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Degrassi Tour/Facebook Cast members to be confirmed so far include Mistysyn, Kirsten Bourne (Tessa), Amanda Stepto (Spike) and Stefan Brogren, who has played Archie “Snake” Simpson since his days as a junior high school student through to his more recent incarnation as Degrassi principal.Pat Mastroianni (Jeremiah) will host Degrassi Palooza, and has also been the impetus behind getting the event off the ground. He shared more info with fans in a video he posted on Facebook.,You can pick up your tickets to DeGrassi Palooza right here. Prepare to be hit by a huge wave of nostalgia when the original cast of beloved Canadian teen drama “Degrassi Junior High” reunites next year at a new fan event, the first-ever Degrassi Palooza.Original “Degrassi” star Stacie Mistsyn (who played Caitlyn) shared the news on Instagram, sending fans to Facebook to find out more about the announcement for the upcoming fan event.The multi-day event will be held at the Westin Toronto Airport Hotel from June 14-16, and is described as a “three-day weekend of pure joy, love and nostalgia” that will bring together “fellow fans from around the world.”According to the announcement, Degrassi Palooza “was created for you the fans, by the cast. We couldn’t have imagined back then how much this show meant to so many people worldwide. Allow us to share with you our stories, experiences, and catch up with you about life 25 years later.” Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
APTN National NewsThe Obama administration Wednesday rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.The U.S. State Department said TransCanada could resubmit a proposal for the pipeline if it takes an alternative route.The pipeline was slated to take Alberta bitumen to the southern U.S. coast.Many Canadian First Nation people were opposed to the pipeline, including Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus.
APTN National NewsThe trial of former priest Eric Dejaeger was supposed to wrap up this week.The now defrocked priest is accused of more than 70 sex crimes against children dating back to the 1970s.But the Crown is asking for an extension on the closing arguments.As APTN’s Kent Driscoll reports, that may have an effect on how much time Dejaeger will spend behind bars.
APTN National NewsThe election for national chief looks a lot different than the last one.Half of the eight candidates were women then.No women threw their names in the hat this time.APTN’s Trina Roache takes a look at why.
(Laureen Harper, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Pope Francis at the Vatican Thursday. Photo courtesty PMO) Julien Gignac APTN National NewsNotes released by the Vatican recounting a 10-minute meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Pope Francis Thursday failed to mention the topic of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.Harper said he reminded the Pope of the letter sent by his Aboriginal Affairs minister regarding the Truth and Reconciliation commission.The letter, sent last week, notifies the Holy See of the commission.Download (PDF, Unknown)But in meeting notes released by officials at the Vatican, there is no mention of Harper raising the issue of the TRC.The TRC released 94 recommendations June 2, one of which asks for an official apology to be made by the Pope in Canada for abuses carried out by the Roman Catholic Church in its residential school system.The release made by Harper’s office does not specify which recommendation was presented or whether the prime minister personally invited Pope Francis to Canada to apologize.Many hoped Harper would use the meeting with the Pope to secure an apology for what the TRC calls the “the Roman Catholic Church’s role in the spiritual, cultural, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children in Catholic-run residential schools.”The recommendation continues, “we call for that apology to be similar to the 2010 apology issued to Irish victims of abuse and to occur within one year of the issuing of this Report and to be delivered by the Pope in Canada.”Pope Francis, however, was invited to the 150th anniversary Confederation in 2017 by Harper at the meeting.The meeting came seven years to the day after the prime minister provided an apology in 2008 to residential school survivors in the House of Commons.The Anglican church has already apologized for its role in residential schools that ran from 1840 to 1996.“Prime Minister Harper addressed the situation in Ukraine and his deep concern with Vladimir Putin’s aggression, occupation and violence in Ukraine,” notes the PMO.Also on the agenda, the “barbarism” of Islamic militants against religious minorities and environmental issues, said Harper’s office.Harper gave the pontiff a hand-carved maple leaf made from the same stone used in the construction of Parliament Hill.Thursday marks the final day of his six-country European email@example.com
APTN National NewsA two day hearing where the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs hope to put a stop to the northern gateway pipeline has wrapped up.The pipeline was approved by federal authorities with 209 conditions attached to the project.But chiefs argue that isn’t good enough.APTN’s Tina House reports.
(Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett’s new chief of staff Rick Theis. Photo from deleted Myspace account.)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA Liberal operative and the senior vice president of a firm pushing a green refinery on the British Columbia West Coast are expected to fill top roles in the office of Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, APTN National News has learned.Rick Theis, a long-time official in the Liberal party leader’s office, has been appointed as Bennett’s chief of staff.Jeffrey Copenace, a senior vice president with Pacific Future Energy, is expected to take the role of senior advisor to Bennett.An Indigenous Affairs official confirmed Theis’ appointment, but would not confirm Copenace has been named senior advisor.Claudia Fournier, who is currently the media liaison for Bennett’s office, said no other political staffing appointments have been made.Theis was the issues manager for the Justin Trudeau federal election campaign, according to his current Twitter profile. Theis’ LinkedIn profile indicates he joined the Liberal leader’s office as a policy advisor in 2010 when the party was the official opposition under Michael Ignatieff.Theis remained in the Liberal leader’s office after the 2011 election, rising to issues manager in 2013.Before entering backroom politics, Theis was a government relations officer with the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, according to his LinkedIn profile.Jeffrey Copenace. TwitterCopenace also has a history with the Liberals. He worked in former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin’s office as a special assistant for Aboriginal and Northern Affairs from December 2003 to January 2006. Copenace was involved in negotiating the $5 billion Kelowna Accord deal between Ottawa and Indigenous groups, according to one biography. The Kelowna Accord died when Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper took power.Copenace also worked as a senior advisor to two Aboriginal Affairs ministers in the Ontario Liberal government, according to a biography.Copenace comes with experience from the highest levels of First Nation politics.He worked in the office of former Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine beginning in June 2009, a month before the election of Shawn Atleo to the same post, according to his LinkedIn profile.Copenace took on the role of deputy chief of staff for Atleo until the spring of 2014. Atleo resigned the national chief post on May 2 amid controversy over his support for the previous Conservative government’s First Nation education bill.Copenace remained in the AFN national chief’s office until June 2014.Since then, Copenace has worked for Vancouver-based Pacific Future Energy as the senior vice-president for Indigenous partnership. The firm’s list of senior officials also includes Atleo under the title of senior advisor of partnerships.Pacific Future Energy is pushing a controversial $10 billion green refinery project on B.C.’s West Coast that would process about 1 million barrels of oil per day. The firm claims the refinery will have near net-zero emissions. The project faces resistance from groups like the Coastal First Nations who oppose the construction of new pipelines carrying Alberta-mined bitumen to the B.C. coast.Theis and Copenace did not return requests seeking firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera
APTN National NewsThe federal government ignored a list of Inuk candidates to sit as commissioner for the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls from at least two national Aboriginal organizations opting instead to appoint its own choice.That’s according to a source within Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) who spoke on condition of anonymity.ITK is an advocacy group for Inuit in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut.The source said that ITK submitted a list to Indigenous Affairs prior to the launch of phase two of the inquiry and expected the government to have at least one Inuk woman sit as commissioner.“The ITK provided an extensive list of qualified Inuit commissioners,” said the source. “We were ignored.”Nearly a week after the federal government launched phase two of the national inquiry, the president of Pauktuutit is also wondering why none of the five commissioners are Inuk.