Advertisement Twitter Kelly Jay Fordham is seen in this file photo Fordham died early Friday at a Calgary hospital following a massive stroke June 9 that permanently affected the left side of his brain, his son Hank Fordham confirmed. He was 77.Crowbar drummer Sonnie Bernardi described Fordham as a dynamic and dominant stage performer who pounded the keyboard through concerts to get the crowd off their seats.“Everybody in Crowbar brought their own speciality to the band, and Kelly brought his piano style,” Bernardi said.“A lot of the tunes came together on stage over the course of a few gigs. Crowbar’s style was never really to nail it down.”Fordham’s interest in music started long before Crowbar formed. After graduating from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, he worked local nightclubs with his band Kelly Jay and the Jamies.Eventually that led him to Ronnie Hawkins, who was looking to replace his previous supporting act, which had split off to launch their own career as the Band.Hawkin’s new ragtag recruits didn’t stick around. When the notoriously prickly frontman started expressing dissatisfaction with their abilities, they split — or were fired depending on who you ask.Crowbar formed out of the wreckage, and recorded a debut album “Bad Manors” shortly afterwards. That disc would spawn their No. 1 single “Oh What a Feeling,” co-written by Fordham and bassist Roly Greenway.Fordham told the Hamilton Spectator the radio smash was written as a celebration of the year 1969.“There were so many great things going on,” he said in a 2011 interview.“Man had just walked on the moon, there was Woodstock, all that hippie freedom and on top of all that my daughter Tiffany was born.”Veteran music journalist Larry LeBlanc said “Oh What a Feeling” took off on Canadian radio helped by newly introduced Canadian content regulations that required stations to play a certain amount of homegrown music. The single was the first song to qualify under the rules, he said.Despite its persistent presence on Canadian rock radio, “Oh What a Feeling” and Crowbar never captured that same outsized influence in the United States. Fordham says U.S. radio stations blacklisted the song because they believed the lyric “oh what a feelin’, what a rush” was a drug reference, though he insisted it was not.LeBlanc said watching Crowbar stir up concertgoers in their heyday was a sight to behold.“Seeing them live was one of the greatest experience of music that I’ve ever witnessed,” he said.“They were like the Band, on speed…. Where the Band took the most thoughtful way, and say a left turn, Crowbar went the other way — in your face.”LeBlanc said the energy of their concerts was only accurately captured once on tape, on “Larger than Life (and Live’r Than You’ve Ever Been),” a 1971 live album recorded at Toronto’s Massey Hall. The double album opens with the rambunctious crowd whistling and chanting the band’s name for nearly two minutes, and closes with a nine-minute version of “Oh What a Feeling” that left the audience clapping and stomping in elation.Fordham, who towered at six-foot-four, leaned into his nickname “Captain Canada,” at times wearing boots emblazoned with the words and donning a wolf hat, while shouting out patriotic chants.“A lot of stuff we did was contrived to be an attraction… but that was one of the few things we didn’t contrive,” drummer Bernardi said.Fordham’s reputation as a showman even captured the attention of Lennon. As Crowbar recorded their 1972 album “Heavy Duty” in New York they were approached by the former Beatle who was recording in the studio next door, Bernardi recalled.After a friendly conversation about live shows, Lennon retreated to his workspace, but sent over an order of sushi for each band member.Fordham also found support in a young Margaret Trudeau who helped secure Crowbar a spot as the opener for her husband’s re-election campaign rallies.In the early 1980s, Fordham switched gears to host the overnight radio show on Toronto’s CHUM-FM — but his later years were beset by tragedy.His daughter Tiffany Rain Fordham made international headlines when she disappeared in Tokyo’s club district in 1997. She was never found.In 2006, the mother of his three children, Katherine Marsden, was killed in a car accident, and six years later Tami Jean, his wife of 15 years, died from heart disease.Fordham fell on financial hard times in the years that followed as he suffered various medical and psychiatric issues, including Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and syllogomania, a hoarding disorder.The 2013 TV series “Hoarding: Buried Alive” dedicated an episode to Fordham at his Calgary home. Two years later, he clashed with local officials who threatened to tow an old tour bus off his property at his expense.Shortly afterwards, Fordham’s children turned to the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe to help raise enough money for their father to pay mortgage arrears and legal bills that accumulated during a hospital stay.Fans responded with financial support and other services, offering help in selling Fordham’s extensive vinyl collection and free storage space for other belongings.Over the years, “Oh What a Feeling” maintained its position in Canada’s rock canon.The song was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 2011, and also gave its name to “Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music,” a 1996 CD boxed set that commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Juno Awards.Fordham’s family launched a GoFundMe campaign earlier this month to help cover funeral expenses, saying that “his health and ability to play music deteriorated over the recent decade making it difficult to ‘Keep on Rockin.”