Media advisory: Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora, on behalf of Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services to announce commitment for new water infrastructure in Sandy Lake First Nation

Sandy Lake First Nation, ON – Please be advised that the Honourable Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora, on behalf of the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, along with Chief Delores Kakegamic, will announce the federal government’s commitment to new water infrastructure in Sandy Lake First Nation..

Date:  November 14, 2018

Time: 11:00 a.m.(CDT)

Where: Lobby, Link Building
Sandy Lake First Nation


For more information (media only):

Rachel Rappaport
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott
Minister of Indigenous Services

ISC Media Relations


BR Canada Post Rotating Strikes – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Nov 13, 2018 


Canada Post is suspending delivery time guarantees to its customers, acknowledging a lack of progress in contract talks with its unionized workforce.

The suspension comes as a fourth week of rotating strikes at the post office gets underway.

Canada Post says more delivery delays are inevitable in the days to come after the Canadian Union of Postal Workers closed two major processing centres in Ontario and British Columbia.

And because of the shutdowns, it says it will suspend its service delivery guarantees until further notice.

CUP-W members walked off the job early today in Toronto and at the Canada Post distribution centre in nearby Scarborough.

Rotating strikes also resumed late Monday at locations in Nova Scotia, including Halifax, but ended this morning at a processing centre near Vancouver.

Canada Post says more than 180 trailers containing parcels and mail were idled in Toronto alone as of today.

CUP-W national president Mike Palecek says contract talks made little progress in recent weeks despite the presence of a special mediator whose mandate expired on the weekend.

Bargaining for contracts for two groups of employees _ urban carriers and rural and suburban workers _ has been ongoing for nearly a year.

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned his government could intervene if progress isn’t made soon in the talks, but did not say what action might be taken.

(The Canadian Press)


(The Canadian Press)


Ontario government to raise threshold for official party status – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 13, 2018

TORONTO _ The Ontario government says it is increasing the number of seats in the legislature required to achieve official party status.

Progressive Conservative House Leader Todd Smith says the new threshold _ to be laid out in the fall economic statement later this week _ will be 10 per cent of the house, or 12 seats, up from the current eight.

Smith says the move is meant to provide clarity and denies it is an attempt to stymie the Liberals, who fell one seat short of official party status in the spring election.

Slipping below the threshold meant the Liberals lost funds for research, staff salaries and other purposes and can only operate in the legislature in a limited fashion.

The Liberals have asked the government to grant them some accommodations, including funding, similar to what New Democrats received when they failed to achieve party status in 2003.

Interim Liberal leader John Fraser says the government’s decision to instead raise the threshold is needlessly divisive and disrespectful to the roughly 1.1 million people who voted for Liberals.

“It’s thwarting democracy and it’s also what bullies do,” Fraser said.



Government of Canada Supports National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Mentoring Project for Indigenous Peoples Living Off Reserve

New funding brings FASD training directly to communities

November 13, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – Public Health Agency of Canada

People born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) can face life-long mental, physical, behavioural and learning disabilities. In Canada, FASD is the leading known cause of preventable developmental disability, occurring when a fetus is exposed to alcohol during pregnancy. FASD affects not only the diagnosed individual, but also their families, caregivers and communities. That is why the Government of Canada is committed to supporting Canadians living with this disorder.

Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced $1.1 million over three years to help support Indigenous children who have, or may have, FASD as well as their families. The National FASD Mentoring Project, led by the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, will provide culturally and linguistically appropriate FASD information and awareness sessions to support Indigenous children and their families living off reserve across Canada.

The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute will work with the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities (AHSUNC) program staff and community Elders throughout the project to ensure that information sessions respond to the needs of communities. Training will take place at AHSUNC off-reserve community sites across Canada over the next three years.

The funding announced today helps to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action related to FASD. The National FASD Mentoring Project will help build community capacity for the prevention of FASD as well as provide evidence-based information about FASD in a culturally appropriate manner.


“The National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Mentoring Project is a major step toward increasing awareness of the risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Early intervention is crucial to improving outcomes for individuals with FASD and their families. This program will improve knowledge and raise awareness of FASD in communities across Canada where the AHSUNC programs are offered.”

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health

“Alcohol consumption can sometimes seem commonplace. However, it is not without risk, especially during pregnancy. With this funding, the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute will work with Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities sites across Canada to provide FASD information and resources in the communities they serve so that Canadian children can have the best start in life.”

The Honourable Ralph Goodale
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

“FASD is a lifelong disorder that can result in physical, mental, behavioural and learning disabilities. We need to support women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant to have healthy, alcohol-free pregnancies.”

