MFNERC’s Early Learning Facilitators will host our annual First Nations Early Learning Conference March 4&5, 2019.
Call for workshops, deadline January 21, 2019
Dec. 21, 2018
VICTORIA – A new report captures the voices of local communities in the B.C. Columbia River Basin and summarizes what residents think should be addressed in a modernized Columbia River Treaty.
In spring 2018, negotiators representing the governments of Canada (including British Columbia) and the United States began holding meetings to discuss the future of the treaty. In order to keep local residents up to date on negotiations, the B.C. government hosted a series of 10 community meetings in the B.C. Columbia River Basin. These meetings, held in June and December 2018, also sought residents’ input on key issues they felt should be considered in the negotiations.
“When the Columbia River Treaty was created more than half a century ago, governments didn’t consult the people in the Columbia Basin,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister Responsible for the Columbia River Treaty. “Our government today wants to hear how local residents think the treaty could be improved. We’re committed to engaging with the people most affected by the treaty?and to taking their views to the negotiating table. B.C. is also committed to continuing our sustained engagement with Indigenous Nations, and we are working closely with Canada and Indigenous Nations to ensure that our common interests are addressed in a modernized treaty.”
The report provides details on the discussions at each community meeting. Among the topics raised were treaty impacts to Columbia Basin ecosystems, agriculture and tourism, increased support for the most affected communities, Indigenous Nations’ involvement in the treaty negotiation process, the need for greater youth engagement on the treaty, re-introduction of salmon to the Canadian portion of the Columbia River, and equitable sharing of benefits between Canada and the U.S.
The Province will return to Columbia Basin communities in 2019 to provide further updates on negotiations and seek input on new developments.
The next round of Columbia River Treaty negotiation meetings will take place Feb. 27 and 28, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
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Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
December 21, 2018
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s plan for the recovery and protection of boreal caribou critical habitat in Labrador is recognized in the “Progress Report on Steps Taken to Protect Critical Habitat for the Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), Boreal Population, in Canada” released by Environment and Climate Change Canada today.
Previous federal reports on Canada’s woodland caribou boreal populations have focused on habitat protection and range planning; unlike almost all other jurisdictions in Canada, caribou habitat in Labrador – including that of the migratory George River herd in northern Labrador and boreal herds of southern Labrador – is effectively pristine. The decline and continued low abundance of these herds has been driven by a combination of natural population cycles and unsustainable harvesting, rather than lack of critical habitat.
Today’s release of the federal report on boreal caribou supports this important distinction, noting the relative intactness of the three local ranges in Labrador, as well as the processes the province has already established to manage land use and critical habitat in accordance with the federal recovery strategy.
In response to the Provincial Government’s call for its federal counterparts to acknowledge threats to caribou beyond habitat loss, and to provide substantial financial resources to address relevant regional threats, the Provincial and Federal Governments are now collaborating on a draft conservation agreement under Section 11 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) for boreal caribou. This agreement provides a framework focusing on research, monitoring, and Indigenous involvement in caribou management, and outlines a regionally sensitive approach that considers threats beyond habitat. The Conservation Agreement is expected to be finalized soon. For more information on Newfoundland and Labrador’s status in the federal report, please see the attached backgrounder.
“I am pleased that the Federal Government has now acknowledged the unique challenges and threats facing Labrador’s caribou herds, which, in our case, result from natural cycles and unsustainable harvesting, not habitat loss as experienced in other parts of Canada. Our collaboration with the Government of Canada to develop a bi-lateral conservation agreement that includes much-needed financial resources is an important step towards boreal caribou recovery. This agreement is an opportunity for success – it serves as a blueprint for continued collaboration to extend similar support for migratory George River Caribou Herd recovery efforts that will help ensure conservation of all of our vital and iconic Labrador caribou herds.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources
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Fisheries and Land Resources
According to the December 21 “Progress Report on Steps Taken to Protect Critical Habitat for the Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), Boreal Population, in Canada” the Federal Government recognizes the relative intactness of the three local ranges in Labrador and the processes the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador already has in place to manage land use and critical habitat to ensure it is effectively managed consistent with the federal recovery strategy.
Building on these processes, Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador have been negotiating a draft conservation agreement in principle under Section 11 of SARA for boreal caribou, and are committed to concluding it in the near future. This draft agreement intends to codify concrete measures of relevance to the protection and recovery of the species and its critical habitat, and will provide a framework for achieving the critical habitat outcomes, among other caribou recovery outcomes sought by the Provincial Government.
Areas highlighted in the federal report:
Newfoundland and Labrador continues to monitor and manage caribou habitat on the landscape through various legislated processes that manage land use activities. Notably, proposed land-use activities may be approved or rejected by the provincial Department of Fisheries and Land Resources, based on the potential to impact caribou or their habitat, which help to ensure the protection of caribou core areas, and to provide mitigations that will limit disturbance within the range.
The Provincial Government continues to undertake recovery and management planning activities, which will feature and support future land use planning, and habitat protection through forest management processes, such as coordinated forestry planning with the Innu Nation within the Red Wine Mountain range which prohibits commercial forestry activities within the reserve, with only small-scale domestic harvest permitted. This reserve is in place for the 2018 to 2022 forestry planning cycle. Additionally, the province continues to limit forest harvesting during the sensitive calving period.
Montréal, December 21, 2018 — Considering the nature of information brought to its attention, the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse has launched an investigation on its own initiative concerning youth protection services provided to Inuit youth housed by the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’?le-de-Montréal.
The Commission received information regarding notably the use of Inuktitut. It has been reported that youth living in shelters were not allowed to communicate in their own language and some youth would have suffered reprisals for speaking in Inuktitut. In addition, following their transfer from Nunavik to the Montréal area, no social worker was assigned to the youth upon arrival, on the pretext that they are still under the responsibility of the Nunavik DYP. The Nunavik DYP would not ensure social monitoring and its responsibilities assigned under the Youth Protection Act.
Since the Commission has reason to believe that the rights of these youth may have been violated under the Youth Protection Act, it is carrying out an investigation. The purpose of this investigation is to verify whether the rights of these young people have been respected and, if so, to have the situation corrected.
It should be noted that the Commission will not make any comments during the investigation.
The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (Human Rights and Youth Commission) ensures the promotion and respect of the principles set out in the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. It also ensures that the interests of children are protected and that their rights recognized in the Youth Protection Act are respected and promoted. In addition, the Commission oversees compliance with the Act respecting Equal Access to Employment in Public Bodies.
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December 20, 2018 – Ottawa
Climate change is real. People are living the costs of climate change first hand, from wildfires in the west to floods in the east, smoke that makes the air unsafe to breathe and heatwaves that endanger the young and the elderly. Last week, the world came together at COP24 to tackle this global problem and ensure people have a better, stronger and healthier future.
Canada’s climate plan is working for our planet, and it’s working for Canadians. Governments in Canada are putting in place measures to cut pollution causing climate change, while creating good jobs and growing the economy. In the past year, we have continued our work with provinces, territories, Indigenous Peoples, cities, businesses, schools, hospitals and Canadians across the country and, together, we have accomplished a lot.
Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, provided a year-end update on this progress made across Canada, available in the Clean Canada report.
The federal government is working with provinces, territories, Indigenous Peoples, cities and towns, along with businesses across Canada to fight climate change and set us on the path to a better future for our kids and grandkids. This collective effort shows that people across the country are coming together, rolling up their sleeves and finding new ways to improve our health, our environment and our economy.
We want Canada to lead in the clean economy of the future. That’s why we are ensuring it will no longer be free to pollute anywhere in Canada and taking steps to:
These measures are cutting carbon pollution, while helping people save money through energy efficient projects, greater access to clean technologies and the Climate Action Incentive, which families will receive starting in 2019 in jurisdictions that have the federal price on pollution.
