FORT SEVERN, Ont. – Paul Burke is chief of the 463-strong Fort Severn First Nation, Ontario’s most northerly community, which is located near the mouth of the Severn River as it empties into Hudson Bay. Burke, 42, opened up in a recent interview about life in the remote community.Tell me a bit about yourself?My father was a Scot who worked for the Hudson Bay company, my mother was Cree. I got hit on both sides from both worlds. I was sent to a Catholic high school of 3,000 students in London, Ont. That’s a lot for a kid to take. I used to be a heavy equipment operator and a carpenter before that.How do you envisage the future for the younger internet generation in Fort Severn?Kids nowadays operate on a New York minute. It’s gotta be now. They want what’s out there. The hard truth is we can’t have that, just because of where we are. I see their frustration. But there is an advantage to the new technology in that we can now do lots of jobs from home, even in Fort Severn. There’s nothing wrong with Fort Severn. There’s nothing wrong with living out here.What do you say to those Canadians who complain Indigenous people freeload off their taxes?Screw you, buddy. We gave up a lot, and it wasn’t voluntarily either. We wouldn’t live in houses like that if we actually had our fair share. It’s just like crumbs from the table. ‘Here you go and shut up.’ (But) people have no idea what goes on. Urbanites have no idea about daily life here. All the negative things overshadow all of the good things. You don’t hear the success stories.You are adamant that Indigenous people in communities such as Fort Severn need to become self-sustaining. Why?All the communities are stuck in a rut. I hate the idea of standing with your hand out. I want to break that dependency. You can’t make a long-term plan if you’re asking for money all the time. We know what our problems are, let us fix them ourselves. That’s how you fix the ‘Indian problem.’ The mentality is changing out there. I want to capitalize on that.Do you think you’re succeeding?My aim as chief is to impose financial discipline and make decisions for the entire community. The proportion of people on social assistance here is the lowest ever. I’m trying to ensure at least one or two earners per family. Our $2.5-million solar project is about 40 per cent complete. Fort Severn is capable of leading a project of this scale. My goal is to make our generators go quiet. I also want to encourage small-scale eco-tourism: groups of six to eight people, maybe 30 groups a year.The interview has been edited and condensed.
VICTORIA – A rare sighting has bird watchers on Vancouver Island aflutter.American white pelicans have been spotted in several areas of the Island, from Tofino and Parksville, all the way south to a golf course in Victoria.Victoria-area naturalist Ann Nightingale says climate change may have brought the birds further west than usual but she says it’s not certain why the pelicans are suddenly interested in Vancouver Island.A colony of American white pelicans is known to breed at a site west of Williams Lake in the Chilcotin region, but it is the only breeding colony in B.C., although the birds have well-established breeding sites across the Prairies.The Environment Ministry says the white pelican has been legally designated as an endangered species in British Columbia.The migratory bird, which can winter as far south as Central and South America, is one of the largest in North America, with a wing span of up to three metres. (CFAX)
WINNIPEG – A Canadian non-profit legal organization is intervening on behalf of a “Star Trek” fan fighting to use a personalized licence plate deemed offensive by Manitoba Public Insurance.Nick Troller’s licence plate with the text “ASIMIL8” was confiscated by MPI in April after the Crown corporation received complaints from two Indigenous people about its reference to the word “assimilate.”The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms says MPI’s decision violates Troller’s freedom of expression.The organization’s founder, John Carpay, tells CTV News that whenever there’s a conflict between the right to express oneself and the right not to be offended, “government ought to come down on the side of free expression.”The justice centre says it will be filing paperwork to bring the case to court after the MPI refused their request to return Troller’s licence plate.Troller says his licence plate refers to the catchphrase “you will be assimilated” that is used on “Star Trek Next Generation” by the villainous aliens called the Borg.The plate had been held within a licence frame that also bore the quotes: “We are the Borg,” and “Resistance is Futile.”According to MPI’s policy, licence plates can’t contain words, phrases or innuendoes that “may be considered offensive” as the plates are the property of the Crown.Ry Moran, from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, has said the word “assimilate” is too offensive to be on a licence plate as Indigenous peoples have been forcibly assimilated throughout Canada’s history.Troller’s case has drawn comparisons to another legal battle over a personalized licence plate in Nova Scotia.Lorne Grabher had his plate with the text “GRABHER,” his last name, revoked after it was deemed offensive to women. The case attracted international headlines and is headed to court early next year thanks to the help of the justice centre.(CTV Winnipeg)
