Ted Turner Our Future Depends On Her Rights

first_imgIn 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.”last_img read more

Ed Sheeran Joins Celebrities For Art For Cure

first_imgArt 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.last_img read more

Your Chance To Sing Get Back With Sir Paul McCartney

first_imgHere 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.last_img read more

Michael Buble Performs At Keep Memory Alives 22nd Annual Power Of Love

first_imgOn 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.last_img read more

Hard Rock International Collaborates With WhyHunger On New Bruce Springsteen Signature Series

first_imgHard 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.last_img read more

Xavier Dolan Orphan Black big winners at Canadian Screen Awards

first_img 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 Twitterlast_img read more

WFF17 – INTERVIEW WITH CAMILLE THOMAN – DIRECTOR OF NEVER HERE

first_imgAdvertisement 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 Twittercenter_img 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.last_img read more

AFROGLOBAL TELEVISION LAUNCHES ON EASTLINK

first_imgAdvertisement AFRO TV presents two movies daily, music, biographies, documentaries, talk shows, drama, sports, reality, faith, current affairs, children’s programming and others that showcase the rich heritage of Africa, the Caribbean, Canada and more.“African Canadians have contributed to the development of the Maritimes for over 400 years. Despite these contributions, it has been rare to see positive stories featuring members of the community,” says African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Tony Ince.Afroglobal will broadcast documentaries, current affairs and biographies from Atlantic Canada, including town hall events. “Through Afroglobal Television, we have the opportunity to see our compelling stories told in a way that is informative and affirming,” says Minister Ince.“With twelve original programs, AFRO TV is a Canadian channel with community, national and global appeal. It is also on Rogers Cable Channel 708 and Bell Fibe Channel 2472. As a part of its UN International Decade for People of African Descent plans, Afroglobal aims to expand throughout Canada, the US, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and beyond,” says Mr. Mawa.Eastlink is a leading video and communications service provider in Atlantic Canada, parts of Ontario, Alberta and BC. The channel is on free preview until June 8. To subscribe, please call Eastlink at 1-888-345-1111 or make changes at www.eastlink.ca/myaccount.AFROGLOBAL TELEVISION VIDEO / FLAGSHIP SHOWUN INTERNATIONAL DECADE VIDEO Judges Dagmar Morgan and Kim Davis, host Cheryl Nembhard, R&B star Jully Black, Judge Troy Crossfield andvoc al coach Patricia Shirley on the set of Standing Ovation, the triple threat reality show where contestants sing,act and dance to become champions. This is an Afroglobal Television and Silvertrust Media original program. (CNW Group/Afroglobal Television) TORONTO, March 21, 2018 – Afroglobal Television (AFRO TV) is a 24-hour channel that informs, empowers, uplifts and entertains with the best of Africa and the Diaspora, including Canadian success stories. Based in Toronto, it advances the aspirations of people of African descent. The channel officially launched on Eastlink Channel 886 on March 8.“We are grateful to Eastlink for making AFRO TV available in the TV Channel Exchange, Music and More theme package, and for subscription as a standalone,” says Moses A. Mawa, President & CEO, Afroglobal and Silvertrust Media.“Consumers have a broad range of viewing interests and we work hard to ensure our channel lineup delivers to that,” says Lee Bragg, CEO of Eastlink. “The addition of Afroglobal to our lineup provides our customers with more choice and options to enrich their viewing experience.” Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Ignatieff promises increase in education funding get running water on all reserves

first_imgAPTN National NewsLiberal leader Michael Ignatieff said during a campaign stop in Winnipeg Thursday his party would increase funding for First Nations post-secondary education and ensure all First Nations reserves have running water.last_img

AMC Grand Chief Nepinak discusses First Nation education battle

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere’s a new twist on the fate of the First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act.A hearing scheduled this week for a Federal Court judicial review of the Act launched by the Assembly of First Nations in Quebec and Labrador was postponed following the surfacing of a document signed by the former national chief of the AFN Shawn Atleo.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak discusses the issue with APTN.last_img

