B.C. court approves plan to return US$3.5 million to defrauded investors

first_img DoJ launches task force to tackle Covid-19 fraud Closeup of mallet being hit on stacked coins at table in courtroom andreypopov/123RF Imposters among us, CSA warns In 2014, a BCSC hearing panel found that Bossteam, along with Yan Zhu (a.k.a. Rachel Zhu) and Guan Qiang Zhang, “committed fraud, illegally distributed securities, and withheld information from BCSC investigators.”Last year, the BCSC sought court approval to appoint a receiver to administer a claims process for funds the regulator had frozen.“The BCSC always looks for opportunities to return money to victims of securities misconduct so it was important for us to apply to have a receiver appointed to run a claims process in this complex matter,” said Doug Muir, director of enforcement at the BCSC, in a statement. “Having now obtained the court’s approval, the receiver can return a substantial amount of money to many investors who suffered losses because of the misconduct in this case.”The BCSC reports that the court also granted its application to pay interest to investors, and to assess claims that were filed after the deadline to apply for restitution in the case. Related news The Supreme Court of British Columbia has approved a plan for returning millions dollars to investors who lost money in the Bossteam E-Commerce Inc. fraud.The B.C. Securities Commission (BCSC) announced on Friday that the court approved a distribution plan proposed by the company’s receiver, Grant Thornton Ltd., which would see approximately US$3.5 million returned to 451 investors. Keywords FraudCompanies British Columbia Securities Commission James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe sayslast_img read more

Abolition of hospital user fees was a good move

first_imgRelatedAbolition of hospital user fees was a good move RelatedAbolition of hospital user fees was a good move Abolition of hospital user fees was a good move Health & WellnessJanuary 31, 2011 RelatedAbolition of hospital user fees was a good move FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer has said that Government’s no user fee policy was a step in the right direction, as this was directly responsible for the increased access to health services for persons suffering from lifestyle and other illnesses “Since we abolished fees on April 1, 2008 visits to health centres increased by 16.3 per cent in the first year and 12.1 per cent in the second year. Visits moved from 1.5 million in 2007/2008 1.7 million in 2008/2009 and 1.94 million in 2009/2010.   We opted to make a choice that demonstrates our full and unwavering commitment to honour the fundamental rights of every citizen of this country to access social services especially in education and health without the impediment of cost,” the Health Minister noted, while addressing the 9th Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium and Workshop at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Montego Bay on January 28.   Mr. Spencer indicated that pharmacy items dispensed moved from 1.6 million in 2007/2008 to just over 2.9 in 2009/2010.   “At a time of unprecedented fiscal constraints, this government has moved the health budget from 21.9 billion in 2007/2008 to over 31.9 billion in the 2010/2011 fiscal year. Institutional benefit support from the National Health Fund for the purchase of equipment, rehabilitating plants, health promotion and protection, research and training, amount to over $2 billion since 2008.  Individual benefits amounted to just over $6 billion up to December of 2010,” he stated. The Minister pointed out that based on the disease profile of Jamaica the government could not afford to retreat from its no user fee policy.  “We indicated very early in the day that we would review the policy and this would be done in the new fiscal year.  We have monitored this policy very closely and we are aware of the enormous benefits to the people of Jamaica especially those who are poor, sick and have no hope. We have never denied the challenges faced by the health sector but we remain confident that we can address them over time,” he said. Mr. Spencer further pointed out that in the meantime, infrastructure works amounting to just under half of a billion dollars have been undertaken to upgrade facilities in the hospitals across the country , including the Mandeville, Port Maria, Cornwall Regional, Noel Holmes, National Chest, Kingston Public, Victoria Jubilee, Spanish Town and Linstead Hospitals. “We completed infrastructure works at 67 health centres with funding from the National Health Fund, CHASE, and Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).  We have expanded services in critical areas including radiology, chemotherapy and laboratory.  The number of renal dialysis units has increased by 44 per cent in the last three years.  In addition, the establishment of the Jamaica/Cuba eye care centre in providing free and quality eye care to the people of this country,” Minister Spencer noted. He added that some three years ago his Ministry had estimated that it would take over $6 billion to rehabilitate the country’s health plants and to re-equip the health facilities. The Health Minister noted that although this was a mammoth task, it was must be done. “While we have a far way to go to achieve human security for the region’s peoples, we remain confident in the abilities of our people to create a future and a brighter hope for all,” Minister Spencer told the conference. CONTACT:  GLENIS   ROSE JIS REGIONAL OFFICE MONTEGO BAY. Advertisementslast_img read more

