Edmontonbound Swoop plane makes emergency landing in BC after hitting geese

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. — A Boeing 737 aircraft operated by Swoop turned back to the airport today in Abbotsford, B.C., after striking several geese.Airport general manager Parm Sidhu says Flight 312 left for Edmonton at 8:18 a.m. and landed back at the airport 10 minutes later after hitting the geese.Swoop says in a statement the airline is working on recommending travel options for the 176 passengers who were aboard the plane.It says the aircraft has been removed from service for further inspection.In a tweet, it thanked the captain and crew for ensuring the safety of everyone on the flight.Swoop is a low-cost subsidiary of WestJet Airlines Inc.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Quebec Human Rights commission says majority of hate attacks go unreported

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec’s human rights commission says the vast majority of xenophobic and Islamophobic hatred in the province goes unreported to competent authorities.The organization has released the results of a two-year study that recommends the provincial government recognize the phenomenon and prioritize measures aimed at combating it.The commission’s president says in 78 per cent of the cases it examined, the person experiencing the discrimination didn’t report the matter to authorities despite the fact it constitutes a serious form of prejudice.Participants cited a number of reasons for not reporting, including distrust in institutions, minimization of the acts, lack of awareness of the available remedies or concerns of racial profiling by police.The study looked at 86 people who reported experiencing xenophobic or Islamophobic hate in various regions of Quebec.It was commissioned by the previous Liberal government under its anti-radicalization measures.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Pilot dies in helicopter crash in BC artist Bill Henderson narrowly missed

first_imgCAMPBELL RIVER, Canada — A pilot of a commercial helicopter has died after a crash that struck a respected Indigenous carver’s studio and narrowly missed the artist on Vancouver Island.RCMP Const. Maury Tyre said the pilot was the only person on board when the chopper crashed Tuesday in Campbell River, B.C. The victim’s identity is not being released for privacy reasons.“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of the victim and to the helicopter company as well, knowing that typically they’re a very tight-knight community,” he said.“It’s very sad when an accident like this happens.”Tyre said the cause is unknown, but WorkSafe BC, the Transportation Safety Board, and the provincial coroners service are investigating.Keshia Malone, the great-niece of artist Bill Henderson, said he was in his carving shed and happened to get up from the chair where he normally works when the helicopter crashed into the structure.The chopper struck the top corner of the shed right above the chair and the propeller blade went through the roof, she said.“Had he not gotten up out of his chair, it probably would have been a lot worse,” Malone said.Henderson, in his late 60s, is a member of the Wei Wai Kum First Nation and his masks, bowls, paddles and other carvings are collected around the world.Malone said he was doing all right but is feeling shaken up and emotional, and doesn’t want to speak with media.His nephews were outside the shed working on a totem pole close to where the crash happened but also escaped unscathed, said Malone.“I was in my house across the street and all I heard was this huge, loud bang, kind of like a vehicle had hit a building but it was a lot louder than that,” she said.“The next thing you hear is somebody yelling, ‘Call 911! Call 911!’ The next thing you know is the smoke and you smell the jet fuel. Everything happened all at once.”There was significant damage to part of the carving shed and Malone wasn’t sure whether any art was damaged.She said her family’s thoughts were with the pilot.“Our condolences go out to his family,” she said.The crash happened in the Tyee Spit area, which is home to several aviation companies. Police said the commercial helicopter was locally owned but did not release the company name.The Transportation Safety Board said the accident involved a Bell 206 helicopter and it is deploying a team of investigators to the site. WorkSafe BC said it already has a safety officer at the scene.British Columbia Emergency Health Services said it received an emergency call just after 11 a.m. about a helicopter crash in the Vancouver Island community.The agency dispatched several crews, but its resources were scaled back once they arrived and only one paramedic crew remained as a precaution. It said no one was taken to hospital.The coroners service confirmed it’s been notified of one fatality and is investigating.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.— By Laura Kane in VancouverThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Give Dad A Brush With Fame On Fathers Day

first_imgLooking for a great Father’s Day gift? CharityBuzz has some items sure to make Dad happy – or even famous – on his special day.Maybe he’d like dinner with A-Rod for 10 people, benefitting The Taylor Hooton Foundation.Or if he’s not into baseball, how about a Lifetime Membership to all current and future Trump National Golf Courses, donated by The Donald J. Trump Foundation, and benefitting Alonzo Mourning Charities?If Dad isn’t the sporting type, Joe Mantegna has donated a visit to the set of Criminal Minds, benefitting The Help Group.Blockbusting legal thriller writer John Grisham is offering the chance to have someone’s name written into his upcoming novel – all while helping Ubuntu Africa!If music is his thing, there is always the Aerosmith auction, donated by Aerosmith and Jack Douglas, and benefitting the Felix Organization.Or, experience a Day in the Life of President Bill Clinton, benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.There are plenty more auctions running, so be sure to check them out over at the CharityBuzz website.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

