A treatment centre in Kanesatake celebrates its 25th anniversary

first_imgAPTN National NewsA treatment centre in the Mohawk community of Kanesatake just celebrated a big anniversary.For 25 years it’s been helping people kick their chemical habits.And one counselor at the centre is a big part of it’s success.APTN‘s Danielle Rochette has the storylast_img

Close call for Kashechewan First Nation students during Toronto shooting

first_imgAPTN National NewsStudents on a Grade 8 class trip from the northern Ontario First Nation of Kashechewan found themselves in Toronto’s Eaton Centre food court Saturday when deadly gunfire erupted, triggering mass panic in the city’s largest shopping centre.None of the students were hurt in the shooting, which left one man dead and several injured.The 18 students, aged 13 to 15, were on an annual trip to visit southern Ontario which includes tours of the CN Tower, museums and Niagara Falls.Some of the students in the group were in the food court at the exact moment bullets began to fly, said Rosy Sutherland, director of education services for Kashechewan First Nation.“It is surreal to have it at that time,” said Sutherland. “You can only guess that it must have been like for them.”While none of the students were physically hurt, Sutherland said she wasn’t authorized discuss the psychological impact of the incident. Sutherland said a councillor from the Toronto Sick Kids Hospital did meet with students to make sure they were okay and help them with any emotional fallout.Sutherland said the students were also given the option of coming back home, but none of them took the offer and they spent Tuesday at Canada’s Wonderland.“They are probably not going to go back to the Eaton Centre,” said Sutherland.Christopher Husbands, 23, has been charged in connection to the brazen Eaton Centre shooting which left Ahmed Hassan, 24, dead.The trip is one of the highlights of the year for the St. Andrew’s School Grade 8 class which raises its own money to pay for the journey south.Students spend months fundraising, selling raffle tickets for TVs and hunting equipment, holding bingos, hosting yard sales and putting in hours as volunteers.The total cost of the trip comes to about $50,000 and students raise about 75 per cent of the amount, said Sutherland. The rest of the funding comes from the band’s education purse and other sources. The costs include a charter flight from Kashechewan to Timmins, Ont., and then a charter bus ride to Toronto.For many of the students, this is the first time they’ve ever visited a major city, many having travelled mainly to Timmins. One of the students on this year’s trip is confined to a wheelchair.Sutherland said there were a few anxious moments after the news hit that that students were so close to the shooting.“I was concerned for their well being and safety. I just wanted to make sure they were safe because they are our responsibility. They are our students,” said Sutherland. “I was glad to hear they were all safe, that they are resilient enough to continue their trip.”jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Homeless Inuk man trying to leave Ottawa streets behind

first_imgAPTN National NewsFor the past few days APTN’s Annette Francis has been meeting with a homeless Inuk man in Ottawa.Danny Toolooktook speaks about his long struggle on the street and the lifestyle he’s trying to leave behind.last_img

Drum group greets Syrian refugees in Winnipeg

first_imgAPTN National NewsCanada has begun bringing in the first of what’s expected to be thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing their war-torn homeland.A drum group in Winnipeg welcomed several of the newcomers to Treaty 1 territory Monday.As APTN’s Matt Thordarson has the story.last_img

Families take on the task of raising awareness of Canadas Fentanyl crisis

first_imgShaneen Robinson-DesjarlaisAPTN National NewsFamilies in Winnipeg are raising awareness to the dangers of Fentanyl.It’s the opioid painkiller that has caused hundreds of overdoses in British Columbia and Alberta.The problem is making its way east – and families in Winnipeg are now feeling it.srobinson@aptn.caFollow @shaneenonthescenelast_img

