Highlights from the news file for Thursday, Sept. 7———QUEBECER DESCRIBES IRMA AS TERRIFYING: A Quebec man living on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin is calling hurricane Irma the most terrifying experience of his life after 300-km/h winds ripped the roof off his house and others in the same complex. The Category 5 storm left disaster in its wake Wednesday when it hit Saint Martin, where Rene H. Lepine has lived permanently for four years running a real-estate development. Before that, Lepine had been a frequent visitor to the island — his wife and extended family are from the area. But nothing could prepare him for the fury of Irma. “It was the most terrifying experience of my life, to put it mildly,” he told The Canadian Press in a Facebook conversation Thursday as he used a gas generator to keep his phone charged. Irma’s path of devastation across the northern Caribbean left at least 10 dead and thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees on a track Thursday that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida.———LIBERAL TAX PLAN DEMONIZES CANADIANS, SCHEER SAYS: The federal Liberals are demonizing the country’s small business owners to pay for their own out-of-control spending, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said Thursday. Scheer opened a two-day meeting of Conservative MPs and senators by hammering on the Liberal government’s plan to end what it calls unfair tax advantages for the wealthy by changing elements of the tax code. The proposed changes to the tax code announced by the Liberals earlier this summer provided an unexpected political gift to the Conservatives, seeking new momentum in Opposition after Scheer was elected leader of the party in May. Dozens of groups have rallied against the changes and Trudeau got an earful at a town hall Wednesday night in Kelowna, B.C., where the Liberals are currently meeting. Scheer told caucus the subject will be top of mind when Parliament resumes this fall, as the Opposition seeks to press the government on other hot-button issues from the summer.———CANADA URGED TO PUT ‘DREAMER’ SYSTEM IN PLACE: U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to end protections for those who entered the U.S. illegally as children could spark a new wave of immigration and asylum requests, some analysts warn. If that happens, they say, Canada’s already stressed systems would come under further pressure and potentially intensify a backlash against newcomers. About 1.7 million illegal migrants to the United States — the vast majority of them Mexicans — are either registered or qualify for registration under a five-year-old policy called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA. The program, which Trump wants ended, allows them to obtain work permits and protects them from deportation. Martha Batiz, an award-winning Mexican-Canadian writer and academic, said Canada would do well to put a system in place to welcome Dreamers, many of whom have grown up in the U.S. and are therefore culturally adapted and speak English as well as Spanish. Otherwise, she said, they might feel desperate enough to create the kind of risky and uncontrolled influx recently seen with Haitian and African migrants.———CHIEFS WANT MANITOBA TO DECLARE STATE OF EMERGENCY: Some Indigenous leaders want the Manitoba government to declare a state of emergency and free up more hotel rooms for people who have fled forest fires in the north. Chief Dino Flett of Garden Hill First Nation says people living in close quarters in emergency shelters in Winnipeg have been getting sick. He says this is the first time he can recall large shelters being used for forest fire evacuees because of a lack of available hotel rooms. Garden Hill and two other Indigenous communities were evacuated last week, and more than 1,000 people were initially put up in two large shelters in Winnipeg. The Canadian Red Cross says it has been transferring people to hotel rooms as they become available, and only about 300 people remain at a shelter. Premier Brian Pallister says he won’t declare a state of emergency, and says everyone involved is doing the best they can.———PROTESTERS BUILD TINY HOMES IN PIPELINE PATH: Members of the Secwepemc Nation in British Columbia say they are building the first of 10 tiny homes that will be placed directly in the path of Kinder Morgan’s $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Kanahus Manuel of the Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society says the house is a symbol of sustainability in the face of an environmentally damaging project and is based on homes built at the Standing Rock protest in the United States. Manuel says she lived in a tiny home at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest for three months in 2016 and asked the designer of the building to create plans for buildings that could be placed in Trans Mountain’s path. She says the mobile houses will be occupied by people struggling with a housing crisis in the Secwepemc Nation and will be 5.5 metres wide and 3.6 metres tall with a wood stove and solar panels. Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada, did not immediately respond to a request for comment but it announced yesterday that it had hired six contractors in advance of planned pipeline construction activities this month.———NOVA SCOTIA JUDGE WHO ACQUITTED CAB DRIVER TO BE INVESTIGATED: Nova Scotia’s chief justice has ordered an investigation into complaints against a provincial court judge who presided over a high-profile case involving a taxi driver accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated female passenger. Justice Michael MacDonald issued a statement Thursday saying a three-member review committee will look into allegations of misconduct against Judge Gregory Lenehan. Lenehan faced intense public scrutiny in March when he issued an oral decision that concluded the Crown had failed to prove the woman’s lack of consent. He followed up by saying, “Clearly, a drunk can consent,” then acquitted 40-year-old taxi driver Bassam Al-Rawi. Lenehan’s choice of words set off a storm of social media criticism, a letter-writing campaign calling for a judicial council to investigate, and two public protests. The Crown has appealed Lenehan’s decision.———NEW MURDER TRIAL ORDERED FOR EX-SOLDIER: Ontario’s top court has ordered a new murder trial for an ex-soldier who walked free because his case took too long to be heard. The Crown had appealed a judge’s decision to stay a first-degree murder charge against Adam Picard under new time limits established by the Supreme Court of Canada last summer. It also alleged Ontario Superior Court Justice Julianne Parfett mischaracterized the nature of the delays, failed to consider the complexity of the case and did not properly account for a transitional period in applying the new rules. Picard was arrested in December 2012 in the killing of 28-year-old Fouad Nayel, who police believe died the day he went missing in June of that year. The trial was set to begin in 2016 when the murder charge was stayed in a surprise decision.———NDP LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE SINGH GETS RIVAL’S HELP: Federal NDP leadership hopeful Jagmeet Singh has clinched the backing of veteran politician and former leadership rival Peter Julian. Julian says Singh represents the diversity the NDP needs in order to thrive against the Liberals and Conservatives. He says he has been impressed in recent weeks by the breakthrough Singh had made in signing up new members. Julian notes there is a distinction between debating fellow leadership hopefuls and choosing whom to support, and he took the time necessary to make the right choice. Julian, who represents the British Columbia riding of New Westminster-Burnaby, dropped out of the race in July, citing poor fundraising numbers. The race to replace outgoing NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is heating up, with the first round of voting scheduled to take place later this month.———TORONTO TO BID FOR AMAZON HEADQUARTERS: Toronto Mayor John Tory says he will be leading the charge to convince Amazon that it should call the city its second home. Amazon announced Thursday that it is hunting for a site for a new headquarters in North America, in addition to its sprawling Seattle hub. Tory says in a statement that Toronto is a prime candidate for the technology giant and that city staff plan to put together an attractive bid. Amazon says that it will spend more than $5 billion US to build another headquarters in North America to house as many as 50,000 employees. The technology company plans to stay in its current Seattle headquarters and the new space will be a full equal of its current home, said Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Cities have a little more than a month to apply through a special website, and the company said it will make a final decision next year.———TORONTO COUNCILLOR APOLOGIZES FOR ‘KNITTING’ COMMENT: Toronto’s deputy mayor is apologizing for comments he made about the city’s outgoing chief planner after backlash from critics who called his words sexist. Denzil Minnan-Wong told the Toronto Sun last week that Jennifer Keesmaat “should stick to the knitting,” meaning city planning, rather than weighing in on other matters. Keesmaat fired back on CBC’s Metro Morning on Thursday, saying she found the comment deeply offensive. Minnan-Wong says his comments were taken out of context, but added he nonetheless believes the city’s next chief planner should focus on planning. Keesmaat plans on leaving the role next month after five years on the job during which she has often been an outspoken advocate on accessibility, transit and public space issues. Several local councillors, from Mary-Margaret McMahon to Mike Layton to Joe Cressy, called out Minnan-Wong for his comments. “First of all, I’m not going to mince words, he might as well have told me to go back to the kitchen,” Keesmaat told Metro Morning host Matt Galloway. “Just so you know, I’ve never been there — I’m not a very good cook — I think it’s a deeply offensive comment.”
