The Liberals introduced UNDRIP legislation in the previous Parliament, but it did not pass. Predictably, this ruling has been widely denounced by Indigenous leaders, who assumed it did. An UNDRIP veto over pipelines and other major infrastructure projects would be a dream come true for Indigenous militants and their climate change allies. To prevent this, the premiers must collectively go to Ottawa and insist that they be present and have a voice in any negotiations with Indigenous leaders. They should insist that this is their constitutional right, since any UNDRIP legislation will quickly become a de facto constitutional rule affecting provincial jurisdictions.
February 21, 2020 17:03 UTC
VANCOUVER - Most of Lululemon Athletica Inc.’s nearly 40 stores in China have been closed since early February amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, the company said. Some are now operating on a reduced schedule, while the company’s online business continues to operate. Other Canadian retailers with stores in China have been under the same orders as authorities work to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Tim Hortons, which has roughly 30 stores in the country mostly in the Shanghai region, temporarily closed several of its restaurants, executives said earlier this month. Earlier this month, Canada Goose Holdings Inc. cut its expectations for the year, citing “material negative impact” from the coronavirus.
February 21, 2020 16:54 UTC
MLB.TV notified online subscribers on Friday that Jays games will be blacked out on its streaming service nationwide. “We know that in the past you’ve streamed live Toronto Blue Jays games from within Canada in MLB.TV,” the email reads. “Starting with the 2020 regular season, live Toronto Blue Jays games will be blacked out on MLB.TV within Canada.”Major League Baseball used to control streaming rights for all 30 teams, but that changed last fall. The Jays and Sportsnet reached an agreement to make Sportsnet Now “the home for streaming Toronto Blue Jays games this season,” a spokesperson for the broadcaster said Friday. All live games on MLB.TV are unavailable in each club’s home television territory, according to the streaming service’s website.
February 21, 2020 16:52 UTC
The LeadFreight shipments on both of Canada’s coasts have been brought to a halt as ongoing protest blockades continue to affect rail traffic across the country. Meanwhile, New Brunswick’s forestry industry is facing problems due to the blockade on one of Ontario’s busiest rail lines. Alberta is “physically and structurally isolated from economic and political power structures,” the document reads, according to the CBC News. In that spirit, a study is nearing completion from the Fair Deal panel which focuses on separatist sentiment in Alberta. This closure is a temporary response to the lack of demand following nationwide rail blockades, the coronavirus outbreak and extreme weather challenges.
February 21, 2020 16:52 UTC
Shopify Inc. has joined a controversial, Facebook Inc.-led group working on a worldwide digital currency even after technology and financial services heavyweights have fled the high-profile association. That’s why we decided to become a member of the Libra Association,” Shopify said in its post. Shopify will help the Libra Association build “a safe, transparent, and consumer-friendly implementation of a global payment system that breaks down financial barriers for billions of people,” said Libra Association’s head of policy and communications Dante Disparte, in a statement to The Canadian Press. “Facebook has been involved in a lot of controversy lately ranging from politics to data to privacy to their business model. Facebook comes with a reputational risk for any company, so Shopify is taking that risk,” he said.
February 21, 2020 16:46 UTC
Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes had surgery to repair a groin injury. His wife, Meghan, posted a photo on social media on Thursday that showed Hughes in his hospital bed. It was the second offseason procedure for Hughes, who had wrist surgery on Jan. 20. Hughes, 31, has spent seven seasons with the Bills, following three with the Indianapolis Colts. Hughes’ wrist ailment was the subject of an NFL investigation as to whether the Bills violated a league policy regarding the reporting of injuries.
February 21, 2020 16:30 UTC
ST-LAMBERT, QUE.—Protesters at a rail blockade south of Montreal began dismantling their encampment Friday night after a contingent of riot police officers arrived to enforce a court injunction. Their appeal for supporters to demonstrate near the blockade site in St-Lambert, Que., drew more than 50 people. The blockade has interrupted freight traffic as well as passenger service for suburban commuters and Via Rail travellers. The Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs oppose the Coastal GasLink pipeline project that would carry natural gas to the B.C. The St-Lambert protesters previously said they would continue to block the railway until the RCMP leaves the Wet'suwet'en territory.
February 21, 2020 16:18 UTC
Representatives for both locals say the same issues remain unsolved at the bargaining table — job security, parental leave, benefits and wages. Mitchell singled out job security as “one of the most significant sticking points” on the table. The last contracts said any full-time city staff in the two unions with 15 years’ service at the end of the contract could not lose their jobs due to contracting out to the private sector. The city wants to keep the date Dec. 31, 2019, so the protection will be phased out as those with job security leave the city workforce. The four-year contract for outside workers expired Dec. 31, as did contracts for inside workers in CUPE Local 79 and Toronto Public Library staff in CUPE Local 4948.
