EDMONTON — The organizers of the Edmonton Pride Festival have cancelled this year’s event, citing “current political and social environment.” A letter from the board of directors says the decision was made with a “heavy heart,” adding there will be other community organizations putting on events in June.The letter posted on the Edmonton Pride Festival Society’s website late Wednesday says its goal is to host a safe event encompassing of the entire community, something they say is not attainable this year.The board of directors also say the festival will not be hosted this year because of current events, but do no elaborate.The festival was scheduled for June 7, with the Pride parade taking place the following day.Last year, the parade was halted for more than half an hour by demonstrators demanding organizers uninvite Edmonton police officers, the RCMP and military personnel from the event, amid a country-wide debate over the presence of police in Pride parades.Protesters also distributed leaflets urging the festival society to “restructure its board and staff hiring practices to have more representation from people of colour and trans folks.”The parade resumed after Pride organizers agreed to their demands.Also in June last year leader of Alberta’s United Conservative Party said banning police and military personnel from Edmonton’s Pride parade is regrettable and should be reconsidered.Jason Kenney said at an event last year the military made “great efforts to be inclusive in this respect and there’s a lot of proud gay and lesbian soldiers and police officers.”“They deserve to be able to celebrate their service to our communities and to Canada without being attacked and marginalized,” he said.Meanwhile in Toronto, uniformed police officers have been indefinitely barred from participating in the city’s Pride parade after a close vote that organizers said showed a deep division within the LGBTQ community.Hina Alam, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette is naming 83 more Canadians to the Order of Canada.The list out this morning from Rideau Hall includes athletes, researchers, teachers, scientists, artists and actors, from all across the country.Among the notable names on this year’s list are former National Hockey League player Reggie Leach, one-time Montreal Expo Claude Raymond, former commissioner of Nunavut Edna Elias, chef Michael Smith, and Moya Greene, who was once chief executive at Canada Post before running the U.K.’s Royal Mail.Each of them say they are surprised and touched to received appointments.Others on the pre-Canada Day list include CTV News journalist Lisa LaFlamme, former official-languages commissioner Graham Fraser, brewer John Sleeman and Quebec actor Michel Dumont.The additions to the honour roll raise the total tally in the Order of Canada to almost 7,000 names since its creation in 1967.The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — There’s little doubt about what greeting customers will hear when they enter Dave Plant’s soon-to-be opened Cafe Bonjour/Hi, even as the Quebec government looks for ways to ban the popular bilingual greeting.Plant, 32, chose the name about a month and a half ago, after an employee of his other restaurant jokingly suggested he name his new cafe after the phrase that has become an unlikely lightning rod in the debate over linguistic rights in the province. “It’s a touch controversial, it’s bilingual — and we’re going to be in a bilingual neighbourhood, so that’s important — and I just thought it was kind of funny,” he said in a phone interview.The distinctive hybrid greeting has been widely adopted by retail workers in Montreal in an effort to welcome a diverse clientele. But it has also become a source of controversy among those who fear the gradual erosion of the French language. On Friday, the minister responsible for the French language said the province was looking for a way to ban the greeting, as a way of building on two unanimous motions passed in the legislature calling on store clerks to stick with a simple “bonjour” when greeting customers.Simon Jolin-Barrette did not specify how he planned to accomplish the task, but insisted to reporters that “people want to be welcomed in French.”While he did not exclude legislation, he said he was not looking at any solutions that would require an army of inspectors to act as “language police.”Plant thinks it’s quite amusing that he and his yet-unopened cafe have unknowingly become symbolic ambassadors against the government’s proposal.But he’s willing to embrace it, given that he already spends much of his day chatting about current events with the locals and tourists who frequent his existing restaurant, Bouffe Dave Plant Food.