Air passenger rights Six things about what the Liberals are offering in

first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberals will publish the draft text of their long-promised air passenger bill of rights by Saturday, launching a 60-day public consultation for any final changes. Here are six things to know about the regulations.1) For larger airlines, compensation for delays and cancellations is based on how many hours late you arrive at your destination — so long as the reasons for the delay were within the airline’s control and not related to safety issues. All the figures, once finalized, will increase with inflation.For delays between three and six hours, compensation is $400. Between six and nine hours, $700. And over nine hours is $1,000.Compensation rules are different for smaller or low-cost airlines, particularly for airlines that service the North. Passengers can receive $150 for delays of three to six hours. The payments go to $250 for delays between six and nine hours, and $500 for delays of nine-plus hours.2) If you’re denied boarding, a similar sliding scale of payments apply. If you’re bumped from a flight and the ensuing delay hits six hours, you can receive $900. Delays between six and nine hours equal a $1,800 payment. And over nine hours is $2,400. But unlike delays or cancellations, an airline would have to pay up in cash, for instance, on the spot.3) Bag lost or damaged? The Liberals want to require airlines to pay up to $2,100 in compensation — rules that are already enshrined in an international travel convention. The proposed regulations would also require airlines to refund any baggage fees.4) The regulations would require airlines to provide food, water, air conditioning and use of bathrooms during tarmac delays, but not require a flight unload passengers until a delay hits three hours — or 90 minutes more than a Senate committee recommended. However, the three hour limit can get one 45 minute extension if the flight is likely to take off during that period.5) Airlines will also be required to seat children near their parents, eliminating the need for parents to pay an additional seat-selection fee. The rules give the airlines some leeway based on age. Children under five must be seated right beside their parents. Children five to 11 must be in the same row, separated by no more than one seat. Children 12 and 13 years old cannot be separated by more than one row.6) Violations of the rules could cost airlines up to $25,000 in fines. If, for example, airlines don’t communicate quickly and simply what is going on with your flight, or don’t rebook you onto a flight promptly, they will be penalized.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canada endorses Venezuelan opposition leader as interim president

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada is recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president.A government source who was not authorized to speak publicly says Canada will issue a formal statement shortly, following the lead of the United States.The move comes as Guaido declares himself interim president, just two weeks after Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for a contested second term.Canada has accused Maduro of seizing power through fraudulent, anti-democratic elections in May of last year.Earlier this month it rejected the legitimacy of Maduro’s new presidential term, calling on him to immediately cede power to the democratically elected National Assembly until new elections are held.Canada said the suffering of Venezuelans would only worsen should Maduro continue to cling to power.The Canadian Presslast_img

Families want First World War letter shared with public antique store owner

first_imgThe Canadian Press WINNIPEG — A Manitoba antique store owner who found a letter written by a First World War soldier to the sister of a man who saved his life on a battlefield has contacted some of the relatives.In the letter written in 1917, a soldier named Earl Sorel tells his friend’s sister about her brother’s death at the Battle of Vimy Ridge.Sorel says he was wounded in an artillery barrage and his friend dragged him to the safety of a shell hole.That soldier, Gordon Rochfort, died later during the battle.Amanda Kehler says at first she simply wanted to return the letter, but now she and the men’s relatives agree it should be shared with others.Kehler says she is working with Veterans Affairs, Parks Canada and the military to have the letter displayed at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France.She says she has contacted two of Sorel’s extended family.“They’re extremely happy about their ancestor’s history being remembered,” she told CJOB in an interview.Kehler says she also found some of Rochfort’s relatives.“I spoke with the family, and we’re sort of all in agreement that it should be preserved and archived and shown to the public.”Kehler found the letter in a box of old papers she bought for $1.In the letter, Sorel shares with Rochfort’s sister what happen on April 9, 1917.“The barrage was like a thunderstorm and we were trotting at a good pace. We had gone about 1,200 yards and then ‘Bang!’ I felt a sharp burn in my back and left arm,” the letter said. “The next thing I remember was (Gordon) pulling me in a shell hole and he told me to stay there.”It went on to say: “He died a hero, along with many others that day.”Sorel was originally from Selkirk, Man.(CJOB, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Saskatchewan court reserves decision on challenge of school funding ruling

first_imgREGINA — Saskatchewan’s Appeal Court has reserved it decision on the province’s challenge of a ruling that prohibits funding of non-Catholic students attending separate schools.A judge ruled in 2017 that provincial funding for non-minority faith students attending separate schools infringed on equality rights and religious neutrality.The government contends that Catholic and public schools are both part of the education system and religious neutrality should mean providing funding for public education for all.On Wednesday, the Good Spirit School Division argued in support of the 2017 ruling.It says public schools have a mandate to accept and accommodate all students and Catholic schools do not.Lawyers for the government have said legislation that sets out the rights of separate schools doesn’t draw a link between attendance and religion. (CTV Regina, The Canadian Press) The Canadian Presslast_img

