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TORONTO — There was no winning ticket for the $5 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on July 10 will be approximately $7 million.The Canadian Press
VAL D’OR, Que. — A Quebec inquiry into relations between Indigenous communities and public services in the province will submit its final report today.The Viens Commission, presided over by retired Quebec Superior Court justice Jacques Viens, will release its final report in Val d’Or, Que.The inquiry, announced in December 2016, was mandated to look into the way Indigenous people are treated by the police, the province’s youth protection agency, the public health department as well as the justice and correctional systems.While it primarily sat in the Abitibi region, the inquiry ended up travelling to other parts of the province to hear from participants and wrapped up hearings last December.The report had initially been scheduled to be released Friday, but the date was changed after complaints from Indigenous leaders that releasing it on the same day as a massive climate march that drew hundreds of thousands in Montreal would have been akin to burying the report.Indigenous Affairs Minister Sylvie D’Amours said last week it was mutually decided the report would be released today and she says she will welcome the report with openness and interest.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 30, 2019.The Canadian Press
It’s the light-hearted punch line to any overtly obvious question and yet – the honest answer to “does a bear sh*t in the woods” could just as easily be “no”.The well-worn joke has now become a demand for Animals Asia backed by celebrity supporters and thousands of animal lovers worldwide – it really is time for bears to “go” where nature intended. As their campaign says: Let a bear sh!t in the woods.Animals Asia are campaigning for an end to bear bile farming and have been joined in their latest campaign by celebrities pledging their support and they want millions more to pledge via www.bearinthewoods.org.The campaign has already been endorsed by Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder plus Twilight stars Nikki Reed and Kellan Lutz. They are also joined by actors Kristin Bauer van Straten and Alicia Silverstone, musicians Matt Sorum and Peter Northcote, entrepreneur Russell Simmons, chef Simon Bryant and comedians Meshel Laurie and Ben Elton.In China, 10,000 bears in tiny cages face excruciating daily bile extractions with the bile used for traditional medicines. There are a further 2,400 bears in bile farms in Vietnam.Most are Asiatic black bears – better known as moon bears – with many taken from the wild and kept on farms for up to 30 years.Animals Asia has rescued over 500 bears in China and Vietnam and runs sanctuaries in both countries. Animals Asia also recently took over a bear bile farm in Nanning, China, which it will turn into a sanctuary – demonstrating how farms can have cruelty free futures.Speaking on behalf of his foundation, Ian Somerhalder said: “We at the IS Foundation believe we share an interconnected and universally tethered heartbeat with every different vessel of life inhabiting the planet alongside us. Whether roaring with pride, purring at our ankles, slithering through the wild, or swimming in our seas, we carry the utmost respect for all creatures. The practice of bear bile farming is inexcusable, unnecessary and inhumane. I am so proud of the Animals Asia campaign, ‘Let a bear sh!t in the woods’ for tackling this compassionless practice head on and demonstrating the positive transformation made when a bear bile farm became a sanctuary for these suffering creatures.”Nikki Reed said: ‘’This cannot end soon enough. Every drop of bile extracted from bears, every minute those bears spend in tiny cages in China. It has to stop. We must stand shoulder to shoulder with animal lovers in China and find a way to end this without delay. Please join me and Animals Asia in pledging your support to this campaign.’’Kellan Lutz said: “When I first heard about bear