Long wait for driving tests in Limerick

first_imgHousing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin WhatsApp Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Twitter TAGSLimerick City and Countylocal newsNews Email Facebook Printcenter_img NewsLocal NewsLong wait for driving tests in LimerickBy Bernie English – August 30, 2018 1811 Advertisement Previous articleMunster to face Connacht in opening Women’s Interprovincial of the seasonNext articleLISTEN: Treaty Talk EP34 with Sporting Limerick and Matt O’Callaghan Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Limerick on Covid watch list LIMERICK learner drivers are having to wait up to 21 weeks for a driving test, according to the latest figures from the Road Safety Authority (RSA).The average wait is 12.3 weeks in Limerick but the figures also indicate that the longest wait is 21 weeks.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Meanwhile, Shannon applicants will have to wait an average of 14.8 weeks and a maximum of 19 weeks.The pass rate in Limerick is 58.38 per cent and in Shannon, 50.07 per cent.The figures come as it is revealed that there are 83,000 people nationally on the waiting list for driving tests.In some areas, applicants have to wait up to six months to get a test date.Senator Victor Boyhan has called for Transport Minister Shane Ross to urgently sanction more Driving Testers“Many young people and families are now preparing for the new third-level term and getting back to work routines. Young drivers need to be facilitated to get their full licence to support their mobility. With high rents, many young people are now commuting long distances to college or work – and they need to be able to drive independently.”Senator Boyhan said the issue lies in a shortage of Driving Testers and Minister Ross needs to sanction immediate recruitment of more staff.The latest figures also show that there are 98 testers (whole time equivalents) nationwide and that ten have retired so far this year with two more to retire by year-end. Meanwhile, only four new testers have been recruited since June.“I am calling on Minister Ross to urgently sanction recruitment of more driving testers across the country. Young people and new drivers need to be able to attain their full licence more speedily,” Senator Boyhan added.The longest waiting time for car driver testing was in Skibbereen at 26 weeks, with 25 weeks in Castlebar, Cavan, Gorey, Killarney and Kilrush.Average waiting times in test centres varied from nine weeks up to 16 in Killarney and Monaghan, with the RSA stating that its target is to achieve an average waiting time of ten weeks. Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

Bank of America Settles with FHFA for $9.3B

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Previous: Nonprime Market Sees New Entrant Next: Distressed Sales and Investor Purchases Fall in February The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe March 26, 2014 735 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Bank of America Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Mel Watt Securities Bank of America has agreed to a multibillion settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to resolve allegations of securities fraud related to loans sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac at the height of the housing bubble.The settlement resolves four lawsuits filed in September 2011 against BofA, Countrywide, and Merrill Lynch, the latter two of which were acquired by the megabank in 2008. The agency’s original complaint alleged misrepresentations of mortgage loan quality in regard to private-label residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) purchased by the GSEs between 2005 and 2007. Allegations of common law fraud were made in the Countrywide and Merrill Lynch cases.According to announcements made by all parties involved, under the agreement, BofA will make an aggregate payment of approximately $9.33 billion, $3.2 billion of which will go toward the repurchase of certain RMBS at fair market value. In return, the bank will be released from FHFA’s pending lawsuits and will be cleared from “certain other claims related to the private-label RMBS in dispute.”The settlement covers approximately $57.5 billion (in purchase cost) of RMBS purchased by the GSEs, according to a release from BofA.FHFA Director Mel Watt celebrated the settlement, saying in a statement that it “represents an important step in helping restore stability to our broader mortgage market and moving to bring back the role of private firms in providing mortgage credit.”“Many potential homeowners will benefit from increasing certainty in the marketplace and that is very much the direction we should be taking,” he added.The suit with BofA is just one of more than a dozen the agency filed against banks in 2011 as part of its efforts to recover losses Fannie and Freddie suffered through the crash. Of 18 suits filed, FHFA now has claims remaining in seven.In addition to the FHFA agreement, Freddie Mac also announced a separate settlement with BofA concerning claims related to reps and warranties on single-family loans underlying five Freddie Mac Structured Pass-Through Certificates (“T-Deals”). In exchange for a payment of $134 million, the enterprise has agreed to release the bank from existing and future loan repurchase obligations for those mortgages.“We are pleased that we have resolved this matter with one of our largest seller/servicer customers and counterparties,” said Freddie Mac CEO Donald Layton. “This settlement is an equitable outcome that allows both Freddie Mac and Bank of America to put these issues behind us and focus on the future.”As for BofA, it expects its Q1 2014 income to take a cut of about $3.7 billion as a result of the settlement—and that’s not the only litigation expense on its radar. Lawyers for the bank appeared in U.S. District Court in March to argue for the penalty phase of a fraud case decided last October, when BofA was held liable for allegedly reckless loans made by Countrywide before its acquisition. While the government is pushing for $2.1 billion in fines—a far cry from the $864 million originally sought—BofA says it should be penalized for the amount of profit it made from selling the loans: $0. Home / Daily Dose / Bank of America Settles with FHFA for $9.3B Bank of America Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Mel Watt Securities 2014-03-26 Tory Barringer Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Bank of America Settles with FHFA for $9.3B  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articleslast_img read more

