Kelly Clarkson To Be Honored At Musicians On Call Event

first_imgKelly Clarkson will be honored at the Musicians on Call 15th Anniversary Celebration.The event will also honor Republic Records Executive Vice President Charlie Walk, and will feature performances by Jessie J, Nick Jonas and Shawn Mendes.Musicians On Call uses music to promote and complement the healing process for patients, families and caregivers by bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients.The event takes place on Tuesday, November 18, at Espace, 635 W. 42nd Street, NYC. More info can be found here.last_img read more

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Holly Madison To Host Opportunity Village Las Vegas Great Santa Run

first_imgE! reality star and Las Vegas Strip headliner Holly Madison will proudly serve as Host of Opportunity Village’s Las Vegas Great Santa Run on Saturday, December 6, 2014.Marking the event’s 10th anniversary, the blonde bombshell will join thousands of Kris Kringles in Downtown Las Vegas for the nonprofit’s largest annual fundraiser. Madison will be joined by male revue icons, The Chippendales, who will participate as the run’s Grand Marshals.“It is an honor to be a part of this exciting community event,” said Madison. “It means the world to me to give back to such an incredible organization and celebrate the true stars of the show, Opportunity Village’s inspirational OVIPs.”As Host of the Great Santa Run, Madison will welcome more than 10,000 Santa lookalikes to the event, alongside Opportunity Village’s OVIPs. Madison will then lead the runners to the starting line in a sassy, hot pink Cadillac driven by none other than Elvis Presley. The Chippendales will await her at the start of the race, where they will don their famous bowties and cufflinks to let the runners know when it’s time to “get on your mark, get set, and go!”Linda Smith, Associate Executive Director of Opportunity Village, said “We are thrilled to have Holly Madison and The Chippendales lead us in this historic year for the Great Santa Run. They are truly some of Las Vegas’ most adored entertainers, and we love having them be a part of the Opportunity Village family.”Along with celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Great Santa Run, Opportunity Village is currently commemorating its 60th anniversary as an organization. The beloved nonprofit provides unparalleled opportunities, enrichment and support to nearly 3,000 citizens with disabilities and their families throughout the Las Vegas Valley.As in years past, the Great Santa Run will entertain throughout the event with performances, food, costume contests, celebrity appearances, and more all due to local businesses’ support of Opportunity Village.last_img read more

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UN And Gates Foundation Present Vision To Eradicate Malaria By 2040

first_imgA new report released by the United Nations and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation presents a vision to eradicate malaria by 2040 that involves new strategies, tools and financing and urges world leaders to expand their commitments to fight a disease that still kills about one child every minute.The report – From Aspiration to Action: What Will It Take to End Malaria? – urges major donors and malaria-affected countries to expand their commitment to the fight against the disease, noting that eradication could save 11 million lives and unlock $2 trillion in economic benefits.“Over the past 15 years, we have seen tremendous progress in reducing the burden of malaria globally – a direct result of our collective action – and we now stand in the unique position of putting an end to this disease forever,” said Ray Chambers, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria.“The next five years are vital for setting in motion an ambitious-yet-achievable plan to eradicate malaria by 2040. We must double down on our commitment and move with deliberate haste to bring in new investments, develop new tools, and implement new regional strategies to see our unified goal of a malaria-free world become a reality.”According to a news release on the report, global investment in malaria has jumped in recent years by 2,000 per cent annually – from just $130 million in 2000 to $2.7 billion in 2013 – fundamentally transforming the fight against the disease.Malaria deaths have fallen dramatically – saving an estimated 6.2 million lives and averting 663 million cases of the disease since 2000 – and more than half of the world’s nations are now malaria free. These gains have accounted for 20 per cent of the total progress that the world has made in reducing maternal and child mortality under the Millennium Development Goals, and they have helped convince Asian and African leaders to commit to malaria elimination by 2040.The challenge, according to Mr. Chambers and Bill Gates, is that one billion people remain infected with the malaria parasite, and half of the world’s children remain vulnerable to death and disability caused by the disease. Malaria still kills about one child every minute.They argue that eradication is ultimately the only feasible solution to this challenge, and assert that the alternative to eradication – controlling the disease forever without eliminating it – is biologically and politically untenable.The report envisions a new approach to eradication that will draw important lessons from past eradication efforts and apply innovative strategies, tools and financing.“Eradication is the only sustainable solution to malaria,” said Mr. Gates. “The alternative would be endless investment in the development of new drugs and insecticides just to stay one step ahead of resistance. The world can’t afford that approach.”last_img read more

