Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer

first_imgThe stars were out on Tuesday for Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer, presented by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and chaired by Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon, to celebrate the executives at ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and the numerous cable networks who donate the airtime for Stand Up To Cancer’s (SU2C) roadblock fundraisers.Christina Aguilera attends Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer EventCredit/Copyright: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Entertainment Industry FoundationEmcee for the night was Conan O’Brien, and guests included Sasha Alexander, Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman, Justin Bartha, Lily Collins, Zooey Deschanel, Chris Evans, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Selena Gomez, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Hathaway, Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger, Ken Jeong, Anna Kendrick, Heidi Klum, Maria Menounos, Alyssa Milano, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, Katy Perry, Alan Ritchson, Emma Roberts, along with MLB Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig and his wife, Sue Selig, the co-founders of Stand Up To Cancer.Reese Witherspoon attends Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer EventCredit/Copyright: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Entertainment Industry FoundationSpecial musical performances included Christina Aguilera, Jamie Foxx and John Mayer.Heidi Klum attends Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer EventCredit/Copyright: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Entertainment Industry FoundationAt the event, Stand Up To Cancer announced The Jim Toth Sr. Breakthrough Lung Cancer Research Award in honor of Toth’s father who passed away from lung cancer. A major new collaboration between SU2C and The American Cancer Society (ACS) was announced, with the first significant research project focusing on lung cancer. Bristol-Myers Squibb is also becoming an SU2C donor, and will support that “Dream Team.” The event also saluted the scientists and doctors conducting SU2C-funded research; SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR); along with SU2C founding donor Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig & Sue Selig.Selena Gomez attends Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer EventCredit/Copyright: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Entertainment Industry FoundationThe event was produced by Yifat Oren & Associates in collaboration with the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Musical director for the evening was Rickey Minor.last_img read more

Meg Mathews Designs Vegan Handbag Collection

first_imgRock ‘n’ roll socialite Meg Mathews has a lot on her (vegan) plate, from her work as a jewellery designer to her efforts as PETA’s celebrity liaison.But that didn’t stop her from teaming up with hot accessories label Wilby to design a new line of leather-free handbags. Available in black, pillar box red, mustard and electric blue, The Primrose Hill Set collection includes an oversize tote, a city bag, clutches and a backpack all made from eco-friendly cork and metal. A percentage of the sale from each bag will be donated to PETA.“I love fashion almost as much as I love helping animals, and my new Wilby line has allowed me to combine two of my greatest passions”, Mathews says. “I am proud to create eco-friendly handbags that will allow shoppers to find a chic new look without harming a single cow, sheep or any other animal.”All Wilby bags are made in the UK, and in line with Wilby’s motto – Mahatma Gandhi’s famous saying “There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness”. All handbags are made of eco-friendly, animal-free materials. Cows used for leather suffer immensely on crowded factory farms, where disease and deprivation of food and water are common. Painful mutilations such as tail-docking, dehorning and castration are all performed without any painkillers. At abattoirs, many cows are improperly stunned and skinned while they’re still conscious and able to feel pain. You can see for yourself by watching Stella McCartney’s shocking video exposé of the leather industry.In addition, tanneries use highly toxic mineral salts, formaldehyde, coal-tar derivatives and various oils, dyes and finishes – some of which are cyanide-based – that can pollute nearby water and soil and make local residents sick.See more here.last_img read more

Budweiser And Helen Mirren Say No To Drunk Driving

first_imgBudweiser is using the bright lights of advertising’s biggest stage — Super Bowl 50 — to take on drunk driving in an unexpected, unorthodox and powerful way.Budweiser and Helen Mirren put drunk driving on notice in bold new Super Bowl campaignTo spark conversations about this vital issue on one of the biggest drinking occasions of the year, the brand has called upon actress Helen Mirren, with her mix of gravitas and charm, to demand that beer drinkers make a plan to get home safely. “Simply Put,” Budweiser’s new 60-second spot by Anomaly, stands apart from the typical drunk driving PSA by forcefully calling out drivers to #GiveADamn and protect their lives and the lives of others, in a tone that only Mirren can deliver.Video: Budweiser USA: 2016 Super Bowl Commercial | #GiveADamn :60Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch have a strong and proud history of promoting responsible drinking over the past 30 years, and the “Simply Put” movement goes far beyond just advertising. To encourage fans to find safe rides home on game night, Budweiser created StandWithBud.com, which provides people with the most convenient transportation options based on their locations, from taxis to car services (including discount codes where permissible). StandWithBud.com also invites people to take a pledge to #GiveADamn and not drive drunk on Super Bowl Sunday, then share their commitment on social media using Mirren’s brazen tone.For each use of campaign hashtag #GiveADamn through 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday night, Budweiser will spend an additional $1 on safe ride home programs (up to $1 million) in 2016. The hashtag also triggers an eye-catching Twitter emoji that will facilitate additional shares of the campaign message.“We can all agree that driving drunk is a very bad idea, yet people still do it. If we’re able to make one person think twice and not get behind the wheel, then this campaign has done its job,” said Brian Perkins, vice president, Budweiser. “We care about our consumers, and we wanted to address the issue differently than anyone ever has before, in an effort to start as many conversations as possible and get people to make a plan.”During the game, Budweiser will debut an additional 30-second spot by Anomaly titled “Not Backing Down,” which will unapologetically celebrate all the things that make Budweiser America’s No. 1 full-flavored lager. The spot will show the Budweiser Clydesdales in a new light, highlighting their strength, power and size as symbols of the hard work and care that goes into brewing Budweiser. “Not Backing Down” is the 27th Super Bowl ad to feature the Budweiser Clydesdales.last_img read more

