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October 17, 2019
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Crews called to NS airshow after Snowbird catches fire on runway

first_imgGREENWOOD, N.S. – There were no injuries after a small fire broke out on one of the planes flown by the Snowbirds aerobatic team as it landed on Saturday.The nine-plane team was taking part in the Atlantic Canada International Air Show at CFB Greenwood, roughly 144 km from Halifax.As the Tutor jets used by the Snowbirds landed, one of them stopped well before the end of the runway after a small fire was spotted around the nose wheel and two fire trucks rushed out to the runway, said Snowbirds spokesperson Michele Tremblay.“He stopped his plane, and we advised the emergency response team,” said Tremblay. “They arrived immediately, put the flames out, and (the pilots) safely disembarked.”Tremblay said Capt. Matthew Hart and Capt. Kevin Domon-Grenier, who is still in training, were in Snowbird 5 when the fire occurred.She said any assessment of the damage to the aircraft would be “pure speculation” until the incident is investigated.“What’s the important thing right now is that our pilots are safe,” said Tremblay. “They did their drills to the teeth, and tomorrow we’ll carry on with our show.”Tremblay said the damaged aircraft may be replaced for Sunday’s performance or the Snowbirds could fly in an eight-plane formation.The Snowbirds have been performing since 1971.last_img read more

October 17, 2019
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Former worker pleads guilty to helping inmate escape federal Alberta prison

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – A former peace officer has admitted he helped an inmate escape from a federal prison in central Alberta.Peter Edgar pleaded guilty in Red Deer provincial court to permitting or assisting escape.He was charged following the 2015 escape of Sylvain Martin from Bowden Institution.Court heard Martin was serving a 10-year sentence for fraud when he fled from the prison’s minimum-security wing.Martin made his way to Calgary and then on to Quebec, where he was taken into custody.Following his arrest, Martin told police that while he was an inmate he developed a relationship with Edgar, who is 61.At the time, Edgar was working as a production supervisor with a Correctional Service of Canada program that provides incarcerated offenders with job-skills training.Court heard that Edgar provided Martin with a phone and $5,000 prior to his escape.While admitting to giving Martin the items, Edgar was adamant that he did not know Martin was planning to flee.Martin used the cash to get to Calgary using a taxi. Edgar later gave Martin $7,000 to get to Quebec.During their relationship, Edgar provided Martin with $100,000, court heard.Edgar was in the Caribbean at the time of the prison break and failed to notify authorities after learning about it through a phone call.He later flew to Quebec where he partied with Martin.Edgar took leave from his job in 2015 and never returned to work.Defence lawyer Robin Snider said a pre-sentence report is expected to take eight to 12 weeks to complete, after which a sentencing date is to be set.(RD News Now)last_img read more

October 17, 2019
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Quebec university criticized for intrusive questionnaire sent to job candidates

first_imgMONTREAL – A Quebec City university is being criticized for a questionnaire that required job candidates to reveal whether they’ve been tested for HIV, the date they last menstruated and whether they’ve been treated for cancer.Universite Laval’s vice-rector for human resources said the questionnaire was used to find out whether candidates would need workplace accommodation.“It’s a standard practice in human resources to verify if a person has particular conditions that mean we need to adapt their work environment,” Lyne Bouchard told The Canadian Press.Bouchard confirmed the university stopped using the questionnaire after Jan. 10, when local media began to ask questions.She added that no applicant was ever removed from the job pool on the basis of their answers and that the university had not received any complaints about the form.The 40-question, four-page form had been given out to people applying for jobs at the university since 2009.Among other questions, respondents were asked to list the cause of death of close family members and answer whether they’d consulted a psychologist or made a claim to Quebec’s workplace health and safety board.In a section reserved for women, applicants were asked to jot down the date of their last menstruation and gynecology exam, and declare whether they’d ever been pregnant or had an abortion.Bouchard said she couldn’t explain why some of these last questions had been included, admitting they “contravened the values” of the university.According to human rights lawyer Stephanie Fournier, the questionnaire is clearly discriminatory and violates Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.“The principle is clear: the mere fact of asking, in a selection process, questions on the state of health or any ground of protected discrimination, be it civil status, religion, sexual orientation, constitutes discrimination,” she said in an interview.Fournier said that in the case of pre-employment contracts the burden of proof is on the employer to prove that the questions are relevant to a candidate’s ability to do the job in question.Employers may not, for example, use such questionnaires to rule out candidates with a greater risk of absenteeism or who might become pregnant, she added.Bouchard insisted the information in the questionnaire was kept confidential and was sent directly to a doctor.She said the hiring process was currently undergoing a review that would likely lead to the creation of a new questionnaire.last_img read more

October 17, 2019
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Fans of Edmonton Eskimos asked to scrimmage on name change question

first_imgEDMONTON – Thousands of core fans of the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos are being asked if they think the team should change its name.The question surrounding the name Eskimo is contained in the club’s annual survey of its season ticket holders.The term is widely considered to be offensive by Canada’s Inuit population.A poll conducted by Insight West found 57 per cent of Canadians find its use acceptable.League commissioner and former Eskimo player Randy Ambrosie says it’s up to the team to decide if the name should be changed.Ambrosie, who was in the Alberta capital on Tuesday, says it’s an issue for the Eskimos, their fans and for the relationship between Edmontonians and the Inuit community.Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians announced last month that starting in 2019 they are changing their uniform’s logo, which depicts a smiling Indigenous man called Chief Wahoo. (CTV Edmonton, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

