Tom Fennario APTN News Leah Unaluk made history th

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsLeah Unaluk made history this year.The 35 year old became the first Inuk in in her community of Puvirnituq ,QC to become a court clerk.“It’s easier for Inuit to have someone, an Inuk who can speak to them if they don’t understand,” said UnalukUnaluk does double duty, also serving as a translator for Quebec’s travelling court when it comes to her community.But according to testimony heard Friday at the Quebec Inquiry into Relations with Indigenous Peoples and Certain Public Services in Kuujjuaraapik, Nunavik, Inuit defendants may have translation during trial, but they are sorely lacking it beforehand and afterwards.“The defence lawyers don’t have interpreters with them when they have to meet with their clients, and that’s just when there’s the communication break downs, just before the court starts,” testified Phoebe Atagotaaluk, justice committee coordinator for Inukjuak, Quebec.Justice committees serve as a kind of liaison between Inuit communities and Quebec’s travelling court that passes through their villages. The Quebec inquiry heard testimony from Atagotaaluk and two justice committee coordinators.During their presentation they laid out several major concerns, including what they say is  excessive over policing of Inuit in Nunavik.“In the past one of our supervisors at the Makivik Justice department was trying to plead with the crowns and the judges that to always give the condition to not consume alcohol or drugs, it was just setting people up to breach. The condition to maintain peace and good order, should be enough,” testified Martin Scott, administrator of the Justice Committee of Aupaluk, Qc.In 2015, APTN News spent a week with Quebec’s travelling court.Out of the 181 charges on the docket, 31 percent were “breaches of conditions”.Earlier this week Johnny Anautak of Akulivik, QC testified that police in Nunavik  purposefully target  Inuit with “no drinking” conditions in order to get travel perks that come with accompanying detainees down south.“When they have conditions right away they arrest them cause they want to send them down south, so they can have a flight , free flight,” said Anautak.  The justice committee coordinators also testified that the constant travel back and forth between Nunavik communities for trial and detention centres in the south causes emotional stress and eats into resources.Resources that could go into more permanent funding for alternative measures to keep Inuit from reoffending.“If it’s women, we ask them if they can do sewing and give back to the community, that’s the first that we ask if they can sew parkas or snow pants and for men if they can go out hunting and share with elders,” explained Atagotaaluk. Leah Unaluk credits her community’s justice committee with helping her turn her life around.Four  years ago a drunk driving charge landed her prison time.But a reduced sentence and support from the committee once home led her to where she is today.“I was going through tough times, but now I’m so proud of myself for working as a court clerk and interpreter,” said UnalukAs for addressing problems in the justice system up north, her solution is straight forward.“I would like to encourage Inuit to become workers of the court because we would understand each other more, and help our people,” said Unaluk.tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