Clean Canada comes on the heels of the international climate meetings in Poland, which resulted in almost 200 countries, including Canada, reinforcing their commitment to work together to reduce carbon pollution, report in a transparent way and to tap in to the $26?trillion global opportunity of clean growth.
The government also announced this year’s edition of Canada’s transparent annual emissions reporting, and an update on measures taken by federal, provincial and territorial governments under Canada’s climate plan. To move forward on ensuring it is no longer free to pollute in Canada for heavy emitters, and to ensure cleaner fuels in our cars, boats and planes, the federal government announced proposed regulations for the Output-Based Pricing System and a regulatory framework under the Clean Fuel Standard.
Canada’s climate plan is working. We are on pace to achieve the biggest reduction of carbon pollution in Canada’s history, at the same time as we are creating jobs, protecting our health and building a better future for our kids and grandkids.
“Since day one, we have been working with provinces, territories, Indigenous peoples, cities, businesses and Canadians across the country to protect the environment and grow the economy. We are working every day to deliver a climate action plan that is protecting more of our nature, driving down emissions, investing in clean technology and creating good jobs. We know we need to do more to keep moving forward—finding better and cleaner ways of doing things—so that we can ensure a sustainable future and a strong economy for our kids.”
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Acting Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Environment and Climate Change Canada
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TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2018 – The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) today announced a time extension to its decision regarding the Leave to Construct for the new Lake Superior Link/East-West Tie transmission line, to allow for an additional review process. Influenced by Hydro One’s submission to include a “not-to-exceed” price in its proposal, the OEB has asked both proponents to respond with a not-to-exceed price by January 31, 2019 as the final step before issuing a decision and order.
“Hydro One continues to advocate for customers and is proud to have introduced a lower bid in this competitive process including a not-to-exceed price,” said Greg Kiraly, Chief Operating Officer, Hydro One. “The future of economic development is bright for northern Ontario and we are committed to delivering this project along with the Northwest Transmission Line to ensure that electricity is available to support a thriving northern Ontario economy.”
The order from the OEB also granted Hydro One leave to upgrade Wawa, Marathon and Lakehead transmission stations subject to granting the leave to construct for the transmission line.
In addition to creating local jobs, this project provides for substantial economic participation in the form of Indigenous employment and contracting. Hydro One is committed to maximizing these opportunities for Indigenous communities and businesses. Hydro One also looks forward to working with Indigenous partners on a joint ownership model for the ongoing economic benefit of communities once the line is in-service.
Background on the Lake Superior Link Project
The Lake Superior Link is a new 400 km transmission line between the company’s Lakehead Transformer Station in the Municipality of Shuniah east of Thunder Bay and its Wawa Transformer Station near Wawa. Hydro One’s initial proposal delivers benefits to Ontario’s electricity customers with project cost savings in excess of $100 million and approximately $3 million in annual operating and maintenance cost savings when compared to the competing application. Hydro One has also established a guaranteed not-to-exceed price, adding further cost protection to customers. As the owner and operator of the current East-West Tie line, Hydro One is uniquely positioned to provide an innovative solution leveraging its existing infrastructure. Overall, the Lake Superior Link project is 50 km shorter and will require 50 per cent less corridor area making it a more environmentally-friendly option.
Hydro One continues work to obtain the necessary Environmental Assessment approvals and permits, with a proposed construction start date in the fall of 2019, and will work to advance its participation benefits agreements with Indigenous communities. Hydro One has selected SNC-Lavalin as its construction partner in this project as they have a proud history of successfully delivering large transmission projects, and working collaboratively with Indigenous communities across Canada and in Ontario.
For more information about the project, visit https://www.hydroone.com/about/corporate-information/major-projects/lake-superior-link.
About Hydro One Inc.:
Hydro One Inc. is a fully owned subsidiary of Hydro One Limited, Ontario’s largest electricity transmission and distribution provider with more than 1.3 million valued customers, $25 billion in assets and 2017 annual revenues of nearly $6 billion. Our team of over 7,400 skilled and dedicated regular and non-regular employees proudly and safely serves suburban, rural and remote communities across Ontario through our 30,000 circuit km of high-voltage transmission and 123,000 circuit km of primary distribution networks. We are one of only six utility companies in Canada to achieve the Sustainable Electricity Company designation from the Canadian Electricity Association. We also provide advanced broadband telecommunications services on a wholesale basis utilizing our extensive fibre-optic network. Hydro One Limited’s common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: H).
For further information: For more information, contact Hydro One Media Relations 24 hours a day at 1-877-506-7584 (toll-free in Ontario only) or 416-345-6868. Our website is www.HydroOne.com. Follow us on facebook.com/HydroOneOfficial, twitter.com/HydroOne and instagram.com/HydroOneOfficial.
Duncan, British Columbia — Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, met with Cowichan Tribes, the largest Indigenous group in British Columbia, to discuss restoration efforts in the Cowichan River. These efforts have resulted in an increase of Chinook salmon for the river in recent years.
Through the Coastal Restoration Fund, as part of the $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan, Cowichan Tribes received more than $2.6 million over five years to complete multiple restoration projects in the Cowichan and Koksilah Rivers and restore the connection between their estuaries to improve habitats for Chinook salmon.
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and the Canadian Coast Guard
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
December 20, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario
Canadians are full of good ideas—entrepreneurs and engineers across the country are brimming with ingenuity, ready to find solutions to our pressing challenges and bring them to market. Climate change is our biggest challenge and one of our biggest economic opportunities, which is why the Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that will drive down emissions and drive job creation.
Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, launched the $50 million Partnerships stream of the Low Carbon Economy Challenge. The Partnerships stream will focus on projects that will generate clean growth and reduce emissions for Indigenous communities and organizations, small and medium-sized businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and small municipalities. Applicants to the Partnerships stream will have until March 8, 2019, to apply, and information can be found on the Low Carbon Economy Challenge.
Canadians are feeling the effects of climate change in more frequent extreme weather—forest fires, floods and deadly heatwaves that are having real human and economic impacts on people across the country. As we look forward to 2019 and further, it’s important to invest in projects that will help Canada reduce emissions and take action on climate change.
The Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Fund is an important part of Canada’s climate plan. The Fund helps put the climate plan into action by leveraging investments in projects that will reduce carbon pollution, generate clean growth, save Canadians money on their energy bills and help create the jobs of the future.
“Canadians from across the country, from all sectors and from all backgrounds, are coming up with innovative methods to increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions, saving people money and creating good jobs along the way. By investing in these projects, from coast to coast to coast, the Government of Canada is making sure we are positioned to succeed in the $26 trillion global market for clean solutions and create good middle class jobs today and for the future. We’re making sure to build a healthy and strong Canada now and for our kids and our grandkids.”
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
The Challenge provides over $500 million in funding to support projects that will leverage ingenuity across the country to reduce emissions and generate clean growth.
The Challenge is being delivered through two streams:
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Vancouver, BC – Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. (SBB-T) (“Sabina” or the “Company”) announced today the closing of the previously announced bought deal financing (the “Offering”). The Offering was comprised of 18,340,000 common shares of the Company (the “Common Shares”) at $1.20 per share as well as an over-allotment for 2,751,000 Common Shares at $1.20 per share (representing 15% of the Common Shares offered pursuant to the Offering) which was exercised in full by the underwriters for total gross proceeds of $25,309,200.
In addition, pursuant to a participation rights notice delivered to Zhaojin International Mining Co., Ltd. (“Zhaojin”), Zhaojin has elected to exercise its participation right in relation to the Offering to purchase, by way of private placement, 2,317,443 Common Shares of the Company at C$1.20 per share for total gross proceeds of $2,780,932, to close prior to December 31, 2018.
