TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–New Designs Save Money, PromoteEnergy Efficiency New design standards in provincial buildings are saving money fortaxpayers and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Nova Scotians can expect to save about $600,000 this year inenergy costs for 12 new buildings — 11 schools and a securetreatment facility. Over 25 years, the savings should be almost$15 million. Greenhouse gas emissions will also be cut by about 3,372 tonnesannually — the equivalent of exhaust from 1,000 cars. “This is exciting work, and it helps us build a healthier NovaScotia and a more sustainable future for our children,” said RonRussell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “We aremeeting the challenges of the 21st century.” Nova Scotia’s Energy Strategy commits the province to reducingenergy use in government facilities. The savings are beingrealized thanks to new energy efficient designs and materials forwalls, roofs and foundations, and energy-efficient systems forheating, lighting and ventilation. “Improving energy efficiency helps to improve our environment andsave money,” said Energy Minister Cecil Clarke. “By investing ininitiatives to reduce our consumption, we’re demonstrating toNova Scotians the many benefits of choosing energy efficientproducts for use in their homes and businesses.” Clean Nova Scotia applauded the province’s work. “Clean Nova Scotia commends the leadership that the provincialgovernment has taken in addressing energy efficiency and climatechange in new buildings,” said Angela Griffiths, executivedirector of Clean Nova Scotia. “We look forward to more energyefficiency initiatives in the future.” Mr. Russell said all new provincial buildings constructed byTransportation and Public Works will continue to be built tothese modern energy-efficient standards. Also, as part of this work, a design engineer with Nova Scotia’sDepartment of Transportation and Public Works received an EnergyEfficiency Recognition Award on Monday, Nov. 10, from the Officeof Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada. The awardrecognizes Phillip Cox’s work in exceeding the voluntary energy-efficient, new construction design standards as laid out by thefederal government in its Commercial Building Incentive Program. For more information on the federal government’s CommercialBuilding Incentive Program, visit the website athttp://oee.rncan.gc.ca/newbuildings/ .
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Local area office: 902-825-3395 Fax: 902-825-2776 -30- ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, between Exit 18 and Exit 18A near Middleton, isclosed due to a truck spill. Traffic is being rerouted throughthe town of Middleton, along Brooklyn Street and Victoria Road.Department staff are in place to direct traffic.
unique high-level access to Cycle Capital fund decision-makers to position Nova Scotia clean technology opportunities access to industry knowledge and global experts More potential investments in Nova Scotia by the fund and its North American partners. Innovative Nova Scotia companies will have better access to capital thanks to a $2-million investment in a fund designed to support high-performance clean technology companies. Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, Oct. 21, at the Power of Green Conference, that the province, through InNOVAcorp, has made the investment in the Cycle Capital fund. The $80-million Cycle Capital fund makes investments in high-potential clean technology opportunities, primarily in eastern Canada. “This partnership significantly increases the likelihood of Nova Scotia’s clean technology companies to have access to the capital they need to compete globally,” said Premier Dexter. The clean technology industry includes companies that focus on alternative and renewable energy, energy savings, greenhouse-gas reduction, capture and storage, environmental remediation, and air quality and emissions management. Through the investment, the province will have: Through its internationally recognized High Performance Incubation(HPi)TM business model, InNOVAcorp has a proven track record of attracting capital investment from within and outside Atlantic Canada. “The proactive nature of InNOVAcorp’s HPi business model, the team’s ability to identify and groom venture-grade companies and the considerable assets of the region are very attractive to Cycle Capital,” said Andrée-Lise Méthot, founder and senior partner of Cycle Capital. “We look forward to working with InNOVAcorp and its high-potential clean technology companies.” Cycle Capital Management is a venture fund manager dedicated to the clean technology industry. Cycle Capital has $80 million in limited partnership commitments from an impressive list of partners, including: Investissement Québec; Fonds de solidarité FTQ; Fondaction; Fonds de développement de la CSN pour la coopération et l’emploi; Cascades Inc.; Caisse de Dépôt et de placement du Québec (CDPQ); Centrale des Syndicats du Québec (CSQ); Brookfield Renewable Energy; Fonds d’actions québécois pour le développement durable (FAQDD); Master Group; and InNOVAcorp. “InNOVAcorp is uniquely positioned to work together with clean technology entrepreneurs, investors, the academic research community and professional services organizations,” said Dan MacDonald, president and CEO of InNOVAcorp. “Through InNOVAcorp, the province will proactively seek, support and potentially invest in high-potential clean technology companies, with a goal of attracting additional venture capital financing.
