First Nations say change in B.C. is too slow

VANCOUVER – The chasm that exists in the relationship between British Columbia’s political and aboriginal leaders was clearly defined Wednesday as talks got underway at a Vancouver hotel in the second annual all-chiefs meetings.

While B.C.’s Aboriginal Relations Minister John Rustad said there has been remarkable achievements on economic and social fronts with First Nations, chiefs are threatening to go back to court battles and protest camps if things don’t improve.

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About 500 First Nations leaders are meeting with Premier Christy Clark and members of her cabinet this week with the expectation of signing a joint government-First Nations working agreement.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said they’re giving the government a one-year deadline to negotiate a reconciliation deal.

“The underlying message is if we don’t make any progress within the space of the next year, I would suggest all of this will fall through and it will be back to the courts and pretty much back to the barricades,” said Phillip.

Last year’s landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision that granted the Tsilhqot’in Nation aboriginal title to 1,700 kilometres of land in B.C.’s Nemiah Valley remains the driving force behind the reconciliation initiative prompted by Clark and First Nations leaders.

The decision is the first in Canadian history where aboriginals have been granted title to land they claimed as their own. Tsilhqot’in Chief Roger William said the ruling gives First Nations a legal tool to use as leverage in negotiations with governments and resource developers.

Legal scholars and political experts have suggested the ruling gives aboriginals massive powers on land-use issues, especially resource development. B.C. First Nations are seeking government support for aboriginal rights and title to lands, which also includes revenue sharing.

Phillip said all involved must have the courage to move forward, build consensus and silence those who predict Armageddon if First Nations are given an equal voice in building and sharing B.C.’s economic future.

Clark has said ignoring the Supreme Court ruling puts B.C.’s future in peril, prompting her to meet with the chiefs and councillors from B.C.’s more than 200 First Nations.

Phillip said chiefs left last year’s meeting disappointed because the province did not adopt a four-point statement that established government support for their rights and title to lands.

“The last time we couldn’t even agree on a public statement,” said Phillip, adding when it comes to reconciliation B.C. is at “strike two.”

“We need a legislative framework and a policy framework we can rely on that allows us to reconcile aboriginal title rights interests and other Crown and industry interests. We don’t have that.”

Phillip said the economy of B.C. hangs in the balance and all parties are aware of the gravity of the situation.

Rustad said the provincial government’s relations with First Nations over the last decade on numerous economic and social fronts have been ground-breaking.

The handful of First Nations who have negotiated land-claims treaties have produced spectacular results, but the process takes too long, he said.

“We need to be able to find a way to do this in a much more expedited manner.”

While much of the conference is closed to the media, Clark is expected to make a public address before the chiefs on Thursday.

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Victoria man faces 13 charges after attempting to lure underage girls online

A 28-year-old Victoria man is facing 13 charges after attempting to lure underage girls online.

Victoria Police Special Victims Unit (SVU) detectives have so far confirmed five victims, whose ages range from 12 to 17 years of age. None of the victims were physically harmed. Detectives are also looking at the possibility of more victims that have not yet come forward.

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The man has been charged with three counts of child luring under the age of 14, two counts of luring under the age of 18, four counts of communicating/obtaining sexual services of a person under 18, two counts of uttering threats and three counts of breaching probation.

Three of the charges are due to the suspect breaking his probation conditions, which prohibited him from contacting young girls online.

The 28-year-old suspect has been taken into custody.

This incident, detectives said, is a good reminder to parents and teens about what it takes to be careful online especially when it comes to geolocation settings for online photos and social media sites.

“When you post online, it’s important to know who can see information about you,” SVU Det. Sgt. Kristi Ross said.

“That doesn’t just include what you say or photos you share. You need to check the location settings on your devices to ensure you know when and where you’re posting your geolocation information. The best thing to do is to turn it off by default. ”

Officers point to cybertip杭州丝足 as a strong resource for parents to help inform their children about how to stay safe online.

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Voters think Mulcair, Trudeau are better choices to deal with shaky economy: Ipsos poll

WATCH ABOVE: A new poll for Global News shows more Canadians think Tom Mulcair and the NDP are best to deal with the country’s floundering economy. Eric Sorensen reports.

