The Harvard Club of Australia Foundation has announced its 2014 fellowships recipients, including three Harvard researchers intending collaborative scientific research in Australia and one Australian researcher headed to Harvard. As in previous years, the foundation’s grants will assist with travel and living expenses.The fellows are:Simon C. Robson, division chief of gastro-hepatology, Transplant Institute, Dept. of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His special focus is xeno-transplantation, the transplantation of organs between species, e.g. pig to human. During one month in October 2014 he will work with Wayne Hawthorne, of Westmead Hospital, Sydney, and others for the “development of new technologies to enable the manipulation of molecules on the surface of the cells of the xeno-organs we wish to use to transplant.” Robson will also lecture at post graduate education courses in Sydney and be a keynote speaker at the national Transplantation Society’s annual scientific meeting in Canberra.Ali Khademhosseini, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science & Technology, Harvard Medical School, and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. With his noted expertise in research commercialization and translation, he will work with Dietmar Hutmacher of the Institute of Heath & Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, to assess and advise on the current state of research translation at QUT’s four research institutes, then kick start two selected projects. He will make two visits, each of two weeks during May and December 2014. Ali will also conduct two workshops on research translation “for the entire Brisbane research community.”Christopher S. Rogan, junior fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows, Dept. of Physics, Harvard. Rogan is a leader in the study of particle physics, such as phenomena behind the sun’s fusion reactions, Higgs mechanisms and more. His collaborator is Paul Jackson, leader of Adelaide University’s experimental particle physics group where they intend to expand the new approach to searching for new stable massive particles. Rogan will make two visits totaling 10 weeks in March and June, 2014. He will also participate in various nationwide workshops and Centre of Excellence meetings.Roger Fulton, co-director of imaging sciences, Brain & Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney, will spend six weeks starting July 2014 developing better methods of compensating for patient motion in detecting and characterizing cancers and neuro conditions using PET/CT and PET/MR. He has four inter-related programs planned at Massachusetts General Hospital, working with 2013 Australia-Harvard Fellow Professor Georges El Fakhri. Read Full Story
Governor Wolf Statement on House Passage of Pension Reform SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 14, 2016 Press Release, Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today released the following statement on the House passage of pension reform:“Today, in a bipartisan vote, the House overwhelmingly passed a pension reform compromise that will save billions of dollars while also reducing risk to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania.“I want to congratulate both Republicans and Democrats for coming together to find common ground on this issue, and I urge the Senate to move quickly to consider this important legislation.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf
Ray Maota Four hundred and fifty female pupils from 10 schools in four of the country’s provinces will benefit from an entrepreneurship development programme sponsored by MasterCard Worldwide. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free images, visit the image library) TV presenter and poet Lebo Mashile said that learners need to be motivated as building their confidence will enable them to write their own success stories. (Image: Cheesekids) MEDIA CONTACTS • Linda McClure Junior Achievement South Africa: MD + 27 11 331 3150 RELATED ARTICLES • Putting education first • Teens take control of their moolah • Instilling a love of reading • All aboard the Youth ExpressFour hundred and fifty female pupils from 10 schools in four of the country’s provinces will benefit from an entrepreneurship development programme sponsored by MasterCard Worldwide and run by Junior Achievement South Africa (Jasa).Through JA BizVenture, the grade 11 pupils will learn skills ranging from managing their own businesses and money to life skills including conduct in business. The courses will run over the next 11 weeks until August, and will be conducted after school hours.Jasa is a non-profit organisation which partners with the business community as well as teachers to develop much-needed entrepreneurial skills for young South Africans who are still in school.The programme was launched at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on 30 May where Jasa MD Linda McClure and Zanele Twala, country director of human rights advocacy group Action Aid and a trustee of Jasa, spoke on the importance of this and similar projects. Also present was TV presenter and poet Lebo Mashile, who addressed the pupils, teachers and female business leaders who were in attendance.“This programme will equip the young women with the skills that they will need to launch their own businesses, so that they in turn can employ others,” said McClure.