OSC publishes Seniors Strategy

first_imgSenior couple with skis, mountain backgroung 8402093 – portrait of senior couple in ski resort How dealers can protect vulnerable clients “The OSC’s vision is a stronger and more secure financial future for all Ontario seniors,” says Tyler Fleming, director of the investor office at the OSC, in a statement. “Our comprehensive approach includes targeted policy, operational, research and educational initiatives to ensure that older Ontarians’ needs are appropriately met by the province’s securities industry.”The strategy covers a number of pre-existing initiatives, such as the ongoing effort to sort out the confusing array of titles that are used in the investment business, and indicates that new measures are also needed.For example, the Seniors Strategy calls for the introduction of a requirement that firms and reps ask clients for a “trusted contact” that they can call on in cases of suspected abuse. It also says that firms be provided with legal protection that would enable them to prevent possible client harm, by placing a hold on the disbursement of client funds in cases where they suspect possible abuse.Additionally, the strategy calls for new regulatory guidance for firms and reps on dealing with senior-specific issues, and for strengthening the dispute resolution process so that it works better for seniors.The OSC will be developing its own educational resources for investors, their families, and for firms to use with investors, that will deal with seniors issues, the strategy notes.Also readOSC announces seniors expert advisory committee membersMore broadly, the OSC asks other regulators and organizations to work together to design policies and programs that “serve the interests of older individuals in areas such as powers of attorney and privacy laws,” the notice says.The strategy also includes a pledge to step up training internally for OSC staff to better equip them to serve senior investors, and suggests that more research needs to be done to inform the regulator’s efforts when it comes to protecting seniors.“The financial lives of older Canadians have grown increasingly complex relative to previous generations. As a regulator, we believe that we have a role to play in ensuring that the needs of older Ontarians are appropriately met by the province’s securities industry,” the notice says.Also readSlideshow: Major challenges facing seniorsThe strategy says the OSC will report on its progress in a year’s time, and calls on the industry to work to improve its practices for dealing with older investors in the year ahead.The Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) has announced its support for the Seniors Strategy.The document notes OBSI’s unique role as a service to resolve disputes and the part it can play in recognizing the needs of older investors through the complaint process, the organization says in a news release.The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) says it will issue guidance for dealers and advisors on best practices for better protecting and serving senior clients to support the OSC’s goal of fostering a stronger and more secure financial future for older investors.“The OSC Seniors Strategy acknowledges the necessity for co-operation among regulators in this area and the MFDA welcomes the opportunity to continue to work collaboratively with the OSC and other regulatory partners to protect seniors,” says Mark Gordon, MFDA president and CEO, in a statement. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news Keywords SeniorsCompanies Ontario Securities Commission Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Fund rep fined, banned for misconduct James Langton New protections for senior investors on the horizon The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) on Tuesday published its Seniors Strategy, which sets out a combination of policy measures, education, outreach and industry co-operation to better protect seniors.A staff notice explains the OSC’s vision for bolstering both the investment industry’s ability to help guard against elder financial abuse, and the regulator’s own efforts to serve seniors. last_img read more

Maryland Firefighters Free Driver Pinned after SUV Hits Train

first_imgHYATTSVILLE, Md. (WUSA) – A CSX train collided with an SUV at 4505 Decatur Street (in the Town of Edmonston and City Hyattsville, according to fire officials) in Prince George’s County on Tuesday morning. The crash happened on the Hyattsville side of the tracks. The SUV came to rest about 50 yards from the intersection on its side in the woods.A county fire spokesperson tweeted that medics were trying to gain access to the driver, who is trapped in the vehicle. The driver, identified as a woman in her 30s, was removed after 30 minutes and placed in a medical transport vehicle. She suffered serious injuries.CSX officials say the train, which has three engines and 22 cars, originated in Jacksonville, Florida and was headed to Bergen, New Jersey.Hyattsville police are investigating the cause of the crash.last_img read more

