Alberta judge denies BCs bid to block Turn Off the Taps bill

first_imgCALGARY — A Calgary judge is denying British Columbia’s attempt to block Alberta’s so-called Turn Off the Taps bill.Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Hall says that B-C doesn’t have the right to take Alberta to court in Alberta over legislation passed by the Alberta legislature.In a decision released Friday, Hall says the dispute between the two provinces should be resolved in Federal Court.  The legal battle is part of the fallout over the TransMountain pipeline expansion.In response to B.C.’s legal measures against the pipeline, Alberta passed legislation that would allow it to shut off oil shipments to the coast.B.C. had asked the Alberta court to both declare the law unconstitutional and grant an injunction preventing its implementation.Hall has declined to do either.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

In the news today August 9

first_imgFour stories in the news for Friday, August 9———COMMUNITY SEARCHES FOR ANSWERS AFTER MANHUNT ENDSThe residents of Gillam, Manitoba are grappling with questions about how a massive manhunt for two murder suspects from B.C. ended in the unforgiving terrain surrounding their community. The bodies of the suspects were discovered Wednesday morning in dense brush near the shoreline of the Nelson River, within a kilometre from where several items linked to the two young men were found last week. Autopsies are being conducted in Winnipeg to confirm the remains are those of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, from Port Alberni, B.C. The teens were suspects in the killings of  three people in northern B.C. last month.———RETIRED MOUNTIE SAYS ANSWERS COULD COME IN HOMICIDESA former RCMP assistant commissioner says investigators should be able to provide some answers about three homicides in northern B. C. even though the two suspects in the case are believed to be dead. The manhunt for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky ended Wednesday when two bodies were found in dense brush in northern Manitoba. Mounties have said it could be difficult to determine a motive if the suspects can’t be interviewed. Peter German, who retired from the RCMP in 2012, agrees it will be hard, but says there is already some key evidence available that speaks to motive. German says at least one of the suspects seemed to be highly influenced by violent video games.———MUNK LEADERS’ DEBATE PROPOSED FOR OCT. 1A proposed leaders’ debate on foreign policy already has one confirmed participant, with Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer quickly accepting an invitation to join in the Munk Debates event scheduled for Oct. 1. The Munk Debates, which organizes several events on different issues each year,  has announced its plans for a federal election debate involving the leaders of the Liberals, the Conservatives, the NDP and the Green Party. The group says the event will go ahead once all four party leaders confirm their attendance, with a Sept. 24 deadline for replies.———INUK WOMAN BIKES ACROSS CANADA RAISING SUICIDE AWARENESSHannah Tooktoo, an Inuk mother from Nunavik, Que., got off her bike Thursday, 55 days after pedalling across Canada to raise awareness about the suicides that are ravaging her community. Tooktoo, 24, started her journey in Victoria without knowing if she’d be able to finish. Eight weeks later, she arrived in Montreal’s downtown Cabot Square square to cheers and applause from supporters. “It has been really good for me — for my body, for my soul,” said the visual arts student from Montreal’s Dawson College. She called her tour, “Anirnimi Kipisina,” which means “Do not cut your life short ” in Inuktitut.  Tooktoo has so far raised $22,531 from online donors.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer takes part in a coffee & conversation event with the Sydney, N.S. Chamber of Commerce.— Statistics Canada to release its labour force survey for July.— Health Canada officials provide an update on steps toward national pharmacare.— Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. to release preliminary housing starts data for July.— Small Business Minister Mary Ng in London, Ont., to announce federal investments in support of local women entrepreneurs.— Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will meet with workers and businesses in Calgary, Alberta, and discuss the benefits of the new NAFTA. ———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The unusual suspects British Columbias middleclass gang problem