October 17, 2019
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Jury selected man pleads not guilty in death of Montrealborn yoga instructor

first_imgHALIFAX – The jury at the trial of a Halifax man accused of killing a popular yoga instructor was selected Tuesday, as Nicholas Butcher pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.Butcher, a 35-year-old graduate of Dalhousie University’s law school, is accused of killing 32-year-old Montreal native Kristin Johnston on March 26, 2016.His trial started Tuesday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, where dozens of people were called for jury selection.By day’s end, a 16-member jury panel had been chosen — seven men and nine women.Justice Joshua Arnold gave the jury brief instructions before dismissing them for the day.“As the trial proceeds, you may discuss the case among yourselves when all of you are together in your jury room. You must not, however, come to any conclusions about the case during those discussions,” said Arnold, who also told jury members not to discuss the case with friends or family.“Keep an open mind. The time to decide the case is after, not before, you have heard all of the evidence and listened to the lawyers on both sides and my instructions about the law that applies to the evidence.”Arnold told the jury they would hear more lengthy instructions Wednesday morning, followed by the Crown’s opening statement.Butcher, wearing a navy suit with his brown hair buzzed, sat quietly and expressionless next to his lawyers Peter Planetta and Jonathan Hughes during the jury selection process.Before the jury was selected, Butcher was asked to enter his plea.“Not guilty,” he said, standing at his lawyer’s bench.Outside of court, prosecutor Carla Ball said the Crown will call around 40 witnesses, and will present evidence in chronological order.Planetta said his client “recognizes the gravity of the situation and the importance of the trial.”Twenty days have been set aside for the trial.Johnston opened a Bikram yoga studio in downtown Halifax, gaining a reputation as a kind and determined businesswoman with what friends described as a “magnetic” personality.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

October 17, 2019
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Sentencing arguments for Alberta man guilty of vicious sexual assault

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A man who beat a woman so viciously during a sexual assault that she had to learn how to walk and talk again is scheduled to face a sentencing hearing today.Denzel Dre Colton Bird, 21, was charged after the 25-year-old woman was struck from behind with a metal pipe, dragged into an alley and sexually attacked while she was walking to work in Lethbridge, Alta., in September 2016.The blows caused multiple skull fractures and fractured her facial bones as well.A passerby discovered the woman, partially naked and stuffed into a garbage can, and she was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The victim was in a medically induced coma for weeks in a Calgary hospital. She was released a year ago and her family says she continues to recover, although she has no memory of the attack.Police have said there was no apparent connection between Bird and his victim.Bird pleaded guilty last September to aggravated sexual assault and break and enter.His sentencing was delayed because of a long wait for a forensic psychiatric assessment and a Gladue report, which considers an accused’s Indigenous background.The maximum sentence for aggravated sexual assault is life in prison.Bird’s lawyer, Tonii Roulston, has said she will be asking Judge Jerry LeGrandeur for a sentence in the six- to eight-year range.When her client entered guilty pleas last year, she said he just wanted the case to be over.“Just like the family of the victim, it’s been hanging over his head as well, and he is anxious to take responsibility for his actions,” Roulston said.The case has been marked by delays. Bird fired his original lawyer, then rehired him before firing him again and retaining Roulston.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

October 17, 2019
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Alberta to allow rehab of orphaned black bear cubs in coming weeks

first_imgEDMONTON – A ban on private rehabilitation of orphaned black bear cubs in Alberta is to be lifted by the province in the coming weeks.The ban, which has been in place since 2010, has meant that bears orphaned in the province have been killed or sent to zoos.Officials say they have been working with wildlife sanctuary operators to develop a new policy. They had hoped to have it in place before this spring’s black bear hunt, which started on Sunday.“We’re close, but it’s still not ready for public release,” said Matt Dykstra, a spokesman for Alberta Environment and Parks. “It was our hope to have it in place by the start of the spring hunt. It’s our expectation that it will be completed very soon.”Dykstra said a new policy will be in place in “weeks, but not months.”It wasn’t immediately clear what will happen to any orphaned bears found this spring before any changes take effect.A wildlife sanctuary operator in southern Alberta said her facility is ready to take orphaned animals, but she said she’s not holding her breath.“They can change a policy as easily as they change their socks or underpants,” said Clio Smeeton, director of the Cochrane Research Institute, which rescues, rehabilitates and releases injured and orphaned wildlife. “It’s just a matter of writing something down.“There is over 30 years of solid scientific research and peer-reviewed published papers, including some we’ve published, that show that wildlife rehab works.”The province said Wednesday it will allow the compassionate rehabilitation of orphaned black bear cubs in circumstances where returning them to the wild is not the best option.It will also consider public safety and the resources of rehabilitation centres, said Dykstra.“Our desired outcome would be … safely returning the animal to its native habitat so it can succeed in the wild.”Three black bear cubs were found abandoned in a washroom along the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park a year ago. They were sent to a rehabilitation facility in Ontario and are set to return to the national park this year.There was also a public outcry after an Alberta facility wasn’t able to take in a young black bear found injured along a highway near Calgary.British Columbia and Saskatchewan have bear rehabilitation centres, but they do not accept out-of-province bears.There are bear rehabilitation facilities in central Ontario that accept bears from other provinces, but the Ontario government insists that the animals be returned to the province of origin for release.last_img read more

