first_imgREGINA – A clinical psychologist says a young man who killed his teenage girlfriend when he was 16 does not meet the criteria for psychopathy.Hannah Leflar was also 16 when she was repeatedly stabbed with a hunting knife in her Regina home in January 2015.The Crown is seeking an adult sentence for her killer, now 19, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.Dr. Terry Nicholaichuk, who met with the youth three times and wrote two reports, appeared for the defence at the stabber’s sentencing hearing.He told court the teen meets some of the criteria for borderline personality disorder and probably has a major depressive disorder.Last week, during the Crown’s presentation, a psychiatrist testified that the teen showed psychopathic tendencies and has anger management issues.It also heard from a girl who became friends with the youth. She tearfully testified that he told her months before the stabbing that he wanted to become a serial killer and do away with his former girlfriend.Online messages also talked about hurting Leflar.Court was told earlier this week that the teen has spent more than two years at the Paul Dojack Youth Centre where he was bullied throughout most of his first year there.The centre’s deputy director testified the youth often talked of self-harm, although there is only one documented instance.He also said the young man has been more engaged in recent months, was awarded a most-improved education certificate and has changed some of his behaviour, although he remains isolated and engages in lone activities such as video games.An agreed statement of facts says the youth stalked Leflar for months after she broke up with him and hatched a plan to attack her and her new boyfriend with bats and knives.That didn’t happen, largely because Leflar broke up with that boy, but when she posted about her latest relationship on Facebook, her old boyfriend murdered her.A second teen pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is expected to be sentenced in September.(CTV Regina, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON – The organizer of an international horror movie festival in Edmonton has pulled an ad used to promote the fall event following complaints about the image.It showed two scantily clad women chained up and appearing to be in distress, and was used to advertise VIP passes for the Festival of Fear in October.Lianne Makuch says she was one of a number of people who reached out to the organizer with concerns.She says she was shocked to see the image come across her Facebook news feed on Monday.Founder Barry Gillis says he couldn’t believe the outrage.He says the image was taken from a film he is directing.Makuch says matters were made worse when Gillis responded to complaints by calling people names and making inappropriate suggestive comments.“His response has been extremely unprofessional, immature and really insensitive,” Makuch said.Gillis admitted to reacting in that way.“That was my initial reaction when I first started seeing these complaints come in,” he said in an interview with CTV Edmonton. “I thought: ‘This is ridiculous.’”The photo was part of a sponsored Facebook ad that was meant only for people interested in horror movies, but it ended up being more widely distributed, Gillis said.“I don’t know what happened. I think I clicked ‘boost’ on the post and … I thought the audience was already chosen,” Gillis said.“When I checked it later I was, like, ‘Ugh. This is why this is happening.’”Gillis took the photo down reluctantly after the festival’s venue, Landmark Cinemas, threatened to pull the plug.“If Landmark Cinemas didn’t say anything, would the photo still be out there? Yes,” he said.(CTV Edmonton)last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER – Stop and smell the flowers — if you dare.A rare, exotic tropical plant known as a corpse flower is set to unleash its putrid scent inside the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver.The city’s park board says the titan arum is the largest flower on earth, and when it blooms, it fills the air with a scent similar to rotting flesh, discarded diapers or hot garbage.The flower usually requires seven to 10 years of growth before blooming, but the board says Vancouver’s six-year-old specimen is showing signs it will bloom imminently.The park board says when the flower is ready, it will unfurl its large flesh-coloured petal and start to emit rancid fumes to attract pollinator insects like carrion beetles and flesh flies that feed on dead animals.It adds the public won’t encounter such insects inside the conservatory, which will extend its hours for a “smell it while you can” experience during the fleeting spectacle which typically lasts just 24 to 48 hours.“The park board was very fortunate to acquire this rare plant a few years ago,” said Vancouver Park Board Chairman Stuart Mackinnon in a news release.“Our excellent horticultural staff have lovingly tended it ever since. Any day now residents and visitors will have a chance to witness one of nature’s strangest displays.”The board says this will be the first time a titan arum has bloomed in B.C. Earlier this year, a corpse flower dubbed “Gagnes” bloomed at the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton.Vancouver is also launching a competition to name the corpse flower online.last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s privacy commissioner says she’s shocked by how a grocery-store pharmacist was able to snoop into the electronic personal health information of dozens of people she knew.Catherine Tully warns the breach is indicative of a wider national problem — and demonstrates the “real and present danger” of intrusion into patients’ private lives.