first_imgSURREY, B.C. — At the end of a tranquil cul-de-sac in a pleasant neighbourhood, a tall stucco house overlooks a well-kept lawn and lush flowerbeds. The home is in the Metro Vancouver city of Surrey, where the average price of a detached property is $1.1 million.Before an officer from the RCMP’s gang enforcement unit knocks on the door to conduct a curfew check, he notes that the alleged gang boss didn’t purchase the home with drug profits. This is his family’s house, where he grew up and still lives in his mid-20s.“Gangs in Chicago and other U.S. cities, they’re usually geographically based. They keep a watch of the block, or they’re a bunch of new immigrants to a country. It becomes a unity thing, like survival. These kids don’t have that issue,” Const. Ryan Schwerdfeger says.“Some may be new immigrants to Canada, but their parents sold property back home and they live in $1 million-plus homes and their parents buy them whatever car they want.”Police officers say the gang conflict in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland is unlike any other in North America. Many young members come from middle- to upper-class homes. They aren’t driven by poverty, but instead by their desire to belong, to be protected or to emulate the gangster lifestyle flashed by other teens on social media. Some become trapped in gangs once they join, while others just meet the wrong friends and find themselves caught in the crosshairs.Police are struggling to contain the deadly gunfire and families are left broken and confused. In fact, the situation is so different in B.C. that some say many of the groups toting guns and dealing drugs are not really “gangs” at all. But to end the violence, experts say, it must be understood why kids are jumping into the fray — and why it’s so hard for them to leave.When losing friends starts to feel normalFrom an early age, all of Ary Azez’s friends were involved in the gang lifestyle in Surrey. The 22-year-old now works for an anti-gang group called Yo Bro Yo Girl Youth Initiative, and he casually mentions that his friends “who are still alive” are still involved in drug dealing.He’s lost seven friends in shootings or to overdoses.“After a while, it’s like, ‘Oh. Too bad,’” Azez says with a shrug and a slight laugh.“It doesn’t hurt as much anymore. In the beginning, it was really tough, when it’s the ones who are really close to you. After that, it’s like, ‘Oh, you got stabbed, no way,’ and then you just continue with your lunch.”Azez grew up middle-class, but he says joining a gang wasn’t necessarily the clear-cut “choice” that police sometimes make it out to be. In his experience, each high school represents itself.“If you go to the school, you’re basically a part of the gang,” he says.“You could be one of those kids who stays indoors and plays chess with the nerds, or you could be with the cool kids outside smoking and hanging out on the block. On the one hand, you did have a choice. But on the other hand, it’s clear that no one really wants to be on the inside.”Azez was kicked out of school before he became too deeply entrenched, he says, allowing him to take a step back and observe how “stupid” the lifestyle was. He also started to notice the impact on his family, after hiding his behaviour from them for a long time.“We’re not coming from broken families, where we’re missing parents, or from foster homes, or we’re poor. We have a family. We have a nice house. We have cars,” he explains.“All of a sudden, when you’re bringing outside drama that doesn’t really belong in that environment, it really crashes down.”On a high school field, teenagers enrolled in Yo Bro Yo Girl practise kabaddi, an Indian sport. One young player, 18-year-old Jaskirat Dhaliwal, remarks that kids need money to join gangs.“I’ve seen kids who are loaded and then they get in gangs,” he says, shaking his head. “To hang out with people and go around, you need money. You have to spend on people.“There’s a guy here who pays $700 for his gas every month. That’s crazy … You’ve got to buy stuff for the fights. That’s stupid. I’d rather buy my knee pads and my mouth guard.”Kids looking for protection or a sense of belongingThe conversation about B.C.’s gang conflict has largely focused on Surrey, often perceived by outsiders to be a rough part of Metro Vancouver. But other than a few troubled neighbourhoods, Surrey is an average suburban community, where the median household income in 2016 was $68,060, higher than the provincial average of $61,280.Outrage over gang violence in Surrey has reached such a fever pitch that a new mayor was elected last year on a promise to replace the RCMP with a municipal police force. Previous mayors have also tried to curb the gunfire, including in 2017 when then-mayor Linda Hepner convened a task force on gang violence prevention, which produced a report last year.The report highlights that gang crime is not limited to Surrey. Of 46 gang-related homicides in B.C. in 2017, six occurred in Surrey, seven in Abbotsford, six in Richmond and five in Vancouver. The report also notes that, unlike other regions, B.C. gangs span socio-economic classes and are multi-ethnic. The highest proportion of gang-related murder and attempted murder victims from 2006 to 2015 were white, while 25 per cent were South Asian.The task force also shed light on the complex reasons why kids are joining gangs. They might be experiencing trauma or domestic violence, substance abuse at home, lack of parental supervision or have delinquent peers or siblings. Or they might be getting bullied at school and turn to a gang for protection, or just to feel like they belong somewhere. And some might simply be lured by the promise of profit and luxury.“What we’re seeing is surprising to us and unexpected,” says Joanna Angelidis, director of learning services for the Delta School District. “It seems to be that it’s young people who you wouldn’t necessarily expect would become involved in gang life,” she added.“So what we’re thinking is that it’s young people who are maybe looking for a feeling of connection or inclusion and they’re looking for that in ways that are clearly unhealthy or dangerous.”Debate over whether “gang” is the right wordSeveral hours into his patrol, Schwerdfeger makes a remark that seems surprising for a constable with the words “Gang Enforcement Unit” printed on his bulletproof vest.“In my personal view, I wouldn’t say we have a gang problem in Surrey,” he says.He explains that while the city has some notorious gangs, including the Red Scorpions and Brothers Keepers, many don’t have names and are more accurately described as “drug trafficking groups.”“When I think of gang, I think of Crips and Bloods, you know, Chicago, L.A., like real gangs. I don’t usually give too much credit to these kids to call them gangsters,” he says. “For the most part, they’re all just boys that sell drugs.”Schwerdfeger says unlike the Hells Angels, where members all hang out and move as a group, these organizations operate more like businesses where each member has a specific function that they might perform largely in a silo. He compares it to a Walmart, with a general manager, floor manager, shelf stocker and greeter.When he talks about the Lower Mainland’s gang landscape, he’s quick to mention the work of Keiron McConnell, a veteran police officer and Kwantlen University professor who travelled to Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, Hobbema, Alta., and London, England, to observe gangs for his PhD dissertation.While gangs in each city had some unique aspects, McConnell broadly found marginalized males living in impoverished, graffiti-cloaked neighbourhoods. B.C.’s clean streets and suburban homes stood in stark contrast.The Criminal Code definition of a criminal organization — a gang — is a group of three or more people that commits crimes for profit. But McConnell’s dissertation rejects the idea that B.C. has a “gang problem” and says the term is misleading and problematic because it connotes bandanna-wearing youth fighting for turf and suggests street-based outreach could work.McConnell accepts that police and media have adopted the label “gang” and it’s stuck, but says it’s important to note how different its meaning is in B.C.Quitting gang life can be difficult and dangerousEntering a gang may be a choice for some youth in B.C., but leaving is not so simple. The youngest, newest members typically do the most dangerous work as dial-a-dopers, risking robbery, assault or even death from desperate addicts or rival groups, say police.But sometimes when a dial-a-doper expresses interest in leaving, his own crew will set up a robbery so he must pay back the loss with “tax” that never goes away, explains Schwerdfeger.“Now they’re working because they have to,” he says. “Or these guys come to their front door and try to collect from the mom and dad. They don’t care.”— Follow @ellekane and @amysmart1 on Twitter.Laura Kane and Amy Smart, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Real Housewives Of Miami Star Supports PETA

