More help on the way for family that lost seven children to

first_imgThe Canadian Press HALIFAX — One week after a house fire claimed the lives of seven children in a Halifax suburb, the local member of Parliament says the community has come through “in a beautiful way” to help the grief-stricken mother and her badly injured husband — both of whom are Syrian refugees.Liberal MP Andy Fillmore says offers of support and donations continue to pour in for Kawthar and Ebraheim Barho.Fillmore says the Halifax International Airport, for example, has offered financial support for flights that are bringing some of Kawthar’s relatives to Halifax from overseas as she struggles to come to terms with the unimaginable loss of all her children.The MP for Halifax says a group of relatives arrived Monday and more are on the way, though he declined to offer details.Fillmore says Kawthar Barho has asked that these details remain private.As for Ebraheim Barho, Fillmore says he remains in critical but stable condition after undergoing burn surgery on Monday.last_img read more

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Snowden refugee living in Montreal calls on Canada to accept others

first_imgMONTREAL — A refugee who helped shelter whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong is calling on immigration officials to allow other members of her daughter’s family to join her in Canada.Vanessa Rodel says she and her seven-year-old daughter are settling into life in Montreal, where since arriving in March they’ve found an apartment and are learning French.But she says five other members of the group dubbed Snowden’s “Guardian Angels” — including her daughter’s father and two step-siblings — remain in Hong Kong. She says they face discrimination there, and four of them could be deported to Sri Lanka.Rodel made the comments at a news conference in Montreal, where her lawyers announced they had filed additional applications to have the remaining refugees accepted on humanitarian grounds and for reasons of family reunification.Lawyer Robert Tibbo says the whole family is suffering psychologically from the separation, and it’s imperative that they arrive in Canada soon.He says a recent case in which Germany granted asylum to two Hong Kong activists lends credence to the Snowden group’s claims that they’ve been persecuted by Hong Kong authorities.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Supreme Court dismisses appeal from Halifax man over dangerous offender status

first_imgOTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has decided not to hear an appeal from a Nova Scotia man fighting a ruling that labelled him a dangerous offender.Lloyd Eugene Bailey was convicted in 2010 of eight charges stemming from a December 2008 attack and sexual assault on a 19-year-old woman at a Halifax hotel, which was interrupted by a hotel manager responding to complaints of screams from Bailey’s room.A jury convicted him of three counts of sexual assault with a weapon and sexual assault causing bodily harm, and for trying to strangle the woman after drugging her.Crown attorneys applied at sentencing to have Bailey labelled a dangerous offender, which would keep him behind bars indefinitely, because of a history of assaults.A 65-page psychiatric report submitted during the dangerous-offender hearing concluded Bailey had a “markedly high risk” to reoffend.In 2017, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal upheld the trial judge’s decision to label Bailey a dangerous offender.Bailey then appealed to Canada’s top court, which has now dismissed his application.The court didn’t provide a reason for its decision, which is generally the case when announcing such rulings.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Annie Lennox Gets Honorary Degree For Activism

