Like most other major retailers in the province, Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation stores will not open on Boxing Day. All NSLC stores will be closed Sunday, Dec. 24 through Tuesday, Dec. 26; with regular business hours resuming Wednesday, Dec. 27. NSLC stores will also be closed New Year’s Day. Regular hours will apply on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, the fourth largest retailer of beverage alcohol in Canada, generates almost half a billion dollars of revenue a year returning in more than $181 million in profit annually to the province. It employs more than 1,300 Nova Scotians, and offers 3,000 products from around the globe through 106 retail and 36 agency stores across the province. -30-
Nova Scotia’s chief medical examiner met with Howard Hyde’s family today, Sept. 17, to share the cause of Mr. Hyde’s death. Mr. Hyde, a Dartmouth man with a history of paranoid schizophrenia, died Nov. 22, 2007. Chief medical examiner Dr. Matthew Bowes has concluded that the cause of death is excited delirium due to paranoid schizophrenia. Atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, obesity and restraint during a struggle were all contributing factors. Dr. Bowes has ruled the death accidental. Excited delirium is a disorder characterized by some or all of the following: extreme agitation, violent and bizarre behavior, insensitivity to pain, elevated body temperature, and superhuman strength. An examination of the evidence does not suggest that Mr. Hyde died directly of asphyxiation due to restraint, nor did Dr. Bowes uncover evidence that the conducted energy device, commonly known as a taser, used on Mr. Hyde the day before by Halifax Regional Police caused his death. “At my request, the case file was independently reviewed and summarized by Dr. Marnie Wood, a forensic pathologist who was not involved in the initial investigation,” said Dr. Bowes. This completes Dr. Bowes’ investigation of this case.
developing municipal climate change action plans identifying potential changes to regulations, legislation and policies to meet climate change targets information tools and model bylaws to help municipalities address climate change continuing the sustainability co-ordinator and greenhouse gas reducing projects a municipal Climate Change Leaders program to recognize municipalities that demonstrate leadership through early action on climate change The province and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities are working together to meet climate change goals. Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Environment, Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, and Warden Hines, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, signed a memorandum of understanding today, Nov. 6, to confirm the commitment of the province and municipalities to work together to meet the challenges and opportunities of climate change in Nova Scotia. “Climate change will have severe consequences around the world, including rising sea levels and more frequent extreme storms,” said Mr. Belliveau. “Our Climate Change Action Plan sets out actions to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, and to help our province prepare for climate change. Working with municipalities is an important part of that plan.” “Municipalities have a tremendous opportunity to develop renewable energy projects, increase energy efficiency, encourage conservation and help the province transition to a new sustainable economy.” The memorandum of understanding is a priority in Nova Scotia’s Climate Change Action Plan. It includes a commitment by the province to help municipalities develop municipal climate change action plans. “Nova Scotia is particularly susceptible to rising sea levels and extreme weather because most of our population lives along the coastline, and our infrastructure is located in vulnerable areas,” said Ms. Jennex. “Communities need to prepare for the expected challenges and opportunities, and to do that, they need to understand climate change.” The province and Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities will establish a joint committee to implement, monitor and move forward their commitments. “Municipalities have a significant contribution to make towards climate protection,” said Mr. Hines. “The union recognizes the importance of a co-ordinated effort to address the issue, as every municipality will be affected by changes in our climate.” Highlights of the 23 commitments made in the memorandum of understanding include: More information on Nova Scotia’s Climate Change Action Plan is available at www.climatechange.gov.ns.ca .
