Interpreting ambiguities in contract documents: RWE Npower Renewables Ltd vs JN Bentley Ltd

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

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Bill & Ted Face the Music: see Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves in first image

first_imgThe first image has been released from Bill & Ted Face the Music.19 years after Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are back for a third outing as the iconic characters. The film is directed by Dean Parisot and also stars Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Scott Mescudi (Kid Cudi), Kristen Schaal, Anthony Carrigan, Erinn Hayes, Jayma Mays, Jillian Bell, Holland Taylor, Beck Bennett, William Sadler, Hal Landon Jr. and Amy Stoch.Take a look at the image below:Credit: Warner Bros.The new film sees writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) return to the franchise, which will continue to track the time-traveling exploits of William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. and Theodore “Ted” Logan.Yet to fulfil their rock and roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it. Along the way, they will be helped by their daughters, a new batch of historical figures, and a few music legends — to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe.The film is produced by Scott Kroopf, Alex Lebovici, and Steve Ponce.Bill & Ted Face the Music arrives in cinemas on 21st August 2020.last_img read more

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Teen’s cancer battle inspires relay

first_imgAt just 14-years-old Chelsea Scott received the dreaded diagnosis that she has cancer. Her friends and family, including her mum…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Jessica Anstice last_img

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Red-hot Ice battle Blazers

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsLuke Bertolucci, who will represent B.C. at the Canada Games next month in Halifax, leads the Kootenay Ice back into action as the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League resumes play following the Christmas break.Bertolucci and the rest of the Ice play host to the Thompson Blazers Saturday and Sunday at the NDCC Arena.The Ice has been on fire of late, undefeated in four games.Leading the Ice is Nelson’s Dryden Hunt and Bertolucci. Hunt leads Kootenay in scoring with nine goals and 19 assists.Bertolucci, scoring for Team B.C. during an exhibition game during the holiday break, is right behind with 10 goals and 17 assists.Kootenay currently sits in tenth spot in the 11-team league with 5-13-6 record, but is only eight points out of six spot.The teams open the two-game set Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The series concludes Sunday beginning at 11:15 [email protected]last_img read more

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Unconvincing Mayo beat Sligo to set up Galway showdown

first_imgMayo Scorers: C O’Connor 1-6, D O’Connor 1-0, A Moran 0-2, F Boland 0-2, K McLoughlin 0-1, P Durcan 0-1, D Kirby 0-1, J Doherty 0-1.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email As expected, Mayo set up a Connacht semi final showdown with Galway in Pearse Stadium on June 11th after a comfortable 2-14 to 0-11 win over Sligo in front of 14,664 supporters at a windswept Castlebar this afternoon. Playing into the wind, Mayo led 1-6 to 0-5 at half time thanks to a goal from Diarmuid O’Connor in the final minute of the opening half but with 5 minutes to go in the second half last year’s beaten All Ireland finalists only led 1-10 to 0-10 until a late scoring burst, including a Cillian O’Connor goal, put a gloss on an eventual 9 point win. Sligo showed little ambition in the opening half, despite playing with the strong wind, with extra players dropping back into defence to try and contain Mayo. The tactic kept the game tight until Diarmuid O’Connor’s goal gave Mayo a 4 point half time lead they were never going to relinquish. The second half was much better from the Yeats County men as Niall Carew’s side put in a huge effort to keep on the coat tails of their much vaunted opponents, but in the end Mayo showed their class and outscored Sligo 1-4 to 0-1 in the last 10 minutes of action, including injury time.last_img read more

