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Media Advisory: Minister Chagger to make announcements in Victoria

From Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Victoria, British Columbia, January 19, 2018—As part of a three-day trip to British Columbia, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government of the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, will travel to Victoria on Monday, January 22. While there, she will deliver a keynote address on sustainable tourism and attend meetings with stakeholders.

The Minister will also make two Government of Canada announcements.

8:30 a.m. – Minister Chagger will deliver a keynote opening address at the IMPACT Sustainability Travel and Tourism Conference. As part of her remarks, the Minister will also make an important announcement in support of British Columbia’s Indigenous tourism sector.

Victoria Conference Centre
720 Douglas Street
Victoria, British Columbia

2:15 p.m. – Minister Chagger will make an announcement at the Alacrity Foundation of British Columbia, a not-for-profit organization that works to promote technological entrepreneurship and facilitate regionalized investment opportunities.

Alacrity Foundation
838 Fort Street, Suite 100
Victoria, British Columbia

Follow Minister Chagger on social media.

Twitter: @MinofSBT
Instagram: minofsbt

For further information, please contact:

Jonathan Dignan
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Small Business and Tourism

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada


Haida Nation and Canada increase protection at the SGaan Kinghlas – Bowie Seamount Marine Protected Area

From Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Haida Gwaii, BC – The Haida Nation and the Government of Canada have agreed to increase the level of protection at the SGaan Kinghlas – Bowie Seamount Marine Protected Area (MPA) by closing all bottom-contact fishing. This closure shows a precautionary management approach to protection of sensitive benthic habitats in support of the MPA objectives.

This decision by the Haida Nation and Canada also aligns with the Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) recent decision to close bottom contact fishing on all seamounts in the Offshore Pacific Area of Interest (AOI) and manage impacts to coral and sponges in the Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Marine Protected Areas.

Longer-term measures to manage benthic impacts from fishing activities in the MPA will be identified in the developing SGaan Kinghlas – Bowie Seamount MPA Management Plan.


“One of the tenets of Haida culture is to treat all things with respect or yahguudang. SGang Kinghlas Supernatural Being Looking Outward is a living being, rich with aquatic life and deep-sea habitat. The new species of coral recently discovered there, bear testament to what we don’t know about the natural world. Taking precaution and managing human behavior around things like the seamount will do us and the natural world well in the long run. Coral and sponges play a significant role in maintaining the health of oceans and because of their slow growth, they are extremely vulnerable to human activities such as fishing. Today we are pleased to announce with Canada these new measures, which contribute significantly to protecting this biologically important area.”

kil tlaats ‘gaa, Peter Lantin, President of the Haida Nation

“Our Government is committed to strengthening conservation measures in our oceans, and we are proud to work closely with the Council of the Haida Nation to collaboratively manage this unique area and ensure the protection of sensitive seafloor habitats. The closure of bottom contact fishing in the SGaan Kinghlas – Bowie Seamount Marine Protected Area is an important new measure that will help protect this crucial marine ecosystem for generations to come.”

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Quick Facts

  • The SGaan Kinghlas-Bowie Seamount is located 180 km offshore of Haida Gwaii and is one of the shallowest seamounts in the north Pacific, rising from a depth of 3,000 metres to within 24 metres of the ocean’s surface. The seamount is an underwater mountain formed by volcanic activity that results in unique oceanographic interactions which enhance the biological productivity of the area.
  • Recent research at the seamount has resulted in the discovery of four rare benthic species, including three new species of glass sponge.
  • The SGaan Kinghlas-Bowie Seamount and the surrounding area have been designated by both the Council of the Haida Nation (CHN) and DFO as a protected area. In 1997, the CHN designated SGaan Kinghlas or Supernatural Being Looking Outwards as a Haida marine protected area. In 1998 DFO identified Bowie Seamount as an AOI and the area was designated as a MPA under Canada’s Oceans Act in 2008.
  • The purpose of the MPA is to conserve and protect the unique biodiversity and biological productivity of the area’s marine ecosystem, which includes the SGaan Kinghlas-Bowie, Hodgkins and Davidson seamounts and the surrounding waters, seabed and subsoil.
  • A Management Board for the SGaan Kinghlas-Bowie Seamount MPA was established through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in April 2007 between the Government of Canada and the CHN. The MOU confirms the commitment to facilitate the cooperative management and planning of the MPA and demonstrates the shared goal of DFO and the CHN to protect and conserve SGaan Kinghlas-Bowie Seamount for present and future generations.

