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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

October 14, 2019
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New search boat out on Winnipegs Red River after 16K donation from

first_imgShaneen Robinson APTN National NewsThere’s a brand new search boat on the Red River this summer as part of Drag the Red.It took the journey of one young woman and now the blessing of an elder to put the boat in the water.last_img

October 14, 2019
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Face To Face Dennis Ward sits down with Cree opera singer Rhonda

first_imgDennis Ward APTN Face To FaceShe may be the only Cree, opera singer in the world.  Rhonda Head grew up in Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba but the Mezzo Soprano didn’t discover her voice until she was 18 years old.Head has battled back from brain tumours to play on some of the world’s biggest stages including Carnegie Hall in New York City.  She joins Face to Face to tell her story.last_img

October 14, 2019
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Tanya Talaga Deaths of Indigenous youth in Thunder Bay is a Canadian

first_imgAPTN Face To Face Award winning, journalist and author Tanya Talaga is known for her investigative reporting for the Toronto Star where she often focuses on Indigenous issues.Most recently, Talaga released the national bestseller, ‘Seven Fallen Feathers. Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City.”The book focuses on seven Indigenous youth who died in Thunder Bay, Ontario while attending high school hundreds of kilometres away from their families.  An Inquest into the deaths wrapped up in 2016 and produced 145 recommendations.Months later, two more youth would be pulled from waterways in Thunder Bay.Talaga joins host Dennis Ward to discuss her novel, the ongoing deaths of Indigenous youth in Thunder Bay and why it is not just a Thunder Bay problem.last_img

October 14, 2019
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Young Wetsuweten artist making a name for herself

first_imgLee WilsonAPTN NewsStephanie Anderson, a Wet’suwet’en artist, is creating a name for herself in northwestern British Columbia.Anderson, 28, grew up in Terrace, B.C., but everything changed after she walked through the doors of the art school she enrolled in.She spent hours honing her craft and the training, and tools she received helped her to carve “Wolf and Moon” which placed second in Indigenous Arts and Stories this summer.The competition had 950 submissions, the largest amount in the program’s 15 year history.(The Wolf and Moon by Stephanie Anderson)Anderson graduated the third-year program at Freda Diesing Art School at Coast Mountain College.“It kind of lifted me up you know. I was like ‘wow’ because it’s Canada wide. They pool it from artists all over Canada. I just felt beside myself that I was selected.“I was also just really grateful being runner up,“ said Anderson.Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art, named after the Haida artist, continues her legacy of carrying First Nations culture and arts.The school is remarkable, a First Nations art and program where students receive university credits which are recognized by Emily Carr University.(Ken McNeil is a founding member of the school, a master carver and one of Anderson’s mentors. Photo: Lee Wilson/APTN)“The Freda Diesing School is the first of its kind in Canada… she taught a lot of well-respected carvers in B.C.,” said Ken McNeil.McNeil has mentored Anderson from the start in college and now is working with her on a piece that will go on display at Vancouver International Airport.Part of their program that recognized emerging artists. For Ken seeing students and graduates have success makes him proud.“It leaves a good feeling in me to see the students that progress into the art market because it is a hard place to be and a hard place to stay,” he said.Anderson said there are challenges of being a northwest artist in Canada.She has been working 12 months straight on her art for the local area.She has developed pieces for the Terrace post office, carving for Skeena Salmon Fest and a mural for the Terrace Airport.“Any entrepreneur in any field, you’re self-reliant, you are the boss, you are working all the time to make deadlines and make opportunities to meet people,” she said.“It’s more than a full-time job”lwilson@aptn.calast_img read more

October 13, 2019
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This is Us gets big boost from Super Bowl slot

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Super Bowl ratings may have been slightly down for NBC, but the network’s entertainment division was buoyed by the showing of “This is Us” after the game.The second-year drama scored with an episode that explains how the character of Jack Pearson, played by Milo Ventimiglia, died in the aftermath of a fire. The show was seen by just under 27 million people, its largest audience ever and the highest for any show with the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot in six years.NBC’s habit is generally to give its hottest entertainment show that slot when it is telecast the game. Three years ago, it was “The Blacklist,” and six years ago it was “The Voice.”The Super Bowl itself was seen by 103.4 million people, down 7 per cent from the 2017 game. It will still wind up the most-watched television program for the year.With the help of the game, NBC averaged 23.1 million viewers in prime time. CBS had 6.1 million viewers, ABC had 3.8 million, Fox had 2.9 million, Univision and the CW tied with 1.42 million, ION Television had 1.3 million and Telemundo had 1.1 million.Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 3.75 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 1.86 million, USA had 1.459 million, HGTV had 1.455 million and History had 1.28 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.3 million viewers, NBC’s “Nightly News” and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.9 million.For the week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: Super Bowl: Philadelphia vs. New England, NBC, 103.39 million; “Super Bowl Post-Game,” NBC, 73.45 million; “This is Us,” NBC, 26.97 million. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 14.7 million; “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 12.92 million; “State of the Union,” Fox News, 11.72 million; “State of the Union Analysis,” Fox News, 10.51 million; “State of the Union Preview,” Fox News, 9.95 million; “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 9.32 million; “Mom,” CBS, 9.11 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.comlast_img read more