“This is a pharmacist, a professional with ethical obligations,” Tully said in an interview Wednesday.“It’s shocking that somebody in a position of trust would breach that trust so badly and would fail to recognize the importance of preserving the right to privacy and the integrity of the individuals whose information she breached.”Tully released two reports Wednesday warning the monitoring of electronic personal health information and databases is a “critical vulnerability” in the province.Tully investigated a series of privacy breaches by a pharmacist employed as the manager at a community pharmacy operated by the Sobeys National Pharmacy Group. She said the pharmacist inappropriately accessed the personal information, including prescription history and medical conditions, of 46 people over two years.The reports found the pharmacist used Nova Scotia’s Drug Information System (DIS) to get information on her child’s girlfriend and her parents, her child’s teachers and former teachers, co-workers, a former high school classmate who had recently suffered a significant illness, and an individual she had been involved in a car accident with, among others.She also created fake customer profiles enabling her to see patient information through the provincial drug database.Some pharmacy employees told Tully’s office they had knowledge of the privacy violations, but they were afraid to come forward because the pharmacist was also the manager.“An employee witnessed the pharmacist access the DIS in March 2017 and then call her spouse on the phone to discuss what she had discovered. The employee heard the pharmacist say that their child cannot see this person because of the medications she and her parent were on,” Tully’s report said.“An employee reported that she was consulted by the pharmacist to assist in fabricating reasons for her access of the DIS in response to audit activity by the College of Pharmacists.”The woman was eventually fired by Sobeys.Tully said this type of “snooping” is not exclusive to Nova Scotia.“The report points out all kinds of reports from across the country of this kind of behaviour happening,” she said. “I’m really trying to create some urgency around the need to significantly improve oversight of these types of databases.”Tully determined the Department of Health and Sobeys National Pharmacy Group failed to adequately monitor access to the data, and that investigations conducted by both weren’t adequate.She said the Health Department initially told her the breaches had been contained and that there was no evidence of malicious intent.But her investigation found the pharmacist had also disclosed information to her spouse, and continued to use the health information even after her employment was terminated.Tully makes 18 recommendations aimed at improving auditing programs and strengthening breach protocols.One repeats a call she made two years ago calling on the Health Department to take a leadership role in the monitoring of misuse of the database and in carrying out investigations. She said an “entity” has to be created to oversee the system and its “big data.”She also has made a recommendation directly to Health Minister Randy Delorey that the Personal Health Information Act be amended to lengthen the potential prosecution time to two years.The report says the Act’s current time limit defaults to six months from the date of the offence.Sobeys did not reply to a request for comment, but in an emailed statement the Health Department said protecting Nova Scotians’ personal health information is of the “utmost importance,” and reported breaches are taken “very seriously.”“That’s why we’ve been taking steps to improve the system by increasing privacy training for staff and enhancing the collection of information and stats,” the department said.The statement said the department would review Tully’s report and recommendations and would provide a response within 30 days, as required under the Personal Health Information Act.Tully said there’s a need for immediate action.“It will only get worse,” she said. “We need to get on this … it’s really time to take this seriously and do a much better job.”last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Winnipeg man has been arrested and charged in the death of his girlfriend’s 21-month-old son.Police say on Aug. 30, emergency personnel responded to a report of an unresponsive boy in a home.The child was transported to hospital in critical condition where he was pronounced dead.Investigators believe the boy was injured by the accused on two different occasions in two different homes that day.Police say the child’s mother found him and called 911, and blunt-force trauma injuries were discovered on the child’s upper body.Allen Joseph Frier Beardy, 22, of Winnipeg has been charged with manslaughter.Beardy “was the mother’s boyfriend, not the biological father,” Const. Jay Murray told reporters at a news conference on Sunday.Murray said the accused was “criminally known” to police, but not in a “substantial” way.He said he couldn’t say if Child and Family Services had any dealings with anyone involved in the case, or if there were any other children in the home.Murray commented on the length of time that passed between the death last month and the suspect’s arrest, noting investigators worked meticulously and interviewed numerous witnesses to obtain evidence.