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Dan Vandel, Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface-Saint Vital

NationTalk Scene speaks with Dan Vandel at the recent 39th Assembly of First Nations Annual Assembly. Dan discusses building strong partnerships for wealth creation which comes from economic development opportunities for the First Nations communities and from the First Nations communities. Dan also advocates First Nations to become Members of Parliament to help influence the decisions that support First Nations across Canada. For more information visit

Horatio Alger Association of Canada releases first-ever Voices of Our Youth survey

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, September 18, 2018 – Young Canadians remain optimistic about the future and are heavily focused on financial stability, working hard and helping others – but are concerned about the plight of Indigenous Canadians, the impact of technology and levels of stress, according to a wide-ranging study of young Canadians commissioned by the Horatio Alger Association of Canada.

The first-of-its-kind survey polled more than 2,000 Canadians aged 14-23. The results challenge much of the conventional wisdom about young Canadians and sheds lights on the world view of “Generation Z” – the group of people born in the mid- to late-1990s, after the so-called “Millennials”.

The results were part of a report unveiled at an Ottawa press conference this morning featuring the Right Honourable David Johnston, Canada’s 28th Governor General and Member of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada; Prem Watsa, Horatio Alger Association of Canada President; Nik Nanos, Chair of Nanos Research, the firm that conducted the survey; and report author Dr. Michelle Pidgeon, Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University and director of The Centre for the Study of Educational Leadership and Policy (CSELP).

“We can feel confident about the future of Canada when we listen to the Voices of our Youth – Generation Z. The findings are clear: young Canadians are resilient, optimistic, and value hard work. They care about big issues like Indigenous reconciliation, affordable housing and poverty,” said Mr. Johnston, who moderated a panel discussion about the report’s findings with a group of Horatio Alger scholarship recipients. “But while there is good news, we can’t be complacent. Young people feel real pressures – such as financing education and finding a good job – and have real worries, such as the impact of technology on their lives and being bullied.”

“The Horatio Alger Association exists to help students in need receive a quality post-secondary education,” said Mr. Watsa. “This study shows that equality of opportunity in education is an important policy goal and should occupy a bigger part of our public debate. Education is a key component in creating a meritocratic society. Young people looking for a leg up deserve to be helped. We hope this study helps policy makers improve in this area.”

Among the key findings outlined in the report:

  • What makes for a successful life: The report found that for today’s youth, hard work is more important than luck in achieving a successful life (79%). Financial stability (84% of high school students and 88% of high school graduates) and helping others (85% of high school students and 86% of graduates) are the two most important factors for achieving a successful life.
  • Optimism for the future: No less than 74% of high school students and 71% of graduates are “hopeful” or “somewhat hopeful” for the future.
  • Satisfaction with the government: The report found that Canadian youth are generally satisfied with the government in Canada and that they have a strong level of confidence in its institutions, but that they believe the government can improve its approach in areas such as increasing access to affordable housing and addressing homelessness and poverty. 54% of high school students and 63% of graduates have confidence in the health care system and slightly over 50% of high school students and graduates have confidence in the RCMP, local police, and the military.
  • Indigenous issues: Indigenous issues matter to young people in this country. The Report indicates that 61% of high school students and 63% of graduates feel that all Canadians are responsible for the Calls to Action put forward by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada to make change in Canadian society. Regarding the quality of life on reserves, 32% of high school students and 35% of graduates feel the government is doing a “poor” or “very poor” job.
  • Impacts of technology: The findings in the report indicate that technology has both positive and negative impacts on young people. Although technology acts as a research tool for students, it can also be a distraction. 76% of high school students and 79% of graduates feel that technology has a “very positive” to “somewhat positive” effect on their technology skills, while 74% of high school students and 76% of graduates feel that technology has helped their ability to research and find information. 27% of high school students and 32% of graduates feel that technology has a “somewhat negative” or “very negative” impact on their life skills.
  • Facing challenges and managing stress: The report indicates that the main pressure for high school students is to do well in school (66%), while graduates feel that their top pressure is to have their lives figured out (77%). The report demonstrates that financial independence is a key concern for young people today, with 59% of Graduates and 31% of high school students working. The graduates reported working either full-time (50%) or part-time (50%), whereas high school students are working mostly part-time (84%).
  • Pressure to do drugs: The report indicates that the least amount of pressure experienced by youth includes the pressure to do drugs. 70% of high school students and 75% of graduates reported that they did not feel compelled to use drugs.
  • Role of parents: Regarding the role of parents in young people’s lives, 72% of high school students and 69% of graduates felt that their parent(s)/guardian(s) “worry a lot” or “somewhat worry” for their personal safety. 59% of high school students and 61% of graduates also felt that their parent(s)/guardian(s) worry either “a lot” or “somewhat” for their personal health. The report found that 11% of high school students and 25% of graduates felt that their parent(s)/guardian(s) paid little or no attention to their school work or classes.
  • Life preparedness: The report found that 17% of high school students feel that schools are doing “a very good job” of preparing them with the skills needed in life, while more than 36% feel that their schools are doing “somewhat a good job”, 29% feel that their schools are doing an “average job”, 12% think that their school are doing “somewhat a poor job”, and 4% feel that their schools are doing “a very poor job”. A staggering 45% therefore are not entirely satisfied with how their school is preparing them for life.