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JJ Abrams Donates 50000 To CrowdRise Page For Boy Blessed By Pope

first_imgJ.J. Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath have donated $50,000 to a Crowdrise page raising money for the young boy with cerebral palsy who was blessed with a kiss on the forehead from Pope Francis during his trip to the US.The Pope blessed Michael Keating with the kiss last month, and following the incredible moment Michael¹s family launched a CrowdRise page to help raise money for an accessible van and additional medical care.“So many people have reached out to the friends and family of Michael Keating to share in the excitement of his blessing from Pope Francis,” Michael’s parents wrote on the fundraising page. “Many have asked if the Keating’s could use any help. As transporting Michael is always a challenge, a handicap van has been on their wish list for years.“The current handicap accessible vehicle that was donated to them by a family friend is in need of a working ramp and has other maintenance issues. We are raising money to put towards a new handicap accessible vehicle and any other expenses for Michael’s care.”The Keating’s story attracted the eye of JJ Abrams, who wrote “You are an amazing family. Thank you for sharing your story.”Over $100,000 has already been raised on the CrowdRise site.To find out more, and make your own donation, click here.last_img read more

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Alec Baldwin Speaks Out For Turkeys

first_imgToday, the national nonprofit Farm Sanctuary is thrilled to announce that Alec Baldwin is speaking out for turkeys, who are among the most abused animals on Earth, as their 2016 Adopt a Turkey Project spokesperson!Alec Baldwin Speaks Out for Turkeys“Like most people, I don’t like thinking about things that make me feel bad,” said Alec. “But I also don’t like animal suffering, so I feel the need to speak out about it. At least 46 million turkeys suffer heartbreaking fear and pain before being killed each and every Thanksgiving. This year, I’m supporting Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey Project because turkeys are just as friendly, smart, and full of feeling as my dogs, and they deserve to be treated better. I hope you’ll join me by sponsoring.”Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey Project has inspired compassionate conversation about society’s relationships with turkeys and the measures we can take to improve the terrible conditions they regularly endure on commercial farms. Now celebrating its 30th year, the project has saved hundreds of lives while inspiring countless individuals to sponsor a turkey who resides at one of Farm Sanctuary’s three shelters in New York and California. For a one-time donation of $30, turkey sponsors receive a special adoption certificate with a color photo and fun details about their new friend.last_img read more

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Rachel Bloom To Host SAGAFTRA Foundation Patron of the Artists Awards

first_imgThe SAG-AFTRA Foundation announced today the host, final musical performer, and several presenters for the 3rd annual Patron of the Artists Awards benefit which takes place Thursday, November 8 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.Rachel Bloom To Host 3rd annual Patron of the Artists Awards benefit Rachel Bloom will host the show. New additions to the evening’s program include Kristin Chenoweth, who will take part in a musical performance, as well as presenters Alison Brie, Guillermo del Toro, Ryan Gosling, and Michelle Yeoh.The SAG-AFTRA Foundation previously announced it will honor legendary actor Harrison Ford, superstar performer and actor Lady Gaga, entertainment industry leader, WndrCo Co-founder and Quibi Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, and trailblazing Director/Producer/Writer Spike Lee at the celebration. Previously announced performers and presenters to date include: Arlissa, Adam Lambert, and Leona Lewis; and presenters Adam Driver, Chrissy Metz, Geoffrey Owens, John David Washington, and Henry Winkler.Previous recipients of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Patron of the Artists Awards are Director/Writer/Producer Judd Apatow, Director/Producer Kathryn Bigelow, Director/Writer/Producer Lee Daniels, Producer Megan Ellison, Director/Producer Rob Marshall, and Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. The 3rd Annual Patron of the Artists Awards benefits the Foundation’s vital assistance and performers programs for SAG-AFTRA artists, as well as its Emmy nominated children’s literacy program Storyline Online.For more information about sponsorship and tickets, visit patronawards.com.last_img read more

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Global Announces 2016 Fall Premiere Dates For Its Most Compelling Season Yet