Les Néo-Écossais auront la chance de soumettre leurs commentaires dans le cadre de l’examen du Programme d’évaluation plafonnée par le gouvernement provincial. « Le Programme d’évaluation plafonnée a un impact sur les propriétaires fonciers et les municipalités à l’échelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de Services Nouvelle-Écosse et Relations avec les municipalités. C’est pourquoi nous faisons preuve de leadership authentique en recueillant le plus de commentaires possible. » Le Programme d’évaluation plafonnée établit des limites sur l’augmentation de l’évaluation foncière des immeubles résidentiels et des avoirs miniers dans une année. Les évaluations annuelles servent à calculer le montant des impôts fonciers. Le gouvernement s’est engagé à procéder à un examen du programme en 2010, et le processus est en cours. En plus des commentaires du public, le gouvernement cherche aussi à obtenir la rétroaction d’autres parties, notamment les municipalités et le secteur commercial. Les Néo-Écossais peuvent participer : en ligne à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/cap.asp par téléphone au 902-722-1216 ou 1-877-817-4445 (sans frais) par courriel au MunicipalServices2010CAPReview@gov.ns.ca par la poste à l’attention de l’équipe d’examen du programme d’évaluation plafonnée 2010, 1505, rue Barrington, C.P. 216, Halifax (N.-É.), B3J 2M4 La date limite pour la soumission des commentaires est le 30 novembre.
HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14/Exit 9 A new roundabout will be open at Exit 9 of Highway 102, near Truro, at the intersection with Trunk 14. Temporary signage is in place. The opening will allow the remainder of the construction work to be completed by Monday, Feb. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-3535 -30-
—————————————————————The Department of Agriculture and Meadowbrook Meat Market of Berwick are warning the public not to consume certain fully cooked boneless hams from Meadowbrook Meat Market because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The products affected are fully cooked boneless hams bearing the best before dates of April 1 and April 3. The hams were sold at the Meadowbrook Meat Market retail store in Berwick and at Alderney Landing Farm Market in Dartmouth, with limited wholesale distribution in mainland Nova Scotia. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. The bacteria was discovered through internal quality assurance testing. Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause listeriosis, a foodbourne illness. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or stillbirth. The Berwick Meadowbrook Meat Market is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. For more information, consumers can call Margie Lamb, Meadowbrook Meat Market, at 902-680-0243. For information on Listeria monocytogenes, visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Food Facts webpage at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/listeriae.shtml AGRICULTURE–Hams from Berwick Meadowbrook Meat Market May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes
Anglers will have more locations to enjoy sportfishing throughout the province when the winter season opens on New Year’s Day. Fishing venues are expanding with more lakes open for rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, chain pickerel or perch. The Cape Breton Highlands Special Trout Management Area will be open for brook trout angling this winter and in the tidal waters of the Bras d’Or Lakes, anglers may now fish for brown trout as well as rainbow trout. “Winter sportfishing is one of many winter outdoor experiences that Nova Scotia offers and it is an activity that can be enjoyed by all age groups,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “I would like to encourage all anglers to use caution this season when winter fishing from shore, in boats, or through the ice.” A 2012 general fishing licence is required to winter fish and can be purchased at Department of Natural Resources offices. Licences are valid until March 31, 2013. Anglers may also purchase one-day licences at a reduced rate. Anglers can take advantage of the annual winter sportfishing weekend, Feb. 16 and Feb. 17, when residents and non-residents can fish in open winter sportfishing areas without a general fishing licence. For more information visit www.gov.ns.ca/fish/sportfishing/angling/winterangling.shtml .
New mining regulations will save industry money, reduce red tape and encourage mineral exploration and responsible development in Nova Scotia. The regulations were released today, Nov. 14, and they will come into effect on Dec. 18, along with the new Mineral Resources Act. “The mining sector is important to our economy and for creating jobs in our rural communities,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette. “At the same time, our standards for environmental protection are high, and these changes provide a clear regulatory path that allows development and protection to coexist.” The regulations make it easier and less expensive for industry to manage exploration licences saving business about $175,000 a year. Additional changes include: requiring written permission for exploration work extending exploration licences from one year to two years removing royalty calculations from the act and placing them in the regulations requiring an updated reclamation plan and security review every three years providing conservation officers with enforcement authorities requiring engagement plans for all stages of exploration ending special licences and leases The new Mineral Resources Act passed in the legislature in April. The new regulations are available at https://www.novascotia.ca/just/regulations/regs/2018-196.pdf .