Conservatives now back inquiry into murdered missing Indigenous women

first_img(Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould (left) and interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose (right). Twitter)APTN National News OTTAWA—Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose says her party will now support the Liberal government’s plan to hold a public inquiry into the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women.Ambrose said during an interview with CBC News Friday that the Liberal government will have her full support on the planned inquiry.“I have always said we need action and not more reports. If the Liberal government wants to do an inquiry and they think it’s an important thing to do, I will support it,” said Ambrose.The move is a complete reversal of the position the Conservative’s took while in power. Former prime minister Stephen Harper was strongly opposed to holding an inquiry. Ambrose, who held the Status of Women portfolio at one point in the Harper government, always publicly supported her former leader’s position.Now, she’s had a change of heart.Ambrose telegraphed the shift Friday morning when she tweeted a photograph of a chance encounter with Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.“Looking forward 2 working tgther 2 end violence against women, a passion of mine for years (sic),” tweeted Ambrose, along with a smiling photograph of her posing with Wilson-Raybould.Met @Puglaas this morning!Looking forward 2 working tgther 2 end violence against women, a passion of mine for years pic.twitter.com/Ji78wuqj3j— Rona Ambrose (@RonaAmbrose) November 6, 2015A spokesperson for Wilson-Raybould said the minister met Ambrose by chance in CTV’s Ottawa studio.“There has been on formal meeting between the minister and Ms. Ambrose,” said the spokesperson.APTN National News contacted Ambrose’s office shortly after the tweet seeking comment, but received no response.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Attawapiskat chief hopes Trudeau visits Cree community after private Shoal Lake 40

first_img(Shoal Lake 40 on the Ontario, Manitoba border has been under a boil water advisory for 17 years)APTN National NewsThe Chief of Attawapiskat says he hopes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will also visit his community in Ontario’s James Bay region following a stop in Shoal Lake 40 for a Vice documentary video shoot.Trudeau is scheduled on Thursday to visit Shoal Lake 40, an Ojibway First Nation on the Manitoba-Ontario border that was cut off from the mainland 100 years ago to allow for the construction of an aqueduct to supply fresh water to Winnipeg.Shortly after attaining power, the federal Liberal government announced it would be funding a $46 million all-weather road for Shoal Lake 40. The Manitoba government and the City of Winnipeg are also funding part of the project.For 17 years the First Nation, which was left on an artificial island, was under a boil water advisory while the water that severed it from the rest of the province filled the drinking glasses of Winnipeg.Vice issued a press release Wednesday trumpeting the event, billing it as Trudeau’s “first-ever visit” to a “remote First Nations reserve.”While the struggle of Shoal Lake 40 became a national issue, Trudeau’s visit to the community is off-limits to all media except for Vice which arranged the event for the planned documentary.The Prime Minister’s Office’s public notice of Trudeau’s itinerary said the prime minister’s visit to Shoal Lake 40 was a “private” event.Attawapiskat Chief Bruce Shisheesh, whose remote, fly-in Cree community has been gripped by a suicide crisis, said he was glad to see Trudeau visiting First Nations, especially Shoal Lake 40.Shisheesh said he hoped the prime minister would also visit Attawapiskat.“I would like to invite the prime minister to Attawapiskat because the youth would love it,” said Shisheesh.A widely circulated photo that emerged in midst of the crisis which began April 9 showed a list drawn up by Attawapiskat youth of things they would like to see in their community.One of their requests was a visit by the prime minister.Shisheesh said Attawapiskat is still struggling with suicide. Just this month, there have been 46 suicide attempts in the Cree community, he said. There are about 32 youth who are currently at a high risk of suicide.“I worry about them,” said Shisheesh.He said a visit by Trudeau would leave a deep impact.“This prime minister would deposit good things in their heart,” said Shisheesh.Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and NDP MP Charlie Angus visited Attawapiskat last week. Bennett said the government would fund the construction of a youth centre and bring youth from the region to visit Ottawa.Trudeau has also tweeted his support for Attawapiskat youth in the midst of the crisis. In one tweet, the prime minister singled out Amy Hookimaw, 13, who wrote a widely circulated Facebook post about youth in her community who felt that nobody cared.The PMO’s decision to allow only one media company access to the prime minister’s visit to Shoal Lake 40 came under fire from reporters and others on Twitter.@JustinTrudeau Please explain why only @vicenews can cover your Shoal Lake trip. Frankly, this looks bad. #cdnpoli #indigenous #journalism— Daly de Gagné (@DalydeGagne) April 28, 2016 For media who aren’t included in the @VICELAND_ca documentary, just get on a plane and go Shoal Lake. See what happens. Report THAT.#cdnpoli— Susan (@smithjosephy) April 28, 2016In response, a Liberal government spokesperson defended the decision tweeting: ‘The government of Shoal Lake 40 and the PMO mutually agree on the nature of the visit but it’s Shoal Lake 40 that controls access to reserve.’Trudeau is expected to arrive in Shoal Lake 40 on a helicopter.Attawapiskat sits about 500 kilometres northeast of Timmins, Ont.Shoal Lake 40 sits about 276 kilometres slightly southeast of Winnipeg.new@aptn.calast_img read more