CFB GAGETOWN, N.B. – Some of the world’s best snipers are gathered at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, to compete against their peers in an elite profession that is the stuff of movies and myths.“I thought it was the coolest thing in the world basically. I wanted to shoot people in the face and I got to do it,” said Sgt. Steven Thompson, of the United States Marines reserve.Thompson spent five years in the active forces, including two tours in Afghanistan, and said he was in the 19th annual Canadian International Sniper Concentration at this sprawling base in central New Brunswick to win.It includes teams from Canada, France, Australia, the Netherlands and the United States.Most of the snipers interviewed Friday took a more analytical approach to their task. Capt. John Bourgeois, officer in charge of the Canadian Forces Sniper Cell, said the event is both a competition and a chance to compare notes and improve skills.“The shooting part of being a sniper is the easy part. What we’re doing is challenging the snipers on every other part of being a sniper. They’re going to be required to navigate over 40 kilometres through deep, thick woods. They have timings to meet and plan their missions to get through this exercise. We’re going to push them to their limits,” he said.The event comes just three months after a Canadian Forces sniper set a record in Iraq for the longest confirmed kill at 3.5 kilometres.The shot killed one fighter with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which the military said thwarted an attack on an Iraqi military unit.While that sniper has not been named, Bourgeois said the other snipers are proud of him, rather than jealous.Sgt. Ivan Sanson, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment, agrees — but said it doesn’t diminish the competitive nature of snipers.“Everyone in the sniper community is very competitive. I think you have to be. It’s important that they strive to be the best,” he said.While most competitors are military, there are also snipers from the Halifax Regional Police, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Saint John Police Force.The Canadian Forces are primarily using two rifles, the .338 Timber Wolf and the Tac 50 — a .50 calibre weapon that was used to make the record shot in Iraq.The Saint John force is now also equipped with the .338.Saint John Const. Darren Milburn says his force will use it differently than the military because police tend to work in shorter distances.“We’re going to use ours more as an anti-material weapon — if we have to take an engine block out of a suspect vehicle. The military are using that calibre for extended range,” he said.The competitors used Friday to test their weapons and get them “zeroed in” before the competition starts Saturday.Bourgeois said the skills required to excel includes a lot of math.“They’ve got to know how far away the target is, they’ve got to know how big he is, they then determine the angle, the gravity, the atmospheric pressure, the wind, the temperature of the rifle, the temperature of the air, the angle of the sun, and time of day,” Bourgeois said.“The good guys here will factor those things in four or five seconds and take their shots.”The competition runs until Sept. 14.
OTTAWA – Allan MacEachen, a long-serving Liberal MP and senator from Nova Scotia who was a driving force behind many Canadian social programs, has died at the age of the 96.The news was announced on Twitter late Tuesday by former Ontario premier and federal MP Bob Rae.“Have just learned that my dear friend and mentor Allan J. MacEachen has passed away — he was a magnificent parliamentarian, scholar,” said Rae.MacEachen was one of Canada’s most powerful cabinet ministers of the postwar era and held a variety of posts, including a term as minister of national health and welfare from 1965-1968 during the creation of medicare.As labour minister, MacEachen was also instrumental in reforming the labour code and establishing a new standard for the minimum wage.His portfolios also included finance and he twice served as Secretary of State for External Affairs.Born in Inverness on Cape Breton Island in 1921, MacEachen was first elected in 1953 in Nova Scotia’s Inverness-Richmond riding under Liberal prime minister Louis St. Laurent.MacEachen won again in 1957, but lost his seat in 1958 before winning eight more elections, including the last five while representing Cape Breton-Highlands Canso.He also served as deputy prime minister and was appointed to the Senate in 1984 where he remained until 1996.MacEachen, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the leadership of the Liberal Party in 1968, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.
