Suspected lung cancer forces Bruce Carson trial date postponement

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA former aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper facing an influence peddling charge linked to a plan to sell water filtration systems to First Nation reserves is facing surgery for a suspected cancer growth in his lung, forcing the postponement of his July 22 trial date.Bruce Carson, who was once acting chief of staff in the Prime Minister’s Office, is scheduled to go in for surgery on July 15 and is expected to remain in hospital for eight days. Doctors found a growth in his lung that is suspected to be cancer.News of Carson’s ailment surfaced Friday during a court hearing in Ottawa to set a new trial date. The new date will be set during a Sept. 9 court hearing.The RCMP began the process of serving subpenas about two weeks ago.Carson is facing an influence peddling charge stemming from a now shuttered Ottawa water company’s plan to sell filtration system to First Nations reserves grappling with clean water woes.Carson’s fiancee, a former Ottawa escort, had a deal with the company, H2O Global, giving her a large percentage of revenues from the sale of filtration systems. Carson, who lobbied on behalf of the company, initialed the contract.Carson was once a confidant of Harper’s and the Conservative government invested $15 million to create a think tank in Calgary, the Canada School of Energy and Environment, that the former PMO aide ended up heading. Carson was heavily involved in designing a strategy to promote the tar sands.Carson left the think tank after Harper’s office asked the RCMP, the lobbying and ethics commissioners to investigate his activities on behalf of the water company.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Grassy Narrows and Ontario government still at odds

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe First Nation community of Grassy Narrows in northern Ontario is objecting to a statement put out by the provincial government saying both sides are working together.Many don’t buy into this statement that has to do with clear cutting and efforts to clean up their territory.For decades Grassy Narrows has been plagued with poisoned water.APTN’s Donna Sound explains some in the community believe the province is misleading Ontarians.last_img

Circle of Hope renews call for national inquiry

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Assembly of First Nations hosted a special tribute for missing and murdered Indigenous women at its Halifax annual general assembly Wednesday.The rally kicked off renewed calls for a national inquiry.Hundreds of people in attendance donned yellow shirts and joined hands in what they called “a Circle of Hope.”Almost 1,200 Indigenous have been reported missing or murdered in Canada over the last two decades.The AFN says an inquiry is crucial to finding a way to protect Indigenous women, who are four times more likely to be killed or go missing.The Harper government has rejected the idea.The Native Women’s Association of Canada, however, says it won’t back down.last_img read more

Child advocate Canada square off over definition of who is a First

first_imgAmber BernardAPTN NewsA First Nations child advocacy group and the federal government are at odds over the definition of a First Nations child.The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society says the Indian Act meaning is not enough – but Canada says it is.The two sides have been arguing their case before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in Ottawa over two days.The dispute, and the hearings are over who is eligible for Jordan’s Principle services.The caring society is asking Canada to expand its definition of a First Nations child.“Number one, if there are children who don’t have status or reside off reserve, who are recognized by their communities, then they should be eligible under Jordan’s Principle,” says Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the caring society.“And that the recognition could take a variety of different forms.”Jordan’s Principle is supposed to provide quick access to health, social or educational services that are available to people off reserve and ensure first nations children living on reserve get the services they need.As of now, Canada only pays for children under Jordan’s Principle if they have status, or reside on a reserve.The government says they want to proceed as normal.And that the proposed definition is only going to increase the number of self-determining applicants.“We will ask you to satisfy this interim order and to dismiss this notion,” government lawyer Robert Frater told the Tribunal.The human rights tribunal will either consider another order on Canada or dismiss the proposed definition from the caring society in the coming weeks.Blackstock spent years before the tribunal arguing that Canada discriminated against First Nation children who live on reserve because their services were not funded equally as those children who live off-reserve.The tribunal agreed and has been releasing non-compliance orders to the government to change its policies.abernard@aptn.ca@amberbernardlast_img read more

Grammy Museum set to open its new site in Newark next month

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. – The Grammy Museum is about to open its new location in New Jersey.NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/2fgmDyO ) that the 8,200-square-foot Grammy Museum Experience at the Prudential Center arena in Newark will open Oct. 20.The museum will include a section dedicated to New Jersey musicians such as Whitney Houston and Bruce Springsteen. It also will have a fashion section with outfits worn by Michael Jackson and Jennifer Lopez.The Los Angeles-based museum says the New Jersey location will be the first on the East Coast. Other locations include Cleveland, Mississippi, and Nashville, Tennessee.The museum will be open six days a week, with tickets ranging between $9 and $12.___This story has been corrected to show there is a Grammy museum in Cleveland, Mississippi, not Cleveland, Ohio.last_img read more

