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Agreement reached to connect 16 northern Ontario First Nations to power grid

TORONTO- A new agreement between Ontario First Nations, the federal government and the province will see 16 northern communities connected to the power grid in a $1.6-billion project that will end their dependence on diesel fuel for power. The work, to be done in phases, is expected to completed by ...

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‘What keeps me up at night’: Trump’s trade czar explains hawkish moves on China 

By Alexander Panetta THE CANADIAN PRESS WASHINGTON- It was President Donald Trump who announced a broad trade offensive against China on Thursday, with wide-ranging tariffs, an international lawsuit and investment restrictions to combat alleged theft of Americans’ intellectual property. It was his trade czar, however, who made the most elaborate ...

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New details emerge about proposed payout to Manitoba Metis Federation

WINNIPEG- The former board chairman at Manitoba Hydro is defending a proposed $67-million payment to the Manitoba Metis Federation. Sanford Riley resigned along with eight other Crown corporation board members on Wednesday, saying Premier Brian Pallister has been unwilling to meet to discuss important issues. Pallister says the government and ...

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Manitoba Hydro board resigns; cites lack of communication with premier, province

By Steve Lambert THE CANADIAN PRESS WINNIPEG -The board of directors at Manitoba Hydro resigned en masse Wednesday citing an inability to work with Premier Brian Pallister. Pallister said the dispute stems from the Crown corporation’s plan to pay $70 million to the Manitoba Metis Federation so the organization won’t ...

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Hydro Quebec profits slip to $2.89 billion despite record exports

MONTREAL -Hydro-Quebec’s net profit fell slightly last year despite record net electricity exports. The state-owned utility says it earned $2.85 billion, down from $2.86 billion in 2016. The results include $45 million it shared with customers because profits surpassed the regulator-approved rate of return. Excluding this payment, Hydro-Quebec’s adjusted profit was ...

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B.C. First Nation in federal court in bid to halt fish farm restocking

VICTORIA -A First Nation is asking the Federal Court to prevent the restocking of an open-net salmon farm in its traditional territories off northern Vancouver Island. The Namgis First Nation of Alert Bay says prior to any fish transfer to an open-net pen at nearby Swanson Island, the Atlantic salmon ...

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Transport Canada to launch First Nations vessel traffic monitoring program 

VANCOUVER- Transport Minister Marc Garneau says efforts to protect Canada’s coastlines from vessel spills includes an “unprecedented level of collaboration” with Indigenous communities. Garneau announced a pilot project under the $1.5-billion ocean protection plan to help Indigenous communities monitor vessel traffic while speaking to the Chamber of Shipping in Vancouver ...

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National Geographic acknowledges past racist coverage

By Jesse J. Holland THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON- National Geographic acknowledged on Monday that it covered the world through a racist lens for generations, with its magazine portrayals of bare-breasted women and naive brown-skinned tribesmen as savage, unsophisticated and unintelligent. “We had to own our story to move beyond it,” ...

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