Renowned British actor and philanthropist, Colin Salmon (Die Another Day, Resident Evil), has been welcomed onto the board as Chairman of Cage 4 All, a Community Interest Company, which promotes diversity through the sport Cage Cricket.Colin Salmon Joins Cage 4 All as New Chairman, Bringing Cage Cricket to Young PeopleThe aim of Cage 4 All is to overcome social, economic, geographic and cultural barriers and provide learning and personal development for young people by giving them the time and space to play sport and mix with others in a positive environment.As the new Chairman, Colin will be bringing his passion for cricket, desire to help young people succeed, networking skills and his celebrity contacts book to recruit players from. Colin has already introduced Cage 4 All to fellow cast members of 24: Live Another Day, The Musketeers and No Offence. Benedict Cumberbatch, for one, is very excited to be part of the movement and will get involved in a Celebrity Cage 4 All Challenge, which is coming soon!Colin says “I have been a long-time supporter of Cage Cricket and am proud to become Chairman of Cage 4 All. I look forward to Cage 4 All gaining national and global support and funding to bring this exciting game to everyone who wants to play, get involved and to make a real difference through sport.“I have taken the role of chairman as Cage 4 All to promote social inclusion. As a Cricket Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, I have been involved in getting young people engaged in cricket for many years. We are working with a range of people, including some of the best people within disability sports, within the prison service and those working with underprivileged kids.“I spent a lot of time on the streets as a kid, got excluded from school, into all sorts of trouble. Through the work of good people, community care and the right opportunities, I have been lucky enough to build a successful career. I really believe that through Cage 4 All children will get more opportunities to grow as people and learn important lessons. One of the most fascinating things about Cage Cricket is that everybody gets a chance to be umpire, to be responsible for the game and the scoring. When you have power, how do you use it?“What many kids lack is the time, space and money to play cricket. They can’t afford the kits, and if you’re not very good at first, you may not get that second chance. You walk out into the middle and get bowled out first ball, then you walk straight back off. That’s not giving everybody a chance to develop the technical and personal skills that cricket can provide. In Cage Cricket, everybody gets to play an equal amount of time in every position. As a young kid said to me when I was playing in Salford, “It’s a really fair game.” That is the whole point of Cage 4 All – to give everyone a fair chance.”For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org / Colin.email@example.com / +44(0)2392-865-353
In celebration of the upcoming opening of The James West Hollywood-Sunset, The James Hotels has partnered with the David Lynch Foundation and Dazed Media to create the short film “A New Sunrise Over Sunset”.A New Sunrise Over SunsetDirected by Shaniqwa Jarvis the film offers a first look inside The James West Hollywood – Sunset, featuring prominent David Lynch Foundation supporters and LA insiders: model and jewelry designer Erin Wasson, vocalist Nia Andrews, artist and clothing designer Cali DeWitt, Grammy-Award winning singer James Fauntleroy, 2016’s Best New Chef by Food & Wine, Kris Yenbamroong, and multidisciplinary visual artist, Brendan Fowler.Inspired by the contemporary culture of Los Angeles, “A New Sunrise Over Sunset” is broken into three themed vignettes titled “Connection”, “Consciousness” and “Community” after The James’ three core brand pillars, which invoke emotion through subliminal storytelling utilizing color and sound. The film radiates both visual and sonic references to the work of David Lynch and the Foundation.The James’ found a natural partner in the David Lynch Foundation with their close ties to the Los Angeles community and the shared goal of bringing people mindful, restorative experiences. Award-winning director David Lynch, best known for Twin Peaks, discovered meditation in 1973 and has been practicing it daily ever since. In 2005 David founded the David Lynch Foundation to bring meditation to people around the globe.“The film bridges Los Angeles culture with mindfulness through the perspective of locals who have deep understandings of well-being in their lives,” said David Lynch. “This partnership empowers us to bring the practice of meditation to a new audience of people.”In celebration of the partnership with the David Lynch Foundation, who works to bring ‘pure consciousness’ to children and adults around the world through transcendental meditation methods, The James West Hollywood – Sunset will donate $10 from every single booking made at the hotel through jameshotels.com, from now until the property opening on May 1st, 2017. Guests will be able to make an optional donation to any future reservation at any James hotel starting in May.“The James Hotels and the David Lynch Foundation share the goal of bringing mindfully modern experiences into people’s lives,” said Carl Cohen, Chief Experience Officer at Denihan Hospitality Group. “We are proud to support this cause while simultaneously elevating the minds and bodies of our guests.”To view the film and to learn more visit jameshotels.com/dlf.
