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One Directions Louis Tomlinson Wants You To Believe In Magic

first_imgOne Direction star Louis Tomlinson is giving away a trip to London to meet the boys.“We’ve seen the incredible impact we can have if we work together,” said Louis. “Now the guys and I are back on Prizeo to bring attention to and raise funds for a charity very close to my heart, Believe in Magic.“So you know by now that if you help me support Believe in Magic, you can enter to win a trip to meet me and the guys. We can help! Donate and you can enter to win a trip to London for you, a friend and a guardian to meet me and the guys backstage and come to our concert at the O2 on September 26th. We’ll fly you in from anywhere in the world!”Believe in Magic is the children’s charity with a true Fairy Godmother feel spreading magic, hope and happiness to seriously and terminally ill children and their families in every way they can! They make dreams and wishes come true, holding once in a lifetime magical parties where the children can step onto the red carpet and enter a world completely filled with magic and fun. Here, they can forget about feeling poorly, and in that moment, not be a 4-year old cancer patient, or a 7-year old paralysed child from the effects of their tumour, or an 11-year old desperately waiting on the transplant list for a vital organ.. .and just be children again.To find out more, visit Prizeo.last_img read more

Joe Mantegna And Gary Sinise To CoHost Annual Night Of Remembrance

first_imgFor over a quarter century, PBS has inspired viewers with the annual broadcast of the multi award-winning NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT (#MemDayPBS), dedicated to our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.Live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the night of remembrance will honor the over 400,000 valiant men and women who are laid to rest in the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery; and chronicle the experiences of the millions of American veterans who still suffer from the seen and unseen wounds of war.Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (CRIMINAL MINDS) and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (CRIMINAL MINDS: WITHOUT BORDERS) are set to co-host this poignant and heart-warming event for the 11th year. The acclaimed actors, whose dedication to the show is evident, are also longtime supporters of veterans’ causes and our troops in active service. The all-star line-up includes: distinguished American leader General Colin Powell USA (Ret.); world-renowned four-time Grammy Award-winning classical superstar Renee Fleming; iconic music legends The Beach Boys; gifted actress and singer Katharine McPhee (SCORPION); country music star and Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry Trace Adkins; Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson (CHICAGO MED, LAW & ORDER); Award-winning actor Esai Morales (MOZART IN THE JUNGLE); plus Tony Award-winning international sensation Alfie Boe, who has just joined the Broadway cast of the smash hit FINDING NEVERLAND; in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. And marking the end of an era, Trent Harmon, the final winner of AMERICAN IDOL, will open the show with a special performance of the “National Anthem.” The 27th annual broadcast of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT airs live on PBS Sunday, May 29, 2016, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.Also participating in the event are the U.S Joint Chiefs of Staff with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Chorus, The Soldiers’ Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, the Armed Forces Color Guard and Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.The 2016 NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT will feature the following segments: • In the hallowed ground of Arlington National Cemetery every headstone tells a story. Over 400,000 valiant men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice and are buried in its sacred soil. The concert will highlight the story of two of these American heroes. • There are millions of American veterans still suffering from the seen and unseen wounds of war. The concert chronicles the journey of one Vietnam veteran who overcame his wounds by sharing his experience and compassion with other veterans.The program is a co-production of Jerry Colbert of Capital Concerts and WETA, Washington, D.C. Executive producers Jerry Colbert and Michael Colbert have assembled an award-winning production team that features the top Hollywood talent behind some of television’s most prestigious entertainment shows including the GRAMMY AWARDS, COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, TONY AWARDS, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and more.last_img read more