Saskatchewan farmer testifies gun just went off in fatal shooting of Colten

first_imgThe Canadian Press BATTLEFORD, Sask. – A Saskatchewan farmer on trial for the shooting of an Indigenous man says he was filled with terror in the moments before his gun “just went off.”Gerald Stanley told the jury in his second-degree murder trial Monday that he and his son heard an SUV with a flat tire drive into his farmyard near Biggar, Sask., in August 2016. He told court the two of them heard one of their all-terrain vehicles start and thought it was being stolen.Stanley told court he and his son ran toward the SUV, kicked the tail light and hit the windshield with a hammer. He said he grabbed a handgun, normally used to scare off wildlife, when the SUV didn’t leave the yard, and fired two or three shots into the air.“I thought I’m going to make some noise and hopefully they’re going to run out of the yard,” he told court. “I just raised the gun in the air and fired straight up.”Stanley said he popped out the cartridge “to make sure it was disarmed.”“As far as I was concerned, it was empty and I had fired my last shot.”He testified he went up to the SUV because he thought it had run over his wife and he tried to reach for the keys in the ignition.“I was reaching in and across the steering wheel to turn the key off and – boom – this thing just went off,” Stanley testified.“Was your finger on the trigger?” his lawyer, Scott Spencer, asked.“No,” Stanley answered.“Did you intend to hurt anyone?” Spencer asked.“No. I just wanted them to leave,” Stanley said. “I couldn’t believe what just happened and everything seemed to just go silent. I just backed away.”Colten Boushie, who was 22, was sitting in the driver’s seat of a grey Ford Escape when he was shot in the back of the head.Court has heard an SUV carrying five people, including Boushie, had a flat tire and drove onto the Stanley farm. The driver testified the group had been drinking during the day and tried to break into a truck on a neighbouring farm, but went to the Stanley property in search of help with the tire.Spencer told the jury in his opening statement earlier Monday that Boushie was the victim of “a freak accident that occurred in the course of an unimaginably scary situation.” He told jurors Boushie’s death wasn’t justified, but they must put themselves in Stanley’s shoes.“Is it unreasonable to fire warning shots when the intruders have tried to steal, taken a run at you with their vehicle, crashed into your vehicle – from Gerry’s perspective intentionally – almost run over your wife?” Spencer asked.“Is it reasonable to fire warning shots to get them to just leave? That’s what it comes down to in many ways.”Stanley was faced with intruders and didn’t have the luxury to wait for police, Spencer said.“This was not a justified death. This death is not justified legally or morally. It is never, never right to take somebody’s life with a gun. But that’s not what this case is about,” he argued.“This is really not a murder case at all. This is a case about what can go terribly wrong when you create a situation which is really of the nature of a home invasion. For farm people, your yard is your castle and that’s part of the story here.”Spencer said the young people who drove onto the Stanley farm aren’t on trial, but he also said they created a panic situation.“If they would have just stopped – stopped drinking, stopped drinking and driving, stopped breaking into people’s places, stop vandalizing stuff, stop crashing into things. Just walk away.”last_img read more

Data reveals close to 600 suicides in northern Ontario since the mid1980s

first_imgMartha Troian APTN InvestigatesBrian Rae remembers his nephew, Dario Strang, as someone who was smart and did well in school. Rae thought Strang had a bright future ahead of him.But on June 8, 2009 everything changed.After visiting a family member from Sioux Lookout, Ont., Strang returned to his home in Pikangikum First Nation and lost his life to suicide.He was just 18 years old.“He was a young man, he had everything going for him at that time,” says Brian Rae, originally from Sandy Lake First Nation, from his home in Sioux Lookout.“He was in school. He had aspirations of going into the army. He was already accepted to go into the Bold Eagle Program.”The Bold Eagle Program is a summer military program for Indigenous youth.Strang is just one of the hundreds of Indigenous people who have lost their lives to suicide in northern Ontario.APTN Investigates took a closer look at data collection around suicide and ethnicity and has learned the federal government and a handful of provinces are not keeping track of these deaths, despite there being a crisis.According to Nishnawbe Aski Nation, a political organization that oversees 49 communities in the north, there have been 562 suicide deaths since 1986. Of those deaths, 334 were males. Many of these deaths are also young people between the ages of 15-20 years old, accounting for 218 suicides.The most common method used was by hanging, accounting for 417 of the deaths based on the data.Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum said these numbers do not shock her, knowing the issues facing the north.(Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum. Photo credit: Nishnawbe Aski Nation)“Our leadership, along with our NAN citizens acknowledge the need for community based processes and programming to address underlying issues. We’re committed to advocating and lobbying for strength-based and empowering initiatives.” said Achneepineskum.Issues of sexual abuse, bullying to addictions all contribute to suicide, Achneepineskum said, noting how the executive team at NAN remain committed to addressing these issues.Almost 100 children lost to suicide in the northFor decades the suicide rates of Indigenous people in Canada have soared, spiking three times higher than the national public average, and five to six times higher than non-Indigenous youth in Canada.Suicide rates have also been a continual presence in northern Ontario. Many of those suicides involving Indigenous youth, and in some cases children.For instance, in the NAN territory, 87 lives were lost to suicide between the ages of 10-14 since 1986, based on NAN’s data.Achneepineskum says there are special circumstances present, too, when it comes to these young children taking their own lives, such as the involvement of the child welfare system.Child welfare agency suspected First Nations girls were planning suicidesNDP MP Charlie Angus is appalled that the federal government is not keeping track of these losses, knowing how high the number of suicide deaths there are for northern Ontario.(NDP MP Charlie Angus)“I feel it is unconscionable for a nation like Canada that we don’t have the information the staggering death levels of young people to suicide,” said Angus.“In the case of Canada, the lives of Indigenous young people somehow don’t seem to be that much of a priority, and so nobody seems to think these horrific death rates are a cause for action.”Angus is pushing to launch a national action plan for suicide that entails the government of Canada providing community-based suicide prevention programs linked to a comprehensive statistical overview of suicide.Despite spending millions on prevention, feds don’t keep track of suicide epidemic of Indigenous peopleEven though data collection around suicide varies or is not gathered at all, as in the case of New Brunswick and the federal government, millions of dollar are allocated to suicide prevention and mental health by Health Canada.More healing centres coming to OntarioThe Ministry of Health and Long Term Care stated 10 healing and treatment centres will be established across Ontario. The centres will offer 50 new beds for Indigenous people and provide mental health counselling and cultural supports.One healing centre is currently operating in Fort Frances, as for the other healing centres, the exact locations have yet to be determined.Although Achneepineskum is happy to see one centre in Fort Frances, she says it is still not located far enough north, given the number of residents living there.“This has been part of Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s strategy and that is we have adequate resources for mental health whether it’s treatment or through healing centres,” says Achneepineskum.“We will continue to ensure we bring these services closer to home, especially for our children, whether they are in the court system or in the child welfare system.”last_img read more

