Beverly AndrewsAPTN NewsA building that was once the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School is being renovated in southern Ontario.And during the construction workers uncovered certain things within the walls that speak of the buildings history that closed in 1970.Hidden under a stairwell were signatures and writings of young girls.Dawn Hill first saw the writings in a virtual tour of the building last year.She immediately noticed her mom’s name, Hazel Vanevry.“My family knew that she was there. Two of my an aunts were there as well. So seeing that on the wall was pretty tough … it was hard,” said Hill.Her mom came to school in 1934 at the age of nine. She left when she was 16.The writings have been carefully removed from their original location for preservation and will be part of the building’s future as the Woodland Culture Centre in Brantford, Ont.“We can’t ever forget what that history was, and we can’t ever deny what that history was because that historical trauma that was visited upon this First Nation community has really impacted not just that person, it has filtered down to generation after generation,” said Hill.The building is scheduled to be open in email@example.com
Related Items:#legalizemarijuanaintheBahamas, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 18, 2018 – Nassau – The conversation on the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana took an official form when a recent town hall meeting hosted by a CARICOM Commission sought to find out how Bahamians feel on the hot button issue. Professor Rose Marie Bell Antoine, explained that the meetings were happening in all CARICOM member states and would result in a report for the heads of government meeting in July.Perspectives were varied and included issues related to addiction, negative health reactions, positive health benefits, so called irrational treatment of users by the justice system, de-escalation of gang related crime and the potential for agri-business – all linked to marijuana. Here are just a few comments by various persons who attended the town hall meeting.“I hate the fact that people smoke cigarettes which are filled with over 500 chemicals but yet I cannot smoke a plant.”“With sound regulation there are lots of opportunities, it all depends on how the government and the private sector involve say how this should go forward.”“If they legalize it guess what, I don’t have to buy it from anybody, I have a bottle full of seeds now. What am I going to spend $5.00 for a joint for when I can grow myself a whole plant.”“It turns criminals out of our own sons, we’re turning criminals out of our own sons.”“Legalization ends the violence, what did Portugal do, Portugal legalized, the violence stopped ”“It destroys families, I don’t know if any of you have had any relatives that have been addicted.”The comments were chronicled by the panel and will be merged with other perspectives on the controversial issue, which continues to grab headlines in The Bahamas.#MagneticMediaNews#legalizemarijuanaintheBahamas
Yanghee Lee. UNB file photoThe UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar Yanghee Lee has lamented the decades long cycle of violence perpetuated by the authorities against ethnic minorities in Myanmar, including Rohingya Muslims, reports UNB.In a statement following her visits to Thailand and Bangladesh last month, she also said talk of repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas anytime soon was premature.Lee said that what the Myanmar government claims to be the conduct of military or security operations was actually an established pattern of domination, aggression and violations against ethnic groups, according to a statement UNB received here from Seoul on Thursday.”Recent reports of attacks against civilians; against homes and places of worship; forcible displacement and relocation; the burning of villages; land grabbing; sexual violence; arbitrary arrests and detention; torture and enforced disappearances; are acts that have been alleged against the military and security forces for generations,” she said.”While reports from Rakhine State have rightly provoked international outrage; for many in Myanmar, they have elicited a tragic sense of déjà vu.”She said the atrocities committed against the Rohingyas in the aftermath of the 9 October 2016 and the 25 August 2017 attacks, have been repeatedly witnessed before, albeit not on the same scale of the recent attacks against the Rohingya.”I was told repeatedly by the other ethnic groups I spoke to — be they Kachin, Karen, Karenni, or Shan — that they have suffered the same horrific violations at the hands of the Tatmadaw over several decades and — in the case of some groups — continuing today,” Lee said.”In Thailand, representatives from different ethnic groups that I met expressed their concern that as the world’s attention is focused on the atrocities in Rakhine State, potential war crimes are being committed in Shan and Kachin State without so much as a murmur of disapproval from the international community.”Lee said that set against this background of violence in the ethnic areas of Myanmar, was a continuing erosion of democratic space.”The civilian government has failed to usher in a new era of openness and transparency and is instead persisting with repressive practices of the past.”Lee, who was informed by the Myanmar authorities last year she would no longer be allowed to visit the country on the grounds her reporting was unfair and biased, called on the democratic government to break with the repressive practices of the past, and to allow people who have fled their country to return home – to where they belong.But she added: “For returns to be ever realized in a way that is voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable they must be treated as equals — citizens of Myanmar with all the rights that that status affords.”She said that while the government of Bangladesh had made it clear that no refugees would be forced back to Myanmar, the international community must pressure Myanmar to create conditions for their return before it is too late.”This must be done in a principled way that prioritizes the need for these people to be recognized as Rohingya and as citizens of Myanmar,” she said.Lee said that during her visit to a camp in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, she saw great anxiety and fear when speaking to refugees about the prospect of returning to Myanmar.”One mother said to me, ‘Our beautiful children were slaughtered. How can we go back?’ Refugees have been entirely excluded from conversations about their fate, and going forward they must be involved in a meaningful way.”Without equality, Myanmar will never be free from violence and the country’s tragic déjà vu will reverberate through the future as it has through the past. The cycle of violence must end, and Myanmar must be supported in implementing the profound and meaningful reforms that are so urgently needed.”Lee said she hoped to regain access to Myanmar. “I remain ready to work with the Government and other stakeholders to promote and protect the human rights of all people in Myanmar,” she said.