“I enjoy talking politics and disucussing and debating, so I’m cool with that,” he said. “And the staff in the cafe is going to be bilingual anyways.”On Friday, Jolin-Barrette cited a recent study by Quebec’s language watchdog that suggested the use of bilingual greetings was increasing as a reason to strengthen language laws. The Office quebecois de la langue francaise found that between 2010 and 2017, use of “bonjour/hi” in Montreal doubled, representing eight per cent of all greetings in 2017. Exclusively English greetings also increased, occurring 17 per cent of the time in 2017, up from 12 per cent in 2010.French greetings remained the norm, but they were down to 75 per cent from 84 per cent over the same period.Plant, for his part, isn’t losing any sleep just yet over the possibility of government action against his chosen greeting.On one hand, he finds it “troubling” that the government seems to want to limit what language people use when greeting one another, and feels any law along those lines would be unconstitutional, unenforceable, or both.On the other, he says the controversy is helping him get the word out about his new cafe, which is expected to open in November.Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press
On June 30, people across America marched to #KeepFamiliesTogether and protest current immigration policies.Stars such as Alicia Keys, John Legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Cher joined marchers at events across the country.“We love that the American story is filled with people who come from all over the world to have a better life here. America at its best is big, beautiful and diverse,” said Chrissy Teigen at the Los Angeles march. “Too many people demonize immigrants, like they’re stealing something from the people born here. Immigrants don’t come here to take from us; they add to what makes America special. Making America great doesn’t mean building walls to keep people out. It means continuing to embrace the dreams of immigrants who add to our culture, our economy and our humanity.”Other stars to attend marches included Carole King and Taboo, while Questlove and Selena Gomez took to social media to show their support.More information can be found here.
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By Kent DriscollAPTN National NewsIQALUIT–Former Nunavut premier Paul Okalik unleashed a blistering criticism of the current Nunavut government Wednesday, accusing it of accomplishing little except for fattening the pockets of consultants.Okalik, the MLA for Iqaluit West, delivered his attack on the administration during a 16 minute member’s statement in the Nunavut Legislature that seemed to foreshadow his intentions to again vie for the premier’s chair of the struggling territory.“One of the real successes of this government has been a strong and unwavering support for the consulting industry,” said Okalik,Okalik said the government of Premier Eva Aariak had done little to build on the accomplishments of the previous administration.“I again thank the current government for reminding us of this fact. Mr. Speaker, I must confess, in reading this list of accomplishments, it was, in some ways, a pleasant trip down memory lane,” said Okalik.A leadership review of Aariak is scheduled after the conclusion of the current session. Under Nunavut’s consensus system, this can lead to a change of premiers.As premier, Okalik faced many of the same criticism he levelled against Aariak.Okalik lost to Aariak in the last contest for premier and declined to join her firstname.lastname@example.org
APTN National NewsExtraordinary testimony continued at the Frank Paul inquiry in Vancouver.Two current judges took the stand.They were asked about their decisions as Crown prosecutors not to charge Vancouver police officers in the death of a 47 year-old Mi’kmaq man.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has more.
APTN National NewsThe Mohawk territory of Kahnawake has a new grand chief.This past weekend, voters chose Joseph Norton who was grand chief from 1980 to 2004.APTN’s Tom Fennario has this story on Norton’s return to politics.
APTN National NewsA Six Nations grandmother is speaking out after a new trial was ordered for a man convicted of killing her pregnant granddaughter.Tashina General was found buried in a shallow grave in Six Nations six months after she went missing. She was four months pregnant.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has this story.
