HALIFAX — A lawyer for a Nova Scotia motorist whose licence was suspended after her saliva tested positive for cannabis says he’s planning to launch a constitutional challenge.Jack Lloyd says Michelle Gray’s case shows the law dealing with impaired driving is too broad and too vague.Gray, who uses medical cannabis to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis, says she shouldn’t have been penalized because other police tests confirmed she was not impaired.Gray says she told police conducting a roadside check in January she had one alcoholic drink over a two-hour period before she got into her car to drive home from downtown Halifax.The officer then said he could detect the smell of cannabis coming from her car.Though Gray passed a roadside alcohol test, a saliva test showed trace amounts of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.She was arrested and taken to police headquarters, where she was subjected to a comprehensive sobriety evaluation, which includes balance and memory tests.Though she passed the tests, which proved she was not impaired, her licence was suspended for a week and her car was impounded — leaving her with a $400 bill.Lloyd, a Toronto-based lawyer with an expertise in cannabis, says he plans to file a legal challenge under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.He says lawyers across the country are contemplating similar cases, based on the argument that roadside cannabis tests have no rational connection to actual impairment.The Canadian Press
HALIFAX — Genetically modified salmon raised in Prince Edward Island are poised for the leap to grocery shelves, a Canadian first that has left traditional producers concerned about setting their farmed fish apart.Environment Canada recently gave notice it has approved U.S.-based AquaBounty to grow the salmon at its site about 74 kilometres east of Charlottetown.AquaBounty said in a release it would begin stocking its Rollo Bay facility “as soon as possible,” with the first harvest of AquAdvantage salmon estimated late next year.Sylvain Charlebois, director of the agrifood analytics unit at Dalhousie University, said it’s likely AquaBounty “production will be ramped up in Canada.”“It’s a huge advantage for AquaBounty to be allowed to produce this salmon in Canada,” he said in an interview.AquaBounty, based in Maynard, Mass., has said its salmon will contain genetic material from chinook salmon that help it reach adult size faster, creating a less expensive product.Health Canada said it doesn’t see any need for a mandatory label to allow consumers to spot the genetically modified fish, but existing producers said they may call for that to change.“We are reviewing it,” said Tim Kennedy, executive director of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance.“Will there be a disruption in the … entire salmon market? We hope not. But I will say if that’s a possibility, then the response will be: somebody has to label.”The Environment Canada certification has been most strongly opposed to date by environmental groups, who continue to argue there’s a risk to wild Atlantic salmon if there’s an escape.However, the certifications in Canada and the U.S. could draw the traditional aquaculture industry and its lobbyists more closely into the debate, depending on how consumers react to the news of AquaBounty’s products entering the market sometime next year.The Canadian aquaculture alliance says its members don’t farm or sell GM farmed salmon and aren’t researching the practice.Kennedy said a push for labelling could come next.“We are reviewing it. We recognize the United States is moving forward with mandatory labelling, as is the European Union,” he said.“Does it make sense from a trade perspective to align more closely with our major trading partners?”He said the industry could consider setting up a non-GM label, similar to the labelling of organic foods.The federal Health Department has repeatedly said it doesn’t favour mandatory labelling for the genetically modified fish.In a February letter to the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network – an active opponent of GM salmon – the department said it prefers “industry-led initiatives such as voluntary standards,” and “the government of Canada intends to maintain its current approach.”Kennedy said this leaves the question of who should pay for a massive labelling redo.“Who bears the burden of that transparency? I don’t think it should be our producers because we’re not the ones putting the new product into the market,” he said.Meanwhile, it remains unclear how significant the level of production in P.E.I. will be in the Canadian market.The company declined a request for an interview with its CEO about its plans going forward for production in Prince Edward Island, providing references to news releases.Over the past two years – as it awaited its Environment Canada licence – the company had shipped eggs to Panama for growing, before the salmon were imported back to Canada and other destinations.Charlebois says the federal decision means the firm can ship more directly to markets, particularly processors that might use the GM salmon in products ranging from sushi to pies to pates.Still, the arrival of a form of labelling in the U.S. could lead to increased pressure to create some form of labelling in Canada, he adds.In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has given the green light to the AquaBounty production in Indiana, subject to a new regulation that will require it to disclose when a food is genetically modified.That has come amidst a pending lawsuit by a coalition of consumer, environmental and fishing groups that still hopes to block the sale through the courts.Opponents have also criticized the upcoming U.S. labelling system, which they say uses the term “bioengineered,” a less familiar phrase than “genetically modified.”Also, under the rules coming in 2020, companies will be able to provide disclosure of the GM salmon through codes that people would have to scan on their smart phones.Lucy Sharratt, co-ordinator of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, says her group wants Canada to introduce a more transparent labelling system that consumers can easily see on any package.“The lack of genetically modified food labelling is just the most obvious transparency issue undermining public trust,” she told parliamentarians in a hearing last week.“Canadians are also asking for more transparent regulation of genetically modified organisms and opportunities for public engagement.”– Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press
