The Ultimate Emmy Awards Experience Now Available Through Prizeo

first_imgThe Television Academy Foundation and Prizeo, the online giving platform that democratizes giving for all income levels, announced today that they have partnered on a special sweepstakes to give one lucky winner and a guest the opportunity to attend the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert.This is the first time the Television Academy has participated in a sweepstakes in which the general public can vie for a chance to attend “television’s biggest night.”
With just a $10 donation at prizeo.com/emmys, fans will receive 100 entries for the chance to win the Ultimate VIP Emmy Awards Experience on Sunday, September 17 — two orchestra tickets to the 69th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, plus two tickets to the Governors Ball (the official Emmy Awards After-Party), a backstage tour before the show and a walk down the red carpet, plus round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations for two. The Ultimate Emmy Awards Experience runs from August 1 – September 1 at prizeo.com/emmys. This Ultimate Emmy Awards Experience benefits the Television Academy Foundation, the charitable arm of the Television Academy dedicated to educating and inspiring television’s future leaders while preserving and celebrating the rich history of the industry.“We’re thrilled to team up with Prizeo on this exciting Emmy Sweepstakes to raise funds and awareness for the Foundation,” said Jodi Delaney, executive director of the Television Academy Foundation. “Funds raised through this partnership will help us create career and training opportunities for the next generation of creative talent entering our industry.”

”We’re excited to be hosts to the Ultimate Emmy Awards Experience on Prizeo in support of the work of the Television Academy Foundation,” says Jan Friedlander Svendsen, Charity Network’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We are eager to share the magic of the Emmy Awards night with our generous Prizeo community and raise money for this worthy cause.”center_img The 69th Emmy Awards will telecast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Sunday, September 17 (8:00-11:00 PM ET/5:00-8:00 PM PT) on CBS. Stephen Colbert will serve as host.last_img read more

Kate Hudson And Jussie Smollett Honor Students At Childrens Defense Fund Beat

first_imgThe Children’s Defense Fund–California hosted its 27th Annual Beat the Odds Awards ceremony on December 7, 2017, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.Kate Hudson at 27th Annual Beat the Odds Awards ceremonyThe celebration honored five Los Angeles high school “stars” – Jackie, Ana, Jerry, Mey, and Ja’Nay – in recognition of their excellence in academic achievement, despite the overwhelming obstacles that stand in their way.The inspiring evening was hosted by Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman, along with support from co-chairs Jurnee Smollett-Bell & Josiah Bell, Carol & Frank Biondi, Ruth-Ann Huvane, Kevin Huvane, Katie Sharer & Mark Mullen, Liza & Conan O’Brien, and CDF-CA Executive Director Shimica Gaskins. O’Brien served as the night’s emcee, with co-chair Smollett-Bell pulling double duty as a presenter during the program. She was joined by additional special guests including presenters Kate Hudson, Gabourey Sidibe, Jussie Smollett, Chiké Okonkwo, and Alfre Woodard, and guests J.J. Abrams & Katie McGrath, Deborah Ayorinde, Kevin Nealon, Timothy Olyphant, Andy Richter, and many more.The evening was filled with poignant moments, each presenter offering insight into the unimaginable obstacles that have faced these young honorees throughout their lives. Despite encountering challenges financially, emotionally, and physically, these students were able to overcome, exceed expectations, and find within themselves a hope for a better future. Presenters and guests alike couldn’t help but be moved by each and every story.Thanks to generous support, each student honoree will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and support services including: private tutoring, one-on-one college counseling, ongoing mentoring, internship placements, life skills development, SAT prep, and week-long college tours at no cost.last_img read more

Stars Attend Uplift Family Services 7th Annual Norma Jean Gala

first_imgOver the weekend, Uplift Family Services proudly honored the agency’s friends and champions Ike Barinholtz and wife Erica Hanson with the Ambassador of Children Award, and the agency’s first-ever Volunteer of the Year Award went to CAA’s Chris Andrews.Sally Pressman, Dawn McCoy, Busy Philipps, Colin Hanks, Samantha Bryant, Peter Weller, and Shari StoweCredit/Copyright: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Uplift Family ServicesThe master of ceremonies was Busy Philipps and the event featured a musical performance by Allie Crow Buckley.Other guests included: Edgar Ramirez (presenting to Andrews); Colin Hanks (presenting to Barinholtz and Hanson) and wife Samantha Bryant; actress and lifestyle blogger Ali Larter; stand-up comedian and writer Hayes MacArthur (Super Troopers 2); Carson Meyer (A Million Little Pieces); Sally Pressman (NBC’s “Good Girls”; TBS’ “The Detour”); Nicole Sullivan (“Black-ish”, “Disjointed”, “MADtv”); Jon Barinholtz (NBC’s “Superstore”); prolific character actor Peter Weller and more.“Uplift Family Services is involved in active change,” said Colin Hanks. “Time and energy spent helping these kids in our community is time well spent.”Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove’s 7th Annual Norma Jean Gala benefitted the agency’s behavioral and mental health programs that provide help and hope to more than 1,200 at-risk children and their families in the Hollywood and South Los Angeles communities. Its namesake is the Hollygrove campus’ most famous alumni – Norma Jean Baker, who benefitted from the agency’s care as a child before she ultimately came to be known as the international icon Marilyn Monroe. Proceeds from the Norma Jean Gala support Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove’s unique and effective privately-funded therapeutic afterschool, summer and parent support programs that help create stability, strengthen the family and provide a greater chance of success for the child to become productive and thrive. In addition to underwriting support from presenting sponsor Houlihan Lokey, major gala sponsors included: RETS Associates, Bryant-Reichling Real Estate, CAA, CB Technologies, COMPASS Hollywood, the Johnny Carson Foundation, UTA and Paramount Studios, CIM Group.last_img read more

