Nunavut sees eight per cent growth in population

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut’s population has risen eight per cent between 2006 and 2011.That means 31,906 people are now living in Canada’s newest territory.The population growth is tied to fertility rates. Women in Nunavut have 3.2 children on average.Nunavut, however, has an alleged population density of zero.Why is that?When you divide 1,877,787 square kilometres by just over 30,000 people, you end up with a population density of zero.last_img

Some places we had 5 minutes to get people out Stories from

first_imgTina HouseAPTN National NewsThe fire around Ashcroft Indian band in British Columbia is under control.The entire community was forced to flee when the wind whipped the flames of a wildfire burning nearby.Parts of the community were completely lost – but no one was seriously injured.There are still more than 150 fires burning across B.C.Here’s a look at one that officials were able to tame.thouse@aptn.calast_img

Its time to quit Blood Tribe hit with 21 drug overdoses in

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsThe Blood Tribe in Alberta has been hit with a spike in overdoses in the less than a week that has put a heavy strain on its emergency services.“We had a total of 21 overdoses on the reserve that were documented in the last 5 days,” said Dr. Susan Christenson of the Blood Tribe department of health.That’s compared to the usual five to 10 overdoses a month she said.Christenson believes the increase has to do with the recent crisis in Lethbridge where carfentanil has hit the streets. There have been over 50 overdoses there in the past week.She thinks it’s made its way to the reserve and it’s much more potent than the regular, yet deadly, fentanyl.Christenson said fentanyl overdose can usually be turned around, if caught in time, with one of two vials of naloxone.Carfentanil overdoses require six or seven.“Emergency Medical Services came to me to get what naloxone kits I had left because they had completely depleted their supply,” she said.Robin Calfrobe used to struggle with addictions but turned to Christenson for help. She wants to see more youth do the same.“It’s time to quit,” said Calfrobe. “It’s time to change and I hope our people, the tribal council, is going to do their best to put a stop to this.”tpimentel@aptn.calast_img read more

Rogers beats expectations as wireless segment grows looks to new TV system

first_imgTORONTO – Strong wireless results helped Rogers Communications Inc. beat analyst expectations in the third quarter and raise its full-year outlook.Wireless revenue climbed five per cent while churn, a measure of customer retention, was the best in a decade, said company CEO Joe Natale in a conference call Friday.“In wireless we’ve delivered another strong quarter. We’ve continued to reduce post-paid churn, delivering the best Q3 postpaid churn since 2009.”The improved financial picture saw the company increase its outlook for adjusted earnings growth before taxes and other charges by two percentage points to between seven and nine per cent.Cable revenue climbed a modest one per cent in the quarter, but the company expects to see future growth with its new Ignite TV system introduced in the quarter.The move to the internet-based television product, which Natale said they’re rolling out at a “thoughtful pace,” has the company seeing an end to conventional television products some time in the future to drive down costs and boost simplicity.“At some point in the future you will see us stop selling legacy TV, and then really kind of drive further efforts in getting the built op-ex and cap-ex efficiencies of that move,” he said.Installation costs alone would lead to substantial savings, with conventional cable costing about $1,100 for a full install, compared with $400 and potentially lower with internet-based services, said Natale.Service costs would also be lower in the future with fewer systems, he said.“Having various vintages of TV set-top boxes and home gateways drives complexity in the field for our people.”The new service, which allows customers to browse Netflix and YouTube as well as cable channels from one source, will also allow a boost to revenues per account as they spend more time watching.“Customers have an easier time finding content, navigating through content, and therefore we think a much easier time consuming content,” said Natale.“We’ll continue to find other ways of packaging and merchandising content in the fullness of time, which we think will also help with economics of the business.”Overall, Rogers net income was up 17 per cent to $594 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30 from the same quarter last year.The telecom company says the earnings per share for the quarter worked out to $1.15 per diluted share, up from 98 cents per share last year.Adjusted net income hit $625 million, or $1.21 per share, which beat analyst expectations of $601 million and $1.17 per share according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Overall revenue was up three per cent to $3.77 billion, driven by the wireless gains. Media revenue was down five per cent because of lower revenue from the Toronto Blue Jays.Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B)last_img read more

