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More private-sector employers are being encouraged to use the Government’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS), to recruit workers.This is based on the success resulting from partnerships forged between the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, under whose purview the LMIS falls, and entities opting to use the facility, Permanent Secretary, Colette Roberts Risden, has said.She informed that these include the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA); The Mico University College; the Montego Bay, Manchester, and St. Ann Chambers of Commerce; and Montego Bay Community College.Mrs. Roberts Risden was speaking at the closing and awards ceremony for the New Employment Opportunities (NEO) Jamaica Project, at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew, on Thursday (May 30).“To date, over 1,300 employers and just about 22,000 jobseekers are registered on our database. Over the last year, we have been able to place more than 1,000 applicants in jobs locally,” she indicated.The LMIS enables employers to post job openings, and persons seeking employment to upload their résumés.Job matching is conducted through the LMIS’ Electronic Labour Exchange (ELEX) component.Mrs. Roberts Risden said greater utilisation of the LMIS will enable better matching of skill sets with jobs.Additionally, she said it will facilitate more informed decisions in relation to the granting of work permits.“We will be in a much better position because we will have the information on the labour market, in terms of what are the jobs that people are looking for and what are the skill sets that are out there for persons who are unemployed or underemployed. If we have that information, then it will enable us to make more informed decisions when it comes to things like the granting of a work permit,” Mrs. Roberts Risden said.The NEO, which was implemented under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Ministry and Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE), was designed to increase job entry among vulnerable, marginalised youth.The initiative was spearheaded by the MultiCare Youth Foundation. She informed that these include the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA); The Mico University College; the Montego Bay, Manchester, and St. Ann Chambers of Commerce; and Montego Bay Community College. Story Highlights This is based on the success resulting from partnerships forged between the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, under whose purview the LMIS falls, and entities opting to use the facility, Permanent Secretary, Colette Roberts Risden, has said. More private-sector employers are being encouraged to use the Government’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS), to recruit workers.
Debbie Baptiste (centre) is the mother of Colten Boushie (APTN file).The Canadian PressDebbie Baptiste says she was hopeful when she went into the trial of the man accused of killing her son.Hopeful that she would find justice for Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old Cree man who was shot and killed on a farm near Biggar, Sask., in August 2016.But after two weeks in court and 13 hours of jury deliberation, she left angry.Farmer Gerald Stanley, who admitted he fired the gun on the day her son died, was found not guilty of second-degree murder. He walked away a free man.“I just have to keep living a nightmare over and over again,” Baptiste said in an interview this week.“It doesn’t get better. Time did not heal.”Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the controversial, high-profile verdict in the Stanley trial. A pipe ceremony and candlelight vigil are planned in North Battleford, Sask., and Boushie’s family members are expected to share their thoughts about the last year.Stanley took the stand at his trial and testified that his gun had gone off accidentally. He said he was firing to scare off some young people he thought were stealing from him after they drove onto his property.Boushie was sitting in the driver’s seat of a Ford Escape when he was shot in the back of the head.Public reaction to the acquittal was immediate and intense.While some rural property owners, fed up with high crime rates, saw justice in the verdict, social media also lit up with rage and grief.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that he empathized with the pain felt by Boushie’s family. Jody Wilson-Raybould, federal justice minister at the time, pledged that Canada “can and must do better.”The next day, rallies were held from coast to coast. A protest camp quietly set up on the lawn of the Saskatchewan legislature and stayed there for more than six months.Within two months of the verdict, the federal government brought forward legislation that proposes to abolish peremptory challenges, which allow lawyers to reject potential jurors without having to provide a reason.Such challenges were criticized during the Stanley trial for allowing the defence to exclude visibly Indigenous people during jury selection.“If they go through, these are probably the most fundamental changes to the jury system that I’ve seen in 30 years of teaching criminal justice,” said Kent Roach, a law professor at the University of Toronto.“Just like the case was extremely polarizing for the public, it’s also been very polarizing for the legal community.”Roach, who recently published a book about the Stanley case and its racial and historical context, said the trial received worldwide media attention because of the push by Boushie’s family for change.“They’ve had to grieve in public,” said family lawyer Eleanore Sunchild.Roach believes there ought to have been a coroner’s inquest into Boushie’s death. It could have examined what happened against the backdrop of racism, rural crime, policing and treaties, he said.February 9, 2019 is the one-year annivesary of the controversial verdict in the death of Colten Boushie (APTN file).