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From: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Government of Canada provides more than $236,000 to support the promotion of Acadian history

August 20, 2018 – Glooscap First Nation, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Building unique historical product offerings that capitalize on innovative ways to provide authentic experiential cultural experiences is key to attracting tourists to Canada and generating income through increased visitation. The Government of Canada is providing la Société Promotion Grand-Pré with contributions totaling $236,482 to develop enhanced cultural tourism experiences at the Grand-Pré National Historic Site.

The funding was announced today by the Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board, Minister of Digital Government and Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

The purpose of this initiative is to develop new tourism experiences at the Grand-Pré National Historic Site to increase visitation and promote the historically unique and formative relationships of the Acadian and Mi’kmaq founding cultures. La Société Promotion Grand-Pré is committed to honouring the region’s history through a series of educational and cultural experiences.

One of the cultural offerings kicked off Friday, August 17 at the opening ceremony of the ‘Landscape of Cultures Festival’, which was hosted by the Glooscap First Nation. The festival places music, food, dance, art and folklore at centre stage to educate Canadians about the storied resilience of a cooperative relationship between the Acadians and Mi’kmaq that has helped both peoples thrive.

These investments build on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces to drive economic growth through the Atlantic Growth Strategy by helping the tourism industry attract more visitors and create new jobs across the region. This bold new approach is in line with Canada’s Tourism Vision, which seeks to make Canada a top-ten global tourism destination by 2025.

Quotes

“Canada is a nation whose social fabric is vibrant, enhanced by the many cultures that have contributed to its growth. We are stronger when we celebrate our multiculturalism, connected by values of mutual respect. More than 400 years ago the Acadians and Mi’kmaq peoples were living side by side in a spirit of friendship that even today serves as an important example of the enduring relationships that can develop when working towards a common goal. I applaud La Société Promotion Grand-Pré for its efforts to promote this history, and what it teaches us about the value of inclusion.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Our government understands the importance of learning from history, and understanding the role past events have played in shaping Canada and who we are as a nation and a people today. We are pleased to support La Société Promotion Grand-Pré as it encourages visitation to the region to celebrate the diversity and inclusion that defined the aspirational cooperation between the Acadian and Mi’kmaq peoples.”

– The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board, Minister of Digital Government, and Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants

“The Government of Nova Scotia is pleased to support the Landscape of Cultures Festival. Through the Culture Action Plan, we are making important investments in our communities and in our culture sector that help to build strong and healthy communities, bring people and communities together and promote, preserve and celebrate our culture and heritage. We also know Nova Scotia’s culture sector has tremendous economic value – it creates jobs and drives tourism and business opportunities, thereby helping to strengthen our economy.”

– The Honourable Leo Glavine, Nova Scotia Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage

“La Société Promotion Grand-Pré is very pleased to join with the Glooscap First Nation to co-host a two-day celebration which will feature Mi’kmaq, Acadian and local cultural expression. The Landscape of Cultures Festival is a great opportunity to build increased cultural awareness between the two groups, local communities and visitors.”

– Justin Mury, President of La Société Promotion Grand-Pré

“The Glooscap First Nation is pleased to participate in the stewardship of the Landscape of Grand Pré, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2012. We believe that the Landscape of Cultures Festival will enhance the visibility and appreciation of Mi’kmaq culture and help build bridges with other cultural communities”.

– Chief Sidney Peters, Glooscap First Nation

Quick facts

  • Of the $236,482 federal investment, ACOA is providing a non-repayable contribution of $150,000, over a three-year period, through its Business Development Program, which supports not-for-profit organizations that provides support to Atlantic businesses.
  • Additional funding will be provided over a one-year period by Parks Canada ($53,000), Canadian Heritage through its Multiculturalism Program ($19,000), Employment and Social Development Canada through the Canada Summer Jobs program ($14,482), and the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage ($15,000) and the Office of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie ($5,000).
  • Parks Canada designated Grand-Pré a National Historic Site in 1982. In 2012, the “Landscape of Grand-Pré” was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
  • This project will help maintain six jobs, with potential to add more with increased visitation to the Grand-Pré National Historic Site.
  • The ACOA funding stems from the Economic Development Initiative, a component of the Government of Canada’s official languages strategy. ACOA leads the initiative in Atlantic Canada to strengthen linguistic duality, reinforce Canada’s national identity and provide economic benefits for Canadians.

