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Premier re-building a once strenuous First Nations relationship

first_imgFormer Vancouver Island chief, Judith Sayers says the Premier is picking and choosing groups whose traditional territories are rich in potential for liquefied natural gas development, while others are left with little attention.All this followed last week’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling, which granted aboriginal title for the first time in Canadian history to the B.C. central interior Tsilhqot’in First Nation.Simon Fraser University professor, William Lindsay echoes the views of many, saying the decision means industry leaders will now have to talk about environmental stewardship in what Tsilhqot’in chief, Joe Alphonse has called “a meaningful and respectful way.”- Advertisement -The Premier has been attempting to make the connection between the government and aboriginals more personal, and patch things up after her widely viewed bureaucratic blunder early this year.It April, her government exempted 99 per cent of the natural gas produced in the province from the environmental review process, prompting the gathered First Nations at a native LNG conference in Fort Nelson to kick provincial officials out of the summit.The government quickly engineered a one day U-turn, reversing the policy decision, and the Premier has now held a chief-to-chief meeting in Fort Nelson hoping to make her personal touch the cornerstone of a major adjustment in her government’s First Nation’s policy. Advertisementlast_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: COUNCIL PASSES BUDGET IN DRAMATIC TWIST

first_imgCllr John Campbell, right, switched sidesBREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL County Council has passed its budget.Cllr John Campbell, independent, switched his vote – and Fianna Fail councillor Rena Donaghey wasn’t in the chamber.That left the votes tied at 14 each. Mayor Ian McGarvey had the casting vote – he could vote twice – and that gave the budget the passing vote it needed.No-one has as yet explained where Cllr Donaghey was for the vote.Sinn Fein councillor Jack Murray described the dramatic twist in events as “absolutely ridiculous.”There have been some dramatic scenes all day in the council with rows over adjournments – and even whether the councillors should have tea. Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein had wanted the budget to go unpassed in protest at cutbacks.Fine Gael, Labour and independent councillors cheered the result.It was a dramatic late twist to a bizarre day in the council. BREAKING NEWS: COUNCIL PASSES BUDGET IN DRAMATIC TWIST was last modified: January 13th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:councildonegalvotelast_img read more