‘By David Friend ~ The Canadian Press Advertisement Kelly Jay Fordham’s boisterous 1971 hit “Oh What a Feeling” holds a permanent spot in Canadian history as the first song to reap the rewards of the Cancon era, but the late musician’s friends say his larger-than-life personality stretched far beyond one hit single.As a member of Hamilton rockers Crowbar, Fordham rubbed shoulders with legends including John Lennon and Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who recruited the band for his 1972 re-election campaign. 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By Larissa BurnoufAPTN National NewsSASKATOON-A Saskachewan chief who hid a drunk driving charge weeks before he was elected to the post of leading the province’s biggest First Nations organization is refusing to step down despite growing calls for his resignation.Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Guy Lonechild recently pleaded guilty to drinking and driving and is facing a sentencing hearing on March 23 in provincial court.Lonechild was charged weeks before he was elected to lead the federation, but he kept the incident hidden from the chiefs who cast the votes.Lonechild faced immediate opposition at the opening of the federation’s annual assembly Wednesday when a vote was held to prevent him from giving the opening address.The assembly went into a four-hour in camera session and Lonechild emerged saying he was still chief.“I am still the chief of the federation,” said Lonechild. “I believe the FSIN will emerge a stronger governing body as a result of the ongoing discussions.”Behind the scenes, however, machinations continued to push Lonechild out. A petition was circulated and reportedly signed by 30 chiefs calling on Lonechild to resign.The petition, however, was ignored and it appears Lonechild is being protected by the federation’s complex process for the removal of a chief which requires $1,000, a band council resolution and other paperwork from 25 bands before a non-confidence vote can be triggered. A vote of non-confidence needs the support of at least 35 chiefs for it to succeed.The issue is dividing chiefs.Lonechild, who appeared with supporters and family to face the media, said some chiefs backing his position say the matter is a personal one.“This was a personal issue that happened before I was chief of the FSIN,” said Lonechild, skirting the fact he was charged shortly before he was elected.Other chiefs are saying he should go.Chief Felix Thomas, the head of the Saskatoon Tribal Council, said Lonechild should step aside.“Our feelings are still such that we would not support him as the federation chief, and kindly ask him not to speak on our behalf,” Thomas told local radio station CKOM.
APTN National NewsThe RCMP came clean on its role during the residential school years.The Mounties released a 500 page report at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in Halifax this weekend.APTN National News reporter Taryn Della was there and has this report.
APTN National NewsIt’s a surprise to no one Aboriginal peoples do not fare well compared to others.A new report pinpoints it down to the statistics.The numbers indicate Aboriginal peoples continue to face hardships on a level non-Aboriginal people do not in the areas of education, employment, economic well-being, health and housing.“It’s not news to anyone, the dice are loaded against Aboriginal people in Canada,” said David Gollob, a spokesman for the Canadian Human Rights Commission that released the report Entitled Equality Rights Data Report on Aboriginal People.Based primarily on Statistics Canada data between 2005-2010, the report confirms Aboriginal peoples, compared to non-Aboriginal people, make less money, are more likely to collect employment insurance and social assistance, as well face physical, emotional or sexual abuse.“If you’re born as an Aboriginal person in Canada today you face conditions of disadvantage that do not reflect a society to which there is a state of equality,” said Gollob.The report also shows Aboriginal peoples are more likely to be victims of violent crimes, be put in prison and less likely to be granted parole.The commission hopes their report will be used as a reference point for stakeholders and government departments moving forward.For more information the report can be found here.
Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsAn Ontario coroner says he will review how Sheridan Hookimaw died and may call an inquest.Dr. Michael Wilson of Thunder Bay made the pledge in a letter released by James Bay-Timmins NDP MP Charlie Angus Wednesday.“I can confirm this death is being further investigated by our office and the family’s request for a discretionary inquest is being reviewed,” Wilson wrote in the letter shared with APTN News.Hookimaw was 13 when she died by suicide in her remote, northern Ontario community.Six months later a wider suicide crisis gripped the Cree community with the chief reporting dozens of teens were considering or attempting to take their own lives. “Canada failed Sheridan. She was ground down into poverty, sickness and hopelessness,” Angus said in an email to APTN. “We need to understand how this tragedy touched off the horrible Attawapiskat suicide crisis of 2016.”Thank you to Dr. Michael Wilson, coroner of Ontario for agreeing to investigate the tragic death of Sheridan Hookimaw. We need a full inquiry as her death touched off the terrible #attawapiskat suicide crisis of 2016. #justiceforsheridan pic.twitter.com/wHSvqRW95K— Charlie Angus NDP (@CharlieAngusNDP) December 6, 2017The family asked for an inquest, with Angus’s help, to explore circumstances that would lead a young teen to such an end.Sheridan’s adoptive mother, Stephanie Hookimaw, said she sees parallels with the seven student deaths in Thunder Bay that triggered a wide-ranging inquest there.“It seems multiple factors contributed to Sheridan’s death. In addition to the bullying she experienced at school, her physical health put Sheridan at greater risk for self-harm, particularly when coupled with the lack of suitable housing available in the community,” she said in the letter to the regional coroner. “Further, much of the medical care she required was not available in Attawapiskat.”In Ontario, a death by suicide does not automatically trigger an inquest, but the coroner does have the discretion to call one if it’s deemed in the public interest.“The family is feeling that Sheridan is forgotten and they want something to come out of the tragedy like healing and changes to the system for the kids,” said aunt Jackie Hookimaw-Witt.“The situation with the young girls is not getting any better. It’s getting worse. They are hoping that when there is an inquiry, the story will come out as to what is really needed.”https://twitter.com/muskegesko/status/938566783224737793Politicians Angus and Gilles Bisson, the NDP-MPP for the region, co-signed a letter to Wilson in favour of an inquest.They said Sheridan may have been exposed to toxic chemicals from contaminated school grounds and she lived with 20 other people in a “house unfit for human habitation.”The letter said the girl tried and failed to get help after facing a suicide death in the family and to deal with bullying.Sheridan was found outdoors by a patrolling Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service officer on Oct. 19, 2015, in an area known locally as the “first rapids.”She suffered from several medical ailments, including asthma, that was aggravated by mould in her home.In the winter of 2014, the sewage link-up to the home failed, triggering a backup that made the home unlivable despite attempts to contain the smell and disinfect the premises using air fresheners and bleach. The backup, which made the mould worse, aggravated the girl’s condition and she was hospitalized in Timmins, Ont.The house was condemned that summer and the family was forced to live in a two-bedroom nurse’s email@example.com
Lucy ScholeyAPTN NewsWhen they’re done feasting on the first salmon catch of the year, members of Cheam First Nation collect the bones and throw them back in the river. It’s to ensure the fish will return next season.Though the local delicacy comes from waters that run along the existing Trans Mountain pipeline near Chilliwack, B.C., there was no talk of politics on this sunny afternoon during the community’s annual salmon ceremony. A group from the Sto:lo Nation sang as they paraded the freshly caught salmon that had been smoked and laid on cedar boughs.Cheam First Nation members participate in the annual salmon ceremony on April 21, 2018. Lucy Scholey/APTNBefore taking their first bites, everyone paused for a moment of prayer.The members were here for the sacred gathering, not to be divided by the most contentious infrastructure project in the country.Kinder Morgan’s planned $7.4-billion pipeline expansion has raised concerns about the impact on Pacific salmon streams.But Cheam First Nation Chief Ernie Crey is confident everything will be done to protect his community’s precious supply.