“These are exceptionally tough investigations. I know from experience, I’ve been part of these investigations. And you can see, (for) officers or medical professionals who have children, it can be very tough for them. And sometimes I think they start to draw comparisons to their own children,” Murray said.“It’s no small task and I think it’s an investigation that will be with them for a long time.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Canadian government, two territories and several First Nations are expressing concerns to the United States over plans to open the calving grounds of a large cross-border caribou herd to energy drilling, despite international agreements to protect it.“Canada is concerned about the potential transboundary impacts of oil and gas exploration and development planned for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain,” says a letter from Environment Canada to the Alaska office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.Yukon and the Northwest Territories have submitted similar concerns as the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump drafts plans to study the environmental impact of selling exploration leases on the ecologically rich plain.“Much of the wildlife that inhabits the … refuge is shared with Canada,” says the N.W.T.’s letter to the U.S.. “The conservation of these transboundary shared resources is very important to Indigenous groups.”The Porcupine herd is one of the few remaining healthy caribou populations in the North and a crucial resource for Indigenous people.Canada says the caribou are covered by one of four different international agreements — including two over polar bears and one for migratory birds — that commit the U.S. to preserve the area. At least three diplomatic notes have passed between the two countries over the issue.Canada wants assurances from the U.S. about the content of the environmental study. The N.W.T. is asking that hearings be held in Canadian Indigenous communities that depend on the herd.It’ll be tough, said Bobbi Jo Greenland Morgan, head of the Gwich’In Tribal Council.“We’re not dealing with the same government we’ve been dealing with for the past 30 years,” she said.In December, the U.S. released a draft environmental impact study proposal for the lease sale with a public comment period until Feb. 11.The stakes are high for the narrow strip of land along the central Alaskan coast. The Porcupine herd numbers 218,000 and is growing. Greenland Morgan said the animals are a regular source of food for her people.“We probably have (caribou) at least once or twice a week.”Adult caribou can co-exist with development, but scientists have shown they avoid any disturbance on their calving grounds.   “Canada is particularly concerned that oil and gas exploration and development will negatively affect the long-term reproductive success of the Porcupine caribou herd,” says the federal letter.The U.S. is aware of that possibility.“Potential impacts, particularly those relating to changes in calving distribution and calf survival, are expected to be more intense for the (Porcupine herd) because of their lack of previous exposure to oil field development,” says the draft plan.It also points out the herd’s importance to Canadian First Nations and acknowledges they take about 85 per cent of the annual harvest.  “These Canadian communities would be among the most likely to experience potential indirect impacts.”Craig Machtans of the Canadian Wildlife Service represents Canada on an international committee that manages the Porcupine herd. He said he has a good relationship with his counterpart in Alaska.“He does keep me informed,” Machtans said.But the ties aren’t what they were.The U.S. representative used to come from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The current member is from the Department of the Interior.“He has a different mandate,” said Machtans. “I’m not sure it’s the same relationship.”Officials at Global Affairs Canada say the U.S. is living up to the agreement on the Porcupine herd. American officials were not available for comment due to a partial government shutdown in that country.Machtans said Canada has no special status as the U.S. considers public input on the draft.“We’re not in the inner circle,” he said. “We’re participating as members of the public.” International law professor Michael Byers said the U.S. may have already broken a clause in the agreement that commits both parties to consulting the other before a final decision is made on anything that affects the herd’s future.“There’s an obligation to consult that isn’t being implemented right now,” Byers said.He noted that the U.S. has already said it intends to sell the leases this year.Greenland Morgan said her people have been fighting for decades to keep the Porcupine calving grounds free of development — but this time feels different.