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AUSTIN, Texas — The National Rifle Association announced Friday it has filed for bankruptcy protection and will seek to incorporate the nation’s most politically influential gun-rights group in Texas instead of New York. The announcement came months after New York’s attorney general sued the organization over claims that top executives illegally diverted tens of millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for associates and other questionable expenditures. The coronavirus pandemic has also upended the NRA, which last year laid off dozens of employees. The group cancelled its national convention and scuttled fundraising. The NRA's bankruptcy filing listed between $100 million and $500 million in assets and between $100 million and $500 million in liabilities. Still, the NRA claimed in announcing the move that the organization was “in its strongest financial condition in years.” The NRA filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in federal court in Dallas and said it planned to incorporate in Texas, where records show it formed a limited liability corporation, Sea Girt LLC, in November 2020. Sea Girt LLC made a separate bankruptcy filing Friday, listing fewer than $100,000 in liabilities. In its filing, the NRA said its longtime leader, Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre, made the decision to file for bankruptcy protection in consultation with a “special litigation committee” comprised of three NRA officials that was formed in September to oversee its legal strategies. The NRA board voted Jan. 7 to clarify LaPierre's employment agreement, giving him the power to “reorganize or restructure the affairs” of the organization. “The move will enable long-term, sustainable growth and ensure the NRA’s continued success as the nation’s leading advocate for constitutional freedom – free from the toxic political environment of New York,” the NRA said in a statement. A message seeking comment was left with a Dallas lawyer who made the bankruptcy filings on behalf of the NRA and Sea Girt LLC. Shortly after the announcement, New York Attorney General Letitia James said she would not allow the NRA to “evade accountability” or oversight. Her office's lawsuit last year highlighted misspending and self-dealing claims that have roiled the NRA and LaPierre in recent years— from hair and makeup for his wife to a $17 million post-employment contract for himself. “The NRA’s claimed financial status has finally met its moral status: bankrupt," James said. The gun-rights group boasts about 5 million members. Though headquartered in Virginia, the NRA was chartered as a non-profit in New York in 1871 and is incorporated in the state. Going forward, the NRA said a committee will study opportunities to relocate segments of its operations to Texas and elsewhere. The NRA's largest creditor, owed $1.2 million, is Ackerman McQueen, which is the group's former advertising agency that was behind the now-shuttered NRA TV service. The NRA sued the Oklahoma-based company in 2019, alleging it was being overbilled and said in Friday's bankruptcy filing that the debt it is owed is disputed. The lawsuit is pending. A message seeking comment was left with Ackerman McQueen. In the New York lawsuit, Ackerman McQueen was accused of aiding lavish spending by LaPierre and other NRA executives by picking up the tab and then sending a lump sum bill to the organization for “out-of-pocket expenses." “No financial filing can ever shroud the moral bankruptcy of Wayne LaPierre and his wife and their lap dogs on the NRA board,” said Bill Powers, an Ackerman McQueen spokesperson and former public affairs director for the NRA. Court records also show more than $960,000 owed to Membership Marketing Partners LLC, a firm that lists its headquarters at the same address as the NRA. Another $200,000 is owed to Speedway Motorsports, the North Carolina-based company that owns and operates NASCAR tracks, according to the records. Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott quickly welcomed the news, tweeting: “Welcome to Texas — a state that safeguards the 2nd Amendment.” The NRA said it has more than 400,000 members in Texas and plans to hold its annual convention in Houston later this year. ___ Sisak reported from New York. Associated Press reporter Jake Bleiberg in Dallas contributed to this report. Paul J. Weber And Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press