AFN National Chief says police will be probed in MMIW inquiry

first_imgDennis WardAPTN National NewsThe head of the Assembly of First Nations put police chiefs on notice Wednesday.National Chief Perry Bellegarde told a gathering of law enforcement officials from across the country to be prepared for finger-pointing during the upcoming inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.dward@aptn.calast_img

Judge to hear arguments on Dakota Access oil pipeline work Tuesday

first_imgThe Canadian PressBISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday about whether to stop the final bit of construction on the disputed Dakota Access pipeline, perhaps just days before it could start moving oil.U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington will consider a request by the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes to order the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw permission for developer Energy Transfer Partners to lay pipe under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.The stretch under the Missouri River reservoir is the last piece of construction for the $3.8 billion pipeline that’s to move oil through the Dakotas and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois.The tribes argue that the mere existence of an oil pipeline under the reservoir that provides water to the neighbouring reservations violates their right to practice their religion, which relies on clean water.“The granting of the easement and resulting construction activity violates the tribe’s and its members’ constitutional rights, and will result in immediate and irreparable harm to the tribe and its members before this court will be able to rule on the merits of this claim,” tribal attorney Nicole Ducheneaux said in court documents.When they filed the lawsuit last summer, the tribes argued that the pipeline threatens Native American cultural sites and their water supply. Their religion argument is new, however, and both the Corps and Energy Transfer Partners argue that the delay in raising it is a reason for Boasberg to reject the argument.Company attorney William Scherman also said the tribes’ claim is suspect based on other man-made infrastructure under the lake, and that the company respects the tribe’s religious beliefs but has no legal duty to make concessions for them.Corps attorney Erica Zilioli said the government’s permission for the company to lay pipe under the lake “does not substantially burden the exercise of the tribe’s religious beliefs.”Earlier this month, Boasberg declined the tribes’ request to order an immediate halt to the pipeline construction, ruling that as long as oil wasn’t flowing through the pipeline, there was no imminent harm to the tribes.In a court filing Friday, Ducheneaux argued the claim is “about the religious harm arising from the mere siting of this pipeline under the tribe’s sacred waters.”Boasberg’s decision on the matter won’t be the end of the court battle. Both tribes have asked him to overturn the federal permission for the Lake Oahe crossing and to bar the Corps from granting permission in the future. The judge won’t rule until at least April.Hundreds and sometimes thousands of pipeline opponents who sided with tribal opposition to the pipeline camped on federal land near the drill site for months, often clashing with police.There have been about 750 arrests in the region since August. Authorities last week closed the camp in advance of spring flooding season and set up roadblocks to prevent protesters from returning.Work under Lake Oahe had been held up in the courts until President Donald Trump last month instructed the Corps to advance construction.The Army is involved because its engineering branch manages the river and its system of hydroelectric dams, which is owned by the federal government.Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners began drilling under the lake Feb. 8. The pipeline could be operating as early as Monday and no later than early April, according to Scherman.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Alderville First Nation Mountie heads to France for special ceremony at Vimy

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN National NewsA Mountie from the Alderville First Nation was invited to France for a special ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the World War One battle at Vimy Ridge.The trip is a special one to the RCMP corporal and the community of Alderville.afrancis@aptn.calast_img