Ali Wentworth To Speak At MPTFs Deal With It A Womens Conference

first_imgMPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) will host its fourth annual “Deal With It: A Women’s Conference” on September 25 at the Montage Beverly Hills.The conference is designed to give women in the entertainment industry practical advice for planning and dealing with life’s unexpected curveballs. This year’s keynote presentations will feature author, actress and social commentator Ali Wentworth, and author, activist and nationally recognized ageism expert Ashton Applewhite.“Deal With It showcases MPTF’s mission to support our entertainment community in living and aging well, and in helping each other in times of need,” says MPTF CEO Bob Beitcher. “I am amazed every year by the quality of speakers and panelists we attract to this event and even more by the vibrancy and richness of the conversations in the room among our attendees. Our industry members leave Deal With It with the insights, resources, and inspiration to make meaningful changes in their lives and improve their overall well-being.”The invitation-only event, which reached capacity literally just hours after the invitations were sent, features a roster of 45 speakers who are the most respected experts in their fields—many of whom are best-selling authors. Breakout panels will cover a broad spectrum of topics, including resolving personal and work-related conflicts, career transitions, caring for an aging parent, dealing with anxiety and depression, managing stress, estate planning and more.“Everyone has struggled to repair a damaged relationship, dealt with job loss, or sought that elusive sense of purpose. It is so rewarding to see first-hand how our attendees become empowered, educated and armed with the information and resources they need to deal with whatever comes their way,” says conference producer, Madelyn Hammond of Madelyn Hammond & Associates.In addition to the sessions and keynotes, the women also have an opportunity to sample products and engage with women who own their own companies or have succeeded as entrepreneurs. Sampling partners include barkTHINS, Blamtastic, McFaddy Candy Co, doTerra Essential Oils, King Soba Noodles, Wyler’s Light, Otter Pops and Kreation Organic.Corporate sponsors of the event include SAG-AFTRA, UCLA Health, DouglasElliman, Select Medical, Cedars-Sinai, Keck Medicine of USC, Providence Health & Services, City of Hope, DLA Piper, PwC, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, Venable LLP, HCR Wealth Advisors, Goldfarb & Luu PC, Golden Door Spa, Kreation Organic and Delta Air Lines. Media sponsors include Deadline Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times, TIME and Variety.Past keynote speakers include actress and best-selling author Sandra Tsing Loh, best-selling author, screenwriter and producer Delia Ephron, Candy Chang, creator of the “Before I Die” project, and CBS Sunday Morning Contributor Nancy Giles.For more information, including a complete list of speakers and descriptions of sessions, visit mptf.com/dealwithit.last_img read more

DOC SOUP FEBRUARY FEATURES CANADIAN PREMIERE OF THE SETTLERS

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement ABOUT HOT DOCSHot Docs (www.hotdocs.ca), North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 24th annual edition from April 27-May 7, 2017. An outstanding selection of approximately 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and the Doc Shop. Hot Docs owns the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. Login/Register With:center_img Single tickets for The Settlers are $16 ($12, $10 and $8 for Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema members) can be purchased in advance online at www.hotdocs.ca or in person at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema box office. Student same-day tickets for the Wednesday 9:15 p.m. screening are $8 (with valid student ID). In the event advance tickets sell out, a limited number of tickets may be available at the door on the night of the screening.Upcoming screening dates for Toronto’s Doc Soup are March 1 and 2, and April 5 and 6. Doc Soup titles are announced at least one month prior to their screenings and, whenever possible, guest directors are in attendance.The Doc Soup monthly screening series brings the latest Canadian and international documentaries to the big screen in Toronto and Calgary. Hot Docs also presents Bell Media Hot Docs Showcase events in Edmonton, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.Doc Soup Toronto is sponsored by Rogers Group of Funds and hotel partner The Park Hyatt. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Hot Docs is pleased to announce February’s Doc Soup will feature the Canadian premiere of The Settlers (D: Shimon Dotan | Israel, France, Germany | 110 min). Called “a remarkable feat” by Variety, the Sundance Festival hit will screen on Wednesday, February 1, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., and on Thursday, February 2, at 6:45 p.m. at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. West. Director and writer Shimon Dotan will be in attendance to participate in post-screening Q&As with the audience.Since the end of the Six-Day War in 1967, hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens have moved into the Occupied Territories of the West Bank. Delving deeper than daily headlines and nightly newscasts, The Settlers offers an intimate look at the rise of these controversial settlements, and the historical, political and religious implications they have had on peace in the Middle East. With archival footage and unprecedented access, director Shimon Dotan connects with key pioneers of the movement as well as more critical voices from within Israel, including professors and government officials, and Palestinian human rights activists. Comprehensive and compelling, The Settlers outlines the current volatile situation and the challenges facing the future of Israel and Palestine.The Settlers is directed and written by Shimon Dotan, and edited and written by Oron Adar, and is distributed by Filmoption International.last_img read more

