MONTREAL – Montreal police say a six-month-old baby boy has been found dead by his father who forgot him in the car while he was at work.Police says the father went to a daycare in Old Montreal around 5:30 p.m. Friday to pick up his son.But police say daycare workers told the father they had not seen the boy all day.They say the man then realized that he forgot to drop the boy off in the morning and instead left the child in the car.First responders tried to resuscitate the baby, but he was declared dead at the scene.A coroner was dispatched and the child’s parents, who suffered nervous shock, were transported to hospital.
OTTAWA – Some police forces are implementing nonsensical and downright offensive policies that prohibit or severely limit off-duty cannabis use, says a national association that represents front-line officers.The critical comments come as the RCMP and the Toronto police service both eye a rule that would bar cannabis use by members within 28 days of a shift.The Calgary police service’s policy is even stricter, forbidding the vast majority of officers from consuming marijuana during their down time once recreational use of the drug becomes legal Oct. 17.Tom Stamatakis, president of the Canadian Police Association, wonders why certain forces are treating cannabis differently than other legal products — such as alcohol and prescription drugs — that can cause impairment.“Effectively what they’re saying is, we don’t trust police officers to make the right decision when it comes to reporting for work fit for duty,” Stamatakis said in an interview. “And I just find that to be an offensive approach.”There has been no meaningful consultation on the drafting and implementation of cannabis policies for officers, which vary drastically from force to force, Stamatakis said.“You want to create policies that are relevant and effective and that apply to the vast majority of your members, not policies that are designed to cater to the exception rather than the rule.”The Ottawa and Vancouver police services are among those with permissive policies that will allow off-duty cannabis use with no time restrictions, as long as officers show up ready and able to do their jobs.In contrast, the national police association has been told the RCMP policy would forbid cannabis use by officers 28 days before work.“It’s effectively an outright prohibition,” Stamatakis said.The Mounties said as recently as last week they were still working on a policy. The force had no additional comment Tuesday.The Toronto Police Association, which represents officers in Canada’s largest city, says while it is aware the municipal police service has drafted a cannabis-use policy, it has not yet seen a copy.“We are aware the draft policy may contain a 28-day waiting period before a member can report for duty after consuming cannabis,” association president Mike McCormack said Tuesday in a statement.“Once the TPA receives an official version of the policy dealing with this topic we will perform a legal analysis of its content for compliance with our collective agreements, legislation, human rights, case law, etc. and make a decision about any further action we may take at that point in time.”Workplaces across the country — particularly those with a role in ensuring public safety — are grappling with rules on cannabis use as legalization looms.Impairment, including impairment as a result of alcohol, opioids, cannabis or any other legal or illegal drug, is prohibited in all federal workplaces, the government says. The Treasury Board Secretariat has asked federal departments and agencies to update their codes of conduct and related policies to reflect cannabis legalization.Like the RCMP, other federal public-safety agencies are scrambling to get their pot-use policies in place. Both the Correctional Service of Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency said they were finalizing rules for employees.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter
The Canadian Press HALIFAX — Canada’s deputy minister of national defence held fast to the government’s stance on defence spending, despite some pointed questioning about Canada’s commitment during a NATO parliamentary meeting in Halifax.U.S. congressman Michael Turner, the acting chairman of NATO’s defence and security committee, questioned Jody Thomas about whether Canada intends to table a plan for meeting the two per cent of GDP standard for defence spending that was agreed to by alliance members in 2014.Thomas stuck to the Liberal government’s line, saying Canada intends to increase its defence budget by 1.46 per cent by the end of 2024.She also reiterated that aside from its financial commitment, Canada believes it contributes to the alliance in a “qualitative” way through its participation in several NATO operations.But Bob Stewart, a member of the United Kingdom delegation, reminded Thomas that Canada agreed to the commitment along with the rest of its partners in 2014.Stewart, a Conservative MP, says Canada’s current spending on defence is “not enough,” and getting to two per cent is crucial to strengthening the alliance.
