The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The federal cabinet’s long-awaited decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is due Tuesday. Here are some other key dates in the history of the original project and Kinder Morgan Canada’s controversial efforts to expand its capacity:October 1953: The Trans Mountain pipeline begins shipping oil with an initial capacity of 150,000 barrels per day. The project initially features four pump stations along its 1,150-kilometre route and a marine dock that connects loading facilities on the east side of Edmonton with ocean tankers in Burnaby, B.C. It is expanded in 1957 and 2008 to eventually pump up to 300,000 barrels of oil per day.Feb. 21, 2012: Kinder Morgan Canada says it wants to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline after receiving support from oil shippers and will begin public consultations.Dec. 16, 2013: An application is made to the National Energy Board (NEB) to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline. Construction is proposed to begin in 2017, with the aim of having oil flow through the expansion by December 2019.November 2014: More than 100 people are arrested after they camp out in a conservation area on Burnaby Mountain, east of Vancouver, to block crews from conducting drilling and survey work related to the pipeline expansion. Most of the charges are later dropped.August 2015: The NEB postpones public hearings after striking from the record economic evidence prepared by a Kinder Morgan consultant who was to begin working for the regulator.Jan. 27, 2016: The federal Liberal government says assessments of pipeline projects such as the Trans Mountain expansion will now take into account the greenhouse gas emissions produced in the extraction and processing of the oil they carry. Proponents will also be required to improve consultations with First Nations.May 17, 2016: Ottawa appoints a three-member panel to conduct an environmental review of the Trans Mountain expansion project.May 29, 2016: The NEB recommends approval of the pipeline, subject to 157 conditions, concluding that it is in the public interest.Nov. 29, 2016: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approves the Trans Mountain expansion, part of a sweeping announcement that also saw approval of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement, but the end of its Northern Gateway project.Jan. 11, 2017: B.C. Premier Christy Clark announces her support for the project, saying Kinder Morgan has met five government conditions including a revenue-sharing agreement worth up to $1 billion.May 25, 2017: Kinder Morgan makes its final investment decision to proceed with the development, now estimated to cost $7.4 billion, subject to the successful public offering of Kinder Morgan Canada.May 29, 2017: The B.C. NDP and Greens agree to form a coalition to topple the Liberal party, which could only manage a minority in the previous month’s provincial election. The parties agree to “immediately employ every tool available” to stop the project. The coalition defeats the B.C. Liberals in a confidence motion a month later, paving the way for John Horgan to become premier.Aug. 10, 2017: The B.C. NDP government hires former judge Thomas Berger to provide legal advice as it seeks intervener status in the legal challenges against the project filed by municipalities and First Nations.Dec. 7, 2017: NEB allows Kinder Morgan Canada to bypass Burnaby bylaws.Jan. 17, 2018: Kinder Morgan Canada warns the Trans Mountain expansion project could be a year behind schedule.Jan. 30, 2018: B.C. government moves to restrict any increase in diluted bitumen shipments until it conducts more spill response studies, a move that increases the uncertainty for Trans Mountain.March 23, 2018: Green party Leader Elizabeth May and NDP MP Kennedy Stewart are arrested at a protest against the pipeline expansion; Federal Court of Appeal dismisses a B.C. government bid challenging a NEB ruling that allows Kinder Morgan Canada to bypass local bylaws.April 8, 2018: Kinder Morgan Canada suspends non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain expansion project and sets a May 31 deadline to reach agreements with stakeholders.May 29, 2018: Federal government announces deal to buy the pipeline and expansion project from Kinder Morgan Canada for $4.5 billion.Aug. 30, 2018: The Federal Court of Appeal overturns the Trudeau government’s approval of the pipeline expansion. In a unanimous decision by a panel of three judges, the court says the NEB’s review of the project was so flawed that the federal government could not rely on it as a basis for its decision to approve the expansion.Sept. 15, 2018: Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi orders the NEB to undertake a new environmental assessment of the impact additional oil tankers off the coast of British Columbia will have, with a specific focus on the risks to southern resident killer whales. The NEB has until late February to report back.Sept. 26, 2018: The NEB assigns a new panel to run the hearings and sets deadlines for comments.Oct. 3, 2018: Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi hires former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci to oversee a new round of Indigenous consultations. No deadline is set for the completion of the process.Feb. 22, 2019: The NEB recommends to cabinet that it approve the project again, subject to 16 new conditions, and says although an oil spill could be significant, the project provides considerable benefits and there are measures that can be taken to minimize the effects. The federal cabinet has 90 days — until May 22 — to respond with a decision.Apr. 18, 2019: Sohi announces cabinet has decided to push the pipeline decision back until June 18 citing a need to take more time to complete Indigenous consultations.
