MCA ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF LONGTIME COMPTROLLER DENISE COLLINS

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is announcing the retirement of its longtime Finance Comptroller Denise Collins after more than 30 years of service to MCA and the Akwesasne community.

“We will continue to be thankful to Denise for her years of service and for her dedication as an MCA employee,” said Executive Director Jordan Wapass.  “MCA has benefitted immensely from Denise’s contributions to the financial processes we use daily and the overall management of the budget. Her work will be appreciated for many years to come.”

Denise joined MCA permanently in 1988 as a head accountant, later named the Comptroller, overseeing the financial aspect of operations and projects for decades. She helped guide MCA through the rapid growth the organization has been experiencing since the 1980s, and she was a key player in the development of many MCA processes and policies.

Denise’s last official day is November 23, 2018.

Richard Fournier will serve as acting Comptroller until the position is posted and filled.

Nia:wen kowa Denise Collins and best wishes in your retirement.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROGRAM – CANADA POST STRIKE

Due to the ongoing Canada Post Strike and the uncertainty of mail delivery and interruptions in Akwesasne in the territory of Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, the Community Support Program will NOT be using the postal service for mail delivery on the day of Thursday, November 29.

CSP will be setting up delivery sites in the three districts on November 29th, the day monthly income supports checks are released to community members as follows:

 

  • Kawehno:ke – A’nowara’ko:wa Arena (8 AM – 4 PM)
  • Kana:takon – Community Support Office Atrium (8 AM – 4 PM)
  • Tsi Snaihne – Iohahi:io (8 AM – 4 PM)

 

Please come to these designated sites to pick up your monthly check.  If you have a PO Box number and not a mailing address, please come to Kana:takon to pick up your check.  The Community Support Program is making every effort possible to accommodate you so you are able to get your check in a timely and efficient manner.  If you are disabled and unable to make it to any of the sites, we will do our best to ensure your check is delivered to you.

Please note: If you are on social assistance with Community Support, you are entitled to apply for the heating assistance.  If you have not done so already, please bring a heating bill with you and apply for the Akwesasne Heating Assistance Program at this time.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please call Community Support at (613) 575-2341 ext. 3262.

 

AKWESASNE HEATING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM EXTENDED TO COMMUNITY SUPPORT CLIENTS

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is notifying the community that the Akwesasne Heating Assistance Program has been extended to include Community Support Program (CSP) clients.

 

Mohawk Council passed MCR 2018/2019-#249 accepting revisions to the Heating Assistance Program Policy that states, “Based on the present rising fuel/energy costs, the heating assistance program will also be offered to the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Community Support Clients beginning this 2018-2019 season.”

 

Existing Community Support Program clients will receive the Akwesasne Heating Assistance automatically provided that they meet all the criteria listed in the application.

 

The Akwesasne Heating Assistance Program is funded by the Mohawks of Akwesasne Community Settlement Trust as well as through the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporations (OLG) funding.  The extension of the program to CSP clients will be funded through the OLG funds.

 

The Akwesasne Heating Assistance Program is open to all members of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne who reside in the MCA jurisdiction or the city of Cornwall.  An application must be completed if you are NOT a CSP client.

 

Applications are being accepted daily MondayFriday until Nov. 30th at the following locations:

  • Tsi Snaihne — Iohahi:io (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • Kawehno:ke — A’nowara’ko:wa Arena (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • Kana:takon — Kanonhkwat’sheri:io Health Facility Atrium (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

 

Applications are also being accepted:

  • Saturday, Nov. 17th – Sweetgrass Manor Common Room from 8 am – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 24th – A’nowara’ko:wa Arena from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Please be sure to bring a copy of your heating bill. If you have any questions please contact the Community Support Program at 613-575-2341 Ext. 3262.

2018 DEER HERD REDUCTION PROGRAM DATE SET

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Environment Program, in partnership with Parks Canada Agency at the Thousand Islands National Park, would like to announce that the 2018 Deer Herd Reduction Program date is set for Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2.