It’s no secret that Conservatives hope to convince voters that Stephen Harper is the best candidate to get Canada out of recession.

But, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Global News, most voters aren’t buying the party’s messaging.

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Canadians now see both Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau as better candidates to fix Canada’s shaky economy. But what’s more, they are also seen as better choices to be Canada’s next prime minister than the man who has been at the helm for the last nine years, according to the Ipsos poll.

Mulcair is favoured by 36 per cent of respondents while 33 per cent prefer Trudeau. Only 31 per cent of people think Harper is the best choice to get Canada out of recession.

When Ipsos asked a similar question in April, the order was reversed: 45 per cent of people saw Harper as best able to deal with the economy, while 27 per cent preferred Mulcair, and 27 per cent favoured Trudeau.

“What was [Harper’s] strength has moved over to other players,” John Wright, senior vice president of Ipsos said in an interview Wednesday.

And when it comes to which leader would make the best prime minister, Mulcair once again comes out on top with 39 per cent. Justin Trudeau has the support of 32 per cent of voters, while only 29 per cent think Harper would make the best prime minister.

READ MORE: Haven’t paid attention to the election campaign? Here’s what you missed

The reversal is, at least in part, due to the Conservative reluctance to define Mulcair, Wright said.

“The conservatives are masters at defining the opposition. Right now they have left Mr. Mulcair alone outside of some rhetoric at the podium,” Wright said. “They basically have ignored him in terms of defining who he is and have concentrated primarily on defining Mr. Trudeau, and now to their peril.”

Wright said the Conservatives’ focus on Trudeau has allowed Mulcair to slip into the frontrunner position untested. But, Wright said, he’s now the target.

“Thomas Mulcair is going to be attacked now from four sides,” Wright said. “He’s going to be attacked by the Conservatives, the Liberals, the Bloc Quebecois and anybody else who disagrees with the NDP. That is what’s being set up here.”

The poll results reflect seat projections and polling which have the NDP as the frontrunner in the campaign as it moves into the second, post-Labour Day phase of a historically long campaign. The latest estimates project the NDP could pick up 128 seats, the Conservatives 106, and the Liberals 103 – though the Liberals have been picking up momentum.

According to Wright, the Conservatives should be worried about more than Harper not being seen as the best economic manager. What’s more is his policies aren’t resonating as strongly as those from Liberal or NDP camps.

Eighty-six per cent of voters support decreasing taxes for the middle class – a Liberal policy. Forty-four per cent of people “strongly support” the policy.

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Eighty-five per cent support (49 per cent strongly support) increasing corporate taxes – an NDP policy.

Eighty-two per cent support (46 per cent strongly support) increasing taxes on high-income earners – a Liberal policy.

“If you look at that list there, most of the Conservative planks are way down [at] the bottom,” Wright said.

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Though Conservatives do have some favourable policies to voters, according to the Ipsos poll, the number of people who strongly support their plans are relatively few when compared to rival Liberal or NDP policies.

Eighty-one per cent want a balanced budget (also an NDP policy) but only 37 per cent strongly support the plan.

Approximately 81 per cent want to expand broadband Internet to rural communities but only 30 per cent say they strongly support the policy.

And 77 per cent want to continue the Universal Childcare Benefit – but only 35 per cent strongly support it.

One of the least-favoured policies is a Liberal policy – increasing the deficit to fund public infrastructure projects; 61 per cent (and only 11 per cent strongly support) of people support that, according to the Ipsos poll.

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Warrants issued for 2 more Calgary men in Coventry Hills unlawful confinement

CALGARY – Calgary police issued arrest warrants for two additional suspects in connection to an unlawful confinement and robbery that took place in Calgary’s northeast last Wednesday.

Warrants were issued Tuesday for 20-year-old Colton Eli King and 33-year-old Michael Warren Stoffels for charges related to extortion, robbery, assault, threats to cause bodily harm or death, and unlawful confinement.

Police were called to the 100 block of Coventry Road N.E. at about 4 p.m. Sept. 2 after a “partially bound, injured man” ran out of the house. The victim, a man in his 30s, was taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries, according to police.

READ MORE: 2 charged in unlawful confinement case after ‘bound, injured man’ runs out of Calgary home

Calgary police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Michael Warren Stoffels in relation to a Sept. 2 unlawful confinement incident.