“Overall, this study is refreshing and of concern. Young Canadians are hopeful but have some real sources of anxiety,” said Mr. Nanos. “Our research finds that young people today are values-oriented. They are resilient – they aren’t fragile and falling apart as popular stereotypes would have it.”

“Working with the Horatio Alger Association of Canada on this project has given us a better understanding of the environment today’s youth are navigating through. Generation Z does not conform to popular stereotypes and they do not fit into neat labels or boxes. They are a complex group with a unique set of challenges. We fervently hope that this body of research will help educators, policy makers, media and society better understand the key influences shaping the next generation of Canadian leaders,” said Dr. Pidgeon.

For the full Voices of Our Youth report, please visit For more information about Horatio Alger Association of Canada, please visit Join the conversation on social media using #VOY2018 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About the Horatio Alger Association of Canada

The Horatio Alger Association of Canada, the Canadian affiliate of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., is a charitable organization dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles. The Association honours the achievements of outstanding individuals who have succeeded in spite of adversity by bestowing the Horatio Alger Award and granting them lifetime membership into the Association. Through the generosity of Horatio Alger Members, the Horatio Alger Association of Canada awards scholarships annually to deserving young people in every province and territory. Members of the Association include Alain Bouchard, Dominic D’Alessandro, Murray Edwards, Serge Godin, Wayne Gretzky, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Rebecca MacDonald, the late G. Wallace F. McCain, the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, Jim Pattison, Gerald W. Schwartz, Isadore Sharp, Prem Watsa and Rick Waugh. For more information, visit The Association can also be found on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


Carl Vallée, HATLEY Strategy Advisors, 514.316.7093,


Two Laurier-led environmental youth camps receive Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council funding

Sept. 17, 2018

Waterloo – The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has funded two environmental youth camps led by Wilfrid Laurier University researchers. The funding, through an NSERC PromoScience grant, will support one camp hosted in the Waterloo Region and one in the Northwest Territories (NWT).

“Laurier is a leader in water science and cold regions research,” said Jeffery Jones, interim associate vice-president: Research. “Our Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science faculty are well positioned to engage youth on pressing issues related to our environment so they can become the experts needed to manage Canada’s natural resources for future generations.”

The Waterloo-based Aquatic Science Outreach Network for the Grand (AquaSONG) project will receive $6,500 for one year to engage and inspire high school students in the field of water science through hands-on field sampling and laboratory analyses. AquaSONG will expose students to hands-on research techniques such as collecting water and aquatic invertebrate samples, conducting biological and chemical assessments of samples and then creating water filters and testing the efficacy of their designs. The project is led by research technician Gena Braun and supported by Ken Maly, vice-dean of the Faculty of Science and associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

“Water resource protection and management is a pressing issue for current and future generations, but it’s a topic that can be difficult to grasp on a local level,” said Braun. “AquaSONG provides students with a unique interactive experience that ties hands-on STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] learning to the water resource issues in our watershed. This program provides an excellent opportunity to share this knowledge with the community.”

The Northern Research Leadership Camp, based in the NWT, will receive $108,000 over three years to engage Indigenous youth in an “on-the-land camp” experience to learn about scientific inquiry and techniques used to measure changes in water quality, permafrost conditions and ecological function directly from experienced Laurier researchers. Camps will also include traditional knowledge holders who will provide Indigenous perspectives on the land and water.

“Using on-the-land learning, we hope to enable and empower youth to see the land from both scientific and traditional knowledge perspectives and encourage their involvement in research and monitoring initiatives in their communities,” said Baltzer, professor in Laurier’s Department of Biology and Canada Research Chair in Forests and Global Change. “Funds will be allocated to ensure support for local communities, including resources for local planning, involvement of traditional knowledge holders, logistics and camp expenses.”