October 13, 2019
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Nielsen says 152 million watch second Roseanne

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The audience for the second week of ABC’s “Roseanne” reboot was down, but not by much. The Nielsen company said that 15.2 million people watched the show on Tuesday night.That’s off 16 per cent from the 18.2 million who watched the show’s premiere last Tuesday. With delayed viewing, that first show has already been seen by more than 25 million people.It has to be heartening to ABC that so many people who sampled the sitcom stuck with it. The audience is roughly triple what ABC drew for “The Middle” when it aired in the same time slot a year ago.President Donald Trump has taken some credit for its popularity because Roseanne Barr’s character supports him in the show.last_img

October 13, 2019
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Canadian online pharmacy fined 34 million by US court for illegal imports

first_imgHELENA, Mont. – An online pharmacy that bills itself as Canada’s largest was fined $34 million Friday for importing counterfeit cancer drugs and other unapproved pharmaceuticals into the United States, a sentence that one advocacy group called too light for such a heinous crime.Canada Drugs has filled millions of prescriptions by offering itself as a safe alternative for patients to save money on expensive drugs, and its founder, Kristian Thorkelson, has been hailed as an industry pioneer for starting the company in 2001.But U.S. prosecutors say Canada Drugs’ business model is based entirely on illegally importing unapproved and misbranded drugs not just from Canada, but from all over the world. The company has made at least $78 million through illegal imports, including two that were counterfeit versions of the cancer drugs Avastin and Altuzan that had no active ingredient, prosecutors said.After more than two years of struggling to get the international company to appear in U.S. court to face the felony charges, Canada Drugs and Thorkelson, struck a plea deal with prosecutors late last year.On Friday, a judge in Missoula, Mont., approved federal prosecutors’ recommended sentences that include $29 million forfeited, $5 million in fines and five years’ probation for Canada Drugs.U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen also sentenced Thorkelson to six months’ house arrest, five years’ probation and a $250,000 fine.Canada Drugs also will permanently cease the sale of all unapproved, misbranded and counterfeit drugs and will surrender all of the domain names for the myriad websites it used to sell the drugs, under the deal.An advocacy group had urged the judge to impose harsher penalties to deter future crimes.“Counterfeiting oncology medications is a nearly untraceable and heinous health-care crime,” Shabbir Imber Safdar, executive director of the Partnership for Safe Medicines, wrote in a letter to the judge. “You put saline in a bottle, and when the cancer patient takes it, there is no evidence in the patient of the crime.”Safdar said Thorkelson should receive prison time and that Thorkelson’s and Canada Drugs’ pharmacy licenses should be surrendered. The group also wants Canada Drugs to give up all of it internet domain names, including ones not named in the plea deal, to prevent the company from continuing to sell misbranded and counterfeit medicine.“We feel that being a part of a scheme to sell Americans fake cancer drugs while you profit from it should be sufficient grounds for a long-term revocation of a pharmacist’s license,” Safdar wrote.Neither Safdar nor two of Canada Drugs’ and Thorkelson’s lawyers returned messages seeking comment.Federal prosecutors wrote in court documents that the recommended sentence is appropriate.“The United States believes that the above-referenced sentence in an appropriate one reflecting the seriousness of Thorkelson’s conduct, the need for just punishment and adequate deterrence to future criminal conduct,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Chad Spraker and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Joseph wrote.The case is being handled in the U.S. state of Montana, where Canada Drugs bought another company for its drug inventory and customer list when it was expanding in 2009. Canada Drugs continued to deposit money into that company’s Montana bank account from doctors’ purchase of the illegally imported drugs before the proceeds were shipped to offshore accounts in the Caribbean, prosecutors said.The company and two overseas subsidiaries pleaded guilty to introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce, and the subsidiaries also agreed to plead guilty to selling counterfeit drugs.Thorkelson pleaded guilty to knowing about and concealing a felony crime.last_img read more