“We’ve always had to do this,” she said. “But with the Trump administration, it’s been more challenging.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Bob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL — Fifty years after what became known as the Sir George Williams riot, one of the students whose allegations of racism triggered the explosive events says it’s a shame they were never able to receive a fair hearing.Rodney John was one of six black biology students at Montreal’s Sir George Williams University who accused a professor of discrimination. A sit-in that began Jan. 29, 1969 ended with a riot and fire the following month.John, now 77 and living in Toronto, says he is comforted that the events are still being talked about 50 years later, but he fears the focus is too much on the occupation and not enough on the initial grievances.“Because what actually is the matter is that the general public’s awareness of the issues goes back to the occupation — what is lost is that our stories were not told,” he said in an interview.The anti-racism occupation of the computer lab in the Henry F. Hall building — now a part of Concordia University — remained peaceful until discussions about creating a panel to address racism allegations broke down. The university called in police to quell the riot on Feb. 11.All told, 97 students were arrested in one of the largest occupations in Canadian student history. The incident attracted international headlines, accompanied by images of a fire in the ninth-storey lab and computer punch cards floating to the street. Damage to the lab was estimated at $2 million in 1969 dollars.The professor, Perry Anderson, was ultimately exonerated in June of 1969 after an analysis of his notes concluded there was nothing to support the racism claims. He continued with his academic career. In a 2015 National Film Board documentary “Ninth Floor,” Anderson’s son claimed his father was guilty of cultural bias, not personal bias.John said the university’s failure to address such cultural bias was at the root of the incident. Complaints about Anderson raised during a meeting between students and the administration in the spring of 1968 were never properly reviewed by the university, he said, and when students returned to school in September, there was no record of the meeting.“That set the stage for the events that then led up to the occupation and the subsequent conflict,” John said. “It was mishandled from beginning to end.”Among the allegations was that black students routinely received lower marks than their white counterparts and that the professor addressed West Indian students by honorifics versus given names for white students.At a time when getting into medical school was difficult and students faced significant racial barriers, the biology class was an important requisite. John, who went on to become a clinical psychologist, said they were looking for due process in a public forum, but that was not to be.“Students in general had no rights, administrations had no responsibility and black students were to be seen and not heard,” he said.By the time the university agreed in late 1968 to convene a new body to look into the racism complaints, there was no agreement on what form the review should take.“We had no opportunity to say — look this is what we experienced, these are the reasons we were asking for a hearing,” John said. “The only thing people know is that there was an occupation, that the computers were destroyed. That’s the narrative that has survived for 50 years.”In the aftermath of the riot, the university instituted changes to give students a place in decision-making bodies and establish an ombudsman’s office.Among the more notable people arrested was the late Rosie Douglas, an activist who went on to become president of the Caribbean nation of Dominica. Former senator Anne Cools, the first black woman appointed to Senate, was also arrested after taking part in the occupation. She noted that many of the people arrested were white.“Many people have tried to make it sound like a racial incident, but it was not,” Cools said.  “The people who should have taken charge of the matter — those in authority who had power to correct things — were reluctant to act, and as a result the students got more and more aggravated, and eventually a sit-in just happened spontaneously.”A few hundred students started the occupation and as word spread, by the end “every and anybody in Montreal was being drawn to it,” said Cools.How the fire broke out remains unclear. John, who was outside the university as things unravelled, recalled the fear as police held back some members of the public yelling expletives and saying the black protesters should be allowed to burn.“I was among a small group of protesters and we were surrounded by a mob that was out for blood,” John said. “The police protected us from being beaten up or being killed. It was that terrifying.”As for what happened inside the building, Cools said the way unarmed students were dealt with by authorities was wrong. “I view it all as unnecessary,” she said. “The thing is nobody was hurt. In my mind, that was the real salvation.”A new play based on the incident, “Blackout,” will debut Wednesday at the theatre housed in the basement of the same Concordia building in which the events took place. Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — More than 100 community and environment groups in the Philippines are making a plea to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take out Canada’s trash.Calling themselves the EcoWaste Coalition, the groups are writing to Trudeau asking him to make good on his promise made 13 months ago to address more than two million kilograms of Canadian household and electronic waste rotting in two Filipino ports for nearly six years.The waste was labelled as recycling plastics and shipped to the Philippines in 2013 and 2014, but has sat in limbo since Filipino customs inspectors determined the containers were actually filled with debris from Canadian trash bins.In November 2017 — about a year after Filipino courts ordered the importer to send the garbage back to Canada — Trudeau said it was “theoretically” possible to repatriate the trash.A working group of Filipino officials and Canadian embassy workers in Manila is just now getting underway to figure out how to make that happen.However, the activists note it took South Korea just a few months to haul its garbage back after a similar mistake was made by a South Korean company last year.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $16.8 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Feb. 22 will grow to approximately $25 million.The Canadian Presslast_img

first_imgGILLAM, Man. — An RCMP dive team is in northern Manitoba to conduct an underwater search for two British Columbia murder suspects.Manitoba RCMP say members of the force’s underwater recovery team arrived Saturday night and will be searching a section of the Nelson River, northeast of Gillam, today.The area has been the focus for more than a week in the hunt for Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, who are wanted in connection to the deaths of three people last month in B.C.RCMP have not said what prompted them to search the river, but a spokesperson said they expect to release more information later Sunday.The news comes after police said Wednesday they would be scaling back the search in the Gillam area, which is where the last confirmed sighting of the pair was more than a week ago.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgLeona Lewis will help fundraise for the Hopefield Animal Sanctuary this month when she takes part in the charity’s sponsored walk on October 21.Leona is a trustee and patron of the British animal sanctuary, which has been caring for sick, mistreated and unwanted animals since 1983.The event will take place in Weald Park in Essex. To find out more, and to donate to Leona’s fundraising page, click here.last_img

first_imgWhen the midwives and stars of Channel 4’s ‘One Born Every Minute’ series visited Liberia with Save the Children they were shocked to discover that young mums in Liberia face a 1 in 24 chance of dying during pregnancy or childbirth when a simple trip to a clinic could save their lives. Yet many mums-to-be have to walk for up to 8 hours to get to their nearest clinic, and the journey can be treacherous.So when Gemma Raby, Louise Holt, and Maud Hardy stepped into their first Save the Children supported health clinic in Liberia recently, they were amazed at the difference your donations make.As Gemma explains, “At Leeds General where I work, we have between 9 and 11 midwives per shift on the labour ward. We also, crucially, have dedicated medical staff on hand.“In the Liberian clinic it was impressive to see that with basic facilities and staffing, and no doctor presence they were able to provide safe care to a large community, preventing hundreds of women from delivering in poor health at home with no help. This was really uplifting!”What Gemma and her fellow UK midwives saw was the direct result of your donations to Save the Children.And now with your help, they’re building and equipping six new mother and baby clinics in Liberia’s poorest regions as part of our Build It for Babies appeal.The ‘One Born Every Minute’ stars saw at firsthand how even the smallest donations to buy essential items like thermometers, stethoscopes, and scissors make such a difference.“It means being able to monitor patients more carefully which for a young mother with a suspected infection…can literally be life-saving,” explained Gemma.Small items of comfort like pillows also help to make giving birth a more positive experience.“Childbirth shouldn’t just be about survival. Save the Children’s impact cannot be underestimated.”Gemma continued: “Establishing and improving the presence of maternal waiting homes run by qualified midwives is such a precious gift to Liberia’s babies and to mums like Mamie”.“It would be wonderful,” adds Gemma, “if childbirth in Liberia could be a fulfilling experience to be treasured rather than a frightening experience to be survived.”Please help raise the £500,000 needed to build six new clinics in Liberia: Donate now to the Build it for Babies Appeal.Source:Save the Children UKlast_img read more