The purpose and timing of this Offering is to enable Sabina to make financial commitments in 2019 to support activities over the coming months that will maintain the Project’s first gold production schedule.
The net proceeds of the Offering will be used to continue to de-risk the Back River Project by completing the following activities:
These activities further advance the Company’s strategy of balanced approach to advancing Back River in a challenging capital markets environment. These activities are designed to provide greater certainty on CAPEX components going forward as well as to de-risk critical logistical elements of the project. These initiatives create value and improve the Project readiness for when the time is right to make a production decision.
“We are pleased with the progress we have made in 2018,” said Bruce McLeod, President & CEO “This year we have obtained all critical environmental and regulatory authorizations, our land tenure agreement and Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement with the Kitikmeot Inuit Association, constructed a port facility, made our first sea lift deliveries and made a significant new exploration discovery at Goose with Nuvuyak,
In addition, independent third-party review of the Project has been completed and we have been presented with favourable terms on a debt package for the Project that does not require streaming or royalties. But, we do not believe the time is right for making a production decision or for raising the full amount of equity that would be needed to construct the mine. By completing this financing now, we can execute our planned activities for 2019 and maintain our production schedule for the interim while significantly de-risking the Project over the coming months. Our approach continues to focus on activities that add value to the Project and to be disciplined and opportunistic in financing a production decision. We are also very pleased that both our strategic shareholders, Dundee Precious Metals and Zhaojin exercised their participation rights in connection with this financing and are encouraged by their support of the Company’s strategy.”
The Company is currently in the process of finalizing its budget for 2019, including the Project advancement activities described above and will announce the budget once finalized early in the new year. The Company is also finalizing its exploration plans for 2019 which will include expansion drilling at Nuvuyak and other targets. The Company expects to end the year with approximately $50 million in cash and short-term investments including the net proceeds of this financing.
The bought deal Offering was led by BMO Capital Markets and RBC Capital Markets. The Underwriters received a cash commission of the gross proceeds from this Offering.
Sabina Gold & Silver Corp
Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. is an emerging precious metals company with district scale, advanced, high grade gold assets in one of the world’s newest, politically stable mining jurisdictions: Nunavut, Canada.
Sabina released a Feasibility Study on its 100% owned Back River Gold Project which presents a project that has been designed on a fit-for purpose basis, with the potential to produce ~200,000 ounces a year for ~11 years with a rapid payback of 2.9 years (see “Technical Report for the Initial Project Feasibility Study on the Back River Gold Property, Nunavut, Canada” dated October 28, 2015).
The Project received its final Project Certificate on December 19, 2017 and its Type A Water License on November 14, 2018 and is now in receipt of all major authorizations for construction and operations.
In addition to Back River, Sabina also owns a significant silver royalty on Glencore’s Hackett River Project. The silver royalty on Hackett River’s silver production is comprised of 22.5% of the first 190 million ounces produced and 12.5% of all silver produced thereafter.
For further information please contact:
Nicole Hoeller, Vice-President, Communications: 1 888 648-4218
TORONTO, ONTARIO, December 21, 2018, Romios Gold Resources Inc. (“Romios” or the “Company”) (TSX.V-RG) (OTC-PK: RMIOF) (Frankfurt: D4R) is pleased to announce that it has closed the first tranche of a non-brokered flow-through share private placement (the “Offering”) with the sale of 8,307,692 flow-through shares (the “FT Shares”) at a price of $0.065 per FT Share for aggregate proceeds of $539,999.98.
Proceeds from the Offering are expected to be used for exploration of the Company’s properties in British Columbia and Ontario.
The Company paid eligible finders cash compensation of $43,200 and issued 664,615 Compensation Options. Each Compensation Option entitles the holder to acquire one (1) common share of the Company at $0.065 for a period of one (1) year from the closing of the Offering.
The securities issued are subject to a statutory hold period expiring on April 21, 2019.
The Offering will remain open until the earlier of the sale of the remaining 3,692,308 FT Shares and December 31, 2018.
About Romios Gold Resources Inc.
Romios Gold Resources Inc., a progressive Canadian mineral exploration company established in 1995, is engaged in precious and base metal exploration primarily focused on gold, silver and copper on its properties in the Golden Triangle area, northwestern British Columbia. In addition to the properties in the Golden Triangle area, Romios holds a 100% interest in the Lundmark-Akow Lake property in Ontario, the LaCorne Property in Quebec and the Scossa Property in Nevada. It also holds a 2% Net Smelter Return Royalty on the Hislop property in Ontario.
For further information, please contact:
Tom Drivas, President and Director, (tel) 416-221-4124, (fax) 416-218-9772 or (email) email@example.com.
Frank van de Water, Chief Financial Officer and Director, (tel) 416-221-4124 or (email) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vancouver, B.C. – Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TECK.A and TECK.B, NYSE: TECK) (“Teck”) announced today that it has acquired 12,500,000 common shares of Sun Metals Corp. (TSX.V: SUNM) (“Sun Metals”), at a cost of $0.28 per common share for an aggregate purchase price of $3,500,000. The shares were acquired privately on December 20, 2018 pursuant to a donation arrangement (the “Acquisition”).
As a result of the Acquisition, Teck holds 12,500,000 common shares of Sun Metals, or approximately 13.8% of Sun Metals’ outstanding common shares. Sun Metals is a mineral exploration company focused on advancing its flagship Stardust project located in northcentral British Columbia, Canada.
Prior to the completion of the Acquisition, Teck did not hold any shares of Sun Metals. The Acquisition was made for investment purposes. Teck may determine to increase or decrease its investment in Sun Metals depending on market conditions and any other relevant factors. This release is required to be issued under the early warning requirements of applicable securities laws. A copy of the early warning report may be obtained from the contacts listed below.
Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TECK.A and TECK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TECK. Learn more about Teck at www.teck.com or follow @TeckResources.
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Star Diamond Corporation (TSX:DIAM) (“the Corporation”) is pleased to announce the successful closing of a $1.25 million private placement of 4,808,153 Flow-Through Common Shares at a price of $0.26 per Flow-Through Common Share (the “Offering”).
The proceeds from the sale of the Flow-Through Common Shares will be used by the Corporation to incur Canadian exploration expenses (“Qualifying Expenditures”) prior to December 31, 2019. The Corporation will renounce the Qualifying Expenditures to subscribers of Flow-Through Common Shares for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.
The Corporation paid certain finders (each a “Finder”) cash fees equal to 5% of the gross proceeds raised by such Finder pursuant to the Offering, and issued such Finder warrants equal to 5% of the number of Flow-Through Common Shares attributable to such Finder pursuant to the Offering (the “Finder’s Warrants”). The Corporation issued 240,408 in Finder’s Warrants in relation to the Placement, exercisable at any time up to twelve months following the closing of the Offering at $0.28 per share. All securities issued pursuant to the Offering are subject to a four month hold period in accordance with applicable securities laws and exchange regulations. The Offering is subject to TSX acceptance of requisite regulatory filings.
Star Diamond Corporation is a Canadian based corporation engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral properties. Shares of the Corporation trade on the TSX Exchange under the trading symbol “DIAM”.
For further information: email@example.com or (306) 664-2202 www.stardiamondcorp.com
TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2018? – Rubicon Minerals Corporation (TSX: RMX | OTCQX: RBYCF) (“Rubicon” or the “Company”) announces that CPPIB Credit Investments Inc. (“CPPIB Credit”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board,?has agreed to transfer its C$12.0 million existing secured loan facility with Rubicon (“Loan Facility”) to Sprott Private Resource Lending (Collector), L.P. (“Sprott”). In addition, Sprott has amended the Loan Facility to adjust the minimum cash requirement from C$5.0 million to C$1.0 million, improving the Company’s financial flexibility.? In exchange for the amendment to the minimum cash requirement, the Company has issued 800,000 warrants which expire on December 31, 2020 and have an exercise price of C$1.35/share.