The attacks resulting in so many victims in the churches and hotels in Sri Lanka leave us in profound shock. We must always fight hate and intolerance wherever they arise. Our most sincere condolences to all those affected.— GGJuliePayette (@GGJuliePayette) April 21, 2019Sri Lanka’s government has imposed a nationwide curfew and blocked access to social media in the wake of the attacks at churches, hotels and a guesthouse on Easter Sunday.The country’s foreign minister says at least 27 foreigners were among those killed in the coordinated attacks, but it’s not clear if any Canadians are among the victims.The Sri Lankan defence minister says seven suspects linked to the blasts have been arrested.— with files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Press Absolutely horrific news from Sri Lanka. Canada strongly condemns the heinous attacks on Christians at churches and hotels. Our hearts & thoughts are with the families & loved ones of those killed and all those injured.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 21, 2019 OTTAWA — The federal government is warning Canadians in Sri Lanka to limit their movements and avoid affected areas after a series of bomb blasts in Sri Lanka killed at least 207 people.Global Affairs Canada has issued a statement warning that the situation in the island nation remains “volatile,” and more attacks are possible.The government has also warned that the High Commission of Canada to Sri Lanka in the capital Colombo will be closed on Monday due to the security situation.Justin Trudeau also reacting to the attack, condemning the incident.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement on the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka: https://t.co/8hlZgXXysQ— CanadianPM (@CanadianPM) April 21, 2019
Graham Nash has helped shape the world around him through ideas, innovations, and influential works of art for more than four decades. A legendary singer-songwriter, Nash is also an internationally renowned photographer and digital imaging pioneer whose work is represented—by a classic 1969 portrait of David Crosby—in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.Nash’s latest exhibition of photography, “This Could Be You,” opens September 1 at Santa Monica’s Gallery 169 (www.gallery169.com). There will be an artist’s reception from 5-8PM.Widely known as an activist in support of causes related to social justice, peace, environmental stewardship, and progressive politics, Nash addresses these issues in the twelve previously un-exhibited, large format photo assemblages comprising “This Could Be You,” also the title of one of the works. Each hand-embellished mixed-media piece examines and questions contemporary political events and societal mores.“I believe that knowledge is power, that information and ideas are vital to our very survival, that our many problems should be faced, and can be dealt with,” says Nash. “As an artist, I need to reflect my concerns regarding certain aspects of society facing me today. I want to express my personal opinions about what goes on around me. My intent is not to alienate, but to engage. No one has to agree with me, but let’s keep an open mind. After all, this could be you.”A portion of proceeds from sales from the opening reception of Nash’s work at Gallery 169 will benefit the Bradley Manning Support Network and the Veterans For Peace Los Angeles. In 2011, Nash wrote the song — and released the video — “Almost Gone” to support the cause to free PFC Bradley Manning, an Army intelligence analyst arrested near Baghdad in July 2010 under suspicion of leaking classified information—including a video showing the killing of civilians in Iraq—to WikiLeaks.Currently, Nash is touring the U.S. with Crosby, Stills and Nash. CSN 2012, a 25-song set presenting the group’s first live performance film in more than 20 years, was released earlier this summer. Captured in high-definition during the early portion of CSN’s 2012 world tour, the set is available worldwide from CSN Records in Blu-ray, DVD/2CD (3 discs), and Digital formats.Born in Blackpool, England, Nash was appointed OBE by Queen Elizabeth in 2010. He first rose to fame with British Invasion hit makers The Hollies, and went on to form Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1968. Nash has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, and is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.With his photography, Nash has exhibited worldwide. His work is collected in the book Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash; he curated others’ work in Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs Selected by Graham Nash. In 1990, he established Nash Editions, now one of the world’s top photographic printmaking houses — and recognized by the Smithsonian Institution for its role in the invention of digital fine art printing.Source:PR Newswire
Actor Sharif Atkins is best known for his role as Dr. Michael Gallant on ER and his current role in USA Network’s hit series White Collar, but he is also known for his off-screen role as Smile Ambassador for Operation Smile.Sharif Atkins, with 4 month old cleft lip patient, Michael Andres Cevollos during the screening process at Operation Smile Surgical mission in Quito, EcuadorCredit/Copyright: Operation Smile Photo – Jasmin ShahSharif recently returned from Ecuador where he completed his first surgical mission with Operation Smile. As an official Smile Ambassador for the organization since 2011, he possesses a genuine interest in donating his time and efforts to ensure kids everywhere get to smile forever by supporting the organization’s global efforts to provide free surgeries for children born with facial deformities.Look to the Stars contributing partner, Delinda Lombardo, spoke with Atkins about spreading smiles, daily inspirations, his outlook on life and the ‘ripple effect’ of giving.Why did you get involved with Op-Smile?I’d been giving to Op Smile on a small scale for about 2-3 years