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I try to be the voice for my daughter’: six months since Chantel Moore’s death, family still seeking answers – CTV News

FREDERICTON — This week marks six months since the death of Chantel Moore, and the lawyer representing her estate says they haven’t heard any new information on the status of the investigation into her death.

Moore was shot and killed by an Edmundston, N.B., police officer during a wellness check at her apartment in the early morning hours of June 4.

Quebec’s police watchdog – BEI – took over the investigation of the case. A spokesperson said Monday that the investigation is ongoing.

Sylvie Boutin also said that BEI’s investigations take an average of eight months to complete. The agency has 37 current investigations underway, all from incidents that took place in 2020.

Read More: https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/i-try-to-be-the-voice-for-my-daughter-six-months-since-chantel-moore-s-death-family-still-seeking-answers-1.5211165

Delta 9 Announces $4 Million Bought Short Form Prospectus Offering of Equity Units

Winnipeg, Canada  – Delta 9 Cannabis Inc. (“Delta 9” or the “Company”) (TSX:DN) (OTCQX: VRNDF) is pleased to announce that is has entered into an agreement with Leede Jones Gable Inc. as the lead underwriter and sole bookrunner (the “Underwriter”), pursuant to which the Underwriter has agreed to purchase, on a bought-deal basis, 7,272,728 units (the “Equity Units”) for gross proceeds to the Company of $4,000,000.40 (the “Offering”) at a price of $0.55 per Equity Unit.

Each Equity Unit will consist of common share of the Company (a “Common Share”) and one half (1/2) of a Common Share purchase warrant (each whole purchase warrant, a “Warrant”).  Each Warrant will entitle the holder thereof to purchase one Common Share at an exercise price of $0.70 (the “Exercise Price”) at any time up to thirty-six (36) months following Closing (as defined below).

The Units will be offered by way of a short form prospectus to be filed in those provinces of Canada other than Quebec as the Underwriter may designate pursuant to National Instrument 44-101 – Short Form Prospectus Distributions and may be offered in the United States on a private placement basis pursuant to an appropriate exemption from the registration requirements under applicable U.S. law.

The net proceeds from the Offering will be used for working capital and general corporate purposes.
The closing of the Offering is expected to occur on or about the week of December 21, 2020 (the “Closing”) and is subject to the Company receiving all necessary regulatory approvals, including the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange.

About Delta 9 Cannabis Inc.
Delta 9 Cannabis Inc. is a vertically integrated cannabis company focused on bringing the highest quality cannabis products to market. The company sells cannabis products through its wholesale and retail sales channels and sells its cannabis grow pods to other businesses. Delta 9’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Delta 9 Bio-Tech Inc., is a licensed producer of medical and recreational cannabis and operates an 80,000 square foot production facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Delta 9 owns and operates a chain of retail stores under the Delta 9 Cannabis Store brand. Delta 9’s shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “DN” and on the OTCQX under the symbol “VRNDF”. For more information, please visit https://invest.delta9.ca/.

For further information, please contact:
Investor & Media Contact:
Ian Chadsey VP Corporate Affairs
Mobile: 204-898-7722
E-mail: [email protected]

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Indigenous artists and craftspeople go online to connect with holiday shoppers – CBC

‘Making a purchase from one of these women makes a huge impact,’ says holiday market organizer

Dec 01, 2020

Dana Connolly is one of hundreds of Indigenous artists who are selling their beadwork, crafts, clothing and gifts this year online as part of virtual holiday markets.

“It’s a way that we can actively support each other and care for each other in a time when we all know we’re struggling and we can’t actually be together,” said Connolly.

Connolly is from Peguis/Swan Lake First Nation in Manitoba and started selling Indigenous wellness products through her brand, Medicine Garden Society.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/holiday-online-market-indigenous-crafts-1.5820252

Cochrane Saxberg congratulates Senator Murray Sinclair and applauds the City of Selkirk for the naming of Murray Sinclair Park!

The park and playground on Queen Avenue, which was constructed in 1953, is close to where Senator Sinclair’s family, one of the last families at the St. Peter’s Indian Settlement in the 1960’s, resided. Before the official name change, the park went for more than 50 years without a name.