The Canadian PressMELFORT, Sask. – Police say they have found the remains of a little boy who disappeared in Prince Albert, Sask., in the spring.Sweetgrass Kennedy was last seen on May 10 and Prince Albert police had said evidence suggested the four-year-old fell into the North Saskatchewan River.Hundreds of volunteers looked for the boy in the community at the time, covering 160 kilometres of riverbank.His body was found Saturday after Melfort RCMP received a report of human remains along the North Saskatchewan riverbank near James Smith Cree Nation.Evidence at the scene was sent to Saskatoon for examination by a forensic pathologist and forensic anthropologist.Police say the coroner confirmed the boy’s email@example.com
Justin BrakeAPTN NewsThe Tiny House Warriors have established a new village in BC’s interior at the site of a planned worker’s camp and are calling land defenders to the area in an effort to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and assert Secwepemc sovereignty in Secwepemcul’ecw, their unceded territory.Last weekend’s arrest of Secwepemc Ktunaxa land defender Kanahus Manuel and the subsequent eviction of the Tiny House Warriors from B.C.’s North Thompson River Provincial just outside Clearwater has drawn six or seven land defenders and water protectors from other nations.Manuel, a member of the Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society and founder of Tiny House Warriors resistance, was taken into custody by local RCMP officers last weekend, but was released later that day after signing a conditional release “under duress,” she told APTN News Tuesday at the group’s new village in Blue River, B.C.“They didn’t win, because we’re here and I’m standing on this ground that they forcibly removed my people from [for] hundreds of years — and I’m still standing here. And this is the power that nobody sees.“They think they’ll break me by arresting me and throwing me in jail…when I didn’t do anything wrong. And they think it’s going to stop me. But it won’t, because we have determination.”The new village sits alongside an access road on the edge of Blue River, about 100 feet from a family campground and across the road from Kinder Morgan’s planned workers’ accommodation complex.Three tiny houses are accompanied by four tents, a camping gazebo, and a small kitchen area covered by a green tarp when not in use. Kanahus and her sister’s children run around with the dog and take short strolls up the road. She is joined by two of her sisters—Snutetkwe and Mayuk—her mother Beverly, children, niece and about a half dozen land defenders and water protectors from the occupied Tongva, Mohawk and Purepecha territories. Filmmaker Jahnny Lee of the Yong-In Clan Korea Nation, a filmmaker who helped shoot “Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock,” which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, is also at the Tiny House Warriors’ village documenting the resistance.All of those present at the village are Indigenous.Just up the road along the Yellowhead Highway motels, tourist lodges and a couple gas stations are the only visible businesses in the town of about 250.Tourists pass by on their way to Murtle Lake, a popular canoeing destination.Some stop to ask what the warriors are doing and seem interested. Most just drive by. Vehicles the warriors believe to be unmarked police cars or private security hired by Kinder Morgan pass by a few times a day.It’s doubtful anyone seeing the Tiny House Warriors know of the Manuel family legacy.Manuel and the warriors are part of a growing movement of Indigenous peoples in Canada asserting themselves on their land. They argue that despite its rhetoric Canada has not moved to fully recognize inherent Indigenous rights, title and jurisdiction as mandated by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, international law, and by the Supreme Court of Canada.Manuel’s family has led the fight for rights and sovereignty in Secwepemcul’ecw. Her late father Arthur Manuel, a former Secwepemc chief and international ambassador for Indigenous rights in Canada and abroad, has been described as the “Nelson Mandela of Indigenous Peoples”. Her late grandfather George Manuel was the first chief of the National Indian Brotherhood.Kanahus said she is continuing the fight her father and grandfather led.“I will never live my life and their life in vain, for what they did for us — and not just them but all our ancestors before.”New village next to Kinder Morgan’s Blue River “man camp”Kanahus and the others call the proposed Trans Mountain worker’s accommodation complex a “man camp” due to the overwhelming majority of men who typically occupy the facilities.The site will house up to 1,000 workers, most of them men, for the duration of the pipeline construction phase in the area, which is scheduled to begin in September.Manuel said the man camps will be just the latest in a long line of such encroachments on Secwepemc territory dating back to the Hudson’s Bay Company and the camps established to build the Canadian Pacific Railway, which helped open up Secwepemcul’ecw to settlers, increased resource extraction, and violence against Indigenous women and girls.She said some Indigenous women are likely to work in the camps, and that like others she has spoken with they may fear reporting harassment or assault out of fear of losing