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Invitation to media – Press conference on Government of Canada support for two Sept-Îles businesses

From: Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Sept-Îles, Quebec, July 17, 2018 – Stéphane Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Argenteuil–La Petite-Nation and Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Persons with Disabilities, will announce financial support for two Sept-Îles companies: Envirolik, which markets its products under the Atikuss brand, and Metal 7.

The announcement will be made on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED).

After the press conference, the media will have an opportunity to take part in a guided tour of the Agara Complex where the Atikuss products are made.

Press conference date:
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Time:
3:00 p.m.

Location:
Agara Complex
136 Des Montagnais Blvd.
Uashat mak Mani-Utenam, Quebec
G4R 5R2

Contacts

Media Relations
Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
514-283-7443
dec.media.ced@canada.ca

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Shrimp royalties steady in Nunavik – Nunatsiaq.com

July 17, 2018

Market strong while species health under watch for Nunavik shrimp fishery

Makivik Corp. hauled in $7.2 million in fishing royalties this year from its 2017-2018 shrimp fishery.

That shrimp season ended March 31, but the Nunavik Inuit organization released this annual figure July 4, after meeting with its Newfoundland fishing partner.

“The market seems to be steady,” said Makivik’s vice president of economic development, Andy Moorhouse.

Makivik’s annual net revenues from the fisheries grew from $829,111 in 2011 to $7.6 million in 2016.

“The prices for our northern shrimp remain strong and we are increasing our market in Europe,” Makivik said in a news release. “Northern shrimp is very popular in China and this is a market that we continue to develop.”

Read More: http://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/65674shrimp_royalties_steady_in_nunavik/

Robert Lepage willing to sit down with opponents of upcoming show – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Jul 16, 2018 12:28

MONTREAL _ Quebec director Robert Lepage says he is willing to meet with people who are opposed to one of his his upcoming shows because it does not include Indigenous performers.

About 30 people signed an open letter in Le Devoir on Saturday to denounce Lepage for the absence of Indigenous actors in the show called Kanata.

The show, which claims to explore Canada’s history “through the lens of the relationship between white and Aboriginal peoples,” will be performed in Paris in December by a French acting group.

The criticism comes shortly after a run of Lepage’s play SLAV was cancelled amid accusations of racial insensitivity because it featured few black actors.

Lepage is proposing the meeting be held on Thursday when Paris theatre director Ariane Mnouchkine will be in Montreal.

Lepage is also offering to meet with representatives of a group opposed to SLAV before the next time it is presented early next year. But a spokesman for the group said today it had not yet had any formal contact from Lepage.

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Release: Over $449 000 for the realisation of two projects in Nunavik

Chibougamau, July 12th 2018.- The Quebec Government, through the Fonds d’appui au rayonnement des regions (FARR) announced a financial aid of $449 000$ for the realisation of two projects in Nunavik. This support comes from the Stratégie gouvernementale pour assurer l’occupation et la vitalité des territoires 2018-2022.

Mr. Jean Boucher, M.N.A for Ungava and Parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks announced the projects that were selected on behalf of Mr. Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security, and Minister responsible for the Montreal Region.

These projects answer the 2017-2018 regional priority that was identified by the administrative committee of the Kativik Regional Government (KRG). This priority is to improve the living conditions of elders. This issue was chosen from the 12 development priorities that were formulated in the Parnasimautik report.

Quotes:

“The FARR is a tool that allows the KRG to identify its own priorities and support projects that answer the direct needs of their population and positively affect more than one Northern Village. This fund allows projects that are more adapted to the particularities of Nunavik to be implemented.”

Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security, and Minister responsible for the Montreal Region

“I am proud to witness the efforts that are put in place to maintain and promote Inuit traditions. In addition to insuring regional development, the selected projects will highlight this unique culture as well as preserve Inuktitut.”

Luc Blanchette, Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks and Minister responsible for Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec

“Elders hold a leading role in Nunavik and their citizen participation must be recognized. This is why the initiatives supported by the FARR will favour their contributions to the social and cultural development of the Inuit community as well as prevent their isolation.”

Jean Boucher, M.N.A for Ungava and Parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks

“Elders are the custodians of our Inuit heritage, culture and language. The KRG has chosen to direct FARR support for the benefit of the region’s elders through two main projects: the participation of elder representatives from every Nunavik community at an annual elders’ gathering this summer and the production of a documentary video to preserve the life experiences of our elders who lives have spanned a tumultuous period of change. These projects are important for who we are as Inuit and underscore the place of our Inuit values in a modern society.”

