BCAFN Regional Chief Terry Teegee Statement on the Defeat of Bill S-215, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Sentencing for Violent Offences Against Aboriginal Women)

(Lheidli T’enneh Territory, Prince George, BC – April 18, 2019) – BC Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Terry Teegee released the following statement regarding the defeat of Bill S-215, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Sentencing for Violent Offences Against Aboriginal Women).

“The BC Assembly of First Nations is deeply disappointed that Bill S-215, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Sentencing for Violent Offences Against Aboriginal Women)was defeated in the House of Commons during the second reading on April 10, 2019. This bill was a tangible effort to address the fact that Indigenous women and girls continue to face violence for unique reasons rooted in colonialism, sexism, and racism. Creating meaningful, large-scale change will require bold action, and last week we saw the House of Commons fail to take up the tools that are necessary to help protect Indigenous women and girls. First Nations in BC will continue to work for the elimination of violence and discrimination against First Nations women, and I urge the Canadian government to renew its commitment to Indigenous women and girls, especially as we anticipate the forthcoming recommendations of the National Inquiry on June 3, 2019.”

Bill S-215 was introduced by Senator Lillian Eva Dyck in 2015 and would have required a court to take Indigenous female identity into account during the sentencing of offenders. In 2017 the BCAFN Chiefs in Assembly passed the resolution “Support for Bill S-215, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Sentencing for Violent Offences against Aboriginal Women)and Call to Action.”

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples further affirms the Government of Canada’s obligation to take meaningful action to address this issue:

Article 22, (2): States shall take measures, in conjunction with indigenous peoples,
to ensure that indigenous women and children enjoy the full protection and
guarantees against all forms of violence and discrimination.

For further information, contact: Regional Chief Terry Teegee. Phone: (250) 981-2151.

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West Moberly First Nations chief denounces ‘fear mongering’ over caribou protection plan – CBC

Fears over job losses and closing backcountry are overblown and boiling over into racism, Roland Willson says

Apr 18, 2019

Over the past several weeks, a controversy has been brewing in B.C.’s northeast over a draft plan aimed at preventing the region’s caribou herds from disappearing.

On Monday, Premier John Horgan visited Dawson Creek to express regret his government hadn’t done a good enough job explaining the deal, amid fears that the plan would curtail local industry and backcountry access.

He also appointed former B.C. Liberal Cabinet Minister Blair Lekstrom as a liaison between the premier’s office and communities in the northeast, and added an extra month to the public consultation period.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/caribou-draft-plan-west-moberly-chief-racism-jobs-1.5102961

BC Government: Programs target those who commit violence in relationships

April 18, 2019

VICTORIA – Prevention and intervention programs for perpetrators of domestic violence is the focus of nearly $300,000 in funding that is being awarded to 10 community organizations throughout the province.

“Our government continues to work collaboratively with partners in the community to ensure the safety of women, children and anyone who is impacted by domestic violence,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “This work involves supporting organizations in delivering prevention and intervention programming and supporting changes in the behaviour of the perpetrator.”

Ten community organizations throughout the province were given up to $30,000 each to deliver group programming for those who commit violence in intimate-partner relationships. This will enable community organizations to deliver prevention and intervention programming to individuals in the community prior to the charge, conviction or sentencing stage of the criminal justice system.

“Domestic violence has devastating impacts on women and children. That’s why we’re committed to working with survivors and providing supports to those who need it,” said Mitzi Dean, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity. “By providing early intervention programming to those who perpetrate violence and abuse in relationships, we are working towards more positive outcomes, healthy relationships and safer communities.”

“We can’t underestimate how devastating the impacts of domestic violence can be on victims,” said Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale. “I’m grateful to community organizations, like Family Services of the North Shore, who are providing critical intervention programs to perpetrators and working to support the women and children who face violence.”

A backgrounder follows.

Contact:

Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
Media Relations
250 213-3602


BACKGROUNDER

Victim services and violence against women programs in B.C.