One of the most prominent donors to the University of British Columbia has lost a lengthy legal fight to have his name printed on every degree given to students who graduate from the law school that's named after him. Peter A. Allard, a successful lawyer who has been fighting his alma mater on the issue for years, lost his B.C. Supreme Court battle against the university on Thursday. "I am disappointed and surprised by the decision," Allard said in a written statement after the decision was posted online Friday. "I am presently considering my options, including a further appeal." The dispute began shortly after Allard made a historic $30-million donation to UBC in 2014 on a number of conditions. One of those conditions said degree certificates granted by the Faculty of Law would have Allard's name printed somewhere on the parchment. But not all degrees fromthe Peter A. Allard School of Law are granted by the Faculty of Law. Higher level graduate degrees come from a different division: the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Allard didn't know that at the time. The university began printing degrees from its lower-level Juris Doctor (JD) program with Allard's name after the donation was made, but Allard contacted the school in 2016 after noticing his name missing from higher-level graduate degrees, like masters of laws and PhDs. Court documents said he was "stunned" when he realized the faculty detail. 'Reasonable' request denied He asked UBC to start adding a "reasonable" reference to his name on graduate certificates, but it declined, saying it was honouring its end of the agreement as it had been written. After a fruitless period of back-and-forth and a blunt letter from UBC President Santa J. Ono, Allard took the issue to the B.C. International Commercial Arbitration Centre in 2017. He lost. An arbitrator who reviewed the agreement found the school wasn't required to add Allard's name to degrees issued by faculties other than the Faculty of Law. Allard's B.C. Supreme Court petition, filed in 2019, sought the chance to appeal the arbitration dismissal on the grounds that the arbitrator had erred in law and misinterpreted the agreement's meaning of "degree certificates." Justice Karen Douglas dismissed Allard's application. In her decision posted Friday, she found the arbitrator had interpreted the agreement properly in his role. A lawyer for UBC said in a statement Friday the school was "appreciative" of the court's dismissal. Hubert Lai said the arbitrator's original decision "upheld UBC's longtime understanding" of the 2014 agreement. "We continue to be grateful for Mr. Allard's generous support and the positive impact it has had for law students and faculty over the years." Allard's name has become synonymous with UBC law. The law school itself is named in Allard's honour, its main building is called Allard Hall and the prestigious Allard Prize for International Integrity was administered at the school for years.
Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro said Pfizer's temporary slowdown of vaccine production will delay Alberta's distribution plans. Shandro said at a Friday press conference it will now take longer to complete Alberta's first phase of its vaccination program. This includes health-care workers, all seniors over 75, and First Nation and Métis elders over 65. The province hopes to get back on track with its vaccination targets by March. “While unfortunate, such delays and issues are possible when global supply chains are stretched and pushed, and demand is high throughout the rest of the world,” said Shandro. Pfizer announced it needed to slow the manufacturing and distribution of its vaccine for the next few weeks because of expansion plans at the company's production site in Belgium. The company says the expansion is needed to increase overall production from 1.3 billion doses to 2 billion doses. Pfizer says its supply lines will be restored by late March. Canada will see a 20 per cent drop in expected vaccine shipments next week. The following week, that decrease will be 80 per cent. For the next two weeks after that period, only half of the scheduled vaccines will arrive in Canada. “We had hoped to announce the start of these vaccinations in the coming days but that is now in question,” said Shandro. Alberta Health Services (AHS) is still expanding distribution capacity to prepare for future vaccine shipments. Dr. Laura McDougall, Alberta’s senior medical officer of health, said people scheduled to receive a COVID-19 vaccine may not be able to get the dose. Alberta Health is working with AHS to determine whether priority will be given to those waiting for their first dose of the vaccine, or those waiting for their second dose. “We have enough immunizers and more than enough people wanting to be immunized,” said McDougall. “What we need is more vaccine.” firstname.lastname@example.org Sarah Williscraft, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Fort McMurray Today
Major social platforms have been cracking down on the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories in the leadup to the presidential election, and expanded their efforts in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. But Apple and Google, among others, have left open a major loophole for this material: Podcasts. Podcasts made available by the two Big Tech companies let you tune into the world of the QAnon conspiracy theory, wallow in President Donald Trump's false claims of a stolen election and bask in other extremism. Accounts that have been banned on social media for election misinformation, threatening or bullying, and breaking other rules also still live on as podcasts available on the tech giants’ platforms. Conspiracy theorists have peddled