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St Jude Angels And Stars Gala To Take Place This Weekend

first_imgSt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will celebrate its 12th annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala, co-founded by Daisy Fuentes, at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, to support children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases.FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala Co-Founder Daisy Fuentes Cuban-American author, entrepreneur, television personality and Miami-based Chef Adrianne Calvo will be recognized for her commitment to giving back to others by visiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to spread cheer that exemplifies the spirit of giving thanks for so many during the holiday season. For the past five years, Chef Calvo has prepared a traditional Cuban meal for patient families to bring the comforts of her home to them.Calvo will join approximately 600 guests for an evening of celebration that includes a cocktail hour, fine dining, silent auction and live performances by GRAMMY Award winning artist Willy Chirino and singer/songwriter Jencarlos Canela.“St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital touches my heart because its doctors and scientists are not afraid to take on the global fight against childhood cancer and freely share their knowledge to help others save lives,” said Calvo. “I’ve enjoyed meeting many patient families from around the world at St. Jude by sharing some Latin home cooking at the hospital that I hope brings them some comforts of home while they fight against cancer.”Among the noted celebrity award presenters will be television and radio personalities Ana Maria Canseco, Raul Gonzalez, Alberto Sardiñas, Pamela Silva Conde, Jon Secada, Charytin Goyco, and more.“The FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala brings together a diverse group of supporters in South Florida that are united for one purpose – to help save children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We are so thankful to the community and to the Latino artists’ who lend their support for this event, helping St. Jude to save the lives of thousands of children around the world.”For more information about tickets, sponsorships and auction items, visit stjude.org/miamigala or contact Carolina Masri at (800) 278-3383 or carolina.masri@stjude.org.last_img read more

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Eva Longoria Joins LOréal Paris And Melanoma Research Alliance For New Campaign

first_imgCurrently melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and one of the most common cancers in women under 40 years old in the United States.Video: Eva Longoria’s Suncare Message: Put Skin Type AsideThe first line of defense in helping to reduce the risk of developing melanoma is by wearing broad spectrum UVA and UVB SPF protection. L’Oréal Paris, a leading global beauty brand, and Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), the leading private funder of melanoma research, announced today the launch of It’s THAT Worth It To Me.This social media campaign encourages women to donate 15 social media seconds by sharing why SPF protection or using sunless tanner is worth it to protect their skin, their beauty and their life. For every social share, L’Oréal Paris will donate $1 to MRA to fund the L’Oréal Paris – MRA Team Science Award Research Grant, up to $250,000 in 2015.Additionally, $1 from U.S. sales of select L’Oréal Paris products from now through December 31st, 2015 will fund the L’Oréal Paris – MRA Team Science Award Research Grant, up to $250,000 in 2015, including: L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Invisible Protect Clear Cool Lotion SPF 50, L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Liquid Silky Sheer Face Lotion SPF 50+, L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Alcohol-Free Quick Dry Sheer Finishing Spray SPF 50+, L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Serum, L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist, L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Day Cream SPF 15, L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Day Cream SPF 30 and L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming SPF 30 Day Lotion.A series of celebrity public service announcements and Donate 15 social videos will feature influencers – including Eva Longoria, Aimee Mullins, Skin Cancer Survivor Diane Keaton and L’Oréal Paris Communications Executive and melanoma survivor Danielle Macaluso – telling their own personal stories of why SPF protection is worth it to drive melanoma and skin cancer awareness and encourage others to help spread the word.How To Participate in It’s THAT Worth It to Me by Donating 15 Social Media Seconds 
Beginning on May 4th, “Melanoma Monday,” and through Labor Day on September 7th, people can participate in the campaign by following three steps: 1. Create a 15 second video or photo sharing with their social community why SPF protection or using sunless tanner is worth it. 2. Share the video or photo via Insta-video/Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter with hashtag #ItsTHATWorthIt 3. Get your social media community involved to further spread the word by tagging three friends in your post.last_img read more

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Pamela Anderson Wants To Talk To Canadian Prime Minister About Sealing Subsidies

first_imgThis week, PETA Honorary Director Pamela Anderson wrote to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking to meet with him and discuss ending federal subsidies of the commercial seal slaughter, as Norway recently did.“Congratulations on your new role as prime minister,” wrote the star. “I admire your progressive views on LGBT rights and your compassionate stance on the Syrian refugee crisis. I also commend you for naming a gender-balanced Cabinet, as you said, “Because it’s 2015.” There’s another issue that has sullied Canada at home and abroad for years, which I hope you’ll address: wasteful government bailouts of the nearly extinct East Coast commercial seal trade. As a concerned Canadian and as an honorary director of PETA, which has more than 280,000 members and supporters in Canada, I’d like to meet with you in person to discuss this issue.“All major markets have rejected seal products: The U.S., the European Union, and Russia have all banned seal-fur imports because of animal-welfare concerns. Former Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea admitted that China has said no to seal meat despite years of marketing efforts to create a demand there. World leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, have expressed opposition to the industry, and even local sentiment is changing, as this editorial shows. Still, the government pours millions of tax dollars into propping up this dying industry, which has long cost Canada more money to support than it brings in.“I urge you to usher in a new era of fiscal responsibility and kindness by ending federal subsidies of the commercial seal slaughter, as Norway recently did. This tiny off-season trade makes up less than 1 percent of Newfoundland’s economy. Might you be available to discuss cutting or phasing out subsidies to this controversial, faded off-season trade? The money could be much more wisely spent promoting other Canadian businesses with a brighter future that would make the world see us as the sophisticated, enlightened modern country that we want to be. I hope to hear that you will be available in the coming weeks to discuss this important issue in a more official setting.”last_img read more

