first_imgDAWSON CITY, Yn – Unseasonably warm weather in Yukon is cold comfort for residents of Dawson City who depend on an ice bridge across the Yukon River to connect the community during the winter months.The territorial government’s plans to create an “ice Band-Aid” to the Yukon River outside the community have been suspended because balmy conditions are thwarting efforts to freeze a 90-metre gap of open water between Dawson and West Dawson.Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn announced $200,000 last month to spray ice water over the gap in an effort to promote freeze-up.A social media post from him on Monday says warm weather has impeded the project.Daytime temperatures did not fall below freezing on several days last week, although Environment Canada lists the average January high for the community at -22.A ferry connects Dawson City in the summer and the river usually freezes shortly after the ferry stops operating, but the ice has not formed for the second year in a row, forcing at least 100 residents to make a 10 to 15 kilometre detour by foot, ski or snowmobile.At the time the ice bridge plan was announced in December, Mostyn said he was “fairly confident” of success but offered no guarantees, saying the territory would have to be innovative because “the climate is not what it once was.”Mostyn’s latest update on the project says the government will have more details about it in the coming days. (CKRW)last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal police are seeking the public’s help in tracking down numerous suspects who allegedly attacked party-goers in a restaurant as they celebrated the first year of French President Emmanuel Macron’s election.According to police, Macron supporters had gathered at a Saint-Denis Street establishment in the Plateau Mont-Royal district April 12.Authorities say up to 10 people wearing masks and scarves entered the restaurant and headed to the basement to disrupt the event, chanting “Happy Birthday Macron” in French.The rabble-rousers then started throwing things, including drink glasses and anti-Macron leaflets, before leaving.One person who tried to snap photos of the anti-Macron crew was struck with a flying chair and suffered a brain injury. Another suspect allegedly sprayed a customer with pepper spray.Police say half of the people they are looking for spoke French with Quebec accents while the other half sounded like natives of France.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver has launched itself into new territory in dealing with what its deputy manager calls a “frustrating” situation involving two hotels that have been home to some of the city’s most vulnerable people.After failed attempts to compel the owners of two decaying hotels in the Downtown Eastside to make improvements that would bring them up to code, the city announced Monday it had filed a notice of expropriation for the Balmoral and Regent hotels.The hotels were previously closed because of structural and safety concerns, the city said in a news release. More than 300 of the city’s lowest income tenants needed to be relocated when they were shut down.Deputy city manager Paul Mochrie said it’s the first time the city has pursued expropriation with the purpose of providing public housing.“What we’ve got now is two buildings that are empty with no conceivable prospect that they would be restored to a point where they can be used as housing. We’ve got a city with a housing crisis,” he said in an interview.“So now city council has authorized the next step, which is a pretty extraordinary one, to pursue expropriation off those two properties.”It’s also a process that the city can’t find has been tried elsewhere, he said.“We certainly have been looking at how other jurisdictions manage their problem buildings, but in this case, this action was taken not necessarily based on what other people have done or other cities have done, but really where our council felt it needs to go with respect to securing property for very desperately needed housing,” Mochrie said.No one from the Sahota family, which owns the two properties, was immediately available for comment and the family’s lawyer, Michael Katzalay, said he hadn’t had an opportunity to discuss the matter with them.The Balmoral and Regent hotels are known as single-room occupancy buildings, or SROs. It’s a model of housing that sprang up in Vancouver as transient housing for loggers and fishermen, but has since become what Mochrie said is an important stock of low-income housing.The city said it made an offer to the owners to purchase both hotels for a value based on independent appraisals but the offer was rejected, and the owners now have 30 days to ask for an inquiry before council considers the expropriation.The city says it closed the buildings because the walls, ceilings, floors and plumbing were not maintained to adequate standards.“It is extremely frustrating,” Mochrie said.