Hong Kong: The U.S. government on Thursday stepped up its warnings to travelers to Hong Kong because of increasing violence surrounding pro-democracy protests in the Chinese city. The State Department’s Level 2 travel advisory issued Thursday urges “increased caution in Hong Kong due to civil unrest” and tells travelers to avoid demonstrations and to “exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.” The protests were sparked two months ago by proposed extradition legislation that could have seen suspects sent to mainland China where they could face torture and unfair politicized trial. They have since morphed into calls for broader democratic reforms in the former British colony, along with the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam and investigations into alleged police abuse of force. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe territory’s crucial travel industry has suffered as tourists put off their visits, with Australia, Ireland, Britain, and Japan having also issued travel advisories to their citizens. Hong Kong police say a total of 589 people have been arrested in the protests since June 9, ranging in age from 13 to 76. They face charges including rioting, which allows for prison terms of up to 10 years. Protests have seen police firing tear gas, rubber bullets and other projectiles, with demonstrators responding with sharpened metal sticks, lobbed bricks, petrol bombs and carts full of burning debris. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsOn several occasions, protesters have also been attacked by unknown persons believed to be linked to organized crime groups, while police took little action to stop them. The central government in Beijing has so far has not visibly intervened in the situation, though in editorials and public remarks it has condemned demonstrators and protest organizers as criminals, clowns and “violent radicals” and alleged that they have been inflamed by politicians from the U.S., Taiwan and elsewhere.
A new Parliament building is under consideration
New Delhi: Reiterating the demand for a new parliament building with ultra modern facilities, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Saturday that the proposal regarding construction of a new Parliament building is under consideration and a final call in this regard has not yet been taken.During his second interaction with mediapersons, the Speaker said that requirement of a new parliament building is need of the hour. Several groups have been formed for taking suggestions from various people, including parliamentarians, on the issue, Birla said, adding that the current parliament building may also be modernised. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Speaking in the House during the just-concluded session, Birla had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to include the expansion and modernisation of Parliament Building in his resolution for ‘New India’, on the completion of the 75th year of India’s Independence. He also had said that it is the aspirations of “all of us” that Parliament Building of the largest democracy of the world should be the most magnificent and attractive. In a related development, the Speaker has also stressed on roping in experts to brief members about the Bills prior to introduction in the House. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The experts would be associated in briefing the members on different aspects of the Bills introduced in the House as such an arrangement would help in facilitating a better understanding of the background and scope of legislative proposals brought by the government on the floor of the House,” the Speaker said. As per official sources, the team of experts would comprise of former members, academicians, researchers, etc. Talking about the just-concluded session, Birla said, “The proceeding of Lok Sabha was not adjourned even once during the session and as a result, it sat for 72 hours more than its allocated time, which is equivalent to working of 12 sittings.”
Sankalp Education Awards 2019 Celebrating excellence in learning
In recognition of the inspiring individuals and institutions revolutionising education in and around Kolkata – Sankalp Education Awards 2019 witnessed the celebration of innovation, excellence and commitment to educating our society. Curated by Lal Bhatia, co-founder of David & Goliath; Imran Zaki, President of FACES; and Sudha Jaiswal, District Governor of Lions Clubs International (District 322 B2), the grand event held at JW Marriot, Kolkata, gathered some of the region’s most reckoning educators. After rigorously studying the nominations received, the event felicitated some pioneering faces, many of whom have dared to rethink current pantheons of teaching and administration, welcoming creativity in means and methods. The event constituted 45 categories of awards that were created to recognise some outstanding work by individuals whose contributions are often forgotten in everyday hustle. By recognising academic excellence, sporting talent, environmental consciousness and sensitivity to society – the awards ensured that a wide array of talent was recognised and duly felicitated.