Small communities grapple with huge challenge of opioid crisis

first_imgOTTAWA — In the small town of Arnprior, nestled into the Ottawa Valley, at least five suspected opioid overdoses in the span of week prompted police to issue a public warning.Access to extremely dangerous opioids is not limited to larger cities, said the Renfrew detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police, and the drugs have “infiltrated every corner of our province in some form or another.”“When you are purchasing drugs illegally, you actually don’t know exactly what is in those drugs,” said OPP Const. Tina Hunt, a community safety officer with the detachment. “Even though you think you’re buying one drug, it could be laced with another type of drug.”The problem plaguing Arnprior — a town of 9,000 — is shared by small communities across Canada, according to 2017 data presented late last year by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), indicating they in fact have hospitalization rates for opioid poisonings more than double those in Canada’s largest cities.In its public release, Renfrew OPP also warned of something known as “purp” or purple heroin, typically a combination of heroin and its more-potent cousins fentanyl or carfentanil.Fentanyl is 40 times more powerful than heroin and carfentanil (which was developed as a veterinary painkiller for very large animals) is 100 times stronger than fentanyl, figures that illuminate the challenges of tackling what experts say is increasingly a toxic drug supply.The synthetic opioids are comparatively easy to manufacture and transport. They can be cut with fillers and sold as heroin or pressed into pills that can be indistinguishable from pharmaceuticals that come from legitimate manufacturers. But a tiny excess in the dose can be deadly.The data from CIHI indicated that although hospitalization rates for overdoses varied across the provinces and territories, communities of 50,000 to 100,000 people saw some of the highest rates of opioid poisonings. Brantford, Ont., had an opioid-poisoning hospitalization rate more than 3.5 times the Ontario average. Kelowna, B.C. had one of the highest rates of opioid-poisoning hospitalizations in Canada in 2017. Each has about 100,000 people.Helen Jennens, who lives in Kelowna and lost both her sons, Rian and Tyler, to opioids, said Monday that resources in her community have been improving but said appropriate supports were not in place in her family’s darkest hours.Larger communities offer more places for people to go to find help, she said. “There’s more outreach centres; the access to help is just better.”Both Rian and Tyler had become addicted to opioids after being prescribed painkillers for injuries.Donald MacPherson, the director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, said Monday that smaller communities are “incredibly underserved” by some basic types of programs such as harm-reduction services, adding that reduced capacity, funding issues and higher costs create challenges outside urban centres. The group promotes more liberal drug policies, arguing that the war on drugs does more harm than good.There has been an effort in British Columbia to create community action teams to try to address the need for more on-the-ground services, MacPherson said, noting an enormous problem remains “because the drug market doesn’t discriminate.”“It exists everywhere, from the smallest places to the largest places,” he said. “I think in many places they are left behind … The rural-urban divide when it comes to the basics of life-saving services is immense.”Canada’s Rural Economic Development Minister Bernadette Jordan has witnessed some of the impacts in her own community.Jordan, who represents the Nova Scotia riding of South Shore-St. Margaret’s, said anyone who think the opioid crisis is an urban issue is wrong.“We are seeing it right across the country, in small communities, in rural communities,” she said in a recent roundtable interview with The Canadian Press. “It is a huge, huge challenge; there is no question.”She said she has discussed the issue with the health minister.“This isn’t just happening in Vancouver, in Toronto, in Montreal,” she said. This is happening right across the country.”In a statement, a spokesperson for Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor pointed to commitments the Liberals made in their most recent budget.It proposed additional funding of $30.5 million over 5 years, beginning in 2019-20, with $1 million a year committed after that, for targeted measures to address persistent gaps in harm reduction and treatment.“We will continue to do all we can to save lives, because this crisis continues to be one of the most serious public-health issues in Canada’s recent history,” said Petitpas Taylor’s press secretary Thierry Belair.MacPerson said the federal government could accelerate rural innovation in overdose prevention and harm-reduction.“I think there should be a rural strategy developed that the federal government could fund and co-fund maybe with the provinces,” he said.“This epidemic is presenting a huge challenge and if one good thing comes out of this disaster, is that we begin to do things differently. So the opportunity is to seize that moment and really be serious about changing the way we operate.”—Follow @kkirkup on TwitterKristy Kirkup, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Manitoba Mountie accused of manslaughter was hobbling after shooting court told