Ramos bringing underdog mentality in return to Star

first_imgBevy of guards not a problem for San Miguel, says Austria 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Aldrech Ramos in a Star jersey. Photo by Randolph LeongsonIt will be a homecoming of sorts for Aldrech Ramos.Returning to the Purefoods franchise he suited for in 2012, the 6-foot-6 forward is optimistic that he can make waves this time out for Star.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READ Ramos also hopes to bring the underdog mentality he and Victolero had in Mahindra, as Star seeks to break out of the cellar this season.“Sana madala namin dito yung desire dumepensa at all-out effort. Ganoon rin naman yung team na ito dati,” he said. “Kulang-kulang kami sa Mahindra pero buo kami sa defense. Dito, mas may materyales na so hopefully, madala namin dito yun sa Star.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Masaya ako kasi dito ako nag-start. Ngayon, nandito na ulit ako,” he said.The Hotshots acquired the services of Ramos anew from Mahindra in the offseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThe Cebuano forward averaged a career-best 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds for the Enforcers last year as one of the team’s lead veterans. That role would obviously change in Star, but Ramos is optimistic that he can adapt, especially with coach Chito Victolero at the helm.“Excited din ako na makatulong dito. Yung big men naman kasi nila, more on the inside so malaking bagaypara sa akin na makatulong sa pag-stretch ng depensa,” he said.last_img read more