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Steven Spielberg Supports The BFG Dream Jar Trail

first_imgSave the Children, Visitlondon.com, The Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Entertainment One UK are encouraging adults and children alike to dream big this summer with the announcement of a Phizz-Whizzing new public art trail to celebrate the release of THE BFG across the streets of London and key locations around the UK.This unique art installation will showcase the childhood dreams and aspirations of a host of well-known personalities in GIANT six foot jars. Their dreams will be reflected in a series of sculptures created by talented artists, which will sit within each jar for the public to enjoy. Names confirmed so far include the film’s director, Steven Spielberg and star Mark Rylance who plays the eponymous friendly Giant; Sophie Dahl granddaughter of the book’s author, Roald Dahl; celebrated illustrator Quentin Blake; Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams, Arsenal Football Club and one of the most successful Paralympians of all time, David Weir.Of the trail Spielberg said: “I’m excited to join The BFG Dream Jar Trail so we can all share our dreams together. The best part of this project is its support of the valuable work that Save the Children does in giving kids across the world their own chances to dream big.”Sophie Dahl, granddaughter of Roald Dahl, upon whom the main character of Sophie is said to be based, said: “I am thrilled to be part of such a creative adventure in support of the incredible work of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s charity. My grandfather was a great champion of dreams and imagination and I feel he would have been delighted to see his work supporting children in this way.”Rumour has it that the GIANT jars belong to The BFG himself who mislaid them during his night time wanderings delivering dreams to the children of the world. The jars will be found in some gloriumptious locations around the UK as well as near to a host of key London landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Tower of London, Leicester Square, Emirates Stadium and, of course, the Buckinghamshire home of Roald Dahl himself, Great Missenden.Julie Chappell, Chief Digital Officer at Visitlondon.com, the official city guide said: “The trail will be a wonderful and inspirational addition to the streets of the capital this summer, giving families, Londoners and visitors of all ages the chance to recapture the magic of Roald Dahl’s beloved classic as they explore the city.”Families can visit this splendiferous trail in the summer between 8 July and 31 August and see numerous inspirational and magical dreams brought to life. The trail will be looking to raise as much money as possible for Save the Children as well as Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity UK-wide specialist nursing programme, with all the jars being auctioned after the trail closes.Tanya Steele, CEO of Save the Children, said: “Changing the world for children means giving them the chance to dream. That’s why Save the Children works in some of the toughest places in the world to make sure every child gets that chance. We do whatever it takes to help children get the healthiest start in life, providing access to life-changing education and protecting them in times of disaster. We’re thrilled to be a beneficiary of The BFG Dream Jar Trail because, through the money raised, we’ll be able to make sure that more children get the opportunity to fulfil their potential no matter how big their dreams are. Together, we can rewrite the story for children everywhere.”This summer will see the talents of two of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Roald Dahl’s beloved classic THE BFG to life. Directed by Spielberg, THE BFG tells the imaginative story of a young girl (British newcomer Ruby Barnhill) and the Giant (Oscar winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Spielberg’s much anticipated live action film also stars British talent Rebecca Hall, Penelope Wilton and Rafe Spall and will be released across the UK on 22 July.last_img read more

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Michael Bloomberg To Be Honored At International Rescue Committee Freedom Award Dinner

first_imgThe International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award Dinner supports the organization’s lifesaving humanitarian aid work around the world.The Freedom Award has been presented to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in support of refugees, and who have championed the cause of liberty, individual freedom and dignity.This year’s honorees are Michael Bloomberg (Founder, Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, 108th Mayor of the City of New York) and Liv Ullmann (Actress and Director). Additional guests to include: Meryl Streep, Tom Brokaw, Alan Cumming, Keegan Michael Key, Don Lemon, Debi Mazur and a performance by K’naan.WHEN: Thursday, November 2, 2017 Media Check In: 5:30 PM Arrivals: 6:30 – 7:30 PMWHERE: New York Hilton Midtown 1335 Avenue of the AmericasNew York, NYlast_img read more