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Nitros provide early season test for Leafs

first_imgNelson Leafs have added 18-year-old Tyler Pisiak to the lineup in a roster move earlier this week.Adam DiBella said Pisiak is speedy winger with size and can put the puck in the net. Pisiak comes to Nelson after playing the past four seasons with the Okanagan Hockey Academy.Captain Sanchez still not ready for prime timeDiBella said Leaf Captain David Sanchez will be kept out of the lineup for both games against Kimberley and Sicamous.The 20-year-old forward from Fahler, AB, is rehabbing from a lower body injury.DiBella said Sanchez will not play this weekend but is progressing and will be back in the lineup sooner rather than later. Nelson native Curt Doyle gets start against NitrosNelson Minor Hockey product Curt Doyle will get the start Friday in Kimberley.Doyle struggled during the first two games, getting the hook in the first period of the home opener against Fernie.He came in relief of starter Carlos Siso Saturday in Creston.Nelson now has three goalies in camp after the coaching staff brought in 18-year-old Josh Bond. Not the best start of the season for the Nelson Leafs.But as one player put it, we’re just getting started.The Green and White are back in action for Week Two of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Friday when the club travels to Kimberley to meet the defending Kootenay Conference Champions.The Nitros posted a pair of wins to open the season over Beaver Valley Nitehawks, in extra time, and Osoyoos Coyotes to pull into a tie for top spot in the Eddie Mountain Division.Meanwhile, the Leafs struggled out of the gates, dropping a 3-2 OT decision to visiting Fernie Ghostriders before being steamrolled by Creston Valley Thunder Cats 5-1 in the East Kootenay City.“We are approaching the weekend games having learned that you need to play a full 60 minutes in this league to be successful,” said Leaf assistant coach Adam DiBella on the eve of the weekend games. “As always, we expect a hard-nosed physical brand of hockey that always seems to be the tone when we play Kimberley,” DiBella added.  “As for Sicamous we expect them to bring a youthful lineup with a new head coach.”Leafs add forwardlast_img read more

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Southland Cross Country Championships Set for Monday