their job. “If they come out and they address it then they’re blacklisted from any type of jobs working at the camps anymore.”A 2016 report from Amnesty International concluded resource development in Northeastern BC is “both fuelling violence and increasing vulnerability to violence” for Indigenous women.Fending off smear campaignsOn Tuesday Kanahus was the target of an article by Stewart Muir, a former editor at the Vancouver Sun and currently a writer for Resource Works, a website sponsored by the Business Council of British Columbia and forestry, mining and energy associations.Though Arthur Manuel acknowledged in “Reconciliation Manifesto”—the book he was working on when he unexpectedly passed away in January 2017—that he has “earned a living off oil and gas,” Muir claims to have “broke news of the gas station angle” on the story of Kanahus Manuel. Manuel said the article is part of what she calls a broader “smear and disinformation campaign” that regularly targets Indigenous people defending their land.“In the 80s when our people were completely impoverished and there was no opportunity in the whole valley for the three reserves there—Neskonlith, Adams Lake and Little Shuswap—there was no business, no type of employment, only the band office working for the state,” she said, responding to Muir’s article.“My father had a lot of kids and he refused to be on welfare. He would take office jobs that would take him out of the community…and he said no, I think I’m going to start a business — and he started a gas station on the reserve,” she continued. “Not to be involved in the oil and gas industry — you don’t make money on oil and gas in a small business. The purpose was to create some economic certainty for our family, and that’s what he did, and I stood by him. He raised us off of that.”Manuel denied owning the gas station, as claimed by Muir, and said her uncle Richard, Arthur’s brother, owns the gas station and presently leases the business out.Kanahus says other smear campaigns may come, particularly at the hands of federal intelligence and security agencies.“The counterintelligence program that was used to take down the American Indian Movement and to dismantle other liberation movements and fronts throughout Canada and the U.S. — they know those tactics,” she said.In 1995, following an armed standoff at Gustafsen Lake in Secwepemcul’ecw, evidence submitted in court proceedings revealed the RCMP had sought out “smear and disinformation” tactics against the land defenders.Manuel said she expects similar tactics employed by RCMP and intelligence agencies as the Tiny House Warriors gain support.“People are going to try to discredit this movement, but our hearts are so big for our land, our hearts are so big for our children, for my mother, my great-grandmother, all those who came before me who instilled who I am in my DNA,” Manuel said.All part of a bigger fight against colonizationThe increased violence against women and loss of access to traditional lands and resources are all part of the wider issue of colonization, said Manuel.She said the Canadian government has forcibly displaced her people “off of our traditional territory on to Indian reserves, which is 0.2 percent of our land base,” but that the Tiny House Warrior movement “is freedom”.Four of the 17 bands established under Canada’s Indian Act have signed agreements with Kinder Morgan.In “Reconciliation Manifesto,” Manuel wrote that while a few Secwepemc bands have signed deals with Kinder Morgan, “Secwepemc territory belongs to the Secwepemc people collectively.“Band councils have jurisdiction on the postage stamp-sized lands set aside under the Indian Act, but it is the whole nation that holds collective title to our vast national resources.”Echoing the key pillar of her father’s fight for Indigenous rights and sovereignty in Secwepemcul’ecw, Manuel said Canada and corporations wishing to extract resources from her people’s territory need the consent of the nation.“When we’re saying that the Canadian government, the Trudeau government, did not get the free, prior and informed consent of the Secwepemc people collectively, it’s important for us to continue to say that this is a collective right,” she said. “It’s a collective right with all 10,000 Secwepemc that are within the Secwepemc Nation.“[If] one child stands up and says no, that’s our law. That’s our law as Secwepemc people,” she continued.“There is a collective Nation that needs to say yes as well, and there is no yes for this pipeline.”firstname.lastname@example.org@JustinBrakeNews
Annette Hollett testified Thursday that she went to a Muskrat Falls protest in Oct. 2016 because her 12-year-old son said he wanted to stand up for his culture. Editor’s Note: As a journalist with the online publication theIndependent.ca, Justin Brake followed the land protectors onto the Muskrat Falls site and workers accomodations complex and covered the duration of the occupation. He is facing criminal and civil charges from the event.