OTTAWA — The morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Canada’s solicitor general Lawrence MacAulay was yanked out of a gathering of justice ministers in Nova Scotia. A plane had crashed into the World Trade Centre in New York City.As he walked into a private room teeming with RCMP officers, a second plane careened into the complex’s south tower. The deadliest domestic terrorist attack in American history.“Honestly, you would not believe it was true,” MacAulay recalls.The Prince Edward Island member of Parliament was a cabinet minister in Jean Chretien’s Liberal government back then, responsible for Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He had been an elected MP for 13 years at that point. He has been re-elected in every election since and, on Nov. 21, marks his 30th anniversary as an MP.Sitting in his Ottawa office overlooking Parliament, MacAulay eyes well up and his voice weakens he remembers the stark events of that day.“To this day it’s emotional for me to talk about this,” he confides.Told by Chretien to get to Ottawa right away, a police escort took him to the Halifax airport, where he was stunned to see the runway transformed into a “parking lot of 747s.”Once their small plane was in the air, the pilot announced it was one of just five planes in North American airspace flying at that moment — two others were the U.S. president’s Air Force One and a decoy.“We thought we might die,” MacAulay said. “You just wonder every second what might happen. I mean, you don’t know … That was a tough day, I can assure you.”Over his 30 years in federal office, MacAulay has travelled the world as a cabinet minister in numerous portfolios, sat on the government backbench, and survived his party’s crushing loss in 2011. Now 72, he’s returned to the cabinet as minister of agriculture.Despite having been part of some of Canada’s biggest national political moments over the last three decades, the farmer-turned-politician turns to stories about his home province of P.E.I. when asked to recall his most memorable milestones.His eyes sparkle when talking of work that saw the white sandy beaches and forest trails of Greenwich Park become part of the national parks system. This cemented the eastern region of the Island, which he represents, as a tourist destination.He all but takes credit for the continuation of the ferry service from his riding to Nova Scotia — once the only way to travel to or from the Island before the Confederation Bridge.“But the most gratifying thing that you can do (is) probably — a single mother on the 20th or 21st of December, to be able to tell her that she’s going to receive her EI cheques before Christmas,” he says, “because you know for sure that’s all that person has.”MacAulay was first elected in 1988, defeating incumbent Progressive Conservative Pat Binns — who would later become premier of P.E.I. — in an election fought on the merits of Brian Mulroney’s Canada-U.S. free-trade deal.While knocking on doors during that campaign, MacAulay remembers one windy morning when he came upon a home with about 14 half-ton trucks parked outside — a sign the place was filled with local fishermen, who often feel the sting of regulatory decisions made by Ottawa.“I knocked on the door and a lady opened the door, and I said who I was, and she said, ‘Oh my. There’s a bunch of people in the other room who would love to see you’, ” MacAulay recalls. “I can assure you I wasn’t too brave walking down the hall to meet those fishermen. I figured they’d be pretty tough to deal with.”Years later, he came upon the same woman who had opened the door that day. She remarked that whatever he’d said to the fishermen, it seemed to have worked out for him. A lot about his job in Ottawa has changed over the years, he says, holding up his smartphone and remarking that he couldn’t have purchased it for a million dollars when he was first elected.“I came here knowing I had it all to learn. And in my view, it’s a university on world affairs changing basically on a daily basis,” he said. “If you want to stay around, you have to be able to use the social media, you have to be able to deal with the changes that take place.”MacAulay has had some close elections. In 1997 he won by 99 votes, and in 2000 by a couple of hundred. But in 2015 he soared to an 11,000-vote margin.He is known for attending virtually every birthday party, anniversary, wake, funeral or event in the district when he’s not in Ottawa. And when he’s away, his wife Frances attends in his stead.Being “straightforward and honest” is the key to success as a politician, he says — a rule that led MacAulay to a rare personal admission in the House of Commons in 2016.During an emotional statement paying tribute to a clergyman from P.E.I. who’d recently died, MacAulay shared a story of how the clergyman had helped him battle alcohol addiction before his life in politics.That history was not difficult to acknowledge, he says, although it’s not something he has addressed publicly in detail.Pausing for a moment, MacAulay says he wishes all governments would do more to help those battling addictions. After many years sober, he says it’s a fellowship of support he has received over the years that has helped him live a “a totally free life.”