John Legends Lessons Learned From FreeAmerica

first_imgIn 2015, music artist John Legend began a “nationwide listening and learning tour”, visiting actors on both sides of the prison fence to properly examine what he calls the USA’s “prison problem”, which includes mass incarceration and a so-called school-to-prison pipeline.Although the tour is expected to continue for some time, Legend took the opportunity earlier this year to give a TED talk sharing what he has learned thus far. He says a positive future outcome is all about transformation through redemption, “giving hope to those who want to create a better life after serving their time.”Redemption needs to come, however, at the beginning of an inmate’s sentence, says Legend, with rehabilitation as a core value. Freedom is a matter of the mind, which can be experienced even behind bars when one experiences forgiveness, he says, when “we believe that our failings don’t define who we are, that we are all worthy of redemption.”Legend takes to heart the line ‘Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery’ from Bob Marley’s Redemption Song. “What would it look like if we intervened with love and compassion as core values?” says Legend. “We would have a society that is safer, healthier and worthy of raising our children in.”Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

The Dove SelfEsteem Project And Shonda Rhimes Team Up To Launch Girl

first_imgFrom a young age, outside voices such as school dress codes and harsh comments from peer groups influence how girls feel about their appearance.Shonda Rhimes participated in a panel with powerful young womenWhile girls today are strong and resilient, these comments still have a negative impact on her self-esteem and make her less likely to participate in things like trying out for sports or raising her hand in class. It’s time for her to hear something different. Dove and Shonda Rhimes have teamed up to launch the Girl Collective, a multigenerational sisterhood created to build confidence and challenge beauty stereotypes through honest, authentic and practical conversations shared between women and girls. The Girl Collective is powered by the Dove Self Esteem Project which has been hosting self-esteem workshops in schools and providing at-home self-esteem materials and exercises since 2004. Now, with the Girl Collective, these self-esteem experiences from Dove can continue to spread and support girls and women everywhere.Inaugural members of the group include Shonda Rhimes, Musician SZA, Transgender Activist Jazz Jennings, intimate apparel brand Aerie, Viral Dance Group Syncopated Ladies, and many more powerful and inspiring voices.“Six in 10 girls believe that to do well in life they have to look a certain way and that just shouldn’t be,” says Shonda Rhimes who has been working with Dove for two years as Chief Storyteller in an effort to ensure every woman and girl sees herself represented in media and culture. “Last year I participated in my first-ever Dove Self-Esteem Workshop and I was inspired by the power of women and girls connecting to tackle issues that impact so many of us. I’m proud to be a part of this remarkable community which illustrates the magic we can unlock when we work together to inspire change and build confidence.”Dove marked the launch of Girl Collective with an electrifying super-event in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 6 – the largest convening of its kind in the brand’s history. Hundreds of women and girls attended a series of powerful social conversations inspiring everyone to take action to raise self-esteem, all powered by Dove Self-Esteem Project accredited curriculum. More Like Me: Chief Storyteller Shonda Rhimes participated in a stimulating panel with powerful young women about expanding representation. Shonda urged women and girls to remember they are the main character of their own story, encouraging them to claim their power and begin defining beauty for themselves. Skin Deep: Musician SZA and Dove Self-Esteem Educator Dre Brown explored the relationship our culture and ethnicity play in defining our beauty identities. SZA encouraged girls to create their own beauty standards rather than subscribe to someone else’s. Girl Redefined: Transgender Activist Jazz Jennings joined Sexuality & Relationship expert Dr. Logan Levkoff to challenge ideas of gender, beauty and femininity to create new appreciation for and acceptance of beauty that is fluid. Through examples of her own journey, Jazz’s helped the collective understand that they have the power to create their own reality. From “the Gram” to the Ground: With a shared mission of helping girls develop a positive relationship with the way they look, Aerie teamed up with Dove to join Girl Collective along with #AerieReal ambassador and former Fashion Editor Lauren Chan and provide actionable ways girls can be body positive champions in their schools and communities.Check out more inspiring highlights, including the full panel discussion, from the Dove Girl Collective event here.last_img read more