after I saw a commercial of theirs that resonated with me. I was trying to figure out a way to give back – having been in the industry for as long as I have, I felt it was about time that I gave back in an official capacity, not just money, but time and effort. So after a conversation with my publicist Darren, we reached out to Operation Smile and about a year and a half ago I became an Ambassador for them, and peace, love and happiness followed.Several things you said make me believe that you put a lot of time into researching the organization before becoming involved: one is “Packets are not people” and the other, “It’s an organization that does what it says it does’?Philanthropy is a big thing these days – it’s not a bad thing – but I definitely didn’t want to be a “celebrity for hire” so to speak. I didn’t just want to get in my one good deed for the day and add it to my resume, there’s a lot of great organizations out there and you cant participate in all of them. For me, Operation Smile was one of those that tugged at my heart strings.Smile Ambassador, Sharif Atkins, jokes around with a child during the screening process at Operation Smile Surgical mission in Quito, Ecuador on Wednesday, January 23, 2013.Credit/Copyright: Operation Smile Photo – Jasmin ShahYou recently returned from your first mission with them, where you went to Quito, Ecuador?Yes, this was really to solidify my involvement with the organization, and yes, packets are not people and you learn that very quickly when you are actually in the throws of what’s going on and you see the effects that OpSmile is having on individuals, children and families. It’s pretty cool.I’m going to quote you again – “It’s about the long journey, not the 15 minutes of fame.” What have you learned from your journey so far?I’ve been blessed to be able to do this [acting] long enough to realize that there are plenty of ups and downs. Just stay the course, duck and dive the disappointments, rise to the occasion when you have the opportunity – all of that is real.Another quote from you: “It’s the stuff you’re doing when nobody’s paying attention that is significant.”The interesting thing about doing work with Operation Smile and another organization I recently started work with this year – Share Our Strength – I know part of my job description is to help them reach those they haven’t reached, that’s part of it. When I was in Ecuador, I never wanted to feel like I was posing for a photo op, I just wanted to be able to talk with the families, hold the kids – and if Jasmin, our photographer, got something great, great, but if not, lets move along. I know that’s part of it, but if I were a multi-multi millionaire I’d be moving in the shadows LOL dropping money here, helping kids there.A lot of celebrities are using social media to engage fans and raise awareness, you did this on Twitter a few years ago with the #SharifScavengerHunt?Yeah, a few years ago I did that as a way to raise awareness for OpSmile. Viewers were asked tweet when they saw my character smile during an episode of White Collar. Just trying creative ways to make people aware, it was a lot of fun.If you could ask your fans to do one thing to improve this world, what would it be?I wont be selfish and say donate to Operation Smile LOL! I would say – and I think most folks do it anyway – find a way to be nice to a stranger. I know its cliché, but if something nice is done for you, pay it forward. I look at a lot of thing like a pebble in the lake. You watch the ripples on a calm day by the lake, and they’re so beautiful… and you really do have an effect. You may not see that effect; you might not be rewarded for what it is that was done, but being able to have that larger perspective that the smile you give that person who was about to cut you off in traffic does have an affect. It’s infectious, plus you never know what people are going through in their personal lives.Sometimes people take things like being cut-off personally when it has nothing to do with them?Exactly, it has nothing at all to do with them.Do you want to be remembered as an actor or philanthropist?In terms of the legacy I want to leave behind, I’d probably say – can I be both? I definitely want to be respected as a solid actor, but in terms of philanthropy – absolutely someone who gave back what he could, in whatever capacity he could.Finally, if you had a theme song, what would it be?Wow… I need time to think about that, that’s a thesis question LOL! But I like Michael Jackson. I grew up in the hey day and I think ‘Man in the Mirror’ might be one, you may hear that creep up when I’m walking down the street, um, ‘You Want to be Starting Something’. Do my strut like Toby McGuire when he’s bad Spiderman LOL! But you know my faith is really important to me as well, it’s in my life. Amidst the ups and downs of my life and my journey it remains significant and important, so there’s a song by Forever Jones called ‘He Wants It All’, essentially saying this is your life, it’s something bigger than yourself, do it and live it with a higher purpose.Many thanks to Sharif Atkins and the good people at Operation Smile for making this interview possible.You can support Operation Smile and Sharif Atkins by visiting his personal Fundraising Campaign on Crowdrise at www.crowdrise.com/sharifsmission to help him raise $10,000, which can provide life-changing surgery for children around the world who are suffering from clefts.For more information on Operation Smile, please click hereCopyright ©2013Look to the Stars
Actress Bailee Madison has voiced a fun video to help LA-based Starlight Children’s Foundation launch a brand new campaign called Play in May.Bailee Madison Supports Play In May CampaignCredit/Copyright: Jason Merritt, Getty ImagesThe program highlights the healing power of play for hospitalized teens while raising funds to support Starlight programs.Video: Play in MayStarting May 1, Starlight is asking everyone to pledge to play 15 minutes a day for 15 days. People can choose their favorite way to participate – from apps and video games to even old fashioned games – players just ask friends, family and classmates to support them by making a donation or joining their team. You can learn more by visiting supportstarlight.org or following @StarlightOnline.