Associated Links


Simon Davies
Manager, Communications
Council of the Haida Nation
250-559.-4468 or 250-637-1130

Athina Vazeos
Communications Advisor
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
604-666-7120 or 604-499-5808


First Nations and LNG – BCLocalNews

Jan. 19, 2018

Karen Ogen-Toews, CEO, First Nations LNG Alliance

The days when First Nations take a back seat on how their territories are managed are past.

In fact it is dismaying to find that some environmental activists are trying to control First Nation territories, just as governments and corporations have done so in the past, and using the same old divide- and-conquer tactics.

A recent Financial Post story reported on First Nation leaders trying to navigate these complex issues:

Read More:

NEB Hearings for North Montney Mainline Project

January 19, 2018 – Calgary – National Energy Board

The National Energy Board (NEB) is holding public hearings on an application of NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) to modify the North Montney Mainline Project. The hearings will take place over a two-week period and will include oral cross-examination and final arguments. The NEB will also hear oral traditional evidence from Indigenous participants.

  • Date: Monday, January 22, 2018 – Friday, January 26, 2018
    Time: 8:30 am (MST);
    Tuesday, February 6, 2018
    Time: 9:00 am (MST)
    Location: Calgary, AB
    Venue: NEB’s Hearing Room
  • Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 – Thursday, February 1, 2018
    Time: 9:00 am (MST)
    Location: Dawson Creek, BC
    Venue: Stonebridge Hotel

In its application, NGTL is requesting changes to the North Montney Mainline Certificate to allow the gas to flow east, and to proceed with certain components of the Project independently of any final investment decision related to liquefied natural gas exports from the west coast of British Columbia. The changes would also include construction of eight additional meter stations, as well as make minor modifications to project plans.

During the hearings, the NEB will consider the views of participants – including industry, government and Indigenous peoples – on a range of issues such as the impacts of the proposed changes on the environment, the need and economic viability of the project and Indigenous interests.

Those unable to attend the hearings in person can access both a live audio feed and a daily transcript at

The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada’s energy industry. It regulates pipelines, energy development and trade in the public interest with safety as its primary concern. For more information on the NEB and its mandate, please visit

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Quick Facts

  • The North Montney Mainline Project is a proposal to build and operate 301 kilometres of natural gas pipeline and related facilities connecting NGTL’s Groundbirch Mainline to the North Montney gas fields in northeastern British Columbia.
  • The NEB recommended that the Federal government approve the project on April 15, 2015. The Federal government approved the project on 10 June 2015 and directed the National Energy Board to issue a Certificate.

Associated Links


Marc Drolet
Communications Officer
National Energy Board
Telephone: 514-476-9911


NDIT: New funding programs to drive innovation and economic priorities in the North

Prince George, B.C.

Northern Development Initiative Trust announced two new funding programs today that will support innovation projects in traditional northern B.C. industries and key community-based strategic economic priorities. The Northern Industries Innovation Fund and the Strategic Initiatives Fund will provide up to $1.65 million annually in grant funding for projects throughout central and northern B.C.

These funds are part of the Trust’s ongoing response to mitigate the economic impact of the mountain pine beetle epidemic, with priority given to projects within the regions and communities most impacted by the pine beetle and decreasing timber supply.

Northern Industries Innovation Fund

Following the success of the Forest Innovation Fund, Northern Development has restructured the program with a commitment of up to $750,000 annually to create the Northern Industries Innovation Fund and support innovation projects across a variety of northern industries.

The Northern Industries Innovation Fund will provide rebate funding up to $50,000 to a maximum of 50% of a project’s budget for small and medium enterprises deploying innovative technologies in industries such as mining, energy, agriculture, aquaculture and forestry.

By supporting applied research, the development of new or improved products /services and the testing of innovative equipment or technologies, the program will help the northern B.C. businesses improve their competitiveness, generate incremental revenue and create jobs.

Eligible companies must be privately owned, incorporated, have less than 500 employees, revenues less than $100 million and be operating within the Northern Development Initiative Trust region.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the annual allocation for the fund is exhausted.