Prince Harry spotted visiting Meghan Markle in Toronto preEaster weekend

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook It’s not the first time he’s visited the Suits star in the Canadian city, however, with early reports about the couple’s relationship stating he secretly flew into the 6 for a pre-Halloween bash with his love.READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement The royal has landed!After quietly making trips to visit each other for months, Prince Harry has been photographed in Toronto for the first time, visiting girlfriend Meghan Markle.E! News has published photos of Harry arriving at Meghan’s Toronto home Wednesday night, carrying a duffel and clad in a cap. Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more


first_imgOh, no. With each day I’m more and more at odds with the culture around me. The old-fart thing is creeping in in a big way. I lament a time when there were different genres of music. When I was a kid, there were a whole bunch of different styles. Now everything is dance music.Don’t get me wrong, I quite like a lot of electronic music. But I’m 35 years old, so for me the artistic and cultural apex of Western culture was 1998 or something. That’s when all my favourite shit happened. The Hip was the first concert I went to. You don’t ever forget that stuff.The Hip have put out so many amazing albums over the years. Why Up to Here?Up To Here I can play A to Z, start to finish, on repeat all the time. I dig how young they were when they made it, and I think history’s already been quite kind to it—but it will ultimately be viewed as one of the more important albums in Canadian music history. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement You may recognize Jay Baruchel as the Zeppelin-crazed, fast-mouthed fan in Almost Famous, or in Judd Apatow’s prototypical geek in Undeclared, or as any one of the often-idiosyncratic characters he’s played over the years. The Ottawa-born, Montreal-raised actor got his start nearly two decades ago, and has continued to make his hometown(s) proud ever since.We called up the NDG native to find out which albums, films and books he’s most proud to call Canadian—all of which you can find on iTunes.ALBUMSRemission, Skinny PuppyYanqui U.X.O., by Godspeed You! Black EmperorWatch Out, by AlexisonfireOld Crows/Young Cardinals, by AlexisonfireThe Audio of Being, Matthew Good BandUp to Here, The Tragically HipTactical Neural Implant, Front Line AssemblyI take it, from this list, that you’re not a big fan of mainstream pop?last_img read more

Junos not naming replacement nominees after Hedley withdraws from 3 categories

first_imgIt was last Wednesday that Hedley first responded to the allegations that had been posted online. By Friday, the group was dropped by its management team, blacklisted by scores of radio stations, and abandoned by the bands who were booked as its tour openers. “Thank you for sticking with us through the good times and the bad, the ups and downs, the highs and the lows, you’ve been there and that’s the only reason why we’re still here,” Hoggard said, although he did not reference the allegations the band faces. “We want to ensure that everyone understands our collective commitment to change, and to do better, is real. Saying a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle was to blame — or saying certain things happened because we were younger — isn’t good enough. We owe it to our families, our crew, our friends — and most of all, our fans — to do and be better,” the statement reads, adding that the band will be saying more “in the coming days.” In a statement released Monday, the band said it wouldn’t be cancelling the shows it has booked through March 23 because “the easy thing to do would be to cancel the tour and hide.” The band — which has a total of 31 Juno nominations dating back to 2006 and two wins — said in a statement Monday that it was soldiering on with its cross-Canada tour but preparing “to take responsibility and talk about how we have let some people down and what we intend to do about it.” Hedley performs during the Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday, June 19, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Facebook “Thank you for your support, thank you for your love, we need it and it means the world to us.” A spokeswoman for the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences said no one from the organization was available for an interview. She said votes already registered for Hedley will be thrown out, but voters will not be asked to submit a new ballot. The band’s members previously called allegations involving young fans “unsubstantiated” but acknowledged they “engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock ‘n’ roll cliches.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Twitter The Vancouver pop-rockers said they did not “wish to be a distraction at Canadian music’s biggest night” as they continue to face sexual misconduct allegations posted by anonymous social media users. The Junos said in a statement released Tuesday that no alternates would be added to the categories affected by Hedley’s withdrawal because voting began Feb. 9. The former MuchMusic darlings — fronted by Jacob Hoggard and including Dave Rosin, Tommy Mac and Jay Benison — played in Barrie, Ont., on Monday and were scheduled to hit Ottawa on Tuesday, Laval, Que., on Wednesday, Halifax on Friday and Summerside, P.E.I., on Saturday. The Juno Awards will not be naming replacement nominees now that embattled rockers Hedley have withdrawn from consideration for group of the year, pop album of the year and the fan choice prize. Advertisement According a video posted to YouTube on Sunday and purportedly shot at Hedley’s concert Friday night in Brandon, Man., Hoggard thanked the crowd for “believing in us.” Advertisement This year’s Junos show is to be staged in Vancouver on March 25. Crooner Michael Buble will host. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Cancelled reality TV show still a key source of info for Canadians

