Senate committee approves changes to solitary confinement bill

first_imgOTTAWA — A committee of senators has approved changes to a bill that aims to end solitary confinement in Canadian prisons — including one key change that would place a 48-hour maximum on the time an inmate can be kept in isolation.A number of human-rights organizations have raised concerns about the Liberals’ Bill C-83, saying it offers only a cosmetic rebranding of solitary confinement with no hard time limits on isolation or separation of inmates. The current law has such restrictions.Sen. Kim Pate, who has called for the bill to be scrapped entirely, successfully sponsored several amendments at a Senate committee earlier this week, including adding a 48-hour time limit for anyone placed in a “structured intervention unit.”This change also says a judge must approve any extension beyond 48 hours, a provision that adds judicial oversight to decisions about isolation.“The Correctional Service of Canada is the last branch of the administration of justice to have the Charter (of Rights and Freedoms) applied to it,” Pate told senators during the committee meeting on Monday. “We have it in bail provisions. We have it in search warrants. We have it in right to counsel. We don’t have it yet in the provision for jailing or isolating within the jail, which is segregation.”Last October, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced Bill C-83 would end the practice of segregating prisoners who pose risks to security or themselves, changes aimed at addressing recommendations from the coroner’s inquest into the 2007 death of Ashley Smith.Smith, who was 19, strangled herself in a segregation cell at Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener, Ont., as prison guards looked on. She had spent more than 1,000 days in segregation before her death.Inmates who do pose risks would instead be moved to new “structured intervention units” where they are supposed to get better access to programming and mental-health care.Josh Paterson, executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, says the amendment imposing time limits on inmates placed in these units is a “huge step toward trying to ensure this bill is constitutional.”His organization provided witness testimony to the Senate committee and is among several experts and groups saying they do not believe the bill as originally written would withstand a constitutional challenge.Both the B.C. Supreme Court and the Ontario Superior Court have delivered decisions saying administrative solitary confinement is inhumane and, in the Ontario decision, unconstitutional if it lasts longer than five days. Both of these decisions are under appeal.“It’s clear from the Ontario Court of Appeal decision and the B.C. decision that there has got to be a hard time limit on placements in isolation,” Paterson said Wednesday.Another amendment passed by the committee would allow the correctional service to have Indigenous groups and community organizations provide more support services to help prisoners from vulnerable populations to reintegrate into the community when they are released.Sen. Josée Forest-Niesing tried to introduce a change that would have, in essence, repealed the entire section of the bill that introduces structured intervention units in place of segregation.Several senators on the committee balked at this, calling it a gutting of the bill. The amendment was withdrawn on the understanding it would instead be debated by the whole of the Senate at third reading.Pate says she intends to support this when it comes back up for debate.“It would be my hope that we would go much further and work to actually put an end now to practices of isolation, particularly for women, that have been found to inflict irreparable harm and that can amount to torture,” Pate said Wednesday.“At the very least, however, we must meet the bare minimum requirements that courts have set out as constitutional imperatives. To do otherwise would be to abdicate our duty as senators.”The committee plans to include some additional observations as part of its report back to the Senate detailing concerns that C-83 does not prescribe any training for correctional staff to help them identify and support inmates with mental illnesses. The senators also have concerns about a lack of detail on what kind of therapeutic programming will be offered to inmates who are placed in structured intervention units.The committee’s amendments must be accepted by the Senate and then by the House of Commons if they are to become part of the law.Paterson remains optimistic this will happen.“I’m very hopeful that a government which promised to follow to recommendations of the Ashley Smith inquest, which is a promise to end the torturous conditions of isolation in Canadian prisons — I’m hopeful that they will make sure that the law that they pass respects that and that they will accept amendments.”—Follow @ReporterTeresa on TwitterTeresa Wright, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Poll suggests Canadians could learn more about quirky bits of countrys history

first_imgTORONTO — A new poll suggests Canadians haven’t made much progress in expanding their knowledge of the more colourful parts of the country’s history.The online survey from Historica Canada, the organization behind the country’s Heritage Minutes, quizzed respondents on 30 pieces of quirky Canadiana using true or false questions and tallied the number of correct responses.The organization says 67 per cent of respondents who completed the survey got a failing grade.That’s more than the 62 per cent of respondents who failed a similar survey last year, in which Historica quizzed them on trivia tidbits such as the fact that the Montreal Canadiens once lost the Stanley Cup by the side of the road while changing a tire.This year, Historica says scores were particularly poor for questions related to science and innovation, with most test-takers failing to recognize that both the world’s first internet archive and the popular Jolly Jumper baby exercise toy were Canadian inventions.Poll respondents were also fooled by false statements, largely believing claims that the Newfoundland dog became an official national symbol after a former prime minister received one as a gift when the province officially became part of Canada.Historica Chief Executive Officer Anthony Wilson-Smith readily admits this year’s batch of questions were “nasty,” noting the poll results should not be taken for a sign of overall ignorance about Canadian history.But Wilson-Smith said the questions, if not the results, should serve to challenge what he views as a common myth about the study of Canada’s past.“It drives me crazy, this idea that Canadian history is boring,” he said in a telephone interview. “No, it’s not. People just haven’t bothered to look closely enough at the real human stories and quirky things that have happened here.”The survey of 1,002 participants, administered by Ipsos, broke questions down into five categories to quiz respondents on their knowledge of science and innovation, geography, culture, sports and animals.Survey participants demonstrated strongest knowledge of geographical questions, with 48 per cent scoring a passing grade in that category.Passing likely involved correctly recognizing that more people live in Canada’s smallest province of Prince Edward Island than the largest territory of Nunavut, and that the city known today as Kitchener, Ont., was once named Berlin and opted to change its name during the First World War.Questions related to literature also drew a relatively high number of correct responses.The survey found 47 per cent of respondents knew that “Anne of Green Gables” has been part of Japan’s public school curriculum since 1952.Even more, 68 per cent, were aware that Winnie the Pooh was inspired by a real bear named for the city of Winnipeg that travelled overseas with a Canadian soldier during the First World War.On the flip side, the vast majority of Canadians were under the mistaken impression that the country’s men’s soccer team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup, with only 23 per cent of respondents recognizing that claim as false.Only 19 per cent of those completing the survey knew that the first recorded instance of dressing in costume on Halloween in North America was documented in Vancouver in 1898.Overall performance was weakest in the science and innovation category. Only 30 per cent of respondents, for instance, knew that the first internet search engine was developed by a graduate student at Montreal’s McGill University. The engine was dubbed “Archie,” or “archive” without the v.Historica found regional discrepancies in participant’s quiz scores, with 37 per cent of respondents in Saskatchewan or Manitoba recording passing grades. That rate fell to 22 per cent for poll participants in British Columbia.Pass rates did not vary by age, the survey found, but were eight per cent higher among men than women.The online survey was conducted between June 11 and 14. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Pamela Anderson And Sam Simon Make 1 Million Offer To Sealers