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsA Métis woman who lives in Labrador told a judge Thursday that when she went through the gates and briefly joined the occupation of the Muskrat Falls site in October 2016, she was doing it for her 12-year-old son.Annette Hollett, who moved to Labrador from Alberta 15 years ago, is one of more than a dozen land protectors in provincial Supreme Court in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this week defending themselves against charges of violating a court injunction in the course of resisting the controversial hydroelectric project in Central Labrador.Despite living with post traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety, she recalled in her testimony, Hollett took her son, who is Inuit, to the peace camp across the Trans Labrador Highway from the main entrance to the Muskrat Falls site, where upward of 200 people were gathered that day.“My son asked to go to stand up for his beliefs,” Hollett told APTN in an interview following her testimony, referring to the Oct. 22, 2016 Indigenous-led protest outside the Muskrat Falls site, which led to an occupation of the project’s accommodations complex.“He was born here so he wanted to fight for what he thought was his rights. And I’m his parent, so I supported him.”With just one day left in the scheduled week-long hearings only three land protectors have testified, while a dozen remain. Earlier in the week APTN reported that 17 land protectors were pleading not guilty but learned today that two changed their pleas and won’t appear in court this week.Nalcor Energy, the provincial crown energy corporation building the dam, was granted an injunction on Oct. 16, 2016 amid an ongoing blockade of the Muskrat Falls site by land protectors.The following day RCMP arrested several land protectors and ended the blockade. But a few days later, amid growing resistance to the project ahead of anticipated reservoir flooding and projected methylmercury contamination of traditional foods, dozens of people reinstated the blockade.Days later, on Oct. 22, about 50 land protectors went through the project’s main access gate and occupied the worker’s accommodations complex for four days.Most of those on trial this week are facing charges related to the occupation, while others are accused of breaching the injunction during protests and ceremonies carried out in late 2016 and early to mid 2017.Mark Gruchy, the lawyer representing land protectors, called Hollett, Kim Campbell-McLean and Linda Saunders-McLean to testify.Nalcor attorney Chris King cross-examined the land protectors, using video evidence from media and security workers on site in an attempt to prove that the women knew of the injunction and knowingly contravened it, or ought to have known.The three women all testified they weren’t aware of the injunction at the time a lock on the Muskrat Falls gate was cut, after which they, and dozens of others, flooded through and on to the site.Saunders-McLean, an Inuk social worker who works with Indigenous children, told the court she encountered many security personnel and other workers on the site, and that none of them told her she and the others were breaking the law.Linda Saunders-McLean said in court Thursday that she doesn’t “think anyone owns a piece of land and can destroy it to the extent it’s destroyed.” Justin Brake/APTN photo.During her cross-examination Saunders-McLean got emotional, in one instance while explaining her mother recently passed away, and in another while recalling the destruction she saw while walking more than 11 kilometres down the access road to the worker’s camp on Oct. 22.“I don’t think anyone owns a piece of land and can destroy it to the extent it’s destroyed,” she said, as she began to cry,Justice George Murphy, who granted Nalcor the injunction two years ago, offered Saunders-McLean to take a break.She chose to continue.“When I walked into that camp and I saw all the destruction, and all these buildings, these temporary structures, it was devastating. I almost threw up, what I saw, because I just think about what had to happen in order to place these buildings there — all the animals, all the wildlife, all the fish.”Breaking free from King’s line of questioning for a moment, the mother and grandmother identified what she thought was an unfair contradiction between the legal system and her Indigenous values.“I know that you guys are taking us and holding us accountable for what we did, but who’s holding you guys accountable for what you’re doing?” she told King. “The flooding. The wildlife. Who’s going to speak for them?”Campbell-McLean, who told the court she was born into a Mi’kmaq family in Newfoundland but was adopted into an Inuit family in North West River when she was five months old, is the Executive Director of the AnanauKatiget Tumingit Regional Association, a not-for-profit organization that helps women in violent relationships.She testified Thursday that she attended the Oct. 22 protest outside the Muskrat Falls site “because that’s where I needed to be.”Asked by Gruchy why she went through the project’s main entry gate, an emotional Campbell-McLean told the court, “I have two children in heaven, but I still have my motherly instincts.”Though the 41-year-old no longer has children of her own, she told the court she’s helping teach her disabled niece Inuit customs such as fishing and preparing traditional foods.“She loves, loves, loves salmon, trout and smelt — it’s her favourite food,” she said.