Petronas says it’s committed to Canadian LNG project

first_imgBritish Columbia’s natural gas development minister says the federal election and environmental approval are the only wild cards holding up a proposed $36-billion liquefied natural gas plant in the province.Rich Coleman says a false media report from Malaysia claims that slumping oil and gas prices have the country’s state-owned energy giant Petronas considering delaying its LNG project near Prince Rupert for up to nine years.He says meetings in Vancouver last week between the joint-venture project’s five financial backers, including Petronas, confirmed they are waiting for federal environmental approval after the election on Monday.- Advertisement -Petronas executive vice-president Wee Yiaw Hin issued a statement Thursday from Kuala Lumpur, after a series of analysts warned over the past six months that weak LNG prices in Asia and other issues could delay the project by months, if not years.“Petronas would like to reaffirm its commitment to deliver long-term LNG supply to its customers through the Pacific NorthWest LNG project in Canada, despite the current market volatility for oil and gas,” said Mr. Wee, who is also chairman of Pacific NorthWest LNG. “Together with its partners, Petronas is ready to proceed with the project on the condition that it receives the remaining regulatory approval from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency [CEAA].”The B.C. government approved a project development deal last summer, when Petronas-backed Pacific NorthWest LNG officials said federal environmental approval would be the last hurdle.Advertisement The company recently said the B.C. project is going full steam ahead.last_img read more