first_imgHe’s terminally ill, but that hasn’t stopped a maverick Hollywood philanthropist from flying to icy St. John’s to make an offer he hopes sealers can’t refuse.Simpsons Producer Sam Simon and PETA Honorary Director Pamela Anderson made a surprise visit to the Canadian Sealers Association on Tuesday to offer $1 million to the group if it facilitates and achieves a long-buzzed-about government buyout of the failing international seal trade.Simon’s offer comes on the heels of the World Trade Organization’s decision last month to uphold the EU’s ban on seal-fur imports.“I have flown from Los Angeles to St. John’s to hand-deliver my offer of a $1 million bonus payable to Canadian sealers if your association facilitates a government buyout of the fading East Coast seal trade,” Simon wrote in a letter that he delivered, alongside Anderson, to Canadian Sealers Association President Eldred Woodford. “Unlike recent government seal bailouts benefiting a foreign-owned fur processor, this money would go directly to Canadian sealers.“I make this offer in the wake of last month’s WTO ruling to uphold the EU’s ban on seal imports. With bans firmly in place across Europe, Russia, the U.S., and other countries, the writing is on the wall: The seal trade is finished. Leaders as diverse as President Obama and Vladimir Putin embrace this change, yet Canadian politicians remain too timid to initiate a buyout for fear of upsetting swing voters in eastern Canada—and because they don’t seem to care about individual sealers. That’s why I’m appealing to you as a trade leader to break the ice and prompt a buyout like those that helped asbestos miners, tobacco farmers, and workers in other collapsed industries.“CBC commentator John Furlong reported that a Costco in St. John’s made more money in a weekend than the entire seal trade did in a year. “But let’s not let it limp along like this. It’s not fair to the tradition of sealers, it’s not fair to Newfoundlanders, and it’s not fair to the environment,” he wrote, suggesting that the time has come to “pull the plug.” Many Canadians echo this thought, including my traveling companion, Pamela Anderson. We’re here with an incentive to help workers and spare animals.“Here are the details of my offer: By the end of 2014, the CSA must secure bipartisan agreement, with the cooperation of the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans, to enact legislation permanently ending the commercial seal slaughter and to compensate sealers adequately. This legislation must permanently dismantle the commercial seal fishery license program, including revoking current licenses, and require full implementation by the end of 2015. This legislation must permanently halt the government’s futile, costly programs to try to establish foreign markets for products like seal meat and must also cease the use of tax dollars in fighting overseas bans, a program through which millions have already been wasted. This legislation will solely address the East Coast commercial seal slaughter and excludes the native subsistence hunt and hunting for personal use, which allows up to six seals per individual. If all these conditions are met, the Sam Simon Foundation will pay $1 million to the Canadian Sealers Association for distribution to its members as a year-end bonus on December 31, 2015.“It seems in the best interests of sealers that the CSA sit down with the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans and other industry stakeholders to demand an acceptable buyout program rather than lose everything. Your workers will get a million-dollar bonus if you do it now.”Source:PETAlast_img read more

Actor Dominic Pace Talks Charity recently sat down with actor Dominic Pace about the causes close to his heart.Dominic PaceTell us about your favorite charities?The Dominic Pace/William Tagliaferri Scholarship. My Alma Mater, Ossining High School, in Ossining, NY, had tremendous impact on my desire to want to become an actor. I was very fortunate to have so many faculty members, family, and friends support me in my endeavors. Three years ago, I wanted to give back and give another student the same encouragement I received. It was my way of showing my gratitude to such an incredibly supportive community.Shane’s Inspiration was introduced to me by Madelyn Alfano, Owner of Maria’s Italian Kitchen here in Los Angeles. They build playgrounds for children with disabilities. One of their main events is a run at Griffith Park each Fall, which I’ve been proud to be a part of. They also accept toy donations throughout the year, and my two sons and I have gathered collections for their cause.How or why did you select to support the charities you currently work with?Ultimately, it’s all about giving back to our communities. Specific charities touch us as we’re able to relate in one way or another, and I think we’re drawn to the ones that connect us most with the human spirit.What is the most annoying thing about people that don’t help charities and why?A few years ago an old ‘friend’ couldn’t understand why I didn’t take my cash, and invest in my own children. My family and I are not rich by any means, but this person almost found it selfish to my children that I would do such a thing. I like to believe that I teach my two sons something much greater than putting $500 in their bank each year, versus helping out someone who is less fortunate than they are. As we all know, there is a lot of greed in society. Many deem their success by the car they drive, or how big their house is compared to yours. I like to believe the majority, however, understand the true definition of what it means to be rich.And how important do you think it is for celebrities to get involved in charity?Extremely important. I have such an admiration for so many fellow actors. I think Angelina Jolie comes to mind. If there is any value to fame, it is to have the ability to make a difference for the greater good of our respective societies. It’s something I plan to do my entire career.What plans do you have to make an impact on society this year?I plan to continue to donate to the grant I started for my alumni. I will also continue to play an active role in my involvement with Shane’s Inspiration, especially during the Fall and Holidays when their events increase.Find out more about Dominic Pace here.Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