“I want her to have what I had, which was the best Labrador cultural Inuit life. I have never ever had any better life anywhere else in this whole country or this world. I have connections with the land, the water, the animals, our plants — and my niece is getting that connection through me. She needs to have that as an Inuit child. She needs to grow up knowing where her people came from, what they went through to get here, and she needs to be able to provide for her own self through the provision of country foods. That is why I went through the gate.”King questioned whether Campbell-McLean knew of the injunction and willfully went on site despite it.He suggested she was trespassing, to which Campbell-McLean responded, “I assumed I was trespassing.”He also showed evidence of Campbell-McLean at a demonstration outside the main gate about a month after the occupation, during which she was among a group of people who King argued were blocking access to the site.In the video Campbell-McLean could be seen stepping away from a security vehicle as it approached. She argued she wasn’t among those blocking access to the site because she moved away when she saw the vehicle coming.Gruchy told APTN earlier this week that the accusations against his clients of civil contempt for violating a court order would be substantiated if Nalcor could prove each of the land protectors were aware of the injunction, and that they deliberately violated it.The St. John’s-based lawyer also said his “objective is to get people to the other end [of the litigation] with as minimal damage as possible, while attempting to utilize this process to maximize their voices in the process, which they haven’t had much of.”Land protectors occupied the Muskrat Falls worker’s camp two years ago this week. Many are still defending themselves in court against civil and criminal charges for allegedly violating an injunction. Justin Brake/APTN photo.Hollett told the court Thursday that the day the gate was opened at Muskrat Falls her son went through before her, so she followed.During her testimony and in her interview with APTN Hollett said it was part way down the 12 kilometre road to the Muskrat Falls worker’s camp she decided she wanted to join the fight.“As I was walking I heard people express their concerns and I realized I had the same concerns,” she said. “If they’re not going to take my 12-year-old son seriously, maybe they will take me seriously.”She said she used to take her son to the cabin every Friday after school, but that lately they don’t spend as much time on the land because of the risks associated with methylmercury due to Muskrat Falls.“Is it going to be safe to go out and hunt and do what we usually enjoy? Some people look at it as a way of life — and are they going to be able to continue that way of life?” she said.Land protectors will continue their testimonies Friday in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. But the defense isn’t likely to wrap up before the end of the day, so further court dates will likely be scheduled in the near email@example.com@JustinBrakeNews
WASHINGTON – American consumers are the most confident they’ve been in nearly 17 years, more good news for an already healthy economy.The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index hit 125.9 in October, up from a revised 120.6 in September and the highest reading since December 2000.The business research group’s index measures consumers’ assessment of current conditions and their outlook for the next six months. Both rose in October.A healthy job market contributed to the sunny mood. Unemployment is at a 16-year low 4.2 per cent. More than 36 per cent of survey respondents told the Conference Board that jobs were “plentiful” — highest share since mid-2001.The overall index hit bottom at 25.3 in February 2009 at the depths of the Great Recession before rebounding as the U.S. economy recovered.Economists monitor Americans’ confidence because consumer spending accounts for about 70 per cent of U.S. economic output. The economy grew at a healthy 3 per cent annual pace from July through September.The October confidence readings “suggest the economy will continue expanding at a solid pace for the remainder of the year,” Conference Board economist Lynn Franco said.
VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s housing market continues to power forward even though real estate experts say fewer properties are available for sale.The British Columbia Real Estate Association says there were 8,677 residential sales across the province in October, a leap of 19.3 per cent over the same period last year.The association says $6.25 billion changed hands during last month’s transactions, a 41.6 per cent increase over total sales value recorded in October 2016.The average residential price also climbed to $720,129, up 18.7 per cent over the same period last year.But association chief economist Cameron Muir says total active listings dipped 5.1 per cent in October and have declined 49 per cent over the last five years.He says the housing market is considered in relative balance when the number of sales is no more than 20 per cent higher than the number of active listings, but that ratio hit 31 per cent in October, and the lack of listings means sellers have the power to set their price.“A lack of supply in the resale market continues to put upward pressure on home prices in most BC regions,” Muir says.Since the start of 2017, the association says B.C. residential sales dollar volume is down 9.4 per cent to $63.8 billion, when compared with January to October last year.
