The Weather Network predicts a mixed bag of winter weather for Canada

first_imgCanadians can expect a “mixed bag” of winter weather in the coming months, according to The Weather Network.The network is predicting Western Canada will have warmer than normal temperatures this winter, while the eastern half of the country will experience a long-lasting and colder than normal season.“When you look at the country in two halves, we think winter will end sooner in Western Canada … whereas farther east, we think while it might not be harsh at all times, it does have some longevity and we’re going to be begging for spring by the time we get to early March,” said The Weather Network’s chief meteorologist Chris Scott.Scott said when the network makes seasonal forecasts it looks at the oceans, specifically the Pacific Ocean, which he called the “engine” that drives global weather patterns.“This year we have El Nino…. That means warmer than normal water off the coast of South America,” said Scott, adding that usually portends a milder winter.Scott said “nobody is really getting off easy this year,” but the western part of the country is the winner for people who don’t like the cold.“But if you want snow in the West, this isn’t the best winter for that. If you want to get a prolonged winter it’s really Central and Eastern Canada,” he said.“So that mixed bag analogy is really a perfect way to look at this.”Scott broke down the winter forecast for each region in Canada:Ontario and QuebecThe network is predicting an overall long and cold winter across Canada’s two most populous provinces, and Scott said the second half of the season will be especially bitter.He said below-normal temperatures are expected for both Quebec and Ontario, but that doesn’t mean every week will see frigid temperatures.“Through December and even parts of January, this is going to be a back-and-forth kind of winter,” he said.“But we do think the back half of winter has some serious cold to it, and some longevity. That’s going to make people rather weary, unfortunately, by the time we hit February and into March,” said Scott.The network is also forecasting fewer winter storms, and overall near-normal amounts of snow for the region.British ColumbiaScott said the network is forecasting a mild winter for the West Coast, and significantly less snowfall than normal.“This does not look like one of those epic winters that we can sometimes see,” said Scott. “We may get one or two storms that deliver snow, but it does not look like a big snowy winter.”However, he said the overall dry weather pattern will break at times, with the province’s South Coast region getting a closer to normal amount of precipitation.Overall, the network is also forecasting British Columbia will get an early arrival of spring weather.Atlantic Canada“We think if any part of the country has got an epic winter in store, it’s Atlantic Canada,” Scott said.He said the region will overall get a long and stormy winter, with “significant snowfall” that will persist into spring.Scott said above-normal amounts of snow are expected for most of Atlantic Canada, particularly the southern part of the region.The network is forecasting colder than normal temperatures for the northern part of the region, and normal winter temperatures for the southern part of the region.The Prairies“We’re expecting a roller-coaster of weather” in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, said Scott.The network said the region will be a “battle zone” between the mild Pacific air to the west and Arctic air to the east.Temperatures are expected to be warmer than normal in Alberta and western Saskatchewan, while temperatures are expected to be closer to normal for eastern Saskatchewan and Manitoba.Scott said overall, the region is expected to see near-normal or below-normal snowfall.Northern CanadaAbove-normal temperatures are forecasted for Yukon, Northwest Territories and western Nunavut, and near to below-normal temperatures are predicted for eastern Nunavut.“The region is not going to be as cold as it can be,” said Scott.The network said above-normal snowfall is expected across Yukon and into western Northwest Territories. “The rest of the North won’t see any major signs of above- or below-normal precipitation,” said Scott.Alanna Rizza, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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SIU OPP investigating shooting that sent Niagara officer to hospital

first_imgPELHAM, Ont. — Two separate investigations are underway into an altercation between two Niagara regional police officers that sent one to hospital in critical condition.Provincial police and Ontario’s police watchdog are investigating the incident Thursday at a rural intersection in Pelham, Ont., about 20 kilometres west of Niagara Falls.The Special Investigations Unit says the two officers were investigating a prior collision when they became involved in an “altercation” around noon on Thursday.Spokeswoman Monica Hudon told reporters Thursday evening that a firearm was discharged and one officer was hit.The victim — a 44-year-old man with 28 years of experience on the force — was taken to a local hospital, then airlifted to a facility in Hamilton in critical condition.Niagara police later said in a statement that his condition had been upgraded to stable.“In the spirit of transparency, I have asked the Ontario Provincial Police to determine if there is any criminal culpability outside of the SIU’s scope,” Niagara regional police Chief Bryan MacCulloch said in the statement.“The days and weeks ahead will be trying ones for the NRPS family and the community we serve,” MacCulloch said. “I ask for your support for our members and all those involved.”Hudon said the SIU had assigned 11 investigators, including three forensic specialists, to the case. She said it’s very early in the investigation and there have been no arrests.She urged anyone with information — particularly anyone with video evidence — to contact the SIU.The SIU is an arm’s-length agency that is automatically called in to investigate reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation of sexual assault.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Mother of athletic therapist on Broncos bus cant erase daughters last moments

