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Liberals move to end Indian Act discrimination

first_imgSen. Lillian Eva Dyck says a government amendment will restore full legal status to First Nations women.The Canadian Press The federal government has decided to change course on its proposed legislation to end sex-based discrimination in the Indian Act.The government’s point man in the Senate, Sen. Peter Harder, told the upper chamber Tuesday that the government is offering to make a change that would restore full legal status to First Nations women and their descendants born prior to 1985 — a measure that moved Indigenous Sen. Lillian Dyck to tears.“Colleagues, if we pass today’s motion, something wonderful will happen,” Dyck told the chamber, her voice cracking. “Something that First Nations women have been waiting for for nearly 150 years.”The Indian Act, which dates back to 1876, remains the primary law defining the relationship between the federal government and First Nations across the country. Its original definitions focused primarily on men, denying women many of the same privileges and powers as their male counterparts when it came to their Indian status.Numerous amendments over the years have chipped away at those imbalances, but critics say the document as it currently stands continues to treat women unfairly, particularly when it comes to their Indian status and their ability to pass that status along to their descendants.Once passed, the government amendment would ensure Indigenous women finally get the same ability to transmit their registered Indian status to family members, Dyck said.“Your language, your culture, your connection to your family, your connection to your community.”Dyck recently joined forces with Sen. Sandra Lovelace-Nicholas and other advocates as part of an awareness campaign to urge the Liberal government to change the bill.Part of the outreach, supported by the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action, included the distribution of a letter last week to women’s organizations, academics and human rights groups to drum up support for the “full and final removal” of sex discrimination in the Indian Act.The government and officials have now found an acceptable solution to a standoff between the Senate and the House of Commons, said Dyck, who urged her fellow senators to pass Harder’s proposal by the end of the week.“Let’s move it and urge the members in the (House of Commons) to concur,” she said.First Nations women can breathe a sigh of relief, Dyck added. “I know I will.”In June, the Senate unanimously passed a change to the bill designed to ensure Indigenous women and their descendants enjoy the same Indian status under the law as their male counterparts.The House of Commons, however, did not originally accept the Senate’s proposal, with the government saying it needed more time to examine the potential impacts.The previous Senate amendment would have focused on issues beyond merely the sex-based inequities, creating ambiguities and potential legal problems, Harder said.The government’s original bill would only have addressed discrimination in Indian Act registration since 1951, when a more modern registry was created. The amendment would, among other things, also address inequities created between 1869 and 1951, said the office of Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett.The Liberal government’s bill was in response to a Quebec Superior Court decision that ruled certain sections of the Indian Act related to registration status violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.The case was brought by Stephane Descheneaux of the Abenaki community of Odanak, about 40 kilometres northwest of Drummondville, Que.Descheneaux was unable to pass on his Indian status to his three daughters because he got it through his Indigenous grandmother, who lost her status when she married a non-Indigenous man.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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PDM deputy leader says PNP has no respect for National Hero Memory

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 8, 2016 – The Minister of Finance called it an education to set the record straight Monday when he made a single early contribution on the Flag & Coat of Arms Bill 2016 during House of Assembly debate.It was under his administration that National Heroes Day was established, reminded Hon Washington Misick, and he was not going to be told he is not patriotic enough. “To have the gall to come in and say that we don’t respect his memory, or in somehow dishonoring the heritage and his contribution to make political mileage, I could not sit by and allow that to pass.  It was under my administration that the National Heroes ordinance was passed.”The heated explanation followed strong words from deputy leader of the PDM, Hon Sean Astwood who chided the government side for not showing up to the National Heroes Day Memorial Service, which he said was a public holiday.   Only Premier Rufus Ewing attended. “Some might get mad that I highlighted their absence, and that’s fine and good, but they would undoubtedly say that they have national pride,  but I can assure you, the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands and you yourself Mr. Speaker, did not see their pride displayed at that last National Heroes Day memorial ceremony.  Therefore Mr. Speaker let me put our country on notice, next year on National Heroes Day, under a PDM lead government, every minister, every member of Cabinet, every head of government departments, all school and uniformed officers will be mandated to turn out to official functions and parades.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday February 28 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, February 28, 2019:#1) The Sugar Talk At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding “The Sugar Talk” at 7pm. Are you curious about sugar and why you crave it? Join Holistic Health and Food Coach Julia Grimaldi to learn simple and effective ways to tame your sugar cravings. Coach Julia will discuss how sugar impacts our energy, mood, and health and will offer 7 simple solutions to help you control your sugar cravings without giving up the sweetness in your life! Register HERE.#2) WHS Girls Basketball Playoff GameThe Wilmington High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team travels to Pentucket High for a 7pm playoff game.#3) Wilmington Finance Committee MeetingThe Wilmington Finance Committee meets at 7pm in High School’s Large Instruction Room. The agenda will be posted HERE.#4) Wilmington Board of Assessors Meeting MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Assessors meet at 10am in Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Tour Of Wilmington Town MuseumThe Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, July 11, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Toll from Japan quake rises to 44