Ricky Martin will perform at this year’s Life Ball in Vienna on May 31.The annual event will feature the world of male models with a host of ripped Adonises, beguiling beaus, wild boys and sensual charmers, strutting their stuff in the first Male Fashion Show of the Life Ball, presented by L’Uomo Vogue.Under the aegis of Franca Sozzani – Editor of Vogue Italia, L’Uomo Vogue, Condé Nast Italy Editorial Director and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Fashion4Development – a manifold of tuxedo-looks by seven of the most renowned designers: Givenchy, Viktor & Rolf, Lanvin, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Etro and Dsquared2, are on parade, leading the way to fashion paradise with masculine elegance and sexy chic. Appearances by legendary female fashion-, music-, and stage divas, in haute couture by the seven designers, literally combine “Adam” with “Eve”.“It’s such an honor to be once again partner of this praiseworthy initiative, representing Italy, where, next June, we will hold the 21st edition of Convivio, thus supporting HIV/AIDS research. It is so important that we all share our efforts for a disease that unfortunately still affects millions of people around the world”, Franca Sozzani said.Life Ball 2014 is also particularly pleased to welcome Ricky Martin for his first live appearance on Austrian soil. For many years he has been active under the auspices of the red ribbon, and says: “I’m honored that Life Ball invited me to come to Vienna for such an important cause that truly matters”.One of Life Ball’s partners, President Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States and founder of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, will deliver keynote remarks, supporting the way towards an AIDS-free generation.Lust, as a driving force for human action, will be perceptible and omnipresent at the Life Ball and should find its expression in the fight against HIV/AIDS and in all related deeds.Those who want to stroll through the “Garden of earthly Delights” and experience the Life Ball with all its virtues, may still, for a limited time, secure themselves VIP-Tickets for EUR 750, with seats on the VIP grandstand for the opening show, access to the VIP area of the City Hall Ballroom, culinary delights and all beverages (from champagne to spirits, wine and beer), all inclusive. Owners of VIP-Tickets may also function as hosts, with their own Lounge Table for EUR 3.000, to which they may invite up to twelve VIP-Ticket holders, for friends, business partners or clients.Only a limited quota for both VIP categories is still available. For information and reservations, please visit www.lifeball.org.Life Ball in Vienna, Austria, was the first AIDS charity event worldwide to take place in a political building: The Vienna City Hall. Ever since its premiere in 1993, Life Ball raises funds for people living with HIV/AIDS, supports organizations and projects in the most affected regions around the world and contributes to remove the taboos of AIDS in our society. The charitable organization behind Life Ball, AIDS LIFE, which was established in 1992 by Gery Keszler and Torgom Petrosian, decides about the allocation of the proceeds. Beside national initiatives like the Austrian AIDS Helps the majority of the funds raised goes towards international partner organizations such as amfAR – The Foundation for AIDS Research, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and UNAIDS – the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
Texting and driving is one of the most prevalent causes of fatal car crashes for teens in the U.S., with more than half of the teens polled in a recent safe driving survey admitting to using their phone while operating their vehicles.Video: Thumb Wars PSA – Avan JogiaStudies show that scare tactics are not always effective and can often backfire . DoSomething.org, one of the largest organizations for young people and social change, and Sprint are taking a unique approach to prevent young people from texting and driving through a campaign called Thumb Wars.Now in its fourth year, Thumb Wars encourages young people to use the power of their thumbs in a fun and engaging way to prevent their friends from texting and driving. The campaign kicks off today and will run through August 14.How it works: • Young people sign up here and receive two pairs of yellow anti-texting thumb socks. • Young people pick a friend or loved one they know who texts and drives and share the socks with them in a surprising way. • They snap a pic of them and the socks and send it back to DoSomething.org.Last year, over 279,000 young people participated in the campaign. In 2012, 62 percent of polled sock recipients reported that the person they shared them with changed their driving habits as a result.Star of ABC Family’s Twisted, Avan Jogia recorded a public service announcement for the campaign as Knitty By Nature, a “super-ish” hero that can knit very small objects very rapidly. It’s not a great power for fighting crime, but perfect for knitting Thumb Socks to prevent young people from texting and driving.“We’ve seen a great response from young people who have participated in Thumb Wars in the past three years,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, chief marketing officer at DoSomething.org. “Young people have incorporated Thumb Socks into funny anti-texting and videos and have staged awesome photos to spread the message. The creativity is amazing and gets young people to talk about the issue in a fun and relatable way.”“Sprint is proud to be a partner and sponsor of the DoSomething.org Thumb Wars campaign for a fourth year,” said Ralph Reid, vice president for corporate social responsibility at Sprint. “This extraordinary program has been a great asset in raising awareness about texting while driving among teens, their family and friends. We look forward to positively impacting more wireless users with this important message.”