“A project like this will help break the cycle of unemployment faced by school leavers that threatens the future of South Africa’s youth, and will address job creation, which is one of government’s top priorities.”The schools involved in the programme are in Gauteng, the North West, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.Anna Jones, from MasterCard Worldwide’s South Africa office, said the country had come a long way in giving women access to education and regular employment opportunities, which are essential building blocks to further empowerment, financial independence and leadership.“This programme addresses all of these building blocks in its course content, and we look forward to welcoming these pupils into the business world when they emerge as successful entrepreneurs,” she said.What the programme entailsThe pupils each receive start-up funding to the value of R1 000 to come up with a product or service from which they can make a profit – they have to repay the funding to MasterCard once they’ve completed the course. They are also given the services of facilitators who would mentor them.Participants are required to present their product at the end of the course.“The pupils learn the theoretical aspects of entrepreneurship first before embarking on the practical side of things,” explained McClure.In addition to the sales and marketing training, they are taught how to conduct themselves in a business environment, conduct market research, open a business banking account and other aspects related to running a business.There is no strict selection for participants, and the schools involved choose the pupils they wish to put on the programme. One requirement, though, is that those who are selected be passionate about learning business skills.To incentivise the process, pupils are allowed to keep the remainder of the money they would have made, making the programme financially rewarding for them as well.“Education and skills transfer are only part of the formula needed to help young people achieve their full potential. They also need to be motivated, and they need to build the confidence to be able to write their own success stories from the start,” said Mashile.Boitumelo Chenepe took part in the programme while studying at St Anne’s High School in the North West in 2010.“The programme helped me learn about the business world and its challenges, and I also learnt how to become a successful businesswoman,” she said.“I now know that I was meant to be an entrepreneur.”Train them while they’re youngA project like this is essential as South Africa, like the rest of the world, is battling with a situation where school leavers make up a large number of the unemployed. Entrepreneurship has been highlighted as a way to get them to be self-sustainable and make work available for others in the process.According to Nimo Naidoo of the Sanlam/Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year competition, the UN estimated in 2011 that 74-million people between the ages of 15 and 24 remained unemployed worldwide, while over 6-million young people dropped out of the labour force globally.Ezra Ndwandwe of Dualpoint Holdings, a business solutions consultancy, recently addressed up-and-coming entrepreneurs at a discussion forum hosted by Brand South Africa on 12 June, and highlighted the importance of entrepreneurship.“Entrepreneurship is overused and least understood. It is about innovators and creators of solutions that fill a gap,” he said.“It is about coming up with solutions to societal problems and ways to create employment for others.”
Vacancies – Stakeholder Relationship Manager: Civil SocietyApply for the “Stakeholder Relationship Manager: Civil Society” vacancy by emailing: [email protected] your contact details.Attach your CV document.DEPARTMENT OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONSSalary: R 758, 905 – R 992,058 (TCTC)Minimum years experience needed:5+Valid From:2017-05-26To:2017-06-09Job Description:To manage and influence relationships with key stakeholders as prioritised in the strategic plan, to extend Brand South Africa’s Marketing and Communications objectives. To play a key relationship manager role in the definition and delivery of projects by assessing the needs and expectations of stakeholders and ensure that they are effectively addressed. To leverage stakeholder resources effective and efficiently. The Strategic Relationship Manager is the main Brand South Africa custodian of these relationships with stakeholders for the sustainability of all collaborations.Minimum Requirements:Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science / Economics / Social Science / Sales and Marketing / Business Management or equivalentPreferred: Postgraduate degree in Political Science / Economics / Sales and Marketing / Business Management (e.g. MBA)5+ years combined experience in marketing, communications, public relations, stakeholder relations, (account management) at a senior levelTrack record of successfully brokering/negotiating collaborations and joint ventures in a highly political / pressured environmentComprehensive understanding of the political and legislative environment (domestic and international.Comprehensive understanding of the political, socio-economic and legislative environment (domestic and international)Thorough knowledge of the workings of the business and macro-economic environment (domestic and international)An understanding of the civil society environmentWorking knowledge of systems and processes and how they contribute to organisational performanceAdvanced knowledge of