Story lines go flat during a dull race

first_imgFONTANA – Strange, passionless race, this Sharp Aquos 500. Almost as if it didn’t matter. An exhibition in the middle of the Nextel Cup season. Not yet the Chase for the Cup. But the essential purpose of the season’s first 26 races – to determine the 12 drivers who get into the 10-race, championship-deciding Chase – hardly applied Sunday because the top dozen were all but locked up even before race No. 25 began. So hardly anyone was charging out there. The season’s top guys just wanted to stay out of trouble and get to the finish line and clinch their Chase spots. The also-rans had trouble taking advantage because, well, if they were serious contenders they wouldn’t have come here buried in the standings. So it wasn’t like J.J. Yeley or Dave Blaney were going to take control. Did fans pick up on that? The built-in lack of compelling story lines? They certainly didn’t turn out in numbers. If it wasn’t the smallest crowd for a Nextel Cup race in Fontana, it was depressingly close. Reporters estimated 72,000 at the track. Some 40,000 short of a sellout. Or about 18,000 fewer than USC drew the night before for a football game with Idaho. Ask folks who trekked to Fontana what they will remember about the day, and they likely will cite the heat, the blazing sun, the heat, the sunburn and the heat. It was 100-something degrees when the green flag dropped, and maybe 140 on the track. For the race, fans had to settle for subplots. Many of them involving Dale Earnhardt Jr., the most popular driver never to win a championship. Would he keep alive his longshot drive for the Chase? Could he win his first race of the season? Would he blurt out what number will adorn his car next season when he leaves the team his father founded and joins Hendrick Motorsports? The answers were yes, no and definitely not. Little E was one of the few guys on the starting grid with reason to drive like a maniac. He needed to cut into a deficit of 168 points to give himself at least a ghost of a chance to snake the No. 12 spot at Richmond next weekend. And he did. Much to the delight of his legion of fans. He was in the top five most of the race, led six times for 15 laps, but at the end he just wasn’t as quick as Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Jeff Burton, the four guys who finished ahead of him. Junior’s Chase chances hang by a thread. He is 128 points behind Kevin Harvick for the 12th spot, and he’s out of championship contention, no matter what he does, if Harvick finishes 32nd or better at Richmond and 11th-place Kurt Busch finishes 36th or better. When he was done with nearly four hours behind the wheel of the Budweiser Chevrolet, Earnhardt was asked how he felt. “It’s hot,” he said. “I’m tired, real tired.” And left needing something approaching a NASCAR miracle to make his season meaningful past Richmond. “I don’t know much about the system,” he said. “I just go out and run as hard as I can. “It doesn’t look like we’re going to make it, but we’re not going to quit trying until they tell us we’re not.” And his number for next year? Keep guessing. It won’t be the familiar 8, of course. Evil stepmom Teresa, owner of Dale Earnhardt Inc., won’t let 8 go. It won’t be 38, either, though it would be so tidy, his late father’s No. 3 and his No. 8. But the Yates team has 38 and isn’t giving it up. So now 81 is the hot rumor. Well, everything was hot, Sunday. Weather was the prime topic all along, and the drivers looked as flushed and drained at the end of 500 miles as if they had run them. “That was a long 500,” Burton said. “It felt like a marathon.” The racing was less than compelling, as generally is the case here. Track officials trumpeted 30 lead changes involving 16 drivers, but Johnson or Kyle Busch led 181 of the 250 laps, so it wasn’t like it a dozen guys seemed capable of winning. And the lead changes seemed mostly a function of the 11 caution flags. A track record. It was a race that will be little noted nor long remembered – because it decided so little. Other than reaffirming that nobody is keen on watching cars drive in circles for four hours when it’s 100 degrees in the shade. Read my blog at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgNext week marks the beginning of Enterprising Donegal Business Week 2015.It runs from Monday the 23rd until Friday the 27th of March and if you are in business or are planning on starting a business, there are a host of events throughout the week that can help anyone in any type of business.I will be presenting on Friday the 27th, along with Susan Hayes and Deirdre Mc Glone, and my talk will be about how your health is vital to your success in your business. Registration is at 9am and the presentations will run from 9:30 until 12pm. This week’s article and next week’s article will focus on how being healthy and active can help you in your business and help your bottom line.As business owners, we live in stressful times.Competition is everywhere, once you get set up and start to get established as a business, it seems as if 3 more similar companies have set up just around the corner from you.It’s no wonder that about half of all small businesses fail within the first four years, a statistic that generates a shudder of fear in even the most dauntless entrepreneur. Stress can cause all sorts of problems for small business owners.Sleepless nights, poor dietary choices, poor time management and poor decision making; not the sort of things you want happening when these things can severely hamper your business.Regular exercise is one of the best ways to stay healthy during times of stress.According to research from the Centre for Creative Leadership, executives who are physically fit are considered to be more effective leaders than those who aren’t.CCL performed a 10-year study comparing business executives who regularly exercise with those who don’t (or only hit the gym sporadically) and compared it with reviews of their work performance with their colleagues. “We found that the exercisers rated significantly higher than their non-exercising peers on overall leadership effectiveness,” writes Dr. Sharon McDowell-Larsen, co-author of the study. 
“They also scored higher on specific traits including: inspiring commitment, credibility, leading others, leading by example, energy, resilience and calmness.”Staying healthy during times of stress requires either reducing the strain or boosting one’s ability to weather its effects.
The University of Iowa reports that regular exercise not only reduces stress, but also helps reduce anxiety, improve sleep and boost immunity from colds and flu.
Exercise also helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.Exercise isn’t something that you have to spend 1-2 hours on each session.Whenever I have a client, especially a business owner, come in and they are in a time of stress, the last thing I am going to do to them is hammer them in the gym. If a client comes in already stressed, adding further stress to this can have ill effects and leave them more tired (and therefore more stressed), than when they came in. So I would reduce the training load, do something that feels like a workout, but won’t leave them destroyed and not able to function the next day.What can you do to get started with exercise when in business?Instead of 2-3 long workouts each week, do a short 30 min session each day, even if it’s only to break a sweat.Be more active throughout the day; walk, take the stairs, park further away from the building, walk while on the phone.If heading on business trips, book a hotel with a gym or pool, and use it.Set a time slot in your schedule for exercise. Make it a meeting that you don’t miss. Exercise is great for clearing your head and you may even have some inspiration while training!Finally, log your workouts. Keep track of them so you know what you are doing and whether you are making progress. This will also save you time when training.Next week, I will cover how your diet can keep you focused in your business.#TrainSmartTo keep up to date with fitness and nutrition tips, be sure to follow me through the link below.
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Liverpool out to finish Porto job while City, Spurs prepare for round two

