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Coalition candidates rally behind leader ahead of final Quebec debate – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Sep 19, 2018

By Sidhartha Banerjee


MONTREAL _ With Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader Francois Legault on the sidelines ahead of Thursday’s crucial final debate, it was left to a collection of prominent candidates to rally behind him Wednesday.

Legault has been under fire in recent days over his party’s immigration proposals but candidate Sonia LeBel said confidence in their leader hasn’t wavered.

She said a Montreal news conference featuring some of the party’s most recognizable faces was all about putting his team on display.

As candidates talked about hiking the legal age for cannabis consumption to 21 and tightly controlling where it can be consumed, questions eventually came back to their leader’s whereabouts on Day 28 of the 39-day campaign.

“We are here today because we are part of a team, Mr. Legault has a team and that’s what we wanted to emphasize,” said LeBel, a former prosecutor.

“It’s not a question of him being absent, it’s a question of the team showing up.”

Legault has been the target of his opponents for repeatedly stating his government would kick out immigrants if they don’t pass a French test after three years in the province.

Most of Quebec’s major political leaders had lighter schedules ahead of the debate, but Legault’s absence was notable one day after a poll suggested Coalition support was slipping slightly.

Former Montreal police officer Ian Lafreniere, who is running for the Coalition in a riding south of the city, described Legault as the ”man for the job.”

“A strong leader has a strong team and he believes in his team,” he said. “It’s not a one-man show.”

The party was also fending off allegations it was attempting to tightly control messaging, after Quebec Le Soleil reported that a candidate’s representatives sought questions 24 hours in advance of a possible interview.

Coalition spokesman Mathieu St-Amand chalked it up to “clumsiness” on the part of campaign staff for the candidate in the riding of Matane-Matapedia.

The newspaper said staff wanted the questions a day in advance so the party could decide whether to authorize the interview.

For her part, LeBel said she’d never heard of such a practice.

“If you insinuate that there is a control, I have never felt it, not one of my colleagues have ever felt, and I doubt that it exists,” she said.

Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee also played it low-key Wednesday, giving just a handful of interviews to local media and leaving deputy leader Veronique Hivon to announce the party’s promise to spend an additional $2.3 billion to upgrade Quebec schools.

In northwestern Quebec, Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard visited local employers in Val-d’Or and Rouyn-Noranda to tackle the issue of labour shortages, saying it would make sense to target Indigenous communities to fill the void.

He didn’t offer a way of doing so, but stressed the importance of respecting cultural differences and bringing people together.

One local chief expressed skepticism at Couillard’s plan.

Lance Haymond said a number of hurdles remain for his people to get hired _ beginning with a language barrier in communities where people speak English. There’s also a lack of training and transportation issues given the great distances between cities and reserves.

Quebec solidaire’s co-spokesperson, Manon Masse, sought to reassure the business community in a speech to Montreal’s chamber of commerce, saying the ultimate goal of the left-wing party is to socialize the economy to make it more equitable.

Quebecers go to the polls Oct. 1.

_ with files Melanie Marquis in Montreal, Vicky Fragasso-Marquis in Montreal and Caroline Plante in Rouyn-Noranda, Que.


Build the Indigenous economy to address poverty – Policy Options

September 19, 2018

In its past three budgets, the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made important investments to help address the critical needs facing Indigenous communities and families. These investments are laudable and long overdue, and they will go a significant way toward ensuring that Indigenous people have better housing, child and family services, education, health care and access to clean drinking water.

The 2018 budget also provided significant investments to support capacity-building and to advance self-determination and self-government — which the government rightly identified as necessary to achieving “truly transformational change.” Together, investments in healthy communities and steps to advance self-government are critical preconditions for strong communities and for what the Minister of Justice has characterized as the reconstitution and rebuilding of Indigenous nations.

However, while these steps are critical, truly transformational change is not possible while the majority of Indigenous people still live in poverty. According to data from the 2016 census, four out of five First Nations reserves have median incomes that fall below the poverty line. A recent study conducted by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives found that Indigenous children in Canada are more than twice as likely to live in poverty as non-Indigenous children.

