Harper Atleo signed secret agreement on FN education bill document

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsPrime Minister Stephen Harper and former Assembly of First Nations national chief Shawn Atleo came to a secret agreement outlining the broad framework and name of the now shelved First Nation education bill months before it was tabled in Parliament, according to a document filed in Federal Court.The document, signed by Harper, Atleo, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt and former Clerk of the Privy Council Wayne Wouters was filed in court by federal Justice Canada lawyers Wednesday.The undated four-page document was titled “Bill C/S-X, First Nation Control of First Nations Education Act.” The document lists the sections of the new education bill and itemizes which parts would differ from a previous incarnation rejected by First Nation chiefs in the fall of 2013. The document was signed on Feb. 3, APTN National News has learned, over two months before a bill under the same name was tabled in the House of Commons on April 10.“This document identifies the substantive amendments to the Oct. 2013 draft of the First Nations education legislative proposal,” states the document. “This does not preclude minor adjustments or tone.”The document was signed after a meeting between Harper, Valcourt and Atleo at the request of Wouters who wanted the signatures for the historical record. The Monday meeting followed a contentious phone conversation on education between Harper and Atleo held the previous Friday, Jan. 31.DocumentDownload (PDF, Unknown)The emergence of the document casts Harper and Atleo’s Feb. 7 press conference on the Blood Tribe reserve in a new light. Harper and Atleo stepped onto the stage and announced they had reached a “historic agreement” on education knowing they had a signed document in their back pocket outlining what the new bill would eventually look like.Atleo’s own executive however, was completely in the dark about the details on the day of that announcement. The AFN regional chiefs for Quebec and Ontario, Ghislain Picard and Stan Beardy, e-mailed Atleo that day saying they wouldn’t attend the announcement because of the lack of details.The document also explains Valcourt’s office persistent talking-point use of the claim it had an agreement with the AFN on education. APTN National News has without success repeatedly asked Valcourt’s office for proof of an agreement.In reality, however, the agreement was only with Atleo and not the AFN. Atleo never told chiefs about the document or that he knew the outline of the education bill the Harper government planned to table.Nova Scotia AFN regional Chief Morley Googoo, who held the education portfolio on the chiefs executive, told APTN National News Thursday he didn’t know the document existed.“I didn’t know about it, this is the first time I hear about it now,” said Googoo.Justice Canada lawyers handling a court challenge of the education bill launched by the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) also didn’t know the document existed. In its Federal Court filing, the AFNQL requested Ottawa turn over any documents mentioning an education agreement between the Harper government and the AFN. Justice Canada initially responded saying none existed. Then, on Wednesday, Eric Gingras, senior counsel for Justice Canada, filed the document.The First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act now sits in limbo, along with the $1.9 billion in new funding tied to the proposed bill. AFN-member chiefs voted to reject the Act arguing Ottawa failed to consult them adequately on the bill and that it threatened to undermine advances made in education by some First Nation communities.Atleo resigned from his position on May 2 saying he had become a lightning rod on the education debate that had been raging since the Feb. 7 press conference.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Potlotek community promised new water system but questions remain

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsMi’kmaq who have been with dirty water in Potlotek, N.S. have been promised a new water system.Federal government officials met with the community Tuesday.People applauded the good news, but still have big questions.See related stories here: #Watertroache@aptn.calast_img

Construction begins on Freedom Road to Shoal Lake 40

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN National NewsThe community of Shoal Lake 40 in Manitoba hosted a celebratory feast last week to kick off construction of the much awaited Freedom Road.Nearly 50 people including community members, people from the province and representatives from the federal government gathered at the community’s recreation centre for a ceremony that included speeches, drumming and a tour of the construction site.Construction of the road officially began in May. Chief Erwin RedskyChief Erwin Redsky said Friday’s celebration not only marks the beginning of a new road but also the beginning of a road to reconciliation.“Today is a day of celebration. Reaching a major milestone of beginning of construction of our road. Freedom Road.” He said, “This demonstrates what partnership can look like. What equality can look like.”Shoal Lake 40 was forced onto a man-made island more than 100 years ago when the city of Winnipeg built an aqueduct to ensure the city had clean drinking water. The community relies on ferry transportation during the summer months and a winter road during the rest of the seasons.They have been under a boil water advisory for the past two decades. Something Chief Redsky hopes will change once the road is complete.Bob Nault, MP for Kenora, was in attendance for Friday’s celebration. He admits Canada still has a lot of work to do and Freedom Road is just the beginning.“There’s an opportunity to build a new water plant and build other infrastructure in the community.”Last year the federal government agreed to cover up to $20 million toward the road, while the province and the city each agreed to pay $10 million.Freedom Road stretches 24-kilometres with nine of those being on Shoal Lake 40. The road will connect the community to the Trans-Canada Highway. Completion of on reserve road is set for October. A representative for the province couldn’t confirm a date for full completion of the road.bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

