Council of Federation Meeting

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald will highlight Nova Scotia’s efforts to address the impact of climate change and discuss internal trade regulations when provincial premiers and territorial leaders meet in Vancouver this week. The premiers are having a working meeting of the Council of the Federation today, Jan. 28, followed by a climate change adaptation forum on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Nova Scotia is leading the country with its Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, the premier said. “The act recognizes that a healthy environment contributes to a healthy economy. We are one of the first jurisdictions in the country to set our environmental targets in legislation,” said Premier MacDonald. The premier also intends to raise the profile of the impact of rising sea levels because of climate change. “Rising sea levels are a serious issue for Nova Scotia and other provinces,” said Premier MacDonald. “The destruction of coastal communities and impact on local drinking water are just two of the concerns.” Discussions at the Council of the Federation meeting will also include internal trade. Nova Scotia will continue to advocate a national approach to address internal trade and labour mobility issues. “We have made progress on internal trade discussions and I’m hopeful that the provinces and territories will be able to finalize a mechanism that will better enable us to settle domestic trade disputes,” said Premier MacDonald. The province also supports a national approach to regulatory reform, and has established its own better regulation initiative. The Council of the Federation includes provincial and territorial premiers. Its winter meeting is a working meeting to discuss progress on issues that will be presented at the annual conference in July.last_img read more

Indonesias famed disaster spokesperson dies of cancer

first_imgJakarta: Indonesia’s disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho — who shot to international fame for keeping up a 24/7 schedule while battling terminal cancer — has died at the age of 49. Affectionately known as Pak Topo (Mr Topo), Nugroho was the face of government efforts to get word out on the latest developments in a string of natural disasters, including a quake-tsunami that killed thousands on Sulawesi island in 2018. He died early Sunday at a hospital in Guangzhou, China, where he was undergoing treatment for cancer which had spread to his bones and several vital organs, Indonesia’s disaster agency said. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”We all feel we have lost Pak Sutopo. (He was) the foremost and indomitable figure in delivering disaster information in Indonesia,” the agency said in a statement on Instagram. The disaster in the city of Palu highlighted Nugroho’s refusal to pass the torch as he dragged himself to daily press briefings, taking reporters’ calls and communicating on social media at a frantic pace even as the non-smoker got treatment for Stage IV lung cancer. Pale and visibly thinner than in the past, Nugroho got the grim news in January 2018 that he was dying and might have as little as a year to live. Nugroho — who is survived by his wife and two children — held a PhD in natural resources and the environment, with an expertise in hydrology and cloud-seeding. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangHe spent years as a researcher and dreamed of becoming a professor, rejecting offers to take up the government spokesman job three times until his then boss convinced him that his background would earn him the public’s trust. He took the position in 2010. Widely recognised in Indonesia, Nugroho regularly updated his nearly 200,000 followers on Twitter and 70,000 followers on Instagram. He reportedly promised his wife to slow down his work schedule but still managed to get out a 200-word update on a deadly landslide back in February 2018 from his hospital bed, local media reported.last_img read more

Ontario hospital pension to buy half ownership in TransCanada Tower in Calgary

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 6, 2016 8:30 am MDT Last Updated Oct 6, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – An Ontario-based pension plan has agreed to buy a half interest in the TransCanada Tower in Calgary for $257.4 million.H&R Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:HR.UN) says the property has almost doubled in value in the 15 years since it was built in 2001.The buyer is HOOPP Realty Inc., a subsidiary of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), which manages about $64 billion of assets for its members.The deal is subject to conditions but expected to close in November.The 38-storey TransCanada Tower houses the headquarters for TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP), one of North America’s largest pipeline and energy infrastructure companies.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled HOOPP. Ontario hospital pension to buy half ownership in TransCanada Tower in Calgary read more