In the news today June 17

first_imgFour stories in the news for Monday, June 17———TORONTO SET TO MARK RAPTORS’ WIN WITH PARADEThrongs of fans are expected to line the streets of Toronto today as the city celebrates its first major professional sports championship in more than a quarter century. Mayor John Tory has declared Monday “We The North Day” in Toronto, after the slogan of the NBA champion Raptors. A parade and rally to mark the team’s historic win over the Golden State Warriors is set to begin at 10 a.m. eastern time and wind its way through the downtown to Toronto City Hall. The last time the city held a sports celebration of this magnitude was after the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993.———QUEBEC ADOPTS SECULARISM BILL 21Quebec’s secularism bill banning religious symbols for teachers, police officers and other public servants in positions of authority was passed last night. Bill 21 also forbids anyone giving or receiving a state service with their face covered — largely seen as a measure targeting full-face Islamic veils. Its opponents say the law targets religious minorities while the government argues it affirms the Quebecois people’s secular identity. Earlier Sunday the government passed another controversial bill that allows it to force newly arrived immigrants to pass a French-language and so-called values test before becoming eligible for permanent residency.———HEALTH MINISTER TO RELEASE $50M DEMENTIA STRATEGYThe federal government is releasing a national strategy on dementia today that focuses on preventing the affliction, supporting caregivers and finding cures. According to federal statistics, more than 419,000 Canadian seniors have been diagnosed with some form of dementia. Mental decline can have many different causes but there are few treatments and those that exist don’t do much but slow dementia’s progression. So prevention is a major emphasis in the $50-million strategy, with the government hoping that if Canadians get more exercise, eat better and don’t smoke, they’ll avoid dementia causes such as strokes.———SENATE TO DISCUSS NEW SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINESAn independent senator says members of the Red Chamber have to stop being so nasty on social media. Sen. Tony Dean says several recent exchanges on Twitter that included senators as well as their staff constituted “aggressive, harassing and, in some cases, bullying” behaviour.  In just the last few weeks Senators have accused each other of misogyny, racism and selling out their home provinces. Dean argues that while free speech and the protections of parliamentary privilege are important, there should be reasonable limits on hurtful speech and conduct unbecoming a senator or the Senate as an institution.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Voir Dire to address pretrial issues in the case of Matthew Raymond charged with killing four people in Fredericton last year.— Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announces details of the Food Policy for Canada in Montreal.— Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos makes announcement related to First-Time Home Buyer Incentive and Shared Equity Mortgage Providers Fund.— Calgary trial for Oluwatosin Oluwafemi, who’s charged with second-degree murder in the death of his four-year-old daughter.— Andrew Berry, charged with the second-degree murders of his daughters, stands trial in Vancouver.— LNG Canada launches initiative in Vancouver to attract, train and employ women to work in the skilled trades at its Kitimat project.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Hayley Wickenheiser headlines 2019 Hockey Hall of Fame class

first_imgTORONTO – Longtime Canadian women’s team star Hayley Wickenheiser is one of six new members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.Congratulations on your induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame! #HHOF2019 pic.twitter.com/YEGMP9C3QC— Hockey Hall of Fame (@HockeyHallFame) June 25, 2019Wickenheiser joins fellow Canadian Guy Carbonneau in the player category, along with Russians Vaclav Nedomansky and Sergei Zubov.Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford, a native of Beeton, Ont., and Boston College head coach Jerry York were selected in the builder category.Wickenheiser retired as the country’s all-time leading scorer after 23 years on the national team. She now works as the assistant director of player development for the Toronto Maple Leafs.Hayley Wickenheiser elected to @HockeyHallFame Class of 2019.She won 4 Olympic Gold Medals and 7 World Championship Gold Medals. pic.twitter.com/c8RU665wj2— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) June 25, 2019The 40-year-old native of Shaunavon, Sask., was one of the top players on four Olympic champion Canadian women’s teams.Carbonneau, a native of Sept-Iles, Que., was the last captain of a Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup, doing so with the Montreal Canadiens in 1993.last_img read more