October 17, 2019
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Scathing suicide inquiry finds gaps shortcomings at Royal Military College

first_imgOTTAWA – Members of a board of inquiry into three suicides at the Royal Military College of Canada have reported facing troubling delays and obstacles in obtaining key information and evidence during their nearly year-long internal investigation.A censored copy of the board of inquiry’s final report was provided to reporters this week and confirmed that officer cadets Harrison Kelertas, Brett Cameron and Matthew Sullivan took their own lives in separate incidents in 2016.The scathing report also uncovered numerous gaps, shortcomings and worrying practices at the 142-year-old college in Kingston, Ont., where future generations of military officers are groomed, when it came to suicide prevention.Those included the use of “suicide watches” with other students — even though studies showed such watches raised the risk of suicide among the watchers and had been previously flagged as a concern by the military’s medical branch.In an interview with The Canadian Press, the military’s chief of personnel acknowledged that there were shortcomings at the university and said senior commanders were committed to fixing them as quickly as possible.But Lt.-Gen. Charles Lamarre rejected suggestions that officials at the college in Kingston, Ont., could have done more earlier to keep Kelertas, Cameron or Sullivan from taking their own lives.“Folks were doing their best with what they knew at the time, and they thought they were doing the best that they could,” Lamarre said during a telephone call from National Defence headquarters.“That’s why it’s so important to actually go through and do this critical self-examination and to put in place the changes that can prevent reoccurrence and that’s what’s taken place.”The board of inquiry report had been eagerly anticipated by the families of the three young men, who had expected it last year and expressed frustration and anger that its release was delayed, thereby depriving them of closure.Some had worried that the report was being delayed because officials were trying to whitewash the findings to hide any wrongdoing or negligence at the college or within the military chain of command.Military officials have rejected such allegations, saying the investigation was extremely complex, involving dozens of witnesses and tens of thousands of pages of documents — all of which needed to go through a final legal review.The three families have been briefed separately on the inquiry’s findings over the past week, but have so far declined to comment.The report reveals that the board of inquiry faced challenges accessing information and evidence, particularly from the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, which investigates major crimes in the military.“Despite early indication(s) by the CFNIS that the deaths were suicides,” the report reads, “and that suicides are not investigated by the CFNIS, it took over six months for the board to access critical evidence held by the CFNIS.”It was also told at one point to file an access to information request and given blacked-out material “despite the authority of the board to receive unredacted evidence.”Despite previously defending the lengthy delay in releasing the report, Lamarre acknowledged the board’s challenges getting information were “wrong” and promised officials were committed to preventing future problems.While the exact circumstances around the three suicides were blacked out in the report provided to the media, for privacy reasons, the board identified a number concerns when it came to the risk of suicide among RMC students.Those included stigma, specifically student fears that asking for help would affect their future careers, which has also been identified as a concern within the overall military population.The board was also particularly concerned that RMC commanders regularly ordered students to act as a “suicide watch” or “buddy watch” when fellow officer cadets were deemed at risk of trying to take their own lives.Two such suicide watches were ordered at RMC in the first half of 2016, even though studies had shown they increased the risk of suicide among the watchers and the military’s medical branch recommended against their use.Asked about the suicide watches, Lamarre said: “It says right there in the board of inquiry that there’s a recognition that best practices and standards were not well understood throughout the cadet wing or the college itself.“And again, that’s one of the key recommendations: to standardize these things to make sure they understand what they are.”RMC was also found to be missing an overarching suicide-prevention strategy, which exist in other universities given that suicide is the leading cause of death among young Canadians. The absence of such a strategy was found to make it more difficult for students to access support services.Officials also didn’t know what constituted a suicide attempt or how many there had been and, “unlike Queen’s University,” didn’t have procedures for to help students during their arrival at the college and other “transitions.Finally, the report raised concerns about how college staff dealt with suicides after they occurred, saying there was an “underestimation and misunderstanding of the effect of suicide on staff, friends and survivors of suicide loss.”It was unclear from the report how many, if any, of the issues raised by the board of inquiry related to Kelertas, Cameron and Sullivan, as the sections related to their time at RMC were largely blacked out.All told, the board made 78 recommendations to address the many issues raised in the report.But Lamarre said the vast majority were already being addressed following a special review of the college that was order by defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance last year and through the military’s new suicide-prevention strategy.“There is a desire to make sure that all those things are being addressed,” he said.“The fact that three different initiatives are speaking to the same thing … I think it’s a good indicator that folks are paying attention and trying to correct things where they can.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

October 17, 2019
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Injured Humboldt Broncos player returning home for first time since accident

first_imgAIRDRIE, Alta. — It’s been more than a year since injured Humboldt Broncos player Ryan Straschnitzki slept at home in his own bed.That’s about to change.After several months of renovations, his family’s home in Airdrie, just north of Calgary, is once again ready to be lived in.For Straschnitzki, paralyzed from the chest down in a 2018 bus crash that left 16 people dead and 13 others injured, it will mean increased independence.“I think everything’s just going to be accessible for me with the lift and everything like that,” he said.“Last summer I didn’t get to spend any time with friends and I figure I might as well have a good summer with friends and family and part of that is moving home.”The Straschnitzki’s are returning home today @660NEWS @BTCityNewsCGY pic.twitter.com/LReBJ8M7zu— Kristen Fong (@FongK10) April 27, 2019The Straschnitzkis have been living in hotels since last July when Ryan returned home from physiotherapy at the Shriners Hospital for Sick Children in Philadelphia.The renovations were months behind schedule, largely due to a number of structural problems in the original home.The garage floor sank 50 centimetres and had to be re-poured. There were problems with wiring and he hardwood floors had to be ripped up.The biggest changes included installing a separate heating unit for Straschnitzki’s bedroom — he’s unable to sense when his body is too hot or too cold — and building an elevator from the garage to what will be his basement apartment.TV personality Mike Holmes, one of Canada’s most recognizable home renovators, oversaw the remodelling project.Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

