Former cabinet minister Tootoo wont seek reelection this fall in Nunavut

first_imgOTTAWA — Former Liberal cabinet minister turned Independent MP Hunter Tootoo says he is not running in this fall’s election.In a statement, Tootoo says he has decided to leave public life after much consideration.He says it has been a great honour and privilege to serve the people of Nunavut first as a member of the legislative assembly and then as a member of Parliament beginning in 2015.Less than a year later, Tootoo quit Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet and the Liberal caucus, apologizing for a “consensual but inappropriate relationship” with an unidentified person.The former fisheries minister took a two-month hiatus to seek treatment for what he described as an alcohol addiction that he said took over his life and left his judgment clouded.In his statement today, Tootoo thanks his family, friends and parliamentary colleagues who helped him through a difficult period in his life, adding he encourages anyone who suffers from addictions, mental illness or trauma to seek help they need to heal.The Canadian Presslast_img read more



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Warren Buffett 15th Annual Power Lunch Charity Auction

first_imgGlide is pleased to announce the 15th Annual eBay Charity Auction for Power Lunch with Warren Buffett.Offered through eBay, bidding for this year’s charity auction runs June 1 at 7:30pm PDT through June 6 at 7:30pm PDT.Each year legendary investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett hosts just one charity power lunch to help support GLIDE’s programs. For the past 15 years, Buffett’s sustained commitment and the philanthropic spirit of the winning bidders have helped raise nearly $16 million to support GLIDE’s unwavering mission to help San Francisco’s residents in need.The bidding starts at $25,000 and all bidders must pre-qualify prior to placing their bids at ebay.com/glide. The winning bidder may invite seven friends to join Buffett for lunch at Smith & Wollensky, “the quintessential New York steakhouse.” Over the years, the winning bids have ranged from $25,000 to $3,456,789, with the funds going to support GLIDE’s programs, which help people overcome hunger, poverty, homelessness and debilitating health challenges.“We appreciate all of the bidders and Warren Buffett’s 15-year investment in our community,” said GLIDE’s Co-Founder and Minister of Liberation Reverend Cecil Williams. “Our true mission at GLIDE has always been to serve the poor first and foremost and Mr. Buffett’s generosity helps us do that in a powerfully human way.”“I saw people that the world had given up on, but that Cecil and Janice had not given up on and I saw the transformative power of unconditional love in what they were doing,” said Mr. Buffett when asked why he supports GLIDE. “It really hit me.”With unconditional support and love for all, GLIDE serves over 850,000 meals yearly; operates supportive housing; provides a health clinic; and offers dozens of service programs that invest in people’s ability to break the cycle of poverty.The eBay Giving Works program is part of a portfolio of programs, resources, and tools across eBay Inc. that are intended to enable and inspire online charity donations at a scale never seen before. For information and to pre-qualify, call 800-679-2681, email Buffett@Glide.org, or visit ebay.com/glide.last_img read more



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Katy Perry And Sting To Perform At David Lynch Foundations Change Begins

first_imgThe David Lynch Foundation (DLF) is pleased to announce Change Begins Within, a benefit concert presented by Citi on November 4, 2015, at Carnegie Hall.Featuring performances by Katy Perry, Sting, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim James, Angelique Kidjo and Sharon Isbin with musical direction from Rob Mathes, the evening will be hosted by George Stephanopoulos and David Lynch. Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber will serve on the benefit committee.The concert will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the David Lynch Foundation. Proceeds from the event will benefit the foundation’s MEDITATE NEW YORK initiative to provide Transcendental Meditation training at no cost to 10,000 at-risk New Yorkers, including youth in underserved schools, veterans with post-traumatic stress and women and children who are victims of domestic violence.Transcendental Meditation™ is a simple, easily-learned technique that has been studied and found effective by numerous prestigious institutions, including the Harvard School of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association. Published research shows the technique reduces symptoms of post-traumatic stress among veterans by 50 percent; decreases hypertension, anxiety and depression; helps individuals overcome drug and alcohol addictions; and improves brain functioning, creativity and memory.In support of its work, DLF recently received a $125,000 grant from the Wounded Warrior Project to help teach the technique to hundreds of veterans nationwide; a $225,000 grant from the Peter Dodge Foundation to study the effects of TM on preventing relapse among alcoholics; and a $300,000 grant from the University of Chicago Crime Lab in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation and the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation to study the effects of TM on reducing youth violence in Chicago. The foundation has received public support from such artists and thought leaders as Martin Scorsese, Ray Dalio, Ellen DeGeneres, David Letterman and Hugh Jackman.“It’s an honor for Citi to present this unique event that will benefit thousands of New Yorkers,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Head of Entertainment Marketing for Citi. “We’re proud to offer our cardmembers early access to Change Begins Within and know they will enjoy an unforgettable evening supporting a terrific cause.”Tickets for Change Begins Within will go on presale to Citi cardholders on September 24, 2015, at 1:00 PM ET here. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on September 29, 2015, at 11:00 AM ET here.last_img read more



