Month: October 2019

LOréal Canada amps up Influencer Marketing Program

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement L’Oréal Canada is enhancing their influencer marketing programs as the importance of influencers continues to grow.The cosmetics company has partnered with Toronto-based tech company dubdub to use the company’s new video application, dubcandy. The application can turn any video into a shoppable video as well as has the ability to measure and attribute sales to specific influencer content such as independent videos.“We are always looking for ways to innovate and be ‘digital first.’ E-commerce acceleration is part of our growth strategy in Canada and as a longtime advocate and supporter of influencer marketing, we feel that partnering with influencers through innovative e-commerce initiatives is the new way to operate,” says Stéphane Bérubé. Vice-President and CMO, L’Oréal Canada, in a news statement. The application will help L’Oréal Canada better calculate and track the ROI of their video content.“dubcandy is helping us convert content into e-commerce sales. This will definitely change the way we produce in-house video assets and the way we work with influencers in the future,” adds Bérubé.L’Oréal Canada had sales of $1.054 billion in 2015 and employs more than 1,300 people. It is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec.BY JENNIFER BRAUN – FASHION NETWORK Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Telefilm Canada upgrades client service with Dialogue online application platform

first_imgMONTREAL, April 6, 2017 – Today, Telefilm Canada officially launches its online platform, known as Dialogue, which allows audiovisual industry clients to create, submit and manage their funding applications in one place, and soon to be 24/7. Dialogue is the result of a joint initiative with the Canada Media Fund (CMF), whose clients are also benefitting from this platform. Dialogue is gradually replacing Telefilm’s previous online application platform, eTelefilm.Over the last 12 months, Telefilm and the CMF have successfully moved several of their respective programs to the new platform. The remaining initiatives will migrate in the coming months.“Dialogue represents our commitment to being more agile, responsive and client focused,” said Carolle Brabant, Telefilm Canada’s Executive Director. “With this paperless, one-stop shop our clients will find that completing the application process will be speedier and more intuitive. In addition, the new platform’s improved data collection capability will help report on our objective to achieve, by 2020, a balanced production portfolio (at all budget levels) that reflects gender parity in each of the key roles of: director, writer and producer.” Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF, added: “The efforts to modernize the funding application platform were supported by the valuable feedback from industry stakeholders who use this platform on a regular basis. Dialogue‘s new features offer an enhanced and streamlined user experience. This turnkey, collaborative system will simplify the application processes, allowing the CMF and the CMF Program Administrator to better serve our clients’ needs.”Better serving the present and future needs of clientsAmong Dialogue‘s benefits:Provides an improved collaborative environment for clients to apply and manage their applications, and is accessible from any device.The platform’s data access provides improved data security, integrity and transparency to clients.The tool and processes created can be used beyond the current scope of funds and programs. No matter the direction, the platform can adapt..About Telefilm Canada—Inspired by talent. Viewed everywhere.Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2013, the Talent Fund accepts private donations to principally support emerging talent. Visit and follow us on Twitter at and on Facebook at LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Katherine Heigl / Shutterstock Advertisementcenter_img Minka Kelly will be in Toronto for her role in the second season of the series Titans. Kelly got her first major role as Lyla on the hit television series Friday Night Lights, and then went on to star in feature films like The Roommate, 500 days of Summer, and Just Go With It.Jason PriestleyStacey Newman/ShutterstockJason Priestley may be spotted in Toronto this July filming for season four of the series Private Eyes. Priestley is best known for playing Brandon Walsh on the hit show Beverly Hills, 90210 — which recently filmed a reboot in Vancouver.Sarah RaffertyKathy Hutchins/ShutterstockSarah Rafferty will be in Toronto through this month for her role in the ninth and final season of Suits. Rafferty has made small appearances in shows like Law & Order, Bones, and Numb3rs before going on to star in Suits as Donna Roberta Paulsen.Gabriel MachtKathy Hutchins/ShutterstockAlso joining Rafferty on the set of Suits is Gabriel Macht, who plays lead character Harvey Specter in the series. Rumour has it that these two Suits stars have been best friends for over 25 years after they met at a film festival!Katherine HeiglDFree/ShutterstockAlso joining these two on the set of Suits is new series regular Katherine Heigl. Heigl is known for starring in Blockbuster films like Knocked Up alongside Seth Rogan, The Ugly Truth, Killers, Life As We Know It, and of course who could forget her run on Grey’s Anatomy.Chace CrawfordKathy Hutchins/ShutterstockBest known for his portrayal of Nate Archibald on The CW’s Gossip Girl series, Chace Crawford may be spotted in Toronto this July for his latest role in the superhero drama series The Boys which is filming for its second season. Is there anything better than a celebrity sighting?! The hustle and bustle, fans screaming their name, trying to sneak a quick pic, or if you’re lucky enough maybe even an autograph.With plenty of movies and TV shows currently in production in Toronto this summer, you just never know when you might spot your favourite actor or actress off-set, roaming the streets of our city.Here are 10 celebrity faces to try and spot in Toronto this July.Minka KellyJoe Seer/Shutterstock Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Keystone XL rejection puts pressure on Energy East pipeline approval