first_imgLiverpool have won three of their last four Champions League knockout away games. (Agency Photo)FC Porto vs Liverpool (AGG: 0-2)Estadio Do Dragao, PortoWednesday, 17-04-2019 @10pmReferee: Danny Makkelie (Holland)Defender Dejan Lovren and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were both left out of Liverpool’s squad to face Porto after missing training on Tuesday. Joe Gomez is available after recovering from a leg fracture sustained in December and is expected to replace Lovren. Meanwhile, Jordan Henderson has travelled after being forced off in the win over Chelsea with an ankle problem.Porto will be boosted by the return of two players from suspension, with defender Pepe and midfielder Hector Herrera available again after sitting out at Anfield.Two of the three teams that lost their first leg by two or more goals in the last 16 of the Champions League this season managed to turn around the tie in the second leg; Manchester United knocked out Paris St-Germain and Juventus defeating Atletico Madrid. Liverpool have never lost a European match against Porto in seven previous encounters (W4 D3 L0), keeping three successive clean sheets against them. Porto suffered their heaviest home defeat in European competition against Liverpool in last season’s Champions League, with the Reds winning 5-0 in a last 16 tie.Porto have lost the first leg of a Champions League/European Cup knockout tie by two or more goals on six previous occasions, and on all six of those occasions they have been eliminated from the competition. They are the only remaining side in the Champions League to have won 100% of their home games in the competition this season (4/4). Indeed, Porto last won five or more straight home games in the competition between October 1998 and December 1999 (run of six). Moussa Marega has scored in all four of FC Porto’s home Champions League matches this season.Since the start of last season, Liverpool have won three of their four away Champions League knockout games, only losing to Roma in last season’s semi-final (4-2). Liverpool have progressed from all nine of their previous two-legged European ties under manager Jurgen Klopp (four in the 2015-16 Europa League, one 2017-18 Champions League play-off and four Champions League knockout stage ties since the start of last season). Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick for Liverpool against Porto in last season’s Champions League; only Luiz Adriano (against Bate Borisov) and Cristiano Ronaldo (against Atletico Madrid) have ever scored more than one hat-trick against an opponent in the Champions League, while no player has ever scored two away from home against one club. Since the start of the 2017-18 tournament, Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has both scored and assisted in five different Champions League matches, more than any other player in this time.Man City vs Tottenham Hotspurs (AGG: 0-1)Etihad Stadium, ManchesterWednesday, 17-04-2019 @10pmReferee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)Man City are trailing 0-1 from the first leg.City midfielder Fernandinho has trained after missing Sunday’s win over Crystal Palace with a muscle problem. Sergio Aguero was withdrawn late on at Palace but is fit, although Oleksandr Zinchenko (hamstring) is a doubt.Midfielder Dele Alli has been named in Tottenham’s squad for their Champions League quarter-final second leg but will be assessed before Spurs decide if he will play against Manchester City. Spurs forward Erik Lamela, who has not played since the last-16 second leg against Borussia Dortmund on 5 March because of a hamstring injury, has also trained and like Alli will be assessed after Tuesday’s training session. Serge Aurier (hamstring), Eric Dier (hip flexor) and Harry Winks (groin) are all out, as is striker Harry Kane after he suffered an ankle injury in the first leg.Tottenham have only won one of their last eight visits to Manchester City in all competitions (D1 L6), a 2-1 Premier League win in February 2016. The first leg of Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City saw eight different English players in the two starting line-ups. The last Uefa Champions League game to see more Englishmen start was the 2008 Champions League final between Manchester United & Chelsea (10).Manchester City trail 1-0 after losing the first leg against Tottenham; of the 32 previous occasions of a side losing the first leg of a two-legged Champions League tie 1-0 away home, 10 went on to progress (31%). In European competition, Manchester City have lost all five of their previous matches against fellow English clubs, including all three in the Champions League. Manchester City have won 23 of their 25 home matches in all competitions this season (L2), although they have lost two of their last three home games in the Champions League knockout stages, winning the other 7-0 against Schalke in this season’s last 16. Manchester City’s Leroy Sane has been directly involved in seven goals in his last three home games in the Champions League (three goals, four assists), four more than he managed in his previous seven such games at the Etihad (one goal, two assists). Sergio Aguero scored 10 goals in his first seven appearances against Tottenham for Manchester City in all competitions but has since failed to score in each of his last seven games against them; missing a penalty in the first leg of this tie.Tottenham Hotspur from were eliminated the last time they won 1-0 in the first leg of a two-legged European tie at home, being knocked out by Kaiserslautern in the second round of the 1999-2000 Uefa Cup (2-1 on aggregate). Tottenham have won each of their last three Champions League matches; they have never won four in a row in the competition. Each of Tottenham’s last 10 goals scored in the Champions League have come in the second half of their matches; indeed, 93% of their goals in the competition this season have been netted in the second half (13/14).Tuesday’s Results:-Barcelona 3-0 Man United (AGG: 4-0)-Juventus 1-2 Ajax (AGG: 2-3)Comments Tags: champions leagueFC PortoliverpoolMan CitySpurstoplast_img read more