Man killed by polar bear in Nunavut

first_imgPeople in town of Arviat wait for Gibbons body to arrive from Sentry Island. (Gordy Kidlapik, Twitter)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA 31-year-old man was fatally mauled by a polar bear while protecting his children alongside Hudson Bay, according to his family.Aaron Grant Gibbons of Arviat died on the evening of July 3 after an outing to Sentry Island, 10 kilometres outside the community in the southern Arctic.Gibbons’ uncle, Gordy Kidlapik, said his nephew laid down his life for his kids.“My qangiaq (nephew in Inuktitut) died a hero today. The bear surprised him and his children, so he put himself between them and the bear to let them escape,” Kidlapik posted on Twitter.Kidlapik said it was heartbreaking to hear Gibbons’ children cry for help over the CB radio in their boat – a critical form of communication in the territory.He posted a photo of people waiting on the shore in Arviat for Gibbons’ body to arrive home.To hear irngutaq – his young daughter having to call on CB radio and crying to her grandmother, my aik, immediately after the mauling…we were very helpless. To hear my aik calling out to my qangiaq, asking if he’s okay…very heart breaking. His body was brought in at 11:15— Gordy Kidlapik (@Irngutaq) July 4, 2018Sentry Island is a popular place for people to go fishing, hunting and collecting birds’ eggs. It’s also a busy place where bears cross to head farther north.Police said Gibbons was pronounced dead at the scene.“The polar bear was put down by another adult as other individuals were on the island nearby,” Arviat RCMP said in a release.“Our condolences are extended to the family [at this] very difficult time.”A grieving Kidlapik lashed out at outfitters in nearby Churchill, Man., who market access to polar bears to tourists from around the world.‏”@churchillwild making a wild dangerous bear accustomed to getting close to humans without deterrent,” he tweeted.“It could have been one of these bears that killed my qangiaq.”last_img read more