first_imgInternationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter and human rights activist Annie Lennox was this week presented with an Honorary Degree by the University of Essex.Annie Lennox Awarded Honorary Degree by the University of EssexLennox received her Honorary Degree in recognition of her work in political and social activism and her extensive campaigning for humanitarian causes. She was presented with the honour by the University’s Chancellor Lord Phillips of Sudbury during a packed Graduation ceremony at the University’s Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall on Colchester Campus.“People ask me all the time, about HIV/AIDS,” Annie said during her speech. “They’ll say ’I’ve heard about the AIDS pandemic in Africa…but I don’t know what to do’. The answer is, of course, both simple and complex. You do what you’re drawn to do. And if you’re interested enough, you figure out what your contribution is going to be. You start by becoming aware, by being concerned, by breaking through your indifference, passivity, cynicism or intolerance. You transform. You become passionate..You become an activist.”During the ceremony, the University’s Dr Pam Cox spoke about Ms Lennox’s support for a wide-range of humanitarian projects which have made vital, practical, life-saving differences – above all in South Africa. Dr Cox also mentioned Ms Lennox’s ‘SING’ campaign which works with women and children with HIV – raising awareness regarding preventing the transmission of the virus from mother to child.After the ceremony Ms Lennox said: “The University of Essex has been recognised by both the Queen and Nelson Mandela for its involvement with the fight for human rights around the world, and I am delighted to receive this award in recognition of my work to raise awareness and funds for humanitarian causes and, in particular, for those affected by HIV and Aids. It is vital to work together to help people who need access to education, health care and justice.”Ms Lennox is one of seven distinguished individuals to receive Honorary Degrees at this year’s Graduation at Essex, which will see 2,745 students graduate ̶ the University’s biggest Graduation ever held.Also receiving an honorary degree today at the University of Essex was double Olympic gold medallist cyclist Laura Trott, in recognition of her significant achievements in European, World and Olympic cycling.last_img read more

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Prizeo Launch Charity Campaigns Featuring Tiesto And The Vamps

first_imgTiesto is offering fans a chance to win a trip for 2 to New York City to hang out with him, attend soundcheck and join him as a VIP for his set at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park in September.The Festival lineup also includes Jay-Z, Carrie Underwood, No Doubt, The Roots and fun.For a small donation ($5 an entry) at Prizeo.com/Tiesto to Childhood USA and Global Citizen, who share the mission to ensure that all children get the chance to live a full life with a safe and happy childhood, fans have a chance to win this amazing trip.The funds raised from this campaign will be invested in projects for children around the world.Prizeo is also running a special campaign featuring The Vamps.The Vamps want to take 1 lucky fan and a guest out for a dinner date in London! They are working with MTV Staying Alive to fight HIV, and fans can enter to win a trip to spend an evening with them.Fans can enter for a small donation at Prizeo.com/TheVamps, and they can get rewards including an exclusive campaign t-shirt, a signed photo and even a signed guitar!last_img read more

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Join Josh Duhamel For Special Fundraising Run To Benefit Nepal

first_imgJoin Josh Duhamel for a special fundraising event for Nepal on Sunday, May 17, in Santa Monica.Video: This Time Foundation – Nepal Earthquakes PSA 2The star will be hosting the Josh Duhamel Relief run with www.ThisTimeFoundation.Org to raise funds for Nepal.This is a 2mile run/walk for all ages.Expected to join Josh for the event are John Hawkes, (Lincoln, Winter’s Bone, Everest), Molly Sims (Vegas, Benchwarmers, Starsky and Hutch), Dr. Lisa Masterson (The Doctors), Kyle Richards, Adrienne Maloof, Camille Grammar (Real Housewives of Bev Hills, Award winning Stage/Film actress), Tanna Frederick, (The M Word, Hollywood Dreams), Gretchen Rossi (Real Housewives of O.C.), Slade Smiley (Real Housewives of O.C), Nick Simmons (Family Jewels), Sophie Simmons (Family Jewels), Drake Bell, (Nickelodeon Drake n Josh), Talon Reid (In Time, Behaving Badly), Dr.Gabe Crenshaw (Oprah OWN) and more.WHERE: Parking Lot #1 Santa Monica Beach, 2600 Barnard Way, Santa Monica. CAWHEN: Red Carpet10am Run/walk 11amSponsored by ZICO, Mulberry Love and Honest Ade.Find out more here.last_img read more