Senator Sinclair graduated from Selkirk Collegiate Institute in 1968. He received a law degree from the University of Manitoba in 1979 and built a distinguished law career for himself, including serving as the first Indigenous judge in Manitoba from 1988 to 2009 and chair of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 2009 to 2015. In 2016, he was appointed to the Canadian Senate. He joined Cochrane Saxberg in August 2020.

Although the name was officially changed to “Murray Sinclair Park” in June 2017, the official sign (below) was just installed this week. In his speech announcing the park’s new name, the Mayor of Selkirk Larry Johannson said, “Beyond just the recognition of Senator Sinclair’s leadership, Murray Sinclair Park will serve as a constant reminder to young people who play there that they too can grow up in our community and accomplish great things.”

For more information, please see the City of Selkirk’s news announcement: https://selkirkmuseum.ca/parks/murray-sinclair-park/

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Pine Creek FN second community to get high-speed internet – Winnipeg Sun

Pine Creek First Nation will now be the second community to have access to high-speed internet.

Clear Sky Connections (CSC) is launching Pine Creek FN to improve communications within First Nation communities during serious events and emergencies like natural disasters and the COVID-19 outbreak.

The tool will also provide training opportunities for the community to understand and identify credible COVID-19 online news sources and assess information online while using media technologies such as smartphones, email and landline alerts.

“Today marks ongoing economic development & training opportunities – a historic moment for us as First Nations, as the mandated organization by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to build the high-speed network, we launch our second fibre build to a southern site,” said Clear Sky Connections Chairperson Chief David Crate of Fisher River Cree Nation.

Read More: https://winnipegsun.com/news/news-news/pine-creek-fn-second-community-to-get-high-speed-internet

Third round of COVID testing at Keeyask confirms no new cases at site

Earlier today, Manitoba Hydro received results from a third round of COVID-19 testing at the Keeyask Project construction site confirming no new cases of the virus. A total of 617 tests were administered over three days between November 24 and November 26.

This round of testing the entire workforce follows the application of additional protective measures at site as part of the project’s pandemic response plan and guidance received from public health officials after the first positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed in late October.

A total of 39 COVID-19 cases were confirmed following that initial positive result and all are now recovered.

“We are happy to see no new cases. It’s a reflection of a true team effort. We also recognize the chance of more COVID-19 cases at site remains given the current state of the pandemic across the province,” said Dave Bowen, Director of the Keeyask Project for Manitoba Hydro.

“We will continue to take all reasonable steps to allow the project to proceed while protecting the health and safety of Keeyask workers, their families and their communities. Our response plan will continue to adapt as the state of the pandemic changes and will continue to be informed by the latest public health guidance,” added Bowen.

The utility is continuing to keep partner communities up to date on COVID-19 status at the site through daily briefings and weekly pandemic meetings.

For more information, including a complete list of all current measures in place and the project’s pandemic response plan see our response to COVID-19 at Keeyask.

For more information, please contact:

Bruce Owen – Media Relations Officer
204-794-8270
[email protected]

Scott Powell — Director, Corporate Communications
204-360-4417
Cell. 204-299-8849
[email protected]

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New 138-Bed Alternative Isolation Accommodation Site Opens in Winnipeg

New Location to Help Protect Homeless Population from Surge in COVID-19 Cases: Stefanson

Manitoba’s Alternative Isolation Accommodation (AIA) program is expanding to better protect Manitobans who need space to safely isolate due to COVID-19, including the addition of a 138-room site to primarily serve Winnipeg’s shelter population, Families Minister Heather Stefanson announced today.

“A surge in cases within our homeless shelters is putting a strain on the number of beds in the system, as well as on staff needed to support this critical work,” said Stefanson. “Our government is committed to protecting Manitobans from the pandemic. We are taking action to address these challenges by investing in new spaces for vulnerable people who have COVID-19 or need to self-isolate, responding to an increasing demand among our homeless population.”