Prince Charles Visits Refugee Camp In Jordan

first_imgIn the week marking two years since the crisis in Syria began, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited a refugee camp in Jordan and met families who have fled the fighting.The King Abdullah Park camp, just 15 kilometres from the Syrian border, is sheltering 921 people, 529 of whom are children under 18. They are receiving assistance from UNICEF, UNHCR, and the World Food Programme.During their visit, their Royal Highnesses spent time with families in the camp, hearing for themselves about the profound distress that they have been through and the extreme challenges that many now face as they start a new attempt to survive and look after their children. The Duchess of Cornwall was introduced to children at the centre, who told her that they were drawing pictures of things they miss from home, like their gardens. Her Royal Highness was told that this kind of activity helps children deal with the severe trauma that many have experienced before they fled their country to escape the conflict. In essence, they learn to reconnect and become children again.
 
UNICEF Representative Dominique Hyde explained to the party that 250 children from the camp are transported every day to a Jordanian state school in a nearby town. The children told Her Royal Highness that it makes them happy to be able to go to school again.Ms. Hyde then described how UNICEF helps children in the camps on a daily basis. “After all the violence they have witnessed and all the stress they have been through, UNICEF is providing the children of Syria with vital support ranging from safe drinking water, essential vaccines and nutrition, to education, clothing and protection,” she said.
 
“In this camp alone we are helping more than 250 children to get back into school and reconnect with their childhood. Across Jordan, we support the education of nearly 40,000 children,” she added.“We hugely welcome the visit of Their Royal Highnesses and thank them both for shining a spotlight on our work, alongside that of the Jordanian Government and all our partners. We also hope that the world’s attention continues to focus on this crisis and that we can receive the support we desperately need to continue our vital and lifesaving work,” she said. To date, UNICEF’s appeal for children affected by Syria is less than 20 per cent funded. This chronic lack of funding is threatening to leave many Syrian children without essential assistance. Unless an 80 per cent funding gap is bridged UNICEF will be forced to scale back on even life-saving interventions including water provision.Source:UNICEFcenter_img The royal couple were shown around the camp by UNICEF and UNHCR, which support the Jordanian government to assist the families. Their Royal Highnesses visited a children’s space and met children who had fled Syria with their families. last_img read more

Valerie Harper And Jewel Support Lung Force

first_imgAs part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November, Emmy-nominated actress and author Valerie Harper, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Jewel, country music singer Kellie Pickler and female NASCAR standout Mackena Bell are teaming up with the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE to raise awareness and much needed funds to help confront lung cancer in women.Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women. Yet, the disease is not even on women’s radar, according to the American Lung Association’s inaugural Women’s Lung Health Barometer — a survey that measured women’s awareness, knowledge and perceptions about lung cancer. When asked to identify cancers that affect women, only 1 percent cited lung cancer on a top-of-mind basis.“Despite its overwhelming impact, it is clear that too few women are aware that anyone can get lung cancer,” said Harold Wimmer, National President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Lung Association. “With greater awareness, through LUNG FORCE, we are dedicated to increasing the Lung Association’s investment in lung cancer research and are pushing to increase the investment in cancer research at the National Institutes of Health.”Launched earlier this year, LUNG FORCE, nationally presented by CVS Health, unites women against lung cancer and for lung health, encouraging them to raise their voices for change. Through nationwide efforts, LUNG FORCE is making lung cancer in women a public health priority, driving policy change and increasing research funding.
To help confront the issue of lung cancer, Valerie Harper, Jewel, Kellie Pickler and Mackena Bell are each launching their own online LUNG FORCE virtual fundraising team where people can donate and raise much needed money for lung cancer research, education and treatment. Anyone can register and fundraise for a celebrity LUNG FORCE team by visiting LUNGFORCE.org.Valerie Harper, known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Rhoda, is a lung cancer survivor and LUNG FORCE champion. “As a lung cancer survivor, I am honored to serve as a passionate voice for the LUNG FORCE movement,” said Harper. “Together, we can make enormous changes in the fight against lung cancer. I welcome everyone to join LUNG FORCE Team Valerie to raise critically necessary funds for research, advocacy and education to address this pressing public health issue.”For her part, Jewel unveiled an original LUNG FORCE anthem, ‘Sing On,’ earlier this year. The song is about empowering women and is available on iTunes with all proceeds benefiting LUNG FORCE and the fight against lung cancer in women. “I want women across the country to know that there is hope and that we are all raising our voices in support of their battle,” said Jewel. “I am committed to seeing LUNG FORCE succeed in the fight to save women’s lives. And I ask women to join me at LUNG FORCE Team Jewel to raise money in this fight.”Kellie Pickler has been part of LUNG FORCE from day one. Lung cancer took the woman who helped raise Kellie, her grandmother, a woman she has called her angel. “I’m raising my voice to let women know there is hope in the fight against lung cancer. Join me at LUNG FORCE Team Kellie to raise money to spread awareness of lung cancer, reduce lung cancer risks and support those affected.”And NASCAR’s Mackena Bell, one of only four women drivers is part of this fight. Mackena lost her grandfather, whom she called Papa, to lung cancer. “We are in a race for our lives. Help us win the race against lung cancer by contributing money to LUNG FORCE Team Mackena.”For many Americans, showing their support can also mean giving their time in addition to donating money. The American Lung Association hosts more than 50 health education and fundraising LUNG FORCE Walks in communities across the country. People can also show their support by visiting LUNGFORCE.org to take the LUNG FORCE pledge, lend their voice by telling their story or advocating for more research and education.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