The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal’s provincial transportation base in Sydney River will hold an open house from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Visitors can see displays and a slideshow as they pick up safety tips and take a tour of the base’s mechanical branch, 151 Keltic Dr., Sydney River. They can also learn about the province’s salt and plow routes. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided. More information about winter road maintenance and road safety can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/winter. -30-
Premier Darrell Dexter sends his best wishes to Nova Scotia’s 11 members of Parliament on their electoral victories today, May 2. “The province congratulates Nova Scotia’s one newest and 10 returning members of Parliament to Ottawa,” said Premier Dexter. “It was a well-fought campaign and all candidates, as well as their campaign workers, should be proud of their efforts.” Stephen Harper was returned as Prime Minister during the 2011 federal election. “Nova Scotia congratulates Stephen Harper on his election win,” said Premier Dexter. “The province looks forward to working with Mr. Harper and his government to make life better for Nova Scotia families.” The premier complimented all the candidates and their campaign workers for their hard work. “Organizing an election campaign requires the work of many staff, volunteers, and community groups,” said Premier Dexter. “All campaigns dedicated many hours and long days to help make our province and country a better place to live. Nova Scotia thanks all those who played a role for their commitment and passion to the democratic process.”
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 3 east 3.5 kilometres to Old Landfill Road in Mount Uniacke, will be reduced to a single lane for widening, milling, guardrail and shoulder work. After that side is completed, work with shift to the other side, from Old Landfill Road west to Exit 3. The project runs from today, Oct. 18, to Friday, Nov. 30. This weekend, the eastbound land will close Friday night. The westbound lane will close Sunday night. Traffic control staff are on site. Other than this weekend, work takes place from sunrise to sunset. -30-
Provincial government offices in Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou, Antigonish, Hants, Kings, Annapolis, and Digby counties will delay opening until noon, today, Feb. 3, due to a winter storm. Offices in Lunenburg, Shelburne, Queens, Yarmouth, Guysborough, Halifax County and Halifax Metro will delay opening until 10 a.m. Provincial government offices in Cape Breton will remain open. -30-
Nova Scotians with a strong interest in developing their Gaelic language and culture skills can now apply to participate as apprentices in a mentoring program that matches them with fluent speakers. The Bun is Bàrr (root and branch) mentoring program, offered through Gaelic Affairs, will help to create a new generation of Gaelic speakers and tradition bearers. Apprentices will learn traditions and language by practicing cultural traditions with both fluent learners and community elders. “This is a holistic learning approach where language, culture and community are interwoven,” said Gaelic Affairs Minister Randy Delorey. “It helps to recreate a community of speakers which is important to maintain Nova Scotia’s unique Gaelic identity.” One of the goals of the program is to reintroduce language, song and story into the everyday lives of Gaels in Nova Scotia. As part of this program, mentoring teams will visit elders, socialize with other speakers, and pick up language and culture they can use at home and in the community. “This is the only area outside of Europe where a Gaelic identity community that is deeply connected to place, has survived and persisted for generations,” said Lewis MacKinnon, executive director of Gaelic Affairs. “This identity is expressed through the cultural gatherings, festivals and musical ambassadorship of a distinctly Nova Scotian people, the Gaels.” Gaelic Affairs supports Nova Scotians in reclaiming Gaelic language and identity by creating awareness, working with partners and providing tools and opportunities to learn, share and experience Gaelic language and culture. For details on Gaelic programs offered through the department, visit gaelic.novascotia.ca/work . The deadline for application letters to the program is Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Le gouvernement a rencontré 51 partenaires aujourd’hui, 23 novembre, afin d’entamer le remaniement du système de services d’emploi qui aide les Néo-Écossais à se trouver un emploi. « Le gouvernement souhaite mieux soutenir les gens qui se cherchent un emploi, les jeunes qui prennent des décisions quant à leur carrière, et les employeurs qui ont besoin de travailleurs qualifiés, indique Kelly Regan, ministre du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire. Nous avons à l’heure actuelle un système de 23 millions de dollars qui ne répond pas comme il le devrait aux besoins des Néo-Écossais. Le statu quo n’est pas suffisant Nous devons apporter de réels changements pour répondre à nos besoins en main-d’œuvre. » Dans le cadre du remaniement, les organismes de services d’emploi travailleront ensemble pour élaborer une nouvelle structure de prestation de services qui répondra aux besoins des localités qu’ils servent. Les changements feront en