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook In this promotional image from Border Security: Canada’s Front Line, CBSA staff search though luggage containing suspect packages. ( Advertisement A controversial reality television show that was cancelled for privacy reasons continues to be a key source of information for Canadians on the border, according to a recent report put together for the Canada Border Services Agency.The CBSA asked the research firm EKOS to assess Canadians’ views on its services and border management in general for internal use. The firm conducted a telephone survey in late 2017 and ran a series of 12 focus groups in early 2018.When it came to awareness, the March report noted that Canadians often mentioned the show Border Security: Canada’s Front Line. Advertisement Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement It was billed as a battle between the fictional worlds of Westeros and Gilead.In the end, the epic fantasy Game of Thrones won for best dramatic series, emerging victorious over The Handmaid’s Tale at the 70th annual Emmy Awards on Monday night.It wasn’t a sure thing: Dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale won last year, and the Margaret Atwood adaptation remains prescient in the #MeToo era, and an age when women’s abortion rights are under threat. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment But Game of Thrones, despite being absent from the ballots last year, roared back to prominence. It was already the most decorated scripted show in Emmy history, but after a 13-month absence, the series seemed vulnerable to fickle voters and the red tide of the handmaids. But voters chose escapism over an alternate reality that perhaps hit too close to home.Despite the focus on the headline contest between well-established incumbents for best drama, this was ostensibly an Emmy Awards night about diversity. But it didn’t quite deliver on the mission statement.Inside the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, an entertaining musical number featured John Legend, Ricky Martin, Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson singing, tongue firmly planted in cheek, that they had solved the lack of diversity in Hollywood.“This year has the most diverse group in Emmy history,” said Thompson. “It’s one step closer to a Black Sheldon.” Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgMONTRÉAL, Jan. 22, 2019 – Cultural infrastructure provides work and presentation spaces for Canadian artists, in addition to making arts and culture more accessible to the public. Supporting upgrades to these creative spaces is important to the Government of Canada.Marc Miller, Member of Parliament (Ville-Marie–Le Sud-Ouest–Île-des-Soeurs) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, today announced $600,000 in funding for Productions Réalisations Indépendantes de Montréal (PRIM). Mr. Miller made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.This support, provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, will allow the organization to revamp its facilities to improve and increase its services to media artists. Quotes“Thanks to PRIM’s renovation project, many media artists will have modern workspaces to do what they love. The Government of Canada knows that access to quality cultural spaces is an essential part of the creative process. We are pleased to support PRIM in this important project.”—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism“The City of Montréal is known worldwide for its talented media artists. This reputation is thanks in no small part to organizations like PRIM that provide artists with unparalleled guidance and facilities to do their work. I am thrilled that the Government of Canada is supporting this project, which will help establish a highly creative and innovative work environment.”—Marc Miller, Member of Parliament (Ville-Marie–Le Sud-Ouest–Île-des-Soeurs) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations“We are very pleased and proud to be able to carry out this project that is essential to help us adapt to the new methods and approaches of our independent artists, improve our support services, and establish an infrastructure that measures up to their talents and standards.”