Canoe Lake Woman Receives $108,000 for Research

PhD candidate Cassandra Opikokew is hoping to find the indigenous solution to what some call the Indian problem. Opikokew, who grew up in Meadow Lake and is a member of the Canoe Lake First Nation, recently received a $108,000 research award to help her complete her dissertation, which is called ‘The Indian solution to the policy … [Read more...]

City Passes Budget

City council approved its 2013 budget on May 13, and also implemented a base tax and a new $75 levy which will go toward constructing a long-term senior care facility. The city had a total of $13,768,245 in revenue and $13,762,553 in expenses which resulted in the budget being passed with a surplus of $5,692. Despite the surplus, the city … [Read more...]

Rob Clarke challenges protesters

Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River MP has defended his government’s recent efforts to improve relations with First Nations communities amidst the recent ‘Idle No More’ movement. He also questioned some aspects of the movement, which arose in response to the federal government’s omnibus budget bill, which makes several changes to environmental … [Read more...]

Ruling Recognizes Métis As ‘Indians’

A federal court has issued a landmark ruling recognizing Métis people and non-status Indians as Indians under the Constitution Act. The Honourable Michael L. Phelan of the Federal Court Trial Division issued a declaration last week that the federal government has exclusive legislative jurisdiction over Métis and non-status Indians as well as a … [Read more...]

First Nations Protest Bill C-45

About 200-250 First Nations members and supporters made their voices, drums and thoughts heard as they marched through Meadow Lake to Conservative MP Rob Clarke’s office to oppose federal legislation Bill C-45. The Dec. 18 Meadow Lake rally comes a week after Idle No More protests protesting the federal government’s most recent budget bill took … [Read more...]

Wynne Runs For Leader

Don Valley West MPP Kathleen Wynne is presenting herself as a premier who would build consensus, listen to others and present a comprehensive vision for Ontario’s future. Wynne stepped down from her post as minister of urban affairs and housing on Nov. 2 and officially launched her bid for Ontario Liberal leader on Nov. 5 at a packed Japanese … [Read more...]

How Can We Pay For It?

Most Torontonians agree the city could use better public transit. The real question is who will foot the bill? That question was the focal point of a packed town hall meeting in midtown Oct. 22. We’re arriving at long last at a critical, but far more intelligent moment,” said Ward 22 councillor Josh Matlow, who hosted the panel discussion on … [Read more...]

No Casinos In Portlands, Meeting Told

Toronto-Danforth residents don’t want a casino anywhere near the Portlands, local MPP Peter Tabuns told a special community council meeting on Oct. 10. The NDP representative came out strongly against the idea of a casino in the Portlands, saying it would increase crime, cause congestion and undermine local businesses. Toronto and East York … [Read more...]

Mihevc Wants Tracks Gone

Ward 21 councillor Joe Mihevc is looking to remove the city’s unused streetcar tracks in hopes it will help prevent another fatal accident. Mihevc will be presenting a motion along with Ward 19 councillor Mike Layton to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on Sept. 12 asking for city staff to come up with a plan for the city’s … [Read more...]

Del Duca Keeps Vaughan Liberal

Liberal Steven Del Duca swept to victory Thursday night, keeping the riding red following the departure of Liberal Greg Sorbara. Del Duca received 51 percent of the popular vote and was met by a raucous crowd when he arrived with Premier Dalton McGuinty to the Supreme Banquet and Convention Centre in Woodbridge. Del Duca beat his nearest … [Read more...]