first_imgConfined au naturel to a small tub, Real Housewives of Miami star Adriana de Moura stars in a provocative new ad for PETA that asks, “Could You Live in a Bathtub for 40 Years?” and explains that the orca Lolita has been imprisoned in a small tank at the Miami Seaquarium since she was captured from the wild in 1970.In addition to starring in the print ad, de Moura — whose native Brazil has completely banned the captivity of marine mammals for entertainment — sat down for a video Q&A with PETA in which she urges her fellow parents not to take their children to marine-mammal parks such as the Seaquarium.“When you take your children to a park where an animal is being kept for years in confined quarters …. in this age, where we’re supposed to be so enlightened—equality for everybody—it’s a hypocrisy,” she says. “You’re sending a message to your children that it’s OK to dominate, it’s OK to confine.”In response to a petition filed by PETA and others, the National Marine Fisheries Service recently announced that it’s considering affording Lolita the same protection that her wild family has under the Endangered Species Act. She could ultimately return to Puget Sound in a controlled release and join her 82-year-old mother, from whom she has been separated all this time.last_img read more

Gisele Bundchen Don Cheadle And Ian Somerhalder Launch World Environment Day Challenge

first_imgSupermodel Gisele Bundchen, actors Don Cheadle and Ian Somerhalder and footballer Yaya Touré – all UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors – have launched a challenge to see who can rally the most registered activities for World Environment Day 2014.Video: Gisele kicks it for #WorldEnvironmentDayTheir call to action, Message in the Bottle, asks individuals around the world to join one of the celebrities’ teams and make a difference by pledging to take action in support of World Environment Day, which culminates globally on 5 June. These pledges can be registered at campaign features a variety of Public Service Announcements in 7 languages which will run on CNN, large format billboards in Times Square in New York City and Piccadilly Circus in London, and on-line.In a unique creative approach, viewers get to see Don Cheadle playing trumpet to prepare for his upcoming directorial debut and lead role as Miles Davis, Gisele practicing her beloved martial art, Kung Fu, and Yaya Touré getting mentally prepared for the run up to the World Cup.“These global celebrities are giving fans a unique glimpse into the private moments that make them who they are,” said Jeffrey Nachmanoff, director of the Public Service Announcements, screenwriter for the climate blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow and writer/director of Traitor and the CBS series Hostages.“They are then interrupted in these moments by a message in the bottle which is an unexpected play on their roles and provides a twist that should get the viewer’s attention and encourage them to want to go to the site to get involved,” he added.This is the second time that Nachmanoff has lent his talent to create a UNEP public service announcement, the first was for the Seal the Deal Climate Campaign in 2009. He worked alongside accomplished cinematographers, Jim and Nicole Whitaker on both UNEP projects. Game 7 Films of New York City produced the films.Notably, the award-winning band The Police donated the sound track of the iconic song, Message in the Bottle, to support the campaign.World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment.Over the years, it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. It’s the “people’s day” for doing something good for the environment, and for galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates a substantial positive impact on the planet.In support of the UN’s designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States, WED 2014 has adopted Small Island Developing States as its theme in the broader context of climate change.The objective is to encourage a greater understanding of the importance of SIDS and the urgency to help protect the islands in the face of growing risks and vulnerabilities, particularly as a result of climate change, and to demonstrate the connections between these ecosystems and ours.From Trinidad and Tobago to Tonga, Samoa to Suriname, the problems that these small islands face – climate change, waste management, unsustainable consumption, degradation of natural resources, extreme natural disasters in the midst of overpopulation and continuing industrialization – are the problems that face us all.For Small Island Developing States, climate change is foremost among these challenges, as global warming is causing ocean levels to rise.According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), global sea levels are rising at an increased rate. This is projected to be increase even further this century. When the global temperature warms, seawater expands and occupies more space. Sea levels also rise when polar ice melts.Coastal communities in every country are then threatened with floods and storm surges, to which Small Island Developing States are the most exposed. Many of these islands’ inhabited areas and cultural sites are potentially in danger of being lost to sea-level rise.WED 2014 underscores that we all face similar challenges and are connected and united by a common goal: a sustainable and prosperous life for everyone on this planet. Every action, pledge, and activity counts and, when multiplied by a global chorus, becomes exponential in its impact. Make your voice heard and register at read more

Prince Harry Visits Tedworth House For Invictus Games Trials

first_imgWounded servicemen and women competed in front of Prince Harry last week to mark the beginning of a selection process for his Paralympic-style championships.Prince Harry meets wounded service personnel competing for a place in the Invictus GamesCredit/Copyright: Prince met more than 25 potential competitors who are hoping to take part in the wheelchair rugby, cycling and indoor rowing events at the Invictus Games.A team of 100 serving and veteran personnel will be selected to form the British Armed Forces team in the Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London in September.The selection process, run by Help for Heroes and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and due to last for four months, began this morning at Tedworth House in Tidworth, Wiltshire.Prince Harry, who wore a black fleece emblazoned with the Games logo, said he hoped the challenge would help injured personnel in the recovery process.“I have seen how powerful sport is as a means of rebuilding confidence as well as aiding with physical rehabilitation,” The Prince said. “These men and women are fighters by nature.“The intense physical training and competitive spirit that will be forged inside this team as they prepare to represent their country in the Invictus Games will, I hope, go some way to helping the recovery not only of those who hope to be selected here today, but also inspire others along the way.”Help For Heroes and the MoD received around 200 applications from men and women hoping to take part in the Games.More than 300 participants from 13 nations will compete in the international sporting event, from 10th to 14th September this year.The Invictus Games are being organised with the support of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as well as the MoD.Source:www.princehenryofwales.orglast_img read more

