Samuel L Jackson Wants To Kick Male Cancer In The Balls

first_imgSamuel L. Jackson has teamed up with innovative London-based fundraising platform MyGoodness.com to raise awareness of male cancer.Video: Samuel L Jackson, “Have You Got Balls?”The Captain America actor tweeted a video to his 3.5m followers urging men to visit a doctor to “get themselves checked out”.Highlighting the shocking fact that 30% more men die of cancer than women in the UK, Jackson makes a passionate – and occasionally X-rated – plea to men everywhere to be more open about sensitive medical issues, and to see a doctor as soon as symptoms occur.The two minute clip tweeted includes the following soundbites from one of Hollywood’s most celebrated speechmakers: “By not getting checked you could lose those balls. Hell – you could lose your life! So boys, don’t be dumb. If you’ve really got balls, show them to your doctor.”“I offer you the chance to hang out with me in London, fully clothed by then, all you need to do is hit on Mygoodness.com and buy a raffle ticket or loads of them…. to support One For The Boys.”“Fact: 30 percent more men die of cancer than women. Whaaat? Get outta here! That’s right: 30 percent. 30 motherf***ing percent. Why? Because they don’t get themselves checked out early enough. They don’t want to hear or talk about it, because it ain’t the manly thing to do. They’re too macho.”Jackson has been a passionate advocate of male cancer awareness since last year when he helped launch One For The Boys – a campaign set up to educate men of all ages about the variety of cancers that can affect them and to encourage earlier detection.Jackson decided to support One For The Boys after he learnt that friends had secretly coped with cancer without telling anybody.This week Jackson has teamed-up with the new crowdfunding website MyGoodness.com to run an online raffle to raise money for the campaign. In turn, people have the chance to win a ‘money can’t buy’ experience including a weekend in London, lunch with Samuel L. Jackson and an invitation to join him and his friends at the fashion ball he’s hosting on 15th June to benefit One for The Boys.MyGoodness.com enables the socially conscious shopper to find stylish handpicked products while also giving back to great causes and charities. The opportunity to meet the Pulp Fiction star is the first of the company’s new line of ‘money-can’t buy’ experiences.“Hanging out with Samuel L. Jackson for a day certainly constitutes a ‘money-can’t-buy’ experience in my book,” says MyGoodness.com co-founders Nathalie Verrando. Co-founder Severine Balick added: “It’s fantastic that someone of Samuel’s status is prepared to give his valuable time for such a great cause in this way”.“The lucky winner will no doubt dine out on this experience for years to come!”Find out more here.last_img read more

George Clooney Uses Satellite Sentinel Project To Catch Poachers

first_imgAlthough actor and activist George Clooney co-founded the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) as a way to systematically monitor threats to human security over Sudan and South Sudan, it is now also being used, in cooperation with ENOUGH Project and DigitalGlobe, to keep watch over elephants in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.There is good reason for this, according to the groups’ report Poachers Without Borders, which claims that Sudanese and South Sudanese poachers are killing elephants in Garamba National Park and selling their ivory tusks to the Asian black market.The lucrative return ($1,000 to $1,300 per pound, which means up to $175,500 per tusk for an adult male) is used as funding for weapons, ammunition and supplies. Using high powered weaponry to kill several elephants at once, and then quickly removing the tusks by chainsaw, the animals are being butchered at an unprecedented rate.Using satellite imagery and predictive analytics, SSP and its partners aim to assist park rangers in tracking the migrating herds through the vast park, as well as help focus patrol efforts on probable areas according to “historical geospatial trend analysis, cost surface travel analysis, key terrain analysis, and predictive analysis”.“If the application of the predictive analysis helps to slow the slaughter of elephants,” says the report, “the analytical method and tools could be used elsewhere in Africa to stem the increasingly rapid slaughter that is taking a heavy toll on the continent’s elephant population.”Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

Jennifer Garner Joins Moms SocialGood Event

first_imgMoms + SocialGood, an event dedicated to the power of moms and families to create a better future for their communities, today announced actress and Save the Children Ambassador Jennifer Garner; journalist and anchor of ABC World News Tonight, David Muir; world-renowned photographer and Shot@Life Global Advocate, Anne Geddes; and 55 fifth graders from the renowned PS22 Chorus will join the one-day event.Co-hosted by the United Nations Foundation and Johnson & Johnson, with support from BabyCenter and The Huffington Post, the speakers will be a part of the one-day event on May 1 at the New York Times Center in Manhattan. Moms + SocialGood will share ideas and draw attention to some of the greatest challenges facing women and children, and put moms and dads at the forefront of the discussion on how to tackle these issues. The PS22 Chorus will close out the day with a special live stage performance, and the entire event will be broadcast globally via LiveStream.Mothers, no matter where they’re from or how they live, all have one thing in common: they want better lives for their children. But in some parts of the world, pregnancy and child birth is a time fraught with worry. Every day, 18,000 children die before their 5th birthdays, mostly from preventable diseases. Moms + SocialGood will leverage influential voices to help focus the world’s attention on ways to improve the health and wellbeing of women and children.Moms + SocialGood will also kick off the third annual Global Moms Relay, a digital dialogue to help boost health and happiness for moms and babies everywhere. The online relay will run from May 1 to June 19, featuring celebrities and community leaders from New York to Nairobi answering the question, “What kind of world do you want for your family by 2030?” For each social media share, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1, up to $300,000, to one of four causes that boost health and happiness for moms and children around the world — MAMA, Shot@Life, Girl Up, and UNICEF.Find out more about the event here.last_img read more

Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala To Benefit JB Dondolo Inc

first_imgCNN News Editor Joe Sutton and Steve Harvey Intern and Huffington Post Contributor Pavlina Osta will host the Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala on October 10.Featuring guests such as Gloria Loring and Mickey Gilley, the Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala benefits (100%) the JB Dondolo, Inc. charity. It raises awareness of the charity’s current programs and projects in the local and global community while acknowledging and rewarding individuals and companies for their efforts in the community.The evening will open with star-studded red carpet interviews, followed by dinner and an awards ceremony that is sure to steal your heart.The Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala honors individuals through awards in various categories including media partners, social media players, lifetime achievement, humanitarian, champions, best story told, most liked storyteller (writer), and more.The Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala is where people from various backgrounds can connect with like-minded individuals for a common and good cause – to support each other and support our community.This event encourages others to keep hope alive and remember that you have the potential to rise and shine. The one thing that your community needs is “YOU”. As with the meaning of “Dondolo,” we need a cane or a walking stick for support. This is not because we cannot walk on our own, but because sometimes we just need its support to move forward. JB Dondolo, Inc. is a non-profit organization that primarily exists to provide charitable services worldwide to impoverished communities. Find out more here.The Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala will take place at the Westin DFW Hotel, Dallas Fort Worth, on October 10.You can find out more about Equanimity Magazine here, and to find out more about the event, click here.last_img read more

FC Barcelona Players Meet With Los Angeles Kids To Discuss Values

first_imgAt an event hosted by UNICEF and FC Barcelona, a group of students in Los Angeles met with players Andrés Iniesta and Marc-André Ter Stegen to discuss the critical role that sports play in children’s lives and development around the world.Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Andres Iniesta speak with children during an an event organized by FC Barcelona and UNICEFCredit/Copyright: UNICEF/NYHQ2015-1797/Gallay/Getty ImagesFC Barcelona players Iniesta and Ter Stegen had the opportunity to share their opinions and experiences with the young attendees. When asked by a girl in the audience what the UNICEF logo on the FC Barcelona jersey means to the players, Iniesta responded: “For us as individuals, and as a club, it’s an honor to wear the jersey because of the values that UNICEF represents. Alongside UNICEF, we want to reinforce the importance of providing the most vulnerable children with access to education. Especially as parents, we are aware that children are the most precious things in our lives. It’s difficult knowing that there are children in other countries who don’t have the same opportunities.”Ter Stegen underscored the importance of studying to achieve one’s dreams: “I had a lot of coaches and each of them advised me how to reach my goals. But it’s not enough to have coaches or just to play soccer. Education has been really important for me.”U.S. Fund for UNICEF Regional Managing Director Amber Hill said: “All children have the right to learn. The focus of the FC Barcelona and UNICEF partnership is creating a world inspired by the power of quality education, where sports and play are key elements in the development of all children.”“The UNICEF projects that we support are based on strengthening children’s education through the integration of play and sports in countries such as Brazil, Ghana, China and South Africa. Through these programs, more than 300,000 children are being reached,” said Albert Soler, Director of Professional Sports of FC Barcelona.UNICEF and FC Barcelona kicked off a partnership in 2006 to raise awareness and funds benefiting millions of children. FC Barcelona supports UNICEF programs that integrate sports and play into education as catalysts to unlock a child’s potential.last_img read more

Jane Goodall Institute Partners With War For The Planet Of The Apes

first_imgIn honor of the upcoming release of the new War for the Planet of the Apes, 20th Century Fox have teamed with the Jane Goodall Institute to provide care for rescued chimpanzees at Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in Republic of Congo.Ashley Sullivan, Community Engagement Specialist at the Jane Goodall Institute, wrote: “The center, currently housing around rescued 150 chimpanzees, represents a place of safety and kindness from humanity – the likes of which many of these chimps have not seen in their early years. Most of the rescued chimpanzees are victims of the illegal entertainment/ “pet” or bushmeat trades, having been orphaned as infants, torn from their forest homes and families. Tchimpounga is their second chance, enabling them to create bonds with other chimpanzees along with their human caretakers, and it is through the shared stories of these beings that we are best able to understand their uniqueness and feel compelled to protect them.”“I think that the Planet of the Apes series makes people think about the apes and perhaps our relationship to them,” said Jane Goodall. “And anything that makes us think about our own humanity in relation to the rest of the animal kingdom is important. So I think the series has helped.”War for the Planet of the Apes is the sequel to 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and features Andy Serkis as the ape Caesar, and Woody Harrelson as The Colonel.“It is an honor and a privilege to partner with the Jane Goodall Institute in providing needed care for our closest living animal relatives,” said War for the Planet of the Apes director, Matt Reeves. “Over the course of filming Caesar’s cinematic journey, it’s fascinated me to learn so much about apes and chimpanzees, these amazing sentient animals who organize, strategize and even socialize in much the same way as humans. Our hope is this reimagined Apes franchise will spark a fresh awareness, compassion and respect for these majestic species for generations to come.”Read more here.last_img read more