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Michael Kors Holdings Announces FurFree Policy

first_imgMichael Kors Holdings Limited – a global fashion luxury group – will end its use of fur, with production phased out by the end of 2018.The policy will apply companywide, including for Michael Kors’ Jimmy Choo brand. With this announcement, Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo have joined the international Fur Free Retailer Program.Humane Society International applauds the effort, which is the latest in a series of announcements by major fashion brands to move away from using animal fur and substitute other products to create stylish and functional clothing.Designer Michael Kors said: “Due to technological advances in fabrications, we now have the ability to create a luxe aesthetic using non-animal fur. We will showcase these new techniques in our upcoming runway show in February.”Humane Society International’s President Kitty Block, said: “Killing animals for fur is cruel and outdated, and so it’s hugely exciting to see forward-looking fashion designers such as Michael Kors take fur out of their collections. It’s clear that consumer demand for ethical fashion includes a strong desire for an end to fur, and so we are delighted to welcome Michael Kors as a fur-free leader in luxury fashion alongside the likes of Gucci, Armani, Yoox Net-a-Porter, Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss.”PJ Smith, senior manager of fashion policy for The Humane Society of the United States, who worked with the company on its fur-free policy, said: “Today’s consumers want fashionable, luxurious clothing and accessories that also align with their social values and Michael Kors’ fur-free move makes it a leader in that regard.”last_img read more

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IN CONVERSATION ALEX TREBEK THE JEOPARDY ICON ON RETIREMENT HIS LEGACY AND

first_img Facebook Alex Trebek, dressed in a chambray shirt and blue jeans, walks into the plushly carpeted, book-lined study of his rambling Los Angeles home and plops down in an easy chair, draping a leg over an armrest. “People ask me,” he says, “Who would you like to replace you?” He shrugs. “The decision will be out of my hands.” After 35 years as the host of Jeopardy! it’s hard to imagine that the 78-year-old Trebek, who caused fans’ hearts to skip a beat earlier this year when he suggested he might retire in 2020, won’t have a say in who eventually takes his place behind the lectern. It’s even harder to imagine Jeopardy! without him — for us anyway. “It’s a good show,” says Trebek. “It should, and will, go on after I’m done.”There are people watching  Jeopardy! who assume that you already know all the facts being presented — even though the show actually doesn’t provide evidence for that. Does knowing what qualities viewers project onto you give you any insight into the public’s relationship with television?Whoa. Okay, let’s start there. I’ve learned that people draw conclusions that satisfy their prejudices, and those conclusions don’t always coincide with reality. People think because I’m the host of a fairly serious, intelligence-based quiz show that I must know all the answers. I do — because they’re written on a sheet of paper in front of me. And audiences are always surprised when they discover that I like to fix things around the house, that I’m not a nerdy person who spends all his time researching information that might come in handy on Jeopardy!. But I don’t mind surprising people in that way.At least it’s a relatively benign surprise.Yeah. You know, when the #MeToo movement started, I had discussions with the staff during production meetings. I said, “My gosh, this has got to be a scary time for men.” I’m fortunate that I’ve never been in a position of power where I might be able to lord it over somebody sexually. I said, “But there are guys out there — young guys are stupid in their teens.” There’s nothing stupider than a teenage boy. They’re operating on testosterone. Advertisement Twitter I don’t think youth is always an acceptable excuse. And young men are not the only ones who are a problem.That’s true. This is making me think of a great scene in a movie with Michael Douglas and Demi Moore — I can’t remember the title.Disclosure. Disclosure?What is Disclosure?Disclosure! Michael Douglas’s character is explaining to his wife about the situation between himself and Demi Moore’s character, who had been his lover a long time ago. He says, “This was not about sex. This was about power. She was my boss. She had the power.” That’s a very important scene.This conversation has taken a turn.You took a turn.You were single in Hollywood in the ’80s. Do you remember the gender dynamics as being markedly different back then?I was not a player. I dated not that often. I was a shy, small-town Canadian kid. A friend of mine, Alan Hamel, who is married to Suzanne Somers, had come to California before I did, and I always thought, He fits right into this society. I never felt like I belonged.  (A naturalized American citizen since 1998, Trebek was born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, to George Trebek and Lucille Lagacé. Aside from being Trebek’s hometown, Sudbury is well-known, in Canada anyway, for being a nickel-mining center.)When did you start to fit in?When I had someone older guiding me. There was a man named Richard Gully, who had been a publicist for Jack Warner. We met, and because he threw a lot of dinner parties at the Bistro, an “in” restaurant in Beverly Hills at the time, he often needed single guys to fill out the table. So Richard would invite me, and his being there to introduce me to people made me comfortable. And Burt Sugarman, who produced the very first show that I hosted here, The Wizard of Odds,This game show, which ran from 1973 to 1974 on NBC, was Trebek’s first American hosting gig. He later hosted High Rollers (1974 to 1976, and again from 1978 to 1980), and Classic Concentration (1987 to 1991, concurrently with Jeopardy!). Before that Trebek had a successful career as a host for the CBC in his native Canada. introduced me to the backgammon-playing community. I met people that way; I didn’t have to go out on my own. And once I’d achieved a certain degree of popularity, I would play in celebrity golf tournaments and meet stars. Frank Sinatra told me he was a fan of the show. Jimmy Stewart, too. I thought, Oh my gosh. These major stars watch me on occasion. I felt good about that.What about fitting into the role of Jeopardy! host? Is there an art to that?Yes. You have to set your ego aside. The stars of the show are the contestants and the game itself. That’s why I’ve always insisted that I be introduced as the host and not the star. And if you want to be a good host, you have to figure a way to get the contestants to — as in the old television commercial about the military — “be all you can be.” Because if they do well, the show does well. And if the show does well, by association I do well. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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No more chatting on cell phones while driving in NWT

first_imgAPTN National NewsDrivers in the Northwest Territories will now be breaking the law if they use their cell phones while driving.As of January 1, the territory became the latest jurisdiction to ban the use of hand held devices while driving.Anyone caught using things like a cell phone or an MP3 player while behind the wheel will face $100 fine and lose three demerit points.last_img