—Khoa Lê, President of the Board of Directors, PRIMQuick FactsFounded in 1981, PRIM is a non-profit organization with a dual mandate: to support the production of contemporary media works and to actively participate in the training and professionalism of independent media artists.By offering programs that support creation and offer access to state-of-the-art facilities, PRIM contributes to the annual production of about 100 media art works, which involves the work of 250 artists.The project involves renovating and upgrading rooms in the PRIM building located at 2180 Fullum Street in Montréal. There are plans to expand the building from the inside and to add several rooms, such as a sound lab, a video art studio, a room for professional training, and a collaborative workspace.Specialized creation and production equipment will be installed in the new spaces. All of these upgrades will allow PRIM to make the best use of their spaces.The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for arts, heritage, culture and creative innovation. The fund supports renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment and feasibility studies related to cultural spaces.Associated LinksProductions Réalisations Indépendantes de MontréalCanada Cultural Spaces Fund Twitter Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgThey shared the stories behind their iconic songs, including “American Woman” and “No Sugar Tonight,” and poked fun at each other about getting older.“This is the way they sounded when they were being written — before they became records,” Cummings, 71, explained before kicking off the 90-minute set of stripped-down takes without a backing band.“This is sort of like Randy and me inviting you into our living room in the old days.”For the audience of roughly 200 people at the dinner and concert fundraiser — which went for $2,500 per seat — seeing Bachman and Cummings on friendly terms was a rare delight.The Winnipeg-bred musicians have long battled over their personality differences and last performed together in 2009. Bachman wrote in his 2014 book “Tales From Beyond the Tap” about what he considered inequitable distribution of publishing profits between the two songwriters.None of those squabbles were apparent as the musicians sat on opposite sides of the stage while chatting about their spot in Canadian history at a event that doubled as an announce of the next generation of Walk of Fame inductees.Among the names who will be honoured this year are the late “Mr. Dressup” children’s entertainer Ernie Coombs, actor Will Arnett, and Olympic speedskater Cindy Klassen.Bachman and Cummings are both two-time Walk of Fame inductees, once for the Guess Who and the other in Bachman’s case for his work in Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Cummings has recognition as a solo artist.Both artists acknowledged their post-Guess Who hits during the show. Bachman chose to perform songs that included “Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” and “Takin’ Care of Business” from his days in Bachman-Turner Overdrive, while Cummings sang his solo efforts “Stand Tall” and “Break It to Them Gently.”Still, neither of them could escape the fact they were reunited on stage to celebrate a certain part of their youth and the infectious classics that time inspired.Bachman recalled how “girls were crying on the front lawn” of their house after news spread that Cummings had split from his R&B band the Deverons to join the Guess Who.Their careers took off with “These Eyes,” which Bachman and Cummings co-wrote, an international hit single that Bachman acknowledged is a vocal feat that involves Cummings scaling the octaves.“It sounds easy, but if you’re trying to sing it, it just goes up and up and up,” he said.“I don’t think Celine (Dion) could sing this song. I’d love it if she tried.”By David Friend ~ The Canadian Press LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img TORONTO — Former Guess Who bandmates Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings reunited on Thursday for a charity concert of warm memories and unforgettable hits that marked their first time performing together in a decade.The on-again, off-again musical partnership reached a high note at Music Under the City Stars, a fundraiser in support of Canada’s Walk of Fame at Toronto’s landmark Casa Loma, where the duo reminisced about the good times. Randy Bachman, left, and Burton Cummings perform during a Canada’s Walk of Fame fundraising event in Toronto on Thursday, July 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Love also belongs to men