Prince William Shows Attitude Against Bullying

first_imgAppearing on the cover of the upcoming July issue of gay magazine Attitude, Prince William used the opportunity to discuss bullying, in particular of the LGBT+ community in which more than double the number of straight people attempt to commit suicide.Prince William invited Attitude to Kensington Palace, along with several members of the LGBT+ community, to discuss their experiences in dealing with bullying and the mental health consequences, such as low self-esteem, depression and drug addiction, that bullying can lead to.“No one should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reason,” Prince William told Attitude, “and no one should have to put up with the kind of hate that these young people have endured in their lives.”He found the youths that he met for the project to be brave in speaking out and giving hope to others who are being bullied: “Their sense of strength and optimism should give us all encouragement to stand up to bullying wherever we see it.”Prince William advises those being bullied to reach out, even if it’s to a help line: “Don’t put up with it – speak to a trusted adult, a friend, a teacher, Childline, Diana Award or some other service and get the help you need. You should be proud of the person you are and you have nothing to be ashamed of.”Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

Farm Sanctuary Celebrates 30 Years With StarStudded Gala

first_imgFarm Sanctuary’s 30th Anniversary Gala brought out the compassion in Angelenos, celebrities and animal advocates from across the region and country-wide to celebrate 30 years of rescue, education and advocacy for farm animals, the largest population of abused animals on Earth.Richard Marx Performs At Farm Sanctuary 30th Anniversary GalaCredit/Copyright: Conscious ChrisThe Gala took place Saturday evening at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles.Comedian Kevin Nealon hosted the formal 30th Gala fundraiser, supported by Farm Sanctuary co-chairs, Tracey Stewart and Emily Deschanel. United against farm animal cruelty, guests sipped on luxury artisan cocktails from The Grand Bevy featuring stenciled art of celeb supporters on top, then enjoyed a 100% plant-based dinner, custom designed by Beverly Wilshire in partnership with Gardein Executive Chef Jason Stefanko.Moby at Farm Sanctuary 30th Anniversary GalaCredit/Copyright: Conscious ChrisThe heartfelt evening included musician, artist and entrepreneur, Kat Von D, accepting the Compassion In Action Award from long-time vegan and award-winning DJ, Moby. Then Farm Sanctuary c0-founder, Gene Baur, presented Chef Tal Ronen, the founder and chef of Crossroads Kitchen, with the Inspiration Award, as the innovator of exceptional Los Angeles’ vegan cuisine.MTV’s first Latina VJ, now TV host, businesswoman and most importantly, animal activist, Daisy Fuentes, joined the stage to present the Friends, Not Food Award to award-winning singer and songwriter, Leona Lewis. As a strong and very vocal advocate, Leona has stood up for the rights of animals in numerous campaigns including refusing to perform in places that condone animal cruelty.Emily Deschanel At Farm Sanctuary 30th Anniversary GalaCredit/Copyright: Conscious ChrisThe presentation concluded with award-winning comedian and Farm Sanctuary supporter, Jon Stewart, presenting the final Gift of Life Award to, the President of the Allene & Jerome Lapides Foundation, which focuses on animal rights, animal protection, women’s issues, and the environment. Allene Lapides, a longtime supporter of Farm Sanctuary, has been very devoted to the welfare of animals, and is making it possible for Farm Sanctuary to open a shelter and educational center in Santa Fe, NM. Jon & Tracey Stewart were last year’s honoree of Farm Sanctuary’s Gift of Life Award, and their acceptance marked the beginning of a journey that includes rescuing a bull named Frank, a horse named Lily and many other beautiful animals. Jon and Tracey Stewart will also be opening a location at their New Jersey farm in Fall 2017.Celebrities in attendance included Natalie Portman, James Cromwell, Renee Olstead, Jeff Garlin, Craig Ferguson, Jennifer Coolidge, Kara Royster, Simone Reyes, Sloane Avery, Lesley Nichol, David Mazouz, Jonathan Slavin, and many more.Guests enjoyed a surprise “Happy Birthday” performance by Leona Lewis and a nostalgic performance by pop icon and recent vegan, Richard Marx, singing “Right Here Waiting” and “Don’t Mean Nothing”. Paddles were raised during an exciting Fund-A-Farm Live Auction to raise money for Farm Sanctuary, and guests shopped a farmer’s market style gift station to cut down on waste and take home the products they will use most. Gifts ranged from Kat Von D Beauty make-up, Love Goodly’s eco-luxury lifestyle box curated by Emily Deschanel, 100% PURE beauty; to Live Beaming, NuCulture Cheese sampling, Wully Outerwear, and more.Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur, who was recently selected by Oprah Winfrey to be a part of her SuperSoul 100 and who TIME magazine calls “the conscience of the food movement,” is a native Angeleno, growing up in the Hollywood Hills. As a nod to his days traveling across the country selling veggie dogs at Grateful Dead concerts in the ’80’s, Baur’s original VW Westphalia van was parked inside the Beverly Wilshire, serving vegan hot dogs at the after party which ran until Midnight.Farm Sanctuary, with a 26 acre Los Angeles area shelter and sanctuaries in Orland, CA and Watkins Glen, NY, works to educate people nationwide about farm animal abuse and the adverse effects of factory farming on our health and environment.“We’re excited to gather fellow advocates and supporters under one roof to celebrate Farm Sanctuary’s accomplishments over the past 30 years. We’re using this special occasion to applaud how far we’ve come, but also to continue our mission of revealing the truth behind factory farming practices, saving animals from abusive conditions, and changing how society views and treats farm animals. With tireless advocates and co-chairs, Tracey Stewart and Emily Deschanel, we are thrilled to raise awareness and further advance our cause in Los Angeles, country-wide and beyond,” said President and Co-Founder Gene Baur.last_img read more