Norwich University launches inaugural Governor’s Institute in Architecture, Design & Building

first_imgSource: 7.14.2017. NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University www.norwich.edu (link is external)More information is available at www.giv.org(link is external) or by calling (802) 865-4448. Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University welcomes 36 Vermont high school students on Sunday, July 16, for its inaugural Governor’s Institute on Architecture, Design & Building, a brand new Governor’s Institute of Vermont (GIV) program. The institute offers a residential week of hands-on learning in working with concrete, masonry and wood across the disciplines of architecture, engineering, and construction management with an emphasis on regional materials and best practices of sustainable design and craft.”This partnership between Norwich University and the Governor’s Institutes brings Norwich’s incredible teaching and mentoring resources to any Vermont high-schooler with a strong interest in the topic, regardless of their location or income,” said Karen Taylor Mitchell, who coordinates all 13 Governor’s Institutes programs throughout the state. “We’re over the moon that these young women and men are getting this chance to build confidence and try out their interests in one of Vermont’s most promising career fields.”Norwich University’s College of Professional Schools(link is external) includes all three of the primary architecture, engineering and construction (A/E/C) disciplines together. The School of Architecture + Art(link is external) is the only National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited architecture school in northern New England, and Norwich is the only university in northern New England teaching all the A/E/C disciplines. The College of Professional Schools includes shop facilities for wood and metal; its new “CoLab,” a design/build area suitable for building full-scale buildings like the award-winning, 1000-square foot house completed for the 2013 Solar Decathlon; and digital fabrication labs that include 3D printers, 3D scanners, a five-axis CNC mill, and a 5’x9’ three-axis CNC mill.Students will work with Norwich faculty, alumni, and undergraduate students in architecture, engineering, art, and construction management who are dedicated to a collaborative education model and project delivery. This college has a tradition of sustainable design/build projects including the Solar Decathlon DeltaT90 house; the outdoor classroom, Dutch Angle, conceived, designed and executed for Northfield High School in 2015; and CASA 802, a recently completed tiny house of 380 square feet. Other school projects include the award-winning Archistream mobile design gallery for AIA Vermont; the EMBarc, a mobile and self-powered earth-science lab created from a twenty-foot shipping container that travels in the state to teach about geology and water quality; and the recently built Wheel–pad, a modular accessible bedroom and bathroom that can be temporarily added to a residence, permitting residents to remain in their own homes during a period of recuperation.“As the global population continues to expand and urbanize there will be massive challenges for humanity and the environment,” said Cara Armstrong, director of the School of Architecture + Art and Institute co-director. She promises incoming teenagers: “Design will help you meet those challenges; it will help you think about systems, not just things, so you will learn to see that the world is not made up of individual, disconnected things but that everything is causal, interrelated and connected.”About Governor’s Institute of Vermont:At 34 years old, the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont is a nonprofit organization committed to making life-changing accelerated learning opportunities accessible to all talented Vermont teens, especially those from rural and economically disadvantaged backgrounds and under-represented populations. With the help of the Vermont legislature and many donors, the Governor’s Institutes serves 630 students a year with sliding scale tuition that starts as low as $10 for a full weeklong Institute, including room and board.Other Governor’s Institutes topics include arts; astronomy; Asian cultures; current issues and youth activism; entrepreneurship; environmental science and technology; information technology and digital media; mathematical sciences; engineering; and writing. Registration for the next Governor’s Institutes, Winter Weekends will open in December.Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). VBM vermontbiz.comlast_img read more