first_imgAPTN National NewsLove is the focus of a conference in Edmonton this week.It’s being held by the institute for the advancement of Aboriginal women.Community members are exploring what healthy love is and its power to heal and transform.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto finds out that men also had a lot to do with the conference.last_img

Former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna needs a history lesson on treaties

first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National NewsFirst Nation leaders in New Brunswick say a former premier needs a lesson on treaties.Frank McKenna has been a vocal supporter of the Energy East Pipeline, a project to carry crude oil from Alberta to Eastern Canada. It could wind its way through traditional Maliseet and Mi’kmaq territories to an oil refinery in Saint John.McKenna was quoted in the Telegraph Journal this week touting the benefits of the pipeline coming east “…because we have fewer First Nation issues as a result of existing treaties whereas in the West, they don’t have treaties signed…and we have more Crown land that would be part of the right-of-way discussion.”As a former politician, diplomat and current deputy chair of the TD Bank, McKenna is a prominent figure.“While Mr. McKenna’s opinion is mistaken it is nevertheless influential,” said Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Roger Augustine.The Peace and Friendship Treaties signed in the mid-1700s formalized a relationship between the Crown and the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet and Passamoquoddy. The treaties affirm Aboriginal rights and title, but never surrendered land.“With respect, Mr. McKenna has either been misinformed or has misspoken regarding our treaties and the current state of Aboriginal-Crown relations in New Brunswick,” said Augustine.In his view, the treaties don’t mean fewer roadblocks, but instead lead to the bigger question of how First Nations can get a “piece of the action.”And not just jobs, but royalties.Other Mi’kmaq and Maliseet leaders are more cautious but say that if the pipeline becomes reality, they need to be in a position to negotiate.“I have to be at the table. We have an obligation to be there,” said Candice Paul, chief of the St. Mary’s First Nation near Fredericton. “One of the elders told me that if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”Paul said Aboriginal concerns over environmental impacts will have to be addressed.New Premier Brian Gallant promised a better approach to First Nations issues during his campaign.“After four years of deteriorating relations with the government of New Brunswick, Mr. Gallant’s remarks offered reason to be cautiously optimistic,” said Augustine.Gallant is all for the Energy East Pipeline calling it an economic boon that will create jobs. He flew to Alberta to show his support when TransCanada Corp filed the paperwork to kick start the regulatory process.But if government drops the ball on consultation again and Aboriginal concerns are ignored in favour of industry, a repeat of the shale gas protests may loom on the horizon. A lot of ifs which can be avoided said Paul.“I hope with this government now, that they saw and learned from that and that they sit down and meet with us, take our concerns and come up with an action plan of how we move forward,” said Paul.A meeting between the province and First Nation chiefs is tentatively set for next week. Broad discussion on how to move forward on Aboriginal issues is on the agenda, as well as for First Nations leaders to make sure government has a better grasp on the treaties than McKenna.“The former premier, McKenna, needs to go get educated on the Peace and Friendship Treaties that we do have in the province he was premier of and that we didn’t cede our land,” said Paul.McKenna declined to comment.last_img read more