The new 138-room AIA site will open in stages beginning this weekend, adding to spaces already open in Winnipeg to meet the unique needs of individuals who have, or are suspected of having, COVID-19. In addition to a safe space to isolate, participants in the AIA program receive daily health and wellness checks. Online consultations with primary-care providers and specialists, as well as occasional on-site visits from paramedics, are also available as needed. The new isolation site is not being identified in order to protect the privacy of those staying there.

“We know the shelter population is particularly vulnerable to the contracting and spread of COVID-19,” said Sharon Kuropatwa, director of housing, supports and service integration, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. “These isolation spaces provide individuals with a safe space to isolate while they await test results or to recover if they have tested positive, with enhanced access to clinical and social supports if they need them.”

The new location brings the number of AIA sites in Winnipeg to five including one managed by the First Nations Inuit Health Branch and operated by the Canadian Red Cross. Site managers across the city work together to manage capacity and to ensure space is always available for those who need it including those in the shelter population. Community partners, including End Homelessness Winnipeg and Main Street Project, work closely with AIA officials and provide support. Currently, up to 16 people per day from Winnipeg’s shelter population are referred to AIA sites.

“Main Street Project is well-equipped to take on this expanded role to address the increase in COVID-19 cases,” said Bobbette Shoffner, interim executive director, Main Street Project. “In the spring when the pandemic was initially approaching our community, Main Street Project responded quickly to offer this vital service. We will continue to work together with our partners and our community to expand capacity, and ensure we have adequate space for people who have COVID-19 or must isolate safely.”

In addition to serving the shelter population, AIA sites provide space for health-care workers and for other Manitobans who do not have access to private bedrooms at their homes, as well as for those who live with someone at greater risk of COVID-19.

There are now 14 AIA sites across the province, including nine locations throughout northern Manitoba, with plans to open new hotel locations as soon as December in Brandon.

Stefanson noted the province is also taking steps to ensure appropriate staffing at these shelters.  Since early November, provincial staff have provided staffing support to Oscar’s Place, a homeless shelter in The Pas, in response to an outbreak of COVID-19. As a further interim measure, the province recently issued a call for civil servants and community partners to help staff homeless shelters including the new isolation facility in Winnipeg. One of the agencies that will step forward to help staff isolation sites is the Downtown Community Safety Partnership, which continues to work with Winnipeg community partners to provide support and services to vulnerable and at-risk populations.

The Manitoba government has invested $3.5 million in expanded shelter capacity throughout the pandemic to help protect this vulnerable population including:

• more than $550,000 for Main Street Project to support over 100 new overnight shelter beds and new daytime programming for vulnerable Winnipeggers,
• $720,000 to support the Salvation Army,
• $225,000 for Siloam Mission to operate 50 new shelter beds,
• more than $115,000 for Resource Assistance for Youth to operate 20 housing units for at-risk youth, and
• $132,000 for Samaritan House in Brandon.

Additionally, the province has provided more than 58,000 individual items of personal protective equipment, such as masks, to homeless shelters.

The Manitoba government is taking strong action to protect Manitobans and ensure timely access to care. For more information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

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For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-794-0732.

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Young Indigenous woman creates and leads her own sharing circles – CBC

Online sharing circle aims to help women support each other in their day to day lives

A young First Nations woman is helping other Indigenous women find strength by creating an online sharing circle.

“I started A Woman’s Voice because I remember a time where I didn’t feel like I had a voice,” said facilitator Ocean Bruyere.

The 24-year-old from Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba created the support group last November.

Bruyere said she grew up partly in foster care and often found herself going back and forth between Sagkeeng and Winnipeg. Today, she supports young people who are going through the child welfare system.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/young-indigenous-woman-creates-and-leads-her-own-sharing-circles-1.5818420

AMC calls on Canada to include changes to the gaming provisions of the Criminal Code

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – In response to yesterday’s announcement that Canada will seek to amend the Criminal Code to allow single-event sports betting in Canada, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) calls on Canada to amend the Criminal Code to affirm First Nations’ rights to control gaming activities in accordance with their inherent jurisdiction and rights.