Little Kids Rock To Honor Elvis Costello And Bonnie Raitt

first_imgLittle Kids Rock, the national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in public schools announced the honorees for its annual benefit being held Wednesday, October 18th at PlayStation Theater in New York.This year’s event will honor Elvis Costello with the Rocker of the Year Award, and Bonnie Raitt with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, Founder and CEO of City Winery, Michael Dorf will be honored for his extensive philanthropic work, including efforts on behalf of expanding music education for underprivileged youth through the annually produced “Music of” tribute concerts.The Annual Little Kids Rock Benefit, produced by Mark Krantz and Michael Matuza brings together artists and individuals who are passionate about bringing the transformational gift of music to children in public schools across the US. Prior years’ honorees include Smokey Robinson, Steve Miller, Steven Van Zandt, Lady Gaga, Graham Nash and Joan Jett. This year’s benefit theme, “Music Changed My Life,” is reflected in the honorees and the event’s special performances by public school students from New York City and Pasadena who receive free music lessons thanks to Little Kids Rock, Paul Shaffer, Will Lee and Keb’ Mo’, as well as additional surprise performances.“Honoring Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and Michael Dorf this year is a fitting tribute to the incredible generosity and love that they have shown our kids over the years,” said David Wish, Founder and CEO of Little Kids Rock. “Mr. Costello’s commitment to social issues is an inspiration, and no other artist friend has supported our kids and teachers for as long, or spoken so frequently and eloquently on our kids’ behalves when it comes to their right to have music in their lives as Bonnie Raitt.”Elvis Costello has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning more than 30 years. He is perhaps best known for his performances with The Attractions and The Imposters. The list of performers to record his songs from Johnny Cash to No Doubt reflects his interest in a wide range of musical styles. In 2003, he began a songwriting partnership with his wife, the jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall, resulting in six songs included in her highly successful album ‘The Girl In The Other Room’.“Having appeared in a couple of earlier Little Kids Rock nights, I very much appreciate the work that is being done in music education but confess that I am somewhat startled to find that I am this year’s honoree. Looking forward,” Costello said.Bonnie Raitt is a ten-time Grammy winner, who Rolling Stone named as both one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” and one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” She was raised in Los Angeles in a climate of respect for the arts, Quaker traditions, and a commitment to social activism. A Stella guitar given to her as a Christmas present launched Bonnie on her creative journey at the age of eight. While growing up, though passionate about music from the start, she never considered that it would play a greater role than as one of her many growing interests. Bonnie was one of Little Kids Rock’s earliest supporters back when it was just a grassroots movement in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since that time, Bonnie become an Honorary Board Member, conducted meet and greets with students and donors, visited classrooms and invited Little Kids Rock to sound checks and to host tables at her concerts.“It has been my privilege to represent Little Kids Rock as an Honorary Board Member for over fifteen years,” said Raitt. “When I got a guitar for Christmas as a kid I found my voice. The arts are not a luxury, they are a right, and all students should have the opportunity to discover their voice.”Michael Dorf is the founder and CEO of City Winery. He has started multiple businesses and nonprofit organizations, including his first musical venue, the seminal Knitting Factory in 1987, The Digital Club Network, Tribeca Hebrew, Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival and Oy!hoo Music Festival. Through Michael Dorf Presents, Michael has spent last 14 years producing Carnegie Hall tribute concerts, raising over one and a half million dollars for programs that bring music education to deserving youths, with the Music of Aretha Franklin, the Music of Prince, the Music of Joni Mitchell, the Music of Bob Dylan, the Music of Bruce Springsteen, the Music of Elton John, Neil Sedaka’s 50 Years of Hits, the Music of R.E.M., the Music of The Who, the Music of Neil Young, along with the Music of Simon & Garfunkel and the Music of Frank Sinatra at Central Park’s SummerStage, the Music of Robert Johnson at The Apollo Theatre and the Music of David Bowie at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall.“Little Kids Rock was a natural fit to be a beneficiary of the ‘Music Of’ tribute concerts. The work they do to teach kids to play, giving them the self-confidence and inner creative streak that they might not have developed otherwise is so important,” shared Mr. Dorf. He is also the conceiver and producer of the Downtown Seder which for 25 years had presented an alternative celebrity Seder for 300 people a year in NY, Chicago, Boston, Napa, Atlanta.Benefit Committee Members include Scott Burton, Nicole Crystal, Chris Donohoe, Jules Follett, Richard Foos, Craig Kallman, Howard Kerbel, Alex Kirk, Joseph Laska, Caroline Moore, Betty Murphy, Elani Myers, Nate Riggs, Bruce Schroder, Chris Skarakis, Beau Taylor, Ken Umezaki, Steve Venz, Jose Vergara, David Wish and Cheryl Zimlich.For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.last_img read more