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe White House’s rejection of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline increases the need for approval of the energy firm’s Energy East project, according to federal and provincial Canadian leaders.U.S. President Barack Obama announced the final rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline project Friday which he said was done on climate change grounds.The rejected pipeline would have transported Alberta tar sands bitumen into the U.S. and down to Texas. The White House described the bitumen that would have been pumped through the pipeline as the “dirtiest oil on the planet.”The Keystone XL rejection triggered statements of disappointment from provincial and federal leaders, who also highlighted that it increased pressure on the need to approve the west-to-east Energy East pipeline project.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement saying Ottawa wasn’t happy with the project’s rejection.“We are disappointed by the decision but respect the right of the United States to make the decision,” said Trudeau.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the U.S. decision highlighted the need for Alberta to improve its climate change game.“We need to do a better job on climate change,” said Notley. “The fact of the matter is the U.S. relies on our oil, they currently import over (2.3) million barrels a day.”Saskatchewan Premier Bard Wall was much more critical of Obama’s decision“Today’s announcement is very disappointing, not only for our energy sector, but also for the signal it sends about Canada-US relations,” said Wall in a statement. “This issue is more about U.S. domestic politics than it is about good environmental policy.”Wall said the Keystone XL rejection puts pressure on the need to approve TransCanada’s other pipeline project, Energy East which. That project would transport Alberta and Saskatchewan oil to Irving Oil refinery operations in Saint John, NB.“This decision makes approval of Energy East even more crucial and it will be one of Saskatchewan’s top priorities as we begin our work with the new federal government,” said Wall’s statement.Global Affairs Minister Stephane Dion also said Keystone XL’s rejection increased pressure on the need to approve Energy East. Dion said that while the Liberal government supports that pipeline project, it is focused on bolstering the confidence in the environmental approval process for the project.“It’s more pressure to succeed in our plan to have a strong economy and strong environment,” said Dion. “You cannot succeed in the world economy today if you don’t succeed in creating strong confidence in the environmental assessment.”While some First Nations have expressed opposition to Energy East, Saskatchewan’s main chiefs organization has said it would support the project subject some conditions, including a stake in the project.Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Bobby Cameron said support for the project remained contingent on Ottawa, Saskatchewan and TransCanada respecting “inherent and treaty rights” and creating of a proper consultation process.“So that First Nations are part of the project and receive a fair share of the economic benefits. This includes such things as impact benefit agreements, jobs and receiving royalties on an annual basis,” said Cameron, in a previous statement.The about $12 billion, 4,600 kilometre Energy East pipeline project would carry about 1.1 million barrels of oil per day from Alberta to New Brunswick.The pipeline will cross the territories of about 155 First Nations.The National Energy Board is currently holding hearings on the Energy East project as part of the approval process. The NEB is scheduled to hear oral traditional evidence from First Nations from Nov. 9 to Dec. 15.The previous Conservative government of Stephen Harper considered the NEB hearings fulfilling Ottawa’s duty to read more

