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Morning Brief: Facebook isn’t restricting fake news from notorious site – iPolitics

Oct 16, 2019 Good morning, readers. One the same day another fake news piece on Liberal leader Justin Trudeau was circulated by thousands of users on Facebook, company executives confirmed the social media platform wouldn’t ban content from the Buffalo Chronicle, one of the top websites responsible for false news. Facebook Canada told reporters on a teleconference call on Tuesday that it’s continuing to rely on existing deterrence measures — efforts that haven’t stopped users so far in the election campaign from sharing and reading the fake news. The latest article about Trudeau from the Buffalo Chronicle made unsubstantiated claims about the Liberals’ increased security measures at a rally on the weekend and had been shared on Facebook almost 4,000 times on T...

Beefing up supports for Alberta’s ranchers

The Public Lands Modernization (Grazing Lease and Obsolete Provisions) Amendment Act, has been introduced to ensure the sustainability of ranching and rangelands. Bill 16 includes much-needed modernizations to the rent and fees ranchers and cattle owners pay government for the use of public lands. These proposed changes will create a system that is transparent and fair for ranchers, while ensuring that Albertans receive fair return for the use of the province’s resources. If the bill is passed, a portion of revenues would be reinvested in rangeland sustainability initiatives. This revenue would provide annual funding to proactively invest in approaches to ensure the long-term success of Alberta’s ranching industry. The full suite of proposed changes would help protect Alberta&r...

First Nations’ Leadership Outraged by Lack of Empathy and Racist Behaviour towards First Nation Evacuees

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba_ First Nations leadership are expressing their outrage at the reports of First Nations evacuees experiencing racist behavior during this difficult and stressful time. Reports have been shared about evacuees from various locations across Manitoba, including online, about how they have encountered racism when purchasing fuel at gas stations, buying food, emergency supplies, and purchasing generators. Hotels have turned away evacuees when there are obvious vacancies, which leadership says is discriminatory and completely unacceptable. Evacuees have been directed to lodging in Winnipeg, Brandon, Portage la Prairie, Selkirk and Dauphin where there are numerous reports of racist and unacceptable behavior from staff and management including disparaging remarks, prio...

Indigenous family’s campaign for justice focus of film coming to Kelowna Oct. 23 – The Daily Courier

The award-winning documentary about an Indigenous family’s quest for justice following a fatal shooting will be screened Oct. 23 in Kelowna. We Will Stand Up (Nipawistamasowin) will play at 4 and 7 p.m. at Cineplex Cinemas at Orchard Plaza. The 98-minute documentary, directed and narrated by Saskatoon-based Cree filmmaker Tasha Hubbard, follows the family of Colten Boushie, who was shot dead by a Saskatchewan farmer in 2016. The film won best Canadian feature documentary at Hoc Docs 2019 in Toronto and picked up the Colin Low Award for best Canadian documentary at DOXA 2019 in Vancouver. The documentary is distributed by the National Film Board of Canada, which is currently touring We Will Stand Up across Canada. Read More: http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/entertainment/article_e466...

Construction completed on the largest First Nation wind project in the country – Northern Ontario Business

Pattern Energy Group and Nigig Power Corporation announced the completion of the Henvey Inlet Wind power facility on Oct. 15 Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Energy) and Nigig Power Corporation officially announced the completion of the Henvey Inlet Wind power facility on Oct. 15. The landmark project is the largest single-phase wind facility and the largest on-reserve wind installation in Canada. It is located on Henvey Inlet First Nation Reserve No. 2 on the northeast shore of Georgian Bay in Pickerel, 90 kilometres south of Sudbury. According to Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy, the project is the first to develop a First Nation Environmental Stewardship Regime under the First Nations Lands Management Act. Read More: https://www.northernontariobusiness.com/industry-news/aboriginal-bu...

The Daily Wednesday, October 16, 2019

October 16, 2019 Consumer Price Index, September 2019 The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.9% on a year-over-year basis in September, matching the increase in August. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the CPI fell 0.1% in September. Continue reading Canada’s international transactions in securities, August 2019 Foreign investors acquired $5.0 billion of Canadian securities in August, following two months of divestment. At the same time, Canadian investors reduced their holdings of foreign securities by $4.7 billion, the largest divestment since January. Continue reading Health Reports, October 2019 The October 2019 issue of Health Reports, which contains two articles, is now available. Continue reading The English language in Quebec and the French language in Ontario and the t...

Indigenous voters in northern Ontario uninspired by federal election campaign – CBC

Vivan Pratt thought she might vote for the first time in this election. The 50-year-old from Constance Lake First Nation went into the campaign thinking this might be the year she exercises her right to vote for a Canadian government she doesn’t really feel part of. But now Pratt figures she’ll stay home Monday and will instead put her faith in Indigenous leaders to make things better for her northern Ontario community and others. “It’s going to end up the same way, because there is a government,” she says. “There are things set in place that you can’t change, that they can’t change. But we can change them. We can stand up for our land and voice our opinions.” Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/issues-people-indigenous-vo...

Ecuador: deal marks bittersweet win for indigenous protesters after deaths – Support The Guardian

Eight were killed over 12 days of protests which ended after deal was struck with Ecuador’s president to restore fuel subsidies Within hours of a deal which ended Ecuador’s worst political unrest in recent memory, thousands of indigenous people – along with student volunteers and local residents – took to the streets of Quito to clean up the city. Teams worked their way through El Arbolito park which was still littered with burning tires and paving slabs which had been used as barricades. Over 12 days of often violent protests, the park had been one of the focal points for thousands of native Ecuadoreans who converged on Quito from the Andes and the Amazon. Read More: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/16/ecuador-indigenous-protesters-bittersweet-triumph The...

Human Rights and Reconciliation: Indigenous Child Welfare

Credits: MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance This is the fifth panel in the MacEachen Institute’s 2019 Policy Matters Speaker Series. Recorded on Oct 8, 2019. Events in the last four years have brought significant attention to the issue of Indigenous child welfare. In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) stated that “Canada’s child-welfare system has simply continued the assimilation that the residential school system started,” and its Calls to Action aimed to fix this broken system. In 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) found that the federal government has been knowingly discriminating against First Nations children by underfunding the First Nations Child and Family Services (FNCFS) Program. Since that time, Canada has ...

BC Cabinet and First Nations Leaders’ Gathering – Save The Date

November 5 – November 6 REGISTER AGENDA Visit the Leaders’ Gathering website. BC Cabinet and First Nations Leaders’ Gathering Invitation View Image NT5 The post BC Cabinet and First Nations Leaders’ Gathering – Save The Date appeared first on NationTalk.

MKO Encourages Government Officials to Work with Indigenous Peoples to Develop Action Plans to Improve Safety

Oct 15, 2019 Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) is responding to stories published by the Winnipeg Free Press that provide details about the man charged with second degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Norma Andrews. Ms. Andrews, a member of Manto Sipi Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba, was killed in Winnipeg on September 21, 2019. The stories published last week provided details that show the man accused of murdering Ms. Andrews was out on bail following a violent machete attack in Winnipeg on another woman earlier this year. Grand Chief Garrison Settee shares the following statement in response to the life and death of Norma Andrews: “MKO is aware that when Norma was alive, she sought out services and resources to help her to i...

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