Scott Stanford to Host The 17th Annual ADAPT Community Network Golf Tournament

first_imgEdward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network announced today that the 17th Annual ADAPT Community Network Golf Tournament will be held at Brae Burn Country Club & Century Country Club in Purchase, New York on Monday, September 17th, 2018.This annual tournament attracts over 250 golfers for a uniquely enjoyable day of golf and entertainment in support of ADAPT Community Network. All proceeds from the event fund the delivery of life-affirming programs and services to children and adults with disabilities and their families.The golf tournament will be hosted by Scott Stanford, Six-Time Emmy Award Winning PIX 11 News Weeknight Sports Anchor & Host of Sunday Sports Rewind“We are so pleased to have Scott Stanford hosting our golf outing again,” says Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network. “Scott is a longtime supporter of our organization and he makes the day enjoyable for all who attend.”For the third consecutive year, the event will include a presentation of the ADAPT Community Network Corporate Champion Award, which will be presented to one of ADAPT’s generous supporters, Jeffrey S. Weiss, President, The Weiss Group. This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the power to inspire and lead as role models for people with and without disabilities.“Jeff Weiss is an invaluable help to our organization. He and his firm have stewarded the pension investments for thousands of our staff to insure their long term stability. ADAPT Community Network is proud to present our 2018 Corporate Champion Award to him.” – Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network.The 17th Annual ADAPT Community Network Golf Tournament is presented by the Carmel family.Tournament Schedule9:00 am: Check-In & Breakfast Served10:30 am: Shotgun Start4:00 pm: Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres5:00 pm: Award Ceremony & Raffle7:00 pm: Event EndsScott Stanford, a six-time New York Emmy Award-winner for “On-Camera Achievement,” is PIX11’s weeknight sports anchor for the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts and the host of Sunday Sports Rewind. Stanford has also served as co-anchor of the PIX11 Morning News. Before joining PIX11, he served as a sports anchor for WNBC, the fill-in host for The Crossover on NBCSN and the news anchor on WNBC’s COZI TV (formerly New York Nonstop.) Stanford is also an in-studio host for WWE.Stanford has also worked in the New York market at WNYW Fox 5 and WWOR My9. Prior to joining My9, Stanford was the full-time afternoon sports anchor on WCBS Newsradio 880, where was twice awarded the “AIR Award,” which recognized him as the best radio sports anchor in New York City. He began his broadcast career at WFAS in Westchester County and WRKL in Rockland County.Stanford has also been a play-by-play announcer for college basketball and arena football. In addition, he has been heard as an announcer and voice-over artist for many national television programs including The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the GQ Men of the Year Awards. Stanford received a degree in Broadcasting and Communications from the State University of New York at Oswego. He lives in northern New Jersey with his wife and daughters.ADAPT Community Network (formerly United Cerebral Palsy of New York City) is the leading human service not-for-profit and a pioneer in providing cutting edge programs and services for people with disabilities. Every day, we build a more inclusive world for thousands of New Yorkers through education, technology, health, residential and recreational programs in all five boroughs. Our schools and services encompass many people who have challenges beyond cerebral palsy such as autism, Down syndrome, spina bifida and neuromuscular disorders, among others. We are the largest provider of pre-school education for children with disabilities in New York. ADAPT’s 100 comprehensive programs serve over 18,000 children and adults with disabilities and their families.For questions or sponsorship information, please contact Louisa Laverde at 212-683-6700 X1201 or: llaverde@adaptcommunitynetwork.orglast_img read more

Stars Attend 12th Annual ADCOLOR Awards

first_imgADCOLOR, the premier organization celebrating and promoting professionals of color and diversity in the creative industries, returned to Los Angeles with their 12th Annual ADCOLOR Awards at the J.W. Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live Hotel on Sunday, September 23.Jay Ellis at ADCOLOR AwardsCredit/Copyright: Getty Images for ADCOLORThe ADCOLOR Award Nominees and Honorees were carefully selected from a large population of diverse influencers across the creative industries. The finalists were chosen by the individual’s representation of ADCOLOR’s motto, “Rise Up and Reach Back”. Those honored not only excel in their own careers, but also give back to the community and support their peers. Their goal is to create a network of diverse professionals to encourage and celebrate one another. The full list of honorees and nominees can be seen here.Among the attendees were Host Bozoma St. John, presenters including Luvvie Ajayi (Author), Wilson Cruz (Actor, 13 Reasons Why), Jay Ellis (Actor, Insecure), James Lesure (Actor, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), honorees including Legend Award recipients Esi Eggleston Bracey (EVP & COO Beauty & Personal Care, Unilever) and Ann Mukherjee (Chief Global Marketing Officer, SC Johnson), Catalyst Award recipient Tarana Burke (Founder, #METoo Movement), Advocate Award recipient Lydia Polgreen (Editor in Chief, HuffPost), Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Lisa Quiroz Garcia (SVP, Cultural Investments and Chief Diversity Officer, Time Warner (1961-2018)), ADCOLOR/One Club Creative Award recipients AJ Hassan (VP, Executive Creative Director, R/GA Chicago) and Shannon Washington (SVP, Creative Director, Deutsch), Special Recognition recipient James Edmund Datri (Outgoing President & CEO, American Advertising Federation), Mr. ADCOLOR Leo Wong (Industry Speaker l 4A’s 100 Honoree and ADCOLOR FUTURES Alum), Ms. ADCOLOR Michelle Almeida (Account Executive, Anomaly), and many more!The 12th Annual ADCOLOR Conference & Awards was presented by Microsoft Advertising and Omnicom Group and sponsored by Apple, Deutsch, Google, Oath: A Verizon Company, GSD&M, Squeaky, Digitas, Viacom, Deutsch, HP, Pandora, 72andSunny, Concentric, DAS, ESPN, KBS. 2018 Corporate Members are 4A’s, 72andSunny, The Advertising Club of New York, American Advertising Federation, BBDO, BET, Deutsch, Dieste, Droga 5, Edelman, Facebook, OATH: A Verizon Company, Omnicom Group, Publicis Groupe, TBWA\ Worldwide, Wieden + Kennedy.last_img read more