first_imgLamar leads the men’s teams with 12 cross country championships followed by McNeese State with eight, who won its last title in 2012. Original conference member Abilene Christian won the league’s first seven championships from 1964-70, which is the record for most consecutive team titles. The Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission and the City of Natchitoches are presenting sponsors of the 2014 Southland Conference Cross Country Championships. Visit Natchitoches.com for lodging and tourism information on historic Natchitoches. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi senior Philipp Baar returns for the Islanders after finishing seventh in last season’s championship and earning second-team all conference. The Lamar men’s and women’s teams are looking to repeat as conference champions. Last season the Cardinals won their seventh team championship in the last eight years. The Lady Cardinals won their fourth team championship last year after claiming three consecutive titles from 2004-06. Last year’s conference championship runner-up for the men’s race was Stephen F. Austin, while Central Arkansas finished second in the women’s race. The 2014 NCAA Cross Country South Central Regional will be held Friday, Nov. 14, at Agri Park in Fayetteville, Ark. For those teams and individuals who qualify, the 2014 NCAA championships will be held Nov. 22, in Terre Haute, Ind. Top Regular-Season FinishesMcNeese State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Southeastern Louisiana men’s teams each earned team titles at races this season. The McNeese State men’s team won several races including the Rice Invitational, the Raign’ Cajuns Invitational hosted by Louisiana-Lafayette and the McNeese Cowboy Stampede. The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men’s team won the 15th Annual Islanders Splash at home and also claimed the Ninth Annual UIW Invitational. The Southeastern Louisiana men’s team took the top spot at the Louisiana Army National Guard/ROTC Wolfpack Invitational, while finishing second at the LSU Invitational. The Lamar men’s team had strong second-place finishes at the Texas A&M Invitational and the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival hosted by Arkansas.Abilene Christian, Northwestern State, Lamar, and Sam Houston State women’s teams all won team crowns at races this season. The Abilene Christian women’s team captured titles at the Ninth Annual UIW Invitational and the West Texas College Open. The Northwestern State women’s team finished first at the Mook 5 race hosted by Louisiana Tech and the NSU Pre-Conference Meet at home. The Lamar women’s team won the Texas A&M Invitational, while posting a second-place finish at Arkansas’ Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival. The Sam Houston State women’s team earned a first-place finish at the 15th Annual Islanders Splash hosted by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. At the Rice Invitational, the Stephen F. Austin women’s team clinched a second-place finish, while the Southeastern Louisiana women’s team finished second at the LSU Invitational. Graduate student Leigh Lattimore returns for Lady Cardinals. Lattimore was named female newcomer of the year last season and first-team all conference after finishing second at the conference championship. Nicholls sophomore Tessni Carruthers, an all-conference honorable mention, returns after a top-15 finish last year. The Lamar men’s team is ranked No. 3 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Men’s South Central Region poll, directly behind Texas and Arkansas. Stephen F. Austin is ranked eighth in the poll followed by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ninth and McNeese State 10th. Central Arkansas and Sam Houston State round out the men’s regional poll at No. 14 and No. 15. In the women’s South Central Region poll, Lamar is ranked third behind Baylor and Arkansas, while Stephen F. Austin is 12th and Central Arkansas is 13th.center_img FRISCO, Texas – The 2014 Southland Conference Cross Country Championships will get underway Monday in Natchitoches, La., at the Walter P. Ledet Track Complex. The men’s 8-kilometer championship race will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the women’s 6-kilometer championship race at 9:30 a.m. There will be an awards ceremony immediately following the women’s race. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi senior Philipp Baar had strong individual showings this season as he won the men’s race at the 15th Annual Islanders Splash, placed third at the Texas A&M Invitational and came in fourth at the Crimson Classic hosted by Alabama. Northwestern State freshman Josh Wilkins won the men’s race at Louisiana Tech’s Mook 5, while McNeese State graduate student Ryan Holroyd finished first at the McNeese Cowboy Stampede. Southeastern Louisiana junior Harry Wiggins won the men’s race at the Army National Guard/ROTC Wolfpack Invitational and Lamar senior Sam Stabler earned a second-place finish at the Rice Invitational. Abilene Christian sophomore Diana García Muñoz won multiple individual races this season including top finishes at the Ninth Annual UIW Invitational and the West Texas College Open. Northwestern State freshman Jacqueline Rushford won the women’s race at the Louisiana Tech’s Mook 5 and Northwestern State freshman runner Jacqueline Rushford won the NSU Pre-Conference Meet, while Houston Baptist junior Gabriela Busquet finished the women’s course second at the HBU Invitational. Stephen F. Austin’s men’s team returns junior Cody Brown and sophomore Anthony Gallardo, the 2013 freshman of the year. Brown and Gallardo, both of whom were second-team all-conference selections, each finished in the top-ten at the championship a year ago. Stephen F. Austin senior Laurie Byrd returns for the Ladyjacks after being a first-team all-conference selection last season and a having sixth-place finish at the championship. Despite losing two award winners from last season, Lamar’s men’s team still returns a first-team all-conference selection in junior Sam Stabler and a second-team all-conference selection in senior Ryan Creech. Stabler had a fourth-place finish in last year’s championship while Creech finished ninth. Also returning is graduate student Michael Kershaw, who was a top-15 finisher at the championship and earned honorable mention all-conference. Stephen F. Austin leads the women’s teams with seven championships, its last title coming in 2012. Lamar and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi are second, each owning four team titles.last_img read more