Kinder Morgan suspends work on Trans Mountain pipeline amid BC opposition

first_img— with files from the Canadian Press APTN NewsAs hundreds of opponents of the Trans Mountain Pipeline celebrate the company’s decision to halt non-essential work on the project, Kinder Morgan’s CEO says he is open to discussing an investment in its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by the Alberta government if there’s clear assurance that the project can actually be completed.Kinder Morgan has set a May 31 deadline for talks with “various stakeholders” to reach an agreement that could allow the project to proceed. Shares in the company fell as much as 15 per cent but regained some of the losses and were down about eight per cent in mid-afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.CEO Steve Kean said on a conference call Monday that he’s open to Notley’s suggestion, but there needs to be a clear political signal that there won’t be additional delays to the project.“There’s no magic formulation that’s been articulated by anyone, to us. This is what we’ll be devoting some attention to in the coming weeks,” Kean said.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley suggested Sunday the province could invest in the project to ensure it goes forward after the company said it has suspended all non-essential activities and related spending on the pipeline expansion that would carry Alberta bitumen to an export terminal near Vancouver.Kinder Morgan said it will consult with “various stakeholders” to try and reach an agreement by May 31 that might allow the project to proceed.The move will be seen as a blow to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has insisted that the pipeline would be built, despite the angry protests and the B.C. government’s continued battle against the project in the courts.The expansion, which would triple the amount of oil flowing from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C., was approved by the federal government in 2016.Kinder Morgan has spent about $1.1 billion on the $7.4-billion project so far.British Columbia Premier John Horgan is pursuing a reference case in the courts to determine if his government can control the shipment of oil through the province on environmental grounds.The federal government put pressure on B.C. Premier John Horgan to back away from his opposition to the project, with Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr describing it as “crucial” to expanding Canada’s export markets for its natural resources while creating thousands of jobs.“The government of Canada calls on Premier Horgan and the B.C. government to end all threats of delay to the Trans Mountain expansion,” Carr said in a news release. “His government’s actions stand to harm the entire Canadian economy.”Carr said under Canadian law, Ottawa has the jurisdiction to approve the project.“We are determined to find a solution,” he added. “With all our partners, we continue to consider all available options. As our prime minister has said, this pipeline will be built.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that it is possible to balance the interests of both the economy and the environment in pushing for the pipeline’s expansion.“We have to make sure that the balance is right, that we’re still globally competitive – and competitiveness is something this government will always focus on – but we also shouldn’t be part of a race to the bottom of trying to cut standards and pollute more just for the short term,” said Trudeau who is on a tour of Northern Alberta.Opponents of the project are still holding camp outside the company’s Burnaby Terminal and say they are not going anywhere until the project is cancelled.last_img read more

Students to learn Michif at one Saskatchewan school

first_imgpwolf@aptn.ca Priscilla WolfAPTN NewsMichif will now be part of the curriculum for one Saskatoon elementary school.The traditional language of the Métis is a combination of Cree and French.But it’s in danger of dying unless more speakers are trained.So one school is stepping up.last_img

