Former Nova Scotia teacher issues apology for abusing young male students

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A former Nova Scotia teacher who sexually abused two teenage male students issued a public apology Thursday, saying her deceitful actions betrayed their trust and caused pain and trauma for their families.

Carolyn Amy Hood of Stellarton, N.S., read from a statement during her sentencing hearing in Pictou provincial court, saying her “horrible decisions” were motivated by mental illness.

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“I truly believe in my heart that without the onset of bipolar disorder, none of these events would have ever occurred,” she told the judge.

“I want to reiterate my deep and immeasurable remorse for my actions that led to these charges and the lasting effects they have had on (the victims’) lives as well as their families. It is something I will feel regret for every day for the rest of my life.”

Hood, 40, was found guilty in April of sexual interference, sexual exploitation and two counts of luring minors over the Internet for a sexual purpose.

The charges stem from offences in 2013 involving two of her former students at Thorburn Consolidated School, who were 15 and 17 at the time.

The former Grade 6 teacher had previously taught both boys when they were in that grade.

She was charged with six offences in January 2014, but one count each of sexual assault and invitation to sexual touching were later dismissed.

“I am sickened that I have hurt so many people through this experience,” Hood told the judge.

“There is not an hour that goes by when I am not thinking about the impact this has had on both the victims and their families’ lives. It consumes me … As a parent of three young children myself, I can only begin to imagine the hatred and resentment their families feel.”

Earlier in the trial, defence lawyer Joel Pink argued that his client – diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2013 – should be declared not criminally responsible for her actions due to mental illness, but Judge Del Atwood rejected that argument.

In her statement, Hood said she is taking medication and attending psychiatric sessions to deal with her mental illness.

During Thursday’s hearing, Pink argued that the mandatory minimum sentence for each charge – one year in jail – represented a violation of the Constitution because such a long sentence for a mentally ill person would amount to cruel and unusual punishment. He suggested the proper range of sentencing should be between three and nine months.

However, Crown prosecutor Bill Gorman said the judge should impose a four-year prison term, given the fact that the victims were under 18 and Hood had abused her position of trust.

“You had a teacher entrusted with looking after and providing for the care and education of students, and she chose to exploit that position,” Gorman said outside court.

“She cultivated a relationship with a couple of her students, and she acted on her impulses. And in acting on her impulses, she furthered her own sexual gratification.”

Hood is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 14.

NDP MLA denies telling cabinet minister to ‘Take your pants off’ in Manitoba legislature

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WINNIPEG —; A Manitoba cabinet minister says she was told to take her pants off in the middle of question period by a male NDP opponent, but the NDP are firmly denying the accusation.

Rochelle Squires, the minister for sport, culture and heritage, filed a complaint Thursday with the legislature Speaker over opposition heckling in the chamber a week earlier.

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She said that at one point, New Democrat member Rob Altemeyer told her “take your pants off,” as she fielded a question from another NDP member.

Squires called the remarks outrageous and insulting, and demanded an apology from Altemeyer.

But Altemeyer denied the allegation and produced an audio recording of the debate.

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“My words were ‘take a pass on it,” Altemeyer said. “My words were referring to this premier and his inability to answer important questions.”

The comments were not captured by the official transcript of legislature proceedings and are hard to make out on the audio recording. Altemeyer’s voice is faint, in the background and away from live microphones.

The remark came as New Democrat Nahanni Fontaine tried to ask Conservative Premier Brian Pallister a question about appointments to government boards and agencies. Pallister did not field the question — Squires stood up instead.

NDP house leader Jim Maloway said the recording backs up Altemeyer’s version of events. He called on Squires to apologize and hinted that the Tories could face legal action.

“Within the house itself, we are privileged in there, and so we cannot be sued. But anything repeated outside is actionable and we will have to take a look … see what members have said what outside the house.”

Speaker Myrna Driedger said she will consider the complaint from Squires and rule at a later date as to whether Altemeyer crossed a line. She also ordered the politicians not to discuss the matter until it is resolved.

Squires said she would obey that order, and refused to answer reporters’ questions on the issue.

“I will await (the Speaker’s) ruling and then I will happily answer all your questions,” she said.

