices.Her photography company, Red Works Photography, aims to empower contemporary Indigenous lifestyles and cultures through photographic essays, features and portraits.Her artistic practice centres on three ongoing bodies of work: Concrete Indians Red Works Outtakes and emergence. She is currently developing a multimedia series, The Kitchen Table Talks, which will explore diverse perspectives on matrilineal leadership and nationhood. She has also published a photo book called Idle No More.Nadya’s photography has been exhibited in group and solo shows across Canada and the United States. She is also a member of the Indigenous Laws and The Arts Collective, which paired artists and legal thinkers for Testify – a travelling multimedia exhibition exploring Indigenous law through the arts.Nadya delivers empowering photography workshops and presentations for youth, universities and community groups. Quotes Melissa is Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, and she currently lives in Toronto.A multidisciplinary artist, Melissa works in photography, audio, video and installation. Her practice is focused on her home territory of Six Nations and the concepts of memory, language and land.Melissa’s work has been exhibited in galleries and shows in Ontario, Manitoba and Québec. She is also a contributor to the national billboard project Resilience, curated by Lee-Ann Martin.Melissa is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) with a major in photography, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University. Twitterlast_img read more

APTN political panel all about the scandals – Part 2

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere’s no shortage of things to talk about on Parliament Hill.There’s the Senate scandal.The prime minister’s former chief of staff.Over at Aboriginal Affairs questions about how the department investigated claims that it was spying on First Nations child advocate Cindy Blackstock.APTN’s Jorge Barrera with this week’s political panel.For Part 1 click here.last_img

Profile Family values play big role in Ghislain Picards run for national

first_imgAPTN National NewsGhislain Picard has been doing the job of national chief since Shawn Atleo stepped down earlier this year.But can he convince enough chiefs at the election to give him the job full-time?Picard is a member of the Innu community of Pessamit.It’s located some 600 km east of Montreal on the shores of the St. Lawrence River.The father of three, and grandfather of six, says he always prioritizes family values.“Our children must have access to quality education and quality schools that value our languages and cultures founded on our rights and jurisdiction,” said Picard.APTN’s Danielle Rochette has more on Picard as part of a APTN’s special broadcast at 4 p.m., EST.last_img

Thunder Bay Bear Clan Patrol takes to the water to try and

first_img(Bear Clan out on a river in Thunder Bay. Photos courtesy the Bear Clan.)Kathleen MartensAPTN News SaturdayVolunteers with Bear Clan Patrol in Thunder Bay plan to start doing something this weekend police and politicians have so far been unable to do – patrol the waterways that have claimed more than 12 Indigenous lives since 2000.“We got three so far,” spokesman Travis Hay said of brightly coloured kayaks they want to launch Saturday in the McIntyre River that runs through the northwestern Ontario city.“We’ll be doing weekend river patrols through the summer along with our regular foot patrols.”Some victims drowned accidentally in the river and McIntyre-Nebing Floodway but others died under suspicious circumstances leading to allegations of racism against the police service for shoddy investigative work.Eventually, there was a coroner’s inquest and water safety audit.The victims were either students from remote communities or adults in the city for various reasons including medical appointments.Hay says the city is still debating recommendations from the audit but Bear Clan isn’t waiting to make the rivers safer.“We went out earlier this week on a test run…,” he said, “to see how the waters were.”The Thunder Bay chapter is modelled on the Bear Clan Patrol that was founded in Winnipeg, Man., and now supervised by James Favel.Favel loves how the group is thinking “outside the box” despite the many challenges.“When they started up I did not envy their position,” he said. “They were up against (allegations) of corruption of the police and mayor and the hatred there, the racism.”But now Favel says the Bear Clan is filling gaps in services – especially evenings and weekends – and repairing relationships from the ground up. There are 28 chapters now in 14 cities in six provinces from Montreal to Vancouver, he added.Hay says Thunder Bay bought kayaks and life jackets with donations. He says volunteers are needed and welcome.Thunder Bay police are conducting their own patrols of the waterways in the city.A recently released report by police shows there have been more than a thousand interactions between officers and people by the river.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

