first_imgOTTAWA – Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is facing legal action from several environmental groups who accuse the government of dragging its heels on investigating Volkswagen for duping Canadians with diesel engines.Volkswagen pleaded guilty in the U.S. in March after software was found in certain diesel vehicles that made it appear as though the cars were producing fewer emissions than they really were.In fact, under normal conditions, the cars emitted 35 times Canada’s legal limit on nitrogen oxides, which have adverse effects on human health and contribute to climate change.About 105,000 of the rigged vehicles were sold in Canada and Volkswagen has a court-certified settlement program underway to buy back the cars and compensate Canadians who owned or leased them.A statement from McKenna says her department is investigating and will act if necessary, but that investigation is nearly two years old and two groups, Environmental Defence and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, are tired of waiting.Tim Gray, executive director of Environmental Defence, said his organization heard informally from the government that almost two years after the department began investigating there wasn’t a lot of confidence Canada could do anything about the Volkswagen violations.He said if the government doesn’t act when there is a “violation of environmental law at this scale” and an admission of guilt in the United States regarding the same cars, it sends a horrible message.“It basically puts a mark on Canada as a place to get away with dumping your crap into the environment and nothing will be done about it,” said Gray.So on June the two agencies joined forces to apply for a ministerial investigation to be launched under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.Provisions of that act allow a member of the public to seek a minister’s probe into allegations of violations of the act and to be updated on that investigation every 90 days.The application asked for investigations into four allegations including that Volkswagen imported cars that violated Canadian emissions requirements, applied the National Emissions Mark on diesel cars which didn’t meet the standards and then sold those cars, provided false and misleading information and earlier this year resumed sales of the 2015 models without fixing the emissions problem.Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Environmental Enforcement Directorate responded by saying because the department was already doing an in-house investigation on the first three items, there would be no ministerial probe.The department said it would launch a new investigation into the last claim, which looks at what Volkswagen did to fix its 2015 diesel-engine cars before starting to sell them again in Canada.This week the two organizations filed suit to force McKenna to comply with their application on all four issues.Amir Attaran, a lawyer with the Ecojustice environmental law clinic at the University of Ottawa who represents the individuals who filed the suit, said without launching investigations under Section 17 of the act, the government doesn’t have to update anyone on what it is doing to investigate.He said it has been nearly two years since the issue was first made public and Environment Canada launched its investigation. It has been almost six months since the company pleaded guilty in the U.S. and agreed that it wouldn’t deny wrongdoing in other countries as part of that plea. With all this, it doesn’t make sense that Canada hasn’t been able to complete its investigation and file charges here.Ontario NDP MP Brian Masse said Canada doesn’t take this kind of situation seriously enough and urged McKenna to act as soon as possible.Environment Canada spokesman Mark Johnson said in an email it is not abnormal for an investigation of this complexity to take two or three years and that work has to be completed to put together the strongest possible case before deciding whether to recommend charges be laid.—follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgLondon/San Franciaco: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected the call for breaking up his company, saying the size of Facebook was actually a benefit to its users and for the security of the democratic process. In an interview with French broadcaster France 2, Zuckerberg dismissed the claim made by his long-time friend and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes that it is time to break up Facebook as Zuckerberg has yielded “unchecked power and influence” far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in the government. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “When I read what he wrote, my main reaction was that what he’s proposing that we do isn’t going to do anything to help solve those issues. “So I think that if what you care about is democracy and elections, then you want a company like us to be able to invest billions of dollars per year like we are in building up really advanced tools to fight election interference,” Zuckerberg told France 2 while in Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen In an opinion piece in The New York Times on Thursday, Hughes said the government must hold Mark (Zuckerberg) accountable. “Mark’s personal reputation and the reputation of Facebook have taken a nose-dive,” wrote Hughes, who during his freshman year at Harvard University in 2002 was recruited by Zuckerberg for Facebook. Zuckerberg said that Facebook’s budget for safety this year is bigger than the whole revenue of the company when it went public earlier this decade. “A lot of that is because we’ve been able to build a successful business that can now support that. You know, we invest more in safety than anyone in social media,” reported TechCrunch, quoting Zuckerberg. Hughes wrote that Zuckerberg has surrounded himself with a team that reinforces his beliefs instead of challenging them. “Mark is a good, kind person. But I’m angry that his focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks,” he wrote. In a separate opinion piece in the NYT on Sunday, Nick Clegg, who is the Vice President for global affairs and communications in Facebook, said that success should not be penalised. “Facebook shouldn’t be broken up but it does need to be held to account,” Clegg wrote. “Hughes maintains that lawmakers merely marvel at Facebook’s explosive growth and have overlooked their own responsibility to protect the public through more competition. “This argument holds dangerous implications for the American technology sector, the strongest pillar of the economy. And it reveals misunderstandings of Facebook and the central purpose of antitrust law,” Clegg argued. Embroiled in users’ data scandals, Facebook is set to create new privacy positions within the company that would include a committee, and external evaluator and a Chief Compliance Officer. Facebook has already kept aside $3 billion anticipating a record fine coming from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) related to the Cambridge Analytica data scandal which involved 87 million users. The Facebook case is being looked at as a measure of the Donald Trump administration’s willingness to regulate US tech companies.last_img read more

OTTAWA — The federal government will find a way to create 15,000 green jobs over three years, even after falling well short of a smaller goal last year, Canada’s labour minister says.Labour Minister Patty Hajdu says it took the government “a little bit of time to co-ordinate ourselves,” after promising during the 2015 election campaign to create 5,000 so-called “green jobs.”But Hajdu said eight federal agencies involved in the push should meet the jobs goal now that they have a better relationship with private employers in the field.“The more we get to know stakeholders and the better our relationships become, which this government is quite clear that we do — we work in partnership with stakeholders — the more opportunities there are,” Hajdu said in an interview.“I feel very comfortable with that number (15,000) still. I think we’ll be able to reach that target.”Last summer, Parks Canada employed 1,636 students, an increase of 435 over students employed during summer 2015 — but only one-third of the total the Liberals promised. Overall, across multiple departments, there were expected to be more than 2,000 green jobs, but the final tally from 2016 won’t be known until this fall.Internal government documents about the proposal show just how complicated fulfilling the original promise has been for civil servants.Days after the Liberals were sworn in as government, officials from nine federal departments met on the third floor of a government building in Gatineau, Que., across the river from Ottawa, to talk youth jobs, including the green jobs pledge.The minutes from the meeting show that Parks Canada raised concerns about the 5,000 jobs commitment, specifically that there was no mention of it in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate letter to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.The agency also raised concerns about the costs associated with ramping up its summer work program. At best, it could create another 100 summer jobs, but would need more cash to make it happen because of “significant accommodation and supervision” costs.McKenna’s department, Environment Canada, had other questions: Did the jobs need to be permanent, or temporary? Could they send students up North as support staff for researchers?In the end, Employment and Social Development Canada suggested all departments involved in the effort try to find the jobs in existing programs “given ambitious implementation timelines” and to keep operating costs from skyrocketing.Officials eventually decided to define “green jobs” as any at companies “linked to a greener economy” and that required special skills to produce environmental benefits.“This definition is quite inclusive, as it considers all jobs in green companies and all green jobs in all sectors,” reads a proposal dated Nov. 30, 2015.The Canadian Press obtained copies of the documents under the Access to Information Act.This year, the government announced that it planned to create 15,000 green jobs across eight departments: ESDC, Parks Canada, Environment Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Innovation Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Heritage and the National Research Council.A spokeswoman for ESDC said that green jobs are being defined as those with employers that help reduce the consumption of energy and raw materials, limit greenhouse gas emissions, minimize waste and pollution, and protect and restore ecosystems. read more

