Living in Alcatraz

first_imgAPTN National NewsThis is an anxious time of year for the people of Shoal Lake 40.Residents of the man-made island will soon be making the dangerous trek across the frozen water just to get the basic necessities.APTN’s Dennis Ward continues this story in Part 2 of this look at a community locals dubbed “Alcatraz.”last_img

Quebec government in court for handing over land to Kahnawake Mohawk Territory

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsA case launched against the Quebec government for handing over land to the Kahnawa’:ke Mohawk Territory is now before the courts.The suit was filed by a number of Quebec municipalities that are angry that the land in question was returned to the Mohawk Territory in 2013 without consulting them.“All that we’ve wanted and all that we’ve said since the beginning is that we’ve want to a part of the process,” said Châteauguay mayor in 2013 “We weren’t part of the of the negotiation, we weren’t part of the consultation concerning those lands which presently fall under the territorial limits of out municipalities.”But Mohawk leadership weren’t having any of that talk.“Municipal governments have no place at that table,” said Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton. “It’s a little bit frustrating sitting there listening to the municipalities trying to show how they want to work with us in terms of having an opportunity to sit at the table and be part of the negotiations which they have no business to.”The land is a part of Kahnawà:ke’s Seigneury Sault St-Louis historical land claim. The 283 hectares were returned to Kahnawà:ke as compensation for building a highway through the territory.But an injunction has been in place on any use of the land since the municipalities launched their lawsuit. It prevented Kahnawà:Norton said it prevented Kahnawà:ke’s from any development of the land which runs adjacent to highway 30.As a result, Norton said Kahnawà:ke has lost years of potential economic development over the dispute.“A lot of things that have been planned, major corporations at the table that were prepared to work with us, and suddenly all this stops. It’s very valuable lost time.”Kahnawà:ke has independent intervenor in the three-week trial and will have several members testifying.Norton hopes this particular land battle will be done once and for all at the end.“It’s our territory and our economic future, where our people will live and thrive in the near future.”tfennario@aptn.calast_img read more

Thunder Bay police doesnt have competency for proper death investigations top detective