Keanu Reeves return to Winnipeg after two decades to be less dramatic

first_imgAdvertisement Presumably, Reeves will feel more comfortable with his Winnipeg gig this time out. Not long after performing the Melancholy Dane, Reeves told this reporter he had initially felt like a “deer in the headlights” confronted by a looming truck with the word “Hamlet” across its front.Siberia may be more in his comfort zone. The film is to be directed by Matthew Ross, best known for the recent feature film Frank & Lola, another story of obsessive love starring Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots. The script was written by Scott B. Smith (A Simple Plan).Reeves is one of three actors making a return trip to Winnipeg. Sir Ben Kingsley, currently in town shooting the serial killer thriller Nomis opposite Henry Cavill and Alexandra Daddario, played the lead role of an alcoholic hitman in the 2007 film You Kill Me directed by John Dahl.According to the Internet Movie Database, actor Stanley Tucci has also joined the cast of Nomis. Tucci played a passionate ballroom dance contestant in the 2004 film Shall We Dance opposite Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez.The year continues to be a busy one for the Winnipeg film industry, which enjoyed a genre movie boom beginning in November with the back-to-back shooting of the First World War zombie thriller Trench 11, starring Rossif Sutherland, Incident in a Ghostland, starring French pop icon Mylène Farmer, the psychological thriller Behind the Glass, starring India Eisley, Mira Sorvino and Jason Isaacs, and Cult of Chucky, the seventh film in the Child’s Play franchise, starring Fiona Dourif and Jennifer Tilly, which wrapped production last week.In that vein, city crews are also gearing up for a post-apocalyptic genre film titled Break My Heart 1000 Times, an adaptation of a young adult novel by Daniel Waters.According to a report in Variety, actress Bella Thorne (The DUFF, Scream: The TV Series) is set to star in the film, set in a world in which the barrier between the living and the spirits of the dead has been lifted.randall.king@freepress.mb.caTwitter: @FreepKing Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment IT was 22 years ago when actor Keanu Reeves, a freshly minted action star after the hit movie Speed, made a bold career pivot, signing on to perform the title role of Hamlet on the stage of the Manitoba Theatre Centre in the winter of 1995.According to local industry sources, Reeves will be returning to Winnipeg this spring to shoot the movie Siberia (not to be confused with the 2013 NBC TV series of the same name, which was largely filmed in Birds Hill Provincial Park).The 52-year-old actor, still a hot action star in the wake of the US$130 million gross of John Wick Chapter 2, plays a diamond dealer trying to sell blue diamonds of questionable origin in Russia, falling in obsessive love with a Russian café owner along the way. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

The Museum of Drug Policy Fortyone art pieces highlighting the impact of

first_imgMont-Royal Centre2200 Mansfield St., Montréal (Québec)  H3A 3R8 Login/Register With: The Museum will be open to the public on May 15-17, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Advertisement Facebook Museum of Drug Policy’s international travelling exhibit, in a “pop-up museum” format  LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment WHO: WHAT: This ephemeral cultural hub supported by Open Society Foundations was launched last year during the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs. The Museum offers a powerful, emotional experience that illustrates the harms caused by current prohibitionist drug policies and advocates for new approaches rooted in dignity, health, and human rights.“This exhibit calls attention to the health and human impact of drug policy in ways that research studies and PowerPoint presentations cannot,” said Daniel Wolfe, Director of International Harm Reduction Development at the Open Society Foundations. “The artists whose work is displayed here remind us that scientific evidence is not enough, and that we must also open other channels to inspire commitment to make change in how we treat drugs and those who use them.”The Museum of Drug Policy will showcase artwork by contemporary artists, including Tracy Hetzel, watercolor illustrator of the “The Execution Series” portraits, which presents five individuals who have been executed after being convicted of drug offenses, as well as two portraits from the series “At last… rest” that Zefrey Throwell has created from the ashes of his deceased father, Douglas Throwell, which still contain traces of methamphetamine, thereby representing a deeply personal memorial, as well as an account of this drug’s lethal effects.Ann Lewis, a multidisciplinary activist artist also known as Gilf!, will exhibit a unique participatory art piece on the victims of Canada’s ongoing opioid crisis. “Through their powerful pieces, artists like Ann Lewis put a sharp focus on realities that would otherwise go unnoticed, as they are hard to visualize and absorb using statistics,” said Michael Skolnik, CEO of The Soze Agency, the design firm behind the Museum of Drug Policy. “The idea of exhibiting art pieces in a ‘pop-up museum’ also reflects Open Society Foundations premise that solutions to these complex issues must be sought through innovative approaches, by thinking outside of the box.”Art pieces by Québec artists who contributed to L’Injecteur, published by the Association québécoise pour la promotion de la santé des personnes utilisatrices de drogues, will also be on display.This free event, open to the public on May 15-17 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., will take visitors around the world, inciting them to think and act differently. The exhibit will be presented at the Mont-Royal Centre, at 2200 Mansfield St., Montréal.About the Open Society FoundationsThe Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. Working with local communities in more than 100 countries, the Open Society Foundations support justice and human rights, freedom of expression, and access to public health and education. www.opensocietyfoundations.org / museumofdrugpolicy.org WHERE: Over 20 local and international artists exhibiting 41 art pieces MONTRÉAL – Following its successful launch in New York in April 2016, the Museum of Drug Policy’s international travelling exhibit will be making its first stop in Montréal in a “pop-up museum” format on May 15-17, as part of the 25thHarm Reduction International Conference, before making its way to Europe. Visitors will get an opportunity to view forty-one various art pieces from local and international artists that show how drug policies affect our friends, families and communities. Advertisement Advertisement WHEN: Twitterlast_img read more