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The victim met the young female on a bus, exchanged contact information, then went to the home intending to meet with her. Police said further details are under investigation.

A neighbour, who did not wish to be identified, told Global News last week she called 911 after she saw the victim run out of the front door of the home, screaming he was going to be robbed.

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“I saw him run out the front door screaming, ‘help me, help me,’” she said. “I have never heard anybody scream like that in my life…He had duct tape around his throat and around his wrists, and he was bleeding from the nose and his toe, and said they took pliers to his nose and his toes.”

A female youth, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was charged last Thursday with one count of robbery, common assault and unlawful confinement. Calgarian Samuel Chase, 19, was also charged with one count of assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, and unlawful confinement.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

Watch below: Calgary police have charged two men in a bizarre incident that includes a man being held against his will in a home in northeast Calgary. Global’s Jill Croteau reports Sept. 3, 2015.

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AFN Chief Bellegarde will vote for first time in a federal election

OTTAWA – Everyone should vote – even community leaders who strive to be non-partisan – the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations said Wednesday as he reversed an earlier decision not to cast a ballot on Oct. 19. Just a week ago, the AFN issued a statement encouraging First Nations people to vote in the federal election.

At the time, however, Chief Perry Bellegarde revealed that, as a personal choice, he had never voted in a national election and wasn’t planning to do so this time either.

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After returning home to Saskatchewan last weekend, Bellegarde got an earful from his constituents, who told him he needs to lead by example.

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“I listened to a lot of First Nations elders and chiefs and citizens and young people, right from across the territories,” Bellegarde said.

“The message to me was consistent and very clear. It’s important for me to get out and vote because we’re urging First Nations citizens to get out and vote and it just makes sense for the national chief to be part of that as well.”

Bellegarde says he didn’t vote in the past in the interest of being non-partisan, having been told that aboriginal leaders in Canada must work with the entire Crown, regardless of the party that’s in power.

But he now says he’ll vote because he doesn’t want to give aboriginal voters a reason not to go to the polls.

“I don’t want my not voting to be an excuse for First Nations people not to participate in the upcoming election.”

The Assembly of First Nations has concluded aboriginal voters could be a deciding factor in as many as 51 ridings.

And in a close race, voter turnout could be crucial in determining the outcome.

Turnout in elections by Aboriginal Peoples has typically been abysmally low. The average turnout for eligible voters on First Nations reserves in 2011 was estimated at 44 per cent, well below the overall 61 per cent turnout, according to Elections Canada.

Bellegarde said he has not yet decided who he will vote for and won’t make his decision public, although he has been encouraged by statements issued by the Liberals and New Democrats.

“The Liberals have talked about the major investments in (aboriginal) education, to close the gap that exists,” he said.

“Both (Liberals and New Democrats) have made comments about calling an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls,” he added.

“So the theme is starting to resonate.”

READ MORE: Federal election 2015: Your riding’s candidates and voting history

The AFN is encouraging all parties to commit to aboriginal priorities that also include increased funding for First Nations training, child welfare, health care and police services.

The organization has delivered voting kits to all First Nations chiefs, with information on the voting process, how to get ballot boxes to remote locations and the new voter identification rules brought in by the Conservatives under the Fair Elections Act.

The law requires every voter to produce one piece of government-issued ID that includes their name, photo and address, such as a driver’s license.  Failing that, two pieces of ID must be shown, one of which must include the voter’s address. Critics have warned the proof of residency rule could prevent people from voting,
particularly on reserves where there are often no addresses.

To overcome that new hurdle, the AFN voter kits include form letters that chiefs or band managers can sign to verify residency for eligible voters.

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Hamilton police chief under fire for allegedly forwarding ‘racially charged’ email

WATCH ABOVE: Hamilton City Councillor Matthew Green is criticizing the police chief for distributing a “racially charged” email written by an unidentified resident, sent the day after a teen was shot and killed last month. Chief Glenn De Caire says his note is not an endorsement of the resident’s opinion. Lama Nicolas has the story.

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TORONTO — A Hamilton city councillor says a “racially charged” email from a resident that was allegedly forwarded from the city’s police chief to members of the Police Services Board is “problematic” for the community.