More Leading Voices Join UNHCR IBelong Campaign To End Statelessness

first_imgThis international women’s day, the UN refugee agency wants to remind the world that women in 27 countries are still not allowed to pass their nationality on to their children on an equal basis with men, creating a cruel cycle of statelessness.On Tuesday March 10th, UNHCR will co-host an event at UN Headquarters in New York to shine a light on this issue in order to encourage states to reform their nationality laws. Reform of nationality laws is a key element in UNHCR’s #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness.To help spur action on this situation and on statelessness in general, UNHCR is honored to announce another group of high level supporters who have signed up to its #IBelong Campaign Open Letter which encourages world leaders to end statelessness by 2024.Around the world at least ten million people have no nationality – a situation that often deprives them of access to the most basic rights: education, health care, social services, the ability to open a bank account, buy a house or even get married.The new supporters to the #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness include: • Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and human rights defender from Yemen • Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and human rights defender from Ireland • Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former Secretary-General of the United Nations • Dr Salim Ahmed Salim, former Secretary-General of the Organization of African Unity, and former Prime Minister of the Republic of Tanzania • Rokia Traoré singer songwriter from Mali • Angelique Kidjo, singer songwriter from Benin • Zainab Salbi, author and founder, Women for Women International, • Peter Capaldi, British actor • Neil Gaiman, writer, and authorMalian singer songwriter Rokia Traoré said: “As a mother it seems inconceivable that I would not be able to pass my nationality on to my children. We need to make sure that all mothers and their children can say #IBelong.”These supporters join a long and distinguished list of other signatories that include several former heads of State, and celebrated human rights defenders, including; Archbishop Desmond Tutu, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie and former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. They have joined the call to urge global action to ensure that everyone in the world has the right to a nationality.The high-level side event on March 10 coincides with the Beijing +20 conference on women’s rights at UN Headquarters in New York. The event, on Equal Nationality Rights aims to encourage countries to change their nationality laws.UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Türk will lead the call for countries to reform their nationality laws.“When a woman cannot pass on her nationality to her children, the effect can be crippling. Without a nationality, mothers and their children are often deprived of education and medical care and can be more vulnerable to exploitation, early marriage, violence or even human trafficking,”In the past 10 years, a dozen countries have reformed their laws to enable women to pass their nationality to their children equally with men. The New York event will build momentum towards a September UN pledging conference, where it is hoped that more governments will commit to reform their laws to ensure gender parity in nationality matters.Source:UNHCRlast_img read more