QUEBEC – The annual G7 meeting remains useful and important because it helps citizens around the world continue to have confidence in the future, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday.There is a lot of anxiety and concern about protectionism and “negative nationalism” around the world, Trudeau said, and the G7 meeting allows the leaders of the world’s seven most advanced economies to discuss these issues.“In order to counter the rise of protectionism and negative nationalism that we are seeing in certain parts of the world — with authoritarianism and the exclusion of others — we know we have to talk about it,” he said.“And we have to show that we are helping people have confidence in the future. (The G7 summit) is a chance for us to come together on the issue.”Trudeau was attending a preparatory meeting in Quebec City two months ahead of the June 8-9 G7 summit in Charlevoix, northeast of the provincial capital.The G7 consists of Canada, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy, with the European Union being a non-enumerated member.A collective of “social groups” opposed to the vision and goals of the G7 was planning a protest Thursday afternoon in Quebec City.“This will be an occasion for social groups to publicly protest against this anti-democratic and neo-liberal meeting,” said a statement on the collective’s Facebook page.Past G7 get-togethers — as well as similar meetings of wealthy countries — have attracted throngs of protests, which sometimes turn violent.Trudeau suggested the federal government would pick up the tab for the costs of any damage associated with protests.“The discussions are ongoing on this issue,” he said.“We recognize that the G7 is a federal responsibility and the costs associated with the G7. We understand it’s a big responsibility for the federal government and we will continue to work with out partners like the city, like the province.”
Supporters of an Indigenous camp blocking access to a planned pipeline in northern British Columbia say they are anticipating RCMP action over an injunction filed against them.Jennifer Wickham, a member of the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, says police have gathered in Smithers, B.C., and Houston, B.C., which are the closest towns to the Gidimt’en checkpoint.TransCanada has said it has signed agreements with all First Nations along the pipeline route to LNG Canada’s $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, B.C.But Wickham says the company does not have the authority to build through Wet’suwet’en territory because the house chiefs, who are hereditary chiefs rather than elected band council leaders, have not given consent.On Dec. 14, the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs issued a statement saying they were deeply concerned by the National Energy Board’s decision denying their request to participate in a jurisdictional challenge to the permits issued to TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink pipeline project, which would cross Wet’suwet’en territories.The RCMP and TransCanada did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Two Ontario public service employees have launched a lawsuit against the provincial government and the unions that represent them, alleging they’ve been subjected to systemic racism for years.Jean-Marie Dixon and Hentrose Nelson claim they experienced prolonged anti-black racism that led to harassment and mistreatment over their careers in the Ontario Public Service.They allege such mistreatment took the form of aggression from colleagues, co-ordinated attempts at intimidation, being mistaken for janitorial staff and demotion from long-held positions.The women also allege the unions they belong to failed to respond to their complaints and helped uphold a culture of systemic racism.The $26-million lawsuit, which contains unproven allegations, calls for a number of actions, including a “truth and conciliation” commission for racialized employees of the Ontario Public Service and anti-racism training for all staff.The government and one of the unions named in the suit didn’t respond to request for comment, while another union — The Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario — said it couldn’t comment on individual cases but it had long advocated for an end to systemic discrimination within the public service.Dixon, a Crown lawyer currently on leave from her role with the Ministry of the Attorney General, said the ideals that shaped her career expectations have been entirely at odds with her experience of working for the Ontario government.“I went in with the idea that I would be able to work for an employer that valued humans, that valued dignity, that encouraged people to seek justice,” she said at a news conference in Toronto on Thursday. “My dreams were crushed. I immediately began to experience anti-black racism in the workplace.”The allegations laid out Dixon and Nelson’s statement of claim involve many aspects of the women’s work lives.Both allege mistreatment at the hands of individual co-workers, harassment from peers and superiors, and a lack of support from the labour groups ostensibly there to help them fight back against workplace discrimination.Dixon, who has worked for the OPS since 2002, alleged there were times when co-workers unplugged her work equipment and forced her to leave rooms where she was trying to conduct government business, making it clear that she was not welcome.She also alleged fellow employees made remarks about the superiority of blonde-haired, blue-eyed children, as well as assertions that “addressing racism in the office would not and should not come at the discomfort of white staff.”Dixon