first_imgThe mother of the athletic therapist for the Humboldt Broncos says she is tormented by thoughts of her daughter’s last moments on the hockey team’s bus before it collided with a semi truck.Carol Brons told court that she was looking forward to one day walking her daughter Dayna down the aisle at her wedding.Instead, she had to walk down the aisle with her coffin at her funeral.CityNews reporter Courtney Theriault is covering the hearing. Read the updates below:LiveInfoLast to firstLast Update: 02/01/2019 8:04 AMLiveInfoFeb 18:04 AMAn IRL look at what Sidhu would have likely seen heading towards the intersection. #humboldtbroncos https://t.co/pZ0XfjUx2b— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) February 1, 201900SHAREFeb 15:16 AMHealey reiterates that there is no precedence for this type of case. Says that the court must weigh severity of crime with mitigating factors such as remorse and guilty plea.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201911SHAREFeb 15:14 AMCrown prosecutor Tom Healey saying it has been an emotional, difficult week. Thanks those who presented victim impact statements. Adds that Sidhu’s crime impacted so many. pic.twitter.com/d1T2w1Vtgu— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201900SHAREFeb 13:58 AMCrown and Defence will speak to media at 3 o’clock SK time— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201920SHAREFeb 13:52 AMCrown and defence shake hands after sentencing adjourned until March 22nd, when it’s expected Sidhu will learn how long he will be behind bars.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201903SHAREFeb 13:50 AMSidhu was hunched over the table, speaking towards families as he delivered his statement. Slow, emotional delivery.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:50 AMJudge Cardinal says this is a matter that will take some time. Looking at March 22nd.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:50 AMSidhu says he saw it was a bus. He takes responsibility for what has happened due to his lack of experience. He’s “so, so, so, so, so sorry.”— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201900SHAREFeb 13:48 AMSidhu says he got out of the truck, heard crying and then knew what had happened.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:48 AMSidhu says “I have taken the most valuable thing in your life”, talking to the families.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201910SHAREFeb 13:46 AMSidhu speaks: “ I can’t even imagine what you are going through.”— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201911SHAREFeb 13:44 AMDefence seemed to suggest somewhere in the 1.5 to 4.5 year range. Crown rebuts, saying 10 years is fair, as a deterrent and denunciation.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:42 AMTo recap: Crown calls for 10 year sentence and 10 year driving prohibition for Jaskirat Singh Sidhu.The defence makes NO official recommendation.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201902SHAREFeb 13:41 AMSidhu’s lawyer says any sentence over six months would jeopardize Sidhu’s ability to stay on Canada, but offers NO direct sentencing recommendation.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201911SHAREFeb 13:38 AMSays this is indicative of many messages that Sidhu and his lawyer have received from Canadians.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201921SHAREFeb 13:36 AMDefence now reading a hand drawn card from a grade 3 student sent to Sidhu- “I feel bad for you… it’s not your fault, everyone makes mistakes.”— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:10 AMDefence says on the matter of culpability, Sidhu is less culpable than this other case. But- how much do consequences impact Sidhu’s sentence?— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201912SHAREFeb 13:08 AMDefence says that sentences for driving causing death are often below what the public believes them to be. Citing another dangerous driving case with several aggravating factors (alleged impaired, no guilty plea, etc) was given 40 months.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:04 AMAt this point, the defence seems to suggest 2 years less a day is the starting point for sentencing, the question becomes how much of a factor should the consequences (deaths and injuries) be in adjusting that figure.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:00 AMDefence refers back to a case cited by Crown, where professional semi driver with clean record missed road cues and killed 3 people. Sentence was 2 years less a day with 5 year driving prohibition— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREShow More PostsAdd Arena.im to your site The last of 75 victim impact statements are to be submitted in court today at the sentencing hearing of Jaskirat Singh Sidhu in Melfort, Sask.The 30-year-old from Calgary has pleaded guilty to 29 counts of dangerous driving for causing the crash last April.Court has heard that Sidhu blew through a stop sign at a rural intersection and the bus driver had no chance of avoiding a collision.Sixteen people died and 13 others were injured.last_img read more

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Canada wants Lima Group meeting to keep pressure on Maduro to step

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada and its Lima Group allies will use their Monday meeting in Ottawa to find new ways — including financial — to support the Venezuelan opposition and ease the refugee crisis in neighbouring Brazil and Colombia.The agenda for the gathering of foreign ministers from more than a dozen of Canada’s Western Hemisphere allies was still being finalized on Friday, in part because of the speed at which the Venezuelan crisis is unfolding.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will host the meeting two days after Saturday’s scheduled national street protests in Venezuela aimed at pressing the country’s socialist leader, Nicolas Maduro, to vacate the presidency.Canada has already contributed $2.2 million for the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela that has forced three million people from their homes, sending ripples across the region.Sources say Canada won’t be adding to that fund because Maduro won’t allow proper humanitarian access into the country.And while they stress Monday’s meeting is not a pledging conference, sources said the discussions will include looking at new political and financial ways to support the politician they see as the country’s true interim leader: parliamentary leader Juan Guaido.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Tentative agreement averts strike by Quebec provincial park employees

first_imgMONTREAL — A full-blown strike by employees at Quebec provincial parks that was set to begin today has been averted after the two sides reached an agreement in principle.About 300 workers were already off the job at Quebec’s provincial parks network, known as SEPAQ, and the looming job action by hundreds more had threatened to disrupt the plans of thousands of vacationers at the start of Quebec’s busiest summer holiday season.The union says all strike action is being suspended while the agreement is put to a ratification vote in the days ahead.A statement from union president Christian Daigle says he is happy with the agreement and that vacationers will be able to enjoy SEPAQ’s services.No details of the tentative deal were released, however, union members had been seeking a single salary structure for all employees along with annual cost-of-living increases.In the event of a strike, management had said it planned to keep parks open to the public with reduced services.A statement from SEPAQ says it expects all operations to resume on Sunday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Celebrity Items Go Under The Hammer In SAG Awards Auction