October 17, 2019
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Domestic violence survivor speaks out following gruesome assault

first_imgWARNING: Some details in this story are disturbing.CALGARY – “I’m lucky to be here.” Dawn Warden’s life was forever changed on June 9 when she says an ex-boyfriend attacked her in her Airdrie home with a sword, slicing off her fingers and one ear.The violence was horrific.“All my fingers were pretty much cut off, except for my thumb. I lost three, they saved seven. My shoulder was cut from the back to the end,  twice, I think, in a ‘v’ shape. There are two marks there. It was cut to the bone,” she described.“My ear was cut off to the back of my neck… I had three gashes on my stomach and one on my right thigh.”After the initial attack, Warden says the man set her room on fire. She was rushed to hospital where she spent eight hours in emergency surgery so doctors could reattach some of her fingers and her ear. Doctors used stitches in her hands and ears and 150 staples to close up her horrific wounds.Dawn Warden’s life was forever changed on June 9 when she says an ex-boyfriend attacked her in her Airdrie home with a sword, slicing off her fingers and one ear. (PHOTO: Megan McPhaden 660 NEWS.)“Where my hands are concerned, they say I should be able to get use of them. I might not be able to make a fist,” said Warden, a hairdresser and a painter.“They said I more than likely won’t be able to do hair again, but I’m stubborn. I’m still positive on that. But they did a fantastic job of saving the most important fingers.”As she recovers in her hospital room, she is speaking out–she wants more to be done to prevent other women from ending up in her situation.“I was in a slump. My son passed away a year ago and I kind of lost who I was, my sense of who I was.” Warden teared up as she credited her other son for pulling her out of her depression. She says while most people assume victims stay out of fear, every story is different.“I think I held on to the relationship because it was another relationship I could lose,” she said. “I personally stayed because when you have a loss of a child you lose a lot of your support…You don’t get over it easily.”While domestic violence victims are rarely named by police due to privacy restrictions, Warden is speaking out in the hopes of educating others and preventing future attacks from happening.“That’s really, really important for me.”But for now, she is focussing on recover and regaining some independence.Domestic violence accounts for half of homicides in Calgary Domestic violence is all too common in Alberta. In Calgary alone, police say six of the 12 murder cases this year have been domestic-related.The majority of them have been women and children killed by partners or family members.READ MORE:Over half of Calgary homicides this year domestic related: CPSVictims of domestic abuse face danger when trying to leave: expertsGuilty verdict in Edward Downey double murder trialFather deliberately set fire that killed both his daughter and himself: policeMurder charges laid in deaths of Calgary mother and daughterAccording to a domestic violence organization that works closely with police, Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society, CPS is on track to receive 30,000 domestic-violence-related calls this year.“We know that when natural disasters or economic dips happen, [certain] communities are more impacted by domestic violence. We also now that Indigenous people have higher rates of experiencing domestic violence,” explained Executive Director of Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society, Andrea Silverstone.“Airdrie has higher rates of domestic violence. There was a study done in Airdrie, I think it was three or four years ago, that said Airdrie has four times higher than the rest of the province of Alberta.”Silverstone says ending the cycle is something everyone needs to play an active role in.“Most people who are experiencing domestic violence, or are using violence, the first person that they tell is a confidant–a friend of a family member. And the thing that we actually need to do is build capacity among Albertans–because most of us are confidants for somebody–about how to recognize domestic violence, respond appropriately, and then help our friend or family member get the supports that they need.”If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse–or using violence–call 1-403-234-7233(SAFE) or click here.last_img read more

October 17, 2019
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No need for lengthy border exam of Meng Wanzhou before her arrest

first_imgVANCOUVER — The defence team for a Huawei executive whose arrest at Vancouver’s airport sparked a diplomatic crisis between Canada and China says there was no good reason for border officials to detain her for almost three hours before her arrest. Scott Fenton, a defence lawyer for Meng Wanzhou, told the B.C. Supreme Court that border officials already knew that Meng was facing charges in the United States by the time she got off her flight from Hong Kong.He says that means officials also knew she would be arrested and taken before the courts, that they had no power to remove her and that they could already report her as inadmissible because of the allegations she faces in the U.S. Instead, Fenton says she was held for three hours and a border official questioned her about her business in Iran before she was informed of her arrest and read her rights.Meng was arrested Dec. 1, 2018, at the request of the United States, which is seeking her extradition on fraud charges in violation of sanctions with Iran.Both Meng and Chinese tech giant Huawei have denied any wrongdoing and none of the allegations have been tested in court.Fenton says border official recorded that passwords to her phones and relayed them to RCMP along with her electronic devices as evidence that her detention was not a routine border check but a “covert criminal investigation.”He argues the provisional arrest warrant calling for her “immediate” arrest should have taken precedence over an immigration examination.“There was no need for this lengthy examination of the applicant,” he told the court.Meng, who is the chief financial officer of Huawei and the daughter of the company’s founder, is free on bail and living in Vancouver.Meng’s legal team is asking the court to further documentation to support its argument that her arrest at Vancouver’s airport was unlawful ahead of her extradition trial, which is scheduled to begin in January.Canada’s attorney general has not yet presented its response in court, but documents show it will say officials followed the law when they detained Meng and the defence has no proof to substantiate its “conspiracy theory” that she was illegally arrested.This report from The Canadian Press was first published on Sept. 25, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