St. Thomas offers Master of Laws in Environmental Sustainability

first_imgSt. Thomas offers Master of Laws in Environmental Sustainability November 15, 2010 Regular News St. Thomas University School of Law has launched a new master of laws in environmental sustainability, a one-year program equipping students with the legal knowledge to become leaders in the field of environmental law.The 24-credit program features a core curriculum including natural resource law and policy, environmental law, Earth jurisprudence, and ecology and ecosystems management for lawyers, with a practical focus on the cutting-edge principles of environmental sustainability.“A positive trend is emerging where highly successful companies and organizations are those embracing a long-term view that economic health is inextricably tied to environmental sustainability,” said LL.M. director Professor Alfred Light.“St. Thomas University School of Law’s new LL.M. program prepares students to be on the leading edge of this trend, advancing real-world legal solutions to address serious environmental problems, and providing the tools to effect positive change on issues from global warming to species loss and ocean pollution.”In addition to required coursework, students can pursue their interests with a mix of elective courses providing study and specialization in fields including climate change law, international environmental law, land use planning, marine law and ocean policy, and human rights and the environment.Opportunities for externships and intensive, one-credit short courses led by visiting professionals offer real-world experiences alongside case studies designed to incorporate current events and new practices to keep the program relevant in a changing world. The first of these short courses features sustainability expert, law professor, and author John Dernbach in March 2011.Environmental sustainability is also one of the international Millennium Development Goals set forth by the United Nations. Students will have the advantage of learning the laws that underpin these new global directions.Another distinctive element of the program is the exploration of legal philosophies and emerging political views shaping environmental laws. An example is a course on Earth jurisprudence, a philosophy based on the idea that humans are only one part of a wider community of beings, and each member of that community is dependent on the welfare of the Earth as a whole.St. Thomas is currently waiving the $45 application fee for students applying before December 15 for enrollment for the 2011 academic year. Applicants will be informed of the decision regarding their candidacy within three weeks of receiving completed application materials.For more information on St. Thomas University School of Law’s LL.M. degree in environmental sustainability, or to appl y, visit www.stu.edu/law/environmentllm or call (305) 623-2389.center_img St. Thomas offers Master of Laws in Environmental Sustainabilitylast_img read more

PREVIEW: Cleveland State at Akron Saturday Night As The Season Tips Off!

first_imgGAME #1Cleveland State (0-0) at Akron (0-0)Northeast Ohio Coaches vs. Cancer ClassicSaturday, November 11, 2017 | 7:00 pm ETAkron, Ohio | James A. Rhodes ArenaWatch: ESPN3Listen: AM 1420 | AM 1220PDF GAME NOTESGAME PREVIEW: • Cleveland State opens the 2017-18 season on Saturday (Nov. 11) with a 7:00 pm game at Akron. • It will be the opener of the NE Ohio Coaches vs. Cancer Classic with Kent State and Youngstown State playing the nightcap. • Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on AM 1220, AM 1420 and AM 1440 with Al Pawlowski providing the play-by-play. • The game will also be shown live on ESPN3. • CSU returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last year’s team that went 9-22. The Vikings add seven newcomers – a graduate transfer, a junior college transfer, a Division I transfer and four freshmen. • Saturday’s game will be the regular season debut for first-year head coach Dennis Felton who was named the 15th head coach in CSU history on March 24.THE AKRON SERIES: • Saturday will be the 69th all-time meeting between the two teams with Akron leading the all-time series with CSU, 36-32. • The Zips have won three straight in the series, including a 65-53 win in the 2015-16 season opener. • Akron is 21-12 all-time against CSU at home.THE EXHIBITION GAME: • The Vikings defeated Cedarville, 78-60, in the lone exhibition game of the preseason on Nov. 2. • Kenny Carpenter led CSU with 16 points, adding three rebounds. • Tyree Appleby scored 15 points off the bench, hitting 3-of-4 from three-point. He added four rebounds and five assists.FOR OPENERS: • The Vikings are 32-54 in season openers, including a 25-27 record as Cleveland State. • CSU has won five of its last nine season openers, but has dropped three straight. • In last year’s season opener, the Vikings rallied from a 21 point deficit to force overtime, but fell to Kent State, 79-74, in the NE Ohio Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Youngstown.FELTON TO MAKE CSU DEBUT: • Dennis Felton will make his CSU regular season debut as head coach on Saturday night at Akron. • Felton was named the 15th head coach in program history on March 24, 2017. • Felton is a coaching veteran with more than 30 years of experience, including 10 full seasons as a head coach. • During his time on the sidelines Felton has amassed 184 victories, won seven conference championships and led six of his teams to the postseason, including four NCAA berths.WORD UP: • Senior Bobby Word is the top returning scorer from last season. He averaged 11.1 points per game. • Word also ranked seventh in the Horizon League with 2.1 three-pointers per game. • He made at least four three’s in nine games last season.KASH IS MONEY: • Kasheem Thomas started all 31 games last year as a freshman, the most starts for a first year player in program history. • He averged 7.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists (9th in HL). • Thomas ranked third in the Horizon League in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) with 102 assists and 49 turnovers. • He had seven games with at least six assists.FOR THREE: • CSU begins the 2017-18 season with a school record streak of 597 straight games with a three-pointer. • The Vikings have hit at least three three’s in 146 straight games. • The last time CSU failed to make a three-pointer was Feb. 21, 1998, when the Vikings were 0-for-8 in a 60-57 win over Detroit.RASHAD WILLIAMS SIGNS WITH CSU: • Rashad Williams, a native of Detroit, Mich., signed an NLI to attend CSU beginning in the fall of 2018. • The 6-foot-3 point guard averaged 24.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.7 assists at Wayne Memorial HS last year. • First player from Wayne Memorial to earn Associated Press first team all-state honors in 20 years, leading team to the district finals. • Led team to its first KLAA championship, knocking down 78 three-pointers last year, leading the team to a 19-4 record.UP NEXT: • The Vikings play their first game in the Showcase on the Banks on Tuesday (Nov. 14) at Rutgers. Tipoff is at 7:00 pm. • CSU hosts Coppin State in the home opener on Nov. 17 at 7:00 pm in the Wolstein Center. Vince McKee Related TopicsCleveland StateCleveland State Vikingslast_img read more