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Stars Join Child Mind Institutes MonthLong MyYoungerSelf Social Campaign

first_imgThe Child Mind Institute (CMI) has announced its first-ever #MyYoungerSelf social media campaign, bringing together nearly three dozen actors, professional athletes, fashion designers, authors, politicians, advocates and other influencers who will share personal videos about growing up with a mental health or learning disorder and the advice they would give their younger selves about how to persevere.By speaking out, they will eradicate stigma and show children still struggling that there is a brighter future ahead.Every day in May, Mental Health Awareness Month, a new, homemade video and childhood photo of a celebrity, including Academy Award winner Emma Stone, Olympian Michael Phelps, actors Jesse Eisenberg, Lena Dunham and David Cross, director/producer Brian Grazer and fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, will be revealed on the Child Mind Institute’s social media channels and web site (www.SpeakUpForKids.org). Everyone can get involved by liking and sharing the celebrity videos, accessing resources and sharing their own #MyYoungerSelf stories.Of the 74.5 million children in the United States, an estimated 17.1 million have or have had a mental health disorder — more than the number of children with cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. In spite of the magnitude of the problem, lack of awareness and entrenched stigma keep the majority of these young people from getting help. Children and adolescents struggling with these disorders are at risk for academic failure, substance abuse and a clash with the juvenile justice system — all of which come at tremendous cost to them, their families and communities.“We are grateful to have so many notable figures participating in #MyYoungerSelf and speaking up about such an important topic,” said Dr. Harold Koplewicz, Founding President of the Child Mind Institute. “I know that their inspiring stories will help millions of families open up about their own mental health and learning disorders and seek out the help their children deserve.”Other campaign participants include: Nancy Brinker, Rachel Bloom, Tracy Clayton, Paul Dalio, Wayne Brady, Todd Fisher, David Flink, Stephen Fry, Davis Guggenheim, Dan Harris, Hannah Hart, Colton Haynes, Jenny Jaffe, Kay Redfield Jamison, Naomi Judd, Patrick J. Kennedy, Jay Leno, Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Howie Mandell, Brandon Marshall, Daphne Merkin, Marti Noxon, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Keke Palmer, Ty Pennington, Jane Rosenthal, Trudie Styler, Elizabeth Vargas, Ali Wentworth and Henry Winkler.In his video, David Cross – who has struggled with depression — offers this advice to his younger self: “Go get some help now. Don’t wait as long as you did. Don’t let it go on for years and years and years. The sooner you get help, the sooner you get over this idea that it means you’re weak or you’re less of a person or you’ve lost to it. You’ll have better days ahead.”Tommy Hilfiger, whose dyslexia was diagnosed later in life, tells his younger self – and others struggling with the disorder — not to keep concerns a secret. “I was embarrassed to talk to my teachers and my family about it. But if something is bothering you, if you think you have a challenge, reach out to an adult and allow them to help you.”Speak Up for KidsThe #MyYoungerSelf campaign is part of the Child Mind Institute’s annual signature public education effort, Speak Up for Kids, held each May to promote children’s mental health. In its seventh year, the Speak Up for Kids campaign celebrates people making change in children’s mental health and provides accurate information to the media, families, educators and leaders that empowers them to speak up for kids.On May 9, the Child Mind Institute will host its annual Change Maker Awards at the Highline Ballroom, honoring the work of individuals and organizations working to improve children’s lives and helping to transform the field of children’s mental health. As part of the evening, the Child Mind Institute will host its first fundraising event on Facebook Live where people can donate directly on Facebook.Corporate PartnersBloomingdale’s, the Child Mind Institute’s founding corporate partner, will be a key supporter of the May campaigns. As part of the partnership, Bloomingdale’s will allow shoppers the opportunity to participate in the campaign by offering online gift cards with 10% of their value (available in amounts between $10 and $1,000) benefitting the Child Mind Institute. In addition, Bloomingdale’s will support the Child Mind Institute’s efforts to increase visibility through an email campaign linking viewers back to SpeakUpForKids.org, information on Bloomingdales.com and a highly visible full page ad in the New York Times promoting the campaign running on Mental Health Awareness day, May 4th.Hunter has been a founding partner of the Speak Up for Kids campaign since its inception in 2010. As part of its support this year, Hunter will match all donations generated through email outreach during the month of May, doubling the impact of financial support for this public awareness campaign. Hunter will also support outreach efforts to increase visibility through email and social media channels.last_img read more