The Elders have welcomed the establishment of the long-awaited Palestinian unity government.They urge all nations to support the government as it works towards free and fair elections within the next six months.The last elections in January 2006 set the scene for bitter internal conflict, exacerbated by external powers, that has persisted to this day.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said: “The isolation of Gaza from the West Bank and divisions between Fatah and Hamas have had deeply damaging consequences for the peace process and for Palestinian aspirations for independence and an end to occupation. The social and economic damage to the long-suffering people of Gaza has been tragic and will take a long time to repair.“The new government offers hope: hope of a road to renewed and united leadership; hope of a return to a more normal life and of economic activity for the Palestinians – while strengthening their ability to engage effectively with Israel in any further peace negotiations.”Jimmy Carter, former US President, said: “Together with the international treaties and conventions that Palestine has recently acceded to, democratic elections in six months’ time offer an opportunity for fully representative and accountable government for all Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. This is a deadline that should not be allowed to slip.“Unlike in 2006, when Hamas’s legitimate electoral victory was widely rejected, the international community should recognise and work with the new Palestinian government. We expect it to renew past commitments to pursuing independence through non-violent means and to recognise Israel within internationally agreed borders.“This is an opportunity to preserve the world’s hope of seeing, one day, two states in the Holy Land living side by side in peace and security.”
Starlight Children’s Foundation will host LA’s iconic Dream Halloween costume party and fundraiser at the historic Park Plaza in downtown Los Angeles on October 22, 2016.The popular family-friendly event returns this year as a charity benefit for Starlight, a US-based children’s health charity. Starlight is providing free event tickets to hundreds of seriously ill children and their families who are supported by LA-area children’s hospitals. This one-of-a-kind costume party will delight children and adults with two floors and three ballrooms full of games, crafts, food, toy giveaways and live performances from Butterscotch, Leftover Cuties, Mahkenna, Aussie Youth and Le Petit Cirque.Among those expected to attend are Ella Anderson (“Henry Danger”), Ashley Argota (“The Fosters”), Allisyn Ashley Arm (“Astrid Clover”), Thomas Barbusca (“Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life”), Jailen Bates (“OMG!”), Megan Batoon (“Making Moves”), Oliver Bell (“Westworld”), Luna Blaise (“Fresh Off the Boat”), Cassie Brennan (“Speechless”), Jake Brennan (“Richie Rich”), Ava Cantrell (“Lights Out”), Cree Cicchino (“Game Shakers”), Sage Correa (Kidnap), Koda Corvette (recording artist), Ava Cota (“Dance Moms”), Abby Donnelly (“Just Add Magic”), Chloe East (“Jessica Darling’s It List”), Tiffany Espensen (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), Kacey Fifield (“Clique Wars”), Hunter Fischer (“Kids vs. Zombies”), Mckenna Grace (“Designated Survivor”), Sammi Hanratty (“Mom’s Night Out”), Ronni Hawk (“Stuck in the Middle”), Jacob Hopkins (“The Amazing World of Gumball”), Rusty Joiner (“Melrose Place”), Serena Laurel (“Outcast”), Merit Leighton (“Sofia the First”), Sam Lerner (“The Goldbergs”), Lance Lim (“School of Rock”), Joey Luthman (“Mad Dog and the Fly Boy”), Elise Luthman (“The Hollywood Complex”), Kayla Maisonet (“Stuck in the Middle”), Jax Malcolm (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), August Maturo (“Girl Meets World”), Jeremy Miller (“Growing Pains”), Aubrey K. Miller (“Just Add Magic”), Aidan Miner (“School of Rock”), Alexa Nisenson (“Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life”), The Official AJ (recording artist), Hunter Payton (“The Jonses Unplugged”), Marlowe Peyton (“Fresh Off the Boat”), Aiden Prince (“The Ellen Show”), Terrell Ransom (“The Amazing World of Gumball”), Chad Roberts (“Modern Family”), Brooklyn Robinson (“Married with Secrets”), Bryson Robinson (“Class Dismissed”), Matthew and Benjamin Royer (“Best Friends Whenever”), Kara Royster (“Pretty Little Liars”), Olivia Sanabia (“Just Add Magic “), Sarah Shahi (”Person of Interest”), Madisyn Shipman (“Game Shakers “), Matt Shivley (”The Real