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Global Presents Four New Comedies with The Good Place, Kevin Can Wait, Man With A Plan and The Great Indoors Debuting this FallHighly Anticipated New Dramas Joining the Schedule Include Timeless, Bull, Pitch, MacGyver and Pure GeniusReturning Favourites Including the NCIS and Chicago Franchises, The Blacklist, Survivor, Madam Secretary, and Elementary Round Out the Fall Schedule  Newly Added Buzzed About Documentary Series The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey Kick Starts Premiere Week on Global Toronto, Canada – Ready? Let’s Go! Global gears up for another powerful fall with the most compelling and buzz-worthy new and returning series this season, igniting its primetime schedule this September and October with more star power and groundbreaking storytelling.Global kicks off fall with a brand-new addition to the primetime lineup adding the buzzed about three-part series The Case Of: JonBenét, a docu-thriller that re-examines the unsolved JonBenét Ramsey murder 20 years later, premiering on Sunday, September 18. The series reunites the original investigators in the case with new experts, and together, they take a hard look at the mysterious case that captivated the world.The fall schedule continues to unfold with Ted Danson and Kristen Bell delighting audiences in the heavenly new comedy The Good Place, premiering with back-to-back episodes on Monday, September 19, followed by return of comedy king Kevin James in the new series Kevin Can Wait. NCIS alum Michael Weatherly returns to the Network on Tuesday, September 20 as the iconoclastic Dr. Jason Bull in the highly anticipated drama Bull. Global’s premiere week continues with one of fall’s most sought-after new dramas Pitch joining the schedule on Thursday, September 22, starring Montreal native Kylie Bunbury as the first woman to play Major League Baseball. Plus, Friday night welcomes the reimagining of the iconic action series MacGyver, starring Lucas Till, premiering Friday, September 23.The fall lineup continues to ignite adventure, laughter, and drama as new premieres carry on into October. The thrilling new time travel adventure series Timeless, starring Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, and Malcolm Barrett premieres on Monday, October 3. Global adds two new laugh out loud comedies to its primetime schedule, with Man With a Plan starring Matt LeBlanc premiering Monday, October 24, and The Great Indoors starring Joel McHale joining the lineup later that week on Thursday, October 27.  Then, unique medical drama Pure Genius, from the executive producer of Parenthood and Friday Night Lights and starring Dermot Mulroney, rounds out the schedule on Thursday, October 27.Complementing Global’s robust slate of new series are long-standing fan favourite hits including the NCIS franchise with NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans both premiering Tuesday, September 20, followed by the premiere of NCIS: LA the next month on Sunday, October 2. Millennials compete against Gen Xers when reality champ Survivor premieres on Wednesday, September 21, and “blacklisters” rejoice as Raymond Reddington returns on The Blacklist beginning Thursday, September 22. Global’s Chicago franchise sets the fall schedule ablaze, beginning with Chicago PD on Wednesday, September 21, and Chicago Med on Thursday, September 22, followed by Chicago Fire on Monday, October 10. Plus Friday night favourite Hawaii Five-0 takes audiences into the weekend beginning Friday, September 23, then Sunday night staples Madam Secretary and Elementary round out the week premiering on Sunday, October 2.The Late Show with Stephen Colbert kicks off late night on Global weeknights at 11:35 pm, starting on Tuesday, September 6. Then it’s over to television’s #1 late night show Saturday Night Live with new episodes joining the schedule later this fall.For a full list of Global’s fall premiere dates, please see below.GLOBAL’S FALL 2016 PREMIERE DATES and TIMESAll times are ET and subject to change. New series bolded.Tuesday, September 6th11:35 pm – The Late Show with Stephen ColbertSunday, September 18th8:30 pm – The Case Of: JonBenét Part 1Monday, September 19th7:30 pm – The Good Place8 pm – The Good Place8:30 pm – Kevin Can Wait9 pm – The Case Of: JonBenét Part 2 Tuesday, September 20th8 pm – NCIS9 pm – Bull10 pm – NCIS: New OrleansWednesday, September 21st7 pm – Chicago PD8 pm – Survivor Thursday, September 22nd7 pm – Chicago Med8 pm – Superstore8:30 pm – The Good Place (moves to regular time slot)9 pm – Pitch10 pm – The BlacklistFriday, September 23rd8 pm – MacGyver9 pm – Hawaii Five-OSunday, September 25th8 pm – The Simpsons8:30 pm – The Case Of: JonBenét Part 3Sunday, October 2nd8 pm – NCIS: LA9 pm – Madam Secretary10 pm – ElementaryMonday, October 3rd10 pm – Timeless Monday, October 10th9 pm – Chicago FireMonday, October 24th8:30 pm – Man With A Plan      Thursday, October 27th7 pm – Pure Genius8:30 pm – The Great Indoors    – 30 –SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: Twitter:@Global_TV@GlobalTV_PR@CorusPRFacebook:http://www.facebook.com/globaltelevisionGlobal Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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THE INBETWEEN with Harriet Dwyer Paul Blackthorne Starts Filming This Fall in

first_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Ghost Whisperer-like crime drama The InBetween with Harriet Dyer and Arrow’s Paul Blackthorne will film in Vancouver (and Los Angeles) this Fall and Winter.Filming dates: October 22nd to February 18th.Cast: Harriet Dyer, Paul Blackthorne, Anne-Marie Johnson, Cindy Luna, and Chad James Buchanan. What’s it about?Psychic Carrie Bishop partners with two LAPD police detectives — veteran Det. Tom Hackett (Paul Blackthorne) and damaged ex-FBI outsider Damien Asante — to solve homicides with the help of the ghosts who drop by to talk over their cases with her — whether she likes it or not.last_img read more