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Triple platinum artist Waka Flocka Flame will amalgamate with Wallace Gator Bradley and his United In Peace, INC. to host an anti-violence concert in Chicago.The anti-violence concert will be held the first week of June, at an undisclosed venue. The United In Peace INC’s concert purpose is to help spread the message about the senseless shootings and murders that have taken place in Chicago.Waka Flocka – like many other recording artists – has chosen to be vocal about stopping the violence in Chicago.“Senseless acts of violence is happening all over the world but it starts with us acknowledging the acts know. Chicago is the first but not the last for me,” said Waka Flocka.Despite the negativity surrounding Waka Flocka’s participation in such a cause, he remains humble and continues to interact with his fans.Wallace Gator Bradley states, “To GOD be the GLORY, for touching Waka’s heart and allowing him to reach out and working with me (Wallace Gator Bradley, President) and Noble – Ameer Ali, Executive Director of United In Peace, Inc, in our efforts to turn the tide on Senseless Shootings and Killing across America in general but in the African-American communities in particular, especially Chicago.”All proceeds from the anti-violence concert will be given to the United In Peace, INC. Waka is tremendously appreciative for the opportunity given and will continue to fight for non-violence in Chicago. The ultimate goal is to tour the 4 high schools (Phillips, Du Sable, Fenger and Harper), Chicago State University in Chicago and Washington Elementary School in Riverdale Illinois.Find out more here.
Ford Motor Company has announced the winners of the Ford Freedom Unsung Award, celebrating individuals who have made significant contributions in their communities.Honorees will be recognized for their outstanding achievements at a special reception at The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live June 19.Made possible by a grant from Ford Motor Company Fund, Ford Freedom Unsung salutes individuals and organizations that have positively impacted communities with achievements that inform and inspire others.“This program shines a spotlight on those who go above and beyond to positively impact communities, but are often not recognized for what they do,” said Pamela Alexander, director of community development, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Whether it is a mother who tutors children, a brother who sacrificed years serving his country, a neighbor who leads a nonprofit organization or a father who has dedicated his life to serving the homeless, unsung heroes surround us every day and look for nothing in return.”Ford is bringing its national program to Southern California as part of its ongoing commitment to honor distinguished Americans who dedicate their lives to improving their communities and the world. Awards are given in five categories: Community, Education, Military, Youth and Organization.Award-winning actress Keke Palmer, known for her commitment to bullying prevention and other youth issues, will serve as the program’s youth ambassador.Kevin Frazier, co-anchor of “The Insider,” will serve as master of ceremonies. The recognition program will include a special performance by actor/singer Sheryl Lee Ralph.The 2013 Ford Freedom Unsung-Southern California awards will be given to: Organization Gang Alternatives ProgramJenesse Center Inc.New Directions for VeteransA New Way of Life Reentry ProjectStarting Over Inc. CommunityWilfred “Bill” CogginsRita HallSherri PeguesAreva MartinWilliam Allen Young MilitaryPatricia Jackson KelleyIvan Mason EducationAngela M. EvansHaywood GalbreathDarlene JerniganE. Elaine MooreDerek Richardson YouthJustice Reigns FergusonShauniece FrazierCarey Poindexter
The Prince of Wales has honoured philanthropists for their dedication to supporting the arts.His Royal Highness presented medals at St James’s Palace in London to individuals who have backed the UK’s culture scene.Actress Joanna Lumley was master of ceremonies at the event in the Palace’s state apartments.Among those who received the 2014 Prince of Wales Arts Philanthropy Medal were Terry and Liz Bramall, from Harrogate, who are regarded as two of the country’s most generous philanthropists.Mr and Mrs Bramall placed more than £96 million into the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation in 2008 after Mr Bramall became a building tycoon.The Foundation has made grants of around £2 million a year to organisations in Yorkshire, supporting Northern Ballet, Phoenix Dance and the West Yorkshire Playhouse.A former bus company boss turned philanthropist who donated millions to causes in the North East including the Sage Gateshead, Live Theatre and Tyneside Cinema was posthumously awarded the medal.Trevor Shears, who died from cancer in May this year, was part of the management buy-out that formed Newcastle transport firm Go Ahead in 1987. The company’s public flotation in the mid-1990s brought him immense wealth – but he gave more than half of it away.His wife Lyn was also honoured for the couple’s support of the arts.Mrs Shears said: “It’s vitally important to introduce more young people to the arts because they are the audiences of tomorrow. Some have a huge talent but don’t know how to use it.