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Toby Keith Supports Wounded Warrior Project Believe In Heroes Campaign

first_imgSinger, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith is no stranger to supporting charitable causes. As a result, when the opportunity to lend his support to promote Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), Toby was keen to help the not-for-profit organization that honors and empowers Wounded Warriors through two new Public Service Announcements (PSAs) featuring injured veterans who have benefited from the support of WWP.Video: Toby Keith – Believe in HeroesIn addition to the two PSAs, Toby will also lend his support through social media outreach; including custom video content and social posts. Keith has donated his time and made a financial contribution to this worthy cause.“I’m honored to give back to these brave men and women who risk their lives for our country every day,” said Toby. “Wounded Warrior Project shows their commitment to this nation’s wounded service members with their programs and services that save lives and positively impact this nation’s injured veterans. It’s a privilege to be part of their mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.”“Toby Keith’s passionate support has provided a voice for the needs of this nation’s wounded veterans,” said Steve Nardizzi, chief executive officer for WWP. “His generous spirit and dedication helps Wounded Warrior Project ensure this generation of injured veterans is the most successful and well-adjusted in our nation’s history.”To date, more than 52,000 service members have been physically wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. It is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) while on deployment.Since 2003, WWP has grown its lifesaving programs and services to meet the growing needs of the constituency it serves. Currently WWP provides support to more than 80,000 injured service members and over 13,000 caregivers and family support members through 20, free programs and services. These programs and services are uniquely structured to engage warriors, nurture their minds and bodies, and encourage economic empowerment. Through a high-touch and interactive approach, WWP’s vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.The Believe in Heroes campaign, WWP’s 6th annual national consumer giving campaign, runs each year from September 11 through Veterans Day and encourages Americans to raise funds and awareness in support of our nations wounded servicemen and women. For more information, visit wwbelieve.org.last_img read more



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ITVs Text Santa Raises £8383361

first_imgFriday night saw Text Santa raise the highest total ever at £8,383,361 as millions of viewers watched a night to remember on ITV.In five years of fundraising, Text Santa has now raised over £29,000,000. This year’s proceeds will directly benefit three charities Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish UK and Save the Children as 100% of all money raised goes directly to the charities.Peter Fincham, Director of ITV, said: “This is a fantastic achievement. I want to thank all ITV viewers and our partners who have donated so generously to the Text Santa appeal. All the money will go directly to this year’s charities Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish UK and Save the Children and will make a real difference to the lives of those who rely on the charities’ support.”The star-studded show was packed with surprises for audience and presenters, live music performances, and emotional true-life charity films.This year viewers saw their favourite celebrities doing their bit in a Christmas knit as the three-hour TV spectacular marked the climax of Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day which encouraged everyone to get out their woolies, join in the festive fun and most importantly donate to Text Santa.Highlights of the night included: • Paddy McGuinness achieved the Guinness world record title for putting on the most Christmas jumpers in a minute and managed to raise £11,000 by wearing 11 jumpers all at once for Text Santa. • Coronation Street stars joined by special guest star Sir Richard Branson in a time travel themed sketch which saw some of today’s stars morph into iconic characters of old including Annie Walker, Elsie Tanner and Albert Tatlock. • In Downton Abbey, butler Carson fulfilled his dream to become the Abbey’s Santa Claus fighting off competition from Sir Bruce Forsyth, Gordon Ramsay, Gok Wan, Brenda Blethyn as Vera, Jim Broadbent, Michelle Keegan and Warwick Davis. • Stars competed in a special Ninja Warrior UK episode to win money for the Text Santa appeal. Olympian Louise Hazel emerged victorious beating off the competition Kimberly Wyatt; Gemma Atkinson; Mark Wright; Torvill & Dean; Carl Froch; Marvin Humes; Ryan Thomas and Ugo Monye. • A Text Santa edition of Big Star’s, Bigger Star saw stars and their parents instead of stars and their little ones raise money for the Text Santa appeal. Those taking part were George Shelley and his mum Toni Harris; Emma Willis and her mum Cathy Griffiths; and Jennie McAlpine and dad Tom McAlpine. Stephen was surprised when his father Chris also arrived to take part and raised even more money for Text Santa. • Simon Cowell and The X Factor judges did their bit in a Christmas Knit, wearing their Christmas jumpers and The X Factor with the show sponsors Talktalk made a generous donation to the Text Santa appeal. • Six moving charity films were shown, highlighting what the appeal is really all about. The films were fronted by Julie Walters and Martin Clunes for Macmillan Cancer Support; Bradley Walsh and Ant & Dec for Make-A-Wish; and Amanda Holden and Myleene Klass for Save the Children.Fronting the three-hour, live, fun-filled extravaganza was a mix of presenters from the ITV family including Christine Bleakley, Alesha Dixon, Caroline Flack, Amanda Holden, Paddy McGuinness, Stephen Mulhern, Olly Murs, Phillip Schofield and {celebrity:Holly Willoughby – all of them doing their bit in a Christmas Knit.There was music on the night when the stars of Emmerdale invited viewers to a singalong to Shakin’ Steven’s Merry Christmas Everyone and featured a special guest appearance by Louis Walsh. The winner of this year’s The X Factor Louisa Johnson made her first post X Factor appearance performing Bob Dylan’s Forever Young. Host Olly Murs and Little Mix also performed encouraging donations to Text Santa’s charities: Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish and Save the Children.There were also special Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day messages delivered by a host of famous faces including Prime Minister David Cameron, actors Jack Black and Elijah Wood; comedians Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer and Jo Brand; groups and singers Rod Stewart, One Direction and The Osmonds; presenters Jonathan Ross, and Paul O’Grady; and Strictly Come Dancing’s head judge Len Goodman.During the day on the 18th December the ITV schedule was all about Text Santa with special one-off editions of ITV favourites The Chase, Tipping Point, Jeremy Kyle and 1000 Heartbeats.Donations can still be made via the following platforms: To give £5 text SANTA5 to 70760; to give £10 text SANTA10 to 70760; to donate by phone call 0300 123 6060; or donate online at itv.com, stv.tv or u.tv.This year the appeal inspired a whole army of fundraisers to raise more money than ever before. The money raised will go towards funding nurses and other essential workers so people affected by cancer get the support they need; granting wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions and transforming children’s lives here and abroad to give hope to families in difficulty at Christmas.Text Santa is now in its fifth year and has so far raised over £29,000,000 for charities. The annual appeal also helps to increase awareness of the vital work of our charity partners by using ITV’s reach to millions of viewers across the UK inspiring and empowering people to make a difference. 100% of the money will be shared equally amongst the Text Santa charities going directly to support their vital work.Last year, thanks to the public’s fantastic generosity, the money raised through Text Santa helped to provide 45,000 hours of specialist care to help young people fight cancer, support over 3,600 people suffering from dementia, and provide 51,650 hours of care to children and their families.Supporting Text Santa for 2015 are appeal partners Primark, who donated to the appeal for every Christmas Jumper sold from the 1st December to the 17th December. Other appeal partners included Papa John’s, Vodafone and department store Liberty.More information about Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day can be found at www.ITV.com/textsanta.ITV Text Santa was produced by ITV Studios.last_img read more