Jennifer Munick, Chairperson, Kativik Regional Government

Highlights:

  • The FARR was created in conjunction to the Regional Development Fund in order to allow municipal and regional elected officials to support projects that will maximise the positive effects for their communities.
  • Of the $449 000, over $293 000 will be granted for 2017-2018. The financial aid will be laid out over more than one financial year.
  • In total, it will be $310M over 5 years that will be invested in regional development through the FARR. The envelope for this program is as follows: $30M for 2017-2018, $45M for 2018-2019, $60M for 2019-2020, $75M for 2020-2021 and $100M per year starting in 2021-2022.
  • Links:

http://www.mamot.gouv.qc.ca/developpement-territorial/programmes/fonds-dappui-au-rayonnement-des-regions-farr/

https://www.mamrot.gouv.qc.ca/ovt/strategie-gouvernementale-2018-2022/

To learn more about the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy :

https://www.facebook.com/AffairesMunicipalesOccupationTerritoire/

https://twitter.com/MAMOTQC

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Minister Duclos will lead the Canadian Delegation for the 2018 United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

July 14, 2018                        New York, New York            Employment and Social Development Canada

Canada is taking meaningful action to ensure prosperity, eradicate poverty and protect the planet. That is why Canada, and all member countries, adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. The Government of Canada strongly supports the efforts of the United Nations and is committed to working with its national and international partners to advance the 2030 Agenda and to build a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has mandated the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development, to coordinate Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda, in collaboration with his cabinet colleagues. As part of his new role, Minister Duclos will lead the Canadian Delegation in New York, for the 2018 United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development to present Canada’s first Voluntary National Review (VNR), which will highlight Canada’s progress to date on the 2030 Agenda. Minister Duclos will be joined by representatives from provinces and territories, municipalities, academics, Indigenous peoples, youth and civil society.

During the Forum, Canada will highlight that it continues to make good progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda both at home and abroad. Many of the Government’s current priorities, such as growing and strengthening Canada’s middle class, reducing poverty, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, advancing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls and ensuring access to justice for all Canadians support Canada’s progress towards the 2030 Agenda and its overarching goals.

The Government of Canada will also highlight that it is only through meaningful partnerships that bring together all levels of government, civil society, Indigenous peoples, stakeholders and partners that it will be possible to create a healthier, more peaceful and more secure country for future generations.

Quotes

“It’s an honour for me to lead the Canadian delegation to the High-Level Political Forum and lead Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda. While Canada has made progress in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals, there is still a lot of work to do to end poverty and inequality, build more prosperous and peaceful societies and protect the planet. I look forward to greater collaboration with our partners on the goals to ensure that no one is left behind.”
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Quick facts

  • On July 17, 2018, Canada will present its first VNR, which is one of the primary follow-up and review mechanisms for countries to show their progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.
  • Through Budget 2018, the Government of Canada allocated $49.4 million over 13 years, starting in 2018–19, to establish a robust SDG Unit to coordinate Canadian efforts to advance the SDGs both internationally and domestically and fund monitoring and reporting activities by Statistics Canada. Up to $59.8 million over 13 years, starting in 2018–19, will also be provided from existing departmental resources for programming to support the implementation of the SDGs in Canada.
  • In the coming months, Minister Duclos, in collaboration with other government departments, will coordinate the development of a National Strategy through engagement with provinces and territories, municipalities, Indigenous peoples and other stakeholders that will catalyze action on the SDGs across the country.
  • An SDG Unit is being established at ESDC to coordinate, monitor and report on activities related to the implementation of the national strategy.
  • While all ministers, federal departments and agencies will support the implementation of the SDGs, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tasked eight ministers to champion the advancement of the 2030 Agenda: The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, The Honourable Patricia Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services.
  • In May, Statistics Canada launched the Sustainable Development Goals Data Hub, a website with valuable statistics and metrics to track Canada’s progress in achieving the SDGs.
  • In June 2017, Canada launched its Feminist International Assistance Policy, which seeks to eradicate poverty and build a more peaceful, more inclusive and more prosperous world.

Associated links

Contacts

Michael Brewster
A/Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
819-654-5546

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

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Kativk Regional Government: Enhancements to the Food and Other Essentials Program

The list of eligible items under the Food and Other Essentials Program has been enhanced to reduce the costs of more food and non food items purchased from retail stores in the region. Among the changes, a 30% discount will now be applied on all fresh fruit and vegetables. As well, the items covered under many other product categories have been expanded to include all sizes and brands.

“The financial burden faced by families is difficult,” stated Jennifer Munick, Chairperson of the Kativk Regional Government (KRG). “The Food Program is an important regional tool that is helping us to reduce prices as much as possible.”