Ram Trucks And Miranda Lambert Launch Charity Auction

first_imgGrammy winner and dog ‘mother’ to seven rescue dogs, Miranda Lambert and Ram Trucks have announced a partnership that kicks off this week with Lambert auctioning off a customized Ram Laramie Longhorn to benefit Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation.The auction is just the beginning of a relationship between Lambert and Ram that will continue to evolve in 2015.“Miranda Lambert and Ram Truck are a perfect fit,” said Robert Hegbloom, President and CEO of the Ram Truck brand. “She values hard work, courage and lives her life to the fullest – the same characteristics that our brand celebrates in our owners.”As part of the partnership, Ram has given Lambert a customized Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn which she is auctioning off to benefit her MuttNation Foundation, a donation-supported 501c3 foundation whose purpose is to better the lives for shelter animals. The auction begins November 5 and runs through November 15. In addition to the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn, fans can also bid on other special items including signed copies of Lambert’s “Platinum” CD, signed guitars and tickets to one of Miranda Lambert’s concerts in 2015, including a pre-show cocktail with her. For more information, visit the auction at www.ebay.com/rammuttnation.One of the top artists in country music today, Lambert is a truck woman through and through. She’s been in trucks her whole life, from the farm she was born on in Texas, to her current ranch in Tishomingo, Okla.“I have lived my entire life surrounded by trucks even to this day. I have also written songs that mention trucks, so I am so happy to be partnering with Ram. And I’m thankful for their generosity in allowing me to auction off a Ram Laramie Longhorn for MuttNation Foundation. It’s a cause so close to my heart! I’m looking forward to more exciting news with Ram Trucks in 2015,” said Lambert.Ram Trucks is the fastest growing truck brand in America recording 54 consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains as of October 2014.last_img read more

Woody Harrelson Speaks At Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts

first_imgLast week students at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from one of Hollywood’s leading actors.Mark Featherstone-Witty and Woddy HarrelsonWoody Harrelson visited LIPA to take part in a one-hour question and answer session with students during which he talked about some of his most famous and celebrated roles.Speaking to a packed and excited audience in LIPA’s Paul McCartney Auditorium, the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actor reflected on his work over the last three decades. The conversation was chaired by the Founding Principal/CEO of LIPA, Mark Featherstone-Witty, who introduced clips throughout the session from Harrelson’s roles in films such as ‘Natural Born Killers’ and ‘The Messenger’ (for which he received one of his two Oscar-nominations), last year’s acclaimed detective drama ‘True Detective’ and the sitcom ‘Cheers’, the show which first brought him to the public’s attention.Asked by one of LIPA’s BA (Hons) Acting students how he approaches creating characters for film, Harrelson replied: “As you’re reading a script, you get a feel for your character, and how they fit in to the piece. You need to look for the thing that opens the door to that character.”One of his main pieces of advice was for students not to hold back when bringing their characters to life: “I want to encourage you guys to be bold with your choices, and not go with what’s safe. I would rather go for it and get pulled back by a director, than play it safe and not do something special.”Harrelson talked about how he felt about working with film icons such as Robert Redford, with whom he worked on ‘Indecent Proposal’. He said: “It was daunting, but pretty exciting to be working with Robert Redford. It was a great experience, but definitely nervous doing scenes with him.”Featherstone-Witty asked him about how he chooses what projects to go for and whether he looked at money or the quality of the material. Making a direct reference to Featherstone-Witty’s own advice, Harrelson said: “A man I’ve recently come to admire told me ‘Find out what you love doing and how to get paid for it’.”He added: “I don’t do projects just for money. If you do that, your career isn’t going to last. Someone once told me, careers aren’t made by how many times you say yes, but how many times you say no. If money is the prevailing thing, then you’re lost.”Harrelson was also asked whether he would be returning to the stage, or if he felt his future was in television and film. He disclosed that he has been writing a comedy and that he might try and put it on in London and said: “I prefer theatre. I think it’s the best way to get psyched as an actor. Getting up on stage is so exciting.”Speaking after the event, Harrelson commented on his visit to LIPA, saying: “I love it here. It’s learning at its best. The students are so enthusiastic and love what they are doing. What better environment could they have? There’s a great vibe.”Woody Harrelson’s appearance was the latest of LIPA’s regular masterclasses and question and answer sessions, which give its students the opportunity to learn from successful figures across different areas of the performing arts industry. In the past, LIPA has hosted sessions with Sir Ian McKellan, Alan Rickman, Dionne Warwick, Dawn French, and Will Young alongside luminaries in senior roles that are about making performance possible (such as award-winning producers and lighting designers).LIPA is located in Paul McCartney’s old school, the Liverpool Institute for Boys, which underwent a multi-million-pound renovation to turn it into a state-of-the-art performing arts higher education institution. It was founded by Paul and Mark Featherstone-Witty and opened in 1995 with the aim of providing the best teaching and learning for people who want to pursue a lasting career in the arts and entertainment industry, whether as performers or those who make performance possible.For further information about LIPA please click here.Source:Liverpool Institute For Performing Artslast_img read more

