Some of the MMIWG inquirys farthestreaching recommendationsSome of the MMIWG inquirys farthestreaching recommendations

first_imgGATINEAU, Que. — The final report of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls includes more than 200 “calls for justice.” A selection of some of the farthest-reaching ones:1. Establish a national Indigenous and human-rights ombudsperson and a national Indigenous and human-rights tribunal2. Create a national action plan to ensure equitable access to employment, housing, education, safety, and health care3. Provide long-term funding for education programs and awareness campaigns related to violence prevention and combating lateral violence — that is, violence committed by one Indigenous person against another4. Prohibit taking children into foster care on the basis of poverty or cultural bias5. Fund Indigenous-led efforts to improve the representation of Indigenous people in popular culture6. Launch health and wellness services aimed at Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA* people, particularly so that health care is available to vulnerable Indigenous people in their own communities7. Create a guaranteed annual livable income for all Canadians, taking into account “diverse needs, realities and geographic locations”8. Create safe and affordable transit and transportation services in, to and from remote communities, to reduce dependence on risky activities such as hitchhiking9. Revise the Criminal Code to “eliminate definitions of offences that minimize the culpability of the offender”10. Fund policing in Indigenous communities so their services are equitable compared to those in non-Indigenous communities, including modern information technology, major-crime units and crime prevention11. Fund training and education for Indigenous people to thrive in education, health-care, media, policing, law and other fields12. Consider the welfare of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people in planning resource-development and extraction projects13. Remove the “maximum security” classification in the federal correctional service, which limits access to rehabilitation and reintegration programs14. Increase Indigenous representation on all Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court15. Develop knowledge and read the final report. Listen to the truths shared, and acknowledge the burden of these human- and Indigenous-rights violations, and how they impact Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people today * Two-spirited, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexualThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Premier wants answers on mental health detainee who fled calls man aPremier wants answers on mental health detainee who fled calls man a

first_imgTORONTO — Ontario’s premier vowed Thursday to get to the bottom of how a patient detained at a mental health hospital for killing his roommate managed to flee, calling the man a “nutcase.”Zhebin Cong, who was found not criminally responsible for the death of his roommate, had been on an unaccompanied trip into the community from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health on July 3 when he failed to return, the hospital said.CAMH said it reported the 47-year-old’s disappearance later that day to police, who issued a notice asking for the public’s help in finding the man nearly two weeks later.Toronto police have said CAMH told them Cong presented a low risk to public safety, but the Ontario Review Board, which evaluates the status and assesses the risk of anyone found not criminally responsible, found in its most recent decision in April that he continued to pose a significant threat to public safety.Premier Doug Ford phoned in to a talk radio show Thursday on NewsTalk1010 to say he’s “disgusted.”“What is the family thinking of the poor victim that got chopped up with a meat cleaver by this nutcase and then they let him loose out on the streets,” he said.Ford said he would be speaking Thursday with Toronto police, the review board and CAMH.“Someone’s going to be answering because if you’re calling this low risk, what is high risk?” he said. “These crazy, crazy people that want to go around chopping people up, they’re out on the streets.”CAMH said it was doing an internal review and is reassessing all existing passes and privileges for patients, especially those who have unsupervised access to the community.Police say Cong has fled the country and they are working with international law enforcement agencies to track him down.Records from the Ontario Review Board show Cong killed his roommate with a meat cleaver in 2014 and was found non-criminally responsible on a charge of second-degree murder as a result of his mental illness.Cong was an in-patient at the secured forensic unit of CAMH and deals with schizophrenia, the records show.He was granted a pass to the community by medical officials that allowed him to leave the hospital for a fixed purpose on the condition that he return at a fixed time.In its April decision, the board found Cong’s condition had slightly improved with ongoing anti-psychotic medication, but that he did not fully understand his mental illness, its symptoms and his risk of relapse and violence.Allison Jones, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Group linked to robocalls and text messages registers as third partyGroup linked to robocalls and text messages registers as third party

first_imgOTTAWA — A third-party organization linked to a series of robocall and text campaigns in Canada is now officially registered as a third party for the upcoming federal election.Canada Strong and Proud sent out robocalls in late June asking for information about voting intentions and support for pipelines.According to Elections Canada’s website, the third party was registered July 23 by Chris Russell of St. John’s, N.L.Russell is also a director of at least two similar political action groups at the provincial level, which are not registered as third parties for the coming election but have conducted text, robocall or ad campaigns in the past.Other directors for Canada Strong and Proud are linked to groups across the country who have also employed automated messaging tactics around provincial campaigns over the last year.Official third parties must disclose interim financial statements five days after they are required to register with Elections Canada, if they have spent more or received more than $10,000.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Kids Have Their Wishes Come True At Film PremiereKids Have Their Wishes Come True At Film Premiere