first_imgSelf defence forces search for missing people in the devastated city of Atsuma on 9 September, 2018 after a 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Photo: AFPThe death toll from a powerful earthquake that triggered massive landslides in northern Japan rose to 44 on Monday with tens of thousands of police and troops still on the ground to support survivors.Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said no one was left on a missing list, which suggested the figure could be the final death toll.Around 40,000 police, fire fighters, troops and maritime safety officials were providing assistance, with more than 2,700 people still forced to stay in shelters after the killer quake struck the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido last week.The majority of the dead are from the small rural town of Atsuma, where a cluster of dwellings were wrecked when a hillside collapsed from the force of the 6.6-magnitude quake, causing deep brown scars in the landscape.“The government will strive to get hold of what is needed on the ground and take every possible measure so that people can return to a normal, safe life as soon as possible,” Suga told a news conference.He also warned that islanders should remain on alert as rainfall was forecast in the region, which could trigger fresh landslides.The quake was the latest in a string of natural disasters to batter the island nation.Western parts of the country are still recovering from the most powerful typhoon to strike Japan in a quarter of a century, which claimed 11 lives and shut down the main regional airport.Launching a campaign for another term as head of his ruling party, prime minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his government will “do its best” to restore the disasters-hit regions.last_img read more

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Microsoft makes F 46 and F tools for Visual Studio 2019 generally

first_imgLast week, Microsoft announced the general availability of F# 4.6 and F# tools for Visual Studio 2019. This release comes with a new record type called Anonymous Records and also few updates in the F# Core library. F# 4.6 and F# tools for Visual Studio 2019 For the updates and development of new features in F# 4.6, the team followed an open RFC process. Writing named record types in F# was not really easy in previous versions and to address exactly that a new type is introduced called Anonymous Records. These F# record types do not have any explicit name and can be declared in an ad-hoc fashion. Updates in F# Core library In the F# Core library, updates are made to the ‘ValueOption’ type. With this release, a new attribute is added called DebuggerDisplay that helps in debugging. The IsNone, IsSome, None, Some, op_Implicit, and ToString members are added. In addition to these updates, there is now a ‘ValueOption’ module, which has the same functions the Option module has. F# tools for Visual Studio 2019 A lot of focus has been put on improving the performance of F# tools for Visual Studio, especially for larger solutions. Previously, F# compiler and tools struggled when used for larger solutions and caused a lot of memory and CPU usage. To address this problem the team has done few updates in the F# parser, reduced the cache sizes, significantly reduced the allocations when processing format strings, and more. This release also comes with a new feature that intelligently idents pasted code based on where your cursor is. You can use this feature by turning on Smart Indent via Tools > Options > Text Editor > F# > Tabs > Smart this will be on automatically. Read the entire list of updates in F# 4.6 and F# tools for Visual Studio 2019 on Microsoft’s blog. Read Next Microsoft releases TypeScript 3.4 with an update for faster subsequent builds, and more Microsoft, Adobe, and SAP share new details about the Open Data Initiative Microsoft introduces Pyright, a static type checker for the Python language written in TypeScriptlast_img read more