Resource shares provide lift to Toronto stock index American counterparts down

first_imgTORONTO – Mining and energy stocks helped move Canada’s largest stock index higher on Friday, as U.S. markets fell into the red a day after making their biggest gain in two months.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 63.20 points to 15,998.57. Taseko Mines Ltd. (TSX:TKO) and Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE) had some of the biggest advances, up more than five per cent and six per cent respectively at the closing of markets.“Toronto is up today largely because the U.S. dollar is down, which has the price of gold and oil higher, which broadly affects the Canadian market,” said Norman Levine, managing director of Portfolio Management Corp.The January crude contract climbed US$1.36 to US$56.71 per barrel while the December gold contract soared US$18.30 to US$1,296.50 an ounce.Canadian oil stocks were somewhat tempered by news that TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota on Thursday, Levine noted.While state officials don’t believe the leak polluted any surface water bodies or drinking water systems, the timing of the incident couldn’t be worse. Thursday’s spill comes four days before Nebraska is set to vote on whether TransCanada can go ahead with its XL pipeline, which would take a more direct route than the existing Keystone pipeline. Shares of the energy company (TSX:TRP) were down 59 cents, or 0.93 per cent, to $62.54.South of the border, U.S. stock indexes were mostly lower on Friday as technology companies, including Microsoft, lagged the market.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 100.12 points to 23,358.24. The S&P 500 index edged down 6.79 points to 2,578.85 and the Nasdaq composite index lost 10.50 points at 6,782.79.“The market has been on a down trend so far this month pretty much, and yesterday was a big rebound day, but you could say it’s just resuming its down trend,” said Levine. “There’s no real fundamental reason other than valuations got ahead of themselves and they’re just trying to normalize here a bit.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at 78.23 cents US, down 0.23 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the December natural gas contract was up four cents to US$3.10 per mmBTU and the December copper contract added two cents at US$3.07 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Debt reduction to be focus of Quebec provincial budget on March 27

first_imgQUEBEC – Paying down Quebec’s massive debt will be the focus of this month’s provincial budget, Premier Philippe Couillard said Wednesday.Finance Minister Carlos Leitao will table the budget March 27.The two politicians said the government intends to introduce measures to reduce the province’s debt by $10 billion over five years by dipping into a special fund that was created in 2006.The province believes it will save $1 billion in interest payments.Couillard said it was important to send a strong message to Quebec’s creditors long before the budget is actually tabled.“We want the credit rating agencies to hear this as a stand-alone message in the media instead of having it get lost in the budget,” the premier told reporters.Quebec’s debt-to-GDP ratio of 51.9 per cent is estimated to fall below 50 per cent next year and hit 45 per cent in 2022-23, compared with 2025-26 as originally projected.The budget will be Leitao’s fifth since he became finance minister and will be the last before the Oct. 1 provincial election.last_img read more

Crews Continue to Clean Up Hydrochloric Acid Spill Near BCAB Border

first_imgTUPPER, B.C. – Crews continue to clean up a hydrochloric acid spill near the B.C./Alberta border. On Thursday, a tanker truck and pup trailer ended up in the ditch with the pup trailer landing upside down. Initial reports suggested the tanker wasn’t leaking, but further investigation discovered over 17,000 litres of hydrochloric acid had leaked.On Saturday, two vacuum trucks continued to remove hydrochloric acid at the vehicle accident site. Environmental consultants built a dam at the mouth of the unnamed creek that was impacted, which flows into Albright Creek. A vacuum truck was stationed there overnight Saturday to remove any product that accumulates at the dam. A plan was created for flushing the product, collecting it and then disposing of it offsite. Flushing began on Monday, March 26th, 2018 and Environmental Emergency Response Officers (EEROs) are currently still on-site overseeing the cleanup. Both upstream and downstream of the mouth of the unnamed creek, water quality samples were taken at Albright Creek. Field screenings showed no pH spike in Albright Creek. An environmental consultant, ultimately hired by the spiller, will be preparing an impact assessment for the waterways that are potentially affected.last_img read more