On November 26, 2020, David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada introduced proposed legislative amendments to paragraph 207(4)(b) of the Criminal Code that would permit provinces and territories to regulate and license single event sport betting on any sporting event except horse racing. Minister Lametti committed to launching dialogue with, ‘Indigenous communities and organizations that have expressed an interest in the role of Indigenous communities in the regulation of gambling.’

AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas said, “Yesterday’s announcement by Minister Lametti comes at an opportune time for the First Nations in Manitoba, who have an inherent right and critical role to play in the regulation of the gaming industry in Manitoba. First Nations leadership in Manitoba have a long history of asserting their right in face of unfair, oppressive and discriminatory provincial broken promises and unfair practices, that includes relegating promised First Nations casinos to rural and unprofitable markets. AMC member First Nations have always asserted a right to gaming and, as such, Canada must consult First Nations directly on any federal legislative measures that would impact on this right and the right to self-determination.”

The amendments sought by the AMC are consistent with the Federal Government’s own commitment to Indigenous self-government and self-determination, as set out in its guiding Principles respecting the Government of Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples.

In Manitoba, despite extensive efforts to work with the province for more than 30 years on gaming issues, First Nations are still excluded from the Winnipeg gaming market – the only significant market in the Province. In 2017, the AMC commenced gaming-related litigation against the Government of Manitoba and Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation (MLLC) alleging that Manitoba and MLCC breached their contracts with the AMC, made negligent misrepresentations to the AMC and breached their fiduciary duty and the duty to consult. The AMC alleges that in 2005, the Manitoba agreed to prioritize First Nations gaming operations and to take steps to make sure that provincial gaming revenues are used to help close the standard of living gap between First Nations and non-First Nations in Manitoba. Instead of upholding those and other commitments, Manitoba opened a new gaming center in Winnipeg – Shark Club – without consulting First Nations, and refused to engage with First Nations about further gaming developments. Today, Manitoba continues to refuse to engage with the AMC on gaming in the province.

Grand Chief Dumas continued, “Canada already knows what the position is of First Nations leadership in Manitoba: amend the Criminal Code to remove the role of the province when it comes to First Nations gaming. Indeed, in 2018 the AMC asked the predecessor to Mr. Lametti, Ms Jody Wilson-Raybould, to begin such a review of the Criminal Code and amend it but we never received an official response.”

The Criminal Code provides that only provincial governments have the full authority to govern (“conduct and manage”) gaming and betting in Canada. The right of an entity under section 207(1)(b) of the Code that can be characterized as “charitable” to conduct and manage gaming exists at the whim of those same provincial governments. This is the legacy of the Federal-Provincial Agreement that has given rise to the current division of powers over gaming since 1985.

Grand Chief concluded, “While Canada accommodates the larger casinos and members of parliament in the east with what amounts to almost a single line amendment to the Criminal Code, it continues the existing federal-provincial arrangement status quo for First Nations. This is not good enough and Canada must do better. This division of powers was dictated to First Nations without consultation, and has to change. To this end, the AMC looks forward to working with Canada on a timely and expeditious engagement and consultation process with First Nations in Manitoba.”

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For more information, please contact:

Stacia Franz
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 204-292-1504

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COVID-19 Bulletin #268

November 27, 2020

Public health officials advise 14 additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 50s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 50s from the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Parkview Place;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre;
• a female in her 90s from the Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the Fairview Home outbreak;
• a male in his 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at the Rest Haven Nursing Home;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the St. Norbert Personal Care Home outbreak;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Golden Links Lodge;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Golden Links Lodge; and
• a female in her 100s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 14.5 per cent provincially and 14.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m., 344 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 15,632.

Today’s data shows:
• 15 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 73 cases in the Northern health region;
• 13 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 65 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 178 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 8,865 active cases and 6,487 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 322 people in hospital with 45 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 280.

Laboratory testing numbers show 3,110 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 345,708. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at the Misericordia Health Centre on its Transitional Care Unit C6 in Winnipeg, the Grace Hospital Unit 4 South in Winnipeg and the Kin Place Personal Care Home in Oakbank. These sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The outbreaks declared at Collège Louis-Riel, Collège Leo Remillard and the Convalescent Home all in Winnipeg have been declared over.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For information on self-isolation, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:
https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

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For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-794-0732.

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