More Stars Pledge To Wear Orange For Gun Violence Awareness

first_imgToday, more than 25 cultural influencers and 60 U.S. Mayors joined the coalition of best-in-class organizations and activists pledging to “Wear Orange” – a color that symbolizes the value of human life – on June 2nd, the first-annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day.Wear Orange is a new campaign that amplifies existing efforts to reduce gun violence in America and helps honor the 88 Americans whose lives are cut short by gun violence every day. In the past two weeks, more than 140 groups and luminaries have joined the campaign, including MTV, Motown Records, HBO, Vans Warped Tour, Essence Magazine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Brady Campaign, and Million Mom March.Participating cultural influencers include Julianne Moore, Russell Simmons, Sarah Silverman, Michael Stipe, Patti Smith, Aasif Mandvi, Alyssa Milano, Padma Lakshmi, John Hodgman, Amanda Peet, Perez Hilton, Melissa Joan Hart, Tiffani Thiessen, Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio, Rise Against, Mario Batali, Anti-Flag, Nigel Barker, Grace Weber, Jon Foreman, Judith Hill, Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors, Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees and Thomas Roberts of MSNBC.Efforts of note on June 2nd include: • MTV – The network will change its on-air logo – as well as several of its social media avatars – to orange in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. • Motown Records – The most widely recognized record label in history, Motown will turn its iconic logo orange on its social media platforms with staff and artists #WearingOrange. • HBO – The network will debut the trailer for its hard-hitting new documentary, Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014, from Emmy-Award winning filmmakers Shari Cookson and Nick Doob, which premieres on HBO June 22nd at 9:00pm EST/PST. Told entirely through social media postings, news accounts and other found media, the new documentary offers an unvarnished portrait of the human toll from gun violence in America – giving viewers a window into the lives of dozens who died from gunfire last spring through the present-tense moments leading up to the shootings and the reverberations that followed. • Essence Magazine – Essence staff will be #WearingOrange, sharing their orange selfies on Instagram and Twitter and encouraging their readers to join in the Wear Orange campaign.“We’re often presented with a false choice in the guns debate: that you have to ‘pick a side’,” said Michael Stipe. “But every American opposes gun violence and all of us can do more to help save lives. I’ll wear my orange with pride on June 2nd and hope people nationwide will join me in showing their true colors.”“Motown Records has a legacy of being the voice of a generation through our artists and fostering an environment of creativity and innovation. In these times, more than ever, it is crucial for all of our voices to collectively come together on June 2nd for the first-ever National Gun Violence Awareness Day to raise awareness and promote anti-violence so that the voices of today, and tomorrow, have a chance to be heard,” said Ethiopia Habtemariam, President, Motown Records. “We encourage fans and artists alike to join us on June 2nd by #WearingOrange and honoring the life of Hadiya Pendleton, and all those lives senselessly lost to gun violence.”Elected officials committed to protecting their constituents from gun violence will also be wearing orange on June 2nd. Members of Congress from coast to coast, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, former New York City Mayor and co-founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Michael Bloomberg, as well as mayors in more than 60 cities from 20 states representing more than 10 million Americans around the country have joined the campaign. Mayors who will be wearing orange on June 2nd, many of whom plan to issue proclamations declaring June 2nd Gun Violence Awareness Day in their cities, include Mayors Emanuel (Chicago), Nutter (Philadelphia), Lee (San Francisco), Walsh (Boston), Hales (Portland, OR), Wharton Jr. (Memphis), Slay (St. Louis), Schneider (Santa Barbara), Murray (Seattle), Peduto (Pittsburgh), and Coleman (Columbus, OH).Newly added supporters of the Wear Orange coalition include the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Brady Campaign, the Caliber Foundation, CT Coalition Against Gun Violence, Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence, Media Matters, Million Mom March, MomsRising, National Council of Jewish Women, New Mexicans for Gun Safety, North Carolina Coalition Against Gun Violence, Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, and Parents Against Gun Violence.Wear Orange and National Gun Violence Awareness Day was inspired by a group of Chicago teens who asked their classmates to commemorate the life of their slain friend, Hadiya Pendleton, by wearing the color orange. Hadiya was claimed by gun violence just days after marching in President Obama’s second inaugural parade. Her friends chose the color because hunters wear orange to announce themselves to other hunters when out in the woods. Orange acknowledges that America has a proud heritage of responsible gun ownership, while also reflecting the value of human life. This June 2nd would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday; First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address at what would have been Hadiya’s graduation ceremony on June 9th.Additionally, today the Wear Orange campaign released a new video telling the story of Hadiya’s tragic death, how her friends and family refused to let her die in vain, and how what they started on the south side of Chicago is becoming a national movement. You can view the video here.Anyone can join the Wear Orange campaign by visiting wearorange.org and using the website’s pledge tool to change their social media profile picture or share why they’ll be #WearingOrange on June 2, the first-ever National Gun Violence Awareness Day.last_img read more

Hang Out With The Vamps As They Film Their New Music Video

first_imgThis summer global superstars The Vamps are offering the chance for one lucky fan to make their dreams come true, with an invitation to meet the band and share their spotlight as part of a prize draw to support Stand Up To Cancer.PRIZE DRAW OFFERS FANS ONCE IN A LIFETIME CHANCE TO HANG OUT WITH THE VAMPSThe winner will be invited to join The Vamps as they take a break from their world tour and hang out with the teen heartthrobs on the set of their new music video, witnessing the making of their next big hit. The prize also includes flights to and from the location of the set from anywhere in the world, and accommodation.This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Brad, James, Connor and Tristan will help raise money for Stand Up To Cancer, a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, designed to accelerate new cancer treatments to patients and save more lives.To be in with a chance of winning, visit prizeo.com/the-vamps. Each donation of $25 buys five entries in the draw and helps support vital cancer research. Fans can also scoop a limited number of exclusive rewards by donating to the cause, including drum skins signed by The Vamps ($300), a signed guitar ($650), and a personal phone call from the boys ($750).Brad Simpson, lead singer and guitarist in The Vamps, said: “Stand Up To Cancer’s an amazing campaign that will make a difference to so many people by raising vital funds that will help get treatments to patients faster. We wanted to give a really special prize to help raise as much money as possible and we hope our fans will enter the draw and join us as we Stand Up To Cancer!”A video from The Vamps explaining why they’re Standing Up To Cancer this year, including details of the prize, can be found here. To purchase merchandise modelled by the band shop online at standuptocancer.org.uk. Selected items will also be available from Cancer Research UK shops across the country from September.Claire Rowney, director of Stand Up To Cancer, said: “Having support from The Vamps will give a huge boost to our fundraising and it’s a great way to engage their devoted fans with Stand Up To Cancer’s work to beat cancer sooner.“We’ve made amazing progress against cancer in the past few decades but one in two of us in the UK will develop cancer in our lifetime so we can’t afford to stand still. Cancer is a complex disease – there are more than 200 types and thousands of subtypes, that’s why funding more research is vital.”Launched in 2012, Stand Up To Cancer’s fundraising total has so far reached over £23.8m to fund clinical trials across the UK.last_img read more