  • Since 2015, government has been working to introduce and provide direct services for perpetrators of domestic violence prior to involvement in the criminal justice system.
  • To better meet the ongoing need for programs and services, government increased annual funding in Budget 2018. Starting in 2018-19, annual funding increased by $5 million, which will be increased by an additional $3 million in 2020-21 — a total increase of $18 million over three years.
  • The Province funds a range of services to support victims of sexual violence and provides a total of more than $37 million in annual funding to support over 400 victim services and violence against women programs throughout the province.
  • The ministry also continues to prioritize addressing violence against women through the Civil Forfeiture Crime Prevention and Remediation Grant Program.
    • In March 2019, the ministry awarded over $3.1 million in to support community-led projects that address domestic violence and sexual assault, human trafficking, sexual exploitation and vulnerable women in the sex trade, Indigenous healing and rebuilding, and projects that enhance the capacity and improve the services of child and youth advocacy centres.
    • $368,000 of the Civil Forfeiture Crime Prevention and Remediation Program grant funding supports 13 community-led projects that address the prevention and intervention of domestic violence by developing and/or delivering services to men and boys. Projects funded range from educational programs to encourage healthy relationships among young men and boys, to counselling to support men who are at risk of using domestic violence in relationships, to group programming for men who have used violence and abuse in relationships.

Contact:

Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
Media Relations
250 213-3602

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: news.gov.bc.ca/connect

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Premier’s statement on DFO Fraser River chinook management

April 17, 2019

VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan has released the following statement regarding Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s decision on Fraser River chinook salmon management:

“Wild salmon are an iconic species. They are vital to Indigenous communities and local economies up and down the coast.

“The measures taken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada will have a significant impact on recreational, Indigenous and commercial fishers, and the communities that depend on them. I’m disappointed that successive years of bad decisions have led us to this point.

“The federal and provincial governments have committed more than $140 million to rebuilding our fisheries. For the sake of all those who depend on wild salmon, we must focus our efforts on restoring salmon habitat and producing more fish.

“Protecting wild salmon is a high priority of our government and for all people who live in B.C.

“We are creating a made-in-B.C. wild salmon strategy to promote healthy, abundant wild salmon stocks. We will keep working with our federal partners to rebuild salmon stocks, and support habitat restoration and community hatcheries.”

Contact:

Sage Aaron
Communications Director
Office of the Premier
778 678-0832

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Faster, better access to team-based primary care coming to Prince George

April 17, 2019

PRINCE GEORGE – People in Prince George will soon have better access to team-based everyday health care, with the new Prince George Urgent and Primary Care Centre (UPCC) anticipated to open in June 2019 and the launch of a primary-care network (PCN).

“This primary-care network and urgent primary-care centre will connect people in Prince George with better, faster health care,” said Premier John Horgan. “With more than 30 new health-care professionals joining the community to deliver team-based care, people will benefit from greater access to health care, helping them lead healthier lives.”

Together, the PCN and UPCC will recruit more than 30 new health-care providers over the next three years. This includes 26 nursing and allied health-care professionals, one general practitioner, two nurse practitioners, one clinical pharmacist, an Elder to ensure cultural safety and and two new resources to support extended access to lab services in the community.

This is a community-supported initiative, with 100% of the region’s existing clinics working collaboratively in the primary-care network. All of Prince George’s 32 primary-care clinics and two community health centres will work together to provide team-based care to the entire population.

“The urgent and primary-care centre and the primary-care network in Prince George will ensure the health needs of people living in the community and the surrounding areas are met in a faster, more comprehensive and efficient way,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “New services will include extended hours of care, teams of interdisciplinary health-care professionals and attachment opportunities, which will offer a solution for the approximately 2,000 people in Prince George who do not have a consistent primary-care provider.”

The network will include Prince George and the surrounding area, including the community of Lheidli T’enneh. New and existing health-care professionals will work collaboratively together and with health authority and community organizations to provide team-based care to the entire population of Prince George.

The urgent and primary-care clinic centre will be located in the Parkwood Place Mall, 1600 15th Ave. Through the PCN and the UPCC, comprehensive, team-based care will be provided to the 87,500 people residing in Prince George and surrounding area. At full capacity, the new centre is expected to add capacity for 8,000 additional patient visits per year for both urgent and primary-care appointments.

The centre will offer drop-in team-based care in the evenings and weekends for people with non-life-threatening conditions who need to see a health-care provider within 12 to 24 hours but do not require the level of expertise found in emergency departments. During the weekdays, providers will be available on-site to provide follow-up care and care coordination through scheduled appointments.