MONTREAL – A group of pro-NAFTA American farmers descended on Montreal on Friday and expressed cautious optimism that a deal will be reached, despite unresolved issues at the negotiating table that include Canada’s supply management system.U.S. President Donald Trump has described Canada’s protectionist policies for dairy, poultry and eggs as unfair, and people close to the NAFTA talks have indicated that more access to Canadian dairy market is a key American demand.As the sixth round of negotiations continued at a nearby hotel, member of Farmers for Free Trade stressed the importance of exports to American producers and expressed hope for a quick resolution on the file.Former chief U.S. agriculture negotiator Darci Vetter said that while the highly protected agriculture sector is always contentious, other recent free-trade agreements have shown the issue isn’t insurmountable.Canada’s free-trade deal with the European Union and the recently revised Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement have showed the country is willing to compromise on the sacred cow of supply management, she said.“What used to be the uncrossable barrier of putting dairy in a trade agreement was crossed with the agreement with the EU and certainly the TPP package,” Vetter said in an interview following a press briefing at a downtown hotel.“So there are examples this can be done. The question is how, at what level, and over what period of time.”The revised TPP deal struck on Tuesday included a concession on the supply-managed dairy sector, which is to be opened up by 3.25 per cent to foreign competition.Vetter, a consultant for Farmers for Free Trade, said it’s “not unreasonable” that the United States would ask for access to the dairy market as part of a revised NAFTA.She added that negotiators for all sides are very familiar with each other’s positions and what is possible.“Hopefully the negotiators will have a pragmatic discussion about how we get there, understanding the political pressure is high,” she said.Kansas cattle and hog farmer Terry Nelson said Trump’s recent comments to CNBC, where the president suggested the United States might enter the TPP if it got a “better deal,” are a reason for optimism and a sign Trump has been listening to his pro-trade agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue.“We’ve got a lot of faith in President Trump being willing to listen to agriculture,” Nelson said. “I know Secretary Perdue has had a lot of conversations that have finally been acknowledged and…I think we’re going to be all right.”All the members of the group present at the meeting stressed the importance of bending Trump’s ear to the needs of the agriculture sector and its importance to his conservative rural base.They also pushed for a quick resolution to the talks, noting that the uncertainty of the protracted negotiating process could harm the export-dependent sector.“We don’t know quite where the end of the road is or where it will be…but it will probably put a little drag on exports of both meat and grain,” Nelson said.The NAFTA negotiations are scheduled to conclude Monday.
#ThankYouSedins. The sentiment is as simple as it sounds.As Henrik and Daniel Sedin prepare for their final game in Vancouver, @imacSportsnet and @Burkie2020 reflect on their quiet leadership, mental toughness, and the incredible legacy they leave with the #Canucks.There will never be another two players like them. #ThankYouSedins pic.twitter.com/HfNOwC1gyE— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 6, 2018After more then 2,600 games, and 2,100 points between Daniel and Henrik Sedin, all for the Vancouver Canucks, the Swedish twins will retire Saturday. They hang up their skates after 17 years on the west coast.Thank You Henrik and Daniel.For Everything.#ThankYouSedins pic.twitter.com/4Lp4z4MzBz— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) April 6, 2018 The masters in down low puck possession, small space play, and manipulating space BUT the real gold lies in their ‘goodness’. Kids, watch and emulate. Respect. #ThankYouSedins https://t.co/JIcQY91CAs— Hayley Wickenheiser (@wick_22) April 6, 2018The duo played their final NHL home game, Thursday, and the hockey world has apparently just begun celebrating the ginger forwards.Meanwhile, on a much more sombre, but inspiring note, President of Sportsnet, Scott Moore was among those sharing his thoughts on the death of Jonathan Pitre. In a world of sports heroes, one truly has stood out for me personally: Jonathan Pitre. He was an absolute inspiration. He met all his challenges with an incredible courage. Rest in Peace, Jonathan. Our condolences to his amazing Mom, Tina. pic.twitter.com/xTvQDfgPIj— Scott Moore (@MooreScottmoore) April 6, 2018The 17-year-old, known as the #ButterflyBoy, died Wednesday night at a Minnesota hospital of complications for epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a disease for which Pitre became a spokesperson.The Senators join the rest of Ottawa and mourn the loss of our special friend. He taught us what courage and resilience really is, all the while displaying his trademark enthusiasm and smile. We’ll all miss you, Jonathan. Our sincere condolences to Tina and the entire family. pic.twitter.com/g40UsP0yLW— Ottawa Senators ?? (@Senators) April 6, 2018The social media world was abuzz with memories, condolences and prayers for his Ottawa family.Tweet us your favourite pictures, videos and hashtags, @660NEWS.
OTTAWA – The cutting of steel for the navy’s long overdue support ships will begin next month in Vancouver, even though the federal government doesn’t know how much the two vessels will ultimately cost.Federal procurement minister Carla Qualtrough confirmed plans for an early start to work on the supply ships during a breakfast address Thursday at the Cansec defence show in Ottawa.Seaspan Shipyards will receive $66 million to work on several dozen components of the so-called joint support ships during a lull in the building of two other Canadian Coast Guard vessels.The government is hoping that advance work will shave about a year off the expected delivery time for the first support vessel, which is currently slated to hit the water in 2023.It will also ensure Seaspan continues to have work for its employees during what would otherwise be a dead zone between construction of the last of three coast guard fisheries vessels and a new coast guard ocean science ship.“These support ships will deliver fuel and other vital supplies to vessels at sea,” Qualtrough said, “ensuring our women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces are able to carry out their missions for decades to come.”The navy has been without a permanent support ship since retiring its last two in 2015 because of an unexpected fire and excessive corrosion, and is currently relying on a converted civilian vessel to fill the gap.The first new vessel was originally supposed to be delivered in 2019, but the project has been plagued with delays.Even as work is set to begin, however, Qualtrough conceded later that the government still doesn’t have a concrete estimate of how much the two joint support ships are going to cost.“It’s too early to speculate on what the (support ships) will ultimately cost,” she said.The previous Conservative government set a budget of $2.3 billion for the vessels back in 2011, but that number has been under review for nearly two years.The parliamentary budget office pegged the full cost of two support ships back in 2013 at $4.13 billion, while the government’s new defence investment plan, released this week, said it could cost up to $4.99 billion.“There are a lot of things happening on (the support ships),” said Andre Fillion, head of military procurement at Public Services and Procurement Canada.“The acquisition of long lead items, the start of the (early work) and also a lot of engineering work.”Seaspan vice-president Tim Page told The Canadian Press that the shipbuilder is in negotiations with the government, but remains committed to delivering the support ships to the navy.Starting work early is a reasonable solution to what would otherwise be a troublesome lull in work at Seaspan, said defence analyst David Perry of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.But the government still doesn’t have an approved design for the support ships, he said, and the whole point of the federal government’s multibillion-dollar shipbuilding strategy was to prevent such production gaps.“It’s a solution to an immediate problem,” Perry said, “but it’s not by any means an ideal scenario.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A slow and steady approach to rebuilding the northern cod stock could see employment in the crucial fishery skyrocket in just over a decade, according to a new study.The report was released Thursday by advocacy group Oceana Canada as one of six case studies assessed by University of British Columbia fisheries economists in a larger report considering the social and economic benefits of rebuilding Canada’s fisheries.The economists project that within 11 years, under favourable environmental conditions and low fishing pressure, a rebuilt northern cod fishery could support 26,000 jobs — 16 times more than today. Economic activity generated by the fishery could reach $233 million, up from its current level of $33 million.“Our results suggest that bearing this short-term cost can lead to economic benefits, which in the long term are an improvement over maintaining the status quo,” the full report reads. The study spoke to the northern cod’s status as an “iconic species” of huge importance to the coastal communities of northeastern Newfoundland and Labrador.“It (northern cod) stands as a symbol of the bounty and prosperity that supported massive fisheries …. It also is a symbol of loss and the devastating consequences of overfishing,” the study read.“Signs of a fragile recovery of northern cod bring hope, and with it, opportunities to (correct) the wrongs of the past.”Researchers ran several scenarios, but even under the poorest environmental conditions, the study projected the value of northern cod, if allowed to rebuild to a healthy status with low fishing pressure, would exceed its value under current practices.The northern cod projections were set against a “status quo” catch. The status quo was defined as 13,000 tonnes of fish landed annually while a low fishing catch was defined as 9,500 annual tonnes.The commercial cod fishery, once the backbone of Newfoundland and Labrador’s fishing industry, collapsed and was placed under a moratorium in 1992, throwing thousands out of work and sparking protests.Federal fisheries officials reported this year that the stock has made significant gains over the last few years but warned that it is still in a critical zone.Oceana Canada’s projections are consistent with advice given by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans when it release its annual report last month. DFO advised keeping cod removal at the “lowest possible levels” until population numbers clear the critical zone.The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union responded to DFO’s latest report by advocating for “modest increases in harvest rates” and arguing these increases would not significantly impact the stock’s growth.Oceana Canada’s science director Robert Rangeley said in an interview that northern cod was chosen as a case study because it has great potential. “It’s been showing … some evidence of kind of a fragile recovery. It’s going in the right direction,” Rangeley said. “Should we be patient, or should we be rushing in and fishing it now? I think this adds little bit more evidence that a patient approach will reap benefits in the future.”Rangeley said rebuilding plans are a key but often missing piece to restoring the healthy status of Canadian stocks.The cod study noted that just five of Canada’s fish stocks assessed as “critically depleted” have rebuilding plans in place, and not all of these follow global best practices.Rangeley said these plans should keep the needs of coastal communities in mind, but he said the biggest payoff will come if the stocks are able to rebuild to a healthy level because of reduced fishing pressure.