Lucknow: Unfazed by the results of the Lok Sabha elections, Samajwadi Party (SP) President Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday asked party workers to start preparing for the 2022 Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. The former Chief Minister asked party workers not to waste time but to launch a door-to-door campaign and create awareness about the anti-people policies of the BJP at the Centre and in the state. “We will continue our efforts to bring in ‘mahaparivartan’ (major change),” he said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC The SP President, however, did not mention a word about the future of his alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), though he did ask party men to reach out to all sections of the society, particularly the weaker ones. “The BJP trades in falsehood and lies, whereas the Samajwadis have an ideology that guides them. We have to reach out to colleges and universities since the youth is in great distress. There are no jobs and the future appears bleak to them,” he said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations He directed the youth in his party to be offensive and not defensive while responding to the BJP’s claims. “You should equip yourself with facts and figures, and then challenge the BJP to a debate in order to expose it. You should not be disheartened at any cost,” he advised. The SP chief also said that his party would return to power in 2022, because his government had done the maximum development in the state. “Those who voted for the BJP in 2017 are now repenting. We have to work hard and make a comeback in the Assembly elections,” he added.
New Delhi: Three Indian institutes — IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi and IISc-Bangalore — have found place among the top 200 in the prestigious Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings released on Wednesday.The QS global rankings 2020, which was released in London, has 50 new entrants globally and India-based O P Jindal Global University (JGU), established in 2009, has become the youngest university to break into top 1,000 in the prestigious rankings. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaIIT-Madras, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Kanpur and IIT-Roorkee are also among the top 400 institutes. IIT-Guwahati, ranked 491, saw a decline in its ranking since last year when it was placed at 472. The Delhi University improved on its last year’s rank of 487 and is placed at 474 in the latest rankings. HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ tweeted, “It is a matter of great pride that in the prestigious QS rankings, IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi and IISc (Bangalore) have been included in the top 200 institutes. “I wish to congratulate everyone on this occasion. We are determined to take other institutions to the top on the strength of educational excellence.” Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahR. Subrahmanyam, the Secretary of Higher Education in the HRD Ministry, wrote on the microblogging site, “One of the fastest rising institution in the world rankigns is IIT Kharagpur which jumped up 14 places compared to last year. Congratulations! (sic)” Other universities that figures in the rankings are Jamia Millia Islamia, Jadavpur University, Aligarh Muslim University, Hyderabad University, Calcutta University and Mumbai University. Naveen Jindal, the Founding Chancellor of JGU, said, “JGU’s maiden entry into the QS World University Rankings 2020 is a phenomenal achievement as we celebrate our 10th anniversary.” Historically, such rankings have favoured universities oriented towards science, technology, engineering, mathematics disciplines and medicine, but the JGU was the only Indian university focusing on social sciences, arts, humanities and professions such as law, business administration and architecture, the JGU said in a statement. Professor C Raj Kumar, the Founding Vice-Chancellor of JGU, said, “This was an extraordinary international recognition for a university which was barely a decade old. Our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of excellence since our founding has helped us achieve this distinction.”
Hyderabad: The chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana would meet “officially” for the first time in almost three years on June 28 here to sort out differences related to water issues, sources close to the development said Tuesday.In September 2016, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and his then Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu had met in the national capital for a meeting convened by then Union water resources minister Uma Bharti on Krishna and Godavari river water related issues and various projects on them. It’s no secret that KCR, as the Telangana chief minister is popularly known, and Naidu don’t see eye to eye. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaThe Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSRCP swept to power in the recent Assembly poll, dealing a crushing defeat on Naidu. The bonhomie between KCR and Jagan Mohan Reddy, who was sworn-in as Andhra Pradesh chief minister last month, is quite evident amid signs of thaw in relations between the two states. The Andhra Pradesh chief minister attended the inauguration of Kaleshwaram Irrigation Project built on the Godavari river last week after KCR personally invited him. K Chandrasekhar Rao had also attended the swearing-in ceremony of Jagan Mohan Reddy as chief minister. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah”It will be the first official meeting after three years between the two chief ministers on water issues. As there is a cordial atmosphere between the two states, contentious issues are expected to be sorted out amicably. The meeting on water issues will be held on June 28 and both Jagan and KCR are expected to hold one-on-one meeting,” a source told PTI. A meeting between senior officials of irrigation departments of both the states was supposed to be held on June 24 but did not take place as Jagan Mohan Reddy held a conference of district collectors on that day in Andhra Pradesh capital Amaravati. “The meeting (on June 28) will be mainly on water issues (between the states),” AP Chief Secretary L V Subrahmanyam said. KCR and Jagan Mohan Reddy met on different occasions during the past one month, during which they are believed to have held informal discussions on several issues. The proposed meeting on June 28 would be the first official one between the two to discuss the contentious issues, sources added.
NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday met Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, a week before tabling the Budget of the new Central Government. In the meeting, the Delhi CM urged the Centre to increase the money allocation for Delhi, also to give funds to the municipalities and also to release pending fund for IGST which is a pending project.”I have also assured the Finance Minister that the Delhi government will co-operate with the Centre on every possible for the development of Delhi,” said the Chief Minister. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark”The Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister told the Union Finance Minister that Delhi contributes around Rs 1.5 lakh crore as Income Tax towards the Central exchequer, however in return Delhi gets merely Rs 325 crore as share in central taxes, which too has been frozen since nearly two decades. In comparison, the share of other states in central taxes is quite high,” noted a government statement. It further observed that the Delhi Chief Minister told the Union Finance Minister that the more the Centre invests in Delhi, it will lead to a boom in economy here and Delhiites will provide more tax collections to the Centre. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”The Union Finance Minister was also apprised of the fact that the Centre provides grants to states for the civic bodies, however, Delhi has been deprived of this and therefore the Municipal Corporations are not getting any help from the Centre. The Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister requested Finance Minister Sitharaman to provide funds for the Municipal Corporations to improve their financial conditions,” noted the statement. The Delhi government also requested the Union to clear Rs 3,000 crore pending integrated goods and services tax (IGST) dues of Delhi. The IGST dues for the first year of the roll-out of the indirect tax in 2017-18 are still pending. “Met Union Finance Minister Ms Nirmala Sitharaman. Congratulated her for assuming charge of such an imp Ministry. Assured her of full cooperation from Del govt and stressed the need for Del govt and Centre to work together for improving Delhi,” tweeted Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Ahead of the Budget 2019, FM Sitharaman has been meeting Chief Ministers and Finance Ministers of every state in her pre-budget meeting exercise to seek suggestions and expectation of every state from the upcoming Budget. Delhi government, over the past, had been demanding that the share in central taxes and duties for it should be increased.
Chennai: In a bid to accelerate innovation in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in India, scientists from IIT-Madras on Wednesday launched a platform called ‘AI4Bharat’ that would help build AI solutions to address local problems in agriculture, health care and other sectors. Founded by Dr Mitesh M Khapra and Dr Pratyush Kumar, assistant professors in the department of computer science and engineering, the platform is open to students who would be mentored to solve real-world problems and accelerate AI innovation. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app “AI is one of the defining technologies of this age. However, much of the research in AI today is driven by the problems of the West. For instance, building autonomous cars takes priority over building systems that can monitor the condition of rural roads,” said Kumar. “We need to change this by shifting the focus to India. This is where domain experts and the government would play an important role — identify problems that are unique to India and can benefit from AI,” he added. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails Khapra and Kumar have also co-founded “One Fourth Labs” (incubated at the IIT Madras Research Park) with a mission to design and deliver affordable hands-on courses on AI and related topics. “To solve such problems, it is important to move AI research and development out of silos and create a platform where AI professionals can come together to design and build impactful solutions. With this in mind, our immediate goal is to create a community of 100 selected AI experts and 50 domain experts,” Khapra noted. The “One Fourth Labs” start-up would work closely with AI4Bharat and offer basic and advanced courses in AI at affordable prices – as low as Rs 1,000 for a five-month online course.