bile farming I couldn’t believe it. It’s one more insanely cruel act inflicted on innocent animals and it is not widely known about. More than 10,000 bears – mainly moon bears, but also sun bears and brown bears – are kept on bile farms in China, in tiny cages, and suffer these daily bile extractions. Most of these bears are starved and dehydrated. Please join us in spreading awareness and helping to end bear bile farming.”Kristin Bauer van Straten said: ‘’Bear Bile farming should be something out of a horror novel but its unfortunately not fiction as hard as that is to believe. Bears are held in tiny metal cages their entire lives with tubes stuck in to their bodies to drain the bile from their gall bladders. Please sign to help us stop this painful existence for living creatures. We cannot allow this to exist on Earth any longer. ’’Russell Simmons said: “Over 10,000 bears in China are kept in tiny cages and face daily bile extractions through open wounds for use in traditional medicine. This must stop – please join with me and Animals Asia in pledging to do all you can to end this cruel industry. Together we can end bear bile farming.”Alicia Silverstone said: ‘’I can’t stand the thought of more than 10,000 caged bears living in constant pain for an unnecessary product. Please join me and Animals Asia by signing this pledge to end the barbaric practice of bear bile farming.’’Animals Asia is asking those opposed to bear bile farming to stand up to be counted alongside this incredible list of superstars.Animals Asia founder and CEO Jill Robinson MBE said: “For bears that should spend their days foraging and exploring woods, mountains and forests – bear bile farms – and the conditions the bears are kept in – are no joke at all. We hope this campaign raises a smile, followed by curiosity – then the sadness and outrage that we feel. Then we need people to pledge to help end this.“It’s a pledge to end the practice, a pledge to show our solidarity with the many millions of people in Asia who are calling for the end of bear bile farming in their own countries. It’s a pledge to share the knowledge and continue to raise awareness. It’s a pledge to consign this to history and allow bear numbers in the wild in China and Vietnam to rise again as the number in cages diminish.”Find out more here.
On Thursday, October 23rd, Hilaria Baldwin and Roberto Dutesco co-chaired Bent On Learning’s Pre-Celebration for its Inspire! 2015 gala.Dutesco’s art gallery served as the backdrop to the kick-off event.Additional attendees included Alec Baldwin, author and wellness enthusiast, Erica Reid, top model, Grace Bol, designer and CEO of Slane, Landon Slane, co-founders of Sakara Life, Danielle DuBoise and Whitney Tingle, designer of Stephanie Johnson handbags, Stephanie Johnson, and designer of Satya Jewelry, Satya Scainetti.Following a compeling short video about Bent on Learning’s program and the announcement that Julianne Moore will host the upcoming 2015 gala on March 12, 2015 by Bent On Learning’s co-founders Anne Desmond and Jennifer Ford. Alec and Hilaria Baldwin surprised and delighted guests by joining an impromptu yoga session with the students in attendance.Founded in 2001 when three yoga teachers met by chance in their mutual pursuit of bringing yoga to urban youth, Bent On Learning is a nonprofit organization committed to teaching yoga to New York City public school children. The organization is the first to bring free yoga programs into schools during the academic day and is paving the way for making health and happiness an integral part of the curriculum of our schools.Studies show that yoga’s combination of movement with breathing, relaxation and meditation not only improves physical health, but also has a positive impact on emotional and cognitive intelligence — making children better prepared for learning and for personal success! Over the past 14 years, Bent On Learning has taught yoga to approximately 18,000 students throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, Washington Heights, Harlem and the Bronx. Find out more here.