RCMP in Nunavut and three of its officers are bein

first_imgRCMP in Nunavut and three of its officers are being sued by the family of David Kunuk. Photo: APTN FileKent DriscollAPTN NewsThe family of a Pond Inlet, Nunavut man who was shot and killed by RCMP on March 18, 2017 are suing the officers involved, and the RCMP.According to a statement of claim filed in the Nunavut Court of Justice, if the RCMP had done more to make sure police services were available in Inuktitut, the death could have been prevented.The claim says David (Kunuk) Qajaakuttuk Qamaniq died of a single gun shot wound fired by Const. Patrick Higgins.The claim also names Const. Kyle Longmire, and Cpl. Terry Hamlin as defendants. According to the claim, both Longmire and Hamlin “participated in the encounter with Kunuk which lead  to his death.” Hamlin was in charge of operations for the Pond Inlet detachment on that day the claim says.The RCMP has not filed a statement of defence at this time.Read the statement of claim: David (Kunuk) Qajaakuttuk QamaniqAll three defendants have since been transferred out of Pond Inlet, a small community of 1,617 people at the northern end of Baffin island, 1,067 kilometres northwest of Iqaluit.According to the claim, on March 18, 2017, the one year anniversary of Kunuk’s younger sister Enooya’s death by suicide, David Kunuk was supposed to go hunting with a friend but slept in. He was disappointed to “miss the chance to hunt for his family.”The claim says together with his mother “he cried for his lost sister and expressed “despair” and suggested to his mother that he was considering suicide.He then told his family that he was going rabbit hunting and left with a .22 rifle.Kunuk’s mother contacted RCMP on their non-emergency line, concerned with her son’s welfare.RCMP discovered Kunuk at the beach with the rifle.When Kunuk’s family saw RCMP approaching, his father told Cpl. Hamlin that his son was “sober and straight.”He then shouted to his son in Inuktitut to come home.Kunuk replied in Inuktitut that he was going rabbit hunting. According to the claim, the father believed his son was now focused on bringing home some food and drove back to Pond Inlet.By the time Kunuk’s father got home, his wife had received a call from the local Health Centre, Kunuk had been shot by Constable Higgins.“The Qamaniqs were eventually permitted to see their son very briefly,” says the statement of claim. “There was blood everywhere in the treatment room. Kunuk was struggling to breathe.“The Qamaniqs were only able to exchange eye contact with Kunuk and were escorted out of the examination room.”The father went back home to be with his other children.“After a long time, two nurses emerged from the examination room and advised Leah Qamaniq that her son Kunuk had died.”The civil case claims that at the time of the shooting, Kunuk had done nothing illegal, was of sound mind, and wasn’t a risk to himself and others, and claim the RCMP were negligent in killing Kunuk.“Any confrontation which arose, and the subsequent homicide was provoked by and as a result of the negligence or deliberate acts of the officer or officers involved, individually and collectively.”It also claims the Nunavut RCMP haven’t spent enough time training their officers in mental health, suicide, non-lethal confrontation, and de-escalation, that they have failed in recruiting Inuktitut speaking officers.While the claim does not cite a specific amount of money they are requesting, it does list factors (loss of future earnings and pan suffering of the family) that would be the basis of any award.The family also asks that any court case take in place in Pond Inlet with a judge and jury trial.The Ottawa police investigated the shooting and cleared the officers of any wrongdoing.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@kentdriscolllast_img read more

Spiritual Diversity Conference at COCC

first_img Twitter 0 By CBN Google+ Facebook E-Headlines Spiritual Diversity Conference at COCC Pinterestcenter_img Dr. Allen McKiel, author of Beyond Tolerance: Religion and Global Community, will be the keynote speaker at the second Spiritual Diversity Conference sponsored by the Interfaith Network of Central Oregon and COCC Diversity Committee. This free conference will be held on Saturday, January 26 at Wille Hall, Campus Center at Central Oregon Community College.Dr. McKiel will be discussing “Religion‐Unity in Diversity”. This will be followed by an interfaith panel discussion. The afternoon session will include a presentation by Wajdi Said, Founder of the Muslim Education Trust, in Portland Oregon on “Beyond Stereotypes of Islam.” Everyone is invited to join in this interactive conference designed to promote dialogue and understanding. This one‐day conference will start at 9:30am and conclude at 4:30pm. Craig Perryman, President of the Interfaith Network of Central Oregon, said, “It is important that we learn to celebrate both our uniqueness and our commonalities as people of faith. When we learn about each other, it eliminates our fear of the unknown and allows us to work together toward a peaceful community.” The Spiritual Diversity Conference is the first in a series of events at COCC focusing on a Season of Nonviolence.www.cocc‐edu/mcc‐events.www.incoregon.org. Share. Tumblr LinkedIn on January 24, 2013 Emaillast_img read more