how to determine value from a customer perspectiveList of skills needed:Key Performance Areas:1) Contribute to the development of the overall stakeholder management strategyEstablish the correct networks and channels and provide input on portfolio priorities, plans and budgets.Feed market insights into the overall knowledge management system.2) Contribute to the development of programme specific projects and initiativesWith reference to Brand South Africa’s business plan and signed agreements with priority stakeholders, unpack, research, workshop and help develop implementation plans to activate the delivery of a project/initiative/campaign in line with the integrated marketing and communications programme and stakeholder expectations.Contribute to media plans and publications.Establish relationships with the right decision-makers and influencers and canvass all input from geographic and stakeholder plans and target group information.3) Sell the project/initiative/campaign plan for buy-in and approval (sign-off) with the stakeholder priority base (levels, locations, platforms, decision-makers, beneficiaries)Sell the project/campaign/initiative to the relevant stakeholder bases and decision-makers / beneficiaries to ensure buy-in in terms of the content, tone, roll-out mechanism(s), budget, audience target(s), collaborative ownership, timelines and output.Feedback stakeholder inputs, research, scanning of the environment, and other relevant information (budgets, changing priorities) back to Marketing and Communications for refinement and amendment in the activation plans to ensure sign-off.4) Facilitate and manage the stakeholder relationships in the delivery of the projects/campaign/initiative plansFacilitate, drive, and maintain the established relationships with key stakeholders on the signed-off projects/initiatives to ensure that delivery happens on schedule and that expectations, perceptions, feedback are managed actively and successfully.This also involves, on occasion, actual organising and delivery of meetings, events and functions.5) Compliance, monitoring and reporting.Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the stakeholder-implemented initiatives (including risks) and reflect this in the quarterly reporting in accordance with the contracted performance measurement and business plan scorecard of the organisation.To scan the wider policy environment to identify and exploit opportunities for future work where supportive of the strategic aims of Brand South Africa and to develop leads to establish relationships with policy makers and influencers and identify opportunities for joint future work where appropriate. (E.g. new international relations strategy, diplomacy rules for sectors and geographic regions).Ensure adherence to the project corporate identity, copyright, appropriate representation, referencing, necessary Brand South Africa support to effect the objectives of the stakeholder roll-out plans.This function also entails brand monitoring to ensure brand alignment.Monitor resource spend and financial expenditure in accordance with the approved project plans.Support Brand South Africa team members by providing capacity and information when neededTo participate actively in the advisory clusters6) Organisational management and governanceCompliance and implementation of the corporate identityDevelop policiesPerformance management of relevant supplier relations and inputting the specs for supplier relations management (where the supplier performance management system sits in Operations) and contributing to the SLAsSupport Brand South Africa team members by providing capacity and information when neededTo participate actively in the advisory clusters7) Compliance, Monitoring and reporting (including risk)Develop systems for monitoring and gathering knowledge on the activity of government, parliament and stakeholder organisations, informing the rest of the senior management team and contribute by offering advice on appropriate action and follow-up.Develop and deliver communication plans to promote and maximise the impact of Brand South Africa. This will, from time to time, include contributing to media plans and publications.Monitor and report on departmental plansMonitor the achievement of departmental plans through monthly and quarterly progress reports (on content, financial and staff, etc)Monitor & evaluate the effectiveness of the stakeholder management strategy (including risks) and reflect this in the quarterly report in accordance with the developed performance measurement structure of the organisation.Monitoring and reporting on departmental plans8) Staff management and developmentDelegate work assignments and tasks to appropriate individuals, providing sufficient direction so desired business outcomes can be achieved.Provide direct reports with leadership, direction, and coaching to achieve work objectives and improve performance and skills.Performance Management – ensure that team members achieve their Performance Objectives as per individual agreements.Staff development, motivation and trainingRecruit respective staff and select9) Financial management/ oversight and complianceBudget planning and allocation and monitor expenditure in accordance with strategic objectives and ensure compliance with relevant policies.Manage financial resources cost effectively.Apply for the “Stakeholder Relationship Manager: Civil Society” vacancy by emailing: [email protected] your contact details.Attach your CV document.