Star and executive producer, Donald J. Trump, named Leeza Gibbons as winner of season 7 of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”Leeza Gibbons Wins Season 7 of Celebrity ApprenticeIn Monday’s live finale, award-winning journalist, author, and talk show host Geraldo Rivera faced off against best-selling author and television icon Leeza Gibbons in the exciting boardroom conclusion held in New York City. The event was followed by a star-studded party at Trump Tower, hosted by finale task sponsor Universal Orlando Resorts.As “The Celebrity Apprentice” winner, Gibbons’ designated charity will receive the $250,000 prize, which will be added to the show’s $2 million total charity earnings for the season. “The Celebrity Apprentice” has raised approximately 15 million total dollars for charity over the years. Gibbons raised a total of $714,000 for Leeza’s Care Connection, while Rivera raised a total of $725,184 for Life’s WORC.”“We had an incredible season and an incredible set of players this year. However out of the 16 contestants Leeza clearly demonstrated that she had the ultimate skills necessary to be called the next Celebrity Apprentice,” said Mr. Trump. “The Celebrity Apprentice has proven time and time again to be the toughest reality show on television today. Leeza was able to win $714,000 for her charity, Leeza’s Care Connection. I congratulate Leeza on her win and welcome her as the second woman to the elite group of winners including Piers Morgan, Joan Rivers, Bret Michaels, John Rich, Arsenio Hall and Trace Adkins. I’d also like to congratulate Geraldo on his tremendous effort and impressive game play.”“Mom always told me to stay in my lane and focus on my own race. That’s what I tried to do,” said Gibbons. “My goal was simple to show the kind of strength my mother had as she battled Alzheimer’s disease and to honor those families who are care-giving. I hope I did. With my winnings from the show, Donald Trump has made it possible for me to open a new Leeza’s Care Connection in my hometown of Columbia, South Carolina. Thank you to the Trump family, Mark Burnett and his incredible production team, NBC and all of my cast mates for making this a once in a lifetime experience.”Trump’s last and most challenging task for the final two contestants was to create a commercial for vacation packages to Universal Orlando Resort. The commercials were then judged at a New York red carpet event based on creativity, brand message, money raised selling vacation packages and overall presentation. Six celebrity contestants returned to help the two finalists who had to work together to bring star power and sale skills to an overall presentation.In addition to Universal Orlando Resorts, this season’s sponsors included Anheuser-Busch, Cosmo Body, King’s Hawaiian, the Neat Company, Luvo, Chock Full O’Nuts, Trump National Doral and the Ivanka Trump Collection.When the season began Jan. 4, the women included Gold Medal Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson; movie star Vivica A. Fox; best-selling author and television icon Leeza Gibbons; reality star and best-selling author Brandi Glanville; TV personality, author, and mother of eight, Kate Gosselin; world-class gymnast and gold medal Olympian Shawn Johnson; Kenya Moore, former Miss USA and star of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”; and television icon Keshia Knight Pulliam.The men included two-time World Series champion Johnny Damon; actor and legendary comedian Gilbert Gottfried; Sig Hansen, the star of “Deadliest Catch” and Captain of the Northwestern; Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum musician Kevin Jonas; Golden Globe-nominated actor Lorenzo Lamas; NFL great Terrell Owens; award-winning journalist, author, and talk show host Geraldo Rivera; and television and movie actor Ian Ziering.This season, Mr. Trump’s advisors included Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and George Ross as well as former “Celebrity Apprentice” winners Piers Morgan and the late Joan Rivers.“The Celebrity Apprentice” is produced by United Artists Media Group (a joint venture among MGM, Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Hearst Entertainment), in association with Trump Productions. Mark Burnett, Donald Trump, Page Feldman and Eric Van Wagenen are executive producers.Please visit NBC.com’s official show site.
Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, whose father is living with multiple myeloma, will serve as the evening’s Keynote Speaker at the 15th Anniversary of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) 2016 Chicago Awards Dinner.The event will be held on Monday, May 16, 2016 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. Chicago Cubs teammates Jon Lester and Anthony Rizzo, both cancer survivors and advocates, will deliver the evening’s opening remarks. For the 12th year, Actress, Director, Producer, Writer and longtime MMRF supporter and Honorary Board Member, Bonnie Hunt will host the event.The MMRF is proud to be honoring the Andrea and Michael Rosengarden Family with the Spirit of Hope Award. This award is presented annually to a patient, caregiver, or family who inspires hope through their resilience, perseverance and dedication to the MMRF and its mission. Chicago locals and longtime MMRF supporters, the Rosengardens, epitomize the true meaning of family, consistently demonstrating their devotion to one another, unwavering strength and commitment to finding a cure.“We see ourselves just doing what we are supposed to do,” says both Andrea and Michael. “Life has been good enough to us to make it possible to help others battling this cancer.”The MMRF is grateful for the support of these leading pharmaceutical companies: Takeda Oncology and Janssen Oncology. The MMRF is one of the leading cancer research organizations worldwide. This groundbreaking foundation has combined the most successful characteristics of a Fortune 500 company and a scientific research lab to invent a new kind of entity, with a culture of speed, innovation, accountability and results. The MMRF’s Precision Medicine Model is the only end-to-end system in cancer research today and is leading the way in developing the next generation of treatments and ultimately finding a cure.The MMRF Chicago Awards Dinner is a premier Chicago event attended by over 600 corporate leaders and philanthropists. For more information, please visit www.themmrf.org/chicagodinner. To reserve a table or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-599-2682
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: The Vancouver Queer Film Festival concluded its 11-day run from August 11 to 21 with a presentation of awards at the screening of the documentary Kiki.Vancouver filmmaker Joella Cabalu won the People’s Choice Award for Best Feature for “It Runs in the Family”, a documentary about her LGBT relatives in the U.S. and the Philippines.Meanwhile, Jeff Lee Petry and Nathan Drillot’s “Handsome and Majestic”, about a teenager taking on bullies in Prince George, won the People’s Choice Award for Best Short film. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement
Login/Register With: Twitter Selena Gomez and The Weeknd like to laugh!The cute couple was spotted cracking up on a date night at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood, California, on Friday.Gomez and The Weekend took a seat on the upper mezzanine of the comedy club, in the venue’s private seating section. The two couldn’t contain their smiles in a sweet shot The Laugh Factory later posted on Instagram. READ MORE Keystone Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook
Login/Register With: Given out annually at the JUNO Awards, the Humanitarian Award celebrates and recognizes the philanthropic efforts made by Canadian artists or industry leaders who have made a positive impact on social welfare worldwide. This year’s award will be presented at the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards Presented by SOCAN on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.“I am truly honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Humanitarian Award,” said Slaight. “Our family has had a tradition of giving back to the community that transcends from my parents Allan and Ada Slaight. The Slaight Family Foundation, created as a result of the sale of Standard Broadcasting, is a tribute to my parent’s commitment to community and of which I am proud to lead. Whether it is supporting a local music program for children or helping to advance key health care priorities, our goal is to make a positive difference on the lives of those around us and those needing our support globally. We truly want to make an impact and help those who need it the most. “ Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2018 – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced that broadcast and music industry leader and philanthropist Gary Slaight will be honoured with the 2018 Humanitarian Award. Slaight personifies the essence of the award through his devotion to Canadian music and emerging Canadian artists as well as his philanthropic support of health care, social service, culture and at-risk youth at home and abroad. Advertisement Gary Slaight attends the Artists For Peace And Justice Festival Gala 2017 Presented By Bovet 1822 at AGO on Sept. 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Ernesto Di Stefano Photography/WireImage) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We are honoured to present Gary Slaight with the Humanitarian Award,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. “His commitment to helping others and continued selflessness places him in a category of his own. Gary’s dedication to making the world a better place is truly inspiring; from The Slaight Family Foundation’s work with charities to his support for emerging artists, and music industry organizations like MusiCounts and Unison Benevolent fund, Gary has dedicated his time and resources to providing others with the opportunity to grow. We look forward to commemorating Gary’s philanthropic work at the 2018 JUNO Awards.”
Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Toronto – Hot Docs is pleased to announce Doc Soup April will screen Far From the Tree (D: Rachel Dretzin | 2017 | 93 mins). Adapted from the bestselling novel, this moving film takes a compassionate look at the lives of families whose children live with an extreme difference, focusing on the daily challenges they experience, the emotional impact of life, and how unwavering love and support from family helps them to lead a happy and dignified life. Far From the Tree will screen on Wednesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., and Thursday, April 5, at 6:45 p.m. at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. Director Rachel Dretzin will participate in post-screening Q&A via Skype.Honest and heartfelt, Far From the Tree offers intimate access into the lives and homes of families with children living with a condition that sets them apart. Profiling families living with Down syndrome, autism and dwarfism, this film takes an authentic look at how each family experiences the intense emotions of surprise, sorrow, courage, hope and joy, and challenges the idea of ‘normality’ and what’s considered to be ‘abnormal.’ A journey into the depths of love, Far From the Tree is a testament to the powerful effects of unconditional love and how, when coupled with relentless determination, it can help overcome the pain and stigma these families often feel. Inspiring and emotional, this film will have you marvel at the strength and resilience of each family featured, and awaken you to the reality of others who do not fit within life’s typical social and physical constructs.Far From the Tree is directed by Rachel Dretzin and is distributed by IFC Films. Single tickets for Far From the Tree are $16 ($12, $10 and $8 for Hot Docs members) can be purchased in advance online at www.hotdocs.ca or in person at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema box office. Student same-day tickets for the Wednesday 9:15 p.m. screening are $8 (with valid student ID). In the event advance tickets sell out, a limited number of tickets may be available at the door on the night of the screening. The Doc Soup monthly screening series brings the latest Canadian and international documentaries to the big screen in Toronto and Calgary. Hot Docs also presents Bell Media Hot Docs Showcase events in Edmonton, Vancouver, and Winnipeg..Hot Docs (www.hotdocs.ca), North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 25th annual edition from April 26-May 6, 2018. An outstanding selection of approximately 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and the Doc Shop. Hot Docs owns the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.
o GO – Oakville Advertisement TORONTO – To celebrate the inaugural season at Scotiabank Arena, on Wednesday, October 3, Scotiabank will be giving away 10,000 FREE, pre-loaded Scotiabank Arena branded PRESTO cards at select TTC ($6) and GO ($8) stations to get fans to Scotiabank Arena / Maple Leaf Square to cheer for their hometown team at this year’s Toronto Maple Leafs home opener.The celebration doesn’t end there – Scotiabank will be giving away another 10,000 FREE, pre-loaded Scotiabank Arena branded PRESTO cards on October 17 to get fans to Scotiabank Arena for the Toronto Raptors home opener.Those who are heading down to celebrate can pick up their FREE, pre-loaded Scotiabank Arena branded PRESTO card by visiting one of the participating TTC or GO stations and telling a designated Scotiabank Arena ambassador that they are going to Scotiabank Arena. Ambassadors will be giving away the cards starting at 4 p.m. on October 3 and October 17, while supplies last. And when Scotiabank Customers use their debit or credit card to register this card to a new or existing My PRESTO Account and sign-up for Autoload at PRESTOcard.ca they’ll receive an additional $6 on their PRESTO card. o TTC – College Station WHAT: Toronto Maple Leafs Home Opener Facebook Advertisement Twitter o TTC – Kennedy o GO – Mimico Toronto Maple Leafs Alumnus, Darcy Tucker WHERE: o TTC – Don Mills …Scotiabank Arena (CNW Group/Scotiabank) 5 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. @ Maple Leaf Square Advertisement Participating TTC and GO stations include: o GO – Pickering o TTC – Spadina Station Full details are available at www.ScotiabankArena.com/PRESTO.If interested, Toronto Maple Leafs Alumnus, Darcy Tucker will be available for interviews at Spadina TTC station or you can join the celebration with Darcy at the Maple Leaf Square Tailgate for interviews before the puck drops at 7 p.m.More details below. o GO – Scarborough WHO: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment o TTC – Kipling Station WHEN: o TTC – Eglinton Login/Register With: 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. @ Spadina TTC Station Wednesday, October 3, 2018
APTN National NewsIt may seem like something out of a science fiction story.But the skies over the Northwest Territories could soon be filled with futuristic air ships.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier has this story.