“One girl we met was a wonderful singer working in Tesco and following some tuition and confidence building with (music charity) Samling she is now at the Royal Academy of Music.“It’s hugely rewarding to make even a small difference. My husband and I always felt that we got so much more from the giving than the recipients did.“We never did it seeking recognition but it’s a huge honour to receive the medal from The Prince of Wales. It’s sad that Trevor can’t be here but I know he would have been immensely proud.”Other recipients were Sir Harry and Lady Carol Djanogly, who have helped the V&A, Tate and the Chickenshed theatre company; Lady Susie Sainsbury of Turville, deputy chair of the Royal Shakespeare Company; and John J Studzinski whose Genesis Foundation strives to nurture young talent.Source:www.princehenryofwales.org
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APTN National NewsShawn Atleo’s re-election last week as chief of the Assembly of First Nations is causing debate in the Northwest Territories.Some people there believe they have no say in AFN elections and believe the voting process must change.One of those people is lawyer Valerie Conrad who is part of the Yellowknives Dene Nation.She spoke to APTN National News from Yellowknife.
APTN National NewsThe Nunavut RCMP is getting a scolding for violating a man’s charter rights at Iqaluit’s airport.It’s coming from a judge who presided over a case where a man was arrested for possession of marijuana.What’s at issue is how the police knew he was carrying the drugs.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has the details.
APTN National NewsIs there an animal that gets more press than the polar bear?From advertising to environmental groups, the polar bear is a tried and true marketing tool.In Nunavut, these animals aren’t seen in quite the same light.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has this story from Iqaluit.
The Canadian Press MONTREAL – An inquiry that has been examining discrimination experienced by Indigenous Quebecers at the hands of the public service began hearings in Montreal on Monday, with a high-profile Saskatchewan court ruling looming large over the proceedings.Sedalia Fazio, a Mohawk elder originally from Kahnawake who presided over the opening prayer, said the timing of the hearings was difficult given the verdict in the Colten Boushie case.A jury deliberated 13 hours before finding Gerald Stanley not guilty last Friday of second-degree murder in Boushie’s slaying.Fazio said the Boushie case made her own presence at Monday’s hearing difficult, “when my people are hurting so bad, when we feel such injustice right now.”A Montreal vigil in support of the Boushie family is planned for Tuesday afternoon.Fazio said that feeling of injustice in the 2016 death of Boushie, a resident of the Red Pheasant First Nation, brought back memories of her own son’s experience with law enforcement.She said he was beaten by police in Montreal in a shoplifting incident just after the Oka Crisis in 1990 when he was about 13 years old and that she has little doubt he would have been treated differently if not for his Indigenous background.“The killing of Colten brought back so many bad memories for me,” Fazio said. “Yes, he (her son) was doing something he shouldn’t have been doing, but he was 13 years old.“He had four policemen on him. I have pictures of my son with boot prints on his head.”The Quebec inquiry, announced in December 2016, was mandated to look into the way Indigenous Peoples are treated by the police, the province’s youth protection agency, the public health department as well as the justice and correctional systems.It came on the heels of allegations of mistreatment of Indigenous Peoples living in northwestern Quebec.Last Friday, the province announced the commission, chaired by retired Quebec Superior Court justice Jacques Viens, will have its mandate extended by 10 months.It had requested the extra time to ensure it could hear from as many people as possible.Viens has already made several recommendations, but a final report is now due in the hands of the provincial government in September 2019.During the next phase, which includes this two-week session and another two weeks of proceedings in Montreal next month, the inquiry will hear from citizens and their personal experiences with authorities.Etuk Kasulluaq, 27, testified Monday to being seriously hurt by police last year after an arrest for breaking conditions by drinking alcohol.Currently detained, he alleged he was thrown down a flight of stairs by police during an arrest and then left naked in a cell during a subsequent arrest in Puvirnituq, an Inuit village in Nunavik.The Viens inquiry has already heard from 131 witnesses over 47 days – mainly expert-type witnesses – in Val-d’Or, about 530 kilometres northwest of Montreal.Quebec’s Indigenous communities are made up of 11 distinct nations, with many living in an urban setting.“We are starting to hear more and more from those everyday citizens,” Viens said.