 

Names of community members interested in harvesting white-tail deer for communal or personal use are being collected now until Friday, November 30.

 

Only 20 community members will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

 

All participants must be over the age of 18 or be accompanied by a responsible adult and complete a Participant Information Package for the Winter of 2018. Packages must be received before November 30, 2018.

 

For packages and further information, please contact Curtis Lazore at 613-575-2250 ext. 1044 or stop in at the MCA Environment Offices at CIA #3 on Kawehno:ke.

Natural Gas and Expansion Project FAQ’s

What is Natural Gas?

  • Natural Gas is a colourless odourless naturally occurring gas consisting primarily of Methane (CH4) and is lighter than air. It was formed over millions of years when layers of decomposing plant and animal matter were exposed to intense heat and pressure under the surface of the Earth.

Why does it smell if it’s odourless?

  • The distinctive “rotten egg” smell is actually an odorant called mercaptan that is added to the gas added as a safety precaution to make it easier to detect in case of a leak.

Is Natural Gas a renewable resource?

  • Traditionally sourced Natural Gas is a fossil fuel and, in that context, it is not renewable. However, Methane, the main component of Natural Gas is a renewable resource. Bio-methane or bio-gas for short results from the anaerobic decay of organic matter (a natural process in which bacteria existing in an oxygen-free environment decompose organic matter) and is produced in swamps, marshes, and landfills, as well as by the treatment of waste materials such as sewage sludge, agricultural waste and manure by way of anaerobic digesters.  Many European countries inject this bio-methane or “renewable natural gas” after it is processed to remove impurities into the gas distribution systems offsetting their use of the traditional fossil fuel.

When was Natural Gas discovered?

  • Its hard to say when it was first discovered, however it is believed the power of Natural gas was first harnessed around 500 BC in Ancient China when crude bamboo pipelines were built to transport it from where its was seeping from the ground to where it was burned to boil sea water to extract salt.

Is Natural Gas safe?

  • Natural gas is one of the safest sources of energy and has an has an excellent safety record throughout the world. Gas Distribution Utilities continuously work with Government personnel and Industry participants such as manufacturers, suppliers and installers to develop industry safety standards and codes both for gas distribution and for appliance use. 
  • Natural gas is delivered safely through a network of buried steel and plastic pipelines and is delivered into homes and businesses at very low pressures. These networks include safety features such as strategically located shut-off valves as well as excess flow valves that automatically shut if they detect too much flow.
  • To prevent the buried pipelines from being damaged, gas distribution utilities all have extensive “Damage Prevention Awareness” programs and offer a free pipeline locating service for anyone who may be digging near a gas pipeline.
  • Natural Gas Utilities also have pro-active programs for inspection and maintenance of their infrastructure including “Leak Survey” programs whereby the entire network is physically surveyed with leak detection equipment.
  • Natural gas is also lighter than air and when unintentionally released outdoors it can safely dissipate into the atmosphere since it requires a source of ignition in order to ignite i.e. it cannot spontaneously combust.
  • In Ontario, all new pipelines must be approved by pipeline inspectors who are certified by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA).
  • In Ontario, all natural gas appliance installation and service work must be completed by trained individuals who are certified by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)
  • In addition, most gas distribution utilities offer first responder training, mostly targeting Fire Departments, to ensure they are well equipped to deal with fires where Natural Gas is present.

Is Natural Gas a clean fuel?

  • The main products released when Natural Gas is burned are carbon dioxide and water vapor.  Because of its low carbon content, Natural Gas produces 20% less greenhouse gas emissions than Propane and 25% less than Fuel Oil.

What can I use Natural Gas for in my home and what appliances will run on Natural Gas?

