first_imgOn Wednesday, March 8, American award-winning actor and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway will deliver a keynote address at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, in commemoration of International Women’s Day.This will be her first public appearance in this role.In June 2016, UN Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, announced Hathaway as its newest Global Goodwill Ambassador with a focus on issues related to unpaid care work and paid parental leave. She has since been engaged in fruitful discussions with activists, business leaders and public sector policy makers about the benefits and challenges of implementing paid parental leave policies that apply to both mothers and fathers.WHO: Anne Hathaway, American award-winning actor and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, together with UN top-ranking officials, activists and government representatives.WHAT: United Nations Headquarters Commemoration of International Women’s DayWHERE: Trusteeship Council, United Nations Headquarters, 405 East 42nd St., New York, NY, 10017, USWHEN: Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 10:30 a.m. (EST)Find out more here.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Ricky Martin Foundation and Prizeo, the online platform that encourages giving across all income levels, announced today that they are partnering to offer the chance for one lucky fan, and a guest, to go #ALLIN at Ricky’s Las Vegas show this September to strengthen their mission.Beginning today, Ricky Martin is inviting fans to visit and make a $10 donation to receive 100 entries for the grand-prize opportunity to meet him at his Las Vegas show on September 19 at the Park Theater at the Monte Carlo as his VIP guest—including round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations for two.This Prizeo sweepstakes benefits the Ricky Martin Foundation, a public charity which denounces human trafficking and educates about its existence through global awareness, academic research, and community initiatives, anchored in the defense of children’s rights. The Ricky Martin Foundation was inspired by Ricky’s 2002 trip to India, where he rescued three girls about to be sold into prostitution – one of the modalities of this modern scourge.“Ever since witnessing this heinous crime and helping to support the girls in India, my aim has been to eradicate human trafficking,” said Martin. “I’m so grateful to galvanize support for this important issue and meet one lucky fan who also cares about making this world a better place for everyone.”Ricky Martin’s special Prizeo campaign runs from August 16 to September 8 at read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook On April 24th, 2017, the Writers Guild of Canada held the 21st annual national awards honouring excellence in screenwriting. The WGC Screenwriting Awards took place at Koerner Hall in Toronto and were hosted by Laurie Elliott, and written by Terry McGurrin and Laurie Elliott. Congratulations to the winners, marked in bold below..CHILDREN’SNumb Chucks, Season 2 “The Chucks Get Stuck in a Hole”Written by Josh Gal.Odd Squad, Season 2 “Drop Gadget Repeat”Written by Tim McKeonOdd Squad, Season 2 “Failure to Lunch”Written by Mark De Angelis.DOCUMENTARYNot Criminally Responsible: Wedding SecretsWritten by John Kastner.Quebec My Country Mon PaysWritten by John Walker..FEATURE FILMARQWritten by Tony Elliott.MaudieWritten by Sherry White.Two Lovers and a BearWritten by Kim Nguyen.MOW & MINISERIESBruno & Boots: Go Jump in the PoolWritten by Adam Barken.Odd Squad: The MovieStory by Mark De Angelis, Tim McKeon / Teleplay by Mark De Angelis, Tim McKeon, Adam Peltzman.UnclaimedWritten by Dennis Foon..BEST SCRIPT FROM A ROOKIE SERIES.Letterkenny, Season 1 “Ain’t No Reason to Get Excited”Written by Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney.Private Eyes, Season 1 “Family Jewels”Written by Shelley Eriksen.Second Jen, Season 1 “Couch Surfing”Written by Amanda Joy & Samantha Wan.Wynonna Earp, Season 1 “Bury Me With My Guns On”Written by Alexandra Zarowny..TV COMEDY .Kim’s Convenience, Season 1 “Ddong Chim”Written by Garry Campbell.Kim’s Convenience, Season 1 “Janet’s Photos”Written by Ins Choi & Kevin White.Letterkenny, Season 1 “Super Soft Birthday”Written by Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney..TV DRAMA.19-2, Season 3 “Fall”Written by Nikolijne Troubetzkoy.This Life, Season 2 “Destruction as Creation”Written by Celeste Parr.X Company, Season 2 “August 19th”Written by Stephanie Morgenstern & Mark Ellis..TWEENS & TEENS.Degrassi: Next Class, Season 2 “#CheckYourPrivilege”Written by Cole Bastedo.Degrassi: Next Class, Season 1 “#TeamFollowBack”Written by Ian MacIntyre.Degrassi: Next Class, Season 2 “#TurntUp”Written by Courtney Jane Walker.Degrassi: Next Class, Season 1 “#YesMeansYes”Written by Alejandro Alcoba..SHOWRUNNER AWARDAaron Martin..DENIS MCGRATH AWARD FOR SERVICE