Between the Peace Tower and the teepee A Tribe Called Reds DJ

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsOn the eve of Canada’s 150th birthday, at the spot with the biggest planned celebration, the Mountie wouldn’t say whether he was proud to be Canadian.“No comment,” said the officer after Ian Campeau, aka DJ NDN from A Tribe Called Red, asked him if he was proud of being Canadian.“Are you proud of being Canadian? It’s Canada Day,” said Campeau, microphone in hand and face to face with the Mountie, between the reoccupy teepee and Parliament Hill’s Peace Tower, while pop star Alessia Cara rehearsed on the main stage. “No comment? So you have no comment about being proud of being Canadian. Nobody wants to be proud of being Canadian anymore, see how powerful words are, they are making police scared of saying they are proud to be Canadian on fucking Canada Day, people.”Moments before, Campeau was holding court with the microphone.  Gesturing toward the Peace Tower, he said the sandstone bricks of Parliament Hill were taken from a quarry containing the bones of Algonquin ancestors.“This is literally built from bones, this is a mausoleum,” said Campeau.Campeau said celebrating Canada was also celebrating oppression.“The idea of Canada can’t exist without the oppression of Indigenous people. You can’t have Canada without the oppression of Indigenous peoples….A lot of the people that think they are proud of Canada need to understand they are proud of …white supremacy.”Grandmother Jocelyn Iahtail smudges RCMP officer Friday at reoccupy camp on Parliament Hill.Campeau was on Parliament Hill in support of the Bawating water protectors from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and the “ceremonial reoccupation” of the grounds. The RCMP allowed for the raising of a teepee to the west of the main stage on Thursday following several hours of negotiations triggered by nine arrests and a confrontation at Parliament Hill’s eastern gate.Tensions resurfaced Friday after the reoccupy members attempted to erect a second structure made of a tarp and plastic poles to provide shelter from the rain which fell incessantly throughout much of the day.“We are trying to put up shelter, for our guests on stolen Algonquin land, that is all we are trying to do is shelter our guests,” said Fred Stoneypoint, one of the reoccupy organizers. “They are not afraid of structures, they are actually afraid of Indigenous structures, Indigenous community structures.”The RCMP officers, along with some members of the OPP and the Ottawa police, eventually confiscated the plastic tent poles, but in exchange provided a Budget rental truck to shelter the reoccupy camp’s supplies from the rain.(Police officers stand by confiscated plastic tent poles.)Jocelyn Iahtail, a grandmother and one of the lead spokespersons for the grassroots reoccupy group, said she agreed to the truck to support “several” fasters who were inside the teepee.“That is so all their things are protected. We show them love and kindness that way,” said Iahtail.Earlier in the day Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife visited the teepee site and stayed for about 30 minutes.His visit followed a remarkable turnaround by the RCMP which allowed the raising of the teepee on Thursday evening after a tense standoff which began on Wednesday when the reoccupy group tried to enter the Parliament Hill grounds with wooden teepee poles.The RCMP and Parliament Hill security guards initially blocked passage by pushing back against the poles carried by the reoccupy supporters.  The Mounties eventually set up barricades and allowed the teepee to be set up inside the eastern gate of Parliament Hill.Then, in a move that surprised reoccupy organizers, the Mounties agreed to let the teepee onto the main grounds of Parliament Hill to the west of the main stage.Stoneypoint said the teepee was a good first step, but he wanted the Mounties to allow the lighting of a sacred fire. When the RCMP initially allowed the teepee onto the main grounds, they said a fire would not be permitted.“We would like to see firewood so we could carry out our sacred ceremony,” said Stoneypoint.It was unclear Friday evening whether there would be an attempt to light the read more

Federal government appoints directors to develop new council to advance reconciliation APTN News Six people have been appointed to a new federal interim board aimed at advancing reconciliation.Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild will chair the interim board of directors that will be tasked with developing the National Council for Reconciliation.Littlechild is a former commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that recommended the council as part of its 94 recommendations or Calls to Action.Max FineDay, Mike DeGagné, Clint Davis, Edith Cloutier, and Jean Teillet will also make up the board of directors.The board members will spend the next six months talking to stakeholders to come up with recommendations to develop the council and the endowment of a National Reconciliation Trust.“Reconciliation is not just an Indigenous issue, it’s a Canadian one, and it will take genuine collaboration at all levels to advance this journey,” said Carolyn Bennett, minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, in a statement.Bennett also held a news conference in the foyer of the House of Commons to announce the board.Littlechild said a lot has been done to promote reconciliation since the TRC released its report in 2015.“However, there is no coordinating or monitoring mechanism,” he said in a statement. “I look forward with interest to the establishment of a council who will be influential in the increased engagement of the rest of Canada. True reconciliation requires all of us working together.”last_img read more