Frontera Cocina Dining Review

first_imgShare This!As construction walls start to come down all around Disney Springs, the list of new dining venues around the Town Center area continues to grow. The newest restaurant added to the mix is Frontera Cocina, the most recent location in a string of modern Mexican eateries from celebrity chef Rick Bayless. Located next to the new Disney Springs Guest Relations location, across from Sprinkles Bakery, this restaurant focuses on freshly-made classic Mexican cuisine in a casual table-service setting. I dropped in during opening week to try out a few dishes and get a feel for what is sure to be a very popular location in Disney Springs and all around Walt Disney World. Frontera Cocina is open from 11:00 AM daily (closing hours vary, so be sure to check before a late dinner), and for now, works on a walk-up seating basis (reservations are available now on OpenTable for seatings starting July 21st; “soon” on My Disney Experience). I chose to beat the rush this particular day by grabbing a table for an early dinner after strolling around some of the newly-opened shops nearby.The menu here’s not enormous, but has a pretty wide variety of options: lots of shareable appetizers, a few reasonably-priced tacos and tortas (sandwiches) that look perfect for lunchtime/lighter dining, and plated entrees and sides that are priced similarly to most Disney non-signature table service restaurants (like The Wave or Captain’s Grille). First impressions were two-fold: the menu, while modern-leaning, is still pretty accessible to most diners accustomed to pure neighborhood Tex-Mex; secondly, I had absolutely no idea what to order, because everything sounded fantastic. Luckily, my server was quick to point out both the house specialties and her own personal favorites from the dishes she’d been sampled thus far. First, though, I had to settle on a cocktail from their extensive menu. Options here include the incredibly popular avocado margarita, straight from Epcot’s La Cava del Tequila, but I was looking for something I’d not yet tried and couldn’t get elsewhere – luckily, that fits most of this menu, due to the specialty spirits used, many of which are specific only to Frontera Cocina and La Cava. House specialties on the menu include the agave flights, the Frontera margarita, or the slightly-spicier version that is blood orange & jalapeno flavored.If you’re looking for something a little off the beaten path, I’d go for the Mexican “cola” ($16), my first choice during this meal. Made with Avión blanco tequila, tamarind, Ancho Reyes chili liqueur, and served on the rocks in a black ant salt rimmed-glass, this drink totally surprised me in flavor. Rich and dark cola (yes, like your favorite soda) flavors dominate, slightly caramel-y, with the sweet and smoky chili liqueur balanced by the tartness of the tamarind, all with an incredibly smooth tequila backdrop. The black ant salt rim initially threw me off (even as a pretty adventurous eater), but after hearing the history behind them from manager Ricky, I gave them a shot; it’s a nod to the pre-colonial era of Mexico, when insects were the primary source of nutritional protein for non-elites. After giving it a tentative try, I realized they were pretty innocuous in the end, offering only a tad bit of sweetness (they’re candied) with the salt on the rim. This incorporation of historical ingredients and traditional techniques combined with modern preparations and plating also permeates the rest of the food menu and sets the tone for a great meal.Though it was tough to skip out on one of the three varieties of freshly-made-to-order guacamole and the shrimp and bay scallop coctel verde, I settled on one of the house specialties for an appetizer, the sikil pak ($9), expertly described by my server as “Mexican hummus”. A modernized version of the traditional dish from the Yucatan peninsula, this creamy dip is made from pumpkin seeds and habanero chilis (have no fear, it’s not very spicy), served with jicama and cucumber sticks and warm tortilla chips. The dip was the perfect consistency for scooping (important in sharing situations!), very earthy and savory, without being salty; a slight background spice from the habanero is cut by the creaminess, and the sweet and refreshing jicama and cucumber sticks are absolutely addictive with this stuff. I could’ve eaten this whole bowl by myself, but it’s easy to share with a few friends or family members, as well.I struggled to decide on an entrée, with the carne asada and the Cocina half chicken highly recommended, but ultimately settled on the carnitas, slow-cooked pork shoulder with garlic and lime, served with creamy refried black beans, salsa verde, guacamole, pickled red onions, and warm corn tortillas ($23). I expected typical pulled pork like you see at most restaurants serving carnitas, but here it was several larger bites of smoky and rich pork that was nicely caramelized on the outside (a nice bit of umami you usually miss with carnitas). The acidity of the pickled red onions and salsa verde cut the richness of the pork, while the creamy guacamole and black beans, both well-balanced and garlicky, match the pork’s marinade perfectly. This dish was easy to eat on its own, but I chose to make small tacos with the corn tortillas and varying accompaniments, each bite highlighting a different flavor from the dish. The portion wasn’t too large or small, perfect as an entrée if you’re sharing an appetizer or a dessert with a friend. Overall, I would definitely order the carnitas again, and can’t wait to try the rest of the entrees considering this dish’s high quality.I couldn’t pass up a chance to try a few of the side dishes that did not come with my entrée, so my server recommended the queso añejo mashed potatoes and the fried plantains topped with crema and cotija cheese (both $5 each). After ordering, I was a little afraid I was about to relive the disappointment from STK’s tiny side dishes but when these arrived, I was very happy with their sizes – both dishes would be suitable to share between at least two people. The plantains maintained their inherent sweetness with a good amount of caramelization on the outside, and the cotija and crema offer a slightly salty counterbalance to the sweet, making them a great foil for any savory entrée you could order. As good as the fried plantains were, though, the mashed potatoes were even better. The cheese mixed in with standard mashed Yukon gold potatoes offers a funkiness and slight smokiness along with a very savory (not too salty) flavor – these are definitely some of the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had. I snuck a bite of them with the carnitas from my entrée and transcended to heaven. I’d recommend giving either of these sides a try if you end up ordering entrees that do not already come with them.While finishing my entrée, I ordered the Lucy ($15), a sotol-based cocktail with fresh carrot juice, orange liqueur, ginger cordial, fresh lime, and candied mango. Sotol is a liquor not too different from tequila in production, but made from the sotol plant instead of agave, so it has a slightly ‘greener’, earthier taste to my palate. Based on the menu description, it sounded a bit like a healthy smoothie, but my server assured me if I liked the sweetness of carrot and the bite of ginger, I’d love it – and I did. It drinks very smoothly, but it’s definitely potent – a perfect summer/spring cocktail with bright flavors that didn’t drown out any of my food. The dried candied mango in the glass served not only as a pretty garnish, but also as a drink stirrer and a sweet treat at the end of the drink.The dessert menu features three dishes perfect for sharing that are unique compared to options at most Mexican places you may frequent: a fried plantain sundae, a coconut lime “quatro leches” cake, and pecan pie bar, which my server described as a cross between pecan pie and a brownie (all three $9 each). I settled on the pecan pie bar, especially after my server told me it is Rick Bayless’ grandmothers’ recipe. A dense, sweet, fudgy brownie packed with pecans arrived, topped with Mexican vanilla ice cream (a little sweeter than most vanilla flavors you’re used to, with a strong vanilla bean profile). There’s a reason why Chef Bayless carries on this recipe – this dessert is superb, even by Southern standards. It’s definitely too rich to eat all on your own unless you have a strong sweet tooth, but one for the table would be a fitting cap to an excellent meal.My first meal was so good, in fact, that I ended up back at Frontera Cocina just a few days later, this time to try the offerings from the walk-up window at the rear of the restaurant. There’s a short menu here – guacamole and chips, two kinds of tacos, and two margaritas, but like Morimoto Street Food, gives you a small taste of what the restaurant can do with a quick-service style meal. The guacamole and chips “snack” ($8) is definitely large enough to split between two people, just as fresh as what I tried inside the restaurant, with tons of crunchy corn tortilla chips. The tacos ($12 for three tacos), served just as tradition dictates (three double-wrapped fresh small corn tortillas, meat, and onions for both), were true winners and a great way to see just how good the food is here at a smaller price-point.First up, the cochinita pibil tacos, with achiote-braised pork shoulder, pickled red onions, and a habanero salsa that the friendly walk-up window server put on the side (as it is, no joke, very spicy). The acidic and peppery braise on the pork makes it fork tender and very savory, with more pickled onions for extra brightness and cilantro for some color and bite. My favorite, though, were the beef barbacoa tacos. The beef is chipotle-braised, with a tad bit of spicy undertone to its rich flavor, and fresh red onion and a little cotija cheese give the whole dish some balance. These tacos were packed full of flavor, and pretty filling, overall. A friend and I split the two taco plates and guacamole for dinner and were perfectly satisfied – $32 total plus tax for dinner for two (a great deal at Disney, nowadays).I had pretty high expectations for Frontera Cocina when it was announced – a renowned chef in his field rarely missteps, and so many of the new offerings at Disney Springs are excellent. Honestly, though, I didn’t expect to love my meal here as much as I did – top-notch food punctuated by excellent service, with servers and managers who were incredibly passionate about the food and its history and very knowledgeable about items that may be unfamiliar to many guests wandering through the door. Start to finish, I would gladly go back to try every one of these dishes again as soon as possible, and I can’t wait to try the rest of the menu here, as well. After two great meals, it’s safe to say that Frontera Cocina is a can’t-miss restaurant on your next trip to Disney Springs.last_img read more