“We have lawyers,” said Rebecca Kudloo from Baker Lake, Nunavut. “I don’t know why they (government) didn’t consider an Inuk person for commissioner.”Commissioners Marion Buller, Michéle Audette and Brian Eloyfson are First Nations, and Marilyn Poitras is Métis.Qajaq Robinson, the fifth commissioner, is not Indigenous.Meet the Commissioners who will lead the National Inquiry into #MMIWG“It’s something the government should have considered in this,” said Kudloo.In it’s submission to the pre-inquiry consultations, having an Inuk commissioner was a common theme throughout the Pauktuutit presentation.Pauktuutit: Finding Voice: Report on the Pre-Inquiry ConsultationDuring the consultation, Pauktuutit told the consultations that the commissioners need to “equally represent Inuit, Métis and First Nations and that the nomination, by Inuit, of an Inuk/Inuit commissioners that are well known and respected by Inuit.Having representatives from all Indigenous groups in Canada came up at a number of pre-inquiry consultations the government conducted.Canada posted summaries of each of the sessions online.Pre-Inquiry Process: What we heard“In terms of leadership of the inquiry, participants voiced the need to ensure that First Nations, Inuit and Métis are each represented among commissioners,” the report states.Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett told APTN National News that they have the right people taking on the task.“We heard distinctly that we needed someone who heard and spoke Inuktitut, someone who understood the north, raised in the north, a true northerner,” said Bennett. And we heard from many people, very, very strong recommendations for Qajaq Robinson … and so we had many recommendations about this appointment and we feel it is a very good appointment.”The government would not expand on who the people were that put Robinson’s name forward. Nor would the department put anyone forward for an interview to expand on the reasons for the snub as of this post.Robinson is an Ottawa-based lawyer who graduated from the Akitsiraq Law Program – a partnership between the University of Victoria and Nunavut Arctic College. Born in Iqaluit and raised in Igloolik, the government says she is “a strong Northern advocate, who is fluent in Inuktitut and English.”But is not Inuk.“We are not considered qualified to be in the forefront of the inquiry? ” asked Kudloo. “Once again we have been left out.”Left out again refers to years of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The TRC went through two sets of commissioners but an Inuk was never one of them.“How can a non-Inuk person know what we’ve gone through? How it feels,” asked Kudloo. “If I spoke Chinese, it doesn’t mean that I know what if feels like to be Chinese.”Like Pauktuutit, the ITK also told the government about the importance of having an Inuk on the inquiry.“At least one commissioner should be an Inuk woman,” wrote the ITK. “Participants indicated that there are many qualified and capable Inuit that could be involved with the Inquiry at all levels from commissioners to support workers. Ideally, Inuit lawyers and judges would be involved in leading the inquiry, and Inuit supports be used in providing services to participants.”The National Inuit submission on the pre-consultation phase of the national inquiryThe ITK is not speaking about the issue now. President Natan Obed declined an interview request, and the organization would not provide a comment on the issue.But the source said the ITK board was not consulted by the government on who the commissioners would be nor did the organization put Robinson’s name forward as a recommendation.The summary of the pre-inquiry consultations handed to Indigenous Affairs also noted the importance of having commissioners that represent all regions.“We heard that the inquiry should be independent, transparent and led by Indigenous women,” the summary said. “The leadership should represent Indigenous communities and regions.”Kudloo told APTN that the organization put one candidates name forward to be commissioner. She said because of privacy reasons, she couldn’t divulge the person’s email@example.com
Beverly Andrews APTN National NewsThe documentary film festival, Hot Docs, is showcasing a number of Indigenous films this year.One of them chronicles the lives of 60’s Scoop survivors.The festival runs until May firstname.lastname@example.org
John MurrayAPTN National NewsA pilot project has been launched in Manitoba that will offer 18 young people the chance to be mentored by some of the top businesses in Canada.They’re part of a project called Youth CEO – Creative Employment Opportunities.It’s a partnership between several business and sport organizations in Mantioba.“We want these young people to come back and work right here in Winnipeg’s North End,” said Kevin Chief, vice-president of the Business Council of Manitoba. “To be good role models and ambassadors and share some of the things they’ve learned directly from CEOs.”email@example.com
Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsSome leaders see the Trudeau government’s purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline as an unprecedented “economic opportunity” for Indigenous people.Others see it as a declaration of war.“They don’t care about Indigenous rights, they don’t care about violating Indigenous laws or international human rights,” said anti-pipeline activist Kanahus Manuel, who tweeted as much Tuesday.“What they’re looking at is about money and they’re looking at their pocketbook.”But Allan Adam, chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation near Fort McMurray, Alberta, thinks there’s room for compromise.“First Nations could own a pipeline,” Adam said in a telephone interview.“It opens the door for Crown-Aboriginal relations for reconciliation.”Adam said the government’s decision to buy the pipeline and related infrastructure for $4.5 billion – and spend billions more to expand it through Alberta and B.C. – opens the door for Indigenous development.“That’s the angle I see coming. First Nations leaders have to be open-minded in the broader sense and take every opportunity that comes before them.”Ernie Crey, chief of the Cheam First Nation in the B.C. interior, agreed.“I’m happy it’s getting the green light,” said Crey, who has been outspoken in his support of the project.“We’re interested in taking out a stake in the pipeline.”Of course, not all B.C. chiefs think the same way. Many along the 1,150-km pipeline path support it as a way to deliver Alberta crude to an ocean port and on to foreign markets.But those on the west coast worry about a spill.Woke up this morning to find out I’m a partial owner in some pipeline company. My kids too and my unborn grandchildren. We’re all involved in it I guess. The scary part is that there are people in this country that actually believe this govt is doing a good job. pic.twitter.com/N8fuZUFHiw— Theo Fleury (@TheoFleury14) May 29, 2018“The bands themselves hold jurisdiction over their reserves,” said Chief Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith band near Chase, B.C.Wilson, who spoke against the mega-project on environmental grounds to the pipeline’s private shareholders in Texas earlier this month, says pushing ahead shows Liberal politicians are more interested in creating jobs than respecting Indigenous rights.“The opposition will continue,” she said. “This has been a critically important issue to many of our nations.”Already 200 people have been arrested in varying protests in B.C.My statement on #KinderMorgan: pic.twitter.com/vGuHHp70v7— Perry Bellegarde (@perrybellegarde) May 29, 2018Chief Bob Chamberlin, a member of the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation, was even stronger in denouncing the expansion of the pipeline, on which Finance Minister Bill Morneau says construction could begin immediately.“I have a great sense of disappointment in the Canadian government for this decision,” he told APTN News.“It’s clear that there is not consent for this across First Nations’ territory.”Chamberlin and Wilson are executive members of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, which may represent bands with conflicting views but holds unanimous resolutions against growing the pipeline on their lands.“There’s a deeper awareness amongst Canadians now about how this Liberal government has not lived up to the commitments that it’s made,” Chamberlin added.Morneau said his government did not want to own the pipeline long term. He said it would sell to a new owner or owners and invite investors like pension funds and Indigenous groups to buy in.One of those groups is the Métis Nation, said David Chartrand, who praised Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his pipeline leadership.“It’s a benefit not only to Canadians but to Indigenous people,” said the president of the Manitoba Métis Federation.Chartrand said deals with pipeline companies can lead to prosperity for Indigenous communities and jobs for the long term in construction and monitoring.In turn, Indigenous people would keep an eye on the environment.“There’s two ways to look at this and people need to understand that,” he said. “It takes resources to rebuild the environment through the tax base.“The money’s not just going to come out of trees.”Still, Chartrand has been called a sell-out in a letter signed by prominent Métis people across Canada.Manuel, whose late father Arthur Manuel is credited with identifying the federal government as an enemy of Indigenous people, says a new owner won’t change what she’s been doing in opposition.“We were going up against Kinder Morgan. Now we’re up against the feds,” she said.#Canada this is a declaration of war against Indigenous Peoples! We will stop this pipeline from crossing our #unceded Secwepemc Territory. #noconsent pic.twitter.com/Mp90bI8149— Kanahus Manuel (@KanahusFreedom) May 29, 2018Adam is taking heat for flip flopping on oil economics but says it makes sense to him. He’s got people who need jobs and others he says are suffering health effects from the product in the ground.“I’ve been chief for 10 years and – if talks go the right way – we need to see some benefits. Maybe let’s take a look at ownership of a pipeline.”But Wilson predicts showdowns along the route that will pit Indigenous people against each other.“There’s a bigger issue here,” she firstname.lastname@example.org@katmarte