Gelam to represent PNG at world cup

first_imgTouch Football BY PRISCILLA HARRY Hard work pays off for 23-year-old Freddy Gelam Jnr after winning a spot in the Papua New Guinea team to attend the 2019 Touch World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next month. However, it has taken a three-year sacrifice for Gelam, who hails from Tureture village, Western Province before raising the eyebrows of selectors and winning a ticket for the event in Malaysia. The event will be held from April 28 to May 4. Gelam, like other talents, does not often catch the limelight but that does not deter him to continue competing in the sport until he got a call up. In 2017 his performance at the national touch football championships in Port Moresby was convincing, calling for his selection in the PNG national touch squad. He also was a standout for the CENTA touch association. He will be competing in the open men’s division at the challenge. He was also recognised as the rookie player of the year by the PNG Touch Federation. He continued to show discipline and good attitude in the sport that continued to pay off. But most of all he had the desire to represent PNG at the regional or international scene. “I always had my eyes on the red, black and gold PNG jumper. For three years living in the settlement it was difficult. Being unemployed you had to look for something to cling on to and it was my decision to never give up hope on playing touch footy,” he said. Gelam has been competing for the past six years, starting from the grassroots level at Kaugere in Moresby South electorate playing in a mini competition. From there, he was spotted by Robin Taleng, who after seeing his potential picked him up, nurtured and also assured him that one day the sport will take him places. Taleng is the current coach for the CENTA touch competition. “Youths from rural and urban areas competing in various sports have the talent but they need more exposure to be recognised,” he said. “I am proud to say that our very own CENTA touch boys have made it this far.” Taleng said with the national team having different training sessions for the World Cup and the Pacific Games, Gelam has been released to participate in the higher competitions to improve his skills and keep him fit for the world cup. “Most of my teammates are elite players and are employed. “However when it comes to commitment in something you love, you have to keep on trying until you get it,” Gelam said. Gelam, along with two of his pals Junior Hoki and Kere Maeva, are the only new players selected from the suburban competition. He is now training with the team at the high performance centre before the squad leaves for the World Cup.last_img read more

Cricket News You are very annoying on social media, will block you: Gayle tells Chahal