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JUSTIN BIEBER CONFIRMS MARRIAGE TO HAILEY BALDWIN IN THANKSGIVING MESSAGE

first_img Facebook Justin Bieber has officially, finally confirmed his marriage to Hailey Baldwin.On Friday, the Canadian singer posted a Thanksgiving message to his fans on Instagram.“Happy late thanksgiving to everyone,” Bieber wrote. “First thanksgiving as a married man, first time hosting thanksgiving. First time both sides of the family has come together. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment He continued, “Relationships are hard and love isn’t always easy but thank you Jesus for showing me how! Every day is a learning process, trying to be more like him, patient, kind, selfless, boy I got a long way! But gods grace is sufficient !”On Thursday, the young couple’s families got together for Thanksgiving and Baldwin’s 22nd birthday.Bieber’s mom, Pattie Mallette tweeted a birthday message to Baldwin on Thursday afternoon, saying she is “SO THANKFUL to have you as a daughter.”HAPPY BIRTHDAY @haileybaldwin !! I LOVE YOU!! I’m SO #THANKFUL to have you as a daughter!!! ???❤️??♥️???????— Pattie Mallette (@pattiemallette) November 22, 2018Later in the evening, Mallette shared video from the big celebration on her Instagram Stories, including one of Bieber and everyone gathered singing “Happy Birthday” to Baldwin.At the end of that video, someone can be heard shouting, “First married birthday!.Baldwin’s cousin Kahlea also shared photos from the party, showing Bieber kissing his wife with her face covered in cake icing..By COREY ATAD | ET Canada Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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PRODUCTION BEGINS ON SEASON 2 OF BRAVO ORIGINAL SERIES CARTER

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement NORTH BAY, ON – Bravo announced today that production is underway for Season 2 of its lighthearted mystery-crime drama CARTER, starring Jerry O’Connell. Shot in North Bay, ON, the sophomore season is set to debut later this year, exclusively on Bravo. Season 1 of CARTER is currently streaming only on Crave.The 10-episode, one-hour series also sees the return of co-stars  Sydney Poitier Heartsong (HOMECOMING) as Sam Shaw and Kristian Bruun (ORPHAN BLACK) as Dave Leigh, as well as Brenda Kamino (The Glass Castle) as Dot Yasuda.Canadian and CSA-winning actor Lyriq Bent (THE AFFAIR) joins the cast in Season 2 as Joyce Warwick Boyle, the new Interim Police Chief at Bishop PD. Described as a man with both swagger and edge, Boyle quickly establishes himself as a stern law man impressed with Sam and her abilities, while being equally unimpressed with Harley and his antics. As his admiration for Sam turns romantic, Harley and Dave discover Boyle is hiding an alarming and mysterious past. Advertisement Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Carter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter CARTER revolves around Harley Carter (O’Connell), the star of a hit detective series who decides to take a break from Hollywood. Upon returning to his northern hometown, Harley discovers that his years of playing a fictional detective come in handy when he finds himself immersed in real-life mysteries, including the unsolved disappearance of his mother which culminated in the Season 1 finale.In Season 2, Harley plants deeper roots as a celebrity P.I., using disguises to go undercover and doubling-down on his fame in a world where life continues to imitate TV. As Harley dives deeper into solving mysteries, he discovers that the toughest cases to solve are personal ones, as he finds himself embroiled in a love triangle with his best friend, Sam Shaw (Poitier Heartsong), and her new boss.“CARTER skillfully mocks traditional TV detective tropes while simultaneously honouring them in a self-aware and charming way that generates genuine audience appeal,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. “With its exceptional returning cast led by the incomparable Jerry O’Connell, and our production partners at Amaze steering the ship, we are excited to be working on another captivating season of CARTER in North Bay.”“We look forward to growing our audience while bringing the fans an even more hilarious and adventurous second season,” said Teza Lawrence, Executive Producer, and Co-President of Amaze Film & TV. “We’re excited so many people around the world have become fans of our series,” added Michael Souther, Executive Producer, and Co-President of Amaze Film & TV. Outside of Canada, the series was commissioned by Sony Pictures Television (SPT) for AXN, returning for Season 2 in Spain, Latin America, Brazil, Japan, Central Europe, and Russia.  CARTER will also return to WGN America in the U.S. The series is distributed by SPT worldwide, excluding Canada. CARTER is produced by Amaze Film + Television and executive produced by the company’s founders Teza Lawrence and Michael Souther (Call Me Fitz, Saint Ralph) as well as series creator Garry Campbell, O’Connell, and Season 2 showrunner and EP Andy Berman. Season 1 of CARTER made Bravo the #1 entertainment specialty channel in its timeslot. Production Executive for Bell Media is Gosia Kamela. Tom Hastings is Director, Original Programming, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty; Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.last_img read more

