Mark Blackburn

Before moving to become the APTN News social media producer, Mark was the executive producer for the news in eastern Canada. Before starting with APTN in 2009, Mark worked at CBC Radio and Television in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ottawa.

HST deal sealed

Ontario First Nations leaders sealed a deal on the Harmonized Sales Tax with federal and provincial officials Thursday, preempting plans for rail and highway blockades over the looming loss of the 30 year-old point-of-sale provincial tax exemption.


Showdown looming over HST, says Brant

The Ontario and federal governments should reverse course and exempt First Nations from the harmonized sales tax or authorities could find themselves facing a situation reminiscent of 2007 when Mohawks from Tyendinaga faced-off with police during a blockade of the province’s main highway, according to one of the Mohawks involved in that protest.


Reason to fear CBSA ‘retaliation’: Chair

An Akwesasne woman had reason to fear “retaliation” from the Canada Border Services Agency in response to her human rights complaint alleging border agents targeted her because she is Mohawk, according the chair of the Human Rights Tribunal hearing the case.


Widow offered bullet casings

The widow of a Mi’kmaq man gunned down in his home by an RCMP constable says police offered to let her keep three shell casings from the gun that killed her husband.