Win a Detroit Rock City Weekend And Dine With Eagles Guitarist Joe

first_imgHere’s your chance to win dinner with Joe Walsh and VIP tickets to An Evening With The Eagles in Detroit – and all you have to do is donate to charity though donating as little as $10 to Facing Addiction With NCADD, you could win this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as well as a Detroit Rock City Experience.“I will be performing in Detroit on October 14th, and I want you to be there for an exciting Rock City weekend!” said Joe Walsh. “I’ll fly you and a guest to Detroit and put you up in a hotel and then you’ll get an amazing weekend experience exploring the city! You’ll have an amazing dinner cooked by a fantastic James Beard Award-nominated chef, James Rigato at his newest restaurant, Mabel Gray. Then I’ll send you out to explore Rock City with some of our legendary music spots. You’ll visit Glenn Frey Drive, the Motown Museum, and Jack White’s Third Man Records store. You’ll also visit the Shinola watch store and weigh in on a Detroit staple by sampling rival “coney” hot dogs at American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island. Then you’ll cap off the weekend with a dinner with me before heading to the Eagles concert on Sunday night with two VIP tickets to see the show in style!“To enter to win, just donate a minimum of $10 to Facing Addiction with NCADD, which works to reduce the human and social costs of addiction, every year, until this public health crisis is eliminated. If you want to give more, you’ll earn extra chances to win and score some cool autographed Eagles merch.”The newly-merged Facing Addiction with NCADD (The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence) has united more than 850 Action Network grassroots partners, plus 80 Affiliate chapters, and is a leading national nonprofit organization implementing real solutions for turning the tide on the addiction crisis — impacting 45 million American families.Combining these two, far-reaching organizations represents our firm commitment to bring together the best resources in the field in order to reduce the human and social costs of addiction, every year, until this public health crisis is eliminated.To find out more and enter to win, click here.last_img read more

Ryan Seacrest And Martha Stewart To Be Honored At YMA Fashion Scholarship

first_imgThe YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education and career placement for the fashion arts and business, today announced its 2019 honorees, Macy’s President Hal Lawton, Ryan Seacrest, and Martha Stewart.The 82nd Annual Scholarship Awards dinner will be held on January 10, 2019 at the New York Hilton Midtown. At the event, more than $1 million in scholarships will be awarded to talented students from leading universities and colleges nationwide.“We are thrilled to honor these exceptional leaders in the entertainment, lifestyle, fashion and retail industries who inspire the next generation of rising talent,” said William Susman, President of YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund. “Their passion and entrepreneurial spirits truly represent our organization’s values, and we’re excited to have them support our mission of nurturing the fashion industry’s future leaders.”This year’s event will celebrate more than 200 students. The fashion and retail industry’s most accomplished veterans will gather to honor these young men and women who will be recognized for their exceptional achievements and future contributions to the fashion industry. The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund has expanded its member colleges to 65 outstanding schools, enabling it to attract the best students in the fields of design, merchandising, business, technology and liberal arts, including: the Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons-The New School of Design, New York University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Kent State University, Harvard University, University of Arizona, Rhode Island School of Design, Clarke Atlanta University, University of California Los Angeles, and Savannah College of Art and Design, to name a few.Past honorees of the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund dinner have included Ralph Lauren, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jessica Simpson, Tommy Hilfiger, Christian Siriano, Kenneth Cole, Iris Apfel, Dr. Joyce Brown, Tim Gunn, Chip Bergh, Jeff Gennette, Mindy Grossman, Kenneth Wyse, Katia Beauchamp and Stephen Sadove.The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund has awarded over $11 million in scholarships to 1,200 students over the past five years. Additionally, the Fashion Scholarship Fund has placed more than a thousand scholars into positions with prominent companies throughout the industry.All proceeds from the evening will benefit the Fashion Scholarship Fund, which is committed to fostering fashion talent of the future through scholarships, internships, mentorships and career programs. For more information and to purchase a table, please call the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund office at 212-278-0008 or visit 1937, the Fashion Scholarship Fund has been working with and for the fashion community by seeking the best and brightest students from around the globe to propel the industry forward. FSF has awarded over $11 million in scholarships over the last five years. Annually, the organization presents scholarships from $5,000 to $35,000 to more than two hundred recipients, leading the industry in support and commitment to education.The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund’s mission is to advance the fashion industry by encouraging gifted and enterprising young people to pursue careers in design, merchandising, retailing and business, ensuring the industry will continue to attract dedicated, capable and creative individuals. As the most prominent scholarship organization serving the needs of the fashion industry, the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund seeks to identify and create career opportunities for the next generation of industry leaders worldwide.FSF’s scholarship, intern, and mentoring programs bring young talent to the forefront and after graduation, the organization continues to work with its alumni to further careers of these young professionals who are considered to be the future of fashion.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2019 CMPA INDIESCREEN AWARDS!CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND/OR TO SUBMIT.ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA Advertisement Facebook • Applicant(s) must have or have had a feature film screening in either 2018 or 2019 at one of the following 4 festivals:– Toronto International Film Festival– Calgary International Film Festival– FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival– Vancouver International Film Festival• Those who previously applied for the 2018 Indiescreen Awards may do so again this year. However, 2018 Indiescreen Awards nominees are not eligible to reapply.• The qualifying film must have a runtime of at least 60 minutes.• The eligible festival selection must be a Canadian film; in the case of co-productions, the film must be a majority Canadian production.• Only the lead producer (or producing team) may apply.• In the event that there is a producing team wishing to submit an application, the team must have made at least 3 features films together. Otherwise, the team must choose a producer to submit in the category for which they are eligible.• A film cannot be submitted more than once, meaning it cannot be submitted in both the established and emerging categories.• Applicant producer(s) must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada• The Established Producer Award, presented annually since 2006, recognizes a Canadian independent feature film producer’s body of work, as well as their contribution toward defining the reputation of Canadian cinema on the world stage.– – Producers wishing to apply for the Established Producer Award must have produced at least three feature films over the course of their career. This includes their eligible festival selection.• The Emerging Producer Award, renamed the Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award, was added to the CMPA awards program in 2016 to highlight the extraordinary talents of an up-and-coming producer with bright career prospects.– – Producers wishing to apply for the Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award must have produced two feature films or fewer over the course of their career. This includes their eligible festival selection.• Previous winners of the Established Producer Award (or the CMPA Feature Film Producer Award) are welcome to reapply five years after their award win. Emerging Producer Award winners may apply again after three years.• Applicants are not required to be CMPA members.DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONSAUGUST 9, 2019 12 PM ESTCLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND/OR TO SUBMIT LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Harper government nixes mine that threatened lake sacred to Tsilhqotin