sorte que plus d’argent sera accordé aux services de première ligne et aux prestations aux clients, et non pas à l’administration et aux installations. Les jeunes personnes et leurs parents recevront également de meilleurs renseignements et de meilleurs conseils en planification de carrière; les employeurs qui ont des postes à combler recevront aussi un soutien amélioré. « Nous avons besoin d’un système qui établit un meilleur contact entre les entreprises et les travailleurs qualifiés, soutient Keith MacDonald, directeur général de Cape Breton Partnership. À l’heure actuelle, ce rapprochement n’existe pas. Nous avons des gens sans emploi et des emplois qui ne sont pas occupés. » « À l’heure actuelle, les Néo-Écossais, surtout ceux qui ont des besoins spéciaux et variés, n’ont pas eu accès de manière uniforme aux services dont ils ont besoin, souligne Mme Regan. Le nouveau système sera accessible à tous et sera intégré aux services assurés par des professionnels agréés. » Le nouveau système comportera notamment un Centre pour l’innovation et l’excellence en emploi qui améliorera le rapport entre le gouvernement et les organismes de services d’emploi; il fournira un leadership et favorisera des pratiques exemplaires et la recherche, et il offrira un soutien dans la prestation de services d’emploi de qualité. Le remaniement du système devrait être terminé d’ici le 1er juillet 2016. Pour plus d’information sur les carrières, consultez le http://careers.novascotia.ca/. Le site est en anglais seulement. Le gouvernement s’est engagé à mieux soutenir les démarches pour attirer les jeunes et les amener à rester en Nouvelle-Écosse. On y trouve ainsi le programme Experience Through Opportunity, annoncé récemment, qui fournit aux jeunes personnes un meilleur accès aux postes ouverts dans la fonction publique. Pour plus d’information, consultez http://makeithere.novascotia.ca . Le site est en anglais seulement.
Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the life of a villager in the 1860s with Sherbrooke Village’s new program, Step Into 1867. The program, made possible by support from the Nova Scotia 150 Forward Fund, immerses participants in the role of a villager by having them wear costumes, follow social etiquette, and try the hands-on activities of village life. “This program plays a significant role in preserving and sharing our province’s rich culture and heritage,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine. “It’s amazing that 150 years later, we can open a window to Nova Scotia’s past, and give people the opportunity to experience what it was like to live in the 1860s.” Step Into 1867 offers three levels of participation. Participants can choose to be a witness and observe village life in the 1860s, an explorer and dress in heritage costume or a discoverer where they will be fully immersed in a villager’s role. “Step Into 1867 is our effort to immerse everyone in the life and times of our year of Confederation,” said Stephen Flemming, executive director of Sherbrooke Village. “How better to appreciate our country today than to see how it was in the beginning and to hear from our ancestors about their aspirations for the future? Only at Sherbrooke Village can you get beamed back in time and experience 1867 in costume.” The program will begin on Saturday, July 1 and will run daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until September 24. Sherbrooke Village is an authentic heritage village and the largest of the provincial museums with 25 original buildings. In the year of Confederation it was a bustling community rich from gold and shipbuilding. For more information on Step Into 1867, and to book ahead, visit: http://sherbrookevillage.novascotia.ca/experiences/step-1867. Excellence in cultural stewardship and supporting and enhancing our commitment to be true stewards of the province’s cultural and natural worlds are vital parts of Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan. The full plan is online at novascotia.ca/culture.
NEW DELHI: Delhi Congress chief and former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday constituted a five-member committee to probe in depth the reasons behind the party’s rout in the city in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha elections.The committee members include Parvez Hashmi, Dr AK Walia, Dr Yoganand Shastri, national spokesperson Pawan Khera and Jaikishan (ex-MLA). They will probe the reasons for the defeat of all the seven Congress candidates in the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi. The committee will also discuss steps to be taken to ensure Congress’ victory in the state Assembly elections to be held early next year and how to further strengthen the party’s hold in Delhi. The committee has been asked to submit its report to Dikshit within ten days. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarCongress marginally improved its performance in the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, where the party finished second in five of the seven parliamentary constituencies in the city-state. Dikshit, who contested from North East Delhi seat, lost to sitting MP and actor-turned-politician Manoj Tiwari by over 3.5 lakh votes. BJP won all seven seats in Delhi, not only repeating its 2014 feat but also improving its vote share by nearly 10 per cent. AAP, which is running the government in Delhi, slipped to the third position.