The Loan Facility will continue to reflect:
Comments from Leadership at Rubicon and Sprott:
Rubicon President and Chief Executive Officer George Ogilvie, P.Eng., commented, “We welcome Sprott as a new partner who could assist us in advancing the Phoenix Gold Project towards potential commercial production, assuming positive project economics. Sprott has extensive technical and financial expertise and has been involved in many transactions in the mining sector. We believe our new partnership with Sprott provides additional validation and credibility to the Phoenix Gold Project and the Company as a whole. We look forward to working with Sprott and building upon our business relationship.”
Du?an Petkovi?, Principal of Sprott commented, “As one of the largest investors dedicated to the natural resource sector, Sprott is excited to partner with Rubicon on the development of the Phoenix Gold Project. Our partnership with the Rubicon team is consistent with our strategy of providing innovative and flexible capital to maximize the value of exceptional projects.”
About Rubicon Minerals Corporation
Rubicon Minerals Corporation?is an advanced gold exploration company that owns the?Phoenix Gold Project, located in the prolific Red Lake gold district in northwestern Ontario, Canada. Additionally, Rubicon controls over 285 square kilometres of prime exploration ground in Red Lake and more than 900 square kilometres of mineral property interests in the emerging Long Canyon gold district that straddles the Nevada-Utah border in the United States. Rubicon’s shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (RMX) and the OTCQX markets (RBYCF). For more information, please visit our website at www.rubiconminerals.com.
RUBICON MINERALS CORPORATION
George Ogilvie, P.Eng.
President, CEO, and Director
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 20, 2018 — NOVAGOLD RESOURCES INC. (NYSE American, TSX: NG) is pleased to report that it received the 2018 Platinum Award for Corporate Excellence for designing the Donlin Gold project, located in southwestern Alaska. The award, given by the American Exploration and Mining Association (AEMA), is in recognition of NOVAGOLD’s strong culture of safety, environmental stewardship and community engagement.
“NOVAGOLD is honored to receive this important award,” said Ron Rimelman, NOVAGOLD’s Vice President of Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability. “We would like to thank our partners, Barrick Gold, and two Alaska Native Corporations, Calista Corporation (“Calista”) and The Kuskokwim Corporation (TKC), as well as the Donlin Gold LLC team in Alaska for their extraordinary work and commitment to the project.”
“Receipt of the first ever Record of Decision that was delivered jointly by two federal agencies, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the “Corps”) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), marked a major milestone in advancing Donlin Gold, one of the largest and highest-grade known open-pit gold deposits in the world,” added Mr. Rimelman.
NOVAGOLD would like to thank AEMA for this special recognition. Our success would not have been possible without the tremendous support and commitment from the community of the Yukon-Kuskokwim region, Calista and TKC, the Donlin Gold team, our partner Barrick, and the dedicated professionals from the Corps and BLM.
NOVAGOLD is a well-financed precious metals company focused on the development of its 50%-owned Donlin Gold project in Alaska, one of the safest mining jurisdictions in the world. With approximately 39 million ounces of gold in the measured and indicated resource categories, inclusive of proven and probable reserves (541 million tonnes at an average grade of approximately 2.2 grams per tonne in the measured and indicated resource categories on a 100% basis),1 Donlin Gold is regarded to be one of the largest, highest-grade, and most prospective known open pit gold deposits in the world. According to the Second Updated Feasibility Study (as defined below), once in production, Donlin Gold is expected to produce an average of more than one million ounces per year over a 27-year mine life on a 100% basis. The Donlin Gold project has substantial exploration potential beyond the designed footprint which currently covers only three kilometers of an approximately eight-kilometer long gold-bearing trend. Current activities at Donlin Gold are focused on state permitting, optimization work, community outreach and workforce development in preparation for the construction and operation of this top tier project. With a strong balance sheet, NOVAGOLD is well-positioned to complete permitting and advance optimization efforts at the Donlin Gold project.
Scientific and Technical Information
Some scientific and technical information contained herein with respect to the Donlin Gold project is derived from the “Donlin Creek Gold Project Alaska, USA NI 43-101 Technical Report on Second Updated Feasibility Study” prepared by AMEC with an effective date of November 18, 2011, as amended January 20, 2012 (the “Second Updated Feasibility Study”). Kirk Hanson, P.E., Technical Director, Open Pit Mining, North America, (AMEC, Reno), and Gordon Seibel, R.M. SME, Principal Geologist, (AMEC, Reno) are the Qualified Persons responsible for the preparation of the independent technical report, each of whom are independent “qualified persons” as defined by NI 43-101.
Clifford Krall, P.E., who is the Mine Engineering Manager for NOVAGOLD and a “qualified person” under NI 43-101, has approved and verified the scientific and technical information related to the Donlin Gold project contained in this press release.
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Gross domestic product by industry, October 2018
Real gross domestic product expanded 0.3% in October, following a 0.1% decrease in September. There was growth in 15 of 20 industrial sectors, led by increases in manufacturing, finance and insurance and wholesale trade.
Financial and Wealth Accounts on a from-whom-to-whom basis: Selected financial instruments, third quarter 2018
Statistics Canada’s from-whom-to-whom (FWTW) project builds on the information currently found in the Financial and Wealth Accounts (FWA), the program that is responsible for producing Canada’s national balance sheet and financial flows. This first release focuses on government, through the publication of six financial instruments that are unique debt instruments for that sector: Government of Canada bonds; Government of Canada short-term paper; Provincial and Territorial government bonds; Local government bonds; Government claims: loans and advances; and Government claims: equity.
Retail trade, October 2018
Retail sales increased 0.3% to $51.0 billion in October. Higher sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers and gasoline stations were the main contributors to the gain. Excluding these two subsectors, retail sales declined 0.4%.
Investment in building construction, October 2018
Total investment in building construction decreased 3.2% from September to $14.1 billion in October. Both the residential (-4.2% to $9.7 billion) and non-residential (-0.8% to $4.4 billion) sectors declined.
Natural gas transmission, storage and distribution, October 2018
Natural gas transmission pipelines received 560.7 million gigajoules of natural gas from fields, gathering systems and plants in October, up 1.0% from the same month in 2017. The vast majority of receipts were in Alberta (70.2%) and British Columbia (27.6%).
Pipeline transportation of oil and other liquid petroleum products, October 2018
Pipelines received 22.2 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products from fields and plants in October, up 5.0% compared with the same month in 2017. The vast majority originated in Alberta (87.5%), followed by Saskatchewan (9.7%).
Electric power statistics, October 2018
Data on electric power for October are now available upon request.
Coal and coke statistics, October 2018
Coal production decreased 8.1% year over year to 4.5 million tonnes in October.
Monthly civil aviation statistics, October 2018
The six Canadian Level I air carriers flew 6.6 million passengers on scheduled and charter services in October, up 5.3% from October 2017 and continuing the upward year-over-year monthly trend that began in April 2014.
Poultry and egg statistics, December 2018
Stocks of total frozen poultry meat in cold storage increased 5.3% from December 1, 2017, to 83 446 tonnes on December 1, 2018. The largest increase came from frozen chicken stocks, up 18.6% from the previous year to 49 486 tonnes. On December 1, 2018, frozen turkey stocks equalled 27 351 tonnes, down 12.4% from December 1, 2017.
Canadian Community Health Survey – Nutrition: Public use microdata file, 2015
The public use microdata file (PUMF) for the 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey – Nutrition is now available.