BC Oil & Gas Commission to test electric vehicle for Northern Climate

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil & Gas Commission has added a new addition to its northern vehicle fleet.According to the OGC, they have added an electric vehicle to its Fort St. John fleet to support the CleanBC plan and initiate a pilot program of how an EV operates in a northern climate.The vehicle being tested is a 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric which will be used year-round by staff to attend meetings and perform other duties in order to see how well it will perform in the northern climate. The OGC says usage data from the electric test vehicle will then be shared with other northern agencies by December 2020 to encourage similar emission reductions on a broader scale.For more information on the testing of an electric vehicle, you can visit the B.C. Oil & Gas Commission’s website.last_img read more

Polls: Police urge people to remain alert

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police on Monday met members from RWAs and market associations in order to brief them about anti-terror measures. A police booth was also inaugurated during the programme.According to police, in the meeting Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse made people aware about anti-terror measures in Dwarka sector 12. “The RWAs and associations were told that during the election or any festivals alertness among the people can avert any untoward incident,” police said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe DCP during his speech also gave focus on the police verification of their employees including workers, drivers. “There should be complete details of the person whom vehicles are being sold and maintain hawk-eye vigil on the PGs, guest houses, cafes and inform police about any suspicious activities were other points told during the meeting,” said police officer adding that the answers were given to the questions asked by the RWAs and market associations. The people were also informed about the various initiatives taken by Delhi Police for their safety.last_img read more

Cong to sound Lok Sabha poll bugle from Modi’s home state

first_imgAhmedabad/New Delhi: The Congress is set to give final shape to its strategy for Lok Sabha elections at its working committee meeting in Ahmedabad on Tuesday and will sound the poll bugle from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state, party leaders said.The day-long meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s highest decision-making body, assumes significance as it comes barely two days after declaration of poll schedule for the general elections. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Sources said the Congress is seeking to give a strong political message to the entire nation from the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel, with the party leadership scheduled to hold a prayer meeting Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, followed by the CWC meet at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel national memorial there. The CWC meeting is being held in Gujarat after a gap of 58 years. It was last held in the state at Bhavnagar in 1961. The party will also hold a public meeting in Adalaj in Gandhinagar district of Gujarat with the slogan of “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan”. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is also likely to address this meeting in her first public rally after entering politics. Patidar leader Hardik Patel, who shot to fame by spearheading a quota stir in the state and is set to fight the Lok Sabha polls, will also join Congress at the meeting in presence of the party chief Rahul Gandhi. Besides giving final shape to its Lok Sabha election strategy, the party will demand answers from Prime Minister Modi and the BJP on what they call “failures” and “unfulfilled” promises of the government.last_img read more

Five dengue cases reported in Delhi, three in March

first_imgNew Delhi: At least five dengue cases, including three in March, have been detected in Delhi so far this year, even though the vector-borne disease is usually reported between July and November, a municipal report released Monday said. Last year, 2,798 dengue cases and four deaths were recorded by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), which tabulates data on vector-borne diseases in the city.According to the report, a case each was reported in January and February and three were detected in March this year by the SDMC. Dengue cases are usually reported between July and November, but the period may stretch to mid-December. While no fresh cases of malaria have been reported, three cases of chikungunya– two in February and one in March– have been recorded this year. Doctors have advised people to ensure that there is no breeding of mosquito larvae around them and to wear full-sleeved clothes and use mosquito nets. Water coolers should be dried up when not in use as dengue infection-carrying mosquitoes breed there a lot, a doctor said. The civic bodies, who recently organised a workshop on the prevention of vector-borne diseases, said mosquito-breeding was reported from at least 1,387 households in the city this year and 2,293 legal notices were issued. Of the total dengue cases last year, 141 were recorded in December, 1,062 in November, 1,114 in October, 374 in September, 58 in August, 19 in July, eight in June, 10 in May, two in April, one in March, three in February and six in January, the report said. The rest of the cases were reported from areas outside the jurisdiction of the three municipal corporations of Delhi.last_img read more