Actor and San Francisco native Alicia Silverstone sent a letter this morning on PETA’s behalf to Ghirardelli, urging the designer chocolate brand, which is based in her hometown, to be sweet to animals and bring back its original vegan recipe for its semi-sweet chocolate chips.“Like most people, I love chocolate — vegan chocolate to be specific,” she wrote. “And science proves that chocolate loves us back. Vegan chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants and is chock-full of essential nutrients. It improves blood flow and reduces stress.“That’s why I’m urging you to switch Ghirardelli’s semi-sweet chocolate chips back to their original dairy-free recipe, so health-conscious snackers and bakers alike can indulge.“As people become more informed that dairy products adversely affect their health, the environment, and animals, the dairy alternatives market is expected to continue to grow exponentially in value over the next few years. There’s an undeniable dairy-free trend, and I’d love to see Ghirardelli take advantage of it by switching back to its original dairy-free recipe.“I hope your company will be an inspiring model for other businesses in making this beneficial change.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” — notes that dairy-free chocolate spares mother cows the suffering that they endure on dairy farms, where they’re forcibly impregnated and their calves are taken from them.
Emma Kenney — currently filming season 8 of the hit Showtime series Shameless — is teaming up with Mercy For Animals to expose the animal cruelty and environmental devastation caused by factory farming.Video: Paper PrisonUsing her celebrity to bring attention to the truth about how meat is produced, Kenney narrates Mercy For Animals’ just-released animated video, “Paper Prison,” which presents a 3D model of a factory farm to scale.“When you picture a farm, you might imagine a peaceful landscape, animals grazing in big, open fields—but today’s farms don’t look like that,” Kenney’s narration opens. “This is what the average farm looks like today. You wouldn’t know because it’s tucked away in a rural place out of sight. Its 10 metal sheds are plain and windowless. Its perimeter is fenced, like a prison.”Released exclusively by NowThis to its millions of millennial followers, the PSA uses groundbreaking 3D animation to model the interiors of factory farms, revealing shocking facts about the environmental and ethical impacts of food production.Emma Kenney and Mercy For Animals are calling on viewers to help create a world free of factory farms by cutting out or cutting back on animal products. “I love animals so much, and I want to use my voice to inspire empathy and compassion for them. That’s why I partnered with Mercy For Animals to narrate their newest PSA,” Kenney said.Kenney joins a growing list of celebrities who have joined forces with Mercy For Animals in speaking out against factory farming, including Alec Baldwin, Joaquin Phoenix, Pamela Anderson, Emily Deschanel, James Cromwell, Mya, Tony Kanal, and Russell Simmons.“Emma has been very vocal about her love for animals, and she certainly does her fans proud by lending her voice to this important issue,” says Nik Tyler, celebrity relations manager at Mercy For Animals. “We hope this new PSA will inspire people of all ages to move toward a plant-based diet and away from supporting factory farming, for the sake of the animals and our planet.”