first_imgTHOMPSON, Man. — The manslaughter trial of an RCMP officer in northern Manitoba has been told the Mountie was in pain and had difficulty walking following an on-duty shooting that left one man dead.Const. Abram Letkeman is on trial for the 2015 death of Steven Campbell, who was behind the wheel of a Jeep that the officer had tried to pull him over for erratic driving.At the time, police said the Jeep came to a stop after a brief chase and when Letkeman approached the vehicle, it suddenly accelerated and struck the officer, prompting him to fire his gun.Cpl. Michael Lewis, an officer who attended the scene after the shooting, testified that when he arrived Letkeman was hobbling and hopping on one leg.Another officer, Const. Greg Oke, also told the trial that Letkeman had great difficulty walking.Campbell’s girlfriend earlier testified that he did not have his hands on the steering wheel when bullets came through the front windshield.The Canadian Presslast_img

Ross Perot Texas billionaire who twice ran for president has died

first_imgDALLAS — H. Ross Perot, the colorful, self-made Texas billionaire who twice ran for president, has died.Family spokesman James Fuller says Perot died early Tuesday. He was 89.Perot rose from Depression-era poverty to become one of the nation’s richest men as the founder of computer services giant Electronic Data Systems Corp.In 1992, Perot jumped into the presidential campaign as an independent candidate, challenging President George H.W. Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton.Perot drew nearly 19 per cent of the vote, the biggest percentage for a third-party hopeful in 80 years. Republicans blamed him for Bush’s defeat.He had founded EDS in 1962 and sold control of it to General Motors for $2.5 billion in 1984. He later founded another company, Perot Systems.More to come.The Associated Presslast_img

Asylum claims dipped last month but numbers remain up over last year

first_imgOTTAWA — New statistics released Monday show a slight dip in the number of people intercepted at the Canada-U.S. border last month trying to cross unofficially to claim asylum.Last month, 1,762 people were stopped by the RCMP as they crossed into Canada from the U.S. at informal border points, down from 1,874 in July.But the statistics also show that the total number of asylum claims lodged in Canada so far this year is higher than in the same period in 2018.The government says it has processed 39,705 new claims for refugee status so far in 2019, which is about 5,000 more than had been processed at this point last year.Statistics released Monday also show Ontario continues to lag just behind Quebec in the total number of asylum claims processed so far this year.The surge of asylum-seekers has become a lingering sore spot in federal-provincial relations, with the Liberal government promising hundreds of millions of dollars to both provinces to ease some of the strain on housing and social services.The flow through informal entry points has been blamed on the Safe Third Country Agreement with the U.S., which doesn’t allow people coming into Canada from that country to lodge refugee claims at official border spots.What to do with the agreement is a point of contention for the main federal parties in the current election, and expected to be part of at least some campaign platforms.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jennifer Garner Announces Americas Report Card