Norco Inc Expands with Acquisition in Central Oregon

first_img 0 Twitter Tumblr Norco, Inc., a medical, welding and safety supply company announced the acquisition of the home oxygen business of Pacific Pulmonary in Bend. “Pacific Pulmonary has elected to exit the home oxygen business in the Bend Oregon market area, which includes Prineville, Madras, Redmond, and La Pine. They have selected to divest to Norco as their partner of choice, which will assure those patients with continuous, high quality care that our company has been delivering for over 65 years,” said Ned Pontious, Norco President. Norco, a second generation, family owned business, is based in Boise, Idaho and lives by its mission statement “Serving You Better,” with “You” referring to the company’s patients, customers, employees, vendors, and the communities it serves.As the nation’s largest privately owned medical, welding, safety and gas supplier, Norco currently operates 65 branches in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.Norco was awarded Medicare competitive bidding contracts in the Oregon, Washington and Idaho areas. The company carries a full line of home healthcare products including oxygen, hospital beds, wheelchairs, bath aids, lift chairs, scooters, CPAP and sleep products, incontinence products etc.For more information about these acquisitions please contact Chad Mendenhall at 208-336-1643 or email at chadm@norco-inc.com. on October 8, 2013 Email Share. E-Headlinescenter_img LinkedIn By CBN Pinterest Norco, Inc. Expands with Acquisition in Central Oregon Google+ Facebooklast_img read more

Central Oregon Equine Outreach Horse Rescue Celebrates ASPCA Help a Horse Day

first_img Twitter Tumblr E-Headlines (Photo above courtesy of Equine Outreach Horse Rescue)Community support needed for chance to win $10,000 ASPCA grant and save more horses. Equine Outreach Horse Rescue will be taking part in the national celebration of ASPCA Help a Horse Day on April 26 and competing for a chance to win up to $10,000 in grant prizes to assist with their efforts to protect horses.To celebrate a day to GET HORSE SMART! EOI will be presenting a variety of fun and educational activities for the entire family: food, drinks, live music, Vet in a Box, craft and bake sales, used tack sale, opportunity drawing, horse training demonstrations, children’s activities.Meet Chai, the Rescue Revolution wonder horse. Pay respects to Secretariat’s granddaughter. Visit some other rescues. Learn about the various issues impacting the well-being of these noble creatures.This nationwide competition is for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the lifesaving work they do year-round to care for at-risk horses in their community that have been abused or neglected.Horses have been central to the ASPCA’s work since its founding 149 years ago, when Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse on April 26, 1866.WHO: Donis Leach, Adoption Coordinator, EOIWHEN: April 26, 11am-3pmWHERE: Equine Outreach Ranch in NE Bend63220 Silvis Rd.Bend OR 97701541-633-7114www.equineoutreach.com Pinterest 0 Share. Google+center_img Central Oregon Equine Outreach Horse Rescue Celebrates ASPCA Help a Horse Day Facebook on April 16, 2015 By CBN LinkedIn Emaillast_img read more