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National News The Thunder Bay police force doesn’t have the “competency” to conduct proper death or homicide investigations, says a high profile former Toronto homicide detective.David Perry, who now runs Investigative Solutions Network, said he was disturbed by what he discovered after examining the death of Stacy DeBungee, an Ojibway man from Rainy River First Nation who was pulled from Thunder Bay’s McIntyre River in October 2015.Perry is a former Toronto homicide detective who led the Holly Jones and Cecilia Zhang investigations in 2003. He also led an investigation into Kenneth Estabrook, a New Brunswick police officer who molested more than 250 children.Perry said the Thunder Bay police failed to follow the most elementary steps when conducting a death investigation in DeBungee’s case. What he saw didn’t leave him with much confidence in the city police force.“No, they don’t have the competency to do a death investigation, or a homicide investigation, unless they can show me they have done a better job than they did in this one,” said Perry.I personally just don’t accept the fact that all of these people ended up in the river …– Retired detective David PerryDeBungee’s case fits a pattern in the Thunder Bay police’s handling of cases involving the deaths of Indigenous people in the city’s waterways. In case after case, the Thunder Bay police quickly and publicly rule out foul play and determine the drowning death to be the result of an accident or misadventure while doing little investigative work to support their conclusions.Perry also wrote a report on Darryl Kakekayash, an Indigenous man who survived an attack by a group of white men who threw him into the river in 2008. He said Kakekayash’s story, which is not an isolated incident, coupled with the number of recent deaths recorded in the city’s waterways, opens up another, more troubling possibility.“I truly believe that there is likely a pattern…just look at the number of deaths that they have had. You have Darryl’s case. I’ve heard of others, rumours, about others being thrown in the river,” said Perry. “Do they have a person or people in Thunder Bay that find it to be a sport to throw people in the river? Whether the intent is to be murder or mayhem, I don’t know…. It’s quite possible they have something more sinister happening there than we know.”Stacy DeBungee, an Ojibway man from Rainy River First Nation was pulled from Thunder Bay’s McIntyre River in October 2015.Perry said he has doubts the Thunder Bay police has the desire to crack this type of complex case.“If they had the desire to do it, they probably have the ability. Where there might be a disconnect is there doesn’t seem to be a commitment from the Thunder Bay police service to stop this,” said Perry.“I personally just don’t accept the fact that all of these people ended up in the river, as many of the cases stated, because of the consumption of alcohol, falling asleep, then rolling into the river. It doesn’t make sense to me.”Stacy DeBungee, 41, was pulled from the McIntyre River on the morning of Oct. 19, 2015. That same day, Thunder Bay police issued a press release stating it was “not a suspicious death.” The police issued a second press release the next day saying the death was deemed “non-criminal.”Retired Toronto detective David Perry, right, talks with APTN Correspondent Jorge BarreraPerry said he was initially perplexed by the police’s decision to declare it case closed so quickly.“All that information was going out even before a postmortem had been conducted. I just wondered how they came to that conclusion,” said Perry. “I still don’t know what happened to Mr. DeBungee and that is what troubled me. There were a lot of unanswered questions, a lot of things that were rather routine in terms of a sudden death investigation that should have been done and I had no evidence to show that they were done.”Perry said Thunder Bay police investigators did not even bother spending time with DeBungee’s family.“The family gave me a good sense of the last hours their loved one Mr. DeBungee was alive. I found out quite quickly where he went when he left that house, who he was supposed to meet with, what the purpose of that meeting was,” said Perry. “The mystery was why he didn’t come home that night and how did he end up in the McIntyre River.”Perry managed to track down four people DeBungee was with the evening before he was pulled from the river. They told him they left DeBungee on the river bank with another individual who has since vanished. DeBungee’s identification documents were found along with identification belonging to the now disappeared individual, said Perry.“As a former police officer, when I see people’s identification strewn about, that concerns me. Were they robbed? And if so, what were the circumstances? We know that alcohol was involved that night, were they simply sleeping and someone took everything out of their pockets?” said Perry. “Were they beaten and robbed? Was there violence involved? At this point, we didn’t know anything and found all that very interesting that all of these things were there and there was nobody following up on it.”Perry then discovered that DeBungee’s debit card was used on the same day he was pulled dead from the river. The card was used in three ATM withdrawals ranging from $20 to $40. DeBungee’s card was also used at a Canadian Tire, an LCBO near the river and for a taxi ride.A section of the McIntyre Floodway in Thunder Bay. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNThunder Bay police investigators did not follow any of these leads.Perry called and left messages to follow up with them on the case – those calls were never returned.“I just can’t understand how you couldn’t look at that information and take it in the most serious way,” said Perry.A lot didn’t make sense to Perry about how the Thunder Bay police handled the case. DeBungee’s body was discovered against the backdrop of a coroner’s inquest into the death of seven First Nation youths who died in the city between 2000 and 2011—including five who died in the river. The coroner’s jury would eventually conclude it could not determine what led to three of the river deaths.“I think it was a matter of incompetence, that they never slowed down and even assessed what was happening in Thunder Bay and the fact they were under a microscope and being reviewed by a coroner’s inquest and that inquest had been going on for months, it was front page news,” said Perry. “It could be systemic racism. It could be a view that, ‘we found another intoxicated Indigenous person in the water, therefore it’s a drowning. They must have rolled in their sleep down the bank and fell into the water.’”Perry said the failures of the police force begin at the top with the chief and go all the way down to the constable on the beat. Chief J.P. Levesque, is currently facing charges of obstruction of justice and breach of trust for allegedly disclosing personal information about Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs.“I tend to believe in policing as a fundamental element of our community. What can change a police service that is struggling like Thunder Bay is leadership and direction. It is not just at the top, it has to go all the way through the ranks,” said Perry.The Thunder Bay police asked the OPP to review its DeBungee investigation. After initially rejecting the request, the OPP began a review of the case in February and submitted its report in mid-May. The Thunder Bay police said it is reviewing the OPP report.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Indigenous woman asks AMC to investigate grand chiefs behaviour chief denies claim