Toronto rapper Boland grinds toward greatness and is Your New Favourite Thing

first_imgWhat’s the deal?Yes, the verity of the “10,000-hour rule” remains an object of debate nearly 10 years on from the concept’s popularization in Malcolm Gladwell’s much-cited Outliers, but common sense dictates that if you’re good at something to begin with and you’re willing to put in the work — say, 10,000 hours’ worth of work — to conscientiously keep getting better and better and better at doing that thing you were already doing pretty well, eventually the results should start to speak for themselves.Such is the approach Toronto rapper Boland appears to be taking to his craft. The east-end MC — whose prodigious microphone talents, in the spirit of full disclosure, were first brought to Your New Favourite Thing’s (initially suspicious) attention several years ago by his mother, a Canadian filmmaker of some note and also a friend of the author’s — was kinda biding his time and getting it right on the run-up to the release last spring of his debut LP, Shades. Since then he’s barrelled forth with the prolific conviction of a young man convinced he has greatness in his sights and well within his reach. In mid-August, he issued the track “No Days Off” as the kickoff to a 13-week “one-single-a-week” project of the same name and he’s only gathered steam (and streams) since. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement READ MORE Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook Toronto-based rapper Boland. (SUPPLIED PHOTO) last_img read more

FACING AN ESSAY ON THE HANDMAIDS TALE STUDENT REACHES OUT TO THE

first_img Twitter Advertisement A social media user who turned to Twitter for help in writing an essay on The Handmaid’s Tale has received invaluable insight — from none other than author Margaret Atwood herself.A Twitter user identified online as Momchil Gavrilov tweeted at the Canlit giant early Thursday morning with the plea: “My crazy English teacher is making us write essays on #TheHandmaidsTale where we are supposed to answer why @MargaretAtwood put the theme of power and control in the book,” they write from an account with the handle @GavrilovMomchil.“We do not have telepathy with @MargaretAtwood so I guess twitter is a close second… Helpppp!!!??” Advertisement Advertisement Atwood, left, turned up a cameo in Hulu’s hit series The Handmaid’s Tale, starring Elisabeth Moss. (George Kraychyk/Hulu)She took an extra moment between retweeting comments about U.S. President Donald Trump and a CNN reporter to defend the teacher’s assignment as a worthy endeavour.“Nor does that English teacher sound so crazy. Just sayin. Though it might be the admiring use of crazy, as in ‘Crazy, man!”‘ adds Atwood in a subsequent tweet.Nor does that English teacher sound so crazy. Just sayin. Though it might be the admiring use of crazy, as in “Crazy, man!”— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) November 8, 2018 Facebook Atwood responded hours later from her verified account with a quick lesson on the major themes of her 1985 dystopian novel, set in a world in which women are property of the state.Because it’s in the world. (It’s not just women who are controlled in the book.. it’s everyone except those at the top. Gilead is a theocratic totalitariansim, not simply a Men-have-power Women-do-not world. Lower status men are told when and who marry, eg.) https://t.co/FDQJhe0eN4— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) November 8, 2018“Because it’s in the world,” Atwood says in a tweet posted at about 5 a.m. ET Thursday.“It’s not just women who are controlled in the book. It’s everyone except those at the top. Gilead is a theocratic totalitarianism, not simply a men-have-power women-do-not world. Lower-status men are told when and who (to) marry, eg.”Atwood’s classic dystopian tale has been adapted into a hit TV and streaming series. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Canadian Press/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)The detailed response delighted online onlookers, who had retweeted the exchange hundreds of times and gave it thousands of “likes” within hours.At least one other literature fan applauded the initiative.“I used to teach high school. I’d have totally given points for proven communication with the author. This is not to say that everyone should bother poor @MargaretAtwood with all of their questions. Oh, dear,” tweeted Jess Faraday, with the handle @jessfaraday.I used to teach high school. I’d have totally given points for proven communication with the author. This is not to say that everyone should bother poor @MargaretAtwood with all of their questions. Oh, dear….— ?‍♂️?Jess Faraday???????? (@jessfaraday) November 8, 2018Atwood is a prolific Twitter user who has not been shy about using social media to weigh in on social issues, promote her work and favourite causes, or interact with fans. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A student struggling with an assignment on The Handmaid’s Tale boldly reached out to the ultimate source via social media: author Margaret Atwood herself. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)last_img read more

Manuscript for unpublished Pickton book released to lawyer

first_imgAPTN National NewsCameron Ward has won one of his battles.Ward is the lawyer representing the families of Robert Pickton’s victims at the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, and he’s received the unpublished manuscript of a book written about the Robert Pickton case by Detective Lori Shenher.Shenher was critical of senior officers in the Vancouver Police Department when she took the stand at the MWCI earlier this year, and while sections of the book have been redacted by both Shenher and the VPD, Ward says that “the document will be interesting”.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith talks to Ward about the manuscript, and what might happen next at the inquiry.last_img read more