Rotary DriveThru breakfast happening May 31st

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Rotary Club of Fort St. John’s Drive-thru breakfast is taking place next Thursday.The event will see club members selling reusable lunch bags filled with breakfast items as well as fresh cups of coffee. Breakfast is by donation but the Rotary Club is asking for donations to be a minimum of $5. The drive-thru will be set up next to the Fort St. John Recreation Centre. Anyone wishing to pre-order a bagged breakfast for themselves or their office can also do so in advance.Last year the club raised close to $12,000 and sold out the 500 breakfasts by 9:00 a.m. Marva Kosick of the Rotary Club explained that this year the club will make 1,000 breakfasts in hopes of raising even more money. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go the completion of the new Rotary Spray Park.For more information, contact the Rotary Club of Fort St. John’s Drive-Thru Breakfast committee members:Marva (250) 263-7660Lourdes (250) 263-3014Donna (250) 262-6665Carina (250) 794-1606last_img read more

Northern BC First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work

first_imgIn a statement, Unist’ot’en clan spokeswoman Freda Huson says their members have been combing the company’s construction site for a proposed man camp since heavy machinery turned up the forest floor.The statement says supporters recovered two stone tools on Wednesday and archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one dates back up to 3500 years.It says additional stone tools were observed and recorded but the scale and scope of the work requires assistance from professional archeologists.In an open letter with Huson, archeologists Chelsey Armstrong of the Smithsonian Institution and Ginevra Toniello of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation call for a review of the archeological overview assessment and all archeological permits granted to the company in the territory.The newly found artifacts reveal that archeological heritage is clearly present and that any assessment should be conducted in consultation with the clan, says the letter addressed to the archeology branch of the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.The Coastal GasLink pipeline would transport natural gas from northeastern British Columbia to LNG Canada’s export terminal in Kitimat on the coast. HOUSTON, B.C. – Coastal GasLink says it has suspended pipeline work south of Houston, B.C., while claims of the discovery of Indigenous artifacts on the site are investigated.The company says it has cordoned off the area, requested that a qualified archeologist visit the site and the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission will conduct another site visit to investigate the claims.It says an archeological impact assessment for the site was approved in 2016, but the company and its archeologists were not able to conduct on-site fieldwork during the regulatory and permitting process due to road access issues. In January, the area was the site of a blockade against the pipeline where police moved in and arrested 14 people.The company says it has approval to build the pipeline from First Nations along the pipeline, but some Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say they haven’t given their consent.last_img read more

Environment Canada issued Severe Thunderstorm Warning

first_imgSee the full warning below.Issued at 2019-07-11 21:52 UTC by Environment Canada:Severe thunderstorm warning issued for:B.C. North Peace River, B.C. (087320)Current details:At 2:48pm PDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.The thunderstorm is located 20 km north of Peejay and is moving eastward at 20 km/h towards Milligan Creek Rd. Heavy downpours are likely to cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles.Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #BCStorm. One thunderstorm is located 20 km north of Peejay and is moving eastward at 20 km/h towards Milligan Creek Rd.The other thunderstorm is located 25 km north of Wonowon and is moving eastward at 20 km/h.ORIGINAL STORYFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the North Peace.The warning says meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.The thunderstorm is located 20 km north of Peejay and is moving eastward at 20 km/h towards Milligan Creek Rd.center_img UPDATE – As of 3:55 p.m. – Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.  The thunderstorm is located just north of Doig River and is moving eastward at 20 km/h.UPDATE – As of 3:25 p.m. the severe thunderstorm warning has ended.UPDATE – At 2:53 pm PDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking two severe thunderstorms capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.last_img read more