first_imgAmerica earned a lackluster C- grade on child well-being, according to a national report card released today by First Focus and Save the Children. Artist ambassador for Save the Children, Jennifer Garner, joined Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn., retired) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) to announce the findings of America’s Report Card 2012: Children in the U.S.“The number of Americans living in poverty remains at a historic high, with nearly one in four children knowing all too well what it means to go without,” said Garner. “Childhood poverty sets children up for failure in school, impacts their health, and can pre-determine the course of their lives. So why, then, are children being left out of the conversation during an election season in which the economy is the primary issue? We need to do better for our kids.”Commissioned by Sen. Dodd and Sen. Casey, America’s Report Card provides a holistic picture of unmet needs in five areas of a child’s life: economic security, early childhood education, K-12 education, permanence and stability, and health and safety. The report also urges the American people to take action to boost children’s chances for success in school and life: vote in November’s general election for candidates who support investments in children; hold elected officials accountable for commitments to help children succeed; and engage with other local leaders to improve the lives of children in their own communities.More than 300 policymakers and congressional staff, children’s advocates, and concerned citizens attended the report’s launch. Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus, described the grading system and provided an overview of the 2012 grades. Mark Shriver, senior vice president of Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, urged our country’s leaders to summon the political will to end childhood poverty by investing in early childhood education, a key to a brighter future for our children, and our country.“Children can’t appear on cable talk shows, contribute to political campaigns or vote. Politicians know this and listen to the loudest voices in the political arena,” said Sen. Dodd. “With the election quickly approaching, you can be the voice for children. This November, cast a ballot for candidates who will put children first. And after the election, no matter which candidates win, it is up to you to hold them accountable to ensure children are a legislative and budgetary priority.”“The future of our nation rests in our ability to give every child the opportunity to succeed,” said Sen. Casey. “That is why I have fought to build support for initiatives to increase access to early learning programs and to ensure children have access to healthy food. Preparing children for the future must be part of our strategy to continue to grow the economy and create jobs. By giving our children the best shot at success, we can also boost the nation’s productivity, increase prosperity and fuel competitiveness.”“The presidential candidates this year are talking about building an even greater, more prosperous and more competitive nation. And yet, during the first presidential debate, neither candidate mentioned the poverty epidemic affecting the lives of 16 million children in America,” said Shriver. “Reducing the deficit is not mutually exclusive from reducing poverty. Childhood poverty costs our nation $500 billion per year. If the candidates are truly serious about building a stronger America, then a meaningful debate about ending childhood poverty must become part of the conversation.”“We grade kids all the time,” said Lesley. “It’s time to take responsibility as a nation for the decisions that determine whether kids can succeed. We can’t be satisfied with a C-, but raising the grade means getting involved, voting for kids, and holding politicians accountable.”The report card assigned the nation grades in five key domains of a child’s life: Economic security: D, based on the number of children living in poverty, experiencing food insecurity and unstable housing. Early childhood: C-, based on early learning program availability and enrollment, as well as access to child care. K-12 education: C-, based on children’s math, reading and science levels, school resources, the number of at-risk youth, and educational attainment. Permanency and stability: D, based on the well-being of children impacted by the child welfare, juvenile justice, and immigration systems. Health and safety: C+, based on the state of health insurance coverage for children, access to health care and preventive services, public health and safety, and environmental health. Source:Save the Childrenlast_img read more

Stars Donate To Charity Clothes Throw

first_imgColeen Rooney, Fearne Cotton, Holly Willoughby, Jameela Jamil and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen are amongst the first celebrities to donate to this year’s Alder Hey ‘Clothes Throw’.The Clothes Throw, which is proudly supported by online retailer Littlewoods, centres around an exclusive auction where stars from the worlds of entertainment and fashion donate stylish outfits to raise much-needed funds for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Other donations have come from high profile celebrities, including Twiggy, Paloma Faith and Vivienne Westwood.Coleen Rooney, who is fronting the Clothes Throw 2012 campaign, said: “I am delighted to be helping Alder Hey Children’s Hospital with their annual Clothes Throw. This is a cause very close to my heart and I’m hoping everyone can get behind this great campaign to make use of the things we all have in our wardrobes which we no longer need and raise much-needed funds for the UK’s busiest children’s hospital at the same time.”Alder Hey Children’s Charity is encouraging people to get involved with the Clothes Throw in a number of ways, including holding Clothes Throw fundraising parties at home, selling their unwanted clothes online through eBay, buying unwanted clothes from each other or updating their wardrobes and donating any proceeds to the charity in the process.Brand Director at Littlewoods, Gary Kibble, said: “Littlewoods is delighted to be supporting this year’s Clothes Throw event. We are committed to making a positive impact in the communities in which we operate and those organisations that focus on improving the lives of children and young people are at the heart of our charity strategy.“Littlewoods has an ongoing partnership with Alder Hey and has donated around £3 million to the charity overall, including a significant donation in 2005 to build a specialist neurosciences wing at the hospital. As a Liverpool-based fashion retailer with families and children at the heart of our brand, this charity tie-up is the perfect fit for us. We can’t wait to see more donations rolling in.”Paloma Faith added: “I’m utterly excited to be taking part in the Clothes Throw again and I’ve donated my effervescent green glittery heels which I wore to death. I hope the Clothes Throw raises lots of cash for the children in Alder Hey Hospital who are all little sweethearts.”The majority of the celebrity donations, including Palma Faith’s shoes, will be auctioned online between October 30th and November 30th. A selection of prestigious items, such as Coleen Rooney’s own Philip Armstrong dress, will be auctioned on a catwalk at ‘The Clothes Throw Live Auction’ flagship event on 15th November in the unique setting of the Lady Chapel in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. Models are kindly provided by Impact and hair and makeup generously by Barbara Daley.If you would like to get involved with the Clothes Throw or bid in the online auction, please visit If you would like tickets for the Clothes Throw Live Auction on 15th November, which cost £30, please call 0151 252 5716.Alder Hey, the UK’s busiest children’s hospital, provides family-focused care for around 270,000 young patients every year and is responsible for the health of more children than any other hospital in the UK.The Clothes Throw is now in its fourth year and has so far raised around £100,000 and has grown year on year with celebrity support from Daniel Craig, Dame Shirley Bassey, Yoko Ono and many, many more.last_img read more