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladesh’s two leading cellphone companies are negotiating with a regulator over claims of more than $1.5 billion in unpaid taxes as they face threats of losing their licenses amid a legal battle that could hurt investor confidence.The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has asked Grameenphone, a subsidiary of Norwegian telecom giant Telenor, and Robi, an entity with majority shares owned by Malaysia’s Axiata Group Berhad, to pay about $1.52 billion and threatened to cancel their license if they fail to do so.On Wednesday, Grameenphone officials met with Bangladesh’s finance minister to try to resolve the case.The two companies say the audits by the BTRC are flawed.The regulator has accused the companies of evading spectrum fees, value added tax and revenue since December 2014.The Associated Press read more

“Despite early optimism, attempts at reaching a final resolution failed to make headway and were upended with the eruption of conflict in Gaza in December 2008. Further attempts at peace in 2010 and 2013 were equally eclipsed by renewed hostilities [and] the summer of 2014 saw the most devastating conflict in Gaza to date,” said Mr. Ban, recalling the situation in the region when he assumed office in 2006.“We are fast approaching a precipice as a direct result of the actions of those seeking to destroy the prospects for peace,” he cautioned. Calling on both sides to implement the recommendations put forward by the so-named diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East peace process in its recent report to break the deadlock, he added: “This would demonstrate that Israelis and Palestinians are serious about building trust and laying the foundations for meaningful negotiations that will end the occupation […], establish a viable, independent Palestinian state and resolve all final status issues.” He also expressed concern over Israel’s settlement activity beyond the 1967 line as well as a bill currently under discussion at the parliament which risks the “regularization” of more than 50 outposts and thousands of housing units built on private Palestinian land in the West Bank. A wide view of the Security Council Chamber as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Council’s meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. UN Photo/Manuel Elias Mr. Ban also called on Palestinian authorities take “brave and concrete steps” to address incitement and violence. “Acts and statements that glorify terror are unacceptable. I have repeatedly and strongly denounced incitement and all acts of terror. Stabbings, vehicle rammings and other attacks by Palestinians do nothing to advance their dream of statehood,” he said. He also noted the failure to hold Palestinian general elections remained one of the clearest signs of disunity as well as of the fragile Palestinian democratic process. “The division between the West Bank and Gaza can be overcome only with the formation of a single, legitimate, inclusive Palestinian government, on the basis of PLO [Palestine Liberation Organization] principles,” he said.Recalling his trips to Gaza, Mr. Ban cautioned that Gaza is a “tinder box”. “It is almost certain to explode unless movement and access restrictions are lifted and humanitarian needs are addressed; unless rocket attacks, tunnel construction and smuggling stop; unless progress is made on establishing a Palestinian state, with Gaza an integral and peaceful part,” he said.Looking to the future, Mr. Ban urged the Security Council to “reaffirm without reservations that there is no alternative to the two-state solution.” He called on the international community to not give up on the right of Palestine to exist, just as it must protect the right of Israel to exist in peace and security with its neighbours, he urged Council members to explore the potential of incentives and begin immediately to develop, in consultation with the parties, an agreed framework for advancing a final resolution to this conflict on the basis of direct negotiations. “For ten years, I pressed Israelis and Palestinians to start believing in a common future, bound by their undeniable historic, religious and national connection to the land. These aspirations have not been fulfilled,” he said.“Ultimately, it is up to the Israelis and Palestinians to make peace – we cannot do it for them. They must rebuild trust in each other, as the only way to address the fears and suspicions that have led to the deep polarization we see today. At the same time, we all can and must contribute to building trust, so sorely needed in the Middle East and the world today,” concluded Secretary-General Ban. read more