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Ishmael Beah Helps Give A Voice To Young People Affected By Conflict

first_imgIshmael Beah, author, former child soldier and UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by War, wrapped up a three-day visit to Jordan this week to help amplify the voices of vulnerable young people affected by the conflict in Syria.Ishmael Beah (centre) in ZaatariBeah, who is internationally renowned for his books, A Long Way Gone, A Memoir of a Child Solider,’ and Radiance of Tomorrow, A Novel, was in Jordan to develop the advocacy skills of nearly 50 young people from Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Many of them have seen their lives upended by the six year-long war in Syria.While in Jordan, Beah visited children in the Za’atari refugee camp near the Syrian border, and a UNICEF supported-Makani centre in Amman where children and young people can come to learn and get psychosocial support.After more than six years of war and heavy violence, more than 2.5 million children from Syria are now living as refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq.“Young people who survive war have an amazing ability to persevere and become the champions for peace that are so needed, despite the horrors they have been through,” said Beah, who attended a UNICEF-supported workshop on youth engagement.“I know from experience that all that pain, that unimaginable suffering, and that sense of loss of humanity, can all be refocussed towards something positive,” said Beah. “Especially when you have someone who believes in you, supports you and extends a helping hand.”With support from UNICEF, partners and donors including the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (MADAD), 120 young people who are refugees or vulnerable host communities have been trained as researchers as part of an innovative Participatory Action Research initiative where young people can open up to each other about their lives and aspirations.The researchers interview other marginalized young people to find their biggest challenges. Many of them have dropped out of school and started working to help their families make ends meet. The research is meant to contribute to better access to education and vocational training. The training also equips vulnerable young people with skills to address issues like early marriage, protection against violence and hazardous types of labour.“Children and young people are not the problem – they are a fundamental part of the solution,” said Veera Mendonca, UNICEF’s Regional Advisor for Adolescent Development. “If we invest in them they will become the doctors, lawyers, nurses, thinkers, entrepreneurs and the change makers for children’s rights.”For Israa, 20, a Syrian refugee in Jordan, and a young researcher, the training has made a difference. “The training taught me how to identify people’s problems and ways that can help make our voices be heard,” she said, noting that she has applied some of her learning to talk families out of getting girls married early.“These young people have been teaching me a lot in return,” said Beah, who as a child was made to fight in the civil war in Sierra Leone, before attending a UNICEF-supported rehabilitation centre. He lost his family in the war and eventually had to flee the country.“These young people don’t want to be pitied, they want to have their rights respected and be empowered so that they can grow to their full potential.”last_img read more



