Damian Lewis Visits Princes Trust

first_imgApril, May and June have seen The Prince’s Trust celebrating the 30th anniversary of their Enterprise programme. The Prince’s Trust has helped 80,000 young people set up in business since 1983, with support from funders including RBS.Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory Visit Prince’s TrustCredit/Copyright: Prince’s TrustAs part of the campaign we invited Prince’s Trust Ambassadors Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory to meet a group of seven of those young people.During the hour and a half session, which took place in the new head office in Liverpool Street, Damian and Helen listened to the young people talk about their individual journeys to setting up as their own boss and shared advice on confidence and resilience.Damian took time to understand how the Enterprise programme works, saying: “The Enterprise programme gives people hope, gives people a positive experience of life and an experience of a healthy self worth, possibly for the first time in their lives.”To raise awareness of the Enterprise programme, the visit was covered by journalist Robert Crampton in his column for Times 2. After the session, Helen McCrory expressed how impressed she was with the transformation these young people had made, “To be setting up your own business, to me is the very definition of self confidence and self belief.”The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme supports disadvantaged young people, aged 18-30 years old, who are interested in starting a business. Young people are offered mentoring support and a low-interest loan. With three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust moving into work, education or training.Find out more about the 30th anniversary of Enterprise campaign by visiting www.princes-trust.org.uk/30enterprise.Source:Prince’s Trustlast_img read more

HSN To Feature Jessica Seinfelds Latest Collection From GOOD

first_imgLeading entertainment and lifestyle retailer HSN has partnered with Jessica Seinfeld and her organization GOOD+ Foundation for a second year to offer an exclusive accessories line, GOOD+.Appearing in late April, the collection supports fashion for a good cause.Jessica will appear on HSN on April 27th during “The List: HSN Cares Special Edition” (9-11pm ET) to launch the collection. In conjunction with the launch, HSN Cares will donate three days of diapers to a child in need for every GOOD+ item sold, to the GOOD+ Foundation. HSN customers will also be able to donate to GOOD+ Foundation online at HSN.com or over the phone from April 27th-30th and will receive $10 in HSN Kash for every donation of $10 or more.“A simple $10 donation provides 10 whole days’ worth of diapers to a family in need, which is an incredible respite for families trying to make ends meet. That donation helps provide a safe, healthy environment for the child and relieves stress for the parents, which builds a happier and more successful family,” said GOOD+ Foundation Founder and Board President Jessica Seinfeld.GOOD+ Foundation first partnered with HSN last year to design fashions and accessories designed from the heart. This year’s exclusive collection will help provide essential child gear, clothing and services to families in need. The GOOD+ collection consists of transitional and trendy scarves, pants, kimonos, handbags and vests that are perfect for women on-the-go who need a wardrobe that is fashionable and versatile enough to transition from day to night with ease.“After a successful launch of GOOD+ last year, we’re delighted to welcome back Jessica and her all new collection of apparel and accessories,” stated Carmen Bauza, Chief Merchandising Officer, HSN. “Not only do our customers adore Jessica, but they love to give back and value the charitable component of this versatile collection.”GOOD+ Foundation is a non-profit organization that partners with a national network of leading programs to break the cycle of family poverty through the power of donated child products and transformational family services.HSN Cares is dedicated to empowering women and helping families in times of need. The goal is to provide essential items to 500 families that GOOD+ serves and empower them to lift themselves out of poverty. For more information and to shop the collection, visit www.HSN.com (keyword: GOOD+).last_img read more

Womens Media Center Announces Honorees For 2017 Womens Media Awards

first_imgThe Women’s Media Center announces their host and honorees for the 2017 Women’s Media Awards, to be held on October 26, at Capitale in New York City.They will be giving awards to Maria Hinojosa, April Ryan, María Elena Salinas, and Gail Tifford, and also recognizing the film “Hidden Figures.” And they will be celebrating the landmark 80th birthday of their co-founder Jane Fonda.Maya L. Harris, lawyer, MSNBC analyst, senior policy adviser to the 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, and former board co-chair of the Women’s Media Center, will host this event for the first time.“Women’s Media Awards recognize and honor game-changers for women in media. By deciding who gets to talk, what creates debate, who writes, and what is made visible, media shape our understanding of who we are and what we can become. We are grateful for these 2017 awardees who are creating a better future,” said Pat Mitchell, board chair of the Women’s Media Center:Jane Fonda, two-time Academy Award-winning, three-time Golden Globe-winning, Tony Award-nominated actor, and Emmy Award-nominated actor, recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award, producer, bestselling author, advocate, and Women’s Media Center co-founder, will be celebrated for her milestone 80th birthday — and for her lifetime of achievements in media, in front of and behind the camera, as a writer, an innovator and an activist.Maria Hinojosa, four-time Emmy-winning journalist, anchor and executive producer of the Peabody Award-winning “Latino USA” on NPR and of PBS’ “America by the Numbers,” as well as the founder of the Futuro Media Group, will receive the Women’s Media Center Carol Jenkins Award.April Ryan, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, news blogger for “Fabric of America,” CNN political analyst, and award-winning author, will receive the Women’s Media Center She Persisted Award.María Elena Salinas, Peabody, Walter Cronkite, Emmy, and Gracie Award-winning long-time anchor of “Noticiero Univision,” author, philanthropist, and spokesperson for “Ya Es Hora,” will receive the Women’s Media Center Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award.Gail Tifford, vice president of Media NA and global digital innovation for Unilever, co-founder and executive sponsor of GALvanize@ Unilever Women’s Network, and co-founder of #Seeher, will receive the Women’s Media Center Marketing for Change Award.And they will also be celebrating the historic 2016 Oscar-nominated and SAG Award-winning feature film “Hidden Figures.”Lauren Embrey is chair of the Women’s Media Awards. Co-chairs are: Loreen Arbus, Abigail Disney, Jane Fonda, Mellody Hobson, Victoria Jackson, Pat Mitchell, Robin Morgan, Susan Pritzker, Bonnie Schaefer, Regina K. Scully, Gloria Steinem, and Mary & Steven Swig. Proceeds from these awards support the work of the Women’s Media Center.“It has never been more clear that media shape our world — by fact-checking or not, by choosing what to report, by deciding who gets to talk, by assuming there are two sides to every issue even when there are more, by employing or not paying writers, by going for numbers and advertisers instead of quality and credibility — and much more,” said Gloria Steinem, co-founder of the Women’s Media Center. “Media have a lot of power over who we are, what we can become, how we live, and who governs us. That’s why the work of the Women’s Media Center is even more important than it was a decade ago at our founding.”Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center, said: “At a time of political attacks on women’s rights and opportunities — and when the important role of the news media is being undermined at the highest level of government — our honorees represent trust, truth, and excellence. Whether in front of the camera or behind it, they tell the real stories of our lives and are champions for all women. We are proud to celebrate them at the Women’s Media Awards.”Past WMC honorees include Luvvie Ajayi, Christiane Amanpour, Amma Asante, Laura Bates, Samantha Bee, Ursula Burns, Katie Couric, Sady Doyle, Mona Eltahawy, Sarah Hoye, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, Sheila C. Johnson, Maria Teresa Kumar, Laura Ling and Lisa Ling, Lara Logan, Pat Mitchell, Martha Nelson, Soledad O’Brien, Salma Hayek Pinault, Elianne Ramos, Joy Reid, Yanique Richards, Anita Sarkeesian, Regina K. Scully, Mary Thom (posthumously), Marlo Thomas, Barbara Walters, Padmasree Warrior, Lindy West, and Maggie Wilderotter.Co-founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, The WMC works to make women visible and powerful in media. They train women leaders to be in the media; promote women experts to the media through WMC SheSource; and conduct groundbreaking research and reporting on media inclusion and accuracy. They also feature women’s voices and stories on our award-winning radio broadcast and podcast, “Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan,” and through WMC Features, WMC Fbomb, WMC Speech Project and WMC Women Under Siege.To buy tickets or for more information about the 2017 Women’s Media Awards and the ongoing work of the Women’s Media Center, go to: www.womensmediacenter.com.last_img read more