MMIWG National Inquiry Commissioners Qajaq Robinson and Brian Eyolfson listen to criticism of the inquiry’s work.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsCommissioners for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) got an earful Monday in Ottawa, and a reminder that the well-being of many families and survivors who have testified will depend on how the commissioners conclude their two-year mandate.Parties with standing presented closing submissions just a few blocks from Parliament Hill Monday, when legal counsel for a number of groups gave their final statements to the inquiry’s four commissioners.Suzan Fraser, a lawyer representing Families for Justice—a coalition of 20 families from Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C.—told the commissioners that their final report must include a breakdown of the inquiry’s own failings.“I want you, when you prepare your report and you think about all that you have heard, to ground yourself in the critics,” she said, standing before the commissioners.Criticism of the commissioners and inquiry has been long and varied.From scheduling and execution of the hearings, to inadequate support and resources for participants and families, to a lack of communication and transparency — the inquiry has been the focus of attention as much as the survivors and families to whom it was mandated to give a voice.Families “need to make sure that their loved ones did not die in vain,” Frazer said. “The death, the disappearance, has to have some meaning. And everyone who came before you to tell you their truth — that truth has to have meaning.“Those stories have to ground your report. Those tears that were cried have to have a purpose. People gave themselves to you completely, without reservation and at a great personal cost.”Fraser reminded commissioners of the 20 victims and families she represents at the inquiry, followed by list of matters she says the commissioners must include in their report if they want to avoid victimizing families.“You promised the families that your process would look different. You created advisory committees without letting the families know how people were chosen. You held directed roundtables without being transparent. You promised a forensic file review and no details ever came. You urged families to engage with you, promised them that they would have support, and left them scrambling to attend last-minute hearings with last-minute travel [and] aftercare that was cobbled together,” she said.Watch Annette Francis’ story on MMIWG hearings. Last fall the inquiry released its interim report, and in March requested a two-year extension and additional $50 million in federal funding in order to fulfill its mandate.Canada responded with an additional six months for the inquiry to wrap up its hearings, submit its final report and conclude its work. That deadline is June 30, 2019.Responding to Families for Justice, Commissioner Qajaq Robins thanked Fraser for her “tough truths,” and admitted the inquiry must “look at the missteps” and the “unfinished business”.This week’s hearings in Ottawa are the last for the inquiry, which has spent the past two years criss-crossing the country to hear testimony from families of hundreds of Indigenous women and girls who’ve been murdered or gone missing. Many of the cases have never been solved.But within months the inquiry came under fire over its lack of organization, accused of being insensitive to many of those seeking standing to share their families’ stories.Meanwhile, the inquiry saw a lengthy series of resignations from staff.When Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett announced last spring that Canada would not be granting the requested two year extension and additional funding, Commissioner Michele Audette announced she was contemplating stepping down.She ultimately decided to stay.But it was moments like that in the inquiry that Frazer said caused agony for her clients.“When the extension was not granted and you said that you were going to think about whether you were going to continue with the Inquiry, Commissioner Audette, that was like a gut punch to the stomach of the families who gave you their stories,” she told the commissioner, who was joining the hearing by Skype. “They were extremely hurt by that.”Audette acknowledged the inquiry “could have done better,” but promised the commissioners and inquiry staff will “continue to paddle and bring that report, bring those recommendations, to the federal government, provincial governments, our own governments.”In closing submissions earlier Monday morning Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) counsel Alisa Lonbard told the commissioners that once they present the inquiry’s final report and recommendations to the federal government, those findings “are not optional” for Canada.“They are legal imperatives arising from human rights, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Canadian constitution, including the Honour of the Crown,” she said.