TO THE WGCAndrew Wreggitt..SONDRA KELLY AWARDDiana Frances..JIM BURT SCREEN WRITING PRIZEDaniel Whiddenlast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Angry Black WomenDahéli Hall and HaJ (the “h” is silent) are the co-creators of Angry Black Women, a half-hour comedy series that premiered at the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) and which now makes its way to Just For Laughs. Co-creator Dahéli Hall is best known as a cast member and writer on the Emmy Award-winning sketch comedy show, MADtv (Fox). HaJ is an Emmy Award-nominated and award-winning writer, performer and producer and the Creator & Founder of Tickles.TV. Angry Black Women boldly spoofs its derogatory title through the humorous, hyper-realistic tales of two Black females: an actress and a writer striving against all odds in Hollywood. This is the first Stand Up & Pitch appearance for Dahéli and HaJ.Doug and DeviCreated by Courtney Karwal and Natalie Young, Doug and Devi is an animated series centred around an unlikely partnership between two monstrous lovers: Devi, a Yeti, and Doug, a Sasquatch. Courtney Karwal is a stand-up comedian, writer and actress. She’s a product of the LA stand-up scene, and studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Courtney’s written for Comedy Central, and is the co-creator of a web series produced by Funny or Die called Check Your Surroundings. Natalie Young is a character designer and animator based in Los Angeles. Natalie attended the University of the Arts London where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Animation. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has spent her time working on productions such as Bojack Horseman, Lucas Bros., Mr. Pickels, Axe Cop and Major Lazer. This is the duo’s first Stand Up & Pitch appearance.GamersGamers is a project from Cary Bickley and Melanie Backer about the games people play to make it in business and in love. Writer/creator Cary Bickley has written feature films both on her own and with a partner including The Gun In Betty Lou’s Handbag (Penelope Ann Miller and Julianne Moore), High Crimes (Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman and Adam Scott) and Spinning Boris (Liev Schreiber, Jeff Goldblum and Anthony LaPaglia). Producer Melanie Backer developed the screenplay St. Vincent (Bill Murray) with writer/director, Ted Melfi, and developed and produced the feature films, Swimmers (Cherry Jones and Sarah Paulson), The Amati Girls (Anne De Salvo, Cloris Leachman, and Mark Harmon), and Pumpkin starring Christina Ricci. This is the first appearance by Cary and Melanie at Stand Up & Pitch.Mrs. FootballAfter making a successful appearance at the 2014 edition of From Set to Screen (their project The Uncomfort Zone was sold to Big Beach Films), Kyle Radke and Matt Kelly return with Mrs. Football, a relationship comedy masquerading as a sports fantasy. Winner of the 2005 Just For Laughs Homegrown Comedy Competition, Kyle Radke has since performed at every major comedy festival in Canada and in his very own 30-minute comedy special Kyle Radke Live. A writer for CBC’s Still Standing, Kyle performs nationwide as host of the Investor’s Group Comedy Tour. Matt Kelly created and produced Hookin’ Up, a successful television series for WFN that aired four seasons across North America. Matt also wrote and produced a companion web series called the 5cast that aired over 100 episodes. Last year, Matt was a finalist in Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network Pitch Panel where his series, Inhuman Resources, was picked-up for development by Kevin Hart, himself.The RemovalistsThe Removalists is a fresh, warm and very funny take on the home-focused reality TV show model: three stand-up comics help people move out of their home and then set-up a comedy club in the living room as a cool way of saying goodbye. The pitch will be led by Jacques Barrett, a regular on the Australian club and festival circuit. Jacques’ credits include producer and co-host of 2Day FM’s late night comedy show The Wagon.The Judging PanelSitting on this year’s judging panel, we have comedy heavy weights:Bill Lundy. Bill Lundy is Production Executive: Comedy for Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company. Lundy develops and produces comedic material for Bell Media’s broadcast and specialty channels such as CTV, The Comedy Network, HBO Canada, and CraveTV. Bill is currently production executive on Letterkenny, CraveTV’s smash hit original series. Lundy also execs The Comedy Network’s flagship original stand-up series Just For Laughs: All Access as well as news satire series The Beaverton. Other series Lundy has worked on include Funny as Hell, Match Game, Spun Out, and the award-winning digital series Space Riders: Division Earth.Colin Davis. Colin Davis is the Senior Director of Original Programming for TBS. He creatively manages five primetime original series, a late night comedy