O’Neals”), Belle Shouse (“Project MC2”), Dylan Riley Snyder (“Astrid Clover”), Jillian Shea Spaeder (“Walk the Plank “), Benjamin Stockham (”About a Boy”), Justin Tinucci (“Lady Dynamite”), among others.Title sponsor Michaels Stores will transform the 2nd floor of The Park Plaza into a Halloween fun house where guests are invited to experiences such as DIY stations, face painting, festive games and prizes, and live entertainment from artist Stephen Fishwick.Event sponsor Nintendo will offer an immersive gaming experience featuring one of its new games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Guests will be among the first people in the world to get their hands on Mario Party Star Rush, the newest game in the popular and hilariously fun Mario Party series. Guests can even participate in some on-stage competitions inspired by the game to win cool prizes, while supplies last.Starlight’s mission is to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families by turning pain, fear and stress into laughter, fun and joy – because a sick kid is still a kid at heart. Founded in 1982 Peter Samuelson and Emma Samms, Starlight has helped more than 60 million sick children in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK by providing programs that offer the best in entertainment, education and innovative technology. Steven Spielberg serves as the organization’s Chairman Emeritus.WHENSaturday, October 22, 2016Red carpet – 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Dream Halloween – 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Media check-in for CREDENTIALED MEDIA ONLY – 3:30 p.m.WHERE The Park Plaza, 607 S. Park View Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057Find out more here.
Pat Monahan, lead singer of the GRAMMY-winning, multi-platinum-selling band Train, performed on Tuesday, October 13th at the Beverly Hills headquarters of Kennedy Wilson, supporting the inaugural fund-raising event for HomeAid Los Angeles which raised over $120,000 to launch the new chapter.Pat Monahan, lead singer of GRAMMY-winning band Train performs at fund-raising event to launch new HomeAid LA chapterEnergizing and inspiring the audience, the performance included Train’s hit songs “Hey Soul Sister,” “Drops of Jupiter,” and “Calling All Angels.” HomeAid is close to the heart of Mr. Monahan, who works diligently with his sister-in-law, Summer Peterson Shute, in the family’s Season of Miracles Foundation. The Season of Miracles Foundation and HomeAid are already partnering to build a Healing Garden in Seattle, and HomeAid Los Angeles looks forward to working with Season of Miracles to deliver this exciting concept to Los Angeles.Through HomeAid, the building industry gives back to the community by building and rehabilitating housing for organizations helping families and individuals experiencing homelessness. With start-up funding in place, HomeAid Los Angeles is now identifying charities and care providers that work to help homeless families and individuals in need of additional or upgraded facilities, developing a pipeline of projects that will increase available housing for LA’s homeless population. HomeAid’s charitable partnerships ensure safe housing for our neighbors in need, while also supporting needed programmatic resources, such as job and life skills training, financial counseling, and physical and emotional support are always available to each participant.“We’re here to thank HomeAid because we are building a beautiful sanctuary in Seattle and we hope to spread it down to LA,” said Summer. “So, thank you for welcoming Season of Miracles.”Recent studies show that upwards of 50,000 homeless people are living on the streets in Los Angeles County. In her remarks, HomeAid Board President Sandra Stewart said, “HomeAid brings the power of the building industry to reach and help so many of those who truly need us. We are going to make a real difference in making Los Angeles stronger than ever.”Major event sponsors included: Kennedy Wilson and Meyers Research, Etco Homes, First American Title, Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation, RK Gore & Associates, Bank of America, FNTG Building Services, The Resmark Company, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Additional major sponsors included: Brookfield Residential, Cal Atlantic Group, Caliber Home Loans, Fuscoe Engineering, Lone Oak Industries, PAG Construction, Pardee Homes, Polaris Pacific, Province Group, Williams Homes, Cox Castle and Nicholson, LLP and Manatt, Phelps and Phillips LLP.