first_imgAPTN National News VANCOUVER–The Harper government has again rejected a proposed open-pit gold and copper mine in British Columbia that threatened to destroy a lake sacred to the Tsilhqot’in nation.Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq issued the rejection statement Wednesday. Aglukkaq said in the statement that the Harper cabinet decided the environmental impact of the $1.5 billion mine outweighed its potential economic benefit.Mining firm Taseko Mines Ltd. has been pushing the mining project for almost two decades.Former environment minister Jim Prentice rejected the proposed mine in 2010. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans also rejected the proposal in 1995 when the Chretien Liberals were in power.“We commend the federal government for not bowing to industry lobbying and instead respecting the science and the independent process which came to the conclusion that this project would have a devastating impacts on the environment,” said Tsilhqot’in Nation Tribal Chair Joe Alphonse.Xeni Gwet’in Chief Roger William said it was time for Taseko to stop pushing for the mine.“The company has wasted too many resources and time on a project that was first rejected in 1995,” said William. “It is time to look elsewhere and leave us in peace.”Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo called the decision a “symbolic of a path forward right across this country.” Atleo said it was a victory for all First Nations across the country.“Strong First Nations make for a stronger Canada,” said Atleo.Taseko, however, has gone to Federal Court seeking a judicial review to strike parts of an independent environmental review panel report which found the mine would “have a significant adverse affect on fish and fish habitat in Fish Lake” which is sacred to the Tsilhqot’in.The proposed 27 square-kilometre mine would have been constructed in the Fish Creek watershed which includes Fish Lake and Little Fish Lake. The watershed drains into the Taseko River.The company’s updated proposal for the mine would have destroyed Little Fish Lake and gradually suffocate Fish Lake, which would have seen reduction in water flow from its tributaries.The proposed mine site sits about 125 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake, read more

Remembering Loretta

first_imgAPTN National NewsLoretta Saunders was killed in February 2014.She was a 26-year-old Inuk woman from Labrador who was living in Halifax while she went to university.Her family travelled from Labrador to the trial of her two killers last week. The trial was cut short after the pair pleaded guilty to first and second degree murder.On Wednesday, her parents, Miriam and Clayton Saunders, will read victim impact statements in court.But what the Saunders family really want is to remember Loretta.They shared some of their memories with APTN’s Trina Roache.last_img read more