“They’ve now let these buildings deteriorate to the point that they’re now sitting there empty with no conceivable plan to do anything with them.”Mochrie said the city is also facing challenges with other privately owned SROs, as landlords either aren’t maintaining the buildings or are finding it necessary to increase rents to cover their increasing costs.“These two are kind of worst case examples, but there’s a much bigger kind of challenge we have, just given our reliance on these privately owned SROs as housing for low-income and in many cases very vulnerable tenants,” he said.Bringing the Balmoral and Regent hotels into public ownership could contribute to the city’s long-standing goal to replace SROs with self-contained social housing, the city said in the release. Over the next 10 years, the city wants to replace 50 per cent of the remaining SROs, totalling about 2,000 rooms, with new social housing.Council has directed staff to explore partnering with the provincial and federal governments on the plan.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version erroneously said SRO stands for single-resident occupancy.last_img read more

first_imgAn American whale research organization says an ailing killer whale has been found alive just hours after it was announced the young orca had been separated from her family pod.In a Facebook post Monday, the Center for Whale Research in Friday Harbour, Wash., said the female southern resident killer whale known as J50 was found mid-morning and the centre’s researchers were in the water with the animal.Michael Millstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who released a statement earlier in the day about the missing orca, said this was the first time researchers had seen the J pod without the young whale, raising concerns about her well-being.“As a result we put out the word to whale watching organizations and Fisheries and Oceans Canada and really wanted to step up the search today,” Millstein said from Portland, Ore.Millstein said that several whale watching associations including Soundwatch and researchers from the Center had sighted J50 in an area he called the Hein Bank, south of San Juan Island, roughly halfway between Victoria and Seattle, Wash.Millstein said J50 was still very emaciated and that a team, including the Vancouver Aquarium’s chief veterinarian Dr. Martin Haulena, was following the orca and planned to administer a second round of antibiotics via a dart, as well as a deworming medicine if possible.“This has been the plan all along, it’s just that the pod had been out in open waters on the west side of Vancouver Island until Friday night,” said Millstein.Millstein confirmed there have been ongoing discussions about treatment options for the infirm whale, including taking her into human care until she regains an appropriate amount of weight. However, he said there are several preferable options to removing her from the pod.“The preference, since she’s with the pod, is to maintain that structure and recognize the bonds with the rest of the whales,” he said, “but we are looking at all the options based on further analysis and assessment of her condition.”Millstein noted parasitic nematode worms found in stool samples from the J pod might be compounding the whale’s medical problems — the worms are typical in marine wildlife and are not normally a cause for concern, though he said the parasites combined with an existing bacterial infection could aggravate both issues.Recalling the story of Springer, a northern resident killer whale that was suffering from worms and other medical issues in 2002, Millstein said he hoped J50’s recovery would match the older orca’s.“A similar deworming medication was used on Springer and in the course of that treatment she did start eating a lot more, so that’s what we hope to accomplish through this treatment,” he said.Millstein noted that after a first antibiotic treatment several weeks ago was deemed ineffective, biologists might attempt to use a different dart that could be better-suited for a whale’s physiology.“If they need to there’s a certain kind of needle on the tip of the dart that has a little rim around it which helps it stay in the skin long enough to deliver a full dose,” he said.As with the case of J35, the orca seen towing the carcass of her dead calf for several weeks, Millstein said J50’s treatment was exemplary of a cross-border community that cares and loves the killer whales.“The co-operation here amongst the many different organizations, especially Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Vancouver Aquarium, this has been a community regional effort that has required a lot of different skills,” he said.“We have a lot of the top people in the world watching and consulting on this so it’s a very positive thing.”The 3 1/2-year-old whale is one of only 75 southern resident killer whales that continue to travel the Pacific waters between British Columbia and California.