Stunning new video of the Boeing 777X interior

first_imgBoeing has released a stunning video of the 777X interior showing the many features of its latest aircraft.We design our airplane cabins so that you fly in style and comfort. See what you can enjoy onboard the new #777X and 787 #Dreamliner. pic.twitter.com/USt08C9lsq— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) August 5, 2019The Boeing 777X combines the best features of the current 777 with a longer and wider fuselage, new engine and the composite wing design from the Boeing 787.It also features 20 per cent larger windows and lowers pressurization altitude to reduce jet lag.WATCH: Amazing thermal video of Boeing 757 landingThe 777-9X seats more than 400 passengers, depending on an airline’s configuration choices.With a range of more than 8,200 nautical miles (15,185 km), the aircraft will have the lowest operating cost per seat of any commercial aircraft says, Boeing.The second member of the family, the 777-8X, will be the most flexible jet in the world claims Boeing. The aircraft will seat 350 passengers and offer a range capability of more than 9,300 nautical miles (17,220 km).The driving force behind the 777X is Emirates President Sir Tim Clark, whose airline is the lead buyer with an order for 150.Sir Tim describes the 777X as “an absolute peach”.Key to his enthusiasm is the aircraft’s economics and greater space — it is 20 per cent more efficient per seat than the industry’s long-time benchmark the 777-300ER.The 777X is due to fly early nxt year and be delivered late in 2020.last_img read more

Underscore is not supported in Intel AMT Hostnames

first_imgIf you are seeing any failures in your log around setting the hostname during a Remote configuration it could be due to a underscore in the host name. Check out Terry Cutlers post on altiris juice @ http://juice.altiris.com/tech-tip/1622/underscore-not-supported-in-intel-amt-hostnames . Terry references the RFC952 – DoD Internet host table specification @ http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc952.html. Here are the assumptions from that specification. ASSUMPTIONS 1. A “name” (Net, Host, Gateway, or Domain name) is a text string up to 24 characters drawn from the alphabet (A-Z), digits (0-9), minus sign , and period (.). Note that periods are only allowed when they serve to delimit components of “domain style names”. (See RFC-921, “Domain Name System Implementation Schedule”, for background). No blank or space characters are permitted as part of a name. No distinction is made between upper and lower case. The first character must be an alpha character. The last character must not be a minus sign or period. A host which serves as a GATEWAY should have “-GATEWAY” or “-GW” as part of its name. Hosts which do not serve as Internet gateways should not use “-GATEWAY” and “-GW” as part of their names. A host which is a TAC should have “-TAC” as the last part of its host name, if it is a DoD host. Single character names or nicknames are not allowed.last_img read more