first_imgThe highly anticipated premiere of “Wish Wizard” recently took place at Arclight Hollywood.Andre Gordon at Wish Wizard PremiereCredit/Copyright: MS|PR“Wish Wizard” is a short film that was made in connection with Make-A-Wish to fulfill the wishes of four kids to have movie related experiences. It is about two kids who embark on an enchanted journey and with the help of a Wish Wizard, find that happiness lies within.Stephanie Drapeau at Wish Wizard PremiereCredit/Copyright: MS|PRSome of the celebrity supporters of the film included: Morgan Freeman, David Koechner, Ed Begley Jr., Judith Hoag among others. Famed producer Garry Marshall joined in on the action by coming in as a mentor, stepping behind the camera for a day of production to help fulfill the fourth wish kids (Matthew’s) wish of learning how to produce a movie.Wish Wizard Premieres at Arclight HollywoodCredit/Copyright: MS|PRWish Wizard hosted a pre-screening party including decadent cupcakes by 33 Cupcakes, movie (poster) cake by Victory Is Sweets, drinks by CoCo Libre and Zenify. Gift bag sponsors included: Lisa Kline, Eyelashi, Back In Style, LTango, Kaunis, Liquitex, Mariannes Passion, Original Gourmet Lollipops, Jet Set Dress, Zing Graphics, Jennifer Rose Event Design, Luevo and Purpose Awakening book by Touré Roberts. Media sponsors: Glen Lipton, BiteSize TV and Rich Girl Productions. Other notable companies that made it all possible include: 4Horsemen Films, Soular Entertainment, One World Foundation, Kodak, Panavision and The Box Creative.As long time supporters of Make-A-Wish, actress Stephanie Drapeau and director Andre Gordon were first approached to help fulfill the wishes of four kids: Matthew who wanted to direct/produce and Kimberly, Kabrina and Daria, who wished to be actresses. Going beyond the call of duty, they decided to write and produce a star-studded film to give them a real Hollywood movie experience.The premiere was a big hit and brought an extra special touch to the kid’s original movie wishes. Daria was moved by the whole experience. “When I arrived on the red carpet to see so many familiar faces who had selflessly worked to make this wish come true, I realized the true meaning of this movie.” Kimberly was “overwhelmed with all the generosity and kindness in making the Wish Wizard movie. The premiere was a night I will never forget!”.While it couldn’t top directing Morgan Freeman, Matthew’s time at “the premiere was amazing. It was wonderful seeing everyone again and very exciting to see the final product of Wish Wizard. I’ll never forget the experience!”And though Kabrina passed on before this magical evening, all who attended would affirm that she was there in spirit. Her mother, Karen shared that she, “knows if Kabrina were here she would still say that Wish Wizard was one of the best times she had in her life. Thanks for making her “Make-A-Wish” truly come true in more ways than she ever thought possible!”It’s not everyday that Hollywood intersects with heart, but Wish Wizard clearly defines such a case, and the premiere gave all involved a chance to celebrate!Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

Hang With Tony Hawk At Hawk HQHang With Tony Hawk At Hawk HQ

first_imgIfOnly, an experiential marketplace that donates a portion of its proceeds to charities, has launched a once-in-a-lifetime experience with Tony Hawk at his Vista, California Headquarters on June 24th.Hawk Headquarters is the world capital of skateboarding and home to Tony Hawk, Inc., Tony Hawk Foundation, 900 Films, Birdhouse Skateboards, The RIDE Channel, and Tony’s Demolition Radio show on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio.Two Tony fans can purchase an exclusive tour of the Hawk Headquarters and witness a skate session with Tony himself on the infamous Boom Boom HuckJam ramp in this incredibly limited, first-time offer. A private, catered lunch with Tony will be included, plus time to meet Tony Hawk and shoot the breeze. Guests will also watch Tony Hawk and special guests skate a private session up close and personal. After lunch, skate with Tony and the guys at the new Birdhouse Skatepark—all skill levels are welcome so you can ride or just watch the pros in action!Details of the Experience: • Skate in the new Birdhouse Skatepark with Tony and other pros in Vista, CA on June 24th • Tour of Hawk Headquarters • Catered lunch and meet & greet with Tony • Experience will take place in a group of 20Tickets sold on a “per person” basis for $5,000 each, and are available here.Proceeds go to the Tony Hawk Foundation. A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. THF promotes and provides technical assistance and funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States that promote healthy, active lifestyles, and to International programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding.last_img read more