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Grand Chief hosting AFN election hit by lawsuit from former inhouse lawyer

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe organization and grand chief hosting the election for the next national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is facing a lawsuit from a former in-house lawyer.Louis Harper, the former lawyer for the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), filed a statement of claim on Nov. 13 against the organization and Grand Chief David Harper. Louis Harper said in the statement of claim he was “constructively dismissed” from MKO “without just cause, without reasonable notice and without compensation in lieu of reasonable notice.”The statement of claim alleges that Louis Harper faced a “hostile and embarrassing work environment” which forced him to take time off twice last year for health reasons.“(Louis Harper) says that his constructive dismissal has been orchestrated by the defendants in a manner calculated to inflict mental anguish and distress on him and to cause him to lose standing and reputation in the community, and, in particular, with those First Nations with whom the plaintiff dealt in the course of his employment with MKO,” said the statement of claim.APTN National News spoke with Grand Chief Harper about the lawsuit last week. The grand chief said he could not comment on the issue, because it was before the courts, beyond saying Louis Harper was not fired from MKO.MKO is hosting the AFN election for national chief next week in Winnipeg.MKO’s grand chief survived a confidence vote in September amid allegations from MKO-member chiefs that he was mismanaging the organization’s finances and using the money for personal reasons. Grand Chief Harper denied the allegations. The federal Aboriginal Affairs department tapped KPMG to probe MKO’s books as a result.State of ClaimDownload (PDF, Unknown)The statement of claim alleges Grand Chief Harper repeatedly made “defamatory comments” about Louis Harper to the MKO’s chiefs and the organization’s executive council.“At all material times, the defendant knew that its treatment of the plaintiff was causing deleterious effects to his health,” said the statement of claim.The document also alleges that someone in MKO intercepted a letter from the Law Society of Manitoba address to Louis Harper. The letter was “then altered and circulated to various MKO chiefs under an anonymous cover letter that contained comments that were untrue, scandalous and defamatory of the plaintiff.”The statement of claim said Louis Harper had no option but to leave his position at MKO on Sept. 26.While the statement of claim does not include a dollar figure, it seeks damages for “intentional infliction of mental distress,” punitive damages and “general and special damages for constructive dismissal of the plaintiff from his employment.”Louis harper was employed as general counsel for MKO from Aug. 3, 2005 to this past September.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Montreal Police hold Indigenous sensitivity training sessions – but is it working

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsHow Montreal police use the Indigenous sensitivity training they receive is the subject of some controversy.The courses have been ongoing for three years.But given some of the mis-steps from the police, is the training working?Inuit people who hang out in Cabot Square are often ticketed for loitering, or public drunkenness.And this past summer, an Inuk woman was released from custody in the middle of the night in a vacant part of Montreal.tfennario@aptn.ca@tomfennariolast_img read more

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Metis organization set to release its own report on violence against Indigenous

first_imgThere were only Métis sashes on display at the inquiry.Dennis WardAPTN NewsThe President of Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak (LFMNO) says the organization that represents Metis women will bring forward it’s own report for Metis on Monday.Melanie Omeniho says “we are not under any delusions. We have continuously been reminded what a train wreck that the inquiry became.”LFMNO or Women of the Metis Nation has long been critical of the national inquiry.The group did not support the commissioners request for an extension and extra funding.Last March, Omeniho said the national industry’s hearings and research “have excluded Metis women and girls.”At the time, Omeniho said “since the national inquiry is not including Métis, we will do the work ourselves.  We will make our own recommendations to the Minister based on work done by the Métis Nation, for our Métis women, families, and communities.”Metis National Council President Clement Chartier has also previously expressed his concerns with the inquiry.On an earlier episode of Face to Face, Chartier said he was also disappointed he did not have an opportunity to appear as an individual at the inquiry.“My mother was brutalized and murdered and justice still hasn’t been done but I didn’t get that chance I looked for it but the Inquiry, never contacted my office at all,” he said.Chartier said the only time he ever heard from commissioners was when they were looking for an extension.Read More:Metis National Council takes aim at so called Metis organizationsNational MMIWG inquiry speeding towards failure says latest lawyer to resignOpposition building to MMIWG inquiry extension In an email response on Friday, Omeniho said, “we are hoping that we can at least use the report that has been created as a starting point.”“LMFO recognizes that it has been centuries that brought us here and we are under no illusions that another report is going to resolve and fix it all. We know that working with the Metis families and communities has not happened throughout this Inquiry.”LMFO has standing at the inquiry and Omeniho will be attending the Closing Ceremony on Monday.Omeniho will bring forward a report for Metis women which will also be tabled with the Prime Minister and the other provincial and territorial governments.  Omeniho hopes between the two reports a corner can be turned “on some of the very tragic issues that our community has had to face”dward@aptn.ca@denniswardnewslast_img read more