also alleged a co-ordinated effort to alienate her, claiming colleagues who showed her support were threatened with professional reprisals.Nelson, who joined the OPS in 2004 and has worked various administrative roles most recently at the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, alleged a supervisor engaged in an escalating campaign of harassment. This allegedly included assigning Nelson “menial” and “degrading tasks,” such as cleaning out drawers and unravelling phone cords, which were not requested of white colleagues.Nelson alleged the stress caused by the work environment led to illness that ultimately resulted in the premature birth of her baby.Prior to this, Nelson alleged a supervisor verbally expressed a fear of black women, adding she felt she was repeatedly placed in the position of having to prove her intelligence and competence.The statement of claim alleges that “anti-Black racism, and racism in general, along with white privilege and white supremacy, are pervasive and entrenched within the OPS.”Both Dixon and Nelson further allege that the unions representing them — the Association of Law Officers of the Crown and the Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees — were complicit in upholding a discriminatory system.“The culture of systemic and institutional anti-Black racism in the OPS influenced AMAPCEO and ALOC so that they have been and are ineffective in protecting the well-being, safety, interests, and concerns of the plaintiffs,” the suit alleged.AMAPCEO said it takes its responsibility of representing members seriously.“AMAPCEO has long advocated for the OPS Employer to end systemic discrimination within the OPS and promote equity in our members’ workplaces,” president Dave Bulmer said in a statement.Both women are on leaves of absence and alleged they felt forced from their workplaces because of efforts to speak out.The government’s own anti-racism policy acknowledges issues within the ranks. According to a 2017 report, racialized groups make up 23 per cent of the OPS workforce but between 17 and nine per cent of senior managers, with the number shrinking as rank increases.“We need to recognize that there are systemic racism barriers that prevent people from reaching their full potential,” the anti-racism policy reads. “We need to recognize that histories of colonialism and slavery have resulted in institutionalized inequity for Indigenous, Black and racialized people.”Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press
MONCTON, N.B. — A New Brunswick hospital says police are investigating a nurse suspected of inappropriately using a drug that induces labour.The Moncton Hospital says it appears the registered nurse administered oxytocin to two women.Both needed emergency caesarean sections as a result.Dr. Ken Gillespie of Horizon Health Network says the nurse has been fired.The hospital is not giving further information about the nurse.Gillespie says the women and babies are doing well and have been told what happened.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Let the races begin: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has officially launched the federal election campaign.The parties have been informally campaigning for months. Trudeau sat down for a brief, private chat with the governor general to ask her to dissolve Parliament on Wednesday morning, officially kicking off Canada’s 43rd general election campaign.Speaking to the media following his meeting, Trudeau asked voters to think back to four years ago — the last time they went to the polls.“In 2015, after a decade of failed Conservative policy, Canada’s economy was flat,” he said. “Economic growth, job creation, wage growth, all were stalled thanks to a Conservative government that believed cuts and austerity were the answers to everything.”Liberal Leader @JustinTrudeau says this campaign is about choice #elxn43 #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/mnW4pjS0QT— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 11, 2019It’s already shaping up to be a dogfight of a campaign, with the Liberals and Conservatives polling in a dead heat, while the NDP and Greens are in a distant battle for third.“Liberals go into it in the best position, Conservatives definitely within striking room, NDP struggling to remain relevant, Green Party hoping to leap frog over the NDP into third,” Maclean’s Ottawa Bureau Chief John Geddes explains.He says parties will be focusing on pocket book issues like affordable medicines, the cost of your cell phone bill, and supports for families.But a key battle on voters’ minds is tackling climate change.“It has to do with the immediate extreme weather affects of climate change that have brought it home for people — forest fires, and floods, and the hurricane,” he notes.Canadians can expect a lot of political attacks over the next five and a half weeks on everything from SNC-Lavalin to abortion as every politician looks for an edge.Related articles: Troubling stats for Trudeau Liberals: Pollster says close to half of Canadians want change of gov’t Trudeau to call election Wednesday with morning visit to Rideau Hall Trudeau is asking voters for a second mandate, while the Opposition hopes to end his term at four years.Geddes says this election will be a referendum on the Liberal leader.“He’s saying, ‘Hey, I’ve made some mistakes, I don’t want you to think about that. I want you to think about me as the guy who can take you forward in a way that you like.’”The 2019 campaign will be much shorter than the 2015 vote, which tends to help the incumbents, but Geddes once again stresses, it’s a tight race at the top.Canadians will head to the polls on October 21st.
