Hydro One begins community outreach on proposed high-voltage line to increase available power and support economic growth in northwestern Ontario

Hydro One begins community outreach on proposed high-voltage line to increase available power and support economic growth in northwestern Ontario

THUNDER BAY, ON, April 24, 2019  – Hydro One today announced the start of its community engagement and environmental assessment on a proposed 230 kV transmission line that will bolster power between Thunder Bay, Atikokan and Dryden. Formerly referred to as the Northwest Bulk Transmission Line, the Waasigan Transmission Line will support economic growth, increase available power and improve reliability in northwestern Ontario. Waasigan is an Ojibwe word meaning “bringing power” and it was selected by the company with local Indigenous community members in recognition of the traditional territories the line will cross.

“Hydro One is proud to power northern Ontario and we want to continue building critical infrastructure that will grow and strengthen the businesses and communities in the region,” said Jason Fitzsimmons, Chief Corporate Affairs and Customer Care Officer, Hydro One. “Community engagement is an essential first step in building a safe, strong and reliable system that will bring jobs and economic growth to northwestern Ontario.”

Initial outreach sessions will be held from May 13 – 15 in Thunder Bay, Kakabeka Falls, Ignace, Atikokan and Dryden.

“Hydro One believes in working with Indigenous communities, residents, businesses and community groups to develop a project plan founded on local input, participation and support,” said Fitzsimmons. “We will work closely with communities in northwestern Ontario in the spirit of collaboration, mutual respect and trust.”

Through the expertise of local employees and contractors, Hydro One is committed to supporting future infrastructure needs and economic growth in northern Ontario. Last year, Hydro One injected approximately $1.3 billion into the economy by buying goods and services from Ontario businesses.

Engagement sessions:

Monday, May 13, 2019

Thunder Bay

5 – 7 p.m. EDT

Valhalla Inn, Ball Room

1 Valhalla Inn Rd., Thunder Bay

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Kakabeka Falls


5 – 7 p.m. EDT

5 – 7 p.m. CDT

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 225

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 168

4556 Trans-Canada Hwy., Kakabeka Falls

106 Front St., Ignace

Wednesday, May 15, 2019



5 – 7 p.m. EDT

5 – 7 p.m. CDT

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 145

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 63

115 O’Brien St., Atikokan

34 Queen St., Dryden

About Hydro One:
We are Ontario’s largest electricity transmission and distribution provider with almost 1.4 million valued customers, over C$25.7 billion in assets and 2018 annual revenues of over C$6.2 billion. Our team of approximately 8,600 skilled and dedicated employees proudly build and maintain a safe and reliable electricity system which is essential to supporting strong and successful communities. In 2018, Hydro One invested almost $1.6 billion in its 30,000 circuit km of high-voltage transmission and 123,000 circuit km of primary distribution networks and injected approximately $1.3 billion into the economy by buying goods and services in Ontario. We are committed to the communities where we live and work through community investment, sustainability and diversity initiatives. We are one of only six utility companies in Canada to achieve the Sustainable Electricity Company designation from the Canadian Electricity Association. Through Hydro One Telecom Inc.’s extensive fibre optic network, we also provide advanced broadband telecommunications services on a wholesale basis. Hydro One Limited’s common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: H).

For further information: 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.


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Media Advisory – Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards

April 24, 2019

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will present the 2019 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) during a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Friday, April 26, 2019, at 6 p.m. The Governor General will also attend the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, on Saturday, April 27.

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Laureates
Laureates of the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award are selected from the fields of classical music, dance, film, popular music, broadcasting, and theatre.
Recipients of these awards are nominated by the general public.

Louise Bessette, concert pianist
Colm Feore, stage, film and television actor
Rick Mercer, satirist, comedian, screenwriter, actor and humanitarian
Lorraine Pintal, actress, director, writer and artistic director
Mavis Staines, innovative dance educator, collaborator and leader

Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism
in the Performing Arts Laureate
Recognizes outstanding contributions by an individual or group in voluntary service to the performing arts in Canada. Recipients of this award are also nominated by the general public.

E. Noël Spinelli

National Arts Centre Award Laureate
Recognizes the work of an extraordinary nature by an individual artist or company in the past performance year. Recipients are selected by the NAC board of trustees from a list of candidates proposed by a nominating committee of NAC artistic programmers.

Sandra Oh, Actor and producer

GGPAA Mentorship Program

Each year, a past laureate of the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award is invited to select a professional artist (or artists) to share, learn and grow from the experience and insight of their mentor. This year’s mentor is the distinguished documentary filmmaker and activist Alanis Obomsawin (2008 recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award). The protégé is First Nations artist and filmmaker Gop Bartibogue.