The Elders today strongly condemned “slave auctions” of African migrants in Libya and urged the international community to take all necessary steps to protect the rights and dignity of all people, especially vulnerable foreigners, in the conflict-wracked country.They shared the concern and dismay expressed by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and called for an immediate end to these practices and other criminal acts of human trafficking.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “I am shocked and angered by the recent media reports of African migrants being sold as slaves in Libyan auctions. The Libyan authorities must take urgent steps to eradicate these abuses, and the international community must provide necessary political and logistical support to bring criminals to justice.”The Elders reiterated their call for increased legal pathways for migration so displaced people do not have to rely on smugglers and organised crime networks.Hina Jilani, Elder and human rights advocate, added: “The slave auctions in Libya are a horrifying symptom of the failure both to agree international response mechanisms to large flows of people, and to ensure that the human rights of all people on the move are protected. The European Union and its member states, which have struck deals seeking to prevent refugees and migrants from crossing the Mediterranean, must insist Libya ends these abuses, which constitute an attack on the common values of our shared humanity.”
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Some of the Internet’s favourite and most popular video creators attended this year’s YouTube FanFest at the Molson Ampitheatre on Aug. 13.The event, put on around the world, allows fans to get up close with the creators and stars for meetups and a live performance.“It was so important for us to bring it Canada, specifically Toronto,” said YouTube’s Canadian Marketing Director Fabricio Dolan. “We helped build up the YouTube space in Toronto to help incoming creators. Toronto is a hub for creative talent across the board.” Facebook Dolan said he is always asked if there’s a certain number of Canadians he must include for Toronto’s event.“Of course we have Canadian creators,” he said. “But they’re not here because we have to have a certain Canadian quotient. They’re here because they’re the biggest global name.” Twitter
Login/Register With: Observing that the Toronto International Film Festival will be showing a potentially controversial film is like predicting that a politician will stretch the truth. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Handling and his staff have stared down many protests during TIFF’s 41-year history. The most vociferous I’ve seen was the 2004 furor over a documentary called Casuistry: The Art of Killing a Cat, which merely described the fatal torturing of a cat on video by three Toronto men who were trying to pass themselves off as artists. To say that cat lovers were outraged is putting it mildly. It should go without saying, although it often has to be said, that TIFF exists to provide moviegoers with “Infinite Views,” to quote its pithy slogan for next month’s festival, which runs Sept. 8 to 18. It’s absolutely not the fest’s mandate to seek out the most bland and inoffensive cinema possible.Piers Handling, TIFF’s director and CEO, offered a timely reminder of this reality when I sought his reaction this week to the uproar over Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation, a Sundance-lauded slave drama now burdened with rape allegations from Parker’s past.TIFF is standing by plans to screen the film three times, two of them on Sept. 9 as part of its international premiere, although there are no plans for a festival press conference for the film.“You never want the festival to turn into a safe festival that’s unafraid of controversy,” Handling said. Advertisement Twitter
Advertisement The panel has been asked to assess potential board members based on criteria published on the Governor-in-Council website and to consider seven factors, including whether potential candidates reflect regional and cultural diversity and whether they have contributed to the development of a shared national consciousness and identity. Long-time television news broadcaster Tom Clark will head the advisory committee that’s designed to fulfil a Liberal campaign promise to overhaul the process for appointing board members at CBC/Radio-Canada. Under the Broadcasting Act, CBC/Radio-Canada must have 12 directors on its board, including a chair and a president. Each is expected to serve a five-year term. But the terms of at least four of the remaining seven sitting board members aren’t scheduled to expire until beyond the end of this year. Other members of the nine-member committee include theatre and television actor Colm Feore, known for his Gemini Award-winning portrayal of the late prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau in the TV mini-series Trudeau, as well as his role as a detective in the movie Bon Cop, Bad Cop. Candidates will also be assessed on whether they have an understanding of the impact digital technology is having on broadcasting and the consumption of news and entertainment content. Joly said she expected those members to remain on the board until their replacements are nominated.BY TERRY PEDWELL – THE CANADIAN PRESS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The advocacy organization Friends of Canadian Broadcasting launched a social media campaign a year ago, calling for an overhaul of the board selection process. Critics have for years complained that the process for choosing board members at the CBC left the public broadcaster open to political interference. While the Liberal party’s election platform promised “merit-based and independent appointments,” the heritage minister will ultimately make the final choices of new board members from the advisory panel’s list of recommended candidates. “This new committee will recommend qualified candidates for a selection process that