Nation to NationJagmeet Singh has been leader of the federal NDP party for just over a year and during that time he has seen how First Nations use courts to stop the federal government from trampling over their rights, such as the expansion of the Trans Mountain bitumen pipeline.Several First Nations believed they weren’t properly consulted on the proposed expansion from Edmonton, Alta. to Burnaby, B.C. and went to court to force the Trudeau government to start over again.Singh sat down with Nation to Nation to discuss a wide-range of subjects related to Indigenous people and believes there’s a way to achieve a level of predictability.“We can’t have a Canada that calls itself progressive without ensuring that the nations in Canada, the nations that make up the fabric of the first people of land are not treated as nations and don’t’ have the treaty rights, the land rights, the recognition and dignity that they rightfully deserve,” he said.“The fundamental principle would be that every piece of legislation should be informed by the free, prior and informed consent principle.”He said Canada needs to treat First Nations like it would any other country in the world it wants to do business with.“That’s how we need to look at any agreement that we make with First Nations. They are sovereign nations and should ensure, in a legislative manner, a protection of their sovereign rights,” said Singh.When Canada doesn’t respect the rights of Indigenous people it just ends up in court he said.“This would ensure that there is predictability. So if a business wants to invest in a project Canada could ensure this project will go ahead because there is a predictability because the steps will be taken to respect the sovereignty of a First Nation and ensure that the decision will be made in such a manner that it will not be challenged in court,” he said.Singh had some knowledge of Indigenous people before being named leader of the NDP in October 2017 but learned something he may not have known before.“The thing that I was able to appreciate the most, as a leader, is Indigenous communities have the solutions,” he said. “There’s just a lack of listening to those solutions and implementing those solutions. I think more than ever we need to listen to the folks who are on the ground.”Liberal MP Robert Falcon-Ouellette also joined Nation to Nation to discuss his fight to help Winnipeg battle its crystal meth crisis.Falcon-Ouellette said the meth crisis has always been there but it was a low rumble when he was first elected to represent the riding of Winnipeg Centre in 2015.It’s now full-blown he said.So much so people come into his constituency office.“People have come in, they have assaulted staff, they sit down and literally, when they are on the drug, they’ll start propositioning you to try to sell you stolen goods,” he said. “The issue for me is, when I would call to try and get someone off the streets … there was no services available.”Falcon-Ouellette discusses the issue at length and how he is trying to help in the video posted at the top of this page.This is the final episode of Nation to Nation in 2018 but be sure to catch a repeat of special show from Kamloops, B.C. airing again on Dec. 27.The political panel discusses on Jan. 3 what’s to come in the final months on Parliament Hill before next year’s election in October. As always, Nation to Nation airs on APTN every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET.N2N@aptn.ca
OTTAWA – Canada’s Privacy Commissioner office says it has prioritized an examination into the massive Equifax data hack to ensure that Canadians are protected against future risks.In a posting on its website, it says it plans to work with data protection authorities in Canada and elsewhere to find out what went wrong.It says it has asked the credit monitoring company to tell Canadians as soon as possible if their information was stolen and to adopt measures to help them.Equifax said last Thursday a security breach occurred over the summer resulting in the private information of up to 143 million people in the United States being compromised, along with certain Canadian and U.K. residents.In a posting on the Canadian part of its website, Equifax says it is “working night and day to assess what happened.”It says the data breach is “contained,” and the Canadian breach may have involved names, addresses and social insurance numbers.Equifax says “only a limited number of Canadians may have been affected.”It says a dedicated website and call centre set up last week won’t help Canadians because it uses U.S. social security numbers, without offering an alternative. The Privacy Commissioner suggested Canadians can call Equifax at 1-866-828-5961 (English service) or 1-877-323-2598 (French service).Equifax discovered the hack July 29, but waited until Thursday to warn consumers.An Ontario resident has started a proposed class action on behalf of Canadians who may have been affected by the hack.The proposed class action includes all residents of Canada whose information was stored on Equifax databases and was accessed without authorization between May 1, 2017 and Aug. 1, 2017.The statement of claim alleges Equifax breached its contract with class members as well as their privacy rights, was negligent in handling their information, and breached provincial privacy statutes.Allegations in the statement of claim have not been proven in court.In the United States, the theft included consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s licence numbers.
OTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau has scaled back one of the most contentious elements of the Trudeau government’s tax-reform plan in yet another effort to calm infuriated small business owners.The move aims to water down Morneau’s proposal on passive-investment income, so that only three per cent of the “most-wealthy” privately owned corporations will have to pay higher taxes.Morneau confirmed the change at a cafe in Hampton, N.B., a small community outside Saint John where locals — including Liberal MP Wayne Long, who represents a neighbouring riding — have been highly critical of the Liberals’ overall package of controversial tax proposals.The event was part of a week-long Liberal effort to introduce tweaks in hopes of quieting the rage surrounding Ottawa’s tax proposals. The plan has angered entrepreneurs, doctors, farmers, tax experts and Liberal backbench MPs.“When you make (a) change, it is difficult sometimes for people who like the status quo,” Morneau said, referring to the uproar created over the original proposals announced in July.“What’s most important, though, is that we have a system that works for all Canadians… We think we’ve gotten it right.”In an attempt to avoid negative impacts on middle-class business owners, Morneau’s latest change will establish a threshold of $50,000 on passive income per year. It will be equivalent to $1 million in savings based on a nominal five per cent rate of return, his department said.The goal, he said, is to enable small business owners to put money away inside their corporations for the future needs, including retirement, sick leave and parental leave. At the same time, Morneau wants to crack down on the practice of privately held firms using the method purely as a way to reduce the owners’ income taxes.The government will release draft legislation as part of next year’s budget.The tweak comes after a flood of complaints that warned cracking down on passive investments could hurt middle-class entrepreneurs who use their companies to save for economic downturns, leaves and for rainy days.However, Morneau said Wednesday that 85 per cent of small businesses have no passive investment income at all.Morneau also released an estimate that suggests between $200 billion and $300 billion in assets are sitting in the passive investment accounts of just two per cent of Canada’s 1.8 million private corporations.This was the government’s latest adjustment to its tax proposals.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began the week by announcing a reduction in the small business tax rate to nine per cent over two years. He also ditched a proposed measure that would have had a negative impact on the intergenerational transfer of family businesses, like farms.The government is keeping — but promising to simplify — another proposal, aimed at limiting the ability of business owners to reduce their tax burden by sprinkling corporate income to family members who do not contribute to their companies.“The only way we get to good conclusions on things that are as complex as this is if members of parliament listen to their constituents, try and understand the issues and come up with ideas around solutions,” Morneau said.Neighbouring MP Long was removed from two committees after voting in favour of a Conservative motion to extend the consultation period on the tax proposals.Two Saint John doctors, who were refused entry into the tiny cafe where Morneau made the latest climb-down, were still angry about the tax proposals and how physicians have been portrayed over the last few months.“It was rolled out very poorly and to hear your prime minister in the House of Commons shout out ‘wealthy doctors’ just makes us feel terrible,” said Heidi King, a radiologist.“We’ve worked hard to get here. I don’t know why success would be punished in Canada. Why would you want to drive away people who work hard?”Cherie Adams, an emergency room physician, said she doesn’t get certain benefits such as maternity leave and she feels the government is still limiting what she can put aside for retirement.“I feel personally offended being called a tax cheat and taking advantage of loopholes when we’re really using legislated tax structure to fund our unique position in the business community,” Adams said.The Canadian Federation of Independent Business, which represents small- and medium-sized businesses, welcomed Wednesday’s changes. But while the $50,000 annual threshold for passive investment will help small firms that remain small, the CFIB warned that the level may be too low for small firms saving to grow and to create more opportunities.— with files from Kevin Bissett in Hampton, N.B.