Clippers pick up where they left off before All-Star break

first_imgThose reserves are averaging 52.8 points per game, which ranks well ahead of the Brooklyn Nets, who are second in the NBA with 47.7 bench points per game, and puts the Clippers on pace for the highest scoring average by a bench unit in more than 30 seasons. The bench – led by Lou Williams (19.8 points per game) and Montrezl Harrell (16.1) – is a big part of those in-game recoveries, including Friday’s, when Clippers reserves accounted for 61 points. “I thought the whole bench tonight won the game,” coach Doc Rivers told reporters in Memphis after the victory, which left the Clippers in eighth place in the West, two games ahead of the Sacramento Kings and three ahead of the Lakers.“I thought JaMychal Green, Lou, Trezz, that whole group got stops, offensively they were clicking. I just liked that group tonight.”SHINING SHAIRookie point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was the Clippers’ only active participant in All-Star Weekend, coming off the bench for Team World to score 15 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals in the Rising Stars Game and watching his former Kentucky teammate Hamidou Diallo win the dunk contest.“It was fun, a good experience,” said Gilgeous-Alexander, who is averaging 10 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3 assists per game this regular season. “Seeing all the events and stuff like that gave me a little motivation to want to stay the whole weekend.”That’s the kind of thing Rivers was hoping to hear, he said.“I know that, if you’re Shai … you would say, ‘I don’t want to play in this game (for first- and second-year players), I want to play in the varsity game,’” Rivers said. “I think that would be good for him, or any of those guys. They’ve reached that level, but they want to make the varsity.”Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum The Clippers insist, even with five new faces on the roster, their identity is intact.In Friday’s victory in Memphis, nine days since their last game, they proved it: They remain a tough-minded bunch, still wobbly in the third quarter and still buoyed by their bench.In the 112-106 victory, the Clippers (33-27) saw the remainder of a 22-point lead evaporate in the third quarter, when they mustered only 18 points. It wasn’t out of character for a team averaging 25.9 points in third quarters, when it has a net rating of -3.4.Fortunately, the Clippers have got a knack for flourishing in the fourth, when they’re posting an NBA-best 29 points and boast a net rating of 7.2. RETIRING NO. 40Rivers had an epiphany recently: He realized which Clippers jersey he would like to see hung first in the rafters.“We finally got the jersey retirement I’ve been looking for,” he said before Friday’s game. “When I came here, (I asked), ‘What jersey can we retire?’ And I finally figured it out – it’s Ralph!”During All-Star Weekend, soon-to-retire broadcaster Ralph Lawler was named a Curt Gowdy Media Award recipient. He will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September after he’s finished calling his 40th season of Clippers games – the number that Lawler, who’d been listening in on Rivers’ media session, suggested should be on a jersey representing him. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