Versace goes punk wild with homey looks

first_imgMILAN – Donatella Versace is embracing her own inner Versace. After coming off a triumphant outing at the Golden Globes, she helped launch Milan Fashion Week menswear previews for next winter on Saturday on a high note.Versace dressed three women for last Sunday’s awards show: Angelina Jolie, Saoirse Ronan, winner for best actress in a comedy, and star of the evening Oprah Winfrey, who wore a shape-hugging number to deliver her celebrated lifetime achievement award speech.Versace has been riding a wave of appreciation since her September tribute show to her slain brother, fashion house founder Gianni Versace, reunited supermodels from the 1990s while highlighting some of the new generation’s top talent.“It is appreciation for Gianni, but maybe also a little for me,” she said backstage before her show in Milan.Here are some highlights from the first day of Milan Fashion Week, which also included fall-winter menswear shows by Emporio Armani, newcomer Isabel Benenato, Marni and Dolce & Gabbana:____VERSACE GOES HOMEThis is about as homey as it gets in the take-it-or-leave it ethos of Versace.Donatella Versace is urging aficionados to “to embrace your inner Versace” with winter menswear looks that take cues from the brand’s home collection.During her Milan Fashion Week show, pillow plaids became suit jackets worn over archival prints in seafoam green, hot pink and yellow. The effect was punk.Crushed velvet upholstery prints in deep hues of golden, purple and red were cut into wild mid-length coats worn over a silken print shirt and a neckerchief. Burned umber puffer jackets recalled a comforter.“These are very Versace elements, refreshed in a street key,” Versace said.The designer punctuated the show with 11 looks for women to demonstrate, she said, “that our two souls communicate with one another.” They included tassel accents on a low-back mini-dress.Versace wasn’t afraid to take things down a notch with camel overcoats. A women’s version included colorful side panels that matched a headscarf and leggings.Men’s trousers were kept short to show off Versace’s new tennis shoe, which features the form of a chain moulded into the sole and the words “Love is blind.”____DOLCE & GABBANA’S KING OF ANGELSIt was a bling call at Dolce & Gabbana.The designing duo of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana constructed a Baroque Sicilian church façade as the background for their “King of Angels” collection. The show opened with a tableau of young stars in formalwear, including elaborately embroidered military-style jackets and floral suits, walking beneath a pair of cherubs.The colorful knitwear that featured cherubic putti in oval frames looked inspired by church ceilings, and angelic visages also graced motorcycle jackets.Dolce & Gabbana, as usual, offered a range of looks — with suits styled formally, layered with furry jackets and coming pajama-inspired with robe overcoats. The designers employed light-heartedness and humour with heart-shaped backpacks, as well as one that looked like a golden puppet peeking over the wearer’s shoulder.The designers also emblazoned slogans such as “Time of Change” and “Love is Love” across beanies, waistbands and backsides. Nothing on the runway made the slogans’ meanings explicit, although both could be interpreted as calls for new attitudes.Colombian singer Maluma closed out the show in a glittering silver suit to match his stage presence.___UNEXPECTED DOLCE&GABBANADancers busted a move in Dolce&Gabbana active-wear at an exclusive late-night “unexpected show” for a smaller fashion crowd. While activewear has long been part of the designers’ repertoire, they are putting new emphasis on the hot category.Their Millennial models showed off the collection, ranging from baseball shirts emblazoned with “King of My Life,” to soft bear-head hoodies, eliciting cheers and cat-calls from admiring on-lookers.____EMPORIO ARMANI’SArching zippers, tufts of fur and smooth velvet gave zest to Emporio Armani’s youthful tailoring for next winter and fall.While silhouettes mostly were relaxed, the palette was dark, albeit geared toward the fun end of deep with black, navy and slate giving way to mauve, other blues and shades tinged with purple.Floral patterns and hypnotic repeating graphics complemented the flowing silhouette of open jackets and easy trousers. Swirls of colour also burst forth on alpaca knitwear in soothing blues and icy greens.Designer Giorgio Armani has forsworn using real animal fur in all his lines, winning praise from animal rights activists. The fur accents on the boots and detachable dyed collars therefore were surely faux. A series of furry black coats were rendered from curly-haired sheepskin, according to the press release, and there were only pony-effect goatskin jackets.Zippers were deployed with frivolity across knitwear, inviting the playful to detach, or along sleeves, giving a cape-like feel when opened. Trousers were tapered, most elaborately so with a button cuff. Pants were mostly relaxed for daytime leisure and evening events, but tight for the sleek business suits worn tieless.Velvet worked for day or evening, as casual wear in bomber jackets or elegant suits. Gloves were the accessories of the choice, but the 83-year-old Armani is not abiding the smartphone-driven trend of returning to the fingerless gloves of the 1980s. All of the designer’s gloves were perfectly winter-proof.____MOSCHINO GOES UNDERCOVEROnly Jeremy Scott would send the fashion crowd running around Milan with a videocassette tape in their bags. That was the invitation to the evening Moschino show.Scott’s collection challenged the gender conventions by being up front about sexual predilections. The suggestion is that the videotape contained something X-rated, if anyone could find a VCR to play it.The mixed men’s and woman’s collection started with some deconstructed pinstripe suits, held suggestively together by suspenders or garters, but quickly devolved into an S&M, role play exploration, complete with a chauffeur in a silken white cape shirt followed by a madam in a black latex body suit. The music climaxes.Beyond the runway props and edgy fashion statements, Scott also included pretty sheer dresses and skirts, as well as suits that suggest nothing more than business. That is if you leave home the leather props.But even then, Scott pushed the envelope. Turn your head and look at the back of the suit, and there might be a trailing evening dress, or a panel made from a beaded women’s dress: A cross-dresser’s coming out fashion statement.His final look: a Siamese twin tuxedo jacket joining androgynous models at the tails.—–NO FURAnimal rights activists made their presence known during Milan Fashion Week, with several dozen attempting to block access to the Marni preview.The show went on, running late as the fashion world is wont with or without protests. One fur-wearing fashionista endured a shower of verbal abuse as he ducked into the show at the last minute, but no violence was reported.Animal rights activists have claimed victories recently, with Armani and Gucci being among the latest to commit to not using animal furs in future collections. Brands like Marni, which was born out of a family fur business, have a tougher line to tread.Still, the runway show by Francesco Risso, in his second year, included only one obvious animal skin reference, and that was a shearling coat.___MARNI’S TRAVEL JOURNALEntering the Marni showroom is to enter designer Francesco Risso’s world, immediately.Rather than conventional seating, he offered objects to sit upon. A child’s stuffed giraffe. A hose-less vacuum cleaner. Stacks of disused videocassettes. Sacks of flour, whole wheat.These are the details that fill Risso’s travel journal. And the traveller’s wardrobe embrace a naive, awe-struck sense of the world, with oversized jackets and trousers hand-painted with arm chairs, monkeys or musical instruments. Suits, puffer coats, nylon jumpsuits and anoraks round out the collection. Overcoats, in salmon pink, or blue, look slept in. Blankets do the same tricks. Men, spanning generations, not just youthful, wear talisman around their necks: a string of found trinkets, or a plasticized bear.The rule, Risso said back stage, “is that there are no rules.”____ISABEL BENENATO’S ZENIsabel Benenato held her hands to her mouth in disbelief after her Milan runway debut. Her two young daughters, one clutching two stuffed rabbits, ran to hug her.Benenato, 38, has nurtured her nine-year-old brand in the Tuscan city of Lucca, far from the Milan fashion epicenter — and won the notice of the Italian Fashion Chamber, which invited her to Milan Fashion Week.The brand’s philosophy revolves around natural materials, she said backstage.The preview menswear and womenswear collection was inspired by planets, and was fittingly elemental. The looks were layered, say, a jacket over a tunic and trousers, all loose, well-proportioned and easy to wear. Or a crisp, long white shirt over trousers. A long dress wraps and drapes.“There is this sense of being wrapped. Of silence. Of relaxing,” Benenato said.last_img read more