The Food and Other Essentials Program provides discounts for all Nunavimmiut of between 20 and 40% on over 1500 food, personal care, household, clothing and other products purchased from Nunavik retailers. Items covered under the Program include: tea, butter, lard and flour; vegetable and fruit juice; canned meat, vegetables and fruit; peanut butter, sugar, ketchup and cereal; baby-care products, soap, laundry detergent and toilet paper; clothing and footwear; as well as camping fuel and snowmobile and outboard motor oil.

“Makivik is always proud to be a part of this program to reduce the high cost of living in Nunavik. If not for these kinds of measures, Inuit especially would be struggling even more to put food on the table,” said Charlie Watt, President of the Makivik Corporation.

Participating retail stores are cooperative stores and Northern Stores in the communities, plus Newviq’vi in Kuujjuaq, as well as gasoline distributors for the sale of camping fuel and snowmobile and outboard motor oil. Program display cards on store shelves and blue price stickers are used to identify eligible products. Details on eligible products may also be obtained from local retail store managers and on the KRG website at Nunavik Cost-of-Living Reduction Measures.

On July 15, payments of $875 will also be made to eligible elders in the communities under the Elders’ Assistance program which is another one of the Nunavik Cost-of-Living Reduction Measures. The biannual payments under this program aim to mitigate some of the difficult socio-economic conditions faced by elders, including low personal incomes and government social security benefits that are not adapted to Nunavik’s high cost of living.

Background information

Funding for the Nunavik Cost-of-Living Reduction Measures is paid by the Québec government pursuant to the Agreement on the Financing of Measures to Reduce the Cost of Living in Nunavik. The resource envelope available in 2018–2019 totals $13 million.

Also under the Agreement, an in-depth study of the consumer patterns of Nunavimmiut has been conducted by Université Laval with a view to developing a comparative cost of living index. Full details on the most recent findings are available at www.nunivaat.org. The KRG and the Québec government are carrying out negotiations (with the Makivik Corporation acting as an intervener) in order to renew long-term funding to help alleviate Nunavik’s high cost of living.

The Nunavik Cost-of-Living Measures are determined jointly by the Makivik Corporation and the KRG. The criteria applicable to all the measures are subject to modification or cancellation at any time. The KRG is responsible for administering the implementation of the measures.

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Boralex – Release of the 2018 Second Quarter Financial Results

Montréal, July 13, 2018 – Boralex Inc. (” Boralex ” or the ” Corporation “) announces that the release of the 2018 second quarter results will take place on August 10, 2018.

Financial analysts are invited to attend a conference call during which the financial results will be presented.

Date and time:

Friday, August 10, 2018 at 11 a.m. ET

Dial-in numbers:

1-888-231-8191 or 647-427-7450

Media and other interested individuals are invited to listen to the conference and view a presentation which will be broadcasted live and on a deferred basis on the Boralex corporate website at www.boralex.com. A full replay will also be available by dialing toll free at 1-855-859-2056 until August 17, 2018. The access code is 50661339, followed by the pound sign (#).

The financial information will be released through a press release and on the Boralex’s website on August 10, 2018 at 7 a.m.

About Boralex

Boralex develops, builds and operates renewable energy power facilities in Canada, France and the United States. A leader in the Canadian market and France’s largest independent producer of onshore wind power, the Corporation is recognized for its solid experience in optimizing its asset base in four power generation types — wind, hydroelectric, thermal and solar. Boralex ensures sustained growth by leveraging the expertise and diversification developed over the past 25 years. Boralex’s shares and convertible debentures are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols BLX and BLX.DB.A, respectively. More information is available at www.boralex.com or www.sedar.com.

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For more information:

Media

Julie Cusson
Director, Public Affairs and Communications
Boralex Inc.
514 291-7857

Marc Jasmin
Director, Investor Relations
Boralex Inc.
514 284-9868
marc.jasmin@boralex.com

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Media Advisory – Resolute to Host Management Call to Discuss Second Quarter 2018 Results

MONTRÉAL, July 12, 2018 – Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) expects to announce its second quarter financial results on August 2, 2018, at 7:00 a.m. (ET), and will hold a conference call to discuss the results at 9:00 a.m. (ET).

The public is invited to join the call at (877) 223-4471 at least fifteen minutes before its scheduled start time. A simultaneous webcast will also be available using the link provided under “Presentations and Webcasts” in the “Investors” section of www.resolutefp.com. A replay of the webcast will be archived on the company’s website.