MEET ACTOR VIVEK JAIN

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Growing up I had always dreamed of being an actor – so much so I spent more time day dreaming of winning an Oscar than I did listening to my Professor’s in University.  Having said that,  I never had the guts to chase my dream at that point and instead opted for the safe route in the world of business.  Oddly enough, the idea of acting came back through a business I co-founded, as one of my business partners is a successful SAG actor. One thing led to another and here I am chasing my childhood dream many years later!Who inspired you to follow your dream to pursue acting?My parents are definitely an inspiration from the point of view they have shown me that amazing things can happen with the right attitude and by never giving up.  Also, my business partner is a huge inspiration as he’s done it and been successful at it.  He’s been a huge help in teaching me the ropes and instilling the need to keep on working to learn and improve on the craft.  What challenges have you faced in the entertainment industry?  What has been your most rewarding experience?The biggest challenge has been the roller coaster ride it can be from one day to the other. In one instance, you can land a gig or get great feedback  to the complete opposite  at your next audition.The most rewarding experience to date has been being cast as a co-lead in my first independent feature film. It was the first role I’ve had where I could take one character through a wide range of emotions as the script progressed.  It also gave me the opportunity to work with some really talented people to improve on the craft and give me more confidence to take on more challenging materialWhat is your favourite type of character to play?I love playing roles in the which you go through a wide range of emotions – from emotional disasters to feeling like they’re on top of the world as their character develops during the story.  Its liberating of sorts to go back to different times in your personal journey and bring them to life on film.What market do you currently work in?  Are there other areas you would like to work?I’ve been mainly working in Toronto of late, but have had a couple of roles in LA and am finalizing the details to shoot a feature film in the Netherlands over the summer.  As far as other areas, I just want to be on a set, doesn’t matter where its located.  If there’s a gig for me, I will find a way to be there.What advice would you give to someone new trying to make it in the acting industry?My biggest advice is probably to not let the fear of failure stop you from doing something you are passionate about.  Enjoy the process of auditioning and receiving feedback –  learn from everything you hear – the good and more importantly the bad.  There is no guarantees that you will make it, but finding out if you can will be the best adventure you will ever have!Why, What fuels your passion?My kids fuel my passion . I always tell them if you can dream it, its possible and I want my actions to speak louder than words when its comes to teaching them this lesson.  Plus, they get a sparkle in their eyes when they tell their friends and teachers that I’m on tv or in a movie.  Its pretty hard not to be motivated when your kids seem to think you’re cool because of what you do!What is something about you that most people would never guess?I’m a single father to the 2 most beautiful baby girls in the world, and that’s my unbiased opinion!If you were to do it all over again, would you do things exactly the same?  Do you have any regrets?  Successes that make you proud?There are times when I think it would have been better to have given acting a shot when I was younger. But I can’t really consider that a regret as the life experience I’ve had with the path I chose is what makes me who I am today – and because of those experiences,  I am the actor I am today.As far as success I’m proud of, I think I’m more just really enjoying the process of chasing this dream, with the end game not really being something I’m thinking of.  I’m learning every day and meeting some really interesting people along the way, all the while being excited about what I’m doing.  So from that point of view I think this has already been a successTo follow Vivek, check out his profiles below:IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm9512866/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vivek.jain.395891Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vivek_jain1/Written By:  Darlene MorrisonIf you are an aspiring talent and would like to be featured in our Aspiring Talent SeriesContact Darlene via email at morrisonmediasocial@gmail.comOpen to all (e.g. Actors, Models, Singers, Dancers, Producers, Directors, etc.) Vivek is an actor working out of Toronto, Canada. He recently completed work in a supporting role in his first independent feature film that will be released in 2019 and is in talks to co-produce and be the co-lead in 2 feature films shooting summer of 2018 and 2019.We met up with Vivek recently to discuss acting and his career.As a child, did you want to be an actor, or did it fall into place through other activities? 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A CANADIAN VERSION OF RUPAULS DRAG RACE IS COMING TO CRAVE AND

