Thaddeus Young (Chicago Bulls) with a dunk vs the Cleveland Cavaliers, 04/21/2021
Thaddeus Young (Chicago Bulls) with a dunk vs the Cleveland Cavaliers, 04/21/2021
First National Bank Alaska’s (OTCQX:FBAK) unaudited net income for first quarter 2021 was $14.0 million, or $4.41 per share. This compares to net income of $14.1 million, or $4.47 per share, for the same period in 2020.
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Oil prices fell on Thursday as gasoline inventories in the United States, the world's largest oil consumer, rose for a fifth consecutive week although a draw in crude stockpiles helped to underpin prices. Brent crude oil futures fell by 16 cents, or 0.2%, to $68.80 barrel by 0123 GMT, and U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures dropped by 20 cents, or 0.3%, to $65.43 a barrel. Both Brent and U.S. crude futures hit their highest since mid-March on Wednesday before retreating.
PHOENIX — The U.S. Department of Justice expressed concern Wednesday about ballot security and voter intimidation arising from the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate's unprecedented private recount of the 2020 presidential election results in Maricopa County. In a letter to GOP Senate President Karen Fann, the head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division said the Senate's farming out of 2.1 million ballots from the state's most populous county to a contractor may run afoul of federal law requiring ballots to remain in the control of elections officials for 22 months. And Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Pamela S. Karlan said that the Senate contractor's plans to directly contact voters could amount to illegal voter intimidation. “Past experience with similar investigative efforts around the country has raised concerns that they can be directed at minority voters, which potentially can implicate the anti-intimidation prohibitions of the Voting Rights Act,” Karlan wrote. “Such investigative efforts can have a significant intimidating effect on qualified voters that can deter them from seeking to vote in the future.” Karlan wants Fann to lay out how the Senate and its contractors will ensure federal laws are followed. She pointed to news reports showing lax security at the former basketball arena where the ballots are being recounted by hand. Fann said Senate attorneys were working on a response she promised to share when it was completed. The Justice Department letter came six days after voting rights groups asked federal officials to intervene or send monitors to the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix at the state fairgrounds, where the ballots are being recounted. “We are very concerned that the auditors are engaged in ongoing and imminent violations of federal voting and election laws,” said the letter sent by the Brennan Center for Justice, the Leadership Conference and Protect Democracy. In other developments Wednesday, the Arizona Democratic Party has reached a deal with the Republican-controlled state Senate to ensure that voter and ballot privacy is guaranteed during an unprecedented recount of the 2020 presidential election results in Maricopa County. The agreement reached Wednesday puts teeth in a court order that already required the Senate and its contractor, Florida-based Cyber Ninjas, to follow state laws around ballot privacy. Any violations of the agreement would be enforceable by seeking an emergency court order. The agreement also puts in writing a verbal agreement between the Senate and Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs that allows her to have three observers inside the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the state fairgrounds. Under the court order, the Senate and Cyber Ninjas last week released their policies and procedures for the recount. Hobbs' elections director, Bo Dul, told The Associated Press there were major problems with those rules, including that they seemed haphazard, lacked specifics and left much room for interpretation — something that is never allowed in ballot counts. Dul noted that the policies allow counters to accept a large enough error rate to perhaps show Trump won the state. Such an outcome would not change the outcome of the election because the results were certified months ago in the state and Congress. Hobbs on Wednesday sent a letter to the Senate's liaison to its recount contractor, former Secretary of State Ken Bennett, formally laying out a series of problems with the policies. "Mr. Bennett, as a former Secretary of State, you know that our elections are governed by a complex framework of laws and procedures designed to ensure accuracy, security, and transparency," Hobbs wrote. “You also must therefore know that the procedures governing this audit ensure none of those things.” The developments come as the counting of 2.1 million ballots from the November election won by President Joe Biden are off to a slow pace. Bennett told the Associated Press Tuesday night that teams doing a hand recount of the presidential race lost by former President Donald Trump and the U.S. Senate race won by Democrat Mark Kelly has tallied less than 10% of the ballots since starting on April 23. Bennett said it is clear the count can't be done by the time the deal allowing the Senate to use the Coliseum ends on May 14. Several days of high school graduations are set to begin on May 15. Bennett said the plan was to move the ballots and other materials into a secure area of the Coliseum to allow the events, then restart counting and continue until that is completed. That seems far from certain, though, after a state fair board official told the Arizona Republic that extending the Coliseum lease is “not feasible.” The fair board didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from the AP. Trump and his backers have alleged without evidence that he lost Arizona and other battleground states because of fraud. Fann said she wants to prove one way or the other whether GOP claims of problems with the vote are valid and use the results of the audit to craft updated election laws. Bob Christie, The Associated Press