SHIPPAGAN, N.B. – Authorities suspect a violent storm that hit New Brunswick suddenly late Thursday, ripping roofs apart and pulling down utility poles, may have been powered by tornadoes.“They were expecting some thundershowers, but nothing of that magnitude so it came without any notice and suddenly so luckily nobody was injured,” said Robert Duguay, a spokesman with the province’s Emergency Measures Organization.One video on social media showed big chunks of roofing swirling through the air as a large grey cloud hovers above in Caraquet.Christelle Paulin, who shot the video, can be heard muttering, “Oh my God,” repeatedly in disbelief.“It started very fast. All of a sudden there was a big cloud coming very fast and then the wind started — very strong. The roof started falling off the building,” Paulin said Friday in an email interview.“For a minute we were very scared, wondering if we were safe here or not. It was the first time that I saw a storm that strong.”Another video shows a car getting blasted by dirt whipped up from winds on a road, as an expansive storm cloud passes overhead.“It was definitely very strong and they are suspecting tornadoes or other kind of severe weather that hit in a very short time,” said Duguay.A business in Caraquet lost a lot of its roofing tiles, allowing water to get in and damage goods inside, he said.Claude Cote, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said the tiles were made of concrete, but were being tossed in the wind like playing cards.The causeway and bridge linking Lameque and Miscou islands to Shippagan was closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles due to more than a dozen power lines that were knocked down and laying across the sole link to the mainland.“They all collapsed like dominoes on the road,” Duguay said. “To see such damage on the bridge, I never saw that before.”The potent system unleashed fierce winds, lightning and then downpours on a wide swath of the Acadian Peninsula starting at about 8 p.m. Thursday.Cote said the combination of a cold front meeting unusually warm air temperatures that reached 30 C, along with cold water temperatures, made for a doozy of a system that came on quickly and with intensity.He said they are still gathering evidence, but suspect the clouds may have contained tornadoes that produced winds that reached gusts of 130 km/h.“These are all factors that did trigger some very intense thunderstorm activity,” he said from Fredericton. “It’s very unusual for May 18. Typically, we would see this kind of drastic thunderstorm activity in July or August, and yesterday we had record-breaking temperatures.”NB Power said the storm caused extensive structural damage on the peninsula, with the bulk of the outages on Lameque Island and Caraquet.At the height of the storm, about 7,000 customers were without power but crews managed to restore about 2,500 of those despite thunder and lightning through the evening. By midday Friday, about 4,000 customers were still without electricity.Spokeswoman Marie-Andree Bolduc said 20 crews from across the province were working to remove the downed poles and repair other lines in the area, which was hit hard last winter by a powerful storm that similarly felled poles and knocked out power.She said they were surveying the area with a helicopter and also ensuring that hospitals, nursing homes and fish plants in the Lameque area had access to generators, but it wasn’t clear when power would be restored on the islands.The province’s Emergency Measures Organization said the bridge between Shippagan and Lameque could remain closed until Saturday.– By Alison Auld in HalifaxNote to readers: With WEA-Ont-Que-Power
TORONTO – The first-degree murder conviction handed to a man who beat, strangled and mutilated a young woman before dumping her near-naked body on a trail 11 years ago was upheld Monday.In its ruling, the Ontario Court of Appeal rejected arguments from Roy Niemi that his trial judge had made errors related to the “Mr. Big” sting that snared him, and that he did not sexually assault the victim because she was already dead when sexual activity occurred.A jury convicted Niemi, of Orillia, Ont., in January 2013 in the death of Alyssa Watson, 20. A woman walking her dog along an unused railway line in the city in August 2006 discovered the remains.While Niemi was the last person to have seen Watson alive, according to court records, the critical evidence against him came from a Mr. Big operation in which undercover officers pretending to be criminals gained his confidence and pumped him for information on the killing.On appeal, Niemi argued Superior Court Justice Cary Boswell should not have allowed the jury to hear that evidence but the higher court disagreed. Boswell would have been right to allow the confessions from the sting even under stricter Mr. Big rules put in place after the conviction, especially given that the suspect was not vulnerable and the undercover officers did nothing wrong.The Appeal Court also said the evidentiary value of his confessions overwhelmed the risk of prejudice to him.