Local Self Storage Facility Opens in NorthWest Crossing in Bend Oregon

first_img (Photo above: Jeff Payne, owner of Northwest Crossing Self Storage | by Cascade Business News)Beginning July 1, NorthWest Crossing and other westside Bend residents will have a local storage facility. Located at 2825 NW Lolo Drive, NorthWest Crossing Self Storage will sit between Summit High School and Miller Elementary School. Owner Jeff Payne says the storage facility is the perfect solution for the homeowners who prefer the smaller, craftsman-style homes in NWX, but own the sporting equipment to enjoy all that Central Oregon has to offer.“While the homes in NorthWest Crossing are beautiful and innovative, they don’t offer a lot of storage,” says Payne, builder and owner of Panterra Homes. “We offer storage for all those toys including boats, jet skies, snowmobiles, canoes and those extra things you don’t have room for but need to keep.”The 65,000 square foot building will house 360 drive-up accessible units and garages. The units range in size from 5 foot by 10 foot to 10 foot by 20 foot. The secure garages, most complete with automatic garage door openers, range from 12 foot by 26 foot to 14 foot by 40 foot. The facility will be open from 6am to 10pm daily.After settling on the NW Lolo Drive location, NorthWest Crossing became very interested in the idea of the commercial business. The $4.5 million dollar project took three and a half years to build, from start to finish.While this is the first storage facility built by Panterra Homes, Payne is interested in the possibility of future projects. They work on four to six projects a year, ranging from kitchen remodels to custom home construction up to $1 million. Panterra has been around since 1980, with their current license active as of 1996. Panterra Homes is a Certified Green Building Professional, and Recognized by the Energy Trust of Oregon.Payne’s real estate management company, Fieldstone Services, will operate the storage facility. He expects to hire three additional employees to run it.NorthWest Crossing Self Storage2825 NW Lolo Drive, Bend, OR 97701541-382-5200www.nwxstorage.comPresident: Jeff Payne of Panterra Homes and FieldstoneEmployees: 3Established: July 1, 2015Services: Storage facility with units ranging from 5’ X 10’ to 14’ X 40’Hot News: Opening July 1st, NorthWest Crossing Self Storage looks to fill the storage needs of the westside neighborhood and other Bend residents.Outlook for Growth: looks to be a successful venture as it partners with the popular NorthWest Crossing neighborhood. Twitter By Gregg Morris CBN Feature Writer 0 Facebook Google+ Email LinkedIncenter_img Local Self Storage Facility Opens in NorthWest Crossing in Bend, Oregon E-Headlines Pinterest on July 2, 2015 Tumblr Share.last_img read more

Rebound Expanding in Sunriver

first_img 0 By Krystal Marie Collins CBN Feature Writer Facebook Twitter (Photo courtesy of Rebound Physical Therapy)Rebound Physical Therapy began treating Central Oregonians in 1997 with its first clinic location in Bend.Since, Rebound had expanded to nine clinic locations and has a roster of 120 employees. Four of the clinic locations are in Bend, two in Redmond and one each in Prineville, Sunriver and La Pine.To best serve patients between Bend and La Pine, a Rebound clinic was opened in the Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic and Recreation Center (SHARC) in May 2012. Since that time Eric Walberg P.T. has been the lead therapist and clinic director. He has successfully grown the practice to the point an expansion to a second, larger clinic in the Sunriver Plaza at 56870 Venture Lane is necessary.Clinic opening is scheduled for late July immediately followingtenant improvements.The expansion will allow increased gym space for rehab specific equipment and additional staff. The SHARC location will continue operations providing aquatic specific therapy, massage therapy and personal training services.Rebound Owner and Partner Mike Doden says, “Rebound Physical Therapy is the largest and most diversified outpatient orthopedic PT practice in Central Oregon. We offer more clinic locations than any other practice in the region, which provides greater convenience for patients. Rebound also provides the most subspecialties than any other practice. In addition to general orthopedic and post-operative rehab our subspecialties include sport medicine and performance, work injury rehab, women’s health, Pilates based rehab, vestibular rehab, chronic pain, craniofacial (TMJ) pain, oncology rehab and lymphedema care and acupuncture.”Walberg earned his masters in physical therapy at the University of North Dakota in 2002. He has worked as an orthopedic physical therapist in Washington and Oregon and has worked in Central Oregon with Rebound since 2009, managing the Sunriver clinic since 2012. Walberg specializes in treating spine disorders and post-operative orthopedic rehab. He also enjoys treating sports-related injuries.Walberg has strong ties to the Sunriver Community. He and his family started visiting Sunriver every year in 1978 and he has called Sunriver “home” since 1998 when his parents moved to Sunriver. He enjoys golfing, cycling, kayaking, skiing, tennis and spending time with his wife, Jodie and his daughter, Samantha.Rebound Physical Therapy, 56870 Venture Lane, Sunriver, 541-322-9045, www.reboundoregon.com on July 6, 2016 E-Headlines, Feature Section Google+center_img Share. LinkedIn Rebound Expanding in Sunriver Pinterest Tumblr Emaillast_img read more