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Arctic being neglected by Canada special Senate report finds

first_imgAPTN NewsA special committee of the Senate studying the Arctic has issued a “wake up call” for the Canadian government to stop ignoring the issues facing people who live in the region.“For far too long, the Arctic and northern regions have been neglected by Canada. Crises remain unresolved and the well-being of residents, left to tackle enormous challenges on their own, has been overlooked,” said the Senate study called Northern Lights: A Wake-Up Call for the Future of Canada.“It is essential that the Government of Canada recognize that the Arctic requires greater attention, investment and consistent support from the federal government, to complete Canada’s nation-building project.  The impact of federal underinvestment hits hardest on the Arctic’s greatest asset, Indigenous youth. Opportunities for nation-building can no longer be missed.”The 139 page report released Tuesday is the result of a special committee that travelled to Kuujjuaq, Que., Iqaluit, Baker Lake and Cambridge Bay, in Nunavut,  Yellowknife and Inuvik, in the Northwest Territories, and Whitehorse, Yukon.“Many Northern communities are facing significant challenges, struggling with housing, and coping with the dangerous impacts of climate change while their vast potential remains untapped or poorly understood by Canada’s southerners who often make the policies affecting their day-to-day lives.“Urgent action is needed to empower Northerners facing economical underdevelopment, environmental disaster, and international pressures  while supporting their scientific and cultural needs and potential.”(A housing shortage forces some people to live in shacks by Frobisher Bay in Iqaluit. This wooden shack caught fire. Submitted photo.)The report makes a number of recommendations including; complete a building code adapted to Arctic conditions and the effects of climate change, implement an action plan to mitigate the effects of climate change on existing and new infrastructure, including housing, take immediate measures to address the housing crisis in the Arctic by funding a complete continuum of Arctic housing; and, report on the effects of its investments on housing annually to local, Indigenous and territorial governments. Broadband telecommunications access in the Arctic is unavailable, poor and, where available, expensive and often unreliable.“With little infrastructure in many communities in the Arctic, people struggle to access water and sanitation, housing, good schools and healthcare. As the climate warms and permafrost thaws, the urgency of the Arctic’s challenges come into plain view: traditional food supplies are threatened; homes are endangered by the rising seas and the ice becomes unsafe for travel,” the report said.“Understanding that Arctic communities deserve better, the committee recommends that the Government of Canada: The committee agrees with witnesses that broadband access is necessary and recommends that the Government of Canada establish a broadband telecommunications action plan with dedicated funds to support fibre deployment to underserved regions in the Canadian Arctic by March 2020.”With sea ice rapidly melting, the senate committee is also recommending the government take steps to secure Arctic sovereignty and be prepared to deal with foreign interests in the region.“Arctic residents keenly observed other countries’ interest in the region’s natural resources and the Northwest Passage. The committee recommends that the Government of Canada ensure the Canadian Arctic security and safety and assert and protect Canada’s sovereignty in the Arctic,” the report said.“In the committee’s view, actions ensuring prosperous, sustainable and safe Arctic communities are vital to enhance Canada’s ability to project its Arctic foreign policy, including sovereignty in the region.”Read the full report here: Northern Lights: A Wake-Up Call for the Future of Canada.last_img read more