Latest Developments in the Canadian Economic Accounts
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Latest Developments in the Canadian Economic Accounts
Diane Hill, from the United Nation of the Thames, and of the Bear Clan, speaks of her role with the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) as a youth delegate at the 2018 Healing Our Spirit Worldwide (HOSW) event in Sydney.
Beginning with her initial awareness of the event, from ONWA’s call for a youth delegate on Facebook, through to the skills she’s developing and learning, Diane speaks of the shared humor, pride, and humility of the collected Indigenous peoples of the world. Hill speaks about the indescribable power of the gathering and the emotions that the sharing of spirit elicited from herself, as a participant. Hill continues to describe the leadership, communication, networking, and other skills she has developed on top of the cross cultural pride and sharing that has come from her involvement.
Her heartfelt words and moving description as an ONWA youth delegate at HOSW continue throughout the interview as she describes her personal experience and growth at the powerful international event.
For more information, please visit: www.onwa.ca
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THUNDER BAY, ON (December 20, 2018): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council, celebrates the shut down of Pikangikum First Nation’s diesel generating station and official energization of the transmission line during a ceremony in the community today.
“This is an enormous achievement and I congratulate Chief Dean Owen and Council for their years of effort to secure a connection to the provincial electricity grid. A reliable power source will finally end Pikangikum’s reliance on diesel generation and help the community advance plans for growth and development,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “We also congratulate Wataynikaneyap Power for their work to connect 17 First Nations to the provincial electricity grid through the first phase of this project. Connecting our remote communities to the provincial grid is better for the environment and will help improve the lives of our members.”
Pikangikum First Nation becomes the first community to officially connect to the Ontario power grid via the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line Project. The milestone will be marked by the lighting of a community Christmas tree – the first ever in Pikangikum – followed by a community feast.
Wataynikaneyap Power was launched in 2015 to expand grid connection for remote First Nations. The Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line Project will connect these remote communities to Ontario’s power grid in phases.
It was awarded $1.6 billion earlier this year to connect remote First Nation communities to the provincial power grid over a 1,800 kilometre transmission line.
Wataynikaneyap is a licensed transmission company, regulated by the Ontario Energy Board, equally owned by 22 First Nation communities (51%), in partnership with Fortis (49%). FortisOntario Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fortis, and an electricity transmission and distribution utility holding company based in Ontario, owns 49% of the general partner of Wataynikaneyap Power and acts as the project manager.
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A proposal by a team from Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism is one of four to be shortlisted to curate the Canadian Pavilion at the 2020 Venice Biennale in Architecture.
The Biennale is one of the most prestigious international platforms for architecture in the world. It draws more than 350,000 visitors worldwide to engage in critical conversations about contemporary architecture.
“We are delighted to be shortlisted to curate the Canadian pavilion at the Biennale and are very grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts for being considered, along with three other outstanding teams,” said Ozayr Saloojee, professor in the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism. “It’s incredible to have this opportunity to represent Canada, Carleton and our international, interdisciplinary team of scholars, designers, students and communities at the Biennale. We are looking forward to creating a compelling, provocative and engaging presentation centred on Canada’s inland waters.”
The team is comprised of a remarkable and interdisciplinary advising and collaborative team from around the world. The core team consists of professors Johan Voordouw, Saloojee and PhD student émélie Desrochers-Turgeon in the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Zoe Todd professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, David Hugill, professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and Karen Lutsky, professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota.
The proposal entitled, Fluid Boundaries: Ethical Imaginaries of Inland Waters, explores the liquid boundaries and thresholds of Canada. The team aims to foster a critical position on Canada’s responsibilities to inland bodies of water, Indigenous nations, human and non-human agencies and the legal governance entanglements that shape Canada’s collective experiences as an idea and place. The exhibition would position interactive liquid landscape models with speculative drawings and texts that elicit an ethical imagery on how these waterscapes should be maintained, experienced and challenged.
The Fluid Boundaries team will submit a final proposal in January 2019, followed by an interview with the Canada Council Jury a short while later. The winning project, to be announced in February 2019, will serve as Canada’s official entry to the 2020 Venice Biennale in Architecture and will be housed in the newly restored Canadian Pavilion on the Biennale grounds in Venice, from May until November 2020.
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Dec. 20, 2018
SMITHERS – The rehabilitation of land impacted by the suppression of wildfires in 2018 is underway throughout the Northwest Fire Centre, with work being done at 12 of the most significant fire sites.
The initial work is referred to as “emergency works,” which is intended to stabilize the area before the onset of winter. These priority works are considered to be essential for public safety and environmental protection and usually begin immediately after a wildfire is declared to be under control. Rehabilitation planning and associated activities are generally undertaken the following year, as weather conditions allow.
Key tasks associated with these emergency rehabilitation works include:
The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is rehabilitating areas impacted by wildfire suppression operations as the first step in land-based recovery. The B.C. government is collaborating with local governments and First Nations that were impacted by these wildfires. Rehabilitation planning for another two sites in the Northwest Fire Centre will begin in 2019.
Rehabilitation projects underway in the Nadina Fire Zone
Verdun Mountain wildfire, 47,610 hectares, originated 35 kilometres south of Burns Lake:
Nadina Lake wildfire, 86,767 hectares, originated 40 kilometres south of Houston:
Gilmore Lake wildfire, 216 hectares, originated eight kilometres southwest of Topley:
Cheslatta Lake wildfire, 8,100 hectares, originated 58 kilometres southeast of Burns Lake:
Hautete wildfire, 3,366 hectares, originated 35 kilometres southeast of Fort Babine:
Rehabilitation projects underway in the Bulkley Fire Zone
Pope Forest Service Road wildfire, 562 hectares, originated 37 kilometres northwest of New Hazelton:
Torkelsen Lake wildfire, 2,524 hectares, originated 25 kilometres south of Fort Babine:
Nichyeskwa Creek wildfire, 884 hectares, originated 25 kilometres northwest of Fort Babine:
West Babine River wildfire, 10,850 hectares, originated 50 kilometres northwest of Fort Babine:
Mill Creek wildfire, 357 hectares, originated 12 kilometres northwest of Kitwanga:
Rehabilitation projects underway in the Cassiar Fire Zone
Alkali Lake wildfire, 121,215 hectares, originated five kilometres northwest of Telegraph Creek:
Lutz Creek wildfire, 100,779 hectares, originated 13 kilometres southwest of Lower Post:
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
December 20, 2018 — Pikangikum First Nation, Treaty 5 Territory, Ontario — Indigenous Services Canada
The Government of Canada is committed to working in partnership with First Nations to build critical community infrastructure and invest in clean and reliable energy. In March 2018, the federal government announced a $1.6 billion investment in Wataynikaneyap Power, an Indigenous-led and majority owned Transmission Company working to connect First Nations communities to the Ontario power grid by 2023.
Today, the Honourable Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora, on behalf of the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, joined Pikangikum First Nation to celebrate the community’s connection to the Ontario power grid through their newly completed transmission line. Pikangikum is the first community to be connected to the provincial power grid through the Wataynikaneyap Power project.
This historic milestone enables Pikangikum to eliminate their dependence on diesel as their primary energy source. The connection to the Ontario grid will provide safe, clean and reliable energy that supports the health and safety of community members, while allowing for new economic development and job opportunities that were not possible in the past.
The Pikangikum transmission line represents a $60.2 million federal investment, as part of the total federal investment of $1.6 billion in the Wataynikaneyap Power project.