“Canada’s not at liberty to disregard its recommendations or delay their implementation. To do so would amount to the conscious continuation of the human rights violations.”Catherine Dunn, counsel for the MMIWG Manitoba Coalition, said Monday the inquiry’s final report will do more than place legal obligations on the Crown.“The purpose of the national inquiry, among many other things, is to create a public record…which will identify 150 years of oppression against one section of Canada — and that is Indigenous people.”She said the “pathway for change does not come from law, it comes from political will,” but that achieving that political will is an uphill battle.“The average Canadian who believes that we are a just and free society is wrong,” she said. “And this may be the first time in 150 years that they’ve heard why this is wrong.”Oral closing submissions for the MMIWG Inquiry continue this week in Ottawa with submissions from more than two dozen other parties with standing.On Tuesday a lawyer representing the Government of Canada will deliver the federal government’s closing email@example.com@JustinBrakeNews
NEW YORK, N.Y. – ABC’s “World News Tonight” with David Muir has dethroned NBC and finished the television season as the year’s most-watched evening newscast for the first time in 21 years, since the late Peter Jennings was anchor.While network evening newscasts have diminished in influence over the years and morning shows make more money, they still collectively reach 23 million viewers each weeknight and are considered the flagship broadcasts of news divisions. Bragging rights are eagerly sought.“One has to recognize the breaking of one of the great streaks in television,” said James Goldston, ABC News president. Muir and his team “worked immensely hard to do that, and they’ve done it in an extraordinary period of news.”For the year, “World News Tonight” averaged 8.25 million viewers, while NBC’s “Nightly News” had 8.17 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.56 million, according to the Nielsen company. For statistical purposes, television marks its year by the start of a new season of broadcast programs in September.Like much in television, the programs aren’t a growth industry. ABC moved in front by essentially staying even from the previous two years while its rivals lost viewers.NBC touted its victory among the 25-to-54-year-old demographic, the statistic primarily used as a basis for advertising sales in news. NBC News ran a full-page newspaper advertisement boasting that it was No. 1 for the second season in a row with “Nightly News,” the “Today” show, “Dateline NBC” and “Meet the Press.” The small print noted they were wins among specific demographic categories, not among all viewers.For the evening newscasts, NBC News President Noah Oppenheim said he wouldn’t trade places with his ABC counterparts.“If you are going to go by the quality of the broadcast, ours is superior,” he said. “If you’re going to go by business measurements, we’re winning in the only category that matters.”Goldston said he wasn’t going to dismiss the large number of viewers not included in that category. “We want to be America’s favourite news show,” he said.“In a world consumed by social media and fake news, people are thirsting to get a straightforward account of what happened that day,” he said. “I think ‘World News Tonight’ does that better than anybody.”What’s most important is building on the victory, he said. ABC’s “Good Morning America” ended a long victory streak by “Today” earlier in this decade, and hasn’t relinquished that lead since.There’s some question about whether NBC’s Lester Holt, who has travelled to Puerto Rico to anchor “Nightly News” from the hurricane-ravaged territory this week, may be hurt by association with one of NBC News’ biggest success. MSNBC and its left-leaning prime-time lineup has been a huge hit in the Age of Trump. Do some of the president’s supporters who don’t like MSNBC take it out on people at NBC News?“It’s absolutely possible,” said Tim Graham, director of media analysis at the conservative watchdog Media Research Center. Oppenheim said the audience is sophisticated enough to know the difference between the products, just like The New York Times has separate opinion pages and news pages.CBS, whose evening newscast is in transition with Anthony Mason as interim anchor, instead looked to the morning to tout accomplishments. “CBS This Morning,” while still in third place, is more competitive with ABC and NBC at that time of day than the network ever has been.Its rivals, meanwhile, bleed viewers. “Good Morning America” averages 4.4 million viewers, but is down from 5.5 million four years ago. “Today” has dropped from 4.9 million to 4.2 million in the same time frame. Meanwhile, CBS has gained audience in that time from, going from 3 million viewers in 2013-14 to just under 3.6 million now.