National conversation on agriculture and food takes centre stage

first_imgFarmers and consumers from across the country will be taking part in a national conversation Tuesday, as part of Canada’s Agriculture Day.There’s no shortage of passion and energy from the people who produce our food 365 days a year.660 NEWS caught up with a few ranchers at a bull sale to ask them why they enjoy working in agriculture so much.Jared Sherman is the Cattle Manager at Soderglen Ranches northwest of Airdrie, he says it’s the people he works with in the industry that makes this lifestyle enjoyable.“When you are around people like this and when you can make a living in a business you love and have a customer following like we have, it makes it kinda fun,” said Sherman.Laura Vanderstoop, who also ranches north of Calgary, says it’s more than a career for her and her partner.“I grew up with this and my partner Jamie grew up with it and we’ve known each other for a long time and it gives our kids a healthy lifestyle. It’s something for us that is fulfilling and rewarding,” said Vanderstoop.Auctioneer Dean Edge took a look around at the crowd in attendance at the sale on Saturday and said it’s all about the people.“The people are my family and for four generations now I’ve been in the cattle business and livestock industry and I can come to an event like this and see all these other families who have to and we’re on common ground and we think alike,” said Edge. “We’re asset rich and cash poor, but we get by every day we get.”Rancher Keith Wade says the industry is truly unique.“It’s a business you don’t get anywhere else you’ve got kids and family, you know it’s everything, you don’t get that in a lot of other businesses so that’s part of it for me,” said Wade.If you want to join the conversation about agriculture and food simply use the #CDNAgDay on social media.last_img read more