Digital Empathy: Wearables and Emotional IQ

first_imgWearable technology is one of today’s fastest growing fields of innovation. Already it allows us to easily monitor and record biometric data, connect to GPS, share images or receive calls, and a great deal more – all with little to no effort. The idea of wearable technology has been around for quite some time, but until recently, its primary concern has been practicality. Doing better rather than feeling better. Intel Labs research scientists Margaret Morris and Jennifer Healey believe this attitude is due for an adjustment.“[T]he way we dress or the way we want wearables to act on our behalf is going to vary depending on either our emotional state, or even more importantly, our emotional goals,” Morris says. Rather than building devices that allow us to function more like a machine with clinical efficiency, researchers are beginning to understand the need for devices that recognize our humanity and assist us in fostering a sort of digital empathy. Healey points to “[w]earable sensors [that] can capture things like galvanic skin response and heart rate and begin interpreting physiological responses.” Clothing that can sense the wearer’s mood or stress level and respond by translating their state of mind into colors or patterns recognizable to others could one day form an entirely new mode of communication. But beyond the dream of a world of sartorial over-sharing (if you thought those maudlin status updates on Facebook were bad, wait until people can literally wear their emotions on their sleeves), identifying and interpreting the root cause of negativity as it’s encountered could ultimately be a boon to business. How? Emotional IQ and Employee RetentionJack Cullen, CEO of recruiting, staffing and consulting firm Modis advises that “[s]omething like 80 percent of employees will cite their direct supervisor as a major reason they’ll leave their job.” Correspondingly, we’re witnessing a shift in focus amongst those who hope to succeed in leadership positions, from the dictatorial mentality of the past to a softer, kinder, more collaborative approach. This new ideal emphasizes “emotional IQ,” the ability to recognize and respond appropriately to employees in crisis, de-escalating fraught situations and resulting in higher rates of retention. “As the economy grows and people have more and more choices in their careers, in deciding where to work,” suggests Cullen, ”they are going to make the choice toward companies and supervisors that seem to have their best interests at heart.” But in order for decision makers to consider their employees needs, they must first be able to identify them.Wearable technology may be a valuable tool in a CIO’s arsenal of understanding. “If you know that someone’s emotional or physiological state is out of the normal range for them, it creates an opportunity to intervene with some sort of experience that the person might be receptive to,” Morris explains. “For example, if someone tends to experience road rage or gets aggravated in meetings and acts in a way that isn’t in their or anyone else’s best interest, you can provide some sort of real-time help or feedback in the moment.”Although we have yet to see suits and ties equipped with mood-sensing technology, they may not be that far away. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is underway in New York, and we’re excited to debut a number of new wearables on that famous catwalk. The sooner these fashions transition from the runway to the board room, the easier it may be for IT leaders to hire, mentor, and retain the personalities that will best complement their business.For more information on preparing for a new realm of enterprise mobility, see more resources here. To join the conversation on Twitter, please follow us at @IntelITCenter or use #ITCenter.last_img read more

De Rossi back for Boca

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Daniele De Rossi has been declared fit enough to feature in Boca Juniors’ squad for the Superclasico with River Plate on Wednesday. De Rossi has played just five games for Boca since arriving in July due to a hamstring problem, which has kept him out for the past month. However, the former Roma midfielder has been called up for the second leg of his side’s Copa Libertadores semi-final with River, who lead 2-0 on aggregate. If he can prove his fitness, the 36-year-old may be considered for a farewell appearance with Italy during the international break in November. The derby is given the nickname ‘Superclasico’ because of the intense rivalry between the two Argentine clubs. They are both based in Buenos Aires and vied for the title of South America’s best in the Copa Libertadores Final last season.last_img read more