Some First Nations could quit AFN in wake of Atleo victory Nelson

first_imgAPTN National NewsTORONTO–Up to 10 First Nations could pull away from the Assembly of First Nation as a result of Shawn Atleo’s expected national chief election victory, says Terry Nelson, a former Ojibway chief and candidate who withdrew from the race after the second ballot.Nelson said there is a handful of chiefs who truly believe that the AFN is “assimilationist” and don’t want to be part of the organization under Atleo’s leadership.“Some of the chiefs are going to be pretty clear that the AFN is assimilationist as far as they are concerned and they are saying that some of them will be pulling out and some announcements are going to be made this week,” said Nelson.Nelson said he had heard up to 10 First Nations, primarily in the prairies, could pull away.Nelson withdrew from the race after getting only 25 votes on the second ballot, down from the 35 he received after the first round of voting.Atleo missed re-election by three votes after getting 318 votes after the second ballot, shy of the magic number of 321 he needed to get the 60 per cent necessary to claim victory.Nelson threw his support behind Mi’kmaq lawyer and Ryerson professor Pam Palmater who ran second behind Atleo on both ballots, getting 95 and 107 votes.Nelson said it’s “mathematically impossible” to beat Atleo at this point.“It’s a lost vote,” said Nelson. “The government has to understand there is a lot of anger and frustration and the election was about the anger people are feeling and frustration.”Still, Palmater’s team was clawing for every last vote.“It’s three votes away but never say die,” said a Palmater campaign official.Palmater managed to land the endorsement of Mohawk activist Ellen Gabriel after she dropped off following the second ballot, getting 17 votes.Palmater’s campaign was also hoping to woo former Treaty 3 grand chief Diane Kelly’s endorsement.Kelly, however, decided not to back anyone. She called it quits after the second ballot after seeing her vote total drop to 34 on the second ballot from 39 she got in the first round of voting.Dene Nation National Chief Bill Erasmus is still in the race, after seeing his vote total rise to 34 on the second ballot from 29 on the first.Little Black Bear First Nation Chief Perry Bellegarde said it was time for all Atleo’s opponents to fold their campaigns. Bellegarde battled Atleo over eight ballots in 2009.“Now it’s on the third ballot, it’s very close. I think a lot of our chiefs are saying it’s only three votes away from the 60 per cent…I think we should mandate the national chief, let’s close our circle back and get united,” said Bellegard, who is in the running to lead the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. “To me it’s almost inevitable now with only three votes away. Our national chief will be Shawn Atleo. The candidates hanging on are very principled…but at some point there is a point and we are probably at that point.”Responding to Nelson’s statement that some communities were considering pulling out of the AFN, Bellegarde said it would be better if First Nations all pulled together.“To me you try to find processes that unite our people rather than divide and there is more common ground that brings us together than divide us,” he said. “If people want to assert their jurisdiction and sovereignty as a First Nations community and pull out of the AFN, that is their right.”last_img read more

Winnipeg mayoral candidate hopes to rock the vote with increased Indigenous participation

first_imgAPTN National NewsA grassroots campaign is underway in Winnipeg to get Indigenous people out to the polls in this fall’s municipal election.“Indigenous Rock the Vote” is a social media campaign to raise awareness ahead of the October election.Indigenous people make up more than 10 per cent of the population of Winnipeg, but many have never voted before.As APTN’s Dennis Ward reports, one of the mayoral candidates is trying to inspire Indigenous people to cast their ballot, even if it isn’t for him.last_img read more

Trudeau needs to incorporate UNDRIP in climate change plan says TRC commissioner

first_img(Truth and Reconciliation Commission Commissioner Wilton Littlechild, left, Chair Murray Sinclair, centre, and Commissioner Marie Wilson, right. APTN/File)Brandi Morin APTN National NewsOne of the commissioners with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) says climate change and reconciliation go hand-in-hand.Wilton Littlechild, one of three commissioners behind the ground-breaking TRC, says he hopes that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau incorporates the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into Canada’s climate change strategy.“He (Trudeau) says that nothing is more important to him and to Canada than a total renewal of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous,” said Littlechild. “When he said (the relationship) it’s about respect, recognition of rights, cooperation and partnership- the recognition of rights, to me, that includes Treaty rights, the rights under UNDRIP and human rights.”Littlechild helped to write UNDRIP and attended the COP21 climate meeting in Paris last December to advocate Indigenous rights to be included in an international climate deal to slow the rising global temperature.From Paris, Trudeau declared to the world that Indigenous peoples can help care for the planet. He said that Indigenous people were taking a leadership role on the issue and that Indigenous knowledge could lead to climate solutions.Those words did not match the outcome of last week’s climate change talks between Trudeau, premiers and Indigenous leaders, according to chiefs who attended the talks. Some Chiefs said they felt like they were once again left out of high level decision-making tables that affect their rights.“They’ve (Trudeau government) stated publicly about a renewed relationship. So, if it’s so centrally important to Canada and himself (Trudeau) then why were the chiefs shut out?” said Littlechild.Littlechild says Indigenous rights are already being violated by climate change and the decisions made by Canada about how to deal with environmental crisis.“We have a right to participate in decision making, not just to be consulted, and not just to be invited to meetings. That means too that any discussions regarding climate change or any other matter that affects us, we need to be there as full partners,” said Littlechild.Littlechild said the TRC concluded that reconciliation is about partnership. At the very first national TRC meeting the main theme was about the “sacred” teaching of respect, he said.He said climate change was mentioned in the testimony of some survivors during the TRC hearings.“I remember one elder saying, ‘You know, when we were separated from our parents, yes that was traumatic, but we were also separated from the land, and in order to heal, we need to go back to the land and we need to protect mother earth,’” said Littlechild.Trudeau is in Washington DC where he is expected to endorse a continental strategy on climate change at his first formal bilateral meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday.Littlechild wonders if Trudeau will be thinking of Canada’s treaty and Indigenous rights when signing off on the expected continental strategy.“Look at the rivers that are being polluted to the point where we can’t drink the water anymore as we used to in terms of fresh water, and the grass, the herbs and the medicines and the sweet grass that we use are also being impacted by contamination,” said Littlechild. “There’s even a spiritual connection to the treaty rights with climate change. When you talk about the right to hunt, to fish and gather, the right to food, the right to sustenance, that’s a treaty right and that’s impacted when the foods the animals are eating are contaminated.”The Trudeau government has promised to implement all the TRC’s calls to action.The TRC was created by the multi-billion dollars Indian residential school settlement between survivors, Ottawa and the churches.bmorin@aptn.ca@songstress28last_img read more