block, multiple pitch-to-screen scripted development projects, and an adult prime animation pipeline. At TBS, Davis has helped usher in their first wave of new series, all of which were renewed: Search Party, Wrecked, People of Earth, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Detour, and Angie Tribeca.Kate Lambert. As Senior Vice President, Series Development and Animation for FX Networks, Kate Lambert oversees the development of drama and comedy live-action, as well as animated and short-form, original scripted series for FX Networks. In this role, she has formed relationships with some of the most sought-after producers, writers and talent in the industry today. She was involved in developing pilots for numerous hit series, including Sons of Anarchy, The Strain, Justified, The Americans, American Horror Story, The League and Louie. Kate developed and oversees the Emmy Award®-winning animated series Archer. Most recently, she was instrumental in the development and production of the new comedy series Atlanta, named the best comedy series of the year by the Golden Globe® Awards, WGA Awards, PGA Awards, and Critics’ Choice Television Awards.Monika Zielinska. Monika Zielinska is Comedy Central’s Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development, West Coast. She has served as the Comedy Central Executive in Charge of Production for several hit series including Another Period, Idiotsitter, and the animated mind-bending TripTank. Zielinska’s work in programming, development, and production also includes serving as one of the Comedy Central Executives in Charge of Production on Reno 911! and the first two seasons of Key & Peele. She has also been key to the development and production of shows like Legends of Chamberlain Heights, Jeff & Some Aliens, Problematic with Moshe Kasher, and Detroiters.Rob Gati. Rob Gati is a comedy executive in Hulu’s Original Programming department. He has been the executive in charge of series such as Casual, Difficult People, Deadbeat, Dimension 404, and the upcoming Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg series Future Man, amongst others. Rob also launched Hulu’s original documentary slate, including the films Batman & Bill, Becoming Bond, Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine, and the upcoming Too Funny To Fail and Obey Giant.Moderator for this year’s From Set to Screen pitch program is Andrew Barnsley, President and Executive Producer at Project 10 Productions where he is currently the Executive Producer on Schitt’s Creek. His 2017 development and production slate includes series with CTV, CBC, Family Channel, Premo and 20th Century Fox. Opening remarks by Terence Gray, Founder/Executive Director, NYTVF.The winner of the From Set to Screen competition will be invited to participate as an “Official Artist” at the 2017 New York Television Festival and enjoy exclusive benefits extended only through NYTVF Connect.Mark your Calendar, Please!From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More takes place on Friday, July 28 at 10:30 am in the Inspiration Room, Hyatt Regency Montreal, and is presented by Project 10 Productions, an award-winning production company with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. All Stand Up & Pitch events are included with your ComedyPRO pass. Regular price now in effect. To purchase your pass, please visit Eventbrite. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement The finalists have been announced for the 2017 edition of From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More, our long-form single or multi-camera series format pitch program, presented by Project 10 Productions in conjunction with the New York Television Festival (NYTVF). Our finalists are:* Dahéli Hall and HaJ, Angry Black Women* Courtney Karwal and Natalie Rose Young, Doug and Devi* Melanie Backer and Cary Bickley, Gamers* Kyle Radke and Matt Kelly, Mrs. Football* Jacques Barrett, The RemovalistsAbout the Teams: Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

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first_imgThey include Rosemary Barton, 41, in Ottawa; Andrew Chang, 33, in Vancouver; and Arsenault, 50, and Hanomansing, 55, in Toronto.“I have to be honest, I don’t care,” says Arsenault, looking over at her co-anchor. Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We haven’t talked about it. But that tells you a lot. There is no question in my mind that other shows would have figured this out long in advance,” says Hanomansing. “But that has not been the issue.”“I think it will be dictated by the story,” says Arsenault, arriving at a decidedly Canadian solution. “The story should be the boss of us. It’s really not about us.”Less than a week away from the premiere, the tiniest of details have yet to be worked out — but it’s clear there’s a lot at stake. Following the retirement of anchor Peter Mansbridge, it’s the first time in 29 years that The National will have new permanent hosts.READ MORE Advertisement Who’s on first?Inside the frosty fourth-floor Toronto studios of the newly revamped The National, hosts Ian Hanomansing and Adrienne Arsenault say they have absolutely no clue.