Opera Atelier lets its hair down for Dido and Aeneas

first_imgFor the photo shoot for the opera’s posters, which took place last December, Pynkoski wanted Giunta’s red hair blowing in the wind. He also wanted the singer and dancer Brett van Sickle to appear naked, draped in a white sheet.Giunta says she “understood the esthetic. I definitely knew what I was in for. I thought it was beautiful.” Pynkoski’s vision for Dido and Aeneas was a little more “stripped down” than the excessively ornate gowns, powdered wigs, gaudy jewels and intricate decorating flourishes that have characterized prior productions.Opera Atelier’s audiences are well-acquainted with that esthetic, says Pynkoski, and it was time to present a cleaner, simpler and more naturalistic look. Facebook “Don’t cut your hair.”This is the memo mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta received from Marshall Pynkoski, co-artistic director of the baroque opera company Opera Atelier, when she signed on for the lead role in Dido and Aeneas.She plays the Queen of Carthage, who falls for Trojan prince Aeneas and then is thrown over for another in Henry Purcell’s English-language opera written in 1680 for a girls’ school. It runs Oct. 20 to 29 at the Elgin Theatre. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

CANADIAN ACTRESS DENIED ACCESS TO KINGSWAY THEATRE COPS CALLED OWNER TROLLS HER

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook It would be an understatement to say that members of the entertainment industry are upset about this.While each establishment has rules and regulations, as law-abiding peaceful customers we expect to be treated with a level of respect.  What happened to Wendy-Olunike is wrong on so many levels and should never happen to anyone, ever again. CLICK HERE if you cannot see the post Login/Register With: Log in to leave a comment “My skin is not threatening”; Toronto Actress Maintains She Was Racially Profiled Trying To See A Film About Racism Advertisement Toronto:  On Friday evening, Canadian actress Wendy Olunike Adeliyi experienced racism in it’s highest form.  Wendy-Olunike is known for her roles in TV Series such as Flashpoint, Killjoys, Republic of Doyle and Workin’ Moms.After a day at school, she headed out to see the movie LOVING at the Kingsway Theatre, dressed in all black and carry a backpack she was denied entry to the theatre because they wanted her to “leave her backpack at the front counter”.  Her backpack contained an expensive laptop and personal items.Wendy-Olunike offered to have the staff go thru her backpack, so they can be assured that she’s not carrying food or alcohol.  That was not enough.  The owner, Rui Pereira, called the cops and claimed that “a black woman is threatening us”.  In shock, Wendy patiently waited for the police to arrive. AN AMAZING MESSAGE FROM JEFF KNOLL OF FILM.CA CINEMAS AND MICHAEL GORDIN SHORE – eBOSS Canada It appears that other customers have had similar experiences with this establishment and it’s owner.CLICK HERE if you cannot see the postA search on TRIBUTE.CA’s Theatre Reviews page shows numerous complaints about the ownerhttp://www.tribute.ca/reviews/theatre/kingsway-theatre/kingsway/ […] later wrote a detailed account of her experience on Facebook, saying that the owner called Toronto Police and said, […] 3 COMMENTScenter_img Twitter Log in to leave a comment […] know about and are horrified by the racism recently experienced by a member of our family (Wendy Olunike Adeliyi)  as she tried to go to a movie. This morning I got an email from my friend Jeff Knoll that he has […] Mar-09-17 at 9:31 am Advertisement VIDEO | 10 QUESTIONS WITH WENDY OLUNIKE ADELIYI (Actress, Producer, Philanthropist) – eBOSS Canada The officer who attended the call said that “they always get called to this location”.But it doesn’t end there … Wendy-Olunike posted her experience on social media, which resulted in family, friends and associates reposting the experience.  The owner of Kingsway Theatre then began sending her extremely rude and disgusting messages.Follow the story below – see the social media links below.CLICK HERE if you cannot see the postWendy-Olunike offered a peaceful solution but the owner’s response was unprofessional and digustingCLICK HERE if you cannot see the post Apr-08-17 at 9:18 pm Log in to leave a comment […] With everything that has happened in the past week – we wanted to take this opportunity to PROPERLY introduce you to this amazing, smart, beautiful, loving, giving and talented woman. […] The Kingsway Theatre owner then began posting on his Facebook page Mar-26-17 at 12:24 amlast_img read more