Climate change a top federal election priority for First Nations says Bellegarde

first_imgAssembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde announce the organization’s election priorities Sept. 9 in Ottawa. Photo: Justin Brake/ATPN.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsClimate change is a top priority for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) as Canadians prepare to head to the polls in next month’s federal election.On Monday AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said of all the things his organization would like to see from federal parties heading into the election, they want “a commitment, first of all, to Mother Earth — to our natural world — and a promise to the next seven generations.”He also named health care, education and clean water as other election priorities, but said addressing the climate crisis and respecting Indigenous rights go hand in hand and provide a path toward closing the gap on other issues.Bellegarde made the announcement during a press conference at Ottawa’s Parliamentary Press Gallery, the same place where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in June that Canada would proceed with the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX) despite resistance from First Nations along the pipeline route.Bellegarde has maintained in recent months that while he believes in addressing the climate crisis, he also supports First Nations’ right to invest in the expansion of Alberta’s tar sands.Trudeau’s June 18 Trans Mountain announcement came just 24 hours after his government declared a climate emergency.He has repeatedly stated that expanding fossil fuel infrastructure is a way out of Canada’s dependency on oil.In July the AFN also declared a climate emergency and demanded federal and provincial leaders to “take urgent and transformative” action on climate change.Last year the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned the world has little more than a decade to reduce carbon emissions below pre-industrial levels to avert the worst impacts of climate change, including intensifying extreme weather like droughts fires and hurricanes.One of the report’s lead authors, Kirsten Zickfield, said in January that expanding the Alberta oil sands could hinder that prospect.“If we build new fossil fuel infrastructure now, which will lock us into carbon emissions for decades, it will make it very difficult, if not impossible, to keep warming below 1.5 degrees,” the Simon Fraser climate science professor said during a press conference in Vancouver.While Bellegarde didn’t specifically reference Trans Mountain on Monday, he hinted at the need to move beyond oil.“We have to develop a vision of environmental stewardship that is global and holistic, that takes us beyond existing targets and timelines towards a sustainable future for our children, grandchildren and beyond,” he said.He also said respecting Indigenous rights is a pathway to finding climate solutions.Bellegarde suggested Canada’s failure to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is one such hindrance.The declaration “says that all impacted parties need to agree to proposed project or development before it begins. And if it proceeds, it does so in a way that respects our rights and our traditional territories,” he said.“Upholding that standard would prevent the conflicts and court cases we’re seeing today. It would ensure everyone is treated fairly, and it would lead to greater economic prosperity for everyone.”In 2015 Trudeau campaigned on a promise to implement the UNDRIP, but then failed to introduce legislation during its mandate.Instead, Cree MP Romeo Saganash introduced a private members’ bill that, if passed, would have compelled Canada to ensure its laws aligned with the global minimum human rights standards for Indigenous peoples.But that bill, C-262, was stalled by Conservative senators after being passed in the House of Commons. It died in the senate earlier this summer.“We expect the next government to implement U.N. Declaration through legislation that is at least as strong as Bill C-262,” Bellegarde said Monday.Citing new child welfare and Indigenous languages legislation, the national chief said four years of Liberal governance has brought “significant progress and impact,” but that “there’s more work to do.”The national chief also called for changes to Canada’s legal systems.“We want sweeping reforms to Canada’s legal system so it truly becomes a just system and not just a court of laws,” he said, citing the cases of Colten Boushie and Jon Styres.“We need sweeping changes to ensure justice and legal systems address racism and discrimination.”Responding Monday, the federal Green Party issued a news release supporting the AFN’s election priorities.“A Green government will respect Indigenous sovereignty over self-defined and self-governed lands – whether First Nations, Métis or Inuit – and will respect all rights that their title to land entails, including the right to stewardship,” the statement says.With the writ expected to drop any day, only the NDP have released their election platform.The party’s “New Deal for People” promises a co-developed “national action plan for reconciliation” based on UNDRIP and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, “to ensure that Canada’s laws, policies, and practices are consistent with Canada’s human rights commitments – including cultural rights, land rights, and rights to self-determination and self-government,” according to the NDP website.The party has also promised to “replace mere consultation with a standard of free, prior, and informed consent for Indigenous communities affected by government policies – including for all decisions affecting constitutionally protected land rights, like energy project reviews.”In June Trudeau said his government’s engagement with First Nations on TMX represented his definition of free, prior and informed consent.“It is engaging, looking with them, listening to the issues they have, and responding meaningfully to the concerns they have wherever possible,” he explained.Last week the federal court of appeal announced it would hear six new appeals on TM from First Nations, including the Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations, who say they do not consent to the pipeline.“We must promise to build a new economy…for the future of our planet,” Bellegarde said Monday.“We have to promise to care for the lands that feed us, and renew our original promise to one another to mutually share and benefit from the lands and resources.”[email protected]@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

Minnesota approves Enbridge Energy Line 3 pipeline project

first_imgST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota regulators on Thursday approved Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its ageing Line 3 oil pipeline, angering opponents who say the project threatens pristine areas and have vowed Standing Rock-style protests if needed to block it.All five members of the Public Utilities Commission backed the project, though some cited heavy trepidation and a narrow majority later approved the company’s preferred route despite opposition from American Indian tribes and climate change activists.Several commissioners cited the deteriorating condition of the existing line, which was built in the 1960s, as a major factor in their decision. Tribal lawyers had reluctantly backed an alternative route that went much farther south as the least bad option.After the commission’s work is formalized in the next few weeks, opponents may file motions asking it to reconsider. After that, they can appeal the decision to the state Court of Appeals.Several commissioners said the issue was difficult. Chairwoman Nancy Lange choked up and took off her glasses to wipe her eyes as she described her reasoning for approving the project. Another commissioner, Katie Sieben, said it was “so tough because there is no good outcome.”The pipeline currently runs from Alberta, Canada, across North Dakota and Minnesota to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. Enbridge has said it needs to replace the pipeline because it’s increasingly subject to corrosion and cracking and that it would continue to run Line 3 if regulators rejected its proposal.Much of the debate has focused on whether Minnesota and Midwest refineries need the extra oil. Enbridge currently runs Line 3 at about half its original capacity of 760,000 barrels per day for safety reasons, and currently uses it only to carry light crude.The project’s opponents, including the Minnesota Department of Commerce, have argued that the refineries don’t need it because demand for oil and petroleum products will fall in the coming years as people switch to electric cars and renewable energy sources. Opposition groups also argue that much of the additional oil would eventually flow to overseas buyers.Enbridge and its customers strongly dispute the lack of need in the region. They said Line 3’s reduced capacity is already forcing the company to severely ration space on its pipeline network, and that failure to restore its capacity would force oil shippers to rely more on trains and trucks, which are more expensive and less safe. Business and labour groups support the proposal for the jobs and economic stimulus.The Public Utilities Commission’s decision likely won’t be the final word in a long, contentious process that has included numerous public hearings and the filings of thousands of pages of documents since 2015. Lange said earlier this year that the dispute was likely to end up in court, regardless of what the commission decides.Opponents have threatened a repeat of the protests on the Standing Rock Reservation against the Dakota Access pipeline, in which Enbridge owns a stake. Those protests in 2016 and 2017 resulted in sometimes violent skirmishes with law enforcement and more than 700 arrests.Enbridge has already replaced the short segment of Line 3 in Wisconsin and put it into service. Construction is underway on the short segment that crosses northeastern North Dakota and on the longer section from Alberta to the U.S. border, and Enbridge plans to continue that work. Enbridge has estimated the overall cost of the project at $7.5 billion, including $2.6 billion for the U.S. segment.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) “It’s irrefutable that that pipeline is an accident waiting to happen,” Commissioner Dan Lipschultz said ahead of the vote. “It feels like a gun to our head … All I can say is the gun is real and it’s loaded.”Pipeline opponents reacted angrily when it became clear commissioners would approve the project. Tania Aubid, a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, stood and shouted, “You have just declared war on the Ojibwe!” Brent Murcia, of the group Youth Climate Intervenors, added: “We will not let this stand.”Opponents argue that the pipeline risks spills in fragile areas in northern Minnesota, including where American Indians harvest wild rice. Ojibwe Indians, or Anishinaabe, consider wild rice sacred and central to their culture.Winona LaDuke, founder of Honor the Earth, said opponents would use every regulatory means possible to stop the project _ and threatened mass protests if necessary.“They have gotten their Standing Rock,” she said, referring to protests that drew thousands of people to neighbouring North Dakota to rally against the Dakota Access pipeline.Others welcomed Thursday’s vote, including Bob Schoneberger, founder of Minnesotans for Line 3. He said Minnesota needs the line now “and will need it even more into the future.”center_img In a statement Thursday night, Enbridge President and CEO Al Monaco said the company is “pleased” with the commission’s decision.“Replacing Line 3 is first and foremost about the safety and integrity of this critical energy infrastructure,” Monaco said.After commissioners agreed the pipeline upgrade was needed, the commission voted 3-2 in favour of a slightly modified version of Enbridge’s preferred route. The company wanted to depart from the existing pipeline to largely avoid two American Indian reservations currently crossed.The PUC’s modification does clip a portion of the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa’s land in order to avoid going close to a culturally sensitive lake. Commissioners said they would adjust the route if the band doesn’t agree.last_img read more