15 MINUTES WITH FARAH MERANI

first_imgAdvertisement Actor/filmmaker Farah Merani is a graduate of the Drama Centre London and has performed in Canada, throughout Europe and in Russia. She has appeared in Shadowhunters, Nikita, Lost Girl and The Listener. She is currently developing several TV series with her company, Lifeguard Productions.Little Pretty and the Exceptional is Farah’s Factory Theatre Debut. The play centers around a family opening a sari shop on Gerrard Street. It is a deeply moving story about the taboo around mental health issues in the South-Asian community, and the power of familial ties in the face of adversity.SDTC: What should we be paying more attention to? Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: FM: Grammar.What was the last Netflix series you binged on?BBC’s The Silk Road. Currently blitzing through Transparent.One new thing you learned this year?It’s hard to narrow it down to just one! (Spoiler alert) Through this play alone, I have learned so much about schizophrenia and mental health issues.Simple answer: Reiki. I just did my level 1 certification in LA.Fave food indulgence?Anything with melted cheese.What lyric/song/book is resonating with you right now?I always come back to Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet.What makes you laugh out loud, without fail?Cat memes.Best life advice?Ask your intuition and listen to it. Go where you’re wanted. Breathe.What is the best part of being your current age?Freeing myself from the insecurities and expectations of my twenties. Nobody cares if my legs aren’t shaved today but me.What word or phrase should we use more often?“Yes, and…” instead of “Yes, but…”Describe your perfect Saturday.A leisurely morning with strong coffee, cuddles and crosswords. Yoga. Sunshiney afternoon, trolling garage sales or flea markets. Dinner with friends. Seeing some theatre or music. And a dash of dancing for good measure.What one item would you be lost without (besides your phone)?My prescription sunglasses.Biggest theatre-related pet peeve?When people bin the programs after the show. At least recycle it, would you?!What trends are you loving right now?Women’s marches. Not that they’re technically a trend but that people are becoming more mobilized, and rallying together is amazing.Or:Sack dresses and platform patent leather oxfords.Who was your celebrity crush when you were a kid?Rio Pacheco. Who wouldn’t fantasize about running their hands through that glorious purple hair?!One thing you love about Toronto?Our pluralism. And all the good food!Little Pretty and the Exceptional runs April 1-30 on the Mainstage at Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst St).SOURCE SDTC Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Ethnic standupcomedy show seeks the colour of funny

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “My parents want me to marry within my background, which I’m totally against same-race marriages. Mix it up! It’s so obvious that mixed people are so much hotter than most of us. The best mix . . . half Asian, half it doesn’t matter. I have a good rule of thumb for single people in finding your next partner. The more disappointed your parents are in their ethnic background, the better looking your kids are going to be.”Rob Haze“Someone stole the licence plate off the back of my car, so I had to put up a temporary tag on the back window that said ‘Stolen Tag.’ I got pulled over and the police officer, he said the most racist thing a police officer has ever said to me, he was just like, ‘Well . . . all I saw was stolen.’ Do you think I stole the car, and left you a note? Like I’m a thief, but I’m an honest thief.”Sheng Wang“My parents are immigrants. The whole idea of immigration sounds crazy. Can you imagine leaving home, right now. You just leave all your friends, all your family. You move to a completely foreign country, just so your offspring can have more opportunities . . . and then your kid goes into standup comedy. You’re like, ‘Dang son, that’s too much opportunities! We didn’t come here for that. We wanted you to not work in a factory, we didn’t want you to follow your dreams!’ ”Tickets for Wednesday’s show are https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1448127 available onlineEND. Thursday is sold out. Advertisement Daniel Tirado“I’m Polish/Peruvian, my wife is Japanese/Egyptian. My kid is Polish/Peruvian/Japanese/Egyptian. We wanted to create a superhero.”Eman Advertisement “It’s not a bunch of comedians telling race-related jokes for an hour. It’s more about the opportunity to bring people together . . . Comedy is just the vehicle that brings them together. ”The Star got a sample of jokes from the comedians that will be featured during the show’s two-night run, Wednesday and Thursday, at Adelaide Hall. Login/Register With: The Most Races Show on Earth! (say it out loud) is coming to Toronto.Founded back in 2004, the touring standup-comedy show that prides itself on — and builds itself around — its culturally diverse roster was the brainchild of Markham-born comedian Neil Bansil.“During that time, there were very few shows on mainstream comedy clubs that represented the diversity that Toronto had,” recalled Bansil, who relocated to Atlanta in 2006. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Meet the new hosts of The National Adrienne Arsenault Rosemary Barton Ian