As summer vacationers start to pack up and head home, Congress is considering a sweeping tally of proposals that could affect travellers, from dictating seat size and legroom to rolling back rules that require airlines to advertise the full price of a ticket.The current law authorizing operations of the Federal Aviation Administration expires on Sept. 30. Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, is working to bring his panel’s bill for a five-year reauthorization to the Senate floor after a series of delays.The House passed its version of the same bill in April.Consumer advocates see victories and setbacks among the provisions in the two bills.— Airline seats: The House bill would give the FAA a year to set minimums for seat width and length and the distance between rows, although it didn’t set specific measurements. The version approved by a Senate committee would only direct FAA to study whether there should be minimum requirements for the distance between rows.The room between rows — measured from a point on one seat to the same point on the seat in the next row — has been shrinking for many years as airlines squeeze more seats onto their planes. It was once commonly 34 or 35 inches, and is now under 30 inches on some planes.Some safety advocates say the tighter fit makes it harder for passengers to evacuate in an emergency. The FAA has declined a consumer group’s request to impose regulations, putting the issue in Congress’s hands.— Advertised prices: Consumer groups scored a hard-fought victory in 2012, when the Obama administration required airlines to include government taxes and fees in the advertised price of a ticket. Airlines opposed the rule then, and they lobbied the House to include a provision in its FAA bill that would roll back the requirement.“Consumers need to know the full cost of travel,” said Charles Leocha, president of Travelers United. “Taking a step back to allowing the airlines to advertise airfares without mandatory taxes and fees will be a major step toward allowing deceptive and misleading airfares.”— Extra fees: The Senate bill would prohibit airlines from charging “unreasonable” ticket-change or cancellation fees. The Transportation Department also would set standards for other fees to make sure they reflect the airline’s actual cost for providing extra service. Airlines raised more than $7.4 billion last year from fees on checked baggage and cancellations.The restriction was proposed by a pair of Senate Democrats over strong objections by the airline lobby. Sharon Pinkerton, a senior vice-president at the trade group Airlines for America, called it a first step toward returning to the pre-1978 era when the federal government set airline prices.— Overbooked flights. The House would ban airlines from bumping passengers from overbooked flights once they have boarded the plane. The provision was inspired by the 2017 incident in which a passenger was dragged off a United Express plane to make room for a late-arriving airline employee. In response to the criticism, airlines have cut overbooking to their lowest level in at least two decades.— Online travel agencies. Both the House bill and the Senate’s committee-approved version would require online travel agencies like Expedia and Orbitz to tell consumers about things like extra fees and changes in airline schedules. Vaughn Jennings, a spokesman for the airline trade group Airlines for America, said the online agencies “shouldn’t be exempt from consumer-protection standards that customers experience on airline websites.”Steve Shur, president of a trade group that includes the online ticket sellers, said airlines don’t always give his companies that kind of information. He called the proposals a veiled effort to drive them out of the air-travel business and reduce competition for the airlines.— Disruptive passengers. The House bill would let airline employees block passengers from going through security screening or getting on a plane if the employee accuses them of verbal or physical assault. Passengers would be held up until police could sort things out. A union that represents airline employees lobbied for the provision.There are many other provisions in the bills, including some that are opposed by safety experts. Pilot unions are fighting against a trial to test the idea of letting cargo airlines use one pilot instead of two. The unions say that in an emergency, one pilot could be more easily overwhelmed.An even more controversial idea would reduce the number of hours that someone must fly to become an airline co-pilot. It’s in the bill approved by Thune’s committee but not in the House version.Congress raised the minimum from 250 hours to 1,500 hours after 50 people died in a 2009 accident near Buffalo, New York. The Regional Airline Association, whose members operate smaller planes flying under the banners of American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express, say the requirement has created a pilot shortage.The RAA supports Thune’s proposal to let pilots count time on certain types of training in a classroom or a flight simulator toward the 1,500 hours.Families of those who died in the 2009 Colgan Air crash have fought against the RAA. They note that after Colgan, there were no fatal accidents involving U.S. airliners until a woman was killed on a Southwest flight in April.