Could Toronto van attack signal more reasoned social media Experts are divided
TORONTO – Within minutes after a white van hopped the sidewalk and began mowing down pedestrians on a Toronto street, photographs and videos of the incident began pouring onto social media platforms.Facebook and Twitter became some of the earliest sources for many Canadians looking for a glimpse into the havoc of a breaking news event, but social media analyst Bruce Cameron sensed a different tone to their reactions.Fewer people seemed willing to jump to conclusions based on what little they knew about the man suspected to be the van’s driver on Monday, he said.Less than a day later, Alek Minassian was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder.While social media was alight with comments about the incident shortly after it happened, Cameron said generally speaking he felt there was a greater restraint over sharing unverified information, compared to other cases in recent memory. He said it could be a sign of growing skepticism towards what’s being shared online.“We’re entering a stage where the initial glow and allure of social media has faded somewhat,” he suggested.In the wake of revelations around Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy firm embroiled in accusations over harvesting private Facebook data, Cameron believe there’s a tangible change afoot in the weight people give their social media news feeds.“In the next year or two, we’re going to enter a more mature phase of how we use and digest social media,” he said.“This (incident) may well be looked back at as an example where the worst impact of social media didn’t come to pass.”It’s an optimistic prediction that not every social media observer considers realistic.Jeffrey Dvorkin, director of journalism at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus, said if anything, the Toronto van attack was further proof alt-right activists will use any opportunity to fuel speculation about terrorism designed to further their cause.“There may have been a moment of restraint by virtue of the fact this was such a horrific and unusual act of violence — but my guess is that it will resume in the usual manner in a few days,” he said.“The conspiracy theorists will start to reassert themselves shortly, once the initial horror has either passed or sunk in more deeply.”Dvorkin also questioned the media outlets who chose to broadcast smartphone videos showing Toronto police arresting the van’s driver. He also felt it unnecessary for outlets to run graphic images of the crime scene.“Even a few years ago, many media organizations would not have allowed that,” he said.“But now it’s the idea that if the whole town’s talking about it, it must be news.”Ryan Scrivens, an extremism researcher at Concordia University, suggested that news coverage also drove the conversations on social media. He took issue with how breaking news channels interviewed eyewitnesses who speculated about terrorism and the description of the suspect.He said even in his position as an experienced professional studying terror cells, he is usually careful not to draw conclusions — but he had to check his cautiousness against a gut reaction, which was to immediately think of terrorism.“I didn’t want to jump the gun, but it did fit the bill,” he said.Scrivens suggested that others ignore the tendency to draw conclusions before the facts come out.“We have to wait for the information,” he said.“It’s hard, because on social media we’re just being bombarded with constant updates. I think we just need to cool off.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.
Meghan Markle wears dress by UK designer Clare Waight Keller
WINDSOR, England – British designer Clare Waight Keller is the master designer behind the silk boat-necked gown and long veil worn by Meghan Markle as she walked down the flower-bedecked nave of St. George’s Chapel for her wedding to Prince Harry.Waight Keller, the first female artistic director of French fashion house Givenchy, met Markle earlier this year, Kensington Palace said. The statement said Markle wanted a dress with an “elegant esthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour.”Markle’s choice was being closely watched Saturday given how big an impact royal weddings have on what brides everywhere want to wear.Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding gown, with its romantic details and dramatic train, defined the ’80s fairytale bridal look.More recently, when Kate Middleton married Prince William in 2011, her long-sleeved lace gown immediately sparked a trend for more covered-up, traditional lace bridal dresses.Markle’s choice was a far cry from what she wore for her first wedding to film producer Trevor Engelson: For that beach wedding, in 2011, she sported a simple, strapless white gown adorned with a jeweled belt.Markle and Engelson divorced in 2013.
Alberta hopes program will reduce family violence in immigrant communities
EDMONTON – Alberta hopes to reduce domestic violence in immigrant communities by teaching men and boys not to take their frustrations of living in a new country out on the women and girls in their families.The province is renewing funding for agencies that use “cultural navigators” — respected community leaders — to deliver the message that family violence is not acceptable.“Some may struggle with learning a new language, underemployment and the pressure of adopting a new country,” Community Services Minister Irfan Sabir said Tuesday.“All of these factors can lead to incidents of family violence.”Alberta’s family violence rate is the third highest in the country according to the latest figures from Statistics Canada. A report released in February notes seven out of ten victims of family violence reported to police across Canada in 2015 were young girls or women.Sabir said immigrants are less likely to report such incidents.He said the goal of the program is to help newcomers adjust to life in their new country and encourage healthy relationships.The program funding announced Tuesday is aimed at people in the Syrian, Eritrean, Filipino, Somali, Sudanese, Congo, Ivory Coast and Chad communities in and around Edmonton.Jan Fox, executive director of the REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities, said some newcomers are overwhelmed when they first come to Canada. There can be confusion about gender roles, family finances and LGBTQ issues, she said.“If you are going through all of those stresses, it just creates a much greater risk,” said Fox, a former warden of the federal Edmonton Institution for Women.“In some cultures, it may be really important that men and women talk about these issues separately. The cultural navigators know those kind of things — what is going to give a mom a feeling of safety, how can she talk about it.”One of the agencies in the program focuses on increasing awareness about sexual health and sexual violence, including helping victims get the mental health services they need.Fox said preventing domestic violence reduces calls to police, helps families get out of poverty and can improve how children perform in school.Joseph Luri, team leader for preventing domestic violence involving men and boys at the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, said it can be taboo to talk about the issue in some communities.Luri, formerly of Sudan, said some men believe they have the right to use violence to discipline their wife or children. The program uses community elders to deliver the message that family violence is not acceptable in Canada.“The basic message to the boys and men is that we need to be very respectful,” he said. “We need to always resolve our conflicts by sitting down to talk, but not using force.”Alberta announced a similar program to help Calgary’s South Asian community last November.