Albertas Notley set to apologize to provinces 60s Scoop survivors

first_imgAPTN NewsAlberta will soon become the second province in Canada to apologize to 60s Scoop survivors.APTN News has confirmed that Premier Rachel Notley will make the apology in the legislature on May 28.“In the spirit of reconciliation, the province has been working closely with the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta (SSISA) to understand the impact of the Sixties Scoop,” said a statement from the ministry of children’s services.SSISA and the Alberta government have been in talks about the adoptees would like from an apology.“Earlier this year, we held engagement sessions across the province, where we listened to hundreds of survivors and families impacted by this dark chapter in Canadian history,” the statement from the ministry said.“Throughout the process, survivors and families were clear that an apology is necessary for reconciliation. We look forward to the 28th, and thank SSISA, survivors, and their families for their strength and resiliency.”Word of the apology first circulated on social media in early May.The announcement coincides with a federal court approval of the Sixties Scoop settlement.Justice Michel shore approved the settlement on May 11 in a Saskatoon courtroom.In the days immediately following the Alberta apology, an Ontario court will make the final approval on the settlement and then a nine-month application period will open for claimants.The only other province to apologize for the apprehension and adoption of Indigenous children was Manitoba in read more

Former child in care working to make life better for kids in

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsSandra Noel finds herself sitting on her couch looking over old photographs more and more these days.Noel is a former ward of the state – taken from her parents in Inuvik and send south to Yellowknife.She couldn’t tell you how many social workers she had but she quickly shares how much she missed growing up in the high arctic community of Inuvik as a teenager.“Between moving around a lot it was confusing and scary,” she says. “It was hard having everything up in the air.”Now through records – she’s learning about her past.“I am anxious to get them and read them,” she said.Noel is collecting her social services records from the government of the Northwest Territories after spending a decade in foster care.She was adopted out at birth and her adoptive parents moved from Inuvik to Yellowknife. She was then put in a foster home at age 10.And she has questions.“The main questions were about my dad passing, my birth family,” she said. “My social workers were working on a family tree for me but I haven’t seen that in my records yet.”It’s been over a year now since she first started requesting her child welfare file.She finds it tedious and a long process.“Online it said I would have to pay to get my records. From there I went to social services to get my records. They referred me to someone else so I went there and saw someone I could talk to about it and the process of applying,” she said.The documents aren’t complete. Many have been redacted and some of the information hasn’t exactly enlightened her.“I guess in my mind I was expecting the deep dark stuff,” Noel said. “The first file I picked up was more of the social workers generic stuff, travel letters and what not.”Now Noel wants to put her strength and experience with the system to good use.She teamed up with a not for profit organization called Youth In Care Canada to help better advocate for better services.“Even if I help youth in care or from care that will be amazing and to help empower myself,” she said.Noel said it’s not easy being in care.“I know you feel unloved in care and voiceless,” she said. “I know I have so to know that there is people out there raising awareness who want to be an advocate, a voice for read more

Court dismisses CNs appeal of decision on clamorous Winnipeg railway

first_imgAugustina Harker has avoided relaxing and playing with her partner and two children in the backyard for the past three summers because of the noise from a rail line used as a staging area behind her house in Winnipeg.“It’s like you’re inside of a factory,” Harker said, adding that the smell of diesel periodically penetrates her home. “It shakes the house when those cars are hitting together.”Harker and other residents of the east Winnipeg neighbourhood told a tribunal last year they hear valves releasing, engines throttling, trains braking and freight cars banging at all hours. “It’s an extraordinary disruption,” she said in an interview Friday.Harker may be able to take heart. The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed a challenge by the Canadian National Railway Company to an earlier ruling that CN’s railway activity was too noisy for residents.The initial May 2017 decision by a Canadian Transportation Agency tribunal ruled “that the noise levels caused by CN’s operations constitute substantial interference” and “are not reasonable, as they cause an excessive impact on the residents.”The tribunal stated the agency may order CN to make “any change” to its operations that the regulator considers reasonable.Wednesday’s federal court decision dismissed CN’s application for judicial review on the grounds that questions of fact were beyond the court’s role as an appeal body in this case.Multiple Winnipeg residents living alongside the rail line near the Transcona Rail Yard told the tribunal in 2016 that CN has been using the area to hold and rearrange trains since 2015, when construction on an underpass — completed the following year — began.Robert Scott, who filed the complaint, argued the vibrations and noise have cracked home foundations, ceilings and drywall and caused sleep deprivation, high blood pressure, headaches and anxiety among the applicants.“The applicants provided an example of one incident…where a train idled with its engine revving up and down for over an hour before departing,” the tribunal’s decision reads.“The applicants state that when idle trains start to move, there are successive banging noises resembling explosions, as the boxcars slam into one another. The applicants state these noises also occur both day and night.”CN had argued it was “only causing such noise and vibration as is reasonable,” and requested the initial complaint be dismissed, the tribunal said.Companies in the story: (TSX:CNR)last_img read more

