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Government of Canada announces Jury for Smart Cities Challenge

Thirteen jurors will help select the finalists and winners of the competition

Ottawa, Ontario, April 26, 2018 — Being innovative and using data and connected technology will strengthen our communities, make them more liveable and inclusive, and create economic opportunities and jobs for middle class Canadians.

Today, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced the names of the jury members who will advise on the selection of finalists and winners of the Smart Cities Challenge. The Smart Cities Challenge encourages communities of all sizes across the country to develop and implement smart cities initiatives.

The jurors, selected through a transparent and merit-based process, are diverse professionals who are accomplished and publically recognized in fields related to smart cities, including urban planning, architecture, and policy innovation.

The jury members, are:

  • Brent Bellamy: Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • Leanne Bellegarde: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
  • Matthew Claudel: Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Andrea Feunekes: Fredericton, New Brunswick.
  • Carol Anne Hilton: Victoria, British Columbia.
  • Lisa Holmes: Morinville, Alberta.
  • Maxime Johnson: Montreal, Quebec.
  • Kaviq Kaluraq: Iqaluit, Nunavut.
  • Kourosh Rad: Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • Stéphane Roche: Quebec City, Quebec.
  • Gabe Sawhney: Toronto, Ontario.
  • Maayan Ziv: Toronto, Ontario

The Jury will be led by Chairperson Mark Romoff, from Toronto, Ontario. The biographies of the jury members can be found on the Infrastructure Canada website.

Over the next few weeks, the Smart Cities Challenge jury will review applications that have been submitted to the competition from communities across Canada. They will assess the applications and recommend twenty finalists to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

These finalists will be announced in the coming weeks. The jury will also help choose the winners of the competition, who will be announced in spring 2019.


“The Smart Cities Challenge will support innovation and drive real outcomes for residents across the country. The skilled and diverse jury announced today will help us find the best ideas Canada has to offer so that we can build more inclusive and accessible communities where our residents are informed, secure and healthy.

– The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Quick facts

  • The callout for jury applications was launched in November 2017 with the launch of the Smart Cities Challenge. The callout was posted on the Infrastructure Canada website.
  • The jury is made up of a chairperson and 12 leaders who are recognized in their respective fields.
  • The jury will also select the winners of the Challenge, who will be announced in spring 2019.
  • Through the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada launched the first of three competitions of the Smart Cities Challenge to encourage communities across the country to develop and implement smart cities initiatives. Finalists will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Infrastructure Canada
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154


BC Needs To Use Full Toolbox to Stop Kinder Morgan –

The government wins on tone but falls short on putting constitutional obligations to First Nations up front.

From the outraged hyperbole frothing from the lips of pro-Kinder Morgan supporters, you would think Premier John Horgan had flipped the Queen the bird with his campaign pledge to “use all the tools in the toolbox to stop” Kinder Morgan’s controversial oil tanker-pipeline proposal.

Just as Albertans expected their political leaders to fight back when Trudeau-the-dad tried to force his National Energy Plan on them in 1980, British Columbians expect our premier to fight to protect our province from bullies from across the Rockies trying to bisect British Columbia with an unwanted pipeline to deliver toxic bitumen to Burnaby for export on oil tankers.

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The Real Reason Canada is in Crisis Over the Kinder Morgan Pipeline – DeSmog Canada

April 25, 2018

Amongst all the hooting and hollering over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, it’s easy to lose track of how on earth we ended up in this place of dysfunction.

But Canadians didn’t become deeply divided about oil pipelines overnight. Indeed, much of the current tension can be traced back to the federal review of Trans Mountain, which the National Energy Board (NEB) began in early 2014.

“The reality is that there are huge gaping flaws in the Canadian environmental review process that have been known about for decades and have never been fixed,” David Boyd, an environmental lawyer and associate professor at UBC, told DeSmog Canada.

