Dear Editor,The life of the National Assembly ended on September 18, 2019, as a result of the non-extension of its life by a two-thirds vote as required by the Constitution for such extended period as determined by the National Assembly.Given the passage of the no-confidence vote in the Government on December 21, 2018, notwithstanding the frivolous appeal challenges in court on the validity of the no-confidence vote, the no-confidence vote was affirmed by the Chief Justice in the High Court earlier, and by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on June 18, 2019, when the 90-day clock started to tick again for the life of the Government until September 18, 2019. These 90 days between June 18 and September 18, 2019, provided more than adequate time for President Granger and the Leader of the Opposition to confer in good faith consultations and negotiate a mutually agreed solution to avoid this constitutional crisis in the national interest.There was no constitutional extension by September 18, 2019. As a consequence, the National Assembly, the Cabinet, Offices of the Speaker and Leader of the Opposition are constitutionally dead and cannot be resurrected. The survivor is the caretaker President to proclaim a date for election and dissolve the National Assembly, but since the National Assembly is dead, there is no need for any dissolution. The constitutionally dead National Assembly cannot be called and convened into session on October 10, 2019The 90 days also between June 18 and September 18, 2019, was a reasonable constitutional time limit for GECOM to conduct the elections. In fact, the notice for elections was given since December 21, 2018, when the No-Confidence Motion was passed by the National Assembly.We now have to endure the shame of this constitutional crisis until free and fair elections are held and a new Government is elected, and this should be before December 21, 2019.Yours faithfully,Joshua Singh
OAKLAND — Kevin Durant’s future with the Warriors may not hinge on if they win another NBA championship in June. Or how alluring he finds it to play at the new Chase Center. Or that well-chronicled episode of Draymond Green yelling at him at the end of the Clippers game two months ago.It might end because the New York Knicks now have space for two max contracts after trading Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks. Officially, the Knicks received DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and two …
Founder: Kasi Ballet TheatreWhy is Penelope a Community Builder?Having grown up in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township, Penelope knows what it’s like to be teased about wearing pink tights. But these memories only spurred her on to fulfill her dream of becoming a professional dancer – a career that gave Penelope many opportunities to explore the world and experience new cultures.So when Penelope took her final bow as a professional dancer, she decided it was time to create the same opportunities for the children in “Kasi”, the township where she still lives.Today, Kasi Ballet Theatre is more than just a ballet school; it’s a place where young boys and girls can realise their potential and chase their dreams – and let Penelope worry about the how and the when.In her own words .“My hopes and dream for ‘my children’ is that they will not have limits when it comes to choosing their careers but, because they have been exposed to opportunities, they will be able to achieve what they’d like to achieve in life.”Fast FactsKasi Ballet Theatre comprises a ballet training academy, a youth dance company and a professional company.Kasi Ballet Theatre makes use of all the dance forms at one point or another, with ballet being the basis.One of Kasi’s young dancers was accepted into the Oprah School of Excellence. The company has danced for many dignitaries, including South Africa’s first lady, Zanele Mbeki.How can I help?Penelope has set up an “adopt a dancer” programme, where individuals and communities around the world are encouraged to sponsor a dancer and form a relationship with a special child in Alex. To find out more, visit Kasi Ballet Theatre.Story published on SAinfo on 5 August 2008.Source: Brand South Africa
CALGARY – The mayor of Calgary says the city shouldn’t contribute more than the province of Alberta to host the 2026 Winter Games.Alberta has committed $700 million if Calgary bids for and wins the right to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games.The federal government won’t provide more than $1.5 billion under a policy for hosting international sport events, and has yet to state how much money it would put in.“I think if you’re looking at the city putting in $800 million, more than the province, that is not a good deal,” Nenshi said Monday.By that rationale, the numbers don’t quite add up to the city and provincial and federal governments producing $3 billion in public investment the bid corporation Calgary 2026 asked for in the $5.2 billion total price tag.There is a large moving part in Calgary’s sports landscape, however, that could inject wiggle room into the proposed 2026 budget.Nenshi has questioned whether there is a need for a $100-million mid-size arena in Calgary 2026’s draft host plan if terms for a new NHL arena — which isn’t part of the host plan — are agreed upon.Both Nenshi and Calgary 2026 board chair Scott Hutcheson say work is ongoing on finding cost savings.“Every good idea from here to 2026 would be explored,” Hutcheson said.“As with every other Olympics between the time of a bid and the time of putting on a games, you want to make sure you’ve looked at every idea, challenged it, challenged the costs and try to do a better job over seven years, between a bid awarded and a bid execution.”Calgary city council could pull the plug on a bid at any time, but is unlikely to do so before a Nov. 13 plebiscite asking Calgarians if they want to host the Winter Games or not.The International Olympic Committee will accept 2026 bids Jan. 11. The election of the host city is in June.When arena talks broke down between the city and the NHL’s Calgary Flames last year, Nenshi went public with the city’s proposal, which included a taxpayer contribution of $185 million to a $555-million arena.City council voted last week to try to re-engage the Flames on arena talks.How much money the federal government would contribute to Calgary hosting the games is expected to be announced within the week, Nenshi told council Monday.“I made it clear to the federal government we have a plebiscite on Nov. 13th and people need the time to look at the numbers before they make their vote, as do I by the way,” the mayor said.In a letter to Nenshi and federal Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan, Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci said $700 million is the absolute limit and “we will not be providing any form of guarantee for additional costs arising from any source.”“The province’s number was well within the range that we had discussed,” the mayor said.The federal government’s policy for hosting international sports events allows for funding up to 50 per cent of public sector investment — $1.5 billion in this case — and states “at no time will the Government of Canada undertake to guarantee deficit funding of a bidding or hosting project.”Nenshi doesn’t want the city in a position of games guarantor, but points to the $1.1 billion in contingency funds in Calgary 2026’s draft plan as insurance against deficits.Venues from the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary such as the Olympic Oval, Canada Olympic Park at WinSport and the nordic centre in Canmore, Alta., are the foundation of Calgary’s potential bid.“The real danger of cost over-runs comes in construction,” the mayor said. “We’re not building much.“You won’t see giant cost over-runs like you’ve seen in other Olympics where they’re basically building everything from scratch.”
