Indigenous woman says she feels heard as accused priest has first court appearance
POWERVIEW, Man. — A First Nations woman says she is disappointed a 92-year-old priest accused of assaulting her when she was a student at a former residential school did not attend his first court appearance. "What a coward," said Victoria McIntosh, 63, outside a legion hall where court was held in Powerview-Pine Falls, north of Winnipeg, on Wednesday. "I don't care how old you are. You could have made it here if you wanted to." Arthur Masse"What a coward," said Victoria McIntosh, 63, outside a legion hall where court was held in Powerview-Pine Falls, north of Winnipeg, on Wednesday.
Local MP Brian Masse (NDP — Windsor West) is calling on the federal government to match incentives being provided to buyers of zero-emission electric vehicles that are being provided by the U.S. government. © Provided by Windsor Star FILE PHOTO: Hummer EV are seen on the production line as U.S. President Joe Biden tours the General Motors 'Factory ZERO' electric vehicle assembly plant, in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. November 17, 2021.
Under the announced United States’ Inflation Reduction Act, there is a tax incentive for Americans of US$7,500 if the battery components are made, mined, or processed with North American critical minerals. The legislation has also proposed a new US$4,000 incentive for Americans purchasing used electric vehicles.
Nuclear power station shut downs will leave Ontario relying on gas to generate electricity
A decrease in nuclear-generated electricity will see more natural gas, a fossil fuel, used to create the electricity that will power zero-emissions buses and cars in Ontario. “I believe in climate change," Ontario Premier Doug Ford told reporters ahead of the 2022 general election. "And we’re doing everything to prevent it by building electric vehicles, having investment into the battery plants.
“I commend the Americans for recognizing the importance of the North American automotive industry in this new proposal which will include Canadian batteries and vehicles, including our own Windsor-built Chrysler Pacifica,” Masse said.
“I hope the Canadian government will see the need for action to help Canadian consumers and for devising a long-term plan for the industry.”
Masse, his party’s industry and international trade critic, made the request in a letter on Friday to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and relevant cabinet ministers.
“With the current inflation rate, so many Canadians are just trying to make ends meet and electric vehicles are not a priority if you cannot put food on the table, pay for prescriptions or pay rent,” said Masse in his letter.
Telecom experts call for rejection of major takeover as MPs probe Rogers outage
OTTAWA — Telecommunications experts called for scuttling the planned Rogers Communications takeover of rival Shaw, slamming the response of Ottawa and the federal telecom regulator to the serious Rogers outage earlier this month. The House of Commons industry committee heard testimony Monday on the outage from various experts, as well as Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne, Rogers executives and Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission officials. The experts provided a number of policy recommendations, including ways to ensure competition in the industry, and called for the Rogers-Shaw transaction to be blocked.
“I ask the Canadian government to match the U.S. proposals for electric vehicles as a start in working towards this government’s 2026, 2030, and 2035 light-duty zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) sales targets.”
Masse made his request on the heels of an agreement reached this week by U.S. Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin to do away with a tax-credit plan that favoured American-made electric vehicles under a Buy American policy of U.S. President Joe Biden.
An amendment to Joe Biden’s climate and health bill will expand the credits to include all of North American auto-related products which has provided a huge relief to Canadian automakers and parts suppliers.
Biden, under Buy American, had wanted to save the tax incentives for electric vehicles only assembled in the U.S. with that country’s union workers.
Sarah Mitton's shot put title highlights Canada's 5-gold day at Commonwealth Games .
Sarah Mitton's gold medal in women's shot put on Wednesday highlighted Canada's five-gold medal haul at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England on Wednesday.The Brooklyn, N.S., native, managed a 19.03-metre throw to edge Jamaica's Danniel Thomas-Dodd by just 0.05.