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement All past seasons of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE and RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL STARS will be available on Crave and OUTtv.Produced by World of Wonder, RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE has become a world-wide movement since its premiere in 2009. After 11 Seasons and more than 100 competitors, the series has garnered nine-Emmy Awards; critical praise; a legion of fans including mega-celebrities from Katy Perry to Anne Hathaway to HenryRollins; and a world-renowned drag and pop culture convention, RuPaul’s DragCon, in Los Angeles and New York City .Now, DRAG RACE is sashaying to the North and producers are on the look-out for the country’s most sick’ning artists to slay the competition, and be crowned Canada’s first Drag Superstar. Produced by Blue Ant Studios, DRAG RACE CANADA combines elements of the classic fan-favourite, with a healthy serving of Canadian maple shade, and likely, some Canadian bacon. Casting begins this summer on the 10-episode, one-hour original series, with production to begin this fall in Ontario. The DRAG RACE CANADA host and judges will be announced at a later date.“As Canada’s only homegrown major streaming service, Crave strives to represent all Canadians and we are thrilled to shine a spotlight on the Canadian drag community and their contribution to LGBTQ2+ culture,” said Justin Stockman, Vice-President, Premium SVOD and OTT, Bell Media. “This is an important franchise that has brought drag from niche to mainstream, and we can’t wait to extend the DRAG RACE runway all the way into Canada. Through our partnership with Brad Danks at OUTtv and World of Wonder, along with a passionate and growing Canadian fan base, the time is right to lip-sync for our lives, and crown Canada’s first drag superstar.”“RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE has brought charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent to OUTtv for almost 10 years,” said Brad Danks, CEO OUTtv Network.  “We are thrilled to partner with Crave and World of Wonder to give Canadian drag artists the chance to compete for the crown on DRAG RACE CANADA and bring future seasons, including RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE UK, to OUTtv and Crave.”“Canadian drag is world class and we could not be more excited to bring these artists and their stories to Crave,” said Sam Sniderman, EVP Global Productions, Blue Ant Studios. “We are thrilled to be working with WOW on this legendary and game-changing global format.”“We are excited to be working with Crave and OUTtv to grow the drag experience for Canadian audiences, and shine the spotlight on Canadian queens,” said Executive Producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, World of Wonder.In association with Crave, DRAG RACE CANADA is produced by Blue Ant Studios. World of Wonder’s Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, and Tom Campbell serve as Executive Producers. RuPaul serves as Executive Producer. Executive producers for Blue Ant Studios include Betty Orr, Michael Kot and Laura Michalchyshyn with Mike Bickerton acting as Showrunner. Robin Johnston is Director, Original Production, Factual, Bell Media. Production Executive for Bell Media is Danielle Pearson. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Justin Stockman is Vice-President, SVOD and OTT, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. TORONTO – O Canada! As Pride Month winds down, and Canada Day approaches, Canadians have another reason to celebrate this weekend as Crave and OUTtv announced today an unprecedented partnership that extends the reach of international television phenomenon, RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE in Canada. This partnership includes the new Crave Original Series, DRAG RACE CANADA, the first-ever Canadian adaptation of the show.“I am proud to announce that the Drag Race family is expanding as Crave is about to begin production on DRAG RACE CANADA,” said RuPaul. “The panel and judges will be from the Great White North, representing Canada’s very best. This new franchise has my whole-hearted blessing. Good luck…and don’t puck it up!”Crave and OUTtv are set to become the leading Canadian broadcast and streaming homes of:Future seasons of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE, airing day and date with the U.S. broadcastThe all-new series RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE UK, available day and date with BBC ThreeThe all-new Crave Original Series, DRAG RACE CANADA Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Yukon camper protesting homelessness gets a home

first_imgAPTN National NewsHelen Hollywood has scored a victory of sorts.She’s the woman who started the protest camp on the lawn of the Yukon legislature last June.Just as the territorial government issued eviction notices to all campers last week, they made Hollywood an offer she couldn’t refuse.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has this story.last_img

Residential school survivors reunited with artwork

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn the early 1960s kids as young as six-years-old were chosen to take part in an art class while attending the Port Alberni Indian Residential School.In a solemn ceremony this past weekend the artists were reunited with the artwork they created as children.Artwork some had no memory of ever doing.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has the story.last_img