Dr. Theresa Tam
Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer

“We are pleased to have received this funding to continue our work supporting individuals, families and communities affected by FASD. We look forward to working with communities to further FASD prevention and early identification strategies that are evidence-based, trauma-informed and culturally appropriate. The national network of Mentors allows this important work to reach communities across Canada, increasing community capacity in the areas of FASD prevention and support for those affected by FASD.”

Joelle Schaefer,
Executive Director, Saskatchewan Prevention Institute

Quick facts

  • While the exact prevalence of FASD is not known, it is estimated that 1% of Canadians suffer from the disorder.
  • The National FASD Mentoring Project helps address Call to Action #33 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Call to Action #33 calls on federal, provincial and territorial governments to take steps to prevent FASD, in a culturally appropriate manner, in collaboration with Indigenous peoples.
  • The Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines issued by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction recommends it is safest to not drink alcohol when pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

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Thierry Bélair
Office of Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health

Media Relations
Public Health Agency of Canada

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Used icebreakers to cost 30% more than advertised thanks to tariffs, fees – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 13, 2018

OTTAWA _ The federal government is planning to spend at least $827 million on three used icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard _ 30 per cent more than advertised.

In August, the government cited the cost for the three icebreakers as $610 million when it announced its plan to buy them from Quebec-based Davie Shipyard without a competition.

Officials say the additional $217 million, which is revealed in new budget documents, will cover tariffs, brokerage fees, engineering work and other costs to get the vessels up and running.

The icebreakers, billed as a stopgap but which officials have admitted will be used for up to 20 years, are only the latest vessels that will cost the government more than expected.

The Defence Department revealed last week that Ottawa will pay $800 million to build a sixth Arctic patrol vessel at Irving Shipyards in Halifax, which is twice as much as each of the other five vessels cost.

Officials are also reviewing the costs of several other shipbuilding projects in Halifax and Vancouver, including new science vessels for the coast guard.


Police won’t face investigation for failed attempts to save OD victims – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 13, 2018

By Paola Loriggio


TORONTO _ Ontario police officers who unsuccessfully administer naloxone to someone overdosing on opioids will no longer face an investigation by the province’s police watchdog, the government said Tuesday.

The Progressive Conservatives said they had amended a regulation under the Police Services Act so that police chiefs aren’t required to notify the Special Investigations Unit when an officer administers naloxone or other first aid to a person who doesn’t survive, provided there was no other action that could have caused the person’s death.

The province said that puts police officers on par with other first responders, who can carry and administer naloxone but don’t face the same level of oversight.

“No one should face unfair repercussions just because they are doing their job and trying to save a life,” Sylvia Jones, the minister of community safety and correctional services, said in a statement.

“This amendment will enable police officers to carry out their duties without fear of facing a criminal investigation, but more importantly, it will also help save countless lives.”

The union representing provincial police officers had called for the Special Investigations Unit to end the practice of launching an investigation when an officer unsuccessfully administers naloxone.

The OPP Association, which represents nearly 10,000 uniform and civilian members, had said there was concern among officers that they could end up being investigated for “trying to save a life.”

Rob Jamieson, the union’s president, said the change announced Tuesday “reflects the current reality of policing in Ontario.”

“Today’s announcement strikes a perfect balance for officers who find themselves administering life-saving measures to a member of the public,” he said in a statement.

The move was also applauded by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, which said the change “puts saving lives first.”

Naloxone can temporarily reverse overdoses from opioids such as heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone and hydrocodone.

The government announced in 2017 that naloxone kits would be offered to all Ontario police forces as part of the province’s efforts to tackle what it has described as an “escalating opioid crisis.”

Government statistics show an increase in opioid-related deaths last year, with 1,053 from January to October 2017, compared with 694 during the same time period in 2016.

There were 7,658 emergency department visits related to opioid overdoses from January to October of last year, up from 4,453 during the same time period the previous year, the data show.


Building and strengthening the economy of the Rainy River region for long-term success

From: FedNor

Government of Canada investment to help three communities pursue business and economic development

November 13, 2018 – Rainy River, ON – Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario – FedNor

Local families and businesses will benefit from new economic opportunities thanks to a Government of Canada investment of $270,000. This investment through FedNor’s Community Investment Initiative for Northern Ontario (CIINO), will help the Town of Rainy River and the Townships of Lake of the Woods and Dawson hire an Economic Development Officer (EDO) for a three-year period.

The funding was announced today by Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor.

The EDO will work with a number of stakeholders, including the neighbouring First Nation communities of Big Grassy River and Naongashiing, to help area businesses expand and increase their exports to the U.S. market, stimulate the local agricultural sector, and diversify the Rainy River economy through the promotion of the region’s burgeoning mining sector. The project builds on the recent development of a Regional Economic Development Plan and aims to identify and stimulate business investment and growth in the west-end of the Rainy River district


“Our government is proud to support communities in their efforts to stimulate economic and business growth, strengthen the labour force and create opportunities for its residents. Today’s announcement will help Rainy River pursue a variety of economic development initiatives that will generate business opportunities, private-sector investments and good-paying jobs throughout the district.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor

“This investment will enable the partner communities to take charge of their economic future. Thanks to our government’s support, the new Economic Development Officer will be able to engage local residents, businesses and volunteers, as well as nearby organizations and First Nations, to determine the most effective means of achieving economic, business and community development for the benefit of local families.”

Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River

“We are very pleased that FedNor has agreed to fund our three-year Economic Development Officer position. It will be a huge benefit to us to have a person focused on expanding key regional economic sectors, promoting investment attraction, and increasing regional collaboration and partnerships throughout the Rainy River district.”

Deborah J. Ewald, Mayor of the Town of Rainy River

“With all three communities (Lake of the Woods, Dawson, Rainy River) working together as one, we were able to achieve our goal of getting an Economic Development Officer even though it took a long time. I don’t think we would be at this point if we went it alone. Looking forward to success in moving onward.”

Colleen Fadden, Mayor of the Township of Lake of the Woods

Quick facts

  • The funding announced today is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, which supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation throughout the region.
  • The Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario outlines the Government of Canada’s approach to ensure the region can fully benefit from the national Innovation and Skills Plan. It is focused on three key economic development areas: supporting innovation; growing companies; and building stronger communities.

Associated links



Barclay Babcock
Communications Officer


Schreiner calls for investigation into report of former Brown aide’s firing – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 13, 2018

TORONTO _ The leader of the Green party says alleged interference by Premier Doug Ford’s top aide into staffing matters at Ontario Power Generation should be investigated.

Mike Schreiner says Ontario’s Integrity Commissioner, or potentially another agency, should look into a published report that Dean French personally intervened in the dismissal of Alykhan Velshi, who used to be former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown’s chief of staff.

The Globe and Mail, citing unnamed sources, reported that Velshi was recently hired by the Crown corporation but fired on the day he started after French asked the head of the OPG’s board for his removal.

When asked repeatedly about the issue today, Energy Minister Greg Rickford would only say that Ontario Power Generation makes its own staffing decisions.

The Crown corporation says it does not publicly discuss individual employee matters and Velshi, who the Globe says has been kept on until his firing formally takes effect, referred all questions to the OPG.

Velshi worked with Brown until the former party leader resigned in January following allegations of sexual misconduct he has denied. Ford took over Brown’s post after a hotly contested leadership race.



Talking treaties, research, and rights – Queen’s Gazette

November 13, 2018

A pair of recent events are furthering Indigeneity and reconciliation on campus through knowledge sharing.

The relationship between settlers and Indigenous Peoples was in focus at Queen’s on Friday and Saturday.

A workshop focused on research collaboration with Indigenous communities was hosted through the day on Friday. The workshop is an initiative of the School of Graduate Studies in collaboration with the Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University. The event was focused on creating mutually respectful relationships as the basis for research collaborations between academics and indigenous communities.

It was followed by the Indigenous Knowledge Symposium, which began Friday night and concluded Saturday evening. It is the twentieth year Queen’s has hosted this symposium, which unites students, faculty, staff, and community members on campus for a discussion about contemporary Indigenous issues. The symposium was hosted by the Office of Indigenous Initiatives.

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Métis Nation represented at Armistice 100 Mons Belguim

On November, 11, 1918, in Mons Belgium, the guns fell silent marking the end of World War I (1914 to 1918). World War 1, known as the “Great War”, was the bloodiest war in Canadian history where more than 60,000 Canadian lost their lives.

This November, 11, 2018, a delegation from Canada will participate in the commemoration ceremonies of Armistice 100 in Mons Belgium, the end World War I. Amont this group will be a Métis Nation Veteran. Mr. David Armitt, a retired Combat Engineer, will be representing Métis Veterans from Across Canada.

Mr. Armitt was born and raised in Winnipeg and his interest the military started at a young age as an army cadet, then moved on to he Militia. In 1976 he joined the Canadian Armed Forces serving 22 years as a Combat Engineer in places such as Petewawa ON, Chilliwack BC, Edmonton, AB, and overseas in Pakistan and Cambodia. Mr. Armitt has been involved with the Métis Veterans Committee of Métis Nation British Columbia since 2007 and is currently serving a second term as the chairperson for the committee.

Métis people have always been woven into the fabric of our Canadian Military history flighting alongside our brothers in arms through World Wars and conflicts. Mr. Armitt is extremely honoured to be part of the delegation not only to represent Canada but to represent the Métis National Council as a Métis Veteran at Armistice 100. He is grateful for the opportunity to pay his respects to all soldiers who served our great Country and more importantly, those who never came back. The service men and women of the First World War remain an inspiration for him.

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