“His statements to Mr. Big operatives contain a raft of unpublicized and impressive detail, stamping them as reliable in spite of the non-coercive inducements that were used to encourage Mr. Niemi to admit the crime,” the Appeal Court said. “Those statements were hauntingly accurate regarding unpublicized details surrounding the killing.”Court records show Niemi and Watson met the evening before her body was found, making him immediately a prime suspect. However, police had difficulty tying him to the crime. They set up a Mr. Big operation in which an undercover officer befriended Niemi but he failed to confess to the killing and the sting was abandoned.A year later, however, investigators tried again. This time, two purported gangsters played the Mr. Big role. In late 2008, Niemi, whose money situation had worsened after losing his babysitting job, made a series of incriminating statements.Among other things, he told the undercover officers he had hit Watson on the head with a whisky bottle, then used her purse strap to strangle her. He also said someone had paid him $10,000 to kill her because she had stolen cocaine.Niemi did deny the killing was sexually driven — the basis for the first-degree murder conviction — saying he only removed Watson’s clothes and slashed her breast after he had killed her as a way to mislead police.Because she was already dead, he argued, he could not have sexually assaulted her. However, the Appeal Court dismissed Niemi’s argument on that score.It would be difficult to accept the notion that an attacker who uses force to render a victim compliant could escape a first-degree murder conviction because the person died before a sexual assault could took place, the court said.“There was ample evidence to permit a jury to infer that the entire attack was sexually motivated or sexual in nature, making the killing first degree murder,” the Appeal Court ruled.
MONTREAL – There was a time when the whole neighbourhood surrounding an east-end Montreal bakery would smell like baking Oreos.But that era comes to an end this month when snack-maker Mondelez International closes its Montreal factory for good.Union spokesman Pierre Grenier says many of the factory’s 454 employees had worked there for decades, and news of its closure came as “a blow.”“It’s always hard, but people have done their mourning,” says Grenier, whose union represents building maintenance employees.The big concrete building in the shadow of Olympic Stadium opened in 1956 and produced more than a billion of the famous black-and-white Oreo cookies each year.In 2012, the factory held an event to celebrate the Oreo, where reporters were given a peek at the building’s industrial ovens, vats of sugary filling and tubs of the dark cookie dough.Just four years later, in November 2016, the company announced the factory’s closure. After a drawn-out process, company spokeswoman Laurie Guzzinati says the 300,000-square-foot plant is being put up for sale and its equipment moved and auctioned off.The company’s employees, a handful of whom are still at work, were provided with support and career transition assistance, she wrote in an email.The long closing process gave workers a chance to move on, Grenier says, adding that they have little hope that the institution could be revived.“For sure it won’t be reopened, we don’t believe in miracles.”The cookie and snack-maker is the latest on a laundry list of companies that have chosen to shutter their Montreal operations in recent years. Old Dutch Foods, Electrolux, Mabe and Energizer Holdings are among the others.“We hear more about companies who are leaving than those who stay,” Grenier says.But Steve Charters, the co-founder of Made in Montreal, says that the city’s manufacturing sector is fairly stable, despite some big-name companies pulling up roots.“While there’s a few high-profile companies moving out of the city, especially larger ones, among small and medium there seems to be a stasis and a healthy turnover,” he says in a phone interview.Charters, whose website promotes locally-made goods, says most of the employers who wanted to move elsewhere for cheaper wages have done so, and the others have good reasons to stay.He says the sector is a mix of old-school manufacturers such as the nearly 100-year-old Samuelsohn suit company and newer startups led by brewers, distillers and even insect-based food companies.And despite the sharp decline of industrial jobs since the 1990s, he believes the sector could be on the cusp of a resurgence in the next five to 10 years, buoyed by renewed interest in consuming local goods, a focus on developing environmentally sustainable goods, and new technologies such as 3D printing that are changing the way products are made.“It may change, it may look a little bit different than it does today, but we think there’s tremendous potential going forward,” he says.He says that while cities such as Montreal are increasingly promoting high-tech jobs, local and provincial governments need to understand that not every citizen will flourish as an app developer.“They’re maybe not the sexiest or newest kind of jobs that people like to push, but they play a very valuable role in employing a diversity of people and employing people of all backgrounds,” he says.