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Call for Coaches & Managers for Masters World Cup 2019

first_imgTFA is currently seeking to appoint suitably qualified coaches to the vacant coaching and team manager positions within the National Masters Program. The Australian teams will be attending the 2019 Masters World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from the 25th April to 5th May 2019.Expression of Interest ProcessTFA is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active Elite level coaches and managers to fill the following positions:National Masters Program:Mens 30’s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMens 35’s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMens 40’s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMens 45’s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMens 50’s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerWomens 27’s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerWomens 35’s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerSenior Mixed Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerCoaches and Assistant CoachesTo submit your EOI for all coaching positions, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/masterscoach(The EOI will include: Name; Contact Details; NCAS Coaching Level; Previous Elite level [only] Coaching Experience.)Team ManagersTFA is also seeking EOIs for the team manager positions. To submit your EOI for team manager positions, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mastersmanagerEOIs for all positions will close at 5pm Monday 1st October, 2018. (Note: This date has had to be brought forward)Appointment termsThe appointment term for these positions will be from date of appointment in 2018 through to completion of all responsibilities after the 2019 World Cup. This campaign will involve attendance by the appointed Coaches and Managers at all team and national selection camps throughout the World Cup preparation.For more info on all of the above, click here: 2019 Masters Coach & Manager EOI.last_img read more

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I said Kohli is the best but Smiths knock another level says

first_imgLondon: Australia coach Justin Langer has said Steve Smith’s twin centuries during the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston were on “another level.” Earlier in the year Langer had said during Australia’s series defeat to India that Virat Kohli is the best in the world. Smith and Kohli are often pitted against each other in the stakes for the best Test batsman in the world and Langer said that on current form, Smith might just be ahead of his rival. “I said during the summer that Virat Kohli is the best player I have ever seen but that [Smith’s knocks] is just another level,” Langer said. The Edgbaston Test was Smith’s first since serving out a year-long ban and Langer lauded him for the character he showed, particularly in the first innings when Smith shifting gears helped Australian recover from 122/8 to scoring 284. “You have in different teams, different eras, great players but for someone like Smudge [Smith], who is averaging over 60 and the way he played in this innings with all the pressure and everything that is on him, it was not only great skill but enormous character, enormous courage, very brave, unbelievable concentration, unbelievable physical stamina, unbelievable mental stamina, all traits of great players,” he said.last_img read more

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Mikmaq womens centre A safe haven in Sydneys ugly underbelly