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Media Advisory – Royal Canadian Mint to unveil silver coin celebrating Pow Wow tradition of the Fancy Dance

OTTAWA, Sept. 19, 2018  – The Royal Canadian Mint will officially unveil a colourful silver collector coin showcasing the Fancy Dance, a dazzling spectacle of Indigenous pow wows. This coin will be revealed during McGill University’s First Peoples’ House annual Pow Wow on September 21, 2018.


McGill University
Downtown campus (Lower West Field)
845 Sherbrooke Street West
Corner of Sherbrooke Street West and McGill College Avenue
Montreal, QC


Friday, September 21, 2018
Media and guest arrival: 10:45 a.m.
Opening Ceremony: 11:00 a.m.
Remarks and presentation: 11:40 a.m.


Ms. Jennifer Camelon, Interim President & CEO, Royal Canadian Mint
Mr. Marc Miller, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
Mr. Louis Arseneault, Vice-Principal, Communications and External Relations, McGill University

About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins. An ISO 9001 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit

For further information: Alex Reeves, Senior Advisor, External Communications, Royal Canadian Mint, Telephone: (613) 949-5777,; Cynthia Lee, Senior Communications Officer, Royal Canadian Mint, McGill University, Telephone: (514) 398-6754,


Elections Canada launches new civic education resources

GATINEAU, September 19, 2018 – On the occasion of Canada’s Democracy Week, Elections Canada has launched a new website and suite of educational resources for secondary classes. Developed with teachers and tested in classrooms across Canada, the resources help teachers deliver diverse and interactive civic education activities connected to history, citizenship, geography, math, and social studies.


“A vibrant democracy requires informed, active citizens. There is no better time to spur citizens’ curiosity and engagement than in their formative secondary years. I am proud to launch Elections Canada’s new civic education resources, designed to build the knowledge, understanding, interests, and skills that young people need to participate in our electoral democracy. I encourage teachers to use these free, non-partisan, interactive tools in their classrooms, and help strengthen democracy for generations to come.”

Stéphane Perrault, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada

Quick facts

  • Educating students about the federal electoral process is an important part of Elections Canada’s mandate. For over 20 years, we have fulfilled this mandate by providing a civic education program for students in primary and secondary schools.
  • Recently, to reflect today’s curricula and teaching methods, we collaborated with educators across the country to update our resources for secondary students.
  • During the planning stage, we engaged with over 1,500 educators to understand their needs.
  • We convened and sought guidance from an advisory circle of educators, comprised of representatives from every province and territory and from First Nations schools.
  • Teachers and students piloted the program in classrooms across Canada–in all provinces, Yukon and Nunavut.
  • The new resources are available for free in digital and printable formats on Elections Canada’s new education website, Teachers who prefer to have printed classroom resources shipped to them may place an order through the website.
  • Resources are bilingual, accessible and non-partisan.

Learn more: Backgrounder – Elections Canada’s new civic education resources for secondary students

Elections Canada is an independent, non-partisan agency that reports directly to Parliament.

Elections Canada Media Relations


Mining, energy projects near Indigenous communities undermine womens’ safety, experts tell MMIWG inquiry – CBC

Big pay cheques and fly-in, fly-out workforce are ‘a bad mixture for women and girls,’ commissioners learn

Sep 18, 2018

Energy and mining projects in remote parts of Canada jeopardize the safety of Indigenous women and their families living there, human rights workers testified Tuesday at Quebec City hearings of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls .

“It’s time for [governments] to step up and see that these projects have an impact on my life and my children’s lives,” said Connie Greyeyes, who is from the Bigstone Cree Nation in Fort St. John, B.C.

Fort St. John, the largest city on the Alaska Highway, has “more strip clubs than bars,” said Greyeyes, with workers flying in from the south to work in the oil, natural gas and forestry industries.

Greyeyes said those labourers often work several weeks in a row under stressful conditions.