Arsenal Supports DizzyGoals ChallengeArsenal Supports DizzyGoals Challenge

first_imgArsenal Football Club has teamed up with the Arsenal Foundation’s global charity partner Save the Children to support the #DizzyGoals Challenge.Video: Arsenal #DizzyGoals ChallengeThe challenge aims to raise awareness of The Global Goals – a series of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change to be agreed by 193 world leaders at the UN on 25 September.The Arsenal Foundation has proudly supported Save the Children since 2011 and has raised more than £1million for the charity’s vital work.Save the Children has helped to lead the action/2015 movement; ensuring that 2015 truly is a year of action and change to create a brighter future for everyone.Find out more here.last_img

Ellie Goulding Partners With Vegan Food CompanyEllie Goulding Partners With Vegan Food Company

first_imgGoMacro, a family-owned vegan food company with roots in organic farming, is thrilled to add a bit of international star-power to the company family: British singer-songwriter ­­­­Ellie Goulding.Ms. Goulding, a pop and fitness icon, has partnered with the Wisconsin-based natural food company in a far-reaching partnership that includes new product development, international brand promotion and customer sweepstakes.
The relationship began when Ellie, a long-time GoMacro fan, posted about her love for MacroBars on Instagram where she is followed by a large fan base deeply interested in the star’s healthy lifestyle. Commencing in March 2016, GoMacro and Ellie Goulding will launch the partnership with a North American sweepstakes entitled the “Goulding Ticket.” The sweepstakes will involve specially marked GoMacro MacroBars packaged with a ticket and code to win VIP tickets to a June 21st Ellie Goulding concert at Madison Square Garden or a trip to Los Angeles for a personal workout with Ellie. GoMacro also plans to release a co-created “Ellie Goulding” MacroBar flavor this spring with a portion of sales going towards the homeless.
”MacroBars are my go-to snack after a workout and when I’m on tour. I love the taste and how they keep me satisfied for hours,” commented Goulding. “I am excited to begin my partnership with a brand that shares my values of healthy living and giving back.”
Goulding, who will be performing at the 58th annual Grammy Awards this February, is also well known for her dedication to healthy living, veganism, and marathon running. Ellie turns to MacroBars to stay energized during her hectic daily schedule. The new brand partnership aligns well with Ellie’s priorities of health, fitness, and community outreach and GoMacro’s mission to provide organically grown, plant-based nutrition for on-the-go families and athletes.
”We couldn’t think of a more perfect partner for GoMacro than Ellie,” said Jola Sonkin, CEO and co-founder of GoMacro. “She is an exemplary woman managing an incredible and demanding career who still finds time to exercise, eat well, and give back.”
GoMacro is a family-owned Non-GMO food company that believes plant-based, organic eating can be both convenient and delicious. GoMacro MacroBars provide a healthy balance of natural sugars, carbs, and plant-based protein that sustains energy between meals and replenishes after workouts. GoMacro is thrilled to embark on a long-term partnership with an internationally recognized role model that shares the company values of healthy living and giving back to communities.last_img read more

CBC SCHEDULING ALERT KIMS CONVENIENCE AND MR D SCHEDULE CHANGESCBC SCHEDULING ALERT KIMS CONVENIENCE AND MR D SCHEDULE CHANGES

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement The following changes have been made to CBC’s fall season premiere schedule. The series premiere of new comedy KIM’S CONVENIENCE will now move from Tues. Oct 4 at 9 p.m. (9:30NT) to Tues. Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. (9:30NT). Two back-to-back episodes will be broadcast from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. (9:30 to 10:30NT). As a result of this change, the Season 6 premiere of MR. D will now move from Tues. Oct 11 at 9:30 p.m (10NT) to Tues. Oct. 18 at 9:30 p.m (10NT).Based on the award-winning play by Ins Choi, new comedy series KIM’S CONVENIENCE (13 x 30) tells the funny, heartfelt story of The Kims, a Korean-Canadian family who run a convenience store in downtown Toronto.For more information visit http://www.cbc.ca/mediacentre/kims-convenience.html. Twitter Facebook Launching its sixth season starring comedian and former teacher Gerry Dee, MR. D follows an under-qualified and unmotivated teacher trying to fake his way through work – and life. For more information visit http://www.cbc.ca/mediacentre/mr-d.html.Programming changes:Moved: The two-episode series premiere of KIM’S CONVENIENCE moves from Tues. Oct 4 @ 9 p.m. to Tues. Oct. 11 @ 9 p.m. (9:30NT)Moved: The Season 6 premiere of Mr. D moves from Tues. Oct. 11 @ 9:30 p.m. to Tues. Oct 18 @ 9:30 p.m. (10NT)Updated primetime schedule for Tuesday, October 4 (NT time zone half-hour later for all times)8:00PM: RICK MERCER REPORT – Season 14 premiere8:30PM: THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES – Season 24 premiereUpdated 9:00PM: JUST FOR LAUGHSUpdated primetime schedule for Tuesday, October 11 (NT time zone half-hour later for all times)8:00PM: RICK MERCER REPORT8:30PM: THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTESUpdated 9:00PM: KIM’S CONVENIENCE – Series Premiere, Episode 101 (“Gay Discount”)Updated 9:30PM: KIM’S CONVENIENCE – Episode 102 (“Janet’s Photos”)Updated schedule for Tuesday, October 18 (NT time zone half-hour later for all times):8:00PM: RICK MERCER REPORT8:30PM: THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTESUpdated 9:00PM: KIM’S CONVENIENCE – Episode 103 (“Ddongjeem & Umma’s Picture”)Updated 9:30PM: MR. D – Season 6 premiere, Episode 601 (“Gerry Does it Again”)-30- About CBC/Radio-Canada CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