SearsWhirlpool curtail relationship after 100 years

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Sears will no longer sell Whirlpool-branded appliances, curtailing a business relationship that dates back more than 100 years.In a note sent to its stores last week, Sears said that Whirlpool was making demands that would’ve made it difficult to sell those name-brand appliances at a competitive price.Sears has been ravaged by new competition for years, from stores like Home Depot and also from Amazon.com and other online retailers. It’s been closing stores as competitors take a bigger slice of the territory it dominated for decades. In the U.S., consumers buy most of their small appliances, from Walmart, according to market research firm TraQline. Amazon comes in second, with Sears placing fourth behind Target.The change to the Sears-Whirlpool partnership is effective immediately and Sears is also pulling from its floor products from Whirlpool subsidiaries like Maytag, KitchenAid and Jenn-Air.Sears said that it would sell off the remainder of its Whirlpool inventory. Its stores will now only sell its Kenmore products and other brands like LG, Samsung, GE, Frigidaire, Electrolux and Bosch.Whirlpool’s CEO Marc Bitzer told investors Tuesday that the company told Sears in May that it would no longer supply branded products because it could not reach terms that were “acceptable to both parties.” He said Whirlpool will continue to supply the Kenmore products it makes for Sears.Bitzer also said the entire Sears business has declined over time and now accounts for only 3 per cent of Whirlpool’s global business, of which branded products are only a small fraction.The relationship between the two companies reaches back to 1916, when Whirlpool began making two types of wringer washers for Sears, Roebuck and Co., according to Whirlpool’s website. At that time, Sears operated exclusively through mail order. The Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based company, now Sears Holdings Corp., also owns Kmart.Shares of Whirlpool Corp., based in Benton Harbor, Michigan, tumbled more than 10 per cent, or $18.30, to $164.20, in midday trading. The company had cut its profit outlook late Monday, citing rising costs. Sears shares fell 5.8 per cent, or 38 cents, to $6.18 in midday trading.last_img read more

Ford issues recalls for big vans and F150 trucks van wiring issue

first_imgDETROIT – Ford has recalled more than 100,000 full-sized vans and F-150 trucks in North America, including 8,365 vans in Canada to fix a wiring problem that was potentially related to two fires.The company said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue.The recall announced Wednesday covers 73,443 Ford Transit vans from 2015 through 2017 that have a trailer tow computer module.Here’s what you need to know about the recall:— Ford says water can enter the module and cause corrosion. That could cause an electrical short and an increased fire risk.— Corrosion also can cause unexpected seat belt pretensioner activation, rapid flashing of turn signals, loss of heating and air conditioning controls and other problems.— Fires could happen when the ignition is off so Ford is recommending they be parked outdoors until repairs are made.— Owners can have dealers disable the module as a temporary fix. Dealers will add a drain hole to the driver’s door step well and install a fuse in a wiring harness when parts become available at an unspecified later date.The U.S.-based carmaker also issued three other safety recalls involving F-150 vehicles.One involves about 15,000 trucks, including 2,203 in Canada with 3.3-litre engines, six-speed transmissions and column-mounted shift levers. Inaccurate gear selection could result in unintended vehicle movement.Rapid shifts from park to drive may cause a loss of the gear indication in the instrument panel and result in a momentary engagement of reverse or neutral operation before the vehicle achieves forward drive function. There are no reported accidents or injuries associated with this issues.The affected vehicles were built between Jan. 12 and Oct. 9 at the Dearborn and Kansas City assembly plants.A third recall involves 15,000 2017 Ford F-150 vehicles with 10-speed automatic transmission. The affected vehicles are unable to shift the transmission using the shift lever.The pin attaching the transmission shift linkage to the transmission may come out, leaving the transmission stuck in that gear. The key could be removed even if the vehicle is not in park, making it impossible to restart the vehicle and increasing the risk of accident or injury.The affected vehicles include 3,160 vehicles sold in Canada that were built between August 2016 and August 2017.The fourth recall involves nearly 30 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles with 3.5-litre engines for possible loss of motive power and engine failure.In affected vehicles, certain cylinder heads are missing machined holes intended to supply lubrication to the camshaft-bearing journals. The lack of proper lubrication increases the risk of a crash, although there are no reported accidents or injuries.The vehicles, including seven sold in Canada, were built Sept. 3-17.— With files from The Canadian Press.last_img read more

