NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNCLavalin questions

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. — Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says a public inquiry is necessary in the scandal involving engineering giant SNC-Lavalin and Canada’s former justice minister.Singh says serious questions need to be answered about the scandal that cuts to the heart of Canada’s democracy.Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week, days after a report that says she was pressured to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution when she was justice minister.She was moved to veterans affairs in a cabinet shuffle last month before she resigned, saying she was getting legal advice on what she was permitted to say about the claims.Singh, who’s campaigning in Burnaby, B.C., for a byelection next Monday, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government appears to be acting on behalf of its “friends” in this situation.He says after Liberal justice committee members attempted last week to obstruct any attempt to get to the bottom of the allegations, while the prime minister repeatedly changed his story, it’s become clear that a public inquiry is needed.The New Democrats will is also asking Trudeau to allow Wilson-Raybould to be able to speak about the issue.The party will ask for a vote on both measures later this week, he says.“These are things that Canadians demand,” Singh says.The call comes as Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s principal secretary and longtime friend, resigned.In a statement, Butts denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the office improperly pressured Wilson-Raybould to help SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal case on corruption and bribery charges related to government contracts in Libya.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The Globe and Mail leads 2018 National Newspaper Award nominations

first_imgTORONTO — The Globe and Mail has received the most nominations for the 2018 National Newspaper Awards, with 20 out of 63 finalists for the distinction.The Toronto Star and La Presse are in second place with six nominations each.The Canadian Press received four nominations — one in the breaking news category for its team coverage of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that killed 16 people, and three in the news, sports and feature photo categories.  The Saskatoon StarPhoenix and Waterloo Region Record each received three, while the Winnipeg Free Press, St. Catharines Standard, Calgary Herald/Calgary Sun, Edmonton Journal/Edmonton Sun and Ottawa Citizen nabbed two each.Another 11 organizations received one nomination apiece.The nominations are issued in 21 categories, and selected from 951 entries for work published in 2018, with the winners to be announced at an awards ceremony in Toronto on May 3.Here is the full list of nominees:Arts and Entertainment: Jonathan Dekel, Globe and Mail, for a feature about how the members of Radiohead continue to deal with the death of one of their crew members when a stage collapsed in Toronto almost seven years ago. Chris Hannay and Daniel Leblanc, Globe and Mail, for investigating the National Gallery of Canada’s botched attempt to sell a major piece of art by Marc Chagall in order to free up money to buy another artwork. Fanny Lévesque, Katia Gagnon and Véronique Lauzon, La Presse, for exposing how the head of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra used his authority to engage in psychological harassment and sometimes physical aggression against musicians.Beat Reporting: Zosia Bielski, Globe and Mail, for coverage of gender and sexuality. David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen, for coverage of the national defence beat. Randy Richmond, London Free Press, for coverage of Ontario’s correctional system.Breaking News: The Canadian Press, for team coverage of the truck-bus collision that killed 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos organization. Charles-Antoine Gagnon, Louis-Denis Ebacher, Jean-Simon Milette, Daniel LeBlanc and Mathieu Bélanger, Le Droit, for coverage of a tornado that struck the Ottawa-Gatineau region. The Toronto Star, for team coverage of a shocking incident when a man driving a van mowed down pedestrians on Yonge Street, killing 10 of them.Business: Jeff Lewis, Jeffrey Jones, Renata D’Aliesio and Chen Wang, Globe and Mail, for digging deeply into the flourishing trade of aging wells, in which major companies routinely offload energy assets burdened with hefty cleanup costs onto smaller players with scant ability to pay the environmental bill. Paul Waldie, Globe and Mail, for an investigation that revealed how Canadian corporate money helped to finance Islamic State terrorism abroad. Geoffrey York, Globe and Mail, for finding evidence of questionable conduct and connections to corruption in South African business deals made by Bombardier and Export Development Canada.Columns: Nathalie Petrowski, La Presse; Niigaan Sinclair, Winnipeg Free Press; Russell Wangersky, St. John’s Telegram.Editorial Cartooning: Michael de Adder, Halifax Chronicle-Herald/Brunswick News/Toronto Star; Brian Gable, Globe and Mail; Garnotte (Michel Garneau), Le Devoir.Editorials: François Cardinal, La Presse; Heather Persson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix; John Roe, Waterloo Region Record.Explanatory Work: Carolyn Abraham, Globe and Mail, for “Cracks in the Code,” which explored how science’s ability to “read” DNA has far outpaced its capacity to understand it. James Bagnall, Ottawa Citizen, for a thorough explanation of how the federal government managed to end up with its deeply flawed, and very expensive, Phoenix employee pay system. Douglas Quan, National Post, for discovering how the municipal government in Richmond, B.C., was dealing with cultural challenges it faces as the “most Asian” city in North America.Feature Photo: Chris Donovan, Globe and Mail, for a photo of a woman saying farewell to a friend just before her medically assisted death. Andrew Vaughan, Canadian Press, for a photo of fog shrouding the waterfront during flooding in Fredericton. Gavin Young, Calgary Herald/Calgary Sun, for an image depicting an oasis of calm on the otherwise raucous Calgary Stampede midway.International: Daniel Dale, Toronto Star, for his exhaustive coverage of the deceptions and lies of U.S. President Donald Trump. Stephanie Nolen, Globe and Mail, for her reporting on Brazil, from environmental challenges to social and political developments. Nathan