Dave Chappelle to present Icon Award at Canadian Screen Awards

first_imgAdvertisement Comedy star Dave Chappelle will be in Toronto to present the Icon Award to homegrown comedy brand Just For Laughs at the Canadian Screen Awards.He will present the award, which celebrates important achievements in Canada’s screen industry, on March 12.Founded in 1983 in Montreal, Just For Laughs has become one of the best-known comedy brands. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “With over 30 years of brilliant work, Just for Laughs is one of the world’s finest comedy brands, firmly established as the quintessential breeding ground for Canadian comedy,” Martin Katz, chair of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, said in a statement.last_img read more

for colored girls gets people talking review

first_imgAdvertisement for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf Login/Register With: Advertisement It’s gone on to multiple productions worldwide and was the source of Tyler Perry’s 2010 film For Colored Girls, featuring a powerhouse cast including Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, and Kerry Washington. I remember studying the play as an undergraduate in California in the 1980s, and being challenged by its lack of traditional characterization and narrative – it’s mostly a series of poetic monologues spoken by seven black women identified only by the colours of their dresses. They talk, chant, dance, and sing about sexuality, violence, oppression, and liberation.It presented some experiences that I, as a white person, felt distant from, but others that resonated with me as a woman. In the meantime, we’ve developed words and concepts to describe this; the language of intersectionality – the ways in which race, class, gender and other factors overlap, and play into systems of oppression – rolls with confidence off the tongues of today’s Canadian undergraduates.READ MORE Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter By Ntozake Shange, directed by Djanet Sears. Through May 31 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. Soulpepper.ca and 416-866-8666.This choreopoem by Ntozake Shange holds an important place in American theatre history: it’s only the second play by a black woman to be produced on Broadway (in 1976), following Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.last_img read more