“Salmon-bearing streams, we told them, would need to be afforded maximum protection,” he said.The fresh salmon is smoked for the Cheam First Nation’s annual salmon ceremony.Cheam First Nation is one of 43 First Nation communities that have signed mutual benefit agreements with the Texas-based Kinder Morgan to build the pipeline.The community is set to receive millions in cash if the pipeline is built. Crey said the band signed a non-disclosure agreement and he would not divulge the terms of the deal.He toured APTN around the small mountainside reserve, pointing out the band’s administration building, another space for ceremonies and gatherings and the railways that cut through the community. With a neon security truck nearby, Crey said he didn’t think community members would feel comfortable with a camera rolling past their homes.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said the pipeline is in the “national interest,” but Crey’s focus is on his community – the jobs he said the pipeline will create, the employable skills it will provide Cheam First Nation members and the cash flow from the deal that can be reinvested elsewhere.“We want to use our agreement with Kinder Morgan as a springboard to other economic development,” he said.Cheam First Nation Chief Ernie Crey says the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will create jobs and provide cash to invest in the community. Lucy Scholey/APTNBut with mounting opposition to the pipeline – including several legal challenges from First Nation communities and the cities of Burnaby and Vancouver – the company has threatened to back out if a deal is not reached by May 31.Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley have said they are willing to invest in the pipeline to keep it alive. Crey said he would do the same with the support of his community and band councillors.Cheam First Nation member Iyeselwet, also known by her borrowed name Edna Denise Douglas, said the benefits of the Kinder Morgan agreement do not equal the potential harms.“We’re losing the spirit of our people. We lost the spirit of our people to capitalism,” she said, adding that Crey alone “does not represent” the community’s values.“I don’t see an infinite future for fossil fuels and digging it up out of the earth. As a matter of fact, digging things out of the earth defies our cultural principles.”On any day in Cheam First Nation, trains can be heard barreling through the community every 30 minutes, blaring their horns. Crey said you can pinpoint which cars are carrying diluted bitumen from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., nearly 100 kilometres west of Cheam.He would rather see a pipe than trains.“That’s a more dangerous way to move this product than in a contemporary, up-to-date, second-to-none pipeline.”firstname.lastname@example.org
VAUGHAN, Ont. – Cara Operations Ltd. (TSX:CARA) says company-wide and same store sales were up in the third quarter after it acquired more brands and looked to revitalize existing restaurants.The company says total sales came in at $684.7 million for the 13 weeks ending Sept. 24, up 37 per cent or $184.6 million from the same period a year earlier.Cara says the increase in overall sales was driven by its acquisitions of St-Hubert and Original Joe’s last year, as well as the addition of 42 restaurants it opened.Same store sales were up 0.9 per cent to make for a flat year to date, which company CEO Bill Gregson says is not enough but an encouraging positive trend.Cara says it had net earnings of $21.2 million or $0.35 per share for the quarter, compared with net earnings $14.9 million or $0.29 per share for the same period last year.The company, founded in 1883, manages a wide range of restaurant brands including Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, Milestones and Montana’s.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Campbell Soup will spend $4.87 billion in cash for Snyder’s-Lance, gorging on a snack market that has grown increasingly competitive.The soup maker said Monday that the acquisition will allow it to expand its distribution channels in the crowded field.Campbell Soup Co., based in Camden, New Jersey, is paying $50 per share, a 6.8 per cent premium to Snyder’s-Lance’s closing price Friday. That’s about a 27 per cent premium to the stock’s close last Wednesday, just before rumours of a deal began to circulate.Snyder’s-Lance, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, makes pretzels and chips. Its most well-known brands include Snyder’s of Hanover, Kettle Brand and Pop Secret. It will join the Campbell’s division that makes Pepperidge Farm and Goldfish crackers.The Snyder’s-Lance purchase marks Campbell’s sixth and largest acquisition over the last five years. It bought beverage-maker Bolthouse Farms in 2012, baby food company Plum and biscuit company Kelsen in 2013, hummus and salsa maker Garden Fresh in 2015, and soup maker Pacific Foods in 2017.In midday trading, Campbell Soup shares added 36 cents to $49.95. Snyder’s-Lance gained $3.10, or 6.6 per cent, to $49.89.