MANAMA, Bahrain – A stretch of boreal forest along the Manitoba-Ontario boundary has won international recognition for its pristine environment and connection with Indigenous culture.Pimachiowin Aki — an Ojibwa phrase that means ‘the land that gives life’ — has been deemed a world heritage site by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO.The relatively untouched boreal forest is 29,000 square kilometres —more than half the size of Nova Scotia — and is home to four First Nations that continue to practise traditional land use.There are already more than 1,000 UNESCO world heritage sites around the globe, including Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta and the historic district of Quebec City.The UNESCO designation is intended to ensure areas such as Pimachiowin Aki are protected from future development and to help boost tourism.The Manitoba government has spent more than $15 million over the last 13 years to support the UNESCO bid, while Ontario has put up about $1 million.This was the third time UNESCO considered a bid by Pimachiowin Aki.It deferred the initial bid in 2013 when two UNESCO advisory groups said it was unclear what made the area unique and requested more information.A second attempt was made in 2016. The bid was deferred again, this time because one of five First Nations communities originally involved in the project — Pikangikum in northwestern Ontario — pulled out.A consultant’s report done for the non-profit group behind the bid has raised questions about how much tourism could be drawn to the remote, fly-in region. The report, by Marr Consulting, said the area could initially attract fewer than 1,000 visitors a year.“Expectations must be managed to recognize that tourism will not likely generate either large numbers of visitors or large revenue for communities,” the report stated.
MONTREAL — The past two years have not been easy for Quebec’s three major police forces, whose officers have been working in a climate of suspicion, scandal and now an allegation of criminal wrongdoing at the highest level.Internecine rivalries have divided the Montreal police. Provincial police officers were accused of abusing Indigenous women in the northwestern city of Val-d’Or. And the anti-corruption unit, known as UPAC, has suffered from low morale, recruiting difficulties and a string of embarrassing and damaging leaks to the press.And this week, provincial police chief Martin Prud’homme was suspended pending the results of an investigation into an allegation he committed criminal offences.Criminologist Maria Mourani, a former Bloc Quebecois MP from Montreal, said it is hard to assess whether Quebecers have begun losing confidence in their police forces.“Every organization has its issues,” she said in a recent interview. But that fact the public is aware of the many problems is a sign democracy is working, Mourani added. “If there was serious rot or a major crisis in the police, then I’m not sure if we would even know about it, because it would be endemic, and there would be a code of silence and it would continue.”Prud’homme had just returned to the Surete du Quebec after spending a year as interim chief of the Montreal police, dispatched to set things straight following the suspension of Philippe Pichet. Pichet’s suspension as chief followed reports the force’s internal investigations unit had exaggerated or fabricated evidence against officers and helped created a climate of vengeance and mistrust.On Friday, Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault told reporters if Prud’homme is cleared of wrongdoing, he will be able to return to his role. But she has so far given no details about the allegation against him.Several Quebec media have reported his suspension was connected to an investigation into leaks to journalists in 2017 about a highly sensitive UPAC probe of the Quebec Liberals and former premier Jean Charest. Media have reported that two former UPAC officers who were involved in the unit’s internal investigation into the source of the leaks — and have since returned to the provincial police — have been assigned to desk duties.The investigation into Prud’homme is being conducted by Quebec’s police watchdog, the Bureau des enquetes independantes. That bureau was also given a mandate in October 2018 by the provincial government to investigate the UPAC leaks.Guilbault said the allegations against Prud’homme — who has not been arrested or charged with a crime — are “delicate and complex.” She said the government had to “act quickly and in order to protect the integrity of the institution that is the Surete du Quebec and citizens’ trust in their institutions.”Francois Dore, a retired Quebec provincial police officer who also worked for Interpol, said people expect more from their police forces than they did when he started working in law enforcement in the late 1970s.