USO Pays Tribute To Robin Williams

first_imgThe USO has paid tribute to Robin Williams, who died this week.“Williams went on six USO tours from 2002 to 2013, including five overseas,” wrote Eric Brandner for “He visited troops in 12 foreign countries, making three stops to both Iraq and Afghanistan.“’There’s nothing I enjoy more than traveling with the USO and giving back to our troops in whatever way I can,’ Williams said during his 2007 USO tour led by then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen. ‘They work hard, sacrifice a lot and deserve to be treated like the heroes they are. The very least I can do is bring a smile to their faces.’“The connections didn’t end when he left the stage. One of Williams’ legacies will be the photos with men and women in various shades of camo squinting and smiling at camera phones in the middle of the desert. He openly discussed his struggles with them, too.“’He talked to [troops] who had gone through [Alcoholics Anonymous] backstage,’ said USO Senior Vice President John Hanson, who also went on the 2007 tour. ‘That was the most remarkable thing. It happened in Kuwait, it happened in Iraq, it happened in Afghanistan. People would seek him out and he would take the time to talk to them.’“According to Tischler, Williams was always cognizant of playing to the military audience’s shared experiences.“’What was great about him on tour was that he always took the time to sit down and talk to people about what they were going through, what life on the base was like, about personal experiences,’ Tischler said. ‘And then he’d get on stage and he’d be telling a joke about Mexican Night in the [dining facility].“’He already put on a great show, but now it was just for the people who were there and no one else would have gotten the jokes. … It made the moment even more amazing for them because he’s talking about what they went through.“’We’d land and we had a show in five minutes and in the course of… walking to a stage, he somehow found someone and got that information and put it in a routine. It was absolutely mind-blowing.’“His fellow entertainers were impressed, too.“’His generosity of spirit was as boundless as his comedy,’ comedian Lewis Black wrote on Twitter on Monday night. Black also performed on the 2007 USO Chairman’s Holiday Tour. ‘I will miss him terribly.’“The USO’s Entertainment team estimates Williams performed for or visited with more than 89,000 service members during his 12-plus years of volunteering.“’When our service members had the opportunity to see him in person, they knew they were seeing an icon of comedy, but it was more than that,’ said John Pray, the USO’s executive vice president and chief of staff. ’It was someone who actually understood their own trials and tribulations and struggles as they dealt with loneliness, fear, uncertainty and a variety of negative emotions.“‘He brought them light and took them away for a period of time from those challenges and gave them a chance to recharge.’”Read the full story at read more