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The controversy follows another gender-centered standoff in the legislature last week.

A small number of New Democrats said “shame” as female members of the Tory caucus voted against a bill on sexual harassment at universities and colleges. The NDP members did not direct the remarks at male Tories — only female ones.

Two New Democrats — Andrew Swan and James Allum — later apologized.

Multiple warnings issued over powerful trio of storms expected over B.C. South Coast

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Three Pacific storms are expected to roll over the B.C. South Coast beginning Wednesday night, bringing with them strong winds and heavy rain.

The first storm passed through the region on Wednesday night bring about 35 mm of rain to Metro Vancouver by Thursday morning. The second storm is expected to hit Thursday night with gusting winds and more rain. The third and possibly most severe storm could make landfall by late Saturday afternoon.

Update  – Thursday, Oct. 13, 11:35 p.m.:

Winds are rain are beginning to pick up across much of the B.C. South Coast.

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Wind warning issued

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, Sunshine Coast, Southern Gulf Islands, and Vancouver Island. The west coast of Vancouver Island will see winds of up to 100 km/h overnight and the rest of the South Coast will see southeast winds of up to 80 km/h by Friday morning.

The winds continue throughout Friday coming from the southwest at 70 to 90 km/h.

Wind this strong could knock down trees and power lines, causing power outages. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind to cause injury or damage.

Rivers and creeks could flood

Rainfall accumulation over the next several days is causing concern that some rivers and creeks could flood.

The River Forecast Centre is advising rivers on south, central, and north Vancouver Island could produce minor flooding as the B.C. South Coast is expected to receive up to 200 mm of rain between Wednesday night and Saturday.

The second storm will hit by Thursday night and will include strong winds. The third and most powerful storm is expected to make landfall on Saturday.

Where the storm hits landfall will determine the severity of the weather, according to Environment Canada.

“Rivers across the region are expected to rise rapidly on Thursday in response to rainfall, and remain elevated into the weekend, with increased flows likely as each of the remaining two systems move through,” said the River Forecast Centre in its High Streamflow Advisory.

“Hydrologic modelling based on current weather forecasts indicates the possibility of flood conditions over the Saturday to Sunday period, particularly over the Central Vancouver Island region during these storms.”

Crews are cleaning up the mess caused by the storm in North Vancouver, BC on October 12, 2016.

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Crews are cleaning up the mess caused by the storm in North Vancouver, BC on October 12, 2016.

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People are warned to stay away from rivers and culverts due to fast-flowing water and potentially unstable riverbanks.

The rivers noted for possible flooding or rising levels include:

South Vancouver Island: Englishman River, Chemainus River, Cowichan RiverCentral Vancouver Island: Tsolum River, Browns River, Sproat River, Somass RiverNorth Vancouver Island: Salmon River, Gold River

Metro Vancouver

Metro Vancouver was issued a rainfall warning for Wednesday night and Thursday with up to 60 mm of rain forecast. Actual accumulation totaled about 35 mm in some areas.

The forecast caused the popular Grouse Grind hiking trail to close for the season as of Oct. 13.

The combination of wet leaves, rain, and high winds in the coming days could mean possible power outages across the South Coast. BC Hydro suggests people be prepared for the storms by putting together an emergency kit that will last them up to 72 hours without power.

A few important items to have on hand ahead of losing power include:

Plenty of water;Non-perishable food or food that does not need to be refrigerated;Flashlights, matches, and candles;Hand-crank or battery-operated radioBatteries

Also make sure your devices are fully charged leading into the stormy weather and use a surge protector on any electronics plugged in at home or work.

The Pacific Rim

The Pacific Rim region is also urging for caution near the ocean as the storms are expected to create strong breaking waves.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada has issued a ‘High’ warning for Wednesday and Thursday and an ‘Extreme’ warning for Friday.

During a ‘High’ warning, people are cautioned to avoid water activities within 400 metres of rocky headlands and small islands. Storm surges of up to three metres will be expected and surges and waves may be unpredictable.

Under an ‘Extreme’ warning, breaking waves continuously exceed three metres combined with very strong rip currents.

People are urged not to travel along the shoreline of rocky beaches or headlands as “violent and unpredictable” surges over three metres are expected. The advisory added that the large swells combined with high tides could cause beaches to flood.

