A new survey suggests millennials are leading a gradual resurgence of interest when it comes to attending Remembrance Day ceremonies.The poll conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Historica Canada found that 29 per cent of respondents plan to attend a ceremony to honour fallen soldiers on Nov. 11, up three per cent from last year and marking a return to recent highs established in 2015.But the online survey suggests Canadians between 18 and 34 are the ones most likely to pay their respects in person.The poll found 37 per cent of millennial respondents planned to attend a ceremony, well ahead of the 29 per cent of baby boomers over age 55 who were surveyed.Just 23 per cent of survey participants aged between 35 and 54, classed as members of generation X, expressed an intention of going to an official ceremony.Historica Canada says the surge in interest in attending Remembrance Day ceremonies may be the result of increased efforts to share veterans’ stories in schools and other public spaces, exposing younger generations to real-life accounts of time in combatca
OTTAWA – Disrupting a religious service is likely to remain a crime, since MPs on the House of Commons justice committee have agreed to change a controversial part of proposed legislation aimed at modernizing the Criminal Code.This spring, the Liberal government moved to rid the Criminal Code of sections that are redundant or obsolete, including those which involve challenging someone to a duel or fraudulently pretending to practice witchcraft.One of the changes proposed in Bill C-51 would have removed Section 176, which makes it a crime to use threat or force to obstruct a clergyman or minister from celebrating a worship service or carrying out any other duty related to his job.That came under heavy criticism from a number of major religious groups, including the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and B’nai Brith Canada, who urged MPs on the committee to keep that section in the Code.The MPs also voted Wednesday to update the language so that it is gender neutral and refers to all religious and spiritual officiants, instead of just Christian clergy.Liberal MP Anthony Housefather, who chairs the committee, said even though the section is rarely used, it is not without merit.“It allowed many religious groups to feel recognized within the Criminal Code, to feel that their services had a special recognition and protection and we didn’t see the value in removing it,” Housefather said Thursday.“I do think in Canada today, with the number of incidents that happen at churches, synagogues and mosques, with whatever is going on right now across the country, the last thing I want any religious group to feel is they have less protection than they did before,” he said.Faisal Mirza, the chair of the Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association, made that point when he appeared before the committee.“We cannot be blind that the current climate of increased incidents of hate, specifically at places of worship, supports that religious leaders may be in need of more, not less, focused protection,” Mirza said last month.Mirza also said that while other areas of criminal law can address the deadly shooting a Quebec City mosque in January, it is important to remember that the attack happened months after someone left a pig’s head at the door of the same mosque.Rob Nicholson, the Conservative justice critic, said he was thinking about Section 176 when watching news of Sunday’s massacre at a church in Texas.“It certainly is not the time to be doing it,” Nicholson said of removing religious protections.Nicholson said he received about 900 emails on the issue last weekend and believes that played a role in bringing the Liberals around.David Taylor, a spokesman for Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, said the government will carefully consider the amendments.
EDMONTON – The Correctional Service of Canada has fired four workers at Edmonton Institution following allegations of harassment, intimidation and bullying.A news release says Edmonton police are also looking into possible criminal activity at the maximum-security prison.Several staff were suspended last September, when the Correctional Service contracted investigators to look into the allegations.The release says additional investigations are ongoing and there will be other disciplinary hearings.The department also announced the appointment of a new regional deputy commissioner for the Prairies, France Gratton, and a new warden at Edmonton Institution, Gary Sears.Commissioner Don Head says employee misconduct will not be tolerated and his office is determined to improve workplace conditions.
LIONS BAY, B.C. – A politician in British Columbia is apologizing for spreading a false story about a teenage boy who supposedly died from a drug overdose.Lions Bay Mayor Karl Buhr said in a council meeting last month that his 14-year-old son’s friend dropped dead after inhaling “vape juice” laced with the highly potent opioid fentanyl.Buhr said in an interview on Tuesday that he’s since been informed much of the story was an urban myth.“Unfortunately, I reported an incorrect rumour,” he said.The mayor for the village located midway between Vancouver and Whistler said he originally shared the story with his council colleagues to illustrate that the provincial opioid overdose crisis is getting closer to home.The BC Coroners Service released data last week showing that 1,422 people across the province died from illicit drug overdoses last year.Buhr said he wanted his colleagues to think about what, if anything, council could do about the issue.Now he’s apologizing publicly for recounting the tall tale and says doing so probably hurt his reputation.“It probably has damaged my credibility,” Buhr said. “I don’t think people look to me as their mayor to be the all-seeing, all-knowing national trend-setter. I deliver things that people care about — new water pipes, low taxes, stuff like that. I am a small-town, local politician.”He added that he doesn’t want the incident detracting from the issue of fatal drug overdoses.“I don’t want my ham-fistedness to detract from the real message, which is: these things are everywhere,” Buhr said.“This particular incident wasn’t as reported, but there are 10 stories like this a day and they are real, so what are we doing about it?”Several teens in Lions Bay have died from overdoses over the past few years, Buhr said, adding that he’s spoken with many people who believe the idyllic village is isolated from the problem.“I think a lot of people are in denial. I still hear a lot of people saying ‘That’s never going to happen here.’ That gets my goat.”