ARTISTONLY LIVEWORK RENTALS STILL UP FOR GRABS IN RICHMOND

first_imgElegant BathroomGranite / Quartz countertopDesigner cabinetry & vanitiesItalian (inspired) porcelain tile floorAmerican Standard under-mount porcelain sinkCustom designed mirrorStylish American Standard polished chrome faucet and bathroom accessoriesAmerican Standard dual flush, water conserving toiletGourmet KitchenGranite / Quartz countertopFisher Paykel stainless refrigerator with bottom freezerBosch built-in wall ovenBosch microwave oven & hood fanBosch stainless steel dishwasherSignature InteriorCustom stained wood suite entry doorIn suite laundry Advertisement Advertisement Size: 875-1,147 square feetRent: $1012.85/monthBuilding amenities: Full shared building amenities. Hot water and gas included. Phone, cable, Internet, and hydro are not included.Parking: Subject to availabilityPets: Small pet will be considered  The Sorrento Artist Studio building LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Tenants will enjoy rooftop gardens, as well as a luxurious amenity centre featuring a swimming pool, hot tub, a spa-inspired fitness room with sauna and steam room, party room, as well as a children’s play area. Tenants of the ARTS units have access to all of these amenities free of charge. Login/Register With: Advertisement You can download the application here.Among the stipulations, the artist  must have an “independent body of work”, have maintained a professional practice for at least three years, and have a history of public presentation.The units were announced earlier this year, and are owned and managed by the developer, Pinnacle Living, via the program secured by the City of Richmond.Studio sizes are about 875 square feet, with free shared building amenities that one doesn’t often associate with an artist live-work space—namely a swimming pool, hot tub, a spa-inspired fitness room with sauna and steam room.A similar project is also underway in the nearby Concord Gardens building, which has 20 units leased to artists using the same program just over a year ago.LIVE & WORK – ​BACHELORS, 1 BED & 2 BED LOFT STYLE STUDIO UNITS The City of Richmond is still offering four bachelor units left out of a total 17 in the new Sorrento Artist Studio Program.The initiative is part of the city’s affordable housing strategy, offering brand-new, street-level live-work spaces to professional artists who demonstrate financial need. The Sorrento is located near the new Canada Line Capstan Station, between Garden City Road and No. 3 Road, also close to the airport.The monthly rent is $1,012.85 and the annual household income limit is $41,500. Inside the live-work space Inside the live-work space Inside the live-work space Inside the live-work space Inside the live-work space Inside the live-work space Twitterlast_img read more

HOW A CANADIAN STUDENT LANDED A TINY ROLE ON GAME OF THRONES

first_imgKeara Carter of Saskatoon was an extra on the final season of Game of Thrones. Advertisement The 23-year-old GoT fan knew that Belfast was a filming hotspot and a local tour guide helped her land the unusual part-time job.“He took my picture and then submitted it,” Carter told CTV Saskatoon. “And then I guess they thought I could be a good dead person.”RELATED:  SASKATOON STUDENT SHARES EXPERIENCE FILMING FINAL SEASON OF GAME OF THRONESIt was difficult, but Carter managed to keep what she saw secret from prying friends.“They just want to know the spoilers and I’m not supposed to talk about it,” she said.While the show may have come to an end, Carter’s time in Westeros isn’t over yet.She’ll be heading back to Belfast and plans to work as an extra on the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel.CTV A Canadian woman can finally talk about her small role on Game of Thrones, now that the last episode of the medieval fantasy show has aired.University of Saskatchewan student Keara Carter appeared as an extra on three episodes in 2018. She played a White Walker and a resident of Flea Bottom.The show shot at night, so Carter was able to do the job while attending classes during the day toward her astrophysics degree in Belfast, Northern Ireland.A wardrobe tag from one of Keara Carter’s roles in the final season of Game of Thrones is seen here. Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Canadian officials advised US on how to skirt privacy laws State Department