The urgent and primary-care centre will be staffed by general practitioners from the community and be supported by nursing and allied health professionals to address patients’ health-care needs in one setting. A nurse practitioner, mental-health and substance-use clinician and primary-care nurse will provide care at the centre during the day.

“We are transforming our provincial primary-care system, so it is more focused on a team-based approach that will best respond to the needs of communities throughout the province, including in Prince George,” Dix said. “The network is part of our primary-care strategy to strengthen services and improve access to everyday health care, and will be how patients are treated today, tomorrow and in the future.”

The network was developed to better meet the specific needs of the community and improve health services identified as high priority for the community. These include:

  • improved access to team-based care for patients and families to improve health and well-being;
  • strengthened primary-care services for people without a regular primary-care provider with a focus on Indigenous peoples, as they currently have a lower rate of attachment in the community; and
  • culturally safe, wraparound primary-care outreach services provided to the most vulnerable unattached patients through the Blue Pine Community Health Centre.

As part of this work, a new outreach primary-care program will be established. Based out of Prince George’s two community health centres, Central Interior Native Health and the Blue Pine Clinic, health-care providers will reach out to the community to bring primary-care to patients where ever they are. The First Nations Health Authority, Northern Health and the Division of Family Practice are also working together to establish a mobile support team to deliver mental-wellness services to First Nations communities in the Prince George region.

The provincial government will provide approximately $4.7 million in annual funding by the third year to the Prince George network, including the new urgent and primary-care centre as net new positions are added and patients are attached.

Primary-care networks are also being implemented in Fraser northwest communities, Burnaby and South Okanagan Similkameen.

The PCN in Prince George and new UPCC support additional provincial actions to strengthen health care in the region. The Quesnel Urgent and Primary Care Centre opened on Oct. 31, 2018. Since then, the centre has had 938 patient visits. With government’s new surgical and diagnostic strategy, people living in Prince George and northern British Columbia will have reduced wait times for hip and knee surgeries, and a 70% increase in magnetic resonance imaging exams.

In addition, work is underway to improve several hospitals in northern B.C., including significant steps to build new hospitals in Terrace and Fort St. John, a redeveloped and expanded Dawson Creek and District Hospital, and a new emergency department and intensive care unit at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital in Quesnel.

Learn More:

To learn more about the Province’s primary health-care strategy, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018PREM0034-001010

Three backgrounders follow.

What people are saying about team-based care
Colleen Nyce, board chair, Northern Health —

“We believe that an integrated system of primary and community care is foundational to a strong and vibrant health-care system in the North. We are very pleased to be a partner with health-care professionals, the Prince George Division of Family Practice and the First Nations Health Authority in this endeavour. We are grateful to the Province of B.C. for making this opportunity available to the people of Prince George.”

Dr. Eric Cadesky, president, Doctors of BC —

“The best health-care systems in the world have strong primary care and we hope that the primary-care network initiative provides needed resources to doctors serving their community. A primary-care network will collectively increase a community’s capacity to provide greater access to primary care for those who need it, especially for vulnerable patients and those with complex health conditions.”

Sue Peck, director and NP council president, BC Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of British Columbia —

“Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of B.C. are pleased to see that the knowledge, skills and expertise of the entire health-care team will be utilized to improve access to health care for all British Columbians through the new primary-care networks. We believe that this approach will be pivotal in ensuring B.C. families feel connected to their health-care team, and we are excited to see the launch of primary-care networks in B.C.”

Dr. Garry Knoll, chair of the board, Prince George Division of Family Practice —

“The Prince George Division of Family Practice is very excited for this opportunity to co-lead the development of a primary care network and an urgent and primary care centre. The PCN and the UPCC will bring needed team-based care resources to Prince George and help us build on the solid foundation of full scope family practice that the physicians in this community have been working on for many years.”

Prince George Urgent and Primary-Care Clinic

The new urgent and primary-care centre in Prince George is a partnership between the Ministry of Health, Northern Health, the Prince George Division of Family Practice, Doctors of BC and First Nations Health Authority.