CONSTRUCTION DETAILS Retrofit for Radon Vent Andrew knew about the radon problem when he bought the house, but he was assured by a well-recommended radon specialist in the area that controlling it would not be a problem. When the sale went through, that expert came to look at the house — and never came back. Other contractors have looked but never followed through with a plan. Although Andrew has found a contractor who’s willing to work on the problem, he still has his doubts that a traditional approach will work.So what will?That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Effects of ventilationMechanical ventilation will help, GBA senior editor Martin Holladay replies, adding, “This is an expensive way to lower radon levels, however, because of the energy penalty associated with mechanical ventilation.”One theoretical drawback to pressurizing a house with outside air is the risk of introducing moisture into wall and ceiling assemblies during the winter, Holladay adds. “At normal ventilation rates (60 cfm to 120 cfm), this risk is very low, because wind and the stack effect usually overwhelm ventilation at these low rates,” he says. “If you anticipate higher rates of ventilation, though, you might need to consider this risk.”Holladay is not aware of any studies that compare the impact of different types of ventilation (supply, exhaust, or balanced) on radon levels, but he guesses all of them would have comparable effects because they all work by dilution.Charlie Sullivan adds, however, that he’s heard anecdotal evidence that adjusting the balance of a heat-recovery ventilator “can have a dramatic effect on radon — in a tight house.”“The effect was presumably that with the exhaust exceeding supply, radon was sucked into the house through cracks in the foundation, despite this being passive-house or near-passive house construction,” Sullivan writes. “With improved balancing, the radon level went down. I would expect based on logic and based on that one data point that the best to worst ventilation strategies for radon would be supply only, balanced and exhaust only. The effect would be smaller with a leaky house.”Sullivan makes reference to a house built to the Passivhaus standard where an out-of-balance ERV was indeed contributing to high radon levels when it expelled more air than it brought in.That’s interesting, Holladay replies, but it doesn’t change his basic premise that in general, dilution usually lowers radon levels. “The only way to determine indoor radon levels is to measure them,” he adds. “Tight houses as well as leaky houses can have radon problems.” Radon mitigation in new construction is now routine when testing finds that concentrations of this odorless, cancer-causing gas exceed government-recommended levels. Writing from southeastern Wisconsin, Andrew S. has a slightly different problem: How to control radon levels when you live in a leaky log home built in the 19th century.“Our radon issue is being worked on via traditional methods with mixed success,” he writes in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor. “The radon issue improves dramatically when windows are open — I assume this is dilution and perhaps also pressure equalization?”That may be fine in warmer weather, but leaving windows open during the winter in Climate Zone 6 to keep the concentration of radon under control doesn’t seem like much of a solution.Andrew wonders whether other forms of ventilation might help. He weighs two possible options:Positive-pressure ventilation, possibly by means of a dehumidifier that draws outside air into the house. “Might the positive pressure help reduce radon soil draw and simultaneously dilute the radon issue?” he asks.An energy-recovery ventilator. “Does a balanced system ever make sense in a leaky home?” Andrew wonders. “The house also has some negative pressure devices (bath fans, boiler, wood stove insert). The goal here might be simply to dilute bad air whereas a positive pressure system may dilute but also prevent tendency to draw bad air in.” What’s been tried so farThere are essentially five “basement systems” in the house, Andrew explains, including two basement foundations, two dirt crawl spaces, and a slab-on-grade room. Here’s what they’ve done:Sealed the dirt floors in the crawl spaces (“one quite well, one fairly well”).Sealed a large, open sump pit.Sealed various cracks in the basement floor.Installed an active mitigation system connected to the sump pit, drain tile, and one of the basement foundations, plus the two crawl spaces.Installed a separate active radon system for the room built on a slab.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets the “action level” for radon at 4.0 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L), and when the door to the room built on a slab was closed radon levels there would approach 20-30 pCi/L, Andrew writes, although the mitigation system seems to be working “quite well.” For the basement foundations, readings fall in the 5-12 pCi/L range, although the onset of cold-weather dynamics makes Andrew wonder how far they might climb.