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Stars Added To Ed Asner Friends Poker Tournament

first_imgEd Asner and the Autism Society of America, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, presents the Ed Asner & Friends Poker Tournament.Expected to join Ed Asner at the event are Rosie O’Donnell, Don Cheadle, Matthew Modine, Michael Chiklis, Dylan McDermott, Lou Diamond Phillips, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Bergeron, Peter Fonda, Daryl Hannah, Thomas Gibson, Lisa Loeb, Michael McKean, Elizabeth Carlisle, Holly Robinson Pete, Wayne Brady, Randy Rainbow, Sebastian Bach, Rocky Carroll, Patricia Heaton, and Greg Grunberg among others. More than 300 guests are expected at this year’s event.In addition to the Celebrity Poker Tournament, guests will also enjoy a dinner buffet, cocktails, silent/live auctions and opportunity drawings. The top three winners will be awarded prizes.The poker tournament is expecting to raise over $100,000 to support Autism Society’s mission to increase public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the autism spectrum, advocate for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and provide the latest information regarding treatment, education and research. Autism currently affects 1 out of every 68 individuals and their families.FOR TICKETS: go to Poker Tickets.WHEN:SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th | 5:00 PM – MIDNIGHTWHERE:HAWORTH LOS ANGELES SHOWROOM444 South Flower St., Downtown LAlast_img read more

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Summerside bagpiping college gets 27M from feds for new performance space

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Principal James MacHattie said it was a new era for the college. The new facility “will enable us to fulfil our purpose with greater possibilities than ever before,” he said in a statement.Promoting pride in Celtic heritageEgmont MP Bobby Morrissey announced the money on Friday morning for the year-round, multi-purpose performance space. The College of Piping and Celtic Performance Arts of Canada in Summerside, P.E.I., is getting $2.7 million in funding from the federal government for a new performance space.The school, the only year-round one of its kind in North America, offers classes in Highland bagpiping, Scottish-style snare drumming, Highland dancing and Island step dancing to more than 250 year-round students and 200 summer students, as well as workshop participants.Established in 1989, the school says it is also a key tourist attraction in Summerside, attracting more than 18,000 people to performances each summer. Twitter Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Nominate an exceptional Canadian journalist for CJF Lifetime Achievement Award

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Last year’s recipient was Lloyd Robertson, the longtime anchor of CTV National News, who was recognized for his distinguished broadcast journalism career spanning more than five decades. Robertson joined CTV in 1976 and held the title of chief anchor and senior editor with CTV National News for 35 years. He is currently a special correspondent for W5, CTV’s investigative news program.Robertson joined a list of esteemed journalists who have received the award, including Peter Bregg, Michael Maclear, Lise Bissonnette, Joe Schlesinger, Norman Webster, Knowlton Nash, June Callwood, Bernard Derome, Peter C. Newman, Peter Gzowski and Robert Fulford. The full list of winners is available on the awards page.The winner will be presented at the CJF Awards at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on June 8, 2017. Early-bird rates for tickets and tables are available until March 31, 2017.Visit our website for award details and submit your nomination online.About The Canadian Journalism FoundationEstablished in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement. Our signature events include an annual awards program featuring a must-attend industry gala where Canada’s top newsmakers meet Canada’s top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speakers’ series, we facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also supports journalism websites J-Source.ca (English) and ProjetJ.ca (French) and fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research. Which Canadian journalist should be recognized for his/her outstanding lifetime contribution to the craft? Nominate your choice for The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) Lifetime Achievement Award before the Feb. 24, 2017 deadline.“With the advent of social media and false news, the relevance and foundation of responsible journalism are facing new challenges,” says Michel Cormier, a member of the jury and executive director of News and Current Affairs at Radio-Canada. “The Lifetime Achievement Award rewards journalists who have made remarkable contributions in reporting and making sense of facts, which are essential to a healthy democratic debate.”Among the items to be considered are: body of journalistic work during career; contribution to society through outstanding journalism; and recognition and respect from peers and community. Individuals who have worked in any type of media and in any journalism category are eligible for consideration. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Toronto independent theatre battles back but the war isnt won