first_imgThe SAG Awards Ceremony Auction benefiting the Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s Children’s Literacy and Emergency Assistance programs is currently live at sagawards.org/auction.The auction offers collectibles from nominated films and TV shows such as “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “Homeland,” “Les Miserables,” “Lincoln,” “Mad Men” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” Also up for bid are one-of-a-kind experiences, set-visits, and premium items from networks, studios, sponsors and individuals. Bidding began online on January 21, 2013, at 6 p.m. (PT) and concludes on January 31, 2013 at 6 p.m. (PT) at sagawards.org/action.Proceeds from the SAG Awards Ceremony Auction will benefit the SAG Foundation to help sustain its award-winning children’s literacy programs: BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), reading to over 60,000 children monthly in classrooms and hospitals nationwide, and Storyline Online, reaching an average of 750,000 global views each month. The auction also supports the Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance, including the Superstorm Sandy Relief Fund. For additional information, please visit sagfoundation.org. The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards honoring the outstanding film and television performances of 2013 will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 27 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT).The following is a list of items up for bid at the SAG Awards Ceremony Auction, organized by autographed memorabilia & collectibles, experiences, and premium items.
Autographed Memorabilia and Collectibles:· “The Dick Van Dyke Show” complete DVD series/Blu-Ray box set, signed by Dick Van Dyke and Carl Reiner· “Silver Linings Playbook” DeSean Jackson midnight green football jersey signed by Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver, Paul Herman and DeSean Jackson· “Silver Linings Playbook” DeSean Jackson white jersey/shirt signed by Bradley Cooper, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver and Paul Herman· “Lincoln” script signed by Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field· “Making of Lincoln” book signed by Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field· “Les Miserables” soundtrack signed by Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hooper· “Les Miserables” poster signed by Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Tom Hooper and more· “Life of Pi” package that includes “The Making of ‘Life of Pi’” book and movie poster signed by director Ang Lee· “The Paperboy” mounted poster signed by Nicole Kidman· “The Newsroom” script signed by Aaron Sorkin, Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer and more· “The Chronicles of Downton Abbey” book signed by Hugh Bonneville and cast· “Boardwalk Empire” poster signed by Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald and more· “Mad Men” package that includes a script signed by the cast, seasons 1-5 DVD sets, a T-shirt and travel mug· “Breaking Bad” three-T-shirt package that includes a “Los Pollos Hermanos” tee· “Breaking Bad” two-T-shirt package· “Homeland” package that includes a season one DVD set, T-shirt, coffee mug and dog tags· “Nurse Jackie” season one DVD set and syringe pen· “Chocolate Me!” children’s book, written by Taye Diggs, and T-shirt (size M) signed by Diggs
Experiences:· Tickets to the Season 6 premiere event of “Sons of Anarchy”· Visit to the set of “E! News”· VIP visit to the set of “EXTRA”· Visit to the set of “Entertainment Tonight” and “omg! INSIDER”· In-studio listening date with Lori & Julia at myTalk 107.1last_img read more

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Bruce Springsteen To Be Honored By Friars Foundation

first_img Jackie GarrickPublic Service Award for outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to veterans by a government employee – Garrick is a social worker, U.S. Army veteran and policy analyst whose own military and clinical experiences inspired a 28 year career focused on educating and advocating for service members, veterans and their families and advancing treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She currently serves as Director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office. Dick YoungStandard Bearer Award for outstanding lifetime achievement and excellence by a veteran in exemplifying selfless service – Now 82 and going strong, Retired Rear Admiral Young has been an active volunteer throughout his entire adult life. He served 35 years in the U.S. Navy, both Active and Reserve, and was awarded the Legion of Merit Award three times, one of the highest peacetime awards a Navy Reservist can receive. Admiral Young received the National Navy League’s John Paul Jones Inspirational Leadership Award in 1988, the only Naval Reservist to ever receive the National Navy League’s highest award.“We are incredibly proud to honor this exceptional group” Dr. Tommy Sowers, Veteran, visiting faculty at Duke University and Founder/Event Chairman for The Lincoln Awards, said. “Thanks to the tireless work of our Selection Committee and our honorees, we can shine a light on the very best of the broad American community supporting veterans and the military family.”The Lincoln Awards Selection Committee includes Paul “Buddy” Bucha, Executive leader, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient; Rajiv Chandrasekaran,Washington Post National Editor; Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, retired United States Army General who served as the 32nd Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army; Hon. Max Cleland, former Veterans Affairs Administrator; Hon. Scott Gould, former Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary; Dr. Vivian Greentree, SVP, First Data Corporation and co-founder of Blue Star Families; Michael Gyure, Executive Director, Friars Club and Friars Foundation; Dr. Anthony Hassan, Director, USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families; Dr. Michael Haynie, Executive Director, Syracuse Institute for Veteran and Military Families; Jerry Lewis, Academy Award-winning director, producer, writer, actor and philanthropist; Admiral Clyde Marsh, President, National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs; Hon. Jim Peake, MD, former Veterans Affairs Secretary; Ned Powell, former Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary (Acting), Former President and CEO, USO; Hon. Anthony Principi, Former Veterans Affairs Secretary; and Nancy Youssef, McClatchy National Security Correspondent.Generous support for The Lincoln Awards is provided by Leonard Wilf, Chairman, Friars Foundation Gift of Laughter for Wounded Warriors Program, as well as founder of the Haven From The Storm Foundation, established to support returning service people, address the particular problems faced by vets today, aid in their recovery and provide assistance for their re-entry back into productive society – and other corporate sponsors. Delta Air Lines is the official airline partner of The Lincoln Awards.“Delta is proud of its longstanding tradition of providing employment opportunities for those individuals who have served our country,” said Delta Air Lines president Ed Bastian. “We continue to partner with business leaders and elected officials to further develop best practices and recruitment strategies. Delta is privileged to be the official airline sponsor of The Lincoln Awards.” Delta Air Lines is the official airline partner of The Lincoln Awards.Join the conversation using @LincolnAwards on Twitter, at facebook.com/thelincolnawards, and by using #lincolnawards2015. The Friars Club, through their charitable arm The Friars Foundation, today announced the honorees for the first-ever The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & the Military Family.The event will be the first of its kind to recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to our nation’s veterans and military families.The Lincoln Awards will be presented in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2015, by The Friars Foundation, of which the Chairman is Ambassador Joseph Zappala. The event takes place over the course of two days with honors awarded in 10 categories. The honors ceremony will be followed by an All-Star Concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall on January 7, 2015, which will be packaged for a national primetime broadcast to coincide with the 150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s landmark Second Inaugural Address on March 4, 2015.This special concert will gather the entertainment community to celebrate our military, veterans, wounded warriors, caregivers and military families, while saluting the Lincoln Award Recipients. For more information, please click here.This year’s Lincoln Awards honorees are: Bruce SpringsteenEntertainer Award for outstanding achievement and excellence in supporting and giving back to veterans by an entertainer – Springsteen has been a strong supporter of veterans and the military family for decades, dedicating his time and talents to several organizations, including Vietnam Veterans of America and Stand Up for Heroes (Bob Woodruff Foundation/New York Comedy Festival), among others. Springsteen’s commitment to veterans has also been expressed in themes that run through the songwriter’s extensive body of work with songs like “The Long Walk Home,” “Lost in the Flood,” “Devils & Dust” and “The Wall.” His music inspires and touches the lives of millions of military families. Ken FisherCitizen Award for outstanding service and support to veterans by a private citizen – Fisher is Chairman and CEO of the Fisher House Foundation. Founded in 1990 by his late uncle Zachary Fisher, the Foundation constructs “comfort homes” for families of hospitalized military personnel and veterans. The program has built 64 houses in the United States and overseas, serves more than 22,000 families each year, and has saved more than $200 million in lodging and travel costs since inception. Kayla WilliamsArtistic Award for outstanding achievement and excellence in portraying the veteran experience through the arts, film or literature – Through her writing, Williams raises public awareness for the betterment of her fellow veterans and civilians alike, as she works to bridge the civil-military divide. Williams has released two memoirs – Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army and Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War. Team RubiconNon-profit Citizen Award for outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and services to veterans by a not-for-profit company or organization – Team Rubicon deploys veterans and first responders to disasters around the world, supporting not only local communities in their greatest times of need but also empowering veterans who are searching for a sense of purpose after their military experience. Dean KamenMedical and Science Award for outstanding service to veterans by a member of the medical or scientific community – The inventor of the Segway, Kamen has revolutionized the world of prosthetics with his bionic arm invention. The “Luke Arm” is one of the most advanced robotic prostheses ever built and is already improving the quality of life for our nation’s wounded warriors. WalmartCorporate Citizen Award for outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities to veterans by a company or organization – Walmart has a rich history with veterans, those continuing to serve, and military families, which began with Captain, U.S. Army, Sam Walton, who founded Walmart more than 50 years ago. Through the years, the legacy has been enriched by countless others and the 100,000 veteran associates and 150,000 veteran family and military family associates who are part of the current generation of Walmart. Britnee KinardCaregiver Award for outstanding achievement and excellence in providing care to veterans – Kinard has been a full-time caregiver for her husband, U.S. Army PurpleHeart recipient Douglas H Kinard Jr., since 2010. After working with the Department of Veterans Affairs for more than 15 months to get her husband’s service animal – SD Gunner – approved, shefounded the SD Gunner Fund in 2014 to assist veterans and disabled children with the financial expense of owning service animals. Kinard frequently speaks at schools and other community organizations to raise awareness about PTSD, service animals, and caregiver support. Justin ConstantineVeteran Award for outstanding achievement and excellence by a veteran in providing aid and opportunities to other veterans – Despite a gunshot wound to the head in Iraq, Constantine has made significant and outstanding contributions to veterans and wounded warriors through his fundraising, leadership, personal advocacy for individual veterans in distress, community outreach, peer mentoring, and pro-bono speaking and media appearances. Over the past eight years, he has raised more than $200,000 for veteran-related non-profit organizations.last_img read more