Competition Bureau officials searched the Toronto offices of Postmedia Network Canada Corp. and Torstar Corp. on Monday as part of its investigation into their November deal to swap and close down dozens of community newspapers.The bureau is investigating “alleged anti-competitive conduct contrary to the conspiracy provisions” of the Competition Act, said Commissioner of Competition John Pecman in a statement Monday, the first time the bureau has spelled out the focus of its investigation.He said the bureau is also examining the matter under the merger provisions of the act.“Investigators with the bureau are currently gathering evidence to determine the facts relating to the alleged conspiracy,” said Pecman, confirming the reports.“There is no conclusion of wrongdoing at this time and no charges have been laid.”He refused to provide further details, citing the confidentiality of investigations, but added “we will not hesitate to take appropriate action” if violations are indicated.Competition Bureau spokeswoman Veronique Aupry confirmed later Monday that maximum penalties under the conspiracy provisions could include fines of up to $25 million, imprisonment for up to 14 years, or both. Companies and individuals can be charged.Postmedia and Torstar issued statements on Monday confirming the searches.Both also insisted no contravention of the Competition Act had occurred and each said it would co-operate with the investigation.Under the agreement they announced in November, 41 newspapers changed hands and 36 were closed, mainly in Ontario regions served by multiple publications, at a cost of nearly 300 jobs.A Competition Bureau spokesman said soon after the transaction was announced that a review would take place.In an interview with The Canadian Press in December, Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey said the companies never talked about what each would do with the newspapers it was buying.“The fact is collusion is just not legal so what we were very, very careful to do was not to speak to each other about what the end result was going to be,” he said.“Look, we have enough trouble running one newspaper chain and deciding what to do. What they do we always considered is their business.”Torstar CEO John Boynton said the transaction was designed to allow increased geographic synergies.“By acquiring publications within or adjacent to our primary areas and selling publications outside our primary areas we will be able to put a greater focus on regions where we believe we can be more effective in serving both customers and clients,” he said in a statement.The companies said the transaction was effectively a non-cash deal, as the consideration for the publications being purchased is roughly equal to that of the publications being sold.—Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this story include: (TSX:PNC.A, TSX:PNC.B and TSX:TS.B)
The number of foreign students heading to U.S. colleges and universities fell again last year, the second straight decline after more than a decade of growth, a new report finds.Enrolment of new international students dropped by about 7 per cent in fall 2017, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the State Department and the Institute of International Education, a non-profit research group based in New York.The overall number of foreign students in the U.S. still increased slightly, by 1.5 per cent, fueled by growing numbers of students who stayed for temporary work after graduation. But the number of newly arriving students slid to about 271,000, the lowest levels since 2013.The report’s authors cited sharper competition from other countries including Australia and Canada, along with the rising cost of education in the U.S. They largely dismissed worries among some colleges that the White House’s policies and rhetoric surrounding immigration could be driving students away.“We’re not hearing that students feel they can’t come here. We’re hearing that they have choices,” Allan Goodman, president and CEO of the institute, said in a call with reporters. “For the first time, we have real competition.”But some schools contacted by The Associated Press say the political climate in the U.S. has made international students feel unwelcome, leading some to enrol elsewhere.State Department officials underscored that the U.S. hosted nearly 1.1 million international students last year, more than any other country in the world.Yet the 1.5 per cent growth is the slowest since a period from 2002 through 2005, when international enrolment fell by 4 per cent following the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, according to data provided by the institute.Among new students, the steepest losses came from Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Mexico, while China and India continued to send the largest numbers, accounting for more than half of all foreign students in the U.S.The 15 per cent decrease from Saudi Arabia comes a year after the kingdom scaled back a scholarship program that covered costs for Saudis studying abroad.Although the report focuses on data from 2017, it also included preliminary findings for fall 2018. Among 540 schools surveyed, total international enrolment held level while the number of new students fell by about 2 per cent, marking the third straight year of declines.Compared to the previous year, more schools attributed decreases to challenges in the visa process, the U.S. social and political climate, and student decisions to enrol in other countries.At the University of Central Missouri, foreign enrolment surged to 2,600 in 2016 before plummeting to just 650 this year, according to data obtained by The AP. University officials have noticed increased competition but also cite the nation’s political climate.