first_img Facebook Toronto’s real estate market continues to be the city’s favourite topic of conversation, between tenant protests over rent hikes in Parkdale, complaints about Airbnb rentals in Kensington Market and a Toronto Life cover story about a wealthy family renovating a former crack house.The conversation around who gets to live and work in downtown Toronto and for how much dominates our collective consciousness, which is something Toronto’s indie theatre community knows all too well.The past year has seen a major loss of independently run venues. Advertisement In both cases, the theatres had to scramble to find new spaces on very short timelines and, also in both cases, the outcry over the sudden closures was passionate and deeply felt. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Last August, Unit 102 Theatre lost its space at 376 Dufferin St., which for five years housed its own productions as well as those of other indie companies, when the building’s new owner cancelled its month-to-month lease.In January, the Storefront Theatre was evicted from a former drugstore at 955 Bloor St. W., where it had become an indie theatre hub over its four years of operation. The Storefront also lost its studio on Brunswick Ave. this summer, which functioned as a rental rehearsal and storage space. It subsequently had to sell physical assets like risers and chairs.last_img read more

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I SAID STOP OTTAWA WOMAN ACCUSES HEDLEY SINGER JACOB HOGGARD OF RAPE

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Hoggard denies the allegation and says the pair had consensual sex in his hotel room.The woman says she decided to share her story with CBC after drawing courage from the dozens of mainly anonymous women who have spoken out on social media about alleged negative experiences with the B.C. band.   READ MORE Ottawa Woman Accuses Hedley Frontman Of Rape, Jacob Hoggard’s Lawyer RespondsHedley frontman Jacob Hoggard insists the alleged rape accusation against him was actually a consensual sexual encounter.Hoggard’s accuser, an unidentified Ottawa woman, told CBC that Hoggard raped her in a Toronto hotel room two weeks after matching on the dating app Tinder.The woman described only as a “24-year-old, petite blonde” first met Hoggard through the app in 2016. Their relationship quickly developed into daily flirting on Snapchat, before the two eventually linked up in the hotel room. READ MOREHedley Singer Jacob Hoggard Accused of RapeAn Ottawa woman has accused Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard of rape in a newly published CBC article.The CBC has not released the woman’s name, but it reports she is a 24-year-old from Ottawa. In the article, she has accused Hoggard of raping her in a Toronto hotel room after meeting him online in the fall of 2016.The CBC goes into graphic detail regarding the alleged rape, and you can read the details of the alleged event here.“I can still to this day picture his face and how scary he looked and how scared I was,” the woman said. “He was choking me, and my face went so red.” READ MORE Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: WARNING: This story contains graphic details.She imagined a romantic tryst with a rock star in a fancy hotel; what she got instead, says an Ottawa woman, was pain, shame and recurring nightmares.The relationship between the 24-year-old, petite blond and Jacob Hoggard, the frontman for Canadian rock band Hedley, began in the fall of 2016 with a surprise Tinder swipe in the nation’s capital. She says it developed into daily Snapchat flirtations before ending two weeks later in a Toronto hotel room, where, she says, the singer raped her and sent her away crying uncontrollably. Twitterlast_img read more

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Denis Villeneuve says hell fight for filmmakers on Cannes jury