Kumaraswamy dubs raid on JDS leaders as politically motivated

first_imgBengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said on Thursday that the income tax raid on JD(S) leaders overseeing the electioneering of his son Nikhil Kumaraswamy in Mandya and nephew Prajwal Revanna in Hassan was “politically motivated” and he would stage a demonstration against it in Bengaluru along with Congress leaders. “I am going to stage a demonstration in Bengaluru. Let the whole nation see how the income tax department is being misused. These raids are politically motivated,” a visibly upset Kumaraswamy told reporters in Mysuru. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The pre-dawn raids at 15 to 20 places triggered an angry backlash from Congress as well as JD(S) leaders. More importantly, the raids were on people who were monitoring the electioneering of the two belonging to the Gowda family, including state minor irrigation minister C S Puttaraju and his nephew Ashok, who is a district Panchayat member in Mysuru. Nikhil Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna are testing political waters for the first time under the tutelage of Kumaraswamy and PWD minister H D Revanna. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Asserting that he had predicted the raids Wednesday night itself, Kumaraswamy said for the first time the I-T officials raided government offices too, such as PWD office in Hassan and Tahsildar office in Kanakapura. Accusing the principal chief commissioner of income tax department (Karnataka-Goa region) B R Balakrishnan of acting as a “political agent”, the chief minister said he was eyeing on a gubernatorial position post retirement. “A BJP leader sends list of people to Amit Shah, who eventually forwards it to Balakrishnan to carry out raids. Balakrishnan is acting as an agent of BJP. It seems that he wants a post retirement position such as governor of some state,” he added. Kumaraswamy questioned BJP state chief B S Yeddyurappa as to whether he could win elections without money. “Note counting machine was found during raids at BJP leaders’ houses. They are now teaching us about honesty. Did the I-T officials find note counting machine at Puttaraju’s house? They are out to frighten us but the fact is the BJP is shaken and wants to win election by intimidating us. We are not the ones who get scared,” said the chief minister. The raids did not perturb Revanna. Speaking to reporters in Hassan, he said, “So long as I have the blessings of Sringeri Sharadamba and Shankaracharya, nothing will happen…Anybody conspiring against me or trying black magic will be destroyed. I am so well protected.” Former chief minister and Congress strongman Siddaramaiah said if the BJP thought that these intimidation tactics would win them the election, then they are wrong in their assumption. Yeddyurappa rubbished the charges, saying the Income Tax department was doing its duty and it should not be linked with politics. Meanwhile, the income tax department in a press release in the wake of the chief minister’s statements to the press, said no MP, MLA or minister had been covered in the searches and they were being carried out on the basis of credible information received. “Certain searches are being carried out by the income tax department in Karnataka Goa on contractors and connected persons. No MP, MLA or minister have so far been covered in the searches. These searches are being carried out on the basis of credible information received,” it said. The searches were carried out on a wide range of professions and businesses including bureaucrats, breweries, MNCs, mining barons, diagnostic centres, trusts, educational institutions, medical colleges, real estate, fisheries, and film industry and including politically exposed persons, said the release. It also said these searches have resulted in collecting credible evidence on tax evasion. The searches on politically exposed persons have covered their entire range of the political spectrum. The I-T department also said CRPF personnel being used for the searches had not been flown from outside the state. “While it is true that CRPF is being used for providing security, the said central armed police personnel were requisitioned from the State Police (ADGP Law and Order) following normal protocol and have not been flown in outside the state,” the release said. The department also said its activities should not be politicised, personalised or trivialised. “We also request that the activities of the income tax department should not be politicised, personalised or trivialised. In particular statements which sound like an incitement to physical violence issued by persons holding very responsible posts are deeply deplorable,” it added. The Income Tax department is committed to carrying out its functions in a professional and fearless manner. The Department will act on credible information regardless of political affiliations, the release said.last_img read more