Winnipeg Transit accused of failing to attend to unconscious passenger

first_imgThis video obtained by APTN shows the bus continued on its route while a man lay unconscious on the floor.Alward said she called 9-1-1 for help.“I had to tell the bus driver to stop. He said that everything was OK, that he had already called his supervisor,” she said.“I told him everything wasn’t OK, and that I was on the phone with 9-1-1 right there and then. And that he needed to stop the bus so the ambulance could come and get this guy.”James Favel, co-founder of Winnipeg’s Bear Clan Patrol, which helps the city’s poor and vulnerable, was outraged to hear Alward’s account.“That’s absurd that Transit would value its schedule over a person’s life,” he said Tuesday.“They need some sensitivity training or something.”Favel confirmed Bear Clan had been in talks with the drivers’ union – Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1505 – to supply bus passes and training to his members to be public ambassadors onboard. But he said Transit officials rejected the proposed pilot project.Alward said the incident has her fearing for her own welfare because she, too, is an Indigenous person.“What if I fell for whatever reason and they said, ‘Oh, it’s just a drunk Indian that fell over.’”She said she’s still wondering why the driver didn’t respond more positively.“He had a really cavalier attitude. When the bus stopped a woman came back there and she thanked me. She said she was really nervous about everything and that man had been on the floor like that since she got on.”To top it off, she said the driver complained about the delay.“He said something about being late and I said, ‘No, this is more important than you being late for your route.’”Alward said a fire truck arrived within minutes followed by an ambulance. She said she left when first responders started attending to the man.“I was too upset and I had to leave,” she said.kmartens@aptn.ca This man was unconscious on a Winnipeg Transit bus. (Submitted photo)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsWinnipeg Transit is investigating after a bus driver allegedly ignored an unconscious Indigenous man lying on the floor as he continued picking up passengers.“People were just supposed to step over him,” said an upset Sandra Lee Alward after riding the No. 18 bus.Alward, a nurse, said the disturbing incident occurred June 28. She said she boarded the bus and spotted the man she estimated to be in his late 20s lying on the floor near the back.“His shirt was missing and there was a $5 bill half-way sticking out of his back pocket. I didn’t smell any liquor.”Alward says she couldn’t believe the driver carried on like no one was in trouble.“I just went straight back there to see how he was and why he was on the ground. I didn’t touch him because the bus kept moving,” she said.“He had shallow and rapid breathing – he wasn’t sleeping. There was something wrong with him.”A spokesperson for Winnipeg Transit said Tuesday it was investigating the incident described by APTN.“Winnipeg Transit takes these matters very seriously and is currently investigating the incident,” said spokesperson Alissa Clark in an email.last_img read more

Budget office cuts cost estimate of childrens insurance

first_imgWASHINGTON – Congress’ official budget analysts have eased one stumbling block to lawmakers’ fight over renewing a program that provides health insurance for nearly 9 million low-income children.The Congressional Budget Office says a Senate bill adding five years of financing to the program would cost $800 million. Previously, the analysts estimated it would cost $8.2 billion.That means lawmakers should find it much easier to agree to a way to pay for extending the program.The lower cost projection doesn’t resolve the main barrier the bill faces. Extending the children’s health program has become enmeshed in a battle among President Donald Trump and lawmakers over how to protect hundreds of thousands of younger immigrants from deportation, and how much added money should be spent on defence and domestic programs.Once those more heated disputes are resolved, the conflict over children’s health should end quickly.Financing for the program expired last fall. Congress has temporarily extended its funding, but growing numbers of states have moved closer to exhausting their money. Members of both parties are eager to extend the health insurance program and avoid being blamed for causing millions of children to be uninsured.Counterintuitively, the bill’s budget impact has shrunk because the Republican tax bill enacted last month eliminated the penalty President Barack Obama’s health care law imposes on people who don’t buy insurance. That move is expected to drive up the government’s costs of subsidizing people buying policies on insurance marketplaces.That’s because ending those penalties is projected to result in fewer healthy people buying coverage on marketplaces, driving premiums higher for remaining consumers. Since government subsidies for people buying policies are linked to premiums, higher premiums mean higher federal costs.The budget analysts say extending the children’s insurance program will encourage some parents to use that program and not the marketplaces. That would save the government money.The new estimate was included in a letter the budget office sent Friday to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.last_img read more