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Tim Matheson on embodying Ronald Reagan in ‘Killing Reagan’

25/11/2018 Posted by admin

Taking on a real-life role for a TV movie can be tricky, but Tim Matheson owns the responsibility with aplomb.

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Mastering the voice, swagger and down-home affability of former U.S. president Ronald Reagan in Killing Reagan, Matheson fits the role seamlessly. At no point is his performance distracting, which is sometimes too much to ask for in TV biopics. At his side is Nancy Reagan, played by Sex and the City alum Cynthia Nixon.

Killing Reagan takes a closer look at the days surrounding the attempted assassination of then-President Reagan in 1981. We get up-close with Reagan and Nancy as well as would-be assassin John Hinckley Jr. There’s also analysis of the political vacuum left after the attempt, while Reagan recuperated in the hospital. It’s fascinating to see how his White House team struggled for power and dominance while their leader was out.

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Global News spoke to Matheson about taking on this major role, how much pressure he felt, and why this particular story has resonance in today’s volatile political climate.

Global News: Ronald Reagan is a pretty iconic figure in history. Did you feel any pressure taking on this role?
Tim Matheson: Absolutely. It was a little daunting at first. Here’s a beloved American president, and not somebody who I was politically aligned with … but I’ve always been intrigued by him. The tendency you have when you act somebody, good guy, bad guy, whatever, you fall in love with them. The more I read about Reagan, I was very conscious of not doing a bad impression of him. I wanted to go to the heart of the character and find that. Yes, I wanted to sound like him and have his mannerisms as much as I could, but I don’t think those things are as important as getting the emotional beats right.

What sorts of things did you do to really get Reagan down?
I read every book and saw every piece of footage. Constantly listened to tapes and did vocal classes, coaching and all that. I came away with a tremendous respect and admiration for him as a human being. He was a superman, relentlessly optimistic, survived the Depression and did well for himself and helped his family. He got to a point in his life when most people retire from the entertainment industry when he felt he had something to offer to this country that he loved so much.

How much do you think Reagan’s acting past helped his success in the political arena?
I think it was vital. He said when he retired, “People always asked how an actor could be president. I don’t know how anyone could be president without being an actor.” You’re playing a part. You’re at a state dinner, a joint session of Congress, you have your role to play, and other people have their roles. He was constantly aware of his place.

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Cynthia Nixon plays Nancy, so at least you have someone by your side taking on the same challenges.
I looked at her one day early on and I said, “Listen. If you ever think “Oh god, that voice isn’t right,” just look me in the eye and tell me, “Don’t do that, Tim.” She said, “You got it. You too.” It’s one of those things, I put it on the table. We wanted to get this right, there’s no false pride here.

Did you discover anything about Nancy and Reagan’s relationship while shooting this?
Yeah, I think it was them against the world. They completed each other. Not to get gooey about it, but we all wish we had something as profound as this partnership. They were partners who could spend hours together, we all want a partner who gets you, fulfills you, helps you, supports you. They sustained it for decades through thick and thin, through turmoil … they both acknowledged that they wished they had been better parents. That bond somehow almost didn’t include enough room for their two kids, Ronnie and Patty. Ronnie and Nancy were all they needed.

He was 70 when he took office, so he’d try to get out of there by 6 p.m., and if he didn’t have to go to a function at night, he’d come home to the residence, they’d take a shower, get in their jammies and sit around in their bathrobes watching an old movie. That’s all they needed.

There are a lot of TV biopics right now. Do you have any idea why that is?
It’s our Downton Abbey. They’re our Shakespearean histories and tragedies. It’s our royal family, except we change ours every four or eight years. [Laughs] It’s the closest thing we get to the classics, and I think that’s why we’re drawn to it. You pull back the curtain and see the wheels of power, the conniving, the treachery … one vote can swing the whole thing. There’s an intrigue.

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Do you think this particular biopic has resonance in today’s political climate?
I think so. What resonated for me was that, so often, the pattern of thinking is “I don’t like your politics, so I don’t like you.” It took me a while to open up to Ronald Reagan and respect him as a human being, but as I said I really did by the end. I realized the politics were the politics, but it’s all about people as people. I came away with a reverence, a regard and a personal understanding that I respect this man, even though I completely disagree with him on a lot of things. It made me realize I can be more open, I don’t have to be so partisan.