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Roseau River braces for referendum

first_imgAPTN National NewLast March Terry Nelson was ousted as chief of the Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation by the reserve’s custom council.They called another election in October and Ken Henry Jr. was elected chief.Both Nelson and Henry have been claiming to be the real chief ever since.This week, Ottawa ordered a referendum to resolve the issue once and for all.APTN National News reporter Matt Thordarson has this story.last_img

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Inquest makes recommendations following Nutaraluk death

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn inquest in Nunavut has made three major recommendations to the RCMP regarding proper techniques for dealing with intoxicated detainees.The inquest follows the December 2009 death of Adamie Nutaraluk, who died while in RCMP custody.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers has the details.last_img

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Man accused of killing Cree woman in Ottawa on suicide watch

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsOttawa – The man who allegedly admitted to killing a Cree woman from Ottawa in 2010 is now on suicide watch, APTN National News has learned.Adrian Daou, 22, is being held in segregation at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre and being watched around the clock.APTN has been told Daou became incoherent and distraught after coming forward to Ottawa police late last month in the death of Jennifer Stewart, 36.His lawyer told media after his first court appearance Feb. 27 that his client was “calm and collected” according to reports.Daou, from Kingston, was already in custody at OCDC on a drug conviction. He was in regular cells prior to being charged with first-degree murder.It’s not clear if he already tried to kill himself.Stewart was found behind a small apartment building on Alice Street in the Vanier suburb of Ottawa. She was spotted in the early morning hours of Aug. 20 by a woman walking her dog. She was left in a gravel parking lot which has since been paved over.She was stabbed to death.Stewart fought addictions she tried to keep from her some members of her family. A mother, Stewart was Cree from northern Quebec.The First Nation side of her family has asked for privacy but said Stewart should be remembered as a loving mother.kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddresslast_img read more

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BC Liberals issues permit for controversial Taseko mine before leaving office

first_imgTina House APTN National NewsA controversial mining project in central British Columbia that has been rejected by federal reviews twice – is back.The Taskeo Mine project was revived by the outgoing B.C. Liberal government led by Christy Clark in their last days in power.Contact Tina here: thouse@aptn.ca@inthehouse7last_img

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Grassroots coalition continues fight against fossil fuel development in Gulf of St

