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Chief Waquan thanks community and staff who committed years of time and effort on Teck Frontier project

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From the Mikisew Crew Nation

February 24, 2020

Wood Buffalo, AB -​Chief Archie Waquan respects Teck Frontier’s decision to withdraw its application for a proposed project in Wood Buffalo, Alberta. Mikisew Cree First Nation believes a new precedent has been set on how industry and government consult with First Nations on major projects.

Chief Archie Waquan, said, “Through our work with Teck, Alberta and Canada around this project, we built stronger relationships with government and industry on how consultation can proactively take cultural, environmental, social and community needs into account in decision-making. That good work stands as a model.”

Chief Waquan thanked the community and staff, who committed years of time and effort, in ensuring Mikisew’s interests were heard and its rights were protected through mitigation and accommodation measures. Chief Waquan also noted the innovative solutions to protect Wood Buffalo National Park, bison and cultural rights were realized because of a collaborative relationship between all parties.

Melody Lepine, Director of MCFN Government & Industry Relations, is with Chief Waquan in Ottawa today, meeting with Federal Environment Minister, Jonathan Wilkinson. “We must continue this important work, to protect the Ronald Bison herd, Wood Buffalo National Park, and other areas needing to be preserved in the area. The Nikechinahonan framework, utilized in this conversation, ensured cultural and environmental rights are to be upheld and protected. This is essential for a healthy Peace Athabasca Delta.”

Mikisew urges the Nikechinhonan framework is a positive blueprint that should be used in the future. ​The First Nation will continue to work with industry and government to build economic and employment opportunities in a way that respects the environment and treaty rights.

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Vegas dominates St. Louis 6-4, one win from West’s top seed

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EDMONTON — Mark Stone scored the go-ahead goal on a deflection with under 7 minutes left, and the Vegas Golden Knights took a big step toward clinching the top seed in the Western Conference by beating the St. Louis Blues 6-4 in round-robin play Thursday night.

Vegas would be the West’s No. 1 seed with a win against Colorado on Saturday. The team that went to the 2018 Stanley Cup Final and was eliminated after a questionable call in Game 7 against San Jose looks capable of winning it all.

“We came into Edmonton wanting to play our best hockey, whether that got us three wins or no wins,” Stone said. “So long as we’re playing well, we feel confident against anyone.”

Despite leading the conference when the NHL season was shut down in March, defending champion St. Louis can finish no higher than third and needs to beat Dallas on Sunday to avoid the No. 4 seed.

“I don’t know if we thought it was going to be easy coming in here for these round-robin games,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “Our compete level has to come way up. … We have to get to another level Sunday.”

The Golden Knights dominated the Blues in each team’s second game, outshooting them 38-17. St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington was sharp early and made 32 saves but wound up getting shelled.

Alex Tuch and Shea Theodore each scored twice for Vegas, while defenceman Zach Whitecloud and Stone added a goal each. Tuch also had an assist on Whitecloud’s goal.

After Robin Lehner won Vegas’ first game against Dallas, Marc-Andre Fleury was solid in making 13 saves against St. Louis.

“Tonight never really felt in doubt,” Stone said. “I thought we played as good a 60 minutes as we could.”

Like the East’s top-seeded Boston Bruins, who they beat in the 2019 Cup Final, the Blues have some work to do before moving into an elimination series. They got two goals from defenceman Colton Parayko, David Perron’s second in two games and one from Troy Brouwer, who was inserted into the lineup amid several injuries.

NOTES: Scoring forward Vladimir Tarasenko, forward Robert Thomas and defenceman Carl Gunnarsson were all scratched for the Blues. Berube said Tarasenko’s absence was precautionary. … Max Pacioretty was again out for the Golden Knights. … Neither Ryan Reaves nor Lehner took a knee during the anthems after doing so before the Dallas game.

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Alberta jury trials to resume next month at offsite locations due to COVID-19

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EDMONTON — The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta says jury selection and jury trials will resume next month, but most won’t be in courtrooms.

The court says on its website that proceedings will start Sept. 8, after they were postponed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most courtrooms and jury deliberation rooms, including the Edmonton Law Courts and the Calgary Courts Centre, are not designed to ensure adequate physical distancing for everyone.

The court says the trials will, for the most part, be held offsite.

It says approximately 12 locations across Alberta may host the trials in halls, hotels and community centres.

Jury summonses are currently being prepared for trials starting in September and will be issued shortly.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 6, 2020

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