Baltzer is also the principal investigator on the Northern Water Futures (NWF) project, which seeks to understand, predict and address the impacts of climate change and industrial expansion on shared water resources across the Northwest Territories. The project received $2 million in funding from Global Water Futures, one of the largest water science collaborations in the world and in which Laurier is a key partner. The NSERC PromoScience funding will help to support the mobilization of knowledge generated as part of this project.

Laurier also has a longstanding partnership with the Government of the Northwest Territories and established a research office in Yellowknife in fall of 2017. Read more about Laurier’s northern research initiatives.

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Trans-Mountain – Audio Clip P01 – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Audio
Sep 18, 2018 

01 – (Trans-Mountain)

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OTTAWA. x–18s. The federal Liberals are shopping around for a retired federal judge to help guide a renewed consultation with Indigenous communities on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. On his way into a cabinet meeting this morning in Ottawa Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repeated that his government needs to follow through on a court ruling that has stalled the project. (“…working on.”) (garble) (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: The Federal Court of Appeal last month quashed the approval given to the project, saying the consultation with Indigenous communities wasn’t good enough and criticizing the lack of attention paid to the environmental impact of increased tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia. The Liberals are still considering whether to appeal the decision, but an official says one option being closely considered is hiring a former senior judge, possibly a retired Supreme Court of Canada justice, to advise the government on what would constitute meaningful consultation with Indigenous communities to satisfy the conditions of the court.

Osisko Mining Closes $76.4 Million “Bought Deal” Private Placement of Flow Through Shares and Common Shares, Including Underwriters’ Option

(Toronto, September 18, 2018) – Osisko Mining Inc. (TSX:OSK) (“Osisko” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce, further to its announcements on August 15, 2018 and August 16, 2018, that it has completed a “bought deal” brokered private placement of (i) an aggregate of 27,046,031 common shares of the Corporation that will qualify as “flow-through shares” (within the meaning of subsection 66(15) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) and, where applicable, section 359.1 of the Taxation Act (Québec)) (“Flow-Through Shares”) for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $69.9 million, and (ii) an aggregate of 3,823,000 common shares of the Corporation (“Common Shares”) at an issue price of $1.70 per Common Share for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $6.5 million, including the exercise in full of the underwriters’ option (the “Offering”). The Flow-Through Shares were issued in two tranches, whereby the first tranche consisted of 14,035,088 Flow-Through Shares at an issue price of $2.85 per “tranche one” Flow-Through Share and the second tranche consisted of 13,010,943 “tranche two” Flow-Through Shares at an issue price of $2.30 per Flow-Through Share. The total proceeds of the Offering are approximately $76.4 million.

The Offering was led by Canaccord Genuity Corp. on behalf of a syndicate of underwriters that included Haywood Securities Inc., Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. and National Bank Financial Inc.

The gross proceeds from the sale of Flow-Through Shares will be used by the Corporation to incur eligible “Canadian exploration expenses” that will qualify as “flow-through mining expenditures” (within the meaning of Income Tax Act(Canada)) related to Osisko’s projects in Québec on or prior to December 31, 2019 for renunciation to subscribers of Flow-Through Shares effective December 31, 2018. The net proceeds from the sale of Common Shares will be used to fund exploration activities and for general corporate purposes.

All securities issued under the Offering will be subject to a hold period expiring four months and one day from the date hereof. The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any State in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

The following “insiders” of the Corporation have subscribed for Flow-Through Shares under the Offering:

Insider Insider Relationship Flow-Through Shares Purchased(#) Subscription Amount($)
John Burzynski Director and Senior Officer of Osisko; Director of 10% Securityholder of Osisko 25,000 $57,500
Sean Roosen Director of Osisko; Director and Senior Officer of 10% Securityholder of Osisko 75,000 $172,500
José Vizquerra Director and Senior Officer of Osisko 25,000 $57,500
Robert Wares Senior Officer of Osisko 500,000 $1,150,000
Bryan Coates Senior Officer of 10% Securityholder of Osisko 65,500 $150,650
Mathieu Savard Senior Officer of Osisko 10,000 23,000
André Gaumond Director of 10% Securityholder of Osisko 122,310 $281,313
Totals 822,810 $1,892,463