October 16, 2019
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Celebrities Outraged By Findings Of Horse Abuse Investigation

first_imgMichael Keaton, Katherine Heigl and Willie Nelson have joined a growing list of celebrities calling on Congress to pass legislation to protect horses from an abuse known as “soring.”They reacted after a recent undercover investigation by The Humane Society of the United States revealed employees at a top training barn in Tennessee soring horses to force them perform the high-stepping “big lick” gait that is rewarded in competitions.“Video footage revealed abhorrent cruelty, including horses’ legs being slathered with caustic chemicals and wrapped tightly to cook the chemicals into their flesh, causing extreme pain,” reads the statement signed by the stars.The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 3268/S. 1121, is legislation to amend the existing federal law to ban the devices used in soring walking horses and related breeds, end the failed system of industry self-policing and strengthen penalties.“I urge Congress to pass the PAST Act and protect this gentle breed from animal cruelty carried out in the name of entertainment,” the statement continues.Other celebrities who previously signed on as endorsers of the PAST Act include Alyssa Milano, Viggo Mortensen, Ke$ha, Emmylou Harris, Kaley Cuoco, Ian Somerhalder, Wendie Malick and Priscilla Presley.last_img read more

October 16, 2019
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KISS To Rock Race To Erase MS Gala

first_imgRace to Erase MS is proud to announce that legendary rock and roll band KISS will perform at the 23rd Annual Race to Erase MS Gala to show their support and help raise awareness for the cause.“It’s an honor to have KISS be a part of the 23rd Race to Erase MS Gala,” said Paul Stanley. “Charity work and helping those in need is never an option… It’s everyone’s obligation. And yes, we WILL rock the house.”This renowned celebrity-filled event has raised $46 million for Race to Erase MS and its Center Without Walls program throughout its history. KISS joins Race to Erase MS founder Nancy Davis, along with previously announced 2016 “Medal of Hope” Award recipient Carolyn Rafaelian of ALEX AND ANI at the event, which will take place on April 15 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Over 1,000 celebrity and distinguished guests are expected to attend the gala, which will also include a sit-down dinner and both live and silent auctions.“If you have your health it’s easy to take for granted but for all those who need us, need us to care, contribute, make a difference, here is your opportunity with the 23rd Annual Race to Erase MS Gala,” said Gene Simmons. “KISS is honored to perform this year but it’s going to be even better when we come back to play the We Kicked MS’ Ass Party!”As America’s #1 Gold Record Award winning group of all time in all categories (RIAA), KISS can easily be named one of rock’s most influential bands of all time. To date, they have released 44 albums, and sold over 100 million albums worldwide. Between their incredible achievements in music, their philanthropic endeavors, their notable appearances, and their pursuits in TV and film, KISS’ legacy only continues to grow. KISS’ unique ability to transcend generations has led to 40 plus years of record-breaking global tours and no sign of slowing down. Race To Erase MS looks forward to welcoming true icons to the stage for what is sure to be a memorable performance and an unforgettable evening.For more info about the event, click here.last_img read more

October 16, 2019
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Mira Sorvino To Be Honored At 5th Annual Saving Innocence Gala

first_imgSaving Innocence announced today award winning actress and philanthropist Mira Sorvino will be awarded the 2016 Saving Innocence Hero Award at the 5th Annual Saving Innocence Gala, an evening dedicated to ending child sex trafficking in the United States at the Loews Hollywood Hotel on Saturday, October 1st.Sorvino, Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winning actress, has been the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking since 2009, traveling from Mexico to Darfur to here in the United States, testifying to Congress on the atrocities of human trafficking across our globe.In addition, award winning actress Marisol Nichols has been tapped as host of the evening. Best known for her roles in 24, Criminal Minds and NCIS, Nichols produces the Human Rights Hero Awards and is a passionate ambassador working tirelessly to end human trafficking worldwide. Christopher Backus, Taron Lexton, Meagan Tandy, Claire Schreiner, Cory Tran, Serinda Swan and Cantina Dance Troupe join the list of previously announced celebrity guest attendees including Kellan Lutz, Brittany Gonzalez, Jess Collins and Jen Widerstrom.“We are so honored to have both of these influential women be a part of this special evening. Mira’s extraordinary and heroic efforts to end human trafficking have been an inspiration to our team at Saving Innocence and we are thrilled to recognize her work with our Hero Award,” said Saving Innocence Founder/Executive Director Kim Biddle, “The annual gala plays a crucial role in allowing us to rescue more victims and we sincerely thank everyone involved.”The 5th Annual Saving Innocence Gala will be an evening dedicated to furthering Saving Innocence’s mission of ending child sex trafficking in the United States. The event will include a hosted cocktail reception, silent auction and seated dinner program. Attendees will consist of a dynamic group of 400+ leaders in entertainment, business, community and culture who have come together to support the expansion of the First Responder Program. The initiative will enable victim advocate specialists to respond 24/7 alongside law enforcement to rescue children, coordinate all basic needs, provide therapeutic services, support her as a victim witness in various court systems, provide weekly mentorship and empower her dreams.To purchase tickets to the 5th Annual Saving Innocence Gala or to learn more about how you can join in the mission to end child sex trafficking, visit www.savinginnocence.org/Gala.To bid on silent auction items including art pieces, fashion items, sports tickets, vacations and more, click here. Online bidding closes Saturday, October 1st at 6pm.Red carpet arrivals will take place from 6:00pm-7:00pm.last_img read more