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Contacts

Alex Smith
Director of Communications and Outreach
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Phone: 902-426-9417 | 902-830-3839 (cell)
E-mail: alex.smith@canada.ca

Roxanne Richard
Partnering, Engagement and Communications Officer
Northern New Brunswick Field Unit
Parks Canada / Government of Canada
1045 Main Street, Unit 114, Moncton NB E1C 0N5
roxanne.richard@pc.gc.ca / Tel: 506-851-4661 / Cel: 506-224-0043

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
E-mail: pch.media-media.pch@canada.ca

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
E-mail: media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
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Lynette MacLeod
Communities, Culture and Heritage
Cell: 902-229-0785
E-mail: lynette.macleod@novascotia.ca

Claude DeGrâce
Managing Director
Société Promotion Grand-Pré
Phone : 902-698-7855
E-mail : claude.degrace@gmail.com

Chief Sidney Peters
Glooscap First Nation
159 Smith Rd
Hantsport, Nova Scotia
Phone : 902-684-9788
E-mail : admin@glooscapfirstnation.com

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Unifor donation in support of the Mi’Kmaw Friendship Centre

August 19, 2018

HALIFAX- Unifor donated $80,000 to the Mi’Kmaw Friendship Centre through a fundraiser and Canadian Community Fund.

The union also pledged that members who work in the skilled trades would donate their skills to help in the hard work of building a vibrant community centre.

“Unifor unites with Indigenous people in the ongoing struggle against intergenerational violence and colonialism,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Members from coast to coast to coast came together in this fundraiser to support the life-altering work of the Mi’Kmaw Friendship Centre.”

The fundraiser last night was part of Unifor’s ongoing support of truth and reconciliation as members from across the country gathered in Halifax for the union’s annual Canadian Council this weekend at the Convention Centre.

The Mi’Kmaw Friendship Centre serves as a focal point for the Halifax Indigenous community, providing programs that support Indigenous health, justice, employment, and education and offers a space to gather for community functions and events.

“We are committed to reconciliation at Unifor,” said Lana Payne, Unifor Atlantic Regional Director. “The ongoing work of reconciliation challenges us to be better community members and allies, this fundraiser is part of how we do that work.”

The Canadian Community Fund is a 5 cent per work hour collective bargaining package funded by Unifor employers that also includes funding for women’s advocates who help women facing violence and paid leave for skilled trades members to participate in relief efforts, conduct repairs at local women’s shelters or other similar work.

Unifor is also a partner of the friendship centre’s program, Pathways to Shipbuilding, a program that integrates education, industry and community partnerships to create pathways for Indigenous people to enter the shipbuilding industry. Over the two-year program, community and industry supporters, including Indigenous employees working at the Halifax Shipyard, coach participants.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Director Natalie Clancy Natalie.Clancy@Unifor.org or (902) 478-9238.

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Fisheries officers seize 100 crates of lobster from seafood distributor – CBC

Lobster believed to be harvested under Indigenous food, social, ceremonial licence

Aug 20, 2018

Inspectors with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans seized more than $50,000 worth of lobster from a seafood distributor in New Edinburgh, N.S., earlier this month.

The department says fisheries officers from the Meteghan detachment inspected the fish distribution facility on Aug. 9 and seized more than 100 crates of lobster.

A spokesperson for the department said the officers believed the lobsters were caught and retained under an Indigenous food, social and ceremonial fisheries licence.

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/fisheries-oceans-lobster-seizure-1.4791519

NunatuKavut Community Council Invests in Community Infrastructure

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, LABRADOR, August 20, 2018 – The NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) today announced the approval of 11 projects, totalling $397,325, under the Investing in NunatuKavut Communities Infrastructure Program (INCIP).

INCIP has two application deadlines per year: April and October. For each intake, communities and organizations can access up to $30,000 in funding for project planning and proposal development and up to $100,000 for direct investment into infrastructure projects like building construction, water and sewer and land development.