Each subscription by an “insider” is considered to be a “related party transaction” for purposes of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101“). Pursuant to MI 61-101, the Corporation has filed a material change report providing disclosure in relation to each “related party transaction” on SEDAR under Osisko’s issuer profile at The Corporation did not file the material change report more than 21 days before the expected closing date of the Offering as the details of the Offering and the participation therein by each “related party” of the Corporation were not settled until shortly prior to the closing of the Offering, and the Corporation wished to close the Offering on an expedited basis for sound business reasons. The Corporation is relying on exemptions from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements available under MI 61-101. The Corporation is exempt from the formal valuation requirement in section 5.4 of MI 61-101 in reliance on section 5.5(a) of MI 61-101 as the fair market value of the transaction, insofar as it involves interested parties, is not more than the 25% of the Corporation’s market capitalization. Additionally, the Corporation is exempt from minority shareholder approval requirement in section 5.6 of MI 61-101 in reliance on section 5.7(b) of MI 61-101 as the fair market value of the transaction, insofar as it involves interested parties, is not more than the 25% of the Corporation’s market capitalization.

About Osisko Mining Inc.

Osisko is a mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration, and development of precious metal resource properties in Canada. Osisko holds a 100% in the high-grade Windfall Lake gold deposit located between Val-d’Or and Chibougamau in Québec and holds a 100% undivided interest in a large area of claims in the surrounding Urban Barry area and nearby Quevillon area (over 3,300 square kilometres), a 100% interest in the Marban project located in the heart of Québec’s prolific Abitibi gold mining district, and properties in the Larder Lake Mining Division in northeast Ontario, including the Jonpol and Garrcon deposits on the Garrison property, the Buffonta past producing mine and the Gold Pike mine property. The Corporation also holds interests and options in a number of additional properties in northern Québec and Ontario.

For further information please contact:

John Burzynski
President and Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (416) 363-8653


Probe Metals Intersects 3.2 g/t Gold Over 45.5 Metres At Val-d’Or East


  • Near-surface intercept grading 3.2 g/t Au over 45.5 metres within a broader zone of 1.0 g/t over 209 metres, located 750 metres south of the Former Beliveau Mine.
  • New Beliveau Deposit resource expansion drilling returned significant intercept grading 2.8 g/t Au over 47 metres at shallow depth.
  • North Zone resource expansion drilling returned 5.7 g/t Au over 9.0 metres within a larger zone grading 1.6 g/t Au over 41.5 metres at shallow depth.
  • Infill drilling results at New Beliveau and North Zone continue to confirm bulk tonnage potential.
  • Six drills turning on the project.

Toronto, September 18, 2018 – PROBE METALS INC. (TSX-V: PRB) (OTCQB: PROBF) (“Probe” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide new results from the ongoing 85,000 metres drill program at its 100% owned Val-d’Or East project (the “Project”) located near Val-d’Or, Quebec. Results from forty-eight (48) drill holes, totaling 18,013 metres, were received and show continued expansion of the gold resource within the Pascalis Gold Trend. In July and August, the Company added a fifth and a sixth drill to follow up on recent successes and to test new gold targets in the Courvan area. Significant drill results are presented below.

David Palmer, President and CEO of Probe, states, “Two key elements of any good project are consistency and continuity of mineralization and these most recent drill results continue to demonstrate this for our Val-d’Or East project. The expansion drilling program is showing repeated success in increasing the footprint of our high-grade, near-surface mineralization while infill drilling is confirming the potential of the project to host a bulk tonnage gold system. With a strong balance sheet, the success of our exploration programs and a growing confidence in our mineralized system, we have added two drills to the fall drilling rotation. We are looking forward to accelerating our progress on the project and will keep Investors updated as we move the project forward.”

As of the most recent drilling, the New Beliveau gold deposit mineralization has been identified over an expanded area of approximately 850 metres by 1,200 metres (See Figure 1) and to a depth of over 900 metres. New drilling between the South Zone and New Beliveau deposit suggest that gold mineralization is continuous and that both zones could be connected with further drilling. In this area, holes PC-18-379 and PC-18-401 returned near-surface interesting results grading up to 3.2 g/t over 7 metres and 3.2 g/t over 45.5 metres respectively. Holes PC-18-386 and PC-18-391 to the East also returned interesting results, expanding the mineralization with near-surface intercepts grading up to 2.8 g/t over 7.6 metres and 2.8 g/t over 40 metres. At the western limit of our current resource estimate, a new higher-grade structure returning 5.1 g/t Au over 5.7 metres was intersected at 275 metres depth. This intercept is located 110 metres west of Hole PC-17-100, which previously returned 1,122 g/t Au over 0.7 metres. New drilling continues to expand our understanding of the mineralization at New Beliveau and further indicates strong potential for additional resource expansion.