About the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards
Created in 1992 by the late Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, then-Governor General, and his wife, Gerda, the awards are presented annually to Canadians whose extraordinary achievements have contributed significantly to the enrichment of Canada’s cultural life. For more information, visit www.ggpaa.ca.


Media wishing to cover this event are asked to confirm their attendance with the
Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no
later than 5:45 p.m. on the day of the ceremony.

Media information:

To cover the award presentation at Rideau Hall:
Josephine Laframboise
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-668-1929 (cell)

For more information on the awards or to arrange interviews with the laureates:
Shane O’Neill
Earnscliffe Strategy Group


Thunder Bay will help ease transition for Kashechewan evacuees, deputy fire chief says – CBC

About 200 people from the often flood-threatened James Bay community in Thunder Bay

Apr 24, 2019

A deputy fire chief in Thunder Bay, Ont., says the city will do more than just help provide shelter for the roughly 200 evacuees from Kashechewan First Nation staying in the city.

Residents have to temporarily leave the James Bay Cree First Nation every spring to escape the Albany River’s floodwaters. This year’s evacuation, originally scheduled for April 21, was moved up with five flights arriving in Thunder Bay over the Easter weekend.

Thunder Bay is one of several host cities for people fleeing the First Nation, along with Timmins, Kapuskasing and Cornwall.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/kashechewan-thunder-bay-evacuees-1.5108706

Ontario and Great Lakes Guardians’ Council Meet to Discuss Great Lakes, Water Protection

April 23, 2019

Ontario’s government is working to protect what matters most by identifying priorities for action to help protect the water quality and ecosystems of the Great Lakes and other waterways as part of its commitment in the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan.

Today, Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and Grand Council Chief Glen Hare co-chaired the Great Lakes Guardian Council, which includes leaders from across Ontario including municipalities, First Nations and Métis communities, environmental organizations, and the science community, to discuss challenges and opportunities around the Great Lakes. The Council meeting updated participants on issues such as excess road salt, plastic pollution, harmful algae, and sewer overflows in waterways. They also discussed the government’s efforts to update Ontario’s Great Lakes Strategy and negotiation of a new Canada-Ontario Great Lakes Agreement with the federal government.

“This was my first meeting with the Great Lakes Guardians’ Council and the exchange of ideas from partners around the table and dialogue about how to tackle the pressures on our water resources and protect our Great Lakes was extremely valuable,” said Minister Phillips. “We will take what we learned from today’s Council meeting along with future consultations to inform the actions we will take together to protect our Great Lakes and keep our water clean.”

The meeting also honoured the legacy of the late Josephine Mandamin, an Anishinaabe grandmother, Elder, water protector, and activist. In 2003, she co-founded Mother Earth Water Walk, circumnavigating the shores of all five Great Lakes to raise awareness about the condition of these waterways. Josephine’s total kilometres walked for the water has been tallied at over 25,000 kilometers. In the role of Chief Commissioner of the Anishinabek Nation Women’s Water Commission, Josephine was a predominant contributor and respected leader at the Great Lakes Guardians’ Council.

“Through all of the years of Josephine’s determination and dedication to raise awareness through her legendary Great Lakes Water Walks, it is my hope that the world hears her message – that water is life!” stated Grand Council Chief Hare. “Our world is a better place because of Josephine’s efforts and those of us who will continue her work to protect our life-giving Nibi, not only to honour her legacy, but to ensure water, the world over, is protected. What a remarkable Anishinaabkwe we have had the absolute pleasure of knowing and learning from.”

Convening the Great Lakes Guardians’ Council is part of the government’s Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan to protect our air, land and water, prevent and reduce litter and waste, support Ontarians to continue to do their share to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help communities and families increase their resilience to climate change. As part of the Environment Plan, Ontario will release a water discussion paper in the coming weeks to engage the public in a dialogue about key actions we can take to better protect our water resources.

Quick Facts

  • The Great Lakes provide drinking water to more than 70 per cent of Ontarians and their watersheds are home to more than 30,000 species of fish, birds and other living things.
  • Ontario’s more than 250,000 lakes, including the Great Lakes, contain about one fifth of the world’s fresh water.
  • The Great Lakes Guardians’ Council provides an opportunity for collaboration between participants from Ontario’s key sectors, municipalities, First Nations and Métis communities, environmental organizations, recreation and tourism, industry, the science community and other partners to discuss priority Great Lakes issues.

Additional Resources


“We heard loud and clear today that Lake Ontario may be the most valuable body of water in Canada, with nine million people drinking from it. It is vital that we help more people to connect with the lake so they can understand and respect the value of water. With more industry, business and real estate development happening on the lake, we are seeing increasing concerns over sewage and pollution. The Council and government’s Environment Plan raise the profile of this challenge, and we look forward to making progress on this important issue.”