first_imgJustin Brake APTN NewsA grassroots coalition of environmental groups, scientists and Indigenous people held a press conference and march in Halifax Wednesday in their effort to protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence from fossil fuel development.For years having called for a moratorium on offshore oil and gas projects in the Gulf, the Offshore Alliance is now concerned that the federal government is preparing to hand over decision-making authority in some parts of the environmental assessment process to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia’s offshore petroleum boards.In a discussion paper released by the government last June the Liberals said in their review of environmental assessment regulations that they are considering creating a single agency responsible for leading all major project assessments. In the case of offshore oil development in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, some of the tasks would be delegated to the province’s petroleum boards.It’s a proposition that doesn’t sit well with the Alliance.“We are here today to emphatically demand that the federal government ensure that the petroleum boards never be allowed any decision-making powers in the environmental assessment process, period,” said John Davis of the Clean Ocean Action Committee, one of the groups that makes up the Alliance.Davis explained that the petroleum boards, which are comprised of appointed individuals, many of whom have worked in the fossil fuel industry, would be in a conflict of interest if given any decision-making authority in the environmental assessment process since they are mandated to facilitate offshore oil and gas development.“Making offshore boards responsible for environmental assessments will do the exactly opposite of what the Trudeau government promised,” said Gretchen Fitzgerald, director of the Sierra Club of Canada’s Atlantic chapter, referring to Trudeau’s campaign promises to repair what she and others have called severe damage to Canada’s environmental assessment regulations by the former Harper government.Following the media conference dozens of people marched to a Liberal party office in Halifax to deliver a letter to MP Scott Brison, with a request he pass it along to the prime minister.The letter demands that the Liberals do not follow up on the discussion paper proposal to give the petroleum boards any authority in the environmental assessment process.Protecting right whales in the GulfOn Tuesday federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc was in Moncton to announce new measures to protect right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.Last summer 12 of the already endangered North Atlantic right whales died in the Gulf, and only between 400 and 450 remain in the world.LeBlanc announced new regulations on snow crab fishing in the Gulf, including the amount of rope permitted to float on the ocean surface, in order to reduce the likelihood of whales becoming entangled. He said that most of the right whale carcasses necropsied last year the majority of them died as a result of fishing gear entanglement or being struck by transport vessels.Members of the Offshore Alliance said Wednesday that while the new measures are a step in the right direction, they don’t adequately protect the whales and other species from harm.“I think we’re in a sort of crisis mode with the right whales and we’re just looking at the immediate threats, but we do need to look at a broader picture and not degrade their environment, which can prevent them from effectively mating, or feeding, or [can affect] their prey,” said Lindy Weilgart, an adjunct professor of biology at Dalhousie University.Weilgart explained that seismic testing that has taken place in search of oil in the Gulf has likely had negative impacts on the right whales, since “everything has to do with sound” for marine species “because sound travels so efficiently underwater.”She said seismic blasts are among the loudest sounds on the planet, and that when subjected to it the whales’ calls become “masked”.“Masking can cause right whales to blunder into fishing gear, or in the paths of ships, killing them. These are the main contributors of right whale deaths,” she explained.LeBlanc said Tuesday that the government did not consider the impacts of oil and gas development in the Gulf when discussing how better to protect right whales.“We’ll continue to take every step necessary to ensure that the oil and gas sector does not represent a threat to endangered species and to other sustainable fisheries,” he said, when pressed on the issue.“Nobody should think for a minute that we won’t take all of the measures necessary to ensure that the oil and gas sector isn’t sustainable, isn’t environmentally responsible, and doesn’t represent a threat to endangered species,” LeBlanc said Tuesday.Mi’kmaw grandmother and water protector Doreen Bernard spoke at Wednesday’s media conference about the importance of protecting all water and marine life.She said while some Mi’kmaq leaders have spoken out against oil development in the Gulf, most haven’t — and that it will take a united people to stop the threat she says fossil fuel development poses to the land, water and people of Mi’kma’ki.“The water is the same in Gaspésie as it is in the Bay of Fundy, where our territory is. And the rivers that are connected,” she said, referencing the Mi’kmaq Treaty Truckhouse on the Shubenacadie River, where warriors and water protectors are trying to stop Alton Gas from dumping brine into the water.“It’s just as important that we talk about support for the people who are protecting the water, whether it be Alton Gas and the Shubenacadie River, Bay of Fundy, or Gaspésie, or the Gulf of St. Lawrence. I feel like we need to come together on this, on what our responsibilities are.”APTN News requested comment from Environment Minister Catherine McKenna regarding the Alliance’s concerns.That request was passed on to Canada’s Environmental Assessment Agency, where a spokesperson responded by email but did not address any of the coalition’s concerns.jbrake@aptn.calast_img read more

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Liberals target Indigenous homelessness in revamped funding program

first_imgThe Canadian PressCities working to get homeless Canadians off the streets and into homes will be given more money and fewer spending restrictions under a revamp of the Liberal government’s centrepiece homelessness program.That includes new spending targeting Indigenous Peoples – a group over-represented in shelters compared to their percentage of the general population – but how much will be spent remains unclear.The new rules, unveiled Monday, will give cities leeway to spend money on local initiatives and experiments – so long as they can meet Ottawa’s goal of cutting in half the number of chronic homeless people in their midst.Chronically homeless make up a small number in the overall homeless population, but they are among the heaviest users of emergency shelters.New cities will become eligible for funding to take into account demographic shifts, particularly population growth out west. Eligibility for the existing 61 cities and towns in the program is based on demographic information now two decades old.The revamped homeless strategy, redubbed “Reaching Home,” will spend $2.1 billion over the next decade.“Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home because one person the streets in Canada is one too many,” Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos told a news conference in Toronto.“As a country, Canada must do everything it can to reduce homelessness, meet the needs of vulnerable populations and provide every Canadian a safe and affordable place to live.”The changes are also expected to allow money to be spent on projects that are outside the “Housing First” umbrella, a doctrine that stipulates governments find housing and services for people right away, rather than requiring them to seek treatment first.The move is the latest in a series of steps the Liberals have taken since targeting the country’s poor, including the 10-year, $40-billion national housing strategy announced late last year.The Liberals took a long look at the homeless program after hearing complaints from cities about cumbersome reporting requirements, inadequate funding and unrealistic expectations about how quickly the money should be spent. There were also limits to the program: federal officials admitted that the homelessness program alone couldn’t address the high cost of living in some cities.While the program has shown some signs of success by housing more than 6,000 people between 2014 and 2016, many cities complained they couldn’t easily meet the program’s requirement to spend money on “Housing First” initiatives.The Liberals have loosened that requirement, saying they want to let cities best decide how to meet their local needs. Duclos said the government wanted to adjust the program to Canadians, as opposed to adjusting Canadians to the program.“We’re putting communities first and we’re working around outcomes as opposed to programs,” he said.The new program puts a heavy emphasis on data collection, opening up funding to new ways to count and track the country’s homeless, which can be an elusive and challenging endeavour.Duclos said more cities could use “by-name” lists, which give housing and homeless service providers a real-time view of almost everyone in a community who is homeless, what services are in demand and what services are missing.last_img read more