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index partially rebounded Tuesday after falling to a six-month low in early trading, while oil prices closed at a two-month low.Markets on both sides of the border were on a roller coaster ride, initially sinking deep into the red on geopolitical concerns out of Italy and Saudi Arabia and in response to a corporate earnings reports from Caterpillar Inc. and 3M Co.The weak opening followed a European Commission’s rejection of Italy’s budget, which will force the government to revise and re-submit it over the next three weeks or so.Risks from the fallout from Saudi Arabia’s alleged involvement in the death of a journalist at its consulate in Turkey also caused concerns, along with the repercussions from the upcoming presidential vote in Brazil, says Dominique Barker, portfolio manager at CIBC Asset Management.Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who is the front-runner in polls, has vowed to purge the country of left-wing “criminals.” That raises questions about the post-election outcome of a government headed by a former military leader.“So Brazil continues to be a risk that I am personally monitoring from a geopolitical perspective,” she said in an interview.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 127.53 points to 15,285.17 after losing two per cent or 318 points in morning trading.Gold, consumer staples, utilities and consumer discretionary sectors rose while health care, base metals and key sectors of energy, industrials and materials led on the downside.The biggest names in the marijuana business extended recent weakness early in the day but trimmed their losses in final trading.Aurora Cannabis Inc., which debuted on the New York Stock Exchange, was down as much as 19.3 per cent on the U.S. market and closed off 99 cents or 11.39 per cent to US$7.70. Aurora shares lost $1.34 or 11.7 per cent to $10.08 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Canopy Growth Corp. closed down 1.5 per cent, after being down as much as 11.6 per cent on the day. Aphria Inc. rose 0.7 per cent after initially losing 12.7 per cent.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 125.98 points at 25,191.43 after being down as much as 548.62 points. The S&P 500 index was down 15.19 points to 2,740.69, while the Nasdaq composite was down 31.09 points at 7,437.54.While U.S. corporate results this quarter have been strong, shares of Caterpillar Inc. lost 7.6 per cent after analysts were told during a conference call that growth can’t continue forever, signalling a moderation in growth expectations, said Barker.“One of the things we’ve been seeing in this earnings season, which is quite a change from recent memory, is that good news is being interpreted negatively, so no matter what you say, even if you’ve got good news, it seems like there’s some skepticism by the market.”In Canada, West Fraser Timber’s shares surged after the Vancouver-based producer said its third-quarter profit doubled despite lower lumber prices.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.35 cents US compared with an average of 76.31 cents US on Monday.The December crude contract was down US$2.93 at US$66.43 per barrel, the lowest level since August.Oil prices decreased after Saudi Arabia said it would produce as much crude as it can, under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump.The November natural gas contract was up 7.4 cents at US$3.21 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$12.20 at US$1,236.80 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 2.75 cents at US$2.76 a pound.