Kolkata: State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim inaugurated Snehodiya, the first state of the art space for senior citizens in New Town on Tuesday evening.Addressing the gathering, he said the residents will get all the modern facilities including hydrotherapy which will keep them fit at Snehodiya. He thanked Debashis Sen, chairman, Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) for conceiving such an idea and then implementing it. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaSnehodiya, a Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation project is a first-of-its-kind venture by the state government. Mackintosh Burn has constructed the building located just opposite Swapno Bhor — the senior citizen’s park. In fact, the idea of the senior citizens’ living space was conceived from the success and popularity of Swapno Bhor. It has already had its first occupant with the Ghosh couple checking in a few days ago. Snehodiya re-interprets the nostalgia of the residents in a modern high-rise design, while retaining its fundamental Bengali essence of rooms built around a courtyard. Each suite is air-conditioned, furnished and cable TV connection. Attendants on each floor, nurses attached to ground floor medical unit are available. Professional housekeeping including laundry machine services at available on ground floor. A guest house with six rooms is ready. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSnehodiya has 57 double bedrooms and 90 single bedrooms. It has been decided that 75 percent of the price paid on entry will be refunded to the occupants or their heirs in case of vacancy. Most remarkably, there is an activity centre designed to offer space for teaching classes by residents who opt to do so for children from the EWS families. A stationery general purpose shop near the gate of Snehodiya was opened on Saturday. An SBI ATM and a medicine shop will be opened shortly. It may be mentioned that Swapna Bhor now has more than 700 members and there is a freeze on new members (except those from Snehodiya, whose residents are given opportunity to be members automatically) because the community building rooms are not large enough to accommodate more members.
Karachi: After over 48 hours, authorities on Tuesday rescued two coal miner and recovered the bodies of eight others who were trapped in a coal mine following an underground fire in Pakistan’s resource-rich Balochistan province. At least 11 miners were trapped on Sunday more than a kilometre underground after the fire started in the coal mine following an electrical short circuit. Rescue efforts were hampered by the fire spreading poisonous gas inside the mine near Balochistan’s capital Quetta. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingOnly two miners could be rescued on Tuesday in the search operation, which has now concluded, Director General Provincial Disaster Management Authority Imran Khan Zarkoon was quoted as saying by the Dawn News. The two have been admitted to Civil Hospital Quetta in critical condition. Another miner was rescued on Monday, he said. The Minister of Mines and Minerals Development of Balochistan Shafqat Fayyaz, said that the authorities were trying their level best to rescue the miners. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangBalochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Alyani has directed the Provincial Disaster Management Authority to deploy its technical team and ensure the safe recovery of the workers, provincial government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani said. The presence of poisonous gas inside the mine prevented easy access to the mine. Poor working conditions inside coal mines in Balochistan claim the lives of miners on an almost daily basis in Harnai, Sowrange, Dukki, Mach and other parts of the province, but often go unreported, the report said. Coal mining is considered much more hazardous than hard rock mining due to flat-lying rock strata, generally incompetent rock, leakage or explosion of poisonous gases and coal dust, collapsing of mine stopes or general mechanical errors from improper use and malfunctioning of mining equipment, it added. According to the Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation (PCMLF), between 100 and 200 labourers die on an average in coal mine accidents every year in the country.
