Former MLA Danny Graham has been appointed chief negotiator for the Made-in-Nova Scotia Treaty Negotiation Process underway with the Mi’kmaq and Canada, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Michael Baker announced today, Dec. 30. “Mr. Graham has extensive experience working with First Nations in advancing community justice initiatives in Nova Scotia and other parts of Canada,” Mr. Baker said. “In Canada, and internationally, he is known as an expert on the subject of restorative justice, which is in keeping with the Aboriginal models of justice.” The minister said Mr. Graham understands that Nova Scotians want outstanding treaty issues and land claims resolved through negotiations. “I consider the current discussions on treaty and related issues to be a positive first step toward developing a better relationship between government and the Mi’kmaq and eliminating the social and economic gap that most Mi’kmaq communities still face,” Mr. Graham said. He was hired under contract for a year after former chief negotiator Jamie Campbell was appointed a provincial court judge. Mr. Baker said the negotiations are at an important point. Negotiators have agreed on a framework agreement, which outlines the process and topics for future negotiations. The parties are now proceeding with their respective approvals before the agreement can be signed. Cabinet has approved the framework agreement and authorized Mr. Baker to sign on behalf of the province. The treaty negotiations began in 2002 with the signing of an umbrella agreement by Nova Scotia’s 13 Mi’kmaq chiefs and the federal minister. Mr. Graham has been a leader in the fields of business, law, public policy and politics. He was chair of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Steering Committee from 1997 to 1999. He returned to the practise of law in October, specializing in matters related to public policy.
Two men are facing charges after Niagara Regional Police dismantled a marijuana grow operation in Wainfleet.Members of the Niagara police Guns, Gangs and Grows Unit launched an investigation in August at a property on Willford Road in the Township of Wainfleet.Along with members of the Special Investigative Services Unit, a search warrant was executed and resulted in police arresting two men inside the greenhouse.Police say there were nearly 700 plants at “various stages of growth” inside the greenhouse.In a press release, police said the location is not authorized by Health Canada to possess or produce marijuana.30-year-old De Jun Zheng from North York and 31-year-old Xuezhe Jin from Scarborough are both charged with production and possession of a Schedule II Substance.Both Zheng and Jin have been released with a pending court date.