MONTREAL – The Port of Montreal started 2018 with hopes of another record year for cargo traffic as the Canadian free trade agreement with Europe begins to bear fruit.Canada’s second-largest port anticipates cargo traffic increasing about four per cent after ending 2017 up almost seven per cent at a record 38 million tonnes.A strong economy, growing business with Asia and reversal of Enbridge’s 9B pipeline contributed to last year’s strong results, port CEO Sylvie Vachon said Wednesday.“The fact that the economy will be stronger will be very positive for that kind of cargo,” she said in an interview.Last year marked the first full year of operations for a new container terminal that will eventually handle 600,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per year. The port is pushing for approval of another terminal that would accommodate 1.15 million TEU containers per year starting in 2021 or 2022.Vachon said U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to end the North American Free Trade Agreement is prompting transporters to look at developing other markets, notably Europe because of the new trade deal.“It will be gradual but positive for us,” she said of the European trade agreement.The Port of Montreal is also coming off a record year for cruises with the anticipation of growing that business by another 14 per cent to 130,000 passengers in 2018. More than 50 ship arrivals brought more than 114,000 passengers to Montreal last year, up 33 per cent over 2016 and up 140 per cent compared with 2011.The growth resulted from more cruises stopping to mark Canada’s 150th birthday and the 375th birthday celebrations of Montreal’s founding and the cruise industry’s interest in adding new destinations.The preliminary traffic results were released at an event awarding a gold-headed cane to Capt. Rakesh Kumar of the container ship Ottawa Express. The cane has been given annually for 179 years to the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover.Kumar said he’s docked in Montreal about 60 times, but never experienced the extreme cold weather that has gripped much of the continent in recent days.However, the frigid conditions haven’t hurt the port operations.“For sure for the people who work outside it’s difficult, but with the Coast Guard who do a very good job to break the ice, for the moment everything is OK for the Port of Montreal,” Vachon said.The same can’t be said for the St. Lawrence Seaway where ice on the U.S. side has caused five ocean vessels to remain in the Cornwall-to-Kingston area and will force the waterway to close a few days later than normal for the winter season.“Once we see those ships complete that portion of their transit they should be clear to finish the Canadian section and exit the St. Lawrence Seaway,” said Seaway spokesman Andrew Bogora.Although the final tally for St. Lawrence Seaway traffic is expected to be released next week, Bogora expects the momentum of the year was maintained in December. As of November, cargo traffic in the first 11 months of the year was up around 8.5 per cent.The growth was largely attributable to a 35 per cent increase in iron ore tonnes destined for Asia. General cargo was up 28 per cent and dry bulk 12 per cent. Grain was down 10.5 per cent.
BOSTON – Child development experts and advocates are urging Facebook to pull the plug on its new messaging app aimed at kids.A group letter sent Tuesday to CEO Mark Zuckerberg argues that younger children — the app is intended for those under 13 — aren’t ready to have social media accounts, navigate the complexities of online relationships or protect their own privacy.Facebook launched the free Messenger Kids app in December, pitching it as a way for children to chat with family members and friends approved by parents. It doesn’t give kids separate Facebook or Messenger accounts. Rather, the app works as an extension of a parent’s account, and parents get controls such as the ability to decide who their kids can chat with.The social media giant has said it fills “a need for a messaging app that lets kids connect with people they love but also has the level of control parents want.” But critics see the move as a way for Facebook to lure in a younger audience before they could move on to a rival service such as Snapchat.“TARGETING YOUNGER CHILDREN”A group of 100 experts, advocates and parenting organizations is contesting Facebook’s claims of filling a need. Led by the Boston-based Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, the group includes psychiatrists, pediatricians, educators and the children’s music singer Raffi Cavoukian.“Messenger Kids is not responding to a need — it is creating one,” the letter states. “It appeals primarily to children who otherwise would not have their own social media accounts.” Another passage criticized Facebook for “targeting younger children with a new product.”In a statement, Facebook said on Monday that the app “helps parents and children to chat in a safer way,” and emphasized that parents are “always in control” of their kids’ activity. The social media giant added that it consulted with parenting experts and families, and said “there is no advertising in Messenger Kids.”KIDS AND FACEBOOKA variety of experts and technology insiders have begun questioning the effects smartphones and social media apps are having on people’s health and mental well-being — whether kids, teens or adults. Sean Parker, Facebook’s first president, said late last year that the social media platform exploits “vulnerability in human psychology” to addict users. A chorus of other early employees and investors piled on with similar criticisms.Many preteens have already found their way onto Facebook and more youth-oriented social media platforms such as Snapchat and Facebook’s own Instagram, despite internal rules that require users to be at least 13 years old. Those rules are based in part on federal law, which prohibits internet companies from collecting personal information on children without their parents’ permission and imposes restrictions on advertising to them.Some companies have offered parental controls as a way of curbing unauthorized preteen use of their platforms. But Facebook’s new kid-focused app, which features animations and emojis, seems to cater to a younger audience, said Josh Golin, executive director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.“It looks like something that would appeal to a 6-year-old or 7-year-old,” he said.He said the app gets those younger ones used to Facebook’s platform “and then they transition to the mature version of Facebook.”UNCERTAIN IMPACTFacebook wouldn’t answer questions about how popular the messaging app has been. But App Annie, an app analytics firm, said Messenger Kids has been downloaded about 80,000 times on Apple’s iOS devices — iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch — since it launched on Dec. 4. It’s been in the top 40 most popular kids’ apps since then. That sounds like a lukewarm reception at best.University of Michigan developmental behavioural pediatrician Jenny Radesky, who co-signed the letter, said she’s never met a parent who was clamouring to get their children onto social media at an earlier age.“One can only assume that Facebook introduced it to engage users younger and younger,” Radesky said.That’s troubling, she said, because younger children haven’t yet developed the cognitive skills that enable them to think about and regulate their thoughts and actions and “allow them to realize when persuasive technology design might be manipulating them.”At the time it launched Messenger Kids, Facebook said it won’t show ads or collect data for marketing to kids. And it stressed that it won’t automatically move users to the regular Messenger or Facebook when they get old enough — though it might give them the option to move contacts to Messenger down the line.___Ortutay reported from New York.