Russia opposes US plan for more NATO ships in Black Sea

first_imgMoscow: A US proposal to send more NATO ships to the Black Sea to ensure safe passage for Ukrainian vessels and deter Russia is viewed “negatively” in Moscow, the Kremlin said Wednesday. Washington has been working on a package to boost surveillance and deploy more NATO vessels to the Black Sea after a naval confrontation between Moscow and Kiev last year, the US ambassador to NATO said. The measure was expected to be discussed during talks by NATO foreign ministers in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USRussian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin viewed such a proposal “negatively”. “We do not understand what they mean by this. The situation with the Kerch Straight and navigation there is well known,” he told reporters. Russian deputy foreign minister Alexander Grushko told Russian news agencies the plan would only lead to “increased military risks” in the region. “If additional military and technical measures are needed from our side, we will adopt them,” Interfax news agency quoted Grushko as saying. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsMost alliance members share concerns about Russia which backs separatists in a smouldering conflict in eastern Ukraine that has so far claimed some 13,000 lives. In November, Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian navy vessels, capturing two dozen sailors near the Kerch Strait, as they tried to pass from the Black Sea to the Azov Sea. It was the first open military clash between Kiev and Moscow since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea and a pro-Russian insurgency erupted in eastern Ukraine. “We are going to make sure that we have the capability to deter a very aggressive Russia,” US ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told reporters on Tuesday. She said the US package was designed “to assure that there is a safe passage for Ukrainian vessels through the Kerch Strait.” Observers say that an increased NATO presence in the region is one of Russia’s worst nightmares. Putin has openly said that Moscow’s decision to take over Crimea was partly motivated by NATO’s expansion into Eastern Europe. Peskov did not say Wednesday whether Russia would in fact allow NATO ships to pass through the Azov Sea. “A decision will be made when there is such a request,” the Kremlin spokesman said. The West has accused Moscow of illegally blocking access to the Sea of Azov, used by both Russia and Ukraine. A NATO spokesman declined to comment on the US ambassador’s remarks but pointed to comments by Stoltenberg on Monday when he outlined plans to increase the alliance presence in the Black Sea. Stoltenberg said NATO would step up port visits as well as exercises and training with Ukraine and Georgia.last_img read more

Retired IPS officer’s identity proof used by drug peddlers in Ghaziabad

first_imgGhaziabad: A retired senior IPS officer, who had earlier been posted as police chief in Ghaziabad district, has been forged by some unidentified persons as they used his Aadhar card for shipping drugs to USA.Subhash Chandra Gupta, the retired IPS officer and a resident of Sector 9 in Vasundhara area of Ghaziabad, said that he had received an envelope containing drugs which got returned to his address on being un-delivered in USA.”I had received an undelivered envelope by the name of my father KM Gupta, as sender, enclosing with some tablets and a photo copy of my Aadhar card. My father is no more with us while I am also totally unaware with the packet,” said Gupta. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Upon asking one of my friends, who is also a doctor, he told me that these tablets are under as drugs while the envelope was returned at my address on getting undelivered in USA, as it mentioned my identity proof,” added Gupta. The officer further said that he has no clue as who has misused his identity proof while the mobile number mentioned on the envelope was also never linked with him or any of his family members. “I was shocked to see the envelope and how my identity proof went into the hands of some unknown persons who used it for peddling drugs abroad. We also tried the mobile number written on the envelope which went invalid while as when we searched it on true caller, it flashed name of some Priya Durgapal from Jammu and Kashmir,” added Gupta. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMeanwhile police official said that they have registered a case into the matter and investigations are on. “Based on the complaint received, a case under Indian Penal code (IPC) section 420 (cheating and dishonestly including delivery of property) has been registered against unidentified persons. This is a rare case and it’s a matter of investigation as how the identity proof went into the wrong hands.” “We will try and trace the source of these drugs while further probe is on,” said Shlok Kumar, Superintendent of police (city), Ghaziabad. Gupta has served the Ghaziabad district as Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in year 1997 and was retired at IG rank from Uttar Pradesh police in 2008.last_img read more

CCTV cameras helped crack 103 cases in three months

first_imgNew Delhi: The city-wide closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) surveillance has helped the police to solve 103 criminal cases in three months.Sources said that 88 cases were solved with the help of the cameras installed under Nigehban scheme of city police whereas in 15 cases government cameras proved helpful for the investigators. In two districts of Delhi Police, 20 and 10 cases were solved with the help of private cameras whereas in other districts 9, 3, 2, 9, 2, 1, 9, 1, 3, 7, 3, 9 cases were worked out with the help of third eyes (private cameras). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice said that the “third eye” is an excellent aid to police investigations and efforts are on to add more CCTV cameras with recording facilities all over the city. Last year, a theft case of Rs 8 lakh in West Delhi’s showroom was solved with the help of the Nigehban camera. In another case, a gang of six burglars who were caught dancing on CCTV camera footage before committing robbery in north Delhi’s Lahori Gate area have been arrested. “Under this scheme, Delhi Police has surveyed all important locations of the city and drawn a list of sensitive areas which require CCTV monitoring. Individuals are being motivated to install CCTV by pooling their resources,” police said. During the year 2018, the scheme was further carried on successfully and the number of CCTV cameras under this scheme has risen to 2,23,652 so far. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsCurrently, Delhi is being guarded by more than two lakh private cameras and also over 16,000 government installed cameras. In which 9,147 CCTV cameras are integrated with police monitoring network. This year itself 322 government and 1,315 cameras under Nigehban were repaired. Sources said that 11,374 new cameras are likely to be installed in the city till June. Sources further said that 9650 private cameras and more than 1500 government cameras might be installed. “The highest number of cameras will be installed in Shahdara police district which will be more than 4,000 whereas one another district will get 1600 cameras. Rest other districts will get more than 6,000 cameras,” sources said.last_img read more

