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It will take ‘rewiring all of us’ to change myths about sexual assault victims: reporter – CBC

Robyn Doolittle weighs in on video of police asking teen if she was ‘turned on’ by alleged sexual assault

May 17, 2019

A video of an RCMP officer interrogating an Indigenous teen about an alleged sexual assault demonstrates that he doesn’t understand the laws around consent, says an investigative reporter who has covered the topic extensively.

In the footage from 2012, the police officer asks the 17-year-old whether she was “turned on” by the sexual advances, adding he is concerned because she “didn’t put up much of a fight.”

“In Canada a complainant doesn’t need to say ‘no.’ She doesn’t need to fight back. Those are old, outdated stereotypes of how women or sexual assault victims are supposed to act,” the Globe and Mail’s Robyn Doolittle told The Current’s guest host Piya Chattopadhyay.

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BC Government: More students supported by SOGI-inclusive education

May 17, 2019

VANCOUVER – All 60 B.C. school districts and several independent schools have joined the B.C. SOGI Educator Network to further help educators make schools safe and inclusive for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities (SOGI).

Education and community partners gathered at Jim Deva Plaza in Vancouver’s West End for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. They were there to celebrate the positive impacts of SOGI-inclusive education and strengthen their commitment to making sure schools are welcoming environments for all students.

“SOGI-inclusive education helps save lives, by respecting and honouring the differences of each student, in schools that are free of discrimination, bullying, harassment, intimidation and violence,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “No student should be excluded or bullied because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, which is why we and our partners share a belief in the power of SOGI 123. It is creating awareness, affirming human rights and helping to fight discrimination in B.C. schools.”

The B.C. SOGI Educator Network brings together B.C. educators interested in SOGI-inclusive education and enables them to meet, share resources and co-design programs.

At the event, representatives of B.C.’s K-12 education partner groups formed a new Provincial K-12 SOGI Collaborative, with a shared goal of supporting students of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. The collaborative will outline a plan for the next three years to create learning environments that are safe, acceptable, respectful and welcoming for all B.C. students.

“ARC Foundation’s long-term goal is that youth are safe and comfortable enough to live their authentic lives, without fear of bullying, intimidation, discrimination or rejection,” said Brad Beattie, executive director of the ARC Foundation, which has been a lead partner in the creation of SOGI 123. “Our collective efforts to develop SOGI 123 are building bridges between provincial institutions and associations so that more effective, sustainable and accelerated change toward that goal can happen.”

Members of the collaborative will identify, support and provide advice on a variety of projects that will help facilitate SOGI-inclusive education and policies in B.C. schools. The group will support the development of new SOGI resources, will offer professional development and training opportunities to administrators, educators, trustees and parents, and will facilitate information sharing on best practices between schools and school districts for the benefit of all B.C. students.

“All youth, no matter who they are or how they identify, should be able to be themselves at school,” said Glen Hansman, president of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF), which is one of the member groups of the new Provincial K-12 SOGI Collaborative. “And that also applies to staff who work in our schools. LGTBQ youth and their families, as well as queer parents and staff, should all feel welcome, represented and included in our school communities. With all 60 school districts now participating in SOGI 123, our province has achieved a real milestone in inclusion. British Columbians should be very proud. The BCTF will continue working with the government to ensure policies are enforced, staff get the education and training they need, and queer youth get access to the supports and resources they need no matter where they live in B.C.”

SOGI 123 is a resource that provides schools and teachers with ready-to-use, grade-level appropriate materials that align with B.C.’s new curriculum. It was developed by the ARC Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, BCTF, and other provincial K-12 education partners, the University of British Columbia’s faculty of education, school districts and local, national and international LGBTQ community organizations.


Tru Wilson, 16, Delta Secondary student —

“No child should grow up thinking they’re alone, the only one. All students should feel safe, see themselves in the world around them and be free to live their best possible life. SOGI 123 helps make this happen.”

Spencer Chandra Herbert, MLA for Vancouver-West End —

“SOGI 123 is making a huge difference in our province, and while there are forces still intent to divide, abuse, and harm LGBT youth, we are winning. I’m proud that our government, in partnership with key education and community partners is committing to going even further to create safe, inclusive spaces for the benefit of all students.”