CALGARY – About 400 jobs are expected to disappear at Suncor Energy Inc.’s oilsands mines in northern Alberta as it deploys driverless ore-hauling trucks to replace the ones humans operate now.“We have about 500 roles that will get eliminated through this and we’re going to add about 100. So the net change in our workforce is about 400 positions,” chief operating officer Mark Little said in an interview Wednesday.The company has been testing the 400-tonne capacity Komatsu trucks for about four years and has nine now. It announced Tuesday it will gradually build a fleet of more than 150 driverless trucks over the next six years, starting with the North Steepbank mine at its Base Camp north of Fort McMurray.Suncor is the first oilsands mining operation to adopt the technology.Tokyo-based Komatsu Ltd. this week celebrated the 10th anniversary of deployment of its first autonomous truck at a Codelco copper mine in Chile, noting that more than 100 trucks now operate at four Rio Tinto Ltd. iron ore mines in Australia, the mine in Chile and at Suncor.On Tuesday, Melbourne-based Rio Tinto announced its autonomous haul trucks had achieved the milestone of having moved a total of one billion tonnes of material without being involved in any injury accidents. In December, it announced it would expand its fleet of about 80 trucks to 140 by the end of 2019.Suncor’s plan to test the autonomous truck systems was initially criticized by the Unifor union local because of job losses. But Little says Suncor is working with the union to minimize job impacts by retraining workers whose jobs will disappear.The company has been preparing for the switch by hiring its truck drivers, including those at its just-opened Fort Hills mine, on a temporary basis, he added. Suncor said the earliest there will be a decrease in heavy equipment operator positions at Base Plant operations is 2019.Little said the company will replace trucks that have reached the end of their useful life with new Komatsu trucks. He said they cost about $5 million each, not including the obstacle detection systems and computer gear needed for autonomy.Some of Suncor’s newer existing trucks will be retrofitted, he added.He said the autonomous trucks are so efficient — because they operate 24 hours a day and stop only for fuel — the company will need fewer trucks in the future than it employs now.Komatsu says tires on its autonomous trucks last 40 per cent longer because the trucks avoid sudden acceleration and abrupt steering.Rio Tinto’s trucks are controlled remotely from its operations centre in Perth, about 1,500 kilometres from the mines, but Little said Suncor is initially going to operate the trucks from control rooms at each mine site.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:SU)
TORONTO – Canadian Tire Corp. says it has acquired Sher-Wood Athletics Group Inc.’s global hockey trademarks.The retailer says INA International Ltd., a division of the company, acquired the trademarks.It says the deal also includes Sher-Wood’s related inventory.The Sherbrooke, Que.-based company has been in operation for more than 60 years.It manufactures and distributes hockey gear and hockey licensed products.Canadian Tire did not provide details about the acquisition and Sher-Wood declined to comment on details of the transaction.Companies in this story: (TSX:CTC.A)
TORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:More beats for banks? Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank, TD Bank and National Bank are set to report their third-quarter results this week. The results from the four banks follow Royal Bank and CIBC, which both reported profits that beat expectations and raised their dividends last week.Duties deadlineThe U.S. International Trade Commission votes on final phase anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations into newsprint from Canada on Monday. The U.S. government gave most Canadian newsprint producers a reprieve earlier this month by lowering final anti-dumping and countervailing duties after several U.S. businesses and politicians complained the tax on Canadian newsprint threatens the already-struggling newspaper industry.Economic updateStatistics Canada releases its latest reading on the country’s economy on Thursday, with a report on economic growth for the second quarter. The economy slowed in the first quarter to its lowest rate in two years, largely attributed to a pullback in the real estate market. The latest assessment comes ahead of the Bank of Canada’s next interest rate announcement set for Sept. 5.The next Trans Mountain battleThe Federal Court of Appeal will release its decision in the case of Tsleil-Waututh Nation et al. v. Attorney General of Canada et al. over the Trans Mountain pipeline on Thursday. Opponents of the pipeline project were dealt a major blow on Thursday when the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an application from the City of Burnaby to consider overturning a lower court decision that denied the port city leave to appeal a ruling by the National Energy Board.NAFTA talksCanada is waiting to rejoin the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations as the United States and Mexico work to resolve their bilateral issues amid reports suggesting the announcement of a deal is close. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said last week that she’s been “very encouraged” by signals from Washington.