“Today marks a historic milestone as Pikangikum becomes the first community to be connected to Ontario’s power grid through the Wataynikaneyap Power project. The completion of the Pikangikum transmission line eliminates the community’s dependence on diesel fuel, opening the way to new economic and job opportunities powered by safe, clean and reliable energy. We are proud to partner with Pikangikum and Wataynikaneyap Power on this Indigenous-led project, and we look forward to celebrating the connections of many more First Nations communities to the provincial power grid by 2023.”
The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services
“Our elders signed the treaty to share in the benefits of any major development that occurs in the homelands. Our people are leading the pathway by owning major infrastructure with a vision of bringing light to our communities. We celebrate with Pikangikum this remarkable achievement. Today, the line that brings light shines in Pikangikum and brings us one step closer to energizing across the North and realizing the hopes of our people and future generations.”
CEO, Wataynikaneyap Power LP
“We are very happy that the project was completed so quickly. This investment for our First Nation supports significant improvements to the quality of life of members and to the environment. We will now have clean, safe and reliable energy that will have a positive impact on the health and well-being of everyone that lives here.”
Chief Dean Owen
Pikangikum First Nation
For more information, media may contact:
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Minister of Indigenous Services
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TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2018 – Koskie Minsky LLP in Toronto commenced today a proposed class action against the Attorney General of Canada on behalf of Métis and Non-Status Indian persons affected by the “Sixties Scoop” in Canada.
The term “Sixties Scoop” refers to the practice in Canada whereby Aboriginal children were taken (“scooped up”) from their families and placed in foster homes or adoption with non-Aboriginal families. As a result, it is alleged these “scooped” children lost their identity as Aboriginal persons and suffered mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Aboriginal communities describe the Sixties Scoop as destructive to their culture.
In May 2018, the Federal Court approved an $800 million settlement between Canada and Status-Indian survivors of the Sixties Scoop. Métis and Non-Status Indian persons were not included. On June 26, 2018, The Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, issued a statement that “This settlement agreement does not address all of the harm done by the Sixties Scoop – there is more work to be done, including with Métis and non-status peoples.”
“Now that the Sixties Scoop settlement between Status-Indian survivors of the Sixties Scoop and Canada has been implemented, it’s time for Canada to recognize that its actions taken in the Sixties Scoop affected a much larger group of Indigenous people,” says Kirk Baert, lead counsel at Koskie Minsky LLP. “Our job isn’t done yet.”
Koskie Minsky LLP, based in Toronto, is one of Canada’s foremost class action, pension, labour, employment and litigation firms. Its class actions group has been a leader in class actions since 1992 and has prosecuted many of the leading cases in the area. Koskie Minsky LLP was counsel in Cloud v. Canada, the first Indian Residential Schools class action certified in Canada which was settled for $5 billion. Koskie Minsky LLP was also counsel in Dolmage v. Ontario and three other related cases against the province of Ontario on behalf of thousands of people with disabilities which were settled for more than $107 million. Koskie Minsky LLP is also counsel in the recently settled class actions on behalf of survivors of the Sixties Scoop and the LGBT Purge in the Canadian military and public service.
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December 20, 2018
Saint Mary’s University is pleased to announce the creation of the President’s Advisory Council on Indigenous Affairs.
“As an institution, we are committed to advancing support for Indigenous students, and strengthening connections to the community,” said Saint Mary’s University President Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray.? “The advice and guidance of the council will be a great resource for the university.”
The following is a list of the members of the President’s Advisory Council on Indigenous Affairs:
The appointment of the advisory council marks another stage in Saint Mary’s commitment to reconciliation and the university’s response to the federal report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The council provides an external viewpoint for Indigenous supports on campus, and Indigenous issues facing the post-secondary sector. The council will provide a place for dialogue, insight and engagement for the president from members of Nova Scotia’s Indigenous communities and will meet periodically throughout the year.
December?20,?2018 — Ottawa — Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) has allocated $202,313.44 in federal funds to 11?recipients to assist their participation in the environmental assessment of the proposed énergie Saguenay Project. The project is located in the District of La Baie, Saguenay City, Quebec.
The funding was made available through the Agency’s Participant Funding Program and will assist the participation of the public and Indigenous?peoples in upcoming steps of the environmental assessment. These steps include reviewing and providing comments on the Environmental Impact Statement or on the summary thereof, the draft Environmental Assessment Report, and the potential environmental assessment conditions.
|Association des propriétaires de l’Anse à Pelletier||$12,300.00|
|Comité ZIP Saguenay-Charlevoix||$7,336.00|
|Conseil de la Nation Huronne-Wendat||$39,323.36|
|Conseil de la Première Nation des Innus Essipit||$34,175.00|
|Conseil de la Première Nation des Innus de Pessamit||$31,188.00|
|Conseil régional de l’environnement et du développement durable du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean||$8,569.00|
|Eau Secours! La Coalition québécoise pour une gestion responsable de l’eau||$11,505.00|
|Organisme de Bassin Versant du Saguenay||$10,731.78|
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
December 19, 2018
Since 1919, the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) has worked to improve the status of women and promote all aspects of education. In honour of the organization’s 100th anniversary, the CFUW’s Nanaimo chapter is establishing a new scholarship at Vancouver Island University (VIU).
The CFUW Nanaimo Ocean Sciences/Marine Biology Celebration Award CFUW 100th Anniversary award will provide an annual scholarship of $2,000 to a woman in her third or fourth year of studies in a program related to ocean sciences, marine biology or fisheries and aquaculture, with preference going to an Indigenous student. The latest award brings the total amount of scholarship money the CFUW gives out to VIU students each year to $8,500.
“Education is the key to a life well-lived,” says Susan Murphy, CFUW Past President. “As our members have embraced the concept of growing our endowment, and had the chance to meet the young women who have won our awards, we have witnessed the real-life impact of our vision of education.”
“A big part of our mission is to advocate for higher education for women and girls,” adds Roberta Veenstra, CFUW Nanaimo Scholarship Chair. “We recognize the financial and societal barriers that women often face in accessing higher education. Our endowment ensures the next generation of female scholars has the funds to access the education they want.”
Veenstra says this new award celebrates not only the 100th anniversary of their national organization, but also a more localized program that CFUW Nanaimo members founded in 1969, an educational program called Life Between the Tides. For several weeks each spring until 2017, club volunteers presented on intertidal marine life to groups of elementary school students in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District using live animals collected at local beaches.
“This would have been the 50th anniversary of that program, and the Ocean Sciences award commemorates it as well,” says Veenstra.
The CFUW Nanaimo endowment started more than 15 years ago with a donation of $25,000, which was then matched by the VIU Foundation. Over the years, the Foundation has continued to support the group to grow the endowment to its current ability to support six scholarships, awards and bursaries per year. Since 2000, more than $60,000 has been distributed to VIU students in CFUW’s name. In honour of this relationship, CFUW Nanaimo recently presented the Foundation with a certificate of recognition in thanks for the support over the years.
“We feel it is important to recognize the people who don’t normally get recognized,” explains Veenstra. “All the staff at the Foundation we’ve ever interacted with are dedicated to furthering the education of students. Their dedication to what they are doing really reflects our own values back to us.”
Susie Caswell, VIU’s Advancement Manager, Donor Relations, admires the dedication of CFUW Nanaimo members.
“They have an incredible passion to support students, to make a difference,” she says. “Their slogan is ‘The power of women working together’ and that really says it all. Their efforts create such an impact and we really enjoy working with them. They truly like to be a part of the university community – and they are.”
Jenn McGarrigle, Communications Officer, Vancouver Island University
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20 December 2018
Christmas is just around the corner and once again, the Nunavut Public Library Service in Iqaluit invites Iqalummiut to join in this year’s activities from December 20 to 22:
The Spaghetti Giveaway event aims to help people and families who need it the most. Pick up is available during the time slot indicated above. The movie shown during Movie Day Saturday will be “Jingle All the way” and “Christmas Carol”.