About Resolute Forest Products
Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including market pulp, tissue, wood products, newsprint and specialty papers, which are marketed in close to 70 countries. The company owns or operates some 40 manufacturing facilities, as well as power generation assets, in the United States and Canada. Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards. The shares of Resolute Forest Products trade under the stock symbol RFP on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

For further information: Investors, Silvana Travaglini, Treasurer and Vice President, Investor Relations, 514 394-2217, ir@resolutefp.com; Media and Others, Seth Kursman, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Sustainability and Government Affairs, 514 394-2398, seth.kursman@resolutefp.com

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Key steps to getting out of credit card debt as the cost of borrowing rises – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Jul 12, 2018 

By Ian Bickis

THE CANADIAN PRESS

The Bank of Canada’s latest rate increase has raised the cost of borrowing as well as the importance of paying off debts.

Credit cards often carry interest rates in the double digits, some of the most crippling in the debt world, so anyone carrying a balance on one should make it their top priority to pay off _ even if the big banks’ decision to raise their prime rates doesn’t directly impact credit card rates, said Credit Counselling Society president Scott Hannah.

“If a person is regularly carrying a balance on their credit card, that’s a problem,” he said.

About 44 per cent of Canadians are $200 a month or less away from financial insolvency, according to accounting firm MNP.

Credit agency TransUnion said earlier this month that average non-mortgage debt stood at $29,312 per person, including an average credit card balance of $4,154. But about half of Canadians pay off their credit cards each month, so the burden is actually much higher for those who don’t.

Tackling debt can seem daunting, and many consumers choose to ignore the problem by paying only the monthly minimum, but an honest financial self-assessment and some planning will pay dividends in the long run, said Hannah.

The first step in taking on messy finances is to draw up a workable budget, with reasonable spending cuts, that’s not too restrictive, he said.

“If your morning latte is a must-have, keep it, and look for other areas in your budget to scale back on.”

Long-term planning and patience is important so that you actually stick to a plan. That includes putting money aside for expenses such as car repairs so that they can be paid with cash, rather than using a credit card and restarting the debt cycle, he said.

“It’s why so many people fail with their New Year’s resolution to get out of debt real fast. It doesn’t work.”

Reducing credit card debt also requires a personal strategy regarding how they’re going to be paid off, especially since the average client has four or five credit cards, but Hannah thinks it’s important to pick the card with the smallest balance and pay that off first.

“Getting that win under your belt is really motivating.”

Consolidation loans are an option as they will provide a single lower rate of interest, but Hannah recommends waiting until you establish a track record of sticking with a budget, which could take months or years.

Too many people get a consolidated loan only to dip into credit cards before it’s paid off, due to an emergency or perceived need, so the track record is important, said Hannah.

“It takes a while if you’ve never done it before, to use a budget. You’re going to make mistakes,” he added.

Establishing a proven budget and payment plan could also make it easier to get that consolidated loan once the groundwork has been laid.

Online loans from less established lenders may appear to offer a seemingly cheaper rate, but Hannah warns that consumers should carefully review the terms. Actual rates can be much higher than those advertised, and can carry hefty penalties for things like late payments, so borrowers should be extra wary of the terms.

Transferring balances to a low-interest credit card can cut interest payments, but doing so often triggers a balance transfer charge. The approach also still relies on credit cards, which Hannah says people need to give up altogether until they get out of debt.

Sticking to a budget also means checking in regularly on progress, seeing those balances clock down, and having patience with the process, said Hannah.

“Along the way you’ll have a few setbacks, because life is just cruel, we all have setbacks, so you have to be able to manage through those pieces.”

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Expanding The Circle: First Nations Economic Reconciliation

July 11, 2018

On Wednesday, November 8 at the University of Winnipeg, the National Indigenous Economic Development Board (NIEDB), in partnership with the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA), Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and the Public Policy Forum (PPF), presented Expanding the Circle: What Reconciliation and Inclusive Economic Growth Can Mean for First Nations and Canada. The NIEDB’s Reconciliation: Growing Canada’s Economy by $27.7 Billion.

Economic reconciliation means ensuring that Indigenous Peoples are not excluded from participating in and benefitting from Canada’s prosperity. The economic inclusion of Indigenous Peoples in Canada’s economy is not only a way of addressing past wrongs, but also an investment that can benefit all Canadians. In fact, closing the significant opportunity gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians will annually boost Canada’s GDP by $27.7 billion.

The Expanding the Circle series of conferences features leaders and experts from across the country. The conferences look at the importance of inclusive economic growth for reconciliation, and highlight solutions to address the significant gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. The first of this three-part series focused on increasing economic opportunities for First Nations.

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