Trudeau sending First Nations mixed signals on veto rights on pipelines chief

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National News Alberta AFN Regional Chief Craig Mackinaw said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent comments regarding a First Nations veto on pipelines is sending “mixed signals.” At an Edmonton press conference Wednesday Trudeau appeared to skirt a question to confirm a campaign promise he made that First Nations will have veto rights over energy projects on their territories.Instead, Trudeau said a renewed relationship with First Nations centered on respecting treaty rights, creating partnerships and engaging in meaningful consultation. “It kind of makes you wonder. I guess there will have to be more discussion with them (government) on the pipeline issue or there will be lawsuits coming down the road,” said Mackinaw. “I don’t know if the government wants to go down that road because a lot of the inherent chiefs from other regions are dead set against having these pipelines going through their territories. So I’m not sure they’ll agree on a process.”Trudeau’s remarks on Wednesday weren’t as clear and confident as those he made during a televised town hall interview with APTN while campaigning to be Canada’s next prime minister.Trudeau said that “no” would “absolutely” mean “no” if the Liberals were elected. “We cannot have a government that decides where the pipelines (are going to) go without having proper approval and support from the communities that are (going to) be affected,” said Trudeau during that interview. But not everyone thinks Trudeau has swayed from his commitments, including Cara Currie-Hall who led the Rock the Indigenous Vote movement and was recently appointed to the International Oversight committee on Treaty Enforcement and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) committee.“I don’t think he’s broke any promises, yet,” said Currie-Hall while referring to Article 32 of UNDRIP that specifically highlights resource extraction and Indigenous rights. “I would say that the prime minister is really saying that he’s implementing the UN declaration article number 32. A pipeline cannot be put in the ground unless he has the consent of the Indigenous people, which he does not have. Nobody has it.”She said Trudeau may have an opportunity to make progress by placing Indigenous people on the National Energy Board so that they can become engaged and informed.“We’re saying UNDRIP without conditions. (Governments) are required under the declaration to obtain our free, prior and informed consent. You cannot even talk about a pipeline until you bring it to the table,” said Currie-Hall.Trudeau visited Edmonton and Calgary holding meetings this week with Premier Rachel Notley and oil industry executives. The province and industry are upping pressure on the federal government to help fast track transport of oil sands bitumen to tidewater in hopes of kick starting a lagging economy hit hard by a drop in global oil prices. But projects like the Transmountain Pipeline are facing strong opposition from Indigenous groups in British Columbia. On Thursday, 130 First Nations led by the Yinka Dene Alliance signed on to the Save the Fraser declaration in British Columbia in direct opposition to the Northern Gateway Pipeline or similar tar sands projects to cross their territories. The pipelines are a no go said Stewart Phillip, grand chief of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, who just a year and a half ago was arrested on Burnaby Mountain after protesting the Kinder Morgan Mountain project. Phillip said the risks they represent to the environment are too great and that Trudeau should look at rebalancing his priorities. “His own government ministers have said recently that you cannot engage the economy in one conventional economy to ensure that the environment and everything that that represents is properly protected,” said Phillip. “The two go hand-in-hand. They cannot be separated in the fashion that the previous (Stephen) Harper government pitted the economy against the environment. The Trudeau government cannot afford to make the same mistake. He needs to understand that there needs to be a very real, tangible balance in ensuring that environmental protections are securely in place along with the notions of growing the economy. You cannot separate the two.”The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) said in a statement to APTN they don’t believe talking about a pipeline “veto” is helpful. “It’s clear that First Nations have rights, treaties and title that are recognized in Canadian law as well as international standards like the right to free, prior and informed consent. These must be respected. All parties in development must be clear on their roles and responsibilities,” the statement said.The AFN is meeting in Vancouver next week for the First Nations Energy Forum to create dialogues with all levels of government, industry and First Nations. bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

Its another Pickton Police digging up farm in British Columbia

first_imgThe farm police are searching in British Columbia. Google photo.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsWord that RCMP are digging up another farm for human remains in British Columbia has sent chills through the ranks of advocates for Canada’s murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls.“It’s like the Pickton thing all over again,” said Lorelei Williams, whose aunt went missing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. “It’s an awful feeling.”Belinda Williams disappeared 40 years ago, while Lorelei’s young cousin Tanya Holyk is believed to have been murdered by serial killer Robert Pickton, a pig farmer whose Port Coquitlam property yielded DNA of many missing women.News of another potential crime scene – this time in the north Okanagan – is stirring up strong emotions.“There’s a feeling like you want your loved one to be found but then you don’t,” Lorelei said from Vancouver Tuesday.RCMP from the Vernon-North Okanagan detachment have been at the scene south of Salmon Arm in the B.C. Interior since Oct. 19. They released a statement about the human remains on Oct. 21.A number of woman have gone missing in the area in the past 19 months: Caitlin Potts, Deanna Wertz, Nicole Bell, Ashley Simpson and Tracy Genereaux. Two of the five has been publicly identified as Indigenous women.The property is owned by the Sagmoen family and is located at 2290 Salmon River Road and RCMP were seen using a dog team and backhoe there.“I’m just a person and if I can do that anyone can,” Leon said Tuesday of helping the families. “We have done two searches so far. Police can always use more resources.”Potts, 27, disappeared on Feb. 22, 2016; Simpson, 32, disappeared on April 30, 2016; Wertz, 46, disappeared July 19, 2016; Genereaux, 18, vanished May 29, 2017; and Bell, 31, was last seen Sept. 2, 2017.Leon, of the Splatsin First Nation, said an unidentified woman first reported Sagmoen to police, prompting RCMP to release a bulletin on Oct. 13 warning area women in the sex trade to be on their guard, and asking for the public’s help in an investigation.It’s another similarity to the infamous Pickton case, which spawned a lengthy and expensive public inquiry and apology from Vancouver police for ignoring reports of missing women from the Downtown Eastside.Pickton is serving a life sentence.It’s an evil déjà vu for Bernie Williams, an #MMIWG advocate from Vancouver.“Pickton could have been arrested back in the 1990s if they would have listened,” she said. “I’m so angered by this. Why was this not brought out sooner?”Williams was in Winnipeg, Man., last week for the third stop of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Women and Girls. She heard grieving families testify about losing faith in the work of police, specifically the RCMP.“If you are not outraged then you’re not paying attention,” she said of Canada’s list of more than 1,200 victims.Meanwhile, RCMP in Smithers announced they have suspended their one-week search for 53-year-old Frances Brown, who disappeared while out picking mushrooms on Oct. 21.kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