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Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitter An odd twist of fate has led to Mary Harris’ (Caroline Dhavernas) life coming full circle since the death of last season’s nemesis Grady (Greg Bryk). First, his sister Olivia Bloom (Rachelle Lefevre) orders Mary to kill her husband Travis (Ian Lake), then when poor Mary is forced into the act through a powerfully convincing threat she runs into Ben (Jay Ryan), last season’s love interest and the man who almost threw her in jail. We last left off last week with the two coming face to face for the first time.Wednesday’s episode of the Global TV drama picks up with Ben and Mary taking Travis to a remote location: Ben’s secret makeshift cabin in the woods. The TV Junkies were invited to visit Mary Kills People while filming on location in Scarborough, Ont., where we got to see Mary and Ben’s Season 2 relationship firsthand. Login/Register With:
Advertisement Gillian Genser’s sculpture of Adam, the first man, created out of the mussel shells that poisoned her for years. GILLIAN GENSER Facebook Advertisement “I was flabbergasted,” Genser, 59, told The Washington Post. “Absolutely flabbergasted.”For 15 years, Genser had been grinding up mussel shells to create a sculpture of Adam, the first man. She had no idea, though, that mussels can accumulate toxins, like lead and arsenic, over years of feeding in polluted waters. When Genser breathed in the shell dust or touched the powdery remains, some of that metal made its way into her body, too.For Genser, who first wrote about her case in Toronto Life magazine on Nov. 28, the poisoning is deeply ironic. By using a natural material, like mussel shells, to depict a biblical character, she wanted to comment on humanity’s skewed relationship with the now-contaminated natural world. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment At first, Gillian Genser thought the headaches and vomiting were just the latest signs of autoimmune disorders she had battled for years. But then the symptoms got stranger. She felt agitated. She’d wake up nearly unable to move. Hearing vanished from one ear. Her muscles cramped and her speech slurred.What was going on? For years, doctors were baffled by what was afflicting the Toronto-based sculptor.Then, a blood test three years ago came back positive for heavy-metal poisoning. And Genser realized her art was killing her. Login/Register With: Advertisement
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO — CTV’s reality series “The Amazing Race Canada” and CBC’s investigative documentary program “The Fifth Estate” won big on the first night of the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards.Each program landed four trophies at Tuesday’s Toronto gala, which honoured non-fiction programming in about 50 categories.“The Amazing Race Canada” won in categories including the Golden Screen Award for TV reality show and best direction in a reality/competition series. “The Fifth Estate” took awards including best news or information series as well as best writing in a documentary for the segment “The Truth Smugglers.”The gala was one of several set for this week leading into Sunday’s CBC broadcast of the Canadian Screen Awards, which honour homegrown talent in film, TV and digital media.The show will air from the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.Other programs with multiple wins included CBC’s documentary “Equus: Story of the Horse,” “CBC News: The National” and TSN’s 2017 Grey Cup coverage. Each took three awards.“CTV National News With Lisa LaFlamme” was named best national newscast, while Dawna Friesen of “Global National” took best national news anchor.“Gord Downie’s Secret Path in Concert,” which aired on CBC, won best variety or entertainment special as well as a nod for best sound.Best documentary program went to HBO Canada’s “You Are Here: A Come From Away Story,” about how Gander, N.L., welcomed thousands of stranded airline passengers and crew members following the 9/11 attacks. The doc also won an award for picture editing.The CBC true crime series “The Detectives” netted two honours, including best factual series.Also getting two awards was CBC’s comedy/reality series “Still Standing,” including a hosting nod for Jonny Harris.The Canadian Screen Awards have a total of 135 categories.The CBC series “Anne with an E” and “Schitt’s Creek” are the leading nominees with 15 nominations apiece.THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Advertisement Co-hosts Emma Hunter and Jonny Harris present the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on Sunday, March 11, 2018. CTV’s reality series “The Amazing Race Canada” and CBC’s investigative documentary program “The Fifth Estate” won big on the first night of the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter
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Kirk Franklin, “Never Alone”Jason Nelson, “Forever”Brian Courtney Wilson, “A Great Work” Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Cardi B and Drake (ROB LATOUR/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK; KEVIN WINTER/GETTY IMAGES FOR DCP) Facebook Advertisement The Billboard Music Awards took place Wednesday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with Kelly Clarkson as host.Taylor Swift made her BBMAs return with a performance of her new single “ME!”, her first performance since singing “22” back in 2013. Other performers included BTS, Paula Abdul, Jonas Brothers, Halsey, Madonna, Khalid, and 2019 ICON Award recipient Mariah Carey, among others.Drake set a record with the most wins ever, taking home 12 for a career total of 27. Cardi B took home six, while Maroon 5 scored four, and Ella Mai, Ozuna, Luke Combs and Lauren Daigle nabbed three.