Shakira Judges Winners Of 2016 Young Lions Health Award

first_imgLions Health, the Festival and Awards that celebrate life-changing creativity in healthcare communications, and UNICEF, have announced the winner of the 2016 Young Lions Health Award.The competition called upon communication and marketing professionals under the age of 30 to submit integrated marketing toolkits that aim to raise awareness among caregivers about the importance of play in fostering children’s cognitive, social and emotional development in the critical early years of life. The ideas will be used as part of UNICEF’s overall communication outreach on Early Childhood Development.Eleanor Howe and Lina Benmansour of DigitasLBi, France, won with Unicef Brain Food.
Their idea answered the brief innovatively, by using everyday objects to stimulate play, and providing creative ways for caregivers to interact with children.The competition drew 112 entries which were judged by a team of industry experts and special guests, including UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira; Alexandra von Plato, Group President, Publicis Healthcare Communications Group; and Josh Prince, President, The CDM Group.“It is scientifically proven that development in the early years of life allows children to become creative, engaged, life-long learners – it can shape their entire future,” said UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira. “That’s why it was truly inspiring to see the creative ideas presented to help shine a spotlight on the importance of early childhood development. The winning idea not only has the potential to give early childhood development the prominence it deserves, but also to achieve real results for children. It doesn’t get more exciting than that.”Louise Benson, Festival Director, Lions Health, said, “We were thrilled to receive such an exciting range of entries and it was a tough decision for our panel to pick just one winner. This award not only supports young industry talent, but also raises crucial awareness to help improve the wellbeing of young children across the world.”To enter the competition, individuals or teams of two were set the challenge of creating either a three minute presentation film or eight image PDF that answered a communications brief issued by UNICEF. The competition was free to enter and open to young agency and client executives.“It is remarkable that young marketers from across the world have created toolkits that will help to raise awareness about the importance of early nurturing care and protection for children’s development. We are grateful for their inspiration and ideas. It is a pleasure to work with Lions Health and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira on this initiative,” said UNICEF Chief of Early Childhood Development, Pia Britto.As part of their prize, the winners of the Young Lions Health Award are attending Lions Health on 18-19 June in Cannes, France, where they will receive their award during the official ceremony attended by close to 1,000 experts from the healthcare communications industry.UNICEF will also host a related session as part of Lions Health, exploring how to ensure the next generation of young people has the creative talent to change the world and how development in a child’s early years can nurture their creative future. Speakers will include Sherrie Westin, Executive Vice President of Global Philanthropy and Impact, Sesame Workshop; Al Race, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University; Deepa Grover, Regional Adviser for Early Childhood Development, UNICEF and Jack Leslie, Chairman, Weber Shandwick.last_img read more

Al Gore Shailene Woodley And More To Narrate Audiobook Edition Of An

first_imgA star-studded cast of narrators will join former Vice President Al Gore on his forthcoming audiobook AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER, available on CD and for download on July 25, 2017.The Simon & Schuster audiobook will be published simultaneously with hardcover and ebook editions from Rodale. A documentary film of the same name will follow later that week.Golden Globe-nominee Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent), Emmy Award-nominee Sterling K. Brown (This is Us; The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story), Tony Award winner Danny Burstein (Fiddler on the Roof; South Pacific) and Tony Award-nominee Marin Ireland (Glass Chin, Homeland) will all lend their voices to the audiobook edition.In AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER, Gore recounts and contextualizes the critical issues and moments in the climate change movement since the release of An Inconvenient Truth more than ten years ago, and highlights the real solutions we have at hand to change the planet for the better.The audio edition of An Inconvenient Truth won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album in 2009.last_img read more

Russell Simmons Praises Mayor Lumumba For Rising To Vegan Challenge

first_imgAfter hearing from PETA that Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba has taken Pamela Anderson up on her proposition to go vegan for a month to set a healthy example for Jackson — which just nabbed the top spot on a list of the “Fattest Cities in America” — longtime vegan Russell Simmons thanked the mayor for giving the African-American community food for thought about animal-free eating.In a letter sent today, Simmons writes, “I admire your involvement in the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and applaud your recent decision to embrace a healthy vegan diet for a month. I went vegan more than 15 years ago because cruelty is cruelty, whether it’s to blacks, whites, children, the elderly, dogs, cats, pigs, or chickens. The health benefits are a bonus: African Americans are nearly twice as likely to suffer from diabetes, while vegans have lower rates of suffering from diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and cancer. Healthy vegan eating is also a way to empower communities of color, which are often targeted by destructive fast-food companies. Through awareness and education, we can show people that it’s possible to access nutritious foods anywhere, even in “food deserts,” and enjoy long, healthy, humane lives.“Thank you again for being a true leader, sparking a conversation about the lifesaving benefits of vegan eating, and setting an example for other mayors to follow.”In a show of support, PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” — is supplying Mayor Lumumba with a week’s worth of cruelty-free catered lunches and has sent every member of his staff an inspirational vegan starter kit.last_img read more