APTN National NewsThursday marked the Day to Remember in honour of missing and murdered Aboriginal women across the country.At a rally in Ottawa, the Native Women’s Association and other leaders pressed the government to do more about the problem.Family members also took part.Laurie Odjick’s daughter Maisy went missing four years ago.Odjick doesn’t think politicians are taking the issue seriously.
APTN National NewsA conference for the International Association of Genocide Scholars is taking place in Winnipeg.Over the next three days association members hope to learn how to keep history from repeating itself.As part of the conference participants gathered at the Sagkeeng First Nation to learn about the legacy of residential schools.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has this story.
Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsThe First Nations family advocate of Manitoba isn’t convinced a new report recommending changes to the child welfare system is going to lower apprehension rates in the province.For the first time in 15 years the province ordered a review of the child welfare system.The report was released this week and comes nine months after a seven-person committee was formed to review the current legislature.Included in the report are 60 recommendations or changes to the system.However, for right now, they are only suggestions, according to Cora Morgan, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs’ First Nations advocate.“There’s no guarantee or there’s nothing that compels the province of Manitoba to take action on any of the changes that are in there,” she said.Manitoba has the highest number of children in care among Canadian provinces. There’s just over 11,000 children in care with 90 per cent of those being Indigenous. There has been an 85 per cent increase in the number of children in care over the past decade.Morgan says the report will do little to help fix the system.“They’re just wasting time. At the end of the day we need to restore jurisdiction to our families,” she said. “We need to invest in prevention services and it could at a fraction of the cost of the way things are and far less damaging.”According to the report, Manitoba’s annual child welfare budget has tripled in the past 12 year to $514 million, which works out to $46,800 per child in care.Morgan believes the funding model should be flipped and this needs to be done with urgency.“When you’re a five or six-year-old child that’s stuck in a shelter in some loveless environment, or children that are over the age of 12 sitting in the Manitoba Youth Centre, taking our time shouldn’t be an option,” she said.The First Nations Family Advocate Office has worked to send 300 children home since opening in 2015.Among the families they’ve worked with is a 23-year-old Winnipeg mother who aged out of the system and has three children still in care. She was successfully reunified with her youngest daughter this May.APTN News cannot identify her because she still has children in care.She was put in the foster care system at the age of 4. By the time she turned 18 she had been in 30 different placements. She said when she aged out her case worker dropped her off at a homeless shelter with $40.There she became entrenched in a cycle of homelessness, addiction and violence.She decided to get clean after her youngest daughter was born a year ago.“It’s looking really good because I changed my life around,” she said. “I’m 14 months clean and my worker knows…I was a meth addict. I was an alcoholic.”She credits the First Nations family advocate office for helping her confront her traumas.“I’m going through my healing journey here,” she said.She is accessing resources like therapy for the first time in her life and has plans to train to be a paramedic one day.But she says more supports need to be available for families while they’re in the system and when they leave.“There needs to be more help instead of just saying to that person ‘oh because you’re Indigenous you have no rights,’ especially when you’re asking authority to help you.”In the report the committee emphasized a need for a, “community-based harm reduction framework that focuses on supporting parents in the fulfillment of their parental responsibilities.“The act must ensure that addiction supports are provided when a parents seeks help, and that an addiction not be considered valid reason for apprehension when a parent is actively pursuing or participating in addiction services.”On Wednesday the province wouldn’t commit to any of the recommendations. Minister of Families Heather Stefanson said the province is in the process of reviewing the email@example.com@bhobs22
Charlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsIt’s a big place with a small population.But when times get tough those who inhabit Canada’s youngest territory stick together.In this last story of our series, we look at who is helping the youth not just to survive but thrive.See more of our stories: Nunavut at firstname.lastname@example.org@aptncharlotte