  • The urgent and primary-care clinic will be located in the Parkwood Place Mall, 1600 15th Ave.
  • By June 2019, the centre will be open to the public for drop in urgent-care services between Monday and Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and all-day Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The centre will also offer follow-up services during the day from Monday to Friday to urgent and primary-care patients, as recommended by the urgent and primary-care team.
  • Along with general primary care, services will also be available for marginalized or vulnerable individuals who may struggle to make or keep appointments with their regular primary-care provider, including mental health professionals.
  • Annual staffing and operating costs are projected at approximately $1 million. One-time startup costs are estimated at $200,000.
  • Primary care is the day-to-day health care given by a health-care provider.
  • Urgent primary care is the care that people need within 12 to 24 hours, for conditions such as sprains, urinary problems, ear infections, minor cuts or burns.
  • This is the province’s eighth urgent and primary-care centre to be announced. Centres also exist in Kamloops, Quesnel, Victoria’s West Shore, Surrey, Vancouver’s downtown/west end, Burnaby and Nanaimo.

Prince George primary-care network

The Prince George primary-care network is a partnership between the Ministry of Health, Northern Health, the Prince George Division of Family Practice, First Nations Health Authority, Central Interior Native Health Society and the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation.

The network consists of Prince George, surrounding areas and the community of Lheidli T’enneh. The Prince George local health area has a population of approximately 91,000 and is expected to increase to over 92,000 by 2024.

Through the network, all of Prince George’s 32 primary-care clinics and two community health centres will be working together to provide team-based care to the entire population.

With the new and existing providers, the network will improve access to care, strengthen support for patients and providers, and community partners will work to attach 2,000 patients in Prince George to regular primary care over the next three years.

New resources being allocated include:

Prince George community health centres:

  • Blue Pine Clinic and Central Interior Native Health Society Community Health Centres: one general practitioner, one nurse practitioner and one Elder who will provide primary-care services, five days a week.
  • Working together, they will provide culturally safe and appropriate care to approximately 700 new complex and vulnerable patients over the next three years.

Interprofessional teams:

  • Twenty-five nursing and allied health professionals and one clinical pharmacist will provide quality, comprehensive team-based care to Prince George and help facilitate attaching an additional 1,300 patients to a primary-care provider over the next three years.

Primary-care network management:

  • One manager and one administrative support worker.

How people can access primary-care networks:

  • A provincial website will be established for the networks to provide information to patients, including which clinics are part of the network, services provided and hours of operation, as well as how to access services and become attached to a practice.
  • Each network will actively communicate with its community as it grows its services so that people living in the community know how and where to access the health services they need.

Primary-care network attributes include:

  • processes to ensure all people in a community have access to quality primary care and are attached within a primary-care network;
  • provision of extended hours of care, including early mornings, evenings and weekends;
  • provision of same-day access for urgently needed care through the primary-care network or an urgent and primary-care centre;
  • access to advice and information virtually (e.g., online, text and email) and face to face;
  • provision of comprehensive primary-care services through networking of primary-care providers and teams, to include maternity, inpatient, residential, mild/moderate mental health and substance use, and preventative care;
  • co-ordination of care with diagnostic services, hospital care, specialty care and specialized community services for all patients, with a particular emphasis on those with mental-health and substance-use conditions, those with complex medical conditions and/or frailty and surgical services provided in community;
  • clear communication within the network of providers and to the public to create awareness about appropriate use of services; and
  • care that is culturally safe and appropriate.

Contact:

Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)

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Brixton Metals Provides Its Phase One 2019 Exploration Plans for the Atlin Goldfields Project

April 18, 2019 – Brixton Metals Corporation (TSXV: BBB) (OTCQB: BBBXF) (the “Company” or “Brixton”) is pleased to announce it has commenced exploration work at its wholly owned Atlin Goldfields Project near the town of Atlin in Northwest British Columbia and within the traditional territory of the Taku River Tlingit First Nations. Since 2016, Brixton has consolidated approximately 1,000 square kilometres of mineral claims covering most of the Atlin gold camp which has seen placer gold production for the past 120 years. Brixton’s goal is to discover the bedrock sources for the gold mineralization using modern systematic exploration techniques.

