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BC RCMP: Remains of missing woman found

New Hazelton

2022-08-11 12:54 PDT

File # 2018-3931

The remains of Cynthia Martin who was reported missing on December 24, 2018 were found on May 1, 2022.

Since then, the investigation continued to positively identify the remains and confirm the identity of Cynthia.

At this time, the investigation remains active an ongoing into Cynthia Martin’s death. The BC Coroners Service has been notified, and is also investigating.

The RCMP would like to thank those that assisted with the investigation thus far and ask anyone with information to contact the New Hazelton RCMP at 250-842-5244.

Released by:

BC RCMP Communication Services
778-290-2929

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Pulling Together creates personal relationships – Simpcw FN

The North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo grounds in Barriere became the centralized camping area Saturday for participants in the 20th Pulling Together Canoe Journey

The journey is hosted by the Splatsin, Cstélnec (Adams Lake), Simpcw, and Tsq’escenemc (Canim Lake) First Nations, in cooperation with Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc. The eight-day journey began on July 12 in Belvidere Park in Enderby, stopping at Grindrod Park, Mara Lake, Pierre’s Point and Blind Bay on Shuswap Lake, before heading to Simpcw territory last weekend.

The participants then travelled to Dunn Lake and Clearwater Lake earlier this week with a final paddle July 20 at Green Lake, a traditional summer gathering place for the Secwépemc People. The journey promotes healing, reconciliation, and respect for Indigenous host nations, as well as the sharing of Indigenous cultures.

Read More: https://www.simpcw.com/together.htm

Government of Canada invests in youth-driven projects to improve accessibility and disability inclusion

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

August 12, 2022              Vancouver, British Columbia              Employment and Social Development Canada

The imagination, determination, and innovation of Canada’s youth are essential to building the Canada we all want: a country that is inclusive and barrier-free for persons with disabilities. By continuing to invest in youth and working with local and community-based organizations to increase accessibility and inclusion in communities and workplaces, the Government of Canada is reinforcing its commitment to prioritize disability inclusion across the country.

Today, in celebration of International Youth Day 2022, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced over $1 million in funding for projects led by youth in partnership with 133 organizations across Canada. This funding is distributed through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) Youth Innovation component 2021-2022 call for proposals.

Illustrating this year’s theme “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages”, Minister Qualtrough made the announcement at the University of British Columbia BC Brain Wellness Program in Vancouver, British Columbia. The program leverages clinical care, lifestyle programs, education, and research to design a comprehensive approach to brain wellness, improving the quality of life and well-being of persons with disabilities of all ages, people with chronic brain conditions, program participants and care partners. The organization is receiving:

  • $9,982 in funding to purchase communication technology equipment such as microphones, cameras, and a computer to create a teaching kitchen that is more accessible for university staff, dieticians, cooks, and medical students with disabilities; and
  • $9,999 in funding to purchase technology such as webcams and microphones for program instructors to improve the accessibility and quality of the virtual programming, as well as exercise and recreation equipment.

On June 3, 2022, a new call for proposals under the EAF Youth Innovation component was launched. Youth are invited to submit their expressions of interest in being named a Youth Accessibility Leader (YAL) by October 17, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. EST online at https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/enabling-accessibility-fund-youth-innovation.html. Eligible organizations are invited to submit their funding application(s) in collaboration with the YAL by October 31, 2022 at 5:00p.m. EST online.

These investments support the Government’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP), which is focused on reducing poverty among persons with disabilities, helping persons with disabilities into good quality jobs, facilitating easier access to federal programs and services, and building accessible and inclusive communities while fostering a culture of inclusion.

Quotes

“Young people in Canada care very deeply about equality and inclusion. So when a young person wants to better their community and make it more disability inclusive, we’re going to help them do that. Thanks to 133 young leaders we are supporting today, persons with disabilities will be able to access more spaces, systems and services in their communities.”

– Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough

“When young people are supported with opportunities to grow, learn, and be a part of real change, everyone benefits. A priority for our government is to ensure an inclusive recovery for all Canadians. The EAF Youth Innovation component is a prime example as it empowers young Canadians in helping to build barrier-free communities across the country. The skills and experience gained through this initiative will enhance the lives of young people, persons with disabilities, and the future of Canada.”