first_imgA water company is hunting leads on burst pipes by deploying Britain’s first sniffer dog trained to hound down water leaks.Snipe, a 16-month-old cocker spaniel, has undergone weeks of training by ex-military personnel to detect problem pipes by sniffing out tiny amounts of chlorine in tap water.The dog has now been recruited by United Utilities (UU), who supply around three million homes in the North West of England, in a UK first for dog leak detection.Snipe will be used in trials to assess if his sniffing skills can pinpoint water being wasted in rural areas where leaks are hard to detect. Owner Ross Stephenson, 32, the MD of Cape SPC, a pest extermination expert firm in Liverpool, has been putting Snipe through his paces since late last year.He said: “All I did was start off with normal tap water, and then putting in extra chlorine levels to make it stronger.”So we just put a tiny bit of that in, so the dog understands the strongest odour is the one we want them to find.”So we would have eight glass pots, one of them will have it in and every time the dog sniffs that pot he will get rewarded – a tennis ball. Snipe will be used in trials to assess if his sniffing skills can pinpoint water being wasted in rural areas Credit:Aaron Chown/PA Wire “What I had to do was take the pots outside first and start doing it in different environments and then I would take the pots away and then ended up having normal tap water, pouring it on the ground and getting the dog to search that.”So we want the dog to sit and stand and stare where the source is, so try to get the dog to stay there for 30 seconds, a ‘passive indication’.”Mr Stephenson, from Bristol, set up his firm after leaving the military two years ago, where he served with the Royal Veterinary Corps as a Corporal, deploying to war-torn Afghanistan and Iraq. His business partner Luke Jones, 27, from Bargoed, south Wales, served in the same military unit, using dogs to search for weapons, explosives and IEDs before transferring his skills to teach dogs to sniff out bed bugs – and now detecting water leaks.Mr Jones added: “All the principles are basically exactly the same, it’s just a different setting. And less stress.”UU, responsible for a network of 42,000 kilometres of pipes, fixes around 27,000 leaks a year, with a team of 140 personnel, using high tech drones, camera and sound detection equipment – and now their new recruit Snipe. Snipe the dog, with (left to right) Luke Jones, Ross Stephenson and Hannah Wardle, in Warringtoncenter_img Tap water consists of one part chlorine per million parts water – with a dog’s nose calculated as being able to detect one particle of an odour or scent in a billion.Hannah Wardle, regional leakage manager at UU, said: “The North West of England is a notoriously wet region, and sorting the leaks from the puddles especially out in the fields can be a real challenge. This is where we hope Snipe will really come into his own, as his sensitive nose can detect mains water at incredibly low concentrations.”With leakage detection it’s all about building up the evidence using a range of different technologies. We’re trialling the use of satellites and drones to get a bird’s eye view of a particular area, but the devil is in the detail, and pinpointing the exact place to start digging is more difficult than you might think.”We are hoping within the next three months we will be in a position where the dog can be properly working for us finding leaks where we don’t know where the location is already.”Snipe is going to be an invaluable asset to the team.” Snipe will be used in trials to assess if his sniffing skills can pinpoint water being wasted in rural areas  Snipe the dog, with (left to right) Luke Jones, Ross Stephenson and Hannah Wardle, in WarringtonCredit:Aaron Chown/PA Wire Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgA growing number of organizations – from state governments to surety underwriters—are expressing concern that EPA is about to impose economically harmful and unnecessary bonding requirements on mineral mining companies.As part of a settlement with environmental activists reached in federal court, EPA is considering rules this fall (autumn) that will add to the financial assurance obligations already enforced by state and federal agencies that have far greater experience with the mining industry than EPA.Now EPA is hearing criticism from every quarter. Congressional committee chairman with jurisdiction, western state governors, state regulatory agencies and the surety industry have recently added their voices to the concerns of the mining industry. All warn of a costly regulatory approach based on a superficial analysis that does not support the need for a redundant bonding requirement to ensure reclamation and other post-mining activities, if necessary, such as long term groundwater monitoring or treatment. All question the need for EPA to duplicate existing federal and state programs that already address the exact types of risks EPA is targeting.In letters to EPA officials, the various organizations warn that EPA’s approach under the Superfund Law (CERCLA) is seriously flawed and must be rethought. Among other critical observations made about the legal and policy infirmities in the agency’s approach are the following:Allowing multiple claimants under the Superfund Law threatens the availability of funds to remediate post-mining sites. The Surety and Fidelity Association of America letterThe rule will result in the imposition of billions of dollars in unnecessary capital requirements on the mining industry and preempt existing state and federal authorities and financial assurance programs for mining. House National Resources Committee and Energy and Commerce Committee chairmen letterImposing duplicative financial assurance requirements on the hard rock mining industry will improperly hamper effective state programs. Western Governors Association letterUsurping state authority by filling “alleged ‘gaps’ in state reclamation programs” that do not exist. Interstate Mining Compact Commission resolutionlast_img read more