VanderKlippe, Globe and Mail, for an on-the-ground look at China’s crackdown on Uyghurs and repression of Muslim observance.Investigations: Aaron Derfel, Montreal Gazette, for uncovering shocking information about violent acts committed against health-care workers at Montreal General Hospital, and the institution’s attempts to cover up the incidents. Grant LaFleche, St. Catharines Standard, for a year-long investigation that uncovered a political conspiracy to manipulate the hiring of Niagara Region’s top bureaucrat and a secret contract worth more than a million dollars. Wendy Stueck and Mike Hager, Globe and Mail, for a series exposing the deplorable conditions in many rental buildings in Vancouver’s low-income Downtown Eastside, and failed efforts by the city to enforce its bylaws.Local Reporting: Erin DeBooy, Brandon Sun, for an unflinching look at the personal and human toll caused by methamphetamine use in her community. Grant LaFleche, St. Catharines Standard, for a year-long investigation that uncovered a political conspiracy to manipulate the hiring of Niagara Region’s top bureaucrat and a secret contract worth more than a million dollars. Greg Mercer, Waterloo Region Record, for a detailed probe into the serious health problems that afflicted workers from the region’s once-booming rubber industry, and the apparent reluctance of workplace safety officials to accept their compensation claims.Long Feature: Isabelle Hachey, La Presse, for a feature about an amazing medical feat: the first facial transplant in Canada. Jana G. Pruden, Globe and Mail, for a story on the aftermath of a fire that left three people dead, and a family destroyed. Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail, for a feature about an experiment in which three lab monkeys were quietly moved to a sanctuary to retire, instead of facing the death sentence that awaits most animals used in medical research.News Photo: Jonathan Hayward, Canadian Press, for a photo of a man who salvaged his friend’s prized electric guitars after a flood in Grand Forks, B.C. Darren Makowichuk, Calgary Herald/Calgary Sun, for an image of police officers tending to a fallen comrade. Kayle Neis, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, for a photo of hockey sticks stuck in a snowbank as a memorial to members of the Humboldt Broncos who had been killed in a bus-truck collision.Photo Essay: Carlos Osorio, Toronto Star, for photos accompanying a feature story about a 77-year-old woman who was forced to move out of the publicly subsidized building she lived in when it was deemed unsafe. Renaud Philippe, Globe and Mail, for pictures documenting the plight of the Rohingya and their escape from genocide in Myanmar. Melissa Tait, Globe and Mail, for an essay about a rugby league that strengthens relationships among its women players, and provides support for families.Politics: Lori Culbert, Dan Fumano and Joanne Lee-Young, Vancouver Sun/The Province, for an in-depth look at what governments had done and were promising to do about affordable housing in one of the world’s most expensive cities. Robert Fife, Steven Chase, Sean Silcoff and Christine Dobby, Globe and Mail, for looking into how Huawei fits in with Beijing’s global ambitions, and just how far Canada was willing to go to accommodate the technology juggernaut’s quest for expansion. Greg Mercer, Waterloo Region Record, for exposing how the Ontario Conservative party concocted a story that a legislator had sexually harassed a former party intern, in order to nominate a more well-connected party insider.Presentation: Laura Blenkinsop and Christopher Manza, Globe and Mail, for their work showcasing a Brazilian road trip, a major investigation and a true crime saga. Jean-François Codère and Maxime Jean, La Presse, for a highly interactive presentation accompanying a story about a nearly disastrous Air Canada flight. Cameron Tulk, David Schnitman, Tania Pereira and Fadi Yaacoub, Toronto Star, for bringing to life a research project in which reporters fact-checked every question and answer over five days of Question Period, to find out just how much federal politicians speak the truth.Project of the Year: Jessica Botelho-Urbanski, Melissa Martin and Katie May, Winnipeg Free Press, for “Ice Storm: Manitoba’s Meth Crisis,” a seven-part series documenting how methamphetamine was ravaging Winnipeg and destroying lives. Zane Schwartz, National Post/Calgary Herald, for “Follow the Money,” an 18-month project that gathered and analyzed more than five million records across Canada to create the first central, searchable database of political donations in every province and territory. A Toronto Star team for “Medical Disorder,” an 18-month effort to collect, analyze and report on 27,000 discipline records and 1.4 million licensing records for doctors practising in Canada and the United States.Short Feature: Jamie Ross, Globe and Mail, for a piece, in the wake of the fatal Humboldt Broncos bus-truck crash, that explained what playing junior hockey meant to him as he was transitioning from youth to adult and trying to find his way in life. Jon Wells, Hamilton Spectator, for an engaging and poignant story about a couple’s determination to see a man freed from death row in the U.S. for a crime he said he did not commit. Patrick White, Globe and Mail, for a story about a humble, rural attraction – a simple sunflower patch – that had been ruined by a social media mob.Sports: Dan Barnes, Edmonton Journal/Edmonton Sun, for reporting on the sad tale of Dorian Boose, who played in the NFL and won a championship with the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos, only to end up living on the streets and eventually taking his own life. Kevin Mitchell, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, for deep coverage, spanning a period of months, on the Humboldt Broncos bus-truck crash and its aftermath. Mary Ormsby, Toronto Star, for uncovering new information that suggested sprinter Ben Johnson’s drug sample had been mishandled 30 years earlier, and for a story outlining the cognitive decline and personal turmoil faced by legendary boxer George Chuvalo.Sports Photo: Bernard Brault, La Presse, for an image of acrobatic Olympic skiers awaiting results while one of their fellow competitors soars overhead. Ed Kaiser, Edmonton Journal/Edmonton Sun, for a picture showing a Vancouver Canucks player flying through the air as he attempts a shot on goal.Andrew Vaughan, Canadian Press, for a photo of a downed fighter that captures the brutality of mixed martial arts.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