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index lost a little ground Thursday as a further drop in the price of oil to an eight-month low weighed on the key energy sector.Markets on both sides of the border were softer after a very strong day following the U.S. midterms, says Jayson Moss, research analyst at Franklin Bissett Investment Management.“What’s weighing particularly on the Canadian market is the fact that we’re seeing oil entering a bear market, down now 21 per cent since the high on Oct. 3, on concerns that the market will be oversupplied and rising U.S. inventories,” he said in an interview.The December crude contract was down for a ninth straight session, falling by $1 at US$60.67 per barrel. That’s the lowest level since March 8.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 11.96 points to 15,357.47 after hitting a low of 15,293.29 on 414 million shares traded.The health-care sector fell the most as cannabis stocks gave back some of Wednesday’s strong gains. Energy stocks lost 1.66 per cent.Industrials fell on a 24 per cent decrease in Bombardier’s shares after investors were concerned by its reduced free cash flow guidance amid efforts to refocus the company by selling some assets.Moss said companies have recently faced pretty significant share price movements when they fall short of beat expectations.Canadian Tire gained almost three per cent after posting strong results Thursday, while Freshii Inc. hit an all-time low of $1.95 and closed down 33.4 per cent to $2.65 after withdrawing its 2019 outlook.“It just feels like we’re more in the later innings of this bull market where we have seen some pretty inflated valuations and high street expectations,” he added.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 11.12 points to 26,191.42. The S&P 500 index lost 7.05 points at 2,806.84, while the Nasdaq composite was down 39.87 points at 7,530.88.Moss said the Federal Reserve’s decision not to raise interest rates had no appreciable impact on markets. However, he expects a final rate increase of the year in December.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.25 cents US compared with an average of 76.36 cents US on Wednesday.The December natural gas contract was down 1.2 cents at US$3.54 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$3.60 at US$1,225.10 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 1.85 cents at US$2.74 a pound.
TAYLOR, B.C. – Even though it may be unseasonably mild lately, it’s never too early to think about winter vehicle and road safety.Staff from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Commerical Vehicle Saftey and Enforcement, RCMP, ICBC, Caribou Road Services and the Taylor Fire Department were all on hand for the Shift Into Winter event on Tuesday at the South Taylor Hill.“We are promoting awareness around shift into winter. What we are trying to do is to advise the motoring public on just being aware of their own personal safety when they’re driving. Is your vehicle ready for the winter season?”, said Gerri Goulet, Manager of Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement. Goulet adds, “We are also trying to promote snowplow safety, so the dos and don’ts of when your driving around a snowplow in the upcoming winter season”.The shift into winter event provided a free inspection of winter tires, antifreeze levels and windshield washer fluid levels.Participants were also given a free bottle of windshield washer fluid and an ice scraper.To make sure you and your vehicle are ready for winter, you can visit https://www.icbc.com/road-safety/driving-tips/pages/default.aspx
Ghaziabad: A youth and his friend have been booked by police as they allegedly barged into a girl’s house after she rejected his marriage proposal. The accused broke open the door of house, misbehaved with family and threatened them with dire consequences if the proposal in not accepted. According to police, Pratima Singh (20), a student of final year in Diploma of Pharmacy at Delhi Institute of Pharmaceuticals science and research had been staying with her family in Sanjay Nagar area of Ghaziabad. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPratima’s father Arun Kumar Singh have alleged one Rahul Kumar for allegedly teasing their daughter after she rejected his marriage proposal. “Rahul had been studying with my daughter during her graduation in MMH college of Ghaziabad in 2015. Since her graduation, he had been following my daughter and trying to contact her through every possible way. My daughter had reported the matter to me several times and I also asked him to stay away from my daughter. However, on Tuesday late night, Rahul along with his friend allegedly barged into our house after breaking the back gate and misbehaved with family.” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”He used abusive words and fled away threatening us with dire consequences if my daughter do not accept his advances,” girl’s father said in a complaint. Meanwhile police have registered an FIR into the matter. “Based on complaint received, an FIR under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 354, 452, 504, 506, 427 has been registered against two persons. No arrest has been made so far while police investigations are underway,” said a senior police officer.
NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Wednesday served a showcause notice to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for calling the Indian Army “Modiji ki sena”. The Commission has asked the BJP leader to file a reply by April 5. The development comes after the UP Chief Electoral Officer sought a transcript of Adityanath’s speech that he delivered in Ghaziabad to check whether there had been any violation of the Model Code of Conduct. At a rally in Ghaziabad on Sunday, while referring to developments post the Pulwama terror attack, Adityanath said while the Congress used to feed biryani to terrorists, Modiji’s Army gives bullets and bombs to terrorists. The EC had on March 19 asked political parties to “desist” from indulging in any propaganda involving actions taken by defence forces during their Lok Sabha poll campaigns.