Community garden in Winnipeg seeds hope and nurtures tradition

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsAccess to fresh gardens is not always possible for people living in urban settings, and access to traditional agricultural knowledge is sometimes even harder to come by.That’s what one community garden near downtown Winnipeg is trying to change.Despite it’s location on a busy street corner in the city’s West Broadway area, many fail to notice the garden amongst the gravel parking lots and apartment buildings.It might not look like much but beneath the leafy green lined pathway lies thousands of years of ancestral growing practices – and a variety of vegetables ripe for the picking.Audrey Logan built the urban garden from the ground up in 2014.“We don’t have to water much; we don’t have to feed much. We just guide it along and enjoy,” Logan told APTN News.The garden started out as nothing more than a patch of cement.In the past five years it has flourished into a greenspace rich with food and teachings.Logan practices regenerative agriculture, a form of growing which emphasizes recycling and composting.She said it’s all about putting in what you take out.“We give back in the fall a lot of leaf material that we bring in…then the worms eat during the winter and spring. They create soil with their waste and they help permeate any kind of clay materials,” Logan explained.“It’s just such a more natural way.”These practices are traditional to Indigenous communities.According to Logan, when colonization occurred Europeans brought over invasive styles of growing such as digging, stirring and overturning soil.Logan said these ways fail to protect Mother Earth.“I’m not going to slice her open, expose her to the sun, sterilize her and not cover her for winter,” she said.“When you look at it as a living entity…then you need to treat it as such.”Logan spent her life learning the different ways of gardening and farming.It started out with her time as a child in the welfare system when she lived with non-Indigenous farmers.Then it provided a sense of survival when she was on the streets as a teen.“When you’re a homeless kid on the street what are you going to do? You can’t go to the store and steal. I didn’t have that kind of temperament,” said Logan.Logan would go door-to-door and offer her services to people in her area. She would tend to their gardens and would accept food or money in return.Logan now shares her knowledge with others during weekly drop-in classes at the West Broadway Community Organization, where the garden is located.Jozef DeBeer started attending them three years ago.He said the traditional way of working with nature makes gardening more enjoyable.“I do think it is slowly growing and people are talking about it and there are more and more yards popping up.”DeBeer has since taken the practices he’s learned and started his own garden at home.It has connected him to something bigger – a community who delights in learning more and doing more.Logan has regulars, like DeBeer, who help tend to the garden.She hopes the teachings help reclaim the position of Indigenous people as agricultural people.“To help people learn a bit more about the Indigenous cultural aspect of our food has been for me very important because we need to reclaim that,” she said.Drop in classes run Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