–        Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, Marci Ien

“Young people play an important role in Canada in driving change. That’s why it’s so important that through programs like the EAF Youth Innovation Component, we provide young people with an opportunity to make meaningful enhancements in their communities, while also supporting them in obtaining valuable experience for the future.”

–        Taleeb Noormohamed, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville

“We are grateful for this funding which will have a direct impact on improving the lives of people with disabilities and other neurological conditions. We have already seen benefits for our participants and will utilize the funding to further improve accessibility and reach of the program.”

–         Director and Co-Founder, BC Brain Wellness Program, Dr. Silke Appel-Cresswell

Quick facts

  • The 2017 Canada Survey on Disability found that one in five Canadians aged 15 and over—or approximately 6.2 million persons—report as having a disability.
  • The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) is a federal grants and contributions program that supports infrastructure projects across Canada that improve the accessibility, safety and inclusion of persons with disabilities in communities and the labour market. Over 6,000 projects have been funded under the EAF since its launch in 2007, helping thousands of Canadians gain access to programs, services and employment opportunities in their communities.
  • The EAF Youth Innovation component offers unique opportunities for youth between 15 and 30 years of age to demonstrate leadership and help their communities by volunteering. Funded projects create and improve accessible and inclusive spaces, environments, workplaces and communities supporting Canadians of all ages.
  • Through Budget 2021, the Government of Canada committed up to $100 million over two years, starting in 2021-22, to triple funding for the EAF, making communities and workplaces more accessible for persons with disabilities by reducing barriers to employment, activities, and programs. An additional $25 million over two years was also committed to support childcare centres in making upgrades to improve the accessibility of their facilities.

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Tara Beauport
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
[email protected]
343-576-1628

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
[email protected]

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Missing Indigenous woman from northern B.C. found dead, police confirm – CBC

Aug 11, 2022

Cynthia Martin, 50, was last seen in New Hazelton on the night of Dec. 23, 2018

An Indigenous woman who has been missing from New Hazelton, B.C., since late 2018 was found dead earlier this year, Mounties have confirmed.

Human remains discovered on May 1 have now been identified as those of Cynthia Martin, RCMP said in a news release Thursday.

Police say their investigation into how Martin died remains active, and the B.C. Coroners Service is also investigating.

Martin was 50 years old when she was last seen on the night of Dec. 23, 2018, in New Hazelton.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/missing-indigenous-woman-found-dead-1.6548849

Little change to Vancouver downtown street encampment as residents wonder where to go – APTN News

Aug 11, 2022

Advocates say people are being told to leave without being offered suitable housing

It was difficult to see any difference had been made to the tent encampment in Vancouver’s troubled Downtown Eastside on Wednesday, a day after city staff began what’s expected to be a weeks-long process to remove the structures.

That’s for good reason, said a resident who goes by the name Edith Elizabeth – the people who live in the tents have nowhere else to go.

She said previously, residents would relocate their structures nearby so city staff could clean the street.

“It’s just like, ‘OK, cool, take down our structures and move down the block so they can wash it,’ and that’s it,” said Elizabeth. “But here, now, it’s just like we have to disappear or something.”

Read More: https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/little-change-to-vancouver-downtown-street-encampment-as-residents-wonder-where-to-go/

Vermilion Energy Inc. Announces Results for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2022, 33% Dividend Increase and Return of Capital Framework

August 11, 2022

Vermilion Energy Inc. (“Vermilion”, “We”, “Our”, “Us” or the “Company”) (TSX: VET) (NYSE: VET) is pleased to report operating and condensed financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022, a 33% dividend increase and our Return of Capital Framework.

The unaudited interim financial statements and management discussion and analysis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022 will be available on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (“SEDAR”) at www.sedar.com, on EDGAR at www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml, and on Vermilion’s website at www.vermilionenergy.com.