“Actually, no one’s even contemplated who’s going to kick off the first show,” says Hanomansing, sitting at the Lucite-and-steel desk that will debut when the CBC’s flagship news show airs Monday (Nov. 6th) at 10 p.m. with a historic four hosts. Adrienne Arsenault and Ian Hanomansing go through their paces on recently the new set of The National in Toronto, with the other national hosts, Rosemary Barton and Andrew Chang joining them virtually. (RICHARD LAUTENS / TORONTO STAR) Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Netflix Canada (Techvibes Copyright) Advertisement Login/Register With: Over the last day or so, several stories have broken regarding the idea of OTT streaming giant Netflix setting up a Toronto hub for production. A better question to ask might be “Why hasn’t Netflix announced a Canadian hub yet?”It was in September 2017 that Netflix announced they would be setting up their first-ever subsidiary company, dubbed Netflix Canada, as well as a $525 million-plus investment into Canadian content and partnerships. The Los Gatos-based streaming company received a lot of backlash for not clearly outlining their intentions, which forced Netflix’s director of global public policy Corie Wright to write a blog post describing exactly what the investment meant, in addition to discerning Netflix as an online service rather than a broadcaster.Almost a year and a half after that original announcement, Toronto Mayor John Tory told The Canadian Press that he has a “very high level of confidence” that Netflix will be setting up a hub in the city. Facebooklast_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Holding large portrait photographs, the families of missing and murdered First Nations, Metis and Inuit women called out to the rest of the country to help preserve the memories of their loved ones and join their fight for justice.Beneath the Peace Tower and cold blue skies, a crowd of at least 200 gathered Monday and listened quietly as the individual stories of some of the women in the photographs echoed off the stone walls of the Parliament buildings.Their stories were part of the ceremony marking the fifth annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil.There was the story told by Bridget Tolley, whose mother Gladys Tolley was hit and killed by a Surete du Quebec police car in October 2001.Tolley said she is still searching for answers about her mother’s death which happened as she walked home, crossing a highway that cuts through the Kitigan Zibi First Nations reserve, about 150 kilometres north of Ottawa.Tolley said she believed her mother’s death had been covered up by the investigating police agencies–among them the SQ and the Montreal police–to absolve the officer involved of wrongdoing.She said her request for a public inquiry into the death had been rebuffed by the Quebec government earlier this year.“For the past nine years I have been searching for answers. It has been a long and difficult journey,” said Tolley. “I will keep fighting. This fight is not only to restore my mother’s dignity, but to support all the missing and murdered Aboriginal girls and their families.”There was the story by Aileen Joseph, from Six Nations, whose grandson Ivan killed himself 16 months after his mother, Shelly Lynne Joseph, was murdered in Hamilton, Ont., in 2004“Not only did I lose my daughter. Due to the intensity of her death my grandson died from suicide 16 months later,” said Joseph, whose birthday is Oct. 5. “For my birthday in October 2005 he wrote a poem for her. It was his last poem he was ever to write.”And then she read the poem.“I wish you were still here. You know there are times in this world when every man in the world needs someone to talk to, someone who will be there to the end. Someone who will let you spread your wings…Yes I wish you were still here. You know even more than I like to admit from time to time, I still need your advice.“I remember telling you about a girl. I remember letting you back into my world. I remember the first day you said goodbye. I remember every night after that I cried.“And yes I wish you were still here, so right now there is nothing more in this world I would ever want than a friend to make up my mind….“…A match to light my way while I search for a better day and when I find it, I’ll wish you were still here.”And then Joseph delivered a message to the crowd, but aimed at the Conservative government.