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Your Chance To Meet Gal Gadot And Be In Wonder Woman 1984

first_imgHere is your chance to hang out with Gal Gadot on the top secret set of Wonder Woman 1984.Your Chance To Hang Out With Wonder Womanomaze.com is giving you the chance to fly out to the set in London and meet Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, and director Patty Jenkins. You’ll ask these goddesses all your burning questions, get glammed up in ’80s hair and makeup, then step in front of the camera to film as an extra.All you have to do to get in the draw is visit omaze.com and donate to the Anti-Recidivism Coalition. The more you donate, the more chances you have to win. Plus, you could also pick up collectibles like WW1984 t-shirts and signed DVDs.The Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) began as an annual camping trip bringing together a few dozen formerly incarcerated young people with positive mentors to offer encouragement, guidance and resources. Today, ARC has grown into a support and advocacy network of more than 450 members, and hundreds of volunteer mentors and allies, committed to helping one another through reentry and advocating for a fairer criminal justice system. Your generosity will help ARC provide its membership with mentorship, mental health services, supportive housing, access to jobs and education, and opportunities to advocate for criminal justice reform.To find out more and get in the draw, click here.last_img read more

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THE CANADIAN SKINCARE TREATMENT MICHELLE OBAMA LOVES

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Michelle Obama has undeniably amazing skin. We now know that is in part due to Jennifer Brodeur, the Montreal-based skincare guru who has been treating Obama since 2014. Brodeur was introduced to the former American first lady through another longtime client of hers: Oprah Winfrey. “We often say (Ms. Winfrey and I), that it was one of the best introductions ever,” says Brodeur. “One of a lifetime.”After an initial meeting (that Brodeur says she was “oddly not nervous, just very honoured” to have), one facial treatment quickly turned into four. “Once I flew back home her team reached out to me, it seemed surreal,” says Brodeur. “We took care of all the important steps to ensure we could offer the best skincare strategy.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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The TV Shows That Have Been Renewed or Cancelled for 20172018