SUPPORT CANADIAN TALENT TONIGHT IS THE PREMIERE OF 21 THUNDER ON CBCSUPPORT CANADIAN TALENT TONIGHT IS THE PREMIERE OF 21 THUNDER ON CBC

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Don’t miss the thrilling series premiere of 21 Thunder, tonight at 9/9:30NT on CBC! Check out the trailer here: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: 21 Thunder Series Premiere TONIGHT July 31 at 9/9:30NT!In the cutthroat world of pro soccer, a club lives and dies by the stars on its under-21 team. They are the future and lifeblood of any franchise, but most will never make it. 21 THUNDER is the story of the Montreal Thunder U21 team, following the team’s star players on and off the field. A story of love, crime, race, sex and athletic glory, at its core the series is about how a group of players and coaches unite as family in the whirlwind of life, one step away from the pros.The game is about to begin. Twitterlast_img read more

CANADIAN CINEMA HITS THE ROADCANADIAN CINEMA HITS THE ROAD

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment This coming January, some of Canada’s very best movies are hitting the road! First stop in 2019 will be six cities in China followed by launches in March in Mexico and the US before heading over the pond to the UK in April.The cinematic tour is part of Telefilm’s Canada Now initiative that brings our films to audiences around the world. By showcasing a diverse selection of critically-acclaimed and award-winning films, these events in international markets are about promoting the discoverability of Canadian talent and storytelling. Canada Now also fosters building strategic business and influencer relationships with the global audiovisual industry.In the past two years that the program has been in place and steadily growing, the series’ brought more than 25 Canadian movies – from debut features to documentaries by veteran filmmakers –  to some sixty cities throughout Mexico, the UK, China, and the US! Piqued your interest yet? While in key cities, special industry events ranging from buyers’ screenings to networking events coincide with the Canada Now launches, Canada Now is really about partnering with local film institutions and art houses cinemas in presenting our films on the big screen, where valued audiences around the world can simply buy tickets, relax, and be entertained by some of Canada’s top cinematic stories.Like the diverse, engaging, and entertaining homegrown industry that these films represent, Canada’s independent spirit and creative essence will be on proud display in Canada Now’s updated program for the year ahead.Details will be coming up soon, remember to keep your eyes on the Canada Now Facebook page for information about the curated selection of films, cities, events, and more! It’s all part of showing the international industry that Canada is a definitely a top player, dedicated to promoting our content and increasing recognition; creating partnership opportunities for coproduction, distribution, and more; and helping our homegrown talent thrive! Advertisementlast_img read more