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More Stars To Join The Actors Funds 5th Annual Looking Ahead Awards

first_imgThe Actors Fund has announced a star-studded lineup for the 2018 Looking Ahead Awards hosted by Garrett Clayton (“Hairspray Live!,” “Teen Beach Movie”) and Ashley Argota (“The Fosters”) on Sunday, October 28 from 4-8pm at the magnificent Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.The fifth annual gala, which raises support and awareness for The Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead Program, features exciting “blue carpet” arrivals, cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, awards ceremony and live performances. Tickets are now on sale at www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards.The Looking Ahead Awards celebrates leaders in the current and former young performer community who inspire the world by living the Looking Ahead Program’s core values of growth, education, leadership and community service.The Judy & Hilary Swank Award for Parenting, honoring the parent of a former young performer, will be presented by actress Ari Graynor (“The Front Runner” with Hugh Jackman, Showtime’s “I’m Dying Up Here”) to her mother, Joani Geltman.The Looking Ahead Award for Education, honoring a former young performer who has made education a priority in their life, will be presented by Debbie Allen to Raven-Symoné, star and executive producer of Disney Channel’s “Raven’s Home.”The Looking Ahead Award for Community Service, honoring a former young performer who exemplifies giving back to the community, will be presented by Kenny Ortega to actress, producer and global youth advocate Monique Coleman (“Gimme Mo,” “Dancing With The Stars,” “High School Musical” trilogy).The Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness, honoring the youth cast of a current TV show that is raising awareness about important societal issues though their roles, will be presented by Vivian McMurray (Elizabeth Taylor’s great-granddaughter) and Tarquin Wilding (Elizabeth Taylor’s grandson) to the young stars of Disney Channel’s hit series “Andi Mack” — Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Joshua Rush, Sofia Wylie and Asher Angel.The evening will also feature live performances by Makayla Phillips from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and Dream Talent Crew (dancers Jade Bucci, Gabe DeGuzman, Conner Finnerty, Sheaden Gabriel, Saryna Garcia, Liv Simone, Leanne Tessa & Sharlize True).The Looking Ahead Program was created in 2003 in partnership with SAG-AFTRA to work with youth between the ages of 9 and 18, helping them develop the values, skills and confidence they need to make successful transitions to fulfilling adult lives. Now serving more than 500 youths, families and alumni, the program aims to create a nurturing environment where young performers get support through individual, family and education counseling, leadership development, community service and social events. Looking Ahead is guided by an Advisory Committee of professionals in youth development and youth-related entertainment, which is co-chaired by actor and recording artist Corbin Bleu and freelance casting director and former head of casting at Nickelodeon Sharon Lieblein.Previous Looking Ahead Awards honorees include Tatyana Ali, Lance Bass, Max Burkholder, Jordana Brewster, Mario Lopez, Kellie Martin, Tia & Tamera Mowry, Margaret O’Brien, Charlotte Rae, Fred Savage; the parent(s) of Hilary Swank, Wilmer Valderrama, Corbin Bleu and Holly Robinson-Peete; and the youth casts of “This Is Us,” “black-ish” and “The Fosters.”last_img read more



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Degrassi Next Class to feature Black Lives Matter storyline in season 2

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Season two of Degrassi: Next Class will touch on Black Lives Matter protests. “There’s a protest happening outside of the school and true to her … nature, Emma wants to join in on that protest,” says Miriam McDonald, who starred as Emma Nelson on Degrassi: The Next Generation and returns for the 500th episode.“I don’t think we’ve ever really covered racism in this way, especially because it’s not someone blatantly being racist because they know they’re being racist,” adds Sara Waisglass, who plays Frankie Hollingsworth, a politician’s daughter. Facebookcenter_img The Degrassi franchise is known for its topical storylines and the second season of Next Class kicking off Tuesday re-enforces that reputation.As headlines swirl over police shootings of black men in the U.S., the season two arc of Degrassi: Next Class focuses on racism and a Black Lives Matter protest.The storyline comes to a head in the franchise’s 500th episode, in which some Degrassi alumni (not Drake!) return for a 35th anniversary gala that’s disrupted by the protest. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more



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Hayley Atwell goes antihero in Torontoshot Conviction

first_imgAdvertisement And she relished making the transition from superhero to antihero.“It’s almost like Chelsea Clinton has been hanging out with Lindsay Lohan,” she mused about her prickly character. “She’s clearly brilliant and it’s such a shame she uses it for her own downfall.” Advertisement Days before the show’s launch, Atwell sat down with the Star in Toronto, where she’s filmed the series since July. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: After only months off TV, Hayley Atwell has a new starring role this fall — and fans might marvel at the transition.Surely, Atwell is best-known for portraying the altruistic postwar do-gooder (and Captain America’s doomed paramour) Peggy Carter across Marvel’s many squeaky-clean Avengers properties, including the lamentably cancelled Agent Carter.Well, it was a Hulk-worthy leap from that to her new role: a troubled former first daughter who takes a job trying to help innocent prisoners, only to evade a cocaine charge on Conviction, premiering Monday on CTV. Advertisement How have you liked Toronto?My best friend lives here — she married a Canadian — so I know Toronto pretty well. I remember the ice storm of three years ago, which scared the hell out of me; I’d been thinking about having Christmas here.Any favourite local spots?This amazing sushi restaurant called Miku. I love Fresh; it’s my go-to place. The quinoa onion rings are amazing. I like the transformer salad, the club wrap, the holiday wrap. They do this chocolate coffee shot with cayenne pepper and maple syrup, which has me bouncing off the walls. I like Trinity Bellwoods. I’ve been helping with Save our Scruff, which is a dog rescue charity, so I’ve been fostering dogs here through them. It’s been lovely. Twitterlast_img read more