first_imgAdvertisement Image via FXXIdiotsitter (Comedy Central): Renewed through Season 2Insecure (HBO): Renewed through Season 2.Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central): Renewed through Season 5Into the Badlands (AMC): Renewed through Season 3It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX): Renewed through Season 14iZombie (CW): Renewed through Season 4J Image via ABCGrantchester (PBS): Renewed through Season 2Grey’s Anatomy (ABC): Renewed through Season 14Grimm (NBC): Renewed through Season 6 (final season)HHalt and Catch Fire (AMC): Renewed through Season 4 (Final Season)The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu): Renewed through Season 2Hand of God (Amazon): Renewed through Season 2Hap & Leonard (Sundance): Renewed through Season 3Haters Back Off (Netflix): Renewed through Season 2Hawaii Five-0 (CBS): Renewed through Season 8High Maintenance (HBO): Renewed through Season 2Homeland (Showtime): Renewed through Season 8House of Cards (Netflix): Renewed through Season 5House of Lies (Showtime): Ending with Season 5How to Get Away with Murder (ABC): Renewed through Season 4Humans (AMC): Renewed through Season 3I Image via the CWThe 100 (CW): Renewed through Season 5AAdventure Time (Cartoon Network): Renewed through Season 9 (final season)The Affair (Showtime): Renewed through Season 4Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.(ABC): Renewed through Season 4Almost Royal (BBC America): Renewed through Season 2American Crime (ABC): Renewed through Season 3American Dad! (TBS): Renewed through Seasons 11 & 12American Gods (Starz): Renewed through Season 2American Horror Story (FX): Renewed through Season 7 Advertisement The Carmichael Show (NBC): Renewed through Season 2Castle (ABC): CancelledCasual (Hulu): Renewed through Season 3The Catch (ABC): Renewed through Season 2Channel Zero (Syfy): Renewed through Season 4Chelsea (Netflix): Renewed through Season 2Chicago Fire (NBC): Renewed through Season 6Chicago PD (NBC): Renewed through Season 5Chicago Med (NBC): Renewed through Season 3Childrens Hospital (Adult Swim): Renewed through Season 7 (final season)Code Black (CBS): Renewed through Season 2Colony (USA): Renewed through Season 3Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC): CancelledCrashing (HBO): Renewed through Season 2Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW): Renewed through Season 2Criminal Minds (CBS): Renewed through Season 12Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS): Renewed through Season 2The Crown (Netflix): Renewed through Season 2DDaredevil (Netflix): Renewed through Season 2 Image via AMCBillions (Showtime): Renewed through Season 3black-ish (ABC): Renewed through Season 4The Blacklist (NBC): Renewed through Season 5Black Sails (Starz): Renewed through Season 4 (final season)Blindspot (NBC): Renewed through Season 3Bloodline (Netflix): Renewed through Season 3 (final season)Blue Bloods (CBS): Renewed through Season 8Blunt Talk (Starz): CanceledBob’s Burgers (Fox): Renewed through Season 8Bojack Horseman (Netflix): Renewed through Season 3Bones (Fox): Renewed through Season 12 (final season)Bosch (Amazon): Renewed Through Season 3BrainDead (CBS): Cancelled 2 Broke Girls (CBS): Renewed through Season 612 Monkeys (Syfy): Renewed through Season 4 (Final Season) Image via NetflixUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix): Renewed through Season 3Underground (WGNA): Renewed through Season 2UnReal (Lifetime): Renewed through Season 3VThe Vampire Diaries(CW): Renewed through Season 8 (final season)Van Helsing (Syfy): Renewed through Season 2Veep (HBO): Renewed through Season 6Versailles (Ovation): Renewed through Season 3Vikings (History): Renewed through Season 5Voltron: Legendary Defender: Renewed through Season 2WThe Walking Dead (AMC): Renewed through Season 8Wayward Pines (Fox): Renewed through Season 2Westworld (HBO): Renewed through Season 2Workaholics (Comedy Central): Ending with Season 7Wrecked (TBS): Renewed through Season 2Wynonna Earp (Syfy): Renewed through Season 2YYounger (TV Land): Renewed through Season 4Young & Hungry (Freeform): Renewed through Season 4You’re the Worst (FXX): Renewed through Season 4ZZ Nation (Syfy): Renewed through Season 4Zoo (CBS): Renewed through Season 3 Image via AMC Image via HBOThe Simpsons (Fox): Renewed through Season 30Six (History): Renewed through Season 2Sleepy Hollow (Fox): CancelledSneaky Pete (Amazon): Renewed through Season 2Son of Zorn (Fox): CancelledSouth Park (Comedy Central): Renewed through 2019Spotless (Esquire): Renewed through Season 2Stitchers (Freeform): Renewed through Season 3Star (Fox): Renewed through Season 2Star Wars: Rebels: Renewed through Season 4 (final season)The Strain (FX): Renewed through Season 4 (final season)Stranger Things (Netflix): Renewed through Season 2Suits (USA): Renewed through Season 7Supergirl (CW): Renewed through Season 3Superior Donuts (CBS): Renewed through Season 2Supernatural (CW): Renewed through Season 12Superstore (NBC): Renewed through Season 3Survivor’s Remorse (Starz): Renewed through Season 4Sweet/Vicious (MTV): CancelledSwitched at Birth (Freeform): Renewed through Season 5 (final season)TTaboo (FX): Renewed through Season 2Taken (Fox): Renewed through Season 2Teachers (TV Land): Renewed through Season 2Teen Wolf 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Air Tindi Cessna narrowly missed cliff before hitting amazing crash site

first_imgAPTN National NewsYELLOWKNIFE-The ill-fated Air Tindi flight that crashed Tuesday killing two of the four people aboard narrowly missed smashing into a cliff, according to the band manager of the Chipewyan community that was the aircraft’s destination.Lutsel K’e band manager Ray Griffith said the Cessna 208B crashed on a small but smooth patch of rock high up on a narrow peninsula that juts out into Great Slave Lake.The aircraft was carrying four people aboard, including one pilot and three passengers. Two of the passengers were from the community.Health officials said Wednesday that the two survivors had been flown to Edmonton for treatment and they were currently in stable condition.This is the second deadly crash to hit the territory in the last two weeks.In late September, a Twin Otter crashed into Yellowknife’s Old Town neighbourhood killing the pilot and co-pilot and injuring seven passengers.Tuesday’s crash could have turned out much worse, said Griffith.Griffith said the peninsula, about 45 kilometres east of the community, is no more than a “few hundred feet across” and is made up predominantly of rough terrain.“They were coming in from the north side, narrowly missed the cliff and skimmed in over the top of the cliff,” said Griffith. “It is surrounded by miles and miles of water, it was a wheeled aircraft, if it had landed in the water there would have been no survivors…it’s an amazing crash site.”Griffith said the crash had a major impact on people in the fly-in community, which sits about 200 kilometres east of Yellowknife.“This has certainly shaken people, this is the closest one to home,” said Griffith. “To have two in a row…with local airlines, it really does make people think a little bit. But that is not going to stop people from flying because we have no choice.”last_img read more