In the news today April 24

first_imgALSO IN THE NEWS:— Constitutional arguments will be heard in the case of Lorne Grabher, whose surname-personalized licence plate was revoked because it was deemed offensive to women.—  Abdulahai Hasan Sharif to return to court with a new lawyer on five charges of attempted murder. An Edmonton police officer was stabbed outside a football game and four pedestrians were hit by a man driving a U-Haul truck in October 2017. The judge ordered Sharif to find a new lawyer ahead of a court date on April 9.— Fatality inquiry into the deaths of Const. David Wynn and Shawn Rehn. Rehn was out on bail when he shot Wynn in a casino. He then shot himself in a nearby home.———The Canadian Press Five stories in the news for Wednesday, April 24———VOTERS IN P.E.I. ELECT TORY MINORITYVoters in P.E.I. have shed their century-old embrace of the Island’s two-party system, electing a Tory minority government and handing the upstart Green party official Opposition status for the first time. With all polls reporting Tuesday, the Tories won 12 seats, the Greens held nine, and the incumbent Liberals, led by Premier Wade MacLauchlan, had won five. The Greens had led in opinion polls since August, prompting speculation they could be poised to form Canada’s first Green government.———INQUIRY STARTS FOR SLAIN ALBERTA RCMP OFFICERThe widow of an Edmonton-area RCMP officer slain on duty hopes politicians take seriously any recommendations from a fatality inquiry into her husband’s death. The inquiry into the 2015 shooting of Constable David Wynn is to begin this morning. Wynn was shot while investigating a stolen truck parked outside a casino in St. Albert. The man who shot him, Shawn Rehn, was out on bail facing 15 charge, including weapons offences. An RCMP auxiliary constable was also wounded in the shooting, and there have been changes in how the force uses those civilians.———DATA SUGGESTS NO SPIKE IN HIGH DRIVING CHARGESA survey of police departments by The Canadian Press suggests no major rise or fall in drug-impaired driving charges in the six months since cannabis was legalized. Police departments in Edmonton and Vancouver say it’s been “business as usual” with similar rates of enforcement, while R-C-M-P in Newfoundland say they have charged about half as many people with drug-impaired driving since legalization compared with the same time period a year ago. R-C-M-P in Alberta were among the only departments to report an increase, with 58 charges — up from 32 over the same six months last year. Many departments say it’s too early to release data and national figures are not yet available.———PLANT MASKING POT ODOUR AROUND EDMONTON AIRPORTA skunky smell greeting travellers at Edmonton’s airport doesn’t mean stinky critters are running lose in the area. The scent is coming from the Edmonton International Airport’s new neighbour — Aurora Sky — which produces more than 100-thousand kilograms of cannabis per year. Aurora Cannabis, the company that operates the grow facility, is going to great lengths to mitigate any pot odour wafting over to the airport. Since the completion of the facility in January, the company has introduced two new exhaust units for deodorization, added 800 air filters throughout processing areas and more than 13-hundred pocket filters throughout the grow bays.———SUGAR SHACKS GO VEGAN IN MEAT-LOVING QUEBECSugar shacks are a vegan’s nightmare. The cabanes a sucre, as French-Canadians call the backwoods repositories of Quebec culinary tradition, have evolved from humble huts where sap is boiled down to maple syrup into feasting houses churning out meat by the tray-full. Glazed ham, sausages, meat pies, scrambled eggs and pork rinds are all standard fare atop their communal tables, baked into the definition of the term. No longer. Fuelled by growing health and ethical concerns and culinary creativity, shifting eating habits have seen vegetarian and vegan dishes mushroom at cabanes a sucre across Quebec, along with a few pure vegan sugar shacks — heresy in recent times.———last_img read more

Oka calls for moratorium on land transfer and seeks RCMP presence in

first_imgOKA, Que. — The Quebec town of Oka is calling on the federal government to impose a moratorium on the proposed transfer of lands to the neighbouring community of Kanesatake.It is also asking for an RCMP detachment to police the Mohawk community.The proposals were contained in resolutions adopted Tuesday evening addressed to the federal and provincial governments as well as to the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake.Mayor Pascal Quevillon held the first public council meeting since tensions mounted after a local developer proposed returning privately held lands to the adjacent Mohawk community, about 50 kilometres west of Montreal.Quevillon told the meeting that Oka wants to live in harmony with the neighbouring Mohawk community, saying strong ties between the two have developed over 300 years of history.But the council is calling on Ottawa to hold consultations that would take into account the concerns of Oka residents over the proposed transfer of land. The mayor also said an RCMP presence is needed to restore law and order in Kanesatake. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Bob Woodruffs Stand Up For Heroes Raises 3 Million