October 13, 2019
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Airline group says Christmas travel will rise 52 per cent

first_imgU.S. airlines expect a 5.2 per cent increase in air travel during the Christmas and New Year’s break, to more than 2.5 million people a day.The busiest day is expected to be the Friday before Christmas.The trade group Airlines for America said Tuesday it forecasts that 45.7 million passengers will fly on a U.S. airline during the 18-day stretch that starts Thursday, Dec. 20, and runs through Jan. 6, the Sunday after New Year’s Day.The group says that since last Christmas, airlines have added 143,000 seats per day on domestic and international flights. They are hoping that’s enough to handle the expected increase of 126,000 passengers a day.Travellers looking for relative calm, take note: The least-busy days are expected to be Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.The Associated Presslast_img read more

October 13, 2019
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Prove you didnt prejudge Trans Mountain approval NDP leader urges Liberals

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. — Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is accusing the Liberal government of rigging its review process in favour of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.And if he’s wrong, Singh wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to release any and all documentation to prove otherwise.Singh and NDP energy critic Guy Caron have written to Trudeau about media reports that suggest the government had decided to go ahead with Trans Mountain long before the evaluation process was complete. In their letter, released today, they say the approval was based purely on a political calculation, rather than on whether or not the project would be in the national interest.Kinder Morgan declared earlier this month it was halting all non-essential spending on the controversial expansion, which has been beset by protests and is at the centre of a fierce dispute between the governments of B.C. and Alberta.The expansion – which B.C. is blocking – would twin an existing pipeline from Alberta’s oilsands to Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C., where diluted bitumen would be loaded onto oil tankers for export.“These revelations throw into question the legitimacy of the government’s entire review as they point to an approval based on political interests,” the letter reads. “To address these serious concerns, we urge you to release all relevant documentation associated with the review process, including those subject to cabinet confidentiality.”last_img read more

October 12, 2019
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Stakes high for BJP litmus test for SPBSP in sevenphase UP LS

first_imgLucknow: With the Election Commission Sunday announcing the Lok Sabha poll schedule, the ball was set rolling in Uttar Pradesh where the stakes of the ruling BJP is high as the state sends the highest number of 80 MPs to the lower house of Parliament.With a major part of the gruelling exercise falling in the hot summer months of April and May, the fierce battle of ballots in all likelihood will scorch the electoral arena across the state. The keenly watched contest will test the popularity of the fledging opposition alliance of once bitter rivals Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav, who have joined hands to take on the BJP, which had scooped a massive 73 seats in the 2014 election along with its ally, the Apna Dal. The state will have seven-phase polling on April 11, 18, 23 and 29 and May 6, 12 and 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23. With the announcement of the poll schedule, the Model Code of Conduct came into force with immediate effect Sunday. Interestingly, hours ahead of the Model Code coming into effect, the Uttar Pradesh government hurriedly announced the names of top office bearers of certain commissions, councils and corporations by nominating people owing allegiance to the ruling BJP or its ally Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP). A UP government spokesperson said names of 72 people have been announced for various posts in 22 commissions, councils and corporations in the state. A notable appointment was of Arvind Rajbhar, who has been made the chairman of UP Small Industries Corporation Ltd, apparently to soothe the ruffled feathers of his father and UP Cabinet minister Om Prakash Rajbhar, whose SBSP has often embarrassed the ruling BJP despite being an ally of the NDA. Another office bearer of SBSP Rana Ajit Pratap Singh has been made the chairman of UP Beej Vikas Nigam (UP Seeds Development Corporation). In a similar fast-paced development, the UP Raj Bhawan gave its nod to a hurriedly brought ordinance on UP revenue code pertaining to lease of agricultural land and succession of land owners. Realising that the route to power at the Centre is through Uttar Pradesh, political parties have been wooing voters even before the dates were announced, with the BJP trying to retain its grand performance in 2014 Lok Sabha and 2017 assembly polls. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the 71 BJP lawmakers who won in UP. The Samajwadi party won five, the Congress two and Mayawati’s BSP failed to open account. The BJP followed up its Lok Sabha feat by ousting the Samajwadi Party in the state election in 2017. But, this time, the BJP faces a resurgent opposition that has scripted back-to-back victories in last year’s Lok Sabha and assembly bypolls. Two of those wins were particularly sweet for the opposition the BJP lost Gorakhpur, the base of its star campaigner Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and Phulpur, held by his deputy Keshav Maurya. Political observers will like to keenly watch how the alliance of Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party and Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party performs. The Congress too is into the fray more seriously this time with the grand old party for decades an also-ran in UP announcing the debut of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as its campaign in-charge for the eastern parts of the state, along with Jyotiraditya Scindia in the western belt. Priyanka Gandhi, sister of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, has so far confined herself to Amethi and Rae Bareli, the constituencies of her brother and her mother Sonia Gandhi, respectively. The Congress is banking on Priyanka Gandhi’s charisma and connect and her striking resemblance to her grandmother Indira Gandhi to improve its score in Uttar Pradesh. It managed to retain only the Gandhis’ seats in 2014 and anything more than that will be an improvement. Confronting an aggressive opposition, the BJP has pulled up its socks with party president Amit Shah claiming that the party will win at least 74 this time one more than last time. Over the past few months, Prime Minister Modi has focused on UP and his constituency Varanasi.last_img read more