WP Kinsella Canadian Author Who Inspired Field of Dreams Dies at 81

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement “He essentially told me a few weeks ago, ‘I am not going to be here much longer, so whatever questions you’ve got, let’s get them done,’” Mr. Steele said in an interview. Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement W.P. Kinsella, the Canadian novelist whose writing about baseball was the basis for the 1989 film “Field of Dreams,” died Friday at 81 with the help of a doctor acting under Canada’s new physician-assisted suicide law, his literary agent said in a statement.“He was a dedicated storyteller, performer, curmudgeon, an irascible and difficult man,” said Carolyn Swayze, his agent, adding Mr. Kinsella persuaded her to become a literary agent. “His fiction has made people laugh, cry, and think for decades and will do so for decades to come.”Mr. Kinsella’s health had taken a sudden turn for the worst due to his struggles with diabetes; he had been in the hospital for the past two weeks, said Willie Steele, an English professor at Nashville, Tenn.’s Lipscomb University who has been working on a biography of Mr. Kinsella since 2012. Mr. Steele said he knew Mr. Kinsella was pursuing physician-assisted death. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

From Hereditary to Roma the 10 best movies of the year

first_imgHereditary, Burning, Can You Ever Forgive Me?(File/National Post) Facebook Advertisement OK, this is number 11 if you’re counting. Damien Chazelle’s look back at the events leading up to the first moon landing sometimes seems to skip from catastrophe to near disaster, with a score to match. But there are moments of sublime beauty, both visual and aural, and Ryan Gosling’s portrayal of the taciturn Neil Armstrong is perfect, as is Claire Foy as his redoubtable wife. Nicely timed, too – the Apollo landing was 50 years ago next summer.10.HEREDITARYHorror films don’t generally make top-10 lists, but see this one if you dare. Running 127 minutes without an ounce of fat, writer/director Ari Aster’s feature debut is both a dark, character-driven examination of dysfunctional family dynamics, and a terrifying ghost story. Hard to watch, hard to listen to, hard to forget. And for horror fans, not to be missed.9.A PRIVATE WARRosamund Pike perfectly embodies American war correspondent Marie Colvin in this gritty biopic expertly adapted from a 2012 Vanity Fair profile. The film captures the job’s strange mix of ego and selflessness, as well as Colvin’s alcoholism, PTSD, dedication and even moments of humour. Colvin also qualifies as one of Time’s Persons of the Year, journalists who risk and sometimes lose their lives to tell the real news. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img It’s been a weird throwback year at the movies. Leading the box office in the final days of 2018 are Black Panther and Infinity War (latest in the cinematic universe that began in 2008), Incredibles 2 (sequel to a movie from 2004), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (sixth film in the series that started in 1993), Deadpool 2 (first comic-book appearance; 1991) and Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, a remake of the 1966 TV special, based on a 1957 book. Is there nothing new under the sun?Thankfully, not only were there original stories up on the screen in 2018, but they were some of the best movies of the year. Here are just 10 of them.Honourable mentions: Annihilation (Alex Garland), A Quiet Place (John Krasinksi), Design Canada (Greg Durrell), The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos), The Hate U Give (George Tillman, Jr.), Lean on Pete (Andrew Haigh), Leave No Trace (Debra Granik), Mary Poppins Returns (Rob Marshall), Prosecuting Evil (Barry Avrich), The Rider (Chloe Zhao), Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley), Three Identical Strangers (Tim Wardle), Widows (Steve McQueen), The Wife (Björn Runge), The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (Alison Reid) and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Morgan Neville).FIRST HONOURABLE MENTION: FIRST MAN Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgSoprano Erin Wall will sing the role of Chrysothemis in the Canadian Opera’s Company’s Elektra. (KRISTIN HOEBERMANN) Most moms have enough of a challenge juggling their jobs and life at home. Over the past year, Canadian soprano Erin Wall has also had to contend with the repercussions from a diagnosis of breast cancer.The Mississauga-based mother of a 9-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl cut back on her engagements, but she didn’t stop working completely. She even tried to keep up with her passion for running.Wall not only sang through much of her treatment period, she participated in a 10K run the day after she stopped chemotherapy. “I walked most of it because I had no red blood cells left,” she smiles. “I tried to stay on my feet.” Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img The day after getting an all-clear on the cancer from her doctor, Wall chatted and laughed in her dressing room overlooking Adelaide St W. at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The soprano was all anticipation as she described her latest musical project between sips of bright red fruit smoothie. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Mohawk council works to create tobacco regulations

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Mohawk Council of Kahnawake has been meeting with representatives from the local tobacco industry.It is hoped that by creating regulations it will make the industry more legitimate.last_img

Slave Lake fire caused by arson

first_imgAPTN National NewsEarlier this year, the community of Slave Lake suffered nearly $700 million in damage as a fire ripped through the town. Nearly 7,000 people were evacuated in one of the most devastating blazes in Canadian history.Now, the Alberta government has released its investigation into the fire, and the information is grim.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan has the details.last_img