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Big-hitting West Indies opener Chris Gayle says India spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is “very annoying” on social media and he is going to block him. Chahal is one of the most busiest India cricketers on social media and with the coronavirus-forced lockdown in place, he is spending more time than ever on various platforms.”I am going to tell TikTok to block you as well, seriously. You are very annoying on social media man. You need to get off social media right now. We are tired of Chahal. I don’t wanna see you in my life again. I am gonna block you,” Gayle said during a live session on Instagram.With no cricket due to coronavirus pandemic, players are engaging with fans these days on social media to keep themselves busy. Earlier, India skipper Virat Kohli had referred to Chahal as a clown during a live video session with former South Africa cricketer AB de Villiers.”Have you seen his TikTok videos? You should go and check out Yuzvendra Chahal’s TikTok videos,” said Kohli. “You will not believe this guy is playing international cricket and he is 29-year-old. Just go and look at his videos. He’s an absolute clown.”  last_img read more

10 Of The Year’s Newest And Hottest Fitness Gadgets

first_imglisette mejia 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#fitness#Gadgets#PopSugarTech#wearable Related Posts Editor’s Note: This was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.Every January, companies gather at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to reveal the best gadgets of the year. And every year in recent memory, fitness gadgets have dominated. This year is no exception, but aside from all the wonderful new trackers, we saw plenty of unique devices to help you reach a healthier self. Ahead, check out this year’s best offerings, many of which won a CES Innovation Award and all of which are impressive.InBody BandA CES Innovation Award winner, the new InBody band tracks your fitness stats but has a special feature: the ability to analyze your body composition (muscle vs. fat mass) using four different sensors. Expect it to sell for $179 in March.SmartMat Yoga MatThis is no average yoga mat, that’s for sure. The SmartMat syncs with an app to track when you’re out of alignment and give you verbal, real-time feedback on how to correct your poses. Preorder it now for $297 (full price is $477) and expect it to ship in July.Connected Cycle Smart PedalThis smart pedal from Connected Cycle is making big waves in the biking industry. Not only does it track stats like speed, route, incline, and calories burned on each ride, but it also alerts you through an app if someone tries to steal your bike. Thanks to a GPS locator, you can also see where it’s been taken if it gets into the wrong hands. The pedals will hit the market sometime this year, but no word yet on an exact date or pricing.S+ Sleep TrackerHere’s a sleep tracker that collects data without requiring any contact with your body. Simply place it by your bed and it will monitor your breathing patterns, chest movements, environment conditions, and more. You’ll also get insight on what exactly is influencing your sleep patterns and tips on how to improve them. Order the CES Innovation winner now for $150.Visijax Commuter JacketBehold, the Visijax commuter jacket, which every biker should know about. The life-saving piece comes with 23 high-intensity LED lights on the front and back of the jacket for visibility, and turn indicators that activate when you raise your arm. You can buy it now in yellow or black for $160.Linx IAS Concussion-Monitoring SystemToo many athletes suffer from head injuries, and the new Linx IAS system wants to change that as much as possible. The CES Innovation Award winner copied the same tactic used by SWAT teams to create a device that monitors dangerous collisions. The small gadget can fit into headbands and assess the severity of an impact. It then transmits data to an app, which can be shared with doctors and trainers. Preordering should begin before the end of March, but no word on pricing.Breath MonitorIt’s almost impossible to tell if you have bad breath—until now. Simply place theBreathometer Mint into your mouth and the device will measure its humidity and bacteria levels, giving insights on bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. You can wait until August to order it for $99, or you can support the Indiegogo campaign and get it sooner.Sensoria Fitness SocksBilled as a “smarter way to run,” these high-tech fitness socks from Sensoria feature pressure sensors that track your foot landing, running form, pace, distance, speed, and more. That data is then sent to an app for your analysis. There is currently a wait list for preorder but they should ship Winter 2015 and will cost $49.QuitBit Smart Cigarette LighterSo you want to stop smoking? The QuitBit lighter is here to help. The small gadget tracks smoking habits (every time you light up, for instance) and lets you set a date for when you want to stop. As the date approaches, it lowers the number of cigarettes you’re allowed to have. Expect it to go on sale for $100 in March.Tao Exercise ChairOK, OK—an exercise chair sounds kind of ridiculous, but just go with it. The Tao exercise chair comes with arms that you push, pull, and move using your body to get a workout in. It also comes with built-in sensors that track calories burned. Stay tuned for pricing and release date.Read More: Steve Jobs Revealed The First iPhone 8 Years Ago, And Here’s How It LookedThe Mercedes Car Of The Future Is a Luxury Lounge On WheelsNike Is Making Back To The Future’s Self-Lacing Sneakers35 “Lesbian Emojis” That Are Actually For EveryoneThe BelfieStick And Other Selfie Accessories You Didn’t Know Were Real center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