October 12, 2019
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AAP hits out at Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri for his antiDelhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: Hitting out at Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri for his “anti-Delhi” policies, the Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday said a person who has nothing worthwhile to show in his performance as a minister is now venturinginto the arena of electoral political analysis. Challenging Puri for an open debate, the AAP said it we will expose the “real face” of BJP and the Union Minister as well as question his anti-Delhi policies in the next seven days. The comments by the AAP comes a day after Puri reportedly slammed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for becoming ‘desperate’ for an alliance. AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said Puri need not worry about the Aam Aadmi Party, but rather tell the people of Delhi about his “anti-Delhi approach”. “For next seven days, we will expose the real face of BJP and Mr Puri and question his anti-Delhi policies. We challenge him for a open debate. New political wisdom has dawned on BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh Hardeep Singh Puri, who was made a minister of state in the Narendra Modi government, 18 months back. Puri, who has nothing worthwhile to show in his performance as a minister, is now venturing into the new arena of electoral political analysis,” Bharadwaj said in a statement. He said it is beyond “any reasonable understanding in which capacity Puri is giving his expert comments on the political situation of Delhi, and why is he so worried about the AAP?” The AAP also asked Puri why did the BJP central government’s nominees on the Delhi Metro Board support the “unjustified” Metro fare hike? “What were the instructions of your ministry to the central government nominees on the Metro Board about the Metro fare hike? Why has the Narendra Modi government stalled approval to three routes of Delhi Metro Phase-IV?” he said.last_img read more

October 12, 2019
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Congress Parivartan Yatra in Haryana to begin from today

first_imgGururgam: The Indian National Congress will begin their Parivartan Yatra from Gurugram on Tuesday. Having lost the seat only twice Congress wants to wrest heir strongest bastion of Gururgam Haryana. The State Congress President Ashok Tanwar on Monday met the party workers and took the responses of what issues they need to take forward to the voters who will be casting their votes on May 12.For long Congress has the strength of having tall leaders in its fold. Though that strength has weakened a bit with Rao Inderjit Singh shifting to BJP, it still has other significant leaders like Captain Ajay Yadav who has won several elections from the Ahirwal belt. The significance of the Gurugram for the grand old party of India can be gauged from the fact that in the past Maulana Abul Kalam Azad has contested from the South Haryana region. “The people of Gurugram have always supported the Congress and it will continue to do so in the coming elections. He people have seen how the BJP in the centre and the state has functioned in these years they have been in power,” said Ashok Tanwar, the state Congress President. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDespite Congress winning the seat maximum number of times, Gurugram voters have always sprung a surprise and have ensured that the grand old party of India never have it easy. Interestingly, the region has never ensured that the candidate from local parties wins from the region. Interestingly more than the candidates from the local parties, it is the independents that have gained more traction among the voters. In the closest contest till date, Abdul Ghani who was an independent then defeated Gajraj Singh from the Congress by just 1308 votes in 1967. Congress was, however, able to wrest the seat again in 1971 elections. The voters from Gurugram resulted in the win of the BJP candidate even at a time when the saffron party barely had a presence in Haryana.last_img read more

October 12, 2019
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Conspiracy cries BJP ally warns it will quit Goa govt

first_imgPanaji: The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), support of whose three MLAs is crucial for the stability of BJP-led dispensation in Goa, Tuesday said a “conspiracy” was being hatched by “our rivals” that might force it to move out and align with the Congress to form a new government. The party has three MLAs in the 40-Member Goa Assembly and its senior leader and Marcaim legislator Sudin Dhavalikar is the deputy chief minister in the Pramod Sawant government. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsMGP president Dipak Dhavalikar alleged one of his party’s officer-bearers was “made to issue a letter” to the governor and speaker declaring authority over entire legislative affairs of the outfit. Dhavalikar said the MGP Central Committee would meet Wednesday to chalk out its future course of action, which, he claimed, can decide the fate of the state government. “There is a larger conspiracy under which one of our senior officer bearers, general secretary Lavoo Mamlatdar, was made to issue a letter to the governor and speaker, in which he stated that he was taking over the entire authority on legislative affairs of the party,” Dhavalikar said. He said his party was the state’s oldest regional outfit but some sections were opposed to its growth. Mamlatdar had last week written a letter to the governor and Assembly speaker stating he was the sole authority in the MGP to communicate party decisions to them. Following the letter, the MGP had expelled Mamlatdar.last_img read more