National Women’s Enterprise Day event highlights under-representation

first_imgDonegal needs more female entrepreneurs and the female led businesses in the county need to have the ambition to grow globally – that was one of the key messages from the National Women in Enterprise event held in Letterkenny recently.The event – one of 17 held across the country – heard Brenda Hegarty, Assistant Head of Enterprise in Donegal, explain that the number of women in enterprise in Ireland and in Donegal is under represented.“In Donegal, for example, despite the fact that more females than males are on our Start Your Own Business Course only 12% of our portfolio is female led.” There is a stark contrast in the numbers and amounts of grant aid to female led businesses in Donegal as well, she added.“It is worth noting that in Donegal, 20% of Grant Aid is awarded to female led businesses and grants to these 25 businesses total €380k with an average grant of €15k. In contrast, 80% of grant aid is awarded to male led businesses with 101 businesses awarded grant aid of €2.6m and an average grant of €25k.”But the Assistant Head of Enterprise in Donegal said there was ‘no use in lamenting’ and insisted women in business and those with business ideas, need to take action.Pictured at the National Women in Enterprise Day event held in Castlegrove House recently were from left: Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise, Donegal; Agnes Lunny, Chief Executive of Positive Futures; Brenda Hegarty, Assistant Head of Enterprise, Donegal; Dr. Karl Thomas of Creatovation; Sports Star and broadcaster Anna Geary; Eve Anne McCarron, Local Enterprise Office, Donegal; Anne Brennan of Signworx the Donegal Ambassador for National Women in Enterprise Day; and Grace Korbel, Local Enterprise Office, Donegal.With that in mind she outlined details of a new pre-start initiative to encourage more females to turn their business ideas to reality.  The Women with Ambition to grow a Global Business Programme (WAGs) is designed to support women with an idea to start a business with global potential. “We believe that with a little help, women can transform an idea into a reality. With that in mind, subject to demand, Local Enterprise Office, Donegal plans to design an interactive programme to support women to explore and test an idea to start and grow a business.” As well as details of the new ‘Women with Ambition to grow a Global Business’ programme, Brenda Hegarty also reminded those in attendance that applications for the Donegal Enterprise Awards are currently open.Details of the awards contest, the new WAGs programme and details of all the supports and services available from the LEO are available from the web site  – localenterprise.ie/donegalThe National Women in Enterprise Day event held in Castlegrove House also heard from a panel of speakers who have overcome obstacles to become successful in their field. Those speakers included sports star and broadcaster Anna Geary, Anne Brennan of Signworx the Donegal Ambassador for National Women in Enterprise Day; Gillian Doyle of Cerebron Technologies; Agnes Lunny, Chief Executive of Positive Futures and Dr. Karl Thomas of Creatovation who hosted an interactive innovation workshop. Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020. To contact the Local Enterprise Office in Donegal, log on to www.localenterprise.ie/donegal or phone 0749160735.National Women’s Enterprise Day event highlights under-representation was last modified: October 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)Tags:Local Enterprise Office DonegalNational Women’s Enterprise Daylast_img read more

Transnet, Eskom rated safer than US

first_img11 August 2011Transnet and Eskom bonds are now more highly rated than United States government bonds, according to the latest ratings by Fitch and Moody’s Investment Services.After revising the South African state companies’ outlook last month, Fitch affirmed electricity parastatal Eskom’s national long-term rating at AAA(zaf) with a stable outlook, Business Report said on Wednesday.The agency also affirmed transport and logistics parastatal Transnet’s government-guaranteed bond issue at AAA(zaf).The utility’s national long-term rating was affirmed at AA-(zaf) with a stable outlook.These ratings mean that the two South African utilities are now more creditworthy than the US after rating agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) downgraded the country’s credit rating from the top-notch AAA to AA+ on Friday.The favourable rating will ease the cost of borrowing in international markets for both Eskom and Transnet as they are currently seeking funds for multibillion-rand expansion programmes.S&P adjusted the ratings and outlooks of the two parastatals in January, moving Eskom up to stable from negative.Sapalast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – Aug. 21, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Moisture still trying to move out of Ohio this morning. The forecast pattern isn’t exceptionally wet, the problem is I can’t sit here and say we’re going to be dry all day either. Moisture today seems to be limited to the eastern third of the state. Audio Playerhttps://www.ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Web-Weather.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img

Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka win opening matches in Miami

first_imgTrump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Defending Miami Open champion Sloane Stephens beat Ons Jabeur 6-2, 6-3. Three-time champion Venus Williams overcame a wobbly start to beat No. 24 Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6 (4), 6-1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Top-seeded UNC overcomes slow 1st half to beat Iona Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting With the Miami Open’s move to the Dolphins’ stadium complex, players are adjusting to the unfamiliar setting. The No. 1-ranked Osaka beat qualifier Yanina Wickmayer 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-1, but she and Williams both found the mix of sun and shadows in the cavernous stadium a challenge.“It was interesting,” Williams said. “First it was dark out there, which was really odd. The shadows were so intense it was dark, and then … there was light.”She chuckled and said, “Whatever. I need to focus on playing better or not being in the tournament much longer.”Osaka agreed that any issues with visibility weren’t worth complaining about. She hit 14 aces and overcame a ragged stretch in the second set, when she became so frustrated she threw her racket.“I had a bit of a dip,” Osaka said. “It was really hard for me, I think, emotionally in the second set, because I just started thinking about winning, not exactly the things I could do in order to win.”ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Serena Williams reacts as a ball hit by Rebecca Peterson, of Sweden, is out of bounds during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Friday, March 22, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Facing the setting sun, Serena Williams tried to shield her eyes with her left hand as she hit a shot, lost the point and then waved in frustration at the bothersome glare.Later, after a seesaw victory in her first match at the Miami Open’s new site, she was able to joke about the unwanted spotlight.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Williams’ match followed a similar pattern, but she regrouped after a flurry of errors in the second set.“I said, ‘Serena, you can play a lot better than that,’” she said.While the outer courts were crowded on a mild, cloudless afternoon, there were only a few thousand spectators for Williams’ match in the 13,800-seat stadium, with temporary stands on three sides and a net replacing the 50-yard line.“It was a different court, but it was a beautiful court,” said Williams, who happens to own a small share of the Dolphins. “It’s so different from anything I’ve played on in my entire career, so I was super excited.”The mood was mostly subdued, although when Williams whacked a backhand winner with a grunt that echoed in the upper deck, the fans added their own roar to hers.The match victory was the 76th for Williams in the tournament, but she hasn’t won a Miami Open title since 2015. She hasn’t won any tournament since the 2017 Australian Open, before she took a break of more than a year to become a mom.The match was her first since she retired at Indian Wells two weeks ago because of a viral illness.On the men’s side, defending champion John Isner hit 20 aces, lost only 11 points on his serve and beat qualifier Lorenzo Sonego 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7). No. 3-seeded Dominic Thiem, coming off the biggest title of his career Sunday at Indian Wells, lost his opening match to Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-4.No. 5 Kei Nishikori was upset by Dusan Lajovic 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. Lajovic improved to 3-14 against top-10 players.In other women’s play, Canadian 18-year-old Bianca Andreescu, who overcame a match point to win her opening match, reached the third round by beating No. 32 Sofia Kenin 6-3, 6-3. Andreescu won her first career title last week at Indian Wells. “A lot of photographers came,” Williams said. “I thought, ‘This must be good light.’ I thought about taking a selfie, but you’ve got to stay in the moment.”Williams played poorly for a stretch and was broken three times but steadied her game in the final set to beat Rebecca Peterson 6-3, 1-6, 6-1. She avoided a repeat of last year, when she was eliminated in the first round by Naomi Osaka.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThat was Williams’ farewell to Key Biscayne, where she won eight titles. Only Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf have won any women’s tournament more times.Six-time men’s champion Novak Djokovic won his opening match under the lights, beating Bernard Tomic 7-6 (2), 6-2.last_img read more