stolen-election fantasies, coronavirus conspiracies and violent rhetoric. One podcaster, RedPill78, called the Capitol siege a “staged event” in a Jan. 11 episode of Red Pill News. The day before the Capitol riot, a more popular podcast, X22 Report, spoke confidently about a Trump second term, explained that Trump would need to “remove” many members of Congress to further his plans, and said “We the people, we are the storm, and we’re coming to DC.” Both are available on Apple and Google podcast platforms. Podcasting “plays a particularly outsized role” in propagating white supremacy, said a 2018 report from the Anti-Defamation League. Many white supremacists, like QAnon adherents, support Trump. Podcasting’s an intimate, humanizing mode of communication that lets extremists expound on their ideas for hours at a time, said Oren Segal of ADL’s Center on Extremism. Elsewhere on social media, Twitter,Facebook and YouTube have been cracking down on accounts amplifying unfounded QAnon claims that Trump is fighting deep state enemies and cannibals operating a child-sex trafficking ring. A major talk radio company, Cumulus, told its hosts to tone down rhetoric about stolen elections and violent uprisings or risk termination, although it's not clear what impact that dictate has had. Google-owned YouTube axed “Bannon's War Room,” a channel run by Trump loyalist Steve Bannon on Jan. 8 after he spread false election claims and called for the beheading of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious-disease expert. But podcast versions of Bannon's show live on at Apple and Google. Spotify took it down in November, according to one of its hosts. “Podcasts filled with hatred and incitement to violence should not be treated any differently than any other content," Segal said. "If you’re going to take a strong stance against hate and extremism in the platform in any way, it should be all-inclusive.” Apple, Spotify and Google curate lists of top podcasts and recommend them to users. Apple and Spotify are the dominant players in the U.S., with other players far behind, said Dave Zohrob, CEO of the podcast analytics firm Chartable. Despite its name recognition, Google remains a tiny presence. Spotify said it takes down podcasts that violate its policies against hate speech, copyright violations or break any laws, using “algorithmic and human detection measures” to identify violations. Apple’s guidelines prohibit content that is illegal or promotes violence, graphic sex or drugs or is “otherwise considered obscene, objectionable, or in poor taste.” Apple did not reply to repeated questions about its content guidelines or moderation. Google declined to explain the discrepancy between what’s available on YouTube and what’s on Google Podcasts, saying only that its podcast service “indexes audio available on the web” much the way its search engine indexes web pages. The company said it removes podcasts from its platform “in very rare circumstances, largely guided by local law.” X22 Report and Bannon’s War Room were No. 20 and No. 32 on Apple's list of top podcasts on Friday. (Experts say that list measures a podcast's momentum rather than total listeners.) X22 Report said in October that it was suspended by YouTube and Spotify and last week by Twitter. It's no longer available on Facebook, either. It is supported by ads for products such as survivalist food, unlicensed food supplements and gold coins, which run before and during the podcasts. The website for Red Pill News said YouTube banned its videos in October and that a Twitter suspension followed. The podcast is available on Apple and Google, but not Spotify. Several QAnon proponents affected by the crackdown sued YouTube in October, calling its actions a “massive de-platforming.” Among the plaintiffs are X22 Report, RedPill78 and David Hayes, who runs another conspiracy podcast called Praying Medic that's available on Apple and Google, but not Spotify. Melody Torres, who podcasts at SoulWarrior Uncensored, self-identifies as a longtime QAnon follower and said in a recent episode that her podcast is “just my way of not being censored." She said she was kicked off Twitter in January and booted from Instagram four times last year. She currently has Instagram, Facebook and YouTube accounts; her podcast is available on Apple and Google. Spotify removed the podcast Friday after The Associated Press inquired about it. X22 Report, RedPill78 and Hayes did not respond to requests for comment sent via their websites. Torres did not reply to a Facebook message. Podcasts suffer from the same misinformation problem as other platforms, said Shane Creevey, head of editorial for Kinzen, a startup created by former Facebook and Twitter executives that offers a disinformation tracker to companies, including some that host or curate podcasts. Creevey points out that it's harder to analyze misinformation from video and audio than from text. Podcasts can also run for hours, making them difficult to monitor. And podcasting has additional challenges in that there are no reliable statistics on their audience, unlike a YouTube stream, which shows views, or a tweet or Facebook post, which shows likes and shares, Creevey said. But some argue that tech-company moderation is opaque and inconsistent, creating a new set of problems. Censorship “goes with the tide against what’s popular in any given moment," said Jillian York, an expert at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital-rights group. Right now, she said, “that tide is against the speech of right-wing extremists ... but tomorrow the tide might be against opposition activists.” ___ AP Technology Editor David Hamilton contributed to this article. Tali Arbel, The Associated Press