first_imgAdvertisement CBC News today announced new hosting details for flagship news program The National. Starting this fall, the new National will be hosted by a team of four award-winning journalists on a nightly basis: senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault, based in Toronto; political reporter and host Rosemary Barton, based in Ottawa; CBC Vancouver host Andrew Chang, based in Vancouver; and veteran host and reporter Ian Hanomansing; who will be based in Toronto. Offering Canadians a new kind of evening news, the four working journalists will host as an integrated team and also report their own stories to offer more in-depth original journalism and live coverage from more locations across Canada. The new National will launch Monday, November 6 at 9 p.m. ET on CBC NEWS NETWORK and 10 p.m. (10:30 NT) in all time zones on CBC.Today we are building on the rich history of The National and the strength of CBC News to offer audiences a brand new approach to daily marquee news, said Jennifer McGuire, General Manager and Editor-in-Chief of CBC News. “Each of these award-winning journalists bring distinct strengths and expertise to the program. They will report as an integrated team, across broadcast and digital, to deliver depth and context on the stories that matter to Canadians.”Hosted by the collaborative team based in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto, the new National will offer a unique proposition for audiences live across all six time zones, with the ability to update throughout the evening until 2 a.m. ET and originate from anywhere in the country depending on the news of the day. The new format will be an inter-platform offering, spanning robust digital content for multiple platforms throughout the day culminating in the evening program. Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton, Andrew Chang and Ian Hanomansing (left to right) are named the new hosts of “The National,” at a news conference in Toronto, Tuesday, Aug.1, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette ORG XMIT: NSD501 Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook Login/Register With: Born and raised in Toronto, Emmy Award-winning journalist Adrienne Arsenault is a senior correspondent who is deployed to the biggest breaking news stories and investigative stories in Canada and around the world. Over the years and across the continents, Arsenault’s assignments have included disasters, conflicts, politics, sports and human dramas. She has covered the Olympics in Sydney, Salt Lake, Beijing, Sochi, and Rio as well as the World Cup in South Africa, and was awarded a 2015 International Emmy for her work covering the Ebola crisis. Her investigative work on security has seen her cross Canada and pursue terror stories across the globe including the Paris and Brussels attacks. Arsenault began her career at CBC in 1991 as an editorial assistant for The National. Over the years since, her postings have included Vancouver, Washington, Jerusalem and London.Born and raised in Winnipeg, award-winning political journalist Rosemary Barton is the host of CBC News Network’s daily political show, Power & Politics. She has interviewed many high-profile politicians including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; former Prime Minister Stephen Harper; U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry; International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde; and General John Kelly, former Homeland Security Secretary, now Chief of Staff to U.S. President Donald Trump. She also secured an exclusive broadcast interview with Omar Khadr. Barton joined CBC as Quebec’s legislative reporter at the National Assembly in 2004 before joining CBC’s Parliamentary Bureau, covering federal elections as well as a number of federal leadership campaigns. During the 2015 Canadian federal election campaign, Barton guided viewers through 11 weeks of election issues, interviewing all main party leaders through the course of the campaign and broadcasting six days a week. Her incisive and engaging interviewing style was recognized with a Canadian Screen Award for best news host in 2016. Barton started her journalism career in her hometown of Winnipeg as a researcher for CBC’s French news network, RDI. She has a degree in French literature from College Universitaire de Saint-Boniface and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Carleton University.Born and raised in Ottawa, Andrew Chang is the Canadian Screen Award-winning host of CBC Vancouver News at 6. He joined CBC News Vancouver as host in the summer of 2014, and has also spent time in the host chair for CBC Radio One’s The Current, The National and CBC News Now and was a member of CBC’s Olympic broadcast team in 2014 and 2016. Prior to his move to Vancouver, Chang spent a successful decade with CBC Montreal, most recently as co-host of CBC Montreal’s supper newscast. He covered a number of memorable moments in Montreal’s history such as Montreal’s 2011 federal election night special, which saw the unprecedented rise of the NDP in the province, and the resulting collapse of the Bloc Québécois and the 2012 election-night assassination attempt of Pauline Marois. He worked previously as one of CBC’s chief staff reporters, covering breaking news at both the local and network level: from the Dawson College shootings, to the collapse of the de la Concorde overpass in Laval, to a month-long stint on the Parti Québécois campaign bus during the 2008 provincial election. During this time, Andrew also worked as a video journalist.Born in Trinidad and raised in Sackville, New Brunswick, veteran host and reporter Ian Hanomansing began his broadcasting career at CKDH Radio in Amherst, Nova Scotia, working at radio stations in Moncton and Halifax before joining CBC in Halifax in 1986. Since then he has had a wide variety of assignments as a reporter, anchor and interviewer. Major stories he’s covered include the Exxon Valdez oil spill and San Francisco earthquake (both in 1989), the Los Angeles riot (1992), Vancouver’s two Stanley Cup riots (1994 and 2011), the Hong Kong handover (1997), the Slave Lake (2011) and Fort McMurray wildfires (2016) and seven Olympic Games, the most recent in Sochi in 2014. The host of CBC News Now weeknights on CBC News Network, Hanomansing has hosted many CBC programs including: Pacific Rim Report (1995-1999), which focused on Canada’s connection to Asia; Times 7 (2005), a joint venture between CBC News and the New York Times; Canada Now (2000-2007), a national supper-hour newscast; Still Talking Hockey (2004), a sports-themed late night program on CBC British Columbia; and Feeling the Heat (2007), a summer series about the environment on CBC Radio One. Hanomansing was awarded the 2016 Canadian Screen Award for Best National News Anchor for CBC News Network with Ian Hanomansing. He holds an honours B.A. in political science and sociology from Mount Allison University in Sackville, and also has a law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax.-30-About CBC News For more than 75 years, CBC has been the source Canadians turn to, to keep them informed about their communities, their country and their world. Through regional and national programming on multiple platforms, including CBC, CBC News Network, CBC Radio, CBCNews.ca, mobile and on-demand, CBC News and its internationally recognized team of award-winning journalists deliver the breaking stories, the issues, the analyses and the personalities that matter to Canadians.About CBC/Radio-Canada CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada. Advertisementlast_img read more