Drew Scott (left to right), Jonathan Scott, JD Scott and Annalee Belle are shown in a handout photo from the episode of Property Brothers: Forever Home. JD Scott, the older brother of renovation twins Drew and Jonathan Scott, says he’s recovering from a debilitating illness that mystified doctors for over a year, and had him believing he was on the verge of death. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-HGTV-Dennys Ilic The 43-year-old says it all started with strange symptoms that included intense heat sensitivity and fatigue. That had doctors thinking it was lupus, then a brain aneurysm, and then possibly two brain aneurysms.In the meantime, the Las Vegas-based Scott says he couldn’t venture far from home and could only work for about 15 minutes at a time. He often wore a cooling vest that pumped ice water to keep his temperature down.Eventually, a medical doctor who was also an expert in holistic medicine diagnosed a severe gastrointestinal infection. Scott says he began to feel better within days of starting antibiotics and a restricted diet that cut out wheat, dairy, gluten, soy and sugar.Scott, who appears on the finale of the HGTV series “Property Brothers: Forever Home” on Monday, says it’s been a month since his treatment and that he’s starting to feel like himself again.“The world and life works in mysterious ways. I’m so grateful for this one right here because I wouldn’t have made it,” Scott says while gesturing to a teary Belle.The couple, who got engaged in October, assured fans that Scott appears to have turned a corner after months of “having to live like a bubble boy.”“I felt at times recently like I did before this all started over a year ago. To me that’s huge progress,” says Scott, who has also appeared in the twins’ HGTV series, “Brother Vs. Brother.”Scott says he was actually sick during the filming of Monday’s episode of “Property Brothers: Forever Home,” even though it may not be apparent to viewers.In that finale episode, the twins embark on a full-scale renovation of their big brother’s Las Vegas home, with help from their father.THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement TORONTO – The older brother of renovation twins Drew and Jonathan Scott says he’s recovering from a debilitating illness that mystified doctors for over a year, and had him believing he was on the verge of death.The Vancouver-born JD (James Daniel) Scott details his health struggle in a video posted to Instagram, occasionally tearing up with his equally emotional fiancee Annalee Belle at his side. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
APTN National NewsOver 100 Yukon First Nation students are receiving their Grade 12 diplomas this week.Students came from across the territory to celebrate their achievement and their culture.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has this story of success.
By Jorge Barrera and Jason Leroux APTN National News TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY–Mohawks from Tyendinaga and Akwesanse forced the shutdown of CN Rail’s track between Toronto and Ottawa for a little over three hours Saturday in response to the Harper government’s refusal to call a public inquiry to examine the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women across the country.The action also coincided with International Women’s Day.The OPP arrested four people, including prominent Mohawk activist Shawn Brant and John Fox, whose daughter Cheyenne Fox was killed last April after she fell from the 24th floor of a Toronto condo.The rail track shutdown ended after the Mohawks agreed to pull back in exchange for the release of Fox.Eight freight trains and four VIA passenger trains were stranded during the shutdown which lasted from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., said Jim Feeny, spokesperson for CN.“This is a long way from being over,” said John Fox, shortly after the OPP escorted him to his car which was parked near the rail line which crossed Wyman Rd. along the Tyendinaga reserve border, about 21 kilometres east of Belleville, Ont. “I want everyone to be united on this issue, be there for the women today.”Toronto police ruled Cheyenne Fox’s death a suicide. Fox, who was a sex worker, was visiting the condo of a john at the time of her death.John Fox said the OPP had planned to charge him with mischief. He was eventually released unconditionally.OPP spokesperson Sgt. Kristine Rae said charges are pending for mischief, assault and “weapons dangerous” against the three others still in custody. Rae said she couldn’t release their names until they are officially charged Sunday. The three will appear via video conference with a justice of the peace either in Belleville, Napanee, Ont., or Ottawa, said Rae.The Mohawks alerted CN at about 9:30 a.m. triggering the shut down. As the Mohawks moved in to take up their positions the OPP arrived and one of the windows of an unmarked cruiser was smashed. Fox and Brant were the first to be arrested. Then, two other men, nicknamed “Cracker” and “Ribs,” were arrested during hand-to-hand melee.After the second round of arrests, two OPP Aboriginal liaison officers began negotiating with the Mohawks to end the rail shut down. By this time about 30 OPP officers and one CN Rail police officer positioned themselves two rows deep separating the about 17 remaining Mohawks from the south-side of rail track.Several OPP trucks and cruisers were also gathered on the north side of the rail track. The OPP also blocked all roads leading to the north side of the tracks, which crossed Wyman Road. The Tyendinaga Mohawk Police also blocked the south side of Wyman Road, effectively sealing off the Mohawks.At least one OPP officer was seen with an assault rifle.The OPP liaison officer, who said her name was Joanne, led the negotiations for the OPP and tried to convince the Mohawks that their message on missing and murdered Indigenous women had been heard.