New accountability for Aboriginal Band finances: CTF Op-Ed

first_img“The difference between the salaries of elected officials on reserve versus those in municipal halls reinforces the value of making this information public,” Bateman added. “In Nova Scotia, a new chief has already been elected leader of the Annopolis Valley First nation on a platform promising members they could set her salary.”Bateman concludes by saying the transparency of elected officials’ salaries is “a cornerstone of democracy”, and goes on to say that he hopes “aboriginal bands see this new law as an opportunity to grow their accountability to their members and to taxpayers.” Bateman says a new federal government website is now in the works, following last year’s adoption of a law which makes it mandatory for financial reports to be put online, something the CTF says they’ve been advocating for since 2009.Bateman goes on to say the culture of salaries being “a closely guarded secret” has been ingrained in many bands for a number of years.“The Squamish Nation, for example, told one of its members that they were ‘prohibited by law to disclose the specific salaries of individuals.’ This was utter rubbish,” Bateman wrote in his Op-Ed. “Even if their dubious interpretation of the law was true and didn’t fly in the face of what the federal government said, the chief and council could have waived their right to privacy and released the information.”- Advertisement -Bateman compares the salaries of chiefs on reserves to the salaries of mayors in the city.For example, Snuneymuxw First Nation Chief, Doug White made $108,022 last year, the equivalent of approximately $155,000 if the salary were taxed. He governed a community of 1,716 – 1,014 of whom live off reserve.In contrast, Nanaimo Mayor, John Ruttan made $84,370 for leading almost 85,000 people.Advertisementlast_img read more

Donegal Tourism sector on board as ‘Donegal Connect’ countdown begins

first_imgThe new Donegal Connect initiative has been given a huge boost with a fantastic special offer from Aer Lingus where customers flying from the US and concluding their journey at Donegal Airport can avail of special offers using the ‘Donegal19’ promo code.The 10 day celebration of all things Donegal is set to take place this Autumn from 27 September to 6 October and in addition to this special offer from Aer Lingus, a range of Donegal hotels are offering various discounts and special packages linked to the Donegal celebrations.A comprehensive list of all these offers will be available to view on http://www.donegalconnect.com from May 1st. Speaking this week Garry Martin, Director of Service with Donegal County Council, said he was delighted with the offer being put forward by Aer Lingus as this is another opportunity for people with a connection to Donegal to come home for the 10 day celebration.“We are delighted to have Aer Lingus on board with the Donegal Connect initiative and we are working with other providers to put in place special offers for accommodation, car hire and travel itineraries. We will be promoting these on www.donegalconnect.com as these become available”.This special offer will see US based customers being offered $100 off return economy or $200 off return business flights with half discount applying on one ways in both economy & business for travel dates from 9 September to 27 October 2019 but bookings must be made before the 30 June 2019 using the promo code ‘Donegal19’.A marketing drive to highlight the range of offers is to take place in the USA this May as a Donegal Trade Team will be embarking on a whistle stop tour of US cities with strong affiliations to the county. These will include two events in Philadelphia on the 15th & 16th May; one in Boston on 17th May; while the 18th & 19th May will see events in two separate locations in New York. The precise locations and times of these events will be announced in the coming weeks on http://www.donegalconnect.comThe 10 day celebration, which is about enticing those with an affinity for Donegal to come back to experience what the county has to offer, promises to have something for everyone including a strong focus on food, genealogy, culture, heritage, sport and music and in particular on employment and business development opportunities.Garry Martin explains “highlighting business development and career opportunities in Donegal is an important part of Donegal Connect which will include business networking events and seminars, a careers symposium and workshops on the practicalities of re-locating or returning to Donegal as well as a series of events showcasing the superb quality of life opportunities on offer”.The initiative is being delivered by Donegal County Council through the Donegal Diaspora Project working with a range of public and private sector organisations including IDA, LYIT, Údarás na Gaeltachta and some of the largest private sector employers in the county including Pramerica, Randox and Abbotts Diabetes Care.Donegal Tourism sector on board as ‘Donegal Connect’ countdown begins was last modified: April 25th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Boss Coleman insists Sunderland can stay up

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesSunderland boss Chris Coleman insisted they can still avoid relegation following their 1-0 defeat against QPR.Black Cats goalkeeper Jason Steele was sent off five minutes into the second half at Loftus Road, where teenage forward Ebere Eze scored the winner just after the hour mark.It left Coleman’s side rooted to the bottom of the Championship, four points from safety.But Coleman said: “We’ve got to keep going. The teams around us keep dangling carrots in front of us and as long as they’re not pulling away then we have to keep going.“If we can just get that win we can close the gap to a point. The players have got to show heart.”Embed from Getty ImagesSteele was red-carded after he dashed outside of his penalty area to meet Darnell Furlong’s punt forward, misjudged the bounce of the ball and then used his hand to direct it away from QPR forward Paul Smyth.Coleman said: “To have the keeper sent off five minutes into the second half, you can easily think: ‘Here we go again. It’s never going to change’.“We get a man sent off and then concede. But the boys didn’t buckle today in terms of their grit. We kept going until the end. It was always going to be hard for us after the sending-off.“We lost, but we showed a bit of personality. We didn’t whimper out of this one. We were in the game all through the game.“We are lacking confidence, but in terms of the performance and the mentality there was nothing wrong with that.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

Spencer’s goal helps Humboldt State top San Francisco State in double overtime

first_imgARCATA >> In a 10-second span the Jacks went from thinking things might have been over on one end of the field to celebrating on the other.Sophomore goalkeeper Chris Cherms’ final crucial save of the day sparked the Jacks’ most ferocious counterattack, as junior defender Cameron Spencer finished things off and slipped a shot past San Francisco State goalkeeper Emmanuel Jimenez in the 104th minute to give the Humboldt State men’s soccer team a 2-1 win over the Gators in double overtime on …last_img read more

Living Building Challenge 2.0 Released

first_imgFrom Environmental Building NewsThe International Living Buildings Institute and Cascadia Green Building Council have overhauled the Living Building Challenge (LBC), releasing version 2.0 at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild conference in Phoenix. LBC is known for its unbending principles and all-prerequisite structure (see EBN June 2009).The new version consolidates some of the old prerequisites (now called “imperatives”) and adds six new ones: urban agriculture, car-free living, biophilia, human scale and humane places, democracy and social justice, and rights to nature. The last three imperatives form a new section that deals with equity issues; the intent behind the section is to foster communities “that allow equitable access to all people regardless of physical abilities, age, or socioeconomic status,” according to the LBC document. In general, the changes to LBC reflect a desire to extend the system beyond single buildings to address environmental and social issues at a larger scale. Go to http://www.ilbi.org for more information.last_img read more