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Foreign Affairs and Department of Justice bureaucrats advised U.S. officials on how to skirt privacy laws to get information on whether a businessman and politician intimately linked to the Syrian ruling regime was a Canadian citizen, according to a “secret” U.S. diplomatic cable obtained by APTN National News.The 2009 cable, originating from the U.S. State Department and signed off by then-U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, contained a request for Canadian officials to disclose whether a Syrian businessman and politician identified as Muhammad Hamshu had any legal status as a citizen or “resident alien” in Canada. The cable also listed several different spellings for his name.Foreign Affairs and Justice bureaucrats told U.S. officials that Canada’s privacy laws prevented the disclosure of that type of information, but suggested a way around the Privacy Act by making the request through “law enforcement channels,” the Jan. 7, 2009, cable said.University of Ottawa law professor Amir Attaran said department officials were essentially giving advice on how to break Canadian law and those involved should be reprimanded.“Whoever gave this advice was certainly conspiring to defeat the privacy law and that person should be severely reprimanded and probably fired,” said Attaran. “You are conspiring with a foreign government to violate Canada’s laws as a Canadian public servant.”If Canadian law enforcement agencies, like the RCMP or the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, provided the information to the U.S., they would have broken the law, said Attaran.“If the police disclosed it would have been illegal,” said Attaran. “I think the Privacy Commissioner should be looking at this.”The cable was among a batch of confidential and secret cables originating from or sent to the U.S. embassy and consulates in Canada obtained by APTN National News from whistleblower website WikiLeaks.CBC-Radio Canada also obtained the same batch of cables.Over 2,000 cables dealing with Canada have already been released.The cable, which was sent to the U.S. embassies in Damascus and Ottawa, contained a text specifically for Canadian officials outlining why the U.S. wanted the information.The cable said the U.S. wanted to add Hamshu to a black-list of Syrian individuals blocked from doing business with the U.S.“The United States intends to designate Muhammad Hamshu under Executive Order 13460 for being responsible for, having engaged in, having facilitated or having secured improper advantage as a result of, public corruption by senior officials within the Government of Syria,” said the text prepared for Canadian officials that was contained in the cable.Hamshu is a Syrian legislator and a businessman heading the sprawling firm Hamsho Group International and other businesses with interests in everything from construction to telecommunications and a satellite television station.Hamshu was also among 25 individuals black-listed by Canada as part of its recently announced sanctions against Syria for its brutal repression of its citizens involved in pro-democracy demonstrations. His name is spelled Mohamed Hamcho on the list, but an employee at one of his Canadian subsidiaries, who requested anonymity, confirmed it was the same individual.A similar spelling of the name also appears on another one of his company’s websites.The cable said the U.S. believed that Hamshu “may have legal status in Canada” and wanted the Canadian government to “determine his status if any” and provide “any supporting documentation.”Canadian officials at Foreign Affairs and the Department of Justice toldU.S. officials they could not provide information on Hamshu’s legal status in Canada, but they suggested making the request through law enforcement channels under the “mutual legal assistance treaty” between both countries.“A Canadian DFAIT official informed Embassy Ottawa that Canadian privacy laws prevent the government of Canada from disclosing information regarding Muhammad Hamshu’s legal status in Canada, including whether he is a Canadian citizen,” the cable said. “DFAIT and the Canadian Department of Justice advised Embassy Ottawa to request this information through Canadian law enforcement channels under the terms of the mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT).”The cable also said the U.S. planned to publicly identify Hamshu with his Canadian legal status if Canada agreed.It’s unclear whether Canadian authorities provided the information.A spokesperson for Foreign Affairs said the department wouldn’t comment on “leaked information.”The Department of Justice was provided the section of the cable, but had issued no comment by late Wednesday afternoon.NDP MP Charlie Angus, the party’s critic on ethics and privacy issues, said he found the cable’s revelation “disturbing” and would bring up the issue during an upcoming planned meeting with Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart.Angus said the mutual assistance treaty wouldn’t allow for a circumvention of privacy laws.“I think we need to know what is going on in terms of how this government is handling Canadians’ private information,” said Angus. “We need to be wondering if this was a one-off, or if this is a pattern. We are going to ask a few questions.”A spokeswoman for the Office of the Privacy Commission said they did not have enough information to comment specifically on the cable.“The Privacy Act has provisions to permit disclosures and, just on the surface of it, we cannot say whether or not this is the case, in these circumstances,” said Anne-Marie Hayden. “Our office has argued for several years that provisions in the Privacy Act governing the disclosure of personal information by the Canadian government to foreign states should be strengthened.”An employee at PISC Canada Inc., a small, Hamshu-owned Canadian firmed in Mississauga, Ont., said he was not a Canadian citizen, but had obtained permanent residence status in Canada “a long time ago.”Samer Abboud, a history and international studies professor at Aracadia University in Pennsylvania, said Hamshu is a member of Syria’s ruling inner circle. Abboud said Hamshu inherited his business empire from his father and made his fortune off government contracts.“Once you achieve a certain kind of level (in Syria) you come in the orbit of the security complex,” said Abboud, who grew up in Ottawa. “There is nobody who is independently wealthy in Syria who is not deeply connected to the security apparatus.”Abboud said it was curious the U.S. would say Hamshu was involved in corrupting public officials since there is no line between the business and political elite in the country.“That is the way in which the economic networks in that country operate,” he said.Abboud said he doubted that Hamshu was a Canadian citizen or had any major financial interests in Canada, since most of his business would come through the Syrian government.Abboud said it was surprising that the U.S. would need to ask Canada to confirm Hamshu’s citizenship and it showed how weak American intelligence was on Syria. He said the U.S. was probably fed Hamshu’s name by opponents of the regime.“You would think the State Department would have a big file on this guy,” he said.jbarrera@aptn.caThe CableDownload (PDF, 12KB)last_img read more

Girls dream of school lives on even after her death

first_imgAPTN National NewsA young girl’s dream lives on after her untimely death.Youth from her home community are taking on her message of equality and the dire need for a school in her fly-in community.On Wednesday, a book was launched in her honour.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith has this story from Toronto.last_img

Ontario court rules lawsuit can proceed against HudBay

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Ontario judge has ruled a group from Guatemala can proceed with their lawsuit against a Canadian mining company.Their lawsuit is against HudBay Minerals that operates a mine in Guatemala.The group has held several protests in Toronto claiming beatings, rape and murder have taken place at the mine.It’s a precedent setting case as other Canadian companies could potentially be held liable for incidents that happen abroad.last_img