Teen star Victoria Justice is supporting AT&T’s new It Can Wait campaign, which encourages people not to text and drive. LookToTheStars.org recently sat down and talked to the actress about her charity work.Victoria Justice Fronts PSAWhat attracted you to support AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign?Texting while driving is the number one cause of death among teens.I was completely, utterly shocked and horrified by that statistic. I wanted to tell all the people following me that there is a way that we can lower the statistic, and stay safe. Just really remind that no text is no risk.It’s not worth risking your life and anybody else’s. Pledge on ItCanWait.com.The free AT&T app DriveMode is really cool, too. It automatically sends a personalized text message back to the caller, letting them know you’ll text them back, as soon as you arrive safely.The Red-light Story. If most people are not texting and driving, they text at a red light. Safe?It’s still a distraction.You are still in the car and you’re driving — unless you are in Park, on the side of the road, and safely at your destination. You should really put your phone in the glove compartment, somewhere you know you won’t be tempted. Or just turn it off. Because it’s really not worth it.You’re 19. No license! How awesome do you feel!?I feel pretty awesome [giggles] — I do, though! It makes me feel comfortable. It makes me feel safe.I think that’s important because I haven’t been ready to take my big Driving Test to get my license. I’ve been working so much that I haven’t had the time to really practice being on the road.Do you have any family or friends who got in trouble; or were affected by texting and driving?Knock on wood, none of my friends have gotten in serious accidents. You hear stories of friends of friends, and people who you know: and that’s just as devastating.But, I definitely have been in cars with friends, and have seen them get distracted while texting, or looking for the next playlist on their phone. I’m like, “Oh my god. Keep your eyes on the road. I don’t feel comfortable right now you doing this.”It is also important for me to spread this word, and get people to take this pledge, like I have, because I have a younger sister who is 16. She’s going to be on the road soon. And, of course, like a big sister, all I care about is her safety.I want her to grow up with this mentality about not texting and driving.In your famous song Best Friend’s Brother, you are seen texting in a parked car. What are your thoughts on Issue Placement?Issue placement definitely could be effective used in music videos and TV shows — there are a lot of eyeballs on that type of programming.Ford and Audi recently added Internet to their cars, instigating a new industry-wide trend. Thoughts?Wow — that’s really intense! Technology is taking over the world and our lives [Victoria’s alien voice].Technology really is such an incredible thing, and has changed our world in so many positive ways. With those types of features, you just have to be really mindful of not being distracted: using it wisely, and being responsible.And if you are driving—and you have something you desperately have to tweet—then have the person next to you do it for you.Google has almost perfected its cars that can drive themselves. Is the company indirectly encouraging texting and driving?It’s on a whole other level. I can’t even begin to fathom cars that can drive themselves. That’s really crazy. I don’t know how that works, and how they operate.Just curious: Very few actresses in Hollywood represent the influential, election-sweeping Latino community in America. How empowered do you feel as a half Puerto Rican?I’m proud to be Puerto Rican.I’m proud to represent this minority in America. But, Latinos aren’t really so much of a minority anymore because there are so, so many of us here now. So, I think it’s pretty cool that I’m pretty sure I’m the first lead of a television show on Nickelodeon to be Latina.So, that’s something I’m really proud of.I think it’s nice that young Latina girls are able to identify themselves with me, and see someone in the entertainment industry like them—to inspire them, and give validation to their hopes and dreams.Do you try to incorporate Latino-specific issues in your work?I did write a song for Girl Up, an organization I work with which was started by the United Nations Foundation.I traveled to Guatemala last year. I was able to see first-hand and meet these girls, and see the programs that have been funded through Girl Up. It was really an amazing experience and opportunity.It was so inspiring. So, I came back home and worked with this amazing producer Toby Gad. We decided to write a song together, Girl Up. It has a very powerful message. And the lyrics are very honest and real. Hopefully they inspire other people to get involved, and to give back in general.So, I would definitely be interested in incorporating Latino-specific issues in my work. For sure.For example, there are a lot if immigrants who come to this country, and they are not able to raise their children with English. So, I think it’s important to have programs early on, where they have kids who are taught how to read and write in English: So, they have a head start before elementary school. That’s really important.This new generation of celebrities—you, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber — is socially conscious. What do you think that means for the world?It’s so important to spread a message of giving back to your community, and to the world.Especially nowadays with this generation, having access to so much social media — Twitter, Facebook — there are so many ways to reach people: and spread awareness for whatever charity or cause you are passionate about.There are so many ways you can really make a difference.Specifically about your question, it definitely is easier for us to influence societal change. We can reach more people. In today’s world, everything’s in real time. You can really access people so much quicker and easier.LookToTheStars.org thanks Victoria Justice for taking the time to talk to us.Copyright ©2012Look to the Stars
