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First North Atlantic right whale of season seen off N.S. amid fishing concerns

By Keith Doucette THE CANADIAN PRESS HALIFAX- The first North Atlantic right whale of the season has been spotted in waters off eastern Cape Breton amid concerns from fishermen that measures meant to protect the endangered mammals have led to increased fishing activity and greater risk. Fisheries officials said late ...

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Tribes welcome opportunity to add sports book to casinos 

By Felicia Fonseca THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.- American Indian tribes are welcoming an opportunity to offer sports betting in potentially hundreds of casinos across the country after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize it. Tribal casinos generate more than $31 billion a year in ...

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Fort McKay First Nation’s Jim Boucher is 2018 Canadian Energy Person of the year

Fort McKay First Nation Chief Jim Boucher has been named 2018 Canadian Energy Person of the Year for his work developing the Fort McKay Group of Companies, a series of successful oil and gas businesses. Boucher chairs the Fort McKay Group of Companies.  The companies earned an average gross annual ...

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Former U.S. vice president condemns Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion on Twitter

VANCOUVER- Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore says the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is destructive and should be stopped. The environmentalist posted a tweet Thursday saying the pipeline carrying “dirty tar sands oil” would be a step backward in efforts to solve the climate crisis.  Tar sands is considered a derogatory ...

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First Nation leader pitches sustainability to pipeline investors

 HOUSTON -Environmental and First Nations groups say shareholders at Kinder Morgan’s annual general meeting voted for a resolution today for greater sustainability disclosure after a presentation made by a chief from British Columbia. Neskonlith Chief Judy Wilson says she told the meeting in Houston that environmental, social and governance issues ...

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Surf clam controversy: Federal bid for reconciliation lands in court

By Michael MacDonald THE CANADIAN PRESS HALIFAX- One of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s signature bids to promote reconciliation with Indigenous groups in Atlantic Canada is now facing a court challenge and allegations of conflict of interest. The mounting criticism stems from a decision by Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc to award ...

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Manitoba First Nation Consortium partner to buy Hudson Bay Railway and Churchill Port

Manitoba First Nations Consortium in Partnership with iChurchill Inc. Enters into Agreement to Acquire Hudson Bay Railway and Port of Churchill from U.S.-Based Owner WINNIPEG, May 3, 2018 – A consortium of Manitoba First Nations, led by Chief Glenn Hudson, and in partnership with iChurchill Inc., a private Canadian company, ...

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Minnesota county officials worry about pipeline protest cost

 Enbridge’s preferred route would cross environmentally sensitive areas in the Mississippi River headwaters region where American Indians harvest wild rice and hold treaty rights (RICHARD TSONG-TAATARII, STAR TRIBUNE PHOTO By Steve Karnowski THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MINNEAPOLIS- County officials in northern Minnesota are worried about large-scale protests if Enbridge Energy gets ...

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