Shell be back Linda Hamilton returning to Terminator franchise

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Linda Hamilton is returning to the Terminator franchise for the first time since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day.Terminator creator James Cameron announced Hamilton’s casting at a private event in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, the Hollywood Reporter reported.Paramount Pictures, which is distributing the planned sequel, confirmed the news Wednesday. Twitter Advertisement Cameron is producing the sequel, which Deadpool filmmaker Tim Miller is directing. Cameron and Miller have enlisted a team of writers — including David Goyer, Charles Eglee, Josh Freidman and Justin Rhodes — to plan out a new trilogy of films, according to the report.Arnold Schwarzenegger is also set to return.Cameron, who was once married to Hamilton, recently compared Wonder Woman, the classic character brought to life in one of this summer’s biggest hit  films, unfavourably to Hamilton’s Terminator character, Sarah Connor.Cameron called Gal Gadot’s superhero an “objectified icon,” but said Connor was defined by “pure grit.”center_img James Cameron is seen with ex-wife Linda Hamilton in 1998. Cameron announced Hamilton will return to the role of Sarah Connor in an upcoming revival of the Terminator franchise. (Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images) Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

NBC Launches Female Forward Initiative To Train Hire Women Episodic Directors

first_imgAdvertisement Following a broadcast pilot season, in which no NBC pilots were helmed by a female director, NBC is stepping up its efforts to employ more female episodic directors with a new annual initiative, “Female Forward.” It is spearheaded by NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke, who made the announcement during the network’s portion of the TCA summer press tour, in partnership with top TV director Lesli Linka Glatter (Mad Men, Homeland). The new program will provide ten female directors with the opportunity to shadow up to three episodes of an NBC series, followed by an in-season commitment to direct at least one episode of the series she shadows. “Female Forward” will begin with the 2018-19 season on 10 NBC series with the intent of expanding the number of directors and shows in subsequent years. The goal is to achieve gender parity among scripted series directors across the network.“There’s a huge drought of female directors and females across the board in our business,” Salke said. “And we were really determined, after pilot season and after staffing directors for the first season, to do something actionable about that finally. It’s an honor to have a partner and advocate in the amazing Lesli Linka Glatter, who shares these ideals with us and has passionately acted as a mentor to other women throughout her career.”READ MORE Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