Duke Of Cambridge Meets Mens Mental Health Campaigners

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge recently visited ‘Campaign Against Living Miserably’ (CALM), a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, to lend his support to their ‘Best Man Project’.The Duke of Cambridge meets men’s mental health campaignersCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukOn arrival His Royal Highness met staff, volunteers and supporters from CALM, before joining a group of men who are taking part in filming ‘Best Man Project’ videos, where they chat about the importance of friendship and issues around mental wellbeing.CALM delivers services for men in crisis or distress, supporting people around them and those bereaved by suicide. You access their support HERE.The Best Man Project was launched by CALM to promote the idea that you don’t have to wait for a wedding to be a great friend, and because male friendships can be instrumental in men looking after their mental health.With male suicide the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK and social isolation becoming an issue, having good friends that recognise the signs of mental illness is increasingly important.The Duke is a keen mental health campaigner, and in 2016, together with The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, he created Heads Together Campaign, which created a national conversation about mental health.Retired footballer Rio Ferdinand and friend Jamie have been making a video for the Project – they previously took part in a Heads Together #oktosay video.His Royal Highness then joined a roundtable discussion, chaired by Ronan Kemp, where participants had the chance to share what they’ve been through and why male friendship is important to mental wellbeing.Participants included Carl Anka, who is a writer, podcaster and journalist who writes about mental health – the CALM helpline helped Carl in his darkest hour on more than one occasion.CALM also campaign for long-term culture change to redefine and open up masculinity, so that over time fewer men will need support at crisis point.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more

DHX Launches Telemagino App

first_imgDHX Television, home to Family Channel, Family CHRGD, Family Jr. and Télémagino, announced today the expansion of its multiplatform offering to French-language viewers with the release of The Télémagino App, available now. Delivering more than 500 episodes across 20 series to preschool audiences on mobile devices and tablets, The Télémagino App will be continually updated with the network’s most popular titles, and is available to subscribers at no additional charge. Key features include the ability to download episodes for offline viewing and a 24/7 live stream of the channel, giving viewers the freedom to watch their favourite programming whenever and wherever they want. A special treat for the holidays, the first two episodes of the animated series Kate et Mim-Mim are currently available on the App for OnDemand viewing, ahead of its network debut this January.“We’ve been thrilled with the response to The Family Channel App and, now with the offering extended to Télémagino, we look forward to sharing this experience with our subscribers who wish to view French preschool programs,” said Joe Tedesco, General Manager and Senior Vice President, DHX Television. “We’re continuously looking for new ways to offer our viewers greater choice and control over their entertainment experience, and The Télémagino App provides the flexibility to parents and kids to enjoy their favourite programming in whichever way they choose.” Twitter Designed with kids and parents in mind, The Télémagino App gives viewers access to their favourite preschool series anytime and anywhere. Long drives with the little ones will be easier than ever with the Offline Downloads feature which offers the freedom to store episodes for viewing without an internet connection. Also available to subscribers on The Télémagino App is the option to watch the entire schedule for the channel live as it airs.Launching with more than 500 episodes, The Télémagino App offers a comprehensive list of the network’s top-rated series including:Télétubbies, Justin rêve, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Messy et le monde d’OKIDO, Fraisinette, Thomas et ses amis, Félibert, le chaventurierand more. Fans can also enjoy their favourite holiday episodes, in a special holiday section stuffed with festive programming, and preview the new animated series Kate et Mim-Mim, available exclusively on the App throughout December. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Canada and South Africa announce codevelopment incentive at TIFF