Kehlani and Brandy will headline Toronto Pride 2018

first_imgAdvertisement Queer women are having a big year in the pop mainstream thanks in part to Kehlani. The Oakland singer/songwriter has dazzled us at Mod Club and Rebel over the past three years, but extra exciting is that she hasn’t been shy in flaunting queer love on red carpets and in songs like the flirty acoustic ballad Honey. Though she’s always identified with the LGBTQ rainbow, she recently clarified on Twitter, “I’m queer… i felt gay always insisted there was still a line drawn as to which ‘label’ of human i was attracted when i really jus be walking around thinking ERRYBODY FINE.”ERRYBODY FINE could also be the theme of this year’s Pride weekend music lineup, which kicks off with a headlining performance by R&B icon Brandy on June 22 and ends with Kehlani at Yonge-Dundas Square following the Pride Parade on June 24.Despite being a massively influential voice in R&B, Brandy rarely played Toronto until last year, when she headlined the Black Diamond Ball in February and played Echo Beach in the summer. Her Pride performance means this year’s event will be bookended by old-school and new-school R&B. Facebook Kehlani (left) and Brandy bring starpower to Toronto Pride’s 2018 music lineup. Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Other artists announced so far include a lot of hip-hop and experimental electronic acts. International artists include Tennessee rapper BbyMutha, who will headline Yes Yes Y’All’s Sweat block party on June 22, and Bolivian-American electronic producer Elysia Crampton, who performs on the Indigenous music stage Catalyst on June 22 alongside rappers Chhoti Maa, Dio Ganhdih and local producers Obuxum and Ziibiwan. Also on June 22 is the Alterna Queer stage, featuring dubby Toronto band Above Top Secret, Montreal’s hip-hop duo Hua Li and Iranian rapper Säye Skye. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAcclaimed Canadian actor Joshua Jackson kicks off the 9th annual Suit Drive by making the first donation to the cause at Moores flagship in Toronto- supporting the retailer’s national goodwill campaign to help disadvantaged men and women enter the workforce. Canadians can donate gently worn professional clothing at stores nationally throughout July. (PRNewsfoto/Moores Clothing for Men) “When Canadians donate to the Moores Suit Drive they are giving the transformative power of a suit to men and women in need,” said Richard Bull, Vice President of Merchandising, Moores Clothing for Men. “The generosity of the supporters has a positive impact on our communities across the country.”The donations from the Moores Suit Drive are distributed nationally to more than 65 local recipient organizations that help disadvantaged men and women regain employment through job readiness programs, workforce assistance and gifting of professional attire. Recipient organizations include: ROUTES (ON), Calgary Dream Centre (AB), Our Place Society (BC), Global Gathering Place (SK), Opportunities for Employment (MB), Mission Old Brewery (QC), and Teamwork Cooperative (NS), to name a few.Consumers can donate their gently worn professional clothing, including men’s and women’s suits, ties, jackets, shirts, pants, belts and shoes at 126 Moores store locations nationally throughout the month of July. As a thank you, donors will receive 50 percent off their next purchase of regular priced retail items (excluding shoes, clearance, custom, and Exceptional Value items).To help spread awareness of the campaign, Moores is encouraging consumers to share Moores #SuitDrive social post found on its Facebook and Twitter pages and for individuals to submit their own suit stories on social media using the hashtag #SuitDrive. For more information, visit mosuitdrive.com and follow the campaign on social media: @MooresClothing.About Moores Clothing for Men:Launched in 1980 and a subsidiary of Tailored Brands, Inc. (NYSE: TLRD), Moores Clothing for Men is the leading national retailer of men’s business attire in Canada with 126 stores. Moores’ stores carry a full selection of suits, sport coats, slacks, formalwear, sportswear, outerwear, dress shirts, footwear, and accessories in non-exclusive and exclusive merchandise brands such as Joseph Abboud, AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole, Black by Vera Wang, among others. Moores is also the largest provider of tuxedo and suit rentals in Canada. TORONTO — Today, Canadian actor Joshua Jackson, known for his role in the hit TV series The Affair, kicks off the Moores Clothing for Men 9th annual Suit Drive by making the first donation to the cause at the retailer’s downtown Toronto flagship store.“When you donate a suit, you’re not just giving someone a piece of clothing, you’re giving someone a chance to look in the mirror and see themselves differently. You’re giving confidence,” said Jackson. “And that’s a big deal because when you look good, you feel good. When you feel good, positive changes can happen.”Throughout July, Moores Clothing for Men will hold its annual goodwill campaign. Professional clothing donations collected during the Suit Drive give unemployed Canadians who don’t have the resources, a chance to look their best as they transition back into the workforce. Since inception, the Drive has collected close to 435,000 items of professional attire helping to dress hundreds of thousands of Canadians for job interviews. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twittercenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAngie Bird Twitter NEW YORK – Bicoastal Chelsea has signed director Angie Bird–a Young Director Award winner at Cannes in 2016–for her first ever U.S. representation. Bird earned the Young Director Award honor for “Mean Tweets,” a commercial depicting the genuine struggles of the homeless. The spot showcases her knack for grabbing  powerful emotional moments with a true sense of craftsmanship, empathy and tact.  She’s directed campaigns for Kellogg’s, Tim Horton’s, the Salvation Army and Gillette among others.Based in Toronto but born and bred in Melbourne, Australia, Bird is an agency art director turned director, writing and directing ads for multinational brands and honing her storytelling skills with a passion for beauty and honesty. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: “My gut tells me Angie will become a future star in the U.S.,” assessed Chelsea president/owner Lisa Mehling.Bird’s first documentary short, You Won’t Regret That Tattoo, was featured in The Atlantic, UpWorthy, Huffington Post, and as a Vimeo Staff Pick. The film captures a perspective on modern culture and the tattoo phenomenon previously unexplored in the media–that of an older generation proud to sport the ink they wear. As well as being a beautiful study of human nature, the film uncovers the meaning and importance behind the social ritual of tattoos. The short screened at AFI Docs and a number of international film festivals.Most recently, Bird completed her first narrative short, The Day Grunge Died, which tells the story of a group of girls informing their friend of the death of Kurt Cobain. The film had its’ world premiere at the Beverly Hills International Film Festival.Bird said she has long followed and admired what Chelsea has accomplished and looks forward to working alongside Mehling, EPs Pat McGoldrick and Michel Waxman, and the shop’s roster of directors. “I can’t wait to break into the U.S. market with these guys by my side,” said Bird.Bird joins a Chelsea roster which includes David Gordon Green, Lauren Greenfield, Alex Gibney, Stacy Peralta, Bruce Hunt, Jack Cole, Nadav Kander, Amir Bar-Lev, Gregory Jacobs, and The Bear.Chelsea is represented by Denise Blate Roederer of RHODA on the East Coast, Doug Stephen & Partners in the Midwest, and Get Reehl/Get Davis on the West Coast. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgThere’s no word yet on when it will start shooting or who will star in the series.But Nicole Matiation, executive director director of the industry association On Screen Manitoba, said the production — co-produced with Fox 21 Television Studios — is a serious coup for the province and will result in hundreds of skilled jobs.“We know that they’re going to be shooting in multiple locations. They’re in a variety of different spaces in Winnipeg, building sets, because it is a very large series and there will be a number of sets built,” she said.“This is going to be a big production.”According to a description of the Tales from the Loop narrative art book, the story is a “journey through various country and city landscapes — from small towns in Sweden and the deserts of Nevada to the bitter chill of Siberia — where children explore and engage with abandoned robots, vehicles, and machinery large and small, while dinosaurs and other creatures wander … roads and fields.”Stalenhag’s paintings and stories take place in an alternate version of Sweden in the ’80s and ’90s and involve the development of the Loop, a large particle accelerator, and its side effects.Matiation believes Manitoba was chosen because the province’s tax credit for film and video productions is now permanent and producers can count on it year after year.The province has also recently been the shooting location for TV series like CBC’s Burden of Truth and NBC’s Channel Zero.Amazon Studios has produced acclaimed TV series such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maiseland The Man in the High Castle. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The science fiction drama is based on the work of Swedish painter Simon Stalenhag, who blends elements of futuristic science-fiction with images of rural life. (Amazon Studios) A multimillion-dollar Amazon TV series, Tales from the Loop, is coming to Manitoba.The drama is spawned from the work of Swedish artist Simon Stalenhag, who blends elements of futuristic science-fiction with images of rural life.It is a very large series and there will be a number of sets built.– Nicole Matiation, On Screen ManitobaAccording to Variety, the series is to be executive produced by Nathaniel Halpern, who is the writer behind the FX superhero fantasy TV series Legion. Twitterlast_img read more