Equifax calls executive stock sales days after breach legal

first_imgATLANTA – Equifax, the credit report company hacked over the summer exposing the personal information of 145 million Americans, said a special committee has determined that none of the four executives who sold shares at the time did anything wrong.The high-level executives sold shares worth a combined $1.8 million in the days immediately after the company discovered the breach.When Equifax went public with the breach in early September, company shares cratered, erasing about $2.35 billion of its market value.The company revealed that an ongoing cyberattack lasted from mid-May to July. Equifax Inc. said it detected the hack on July 29.On Aug. 1 and Aug. 2, Equifax Chief Financial Officer John Gamble and three other executives sold a combined $1.8 million in stock.The company said Friday that a special committee comprised of independent directors, and advised by an independent counsel, found that none of the executives had knowledge of the breach when their trades were made.The committee’s review included dozens of interviews and the scouring of more than 55,000 documents including emails, text messages, phone logs and other records.The report Friday is unlikely to relieve pressure on the beleaguered company, which badly bungled the response to the hack.Investigators will want to know how a breach of this size and scope could have occurred, without the knowledge of some of the company’s highest executives.Faith in the leadership and the security of private information eroded in the weeks after the attack.Anxious consumers experienced jammed phone lines and clueless company representatives. An Equifax website set up to help people determine their exposure was described as sketchy by security experts. The site provided inconsistent and unhelpful information to many. The company blamed the problems of an online customer help page on a vendor’s software code after it appeared that it had been hacked as well.High-level executives, including CEO Richard Smith, have already stepped down.The internal report did not appear to ease the apprehension of those who hold company stock. Shares were essentially flat on Friday.That’s because it is the Securities and Exchange Commission, the federal agency that enforces securities laws, which will have the final say.SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has refused to comment when asked by lawmakers if executives at Equifax engaged in insider trading when they sold their shares. He has not confirmed or denied that the SEC is investigating.Smith, the former Equifax CEO, appeared before Congress to answer questions from lawmakers, but they were far from satisfied with the answers they received.The Atlanta company is under multiple state and federal investigations and has been sued by numerous customers in litigation likely to evolve into class-action lawsuits.What makes the data breach so dangerous is the information that Equifax holds. Social security numbers, identification, addresses and personal information held by Equifax and the two other, major credit agencies is used to determine a person’s creditworthiness.last_img read more

OSC to consider settlement with Katanga Mining on Congo risk disclosures

first_imgTORONTO — The Ontario Securities Commission says it has reached a tentative settlement with Katanga Mining Ltd. on allegations that the company violated securities rules by not properly disclosing public-sector corruption risks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.The regulator has accused the company, a subsidiary of Swiss mining giant Glencore Plc, and several members of its leadership of materially misleading financial disclosures that are contrary to the public interest by failing to disclose the risks.The OSC says it will hold a hearing Tuesday to consider whether the proposed settlement is in the public interest. The details of the agreement are not being released until the hearing.Katanga Mining issued a statement giving notice of the hearing while saying it would not comment further on the case until the hearing is done.The OSC’s statement of allegations, which have not been challenged in court, also names Aristotelis Mistakidis, Tim Henderson, Liam Gallagher, Jeffrey Best, Johnny Blizzard, Jacques Lubbe, and Matthew Colwill, who either were or are employees at Katanga.The regulator alleges that the company failed in its annual information form to adequately describe the heightened risk associated with potential public sector corruption in the country and in relying on associates of Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Business Highlights