“Thank you for coming and showing the world our women are loved and worth more than $10 million.The Conservative government promised earlier this $10 million toward a strategy to deal with missing and murdered women.No details have emerged since the March Speech from the Throne.There was also Laurie Odjick, also from Kitigan Zibi, whose 16-year-old daughter Maisy Odjick disappeared on Sept. 6, 2008, along with friend Shannon Alexander, 17.Odjick said that she felt abandoned by the First Nations political leadership.She criticized both Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau, who is from the community, and Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo, for not spending enough of their energies on helping the families of victims.“You have Patrick Brazeau demanding accountability for the money First Nations receive…Who holds the police accountable for their lack of action, who holds them accountable for negligence and incompetence?” said Odjick. “Our native leaders should be here helping us. We have been asking too long to meet with you…I asked the national chief to meet with me…still no answer. They should hear our stories. They do not know what we are going through. No one does, unless you are living it.”Brazeau was in the audience listening. Other political leaders stood in the crowd, including Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff and NDP leader Jack Layton.Native Women’s Association of Canada president Jeannette Corbiere Lavell said the vigil was an important event to help the families of murdered and missing women deal with the grief of their loss.“We cannot afford to lose any more of our women,” she said. “Each loss of our women and girls through violence, murder, through being abducted…it hits us gravely us grandmothers, mothers and sisters. This has to stop.”Lavell said her organization had tallied at least 600 missing women cases across the country and that she believed there were probably many more.AFN regional Chief Angus Toulouse, who spoke on behalf of the AFN leadership, said he was overwhelmed by the numbers of murdered and missing women.“There has been so many,” said Toulouse. “It is sad that we have to stand here today to remind government and officials that this is important and critical for our families…to put the kind of closure they need to move on. Without the answers to many of the questions still there…it won’t go away.”Shoshanna Tolley read a poem as part of the youth message for the day’s event.“They say it is better to light a candle than curse the dark.”There was a moment of silence.Then the silence was punctured by the drumming and singing of women who led a procession of victims’ families back toward the street where their voices lingered and were lost.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National News WINNIPEG–Tensions over Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo’s leadership spilled onto the floor of the 8th floor conference hall at the Marlborough Hotel in Winnipeg this week during a meeting between Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan chiefs.During the closed-door meeting, Grand Rapids First Nation Councillor Ovide Mercredie, a strong Atleo supporter and former AFN national chief, took to the microphone on Wednesday and berated the chiefs present over their lack of loyalty to the national chief and the AFN.Mercredi did not return calls requesting comment.“(Mercredi) said I support Shawn and I don’t want to hear AFN bashing or Shawn bashing,” according to a source who was present at the meeting.Mercredi also personally confronted Serpent River First Nation Chief Isadore Day, whose community is in Ontario, on the sidelines of the meeting over the same issue.Day, however, wouldn’t comment on the incident.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak said Mercredi’s statements were “offensive” to some of the people in the room.“There was a lot of emotion; there was anger in his statement. He even said he was angry. He used a bit of profanity,” said Nepinak. “There was posturing involved in the statement, which I found to be disrespectful, because where I come from, when people posture it means you are scared of something. I don’t know what he is afraid of. I believe we come together as friends and people who respect one another.”Mercredi still carries considerable political weight within First Nation political circles and he swung it behind Atleo during this past summer’s AFN election for national chief.Mercredi also played a key role in the lead up to the Jan. 11 meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Atleo and First Nations leaders. He was involved in 11th hour discussions with Harper’s chief of staff Nigel Wright over a demand by a number of chiefs who had travelled to Ottawa that the meeting be held in a larger venue.The Prime Minister’s Office, however, stuck to the original plan and the meeting was held at the Langevin Block, across from Parliament Hill.Chiefs from Manitoba, Ontario and the Northwest Territories boycotted the meeting because they claimed it was being done on Harper’s terms and did not meet the demands of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence. Spence launched her now-ended fast to force a