The following are the approved projects from the April 2018 intake:

Proponent Project Description Funding
Norman Bay Recreation Reconstruction and Enlargement of Dump Site $9,775
Committee
Potable Water Dispensing Unit Engineering Study $30,000
Port Hope Simpson Town Council Tourism Infrastructure Improvement $36,258
Battle Harbour Assisted Living Emergency Generator Installation $5,705
Corporation
Mary’s Harbour Town Council Enhancing the Visitor Experience – Community Trail $12,153
Networks
Lodge Bay Local Service District Artisan Well Drilling $20,000
Charlottetown Volunteer Fire Prepare and Develop Site for Construction of Fire Hall $100,000
Department
Charlottetown Town Council Water and Sewer Project Completion (Road $45,000
Remediation)
St. Lewis Town Council Construction of Multi-Purpose Building $100,000
Tourism Enhancement $21,282
Research Project on Water and Sewer Options $17,152

The next INCIP application deadline is October 15, 2018. Details on applying are available at www.nunatukavut.ca.

Quick Facts

  • INCIP, which is a three-year pilot program, is the first infrastructure program developed by NCC that is fully funded from its own source revenues.
  • Community organizations in year-round NunatuKavut communities from Cartwright to Lodge Bay are eligible to apply for funding through INCIP. This includes community governance bodies, committees and other not-for-profit groups.
  • NCC is the representative governing body for approximately 6,000 Southern Inuit.
  • NunatuKavut means “Our Ancient Land” in Inuttitut and is the traditional territory of the Southern Inuit.
  • In July 2018, NCC entered into talks with the Government of Canada on the recognition of its Indigenous rights and self-determination.

Quotes

“Through the Investing in NunatuKavut Communities Infrastructure Program, NCC is making direct, meaningful and significant investments into NunatuKavut communities. Funding can be leveraged from other sources, which allows communities and groups to look at undertaking larger infrastructure projects that may not have been previously possible. This program also encourages communities to determine their own priorities, look at sustainability and apply for funding based on greatest need – an important step in self-governance. We look forward to the many opportunities that lie ahead for NCC and Southern Inuit.”

  • Todd Russell, President of NCC

“Funds from this infrastructure program will have a huge impact on projects for our town that we normally would not be able to achieve. Like most, we have a community wish list, which included a much-needed fire/town hall. It also included a way to get water to non-serviced residents. Our applications were approved for funding towards a building and research that will find other opinions available for future development towards water services. These funds can mean a game changer for small communities who have a difficult time getting approved under normal government processes. Thank you NCC for this wonderful program.”

  • Helen Poole, Mayor of St. Lewis

Associated Links

  • For further information on NCC, please visit nunatukavut.ca. Please also join in the conversation at Facebook.com/nunatukavut and Twitter @nunatukavut.

Contact

Kelly Broomfield

Director of Communications

709-280-5965

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Ottawa announces $189M to extend employment insurance for seasonal workers – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 20, 2018 

ESCUMINAC, N.B. _ Ottawa has announced $189 million for an employment insurance pilot project that provides seasonal workers with up to five more weeks of benefits.

Jean-Yves Duclos, the minister of Families, Children and Social Development, made the announcement today at a fisheries plant in Escuminac, N.B.

Duclos says up to five more weeks will be provided to eligible workers in seasonal industries in 13 regions throughout Canada.

Those economic regions include central Quebec, eastern and western Nova Scotia, Madawaska_Charlotte in New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador, excluding St. John’s, N.L.

An estimated 51,500 workers will benefit from the extra weeks of employment insurance.

The federal government says it will also provide up to $41 million over two years to all provinces and territories through labour market development agreements to provide skills training, wage subsidies and employment supports for workers in seasonal industries.

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Government of Canada announces new supports in New Brunswick for workers in seasonal industries

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

August 20, 2018            Bathurst, New Brunswick             Employment and Social Development Canada

Workers in seasonal industries are an important part of Canada’s growing economy. Yet not all Canadians have benefited from the near record low unemployment, and in certain regions there are gaps in support from the Employment Insurance (EI) program.