first_imgShe told APTN she received more texts later to a phone number visible on her Facebook Messenger account she believed came from Dumas.An anonymous source confirmed to APTN the texts came from a phone number used by Dumas.She said the texts made her feel “uncomfortable” because it appeared Dumas wanted to meet privately – and she “doesn’t even want to think about what for.”Her boyfriend, Matthew Shorting, posted the unsolicited exchange on Facebook this week.“This is your Grand Cheif. Messaging my girlfriend after hours, asking to hang out. Right after the National Inquiry Into MMIW,” Shorting wrote.“He’s double her age. Is this not luring to exploit our young indigenous woman? You tell me?”APTN found two Charles Forbes’ accounts on Facebook without a profile picture, locked down in privacy mode so as not to reveal their friends or activities.Dumas is in his mid-40s and in the third year of his term as grand chief.He said in the statement to APTN Wednesday the posts to Maytwayashing were not from him.“I want to condemn whoever has created this false account,” he said.“By attacking my credibility as the Grand Chief and reaching out to this young lady in this manner, they have caused unwarranted stress for her, her family and her partner. It is a cowardly attempt to discredit my reputation. This account was not my account nor was it created by me; neither were these comments from me.”Dumas declined to be interviewed in person or over the phone.He noted the posting and sharing of the messages “is defamatory” and vowed to “get to the bottom of who is behind this,” adding he has sought legal advice.Meanwhile, the AMC and Dumas have been vocal about the growing number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.He invoked the #MeToo movement and disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein when he welcomed the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to Winnipeg on Oct. 16, 2017.“It’s alleged that he has spent his whole career sexually harassing and assaulting young women,” Dumas said of the movie director.“It has dominated the weekend’s news cycles. And, on Twitter, men have started to hashtag ‘#ibelieveyou’.(Arlen Dumas appearing before the House of Commons’ Indigenous Affairs committee in May 2019)“Well, I believe you,” he added in his speech.“I believe the stories that are going to be shared here this week from the families and survivors,” Dumas continued, “and it is my hope that together we can change what it happening in Canada to our sisters, mothers, daughters, aunties, grandmothers, nieces, cousins and friends.“It’s up to all of us to stand together and protect our women and girls, so we won’t have another inquiry like this one,” he said.The inquiry, which was established by the Trudeau government, wrapped up June 3 after spending nearly three years and $100 million investigating the root cause of violence against Indigenous women and girls.It concluded colonization – perpetuated by Canada’s social and justice systems – is a genocide on female members of the Indigenous race.The inquiry’s commissioners said they could not tally an official number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, which stands at a minimum of 1,200.Maytwayashing called on AMC to investigate the grand chief’s behaviour.“I was hesitant to come forward,” she said, noting some people have already accused her of lying on Shorting’s Facebook post.“If we don’t come forward, we’re enabling them,” she added in an interview, “and they’ll continue doing what they’re doing.”It’s similar to what a Toronto-area doula said happened to her.Shannon Jennifer said Dumas contacted her through Facebook in 2016.According to divorce files, Dumas was staying part-time in Toronto at that time and was chief of Mathias Colomb First Nation in northern Manitoba.“I’d never met him,” she said. “He asked me if I wanted to go see a movie. I never replied. I was married.”Jennifer said for about a year she would get random occasional messages from Arlen Dumas’ Facebook account on Messenger. Things like  “beautiful pics” or simply “have a good day.”“He repeatedly messaged me without reply from me, that was the creepy part,” said Jennifer, who was 37 at the time and wasn’t offended by anything he said, just that a man unknown to her was persistent in reaching out to her despite her not replying.“I kept deleting the messages because I wasn’t interested,” she said. “My now-ex saw the messages and it caused quite a problem at the time.”The messages stopped, she said, when he became AMC grand chief in 2017 and deleted his personal Facebook account. This photo of Bethany Maytwayashing (left) at the Feast with Arlen Dumas was circled and posted on Facebook. (Facebook photo)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsAn Indigenous leader who praised the #MeToo movement for exposing sexual predators has been accused of sending unwanted messages to a young Indigenous woman.The allegations surfaced on Facebook against Arlen Dumas, grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC), a lobby group representing all 63 First Nations in the province.Dumas denied the allegation.