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Global passenger market has grown says IATA report but expect things to

first_img Friday, August 5, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO – It’s another year of solid H1 growth, says IATA’s Air Passenger Market Analysis for June, but upward momentum has slowed in light of extremist attacks and moderate economic growth.According to the report, industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) grew by 6.0% year-on-year in the first half of 2016, slightly up from the 5.9% increase in the same period in 2015. Annual growth in RPKs ticked up to 5.2% in June, from an upwardly-revised 4.8% in May.However, IATA notes that over the past few months, there are ongoing signs that passenger growth has shifted down a gear.The market has grown at an annualized rate of around 3.5% since the start of the year, the weakest showing since 2011.The slow-down can be attributed partly to the ongoing impacts of recent high-profile terrorist attacks, which have impacted international European traffic in particular.Typically, the impact of such events is transitory, but the repeated natured of recent events suggests that the effects may be longer-lasting this time.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”In addition, the increasingly uncertain global economic climate continues to affect passenger demand.As a result, the largest international carrier regions have lost momentum. The upward trend in Europe’s seasonally-adjusted traffic has paused in recent months, and traffic grew by just 2.1% year-on-year in June.Uncertainly following the Brexit vote in the UK is also expected to hit European airlines and markets the hardest in the coming months.Meanwhile, international traffic flown by Asia Pacific airlines grew by 8.2% year-on-year in June. However, most of this growth relates to the strong upward trend in seasonally-adjusted traffic seen in the final months of 2015 and into 2016.The trend has flattened since, with June passenger volumes barely higher than in February.This could be a sign of Asian passengers being putt off by terrorism in Europe; passenger traffic on the Europe-Asia route fell by 2.6% year-on-year in May.The good news is, the trend in other regions is picking up. All segment-based passenger routes to and from the Middle East saw solid gains during the first five months of 2016.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTAnd having trended down since July 2015, North American carriers’ international traffic has also picked up in recent months; seasonally-adjusted volumes have risen by 2.1% since March, an annualized rate of over 8%. Travelweek Group Global passenger market has grown, says IATA report, but expect things to slow down Posted by Sharelast_img read more

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Air Canada and Air China expand codeshare services lounge agreement

first_imgAir Canada and Air China expand codeshare services & lounge agreement << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, December 13, 2017 MONTREAL — To coincide with the 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism, Air Canada and Air China Limited are expanding their mutual codeshare services and lounge agreement, strengthening tourism and trade ties between the two countries.Moreover, the two airlines have launched their first joint frequent flyer promotion to offer their respective Aeroplan and PhoenixMiles members up to 30% bonus miles, effective Dec. 15, 2017, for eligible travel between April 1, 2018 and June 15, 2018 on all flights between Canada and China operated by Air China and Air Canada.As a result of the codeshare expansion, Air China will place its code on Air Canada’s new daily Montreal-Shanghai flight, as well as Air Canada’s flights from Vancouver to Victoria, Kelowna, Saskatoon and Regina.In addition, Air Canada will place its code on Air China’s flights between Beijing and Zhengzhou, Xiamen, Shenzhen and Nanjing, as well as Air China’s flight between Montreal and Havana, Cuba.The expanded codeshare cooperation is scheduled to come into effect in April 2018, subject to regulatory and government approvals.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionTo enhance passengers’ travel experience, both carriers have also implemented an expanded lounge agreement. In addition to Star Gold customers, all Air China First and Business class customers will now have access to Air Canada’s recently upgraded International Maple Leaf Lounges featuring enhanced food and beverage offerings at Montreal and Vancouver airports. Air Canada’s eligible customers will continue to enjoy access to Air China’s lounges in Beijing, Shanghai and other airports throughout China.“Air Canada and Air China have worked hard over the past several years implementing new routes between Canada and China. In fact, the Canada-China air travel market has grown on average by almost 14 per cent annually over the past six years and this trend is expected to remain strong according to airline industry trade group IATA,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada, in Beijing. “As members of Star Alliance, we are pleased to promote our growing cooperation with the first-ever joint frequent flyer promotion with Air China for our customers. Now, we are focused on finalizing a definitive joint venture agreement that will deepen our cooperation in scheduling and sales to offer customers of both airlines additional travel options throughout our respective networks.”More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemCurrently, Air Canada offers its customers codeshare flights operated by Air China between Beijing and Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, Xi’an and Shenyang, and between Montreal and Beijing, and between Vancouver and Beijing. Similarly, Air China offers its customers codeshare flights operated by Air Canada between Vancouver and Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Winnipeg, and between Montreal and Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg, as well as Vancouver and Toronto to and from Beijing and Shanghai.Air Canada operates up to a total of 35 flights per week between Canada and China, from Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal serving Beijing and Shanghai. Air China operates up to 11 flights per week between China and Canada, from Beijing serving Vancouver and Montreal. Sharecenter_img Posted by Tags: Air Canada, Air China Travelweek Group last_img read more