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EDMONTON — Alberta's health minister says it will take longer than expected to start immunizing seniors over 75 outside long-term care homes due to a delay in manufacturing one of the COVID-19 vaccines. Tyler Shandro called the news out of Ottawa on Friday a blow and said it's not clear how severely the delay will affect Alberta's vaccine allocation in the coming weeks. "This is out of our control, but it will impact Alberta's immunization schedule," he said Friday. The schedule for seniors over 75, regardless of where they live, and Indigenous people over 65 is up in the air because it will take longer to immunize priority health-care workers, Shandro said. "We had hoped to announce the start of these vaccinations in the coming days, but that is now in question." Federal officials said earlier in the day that only half of promised Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses will arrive in the next month due to production issues in Belgium. "This is unfortunate news and we are all disappointed. However, we will not stop," Shandro said. "Health officials will continue giving out what vaccines we do have as quickly as possible." Senior medical officer of health Laura McDougall said Alberta is still ramping up its ability to administer vaccines and has been able to deliver more shots than expected so far. She said the province has recruited pharmacists, retired health-care workers and nursing students to give out shots and pop-up clinics have been set up in emergency departments to reach more front-line staff. "We have enough immunizers and more than enough people wanting to be immunized," McDougall said. "What we need is more vaccine." Alberta reported 785 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday along with 13 more deaths. There were 796 people in hospital, with 124 of those in intensive care. More than 74,000 vaccine doses have been given out so far, and the province still aims to administer 50,000 a week by the end of January if there is enough supply. — By Lauren Krugel in Calgary This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 15, 2020. The Canadian Press
(Bloomberg) -- Efforts by Canada’s government to hire a firm to do a financial analysis of its Trans Mountain pipeline and a facilitator to help Indigenous communities have rankled at least one group in British Columbia.“It’s a joke,” Chief Mike LeBourdais, head of the B.C.-based Western Indigenous Pipeline Group, said in a phone interview about the contract. “They are going to advise the Indians on whether buying a pipeline is good or not.”The government issued a tender notice on Dec. 23 for a Department of Finance contract “to support participating Indigenous groups in making informed decisions about participating economically in Trans Mountain and participating in the Department’s engagement process,” according to the document, which was updated this week.The government also seeks to hire an individual or group to bring Indigenous groups and government officials together in multilateral discussions, according to a notice issued Jan. 11.At least three groups of Indigenous communities in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan have banded together to buy a stake in Trans Mountain from the government, which bought the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline for $3.5 billion in 2018. The pipeline was nationalized to keep alive a project to expand the line after original owner Kinder Morgan Inc. threatened to scrap it amid opposition in B.C.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has said it will sell its ownership once the expansion is completed and de-risked and is open to “Indigenous economic participation” in the line. Two years ago, the finance ministry started an engagement process with First Nations communities on economic participation and “nearly all” of the 60 Indigenous groups that participated indicated that additional financial information was needed as a precondition, according to the notice.Building ConsensusThe Western Indigenous Pipeline Group is already working with bankers for its plans, LeBourdais said, adding that he sees little benefit in the government’s proposal. “I have people working in the field drawing up cashflows,” he said.