Ban Kimoon And Bono Speak At Conference In Canada

first_imgPraising The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as a model of partnership that brings together people and development partners, governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by diseases, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week said such broad cooperation is also the key to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening of the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in Montreal, CanadaCredit/Copyright: UN Photo/Evan Schneider“Working together and transcending sectoral boundaries is the only way to tackle the interconnected challenges that determine human well-being,” Mr. Ban said in Montreal, Canada, where world leaders have gathered for the fifth conference convened to replenish the Fund, which was founded in 2002 and raises and invests some $4 billion annually to support programmes run by local experts in countries and communities most in need working to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. Bono also spoke at the event.Hailing the Fund’s past 15 years of achievement and looking forward to even more success in the critical years to come, the UN chief said that since it was established, the mechanism has helped to save some 20 million people.“Its example of working for countries, communities and groups most in need provides a firm foundation for the new era of opportunity that began this year,” he said, noting that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a roadmap for people, planet, peace and prosperity through global partnership.“We are now here to bring this global partnership to make this planet Earth and people more prosperous and live in a peaceful world. It is built on the principle of partnership, and its object is to leave no one behind, wherever you are coming from, no matter what ethnicity or belief you may have,” continued Mr. Ban adding that this is what Global Fund is about, and “I am very proud of role that UN organizations have played and will continue to play, together with you.”Over the next 15 years, international organizations and partners must work together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) “for everyone, everywhere,” said the Secretary-General, noting that the 17 Goals are holistic, universal and integrated, encompassing, among others, gender equality, human rights, water and sanitation, education, governance, peace and stability.“Working to end HIV, TB and malaria is intrinsic to the SDGs, and each of the SDGs has a bearing on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all, at all ages. That is why the Global Fund has sharpened its focus on human rights, key populations and gender equality in its new strategic framework,” he noted, adding that the Fund’s current report emphasizes the importance of schooling and equal education, equal opportunity for adolescent girls to prevent HIV.He went on to stress the need to improve living conditions in crowded urban slums to fight tuberculosis, to address water management and sanitation to eliminate malaria and to help build strong and resilient health systems that are accessible to all people.“Universal health coverage is one of the SDG 3 targets. This will need significant investment, and the Global Fund has an important role,” said the Secretary-General, explain that more than 40 per cent of Fund’s investments are for resilient and sustainable health systems, and that is set to increase, which is essential for sustaining gains already made, and for building on them.Noting that the Fund has also been a strong driver of increased domestic health investment in many countries, he said the mechanism is a model of successful and broad partnership that brings together people, organizations, the private sector and local level actors in communities in need. Such partnership would be critical for achieving the new UN sustainability goals and tackling interconnected challenges.“One emerging challenge is antimicrobial resistance. This threatens our response to all [AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria],’ warned Mr. Ban, telling the conference that this is such a threat to global health that world leaders are meeting to discuss the issue on 21 September in New York during the high-level segment of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.“I urge the Global Fund to join this fight. And I encourage all partners to contribute generously to the Fund,” underscored the UN chief, noting that several partners have made significantly larger pledges in this Replenishment, and that there are commitments from many new partners, including a doubling of private sector contributions, largely because the Global Fund has already proven that it can deliver real results.“We have the knowledge and tools to end HIV, TB and malaria by 2030. This is our target and ambition, and our vision to make this world better, this planet Earth healthier and environmentally sustainable, where everybody can live without any fear and also with human dignity,” Mr. ban concluded, calling for broad partnership and cooperation “to make this world healthier and better for all.”Later in the day, Mr. Ban met with Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. He thanked the Prime Minister for hosting the 5th Replenishment Conference and noted that it was destined to be a very successful event.The Secretary-General also commended Canada for its commitment to the implementation of Agenda 2030, as well as on the issue of climate change. He expressed the hope that Canada would ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change before the end of the year, so contributing to the agreement’s early entry into force.According to Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, the Secretary-General and the Prime Minister also expressed concern regarding the tensions in the Korean Peninsula. They discussed the acute needs of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as well as Canada’s valued contributions to United Nations peacekeeping.last_img read more