“We still have to rebuild these stocks, and that’s where the value is going to come. That’s the investment,” Rangeley said.Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Canada’s top military commander says soldiers, veterans and their families can now visit the Afghanistan memorial at the new National Defence headquarters.Gen. Jonathan Vance says in a statement that the memorial, which once was the cenotaph at Kandahar Airfield, was opened without enough thought to how people who aren’t regularly in the headquarters’ secure zone would be able to see it.He says the monument is designed to be a daily reminder for staff at headquarters of the cost of war, while a public monument close to downtown Ottawa would be the national memorial for Canada’s Afghanistan mission.Vance asks for forgiveness for the decision and communications that “alienated and angered” the same people the military meant to honour.He says members of the military, veterans and families can schedule a visit, or show military identification at headquarters to be escorted inside.Vance says the memorial hall will be opened to everyone who wishes to visit once security concerns are dealt with.The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG — Some Winnipeg artists have lost nearly their entire life’s work in an aggressive fire that reduced a shared studio space to rubble and ash.Performance artist Shawna Dempsey was one of 27 people who worked out of the three-storey warehouse that went up in flames early Monday.Firefighters were called to the building about 1 a.m., but crews were pulled back when conditions deteriorated and the fire engulfed the structure.There is no damage estimate or cause. Dempsey says it’s devastating that she and her art partner, Lorri Millan, lost all their costumes, financial records, videos and archives.She says it’s like losing your history and your identity, but she is determined to continue making art.A fundraiser established by local galleries and an art magazine has already raised more than $40,000.The Canadian Press
For her birthday, Katy Perry has tweeted fans to support Transcendental Meditation for school kids and veterans.Katy Perry says that Transcendental Meditation changed her life and, for her October 25 birthday, she is asking her fans to donate to the David Lynch Foundation, a US-based charity that provides meditation instruction at no charge to inner-city school kids and veterans suffering from the traumatic stress of combat.In a tweet last week to her 27 million twitter followers, Perry writes: “Transcendental Meditation changed my life. For my birthday I would love to pay it forward. In lieu of gifts, donate to www.davidlynchfoundation.org/katyperry.”Perry joins a growing number of A-list celebs who practice Transcendental Meditation, or “TM”as it is called, including Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Russell Simmons, Jerry Seinfeld, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Cheryl Crow, Moby, Ben Harper and Laura Dern.On the David Lynch Foundation donation webpage, Perry writes about her support for TM: “I have been meditating for two years now, and it’s the best thing I have ever done to help bring more creativity, positive energy and peace to my life. When I’m tired, stressed, anxious or depressed, I meditate, and it clears my mind, and makes me feel relaxed and happier. I have shared the meditation experience with my friends, and recommend it to everyone I know.“I support the David Lynch Foundation because it brings Transcendental Meditation to millions of adults and children all over the world who suffer from post-traumatic stress, such as veterans, inner-city school kids, and women and girls who are victims of violence.“Please help me celebrate my birthday by making a donation to DLF. Your donation is not only special to me, but to all of the people whose lives you will help through the lifelong gift of meditation.”Last year, Perry urged her fans to “pay it forward” with donations to the ASPCA to care for abused animals.
Lupus LA’s largest annual fundraiser, the Orange Ball is a special evening devoted to honoring individuals who work to improve the lives of those living with lupus through medical research, advocacy, and increasing awareness.This year’s event will take place at Beverly Wilshire Hotel tonight, May 9.Lupus LA will honor Jason Alexander with the prestigious Loop Award, Dr. Jay Schapira with the Daniel J. Wallace Founder’s Award and Dr. Stanley J. Naides of the Quest Diagnostics with the Medical Visionary Award.Expected to attend the event are Toni Braxton, Jason Alexander, Bob Saget, Tracie Bennett (End Of The Rainbow), Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas), Scott Grimes (NCIS), Michael B. Jordan (Parenthood), James Lesure (Men At Work), Jenni Pulos (Flipping Out), Kellie Martin (Army Wives), Ingo Rademacher (General Hospital), Josh Altman (Million Dollar Listing), Parminder Nagra (ER), Sharna Burgess (Dancing with the Stars), Ali Hillis (The Ultimate Life), Gleb Savchenko (Dancing with the Stars), Olivia Harrison (Mrs. George Harrison) and more.Orange Ball guests will enjoy an intimate musical performance by six-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist Toni Braxton, live auction that includes high-end items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, as well as dinner and cocktails.A disease with no cure, lupus affects 1.5 Million people in the US, which is more than cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis combined. Ninety percent of lupus patients are women. The Orange Ball raises funds for Lupus LA, which promotes lupus research, awareness, education and serves the needs of people with lupus and their families in Southern California. In the past 13 years, the Orange Ball has raised over $3.5 Million for the cause. To learn how you can “Get Into The Loop” or purchase tickets please visit lupusla.org or call 310.657.LOOP.
Sport Relief has revealed new details about this year’s campaign, including that a very special Only Fools and Horses sketch will feature one of the show’s biggest fans – David Beckham.Back together for the first time in over 10 years, Del Boy (David Jason) and Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst) will be reunited for an unmissable sketch that will be shown as part of a star-studded night of Sport Relief TV on Friday 21st March.This year’s Sport Relief is more ambitious than ever as, for the first time, the public can make every mile count by choosing to run, swim or cycle at the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games across one weekend from 21st – 23rd March 2014.It’s already warming up to be an epic weekend with events taking place in over a thousand locations around the country and at the magnificent Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Those lucky enough to get a place, and follow in the footsteps of their Olympic and Paralympic heroes, will be one of the first to experience the Park in all its glory as it fully reopens, with events and entertainment taking place over the fun-filled weekend.A host of celebrities are joining in the fun and games including Little Mix, who are recording the Sport Relief single ‘Word Up’. The band is encouraging the public to get involved and has just returned from a moving trip to Liberia to see how Sport Relief cash helps change lives.Leigh-Anne Pinnock, from Little Mix, said: “We just got back from Liberia where we visited a project that’s been helped with money raised for Sport Relief. It was shocking to see how tough people’s lives are in the slums there, but knowing how the money raised really does help change lives was inspiring and that’s why I hope everyone gets involved, signs up to the Games and does their bit this year.”Daring Davina McCall has pledged to go the extra mile in the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Davina – Beyond Breaking Point. She will travel across the UK, all under her own steam – and all in the name of Sport Relief. By running, swimming and cycling for seven solid days, Davina will hit the streets – and waters – of the UK in a bid to raise as much cash as she can and inspire the great British public to take on their own challenges, sporty or not!February will see the launch of a brand new show for Sport Relief 2014, Sport Relief’s Top Dog, on BBC Two. Celebrity team captains and members of the public will all put their best paw forward as pet pooches and their owners compete to be crowned top dog.On Friday 21st March the BBC will treat the nation to a super special night of Sport Relief TV, with presenters including Gary Lineker, Gaby Logan, Claudia Winkleman, Jack Whitehall, Clare Balding amongst others, hosting a star-studded show full of celebrity performances, comedy sketches, highlights from this year’s challenges and films about the incredible work Sport Relief supports. Del Boy and Rodney will also be back on TV screens after 10 years with a special Only Fools and Horses Sport Relief sketch. Strictly host, Tess Daly, will reveal the judges’ favourite partnership from Sport Relief Does Strictly, where four Paralympians and their professional dance partners, will have taken on a group dance challenge, hoping to impress the judges and take home the Sport Relief glitter ball trophy on the night.On Sunday 23rd March BBC One will host the Sport Relief Games Show, with Alex Jones and Matt Baker, live from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The show will bring all the highlights as the great British public are joined by numerous famous faces as they make every mile count by taking part on foot, bike or in water throughout the day.To help motivate the nation there are a whole host of famous faces from the world of entertainment and sport taking part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games up and down the country and across the weekend including Denise van Outen, Ricky Hatton, Danielle O’Hara, Ben Fogle and Gaby Roslin among many others. There are accessible and challenging events for everyone to sign-up and get involved at www.sportrelief.com.Money raised from Sport Relief will be spent helping some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.