Duke of Cambridge And Prince Harry Take Part In DIY SOS The

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry joined the BBC’s DIY SOS team in Manchester as they helped turn a street scattered with derelict houses into liveable homes for ex-service personnel.Prince William takes part in DIY SOS The Big Build: Veteran’s SpecialCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgOver the past few weeks The Big Build: Veteran’s Special have been renovating eight buildings, streetscaped an entire street and rejuvenating the façade of 62 houses to create the basis of a new mixed community for service personnel making the transition to civilian life, as well as for long-standing residents.The re-development has also created a support centre on the street, run by Walking with the Wounded and the Royal British Legion to assist ex-servicemen and women with retraining and on-site support for those who have been injured – mentally or physically – while in the Armed Forces.Prince Harry takes part in DIY SOS The Big Build: Veteran’s SpecialCredit/Copyright: www.princehenryofwales.org/Servicemen and women who have made great personal sacrifices for our country deserve healthy, dignified, and successful post-military lives. Yet ex-service personnel account for a large percentage of the homeless in Britain. At the same time, there are currently over half a million empty properties in England. For this project, 26 houses out of the 64 on two streets have been gifted to Haig Housing, which runs housing schemes specifically for veterans.As the memory of conflicts fade and public focus beings to move elsewhere both The Duke and Prince Harry will continue to draw attention to the ongoing challenges facing service personnel making the transition to civilian life. That can include offering support with accommodation, employment or health issues.During the visit, The Princes joined the DIY SOS team of builders and hundreds of volunteers to help with the final stages of the build. They worked alongside other ex-servicemen and women, who are also taking part in the renovation work as they develop their skills and re-train into a new trade.The Duke and Prince Harry also met the street’s existing residents and members of all the organisations who have contributed to BBC’s DIY SOS team’s most ambitious project to date.The DIY SOS Big Build: Veteran’s special will be aired on BBC One at 9pm on 14th and 21st October 2015.Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orglast_img read more