Women in Entertainment Announces 4th Annual Summit

first_imgWomen In Entertainment (WIE) announced today that it will host its fourth annual summit in Los Angeles, on October 11, 2018, at the iconic Skirball Cultural Center.Over the course of the day, WIE will once again gather some of the most creative game-changing minds in television, film, and sports for a series of powerful keynotes, thought-provoking panel discussions, and inspirational fireside chats. Founded by two innovative leaders in the entertainment and marketing worlds Gretchen McCourt and Renee Rossi (Relativity Ventures), WIE is designed to address a range of pivotal and timely issues that affect women. Topics to include: the rise of women’s leadership, addressing our evolving world in the wake of the Me Too movement, how storytelling can impact social change, and empowering the next generation of extraordinary women creatives.This year DreamWorks Animation Television will present the “She-Ra: Evolution of a Warrior Princess” panel at WIE ahead of it’s highly anticipated Netflix Original Series release November 16th. This fascinating panel will feature a number of the incredible team behind the re-imagining of this beloved animated heroine including: executive producer Noelle Stevenson, directors Jen Bennett & Kiki Monrique, art director Liz Kresin and story editor Josie Campbell.“Our goal for the summit is to continually open conversations and in turn, open more doors for women in the entertainment world,” said Renee Rossi, co-founder of Women in Entertainment. “The women featured this year are dynamic visionaries and we are thrilled to have them share their knowledge with our audience.”WIE 2018 speakers include: Geena Davis, Actor, Producer and Founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Raelle Tucker, an executive producer on Netflix’s “Jessica Jones,” and HBO’s “True Blood”; Kristin Campo of Chernin Entertainment; Veronica Gentilli of entertainment One; Julie McNamara of CBS; Susan Cartsonis of Resonate Entertainment; Tina Exarhos of NowThis; Natascha French of VNTANA; Bernadette McCabe of MoviePass; Claudine Cazian Britz of Instagram; Anna Holmes, the founder of Jezebel; Winnie Kemp of Super Deluxe; Michelle Kantor of Cinefemme and “RuPaul’s Drag Race”; Deadra Bastarache of Anomaly Factor; Rachel Rusch of Bad Robot; Julie Candalaria of All About the 360, Inc.; Noelle Stevenson, executive producer, Jen Bennett and Kiki Monrique, directors , Liz Kresin, art director, and Josie Campbell, story editor of DreamWorks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power among others still to be announced.This years summit will once again conclude the day with groundbreaking female led cinema with a screening of Lisa D’Apolito’s captivating and moving documentary “Love, Gilda” followed by a panel discussion for the WIE attendees. In limited release now through Magnolia Pictures, this fascinating documentary chronicles the life of beloved comedian, actress and “Saturday Night Live” icon, Gilda Radner, through diaries, audiotapes, videotapes and testimonies from her friends and colleagues offering insight into the life and career.This years WIE sponsors include: Dreamworks Animation Television, MoviePass, Starz, and CBS.This yearly event gathers women and men who are dedicated to celebrating the empowerment of women in all areas of the entertainment industry, here in Los Angeles. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Eventbrite Link here. More information can be found at www.womeninentertainment.com.last_img read more

CRTC DECISION SPELLS POTENTIAL DISASTER SAYS WRITERS GUILD OF CANADA

first_imgYesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) dealt a major blow to Canadian screenwriters — and Canadian audiences. In its decision on licence renewals for Bell, Corus, and Rogers, the Commission rolled back the broadcasters’ minimum financial contributions to Canadian drama and other programing.This despite the fact that the WGC’s modest proposal to the CRTC, reflecting well-researched data, asked only for the maintenance of the status quo in terms of broadcasters’ financial contributions towards “programs of national interest” (PNI). PNI includes drama, documentary, and some children’s programming, programing that is at the heart of Canadian on-screen entertainment. But the CRTC set PNI spending minimums for broadcasters at 5%, basically cutting them by up to 44% for certain groups.“This could mean the devastation of Canadian domestic production,” says Maureen Parker, Executive Director of the WGC. “These cuts potentially amount to over a $200 million loss for PNI over a five-year licence term. Canadian screenwriters only work on domestic productions, not on American shows filming in Canada, and if there is not enough work for them they will simply leave. Once our talent pool is gone you can’t get it back.” Advertisement CRTC chair Jean-Pierre Blais, a Harper appointee who has allowed the CRTC to become greatly diminished, has also set us on a course that will make it more and more difficult for Canadians to view stories about ourselves. This, despite the fact that it is only our Canadianness that distinguishes us: Our compassion, our humour, our concern about issues such as cultural diversity, healthcare, and the environment. A Canadian culture that cannot speak to Canadianness through its own storytelling is not Canada. We shouldn’t accept it. Nor should the Liberal government.The headline of the CRTC’s own press release announcing the decision is “The CRTC supports the production of original content.” This can only be viewed as fake news. There is nothing meaningful about specifically original production in these decisions. The release goes on to claim that the CRTC “ensures on stable funding for Canadian production in all program categories, by focusing especially on dramas, documentaries, and musical and variety shows.” This is patently untrue, given the reduction of PNI requirements. And, since broadcaster spending on PNI also typically attracts investment from other sources like the Canada Media Fund, the potential total impact could be double or triple the $200 million drop in PNI investments themselves.“If Canadian programming is expendable,” says Maureen Parker, “Why protect the big private broadcasters? What is the CRTC is purpose if not to ensure that spending on the creation of Canadian drama, documentary, and children’s programming is at the very least maintained? It’s almost as though the very body intended to promote Canadian programming — the CRTC — is actively working to erode it.” Twitter Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

