– Shannon Joseph, Vice-President of Government Relations, CAPPThe UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has urged Canada to stop work on three major resource projects which include the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion until it obtains approval from affected First Nations.The committee, in a directive last month, says it’s worried that work is going ahead without free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous groups CALGARY, AB – The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) released a response to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Declaration.Capp shares;‘The statement by the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reflects an embarrassing ignorance of Canadian law and consultation processes that have been developed over the past 30 years. Canada has an in-depth consultation process required by law to protect the constitutionally protected rights of Indigenous peoples.- Advertisement -All three projects in question underwent extensive review and consultation in accordance with these Canadian laws.The UN Committee has also failed to recognize that a significant number of Indigenous communities along the route of the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline and all 20 Indigenous communities on the Coastal Gaslink route have exercised their sole discretion in signing agreements with the project proponents.These projects are vital to those communities in exercising their right to develop their resources and provide jobs and economic opportunities for generations to come.’Advertisement
PALMDALE – Highland High’s wrestling team is hoping a new look brings familiar results. For the first time in years, the Bulldogs have no returning Southern Section medalists and just one defending league champion. Expectations nonetheless remain high for a program that has won Golden League titles 12 of the past 13 years, including the last three. “Normally, we do have more returnees, but I think we’re going to be just as good this year,” said senior Josh Purpose, the league’s defending 125-pound champion. “Knowing that we’re missing so many people, we need to step it up this year.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Purpose is among a group of talented wrestlers longtime Highland coach Michael Young believes can progress to elite status as the season progresses. Junior Ryan Gifford (152), a runner-up last season, and senior Paul Petros (130) and junior Randy Wallerstein (140), who finished third and fourth in league last season, are the most notable wrestlers with the potential make an impact. Seniors Heath Ikahihifo (189), the younger brother of former Highland standout John, and Robert Davis (215) are among those Young believes can be standouts, too. Highland hasn’t had a state qualifier since 2003. “We don’t really have any stallions,” Young said. “I think we will by the end of the year, but right now we have a lot of mules and they all pull together.” Highland’s depth will be a factor as it tries to fend off challenges from emerging league powers Littlerock, Antelope Valley, Lancaster and Quartz Hill. Littlerock, which interrupted Highland’s title run with a league championship in 2002, features Ryan Cambaliza (215) and Antelope Valley has Eric Timson (145), the league’s top two wrestlers and Southern Section medalists. Lancaster features standouts Jeff Merrill (112) and Kevin Plunkett (215). Quartz Hill is led by Jason Fonze (275) and Russell Curry (171). “I just think all the juniors and seniors need to step it up and help the freshmen and sophomores step up,” Purpose said. “If we do that, we’ll be successful.” It is an unfamiliar role for those who in years past took their cues from standouts Steve Frehn and Kyle Burnett. “They had intensity when they wrestled,” Purpose said. “We’re trying to bring what we learned from them to the new guys.” Said Gifford: “I feel like everybody looks up to us and expects to go out and win every match. They watch what we’re doing in practices. If we slack off, we know they’re going to slack off. If we’re working hard, then they’re going to work hard, too.” Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing will be providing some 70 housing and commercial lots across the island this fiscal year at a cost of $129.4 million.The provision comes under the Infill Programme, which involves the development of residual plots of land within existing housing schemes for housing solutions.Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy made the announcement on Tuesday, May 21, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.The undertaking includes five projects at a cost of $83 million, two of which will provide 19 housing solutions, and three will provide 17 commercial lots. The project areas are Gazeland near Junction, St. Elizabeth; Llandilo, Westmoreland; and Old Braeton in St. Catherine.Additionally, 34 serviced lots will be delivered at a cost of $46.4 million in Fairy Hill in Portland, and Chippenham, St. Ann.In total, these projects will involve the utilisation of more than 17.8 hectares (44 acres) of land.To date, 63 serviced lots on 6.2 hectares (15.3 acres) of land have been completed under the Infill Programme at a cost of $37.8 million. The sites are located in: Manningsville near Junction, St. Elizabeth; Hague in Trelawny; and Llandilo Phase 3, Westmoreland.During this financial year, the Ministry will also assess the implementation of two other projects under the Infill Programme.These include providing a further 69 serviced lots and seven housing units in Lee Park near Frome in Westmoreland; and Albion Heights in St. James.Contact: Alphea Saunders
APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Indigenous leaders have reason to suspect a hidden “agenda” behind the Stephen Harper government’s decision to change the name of Indian Affairs and the title of the minister responsible for the department, NDP leader Jack Layton said.Layton, whose party formed the Official Opposition, unveiled his shadow cabinet Thursday during a news conference in Ottawa.Layton said his party would be pushing Aboriginal issues on a number of fronts including education, water and housing.The NDP leader also said that Indigenous leaders had reason to be suspicious of the Conservative’s decision to substitute the word “Indian” with “Aboriginal” in the department’s name and the minister’s title.The department will eventually be rechristened Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, the Prime Minister’s Office has said. It remains unclear how much the name change will cost. John Duncan, the previous Indian Affairs minister, was reappointed to the same portfolio last week as Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.“We hear that there are different reactions to the name change within the broad community of First Nation, Inuit and Metis people,” said Layton. “It is mostly a suspicion that this could be hiding an agenda of some sort. We have from time to time, had suspicions that Mr. Harper is hiding one sort of agenda or other.”Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan’s office said there was no “hidden agenda” behind the name change.“The change in title better reflects the scope of responsibilities with respect to First Nations, Inuit and Metis. The title is more up to date and inclusive and is consistent with our government’s focus on moving forward in our relationship with Aboriginal peoples,” said Duncan’s spokeswoman Michell Yao in an emailed statement. “There is no hidden agenda. Period, full stop.”Layton said his party is focused on forcing changes at the department, no matter what it’s called.“I can understand people’s concerns about (the name change),” said Layton. “It is also true that there is a broad range of issues that must be addressed by that department. The broad range of questions and challenges faced by urban Aboriginals and those living in communities and First Nations and those in the North…symbols like name changes don’t cut it.”Layton named Alberta MP Linda Duncan as Aboriginal Affairs critic. Former Aboriginal Affairs critic Jean Crowder will watch the Human Resources and Skills Development file.Cree MP Romeo Saganash was given the job as Natural Resources critic.Layton said Saganash’s past as a Cree leader involved in resource revenue negotiations with Quebec and his experience on the international stage promoting Aboriginal rights were key to his appointment to the role.“The interests of Aboriginals are very important when considering whether to exploit natural resources,” said Layton.