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A campaign adviser to Premier Doug Ford has been appointed as Ontario’s trade representative to the United States.Ian Todd will take on the post in Washington, D.C. on Monday, replacing former Liberal legislator Monique Smith, who was removed from the job by Ford after his Progressive Conservatives won a majority government earlier this year.Todd will make $350,000 a year — $75,000 more than Smith made in the role.Ontario’s trade representative promotes the province’s interests in the United States, cross border trade and investment. Todd will also serve as a special adviser to the premier.Economic Development Minister Jim Wilson defended Todd’s salary, saying he will not be eligible for pension payments or for termination payments.Wilson says the government has also ended contracts with legal advisers and consultants on the trade file that will save taxpayers $710,000 a year.When asked whether the government interviewed candidates for the job, Wilson said Todd was well known in political ranks.“Every government reserves the right to put a person they trust that they believe will grow jobs for Ontario,” he said. “We believe that Ian Todd is the best person for the job.”The Opposition, meanwhile, said the appointment was just the latest example of the government awarding Tory insiders plum positions, noting that former party president Rueben Devlin was previously granted a three-year term as a health-care advisor.“Apparently, the Ford gravy train has arrived at Queen’s Park and it’s all aboard for Ford’s friends, and those he owes a favour to,” NDP legislator Taras Natyshak said in a statement.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL — Friends, colleagues, adversaries and regular citizens lined up at Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica Monday to offer condolences to the family of former Quebec premier, Bernard Landry, who died last week at the age of 81.Landry’s daughter, Pascale, told reporters the family has received tributes for their father from across the province and around the world.“The wave of sympathy really surprised and shocked me,” she said, “but it also comforted me, and what I love to see is that there are people from all over who gave us their sympathy.”Inside the basilica, Landry’s closed casket was draped in a Quebec flag next to a large photo of him.Former Liberal premier Jean Charest was one of the first who arrived to pay his respects.Charest said his former Parti Quebecois opponent “would make us suffer during debates.”Charest saluted Landry’s investments in the province’s video game industry and his economic vision for the province.“He gave economic credibility to the sovereignty movement,” Charest said.Charest’s successor, Pauline Marois, who held several portfolios in Landry’s government, struck an emotional tone.“We always have the impression that people like this will never go, will never leave us,” she said.The funeral for Quebec’s 28th premier will be held Tuesday afternoon at the basilica. His body also lay in state Saturday in Quebec City at the provincial legislature.Landry’s health had been failing in recent months, and he died Nov. 6 at home in Vercheres, Que. of complications from pulmonary disease.After Lucien Bouchard resigned as premier in January 2001, Landry replaced him as PQ leader and premier. He served two years before being defeated in the April 2003 election by Jean Charest’s Liberals.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL — New research from an American academic concludes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s spoken French is unfairly criticized in Quebec because he is seen as an outsider.Prof. Yulia Bosworth of Binghamton University in New York suggests that when the province’s media elite attack Justin Trudeau’s French skills, they are less focused on the language and more on denying him membership in Quebec’s collective identity.Her article, “The ‘Bad’ French of Justin Trudeau: When Language, Ideology, and Politics Collide,” was published in the most recent issue of the American Review of Canadian Studies. The author studied 53 online news items, mostly between April 2013 and January 2017, that discussed Trudeau’s linguistic abilities or those of other federal politicians.Bosworth, a professor of French linguistics, discovered a near-unanimous chorus of criticism of the quality of Trudeau’s French, which she says suggests a bias against Trudeau.The author says Trudeau’s name evokes memories of his late father, former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, whose vision of a bilingual, united and multicultural Canada is rejected by many in Quebec’s media elite.She adds Quebec journalists are also indignant at how Trudeau views himself as bilingual and francophone, a cultural intersection she says is construed in the province as necessarily clashing.