“The government is committed to engaging with Indigenous groups about economic participation in Trans Mountain,” a Department of Finance official said Friday by email. “The government does not intend to be the long-term owner of Trans Mountain Corp.”The government said it seeks to build consensus on the form of economic participation preferred by the communities and to identify or support the formation of “counterparties” that could represent them in a future negotiation with Canada, according to the tender document.Construction on the Trans Mountain expansion began last year after more than a decade of court battles and delays caused by opposition from groups including many First Nations in B.C., which see the line as a threat to the environment.Alberta’s oil-sands producers have struggled for years with a shortage of export pipelines and see the pipeline as crucial for getting their crude to markets in Asia. Some in the oil industry argue that indigenous ownership is a way to both lessen opposition to pipeline projects and provide financial help to those communities.(Adds government comment in eighth paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
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The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 6:30 p.m. British Columbia health officials say they are disappointed to hear there will be a short-term delay in the delivery of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Their comments came as the province reported 509 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 60,117 infections in British Columbia. It also reported an additional nine deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 1,047. The number of people who have recovered stands at 53,115. The number of British Columbians who have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine so far is 75,914. --- 5:40 p.m. Alberta is reporting 785 new cases of COVID-19. It says there have also been an additional 13 deaths. There are 796 people in hospital, and 124 of those are in intensive care. There are 12,189 active infections. --- 5:10 p.m. A person in Yellowknife has tested positive for COVID-19. Chief public health officer Dr. Kami Kandola says the person has not travelled and there is no known source of infection at this time. Currently, there are no other active cases of COVID-19 in Yellowknife. Kandola says the new case was locally acquired but the source is unknown. A rapid response team has been deployed to investigate the source of the new case. --- 3:35 p.m. Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting one new case of COVID-19 today. The new case involves a woman between 20 and 39 years old in the eastern health region. Officials say the woman is a resident of the province who travelled internationally. Newfoundland and Labrador has five active reported cases and one person is in hospital with the disease. --- 2:55 p.m. Health officials in Saskatchewan are announcing another 382 cases of COVID-19. Four more residents who were 60 and older have also died. There are 210 people in hospital, with 35 people in intensive care. To date, 14,017 vaccine doses have gone into the arms of the province's elderly and health-care workers. Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer warned that next week, he will recommend the Saskatchewan Party government tighten up its public-health orders if the province continues to see 300 or more new cases daily. --- 2 p.m. The Manitoba government is seeking public input on a potential easing of COVID-19 restrictions on business openings and public gatherings. Dr. Brent Roussin, the province's chief public health officer, says daily case numbers have been dropping and the strain on hospitals has been easing. The government has put up an online survey that asks people what they would like to see changed, and a final decision is expected late next week. --- 1:35 p.m. Manitoba is reporting 191 new COVID-19 cases today and five additional deaths. The new cases continue to be especially pronounced in the northern health region. --- 1 p.m. Police in Ottawa say they have charged a 62-year-old man from California for violating the quarantine rules meant to reduce the spread of COVID-19. In a statement, they say the man arrived in Canada Jan. 6 and was required to stay isolated until Jan. 19, but was visited "on several occasions and for extended periods of time" by an Ottawa resident. They don't name the man or say what his relationship is to his visitor, but say he came from California, a state struggling more than most with the novel coronavirus. The section of the Quarantine Act that forbids visits to people in quarantine carries a potential maximum punishment of six months in jail and a $750,000 fine. The police statement says the visitor was let off with a warning. --- 12:42 New Brunswick is reporting 25 new cases of COVID-19 today across almost all of its health zones. Health officials say the new cases are under investigation and the Miramichi area is the only region without active reported infections. The province says it has 256 active cases and four people are in hospital with the disease. New Brunswick remains at the second-highest pandemic alert level. --- 11:55 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says a temporary delay in deliveries