“I understand it’s an emotional time, it’s an emotional issue, I understand that,” said the liaison officer. “I understand tensions are high right now, let’s keep the dialogue open here.”Dan Doreen, who acted as a spokesperson for the Mohawks, which included two men from Akwesasne and the rest from Tyendinaga, responded saying Friday’s report from the Parliamentary committee on violence against Indigenous women and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s refusal to call an inquiry left them with little choice. The Conservative-dominated committee of MPs did not include calling a public inquiry in its recommendations to the federal government.“(Harper) showed nothing, showed no compassion to our Indigenous women, towards Native people in Canada in general and toward women in general,” said Doreen. “If it wasn’t for my family standing behind me, I have no problems throwing down.”Joanne, the OPP liaison, then suggested there were other avenues through which they could press their issues like on Parliament Hill.“Parliament Hill? You just sit out there in the cold and you get some piece of crap to come out and talk to you,” said Doreen.Doreen said the only time First Nation people get results is when they take matters into their own hands like during Oka, Ipperwash and when the Tyendinaga Mohawks occupied a quarry on their claimed territory in 2007.“You can’t tell me that peaceful protest and stuff like that works. It don’t. What works is being out here on the road,” he said.Despite being out numbered, the Mohawks remained defiant throughout the standoff.“We are trying to protect everybody, white and Native, but it takes these kind of people to show we are not sacred to fall down,” said George Zacharaiah. “I might be 70 years-old, but I guarantee it will take more than one of them to take me down.”One man, who went by the name of Ahtonwa, said he was there for his sister.“Aboriginal women are going missing and nobody is doing anything,” he said. “We deserve to be heard, we deserve to have this done, I know why I am here and everybody else knows why they are here and it’s worth the cost.”The arrest of Fox, however, became a major concern for the Mohawks and they began pressing to have him released.After Joanne relayed the request to her commander word returned that Fox would be freed if the standoff ended. The Mohawks then held a meeting on the road and agreed to the exchange.Fox was escorted in from the north side of the tracks and met with cheers and whoops.“I love you guys,” said Fox.After a ceremony with tobacco, the Mohawks left in their vehicles, the red Warrior and purple Iroquois Confederacy flags snapping in the breeze.“Until the next time,” said Doreen.The trains began to run by about 1:30 p.m. The first freight train through pulled tanker firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera
Shirley McLean APTN National NewsIt’s a popular soup kitchen for the needy in Whitehorse often feeing dozens of people weekly.But the goodwill of their volunteers has ran into government bureaucracy forcing them to change how they feed the hungry.
The Canadian PressFORT QU’APPELLE, Sask. – Cheering supporters greeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he arrived in Saskatchewan for what First Nations leaders described as a historic meeting that heralds a sign of change. Trudeau held a private meeting Tuesday evening with the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council in Fort Qu’Appelle, about 75 kilometres northeast of Regina. Trudeau said he’s working on helping the relationship between First Nations people and the federal government. “I don’t want to pretend that any of us have the answers to the challenges facing Indigenous peoples in Canada, but what I will tell you is that as a country, we can build those answers,” Trudeau said after the meeting. “We can not turn our collective back on the problems. It’s not enough to be outraged by the headlines, the stories of heartbreak and hopelessness that come out of communities like La Loche, Attawapiskat and Natuashish and so many more.” The northern Saskatchewan village of La Loche was rocked Jan. 22 when a teenage boy allegedly shot and killed two brothers before going to the high school, where a teacher and a teacher’s aide were killed and seven others wounded. Trudeau visited the community a week after the shooting and promised that the federal government would be there for the people of La Loche for years to come. Natuashish, an Innu community in Labrador, has been the scene of a massive search effort for a missing teenager while a state of emergency was declared on Ontario’s Attawapiskat First Nation because of a string of suicide attempts among young people. The prime minister did not make any new announcements in Fort Qu’Appelle on Tuesday, but noted the federal budget’s announcement of investments in education, housing, health care facilities and clean drinking water. He said the government is taking significant steps to renew the relationship in an open and respectful way and to take concrete actions. File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council chairman Edmund Bellegarde said he believes Trudeau. “This is the first