“We have had conversations with parents who feel like their children will not be safe here, that their son or daughter may not be physically safe,” said Karen Goos, the school’s assistant vice provost for enrolment management. “I do think that it’s a contributing factor.”At Purdue University, one of the nation’s biggest hubs for international students, total foreign enrolment fell by 2 per cent this year. Officials said they intentionally admitted fewer undergraduates from abroad amid worries that they might not accept the offer.“There was concern that students might not find the U.S. to be as an attractive destination given certain political rhetoric these past two years,” Michael Brzezinski, Purdue’s dean of international programs, said in an email.Losing foreign students can carry financial implications for schools that rely on them for revenue. Unlike U.S. citizens, who often get scholarships or discounts, students from abroad are typically charged full tuition.At Central Missouri, the declines have worsened a budget hole that led to more than $20 million in cuts last year.At the same time, some other nations have drawn surging numbers of students from abroad. Canada reported a 20 per cent jump in 2017, while Australia saw a 12 per cent increase. Both countries have set ambitious goals to bolster international enrollments in the coming years.Yet officials in Australia said they shouldn’t be blamed for America’s slowdown. Phil Honeywood, CEO of the International Education Association of Australia, said pinning it on competition is “pure blame shifting,” adding that Australia hasn’t significantly changed its recruiting strategy over the past two years.“Rather, everything we hear from prospective students and their education agents in Muslim countries and Latin American nations is that they no longer feel welcome or safe studying at U.S. colleges under President Trump,” Honeywood said in a statement.Despite the downturn in new students, officials behind the report are optimistic that the U.S. will rebound. While foreign students account for a heavy share of the overall enrolment in Australia and other countries, they account for just 5 per cent of all students in the United States.“The U.S. has real competition,” Goodman said. “What we have going for us, though, is we have more space and capacity.”The report also found that the number of U.S. students studying abroad ticked up by 2 per cent last year, continuing eight years of slow but steady growth. Europe remained the top destination, followed by Latin America and Asia.___Follow Collin Binkley on Twitter at https://twitter.com/cbinkleyCollin Binkley, The Associated Press
LONDON — Police have charged four men who were accused of threatening the crew of a cargo ship in the Thames Estuary outside of London.Essex Police said Sunday the four were charged with “affray,” a crime defined as using of threatening to use violence in a way that makes by-standers fear for their safety.The operator of the cargo ship Grande Tema said the men had been discovered stowed away on the vessel, which travelled from Nigeria to England.The men were confined to a cabin but escaped and, according to ship operator Grimaldi Lines, threatened the crew with iron bars. Friday’s incident ended peacefully after authorities intervened.The men range in age from 20 to 27.They are scheduled to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Monday.The Associated Press
Phallon Stoutenburg, Outreach and Housing Co-ordinator of the Fort St John Women’s Resource Society was ecstatic about the fundraiser. “Thanks to the wonderful overwhelming support from the community between August to Christmas, the pantry at the outreach store is still doing ok. But we are still averaging 500 clients per month so all support is welcome.”The final count of the number of non-perishables donated will not be known until the end of the week, but it is clear that this year’s event surpassed the goals and expectations based on last years fundraiser. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Scissors were flying at Studio 105 on Saturday. The Studio hosted the 2nd Annual Cuts for Cans event with all proceeds going to the Fort St John Women’s Resource Society.In exchange for a non-perishable food donation, people received complimentary haircuts courtesy of seven stylists from Studio 105. The event ran from 10am-3pm on a first come, first serve basis. In 2017, the event resulted in seventy-eight haircuts in six hours, but by the three-hour mark, that number was already surpassed.
Councillors also voted in favour of the City giving letters of support for several non-profit organizations seeking grant funding. The North Peace Seniors Mouth-Eye-Foot Care Foundation, Fort St. John Association for Community Living, and the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society are all applying for a $10,000 grant from BC Hydro’s GO Fund. The fund was set up by Hydro as part of the Site C dam’s construction and is administered by NDIT. Council also voted to give the Fort St. John Community Action Team a letter of support for their application to get $100,000 in funding for the Overdose Emergency Response Centre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — According to the City of Fort St. John’s draft financial statements that were presented to councillors on Monday, the City ended up with a surplus of $29.8 million in 2017.Alan Bone from Sander Rose Bone Grindle LLP made the presentation of the the draft statement to councillors, saying that overall, the City is in good shape financially. Fort St. John had 41.2 million in net financial assets at the end of last year, with revenues of $87.2 million, and expenses of $57.4 million.Council also awarded two contracts to purchase new pieces of equipment for its Public Works department. Burnaby-based Vimar Equipment Ltd. was the lone bidder for the contract to provide the City with a new sewer cleaner/hydro excavator unit, for a total of $476,395. The City will also be getting $125,000 to trade in its existing unit that was bought in 2007. Councillors also approved a tender to Surrey-based Falcon Equipment Ltd. to buy two new loader-mounted snowblowers for $285,111, which came in nearly $115,000 lower than what the City had budgeted for snowblower purchases this year.