Ottawa wants controversial Canadian border post put on US soil US embassy

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-The Conservative government has asked the U.S. to allow the placement of a Canadian border post on American soil, according to a U.S. embassy cable recently released by WikiLeaks, giving the clearest indication to date that Ottawa has decided to permanently shutter its customs office on Akwesasne Mohawk territory.The Canada Border Services Agency pulled its guards and officials from the customs office on Cornwall Island on May 31, 2009. The decision came after the Akwesasne community said they would not allow the scheduled arming of border guards the following day. The situation shut down the Canada-U.S. border crossing, which sits between about 120 kilometres west of Montreal for more than a month, for six weeks.During the shut-down, former public safety minister Peter Van Loan told U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson that Canada wanted to move its border post to New York State, according to a cable from the U.S. embassy in Ottawa dated June 10, 2009.“Van Loan raised Canada’s strong desire for a unique shared port of entry on U.S. soil to replace Canada’s Cornwall Island crossing on Akwesasne Mohawk territory,” said the cable, titled, Ambassador Begins Meeting Canadian Leaders. “Van Loan acknowledged that it was a “big ask” and that he and (Department of Homeland Security) Secretary (Janet) Napolitano would be discussing it again in November.”The cableDownload (PDF, Unknown)The Canada-U.S. border line cuts through the St. Lawrence River off the south-side shore of Cornwall Island.Akwesasne straddles the Quebec-Ontario-New York State borders.The CBSA has since set up a make-shift border post at the foot of the bridge linking Cornwall, Ont., and Cornwall Island, which sits on the St. Lawrence River. The federal government has so far refused to reveal what their long-term plans are for the border crossing.The Canadian government drew public criticism from federal U.S. politicians during the border-crossing shut down which impacted the northern New York State economy. U.S. Democratic Senator Charles Schumer called the decision to shut the border “short-sighted.”U.S. embassy officials in Ottawa also criticized the Canadian government for mishandling the ongoing issues in and around Akwesasne in general, according to a second cable sent from the U.S. embassy in Ottawa a month later.“Canada has so far failed to devise a lasting resolution of the CBSA/Akwesasne dispute, sidestepping the key issues of sovereignty and effective law enforcement,” said the cable, dated July 30, 2009.  “The sensitive file appears still to lack an integrated government response, as well as some tough political choices that could potentially alienate either the larger Canadian public, or the First Nations.”The cable also noted comments by Akwesasne Grand Chief Mike Mitchell who said on July 21that the removal of the border post “was the first step in creating a form of Mohawk sovereignty.”Mitchell, according to the cable, said that the next step was to draw the international border around Mohawk territory.Indian Affairs officials, however, downplayed the comments to U.S. officials, saying that while Mitchell’s career had been marked by a “continuous and aggressive pursuit” of sovereignty, he was prone to “certain rhetorical flourish,” the cable said. The Indian Affairs officials also said no one should be “rattled by his declarations,”The cable goes on to state that Indian Affairs officials believed Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo’s election that summer would have no impact on the status-quo.“(Indian Affairs) officials predicted that the AFN would continue to focus on poverty alleviation and economic development, rather than sovereignty,” the cable stated.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

The high financial cost of amateur sport

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere are a number of associated costs when it comes to competing in these games.Athlete packages, travel, hotels and food add up quickly.When you include the cost of the equipment, it could easily blow a team’s budget.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf takes us to the gun range to take a look at one of the most expensive sports at the games.last_img

Public Safety omitted explosive RCMP raid on Mikmaq antifracking camp from monitoring

first_img(RCMP tactical unit officers crouch in the grass during Oct. 17, 2013, raid on Mi’kmaq Warrior Society anti-fracking camp. APTN/File)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsPublic Safety Canada omitted last year’s explosive confrontation between police and Mi’kmaq warriors from a list of protests monitored by Ottawa’s national security nerve centre, records show.The federal department on Sept. 15 released a list of hundreds of protests the Government Operations Centre (GOC) has monitored since 2006 in response to an Order Paper question from Liberal MP Scott Brison. While the list appears exhaustive, it omitted a heavily-armed RCMP raid on a Mi’kmaq Warrior Society-led anti-fracking camp in New Brunswick on Oct. 17, 2013. The raid led to 40 arrests and the torching of several police cars.The list also omitted clashes between the RCMP, the Mi’kmaq and their Acadian and Anglophone supporters that continued for weeks following the October raid. Demonstrators twice burned tires on a New Brunswick highway in early December 2013.It took Public Safety officials two workdays to respond to APTN National News’ question on how such a high-profile conflict escaped an appearance on the list.Public Safety finally responded saying the omission was caused by “human error.”Documents obtained by APTN National News under the Access to Information Act show the GOC was holding teleconferences with a number of federal departments and enforcement agencies to prepare for the possibility of nation-wide protests in solidarity with the Mi’kmaq following the raid in Rexton, NB. The agency also drew-up a map listing a large number of planned solidarity protests across the country.Yet, Public Safety’s list of GOC monitored protest jsumps from an Oct. 14, 2013, demonstration in Romania about bees to an Oct. 18 protest on the Thunderchild First Nation in Saskatchewan. The list also includes a Dec. 2 entry on shale gas protests across the country, but it doesn’t record any reports to GOC about tire burnings or continued arrests in New Brunswick related to anti-fracking battles.The GOC is run out of Public Safety and describes itself as “an all-hazards integrated federal emergency response to events (potential or actual hazards, natural or human-induced, either accidental or intentional) of national interest,”Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett said the omission of the Oct. 17 raid compromises the accuracy of Public Safety’s list.“This is a glaring omission of a really serious incident,” said Bennett. “I can’t possibly understand how they can leave it out and how we can trust the information they did put out.”The Canadian military’s counter-intelligence unit was also monitoring the evolving situation in New Brunswick.Public Safety’s list includes a number of small, localized protests in First Nations communities, but omits Idle No More’s Jan. 11 Day of Action in 2013.That day, thousands of people converged on Ottawa for a massive protest while Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with a handful of chiefs. Solidarity demonstrations sprang up across the country and around the world the same day. Jan. 11 is seen by many as the high-water for the Idle No More movement.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Rankin Inlet garbage man says food at dump still good