  • Typical residential uses for Natural Gas are heating, hot water, cooking, clothes drying, outdoor cooking (BBQ), and pool heating. The appliances that enable this are gas furnaces, gas fireplaces, free-standing gas stoves, traditional and “on-demand or Instantaneous” gas hot water heaters, gas cook stoves or ranges, gas clothes dryers, gas BBQ’s and gas pool heaters.

What are some of the other uses for Natural Gas?

  • Natural Gas is used extensively in the restaurant sector for cooking, heating and producing the hot water used for washing dishes. In agriculture, Natural gas is used for drying crops, heating greenhouses, and producing the hot water that’s used extensively in the dairy industry.  Natural Gas is also used to produce both heat and electricity in Cogeneration power plants and in industry where heat is needed for processes.   In the USA and around the world, Natural gas is also used to power vehicles, like cars, light duty pick-ups, heavy duty trucks and transport trucks, city busses, and even garbage trucks.  It is also being explored as a cleaner alternative to diesel in heavy duty off-road vehicles, cargo ships, as well as for the locomotives used in the rail industry.

Is Natural Gas a greenhouse gas?

  • The main component of Natural Gas, methane, is indeed a potent greenhouse gas. This is why there are regulations in place to capture methane escaping from facilities such as landfills and waste water treatment facilities.  Once captured, this bio-methane or bio-gas can be burned to produce heat, electricity, or even power vehicles such as garbage tucks. In many European countries, the bio-methane from landfill sites and waste water treatment plants is processed to remove impurities and injected into Natural Gas distribution systems. Natural Gas distribution utilities like Enbridge are also required to have measures in place to ensure the gas is well contained within their distribution system.

How popular is Natural Gas in Ontario?

  • Because of its safety record, versatility, low cost, and availability due to large domestic reserves and extensive distribution infrastructure, Natural Gas is the energy of choice for almost all sectors of the Ontario economy. In Ontario, approximately 3.5 million homes and businesses are connected to the Natural Gas Distribution Network.  In fact, more than ¾ of Ontario homes are heated with Natural Gas and Natural Gas in one way or another meets over one third of all of Ontario’s energy needs.

Where does the Natural Gas used in Ontario come from?

  • The largest source of Natural Gas comes from Western Canadian suppliers via TransCanada Pipelines, although additional Natural Gas is purchased from U.S. sources and Ontario producers.

How much does Natural Gas cost?

  • The price of Natural Gas varies, however at current prices, on average it would cost a typical Cornwall Island household that switched to Natural Gas for heating and hot water approximately 50% less than Fuel Oil, 36% less than Electricity, and 30% less than Propane on an annual basis.

What is “Fracking”?

  • Hydraulic fracturing aka “fracking” is a technique that has been used since the 1950’s to increase the production of oil, natural gas, and water wells. The technique involves injecting a liquid consisting mostly of water (typically 90% water, 9.5% sand, and .5% chemical additives) at high pressure into the well to fracture the surrounding rock in order to open up veins and increase the well’s output.

How often is “Fracking” used?

  • It is estimated that it has been used in excess of 2.5 million times worldwide since it was first introduced. In more recent times it has been used extensively to access “unconventional” oil and natural gas from deep rock formations between 2 and 6 kilometers below the earth’s surface that would otherwise not be economically viable.

What are the Pro’s and Con’s of “Fracking”?

  • Although “fracking” has been used extensively for approximately 70 years now, the lack of proper regulation in certain jurisdictions has resulted in some incidents of groundwater contamination and as a result the practice has become quite controversial.
  • Proponents believe that using hydraulic fracturing to increase well production and/or access previously inaccessible “unconventional” resources offsets foreign imports of oil & natural gas and keeps their costs low.
  • Opponents believe that the significant water consumption associated with hydraulic fracturing (potentially millions of gallons per well), and the possibility of water contamination outweigh these benefits.

Does Enbridge use “Fracking”?

  • Enbridge only transports & distributes oil and natural gas and does not produce them, therefore it does not use hydraulic fracturing.

What would the proposed Natural Gas expansion project on Cornwall Island involve?