Microsoft informs Outlook users of hack

first_imgSan Francisco: Coming to terms with a hacking and data breach case, Microsoft is reaching out to some users informing them of an Outlook.com hack which exposed data sent over emails to hackers who kept accessing their accounts between January 1 to March 28. Founded in 1996, Outlook.com is a web-based suite of webmail, contacts, tasks, and calendaring services developed and offered by Microsoft. In an email being sent to affected users, Microsoft claims that apart from the content of the emails including attachments, the hackers could have possibly viewed account email addresses, folder names and subject lines of the mails sent and received, The Verge reported on Saturday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “Our data indicates that account-related information (but not the content of any e-mails) could have been viewed, but Microsoft has no indication why that information was viewed or how it may have been used,” the report quoted the company as saying in its email. The case came into notice when the software giant discovered that credentials of a support agent were compromised for its web mail service which led to unauthorised access into some accounts. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “We addressed this scheme, which affected a limited subset of consumer accounts, by disabling the compromised credentials and blocking the perpetrators’ access,” the report quoted a Microsoft spokesperson as saying. Even though the software giant ensures that no login details or other personal information were stolen by the hackers, the company is recommending that affected users reset their passwords. “Please be assured that Microsoft takes data protection very seriously and has engaged its internal security and privacy teams in the investigation and resolution of the issue, as well as additional hardening of systems and processes to prevent such recurrence,” the email adds. As of now, it remains undisclosed exactly how many users were affected by the breach. This security incident comes weeks after a former security researcher pled guilty to hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo servers for a number of weeks in January 2017, allowing European hackers to access pre-release versions of Windows.last_img read more

It’s going to be amazing but gruelling: Jonny Bairstow on World Cup, Ashes

first_imgLondon: England batsman Jonny Bairstow can’t wait for the “biggest summer” of his cricket career to get underway with the World Cup this month but he also expects it to be the most gruelling as the Ashes is lined up just a few weeks later. Bairstow, who scored 445 runs from 10 matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad in his debut IPL season, will be a key player for the England in the World Cup starting May 30 in the United Kingdom. The World Cup will end on July 14 and the Ashes, against arch-rivals Australia, will start August 1. “It is huge. It is the biggest summer I will ever be involved in. It is the biggest ever summer for English cricket full stop,” he told ‘The Daily Telegraph’. “A World Cup and an Ashes; it is going to be amazing. You dream of winning them. If you can’t dream about that and think what that is going to feel like then what is the point (of playing)? “At the same time you know it is going be a gruelling summer. Five Tests at the end of World Cup is going to be tough, mentally and physically,” he added. Bairstow played alongside Australia’s David Warner, who came back after serving a one-year ban for his role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal, in the IPL. Speaking of his impressions of the controversial but swashbuckling batsman from Down Under, Bairstow said, “I think that experience (ball-tampering) can only change you as a person. He was a very good team-mate, he passed on a lot of knowledge about local bowlers, game-plans, pitches, everything. He was excellent.” All praise he might be for Warner but the Englishman said there would be no love lost when the two square off during the Ashes. “We can say hello now. We did not have a connection before, but now we’ve played together and done well together and had a good partnership it will make a difference. “We spent five weeks together having dinner and coffees. It changes things but it will still be England versus Australia,” he said. Bairstow also spoke of an interaction with England football manager Gareth Southgate, who was widely credited for the team’s run till semifinals of the FIFA World Cup last year. The batsman, however, did not elaborate on the interaction. “The biggest thing for us will be home support, playing in front of our own fans. We heard from Gareth Southgate last week. He was brilliant. A lovely guy. The football lads were so meticulous in their planning for the World Cup last year.last_img read more