Cong Working Presidents appreciate party manifesto

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee Working Presidents on Tuesday appreciated the Party Manifesto ” Ham Nibhayenge” released by Congress President Rahul Gandhi. It is clearly spelt out the demands and aspirations of the people of the country and how to fulfill them.The Working President Haroon Yusuf said that the manifesto has given full attention to the needs of all sections in respective of category, caste, religion and believes of the people, as well as that of the common people, poor, labour, farmers, women, youth, students and the unemployed. Another Congress working President Rajesh Lilothia said that the manifesto clearly shows that the Congress party works for the interest and welfare of the people, and nothing has been left out for the fully integrated developments and progress of the country. The Congress senior leader Mangat Ram Singhal said that the manifesto has also noted that to give relief to the traders, the GST would be simplified, 33 per cent quota would be reserved for women in Parliament and State Assemblies to protect their interest.last_img read more

Delhi BJPs Purvanchal Morcha to explain govts schemes to parkgoers

first_imgNew Delhi: Purvanchal Morcha workers of the Delhi unit of the BJP will hold interactions with the city park-goers telling them about Modi government’s schemes for their benefit while “exposing” AAP government in Delhi.The teams of Purvanchal Morcha will visit parks across the city, specially in areas dominated by people from Bihar and eastern UP (Purvanchalis) settled in Delhi, and explain to them how Modi government has worked for their welfare Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderin the past five years, president of the Morcha, Manish Singh, said. “The campaign will begin from Thursday with Purvanchal Morcha visiting 15-16 major parks in each of the 14 districts in the national capital to popularise schemes and work of the Modi government,” Singh said. The planning for the park visits by Morcha workers was discussed in a meeting on Wednesday, attended by Singh, vice president of the outfit Jagdamba, general secretary Rahul Ranjan, and district presidents. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”We will focus on those areas where Purvhanchali population is concentrated in the city,” Singh said. Singh claimed the community, comprising 44 per cent of the Delhi voters, is “disillusioned” by the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) which they “wholeheartedly” supported in the 2015 Assembly elections. The Morcha has so far held over 1,200 meetings in different parts of the city having sizeable Purvanchali population. It has set a target to hold 2,000 such meetings by April 20 in the run-up to the general elections, he said.last_img read more

SAT scraps 2017 NSE order against OPG in colocation case

first_imgNew Delhi: Securities Appellate Tribunal has set aside the NSE’s 2017 order banning OPG Securities for six months and has asked the exchange to pass a fresh order in the matter. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) had suspended stock broker OPG Securities for six months in September 2017 as a trading member on all segments after it found that OPG had used the secondary server instead of primary server without any valid reason in co-location facility. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe NSE had introduced co-location server at its premises in 2009 and OPG had subscribed the facility, according to Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) order. The use of secondary server was permitted only in case of failure of primary server and the NSE had already issued such directions, the SAT order said. It conducted the forensic investigation by Deliotte Touche Tohmatsu LLP and the forensic report brought adverse findings against OPG, following which the exchange had passed the order in September 2017. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysHowever, another forensic report by EY LLP in the same issue was submitted and OPG argued that the report depicts a different picture, the order said. “In view of the fact that another forensic investigation report has come up it would be in the interest of justice that the impugned order be quashed and set aside and the matter be remanded to the respondent Stock Exchange to have a fresh look in the matter,” SAT said in an order on Wednesday. Besides, it directed the NSE to pass the order in six week after giving an opportunity to OPG Securities for hearing.last_img read more