first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and acclaimed actor Danny Glover joined children for a friendly game of dodge ball in Sarajevo today in a show of active support of the “It’s About Ability” campaign to promote inclusion for children with disabilities.A special guest of this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival, Glover took to the field to support the campaign launched in early July by UNICEF, the European Union delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina and USAID, to raise awareness and change attitudes and actions around children with disabilities and their families.The actor was joined by UNICEF’s Representative Florence Bauer, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina Renzo Daviddi, and USAID acting Mission Director, Steven Majors along with children living with and without disabilities as a part of Youth Sports Games finals in Sarajevo.The “It’s About Ability” campaign aims to get people to sign a pledge to commit to supporting children with disabilities by: Encouraging the participation of children with disabilities into society; Involving children with disabilities and their families in decision making; Promoting the early identification of disabilities; Ensuring access of children with disabilities to essential services; Promoting day-care services for children with disabilities; Expanding opportunities for children with disabilities to reach their full potential; Mainstreaming the rights of children with disabilities into all policies and programmes.Children with disabilities are too often left invisible in Bosnia and Herzegovina and therefore outside the reach of social services. They are often confined to their homes or placed in large-scale institutions. As a result, they have less access to health services and education and are more likely to experience neglect and abuse.Source:UNICEFlast_img read more

first_imgIn celebration of Giving Tuesday, Habitat For Humanity will launch Habitat Humanitarians to recognize the invaluable contributions of its high-profile volunteers.This generous group serves as mission champions, advocates and spokespeople to raise awareness of the need for decent, affordable shelter in the U.S. and around the world. The inaugural Habitat Humanitarians are former President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Rosalynn Carter and country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.Habitat Humanitarians is launching on Giving Tuesday as a reminder of the important contributions an individual can make in improving our world. On #GivingTuesday and through the holiday season, join the Habitat Humanitarians by pledging support of Habitat’s work in helping families in need of affordable homes.“Habitat Humanitarians honors influencers and ambassadors who exemplify extraordinary dedication to service in alignment with Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. “President and Mrs. Carter, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have been dedicated volunteers and passionate voices on behalf of Habitat about the issue of affordable housing, and we are excited to celebrate their longtime support and service in this unique way.”Country music stars and longtime Habitat volunteers Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have volunteered with Habitat for more than a decade. They first volunteered together with Habitat in New Orleans to help build the 1,000th and 1,001st post-Hurricane Katrina Habitat for Humanity home on the Gulf Coast. Brooks and Yearwood have lent their names and support to numerous Habitat events and projects, including the Carter Work Project and National Women Build Week.“Garth and I are honored to be named Habitat Humanitarians, alongside President and Mrs. Carter,” said Yearwood. “We have had the privilege of building Habitat houses with the Carters and Habitat homeowners and countless volunteers over the past 10 years. This important work offers a hand up to those in need of a decent place to call home and transforms the lives of all who touch it. We are proud to be able to do our part.”“Rosalynn and I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor than our dear friends Trisha and Garth,” said Carter. “We are pleased to congratulate them and look forward to working with them next July during the Carter Work Project in Canada.”Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have been champions and strong voices for affordable, decent housing for all, donating their time and leadership each year to build and improve homes through Habitat for Humanity’s Carter Work Project. Over the course of more than 30 years, they have worked alongside nearly 100,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair more than 4,000 homes, and inspired millions more through their dedication to the mission.This holiday season, the public is asked to pledge their support of Habitat’s mission. Every contribution can help Habitat homeowners build the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.To donate, visit read more