Federal leaders debate Indigenous rights divided on UNDRIP

first_imgGreen Party leader Elizabeth May, Conservative elder Andrew Scheer and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh debated Indigenous rights and related issues for 20 minutes Thursday during Maclean’s Magazine’s leaders’ debate. Photo: Maclean’s / YouTube.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsIndigenous issues featured prominently in Thursday evening’s leaders’ debate hosted by Maclean’s Magazine.Three of the four major party leaders discussed child welfare, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the drinking water crisis, the duty to consult and the principle of free, prior and informed consent.Justin Trudeau, who has maintained throughout his first mandate that there’s no relationship more important to his government than the one with Indigenous peoples, did not attend the debate, which featured a 20-minute question-and-answer period for party leaders.Thursday’s debate saw a sharp divide between the Green Party and NDP on one side, and the Conservatives on the other, on key issues around Indigenous rights.Given two opportunities, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer did not answer a question from moderator and Maclean’s writer Paul Wells on whether a Conservative government would accept the recent Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s ruling that Canada compensate First Nations children who were made wards of the state under the on-reserve child welfare system.Skirting the question, Scheer said a Conservative government “will be focused on practical things that can alleviate the types of challenges that are facing Indigenous Canadians,” before quickly moving on to long term boil water advisories and then jobs in the natural resources sector.Green Party leader Elizabeth May called the Tribunal’s Sept. 6 ruling “a huge victory for the work that’s been done to protect Indigenous children, with the government fighting them tooth and nail.”Asked a second time, Scheer said “it’s essential that the outcome of these type of decisions actually gets the resources to the people that need it the most,” but did not commit to accepting the ruling.NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said he was “not surprised, but appalled” by Scheer’s response.Singh said an NDP government “would accept the ruling,” and that “at a minimum we shouldn’t be taking Indigenous kids to court.“They deserve respect and dignity. That’s what reconciliation’s all about.”Trudeau has not yet indicated whether his government will appeal the tribunal’s decision.May said Trudeau “must immediately accept that this is long overdue,” calling the matter a “crisis”.Wells then asked: “Don’t rulings like this demonstrate how much expectations and frustration have increased even in only the last four years?”He then turned to the Conservative leader: “Mr. Scheer, doesn’t that make it a much greater governing challenge than it was even the last time a Conservative government was in power four years ago?”Scheer agreed, saying “if there’s one area where Justin Trudeau raised expectations to levels that he has been a complete disappointment on, it is Indigenous files.” He cited Trudeau’s dismissal of a woman from Grassy Narrows who interrupted a high-end Liberal fundraising event last spring. In response, Trudeau said, “Thank you very much for your donation,” as the woman was escorted out of the room, prompting widespread condemnation and allegations of racism.The debate then moved to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), which Canada has ratified at an international level but has not codified into law domestically.Last year the House of Commons passed Romeo Saganash’s private member’s Bill C-262, legislation that would have compelled the federal government to review its laws and attempt to align them with the global minimum human rights standards for Indigenous peoples.But Conservative Senators stalled and ultimately killed the bill in June before parliament adjourned for the summer.Scheer was criticized from all corners over his purported support for the bill in the lower chamber, and his silence around the behaviour of his caucus members in the upper chamber.On Thursday the Conservative leader reiterated the Senators’ primary concern with the bill — that recognizing Indigenous peoples’ right to free, prior and informed consent would hurt the economy, including Indigenous peoples’ access to jobs in the resource sector.Scheer said C-262 has “many laudable goals” that a Conservative government would support, but that “we cannot create a system in this country where one group of individuals, one Indigenous community, can hold hostage large projects that employ so many Indigenous Canadians.”Scheer said “there are many Indigenous Canadians who will benefit from [the] Trans Mountain [pipeline],” adding, “yes, there are people who are opposed to it, but we do not live in a country where any one group of people have a veto.”Singh called Scheer’s language around Indigenous rights and the right to consent “disrespectful,” while May referred to Scheer’s response as “inappropriate.”“The language you are using is so inappropriate when talking about Indigenous Canadians,” May responded.Elizabeth May was arrested while protesting the Trans Mountain pipeline in Burnaby, B.C. last year. File photo.“You are missing the fact that Section 35 of the constitution is already interpreted by the courts, [and] goes almost all the way to what the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” she said.“Consulting is not, ‘I will consult with you until you agree what we’ve already decided.’ That’s not consultation. It’s what Trudeau thinks is consultation, it’s what you think is consultation. But it has to be free, prior and informed consent.”Singh said Scheer was “talking as if he doesn’t understand the reality” of Indigenous rights.