Take this opportunity to gather with loved ones and share in the holiday spirit. For more information, contact Acting Head Librarian Linda Cormier at 867-979-5594 or email LCormier@gov.nu.ca.
Elizabeth A Roberts
Department of Culture and Heritage
Government of Nunavut
Dec. 19, 2018
VICTORIA – The BC Arts Council is accepting applications for two of its project-assistance funding programs: Community Arts Festivals and the Youth Engagement Program.
First Nations band councils and Indigenous friendship centres are eligible to apply to both programs.
More information on guidelines and program details, including further eligibility criteria, can be found here:??www.bcartscouncil.ca/deadlines_date.html
The BC Arts Council is the provincial government’s agency for arts funding and development. In Budget 2018, the Province increased support of the BC Arts Council by $15 million over the next three years to help artists and cultural organizations flourish in 220 communities throughout the province.
The BC Arts Council draws upon the expertise of British Columbia’s arts and culture community to provide an independent adjudication process. For more information, visit: www.bcartscouncil.ca
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
If you’ve walked through the fourth floor of Seton recently, you may have noticed a change to the popular Nunavut photo display. The new exhibit highlights photos taken by Mount Bachelor of Education students before and during their stay on Baffin Island, Nunavut as part of a travel bursary program.
Every year for the last decade, the Mount has sent five students who are interested in teaching in the North to Baffin Island, Nunavut as part of a four-week orientation experience. The initiative operates as a travel bursary program with the goal of sending more teachers to the region. Learn more about the program.
The new display showcases photos that originally appeared on blogs the students were encouraged to keep as a way to document their time in the North. “It gives a feel for what the experience is like from their perspective, both personally, in school and on the land,” explained Nick Newbery, Nunavut Teacher Practicum Program Coordinator at the Mount, and the person who started the program.
As another year ends, NIC looks back at 2018 with pride at the innovation, resourcefulness and dedication displayed by students, faculty and staff
The year included campus openings, construction developments, program funding announcements and celebrations of student, staff and alumni achievements.
“There were so many things that made 2018 a remarkable year for NIC and the communities we serve,” said NIC President, John Bowman. “I’m incredibly proud of the work that has been put in by the entire college community to support students across the region and we wanted to share some of the highlights from the past year.”
As NIC looks ahead to 2019, it remains committed to providing quality, affordable education and skills training in collaborating with community partners to create pathways to learning and empowering individuals to achieve their full potential.
For more information and a complete list of news stories throughout the past year, visit the NIC Newsroom.
December?20,?2018 — Ottawa — Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) has commenced a federal environmental assessment for the proposed West Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project, located 375?kilometres northeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, in the Atlantic Ocean.
Following a public comment period on the summary of the project description, the Agency has determined that an environmental assessment is required for the project. Information about what aspects of the environment may be affected by this project and what should be examined during the environmental assessment are detailed in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines. The EIS Guidelines have been provided to the proponent, Chevron Canada Limited.
This project is one of seven exploration drilling projects in the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore area currently undergoing a federal environmental assessment.
An application period for participant funding and a future public comment period on the summary of the proponent’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be announced at a later date.
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Dec. 19, 2018
The Province last week issued two key reports relating to housing and homelessness: ?the 2018 Report on Homeless Counts in BC finding a minimum of 7,655 homeless people in BC; and the final report of the Rental Housing Task Force making 23 recommendations on wide ranging aspects of the rental housing framework.
2018 Report on Homeless Counts
The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction released the 2018 Report on Homeless Counts, summarizing findings from 24 communities covering more than 85% of the province’s population over the past 2 years. The report found that there are at least 7,655 homeless people across BC.
The homeless people counted in the report are predominantly male (68%), with modest proportions of youth under 25 (15%) and adults aged 55+ (20%). Despite making up 6% of BC’s population, 38% of the homeless population that self-identified, identified as Indigenous. Approximately half of the respondents reported being homeless for one year or more, while 31% reported being homeless for less than 6 months. In addition, 58% of respondents reported one or more health conditions including addiction and mental illness. The counts in the report did not account for the “hidden homeless”, for example, those who are temporarily living with friends and relatives.
The results of the count will help to inform a homeless action plan that will be released as part of a poverty reduction strategy anticipated in early 2019. UBCM’s housing strategy calls for a comprehensive approach to homelessness focusing on case-management and prevention of homelessness.
Rental Housing Task Force Report
In April 2018, Premier Horgan appointed a Rental Housing Task Force to make recommendations on improving security and fairness for renters and rental housing providers. The Task Force made its first recommendations in September, calling for the annual rent increase formula to be reduced by 2% to an inflation adjustment only. This recommendation was accepted by the Province in September, and will be effective starting in 2019.
The Task Force has now issued a ทดลอง เล่น ฟรี sbobetfinal report making 23 recommendations, including calls to:
The Rental Housing Task Force Report also recommends that the Province work with local governments to:
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing will now review the Task Force’s recommendations over the coming weeks before determining whether and how to proceed with implementation.
The recommendations are broadly consistent with UBCM’s housing report that calls for an approach to rental housing that balances the need for adequate incentives for landlords to rent out units with appropriate renter safeguards.
With regards to short-term rentals in particular, both UBCM’s housing report and member-endorsed resolutions have called for greater provincial support to address short-term rentals. Resolution 2018-A4 and the housing report both specifically identify platform accountability as one approach to ease the regulatory burden for local governments. As outlined in 2018-A4, this approach would require short-term rental platforms to agree to require their hosts to provide proof of a valid business licence, where applicable, in order to advertise using their service.
UBCM will continue to engage with the Province on housing and communicate further developments to members.
December 20, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – Department of Justice Canada
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced 13 appointments of Deputy Judges of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, the Supreme Court of Yukon, and the Nunavut Court of Justice.
?These appointees are all jurists of the highest calibre from a variety of backgrounds across the country. Together, they will help Canada’s Territories continue their history of judicial excellence.
“The appointment of Deputy Judges enriches our justice system on many levels. It allows the superior courts in the Territories to draw upon the talents and expertise of a roster of experienced judges. By the same token, it exposes judges from across Canada to the unique challenges and rewards of delivering justice in the Territories.”
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
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Department of Justice
Winnipeg, MB – The Friends of the Living Prairie Museum Winter Speaker Series is set to begin January 15, 2019, and will take place from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. every other Tuesday. An interesting lineup of speakers will present information about their fascinating work.
Registration to attend the sessions begins on January 2, 2019. Friends of the Living Prairie Museum members may register in advance for all dates. Non-members may register two weeks before the event. Space is limited, so please call the museum to save your seats.
To become a member, see: friendsoflivingprairie.org
Admission is free; however, donations are welcome.
Winter Speaker Series details:
January 15 – Rarest of the Rare: Manitoba’s Endangered Plants
Dr. Diana Bizecki Robson – Curator of Botany, Manitoba Museum
The term endangered species conjures up images of majestic mammals and colourful orchids in remote places of the world. But Manitoba also has rare species, although they are not always what you would expect. Dr. Bizecki Robson will talk about her years studying the rarest plants of Manitoba. Her research on the pollinators of the rare Western Silvery Aster and Hairy Prairie-clover plants will be highlighted as well as her recent documentation of a new species of Canadian water-lily. You will come away with a new appreciation of the plant world and the intricate ties that bind species together.
January 29 – Discovering the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail
Peggy Bainard Acheson and Richard Reeves – Debwendon Inc.
The Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail was officially opened in June 2016. A joint project of the Manitoba Government and Debwendon Inc., this calcareous fen is rich with rare?flora and fauna and is of great significance to the local Ojibway people. A local treasure, it is hoped that all Manitobans will venture out and discover this stunning and accessible trail and boardwalk.