TORONTO – A Toronto man killed his aviation executive father to access millions in inheritance, prosecutors alleged at the trial of the twice-convicted murderer on Monday, while the defence argued the death was a simple case of suicide.The assertions were presented in closing arguments at the first-degree murder trial of Dellen Millard, 32, who has pleaded not guilty to killing his father, 71-year-old Wayne Millard.The older Millard died on Nov. 29, 2012. Court has heard he was found with a bullet lodged in his brain after being shot through his left eye. The coroner and police initially concluded he died by suicide.“Wayne Millard did not kill himself,” Crown lawyer Jill Cameron said. “Dellen Millard carried about a calculated plan to murder his father and cover it up.”Wayne Millard had a $10-million plan to transform the family’s aviation business, Millardair, into a maintenance shop for passenger jets, the judge-alone trial heard. He told many people he was creating the business for his son.“Wayne Millard was spending the family money creating a legacy for Dellen Millard that he didn’t want,” Cameron said.Shortly after Wayne Millard died, his son — a co-owner of Millardair — fired all employees and returned a crucial license from the federal government to operate the company, the Crown said.“(Dellen Millard) now had money, power, freedom and control,” Cameron said.Dellen Millard’s defence lawyer argued, however, that Wayne Millard was depressed, an alcoholic and “drowning” underneath the stress of the business, echoing what his client told police shortly after his father died.“There is an overwhelming body of evidence that points to suicide,” Ravin Pillay said.“It was a suicide then, it is a suicide now.”The Crown said Dellen Millard’s plan to murder his father crystallized on Nov. 1, 2012, when the family aviation business received a maintenance, repair and overhaul certificate from Transport Canada.“The plan was hatched as soon as that licence came through for a business he didn’t want,” Cameron said. “Money was being funnelled out, his inheritance being spent.”That’s the same day the younger Millard bought a second cellphone, the Crown said.Court has heard that phone was used to call a cab from the home of Millard’s friend, Mark Smich, in Oakville, Ont., early on Nov. 29, 2012. Records show that phone was at the home Millard shared with his father at about 1 a.m. that day, and then back at Smich’s house at 6 a.m.Pillay countered that there was no proof that Millard was travelling with that phone and that it wouldn’t make sense to use a phone that was still registered in his name, if this was, in fact, murder.Millard left behind his main phone and a credit card so Smich and his girlfriend could buy pizza, the Crown alleged. Cameron said it was all a ruse to create a false alibi.The coroner put Wayne Millard’s death between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., court heard.The Crown said Wayne Millard was not suicidal, but hopeful for the future, and had made plans for the day after he had been found dead, as well as plans to teach his girlfriend how to fly.“Everything was coming up Wayne,” Cameron said.She also said Wayne Millard couldn’t have physically shot himself in the face because of his position in his bed, where he was found lying on his side with a revolver nearby.Pillay said it’s impossible to reconstruct the moment of shooting with any certainty.The judge-alone trial has heard Dellen Millard bought the revolver found next to his father’s body from a gun dealer, and that his DNA was found on the weapon.Pillay said the DNA on the gun could have simply come from his client buying it.Ultimately, Pillay concluded, suicide is a complex issue and, in this case, misunderstood by the Crown.“With years of untreated depression compounded by decades of alcohol abuse, Wayne Millard was driven to a final impulsive act,” he said.Wayne Millard’s entire life was devoted to his son, Pillay said. And when Dellen Millard told his father that he was a failure and the reason behind the company’s financial troubles, Wayne Millard broke down.“That must have been very painful,” Pillay said.Millard is currently serving two life sentences for the deaths of Toronto woman Laura Babcock and Hamilton man Tim Bosma.The judge said she may have a verdict by July 19, but the decision may come in September due to her caseload.
LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – An Alberta player with the Western Hockey League who was seriously burned while hanging out at a backyard firepit is out of intensive care.Family of Ryan Vandervlis say the Lethbridge Hurricanes player is fully alert and has been transferred to a Calgary hospital’s burn unit.He is able to whisper and communicate through texts.The 20-year-old centre with the elite major junior team suffered burns to half his body last month.He was with a group of young men who had gathered around a firepit as part of a pre-wedding celebration when a substance was placed in the fire.Vandervlis has so far had five surgeries and will need more, but his family says he is expected to make a full recovery.Two others were also burned but have since been released from hospital.
WASHINGTON – An American cannabis producer is warning President Donald Trump that Canada is poised to dominate the North American marijuana industry unless the United States takes steps to eliminate barriers to financing and market capital south of the border.A full-page ad in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, framed as a plea to the White House and its most prominent occupant, warns the U.S. is rapidly losing its competitive advantage to Canada, where recreational pot becomes legal at midnight.“The cannabis industry is legal in 31 states, yet most domestic companies do not have access to traditional banking or institutional financing,” reads the ad, signed by Derek Peterson, the chairman and CEO of California-based Terra Tech Corp.“As a result, many U.S. companies are being forced to move to the Canadian public markets to access capital and build their businesses.”The ad also warns that Canadian firms have tapped into U.S. investor interest in order to raise and spend money in order to acquire American cannabis assets.“Regrettably, this will put what should be one of our homeland’s greatest economic drivers in foreign control.”As of Wednesday, Canada will be the first G7 member to greenlight legal recreational pot — a move Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has justified as an effort to better protect young people from the drug’s effects and eliminate the influence of organized crime.In an interview, Peterson admitted to having mixed feelings about the momentous paradigm shift that’s scheduled to begin north of the border when the Trudeau government’s promise to legalize recreational pot finally becomes a reality.“It’s a double-edged sword,” he said. “I’m afraid of the economic impacts right now if we don’t do anything, but at the same time, (Canada) really triggered and ignited the national discussion.“I literally would categorize that as the single most pivotal point in our own path towards legalization, that they took the initiative to do it.”The challenge for U.S. firms lies in the fact that while recreational cannabis is legal in nine states and medicinal pot in 22 others, it remains illegal under federal law. Sending product across state lines is impossible, as is the ability for companies to obtain financing from major banks.Federal statutes aimed at curtailing the cocaine trade in the 1980s remain on the books, making it impossible for companies like Terra Tech to deduct routine business expenses and capital equipment like computers and payroll costs against their taxes, Peterson said.Producers have to rely on smaller financial institutions like credit unions for financing, while the major players in the world of institutional capital have been flocking to back Canadian rivals, he added.The result is what Peterson called a “federal illegality tax” that extends across the spectrum of a U.S. producer’s operations and swallows profit margins whole.“The reality is, like it or hate it, you guys are getting a first-mover advantage,” he said of the Canadian industry.“We’re sitting here with no access to banking, getting our credit cards shut off, having all these crazy headwinds due to the dichotomy between state and federal law, and you guys took the first-mover advantage from the federal perspective and you’re reaping the rewards of it.”The solution, Peterson writes, is for the U.S. government to allow states to enact their own cannabis regulations “so that we can fairly compete and protect our domestic industry before it’s too late.”The federal philosophy on recreational pot in the U.S. has been fraught with confusion since Trump was elected in 2016.Despite campaigning on a promise to leave the issue up to individual states, the White House appeared to reverse course earlier this year by rescinding the so-called Cole memorandum, an Obama-era edict that prevented federal interference with those states where recreational cannabis is legal. Trump has since insisted, however, that the federal law would not be enforced in those jurisdictions.Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican congressman from California, has since said he has been assured that Trump plans to proceed with reforming federal marijuana laws as they pertain to medicinal pot once next month’s midterm elections are over.“The global cannabis boom, for raising money in Canada, has just been absolutely incredible,” said Anthony Durkacz, majority owner of First Republic Capital and a director of cannabis producer FSD Pharma, based in Cobourg, Ont.But Durkacz said the growth in the Canadian industry thus far could prove to be only the tip of the iceberg if Trump follows Peterson’s advice and starts lowering barriers to the production and sale of marijuana — something he considers an inevitability.“Canada is a very, very small country — economically we are tiny. There’s more money in Manhattan alone than all of Canada, by multiples,” he said.“For us, where the good times and the bullish market will continue is if America legalizes cannabis.”