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Alberta Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips was a featured speaker at the Alberta Climate Summit in Calgary Wednesday afternoon.She told the crowd at the BMO Centre that especially young people are passionate about climate change, and that’s why they will be launching the Alberta Youth Climate Change Council.But along with promoting the province’s Climate Leadership Plan, Phillips says decisions about the environment and energy development need to be based on science, evidence and facts.The minister also took aim at the conservative elements in the province, and criticized those who say climate change is not real.Following her speech, she also met with reporters to discuss this balance and how to move ahead with projects such as the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion.When asked about how the province can keep the environment safe but also develop oil and gas projects, Phillips believes the NDP has proven it can be done — shown by two years of economic growth and the introduction of the new Climate Leadership Plan.“This is a reality that not only puts food on the table for thousands of Alberta families but also millions of Canadians. So what we need to do as an energy economy is ensure we are poised to be able to compete in a carbon-constrained world because we know that climate change is real,” said Phillips.Then, looking at how they can transition into that carbon-constrained future, Phillips added that policies like the carbon tax help out.“We need to make sure that we are thoughtfully reinvesting the proceeds of our price on pollution into making those innovative solutions a reality, lowering costs for producers, as well as creating new jobs.”At the Alberta Climate Summit, where Environment Minister Shannon Phillips is speaking. Summit is hosted by the Pembina Institute. Phillips talking about science based methods to combat climate change, criticizes doubters in the Conservative party #ableg #climate pic.twitter.com/hnTywkU9hG— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) September 26, 2018Phillips was also asked about her upcoming meeting in Ottawa, along with Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd, to lobby for changes over Bill C-69.She said that the first issue over the bill which helps determine how energy projects are approved in Canada concerns the time-frames.“We still don’t have much in the way of comfort around timelines, so that’s one of the biggest things. Two, better defining the scope — in particular for the pre-assessment. I still think there are still some issues there. And three, it’s just a little bit too vague in terms of some of the federal encroachment into provincial jurisdiction on work that we are already doing.”Also on Wednesday, a new three-member panel was named to the National Energy Board to conduct another review on the Trans Mountain expansion.Phillips says the NDP government will be monitoring their upcoming discussions.“If Alberta begins to see that games are being played with respect to this process, then we will be going back to the federal government to explore a legislative solution. Right now, we do have to take a bit of a wait and see approach, but if we can adhere to that 22-week timeline we believe that this project will move forward in the time-frame that it ought to, and shovels can go back into the ground and people can get back to work as they were in late August.”
KATOWICE, Poland — Hundreds of U.S. states, cities, businesses and churches are establishing a presence at the U.N. climate talks to show that many Americans remain committed to curbing global warming.The opening Friday of the U.S. Climate Action Center alongside pavilions from Britain, Poland and New Zealand contrasts with the low-key presence of the official U.S. government delegation.The administration of President Donald Trump, who has announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, is holed up in a cubicle away from the main concourse. It currently has one public event planned Monday promoting U.S. technological innovations.The Climate Action Center is backed by a grouping called We Are Still In that wants to maintain the 2015 Paris agreement aim of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit).The Associated Press