For more information visit

Strategic Initiatives Fund

The Strategic Initiatives Fund is a new proposal-based program that allows municipalities and First Nations to apply for grant funding to support significant projects that focus on long-term economic transformation and sustainability.

The program is supported with a $900,000 commitment from Northern Development with grant funding only limited by the annual funds allocated to the program, up to 80% of a project’s value.

The program allows Northern Development to support strategic projects that may not otherwise fit into its suite of programs, but that are large in scale, regional in impact, enhance a community or multiple communities’ ability to overcome economic challenges and will result in incremental capacity or strategic economic infrastructure within a municipality or First Nation.

Applications for the Strategic Initiatives Fund will be accepted until March 15th with funding decisions determined in April.

For more information visit


Joel McKay, CEO, Northern Development Initiative Trust

The Trust is continuing to work with its partners and communities to find new ways to mitigate the impacts of the mountain pine beetle epidemic. These two programs will help ensure that small and medium enterprise in our core industries will have the means to innovate, and that our communities have access to funds to support transformational economic development projects.

Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology

The Northern Development Initiative Trust is a key partner in generating economic growth in central and northern B.C. These new programs will help rural communities and small businesses diversify and create stable, long-lasting jobs.

Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

These two new funding programs complement my ministry’s rural development mandate. Supporting innovation is just one way our government is ensuring the growth of diverse, sustainable economies in B.C.’s northern communities.

About Northern Development Initiative Trust

Northern Development has a passion for growing the economy of central and northern British Columbia. Communities, First Nations and businesses of the north are leaders in creating jobs, new revenues and improving the quality of life in the region, and the Trust is dedicated to supporting their growth. The Trust combines funding with smart thinking and since 2005 has found more than 2,800 ways to say “yes” to projects that help the region thrive.


Kim Hayhurst
Director of Marketing and Communications
Northern Development Initiative Trust

Province of BC
Tasha Schollen
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology


Media Advisory: Minister Philpott to Convene two-day Emergency Meeting on First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation Child and Family Services

Ottawa – Please be advised that the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, will convene a two-day emergency meeting on Indigenous Child and Family Services. This meeting will include Indigenous leaders, Provincial and Territorial Ministers, community technicians, youth representatives, experts and advocates. The purpose of this meeting is to identify shared priorities and a path forward in reforming Indigenous child and family services (with distinctions based approaches) to put the needs of children and families first.

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018 & Friday, January 26, 2018

Shaw Centre
55 Colonel By Dr.
Ottawa, ON
K1N 9J2

Media will be invited to the morning portions of the main plenary each day. A media room has also been allocated for work space. Please note a more detailed media advisory will be issued next week before the meeting.

To be accredited, please contact INAC Media Relations:

For more information:

Andrew MacKendrick
Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott,
Minister of Indigenous Services

INAC Media Relations


TRU: How a nurse turned a passion for humanity into a career

January 18, 2018

She travels thousands of miles to help people in some of the poorest places on the planet.

Nurse practitioner Patrice Gordon has seen the face of Ebola in Sierra Leone, bodies crushed by buildings that crumbled during an earthquake in Nepal and exhausted refugees fleeing to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar. As a member of the Canadian Red Cross’s Emergency Response Unit, she has gone into places where most people would balk or outright refuse.

But Gordon sees need and responds. Her nursing training has prepared her to jump in, whether it’s treating people in poverty zones, as a trauma nurse with the Canadian military in Afghanistan or in an emergency room in New Zealand.

When she’s in Canada, the Rossland-born Gordon travels among eight Indigenous communities in the Chilcotin where she lives with her husband and pets.

She took her first step into a career that would take her around the globe when she was 19 years old, a single mom with a baby boy. She wanted to be an astronaut and a pilot, but she needed a realistic job for the time being.

“I didn’t really see myself as a nurse. But it was a way to support my son,” she said Thursday before speaking to an audience at TRU about her travels and work on behalf of the Canadian Red Cross.
With her mother’s help, breastfeeding between classes and little sleep, she got her diploma. And nursing turned out to be a better fit than she imagined. After six years of working at hospitals in Vancouver, she quenched her thirst for travel by using her nursing skills in a pediatric hospital in New Zealand, where she worked for four years.

