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Seaway season begins soon

Riverfront residents should spot the first cargo vessel on the St. Lawrence River anytime from April 2 onwards.

That's the date the St. Lawrence Seaway will begin its 57th navigational season.

A special ceremony will launch the shipping season at the St. Lambert Lock, in Montreal.

Seaway executives will take the opportunity to unveil one of two new "environmentally-advanced" Great Lakes bulk carriers, the CWB Marquis.

Seaway Management Corp.'s CEO Terence Bowles will also give an overview of this year's expected shipping forecast, which is a bellweather of economic conditions.

Big turnout for Akwesasne/Cornwall job fair 5

If the early numbers are any indication, the first Akwesasne/Cornwall Job Fair was a big success.

By the time the doors opened at noon, 147 people were lined up waiting to see what local employers had to offer. The number rose steadily and in the first half hour over 300 job seekers were already handing out resumes, filling out applications and talking to potential employers.

"This is great," said organizer Stacy Skidders. "Hopefully the momentum will keep going."

Rickets on the rise for aboriginal children in the North

Rates of rickets continue to rise among aboriginal children in the North, a trend that has researchers increasingly concerned.

Dr. Leanne Ward, who works with the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, did a 2007 study examining rates of rickets in aboriginal children in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut and Alaska between the ages of one and two.

The study found incidences of rickets that were six to 12 times higher than the rest of Canada, a trend that Ward says hasn't changed.

"We are all very concerned that we are seeing rickets in 2015," says Ward. "This is a global health problem we shouldn't be seeing anymore."  

Pabineau First Nation fighting methamphetamine addictions

A woman in her early thirties, scars running from the inside of her elbow and down her forearm from needle injections, sits on a mattress on the floor of a bedroom. Ashtrays filled with stubbed-out cigarettes are scattered across the room alongside partially empty cups and bottles of unrecognizable liquids.

First Nations oppose Noront, Cliffs deal in Ring of Fire

Plans by Noront Resources to buy Cliffs' chromite assets in northern Ontario's Ring of Fire mining area are a "barrier to future opportunities" and a "threat to aboriginal and treaty rights," say First Nations chiefs opposed to the deal.

Noront announced the $20-million deal on Monday. The purchase requires court approval and won't be finalized until at least mid-April because Cliffs' Quebec subsidiary is in restructuring proceedings under the Companies's Creditors Arrangement Act.

Aboriginal Affairs defends rejection of Saskatchewan airstrip

A Saskatchewan First Nation's plea for an airstrip was raised in Parliament on Thursday, but Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Bernard Valcourt maintained it's not federal jurisdiction.

Niki Ashton, the NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic, pressed Valcourt on the issue — which was exposed in a CBC News story on Wednesday — that without an airstrip, people living in Southend, Sask. must rely on a ground ambulance 220 kilometres away in the town of La Ronge, Sask.

Both sides reloading for state gun law fight

Top law enforcement officials have filed court affirmations in support of New York's new gun control law, the SAFE Act as state lawyers moved to dismiss a federal challenge to the law brought by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard and a top State Police lawyer all filed sworn statements as part of over 100 pages filed by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in reply to the suit, brought in March in a federal court in Buffalo.

The Unplugging sparks debate by casting non-aboriginal actors in indigenous roles

A play that has non-indigenous actors in roles of indigenous characters is creating controversy and discussion on social media amongst the theatre community across the country.

The Unplugging runs until April 5 in Toronto. It tells the story of two aging indigenous women who are cast out of their village in a post-apocalyptic world. Through their shared traditional knowledge and friendship, the women have to decide between community and isolation when a young man comes into their lives.

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