Shooting of Dudley George remembered

first_imgAPTN National NewsThursday marked the 17th anniversary of the shooting death of Dudley George.George was an unarmed First Nation activist killed during the Ipperwash Park land dispute in Ontario.His death led to the Ipperwash inquiry.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has this story.last_img

National Chief candidate Leon Jourdain vows to fix a fractured AFN push

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn just over a week, chiefs from across Canada will converge on Winnipeg to decide who will be the next national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.They’ll have three choices – Perry Bellegarde, Leon Jourdain and Ghislain Picard. One of them will need about 300 votes to win and the chiefs are the people who decide.The people, or the grassroots, don’t get to vote for national chief so APTN National News took questions to the candidates for them.The same questions were emailed to the candidates who were allowed an unfiltered chance to speak directly to the people. Picard and Bellegarde’s responses ran Monday and Tuesday, respectively.Today, we hear from Jourdain, who was an unexpected candidate vowing to fix what critics say is a fractured AFN.APTN: Why do you want to become National Chief?LJ: I want to become National Chief so our Indigenous People can re-organize from the ground up and we can begin that journey toward becoming fully functioning autonomous Nations. It is critical that we reorganize and refocus our systems. The AFN under my leadership will still play a vital role in the political arena but in the strict capacity of being a facilitator, coordinator and negotiator for our member nations in which the multitude of diverse issues, concerns and objectives are heard, addressed and resolved to the optimal benefit of our tribal citizens.APTN: What effect is funding cuts having on the AFN`s ability to lobby for First Nation interests, essentially where`s the money going to come from to get the job done?LJ: The funding cuts are obviously working to the benefit of the colonial governments and resource extraction-based corporations who are relentlessly circumventing our rights, titles and their constitutional obligations by limiting our capacity to be heard in the appropriate and fair venue. Any other group whose constitutional rights are being contravened would be justly accommodated by both government and industry but we are being ignored by everyone. We must refocus our collective efforts but also utilize the courts and exert our rights in all available processes to achieve what is endemically needed in our communities.APTN: How will you work with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, or whoever wins the next general election?LJ: As National Chief, I will work toward creating the nation-to-nation negotiating processes which are enshrined in the constitution through the recognition of treaty and Aboriginal rights which allowed for the creation of this country and will meet with the colonial governments as an partner rather than a subordinate taking direction or accepting a take it or leave it deal as has been happening. We have many laws and the Canadian legal system which we must not hesitate to invoke to attain what is rightfully owed to us by Canada. Whether it is a Conservative or Liberal government in power in Ottawa, the position we must stand fast on is the nation to nation partnership and I will negotiate with any colonial leader as is their constitutional obligation to do so.APTN: To your critics, the AFN is fractured and unworkable. What will you do to unite the organization and make it effective?LJ: As I lay out in my vision, over time the fractures will disappear and the AFN secretariat and political office will be more focused and processes streamlined so the decision making process made at the tribal membership level and carried forward is not lost nor diminished working their ways to the appropriate levels for implementation. We may seem divided to outsiders but in reality, our Indigenous nations are spread out across our homeland like an open hand in times of peace and tranquillity. But when our people, our nations and our ancestral rights are threatened, that open hand closes up into a fist and we stand united and stand fast in protecting and enhancing our rights and that will never change for as long as the sun shines, the grasses grow and the waters flow.APTN: The chair of the Specific Claims Tribunal wrote in a report that if it doesn’t get more resources it will fail. What will you do?LJ: The current land claims processes are all set up for the Indigenous nations to fail and are under the control of the defendant (Canada) in each case who is the judge, jury and executioner who delay, deny and deflect any responsibilities. All these systems must be revisited and a true collaborative and properly funded process created to expedite all land claims while preserving all inherent indigenous and treaty rights and future interests of our Indigenous nations with adequate environmental protection provisions to protect Mother Earth for future generations.APTN: What are you going to do with the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act?LJ: This unilateral government legislation must be reviewed and an education framework will be renegotiated using the mandatory true nation-to-nation agreement which must be invoked for both our nations to sit down and work out the details of them providing the proper funding for our peoples education based on both need as education is both a treaty and Aboriginal right and their constitutional obligations to do so. Education is a birthright which must not be denied to our tribal citizens and future generations.APTN: Chief’s salaries are a big topic at the grassroots level. For example, should a chief make $400,000 a year when 80 per cent of his or her band members live on $400 a month, should there be limits?LJ: All processes of accountability and transparency must be decided at the community level by the people, for the people with the people and not by an advocacy organization like the AFN, nor by the government of Canada. It must be kept in mind that due to diversity of our nations, the one size fits all legislations continuously imposed by Canada are only control by fiscal extortion mechanisms which fail and we must create our own unique and distinct systems in which each individual community determines who is in power, for how long and what they are paid and to whom they are accountable. We do not set the outrageous salaries for federal and provincial elected officials or heads of their departments so why should they set ours?APTN: What do you want to see accomplished after your term in office?LJ: I want to see our Indigenous peoples and nations well on the road to self-sufficiency with our tribal citizens, especially our children walking the road of life with pride, joy, respect and hope for their future living in healthy, nurturing and positive environments from which they can thrive and enjoy the standard of living enjoyed by mainstream society surrounded by respect and recognition of our special place in our ancestral homeland known globally as Canada. Only then, can I accept the fact that I have fulfilled a small part of the sacred obligation each and every one of us owes our Indigenous nations, past, present and future!last_img