FRISCO, Texas — Canada will play for gold at the under-18 men's hockey championship. Connor Bedard had a hat trick while captain Shane Wright added a goal and three assists, and the Canadians toppled Sweden 8-1 on Wednesday in the tournament semifinals. "Before the game, we told our players to expect a tough game from the Swedes," said head coach Dave Barr. "We had the mindset going into the game that things were not going to be easy, and offensive production and opportunities were not going to come easy. That was our messaging going into the third period as well, we just needed to keep doing the little things right and we knew the opportunities would come. We got that third goal early and things started to open up from there." Canada will face the winner of the semifinal match between Russia and Finland scheduled later Wednesday in Thursday's gold-medal game. Bedard — the first player ever to be granted exceptional player status for the Western Hockey League, allowing him to enter underage as a 15-year-old this year with the Regina Pats — has eight points in his past two games after producing two goals and three assists in a 10-3 quarterfinal victory over the Czech Republic. "I do not think I was playing too great in the preliminary round and I was a little bit frustrated with my game. My legs feel a lot better than they did for the first three or four games where I was pretty tired, but I have been able to gain some confidence after a few goals," said Bedard. "It is always good for the confidence when you are scoring and helping the team, but we also have been winning all our games and have a lot of confidence as a team. If we can bring that into tomorrow’s game, I think we have a good chance of winning." Chase Stillman, Brennan Othmann, Francesco Pinelli and Conner Roulette rounded out the scoring for Canada, which downed the Swedes 12-1 in the round-robin portion of the tournament. Benjamin Gaudreau made 16 saves for the win. Isak Rosen replied for Sweden, the defending champion at the event. Carl Lindbom stopped 48-of-56 shots in defeat. The Canadians have won the tournament three times, with their last gold medal coming in 2013. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 5, 2021. The Canadian Press
Connor Bedard is just 15 years old but he's been easily the best player at the 2021 IIHF World U18 Championships.
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ORLANDO, Fla. — Kemba Walker tied a season high with 32 points in his return from a four-game injury absence, Evan Fournier had 18 points in his first game back in Orlando since being traded, and the Boston Celtics routed the Magic 132-96 on Wednesday night. Jayson Tatum shook off a slow start and finished with 27 points for Boston, which swept the three-game series with the Magic and beat Orlando for a sixth straight time over the past two seasons. The Celtics made 21 3-pointers, just two fewer than their season-best 23 against Orlando on March 21. Walker, who entered averaging 20.7 points in 34 career games against the Magic, showed no rust following a nine-day layoff because of a strained left oblique suffered on April 25. Walker made 11 of 18 shots and shot 6 of 9 from 3-point range in 28 minutes for Boston, which pulled even with Miami for sixth in the Eastern Conference standings. Walker scored 32 points for a third time this season. Fournier, who played for the Magic for 6 1/2 seasons before his trade to Boston on March 25, was honoured with a highlight video between the first and second quarters. Dwayne Bacon and Moritz Wagner each scored 20 points for Orlando, while Mo Bamba added 19 points and 15 rebounds as the Magic's two-game winning streak ended. Magic coach Steve Clifford was back on the sidelines after missing six games following a positive COVID-19 test. Clifford, 59, said getting vaccine shots on each side of his positive test helped him. “It was very uneventful, thankfully and, from what I’ve been told, the biggest part was because I had been vaccinated,” Clifford said. “My body was ready for it.” FOURNIER RETURNS To illustrate how much he loved Orlando during his tenure with the Magic in late March, Fournier said he had never lived in the same city more than two years since he was 13 when he left his family home to chase his professional basketball dreams. The next day, the guard who was in the midst of a career year was traded from Orlando to Boston. Upon his return to Orlando, Clifford said of the versatile guard: “There’s nothing more important when you play 82 games than having a guy who you never have to worry whether he’s going to try hard. It was a given with him. Played hurt, played really hurt, always ready to play, always into the game plan and badly wanted to win.” TIP-INS Celtics: Coach Brad Stevens said Jaylen Brown (ankle sprain) might rejoin the team in Chicago on Friday and could play. ... G Romeo Langford was put in the NBA’s concussion protocol program after experiencing headaches a day after an accidental collision in practice. ... One of the loudest cheers came in the fourth when 7-foot-5 centre Tacko Fall checked in. Fall played college basketball at nearby UCF. He had an up-and-under layup with 4 minutes remaining and later stuffed a dunk attempt by R.J. Hampton. Magic: Sindarius Thornwell became the 28th player to appear in a game this season for Orlando, tying an NBA record set by Memphis in the 2015-16 and ’18-19 seasons. UP NEXT Celtics: Play at Chicago on Friday night Magic: Play at Charlotte on Friday night. — More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/nba and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports John Denton, The Associated Press
Ontario Premier Doug Ford has approached the governor of Michigan about the possibility of having essential workers who cross the border from Canada vaccinated against COVID-19 stateside. The premier spoke to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday, and a source with knowledge of the situation told CBC News that she indicated she is open to hearing more on the idea. It's now up to Ontario to propose a plan, to see if an agreement can be reached. The timeline on next steps was not immediately clear and there is no guarantee such a proposal will go forward. In Manitoba, truck drivers, teachers and other school workers, can already cross into North Dakota for vaccinations. Ontario's proposal "reflects the fact that it's in everyone's best interest to arrange safe, predictable passage for critical staff and truck drivers who cross the border regularly," said Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association, in a statement.