Colin Farrell Speaks At Gatepaths Power Of Possibilities Event

first_imgActor Colin Farrell was the featured guest at Gatepath’s annual The Power of Possibilities event.Colin Farrell joins Gatepath’s Power of Possibilities eventAs a parent of a child with special needs, Farrell has a personal connection to Gatepath’s mission of creating a world where people of all abilities are fully accepted, respected and included. The accomplished Irish-born actor, who has a 13-year-old son diagnosed with Angelman syndrome, shared his insights and journey as a parent in an open and heartfelt conversation moderated by Bay Area journalist Diane Dwyer.“I learned early on that you can’t let others put limitations on your child,” Farrell said. “Your child will decide what his or her limitations will be.” Farrell went on to recount the powerful story of how he was told his son would probably never walk. “Think about how important a child’s first steps are in their development. When my son took his first steps after we heard he would never walk, it was an important lesson for us to never let others put limits on his abilities.”When discussing his wishes for his son and others with special needs, Farrell spoke of the importance of inclusive schools and organizations – such as Gatepath – that allow people of all abilities to be bold, compassionate individuals.The Power of Possibilities brings like-minded people together, raising awareness for children, youth, and adults with special needs and developmental disabilities. “It shines a light on how our differences are beautiful and reminds us to see with our hearts in addition to our eyes,” said Gatepath CEO Bryan Neider.“This is an event for everyone who wants to create a community that is healthy, friendly, thriving, and inclusive,” said Neider. “It’s for those who want to join Gatepath in celebrating the accomplishments of those we serve who have overcome obstacles to achieve meaningful employment, providing a path to independence and fulfilling their dreams.”In addition to the discussion with Farrell, Gatepath announced the recipient of this year’s Neal Poppin Award, which honors an individual whose determination, spirit, and enthusiasm transcends any limitations he or she has faced. This year’s award recipient, Fernando Arce, was born nearly three months premature. He weighed less than two pounds, was in the hospital for several months after his birth, and was not expected to live.Over time, Fernando overcame remarkable odds of being both blind and profoundly hearing impaired, and exceeded expectations in his work and personal endeavors. He is now employed at the The Magnolia of Millbrae, a retirement community, where his gentle nature and warm spirit are an inspiration and lesson for all.In a video tribute to Fernando, Vincent Muzzi, owner of The Magnolia of Millbrae, spoke about how the interaction between Fernando and other staff members helps everyone benefit from working in an inclusive environment that embraces differences, and enriching all. “When hiring someone with a disability, it’s not just the employee with the disability who gains an advantage in the workplace,” said Muzzi. “It’s a working relationship that benefits everyone involved; it’s beyond the paycheck.”Muzzi also commented on the advantages that businesses can gain by following inclusive hiring practices. “It’s important to provide opportunities for Fernando and others with special needs and disabilities,” said Muzzi, “but it’s also important to note that businesses can derive a great benefit from this type of hiring practice. I think of it as a win-win.”“Employers like The Magnolia of Millbrae who partner with Gatepath are not only providing meaningful employment,” Neider added, “but they are also helping create opportunities for independence and building self-confidence for future success in all phases of their life.”The Power of Possibilities was sponsored by Bailard, Peggy Bort Jones, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, Gatepath Auxiliary, GoPro, Sutter Health Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Boston Private Bank, Electronic Arts, Linda and Richard Leao, Carole Middleton Foundation, Norman S. Wright Mechanical Equipment, Bon Appétit Management Company, Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated, San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, Wells Fargo, Kathryn and Richard Breaux, CBRE, Elaine and George Cohen, Diane Christensen Mason and Charles H. Mason Jr., D’Elia Construction Inc., Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Barbara and Paul Regan, and Lilli Rey.“There’s no greater joy than watching individuals with special needs and disabilities flourish and attain their dreams,” said Kate Breaux, President of the Gatepath Auxiliary, who co-hosted The Power of Possibilities. For more than 66 years, the Gatepath Auxiliary has partnered with Gatepath and is fully committed to the mission of creating a world where individuals of all abilities are accepted, respected and included. “It’s wonderful to come together for an event like this to celebrate and recognize such incredible and inspirational achievements by people throughout our community.”last_img read more

Stars Attend Farrah Fawcett Foundation TexMex Fiesta

first_imgThe Farrah Fawcett Foundation (FFF) held its highly-anticipated fundraising event, Tex-Mex Fiesta, on Saturday, September 9, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.Alana Stewart, Dr Piro and Shannen DohertyTex-Mex Fiesta was first held in 2015, and has raised close to $1 million to date, with proceeds benefitting Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). Award-winning restaurant El Cholo catered the fiesta-style event, a theme inspired by the late Farrah Fawcett and her home state of Texas. Proceeds from this year’s Tex-Mex Fiesta once again benefited Stand Up To Cancer.Among the attendees were Shannen Doherty, Heather Locklear, Chantelle Albers, Hart Bochner, Dyan Cannon, Barbara Davis, Richard Donner and Lauren Shuler Donner, Kate Flannery, George Hamilton, Mary Hart, Nigel Lythgoe, Jessica Morris, Ryan O’Neal, Stefanie Powers, Joe Roth and Irene Roth, Carole Bayer Sager and Bob Daly, Kimberly Stewart, Sean Stewart, Cheryl Tiegs, Ann Turkel, Fred Willard, and moreFarrah Fawcett established the Farrah Fawcett Foundation in 2007 shortly after her own cancer diagnosis, with the goal of finding a cure by supporting cutting-edge research. Since Fawcett’s passing in 2009 from anal cancer, the Foundation’s President and CEO Alana Stewart has fought to carry out Farrah’s wishes. Anal cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) in up to ninety percent of cases. In 2013, The Farrah Fawcett Foundation joined forces with Stand Up To Cancer to create the SU2C-FFF Translational Research Team for HPV-related cancers, headed by Dr. Ellis Reinherz and Dr. Robert Haddad at Dana Farber in Boston. The Team is now conducting a clinical trial with a therapeutic vaccine for those patients that have no other treatment options. The FFF is also committed to creating patient assistance funds, and supports prevention and awareness programs.FFF President and CEO Alana Stewart welcomed guests to the 2017 Tex-Mex Fiesta with a special tribute video, asking guests to take a moment to remember the organization’s founder and namesake, Farrah Fawcett. Guests then turned their attention to the screens to watch a moving video tribute to Fawcett. Stewart spoke of Fawcett’s courage and spirit, emphasizing that “cancer could never beat her.” She also took the time to thank many of the foundation’s generous supporters, including co-chair Jaclyn Smith who was unable attend the event, but whose contributions to the cause have been invaluable.Event co-chair and FFF Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Lawrence Piro, introduced Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. Gossett Jr., who is a two-time cancer survivor himself, thanked both the FFF and SU2C for all that they’ve done for the cause. He presented the Angel Award for excellence in innovative cancer research to SU2C’s Sherry Lansing, who accepted on behalf of Stand Up To Cancer’s Council of Founders and Advisors. SU2C’s Kathleen Lobb, Sung Poblete, Sue Schwartz, and Pamela O. Williams, and were also on-hand for the special evening. Lansing spoke about Fawcett’s courageous move to publicly announce her disease and the incredible impact it had in terms of erasing the stigma surrounding anal cancer. Dr. Piro returned to the stage to present Merck & Co. with the Medical Visionary Award for their incredible work in the medical field, which led to the development of Gardasil and the Gardasil 9 vaccine. Gardasil 9 revolutionized options for HPV related cancers and disease prevention. Stephen Wozny accepted on behalf of the organization.Guests also enjoyed a live auction led by George Hamilton that had them bidding on coveted items such as a 10-person dinner at The Palm, and a sculpture made by Fawcett herself, before country musician Stephanie Quayle closed out the evening with a special musical performance. Quayle captivated guests with a set that included “Selfish,” and “I’ve Got Your Six” from her newly released album. Alana Stewart then took the stage one last time to thank everyone for coming, and invited guests to stick around and enjoy music by DJ Ashlee Williss.last_img read more

The Elders Encourage Integrity And Transparency Across Zimbabwes Transition

first_imgThe Elders today encouraged all political actors in Zimbabwe to deliver integrity and transparency across the country’s transition, including a level playing field ahead of the upcoming elections.They reaffirmed how important it is that the electoral process and subsequent actions lead to a significant strengthening of civilian authority at all levels of the state.The concerns of civil society around rule of law, security and a fair process of electoral registration need to be heard before, during and after the elections to help ensure legitimacy.The Elders encouraged the Government of Zimbabwe to foster open dialogue with opposition representatives, civil society, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union, the United Nations and the wider international community.They called on the Government and all other stakeholders to promote greater transparency and accountability in the management of the economy. Sustained action is needed to eradicate fraud and corruption, and establish an inclusive approach to economic recovery and development.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former United Nations Secretary-General, said:“Zimbabwe is on the long road to recovery. The upcoming elections are an important first step on this path to democratic and civilian government, but they cannot be an end in themselves. Only a long-term process of national renewal will allow the country to reach its full potential.”Graça Machel, co-founder of The Elders with Nelson Mandela, added:“The people of Zimbabwe have suffered for too long from autocratic rule, cronyism and economic mismanagement. These challenges can be overcome if the Government convenes free and fair elections and clamps down on corruption. The Elders affirm the people of Zimbabwe’s long-deferred dream for a better country, and stand with them in the months and years ahead.”last_img read more

Toronto Fringe on the move

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Creation Lab opened in September 2011 at the Centre for Social Innovation and has been a place for independent artists of all disciplines to congregate, create and innovate 24 hours a day for highly subsidized rates. Since 2011, 26,706.5 hours of creation time have been rented in the lab.Over the years, key donors and funders have supported the Creation Lab: Neville Austin has been the naming donor for the larger studio since 2011, and the smaller studio was supported from 2011-2013 by Zal Press and from 2013-present by Blake Thorne.New administration office address as of September 1st:The Toronto Fringe688 Richmond Street West, Suite 204 Toronto, ONM6J 1C5For further details contact communications@fringetoronto.com or call 416-966-1062 Twitter It’s a year of big change for the Toronto Fringe! As of September 1st, 2016 our administration office will move to 688 Richmond Street West, Suite 204 from its current location at the Centre for Social Innovation, 720 Bathurst Street.This move also means that our Creation Lab, The Blake Thorne Studio and The Neville Austin Studio, will close temporarily until a more suitable location can be found.“Unfortunately rent increased to a point that made running the labs very difficult,” says Fringe’s Executive Director Kelly Straughan, “We know the closing of the Creation Lab is difficult for artists but at this time we are actively searching for a venue that will allow us to continue to offer creation spaces for as little as $6/hour. We thank the Centre for Social Innovation for five wonderful years- they have been supportive partners and we are sad to leave.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Film directors fear Telefilm to be merged with Canada Media Fund

first_imgAdvertisement An A-list of Canadian film directors has come out in vociferous support of the funding agency Telefilm Canada because they believe the federal government is targeting it for what they consider a hostile takeover.In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly, the film directors say it has come to their attention that the government proposes to merge Telefilm with the Canada Media Fund (which funds television and digital.) They then oppose the idea at length.The letter is signed by 51 film professionals including such artists as Denys Arcand, David Cronenberg, Xavier Dolan, Atom Egoyan, Deepa Mehta, Sarah Polley and Denis Villeneuve. Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter The Liberal government is currently undertaking a review of its cultural policy led by Joly and intended to modernize regulations and supports to help Canadian cultural industries adapt to the digital era and make them more internationally competitive. Public consultations for the review have tossed around many ideas, but there has been no sustained debate about the idea of merging Telefilm, which lends government money to feature filmmakers, and the much larger Canada Media Fund (CMF), which supports television and digital productions with a mix of federal money and levies placed on the cable and satellite companies. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Whats Your Story – A Canada 2017 Yearbook

first_imgOTTAWA, May 1, 2017 /CNW/ – CBC/Radio-Canada invites Canadians to participate in the creation of a special, bilingual project to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary. WHAT’S YOUR STORY? – A CANADA 2017 YEARBOOK, to be published in both official languages as a single edition in the fall of 2017, will be a fascinating collection of short stories from Canadians across the country – a snapshot of the diverse people, places, things and events that tell a story of who we are now, and where we are headed together as a nation.Starting today, we are giving Canadians a digital space to share their personal stories and memories (in text or video format, accompanied by photos) that define what it means to be a part of this country at this time in our history.Are there any people or places in Canada that inspire you?Was there a single moment you felt proud to be Canadian?If you could change one thing about Canada – what would it be?Are you working on a special project that will make Canada a better place to live? Tell us your story at cbc.ca/whatsyourstoryCBC/Radio-Canada will select some of the most compelling stories to be included in the yearbook by July 15, 2017, and will feature many of these submissions online at cbc.ca/2017 until November 30, 2017.Hardcover bilingual editions of WHAT’S YOUR STORY? – A CANADA 2017 YEARBOOK will be available to the public in select bookstores in time for the holiday season. A downloadable digital edition will also be available for free to all Canadians.“Canadians have great stories to tell; unique perspectives and challenging points of view,” said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. “We hope this project will inspire Canadians from coast to coast to coast to share experiences and ideas, learn more from each other and engage in their communities.”WHAT’S YOUR STORY? – A CANADA 2017 YEARBOOK is being published by CBC/Radio-Canada with Mosaic Press, one of Canada’s leading independent publishers, multicultural in its scope, and concerned with the publication of works that reflect the Canadian ethnic mosaic.Publication and distribution details will be announced at a later date.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Taseko tries again showdown looms

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government turned them down once, but a Vancouver-based mining company is trying again to push through a controversial mining project.Taseko Mines says it wants to revive its prosperity mine project in British Columbia’s interior, near Williams Lake, B.C.The federal government initially turned down their proposal last year, saying any mining projects would damage the environment.In a recent news release, Taseko says its new proposal will not impact the environment and wildlife.Rising gold and copper prices will bring in more money to save the environment.First Nations group in the region are again opposing Taseko’s plans.Chief Marilyn Baptiste says no matter how the company spins it, the mine will damage their territory.last_img read more

ASSEMBLY OF MANITOBA CHIEFS GATHERING

first_imgAPTN NATIONAL NEWSIT WAS A PROMINENT TITLE UP FOR GRABS.THE ASSEMBLY OF MANITOBA CHIEFS JUST ELECTED THEIR NEW GRAND CHIEF.THE PREVIOUS GRAND CHIEF – RON EVANS WAS WELL KNOWN AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL.WILL THE NEW LEADER BE ABLE TO LIVE UP TO HIGH EXPECTATIONS?APTN’S TIAR WILSON FINDS OUT.last_img

Vancouver police deputy chief tells Pickton inquiry things getting better

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Pickton inquiry heard once again Tuesday from the deputy chief of the Vancouver police department.Doug Lepard told the inquiry things have changed between his force and the RCMP since the cases of women going missing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside were being reported back in 1999.Here is part of the testimony.last_img

Healing youth at Thunderbird Lodge

first_imgAPTN National NewsA First Nation youth treatment facility in southern Saskatchewan celebrated its 5th anniversary recently.APTN National News reporter Larissa Burnouf sat down with a teen who completed the program to discuss the centre’s secret to success.last_img

Chiefs mull issuing demand Harper scrap omnibus bills Indian Act during planned

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–If Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets a delegation of First Nations chiefs in Ottawa Friday, he could face demands to scrap the Indian Act and to repeal his government’s omnibus budget bills, which have already passed into law.The location of the planned meeting was still unknown Wednesday evening and it was even unclear whether the meeting would take place after Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who is in the midst of a nearly month-long hunger strike, urged chiefs not to attend unless Gov. Gen. David Johnston, whose office said would not show up, also appeared.The Prime Minister’s Office announced the Jan. 11 meeting last Friday, days after Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo requested via letter that Harper and Johnston meet with chiefs on Jan. 24.The meeting comes against the backdrop of ongoing flash mob round dances, rail and highway blockades along with rallies occurring at historical proportions.Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee said it was imperative for Johnston to be there.“If there is any honour in this Crown the governor general better get his ass there,” said Madahbee, whose organization represents 49 Ontario First Nations.Madahbee, however, said late Wednesday afternoon chiefs had still not decided whether they would accept to attend the meeting if Johnston refuses to change his mind.“There is an ebb and flow to these discussions (and) we are not there to make a determination one way or another, we are listening to people,” said Madahbee.Chiefs met in regional caucuses late into the evening Wednesday discussing and teasing out their plans and positioning for the coming days.According to a draft position from Manitoba’s Southern Chiefs Organization obtained by APTN National News, it appears First Nations leaders are planning to put repealing the Bill C-45 and Bill C-38, the government’s omnibus budget bills on the table.The draft outline, which APTN National News was told broadly reflected the direction of discussions, also called for Canada to set a timeline and process to scrap the Indian Act and replace it with a “Treaty Recognition and Implementation Act.”The draft outline also set Feb. 11 as a deadline for the government’s response.The Manitoba delegation is expected to officially lay out its position during a press conference Thursday.While the meeting with the prime minister is seen by some as a pivotal moment, it’s doubtful the outcome will have any major impact on the still expanding Idle No More movement. Idle No More, which was sparked by opposition to the omnibus bill, is also hosting a gathering the same day in Fort Qu’Appelle Saskatchewan that will also be live streamed.“It’s about the people, the people are the key, the people are the ones that no one listens to and that has to change,” said Idle No More founder Nina Wilson.Wilson said she doubted the outcome of Friday’s meeting with a select delegation of chiefs would have any impact on Idle No More.“This is long-term,” said Wilson. “We have to keep going whatever happens.”Mass Idle No More-linked rallies are also in the works for Friday and another day of action is also in the planning stages for Jan. 16.Canada has witnessed a tireless campaign of flashmob round dances, rallies, highway and rail blockades for over a month which shows no signs of abating.And while the action continues on the streets and in the political backrooms, a traditional spiritual element was also unfolding in the lead-up to Friday’s meeting. In Ottawa and across the country, elders, spiritual leaders and grassroots people have also engaged in traditional prayer and ceremony. People gathered in ceremony in a room at the Delta Hotel next to the hall where chiefs gathered discussing their plans and strategies.But even as chiefs discussed their planned approach for Friday’s encounter with Harper, they were also trying to find a way to end Spence’s nearly month-long hunger strike.Spence, who met with chiefs at Ottawa’s Delta Hotel Wednesday afternoon, has said she won’t attend the meeting unless Johnston also shows up. The governor general’s involvement in the meeting has been one of the core prerequisites for Spence to end her hunger strike, which began on Dec. 11. Spence has said she wouldn’t end her hunger strike unless she was satisfied with the outcome of a treaty meeting between Harper, Johnston and First Nations leaders.Johnston’s office has said he was not planning to attend the meeting.Spence’s spokesman Danny Metatawabin told the chiefs earlier in the day Spence would like them to consider cancelling or walking out of the meeting if the governor general failed to appear.Six Nations Chief Bill Montour said Spence should end her hunger strike on Friday and the chief should go to meet with Harper.“For her own health, Jan. 11 should be the end of the hunger strike…she has the attention of the world and let the world judge Harper,” said Montour, whose community is in Ontario. “You never walk out of a meeting, if you walk out you are defeated.”Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Chief Tammy Cook-Searson said there is some concern about the extent of control chiefs feel the prime minister is trying to exert over the meeting, but she called on the leadership and the grassroots to remain unified.“We need to remain unified as First Nations people across this country, we support Chief Theresa Spence and we continue to support her,” said Cook-Searson, whose community is in Saskatchewan. “There are questions about who will be present at the prime minister’s meeting and it is controlled by the prime minister…We need to have a strong position and present it to the prime minister and if the prime minister doesn’t accept that position on Jan. 11 then we continue with our movement.”The chiefs have been told the prime minister would only be appearing briefly, for 30 minutes at the beginning and 30 minutes at the end of the meeting. The Prime Minister’s Office, however, said the details were still being worked out.Friday’s meeting is also putting the Assembly of First Nations to the test and National Chief Shawn Atleo’s still young second term may be defined by what transpires over the next two days.Atleo was scheduled to hold a press conference along with members of the AFN’s executive committee, including Saskatchewan regional Chief Perry Bellegarde and British Columbia regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould on Wednesday to set lay out their expectations for the meeting with Harper.The press conference, however, was cancelled on short notice and rescheduled for Thursday after it became apparent the chiefs could not find common ground by Wednesday afternoon.last_img read more

Good morning Kanesatake

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe community radio CKHQ was once a pillar in its hometown of Kanesatake.And now, it’s hitting the airwaves again.APTN’s Tom Fennario spoke with the community members responsible for CKHQ’s revival.last_img

Is enough being done to keep First Nations children safe in Thunder

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN National NewsCommunity members in Thunder Bay are asking whether officials are doing enough to keep First Nations young people safe.The question is being asked after the body of Tammy Keeash was found Sunday night.She is the fourth girl to have died while in care of the province since October.Now questions are being asked.wfiddler@aptn.calast_img

Trudeau splits CrownIndigenous relations northern affairs in cabinet shuffle

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a cabinet shuffle on Wednesday, adding new ministers and shifting responsibilities for others.Carolyn Bennett is becoming the minister of Crown-Indigenous relations – dropping “northern affairs” from her title.Dominic LeBlanc, previously the minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, will now be overseeing northern affairs in his new portfolio. He’s now the minister of intergovernmental and northern affairs and internal trade.The significance of splitting northern affairs from Crown-Indigenous relations is unclear.A release from the prime minister’s office states, however, that Bennett will continue working “to renew the nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown and government-to-government relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples.”A spokesperson from Bennett’s office said the minister will remain responsible for any negotiations and agreements concerning Indigenous people in the North.Any non-Indigenous issues in the North, including contaminated sites and the devolution of Nunavut, will fall under LeBlanc’s portfolio.In a press release, Yukon Premier Sandy Silver, Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod and Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq congratulated the new cabinet ministers and stressed the need for a “more flexible approach to federal-territorial infrastructure funding.”Meanwhile, Jane Philpott remains the minister of Indigenous Services.As the new minister of natural resources, Amarjeet Sohi will be answering questions on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, along with other important pipeline projects.He’s taking over the portfolio from Jim Carr, who will become the new minister of international trade diversification.tlamirande@aptn.calast_img read more