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A number of buildings in Brandon’s downtown caught hearth on Saturday in what town’s mayor stated will “doubtless be one of many largest fires Brandon has ever seen.” 

Round midday, crews started preventing flames billowing out of the Christie’s Workplace Plus constructing at Seventh and Pacific Avenue within the southwestern Manitoba metropolis.

Brandon Mayor Rick Chrest known as the fireplace “horrific and tragic.”

Chrest stated Christie’s Workplace Plus is likely one of the authentic companies in Brandon. The corporate’s web site says they opened their doorways within the southwestern Manitoba metropolis in 1881. 

“Hopefully they’re going to have the ability to rebuild and get again into operation sooner or later,” Chrest stated. 

Firefighters sprayed down close by buildings to guard them, however it seems the fireplace unfold to a beer vendor and the Massey Manor, an condo constructing throughout the road from the Christie’s constructing.

Chrest stated town has requested “mutual support, which is help from different hearth departments within the space.” He stated crews from CFB Shilo and Souris have come to their support, along with the Workplace of the Fireplace Commissioner. 

There is no such thing as a phrase on accidents.

Federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion has launched an investigation of Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc’s choice to award a profitable licence for the Arctic surf clam fishery to a bunch that has ties to his spouse’s household and the federal Liberal occasion — a reversal of a call the commissioner made earlier this month to go on such a probe, CBC Information has realized.

Conservative B.C. MP Todd Doherty, the fisheries critic, alleges the federal government’s effort to broaden possession within the fishery — by clawing again a part of an current quota held by Clearwater Meals and handing it to a group with Indigenous illustration — violates the Battle of Curiosity Act as a result of it enriches the brother of a sitting Liberal MP, a former Liberal MP, and a cousin of LeBlanc’s spouse. Doherty requested Dion to provoke this examination.

A spokesperson for Dion wouldn’t affirm or deny that an examination is now underway, as is the commissioner’s protocol to make sure such an investigation is carried out in confidence.

Remark differs

“We can not remark at the moment on whether or not or not Battle of Curiosity and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion has launched an examination underneath the Battle of Curiosity Act in relation to the conduct of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc,” a spokesperson mentioned in a press release.

However this remark differs from the final time CBC Information requested the commissioner about an inquiry into LeBlanc’s position within the surf clams bid. On the time, the spokesperson confirmed an investigation was “not being contemplated.”

It was not then recognized publicly member of the minister’s spouse’s household had been a part of the bid.

“Our authorities is at all times glad to work with the Battle of Curiosity and‎ Ethics Commissioner,” a spokesperson for LeBlanc mentioned Friday. “Our choice to introduce Indigenous participation is in line with our authorities’s dedication to creating a renewed relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples.”

Dion had rejected the preliminary request for examination, telling Doherty on the time that he had been imprecise in his wording for a request, citing the battle of curiosity code somewhat than the Battle of Curiosity Act, which incorporates provisions regarding ministerial conduct. He additionally mentioned he discovered no “affordable grounds to imagine that Minister LeBlanc would have contravened … the Act.”

Arctic surf clam is displayed at an occasion on Dec. 1, 2017, celebrating its new offshore fishing vessel, the Anne Risley. (Robert Quick/CBC)

The profitable bid for the Arctic surf clam licence was claimed by 5 Nations Clam Company and its accomplice, Premium Seafoods. The latter firm is managed by Edgar Samson, the brother of Nova Scotia Liberal MP Darrell Samson. One of many Indigenous companions within the firm, NunatuKavut, is presided over by former Liberal MP Todd Russell. A spokesperson for LeBlanc confirmed Gilles Thériault, the minister’s spouse’s cousin, additionally has ties to 5 Nations.

The surf clam licence is price tens of hundreds of thousands of . The group will now have a quota for eight,924 tonnes of the seafood delicacy, which is harvested within the waters off Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador and is commonly shipped to Asia for sushi.

‘Nice good friend’

A Conservative order paper query, a device utilized by the opposition to extract solutions from tight-lipped departments, requested whether or not LeBlanc knew Samson was the brother of a sitting MP previous to awarding the surf clam licence to his firm; it additionally requested when the minister turned conscious of his possession stake. A terse response from the division reads, “Sure, and unknown.”

Chief Aaron Sock, the president of 5 Nations Clam, mentioned in a press release to CBC Information that Thériault is “well-known to anybody who is aware of the fisheries enterprise in Atlantic Canada” and is a “nice good friend to the neighborhood.”

“Any suggestion that our neighborhood, or any Indigenous neighborhood for that matter, is incapable of constructing a case for entry to the Surf Clam fishery primarily based solely on the deserves of their proposal, is offensive and patronizing, however not shocking.”

LeBlanc, too, has mentioned Conservative claims that the corporate was awarded the bid due to these connections is “ludicrous.”

“I made my choice for no different motive than to permit for elevated Indigenous participation within the fishery. I reject any insinuation on the contrary within the strongest of phrases,” LeBlanc mentioned in a press release.

Center-class jobs

In September 2017, the federal government introduced it will be increasing entry to the fishery — presently a monopoly managed by Clearwater — by means of a fourth licence. It indicated the profitable bid would go to an “Indigenous entity” as a part of an initiative to create middle-class jobs for First Nations individuals in all 4 Atlantic Canadian provinces and Quebec.