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Some students left out of Indian Day School settlement speaking out

first_imgJolene BanningAPTN NewsSome students who were sent to Indian day schools are speaking out after being left out of a massive settlement that was approved this summer.The federal court approved a class action settlement for survivors of these schools that were run by Canada.That settlement will cost the federal government billions of dollars – bigger than the residential school settlement.More than 130,000 people who went to 720 schools across Canada could be eligible for compensation.But some students are being left out.jbanning@aptn.ca@jolenebanninglast_img

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Bombardier expected to double down on CSeries sales drive in China

first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier Inc. is expected to double down on its efforts to snag a CSeries order from China after the U.S. announced hefty duties that threaten to shut it out of the large American market.“The CSeries business is probably not viable longer term without access to the U.S. market, but Bombardier may be able to find enough international customers to still ramp up production in the next few years,” says analyst Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial.He said uncertainty over the overbudget aircraft remains the biggest investor concern, but anxiety can be alleviated by a new order from a large airline outside the U.S.Bombardier’s (TSX:BBD.B) shares lost more than seven per cent to close at $2.10 Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange as investors weighed the prospect of a 220 per cent duty on U.S. sales of its flagship CSeries passenger jets and the European merger of two railway rivals.Analysts say the U.S. Department of Commerce’s preliminary duty decision, which was much harsher than expected, raises questions about the future of a key order for up to 125 CS100 jets by Delta Air Lines.The department ruled in favour of Boeing, which alleged that Bombardier used unfair government subsidies to sell aircraft at artificially low prices. U.S.-based Delta Air Lines has argued that Boeing doesn’t even make the 100-seat planes it needs.Bombardier’s last CSeries order for two aircraft came in December but the company has suggested it was confident of signing new deals by year-end.The Montreal-based company has been targeting buyers in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. A published report suggested talks with Chinese airlines could lead to a deal that could be announced when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on a state visit to the country.Bombardier didn’t respond to requests for comment about the viability of the CSeries but late Tuesday called the size of the proposed duty “absurd.”Doerksen doesn’t expect any U.S. airline will order the CSeries until the Boeing challenge is resolved. A final department ruling is expected in December, followed by a decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission on alleged injury to Boeing in February. Still, appeals could keep the CSeries out of the American market for years.That would put pressure on Bombardier since the U.S. accounts for about 26 per cent of global sales for this size of plane. That still leaves three quarters of the world open to the CSeries, said Addison Schonland of aviation consultant AirInsight.“I think the CSeries goes on,” he said in an interview. “Is the U.S. important? Absolutely, but is it critical and a must have? Maybe not.”While the ruling may not be good news for Bombardier, it’s no apocryphal, Schonland said.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said Bombardier, in which the province has invested US$1 billion, will continue to sell the aircraft around the world.“Boeing may have won a battle but let me tell you, the war is far from over and that we shall win,” he said in Quebec City.Aerospace rival Embraer said a WTO dispute panel will be established on Friday to review the Brazilian government’s complaint against the CSeries across the world.Analyst Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group said Bombardier has no choice but to stay the course and hope things get better.He said Boeing may have won a hollow victory since it may have unleashed a political battle that could lead to lost military contracts in Canada and Britain and the ire of Delta, which could turn to Airbus or Embraer.“The only way Boeing could help the CSeries in some markets is by doing this,” he said. “It sends the message that they take the CSeries extremely seriously and that frankly elevates the jetliner’s status.”last_img read more

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At least seven companies investigated in bread pricefixing probe