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First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) statement on BILL 26 (2018) – Child, Family and Community Service Amendment Act

April 25, 2018

First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) statement on BILL 26 (2018) – Child, Family and Community Service Amendment Act

Coast Salish Traditional Territory/Vancouver: Yesterday the Government of BC introduced amendments to the CFCSA in Bill C-26. These amendments have some promising components.

We welcome amendments to the Child, Family and Community Service Amendment Act (CFCSA) in that they provide communities the opportunities for direct involvement with the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD) when dealing with their children and families; however, we have a number of serious concerns.

We are aware that the amendments were prepared unilaterally and without consultation by BC. Further, we are concerned that the amendments are technical and operational and do not go far enough in addressing the principles of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action and our inherent right to self-determination and self-government.

The amendments do not lay the foundation for the more significant shift required to change the child welfare conditions where the overrepresentation of First Nations children in care remains the most serious issue.

First Nations of British Columbia and others, including Grand Chief Ed John in his special report for Government, and the former Representative for Children and Youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, have called on Government to lay the foundation for change by recognizing and committing to the TRC Calls to Action—especially the first five Calls to Action on the legacy of child welfare systems following the residential school experience.

Leadership on child welfare reform is needed at all levels of Government in Canada. We can only hope that during the debate of the Bill after second reading, that the Opposition and Government will realize that more profound improvements are needed and address some of the concerns we have voiced, and which went unheeded.

These amendments will permit MCFD to enter agreements with communities they designate. However, any amendments must recognize the inherent rights we have as Nations to make decisions for our children, and the need for this to become integral to child welfare so we can end the mess that the policies of control and colonialism have left for this and potentially future generations.

We will hold BC, and Canada, to their commitments to work with BC First Nations and the FNLC in ensuring substantive changes required for full reform of the system be conducted in full partnership and be co-developed. Working together in partnership is the only way to achieve the necessary reforms that will lead to lowering the number of Indigenous children in care by ensuring all opportunities are available to keep them safe in their home communities and connected to their cultures.


The First Nations Leadership Council is comprised of the political executives of the BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit, and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

For further comment please contact:
Regional Chief Terry Teegee, BC AFN: 250-981-2151
Cheryl Casimer, First Nations Summit Political Executive: 778-875-2157
Chief Bob Chamberlin, Vice-President, Union of BC Indian Chiefs: 250-974-8282


CSFS head left with concerns over Indigenous child legislation – Prince George Citizen

April 25, 2018

The provincial government missed a step when drafting new legislation aimed at keeping more Indigenous children in their communities and out of state care, according to Carrier-Sekani Family Services executive director Mary Teegee.

If passed, the legislation, introduced this week, will mean the Ministry of Children and Family Development will no longer need parents’ consent to reach out to a child’s First Nation and find an alternative to removing the child from his or her home.

Currently, Indigenous children account for 63 per cent of the total number of children in the care of MCFD, while less than 10 per cent of the child population in B.C. is Indigenous.

Teegee called the move a step in the right direction but noted it was done without consulting with agencies like hers.
“It was a missed opportunity,” she said Tuesday. “They could’ve included the agency directors. I mean, they’re the ones that are going to be providing the services on the ground to our community members.”

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Alderon Engages BBA, Inc. to Prepare Updated Bankable Feasibility Study Underpinning the Focus on Project Financing

April 26, 2018

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Alderon Iron Ore Corp. (TSX: IRON) (“Alderon” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has engaged BBA, Inc. (“BBA”) to update the Feasibility Study (“FS”) on the Rose Deposit of the Kamistiatusset (“Kami”) Iron Ore Property in Western Labrador. This FS will underpin Alderon’s renewed focus on project financing.