We’re speaking a few group of Liberal members of the family who had no boat and weren’t even integrated till after the announcement was made.– Conservative MP Todd Doherty

However Doherty alleges that when the licence was awarded in February 2018, the Indigenous-led 5 Nations Clam Firm did not even exist and was merely an entity on paper. Doherty additionally mentioned the bid didn’t have an “combination of a number of Indigenous communities related to the bid,” as was deemed “important” by the Division of Fisheries and Oceans in its evaluation standards for profitable bids.

As CBC Nova Scotia first reported, court docket data filed final month by the Division of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) reveal that the profitable applicant is barely 25 per cent Indigenous-owned, with the rest in the arms of Premium Seafoods.

“Listed below are the details. We’re speaking a few group of Liberal members of the family who had no boat and weren’t even integrated till after the announcement was made,” Doherty mentioned in query interval just lately.

“They didn’t have any First Nation companions. As a matter of truth, their bid had a number of placeholders. They nonetheless secured a profitable authorities quota price a whole lot of hundreds of thousands of with out assembly vital bid standards.”

Along with the ethics probe, LeBlanc’s choice is now being challenged in Federal Courtroom by one of many dropping Indigenous bidders for the licence, Miawpukek Mi’kamawey Mawi’omi First Nation.

The worth of Halifax-based Clearwater Meals inventory has cratered for the reason that authorities introduced it will finish Arctic surf clam monopoly, dropping some 60 per cent.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated the three international locations social gathering to the NAFTA commerce pact have not signed off on a brand new settlement due to one vital sticking level: the People’ demand for a sundown clause.

Talking on stage at an occasion on the Financial Membership in New York right now, Trudeau stated the three international locations are near placing pen to paper on a renegotiated NAFTA and there’s ” deal on the desk” proper now — significantly for the automotive sector, an business that accounts for a good portion of cross-border North American commerce.

“I am assured in saying that we now have discovered a proposal that’s broadly acceptable to the three companions and our industries on the auto facet of issues,” he stated.

A spokesperson for International Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland instructed CBC Information that the minister, who has led Canada’s efforts on this file, will fly to Washington, D.C. once more right now for conferences with “key stakeholders.”

Regardless of sending a constructive message on the state of negotiations, Trudeau’s optimism on the auto file was later questioned by Ildefonso Guajardo, Mexico’s financial minister.

“Congratulations @JustinTrudeau for an ideal interview at @EconClubNY – however a clarification is critical: any renegotiated #NAFTA that means losses of current Mexican jobs is unacceptable,” Guajardo stated.

“Mexico has engaged constructively within the #NAFTA negotiations. Our proposals intend to rebalance Three-way commerce by creating new enterprise alternatives & jobs for Mexico, Canada, and the US.”

In a press convention after his luncheon Q&A, Trudeau acknowledged that nothing has been agreed to but on the auto entrance.

“There are some very tangible proposals on the desk together with round auto proposals put ahead by Canada and Mexico which can be significant … and line up with a few of the longstanding bargaining positions of the U.S.,” he stated. “There are causes to be cautiously optimistic.”

U.S. Commerce Consultant Robert Lighthizer, who’s negotiating for the People, has been pushing exhausting for a sundown clause. Including it to NAFTA would imply the deal must be renegotiated each 5 years. It is one thing Canada and Mexico are very reluctant to comply with due to the financial shocks that come from uncertainty about NAFTA’s future.

“We do not really feel a take care of a sundown clause is far of a deal in any respect,” Trudeau stated.

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And, in a message meant for President Donald Trump personally, Trudeau defined Canada’s opposition in actual property phrases.

“To place it in a body that perhaps somebody who … did a number of actual property offers would possibly perceive,” he stated, “when you comply with construct a constructing on a specific parcel of land, however solely maintain the lease for 5 years, and after 5 years you really lose the lease, you may not be keen on investing within the constructing that is happening that land.”

A high-level Canadian delegation is in Washington right now on the lookout for a path ahead to a fast settlement.

Brian Clow, Prime Minister Trudeau’s level man for American affairs, is amongst a number of Canadian officers in D.C. for talks with their counterparts.

Canada’s ambassador to Washington, David MacNaughton, stated there are high-level conversations happening about what occurs subsequent.

“We’ll do an evaluation of the place are we, and is there an opportunity of pulling all this collectively in a reasonably fast style or not,” MacNaughton stated in an interview with the Canadian Press.

This comes because the international locations face a looming deadline for getting a deal within the brief time period.

Any settlement must be voted on by a future U.S. Congress after the midterm elections and may have the assent of Mexico’s subsequent president.

However MacNaughton stated he believes it is nonetheless attainable and fascinating to realize an settlement quickly.

“We’re fairly shut,” he stated. “There are nonetheless some robust points to take care of, however do you actually wish to kick this down the highway and miss the chance to … pull all that good work that is been accomplished collectively and get one thing formally accomplished?”

The U.S. goal in these talks was to cut back its commerce deficit, he stated.

“Eighty per cent of that deficit has to do with autos. We’re that shut on autos,” he stated, illustrating with a thumb and index finger held shut collectively.

“If you wish to get this over the end line, we’re a good distance in direction of getting it there. So let’s wrap it up and get it accomplished.”