Today, Serge Cormier, Member of Parliament for Acadie–Bathurst, announced changes to the EI system that will address the serious challenges faced by workers in seasonal industries. The Government of Canada will:

  • invest approximately $189 million to implement a new pilot project to provide up to five additional weeks of EI support to eligible workers in seasonal industries in the EI economic regions of Madawaska-Charlotte and Restigouche–Albert. The additional five weeks of benefits will be available to eligible workers in seasonal industries who start a benefit period between August 5, 2018 and May 30, 2020; and,
  • provide up to $41 million over two years to all provinces and territories through Labour Market Development Agreements (LMDAs) to provide skills training, wage subsidies and employment supports for workers in seasonal industries.

Through the new pilot project, an estimated 51,500 workers in seasonal industries will benefit from extra weeks of EI, including an estimated 7,000 workers in New Brunswick. In addition, the Government of Canada will continue to work with the Province of New Brunswick and other provincial and territorial governments to review the EI system with the goal of modernizing income support for workers.

Today’s announced support is part of the Budget 2018 commitment to provide $230 million to assist workers in seasonal industries. Through Budget 2018, the Government of Canada also provided immediate support this year to affected workers in seasonal industries through a $10 million reallocation of existing resources. In addition to today’s announcement, the Government of Canada will continue to work with the province of New Brunswick to address challenges faced by workers in seasonal industries.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is making significant investments to support workers in seasonal industries. Today’s announcement will mean that an estimated 7,000 workers in seasonal industries in New Brunswick will have access to additional support. I know the initiatives we’ve announced today will have a positive impact for workers in seasonal industries right here in New Brunswick and across the country.”

– Serge Cormier, Member of Parliament for Acadie–Bathurst

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is committed to reviewing and modernizing the EI system to reduce the number of workers left without an unemployment safety net.
  • The EI economic regions targeted for the additional five-weeks are those with higher proportions of seasonal claimants to the total labour force and higher than average EI unemployment rates in 2017.
  • The Government has recently introduced measures to improve EI so that more Canadians, including workers in seasonal industries, get the help they need, when they need it, including:
    • eliminating the EI requirements that restricted access for workers who were entering or re-entering the labour market;
    • simplifying job search responsibilities for EI claimants through the reversal of the 2012 changes that specified the type of jobs that unemployed worker were expected to search for and accept; and,
    • making permanent the 50-cents-on-the-dollar Working While on Claim rule and extending it to maternity and sickness benefits (came into force on August 12, 2018)
  • Through Budget 2017, the Government expanded eligibility to help more Canadians access skills training and employment assistance under amended LMDAs, including:
    • investing an additional $1.8 billion in LMDAs over six years, from 2017-18 to 2022-23;
    • broadening eligibility for Employment Benefits (e.g. skills training, wage subsidies) to include unemployed individuals who have made minimum EI premium contributions in at least 5 of the last 10 years;
    • expanding eligibility for Employment Assistance Services (e.g. employment counselling, job search assistance), previously only available to unemployed Canadians, to also include employed Canadians; and
    • increasing flexibility for provinces and territories to support employer-sponsored training under Labour Market Partnerships (e.g. to help employers who need to upskill or retrain their workers in order to adjust to technological or structural changes in the economy).

Related products

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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Government of Canada announces new supports for workers in seasonal industries

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

News release

August 20, 2018 Escuminac, New Brunswick Employment and Social Development Canada

Workers in seasonal industries are an important part of Canada’s growing economy. Yet not all Canadians have benefited from the near record low unemployment, and in certain regions there are gaps in support from the Employment Insurance (EI) program.

Today, at a fish plant in Escuminac, the Honourable Jean‑Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced changes to the EI system that will address the serious challenges faced by workers in seasonal industries. The Government of Canada will:

invest approximately $189 million to implement a new pilot project to provide up to five additional weeks of EI support to eligible workers in seasonal industries in 13 targeted regions. The additional five weeks of benefits will be available to eligible workers in seasonal industries who start a benefit period between August 5, 2018 and May 30, 2020; and,
provide up to $41 million over two years to all provinces and territories through Labour Market Development Agreements (LMDAs) to provide skills training, wage subsidies and employment supports for workers in seasonal industries.