Conservatives forced to pull photo of AFN national chief from party website

first_img(Photo from the meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde (left) Photo that appeared on Twitter (right) via @NativeTweets)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Conservative party was forced to pull a photograph of Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde used to promote a petition trolling for signatures in support of the Harper government’s First Nation Transparency Act.The Conservative party posted the photograph Sunday but removed it the same day after receiving a complaint from AFN CEO Peter Dinsdale, a spokesperson for the organization told APTN National News Thursday. The party posted a cropped photo showing only Bellegarde on their Twitter page which was also pulled.The photograph was taken by the Prime Minister’s Office and initially distributed after a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Bellegarde last month.The photo was posted on the Conservative party’s website Sunday, the AFN spokesperson confirmed.“The use of the picture was completely unauthorized. We were not asked if it could be used nor were we given any notice it would be used for such a purpose,” said Don Kelly, spokesperson for the AFN. “Had we been asked, we would have flatly refused. As soon as it came to our attention we called for it to be taken down immediately.”Conservative party spokesperson Cory Hann said the party posted the photo in “error” but quickly corrected the mistake.“The image was placed in error and once the error was realized the image was replaced,” said Hann.Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt promotes the petition on the party website and asks for signatures in support of “more transparency for First Nation governments.”APTN National News asked Valcourt’s office whether the minister played a role in the decision to use Bellegarde’s image as part of the pitch for signatures. His office had not responded as of this article’s posting.The Conservative party first posted the petition on its website in December with the image of an inukshuk which is an iconic Inuit symbol. The Inuit are not impacted by the transparency legislation and are not identified as First Nations.The party has so far refused to reveal how many signatures the petition has attracted.Valcourt directed his department late last fall to take several First Nation communities to court for failing to comply with the legislation.Onion Lake Cree Nation is challenging the Act in Federal Court.Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash called the Conservative party “sickening” over its decision to launch the petition.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Mercury still haunts Grassy Narrows report finds

first_imgAPTN National NewsA report was released Monday highlighting the ongoing mercury problems in Grassy Narrows First Nation.The northern Ontario First Nation has been plagued by health issues as a result of mercury poising caused by a paper mill that contaminated the area’s waters.The report found that mercury levels continue to rise.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has this story.last_img