“The RAA and others will continue to try any manoeuvr to water this down. It’s sad,” said Scott Maurer, whose daughter Lorin was on the Colgan plane. “In their eyes it’s not about safety, it’s about their business profits.”If the Senate acts on the FAA bill, any differences from the House version would need to be settled before a final measure goes to President Donald Trump. If Congress can’t agree, lawmakers could pass a scaled-back, short-term extension to keep FAA functioning.___David Koenig can be reached at http://twitter.com/airlinewriter
TOKYO — The former chairman of Japan’s Nissan Motor Co., Carlos Ghosn, is getting his day in court to demand the reason for his prolonged detention — his first public appearance since his Nov. 19 arrest.Revered in the global auto industry, Ghosn was charged with falsifying financial reports in underreporting his income. The courtroom hearing Tuesday marks his first chance to directly tell his side of the story.Sources close to him say he is asserting his innocence, saying the money, promised as income for later, was never decided on or paid.In Japan, suspects are routinely held without bail, often due to fears about tampered evidence. Tokyo prosecutors have said that Ghosn is a flight risk. Ghosn is a Brazilian-born Frenchman of Lebanese ancestry.Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press
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New Delhi: Nirmohi Akhara, one of the litigants in the Ayodhya case, Tuesday moved the Supreme Court opposing the Centre’s plea seeking return of 67.390 acre of “non-disputed” acquired land around the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site to original owners. The Allahabad High Court in 2010 had decided that 2.77-acre disputed land at Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site would be divided into three equal parts and will be handed over to — Nirmohi Akhara, Sunni Waqf Board, and Ram Lalla. The Nirmohi Akhara, in its fresh plea, has opposed the Centre’s application by which it had sought modification of the Supreme Court’s 2003 order to allow it to return to original owners the 67.390 acre of “non-disputed” acquired land around the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya. The application has said that the Centre has proposed returning of acquired land to Ram Janambhoomi Nyas and that there are many temples on the acquired land and their rights would be affected if the land is returned to one party. The apex court had recently appointed mediators to find an amicable solution to the vexatious land dispute.
New Delhi: A 40-year-old woman suffered head injuries on Tuesday after her saree got stuck in a carriage door of a Delhi Metro train as it was about to leave a station, due to which she got dragged on the platform, her husband said. The victim, Gita, was travelling with her daughter when the incident took place at the Moti Nagar metro station on the Blue Line. “Gita and my daughter were travelling from Nawada. They got off at the Moti Nagar station when the ‘pallu’ of Gita’s saree got stuck in the closing door. As a result, she got dragged for some distance on the platform,” her husband Jagdish Prasad said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderGita, a housewife, suffered injuries on her head and was rushed to a Acharya Shree Bhikshu Hospital, Prasad added. “Where after the primary medication the hospital administration dischared her,” official added. Confirming the incident, a senior Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official confirmed said the incident was reported at Motinagar station (Line-3) at 9.19 am where a woman passsenger’s saree got stuck in the train doors while de-boarding from the metro train going towards Vaishali. “I got a call from my daughter who told me about the incident. Apparently, one of the commuters had pressed the emergency button to alert the driver for stopping the train,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe DMRC official said the incident was reported at Motinagar station (Line-3) at 9.19 am where a woman passsenger’s saree got stuck in the train doors while de-boarding from the metro train going towards Vaishali. “The train operator immediately applied the emergency brakes and stopped the train. “The station controller also rushed to the incident site where the passenger was rescued and immediately sent to a nearby hospital after providing first aid. Delhi Metro advises its commuters to be extra careful while boarding and de-boarding from metro train especially during peak hours,” DMRC stated. “We have constituted an enquirty into the incident and after assessing all the deails appropriate action will be taken as needed,” said DMRC official. In a tweet, the DMRC informed that the services were briefly affected between the Moti Nagar and Rajendra Place stations. Gita is a resident of the Shashtri Nagar area near Inderlok.