HALIFAX — A NATO draft report says the problem of Russian meddling in democratic elections continues to evolve and alliance members must be ready to meet the threat.U.S. Democratic congresswoman Susan Davis told NATO’s science and technology committee meeting in Halifax that Russian interference continued in the early stages of the recent mid-term elections in her country, although not on the scale seen during the 2016 presidential election.Davis says technology companies shut down hundreds of fake accounts aiming to disrupt the elections.She says some of the accounts identified and deleted were also Iranian and the U.S. government now believes other states including China are emulating Russia’s tactics.Giorgi Kandelaki of the associate Georgian delegation told the committee that he was the victim of a Russian inspired disinformation campaign that popped up on Facebook news feeds.Kandelaki says his experience taught him that the Russians are still “a step ahead of us”, and he added that so far the threat response has been largely through “conferences and seminars.”The report was presented as part of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Halifax.The Canadian Press
The fruit-and-vegetable-heavy fare touted in the new federal food guide may be too expensive — or perhaps just not enticing enough — to easily form the basis of most Canadians’ diets, a new report suggests.Researchers at Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph found over 52 per cent of consumers surveyed said they face barriers in adopting the guide’s recommendations.More than 26 per cent of people cited affordability, with others blaming taste preferences, lack of free time, dietary and cultural restrictions and a lack of availability in their area.The survey generally found a lack of reliance on Canada’s Food Guide for advice, though 74 per cent of respondents were aware of its 2019 upgrade.The guide ranked as the sixth most popular source of nutrition information among respondents, following friends and family, social media, magazines and cookbooks.“I would say that many Canadians are struggling with the concept of how the food guide, the plate they see on the pamphlet, connects with their own reality and frankly, Canadian agriculture,” said Sylvain Charlebois, a food researcher at Dalhousie and lead author on the report.“It’s great to celebrate this ideal but if it’s out of reach, if many Canadians feel it’s out of reach, how good is it?”Using a series of test plates, researchers found that switching from the 2007 food guide to the 2019 upgrade would save an average Canadian family of four 6.8 per cent on annual food costs.But that number is not predicted to stay stable.The report cautioned that Canadians’ rapidly changing diets, fluctuating food costs and availability of produce could make the new recommendations less affordable over the next few years.The number of vegans, vegetarians and “flexitarians” — people consciously eating less meat — is on the rise in Canada, now totalling at around 6.5 million people, a group roughly the same size as the population of the Greater Toronto Area.The report detailed how fruit and vegetable prices are increasing faster than the price of meats.If the trend continues as more people cut meat from their diets and turn to plant-based proteins, demand for and price of fruits and vegetables could increase further. That could price people out of the food guide’s suggested diet.While a lot can change in the world economy over two years, Charlebois said the projections spell trouble for future food security in Canada, where most produce is imported and prices fluctuate.“Over time, we do believe that there’s going to be an increasing number of Canadian households that will become food insecure, if they are to follow the new food guide,” Charlebois said.Health Canada said the department welcomes the researchers’ study and is currently reviewing it.It said Canadians had complained they had trouble following the recommended servings and sizes in the previous guide, and that the cost of food was considered in the revision.“This is why the new Food Guide is less prescriptive — talking about proportions rather than portions — and its recommendations can be adapted to different dietary preferences,” it said in a statement.It also noted the guide is just one of many components of approaching healthy eating.“The findings of the study could potentially help inform our efforts to promote broad awareness and use of the Food Guide among Canadians,” it said.Charlebois said the science-based guide should be reviewed more frequently, drawing from the expertise of economists, sociologists and historians to better reflect the realities people face when building their diets.Working with the agriculture sector is also important, Charlebois said, in order to assess whether Canada’s production capacity lines up with what the food guide recommends people eat.