Through the new pilot project, an estimated 51,500 workers in seasonal industries will benefit from extra weeks of EI, including an estimated 7,000 workers in New Brunswick. In addition, the Government of Canada will continue to work with the Province of New Brunswick and other provincial and territorial governments to review the EI system with the goal of modernizing income support for workers.

Today’s announced support is part of the Budget 2018 commitment to provide $230 million to assist workers in seasonal industries. Through Budget 2018, the Government of Canada also provided immediate support this year to affected workers in seasonal industries through a $10 million reallocation of existing resources. In addition to today’s announcement, the Government of Canada will continue to work with the province of New Brunswick to address challenges faced by workers in seasonal industries.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is making significant investments to support workers in seasonal industries. Today’s announcement will mean that an estimated 51,500 workers in seasonal industries across Eastern Canada and Yukon will have access to additional support. I know the initiatives we’ve announced today will have a positive impact for workers in seasonal industries right here in New Brunswick and across the country.”

– The Honourable Jean‑Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is committed to reviewing and modernizing the EI system to reduce the number of workers left without an unemployment safety net.
  • The EI economic regions targeted for the additional five-weeks are those with higher proportions of seasonal claimants to the total labour force and higher than average EI unemployment rates in 2017.
  • The Government has recently introduced measures to improve EI so that more Canadians, including workers in seasonal industries, get the help they need, when they need it, including:
    • eliminating the EI requirements that restricted access for workers who were entering or re-entering the labour market;
    • simplifying job search responsibilities for EI claimants through the reversal of the 2012 changes that specified the type of jobs that unemployed worker were expected to search for and accept; and,
    • making permanent the 50-cents-on-the-dollar Working While on Claim rule and extending it to maternity and sickness benefits (came into force on August 12, 2018).
  • Through Budget 2017, the Government expanded eligibility to help more Canadians access skills training and employment assistance under amended LMDAs, including:
    • investing an additional $1.8 billion in LMDAs over six years, from 2017-18 to 2022-23;
    • broadening eligibility for Employment Benefits (e.g. skills training, wage subsidies) to include unemployed individuals who have made minimum EI premium contributions in at least 5 of the last 10 years;
    • expanding eligibility for Employment Assistance Services (e.g. employment counselling, job search assistance), previously only available to unemployed Canadians, to also include employed Canadians; and
    • increasing flexibility for provinces and territories to support employer-sponsored training under Labour Market Partnerships (e.g. to help employers who need to upskill or retrain their workers in order to adjust to technological or structural changes in the economy).

Related products

Associated links

Contacts

For media enquiries, please contact:

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

NT4

We will not forget:’ Thousands attend funeral fallen Fredericton officers – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 18, 2018 

By Kevin Bissett

THE CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON _ An emotional afternoon in Fredericton has drawn to a close, although last Friday’s tragedy still hangs over the New Brunswick capital after a regimental funeral was held for two constables killed in the line of duty.

Thousands of police officers and first responders attended the service held at a local arena Saturday afternoon for constables Robb Costello and Sara Burns.

Loved ones, colleagues and dignitaries spoke at the ceremony, and a common theme was woven into every speech: the kindness and compassion of the fallen officers.

Fredericton Police Chief Leanne Fitch’s voice shook as she described her time working with Costello and Burns, who were killed last Friday in a shooting that also left two civilians dead.

“When we sign up to serve and protect our city, we are committing our entire life’s work to this service,” Fitch said, adding that the two officers died as heroes.

“Their deaths have created a ripple effect that stretches out as far as the ocean is deep.”

Burns’s husband fought back tears as he delivered a powerful speech in which he asked the surviving Fredericton officers not to feel any guilt about his wife’s death.

“I want each and every one of you to know that she is at peace, and knows that you did everything you could to protect her,” he said.

“Don’t burden yourself with the ‘why,’ because you won’t find the answer.”

Burns asked that those in attendance pay their respects to the two civilian victims, Bobbie Lee Wright and Donnie Robichaud, as well.