Halifax firm suspends Old Harry oil exploration in Gulf of St Lawrence

first_imgHALIFAX – Halifax-based Corridor Resources Inc. (TSX:CDH) says it has suspended exploratory work on the Old Harry project in the Gulf of St. Lawrence for the foreseeable future.In a news release issued Monday, the company says it has completed a geotechnical analysis and has determined that it wouldn’t be “prudent” to continue with additional capital spending, and as a result is suspending all further technical work and expenditures.The Old Harry site is located about 80 kilometres off the southwest tip of Newfoundland in an area that straddles the Newfoundland and Labrador-Quebec border, and has been previously thought to hold significant oil and gas reserves.But Corridor says its analysis has determined more complexity than previously suggested.The company says it now believes the prospect could be more “gas prone than oil prone” and the overall quantities could be less than originally estimated.Corridor says it has determined that a three-dimensional seismic survey should be conducted before an exploration well is drilled, and adds that it has been unable to attract a joint venture partner.“As a result of the foregoing, Corridor has determined there is no longer a viable path to drilling an exploration well on the prospect before the current exploration licence on the Newfoundland side expires in January 2021,” the news release states.“Corridor has not received interest in the Old Harry prospect from many international companies. In our view, this was due to a higher cost environment related to uncompetitive taxes and an increasingly cumbersome and unpredictable regulatory approval process in Canada.”In past years the exploration work has been the subject of protests by environmental groups opposed to potential drilling in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.The Save Our Seas and Shores Coalition and other environmental and First Nation groups have called for a moratorium to prevent offshore oil drilling over concerns of the potential effects a spill would have on the area’s sensitive ecology.The company still holds exploration licences with both the Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec governments.last_img read more

Quebec premier outlines plan to push back against protectionist US policies

first_imgQUEBEC CITY, Que. – Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard will be heading to the United States next week to push back against U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist trade policies.Couillard told reporters Wednesday he’ll be in Washington D.C., on Tuesday to meet with elected officials and Trump administration representatives to denounce U.S. tariffs imposed on Canadian lumber, newsprint, steel and aluminum.He will also be in New York City on Thursday as the province aims to cultivate contacts with U.S. policy-makers, legislators and business people who are likely to support it as trade tensions escalate between the two countries.“I don’t actually know how the behaviour can be changed or predicted,” Couillard said of Trump’s policies. “What I know is that we have a lot of allies in the States, people who think like us … these are the people who we will keep in contact with.”Couillard described the spats as “skirmishes” that could eventually lead to a trade war and said he will send a message to his U.S. counterparts that there is nothing to be gained from it.The provincial government outlined an evolving series of measures to counter the protectionist policies, summed up by the words denounce and mitigate.Quebec, whose economy is closely tied to that of the United States with three-quarters of exports heading to that country, said it will also diversify its export markets going forward.He gave as an example the European Union market as well as intensifying trade with other Canadian provinces.Quebec won’t go on the offensive alone — Couillard said he spoke with Ontario premier-designate Doug Ford on Wednesday, who responded positively to his request for the two provinces to work together to stand up to the Trump administration.“On the importance of our combined economies and the need to work together, we are in total agreement,” Couillard said.last_img read more