Alderon has retained BBA, headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, to lead the study with input from other engineering and consulting firms including Golder Associates, Duro Felguera Mining and Handling, and GEMTEC Consulting Engineers and Scientists (“GEMTEC”). The updated study will build on the previous FS dated December 17, 2012, the most recent Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) dated November 7, 2017, as well as the detailed engineering carried out between 2013 and 2015. The flowsheet and product characteristics will remain unchanged and focus will be on tailings management facility, market analysis, capital and operating expenditures and updated reserve estimates.

“This marks the beginning of another significant milestone for Alderon as we prepare to update our bankable feasibility study”, stated Tayfun Eldem, President and CEO of Alderon, “this study will further demonstrate the robust economics and strong fundamentals that the Kami Project possesses and will bring us closer to advancing the project into production.”

Given the advanced state of the detailed engineering and recent studies, the Company expects to release the results of the FS and file a technical report prepared in accordance with National Instrument (NI) 43-101 in Q4 2018.

Kami Project Updated Preliminary Economic Assessment Highlights

  • US$1,781 million Net Present Value (“NPV”) at 8% discount rate
  • 25.7% Internal Rate of Return (“IRR”) and 3.7 projected years to payback
  • US$999.4 million total estimated capital cost
  • US$29.94/dmt average estimated operating costs (loaded in ship Port of Sept-Îles)

The PEA Highlights are taken from the technical report entitled “Update to the Re-Scoped Preliminary Economic Assessment of the Kamistiatusset (Kami) Iron Ore Property, Labrador”, dated effective November 7, 2017 (the “Updated PEA”). The Updated PEA was prepared under the supervision of Mr. Angelo Grandillo, P.Eng, of BBA, a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, with contributions from GEMTEC and Watts, Griffis and McOuat Limited (“WGM”). Mr. Grandillo is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101 and Mr. Grandillo is independent of Alderon. Mr. Grandillo has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in the PEA Highlights. For further information please refer to the Updated PEA that is available on SEDAR at

About Alderon Iron Ore Corp.

Alderon is a leading iron ore development company in Canada. The Kami Project, owned 75% by Alderon and 25% by HBIS Group Co. Ltd. (formerly Hebei Iron & Steel Group Co. Ltd.) (“HBIS”) through The Kami Mine Limited Partnership, is located within Canada’s premier iron ore district, the Labrador Trough, and is surrounded by two producing iron ore mines. Its port handling facilities are located in Sept-Îles, the leading iron ore port in North America. HBIS is Alderon’s strategic partner in the development of the Kami Project and China’s second largest steel producer.

The Kami Project will produce a superior, premium iron ore product with very low levels of impurities and high Fe content (65.2% Fe). The Platts Index assesses the price and premiums for different iron ore products and now includes a 65% premium product assessment with a significant price spread above the base quality iron ore (62% Fe). The market demand for premium iron ore product is higher than for base quality iron ore product due to the advantages it offers to the steelmakers in meeting more stringent emissions requirements. Premium product allows end users to improve productivity, reduce costs and meet stringent environmental standards.

For more information on Alderon, please visit our website at

On behalf of the Board
“Tayfun Eldem”
Director & CEO

For further information please call:

Mishka Gounden
1-604-681-8030 ext 289


UVic retooling Indigenous Governance program after review, tension – Times Colonist

April 26, 2018

UVic is shutting down intake into its Indigenous Governance program in order to rebuild the program completely after an internal review returned a poor grade.

Nancy Wright, associate vice-president of academic planning at the University of Victoria, said rebuilding the program is expected to take at least one academic year. No new students will be admitted until September 2019 at the earliest.

“We are committed to redesigning the program and to developing a plan to support healing and reconciliation among students, faculty and staff,” Wright said in an interview Wednesday.

The Indigenous Governance graduate program, created in 1998, combines instruction in elements of First Nations history, traditions, philosophy, modern political realities and administration.

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Goldcorp Reports First Quarter 2018 Results

VANCOUVER, April 25, 2018 – GOLDCORP INC. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG) (“Goldcorp” or the “Company”) is pleased to report its first quarter 2018 results.