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:center_img CANNES, FRANCE —Denis Villeneuve vowed he was going to take a badly needed rest after making five films in six years, a remarkable run from Prisoners to Blade Runner 2049 that made the Montreal director a hot Hollywood commodity.He didn’t foresee coming to the south of France to sit on the Palme d’Or jury at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, a nine-member international panel headed by Aussie actress Cate Blanchett that will dole out the gold at festival’s end on May 19. He’s the only Canadian member.“My dream was to go back to Montreal and to just cook for the kids,” he says of his plan to relax with his wife, Tanya Lapointe, and his three children from a previous relationship, all in their teens and early 20s. “Just to drink coffee in the morning, (and) I have one decision to make: it’s what we are going to eat tonight.”This was indeed the idea, which he now sheepishly declares to be “half a failure,” because life intervened in the form of “a screenplay that needed work” for his next film: a blockbuster adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune, due in 2020, which may in fact turn out to be two films. Denis Villeneuve (in the blue suit) arrives at the Palme d’Or jury press conference Tuesday. Villeneuve acknowledges he’s desperate for a break and more time with his children, but he couldn’t pass up the jury offer from Cannes. (PETER HOWELL / TORONTO STAR) Twitterlast_img read more

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Music Canada Applauds Government of Canada for Moving Forward on Copyright Board

first_img Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment By implementing these changes, the Government is following through on their commitment made in the 2018 federal budget, which proposed a new Intellectual Property Strategy that enables economic growth. A reformed Copyright Board will create a more competitive and predictable business environment that supports investment in the creative industries, fostering innovation in the cultural sector.Music Canada looks forward to seeing the final details on the implementation of these changes and working with the government to implement this innovative agenda for the Copyright Board of Canada.About Music CanadaMusic Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents the major record companies in Canada:  Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada.  Music Canada also works with some of the leading independent record labels and distributors, recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters, managers and artists in the promotion and development of the music cluster. Advertisement TORONTO, Oct. 30, 2018 – Music Canada is pleased to see the Government of Canada has taken concrete action to support Canadian creators and the labels that invest in them through reforms to the Copyright Board of Canada. The changes, which were tabled yesterday in the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, will make the Board’s processes faster, more efficient, and more predictable. Music Canada (CNW Group/Bell Media) Advertisement Login/Register With: “Music Canada thanks the Hon. Navdeep Bains for his vision on these changes, and for his leadership throughout the Copyright Board reform process,” says Graham Henderson, President and CEO of Music Canada. “A modernized Copyright Board will mean a more predictable and transparent process for all participants, which will support royalty rate-setting that better reflects the true value of music in a functioning marketplace. By ensuring a more efficient regulatory environment, these changes will help put more money in creators’ pockets and strengthen Canada’s economic competitiveness.”Copyright Board reform has long been a priority for the music sector, as the rates set by the Board directly impact the value of music and the amount that artists and labels receive for their music and investments. Music Canada has been a leading advocate for reform, having participated in the Senate hearings on the Copyright Board, the government consultation on reforming the Board, and the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage’s Review of the Canadian Music Industry, each time appearing as a key stakeholder in favour of full and meaningful reforms. Advertisementlast_img read more

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At the fracking protest frontline

first_imgAPTN National NewsTempers are flaring again in central New Brunswick.That’s where a US based company is searching for shale gas.People are afraid the discovery of shale gas may lead to a controversial process known as fracking.APTN’s Ossie Michelin is on the front line of the protest outside Rexton, New Brunswick.last_img

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More controversy over wages and benefits at Sandy Bay School

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Manitoba Chief and his council are in a battle with a teacher’s union.Caught in the middle are the children of the Sandy Bay First Nation.APTN brought you this story in July and now more controversy over wages and benefits the teachers say are going unpaid at Sandy Bay School.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson has the chief’s side of the story.last_img