meeting between the prime minister, Gov. Gen. David Johnston and all First Nations leaders.On the eve before the meeting, Onion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox, Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee and Day called on Atleo to cancel the meeting.Some chiefs from the prairies and Ontario say they feel Atleo is pushing the agenda of British Columbia chiefs at the expense of their own agenda which is based on re-establishing the Crown-First Nations relationship on the numbered and pre-Confederation treaties. Most of B.C. is not covered by treaties and many chiefs there are pushing for modern-day agreements.Atleo wields considerable support in British Columbia and in a conference call following the Jan. 11 meeting, chiefs there expressed their full support for him and criticized his opposition. One of the chiefs on the call blamed former AFN national chief candidate Pam Palmater for fomenting dissent.Atleo’s supporters believe much of the opposition Atleo faces stems from the recent electoral battle that saw Palmater finish a distant second.Nepinak said during a press conference Thursday that there is now a push to hold an AFN all-chiefs assembly in Saskatoon in early March.Nepinak also said there was talk of reviving a treaty alliance to push the treaty read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsChildren lost to fires on reserves.It’ a story APTN brought you far too many times.More tragedy this week raises the questions once again: Why does this keep happening and what needs to be done?APTN’s Shaneen Robinson has the story.last_img

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first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said he met with Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt on Wednesday and discussed the deadly fire on a Saskatchewan First Nation that left two children dead.The two met as a result of last week’s deadly fire on the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation.“Any death in communities is tragic, we acknowledged that and we acknowledged that we have to collectively work together to work on solutions,” said Bellegarde.Bellegarde said he met with Valcourt on the fourth floor of Centre Block on Parliament Hill.Valcourt’s office did not return a request for comment on the meeting as of this article’s posting.Valcourt has blamed Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation for not having the ability to fight the fire .Bellegarde said in an interview Thursday he wanted to continue to pushing Ottawa on several fronts.“Not only the crisis with fires, but the crisis in housing, the crisis in education,” said Bellegarde. “Basically, we need to start working out our own strategies and solutions to deal with the fiscal imbalance that is there and ensure there is a proper fiscal relationship with the Crown.” read more

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first_imgDanielle RochetteAPTN NewsAfter three years of work, a provincial commission has submitted its report with five recommendations to the Quebec National Assembly.The commission’s job was to examine the living conditions of Indigenous women in Quebec in relation to domestic violence and sexual

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first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsVictoria Okpik has a sure fire way of relieving the pressures of work at the end of the day – she takes a moment to stare up into the night sky.“It’s kind of a nice thing to know that, this thing is in the space…somewhere!” she said with a laugh.The thing that Okpik is talking about is a bracelet…A sealskin bracelet to be exact, one that she crafted recently in her Montreal studio and is now on the International Space Station.“I’m proud that this bracelet is somewhere in the space, and Inuit should be proud of that as well,” said the 50 year old Okpik, who is originally from the small Nunavik community of Quaqtaq, QC.Earlier this month, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques rode a Soyuz booster rocket all the way from a launch pad in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station.But before he was blasting off into space, Saint-Jacques was a physician in Puvirnituq, QC, an Inuit community of about 1,700 people in the subarctic Nunavik region.(The bracelet that Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jacques took into space. Photo courtesy: Victoria Okpik)Okpik said Saint-Jacques reached out to her this past summer on the recommendation of a mutual friend.“David wanted to bring something that was meaningful to Inuit,” recalled Okpik, “I think because he was a doctor up north, so I think that he feels he has a connection.”Saint-Jacques will spend about six and half months in space conducting science experiments and operating robotics on the space station.In a press conference held remotely from the space station, he emphasized that he wants to share his experiences with the world as much as possible.