“What I fear is that we will continue to have polarized opinions about this case and that, with the exception of these controversial Criminal Code amendments, it may actually fade into history as just … another example of where Canadian justice has failed Indigenous people.”One year after the acquittal, Baptiste has lost hope she will ever have justice for her son, but is still looking for “change in the justice system – that we have equal rights in that courtroom.”She wants a public inquiry.The provincial government, saying the trial laid bare the facts of the case, has rejected that.Saskatchewan Justice Minister Don Morgan who, along with Premier Scott Moe, met with Boushie’s family after the verdict, said the province wants to expand restorative justice and culturally sensitive programs.“We should never forget the tragic death of Colten Boushie and how it changed the lives of two Saskatchewan families forever,” Morgan said in a statement.Alvin Baptiste, Colten’s uncle, wants a law firm established that would be devoted to helping Indigenous people through the justice system. He also wants a museum in North Battleford to teach people about First Nations history in the region.Beside seeing more Indigenous peoples on juries, Debbie Baptiste wants more Aboriginal judges and Crown prosecutors. Of the 88 judges currently serving in Saskatchewan, four have self-declared as Indigenous.But no matter what changes may come, Baptiste knows she faces one unending reality.“I still miss my son,” she said.“That will never change.”
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TORONTO – An environmental advocacy group is turning to the courts in an effort to halt the Ontario government’s plan to scrap the province’s cap-and-trade system, alleging the lack of consultation on the issue violated rights entrenched in law.A legal challenge filed on behalf of Greenpeace Canada on Tuesday alleges Premier Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservative government failed to consult the public on a regulation ending Ontario’s cap-and-trade program and a proposed bill that would alter the province’s legislative regime for tackling climate change.The group said the Environmental Bill of Rights, legislation unique to Ontario, states that the province’s residents have the right to a 30-day consultation process on environmentally significant regulations and legislation.In its application for judicial review, the group alleged the province’s decision to bypass mandatory notice and consultation was “unreasonable and incorrect, procedurally unfair, and therefore unlawful.”“Basically, any policy, regulation or legislation that affects the environment has to be go through the EBR consultation process, and they’ve tried to skip that saying the election campaign constituted equivalent consultation,” Keith Stewart, a senior energy strategist with Greenpeace Canada, said in an email.Greenpeace said it has obtained an expedited hearing, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 21, so that the case can be heard before the government’s legislation on tackling climate change passes. The group said it is also seeking to have the regulation that scrapped cap and trade revoked.A spokesman for Ontario Environment, Conservation and Parks Minister Rod Phillips said the ministry would not comment on the specifics of the legal action, which contains unproven allegations.“We consulted extensively with the people of Ontario during the (election) campaign, and they spoke clearly,” Andrew Brander said in an email Tuesday evening.“The legislation has been posted to the registry and we are confident that it will meet all necessary requirements as we continue to undertake a full range of consultative steps,” Brander said.The Ford government is facing other legal challenges on controversial moves such as the scrapping of a modernized sex-ed curriculum. It has also been engaged in a legal battle over the size of Toronto’s city council.Legislation to slash Toronto’s council nearly in half in the middle of the municipal election campaign was struck down by the courts this week after a judge found it violated the right to freedom of expression for both candidates and voters.But the premier has said he will invoke a rarely used charter provision known as the notwithstanding clause to push ahead with his plan, and is expected to recall the legislature Wednesday to do so.Stewart said the notwithstanding clause could not be used in Greenpeace’s legal challenge because the case relies on procedural rights under the Environmental Bill of Rights, not charter rights.Ontario’s cap-and-trade system aimed to lower greenhouse gas emissions by putting caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries could emit. If companies exceeded those limits they had to buy allowances at quarterly auctions or from other companies that came in under their limits.The province made close to $3 billion in a series of cap-and-trade auctions since the system was introduced by the Liberals last year.Ford vowed to eliminate the system and fight Ottawa’s carbon pricing plan during the spring election campaign.His government has since introduced legislation to scrap cap and trade and cancel programs financed through its revenues, which include rebates for energy-efficient renovations, transit projects and a fund for school repairs.Ontario also announced this summer it was launching a legal battle against Ottawa over its carbon tax plan, saying the provincial government received a clear mandate during the spring election to fight the federal tax for provinces that don’t have their own carbon pricing system.The federal carbon tax is scheduled to kick in on Jan. 1.