HALIFAX – It’s among Atlantic Canada’s largest industrial sites — a massive former wind tower manufacturing plant developed with $56 million in provincial funding.But with the clock ticking on a provincial deadline to find a buyer, optimism is low that the former DSME Trenton plant will re-open as a major employer.In an interview Wednesday, Trenton Mayor Shannon MacInnis said while the town is “crossing its fingers” for a last-minute sale, it has never been approached with a solid business plan by any prospective buyer for the plant.MacInnis said he has been told by a “few different sources” that there is a bid in on the plant, however he doesn’t know how serious it is.“There has been one for quite awhile, from what I’m told,” he said. “Whether or not that goes forward or not, maybe that’s the reason why they (the province) keep extending the deadline, hoping the bid ends up going through.”Last week, Business Minister Geoff MacLellan said the province’s deadline for a decision on the Trenton plant had been pushed back for a second time to around the end of June.But MacLellan was coy about whether there are any serious business bids for the plant — a 430,000-square-foot facility that sits on 116 acres of land in the heart of Trenton and in another incarnation was the TrentonWorks rail car plant.He said while the receiver has said nothing formal has come forward, that simply means there is no potential agreement or suggestion of a first payment by an interested buyer.“For us there are a number of conversations … there’s multiple sectors that are having discussions about what this could be, so we just want to give it every opportunity,” MacLellan said.Plant receiver PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) did not return a request for comment.MacLellan has also mused about eventually turning the property over to Nova Scotia Lands for development. On Wednesday, Stephen MacIsaac, the provincial Crown corporation’s president and CEO, said in an email: “We are not involved with the site at the present time and awaiting direction.”The province is the primary secured creditor for the plant, which was closed in February 2016 and placed in receivership.Operations concluded less than a month after the province said it wouldn’t provide any more public money for a plant that had hoped to develop the capacity to produce 250 wind turbine towers and 200 blade sets per year.The first round of bids for the property were abandoned later in 2016 after the province rejected three, including two of only $1. A second round of bids has also failed to produce a buyer.The previous NDP government announced in 2010 that it had a deal with Korean firm Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Ltd. and would take a 49-per-cent equity stake in the firm. It committed up to $59.4 million to the manufacturing plant and predicted 500 jobs would be created within three years.But the optimistically predicted job levels never materialized for a plant that was touted as the successor to TrentonWorks, which was closed in 2007 by Oregon-based Greenbrier Inc. with the loss of about 300 jobs. At its peak the rail car plant which had been existence for decades under several different owners employed 1,400 workers.MacInnis was also mayor during the period TrentonWorks closed. He said whatever is done with the plant this time around, it needs to have a “taxable entity” that can help the town of 2,500 to thrive.“It’s a tough pill to swallow losing all those jobs and having your tax base set back quite a bit, he said. “It leaves your hands tied as to basically what you can do when your main industry is not taxable any more.”
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration said in a court filing late Thursday that it will no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the requirement that people have health insurance and provisions that guarantee access to health insurance regardless of any medical conditions.The decision, announced in a filing in a federal court in Texas, is a rare departure from the Justice Department’s practice of defending federal laws in court. Texas and other Republican-led states are suing to strike down the entire law because Congress recently repealed a provision that people without health insurance must pay a fine. The repeal takes effect next year.Texas says that without the fine in place the requirement to have health insurance is unconstitutional and that the entire law should be struck down as a result.The administration says it agrees with Texas that the so-called individual mandate will be unconstitutional without the fine. It also says that provisions shielding people with medical conditions from being denied coverage or charged higher premiums and limiting how much insurers can charge older Americans should fall as well.But it says the rest of the law, including Medicaid expansion, can remain in place.In many ways, the lawsuit, filed in February, is a replay of the politically divided litigation that ended with the Supreme Court upholding the health care overhaul in 2012. In the new suit, California is leading a group of Democrat-led states in defending the law.The major difference is that the Justice Department under President Donald Trump has largely switched sides.Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a letter to Congress on Thursday that Trump, who campaigned on repealing the law and nearly did so his first year in office, approved the legal strategy.Donald Verrilli Jr., President Barack Obama’s top Supreme Court lawyer who defended the law, called the decision “a sad moment.”“I find it impossible to believe that the many talented lawyers at the department could not come up with any arguments to defend the ACA’s insurance market reforms, which have made such a difference to millions of Americans,” Verrilli said.Shortly before the government’s court filing, three career lawyers at the Justice Department withdrew from the case and were replaced by two political appointees, according to court filings.