UBCIC demanding apology from Trudeau for disrespecting chief

first_imgAPTN NewsThe Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs issued a letter Wednesday night demanding that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologize for his treatment of its secretary treasurer, and Neskonlith Chief Judy Wilson.“We are writing to convey our absolute condemnation of your condescending and sexist response to UBCIC Secretary-Treasurer Kukpi7 Judy Wilson yesterday afternoon during the Assembly of First Nations meeting in Ottawa,” the letter starts.Trudeau addressed chiefs at the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly Tuesday afternoon.During his speech, Trudeau recounted the accomplishments of his government’s three years in office.After Trudeau took questions, and the first was from Wilson.“I applaud the work you’re doing on child and family and languages,” Wilson said. “But prime minister, when you’re talking about the United Nations and you’re going to go along with the self-determination and the consent, why wasn’t that applied with the Trans Mountain pipeline (extension)? It’s going through 513 kilometres of our territory – there was no consent.”“I could say more but I don’t want to go past that. There was no consent on that. You can’t count a few IBA’s (Impact Benefit Agreement) with some of the communities as consent because it’s the proper title holders of those nations that hold the title. And it’s the bands that might have been under duress – but it’s not a proper process.”(Neskonlith Chief Judy Wilson)It was Trudeau’s response that has the UBCIC demanding an apology after he addressed Wilson by her first name – something the prime minister didn’t do with other chiefs who asked questions.“I would be careful about minimizing or ascribing reasons for people who take positions that disagree with you… I don’t think we should be criticizing them, just because they disagree with you, Judy.”The UBCIC said that it is this type of treatment of women sets a dangerous precedent that threatens Indigenous women.“Your response to her yesterday, from the highest elected office in the country, runs the risk of sending a message to Canadians that it’s ok to belittle, berate and lecture female Indigenous leaders.“It sends a message that it’s ok to continue these attacks towards our Indigenous women whether it is in the boardroom, meetings or dealing with issues on the land, and it runs the grave risk of discouraging Indigenous women to stand up to defend themselves.”No chiefs that followed Wilson confronted Trudeau on the exchange.The Prime Minister’s Office did not respond before this story was posted.B.C. chiefs are holding a news conference in Ottawa Thursday to address the Trans Canada project.On Friday, Indigenous leaders meet with Trudeau at a conference in Montreal ahead of the First Minister’s meeting.More to come.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

Prime Ministers former advisor Gerald Butts says no pressure on WilsonRaybould to