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — The watchdog who monitors Canada’s elections says no one from the Prime Minister’s Office tried to help SNC-Lavalin avoid being charged with breaking campaign-financing rules.In a rare written statement, elections commissioner Yves Cote says no minister, political staffer or public servant has attempted to “influence or interfere” in any of his decisions “that did not directly involve them as the subject of the investigation.”Before Cote’s statement became public, the Conservatives had again asked the Liberals in question period whether anyone from the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office leaned on Cote to let SNC-Lavalin sign what’s known as a compliance agreement after being found in violation of financing rules.The Quebec-based engineering firm signed the agreement in 2016, admitting that executives who had left the company by then had convinced employees to give money to both the Liberal and Conservative parties in the late 2000s. Reimbursing the donors with company bonuses was a way around an election law that forbids corporations to make political donations.The Liberals got nearly $118,000 under the scheme, compared with the Tories’ $8,000.Cote says his statement is designed to maintain public confidence that federal elections are policed without any political considerations.“In my time as commissioner, there has never been any attempt by elected officials, political staffers or public servants to influence the course of an investigation or to interfere with our work,” Cote says in the statement.“And I want to make it clear that if this ever happened, I would promptly and publicly denounce it.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgVICTORIA — The British Columbia government has set up a of series rules and regulations as it opens the door to riding hailing applications for the service on Sept. 3.There’s no exact day when riding hailing could start in the province and opinion varies from mid-September to as late as the end of the year.New Democrat Bowinn Ma, who heads an all-party committee that deals with ride hailing, says the service could start by year’s end, while a Transportation Ministry bureaucrat says the  companies could be approved to operate as early as Sept. 16.Ma says new regulations require transportation network companies to pay $5,000 annual licence fees, charge 30 cents per ride on vehicles that don’t have access for disabled passengers and drivers must wear seatbelts at all times.The government says an annual inspection is needed if the vehicle has logged 40,000 kilometres in the  previous year, vehicles can’t be older than 10 years and illegal operators could face fines of $100,000.Ma says regulations about fares and routes will come later this summer.Uber Canada spokesman Michael van Hemmen says the ride hailing company will review the B.C. policy to evaluate it impacts on the ability to serve customers. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgThe nation’s top therapy dog, a pit bull named Elle (pronounced Ellie) from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina who helps teach children about dog safety, reading, and overcoming prejudice and stereotypes – something a pit bull knows too much about – has been named this year’s “American Hero Dog” at the 2013 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.Congratulations to Elle the pit bull, winner of the 2013 American Humane Association Hero Dog AwardsElle and her human companion Leah Brewer were presented with the nation’s top honors last night at the star-studded Hero Dog Awards gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The awards are presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc., broadcast nationally on Hallmark Channel, and produced by Emmy award-winning MRB Productions.Elle is saving lives by teaching children dog safety (more than 2 million children are bitten by dogs each year) and making positive life changes for people by helping them overcome their fear of dogs. Since becoming a volunteer, Elle started a therapy dog reading program called “Tail Wagging Tales,” helping children enjoy books and improve their reading skills. Elle is also making a difference by creating happiness all around while visiting her friends at an elementary school, a middle school, and a retirement home. Elle also reaches out to educate families about being responsible pet parents, sharing stories about her job as a therapy dog, and spreading positive awareness about dogs that are misunderstood, including pit bulls. This year’s therapy dog category sponsor, as well as the online sponsor, is the leading animal health company, Zoetis. Elle’s charity partner, which will receive $6,500 in financial support from the Hero Dog Awards, is the nonprofit organization, Hand in Paw.The sold-out, star-studded awards honoring America’s most courageous canines were hosted at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday by television and movie star Joey Lawrence, accompanied by a galaxy of stars and presenters including Betty White, Jennifer Coolidge, Esai Morales, Ryan O’Neal, Naomi Judd, Pauley Perrette, Lisa Vanderpump, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Bailee Madison, Rico Rodriguez, Brian Baumgartner, Megan Blake, Max Carver, Torrey DeVitto, Matt Leinart, Lauren Potter, Eric Christian Olsen, Ben Savage, Austin Stowell, Chef Michael Voltaggio, Danielle Fishell, Lori Loughlin, Daphne Zuniga, Victoria Stillwell and many more. Popular TV stars Jenni Pulos and Lisa Vanderpump