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PEI artist honours deceased Cree activist

first_imgAPTN National NewsNew work by a stained glass artist will honour a young Cree activist who died in 2010.Shannen Koostachin fought for a new school to be built on her remote First Nation in northern Ontario.Koostachin was killed in a car accident at age 15.But her fight for equal education goes on .APTN’s Trina Roache has more.last_img

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Body of girl 13 found by police in Attawapiskat

first_img(Sheridan Hookimaw, 13, was found dead in Attawapiskat. Instagram)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA 13 year-old girl was recently found dead in the northern Ontario First Nation of Attawapiskat and the family is now waiting for the provincial coroner to determine the cause of death.Sheridan Hookimaw’s body was found by a Nishnawbe-Aski Police (NAPs) officer while on patrol near an area locally known as “the first rapids” on about Oct. 19, according to a family member.NAPs spokesperson Sgt. Jackie George said the police service was waiting for a report from the coroner.“We provided the information to the coroner and the coroner hasn’t released a report yet,” said George.Attawapiskat is one of the country’s poorest communities. The First Nation is situated near the place where the Attawapiskat River flows into James Bay.The community has made national headlines over the dire state of its housing. Its former chief Theresa Spence captured Canada’s attention when she began a liquids-only fast during the height of the Idle No More movement between the fall of 2012 and the winter of 2013.Hookimaw’s home was one of several in the community contaminated after Attawapiskat’s sewage system backed up. The home, which was abandoned, was then burned down by youth, according to a family member.The young girl was living in over-crowded conditions at a nursing home in the community. She also faced bullying at school and some of it may have been committed by an instructor, according to a family member.The coroner’s report is expected sometime this month.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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I love you honey last words Shirley Williams said to daughter before

first_imgI knew that she did have concerns.”– Mary Broadbridge, friend of Shirley Williams Family and friends of Jovan and Shirley said that the shooting was a culmination of about seven years of escalating conflict between the family and some of their neighbours.Williams said her mother told her that she believed her family’s complaints of harassment were linked to racism because Shirley, a white woman, married a First Nations man and had Indigenous children.“Once they found out that my mom had an Indian husband and two Indian children she was really looked down upon by this certain clique,” she said.Jovan Williams, 39, was shot and killed with his mother Shirley Williams by RCMP in Granisle.Williams said that group included one unnamed ex-police officer who she believed was intimidating and harassing her family.She said he was friends with their elderly neighbour across the street, Hank Fahr, who Williams alleges assaulted her brother with a baseball bat.APTN knocked on Fahr’s door to ask him to respond to the allegations, which have not been tested in court, but there was no response.The Vancouver Sun reported that Fahr’s wife Lynn said what people are saying about them is “bullsh*t.”Williams said the harassment began with small acts of vandalism to her mother’s beloved garden such as plants getting broken and cut overnight.Then, the plastic covering her greenhouse was slashed several times.Shonte Williams points to the spot where her mother Shirley, and brother Jovan were shot and killed by police April 21.When Shirley and Jovan set up surveillance cameras with motion sensors, they were turned around overnight and the wires cut, Williams said.Jovan, who moved back home to help his aging mother, set up ropes with bells attached so they could hear potential intruders, and a homemade lock on their backyard fence.Eventually, Williams said, the two got their firearms licences and bought rifles for protection, which they kept locked up in their house.“She couldn’t understand, she was trying to figure it out for years,” Williams said.“She had gone to the cops but there were several occasions when she went back and add to her complaint, she would find out that her complaints that she tried to register just disappeared. They never existed. It got to a point where she had to document everything at home because she wasn’t getting anywhere.”Mary Broadridge, left, and Doreen Miller, two friends of Shirley and Jovan Williams discuss the RCMP shooting.Shirley’s friend Mary Broadbridge said she had also known about problems with the neighbours, but that she never would have moved out because she loved her house too much.“I knew that she did have concerns,” Broadbridge said.“I had known two summers ago there had been stuff stolen here, and I actually even witnessed (some of the damages).”Some people in the town have said both Shirley and Jovan suffered from mental illness. Those claims weren’t substantiated by family members or friends interviewed by APTN.The Aftermath In the background I could hear my brother.” – Shonte Williams, Shirley Williams’ daughter That Thursday began as a normal day for Shonte Williams, 40, who lives several hours away in Terrace, B.C.She had a morning appointment, and called her mother to check in at about 11:30 a.m.After saying a quick hello to her brother, Williams talked to her mother for about 40 minutes about the mundane events of that day. But then, she said, her mother started to get distressed.Jovan had gone to the post office located just a few blocks from home, she said, and it was taking too long for him to come back. When he did come home, something was wrong.“In the background I could hear my brother,” Williams said. “He had apparently come in and was very upset. He was talking about how the neighbour across the street and his buddies had all ganged up on him at the mailbox.”Shirley Williams, 73, was shot and killed by police April 21 at her home on Granisle.Then, she said, a crowd apparently started gathering in front of her mother’s house. The phone became quiet.“She said, ‘there’s more of them, they’re just standing there, staring at the house,’” Williams recalled.“I said, ‘are you sure you want me on the phone?’ and she said ‘I think I better let you go, I’ll talk to you later, I love you honey.’”That was at about 12:30 p.m., and it was the last time she would speak to her mother. And it was the same time police said officers received a call to a “neighbour dispute” involving a handgun.According to the RCMP, officers arrived at 1:20 p.m., and surrounded the house. There was a confrontation involving someone who exited the home, police said.At 2:50 p.m., RCMP said, shots were fired and the elderly mother and son were both dead in their backyard. No officers were injured.Neither the police nor independent investigators have released any further information as a probe into the situation continues.The Build Up Tina House Cara McKenna APTN National NewsShonte Williams is visibly shaken as she recalls the scene that unfolded in the hours before her mother and brother were shot dead in a RCMP-involved shooting in small-town northern British Columbia.Shirley Williams, 73, and Jovan Williams, 39, were killed in the backyard of their home in the tiny village of Granisle on the afternoon of Thursday, April 21.The funeral for the mother and son was Tuesday, as residents of the retirement town with only several hundred residents try to understand how the violent incident unfolded.Many lingering questions remain, and the deaths are shrouded in mystery and speculation as B.C.’s police watchdog starts a lengthy and covert investigation into its first double homicide at the hands of police.The Shooting “It wasn’t like the police were facing a marauding herd of elephants,”– Doreen Miller, friend of Shirley Williams Broadbridge, who called Shirley by her nickname “Boots,” found out about the shooting about 40 minutes after it happened through a phone call from a friend.Another family friend, Doreen Miller, was out of town running errands when she heard from a neighbour at the grocery store that there were six police cars headed to Granisle.It wasn’t until she got home at about 7 p.m. when she learned about the unthinkable: her friend and her son had both been killed.Miller knew Jovan as a “hardworking young man” who she relied on to do chores like cutting the grass and shoveling snow from her roof. He worked in security before moving back home to help his mother, and created art as a hobby.Miller said she still doesn’t understand how the shooting could have happened.“It wasn’t like the police were facing a marauding herd of elephants,” she said.“This was an elderly senior lady, a little bit stooped over, and why would they need all those police cars? To me, the police handled it the wrong way.”In the days following the shooting, the home was cut off by police tape as eight officials from the Independent Investigations Office gathered evidence.A little over one day later, Williams was allowed back to pick up her mother’s two beloved dogs and, at that time, she broke down when she saw her mother’s shoes on the back steps.“I was thinking `did my mom run out without her shoes on` because she always puts her shoes on when she goes outside, but they were just sitting there, nice and neat, by the door,” she said.“And that upset me a great deal.”About a week later, when investigators left, a memorial of flowers was set up in front of the home.With Shirley and Jovan’s cars still in the driveway, the house looked almost normal, except for visible dark patches of grass in the backyard, which is where the pair was standing when the shooting took place.“If you see where the dirt is, right there, that’s where they were,” Williams said, gesturing to the spots.“There’s nothing around them, nothing for them to hide behind. Why. I want to know why. They shouldn’t be dead. They’re my family.”The shooting has shaken the small village, which held its first community meeting over the weekend to talk about the incident, and is expected to hold more in the future.But, unfortunately for the friends and family members of the victims, answers aren’t expected to come for more than a year, according to Independent Investigations Office spokesman Marten Youssef.“We are here … to provide the community with an overview of the Independent Investigations Office,” Youssef said.“They will have answers at the end of our investigation.”thouse@aptn.cacmckenna@aptn.calast_img
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Thwarted emergency debate on tax reforms not the end of the discussion