SHAW FESTIVAL WILL REVERT TO OLD WAYS AND OLD PLAYS IN 2019

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: The Shaw Festival will look like its old self again next season.On Friday, the Niagara-on-the-Lake repertory theatre’s artistic director, Tim Carroll, announced a playbill for 2019 that will mostly comprise works by Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries – from the Irish playwright’s own five-hour epic Man and Superman; to a new translation of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 verse romance Cyrano de Bergerac; to a rarely produced 1926 play by Mae West called Sex (set in Montreal’s red-light district).“For the last couple of years, when our core loyalists have been saying to me, ‘But what about X, Y and Z,’ I have been saying, ‘Don’t worry, these plays haven’t gone away,’” said Mr. Carroll, whose current season is heavy on contemporary plays. “This is the season where I can prove it.” Advertisement Man and Superman, a heady comedy considered one of Shaw’s masterpieces, will be staged at the Festival Theatre by director Kimberley Rampersad in its entirety (including the oft-cut Don Juan in Hell dream sequence). The run, however, will be only 17 performances, which will also feature “farm-to-table menus from Niagara’s finest chefs, paired with regional wines” between acts. Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Tim Carroll, artistic director for the Shaw Festival, is photographed at the theatre located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, on April 17, 2018. | FRED LUM/THE GLOBE AND MAIL Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

DISNEYS ALADDIN MENA MASSOUD ON HIS BIG BREAK AND THE FILMS BIG

first_img Twitter Advertisement Massoud was one of more than 2,000 hopefuls who auditioned for the title role. (Credit Philip Cheung for The New York Times) Advertisement The little-known actor talks casting controversies, questions of representation and how he held his own with Will Smith.When Mena Massoud, the star of the new “Aladdin” live-action remake, got the first callback for the title role, he decided not to revisit the beloved 1992 animated original. Instead he wanted to draw inspiration from the underlying theme: a “journey of personal identity.”The cartoon does carry a well-intentioned, universal message of being true to yourself. But it has also been criticized for promoting the stereotype of “barbaric” Arabs. And though it’s set in a fictional port city in Arabia, its characters were voiced by a majority white cast. Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Born in Cairo and raised in Toronto, Massoud, 27, has a rosier view of the earlier movie. “My parents knew about the story of Aladdin far before the animation film. It’s a folk tale that is very prevalent in Egypt,” he said, adding that the movie is a “very positive depiction of where we came from.”Still, Disney needed to update the revival for woke audiences. After an open, worldwide casting call, it wound up with a diverse cast that includes the British actress Naomi Scott, who plays Jasmine and is of Indian descent, and actors with Iranian and Tunisian roots. Massoud, who had a recurring role in “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” won out over more than 2,000 hopefuls who auditioned for his role.The film has received decidedly mixed reviews from critics, though in his New York Times review, A.O Scott called the casting “admirable.”In a recent phone interview, Massoud explained why he thought it was “counterproductive” to critique the story and casting process and shared his thoughts on Will Smith’s blue genie. These are edited excerpts from the conversation. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