BC documents on Highway of Tears open wounds as missing women inquiry

first_imgThe Canadian PressVictoria — The small British Columbia Cheslatta Carrier Nation has a decades-long anguished relationship with Highway 16, or the so-called Highway of Tears.Five people from the community of less than 350 near Burns Lake in central B.C. have disappeared along the route, including an entire family of four, says Chief Corrina Leween.At least 18 women went missing or were murdered along Highway 16 and the adjacent Highways 97 and 5 since the 1970s. Most cases remain unsolved, though investigators don’t believe a single killer is responsible.The sorrow deepened recently with a damning report over deleted Transportation Ministry emails about the highway and its missing.Transportation Minister Todd Stone has insisted that locals don’t want a bus service, but recently released documents highlighting the concerns of local officials and contradict the minister.The controversy could be swept up in a call by the federal Liberal government for an inquiry into Canada’s murdered and missing women. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised the inquiry during the election campaign.“I would expect that because a number of women have gone missing, and or have been known to have been murdered along Highway 16, that Highway 16 will figure in the national inquiry,” said Stone. “Our government has been on the record for quite some time in supporting a national inquiry.”B.C.’s Attorney General Suzanne Anton said she also expects an inquiry would focus on the highway.“I’m not trying to second-guess the federal inquiry, but there probably will be an aspect about the north all across the country,” she said.An RCMP report last year stated nearly 1,200 Indigenous women were murdered or went missing between 1980 and 2012.Highway 16 stretches more than 700 kilometres between Prince George and Prince Rupert. It follows rivers and mountains and connects remote communities. Its route is dark, lonely and blood stained.“Within (our) community, we have had an entire family that went missing, the Jack family,” said Leween. “One of our elders is missing.”Casimel Jack, 70, was last seen a decade ago, walking along a road that connects to Highway 16 south of Burns Lake. He was hunting and carrying a rifle when he disappeared Sept. 18, 2005.Ronald Jack, his wife, Doreen, and their two sons, Russell, 9, and Ryan, 4, vanished Aug. 1, 1989. The last anybody heard from the family was when Ronald called a family member from a Prince George pub to say he and his wife found jobs.“They just simply disappeared. Mom, dad and the two boys,” Leween said.She said successive B.C. governments have refused to move on First Nations’ requests to provide a regional transportation network. Leween described government consultations attempts as sophisticated stalling tactics.“I, as a leader, don’t feel the government is doing enough to addresses the issue,” she said.Leween rejected Stone’s claim that leaders across the north agree a large-scale transit service won’t work.“It’s absolutely untrue,” she said. “The bus is desperately needed in our area. I go to Prince George quite often to meetings and I see the young women hitchhiking on that highway. It’s needed.”Stone said the government is looking to develop shorter transportation connections between communities, but a region-wide transportation service is not workable.“It’s difficult for many folks to comprehend, myself included, how a scheduled shuttle bus service across an 800 kilometre stretch of highway that’s very sparsely populated would meet the needs of people who live along the highway,” he said.Stone said his ministry is holding a transportation symposium in Smithers Nov. 24 to discuss practical, affordable and sustainable solutions for communities along Highway 16.Opposition New Democrat Jennifer Rice, whose North Coast riding includes a section of Highway 16, said she has not been invited to the symposium but plans to attend.“I’ve been here (in Victoria) two years, and I’ve been asking this question numerous times around improving the transportation and safety along Highway 16, and I’ve been shrugged off and told basically to move on and get a new idea,” she said.Rice said two years ago when she accidentally locked herself out of her car on a stretch of the highway she felt the chill of being alone in the middle of nowhere.“I was in a pull out, and I had no cell service and I was the only one there,” she said.“I had just come back from Victoria and I had been asking questions about the Highway of Tears. Then this happened to me,” she said. “I felt extremely vulnerable.”last_img read more

Manitoba offers traditional lands to Sayisi Dene First Nation forced to relocate

first_img(Members of the Sayisi Dene First Nation at a federal government apology in 2016. Photo: APTN)The Canadian PressThe Sayisi Dene First Nation, a northern Manitoba community that was forced to relocate 61 years ago will be getting some of its traditional lands back.The provincial government has signed an agreement to transfer 52 square kilometres of Crown land near Little Duck Lake to the federal government so that it can be converted to a reserve for the Sayisi Dene First Nation.Read the release here: Province of ManitobaThe community’s 250 residents were forced to move to Churchill in 1956 after they were blamed for a steep decline in the caribou herd, an idea later proven untrue.In their new location on Hudson Bay, food was scarce, housing was inadequate and many residents died prematurely.Read More: Sayisi Dene First NationThe Manitoba government apologized for its role in 2010 and, last year, the federal government apologized and offered $33.6 million in compensation.The community’s chief, Tony Powderhorn, said the land agreement helps address a long-standing wrongdoing.“It is a recognition that removing us from our land was wrong,” Powderhorn said at a signing ceremony at the Manitoba legislature Wednesday.“It is an important step in reconciliation.”Manitoba Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister Eileen Clarke said the forced relocation from their traditional lands should not have happened.“They were relocated to areas devoid of the materials and resources that their people had always relied on. There was no adequate shelter, supplies or game to hunt.”In 1973, the Sayisi Dene left the Churchill area and moved back near their traditional territory at Tadoule Lake.The 52 square kilometres that will be transferred is further north, near the former Hudson’s Bay store where cargo planes were used to move the residents.“That’s where everything started and happened,” Powderhorn said.“We can probably go back and forth there (now), for maybe spring gatherings or something like that.”The community’s previous chief, Ernest Bussidor, was born one month before the relocation. When the federal government apologized last year, he recalled that many survivors of the relocation had suffered post-traumatic stress.“People freezing to death, fires, you name it,” Bussidor said.“A lot of children died. That kind of stuff never leaves you.”Contact APTN National News here: news@aptn.calast_img read more