Ontario ticket takes Saturday nights 5 million Lotto 649 jackpot
TORONTO – The $5 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw was claimed by a ticket sold somewhere in Ontario.And the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in British Columbia.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Nov. 29 will again be approximately $5 million.
Two charges against Mountie after man shot dead outside Surrey police station
VANCOUVER – Charges of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon have been laid against an RCMP officer after the fatal shooting in 2015 of a young man in Surrey, B.C.Const. Elizabeth Cucheran is scheduled to make her first appearance in provincial court on Jan. 9, British Columbia’s Prosecution Service said Tuesday.Hudson Brooks, 20, was shot outside the RCMP’s Surrey headquarters in the early hours of July 18, 2015, after police responded to reports of a man screaming, the Mounties have said.At the time, the RCMP said officers rushed outside and spotted the man, a struggle ensued and he was shot.Jennifer Brooks said she’s relieved charges have been laid in her son’s death.“It’s just absolutely so wonderful that there’s going to be some accountability here,” she said in an interview.The Independent Investigations Office, which investigates serious injuries or death involving police in British Columbia, said the shooting occurred as officers responded to reports of a possibly suicidal man. It sent a report to Crown counsel 14 months ago.The prosecution service said the investigation and charge assessment process took longer than expected, partly because of the complexities of the evidence and requirement for further investigation and analysis.“I can’t rule out other charges in the event that any other information was brought to light, but given the length of the investigation, I expect that there won’t be any more charges,” spokesman Dan McLaughlin said.“These were the charges that the Crown concluded met the charge assessment standard after reviewing all the available evidence.”Brooks described her son as the life of the party who would cook dinner for the family six times a week.“Hudson was amazing. He was really athletic. He was very, very funny. The class clown,” she said. “I want people to know that my son’s life mattered a great deal to many, many people.”Brooks is survived by his older brother, Beaudry, and younger siblings, Shayla and Riley.— Follow @gwomand on Twitter.
Humboldt tragedy New Brunswick town understands long shadow of fatal crash
BATHURST, N.B. – Few Canadian towns can better understand what the people of Humboldt, Sask., are going through than Bathurst, N.B.The East Coast town recently marked the 10th anniversary of a van crash that killed seven members of a high school basketball team and the wife of its coach.“The first thing I thought was how tough it’s going to be for everybody there because we’ve kind of gone through the same thing,” said Jordan Frenette, captain of the Bathurst High School Phantoms, said of Friday’s Humboldt Broncos crash in which 15 people died and 14 were left with injuries.Frenette, now 27, said he had been ill and was resting up for another game when his team’s crash happened.“Not that I could have changed anything if I was there, but I really should’ve been there in a lot of ways,” he said in a phone interview.“The seat that I always sat in, in our van, was the one that Wayne Lord’s wife was sitting in, who passed away in the accident.”He said the community of Bathurst is still feeling tremors from the tragedy over a decade later.The van’s driver had lost control on a slushy highway, and veered into an oncoming transport truck just after midnight on Jan. 12, 2008.Separate reports on the tragedy by the RCMP and Transport Canada identified safety problems with the 15-seat-van, including worn all-season tires, broken brakes and a rusting body.The RCMP report said the 1997 Ford Club Wagon would not have passed safety inspection at the time of the accident.The deaths inspired a 2012 CBC TV movie — not on the tragedy, but on the events that followed: a year later, the reconstituted Bathurst High School Phantoms won the provincial title.Starting this year, the City of Bathurst observed a day of mourning on the anniversary by flying flags at half mast.A portable basketball net had been erected at the crash site in the hours following the accident. Ten years later, it remains, adorned with pictures of the victims — known as the Boys in Red, for their red jerseys.It is a common sight to see people stopped by the side of the highway outside Bathurst to pay their respects.