Mark Mattson
Swim Drink Fish Canada

“Recognizing how important it is to balance the economy and the environment, the Council meeting today provided a platform for the exchange of ideas around how best to work together to develop innovative and practical solutions to issues related to plastic waste and to set the stage for more focused dialogue related to a circular economy and materials marketplace in the binational Great Lakes Region.”

Christopher Hilkene
Pollution Probe

“Road salt provides safer winter roads and walkways, but excessive use is polluting our waterways. This toxic substance builds up in our rivers and creeks making them uninhabitable for freshwater wildlife. We are working through the Council and with partners in business and government to limit road salt use in a way that ensures both safe roads and sidewalks and safe, healthy freshwater ecosystems year-round.”

Elizabeth Hendriks
Vice-President, Freshwater Conservation, WWF-Canada

Media Contacts

Emily Hogeveen
Minister’s Office

Gary Wheeler
Communications Branch MECP


Peninsula land claim trial includes local hearings – Owen Sound Sun Times

April 24, 2019

The Saugeen Ojibway Nation’s multi-billion-dollar peninsula land claim and aboriginal title waterbed claim, which go to trial Thursday, will include hearings at Saugeen and Neyaashiinigmiing.

The trial begins in Toronto and most of the 200-plus days scheduled to complete it will be done there.

But hearings will move to the Cape Croker Community Centre April 29 to May 3 at Neyaashiinigmiing, and to the James Mason Memorial Cultural & Recreational Centre May 13 to 17, at Saugeen First Nation, a news release from SON said Wednesday.

On Tuesday Chief Greg Nadjiwon, of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceeded First Nation, where the first local hearings will be held, said he was feeling “positive” about the claim.

Read More: https://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/news/local-news/peninsula-land-claim-trial-includes-local-hearings

Indigenous Guardians Pilot Program


In the 2017 Budget, the Government of Canada announced $25 million over four years to support an Indigenous Guardians Pilot Program. This program will provide Indigenous Peoples with greater opportunity to exercise responsibility in stewardship of their traditional lands, waters, and ice.

The Pilot Program supports Indigenous rights and responsibilities in protecting and conserving ecosystems, developing and maintaining sustainable economies, and continuing the profound connections between Canadian landscape and Indigenous culture.

The Pilot Program will inform a long-term approach for a potential National Indigenous Guardians Network.

Individual approach for First Nations, Inuit and Métis

The Pilot Program is being implemented jointly with First Nations, Inuit, and Metis using an individual approach that respects and recognizes the unique perspectives, rights, responsibilities and needs of Indigenous Peoples.

  • First Nations
  • Inuit
  • Métis

Eligible organizations

Indigenous communities, Indigenous Nations, governments, and representative organizations are eligible for funding under the Pilot Program.

Eligible activities

The kinds of initiatives eligible for funding under the Pilot Program include:

  • research
  • surveys
  • inventories and monitoring
  • collection and gathering of Indigenous traditional knowledge
  • conservation planning
  • outreach and education
  • best management land-use practice
  • capacity building
  • training
  • species management/restoration
  • species protection
  • species and habitat threat abatement
  • habitat improvement
  • habitat management for maintenance and improvement of ecosystem services

Application process

Application processes are being co-developed with Indigenous groups. Funding opportunities are likely to include both single and multi-year options.  We will post details on the funding process, selection and assessment criteria, and timelines when available.

Early round of funding

With the aim of proceeding quickly with funding over the fall of 2018, the Pilot Program has provided funds to a number of guardian programs across the country. Proposals were sourced through individual groups’ expressions of interest, discussions with Indigenous groups and national Indigenous organizations, and relevant submissions received by other federal departments.

Map of funded programs

See the Indigenous Guardians Pilot Program map for more information on the funded programs.

For more information

For more information, please contact the Indigenous Guardians Pilot Program team by email at ec.gardiensautochtones-indigenousguardians.ec@canada.ca.

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Bank of Canada maintains overnight rate target at 1 ¾ per cent

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¾ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ per cent.

Global economic growth has slowed by more than the Bank forecast in its January Monetary Policy Report (MPR). Ongoing uncertainty related to trade conflicts has undermined business sentiment and activity, contributing to a synchronous slowdown across many countries. In response, many central banks have signalled a slower pace of monetary policy normalization. Financial conditions and market sentiment have improved as a result, pushing up prices for oil and other commodities.

Global economic activity is expected to pick up during 2019 and average 3 ¼ per cent over the projection period, supported by accommodative financial conditions and as a number of temporary factors weighing on growth fade. This is roughly in line with the global economy’s potential and a modest downgrade to the Bank’s January projection.

In Canada, growth during the first half of 2019 is now expected to be slower than was anticipated in January. Last year’s oil price decline and ongoing transportation constraints have curbed investment and exports in the energy sector. Investment and exports outside the energy sector, meanwhile, have been negatively affected by trade policy uncertainty and the global slowdown. Weaker-than-anticipated housing and consumption also contributed to slower growth.

The Bank expects growth to pick up, starting in the second quarter of this year. Housing activity is expected to stabilize given continued population gains, the fading effects of past housing policy changes, and improved global financial conditions. Consumption will be underpinned by strong growth in employment income. Outside of the oil and gas sector, investment will be supported by high rates of capacity utilization and exports will expand with strengthening global demand. Meanwhile, the contribution to growth from government spending has been revised down in light of Ontario’s new budget.

Overall, the Bank projects real GDP growth of 1.2 per cent in 2019 and around 2 per cent in 2020 and 2021. This forecast implies a modest widening of the output gap, which will be absorbed over the projection period.

CPI and measures of core inflation are all close to 2 per cent. CPI inflation will likely dip in the third quarter, largely because of the dynamics of gasoline prices, before returning to about 2 per cent by year end. Taking into account the effects of the new carbon pollution charge, as well as modest excess capacity, the Bank expects inflation to remain around 2 per cent through 2020 and 2021.

Given all of these developments, Governing Council judges that an accommodative policy interest rate continues to be warranted. We will continue to evaluate the appropriate degree of monetary policy accommodation as new data arrive. In particular, we are monitoring developments in household spending, oil markets, and global trade policy to gauge the extent to which the factors weighing on growth and the inflation outlook are dissipating.

Information note

The next scheduled date for announcing the overnight rate target is May 29, 2019. The next full update of the Bank’s outlook for the economy and inflation, including risks to the projection, will be published in the MPR on July 10, 2019.


Bridging Finance proud supporter of the Wiikwemkoong Robotics Team

WIKWEMIKONG, MANITOULIN ISLAND (April 23, 2019) —The Wiikwemkoong Robotics Team 5672 have been successful in achieving the financial support they needed to attend the FIRST Robotics World Championships. A generous donation came in from Bridging Finance Inc. to cover the budget needed to attend the Championships on April 24 — 27, 2019.

In a statement, CEO David Sharpe, said “Bridging Finance and I are very proud to support the Wikwemikong High School Robotics Team on their trip to the World Championships in Detroit. We are proud of the incredible accomplishments of the Wiky Robotics Team as they inspire Indigenous youth across the country to reach for their goals. I am also impressed with the leadership of Ogimaa Peltier and greatly admire his leadership and support of youth and children in the community.”

Ogimaa Duke Peltier congratulated the Team for its fundraising efforts. “It was great to hear David Sharpe and Bridging Finance Inc. took up the challenge to support the Team. We very much appreciate it. I would also like to thank all of the ongoing support from our teams’ sponsors: Oakridge Place, Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation, Metal Supermarkets, Jazz Solar, TD Bank, RBC Wealth Management, Argosy Foundation, SnoLab, Testmark Laboratories, and Microsoft.”

The Team will be competing against 400 of the best teams in the world. Their Chairman’s team will compete for Worlds in the robotics competition and Mary Pangowish will compete for the Dean’s List. The Chairman’s Award recognizes the impact of the team in inspiring Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) in their community and beyond.

Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory wish the team all the best in the competitions and will be cheering them on!

For more information, contact: Ogimaa Duke Peltier (705) 919-3871 Christopher J Mara, First Robotics Canada Mentor Team 5672 (705) 859-2870


Cullen and Rankin: A Tyee Conversation – TheTyee.ca

The two New Democrats look back and ahead as they make their parliamentary exit.

For political junkies, the seemingly never-ending story surrounding the SNC-Lavalin scandal has been a gift that keeps on giving.

Cabinet ministers quitting and then being tossed from the Liberal caucus. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s closest advisors resigning. Chaos on budget day when the Conservatives loudly protested the Liberals’ decision to end the justice committee investigation into the scandal. Trudeau threatening to sue Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.

For New Democrat members of Parliament Nathan Cullen and Murray Rankin, the SNC-Lavalin situation remains shrouded in mystery over high-profile departures, unanswered questions, alleged political interference and possible lapses in judgment.

Both B.C. MPs participated in the justice committee hearings and were present on Feb. 27 when Wilson-Raybould delivered her explosive testimony. But their work on the SNC-Lavalin file could end before the matter is unraveled, resolved, investigated by the RCMP or subject to a public inquiry — as called for by both the New Democratic and Conservative parties — or ultimately judged on by Canadians in the October election.

Read More: https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/04/24/Cullen-Rankin-Conversation/

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