Everybodys baby Police family reflect on disappearance of Tamra Keepness

first_imgTamra Keepness has been missing since 2004 (Regina Police Service).The Canadian PressRetired police corporal Jim Pratt remembers standing on a road on the outskirts of Regina as a team of searchers walked through a yellow canola field.They were looking for a missing Indigenous girl, five-year-old Tamra Keepness. Elders had told police they had visions of the child near rocks, water and trees.Pratt says a car with two older white women pulled up beside him, and one peeped out a window.“Did you find our baby yet?” she asked.No. And 15 years later, Tamra still hasn’t been found.Pratt gets emotional thinking about that day, that unsolved case and the girl so many worried about.“Race was thrown to the side,” Pratt says. “That little girl became everybody’s baby.”Toothy smileTamra and her toothy smile were well-known across Canada in 2004, and the search for the missing girl grew to one of the largest in Regina’s history.She was last seen about 10:30 p.m. on July 5 of that year as she was going to bed in her home in Regina’s core, where she lived with her mother, stepfather, twin sister and four other siblings.She was noticed missing the next day about noon.“No matter what we did, no matter how many people we talked to, no matter where we searched, we were no closer at the end of that than we were the day that she was reported missing,” says Marlo Pritchard, a staff sergeant in charge of the major crimes unit at the time.Now chief of police in Weyburn, Sask., Pritchard recalls the force was consumed with an urgency to find the little girl.About 2,000 tips came in and, like a grenade going off with fragments flying everywhere, each one needed to be looked at as a potential lead.It’s frustrating no one was able to find her, he says.“It pulls at your heart. It hurts.”Search and rescueRetired officer Ron Weir, who was called in to set up the search and rescue operation just as he was heading out on holidays, remembers working 20-hour days on the case.Police were “behind the eight-ball,” he says, because several hours had passed between the time Tamra was last seen and when she was reported missing.He brought in volunteers to help.“These people were out there daily with us for months and taking time off their work,” he says.Police and hundreds of volunteers scoured neighbourhoods, combed through yards and garages and, assuming the worst, looked in trash bins and a local landfill. The search also expanded to Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation and Pasqua First Nation based on tips from the public and visions from elders.Regina police did not respond to a request for an update on the case. But this week they released a short video saying investigators continue to search for answers.Ottawa StreetThe old brown-and-white house from where Tamra vanished still stands on Ottawa Street. Some residents say the neighbourhood has its issues: property crime, women working street corners at night and people in dark clothing walking around looking inside vehicles.Posters of a missing Indigenous woman, Jenaya Wapemoose, who hasn’t been seen since March, are taped to lampposts along the block.Tamra’s cousin, Honey Watetch, moved in across the street a few months ago. Having Tamra’s old house so close is hard, Watetch says, and she doesn’t like to talk about it.Troy Keepness also visited the neighbourhood this week.Tamra’s father says he feels like crying and harbours guilt over losing custody of his children in the years leading up to Tamra’s disappearance.Brave, gigglyThe last time he saw Tamra – the brave, giggly, energetic girl who looked most like him – Keepness says she told him she wanted to be home with him.He’s numbed the pain over the years with alcohol and drugs, he adds, and has also had interactions with police.“I feel awful about how I’ve been living to deal with issues around my life.”Keepness has 10 other children who are mostly now grown, he says. He’s proud of his kids. One son recently graduated high school. Tamra’s twin is now in university.He knows Tamra would be doing well now too, he says, and hopes to one day find her – or at least find out what happened to her.It’s something he has prayed about.“I prayed whoever has her would keep her safe and not hurt her,” he says. “And if she’s already an angel, then I said ‘hello.”’Pratt still advises police on the case, and says he also thinks about Tamra all the time.“Some day we’ll see her in the spirit world or some day she’ll walk down the street in real life and say, ‘I’m here,” Pratt says. “That’s how I have to look at it.“We’re not going to give up hope.”last_img read more

Facebook bug puts Pittsburgh users in Philadelphia for a day

first_imgPITTSBURGH, Pa. – Facebook users in Pittsburgh and other western and central Pennsylvania locations have found themselves transplanted to Philadelphia for a day.A glitch on the social media site caused Pittsburghers and others to receive Facebook notifications welcoming them to the City of Brotherly Love on Wednesday.Facebook says a “bug” with the site’s location services application caused the problem and was fixed later Wednesday.last_img

YouTube picks Canadian Jessie Reyez to launch new marketing blitz platform

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian singer Jessie Reyez sings about her dreams of rising to the upper ranks of music and YouTube hopes its new marketing campaign will play a role getting her there.The streaming video giant says it’s picked the Juno Award-winning singer as its inaugural YouTube Artist on the Rise, a multi-platform publicity push that launches Friday.The new monthly program selects a musician YouTube deems “up-and-coming” and puts a massive promotional thrust behind them. It’s an effort by YouTube to catch the wave of new acts and help build further momentum behind them in the increasingly cluttered world of streaming music.Toronto-raised Reyez is considered one of the rising stars of Canada’s music industry. Her single “Figures” climbed the country’s pop music charts last year and she’s worked alongside big names such as Calvin Harris and Eminem.But getting placed on a YouTube pedestal is almost certain to skyrocket awareness for her music with mainstream listeners.YouTube says it will launch a marketing campaign for each Artist on the Rise that includes commercial spots before YouTube videos, physical advertisements on billboards and public transit, and clips about the artist produced by the streaming company.Each chosen performer will also appear in ads on social media and in-person for fan events held at YouTube’s creator studios in various cities.The plan comes as competition heats up in the streaming music industry, including at YouTube’s parent company, which also owns Google Play Music.Big companies like Spotify and Tidal have put considerable effort behind trying to stand out from their streaming peers by showcasing hot new acts and offering exclusive content.Last summer, Apple Music elevated Daniel Caesar through its monthly “Up Next” program, which included giving the Toronto R&B singer prime positioning on playlists and a billboard advertising campaign in some cities. The featured placement was pivotal in creating buzz around his name.YouTube spokeswoman Nicole Bell declined to outline the financial details of its Artist on the Rise program, but called the commitment “significant.”Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s global head of music and a former executive at Def Jam, said the relationship will extend beyond the initial featured spot as an Artist on the Rise.“We’re going to stay connected to the artist throughout their career — for better or worse,” he said.“We’re not one-and-run. We’re going to be basically white-gloving (them).”YouTube said the details of how its long-term commitment to Reyez and future Artists on the Rise is still being determined.Earlier this week, it was revealed that YouTube is bringing its ad-free video platform to Canada, throwing itself into the ring with other subscription services like Netflix and CraveTV.YouTube Premium, originally known as YouTube Red in the United States, will be home to original productions like “The Karate Kid” spinoff series “Cobra Kai,” as well as original movies and documentaries.It will cost $11.99 per month and launch in Canada in the coming weeks.YouTube Music is a new streaming audio service that incorporates official artist releases with YouTube’s library of live performances, covers and music videos. The playlists and suggestions are curated for each user. It will cost $9.99 a month.Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

