Sink estates will rise again

first_imgThe British Property Federation (BPF) has welcomed proposals from the Government to regenerate some of the country’s most run-down housing estates, praising the Government for ensuring that “binding guarantees” will be put in place for tenants and homeowners, to ensure that their right to a home is protected.The government has launched a package of measures to transform 100 housing estates across the country, including a £140m fund and the launch of an Estate Regeneration Advisory Panel, chaired by former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine (left).Ian Fletcher, director of policy (real estate) at the British Property Federation, said, “There are some very old council estates that are in need of regeneration, but that process must treat existing residents fairly. The Government is therefore right to put some sorts of guarantees at the forefront of its policy and encourage a partnership approach.“Communities need not only homes, but jobs, schools and green spaces and other leisure opportunities to create places people want to live in. If the Government gets this right it could be some of the best use of £140m it has ever spent.”The Prime Minister’s announcement comes ahead of a report from property advisor Savills which will show the approach to regeneration could be a catalyst to the building of hundreds of thousands of new homes in London alone.Mr Cameron said, “For decades, sink estates – and frankly, sometimes the people who lived in them – had been seen as something simply to be managed. It’s time to be more ambitious at every level.The mission here is nothing short of social turnaround, and with massive estate regeneration, tenants protected, and land unlocked for new housing all over Britain, I believe we can tear down anything that stands in our way.”Yolande Barnes (right), Savills Research Director, said, “Savills research shows is that housing estates can deliver more homes and be made into better neighbourhoods by re-integrating them into the wider street network and creating or repairing the streetscape.“This creates more highly valued neighbourhoods. The signs are that new developments of ‘complete streets’ cost less to build than conventional estate renewal.”However, not everyone is so supportive. Shadow Housing Minister John Healey said, “Any extra to help councils build new homes is welcome but Conservative ministers have halved housing investment since 2010 and are doing too little to deal with the country’s housing pressures.“People simply won’t see this small-scale scheme stretched over 100 estates making much difference to the housing problems in their area.”Brian Robson, policy and research manager for housing at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation charity, said it was true that poor housing and run down estates could trap people in poverty.But he said he worried the government was relying too much on private investment, which risked “pushing people out of the places where they have roots.”Lord Heseltine sink estates housing regeneration The British Property Federation BPF Yolande Barnes January 14, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Sink estates will rise again previous nextHousing MarketSink estates will rise againThe Government announces estate regeneration plans to protect residents.The Negotiator14th January 201601,045 Viewslast_img read more

North Korea urges Japan to apologize, pay reparations for ‘sexual slavery’

first_imgNorth Korea on Saturday urged Japan to “make a sincere apology and reparation” for the “sexual slavery” inflicted on Korean women, as it marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the peninsula from Japan’s 1910-1945 colonial rule.”The Korean people clearly remember the past crimes of Japan,” said a statement issued by a spokesperson for the Korean Committee on Measures for the Sexual Slavery for Japanese Army and Drafting Victims.If 200,000 Japanese women had “been forced into sexual slavery by foreign troops…the Japanese people would never forget it,” said the statement carried in English by the state-run Korean Central News Agency. “The Japanese authorities should keenly realize their national responsibility for the inhuman crimes against the Korean people and make a sincere apology and reparation before it is too late,” it added.In recent years, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has voiced eagerness to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “without conditions” in hopes of making a breakthrough over the issue of Pyongyang’s abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s.The latest statement, however, indicated that North Korea has little intention to go ahead with such a summit unless Tokyo accepts Pyongyang’s demands it pay post-war compensation, some foreign affairs experts say. Japan and North Korea do not maintain diplomatic ties.Read also: Japan’s Abe, on WW2 anniversary, vows not to repeat war, sends offering to shrineThe women are euphemistically called “comfort women” and were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II. Victims came from the Korean Peninsula, the Philippines, mainland China, Taiwan and Japan.The matter remains a source of much tension between Japan and South Korea, but the neighbors have also been embroiled in spats over trade controls and compensation for wartime labor, some of it forced.Topics :last_img read more