MMIWG inquiry hears calls for more womens shelters better services for victims

first_imgJustin Brake APTN NewsAn Inuk elder says police did nothing to help her daughter’s call for help on the day she died in a murder-suicide 25 years ago.On Labrador’s first day of hearings on the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry, Charlotte Wolfrey told the tragic story of her daughter, Deidre Marie Michelin.Michelin, a 21-year-old mother of four, was killed by her partner in a murder-suicide in the remote community of Rigolet.Wolfrey testified how her daughter was trying to leave a violent relationship. She had called the RCMP in Goose Bay that day for help, but was told there was nothing police could do unless her partner did something to her.“She knew she was going to die and there was no protection services for her,” she said.A long-time women’s rights advocate, Wolfrey said there needs to be more women’s shelters in northern communities and reforms to the criminal justice system.During the final day of testimony on Thursday, Amena Evans Harlick said that she wants education reform, so young Canadians can learn more about Indigenous peoples, including missing and murdered Indigenous women.The 21-year-old testified that her mother, Mary Evans Harlick, was killed in St. John’s when Amena was just six years old.Mary was at a friend’s house and wanted to go home, her daughter testified.“She threatened to call the police because this man wouldn’t let her leave,” she said. “He strangled her with her rawhide necklace and then put her in a sleeping bag and then put her underneath a crawl space underneath the stairs.”In 2006, Scott Gauthier was convicted of second-degree murder, and is eligible for parole in 2023.Harlick said she fears he might come after her too.“I feel like I’m just going to be another statistic,” she said.Evans Harlick is also calling for better services for families of victims.Over two days of hearings in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, more than 25 families and survivors told the inquiry that they want to see more changes that will help keep their women and girls safe at home.last_img read more

Legal pot on track for July but actual retail sales may take

first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government insists it’s on track to legalize recreational pot in July — but whether that means it will actually be on sale by then is uncertain.Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor told senators Tuesday that provinces and territories have indicated once Bill C-45, the legislation setting up a legal cannabis regime, is given royal assent, they’ll need another eight to 12 weeks to prepare for retail sales.“Once we’ve reached royal assent, there’s going to be a transition period because we have to ensure that provinces and territories have the capacity to get the product into their shops,” she said later outside the Senate.At the same time, Petitpas Taylor said: “We still feel very confident that we can meet our goal of July 2018. No one ever said July 1 or I never said July 1. But our goal of meeting July 2018 for me is still very much a realistic goal.”However, she did not clarify when asked whether she means the goal is to have royal assent by then or to have cannabis actually on sale by then.If the latter, that would mean the Senate would have to pass the bill by no later than the end of May — which seems unlikely given the depth and breadth of concern among senators about C-45 that was apparent during a rare two-hour grilling of Petitpas Taylor and two other cabinet ministers in the Senate chamber Tuesday.One senator, independent Liberal Jim Munson, attempted to get some clarity, asking if the ministers were saying the actual sale of marijuana will not occur until eight to 12 weeks after July 1.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s response only further muddied the water: “Our goal is this summer in an orderly fashion with all the pieces sequenced in the right order so that they are effective.”Conservative senators, in particular, are not keen on legalization but their Senate leader, Larry Smith, said Tuesday they won’t be obstructionist.“I promise you, however, that we will give a voice to those in the Canadian public who have significant and valid concerns about the policy choice your government is making,” he said.Smith argued that the government is proceeding too quickly and should not legalize marijuana before conducting an intensive public education campaign about the dangers of cannabis use on the developing brains of youths.Denise Batters, another Conservative senator, questioned the government’s argument that regulating cannabis will make it harder for young people to get access to it, pointing out that C-45 allows individuals to grow up to four plants in their homes.Other senators raised concerns that legalization will encourage young people to smoke and increase the incidence of impaired driving.But it wasn’t just Conservative senators who raised concerns.Sen. Serge Joyal, an independent Liberal, questioned the government’s contention that legalization will push organized crime out of the marijuana marketing business. He pointed to a report that found almost half of 86 companies that have received Health Canada permits to grow marijuana are financed through offshore tax havens frequently used by organized crime to launder money.Screening of such companies is insufficient to ensure “we’re not doing through the back door what we are trying to eliminate from the front door,” Joyal said.Petitpas and Goodale — along with Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Toronto Liberal MP Bill Blair, the government’s point man on marijuana — repeatedly countered that most of the potential problems identified by senators already exist in Canada, where prohibition has led to cannabis use by young people that is the highest among developed countries and a market controlled entirely by criminals.“Obviously, the current law has failed,” Goodale said.“I’m frankly not prepared to leave the health and safety of our children in the hands of criminals,” added Blair, a former Toronto police chief.last_img read more