BJP in damage control mode PM says wont forgive Pragya

first_imgNEW DELHI: Following the huge outcry over comments by BJP leaders glorifying Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse, including by Pragya Singh Thakur who called him a “deshbhakt (patriot)”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a television channel on Friday: “I will never be able to forgive them for insulting Bapu.”On Thursday, Pragya Thakur had said: “Nathuram Godse was a deshbhakt (patriot), is a ‘deshbhakt’ and will remain a ‘deshbhakt’. People calling him a terrorist should instead look within, such people will be given a fitting reply in the election.” This was followed by more comments from three more leaders, Anant Kumar Hegde, Nalin Kumar Kateel and Anil Saumitra. The BJP tweeted PM Modi as saying in an interview to the channel: “The comments on Gandhi and Godse are deplorable, disgusting and are not language fit for civilised society. Those who say such things should think 100 times. It is a different issue that they have apologized, but I will not be able to forgive them from my heart.” The ruling BJP Friday launched damage control after a rash of comments in favour of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse, just two days before the final round of voting for the national election. Pragya Singh Thakur, Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde and Nalin Kumar Kateel, all contesting the election, have been asked for an explanation within 10 days, BJP president Amit Shah said in a series of tweets on Thursday. “These comments have nothing to do with the party. All three have apologized, but these comments are against the ideology of the BJP and are being referred to the disciplinary committee,” Amit Shah tweeted. Friday, Nalin Kumar Kateel, a BJP lawmaker compared Godse with former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Another Karnataka parliamentarian, Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde, tweeted that “seven decades later, the condemned were being heard”. Both the tweets have disappeared from their Twitter timelines. Anant Kumar Hegde put out a message claiming his account had been breached.last_img read more

Morocco to Invest MAD 200 Billion in Energy Sector By 2020

Rabat  –  Around 200 billion dirhams will be invested by 2020 in the Moroccan energy sector and a considerable share of it will be used to strengthen electricity infrastructure, Minister of energy, mining, water and environment Abdelkader Amara announced on Tuesday.This step is meant to meet the growing energy demand which will increase from 25,000 GWT in 2008 to 70,000 GWT by 2025, said the minister who was the guest of MAP Forum on the theme “Is Morocco on the eve of energy transition?” The official also announced the upcoming opening of medium voltage in the field of renewable energy, following the high and very high voltage. “The photovoltaic option has an economic potential of 4.6 GWT by 2030, in addition to slashing the country’s energy bill”, he said.   On nuclear energy-based electricity, the minister said that this is an open choice that could be possible in 2030 unless the regional context changes, adding that such option is part of the diversification of energy sources. Referring to the National energy strategy, he said that it is based on four objectives namely: securing energy supply, generalizing access to energy for reasonable prices, controlling the demand and preserving the environment read more

Landslide Victory of the PJD Over Chabats Istiqlal Party in Fez

Rabat – The Party of Justice and Development (PJD) achieved a historic victory over his arch-rival the Istiqlal Party, led by its controversial leader, Hamid Chabat, mayor of Fez.Election official have finished counting ballots at a polling stations in several cities across Morocco, including Fez.The Initial results reveal that the PJD, the leader of the coalition government, has achieved landslide victory in Fez over the Istiqlal party. Alyaoum24 quoted sources as saying that PJD secured over 31 seats in Fez Sais, giving the party a slender majority. Istiqlal party, on the other hand, ended up second with 22 seats.Following the release of these initial figures, Hamid Chabat who has been the mayor of Fez since 2003, expressed his anger saying these results must have been “forged.”“PJD’s massive winning of most seats in Fez is a national disaster,” he told Alyaoum24 adding that there must be “several violations and cases of fraud behind these results.”Moroccans cast their votes on Friday in local polls seen as a test for the ruling Islamists, who came to power nearly following the adoption a new constitution in Morocco in July 2011.The local elections are the first since the new constitution by virtue of which King Mohammed VI devolved some of his powers to the head of government.The PJD has been at the helm of a few towns since the last local election in 2009. It achieved a huge success during this election despite being criticized by Moroccans for poor opportunities and a lack of jobs, issues that have been catalysts for social unrest elsewhere in North Africa. read more