Kinew James inquest to begin April 25

first_img(Kinew James. File/Photo)APTN National NewsA public inquest into the in-custody death of an Indigenous woman at a psychiatric centre in Saskatoon will begin on April 25, the Saskatchewan government said Monday.Kinew James, 35, was found unresponsive in her cell on Jan. 19, 2013.The inquest will run from April 25 to 29 and will be held at the Court of Queen’s Bench in Saskatoon.Saskatoon Coroner Tim Hawryluk will preside at the inquest.James, originally from Winnipeg, died in Saskatoon’s Regional Psychiatric Centre from a heart attack. She was also diabetic and on the tail-end of a 15 year-sentence.James was found unresponsive in her cell and declared dead-on-arrival at the hospital. It has since emerged that other inmates held at the psychiatric centre repeatedly pressed emergency call buttons to alert staff James needed immediate medical assistance, according to a document on the case posted on Elizabeth Fry’s website.The Elizabeth Fry Society provided support for James throughout her time within the prison system and its officials met with her two weeks before her death.last_img read more

Federal government vows to eradicate tuberculosis by 2030

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsGussie Bennett’s funeral was Friday.The 14-year-old was from Nain in Labrador.And it’s believed he died from tuberculosis last weekend.“My heart goes out to the family of the young boy who died,” Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.Obed was joined by Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott Friday in Ottawa where it plan was announced to eliminate tuberculosis.Rates among Inuit are 300 times higher than elsewhere in Canada.Neither wanted to talk about Gussie.“I’m not in a position where I want to confer any of the details around that case,” said Philpott. “But as I said to you the rates are outrageously high. And young people, teenagers, are getting active tuberculosis in Canada.”The announcement follows money from this year’s budget to fight TB, such as $27.5 million over five years for enhanced prevention, screening and treatment.“This should absolutely not happen. It’s an entirely preventable and treatable condition,” said Philpott. “But the stories of young people dying of tuberculosis in Canada in the 21st Century are part of what drives us to this commitment we’re making today.”But poverty and overcrowded housing will be roadblocks.“You have a house with two bedrooms and there’s ten people living in the same house, the fact that someone has TB can easily spread from one person to another,” said Dr. Thomas Wong, chief medical officer for First Nation Insurance Health Benefits program.The goal is to cut TB rates in half by 2025 and completely by 2030.There were 100 new active cases of tuberculosis in 2017 in Nunavut, whose population is 85 per cent Inuit, along with at least 300 latent cases, Philpott said.If caught early enough, tuberculosis can be treated with antibiotics and typically only requires at most two weeks of quarantine.The higher infection rate among Inuit in the North is in part attributed historical government policies of forced relocation, partly to assert Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic. Oftentimes, Inuit were moved off the land and into crowded, substandard housing, in which the airborne disease was much more easily passed from person to person.A stigma has grown around the disease and around the health system that purports to fight it, which has created a barrier to seeking treatment within Inuit Nunangat, Obed said.That stigma includes an aversion to being labelled with tuberculosis and also a mistrust of the health-care system that has caused such lasting damage to Inuit culture and families.tlamirande@aptn.ca-with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jody WilsonRaybould resigns from federal cabinet