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Samantha Bees show apologizes for accidentally mocking writer with cancer

first_imgPerkins said in his post on OUTSET: “On a personal note, as someone who has the pleasure of working with Kyle here at OUTSET, I urge Samantha Bee to release an apology for this sick attempt at a joke. Perhaps labeling someone because of their appearance is not the best approach.”A Twitter post from the official Full Frontal account said Thursday: “We deeply apologize for offending @_that_kyle in our CPAC segment. We only learned of his condition today & have removed him from the piece.”On Thursday afternoon, Full Frontal had removed the segment from public viewing on its YouTube site, though Perkins had embedded it in his OUTSET post.Jo Miller, a Full Frontal executive producer, said in an email Thursday: “We’ve apologized to Mr. Coddington and his family members and we are donating to the GoFundMe account for his treatment. We wish him all the best in his fight against cancer and sincerely, deeply regret offending him and his family.”Coddington and Perkins did not immediately respond to requests for further comment Thursday afternoon.By Dave ItzkoffNew York Times The narrator added: “This year, the bow ties were gone and replaced by Nazi hair. Nazi hair. Nazi hair.” Each time the phrase was spoken, an image was shown of conference attendees with short haircuts.One of those people was Kyle Coddington, a writer who contributes to publications like OUTSET, which covers conservative and libertarian politics and culture. Facebook Login/Register With: In a post at OUTSET on Thursday, its editor-in-chief, Stephen Perkins, wrote that Coddington “was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer and recently completed his first round of chemotherapy and radiation.”Coddington wrote in a post last month on his Twitter account that his hair “slightly resembles” that of the far-right activist Richard Spencer, “but at least I have an excuse . . . cancer.”In tweets posted early Thursday morning and directed at Bee, Coddington wrote: “Please delete this episode. I look like a balding potato.” He added: “Also, it’s not a Nazi haircut. Richard Spencer’s is, but mine’s from cancer. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The TBS comedy program Full Frontal With Samantha Bee apologized Thursday for broadcasting a segment in which a writer who has talked about his cancer diagnosis was mocked for having what the program called “Nazi hair.”Full Frontal, a topical satire hosted by Bee, a Toronto native, ran the segment Wednesday. It featured Michael Rubens, a correspondent for the show, attending the Conservative Political Action Conference in February.Talking about how the conference had changed over time, a narrator for the segment said, “Just last year, CPAC was dominated by Ted Cruz supporters and chirpy little (expletive) with bow ties.” Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more



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WOMEN BEHIND CANADIAN TV ALISON REID DIRECTOR AND STUNTWOMAN

first_imgThe path to working behind the scenes isn’t always a straight one. For some, a career in the television industry isn’t something they necessarily knew they wanted, despite eventually ending up there. However, there are other people who always had that passion and just knew that there was no other choice. That’s the way it was for stuntwoman and director Alison Reid.Reid knew from an early age that she wanted to perform stunts on screen and has done exactly that, accumulating over 300 credits to her name over the course of her career. Reid has coordinated stunts on many different Canadian TV series, most recently working on Killjoys, Saving Hope and Murdoch Mysteries.Reid’s work in stunts and her passion for storytelling eventually allowed for a natural transition into directing. She’s an alumnus of The Canadian Film Centre’s Producer’s Lab and well as CWW’s Women In The Director’s Chair Program. She’s also directed episodes of Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope and Heartland. Reid recently joined The TV Junkies as part of our Women Behind Canadian TV series to discuss her career and that transition into directing. She also shared with us how she played an active role in getting more roles and better treatment for female stunt performers. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img The TV Junkies: Can you share a little about your background? How did you get into stunts in the first place?Alison Reid: ‘I fell into it’, is my usual answer but that is far from the truth. I knew I wanted to be a stunt performer from quite a young age, and pursued it hard. When I was in school I told everyone I knew that’s what I wanted to do, and tried to get leads on how to do it. The film business in Canada was very young then, and no one could tell me how to get a start here. So at 16, I hopped on a bus and went down to L.A. to meet some stunt folks and find out about the business. Eventually, I heard about a stunt coordinator in Toronto named Dwayne McLean who was in need of more stunt performers and was running a training program. I signed up right away and that led to my first stunt performing job on The Littlest Hobo when I was 17.I also had a passion for horses and did a lot of show jumping as I was growing up – that really helped when I landed my first stunt coordinating gig on a series called Road to Avonlea. My mom thought my attraction to stunts was a phase I was going through. She was right, it was a 30-year phase.TTVJ: You’ve been doing stunts for a long time, and with films like Wonder Woman coming out, I think we’re seeing more attention brought to that position. How do you think the attitudes towards women in stunts have changed since you began?AR: As the community of talented, skilled stuntwomen has grown, things have definitely improved. When I began, it was quite common for stunt coordinators to double female characters with male stunt performers — especially on the larger, higher paying gag — like fire gags. Alison Reid – Photo by Ryan Cox Facebook Twitterlast_img read more