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First guests check into Hotel X Toronto

first_imgFirst guests check into Hotel X Toronto Travelweek Group Thursday, March 22, 2018 Posted by Sharecenter_img Tags: Toronto TORONTO — Hotel X Toronto by Library Hotel Collection has welcomed its first guests as the first step in its soft opening phase.The luxury hotel just inside the Princes’ Gates in Toronto’s lakefront Exhibition Place location, has 404 lakefront rooms and suites now open, with a plan to have amenities and public areas open in phases in the upcoming months.When all is said and done the development aims to be Toronto’s first lakefront urban oasis, with four indoor tennis courts, two outdoor pools, two cinemas, four food and beverage outlets, and TEN X TORONTO, the largest hotel athletic and wellness facility in Canada.Library Hotel Collection President Henry Kallan says Hotel X Toronto is the result of years of hard work, vision and the goal of creating something totally unique. “We were inspired by this site and the vibrant city of Toronto to think beyond anything that exists in hospitality today. Hotel X Toronto sits on nine-acres of waterfront land and yet it is just minutes from the downtown core. The idea of an urban oasis with all the amenities of a luxury resort grew from there.”More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksKallan says the hotel will offer current guests a number of courtesies until the hotel is fully operational, including free continental breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese served in the Library Club Lounge.The food and beverage outlets are not yet open however the hotel is offering complimentary transportation to numerous local restaurants. Guests also have access to Starbucks, open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.All current guests also get complimentary valet parking until self-parking is available.Food and beverage outlets in the hotel will begin to open in late March and meeting spaces will be open for bookings as of early April. TEN X TORONTO will be available to hotel guests in mid-April and open for private membership in the beginning of May. The spa is slated to open in fall 2018, while the TEN X TORONTO rooftop pool prepares to open in summer 2019. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Way to go Lynn Canadian chefs airport restaurant wins top honours

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Who says you can’t enjoy fine dining at an airport? Certainly not Food Network Canada celebrity chef Lynn Crawford, whose restaurant at Toronto Pearson International Airport just won ‘Airport Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year’.The Hearth by Lynn Crawford, brought by HMSHost, won top spot on The Moodie Davitt Report’s prestigious 2018 Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Awards, which recognize and reward best practices in airport food & beverage around the world. Monday, June 25, 2018 Posted by “At HMSHost, we’re revolutionizing the way travellers think about their airport dining experience to immerse them in the local food culture,” said HMSHost President & CEO Steve Johnson. “These esteemed FAB honours are not possible without the invaluable partnerships we have with our brand and airport partners, along with the dedication of HMSHost’s exceptional team of associates across North America who continue to drive the travel dining industry forward.” Way to go, Lynn! Canadian chef’s airport restaurant wins top honours This is not Chef Crawford’s only venture in the travel industry. Her award-winning culinary skills can also be sampled in-flight onboard Sunwing Airlines, which offers chef-inspired, buy-onboard light meals and snacks, including kids’ choices.center_img Tags: HMSHost, Lynn Crawford, Toronto Travelweek Group So depending on where you’re flying to and who you’re flying with, you can potentially dine on Chef Crawford’s delicious cuisine every step of the way on your travels, to which we say bon appétit! Located in Terminal 1, The Hearth by Lynn Crawford features a market-inspired and chef-driven menu that includes small plates and appetizers, hearth-fired flatbreads, elegant mains and side and decadent desserts. The food is matched with craft ales, classic cocktails and first-rate wines. Sharelast_img read more