US Open: Eyes on Djokovic’s Shoulder Injury, Federer and Serena’s Slow Starts as Day 5 Beckons

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New York: Novak Djokovic will look to keep recent shoulder injury at bay as he resumes his US Open title defense in the third round, while Serena Williams will look to take another step closer to a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title on Friday.Djokovic will conclude the evening session inside Arthur Ashe Stadium when he faces American Denis Kudla in a rematch of their second-round Wimbledon meeting, which the Serbian won in straight sets. But top-seeded Djokovic, who has won four of the last five Grand Slams, may need his left shoulder to cooperate as sudden pain in his second-round match affected his serve and backhand and nearly ended his title defense.”Good thing about Grand Slams is you have a day off in between the matches,” said Djokovic. “I’m hoping that with a proper medical help and treatments, I’ll be able to get myself in a better state.”Roger Federer will try to avoid another slow start when he kicks off the day session on Arthur Ashe against Briton Dan Evans and will be followed on the court by six-times champion Williams.Federer has lost the opening set in each of his first two matches before flipping a switch and cruising to the finish line in dominant fashion.The 20-times Grand Slam champion, who improved to 2-0 all-time against Evans when he beat him in the second round of the Australian Open this year, is not losing any sleep over his sluggish starts.”I don’t think there is per se a secret to a good start other than warming up well, being well-prepared mentally. Not underestimating your opponent … You know me, I will always do that,” said Federer.”So when it happens like this back-to-back matches, you know, it’s just a bit frustrating more than anything … but, yeah, can only do better, which is a great thing moving forward.”Williams will also be keen to avoid falling into an early hole after being dealt a scare when she dropped the first set in her second-round match against American Caty McNally.The 37-year-old will cap the afternoon session on the main showcourt when she battles Wimbledon quarter-finalist Karolina Muchova for the first time in her career.”Muchova did well in Wimbledon. Actually got to see some of her matches, but not enough,” Williams said when asked about the test that awaits her in the third-round. Novak DjokovicRoger Federerserena williamstennis First Published: August 30, 2019, 1:38 PM ISTlast_img read more

Ongoing Zero Tolerance Drive in Mobay Achieving Success

first_img Providing an update on week one of the initiative, Head of the St. James Police, Superintendent Vernon Ellis, told JIS News that 60 persons have been arrested for various offences, including illegal abstraction of electricity and breaches of the Dangerous Drugs and Municipalities Acts, 27 of whom have been slapped with charges. The operation, which was slated to last for one week from May 20, has been extended by a further 90 days, owing to its success. Story Highlights The police in St. James say they have made great strides in curbing lawlessness in Montego Bay, under the ongoing zero tolerance initiative, dubbed, ‘Operation Restore Paradise’. The police in St. James say they have made great strides in curbing lawlessness in Montego Bay, under the ongoing zero tolerance initiative, dubbed, ‘Operation Restore Paradise’.The operation, which was slated to last for one week from May 20, has been extended by a further 90 days, owing to its success.Providing an update on week one of the initiative, Head of the St. James Police, Superintendent Vernon Ellis, told JIS News that 60 persons have been arrested for various offences, including illegal abstraction of electricity and breaches of the Dangerous Drugs and Municipalities Acts, 27 of whom have been slapped with charges.Some 1.5 million single-use plastic bags were seized from 41 establishments, while a businessman was prosecuted under the Trade Act and the Natural Resources and Conservation Authority (NRCA) Act.Several business establishments were also closed for breaching the Public Health Act.Superintendent Ellis further noted that 900 persons were prosecuted for breaches of the Road Traffic Act, while more than 60 sensitisation sessions were conducted.“We also removed 50 tints from public passenger vehicles that are not supposed to have them. We removed 26 registration plates for defects, which are to be remedied by owners. We did 69 sensitisation sessions with all the agencies. We sensitised 4,008 persons in terms of the use of seat belts and helmets, how to not block gridded areas, and [taxi operators] for not wearing their uniforms,” Superintendent Ellis informed.He added that 564 illegal connections were removed by both the National Water Commission (NWC) and the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS).In the meantime, Mr. Ellis said the operation resulted in “significant decongestion in public places” in Montego Bay, and the feedback from the public has been positive.“Traffic flowed freely. We saw people wearing their seat belt; taxi drivers came out in their uniform [and there is] no vending on thoroughfares. The efforts are great, the feedback is great, the change in behaviour is great, so we are continuing with phase two of the operation, which is expected to last for 90 days,” Superintendent Ellis said.Some 15 State agencies, including the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the National Solid Waste Management Authority, the National Environment and Planning Agency, the St James Municipal Corporation and the Transport Authority, have collaborated with the police to undertake the initiative.last_img read more