“I don’t think there is a lack of confidence,” he said in an interview this week. “What reassures me is that people are asking more questions. They want to know what’s going on.”In recent years, however, Quebecers have not received a lot of answers. Much of the current uncertainty can be traced to a 2017 Quebecor media expose of documents related to a UPAC investigation of Charest and former Liberal party treasurer, Marc Bibeau.The leak revealed UPAC had put Charest and Bibeau under surveillance as part of their probe dubbed “Machurer,” which looked into suspected illegal party financing. Charest’s personal finances, passport information and details of his trips across the U.S. border had all been collected by investigators, and the information was obtained by Quebecor. Neither Charest nor Bibeau has been charged.Dore said what remains unclear is whether the documents were leaked to help push the investigation forward, or to protect Charest and Bibeau. Former UPAC head Robert Lafreniere vowed in 2017 to catch the “bandit” responsible for the leak.In October 2017, Guy Ouellette, a Liberal member of the legislature at the time, was arrested by UPAC on suspicion he was involved in leaking the information about Charest and Bibeau. Ouellette, a former provincial police officer, denied the claims and was never charged.In another wrinkle to this story, Lafreniere, who had sought and received a second mandate as head of UPAC under the previous Liberal government of Philippe Couillard, quit without explanation last Oct. 1 — Quebec election day.Despite the seeming turmoil afflicting the province’s three main police forces, the work on the ground is still continuing, Mourani said: “I wouldn’t say there is a crisis …. We can say that the police are professional.”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Prominent human rights activists and Chinese political dissidents in Canada are worried about a potential crackdown against pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.At an event in Ottawa, critics of the Chinese government’s human rights record expressed their concern the Chinese government would crush the protests ahead of Oct. 1, the 70th anniversary of communist rule in China.Several of those present in Ottawa were active in the pro-democracy movement in China at the time of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, and say the Hong Kong protests are reminiscent of that moment.They also say Canadians must call on the federal government to speak forcefully in favour of the pro-democracy protesters.The activists were gathered at Amnesty International Canada’s headquarters in Ottawa to celebrate the unveiling of a memorial to Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese human rights advocate who won the 2010 Nobel peace prize.Xiaobo was unable to receive the prize because of his imprisonment in China, and the Ottawa memorial is a sculpture of an empty chair symbolizing his absence.The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – At least 18 vaping-related deaths have been confirmed south of the border, and more than 1,000 cases are being looked at all over the U.S.Now, doctors are sounding the alarm as it appears lung injury cases associated with e-cigarette products continues to rise, even here in Canada, where health authorities are investigating two reported instances.According to the U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, all of the patients in that country have reported a history of using vaping or e-cigarette products, and most of them said they history of using products containing THC.“The latest national and regional findings suggest products containing THC play a role in the outbreak,” the U.S. CDC reports.Some doctors have sounded the alarm, in some cases even comparing the lung damage seen in these patients to the types of injuries you’d see in World War I.“All 17 of our cases show a pattern of injury in the lung that looks like a toxic chemical exposure, a toxic chemical fume exposure, or a chemical burn injury,” Dr. Brandon T. Larsen, a surgical pathologist at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, tells the New York Times. “To be honest, they look like the kind of change you would expect to see in an unfortunate worker in an industrial accident where a big barrel of toxic chemicals spills, and that person is exposed to toxic fumes and there is a chemical burn in the airways.”Larsen is one of several doctors behind a new study which has found that despite accumulating data on vaping-related illnesses, there’s still very little understanding of what’s going on pathologically.The first illnesses were reported in late March, and as of late, 200 or more cases have been reported each week.The only states to not report any cases, yet, are Alaska and New Hampshire.So far, there has not been a particular e-cigarette, vaping device, liquid, or ingredient linked to the outbreak.cAccording to the U.S. CDC, 80 per cent of patients suffering from vaping-related illness are under the age of 35 — 16 per cent of patients are under 18, while 21 per cent are between the ages of 18 and 21.