October 16, 2019
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The Smashing Pediatric Cancer Challenge

first_imgLexi Manzo, a student at Fordham University and daughter to TV personality Dina Manzo, created the Smashing Pediatric Cancer Challenge to spread awareness for pediatric cancer.September was childhood cancer awareness month, and pediatric cancer is a disease that is often underfunded and in need of more awareness. As the founder of Project Ladybug’s daughter, this is a cause that has always been near and dear to her heart.Over the course of the month of September the Smashing Pediatric Cancer Challenge surpassed 1 million views on the internet. Hundreds of people, including celebrities and sports figures participated in the challenge and the featured hashtags have been used on nearly all social platforms. John Sterling the voice of the NY Yankees announced the challenge at every Sept game!When you chose to participate in the Cupcakes For Cancer Challenge you contribute by raising awareness for those children who battle and suffer from cancer every single day. With your help, every child’s fight can be given a voice, every research project will be supported, and strides to curing the epidemic of pediatric cancer will be made. Your choice to participate and share with those around you – whether it be via social media or word of mouth – will give the millions of kids fighting for their life everyday the voice they deserve. Because kids can’t fight cancer alone.What To Do: Share via your social media pages a video of someone or yourself shoving a cupcake in your face with the hashtags #smashingpediatriccancer & #cupcakesforcancer. In your post nominate 3 others to participate in the challenge or to donate to a pediatric cancer charity of their choice. Feel free to do this in honor of a child who has been touched by cancer. Find out more here.last_img read more

October 15, 2019
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A Chat with Jagmeet Singh the Incredibly WellDressed Rising Star in Canadian

first_imgAfter the scandals that surrounded the late Toronto mayor Rob Ford, Toronto became the political laughing stock not just of Canada, but the world. But if Singh’s ascent continues, he may turn Toronto’s reputation around as the hotbed of a new progressive movement. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Jagmeet Singh looks the way you hope a progressive politician would. Recently, BuzzFeed anointed him the “most stylish politician in Canada by like a million kilometers.” He’s the first turban-wearing Sikh to sit in Queen’s Park; he commutes to work by bike, often featured on his Instagram (35k followers). When I meet him in his office, PartyNextDoor is blaring from his Bluetooth speakers. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Both identify as progressives, but unlike the Prime Minister, Singh supports policies such as electoral reform and the repeal of Canada’s Anti Terrorism Act, Bill C-51. And while he’s just as happy to grab a selfie with you as Trudeau, Singh understands that the real power of social media isn’t showing off his custom-designed suits (though those look sharp as hell), but as a vital tool for communicating with his constituents—the youth, in particular. Advertisement Advertisement At 38-years-old, the criminal defense lawyer turned politician is a rising star in Canada, currently serving as Deputy Leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party. But why should you care about a guy that represents a suburban district outside of Toronto? Because rumor has it that Singh will soon make the jump into federal politics and run for leadership of the left-wing New Democratic Party of Canada, ready to take on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party government.last_img read more

October 15, 2019
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Feist to Pay Tribute to Legendary SingerSongwriter Leonard Cohen in CTVs Broadcast

first_imgAdvertisement More than 2,000 recordings of Leonard Cohen’s songs have been made by artists that range from Elton John, U2, Jeff Buckley, to Aretha Franklin. And from Bob Dylan to Justin Timberlake, more than 200 artists have sung or recorded the now iconic “Hallelujah” since Cohen’s original recording in 1984, including breathtaking performances by k.d. lang at THE 2005 JUNO AWARDS in Winnipeg, and the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Games.A Companion of the Order of Canada, Cohen was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, the U.S. Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Folk Music Walk of Fame. In addition to his six JUNO Awards, and numerous other honours across his prolific career, Cohen was also awarded the Glenn Gould Prize, the Principe de Asturias Prize, a PEN New England/Lyrics Award, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award at The Grammys. His final studio album, You Want It Darker, was released in October, before his death the following month. With more than 27 million albums sold worldwide and 12 published books, Cohen’s stunning body of original work remains an inspirational legacy to generations of artists and fans around the world.Performers taking the stage at THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS on CTV include Arkells, A Tribe Called Red, Alessia Cara, Billy Talent, Dallas Smith, July Talk, Ruth B, Sarah McLachlan, Shawn Mendes, and The Strumbellas.Tickets are currently on sale for THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS broadcast starting at $59 through the Canadian Tire Centre Box Office, by phone at 1-877-788-3267 and online at ticketmaster.ca.The JUNO Awards has partnered with Plus 1 so that $1 from every ticket is donated to MusiCounts, helping to ensure that children and youth across Canada have access to musical instruments. Plus 1 is a non-profit that partners with touring artists to facilitate a $1 add-on from every concert ticket to go to a cause the artist partner believes in.THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive Producers are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight Productions, Allan Reid and Mark Cohon for CARAS, and Randy Lennox for Bell Media. Lindsay Cox is Executive Producer and Supervising Producer, Insight Productions. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.Premier Partners of The 2017 JUNO Awards: CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, Radio Starmaker Fund, Ottawa 2017, the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Ottawa Tourism, Google Play Music and TD Bank Group.About CARASThe Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the 46th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit www.junoawards.ca.About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 15 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.Web Links:Official JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.caCTV’s JUNO Awards website: www.junos.ctv.ca JUNO TV: www.junotv.caCTV website: www.ctv.caSocial Media@BobMosesMusic@BuffySteMarie@chantalkreviaz@ColemanHell@FeistMusic@iamDelaneyJane@JazzCartier@JessMoskaluke@JimCuddy@JoshRamsay@JusReign@LizTrinnear@MelanieJoly@MichelleMylett@SamRobertsBand@summernate@TashaTheAmazon Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, March 27, 2017 /CNW/ – CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced details today for a special tribute performance in honour of legendary songwriter, musician, and poet Leonard Cohen as part of Sunday’s broadcast of THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS. Multi-JUNO Award and Polaris Music Prize winner Feist is set to take the stage to perform a moving arrangement of one of Cohen’s classic songs honouring the esteemed late musician. Co-hosted by iconic rocker Bryan Adams and megastar comedian Russell Peters, Canada’s most exciting night in music airs live in 4K from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on CTV and CTV GO on Sunday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).This year’s lineup of presenters were also announced today, including: electronic duo Bob Moses; music pioneer and 2017 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award recipient Buffy Sainte-Marie; singer-songwriter and JUNO Award nominee Chantal Kreviazuk; singer, songwriter, and producer Coleman Hell; singer-songwriter Delaney Jane; rapper Jazz Cartier; platinum-selling country artist Jess Moskaluke; Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy; comedian and Much Digital Studios Creator Jus Reign; Marianas Trench frontman Josh Ramsay; ETALK reporter Liz Trinnear; the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Mélanie Joly; Nathan Dales and Michelle Mylett from CraveTV’s LETTERKENNY; rockers Sam Roberts Band; and Toronto rap artist Tasha the Amazon.With a musical career that spanned nearly five decades, Cohen has been hailed by critics and fellow musicians alike as one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century. A poet in his early career, the native Montréaler released his first of 14 studio albums, Songs of Leonard Cohen, in 1967 at the age of 33. His signature gravelly baritone, married with the succinctness of his sage, bohemian language, quickly identified him as a master lyricist. Widely admired, his new and old masterpieces include timeless and enigmatic hits such as “Suzanne”, “Bird on a Wire”, “Everybody Knows”, “First We Take Manhattan”, “Closing Time”, and “Hallelujah”. Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