first_imgAmber BernardAPTN NewsIt was another big day in Ottawa Wednesday as Gerald Butts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s closest friend and former advisor, testified before the justice committee looking into the SNC-Lavalin affair.Along with Butts, Michael Wernick, clerk of the Privy Council Office made his second appearance.All of this follows last week’s testimony of former Justice minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould.Five things Canada learned at the justice committee from Butts, Drouin (Gerald Butts at the Justice Committee on Wednesday)Five things we heard Wednesday as the House of Commons justice committee heard from Gerald Butts, former principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick and deputy justice minister Nathalie Drouin.The committee is trying to determine whether the Prime Minister’s Office improperly pushed former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to head off a trial of SNC-Lavalin for fraud and bribery by ordering prosecutors to negotiate a remediation agreement with the company.The cabinet shuffleButts said the only reason Trudeau shuffled his cabinet in January was that Scott Brison quit politics. Trudeau didn’t want another shuffle and wanted to keep it as small as possible. Butts said Trudeau needed an experienced minister replacing Brison as president of the Treasury Board and was concerned about choosing a new Nova Scotia minister without alienating other Nova Scotia MPs. SNC-Lavalin was not a consideration, he said.“If Minister Brison had not resigned, Minister Wilson-Raybould would still be minister of justice today,” said Butts. “That is a fact. And facts are stubborn things.”In his account, Trudeau and his aides chose Jane Philpott for Treasury Board because she was already the vice-chair of the Treasury Board and capable. Her move left an opening at Indigenous Services.Butts said Trudeau decided to offer Indigenous Services to Wilson-Raybould because he wanted to signal to Indigenous communities that the file was still of incredible importance to him. Trudeau also felt there were many lawyers in caucus who could be justice minister.Wilson-Raybould said no because she had spent her entire life opposing the Indian Act and she would not become the minister applying it.Butts acknowledged that had he had more time to think about the shuffle, he would have realized that would be her response. But he advised Trudeau that he couldn’t set a precedent for a minister to refuse to be shuffled, and therefore they moved Wilson-Raybould to Veterans Affairs.Decision-making timelineDeputy justice minister Nathalie Drouin said her department was made aware on Sept. 4 that the director of public prosecutions had decided SNC-Lavalin was not eligible for a remediation agreement. Her office immediately began preparing a document to advise Wilson-Raybould _ who was in Fiji until Sept. 12 _ of her options and obligations.She could ask the director of public prosecutions for more information about the decision to proceed with a criminal trial rather than a remediation agreement, appoint another prosecutor to reassess the matter, or take over the prosecution personally. If she deemed an agreement appropriate, the attorney general would then appoint another agent to negotiate it.Drouin said on Sept. 6 or 7 she was told by Wilson-Raybould’s policy adviser, Emma Carver, that Wilson-Raybould was “not keen” on any of those possibilities.On Sept. 11, Drouin was informed in an email that Wilson-Raybould would not intervene. Drouin also said a day later, on Sept. 12, she was informed the director of public prosecutions was still talking to SNC-Lavalin, which indicated to Drouin that the decision not to proceed to a remediation agreement was not final.Liberal MPs on the committee appeared intent on suggesting that Wilson-Raybould made her decision too quickly and then refused any further advice or information.First signs of concernDrouin said Wilson-Raybould told her on Sept. 18 that she had been uncomfortable with a conversation she had with Trudeau and Privy Council clerk Wernick the day before.Wilson-Raybould testified last week that Trudeau mentioned that he was a Quebec MP and that concerns about the Quebec election were also raised, which she felt were political interference in the case of an important Montreal-based company.Drouin told the committee that at the end of October, the Privy Council Office asked her department for an opinion on the potential impacts for SNC-Lavalin if the prosecution resulted in a criminal conviction.Her department prepared the report, which she said constituted legal advice, but before sending the report to the Privy Council Office, Drouin consulted Wilson-Raybould.“I was instructed not to send it,” said Drouin.Briefing up the new justice ministerLast week Wilson-Raybould told the committee her former chief of staff, Jessica Prince, was told before the cabinet shuffle that Drouin had been asked by the Privy Council Office to prepare to brief a new minister of justice on the SNC-Lavalin file. The implication was that the SNC-Lavalin file was top of mind for Trudeau in his selection of and orders to the new minister.Drouin indicated that SNC-Lavalin was just one of a host of issues she was asked to include in briefing notes. She said Wernick indicated the primary need was to cover the roles and responsibilities of the minister of justice and attorney general. He also said Indigenous files were critical because Trudeau might invite the new minister to attend meetings with Indigenous leaders the following week. The SNC-Lavalin situation was one of another list of issues, which Drouin said was proper.He said/she saidWilson-Raybould said last week she told Butts on Dec. 5 that the “barrage of people hounding me and my staff” was inappropriate. She said Butts told her she “needed to find a solution on the SNC stuff.” She also said her chief of staff, Prince, was “urgently summoned” to a meeting with Butts and Trudeau’s chief of staff, Katie Telford, on Dec. 18, where Prince was told by Butts that there was no solution on SNC-Lavalin “that does not involve some interference.”In Butts’s version of the Dec. 5 dinner, Wilson-Raybould asked if he had a view on the file and they talked briefly of asking a retired Supreme Court justice for advice. He has “no memory” of her asking him to reprimand staff and says at no point did she suggest anyone had done anything wrong.Butts also said the Dec. 18 meeting was not urgent and that all Prince was told was that he couldn’t see how seeking advice from someone like former Supreme Court chief justice Beverley McLachlin constituted political interference.abernard@aptn.ca-with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Former foster child who suffered sex abuse while in care suing Alberta

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsA man who grew up in Alberta’s child welfare system is suing the province for $11 million for sexual abuse he suffered while in care.Steven Morin says Alberta Child Services failed to protect him from a convicted sex offender.He says between the ages of five and nine, he was sexually assaulted – almost on a weekly basis.Morin says what should have been a safe foster home was instead, a place of fear and trauma.And the man who lived with his foster mother, John Edward Beaver, should never have been anywhere close to children he said.“This man came back into our home, and when he came back into our home, he continued to abuse us,” said Morin. “But not only did he continue to abuse us, the abuse towards me severely accelerated.“In the most horrendous disgusting ways you can think of.”Beaver had a conviction of possession of child pornography, and sentenced to six months in prison in 1999.(John Edward Beaver)Then he was back in the foster home where Morin and other foster children lived and the sexual abuse continued.Now, Morin wants Alberta Children’s Services to pay for failing to protect him.“How could they have missed this man? If he was not a foster parent, how could they have missed this? If he was a foster parent how could they again have missed this? Time and time again, they missed it. Missed it.” said Morin.Morin received a $35,000 dollar injury claim from an Alberta government fund for victims of crime. He said he was too young and foolish when he received the money. One month later, it was all gone.He spent it on alcohol and hard drugs to help numb the pain.He said he contemplated suicide.It took years to recover, a road he is still on.On September 10, Martin and his lawyer are attending a joint settlement meeting in court to decide whether a settlement is possible or whether the case should go to trial.Morin wants others who were abused to demand compensation as well.“If my lawsuit wins, then I’m hoping that setting the bar at eleven million, it’s going to show the government that we are not kidding around here,” he said.Beaver was charged with more than a dozen counts of sexual assault.But he would never stand trial for those charges. He died in his sleep in 2014.cstewart@aptn.ca@aptnchrislast_img read more