“I think about this most days, whether I’m driving past that monument or not. It is something that impacted, not just me, but so many people. I think about the boys and Beth. I think about their families for whom I have tremendous empathy and respect,” John McLaughlin, the then-superintendent of the Bathurst school district, said in January in the lead-up to the anniversary.Among the 15 killed in Friday’s Saskatchewan crash are Humboldt Broncos head coach Darcy Haugan, captain Logan Schatz, forwards Jaxon Joseph and Logan Hunter, defenceman Stephen Wack and the team’s play-by-play radio announcer, Tyler Bieber.The Saskatchewan deaths also brought up painful memories for Isabelle Hains, whose son Daniel died in the Bathurst Phantoms crash.She’s since started Van Angels, an advocacy group that has successfully pushed for changes in the vehicles and rules used for student travel.Hains issued a written statement on the Van Angels website Saturday expressing her condolences to those affected by the crash in Saskatchewan.“I know how you are feeling and you are not alone,” she wrote. “There are people who love and care for you and want to help. Gather them around you for support.”By Sunday, a crowdfunding effort on the website GoFundMe had raised several million dollars for the players and families affected by the crash.— By Alex Cooke in Halifax.
UCP calls for an Alberta exemption to stress tests for homebuyers
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Brick by brick, UCP Leader Jason Kenney wants to scale back legislation from Ottawa when it comes to buying homes. He would like Alberta to be exempt from stress tests involved in buying homes.Kenney believes this broad legislation was brought in because of problems outside of Alberta.“One of the reasons why homes are less affordable in Alberta today is because of unfair rules imposed by Ottawa to deal with the overheated real estate markets in Toronto and Vancouver.”Kenney noted his party will act on this before any election.“A motion at the first opportunity in the next (sitting of the) legislature calling on the federal government to withdraw its unfair attack on Alberta home ownership.”Meanwhile, Mayor Naheed Nenshi is happy to see any party talk about housing ahead of the next provincial election.“I’d love to look at it because it clearly did not apply to the Alberta context.”Kenney also believes this causes problems for first-time homebuyers. That is an argument Nenshi could get on board with.“That stress test has actually been very challenging for first-time homebuyers. It has particularly been challenging for folks who are trying to access housing through Attainable Homes Calgary.”Ward 5 Councillor George Chahal is bringing forward a motion on Monday asking for a more regional approach from the federal government.Premier Rachel Notley quipped she may look into this but will be focused on what the provincial government can do to help.“That can help people have a higher quality of life and have more affordability. So that is what my focus is on.
Quebec ferry service interrupted again after crash opens hole in ships bow
GODBOUT – Ferry service between Quebec’s Gaspe region and the north shore of the St. Lawrence River is once again paralyzed, this time following an accident.The MV Apollo, purchased as a temporary replacement after another ferry was sent to dry dock in December, struck the wharf in Godbout, Que., Monday, leaving a gaping hole in its bow.The Crown corporation that oversees ferry service in Quebec immediately sent investigators to the scene.Alexandre Lavoie, spokesman for the Societe des traversiers du Quebec, said the cause of the crash and the extent of the damage had not yet been determined. Investigators will interview the ferry’s captain and crew, he said.No one was injured during the incident. Service on the route that links Matane in Gaspe and Baie-Comeau and Godbout on the north shore has been indefinitely suspended.Investigators must assess the damage to the ship to establish if it can be repaired on site or needs to be sent to a shipyard.“The first thing will be to see the extent of the damage, to see how much time will be needed for a repair before the ship can go back to sea,” Lavoie said.He added that “the weather conditions were not perfect this morning, but if the captain decided to go to sea, it was because he thought the conditions were not dangerous.”The provincial Crown corporation is evaluating other options to provide passenger service. The ferry that normally serves the route, the MV F.-A.-Gauthier, is still undergoing repair at the Davie shipyard in Levis, Que.The Canadian Press
Where are the best and worst places to be a woman in
Every year, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives releases its report on the best and worst places to be a woman in Canada. The report looks at 26 cities and identifies areas of strength and weakness when it comes to things like the wage gap, the data gap, domestic violence, and child care.Does this year’s report show results from the Liberal government’s stated commitment to women and equality? And where it finds it lacking, will it actually change anything? Anne Kingston joins Sarah Boesveld to discuss what the data reveals and reflect on what life is like for women in Canada in 2019.HOST: Sarah Boesveld, Chatelaine / GUEST: Anne Kingston, Maclean’sAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_03082019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.