Maybe one of the messages of this could be that we should work together to solve the people’s problems rather than be so divisive.

‘Killing Reagan’ premieres Sunday, October 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic Channel.

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Saskatoon’s mayoral race heats up over candidate tax plans

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Saskatoon mayoral candidate Don Atchison wants to keep the residential property tax increase in the 2017 budget below 3.89 per cent.

“My personal goal is to make sure that we stay under the number that the administration has given us already,” Atchison said, in reference to a budget update provided by city administration last month.

The update revealed an estimated $7.9 million gap between revenue and expenses, which would result in a tax increase of 3.89 per cent.

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    “What I’m hearing at the door is people want it to be lower and I want to get there too, but I’m certainly not prepared to go higher,” Atchison said.

    Administration noted the figure could change once the remaining sections of the budget are factored in.

    Candidate Kelley Moore stated that according to her analysis, the increase may need to be “at least six per cent.”

    Moore criticized Atchison and fellow candidate Charlie Clark for “uncontrolled spending” and growing debt. She expressed plans to look at the city’s staffing levels and didn’t rule out job cuts to address spending.

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    A gradual reduction in the amount of property taxes paid by businesses compared to homeowners would help both groups, Moore said.

    “It’s about tax fairness. Businesses do pay more than their share and they don’t get the same level of services as residents,” she said.

    Atchison has expressed support for a lower business tax ratio, but only when the economy improves.

    Clark maintained his position that a reduced business tax ratio would shift the tax burden to residents. He didn’t offer a target for the next tax increase.

    “The most responsible and appropriate way is to deal with the budget when it comes, and to work hard on telling the citizens ‘this is the decisions we’re making and this is how we’re trying to keep your taxes down,’” Clark said.

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    Devon Hein said a zero percent tax increase is possible by focusing on core services.

    “There’s nothing magic about it. You just have to set that target and the other candidates aren’t setting that target,” Hein said.

    The preliminary 2017 budget will be brought to a city committee Nov. 7, which is 12 days after the Saskatoon civic election.

Edmonton road crews scramble to finish work before the snow flies

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There are still quite a few road barricades out on Edmonton’s streets and the scramble is on to get the work done before one of Edmonton’s two seasons is over – construction season.

The man who’s watching all of the projects for the city is confident they’ll be able to get done what they need to, even if the snowflakes fly.

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    It’s not the snow crews are worried about, said Nathan Stelmach, the general supervisor for arterial road construction.

    “What it is, is what appears to be persistent low temperatures, for the next couple of weeks.”

    “Usually the first bit of snow falls in mid or early October and everyone starts to panic,” he said in an interview. “Then it turns around and we get normal weather, and keep working until the last week of October. But here it doesn’t appear to be looking like it’s going to be very nice.”

    “Let me put it to you this way, it’s fortunate that we didn’t have as big of a year in terms of locations as we did in 2015.”

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    What is still out there is a loss of a lane on the Yellowhead in east Edmonton between 66 Street and 82 Street.

    “At some point we have to make a decision. We’re going to have to try to get all of the paving done and I expect we will but it’ll be touch and go. (There’s) four solid days of paving left to do there.”

    “On some other locations, for example, that aren’t yet ground, we just won’t grind them. For example, 178 Street, we have all of the concrete work done north of Whitemud, but we won’t proceed with a full out reclamation because we know we won’t be able to complete it, and pave it, so we’ll just do it in the spring.”

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    The call city staff will have to make is, will the paving hold up, or is it better to wait? Stelmach said they don’t want to do anything half way.

    “If for some reason it doesn’t appear to perform, then we might have to redo it. We don’t want to intentionally put any kind of sacrificial asphalt in or anything like that because you know you’re wasting your money.”

    Other locations that have them watching the forecasts are 82 Avenue between 75  Street and 71 Street, 106 Avenue – where there is some streetscape enhancement going on in the McCauley neighborhood – and unrelated to the weather but being held up by some Atco gas work, Rowland Road, which Stelmach said will have to wait until the spring.