RYAN REYNOLDS REACHED OUT TO THE GUY WHO PITCHED THE PLOT OFRYAN REYNOLDS REACHED OUT TO THE GUY WHO PITCHED THE PLOT OF

first_imgLast week we learned that a fan named Michael Vincent Bramley (M.V.B.) pitched a PG-13 concept to Ryan Reynolds about Deadpool 2 on Twitter a year ago. The pitch is exactly the route they are taking with the film. For a little refresher, here’s the pitch:@VancityReynolds If Marvel forces you to make a PG-13 Deadpool, just copy the framing device from The Princess Bride and have Deadpool censoring it for Fred Savage as a bedtime story. A kidnapped adult Fred Savage. There, I fixed it.— M.V.B. (@MVBramley) December 7, 2017Reynolds has since reached out to Bramley in private, and it looks like he’s willing to believe that the whole thing was just an insane coincidence. According to a recent tweet from Bramley, Reynolds was “just as confused” as he was about the whole thing..@VancityReynolds and I had a brief talk and I believe he was as confused as I was. It seems like this may all just have been a big, insane coincidence and I’m happy to leave it at that. I’m looking forward to seeing the movie in December! #deadpool #onceuponadeadpool— M.V.B. (@MVBramley) November 22, 2018I’ve gotta say, I love this guy’s attitude toward the whole thing. He’s being very cool and level-headed about it, which is a rare thing these days. A lot of people, especially on Twitter, are looking for an excuse to lash out and be a bunch of assholes, but Bramley’s got class.However, if you read the replies to the tweet above, a lot of people believe there is more going on behind the scenes than meets the eye. A lot of people think this is just too big to be chalked up to a coincidence.I just hope that Reynolds at least offered him tickets to the premiere, and he’s just not publicizing it, which seems like the proper thing to do in this situation.What do you think? Could this really be just a crazy coincidence?By Joey Paur | Geek Tyrant Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

SIMON SCHUSTER CANADA ANNOUNCES HIGH SCHOOL A MEMOIR BY AWARDWINNING MUSICIANS TEGANSIMON SCHUSTER CANADA ANNOUNCES HIGH SCHOOL A MEMOIR BY AWARDWINNING MUSICIANS TEGAN

first_imgAdvertisement “We are tremendously proud to be publishing this memoir by two Canadian icons. Like its writers, this book is authentic and outspoken. It shines new light on the high school experience and reveals how these two artists found their voices and a sense of belonging,” says Nita Pronovost, Vice President and Editorial Director of Simon & Schuster Canada.During the course of their twenty-year career, Tegan and Sara have sold well over one million records and released eight studio albums. They have received three Juno Awards, a Grammy nomination, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and the 2018 New York Civil Liberties Union Award. They have performed on some of the world’s biggest stages, from Coachella to the Academy Awards. Outspoken advocates for equality, in 2016 Tegan and Sara created the Tegan and Sara Foundation, which fights for health, economic justice, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women. The sisters currently reside in Vancouver, British Columbia, and split their time between there and Los Angeles, California. Visit them at www.teganandsara.com or connect with them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @TeganandSara. Login/Register With: TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2018 – Simon & Schuster Canada announces High School, a memoir by award-winning musicians Tegan and Sara, to be published September 24, 2019 alongside Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the U.S. and Virago in the United Kingdom.Tegan and Sara (photo by Bruce MacDougall) (CNW Group/Simon and Schuster Canada)High School is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary Alberta, growing up in the height of grunge and rave culture in the 90s, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons we know today. While grappling with their identity and sexuality, often alone, they also faced academic meltdown, their parents’ divorce, and the looming pressure of what might come after high school. Written in alternating chapters from both Tegan’s point of view and Sara’s, the book is a raw account of the drugs, alcohol, love, music and friendship they explored in their formative years. A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, it captures the tangle of discordant and parallel memories of two sisters who grew up in distinct ways even as they lived just down the hall from one another. This is the origin story of Tegan and Sara.“How did you start your band? When did you know that you were gay? What were you like before Tegan and Sara? We have spent twenty years answering those complicated questions with simple answers,” Tegan and Sara explain. “Writing High School gives us the opportunity to tell the intricate stories that shaped our relationship as sisters, musicians, and queer girls.” Tegan and Sara (photo by Pamela Littky) (CNW Group/Simon and Schuster Canada) Advertisementcenter_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

GAY FOR NO PAY 10 THINGS TO WATCH FOR FREE ON CBCGAY FOR NO PAY 10 THINGS TO WATCH FOR FREE ON CBC

first_img Facebook This very sweet 2007 comedy stars Tom Cavanagh as a closeted gay retired hockey player who, along with his sports lawyer partner (Ben Shenkman), unexpectedly become legal guardians to Scot (Noah Bernett), a proudly femme young boy who teaches his adoptive parents a few things about loving themselves. Directed by Laurie Lynd, the film notably gained press attention when it came out because the NHL and the Toronto Maple Leafs both fully approved the use of their logos in the film, making Breakfast With Scot the first LGBTQ-themed film to be endorsed by a professional sports league. Watch it here. Queeries is a weekly column by CBC Arts producer Peter Knegt that queries LGBTQ art, culture and/or identity through a personal lens. It won the 2019 Digital Publishing Award for best digital column in Canada.While I am certainly one to vouch for LGBTQ-related viewing all year round, Pride Month seems just as good a time as any to alert you to some of the great queer content streaming on-demand — for free! — on CBC Gem, including a few brand new titles being added this month. A mix of movies and TV, narratives and documentaries, feature-length and short form, here are 10 options that stood out in particular (though there are also many more where that came from, and they’ll still be there after June 30th), in alphabetical order:BREAKFAST WITH SCOTT Clockwise from top left: The Gospel According To Andre, Guidance, Schitt’s Creek, My Prairie Home, I Killed My Mother and Hannah Gadsby’s Nakedy Nudes. (Courtesy) Advertisement Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Costly citrus Floridas decimated crops could send prices climbingCostly citrus Floridas decimated crops could send prices climbing