Ethiopia accepts peace deal with longtime rival Eritrea

first_imgADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Ethiopia has announced it will fully accept the terms of a peace agreement with neighbouring Eritrea in a major step toward calming deadly tensions with its decades-long rival, as dramatic reforms under a new prime minister continue.The development Tuesday night came as the ruling party also announced that the East African nation, one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies, will open up parts of state-owned enterprises in sectors such as energy, aviation and telecoms to private investment and others, such as railways and hotels, to full privatization.The news came just hours after Ethiopia lifted a state of emergency in what had been the biggest reform yet under new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has promised change after more than two years of deadly anti-government protests demanding greater freedoms in Africa’s second most populous country.But it is the prospect of peace with reclusive Eritrea that comes as the latest, and largest, surprise.The peace agreement signed in 2000 ended a two-year border war that claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people, but a no-peace-no-war situation continued, with the two countries skirmishing from time to time. Ethiopia had refused to accept the deal’s handing of key locations, including Badme, to Eritrea and continues to control that town.Ethiopia’s ruling party now accepts that agreement without conditions and calls on Eritrea’s government to do the same, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported.“The suffering on both sides is unspeakable because the peace process is deadlocked. This must change for the sake of our common good,” the chief of staff for the prime minister’s office, Fitsum Arega, said on Twitter.Eritrean officials in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, could not immediately be reached for comment and Eritrea’s information ministry had posted nothing on the development.Tiny Eritrea is one of the world’s most closed-off nations, ruled by President Isaias Afwerki since gaining independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after years of rebel warfare. Eritrea has become a major source of migrants fleeing toward Europe, Israel and African nations in recent years as human rights groups criticize its harsh military conscription laws.When the 42-year-old Abiy was installed as Ethiopia’s prime minister in April his inaugural speech mentioned the need for reconciliation with bitter rival Eritrea, raising hopes of peace.“We are fully committed to reconcile with our Eritrean brothers and sisters and extend an invitation to the Eritrean government to start dialogue and establish rapport,” he said in his address to Parliament.Since Abiy took power his government has released several thousand prisoners and tensions in restive areas have dramatically declined. Foreign-based opposition parties have been invited to return home in an effort to create a national consensus in the country of nearly 110 million people.But Ethiopia’s economy had suffered as companies, including foreign ones, found themselves targeted in the anti-government protests. Tuesday’s announcement on easing state-owned monopolies is “an effort to boost and modernize,” the chief of staff said.___Follow Africa news at read more

Ontario government introduces legislation to scrap capandtrade program

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government expects to spend up to $5 million to compensate companies that bought into the province’s cap-and-trade system, the provincial environment minister said Wednesday before moving to repeal the carbon pricing program.Rod Phillips introduced a bill that, if passed, will lay out the legal framework to wind down cap and trade, as well as the criteria for companies seeking to be reimbursed for costs incurred through the program.While the program’s 272 participants bought close to $3 billion in allowances, Phillips said only those that purchased more than they used while the program was still active, and were not able to recover those costs from consumers, will be eligible for compensation.The proposed legislation would also protect the province from any potential litigation over the decision, the government said.Critics were quick to call the move disruptive for business, saying it will likely be challenged in court despite the immunity built into the bill. But Phillips said he believes it will be well received.“The feedback I’ve been getting from the business community is quite positive about this government and so I don’t have worries about that. This is a very fair framework around compensation,” he said.The cap-and-trade system aims to lower greenhouse gas emissions by putting caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit. If they exceed those limits, they must buy allowances at quarterly auctions or from other companies that come in under their limits.Scrapping the system was one of Premier Doug Ford’s key promises during the province’s spring election campaign, and one of the priorities he vowed to address in this month’s rare summer sitting of the legislature.The Tory government has already taken steps to unravel the program, including revoking the regulation that lays out its operation. That has led to the cancellation of a number of green initiatives that were funded through cap-and-trade revenues, such as rebates for energy-efficient renovations and a fund for school repairs.Opposition parties had expressed concerns that the government could be on the hook for billions of dollars to compensate permit holders, and that the Tories have yet to explain how they will make up for the lost revenue.Others, including the federal environment minister, had also raised the alarm about what they perceived as Ontario’s lack of a plan to tackle climate change.The New Democrats and the Green party said the bill introduced Wednesday did not assuage their fears, even though it requires the government to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to publish a climate change plan. Phillips said the specifics of both would be determined at a later date.“Ontario needs a real climate plan that puts a price on pollution, puts money in people’s pockets and supports jobs in the clean economy. Instead we are getting a war on the modern world and no indication from the PC government that climate change is on their radar,” Green Leader Mike Schreiner said in a statement.NDP environment critic Peter Tabuns said taxpayers are likely to end up paying more because of potential legal battles over the bill, as well as the price of a carbon tax the federal government has vowed to impose on provinces that do not have their own carbon pricing systems by next year.“I guess we’ll see whether or not the $5 million is realistic but I think the bigger question is, for a lot of Ontarians, they’re going to see higher carbon prices in the coming years because the federal government’s program is going to cut in,” he said.The provincial government said dismantling cap and trade would save each household an average of $260 next year, but acknowledged that would largely be cancelled out by the federal carbon tax, which is set to increase over time.Ford has said he would join Saskatchewan’s court challenge of the federal government’s ability to impose a carbon price upon the provinces — a legal fight for which his party has budgeted $30 million over four years.Ontario’s fiscal watchdog said Tuesday it will look into how much the cancellation of cap and trade will end up costing the province.last_img read more