first_imgAPTN National NewsRankin Inlet continues to be the centre of debate over hunger in the Arctic.It all began when APTN Investigates revealed people in the community are scrounging the town landfill looking for nutritious food.Part of the problem is the high cost of food and a program supposed to help called Nutrition North.APTN’s Kent Driscoll is in Rankin Inlet to learn more about the on-going scandal.last_img

Mikmaq outraged over racist note at New Brunswick doctors office

first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National NewsThe sign reads: “ATTN: Native Patients. Please don’t ask for tranquilizers or pain medications.”Maxine Ginnish heard about the sign and went to Dr. Allister Carter’s family practice to see for herself.“My heart broke and I had to get out of there as soon as I could because I burst into tears,” said Ginnish. “It was the first time I’d ever seen proof of such racism.”She posted of picture of the sign on Facebook. The outcry was immediate.“Good old Miramichi for you not racist at all first nation people are not the only ones that Battle addiction this makes me sick to my stomach and something needs to be done,” wrote Christine Leigh Ward, who shared the photo on Thursday.Ward’s post was shared over six hundred times in just the first few hours.Ginnish is a social worker in addictions in the Eel Ground First Nation, just a few minutes way from Miramichi. She said addiction and opioid abuse affects all cultures and communities.“So why do we have to stigmatize our people?” asked Ginnish. “Imagine if a First Nation cancer patient went in there looking for pain management. I mean, come on…It’s disheartening.”Ginnish immediately informed her community leaders about the sign and said there was a flurry of phone calls to local health authorities and Health Canada.“We need to have these discussions,” said Ginnish. “They’re uncomfortable but these things need to be said that racism is alive in our healthcare system.”George Ginnish is the chief of the Eel Ground First Nation.He was in a meeting and could not be reached for comment, but posted on Facebook: “Not really impressed with Health care providers racially profiling and denying certain medications based on race, especially when we have been trying to meet in regard to the opioid crisis in our nations and getting very few Doctors willing to meet and assist us with proactive measures.”The chief assured people that he was told the “offending note” has been taken down, but added “…we need some follow up. If you aren’t part of the solution then you are part of the problem.”Carter could not be reached for comment.Malcolm Ward, from the Metepenagiag First Nation not far from Miramichi, drove to the doctor’s office after hearing about the sign. He wanted to make sure it was taken down. But the doctor’s office was closed.“I’m pretty mad,” said Ward in a Facebook video outside the doctor’s office. “Let’s put an end to all this racism. It’s got to stop. I had enough of this. It’s 2017, folks. We have old school doctors writing notes like that, they shouldn’t even be in the business at all.”Ward is urging people to write a complaint to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick.Dr. Shawn Burke, a representative for the College, spoke briefly on the phone with APTN but called the sign a “non-story.”Burke said it was his understanding the sign at Dr. Carter’s office had been written several years ago. He declined to comment further, saying he didn’t know enough about the situation at this time.Ginnish said it doesn’t matter if the sign is old or new.“We need to have more sensitivity and cultural awareness, especially with Canada 150,” said Ginnish. “Because we’re not celebrating. When you think of addiction from the structural viewpoint, it’s all a symptom of our colonization, our cultural loss of land, our language. And our people are being further stigmatized from seeking help.”Ginnish said community leaders in Eel Ground have already filed complaints.troache@aptn.calast_img read more