First Quarter Highlights

  • Net earnings were $67 million, or $0.08 per share, compared to net earnings of $170 million, or $0.20 per share, for the first quarter of 2017. Operating cash flows for the first quarter of 2018 were $271 million compared to $227 million for the first quarter of 2017. Adjusted operating cash flows(1) were $350 million for the first quarter of 2018 compared to $315 million for the first quarter of 2017.
  • Gold production of 590,000 ounces at all-in sustaining costs(1) (“AISC”) of $810 per ounce, compared to 655,000 ounces at AISC of $800 per ounce for the first quarter of 2017. Full year 2018 guidance reconfirmed for gold production of 2.5 million ounces (+/-5%) at AISC of $800 per ounce (+/-5%).
  • Solid execution on project pipeline in support of the Company’s 20/20/20 growth plan. The Peñasquito Pyrite Leach project advanced to 86% completion, ahead of schedule, the Musselwhite Materials Handling project advanced to 65% completion, on schedule and 10% below budget and the Borden project is on track for commercial production by the second half of 2019.
  • Key milestone achieved with the completion of the pre-feasibility study at NuevaUnión and advancement to the feasibility stage. The pre-feasibility study outlines a combined and phased approach to the development of the Relincho and La Fortuna deposits at NuevaUnión with a project containing 8.9 million ounces of proven and probable gold mineral reserves and 17.9 billion pounds of proven and probable copper mineral reserves (100% basis) to be produced over a 36 year mine life. The NuevaUnión project is foundational to the Company’s Beyond 20/20 program and its feasibility study is expected in 2019.
  • Program to implement $250 million of sustainable annual efficiencies by the middle of 2018 is on track with $210 million achieved as at the end of the first quarter of 2018 across the Company’s portfolio. More than 100% of the $250 million of efficiencies have been identified, with the program likely to be extended and the efficiency target increased, after the Company achieves its current target.

“Our operations again delivered on target quarterly results while we continue to execute very well on our robust pipeline of growth projects, which together with excellent exploration results from across our portfolio, continues to enhance confidence in our 20/20/20 plan of growing production and reserves by 20%, and reducing AISC by 20% by 2021,” said David Garofalo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Goldcorp. “The completion of a solid pre-feasibility study at NuevaUnión and the acceleration of study work, exploration and engineering at Century and Norte Abierto underpin our Beyond 20/20 pipeline of potential new long-life, low-cost and large-scale mines.”


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Net earnings and net earnings per share for the first quarter of 2018 were affected by, among other things, the following non-cash or other items that management believes are not reflective of the performance of the underlying operations (items are denoted as having (increased)/decreased net earnings and net earnings per share in the three months ended March 31, 2018):

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Reduction in Goldcorp’s share of Pueblo Viejo’s earnings relating to
settlement of a Dominican Republic tax audit



Non-cash foreign exchange gain on deferred tax balances



Please refer to the Company’s financial statements, related notes and accompanying Management’s Discussion and Analysis for a full review of its operations and projects. This can be accessed by clicking on this link: Q1-2018 MD&A and Financial Statements.

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Imperial Reports on First Quarter Production Results

Vancouver | April 25, 2018 | Imperial Metals Corporation (the “Company”) (TSX:III) reports that metal production from the Red Chris and Mount Polley mines for the 2018 first quarter was 25.1 million pounds copper and 24,495 ounces gold.

Red Chris first quarter metal production was 19.72 million pounds copper and 12,215 ounces gold, an increase of 21% and 110% respectively from the 16.33 million pounds copper and 5,811 ounces gold produced in the March 2017 quarter. The mill achieved average throughput of 28,783 tonnes per calendar day for the March 2018 quarter. First quarter metal recoveries were 77.22% copper and 47.37% gold, a decrease of 3% in copper recovery and increase of 27% in gold recovery from the comparable 2017 quarter.