“You’re going to have to work with communities,” he said. “If you don’t have communities buying in, projects won’t go ahead.”Singh said the government “should move forward with respect and dignity.”“It’s better for business if we ensure that we have a process we know is going to work. We’re going to work with communities and make sure that they feel engaged, involved. And yes, that means they can say no. And yes that means they can say yes. These things work together and partnership is the only way forward.”Scheer then doubled down on his point: “What happens if one Indigenous community says no?”May reminded Scheer that he’s talking about Indigenous nations, not just communities.“The language you are using shows no respect,” she said.The Conservatives’ concern that recognizing Indigenous peoples’ right to give or withhold consent to resource projects on their lands that could adversely impact them was addressed multiple times by Senator Murray Sinclair, a former judge, last spring.Sinclair pointed out that a First Nation or other Indigenous peoples’ decision to withhold consent around a pipeline did not amount to what Conservatives have repeatedly called a ‘veto’.Senator Murray Sinclair said earlier this year that recognizing Indigenous peoples’ right to free, prior and informed consent does not amount to having a ‘veto’ on resource development projects. APTN file photo. The UNDRIP principle of free, prior and informed consent “is a very simple concept,” Sinclair said in May. “And that is, before you affect my land, you need to talk to me, and you need to have my permission.“That doesn’t mean that we’re vetoing it. It doesn’t mean that First Nations people, or Indigenous people outside of Indian reserves, are vetoing anything,” he continued. “Just because they say you can’t run a pipeline across my land doesn’t mean you can’t run it somewhere else.”Scheer supported his argument against the right of free, prior and informed consent by saying Indigenous peoples also have a right to say yes to resource development projects.Instead of pointing out the contradiction in Scheer’s statement that Indigenous peoples’ rights may have to be violated in order to be respected, Wells asked: “Does the Conservative leader not have a point? Is there not division among Native Nations over some of these projects?”Scheer also wasn’t challenged on his argument that a single Indigenous nation or community was standing in the way of a pipeline or other project.A number of First Nations are involved in the most recent legal challenge to the now publicly-owned pipeline.May compared Trudeau’s failure to adequately consult with Indigenous peoples on Trans Mountain to the Harper Conservatives’ failure on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline.“We have governments that think that consultation is to keep talking at Indigenous Nations and groups until they agree,” she said.“Now in the context of territorial recognition, you can’t treat Indigenous Canadians as though they were an interest group or a lobby. The rights they have in the constitution, and which we as federal leaders have a fiduciary responsibility to protect—even under Section 35, much less under UNDRP—require a rootedness in territory.”At the Liberals’ press conference in June when they announced the government’s reapproval of Trans Mountain, Trudeau defined free, prior and informed consent as “engaging, looking with [Indigenous communities], listening to the issues they have, and responding meaningfully to the concerns they have wherever possible.”Days before the 2015 election he told APTN that, “[u]ltimately, even though governments grant permits, only communities grant permission.”Implementing UNDRIP was a key promise of Trudeau’s first election campaign as Liberal leader.Asked why the Liberals’ didn’t adopt Saganash’s legislation as a government bill to ensure its passage into law, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett told APTN in June the party would introduce similar legislation if re-elected.The NDP and Greens have both promised to fully implement UNDRIP.Jagmeet Singh and the NDP have also promised to develop a ‘National Action Plan for Reconciliation’ that would, among other things, include a plan to implement UNDRIP. APTN file photo.In Thursday’s debate Singh referred to Bill C-262 as a “transformative piece of legislation.” He has signalled that the NDP would introduce a similar bill if elected.“What it essentially says is that we should treat Indigenous peoples with respect, as equal partners,” he said of UNDRIP.May said Thursday a Green government would implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ calls for justice.“And that’s just the beginning of working for real justice, which means allowing First Nations, Indigenous, Metis and Inuit societies that self-identify — they decide who’s a member of their community,” she said, adding the Greens would do away with the Indian Act, which she said serves to enforce “structural violence.”The Conservatives have not released a platform. Last December Scheer was booed while addressing leaders at an Assembly of First Nations event in Ottawa. He told the chiefs and delegates that a platform on Indigenous issues would be forthcoming.In addition to skipping the first leaders’ debate with substantial questions around Indigenous rights and issues, Trudeau also neglected to mention Indigenous peoples in his opening campaign speech when he called the election on Wednesday.He appealed to middle class Canadians, single parents and families, workers, recent graduates, seniors and pensioners and new Canadians in his speech, but did not mention Indigenous peoples.“I’m for moving forward for everyone,” the prime minister said, concluding his speech.Trudeau has agreed to participate in three of six leaders’ debates. He will join in two French language debates Oct. 2 and 10, and one English language debate on Oct. 7.jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