Highlights

  • Q2 2022 fund flows from operations (“FFO”)(1) was $453 million ($2.75/basic share)(2) and free cash flow (“FCF”)(3) was $340 million ($2.07/basic share)(4), an increase of 16% and 12%, respectively from the prior quarter. The increases were primarily due to higher commodity prices. Cash flow from operating activities was $530 million in Q2 2022, including the impact from asset retirement obligations settled and changes in non-cash operating working capital.
  • Pro forma Q2 2022 FFO and FCF incorporating the incremental 36.5% ownership in Corrib was $536 million ($3.26/basic share) and $422 million ($2.56/basic share), respectively. As a reminder, all FCF from the Corrib acquisition accrues to Vermilion as at January 1, 2022 and will be netted off the approximate $600 million purchase price at the time of closing which we expect to occur in Q4 2022.
  • With clear line of sight to achieving our next mid-cycle(5) debt target, we are pleased to outline our formal return of capital framework. We intend to return an increasing amount of capital to shareholders as debt levels decrease using a debt grid to guide near-term Return of Capital allocation decisions.
  • In conjunction with our Q2 2022 release, we announced a 33% increase to our Q3 2022 quarterly cash dividend to $0.08 CDN per share which equates to an annual dividend of $0.32 CDN per share, or approximately $53 million. Dividends will remain a key component of our return of capital framework as we seek to provide shareholders with a resilient and increasing base dividend; however, we will limit the annual cash dividend to approximately 10% of our mid-cycle FFO.
  • Based on our Return of Capital Allocation Grid, recent commodity strip(6) and internal estimates, we anticipate returning up to 25% of FCF in 2H 2022 and up to 50% – 75% of FCF in 2023. We will consider various options to return capital; including share buybacks, regular and special dividends and a potential substantial issuer bid. Based on our review of a number of valuation data points, we expect the majority of the incremental capital return to be in the form of share buybacks initially.
  • In early July 2022, we announced the approval of a normal course issuer bid (“NCIB”) for the purchase of up to 16,076,666 common shares, representing approximately 10% of Vermilion’s public float as at June 22, 2022. To date, we have repurchased 1.25 million common shares for $35 million.
  • Net earnings were $363 million in Q2 2022, an increase of 28% from the prior quarter due to higher commodity prices and net hedging gains.
  • Cash flow used in investing activities totaled $613 million in the second quarter including exploration and development (“E&D”) capital expenditures(7) of $113 million and acquisition capital of $522 million.
  • The Leucrotta acquisition closed on May 31, 2022 and the assets have been successfully integrated into Vermilion. We are now focused on completing the 6-well Montney pad that was drilled in Q2 2022. The Mica asset significantly increases the depth and quality of our North American inventory and is expected to add multiple decades of development that will enhance FCF to the business.
  • Long-term debt in Q2 2022 was $1.5 billion and net debt(8) was $1.6 billion, resulting in our net debt to trailing FFO ratio decreasing to 1.1 times(9) compared to 1.2 times in the prior quarter.
  • Production in Q2 2022 averaged 84,868 boe/d(10) a decrease of 2% from the previous quarter, primarily due to planned and unplanned downtime.
  • Production from our North American operations averaged 58,027 boe/d(10) in Q2 2022, an increase of 3% from the prior quarter primarily due to the Leucrotta acquisition, which closed on May 31, 2022.
  • Production from our International operations averaged 26,840 boe/d(10) in Q2 2022, a decrease of 9% from the prior quarter primarily due to natural decline, offshore drilling delays and unplanned downtime in Australia.
  • As a result of forest fire related downtime in France, offshore drilling delays in Australia, combined with inflationary pressure, we are increasing our 2022 capital budget by $50 million to $550 million. Annual production guidance, excluding the Corrib acquisition volumes, remains unchanged at 86,000 to 88,000 boe/d. Our exit rate forecast of 95,000 to 100,000 boe/d, including the Corrib acquisitions volumes, also remains unchanged.
  • We released the annual update to our online sustainability report in July 2022. Notable highlights include the decrease in our Scope 1 emission intensity to .018 tCO2e per throughput operated boe, in line with our target to reduce our 2019 baseline of .019 tCO2e per throughput operated boe by 15% to 20% by 2025, and coverage of our Corrib Biodiversity Action Plan achievements.

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Province hands over 2276 hectares near Campbell River to First Nation – Times Colonist

Agreement with Wei Wai Kum First Nation

In a deal designed to improve the economic circumstances of the Wei Wai Kum First Nation, the province has signed over 2,276 hectares of land to the nation near Campbell River.

The transfer of traditional territory in an Incremental Treaty Agreement should help increase Wei Wai Kum First Nation’s participation in the ­forest industry while providing its citizens access to lands for cultural and harvesting ­activities.