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Securities regulators increasingly employing tech tools to speed probes

first_imgTORONTO – Securities regulators say they are increasingly employing data analytics and other sophisticated tools to track down financial miscreants faster, but these technologies won’t be able to fully replace human judgment.The director of enforcement at the Ontario Securities Commission said Thursday that they need these tools to crunch the “mind-numbing volume of data” the regulator takes in for investigations, and do it in weeks, not years.Jeff Kehoe said during a panel discussion in Toronto that regulators can no longer use traditional tools and investigation techniques in the “new world for us,” with advances such as cryptocurrencies and high-frequency trading.“It’s like finding a needle in 50 haystacks, or 100 haystacks,” he said. “And so we need tools that not only reduce the size of the haystacks but make the needles bigger.”Regulators in recent years have put out guidance on the securities implications of blockchain, cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings as the usage of these technological innovations proliferate. Meanwhile, regulators say they too are applying technological tools to their enforcement tasks, as the volume of data at their disposal grows exponentially.The monetary authority of Singapore’s executive director of enforcement Gillian Tan said during the OSC event on Thursday it has developed a tool with data scientists to analyze data to detect circular trading patterns.When testing with known cases, it was able to detect roughly 94 to 96 per cent of what had been detected manually, she added.“What used to take us months to do, can now be done in a matter of hours,” she said. “That’s really exciting for us.”The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s co-director of enforcement Stephanie Avakian said it too has used these tools to speed up their probes, but it doesn’t replace the need for experienced investigators to go through the findings and use judgment.“The data analytics are great for identifying problems and putting together a case, but I don’t think they obviate the need for human investigators… You still need humans to go through this stuff and find the false positives,” she said.As well, Avakian said when financial misdeeds later go before a jury, human witnesses are still needed to help present their case.Kehoe added that the “promises of technology are great” but the findings they produce must be reliable and verifiable in order to be fair.last_img read more

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Norman Rockwells 3 sons seek to halt sale of his artworks

first_imgBOSTON – Norman Rockwell’s three sons were among several people who went to court on Friday seeking to halt a museum’s plans to sell 40 works of art, including two by him.A complaint seeking a temporary restraining order filed in Berkshire Superior Court alleges the board of trustees at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield contracted with Sotheby’s for a public auction of the works before it announced its plans publicly, acted in breach of its fiduciary duties and trust and acted without legal authority to sell the art.The planned sale is against Massachusetts laws establishing the museum, which requires the museum to maintain any gifts it receives “for the people of Berkshire County and the general public,” the complaint says.“Once sold, it is highly unlikely that any of the pieces will remain in Berkshire County or in a public institution where they can be seen and enjoyed,” the complaint says.Besides Thomas, Jarvis and Peter Rockwell, the plaintiffs include two local artists and several members of the museum. They are represented by the Boston law firm Foley Hoag LLP.The museum has consistently stood by its decision to sell the art.“We believe we have strong legal grounds for our deaccessioning and we are confident in our new vision plan which will allow this important local museum to continue to contribute to the educational and cultural life of this region for another century,” trustees president Elizabeth McGraw said in a statement on Friday.The museum came under intense national and local criticism after it announced in July that is was auctioning the art.The American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Art Museum Directors said in a joint statement that the sale violated a sacred museum rule that collections are not to be sold to pay bills.The works for sale include Rockwell’s “Shaftsbury Blacksmith Shop” and “Shuffleton’s Barbershop,” both of which the illustrator gave as gifts to the museum when he lived in nearby Stockbridge. Works by Alexander Calder, Albert Bierstadt and George Henry Durrie also are on the auction block.Museum trustees and officials say the museum is in dire financial straits and may close for good if it doesn’t sell the works. They say it is hoped that the sale will raise as much as $60 million, which will be used to boost the endowment by $40 million, with the other $20 million being used to renovate the museum as it changes its mission to focus more on natural history and science.The complaint says the museum’s financial troubles are greatly exaggerated.last_img read more

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Ontario Cannabis Store announces supply agreements with 26 licensed producers

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario Cannabis Store says it has partnered with 26 licensed producers for its online retail platform.The store, which will be Ontario’s only online retailer when recreational marijuana is legalized in the fall, said Monday that the supply agreements with Health Canada-authorized producers were competitive.The online retailer says it will sell a variety of products, including dried flower, cannabis oil and cannabis seeds, to customers 19 and older when pot becomes legal on Oct. 17.Supply agreements with cannabis accessory suppliers are also in the works, the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) says, adding that it plans to expand the selection of its available products over time.The OCS says to ensure products are delivered to homes safely, it will have a verification system in place.It says it will also establish a wholesale distribution network to supply pot in private stores.The Progressive Conservatives’ new plan to have cannabis sold through a private retail model is a contrast to the Liberals plan for a provincial government monopoly on cannabis sales.The province was to operate 150 brick-and-mortar stores by 2020, but the new plan means sales at physical stores won’t start until April 2019.last_img read more