Passengers body found in Pacific lagoon after plane crash

first_imgCANBERRA, Australia – A passenger’s body has been found in the Pacific lagoon where a plane crash-landed last week near an island runway in Micronesia.Air Niugini had initially said all 47 passengers and crew had survived when the Boeing 737 crashed near the Chuuk island runway on Friday.The Papua New Guinea national carrier said on Saturday one passenger had not been accounted for but was witnessed reaching a rescue dinghy as U.S. Navy sailors and locals helped people escape the sinking plane.But Air Niugini chief executive Tahawar Durrani said the man’s body was found by divers Monday. The airline said in a statement on Tuesday the man was Indonesian, but did not reveal his identity.“Our outreach team is in touch with the man’s family and we are making arrangements to repatriate his body,” Durrani said in a statement.Four passengers were in stable conditions at a Chuuk island hospital and will be taken soon to Guam for further treatment, Air Niugini said.Hospital and aviation officials have not responded to requests for comment.Flight PX73 from nearby Pohnpei island crashed about 145 metres (475 feet) from the Chuuk International Airport runway, the airline said.What caused the crash remains unclear. The airline and U.S. Navy said the plane landed in the lagoon short of the runway. Some witnesses thought the plane overshot the runway.A Papua New Guinea accident investigation team flew to Micronesia on Friday, the Post Courier newspaper reported.Flight PX73 flies from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport to Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby, via Pohnpei and Chuuk.Air Niugini has operated since 1973. Data from the Aviation Safety Network indicate the Indonesian passenger is Air Niugini’s first fatality in two decades.last_img read more

The Marriott breach compared with past security breakdowns

first_imgNEW YORK — Marriott’s revelation that as many as 500 million guests may have been affected by a data breach at Starwood hotels, which it bought two years ago, ranks among the largest hacks ever. It is not clear if some of those included in the final tally are individuals who were counted during every stay.For comparison, here are some of the worst data breaches in history:—Yahoo, by far, takes the prize for worst data breach, with a 2013 hack affecting 3 billion users.—EBay asked all of its 145 million active users in 2014 to change their passwords as a precautionary measure because of a hack into personal information. The company was not sure how many people were actually affected by the breach.—Equifax suffered a breach in 2017 that affected about 148 million people. It discovered the hack in July of 2017, but didn’t disclose it until September 7.—In 2014, 83 million accounts were compromised at JPMorgan Chase.—Insurer Anthem suffered a hack in 2015 that may have compromised records for nearly 80 million people.—In 2013, Target was attacked by hackers, affecting 41 million people.The Associated Presslast_img read more

United CEO No more pilot training needed on new Boeing jet

first_imgDALLAS — The CEO of United Airlines says his pilots don’t need any additional training on the new Boeing jet that is at the centre of the investigation into a deadly crash in Indonesia. Oscar Munoz says United’s pilots are prepared to respond to problems that might arise with automated systems on modern planes.Munoz spoke to reporters Wednesday and said the Boeing 737 MAX is safe and reliable.United — along with American and Southwest — uses the new Boeing model that was involved in the Oct. 29 Lion Air crash.Indonesian investigators are examining the role of faulty sensor readings from an anti-stall system in the accident, which killed 189 people.David Koenig, The Associated Presslast_img