Remnants of a large Chinese rocket launched last week are expected to plunge back through the atmosphere this weekend in an uncontrolled re-entry being tracked by U.S. Space Command, the U.S. military said on Wednesday. The Long March 5B rocket blasted off from China's Hainan island on April 29 carrying the Tianhe module, which contains what will become living quarters for three crew on a permanent Chinese space station. The rocket's exact point of descent into Earth's atmosphere as it falls back from space "cannot be pinpointed until within hours of its reentry," which is projected to occur around May 8, Space Command said in a statement posted online.
Pressure mounts on Australia to support Covid vaccine intellectual property waiver for developing nationsUnited States now supports bid to allow poorer nations to make cheap copies of Covid vaccines, but Australia is holding out The proposal to waive patent protections on vaccines for the duration of the pandemic has been supported by more than 100 countries, but Australia remains opposed. Photograph: Naveen Sharma/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock
A look at what’s happening around the majors Thursday: ___ OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET Gerrit Cole (4-1, 1.43 ERA) starts against Houston for the first time since leaving the Astros for a $324 million, nine-year contract with the Yankees before the 2020 season. He’ll face friend and former teammate Lance McCullers Jr. (2-1, 3.38 ERA) when the American League powers wrap up their three-game series in a New York matinee. “Lance is certainly one of the premier competitors in the league with fantastic stuff, so I think it’s going to be a fun matchup,” Cole said. Cole, the AL pitcher of the month for April, struck out 12 and walked none over six innings of four-hit ball last Friday in a 10-0 win against punchless Detroit. He spent 2018-19 with the Astros, going 35-10 with a 2.69 ERA and an average of 301 strikeouts per season. The right-hander made two All-Star teams in Houston, finished second in 2019 AL Cy Young Award voting and helped the Astros reach the World Series that year. “It was a really special time in my career,” he said. “I was adopted so quickly into the clubhouse. The team was super fun to be around.” Since getting traded from Pittsburgh to Houston, Cole leads the majors in wins (46) and strikeouts (758), and ranks third in ERA (2.61). He again credited Astros pitching coach Brent Strom and the team’s pitching philosophy for giving him a huge boost. “I think when I think back the biggest thing I’m thankful for was such a team environment that we could all share knowledge with each other and really forward our careers individually, whether it be with the Astros or whether it took you somewhere else,” Cole said. SAY HEY KID Willie Mays turns 90 on Thursday. He is the oldest living Hall of Famer. A New York and San Francisco Giants great who finished his career with the New York Mets, he had 660 home runs and 3,283 hits with a .302 average and 1,903 RBIs from 1951-73. He was part of a Golden Era of centre fielders in New York, joined by Mickey Mantle of the Yankees and Duke Snider of the Brooklyn Dodgers. TOP OF THE CHARTS Kansas City left-hander Danny Duffy leads the American League with a 0.60 ERA going into Thursday's game with Cleveland and is second to the New York Mets' Jacob deGrom (0.51). Duffy is 4-1 heading into his outing against right-hander Triston McKenzie (0-1, 6.27 ERA). Duffy beat Cleveland on April 5 in his first start, allowing two hits in six scoreless innings. HOT MADBUM Arizona left-hander Madison Bumgarner (3-2, 5.58 ERA) has won three straight starts for Arizona going into Thursday's outing at Miami, which starts right-hander Pablo López (0-2, 2.34 ERA). After winning at Washington on April 18, Bumgarner pitched a seven-inning no-hitter at Atlanta on April 25 in the second game of a doubleheader, a game shortened under pandemic rules and not recognized as a no-hitter by Major League Baseball because it did not go nine innings. He allowed one run and four hits over five innings to beat Colorado on April 30. FINISHING UP Milwaukee and Philadelphia conclude their four-game series with an intriguing pitching matchup. Brandon Woodruff (2-0, 1.80 ERA) starts for the visiting Brewers, and fellow right-hander Zack Wheeler gets the ball for the Phillies. Woodruff has permitted four runs in 31 innings over his last five starts. He is 2-0 with a sparkling 0.50 ERA in three career starts against the Phillies. Wheeler is 1-1 with a 2.90 ERA in five starts versus the Brewers. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
The Detroit Lions are releasing running back Kerryon Johnson, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke Wednesday night on condition of anonymity because the Lions had not announced the move. Detroit drafted the former Auburn standout in the second round in 2018. Johnson became expendable after the team drafted D’Andre Swift No. 35 overall in 2020, signed free agent running back Jamaal Williams in March and drafted Oregon State’s Jermar Jefferson last week. Johnson ran for 1,225 yards and eight touchdowns over three seasons. He also has 61 career receptions for 527 yards and three scores. Last year, he had 181 yards rushing and two scores on 52 carries. and had 19 receptions for 187 yards receiving and a touchdown. The Lions also added a player in free agency, signing tight end Darren Fells. The move gives the team a veteran at the position it can put on the field with Pro Bowl tight end T.J. Hockenson. The 35-year-old Fells has 123 career catches with 1,483 yards receiving and 21 touchdowns. The previous two years in Houston, he had a combined 55 catches for 653 yards and 11 touchdowns. Fells has started 76 games — including 13 with the Lions in 2017 — and played in 102 games with Arizona, Detroit, Cleveland and the Texans. He was a rebounding standout at UC Irvine and played basketball in Argentina, Mexico, Belgium, Finland and France before playing in the NFL. ___ More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Larry Lage, The Associated Press