  • The project, if it proceeds, would involve tapping into the existing 12” steel pipeline that crosses Cornwall Island and feeds upstate New York, installing a pressure reducing station, and installing approximately 21 km of new natural gas line along Island Road as well as on all existing side roads. Island Road would be piped with approximately 2kms of 4” plastic pipe and 6kms of 2” plastic pipe, while all the side roads would require approximately 13kms of 1 ¼” plastic pipe.

How much pressure is in the plastic pipe?

  • The gas pressure in the plastic pipe is 60 pounds per square inch (PSI)

How would the gas get to my house from the street?

  • The plastic gas pipe that would feed your house is called a “service” and it would be connected to the plastic pipe in the street. In most cases it would be ½” in diameter.  Once at your house, it would come up out of the ground as a rigid pipe and connect to a pressure regulator that would reduce the gas pressure from 60 PSI down to ¼ PSI.  From the regulator the gas would go into a gas meter before connecting to the piping in your home.

What is the total cost of the project?

  • The project would cost approximately $8.4 million

How long would the construction take?

  • The construction would take approximately 21 weeks from start to finish

Would I need to hook up during the construction of the project or could I hook up at a later date?

  • No, you would not need to hook up during the construction, you could hook up at a later date.

I have heard there is going to be a door-to-door survey on Cornwall Island.  What is that for?

  • The survey will be conducted to assess the level of support for the project and determine whether it should proceed, as well as gather load information for Enbridge i.e. what gas appliances you would install if you support the project.

Will there be an environmental assessment?

  • Yes, if the project does proceed, Enbridge personnel will work with the MCA to conduct a harmonized environmental assessment.

If the project does proceed, when would it be completed and operational?

  • At this point, it appears that the Spring / Summer of 2020 would be the earliest possible construction window.

MCA OPEN HOUSES 2018

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is excited to host another year of Open Houses! The community is invited to attend and learn more about the different departments and programs throughout MCA – join us for a chance to win some awesome prizes!

 

DATES:

Kana:takon School

Tuesday, November 27 | 5-7 PM

 

Ahkwesahsne Mohawk School

Wednesday, November 28 | 5-7 PM

 

Tsi Snaihne School

Thursday, November 29 | 5-7 PM

AKWESASNE LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne has established an Akwesasne Legislative Commission
to oversee, receive community input and provide community guidance and direction in the
development of Akwesasne Laws.

The Akwesasne Legislative Commission is announcing that due to the early closure of
offices for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne to accommodate Halloween Night in the
Village, the Public Comment Period has been extended to:

Friday, November 2, 2018

Written comments from community members will be accepted by submitting feedback to
the Akwesasne Justice Department using the following contact information:
Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

Attn.: Justice Coordinator/Akwesasne Legislative Commission
PO Box 90
Akwesasne QC H0M 1A1
kyrie.ransom@akwesasne.ca
613-575-2250 ext. 2403

The Public Comment Period is an opportunity for the Akwesasne community to have input
on the legislative development initiatives for 2019 where the Akwesasne Legislative
Commission will identify ten (10) files.

In 2018 the Akwesasne Legislative Commission reviewed documentation relating to thirtyone (31) proposed legislative development areas and the following are the five (5) files selected:

• Akwesasne Cannabis Law
• Akwesasne Election Law – Amendment
• Wildlife Conservation Community Law – Amendment
• Prescription Drug Law
• Akwesasne Water Law

MCA OFFERS CONDOLENCES TO FAMILY OF PETER SUNDAY, FORMER AMPS CHIEF OF POLICE

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne wishes to express condolences to the family of the late Peter Sunday.

Mr. Sunday served the Akwesasne community as a police officer and chief of police for the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service, joining the force in the 1970s. As Chief of Police from 1980-1986 (approximate dates), he lead the force and contributed to its growth overall as a vital community service. His dedication to community service and to MCA & AMPS is marked in history and we give thanks to him. 