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Economic cost of Canadian oil price discounts counted in billions of dollars

first_imgCALGARY – Imagine producing a bumper crop of a product in high demand around the globe, only to learn you must settle for a discounted price because there’s no easy way to get your product to market.Canadian grain farmers experienced that situation in 2013 and again last winter when their harvest outstripped the transport capacity of Canada’s rail companies. Western Canada’s oil companies are now in the same boat thanks to production gains that have not been matched by export pipeline capacity gains.Like those farmers, oil producers have filled storage to bursting while they wait for a solution to appear. The price discounts or “differentials” that had mainly affected heavy oil have spread to light oil and upgraded synthetic oilsands crude as pipeline space tightens.Estimates on the cost to the economy vary wildly, but the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers officially estimates the impact as at least C$13 billion in the first 10 months of 2018.It estimates the cost at about C$50 million per day in October as discounts for Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend crude oil versus New York-traded West Texas Intermediate peaked at more than US$52 per barrel.“The differential has blown out to such an extreme level for two reasons, the lack of access to markets and the fact we really have only one customer (the United States),” said Tim McMillan, CEO of CAPP.Getting an exact number on how much discounts are costing Canada is all but impossible thanks to ingrained sector secrecy about transportation and marketing, he said, adding it’s entirely possible the real costs could be as high as $100 billion per year.Producers’ exposure to WCS prices differ depending on what kind of oil they produce, where they sell it and how they transport it.Calgary-based Imperial Oil Ltd., for instance, says about one-quarter of its output of 300,000 barrels of bitumen per day is influenced by WCS pricing — the rest is used in its Canadian refineries or shipped by pipe or rail to the U.S. Gulf Coast where it gets close to WTI prices.The company announced last week it will build a 75,000-bpd oilsands project, going on faith that pipelines will be in place for when production begins in about four years (a prospect that took a hit Thursday when a U.S. judge put TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline on hold until more environmental study is done).Meanwhile, it is ramping up rail shipments from its co-owned Edmonton terminal as fast as it can.Other oilsands producers including Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and Cenovus Energy Inc. are cutting production to avoid selling at current prices.The industry’s problems receive little sympathy from environmentalists like Keith Stewart of Greenpeace.“The root of the problem is that companies kept expanding production even when they knew there was no new transport,” he said.But McMillan pointed out it takes years to plan, win regulatory approval and build projects.For example, producers would have had no way of knowing ahead of time that the 525,000-barrel-per-day Northern Gateway pipeline project approved in 2014 by a Conservative government would then be rejected by a Liberal government in 2016, he said.“If Northern Gateway had come on as planned, we wouldn’t be in this situation,” said McMillan.In a report last February, Scotiabank analysts estimated the differential would shave C$15.6 billion in revenue annually, with a quick ramp up in crude-by-rail expected to shrink the hit to C$10.8 billion by the fall.At that time, discounts had widened to about US$30 per barrel from an average of around US$13 in the previous two years.Crude-by-rail shipments increased to a record 230,000 bpd in August but haven’t reduced the differential.According to Calgary-based Net Energy, the WCS-WTI differential averaged US$45.48 per barrel in October and has averaged US$43.75 so far in November.In an analysis last March, Kent Fellows, research associate at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, estimated the differential would translate into a $13-billion economic loss if it persisted for a year — $7.2 billion to the Alberta government, $5.3 billion to industry and $800 million to the federal government.The differential has gotten much worse, he said in an interview this week, which means the lost opportunity is proportionately worse.Higher differentials hit provincial governments in the form of lower-than-expected royalties — their cut of every barrel produced from land where mineral rights are Crown owned — while the federal government will see lower corporate income taxes, Fellows said.“If this keeps up and we start to see either a lack of growth or more shutting in some of this production … you’re losing jobs and even personal income tax as well,” he said.The Alberta government estimates that every annual average $1 increase in the WCS-WTI differential above US$22.40 per barrel costs its treasury C$210 million.In Saskatchewan, Western Canada’s other major oil-producing province, each $1 change in the differential is equivalent to about $15 million in revenue, based on an assumed WTI price of US$58 per barrel, the government says.Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said in an interview that if current discounts continued for a year, the Saskatchewan industry’s lost revenue would be about C$7.4 billion.Part of the reason WCS discounts were wider in October is that WTI, which opened the year at US$60.37 per barrel, jumped to more than US$76. Producers exposed to WCS didn’t get the benefit of the higher U.S. oil prices.McMillan said the differentials are being noticed by potential energy investors — CAPP expects capital investment of $42 billion in the Canadian oilpatch in 2018, down from $81 billion in 2014.“We’re losing hundreds of millions of dollars that’s going to subsidize drivers in the United States.”Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:IMO, TSX:CVE, TSX:CNQ)last_img read more

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