Eldorado receives more approvals in Greece still waiting for others

first_imgVANCOUVER – Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD) says it has received another permit and the approval of a technical study for the closure of its Old Olympias mine in Greece.The company has been embroiled in a fight with the Greek government over its gold mining operations in the country.The approvals follow comments by the company that it planned to suspend investment at its mines in Greece amid what it said were delays in the issuing of permits and licences.Eldorado received two other permits earlier this week, but the company said there are still issues outstanding including a permit for its Skouries flotation plant.The Greek government served formal notice that it would initiate an arbitration hearing regarding the company’s Madem Lakkos metallurgical plant alleging a technical study is deficient. Eldorado denies the claim.Eldorado said once it receives the Skouries permit and the Greek government is willing to engage in constructive discussions, it will be in a position to reassess its investment options.last_img read more

Canadas big new trade deal How it could affect a far bigger

first_imgMONTREAL – The signing of a sprawling new trade pact involving two North American countries has revealed a rift in philosophy with the continent’s superpower and raised the question of whether those differences might complicate the NAFTA negotiations.Canada and Mexico joined the new Trans-Pacific Partnership as the three North American countries gathered Tuesday in Montreal for a week-long round seen as potentially pivotal in gauging the prospects for a new NAFTA after a contentious few rounds.The chief negotiators for Canada and Mexico brushed aside the idea that the TPP deal would affect NAFTA talks.“It’s pretty much separate tracks,” Canada’s lead negotiator Steve Verheul told The Canadian Press, while walking between meetings at the negotiating round in Montreal.“It has not come up here yet — so far.”Note the qualifier — yet.Some critics bemoaned the timing of a decision to dive into a new Asia-Pacific trade zone, when some of the deal’s basic principles run counter to those of the new, Donald Trump-led U.S. administration.Trump’s team professes to detest multilateral deals; it’s keen to restrict imports from Asia; and it withdrew from the TPP as one of the incoming president’s first acts in office — exactly one year earlier, on Jan. 23, 2017.Fast-forward one year later, Trump was back in the Oval Office making another announcement on trade with Asia. This time he held a signing ceremony to celebrate punitive duties on washing machines and solar panels, and singled out China as his target.He sounded optimistic about NAFTA.“NAFTA is moving along pretty well.” Mentioning his trade czar Bob Lighthizer, the president said: “If it doesn’t work out, we’ll terminate it. But I think you’re doing pretty well, Bob.”Some fear the bonhomie could hit a brick wall.On automobiles in particular, manufacturing jobs are a key Trump priority. The three countries have been hoping to make progress at this round, and Verheul confirmed he intends to suggest ways to help the U.S. meet some of its objectives.But on autos, the TPP runs in the exact opposite direction of Trump’s goals. He wants taller trade barriers, and fewer Asian parts; but TPP liberalizes auto-parts trade, meaning more pieces imported from Asia, including from countries not in the deal — like China.The current NAFTA allows 37.5 per cent of a car to come from outside the trade zone, before tariffs apply. Trump wants that cranked down to 15 per cent — but the new TPP zone moves dramatically in the other direction, to 55 per cent.One auto stakeholder called it inconceivable that Canada would sign a deal that does the opposite of what its No. 1 customer wants.“This could not be a dumber move at a more important time,” said Flavio Volpe of Canada’s Auto Parts Manufacturers’ Association. He accused the government of chasing a legacy item, without regard for how it might affect the far more important NAFTA negotiations: “We’re trophy hunting.”The U.S. buys three-quarters of Canada’s overall exports.And that’s precisely the point, according to defenders of the TPP deal. Pointing to that dependency on the U.S., several defenders said there’s a need for trade diversification. One senior federal source said it even helps Canada’s position at the NAFTA bargaining table, showing the U.S. that it will look elsewhere for partnerships, giving Canada greater leverage.“It’s better than worth it. It’s advantageous,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.“The U.S. does not respect weakness.”Another potential problem area is dairy: the U.S. wants more access to Canada’s closed market. TPP already opens it up a crack to foreign competition, and defenders of the system say it can’t handle any more liberalization.One Washington-based consultant who knows trade, and the auto sector, offered a nuanced view.Eric Miller said he’s thrilled the deal happened. But he acknowledged it could still create headaches at the NAFTA table. Miller, who worked for the federal government on the 2009 auto bailout, said it will complicate the conversation on auto parts.He predicted this will intensify the American desire for rules that extensively track the origin of pieces. This will raise costs for companies, in terms of compliance and possible fines, he added. And he said U.S. customs officers will have to keep a closer eye out for Asian components in Canadian shipments.“It will certainly make things more complicated,” Miller said. “(And) these NAFTA discussions (on autos) become all the more important.”That being said, Miller said the TPP deal is great for lumber exporters, livestock producers and many other Canadians and he believes it’s smart for Canada to diversify its trade.“I think it’s great news for Canada and Canadian exporters,” Miller said. “This helps to advance the cause of trade diversification … (and) I think it actually helps Canada’s leverage in NAFTA.”Miller added, “This sends a signal: that Canada has options.”Mexico’s chief negotiator agreed that the new pact made a broader point. Kenneth Smith Ramos denied that it would affect NAFTA, but he said: “It sends a signal that we can work together with Canada in the context of international trade negotiations.”last_img read more