Quebec urges Health Canada to review rules around sugary alcoholic drinks

first_imgMONTREAL – Health Canada must review regulations around alcoholic beverages infused with high amounts of sugar following the reported death of a Quebec teenager who had drunk such a product, Quebec’s public health minister said Monday.Some alcoholic products contain so much sugar, young people don’t realize how quickly they are becoming intoxicated, Lucie Charlebois said.“Young people don’t feel like they are drinking alcohol because there is so much sugar and there is a lot of alcohol as well,” Charlebois said. “Health Canada needs to take a look at that.”In response to the death of Athena Gervais, 14, last week in Laval, Que., the Montreal-area producer of the beverage she reportedly drank before she died announced it was pulling the product from store shelves. Geloso Group, maker of FCKD UP, called on Sunday night for tougher regulations and controls surrounding similar types of drinks, and said it would stop producing the product immediately.The decision comes after Gervais’s body was pulled from a stream near her high school last week. Montreal’s La Presse reported the teen had been drinking stolen cans of FCKD UP.Laval police are still awaiting results of an autopsy but have already called the death accidental.The statement from Geloso Group made no reference to the death but co-president Aldo Geloso said the company was taking steps to stop selling the beverage.Geloso said the company decided to introduce its own brand in 2017 to compete with Four Loko, a sweetened beverage with 11.9% alcohol content produced by a Chicago-based company.“It was a mistake to enter this category to compete with Four Loko,” Geloso said. “In fact, the Four Loko category should not even exist.”Geloso added Four Loko was recently removed from store shelves because it violated Quebec’s alcohol laws but said the product is about to return.The U.S. manufacturer of Four Loko, Phusion Projects, did not immediately respond to calls on Monday.Geloso Group’s announcement followed one by Quebec-based convenience store chain Couche-Tard, which decided on Friday to pull FCKD UP from its shelves. Couche-Tard said selling the beverage is legal but the chain wanted to act responsibly.In a letter, Sen. Andre Pratte called on Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor to look into the health risks of alcoholic energy drinks.While authorities are trying to piece together the circumstances of Gervais’s death, Pratte writes it’s not normal for teenagers to buy high-alcohol beverages at a local convenience store at lunch and become so intoxicated that they can’t return to class in the afternoon.The federal government can look at limiting the concentration of alcohol and the size of cans, as well as at new restrictions on the mixture of sugar, caffeine and alcohol, Pratte said.A spokesman for Health Canada, Eric Morrissette, referred The Canadian Press to a statement the agency made over the weekend saying, “Health Canada is already working with the government of Quebec to address this issue.”Morrissette added in an email that alcoholic or energizing beverages may be legally sold in Canada and that alcoholic beverages don’t need Health Canada approval.On Saturday, Educ’alcool, a non-profit that encourages moderate drinking, also appealed to Health Canada to further regulate the sale of alcoholic energy drinks.last_img read more

Lower Mainland seeing nearrecord gas prices amid supply constraints

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — Drivers in the Lower Mainland are feeling the effects of chronic fuel supply constraints as prices crest $1.50 a litre in some locations, hovering close to record highs.And at least one analyst believes they could climb further still.“It underscores the real big problem in southwestern British Columbia and that’s that they’re chronically short of gasoline and other fuels,” said GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst Dan McTeague, who believes prices will rise even higher. The current spike, in a season of generally lower demand, is caused in part by the outage of a Burnaby, B.C., refinery that Parkland Fuel bought from Chevron in November, he said.The 55,000 barrel-a-day refinery, which McTeague says supplies about a quarter of demand in the region, has been down for planned maintenance since early February and the company doesn’t expect to have it fully running again until the end of March.Still, the region faces longer-standing supply issues that could push prices in the higher-demand summer months to surpass the previous record of $1.56 in June 2014, said McTeague.Prices increases could also come as two of four refineries in Washington State are planning to go down for maintenance, while the lower Canadian dollar is adding to the costs of buying fuel from the U.S., McTeague said.High taxes are also compounding the problems, making up 49.3 cents out of the 150.9 cent price per litre seen Wednesday with another 1.2 cent per litre carbon tax coming in April, he said.“It’s not looking good for that region of the country,” he said. “There’s no spare supply out there, we could see $1.60 for a few days this summer in Vancouver.” While gas prices could see upward pressure across the country as oil prices maintain some gains, McTeague said the Lower Mainland issues are much worse.As Vancouver drivers were paying as much as $1.50 a litre Thursday, pump prices were about $1.09 in Calgary and around $1.24 in Toronto, according to data from Kent Group Ltd.last_img read more