Labatt Breweries of Canada plans 460M investment for competitive edge

first_imgTORONTO – Labatt Breweries of Canada says it is investing $460 million between 2017 and 2020 to enhance its operations and help boost growth.The maker of popular brands such as Labatt Blue, Budweiser and Alexander Keith’s says the figure includes $62.2 million towards brewery operations this year.Each of Labatt’s six breweries has already received at least $19 million in recent years, as it invested $546 million in capital improvements between 2011 and 2016.The company says this investment in new technology and equipment should help it increase production of new and innovative products, as consumer tastes develop and demand is rising for different kinds of beverages.The investments are not expected to result in new jobs or layoffs.Labatt employs more than 3,500 people in Canada and will celebrate its 170th year this fall.“We’ve been steadfast in our commitment to brewing great tasting high quality beer, so with these investments we are enhancing our operations to support further growth for the next 170 years,” said Charlie Angelakos, the company’s vice president of legal and corporate affairs.Labatt — once an independent giant in Canada’s beer industry — was bought in 1995 by a Belgian group that has continued to grow by buying and merging with other companies around the world. The group, now called Anheuser-Busch InBev, last year bought the world’s second-biggest beermaker SABMiller for a combined one-third of the global beer market.AB InBev and SABMiller own hundreds of brands, including Budweiser, Corona, Grolsch, Stella Artois and Labatt.In Canada, the beer market has long been dominated by Molson Coors and AB InBev, through its ownership of Labatt, although the two beer giants have increasingly been challenged by the popularity of smaller local craft brewers.Earlier this summer, beer rival Molson Coors announced plans to spend up to $500 million to build a new brewery in the city, instead of at its original location, which opened in 1786.Labatt has been moving to buy up craft beers, including Shock Top and the 2015 purchase of Toronto’s Mill Street Brewery, its sixth acquisition of a North American craft brewer since 2011. The company now operates three stand-alone craft brewers.Labatt announced a US$350-million deal with the Mark Anthony Group to buy the Canadian rights to Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Okanagan Cider and ownership of the Turning Point Brewery in British Columbia, which brews Stanley Park beers, giving the company a bigger stake in both the growing pre-mixed drinks and ciders markets, which have been growing in popularity.last_img read more

Markets Right Now Dow industrials break through 25000

first_imgThe latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4 p.m.The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 25,000 points for the first time, just five weeks after its first close above 24,000.Technology companies, which put up some of the biggest gains in the last year, continued to outpace the rest of the market Thursday.Banks were benefiting from higher bond yields, which allow them to charge higher interest rates on mortgages and other kinds of loans.Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo all posted solid gains.The Dow increased 152 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 25,075.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 10 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,723.The Nasdaq composite climbed 12 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,077.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.45 per cent.___11:45 a.m.The Dow Jones industrial average is trading above 25,000 points for the first time, just five weeks since its first close above 24,000.Technology companies, which put up some of the biggest gains in the last year, continued to outpace the rest of the market Thursday.Banks were benefiting from higher bond yields, which allow them to charge higher interest rates on mortgages and other kinds of loans.Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo posted solid gains in midday trading.The Dow increased 125 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 25,047.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 10 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,723.The Nasdaq climbed 11 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,076.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.48 per cent.___9:35 a.m.The Dow Jones industrial average traded above 25,000 points for the first time, blasting through another 1,000-point milestone.The Dow’s latest breakthrough came in early trading Thursday and just five weeks after closing above 24,000 points for the first time.Technology companies and banks had some of the biggest gains in early trading. Wells Fargo rose 1.9 per cent and Microsoft rose 0.7 per cent.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 9 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,722.The Dow Jones industrials increased 118 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 25,037. The Nasdaq climbed 16 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,081.last_img read more

NBC has best ratings week for a network in 2 months

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – NBC cut through the summer doldrums with the best week for a television network since the NBA Finals were seen on ABC two months ago.NBC was led, as is typical during the summer months, by “America’s Got Talent.” The competition show was seen by 11.8 million people last week, more than four million more than anything else on television, the Nielsen company said.Joining favourites like “American Ninja Warrior” and “World of Dance,” NBC added a new competition series in “Making It,” a crafting show co-hosted by former “Parks and Recreation” co-stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. Its audience of 5.2 million people made it the most-watched new series of the summer, Nielsen said.Football, which will be a mainstay of broadcast network schedules through January, started its preseason with the Hall of Fame game, seen by 6.8 million people on NBC.NBC averaged 4.7 million viewers for the week, CBS had 3.8 million, ABC had 3.1 million, Fox had 1.9 million, ION Television had 1.4 million, Telemundo has 1.2 million, Univision had 1.1 million and the CW had 840,000.Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.34 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 1.58 million, USA had 1.38 million, HGTV had 1.36 million and Hallmark had 1.1 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.8 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.4 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.5 million.For the week of July 30-Aug. 5, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent,” NBC, 11.83 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.54 million; NFL Exhibition Football: Chicago vs. Baltimore, NBC, 6.77 million; “NFL Preseason Kickoff,” NBC, 6.57 million; “Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC, 5.96 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 5.86 million; “Big Brother” (Thursday), CBS, 5.62 million; “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 5.57 million; “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 5.55 million; “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 5.5 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.comlast_img read more