Kleenex to rebrand mansize tissues after gender complaints

first_imgLONDON – Kleenex will re-brand its “Mansize” tissues after consumers complained the name was sexist — touching off a social media conversation about what’s in a name.The company behind Kleenex, Kimberly-Clark, said Thursday that the product, which is sold only in the U.K., will now be called “Kleenex Extra Large.” Packages for the tissues describe them as “confidently strong” and “comfortingly soft.”Kimberly-Clark told Britain’s Daily Telegraph that it in “no way suggests” that being both soft and strong was “an exclusively masculine trait, nor do we believe that the Mansize branding suggests or endorses gender inequality.”“We are always grateful to customers who take time to tell us how our products can be improved, and we carefully consider all suggestions,” the company said in a statement.The tissues, which had been on shelves for 60 years, were launched at a time when large cotton handkerchiefs were still very popular and the brand offered “a unique disposable alternative,” the company said. It remains one of their most popular products, with over 3.4 million people buying the tissues every year.Kimberly-Clark is not the first company to run into a branding issue forced by changing social views.Among the more memorable casualties was stationery maker BiC, which ran into disparaging comments when trying to market pink and purple pens “for her.” Amazon was flooded by reviews poking fun at the strategy and the notion that it was “designed to fit comfortably in a woman’s hand.”In another example, the British grocery chain Waitrose on Thursday said it will be changing the name of its Gentleman’s Smoked Chicken Caesar Roll because of complaints the name was sexist.The roll, which is part of celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal’s range, contains anchovy mayonnaise, similar to a classic product called Gentleman’s Relish created in the 19th century. Amy Lame, who was appointed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan as the capital’s first Night Czar in 2016, posted an image of the product on Twitter with a smirking emoticon.“I never knew sandwiches were gender specific,” she said. “I’m female but thankfully Waitrose let me purchase this anyway.”The post touched off some spirited replies, with some noting that Pink Lady apples, Lady Grey tea and lady fingers could be subjected to name changes. Waitrose, for its part, said it was changing the name of the sandwich.“It’s never our intention to cause offence — we’re not dictating who should eat this sandwich,” the company said in a statement. “We hope anyone who tries it will love the distinctive flavours.”last_img read more

Pro and college football games dominate the TV ratings

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – While political battles raged, viewers overwhelmingly cast their TV votes for football.Eight of the 10 most popular telecasts last week were NFL and college games or related programs, according to Nielsen ratings released Tuesday.NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” Green Bay-New England contest was the top-rated NFL game of the season on any channel, the network said. More than 23 million viewers saw the England Patriots’ 31-17 victory over the Packers.CBS was the No. 1 network among all viewers last week, powered by the Alabama-LSU game and the Crimson Tide’s 29-0 victory over the Tigers. The prime-time match-up drew 11.5 million viewers.A pair of top 10 series, “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS,” also helped boost CBS, which ranks as the most-watched network for the season so far and the leader for the last 10 consecutive seasons.But NBC is only about 230,000 viewers behind, the closest the peacock network has been to CBS at this point since 2001. It went on to win the 2001-02 season with series including “Friends” and “ER” and the Winter Olympics.CBS earned last week’s top spot with a prime-time average of 8.02 million viewers. NBC had 7.83 million viewers, ABC had 4.28 million, Fox had 5.52 million, Univision had 1.37 million, Telemundo had 1.23 million, ION Television had 1.17 million and the CW had 990,000.ESPN was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.54 million viewers in prime time. Fox News Channel had 2.47 million viewers, MSNBC had 1.85 million, Hallmark had 1.81 million and USA had 1.19 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.28 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 8.06 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.06 million.For the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “NFL Sunday Night Football: Green Bay at New England,” NBC, 23.68 million; “NFL Sunday Post Game,” Fox, 17.8 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kickoff,” NBC, 17.4 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 12.65 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 12.3 million; “The OT,” Fox, 12.1 million; “Football Night in America,” NBC, 11.7 million; “Home Depot Prime College Football: Alabama at LSU,” CBS, 11.5 million; “Fox Thursday Night Football: Oakland at San Francisco,” Fox, 11.1 million; “NFL Regular Season: New England at Buffalo,” ESPN, 11.07 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Lynn Elber can be reached at and on Twitter at read more

NS pulp mill due in court to ask for injunction against fishermens

first_imgHALIFAX — Lawyers for the Northern Pulp mill are due in Nova Scotia Supreme Court today to seek an injunction that would prevent fishermen from blocking survey boats hired to examine a route for an effluent pipeline.Kathy Cloutier, a spokeswoman for Northern Pulp’s parent company, Paper Excellence Canada, confirmed the mill is seeking an interim injunction to prevent blockades of the survey work in the Northumberland Strait.A group of fishermen has stated they would block any survey boats from entering the Strait.The plan to put treated effluent from its Abercrombie, N.S., mill into the strait has raised the ire of the fishermen, the P.E.I. government and even Hollywood actor Ellen Page, who is from Halifax.The wider Gulf of St. Lawrence fisheries region is home to lobster and crab fisheries that brought in over $1.2 billion worth of catch in 2016.The Nova Scotia government has committed to stopping the flow of effluent to the heavily polluted Boat Harbour lagoon by Jan. 31, 2020.The Canadian Presslast_img read more