“Their families are grieving no less, and their lives are just as important,” he said.

Burns’s tie and pocket square were yellow, his wife’s favourite colour, and matched the yellow roses placed on top of her casket.

Greg Morris, a family friend of Costello, said the fallen officer took great pride in his work and had described being a police officer as his lifelong passion.

Morris said Costello was a kind and compassionate friend who loved his mother, once spending days by her side while she was in the hospital.

Costello also loved basketball, Morris said, adding that while his friend was never the most skilled player, he was the most selfless and was always willing to do anything for his team.

But the most important thing in his life was his family, he said.

Addressing Costello’s daughters, Morris said, “Kassie and Kaitlyn, your dad would be so proud of the remarkable women you’re becoming today…. He loved you both very much.”

Several dignitaries attended the funeral, including New Brunsick Premier Brian Gallant, Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau and Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien.

Roy-Vienneau said she was fortunate to have met both Burns and Costello, and she was struck by their passion for their work.

She said Saturday’s ceremony was both a time of great sadness and a time to honour all police officers and first responders.

“The men and women in police uniforms constantly demonstrate the highest levels of courage, resourcefulness, initiative, and willingness to go above and beyond, often putting themselves in harm’s way,” Roy-Vienneau said.

“While we all wish for a different outcome, I promise we will not forget the sacrifices made in the line of duty.”

At the beginning of the ceremony, officers laid the caps and belts of the fallen constables on top of their caskets, which were covered by Canadian flags, next to the roses placed there by family members.

The flags were later carefully folded and given to Costello and Burns’s families.

The service began with a heart-wrenching bilingual rendition of “O Canada” by award-winning singer Measha Brueggergosman, a Fredericton native. That was followed by a smudging ceremony with sweetgrass, performed by St. Mary’s First Nation Elder Imelda Perley, to honour the officers’ transition from “Earth walk to spirit walk.”

Before the funeral began, 1,500 officers and first responders marched through the streets of Fredericton for a funeral procession, while hundreds of people lined the route.

Rain poured from the sky during the parade, mirroring the gloom that has taken over the city of nearly 60,000 people.

“The rain in our city today represents the tears of sadness and grief that flow from our hearts brought about by the terrible and senseless loss of these two heroes we dearly love,” Fredericton police chaplain Rev. Verner Drost said at the ceremony.

The parade included a band, several police motorcycles, and Grimsby, a light grey, 10-year-old police horse co-owned by Burns and fellow Fredericton officer Const. Stefan Decourcey.

The lives of the two civilian victims were also honoured this week by their families and friends.

A public visitation was held Wednesday evening for Wright at a funeral home near Woodstock, N.B., although her obituary said there would be no funeral service by request and her internment would be held at a later date.

Similarly, no funeral was held for Robichaud.

His widow, Melissa Robichaud, told The Canadian Press that he had requested to be cremated and that she planned to scatter his ashes Thursday evening along a strip of road the avid motorcyclist had often biked along.

Forty-eight-year-old Matthew Vincent Raymond has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the shooting, and is set to appear in court on Aug. 27.

On Friday, a judge lifted a publication ban that had been imposed on court documents revealing details about how the deadly attack unfolded.

Monday’s ban came hours after several media outlets had already reported on what the documents contained.

The now public documents say the accused gunman was wounded as he allegedly exchanged gunfire with another officer from his apartment window.

_ With Alex Cooke in Halifax.

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Nunatsiavut Government congratulates Natan Obed on being reelected President of ITK

August 16, 2018 – North Battleford, SK – The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA)’s

Gold Eagle Casino (GEC) has been honoured with winning two Silver Romero Awards for excellence in casino marketing.

At an awards ceremony held in Las Vegas, Nevada, Gold Eagle Casino received awards for Casino Floor and VIP promotions.

“This is the third year in a row that Gold Eagle Casino has captured two Romero Awards for SIGA,” says SIGA President and CEO Zane Hansen. “These awards are a testament to our teams who work hard to create memorable customer experiences through innovative and diverse entertainment offerings. Congratulations to Gold Eagle Casino and its entire marketing team!”