first_imgStand Up for Heroes, the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s (BWF) annual benefit event and the kickoff for the New York Comedy Festival, on Nov. 8, 2012, brought together celebrities, service members and their families for a night of laughter and performances from A-list musicians and comedians, as well as wounded veterans, to raise funds for programs that the Bob Woodruff Foundation helps support.Roger Waters performs with wounded veterans from MusiCorps as part of the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s 6th Annual Stand Up for Heroes event The proceeds from the sixth annual event, more than $3 million—bringing to $13 million the total funds raised for all Stand Up for Heroes benefits—will benefit organizations across the country vetted by the Bob Woodruff Foundation for their effectiveness and success.In addition, BWF is now joining the GivingTuesday initiative in order to continue the momentum from the amazingly successful Stand Up for Heroes benefit, which will allow the foundation to fundraise via micro-donations and activating its social media constituency.“We are thrilled with the results from Stand Up for Heroes—the generosity of spirit exhibited that evening from all the honored guests, performers and supporters is quite humbling,” said Bob Woodruff, co-founder, the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “And now with #GivingTuesday, we’re excited to see the spirit of the holiday season kick off in such a charitable way.”For the first time ever this year, the Stand Up for Heroes event was live streamed on YouTube—with performances by Bruce Springsteen (who was joined by his wife, Pattie Scialfa, for one song); John Mayer, who performed an instrumental version of the Beatles’ “Long and Winding Road” on an electric guitar; Roger Waters, who took to the stage with a band of service members. Specifically for this event, Waters enlisted warriors from an organization the Bob Woodruff Foundation funds, the rehabilitation program MusiCorps—along with help from MusiCorps’ founder Arthur Bloom. MusiCorps operates out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.Comedians who took the stage for this year’s 6th annual Stand Up for Heroes event included Mike Birbiglia, Ricky Gervais, Patton Oswalt, Jon Stewart and Robin Williams.The musical acts, as well as performances by the service members and interviews with celebrities in attendance, are still viewable on Remind.org. Donations can be made on the site, as well, at Remind.org, or by texting “BWF” to 50555 to donate $10. Follow the Bob Woodruff Foundation on Twitter @ReMIND and take action by participating in the #GivingTuesday movement this season on Nov. 27, 2012.#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give, culminating with a national day of giving on Nov. 27, 2012. The effort harnesses the American spirit and collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.#GivingTuesday will leverage the power of social media to create a better world. In addition to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, founding partners include Blackbaud, the Case Foundation, charity:water, Darden Restaurant Group, DonorsChoose.org, Global Giving, Groupon, Kiva, Mashable, Unilever, United Nations Foundation, United Way and VentureThree Capital.last_img read more

Angela Kinsey Creates Holiday Box For Oceana

first_imgCitrus Lane, a leading subscription box company created by moms to bring the best products for kids to parents everywhere, announces a special edition “Mommy and Me” holiday box curated by its celebrity brand ambassador, Angela Kinsey (NBC’s The Office). The box will benefit Kinsey’s long-standing charity of choice, Oceana, the world’s largest ocean advocacy organization.“I am beyond excited that the Citrus Lane community has invited me to design my own box!” says Kinsey. “I am so drawn to Citrus Lane’s compassion for bringing parents together to help each other and teach us all about the best products and responsible companies behind them in the vast marketplace. Every month I learn a little more about how to give the best to my family.”Kinsey’s box is on sale for $45 at www.citruslane.com. Her choices were inspired by her four year old daughter, Isabel, and the times they spend together playing make believe and cooking in the kitchen. Appropriate for preschoolers aged 4-6, the box will include a personal note from Kinsey to Citrus Lane parents, along with a selection of goodies including:• Tea Set by Green Toys• Ivy and Bean Paper Doll set by Chronicle Books• Penguin Cookie Cutter from Oceana with Kinsey’s special recipe for sugar cookies• Sparkle Hearts Hair and Body Gift Set• Shreds snack by Plum Organics“We are grateful to Angela for sharing her favorite products, recipes and inspirations to create this special edition box,” says Mauria Finley, CEO of Citrus Lane. “Angela’s Mommy and Me box is sure to delight girls and their parents, and help them create cozy family time in the middle of all of the holiday hustle and bustle.”For each purchase, 20% of proceeds will go to Oceana (with a guaranteed $5,000 minimum donation) to support its work to protect the world’s oceans. Growing up in Indonesia, Kinsey had a special connection to the oceans at a young age and a deep love for the sea and its beauty. She partnered with Oceana to do what she can to preserve and restore the ocean so that her daughter can have the same appreciation for the Earth’s water and sea life.“Oceana thanks both Angela and Citrus Lane for this great holiday gift idea,” says Oceana Vice President Matt Littlejohn. “Angela has been such a wonderful and impactful advocate for Oceana and the oceans – she’s swam in the water with sea turtles, lobbied Congress, hosted major fundraisers, done tons of social media and, as evidenced by this new effort, always looks for opportunities to help Oceana achieve its mission of winning campaigns that help to protect the world’s oceans. We are very lucky and grateful for her support.”To purchase Angela Kinsey’s box or to join the Citrus Lane community of parents, visit www.citruslane.com, or Facebook at www.facebook.com/CitrusLaneKids.last_img read more

La La Anthony To Host Russell Simmons HipHop Inaugural Ball

first_imgHip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) along with PHILANTHROPIK are pleased to present the HIP-HOP INAUGURAL BALL II in celebration of the Hip-Hop community’s role in the 2012 Election and promoting political awareness.Actress and television personality La La Anthony together with actor and E! News anchor Terrence J will host the black tie, charity gala at 8 p.m., January 20, at The Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F Street, N.W., Washington, DC.The brainchild of event chairs Russell Simmons and Zach McDaniels, the HEINEKEN USA sponsored Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball will once again be the hippest and hottest ticket of the Inaugural weekend, celebrating the hip-hop community’s role in popular culture and the 2012 election. 2 Chainz, John Legend, Eva Longoria, Swizz Beatz, Pharrell Williams, Jadakiss, Brandy, LOS, Tank, Lance Gross, 9th Wonder and Raheem DeVaughn and more will be amongst the many in attendance to celebrate the role that hip-hop played in registering and mobilizing voters during this election cycle.The highly anticipated evening promises exclusive performances, reunions, unbelievable collaborations and great music from legendary artists including Hip-Hop DJ D-Nice and Hip-Hop Icon Doug E. Fresh and will also award and recognize those artists and organizations that have impacted and influenced the hip-hop and youth communities to be active, politically and socially.A special treat: hip-hop violinist Damien Escobar from the group Nuttin but Stringz (America’s Got Talent) will perform, as will Wayne Brady and Meek Mill, Marsha Ambrosius. Charles “ROC” Dutton and Jadakiss will give us a sneak peak at their new movie “Must Be the Music.”Lifetime Achievement honoree MC Lyte will be honored with a special tribute performance by fellow ladies of hip-hop Yo-Yo, Smooth and Lil Mama. The Human Beat Box , hip-hop legend Doug E. Fresh will also receive a Lifetime Achievement award.This year, special acknowledgment will be made in recognition of the role the Hispanic/Latina hip-hop community played in galvanizing large numbers of Hispanics to vote by honoring VOTO LATINO . Actress Rosario Dawson will accept an award on behalf of Voto Latino, the non-partisan organization she co-founded to bring new and diverse voices into the political process by engaging youth, media, technology and celebrities to promote positive change.A special recognition will be given to honor Dr. Benjamin Chavis, HSAN President, and his work as a mentor and advocate within the hip-hop community and for his life-long commitment to the Civil Rights Movement. The governor of North Carolina recently pardoned him and ten others who were falsely convicted and imprisoned for arson in the historic “Wilmington Ten” case.The party will continue throughout the venue after the awards and performances with Legendary DJ D-Nice and DJ Lil Mic on the one’s and two’s.The Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball is a charity fundraiser with all ticket proceeds going to PHILANTHROPIK, a non-profit committed to supporting programs and initiatives that empower the community and inspire young people to be philanthropic.FOR TICKETS GO TO: www.eventfarm.com/HIB2013.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Neil Patrick Harris Joins Stars For LA Mission Thanksgiving