APTN National NewsA national report on animal protection laws has placed the Northwest Territories among the worst in Canada.The report, released by the Animal Legal Defence Fund, compares animal protection laws from across all provincial and territorial jurisdictions.The NWT lost points for failing to ensure key animal protection laws within its legislation.According to the report, there are no mandatory reporting requirements for veterinarians of suspected dog cruelty and only dogs are protected by law.NWT government officials say they are monitoring the situation.
Justin Brake APTN NewsNewfoundland and Labrador’s Child and Youth Advocate has announced that her office will undertake a “comprehensive, independent review of the treatment, experiences and outcomes of Inuit children and youth” in the province’s child protection system.“I am extremely troubled about the poor outcomes for Indigenous children in the child protection system,” Jackie Lake Kavanagh said in a press release Wednesday. “This is a historical issue with its roots in colonial practices reflected in residential schools, generations of families with histories of trauma, and social inequality. The status quo is not acceptable and cannot continue for Inuit children and youth.”The announcement comes almost 10 months after the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced a provincial inquiry into Innu children in state care.Days prior to that announcement Innu leaders from Labrador confronted former Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett at a Canada Day barbecue in her Toronto riding and demanded federal intervention in what many have described as a suicide and child welfare crisis.Michelle Kinney, Nunatsiavut Government’s Director of Social Development and Deputy Minister of Health and Social Development told APTN Wednesday’s announcement is the result of collaboration between the provincial government and the self-governing political body that represents the Inuit communities of Northern Labrador.“We wanted a process where we could review the systemic issues, involve people in our communities so that they were part of the process, and come up with solutions and ways of implementing them,” she said.“We thought that if we can get this process right that it would be a good model for reconciliation for the province, for the feds, for the future projects that we might work on.”Kinney said approximately 145 of the roughly 1,000 children in state care in Newfoundland and Labrador are Inuit. Many of them have been taken away from their extended families, communities, and even placed in foster homes outside of Labrador.She said Nunatsiavut’s 2005 land claims agreement gives Inuit the ability to “take down or devolve any provincial program when they are ready and have the capacity to do so, and can meet or exceed provincial standards.”In the meantime Kinney said the Inuit have been gradually identifying and implementing some of their own solutions, but that a successful and all-encompassing process requires the kind of review being undertaken by the Child and Youth Advocate’s office.“If we’re looking at a devolution process we really need to have good documentation, good evidence, look at what hasn’t worked in the past, and have a really good model and plan for moving forward. So we’re hoping this review will give us some of that,” she explained.“The biggest issue we see is that the child welfare system has become reactive, Kinney continued. “We would like to see resources put into preventing children from coming into care.“We all know the systemic issues. We all know why some parents are not doing well: residential schools, relocation, colonization. All of those things haven’t been favourable to Indigenous people.”She said the “majority of our children are coming into care for neglect, poverty, parents’ issues with alcohol, and witnessing family violence,” and that “very few children are actually coming into care because of maltreatment or physical or sexual abuse.”The terms of reference mandate directs Kavanagh to “review child protection services provided to Inuit children” in the province “with a view to identifying deficiencies, exploring promising and best practices, and making recommendations for improved outcomes within an appropriate cultural framework.”The review is scheduled to conclude by March 31, 2019 and a public report with the review’s findings will be released thereafter.APTN requested comment from Children, Seniors and Social Development Minister Lisa Dempster but did not receive a response by the time of publication.