Ready or not Canadian business may face sanctions under EUs GDPR privacy

first_imgTORONTO – Any Canadian business that collects personal information about residents of the European Union —whether they’re tourists, students or online customers —risks maximum fines of $30 million or more if they violate a sweeping new EU privacy law that takes effect Friday.But privacy experts say many small- and mid-sized Canadian companies have only recently become aware that they may be covered by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which was adopted by the 27-country regional government in 2016 with a two-year delay before enforcement starting on May 25, 2018.“Anybody that is collecting personal data from European residents — not only citizens — needs to comply with this,” Ale Brown, founder of Kirke Management Consulting, said in a phone interview from Vancouver.That’s equally true for a boutique fashion company selling purses, a university with students from a European country or a website using cookies or other information tracking features, she said. The GDPR could even affect small tourism-related business such as a resort or tour operator, because they have guests from all over the world.Besides having potentially hefty fines, the GDPR’s scope is also sweeping.It covers everything from giving people an opportunity to obtain, correct or remove personal data about themselves, to outlining rules for disclosing security breaches, to providing easily understood privacy policies and terms of service.One of the criticisms of GDPR has been that it could impose higher administrative costs on every company that wants to comply with the rules _ plus the potentially devastating impact of being hit with a fine for violating the law.Among those raising the alarm is Jake Ward, a spokesman for the recently formed Data Catalyst advisory council, which aspires to educate policy makers and businesses about the importance of the data-driven economy.“Now, I’m not saying that it’s a bad bill, because I don’t necessarily think it is,” Ward said in an interview.“But there could have been some steps taken to appreciate that the challenges of small businesses is different from the large.”For example, he said, a fine of four per cent of annual revenue would be very painful for a large company like Facebook or Google but “that’s a death sentence for a small company that gets hit with a GDPR fine.”While the EU intends for its fines to be a real deterrent to breaking the privacy law, it does take into account a number of factors, such as whether the infringement is intentional or negligent, the actions taken to reduce damage to the individuals, and preparations in place to prevent non-compliance.However, it may impose the biggest fine applicable in a particular case and the ultimate maximum fine could be either 20 million euros (C$30 million), or four per cent of a company’s annual global revenue, whichever is greater.Brown said many of her larger clients have been grappling with the legal and operational implications of the GDPR for 18 months or more, but others have only recently become aware that they need to be ready too.A top priority for them, she said, is to respond quickly if somebody requests access to their personal information or corrections to what’s on file about them _ both rights recognized by the GDPR.“Smaller businesses in Canada may fly under the radar for awhile, because the supervisory authorities are going to have to prioritize, but if somebody lodges a complaint — they’re going to come,” Brown said.“From a financial, from a legal and a reputational perspective, you really don’t want a European supervisory authority knocking on your door.”They can begin to protect themselves by having a process in place for dealing with GDPR issues, as soon as possible, Brown said.“Do an inventory of the data you have, understand why you have it and document it.”It’s also important to be able to locate the information, which may reside in multiple places such as an in-house system, on a “cloud” service on somebody else’s servers, or on a mobile device like a smartphone, said Matthew Tyrer, a senior manager at the Ottawa office of data protection company Commvault.The arrival of GDPR has been an opportunity for Commvault as well as any Canadian company that can demonstrate it has taken the effort to protect their customers’ personal data, Tyrer said.“It will just make you that much more competitive and these are things we should probably have already been doing in the first place, when you look at the basics.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly spelled the first name of Jake Ward.last_img read more

US factories grew more slowly in October

first_imgWASHINGTON – American manufacturers grew at a slower pace in October as factories contended with supply disruptions caused by disputes with China, Europe and other trading partners.The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, said Thursday that its manufacturing index slipped to 57.7 last month — down from 59.8 in September and the lowest since April. It was the second straight monthly drop.Still, anything above 50 signals growth, and manufacturers are enjoying a 26-month winning streak.New orders, production, export orders and hiring grew more slowly. Thirteen of 18 manufacturing industries reported growth last month, led by textile mills and makers of electrical equipment.American industry is generally healthy, but respondents to the ISM survey suggested that trade disputes are taking a toll. The United States has imposed taxes on imported steel and aluminum and on about $250 billion in Chinese products, drawing retaliation from U.S. trading partners.Several companies complained that the tariffs are driving up costs and limiting supplies. Respondents also cited labour shortages and the strains that high demand is putting on their supply chains.Timothy Fiore, chair of ISM’s manufacturing survey committee, said that “57.7 is not a bad number. But it’s not where we had been. We have been bouncing around the top. This may be the first indicator of a softening that may continue.”Manufacturers are also coping with weakening global economic growth and a strengthening dollar, which makes American products costlier in foreign markets.“Between disruptions caused to the supply chain by tariffs and a strengthening dollar, the factory sector may cool off going forward after an extraordinary run in 2017 and 2018,” Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Amherst Pierpont Securities, wrote in a research note. “Nevertheless, even with a weaker-than-expected result in October, for now, the pace of growth for manufacturing remains robust.”The economic backdrop for manufacturers remains healthy. Consumer spending on long-lasting manufactured goods was strong during the spring and summer, rising at an annual pace of 6.9 per cent from July through September and 8.6 per cent from April through June.Factories are on pace to add more than 250,000 jobs this year, which would be biggest jump in manufacturing employment since 1997.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,156.40, down 118.04 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 16 cents, or 1.71 per cent, to $9.20 on 29.3 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Down 15 cents, or 5.66 per cent, to $2.50 on 22.6 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down $1.57, or 9.5 per cent, to $14.96 on 6.2 million sharesEnbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up three cents, or 0.07 per cent, to $43.52 on 6.1 million sharesBaytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down 13 cents, or 4.94 per cent, to $2.50 on 5.4 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Down 16 cents, or 0.72 per cent, to $22.17 on 5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bombardier Inc. A Bombardier-Alstom consortium has received a $448-million order by Montreal’s transport agency for more Azur metro cars, but that won’t save at least 100 workers from layoffs. The fresh deal for 153 rail cars comprises 17 trains of nine cars each, with deliveries set to start in the spring of 2020, according to the consortium and the Societe de transportation de Montreal (STM). The Montreal-based Bombardier’s share adds up to $281 million, with French rail giant Alstom claiming $167 million.Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC). Down 29 cents, or 3.37 per cent to $8.32. European sports chain Decathlon is replacing Saks Off Fifth in a spot over two floors at the Montreal Eaton Centre. Hudson’s Bay Company says it and mall developer Ivanhoe Cambridge have mutually agreed to no longer open a Saks Off Fifth location. The Toronto-based department store chain owner said plans for the location have been abandoned “due to a number of factors,” but refused to reveal what those factors are. France-based sporting goods store Decathlon will open in the Saks space next fall, the first for a downtown location in Canada.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). The cannabis producer saw “strong demand” for recreational pot during the initial few weeks of legalization in Canada and it expects consumer appetite to continue to outstrip supply for “some time.” The Edmonton-based pot producer said it was able to meet “just about all” of its supply obligations leading up to and after pot for adult use was legalized on Oct. 17, but it will take time to ramp up its cannabis production in the coming quarters. The company delivered revenues of $29.7 million, more than triple the $8.2 million during the same period last year. It also posted a profit of $104.2 million, up from nearly $3.6 million a year ago, boosted by an unrealized non-cash gain on derivatives and marketable securities.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Amazon touted as big win for NY but math is more complex