first_imgOTTAWA – A Conservative bid for an emergency debate on the Liberal government’s controversial small business tax proposal was thwarted Wednesday, but that does not mean they — nor the public — are out of options for sharing their views.“Parliament, and not the government, is the final authority on taxation,” Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre said as he called for a House of Commons debate on the proposed changes before consultations wrap up next week.Deputy Speaker Bruce Stanton, a Conservative MP, ruled the request did not meet the criteria and turned him down.The proposals, unveiled this summer by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, would eliminate small business tax provisions that the Liberals argue allow some wealthy Canadians to avoid paying their fair share.That includes restricting the ability of business owners to lower their tax rate by sprinkling income to family members, even if they do no work for the business, and curbing the ability to convert regular income into capital gains, which are typically taxed at a lower rate.The proposed changes would also limit private corporations from making passive investments in things like real estate or stocks.They have sparked a revolt by doctors, farmers, small business owners and even some backbench Liberal MPs, who have spoken publicly about the complaints they have been hearing from their constituents.Amid the ensuing uproar, the government has insisted they are listening to concerns and open to changes — with several sources suggesting they are open to going back to the drawing board.The Liberals say they have no intention of extending the Oct. 2 deadline for consultations, but a government source who spoke on condition of anonymity said that does not mean everything will be a done deal by then.The source, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said the government is open to working with people, and that there would be a chance to comment on any draft legislation — standard practice for money or other complex bills.That would especially be the case with the proposal on passive investment, because unlike with capital gains and income sprinkling, Morneau did not release a detailed legislative proposal this summer.The source also said the Liberal government is committed to the ideas in all three proposals, but will evaluate next steps once the consultation period is over — and has not set a firm timeline for doing so.Meanwhile, the Senate finance committee will also take a closer look at the proposed changes and report back by the end of November.“I think there has been a lot of rhetoric thrown around on all sides, and that’s where the Senate of Canada can do a great job of sober second thought,” Sen. Andre Pratte said Tuesday in the Senate Chamber.The Conservatives are also widely expected to make the proposed tax changes the focus of an opposition day motion coming their way next week.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

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Americans borrowed more in November amid solid holiday sales