To Mr. Sunday’s surviving family members, we express our sympathies for your loss and thank you for sharing him with our organization and the community for many years.

Nia:wen kowa. 

Recreational Cannabis Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is recreational cannabis legal in Canada?
a. October 17, 2018

2. Can I start selling recreational cannabis on October 17, 2018?
a. No. MCA is currently working out the licensing process under the Akwesasne Interim Cannabis Regulation.

3. Can I apply for a business licence to sell recreational cannabis out of my house?
a. No, a retail location will be required.

4. Where can I apply for a business licence to sell recreational cannabis out of a retail store?
a. The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is currently working on WHERE to apply
for the licence, and an update will be provided in the next few weeks.

5. Where can I purchase cannabis legally in Ontario?
a. On October 17th, you can purchase online through OCS – the Ontario Cannabis
Store.

6. Where can I purchase cannabis legally in Quebec?
a. On October 17th, you can purchase online through Quebec cannabis agency
(SQDC) stores through SAQ-managed Société Québécoise du Cannabis (SQC)
retail stores.

7. When can I purchase cannabis in Ontario at a retail brick-and-mortar store?
a. April 2019 is the estimated date for retail stores to open in Ontario.

8. If I legally purchase cannabis in Ontario can I bring it to Kana:takon or
Tsi Snaihne by driving in my car?
a. No. Transporting cannabis from Ontario through the U.S portion of
Akwesasne and through New York and the U.S Customs is illegal.

9. How do I know the cannabis I purchase is legal?
a. Right now in Akwesasne there are no legal retail store options.
b. In Ontario there are online stores available as of October 17th.
c. In Quebec there are online stores and retail stores as of October 17th.

10. What are the requirements to get a licence within the Akwesasne Interim Cannabis Regulation?
a. MCA currently does not have an application. In the next few weeks an
application will be available and an announcement will be made.

11. What would happen if I open a cannabis store without a licence?
a. It will be illegal to open a cannabis store without a licence. Sanctions will be
enforced and will jeopardize future licensing requests.

12. Can I travel with my legally purchased cannabis from one district to another?
a. Crossing into the United States portion with legally purchased cannabis in
Canada is still illegal in the United States/New York and will put you at risk
for importing/possession and potentially other charges.

13. What if I have medical cannabis?
a. Medical cannabis prescribed by a health care practitioner for medicinal
purposes provides legal options of purchasing safe, quality-controlled
cannabis from one of the producers licensed by Health Canada.

14. Can I transport my medical cannabis through Akwesasne?
a. Transportation of medical cannabis through the United States portion of
Akwesasne is still illegal even though it was purchased legally in Canada.

15. Recreational cannabis is not intended for medical purposes.
Please see your health care practitioner for medicinal cannabis.

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne encourages everyone to be responsible and diligent
when choosing to use or consume cannabis. Do not operate a motor vehicle or heavy
equipment under the influence of cannabis. Do not provide cannabis to minors.

 

MOHAWKS OF AKWESASNE Community Settlement Trust Notice of Annual Community Meetings

The Trustees of the Mohawks of Akwesasne Community Settlement Trust will be
holding annual community meetings to report on 2017 activities, 2018 activities
to‐date, and to discuss the use of the available funds from the Trust for 2019. All
members are invited to attend these meetings in order to provide their input on
how the available funds should be used in 2019.

Ensure your voice is heard by completing a survey and for a chance to win a $500 Visa gift card

Meeting dates and locations:

• Kawehno:ke Recreation Centre – October 15, 2018 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
• Snye Homemakers – October 24, 2018 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
• St. Regis Recreation Center – November 1, 2018 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Snacks and refreshments will be served
Can’t attend in person? Complete the survey at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AkwesasneTrust2019

or request a printable copy of the survey by emailing comm.akwtrust@gmail.com

Respectfully,

Your Trustees – Wendy, Amanda, Patti, Hilda, Elvera, and Marie

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