first_imgVANCOUVER – The Competition Bureau’s investigation into allegations of bread price-fixing includes at least seven companies from bakery wholesalers and discount chains to Canada’s three major grocers, according to court documents.George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN) and Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) admitted Tuesday to participating in an industry-wide bread price-fixing arrangement for over a decade and tipping off the country’s competition watchdog.The Competition Bureau executed search warrants at the offices of a number of grocers earlier this fall, but has said there has been no conclusion of wrongdoing and no charges have been laid.The investigation began on Aug. 11 and was expanded on Oct. 23.The search warrants and information to obtain them were sealed because of concerns by the watchdog that the release of the information might compromise its investigation. However, the affidavits sworn by a Competition Bureau investigator to have them sealed were unsealed by the court this week.According to those affidavits, the regulator is also investigating the alleged involvement of Canada Bread, Walmart, Sobeys (TSX:EMP.A), Metro (TSX:MRU) and Giant Tiger as well as “other persons known and unknown.”“The bureau is collecting facts to determine the precise time frame of, and the participants in, the alleged conspiracy,” Simon Bessette, a senior competition law officer, swore in an affidavit on Oct. 26.“Analyzing the records the bureau obtains from the search warrants sought in the ITO will take time; however, it would only be after such analysis is performed that the bureau would be in a position to determine whether additional investigative steps are required.”“Should details of the bureau’s ongoing investigation be made available to the public, the integrity of the evidence available through further investigative steps and/or court authorizations may be compromised,” Bessette wrote.Metro said in a statement Tuesday that it continues to co-operate with authorities and it has launched an internal investigation.“Based on the information processed to date, we have found no evidence that Metro has violated the Competition Act and we do not believe that the bureau’s investigation will have a material adverse effect on the corporation’s business, results of operations or financial condition,” the statement said.Giant Tiger released a statement Wednesday saying they currently “have no reason to believe that Giant Tiger or any of our employees has violated the Competition Act.”Walmart Canada spokesman Alex Roberton said in an email that the company “takes its legal obligations very seriously.”Canada Bread spokeswoman Sylvia Sicuso said Tuesday that the company and its associates “operate with the highest ethical standards” and neither has been charged with any offences.Giant Tiger, Walmart Canada and Canada Bread all said they are co-operating fully with the investigation.Sobeys Inc. did not respond to a request for comment, but has previously said it is also co-operating.Weston and Loblaw said Tuesday they became aware of an arrangement involving the co-ordination of retail and wholesale prices of some packaged breads from late 2001 until March 2015.The companies said they established an independent compliance office earlier this year and provided training and re-certification to marketing personnel at Weston Bakeries and all merchants and store managers at Loblaw, as well as senior managers at both companies and at parent company George Weston.The employees responsible for the companies’ role in the arrangement are no longer employed there.Loblaw is also offering eligible customers a $25 gift card that can be used at its grocery stores across Canada.The Competition Act prohibits agreements that “prevent or unduly lessen competition or to unreasonably enhance the price of a product,” according to the bureau.That could include agreements between competitors to fix prices, or to restrict production of a product by setting quotas or other means, which would be considered cartel activities. Penalties for price fixing could include fines of up to $25 million, imprisonment to a maximum term of 14 years, or both.However, the bureau says price-fixing conspiracies are, by their nature, difficult to detect and prove.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version provided incorrect maximum fines and imprisonment terms for price-fixing agreements.last_img read more

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Higher interest rates to hit younger middleincome households federal analysis

first_imgOTTAWA – Younger, middle-income households will be among those that feel the biggest financial sting from the Bank of Canada’s gradual move towards higher interest rates, says a newly released federal analysis.The Finance Department explored factors such as income, age and region in an effort to pinpoint the types of households that will be most affected by the central bank’s ongoing rate-hiking trajectory, which follows years of extremely low interest rates.Officials put a particular focus on how rising rates will start to squeeze “highly indebted households,” which the document described as those already carrying debt-to-income levels of at least 350 per cent.Debt loads of this magnitude are held by 12 per cent of all Canadian households. Combined, the burdens concentrated in this category account for nearly 50 per cent of the country’s total household debt, said the memo prepared for Finance Minister Bill Morneau last fall.The document sought to answer another question: who are these stretched households?They most likely consist of households led by middle-income earners, Canadians under 45 years old, mortgage holders, the self-employed, and those in Ontario and British Columbia, it said.“The expected increase in interest rates over the next few years will have various impacts on Canadian households, including an increase in the cost of servicing debt,” said the document, which noted that about 70 per cent of households carry debt.“Naturally, households with high debt levels would see the largest increases.”A closer look at the numbers showed that mortgages were the main factor for highly indebted households because they accounted for 85 per cent of their total debt burdens. The briefing note pointed out that younger households are more likely to have higher debt because a larger share of older households have paid off their mortgages.The analysis, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, was based on 2012 numbers and was created in September 2017, shortly after a pair of Bank of Canada hikes. The reasons for using 2012 data are blacked out.In recent weeks, the central bank raised its trend-setting interest rate for the fourth time in a year to bring the benchmark to 1.5 per cent — its highest level since December 2008, but still very low by historical standards.Governor Stephen Poloz has signalled more rate increases will be necessary over time thanks to the economy’s resilience, but he has stressed the process will be gradual.His officials have estimated the bank’s normal or neutral rate — the preferred level when the economy is operating at full capacity and inflation is on target — is between 2.5 per cent 3.5 per cent.With this neutral rate in mind, analysts expect Poloz to introduce several more quarter-point hikes and many believe the next one could arrive before the end of 2018.The central bank raises its interest rate as a way to help keep inflation from climbing above its ideal target range of one to three per cent.The Bank of Canada says it’s closely watching how the economy adjusts to higher interest rates and has noted that household credit recently slowed to the point it’s now below the growth rate of household income.For years, however, Canadians have amassed significant piles of debt, including mortgages, during the extended era of low interest rates.With some measures showing household debt loads are still close to record levels, the Finance Department document underlined possible developments that could help offset the rising costs of debt payments.The memo said income growth, if high enough, could absorb the entire increase in debt-servicing costs. It also said greater returns from interest-bearing assets, like savings accounts, could provide a smaller amount of support for some households.If necessary, there are less-appealing financial strategies that heavily indebted households could turn to, the memo said.The suggestions include prolonging the duration of existing loans or cutting back on how much money households set aside for a rainy day. The document noted, however, that highly indebted households already have some of lowest savings rates, which suggests there’s a limit to how much cash they can redirect to manage higher debt payments.As a last resort, officials said households could sell off some of their liquid financial assets.“In the absence of income growth, households could likely employ a combination of responses to fully offset the rise in debt payments (i.e. extending amortization, reducing savings rates or selling financial assets),” the memo said.“At the same time, these responses would worsen a household’s financial position over the longer term.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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New Brunswick Liberals say theyd create three economic superclusters