first_imgThe homeless on Skid Row were treated to a special Thanksgiving meal courtesy of the Los Angeles Mission, sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, and prepared by a group of LA’s top chefs (led by Chef Michael Voltaggio, chef/owner of ink.,) and Chris Cormier’s Mission’s kitchen staff.At the midday event, thousands enjoyed a unique dining experience of newly created gourmet recipes served up by celebrities and local political leaders.Among the celebrities who attended were Neil Patrick Harris, Jo Frost, Kate Linder, Kevin Nealon, Bella Thorne, Andrea Bowen and many more.The Los Angeles Mission welcomed their Skid Row neighbors to a celebration of Thanksgiving with friends and supporters who have a heart for helping people in need.“We’ll serve more than half a million nutritious meals this year, none more important than the Thanksgiving meal,” said Herb Smith, President of the Los Angeles Mission. “That’s why we are so pleased that Chef Voltaggio has worked closely with his handpicked team of top chefs to create this unique meal. The Mission’s own kitchen staff has worked around the clock to implement this very special meal. The message to our guests is ‘you are special, you are valuable and we care about you.’“It is more than a meal,’’ says Smith. “This feast provides us with the opportunity to grow everyday connections into relationships. These relationships are vitally necessary to help many of the homeless go ahead and decide to join our life-changing program to rehabilitate and to restore their lives.”“The creative process for me was to figure out how to cook a hot and delicious meal for over 3500 guests,” said Chef Voltaggio. “I enjoyed cooking with all of these incredible chefs, and with the amazing Mission staff. We were excited to put together a hearty, nutritious meal from turkey through pumpkin pie and everything in between. It’s truly a blessing to share this part of ourselves with so many people.”The Mission was started as a soup kitchen for depression era men in 1936 – 77 years ago. The men who came to the Mission back then would be very surprised at the gourmet quality of the food being served this Thanksgiving. The Mission still serves three separate meals each and every day, and provides emergency shelter, but the primary work of the Mission in 2013 is helping men and women restore their lives and get back on their feet.Thousands have graduated from the program and have gone on to live productive lives off the streets. Mission program alumni always come back to volunteer. This year many alumni were among the volunteers on hand to help others.The Mission is pleased to welcome back Wells Fargo Bank as the generous corporate sponsor of this event for the seventh year. Wells Fargo’s $50,000 donation to the Mission helps to support year round services to the homeless beyond the meal.“On behalf of Wells Fargo and the more than 200 team member volunteers who are helping give back to the community, we are privileged to once again be a part of today’s Thanksgiving event at the Los Angeles Mission,” said John Sotoodeh, Wells Fargo regional president of the L.A./Orange County Community Bank. ” We hope to encourage other corporate leaders to join together with organizations like the Los Angeles Mission in providing food, shelter and services to the most vulnerable members of our communities.”Many of the Wells Fargo executives and volunteers arrived via the company’s iconic stagecoaches to make their delivery to the Mission. The Wells Fargo stagecoach, pulled by a team of horses, drove to the front of the Mission to unload donations of toys and goodies for the upcoming Christmas event at the Mission.Each year, the LA Mission’s Thanksgiving event is a huge undertaking with more than 500 staff and volunteers working for months to get everything planned, set up and ready to serve. Chef Voltaggio has been working for weeks with six of LA’s best chefs to create a top chef version of the ultimate comfort food for the Skid Row community.Those talented chefs include: Suzanne Goin, Josiah Citrin, Steve Samson, Ray Garcia, Josef Centeno, and Duff Goldman.This means brining and roasting more than a ton and a half of turkey breast. The menu includes: 700 pounds of a chestnut, sage and mushroom stuffing, 80 gallons of country-style turkey sausage gravy, hundreds of pounds of sweet potatoes seasoned with bacon and spinach, thousands of pounds of chile sesame orange glazed carrots, half a ton of mashed potatoes with crème fraiche and garlic confit, 3500 servings of cranberry citrus zest, 4000 dinner rolls (donated by King Hawaiian) and 600 pumpkin and apple pies (donated by Bonert’s Slice of Pie), topped with cinnamon pecan whipped cream.The meal is served on a closed portion of 5th Street in downtown Los Angeles, the heart of Skid Row. Tents erected on the street shelter specially decorated tables and seating to create a festive atmosphere. Thousands of guests from Skid Row are seated and served the meal by volunteers from the community, by entertainment industry stalwarts, by Hollywood celebrities and by local political leaders, including recently elected LA mayor Eric Garcetti.The Los Angeles Christian Health Centers provided foot washing and examinations to nearly 400 of the day’s guests. In addition to getting their feet washed, physicians, nurses and other medical staff did examinations and minor procedures to relieve foot issues. Those with more serious problems were referred to the clinic for appointments. The clinic partners with the Mission to provide medical services for area residents. The Los Angeles County Department of Health was also on hand to provide free flu shots.Key business partners and and benevolent organizations contributed much-needed elements to the event: Landsberg Amcor provided the cutlery, plates and napkins, Tarps Plus provided and distributed 2,000 tarps, Icelandic Glacial Water provided bottled water for guests, Kimberly Vodang, Ms. America International 2011 distributed 1200 blankets, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians provided turkeys and A Foundation for Kids provided crafts for the children who attended.And for the 16th year, students at Suzanne Middle School provided bags of candy that were distributed to the guests. The students collect candy on Halloween, bag it into individual servings and the Mission hands it out at the event.“We are able to pull off events like this only because of the great generosity of the people of Los Angeles. The kindness of area companies, individuals and groups who step up to give make the work we do possible,” said Smith. “Because of dollars donated by Wells Fargo, and out of the efforts of many other magnanimous companies and individuals, we are able to give more.“We are most grateful for in-kind gifts like food, cutlery, tarps, blankets, even flu shots, and thousands of other items. We greatly enjoy the talents brought to our table by people like Michael Voltaggio and his top chefs.“The kindness of strangers blesses our endeavors every day. This ministry’s work would not be possible without the tremendous help we receive from our city. I want to thank everyone who gave and served to make today possible.”last_img read more