Head Lice in Moroccan Students Scares Families

Taroudant – Head lice has reportedly been spreading among students in schools in several Moroccan cities.According to the Moroccan daily newspaper Assabah, families received verbal and written warnings from school teachers and administrative staff, urging them to check their children’s heads on a daily basis.The same source said that the issue, which has been present in schools for the past three years has been met with a blind eye by the ministry of education and the ministry of health. The daily newspaper added that both ministers have done nothing to prevent the spread of lice.According to the same source, students with head lice have been reported in schools in Sidi Kacem, Marrakech, Casablanca, Nador, Agadir, Berrechid and other Moroccan cities.Assabah points out that mothers are particularly sensitive to this crisis as they consider its presence in their children’s hair as a sign of their negligence in keeping their children clean.A pharmacy assistant in Casablanca told the daily newspaper that several people are ordering drugs, lotions and shampoos that treat head lice and nits, (lice eggs).Head lice has reportedly been eradicated in the late 80’s in Morocco, after nearly all families have begun to have access to hygienic facilities and cleaning products.Head lice is still a big issue worldwide, including Canada and the U.K.A hot debate is now taking place in Canada on whether to allow students with head lice to attend classes or wether they should be bared until they are lice and nit-free.The small, wingless insects live and feed on scalps by simultaneously sucking blood and injecting saliva. Females can produce five to six eggs a day for 30 days. Each lice has a shell that sticks to the hair shaft. read more

Moroccan Magazine Challenge Publishes a List of 60 Women Leaders of

Rabat – Celebrating International Women’s Day, Moroccan magazine Challenge has dedicated this month’s edition to honoring 60 women leaders in Morocco.The French-speaking magazine has published a list of Moroccan women who stand out for their commitment and achievements. The publication of the list comes a few days before International Women’s Day, which is celebrated on March 8 every year.Through these 60 profiles, the magazine aims to highlight the key role of women’s leadership in the kingdom. The goal of this initiative is to celebrate women’s outstanding contributions in various fields: from politics, to business, medicine, development, sports and sciences. This unique edition has recognized 60 women who have gained credibility through their work, and who inspire other women in Morocco and beyond. Hence, the magazine highlights the achievements of their Highnesses Princesses Lalla Salma, Lalla Meryem, Lalla Hasnaa, and Lalla Asmaa; social activist Aicha Ech-chenna; business leader Mrs. Miriem Bensalah; political leader Nabila Mounib, young leader Lamia Bazir, and many other women.Morocco World News would like to congratulate all the amazing ladies highlighted on this list and hopes their work will catalyze even more progress in our country.The full list of the 60 women leaders is as follows:H.H. Princess Lalla SalmaH.H. Princess Lalla MeryemH.H. Princess Lalla HasnaaH.H. Princess Lalla AsmaaNaziha AbakrimSalwa AkhannouchNadia Fettah AlaouiSoumia AmraniYasmina BaddouLamia BazirKarima BenaichSouad BenbachirAmina BenkhadraSalima BenhimaDr. Leila Meziane BenjellounFathia BennisMiriem Bensalah ChaqrounNadia BernoussiNada BiazMbarka BouaidaAmina BouayachIlham BoumehdiZakia DaoudAicha Ech-chennaLatifa EchihabiZineb El AdaouiMonique El GrichiHakima El HaiteNawal El MoutawakilGhita Lahlou El YacoubiNadia Fassi FehriGhizlane GuediraNadira El GuermaiKenza HalloulNezha HayatMilouda HazibIlham HraouiLatifa JbabdiAhlam JebbarFarida JirariLalla JoumalaSaloua Karkri-BelkezizAsmaa LamrabetSaida Karim LamraniNadia LarakiHakima LebbarAmina Lemrini ElouahabiAmina MaadZahra MaafiriLaila MamouFadwa MegzariNabila MounibLaila OuachiDayae oudghiriFatima Zahra OutaghaniSamira SitailNeila TaziMouna YaacoubiFaouzia ZaaboulRita Maria Zniber read more