Science Pub Explores Wolf Cattle Interactions in Oregon

first_img LinkedIn 0 Facebook Google+ Share. on October 13, 2016 E-Headlines Twittercenter_img Tumblr By CBN The wolf populations have grown to more than 1,500 since they were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho in the mid ‘90s, and wolves have been traced onto Oregon ranchlands.  At Oregon State University – Cascades upcoming Science Pub on Tuesday, October 18, OSU rangeland science expert John Williams will present “Wolves in Oregon: Facts, Research, Issues,” an exploration how wolves and cattle interact on ranches in eastern Oregon.Williams is an associate professor in the department of rangeland resources in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences and works as a natural resources extension agent in Wallowa County. He has been an OSU Extension agent for nearly three decades and has lived in Wallowa County for 22 years where he also ranches.For the past eight years Williams has been a member of a research team studying the impacts of the presence of wolves on livestock. This multi-state study includes OSU, University of Idaho, the Agricultural Research Service and ranchers in both Idaho and Oregon.He has also worked in Wallowa County on several public policy issues such as the Endangered Species Act listing of the Snake River Chinook salmon and the wolf. He helped create a Natural Resource Advisory Committee in the county which works to aid federal and state agencies in the development of appropriate policies and decisions when they involve local lands, animals or people.Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a Master of Agriculture in animal science, rangeland resources and agricultural resource economics.Science Pubs engage community members in the work underway by Oregon State researchers from both the Corvallis and Bend campuses. Since 2009, OSU-Cascades has hosted about 50 Science Pubs on topics ranging from fermentation science to forest fires to autism.Science Pubs take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Networking and food and beverage service begin at 5:30 p.m., and the presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. Science Pubs are free to community members, but reservations are required.  Space is limited to 100 guests.   Register by 5:00pm the day prior to each Science Pub at  http://www.osucascades.edu/sciencepubs. Pinterest Email Science Pub Explores Wolf & Cattle Interactions in Oregon last_img read more

4 Steps to Become a Better Salesperson

first_imgSelling is the most basic and fundamental skill required for successful entrepreneurship. However, I’ve heard from many aspiring entrepreneurs who are scared to death of selling.What they don’t realize is that they’ve been selling all their life. In fact, all of us have been selling all our lives in some form or another, whether it be a reason as to why your parents should buy you a bike or an explanation as to why an interviewer should hire you.Selling is not an art but a skill that anyone can master. Here’s how:1. Provide a solution to a problem. Whether you’re selling a product or a service, one of the most important factors is putting yourself in your customers’ shoes and anticipating their pain points. Unless you know what really pains them, you’ll never get their attention. Sometimes they don’t even know what their own frustrations are. That’s where you step in. Then, customize your solution to address just the exact issue.2. Convince them they’re getting a good deal. While you know what your product or service is worth because of the carefully selected ingredients that have gone into making it, your customers are looking at it from the outside. They do not know the inside story. Educate them about where your ingredients (products or people) come from and the difference they will make in their lives. They will then understand that the money they are investing in your product ensures them the best quality it can buy.3. Show customers that you’re offering value. On a similar note, while your customer may be looking for the best deal, they are not necessarily looking for the cheapest deal. Customers are really searching for products or services that provide value. Here’s a classic example from Dan Ariely’s book Predictably Irrational:100 students are given these options to subscribe to The Economist.Online-only subscription: $59Print-only subscription: $125Print and web subscription: $125Can you guess what most students opted for? A staggering 84 students selected the last option because they saw it as a better value.4. Say no to generic email marketing campaigns. If you must sell through email marketing, don’t make the mistake of sending a generic email with what you have to offer. Instead, sell the concept of your product or service customized to your target audience by means of a company update. Draft a mailer that does not amount to selling, but rather updates your customer about a new and recent development in the company. People are attuned to switching off when they see any email marketing campaigns, but they’re often interested in learning about new developments in the areas that can help them. So present it more like news or information.There are many more professional tactics that can help you to make a sale. But if you can focus and get the points detailed above right, you can completely turn around the  current results of your sales efforts.BusinessCollective, launched in partnership with Citi, is a virtual mentorship program powered by North America’s most ambitious young thought leaders, entrepreneurs, executives and small business owners. 4 Steps to Become a Better SalespersonJune 26, 2018 by Rahul Varshneya 227SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POSTcenter_img Filed Under: Advice, Management, Resources, Strategiclast_img read more