Scope of Phase One Work for 2019

  • Completed 1,965 line-kilometres of helicopter-borne magnetic geophysical survey
  • Construction has begun on a new, 35-person exploration camp located at the Yellowjacket mine
  • Property scale geological mapping will focus on structural controls of gold mineralization
  • The collection of approximately 5000 soil, 100 stream sediment, and several hundred prospecting samples is planned
  • Approximately 3000 metres of core drilling across 4 targets: LD, Pictou, Imperial and Yellowjacket will be drilled
  • Select historical core holes from the Yellowjacket zone will be re-logged and lithogeochemical samples shall be collected

First-pass stream sediment sampling conducted by Brixton Metals has identified several watershed drainages anomalous in gold and other orogenic and intrusion-related pathfinder elements. The 2019 program will increase stream sediment density in these areas, and geological mapping and soil sampling grids will be conducted where warranted.

The airborne magnetic geophysics program will be utilized to map lithological contacts and major structures in the Pine Creek area. Preliminary work by Brixton Metals has identified geological structures possibly related to known bedrock gold occurrences in the Pine Creek watershed including Yellowjacket, Imperial, and Pictou zones.

Diamond drilling is expected to commence in late June and will focus on LD, Pictou and the Yellowjacket-Imperial expansion zones. At LD and Pictou, a series a short drillholes will be utilized to test for vein continuity below historic trenches and to partially test gold-in-soil anomalies generated by Brixton in 2018.

The Yellowjacket expansion drilling is designed to test geophysical structures between the Yellowjacket and Imperial deposits that do not have surface exposure. This total area is over 5 square-km. This preliminary drilling will be a ‘proof of concept’ program aimed at discovery outside of the historic gold deposits.

About the Atlin Goldfields Project

Since 2016, Brixton has staked claims and completed 12 transactions to hold approximately 1,000 square kilometres of mineral rights in the Atlin Mining District of Northwest British Columbia. The project is located east of the town of Atlin and is road accessible and is amenable to year round drilling. Placer gold mining operations have been active in the Atlin Goldfields for the past 120 years; however, only limited hard rock exploration has been conducted for the source of the gold.

Yellowjacket Mine

The Yellowjacket Mine is a permitted 200 tpd mine and mill currently on care and maintenance. The zone is an example of bedrock hosted gold mineralization. Drilling at Yellowjacket has been shallow with an average drill length of 84m. The mine is road accessible and located 9 km from the town of Atlin. Core drilling by Homestake Minerals from 1986 to 1988 and the Yellowjacket JV between 2003 and 2011 identified high-grade gold mineralization in multiple zones within an 80 metre wide shear zone. Historical drilling results include significant gold intersections:

  • Hole YJ03-01: 5.57m of 509.96 g/t Au (16 opt gold)
  • Hole TW05-02: 2.62m of 853.28 g/t Au (27 opt gold)
  • Hole TW02-02: 13.50m of 11.21 g/t Au (0.36 opt gold)
  • Hole MET06-03: 6.00m of 21.07 g/t Au (0.68 opt gold)

Imperial Mine

The Imperial Mine is approximately 3 km northwest of the Yellowjacket Mine and has a history going back to 1899 immediately following the discovery of placer gold in the Atlin Camp. Historic records indicate 268 metric tonnes were mined at a grade of 11.5 g/t Au from a 150 metre-long gold-bearing quartz vein, Minfile 104N 008.

LD Zone

The LD Showing is approximately 12 km from Atlin and is road accessible. Previous exploration work has discovered gold mineralization associated with quartz veins hosted within a shear zone.  Grab samples collected by Brixton geologists have assayed up to 293 g/t Au. During 2018, the Company completed geologic mapping, rock sampling, biogeochemical studies, and soil sampling which expanded the gold-in-soil anomaly to 1200 metres by 2000 metres. The gold-in-soil anomaly remains open to expansion.

Pictou Zone

The Pictou Showing is located 2 km from Atlin and is road accessible. Historic records going back to 1899 discovered gold-bearing quartz veins through 29 metres of underground workings. Homestake conducted exploration from 1987 to1988 and reported grab samples ranging from 15 to 60 g/t Au. The best channel sample across the showing assayed 14.3 g/t over 2 metres. Chip sampling by Brixton during 2018 of outcrop in the vicinity of the adit returned 11.75 g/t Au and 4.48 g/t Au.