“It was nighttime, and then there was our first sunrise, on orbit and that was quite an emotional moment as I looked out the window and a little blue crescent started to get brighter and brighter, and I was like, ‘wow, this is actually the curve of the Earth.’ So that first sunrise in orbit I will never forget,” said a floating Saint-Jacques, approximately 400 kilometers above the Earth’s surface.But these days Okpik is a little too preoccupied to keep track of Saint-Jacques’s exploits in space.The holidays are a busy time of year when her hand crafted Inuit style mittens are in the most demand.Now, along with balancing her usual orders and a full time day job, she finds herself with a plethora of requests for seal skin bracelets ever since she posted about Saint-Jacques’s purchase on social media.“I hope I can finish them all before Christmas,” she said, a hint of worry creeping into her read more

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first_imgACCRA, Ghana — On any given day, plumes of noxious smoke rise above the Agbogbloshie dump site in Ghana’s capital, Accra.The billowing black smoke comes from the many informal e-waste recyclers who take unwanted electronics, strip them of their cables and burn away the protective covers to reach the valuable copper beneath.It’s a dangerous way to make a living, but an easily available one for the many unskilled workers arriving in search of money to get by. Ghana imports about 150,000 tons of secondhand electronics a year, according to a 2011 study co-ordinated under the Basel Convention, a global treaty on hazardous waste.Like many of the informal e-waste recyclers picking through the trash that comes largely from Europe and North America, Amin Idris comes from northern Ghana. After too many lungfuls of the acrid air, he decided to change his approach.“When I used to burn these cables, I felt ill,” he said. “That’s why I stopped burning and started bringing cables in here.”He stood at a wire-stripping machine at Green Advocacy Ghana, a non-governmental organization that operates inside the Agbogbloshie dump. For a fee ranging from 2 to 10 U.S. cents per pound of metal, electrical cables are fed through blades that slit open the plastic, making it easy to reach the copper or other metal wires inside.“When I strip cables here, it looks much better than burnt copper, and we’ll get higher prices for this stripped copper” Idris said.Bennett Nana Akuffo has run Green Advocacy Ghana for more than three years.“Every month, every year, we keep on getting more and more people. It’s a slow process and the people we are dealing with, for want of a better word, they are sometimes difficult to accept change,” Nana Akuffo said. “So it’s been a slow and gradual process.”The Environmental Protection Agency is Ghana’s main environmental regulator. “The law prohibits open burning of waste, in any form or shape. This includes electronic waste,” Principal Program Officer Larry Kotoe said.“Having said that, we are not saying the e-waste recyclers shouldn’t burn but rather that this predominantly informal sector should be transformed. The law is seeking to rebuild their capacity, retool them, so that they can safely dismantle e-waste.”While only Green Advocacy Ghana is currently active on the ground in the Agbogbloshie dump, the German government in partnership with Ghana’s government is building a health clinic and e-waste recycling training centre due to open there in early 2019.For professor Julius Fobil with the University of Ghana, more community participation from the start would make a project like Green Advocacy Ghana more effective. Environmental literacy among the informal workers “is currently very low,” he said.Fobil is concluding a long-term study of the health effects on e-waste recyclers at Agbogbloshie. He carried out blood and urine tests on a group of e-waste workers between 2016 and 2018.They “tend to have difficulties breathing,” he said. “Ailments range from minor coughs to complicated health problems like COPD. That’s chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. We are also seeing that some of them are susceptible to long-term exposure like the increase of cancers — cancer due to exposure to some of these complex chemicals.”That’s a cost the dump’s informal recyclers, who make up to an estimated $285 a month, cannot afford to pay.___Follow Africa news at Shaw, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Husky Energy Inc. is walking away from its hostile takeover offer for MEG Energy Corp. after failing to win enough shareholder support.Husky says there have also been several negative surprises in the market since it first announced its offer at the end of September last year.The company cited production cuts for the oil industry mandated by the Alberta government and a lack of progress on Canadian oil export pipeline developments. The company’s offer for MEG expired Wednesday.All of the MEG shares that had been tendered to the offer will be returned to shareholders.Husky launched its stock-and-cash offer in September, but MEG rejected the bid as too low.last_img