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In the news today, Sept. 19 – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Sep 19, 2018 

Five stories in the news for Wednesday, Sept. 19



Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is back in Washington _ and back in search of a way to bridge the divide that’s keeping Canada out of a new North American free trade pact. Freeland flew back to the U.S. capital Tuesday as a prominent congressional ally of President Donald Trump made it clear that American lawmakers are growing weary of what they see as Canadian intransigence. House of Representatives majority whip Steve Scalise warns of “growing frustration” on Capitol Hill with what he calls Canada’s “negotiating tactics.”



Ontario’s highest court is expected to announce today whether it will stay a court ruling that derailed the province’s plan to cut Toronto city council in the middle of a municipal election campaign. The province has argued the stay is necessary to eliminate uncertainty surrounding the Oct. 22 vote and allow the city to move forward with its preparations. Meanwhile, lawyers for those opposed to the stay say the Ontario government is responsible for the upheaval and shouldn’t seek legal relief for problems it has caused.



The Trudeau government has offered a glimpse of its vision for a new independent body to organize leaders’ debates during federal elections, which it believes could be in place by next year’s vote. Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould offered the teaser this week in a letter to a House of Commons committee, which called in March for the creation of a debates commissioner. Gould affirms the importance of an “impartial and independent” body guided by various high-minded principles to ensure it is organizing leaders’ debates “that are in the public interest.”



A train that derailed in northern Manitoba on Saturday, killing a railway worker, is leaking diesel fuel into the Metishto River. Manitoba Sustainable Development says the fuel is from one of the locomotives. The province says spill recovery equipment is being used to clean up the fuel at the site west of Ponton. The train was carrying cargo including gasoline, liquid propane gas and butane, but there has been no indication that any of that has spilled or leaked. The Arctic Gateway Group has said a second railway employee sustained serious injuries in the wreck, and VIA Rail says it has been forced to suspend operations between Winnipeg and Gillam because of the derailment.



A national survey suggests the majority of Canadians are concerned about the use of e-cigarettes among youth, with almost 90 per cent backing a ban of the vaping products for those under 18. The survey by the Angus Reid Institute, released Tuesday, found that support for prohibiting vaping among minors crossed all age and gender demographics, among tobacco smokers and non-smokers alike. In the online survey of 1,500 adults aged 18 and older, 75 per cent of respondents said government should be able to make rules for packaging and labelling of e-cigarettes; 69 per cent agreed promotion and marketing of vaping products should be restricted; and 62 per cent endorsed the idea that flavoured versions should be taken off the market.



_ Elections Canada launches its new civic education resources and website with an event in the Halifax area.

_ G7 environment, oceans and energy ministers continue to meet in Halifax on the theme of “Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy.”

_ The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will hold hearings in Quebec City to discuss oversight and accountability in the criminal justice system.

_ The Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) will hold a press conference to voice their concerns related to the NAFTA negotiations as they relate to the dairy sector.

_ Transport Minister Marc Garneau will make an announcement concerning the safe transportation of dangerous goods by rail.

_ Science Minister Kirsty Duncan and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend the second annual Prime Minister’s Science Fair on Parliament Hill.

_ The preliminary inquiry reopens for Allan and Carolina Perdomo, who are charged with manslaughter in the death of five-year-old Emilio Perdomo. A trial has already been set for November.

_ Trans Mountain will host an emergency response exercise at various locations within the Burrard Inlet, including Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C.


Live: Incarceration of Indigenous women in Canada next on MMIWG’s agenda – CBC

Federal inquiry holding 5 days of hearings in Quebec City

Sep 19, 2018

Groups who work with Indigenous women inside the country’s prisons and in the justice system will testify today in Quebec City.

The third day of hearings of the federal inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls opens at 8:30 a.m. and is open to the public.

This leg of the inquiry is hearing from expert witnesses and covers themes that have surfaced during testimony from more than 1,200 families across the country.

On Monday, commissioners heard how the opioid crisis is overwhelming police services in northern Ontario.