first_imgMusic therapy charity Nordoff Robbins has paid tribute to Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt, who died just before Christmas.“Nordoff Robbins were incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Rick Parfitt over Christmas,” the charity said in a statement. “Rick, alongside Francis Rossi, was a patron of Nordoff Robbins and a big supporter of our work. We were lucky enough to know Rick well and he spent time getting to know our work and the people we helped and he was a regular visitor to our events and our HQ to see our music therapy first hand.“Status Quo won a Silver Clef Award in 1981, and later a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. They were there at our Live at Knebworth concert in 1990, and continued to generously support our events, from the Race Day, Boxing Dinner and Clay Shoot, to donating all manner of signed guitars and even welcome drinks for the 2014 Silver Clef Awards.“We couldn’t have hoped for a more passionate supporter than Rick. The world has lost a great musician, philanthropist, and a generally great man. We’re proud to have called him a friend.”“We have been supporting Nordoff Robbins for over 20 years and are proud to be their Patrons. The work they do, helping people through music is really amazing. We have seen for ourselves how Nordoff Robbins music therapy can have a huge impact on vulnerable children and adults who are limited or isolated by their condition. Music therapy quite literally uses the power of music to transform lives.” – Francis and Rick, Status Quolast_img read more

first_imgToday, co-founders Jennifer Garner, John Foraker, Cassandra Curtis and Ari Raz announce the expansion of Once Upon a Farm, an organic family food company that currently offers a line of cold-pressed organic baby foods and applesauces.John Foraker, Jennifer Garner, Cassandra Curtis and Ari RazThe company has plans to grow into new categories with the goal of providing as many children as possible with the best-tasting, most nutritious and highest quality foods, using sustainable methods.“As a mom of three and Save the Children artist ambassador, I am passionate about childhood nutrition and making sure we are leaving a healthier and happier planet for the next generation,” said Jennifer Garner, co-founder and award-winning actress. “Once Upon a Farm helps parents keep their promise to deliver the best nourishment for their children’s bodies and souls.”Garner, who will serve as Once Upon a Farm’s Chief Brand Officer, joins John Foraker, organic industry pioneer and former longtime President and CEO of Annie’s, to lead the company’s strategy and vision.“I’m thrilled to be able to return to my entrepreneurial roots with co-founders Jennifer, Cassandra and Ari to grow Once Upon a Farm into an industry leader,” said Foraker, CEO. “We’ll not only provide high quality foods that kids love but, perhaps even more importantly, we are committed to driving positive social change and food justice for the benefit of parents, kids and families.”Once Upon a Farm was started by entrepreneurs Cassandra Curtis and Ari Raz, who created the first cold-pressed, organic pouched baby food in 2015. The company currently offers a portfolio of twelve organic, cold-pressed, ready-to-eat baby food pouches, as well as three applesauce varieties. Unlike shelf stable alternatives, Once Upon a Farm pouches are cold-pressed using high-pressure processing (HPP) to maintain a higher nutritional content and fresher, less sugary flavors.The current portfolio is just the beginning of a much bigger vision that responds to the growing nutritional needs of children and families. Products are available online through the company’s website and national grocers, including select Wegmans, Kroger and Whole Foods Market stores. Once Upon a Farm is actively driving retail expansion and looking toward nationwide availability in 2018.Early Once Upon a Farm investors include top tier Venture Capital firms, Cambridge Companies SPG, S2G Ventures, Beechwood Capital and Harbinger Ventures Group. For more information, visit read more

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jacob Tremblay may only be 10 but he’s proving he has star power.The Room actor was dubbed Best Emerging Actor for his Oscar-nominated performance in Room at the Union of British Columbia Performers and Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists Awards ceremony in Vancouver on Nov. 12.Camille Sullivan was named Best Actress for the second year in a row for her role in the drama The Birdwatcher. She was joined by Best Actor Aleks Paunovic for his suspenseful performance in Numb. Lee Tockar was named Best Voice for Slug and Adrien Hein was awarded Best Stunt for his work in the superhero TV show Arrow.Two special awards were also handed out: the John Juliani Award of Excellence was presented to John Wardlow, and the Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award went to Joy Coghill.In all, 32 nominees were on the roster this year.ACTRA represents 22,000 members across Canada working in the English-language film/TV industry. Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebookcenter_img A record 14 scientific or technologically themed feature-length films will play at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). From a deep-sea researcher, to a lie-detector inventor, to Jane Goodall, to Thomas Edison, the films portray a range of characters. TIFF will run from September 7th to 17th in Toronto. The science lineup is as follows. Some descriptions are quoted from TIFF programmers.THE CURRENT WAR. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, and Nicholas Hoult. The story of a ten-year face-off–between Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Nikola Tesla–about the implementation of electricity via direct or alternating current. Science & Film interviewed writer Michael Mitnick.KODACHROME. Directed by Mark Raso. Starring Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen, and Ed Harris. Inspired by the true story of a road trip to the last film processor to develop Kodachrome film, invented by George Eastman’s company in 1935. Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement After 1,141 concerts over the span of 16 years, Céline Dion is coming home to Quebec.Well, for the summer anyway.The superstar bade adieu Saturday night to her residency at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas with a show that was described by media outlets from around the world as “epic,” “heartfelt” and “emotional.” Login/Register With:center_img Facebook Dion’s performance included beloved hits like It’s All Coming Back to Me Now; a tribute to her late husband René Angélil; an appearance by her three sons; and a boppy, energetic new song, Flying On My Own.“There was a lot of emotion in the room,” Dion said after the show. “I really wanted to stay as strong as possible. I’m proud of myself.”She sang for 4,298 spectators from around the world. Fans roared during the two-hour show, and Dion returned the praise. Twitter Céline Dion sang before 4,298 spectators in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The show was her last after a 16-year residency. (Submitted by Denise Truscello)last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsGreen Party leader Elizabeth May says she wants to see the Indian Act reviewed when a brand new Parliament reconvenes after the Oct. 19 federal election.May said the Indian Act is at the root of many of the historical injustices faced by First Nation people.“A lot of the failures of Canada in achieving justice and fairness and respect with First Nation communities stems from the Indian Act and fixing that is a high priority,” said May during APTN’s first virtual town hall held Tuesday.The virtual town hall with May, hosted by APTN anchor Cheryl McKenzie, is the first of three with federal party leaders which will air this week.A virtual town hall featuring Liberal leader Justin Trudeau will be broadcast Wednesday followed by an appearance by NDP leader Thomas Mulcair on Thursday.All the town halls will be livestreamed on APTN’s news website.The Conservative campaign did not respond to APTN’s invitation to take part in the event.The town hall covered a wide range of issues, from the need for a public inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women, to the Arctic and pipelines.May said she doesn’t expect to become prime minister, but she expects the election will produce a minority government and she hopes enough Green candidates gain sets to hold the balance of power.May said her party supports an inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women, but she also wants to see more cultural and gender sensitivity training for RCMP officers who investigate these cases.“We don’t want to just make this an inquiry into people we’ve lost, we need to stop the violence,” said May.May also called the Supreme Court’s landmark Tsilhqot’in decision “the most exciting thing that has happened in Canadians’ history living on Turtle Island.” In particular, May said the part of the decision—which stems from a long-running battle launched by the Tsilhqot’in Nation in British Columbia’s interior—that discussed the impact on future generations rings true to her.“Whatever is important to this generation needs to be available to future generations,” said May. “What does this look like generations from now and are we in our generation taking away chances that people in our generation have a right to expect.”May repeated her previous stated stands against the shipping of raw resources, like bitumen or logs, out of the country.“We shouldn’t be shipping any bitumen and all the pipelines being proposed they are all about shipping raw bitumen out of Canada,” said May.May said her party would also push for the re-establishment for a Canadian ambassador for the Circumpolar North to push Canada’s interests in the region which is under acute threat from climate change.“Stephen Harper got rid of the position of ambassador for the Circumpolar North,” said May.The May-led Green party will also push for the application of the principles contained in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the next Parliament.“It is a stain on Canada’s reputation that we were dragging our feet and not accepting it and not implementing it,” said May.When it comes to treaty rights, May said the next prime minister needs to be the one on point when it comes to ensuring Ottawa is living up to the honour of the Crown.“This is the sort of thing that should rest on the desk of a prime minister to make sure treaty rights are observed and taken as a priority,” said May.The Green Party will also push for the next Parliament to address all the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations that fall within federal jurisdiction, said May. The Green Party will also continue to push for First Nations, Inuit and Metis to have a seat at the Council of the Federation along with the provinces and municipalities.May said all it takes is for politicians to take these issues seriously and place them at the top of their priority lists to push these issues forward.“I think it’s political will,” said May. “I don’t think it’s a money question, I don’t think it’s a legal question.” read more