“These posts are not mine and appear to have originated from a fake Facebook account,” he said in a statement emailed to APTN News.“Posts of a screenshot appearing to show some texts from my cellphone are also not mine, but a spoof text.”However, Bethany Maytwayashing said she believed it was Dumas who was texting her.The 22-year-old said she first met Dumas at the downtown Winnipeg restaurant Feast in February 2018, where she worked as a waitress.She said they posed for a photo.She said he connected with her on Facebook afterwards using his personal account and they chatted about her job.Then last week, she said she received a message from someone called Charles Forbes asking playful questions.“Hello my friend. I’m trying this thing out, how are you?” said the first message, which she ignored.The next day, another message said: “Bethany.”(Bethany Maytwayashing in an interview with APTN News July 9. Photo: Holly Moore/APTN)It was hours later when Maytwayashing, the mother of a 12-month-old boy, responded, “Who’s this?” and “Idk (slang for ‘I don’t know’) who you are.”Forbes then provided clues to his identity.“You totally do…Sometimes I have feathers in my hair…I might have been on the news once or twice.”Maytwayashing guessed two names, including that of her boyfriend, Matthew Shorting.Then Forbes reminded her about the meeting at the restaurant.“OK, when we first met at Feast you were a student. And we took a selfie,” he wrote. “So you still don’t know?”“Arlen?” she answers.“Yes,” the poster responds, adding, “Man you are good haha.”“Forbes” the sender asks for her number promising to follow up with a text.Later, on July 4, he messaged again, asking, “When can we meet up?”Maytwayashing said she didn’t reply. Marilyn Courchene, a former band councillor on Sagkeeng First Nation, said Dumas should resign.“Geez yet here we are struggling for Justice on the #MMIW,” she said on her Facebook page.“Shame on the Grand Chief. He needs to step down from public office of AMC. ASAP !!”Courchene said the AMC Women’s Council should meet to discuss the allegation.Francine Meeches, chief of Swan Lake First Nation who chairs the council, agreed.“This drama thats been put out there puts people such as leadership in tough situations,” she said in a message to APTN.“I can’t make an opinion about it because we have to have facts. Not going on hear say.“Im not making excuses for anyone,” Meeches added. “Until i have an opportunity to meet with our female leadership then i will have to put forth our statement if need be. However i need to discuss this with them first n foremost.”Meeches said the Women’s Council planned to meet Wednesday afternoon.READ MORE: #Metoo movement in Indian country is out there – but it’s under coverActor Duane Howard admits to sex with teenager – she says it was violence, he says there was consentkmartens@aptn.ca@katmarteWith files from Dennis Ward, Beverly Andrews, Holly Moore and Melissa Ridgenlast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,638.45, up 130.28 points)B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 15 cents, or 4.09 per cent, to $3.82 on 6.8 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up six cents, or 1.53 per cent, to $3.98 on 5.6 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas. Down three cents, or 0.95 per cent, to $3.12 on 4.2 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 20 cents, or 1.86 per cent, to $10.57 on 4.1 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 32 cents, or 3.44 per cent, to $9.63 on 3.8 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down 12 cents, or 0.49 per cent, to $24.38 on 3.5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Enerplus Corp. (TSX:ERF). Energy. Up $1.17, or 8.78 per cent, to $14.49 on 1.9 million shares. The Calgary-based company plans to continue to pour money into its North Dakota light oil play this year after crediting it with a fourth-quarter profit of $15 million that handily beat analyst expectations. Enerplus will invest 90 per cent of its 2018 capital budget of between $535 million and $585 million in the United States, most in North Dakota Bakken light oil wells, where production is expected to grow by 30 per cent.Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Bank. Up 40 cents, or 0.39 per cent, to $102.56 on 2.4 million shares. A $178 million writedown stemming from U.S. tax changes weighed on the The Toronto-based bank’s first-quarter profits, but the lender also saw early benefits for its business south of the border from the tax reforms it expects will have a longer-term positive impact. Royal delivered better-than-expected first-quarter profits — $3 billion, relatively unchanged from a year ago — and increased its quarterly payment to common shareholders by three cents to 94 cents per share.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Up 76 cents, or 1.04 per cent, to $73.97 on 2.6 million shares. TD says it is taking a pause on allowing customers to use its credit cards to buy cryptocurrency. The big bank says it made the decision to conduct a review and assessment of the evolving market.last_img read more