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Ojibwe girl who refused chemotherapy dies from stroke reports

first_imgAPTN National NewsNEW CREDIT – Makayla Sault, the 11-year old girl who made national news after refusing chemothereapy has died.According to a statement posted on the Two Row Times website, Sault died of a stroke.“After a valiant fight, almost a year from diagnosis, our daughter, Makayla Sault suffered a stroke on Sunday morning that she just couldn’t recover from.Surrounded by the love and support of her family, her community and her nation – on Monday, January 19 at 1:50 PM, in her 12th year, Makayla completed her course. She is now safely in the arms of Jesus.Makayla was on her way to wellness, bravely fighting toward holistic well-being after the harsh side effects that 12 weeks of chemotherapy inflicted on her body.Chemotherapy did irreversible damage to her heart and major organs. This was the cause of the stroke.We continue to support Makayla’s choice to leave chemotherapy. At this time we request privacy from the media while we mourn this tragic loss.”After 11 weeks of chemotherapy at McMaster hospital in Hamilton, Sault asked her parents to stop.McMaster asked children’s aid to intervene in the case to force the girl to return to treatment. Brandford Children’s Aid refused.last_img read more

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Alberta First Nation communities jumping on solar revolution

first_img(Green Arrow Renewable Energy Corp. solar panel installers at Montana First Nation. Submitted photo)Brandi MorinAPTN National NewsIn the midst of a collapse in oil prices and an uncertain economic future, Albertans are also looking at ways to wean off of a dependence on oil and gas and on to alternative sources of greener energy.And Alberta First Nation communities are readying to take advantage of the coming “solar revolution.”“There is a solar revolution happening all over the world,” said Jesse Cardinal, co-ordinator with Keepers of the Athabasca and organizer for the We are the Land conference held in Edmonton last week. A major focus of the conference was providing education to Indigenous communities about renewable energy technologies.Canada has just been slower to jump on board the solar wave compared to other countries, she added.Many Alberta First Nation communities recognize solar initiatives as an opportunity that includes environmental and economic benefits.“The difference between the solar and the oil industry – when the oil industry started taking off the Indigenous people were so behind in every way. We were the janitors, we were the house keepers and even now it was a slow evolution to become business owners. Whereas with the solar energy industry I see that it’s going to be a different playing field altogether,” said Cardinal.Montana First Nation in Maskwacis launched the Green Arrow Renewable Energy Corp. last year. It is Canada’s first Aboriginal-owned company of its kind. The band office is now powered by solar energy and one home on the reserve is part of a solar powered pilot project.Montana also recently partnered with Canada’s leading energy provider Bullfrog Power to build a 20 kW solar installation on Montana’s water treatment plant.Green Arrow is working with several other First Nation communities across the Prairies to form partnerships to identify and assess the feasibility of clean renewable energy projects on reserve lands.Green Arrow CEO Barry Wheaton said it helps to provide reserves with a means of self-sufficiency, spurs economic development and employment on reserve.“We’re really hoping to use this to develop economic opportunities,” he said. “Solar is saving money on electricity bills, it’s reducing your carbon emissions, it’s reducing pollution and it creates jobs.”Saddlelake Cree Nation in Alberta is also creating a solar project to power their water treatment plant.Last fall, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation unveiled its first-ever solar pilot project that generates power to its youth and elder lodge.The project is a model for future potential solar initiatives in the community that is located upstream from the tar sands in northern Alberta.Alternative energy initiatives are spreading quickly and Cardinal said the response to solar technology is positive among most First Nation’s.“I think people have a revived sense of hope that it isn’t the end of the world. That we can still live a long life, there’s hope for us. Whereas before we were just digging our own graves in the oil sands and that was the only solution we had. But with this new technology it’s really exciting,” said Cardinal.With the scale of the destruction to the land, the impacts on the air and animals and the health impacts on people, the havoc caused by tar sands extraction can no longer be ignored, she added. And it’s time to think outside of the “Alberta Box.”“We’re at a point where we have to make a choice. Do we want a future for our children? Do we want clean water and do we still want to have jobs to go to? Then we need to diversify our economy, we can’t just depend on one source of economy,” said Cardinal.With the new NDP government promising a shift to greener alternatives, Cardinal is hopeful that more funding will be made available for future Aboriginal solar projects.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

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