OTTAWA — Canadian peacekeepers were called upon to evacuate several wounded French soldiers in Mali earlier this month after their patrol was ambushed while hunting for militants along the border with Niger.The previously unreported incident marks the first time the Canadians have been asked to help non-United Nations forces in Mali, where the French have been conducting counter-insurgency operations since 2014.Canada has eight helicopters and 250 military personnel in Mali, where they have been providing emergency medical evacuations and transporting troops and equipment across a large swath of the remote African country.The Canadians have conducted seven other medical evacuations since August, all of which involved injured UN troops and workers.In an interview with The Canadian Press, the commander of Canada’s task force in Mali said the UN and France have agreed to help each other in extreme circumstances and that his peacekeepers did their jobs by helping save lives.“I wouldn’t want people to presume or assume that we’re supporting counter-terrorism efforts,” said Col. Travis Morehen. “But it’s really at this point about saving allied lives.”News of the French evacuation comes as the federal government is contemplating a formal UN request to extend its peacekeeping mission in Mali, which is currently set to end at the end of July.France has about 3,000 heavily armed soldiers in Mali and the surrounding region hunting militants linked to al-Qaida, the Islamic State and other extremist groups through what is known as Operation Barkhane.While Operation Barkhane has been credited with keeping the numerous Islamic extremist groups in Mali off balance, it has also been accused in some corners of contributing to instability in the region.According to media reports, a French patrol was operating near Mali’s border with Niger on March 10 when they were ambushed by a vehicle packed with explosives and a group of militants on motorcycles.Fifteen French soldiers were reportedly injured, two seriously, before the militants fled.The Canadians first learned about the attack when a French officer at the Operation Barkhane camp in Gao called while it was still happening and indicated an emergency medical evacuation might be required, said Morehen.The French counter-terror mission operates largely independently from the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, but Morehen says there is a good working relationship between the two.That includes the French providing air-traffic control services to the UN around Gao, the northern Malian city that is home to several military bases, including one belonging to Barkhane and another where the Canadians are located.The French also boast a more capable hospital than the UN, Morehen said, which is why the Canadians often end up bringing any wounded peacekeepers that they pick up in the field to the Barkhane camp.“So our pilots go over there and make sure that we have our flying procedures correct and we have a technical arrangement with them as well for medical support,” Morehen said.“There’s lots of sharing between us, which is all blessed by our governments.”Three Canadian helicopters were quickly deployed with approval from the UN mission commander in Bamako, Morehen said, and arrived at the scene about two hours later, at which point the fighting was over.Because of the distance, the two smaller Griffon escorts were redirected to a nearby town to refuel while the larger Chinook, which is configured like a flying hospital, continued back to Gao alone with the injured French soldiers.“It does increase the risk,” he said, “but we balanced it against the need to get those wounded back to medical facilities as soon as possible.”While he agreed that it was “the right thing to do,” Walter Dorn, an expert on peacekeeping at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, said the evacuation nonetheless risked linking the UN and French missions in some minds.“The risk is that we are associated with Barkhane and we then become subject to more attacks and the line between peacekeepers and counter-insurgency fighters is blurred,” Dorn said.Morehen pushed back against such suggestions, insisting the evacuation was an extremely rare circumstance and that anyone who wants to target the UN — which has suffered dozens of casualties in Mali — will do so no matter what.“The people that want to do people harm here, they’ve already got it formulated in their mind,” he said. “I don’t see how fathomable it is that we would be targeted because we gave a medevac to French forces.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on TwitterLee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press
EDMONTON — Lawyers for a woman convicted of killing eight-year-old Tori Stafford say they have withdrawn an application for a review of their client’s move from a healing lodge back to prison.Calgary lawyers Kelsey Sitar and Sarah Rankin say in an email that the application on behalf of Terri-Lynn McClintic was discontinued last week and is no longer active.However, the application still went before an Edmonton judge, who ruled Monday that a review of McClintic’s transfer is warranted, but additional papers needed to be filed.McClintic’s lawyers did not say if they intend to renew the application in Alberta or another jurisdiction after Monday’s decision.McClintic and her boyfriend, Michael Rafferty, are serving life sentences for the first-degree murder of Tori, who was abducted while walking home from school in Woodstock, Ont. in 2009.She was repeatedly raped and bludgeoned with a hammer.The couple made headlines last year when Rafferty was transferred to a medium-security prison and McClintic was moved to a minimum-security healing lodge.After public outcry, and outrage from Tori’s family, McClintic was moved to the Edmonton Institution for Women from the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge near Maple Creek, Sask.Court documents say she has since been transferred to Grand Valley Institution for Women near Kitchener, Ont., which is a minimum-medium security facility.Justice John Henderson wrote in his decision Monday that McClintic “no longer has any connection to Alberta and its courts.”“It is unclear as to what basis an Alberta court has jurisdiction,” he said.The Canadian Press
The Giving Back Fund, a national nonprofit organization that provides philanthropic consulting and management to professional athletes, entertainers, other high-profile individuals, and corporations, will hold their fifth annual Sports and Entertainment Philanthropy Summit in New York on May 6 and May 7.The Summit will focus exclusively on sports and entertainment philanthropy, providing practical advice and expertise targeted to Executive Directors, Development Directors, pro teams’ Community Relations personnel, celebrities’ families and friends, and others who are currently advising celebrity-associated charities.Speakers include: Todd Jacobson, Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility at the National Basketball Association (NBA); Lois Backon, Executive Director of Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase; Robin Bronk, CEO at the Creative Coalition; Sheila Kelly, Vice President of Development at the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and Peter Wilderotter, President and Chief Executive Officer at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.The Summit will present world-renowned experts in the areas of cause-marketing and sponsorship success, board development and governance, fundraising, public relations, and legal issues, with a special emphasis on the unique challenges and opportunities associated with celebrity charities. The Summit is also an excellent opportunity to network with decision makers for athlete and celebrity associated charities.Stephanie Sandler, Senior Vice President of The Giving Back Fund said, ” Those of us who are working in the field of sports and entertainment philanthropy rarely have the opportunity to spend any concentrated time with our colleagues. So much can be learned from each others’ successes and challenges, some of which are very unique to celebrity philanthropy.”Sponsors for the Summit include Annual Registration Management, Britton Gallagher, Witt/Kieffer, JP Morgan, and UPrinting.comFor more information on the Summit or to register, please visit www.GivingBack.org.