Princes Trust Red Dinner Raises £90000

first_imgThe sold-out Prince’s Trust Red Dinner raised more than £90,000 to support unemployed young people in the South West.Guests were treated to a night of Hollywood glamour at Clifton College with a themed dinner and drinks reception hosted by Suttons & Robertson and sponsored by Laurent Perrier and Goldbrick House.Entertainment was provided by X Factor’s Alexandra Burke, The Voice UK’s Celestine Walcott-Gordon and the evening’s host Omid Djalili.Celestine, 30, from St Paul’s in Bristol, was backed by The Prince’s Trust in 2005 and given a loan to independently launch her debut album Secret Side.Celestine, who sang at the Red Dinner, says: “The Prince’s Trust has played an important role in my life. For a charity like that to believe in me is amazing.“Someone could have said that I was not making a product, just creating music, and see this as a risk but the Prince’s Trust just saw my potential.”A luxury live auction, sponsored by Matthew Clarke, also saw a bass guitar signed by singer-songwriter Sting raise £5,000 to help change the lives of disadvantaged young people across the region, where 8,400 young people are currently unemployed.The annual event, sponsored by Bond Dickinson and RBS, has raised more than £212,000 in the last two years.One in four young people are currently unemployed in Bristol, and The Prince’s Trust, which tackles youth unemployment in every region and country of the UK, worked with 800 disadvantaged young people in the area each year.Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.Source:Prince’s Trustlast_img read more

Pamela Anderson Speaks Out Against Cruel Animal Shows

first_imgPamela Anderson has written to PETA supporters asking them to join her in refusing to attend marine parks such as SeaWorld.“As someone who cares deeply about animals, I know that they truly do not belong in the entertainment industry,” she wrote. “So when I hear about the abuse at places such as SeaWorld where captive marine animals are forced to perform tricks that go against their nature, it breaks my heart. And when orcas rebel and kill their trainers, as Tilikum did at SeaWorld Orlando, their captivity becomes tragic for people, too.“Marine mammals are some of the most intelligent, social creatures on the planet. They are meant to roam the open oceans, not be forced to interact with people in an area that, to them, is the size of a large tub.”“Orcas held captive at SeaWorld spend decades trapped in tiny tanks, swimming in endless circles and forced to perform meaningless tricks for gawking spectators,” added PETA’s Ingrid Newkirk. “At circuses such as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, terrified baby elephants are torn away from their mothers and struck with sharp bullhooks until they submit to workers.“Animal abusers are trying to draw visitors in by offering deeply discounted tickets in partnership with Groupon. But if we join together and speak up now, we can convince Groupon to sever ties with the likes of SeaWorld and Ringling Bros. — and cut off one of the last tools that these companies have to prop up their abusive businesses.“Speak up now for orcas, elephants, and other animals trapped and tormented by the entertainment industry! Tell Groupon to stop promoting cruel animal shows and cancel these deals today.“Many major companies, including MasterCard, Visa, Ford, and Travelzoo, already have a ban on Ringling Bros. promotions. And thanks to the success of documentary films such as Blackfish — and the public outcry from people like you — the backlash against companies such as SeaWorld is in full swing, and it’s only growing stronger. Musical acts such as Willie Nelson and the Barenaked Ladies have canceled appearances at the park in recent months, and New York hot spot Bagatelle canceled SeaWorld’s 50th anniversary party after hearing from PETA.”Click here to help PETA stop cruel animal shows.last_img read more