New Delhi: Similar to Lasith Malinga in more ways than one, Jasprit Bumrah says he will “continue to admire” the Sri Lankan pace ace, who ended his career in a blaze of glory. As he has done so many times in his glittering limited overs career, slinger Malinga rattled Bangladesh with a fiery spell in his final ODI, signing off in style with figures of 3/38 in front of his home crowd in Colombo. “Classic Mali spell. Thank you for everything you’ve done for cricket. Always admired you and will always continue to do so,” Bumrah wrote on his twitter handle. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Both have an unusual action that inflicts tremendous pressure on their torsos, both have an uncanny ability to hurl the ball at high velocity and trouble the toes and timber at the other end. And, both have spent time together at IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, often exchanging ideas with the young Indian speed merchant receiving more than he could offer to his battle-hardened senior. “I feel it’s the right time for me to retire from ODIs. I have been playing for the last 15 years for Sri Lanka and this is the right time to move on,” Malinga, who finished his ODI career with 338 wickets, said after the game. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “My time is over and I have to go,” he added. Tributes poured in from the cricket community as the veteran Sri Lankan walked out one last time. Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar led the way while other Sri Lankan legends, who were once the 35-year-old’s teammates, also joined in to praise the fast bowler’s achievements. “Congratulations on a wonderful One Day career, #Malinga. Wishing you all the very best for the future,” Tendulkar tweeted. Malinga’s former captain and team-mate for over 10 years, Mahela Jayawardene recalled his early days. “As a 18-year-old net bowler who I faced in Galla 2002 to the champion who’s going to walk out today for your last ODI game u have been true to your self. Champion a team mate and above all a good friend you have done Sri Lanka proud. Enjoy every moment Mali !!!!!” Jayawardene wrote on instagram. Malinga’s Mumbai Indians teammate Rohit Sharma termed him one of the biggest match-winners for MI in the last decade. “If I had to pick one match winner among many others for @mipaltan in the last decade, this man will be on the top for sure. As a captain he give me breather during tense situation and he never failed to deliver, such was his presence within the team. Best wishes LM for the future,” Rohit tweeted. Owing to Malinga’s efforts with the ball after Kusal Perera’s quick-fire century, Sri Lanka crushed Bangladesh by 91 runs in the first one-day of a three-match series in Colombo on Friday. Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh said, “Congratulations on the glorious journey Yorker King #Malinga. There will never be another toe crusher like you again. Best wishes for your future endeavours.” Malinga, the only bowler to have taken three ODI hat-tricks, retired from Test cricket in 2011. Former Sri Lanka cricketer Rangana Herath tweeted, “Congratulation to Lasith Malinga on a fantastic ODI career. He has single handedly won many games for Sri Lanka. All the best for the T20Is in future.” Upul Tharanga said the sport will “definitely miss you in 50 over cricket”. “Go well champion,” Tharanga wrote.
New Delhi: In a landmark judgement, a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal in Delhi has awarded a whopping Rs 1.17 crore compensation to the family of an army man, who was killed three years ago when a DTC bus ran over him at a zebra crossing in Rafi Marg.The Delhi Transport Corporation bus had jumped the red light at the crossing, went on to the wrong lane and ran over Ram Kumar Yadav, a rifleman and resident of Uttar Pradesh. The pedestrian signal was green when the soldier was crossing the road. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe Presiding Officer of MACT, MK Nagpal awarded the compensation to Yadav’s mother, wife and two children. Yadav was with the Indian Army, posted at the Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence in Sena Bhawan, here in the Capital city. The tribunal ruled that Yadav was killed due to the rash driving and negligence of the DTC bus driver. “It stands proved that the above accident resulting into death of deceased (Yadav) was caused due to rash and negligent act of R 1 (driver of DTC bus) in driving the above offending vehicle. This issue is accordingly decided in favour of the petitioners and against the respondents,” the tribunal ruled. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe incident took place on a December afternoon at around 3:20 pm at a red light on Rafi Marg, in front of Udhyog Bhawan bus stand. The green Delhi government bus killed Yadav, who was just 34 years old at the time as the bus driver skipped the signal and tried to make the risky manoeuvre. However, a cop from the Delhi Police saw the offending bus at the time and was an eyewitness to prove the petitioner’s case before the MACT. Assistant Sub Inspector Narender Pal Singh of the Delhi Traffic Police stated on record that the bus driver was not just trying to catch the signal, but was in fact, had overtaken other vehicles before hitting Yadav, indicating his negligent behaviour.