Federal officials visited Attawapiskat 3 times in October triggered no red flags

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Federal Aboriginal Affairs officials travelled to Attawapiskat at least 10 times this year, including three times in October, but it appears none of these visits triggered any concerns with the department about the state of housing on the reserve.The Conservative government announced Wednesday it would be immediately turning over the management of the community to an outside consultant following a visit by department officials who concluded the health and safety of residents there demanded immediate action. The department also has an engineer on site tasked with finding a way to get residents into warm and safe housing.Several families are living in tents and in shacks with no running water as deep winter-like temperatures have begun to settle over this community of 2,000 on the shores of James Bay.The living conditions in the community have been described as “inhumane” and “life threatening” by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.About 90 people are also living in a large trailer that was donated two years ago by the mining company operating a diamond mine about 90 kilometres away.The Canadian Red Cross has also intervened with supplies and managing donations and the situation has turned, according federal opposition parties, into a national scandal. The issue dominated question period Wednesday as both the NDP and Liberal interim leaders unleashed a barrage of questions against the government over the issue.Yet the repeated visits by department officials to the community did not raise any concerns until this week.Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan told the Commons Aboriginal affairs committee that department officials visited the community on Oct. 21, 25 and 31. He also said department officials visited the community on Sept. 2, July 12, July 7, July 2, April 12, May 19, and March 15.“We’ve had people in the community for months and months dealing with the school construction and other things,” said Duncan, in response to questions from Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett.The school is not scheduled to be completed until 2013, but it only came as the result of a persistent campaign by students there who were tired of attending classes in portable trailers. Their previous school was built on toxic land.Duncan said the department only received the band’s state of emergency document last Thursday.“When a First Nation wants to declare a state of emergency they do so in a format that reaches us, that did not happen,” said Duncan. “There was no state of emergency delivered. When we did receive it, it had no specifics attached to it.”Duncan announced Wednesday during a heated question period over Attawapiskat that the community would be put under third-party management, meaning the chief and council would no longer be in control of the band’s finances which would be handled by a consultant.Third-party management is the most extreme and intrusive step the department can take to deal with a band.The Conservative caucus clapped in approval when Duncan made the announcement.“On the ground assessment has determined that health and safety issues demand immediate action,” said Duncan. “We are placing the First Nation in third party management. We are also requesting a comprehensive audit.”Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence had been pleading for help from Ottawa and Ontario.Spence now has no authority over the band’s financial management.Fresh off a trip from the community, NDP interim leader Nycole Turmel led off question period with a call for the prime minister to visit the community and see for himself the dire situation facing the residents there.“You should sleep in a shack with a sleeping bag,” said Turmel, during question period. “You will see that the sleeping bags provided by the Red Cross are not the solution. Where is the action? Where is the leadership?”Harper brushed off Turmel’s call and said his government would be acting to fix the “management problem” in the community of Attawapiskat.“This government has invested more than $90 million into this community since coming into office,” said Harper. “We will be announcing additional steps to deal with management problems in this community.”NDP MP Charlie Angus, who has championed Attawapiskat’s cause, accused the government of blaming the community for its woes.“Their solution is to blame the community,” said Angus, whose riding includes the community. “Why is it when a First Nation community is in distress does this government’s response is contempt?”Liberal interim leader Bob Rae also attacked the government for blaming Attawapiskat for its dire condition.“The government that should be placed under this party management is the government across the aisle,” said Rae. “This government is all hat, no cattle.”A recent audit of the community found irregularities in the band’s handling of its finances.The July 31 audit found faulty record keeping on expenditures and accounts payable.It also found, among other things, that money was being paid out from funds the community receives from the First Nations run Casino Rama without proper documentation or approval from chief and council.The audit also found that the band was not putting together budgets on how it would spend its money throughout the fiscal year. It also found problems with how the community recorded its welfare payouts.Spence has said that the $90 million the government has touted is spent on the community includes all the band’s services since 2006, a large portion of which goes to education.Spence told APTN National News that it costs about $1 million to build four houses on the reserve.De Beers, the mining company that operates the diamond mine near the community, paid $3 million for the trailer that is now flashing cross television screens as a symbol of the dire conditions in the community.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Winnipeg police set up hotline for tips about accused serial killer

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg police are asking for the help of canadians as they investigate the actions of an alleged serial killer.In the past few weeks, police in Winnipeg have been come under fire for ignoring tips that might have prevented the murders or even helped locate the bodies of victims.But tonight, police investigators are issuing a public appeal for information.APTN’s Meagan Fiddler has that story.last_img

Mohawk doctor honoured for medical work

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Mohawk doctor from Kahnawake, Que., was given the P.H. Bryce award Wednesday for his work in the health field.The award was presented by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.The award honours individuals for excellence in public health advocacy for First Nation, Metis and Inuit children.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has this story.last_img

Tears give way to hope at the TRC in Montreal

first_imgAPTN National NewsEmotions ran high at the third day of the Truth and Reconciliation hearings in Montreal Friday.As the day unfolded tears and pain gave way to hope and unity.APTN’s Danielle Rochette has the storylast_img

Infamous Winnipeg mall faces another bump in the road in improving relations

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsWinnipeg’s downtown mall Portage Place is a popular hangout.But in the past there’s been cases of harassment by staff towards Indigenous people.There’s been another such incident.But this time instead of angry calls for change some believe the mall has done a lot to improve relations.last_img

Parents questioning mental health services after rash of suicides in Saskatchewan

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN National NewsThere’s been another suicide in Northern Saskatchewan.Four young people now have taken their lives in the last two weeks.As the community grieve, and try to find solutions, two mothers are questioning the mental health support in their communities.Note: Health Canada has set up a toll free line for mental health services. The number is 1-855-242-3310. The services are available in English, French and upon request, Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut. tpimentel@aptn.calast_img read more