Eva Mendes Shows Kindness To Bunnies With CrueltyFree Makeup Line

first_imgFor today’s leading ladies, glamour and compassion for animals go hand in hand — for proof, look at Eva Mendes, whose new makeup line, CIRCA, has just provided PETA with assurance that it does not conduct, commission, or pay for tests on animals anywhere in the world.This move has landed CIRCA in PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies guide to cruelty-free cosmetics, alongside Drew Barrymore’s FLOWER, Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company, Miranda Kerr’s KORA Organics, and Alicia Silverstone’s past lines for Juice Beauty and EcoTools. PETA has also sent Mendes a thank-you gift of delicious vegan chocolates.“Eva Mendes’ commitment to cruelty-free cosmetics prevents animals from being used in deadly poisoning tests and reminds us all to make kind choices for animals when we shop, too,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Eva shows us that she is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.”Every year, hundreds of thousands of animals around the world are force-fed chemicals or have substances dripped into their eyes or rubbed onto their raw, abraded skin in archaic, unreliable cosmetics tests, which are not required by law in the U.S. and have been banned in the European Union, Israel, and India.As documented by PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on,” while some companies test their products on animals, more than 1,700 compassionate companies — including CIRCA as well as Urban Decay, Paul Mitchell Systems, and The Body Shop — use only modern non-animal methods to test their products and ingredients.Source:PETAlast_img read more

Sheryl Crow Kicks Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by Ringing Nasdaq Opening

first_imgHologic, Inc. has announced that breast cancer survivor and Grammy Award-winner Sheryl Crow will join Steve MacMillan, the Company’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, to ring the Nasdaq Opening Bell on October 3, in conjunction with the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Hologic’s participation in the bell ringing marks the start of a month-long series of national events and media appearances to increase awareness of the Genius 3D MAMMOGRAPHY exam, the only mammogram clinically proven to detect cancer 15 months earlier than traditional 2D screenings. The Genius exam also has been shown to reduce unnecessary callbacks by up to 40 percent, and detect 41 percent more invasive cancers than conventional mammography alone.“We are honored to ring in Breast Cancer Awareness Month with our spokeswoman, Sheryl Crow, who shares Hologic’s steadfast commitment to educating women on the importance of early detection,” said MacMillan. “Early detection saves lives, and our hope is that by the end of this month every woman across the country knows that a more accurate mammogram, the Genius exam, finds more invasive cancers, faster, than traditional mammography.”Crow, a breast cancer survivor marking 10 years since her diagnosis, will participate in a series of national and regional media interviews throughout the month. In addition, Hologic teams will educate women at a variety of events in 10 cities across the nation, including Dallas, TX, Phoenix, AZ, Birmingham, AL, and Pittsburgh, PA. The Company also will sponsor American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure walks in multiple markets where Hologic sites are located. Hologic will support these efforts with a national advertising campaign featuring Crow via print, billboard and online ad placements. All campaign materials will drive consumers to a microsite where women can learn more about the technology and find imaging sites offering the Genius exam.“Ten years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram,” said Crow. “Fortunately, it was caught early and I’m now cancer-free. I’m proud to be working with Hologic during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to urge women to take advantage of the best, and most accurate, screening technologies available.”Genius 3D MAMMOGRAPHY exams have been available in the U.S. since 2011, and are only available on the Hologic Selenia Dimensions mammography system. More than 100 clinical studies have proven the effectiveness of this exam and in 2015, an estimated 10 million women in the U.S. benefited from a Genius exam. Additional information, as well as a locator to find imaging sites offering the exams, can be found here.last_img read more

How Prince Harry and his new girl Meghan Markle have found themselves

first_imgPrince Harry’s rumoured romance with Meghan Markle was sparked by a meeting in Toronto six months ago and she has enjoyed near-monthly visits to London ever since.Harry, 32, was in the Canadian city to promote his Invictus Games for wounded servicemen and met the divorcee actress.In June Meghan was seen at Wimbledon on one of several trips to the capital since May this year, including on the same day Harry appeared on stage with Coldplay next to his Kensington Palace home. Just last week the actress posted a photograph of herself in a London Sainsbury’s while Harry was also in the city and both were wearing the same friendship bracelets. Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

CELEBRITY DESIGNER IRIS VAN HERPEN EXHIBIT HITS THE ROM

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Beginning Saturday, June 2nd and running until October 8th, the ROM debuts “Transforming Fashion” – a collaborative exhibit between Dutch designer Iris an Herpen and Canadian architect Philip Beesley. It is the only Canadian stop, and the last on the two year tour. A favourite of icons like Beyonce and Lady Gaga, Iris van Herpen’s 3D printed dresses were named one of the 50 Best Inventions by TIME in 2011. If you watched any of the 2018 Met Gala’s red carpet coverage, you might recognize her work donning Solange Knowles. Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Iris has been described by those who critique her work as “futuristic” or resembling something that would come out of a science fiction novel. But as StyleZeitgeist Creative Director Eugene Rabkin describes, in her work there is science but no fiction. She draws inspiration from nature, and the creativity of artists and architects, “Everything that I make is here and now.” says Iris, “I’m inspired by impossibility around me but nothing I make is impossible. I’m connected more to today than the future and I hope it inspires people to think of today as a different world.” The exhibition will showcase one-of-a-kind pieces from 15 of her collections spanning 2008 to 2015. She’s celebrated by creatives across all industries for her multi-disciplinary approach to fashion and collaboration to create new techniques and materials for her designs.last_img read more

Six Nations takes fight for school supplies to Aboriginal Affairs door

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere are five schools in Six Nations Iroquois territory in southern Ontario and they’re run by the federal Aboriginal Affairs department.But well over a month into the school there still a severe shortage of supplies, even textbooks.That has a lot of people demanding to know what’s going on.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has this story.last_img

Pictou Landing researches health effects of polluted harbor

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Mi’kmaq of Pictou Landing call Boat Harbour an example of environmental racism.The harbor sits just behind the community and in the last 1960s, the Nova Scotia government let a paper mill dump its toxic waste water in it.The First Nation has been living with it ever since.A research group is using a unique approach to study the impacts.APTN’s Trina Roache brings us this story.last_img