Contempt of court charges laid against Sarnia blockade for not shutting it

first_imgAPTN National NewsA contempt of court order was issued against the Sarnia CN Rail blockade Tuesday for failing to comply with a previous court injunction to remove it when it began 13 days ago in support of the Idle No More movement.Named in the court order is Ron Plain, the spokesman for the people mounting the blockade. He is scheduled to be in Sarnia court Wednesday at 11 a.m. according to a statement released by members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation blockade.Plain was charged for failing to remove the blockade of a CN Rail spur line that runs through the Aamjiwnaang reserve, that is also within the city limits of Sarnia.Mayor Mike Bradley isn’t named in the court order he said Wednesday morning.“I am not aware of any contempt order against me. The relationship with CN is very strained because of their tactics so wouldn’t surprise me (if) they did although I have no power to direct the police or end the protest,” said Bradley.Bradley said Sarnia police is also in court Wednesday morning “to provide evidence explaining the steps (if any) the Sarnia Police Service has taken to enforce the orders of Hon. Justice David Brown dated Dec. 21 and Dec. 27,” according to a court document.On Dec. 27, Brown made the Dec. 21 injunction indefinite calling on Sarnia police to end the blockade.Police chief Phil Nelson and Bradley have said they didn’t support the blockade but refused to move in on the protestors as long as it remained peaceful. They wanted to negotiate shutting it down, rather than using force.CN has steadfastly been against the blockade saying it was illegal, but maintained they supported First Nation peoples’ right to protest.Several meetings have taken place with CN, Bradley and Nelson, as well as members of the band council. A staff member from the office of Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan also participated in talks to negotiate a peaceful end.Plain has said the blockade would stay up until a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the governor general and First Nations leaders took place to discuss treaty agreements. They were doing so in support of Chief Theresa Spence who been on a hunger strike, only consuming fish broth and tea, since Dec. 11.She is vowing not to eat until a meeting takes place.last_img read more

Vatican embassy says TRC report will be sent to Rome

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–The  Vatican embassy in Ottawa says it will send the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report to Rome.A spokesperson at the embassy did not have an immediate comment about the recommendations aimed at the Church including a call for Pope Francis to come to Canada to issue an apology to “survivors.”The TRC report said the apology should be “for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in the spiritual, cultural, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children in Catholic-run residential schools.”The report is calling for the Pope to issue an apology “similar to the 2010 apology issued to Irish victims of abuse and to occur within one year of the issuing of this report.”In the report released Tuesday, the three TRC Commissioners aimed a number recommendations at churches in Canada that had ties to residential schools.The TRC is asking that churches that are party to the settlement agreement develop educational strategies to ensure their congregations understand the church’s role in residential schools and that churches change their curriculum for young clergy to be taught about the history of the read more

Advocates worry 60s Scoop survivors could be taken advantage of

first_img“That’s outrageous,” said North Peigan. “Someone would lose a third or more of their compensation.”A lawyer with the Markham, Ont. firm said he was hoping to reach parents whose children were scooped for a separate class-action lawsuit he is organizing nationally. “This is another class we are working on,” he explained in a telephone interview, noting 33.3 per cent is a standard fee.Colleen Cardinal, coordinator and co-founder of the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network (NISCW) in Ottawa, said, “this legal stuff is pretty confusing.”NISCW is run by survivors like her who are volunteers, she said, who aren’t motivated by fees like lawyers and offer support and information through a website and toll-free line. “People are feeling pretty raw,” she said in a telephone interview. “They shouldn’t sign anything yet.” Cardinal said she sent a letter to the Canadian Bar Association asking what it would do to protect ‘60s Scoop survivors but she had not yet received a reply.Robertson said he’s heard enough to send a notice to the country’s law societies, which regulate lawyers, to make them aware of potential abuse.In the meantime, North Peigan said his group is helping the province of Alberta craft an apology to the estimated 20,000 ‘60s Scoop survivors there.Only the province of Manitoba, through former NDP premier Greg Selinger, has apologized to families and adoptees caught up in the scoop. Saskatchewan has also said it will issue an apology.While nothing has been proven against any individual lawyer at this time, the public should make reasonable inquiries before engaging lawyers regarding these types of Lew Jobs (left) and Adam North Peigan are with the ’60s Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta.Editor’s Note: This is the second story in a three-part series on 60s Scoop survivors and lawyers.Kathleen Martens APTN News Advocates who work with ‘60s Scoop survivors on the streets of Edmonton are worried homeless clients may be fooled into signing up with lawyers they don’t need. With word the federal government is willing to pay financial compensation, there are millions of dollars on the line.Adam North Peigan is looking forward to compensation and an apology he says is coming from the Alberta government. But he’s also worried about more vulnerable survivors being taken advantage of. “We’re already hearing stories that have come to us that there are lawyers kind of lurking around in our communities – in Edmonton, First Nation, Metis communities – looking to sign up our survivors.“If our survivors aren’t already aware of their rights they could unknowingly sign a document that could affect them for the rest of their lives.”The deal for ‘60s Scoop survivors is one many thought would never happen.“We need to acknowledge the atrocities, the trauma,” said North Peigan, president of the ’60s Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta.“The loss of language, everything that went with it.”North Peigan was taken – or ‘scooped’ – as an infant from his home on the Piikani First Nation in southern Alberta.He says he grew up in dozens of foster homes before living on the street, including Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside.“As we become adults – if we haven’t dealt with that trauma – it can leave us having a very destructive life,” North Peigan said in an interview in Edmonton.“For myself, before I was able to come to terms with what happened to me as a ‘60s Scoop survivor in Alberta, I led a very destructive life… I was very vulnerable.”Lew Jobs, another survivor and member of the ’60s Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta, is also concerned. He showed APTN News a business card from a law office in Thunder Bay, Ontario he says was given to someone at an inner-city drop-in centre in Edmonton.“I want to shame these law firms publicly for going after people on the street,” Jobs said in an interview. “It takes a lot of balls to do that.”The Thunder Bay firm is not one of four official firms negotiating the compensation agreement with the federal government. APTN  asked a lawyer at the Thunder Bay firm about why the firm was handing out business cards three provinces away.He sent an email response instead. It said, in part: “We hope that the Sixties Scoop class actions are resolved favourably for all survivors, and any assistance we ultimately provide to individual claimants will be done within the parameters of any potential Settlement Agreement.” The president of the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada said it’s not illegal for law firms to drum up business.But Scott Robertson agreed it could look bad.“It sounds like ambulance-chasing to me, rounding up homeless people,” he said in a telephone interview.North Peigan said he’s suspicious of any lawyers until the compensation agreement is finalized.“We know when the residential school (compensation) was going on there were lawyers taking advantage of our survivors.”There are still lawsuits outstanding in different provinces as the federal ‘60s Scoop compensation agreement is being negotiated. There are about 18 pending across Canada.It is understandable North Peigan and Jobs want to protect less fortunate survivors. They were both in those shoes once, and Jobs says drop-in centres were his lifeline. “It took me a while to get off alcohol,” he said.That’s why they met recently with survivors at one of those drop-in centres and urged them not to sign anything.“All 20 people there said they’d been approached by these lawyers,” Jobs said. Jobs said he was scooped as an infant in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT., and raised by a non-Indigenous family in southern Canada.“My mom was told I’d be better off with a white family,” he said, noting it took decades to reunite with his birth mother.But that was only after he wound up on the street because of addiction. APTN spent two days visiting Edmonton drop-in centres, speaking to people waiting for meals, clothing and job training. They were in various states of intoxication that led to some of them being barred from entry. Some said they grew up in foster care, where they were abused. A couple said they were at the ‘60s Scoop meeting held by North Peigan and Jobs. North Peigan showed APTN a six-page legal fee agreement for 33.3 per cent he said was faxed to the Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre from another Ontario law firm.Click here to see the Contingency Agreement being handed to homeless survivors.last_img read more