No answers for me Chief says First Nations left out of Fort McMurray fire

first_imgThe Canadian PressIt was May 8, 2016, and the Fort McMurray wildfire was in full blaze.Municipal and provincial leaders had gathered to discuss a response when Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation walked in wanting to know how their plans would affect Indigenous communities.“All these heads started looking at each other and they had no answers for me,” he recalls. “It was clearly evident they had no plans for emergency procedures for First Nations in the surrounding area.”That’s also the main conclusion of a lengthy report by 11 Indigenous communities in and around Fort McMurray. It was funded by the Red Cross and is the result of two years of surveys, meetings and focus groups.“You had this breakdown in understanding,” said Tim Clark, the consultant who wrote the report.The Fort McMurray wildfire became one of Canada’s worst natural disasters.More than 88,000 residents fled their homes and more than 2,400 structures were damaged or destroyed. The estimated cost was pegged at about $10 billion and nearly 6,000 square kilometres in northern Alberta were scorched.There were no deaths directly caused by the fire, but the report suggests that wasn’t because things went smoothly.Nobody knew who was in charge, it says. Between municipalities, the province and Ottawa, responsibility for Indigenous communities was up in the air.There were few relationships and less trust between government and First Nations groups, says the report. Indigenous leaders weren’t included in the Regional Emergency Operations Centre.“You had Fort McMurray First Nation, just east of Fort McMurray, and they didn’t even know there was an emergency operations centre,” Clark said. “(The municipality) did not reach out to First Nations because it assumed they were being dealt with by the federal government.”Most residents from the nearby hamlet of Janvier left for safety in Lac La Biche, 175 kilometres away. But when a few Janvier kids acted up, everyone, including elders, was rousted and moved again _ some back to Janvier, which was still under threat.Re-entry after the fire was similarly tone-deaf, the report says.Registration centres were held in schools, institutions many Indigenous people are reluctant to enter.“The moment you opened up the Friendship Centre re-entry centre, it was immediately filled with people,” said Clark.“There were a lot of people who weren’t going to those (schools).”There was also initial doubt about whether residents would be allowed to rebuild in the Waterways neighbourhood _ one of the oldest parts of Fort McMurray and settled by Indigenous people generations ago.“The municipality understood it in financial terms,” Clark said. “The Indigenous people understood it in more of a cultural, historical perspective.”Governments also failed to consider the circumstances of Indigenous communities, he said. Many houses damaged in the fire started off in bad shape. Fewer Indigenous homeowners were insured.About one-quarter of Indigenous people in the survey lost their homes _ a far higher percentage than in Fort McMurray as a whole. About one-third of those who lost homes had no insurance.It wasn’t until March 2017 _ months into the recovery effort _ that Indigenous representatives joined a recovery task force. Clark also found First Nations and the provincial agency managing federal relief funds worked poorly together.Metis communities weren’t eligible at all.Clark writes that the Willow Lake Metis spent more than $100,000 supporting members during the wildfire. The Fort McMurray Metis spent their reserves to the point where they could not get a bank loan.The survey found that 70 per cent of respondents would prefer disaster management services from Indigenous groups if there were a similar disaster.Alberta Municipal Affairs spokeswoman Lauren Arscott said the province is examining the report.“(Ministers) will closely review the recommendations offered by this report to understand how we can work with First Nations and Metis communities in Alberta to improve our disaster response system for Indigenous people,” she said. “We will encourage both our municipal and federal counterparts to do the same.”There will be a next time, said Clark.“There are still a lot of areas in northeast Alberta that are at high risk for disaster events.“We can’t just say we had a big wildfire so it won’t happen again. We need to start repairing these relationships now.”Adams said it can’t happen soon enough.“What happens now? What’s the plan for us? If the (municipality) doesn’t have a plan for us, who does? Aren’t we all supposed to be working together?”last_img read more

Green Party candidates oppose a nuclear waste dump near the Ottawa River

first_img(Correction: The Green Party candidate said that Chalk River was accepting nuclear waste from the United States. In fact, the waste from the U.S. is from Canada and was sent south for processing.)Todd LamirandeAPTN NewsChanting “no nuclear waste dump,” a small flotilla of canoes and kayaks provided the backdrop to a campaign-style press conference by three Green Party candidates in Ottawa.Canadian Nuclear Laboratories plans to build what is called a near surface disposal facility for non-fuel nuclear waste.The problem say the Greens is that it’s only a kilometre from the Ottawa River, the source of drinking water for about two million people.“There’s no liability insurance in the world that would cover the type of disaster we would face if nuclear waste contaminated the Ottawa River,” said Lorraine Rekmans, Green Party candidate for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.The facility would be near Chalk River, a community 180 kilometres northwest of Ottawa.“This mound as they call it will cover the area of 70 NHL hockey rinks and be seven stories high,” said Angela Keller-Herzog, Green Party candidate for Ottawa Centre. “It would a hold a million cubic metres of radioactive waste.“It will be a giant nuclear landfill.”The facility will deal with waste already at Chalk River.Rekmans agrees that waste should be dealt with on site, but with neutral, scientific oversite rather than a corporate one.“Nuclear industry is usually a cut and run. It’s the quickest, cheapest solution to get it done and get out,” she said.Rekmans admits the technology still needs to be developed for a long-term solution for nuclear waste.“It’s not the end of the story. I think we can’t treat it like the end of the story, like wrap it up in a big bow and walk away,” she said. “That’s never going to happen.“So as we go forward in the future, we’ll have solutions.”In the meantime, protesters and candidates opposed making the problem even bigger by accepting waste from across North America.“They are already transporting truckloads of that nuclear waste from Manitoba, from Quebec, from Ontario and even from the United States to Chalk River,” said Keller-Herzog.According to the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, the waste coming from the United States is from Canada and was sent south of the border for processing to reduce its size.Chalk River is run by a consortium of companies, headed by the one at the centre of the scandal involving Prime Minister Trudeau and former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, SNC Lavalin.The proposed facility will take waste for 50 years. Canadian Nuclear Laboratories says it should last for 550 years.tlamirande@aptn.ca@toddlamirandelast_img read more