first_img Nintendo may have just put the final nail in the Wii U’s coffin. After the release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on March 3, there will be no more first-party games produced for the ill-fated system. This information comes directly from Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime who spoke with Polygon during the Nintendo Switch NYC event last week.“From a first-party standpoint, there’s no new development coming after the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” said Fils-Aime. “We really are at the end of life for Wii U.”The end of first-party support for the Wii U doesn’t mean that the system is entirely dead, however. Despite reports of Nintendo taking Wii U units off store shelves, Fils-Aime stated that the company would continue to support the system at retail and through the Nintendo eShop. Much like with the PlayStation Vita (which is still holding on to life by a thin thread), third party developers may continue to make games for the Wii U. Support of online games for the Wii U will also continue.“From our standpoint, sunsetting is quite some time into the future. The ongoing activity from an online standpoint on [Mario] Kart and Splatoon is significant. We’re going to continue to support that.”In an interview with GameSpot, Fils-Aime talked about the two main factors he thinks lead to the Wii U’s abysmal sales numbers. First, he believes that Nintendo failed to properly explain what made the system unique. Secondly, he believes that the gap between game releases was too long — leaving many Wii U owners with nothing major to play for months at a time. Fils-Aime says that Nintendo has learned from these mistakes.The Wii U’s successor, the Nintendo Switch, will launch on March 3 with six titles. Nintendo hopes to release around 30 games for the console/mobile hybrid system by the end of 2017. Stay on target Nintendo is Killing Miiverse in Japan This NovemberThere’s a Reason Why Link Doesn’t Wear His Iconic Green Hat … last_img read more

first_imgFed up with signs for their local precinct committee officer races being stolen, the members of the PCO Liberty Alliance took matters into their own hands this week, catching a suspected thief in the act.The Republican PCO races have been particularly contentious this year, with the formation of the PCO Liberty Alliance, made up of mostly Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich supporters. PCOs choose county party officers, along with other grass-roots duties.Check out David Hedrick’s video at the bottom of this story.The “Don’t tread on me” folks got tired of candidate Lynda Wilson’s signs going missing, so they set up a game camera pointed directly at a sign they posted on Northeast 164th Avenue. It didn’t take long before they got something.Former congressional candidate David Hedrick decided to check the trap at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, and caught a man snagging the sign on his bike as he rode by. The footage, as well as what happens next, was chronicled in a YouTube video Hedrick posted later in the day.Hedrick chases the thief down in his car and, while still filming, calls out the window: “What’s wrong with Lynda Wilson as a PCO? Maybe she’s too conservative? Maybe the establishment doesn’t like her?”last_img read more

first_imgMore than one-fifth (22%) of employee respondents believe that workplace support such as employee assistance programmes (EAPs) and access to counselling would make them feel more comfortable taking time off when they are physically or mentally unwell, according to research by Canada Life Group Insurance.Its survey of 1,004 full-time and part-time employees also found that 18% of respondents have gone into work when they are feeling mentally unwell.The research also found:19% of respondents would be more likely to go into work when feeling mentally unwell than they would if they were feeling physically unwell.One-fifth (20%) of respondents would take time off work for a stress-related illness.12% of respondents believe that their manager and colleagues’ understanding of mental health issues is poorer than their understanding of physical health problems.More than one-third (37%) of respondents believe that flexible-working options would make them feel more comfortable taking time off work when unwell, and 18% feel back-to-work rehabilitation support for long-term health conditions would help.34% of respondents believe a more positive attitude to health and wellbeing in the workplace would make them feel more comfortable taking time off work when they are experiencing mental or physical ill-health, and 26% believe less pressure to be always on would help.20% of respondents would be embarrassed to say that they have been off work because of a mental ill-health issue, 13% fear that it could affect their career prospects, and 12% worry that their boss or colleagues would no longer take them seriously.Paul Avis (pictured), marketing director at Canada Life Group Insurance, said: “Old stigmas still persist when it comes to mental health in the workplace. People suffering from mental health issues should be focusing on getting better rather than struggling into the office. You would not come into work if you were too physically unwell to do so, would you?