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Players from the Rangers and Capitals threw their gloves to the ice and started throwing punches as soon as the puck was dropped in their matchup in New York on Wednesday as the Rangers sought revenge after the Caps' Tom Wilson beat and injured a Rangers' star player in their last meeting. Three separate fights broke out in the opening seconds and others, including one involving Wilson moments after he stepped on the ice, occurred early in the first period in a return to the NHL's "old school" days when brawls were more common and more vicious. The bad blood between the teams stems from Monday's game, where the towering Wilson tossed around New York Rangers' Artemi Panarin, an NHL most valuable player candidate.
The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 283,833 new vaccinations administered for a total of 14,568,067 doses given. Nationwide, 1,173,962 people or 3.1 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 38,438.905 per 100,000. There were 120,572 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 16,834,204 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 86.54 per cent of their available vaccine supply. Please note that Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the territories typically do not report on a daily basis. Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 20,902 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 188,204 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 359.421 per 1,000. In the province, 1.85 per cent (9,676) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland and Labrador for a total of 209,050 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 40 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 90.03 per cent of its available vaccine supply. P.E.I. is reporting 6,208 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 56,104 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 353.681 per 1,000. In the province, 6.71 per cent (10,648) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 64,335 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 41 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 87.21 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Nova Scotia is reporting 41,012 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 334,775 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 343.043 per 1,000. In the province, 3.78 per cent (36,858) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 388,450 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 40 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 86.18 per cent of its available vaccine supply. New Brunswick is reporting 26,380 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 279,259 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 358.006 per 1,000. In the province, 3.61 per cent (28,188) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 310,995 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 40 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 89.8 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Quebec is reporting 57,033 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,365,575 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 393.329 per 1,000. There were 43,452 new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 3,893,539 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 46 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 86.44 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Ontario is reporting 132,603 new vaccinations administered for a total of 5,599,723 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 381.217 per 1,000. In the province, 2.59 per cent (381,123) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 6,635,725 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 45 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 84.39 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Manitoba is reporting 8,081 new vaccinations administered for a total of 510,022 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 370.385 per 1,000. In the province, 5.38 per cent (74,056) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 575,990 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 42 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 88.55 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Saskatchewan is reporting 9,968 new vaccinations administered for a total of 470,715 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 399.197 per 1,000. In the province, 3.83 per cent (45,193) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 502,955 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 43 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 93.59 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Alberta is reporting 26,220 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,694,675 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 384.974 per 1,000. In the province, 6.94 per cent (305,511) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 1,774,065 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 40 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 95.52 per cent of its available vaccine supply. British Columbia is reporting 33,068 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,943,230 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 378.681 per 1,000. In the province, 1.83 per cent (93,656) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 77,120 new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 2,320,280 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 45 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 83.75 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Yukon