first_imgJustin BrakeAPTN NewsFederal Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced in a tweet Tuesday morning that she is resigning from cabinet.In an open letter Wilson-Raybould, Canada’s first Indigenous Justice minister and Attorney General, said that she ran for office “with the goal of implementing a positive and progressive vision of change on behalf of all Canadians and a different way of doing politics.“My resignation as a Minister of the Crown in no way changes my commitment to seeing that fundamental change achieved. This work must and will carry on.”Read the full letter here: Jody Wilson-RaybouldThe announcement comes amid growing pressure for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould to publicly address allegations the Prime Minister’s Office pressured Wilson-Raybould, in her time as attorney general, to help Montreal engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.Trudeau has denied any wrongdoing and Wilson-Raybould has cited solicitor-client privilege when asked to explain what happened.In her letter Tuesday Wilson-Raybould says she is “in the process of obtaining advice on the topics that I am legally permitted to discuss in this matter.”With a heavy heart I have submitted my letter of resignation to the Prime Minister as a member of Cabinet… https://t.co/Ejjh8smwYO— Jody Wilson-Raybould (@Puglaas) February 12, 2019She named Thomas Albert Cromwell as her counsel. Cromwell told APTN News that he would not be making any statements on the issue.The PMO released a statement Tuesday saying Wilson-Raybould informed Trudeau Monday evening of her resignation, and that the prime minister then convened a meeting Tuesday morning to inform cabinet.Trudeau will hold a press conference in Winnipeg Tuesday evening to answer questions from the media.On Tuesday afternoon, Wilson-Raybould’s sister Kory Wilson told APTN she has been with her sister “through a difficult time since Thursday,” when the Globe and Mail first published a story containing the SNC-related allegations against the PMO.Since that time, Wilson-Raybould has been the subject of both scrutiny and support.Scrutiny for not divulging what exactly transpired between her and the PMO, and support for allegedly being put in the position.“It’s obviously horrible to see all the things that people have said about her. But she did the right thing,” Wilson said. “I’m proud of how she has carried herself since Thursday.”Wilson said her sister’s voice “will be missed” in cabinet “because there is no other Indigenous woman’s voice at that table.“And any time you have a room or a space where those from other equity-seeking groups or marginalized groups are not represented, [that] ensures there isn’t a full and wholesome discussion with all perspectives represented. So I think it’s very challenging.“When you’re the first of something, often it’s hardest,” Wilson said. “The first person paves the way for those who will come behind.“She opened that door and I guarantee that there is a whole slew of Indigenous women and young women out there that will take up the fight and continue to ensure that the voices of the others are heard.”Meanwhile, at the request of two NDP members, the federal ethics commissioner has launched an investigation into the matter.Recent statements from unnamed Liberal party insiders to the Canadian Press criticizing Wilson-Raybould’s character have prompted backlash from all corners.(Wilson-Raybould and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the campaign trail in 2015) The Canadian Press quoted the sources as saying the minister, who is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation, had been “a thorn in the side of cabinet,” “difficult to get along with,” and “known to berate fellow cabinet members at the table.”Last month Trudeau moved Wilson-Raybould out of the justice and attorney general portfolios and into veterans affairs, which many consider a demotion.Prior to Wilson-Raybould’s announcement, First Nation leaders in B.C. published an open letter to Trudeau calling on the prime minister to “immediately and categorically publicly condemn the racist and sexist innuendo…being spread by unnamed elected officials and staff of your government in media reports.”The letter, from the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs’ executive, says the recent statements by reported Liberal party insiders are “cowardly, low blows aimed at discrediting the staunch work ethic Minister Wilson-Raybould has maintained.“They perpetuate colonial-era, sexist stereotypes that Indigenous women cannot be powerful, forthright, and steadfast in positions of power, but rather confrontational, meddling and egotistic. These comments from your staff must be recognized for what they are – blatant sexism,” the letter reads.Wilson-Raybould, 47, won her seat for Vancouver-Granville in the 2015 federal election.She then became Canada’s first Indigenous justice minister and Attorney General.Prior to her entry into federal politics Wilson-Raybould, a UBC-trained lawyer, served as a councillor for the We Wai Kai Nation and as a regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations.She also worked as a crown attorney and advisory for the B.C. Treaty Commission.Addressing the comments from unnamed Liberal insiders directed at Wilson-Raybould, Wilson said she and her sister were “raised and taught that if you have something to say you say it publicly and openly, and you stand behind what you say.”She also said her sister “doesn’t get down into the weeds and worry about what people say or think about her because she knows in her heart what she’s doing is the right thing, and that she’s, as she said, speaking truth to power.”jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

Canadian airlines rules on comfort animals range from dogs to miniature horses

first_imgMiniature horses, monkeys and pigs can legally fly as emotional support animals on at least one Canadian airline but an advocate for travellers says the vast majority of jet-setting comfort animals are far less exotic and are a truly necessary accommodation for people with disabilities.Unusual animal encounters at the airport have been making headlines in recent weeks.United Airlines turned away a passenger who tried to board a flight with an emotional support peacock last month, and a Florida woman claimed last week that an airline employee told her to flush her dwarf hamster down a toilet after refusing to let the pet on the plane.Passenger rights activist Gabor Lukacs, who has waged numerous legal battles against Canadian airlines, said the attention paid to these sensational cases undermines the rights of people with disabilities who need emotional support animals to fly comfortably.“We need to move away the focus from the animal to the fellow passenger,” said Lukacs.“The animal is not there as a kind of luxury, they are simply there to make sure that a person with a disability is able to enjoy the same way to travel as people who don’t have disabilities.”Air Canada and WestJet both have policies on their websites regarding emotional support animals and require that a passenger provide documentation from a licensed mental health professional certifying the need for the animal.Air Canada only allows emotional support dogs on their flights.WestJet accepts a much broader range of emotional support animals including cats, miniature horses, pigs and monkeys, and said decisions about other “unusual animals” are made on a case-by-case basis, except for those that pose health risks such as rodents and reptiles.Neither airline agreed to be interviewed about their policies.Lukacs said Canadian airlines are obliged to accommodate emotional support animals for people with disabilities and failure to do so would amount to a form of discrimination.He said the only exception would be if the animal poses a substantial risk of harming other passengers, but insisted that overwhelmingly, pets on planes cause little disruption.Douglas Tompson said on a recent flight from Saskatoon to Toronto he was seated near a passenger who took her cat out of its carrier and started playing with it, to the coos of flight attendants.His throat started to tingle.Tompson, who is highly allergic to cats, said the flight attendants had to give him a Benadryl from a first-aid kit to reduce the redness and swelling, but he was still itching and wheezing as he boarded his next two flights on his more than 24-hour journey.He said he was told to give the airline a doctor’s note about his allergy so they could create a “buffer zone” if he were to again share a plane with a feline.“The flight crew make a big deal about peanut allergies … I wish that they’d make the same announcement for cats,” Tompson said.Lukacs sees the allergy issue in terms of two passengers having different disabilities, and both deserving to be accommodated.While some have expressed suspicions about pet owners seeking fake documentation for emotional support animals, Lukacs said trying to fly with an animal under false pretenses would amount to “fraud.”“As a matter of equity … we don’t consider that people should be paying extra just because they have a disability,” he said.“They have the right to the flight and enjoy travel the same way as anybody else.”last_img read more