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Tom Cosgrove The Hub will be rebranded as Discover

first_imgTom CosgroveThe Hub will be rebranded as Discovery Family Channel, with Tom Cosgrove taking over as his 3net channel is wound down as a linear network.Changes at US cable channel The Hub will see Discovery paying US$64.4 million to increase its shareholding from 50% to 60%, and the network changing its name to Discovery Family Channel, a filing confirmed yesterday.Discovery will also provide three executives to the network’s board, while Hasbro will have two.The network will still run Hasbro Studios kids shows during the daytime, with programming from Discovery’s portfolio of channels delivering primetime content.The changes take place on October 14. Discovery and toyco Hasbro began the JV in 2010 in 50 million homes, but has increased reach to 70 million since then.News of the upcoming changes first leaked earlier this week.“Hasbro is a world-class company with franchises and characters that appeal to kids and families around the world,” said Discovery president and CEO, David Zaslav. “They have been terrific partners over the past several years as we developed our kids television audience in the US, and we look forward to a continued strong collaboration as we evolve to the Discovery Family Channel together.”Channel boss Cosgrove will report to Discovery Group president Henry Schleiff. Cosgrove’s previous role at 3net, the Discovery, Sony and Imax joint venture 3D channel, had become redundant after the network was wound down. It ceased broadcasting in August after DirecTV dropped it.A Discovery rep confirmed 3net’s closure as a channel today, noting it has “evolved from a linear channel into 3net Studios, which produces and supplies high quality 3D content for our distribution partners around the world”. This means staff will be retained at 3net Studios.However, the news will come as another hit to the future of 3D television, which has largely failed to take off around the world.ESPN, Canal+, the BBC and BSkyB have all dropped 3D services following weak consumer reaction to the medium.last_img read more

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Chernobyl UK broadcaster Sky has announced the ope

first_imgChernobylUK broadcaster Sky has announced the opening of Sky Studios, its Europe-wide development and production hub. The company also announced an injection of investment in its original programming, promising that spend will ‘more than double’ over the next five years.The announcement is a mark of confidence from new parent company Comcast, following the broadcast of Chernobyl – a co-production between Sky and HBO. The broadcaster claims that the period drama is the “most successful Sky original production ever”.Sky Studios will create new productions for Sky channels, NBC Broadcast and cable, and Universal Pictures as well as for other distribution outlets.Jeremy Darroch, group chief executive at Sky, said: “This is a transformational development for us. Sky Studios will drive our vision to be the leading force in European content development and production. Our ambition is to make Sky Studios famous for quality content and a place where Europe’s top creatives will want to do their best work.“Being part of Comcast enables us to increase our investment and to maximise the advantage and leverage of the Sky Group and our partners, NBCUniversal. This is a clear signal of Comcast’s belief in our commitment to producing the best original content in Europe.”The aim of the investment is to double the amount of originals produced by Sky. One such series is the just-announced The Third Day, a 6-part drama co-production with HBO and starring Jude Law.Sky Studios will be led by Gary Davey, CEO, who is currently Sky UK’s managing director of Content. Davey commented: “This exciting new venture is perfectly timed to meet the growing content demands of our customers. We look forward to working with the whole creative community, from individual creators to the big independent producers to produce more of the original content our customers love.”Speaking at the Variety TV Summit in London today, Davey said that 18 of Sky’s top 20 shows last year were own-produced. He said that he had been surprised by the ratings achieved by Chernobyl.last_img read more

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