Former Edmonton hospital still haunts families searching for lost loved ones

first_img(Undated photo of child in body cast at Charles Camsell hospital in Alberta. Photo: NFB)Brandi MorinAPTN National NewsEDMONTON — It is known as one of the most haunted buildings in Alberta. The former Charles Camsell Hospital in Edmonton holds long forgotten secrets still waiting to come to light.Freelance writer and Edmonton’s third historian laureate Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail has done extensive research about the history of the hospital.Her blog is called the Ghosts of Camsell and focuses on unearthing the stories of the now abandoned building.Metcalfe-Chenail first became interested in the history of Camsell while researching for her book Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North when she learned of the tuberculosis x-ray tours of Indigenous communities.Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail standing in front of the former Charles Camsell hospital Photo: Brandi Morin/APTN“Some have said they’ve seen figures in the windows or have broken in and had weird things happen to them…,” she said. “There’s a lot of people I’ve talked to that think their ancestors spirits haven’t found peace and they’re still wandering. For a lot of people it was not a happy place.”First established as a Jesuit College in the early 1900’s, it was then used as a military base for U.S. army soldiers building the Alaska highway in world war two and it eventually served as a hospital for service men with tuberculosis (TB) and other respiratory problems.In 1946 the federal government turned it into an “Indian sanatorium” mainly for those suffering with TB.TB was rampant and especially devastating to the Indigenous population in those days.The government organized x-ray tours that sent planes to remote communities to screen for the disease. Across northern Canada and the prairies any found with symptoms were shipped to the Charles Camsell hospital for treatment between 1946 and 1966. This included men, women, children, babies.Many of them never made it back home again.Louisa Baril, 72 of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut saw her father Joseph Eluik for the last time when she was 17.Her mother had died when she was nine and her father raised her out on the land living in igloos, using dog teams and hunting for survival.It was a good and happy life, she said.Eluik lost the toes on both his feet during a sickness when he was a child and got by walking on his heels.Joseph Eluik in an undated photoOne day the medical planes came to town and doctors offered to help Eluik, who was by then in his late 40s, to get prosthetics for his feet.He had never been on a plane or flown away from home before, but he thought it sounded like a good deal.Eluik stayed on until the birth of his grandchild then left, having no idea where he would be taken.“He told me he was going to leave,” said Baril. “When he was going to the airport he said he wanted to come back to see me, but the other people before him never came back so he didn’t know…he never came back.”Baril found out from another man from Cambridge who was rooming with her father in the hospital that he had somehow got sick and passed away at Camsell.“His roommate told me the night he (her father) was dying he was calling for me. When he stopped breathing he stopped calling me to him,” said Baril.Louisa Baril (left) with her granddaughter Cathy Aitaok never learned the fate of Joseph EluikBaril and her family were never told what happened to her father or where or if he was buried.Eluik’s granddaughter Cathy Aitaok has been searching for over a decade to locate her grandfather’s grave, hoping that her mother can one day find peace in finding out what happened to him.Aitaok recently contacted Metcalfe-Chenail to see if she could find her grandfather.In her research, Metcalfe-Chenail discovered that some of the former patients of the hospital were buried about 20 km away at the former Indian residential school in St. Albert, Alta.Between 1946 and 1996, the cemetery was cared for by children attending the residential school.Then the school closed in 1968 and Poundmakers treatment lodge located adjacent to the property took over the upkeep.Eventually the cemetery was transferred to the City of Edmonton and was soon overrun by weeds and overgrown grass. Later a brush fire broke out that destroyed the grave markers.Approximately 20 years ago, the city funded the building of a cairn with the engraved names of 98 patients of Camsell buried there.Eluik’s name wasn’t listed.Metcalfe-Chenail said that’s only where the Protestants and Anglicans were buried.The Catholics, she said, are buried elsewhere and she is researching their location.“The records are so tricky to track down. When people did pass away sometimes they didn’t try to contact family members, often they just couldn’t get a hold of them,” said Metcalfe-Chenail. “But they made such efforts to go to communities and get them out to bring them down here but they didn’t make the same efforts to ring them home again for burials.”Some were lucky.Ann Hardy, 58, of Edmonton was sent to the hospital when she was 10 and stayed there four months.She was flown from Fort Smith, NWT after it was discovered she was developing TB. She said at first she was excited about the idea of going away, riding on a plane for the first time and that it felt like an adventure.But her parents were very worried. Both of them had grown up in residential school and were very protective of their children and leery of the outside world.Her mother came with her and stayed a few days in a nearby hotel and didn’t share Hardy’s enthusiasm.“She was very tortured by the whole thing, very emotional, very upset,” said Hardy. “I really didn’t understand it at the time.”Once arriving at the hospital Hardy realized how serious the situation was.Soon, her mother had to go back home but made arrangements with hospital staff to let her daughter call home collect whenever she requested. It was an emotional goodbye, but Hardy said she soon got a roommate and was able to make friends.Things weren’t entirely bad, she said. There was a playground area on the children’s ward where they were sometimes allowed to exercise and she holds fond memories of a day trip they took to the zoo.Ann Hardy (Left) with friend on playground at Charles Camsell hospitalThese types of experiences were helpful in curbing some of the loneliness she felt.“Depending on the nurse that was working it depended on how well our treatment was. We certainly didn’t get the outright abuse they got in the residential schools, but bearing in mind that we were so far away from home and away from our parents we certainly weren’t treated with the compassion I would want children treated with.”She witnessed a young boy at the hospital immobilized by a body cast which was a typical treatment procedure for TB and it terrified her.“They opened his lungs and scraped out the TB. All I knew is he had to be in the body cast for a year. To me that was torture. It was very difficult for him and he was very weak when he came out of the cast.”Then one evening staff informed her they would perform the same lung surgery on her the next day.“I got hysterically upset and called my parents. They didn’t know anything about it. They asked for the procedure to be halted.”Her father flew to Edmonton and had a confrontation with the doctors, something that took Hardy by surprise because she said her father was fairly docile after his experiences in residential schools.“The doctor told him ‘You’re ruining your daughter’s life and I won’t be responsible for this.’ My father said, ‘No, I don’t want you to do this to her,” said Hardy.She was discharged early and sent home with “horse pills” medicine and the TB never again manifested throughout her lifetime.Though thought of what if still lingers to this day,“I just can’t imagine. It runs cold fear through me.”Medical experiments.It is rumoured that horrific medical procedures were carried out at Camsell that included shock treatments, nutritional experiments and sterilization further adding fuel to the notion of the building’s haunting.Metcalfe-Chenail said the stories of what happened at Indian hospitals and the treatment of Aboriginal people there have been lost, however she believes acknowledging their existence is an important part of truth and reconciliation.“It goes back to what Justice Murray Sinclair was saying. We’ve got to have a full picture and reconciliation doesn’t happen until you see the origins of some of those policies and some of the experiences for some of those people. And then you can show more compassion when creating new policies and we can work for better relationships and partnerships so that this kind of stuff doesn’t happen again.”The original Camsell Indian hospital was torn down and rebuilt in the late 1960s as a provincial hospital where it operated until the late 1990s.It has been abandoned ever since.A developer recently bought the property which sits in the residential neighbourhood of Inglewood in Edmonton. The company is working on removing asbestos from the building with goals of eventually turning it into a 230 unit residential condominium project.However, Metcalfe-Chenail would like to one day see a healing center and public art installed on the site to honour those who suffered there.In the meantime Baril will keep searching for her father in the hopes of one day bringing him back home.“He died in the wintertime. He was a good hunter… In the Spring I used to go look for him on the land and think he was gonna come home from hunting. When I’m really missing him I search for him in the distance,” said Baril.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

Journalist arrested during NODAPL protest found not guilty of trespassing

first_img(Independent journalist Jenni Monet standing by the hill where she was arrested during the #NoDAPL demonstrations. Photo: Dennis Ward/APTN)APTN NewsA journalist who was arrested while reporting on the #NoDAPL pipeline protests near the Standing Rock Dakota Sioux Nation in 2017 has been found not guilty of the charge of trespassing.Jenni Monet, who has appeared frequently on APTN News, was arrested with more than 70 other people during one of the protests.Monet was arrested while reporting on a raid by law enforcement at the Last Child camp.She was initially charged with criminal trespassing and engaging in a riot.The independent journalist spent months covering the protests in Standing Rock.Monet called the not guilty verdict a “great day for journalism.”last_img read more