Walmart launches 1hour grocery delivery in GTA with Instacart partnership

first_imgMISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Walmart Canada says it is starting to roll out one-hour grocery delivery today for customers in parts of the Greater Toronto Area.The discount grocer says it’s partnered with Instacart, a California-based company, to provide the service.Shoppers use the Instacart website or app to place their order, which is then picked out and delivered by Instacart employees.The one-hour delivery offering will expand to Winnipeg on Sept. 27, and possibly to other markets later.Walmart Canada already offers next-day delivery, as well as the option to order online and pick up in-store, in parts of the GTA.Many Canadian grocers have recently started to grow their e-commerce offerings as they face increased pressure after tech titan Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market.Loblaw Companies Ltd. also partnered with Instacart to offer home delivery and plans to “blanket the country” with online grocery services this year.Sobeys Inc., on the other hand, signed a partnership deal with British company Ocado Group to build a customer fulfillment centre that will store food and automate the food selection process. Its service will launch in the GTA in about two years.Companies in this story: (TSX:L)last_img read more

Marathon Oil and Bank of America drop Nutrisystem jumps

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday:Nutrisystem Inc., up $9.48 to $43.68The weight loss company agreed to be acquired by Tivity Health for $47 a share in cash and stock.Yelp Inc., up $1.05 to $35.64A shareholder is seeking a shakeup of the board at the online review company.Nvidia Corp., up $4.25 to $151.86Technology companies held up better than the rest of the stock market.GoPro Inc., down 5 cents to $4.92The camera maker says it will move production of U.S.-bound cameras out of China by the summer over tariff-related concerns.Qualcomm Inc., up $1.25 to $57.24The U.S. chipmaker says it has won an order in a Chinese court banning some Apple phones in China over alleged patent infringements.Marathon Oil Corp., down 75 cents to $15.30The price of oil turned lower after rallying last week.Bank of America Corp., down 67 cents to $24.76Banks fell sharply as interest rates continued to drop.Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., down 97 cents to $18.44The Washington Post reported on alleged price-fixing by Teva and more than a dozen other generic drug companies.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Analyst warns BC gas prices could soon hit a record high

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — Drivers in B.C. should brace for record high gasoline prices this summer and the financial pain has the potential to spread across the country, says a petroleum industry analyst.Dan McTeague of the online tech company GasBuddy predicts that beginning in April and continuing to September, gasoline prices across much of B.C.’s south coast will hover around $1.60 a litre.He blames the hike on high demand and chronically short supply, made even worse by Friday’s announcement that the Olympic pipeline that distributes gasoline throughout Washington and Oregon will be taken off-line for four or five days of maintenance. Prices across Vancouver hit about $1.55 over the weekend, while Victoria remained around $1.40, but McTeague warns southern Vancouver Island could see an eight-cent-a-litre leap as the ripple from short supplies and climbing local taxes spreads.The high for a litre of gasoline in Metro Vancouver was set on June 22, 2014, when the price was just under $1.56.McTeague said some analysts fear higher prices will spread east.“People are shaking their heads,” he said. “It’s become quite the story, with some national overtones.”McTeague said other parts of the country are not looking at the same prices for gas, particularly because of B.C.’s taxes on gas.“It’s not quite the same thing, you are not dealing with 50-cent-a-litre taxes and you are not dealing with a shortage in the same way Vancouver is experiencing,” he said. “But it does suggest, I think, the likelihood of breaking the all-time record in Vancouver will likely happen this week.” In other parts of the country on Monday, the average price for gas was just under $1.14 a litre in Edmonton, about $1.25 in Toronto and around $1.12 in Halifax.Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline supplies about 50 per cent of the gasoline for B.C.’s south coast, but McTeague says it is already congested and can’t meet the region’s demand.The expected lengthy maintenance shutdown of the Parkland refinery, which McTeague said carries 25 per cent of the Vancouver-area’s gasoline, has further crimped supply, while the low dollar adds to the expense of topping up from Washington state refineries.“By any stretch or by any measure, the price you are paying in Vancouver is, for most people, prohibitive,” said McTeague.center_img Los Angeles is the other city in North America where gas prices are unusually high, selling at $3.50 a gallon. But McTeague said even when the exchange rate and other factors are calculated, B.C. drivers would pay about $5.00 for a gallon.last_img read more