Supplied photo“It’s a youth development program, and that’s it,” said Sgt. Perry. “Do they have to stay in the military? There’s a recommendation, but no requirement. It’s not summer camp, you join the military and you get paid, you don’t have to pay.”Sgt. Perry said that the six-week program helps bring participants out of their comfort zones to help them achieve a sense of accomplishment. He said that the program has a drop-out rate of only roughly three to five percent. Of the 114 participants that started last year, 104 graduated. Sgt. Perry explained that only three of those failed the program, with the rest having to drop out because of personal issues at home or due to injury.Sgt. Perry credited the low drop-out rate to the presence of FSIN elders James Whitehawk and Shirley Constance in the program, who provide mentorship and guidance to the participants.“They do a lot of work to keep kids that are scared about that comfort zone and want to go home, they keep them there.”NPSS Careers Coordinator Jodi Hickey said that despite the difference in outward career path compared to last year’s trades training day, she doesn’t see much of a difference in this year’s program. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A member of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry was at North Peace Secondary on Thursday giving area First Nations students a presentation on the Canadian Forces’ Bold Eagle program.The program, which runs for 6 weeks during the summer, is open to First Nations youth living in western Canada and combines Aboriginal culture and teachings with military training. CDN Controls’ Community Relations Coordinator Alex Fanni said that last year, his company hosted a group of First Nations students from the North Peace at the Fort St. John office to learn about what it takes to embark on a career in the electrical and instrumentation trades. This year, Fanni got his company together with other industry partners including the Halfway First Nations leadership, NPSS, Canbriam Energy, Painted Pony, Progress Energy, ConocoPhillips, and Enbridge to help bring the program’s presenters to the school.Bold Eagle recruiter and instructor Sgt. Cathan Perry spoke in front of 30 First Nation students from around the North Peace for close to an hour and a half inside the NPSS library last Thursday about the program itself. Sgt. Perry explained to students about the program’s focus on building teamwork, self-discipline, physical fitness, and teamwork for participants. “I see it as providing the kids with opportunities and choices, and that’s what I want to bring to the kids. To show them what’s out there and what’s available. There’s so many options for kids nowadays.”Hickey said that the school has been greatly increasing its outreach that career organizations have been performing in the School District in recent years, adding that she feels that the District has even surpassed that of districts in major population centres in the province. That centimeent was backed up during the Community Development Institute’s presentation to the Fort St. John Committee of the Whole on Monday, which shows that Fort St. John’s rate of high school dropouts has fallen to nearly the provincial average after being much higher just 10 years prior.Sgt. Perry said its highly likely that the Bold Eagle program will be back to make another presentation next year. The program runs from July 9th to August 16th.
Mumbai: Singer Sona Mohapatra recently slammed the ‘Abhi mujh mein kahin’ hitmaker Sonu Nigam after one of her International Women’s Day special performances got cancelled and replaced by singer-composer Kailash Kher who was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by her. “You will be happy and relieved to know dear men’s rights activists, including Sonu Nigamji, for the third time in the last few months, a show date for me has gotten cancelled and my act has been replaced by Kailash Kher. That yesterday’s gig on Women’s Day was the cherry,” she tweeted. Last year, Sona accused Kailash and singer-composer Anu Malik of sexual misconduct and harrasment. After the allegations against Anu, Sonu came out in support of him. Sonu’s support for Anu did not go well with Sona.