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Toronto – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa, announced today the signing of an agreement to establish a dedicated incentive for the codevelopment of audiovisual projects between Canadian producers and South African producers. The announcement was made at an event held during the Toronto International Film Festival, as part of 20th anniversary celebrations of the signing of the Canada-South Africa Coproduction Treaty.To qualify, projects must involve producers eligible under criteria from both organisations. Projects will have to be in the drama, documentary, or children and youth genres, comprising at least one product for exhibition on television, internet or on digital media platforms. Further details of the program, including key dates, will be announced in the weeks to come.“In the past 20 years, we’ve seen content produced between Canadian and South African creators hit international markets with great commercial success and critical acclaim. Through this incentive, we hope to develop strong partnerships between producers in both countries, enabling them to continue creating quality content that resonates with audiences around the world,” said Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF. “We are very pleased to have found in the NFVF a strong international partner with which we can foster our mutual objective of increasing coproduction opportunities.” Login/Register With: Facebook “This codevelopment incentive is a valuable initiative that will augment the existing audio-visual coproduction treaty between South Africa and Canada. The treaty has been instrumental in ensuring that South African producers have international exposure and produce content that is memorable and impactful. The incentive signifies the importance of partnerships and collaborations in our efforts to ensure that South Africa is recognised as a valuable player internationally. We look forward to a fruitful partnership with CMF,” said Zamantungwa Mkosi, CEO, NFVF.The total amount of funding available through the Incentive is approximately CAD $120,000 or ZAR 1,200,000 with each funding organization contributing half of the funds. The total maximum contribution for each project funded through the incentive is CAD $40,000 or ZAR 200,000Finding an international partnerProducers interested in finding an international partner as part of this incentive are invited to post a profile of their company on the CMF’s website by clicking here. Profiles will be accessible to all, including potential partners from other countries.About the Canada Media FundThe Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit NFVFThe National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), is an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture that was created to ensure the equitable growth of South Africa’s film and video industry. We do this by providing funding for the development, production, marketing and distribution of films and also the training and development of filmmakers. In addition, the NFVF commissions research and produces industry statistics that provide both the public and stakeholders with valuable insights into the South African film industry. For more information visit Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgThere’s no confirmation yet as to what the clowns will get up to when they appear, but we hear Mr. and Mrs. Claus, as well as some other special guests, are involved with this special appearance.This festive fair is a holiday event you don’t want to miss.Holiday Fair in the SquareWhere: Nathan Phillips SquareWhen: December 1 to 23, closed MondaysHours: Tuesday to Thursday: 4 pm – 9 pm; Friday – Sunday: 12 pm – 10 pm Visitors can grab something delicious from one of Toronto’s best food trucks, enjoy their snack in the Fireside Lounge or stop by Jackson-Triggs Polar Point, the outdoor bar serving mulled wine and other seasonal favourites.There are also plenty of activities to look forward to. Check out our performers like the Balkan Society Brass, The Festive Cheer Carollers, Fire Guy, Silver Elvis, Stilt Guys, and more.And starting at noon on opening day, you’ll have the free chance to visit with Santa, and you can leave a donation for Epilepsy Toronto, too.Holiday Fair in the Square Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Holiday Fair in the Square, in support of Epilepsy Toronto, is back and bigger than ever and the fair will be running from December 1 to 23 at Nathan Phillips Square.Now in its third year, Holiday Fair includes an open-air artisan village.There will be over 50 talented vendors selling gifts and special treats, just in time for you to cross off your list.Carla’s Cookiebox Also new this year, the largest Lego Mystery Mural ever to be built in the western hemisphere will be live at holiday fair starting on December 4.In celebration of the diversity and playfulness of Canada, the LEGO Group has set out to build the largest mural in the western hemisphere – over forty feet tall and using approximately 663,552 bricks.Holiday Fair in the SquareAnd on December 5, the world-famous Slava Snowshow’s clowns will make a special appearance.The international theatre sensation is coming to Toronto to celebrate their 25th anniversary, and will make a brief appearance in Nathan Phillips Square before hitting the stage.Holiday Fair in the Square Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

3000 dead residential school children tip of iceberg says survivor

first_imgAPTN National NewsBobby Joseph is a residential school survivor.He attended the school in Albert Bay for over a decade. He now helps other suvivors.Joseph says a report released Monday confirming at least 3,000 deaths at Indian Residential Schools is just the beginning. More than a 150,000 kids were forced into the schools by the federal government for over a century ending in the 1990s.“People are beginning to validate our word that there were loss and harm and trauma in our experiences,” he says.Many of the children died of disease. It’s been well documented that children faced sexual and physical abuse.APTN National News reporter Tina House has this story.last_img

NDP will try again in Parliament to force Pope Francis to apologize

first_img(NDP MP Charlie Angus in Ottawa Monday)APTN NewsTwo federal NDP MPs will try one more time to get an apology from Pope Francis for Indian residential school survivors in Canada.Last week, the motion from Charlie Angus and Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou) was defeated during a free vote in the House of Commons.This Thursday, Angus says the motion will be debated and needs only a majority to pass.“The Catholic church must step up,” Angus (Timmins-James Bay) told a news conference in Ottawa Monday.“We’re asking the Pope to work with us.”Angus said top Catholic leaders in Canada showed last week they’re not on the same page.“We have to close this chapter. We believe that the Parliament of Canada has a role to play in reaching out,” he said.The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops held their own news conference in Ottawa to say that Pope Francis might apologize but they weren’t going to ask him to do so.Saskatchewan MDP-MP Georgina Jolibois said it was important to her – as an Indigenous woman and practicing Catholic – for the Pope to come.“It would be an honour for the Pope to come to Canada and visit the Indigenous people and issue an apology,” she told reporters.However, Angus said there was more to it.As the “single largest developer of residential schools in Canada,” he said the church had a moral obligation to say sorry.He said it’s clear politicians need to bypass the Bishops to ask Pope Francis to respond the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.“If that’s the bishop’s position then it’s up to Parliament to reach out to the Pope directly,” Angus said.“We do have the power to invite the Pope to walk with us and to make the issue of reconciliation real.”news@aptn.calast_img read more