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7 big recent wins for Canadian music artists

first_img(L-R): Gord Downie and Céline Dion. (Getty Images) Twitter Login/Register With: Alessia Cara wins Grammy for best new artist at the 60th annual Grammy awards. (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images) Here are seven of the biggest recent wins for Canadian musicians.Alessia Cara Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Advertisement Brampton’s Alessia Cara is the first Canadian-born performer to win best new artist at the Grammys. She accepted the award at the 2018 Grammy Awards ceremony — which was the first Grammy of her career — saying that she’s been “pretend winning” Grammys in the shower since she was a kid. The 21-year-old singer encouraged people to “support real music and real artists,” and added that “everyone deserves the same shot.” —KS Advertisement There’s so many major accomplishments coming from Canadian artists, it’s hard to narrow down only a few.Musically, we’ve always been a country that has a lot on offer, and at any given time there are numerous Canadian artists that have been able to break records on the music charts. Canadian icons like Céline Dion and the late Gord Downie have had monumental careers, with plenty of accolades to their names.Newer names in the music industry, like Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes, are also breaking barriers for Canadian music.last_img read more



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SIRIUSXMS SEARCH FOR THE NEXT BIG NAME IN COUNTRY MUSIC RETURNS

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, Jan. 14, 2019 – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, today announced the return of SiriusXM Top of the Country in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA). This nationwide search for Canada’s next big country music star provides emerging artists with a national platform, performance opportunities at some of Canada’s biggest country music events, SOCAN songwriting camps, and valuable industry mentorship to help propel their careers to the next level – not to mention a chance to compete for one of the biggest music prizes in Canada – $25,000 cash.Canadian country solo artists and groups can register for SiriusXM Top of the Country starting January 14 at 10 am ET until 12 pm ET on February 1 at topcountry.siriusxm.ca.“The 2018 inaugural SiriusXM Top of the Country competition was an immense success,” said Jeff Leake, Director, Music Programming, SiriusXM Canada. “We discovered and supported many talented musicians including Andrew Hyatt, our first grand prize winner. We’re excited to provide nationwide exposure, development opportunities, mentorship and valuable industry connections to a new group of artists again this year.” Facebook Login/Register With: “We’re so proud of the success of Top of the Country and our first winner, Andrew Hyatt. I loved feeling the buzz of the fans throughout our finale, and when we announced Andrew as winner in CCMA Fan Village,” said Tracy Martin, President of the CCMA. “This program hits all of our benchmarks in our commitment to the development of new artists – good luck to this year’s participants. We’re looking forward to year two of Top Of The Country and our partnership with SiriusXM.”Following registration, eight semi-finalists will be chosen by a jury of industry experts to record professional, original tracks and in-studio videos for the Canada-wide online vote, taking place later this spring. Once voting is complete, the top three acts will emerge as Top Country finalists, receiving a stage spot at one of Canada’s largest country music festivals. Finalists will also attend a SOCAN songwriting camp in Nashville and an exclusive mentorship session in Toronto with major country artists and industry professionals.The grand prize winner will be chosen live during the CCMA’s Country Music Week, being held this year in Calgary, ABfrom September 5-8. Finalists will battle it out on stage at the SiriusXM CCMA Top of the Country Finale, airing live on SiriusXM Canada, with industry professionals deciding the winner of the $25,000, plus attendance at an international SOCAN songwriting camp.SiriusXM Top of the Country in partnership with the CCMA is part of SiriusXM’s ongoing tradition of promoting and elevating the best emerging Canadian music. SiriusXM continues to offer a leading platform for Canadian artists through its significant financial contributions and North American-wide reach of over 35 million subscribers.About SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Holdings Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.ca.Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies nine years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member.About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2019 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker, the Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary and Tourism Calgary. Twitterlast_img read more



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Something has gone off the rails in police shooting investigation PI

first_imgAPTN National NewsMore fallout tonight to a story APTN National news has been following.Craig McDougall was shot and killed by Winnipeg police in August 2008.Despite the normal procedure that an inquest is usually called after an incident like this, APTN National News has learned that the file has been fully investigated yet.This is causing concern for many, including Manitoba’s official opposition.As APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson finds out, the McDougall file isn’t the only thing they are worried about.last_img



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Human Rights Tribunal hobbled by massive backlog vacancies

first_imgAPTN National NewsWith the chair of the Human Rights Tribunal on stress leave, the agency must now figure out what to do next.The list of active complaints is in the hundreds and several vacancies at the tribunal are on hold.APTN National News investigative producer Francine Compton reports.last_img



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Judge says challenging northern Manitoba medical system failed infant who died in