Today, international charity and educational partner Free The Children announced that its stadium-sized youth empowerment event, We Day, is coming to California for the first time on March 26, 2014 at Oracle Arena with the support of Co-Title Sponsors Microsoft, Allstate and Unilever.Selena Gomez, Seth Rogen, Martin Sheen and Orlando Bloom were among the first revealed as part of the star-studded lineup of speakers and performers who will take the stage at We Day California alongside 16,000 students from over 400 schools across the state.The announcement was made at Philip & Sala Burton Academic High School in San Francisco in front of over 700 students who were joined by players from the Oakland Raiders and a surprise appearance by Glee star, Jacob Artist.Organized by Free The Children, We Day is taking the philanthropic world by storm and going global with events in the United States, Canada and the UK. Over 180,000 youth this school year alone will come together to take part in an unprecedented educational initiative which inspires students to become active local and global citizens.Spearheading its arrival in California are long-time Free The Children supporters and We Day California Co-Chairs, Natalie Portman, and Magic Johnson along with philanthropic thought leaders Jeff Skoll, Founder and Chairman of the Skoll Foundation, Participant Media and the Skoll Global Threats Fund and Daniel Lurie, CEO and Founder, Tipping Point Community. National businesses are also lending support to We Day including Co-Title Sponsors Microsoft, Allstate and Unilever, and professional sports teams including the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco Giants, the San Jose Sharks and the Oakland Athletics.“I believe in the power of young people to change the world, but they need support and guidance to do so” said Natalie Portman, Academy Award-winning actress, Free The Children ambassador and Co-Chair of We Day California. “We Day helps to bring that passion to life, encouraging young people to take meaningful actions towards the issues they care about and giving them the tools to make it a reality. I’m so honored to help bring this truly impactful youth-led movement to the state of California.”The first round of speakers and performers set to attend We Day California was announced today by co-founder of Free The Children, Craig Kielburger.We Day California will also see local young leaders and performers take the stage including Vocal Rush, a renowned acappella group from Oakland School for the Arts, the Oakland Youth Orchestra, dance group, Culture Shock and spoken word group, Youth Speaks.“We are so thrilled to bring We Day to California for the first time. Since 2007 alone, youth involved in the program have raised $37 million for over 1,000 local and global causes and logged more than 9.6 million volunteer hours,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free The Children. “The enthusiasm students across the state have already shown for making a difference here in California and globally is incredible and we can’t wait to see what new initiatives will be sparked.”Also today, youth from Raisbeck Aviation High School in Seattle who attended the first ever U.S. We Day event last year are gathering to celebrate the continued movement in the U.S. and to share the actions they’ve taken to earn their tickets to this year’s We Day Seattle.Students can’t buy a ticket to We Day; they earn it through service by making a commitment to take action on at least one local and one global initiative of their choices as part of the year-long educational program called We Act. The We Act program supports students and educators with free educational resources, student-led campaigns and support materials to help turn the inspiration from We Day into sustained activation. The program enhances a school’s existing service learning initiatives or sparks new ones.World-renowned leaders and A-list entertainers have added their voice to the We Day movement, coming together to address pressing world issues and ignite students’ passion to be a part of the solution. Past of guests of We Day include Sir Richard Branson, Queen Noor of Jordan, Kofi Annan, Martin Sheen, Demi Lovato, Imagine Dragons, Jennifer Hudson and cast members from Glee, among many others.We Day is free of charge to the thousands of students and teachers in attendance, thanks to the extraordinary support of sponsors, led in California byCo-Title Sponsors Microsoft, Allstate and Unilever.Registration for the We Act program is still open for students and teachers across California at www.weday.com/california. Registration closes on February 14, 2014 at 5 p.m. PDT.Stay connected with We Day and Free The Children. We Day has over 1 million followers on Twitter and is the one of the world’s largest charitable causes on Facebook with 3.7 million fans.
The Duke of Cambridge was joined by a host of stars from screen and fashion to celebrate one of the world’s leading cancer-specialist hospitals this week.The Duke of Cambridge meets Emma Watson and Kate MossCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgSherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame and Hollywood actresses Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter were guests at Windsor Castle for the night honouring the Royal Marsden.Supermodels Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne were also invited to the black-tie do along with designer Ralph Lauren, who has made a generous donation to help fund a new breast cancer research centre which has been named in his honour.The fashion guru’s support went further as he dressed many of the stars attending the dinner hosted by The Duke, who is the hospital’s President.The Royal Marsden was founded as the Free Cancer Hospital in 1851 by Dr William Marsden, and was the first hospital in the world dedicated to cancer treatment and research into the causes of cancer.Bonham Carter said events like the dinner were needed to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer.She said: “It requires a huge amount of money to come up with a cure for cancer.“We now live in times when it doesn’t mean death, a lot of people are living with the disease. It’s very different from when I was a child, the C word was taboo. Hopefully, for my children, it will be a thing of the past.”Cumberbatch described The Duke as a “stand up” guy.After speaking to The Duke, he said: “I’m here tonight to show my support, I’ve done work for various cancer trusts and charities but for the Marsden, it’s the first thing I’ve done for them.”The actor went on to praise the financial support the Royal Marsden has received from Ralph Lauren.Stars from popular period drama Downton Abbey – Laura Carmichael and Allen Leech – were among the guests, as was Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner.The Duke became the Royal Marsden’s president in 2007, following in the footsteps of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, who held the same position.In a speech delivered in Windsor Castle’s St George’s Hall, The Duke told his guests: “I am exceptionally proud to be President of the Royal Marsden, an incredible hospital and a world-class cancer centre carrying out ground-breaking work, influencing the treatment of cancer both nationally and internationally.“I have experienced this brilliant work first hand during several visits to the Royal Marsden. Only last year, I visited the Chelsea hospital and saw for myself some of the complex and pioneering surgery that takes place on a daily basis.“The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity is a crucial part of the life-saving work of the hospital. It is the charity that helps to provide the best state-of-the-art facilities for modern cancer care.“These include the theatre suite and Critical Care Unit in Chelsea, the surgical da Vinci robot, the latest radiotherapy machine CyberKnife, and the inspiring Oak Centre for Children and Young People.“It is the support of the charity which enables the Royal Marsden to give patients throughout the United Kingdom the very best cancer care available anywhere in the world.”The Duke has had a long association with the hospital, spending two days’ work experience at the institution’s children’s unit in December 2005. He helped out in various departments, including medical research, catering and fundraising, and toured a number of the wards.Last November The Duke visited the hospital’s site in Chelsea, west London, where he viewed sections of a breast reconstruction procedure and the removal of a bladder tumour involving two patients.Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.org
Girls today in the United States are far less likely than boys to achieve the recommended amounts of physical activity. By age 14, girls are dropping out of sports at two times the rate of boys.In an effort to inspire girls and women to continue to be physically active, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the Clinton Foundation are joining forces for a second year to shine a spotlight on the disparities between girls’ and boys’ physical activity rates and inspire a new generation of strong, active women.“Data shows that across the United States, less than 50% of middle school girls get the recommended amount of physical activity each day,” says Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation and Board Member of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “Why does this matter? This gap in physical activity results in fewer opportunities for girls to develop critical teamwork, confidence, and leadership skills that will help them thrive throughout their lives– as well as to be physically healthy.”Building off the success of its first year, the #GirlsAre campaign demonstrates the myriad ways girls show their strength using the hashtag #GirlsAre, and encourages supporters to sign the pledge to celebrate girls’ athleticism and to write an empowering note to your younger, athletic self. Launching today and running through June 4th, the campaign coincides with National Physical Fitness & Sports Month in May.The #GirlsAre campaign is bringing together more than 40 non-profit and media partners, as well as celebrity voices to inspire a new generation of strong, active women.Media partners for #GirlsAre include Fatherly, Refinery29, and Woman’s Day.Campaign partners include AdCap, Afterschool Alliance, After-School All-Stars, American Heart Association, Baseball for All, BOOST Collaborative, Boys and Girls Club for Greater Houston, Cage Cricket USA, Carl Sandburg College, Changing the Game Project, ChildObesity180, Coach Cam, Duval County Medical Society Foundation (NEFL), Fuel Up to Play 60, GENYOUth, Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls on the Run International, INEOS ICAN Foundation, JJ’s I’m Me Foundation, LA84 Foundation, Lakeshore Foundation, National Afterschool Association, National Farm to School Network, National Fitness Foundation, National Girls Collaborative Project, National Recreation and Park Association, Play Like a Girl, Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership, Salud America, Sportime featuring SPARK, Sports and Arts Foundation, Texas A&M School of Public Health, The First Tee, The KenKou Group, The OrganWise Guys, Tony Hawk Foundation, Up2Us Sports, Voices for Healthy Kids, the Wasserman Foundation, Women’s Sports Foundation, YMCA of Greater Houston and YWCA Chicago.Influential voices include Hilaria Baldwin, Joy Bauer, Wade Davis, Kaliya Johnson, Becca Myers, Megan Rapinoe, Rachael Ray, Allison Stokke and Abby Wambach.