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GéoMégA Subsidiary Innord Succesfuly Separates Nd and Dy from Magnet Residues

Montreal, September 17, 2018 – Geomega Resources Inc. (“GéoMégA” or the “Corporation”) (TSX.V: GMA) is pleased to announce that Innord Inc. (“Innord”), a private subsidiary controlled by GéoMégA, has successfully separated Neodymium oxide (Nd2O3) and Dysprosium oxide (Dy2O3) using the ISR technology from magnetic residues after removing other impurities such as iron, cobalt, nickel, boron and other minor metals.

Recoveries of Dysprosium per single run range between 60% and 85% and keep improving as the technology advances. Dysprosium that is not recovered in the first separation run, is not lost but is recirculated back to the process.

The key parameter to look at when comparing ISR versus solvent extraction (SX) is the separation factor (SF) between two separating elements which quantifies readiness and efficiency of a single stage of separation. In the case of Nd and Dy, the SF in SX is reported between 22 and 42 while ISR technology shows a consistent SF of around 30 (see Table 1). The higher the SF, the smaller the number of repetitions is required to attain a certain purity which makes the technology more cost effective. Additional work continues to further increase the SF and current indications are positive.

“Since April 2018, the main objective in the ISR technology development was to purify Dysprosium from Neodymium and other impurities in a cost‐efficient manner. To achieve that, we focused on increasing the separation factor. Any developing separation technology can purify Dy and Nd but doing it in just a few steps in high concentrations and in an environmentally sustainable and scalable way, is now a key selling point of the ISR technology. Now that we are comfortable with purifying the key rare earths out of magnetic residues up to magnet purity oxides, we believe ISR is the missing link to bringing circular economy to the permanent magnet industry outside of China. We will be working with the various sections of the supply chain to make this circular economy a reality.” commented Kiril Mugerman, President and CEO of GéoMégA and Innord.

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Quebec police suspect arson in fire that gutted Kuujjuaq youth protection office – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Sep 18, 2018 

KUUJJUAQ, Que. _ Police suspect arson in a fire that gutted the youth protection offices in the northern Quebec community of Kuujjuaq.

Provincial police say the fire broke out in a building housing the administrative offices of the agency at 9 p.m. Sunday evening.

Sgt. Louis-Philippe Bibeau says no arrests have been made in connection with the blaze, which caused damages estimated at $2 million.

Bibeau says major-crimes detectives are investigating the cause of the blaze.

The regional health board in Nunavik says the site was secured after the fire to protect the confidentiality of users’ files.

The board says youth protection activities in the region should resume at their normal pace as soon as possible.


Quebec English Electoral Debate: The AFNQL Underlines the Recognition of First Nations as a Solution to Labor Shortage

WENDAKE, QC, Sept. 18, 2018 – “First Nation issues are finally getting a nod in the electoral campaign but we want to hear more than just a few references,” stated Chief of the AFNQL Ghislain Picard, reacting to the English debate held yesterday.

During the debate, when questioned about labor shortage, Liberal and Parti quebecois leaders said they would turn to First Nations. “We need to bring Seniors in the workforce, (and) First Nations”, said Philippe Couillard. “Labor shortage is a real issue and there are number of ways to address it: First Nations for example… Ghislain Picard said since there were labor shortage in the regions, could we not maximize the employment of the youth from the First Nations and Inuits? I think it’s a great idea,” added Jean-François Lisée.

“Up to now, we have heard a lot of talk about immigration as a solution to the labor shortage, but very few dared to venture into the realm of First Nations demographic reality, which is that 55 per cent of our population is 25 years old and under. Yesterday, I was glad to hear two of the political party leaders recognize that we have an active population ready to work”, commented Chief Ghislain Picard, who wants to remind the political party leaders that 100 days into the new administration, the AFNQL will invite the next government to a formal meeting with our Chiefs Assembly. “For First Nations, employment, training, jobs, and a host of other sectors related to economy, need measures and a plan. Also, we can’t talk about economy if we don’t talk about access to lands and resources. But first, we need to talk,” concluded Chief Picard.

About the AFNQL
The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador is the political organization regrouping 43 Chiefs of the First Nations in Quebec and Labrador. Follow us on Twitter @APNQL.

For further information: Alain Garon,, Communications Officer, Cell.: (418) 254-4620


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