Metis National Council takes aim at socalled Metis organizations

first_imgDennis WardFace to FaceThe president of the Métis National Council (MNC) says it is facing challenges from “the rise and proliferation of groups in eastern Canada who are falsely claiming Métis rights.”Clément Chartier says people are purchasing “bogus cards” for memberships in organizations they then use to “bilk salespeople” for purchase on items like vehicles.“It’s negative towards the Metis nation, towards the true Métis people,” Chartier told Face to Face Host Dennis Ward.“And I think it’s starting to work negative with respect to the Mi’kmaq people as well.”The MNC recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia to work collaboratively on the issue.At the recent special sitting of the Métis Nation general assembly, the MNC also passed a resolution that calls for the protection, by any means necessary including legal, of the Métis Nation flag.“These so-called Métis Nation organizations in eastern Canada, when you see them on TV they’re using our Métis Nation flag which again is giving the wrong impression to the Canadian public,” Chartier said.“They’re not us and they shouldn’t be using our flag.”The MNC also has issues with the Metis Nation of Ontario (MNO).The MNO joined the MNC in 1994 and has now found itself on a one year probation.A report, presented by Chartier at the general assembly found the MNO, “has failed to apply the citizenship criteria of the historic Métis Nation.”MNO President Margaret Froh said the report presented by Chartier contained “a number of errors and omissions” and blamed “media coverage” of the event for causing confusion.A new map of the Metis Nation homeland was also approved at the General Assembly.The map received swift criticism online.“I say that the Treaty territories overlap our territory.  Which is fine, like I say it’s co-existence.  There’s no one exclusive to the other” said Chartier.“We will continue to be negotiating with respect to our land rights.”Chartier also reiterated his concerns with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.He previously said it’s unfortunate the inquiry’s final report will “not reflect the perspectives of the Métis Nation.”Chartier was also disappointed he did not have an opportunity to appear as an individual at the inquiry.“My mother was brutalized and murdered and justice still hasn’t been done but I didn’t get that chance I looked for it but the Inquiry, never contacted my office at all,” he said.Chartier said the only time he ever heard from commissioners was when they were looking for an extension.dward@aptn.ca@denniswardnewslast_img read more

Tax changes could hurt family farm operations

first_imgThe Alberta Wheat Commission has made its views on the federal government’s proposed tax changes clear during a visit to Ottawa and now they are urging producers to have their say.The AWC is telling producers to take time from their busy harvest schedules and write their MPs about their concerns.Chair Kevin Auch said these changes will have an impact on passive savings.“Sometimes you want to build up a cash reserve on your farm, in order to be able to expand, or buy a machine, or a piece of land or whatever and if that income is taxed at a high level then it just effects our ability to grow,” Auch said.He added, the proposed changes will also hurt a family’s ability to pass the farm down to the next generation.last_img read more

For many hotels terror risks make tight security routine

first_imgIn many parts of the world, the constant fear of extremist attacks has led to tighter security measures at hotels and resorts, but that is less so in the United States, where hotels are reluctant to intrude on the privacy of guests.Security experts say the shooting attack that left at least 59 people dead in Las Vegas could lead to more cameras and more training for hotel staff.More aggressive measures such as metal detectors or X-ray screening of guests and luggage — standard for airline travel — are less likely to gain footing in the U.S. because of cost and privacy concerns.Although they are private property, hotels are notably public spaces in most of the world. In many places, luxury hotels have entrances from shopping malls, and their lobbies serve as a refuge from noisy, chaotic streets.Hotel operators in other countries are increasingly deploying armed guards, vehicle barricades, X-ray machines and other measures to reduce the risk of attack.The King David Hotel in Jerusalem, where President Donald Trump and other foreign leaders have stayed, reportedly uses infrared cameras carried by balloons and robots in sewers to search for bombs. Windows on higher floors can withstand gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades, and the air conditioning system is designed to block attacks using poison gas.The Resorts World Manila casino in the Philippines said it hired a security contractor, Blackpanda, and established new security protocols after a man with a gambling addiction carried out an arson attack in June that left 37 dead, the latest major incident in Asia.Even before the attack, visitors to Resorts World — like many other hotels, office buildings and shopping malls in Manila — were required to pass through metal detectors and have their bags X-rayed. Somehow the attacker got past hotel security with an ammunition vest and assault rifle.That was a trifling arsenal compared with the 23 guns and prodigious ammunition stockpile that 64-year-old Stephen Paddock hoarded in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel casino overlooking the Las Vegas Strip and a packed country music festival.Attention is certain to focus on how Paddock was able to carefully prepare and stage his deadly attack on Sunday night.“My guess is we will see more security cameras at many hotels and more monitoring of people who bring many large packages to a hotel room,” said Bjorn Hanson, a professor of hospitality and tourism at New York University. “But I don’t think one event will lead to more intrusive measures” in the U.S. such as metal detectors or X-raying guests’ bags.Hanson also believes that hotels, perhaps pressured by their insurance carriers, will increase training of staff to spot suspicious behaviour or materials left in rooms. There is a model for that in training to help staff spot human trafficking, he said.Jeffrey Price, a security expert at Metropolitan State University of Denver, said employees who clean rooms should report it to a supervisor if they see weapons, but that screening guests’ bags would be difficult in a place like Las Vegas, where people having a lot of luggage is not all that unusual.“It would be a logistical nightmare to screen everybody going into and out of the hotel room, not to mention costing billions of dollars,” Price said. “That also gets into all sorts of privacy-rights issues.”Hanson and Price said people who attend major public events should take their own precautions including knowing where the exits are, having an escape route in mind and a place to meet with companions if they get separated.The American Hotel and Lodging Association said that hotels in Las Vegas were working closely with local law enforcement after the shooting.“Hotels have safety and security procedures in place that are regularly reviewed, tested and updated as are their emergency response procedures,” the group’s president, Katherine Lugar, said in a statement. “As we better understand the facts in the coming days, we will continue to work with law enforcement to evaluate these measures.”Hotels already employ security measures such as asking guests to show their room key in the lobby, and limiting access to some floors to those who have a keycard. But because the U.S. hasn’t had the same experience — in frequency or ferocity — of hotel attacks in countries where security is tougher, that could make stringent measures seem less worthy when applied against a cost-benefit ratio.Other regions can’t afford or aren’t willing to take the risk. For instance, Africa saw two attacks on hotels within months of each other in 2015 — 38 died in Tunisia and 18 in Mali.Tunisia depends on tourism and seen arrivals plummet since a spate of attacks. Since 2015, hotels have beefed up police presence and brought in metal detectors.At the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali’s capital of Bamako, there is now a scanner for bags, and vehicles are blocked from driving in front of the building.In some cases, extra security steps were not enough.In 2009, attackers in Indonesia smuggled explosives past security guards and metal detectors and set off a blast at the Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta that killed eight. Six years earlier, a car bomb at the Jakarta Marriott killed 12.In India in 2008, extremists targeted two luxury hotels, a train station and restaurant in a 60-hour siege in Mumbai that left more than 160 dead.Hotel chains operating in India including Accor, Hyatt and Marriott now use handheld trace detectors and X-ray scanners to check for explosives and contraband. The upscale Lemon Tree Hotel at New Delhi’s airport brought in a facial recognition system to keep track of visitors.Indonesia and India have strengthened hotel security since then, said Mario Hardy, CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association. Vehicles are checked, many hotels scan luggage with X-rays, and there are more security cameras.“As consumers we may sometime see those as nuisance, but I think events such as these remind us all the importance of security measures,” he said.___Kelvin Chan reported from Hong Kong; David Koenig reported from Dallas.last_img read more

