Alberta forest fire forces evacuation of oilsands facilities

Cenovus Energy's Foster Creek plant in northeast Alberta. (Canadian Press/Cenovus )

Cenovus Energy’s Foster Creek plant in northeast Alberta. (Canadian Press/Cenovus )

Cenovus and CNRL shut down operations as precautionary move

CBC News, May 23, 2015

Cenovus Energy and Canadian Natural Resources Limited have evacuated their facilities within the Cold Lake Air Weapons range, close to Alberta’s eastern border, due to an out-of-control forest fire in the area.

“Yesterday, CNRL evacuated their plant facilities in the Primrose area and then, last night at 11 o’clock, we advised Cenovus in Foster Creek that it would be a good precautionary move to evacuate their personnel as well,” said  Leslie Lozinski, spokeswoman for the province’s environmental and resource ministry. Read the rest of this entry

Review of the Mora Companion MG Knife

Mora Companion MG with a fish club carved from maple.

Mora Companion MG with a fish club carved from maple.

by Warrior Publications, May 22, 2015

Mora is the name of a town in Sweden, as well as a knife making company renowned for producing good quality but inexpensive knives (Mora of Sweden). The Mora Companion is probably one of the most popular and recommended knives among those involved in bushcrafting or other outdoor wilderness activities. Many survival and bushcraft schools and instructors use and/or recommend the Companion as a primary knife choice. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. First Nations leaders’ new book calls for native self-determination

Arthur Manuel, former chief of the Neskonlith First Nation.

Arthur Manuel, former chief of the Neskonlith First Nation.

Former leaders say self-determination will help indigenous people become self-sufficient

By Radio West, CBC News, May 21, 2015

Two B.C. First Nations leaders have just written a book that outlines the challenges Indigenous people face and offers solutions that they believe could benefit their people and the rest of the country.

It’s called Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call. Read the rest of this entry

Nunavut RCMP plan recruitment program for Inuit officers

Inuit RCMP Sgt Merle Carpenter. Photo: CBC News.

RCMP Sgt Merle Carpenter. Photo: CBC News.

Sergeant Merle Carpenter says RCMP last hired an Inuit officer over 8 years ago

CBC News, May 22, 2015

Nunavut RCMP are looking for more Inuit police officers, and have launched an ambitious program aimed at growing the number of Inuit in law enforcement.

Taught in Iqaluit, the Inuit Cadet Development Program is aimed at Nunavut high school graduates. The 8-month course would be taught like a boot camp, shaping students physically and mentally, while taking courses related to policing. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. First Nations lose social funding

On-reserve social assistance programs — distributed through B.C.’s First Nations Social Development Society — will no longer have federal funding by the end of September, and the group still doesn’t know why.

Society president Jamie Hill said for the nearly 15 years, the group has provided support for Band Social Development Workers for all 203 First Nation bands in B.C. “as the only support service for on-reserve income assistance policy clarification, support, training and the adjudication of Person with Disability in B.C.” Read the rest of this entry

Spy agencies target mobile phones, app stores to implant spyware

Cell phone surveillanceUsers of millions of smartphones put at risk by certain mobile browser gaps, Snowden file shows

By Amber Hildebrandt and Dave Seglins, CBC News, May 21, 2015

Canada and its spying partners exploited weaknesses in one of the world’s most popular mobile browsers and planned to hack into smartphones via links to Google and Samsung app stores, a top secret document obtained by CBC News shows.

Electronic intelligence agencies began targeting UC Browser — a massively popular app in China and India with growing use in North America — in late 2011 after discovering it leaked revealing details about its half-billion users. Read the rest of this entry

Missing Pond Inlet man walks safely into Repulse Bay

Brian Koonoo. Photo: CBC News.

Brian Koonoo. Photo: CBC News.

‘I am happy to be alive! Love you all,’ says Brian Koonoo on Facebook after week long ordeal

CBC News, May 20, 2015

Brian Koonoo, a 36-year-old man from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, walked safely into Repulse Bay Wednesday morning after four days of air and ground searches were unable to locate him.

Koonoo, who works for Parks Canada, originally set out on snowmobile from Pond Inlet on May 10. He arrived in Igloolik May 12 and spent the night before heading on to Hall Beach the next day, according to Nunavut RCMP.

He’d already travelled at least 450 kilometres when he left Hall Beach on May 13, en route to Repulse Bay. Read the rest of this entry

Gitxsan LNG opponents protest Kispiox information meeting

Gitxsan Madii Lii logoby Alicia Bridges, Smithers Interior News, May 20, 2015

The RCMP was onsite at the Kispiox Hall this morning to supervise a protest against an LNG information session being held by the provincial government and the Gitxsan Development Corporation.

Today’s presentation is one of two organized by the B.C. government and the GDC, a Gitxsan enterprise company, to be held today and tomorrow.

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Alberta: Dramatic rise in Maskwacis suicide rate creates ‘critical crisis’

"Death wish" graffiti in Maskwacis, formerly known as Hobbema, near Edmonton, Alberta.  Photo: CBC News.

“Death wish” graffiti in Maskwacis, formerly known as Hobbema, near Edmonton, Alberta. Photo: CBC News.

‘It’s beyond crisis. It’s an epidemic,’ says Cree culture and education teacher

By Terry Reith and Briar Stewart, CBC News, May 20, 2015

On the hilltop beside a tiny chapel, Rick Lightning gazes at the fresh grave of his 20-year-old daughter.

The youngest of 11 children, Amber Lightning died March 4, one in a series of suicides that has shaken the small Cree community about an hour’s drive south of Edmonton. Read the rest of this entry

Imperial Metals losing money as Mount Polley still closed, Red Chris not at full production

Aerial view of the Mount Polley tailings pond breach.

Aerial view of the Mount Polley tailings pond breach.

Company has applied to restart Mt Polley, closed since failure last summer of waste dam

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