first_imgThe Canadian PressWINNIPEG – A judge says an overloaded and outdated medical system – not uncommon in northern communities – failed a Manitoba infant girl who died two months after she was born. Drianna Ross, of God’s Lake Narrows, died of an infection at two-months-old in November 2011 because information was not passed on from a remote nursing station to a hospital in Thompson, ineffective drugs were given and “the seriousness of her condition was not recognized in a timely way,” Judge Don Slough wrote in an inquest report released Tuesday. “There is no doubt that the provision of health care in the north is challenging,” he said in the report. “The co-operation between (health) agencies, in collaboration with First Nations communities, must expand in its scope, with the goal of ensuring that residents of some of Manitoba’s most disadvantaged communities have access to the quality health care that is the right of all Canadians.” The inquest was told that Drianna was born healthy in Thompson General Hospital and returned with her parents to God’s Lake Narrows, a remote fly-in community of about 1,300 people. When she was two months old, her parents contacted the community’s nursing station repeatedly over three days about their daughter’s high fever. There is a doctor in the community on weekdays, but the inquest was told the physician’s workload is very high, so Drianna was treated by an inexperienced nurse who had not learned protocols for infants with high fever. Eventually, the girl was flown to the Thompson hospital, diagnosed with pneumonia and placed on antibiotics. The inquest was told Drianna died from a bacterial infection called methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, a condition that would not be addressed by the antibiotics she was given. “It appears that information regarding Drianna Ross’s treatment and high fever over the last few days while she was in God’s Lake Narrows … was not included in the material sent to Thompson General Hospital,” Slough’s report says. It also says the nurse who took care of Drianna in Thompson was inexperienced, lacked specialized pediatric training and felt “overwhelmed” with his workload the night Drianna arrived. The report points to problems Slough said are common in northern communities – overworked and inexperienced health-care professionals, outdated technology that forces doctors and nurses to rely on paper copies instead of electronic records, and an acceptance of MRSA and other infections as commonplace. “Social factors, such as crowded households, busy and cramped facilities (e.g. nursing stations) contribute to the prevalence and spread of MRSA,” Slough wrote. “In my view, the acceptance of MRSA as a fact of life in northern communities cannot be tolerated.” The report makes a long list of recommendations that include better training, updated equipment and a greater use of nurse practitioners, who have more training and authority than other nurses.last_img read more



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Innocence Project seeking release of Nuxalk prisoner after decades in prison

first_imgRob Smith APTN InvestigatesPhilip Tallio has been in prison for 34 years serving time for a heinous crime.The rape and murder of 22-month-old Delavina Mack rocked the small community of remote Bella Coola, B.C. in April 1983. Tallio has always maintained his innocence though an alleged confession is a part of the Crown’s evidence.After the University of British Columbia (UBC) Innocence Project took on his case, an appeal was filed in 2016.APTN National News, in partnership with the Vancouver Sun, argued successfully in court for files related to the appeal to be unsealed. “A Case for Innocence” airs tonight (Jan. 12) on APTN Investigates. A number of documents are still subject to an ongoing publication ban.“Because he maintains his innocence he actually has been in prison for decades longer then he had to be,” said his lawyer Rachel Barsky.Barsky took up his case as part of the UBC Innocence Project and has been working on the appeal since 2009.The night Delvania was killed, Philip was at a house party at his Uncle Cyril’s house and Delavania’s parents were also there. The baby had been left with grandparents, Sam and Gert Mack.Tallio says he was asked by Delavania’s mother Lotta to go and check on the child.“I knocked, called if anybody’s home. Went upstairs, Sam and Gert sleeping in the living room.” Tallio said in an interview with RCMP in 2011. “And you can smell the booze in the air. Delavina wasn’t with them so I went from door to door. Found her in the corner room. Could see that she wasn’t breathing. Her pajamas were down around her ankles. And that’s when I tried to wake up Sam and Gert. They wouldn’t wake up. That’s when I ran back to Cyril and Nina’s.”Innocence Project lawyers collected a number of sworn affidavits from court officials including a psychiatrist that suggest Tallio had no idea what was happening to him in the court room. They propose a number of alternate suspects for the killing including Tallio’s uncle Cyril who is now deceased.Lawyers also want new DNA testing based on the development of a procedure in the last year that can distinguish between male members of the same family along the paternal line. They’ve also collected new witnesses who are casting doubt on the efficacy of the initial police investigation.Tallio declined a request for an interview.rsmith@aptn.calast_img read more



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Manitoba moves to reform nighthunting

first_img(L to R) Rick Wowchuk, MLA for Swan River; Rochelle Squires, Minister of Sustainable Development; Chief Conservation Officer Jack Harrigan and Brian Kotak of the Manitoba Wildlife Federation.Melissa RidgenAPTN NewsIndigenous hunters in the populated southern portion of Manitoba will need a permit to spotlight hunt and only be allowed to do so in certain areas and times, under the proposed Wildlife Amendment Act.It mainly affects areas within Treaty 1, 2 and 3. Indigenous hunters in Treaty 5 are largely unaffected.The Bill is just the first step in making changes, says the province.Step 2 will be consultations over the summer to hammer out the details. Any changes will be decided with First Nations, the Metis, and municipalities, agriculture and wildlife groups, said Manitoba’s Minister of Sustainable Development, Rochelle Squires.Night hunting has been contentious in areas where traditional lands are in close proximity to farmland. Incidents involving bullets into houses, fences cut in pursuit of game and gunned-down livestock prompted Premier Brian Pallister to say in 2017 that night hunting was going to cause a “race war” in some areas of the province.He later said that was a poor choice of words and recognized night hunting was an inherent right of Indigenous people, protected under Section 35 of the Constitution.The framework for Bill 29 – the Wildlife Amendment Act – is a result of 22 meetings throughout the province including First Nations leaders.“We consistently heard that Indigenous people are concerned about Treaty rights while also expressing grave concern over how night hunting affects the safety of their communities as well as all Manitobans,” Squires said.But at a press conference Wednesday, all groups had a seat at the table except the one the province vowed to work closely with.“This government claims to have met with Indigenous leaders across the province, yet there was zero Indigenous representation today at Minister Squires press conference regarding Bill 29,” said Judy Klassen, Liberal MLA for Kewatinook.APTN asked why there were no indigenous representatives present and Squires said they were having their own media availability on the matter.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas was not invited to the table and said later he’s hopeful the consultation meetings this summer will be productive.“I’ve actually spoken with the premier on this issue and they’re wanting to move forward in a collaborative way,” he said.“If this government wants to restrict night hunting it can negotiate with our First Nations or include us in comprehensive co-management of natural resources.”Dumas said he has asked that a round table discussion facilitated by the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba be part of this summer’s consultations.The Manitoba Metis Federation, meanwhile, says it favors changes to night-hunting and spotlighting in southern Manitoba.last_img read more