first_imgVANCOUVER – The price of a mimosa at brunch or bag of oranges at the grocery store may jump in the coming weeks, experts say, after hurricane Irma left some of the state’s citrus producers completely depleted.“If you take a big chunk out of our supply, it means that prices are going to go up,” said Michael von Massow, an associate professor at the University of Guelph.Hurricane Irma led to dozens of deaths in the Caribbean and southeastern United States, and left more than one million homes and businesses without power in Florida.“It is devastating. It has decimated our industry,” said Adam Putnam, the state’s commissioner of agriculture, at a Florida citrus commission meeting last week.“The path of this storm could not have been any worse for Florida agriculture and Florida citrus, specifically.”In the state’s south-west, about 70 to 100 per cent of orange crops were lost, he said.Before the hurricane, the Florida Department of Citrus expected more than 75 million boxes worth of oranges on the trees this season, said executive director Shannon Shepp in a statement.Now, she said, they have “much less.”Last year, Canada imported nearly nine-million kilograms of oranges worth more than $10 million from Florida, according to Statistics Canada. The country also brought in about $39 million worth of orange juice, according to Agriculture and Agri-food Canada.So far, Joe Siegal has been ordering oranges from California for his company Hilite Fine Foods Inc., a Toronto-based wholesale produce supplier.But in about two to three weeks, Siegal said, he would typically start ordering the fruit from Florida and that’s when he expects citrus prices will rise.“Once we need them, then the problem will start.”Von Massow estimates the price hike will be more than five pre cent, but is likely to happen gradually.Companies won’t want to bump prices too much and tempt budget-conscious consumers to switch to other alternatives — like apples or apple juice, he said.Once people shift to another product, it’s hard to bring them back even if prices eventually fall, said von Massow, who teaches University of Guelph’s food, agricultural and resource economics department.It could be even tougher considering orange juice has been falling out of favour as a beverage of choice for some time now, he said, as lifestyle changes, for example, mean fewer people sit down for a traditional breakfast most days.Also unclear is for how long oranges and orange juice will be more expensive, as the full extent of the damage is still unknown.“We don’t know what the long-term damage to these trees (is),” said von Massow.If farmers have to replant trees, the supply shortage could extend well beyond one season, he added.For Siegal, one thing is clear as the world grapples with climate change: “The produce industry is really going to be changing.”More produce will be grown under glass, he said, adding he’s increasingly asking his tomato grower to build more greenhouses. Produce grown in greenhouses provides the peace of mind of nearly guaranteed supply and quality, Siegal said, rather than fighting volatile climates.“We just can’t keep going on like this.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Caisse to invest more than US400M to acquire minority stake in insurerCaisse to invest more than US400M to acquire minority stake in insurer

first_imgMONTREAL – The Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec has signed a deal to acquire a significant minority stake in Hyperion Insurance Group.Under the agreement, the Caisse says it will invest more than US$400 million in the company as a long-term growth partner.Hyperion is an international insurance group including broker divisions Howden and RKH and underwriting division Dual.The transaction is subject to regulatory consents.The Caisse joins investment firm General Atlantic as a partner in Hyperion.Management and employees will remain the largest shareholder group.last_img

Nenshi sides with Notley on AlbertaBC pipeline disputeNenshi sides with Notley on AlbertaBC pipeline dispute

first_imgFor the first time, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is weighing in on the latest dispute between Alberta, British Columbia and the Trans Mountain expansion project.Premier Rachel Notley has promised economic or legal action against B.C., which announced plans this week to ban increased shipments of bitumen off its coast until it can determine if shippers are prepared to deal with a spill.Nenshi said the B.C. government needs to do a better job of reviewing the federally approved project.“I would strongly encourage the British Columbia government to actually read the N.E.B. ruling that talks, in great detail, about what they claim to be concerned about, about the risk of bitumen spills. I will also remind them that when you fill up your gas in the lower mainland where do you think that gas came from? It came from the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline,” said Nenshi.He’s happy with Notley’s decision.“What the province of British Columbia has done on Trans Mountain is a stunt, it is a dangerous stunt. It is absolute political pandering of the worst kind,” said Nenshi. “I am strongly behind Premier Notley on whatever she does to push this. It is time for us to show our strength and I’m also calling upon the federal government to come together and assert their responsibility and their jurisdiction on this matter.”Nenshi said without the pipeline, oil would be shipped by tanker into Burnaby, B.C., adding that transporting product by pipeline is not only safer, but it also keeps coastal gas prices lower.last_img read more