NordLB Continues Running Down Shipping Portfolio

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Nord/LB German bank involved in ship financing, Norddeutsche Landesbank (NORD/LB), managed to further reduce the non-performing shipping portfolio in the first quarter of 2018.The bank’s shipping portfolio amounted to EUR 11.6 billion as of March 31, 2018. At the end of 2017, it totaled EUR 12.1 billion.Out of the entire portfolio, EUR 7.9 billion at the end of March 2018, compared to EUR 8.2 billion at the end of March 2017, was accounted for by non-performing loans.Earlier, NORD/LB announced its intention of reducing this number to less than EUR 5 billion by the end of 2019.The bank concluded Q1 2018 with earnings before taxes of EUR 68 million. After taxes, profit stood at EUR 43 million.“We have started well into the new year. We are fully on track with our transformation programme. We further reduced our balance sheet as planned and achieved another increase in our capital ratios,” Thomas Bürkle, CEO of NORD/LB, commented.“We also made further progress in running down the shipping portfolio. Nonetheless, the challenges we face are still demanding. Further strengthening our capital ratios continues to be the top priority. We will present a viable plan for this in conjunction with our owners in the course of this year,” he further said.Under the new accounting standard IFRS 9, net interest income in the first quarter of 2018 was EUR 352 million, against EUR 406 million recorded in Q1 2017 under IAS 39. As explained, the drop in net interest income was the result primarily of the shrinking of the balance sheet over recent years, in particular, the reduction in the shipping finance portfolio.Under the risk result, net income of EUR 25 million was recorded in Q1 2018 mainly because of the reversal of loan loss provisions.“In view of the ongoing crisis in shipping, the bank expects to have to set aside new loan loss provisions as the year progresses, as previously announced, which means that in this respect the first quarter represents a temporary special effect,” the bank said in Q1 2018 income statement.“In terms of business, we expect a difficult year overall. Given the current framework conditions we nevertheless continue to aim at a profit for the full year 2018,” Bürkle concluded.Nord/LB ended 2017 with earnings before taxes of EUR 195 million, returning to profitability from a loss before taxes of EUR 1.9 billion suffered in 2016 as a result of the marked intensification of the global shipping crisis.last_img read more

Ottawa Saskatchewan government sued over treaty rights

first_imgLarissa BurnoufKathleen Martens APTN NewsThe chief of Carry the Kettle First Nation says her people have had enough.“We don’t have any fishing rights. Our hunters have to travel halfway across the province to hunt and so these are infringements of our treaty rights and our treaty obligations when we signed,” said Chief Elsie Jack.Jack said her community’s traditional territory in southern Saskatchewan has been divided, developed or destroyed by the provincial and federal governments over the years.So, they are taking both governments to court in a lawsuit filed Dec. 21.“The promises made to Carry The Kettle (CTK) in Treaty 4 have been broken and the rights protected therein have been breached,” the lawsuit states.The civil suit could wide-ranging impact for Indigenous communities across Canada, predicts lawyer Robert Janes, who represents the Nakota band.“Anybody living in southern Saskatchewan now knows that…there is extensive development in terms of agricultural, land settlement, there are mining operations and…there is almost nowhere left,” he told reporters Wednesday.Janes said the suit aims to force governments to talk about the cumulative effect of development – now and in the future – and take that into consideration when pitching projects.But ultimately, he said, it’s about finding “a fair way” to share the land so the First Nation isn’t “pressed out of existence.”A spokesperson for Saskatchewan confirmed it had been served and declined to comment further now that the matter was before the courts.Janes, who is with JFK Law, said the band is looking specifically for guidelines for the development of Crown land surrounding the reserve, input on legislation that affects its traditional practices and possibly financial compensation.He said it’s the first legal action of its kind taken by a First Nation in [email protected]@aptn.calast_img read more