7 Ways That Startup Competitors Can Win By Partnering

first_img7 Ways That Startup Competitors Can Win By PartneringSeptember 26, 2016 by Martin Zwilling 299SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Entrepreneurs seem to have blinders on when looking at competitors. Generally they are so focused on killing competitors that they fail to see the positive potential of a strategic partnership or some other type of collaborative relationship. Sometimes you have to put aside the emotion and the passion, and just look at what is best for your business.Strategic partnerships in this context can take the form of joint ventures, intellectual property licensing, outsourcing agreements or even cooperative research. All of these forms offer the potential for a win-win relationship with a nominal competitor, rather than a win-lose deal — as long as both sides can remain humble and not try to dominate the relationship.Always start with a formal proposal, limited in scope to a specific common objective or technology, for a limited amount of time, bounded by a 2-way non-disclosure statement. With this agreement in place, there are a host of ways that both sides can win:1. Share common technology. Every startup has a core competency, which should not be shared. Beyond that, there may be a large percentage of common technology where they both need to minimize cost to gain share from the big dinosaurs that already have this advantage.2. Expand the market for both. Typically, there are market opportunities that neither of your core competencies can win alone. A strategic evolution of your combined strengths may be able to open up a new segment that neither of you could do alone in the same timeframe or at the same cost.3. Up-sell related products or cross endorsement. If your customers would benefit by having products from both companies, you might negotiate the opportunity to include the other’s product as an add-on. Where your competitor is not really competing with your direct market, you can refer business to each other without anyone losing customers.4. Benchmark your practices against a true peer. The best way to do this is to establish specific performance targets with incentive-based rewards for meeting and exceeding these targets. The information exchange from day-to-day interactions of engineers and marketers will drive you enhance your own processes to be more competitive.5. Expand core competency and solidify strengths. Both partners must not forget they are still competitors. By sharing and learning in non-competing areas, they can focus their limited resources on solidifying their core competencies, and expanding their unique segment of the market. Let market response dictate a later split, merger, or acquisition.6. Willing to learn from each other. Learning from each is part of the win-win equation. No entrepreneur has all the insights they need, and none should be so arrogant as to assume they hold all the cards. Of course, it is important to start with a bounded agreement, which clearly illustrates expectations and areas that are off-limits.7. Think about the future. Once you have established your credibility and value, a strategic partnership may extend to a financial relationship. They may have the finances you need to invest in a business area they know, where you have the core competency. Longer term, when ready, it may be time for merger or acquisition.While most entrepreneurs think of strategic partnerships as big company deals, it actually works better for small companies. In large corporate environments, competitor cultures may be so set that collaboration is difficult, while I find that small company peer competitors usually have no trouble at all getting along. The industry leader arrogance has not yet set in.Even for small companies, it is critical that all employees are well-informed about what skills, technology and information can be shared with their partner and what is off-limits. This will offset the normal instinct to think of a competitor only as a threat. It is smarter to capitalize on the positive aspects of a competitive situation rather than killing each other so no one wins. Filed Under: Advice, Management, Resources, Strategic Tagged With: competitors, Coopetition, entrepreneur, Marketing, partners, Startup, Venturecenter_img Reprinted by permission.Image credit: CC by Gloria_BellPREVIOUS POSTNEXT POSTlast_img read more