Councillor Mathew Green said the email included a note from an unnamed resident who thanked police after the shooting death of an 18-year-old man on Aug. 12.

“I just wanted to say thank you to the Hamilton Police for all the hard work they are doing in regards to this senseless killing,” the email from the resident read.

“I also wanted to say that I believe it is time for these black kids to stop blaming the police for the problems and take responsibility for the actions of the youth.”

The email was allegedly forwarded on to other members of the board by Police Chief Glenn De Caire, who added a personal note to the email and signed it.

“All of our officers that responded to the recent homicide did a great job,” the note read. “Keep up the good work.”

Green said the email from the resident was presented to him by a local newspaper and he believes it contained “racial undertones.”

“That is a racially charged statement. There are some viewers who hear that and think nothing of it, but in communities who feel historically marginalized or [that have] trust issues with the police service it’s very problematic,” he said.

“It does pit the community against the force and that’s not something I want to see.”

Green added that the allegations, that the email was then forwarded on to other officers by the chief, were “shocking.”

“I find it shocking that internal communication would’ve been signed off on and distributed through the police service,” he said.

“Just from a place of leadership, a place of competency, understanding the issue around carding, I find it extremely problematic.”

De Caire said in a statement that it’s the practice for the chief to “communicate community feedback directly to the membership.”

“As is evident from the Chief’s hand written message, he is specifically recognizing the hard work of the members in relation to the August 12, 2015 homicide of Shariek Douse,” he said.

“Community members express their personal opinions about a wide variety of issues, however, the Chief’s note was not, in any way, an endorsement of that citizens opinion.”

De Caire said his note “very clearly acknowledges” that the officers did a great job in responding to what was a “very serious, emotionally charged scene.”

Anyone with information on this homicide is asked to contact Det. Ben Adams of the Homicide Unit at 905-546-3836.  To provide information anonymously you can do so by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting information online at 杭州桑拿按摩论坛crimestoppershamilton杭州桑拿.

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Apple unveils bigger, more powerful iPhone 6S, 6S Plus

Apple unveiled what it’s claiming to be the most advanced smartphones in the world, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, during a press event in San Francisco Wednesday.

As with most of its “S” model updates, the new smartphones don’t look much different from the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which were released last year. But the new phones include a number of major upgrades to their internal components, including a more powerful processor.

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The iPhone 6S will feature a 12-megapixel camera, with 50 per cent more pixels than the previous model, allowing for more detailed photos. Both models will also support 4K video.

Apple Touch ID fingerprint scanner has also been upgraded to be twice as fast.

As rumoured, the new smartphones will also come in a new colour – rose gold.

READ MORE: Apple unveils iPad Pro, new Apple Watch models, Apple TV updates

The phones have also been designed to be more durable – a big selling point for those affected by the #Bendgate scandal that plagued the iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple says the frames of the new iPhones will be made of a stronger form of aluminum already found on the Apple Watch.

WATCH: New iPhones, iPad, and Apple TV highlight major Apple event announcements

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The new iPhones will also feature 3D Touch – known as Force Touch on Apple’s Mac computer lineup.

The feature responds to how hard users press on the screen. For example, pressing down hard on the  iPhones will launch additional capabilities.

Users will also get quick access to tasks such as taking a selfie or getting directions home. From a message, 3D Touch will give you a preview of a Web link without launching the browser.

The new phones will go on sale Sept. 25, with pre-orders starting this Saturday. The markets getting the new phones right away include Canada, the U.S. and Australia.

The base model for the 6S will come with 16GB of storage and start at US$899, with 64GB and 128GB options available starting at $1,029 and $1,159, respectively.

The base model for the 6S Plus will start at US$1,029 for 16GB of storage. The 64GB and 128GB will run you $1,159 and $1,289, respectively.

iOS 9

With the unveiling of the new iPhones, Apple also announced its new mobile operating system iOS 9 will officially be available to existing iOS devices on Sept. 16.

iOS 9 won’t look very different – aside from a new font face – but the tech giant has added quite a few changes to how it works.

iPhone users will get a new caller ID function that will try to predict numbers that aren’t saved in your contacts using information from emails.

The software also features new multitasking features for iPad users. The “50-50 view” will allow users to see two apps side-by-side and picture-in-picture viewing will allow users to watch move videos into the corner of their tablet while they use other apps.