The Qualified Person (“QP”) for Brixton cannot verify the drill and surface geochemical results reported above or the other technical information set out in this news release. The precise location of the drill cores from the program is presently unknown and they have not been inspected by the QP, and therefore Brixton has not undertaken sufficient re-logging, resampling or check assays; however, Brixton has no reason to doubt the results and considers the results relevant and suitable for disclosure. The QP also advises that true width of the above results cannot be determined at this time. The results disclosed above are selected intercepts or other highlights from historical work at the Atlin Properties and none of this information is supported by a technical report prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects and the Company cautions readers that there is no certainty that these results are indicative of future exploration at the Atlin Properties and there is no certainty of similar grades from future drilling.

Mr. Darren O’Brien, P.Geo, is a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101 standards and has reviewed and approved this news release.

Brixton is pleased to announce the appointment of Mitchell Smith, as Investor Relations Manager, effective October 10, 2017.

About Brixton Metals Corporation

Brixton is a Canadian exploration and development company focused on the advancement of its gold and silver projects toward feasibility. Brixton wholly owns four exploration projects: the Thorn copper-gold-silver and the Atlin goldfields projects located in NW BC, the Langis-Hudson Bay silver-cobalt project in Ontario and the Hog Heaven silver-gold-copper project in NW Montana, USA. The Company is actively seeking JV partners to advance one or more of its projects. Brixton Metals Corporation shares trade on the TSX-V under the ticker symbol BBB. For more information about Brixton please visit our website at www.brixtonmetals.com.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors

Mr. Gary R. Thompson, Chairman and CEO

Tel: 604-630-9707 or email: info@brixtonmetals.com

For Investor Relations please contact Mitchell Smith

Tel: 604-630-9707 or email: mitchell.smith@brixtonmetals.com

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Landowner donates property to Lheidli T’enneh – Prince George Citizen

April 17, 2019

A private landowner is donating two regional district lots to the original keepers of the land.

For the past few decades, Penelope Harris has owned the two parcels of undeveloped forest in the Willow River community. She never spent any time with the land, owning it as an investment property. On Wednesday, she handed it over, every pebble and twig, to the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation (LTFN).

“We believe this is the first time a property owner in our territory has gifted the nation with private land,” said LTFN chief Clay Poutney.

“I wanted the land to be taken care of,” said Harris, who lives in Abbotsford but came to Prince George on Wednesday for a ceremony of thanks at the House Of Ancestors (Uda Dune Baiyoh) conference centre. “It was made so easy for me. I’m delighted. I just wish I had more.”

Read More: https://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/landowner-donates-property-to-lheidli-t-enneh-1.23795039

Affinor Growers Inc.: Acquisition of manufacturing assets

Vancouver (Canada), April 17, 2019 – Affinor Growers Inc. (“AFI” or the “Company”) (CSE:AFI, OTC:RSSFF, Frankfurt:1AF) is very pleased to announce that it has entered into a letter of intent to acquire manufacturing assets that make up the Cobotix Manufacturing Inc.’s (“Cobotix”) business, undertakings and goodwill in Port Coquitlam (the “Acquisition”). The Company and Cobotix will have thirty (30) days to complete the due diligence process and determine a closing date for the Acquisition. In consideration for the assets, the Company will pay to Cobotix up to $2,900,000, subject to a valuation of the assets (the “Consideration”). The Consideration will be satisfied by certain cash payments and the issuance of up to 38,000,000 common shares (the “Common Shares”) in the capital of the Company at a deemed price of $0.05 per Common Share. Upon completion of the Acquisition, it is anticipated that Ron Adolf will be appointed to the board of directors and become an officer of the Company. No additional changes will be made to the Company’s board of directors or management based on the Acquisition.

Cobotix is the current manufacturer of the Company’s Patented Vertical Farming Technology. As a result of the Acquisition, the Company will be able to consolidate the intellectual property associated with the manufacturing and design aspects of the Vertical Farming Towers, and will be able to extend its reach, diversification and stability, which are fundamental to the growth and profitability of the Company going forward. Cobotix is currently developing multiple cell manufacturing opportunities throughout North America, building on the success of current operations. The Company and Cobotix act at arm’s length.