Shawn Chisholm, executive director, Federation of Independent School Associations in B.C. (FISA BC) —

“FISA BC is proud to stand in unity with the other B.C. education partner groups and the Ministry of Education to reinforce our commitment to provide safe and respectful learning environments where all students have an opportunity to flourish. All B.C. students deserve to attend a school where they are cared for and do not feel marginalized due to their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religious beliefs or background. FISA commits to continue to work with our friends within the SOGI collaborative and with our member schools to support priorities that honour the uniqueness and diversity that exists within our student populations, our public and independent schools and our pluralistic society.”

Learn More:

SOGI 123:

ARC Foundation:

ERASE – expect respect and a safe education:

Minister and K-12 education partners’ statement on support for SOGI, Sept. 29, 2018:

A backgrounder follows.


Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Education
250 356-5963


Facts about inclusive education in British Columbia

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two‐spirited and/or queer (LGBT2SQ) students are subject to higher levels of bullying, cyberbullying and discrimination, and are at higher risk of mental health issues, including suicide.
  • 64% of queer and transgender students in Canada feel unsafe in school because of bullying, violence and homophobic slurs.
  • The B.C. SOGI Educator Network was formally launched as a pilot project at the beginning of the 2016-17 year by ARC Foundation. In just over two school years, it has grown from nine to 60 districts.
  • The SOGI 123 website has reached over 100,000 unique visitors since 2016. The SOGI 123 learning modules have received over 27,000 views since 2017 and SOGI 123 lesson plans have been downloaded 14,000 times from the TeachBC website.
  • Members of the new Provincial K-12 SOGI Collaborative include: B.C.’s Ministry of Education; ARC Foundation; B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils; B.C. Principals and Vice-Principals Association; B.C. School Superintendents Association; B.C. School Trustees Association; B.C. Teachers’ Federation; Canadian Union of Public Employees; First Nations Education Steering Committee; First Nations Schools Association; and Federation of Independent School Associations in B.C.
  • The ministry recently signed a new three-year memorandum of understanding with the ARC Foundation, committing to continue to work together to provide provincial leadership to support SOGI-inclusive education, help schools to build inclusive cultures and provide educators, students and parents with K-12 tools and resources.
  • All of B.C.’s 60 school districts have SOGI-inclusive codes of conduct and independent schools have SOGI-inclusive harassment and bullying prevention policies in place.


Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Education
250 356-5963

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Opinion: Adding clarity to national coverage of caribou recovery – kamloopsmatters

As a former resident and mayor of Chetwynd, and someone who has worked with West Moberly First Nation on developing community-to-community agreements, obtaining a joint community forest tenure, and one who has sat across the table in consultations for both the forestry and energy industry for more than 20 years, I would like to add a bit more clarity around Maclean’s latest article, dated April 29, and titled ‘Caribou, wolves and the battle tearing apart northeastern B.C.’

B.C.’s caribou herds have declined and continue to do so, but not necessarily for the reasons pointed out — industry and climate change. B.C.’s largest caribou herds live further north in areas with no industry, no habitat destruction, and, by and large, in protected and park areas. They too suffer the same types of declines.

Three herds in the west Chilcotin of B.C. also are suffering the same fate, without the benefit of industrial development. As for climate change being responsible, that is clearly debateable. One of Canada’s largest caribou herds (at least currently), the Porcupine herd of northern Yukon/Eastern Alaska, is at all time highs, while many of the caribou in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Northern Quebec are at their lows.

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Western Copper and Gold Closes Oversubscribed Private Placement

VANCOUVER, B.C. Western Copper and Gold Corporation (“Western” or the “Company”) (TSX: WRN; NYSE American: WRN) is pleased to report that it has completed the brokered private placement offering previously announced on April 29, 2019 (the “Offering”) of flow-through common shares (the “FT Shares”). PI Financial Corp. (the “Agent”) acted as sole lead agent in respect of the Offering.

The Company issued a total of 3,727,000 FT Shares, comprised of (i) 3,333,333 FT Shares pursuant to the base Offering and (ii) 393,667 FT Shares pursuant to the Agent’s exercise of its option, at a price of C$0.90 per FT Share for aggregate gross proceeds of C$3,354,300.

The gross proceeds received from the sale of the FT Shares will be used solely to incur “Canadian exploration expenses” as defined in subsection 66.1(6) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) on the Company’s directly and indirectly held mineral properties at the Casino Project in the Yukon Territory.