first_imgAccording to the 2016 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Nova Scotia, 75 per cent of children in Eskasoni live in poverty.“As people, we don’t like poor people, right? We got to look at that. That’s true,” said Heidi Marshall. “And the women come to Sydney and they try to access services and they’re faced with racism and discrimination.”It’s a harsh reality that has Mi’kmaw communities stepping up, though finding solutions isn’t easy.“What surprised me is that people wanted to help the girls … and they didn’t know how to. It’s really tough,” said Maloney. “So the centre provides an opportunity for the Mi’kmaq to surround with girls with the love, support and the safety that they need.”The purpose of the resource centre isn’t to deal with larger systemic problems around racism or family violence or poverty or housing. What it does is provide a safe place. No one is pushing the girls into rehab. No one is trying to pull the women off the streets.“Number One to me is non-judgmental services. Very important,” said Marshall.The women might come hang out before they go to work on the streets. They might be in recovery and yet come in for clean needles.“Don’t judge. Ever,” Marshall repeated. “This is the first time in their life where someone accepted them for who they are and, you know, their addiction or lifestyle doesn’t define who they are.”The chiefs of the five Mi’kmaw communities in Cape Breton cover the rent for the centre in Sydney. Marshall found money to pay for the program she’s running over the next three months.That covers resource materials. But the rest is donations and a lot of volunteerism.“If we didn’t have partnerships and community buy-in this place wouldn’t exist,” said Marshall.The centre chases down funding from a few pots like the Nova Scotia Status of Women’s Sexual Violence Strategy. Indigenous and Northern Affair’s Family Violence Prevention Program. Some money from Health Canada for mental health support. But it’s not enough.“Definitely funding, it’s a huge issue here,” said Marshall. “I know that we can run that we can run, I don’t want to say the word, like, a half-assed program, based on just volunteers. But we need an outreach worker. I need to have a program coordinator. I need a mental health worker.”With the announcement of the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls comes the promise of action.But Maloney asks, why wait?“Let the inquiry work at the systemic issues, let the inquiry work at doing long term healing for families,” said Maloney. “This centre and work like this is one of those things that need to happen now. If you really want make a difference than this is where the support needs to be. And it shouldn’t have to wait for an inquiry.”There are other initiatives underway. The RCMP in Eskasoni are working with partners in the community to help women at risk.Part of it is an ongoing police investigation.“There’s guys out there that are paying girls in Eskasoni to bring younger girls out on the streets,” said Shannon.  “There’s guys that are tying the girls up for a day or two.  We’re slowly identifying these high risk Johns, I’ll call them. And that’s important for the community.”Charlotte Street in Sydney, known locally as a place where Johns pick up sex trade workersThe other part is about leaving a trail of breadcrumbs in case one of the women goes missing.Shannon is involved in the We Care Project. The idea is to give the women iPods loaded with a Tim Hortons app. The women get free food, and a mental health crisis counselor can keep track of them when they check in using the iPod. Whether it will work, he can’t say.“These girls are all going to fall. They’re going to stumble,” said Shannon.He compares asking a drug addict to change their ways to making a smoker to quit smoking when they’re not ready. Only much worse.“It’s a tremendous sickness,” said Shannon. “If you ever seen someone drying out on opiates, it’s disturbing. It’s like a hangover times 100.”And when people do come out of treatment – a stint in rehab or jail – there’s not much waiting on the other side.“We’re great for giving them food and clothing and everything when they’re on the pills,” said Shannon. “But what do we do when they finish rehab? We kick them out the door and guess what? Nothing in their pockets. No place to live. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. So guess what? When the old geezer pulls up and says ‘hey darling, $50 for a blow job,?’ It looks pretty easy.”Shannon said what’s needed is an exit strategy.“You put them in that apartment, access to a counselor. Get them a job. Keep them busy and give them goal and visitation to their kids and all of a sudden, things start to get better,” said Shannon.The We Care project is still in its infancy, but there’s a plan to hold community dinners for the women to talk about healthy choices. There’s a lot of players pitching in, including the Eskasoni Crisis Centre, and Mi’kmaq Child and Family Services, Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselling Association.Eskasoni band councilor Dion Denny said it’s a priority for chief and council. Denny himself, was a crisis counselor for six years. He plans to start a soup kitchen in the community in December as one way to help.On a Monday evening at the resource centre in Sydney, eight women sat at their desks in a classroom they’ve set up in the basement of the building, working their way through a book called From Stilettos to Moccasins. On the board at the front of the room are lists of topics they want to cover. From date safety to resume writing.There’s a sense of belonging and acceptance in this space.Raylene Sacobie speaks up in the class, “This is the first time I’ve had a chance. This makes us feel special.”Some of these women are optimistic about their own happy ending.