first_imgNew York officials say their deal to land a new Amazon headquarters is a big win for the city — but the math is a little more complicated than government projections indicate.The state’s predicted 9-to-1 return on investment was based on a widely used economic model that compares the cost of tax incentives with expected gains in tax revenue.Those projections indicate that in exchange for up to $3 billion in tax breaks and grants, Amazon’s new campus in Queens will generate $27 billion in new taxes over a quarter-century.But experts note the analysis doesn’t include added costs of providing public services like schools, police and fire to Amazon workers and their families, giving the public an incomplete picture of the project’s overall costs.Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Presslast_img read more

General Motors WPP rise Stitch Fix CalAmp fall

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday:WPP PLC, up $1.25 to $52.38The advertising and marketing giant announced a major restructuring that will include shedding 3,500 jobs.General Motors Co., up 27 cents to $34.69Bloomberg News reported that China is moving closer to lowering tariffs on imported cars made in the U.S.Stitch Fix Inc., down $5.43 to $20.54The online clothing styling service reported weaker-than-expected growth in active clients.Bank of New York Mellon Corp., up 11 cents to $47.67The bank announced an increase in its share buyback program.Ascena Retail Group Inc., up 19 cents to $2.92The owner of clothing store chains posted earnings and sales that were better than analysts were expecting.DSW Inc., up $1.88 to $25.01The footwear and accessories retailer reported results that easily beat analysts’ forecasts and issued a strong full-year outlook.Casey’s General Stores Inc., up $9.78 to $129.46The convenience store chain earned more in its latest quarter than analysts were expecting.CalAmp Corp., down $2.81 to $14.18The technology company sharply lowered its earnings and revenue forecasts.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Snowfall warning issued for the BC Peace and Pine Pass

first_imgSee the full warning.3:22 PM PST Thursday 13 December 2018Snowfall warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverSnowfall with total amounts of about 15 cm is expected.An approaching Pacific low pressure system will spread snow across northern BC overnight tonight. The snow will intensify on Friday before easing in the evening. Total snowfall amounts of up to 15 cm are expected across Williston region, Pine Pass and the areas of the BC Peace near the Rockies.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. 3:22 PM PST Thursday 13 December 2018Snowfall warning in effect for:Highway 97 – Pine PassSnowfall with total amounts of about 15 cm is expected.An approaching Pacific low pressure system will spread snow across northern BC overnight tonight. The snow will intensify on Friday before easing in the evening. Total snowfall amounts of up to 15 cm are expected across Williston region, Pine Pass and the areas of the BC Peace near the Rockies.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the B.C. Peace and Pine Pass.A low-pressure system will spread snow across Northern B.C. overnight Thursday that could bring as much as 15 cm of snow.The snow will intensify on Friday before easing in the evening.center_img Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.last_img read more