October 15, 2019
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March CraveTV Highlights SHOWTIME®s Hit Drama BILLIONS Returns for Season 3 CraveTVs

first_imgAdvertisement CraveTV’s HBO Collection continues to expand in March with the addition of Seasons 1-3 of SILICON VALLEY, which begin streaming on Friday, March 2. The Emmy-winning comedy series from Mike Judge and Alec Berg is set in the world of tech start-ups and the awkward underdogs who try to make their way to the top. SILICON VALLEY stars Canadian Thomas Middleditch as Richard, an introverted computer programmer living in the Hacker Hostel start-up incubator along with his best friend Big Head (Josh Brener), pompous Gilfoyle (Martin Starr), and dry-witted Dinesh (Oscar-nominee Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick). These social misfits live under the watch of a self-satisfied dotcom millionaire who lets them stay in his house for free, as long as he gets a 10 percent stake in their projects.Slated for its world premiere this month at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, OPERATION ODESSA is a true crime documentary about a Russian mobster, a Miami playboy, and a Cuban spy who sold a Soviet submarine to a Colombian drug cartel. An early 90s gangster tale that hopscotches from Brooklyn to Miami and California to Moscow, the film tells the true story of three friends who set out to hustle the Russian mob, the Cali cartel, and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for the score of a lifetime. OPERATION ODESSA streams Saturday, March 31 at 9 p.m. ET, day-and-date with SHOWTIME in the U.S.Additional information about CraveTV’s March lineup is outlined below.SHOWTIME SERIES, DOCUMENTARIES & SPECIALS:THE TRADE, Episode 5 *SERIES FINALE* (March 2 @ 9 p.m. ET)OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT, Season 1, Episode 5 (March 4 @ 8 p.m. ET)THE CHI, Season 1, Episode 8 (March 4 @ 10 p.m. ET)OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT, Season 1, Episode 6 (March 11 @ 8 p.m. ET)THE CHI, Season 1, Episode 9 (March 11 @ 10 p.m. ET)BEYOND THE OPPOSITE SEX (March 16 @ 9 p.m. ET)OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT, Season 1, Episode 7 (March 18 @ 8 p.m. ET)THE CHI, Season 1, Episode 10 *SEASON FINALE* (March 18 @ 10 p.m. ET)BILLIONS, Season 3, Episode 1 *SEASON PREMIERE* (March 25 @ 12:01 a.m. ET)OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT, Season 1, Episode 8 (March 25 @ 8 p.m. ET)NEW WAVE: DARE TO BE DIFFERENT (March 30 @ 8 p.m. ET)OPERATION ODESSA (March 31 @ 9 p.m. ET) This month on CraveTV, BILLIONS returns for a third season, CraveTV’s first original comedy special debuts, a new collection launches featuring more content from Starz, HBO’s SILICON VALLEY begins streaming, and more. New series, documentaries, and specials that begin streaming in March include:Starring Oscar® nominee and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Paul Giamatti, and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis, the new season of BILLIONS begins streaming Sunday, March 25 at 10 p.m. ET, day-and-date with SHOWTIME in the U.S. The new season finds Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and Bobby Axelrod (Lewis) in a world that has shifted, with both men still determined to destroy the other, but also battling new forces and powerful enemies for their own survival. Joining Season 3 in guest-starring roles are Oscar-nominee John Malkovich who plays Russian billionaire Grigor Andolov, and actor-comedian Mike Birbiglia. BILLIONS also stars Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, Condola Rashad, Asia Kate Dillon, and Jeffrey DeMunn.Streaming Friday, March 9, DARCY MICHAEL GOES TO CHURCH is the first of three original CraveTV stand-up comedy specials developed in partnership with JUST FOR LAUGHS. Filmed at the Berkeley Church in Toronto during last year’s JFL42 Festival, Canadian comedy darling Darcy Michael delivers a sermon covering topics like gay parenting and casual drug use. The remaining two original specials, DEBRA DIGIOVANNI: HERE’S THE THING and GRAHAM CHITTENDEN: RELUCTANT ADULT follow in April and May, respectively. The Starz Sampler, an all-new collection that launches on Friday, March 16, puts CraveTV’s Starz content in one, easy-to-find spot. In addition to COUNTERPART and BLACK SAILS, new Starz titles that will be added to the collection in March include:Seasons 1-2 of the cult comedy PARTY DOWN which follows a group of struggling actors and dysfunctional dreamers waiting for their big break while working for a catering company to make ends meet;Season 1 of the shot-in-Toronto