Cryptocurrencies arent financial state risk but likely to be regulated Carney

first_imgTORONTO – Bank of England governor Mark Carney says cryptocurrencies aren’t a risk to the financial state, but he thinks they will be subject to some form of regulation.The former Bank of Canada governor and so-called rockstar of finance says cryptocurrencies pose a challenge for market integrity because “a huge amount” of illicit activity is run through them.His remarks came as he spoke to business heavyweights and economy-watchers at the Public Policy Forum’s Canada Growth Summit in Toronto.Despite the abuses of cryptocurrencies, he says they aren’t a risk to the financial state because they’re still small and not connected to the financial system.While still relatively small compared with the established system, he says the emergence of such currencies is part of a broader reorganization of the economy and radically challenging the existing payment system.He says that at some point, cryptocurrency systems will have to see more regulation.“There are these exchanges where you transfer your Canadian dollars for a cryptocurrency and those in general are unregulated and in some cases, there’s plenty of serious abuse or at a minimum, they are very porous to a cyber attack and theft and they just do not meet the standards,” he says. “There is no reason why that should be tolerated.”Carney has previously slammed cryptocurrencies and called on regulators to start monitoring them as they do other financial assets because he says, “being part of the financial system brings enormous privileges, but with them great responsibilities.”last_img read more

Poseidon Concepts agreement boosts proposed payout to shareholders to 366M

first_imgCALGARY – Lawyers for investors in failed oilfield services firm Poseidon Concepts Corp. say they have reached an agreement with defendants in a proposed class action lawsuit that will boost the potential payout to as much as $36.6 million.The global settlement, which does not constitute an admission of liability, will now be presented to Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary as part of a Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act plan of arrangement for Poseidon, law firms Siskinds LLP of Toronto and JSS Barristers of Calgary said in an news release.The agreement includes a $23-million payment split between Poseidon’s former auditor, KPMG; nine financial institutions who underwrote a public offering of Poseidon shares in January 2012; and Peyto Exploration and Development Corp., the Calgary producer that bought its founding firm.It will also include $11.6 million from Poseidon’s liability insurer and potentially about $2 million from an insurance holdback fund.“Poseidon’s unfortunate circumstances caused significant financial losses to its investors, and its insolvency added multiple layers of complexity to the litigation,” Robert Hawkes, a partner at JSS Barristers, said in the statement.“The settlement represents a significant recovery for the benefit of the shareholder class.”If approved by the Calgary court, Ontario, Quebec and U.S. courts will be asked to recognize its decision and dismiss proposed class action claims there.The case would then come back to the Calgary court for approval of administrative and legal fees, a call for proofs of claim from investors and establishing a distribution protocol.Siskinds lawyer Sajjad Nematollahi said there are more than 2,000 investors involved, but a final number, and how much each will receive, won’t be known until the protocol is finalized.Poseidon was created by Open Range Energy Corp. to develop and market liquid storage systems — resembling gigantic above-ground swimming pools — to be used to handle the enormous amounts of water required for oilfield fracking operations.The value of the company’s shares soared after it went public, but fell quickly after February 2013 when it announced that it had incorrectly recorded about $100 million in revenue in the first nine months of 2012.The global settlement replaces a partial settlement with Poseidon’s directors, officers and related entities announced in December.Last year, the Alberta Securities Commission ordered Poseidon’s former U.S. senior sales executive to pay $750,000 in fines and costs.In 2016, three of Poseidon’s other executives agreed to pay fines and accept trading bans after admitting to the ASC they had failed to file financial statements in accordance with proper accounting principles.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:PEY)last_img read more

Los Angeles kicks off longdelayed licensing for pot growers

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Los Angeles will kick off the process for licensing marijuana cultivators and manufacturers on Aug. 1, but it’s likely to be many months before any of those companies open their doors for business.The announcement Monday was greeted with a mix of anticipation and frustration by growers and other businesses awaiting licenses that have watched the illicit market flourish.California broadly legalized cannabis on Jan. 1, but Los Angeles has moved cautiously with licensing. Growers and others seeking licenses will have to go through a tiered review in which applicants must show they meet a range of legal requirements, as well as pass inspections.About 150 retailers have opened in the city, but the rest of the supply chain has been on hold.Donnie Anderson, a Los Angeles cultivator and dispensary owner, said he’s been paying rent for months on commercial space he can’t use without a license, straining his budget.He told the city Cannabis Regulation Commission “we don’t want to wait too much longer.”The announcement was made by the city’s top pot regulator, Cat Packer, who said rules continue to change as the city refines the new system.When might the first cultivator licenses go out?“There are many steps that have not even been solidified,” she said. “I cannot commit to a timeline at this point.”The commission heard a long line of now-familiar complaints about the uneven state of the L.A. market, which was once expected to be a model for the rest of the state but has developed more slowly than San Diego, Oakland and other major cities.The concerns ranged from a robust illegal market that is undercutting the legal one, hefty tax rates and questions about who would be eligible for licenses.Commission President Robert Ahn indicated that the industry would need patience as the city continues to transform the long-established industry into a multibillion-dollar, regulated marketplace.“We have tremendous challenges,” Ahn said. “It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to take time.”last_img read more