Missing former deputy minister suspended by law society

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A New Brunswick lawyer- who once served as the deputy minister of justice – has been suspended by the  Law Society of New Brunswick  and now the society is looking into what happened to thousands of dollars in trust fund accounts for his clients.

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In court documents filed by the law society to the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench, Yassin Choukri’s associate William Stephenson said he was alerted to the situation by Choukri’s wife, who said she was concerned about her husband’s health and safety.

That lead to the discovery of  cheques in client trust fund accounts for more than $50,000 that were deemed “item dishonoured”, meaning they were refused by the bank.

The law society acted quickly to appoint his associate William Stephenson as custodian.

Law Society of New Brunswick Deputy Executive Director and Registrar Shirley Maclean says Stephenson contacted the organization last week, and indicated that Choukri could not be found.

“Under our legislation, if a lawyer abandons their practice, or becomes incapacitated or is suspended or something of that nature, then we have to appoint a custodian under our legislation so our client files and our clients are protected,” Maclean said.

Maclean says Stephenson alerted the law society  to concerns that money was missing from a client’s trust account. The society then moved on Oct. 11 to suspend Choukri until the matter could be heard by the disciplinary committee.

While Choukri and Stephenson shared an office, Maclean says they were associates, not partners.

“The law society also has a compensation fund that will compensate clients if there’s been fraud or dishonesty on the part of the member, but again, we’re not at that point yet,” Maclean said.

An affidavit filed with the court states Choukri’s wife transferred large sums of money to him from her line of credit.  Court  documents also show a number of credit card payments made to a casino.

In an email to Global News, Stephenson says he will be taking instructions from the Law Society and says he won’t speak publicly about this “unfortunate turn of events.”

Fredericton Police Force spokesperson Alycia Bartlett says there was initially a missing persons report filed about a month ago, but she says that’s no longer the case. Bartlett says there’s currently no criminal investigation underway.

Choukri was first admitted to the Law Society in 1992.

Edmonton-area mayors approve growth plan

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The mayors and reeves of the Capital Regional Board have voted, 22-2 to adopt a growth plan for the entire greater metro Edmonton region that calls for higher housing density targets.

The plan sees higher density as helping with improved transportation and as byproduct of that, greater economic development opportunities.

The plan was always controversial, and there was talk prior to the vote that some of the smaller communities would vote as a block to scuttle it.

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“I believed it always had the potential of going off the rails,” St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse, and board chair, said.

“There were things that, it didn’t matter whether it was density, or ag (agriculture) preservation, whether it was the importance of the small community, 5,000 population. Any one of those had the potential of having it go sideways. But at the end of the day, it’s a 22-2 vote which you need 17, you need 75 per cent, so it’s passed.”

Parkland County voted no, because its council didn’t agree with the 24-member board overseeing a new economic development agency for the region.

“We have an ability to certainly capitalize on that market here. But is the right body to move that forward?” Mayor Rod Shaigec said.

The mayors of the region are looking at agriculture, and the value added food industry as key points to economic development.

Leduc County also voted against the plan. Mayor John Whaley wanted a delay because of the ongoing annexation talks. He doesn’t think enough has been done to protect high value agricultural land.

“This is a time where we’re really serious about supporting the primary agricultural land for the future generations,” he said. “Now is the time to stand up and do it. We missed a chance 20 years ago, now is the time to do it now. And we’re trying to get that conversation and it’s not about stopping growth, that is not what this is about. It’s about a smarter job of doing it.”

“There’s a lot of poorer land around this region and that’s where densification should happen and industry should move to. Taking three feet of black soil away and burying it, which has taken thousands of years to have happen, that could be classed as criminal in some parts of this world.”

“I’m very upset about that, and I’ve pitched that to the board before and to the government,” Whaley complained to reporters.

“They just walk away and say, ‘not our problem.’ It is everybody’s problem. That’s what I’m trying to say. This province has to get involved in some regional planning of the agricultural lands for the future.”

The higher density targets are for new area structure plans only. Ones already on the books are grandfathered. It’s expected any new developments that will be faced with the stricter rules of 40 residents per hectare are in the City of Edmonton, and likely the Bremner development in Strathcona County.