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick Liberals say if they’re re-elected, they’ll help create at least three economic “superclusters” in the province.Premier Brian Gallant made the announcement in Fredericton, saying there is already a supercluster for the growing cybersecurity sector.He says the government will work with partners in academia, the private sector and non-profits to grow the economy.Gallant says developing superclusters will help create jobs and increase productivity.He says other superclusters could be formed around maple syrup, blueberries or cannabis.Gallant did not have the cost for the promise, but says some of the money could come from existing programs such as the strategic infrastructure initiative.last_img

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Robots walk talk pour beer and take over CES tech show

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Robots that walk, talk, pour beer and play pingpong have taken over the CES gadget show in Las Vegas again. Just don’t expect to find one in your home any time soon.Most home robot ventures have failed, in part because they’re so difficult and expensive to design to a level of intelligence that consumers will find useful, says Bilal Zuberi, a robotics-oriented venture capitalist at Lux Capital. But that doesn’t keep companies from trying.“Roboticists, I guess, will never give up their dream to build Rosie,” says Zuberi, referring to the humanoid maid from “The Jetsons.”But there’s some hope for others. Frank Gillett, a tech analyst at Forrester, says robots with more focused missions such as mowing the lawn or delivering cheeseburgers stand a better shot at finding a useful niche.ROBOTS THAT DELIVERThere are so many delivery robots at CES that it’s easy to imagine that we’ll all be stumbling over them on the sidewalk — or in the elevator — before long. Zuberi says it’s among the new robot trends with the most promise because the field is drawing on some of the same advances that power self-driving cars.But it’s hard to tell which — if any — will still be around in a few years.Segway Robotics, part of the same company that makes electric rental scooters for Lime, Jump and Bird, is the latest to get into the delivery game with a new machine it calls Loomo Delivery. The wheeled office robot can avoid obstacles, board elevators and deliver documents to another floor.A similar office courier called the Holabot was unveiled by Chinese startup Shenzhen Pudu Technology. CEO Felix Zhang says his company already has a track record selling robots in China, where its Pudubot robot — which looks like shelves on wheels — navigates busy restaurants as a kind of robotic waiter.Nearly all of these robots use a technology called visual SLAM, short for simultaneous localization and mapping. Most are wheeled, though there are outliers — such as one from German automotive company Continental, which wants to deploy walking robotic dogs to carry packages from self-driving delivery vans to residential front doors.A delivery robot will need both sophisticated autonomy and a focused mission to stand out from the pack, says Saumil Nanavati, head of business development for Robby Technology. His company’s namesake robot travels down sidewalks as a “store on wheels.” The company recently partnered with PepsiCo to deliver snacks around a California university campus.ROBOTS FOR DOGSDoes man’s best friend need a robotic pal of its own? Some startups think so.“There’s a big problem with separation anxiety, obesity and depression in pets,” says Bee-oh Kim, a marketing manager for robotics firm Varram.The company’s $99 robot is essentially a moving treat dispenser that motivates pets to chase it around. A herd of the small, dumbbell-shaped robots zoomed around a pen at the show — though there were no canine or feline conference attendees to show how the machines really work.Varram’s robot takes two hours to charge and can run for 10 hours — just enough time to allow a pet’s guilt-ridden human companion to get home from work.ROBOTS ON GRANDPARENT WATCHSamsung is coming out with a robot that can keep its eye on grandparents.The rolling robot can talk and has two digital eyes on a black screen. It’s designed to track the medicines seniors take, measure blood pressure and call 911 if it detects a fall.Samsung didn’t say when Samsung Bot Care would be available, but some startups are putting similar ideas in action. Israeli company Intuition Robotics used CES to announce the upcoming commercial launch of ElliQ, a robotic voice assistant that can sit on end tables and help older adults communicate with family members without having to fiddle with a computer.ROBOT FRIENDSLovot is a simple robot with just one aim — to make its owner happy.It can’t carry on long conversations, but it’s still social — approaching people so they can interact, moving around a space to create a digital map, responding to being embraced.Lovot’s horn-shaped antenna — featuring a 360-degree camera — recognizes its surroundings and detects the direction of sound and voices.Lovot is the brainchild of Groove X CEO Kaname Hayashi, who previously worked on SoftBank’s Pepper, a humanoid robot that briefly appeared in a few U.S. shopping malls two years ago. Hayashi wanted to create a real connection between people and robots.“This is just supporting your heart, our motivation,” he says.___AP video journalist James Brooks contributed to this report.___This story has been corrected to say that robots pour beer, rather than brew.Matt O’Brien And Joseph Pisani, The Associated Presslast_img read more