Staples, Inc. is teaming up with global pop music superstar Katy Perry to “Make Roar Happen” and celebrate and support teachers during the back-to-school season.Katy Perry poses with students and teachers from local LA elementary schools at the Staples Make Roar Happen press conferenceCredit/Copyright: Matt Sayles/Invision for Staples/AP ImagesStaples is building on its long history of supporting teachers, students, and education by donating $1 million to DonorsChoose.org, a charity that has helped fund more than 450,000 classroom projects for teachers and impacted more than 11 million students.To encourage teachers, parents and students around the country to ‘Make Roar Happen’ Staples will become the presenting sponsor of the North American leg of Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour, which resumes on June 22 in Raleigh, N.C.“‘Make Roar Happen’ with Katy Perry builds on Staples’ commitment to teachers in a new and engaging way,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president, North American stores and online marketing, Staples. “With music that inspires people worldwide, Katy Perry is a powerful voice to encourage people to ‘Roar’ and recognize teachers for their impact both inside and outside the classroom. Our $1 million donation will help teachers supply their classrooms just in time for back to school.”“I’m glad to partner with Staples on my Prismatic World Tour to raise awareness and funds for DonorsChoose.org, and to remind my fans that a small gesture can make a large impact on the very basic materials classrooms need for teachers to help students reach their full potential,” said Katy Perry.A recent Staples survey revealed that 75% of parents of teen students believe a lack of school supplies is a significant challenge for schools today. Most teachers spend an average of $408.71 of their own money each year to provide supplies and materials for their classrooms. Staples’ customers are invited to ‘Make Roar Happen’ and help their local teachers by donating $1 to DonorsChoose.org at their local Staples store or online at www.staples.com/makeroarhappen. Donations will be used to fund classroom projects in the community where the donation was made.“We so appreciate the tremendous support from Staples, its loyal customers, and Katy Perry, helping teachers and students across the country,” said Charles Best, Founder and CEO, DonorsChoose.org. “The hard work and dedication teachers provide should not come at their own expense. The ‘Make Roar Happen’ campaign is an incredible vehicle to help fulfill the classroom dreams of teachers and students.”Win A Trip to Meet Katy PerryBeginning on June 25, fans will have a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles to meet Katy Perry and attend her concert on Sept. 19 at the Staples Center by entering the ‘Make Roar Happen’ Video Sweepstakes. Everyone is invited to create videos ‘Roaring’ about their educational goals, inspirational teachers, or how education has positively affected their lives. To enter, upload your ‘Roar’ video at Staples.com/MakeRoarHappen. Entries must be submitted before 11:59 PM ET on Sept. 3, and participants must be 18 years or older. Participants are encouraged to share their videos on their social channels using the hashtag #MakeRoarHappen. See official rules at Staples.com/MakeRoarHappen.Win Tickets to see Katy Perry The Prismatic World Tour Presented by StaplesCustomers who spend $10 or more at any Staples store will receive a unique code(s) based on the total amount spent. Code(s) will be provided on their store receipt to enter online at Staples.com/MakeRoarHappen for a chance to win two tickets to a concert in the U.S. portion of the Katy Perry Prismatic World Tour Presented by Staples. To win tickets, participants must enter the code on their purchase receipt from June 1 to Sept. 25 at Staples.com/MakeRoarHappen. See official rules at Staples.com/MakeRoarHappen.
In recognition of World Population Day on Friday, July 11, United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner released the following statement.“Young people have the power to transform their communities and create a better world for us all. But the facts are clear: many of the world’s adolescent girls are not reaching their full potential because of a lack of access to quality reproductive health information, education and services. We must recognize that reproductive health isn’t a privilege; it’s a right.“Right now, statistics show that some 14 million girls are subject to early or forced marriage each year. Many of these girls become pregnant before their bodies are ready, which is why pregnancy is a leading cause of death among girls aged 15-19. Approximately 70,000 girls are dying every year, according to the ICPD Global Review Report. That’s not a future that we want.“The good news is: we have the power to change this reality and help girls everywhere reach their full potential. When girls can fully realize their sexual and reproductive health and rights, they can choose their own paths in life. They can stay in school, avoid early marriage and unintended pregnancy, and pursue an income. They can have children when they are ready. In turn, they lift themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty.“I see a future with healthier girls and women, stronger families, more prosperous communities and a more sustainable planet. To get there, we must redouble efforts to invest in the information, education and services she needs to plan her family and her future, and ensure that the health and rights of adolescent girls is robustly included in the next development framework.“This World Population Day, let’s all commit to supporting the United Nations to ensure every girl can reach her full potential. It’s a no brainer: invest in the health and rights of an adolescent girl now, and you’ll invest in a better future for us all.”