The Ohio State men’s ice hockey team continued its winless ways in a two-game series against Michigan State this past weekend. The No. 10-ranked Buckeyes lost back-to-back games in Columbus this weekend, falling to the Spartans, 6-3 and 3-2, on Friday and Saturday night, respectively. OSU (14-10-5, 10-9-5-1 CCHA) has now gone 10 straight games without a win, and have a 0-6-4 record this calendar year following its two-game set with MSU (15-11-4, 10-9-3-2 CCHA). OSU freshman forward Tanner Fritz scored two goals, with fellow freshman forwards Ryan Dzingel and Max McCormick, and sophomore forward Alex Lippincott each tallying a score in the series. The Buckeye defense gave up a total of nine goals against the Spartans, the most OSU has given up in a series this season. OSU coach Mark Osiecki said the key to the series this weekend was the veteran play of the Spartans. “That was the bottom line this weekend,” he said. “They only have a few freshmen in their lineup and that helps them in tough situations. We had 10 freshmen in the lineup tonight, and that was one of the differences in the game. It helps having their kind of experience going through league play.” After jumping out to a 3-1 lead Friday night, before the Spartans scored five unanswered goals on the way to a 6-3 win, the Buckeyes got in a hole early on Saturday. Spartan freshman forward Matt Berry scored a power-play goal at 9:14 in the first period to give MSU an early 1-0 lead. Berry tapped the puck in from the post after junior defenseman Torey Krug faked a shot on the wing before passing it to him. MSU added two more goals in the second stanza to take a 3-0 lead half way through the period. Sophomore defenseman Jake Chelios, son of former NHL defenseman Chris Chelios, scored a 4-on-4 goal at 1:57 in the middle period. With 6:35 left in the second, Krug blasted a shot from the top of the right circle that flew past OSU senior goalie Cal Heeter and into the back of the net. “He’s an all-league type of player,” Osiecki said of Krug. “It’s important to have a defenseman back there who can quarterback the team. From a power play standpoint he’s top notch, and my hat goes off to him.” The Buckeyes rallied after Krug’s blast with two goals from Fritz. The freshman forward gave OSU its first goal of the game when he slid the puck in off a rebound at 14:23 in the second stanza. A few minutes later, he found the back of the net again when Dzingel’s shot on a 2-on-1 breakaway bounced off MSU sophomore goalie Will Yanakeff. Fritz found the loose puck and buried it home with 2:11 remaining in the second. “The line (with Dzingel and McCormick) feels good right now,” Fritz said. “We have played well the past couple series.” The Spartans led 3-2 heading into the final period, and killed off multiple Buckeye power plays late in the third stanza to hold on for the win and series sweep. OSU’s power play was 0-8 on Saturday night and 0-14 on the weekend. “Our power-play unit really needs to bear down,” Osiecki said. “We got some good looks but we couldn’t capitalize. Our power play could have been the difference for us the past couple of games.” The Buckeyes take the ice again for a two-game series against Western Michigan starting Friday at 7:05 p.m. in Kalamazoo, Mich.
The Ohio State women’s basketball team huddles before its first round game against Western Kentucky in the NCAA tournament in Lexington, Kentucky. Credit: Dana Lewin | Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe No. 5 seed Ohio State women’s basketball team dominated the No. 4 seed Kentucky Wildcats 82-68 with sharp shooting and tough defense in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Lexington, Kentucky.Freshman Tori McCoy and redshirt junior guard Linnae Harper dominated on the floor for the Buckeyes, each recording a double-double.This was a battle between two of the most powerful guards in the country — Kentucky’s senior Makayla Epps and OSU’s junior Kelsey Mitchell, who each led their team in scoring with 21 points a piece.The Buckeyes had five players scoring in double figures including Mitchell, senior forward Shayla Cooper (10), Harper (12), McCoy (14) and redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun (10).Mitchell started things off right for the Scarlet and Gray, draining a 3 just five seconds into the game. OSU got an early 12-8 lead thanks to 10 points from Mitchell in the first five minutes of play.Kentucky kept the OSU lead to just four-points at the end of the first quarter, with senior forward Evelyn Akhator leading the team in points and dominating rebounds on both sides of the floor. She finished with 14 points and 23 rebounds.In the beginning of the second quarter, the Buckeyes took control of the game, going on a 15-2 run in the first five minutes. OSU led the fast-paced game 46-31 and sunk six from 3 compared to the Wildcats’ one.Kentucky came out with more fire in the second half and out-scored the Buckeyes 22-15 in the third quarter. Epps and Akhator led the Wildcats in scoring as they decreased the deficit to just 8-points.Sophomore Wildcat Maci Morris downed a 3-pointer with 8:55 left to play to bring her team within one possession of the Buckeyes, 61-58.The Wildcats never obtained the lead, however, and OSU went on an 8-0 run which resulted in a 82-68 tournament victory.Harper, who transferred to OSU from Kentucky halfway through the 2015-16 season, was essential in the victory over her former team. She nearly had a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.OSU will move on to the regional semifinals in the Sweet 16 round on March 24 at Rupp Arena. The Buckeyes will take on the winner of No. 1 seed Notre Dame and No. 9 seed Purdue.