sign that we have a true commitment, that we have a meaningful conversation, that we have a meaningful relationship,” said Bellegarde. He said no other prime minister has sat down for a conversation with the tribal council, and the very action of Trudeau listening to the tribal concerns is a change 140 years in the works. “This is historic. This is reshaping the relationship. This is adding respect,” Bellegarde said. “This is recognizing the Indigenous peoples of this country have a role to play in the constitutional framework, but also in the public policy that needs to change, where it impacts our people.” Trudeau is scheduled to meet with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall on Wednesday, where he may face a tougher audience. Wall wants to talk about the gap between on-reserve and off-reserve education funding, support for pipelines and expanding employment insurance benefits. The premier has praised extensions to EI coverage for 12 areas hit hard by the resource downturn, including northern Saskatchewan. But he’s also said the federal government made a mistake when it didn’t include workers in southern Saskatchewan’s oil producing regions in those changes. The federal budget added five weeks to the regular 45 weeks of EI benefits, effective in July and retroactive to January 2015. Long-tenured workers will also be eligible for an extra 20 weeks of benefits, to a maximum of 70 weeks. Trudeau said he has “an excellent working relationship with every premier, particularly Premier Wall.” “My approach is always to be respectful and collaborative,” said Trudeau. “Brad and I have issues that we agree deeply on, other issues that we’re still working out, but … I have had nothing but positive, respectful conversations with Premier Wall about how best to serve the people of Saskatchewan and indeed, the people of this country.”
APTN National NewsFire crews in Alberta are engaging a “multi-headed monster” wildfire that has so far consumed 10,000 hectares and forced the evacuation of 88,000 people from Fort McMurray and destroyed over 1,000 structures in the city, the premier and officials said Wednesday.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the wildfire destroyed 1,600 structures in the city which was evacuated Tuesday amid apocalyptic scenes of highways lined with vehicles fleeing their homes against a flaming backdrop.Darby Allen, director of emergency management for the Wood Buffalo Regional Municipality, said fire crews were facing another “bad day” following Tuesday’s sudden shift in the wildfire that penetrated Fort McMurray, destroying a whole swaths of neighbourhoods.“No one is hurt and no one is passed away right now,” said an emotional Allen, in a teleconference with reporters Wednesday. “I really hope we can get to the end of this and still say that. We are here, we are strong and we’ll keep doing our jobs.”Allen said fire crews worked throughout out the night fighting flames within the city which were finally vanquished by about 5 a.m.“This is a nasty, dirty fire. There are certainly areas within the city that have not been burned, but this fire will look for them, find them and will want to take them,” said Allen.A cold front expected to move into the region Wednesday was expected to bring with it some mixed blessings. Low humidity and hot temperatures aided the spread of the wildfire Tuesday. The cold front could lower temperatures, but also trigger lighting, said Allen.“It’s not what we really want in this situation,” he said.Officials said the next 24 hours would prove critical in the battle being waged against the fire and the fate of the city which is in the heart of Alberta’s oil patch.Wood Buffalo Regional Municipality Mayor Melissa Blake said the oil industry was responding by providing use of camps and lodges to help shelter evacuees.“I am commending our citizens for standing strong and resilience,” said Blake.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, in a conference call from Germany early today, confirmed a formal request for assistance has been received from the Alberta government and the military is preparing to engage in the battle.The nearby Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation declared a state of emergency Wednesday, according to spokesperson Eriel Deranger. Deranger said the First Nation would be using boats and flights to evacuate community members, along from the Mikisew Cree First Nation, who were in Fort McKay following their evacuation from Fort McMurray, to Fort Chipewyan and Fort Smith, NWT.Deranger said there was concern the membership could be stranded in Fort McKay.-with files from The Canadian Pressnews@aptn.ca@APTNNews
Kent Driscoll APTN National News CAPE DORSET, Nunavut—Annie Pootoogook’s funeral was much like her art. It was raw, real, emotional and uniquely Inuit.Over 100 people crowded into community hall in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Wednesday afternoon to offer their grief-stricken final goodbyes to the Inuit artist who gained international acclaim for her art, but whose life ended under suspicious circumstances in Ottawa’s Rideau River in September.The business of Cape Dorset came to a halt on this afternoon, government offices and shops shut their doors and storefronts to allow all community members to attend the funeral.Pootoogook’s body lay in a simple pine box on an elevated folding table at the front of the main room with tie-dyed fish painted by local youth covering the ceiling and walls. Family and friends placed plastic flowers atop the closed casket