“I feel very proud of myself for being here,” said Sacobie, who started coming to the centre a few weeks ago. “I learned a lot.”Sacobie hopes the program help her land a job. She doesn’t feel isolated anymore and wants to make her father proud.“He may be seven hours away but we talk every single night,” said Sacobie. “I’m sober for me and my father. My father is my rock.”She feels like she lost of a lot of her journey to addiction.“They say you’re on a path your whole life,” said Sacobie. “Mine kind of broke off in so many bad places. But now I feel like its sewn together. Now I feel like I succeeded in my path where I wanted to go.”Not everyone makes it. The women are planning a small ceremony to officially name the resource centre after Jane Paul, a Mi’kmaw woman who died last year from an overdose.“Jane was one of the girls that was very instrumental in saying, you know we need a place,” said Maloney.What happens at the centre is very much dictated by what they women feel they need in terms of services, support and programs. Maloney said Jane Paul was a big part of that and everyone wants to acknowledge her role as a pioneer in opening the centre’s doors.“What Jane was doing, working with the Nova Scotia Native Women, was something her kids should be proud of,” said Maloney. “And we wanted them to know no matter where your mother was in life, she contributed something. And all of these girls here, they’re building this centre up. They’re doing important work. Not just for them but for other women, they’re making this successful.”And in this case, success comes in small steps. Keeping track of the women who are vulnerable. Heidi Marshall hopes that the program helps a couple of them gets jobs. Helping a woman apply for a social security number for the first time. It’s not easy.“I worry about one of the girls that is pregnant right now and she’s being forced into prostitution by her boyfriend,” said Marshall. “And she needs to … I don’t know, I’m just really worried about her.”One of the goals is not just to raise the self-esteem for the women at risk, but to change how the community sees these women too.“People need to know that they’re human beings,” said Marshall. “And that they deserve a chance. That they have goals. That they have hopes and dreams like everybody else.”[email protected] (Heidi Marshall, left, and Raylene Sacobie, middle, smudge at the women’s resource centre in Sydney, N.S.)Trina Roache APTN National NewsA Mi’kmaq resource centre that helps Indigenous women at risk in Sydney, N.S., is at risk itself without more stable funding.This centre opened its doors a year ago and about 20 to 30 women go there on a regular basis to get clean needles, or donated food and clothes – some in the sex trade. Some homeless. Many struggling with drug addictions.But it’s been running on donations and volunteers like Heidi Marshall, of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association (NSNWA).“Right now if I wasn’t here, the centre wouldn’t be here, I know that the centre wouldn’t be here 100 per cent,” said Marshall.The president of NSNWA said they opened the centre because they knew it was needed, they just underestimated how much.“It’s been a very difficult year. But … we’re still here. The girls are still here,” said Cheryl Maloney. “We opened our doors on volunteers and donations. We were pretty naïve when we opened the doors and signed the lease. We soon found out there’s issues around security. Mental health training (and) safety protocols.”But no matter the challenge, keeping the doors open is a priority because the women they help face greater challenges.“These girls are on the street,” said Maloney. “They need to be fed. They need to be loved.  They need to be respected. They need help.”Cheryl Maloney speaking to a group of women.Maloney is working to secure funding because she’s concerned their shoestring budget of donations won’t last.After all, this is about the Mi’kmaw women who keep walking through the centre’s doors.Raylene Sacobie spent nearly half of her life addicted to opiates, the main drug of choice in the region.“You wake up and you feel horrible,” said Sacobie. “You feel like your skin’s inside out. My arms were full of bruises.”A near miss with an air bubble in a needle when she was mainlining, was the wake-up call Sacobie needed.The 35-year-old has been clean for a year. For the first time in a long time, she has a place to call home, landing an apartment in the nearby Mi’kmaw community of Membertou.Sacobie laughs and jokes now, but life hasn’t been easy.“Grief tore me apart and then I chose to be numbed,” said Sacobie.She became addicted to opiates after her mother died when Sacobie was 18 years old.“That took a lot out of me,” she said. “When the last words you said to your mother were ‘I you hope you die.’”Sacobie spent the years since haunted by guilt and remorse over the fight she’d had with mother in the days before she died.“It took me 14 years to say, ‘Raylene, it’s not your fault,’” she said.Of those years spent in the fog of addiction, Sacobie described an intense feeling of isolation.