“Too many employees do come in when unwell [because] they are worried about how having a mental illness will affect their job prospects or relationship with their colleagues. Employers must do more to show they are serious about supporting employees with mental health and stress-related issues. It is important to communicate not only that it’s okay for them to take time off to get better, but also that there won’t be any negative impact on their career for doing so.“Organisations should embrace professional, quality support as many are unaware of what can be done and what support is available from insurers.”last_img read more

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Ever wonder what’s making news next door in Tewksbury? Bill Gilman, editor of Your Tewksbury Today, has the answer!Below is a collection of top Tewksbury stories, primarily written by Gilman, that were recently published on his popular website.Top Tewksbury Stories (May 27, 2019 to June 3, 2019)Tewksbury Police Department Mourns Death Of Administrative Director Matt SmallLETTER: Thanks To Residents For Supporting New Elementary SchoolAT THE LIBRARY: AAA Car Doctor On June 4; Electric Car Show On June 8Tewksbury Resident Named Valedictorian At Presentation Of Mary AcademyRep. Moulton, Combat Veteran, Goes Public With PTSD Struggle Your Tewksbury Today is Tewksbury’s premiere online hyperlocal news source. Follow YTT on Facebook and Twitter.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”last_img read more

first_imgFormer Awami League MP Golam Maula Roni speaks after joining BNP at its chairperson`s Gulshan office on Monday. Photo: Prothom AloFormer Awami League MP Golam Maula Rony formally joined BNP on Monday, reports UNB.He joined the party at a simple ceremony at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office in the evening.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir welcomed Rony to their party, saying their democratic movement will be intensified with his joining.Speaking on the occasion, Rony said he joined BNP consciously deserting his party Awami League.Later, he received the BNP nomination letter for contesting the general election from Patuakhali-3.last_img

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. and Iranian diplomats plan to meet this weekend in Switzerland as efforts intensify to reach a comprehensive nuclear accord.Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will hold talks Saturday in Geneva.State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke says the goal is to make progress toward an agreement by an end of June deadline.European and Iranian officials have suggested the talks may require more time. But Rathke says the U.S. isn’t considering an extension.center_img Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Kerry leaves Washington on Thursday for Nigeria, where he’ll attend Muhammadu Buhari’s (moo-HAH’-mah-doo boo-HAH’-reez) presidential inauguration.From Geneva, Kerry will head to Madrid to meet with Spain’s king and prime minister. Later, Kerry will attend a conference in Paris on fighting the Islamic State group.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img Share March 1, 2013 468 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-03-01 Krista Franks Brock in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img “”Guardian Real Estate Services LLC,””:http://www.gres.com/ a Portland, Oregon-based real estate management, investment, and development firm, announced last week a new “”commitment””:http://www.gres.com/Apartments/module/website_documents/website_document%5Bid%5D/51912/ to social equity and diversity. [IMAGE]””We know that committing to social equity and diversity is the right thing to do for our society,”” said Tom Brenneke, president of Guardian Real Estate Services. [COLUMN_BREAK]””We also know research shows organizations that actively pursue responsible efforts to these goals are organizations that become stronger, both internally, and in their industry. This ‘double bottom line’ emphasis is important to our company,”” Brenneke said. Twenty-four percent of Guardian’s more than 1,000 employees are ethnic minorities, and 47 percent are women, according to a press release from the company. Additionally, 60 percent of the company’s executive management team are women. Guardian’s newly-announced commitment includes intentions to continue to promote diversity within the company. Guardian also announced plans to intentionally seek out minority firms to meet supply needs and to encourage its vendors to work with minority firms as well. “”As one of the country’s largest affordable housing developers, the company comes in daily contact with the challenges faced by individuals and families confronting unequal treatment due to their income and/or ethnic status,”” the company stated in its press release last week. Guardian was founded in 1971 and currently manages more than 18,000 multifamily units dispersed between 280 properties. Guardian Real Estate Services Announces Diversity Initiativelast_img read more