Art lovers Belinda Gray and Sally Ball, from East Anglia, are organising one of the UK’s best contemporary art and sculpture shows in aid of Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer charity dedicated to funding research into this devastating disease, and local services.The event, called Art for Cure, will be held in the magnificent house and grounds of Glemham Hall, Suffolk, from Saturday 30th April – Monday 2nd May 2016, 10am-5pm.The exhibition is set to raise more than £100,000 towards the charity’s life-saving research.More than 80 artists and sculptors will be exhibiting, including the renowned Vanessa Gardiner, Henrietta Dubrey, Maggi Hambling, Michael Speller, Carol Peace and Paul Vanstone, as well as superb artists drawn from Suffolk’s great wealth of talent.Each exhibitor has agreed to donate a percentage of their sales to support the cause, which is extremely close to both Art for Cure founders, Belinda and Sally, who have each been treated for breast cancer in the last four years.This year’s event follows in the footsteps of its remarkable success in 2014 when Art for Cure first launched, following Belinda’s breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Belinda and best friend Sally’s combined love of art saw them team up to raise vital funds towards breast cancer research – recruiting a selection of artists and sculptures the powerful duo held the exhibition at Belinda’s country home and hoped to raise a little more than £10,000. Much to their delight and surprise the event became an overnight success and within the first weekend they had raised a staggering £100,000.During the planning of Art for Cure 2014, Sally detected a lump and was also diagnosed with breast cancer – with the support of her friends and family she underwent treatment and is now in remission and busy with final preparations for Art for Cure 2016. Keen to make this event even bigger than the last, Sally and Belinda have not only recruited the best names in art and sculpting, but in addition have a selection of TV and music’s finest on board. Celebrities including Ed Sheeran, Elizabeth Hurley, Dominic West, Jim Broadbent, Dame Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley, Dame Joan Collins, Andy Murray, Delia Smith, Yotam Ottolenghi and Gaby Roslin to name a few have all taken part in Art for Cure’s Make Your Mark initiative drawing doodles, sketches and masterpieces which will be auctioned off online from Monday 18th April to help bring in more funds, visit: www.the-saleroom.com/makeyourmark.Multi-award-winning singer songwriter Ed Sheeran said: “I am thrilled to support Art for Cure, a great local charity giving hope and support to breast cancer patients.”Belinda said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming everybody, those who are local and those further afield, to our second Art for Cure exhibition. We hope that together, through the sales of paintings, prints and sculptures, we will raise a phenomenal amount to support this vital cause.“Having experienced breast cancer myself, and seeing my dear friend Sally go through it, I can’t stress how important it is that we help to fund research into this disease and make sure that future generations don’t have to experience what we have.”Sally said: “Art for Cure means an incredible amount to us, it’s not just an exhibition – it’s a show which brings together so much talent from across the country and lets the community be part of it.“Art is a passion for so many, and raising funds to help beat breast cancer is a passion for us, so bringing the two together is the perfect way to help make a real difference.”Kirsty Berrigan, Community Engagement Officer at Breast Cancer Now, said: “We are so glad to see this incredible event back as an even bigger and better exhibition. One in eight women will face breast cancer in their lifetime, and nearly 700,000 people living in the UK today have experienced a diagnosis. Art for Cure will contribute to Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research and we are so grateful that Belinda and Sally chose to support us for their second Art for Cure instalment. We wish Belinda and Sally and all involved in this wonderful event every success.”Breast Cancer Now is bringing together all those affected by the disease to improve the way breast cancer is prevented, detected and treated in order to stop the disease and move from a time when people fear breast cancer to a generation where everybody lives.Art for Cure is open daily to the public from 10am to 5pm, from Saturday 30th April – Monday 2nd May. Find out more here.
Here is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Beatles fan in your life – not only can you win VIP tickets to see Paul McCartney at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Centre, the megastar will also invite you up on stage to join him in singing Get Back.Paul McCartney – Be My VIPYou ready to Get Back? Yes sir. The one and only Paul McCartney is performing a huge arena show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and while there’ll be tens of thousands of loyal fans, Paul’s bringing just one on stage with him: YOU. Not only will you and your guest score VIP tickets to the show, you’ll also get exclusive access to the sound check earlier in the day. That’s where you’ll see the master at work, getting everything perfect for the main event. That’s ALSO where you’ll join Paul — one of the world’s most legendary musicians ever in the history of the world — ON STAGE and sing “Get Back” with him! You can freak out now. Flights and hotel included.The more you donate to the David Lynch Foundation through omaze.com, the more chances you will get to win this awesome prize.The David Lynch Foundation, founded in 2005, targets the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among under-resourced populations through the implementation of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique. DLF has served more than 500,000 children and adults worldwide, with a focus on urban youth in underserved schools, veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and their families, and women and children who are survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. DLF also works with the homeless, prison populations, people living with HIV/AIDS, and others.To find out more, visit omaze.com.
On Saturday, April 28, 2018, some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry joined Keep Memory Alive to enjoy the musical stylings of world-renowned singer, Michael Buble, at Keep Memory Alive’s 22nd annual Power of Love gala inside MGM Grand Garden Arena.Michael Buble performs at Keep Memory Alive’s 22nd annual Power of Love galaThe star-studded event raised funds and awareness for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and its fight against brain disease including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis and multiple system atrophy.The acclaimed crooner delighted guests with favorites “Haven’t Met You Yet” and “Feeling Good.” Bublé finished his set with a smashing rendition of the Beach Boys’ hit, “God Only Knows.” Celebrities who showed their support included, actress Marcia Gay Harden; superstar DJ Steve Aoki; Planet Hollywood resident Pitbull; Bar Rescue host Jon Taffer; Mötley Crüe lead vocalist Vince Neil; songwriter and vocalist Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds; and reality star, Scheana Shay.Additionally, Keep Memory Alive co-founder, Larry Ruvo, presented former CEO and Executive Advisor of Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Toby Cosgrove, with specially-designed artwork in appreciation and recognition of his support and partnership and as a gift since Dr. Cosgrove recently stepped out of his position.Continuing its 22-year history, the Power of Love gala showcased a dinner prepared by superstar chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Wolfgang Puck, who has participated in every gala since its inception. In addition to enjoying the finest cuisine, wine and spirits, guests bid on one-of-a-kind experiences during the event’s signature live and silent auctionsauctioned include a week-long stay in Guy Laliberté’s 21,000-square-foot home in Hawaii, vacation sailing off the coast of Australia aboard the ultra-luxurious MY Texas super yacht, a private tennis lesson with Stefanie Graf and Andre Agassi and dinner with rockstar Jon Bon Jovi, his wife and his son at his favorite restaurant in the Hamptons.For more information about Cleveland Clinic’s fight against brain disease, visit clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth.