PARIS – France’s military had something extra to celebrate Saturday as it showed off its might for Bastille Day celebrations: a budget boost from President Emmanuel Macron.The pomp-filled parade down Paris’ Champs-Elysees suffered a couple of glitches, as two police motorcycles crashed during a performance and there was an apparent colour miscalculation in the red-white-and-blue smoke sprayed by fighter jets zooming over the Paris skyline.Overall however, the event was about celebrating France’s security forces. While thousands paraded through central Paris, around 110,000 others fanned out around the country to protect Saturday’s celebrations, on alert after a Bastille Day truck attack in 2016 in Nice killed 86.Macron presided over the Paris parade, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris on July 14, 1789, and the beginning of the French Revolution. Macron signed a new military budget on the eve of Saturday’s parade aimed at lifting defence spending to 2 per cent of gross domestic product, as promised to NATO.The rise had long been planned, but came just after a contentious NATO summit in which President Donald Trump assailed allies for not spending enough on defence. The spending hike also comes after last year’s Bastille Day celebrations were marred by the departure of the French military’s chief of staff over a budget dispute with Macron.Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was the guest of honour at Saturday’s Paris events, and troops from Singapore joined the parade. Last year’s main guest was Trump, who later said he wanted to stage a similar parade in Washington.In addition to military units marching in the Paris parade, participants included rescue workers who helped French Caribbean territories devastated by hurricanes last year. Popular French astronaut Thomas Pesquet was to be among the pilots flying warplanes for the overhead show.The two motorcyclists who crashed were part of a group tracing patterns on the Place de la Concorde as part of a carefully choreographed performance in front of Macron. After briefly falling down on the plaza’s cobblestones — long the bane of the city’s motorcyclists and cyclists — the drivers righted the vehicles, to applause from the crowd.The other hiccup came when nine Alpha jets flew in formation over the parade shooting lines of smoke in the colours of the French flag. One of the jets sprayed an extra line of red smoke, instead of blue. An Air Force official confirmed to France-2 television that it was a mistake. There were supposed to be three planes streaming red, three planes spewing white and three planes shooting blue.Security measures for Saturday’s events include limits on alcohol and fuel sales in Paris and other big cities, and stepped-up identity checks. Extra security is also in place for the Tour de France, which passes Saturday through Normandy, and for Sunday, when France will be watching its national soccer team face Croatia in the World Cup final.
BRAMPTON, Ont. — Loblaw Companies Ltd. reported its third-quarter profit fell compared with a year ago as it was hit by a one-time charge related to a tax court ruling that it plans to appeal.The retailer says it earned a profit attributable to common shareholders of $106 million or 28 cents per share for the quarter ended Oct. 6.The quarter included a $367-million charge related to its former Barbadian banking subsidiary Glenhuron Bank Ltd. after a tax court ruling regarding Canada Revenue Agency’s reassessments. Loblaw has said it will appeal the decision.The result for the quarter compared with a profit of $883 million or $2.24 per share a year ago when its results were boosted by a gain of $432 million on the sale of its gas bar operations.Revenue totalled $14.45 billion, up from $14.19 billion.On an adjusted basis, Loblaw says it earned $562 million or $1.49 per share for its most recent quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $549 million or $1.39 per share a year ago. Analysts on average had expected a profit of $1.44 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. Companies in this story: (TSX:L)The Canadian Press