Bell asking customers for permission to collect more personal information

first_imgTORONTO — Canada’s largest telecommunications group is getting mixed reviews for its plan to follow the lead of companies like Google and Facebook in collecting massive amounts of information about the activities and preferences of its customers.Bell Canada began asking its customers in December for permission to track everything they do with their home and mobile phones, internet, television, apps or any other services they get through Bell or its affiliates.In return, Bell says it will provide advertising and promotions that are more “tailored” to their needs and preferences.“Tailored marketing means Bell will be able to customize advertising based on participant account information and service usage patterns, similar to the ways that companies like Google and others have been doing for some time,” the company says in recent notices to customers.If given permission, Bell will collect information about its customers’ age, gender, billing addresses, and the specific tablet, television or other devices used to access Bell services.It will also collect the “number of messages sent and received, voice minutes, user data consumption and type of connectivity when downloading or streaming.”“Bell’s marketing partners will not receive the personal information of program participants; we just deliver the offers relevant to the program participants on their behalf,” the company assures customers.Teresa Scassa, who teaches law at the University of Ottawa and holds the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy, says Bell has done a good job of explaining what it wants to do.But Scassa says Bell customers who opt into Bell’s new program could be giving away commercially valuable personal information with little to no compensation for increased risks to their privacy and security.“Here’s a company that’s taking every shred of personal information about me, from all kinds of activities that I engage in, and they’re monetizing it. What do I get in return? Better ads? Really? That’s it? What about better prices?”Toronto-based consultant Charlie Wilton, whose firm has advised Bell and Rogers in the past, says there’s “tonnes” of evidence that consumers are increasingly aware of how valuable their personal information can be.“I mean, in a perfect world, they would give you discounts or they would give you points or things that consumers would more tangibly want, rather than just the elimination of a pain point — which is what they’re offering right now,” Wilton says.Scassa says there are also privacy and security concerns to consider.At the macro level, Bell’s data security could be breached by hackers. At the micro level, she adds, there’s the potential for family friction if everybody starts getting ads based on one person’s activities.Ads for pornography, birth control or services for victims of abuse could trigger confrontations, for instance.“Some families are open and sharing. Others are fraught with tension and violence,” Scassa says.Wilton says a company in Bell’s position also runs the risk that customers will feel betrayed if their information is leaked or the advertising they receive is inappropriate.In the age of social media, he says, “one leak or one transgression gets amplified a million times.”For its part, Bell spokesman Nathan Gibson notes in an email that its customers aren’t required to opt into its new marketing program and they can opt out later by adjusting their instructions to the company.“Bell is responsible for delivering the advertising we believe would be most relevant to customers who opt in to the program, rather than the random online ads they would receive otherwise,” Gibson says.“Customer information is always protected, enforced by our strict privacy policy and in accordance with all Canadian privacy regulations.”A spokeswoman for the federal privacy commissioner says that it hasn’t received any complaints about Bell’s new program.However, Tobi Cohen noted that Bell withdrew and replaced its earlier Relevant Ads Program for its mobile service after the commission concluded in 2015 that dissatisfied consumers shouldn’t be required to take the initiative to opt out.“Following further consultations and discussions with our office, Bell did make improvements and relaunched the program with opt-in consent in 2016,” Cohen says.She added that the privacy commission hasn’t scrutinized the new “tailored” marketing program but added that the federal privacy law governing private-sector organizations has numerous requirements.Among other things, organizations “need to explain what risks of harm may come to the individual from the collection, use or disclosure of the various information.” Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE)David Paddon, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Brooks Whopper Wednesday March 6th 2019