These latest results also include significant drill intercepts in resource expansion at the North Zone. To the east and southeast of the resource, seven holes intersected significant mineralization including hole PC-18-367 intersecting 5.7 g/t Au over 9.0 metres within a larger zone grading 1.6 g/t Au over 41.5 metres at 100 metres depth. Holes PC-18-392 and PC-18-395, which targeted the southwest limit of the North Zone, intersected 1.8 g/t Au over 25.6 metres and 14.2 g/t Au over 2 metres respectively at shallow depth.

Infill drilling results at New Beliveau and North Zone continue to confirm bulk tonnage potential with intercepts grading up to 1.4 g/t Au over 99 metres, including 17.6 g/t Au over 4.3 metres, and 1.4 g/t Au over 73.3 metres, including 3.9 g/t Au over 5.2 metres, respectively.

Along the Pascalis Gold Trend, four drills are testing the gold system in the area west and south of the current resource estimate at New Beliveau and surrounding the North and Highway Zones. Two drills are also testing historical gold showing and lateral extensions of the Former Bussières gold mine in the Courvan area located 1 to 1.5 kilometres West of the Pascalis Gold Trend.

Mineralization intersected in the Pascalis Gold Trend is characterized mainly by sulphide-bearing quartz-tourmaline veins associated with mineralized diorite dykes cross-cutting volcanic rocks.

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Ontario’s anti-racism directorate cuts a step backwards, NDP’s Lindo says – CBC

‘There is no place in the Province of Ontario for racism,’ Minister Tibollo says

Sep 18, 2018

Cuts by the current Ontario government to the anti-racism directorate is sending the message racialized and Indigenous people in the province don’t matter, says NDP anti-racism critic Laura Mae Lindo.

Lindo said experts have been told they’re no longer needed and the government has disbanded four subcommittees of the directorate. The directorate’s mandate is to provide advice to the government to eliminate systemic racism.

Ontario’s anti-racism directorate was established in Feb. 2016 at a time when people were upset about practices like carding or street checks by police. It has held public meetings and released reports including a strategic three-year anti-racism plan.

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Jeremy Dutcher wins Polaris prize for ‘Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa’ – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Sep 18, 2018 

By David Friend


TORONTO _ Jeremy Dutcher has won the 2018 Polaris Music Prize for his album “Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa.”

The project, which is performed in the Wolastoq language, was selected by an 11-member jury as the Canadian album of the year based on its artistic merit.

The winner receives a $50,000 cash prize and heightened awareness for their album.

At the ceremony in Toronto Monday night, Dutcher began his acceptance speech in his first language, speaking to his community, before addressing the audience in English.

“Music is changing this land,” he said. “And what you see on this stage tonight, this is the future. This is what’s to come.”

The Polaris prize is considered one of the country’s most prestigious music awards. Former winners include Arcade Fire, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kaytranada and Lido Pimienta.

“Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa” was a culmination of five years of work that involved Dutcher diving into an archive of recordings of his ancestors dating back nearly a century.

The trained operatic singer, who was raised partly in the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, sang the album entirely in the endangered Wolastoq language in hopes of preserving its roots.

The idea began as an offshoot of Dutcher’s degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, where he’d switched from studying music to anthropological research on his Wolastoq community.

A suggestion by one of his elders pointed him towards a bountiful resource of information about his ancestors stored at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que.

Dutcher has said he wanted the album to help preserve the language as he saw elders dying and few young people learning to speak it.

“To do this record in my language and have it witnessed not just by my people, but people from every nation, from coast to coast, up and down Turtle Island _ we’re at the precipice of something,” he said.

Dutcher said he hopes his win marks a step in the “continuum of Indigenous excellence” that honours both the people who have come before him and the generation that follows.

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Northland Power Announces 2018 Investor Day Presentation Webcast

TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2018 — Northland Power Inc. (“Northland”) (TSX: NPI) announces the live webcast of its 2018 Investor Day presentation.

The presentation will be broadcast live with video accessible by web browser. The audio will also be accessible via telephone conference call. The presentation will be available on the Northland Power website following the event.

Webcast attendees can pre-register to receive the web and telephone access information and reminder emails. Attendees may also register on the day of the event.