We are sorry Alberta premier formally apologizes to 60s Scoop survivors

first_imgEDMONTON – Premier Rachel Notley has formally apologized for Alberta’s role in the ’60s Scoop, and although survivors say that doesn’t close the book on one of Canada’s darkest episodes, they say it does open a new chapter of reconciliation and healing.“We are sorry,” Notley said in the legislature Monday as survivors sat in the gallery, some wiping away tears.“For the loss of families, stability, of love, we are sorry. For the loss of identity, language and culture, we are sorry. For the loneliness, the anger, the confusion and the frustration, we are sorry.“For the government practice that left you, Indigenous people, estranged from your families and your communities and your history, we are sorry. For this trauma, this pain, this suffering, alienation and sadness, we are sorry.“To all of you, I am sorry.”From the 1950s to the late 1980s, about 20,000 Indigenous children were seized from their birth families and relocated to non-Indigenous homes, stripping the children of their language, traditions and family ties.The apprehensions peaked in the 1960s, giving rise to the term ’60s Scoop.Alberta becomes the second province to acknowledge its role and to seek to make amends. Former Manitoba premier Greg Selinger apologized on behalf of that province in 2015.Alberta’s apology comes after a provincewide consultation during which, Notley said, some 800 survivors shared their stories. Many are still dealing with emotional trauma, which has been compared to that of residential school survivors.Notley said their experiences are heartbreaking.“Children, kids, babies, toddlers, teens ripped from your families,” Notley said. “Parents, unable to see through the tears as they took your children away from you. Grandparents, forced aside as your families were destroyed.”“It is no wonder that it is so hard for so many of you to trust again.”One of the survivors, Suzanne Wilkinson, travelled from British Columbia to hear the apology.She said the pain of that separation reverberates for generations. Even when family members reunite, some emotional wounds cannot be healed, she said.“If you take all the children out of a family and all the children out of communities, it just rips the communities apart and they disintegrate.”Sharon Gladue, another survivor, remembers a childhood in Saskatchewan living near a river, her father hunting for their food.“We were happy. We had children to play with,” said Gladue.She said that ended when case workers came and took the children away because the house didn’t have running water or electricity.In the end, Gladue said, ’60s Scoop children end up caught between two cultures, sometimes a stranger in both.“It’s a catch-22,” said Gladue. “When you’re trying to reconnect with your families, you sometimes get ostracized from those communities.”Adam North Peigan, president of the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta, formally accepted the apology. He later told 200 supporters on the steps of the legislature that the work goes on.“We were robbed of our culture. We were robbed of our language. We were robbed of our traditions and communities as well as our identity as Indigenous people,” said North Peigan.“Today will mark the beginning of the road of reconciliation.”In her speech to the legislature, Notley told survivors the province promises to work in the spirit of reconciliation and consultation in the future.“Together we can help heal the wounds of the past.”last_img read more