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Piikani mother walking to Calgary gets a little help on the way

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsAs people across the country gathered to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, a mother in southern Alberta completed her 40 hour healing journey to honour her two daughters.But Stephanie English didn’t do it alone.Along the way she got a little help from her friends.See Part One here: From the reserve to the public eye – Piikani mother walks to Calgary in memory of her two daughterstpimentel@aptn.ca@aptn_tamaralast_img



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Norwegian technology employs artificial magma to stifle Alberta gas well leaks

first_imgCALGARY – New technologies employing brute force as well as artificial volcanic action are being developed to better seal thousands of inactive oil and gas wells in Canada that are leaking methane, a greenhouse gas with an outsized impact on global warming.The technology is advancing as federal and provincial governments embrace new goals to cut fugitive methane gas emissions that the industry concedes are difficult to measure, much less control.A Norwegian company is working in B.C. and Alberta with a technology that creates a pool of volcano-inspired “artificial magma” underground to plug wells by melting and fusing the steel pipe with surrounding rock.Michael Skjold said he came up with the idea to use thermite — a metal-chemical powder that burns at around 3,000 C — to seal oil and gas wells about eight years ago. It has advanced from backyard testing to a full-scale commercial test program to plug oil and gas wells.“The reaction lasts for maybe two or three minutes and then it acts like magma that’s erupting from a volcano. A small man-made volcano. Very controllable,” said the innovation and business development manager for Interwell Norway AS during an interview in Calgary.“Actually, we’ve used the volcano as inspiration because … we are creating something very similar to igneous rock and basalt formations.”Thermite has been used for decades in exothermic bonding, a welding technique used to join railway track segments together by melting the steel ends. It’s considered safe to handle and store because it requires a substantial amount of electrical energy for ignition.The Interwell technology was targeted at Norway’s offshore oil and gas industry but Skjold said Alberta’s inventory of nearly half a million wells, compared with Norway’s cumulative total of about 5,000 wells, convinced the company to focus on Canada instead.The leaking well problem is also better known in Alberta than in Norway because it is more visible, he said, pointing out it’s hard to tell whether wells hundreds of metres deep in the cold and stormy North Sea might be leaking small amounts of natural gas.Interwell has tested its technology on four Alberta wells and one in B.C. for producers Shell Canada, Imperial Oil and Canlin Energy in the past 18 months and plans to test eight to 10 more this year. Skjold said the testing has been successful so far, but the next tests will be performed on “problem wells,” where standard plugs have failed.Most wells in Alberta that no longer produce profitable volumes are plugged with a cast-iron-and-rubber plug inside the steel casing and sealed by pouring cement on top, said Will Butler, lead, regulatory efficiency, for the Alberta Energy Regulator’s oil and gas operations group.If a leak develops outside the casing, the standard fix is called “perf and squeeze,” where the casing is perforated from within and cement squeezed through the holes to make a better seal with the surrounding rock.He said perf and squeeze is successful on the first attempt about half of the time, but often needs to be repeated, which adds to the cost.Skjold said the Interwell technology is probably too expensive to compete on simple well plugs, but can likely be cost-competitive with perf and squeeze and similar methods.The problem with cement is that it tends to shrink and pull away from the metal casing over time — wells that are sealed today may still leak in the future, said Dale Kunz, president of Winterhawk Well Abandonment Ltd.The private Calgary company is developing a tool that can be lowered into a well and then expanded with enough force to make the steel casing bulge outwards to create a tighter seal with the surrounding rock.He said natural gas can leak from oil wells, too, because producers often drill through gas-bearing rock to reach deeper oil-bearing formations. The shallower gas formations are normally sealed off with cement while the oil is produced but that cement seal can also deteriorate over time.Between 80,000 and 100,000 of Alberta’s wells are inactive — in other words, no longer producing but not yet permanently abandoned and reclaimed — said Butler.He said 10 to 12 per cent are probably leaking at least some natural gas.“We know there are many, many hundreds if not thousands of wells that the industry doesn’t realize are leaking,” he said.“They’ve been abandoned previously in the past, maybe decades ago, but not to the standards of today and they may be leaking again … Industry is of the mindset this is no longer their issue. But it is.”Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more



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