“With regard to ventilation,” he adds, “I just noticed that when I open some windows, the readings seem to dramatically improve. I was trying to determine how much ventilation equates to ‘some windows open’ and how viable that would be to replicate via mechanical ventilation. I don’t love the energy penalty, but I also don’t mind it if it brings the problem down to manageable levels. I am more concerned about introducing a new problem — mold, etc.“I feel that with traditional methods and ventilation we would likely be OK,” Andrew continues. “I just can’t determine the best approach regarding ventilation so as to solve this problem without introducing others. I’m also wondering how much benefit we might get from reducing the negative pressure systems in the house — boiler, bath fans, dryer, wood burning stove, etc.” Our expert’s opinionGBA Technical Director Peter Yost adds this:I am going to use the approximately 15 years of radon measurements and strategies from my own home to drive my recommendations on this one.When we moved into our 100-year-old, approximately 1,800-square-foot, home in 2000, I tested the radon in our full basement at about 6 pCi/L and in the conditioned space above at about 3. These measurements were done with alpha-tracker test kits provided by the state of Vermont.Subsequently, I insulated and air-sealed the vented attic (but later learned that my air sealing was pretty poor) first, then insulated and air-sealed the basement. Radon levels in the basement rose to 12 pCi/L; I did not test the conditioned space above at this point.I was doing enough retrofitting and was concerned enough about radon levels in different parts of our home that I purchased a continuous electronic radon tester, Safety Siren Series 3. I have subsequently compared its measurement to alpha-tracker tests with no more than 0.1 – 0.2 pCi/L variation (although I have heard that over time they can really go wonky). And I have done enough short-term (three day running average) and long-term testing (cumulative average for up to six months) to have a good sense that the device is still reasonably accurate (and I now have two of the SSS3s).Since the basement at the time was not living space, my main goal was to make sure that the high readings in the basement did not translate into higher concentrations in the living spaces above. So, as I was insulating and air sealing the front porch, built over an unvented crawl space, into a home office, I pulled a concrete block from the common wall between the office crawl space and full basement and then installed an ECM Fantech exhaust fan in the crawlspace to depressurize the basement and crawl space (see Image #4, below). The result was the basement radon levels went up to 13 pCi/L and the living space above went to 2.1 pCi/L.I had shifted the neutral pressure plane of building such that we were keeping the radon mostly below grade. And because the Fantech exhaust was a variable-speed fan, I could “dial in” just how much negative I wanted to pull the basement, even checking it when the atmospherically vented boiler was running (making sure I was not creating back-drafting or exhaust spillage from the boiler). Problem solved…But some years later, our kids wanted the basement to becoming a rec room — is that a living space? Shoot. I ended up decommissioning the crawl space exhaust and had a Fantech HRV installed to service just the basement as our next radon control system. The HRV has three speeds: 100 cfm (100 watts); 150 cfm (150 watts); and 200 cfm (200 watts). For shoulder seasons I seem to be able to keep the living space at 4 pCi/L or less at low or medium speed but in the winter, I have to run the HRV at full speed to keep at or below the EPA action threshold. It’s that bloody stack effect in the winter that seems to pull more radon in to the house.I have tried more than once to seal basement floor cracks and wall joints to little effect on radon levels throughout the house. And with a four-gable gambrel, and room-by-room renovation, I just can’t seem to get the second-floor ceiling plane tight enough to really stymie the stack effect in the winter.In the summer, our six basement hopper windows are pretty much open except during short stints of really high humidity outdoors, and that pulls the radon levels throughout the house well below 2 pCi/L.So, lessons learned:We really don’t know much about why there is no consistent relationship between radon levels and airtightness. You still need to measure and then know whether to mitigate.You can use pressure regimes to manage radon floor-to-floor. Just be careful if you have atmospherically vented appliances in the basement.Dilution can work, but as Martin points out, not without a