Advertisement AIR FARCE CANADA 150 embraces what it means to be Canadian, satirizing Canada’s past, present and future. Flashing back through history, the special focuses on the people and events that shaped our nation, including the Vikings landing in Newfoundland, the first hockey game, cottage life with Justin and Sophie Trudeau, and pop culture parodies like Canada: The Musical and an all-new take on the classic NFB animation The Log Driver’s Waltz.AIR FARCE CANADA 150 stars founding troupe members Don Ferguson and Luba Goy, and veterans Jessica Holmes (The Holmes Show, The Itch), Craig Lauzon (Fool Canada, The Ron James Show), Darryl Hinds (My Babysitter’s a Vampire, Little Mosque on the Prairie), and Emma Hunter (The Beaverton, Mr. D). Joining the troupe for the first time are Chris Wilson (from Vancouver’s award-winning sketch duo Peter n’ Chris, The Beaverton, What Would Sal Do, Meet the Family) and Toronto television and stage actress Isabel Kanaan (Haunted or Hoax). The special is directed by Rob Lindsay and Wayne Moss.Special guest stars scheduled to appear include Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space, Lorne Cardinal (Corner Gas, Into the Forest, Insomnia), Kaniehtiio Horn (What Would Sal Do, Letterkenny, Hemlock Grove), Hélène Joy (Murdoch Mysteries, Heartland, Durham County), Eric Peterson (Corner Gas, This is Wonderland, Street Legal) and Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies).A fan favourite, AIR FARCE is one of Canada’s longest-running television comedies and highest-rated entertainment specials. A total audience of over 2.1 million Canadians watched AIR FARCE NEW YEAR’S EVE last year on CBC. (Source: Numeris TV Meter, Dec. 30, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 3, 2017, CBC Total, A2+, Total Canada, AMA, generated by InfoSys+TV).For more details and updates, visit airfarce.com.WEBSITEairfarce.comFACEBOOKFacebook.com/AirFarceCBCTWITTER@AirFarceCBC #AirFarce150.About AIR FARCEMay the Farce be with you! AIR FARCE is one of the most popular and enduring sketch comedy troupes in Canadian history, skewering Canadian politics, current affairs, and pop culture. What began as a topical stage revue in 1970 grew into a wildly popular franchise, including: a CBC Radio series (1973-1997); a weekly CBC TV series (1993-2008); an annual CBC TV special, AIR FARCE NEW YEAR’S EVE (1992–present), soon to celebrate its 25th anniversary; national concert tours; live stage productions; books; and home audio and video releases. AIR FARCE has received many awards and accolades. The troupe members became the first Canadian inductees into the International Humour Hall of Fame in 1992 and were inducted into the Canadian Comedy Hall of Fame in 2001. They were the recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in 1998 and received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2000. At the 2000 Gemini Awards, AIR FARCE received both the Earle Grey Award for its body of work in Canadian television, and the viewer-voted People’s Choice Award for favourite television program. AIR FARCE is produced by Don Ferguson Productions in association with CBC.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. Twitter Advertisement Making Canadians laugh for over four decades, AIR FARCE pulls out all the stops for the country’s 150th birthday, capturing the patriotic spirit of the sesquicentennial celebrations in 60 funny, fast-paced minutes. For its first-ever summer special, and for the first time in AIR FARCE history, the whole country will come together to watch at the exact same time — no delays, no time shifting, and nothing held back. AIR FARCE CANADA 150 premieres Saturday, July 1, at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on CBC with an encore broadcast on Monday, July 3 at 8:00 PM (8:30 PM NT). LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:
FLARE #HowIMadeIt celebrates 100+ talented, ambitious and driven Canadian women with cool jobs. Want what Mouna has? Here’s how she did it.Let’s say we’ve just met at a cocktail party. How would you describe, in a nutshell, what you do?I’m an actor, writer, filmmaker and occasional model.Where did you go to school and what did you study?I went to the University of Toronto and majored in Caribbean Studies and minored in African Studies and Buddhism Psychology.What was your first paying gig out of school? (In your field, or not.) Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Well, I worked on several television shows and film projects while I was in school… I kinda took my time getting my degree so I could make space for my career. When I finally graduated, I took a break and lived in Berlin for several months modelling, so I guess my first gig school-free would be doing e-commerce for Zalando, an online store in Germany.What was your BIG break? How did you land it?Landing the role of Rebecca James in CBC’s hit show Murdoch Mysteries! I auditioned for it like anything else but I really had fun in the audition process. I had no idea what I was doing, with all the intimidating medical jargon I just tried to forget that it was a period piece and be my spunky flirty self. Needless to say, it worked!Describe the moment in which you first realized, I think this is actually going to work out?When I came back from Berlin and I booked the role of Ali on Hemlock Grove. It was my second audition since I returned to Canada and I had so many doubts about whether I could keep going as an actor. I guess getting that gig made me feel like the Universe wanted me to push on!What would you say has been your biggest failure or shortcoming, career-wise, to date? How did you bounce back?I think my short-lived stint as sassy candy rapper Nani. I wouldn’t say it was a failure, more of a fun experiment that didn’t pan out, but it’s definitely been a source of insecurity for me. My bandmate Roney and I tried to make a name for ourselves in the Toronto music scene with limited resources and guidance and after a few years of struggling we parted ways (musically). I bounced back by focusing more on my acting career, which has always been my #1 passion and priority.Name one piece of career advice you always give.Study those who are doing what you want to do, and—if you can—surround yourself with the people who are doing what you want to be doing.What’s the worst career advice you’ve ever gotten?Fake it till you make it. Unfortunately, the camera sees everythingDid you deal with barriers in your field because you are a woman? If so, what were they?The barriers I deal with in my industry have more to do with me being a Black woman. Of course, women working in film and television find themselves under-represented and face various forms of discrimination on both sides of the camera but I must say my skin is a larger issue. I have been told I’m hard to light. I have been told that they went with a different ethnicity (as if casting more than one black person would be too unrealistic). I have also been told to be patient because good roles are only written for older black women.Are you making a fair income for your work? Why or why not? Do you have a side hustle for extra cash? If so, what is it?I would say I make a fair income. I have everything I want and need. My work as a writer and filmmaker doesn’t pay very well/at all because right now I’m just trying to make a name for myself on the other side of the camera, so anything my company makes goes right back into keeping the business afloat.What’s the worst stereotype you’ve heard about millennials at work?That social media is the source of our ignorance. I would argue the opposite—that it’s actually exposing more people to issues that would previously never engage with and that it’s important (yet problematic) source of current news and information. Login/Register With:
Twitter Logo: Montréal Pride Celebrations (CNW Group/Montréal Pride Celebrations) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement More than a Parade: A Complete Festival! This 13th edition of the Montréal Pride festival, presented by TD Bank Group, in collaboration with Casino de Montréal, is divided into three categories of activity including a community, a festive and a cultural component. Over 250 activities divided among the three components will include 20 free super productions, a T-Dance and DJ performances every evening, and will appeal to persons of the sexual and gender diversity as well as to their allies.TD Bank Group, a Loyal Partner of the Montréal Pride FestivalFor the ninth consecutive year, the Montréal Pride festival is relying on the TD Bank Group as the official presenter of the event and on its commitment to the communities of the sexual and gender diversity. “Promoting the values of diversity, respect and inclusion have been part of the TD Bank Group corporate culture for many years and we are proud and pleased to be associated with our official presenter for a ninth year, on our way to a decade of support,” explains Éric Pinault, the festival’s founding president.“We are excited to partner with Pride Montréal and the LGBTQ2+ community. We recognize the importance of opening the doors to a more inclusive environment for today and for the future, and we know how important that is for both our colleagues and our customers. This year, TD Bank Group is supporting over 160 LGBTQ2+ initiatives and 83 Pride festivals throughout North America through funding, partnerships and the volunteering of our employees,” says Stéphan Bourbonnais, Senior Vice President and Region Head, Eastern Canada, TD Private Wealth Management.Casino de Montréal: a Third Year as Presenter For the third consecutive year, the Montréal Pride Festival is also pleased to count on the Casino de Montréal‘s important support as official collaborator for the 2019 edition! The agreement includes all the programming that will be presented on the indoor stage of Espace Casino de Montréal, located in parc des Faubourgs.