is reporting 286 new vaccinations administered for a total of 48,941 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,172.773 per 1,000. In the territory, 54.75 per cent (22,848) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 55,920 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 130 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 87.52 per cent of its available vaccine supply. The Northwest Territories are reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 48,007 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,064.009 per 1,000. In the territory, 48.04 per cent (21,674) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 58,800 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 130 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 81.64 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Nunavut is reporting 125 new vaccinations administered for a total of 28,837 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 744.642 per 1,000. In the territory, 32.59 per cent (12,621) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 44,100 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 110 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 65.39 per cent of its available vaccine supply. *Notes on data: The figures are compiled by the COVID-19 Open Data Working Group based on the latest publicly available data and are subject to change. Note that some provinces report weekly, while others report same-day or figures from the previous day. Vaccine doses administered is not equivalent to the number of people inoculated as the approved vaccines require two doses per person. The vaccines are currently not being administered to children under 18 and those with certain health conditions. In some cases the number of doses administered may appear to exceed the number of doses distributed as some provinces have been drawing extra doses per vial. This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published May 5, 2021. The Canadian Press
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The proposed road to a liquefied natural gas project on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore is paved with conflicting opinions about whether the highway change — and the $10-billion development it is a part of — should even go ahead. Pieridae Energy received environmental approval in 2014 to build a natural gas liquefaction plant at Goldboro, a tanker terminal, marine facilities and power plant. For the project to proceed, the company needs to move a 3.5-kilometre section of Highway 316, a secondary highway that hugs the coastline. The proposed realignment would divert vehicles inland and around the proposed LNG facility. Public submissions to the provincial government about moving the highway, also known as Marine Drive, are sharply divided. Everyday people, a tourism group, an energy industry association, environmentalists and Indigenous groups have all made submissions to the Environment Department. There were comments in support of the road project, saying the existing road is in need of improvement. Pieridae Energy needs to move a 3.5-kilometre section of Highway 316, a secondary highway that hugs the coastline.(Pieridae Energy) A local tourism group said the project must ensure that a massive industrial site does not obstruct view planes, and that signage is provided to notify travellers that they're still on Marine Drive. Others said a road would be a path to new jobs. The Maritimes Energy Association, a trade group, said it supports the project because it will create approximately 3,500 jobs during construction and up to 200 permanent positions. "This project will bring significant investment to Nova Scotia and aid the province in its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic," the association said, adding that the highway realignment would increase public safety. One commenter from Antigonish said the work "needs to happen" in Nova Scotia, especially one with "so many positive spinoffs." Another person from Quebec said they know the area well and do not see an issue with moving the highway. "Please do not let this project die. Nova Scotia needs good paying jobs," they said. Some Indigenous groups, however, slammed Pieridae for a lack of consultation. The Native Council of Nova Scotia said its offer to meet virtually with Pieridae was "brusquely denied, and we are cavalierly told to seek out information regarding the project from a third party." The council raised several questions in its written submission, including plans for the water course, the blue felt lichen and Atlantic salmon in the area, and whether the wetland alteration plan had been approved. Pieridae is proposing to liquefy natural gas from the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline at a plant to be built in Goldboro, Guysborough County, and ship it by sea.(Pieridae Energy) The Maritime Aboriginal People's Council, an intergovernmental leaders group, pointed out the highway realignment project would be on traditional ancestral homeland. It also criticized Pieridae's failure to meet with the Native Council of Nova Scotia. In a joint submission, the Ecology Action Centre, the New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance and the Sierra Club Foundation recommended scrapping the project. They said approving the project would increase Nova Scotia's greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, instead of cutting them. The submission also raised concerns about the presence of old gold mine shafts, and the safety and contamination risks they pose. Pierdae's proposal is to build the new six-kilometre road, and upon completion, ownership and maintenance would be the responsibility of the province. The company has said it does not anticipate any major adverse environmental effects from the road project, and expects to start construction this fall. MORE TOP STORIES