Survivors of Indian hospitals seeking 11B in damages

first_imgFull episode of APTN Investigates: ‘The Cure was Worse’As well, sometimes patients were subjected to treatments that had been abandoned for non-Indigenous patients.The lawsuit alleges many of the patients were children, and says they suffered from horrific conditions such as being tied or shackled to their beds for weeks or months.It says patients were left with severe physical, psychological and emotional injuries.Lawyers say in the release they are seeking $1 billion in damages for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty, and $100 million in punitive damages. APTN NewsSurvivors of Canada’s former Indian hospital system have filed a class-action lawsuit seeking $1.1 billion for physical and sexual abuse.The suit, which has to be certified by a judge, was filed Jan. 25 in Toronto by class-action giant Koskie Minsky with Cooper Regel in Sherwood Park, Alta.“It is shocking that in the modern era, Canada would operate a segregated health care system,” Jonathan Ptak, of Koskie Minksy, said in a release Tuesday.“It is necessary to shine a light on this dark chapter in recent history.”“Indian hospitals” is the term used to refer to 29 facilities that operated between 1945 and 1981 for Indigenous peoples.The law firm says there are thousands of potential claimants to the suit, who were sent to these hospitals across the country to be treated for tuberculosis and other ailments.This suit includes patients and family members such as primary plaintiff Ann Hardy, who was a former patient in the Charles Camsell Indian Hospital in Edmonton. She was admitted to Camsell when she was 10, and says she suffered repeated sexual abuse by hospital staff.The statement of claim alleges the hospitals were overcrowded and improperly staffed.APTN Investigates explored this segregated healthcare system and also learned the hospitals were run much cheaper than others.last_img read more

23 year old April Carpenter identified as woman pulled from Winnipegs Red River

first_imgAPTN NewsWinnipeg police pulled the body of 23-year-old April Carpenter from the Red River in Winnipeg Thursday.Police say it’s not clear how the woman died and an autopsy has been scheduled.They say no further information is available and the investigation is continuing.Member of the legislature Nahanni Fontaine confirmed Carpenter’s identity who has been missing since April 26.Fontaine says Carpenter’s mother wanted people to know her daughter’s body was found.“We encourage anyone with any information to come forward so we can find justice for April,” she posted Thursday on Facebook.news@aptn.ca@aptnnews-with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

BC check point built on Morice River Road in support of Unistoten

first_imgMembers of the Gitumden Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation built a blockade on the Morice River Road. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTNLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsA new blockade is up on the only road that leads to the Unist’ot’ten Camp in the B.C. interior.The Gitumden Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation is building what it says is a checkpoint in support of the Unist’ot’ten Clan’s fight to protect its territory from industry.The clan says it now controls who has access to the Morice River Road West.“We are constructing a camp in support of the Unist’ot’en Clan,” says Molly Wickham from the Gitumden Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. “We will be here until there is no threat of trespass onto our territory by unwanted industry.”(Molly Wickham from the Gitumden Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)On Friday, a B.C. judge granted Coastal GasLink, a subsidiary of TransCanada, an interim injunction against the Unist’ot’en Camp and ordered the residents to take down a barricade that the company says is blocking access to the area where they need to build a portion of the LNG pipeline.The 670 km pipeline will run from Dawson Creek, B.C. to Kitimat and carry fractured natural gas.The Unist’ot’en clan were given 72 hours to take down the barricade that blocks access to a bridge and the camp.(The barricade at the Unist’ot’en Camp in B.C. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)The barricade is still on the bridge and as of this posting, but it remains unclear whether the company has tried to cross into the camp.Construction of the camp started eight years ago to stop the Chevron Pacific Trail Pipeline – and two other pipelines that were proposed.Freda Huson and her partner built their house on the GPS coordinates where the pipeline was to cross.It has since expanded to three structures including a healing centre that accepts people from across their territory and visitors from other parts of B.C.Follow Laurie at the Unist’ot’en camp on twitter @laurie_hamelinlast_img read more

Alberta leadership candidate apologizes for using slur in Quebec rant

first_imgDRAYTON VALLEY, Alta. – A candidate for the leadership of Alberta’s United Conservative Party is apologizing for calling Quebec’s position on Bombardier “retarded.”Former federal MP Brian Jean tweeted that he regrets his choice of words.Jean was speaking with reporters in Drayton Valley, Alta., when he was asked about Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard’s call for the federal government to stand up against American tariffs on Bombardier jets.Jean ranted that it was “ridiculous and retarded” that Couillard wants Canada to stand with Quebec when there is opposition in Quebec to the Energy East pipeline that would carry Alberta oil to the East Coast.Jean was blasted by at least one of his rival’s leadership campaigns for his language.While Jean says he regrets using the word, he says he doesn’t regret standing up to Quebec.(The Canadian Press, RDNews Now)last_img read more