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, has announced that Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address at the 19th annual HRC National Dinner on the evening of October 3, 2015, in Washington, DC.In addition, HRC announced that seven-time Emmy Award winner Allison Janney will present HRC’s National Vanguard Award to Academy Award nominated actress Ellen Page for her courage and leadership. Retired NBA athlete Jason Collins and Blossom Brown are also slated to address the sold-out gathering. As previously announced, multi-platinum selling Grammy nominated singer and songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, and multi-platinum selling Grammy award-winning A Great Big World – joined by Hip-Hop artist Futuristic – will perform.“Vice President Biden has stood up for the rights of all Americans to live their lives free from discrimination and fear throughout his remarkable career, and he’s a true champion of LGBT equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “From his historic announcement in support of marriage equality to his ongoing commitment to achieving full federal equality for LGBT Americans, the Vice President has proven time and again that he’s a stalwart ally to our community, and we’re honored he’ll be joining us to deliver the keynote address at the HRC National Dinner.”As both Senator and Vice President of the United States, Vice President Biden’s work to advance LGBT equality is just one chapter in a remarkable lifetime of service to our country. He has played an integral role in the Obama Administration’s unprecedented legacy of progress for the LGBT community. At HRC’s Spring Equality Convention in March, the Vice President called for the passage of new federal LGBT non-discrimination protections. “We have to pass the federal non-discrimination legislation, and we need to pass it now,” said Biden. A few months later, the landmark Equality Act – comprehensive legislation that would guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBT people in many of the most important aspects of their lives – was introduced in Congress. At an HRC event in Los Angeles last year, Biden highlighted the importance of defending LGBT rights abroad in the United States’ foreign policy agenda.In addition, Academy Award nominated actress Ellen Page will be presented with an award by seven-time Emmy Award winner Allison Janney at the event highlighting the organization’s work fighting for full LGBT equality. Page has charmed audiences and critics with captivating performances in a wide range of films. In addition, Page – who made the bold decision to come out publicly at HRC’s first annual Time to THRIVE conference – continues to set a powerful example for LGBT and allied youth around the world. Her coming out speech was viewed more than a half-million times within the first 12 hours after the video was uploaded to HRC’s YouTube page. Page will be introduced and presented the HRC National Vanguard Award by seven-time Emmy Award winner, Allison Janney, who has co-starred with Page in three films: Juno, Touchy Feely, and the to-be-released Talullah.“Ellen Page has been an inspiration for LGBT youth around the world,” said Griffin. “Her willingness to speak her truth for all to hear, and to confront injustice against LGBT people, has made her a role model and there is no one more deserving of HRC’s National Vanguard Award. And it’s only fitting that the award will be presented by such a strong ally to our cause as Allison Janney.”Retired NBA athlete Jason Collins and Blossom Brown are also slated to speak. Jason Collins was the first openly gay player to be signed by an NBA team. Collins and Blossom Brown, a transgender student and HRC volunteer who was featured in a television ad from HRC’s “All God’s Children” campaign and has appeared on I Am Cait and the Ellen Degeneres Show, will share more about their personal journeys, the challenges they’ve faced, and the victories they’ve claimed living open and authentic lives.“Jason Collins changed the world of sports for the better when he came out, and Blossom Brown has helped to lift the voices of the transgender community by showing true courage in sharing her story,” added Griffin.The 19th annual HRC National Dinner, which is expected to draw over 3,000 guests, will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. More information is available at www.hrcnationaldinner.org.As previously announced, Hillary Clinton will speak to the organization at a separate event on the morning of the National Dinner. Approximately 800 grassroots leaders from across the country – including the HRC Board of Directors, HRC Board of Governors, HRC staff, and volunteer leaders and supporters from the organization’s over 1.5 million members and supporters in all 50 states – will hear from Secretary Clinton.
Actress, author and philanthropist Pamela Anderson announced today the donation of $30,000 to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) on behalf of the Pamela Anderson Foundation.This marks the fourth year of the Pamela Anderson Foundation’s generous support of The Hotline. Anderson, who now spends most of her time raising funds for non-profit organizations worldwide, visited The Hotline’s headquarters in 2015 to present a $60,000 donation and hear firsthand how advocates are making a difference in the lives of those affected by abuse.Anderson’s donation will support The Hotline’s work in educating and providing resources to family members affected by abusive relationships in the home, by providing emotional support, safety planning and local resources, such as legal advice and counseling.Advocates from The Hotline often hear from victims and survivors whose abusive partners exploit their children as a tactic for control in the relationship. They work with victims and survivors to assess tactics that are used when there are young people in the home and provide safety-planning tips. They also coach families on how to communicate when alcohol and drug abuse are factors.Every day, advocates at The Hotline receive nearly 1,300 calls, chats and texts from victims, survivors and their friends and family seeking information about domestic violence. With one in four women, one in seven men and one in three teens experiencing physical, emotional or verbal abuse by an intimate partner in their lifetime, the need to provide resources and support for victims is critical.“It’s a privilege to continue to support the important work of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, whose advocates I’ve had an opportunity to meet and hear from directly,” said Pamela Anderson, founder of the Pamela Anderson Foundation. “As a mother of two, I am particularly delighted to know that our donation will help ensure that families in need of both compassion and information will continue to find a 24/7, trusted resource in The Hotline.”“Our everyday work is made possible by supporters like Pamela Anderson, and we are tremendously grateful for her partnership and generous contributions over the past four years,” said Katie Ray-Jones, chief executive officer of The Hotline. “The Foundation’s support significantly and positively impacts our ability to offer services and provide resources for parents who are experiencing abuse, which is critical to our mission.”