drama series THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, a reimagining of Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 critically-acclaimed film of the same name that explores the relationships between exclusive escorts and their clients;from executive producer Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson, POWER (Season 1) is a crime drama set in two different worlds, the glamourous New York club scene and the brutal drug trade;executive produced by LeBron James, SURVIVOR’S REMORSE(Season 1-2) follows a basketball phenom in his early 20s who is suddenly thrust into the limelight after signing a contract with a pro team in Atlanta;DA VINCI’S DEMONS (Season 1) is an action-adventure historical fantasy following the ‘untold’ story of the world’s greatest genius, Leonardo da Vinci, during his turbulent youth;and THE WHITE QUEEN, a 10-part limited series adapted from Philippa Gregory’s best-selling novels based on England’s War of the Roses. Facebook Twitter STARZ PROGRAMMING:THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, Season 1 (March 16)POWER, Season 1 (March 16)PARTY DOWN, The Complete Series (March 16)SURVIVOR’S REMORSE, Seasons 1 & 2 (March 16)DAVINCI’S DEMONS, Season 1 (March 16)THE WHITE QUEEN, (March 16)SPOTLIGHT ON CANADA:W5, Season 52, Episode 17 (March 2)DARCY MICHAEL GOES TO CHURCH, CraveTV Original Stand-Up (March 9)W5, Season 52, Episode 18 (March 16)WORTH WATCHING:COUNTERPART, Season 1, Episode 7 (March 4 @ 8 p.m. ET)COUNTERPART, Season 1, Episode 8 (March 11 @ 8 p.m. ET)COUNTERPART, Season 1, Episode 9 (March 18 @ 8 p.m. ET)#ICRAVEFRIDAYS:SILICON VALLEY, Season 1 – 3 (March 2)THE JIM JEFFRIES SHOW, Season 1 (March 2)MATCH GAME, Season 3 (March 2)IS O.J. INNOCENT?: THE MISSING EVIDENCE (March 2)TOSH.O, Season 9 (March 2)DEADLIEST CATCH, Season 12 (March 9)GOLD RUSH, Season 5 (March 9)HOW IT’S MADE, Seasons 24, 25 & 26 (March 9)CURIOSITY: BRAINWASHED, (March 9)MOONSHINERS, Season 4 (March 16)A CRIME TO REMEMBER, Season 1 (March 16)NIGHTMARE NEXT DOOR, Season 2 (March 16)CRIES FROM SYRIA, (March 16)JADE FEVER, Season 1 (March 16)THE TRUTH IS IN THE STARS, (March 23)JERROD CARMICHAEL: 8, (March 30)ROCK AND A HARD PLACE, (March 30)STARS TO THE RESCUE, (March 30)VANITY FAIR CONFIDENTIAL, Season 1 (March 30)LAST CHANCE PROGRAMMING:STEVE MCQUEEN: THE MAN AND LE MANS, (March 3)MAYDAY, Season 10 (March 11)DAN FOR MAYOR, Season 2 (March 14)HICCUPS, Season 2 (March 14)JUNK RAIDERS, Season 2 (March 31)MIGHTY SHIPS, Season 7 (March 31)THE BORGIAS, Season 3 (March 31)COMING SOON:THE LEFTOVERS (The Complete Series)THE CIRCUS (Season 3)Social Media links Login/Register With:  @CraveTVCanada @CraveTV_PR Facebook Instagram Advertisement Advertisement PR Art for Season 3 of the Showtime original series BILLIONS – Photo: Jim Fiscus/SHOWTiME – Photo ID: BILLIONS_S3_PRART_01.RDavid Costabile as Mike “Wags” Wagner, Asia Kate Dillon as Taylor, Mailin Akerman as Lara Axellrod, Damian Lewis as Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, Maggie Siff as Wendy Rhoades, Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades, Condola Rashad as Kate Sacker, Jeffrey DeMunn as Chuck Rhoades, Sr. and Toby Leonard Moore as Brian Connerty. 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October 14, 2019
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Some calling on Valcourt to resign over MMIW statistics

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere are calls for Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt to resign.They come on the heels of the comments the minister made at a meeting in Calgary recently.Valcourt said he has seen data that shows the majority of Indigenous women in the last 30 years have been killed by Indigenous men.Thing is … no one has seen those statistics and the RCMP is refusing to release any data to support Valcourt.APTN’s Annette Francis has the story.last_img

October 14, 2019
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New series on APTN explores what beauty means to Aboriginal women

first_imgDanielle RochetteAPTN National NewsIn the mainstream, standards of beauty have changed over time. But what exactly does “beauty” mean?And how do Aboriginal women relate to it?Those questions will be looked at in an upcoming thirteen-part documentary series titled “Princesses” that will air exclusively on APTN.More than 40 Aboriginal women across Canada participated in the project. Women of all ages, backgrounds and professions speak from the heart about what beauty means to them.The educational and inspirational series premieres on APTN Tuesday June 7th, 8:00 PM EST.drochette@aptn.calast_img