Hard Rock International is partnering with WhyHunger to release the brand’s latest limited-edition merchandise line on Oct. 2.Bruce Springsteen Signature Series: Edition 36 Merchandise CollectionThe Bruce Springsteen Signature Series: Edition 36 collection supports WhyHunger’s work to invest in grassroots solutions to hunger and poverty worldwide. The collaboration further reinforces Hard Rock’s commitment to its guiding principle – “All is One,” and its abiding passion to make the world a safer, healthier and better place to live.“As a founding member of WhyHunger’s Artists Against Hunger & Poverty, Bruce has made a major impact on our efforts to find community-driven solutions to help farmworkers, food banks and more,” said Noreen Springstead, executive director, WhyHunger. “We are thrilled to once again have Bruce lend his voice to advocate for social and food justice.”Hard Rock will donate a portion of the retail price from the sale of Bruce Springsteen Signature Series merchandise to WhyHunger through the Hard Rock Heals Foundation. The limited-time, Signature Series: Edition 36 collection features a pin, hat and tee emblazoned with the song title “Land of Hope & Dreams.” The new merchandise is available for purchase online and in Rock Shops at select Hard Rock Cafe, Hotel and Casino properties around the world. Signature Series: Edition 36 Tee – Heather red short-sleeve tee with “Land of Hope & Dreams” printed in navy blue across the front and Bruce Springsteen’s signature on the sleeve ($29.50/ £24.95) Signature Series: Edition 36 Hat – Black adjustable hat with “Land of Hope & Dreams” embroidered in white across the front panel and Bruce Springsteen’s signature on the left side($24.50/£19.95) Signature Series: Edition 36 Pin – Red and navy guitar-shaped pin with “Land of Hope & Dreams” and Bruce Springsteen’s signature on the front ($14/£11.95)“As part of Hard Rock’s ‘All is One’ motto, we want to do our part to help fight hunger and poverty,” said Edward Deutscher, senior vice president of merchandising and eCommerce at Hard Rock International. “We are honored to collaborate with WhyHunger for a second time to create a new Bruce Springsteen Signature Series collection that directly benefits people impacted by hunger and poverty.”More than 25 years ago, Hard Rock developed the concept of partnering with world-renowned musicians and bands to create imaginative designs that are converted into limited-edition merchandise and sold at Hard Rock properties worldwide. A portion of the retail price from the sale of the merchandise benefits the artist’s preferred charity. Music icons including Bruce Springsteen, Pitbull, Rihanna, Imagine Dragons, U2, KISS, Eric Clapton, The Who, Jon Bon Jovi, Linkin Park, Shakira and Ringo Starr have all been part of Hard Rock’s Signature Series and Artist Spotlight programs, which have raised millions of dollars for charitable causes worldwide.Visit www.hardrock.com for additional details on Hard Rock’s Signature Series program or www.rockshop.hardrock.com to purchase the new Bruce Springsteen Signature Series: Edition 36 merchandise.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “We’re saying bye to characters every day and that’s just devastating.”Maslany won another trophy for another project on Sunday — best actress for the film “The Other Half.” That honour had her teary eyed as she thanked her “other half,” her boyfriend Tom Cullen, who’s also the film’s co-star/executive producer.Dolan’s French-language drama won six trophies, including best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay and best cinematography. Organizers said Dolan was shooting in Paris and was unable to attend.The film, about a dying writer who returns home to his estranged family, got a mixed reaction from critics when it screened at last May’s Cannes Film Festival. But it ended up winning the festival’s Grand Prix prize — the second-most prestigious award. And last month, the film won three Cesar Awards — which are often nicknamed the “French Oscars” — including a best director nod for Dolan.Toronto-born “America’s Got Talent” judge Howie Mandel got playful with the crowd as he hosted the show from Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.In a pre-taped opening bit, Mandel joked that he had created an Oscars-inspired montage of top nominees on his laptop, which turned out to include himself digitally inserted — badly — into the likes of “Vikings” and “Kim’s Convenience.”He also riffed on how the awards show doesn’t have a good nickname, although others have suggested the Screenies or the Candys, after the late Canadian actor John Candy.“I know other hosts have been talking about naming it, I want to name it. What is it for?” Mandel said, adding the awards honour the best in Canadian film, television and digital work.“So what is it? Screen, television, digital. This will go viral — it’s an STD.“How many of you are going to go home tonight with an STD?”Mandel often went into the audience to do improvised bits with guests including Dave Chappelle, who presented the Icon Award to the homegrown comedy brand Just for Laughs.“We should do something for Canada,” Mandel said as he distributed a card that he said he bought at Shoppers Drug Mart for Canada’s 150th birthday.“Maybe a surprise party. You know what — on June 30th, everybody park in Labrador and then we’ll surprise them.”Among the other big winners on the last of several nights of awards was the Jesse Owens biopic “Race,” which won four trophies, including best actor for Stephan James.“Nothing gives me more joy than to see young people coming up to me and tell me ‘Hey, you’re Jesse,“’ he said, noting he’s thrilled to introduce them to a story they haven’t seen before.“Eighty years later I bring this guy back to life and it’s been really the greatest honour of my career to portray him.”CraveTV’s smalltown show “Letterkenny” was a surprise winner in the best TV comedy series category. The series also won two trophies earlier in the week.Actress Tantoo Cardinal took home the Earle Grey Award, which honours actors for their body of work in Canadian television.And Oscar-winning actor Christopher Plummer accepted a lifetime achievement award — in self-deprecating style.“Quite obviously the awards committee used my name out of pity: ’You better give it to him now before he croaks,“’ he said. “And they’re absolutely right, I mean, I’m old. Dangerously old! I’m so old that when I was a baby the first word I uttered was in Latin.“I’ve spent almost 70 years making a fool of myself in this crazy, mad profession of ours and I’ve had the time of my life,” he continued.“By no means is this the end, the curtain has not yet fallen. It’s simply stuck.” Advertisement Montreal director Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World” and Space’s human cloning series “Orphan Black” emerged Sunday as this year’s big Canadian Screen Awards winners.Including awards handed out earlier in the week, “Orphan Black” nabbed nine trophies. It won best dramatic series and best lead actress in a dramatic role for star Tatiana Maslany, who plays multiple clones in the sci-fi show, all with different personalities and accents.“It’s been such an amazing journey, this show, for me. I’ve really grown up on it. It’s been a huge responsibility and a huge privilege and I’ve made a family on it that I’m going to miss so much,” she said backstage, referring to the show’s final upcoming season. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter
Advertisement DIRECTOR’S BIO: Camille Thoman is a Canadian/American writer/director. Camille wrote and directed the 2017 thriller Never Here starring Mireille Enos, Sam Shepard, Vincent Piazza, Goran Visnjic, Nina Arianda and Desmin Borges. Never Here is a genre-blend between a classic Hitchcockian suspense mystery (Whodunnit?) and a harrowing journey into disintegration of self (Who Am I?). Facebook Login/Register With: WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR FILM?I would say my biggest influence was the work of novelist Paul Auster. Primarily, The New York Trilogy, but other works as well. When I first read the NY trilogy at the age of 20 or so, I felt like the novelist had reached from the pages of the novel and squeezed my heart. He was able to create detective fiction— intrigue! enthralling suspense!— and then connect out from the pages of the book in 3D and reference me sitting there reading it. It was a shocking moment, to be funneled into a “detective fiction” set up, and then realize that the author is talking about much more than just his plot. I thought: this is something I want to do in cinema. I want to entertain and titillate, but also ask questions of the viewer, reference theme sitting in their chairs, not just allow them to be subsumed by the narrative.WHAT WERE THE GREATEST CHALLENGES YOU FACED DURING THE FILM?Never Here was a hard film to get financed. It took me and a very hardworking team of producers & EPs years– as well as many iterations of cast & budget– until we finally were greenlit. Never Here blends genres, has a complicated female protagonist who may or may not be traditionally likeable, and was directed by a first time feature film filmmaker. It took a lot of dedication and support from a lot of people to put Never Here in the world!WHAT APPEAL DO YOU THINK YOUR FILM WILL HAVE FOR AUDIENCESI love a good, old fashioned thriller. Never Here is a genre-blend between a classic Hitchcockian suspense thriller (Whodunnit?) and a journey into the disintegration of a person’s identity (Who Am I?). Its a film that titallates in the way that all good thrillers must. By bringing in themes of identity, Never Here is also a film that asks an audience to think, question and be active participants.WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CREATOR?I’ve been directing plays and “movies” since I can remember. First, with my friends. When my friends got too old, with my little sister and her friends. Directing and performing are always what I loved, its how I was born. There was never much question I would do anything else.WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NEXT?I’m making a horror film! A film set in Northern Canada, about a family who begins to believe it is haunted by a demon…It Follows meets Wind River. Also working on a noir set in China.WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING FILMMAKERS?If you have a great idea, and the drive to manifest the idea, you can do anything. Also, get good at team playing, you need to teamplay a lot in film!WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 FAVOURITE FILMS OF ALL TIME?Don’t Look Now; Late August, Early September (A French film by Olivier Assayas); The Shining are the first three that come to mind…IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE YOUR FILM IN THREE WORDS … WHAT WOULD THEY BE?Eerie, visceral, disquieting.IF YOU COULD RESHOOT ANY FILM MADE IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND HOW WOULD YOU CHANGE IT?Well, I haven’t seen The Snowman, but when I read the book I responded viscerally to the images and was dying to get my hands on it! I was sad when someone else got there first!WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS? (AND WHY)The first people that come to mind are my EPs Zachary Quinto and Neal Dodson from Before The Door Pictures (producers of Margin Call and A Most Violent Year). When (EP Greg Ainsworth and I) met them in 2011, they decided they liked the script and would be our “godfathers”. Meaning, they would give us access to talent and potential financing. They (along with Corey Moosa who became a full producer on the movie) sheparded the film, and stuck with it for 8 years, and were consistent streams of encouragement, support, work. Pretty Amazing. I feel all of my producers and EPs were mentors. They were all early believers in the movie, believers in me, a first time filmmaker. They stuck by the movie for years through thick and thin, put either money/time/care into the movie. That’s mentorship! Lastly, my mother is an important mentor for me. She has been very encouraging and supportive of me taking this path. Since its not the easiest of paths, having someone close to me who believed in my work has meant a lot.WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL SHOWTIMES:– NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 3:00 PM – RAINBOW THEATRE– DECEMBER 2, 2017, 1:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 7GET YOUR TICKETS AT: https://whistlerfilmfestival.com/film/never-here/SYNOPSIS: Disturbing events lead an artist who photographs strangers to suspect that someone out there is watching HER. Boundaries blur between real and imaginary, crime and art, the watcher and the watched.CASTING AND CREDITS:Executive Producers: Greg Ainsworth, Alvin Chau, Luke Daniels, Neal Dodson, Erika Hampson, Brandon K. Hogan, Subi Liang, Dan Milne, Ho-Cheung Pang, Alan Pao, Zachary Quinto, Wenke Sterns, Alex Tong, Wonderbar ProductionsProducers: Julian Cautherley, Radium Cheung, Bronwyn Cornelius, Corey Moosa, Camille Thoman, Before The Door PicturesCast: Mireille Enos, Sam Shepard, Goran VisnjicCinematographer: Sebastian WinterøEditing: Robin Hill, Camille ThomanScreenplay: Camille Thoman Mireille Enos Sam Shepard Vincent Piazza Nina Arianda Goran Visnjic Mireille Enos Never Here – Theatrical Poster GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL TODAY Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Camille’s award-winning documentary The Longest Game will premiere on PBS in Spring 2018. The Longest Game follows a group of zestful octogenarians who meet every day at 1p.m. for a game of “paddle tennis”. This daily game has been going on for 25 years. The Longest Game explores cycles of life, and the relentless forces of time & change. In 2006, Camille directed the short film Falling Objects, starring Mireille Enos, Timothy Hutton, Melissa Leo and Kevin Rahm, also a film about cycles of change. Camille’s solo performance pieces have toured the UK and been performed by her in London at The Young Vic and the Battersea Arts Center. She is a graduate of the University of Bristol, U.K.