Targeted methane emission cut rules estimated to save billions says CERI study

first_imgThe first exceeds the target, resulting in an emissions reduction of 35 million equivalent tonnes of carbon dioxide per year but at a cost of $3 billion to $5.5 billion to implement.The second achieves the 45 percent or 20-million-tonne-per-year goal and costs $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion, while the third cuts more than 22 million tonnes of emissions and costs just $500 million to $1.5 billion.CERI is partly funded by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers _ along with the federal and Alberta governments and others. Its findings support a recommendation by CAPP that industry be allowed the discretion to make methane reductions on a cost-effective basis.Fogwill says a problem with methane emission targets is that data is incomplete and therefore implementation should be delayed.Environmental groups have said data, often provided by industry, is flawed but want the regulations to be implemented sooner.Methane, the main component of natural gas, is considered a potent contributor to climate change. CALGARY, A.B. – A study from the Canadian Energy Research Institute suggests the oil and gas industry could save billions of dollars if governments implement optimized methane emission reduction regulations instead of requiring the same level of cuts at every emitting source.The federal government has proposed regulations for methane emission reductions from the upstream oil and gas sector that would start early next year with the target of cutting by 45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025 _ Alberta has the same percentage target but compared with 2014 emissions.CEO Allan Fogwill says CERI’s study examined three scenarios, one in which all possible means were employed to reduce all emission sources, one which required every methane emitter to cut by the 45 percent amount, and one where emission cuts were implemented on a best-bang-for-the-buck basis.last_img read more

Fire at ONGC oil well kills 2

first_imgAhmedabad: Two contractual workers were killed in a fire at an ONGC well near here, the company said Thursday. A fire broke out around 2030 hours on Wednesday at Nandej well when repair and maintenance operations were being carried out by chartered hire Workover Rig Akash 4, it said in a statement. Nine fire tenders — four of ONGC and five from district fire services — were deployed and the fire was completely extinguished in less than an hour. “Unfortunately two contractual workers have lost their lives in the incident. While Sanjay Mahendra Singh, 25, was brought dead (at hospital on Wednesday), Shahjad Alam Ansari, 27, succumbed to the injury at 0700 hours today (Thursday),” it said. Four other contractual workers with severe burn injuries are being treated at a hospital here. “While reasons behind this accident are being enquired into, ONGC is committed to provide all support as per its policy to the bereaved families as well as the ones who have suffered burn injuries,” it said.last_img read more

Man 62 supplying ammunition illegally to criminals arrested in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: A-62-year-old man was arrested for allegedly supplying ammunition illegally to criminals based in Delhi-NCR and Punjab, police said Saturday. Amarlal, a native of Abohar in Punjab and residing in Patel Nagar, was arrested on Friday at Sonia Vihar Pushta road near MCD Khatta here. He had arrived in a white car to deliver a huge cache of ammunition to his contact, said G Ram Gopal Naik, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime). Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticA total of 1,000 live cartridges of .32 pistol, 1,000 live cartridges of .315 pistol and Rs 25,000 were recovered from his possession, he said. During interrogation, Amarlal disclosed that he used to get the ammunition at a cost of Rs 125-150 per cartridge from a known gun house owner at Shahbad in Ambala, Haryana, and sold them to criminals for Rs 200-250 per cartridge, Naik said. He has been supplying the ammunition illegally to criminals since 2002, the DCP said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Naik said Amarlal initially used to work as a salesman in gun houses in Abohar and Fazilka in Punjab. He then started his own gun house in Abohar but suffered losses, the DCP said Naik said Amarlal later began selling ammunition illegally to criminals and also helped people get fake arms licenses. He was first arrested by the CBI in a fake arms license case in 2002 and later on by local police in the Arms Act cases, said the officer. Further investigation is underway, police said.last_img read more

AIIMS Karamchari Union opposes outsourcing of canteen operation

first_imgThe AIIMS Karamchari Union has opposed the hospital administration’s decision to outsource the operation of its in-house cafeteria, claiming it would lead to rise in prices of food items which only the “highly-paid” staff would be able to afford. The Union has written to the AIIMS Director urging him to reverse the decision in the interest of patients, employees and visitors. The union alleged in a statement that the way the tenders have been awarded after “recently spending hefty amount of Rs 15 crore on cafeteria building, turning into a lavish three-storied structure, casts shadow on the intentions of the authorities.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Out of more than 100, only 17 food items have been subsidized, and that too by enhancing their prices, still the authorities are claiming that their step is for the benefit of the patients, it alleged. Other than the 17 items, prices of other items are likely to be increased even further, the union claimed. The employees of All India Institute of Medical Sciences who were running the cafeteria are also likely to suffer because of the outsourcing decision, the statement stated. “The step of outsourcing is clearly aimed at causing undue benefit to the two bidders for reasons known only to the authorities. The employees union are trying to persuade the authorities to reconsider their decision,” it said. Recently, the employees, residents and some doctors took out a protest rally against the decision of the authorities.last_img read more