Siri is much smarter in iOS 9. The digital assistant will be able to do things like search an iPhone user’s photos with a voice command, such as “Show me pictures from San Francisco last July.”

WATCH: New apps and models unveiled for Apple Watch

With files from Global News’ Heather Loney

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Patriots ask NFL to reinstate ‘Deflator’ and other employee suspended in ‘Deflategate’ scandal

NEW YORK – The New England Patriots have asked the NFL to reinstate the suspended employees at the heart of the scandal that came to be known as “Deflategate.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said on Wednesday that the request is under review.

The team suspended equipment assistant John Jastremski and officials locker room attendant Jim McNally as part of the investigation into whether the footballs the team provided for the AFC title game were improperly inflated. In one of the more damning texts uncovered in the probe, McNally referred to himself as “the deflator.”

The team was fined $1 million and docked two draft picks as punishment. Quarterback Tom Brady had his four-game suspension vacated by a federal judge. The team has denied any wrongdoing, but it suspended McNally and Jastremski.

The NFL said the two could not be reinstated without permission from the league.

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Construction starts on new $48-million home for Kelowna RCMP

KELOWNA – Construction has officially begun on a new headquarters for the Kelowna RCMP. The new facility, which being built at the intersection of Clement Ave. and Richter St., is expected to be complete in the spring of 2017.

Kelowna’s mayor and other dignitaries were on hand for a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site Wednesday morning.

The RCMP are looking forward to moving out of their aging downtown detachment and into the new facility once it is built.

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“We’re going to be very excited to watch the building as it rises from the ground,” says Kelowna RCMP Superintendent Nick Romanchuck. “We’re in very crowded conditions. Our cell block has reached its best before date a long time ago. We have people working in the old cell block that’s really like a dungeon and we have one person that literally works in a closet.’

The new detachment is budgeted to cost $48-million.

“It’s part prison. It’s part forensic laboratory. It’s not your typical office building which makes it more expensive and more intricate to design,” Romanchuck says.

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The new facility is expect to consolidate the operations at the RCMP’s current downtown Kelowna detachment and Windsor Rd. location under one roof and will be double the size of those two existing RCMP facilities.

“We don’t believe this new building is too fancy,” says Kelowna mayor Colin Basran.

Basran argues the new detachment will be able to serve Kelowna for at least 50 years.

“We believe this building balances what’s needed now and what’s needed in the future,” he says.

– with files from Blaine Gaffney

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Tattoo fundraiser benefits Rehtaeh Parsons Society – Halifax

WATCH ABOVE: Steve Silva reports on Project Semicolon which is raising money for the Rataeh Parsons Society.

BEDFORD, N.S. – World Suicide Prevention Day is being marked in the province through an unusual fundraiser: people are getting tattoos of semicolons.

“It’s a symbol that just because we’re having struggles, doesn’t mean that it has to be the end,” said Leah Parsons, mother of Rehtaeh Parsons.

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Rehtaeh made headlines after committing suicide following a sexual assault and online attacks.

“Her tattoos signified that after being sexually violated, that she could take back her body, and each tattoo had a deep meaning of finding her way back,” said Leah.

Between 12-7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, participants (16 years and older) can get a tattoo of a semicolon for $30 at Six Points Tattoo Parlour in Bedford. Henna tattoos are an option starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

The money will go to the Rehtaeh Parsons Society, which promotes awareness of sexual violence, cyber harassment, and the issues of suicide; Leah is the founder.

“I couldn’t imagine going through what Rehtaeh’s family through and it, really, really, really touches my heart, and we’re absolutely honoured to be involved in something like this,” said store co-owner Chris Kelly.

Sari McLin, who has struggled with depression and bullying before, was the sixth person to get a tattoo at the fundraiser Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s kind of just looking back at all my struggles and maybe the struggles I will have in the future, and saying, like, ‘I know this is going to happen, but I also know that I’m strong enough to deal with it and overcome it’,” said the 22-year-old.

She said she hopes the new ink will act as a reminder and also a conversation starter.

“People are often thought of as being weak or lesser than other people just because they’re struggling, but they’re not,” said McLin.

World Suicide Prevention Day will be observed on Thursday.

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