pretty significant energy penalty.You can have two homes sitting right next to each other in a high-risk zone (see the map shown in Image #3 below) and which one, if either, ends up with actionable levels of radon inside the home is anyone’s guess.Evaluating radon and patterns over time and in different locations can be done pretty well with a continuous electronic monitor. But it’s good practice to check these periodically against a 3-month, closed-up-for-the-winter alpha tracker test.If you are using a device such as an HRV for radon control, its regular inspection and maintenance is just that much more important for good indoor air quality. All About RadonExhaust-Only Ventilation Systems and RadonRadon and a Passive HouseRadon and AirtightnessEPA Issues Radon Reminder Exhaust-only ventilation may actually helpThe notion that an exhaust-only ventilation system would make radon worse seems reasonable. If the house is depressurized, wouldn’t it make sense that radon would be drawn in via cracks in the foundation?It sounds like a logical premise, Holladay says, but there is evidence that exhaust-only ventilation can lower radon levels. Holladay refers Andrew to an article he wrote on the topic last year (“Exhaust-Only Ventilation Systems and Radon”).“You should go ahead and install an HRV (not an ERV) with dedicated ventilation ducts,” Holladay says. “Running ducts in an old house can be tricky, but even one supply register and one exhaust grille should provide some dilution of your radon levels. If you can manage two supply registers and two exhaust grilles, even better.”And don’t, he adds, put in a whole-house dehumidifier. They are “notorious energy hogs.”Given the difficulty of installing ductwork in Andrew’s house, Sullivan suggests that he look at a Lunos through-the-wall HRV. Andrew has seen the Lunos and finds it a “really neat system,” although boring through log walls up to 18 inches thick to install one would be no piece of cake. RELATED ARTICLES
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MONTREAL – Canadian National Railway Co.’s former chief executive received $12.3 million in compensation last year, before he left the company as it struggles through operational and customer service challenges, the Montreal-based railway said in a regulatory filing.Luc Jobin’s total compensation was up from $8.3 million in 2016, when he assumed the top job halfway through the year. He was chief financial officer for the first six months.His total compensation was slightly lower than the Royal Bank’s Dave McKay, at $12.4 million, the best compensated of Canada’s top five bank CEOs in 2017.But he was far behind Keith Creel, who was paid $20.1 million, including $10.5 million in stock options last year to head Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.Jobin last year received $1.4 million in salary, $5.15 million in share-based awards, $2.7 million in option-based awards and $2.6 million in annual bonus. The remaining money came from pension values and other compensation.On March 5, CN Rail’s board of directors announced Jobin’s departure and the appointment of Jean-Jacques Ruest, a 22-year veteran of the company, as interim president and CEO. Ruest will also remain chief marketing officer while the board conducts a global search for a full-time chief executive.In the filing ahead of its April 24 annual meeting in Toronto, CN Rail said the company was in the process of finalizing arrangements relating to Jobin’s departure “in the context of applicable legal requirements and the company’s plans.”Jobin received $4.8 million in compensation in 2015, including an extra $830,000 paid in February 2016 because of extra duties he assumed during former CEO Claude Mongeau’s medical leave of absence.As chief marketing officer, Ruest’s total compensation increased three per cent last year to $4.6 million.In a message to shareholders, CN chairman Robert Pace and Ruest described 2017 as a “notable year for CN with unprecedented volume growth.”Its revenues increased eight per cent to $13 billion as volume records were set in international intermodal, frac sand, coal, propane, and potash.CN Rail’s net profits surged 51 per cent to nearly $5.5 billion as it was helped by lower U.S. taxes. Adjusted profits were up six per cent to $3.8 billion or $4.99 per share.“It was also a year that ended with operational challenges,” they wrote.CN said it faced disruptions in the Western region caused by unusual weather conditions in the fall, including wind storms and mudslides, followed by harsh early winter conditions across the network.The railway hired 3,400 employees and is hiring hundreds more while also increasing its capital spending this year to $3.2 billion from $2.7 billion.Companies included in this story: (TSX:CNR, TSX:CP, TSX:RY)