Majority of Consumers Use Social Networks to Inform Buying Decisions, Says Study

first_imgRelated Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos sarah perez Tags:#Facebook#NYT#Real World#social networks#Social Web#Trends#twitter#web center_img Marketers take note: a new study from research firm Gartner has discovered that a majority of today’s consumers rely to some extent on social networks to help guide them in purchase decisions. Despite this fact, social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and others, while critical, are currently an underutilized aspect to the marketing process, the report says. But not everyone using social networks is worth targeting equally, as it turns out. Instead, there are three types of online personalities that make up just one-fifth of the consumer population but are the key influencers in the purchasing activities of 74% of the population. Gartner calls them Salesmen, Connectors and Mavens.Key Influencers: Salesmen, Connectors, MavensThe Salesmen, Connectors and Mavens are the three key influencer roles in today’s social networks, just as they are offline. Salesmen, as you may guess, are defined by their ability to persuade people to purchase or act in certain ways. Salesmen aren’t commercial entities, though; they just have the ability to encourage others to action. Connectors can be split into two sub-groups – “Heavy” and “Light,” and are defined by their status as a bridging function between disparate groups of people. Connectors have contacts in a multitude of different social groups and enjoy introducing people to one another. Mavens are essentially information brokers. They are experts in a particular area and typically field questions from friends and family in need of advice. Often this advice influences purchasing decisions. Mavens, however, aren’t necessarily trying to persuade people to purchase; they’re just informing them. Targeting the Key Influencers is CriticalThese three roles play part in the purchasing activities of 74% of the population, says Gartner. The survey, taking place in the fourth quarter of 2009, studied nearly 4,000 consumers in 10 key markets and identified six different roles of user behavior. In addition to those mentioned above, there are also Seekers, who are the ones asking others for information, the Self-sufficient, who prefer to find the answers themselves and the Unclassified, who didn’t fit into any defined role. Gartner said it expected that some wouldn’t easily fit into these prescribed roles because they may take on different roles when in different social contexts. You may be heralded as the IT expert (aka Maven) among your family, for example, but among your IT colleagues you’re more of a Seeker of information. Two-thirds of the population ended up as Unclassified, however, which makes this report’s findings and the staggering percentages regarding influence somewhat moot . What marketers can take away from the study is that there are specific personality types that can be (and should be) targeted when using social networks to promote a brand, company, product or service. Salesmen, Seekers and Connectors are the most effective social network segments to target. This can be done by focusing on both the shopping experience and making information easily available to them. Mavens aren’t as useful, because they don’t do anything with the information they know unless specifically asked. For these folks (as well as the Self-sufficients), the focus should be primarily on improving the shopping experience. At the end of the day, none of this is really new information – it just reinforces the fact that when online, consumers behave pretty much as they did prior to the Internet age. Word-of-mouth is still the best way to attract new business, and businesses should target those who like to influence others. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Demands on Your Time Without Your Consent

first_imgA notification on your smartphone that you have just received a text message is a demand on your time. It requires that you pick up your phone, open your messaging app, and read the text. There was no request beforehand to ask whether you are available to respond to a text, there was just a text.An email is a significant demand on your time as well. It requires that you open the email and read the content. That may not sound like a heavy burden as it pertains to time or a cognitive load on your brain and your energy, except that you must decide what to do with that email having read it. If you were to look at your inbox right now, you’re likely to see a great number of emails you have not yet made any determination on what you are or are not going to do about the content therein.An interruption, be it a phone call or someone walking in your door to ask you a question, is a demand on your time. It’s very difficult for people to not answer a phone that is ringing, even their cell phone, and even when they’re in a meeting with other human beings. A human being who darkens your doorway needing a question answered, help with a project, or your time and attention for some other need, is impossibly difficult to ignore. It feels rude, and it is especially difficult if that person is in your charge because you are responsible for them.You signed up for demands on your time when you won your dream client’s account. When you took that client from your competitor, you signed on to be accountable for the strategic outcomes you promised you would deliver. When there is a challenge delivering those results, your dream client is going to call you, or text you, or email you, expecting that you are going to be there to help them – just like you said you would during the sales process. Even though you agreed to this, you had no idea when these challenges were going to occur, and you had no way to make sure they only occurred when you had the time and bandwidth to handle them.In the Outcomes Planner we produce, we provide tear sheets that allow you to plan for 90 minutes of focus time. The reason we recommend you do three of these blocks a day is because, if you can find a way to work for about half of your workday, you will radically improve your results. It won’t be 10X, it will be more like 100X improvement over the course of a year, specifically because you are blocking out distractions and eliminating the demands on your time. This doesn’t mean you ignore the demands, it simply means that you bundle them together, so you can control your focus and attention, which is now the currency of success in an age of infinite distractions and an equally large number of demands on your time and attention. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Burglars Who Targeted Zinedine Zidane and Isco’s Home in Madrid Arrested