first_imgStocks take a beating after iPhone sales slip; Dow falls 660NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks tumbled Thursday on Wall Street, with technology companies suffering their worst loss in seven years, after Apple reported that iPhone sales are slipping in China. The rare warning of disappointing results from Apple stoked investors’ fears that the world’s second-biggest economy is losing steam and that trade tensions between Washington and Beijing are making things worse. The sell-off also came after a surprisingly weak report on U.S. manufacturing. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 660 points, or 2.8 per cent, and the broader S&P 500 index fell 2.5 per cent.___With slump in iPhone sales, are we post Peak Smartphone?NEW YORK (AP) — Behind Apple’s disconcerting news of weak iPhone sales lies a more sobering truth: The tech industry has hit Peak Smartphone, a tipping point when everyone who can afford one already owns one and no breakthroughs are compelling them to upgrade as frequently as they once did. Some manufacturers have boosted prices to keep up profits, although Apple’s shortfall in China may highlight the limits of that strategy___Waning iPhone demand highlights Chinese consumer anxietyBEIJING (AP) — Apple’s $1,000 iPhone is a tough sell to consumers in China unnerved by an economic slump and the trade war with the U.S. The company says demand is waning, and revenue for the last three months of 2018 will fall below projections. CEO Tim Cook points to China for the decrease. The Apple news shows how vulnerable many big U.S. companies are to a slowdown in China, especially as the world’s two biggest economies seek to settle a contentious trade dispute.___Bristol-Myers Squibb buying Celgene in $74B dealSUMMIT, N.J. (AP) —Bristol-Myers Squibb is spending $74 billion on fellow drugmaker Celgene in a deal aimed at stocking the combined company’s development pipeline with cancer, immunology and cardiovascular treatments. Bristol would gain the cancer treatment Revlimid in the cash-and-stock deal announced Thursday, as well as inflammatory disease treatments and several products close to launching. The combined company will have nine products with more than $1 billion in annual sales.___Apple drops iPhone bombshell on already reeling stock marketSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple acknowledged that demand for iPhones is sagging, a warning likely to roil financial markets. It confirmed investor fears that the company’s most profitable product has lost some of its lustre. CEO Tim Cook said that iPhone sales fell well below projections, especially in China, amid a trans-Pacific trade war and concern over global economic weakness.___Worries grow about impact of a prolonged government shutdownWASHINGTON (AP) — With President Donald Trump warning that it “could be a long time” before the partial shutdown of the government ends, concerns are rising about potential economic damage given that the shutdown is coinciding with other threats. Should it drag into February, the slowdown in government activity could shake confidence and cause businesses and consumers to stop spending.___Detecting depression: Phone apps could monitor teen angstSmartphones have been blamed for contributing to depression and suicidal behaviour in susceptible teens. But what if they could be used to identify kids at risk? That idea is the spark for a race to develop phone apps to detect impending mental health crises. Developers say as teens scroll through Instagram and Snapchat, tap out texts, or hole up in their rooms watching YouTube, they’re leaving enormous digital footprints that may offer clues to their psyches. Studies are underway to find out.___US factories expanded at slowest pace in more than 2 yearsWASHINGTON (AP) — American factories grew last month at the slowest pace in more than two years. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, says its manufacturing index dropped to 54.1 in December, down from 59.3 in November and lowest since November 2016.___No refuge for investors: Even “safe” funds fell in 2018NEW YORK (AP) — The past year felt dismal for investors. What’s worse, the gloom was all-encompassing as mutual funds of all types sank. Even those funds that are typically steadier during turbulent markets struggled through what became the worst year since the Great Recession for many investors.___Sign-ups steady as health law case goes to appeals courtWASHINGTON (AP) — The government says 8.4 million Americans have signed up for coverage this year under the Obama health law, even as supporters of the law appealed a court ruling declaring it unconstitutional. Thursday’s numbers underscore the unexpected staying power of “Obamacare,” which President Donald Trump failed to repeal after promising a better health plan. Also Thursday, Democratic-led states said they’ve appealed a ruling by a federal judge who recently declared the health law unconstitutional.___The S&P 500 lost 62.14 points Thursday, closing at 2,447.89. The Dow fell 660.02 points, or 2.8 per cent, to 22,868.22. The Nasdaq retreated 202.43 points, or 3 per cent, to 6,463.50. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks fell 25.07 points, or 1.9 per cent, to 1,330.83.The Associated Presslast_img read more