Tax changes for small business could hamper innovation tech CEOS say

first_imgSEATTLE – The head of one of Canada’s few tech “unicorns” and other industry players are joining the chorus of opposition to Ottawa’s proposed small business tax changes, saying the plan could stifle investment and innovation in a country trying to poise itself as an entrepreneurial hotbed.“I would encourage the government to look very closely because … it is causing a lot of concern to business owners,” Ryan Holmes, CEO of social media management platform Hootsuite, said in an interview at the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference. Hootsuite is among a handful of Canadian tech startups that have reached valuations of $1 billion or more, also known as unicorns.In mid-July, the federal government released a three-pronged plan to end several tax provisions used by some small businesses. The plan would eliminate income sprinkling, a practice that permits business owners to pass income to family members who are in lower tax brackets.It would also limit the use of private corporations as a way to gain tax advantages when making passive investments and limit the conversion of a corporation’s regular income into capital gains, typically taxed at a lower rate.Smaller tech companies have created their own structures — much like doctors, lawyers and other small business owners, who have also rallied against the changes — that provide a different income stream or flow, said Bill Tam, CEO of The BC Tech Association.For these companies, the proposal creates an additional worry around taxation, he said, adding he’s heard concerns from a few of the group’s 540 members.The association has encouraged its members to support the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s effort to lobby the government to reconsider the changes, he said.Innovation is a top priority for Ottawa. The buzzword received hundreds of mentions in the budget and the Liberals have committed to $950 million to a supercluster program.A spokesman for Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Wednesday that the government is committed to supporting “hardworking entrepreneurs” and the changes are not aimed at them.“We are proposing to address unfair tax planning strategies that allow some wealthy individuals to use corporate structures to shelter income from higher personal tax rates,” he said in an emailed statement.Some entrepreneurs are not convinced.The changes could put all streams of funding for entrepreneurs, including personal savings, family support, and angel and institutional investors, at risk, said Jade Bourelle, CEO and co-founder of Talemetry, a Richmond, B.C.-based recruitment firm that uses smart technology.Budding business people could find themselves in a position in which they will have to give up a greater share of equity in their companies in exchange for funds, and will pay higher taxes if they ever sell the company, he said.“So why do it in the first place?” Bourelle asked.If the government wants to have more head offices in cities like Vancouver, Holmes said, that won’t happen by convincing established companies to move to the West coast. A relocation like that involves significant cost, among other issues.“If we want to get more head offices there, we need to create more Hootsuites,” he said. “I think you need to be very favourable at the small end of the market.”Those start ups can become big businesses with large, local headquarters.Hootsuite, which launched in 2008, now employs close to 1,000 people in Vancouver and several offices abroad, according to its website.While doctors, lawyers, shopkeepers and other who have incorporated their small businesses to lower their tax bill have been speaking out, the tech community has remained largely out of the public discourse.“It takes a little bit of time for people to understand the impact and I think that’s happening now,” Bourelle said, adding he expects vocal opposition to “ramp up” from lots of different sectors.Tech firm leaders have been successful in changing the Liberal government’s mind about policy in the past. After discontent from a number of tech firms, Ottawa abandoned a plan to cap how much could be claimed through stock option deductions.The prime minister’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, responded to criticism of the proposals on Wednesday morning with a recognition that the measures are not just a question of fairness but also of boosting government revenues.“If we all want the Canada we say we want, we have to pay for it. If our government encourages our wealthiest citizens to opt out of progressive income tax, we will not be able to do that.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Note to readers: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Gerald Butts’s title. He is actually the prime minister’s principal secretary.last_img read more