of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will not derail efforts to vaccinate Canadians by September. Trudeau says Pfizer's production issues will not affect plans to have enough vaccines available for every Canadian who wants one by the fall. He says "it's only expected that there will be a few bumps along the way." Pfizer Canada says modifications at its Belgium facility will affect deliveries for all countries it supplies. --- 10:57 Nova Scotia is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 today. Officials say one case was identified in the northern zone and one in the central zone, which includes Halifax. They say both cases involve close contacts of previously reported infections. Nova Scotia has 32 active reported cases of the disease. --- 10:30 a.m. Ontario is reporting 100 deaths linked to COVID-19 today after a data entry error in one of its public health units. Forty-six deaths from Middlesex-London were added to the province's daily count that actually happened earlier in the pandemic. The province is also reporting 2,998 new cases of COVID-19. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 800 of those new cases are in Toronto, 618 in Peel Region and 250 in York Region. --- 9:56 a.m. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says Canada is on track to hit 10,000 new daily infections of COVID-19 by the end of January. New modelling shows the total number of cases could reach 796,630 by Jan. 24 and another 2,000 people could die. Tam says there is rapid and widespread community spread of COVID-19, and governments and individuals need to do everything they can to reduce contacts. She says measures to reduce contacts must be kept in place long enough to prevent an immediate resurgence of infections as soon as the lockdown measures are lifted. --- 9:40 a.m. U.S. drug-maker Pfizer is temporarily cutting back vaccine deliveries to Canada because of issues with its European production lines. Procurement Minister Anita Anand says Pfizer thinks it will still be able to deliver four million doses by the end of March, but it's no longer guaranteed. Canada has received about 380,000 doses of the vaccine so far, and was supposed to get another 400,000 this month, followed by almost two million doses in February. There is no update yet on what the new deliveries will be. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 15, 2021. The Canadian Press
VICTORIA — British Columbia's health minister says the reduction in shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to Canada will have a significant effect, but just in the immediate period. Adrian Dix said the limited supply of vaccine because of a delay of shipments announced by the pharmaceutical giant will affect vaccination plans through February and March in B.C. The shortage means the province will receive about half of the 50,000 doses it was supposed to get through that period, Dix said at a news conference Friday. "And obviously, any time we get reports that we're going to get more vaccine, we're happy," he said. "And any time we get reports that we're going to get less vaccine, we're not as happy." The shortage could mean that health officials have to revisit the 35-day gap between providing the first and second doses of the vaccine, he said. "So, what it means for British Columbia is it'll have some effect, some significant effect, on this stage of the priority one groups that we've laid out over when they get their doses," he said. "And a contributing factor to that is the discussion of second doses and when they come forward." The province has concentrated distribution of its first doses of vaccine to front-line health-care workers, those working and living in long-term care facilities and First Nations communities. The World Health Organization recommends the doses of vaccines be given 21 to 28 days apart. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has said B.C.'s decision for a 35-day gap is safe and would allow for more people to get their vaccine. The province reported 509 new COVID-19 cases on Friday for a total of 60,117 infections in British Columbia. It also reported an additional nine deaths, bringing the number of fatalities to 1,047. Almost 76,000 residents have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine so far. Federal Procurement Minister Anita Anand said Friday there would be an "unfortunate" delay where only half of Canada's promised COVID-19 vaccine doses by Pfizer-BioNTech will arrive in the next month. The delay is caused by production issues at a plant in Belgium. Dix said there's no change in the amount of Moderna allocation that the province is receiving. The premier and health officials will have further announcements about proceeding with vaccination plans in the coming week, he said. "It's our hope that this is just a small blip in what's happening," Dix said. "But regardless, with the change in circumstances, we'll have to get organized around that change." — By Hina Alam in Vancouver This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 15, 2021. The Canadian Press
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