Ohio State redshirt junior defensman Jincy Dunne (33) drives the puck down the ice in the game against Bemidgi State on Feb 8. Ohio State lost 3-2. Credit: Cori Wade | For The LanternHeaded back to Minneapolis this weekend for its second straight WCHA Final Faceoff appearance, the Ohio State women’s hockey team will put its season on the line against a familiar foe: Wisconsin.No. 9 Ohio State (20-12-2, 12-10-2 WCHA) has claimed a regulation win and two shootout victories against No. 2 Wisconsin (30-4-2, 18-4-2 WCHA) in four season meetings despite the Badgers’ status as heavy favorites in each matchup.“We don’t like Wisconsin,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “When you’re the underdog, you want to bring down Goliath.”Ohio State will have to do exactly that if it hopes to keep its season alive. The Final Faceoff is a two-day, single-elimination tournament in which the winners of Saturday’s matchups will vie for the conference championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. Ranked outside the top eight teams in the national rankings, the WCHA title is Ohio State’s only guarantee at a second-consecutive berth.The Buckeyes face an uphill battle, as the Badgers have won three of their past four WCHA tournaments and haven’t missed the NCAA tournament in six seasons.Wisconsin boasts the conference’s widest scoring margin, winning by an average of 2.72 goals per game and has the second-highest scoring offense at 3.8 goals per game.Leading the Wisconsin charge up front is redshirt senior forward Annie Pankowski, the WCHA Offensive Player of the Year who has notched a conference-leading 42 points this season.Three of Pankowski’s points came by way of a hat-trick performance on Saturday in an 8-0 demolition of St. Cloud State to schedule the Badgers a fifth meeting with the Buckeyes this season.However, Wisconsin’s potent offense has been limited to just two goals a game this year against the Buckeyes, who claim the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year in redshirt junior defenseman Jincy Dunne.Sharing the back line with Dunne is senior defenseman Lauren Boyle, who said Ohio State has felt confident against Wisconsin since sweeping the Badgers at home late in the previous season for the first time in program history.“I think we keep Wisconsin on their toes,” Boyle said. “It’s that unexpected thought of what are we going to bring that day that makes them nervous.”Though Wisconsin has outshot the Buckeyes 172-78 this season, the Badgers have managed to score just eight goals on freshman goalie Andrea Braendli, who made 92 saves in her most recent series on Feb. 22 and 23, earning her NCAA No. 1 Star of the Week honors.Braendli has garnered more accolades since then, winning WCHA Goalie of the Month for February and receiving a second-straight WCHA Goalie of the Week award after her sixth shutout of the season in a 3-0 win against Minnesota State on Saturday.Wisconsin has its own award-winning goalie coming to Minneapolis, as junior netminder Kristen Campbell leads the nation with a 1.09 goals against average and 30 wins to go alongside her WCHA Goalie of the Year honors.Despite Ohio State’s limited shot output against Campbell and the Badgers this season, the Buckeyes have scored a first-period goal in three of their four meetings, including a strike at the 23-second mark from sophomore forward Emma Maltais in the previous matchup.“We just come out flying because we have so much energy in the locker room,” Muzerall said. “I think it’s just, as the girls say, ‘We bring the juice.’”Muzerall said the problem will be holding onto a lead against a team that has generated 24.4 more shots per game than opponents on average this season.Ohio State surrendered a 2-0 lead to Wisconsin in the last five minutes of the third period last time out, costing the Buckeyes a three-point win and an opportunity to jump ahead in the polls.“As long as their shots are coming from angles that aren’t scary for Andrea,” Muzerall said. “We got to make sure we do a better job of controlling those rebounds because it’s not usually the initial shot from the outside that’s getting in.” Boyle, who faces the possibility of Saturday being her final collegiate game, said the Buckeyes will not go down without a fight. “Close to the end of the season, when it’s do or die for us, we always tend to show up,” Boyle said. “I’ll lose a leg before I come out of that game with a loss.”The puck will drop in Minneapolis at 6:07 p.m. Saturday to decide who will advance to the WCHA Championship game.The winner will advance to play either No. 1 Minnesota or No. 4 Minnesota Duluth at 3:07 p.m. Sunday.