throughout the service which was punctuated by the sounds of grief.Inuit funerals are emotional and cathartic, part church service, part community grieving. All throughout the service, there were muffled sobs.Occasionally, those sobs would turn into someone wailing loudly. Others would join in, their grief raw and open, until the sound of wailing and crying echoed off the walls of the small community hall. One family member, who tried to address the crowd, was seized by sudden sadness and could only say, “Oh my God,” before dissolving into hard tears.To read more about Annie Pootoogook’s case click herePootoogook was found dead in the Rideau River on Sept. 19. Ottawa police are treating her death as suspicious and the investigation is ongoing. The Coroner’s office released Pootoogook’s body last Wednesday following a final examination by a pathologist.Pootoogook’s home of Cape Dorset—which sits about an hour’s flight west from Iqaluit—prides itself on their traditional culture, and is the most famous locale for Inuit art.The entire service was conducted in Inuktitut. A unilingual English speaker would recognize the hymns, just not the words.Pootoogook’s youngest daughter Napachie, 4, attended the service. Her adoptive parents brought her to Cape Dorset for the funeral, and the little girl found out just how large her birth family is.The only part of the service conducted in English was when Pootoogook’s family thanked the adoptive family for bringing the girl and asked everyone related to Napachie to stand so the adoptive parents could learn who they were.The entire first two rows stood.All through the service, the little girl was handed from one extended family member to another. Each time, the tears stopped long enough for her family to adore her with kisses and hugs.In Inuit culture, most adoptions are open, the adoptee knows who their birth family is and maintains a connection. For her extended family, she was just the little family member they hadn’t met yet.During the last hymn, members of Pootoogook’s family came forward to touch the casket and offer one final goodbye. Twice, men overcome with grief placed their heads on the casket, sobbing hard enough you could see them shaking from rows away.Following the service, the pine casket was carried to a waiting Cape Dorset municipal pick-up truck. Family members piled into the back and continued to the cemetery, where Pootoogook was laid to rest.“She always told a true story. Good or bad, it was always a true story,” said Pootoogook’s brother Cee Pootoogook.Annie Pootoogook’s funeral was like her art in that it was full of true grief, true emotion, and told a true email@example.com@KentDriscoll
Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,728.32, down 47.98 points):Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down eight cents, 2.57 per cent, to $3.03 on 9.5 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Down 19 cents, 1.50 per cent, to $12.48 on 6.3 million shares.Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX:EFN). Financial Services. Up 94 cents, or 10.40 per cent, to $9.98 on 4.3 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Pharmaceutical. Down 23 cents, or 2.99 per cent, to $7.45 on 4.1 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 20 cents, 5.35 per cent, to $3.54 on 3.5 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down four cents, or 1.12 per cent, to $3.54 on 3.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up two cents, 0.91 per cent, to $2.21 on 3.4 million shares. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Commerce tacked on another 79.82 per cent of preliminary anti-dumping duties, now totalling almost 300 per cent, for Bombardier to export its CSeries commercial jet into the American market once deliveries to Delta Air Lines begin next year.Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR). Fast food restaurants. Up $1.21, 1.50 per cent, to $82.11 on 315,991 shares. The legal battle between a group of Tim Hortons franchisees and their parent company escalated Friday as the corporate-unsanctioned franchisee association filed a lawsuit alleging RBI, its subsidiary and several executives of subverting their right to associate.
“It’s been tremendous. We’ve been to communities all the way up into the Northwest Territories, into B.C. and Alberta and we’ve seen the impact of what Rotarians are doing in the community and their hands-on work. They’re working on projects like parks, ensuring food security and they’re also ensuring that communities have the strength they need to be strong. There’s not one area that our Rotarians are not strongly focused in communities.”Vavrek says Rotary is a core platform that ensures communities are strong and is a social fabric helping to shift change and make a difference.Starting in July and ending in November, Vavrek expects to travel more than 33,000 kilometres to visit all 60 Rotary Clubs in the District. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Sunrise Rotary Club of Fort St. John was host to a special guest at their breakfast meeting on Wednesday at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre.As part of a western tour, the new Rotary District Governor, Tracey Vavrek, was in Fort St. John to meet with fellow Rotarians to talk about the meaning of Rotary and how they are serving their community and beyond.So far in her tour, starting back in July, Vavrek says it has been a tremendous experience to see the impact that Rotarians are making in their communities such as making parks and ensuring food security.