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first_img Swan Lake Provincial Park 5:50 pm to 7:30 pmMeet at the picnic shelterSaturday, July 20th, 2019 Charlie Lake, Beatton Provincial Park 10:00 am to 12:00 pmSunday, July 21st, 2019 Gwillim Lake Provincial Park 10:00 am – 12:00 pmMeet at the boat launchDuring this class, kids will learn the basics of freshwater fishing. This is an opportunity to understand hatchery roles, fish identification, tackle, rod rigging, casting, and hands-on fishing.Luhr Jensen fishing rods providedFree Program; no registration requiredPrograms run rain or shineThe program coordinators share being on time is important. The introductory information on fishing techniques and ethics are key to your participation in the hands-on fishing portion.The coordinators also share they reserve the right to deny entry to those arriving after the program has started.To view more on Freshwaters Fisheries Society of BC; CLICK HERE PEACE REGION, B.C. – There will be three, free kids learn to fish classes being held at Swan Lake, Charlie Lake and Gwillim Lake Provincial Park.Hosted by the Freshwaters Fisheries Society of BC, these 2-hour hands-on class are for kids aged 5 – 15 years with parent supervision.Friday, July 19th, 2019 For more information; visit.summerland@gofishbc.comlast_img read more

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first_imgMumbai: Facebook on Thursday announced to partner top music labels in India that will let its nearly 300 million users in the country express themselves with music on its platform as well as Instagram. With the partnerships with T-Series Music, Zee Music Company and Yash Raj Films, Facebook will allow the users to include their favourite music in videos, messages, posts, stories and other creative content. “People will now be able to include music in their videos on Facebook and Instagram, opening up more options for more ways to express and sharing memories with friends and family,” said Manish Chopra, Director and Head of Partnerships, Facebook India. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Facebook has partnered with the music community in more than 40 countries. “We’re introducing a new feature: from a song on your profile, we’re making it possible to tap through to Spotify so people can listen to the full song and discover more from that artist. “We’ll be adding other partners in the near future as well,” the company said in a blog post. The Spotify feature, however, is yet to come to India. According to Anand Gurnani, Vice President-Digital, Yash Raj Films, “our association with Facebook offers a chance for audiences to experiment and express themselves through music and share the same with their friends”. “We have one of the largest catalogue of songs. Today’s digitally-savvy consumers are ultra-creative and it will be interesting to see how they re-purpose our music and videos to say what they want the world to hear,” added Neeraj Kalyan, T-Series President and Digital head.last_img read more

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first_imgThe 90th birth anniversary of the legendary queen of sarod, late Guru Sharan Rani is being commemorated with an event in the Capital. As the foremost woman practitioner of the sarod, a handpicked and personally trained disciple of late Baba Allauddin Khan, Guru Sharan Rani pioneered a revolution by making sarod a woman-friendly classical instrument. Her personal contribution to the art of playing sarod, by introducing the instrument to hundreds of music lovers worldwide through innumerable concerts held at prestigious platforms in India and abroad, remains legendary. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIn keeping with her pristine status and appeal, a commemorative evening is being organised by her daughter Radhika Backliwal Narain, wherein a Lifetime Achievement Award will be conferred on Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, the country’s ace Mohan Veena Vadak. The event will be held on April 7, at India International Centre. The event will also see a live concert recital by the maestro, where he will be accompanied by his son and disciple Salil Bhatt, on the Satvik Veena. Tabla accompaniment for the same will be provided by Ram Kumar Mishra. For connoisseurs and music aficionados, there will be an opportunity to relive the Sharan Rani era through a short film of 29 minutes, featuring snippets from the musical journey of the Sharan Rani. The film has been directed by Radhika Backliwal Narain and deftly takes into account the personal, musical and international makeover along with the professional excellence of this performer.last_img read more

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