UPDATE – The RCMP have released information about this incident. Click here for the details.TAYLOR, B.C. – The RCMP are investigating at the Spruce Manor Apartment building in Taylor after an incident early Sunday morning.The RCMP have not yet released any information about the incident, but eyewitnesses confirm there is police tape covering the front entrance to the building and in one of the stairwells. The RCMP have said the incident is still unfolding and they should have more information to release on Monday. The apartment building is located at 9816 Spruce Street. Two RCMP vehicles were still at the vehicle just before noon on Sunday.If you have any information to share about what happened, email email@example.com. As we get more information from the RCMP we will post updates to this story.
CHETWYND, B.C. – With the Province conducting a socio-economic study regarding the proposed economic impact of Section 11 and Partnership Agreements for caribou recovery and habitat protection, the District of Chetwynd is also gathering data to help project those numbers.In a post on the District’s Facebook page, they are asking residents and businesses to fill out and submit surveys in order to get a better understanding of how the caribou recovery could affect the community.Within the survey, it asks business owners and residents what their employment is and what possible impacts the recovery program would have on them. All surveys must be completed and submitted no later than Friday, May 17, 2019.Survey submissions can be sent via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or in-person at the District of Chetwynd or the Chamber of Commerce offices.The socio-economic study survey can be found on the District of Chetwynd’s website.
New Delhi: The fake currency note has started to pump inside the city by the criminals as in the current year Delhi Police recovered more than 18 lakh Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN). The highest recovery was of fake 100 rupees note. Police sources told Millennium Post that till February, Rs 18,05,420 FICN was recovered and two cases were registered. “We solved two cases and four persons were arrested,” police said. Sources further added that around 1551 fake notes of Rs 100 were recovered whereas 743 FICN notes of Rs 2000 recovered. “612 FICN of Rs 200, 507 FICN of Rs 50 recovered,” added police sources. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to Delhi Police Annual Report of last year, city police launched a drive against fake Indian currency notes and associated other agencies like RBI, Customs Department and Intelligence this pursuit. During the year 2018, FICN of Rs 3,33,16,350 crore (approx) was recovered and 33 cases registered. During the year 2016, FICN of Rs 5.74 crore (approx) was recovered and 80 cases registered. During the year 2017, FICN worth Rs 6 crore 59 lakh (approx) was recovered and 46 cases registered. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsRecently Special Cell of Delhi Police arrested a key member of international FICN racket. Highly fine quality Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) of Rs 10 lakh, in the denomination of Rs 2,000, were recovered from the possession of arrested Khalik Sheikh. “The recovered FICN appeared to have been printed in a sophisticated printing unit having almost all the security features, including security thread and security watermark. It is very difficult for a common person to distinguish the recovered FICN from original currency,” police said. Last year Delhi Police arrested four persons and recovered FICN of Rs 8.48 lakh in the denomination of Rs 2000/- currency notes. Accused disclosed that after demonetization, they have already circulated more than 60-70 lakh of FICNs in different parts of India including Bihar, Haryana, Delhi & NCR etc.
Kolkata: England all-rounder Joe Denly is looking at the ongoing Indian Premier League to impress upon the national selectors and guarantee his place in this year’s World Cup squad. Denly’s form in white ball cricket for Kent in 2018 has brought him on the selectors’ radar for a spot in England’s World Cup squad. He recorded an average of 70.28 in the Royal London One-Day Cup for Kent, besides scoring 409 runs in 12 innings — including two fifties and a hundred — in the Vitality Blast. With his part-time leg-spin, Denly also scalped 20 wickets at an average of 16.75 and an economy rate of 7.76. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHaving also played in the recent T20I series against the West Indies, Denly hopes to get selectors’ attention by doing well for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. “I want to play as many games as I can. It’s important leading up to the World Cup. Hopefully I get some game time here and can contribute to some good performances. And then hopefully the England selectors will be watching them,” said Denly, who recently made his Test debut for England in the lost series against the West Indies. KKR boast of a star-studded foreign players line-up and Denly is still waiting in the pipeline for a dream IPL debut. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We have some good players in the franchise and I think it’s a great position to be in. Hopefully, I can put my hands up and be in games,” he said. “I am coming here on the back of a busy winter. I have been to the West Indies and Sri Lanka. I am used to these hot conditions. So I feel like I am well acclimatised and ready to go.” Hosts England are considered as strong favourites to lift their maiden World Cup title this year, but Denly thinks otherwise and said their sole aim would be to play their best cricket in every game.