“The partnership between Casino de Montréal and Montréal Pride has generated a huge wave of pride among all of our Loto-Québec employees, be they part of the LGBTQ+ community or not. We are an official collaborator for the third consecutive year. We are part of the parade for a second time with even more colleagues participating and the novelty this year is that we have improved our agreement with events at the casino itself, notably the Montréal Pride festival launch evening on August 8. We are happy to work for an inclusive organisation that recognizes the importance of celebrating diversity!,” says Patrice Lavoie, spokesperson and Corporate Director, Public Affairs, Press Relations and Social Media for Loto-Québec and its subsidiaries.Flagship Events for the World’s Prides: Community Day, presented by Lyft, and the Parade, presented by Air Canada! The flagship events of the Montréal Pride festival, considered by many to be the heart and soul of all Pride organizations around the world, are the Community Day presented this year by Lyft and the Parade, presented by Air Canada, reminding us that Pride aims to be an event to celebrate our acquired rights and also, to advocate for those we seek.“For 2019, the management, Board of Directors and employees of the festival wish to build on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in Canada to restate that the Pride movement was born of the refusal of our peers to submit to the social and legal injustices they were facing. We wish to mention the introduction of anti-oppression training which is mandatory for all festival employees and volunteers, our public display initiative of posting awareness messages in the park, during the parade presented by Air Canada, and in the format of communiqués to facilitate festival goers’ understanding of different causes we advocate for on a daily basis,” Éric Pineault added.This year, Community Day presented by Lyft, will be held Saturday August 17 along Sainte-Catherine Street East, between Saint-Hubert and Papineau streets. This day will allow members of the LGBTQ+ community and the general public to discover a variety of community organisations and groups, businesses, sports and socio-cultural clubs, each more colorful than the next. This event is aimed at mobilizing, generating awareness and of course, having fun!The Parade, presented by Air Canada, on Sunday August 18 between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., will run along René-Lévesque Boulevard, starting at Metcalfe Street and ending on Alexandre-DeSève Street. The 2.7- kilometer route will symbolically leave the former LGBTQ+ zone in the West end to finish at the heart of today’s Village in the East end. For a 6th year, the theme of the parade will be inspired by the rainbow flag. The color violet, the last color on the flag, is being highlighted in 2019. The symbol of spirituality among the communities of the sexual and gender diversity, the color violet and its nuances evoke dreams, gentleness and peace. Resulting from the blending of pink and blue, two colors generally associated with gender stereotypes, violet represents the range of identities. This year, norms are put into question and the multiplicity of nuances is what is being highlighted.Festive Component: the TD stageThe largest LGBTQ+ gathering in Canada and of the Francophone world will get underway at parc des Faubourgs on Friday August 9, as of 6 p.m. with the Opening Ceremony under the theme of Reconciliation with our Indigenous Peoples. The Montréal Pride festival will emphasize the presence and resilience of these communities throughout history as well as the yet little known realities they suffer from during a moment aimed at supporting the cause of the missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two-spirited persons (MMIW2S). At 8:30 p.m., the atmosphere will turn festive with the performance of Congolese singer-songwriter Dear Denizen, fronting the eclectic group NGABOthat has carved out a loyal following for itself as well as a reputation for incredibly energetic performancesLater, on Friday August 9, Ariane Moffat will take to the TD stage to offer up the main performance only she can provide to cap off the first night of this highly colorful festival. Her presence at the Montréal Pride festival has long been awaited! Our idol, also an openly lesbian mom loved by all, has a show in store for us that promises to be in her image: sincere, open and surprising!On Saturday August 10, as of 6 p.m., a festive rainbow will hang over the TD stage in parc des Faubourgs as open format DJ, DJ Montana, will act as the opener for the KiKi Ball Performance that will begin at 7:30 p.m. with several legendary and major performers of the Montréal and Canadian Ballroom scene. The much anticipated Illusion show will draw crowds as of 8 p.m. as the main performance of the evening with over 150 people on stage featuring some 50 drag queens! The legendary and talented Michel Dorion who has helmed this signature evening for over a decade, has several unforgettable moments and lots of surprises in store for everyone. Of note, among others, is the return of the Drag Challenge, won last year by sports personality Georges Laraque, and whose participants will be announced tomorrow, August 6, by the ever-discreet Rita Baga on the Bonsoir, Bonsoir show!To top off this first weekend of free performances on the TD stage, on Sunday August 11, the Montréal Pride festival will proudly present a once-only, 100 per cent Québécois show following a 6 p.m. DJ Set by the incomparable Eve Salvail. Supernovas promises to be a prideful explosion of Quebec talent with touches of rock, blues and soul and the performances of greats Luce Dufault, Claude Dubois, King Melrose, Debbie Lynch-White, Florence K, Cassiopée, Kim Richardson, and many others! The evening’s concept and artistic direction are signed Marleen Ménard, one of our LGBTQ+ community’s key allies, with the musical direction by Denis Courchesne. This is a unique event festival goers will not want to miss!After a two-day hiatus on August 12 and 13, the parc des Faubourgs venue will be ready for the second Montréal Pride festival weekend! At 6 p.m. on Wednesday August 14, the duo of DJ Franz & Diskommander will be in charge of the TD stage to warm up the crowd prior to the extra special performance by Bo*Johnson at 7:30 p.m. Is Bo*Johnson a Voice, a Beautiful Soul or a Diva? Everyone can say or think what they want but there is no doubt that this outstanding artist will please and set the scene for the VAGUE show at 8 p.m. An evening to let oneself go with the flow and surf on the melodies of these new wave artists! To be expected: a whirlpool of emotions that will sometimes immerse the audience in troubled waters and sometimes in a river of calm with the performances of artists Safia Nolin, Alexandra Stréliski, Beyries, La Bronze, Geoffroy, Annie Sama, Anthony Carle, Wake Island and Mathis Xavier, and waves of others!At 6 p.m. on Thursday August 15, DJ Gigi will host, entertain and of course, get the tens of thousands of people to dance while they wait to take in for a fourth year in a row, the world’s largest ever show of Queens having participated in the popular reality TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race. Though Drag Superstars, presented by MAC Cosmetics will begin on stage at 8 p.m., it is strongly recommended that revelers show up early on that evening to get the chance to enjoy host Sasha Velours and the exclusive performances of Yvie Oddly, A’keria C. Davenport, Brooke Lynn Eight, Silky Nutmeg Ganache, Trinity Taylor, Detox, Latrice Royale, Manila Luzon, Willam, Naomi Smalls and Vanessa « Miss Vangie » Mateo! This highly popular evening would be incomplete without the half-time show headlined by some of Quebec’sfavorite drag queens!It goes without saying that the beat will be marked on the TD stage at parc des Faubourgs on Friday August 16, at 6 p.m., as the talented DJ Minas performs his set before the Excellence evening begins at 8 p.m. For this third edition of Excellence, this presentation of incredible beauty aimed at creating a safe space and allowing the artistic expression by and for queer and/or trans people of color, will be hosted by Elle Barbara and highlight the talents of Cyber, Randay, Jade Above, Andy Razafi, Apollin, Joy Rider, Tammy Tuesdayz and Tika! At 10 p.m., it will be Margaret Cho‘s turn to wish the audience in her inimitable way, a memorable 2019 Pride! This bisexual comedian who has constantly advocated against racism, bullying and for the full recognition of persons socially discriminated against, will raise laughter from her audience and no doubt by the same token, some pertinent reflection!Already anticipated by all, the JetSet evening presented on August 17 at 8 p.m., will follow the 6 p.m. DJ Set by world renowned and award winning (Emmy) DJ Stephan Grondin. JetSet will offer up performances by Geneviève Leclerc, Luciana and Brian Justin Crum culminating with LGBTQ+ ally extraordinaire, Ciara, whose much awaited return is being hailed across the planet!The 13th edition of the Montréal Pride festival will end on Sunday August 18, as of 3 p.m. with a memorable T-Dancewith the freshness of DJ Lady McCoy whose sounds will wake-shake up revelers until the extravagant Las Bibas from Vizcaya takes over at 6 p.m. to set fire to parc des Faubourgs during a set where Janice Robinson (Dreamer, There Must Be Love) will make a special appearance. At 9 p.m., legend DJ Tom Stephan will further stoke the fires of the audience on the TD stage with the closing notes and rhythms of the 2019 Montréal Pride festival!Festive Component: Espace Casino de MontréalOn Friday August 9, at 6 p.m., Montreal-based DJ Bamboo Herman who started her career in the East End of London’sunderground queer scene at the beginning of this decade will inaugurate the indoor and air conditioned Espace Casino de Montréal, with an inspired set of Classic House (Acid, Chicago) and tribal with a touch of London Bass! At 9:30 p.m., she will hand it over to Shawnee, a Canadian Mohawk artist that Billboard Magazine recently added to its “people to know in music” chart while MTV has included her to its “Best Genderfluid Artist” list as a bi-spiritual person.On Saturday August 10, at 9 p.m., the Place à la relève show, a youthful evening spotlighting numerous emerging artists returns to the Espace Casino de Montréal. Hosted by Middle and Christopher Marlot, this exceptional evening will spotlight such newcomers as Nick Saanto, Tommy Khuon + Bussdown, Kat Louis, Middle, Narcisse, Sincerely Shyy, Jojo, Tygr Willy, BiCurious George, Hugo Lacchia, Ezechiel, Néon and Christopher Marlot!The absolutely crazy and long-awaited FUNDAMENTAL: The 50 Years of Gay Liberation Kiki Ball will be attracting the crowds on Sunday August 11, as of 5 p.m., with KIKI categories inspired by a half century of struggles, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. This memorable evening which is always sold out, will be co-hosted by Elle