first_imgMadrid: Spanish police said Thursday they have dismantled a gang that robbed football players’ houses during games.Authorities detained four people, all Albanian citizens, and seized jewels and 10,000 euros ($11,000) in cash that were believed to belong to the players and their families. Spanish newspaper El Diario, which first reported the arrests, said officials also recovered a Champions League second-place medal that had been stolen from the house of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey. The player’s passport also was recovered.Police said the gang was believed to have robbed the house of Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro while he played in a Spanish league game against Atletico Madrid last month. Atletico striker Álvaro Morata also was among the players targeted by the group.Other Real Madrid players believed to have been victims of the gang included forward Francisco “Isco” Alarcon and coach Zinedine Zidane.”These things aren’t nice,” Zidane said at a recent news conference. “We try to talk to the players, to their families, we try to keep them calm.”There have been reports of dozens of robberies to players’ houses in recent years, though police said not all of them could be linked to the same gang. Others who were also reportedly robbed included Barcelona players Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Jordi Alba, as well as Real Madrid forward Lucas Vazquez.”One after the other,” Vazquez’s wife, Maca Capilla, said on Instagram when the couple’s house was robbed. “When will it be possible to live calmly in your own home, when will it be possible to go to work without worries?”Police said the operation, which took place in Madrid and the nearby city of Toledo, was still ongoing and more arrests were possible. One gang member was believed to have fled the country.Officials said the group used stolen cars during the robberies, and carried communication devices and clothing accessories to keep them from being recognized by security cameras.It was believed they monitored the players’ activities through their social media accounts.Police said the gang also targeted other people in the high-end Madrid neighborhoods where players live. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. arrestatletico madridIscola liga First Published: October 18, 2019, 7:56 AM ISTlast_img read more

Premier League: Lloris saves penalty while Kane nets one as Tottenham draw with Arsenal

first_imgHugo Lloris saved Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 90th-minute penalty to secure what could prove to be a vital 1-1 draw for Tottenham Hotspur in a scrappy north London derby against Arsenal on Saturday.Third-placed Tottenham had trailed to Aaron Ramsey’s 16th-minute goal and were offering little as a third consecutive Premier League defeat loomed in the early kickoff at Wembley.Harry Kane equalised from the penalty spot in the 74th minute to the relief of the home fans but when Davinson Sanchez conceded a penalty in the 90th minute Arsenal were poised to move to within a point of their arch-rivals having trailed by 10 a week ago.Substitute Aubameyang, who had tumbled easily under a clumsy Sanchez challenge, struck his kick weakly and Lloris, at fault for both goals in Tottenham’s 2-0 defeat by Chelsea in midweek, plunged down to his right to save.Our leaders step up. @HKane:Hugo Lloris: @JanVertonghen: #COYS #NorthLondonDerby Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 2, 2019A niggly second-half ended in chaotic fashion with Arsenal’s other substitute Lucas Torreira being red-carded for a high tackle on Danny Rose who had earlier been booked for catching Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno with his studs.Third-placed Tottenham had not drawn any of their 28 Premier League games this season but ending that sequence and avoiding a damaging defeat was a huge relief as they retained a four-point cushion over Arsenal.Lloris’s save preserved Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s record of never having lost three successive Premier League games since taking over and meant he is still to lose a home north London league derby.advertisement”Yes Lloris’s save was a massive present,” Pochettino, celebrating his 47th birthday, said. “I am so happy because we didn’t deserve to lose the game we were better than them so it would be a shame to lose the game in that way.”It was a tough game, difficult to play Arsenal but I am happy after two defeats to take a positive result to build confidence to go to Tuesday and Borussia Dortmund and go through to the next stage of Champions League.”Mauricio: “I think we deserved the victory, but the circumstances at the end make this point even more important.” #COYS #NorthLondonDerby Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 2, 2019SPURS STUNNEDTottenham were slightly shading the derby early on but were stunned after 16 minutes when Juventus-bound midfielder Ramsey, playing for the last time in the fixture, put his side ahead.Sanchez made a hash of dealing with a long ball on the halfway line and Alexandre Lacazette released Ramsey into acres of space before the Welshman outpaced Victor Wanyama and took the ball around Lloris before sliding home.Kane had a header ruled out for offside and Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno made a remarkable double-save just before the interval, blocking Christian Eriksen’s close-range volley with his legs, then palming away Moussa Sissoko’s follow-up.INDIAN GOONERS, REPRESENT!AA-RON RAM-SEY0-1 #NLD #TOTARS FC (@Arsenal) March 2, 2019Tottenham lacked quality in the final third in the second half and Lacazette should have doubled Arsenal’s lead when he sliced wide from in front of goal.Substitute Erik Lamela sent a left-footer just wide at the other end and his deep cross was chested down by Rose who caught Leno in the chest as he lunged to try and poke home.Tottenham were running out of ideas but were given a reprieve when Shkodran Mustafi was adjudged by referee Anthony Taylor to have barged Kane over and the England captain drilled his penalty low into the corner.To make matters worse for Arsenal, replays showed Kane was marginally offside in the build-up.Tottenham might have been expected to go on and win the game after that but it was Arsenal who finished strongly and will rue not securing a huge victory in the battle for a top-four finish.Also Read | Mesut Ozil must show consistency to start regularly, says Unai EmeryAlso Read | Premier League-ISL bring football development week to MumbaiAlso Read | Liverpool’s Sadio Mane happy to stay central in Merseyside derby vs EvertonAlso Read | Maurizio Sarri unsure of Kepa Arrizabalaga return to Chelsea team for Fulham matchAlso Read | Everyone knows I’d like to stay: Solskjaer hopes to remain Manchester United managerlast_img read more