“Alone. Unloved. Lost. Couldn’t trust nobody,” she said. “You fall in love so much with that addiction that you ignore everything in life, even the people that love you, you just throw them away.”She’s found a connection at the centre.The women there are open and honest, sharing painful details of their lives, hoping to shed light on a world that’s invisible to many. Hoping to break the cycle.Jeannette Francis wants to pass on what she learned at the centre to other young women who are vulnerable.“To help them go back to school and take them away from what’s out there,” said Francis. “There’s too many people. Drugs, drugs, drugs. And it’s sickening, right? And they’re targeting young girls and guys.”Francis sees the ugly underbelly of life on the streets of Sydney and has threatened to report men who are paying for sex with underage girls. And though she talks about her own struggle with addiction without hesitation, describing a recent encounter with a young Mi’kmaw woman on the streets had Francis blinking back tears.“To me, you just got off a child molester, that’s what I call the man that took you,” Francis recounted telling the young girl. “A child molester, because the girl is under 14 years old. And they only paid her 10 dollars.”Heidi Marshall.Heidi Marshall runs the programs at the centre, keeping the doors open from 3 p.m. to 8 p. m. daily.“My role here is not to change anybody,” said Marshall. “It’s just to support them where they are with their lives right now.”And she’s worked hard to build trust with the women who come through the doors.“Our communities, we have forgotten about the women ourselves,” said Marshall. “They lost trust in us. As First Nation people. As people in our Mi’kmaw community who are supposed to keep them safe and help them. They’ve lost that trust.”Several events in the last two years proved eye-opening for Mi’kmaw communities that sparked the idea of the centre.First, a young Mi’kmaw woman went missing in November of 2014. Chrisma Denny was later found safe in the United States and came home. But what alarmed Cheryl Maloney was that Denny had been missing for weeks before anyone noticed.“She was in the [child welfare] system, she aged out. With the housing crisis in the community, you’re couch surfing, you can end up on the streets, you can end up living high risk lifestyles,” said Maloney. “If there’s no home for you to go to, nobody is going to know if you’re home or not.”So, the centre has computers the women can use to get on social media.“The best tracking for us is for them to be able to come here, check in and let everyone know where they’re at and that they’re okay,” said Maloney.Another event that highlighted the problem happened last year when the Cape Breton Regional Police busted 27 men trying to buy sex in a prostitution sting in Sydney. But the real shock for Mi’kmaw communities was how many of their own women were working in the sex trade. In the spring of 2015, Toronto police made nine arrests in a human trafficking ring with ties to Nova Scotia, involving two Mi’kmaq girls.“They were in the child welfare system and lured out of group homes,” said Maloney. “So there’s a connection; the over-representation of Mi’kmaq, Aboriginal kids in the child welfare system across the country is a risk factor. Homelessness. Poverty. They’re risk factors. Mental health and addictions are risk factors.”RCMP Constable Jeff Shannon has spent much of his career working in Indigenous communities and has experience in particular with missing and murdered women in British Columbia.“I’ve been in the North, B.C, right across this country and to be honest, the majority are uneducated and poor,” said Shannon, referring to women he sees on the streets. “They’ve already been through abuse. Somebody went in and stole a part of their spirit and soul.”Shannon is now based in Eskasoni, the largest Mi’kmaw community on the East Coast, with a population of around 4,000 people. It’s around a 40-minute drive from Sydney of about 30,000 people. Shannon has identified around 54 women in Eskasoni he said are at high risk. That doesn’t mean these women are already in the sex trade, but he sees them as vulnerable and may be heading in that direction.“The problem here,” said Shannon, “you don’t really get to hear of the real kind of serious things. Like, I got a black eye, who cares? These girls don’t care. What’s a black eye?”Shannon said there’s a lack of awareness around the abuse women endure, even among police officers because the young women don’t report it.“The thing is, the girls, they’re so abused,” said Shannon. “That for them to go and get a purse and a meal at McDonald’s from a guy and drive around in a fancy car is pretty huge.”Shannon said the women’s definition of normal a “different line in the sand” than most people.“Violence is their normal,” said Shannon. “So if he smacks you or punches or calls you names or degrades you? Well, you know, last week my family threw me out of the house on the front lawn and threw all my clothes over the front lawn. My father or uncle abused me for eight years and beat me and made me do awful things. So how terrible is that thing that he’s doing to you?”Shannon is quick to point out that this isn’t just an Indigenous problem. But with the lines drawn between things like poverty to a high-risk lifestyle, the statistics in Mi’kmaw communities tell their own story.last_img read more

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