Chamber of Commerce calls for federal funding to stop pine beetle spread

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has asked for immediate federal funding to stop the spread of the destructive mountain pine beetle as it threatens to spread across the country.Chamber CEO Perrin Beatty says in a letter sent to Natural Resource Minister Amarjeet Sohi that warmer winters have allowed the beetle to spread east and that the threat is at a critical juncture.“The infestation will soon be in reach of the forests that border Alberta and Saskatchewan. If this forest becomes infested, there will be a clear path for the beetle to spread across the rest of Canada,” wrote Beatty.Alberta has been largely left to fund efforts to keep the beetle at bay, spending more than $500 million since 2004 to control the beetle’s population, he said.The federal government should recognize that the infestation is of national significance and to provide funding to match the threat, starting with $100 million to help fund Alberta’s efforts, he said.“Without support, the impacts of the pine beetle on our forestry sector and the public safety of rural communities will be significant and long lasting.”A spokeswoman for Sohi said the minister thanks the chamber for its input, but did not commit to specific funding.“We understand the threats that forest pests pose to Canada’s forests and we remain committed to supporting healthy forest ecosystems and good middle class jobs,” said Vanessa Adams by email.“While provinces manage their own Mountain Pine Beetle detection and control programs, we are working closely with provinces, industry, and universities to find real solutions.”According to a report to the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers, British Columbia lost more than half of its salable pine timber between 1995 and 2015 due to the beetle, which will cause the provincial economy to lose out on tens of billions of dollars in the coming decades.Beetle-ravaged trees also burn at higher temperatures, making forest fires more severe and harder to control.last_img read more

The Latest Merkel on her way to G20 after plane trouble

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The Latest on the Group of 20 summit (all times local):6:50 a.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel is finally on her way to Argentina for the Group of 20 summit after a technical problem with her plane forced her to change plans and stay overnight in Bonn.Merkel’s office says she and a small delegation, including the finance minister, took a different government plane to Madrid on Friday morning, and then boarded a commercial flight to Buenos Aires.Merkel was en route Thursday night on an air force plane, but turned around over the Netherlands after the captain reported a technical problem.The plane was diverted to the Cologne/Bonn airport and landed without incident.The problem is being investigated but the air force says it appears to have been an electrical issue that could have affected the radio system and a fuel system.___2 a.m.Heads of state from the world’s leading economies were invited to the Group of 20 summit to discuss development, infrastructure and investment. As the gathering officially kicks off Friday, those themes seem like afterthoughts, overshadowed by contentious matters from the U.S.-China trade dispute to the conflict over Ukraine.Also expected to loom large are tensions between longtime allies the United States and Europe, the gruesome slaying of a dissident Saudi journalist and how the Saudi crown prince who is alleged to have ordered the killing is received by world leaders.The U.S., Canada and Mexico also are supposed to sign a trade deal replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement that was struck following months of tough negotiations that analysts say left a bitter taste among the partners.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Survey US businesses added a solid 179000 jobs last month

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. businesses hired new workers at a solid pace in November, adding 179,000 jobs, according to a private survey.Payroll processor ADP says last month’s job gains slowed from October’s strong showing of 225,000. Still, November’s hiring is enough to lower the unemployment rate over time.ADP said that job gains were strong in health care, which added 37,000 jobs, and in hotels and restaurants, which gained 26,000. Construction gained 10,000 positions while manufacturing added just 4,000.The report Thursday arrives a day before the government releases its official jobs numbers. Economists forecast that they will show employers added 195,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate will remain at a five-decade low of 3.7 per cent.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Presslast_img read more