Kolkata: A fire, which broke out on Thursday afternoon at a building in Sector V, was controlled in no time as the fire safety and security management system worked fine.As the smoke detectors and sprinklers started working on its own the fire was almost controlled when the fire brigade arrived. On Thursday around 12:30 pm when employees of several offices were busy working, fire broke out on the third floor of the building. As soon as the fire broke out, the fire alarms installed went off. Hearing the alarm, employees on the other floors got alerted. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe sprinklers on third floor started spraying water. The security personnel of the building immediately informed the fire brigade and asked the employees of the building to evacuate using the stairs. Soon, two fire tenders arrived and doused the fire within an hour. According to fire officials, the built in fire fighting mechanism had cut off the power supply, which is found to be very useful as it prevented the fire from spreading. But due to the glass panes of the building, fire fighters faced problem while dousing the fire. Later the glass panes had be broken to let out the smoke. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt may be recalled that Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority ( NDITA) had recently held a meeting with the representatives of various offices to discus about the fire fighting measures that need to be installed in Sector V, the IT hub of Bengal. NDITA authorities told the officials that mezzanine floors will not be allowed anymore. Also, fire drill will have to be carried out by the offices at regular intervals. In the vast areas of New Town, New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) had carried out fire audit in offices and shopping malls. As thousands of people visit the offices and shopping malls in New Town, installation of fool proof fire fighting measures is mandatory. While the fire audit was being carried out, it was found that fire-fighting gadgets in some offices were not adequate and fire drills are not be conducted in most of them. Also, the sprinklers did not work in most of the offices.
New Delhi: India on Sunday strongly condemned the serial blasts on multiple locations in Sri Lanka while Prime Minister Narendra Modi held telephonic conversations with the president and the premier of the island nation offering all possible help and assistance to deal with the situation.In his conversation with the Sri Lankan leadership, Modi termed the serial blasts as a “cold-blooded and pre-planned barbaric acts” and pointed out that the attacks were another grave reminder of the most serious challenge posed to the entire humanity by terrorism in our region and the entire world. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said there can be no justification for any act of terror and called for concerted global action to effectively deal with the menace, including cross-border terrorism. Over 200 people were killed and around 500 others were injured in a series of blasts at several locations in Sri Lanka in which suicide bombers were involved in at least two of the eight attacks that struck three churches and luxury hotels frequented by foreigners on Easter Sunday. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Sri Lanka. We wish speedy recovery to those injured in the attacks,” the MEA statement said. The ministry said India has always opposed and rejected terrorism in all forms and manifestations and there can be no justification for any kind of terror. “We call for perpetrators of such ghastly and heinous act and those who provide them support to be brought to justice expeditiously,” the ministry said. “We strongly condemn the serial blasts on multiple locations in Sri Lanka today morning in which many people have been killed and injured. “We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Sri Lanka. We wish speedy recovery to those injured in the attacks,” the MEA statement said. In his telephonic conversation with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Modi conveyed his heartfelt condolences on his own behalf as well as on behalf of all Indians, over the loss of over 200 lives in the terrorist action, a government release said. It said Modi condemned in the strongest terms the serial terrorist attacks perpetrated at various places, including religious places and during a religious festival, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office. The Prime Minister renewed the offer of all possible help and assistance to Sri Lanka for ensuring its security against the challenges such as those posed by terrorism, the release said. The Prime Minister also wished a speedy recovery for the injured and offered any kind of medical assistance for treatment of the injured. Sources said Modi spoke to the Sri Lankan leadership while he was himself travelling across the country for his political campaign. The sources saidw the PM spoke to the Lankan President even as the latter is currently in Singapore. Condemning the blasts, Modi earlier said there is no place for barbarism in the region and that India stands in solidarity with the people of the island nation. “Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region,” he tweeted. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also said India was keeping a close watch on the situation. “Colombo – I am in constant touch with Indian High Commissioner in Colombo. We are keeping a close watch on the situation. @IndiainSL,” Swaraj tweeted. “India has always opposed and rejected terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and has urged concerted action by the international community against terrorism, including cross-border terrorism. There can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terror,” the MEA said in the statement.