The Latest Trump US flags to fly at halfstaff for Bush

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The Latest on President Donald Trump at the Group of 20 summit (all times local):1:15 p.m.President Donald Trump has ordered American flags to fly at half-staff for 30 days to honour former President George H.W. Bush.In a proclamation signed Saturday, hours after Bush died, Trump has also designated Wednesday as a national day of mourning. Trump encourages Americans to gather in places of worship “to pay homage” to Bush’s memory.He adds: “I invite the people of the world who share our grief to join us in this solemn observance.”Trump hails Bush as “one of America’s greatest points of light,” a reference to one of Bush’s signature phrases about American civic culture.Trump has mocked the “points of light” phrase, saying at campaign rallies that “I never quite got that one.”___12:40 p.m.President Donald Trump is cancelling a planned news conference at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina Saturday, “out of respect for the Bush Family” after death of former President George H.W. Bush.In a tweet, Trump says he was “very much looking forward” to speaking with the news media before leaving the summit in Buenos Aires “because we have had such great success in our dealing with various countries and their leaders at the G20.”He adds: “However, out of respect for the Bush Family and former President George H.W. Bush we will wait until after the funeral to have a press conference.”Trump is scheduled to meet down Saturday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chinese President Xi Jinping before returning to Washington.___4:45 a.m.When President Donald Trump sits down for dinner Saturday with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, their table talk will undoubtedly have a global impact.Trump and Xi will be seeking a way out of a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies, while also saving face for their domestic audiences at home. Trump says: “There’s some good signs. We’ll see what happens.”The Trump-Xi meeting is the marquee event of Trump’s whirlwind two-day trip to Argentina for the Group of 20 Summit.Trade analysts and administration officials acknowledge it won’t be easy. The United States and China are locked in a dispute over their trade imbalance and Beijing’s push to challenge American technological dominance.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Head of Indias central bank resigns amid government split

first_imgNEW DELHI — The head of India’s central bank resigned Monday amid a growing split between the Indian government and the independent monetary policy authority.Reserve Bank of India Gov. Urjit Patel said in a statement posted on the bank’s website that he was resigning for personal reasons.The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has disagreed with some of the central bank’s decisions under Patel, including a move to restrict lending by debt-ridden banks.Government officials said the central bank had excess reserves that should be transferred to the treasury.Modi’s government issued a sweeping demonetization order in 2017 to try to reduce black-market dealings. But a central bank report in August showed that most of the currency banned by the order had been deposited into various banks, undermining that move.The Associated Presslast_img read more

91 percent of fatal overdoses in Northern BC involved fentanyl

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Coroners Service has released the latest statistics looking at the ongoing fatal drug overdoes epidemic which shows a large spike in the number of illicit drug overdoses across the province in March.Preliminary data indicates that 161 B.C. residents died of a drug overdose in March, a jump of 59 compared to February. That’s a 58 percent increase compared to the 102 deaths that occurred in February, and a 24 percent increase over the number of fatalities in March 2017.The overdose death rate in Northern B.C. surged in March after trailing the rest of the province. After recording nine deaths in the first two months of the year, Northern Health recorded 13 deaths in March alone, bringing the yearly total to 22.  Of the 22 fatal overdoses so far this year in Northern Health, 20 were recorded as fentanyl-detected overdoses, which works out to 91 percent of deadly overdoses.The BC Coroners Service is urgently reminding anyone using illicit drugs not to use alone. Those using substances should have someone nearby equipped and trained to administer naloxone or able to call 911 immediately if an overdose occurs. Photo by BC Coroners ServiceThree of last month’s deaths occurred in Northeast B.C., while eight occurred in the Northern Interior, and the Northwest region recorded its first fatal overdose of the year. The Northern Interior now has the second-highest rate of fatal drug overdoses of any region in the province, with 45.8 deaths per 100,000 residents. The fatality rate in Northeast B.C. is below the provincial average at 27 deaths per 100,000, while the Northern Health rate as a whole was the second-lowest in B.C. at 30.8 deaths per 100,000. Photo by BC Coroners Service Photo by BC Coroners Service Photo by BC Coroners Service Photo by BC Coroners Service The Coroners Service also released its quarterly statistics on the number of fatal overdoses in which fentanyl was detected. Of the 161 people across the province who died from an overdose, 129 had fentanyl detected in their systems, which works out to just over 80 percent. The number of fatal fentanyl overdoses across B.C. in March was higher than the 82 seen in February, and the 112 in January. The rate of fentanyl overdoses was even higher in Northern B.C. Eleven of the 13 people who died last month in the North had fentanyl detected, while all of the fatal overdoses in January and February involved fentanyl. Four of the five fatal overdoses in Northeast B.C. were fentanyl overdoses. last_img read more