Event details:
2018 Investor Day – Northland Power Inc
September 19, 2018
Dial-In: +1.888.333.7962 (Conference ID: 727272 #)
Start: 9:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (Toronto / New York)

Please visit the link of Northland’s Events Calendar webpage to pre-register ( or


Northland is an independent power producer founded in 1987, and publicly traded since 1997. Northland develops, builds, owns and operates facilities that produce ‘clean’ (natural gas) and ‘green’ (wind, solar, and hydro) energy, providing sustainable long-term value to shareholders, stakeholders, and host communities.

The Company owns or has an economic interest in 2,458 MW (net 2,029 MW) of operating generating capacity and 269 MW of generating capacity under construction – the Deutsche Bucht offshore project in the North Sea, in addition to its 60% equity stake in the 1,044 MW Hai Long projects that hold grid allocation rights.

Northland’s common shares, Series 1, Series 2 and Series 3 preferred shares and Series B and Series C convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols NPI, NPI.PR.A, NPI.PR.B, NPI.PR.C, NPI.DB.B, and NPI.DB.C, respectively.

For further information:

Contact Barb Bokla, Manager, Investor Relations, 647-288-1438
Or Sarah Charuk, Director of Communications, 647-288-1105


In the news today, Sept. 18 – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Sep 18, 2018 

Five stories in the news for Tuesday, Sept. 18



The federal government is shopping around for a retired federal judge to help guide a renewed consultation with Indigenous communities on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The Federal Court of Appeal last month quashed the approval given to the project, saying the consultation with Indigenous communities wasn’t good enough. The Liberals are still considering whether to appeal the decision, but at the same time are looking at how they can do what the court said was lacking in order to get the pipeline work back underway. An official close to the plan said one option being closely considered is hiring a former senior judge, possibly a retired Supreme Court of Canada justice, to advise the government on what would constitute meaningful consultation with Indigenous communities to satisfy the conditions of the court.



The Ontario government will be in court today seeking a stay of a court decision that stalled the province’s plans to cut Toronto city council nearly in half in the middle of an election campaign. Justice Edward Belobaba ruled that Bill 5, which slashed Toronto’s council to 25 seats from 47, violated freedom of expression rights for candidates and voters. The stay application could result in Belobaba’s ruling being put on hold until a formal appeal is heard.



The Royal Canadian Air Force is contending with a shortage of around 275 pilots. It also needs more mechanics, sensor operators and other trained personnel. The Air Force says it is working to address the deficiencies and that they have not negatively impacted operations. Still, officials acknowledge the situation has added pressure on Canada’s flying corps and will represent a real challenge for the foreseeable future.



Immigration lawyers who specialize in border issues say the federal government needs to help Canadians who take part in the legal cannabis industry with issues that could arise entering the United States. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency last week said legalization in Canada won’t change the fact that American laws treat marijuana as a banned substance, and industry insiders as drug traffickers. The lawyers say it should fall to Ottawa to help travellers who are taking part in a perfectly legal business enterprise cross the border.



Scientists have successfully tagged a great white shark for the first time in Atlantic Canadian waters. Federal fisheries officials say Heather Bowlby of the shark unit at Halifax’s Bedford Institute of Oceanography tagged the shark off southwest Nova Scotia last week. They say the tag information will assist in understanding white shark movements. Bowlby is expected to discuss her research with the media today.



_ G7 environment, oceans and energy ministers will meet in Halifax on the theme of “Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy.”

_ The Canadian Armed Forces conducts a major air disaster exercise in Yellowknife named Exercise Ready Soteria as part of Operation Nanook 2018.

_ Statistics Canada releases the monthly survey of manufacturing for July.

_ Arguments to be heard in Edmonton in the sentence appeal of Steven Vollrath, who was convicted and sent to prison for 12 years in the abduction of Richard Suter, who had driven through a restaurant patio and killed a two-year-old boy.

_ Football player Jerome Messam to appear in court in Calgary on a voyeurism charge. It’s alleged he videotaped a consensual sexual encounter in November 2016 without the woman’s knowledge.

_ The Kraft Hockeyville 2018 winning community of Lucan, Ont., hosts an NHL pre-season game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators.

_ The RCMP will hold a tree planting ceremony in Ottawa as part of an expression of regret for the internment of Italian Canadians during the Second World War.

_ Canadian musician Bryan Adams appears before the House of Commons Canadian Heritage committee to discuss remuneration models for artists and creative industries.


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