“In that 10-year time frame, we’re going to see Bremner start,” Mayor Roxanne Carr said. “We don’t know when. It depends on the economy. But that would be about 55,000 people so we’re going to be looking to the growth plan.”

“The main average is 40 and that allows us to create that diversity in housing that we’ve talked about all along.”

The plan, under its new guidelines, is expected to prevent development of at least 250 quarter sections over the coming decades.

Now that the growth plan has been passed, it’ll move on to the province for ministerial approval.

Treaty commission hopes for deals with 8 First Nations bands in 2017

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VANCOUVER – The head of the independent agency that facilitates treaty negotiations between Canada, B.C., and First Nations in the province says at least eight of 33 bands could be nearing agreements next year.

Celeste Haldane, the BC Treaty Commission’s acting chief commissioner, says 65 First Nations representing over half the bands in the province are participating in or have completed the treaty process.

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    However, only eight bands have reached agreements since 2007, when the Tsawwassen First Nation ratified a deal that meant it was no longer subject to the federal Indian Act.

    The treaty more than doubled the size of the Tsawwassen reserve south of Vancouver and provided members with millions of dollars in economic benefits that allowed it to develop its land, which includes a mall that opened this month showcasing indigenous art.

    The latest agreement for the independent treaty commission came earlier this year.

    The Nisga’a agreement in 2000 was the country’s first modern-day treaty and has served as a blueprint for the commission, but it was negotiated through a separate process.

    Haldane says future negotiations are expected to be speedier because of a new agreement endorsed in May by the federal and B.C. governments and the commission to expedite the process with set time frames for the latter stages of the treaty process.

    She says she hopes next year’s provincial election will not affect the ongoing treaty process for First Nations moving through the six-stage process.

    “We’re seeing a bulk of work happening right now in regards to getting these nations to milestones,” she says. “There’s definitely a renewed commitment to ensuring that treaty negotiations are successful.”

    Haldane has been acting as commissioner since April 2015 and said the agency, which was created in 1993, needs a leader at the helm.

    Former Liberal cabinet minister George Abbott was set to take on the job but Premier Christy Clark and her cabinet cancelled his appointment.

    The Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Ministry said the selection of a chief commissioner involves input from the federal and provincial governments, as well as the First Nations Summit.

    It says in a statement it is also working with Ottawa and the summit to “clarify the role of the BC Treaty Commission to help ensure it continues to play an important role in achieving treaties.”

    “This will help inform the next chief commissioner’s work,” the ministry says, adding that potential candidates are being identified.

Halifax mayoral candidates on the future of the Cornwallis statue

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The controversial Edward Cornwallis statue in the park of the same name should stay, according to one Halifax mayoral candidate.

“Half the time I want to take him down, then the other half of me wants to make sure everybody knows the story of who he was,” said candidate Lil MacPherson.

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MacPherson said that more context, perhaps in the form of a plaque, highlighting the Halifax founder’s disturbing past be added.

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“Let’s add the story and tell people who he really was — he had blood [on] his hands before he came here — and erect his contemporary, Jean-Baptiste Cope. Chief Cope was extremely respected and a hero for the Mi’kmaq at the time,” MacPherson added.

“I floated that idea once before,” said Daniel Paul, a Mi’kmaq Elder, “and I think what you would still have is bus tours going by and saying there’s Edward Cornwallis, the founder of Halifax, and…. and no mention whatsoever of Jean-Baptiste Cope and certainly no mention of the scalp proclamation.”

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A motion for public consultation on potentially removing the founder’s name from municipal properties was defeated in May by councillors.

“[The statue] symbolizes to the Mi’kmaq that there’s no reconciliation in this province,” said Paul.

Candidate Mike Savage said he wouldn’t take a stance on whether to remove the statue until the public, including Mi’kmaq people, are consulted.

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“It could be taken down but there may be a way to do it that we honour both the Mi’kmaq history and, at the same time, leave the statue up,” he said.

Paul said an acceptable middle ground would be to put the Cornwallis statue in a museum.

“If I had my preference, I’d dump it in the middle of the harbour, out of sight,” he said with a laugh.