Under fire Morneau to sell 21M worth of shares put assets in

first_imgOTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau, under siege from relentless opposition attacks over how he handled his personal fortune when he entered government in 2015, went on the offensive Thursday with a promise to sell off tens of millions of dollars worth of shares in the family business that bears his name.At least $21 million in Morneau Shepell shares held by Morneau and his family will be sold off, while the rest of his assets will be placed into a blind trust, the minister said as he sought to snuff out conflict of interest allegations threatening to undermine the federal Liberal government.All the while, the wealthy former businessman continued to insist he disclosed all his assets to the federal ethics watchdog when he came into office two years ago, and that he that he followed her recommendations very carefully to avoid any conflicts of interest.That, the embattled Morneau has now decided, wasn’t good enough.“I perhaps naively thought that in Canada following the rules and respecting the recommendations of the ethics commissioner … would be what Canadians would expect,” Morneau told a news conference. “In fact, what I have seen over the last week is that I need to do more.”Morneau said he currently owns about a million shares — $21 million worth at current stock prices — in the human resources and pension management firm he and his family helped to build. Public filings show that in March, Morneau’s father, William Morneau Sr., held just over 200,000 shares, worth about $4.2 million.Morneau didn’t, however, mention the dividends those shares generate: 6.5 cents a share, equating to roughly $65,000 a month.When asked why he changed his mind, Morneau admitted the issue has become a major distraction and was taking away from what he characterized as his important work as Liberal finance minister — work he wants to continue doing.“I’m going to go farther, above and beyond anything that might have been recommended because I want to make sure that this isn’t the discussion that we’re having tomorrow or the day after,” he said.“I am trying to make sure that we are successfully improving the lives of Canadians across the country, so if we’re getting distracted because some people are worried about my personal situation, it’s time to move on. And that’s what I’ve decided to do.”Morneau said until his shares are divested they will remain behind a conflict-of-interest screen, which has been overseen by the minister’s chief of staff, to ensure he abstains from any discussions or decisions that could benefit his personal interests.He said he could recall at least two instances where he was removed from meetings because of the screen.Thursday’s decision — aimed at silencing Morneau’s increasingly vocal critics — could also be considered a tacit acknowledgment that the rules themselves are in need of an update, something the ethics commissioner herself has suggested in the past.Commissioner Mary Dawson revealed this week that she told Morneau a blind trust wouldn’t be necessary, since his shares were indirectly held through private companies and were therefore not considered a “controlled asset” under the Conflict of Interest Act.However, Dawson urged the previous Conservative government in 2013 to amend the law to require blind trusts for personal assets owned by public office holders, regardless of whether they were directly or indirectly owned — a change that was never made.Morneau, who stepped down as Morneau Shepell’s executive chairman shortly after the election, said Thursday that when he first entered cabinet, he fully expected he would have to put his assets in a blind trust, as did the company he was leaving behind. However, Dawson told him it wouldn’t be necessary, he said.At that time, public filings showed Morneau owned 2,254,109 shares, most of them through an Alberta numbered company. On Thursday, he said it was only about a million shares, although he didn’t elaborate on what happened to the rest.All week long, the Conservatives and New Democrats have accused the government of being in a conflict of interest created by a finance minister regulating an industry that includes a company in which he owns significant shares.NDP MP Nathan Cullen has called on Dawson to investigate Morneau for spearheading pension reform legislation that could benefit Morneau Shepell and, through shares he still holds, the minister himself.In the days after Morneau personally introduced that bill, the value of Morneau Shepell shares rose 4.8 per cent, Cullen said during question period, Morneau’s first this week since the controversy exploded. The minister shrugged off Cullen, noting Dawson had already signed off on the arrangement.The opposition charges have all but drowned out the government’s efforts to address another, earlier controversy over its widely panned changes to small business taxes.“Of course, there’s been a distraction this week,” Morneau said earlier in the day during a news conference at a farm in the Ontario community of Erinsville, where he was trying to deliver good news: that the government would not proceed with a tax change that has angered farmers.He said Ottawa will reconsider the proposal related to the conversion of income into capital gains after hearing concerns from farmers and fishers. The proposal raised fears about how it could hinder the intergenerational transfer of family business, like farms.It had been one of the three key components of the government’s package of tax proposals.Morneau’s first to the House of Commons on Thursday after spending the week making announcements to scale back some of the so-called tax reforms, which have angered small business owners, doctors, farmers and even Liberal backbench MPs.Earlier this week, the government also ditched another proposed measure that would have had a negative impact on the transfer of family businesses from one generation to the next.Morneau also announced this week that he will scale back a proposal to crack down on passive investment income, which was one of the most contentious elements of his plan.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