served as Red Carpet hosts. The phenomenally talented Frankie Moreno, who in addition to his many hit records and accolades was named Las Vegas’ Headliner of the Year, provided the lead musical performances with striking and original songs written especially for the awards that brought down the house. Before the show, singer and Billboard recording artist Shara Strand turned in a stirring performance of “I Will Carry You,” which she wrote for American Humane Association, and guitarist Tom Caufield set a sensitive and lyrical tone during the Red Carpet, silent auction and gala dinner.The Hero Dog Awards were created to celebrate the powerful relationship between dogs and people and recognize extraordinary acts of heroism performed by ordinary dogs. The event will be broadcast nationwide by Hallmark Channel on October 30 at 8 pm/7 Central. The 90-minute program will air as part of Hallmark Channel’s Pet Project, the network’s cross-platform advocacy campaign designed to celebrate the joy and enrichment animals bring to our lives.During a nationwide search over the course of six months, 141 dogs from all across the country were nominated and more than a million votes were cast by the American public, culminating in the selection of eight extraordinary canine finalists.“The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards were created to honor some of the most extraordinary heroes the world has ever known, the very best of our ‘best friends’ – ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane Association. “These courageous canines have gone above and beyond the call of duty, saving lives on the battlefield, comforting the ill, aged and afflicted, bringing hope to those who have lost it and reminding us of the powerful, age-old bond between animals and people. Choosing a top dog is difficult because they are all so terrific, but we are proud to announce Elle as the top American Hero Dog for 2013. As an organization that for years has fought breed-specific legislation (BSL), we are also pleased to honor a breed that has been often been unjustly maligned. We hope that Elle’s story will help to underscore the many tremendously positive qualities of this breed.”The winner is chosen through a combination of public votes and voting by a panel of animal advocates and celebrity judges including Victoria Stilwell, Kristin Chenoweth, Candy Spelling, Miranda Lambert, Dr. Marty Becker, Michelle Forbes, Megyn Price, Prince Lorenzo Borghese, Blake Koch, Tara Harper, Jerry Means, Nancy Otte, Michael Hingson, Shara Strand, Maria Milito, and Ashley Rhodes-Courter.Country star Miranda Lambert was awarded the National Humanitarian Medal for her longtime dedication to helping animals in need. In 2011 she and her MuttNation Foundation worked with American Humane Association to get relief to the animals affected by the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. In 2012 she and her foundation sponsored the winning Military Dog category of the Hero Dog Awards. And this year, following the EF-5 tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma, she, her foundation, and her family all worked to help our Red Star rescue team save animals in the disaster zone.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

first_imgThe David Lynch Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to overcoming traumatic stress among at-risk communities through meditation, has launched the “Change Begins Within” campaign in partnership with The Urgency Network, an engagement platform that connects non-profits, celebrities, brands and fans in a single community to mass-educate about the world’s biggest issues and create positive impact on a global scale.Fans are encouraged to learn about Transcendental Meditation through watching videos, leveraging their social media or making donations online and are rewarded for their participatory actions. Selected at random, the grand-prize winner will receive an all expense paid trip to New York, which includes two VIP tickets to DLF’s Annual “Change Begins Within” Benefit on December 3, 2013, an evening that will honor Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Jackman as well as FDNY commissioner Salvatore Cassano.The global “Change Begins Within” campaign aims to raise funds to teach Transcendental Meditation to one million at-risk youth and adults, including 1,000 New York City veterans and first responders. “‘Change Begins Within’ is not just a catchy phrase. It’s actually a powerful key to healing traumatic stress and empowering people,” said David Lynch.“David’s commitment to Transcendental Meditation and his Foundation’s work in providing programs that heal traumatic stress through TM have helped millions of men, women and children worldwide. We are excited to be a part of this growing movement and honored to be working with DLF, through the ‘Change Begins Within’ campaign, to bring meditation to 1,000 veterans,” added Brandon Deroche, Co-Founder of The Urgency Network.In addition to the grand prize drawing, other flyaway experiences will be up for grabs via The Urgency Network’s “Invite Friends Challenges.” These weekly contests are won by recruiting the most friends to the campaign before the challenge ends and everyone gains entries to the grand prize along the way when their friends take action. These individual flyaway experiences will include events in Los Angeles with Russell Simmons; in Nashville with Brendan Benson, Jack White and Willy Mason; and in London with Russell Brand among others.