Better prices and new pipelines expected to drive higher Canadian crude output

first_imgCALGARY – A pipeline capacity gap that is impeding the movement of Western Canada’s crude to market will close by 2021 and there will be surplus room from about 2022 until 2030, according to the Canadian Energy Research Institute.The Enbridge Line 3 and Trans Mountain expansion pipeline are expected to come onstream in about two years, followed by the Keystone XL pipeline about a year later, the Calgary-based think-tank said Tuesday in a forecast based on financial and market modelling.It predicts Canadian crude oil production will jump to 7.2 million barrels per day by 2038 from 4.2 million bpd last year, aided by thirsty markets that will drive global oil prices above US$100 per barrel by 2030.Oil production growth will come mainly from the oilsands, which will build from the current 2.65 million barrels per day to just under 5.5 million bpd by 2038, CERI says in its reference scenario.“In all cases, we see increases in the production of oilsands because we see increasing demand for oil globally,” said CERI CEO Allan Fogwill.“We see the market access issue being resolved and we also see improvements coming in the production of oilsands, helping reduce the cost.”Its oil production forecast is higher than one released last week by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, which predicted that Canadian oil output will increase to 5.6 million bpd by 2035 as oilsands production rises to 4.2 million bpd.Emissions from the oilsands would exceed the Alberta government’s cap of 100 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year by 2030 with current technology, Fogwill said, but added new technologies are expected to allow the industry to continue to grow without violating the cap.CERI foresees a much darker future for natural gas than oil, with rising production from shale gas wells in the U.S. replacing western Canadian gas in its traditional markets of Eastern Canada, the eastern U.S. and, eventually, mid-continent U.S.Gas production will fall from current levels of about 16.5 billion cubic feet per day to about 15.4 bcf/d over the next two decades unless LNG export facilities are built to send gas to new markets overseas, Fogwill said.About 14 liquefied natural gas processing facilities have been proposed for the West Coast but none are being built as yet. CERI calculates that two LNG terminals would add about five billion cf/d to demand for gas mainly from Alberta and B.C.The picture for natural gas could get even worse if oilsands producers succeed in their goal of reducing the amount of gas they burn to create steam to produce bitumen, Fogwill said.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Get ready for Bongzilla selfie frenzy at Vegas pot museum

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. – A glass bong taller than a giraffe. Huggable faux marijuana buds. A pool full of foam weed nuggets.Las Vegas’ newest attraction — and Instagram backdrop — is a museum celebrating all things cannabis.Nobody will be allowed to light up at Cannabition when it opens Thursday because of a Nevada ban on public consumption of marijuana, but visitors can learn about the drug as they snap photos.It’s a made-for-social-media museum where every exhibit has lights meant to ensure people take selfies worthy of the no-filter hashtag.The facility — whose founder says has a goal of destigmatizing marijuana use — will likely land among the talking points officials and others use to try to draw gambling-resistant millennials to Sin City.It will welcome its first visitors almost 15 months after adults in Nevada began buying marijuana legally, with sales far exceeding state projections.“Our goal when people come out of this is that they don’t fear the cannabis industry if they are not believers in the industry,” founder J.J. Walker told The Associated Press. “Cannabition is not about just serving people that like marijuana, it’s about serving the masses that want to learn about cannabis and or just have fun and go do a cool art experience.”Guests will wander through 12 installations with rooms like “seed,” where people can lie down in a bed shaped like a marijuana seed, and “grow,” which features artificial plants in sizes ranging from inches to feet tall placed under bright lights to represent an indoor cannabis grow facility.Photo ops are also available under a glow-in-the-dark tree, next to a giant marijuana leaf meant to represent an edible gummy and by a 24-foot-tall (7-meter-tall) glass bong that’s dubbed “Bongzilla” and billed as the world’s largest.There is a space with taller-than-you faux buds representing different strains and another room with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s famous “Red Shark” Chevrolet Caprice.This museum in Las Vegas’ downtown entertainment district is not the Smithsonian of marijuana, but it has some educational components. Guests get an introduction from museum guides and some graphics on walls explain how concentrates are made and the differences between indica and sativa cannabis strains.Museums always evolve with the times to remain relevant, and audience engagement is an important goal for the facilities today, said Gwen Chanzit, director of museum studies in art history at the University of Denver. For those who remember very traditional, no-photography-allowed museums, she said, “that ship has sailed.”“Once cellphones became ubiquitous, the culture of museum visiting changed,” Chanzit said.Many of the facility’s exhibits are sponsored by cannabis companies, with their logos prominently displayed. It is common for museums to receive the support of corporations and to place their logo on a wall.Only adults 21 and older will be allowed at Cannabition. The tour is designed to last up to an hour.Walker, the founder, has invited reality TV stars, models and other influencers to Las Vegas for the weekend with the charge of spreading the word about the facility.As for those who buy a ticket but their Instagram followers are only in the dozens or hundreds, Walker said, “you’re still an influencer to your friends.”___Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reginagarciakNO___Find complete AP marijuana coverage here:http://apnews.com/tag/LegalMarijuana .last_img read more