Future NAFTA talks face uphill battle as Mexico Canada grapple with tariffsFuture NAFTA talks face uphill battle as Mexico Canada grapple with tariffs

WASHINGTON – Any chance of a quick deal on a renegotiated NAFTA has been scuppered by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to end an exemption for Canada and Mexico from crippling tariffs on steel and aluminum exports, Canadian government insiders say.Indeed, one well-placed, senior official said the chances of striking any deal on NAFTA, ever, have “just fallen through the floor.”Trump, meanwhile, resurrected Friday an idea he’s floated before — negotiating separate bilateral trade pacts with Canada and Mexico if no deal can be reached on modernizing the trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement.But coming one day after Trump antagonized both countries by using national security concerns to justify imposing tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum on the U.S.’s NAFTA partners, Canadian officials said the renewed pitch for bilateral deals is a non-starter.“The government commitment remains NAFTA,” said one of several officials, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of negotiations and efforts to manage deteriorating relations with the United States.While Mexican negotiators are scheduled to return to Washington next week to resume talks on the pivotal NAFTA issue of autos, Canadian officials say the round-the-clock phase of negotiations of the past few weeks is over. Talks will continue in a slower, less urgent fashion, with the next potential window for more intensive negotiations likely not coming until after the July 1 Mexican presidential election.Even then, one senior official predicted the chances of striking a deal are slim. That’s because the Trump administration has, in Canada’s view, made a “massive, massive strategic blunder” in thinking it will be able to drive a harder bargain with a new Mexican president.It’s compounded that miscalculation by lifting the steel and aluminum tariff exemption on Mexico, the official said, predicting the move will compel presidential contenders to take an even harder line against U.S. trade practices during the campaign and, thus, limit the eventual winner’s room to manoeuvre on NAFTA.That could mean no deal will ultimately prove possible, which could provoke Trump to follow through on his oft-repeated threat to tear up NAFTA. However, Canadian officials contend such a unilateral move is likely illegal under U.S. law and, in any event, they expect a backlash from Congress, American business leaders and — most importantly for Trump — Republican fundraisers, who would probably force the president to back down.Still, Trump reiterated Friday his preference for two separate trade deals with Canada and Mexico, rather than the continental pact.“To be honest with you, I wouldn’t mind seeing NAFTA where you’d go by a different name, where you’d make a separate deal with Canada and a separate deal with Mexico,” he said after a meeting with North Korean officials.“You’re talking about a very different two countries. I wouldn’t mind seeing a separate deal with Canada where you have one type of product … and a separate deal with Mexico.”NAFTA, Trump repeated, has been “a lousy deal for the United States from day one.“We lose a lot of money with Canada and we lose a fortune with Mexico. But it’s not going to happen like that anymore,” he said.However, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto are showing no sign of breaking up the united front they’ve demonstrated so far.“The leaders expressed their strong concerns and deep disappointment with the imposition of U.S. tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum exports,” Trudeau’s office said in a summary of a Thursday phone call with the Mexican leader.“They also discussed the North American Free Trade negotiations and agreed to continue working toward a mutually beneficial outcome.”In retaliation for the tariffs imposed on Canadian steel and aluminum, Trudeau announced Thursday that Canada will impose $16.6 billion worth of “countermeasures” that hit a range of U.S. products, from flat-rolled steel to playing cards. Mexico also plans tariffs on a variety of U.S. products, including flat steel.In the wake of the burgeoning trade war, some trade experts also question whether there might actually be a NAFTA negotiating table to return to given the reality of the political calendar. Mexico’s presidential election is one month away and the U.S. congressional midterms follow in the fall.Trump’s latest move amounts to “blackmail” in the NAFTA renegotiation, although it doesn’t kill chances of carving out a deal, said Perrin Beatty, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and a veteran of Canada’s free trade battles.Beatty said Canada should not walk away from the NAFTA table.“We should not ever agree to blackmail of the nature that was proposed here,” said Beatty, who was a federal cabinet minister at the time of the original Canada-U.S. free trade negotiation that produced NAFTA’s precursor.“We should remain at the table as long as there is a table to remain at, and look for a deal in which everyone wins.”Beatty said future negotiations have been altered by Trump’s “classic bully techniques” which are designed “to extort the conditions that Donald Trump wants to see in NAFTA.”Eric Miller, of the Washington-based Rideau Potomac Strategy Group, said it is possible to move forward with NAFTA on a separate track from the tariff dispute. That’s not unprecedented because when the original Canada-U.S. free trade talks were happening, the two countries were mired in the softwood lumber dispute.But this time it’s different, he said.The key is for Canada to move forward with NAFTA while keeping the “damage done” in steel and aluminum contained in its own separate lane. After parsing the statements of Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Miller said it is clear the two countries want to do that.“If the U.S. thinks this, in some way, will soften up Canada’s position or make it want to give concessions to resolve the NAFTA, they are misunderstanding the situation,” he said.“Canada knows this is the big ball game and they have said from the very beginning they’re not going to yield to pressure tactics.”A leading American trade lawyer said the window for serious NAFTA negotiations has simply closed for the year because it has been overtaken by the political calendar.“I believe the real challenge on NAFTA will be Mexico. I do not believe we can proceed in any significant way on NAFTA before the July 1 election,” said Dan Ujczo, of the firm Dickinson Wright PLLC.Others said there’s no way NAFTA’s negotiators can look each other in the eye after Thursday’s developments.“It’s hard to imagine how you negotiate with a knife to your throat,” said Jean Simard, president of the Aluminum Association of Canada.“I would break it off. That’s not good faith.” read more