“It’s amazing to have so many incredible people participating in the ‘Change Begins Within’ campaign and our collective hope is that, in addition to bringing immediate help to veterans and first responders in need, we are able to continue to raise awareness of the benefits of TM and the great work of the David Lynch Foundation,” said Urgency Network Co-Founder, Donald Eley.The unique approach of The Urgency Network is there is no purchase required to enter any of the campaign contests; while donations are not mandatory, they are highly rewarded. An equally important component of The Urgency Network is furthering education and action towards social causes. Therefore, users are greatly encouraged to read web articles, sign petitions and leverage their social media platforms, among other free actions, to spread the word. No good deed goes unrewarded and the more you do, the more you get in return.The deadline to enter the “Change Begins Within” grand prize drawing is November 25, 2013 at 11:59pm ET. The winner will be selected at random on November 26. For more information on “Change Begins Within” and how to enter these contests, please visit the campaign page at www.urgencynetwork.com/changebeginswithin.last_img read more

first_imgGrammy Award-winning artist Lil Wayne is urging support for an Indiegogo funding effort to expand The Motivational Edge, a highly successful after school program, nationally.Video: Lil Wayne and The Motivational Edge“I grew up in a neighborhood in New Orleans, in a neighborhood called Hollygrove where I didn’t have a lot and a lot of the people there didn’t have a lot, but what I did have was education and music.” he said. “Then I finally learned that I wouldn’t get out of anything without education. [I] personally donated to this cause and now we need your help.”The Motivational Edge, a Miami-based non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring youth towards academic achievement, has launched a fund-raising campaign on Indiegogo.com aimed at expanding the program into Phoenix, Arizona and nationally. With a target-funding goal of $200,000, Lil Wayne and The Motivational Edge hope to bring more of the organization’s successful programs to youth across the country. With a Dec. 20 funding deadline and $56,000 raised, Motivational Edge needs more support. To donate, click here.Motivational Edge Founder and CEO Ian Welsch founded the organization to help youngsters succeed through art, music and other educational courses with his innovative program that’s proven its success in the Miami area.“I started The Motivational Edge at the same time I was teaching in the classroom because I saw a dire need for more creative, more artistic more expression-based programs for inner city youth that they weren’t getting in the school system,” Welsch said.He also said, “We really attack the problem at The Motivational Edge and solve the issues. We give kids constructive ways to spend their time.”Those contributing to the campaign will receive a commensurate contribution or “perk” beginning with as little as a $5 donation. Each perk has been carefully curated by Lil Wayne himself and includes:• Artwork created by The Motivational Edge students• Limited edition lithographs signed by Lil Wayne• A personal thank you on Facebook from Lil Wayne• The opportunity to have a track featured on YoungMoney.com• Skateboarding lessons from the Trufit Skate Team in Miami• And, more perks to be revealed throughout the campaign to continue to drive donations to the causelast_img read more

first_imgThe European Union and UNICEF have launched a campaign to highlight the situation of millions of children around the world affected by disasters, catastrophes and conflicts – by giving some of these boys and girls the opportunity to tell their stories.Video: Join Ewan McGregor: Lend your voice to children
 
UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor is supporting the “Voices of Children in Emergencies” campaign, appearing in a new video together with a child refugee from Syria.“There are millions of children throughout the world who are stuck in dire situations that they didn’t create and can’t control,” said UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor. “Today, I am honoured to lend my voice to these children. All children, everywhere, have the right to a voice on matters that affect them.”Children are always the most vulnerable in humanitarian crises, and most at risk of disease, malnutrition, exploitation and abuse. Many have their education interrupted and experience severe psychological distress. These effects have long-term consequences in their lives and in their communities.