Janice L. Cook

first_imgJanice L. Cook, of Brookville, was born on March 2, 1944, in Batesville, the daughter of Rupert and Dorothy Nedderman Moreland. Janice married Marvin Cook on December 7, 1963, at Providence Presbyterian Church in Bright, Indiana. Janice devoted 30 years to her career as a Medical Lab Technician, retiring from Fayette Memorial Hospital in 2008. In her free time, Janice was very active in her church, First Presbyterian Church of Harrison, serving as a Deacon and Elder and dedicating time to volunteer ministries. She also was a member of the Knitting Club and loved animals of all kinds. On Sunday, July 16, 2017, Janice passed away at Shawnee Spring Nursing Home in Harrison.Janice’s memory will be cherished by those who survive her, including her beloved husband; her daughter, Carla (Don) Myers of Cincinnati; her grandchildren, Heather and Trevor; siblings, James Moreland of Sunman, Beverly (Ivan) Hughes of Erlanger, KY, John (Karen) Moreland of Villa Hills, KY, and Thomas Moreland of Bright, IN. She is also survived by her siblings-in-law, Sharon (Glenn) Grubb of Brookville, Terry Cook (Karen Lake) of New Trenton, and Bonnie (Mark) Stewart of Brookville; and many nieces and nephews. Janice was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters-in-law, Carol Moreland and Linda Ayala; and brother-in-law, Gary Cook.Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Visitation will continue on Thursday, July 20, at First Presbyterian Church, 115 S. Vine Street, Harrison, beginning at 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Pastor Joshua Long will officiate the funeral service beginning at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Gibson Cemetery in Bright, Indiana.Memorial contributions can be directed to FC CAN or the Franklin County Humane Society. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Janice L. Cook.last_img read more

Future 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 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

Ontario launching public awareness campaign on cannabis legalization

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario is launching a public awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of using recreational cannabis and promote social responsibility ahead of the legalization of marijuana next week.Attorney General Caroline Mulroney said the ads will emphasize the province’s rules around the sale and consumption of pot, as well as measures to protect children and the community.“Our message will remain clear,” Mulroney said Tuesday during a speech at Toronto’s Empire Club. “We will plainly tell Ontarians how our children, communities and roads will be protected, and how we will work to combat criminals.”Mulroney said the advertisements will run next week in traditional media as well as on digital and social channels to reach a younger audience.“It should go without saying that these ads do not promote cannabis use or the cannabis market,” she said. “(The ads) will focus on social responsibility, including the serious health and addiction risks of short- and long-term cannabis use.”Last month the Progressive Conservatives announced they were moving to a private retail sale model, shifting away from the previous Liberal government’s plan to sell pot in publicly owned shops. Under the Liberal plan the province would have had 200 pot stores by 2020.The Tories estimate their plan will see between 500 to 1,000 shops licensed a short time after legalization with no cap placed on licences.Mulroney said the Liberal plan would have failed because there would not have been enough stores open after legalization.“If I could be frank, we concluded that such a system was incapable of seriously competing with the illegal market and in turn would leave our communities more vulnerable and susceptible to the underground market,” she said.The provincial government has said it would sell recreational cannabis online when it is legalized on Oct. 17, with private retail stores set to be in place by April next year.The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will regulate the marketplace, and will have the power to grant — and potentially revoke — licences as well as enforce provincial rules on cannabis sales. On Tuesday, Mulroney emphasized the agency will focus on enforcement and emphasized the presence of the agency’s embedded provincial police unit during her remarks.“Nobody in Ontario has the right to a cannabis retail licence,” she said. “The AGCO’s due-diligence process will be strictly applied and thoroughly enforced, and the role of the public commentary in this process is real.”The Opposition New Democrats said the government’s ad campaign was coming far too late.“The government has known about the Oct. 17 date for quite a while,” said NDP legislator Peter Tabuns. “I think what we’re going to have now is a very rushed process.”last_img read more

Move Up Here community recruitment program wins award

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA) awarded the City of Fort St. John with the Economic Development Marketing Innovation Award for the ‘Move Up Here’ recruitment program.The ‘Move up Here’ program was created in partnership with local businesses and organizations as a way to help recruit skilled professionals to FSJ. The program shares resource-based information in a visually appealing way to draw newcomers to the north.Businesses have access to share this free program giving potential new workers more information on opportunities in the area and the benifits of living in the north. “To be recognized by the BCEDA for our Move Up Here recruitment program is a tremendous honour and speaks to the quality and effectiveness of the materials created,” stated Acting Mayor Lilia Hansen.Businesses wishing to use the ‘Move Up Here’ program materials are can contact the Strategic Services department at 250.787.8150 or [email protected] view more on ‘Move Up Here’; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Province to invest in literacy programs for adult learners Northeast BC to

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia has announced that it will be making investments in creating more access to literacy programs for adult learners.According to the Government, $2.4 million will be shared among 94 community adult literacy programs that are run by 69 different service providers.Societies and Organizations within Northeast B.C. to receive funding, through Northern Lights College, include the Fort St. John Literacy Society, Dawson Creek Literacy Society, Chetwynd Public Library, and Tumbler Ridge Public Library. Funding will go towards supporting both adult and family literacy programs.The Government says more than 700,000 British Columbians are estimated to have significant literacy challenges, with 45 percent of adults in B.C. having some difficulty with daily living tasks due to limited literacy skills.last_img read more