Quebec inquiry hears that agencies trying to improve Indigenous relations

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsThe director of youth protection services for one of three different regions in Quebec went before the province’s public inquiry Wednesday and testified that the agency is striving to improve relations with Indigenous peoples.Marlene Gallagher also talked about the challenges involved – including language.To explain, she used an example.“He said to me, ‘Ma’am, do you know how director of youth protection translates into Innu?’” explained Gallagher. “In Innu, it means someone who takes away children.”Other regional directors of youth protection services acknowledged that when it comes to Indigenous relations, there’s a lot of work to be done.“They’ve explained to us there’s a lack of confidence in us,” said Michelyne Gagne.The inquiry is examining the relationship between some of Quebec’s public services and Indigenous peoples.It was called after news broke about provincial police abusing Indigenous women in the Val d’Or area northwest of Montreal.Most of Wednesday at the inquiry was about the new measures to change the frayed relationship.They include mandatory sensitivity training for youth protection workers, incorporating cultural ceremonies and traditions when meeting with families, and a new law that will give more power to communities over youth protection.“Presently in Quebec, there are two communities that are applying to obtain the power to manage their (youth protection) services,” said Gallagher.The law also emphasizes keeping children in their communities.“The intention behind this process is to keep children close to significant people in their lives,” said Phillipe Gagne, another regional director. “Who have the capacity to preserve the cultural identity of an Indigenous child.”While the directors acknowledged there are problems, they also said better days are ahead.“We don’t come here today with the pretension that all our intervention workers work according to the traditions and cultures of First Nations,” said Michelyne Gagne. “Nor that their interventions are perfect, nor that the entire organization of services responds to the needs of the community – but rest assured that we have the will to make it happen.”The province’s youth protection law that will give communities more power is expected to be in place by June 2018.Contact Tom here: tfennario@aptn.calast_img read more

BC opens trade and investment office in Seattle as part of 800K

first_imgSEATTLE – The B.C. government says it has opened a Trade and Investment office in Seattle geared at expanding the province’s trade network in the U.S. and attracting investment into British Columbia.B.C.’s Deputy Jobs Minister Fazil Mihlar announced the opening at the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference in Seattle Tuesday evening, saying Troy DeFrank, former trade commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle, was appointed as the office’s director.A ministry spokeswoman said the office is already open and the government has invested $800,000 into it and a similar office in Silicon Valley, scheduled to open this fall.The ministry said in a statement that the Seattle office will help connect B.C. companies with venture capitalists, skilled tech workers and strategic partners.Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston said in a statement that the office will “deepen the tech talent pool to mutually benefit companies on either side of the border.”The province already has trade and investment representatives around the world in Japan, South Korea, India, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Europe and the U.S.last_img read more

Enerplus plans more North Dakota growth as higher oil prices fuel Q4

first_imgCALGARY – Calgary-based Enerplus Corp. plans to continue to pour money into its North Dakota light oil play this year after crediting it with fourth-quarter profits that handily beat analyst expectations.The company will invest 90 per cent of its 2018 capital budget of between $535 million and $585 million in the United States, most in North Dakota Bakken light oil wells, where production is expected to grow by 30 per cent.It is also planning to drill up to three new oil wells on a new project in Colorado after strong results from its first well drilled last year.“For the last while, it’s been pretty easy to put money into the U.S. and it’s been harder to put money into Canada,” CEO Ian Dundas said on a conference call.He said the decision by Enerplus to concentrate on North Dakota a few years ago was based on its superior prospects and wasn’t an “anti-Canada call.” But he added falling corporate taxes in the U.S. and higher taxes in Canada since then have reinforced the wisdom of the move.“The Canadian regulators could make life a lot better for Canadians if they started to really pay attention to what’s happening in the U.S.,” he said. “It just needs to compete.”His comments echo those of Suncor Energy Inc. CEO Steve Williams, who said on a conference call earlier this month that Suncor is “having to look at Canada quite hard” when deciding to invest because of the regulation and higher taxes.“Other jurisdictions are doing much more to attract businesses so Canada needs to up its game,” he said.Canadian operations accounted for less than 20 per cent of production for Enerplus in 2017.The company said Friday it earned net income of $15 million or six cents per share in the last three months of 2017, compared with $840 million or $3.43 per share in the year-earlier period, with the latter figures boosted by asset sales.Stripping out non-recurring items, its fourth quarter 2017 earnings were $61.5 million or 25 cents per share, beating analyst predictions of $5.8 million or 17 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.Enerplus said its average realized selling price for oil jumped 22 per cent to C$65.91 in the fourth quarter. Eric Le Dain, senior vice-president of corporate development, pointed out on the call that was partly because of less competition from light oil stranded in Canada due to pipeline constraints.The company reported the discount in its realized price compared with benchmark West Texas Intermediate fell to US$1.61 per barrel in the last three months of 2017, half of the US$3.24 per barrel discount in the previous quarter.By comparison, the average discount paid for Western Canadian Select oilsands blend crude from Alberta in the fourth quarter was US$12.26 per barrel and it has since spiked at times to around US$30 per barrel, a trend also blamed on constrained pipeline access.Enerplus said it is trying to sell Canadian natural gas-prone properties producing about 5,000 boe/d after selling similar assets with about 7,700 boe/d of production in 2017.The company said higher-than-expected fourth-quarter corporate production of nearly 89,000 boe/d, an increase of 12 per cent from the third quarter, was realized mainly due to growth in oil output from North Dakota and natural gas from its Pennsylvania Marcellus wells.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:ERF, TSX:SU)last_img read more