In connection with the Offering, the Agent was paid a cash commission equal to 6.0% of the gross proceeds raised from the sale of FT Shares to purchasers other than President’s List Purchasers (as hereinafter defined) and 3.0% of the gross proceeds raised from the sale of FT Shares to purchasers identified by the Company to the Agent (the “President’s List Purchasers”).

The FT Shares are subject to a statutory hold period expiring on September 18, 2019 in accordance with applicable Canadian securities legislation and the rules of the Toronto Stock Exchange.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of any of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful, including in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or any securities laws of any state of the United States and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons (as defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act) unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or pursuant to an exemption from such registration requirements.

Western Copper and Gold Corporation is developing the Casino Project, Canada’s premier copper-gold mine in the Yukon Territory and one of the most economic greenfield copper-gold mining projects in the world.  For more information, visit

On behalf of the board,

“Paul West-Sells”

Dr. Paul West-Sells
President and CEO
Western Copper and Gold Corporation

For more information, please contact:

Chris Donaldson
Director, Corporate Development
604.638.2520 or


Abacus Increases Financing to $175,000

Vancouver, BC – May 17, 2019.  Abacus Mining & Exploration Corporation (“Abacus” or the “Company” (TSXV:AME) is pleased to announce that in response to investors’ requests, it has increased its non-brokered private placement financing to $175,000 from the initially targeted $150,000 as set out in the Company’s news release dated May 1, 2019.

The amended financing will be completed through the issuance of 3,500,000 units (“Units”) at a price of $0.05 per Unit.  Each Unit will consist of one common share of the Company and one full non-transferable common share purchase warrant, with each warrant exercisable to purchase one common share of the Company at a price of $0.08 per common share for a period of 3 years from the date of closing of the financing.

Proceeds from the financing will be applied towards the Company’s exploration commitments and for general working capital and corporate purposes.  The Company holds options and leases on the Willow and adjacent Nev-Lorraine copper-molybdenum properties in the Yerington copper camp, southeast of Reno, Nevada.

The Yerington copper camp contains several past producing porphyry and skarn deposits, including the Yerington Mine that produced approximately 1.6 billion pounds of copper for Anaconda between 1952 until 1978. Advanced projects in the camp include Ann Mason (M&I of 1.4BT at 0.32% Cu), owned by Mason Resources, Nevada Coppers’ Pumpkin Hollow (P&P of 572 MT at 0.4% Cu) which is in mine development, and Quaterra Resources’ MacArthur oxide project (M&I of 159MT at 0.212% Cu) which is in prefeasibility.

The Company also has a 20% carried interest in the advanced stage Ajax Cu-Au project in B.C.

The financing is subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval. In connection with the offering, certain finders may receive a cash fee and/or non-transferable finder warrants. All securities issued will be subject to a four month hold period under Canadian securities law.

The technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Paul G. Anderson, M.Sc., P.Geo., a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101.

On Behalf of the Board,

Paul G. Anderson
President and COO

About Abacus
Abacus is a mineral exploration and mine development company currently focused on its optioned Willow copper-gold property located near Yerington, Nevada in which it can acquire up to a 75% ownership interest, and the contiguous Nev-Lorraine claims subject to a ten-year lease agreement.  The Company also holds a 20% ownership interest, together with KGHM Polska Meidz S.A. (80%), in the proposed copper-gold Ajax Mine located southwest of Kamloops, B.C., which has recently undergone a joint provincial and federal environmental assessment process. On December 14, 2017, a decision was made by the B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum resources to decline to issue an environmental assessment certificate for the Project.  For the latest reports and information on Abacus’ projects, please refer to the Company’s website at


NStQ skills co-ordinator selected for Jane Goodall Institute Uganda internship – The Williams Lake Tribune

May. 17, 2019

Angie Hare, 24, was one of eight people chosen in Canada for the International Aboriginal Youth Internship

It’s a long way from Williams Lake to Uganda — 13,592 kilometres in fact.

And for Angie Hare, a skills co-ordinator with the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ), it will be the farthest she’s ever been as she is doing an internship in the African country and flies out from Vancouver on May 24.

“I’ve never even been on a plane before,” the 24-year-old told the Tribune.

During the four months of the International Aboriginal Youth Internship, Hare will be living with local residents and is one of eight people chosen in Canada by the First Nations Forestry Council to attend.