TSX up in broadbased advance as US stocks hit new record highs

first_imgTORONTO – It was a positive day on both sides of the border as Canada’s main stock index pushed higher and U.S. stocks hit new record highs.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 72.25 points to 16,076.65, with the materials and base metals sectors leading the broad-based advance.“Looking at all the sectors, they’re up — you have energy, materials and banking up. Overall, it’s a good day. I’ll take it,” said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at HollisWealth.South of the border it was a similar story as most industries, including technology and health-care companies, posted solid gains.The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 160.50 points to 23,590.83. The S&P 500 index added 16.89 points to 2,599.03 and the Nasdaq composite index gained 71.77 points to 6,862.48.In addition to Tuesday’s record finishes on Wall Street, investors were also cheered by a report from Goldman Sachs analyst David Kostin, who forecast that the S&P 500 will rise about 14 per cent in 2018 if Congressional Republicans and U.S. President Donald Trump are successful in cutting corporate taxes.Kostin said continued economic growth and lower taxes should help the S&P 500 rise to 3,100 by the end of 2020.In Canadian corporate news, shares of RBC (TSX:RY) lost value amid news that the bank — the country’s biggest — is the first Canadian lender to be added to the Financial Stability Board’s list of global systemically important banks, which are deemed too big to fail. Its stock was down nine cents, or 0.09 per cent, to $100.92.Retail giant Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) was also down after Canada’s competition watchdog closed a 3 1/2-year civil investigation and concluded that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support allegations that Canada’s largest grocer abused its dominant position in dealing with its suppliers. Its stock gave back 14 cents, or 0.20 per cent, to $68.94.On the commodities front, the January crude contract advanced 51 cents to US$56.93 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down three cents at US$3.02 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$6.40 to US$1,281.70 an ounce and the December copper contract added four cents to US$3.13 a pound.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at 78.26 cents US, up 0.09 of a U.S. cent.– With a file from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Canadians link high car insurance premiums to fraud

first_imgIt’s an expense that eats away a considerable chunk of disposable income for car owners.Car insurance premiums can be costly, and a new poll from Aviva Insurance finds most Canadians link the high cost to fraud.Vice President of Fraud Management, Gordon Rasbach said 81 per cent of people have linked higher costs to fraudulent vehicle repairs, vehicle theft, or personal injury claims.In Alberta that number is even higher, at 88 per cent.“Two per cent of Albertans admitted misleading their insurance about content value. One per cent even admitted to misleading their insurer about a physical injury. Sixty-three per cent of Albertans feel that very few cases even warrant the use of a personal injury lawyer,” said Rasbach.Nearly 70 per cent of Canadians who participated in the poll said cracking down on fraud would lower their costs.last_img read more

Canada optimistic a TransPacific trade deal within reach Tuesday

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government is optimistic it’s nearing a deal that would see Canada agree to the Trans-Pacific Partnership as early as Tuesday, The Canadian Press has learned.A government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing talks, said Ottawa believes the deal can be struck, even though it would still like to see more progress on negotiations surrounding the automotive and cultural sectors.“We’re hopeful that a good deal can be reached,” the official said.“We want a good deal, not just any deal.”The negotiations underway in Tokyo are the first high-level talks since the leaders of the TPP countries met in November on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam, where Canada resisted signing on.The latest round of the Pacific Rim talks come as Canada faces a tough renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA negotiators from Canada, the United States and Mexico are meeting in Montreal this week.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been bringing up the Asia-Pacific trade pact in recent months every time he’s had conversations with leaders from the other partner countries, the official said. Over the last week, he discussed the deal with the leaders of New Zealand and Chile by phone.The official said Trudeau also dispatched well-connected Vancouver Economic Commission chief executive Ian McKay as his personal envoy at this week’s negotiations in Japan. McKay, a former national director of Trudeau’s Liberal party, has “deep knowledge” of business in Japan and was engaging with the Japanese government at the highest level, the official said.McKay has joined Canada’s chief and deputy chief TPP negotiators in Tokyo for two days of talks that were scheduled to wrap up Tuesday.The 11 remaining TPP countries started working to salvage the deal after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew last year.Many of those leaders thought an agreement-in-principle was within reach in November.Trudeau made international headlines at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Danang deciding not to sign an agreement-in-principle on what has become known as TPP11. Partner countries had been expecting him to come to an agreement.He also made headlines at the summit for how he went about declining the deal.Trudeau’s decision to continue negotiating for a better deal, rather than striking an agreement, led to the abrupt cancellation of a TPP leaders’ meeting on the sidelines of a summit.The cancellation set off a confusing day of talks. Media reports directly blamed Canada and Trudeau for helping to scuttle the scheduled meeting.But Trudeau later argued he had sent signals for days that he would not be rushed into a deal unless it was the right one.TPP trade ministers did agree to a number of changes to nudge negotiations closer to a deal, including stronger protections for the environment and labour rights. They also suspended controversial provisions from the original TPP related to intellectual property, which the Canadian tech sector had long called on Ottawa to remove from the deal.The pact was also rebranded the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.Besides Canada, the TPP11 partners are Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.Most importantly, the deal would open up access for Canada to Japan’s economy, the third-largest in the world. Canada’s agricultural, seafood and forestry sectors would see some of the greatest benefits, the official said.The official insisted that International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland have also remained engaged with their TPP11 counterparts. They added that Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, met with Japan’s ambassador last week to discuss the deal.“We’ve made real progress both before and since Danang,” the official said.A spokesman for Champagne wrote in an email late Monday that the government is trying to get the best deal for Canadian workers and businesses.“As success will be determined over decades, it is important to get the details right,” Joseph Pickerill wrote.“We are committed to being constructive, expeditious and ambitious towards that aim and are working collaboratively with our partners to this end.”— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more