Gordon then returned to Canada and signed up to get her nursing degree online through what was then Open University–now TRU Open Learning.

“I was particularly interested in emergency and critical care,” she said. By then she had three sons, the youngest still in diapers. The flexibility of studying online made getting her degree easier, even while she was still working as well.

“I could do it when it fit me. That flexibility is absolutely what made it possible,” she said.

“The amazing thing about the nursing profession is there are countless things you can do. You can take your passion and fit nursing into it.”

When her boys were old enough to be on their own, she joined the Canadian military in Afghanistan, where she treated a young Taliban man named Mohamed who touched her heart. She still tears up thinking about him.

“I’ll never forget him. His last words, when he was being carted off to Guantanamo Bay, were ‘I’ll never forget you.’”

The military was too polarized for Gordon – she didn’t like that it was us and them–but her love of travel and helping people in dire circumstances made her realize she wanted to do more work overseas. She found the Canadian Red Cross and is now a member of their Emergency Response Unit.

Gordon got her Master of Nursing from Athabasca University and has been working as a nurse practitioner in the Chilcotin, where she lives with her husband, dogs, cats and horses, and serves eight Indigenous communities. But when disaster strikes, she gets an email or a phone call from the Red Cross.

In 2015, she spent five weeks in Sierra Leone treating people in the Ebola hot zone. She went in November, but spent the months before departing watching the news and feeling desperate.
“Sitting at home and watching that nightmare was so painful,” she said.

It was a no-touch zone, which was devastating in such an emotionally intense atmosphere, but was necessary. Suiting up in protective gear required a dresser who helped medical staff to make sure they were fully protected. Then the staff checked each other over. There was no taking chances because the virus is so volatile.

When she returned to Canada, she came down with a fever which turned to be nothing, but it still landed her in quarantine for three weeks. She was kept in isolation at Kelowna General Hospital, then in a hotel room—an enormous contrast after Africa. She celebrated Jan. 1, 2015, in the hospital room being told she was finally cleared to go home.

Gordon has seen nursing change dramatically during her career. There are so many areas where people have passions, whether it’s music, sports or travel, that can be parlayed into a nursing career, she said.

For a young mother who wanted to be an astronaut, she has managed to see much of her planet without going into space.
She remembered the lyrics from a Kris Kristofferson record her mom used to play. The words still go through her mind, often. “I’d rather be sorry for something I’ve done than for something that I didn’t do.”

No regrets. She has none.


Durango Highlights 2017 Milestones in Preparation for 2018

Vancouver, BC / January 19, 2018 – Durango Resources Inc. (TSX.V-DGO) (Frankfurt-86A1) (OTC Grey-ATOXF), (the “Company” or “Durango”) announces that over the past year, Durango has achieved numerous milestones which further position the Company for discovery in the coming year.

2017 Milestones

  • Negotiated an option agreement on the Trove gold property with BonTerra Resources Inc. (“BonTerra”) which resulted to date in a cash inflow of $750,000 with no dilution to shareholders. Durango still owns 100,000 of these shares and may obtain a further $350,000 in cash, and a further 1,500,000 shares of BonTerra if the option is fully exercised pursuant to the option agreement.
  • Durango’s favourable grades of 99.9% CaCO2 at Mayner’s Fortune limestone project in northern B.C. received an exemption from the registration process of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for the use of limestone as a fertilizer. A consultant was hired to take structural measurements and evaluate targets for a recommended drill program to determine the size and quality of the limestone potential.
  • Staked a 2,000ha property adjacent to GT Gold in the Golden Triangle of B.C. who announced a new high-grade discovery in July 2017. Durango went on to further obtain fractional claim blocks positioning it even closer to the discovery area. Durango sent an exploration team up to the properties in late fall determine access, and to complete surface mapping. Some samples were obtained and are pending results.
  • Applied and obtained permits to dewater the historical pit at the Dianna Lake Silver project in Saskatchewan, which was followed up with exploration and sampling resulting in assays of 6kg/t silver, 4.21% copper and 736 g/t cobalt. The Company staked additional ground surrounding the original land position to ensure full coverage.
  • Staked and purchased additional Windfall Lake gold properties in Quebec expanding Durango’s position to over 8,600 hectares in the Urban Barry greenstone belt. The high priority blocks of claims were chosen and underwent a till sampling program in late November and results are pending.
  • Obtained fractional claims adjacent to Garibaldi Resources Corp. and Metallis Resources Inc. in Golden Triangle of northern B.C. The one claim runs north to south of the length of the Garbibaldi boundary on the eastern border, and another is adjacent to the east of Metallis. Due to weather conditions, Durango was not able to visit these properties in 2017.
  • The continued partnership program with INRS (Institut national de la recherche scientifique) defined nine geophysical exploration target areas for the Decouverte gold property in northern Quebec. Durango then hired a consultant to interpret all relevant data on the Decouverte and to build a geological model and drill program for the property as announced on January 16th, 2018.
  • Durango reviewed the technical data from previous sampling on its wholly owned NMX East lithium property which adjoins the eastern perimeter of Nemaska Lithium Inc. The Company hired a consultant to prepare a NI 43-101 report and is in discussions with land users regarding potential test drilling and timing.