February 21, 2020 16:18 UTC
Elizabeth Warren really, really wants surging Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg to free his accusers from their non-disclosure agreements. Pressed during that debate about his interactions with women, Bloomberg told Warren, who happens to be a legal expert who has taught law at U.S. universities, including Harvard:“None of them accuse me of doing anything, other than maybe they didn’t like a joke I told. They signed those agreements, and we’ll live with it.”Mike Bloomberg can easily release the women who have accused him of sexual harassment and discrimination. #CNNTownHall pic.twitter.com/gXMGZBBT6K — Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 21, 2020The response drew audience boos on the night, and perhaps sensing blood, Warren has taken things a step further. NBC reported that Warren said during a CNN townhall on Thursday:“So I used to teach contract law.
February 21, 2020 16:18 UTC
I read yesterday’s “Buffalo Declaration” signed by four Alberta Members of Parliament with the serious and consuming interest natural to an Albertan. The declaration commences with a long explanation of how “Alberta” was created by central Canadian Liberals against the expressed political will of the residents. Alberta or Buffalo? It turns out that the people who came from the corners of the Earth to dwell in West Buffalo were sailing into a trap. And if it should occur to you that one of the signatories of the Buffalo Declaration now protesting perpetual Albertan exclusion from government was a minister of the federal Crown 52 months ago, well, maybe that’s your false consciousness talking.
February 21, 2020 16:07 UTC
So I told my mom ‘I’m stopping, I’m going over there,’” McNally told WXIN-TV. If that were my child or my husband or my family member, I would want somebody to run up if they could,“ she told The Indianapolis Star. Running toward the driver, McNally crossed paths with another man who was bringing a blanket to help extinguish the flames and cover the driver, whose clothes had burned off. As they began walking him away from the fire, an explosion rocked the overturned truck, which the driver told them was loaded with 4000 gallons (15,142 litres) of jet fuel. John Perrine told The Indianapolis Star.
February 21, 2020 15:45 UTC
The 19 landed on a chartered China Airlines plane at the island’s main airport in Taoyuan, live television channels showed. More than 620 passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise liner have been infected with the coronavirus, the most outside mainland China. It has been quarantined in Yokohama port since Feb. 3 and initially had about 3,700 passengers and crew on board. Hundreds of international passengers from the ship have now left for chartered flights home including those from the United States, Hong Kong and Canada. A taxi-driver died from the new coronavirus last week, the first such fatality in Taiwan.
February 21, 2020 15:45 UTC
“Based on the feedback from our athletes and coaches, we will not participate in the Winterberg World Cup,” USA Luge said in a statement Friday. However, USA Luge later reiterated that none of the Americans would be part of World Cup weekend. The de facto boycott by some athletes will have an impact on who winds up winning the season World Cup men’s, women’s and doubles championships. Winterberg is the next-to-last race on the World Cup schedule, followed by the finale next weekend in Konigssee, Germany. Only five doubles sleds competed, compared with 15 that were in the Nations Cup doubles race at the most recent World Cup earlier this month.
February 21, 2020 15:00 UTC
Thailand's constitutional court on Friday ordered the popular opposition Future Forward Party dissolved, declaring that it violated election law by accepting a loan from its leader, charismatic 41-year-old Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. Future Forward Party Leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit gave a fiery speech to supporters, urging them not to despair in the face of the court's ruling. The Future Forward Party isn't just a political party, but a spirit, people and a journey." They dissolved Thaksin's Thai Rak Thai Party and its immediate replacement. A supporter of Future Forward Party weeps in Bangkok after a Thai court ordered the party dissolved.
February 21, 2020 14:37 UTC
The new sultan of Oman has v owed to uphold his predecessor’s foreign policy approach, which was based on non-interference. Oman’s foreign affairs minister, Yusuf bin Alawi Abdullah, greeted Pompeo upon his arrival in Muscat on Friday. Pompeo assured the crown prince that the United States stands with Saudi Arabia in the face of Iranian threats, the State Department said. Members of Congress had called on Pompeo to raise the case during his visit to Saudi Arabia. A critic of the crown prince, Khashoggi was living in exile and writing about the prince’s crackdown on critics and activists when agents who worked for the Saudi prince killed and dismembered him inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
February 21, 2020 14:26 UTC