Barbara, Brian Amazon Disney & Twysted Miyake-Mugler Siriano and notably star Byrell The Great!Following a pause on Monday and Tuesday, the Espace Casino de Montréal will resume on Wednesday August 14 at 7 p.m., with the rhythms of the Club Bolo celebrating its 25 years of activity and its cowgirls and cowboys ready to set fire to the dance floor! At 8 p.m., the Queerlesque Show will offer up an evening of burlesque cabaret highlighting the scintillating talents of a baker’s dozen of Montreal-based queer burlesque artists who are renowned the world over. Among the artists who will be performing: Bunny Valentin et Bobby Ananass, Cici Garette, Gigi Marx, Grant Canyon, Honey Dynamite, Honey Lustre, La Gourmande, Miss Enchantée, Queeny Ives, Rosie Bourgeoisie, Them.Cee Shecteroni and Talia Della Crema! To wrap up this diversity-filled evening, Tranna Wintour and Thomas Leblanc will present the humorous play Being Britney as of 9:30 p.m. Tranna and Thomas along with a hallucinating cast of performers will present a journey to rival a greek odyssey. From the Mickey Mouse Club to I’m a Slave 4 U and including Baby One More Time, from Louisiana to Las Vegas, Being Britney promises to leave no one indifferent!The charming and fresh Roxane Bruneau will present her intimate performance with the essence only she can share with her audience on Thursday August 15, at 9:30 p.m. The openly lesbian singer, whose marriage proposal went around the world, will invite spectators to join her in a universe of her making, free spirited and rich in humour. “The Montréal Pride festival can only be proud of Roxane’s presence as well as that of all the other artists who will once again ensure the success of the Espace Casino de Montréal this year! Roxane is magnificently representative of this venue’s programming that we have wished to be accessible, safe and a reflection of our various communities,” stated Jean-Sébastien Boudreault, the festival’s Vice-President. An evening not to be missed!As of 6 p.m. on Friday August 16, it will be time for the 100% Drag Night, this year offering four different themed variations of the profession, including song and the representation of our QTBIPOC communities, of drag kings and of persons living with Down’s syndrome! The Karaoshow hosted by Montréal’s drag queen celebrity Chouchoune will turn the heat up with an evening where singing talents will be spotlighted! Later, at 8 p.m., the Afro Drag show will showcase the multi-faceted universe of Montréal’s QTBIPOC community drag queens. At 9 p.m., ManSpread, the only monthly event presenting drag kings in Montréal, will offer different performances that are guaranteed to surprise under the watchful eye of your host, the charming Charli Deville. To wind up this incredible evening, as of 10 p.m., the long awaited Drag Syndrome, the internationally acclaimed British troupe of queens living with Down’s syndrome who will take over the Espace Casino de Montréal stage.On Saturday, August 17 at 8:30 p.m., Mike Lee, an artist of the SGD born in the French territory of Réunion Island and who came to the attention of Quebecers during season number five of Star Académie, will start things off under the theme of charm! The gentleman will offer up pop-modern versions of songs from the crooner repertoire from yesterday up to today. At 10 p.m., one of the festival’s headliners, openly gay singer-songwriter Steve Grand, whose performance is presented by Hotel W, will take over the stage. This talented artist who has uniquely revisited the standards of his musical genre (much more than country) has reached over 18 million hits on YouTube and will no doubt give another sold-out performance!For a perfect ending to this week of celebration and following strong popular demand, the Montréal Pride festival is proud to announce the return of the MONDO DISKO T-Dance on Sunday August 18, as of 6 p.m. This festive event is a tribute to an ever federating musical genre, to a forgotten cultural phenomenon, to hedonistic rituals and to the legendary nights of clubbing! As with its first edition last year, this inclusive dance happening will blast an Avant-garde Disco atmosphere showcasing all the diversity we are capable of! This year persons in charge of this dance floor marathon will be none other than Robert Ouimet, B’ugo, Charly P and Lost Heroes, till 11 p.m.!Community ComponentThe Community component includes the Community day, the workshops, the famous Pride Parade as well as the sexual and gender diversity community gatherings.The community events are at the very heart of the Montréal Pride festival celebrations:Wednesday August 7: Newtworking Cocktail presented by Pride At Work CanadaThursday August 8: Crazy Condom Race with partner organizations RÉZO and Équipe MontréalThursday August 8: Trans Egeria presented by Aide aux Trans du Québec (ATQ)Thursday August 8: Festival Art-en-ciel, a presentation of the Saint-Pierre Apôtre ChurchThursday August 8 to Saturday August 10: PrideHacksThursday August 8 to Friday August 16: Literary PrideThursday August 8 to Sunday August 18: “Two-spirited Persons Among Indigenous People” Exhibit presented by the Centre international d’art contemporain (CIAC) de MontréalFriday August 9: PLURI SECRETS Workshop on consensual flirtingFriday August 9: COVEN: Sinful Pride, a House of Lauren presentationFriday August 9 to Sunday August 18: Youth Safe Space presented by Alter-HeroesFriday August 9 to Sunday August 18: STRANGEr- Photo Exhibit presented RÉZOFriday August 9 to Sunday August 18: ZEN by Maison Plein CoeurFriday August 9 to Sunday August 18: Passion & Handicap SpaceSaturday August 10: Youth BBQ presented by Queer YouthSaturday August 10: Place à la relève Youth Show by the LGBTQ+ Youth Groups CoalitionSaturday August 10: Pride Zumba presented by Attitude FitnessSaturday August 10 to Wednesday August 14: Just Dance presented by Montréal GaymersSunday August 11 : FUNDAMENTAL: The 50 years of Gay Liberation Kiki BallMonday August 12 to Thursday August 15: Indoor Mural presented by Gender Creative KidsMonday August 12 and Tuesday August 13: Film presentations: “Résistances intersexes: une parole à entendre” and “Ni d’Ève ni d’Adam: une histoire intersexe” by Intersexe MontréalTuesday August 13: Fitness Training with Armada MontréalWednesday August 14 : Country Dance Training Session with Club Bolo Country MontréalWednesday August 14 : Conference and film presentation on Guilda presented by the Quebec Gay ArchivesThursday August 15: Launch of Articulation MagazineFriday August 16: Nachle- Queer Bollywood, a Jhalak Montréal presentationFriday August 16: Workshop on Drug Consumption presented by Spectre de rueSaturday August 17: “Amour is Love” Black Pride Photo Exhibit by Never was Average ProductionsCultural ComponentA host of cultural activities are also on the menu of the 2019 Montréal Pride festival. Theatrical plays, creative workshops and pertinent exhibits for the sexual and gender diversity communities are on offer. Thanks to partnerships with the Québec Gay Archives, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts as well as the McCord Museum and multidisciplinary artist Yunus Chkirate, festival goers can visit the following exhibits among others: Inclusion 2019 Exhibition (Yunus Chkirate), Thierry Mugler : Couturissime (MMFA) and the Polaroid Project – Art and technology (McCord Museum)Our Thanks to All our PartnersIn addition to TD Bank Group and Casino de Montréal, the festival is grateful for the essential support of partners such as the Gouvernement du Québec, Gouvernment of Canada, Ville de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, Air Canada, Fido, Trojan, Pepsi, Lyft, Bell Media, CTV, LSM, Fugues, LSM, Arrondissement de Ville-Marie, Via Rail Canada, Winners, MAC Cosmetics, Eska, Greencooper, SAQ, SDC les Quartiers du Canal, SDC du Village, Out TV, La Vitrine culturelle, Old Dutch, Société de transport de Montréal, Coors Light, Kind, Skip the Dishes, Stoli, Southern Comfort, Fireball, Barefoot as well as CJAD, Virgin Radio and Rouge FM.And our hotel partnes: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Le Centre Sheraton Montréal, Hôtel W, Hôtel Faubourgs Montréal, Hôtel Gouverneur, Hôtel Monville Montréal, Ritz-Carlton Montréal, Delta Montréal Hotel, Hôtel ALT Montréal and Fairfield Inn & Suites Montréal Downtown.About TD Bank GroupThe Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (“TD” or the “Bank”). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches and serves more than 25 million customers in three key businesses operating in a number of locations in financial centres around the globe: Canadian Retail, including TD Canada Trust, TD Auto Finance Canada, TD Wealth (Canada), TD Direct Investing, and TD Insurance; U.S. Retail, including TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, TD Auto Finance U.S., TD Wealth (U.S.), and an investment in TD Ameritrade; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world’s leading online financial services firms, with approximately 12 million active online and mobile customers. TD had CDN$1.3 trillion in assets on April 30, 2018. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol “TD” on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.About the Casino de Montréal Well-known for the variety of its games and excellent customer service, the Casino de Montréal — celebrating its 25thanniversary in 2019 —welcomes over five million visitors every year. The Casino offers a wide range of entertainment options – shows, restaurants, bars, multimedia environment – and an outstanding architecture that has become emblematic of our great city.About the Montréal Pride FestivalSince 2007, at the initiative of Montréal’s LGBTQ+ communities, the Montréal Pride Festival has promoted their rights and celebrated their cultural wealth and social advances. The largest gathering of the communities of sexual and gender diversity (SGD) in the Francophone world works locally on a daily basis while serving as a beacon of hope for people living in LGBTQ+ hostile regions of the globe. In 2018, the festival generated a total attendance of 2.1 million visitors. In 2019, the festivities will be held from August 8th to 18th. More information is available on the web page, the Facebook page, as well as Twitter and Instagram accounts. MONTRÉAL, Aug. 5, 2019 – The 2019 edition of the Montréal Pride festival was officially launched today by founding president Éric Pineault, in a festive atmosphere with several artists present during a press conference held in the Espace C2 of the Fairmount Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Between August 8 and 18, 2019, over 225 artists, 250 activities, a T-Dance and 20 free large scale productions will roll out over the 11-day duration of the largest gathering of the sexual and gender diversity (SGD) communities in the Francophone world and in Canada. With 2019 being a significant year for both the festival and the City of Montréal as they compete to host the WorldPride 2023 event, the Montréal Pride festival presented by the TD Bank Group in collaboration with Casino de Montréal has again exceeded expectations with programming advocating the diversity, parity and breadth of our communities. Ciara, Margaret Cho, Steve Grand, Brian Justin Crum, Luciana, Sasha Velour and Janice Robinson are but a few of the internationally-acclaimed performers who will be joining our favorite local artists Ariane Moffatt, Claude Dubois, Luce Dufault, Safia Nolin, Debbie Lynch-White, Roxane Bruneau, Florence K, Geneviève Leclerc, Cassiopée, King Melrose, Kim Richardson, Eve Salvail, Fanny Bloom, Elizabeth Blouin-Brathwaite, Michel Dorion, Rita Baga and Jimmy Moore!“Everyone on the Montréal Pride festival team is particularly proud of our 2019 programming which once again stands out thanks to the breadth of its diversity and especially, its parity. The 11-day festivities which take off on Thursday, will this year again, definitely meet the Pride festival goers’ expectations with the choice between the main outdoor TD stage and the indoor Casino de Montréal stage, both located in the parc des Faubourgs. With the local and international headliners performing this year, we expect to again exceed our previous records in terms of visitors which position the Montréal Pride event as one of the fastest growing Québec-based festivals,” Éric Pineault stated.A Single Exclusive Venue: parc des Faubourgs Parc des Faubourgs, located near the entrance to Jacques-Cartier Bridge, at the corner of De Lorimier Avenue and Ontario Street East is the event’s principal celebrations venue. This year, general admission as well as free large scale shows will be presented inside the Espace Casino de Montréal in addition to the free outdoor shows happening on the TD stage. Additionally, the popular Espace Gourmand SAQ will satisfy the appetites of festival goers with a wide range of affordable street food. Access to parc des Faubourgs will be open to all between August 9 and 18 with the exception of Monday and Tuesday August 12 and 13. Advertisement
APTN National NewsWINNIPEG — A Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Master has ruled that the family of Brian Sinclair cannot pursue most of the elements of its wrongful death lawsuit against the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the province of Manitoba.Sinclair, a homeless, disabled Aboriginal man, died in a Winnipeg hospital in 2008, after spending 34 hours in the waiting room without being attended to by a doctor or other medical staff.Queen’s Bench Master Shayne Berthaudin’s ruling centers around the idea, originally put forward by the WRHA, that since Brian Sinclair is dead, he has no ‘right to life’ or ‘right to privacy’, and so court cases based on those rights should not be allowed to proceed, Vilko Zbogar, legal co-counsel for the family said.“It is chilling to think that the law would allow a state institution to cause the death of a Canadian and then prevent anyone from holding that institution accountable under the Charter of Rights for doing so,” said Zbogar.Berthaudin ruled that the family of Brian Sinclair cannot sue for the breach of Sinclair’s right to life and cannot sue for disclosing his personal health information to the public following his death. The court also ruled that there were insufficient facts alleged in the case to support the Sinclair family’s claim that the province allowed the hospital he died in to become a “public nuisance”.As it stands, the Sinclair family is allowed to sue the WRHA only for the legal costs incurred in being part of the inquiry into Sinclair’s death.Robert Sinclair, Brian’s cousin and spokesperson for the family, said that the decision “just lets the government and hospitals duck behind legal technicalities.”“We are going to keep fighting for the answers and accountability that we think everyone is entitled to,” he added.The Sinclair family issued a statement saying it intends to appeal the decision.
Kenneth Jackson APTN National News Jeremy Newborn’s mother looked at the potential jurors in her son’s murder trial and something jumped out to her.None of them appeared to be Aboriginal like her son. The second-degree murder trial grinded to a halt, just days before beginning in October 2014.Newborn’s lawyer wanted to challenge Alberta’s jury selection process.The argument: Alberta laws do not allow people convicted of a crime to be on a jury – and because Alberta, like many western provinces, has a high rate of Aboriginal people incarcerated, the law was unconstitutional to Newborn expecting a jury of his peers.Last week, an Alberta judged shot down that argument.“In my view, even after such closer scrutiny, the exclusion of persons who have committed crimes is properly seen as reasonable and acceptable,” wrote Justice Brian Burrows in his Jan. 7 decision. Burrows said someone convicted of a crime is likely not going to be impartial.“The disproportionate effect of the impugned exclusion in the case of Indigenous Canadians points to a shameful feature of modern Canadian society, but it does not cause a jury selected through the application of that exclusion to be unrepresentative; rather, it serves to promote the impartiality of such a jury,” he said.Newborn has pleaded not guilty to the December 2012 murder of John Hollar. His trial is expected to proceed in April.In 2013-14, Aboriginal offenders represented 21 per cent of the total prison population while Aboriginal adults represent three per cent of the Canadian adult population according to the latest federal government statistics.The constitutional challenge was argued in an Edmonton court in December.The Crown argued allowing convicted criminals on juries would weaken the public’s confidence.Alberta is not the only province with such a law, eight others have the same rule.During the court challenge, Newborn called an expert in statistics and sociology.Jaqueline Quinless testified a random selection of 178 people, which was the number of people selected for Newborn’s jury array, nine would be expected to be Aboriginal based on Edmonton’s population.But there wasn’t any Aboriginal people of the 178 selected in October 2014. Quinless said that could be a result of the effects of colonialism, such as residential schools that the Supreme Court has ruled, twice, is a direct link to the higher number of Aboriginal people incarcerated in Canada. “(These factors) have also damaged the relationship between Indigenous Canadians and the court system and have resulted in a reluctance on the part of Indigenous Canadians to participate in it as members of juries,” said Burrows summarizing Quinless’ testimony in his decision. The full decision can be read email@example.com
The Canadian PressInuit who were forcibly removed from their traditional lands in the 1950s and starved as a result have reached a compensation deal with the federal government.“We forgive but we will not forget,” said David Serkoak of the Ahiarmiut Relocation Society, representing the descendants of dozens of relocated Inuit.“The country needs to know about and learn from past mistakes.”The Ahiarmiut filed a lawsuit against the federal government in 2008 to seek redress for the relocation. The $5 million deal ratified Aug. 20 in Arviat, Nunavut, settles that lawsuit.The action stemmed from a series of relocations that began in 1949 from Ennadai Lake in what is now the southwest corner of Nunavut.That year, the Canadian army built a radio station at the lake. Administrators in the south feared local Inuit would become too dependent on southern supplies although they had hunted caribou there for generations, in good seasons and bad.The next year, about 50 Inuit were moved to nearby Nueltin Lake, where a commercial fishery had been set up. The people were moved without their equipment or supplies.Elder Job Muqyunnik later told an interviewer “Qallunaat (white people) came to the weather station there at Ennadai Lake.“This bulldozer came to our tent. The driver told us to leave our tent so we went out. He went back to his vehicle and drove over our tent, back and forth. He broke everything we had.“That was the hardest time of my life because we didn’t have anything to survive with anymore.”The people eventually drifted back to the familiar environs of Ennadai, but not before several died of cold.A second relocation came in 1957, to Henik Lake.“Eskimo hunters and huskies left their ancient ways for a day to travel in the comfort of an aircraft to new hunting grounds,” a government press release boasted.But again, elders recalled they were sent off without adequate supplies and equipment. Hunting was so poor elders say a rabbit would be shared between 10 children. Some of the people starved to death.In 1958, people were again moved to Eskimo Point (now Arviat) along the coast of Hudson Bay.Their plight came to the attention of southerners through the work of Canadian writer Farley Mowat in his book People of the Deer. It was also featured in a 1956 edition of Life magazine.The woman on the cover of that issue is Mary Anowtalik, the last survivor who was an adult during the relocations, said Steven Cooper, a lawyer who represented the group in its lawsuit.He said there are 20 others who were either children or youths at the time.Cooper said he was glad to see the settlement after 10 years of working on it.“This is about as much satisfaction as a lawyer can get from these types of historical claims,” he said. “The fact is that most of the people are deceased by the time they are settled.“It’s really never enough. It really never is.”“There is no money that could ever be sufficient compensation for the things that we suffered and lost as a result of government decisions of the past, nor the subsequent attempt to justify them. Nevertheless … I appreciate this government was finally willing to come to the table.”Serkoak said the money will be distributed to survivors and descendants, as well as to fund commemoration and education projects.