BC First Nation preparing to vote on historic 37 million treaty agreement

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Negotiators have signed off on a new treaty agreement between the federal and provincial governments and the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation near Prince George, B.C.Representatives put their initials on the Lheidli T’enneh Treaty in a ceremony Saturday — the final step before members of the community vote on the deal next month.The agreement provides the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation with more than 43 square kilometres of land, a capital transfer of $37.1 million and ongoing funding for services such as health care, education and social development.“The agreement would allow us to have our own governance, our own lands. We would own the lands and control the lands,” Chief Dominic Frederick said in an interview.The treaty updates an agreement reached in 2006, which the community voted against ratifying a year later. At the time, some members said they didn’t have enough information or knowledge about the deal and others said the timing wasn’t right.The previous treaty offered a capital transfer of about $16 million. In a joint news release, the provincial and federal governments and the First Nation say the increase “reflects updated policies that support reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.”The release said the new deal maintains the benefits of the 2006 agreement and adds wording that “allows the agreement to evolve along with certain provincial and federal policies related to reconciliation and treaty negotiations.”After the 2006 agreement was voted down, there was a kind of “stalemate” between the First Nation and other levels of government, Frederick said.The negotiation team was dismantled, and eventually, a new one was put in place. Frederick said the new team has spent several years speaking with community members and addressing their concerns about the previous deal.He hopes the community ratifies the new treaty, but said he understands that people need to think about it because it’s a big decision.Scott Fraser, B.C.’s minister of Indigenous relations and reconciliation, said in a statement that language in the new treaty shows the province is finding a new way forward in its relationships with First Nations.“We are working together with partners on an approach to treaties and agreements with First Nations that is grounded in recognition and implementation of rights and title, and which supports prosperous, healthy and self-determining Indigenous communities,” he said.Carolyn Bennett, the federal minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, said in a statement that once the “historic” treaty is ratified, it will mark the start of a new relationship between Canada and the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, based on the recognition of rights, co-operation, respect and partnership.“When First Nations have more say over their lands, their people and all of Canada benefit,” said Bennett.The new treaty is a step towards reconciliation, Frederick said, but he noted that work needs to continue.“You can’t reconcile 100 and some odd years of atrocities that was put on our Aboriginal people over a short period of time,” he said. “Reconciliation goes on and on.”About 500 members of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation are eligible to vote on the treaty next month. If they ratify the agreement, it will be approved first by B.C.’s government, then the federal government.The B.C. Treaty Commission said in its 2017 annual report that 65 First Nations across the province are participating in or have completed treaty negotiations.The Tla’amin Nation near Powell River, B.C., was the last to ratify a treaty, and that agreement came into effect in April 2016.last_img read more