PM stays mum on clash with WilsonRaybould over high court pick leak
WINNIPEG — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is staying mum about whether he rejected former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould’s 2017 recommendation for chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.Sources tell The Canadian Press that Trudeau turned down Wilson-Raybould’s recommendation that Glenn Joyal be elevated from chief justice of Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench to chief justice of the Supreme Court over Joyal’s views on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Joyal said Monday he withdrew his candidacy due to his wife’s health.Trudeau would not answer direct questions this morning about what transpired two years ago, nor would he say whether his office was involved in the leak of what is usually a highly confidential appointments process.Trudeau says it is the prime minister’s choice of who to nominate for the Supreme Court, as well as for chief justice, and that Canadians can and should continue to have faith in their judicial system.The House of Commons ethics committee will meet this afternoon in Ottawa to debate an opposition request to probe further into Wilson-Raybould’s allegations of political interference in the criminal prosecution of Quebec engineering and construction firm SNC-Lavalin.The Canadian Press
No winning ticket for Saturday nights 7 million Lotto 649 jackpot
TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $7 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on April 17 will be approximately $9 million.The Canadian Press
Survey finds minimal progress in militarys fight against sexual misconduct
OTTAWA — A new Statistics Canada survey of military personnel suggests the Canadian Forces has made minimal progress in eradicating serious sexual misconduct from the ranks despite years of effort.According to results released Wednesday morning, 1.6 per cent of regular-force members — or about 900 full-time military personnel — reported being the victim of a sexual assault over the previous 12 months.The rate among reservists was even higher, with 2.2 per cent — or about 300 part-time military personnel — reporting they were the victim of a sexual assault, which includes sexual attacks, unwanted sexual touching or sexual activity without consent.The numbers represent only a slight improvement from a similar survey conducted by Statistics Canada two years earlier, raising questions about the effectiveness of the military’s efforts to eliminate such behaviour.In a statement, the military’s second-in-command, Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk, says the number of military personnel who continue to be affected by sexual misconduct is “completely unacceptable.”At the same time, Wynnyk says it is encouraging the vast majority of service members see such actions as unacceptable and have confidence in the military’s ability to deal with reports of misbehaviour.The Canadian Press
Well work with cities even when provinces wont work with Ottawa Trudeau
QUEBEC — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his federal Liberal government will work closely with municipalities to deal with the effects of extreme weather and climate change — even if Ottawa and the provinces in question aren’t getting along.In a speech today to members of the Canadian Federation of Municipalities, Trudeau specifically cited Doug Ford, accusing his Ontario Conservative government of blocking federal funding for local projects.Trudeau says the Ontario premier is playing politics with communities, with citizens paying the price.This is actually a very big deal. Making that top up permanent is the biggest ask cities have of the parties in that election. He doesn’t promise that and says working with provinces is the preferred path but if they’re obstructionist, they’ll get the work done.— Naheed Nenshi (@nenshi) May 31, 2019The prime minister says his preferred option is the type of co-operative federalism that Canadians expect: three levels of government working together whatever their political stripes.But if provinces don’t want to play ball, Trudeau says his government will find a way to get funding to municipalities.He says extreme weather events like flooding, forest fires and droughts are rapidly becoming the norm, exacerbating a housing crisis that’s being felt across the country.He says his government has a plan to deal with climate change and that politicians of all stripes mustn’t close their eyes to what is happening around them.The Canadian Press
Dragonflies with tiny fanny packs show migration patterns in new study
GUELPH, Ont. — A study in which insects were equipped with tiny radio-tracking fanny packs could help conservation efforts as populations around the world decline.The research by University of Guelph biologists published in a scientific journal Wednesday tracked butterflies and green darner dragonflies on their migration through southern Ontario and into the northern United States using radio transmitters.“We were able to document some pretty basic things that no one had ever done before,” said lead author Samantha Knight, who is also a program manager at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.Researchers captured the insects on Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula in the falls of 2015 and 2016. The radio transmitters, which weighed about as much as a raindrop, were carefully glued on the bugs’ undersides kind of like fanny packs, Knight said.The little packs emitted radio signals which could be picked up by towers along the insects’ migration route. The signals sent information about speed and distance back to researchers.Knight explained the bugs’ breeding habits and the areas they stay in winter have been studied, but there’s almost no information about migration patterns.Recent studies have shown that habitat loss, land-use changes and global warming mean up to 40 per cent of insect species are at risk of extinction. There’s also been a decline in bird populations that rely on insects for food.When data started to flow in from the fanny packs, Knight said it was really astounding.On average, the monarchs flew about 12 km/h and darners flew about 16 km/h. One darner surprised researchers by flying 77 km/h and travelling 122 kilometres in just one day.“If a darner was flying through a town, a cop would pull it over,” said study co-author Ryan Norris.The insects are likely to be even faster, added Norris. They were slowed down by the fanny packs, which weigh about half of the bugs’ body weight.Norris explained the research showed insects are likely to fly high in the atmosphere to take advantage of the wind.“There are insects flying over our heads all the time and we don’t know it.”It also showed monarchs and darners fly faster in warmer temperatures, but they slow down if it gets too hot, so global warming could affect migration. Rain didn’t really have an effect on the bugs at all, Norris added.The research, while preliminary, has opened doors to more knowledge about insects, Norris said. He expects technology to improve so that bug migration can be better understood.It’s extremely important, he said, because researchers looking to develop effective conservation strategies need to know where insects go.“It’s hard to predict what species are going to do if you don’t know what they are doing now.”— By Kelly Geraldine Malone in WinnipegThe Canadian Press
Canadas bias meant improper consultations First Nations challenging pipeline
VANCOUVER — Six First Nations that have filed another legal challenge against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion say Canada’s ownership of the corporation created a bias that prevented full consultations as ordered by the Federal Court of Appeal.Chief Leah George-Wilson of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation says Canada had an opportunity to “get it right” but failed to take environmental risks into consideration as part of a rushed consultation process.The court shelved the original approval last summer and the federal government approved the pipeline expansion again in June after a second round of consultations with First Nations.George-Wilson says she expects the latest approval will be overturned based on the same mistakes the federal government made the first time around with its failure to conduct meaningful consultations.Lawyer Merle Alexander, who represents the Shxw’owhamel First Nation near Hope, B.C., says the nation that initially supported the pipeline chose to oppose it because an oil spill would destroy its sacred burial and archeological sites as well as the community’s sole source of water.The federal government purchased the pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion, saying it was in the national interest to build the country’s energy infrastructure and to preserve jobs. The Canadian Press
Trudeau names Quebec judge Nicholas Kasirer to Supreme Court of Canada
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has nominated Nicholas Kasirer, a Quebec judge and former professor, to the Supreme Court of Canada.Kasirer has served on the Quebec Court of Appeal for a decade, delivering a wide variety of judgments on matters of criminal, private, public and constitutional law.Fluently bilingual, he spent 20 years as a professor of law at Montreal’s McGill University, including as dean of the law faculty.Trudeau says Kasirer’s outstanding legal and academic experience will be an asset to the country’s highest court.The nomination fills the vacancy created by the coming retirement of Justice Clement Gascon.On July 25, the House of Commons justice committee will hold a special hearing, moderated by a law professor, where members will be able to question Kasirer and learn more about why he was chosen.The Canadian Press
Airline confirms three dead after float plane crashes in Labrador lake
ST. JOHN’S – The president of a small Quebec airline says three people were killed when one of its planes crashed into a Labrador lake Monday.Jean Tremblay, president of Air Saguenay, said the float plane was carrying four fishermen, two guides and the pilot. He said the condition of the four missing occupants is unknown.Major Mark Gough of Maritime Forces Atlantic said military rescuers are searching for survivors at the crash site in Mistastin Lake, about 120 kilometres southwest of Nain, N.L.Gough said a Hercules aircraft spotted the wreckage of the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver float plane at 5 a.m. local time Tuesday.He said the plane left a fishing lodge on Crossroads Lake, east of Schefferville, Que., Monday headed to a remote fishing camp on Mistastin Lake.It failed to return to the lodge that evening, and people at the lodge were unable to reach the missing party by satellite phone.Rescue officials said a helicopter was expected to arrive at the site Tuesday morning, and a second float plane had been dispatched to assist in search efforts.The Canadian Transport Safety Board will investigate the crash.