Multiple versions of truth threaten reconciliation: BC Opposition MLA

As blockades and protests continue across Canada over a dispute between Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, the federal government, activists and supporters of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline (CGL); indigenous leaders are polarized over different versions of the truth, which could scuttle nascent reconciliation efforts and the future of Canadian energy development.

The United Nations helped precipitate the conflict on Jan. 7, when the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Committee called on Canada to stop the development of the CGL. Nine days later, committee chair Noureddine Amir conceded that he was unaware that the CGL had broad Indigenous backing. On the same day, Karen Ogen-Toews, chair of the First Nations LNG Alliance and former Wetʼsuwetʼen elected chief, wrote an open letter to the UN asking for a retraction and immediate apology to the 20 First Nations, who are in favour of the project. Continue reading “Multiple versions of truth threaten reconciliation: BC Opposition MLA”

UCN professor participating in online misinformation workshop in Victoria this summer

Dr. Joseph Atoyebi, an assistant professor in the University College of the North (UCN) Faculty of Arts, Business and Science, is bringing his linguistics expertise to an online misinformation workshop this August at Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C. 

The workshop will provide researchers with an opportunity to explore methods of combatting online misinformation, a problem of extreme consequence in a world that is becoming more polarized through social media, says Atoyebi.

“When people don’t know the truth of the story, they begin to form groups,” he said. “People are deceived. That’s the point. And I think in the end, it will not go well with the country, especially a time like this where we have – in my point of view as an immigrant – misinformation that creates suspicion and breaks down what makes us human. It erodes what makes us human. It has potential to break down the entire nation.”  Continue reading “UCN professor participating in online misinformation workshop in Victoria this summer”

Saskatchewan premier floats idea of oil pipeline to Churchill

On the same day that Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal overturned four challenges to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion launched in 2019 by B.C. First Nation, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe announced the establishment of the Pipeline Projects Assessment Committee (PPAC), “a cabinet committee focused on evaluating potential pipeline projects in Saskatchewan, and possible government involvement in investing, stimulating, or generally advancing these projects.”

“Our government recognizes the necessity of further developing pipeline infrastructure to help our energy products reach key global markets,” said Moe.

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NCN gas bar employee renowned for outstanding customer service

It only takes a small light to illuminate a dark room. If Northern Manitoba’s crime, addiction and poverty problems are the room, then NCN gas bar attendant Owen Spence is one of the lights.

The 25-year-old Thompson resident, who is on a journey of introspection and self-improvement, was recently a guest speaker during a YWCA Steps to Success customer service workshop. Spence regularly receives tips from customers at Nisichawyasihk Cree Nation (NCN)’s Cree Road gas station.

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The Financial Post: Persistent deficits and higher spending raising Canada’s economic ‘vulnerability’: Fitch

A raft of new spending items in the federal budget aims to stimulate an economy that’s lost momentum, with some analysts predicting a recession on the way. Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

The Liberal government’s preference for continued deficits and increasing program spending “could increase the vulnerability of public finances to a faster economic slowdown or sudden shock,” according to Fitch Ratings.

Canada has the second largest gross government debt of ‘AAA’ rated countries after the United States, which is ‘incompatible’ with its gold-plated rating, according to the ratings agency.

While the credit agency concedes that increased spending and projected deficits in Canada’s latest budget remain consistent with a falling federal debt burden, the forecast assumes the economy will avoid a recession.

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Fernie paragliders achieve winter soaring flights

There is a special kind of loneliness that only glider pilots seem to appreciate…climbing thousands of feet above the mountains in columns of rising air, suspended underneath engineered fabric, with only a small reserve parachute separating the pilot from injury or death if things go wrong. It’s a beautiful sport in spring, summer and fall for the small, but stalwart, group of Elk Valley paraglider pilots. And they are pilots. The current open distance world record cross-country flight in a paraglider is 588.27km, a tasked achieved in Brazil this October. Climbs over 10,000ft are common. But as winter arrives in the valley, hopes of soaring flights are usually abandoned in place of speed paragliding, a death defying fringe sport comprised of adrenalized aviators who barrel-roll through canyons of ice at 120km/hr. Continue reading “Fernie paragliders achieve winter soaring flights”

Steelmaking coal experts optimistic on price despite emerging green-tech

Steelmaking coal is experiencing a moderate recovery after prices dropped to US$130/t in July of 2019, sparking layoff news at Teck Resources, North America’s largest producer of steelmaking coal, which has six operating coal mines in Alberta and B.C. that produced 26.2 million tonnes of steelmaking coal in 2018.

According to Statistics Canada, steel production in the U.S., Canada, and China a key indicator for steelmaking coal markets has risen from approximately 160 million tonnes in 1990 to approximately 760 million tonnes in 2008. Since 2008, at the onset of the global economic downturn, annual steel production has averaged around 725 million tonnes. Continue reading “Steelmaking coal experts optimistic on price despite emerging green-tech”

Editorial: Suicide and Hillary Clinton’s private yogi

How I came to live with Hillary Clinton’s private yoga instructor, Nateshvar, started with a gunshot. My father. He walked into the bedroom that he shared with his two children and wife in East Vancouver, retrieved his prized hunting rifle from under the bed, and ended his decades long battle with mental illness.

I wasn’t surprised when I got the call from my stepmother. In a way, I felt relieved for the whole family, who’d been living under the dark cloud of my father’s paranoid schizophrenia since the late 70s. My brother Daniel and I repainted the bedroom and filled the bullet hole in the ceiling. Continue reading “Editorial: Suicide and Hillary Clinton’s private yogi”