London: Former British Prime Minister David Cameron finally broke his silence on Brexit, saying that the result of 2016 referendum left him depressed. The former Conservative Party leader walked away from 10 Downing Street less than a month after the British people voted on June 23, 2016 to leave the European Union (EU) by a 52-48 margin, reports Xinhua news agency. More than three years later, incumbent Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suggested that the UK will leave the EU on October 31 with ot without a deal. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US In an in-depth interview on Friday with British newspaper The Times, Cameron said he recognized some people will never forgive him for holding a referendum, but he thinks a referendum was “inevitable”. “This issue needed to be addressed and I thought a referendum was coming, so better to try to get some reforms we needed and have a referendum. “But I accept that effort failed. I do understand some people are very angry because they didn’t want to leave the EU. Neither did I,” he said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Cameron admitted that he thinks about the referendum every single day. “I worry desperately about what is going to happen next. I think we can get to a situation where we leave but we are friends, neighbours and partners. We can get there, but I would love to fast-forward to that moment because it’s painful for the country and it’s painful to watch,” he added. Cameron, in his interview, also accused Johnson and Cabinet Minister Michael Gove of behaving appallingly during the 2016 EU referendum campaign, saying they had left the truth at home. He also said Johnson had expected Britain to vote to remain in the EU, adding that he hopes Johnson will manage to secure a deal with Brussels. Cameron said he believes a second referendum might be the way forward. The interview came ahead of the upcoming publication of his memoir “For The Record”, which details the Brexit debate before, during and after the referendum.
WINNIPEG – Police have released more details, including a composite drawing of a suspect, in the disappearance of a Manitoba woman two years ago.Thelma Krull, 57, left her Winnipeg home to go for a walk on the morning of July 11, 2015. Her glasses and cellphone were found in a park, but Krull hasn’t been seen since.Sgt. Wes Rommel of the Winnipeg police homicide unit says it’s believed she was abducted that morning after she got to Civic Park.“We believe … she was involved in a physical altercation with a male and was forcibly removed from the area,” Rommel said at a news conference Thursday.“Shortly after the initial encounter, Thelma was observed with this male … and she appeared to be in distress,” he said.“That is based on some evidence at the scene and is based significantly on … what we believe to be a credible sighting of Thelma with this male.”Rommel said investigators believe the man had access to a home in the Civic Park neighbourhood and may have been living there or staying temporarily.There is nothing to suggest the two may have gone far, he said. There have been no reports of their being seen together other than the one sighting by a witness, who first came forward a year ago.“Our team scoured that area. They went over every inch of outdoor, exterior wooded area (and) community area,” Rommel said.“I don’t think it’s possible that they walked a mile or a long distance. It’s reasonable to believe, based on the information that we have and the lack of reports that we have received, that there was a location very close by.”The suspect is described as Indigenous, in his 40s, between five-foot-six and five-foot-eight and weighing about 270 pounds. He had dark hair in a bowl cut or was possibly wearing a dark-coloured skull cap or beanie on his head.Anyone who can recall seeing the man or knows of someone fitting his description living in the area at the time is asked to contact police.Krull’s family has been co-operative throughout the investigation. Her daughter appeared at a new conference on the first anniversary of her mother’s disappearance asking for the public to come forward with any tips so the family could have closure.Asked on Thursday if Krull is still alive, Rommel said that was a difficult question to answer.“It doesn’t look good but, at the same time, I am not here to remove anybody’s hope.”
The federal government announced up to $60 million in funding Thursday to connect a remote northwestern Ontario First Nation to the province’s power grid.Pikangikum First Nation, a community near the Ontario-Manitoba border, currently relies on diesel generators for electricity.The reserve of some 2,300 people about 500 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, Ont., has had to grapple with several recent suicides as well as issues with substandard housing. Parts of the community have also been under a boil-water advisory for more than a decade.Pikangikum has a stake in Wataynikaneyap Power, a licenced transmission company owned by 22 First Nation communities who partnered with utility company Fortis with the goal of connecting 17 of its signatories to the provincial grid.On Thursday, Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, said the government will provide up to $60.2 million in funding for Wataynikaneyap Power to build a 117-kilometre power line from Red Lake, Ont., to Pikangikum.“This is the beginning of a vision for the region,” Bennett said in Thunder Bay, Ont. “Opening the door for better housing and future economic development will change the quality of life for the Pikangikum First Nation and bring hope to their community.”Pikangikum’s chief welcomed Bennett’s announcement, saying the community looked forward to a constant source of power that would allow local services to operate normally.“We look forward to a safer and healthier future with power for heat and light on a consistent basis,” Chief Dean Owen said in a statement. “Pikangikum can now move forward with infrastructure, economic development and community growth.”Construction on the power line and other infrastructure is to begin in the fall, and is expected to wrap up within a year.The Nishnawbe Aski Nation, a group of 49 First Nations including Pikangikum, said being connected to the power grid will be healthier and cheaper for the community than relying on generators.“This is a significant step to help Pikangikum advance their community plan for growth and development,” Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said in a statement.NAN also called for additional investment from the federal government on housing, fire prevention, and clean drinking water in its communities.