The Red Chris copper and gold grades will be lower for the 2018 second and third quarters as bottom benches of the phase 3 pushback in the Main zone pit were completed in the 2018 first quarter. The mill feed for the second and third quarters will come from the upper benches of the phase 4 pushback.

Mount Polley metal production was 5.37 million pounds copper and 12,280 ounces gold, a slight decrease from the 5.46 million pounds copper and 13,811 ounces gold produced in the comparable 2017 quarter. The mill achieved average throughput of 17,917 tonnes per calendar day, and metal recoveries were 75.67% copper and 73.75% gold during the 2018 first quarter, an increase of 6% and 3% respectively for the comparable 2017 quarter.

The Company is targeting 2018 production to be within the range of 89-96 million pounds copper and 75,000-80,000 ounces gold as reported in the January 11 news release.

About Imperial

Imperial is a Vancouver exploration, mine development and operating company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns the Red Chris, Mount Polley and Huckleberry copper mines in British Columbia. Imperial also holds a 50% interest in the Ruddock Creek lead/zinc property.

Company Contacts

Brian Kynoch | President | 604.669.8959
Andre Deepwell | Chief Financial Officer | 604.488.2666
Gordon Keevil | Vice President Corporate Development | 604.488.2677
Sabine Goetz | Shareholder Communications | 604.488.2657 |


30 Year Veteran from Potash Corp Joins Encanto Potash Corp.

VANCOUVER, April 25, 2018  – Encanto Potash Corp. (“Encanto” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: EPO) is pleased to announce that Mr. Richard Lively joins Encanto following a distinguished career at Potash Corp where he was responsible for many operations involving areas such as, surface and mill operations, including gas plant, wet mill, compaction plant, evaporator and crystallizer plant, tailings system and central control room, all related circuits within these plants and operations of a Delta-V process control system.

Mr. Lively was responsible for the supervision of all personnel such as shift mechanics, control room supervisors, all operators, contractors and brings great experience with all aspects of process and operations.

Mr. Lively has been with Potash Corp when they were called Potash Corp of America and joined in difficult times where operational efficiency is paramount, and knows what works and what doesn’t work.

“We are very excited to bring a man of such experience, expertise and dedication to Encanto Potash Corp.,” commented CEO Stavros Daskos.

Mr. Lively will be reviewing Encanto’s current development position with the MFN property, and providing oversight on direction forward during Q2 for Encanto’s mining plan.

About Encanto Potash Corp.

Encanto Potash Corp. is a TSX Venture Exchange listed and traded Canadian Resource Company engaged in the development of potash properties in the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada, the largest producing potash region in the world. Through a joint venture agreement with Muskowekwan Resources Ltd, Encanto has secured a project land package which totals approximately 61,000 largely contiguous acres. Pre-Feasibility Study dated February 28, 2013 titled “Encanto Potash Corp. Technical Report Summarizing the Preliminary Feasibility Study for the Muskowekwan First Nations Home Reserve Project in South Eastern Saskatchewan, Canada” confirms the Proven and Probable KCI Reserves totaling 162 Mt grading 28% KCl (average) which supports primary and secondary mining for over 50 years at an assumed annual rate extraction rate of 2.8 Mt of MOP. The PEA dated May 24, 2017 titled ” NI 43-101 Technical Report on a Preliminary Economic Assessment and Preliminary Feasibility Study of the Muskowekwan Potash Project, South-Eastern Saskatchewan, Canada” summarizes an alternative development option that supports primary and secondary mining of the Mineral Resources for 48 years at an annual extraction rate of 3.4 Mt of MOP. On December 30, 2016, Encanto signed a 20-year off-take agreement with the National Federation of Farmers’ Procurement, Processing, and Retailing Cooperatives of India Ltd., (NACOF) registered under the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India to supply 5 million metric tons a year of potash.

For further information: Gary Deathe, Corporate Development, Tel: (905) 510-3079

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