Feds launching review of oil tanker traffic in bid to renew pipeline

first_imgThe Federal Court of Appeal last month quashed the approval the NEB and the cabinet gave the project in 2016, citing improper consultation with Indigenous communities and a lack of review of the marine shipping issue.Several Indigenous communities, environmental groups and the B.C. government are concerned about the higher risk of oil spills if an expanded pipeline increases oil tanker traffic from five per month to 35.Sohi is also appointing a special marine technical adviser to be part of the NEB’s new review, but that person has yet to be named.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) OTTAWA, O.N. – The National Energy Board has less than six months to redo its environmental review of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, this time taking into account the impact of additional oil tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi is making the announcement this morning in Halifax, where Canada is hosting environment and energy ministers at a G7 summit meeting.The federal cabinet has ordered the NEB to return with a new recommendation within 22 weeks on whether the pipeline expansion should proceed after taking a look at the environmental impact of having more than three dozen oil tankers shipping diluted bitumen through the Burrard Inlet every month.last_img read more

Alberta set to pass law to kill provincial carbon tax as federal

first_imgAlberta now joins New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan _ provinces that have declined to impose their own carbon levys, leaving Ottawa to impose one for them.Kenney has said if Ottawa impose its fee, he will join Saskatchewan and Ontario in fighting it in court.Alberta is expected to argue that Ottawa does not have the constitutional authority to levy the tax and that, in any event, Alberta is already paying one with its current tax of greenhouse gases on large emitters.Alberta’s fee, launched on Jan. 1, 2017 by the previous NDP government, taxed carbon at $30 tonne. Drivers were paying almost seven cents a litre more this year with the provincial carbon tax, along with $1.51 a gigajoule on natural gas for heating. Energy Efficiency Alberta says the typical Alberta household uses 120 gigajoules a year. The federal tax is $20 a tonne but is set to rise annually until it hits $50 a tonne in 2022.The Alberta tax brought in an estimated $2 billion, much of that rebated to low and middle-income families. It also funded a range of green projects from rapid transit to energy saving light bulbs.Families will also get rebates from the federal tax.McKenna said her department has already done preliminary math, given that Kenney’s bill was expected pass, and estimates a family of four in Alberta will get $700 in rebates when they file their 2019 taxes a year from now.That’s higher than the $377 expected in New Brunswick, $451 in Ontario and $449 in Manitoba. A family in Saskatchewan would get $903.The rebates are based on the expected amount people will pay. Provinces, where coal and natural gas are used more heavily for heating and electricity, are likely to shoulder higher carbon tax bills.McKenna said Kenney is taking a page from the same playbook as Ontario Premier Doug Ford.“They don’t have a plan to tackle climate change and they don’t have a plan to grow the economy,” said McKenna.In the legislature, Kenney criticized and mocked former premier Rachel Notley for bringing in the provincial carbon tax, especially after not running on it in the 2015 election campaign.He said the tax didn’t deal with climate change and didn’t deliver any “social licence” to garner further national or international support or acceptance of Alberta’s oil and gas industry.“So what is the point?” Kenney said rhetorically.“The best answer I can come up with is this: it makes them feel better about themselves. It makes them feel virtuous. And it makes the NDP feel like somehow they are saving the planet.” The bill was a signature campaign promise of Premier Jason Kenney’s United Conservatives, who won a majority government last month.Kenney told the house Thursday that the bill delivers a merciful end to a tax that didn’t stop the global rise of greenhouse gas emissions but did hurt working families.“We have barely been in office for a month and we are already, today, delivering to Albertans the biggest tax break in our province’s history,” Kenney told the house as his UCP caucus members applauded.In Ottawa, Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna decried Alberta’s decision to end the provincial carbon tax, which she dubbed the “make pollution free again bill.”She said Canada will move quickly to impose the federal version on Alberta.“We’re looking to do it as soon as possible,” said McKenna.center_img EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta’s consumer carbon tax is dead, setting the stage for a showdown with Ottawa over the imposition of a new one.The province cancelled its tax on gasoline at the pumps and on home heating fuels just after midnight Thursday morning.Later in the day, the legislature was to pass third and final reading of An Act to Repeal the Carbon Tax to make the change official.last_img read more