“This agreement and transfer of land back to our nation is a significant milestone in the treaty negotiations process and ongoing journey of reconciliation,” said Chief Chris Roberts.

Read More: https://www.timescolonist.com/local-news/province-hands-over-2276-hectares-near-campbell-river-to-first-nation-5688774

Carbon Streaming Announces Change of Auditor

TORONTO, ON, August 12, 2022, Carbon Streaming Corporation (NEO: NETZ) (OTCQB: OFSTF) (FSE: M2Q) (“Carbon Streaming” or the “Company”) announced today that it has changed its auditor to Deloitte LLP (“Deloitte”) from Baker Tilly WM LLP (“Baker Tilly”), effective August 11, 2022. Following the recommendation of the Audit Committee, Carbon Streaming’s Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Baker Tilly and approved the appointment of Deloitte as the Company’s auditor until the next annual general meeting of the Company.

In accordance with National Instrument 51-102 – Continuous Disclosure Obligations (“NI 51-102”), the Notice of Change of Auditor, together with the response letters from Deloitte and Baker Tilly, have been filed on SEDAR. There were no “reportable events”, as the term is defined in NI 51-102, between the Company and Baker Tilly.

About Carbon Streaming
Carbon Streaming is an ESG principled company offering investors exposure to carbon credits, a key instrument used by both governments and corporations to achieve their carbon neutral and net-zero climate goals. Our business model is focused on acquiring, managing and growing a high-quality and diversified portfolio of investments in projects and/or companies that generate or are actively involved, directly or indirectly, with voluntary and/or compliance carbon credits.

The Company invests capital through carbon credit streaming arrangements with project developers and owners to accelerate the creation of carbon offset projects by bringing capital to projects that might not otherwise be developed. Many of these projects have significant social and economic co-benefits in addition to their carbon reduction or removal potential.

The Company has executed carbon credit streaming agreements related to over 10 projects around the globe, including nature-based, biochar, methane avoidance, clean cookstove and water filtration projects.

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First Tellurium Engages Corporate Communications Provider

Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 10, 2022 – First Tellurium Corp. (CSE: FTEL) (the “Company” or “First Tellurium”), announces it has entered into an agreement for engagement of corporate consulting services (the “Agreement”) with Dutchess Group LLC (“Dutchess”) to provide corporate communications  services.  Services will include dissemination of public company materials and social media management.

Under the terms of the Agreement, Dutchess will be engaged for an initial term of 3 months at a rate of $15,000 per month.  Upon review following the initial three-month period, the Company and Dutchess will discuss continuance of the contract.

About First Tellurium Corp.

First Tellurium’s unique business model is to generate revenue and value through mineral discovery, project development, project generation and cooperative access to untapped mineral regions in Indigenous territory with sustainable exploration.

Our polymetallic (tellurium, gold, silver copper, tungsten) Deer Horn Project in British Columbia and Klondike tellurium-gold property in Colorado anchor a diversified search for metals, working in alliance with Indigenous peoples, NGOs, governments and leading metals buyers. This is the future of mineral exploration: generating revenue by exploring responsibly and leveraging diverse partnerships.

First Tellurium proudly adheres to and supports the principles and rights set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and in particular the fundamental proposition of free, prior and informed consent.

 

On behalf of the board of directors of

First Tellurium Corp.

 

“Tyrone Docherty”                                     

Tyrone Docherty

President and CEO

 

For further information please contact:

Tyrone Docherty

604.789.5653

[email protected]

 

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Indigenous, Black city employees rate workplace experiences lower than colleagues – Vancouver Is Awesome

City of Vancouver survey also finds concerns of discrimination from disabled workers, non-binary, gender-fluid and trans

A City of Vancouver employee survey has found that Indigenous and Black workers — along with people with disabilities and those who identify as non-binary, gender-fluid and trans — rated their experiences in the workplace lower than the average respondent on virtually every question asked.

The voluntary, confidential electronic survey administered by BC Stats on behalf of the city in the spring of 2021 received 3,732 responses from employees, a 55 per cent response rate, according to a memo from city manager Paul Mochrie.

Read More: https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/local-news/indigenous-black-city-employees-rate-workplace-experiences-vancouver-bc-5687056

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