February 12 – Living with White-tailed Deer
Kevin Land – City of Winnipeg, Naturalist Services Branch
Winnipeg’s large white-tailed deer population is both loved and loathed by the city’s human residents.?Learn more about the biology and behaviour of white-tailed deer and how to avoid coming into conflict with these urban ungulates.
February 26 – Up Close and Personal with Owls and Owl Research in Manitoba
Dr. Jim Duncan – Discover Owls
Come out and get up close and personal with owls and learn about Manitoba’s legacy of owl research with biologist and world owl expert Jim Duncan. Using a variety of media, personal owl impressions, owl parts, and one of Jim’s live owl sidekicks, Jim will introduce you to the mysterious lives of these largely nocturnal creatures. Bring your camera or video camera and try to capture a live owl flying over your head. The honorarium from Living Prairie Museum for this presentation goes to support owl conservation and research in Manitoba.
March 12 – Discovering Mushrooms
Donna Rae Kurt – WILDS of Manitoba
Donna Kurt has been studying mushrooms and ethnobotany at the University of Winnipeg, while also participating in and leading canoeing and nature trips for various organizations over the last 30 years. In addition to mushroom identification and photographs, Donna shares medicinal, culinary, and other aspects of various fungi found in our area.
Montreal, December 20, 2019 – Looking for last-minute gift ideas or family activities for a memorable holiday season? There are so many ways to bring joy to the people you love at the Old Port and the Science Centre.
5 exhibitions, 2 IMAX films and hours of fun at the Science Centre??
For an entertaining, interactive outing, just head over to the Montréal Science Centre. With five interactive exhibitions, including Indigenous Ingenuity, winner of a Numix Award, the Science Centre offers something for everyone and a welcome respite from the cold. Combine your visit with one of the IMAX films currently on offer: Pandas 3D, which has thrilled crowds since its release in October or the visually striking and highly successful? Oceans 3D.
For an original gift that is sure to please, consider a Science Centre membership, which offers a host of privileges throughout the year. The Centre’s gift shop, Boutique Neurons, located near the IMAX cinema, also has a wide range of gifts for the scientifically inclined.
More winter activities than ever at the Old Port
The Natrel Rink and Natrel Fire on Ice, presented by Van Houtte, have become a holiday fixture, but did you know that Voiles en Voiles opened a winter adventure park this year? Activities include:
– Tube slides more than 20 feet high
– Snow scooter
– Target archery
The Old Port is also home to the Montreal Observation Wheel providing a breathtaking view of the city in a festive atmosphere, the MTL Zipline for the more adventurous, and of course, the Bota Bota spa sur l’eau for some well-earned relaxation.
All these experiences also can be offered as gifts for loved ones who want to take full advantage of the winter season.
Click here for the complete program of winter activities at the Old Port of Montréal
About the Montréal Science Centre
The Montréal Science Centre is a complex dedicated to science and technology, with more than 700,000 visitors annually. It is characterized by its accessible, interactive approach and its showcasing of local innovation and know-how.
About the Old Port of Montréal
For more than 25 years, the Old Port of Montréal has offered a variety of participatory, cultural and leisure activities as well as opportunities for scientific exploration at the Montréal Science Centre. Bordering a 2.5-kilometre stretch of the St. Lawrence River, the Old Port of Montréal is the most popular recreational tourism site in Quebec, with six million visitors annually.
Source: Old Port of Montréal and Montréal Science CentreInformation
Public Relations Manager
The Government of Yukon has released the first update to the Performance Plan it issued in March 2018, continuing to outline the steps it is taking to make Yukon a more just, prosperous and sustainable society.
The Performance Plan tracks the Government of Yukon’s progress in eight priority areas: health and wellbeing, education, reconciliation and government-to-government relationships, environmental quality, housing and infrastructure, safety, jobs and the economy, and responsible government.
With a focus on outcomes, the report provides a summary of priority projects completed over the past year, an outlook for the year ahead and an increased number of government performance measures. Progress highlights include the opening of Mental Wellness and Substance Use Hubs in four communities to improve mental health services across the territory; the new Ddhaw Ghro Habitat Protection Area Management Plan; investments in community renewable energy projects; and a modernized Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
For the first time, the report also includes Canadian Index of Wellbeing indicators for Yukon, which provide a measure of the territory’s social, economic and environmental conditions and a tool for evidence-based decision making and progress. The Canadian Index of Wellbeing indicators are sourced from data that is tracked across the country, providing information that can be compared nationally and by jurisdiction.
In the year ahead, the Government of Yukon will be partnering with the Canadian Index of Wellbeing to create a Yukon Profile of Wellbeing based on the national indicators and combined with new indicators that Yukoners identify through a series of upcoming public engagements.
We have been working hard to meaningfully improve the lives of Yukoners and make our society more just and inclusive. The updated Performance Plan details some of our work to date and highlights priority projects and initiatives for the months ahead. I am also pleased to be moving forward with an exciting partnership with the Canadian Index of Wellbeing which will help us develop a comprehensive and empowering framework for measuring and improving wellbeing for all Yukoners.
Premier Sandy Silver
Communications, Executive Council Office
News release #:
December 20, 2018
Nanaimo, British Columbia – Taking action to improve the environmental sustainability of British Columbia businesses while also helping to improve business results is critically important to future business competitiveness and to the quality of our natural environment. That is why the Government of Canada is making targeted investments in deploying clean technology solutions that will help fisheries related businesses become more clean, green and sustainable.
Today the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced approximately $1.1 million in funding from the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program to support and accelerate clean economic growth. Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan and co-chair of BC’s Wild Salmon Advisory Council, from the Province of British Columbia also announced a contribution of $183,448 in funding towards these projects.
The Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption program is a $20 million instrument that provides funding to help businesses incorporate clean technologies into their day-to-day operations. It is intended to accelerate the use of more sustainable and efficient tools, practices and techniques.
Commercial fisheries and aquaculture are important contributors to the Canadian economy. These sectors contribute approximately $4.5 billion annually in gross domestic product and provide thousands of jobs across our country — many in Indigenous, rural and coastal communities.
The 15 projects announced today will help BC based fisheries and aquaculture businesses adopt greener practices that will improve energy efficiency, reduce waste and lessen climate change causing carbon dioxide emissions. Projects include $424,219 in funding to Brown’s Bay Packing Co, which will prevent bacteria and viruses from fish processing waste from entering the marine environment, $74,437 to the Sport Fishing Institute of B.C. to support rockfish conservation, $43,488 to Taste of B.C. Aquafarms Inc to install a solar hot water system, eliminating fossil fuel consumption and reducing carbon emissions, over $100,000 to Sth’oqi aquaculture Ltd Partnership to install a machine to convert fish waste to fertilizer and low-carbon energy to power their land-based aquaculture facility, and almost $100,000 to Atchison Fishing Ltd to support a new efficient engine that will reduce fuel use and carbon emissions.
“In the modern world the environment and the economy must go hand in hand, which is why our government is making strategic investments to help BC based businesses adopt clean technology that will enable improvements in both environmental and business performance. These investments will assist in ensuring enhanced protection of our marine environment and will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The investments will also support good middle class jobs in coastal communities.”
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“The people of Vancouver Island, particularly First Nations, are fundamentally, culturally and economically linked to the ocean. It provides nourishment, jobs and prosperity to our communities. These projects support innovations conceived and implemented by industry and support their commitment to be stewards of the environment.”
Doug Routley, Member of the Legislative Assembly of BC for Nanaimo-North Cowichan, and co-chair of BC’s Wild Salmon Advisory Council
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Fisheries and Oceans Canada