OTTAWA – A discussion paper prepared for Elections Canada suggests the use of “bots” on social media to spread disinformation, amplify political messages or disparage others could be monitored and regulated in the same way as automated phone messages during federal campaigns.Since the robocall vote suppression scandal in the 2011 campaign — in which thousands of voters complained they’d received live and automated phone calls purportedly from Elections Canada officials who directed them to the wrong polling stations — anyone using a call service provider to contact voters is required to register with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.Failure to comply is punishable by a fine of $1,500 up to $15,000.One junior Conservative staffer was eventually found guilty of violating the Canada Elections Act for his part in the use of misleading robocalls in Guelph, Ont., during the 2011 campaign.Since then, the potential to mislead voters has increased exponentially, thanks in part to the use of bots — software applications that spread automated messages like wildfire via the internet.The discussion paper, prepared for Elections Canada last August and obtained through the Access to Information Act, suggests that a voter contact registry, similar to that in place for robocalls, could be set up for any company that provides or creates bots for political entities or for use during election campaigns.
TORONTO – Toronto Blue Jays executive Andrew Miller was standing with some colleagues by the Rogers Centre infield Monday morning when he heard a series of unexpected bangs.Several pieces of ice fell on the domed stadium from the nearby CN Tower, with one chunk creating a hole the size of a workdesk in the roof on the east side of the building.“It’s hard to describe, it was really loud,” Miller said. “It sounded like fireworks or some sort of explosion going off.”The evening game between the Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals was postponed about 90 minutes before the scheduled first pitch at 7:07 p.m. ET. The teams will play a double-header Tuesday.Miller, who was at field level to inspect damage from a weekend ice storm that hammered the southern Ontario region, said he was startled by a series of “different, loud collisions.”“We saw it happen, it was pretty frightening at the time,” said Miller, the team’s executive vice-president of business operations. “We knew that (if) there was a game going on at the time, it would have been a risk to players and the fans.”A hole was still visible in the roof on Monday afternoon. Work crews eventually repaired the tear although tarps and buckets remained on the turf in right field, along the left-field line and the edge of the infield to catch drips.“If you come to a dome and get banged, something ain’t right,” said Royals manager Ned Yost.Miller said pieces of ice crashed to the turf in right field along with some insulation from the roof.“From talking to people who have been here a long time — since the building opened in 1989 — no one had ever seen anything like this,” he said. “It was something we took very seriously right away.”Team officials consulted with engineering staff, CN Tower representatives and the Toronto Police before making the decision to reschedule the game.If the double-header against the Royals is played, the second game will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game, which is set to begin at 3:07 p.m. ET. Toronto was coming off back-to-back postponements in Cleveland over the weekend due to rain.Even though Monday’s game was rescheduled, the Blue Jays are calling it a cancellation as they’ll lose a home gate.Fans with tickets to Tuesday’s game will be able to attend both games of the double-header, the team said. Tickets from Monday’s game can also be exchanged for one of nine future games (including entry on Tuesday).It was the first time a game has been postponed at Rogers Centre since a Jays-Royals contest on April 12, 2001. That game was called off after two panels collided while the retractable roof was in motion.The Blue Jays, who completed a US$10-million, two-year mechanical upgrade of the roof before last season, are looking at replacing the roof cover.The stadium’s artificial turf surface, one of two such fields in the majors, does not have drainage.Falling ice also made for a scary arrival for the Royals, who flew in from Kansas City late Sunday.While the team was en route to its Toronto hotel, a flying chunk of ice broke the windshield of a team bus, showering the driver in glass. Reliever Blaine Boyer grabbed the wheel and helped bring the bus to a stop.The weather also caused problems at the nearby Air Canada Centre. A leak on the court caused a slight delay at the start of Saturday’s NBA playoff game between the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards.On Monday evening, water leaked into the seating area shortly before an NHL playoff game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins. That game started on time.On Tuesday, Blue Jays starter Jaime Garcia was set to start Game 1 and fellow left-hander J.A. Happ was tabbed for the nightcap. The Royals will counter with southpaws Eric Skoglund and Danny Duffy.Right-hander Aaron Sanchez will get the start for Toronto on Wednesday.___Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter. With files from The Associated Press.