Owaisi Vinod Kumar file LS nominations in Telangana

first_imgHyderabad: AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi and TRS leader B Vinod Kumar were among those who filed nomination papers Monday for the April 11 Lok Sabha elections in Telangana.Owaisi is seeking a fourth straight term in the lower house of Parliament, from Hyderabad constituency. Vinod Kumar, who was Deputy Floor Leader of TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samiti) in Lok Sabha, entered the fray from Karimnagar, where he is the sitting MP. The TRS is yet to name the candidates for the elections but Vinod Kumar was among the contenders who were given the go-ahead to file nominations by the party president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, TRS sources said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’With the ruling TRS making it clear that it would back his candidature, Owaisi seems to be on a strong wicket in this Muslim-dominated segment, a stronghold of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen. The Congress and the BJP are yet to name their candidates for this constituency, represented by Owaisi since 2004. The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee had earlier recommended to the party central leadership to field Mohammad Azharuddin, among others, in Hyderabad constituency, but party sources have indicated that the former India cricket captain is not keen to contest here.last_img read more

Kejriwal slapped by man in roadshow AAP accuses BJP

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was slapped by a man during a roadshow in Moti Nagar in the New Delhi constituency, prompting a strong reaction from the AAP which alleged the BJP was behind the “cowardly act”. Police said the man has been taken into the custody and an investigation into the matter is underway. Kejriwal was on an open jeep when a man wearing a red t-shirt jumped onto the vehicle and slapped the chief minister before he was pulled off the jeep. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesDCP (West) Monika Bhardwaj said the man has been identified as Suresh, 33, and he deals in spare parts in Kailash Park area. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia slammed the BJP after the incident. “Do Modi and Amit Shah want Kejriwal to be murdered?” Sisodia tweeted, attacking the prime minister and the BJP chief. He said the BJP could not break the morale of Kejriwal and could not defeat him in elections in five years despite putting in all its might. “Now you want him removed form your way like this. You cowards! This Kejriwal is your end,” he said in a tweet in Hindi. AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj too alleged that the BJP might be behind the attack and asserted the incident would not deter the spirit of the party. “Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal got attacked during the roadshow. We condemned this cowardly act. This opposition sponsored attack cannot stop the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi,” he said.last_img read more

San Francisco bans police use of face recognition technology

first_imgSan Francisco: San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday to ban the use of facial recognition software by police and other city departments, becoming the first US city to outlaw a rapidly developing technology that has alarmed privacy and civil liberties advocates. The ban is part of broader legislation that requires city departments to establish use policies and obtain board approval for surveillance technology they want to purchase or are using at present. Several other local governments require departments to disclose and seek approval for surveillance technology. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”This is really about saying: ‘We can have security without being a security state. We can have good policing without being a police state.’ And part of that is building trust with the community based on good community information, not on Big Brother technology,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who championed the legislation. The ban applies to San Francisco police and other municipal departments. It does not affect use of the technology by the federal government at airports and ports, nor does it limit personal or business use. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe San Francisco board did not spend time Tuesday debating the outright ban on facial recognition technology, focusing instead on the possible burdens placed on police, the transit system and other city agencies that need to maintain public safety. “I worry about politicizing these decisions,” said Supervisor Catherine Stefani, a former prosecutor who was the sole no vote. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a nonprofit think tank based in Washington, D.C., issued a statement chiding San Francisco for considering the facial recognition ban. It said advanced technology makes it cheaper and faster for police to find suspects and identify missing people. Critics were silly to compare surveillance usage in the United States with China, given that one country has strong constitutional protections and the other does not, said Daniel Castro, the foundation’s vice president. “In reality, San Francisco is more at risk of becoming Cuba than China_a ban on facial recognition will make it frozen in time with outdated technology,” he said. It’s unclear how many San Francisco departments are using surveillance and for what purposes, said Peskin. There are valid reasons for license-plate readers, body cameras, and security cameras, he said, but the public should know how the tools are being used or if they are being abused.last_img read more