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Next phase of Massey crossing project to focus on options

May 16, 2019

VANCOUVER – Work to develop options for a long-term solution for the George Massey Crossing is underway and a request for proposals will be posted on BC Bid in the coming days to identify a technical team to support this phase.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will work closely with the newly-formed Metro Vancouver Mayors’ Task Force, Indigenous groups, TransLink, local municipalities and other stakeholders to explore and evaluate crossing options. The plan is to identify viable options that will meet the needs of people who live and work in this region and will help to reduce traffic congestion, as well as support transit and provide active transportation alternatives along this busy corridor.

Options will be based on consultation as well as the results of the independent technical review released in December 2018. The target completion for this phase of work is the end of November 2019.

From January through April 2019, the ministry collaborated with key Metro Vancouver and Indigenous leaders to identify shared principles, goals and objectives. Through this process, it was determined that the crossing must be consistent with existing plans, provide improved safety, reliability and connectivity, and support the following project goals:

  • sustainability of communities;
  • increased use of sustainable modes of transportation (e.g., transit, cycling, walking, HOV);
  • enhanced regional goods movement and commerce; and
  • a healthy environment.

A final business case will be completed by fall 2020, as committed by government in December 2018.

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For more information, visit:


Media Relations
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250 356-8241


Vancouver Park Board puts moratorium on hosting new commercial events – Vancouver Courier

Commissioner worries pause will take longer than the expected 12 to 15 months

May 16, 2019

It will likely be a few years before Vancouver could see any new large-scale events coming to one of the city’s parks.

Vancouver Park Board this week voted to put a moratorium on introducing any new commercial initiatives until after the board has updated, and approved, its special events guidelines. Any existing events, and new events that are considered charitable or non-profit, will be allowed to continue. However, the park board will not consider any applications for new commercial events until after the guidelines, which were last updated and approved in 2003, are revamped.

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The Witness Blanket, and the Hard Lessons of Treaties –

When a museum wanted to display Carey Newman’s work, he set out to redefine the traditional artist-institution relationship.

The Witness Blanket weaves together hundreds of donated artifacts — photographs, moccasins, hockey skates, straps used to discipline students, pieces of the buildings, even hair — to tell the story of residential schools.

The work is alive, says Kwakwaka’wakw artist Carey Newman (Ha-yalth-kingeme). It has a spirit.

So when the Canadian Museum for Human Rights wanted to acquire the powerful piece, Newman rejected the usual contract transferring ownership to the museum and ending his relationship with the Witness Blanket.

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Avino Mourns the Passing of Long-Time Director Michael Baybak

May 15, 2019

Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (ASM: TSX/NYSE American, GV6: FSE, “Avino” or “the Company”) today sadly announces the passing of long time director Michael Baybak; he was 77 years old.

Mr. Baybak enjoyed a diverse, successful career in publishing, public relations and financial communications. A graduate of Columbia University and a student at Yale Law School, he was renowned for an unrelenting work ethic in a career that spanned over 40 years. Having worked for over three decades in the natural resource sector, his work had broad impact in the junior mining industry. Mr. Baybak joined Avino’s board in June 1990 and played an important role in the Company’s growth and development during the 30 years since.

Born on December 14, 1941 in Merefa, Ukraine, his family immigrated to the United States by way of Ellis Island in 1948. Mr. Baybak was a fierce champion for liberty, he wrote for Freedom Magazine and was a Board Member of the Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights. Mr. Baybak is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years,
5 children and 3 grandchildren.

We were so fortunate to have had Michael serve as a Director on Avino’s board for so many years.  He was a great supporter of Avino, and his time and efforts were greatly appreciated.  Over his long tenure on the Board, Mike was always there to attend meetings and provide input; he will be greatly missed by our Board of Directors and Avino’s Management team. Mike’s knowledge and wisdom were important to us, and we know that Avino’s Board and the Company were important to Mike.  Avino will be missing a great guy. Our thoughts are with Michael’s family during this difficult time.

Gary Robertson – Chairman, Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.

Michael could always be counted on to bring a positive outlook even during challenging times. His steadfast optimism and jovial demeanor were contagious and I’m grateful for the mentorship that he bestowed upon me over the years. He will be dearly missed.

David Wolfin – President & CEO, Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.

On Behalf of the Board

“David Wolfin”
David Wolfin, President & CEO
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.


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