Tourism Kamloops pleads with locals to fly their new Air Canada flight Posted by Monday, January 8, 2018 Tags: Air Canada, British Columbia, New Routes << Previous PostNext Post >> KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Tourism Kamloops is issuing a plea to the community to get on board a new Air Canada direct flight between the river city and Toronto scheduled to start this June.CEO Beverly DeSantis says the link to Toronto presents a significant opportunity to Kamloops and tourism companies, including nearby Sun Peaks.But she says those opportunities hinge on people filling those planes.Air Canada will run the direct flight to Toronto three times a week beginning in June and ending in October unless there is enough usage to keep it going. Share The Canadian Press
Host of special offers available with Scenic’s 2019 river cruise season Posted by Friday, May 4, 2018 Tags: Scenic Tours VANCOUVER — Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has rolled out new EBBs and onboard experiences and excursions in hopes of getting clients to starting thinking about – and booking – its 2019 Europe River Cruise season.Exciting new offers for the season include:Free air on every cabin and selected 11+ day sailings such as the 11-day ‘Beautiful Bordeaux’ and 15-day ‘Romantic Rhine & Moselle’Fly for $295 on every cabin on the 11-day ‘Gems of the Danube with Prague’ or 8-day ‘Delightful Douro’ sailingsFly for $495 on every cabin on the 8-day ‘Windmills, Tulips & Belgian Delights’, 8-day ‘Rhine Highlights’, 11-day ‘Black Sea Explorer’ and 11-day ‘Normandy & Gems of the Seine’ sailingsPremium Economy upgrades and Business class upgrades are also availableUp to $500 savings per couple for full payment by Oct. 31, 201850% off single supplements when booking a suite on selected departures and decks throughout the 2019 seasonNew active focus on Bordeaux and South of France cruises with yoga sessions, e-bike cycling routes and Nordic hikingInnovative Salt Therapy Lounge wellness experience now available on all Rhine, Main, Danube, Saône and Rhône river cruisesOnline and printed 2019 Scenic European River Cruise brochures will be available the end of MayMore news: GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsScenic is the only river cruise line to offer a river cruise guarantee. Backed by Chubb Insurance and at no cost to the guest, the guarantee automatically covers every guest on the commencement of their cruise for any delays or cancellations due to weather, natural disasters, mechanical breakdowns or labour strikes. This includes high/low water issues that plague the industry every year.Also, approved claimants will receive direct monetary refunds, up to $1,000 per day with a maximum of seven days, or $7,000 per guest, instead of the industry standard of future cruise credits.The free air, fully payment discount and single supplement offers, which are capacity controlled, are available to early birds who book a 2019 Scenic European River Cruise by Sept. 30, 2018. Free flights revert to $495 per person, depending on itinerary and stateroom category, once capacity limits are met.Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures, and reservations can be obtained via travel agents or in Canada: scenic.ca; phone 866-689-8611; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Brochures can also be downloaded directly from the website. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Share
TORONTO — Air Canada Vacations’ new route from Toronto to Quito opens up more options for cruise clients.The route will be operated three times weekly by Air Canada Rouge, from Dec. 8, 2019 until May 11, 2020.Clients can fly to Quito and discover the unique beauty and wildlife of the Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Cruises, and ACV. Celebrity Cruises offers 10 night+ cruise packages, giving clients the opportunity to explore the Galapagos and Quito, the capital of Ecuador.Galapagos and Quito cruise packages include luxury hotel accommodation with VIP check-in and check-out, multiple fully escorted exclusive excursions in every location, Galapagos National park entrance fee, Galapagos Tourist Card fee and all other entrance fees, a luggage service and check-in at the hotel before departure, all-inclusive seven-night Galapagos Cruise with a Celebrity Concierge Service / Tour escort and all gratuities.The itineraries are offered via Celebrity Cruises’ Galapagos fleet: Celebrity Xpedition, Celebrity Xploration, Celebrity Xperience and Celebrity Flora, the newest ship and one that was designed and built for Galapagos. Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Thursday, April 4, 2019 New Quito flights work well with Celebrity’s Galapagos cruises, says ACV Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Celebrity Cruises, Galápagos, Quito