Kelly Atcheynum, Gold Eagle Casino General Manager, is thrilled for his team to be recognized.

“To be recognized at the Romero Awards again this year is quite an honour. It speaks to the excellence we strive for at our casino, the enthusiasm of our staff, and the loyalty of our guests,” he says. “Winning these prestigious awards means a lot to the team.”

Last year, GEC received the Diamond Award in Online Marketing (website and social) and the Silver Award in Casino Floor Promotion. In 2016, GEC took home the Gold Award in Casino Floor Promotion and the Gold Award for VIP Promotion.

Gold Eagle Casino is a premier entertainment and tourist destination located in West-Central Saskatchewan. Founded in 1996, GEC is owned and operated by SIGA, which operates six, soon to be seven, First Nation casinos in Saskatchewan. GEC regularly draws more than 28,000 visitors each month from the local area and surrounding provinces.

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For more information, please contact:

Melody Lynch

Director of Communications

Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority

306-477-7575

306-250-7235

Melody.Lynch@siga.sk.ca

About SIGA

SIGA’s mission is to strengthen the lives of First Nation people through employment, economic growth, positive community relations and achieving financial self-reliance. A non-profit organization, all net profits from SIGA’s casino operations go to local First Nation communities, community development corporations and the province’s general revenue fund. Sharing Success with Saskatchewan communities. SIGA.sk.ca.

About the Romero Awards

The Romero Awards are named after John Romero who has distinguished himself as the world’s foremost authority on casino marketing and promotions. Each year, a panel of expert judges selects winners for their excellence in effective, measureable, and accountable casino marketing across a variety of categories.

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NS Government: Community and Civic Spirit Awards

August 17, 2018

Four Nova Scotia communities have earned this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award for their exemplary civic and community spirit.

The communities being recognized in 2018 are:
— Cole Harbour, Halifax Regional Municipality
— Glooscap First Nation, Kings Co.
— North Mountain, Kings Co.
— Prospect, Halifax Regional Municipality

“I was delighted to hear that there were a significant number of applications from communities all over Nova Scotia this year,” said Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc. “This volume of applications is indicative of the tremendous sense of pride that Nova Scotians have in their towns and villages. I thank all the communities that applied and I look forward to presenting the awards in the coming weeks.”

The award celebrates the power, strength and diversity of vibrant communities across the province. Up to four communities are honoured each year. Recipients are chosen by a selection committee based on community applications that best fit the award’s criteria.

Ryan Rutledge and Marisa DeMarco nominated the 160 businesses, 30 non-profits and 11 public schools dedicated to serving the community of Cole Harbour.

“Our goal in Cole Harbour is to support residents here to be successful in reaching their full potential,” said Mr. Rutledge. “Especially to find innovative solutions that will enable our youth to stay in the community to become leaders and contributors.”

Jordan Smith nominated Glooscap First Nation for the community’s spirit, gestures of goodwill and community support.

“This thriving community owns its successes with each and every community member,” said Mr. Smith. “Glooscap is filled with the most optimistic people, willing to work hard to provide a better tomorrow for future generations.”

Sheila Munro submitted an application in partnership with a number of organizations of North Mountain, which consists of five rural independent communities near the Bay of Fundy.

“Rural communities come together to support each other through social events, and supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs,” said Ms. Munro. “The current focus in Nova Scotia on buy local, stay local has its grass roots in rural community networks. Communication in rural communities nurtures community development.”

Shirley Jollimore nominated Prospect, highlighting the diversity, community engagement and connectiveness of several communities in the area. Although separated by distance, residents share tremendous pride in their home, neighbours and local businesses.

“The pride our residents have in their community is demonstrated in hundreds of ways,” said Ms. Jollimore. “While each community has its own unique aspects that define them, this group of communities bands together to offer support, sharing ideas and volunteer resources whenever possible.”

Communities selected for the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award will be honoured at upcoming community celebrations. The Lieutenant Governor will attend the festivities to present an original piece of Nova Scotian Crystal etched with a representation of each community’s story.

For more information visit, http://communityspiritaward.ca .
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