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. consumers in November ran up nearly $28 billion in new debt on their credit cards and in the form of new auto and student loans, a sign of growing confidence in the economy.The Federal Reserve says that consumer borrowing grew 8.8 per cent, the most in more than two years, to $3.83 trillion. The Fed’s monthly consumer credit report does not cover home mortgages or any other loans secured by real estate such as home equity loans.Americans are increasingly confident in the economy and are willing to borrow more to fund their consumption. Surveys show that Americans’ confidence in the economy reached a 17-year high in November, though it declined a bit last month. And retailers say early reports from holiday shopping have been mostly positive.last_img read more

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Bombardier shareholders to vote on call for more lobbying transparency

first_imgMONTREAL – Pension plan managers and other institutions holding millions of Bombardier shares would like to see the transportation giant go the extra mile for lobbying transparency.The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), the California Teachers’ Pension Fund and the Florida State Board of Administration (SBA) said they are supporting a proposal by OceanRock Investments asking Bombardier’s board to file an annual report on direct and indirect lobbying activities.The proposal will be voted on Thursday at Bombardier’s annual meeting.SBA governance analyst Tracy Stewart says one can never be too careful given that there are currently a lot of political risks.At the end of fiscal 2017, the CPPIB, the California Teachers’ Pension Fund and the SAB — with assets under management totalling nearly $881 billion — held approximately 7.6 million Class A and B shares of the Quebec multinational.The OceanRock Investments initiative has also been endorsed by the two major shareholder advisory agencies, Glass Lewis and Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS).Bombardier has urged its shareholders to vote against the motion, arguing that is already reports monthly on its federal lobbying with the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada and the information is found on the Quebec Lobbyists’ Registry for provincial activities.Reports on lobbying in the United States are available to the general public through the House of Representatives, it added in its proxy circular released in March.The proposal is unlikely to pass because the Beaudoin-Bombardier family controls 51.5 of the voting rights thanks to the multiple voting shares.Meanwhile, with the exception of the Florida institution, the CPPIB and the California Teachers’ Pension Fund are endorsing the compensation policy for Bombardier’s key executives.In 2017, the company’s top five executives earned total compensation of US$30.8 million, up 12.3 per cent over the prior year. Including board chairman Pierre Beaudoin raises the total payroll to US$33.4 million, up seven per cent.The annual meeting will be the last as a board member after 43 years for Laurent Beaudoin, the architect of its growth as the manufacturer of planes and trains. The meeting is ten days before his 80th birthday.Companies in this report: (TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

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SNCLavalin gets contract to design deliver 19billion chemical plant in Oman

first_imgMONTREAL – SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says it has reached an agreement to design and deliver a chemical plant in Oman that will cost an estimated $1.9 billion to build.The Montreal-based engineering and construction company says it will support the program from concept development to commissioning of the plant, and work along with Omani contractors.SNC-Lavalin will also support the operations and maintenance of the plant, to be built about 150 kilometres southeast of Muscat, the capital of Oman.“This contract is a major strategic win for us, helping to grow our business in the region and demonstrate our world-leading credentials,” said Christian Brown, president of oil and gas at SNC-Lavalin in a statement.“Oman is an important market for SNC-Lavalin where we have a long history of safely delivering complex major projects.”Last year, SNC-Lavalin was awarded a long-term framework contract from Petroleum Development Oman to help commission and manage its upstream assets in the country. SNC-Lavalin has set up an academy in Muscat to train and develop graduate engineers in the commissioning as part of the contract.The new chemical plant is expected to produce about 227,000 tonnes a year of polyvinyl chloride for export to Asia. The plastic material is used in a wide range of products from piping to medical devices to credit cards.The facility will also produce about 127,000 tonnes of sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda, to support local industries. Caustic soda has a variety of industrial applications including for production of petroleum products, soap and in water treatment.The SNC-Lavalin contract was signed with Project Development & Management International LLC.Oman’s production of petroleum and other liquids stood at around a million barrels a day in 2016. The country’s oil and gas production has been boosted by newer production techniques including enhanced oil recovery that allows for more production from older oil fields.SNC-Lavalin has been awarded several other contracts in the Middle East this year, including a contract for the expansion of a district cooling scheme in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, a contract with Saudi Aramco to expand a major gas processing facility in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, as well as a five-year agreement to provide general engineer services to a joint venture between Aramco Gulf Operations Co. Ltd. and Kuwait Gulf Oil Co.Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC)last_img read more

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Canadian agriculture ministers briefed on tradewar contingency plan

first_imgVANCOUVER – Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay emphasized the importance of the provinces working together as an escalating trade war with the United States puts some farmers on edge.The minister said his provincial and territorial counterparts discussed trade negotiations and the contingency plan during their conference that wrapped up Friday in Vancouver.There’s already a safety net in place through the $3-billion Canadian Agricultural Partnership launched earlier this year to help farmers manage risks and deal with problems, MacAulay said.“We’re not going to speculate on what might develop or might not develop, but there’s a framework in place with the Canadian Agricultural Partnership now,” he said. “There is a system in place to make sure if we hit any major problems that we’re able to deal with it. That’s why this meeting in the last couple of days is so important.”MacAulay also announced a renewed $55-million AgriRisk Initiatives Program, which he said will help protect farmers against business risks they face.B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said she was satisfied with the federal plan and said the provinces are united in the context of the trade war.“We stand as one voice, as Canada, in a situation like this,” she said.While U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has promised that President Donald Trump will restore farmer profitability in that country, he hasn’t specified how and some economists are skeptical that the administration can come up with the billions of dollars necessary to cover losses.Perdue said last month he wasn’t pushing for Canada to do away with its supply management system that controls price and supply of dairy, eggs and chicken, after Trump said he wanted the system dismantled and blasted Canada for charging a 270 per cent tariff on imported dairy products.Ottawa introduced $16.6-billion worth of retaliatory tariffs on some American imports earlier this month in reaction to American tariffs on steel and aluminum.The United States fired back Monday at the Canadian government by launching a formal challenge with the World Trade Organization, at the same time as it filed separate disputes against the European Union, China, Mexico and Turkey over similar counter-tariffs.last_img read more

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