New Delhi: Global internet servers are expected to be ready by June to enable people register complete website name in nine Indian scripts, according to Universal Acceptance Steering Group. At present, website name can be booked in several non-English scripts including Mandarin, Arabic, Russian, Devanagari etc. However, top level domain (TLD) — which is the second part on the right side of the dot of a website address — can be booked only in limited set of characters identified by root server. As of now, people can book website name in Devanagari script and only .bharat in this script is available as extension. The nine Indian scripts that will be initially fed in root servers of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) are Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu. “Label Generation Rules (LGR) for nine language scripts that are used in India are expected to be finalised in a quarter and will be fed in root servers that are managed by ICANN by June. “LGR in root servers will identify characters in Indian scripts. This will allow people to choose complete name of website as per their choice,” Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) Chairman Ajay Data told PTI. Data is the first Indian to hold the position in UASG that has been set up with the support of custodian of global internet ICANN. UASG is working to finalise standard characters of non-English scripts to be accepted by internet system globally. Under the new system, people will be able to use any name, word, combination of letters in the nine Indian scripts after ICANN accepts it and completes the process of allocating the system to various bodies across the globe that will facilitate registrations. “We are only waiting for a response from Bangladesh to complete recommendations for Bangla script,” Data said. He said the new scripts are required to connect over a billion people who can understand, read and write in their local language. “This will also solve data security and localisation issue to a large extent. We will engage with Indian government, large enterprises, software and application developers, internet companies to accept e-mails and make their system universally acceptable to enable next one billion non-English speaking people come online,” Data said. UASG has also been given task to finalise standards for full website name in Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Cyrillic, Greek, Latin, Sinhala, Thai and Georgian scripts. “UASG will focus heavily on India, Russia, China, the UAE and Thailand as billions of people follow scripts that are used in these countries,” Data said. ICANN expanded TLD system from traditional .com, .org, .net to generic names in 2012. It invited applications from companies, organisations and individuals in 2012 who can come up with USD 185,000 (over Rs 1 crore) to buy specific words that will replace the present TLD names and other usual suffixes on their website addresses.
Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader Marri Shashidhar Reddy Friday sought removal of the Telangana Congress chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy, terming his leadership as a “failure”. The demand of the four-time MLA and ex-Minister comes at a time when the Telangana unit of the Congress is facing a crisis of sorts after putting up a dismal performance in the Assembly elections last December. Congress won only 19 seats in the 119-member Assembly, and since early March as many 11 of those MLAs have announced their decision to cross over to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi, headed by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ There already talk in political circles that if two more Congress MLAs switch sides, they may decide to merge the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) with that of TRS which also means the Congress would lose its tag of main opposition. Speaking to PTI, Shashidhar Reddy, also a former Vice-Chairman of National Disaster Management Authority, called for total overhaul of the party setup in Telangana, which is “long overdue and absolutely necessary”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “We have not focused on the organisation at the grassroots level; building the organisation at all levels is something which has been lacking,” the son of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Marri Channa Reddy said. Shashidhar Reddy alleged the Congress in Telangana, had missed a lot of opportunities to take on the TRS government, particularly to highlight its “glaring failures and corruption.” As a result, the party has not been able to gain the confidence of the people, according to him. “It’s a clear case of failure of the (party) leadership in the state,” Shashidhar Reddy said hitting out at the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee President and demanding his removal. “We have not been able to give that kind of confidence to the people,” he said and alleged the party’s agitations against the TRS government have been “only on paper”. “There are many sections of society who feel threatened or let down; if we don’t stand by them and gain their confidence, they will not trust you,” he said. Uttam Kumar Reddy should have been made to step down “long back” as he has failed to lead the party with single-minded objective of winning elections and carry everybody together, he said. “We have failed to win the confidence of the people. It’s a sum total of all the failures. We have not been able to take on the government, on all their shortcomings, failed promises,” Shashidhar Reddy added. Asked if he was ready to assume charge as TPCC President if the party’s central leadership gives him the responsibility, he said: “Yes, absolutely”.