first_imgTo view the Brooks Whopper Wednesday FB Event; CLICK HERE11103 Alaska Road SouthFort Saint John, British Columbia V1J0P2(250)250.785.2522 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Burger King at the Gateway Plaza is celebrating ‘Brooks Whopper Wednesday’ where a portion from every whopper combo will be donated to Constable Brooks as he undergoes chemotherapy.As of February 23, 2019, the GoFundMe account set in Brooks name shares, ‘Brooks got through his surgery, he’s in pain, but feeling better with the Cancer removed. He’s sitting down most of the time and on various drugs so is fairly drowsy. The biopsy should take 2 weeks. The doctor looked at his blood work and said that chemo can be done in Fort St. John. Right now Tony’s immune system is compromised so he is trying to stay local as much as possible.’Trevor Bolin, Owner of the Fort St. John, Burger King said “We have done a few of these events in the three years we have been open, when we hear about someone that is in our community that’s going through a tough time or the family is working with them on the road to recovery, we like to get the community involved and ensure that we can all help out” In July 2018, Brooks saved a mans life when he used his advanced medical training and managed to pack the wound to close off the artery inside the man’s arm and stop the flow of blood. The injured man was then airlifted to a Vancouver area hospital for treatment.At the time of the incident, the detachment had received feedback from Vancouver Doctors who had inquired with the Doctor in charge of the Tactical Medical Program, to applaud the incredible work done by Cst. Brooks, who literally saved this man’s life, shared Sgt. Tyreman in July 2018.“Someone like Constable Brooks, for example, a year ago he was mentioned as saving a mans life and getting him down to Vancouver,” said Bolin,” These are everyday people and they are everyday heroes in our community. They need help as all the rest of us do at some point in time.”“We want to make sure, we good community members, neighbours, family and friends can help out,” said Bolin.Whopper Wednesday combos are $4.99 with proceeds from each combo sale being donated to Brooks.To view the GoFundMe Account; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Alaska Highway Cemetery Tour

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Join staff and volunteers of the North Peace Museum for a guided tour of the Fort St. John Cemetary.Friday, July 26th, 2019 from 7 pm to 8 pm at the Fort St. John Cemetary on 100 Avenue. Tour is $10/person and can be paid at the cemetery gate prior to the tour. The Alaska Highway has shaped the lives of residents of the North Peace over the last 77 years. Learn about those who helped with the highway’s construction as well as entrepreneurs, lodge owners, ambulance drivers, and more.To view the FB Event page; CLICK HERElast_img

Local Hero Darlene Joan Thomas passes at 75 years

first_imgTRURO, N.S. – Local hero Darlene Joan Thomas, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 4, 2019, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre.During her time living in Fort St. John, on April 9, 2012, while working at Walmart as a greeter, the triple amputee who used a wheelchair for mobility saved the life of a man in his forties by performing CPR after he went into cardiac arrest. Thomas was awarded the BC Ambulance Hero Award for her actions on that day.Thomas would later go on to do a walk-a-thon at Pomeroy Sports Centre to raise money for Hope Air. As posted on her obituary, Thomas was a veteran paramedic and firefighter and Legionnaire but most of all, she was a fighter and big family person.Born in Port Alberni, British Columbia, Thomas’s Celebration of life will be held at a later date in Port Alberni.Donations can be made on Thomas’s behalf to Honour House Society (A place for families of first responders who are receiving medical treatment to stay.) or Hope Air (Provides free flights for patients requiring medical care.) These two charities were very close to Thomas’s as she spent countless hours fundraising for both according to the obituary.Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Monty Bissett Bursary Fund announces the names of Dawson Creek citizens honoured

first_imgThis year’s awards recognize the late Murray Logan, Stu and Anita Minnifie, Don Phillips, Jim Stenhouse, and Jim and Ruth Thompson.According to the College Foundation, since its inception in 2004, the bursary has supported students entering the college while paying respect to the memory of citizens of Dawson Creek.Last year, the awards recognized the late Gary Dunaway, Tom Hamilton Sr, Robin Jobin, Lorraine Ravelli, and Darshan Syal. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – As under the Northern Lights College Foundation, the Monty Bissett Bursary Fund announced the names of Dawson Creek citizens honoured in the 2018–19academic year.During the 2018–19 academic year, Monty Bissett contributed $5,000 to the bursary fund honouring some of Dawson Creek’s finest citizens.In return, the Northern Lights College Foundation matched the gift for a total of $10,000.last_img read more