Marcy Kiesman, President and CEO of Durango stated, “During 2018 Durango plans to continue to position for discovery while it aims to work on projects that will positively impact shareholder value. Durango has set strategic goals for 2018 to increase market awareness and expand its shareholder base and to drill strategic exploration targets. I would like to thank our shareholders for their continued support and look forward to an exciting year ahead.”

About Durango

Durango is a natural resources company engaged in the acquisition and exploration of mineral properties. The Company has a 100% interest in the Mayner’s Fortune limestone property and the Golden Triangle properties in northwest British Columbia, the Découverte and Trove & Windfall gold properties in Quebec, lithium properties near the Whabouchi Mine, the Buckshot graphite property near the Miller Mine in Québec, the Dianna Lake silver project in northern Saskatchewan and the Whitney Northwest gold property near Timmins, Ontario.

For further information on Durango, please refer to its SEDAR profile at or contact:

Marcy Kiesman, Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: 604.339.2243


Teck Media and Investor Audiocast Advisory

January 18, 2018

Vancouver, B.C. – Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TECK.A and TECK.B, NYSE: TECK) (“Teck”) Senior Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Ron Millos and Senior Vice President Corporate Development, Andrew Golding will be presenting at the CIBC Whistler Institutional Investor Conference on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 6:15 p.m. Eastern/3:15 p.m. Pacific time. The discussion may include information on company strategy, financial performance and outlook for the company’s business units.

The discussion will be audiocast through the following link at: The replay will be available for three months after the date of the conference.

Alternatively, the audiocast will be available on Teck’s website at:

About Teck

Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TECK.A and TECK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TECK. Learn more about Teck at

Investor Contact:
Ellen Lai
Coordinator, Investor Relations

Media Contact:
Chris Stannell
Senior Communications Specialist


Affinor Growers CEO Steps Down

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 18, 2018 – Affinor Growers’ (CSE:AFI) (OTC:RSSFF) (Frankfurt:1AF) Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Mr. Jarrett Malnarick as President and CEO of the Company. The Board is in the process of completing a search for the next CEO who will be announced shortly.

Mr. Jarrett Malnarick, who is resigning from Affinor Growers to pursue other interests noted that “We have been able to advance Affinor’s technology, test it in several conditions with different plants, and vastly improved the financial condition of the Company during the past two years and I’m happy to hand over the reins to allow for a new CEO to take the sales to the next level.”

The Board of Directors thanks Mr. Malnarick for his past 5 years with Affinor and his steady guidance and very positive improvements to both the product and the financial conditions of the Company during that period, and wishes him success in his new ventures.

The Board has also granted 900,000 stock options at a price of $0.19 per share exercisable for a period of 3 years to an officer and a consultant of the Company.

About Affinor Growers

Affinor Growers is a publicly traded company on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol (“AFI”). Affinor is focused on growing high quality crops such as romaine lettuce, spinach, strawberries using its vertical farming techniques. Affinor is committed to becoming a pre-eminent supplier and grower, using exclusive vertical farming techniques.

Neither Canadian Securities Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

This news release may contain assumptions, estimates, and other forward-looking statements regarding future events. Such forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties and are subject to factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s control that may cause actual results or performance to differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors


“Mark T. Brown”


For More Information, please contact:
Mark T. Brown, CFO


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