“I could walk in front of a trailer truck or I could take a drink of rum if I wished. But you know, I’m not sure which result would be the worst.”So why, after 30 years of balancing constituency work in P.E.I., high-stakes politics and gruelling cross-country travel, does he wish to continue?“Because I like it,” he says. “You can do things that help your own area and that helps the people. And that’s about all there is for me in this world to do.”— Follow @ReporterTeresa on TwitterTeresa Wright, The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says chief executive Neil Bruce is retiring from the company and returning to his family in the United Kingdom.Ian Edwards, the company’s chief operating officer, has been named interim chief executive effective today.Bruce is expected to remain an adviser to the board until the end of the year.SNC also says that the board of directors has asked Edwards to undertake a review of the strategic direction of the company.A Quebec judge ruled last month there was enough evidence to send SNC-Lavalin to trial over charges of fraud and corruption. The company has pleaded not guilty.WATCH: SNC-Lavalin heading to court The Canadian Press The engineering and construction firm has been at the centre of a political controversy following accusations by former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould that top government officials pressured her to overrule federal prosecutors and negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement with the company.
SAANICH, B.C. — A four-year-old girl from Vancouver Island has been found on a small island off the coast of England after allegedly being abducted by her mother more than three years ago, police said Thursday.Police in Saanich, B.C., said Lauren Etchells boarded a flight leaving Canada in 2016 with her young daughter Kaydance, her new partner Marco van der Merwe, and their newborn son, in violation of a court order.Tasha Brown, Kaydance’s other mother, contacted police who say they learned that Etchells travelled with the children throughout Europe and the Middle East, and at some point broke off her relationship with van der Merwe.Interpol published a red notice — an international flag that a person is wanted — and Saanich police received a call on Monday advising that Etchells, her son, Kaydance, and Etchells’ parents had been picked up by police.Police said the group was spotted landing a four-metre inflatable dinghy on the shore just south of St. Catherine in Jersey, a small island in the English Channel, and officers believed they were trying to avoid passport control on U.K. soil.Etchells and her parents pleaded guilty to offences in Jersey and Etchells remained in custody as a result of a provisional arrest warrant for her extradition to Canada, Saanich police said in a news release.Jersey police said in a statement that a 33-year-old woman had pleaded guilty to child neglect and immigration offences, and that a man and woman, both 67, had pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting as well as immigration offences.The two children have been placed in foster care and the process of bringing the girl back to Canada has begun, police said.“We are extremely pleased to report that four-year-old Kaydance has been located and is in the care of the appropriate authorities in Jersey. She is in good health, is happy and appears to have been well cared for,” said Sgt. Julie Fast of Saanich police said in the news release.Etchells has previously denied abducting her daughter, telling the Victoria Times Colonist in 2016 that Brown is not legally a parent to Kaydance.She said they conceived Kaydance through a sperm donor and Brown’s name was taken off the birth certificate when the two were planning a move to Qatar, where same-sex marriage is illegal.The two married in 2012 and separated in 2015, and Etchells said she was given full custody but Brown was fighting for equal custody rights. She said in 2016 she feared that if she returned to Canada, Kaydance and her son would be put in foster care.“I am a good mother who has done nothing but love and care for her children and it would not be in either of my children’s best interests for me to be separated from them,” she told the newspaper in 2016.Van der Merwe also told the newspaper earlier that year that when he boarded the flight in 2016 he did not know Etchells and Kaydance were barred from leaving Canada.Brown said in a statement released by Saanich police on Thursday that she is grateful to learn that Kaydance is in good health and good care.“I am celebrating today,” Brown said, adding that she is meeting with her lawyer and other agencies to bring the child to Canada.“But I can’t celebrate 100 per cent yet. Not until Kaydance is back in Canada.”The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER — A B.C. Supreme Court judge has awarded author Steven Galloway access to emails between a woman who accused of him of sexual assault and staff at the University of British Columbia in a test of a provincial law intended to protect freedom of expression.Galloway, who is the former chair of the university’s creative writing department, filed lawsuits against the woman and two dozen others last October, alleging he was defamed by false allegations of sexual and physical assaults made by the woman and repeated by others.The woman and two others applied to have the lawsuit thrown out under the province’s Protection of Public Participation Act that came into effect in March and aims to protect critics on matters of public interest from lawsuits intended to silence or punish them.Although the defamation action is essentially stayed until the dismissal application is dealt with by the court, Galloway had requested access to further documentation that he argued he needed to defend his case against dismissal.In her ruling released Friday, Justice Catherine Murray says she believes it’s the first time a court in British Columbia has been asked to rule on whether a plaintiff like Galloway is entitled to request information and documentation on the cross-examination allowed under the new act and if so, what disclosure he’s entitled to.She ordered the release of emails and documentation the woman provided the university to back up her allegation, as well as screenshots of tweets and Facebook posts made by the other two women who joined the dismissal application and other materials.“I am advised that this is a matter of first impression; no court in British Columbia has yet considered this question,” Murray says in the ruling. The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG — Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Wagner says holding hearings in Winnipeg is an important step toward informing people about how the country’s highest court works.Judges from the Supreme Court of Canada are in Manitoba this week to hear cases and to reach out to the public.The nine judges will met with students and Indigenous leaders and hold a question-and-answer session with the general public.They will also hear two cases while in Winnipeg — the first hearings outside of Ottawa in the court’s 144-year history.On Wednesday, it will hear a case that centres on how long is a reasonable time in which to try someone and return with a verdict.On Thursday, the high court will hear a case that deals with French-language education rights in British Columbia.The Canadian Press
Prince Harry, Patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, cheered the winners of the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon as they crossed the line during the weekend.Prince Harry with winners of the 2016 Virgin Money London MarathonPrince Harry made the presentations to the winners of the mini marathon, the elite men, women, wheelchair and IPC races, and the John Disley Lifetime Achievement Award.His Royal Highness also met with a selection of volunteers in the administration of the race and members of the St. John Ambulance.Prince Harry has been Patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust since 2012.Since its inception in 1981, The London Marathon Charitable Trust has awarded grants totalling more than £57.7 million to over 1000 organisations in London, Surrey, Silverstone, Birmingham and Liverpool.Source:Royal.UK
The NASCAR Foundation will host their first-ever NYC fete to celebrate 10 Years of Giving and to honor its Founder Betty Jane France, who passed away unexpectedly last month.Grammy and Tony nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles will perform at the gala.Expected to attend are honoree Mark Lazarus (Chairman, NBC Sports Group); Hosted by The France Family, including Brian France (CEO and Chairman of NASCAR) and Amy France; featured performer Sara Bareilles; NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Rusty Wallace; NASCAR Champions and Rising Stars including Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Danica Patrick, Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Martin Truex, Jr., Julia Landauer, Mike Helton; and special guests Lesa France Kennedy, Krista Voda, Ben Kennedy, Adrienne C. Moore (Actress, “Orange is the New Black”) and many more.The evening will honor those who have demonstrated admirable commitment to and support of children’s health initiatives through numerous awards, including first-ever NASCAR Foundation Founder’s Award, honoring one who has made significant contributions to philanthropy through use of time, talent and resources – both personally and professionally – to make a meaningful impact on the lives of children; the Speediactrics Children’s Champion Award to a medical professional who has showcased significant contributions, leadership and dedication to enriching the lives of children; the Betty France Humanitarian Award, presented by Nationwide, to the NASCAR fan who has shown tremendous dedication to improving the lives of children in their communities;The benefit will also launch of the Speediatrics Children’s Fund and present a live auction featuring the artwork of the 2015 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award winner Jeff Hanson.WHEN: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 WHERE: Marriot Marquis 1365 Broadway (between 45th and 46th Streets)NYCMORE: For more information and tickets, visit www.nascarfoundation.org/Honorsgala.
Arden appears to have been caught off guard by the quote in the book, titled “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies & Leadership.”Responding to a tweet about the news, she posted on her Twitter account in her signature humour: “The world’s gone mad.”Hey @jannarden you appear to have made it into James Comey’s book. So that’s a thing that happened. pic.twitter.com/JZs78mEEJ9— Rosemary Barton (@RosieBarton) April 16, 2018 Facebook She’s also written three books, had various TV stints and produced two documentaries. Advertisement TORONTO — Words of wisdom attributed to Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden have made it into the new book by former FBI Director James Comey.The book’s first chapter, titled “The Life,” begins with a quote attributed to the eight-time Juno Award-winning artist.It reads: “To not think of dying, is to not think of living.” The world’s gone mad…. https://t.co/geoE0nic44— jann arden (@jannarden) April 17, 2018When a Twitter user speculated that Arden might be bothered by the news, she responded: “Not at all — I’m very touched.”Not at all- I’m very touched— jann arden (@jannarden) April 17, 2018 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Jann Arden poses for a portrait in Toronto on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Words of wisdom attributed to Canadian singer-songwriter Arden have made it into the new book by former FBI Director James Comey.Christopher Katsarov / THE CANADIAN PRESS Login/Register With: Twitter
Still from Bao, courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios (CNW Group/Sheridan College) OAKVILLE, ON, Jan. 22, 2019 – Two Sheridan College animation alumni have earned Oscar nods in the Best Animated Short Film category for their directorial debuts.Nominees of the 91st Academy Awards, which recognize excellence in cinematic achievements, were announced on Jan. 22, 2019. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Feb. 24, 2019.Still from Weekends, courtesy of Trevor Jimenez (CNW Group/Sheridan College)Trevor Jimenez (Bachelor of Animation ’07), a story artist with Pixar, received his nomination for the animated short Weekends. The short follows a young boy as he shuffles between the homes of his divorced parents. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Fellow Pixar storyboard artist Domee Shi (Bachelor of Animation ’11) also received a nomination in the Best Animated Short Film category for her short Bao. The film, which screened ahead of Incredibles 2 in theatres, tells the story of an aging Chinese-Canadian mother who receives an unexpected second chance at motherhood when a dumpling comes to life.Animal Behaviour, produced by Michael Fukushima (Animation ’85), was also nominated in the category.Elsewhere, animation alumni worked on four of the five projects nominated for Best Animated Feature, including Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Ralph Breaks the Internet and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.“To see our alumni recognized in this significant way speaks to their skills as storytellers as well as animators,” says Janet Morrison, President and Vice Chancellor of Sheridan. “We are thrilled to celebrate their successes, made all the more notable as Sheridan celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Animation Program.”“The faculty at Sheridan are honoured to have the opportunity to nurture the talent of budding animators,” adds Angela Stukator, Associate Dean of Animation and Game Design at Sheridan. “Domee and Trevor’s success is a testament to the heights Sheridan’s Animation students can reach. We are deeply proud of them, and all our alumni who contributed to films nominated this year.”Historically, Sheridan alumni have had a strong representation at the Oscars. In 1985, John Minnis (Animation ’83) won Best Animated Short Film for Charade, while in 2003, Eric Armstrong (Computer Animation ’88) won for his work on The Chubbchubbs! In 2015, three of the five films nominated for Oscars in the Best Animated Feature category were directed by Sheridan-trained animators, including Chris Williams, who won that year for Big Hero 6. In 2017, Alan Barillaro (Animation ’96) took home an Academy Award for his short film, Piper.Sheridan’s animation attracts students from around the world. In addition to a four-year degree in animation which blends traditional and contemporary approaches to the discipline, Sheridan also offers one-year graduate certificate programs in computer animation, visual effects and digital character animation. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement
APTN National NewsA hockey team in Kahnawake, Que., has had their season cut short.Members of a Kahnawake Mohawk hockey team aged 15 to 17 got into an altercation after a recent game and now find themselves suspended.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has this story.
APTN National NewsWhen hockey-starved fans in Yellowknife learned the NHL was coming to their hometown, they came out on mass to watch the game.A charity event featuring several locked-out NHL stars played to a packed arena last night.As APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers reports, for some, it was a once in a lifetime chance to see their stars up close and personal.
(Karissa Glendale, left, and Molina Dawson outside BC Supreme Court. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)Laurie Hamelin APTN News SaturdayA second salmon farm owner in British Columbia has applied for an Injunction against anti-fish farm protestors.Cermaq Canada’s application came at the end of an already long day of injunction proceedings with Marine Harvest Canada, one of the world’s largest Atlantic Salmon fish farm companies.Marine Harvest served Molina Dawson and Karissa Glendale who were occupying their Midsummer facility on Nov. 11, among others.Thursday’s hearing at B.C’s Supreme Court in Vancouver comes after a one-month adjournment, giving defendants time to prepare their response.If either injunction is approved, police can begin arresting protestors who breach it.APTN News contacted Cermaq Canada requesting details of its application, but the company did not respond.We can confirm that Dawson and Glendale were served at the courthouse, but two other protestors mentioned by Cermaq’s lawyer were not yet identified.“Cermaq can’t find who they’re serving or what their location is so surprisingly they announced that their solution is to find and serve them via Facebook,” said Glendale. “We don’t know exactly who they are, we have had a lot of supporters come stand with us.“Activists from all over BC have come out to show their support in a variety of ways.”(Activists and Supporters outside BC Supreme Court. Photo by Rob Smith/APTN Investigates)Matthew Nefstead, the lawyer for the defendants, said this isn’t new.“Historically, substituted service was done through an ad in the newspaper.”Information on Cermaq’s website said that on two different occasions earlier this month, activists boarded their Burdwood salmon farm, harassing employees and stressing fish, by launching a diver and kayaks into a pen.On Cermaq Canadas website, a notice was posted from David Kiemele, Cermaq Canada’s managing director.“This group is clearly not interested in constructive discussion or peaceful demonstration,” the statement said. “They deliberately ignore the practices, policies and procedures we have in place to protect our people and our salmon.”But Dawson, from Musgamagw Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w Nation, said she has every right to be there and is there to protect wild salmon.“Karissa and I have been boarding Cermaq owned farms peacefully, handing out statements,” she said. “The statements basically say that we’ve been asking this company and this industry to leave for the last 30 years.“We are trying to make it very clear that we don’t want them here.”A collective of First Nations in BC’s Broughton Archipelago, including Kwakwaka’wakw territories of the Mama̱liliḵa̱la, ʼNa̱mǥis, Ławitʼsis, Da̱ʼnaxdaʼx̱w, Maʼa̱mtagila, and the four tribes of the Musgamagw Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w, say these fish farms are operating without their consent.They believe that open-net salmon farms affect wild salmon.“We have the right as Indigenous people to be monitoring and protecting our land and waters. Peacefully occupying or boarding these farms is necessary in order to protect our culture,” said Dawson.Marine Harvest Canada, the owner of three fish farms that have been occupied by First Nations at different points since August, said they finally filed an injunction application after failed attempts to talk with protest organizers.“We have sought this injunction after many months of activist activity and numerous failed attempts to begin dialogue – many who do not reside in the region, said Vincent Ernest, Marine Harvest Canada’s managing director.“Our staff must be able to work in a safe environment, and free of harassment and intimidation.”During the hearing, Roy Millen, the lawyer for Marine Harvest, told the court about issues of harassment and intimidation to staff, concerns of safety for everyone, and like Cermaq, activists entering a farm site and sending a scuba diver down into a fish pen.“They have accused us of a lot of things, and I’m not surprised”, said Glendale. “They are trying to find reasons to make us look much worse than we are.”Although activists and supporters left the courthouse feeling a bit disheartened, Dawson is adamant First Nations are not giving up.“We are certainly not quitting because we can’t quit, our livelihoods and our futures, our siblings and nieces futures are in danger here so whether the Injunction is granted or not, we’ll definitely still be making our voices heard, however that looks.”A verdict is expected in the next several firstname.lastname@example.org
APTN InvestigatesA town in southern Alberta is under scrutiny for racist and sometimes violent incidents.Rob Smith travels to Cardston, Alberta to find out what role the area’s history has played in the class between Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents. Follow APTN Investigates on Facebook
MONTREAL – National Bank of Canada raised its dividend as it reported fourth-quarter net income grew to $525 million.The bank (TSX:NA) increased its quarterly payment to its common shareholders by two cents to 60 cents per share.The move came as National Bank says its net income amounted to $1.39 per diluted share for the quarter ended Oct. 31, up from $307 million or 78 cents per share a year ago.Revenue totalled $1.70 billion, up from $1.57 billion.Excluding specified items, the bank said it earned $531 million or $1.40 per diluted share in the quarter, up from $463 million or $1.24 per share a year ago.Analysts had expected a profit of $1.38 per share, according to Thomson Reuters.“The fourth quarter concludes a record year for the Bank in which its net income exceeded $2 billion for the first time,” National Bank chief executive Louis Vachon said in a statement Friday.“This excellent performance was driven by revenue growth across all of the bank’s business segments and by an effective management of operating costs.”Provisions for credit losses in the fourth quarter totalled $70 million, up from $59 million a year ago, due to its Credigy subsidiary, partly offset by lower provisions recorded for commercial banking loans.Personal and commercial banking earned $239 million in the quarter, up from $191 million a year ago, while wealth management earned $116 million, up from $92 million.Financial markets earned $186 million, up from $176 million, and U.S specialty finance and international earned $55 million, up from $21 million.For its full financial year, National Bank earned $2.02 billion or $5.38 per diluted share, up from $1.26 billion or $3.29 per diluted share in the previous year.Excluding specified items, the bank earned $2.04 billion or $5.45 per diluted share, up from $1.61 billion or $4.35 billion.Note to readers: CORRECTS figures in pentultimate graf
LONDON – Harrods, the luxury London department store and tourist destination, is reportedly planning to remove a memorial to Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed.British media, including The Times and the BBC, reported Saturday that the bronze statue will be returned to Dodi’s father, Mohammed Al Fayed, the Egyptian tycoon who previously owned Harrods.The businessman commissioned the bronze statue depicting his son and Diana dancing after the two were killed in a Paris car crash in 1997.The statue was installed in 2005 remained at Harrods after the Qatari royal family bought the store in 2010.The news reports quoted Harrods managing director Michael Ward as saying that with a new Diana statue planned for Kensington Palace, it is the right time to return the one at the store to Al Fayed.
LIMA, Peru – Two of the three political leaders with the most at stake at the NAFTA table huddled Friday behind closed doors, their most senior trade lieutenants alongside, in hopes of unlocking a mutually beneficial solution to the cross-border conundrum posed by U.S. President Donald Trump.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto gathered on the sidelines of a major international summit in Peru’s capital, along with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer pulled out of the summit at the last minute, sending his deputy, C. J. Mahoney, in his place.The sit-down, the first face-to-face between the two leaders since November, comes at a critical time, with Canada, Mexico and the U.S. all looking for a breakthrough in the ongoing effort to update the North American Free Trade Agreement — and Trump’s wild-card trade strategies doing little to clear the air.It was also a chance for Trudeau to take stock of Mexico’s position — and perhaps share strategies — before the prime minister heads into a meeting Saturday with U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence.Pence is in Peru instead of Trump, who was originally scheduled to attend but decided against it at the last minute, ostensibly to deal with the American response to a chemical attack in Syria.Freeland described the conversation between Trudeau and Pena Nieto as “a good one,” even as she expressed optimism about the state of NAFTA negotiations, which are continuing in Washington this weekend.“Canada and Mexico found that we’re very much on the same page in believing that now is the moment to very, very intensely engage and to really enter a new stage, a new rhythm, a new level of negotiations,” she told reporters after the sitdown.The meeting between the Canadian and Mexican leaders came one day after U.S. officials indicated they were willing to soften their demands on autos, which Trump followed by warning that he was willing to renegotiate “forever.”Freeland refused to speculate on these apparently competing messages, even as she said all trade negotiations are subject to “moments of drama.”“There certainly have been moments of drama in the past,” she said of the NAFTA talks. “And I will make a prediction … there are more dramatic moments (coming) in the days to come. And we should not be distracted by those.”Trudeau’s meetings with Pena Nieto and Pence come as the three are attending the Summit of the Americas, which is held every four years and brings together leaders from across the Western Hemisphere.The prime minister started his day Friday by meeting Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra, who served as Peru’s ambassador to Canada before the previous president was forced to resign over a scandal last month.Trudeau delivered a 10-minute address to business leaders from across the Americas encouraging them to invest in Canada, noting that the country has free trade agreements with dozens of countries around the world.Even as his government struggles to deal with a pipeline crisis at home, one that has forced him to return to Canada on Sunday before resuming his travels to Europe, Trudeau pitched his country as a great place to invest, telling hundreds of business leaders “that big things can get done in Canada.”More than half the countries with which Canada has free trade agreements are in the Americas, Trudeau said, and the hope is to add a deal with Latin America’s largest trading bloc, Mercosur, to that tally.“Even in this age where the value of trade is being questioned by some, we have successfully negotiated landmark agreements with Europe and with Asia,” Trudeau added – a not-so subtle dig at protectionists like Trump.The prime minister went on to emphasize Canada’s skilled labour force, low unemployment and debt-to-GDP ratio, recent federal investments in infrastructure and a new investment agency as proof that Canada is open for business.The message appeared well received, and Kenneth Frankel, president of the Canadian Council for the Americas, said the region offers a natural opportunity for Canada – particularly as it looks for a northern partner who isn’t Trump.Yet Siegfried Kiefer, president of Calgary-based engineering firm Atco Ltd., said Latin American leaders have told him they need massive new investments in infrastructure to grow their economies first.On that front, Canada’s own record on infrastructure and “national-interest projects” has room for improvement, Kiefer said, including Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, which is at the centre of a fierce battle between the Alberta and B.C. governments.“The business community is generally looking for proof in the pudding,” he said.“The public unrest relative to some of these projects is really what you’re trying to deal with. And that in my mind deals with how do you gain the trust of the people of the country that you have looked at the merits of the project objectively.”Trudeau’s day also included hosting a lunch with representatives from the 15-country Caribbean Community, where he announced $25 million in new funding to help the region deal with natural disasters such as hurricanes.The prime minister also met with Chilean President Sebastien Pinera, who took office in March and whose country is an important political and trade partner with Canada.– Follow @leeberthiaume on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had a typo in Siegfried Kiefer’s first name.
ISTANBUL — Official figures show that Turkey’s inflation rate eased in November in the wake of a firmer currency, which kept a lid on import prices.The Turkish Statistical Institute said Monday that consumer prices in the year to November were up 21.6 per cent, down from October’s 15-year high rate of 25.2 per cent.Turkey’s national currency hit an all time low this summer over concerns about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s economic policies and a diplomatic and trade spat with the United States.Improved relations with the U.S. and a big 6.25 per cent interest rate hike have helped shore up the Turkish lira in recent months. Tax cuts and discounted prices have also helped rein in inflation.The Associated Press