 
“Together, the European Union and UNICEF are helping millions of children affected by emergencies every year. We ensure that urgently needed aid reaches them. We deliver hope. But we can only do so if the fears and concerns, brave struggles, dreams and aspirations of these girls and boys are heard. Let’s all help them raise their voices!” said Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.Other UNICEF Ambassadors and supporters participating in the initiative will be football player Robert Lewandowski (Poland), basketball players Pau Gasol (Spain) and Bostjan Nachbar (Slovenia), as well as actress Evanna Lynch (Ireland), actor Imanol Arias (Spain), journalist Pavlos Tsimas (Greece), journalist and writer Roberto Cotroneo (Italy) and TV presenter and actress Gaia Amaral (Italy).“Some of the stories of children in emergencies make headlines, but most are never heard,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “The ‘Voices of Children in Emergencies’ campaign lets children living through natural disasters, conflict and political upheaval tell their own stories – as only they can.”
Advertising agency JWT Spain has generously lent their time in the development of the campaign.Music artist Irma has lent her voice to the campaign through her track ‘Hear Me Out’.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement “Alias Grace” is based on Atwood’s Giller Prize-winning novel about Grace Marks, a young Irish immigrant and maid convicted of murder in Upper Canada in 1843. She was exonerated after about 30 years behind bars. Twitter TORONTO — Margaret Atwood will be stepping back in time and in front of the cameras for the TV adaptation of her novel “Alias Grace.” “I’m going to be a disapproving lady in a church. Typecasting,” Atwood said with a laugh during an interview discussing her upcoming graphic novel “Angel Catbird” and novel “Hag-Seed.” Login/Register With: The Canadian literary legend said she’ll have a cameo in the upcoming six-hour miniseries, which will air on CBC and stream on Netflix outside Canada. “Once you put on one of those things, you realize why everybody in Victorian pictures looks like this,” Atwood added, stiffening her spine to sit upright. “You don’t bend…. No slumping.” Atwood recently visited the set for the series, where she was placed in a corset and had her measurements taken. She said she’s slated to film her role on Aug. 16. Atwood was impressed by the level of detail being paid to translate the story to screen. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook “By that time, they’ll have my disapproving bonnet and dress ready for me,” she said.last_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: “Every few years [Winnipeg] had a really terrible fire — it was pretty commonplace,” said Christian Cassidy, a Winnipeg historian of the time period.“But this in particular was quite shocking because it was firefighters, right? It was the people who go to protect lives in the case of a fire that ended up losing theirs.” Two pieces of a 135-year-old Winnipeg theatre are for sale on Kijiji, decades after the theatre was destroyed in a deadly fire a local historian says shocked the city.The Winnipeg Theatre — originally called Victoria Hall —  was built on Notre Dame Avenue and Adelaide Street in 1883. It stood there until 1926, when the wood-frame, brick veneer structure went up in flames two days before Christmas.Four firefighters, Arthur Smith, Donald Melville, Robert Stewart and Robert S. Shearer, died trying to put it out, when a portion of the brick facade collapsed. All four were veteran officers with children, and three of them had served in the First World War. Advertisement Rumours swirled about the blaze — including theories about a “wild party” and an ill-intentioned caretaker — but it’s still not clear what caused it, Cassidy added. The bleak shell of the building stood on the site until an inquest could be completed and then it was torn down. Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisement An archival image shows the theatre before the fire destroyed it in 1926. (Submitted by Heritage Winnipeg)last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook Netflix has given a series order to Trinkets, based on Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith‘s young adult novel. Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool, Tragedy Girls), Kiana Madeira (The Flash, Sacred Lies) and Quintessa Swindell are set as the three female leads of the show from Viacom’s Awesomeness.  (Kiana is represented by Ambition Talent)Rounding put the cast are Larry Sullivan (Big Little Lies, Scandal), Brandon Butler, (13 Reasons Why), Odiseas Georgiadis (The Stand-In), Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why). October Moore (Baskets, Grimm) and Larisa Oleynik (Mad Men, Hawaii Five-O). LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Written by Amy Andelson, Emily Meyer and Smith, Trinkets centers on three teenage girls from different corners of the high school cafeteria — Elodie (Hildebrand), the grieving misfit; Moe (Madeira), the mysterious outsider; and Tabitha (Swindell) the imperfect picture of perfection — who find themselves in the same mandated Shoplifters Anonymous meeting, and an unlikely friendship forms. They will find strength in one another as they negotiate family issues, high school drama and the complicated dilemma of trying to fit in while longing to break out. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsOver 100 protestors were outside a Vancouver convention centre Sunday protesting at the site of a mining conference.The angry crowd said they do not want any new mining or pipelines on indigenous territory without full and fair negotiations.The ruling B.C. Liberals have vowed to build eight new mines in the next four years to help improve B.C.’s economy.At a press conference Monday, the Indigenous Network on Economics and Trade condemned those plans.They’re especially concerned about efforts to resurrect the controversial Prosperity Mine which critics fear will destroy a sacred lake.last_img

first_imgAPTN National NewsMore than 160 children died in Manitoba last year and many of them have been involved in the children welfare system at one point in their lives.90 percent of these children were First Nation and Metis.This is according to a report released by the Manitoba Child Advocate in Winnipeg outlining child deaths in the province over the past five years.APTN’s Dennis Ward reports.last_img

first_imgChris MacIntyreAPTN NewsYoung people in the Yukon are getting job training and career opportunities through an organization in Whitehorse thats offering a program called Youth On Board.But these aren’t just any jobs.The mission behind the program is to provide experiences with non-profit organizations.Funded by the government of Canada, the program offers a 20 week job placement with a non profit organization.Youth on Board is in its last year of a three year program and has had 56 youth connect with Volunteer Benevoles Yukon for intake into the program.Kayla Smith Clarke, 18, is from the Kwanlin’ Dun First Nation and the Tlingit First Nation and was accepted into the Youth On Board program.She started her placement at Nlaye Ndasadaye Daycare in June.Before Youth On Board, she had applied to the daycare but was told she needed more experience before being hired.“I applied to work here awhile ago, and then I was told because I wasn’t in the correct program at college that I would need to go through Youth on board to be able to work here”.“So that’s how I was introduced to Youth On Board. I went down and I applied and I got in, and then I started working here almost a month ago.”The Nlaye Ndasadaye daycare is one of many non profit organizations involved with the Youth On Board program.Nlaye Ndasadaye means Two communities working together in Southern Tutchone.Ifrah Ali is the executive director of the daycare and sees the benefits and impacts for the youth but also the organizations involved.“It’s important for us because it gives us connections to community resourses that otherwise I would of not known of,” said Ali.“So this program not only helps the youth but it helps us, the organization too.”Ali said the program is a good stepping stone to give the youth experience.“If they’re interested, if they like it then they can continue on and go on to college, get their qualifications, and we help them with that.”Once Kayla completes her 20 week term, she wants to take a gap year and go back to school.The time that she has spent in the program and the experience she has gained from the daycare may influence her course direction.“I’m planning on doing more visual arts programs, but being here made me more interested in child care as well so I’m thinking child care, like a child care program.” she said.The program is hoping to sustain more money from the government to continue its work.cmacintyre@aptn.calast_img read more