Cobotix brings over 30 years of expertise to the design and manufacturing of the Vertical Farming Towers. Over the past six months, Cobotix has been working directly with the Company to develop and test the new designs that were unveiled at the 2019 BC Tech Summit.

Randy Minhas commented “This is a great opportunity for the Company to move to the next level with its Vertical Farming Towers and to be involved directly with design and manufacturing going forward. We will now be in a position to capitalize on the extremely talented team at Cobotix, who have been instrumental in our new tower designs.”

Ron Adolf commented “We’re excited to be joining AFI and collectively working to commercialize the new Vertical Farming Towers while continuing to work on new designs and technologies in the vertical farming industry. Over the past six months, we have been very pleased with the great strides AFI has made in advancing their technology. Our business model of collocated manufacturing cells is a great fit in the evolution of Cobotix and AFI.”

Randy Minhas
President and CEO
About Affinor Growers

Affinor Growers is a publicly traded company on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol (“AFI”). Affinor is focused on developing vertical farming technologies and using those technologies to grow fruits and vegetables in a sustainable manner.

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Cultural appropriation probed in Cabin – Straight.com

April 17th, 2019

Tales of an Empty Cabin: Somebody Nobody Was…
At the Audain Art Museum, Whistler, until May 6

Joseph Tisiga is a storyteller. His medium, however, is not oral but visual, not the spoken word but paint and collage, sculpture and assemblage, installation and performance photography. Tisiga’s show Tales of an Empty Cabin, at the Audain Art Museum in Whistler, is informed, as the artist states in the exhibition catalogue, by “ambivalent identity constructions, spiritual amnesia and the effect of displacement”.

This wide-ranging survey is bookended by works inspired—or perhaps provoked—by two Anglo-Canadians who made vocations out of “playing Indian”. One of them is Archibald Delaney, better known as the writer and naturalist Grey Owl; the other is Oliver Jackson, whose consuming occupation was the making and displaying of pseudo-Indigenous art and artifacts. Grey Owl is referenced in both the exhibition title and a series of colour photos of a performance Tisiga undertook in a deserted office building in Yellowknife…

Read More: https://www.straight.com/arts/1229266/cultural-appropriation-probed-cabin

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority hosts public open houses on proposed Land Use Plan amendments

April 17, 2019

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is hosting two public open houses on the following proposed amendments to its Land Use Plan:

  • The port authority recently acquired three properties in Vancouver, Surrey and Delta.
  • The port authority entered into a long-term lease (60 years) with the Province of B.C. on a site in Delta.
  • The designation of a current port authority site needs to be changed.

Under the Canada Marine Act, the port authority is required to add all land purchases to its Land Use Plan by way of formal amendment.

The amendment process is set out in the Canada Marine Act and requires public notification and consultation. A public consultation period will be held from Monday, April 29 to Saturday, June 29, 2019. The port authority invites the public to provide feedback on the proposed amendments by attending an open house or reviewing the material online.

Date/Time Location

Thursday, May 2, 2019

4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Discovery Centre – 100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver

Saturday, May 4, 2019

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Surrey Library – City Centre Branch Dr. Ambedkar Room (Room 418) 10350 University Drive, Surrey

The public can also visit the port authority website or porttalk.ca/landuseplan to read about the Land Use Plan, and learn more about all the proposed amendments. Feedback must be submitted to the port authority by before Saturday, June 29, 2019, and can be provided in one of three ways:

  • Online: PortTalk online feedback survey
  • Email: landuseplan@portvancouver.com
  • In person: At one of two open house

About the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the stewardship of the federal port lands in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. It is financially self-sufficient and accountable to the federal minister of transport and operates pursuant to the Canada Marine Act. The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest, and the third largest in North America by tonnes of cargo, facilitating trade between Canada and more than 170 world economies. Located in a naturally beautiful setting on Canada’s west coast, the port authority and port terminals and tenants are responsible for the efficient and reliable movement of goods and passengers, integrating environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives into all areas of port operations. Enabling the trade of approximately $200 billion in goods, port activities sustain 115,300 jobs, $7 billion in wages, and $11.9 billion in GDP across Canada.

Media contact:

Danielle Jang
Media Relations Advisor
604.340.8617
Danielle.Jang@portvancouver.com

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