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Equinox Gold Publishes Inaugural Climate Action Report, Announces GHG Emissions Reduction Target of 25% by 2030

February 7, 2023

Equinox Gold Corp. (TSX: EQX, NYSE American: EQX) (“Equinox Gold” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce its target of a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions by 2030. Equinox Gold’s strategy for GHG emissions reduction is summarized in the Company’s inaugural Climate Action Report, which is aligned with the disclosure guidelines of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures.

Greg Smith, President & CEO of Equinox Gold, commented: “Equinox Gold has made substantial progress in understanding our carbon footprint and identifying opportunities for improvement. We are pleased to deliver our strategy to achieve a 25% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030, as outlined in our inaugural Climate Action Report. We are implementing initiatives at our producing mines that will reduce GHG emissions and operating costs while also considering GHG emissions mitigation opportunities at our development projects so we can achieve both production growth and our climate-related objectives.”

Equinox Gold’s Climate Action Report summarizes the Company’s strategy to reduce its GHG emissions and mitigate potential negative impacts of climate change on its operations. Equinox Gold supports the goals of the Paris Agreement and has adopted leading industry standards to guide its climate action strategy, including the United Nations Global Compact, the World Gold Council’s Responsible Gold Mining Principles and the Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining protocols.

Since 2020, Equinox Gold has been implementing processes to understand its carbon footprint, identify opportunities for improvement and take concrete steps towards establishing a comprehensive climate action strategy. Using baseline GHG emissions data, life-of-mine production forecasts, a detailed assessment of climate-related risks and opportunities at the Company’s mine sites, and a review of industry standards and available technology, Equinox Gold has committed to a target of reducing its Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions by 25% by 2030 compared to “business-as-usual” forecast GHG emissions in 2030 if no intervention measures were taken.

Based on an assessment of existing operations and planned expansions, Equinox Gold determined that diesel combustion in mobile equipment and electricity generation for fixed equipment account for substantially all the Company’s GHG emissions. As such, Equinox Gold’s near-term GHG emissions reduction initiatives are focused on improving the efficiency of its haul trucks, transitioning to lower emissions diesel where supply is available, reducing electricity consumption and, where possible, sourcing electricity from green power sources.

More information about the Company’s methodology, risk assessment and climate action strategy is summarized in the Climate Action Report, which is available for download at www.EquinoxGold.com.

Read Equinox Gold’s inaugural Climate Change Report here.

About Equinox Gold

Equinox Gold is a growth-focused Canadian mining company with seven operating gold mines, construction underway at a new project, and a path to achieve more than one million ounces of annual gold production from a pipeline of development and expansion projects. Equinox Gold’s common shares are listed on the TSX and the NYSE American under the trading symbol EQX. Further information about Equinox Gold’s portfolio of assets and long-term growth strategy is available at www.equinoxgold.com or by email at ir@equinoxgold.com.

Equinox Gold Contacts

Greg Smith, President & CEO
Rhylin Bailie, Vice President Investor Relations
Tel: +1 604-558-0560
Email: ir@equinoxgold.com

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Public Notice – Call for Applications: Minister of Environment and Climate Change’s Advisory Council on Impact Assessment

From: Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

February 7, 2023 — The Government of Canada is seeking applications from individuals interested in becoming members of the Minister’s Advisory Council on impact assessment (the Council).

The Council provides independent and objective advice to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change on issues related to the implementation of impact assessments, as well as regional and strategic assessments, under the Impact Assessment Act.

The Council is composed of seven to 12 members with varied experience and diverse backgrounds to ensure broad and inclusive views that reflect regional perspectives and diversity of experience.

Indigenous Peoples, the public and representatives from industry, academia, non-governmental organizations and government (except current federal public service employees) are encouraged to apply.

For information on qualifications and the application process, please see the Call for Applications. Applications will be accepted until April 11, 2023.

For media inquiries, please contact the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada’s media relations team by writing to media@iaac-aeic.gc.ca or by calling 343-549-3870.

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Statement from the Governor General at the Press Conference at the Presidential Palace in Finland

February 7, 2023

Hello,

I have had the pleasure of visiting Finland many times in my professional life. Today, I’m delighted to be back as governor general of Canada to celebrate the links that bind our two countries.

Diplomatic visits are how countries demonstrate the importance and value of our relationships with the international community. Last November, we marked 75 years of our bilateral relationship, and I’m here to show unwavering support to Finland and the Arctic. I’m convinced that this visit will further enhance our already strong partnership.

I’m grateful to President Niinistö for the chance to exchange perspectives on a wide range of issues. Our long-standing friendship is based on strong people-to-people connections, shared values and, most importantly, trust. We trust each other to do what’s right, whether that is for climate change, for peace and security, for democracy, for human rights, for multilateralism or for the Arctic.

As an Inuk, raised in Canada’s Arctic, the Arctic is an issue I’m very familiar with, and I know that the close co-operation of Canada and Finland in this region benefits both our countries, and our citizens, including our Indigenous peoples. I know from experience that Finland is an essential partner to address the most pressing challenges, such as climate change.

I’m looking forward to discussions with people in Finland who are making a difference. I’m also eager to meet with young people, who are contributing to the conversations that will impact their future.

This is also a pivotal point in time of international unrest, as we will soon mark the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Canada is pleased to be an early supporter of Finland’s request to join NATO, which we believe will make this organization even stronger. We look forward to working alongside you as part of this important organization.

I often use the word ajuinnata, a concept that has great meaning for Inuit. It means persevering in the face of obstacles. It means to never give up. It’s not unlike a Finnish term, sisu, which means a strength of will and determination.

In the spirit of ajuinnata, and sisu, I encourage us to continue our commitment to work together on important global issues.

To act now, when it is most critical.

To inspire collaboration between Arctic and non-Arctic …nations; between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

To stand together in support of Ukraine.  In support of peace.

And, to combat climate change at the source, treating both the symptoms and the disease.

I greatly look forward to continuing my State visit to Finland, Canada’s long-standing friend and partner.

Thank you.

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Working together to improve health care for Canadians

February 7, 2023

As Canadians, we place a lot of value in our universal, public health care system. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been living up to expectations. Across the country, patients seeking emergency care are finding their emergency rooms overwhelmed or even closed. People are waiting for surgeries that are postponed or cancelled. The health care system and the workers who uphold it are under enormous strain, a situation that was exacerbated by the pandemic, and needs immediate action to deliver better health care for Canadians.

Today, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and his provincial and territorial counterparts met to work together on improving Canada’s health care system. Prime Minister Trudeau and premiers discussed shared health priorities to deliver real results for Canadians as well as the importance to uphold the Canada Health Act to protect Canada’s publicly funded health care system. Canadians must have equitable access to medical care based on their needs, not their ability to pay.

At the working meeting with premiers, the federal government announced it will increase health funding to provinces and territories by $196.1 billion over 10 years, including $46.2 billion in new funding. This funding includes the following elements:

  • An immediate, unconditional $2 billion Canada Health Transfer (CHT) top-up to address immediate pressures on the health care system, especially in pediatric hospitals and emergency rooms, and long wait times for surgeries. This builds on previous CHT top-ups that total $6.5 billion provided throughout the pandemic.
  • A 5 per cent CHT guarantee for the next five years, which will be provided through annual top-up payments as required. This is projected to provide an additional $17.3 billion over 10 years in new support. The last top-up payment will be rolled into the CHT base at the end of the five years to ensure a permanent funding increase, providing certainty and sustainability to provinces and territories. With this guarantee, the CHT is projected to grow by 33 per cent over the next five years, and 61 per cent over the next 10 years.
  • $25 billion over 10 years to advance shared health priorities through tailored bilateral agreements that will support the needs of people in each province and territory in four areas of shared priority:
    • family health services;
    • health workers and backlogs;
    • mental health and substance use; and
    • a modernized health system.

These additional federal investments will be contingent on continued health care investments by provinces and territories. This funding builds on the $7.8 billion over five years that has yet to flow to provinces and territories for mental health and substance use, home and community care, and long-term care.

  • $1.7 billion over five years to support hourly wage increases for personal support workers and related professions, as federal, provincial, and territorial governments work together on how best to support recruitment and retention.
  • $150 million over five years for the Territorial Health Investment Fund in recognition of medical travel and the cost of delivering health care in the territories.

In addition, the government will work with Indigenous partners to provide additional support for Indigenous health priorities:

  • $2 billion over 10 years to address the unique challenges Indigenous Peoples face when it comes to fair and equitable access to quality and culturally safe health care services. The government will work with Indigenous partners to prioritize investments.

These investments, on top of already significant funding, will help build a health care system that includes:

  • access to high-quality family health services when they need them, including in rural and remote areas, and for underserved communities;
  • a resilient and supported health care workforce that provides high-quality, effective, and safe health care services;
  • access to timely, equitable, and quality mental health, substance use, and addictions services to support Canadians’ well-being;
  • access to a patient’s own electronic health information that is shared between the health professionals they consult; and
  • access to home care and safe long-term care so Canadians can age safely and live in dignity.

While provinces and territories are already taking steps to advance work on these shared priorities, Canadians expect more concrete actions to improve health care services. The funding announced today can help accelerate progress.

Canadians deserve to know what progress is being made. That is why to access their share of the federal funding, including the 5 per cent CHT guarantee, provincial and territorial governments are asked to commit to improving how health information is collected, shared, used, and reported to Canadians to promote greater transparency on results, and to help manage public health emergencies. Canadians should be able to access their own health information and benefit from it being shared between health workers, across health settings, and across jurisdictions. That is why provinces and territories are also asked to agree to adopt common standards and policies related to data.

The Government of Canada recognizes that provinces and territories have their own unique circumstances. As such, bilateral agreements are intended to be flexible, and provinces and territories will have options to tailor these agreements to address the unique needs of their populations and geography. As part of these agreements, provincial and territorial governments are asked to develop action plans that will outline how funds will be spent and how progress will be measured. Investments are to be centered around the following four shared health priorities: family health care; health workforce and backlogs; mental health and substance use; and modernizing the health care system with standardized information and digital tools. Each province and territory will have flexibility in designing their action plans, including the addition of targeted results with indicators that are tailored to their realities.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we showed that we can work together to tackle big challenges. The Government of Canada will continue to work in collaboration with provinces and territories on next steps, in the best interest of Canadians, their families, and health care workers. We will work to deliver concrete outcomes for Canadians and improve the health care system that Canadians value and depend on.

Quotes

“Today’s announcement is about strengthening our health care system to address existing challenges and provide Canadians with the safe, high-quality care they need and deserve, including when it comes to mental health. Building on the lessons of the pandemic, we will continue to take a Team Canada approach to deliver the best results for patients, support our health care workers, and protect our health care system now and into the future.”

The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“It is clear to Canadians that we need to invest in strengthening Canada’s public health care system and ensure better health care outcomes for Canadians across the country. The investments we are prepared to make today will help Canadians access the high quality, public, and timely health care they deserve.”

The Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

“Canadians deserve better health care and we need immediate actions to address current and future challenges. These investments will support those actions so that people have timely access to family health services and that we have less people waiting for treatments, diagnosis, and surgeries, and more mental health and substance use services across the country. We must also work together to collect, share, and use health information to strengthen and improve the delivery of health care while continuing to support our health care workers.”

The Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health

“Our government continues to work with our partners across the country to build a better health care system. Today’s working meeting builds on our shared objective of ensuring all Canadians, regardless of where they live or their ability to pay, can access the care they need, when they need it. I look forward to working with our provincial and territorial partners in the coming weeks to deliver on Canadians’ priorities.”

The Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities

“Mental health is health, and through these bilateral agreements, we are working with provinces and territories to integrate mental health and substance use care as a full and equal part of our universal health care system. These agreements will work to provide greater access to mental health services, reduce substance use harms, and lower stigma. Together, we must ensure that all Canadians have access to supports and services for their mental health and well-being – when they need them, wherever they need them.”

The Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health

Quick Facts

  • The Canada Health Transfer (CHT) is the largest major federal transfer to provinces and territories. It provides long-term, predictable funding for health care and supports the principles of the Canada Health Act. CHT payments are made on an equal per capita basis to provide comparable treatment for all Canadians, regardless of where they live. The CHT grows in line with a three-year moving average of nominal gross domestic product, with total funding guaranteed to increase by at least 3 per cent per year. In 2023-24, the federal government will provide a total of $49.4 billion to provinces and territories under the CHT, an increase of 9.3 per cent, or $4.2 billion, from 2022-23.
  • The funding outlined today is in addition to $11 billion in existing funding ($6 billion remaining) through the 2017 bilateral agreements on Home Care and Mental Health (to 2026-27), and $3 billion for long-term care provided in Budget 2021.
  • As part of today’s announcement, the Government of Canada will provide $505 million over five years to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, Canada Health Infoway, and federal data partners to work with provinces and territories on developing new health data indicators, and to support the creation of a Centre of Excellence on health workforce data and underpin efforts to use data to improve health care.
  • The CHT, along with historical tax point transfers for health to provinces and territories dating back to the 1970s, accounts for nearly one third of all the money provinces and territories spend on health care. The value of these tax points is $25 billion in 2022-23.
  • In addition to the CHT, the Government of Canada has made significant targeted investments to support health systems, including more than $72 billion over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the health and safety of Canadians. More than eight out of every 10 dollars provided to fight COVID-19 and support Canadians was provided by the federal government.
  • The federal government works collaboratively and in partnership with Indigenous partners and communities to support improved access to high quality, culturally appropriate health services, greater Indigenous control of health services, and improved health outcomes. Each year, the government invests approximately $5 billion in Indigenous health. This includes important new investments announced since 2021 to support further progress, including:
    • $354 million over five years to increase the number of nurses and other medical professionals in remote and isolated First Nations communities;
    • $250 million over five years to further support recruitment and retention of health professionals on reserve;
    • $825 million over three years for distinctions-based mental health and wellness strategies;
    • $127 million over three years to foster health systems free from racism and discrimination; and
    • $107 million over three years to continue efforts to transform how health services are designed and delivered by First Nations communities.

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Supreme Court of Canada Appeal Heard – 2023-02-07

Supreme Court of Canada / Cour suprême du Canada

(Le français suit)

APPEAL HEARD

February 7, 2023

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada announced today that the following appeal was heard.

APPEL ENTENDU

Le 7 février 2023

Pour diffusion immédiate

OTTAWA – La Cour suprême du Canada a annoncé aujourd’hui que l’appel suivant a été entendu.

Cindy Dickson v. Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (Y.T.) (Civil) (By Leave) (39856)

Coram:       Wagner C.J. and Côté, Rowe, Martin, Kasirer, Jamal and O’Bonsawin JJ.

RESERVED / EN DÉLIBÉRÉ

Supreme Court of Canada / Cour suprême du Canada :

comments-commentaires@scc-csc.ca

(613) 995-4330

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Media Advisory: Governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nunavut to Sign Memorandum of Understanding

February 7, 2023

The Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable P.J. Akeeagok, Premier of Nunavut, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding tomorrow (Wednesday, February 8) in Ottawa.

The announcement and signing ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (12:00 p.m. AST, 12:30 p.m. NST) at the Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario.

Joining the Premiers as signatories to the MOU are the Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs and Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable Pamela Hakongak Gross, Deputy Premier, Government of Nunavut. Perry Trimper, MHA for Lake Melville will also be in attendance.

Interested media are advised to contact Allan Bock (allanbock@gov.nl.ca) to receive further information about the announcement and signing ceremony.

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Indigenous leaders want seat at health-care reform talks – Timmins Today

‘I’m very disappointed that we’re not there and that they’re advocating on our behalf when really our First Nation leaders should be there,’ says grand chief

As the country’s top politicians sit down to talk about health-care reform, Indigenous leaders are looking for a seat at the table.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is meeting with provincial and territorial premiers today to work on a new health funding deal. The premiers are looking for a substantial increase in the federal government’s healthcare funding to the provinces and territories.

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald wrote to the Prime Minister asking to be at the discussions. The request was denied, however, she was assured by cabinet ministers that the federal government would “advocate” for First Nations’ health priorities, according to the AFN.

Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus, Mushkegowuk Grand Chief Alison Linklater and Kashechewan Chief Gaius Wesley held a news conference this morning pushing for Indigenous inclusion in health-care negotiations. They all support the discussions taking place.

Read More: https://www.timminstoday.com/local-news/indigenous-leaders-want-seat-at-health-care-reform-talks-6497821

International commission to offer advice on unmarked graves – APTN News

Feb 07, 2023

Ottawa is spending $2 million for an international organization to provide Indigenous communities with options for identifying possible human remains buried near former residential school sites.

The office of Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller said in a statement Tuesday it is signing a technical agreement with the International Commission on Missing Persons.

Based out of The Hague, the organization works in different countries to help identify the remains of those who have disappeared or been killed in conflicts and disasters, including after the 2013 Lac-Megantic rail disaster in Quebec.

“Indigenous communities across Canada are leading the difficult and important work of uncovering the truth at the sites of former residential schools, and our government will continue to support them in that process, whether they choose to use the services of the (organization) or not,” the minister said in a statement.

Miller’s office said the organization will undertake a “cross-country outreach campaign” with Indigenous communities interested in options to help identify or repatriate the possible remains of children who were forced to attend residential schools.

Read More: https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/ottawa-spending-2m-for-international-commission-to-offer-advice-on-unmarked-graves/

NAN Supports Mushkegowuk Leaders Shut Out of Federal/Provincial Meeting on Health Funding

February 7, 2023

THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Derek Fox expressed support for Grand Chief Alison Linklater and the Mushkegowuk Council of Chiefs rallying in Ottawa today to defend their Treaty right to equitable health-care.

“Our leaders are extremely disappointed that they have been shut out of today’s discussions between federal and provincial leaders. I fully support the position of Grand Chief Linklater and the Mushkegowuk Chiefs. Meaningful progress to address the inequities in health-care for our people cannot be made without true collaboration at federal level meetings,” said Grand Chief Derek Fox during a press conference in Thunder Bay. “Decisions about our communities cannot be made behind closed doors. The best way forward is for our leaders to be engaged as partners to make decisions over who delivers health-care services, and how health-care services are delivered in their communities.”

Mushkegowuk Grand Chief Linklater and Chiefs held a press conference in Ottawa this morning after being denied a seat at the table when the Prime Minister meets with Premiers this afternoon.

“Every decision made in Toronto and Ottawa directly impacts NAN First Nations. We need to be part of those discussions, especially when it comes to funding formulas and structures,” said Alvin Fiddler, NAN’s Lead and Negotiator on Health Transformation. “The current system is drastically underfunded and is failing our people. Not being part of these conversions goes against our Treaties, the Charter of Relationship Principles Governing Health System Transformation in NAN Territory, and does not help us move forward on the path to reconciliation.”

NAN Chiefs declared a Health and Public Health Emergency in 2016 due to decades of perpetual crisis and persistent health care inequities. This came after a nursing station’s oxygen supply ran out, contributing to the tragic death of a NAN member. Seven years later, some communities are still running short of such basic supplies.

NAN signed the Charter with the federal and provincial governments in 2017 to develop and sustain a renewed relationship for transformative change to the existing heath system at the NAN community level.

NAN calls on the Prime Minister and the Premier of Ontario to honour the Charter and include NAN leadership in all discussions impacting the health and well-being of NAN citizens.

For more information please contact:
Michael Heintzman,
Director of Communications
Cell: (807) 621-2790
mheintzman@nan.ca

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MNO ELCC Family Supports information sessions

February 6, 2023

The Métis Nation of Ontario’s Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Family Supports team invites parents/guardians to attend a series of information sessions to learn more about the MNO’s Family Supports Programs.

PLEASE NOTE: These sessions are specific to Métis Nation of Ontario Citizen families currently or interested in being supported by these programs and eligible for Direct Benefits Programs and Services, which can be found here: https://www.metisnation.org/dbps/.

Each Métis Family Supports Information Session will cover the same information with ample time for questions at the end of the session. You will also have an opportunity to meet the Family Supports Team, who supports all our Métis families across the province. Topics that will be discussed include; the Child Care Subsidy, Child Care Stipend, and Extra-curricular Program. Information on the new application process for the 2023-34 Extra-curricular program will also be shared.

The Family Supports Information Sessions will take place from March 4th to 9th, 2023. Each information session will cover the same topics and have time for discussion and questions. Parents and guardians only need to attend one session to obtain all Family Supports program information.

2023 Family Supports Information Session Schedule
Registration Period: February 6 – 24, 2023

  • Session 1 – Saturday, March 4, 2023
    • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
  • Session 2 – Saturday, March 4, 202
    •  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST
  • Session 3 – Wednesday, March 8, 2023
    • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
  • Session 4 – Wednesday, March 8, 2023
    • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST
  • Session 5 – Thursday, March 9, 2023
    • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST
  • Session 6 – Thursday, March 9, 2023
    • 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST

Eligibility Criteria: The Family Support Information Sessions will be available for parents/guardians who meet the following criteria:

  • One participant per Family must be a Métis Nation of Ontario Citizen and must reside in Ontario
  • Have at least one child between the ages of 0-12 years
  • Ability to access the internet and have a device to connect to Zoom
  • Willing to participate in a digital environment

When registering for the information sessions, please use “Family Supports Information Session” as the subject line and include the following information in your e-mail:

  • The session you are interested in
  •  Your name, e-mail, and phone number
  • MNO Citizenship Number (and name if different than the person registering)
  • Your MNO Region
  • Number of children in your household between the ages of 0-12

If you want to sign up for one of the sessions, please e-mail elccsupport@metisnation.org to register.

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