Advertisement Advertisement TIFF 2016 Aside from the films, a big part of the Toronto International Film Festival is the parties. Each year, there are dozens of splashy events that see celebrities mix and mingle with each other and a select group of industry heavyweights and influencers. Many of the events raise funds for charity and several feature big-name performances.This year is no different. In fact, TIFF 2016 is shaping up to be a year of unique bashes. While some are more intimate, others are so star-studded they’re likely to be talked about for weeks to come.Here are the most covetable tickets in town this TIFF!AMBI Gala When: Wednesday, Sept. 7Where: The Ritz-Carlton, 55 Simcoe St.Why: Hosted by the AMBI Group’s co-founders – Italian-Canadian film producer Andrea Iervolino and businesswoman, producer and philanthropist Lady Monika Bacardi – this event will raise funds for Children’s Aid Foundation and UforChange. Earth, Wind & Fire and The Tenors are set to perform, while James Franco, Martin Short and William Baldwin will be part of the evening’s formal program. Pamela Anderson, Mike Tyson, Danny Glover, Paul Sorvino and Heidi Klum are also set to attend. Legendary singer Diana Ross performed at last year’s gala.Maison MoëtWhen: Thursday, Sept. 8 & Friday, Sept. 9Where: 111 King St. E.Why: If you want to sip on something like the stars, this is the bash to try to get into! Presented by Moët & Chandon, it will feature A-list DJs Hannah Bronfman and Jason Palma who will keep the dance floor full of celebs all night long.Producers Ball Presented by FandangoWhen: Friday, Sept. 9Where: IT House x Producers Ball, 128 Peter StreetWhy: This annual event hosted by Drew and Jonathan Scott celebrates the behind-the-scenes work producers do to make films happen. Directors, celebs and other media are also expected to attend.Bungalow 8 Pop Up at The Rooftop LoungeWhen: September 8, 9 & 10Where: Thompson Hotel, 550 Wellington St. W.Why: The tight-lipped pop-up nightclub at Thompson’s Rooftop Lounge, Bungalow 8 was a legendary nightspot in NYC popular with celebrities for its private discretion. This year, it’s coming to Toronto for a third year. In 2015, Idris Elba, Darren Aronofsky, Cary Fukunaga, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Luke Evans, Donald Glover and Zachary Levi attended.InStyle GalaWhen: Saturday, Sept. 10Where: Windsor Arms, 18 St. Thomas St.Why: A staple of the TIFF circuit, the annual InStyle Gala returns to the Windsor Arms for another year. This is always one of the most star-studded events of the festival because it draws Hollywood heavyweights looking to get away from the public spotlight. Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott return as hosts in 2016.Entertainment Weekly Must List PartyWhen: Saturday, Sept. 10Where: Thompson Hotel, 550 Wellington St. W.Why: This is the second year for this incredibly popular party, though details on what’s happening are scant (organizers don’t want too many secrets leaked about the event!). Last year, the festival’s biggest stars swung by the party, including Sandra Bullock, Tom Hiddleston, Julianne Moore, Emily Blunt and Brie Larson.Bovet 1822 Artists for Peace and Justice 2016 Festival FairWhen: Sunday, Sept. 11Where: Casa Loma, 1 Austin TerraceWhy: This annual benefit marks its eighth year at the film festival, as usual raising funds and awareness for Paul Haggis’ Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ). This year’s co-hosts include Maria Bello, Jeremy Renner, Catherine Keener and Maxwell, while APJ board members Paul Haggis, Pascal Raffy, George Stroumboulopoulos and more will attend. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
APTN National NewsAs political rhetoric continues with missing and murdered women cases and how the $10 million should be used, another family in Winnipeg fears it is facing a dark reality.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson has this story.