Bombardier defends CEOs absence from special meeting following 5000 layoffs

first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier Inc. was on the defensive Monday after chief executive Alain Bellemare steered clear of a special meeting, hastily arranged to deal with the imminent layoff of 2,500 of the company’s Quebec workers.The province’s economy minister called the early-morning sit-down in downtown Montreal between Bombardier representatives, union and aerospace leaders and the government, with a view to finding a path back to employment for the workers.Bombardier, which announced last week it will cut 5,000 workers worldwide and sell off key assets, including the Q400 propeller plane program, dispatched two representatives to the rendezvous, including vice president of external relations Olivier Marcil.“Bombardier is not hiding, Bombardier is here,” he said during a scrum with reporters. “Mr. Bellemare has a very, very busy schedule and supports the initiative.”The plane-and-train maker has just under 70,000 employees across 30 countries, Marcil noted.Bellemare, whose total compensation was about $14 million in 2017, has avoided interviews since Bombardier gave word of the job cuts last week alongside third-quarter results.Bellemare said in a statement Thursday he was “very proud” of what had been achieved so far as part of his recovery plan, which is set to culminate in 2020.Bellemare has already admitted that Bombardier was close to bankruptcy in 2015 before the Quebec government jumped to its aid by injecting $1 billion of public money into the C Series. The aircraft program was renamed A220 in July when Airbus took control without paying a dime.“He lives in Quebec and is fully aware of what is happening,” said Marcil, when asked if his boss should take the time to explain his recent decisions. “But he manages a rail and aviation giant and could not be here today.”Quebec Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon deflected questions around Bellemare’s absence Monday, noting that two Bombardier representatives were present at the meeting in downtown Montreal.However, he said he had talked with the leader of the Quebec multinational in recent days.“We have agreed to meet soon to talk about the industry to avoid future surprises,” Fitzgibbon said.Following the 7:30 a.m. meeting, the minister sought to reassure Quebeckers that the province’s aerospace sector is healthy and growing, despite restructuring at the company. He said he is hopeful an ongoing labour shortage means all affected Bombardier employees will be able to find new work within the next 12 to 18 months.Representatives from Aero Montreal, Bell Helicopter and CAE Inc. were present, among other companies.Bombardier is expected to provide details surrounding the layoffs, such as the trades affected, to the province in the coming days, which would allow the industry to respond, Fitzgibbon said.“You have to understand which employees are going to be targeted,” he said. “There is a risk that there will be training issues and that is where the Ministry of Employment will be present.”David Chartrand, the Quebec co-ordinator of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, was optimistic about industry prospects, despite having criticized last week the way Bombardier opted to announce the layoffs.“It’s a good message to send to the public if some people think it’s not going well,” he said Monday. “That’s wrong. There is job creation. It’s good that people know about it.”– – –The aerospace industry in numbers:– 40,000 jobs.– Nearly 31,700 positions to be filled over the next decade.– Approximately 22,900 jobs to replace due to promotions, retirements and voluntary departures.– Most in-demand trades: aerospace engineer, mechanical engineering technician and interior finishing worker.(Source: Aero Montreal)Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B, TSX:CAE)last_img read more

Groups demand end to infosharing on asylumseeking children

first_imgA coalition of civil-liberties and immigrant-rights groups is demanding that the federal agency tasked with reuniting asylum-seeking children with relatives immediately stop sharing information with immigration authorities.The groups say the information the agency gets from the children is being used to deport relatives and other potential sponsors.The groups made a complaint in a letter Wednesday to the Health and Human Services and Homeland Security chiefs. The complaint is about the little-heralded role the refugee resettlement office assumed this year in an agreement between the departments.Under the info-sharing pact, fingerprints and biographical data from would-be sponsors are fed into a Homeland Security database revamped to aid immigration verification.Immigration officials say the pact is justified because it facilitated the arrest of 41 people for deportation over the summer.Frank Bajak, The Associated Presslast_img read more