Tunisia since the fall of Ben Ali

first_imgTUNIS – Key events in Tunisia since the revolution that drove president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali out after 23 years in power and sparked popular uprisings across the Arab world:— 2011 —– January 14: Ben Ali flees to Saudi Arabia with his family, becoming the first Arab leader to step down in what later becomes known as the “Arab Spring.”– February 25: 100,000 people stage an anti-government demonstration in Tunis. Clashes as police stations are torched and ransacked. – March 1: Moderate Islamist movement Ennahda legalised.– October 23: Ennahda wins 89 of the 217 seats in a new constituent assembly after Tunisia’s first free election.– December 12: Secular opposition leader Moncef Marzouki, a fierce rival of Ben Ali, elected president.— 2012 —– June 11-12: Unrest triggered by an art exhibition that includes works deemed offensive to Islam. The government blames hardline Salafists and old regime loyalists.– September 14: Four people killed in clashes at the US embassy amid protests over an anti-Islam film.– October 18: A local coordinator of the opposition party Nidaa Tounes is killed by a mob in Tatouine, southern Tunisia.– November 27-December 1: 300 injured in clashes in Siliana.— 2013 —– February 6: Prominent opposition leader Chokri Belaid shot dead, sparking deadly protests and a political crisis.– July 25: Opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi shot dead. His family blames Ennahda, which denies the charge. Demonstrations in Tunis and elsewhere, including Brahmi’s birthplace, Sidi Bouzid.– August 2: The army announces a “huge” air and ground operation against Islamist militants in the Mount Chaambi area along the Algerian border. The government accuses Tunisia’s main Salafist movement Ansar Asharia of links to Al-Qaeda.— 2014 —– January 3: Parliament begins voting on a new constitution after months of deadlock.– January 9: Clashes between hundreds of demonstrators with police and troops in the central town of Kasserine, amid rising social discontent. Protests and strikes have multiplied since late 2013.– January 10: Mehdi Jomaa is tasked with forming a caretaker government of independents a day after Islamist prime minister Ali Larayedh resigns.Jomaa’s designation was agreed to in mid-December as part of a bid to end the crisis that began with Brahmi’s killing.last_img read more

Moroccos Amadeus Institute ranks 13th best think tank in the MENA

first_imgTaroudant- The University of Pennsylvania has just released the 2013 Global Go to Think Thank Index & Abridged Report on January 22, 2014, placing the Moroccan Amadeus Institute 13th in the MENA region.Conducted by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP), a non-profit program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, the report ranked the Moroccan Institute 13th among 50 countries listed on the rankings.The Moroccan think tank institute came ahead of all Maghreb countries institutes included in the ranking. Centre des Etudes et Recherches en Sciences Sociales (CERSS)  (Morocco), Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies (ITES) (Tunisia), and Sadeq Institute, (Libya) ranked 18th, 23th and 47th respectively. Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies (Egypt), Brookings Doha Center (Qatar) and the Center for Economics and Policy Studies (EDAM) (Turkey) occupied the top of the list respectively.According to the best Think Tank Conference, the Forum MEDays, main event of the Amadeus Institute in 2013, ranked 49th forum in the world and first in the Arab world.Based on data collected as of August, 2013, the number of think tanks in the world reached 6826 with only 511 institutes in the MENA region and the biggest number (1984) located in North America with 29.07% of all the institutes worldwide.Cofounded in 2008 by Brahim Fassi Fihri (President) Mekki Lahlou and Younes Slaoui Vice Presidents, The Amadeus Institute is an independent Moroccan think tank based in Rabat.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

US Aerospace Giant Hexcel Opens Plant in Casablanca

New York – American aerospace giant Hexcel is the latest business aviation company to launch a new plant in Morocco.U.S. Hexcel group directors and Morocco’s Ministry of Industry, Trade, Investment, and the Digital Economy will reportedly meet in Morocco to sign the official agreement for the establishment of the factory on Tuesday.“The signing between the company and the Ministry of Industry will take place on January 19,” a source familiar with the agreement revealed according to Telquel news website.According to the same source, Hexcel will be based in the industrial Midparc Casablanca Free Zone and will employ “no less than 250 people” at the time of its launch. The new Hexcel plant in Casablanca will reportedly invest € 20 million for its initial phase.Hexcel joins the more than 110 multinational companies that have opened their doors in Morocco, relying on the country’s taxation incentives, attractive subsidies and its geographical location – proximity to Europe and crossroads from America.The surge of the aviation industry in Morocco achieved US $605 million in exports in 2015 and registered a growth of 5.1 percent. 2016 already looks promising with the launch of French giant Thales and U.S. Hexcel.Hexcel, headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, is a world leader in the carbon fiber field and composites for commercial and military aircraft. It employs over 5,300 people in nearly 24 production sites worldwide.The American giant is also a specialist in lightweight engineered core parts, HexMC® components and complete structures.According to the same source, Hexcel’s turnover for 2014 was $1.86 billion.Morocco attracts large aeronautical investors from Europe and North America. Hexcel will join the other two American investors in Midparc – ALCOA and EATON.Midparc is an extension to the Casablanca aviation industries zone (Aéropole), an industrial zone in Morocco hosting several international companies such as Boeing, Dassault Aviation, EADS Aviation, Ratier Figeac, and Safran, among others.The Free Trade Agreement with the United States (Morocco’s 6th largest trade partner) is part of the overall strategy of the Moroccan economy that makes it ideal for American companies to establish secondary factories in the North African country. read more