is open, transparent and based on merit,” Joly said in a statement. The panel will provide Heritage Minister Melanie Joly with a list of qualified candidates for each vacant position, as well as the names of supplementary qualified candidates the government can consider to fill posts in the future. Advertisement The committee also includes Winnipeg Franco-Metis film producer Janelle Wookey, British Columbia digital media specialist Prem Gill, Quebec digital visionary Monique Savoie and indigenous documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin. Facebook OTTAWA — The federal Liberals have put together a star-studded cast to help choose new members of the public broadcaster’s board of directors. Advertisement Many have also recently noted that the current board, which is already short several members, doesn’t reflect Canada’s diversity and lacks experience outside of the broadcasting sector. The Canadian Media Guild, which represents most English-language employees at the CBC, also actively campaigned for a change of leadership at the Crown corporation when the previous Conservative government was in power. Login/Register With: The term of the current chair, Remi Racine, was to end Tuesday. Hubert Lacroix’s term as president is set to expire in October. Twitter
Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook “I’m going to help you kick that Mike Ross wannabe’s ass!” she says enthusiastically in an upcoming episode of the legal drama previewed by the Star.Suits returns March 28 at 9 p.m. on Bravo after a midseason break. But after seven seasons, it has pretty much run out of plot and the inherent tension of the show has vanished. You could argue that Meghan Markle studiously prepared for a life as a princess through her character, lawyer Rachel Zane on the popular Toronto-shot drama Suits.Rachel is bright, but not brighter than her boyfriend Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams).When he’s got a big case she plays loyal backup. And, of course, she rarely takes credit for anything. Unlike the brazen Princess Diana, this future bride will not outshine her man under any circumstance. The conceit of the series had a top corporate lawyer (Gabriel Macht) hiring fake Harvard-educated hotshot Ross (Adams). But Ross, a genius with a photographic memory and no legal training, has served time for practising without a licence. The jig is up when everyone knows Superman is Clark Kent as the show dissolves into yet another legal drama.The real reason for watching Suits now, of course, is princess-in-waiting Markle, who’s to marry Britain’s Prince Harry at Windsor Castle on May 19.The American actress might be fourth on the call sheet as Zane, but she is now the show’s best known cast member globally. And the most anticipated television wedding of the season will be Zane’s screen marriage to Ross. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane in the TV drama Suits. Her character is expected to wed Mike Ross, played by Patrick J. Adams, in the Season 7 finale, less than a month ahead of Markle’s real-life wedding to Prince Harry. (USA NETWORK / BELL MEDIA)
APTN National NewsThe Truth and Reconciliation Commission is heading taking Canada to court hoping to force the federal government to hand over what they say is much needed documents.The TRC has collected thousands of statements from survivors of Indian Residential Schools, many who have shared their painful stories of abuse and being torn away from their families. Tens of thousands of children were removed from their homes and put in the schools.The TRC say part of their mandate is to review millions of government documents but to date only a portion of 150 years of documents have been handed over given.The feds say they see no issue with how things have been handled.
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Chris StewartAPTN NewsIn Alberta, there are too many children in the child welfare system and too many who are trying to take their own lives says the provinces child and youth advocate.“One of the things we are quite concerned about with Indigenous young people is the number of people in care of the government,” said Del Graff. “They are vastly over-represented in Alberta.“We’ve addressed that through a number of reports and we are pushing the government to develop a plan in concert with Indigenous leadership and communities to try to change that tide.”Graff just released his 2016-17 annual report.According to the reports, 69 per cent of the young people in the care of the province are Indigenous.Last year his office made 12 recommendations to the Alberta government to reduce the number of Indigenous youth attempting suicide.In Alberta, Indigenous young people are six times more likely to die by suicide.One key recommendation is to work with First Nation communities to develop their own youth support system.“Certainly a mechanism to enable Indigenous communities, in particular, to be able to attend to the needs of their youth members,” he said. “Through some type of suicide prevention plan – one that’s in the community, built by the community.”Graff said the provincial government is moving slowly toward implementing his recommendations.“From my point of view, they are not doing enough fast enough – but the fact that they are taking some action,” he said. “They are putting a framework together. They are trying to address those needs in Indigenous communities, it is an important development. It’s one we are quite pleased about.”Graff said his office worked with the Alberta government on the Child Protection and Accountability Act which may become a law next year.The law will allow the Advocate’s office the ability to review every death under 20 years old who were part of the child welfare systemThe hope is that the number of children being taken into care, and the attempted suicides will drop.“My office worked very hard to try to make it so that we can reduce the likelihood of trauma for young people that can lead to circumstances like them dying by suicide,” he said.