HOUSTON, B.C. – The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says the use of force against people peacefully protesting the construction of a pipeline in northern British Columbia is a violation of their human and aboriginal rights.Fourteen people have been taken into custody at a blockade southwest of Houston, B.C., where some members of the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation had set up a camp to control access to a pipeline project across their territory.“Building consensus under duress will make the resolution of the situation in northern British Columbia very difficult,” Perry Bellegarde said in a statement on Tuesday. “Real consensus will be built when the parties, with very different views, come together in meaningful and productive dialogue. And I am confident that they can do this.” An RCMP statement says the arrests on Monday came when officers determined a resolution was unlikely after they spoke with camp members about complying with a court order and removing the blockade.TransCanada subsidiary Coastal GasLink obtained an injunction from the Supreme Court of British Columbia ordering the removal of obstructions in area as preliminary work gets underway on a pipeline carrying natural gas from the Dawson Creek area to Kitimat.Protests took place across the country Tuesday in support of the Gidimt’en clan members who are opposed to the pipeline.Bellegarde said the Canadian and B.C. governments have promised to implement UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples but in northern B.C. they are imposing their laws over those of the Wet’suwet’en.“If this was really about the ‘rule of law’ then governments would be honouring the rights and title of First Nations in their traditional territories, which are recognized by Canada’s own courts,” he added. “The AFN supports the governance and decision-making process of the Wet’suwet’en leaders. Canada and B.C. should do the same. There is no reconciliation in the actions that unfolded yesterday.”NDP member of Parliament Nathan Cullen, who represents the area, said the protest he witnessed on Monday was “determined” but “peaceful. He estimated about 200 police officers were used to enforce the court injunction. “I don’t think there was any immediate public safety concerns from having a few chiefs and a reporter observe what was going on,” he said.The company says it has signed agreements with all First Nations along the route for LNG Canada’s $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, but demonstrators argue Wet’suwet’en house chiefs, who are hereditary rather than elected, have not given consent.LNG Canada announced in October that it was moving ahead with its plans for the Kitimat export facility. Construction on the 670-kilometre natural gas pipeline, slated to cost $6.2 billion, is scheduled to begin this month.Protests in different parts of the country were held to back members of the First Nation who oppose the pipeline.In Ottawa, protesters blocked a major intersection near Parliament Hill and roads were also blocked in downtown Vancouver to accommodate demonstrators outside the B.C. Supreme Court. Cpl. Madonna Saunderson would not say how many RCMP officers were involved in the operation.“We have a contingency of police officers involved in this enforcement action,” she said. “We have what is needed, what we feel we need.”The Mounties placed exclusion areas and road closures near the Morice River Bridge where the blockade was located that prevented Coastal GasLink from getting access to its pipeline right of way.Cullen said it was “worrisome” when the police began denying the media access to the area because there is public interest in what was happening.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This month’s speaker for the Fort St. John Chamber speaker luncheon was Kelly McTaggart of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.McTaggart spoke about market access, competitiveness and the context of what is going on with the industry in general in Canada. As well as where we fit in the international business climate.Within that talk encompassed market access, pipelines, competitiveness, regulatory issues, and policy issues. The future of Northeastern B.C. as it is looking right now is continuing to develop the natural gas by focusing on processing and pipeline infrastructure, shares McTaggart.She continues to share the focus right now with the biggest project developments being LNG. Currently, the most movement is being seen in LNG Canada, which is a consortium of companies led by Shell primarily in Canada.McTaggart says there is foreseeable growth as the LNG project is moving forward.McTaggart works as the Advisor, Exploration & Production Engagement person for CAPP, the voice of Canada’s upstream oil and natural gas industry. She acts as CAPP’s spokesperson and executes CAPP’s stakeholder engagement efforts in communities impacted by oil and gas development.The luncheon was held Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre.