Ian Somerhalder Joins Rally For Climate Action And Clean Energy

first_imgHundreds of clean energy and climate action supporters – including Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder – rallied in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville on Saturday, calling on Duke Energy to phase out its Asheville coal-fired power plant and replace it with clean, homegrown energy solutions like solar power and energy efficiency.“President Obama said we have a moral imperative to take bold action to address climate disruption,” said Mary Anne Hitt, senior director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign. “Duke Energy’s Asheville coal plant is Western North Carolina’s largest source of carbon pollution that causes climate disruption. Phasing out this plant will clear the path to power Asheville with clean, local energy that will strengthen our vibrant community. Hundreds of supporters rallied today, representing thousands more across the region, and called for a clean energy economy for Asheville now.”Duke Energy’s Asheville coal plant is the largest source of climate pollution in Western North Carolina, pumping out as much carbon as 500,000 cars on the road every year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The plant also produces huge volumes of toxic coal ash waste which is stored in unlined ponds; these ponds sit directly above the French Broad River. Conservation groups like the French Broad Riverkeeper have documented groundwater contamination of toxic chemicals and heavy metals from these coal ash waste ponds.“In addition to huge amounts of carbon pollution, Duke Energy’s Asheville coal plant is dumping coal ash waste into unlined holes in the ground, and toxic chemicals from those pits are contaminating our groundwater and polluting the French Broad River,” said Hartwell Carson, the French Broad Riverkeeper with Western North Carolina Alliance. “Continuing to burn coal means more toxic coal ash waste. You can’t clean up coal ash while you’re still burning coal.”The Asheville Beyond Coal campaign represents more than a dozen organizations, including rally co-sponsors Western North Carolina Alliance, French Broad Riverkeeper, 350.org Asheville, Transition Asheville, Southwings, and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. The Asheville Beyond Coal campaign launched in April 2012, and since then more than 2,000 area residents have taken action, such as signing a petition, calling on Duke Energy to phase out its Asheville coal-fired power plant and replace it with clean energy. The Asheville Beyond Coal campaign calls on Duke Energy to protect its local workers in the transition period from coal to clean energy.Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy, Sierra Club activist Ian Somerhalder, Reverend Thomas Murphy of All Souls Episcopal Church, Drew Jones of Climate Interactive, and Dr. Richard Fireman, a former emergency room physician and volunteer leader with Interfaith Power & Light, joined Hitt and Carson on stage. The rally featured several musical acts, including CaroMia and local musicians Daniel Shearin (River Whyless), Alexandra Tressler, Tyler Herring, and Scott Murray of Southbound Turnaround. The Asheville Beyond Coal: Rally for our Future finished with a flash mob and choral performance by more than 50 singers, performing “Do You Hear the People Sing,” from Les Miserables.last_img read more

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Clint Black Announces The Finalists Of The Dream Recording Session Contest

first_imgToday, county music legend Clint Black announced the four finalists for Chideo’s Dream Recording Session Contest.Head to Chideo.com to vote for your favorite original song and the winner gets the opportunity to record with county superstar Clint BlackThese finalists will now compete for America’s vote in the hopes of winning a chance to record an original song with Clint, all while raising money for charity. By partnering with Chideo — the cause network dedicated to using celebrity-based experiences and exclusive content to raise awareness and funds for charity — proceeds raised through the competition will be donated to Rettsyndrome.org, whose mission is to accelerate research to cure Rett Syndrome and empower families with knowledge and connectivity.“We are thrilled to announce these talented finalists and to work with Chideo to continue our commitment to raising money and awareness for Rett Syndrome,” said Clint Black. “We are excited to invite every fan to join this process and choose which of these four will come to my studio to record. Most importantly, as we celebrate these talented musicians, we can all lend our voices to this important cause.”Launched in May just after the 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs), The Clint Black Dream Recording Session Contest received an overwhelming number of submission videos from aspiring singer-songwriters across the nation, each donating $20 in support of Rettsyndrome.org.The Clint Black Dream Recording Session Contest finalists include: • Blake Esse of Culpeper, VA, Original Song: Feels Good Don’t It • Jefferson Clay of Austin, TX, Original song: San Francisco • Julie McCloud of Waynesboro, PA, Original song: My Little Men • Sasha Aaron of Nashville, TN, Original song: Red Roses And White WhiskeyEach finalist’s original song will be featured exclusively on Chideo where fans will cast their votes to decide who will win the opportunity to record a song, which will be produced by Clint Black in his home studio in Nashville. Voting closes on September 3, 2015, when the winner will be announced and flown to Nashville for the recording session, video shoot, and audition with Black’s management group, The Collective. Chideo and Black will host an exclusive premiere of the song and video with proceeds benefitting Rettsyndrome.org.“Clint Black and Chideo have proven to be great partners,” said Rajat Shah, Rettsyndrome.org Board Chair. “Because of opportunities like this, we are able to continue research for a cure and provide hope for thousands of families.”Rett syndrome is a unique postnatal neurological disorder that is recognized around 12-18 months and is almost always found in girls, but can be rarely seen in boys. Every two hours a girl is born with Rett syndrome, but very few people know anything about the disorder. Affecting 1 in 10,000 live female births each year, it is more common than Huntington’s disease and Muscular Dystrophy. Clint Black currently serves as Honorary Chair for Rettsyndrome.org’s “Research to Reality: Funding Progress” campaign, which helps to accelerate treatments and research to find a cure.last_img read more

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Stars To Honor Don Williams With Tribute Album

first_imgGarth Brooks, Lady Antebellum, Trisha Yearwood, Dierks Bentley, John Prine, Chris Stapleton and Alison Krauss are just some of the stars set to honor country music legend Don Williams on a new tribute album.Gentle Giants: The Songs Of Don Williams is slated to be released on May 26, with many of the proceeds to go MusiCares.Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams track listing:1. “Tulsa Time” – Pistol Annies2. “I Believe in You” – Brandy Clark3. “We’ve Got a Good Fire Goin’” – Lady Antebellum4. “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend” – Dierks Bentley5. “Amanda” – Chris Stapleton feat. Morgane Stapleton6. “Till The Rivers All Run Dry” – Alison Krauss7. “Love Is On A Roll” – John Prine feat. Roger Cook8. “If I Needed You” – Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires9. “Maggie’s Dream” – Trisha Yearwood10. “Lord I Hope This Day is Good” – Keb’ Mo’11. “Good Ole Boys Like Me” – Garth Brookslast_img read more

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GLIDE Announces 2018 Auction For Power Lunch With Warren Buffett

first_imgGlide is pleased to announce the 19th Annual eBay for Charity Auction for Power Lunch with Warren Buffett.Offered through eBay for Charity, bidding for this year’s auction opens on Sunday, May 27 and runs until Friday, June 1. The 2017 auction brought in $2,679,001 for the winning bid to support GLIDE’s mission of providing San Francisco’s most vulnerable residents with unconditional support and love.The annual Power Lunch with Warren Buffett is made possible through the support of eBay for Charity — one of the world’s largest charitable platforms, which helps millions of eBay users support the causes they care about. To date, more than $26 million has been raised, which is the only charity power lunch offered by Mr. Buffett. The winning bidder and up to seven friends will have the opportunity to dine with Mr. Buffett at Smith & Wollensky in New York City.“We are grateful to Warren Buffett and eBay for enabling us to reach thousands with our programs and support,” said GLIDE’s Co-Founder and Minister of Liberation Reverend Cecil Williams. “In a world filled today with discord and division, GLIDE offers unconditional love, unconditional support and welcomes every person from every background to our community so that they can heal, learn, live and thrive.”Bidding for this year’s Power Lunch begins at 7:30 pm PDT on Sunday, May 27 and ends at 7:30 pm PDT on Friday, June 1. Bidding starts at $25,000 and all bidders must be pre-qualified prior. To pre-qualify, visit: eBay.com/GLIDE.For over 50 years, regardless of the political environment or changes in the economy, GLIDE has stood with the most vulnerable, including poor people, those with illness, people of color, immigrants, as well as all families and children fleeing war and oppression. Despite the rhetoric and fear in the world today, GLIDE remains a place for all of those in need to find a warm meal, access to health care and shelter, childcare and family services, and someone to advocate for them. GLIDE serves roughly 750,000 meals a year through its Daily Free Meals program.“We help the most marginalized become stable and lift themselves out of poverty, addiction and social isolation – regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and socioeconomic background,” said GLIDE President and CEO Karen Hanrahan. “Warren Buffett’s generosity provides direct support to help the disenfranchised transform their lives. It allows GLIDE to remain a driving force for racial and economic equity in this city and beyond, and to reinforce our efforts to build legions of change agents.”“GLIDE really takes people who have hit rock bottom and helps bring them back, said Warren Buffett. “They’ve been doing it for decades. If I can help out by raising some money for them, then I enjoy doing it”“eBay enables consumers to shop with purpose, and through our platform tens of thousands of non-profit organizations raise funds for a wide range of causes and issues. We are honored to continue our partnership with GLIDE for this iconic auction and help in its mission of alleviating the suffering of those under the debilitating grasp of poverty,” said eBay’s President and CEO Devin Wenig. “eBay’s community embodies the steadfast dedication to our goal of raising a billion dollars for charities by 2020.”As host of the annual Power Lunch with Warren Buffett since 2004, Alan Stillman, founder of Smith & Wollensky, has generously donated at least $10,000 each year. Smith & Wollensky has been called “the quintessential New York steakhouse” by Gourmet Magazine and “the steakhouse to end all arguments” by The New York Times.The Annual Power Lunch with Warren Buffett Charity Auction was conceived in 2000 by the late Susie Buffett, who long maintained a strong affinity for GLIDE’s efforts to provide dignity and opportunity to all people, regardless of income, gender, religion, political persuasion or any other factor. Over the past 18 years, the winning bids have ranged from $25,000 (prior to eBay’s involvement) to $3,456,789. The Power Lunch often brings in over 10% of GLIDE’s budget. Funds raised go directly to support GLIDE’s programs, which help people overcome hunger, poverty, homelessness and debilitating health challenges as well as social isolation and disempowerment. Last year’s auction brought in $2,679,001; the past decade has seen all winning bids come in at more than $1 million.eBay, which will host the auction for the 16th year in a row, will augment its support for GLIDE in 2018 with additional donations and an employee volunteer event.For more information about GLIDE’s 19th Annual eBay Auction for Power Lunch with Warren Buffett, please contact GLIDE at (415) 674-6060, Buffett@GLIDE.org or visit eBay.com/GLIDE. For more information about GLIDE please visit GLIDE.org..last_img read more

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Ryan Seacrest And Camila Cabello Visit Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia

first_imgLast Friday, patients and staff at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia were visited by Ryan Seacrest and singer Camila Cabello.Camila Cabello at Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaCredit/Copyright: Ryan Seacrest FoundationThe pair visited the Seacrest Studios facility at the hospital, and were interviewed by five specially selected patients.For more info on their visit, click here.last_img

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Deepa Mehta Alanis Obomsawin bring latest to TIFF

first_img Login/Register With: McDonald’s latest is the 1970s-set coming-of-age tale Weirdos, about a runaway who hitchhikes through the Maritimes with his girlfriend in search of his mother. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Veteran Canadian filmmakers Deepa Mehta, Alanis Obomsawin and Bruce McDonald will premiere new films at TIFF this fall alongside the latest from younger peers like Xavier Dolan, Nathan Morlando and Kim Nguyen.The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled on Wednesday a strong list of Canadian entries slated for this year’s event, with the diverse lineup including films that highlight engaging figures, shocking events and social concerns.Mehta delves into the issue of gang rape with Anatomy of Violence, a fictional dramatization of the lives of the six men who, in 2012, sexually assaulted a young woman on a New Delhi bus before tossing her beaten and naked body onto the street.In We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice, acclaimed documentarian Obomsawin explores Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations’ landmark human rights complaint against the federal government regarding discrimination against First Nation children on reserves. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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JUST FOR LAUGHS 2017 MONTREAL FESTIVAL – DAY 3 IN PHOTOS

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Here’s a recap of Day 3The highlight of the night … Jim Carrey, Trevor Noah and Craig Ferguson were among the acts honoured at the Just For Laughs awards show in Montreal last night.Movie director Judd Apatow gave Carrey his ‘Generation Award’, and recalled the times they worked together in the LA comedy clubs in the 1980s. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img

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HERES YOUR CHANCE TO WATCH THE LAUNCH LIVE THIS WEEKEND

first_imgTo RSVP, please e-mail launchaudience@insighttv.com with subject line “THE LAUNCH Tickets” with your full name, number of guests, and full names of guests. To authorize your request, a confirmation email will be sent to you with all necessary information and instructions.   Please note entry will only be permitted if you have been sent a confirmation.Note: All audience members must be at least 11 years of age and those under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.Space is limited so please email as soon as possible!   We hope to see you there!Your Launch Audience Team. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Would YOU like to join us for a live taping of CTV’s new six-part original music series THE LAUNCH? The first live studio date is Sunday, August 27th at 11 a.m. with more dates to be announced. The location of the shoot is north east Toronto, accessible by TTC with parking available within a 5 minute walk from the studio.Each week features world-renowned record executive Scott Borchetta (whose roster features international superstars like Taylor Swift, Reba McEntire, Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts, and Thomas Rhett, among others), a surprise Celebrity Mentor and an Award-Winning Music Producer. Already confirmed appearances this season include Fergie and Ryan Tedder with additional big music superstars to be announced in the weeks ahead! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Toronto police confirm investigation into Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard

first_imgToronto police have confirmed that their sex crimes unit has opened an investigation into Hedley lead singer Jacob Hoggard, above. (Peter Power/Canadian Press) Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: An Ottawa woman accused the singer of sexually assaulting her at a downtown Toronto hotel in November 2016. In an interview with CBC News last month, the woman said she went public with the allegation after watching dozens of mainly anonymous women speak out on social media about alleged negative experiences with the B.C. band. Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto police confirmed Friday evening that the sex crimes unit has opened an investigation into Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard.The police service would only confirm that the investigation is ongoing and that no charges have been laid. Police did not release any further details.CBC News has no information regarding who filed the complaint that led to the ongoing police investigation.last_img read more

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All Nine Teams Remain In The Race On Tonights Episode Of CTVs

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter TORONTO – The second leg of the Race ended with Host Jon Montgomery revealing that all nine teams will remain in the competition. While Zainab and Monica struggled on this leg of the journey, touching the mat as the ninth and final team, they were spared from elimination and will race in next week’s episode of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA: HEROES EDITION airing Tuesday, July 17 at 8 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. MT on CTV and CTV GO.“Monica and I, we were both raised by strong single women,” said Zainab to host Jon Montgomery at the Pit Stop. “I’m not ready to tell my mom I’m coming home – I made a promise that I’d win this race.”“We can’t throw away this second chance,” echoed Monica. “It’s game time!” Advertisement On the next episode of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA: HEROES EDITION (Tuesday, July 17 at 8 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. MT on CTV and CTV GO), teams take off for Salt Spring Island, B.C. where it’s full throttle ahead in a speedy Roadblock. Then, pressure soars to new heights as racers struggle to learn the ropes, and while some teams are thrilled to have their pie and eat it too, others find it hard to stomach.The nine remaining teams competing for the ultimate grand prize on THE AMAZING RACE CANADA are:Courtney and Adam – First Responders from AlbertaDylan and Kwame – Coaches from AlbertaJoseph and Akash – Volunteers from OntarioLeanne and Mar – Youth Mentors from OntarioNancy and Mellisa – Elite Athletes from AlbertaMartina and Phil – Volunteers from British ColumbiaTaylor and Courtney – Mounties from British ColumbiaTodd and Anna – Advocates from AlbertaZainab and Monica – Navy Sailors from Ontario Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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JEREMY DUTCHER WINS POLARIS PRIZE FOR WOLASTOQIYIK LINTUWAKONAWA

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Jeremy Dutcher accepts the 2018 Polaris Music Prize for his album “Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa” during the Polaris Music Prize gala in Toronto on Monday, September 17, 2018. (TIJANA MARTIN / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Advertisement The trained operatic singer, who was raised partly in the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, sings the album entirely in the endangered Wolastoq language in hopes of preserving its roots.Dutcher accepted the prize saying he hopes it marks a step in the “continuum of Indigenous excellence.” Twitter TORONTO—Jeremy Dutcher has won the 2018 Polaris Music Prize for his album “Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa.”The project, which is performed in the Wolostoq language, was selected by an 11-member jury as the Canadian album of the year based on its artistic merit.Dutcher’s album was a culmination of five years of work that involved digging into an archive of recordings of his ancestors dating back nearly a century. Facebook Advertisement The Polaris prize is considered one of the country’s most prestigious music awards. Former winners include Arcade Fire, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Kaytranada. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Statement from Valerie Creighton on the Passing of Maurice Boucher

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Toronto, September 19, 2018 – “It is with deep sadness that we advise you of the sudden passing of Maurice Boucher, the CMF’s Director of Marketing and Communications. On behalf of all of us at CMF, our most sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.An experienced marketing and communications professional, Maurice joined the CMF team in 2012 to lead our corporate communications, promotional strategies, government and public relations. Maurice was instrumental in developing strategies to elevate the profile of Canadian content and promote the various CMF programs and initiatives with stakeholders. He was very proud of the development of Eye on Canada and the great success of Encore+ and in particular, relished positioning Canadian stories and talent around the world.An elegant and consummate professional, Maurice was a valued member of the CMF family. He was respected and admired by his team and industry colleagues both here at home and internationally. We will miss his steady hand and ironic humour, which got us through many ups and downs during his all-too-brief time with us. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Au revoir, Maurice and travel well… We will miss you.”To honour Maurice Boucher’s memory, donations to the Montréal Heart Institute Foundation are preferred in lieu of flowers.Funeral Service – Saturday, September 29, 2018Visitation: noon to 2:30 pmMemorial Service: 2:30 pmReception: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pmUrgel Bourgie1025 Saint Laurent St., West, Longueuil (Québec)last_img read more

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AfterMeToo group creating digital centre for survivors of workplace violence

first_img Twitter Advertisement A Canadian group that pushed for change in the country’s screen industry amid the #MeToo movement is taking matters into its own hands after seeing a lack of action.Actors Mia Kirshner and Freya Ravensbergen, two of the co-founders of AfterMeToo, say the group is building a digital online centre featuring resources for survivors of workplace violence. Formed shortly after the #MeToo movement took off on Oct. 15 of last year amid a flood of sexual misconduct allegations, ​AfterMeToo held a symposium and released a report of nine recommendations aimed at stopping workplace sexual violence.The group, which was also co-founded by filmmaker Aisling Chin-Yee, submitted the report to government leaders and regulatory bodies for guilds and unions. The Canadian Press recently spoke with Kirshner and Ravensbergen about the digital centre, which they’ll launch sometime in 2019 with a team of volunteers, including lawyers and doctors, many of whom are survivors of sexual violence. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement AfterMeToo co-founders: Freya Ravensbergen, left, Aisling Chin-Yee, centre, and Mia Kirshner are building a digital online centre featuring resources for survivors of workplace violence. (Canadian Press)center_img Login/Register With: Advertisement The project, which has the working title Rosa, will include a range of services and information including how to report an act of violence to how to save evidence.CP:What has been the reaction to your report, which was released in March?Kirshner: It was excellent — and then we didn’t see enough of the change we wanted and we decided to take literally the bull by the horns and make the changes ourselves.Ravensbergen: We were a bit naive, I suppose, in thinking that this report would initiate change from leadership — from government, from unions, from production companies. We felt the report was like, ‘Here’s a roadmap and now all you need to do is follow it.’ But no one really made any changes that were from the nine recommendations, and so we got frustrated with no change happening and just decided to incorporate and do it ourselves.​Kirshner: When we talk about the lack of change, there have been cosmetic changes. But the problem with those cosmetic changes is, it’s the same thing dressed up in different clothes, like the code of conduct.CP:What else can you say about the project?Kirshner: Think of it as a digital centre that provides a multiple range of inter-professional services, ranging from health and filling out forms, step-by-step, the ability to ask questions, the ability to look up case law, the ability to get geo-located where you live with the user’s consent, free legal and mental-health support.Then in Phase 2, our goal is to provide time-limited legal consultations across Canada and trauma-informed therapy that’s available online for users, that are free, to help re-stabilize and help them deal with the trauma of workplace violence.Ravensbergen: Think of it like a one-stop shop for survivors. When they really don’t know what to do with what’s just happened to them, this is a place where they can go. They can get information, they can get guidance on what their options are and guidance as to what option might be better suited to them.CP: Who will be handling the calls?Kirshner: This is a very important distinction to make: We will never, ever give you a link or an external number to call. Everything is created in-house for Rosa, by Rosa, and has to go through a regular security check and hiring practices.… We’re partnered with the Canadian Women’s Foundation, as well, on implementation. So they’ve been working with us hand-in-hand on getting us ready and preparing everything we’ve needed to prepare up until now.We’re also working with Western University for the study of prevention against violence against women and children, who will be doing our research. Our other partner is [legal clinic] Juripop, who will be handling the legal program. They are based out of Quebec and they are piloting their first project called L’Aparté​, dealing with workplace sexual violence in the entertainment industry.CP: This seems like a much bigger undertaking than you initially thought of when you started AfterMeToo. Explain the logistics involved.Ravensbergen: Vibika Bianchi is the lead on this right now, as is Mia Kirshner. Because it’s all volunteer, we’re all doing what we can, when we can. That being said, we are hopeful that when funding comes in, then we’ll be able to hire full-time staff.Kirshner: I started working on this platform about four years ago, and I began to do research with the police and the sex crimes unit because I felt that, based on my own experiences, the way in which you report is really awful. I wanted to do something in the digital space, so this project has been a long, long time in the making. As for the amount of work this is, I basically took a year off. This is a full-time job. In order to get this done, it requires work every single day, which it has to.This interview has been condensed and edited. Facebooklast_img read more

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Im really sorry for them… They saved our lives

first_imgAPTN National NewsLester Aqqiaruq is 17 years old, and glad to be alive after being stranded outside the Nunavut community of Igloolik.But it wasn’t all good news. One of the rescue workers sent from CFB Trenton died while attempting to save Aqqiaruq and his father.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll tells the story.last_img

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Residential schools fit definition of genocide Atleo

first_imgAPTN National NewsAssembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo says residential schools meet the definition of genocide.At the opening of the AFN’s health forum, the national chief spoke about the collective indigenous experience of residential schools.He acknowledged the reality of the harm that was done.“I, along with so many of our people, feel if you consider what the term genocide means,” said Atleo. “It references to the killing of people. Our people died in residential schools…the residential school was cultural genocide; the attempt to, over the course of history, to kill the Indian in the child. And that has been the experience of our people.”last_img

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Young Indigenous mothers perish in Winnipeg apartment fire over the weekend

first_imgShaneen Robinson APTN National NewsOvercrowding and poverty is partly to blame for a fatal fire in Winnipeg’s North end over the weekend that claimed the lives a man and two young Indigenous mothers.Jolene Ducharme, 20, and Stephanie Meekis, 21, both left behind two young children.It’s believed they were sleeping when the fire broke out in a two suite duplex at the time where 14 people were inside.Fire officials say overcrowding and poverty play a role in tragedies like this.last_img

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He had a good heart says Brydon Whitstones family after man killed

first_imgDennis WardAPTN NewsBrydon Whitstone’s family is speaking out after the 22-year-old man was shot and killed by the RCMP Sunday in North Battleford, Sask.Whitstone was a “good uncle, brother, father, and Mosom,” niece Brandy Whitstone-Waskewitch told APTN News.RCMP said in a media release after the shooting they had pursued a vehicle following reports of being chased and shot at. The police chase ended shortly after the suspect rammed a cruiser and officers opened fire.Regina Police have been called in to look at several questions, including how the RCMP handled the encounter and how many shots were fired.A woman who was in the vehicle and an RCMP officer also suffered minor injuries.Whitstone was from Onion Lake Cree Nation about 200 km northwest of Battleford.Whitstone leaves behind a son and daughter.Whitstone-Waskewitch said he will be missed.“He had a good heart, he was always with his friends or with his kids or family.”Brydon Whitstone’s sister Tammy Whitstone said he was always there for people.“He was loving, caring, funny,” she said. “If anyone was in trouble or had trouble he was there to talk to.“ He will always be in our hearts, loved and never forgotten,” Whitstone said in an interview via social media.A review of the fatal shooting will be overseen by the provincial Justice Ministry.Bobby Cameron, chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, says he’s been getting calls and messages questioning the details around the 22-year-old man’s death.Cameron said the shooting furthers the mistrust First Nations people have toward the justice system, and he adds there is also a lack of trust in the independent investigation that has been called.He said the FSIN has long wanted to see First Nations represented at such investigations.“The majority of people that are incarcerated are First Nations people. Wouldn’t it make sense to have one of our own First Nations legal experts involved in all these processes?” he asked.Cameron suggested involving First Nations people would be a step toward rebuilding trust in the justice system.Contact Dennis here: dward@aptn.calast_img read more

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One of the killers in the videotaped beating death of girl in Sagkeeng

first_img(Serena McKay, 19, of the Sagkeeng First Nation was beaten and left for dead in April 2017. A 16 and 17-year-old girl were each charged)The Canadian PressWINNIPEG – A teenager who helped beat a young Manitoba woman and shared the footage of her bloody death apologized to the victim’s family at a sentencing hearing Tuesday.Serena McKay’s body was found on the Sagkeeng First Nation last April and two teenage girls, who were 16 and 17, were arrested.The older girl, who has since turned 18 but can’t be named because she was underage when the beating occurred, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in December.“There are no words to describe how sorry I am,” the girl told McKay’s family in a Winnipeg courtroom. “I am living every day with this guilt and shame … I want to do things in Serena’s honour.”The Crown and defence are jointly recommending the girl receive the maximum youth sentence of seven years. The Crown wants the girl to spend four years behind bars and serve 1 1/2 years in the community.Defence lawyer Greg Brodsky, who said his client has shown remorse, is asking for one year in jail with the rest of the sentence to be served in the community.McKay had been at a house party in the Sagkeeng community when there was an argument about alcohol, court heard.Two videos, which later circulated on social media, showed McKay being attacked.McKay’s family members stood up and left before the videos were played in court. The woman being sentenced held her head in her hands and sobbed as the graphic footage showed McKay being punched and kicked while she begged for the beating to stop.Crown prosecutor Jennifer Comack said the woman texted the videos to a friend first, along with a message boasting that she “stomped her” out. The videos were widely shared, Comack said.McKay’s mother recalled the pain of seeing her daughter’s bloody, swollen face as it was circulated on social media.“I dream about her,” Delores Daniels told court as she clutched an eagle feather and broke into tears. “I wake up crying and sad that she is not here and wonder what she would have become in life.“This has been a nightmare to me … How can an only daughter be replaced?”In a statement read in court, McKay’s father, Harvey McKay, said he was at work in northern Manitoba when he was horrified to discover people around him were watching videos of the beating.“I will never get over what happened to my baby Serena,” his statement said.Some 24 victim impact statements were submitted to the court from family and friends. There were more from people who didn’t know McKay, including two from people outside Canada.Judge Rocky Pollack is to decide which can be included in the court record and how long the teen will be jailed. The sentencing hearing is scheduled to continue Thursday.A year after a Sagkeeng First Nation teen was fatally beaten – a video of which was posted on social media – one of her killers’ sentencing hearing has begun.Serena McKay, 19, was found dead on April 23, 2017, outside a residence in the community located 100 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.McKay, a grade 12 student who was set to graduate two months later had her life was cut short by two female schoolmates, aged 16 and 17 and the time. They attacked her outside a party, brutally beat her and left her to freeze to death.The 17-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree murder late last year. She is now 18 and has been in custody since the killing.The girl, who cannot be named because of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was seen on one of two videos shared online, delivering a series of vicious boot-stomps to the victim’s head after the younger teen already mercilessly beat McKay.The two videos of the attack were played in court Tuesday while the shackled young woman in jail garb bent her head and sobbed, covering her eyes and ears.The Crown is asking for a sentence of four years in addition to the year she’s been in custody, followed by 1.5 years living in a supervised community setting.The maximum sentence for second-degree murder under the Youth Criminal Justice Act is seven years in custody.More than 30 people submitted victim-impact statements detailing how McKay’s death has left them devastated, or how the video recording of the killing that made rounds on social media, affected them.A judge will hand down a sentence on Thursday.The 16-year-old involved in McKay’s death pleaded guilty to manslaughter earlier this year.A date has not been set for her sentencing.@aptnnewslast_img read more

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WestJet pilots union to also represent Swoop pilots says arbitrator

first_imgCALGARY – A federal arbitrator has ruled that WestJet’s unionized pilots will also fly its new ultra-discount carrier Swoop that’s set to launch next week.Capt. Rob McFadyen, chairman of WestJet’s Air Line Pilots Association, says the decision means the airline can no longer outsource Swoop flying, a major disagreement in recent negotiations.Swoop will recognize the union as the exclusive bargaining agent for all Swoop pilots, who will be on the airline’s one seniority list and fly aircraft at Swoop terms and conditions.WestJet and the union will now make a joint application to the Canada Industrial Relations Board to amend pilots association’s bargaining certificate to include Swoop flying.The parties also agreed that WestJet and Swoop are common employers.The two sides scheduled mediation/arbitration dates over the summer to address all remaining issues.The threat of a strike by pilots was averted two weeks ago when the airline and union agreed to a settlement process and, if necessary, to use final and binding arbitration.WestJet CEO Ed Sims said it recognizes and respects the interim order that WestJet pilots should be able to operate Swoop aircraft.The Air Line Pilots Association is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents more than 60,000 pilots at 34 airlines in the United States and Canada, including about 1,500 WestJet pilots and approximately 500 at WestJet Encore.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)last_img read more

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