APTN National NewsThere are concerns that a Vancouver program meant to help prevent violence among youth is being cut because of federal budget cuts.The national program aimed at re-connecting aboriginal youth with cultural and artistic activities was recently cut in the federal budget.APTN’s Tina House tell’s us many are concerned about what that will mean for those kids who are considered at high risk and vulnerable.
APTN National NewsWhen Whitehorse’s new minimum security jail opened last year, programs for First Nations were said to be a top priority.Most inmates in the Yukon jail are Aboriginal and today the facility does have services in place.One inmate facing trial, however, has launched a human rights complaint against the jail alleging he has no access to Aboriginal programming.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has this story.
APTN National NewsA First Nations man from northern Saskatchewan has astonished his community by losing nearly 90 kilograms or 200 pounds.His feat has also prompted others to adopt a healthy lifestyle.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf visited the man in La Ronge, Saskatchewan.
The Canadian PressMike Cachagee was just four-and-a-half when he was taken from his home and sent to a residential school in northern Ontario.For the next 12 years, he never celebrated a birthday.He was never hugged.He never heard “I love you.”He was never encouraged or praised.He was beaten and sexually abused.When he and his younger brother finally returned home, his mother had remarried and started a new family. She barely recognized her sons.It took Cachagee two failed marriages, years of alcohol and drug abuse and therapy before he started to come to grips with what happened to him.His brother never did. He descended into a life of addiction on Winnipeg’s streets.“He was only three years old when he went there,” Cachagee said.“He came out when he was 16 and the rest of his life was just a mess with alcoholism. Just horrid. He never had a chance _ all because he was sent off to a residential school.”The brothers rarely speak now.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission examining Canada’s Indian residential schools is to release a summary of its final report Tuesday after hearing testimony from 7,000 survivors. The final report marks the end of a five-year exploration of one of the darkest chapters in Canada’s history.About 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis children were taken from their families and forced to attend government schools over much of the last century. The last school closed outside Regina in 1996.For survivors such as Cachagee, the torment doesn’t abate with the commission’s report.“We don’t need to heal, we need to rebuild,” said Cachagee, who now counsels other survivors in Sault Ste Marie, Ont.Ken Young remembers the day in the 1950s when he was taken from his home at age eight along with his brothers and sisters.He remembers boarding a train with other Aboriginal children and the laughter while on the novel journey.Then they reached the Prince Albert Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan.“We were lonesome,” Young said. “I remember a lot of us crying a lot.”There were public floggings in the dining hall.Children had their heads shaved and their legs shackled in pyjamas because they had tried to go home.The school was more like a prison, he said.“I thought it was normal because I was just a young guy. Later, I realized how bad that was that adults would treat children like that,” said Young, a Winnipeg lawyer. “I was ashamed to be who I was because that’s what we were taught.”It took a long time to let go of his anger.Young is hoping the commission will recommend a healing strategy developed by survivors that will address the aftermath of Canada’s failed policy to “take the Indian out of the child.”But he suspects the commission’s report will go the way of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.“There’ll be recommendations made and then it will go on a shelf like all the other reports that have been sanctioned by government.“I’m not overly optimistic.”David Harper is more interested in what happens after the final report.Harper’s mother was in a residential school, but the first time he heard details of her abuse was at her compensation hearing with adjudicators before she died.“Every word that came out of her mouth, I kept thinking, ‘How dare you Canada, allowing this to happen to my mom.”’Just recently, Harper, who is the grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak representing Manitoba’s northern First Nations, learned one of his uncles was in a residential school and was whipped until he defecated.Those stories are just starting to be told, Harper said.Harper points to Israel where one of the Holocaust memorials includes an eternal flame.“I would like to see something like that for our First Nations, where they could go and sit down and tell their stories to their children,” he said.“We want to make sure we don’t pass on this generational curse.”
Tamara Pimental APTN National NewsLacrosse fans in Saskatchewan have been waiting months for their new team – the Saskatchewan Rush – to play their first home opener in Saskatoon.And there are hopes for Friday’s game after the Rush won their season opener against Calgary.On the team is Jeremy Thompson from the small Onondaga Nation in New York, a place with a strong cultural connection to the game.It’s not just a game, it’s medicine says Thompson.