Accident on the South Taylor Hill on Saturday leads to investigation

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at approximately 12:10 PM police and emergency services responded to a serious injury, two-vehicle collision on south Taylor Hill, Hwy 97.According to Mike Halskov, Cpl Media Relations Officer for the RCMP, Upon arrival, it was determined that the driver of a truck had collided with another vehicle, causing significant injuries to the lone occupant of the second vehicle, a man in his 40’s from the United States.He was transported to the hospital for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening injuries.Police entered into an impaired driving (by drug) investigation with the man who was driving the truck, a man in his 30’s from the local area who is known to police.The highway was closed for a period of time as police investigated this criminal collision.  Peace Regional Traffic Services (FSJ) and the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service are continuing with the investigation.Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call Peace Regional Traffic Services in Ft. St. John at 250-787-8140, quoting file 2019-10135.No further information is available as the matter is under investigation.***An earlier version of this article had the incorrect date of the incident.  The collision happened on Saturday October 5, 2019.last_img read more

Terrorism akin to cancer hurts India and Afghanistan Afghan diplomat

first_imgNew York: India and Afghanistan have been hurt by terrorism which is “like cancer” and threatens peace in the region, a top Afghan diplomat has said while appealing to the international community not to view his war-torn country as an isolated case. Speaking at an event organised at Asia Society here on Monday, National Security Adviser of Afghanistan Hamdullah Mohib said Pakistan talked about brotherhood and historical linkages but hardly shows any cooperation in combating terrorism. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping “We haven’t seen any cooperation from Pakistan,” Mohib said. Replying to a question on Afghanistan’s estimate of cooperation from Islamabad, the top diplomat said Pakistan is “always very nice, they speak about brotherhood, historical linkages and the likes but then all we see is terrorists coming our way and no brotherhood”. Mohib said India and Afghanistan were hurt by terrorism and both the countries have suffered a great deal. “We understand what the cost is that we are paying,” he said. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang “But it (terrorism) is not just a threat to India and Afghanistan. Terrorism is like cancer. It is our problem today but it will soon be someone else’s problem once it’s no longer ours,” Mohib said. Referring to the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS), he said the plan stayed only on paper and did not get implemented. “There hasn’t been any action (on APAPPS) and there is no interest from Pakistan to implement it. There is no cooperation with Afghanistan in any aspect,” he said. Mohib said Afghanistan had diversified its trade from Pakistan, stressing that if it had not done so, the prices of the food items would have skyrocketed this year due to drought. “We have diversified into our northern route through Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan now and through Iran by Chabahar connecting to India. It has opened up opportunities for Afghanistan not only to increase our trade but also to give us more options for import. We had to do that,” he said. Mohib said the easiest and cheapest way for these trade routes for Afghanistan would have been through Pakistan but Islamabad has failed to act. “We have never seen any progress on action. And so until we see willingness to make action, we are not going to buy any more words from Pakistan,” he said. Mohib stressed that it was important that the international community does not view Afghanistan as an isolated case. “It’s an issue that is shared. We are taking the brunt of the issue here and making the sacrifices. If this were to end in Afghanistan – and not in the way that we would want it to be, which is a clear defeat of non-state actors and proxy groups – this precedent could start to haunt other countries in our immediate neighbourhood to begin with,” he said. On the issue of security in the region and terrorism, he said non-state actors were a “dangerous precedents to allow”. “A lot of countries think that because they have not been hit by non-state actors, it’s not their problem. Letting this precedent to be opens doors and opportunities for other groups to operate. “If one of these groups were to be successful, for whatever their objectives may be, it leaves the precedent for many others who are also part of that DNA,” he said.last_img read more

AAP will fight and win LS polls on its own Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi: Ruling out any alliance with the Congress, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday announced that his party will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on its own and hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not fulfilling BJP’s electoralpromise of granting full statehood to Delhi. Asserting that the upcoming polls will be fought on the issue of full statehood, Kejriwal criticised Modi for not fulfilling this promise as mentioned in BJP’s 2014 manifesto. “It amounts to cheating. They [BJP] should come clean,” Kejriwal said. “The ongoing general elections are also a part of the mass movement for full statehood for Delhi.last_img