Let private firms shoulder risk in choosing ports to expand in NovaLet private firms shoulder risk in choosing ports to expand in Nova

first_imgHALIFAX – A new study cautions governments against putting public cash into new port infrastructure in Nova Scotia, and suggests private investors should choose who wins the battle for East Coast container traffic.The document, paid for by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the province’s Transportation Department, examines the prospects of the Port of Halifax and proposed container port facilities in the Strait of Canso and in Sydney.It says private-sector stakeholders should determine which projects go forward.“A large investment in infrastructure, such as the construction of a new terminal, is risky and should be driven by private sector stakeholders that understand the business and are prepared to take on most of the risk,” says the document, dated March 23 of this year.Former prime minister Jean Chretien — who has been an adviser to Sydney Harbour Investment Partners — told reporters on March 20 that he hoped the Nova Scotia government would support the Novaporte proposal in Sydney, though he didn’t provide specifics on what assistance is needed.There’s been no commitment from either the province or the federal government on the various proposals.The former Liberal leader did not respond to emails seeking comment on the report.The report by CPCS consultants continues to highlight challenges, raised in a previous report published in 2016, faced by the Novaporte development at the Port of Sydney, including the lack of railway access and the possibility of ice in the harbour.“Halifax is a better geographical location,” it says at the beginning of a chapter comparing the merits of the existing port and the two proposed container terminals.In its conclusion section, the report says governments can best support the growth in container traffic by, “supporting incremental improvements to existing facilities (Halifax) so that a Nova Scotia port call continues to be a viable option for shipping lines.”Regarding new proposals, it concludes government should support “more major projects only when the lion’s share of risk is taken by the private sector.”However, the 48-page document obtained by The Canadian Press also notes both the Sydney site and the Melford proposal in the Canso Strait could handle large vessels for which Halifax may not have the capacity.“One of the significant advantages of the proposed … projects of Melford and Novaporte is that they could be designed for the ultra-large ships,” says the report.The report describes a rising flow of container traffic coming through the Suez canal towards North America’s eastern seaboard, and the past two years have seen improvements in the volume of cargo.“Increased use of the Suez for South East Asian and Indian cargoes to and from North America will offer a real opportunity for Nova Scotia as its ports are first-in, last-out on this routing,” it says.It says the new proposals in Melford and Sydney have some “significant advantages,” such as reduced handling costs due to using new technologies, while Halifax’s costs are simply “in line with industry standards.”Jean-Paul Rodrigue, a professor of geography at New York’s Hofstra University in Long Island, said in an interview that after reviewing the report he sees a message of caution to governments.Rodrigue, who consults on transportation issues, said “the only way this is going to work out is if there’s some private money to put some stakes in this game.”He also said he remains “a little bit skeptical” about the viability of a second Nova Scotia container port, due to the lack of a large local market in Atlantic Canada.The veteran observer of the marine industry said it may be likelier that Quebec City will develop a container port first, to accompany the plans to expand port facilities in Montreal.“It’s not just a Nova Scotia issue, it’s an eastern Canada issue. You have to consider it in the context of the entire Canadian eastern seaboard,” he said.Still, Rodrigue said it remains difficult to tell which of the various East Coast Canadian port options will prove viable, until a private company says it’s willing to take on a project.“The federal government is waiting to see what the private sector is saying, and at this point the private sector is very uncommitted,” he said.– Follow @mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more