Sir Terry Pratchett will lead an evening of literature, poetry and spoken word on Tuesday 30th April at the Union Chapel, Islington, UK in support of Dignity in Dying.Voices For ChoiceThe event features Sir Terry Pratchett & Rob Wilkins, Andrew Motion, Joe Dunthorne (Submarine), Luke Wright (Saturday Live), Deborah Moggach (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Janet Suzman DBE, John Osborne (Radio Head), Susan Hampshire OBE and is being hosted by Yanny Mac. The event will also include readings of poems by Carol Ann Duffy and George Szirtes (T.S Eliot Prize) and will finish with a Sir Terry Pratchett Q&A.All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards Dignity in Dying’s campaign to change the law on assisted dying.Dignity in dying campaigns to give people greater choice and control at the end of life. Through lobbying, informing and educating people on rights at the end of life, they encouage people to have what they consider to be a good death, including the option of an assisted death for terminally ill, mentally competent adults.Find out more about the event here.
The Global Citizen movement continues its efforts to motivate and educate socially-active youth about the causes and consequences of extreme poverty with a newly announced DC-area concert featuring Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Krewella, Alvin Risk, and more.Presented in partnership with World Childhood Foundation, the multi-act ‘Thank You Festival’ will take place June 26, 2014 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The event will recognize the pivotal role of U.S. foreign aid in helping to cut global child deaths by nearly one-half since 1990, and will emphasize the topic of child survival and protection.The ‘Thank You Festival’ will focus attention on the world’s children, asking leaders to not only ensure children survive beyond their first years, but also that they have an opportunity to thrive throughout their childhood to reach their development potential. The concert will also underscore the fact that today’s youth considers the wellbeing of children across the world to be a human rights imperative.“To become a global citizen, we must extend our compassion beyond our borders. The United States has played a pivotal role in leading child survival and protection efforts worldwide and this event celebrates that,” said Hugh Evans, CEO of The Global Poverty Project. “But this is also a chance to educate the younger generation and motivate our leaders to act. The bottom line is increased investment in child survival initiatives could ensure that no child dies for the lack of a 30 cent vaccine.”Globally renowned headliner Tiesto stated, “Through my work with the World Childhood Foundation, I’ve learned about the millions of kids who are battling abuse and even dying from diseases that have known cures. I hope all my fans will join me in working with these amazing organizations to help these children all around the world live and become healthy and strong so they can enjoy their childhoods.”Princess Madeleine of Sweden, an Ambassador for World Childhood Foundation stated, “Every child deserves a happy childhood. Yet, children around the world still face insecurity in the form of abuse and sexual exploitation. Together we can help children live a childhood free from disease, violence and abuse on the path to a sustainable world without extreme poverty by 2030.”Since 1990, U.S. aid dollars have helped to significantly reduce the number of children who die before their fifth birthday. U.S. aid funding has also helped to cut new polio cases from 1000 a day in 1990, to just 1 a day in 2013, preventing millions of children from becoming disabled. Despite the encouraging statistics, 6.6 million children under five still die each year, most from preventable causes. Children from all socioeconomic backgrounds continue to face challenges of exploitation and abuse, preventing them from having a happy and healthy childhood. Concertgoers can learn about the role the U.S. has played in helping to ensure children everywhere can live a healthy, full life by visiting globalcitizen.org.Tickets to the ‘Thank You Festival’ go on sale to the public on Friday, April 11 at www.ticketfly.com. One hundred free tickets will be given away through globalcitizen.org, where fans can take “action” to encourage the United States government to continue its efforts to keep millions of children alive.The ‘Thank You Festival,’ is named after World Childhood Foundation’s global initiative, Thank You by Childhood. The event builds on the success of the 2012 and 2013 Global Citizen Festivals on the Great Lawn in Central Park in New York City, and the Global Citizen Nights concert series, which launched in March 2013 with a concert by The Fray in Austin, TX.This event is produced by AEG Live in partnership with Global Citizen and World Childhood Foundation. It is generously supported by the United Postcode Lotteries and Clear Channel, and is promoted in association with Glow Washington, DC.For more information and a chance to win free tickets visit, visit www.globalcitizen.org/thankyou.
Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, are co-chairing the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCel London.This is the largest gathering ever brought together on the subject with over 100 NGO’s and international partners taking part alongside 48 Foreign Ministers and over 600 government delegates from 113 countries.“I have heard it asked this week, why this issue, why now?” said Angelina during the Summit’s second day. “Why, in a world of so many problems, are we all focussing on this one? Why does it matter?“Anyone who has met survivors and heard their stories knows that answer: We are here for the nine-year old girl in Uganda, kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery. We are here for the man in Bosnia, years after rape still stigmatised, unable to earn enough money to buy bread for his family. We are here for all the forgotten, hidden survivors who have been made to feel ashamed, or been abandoned, and for the children of rape.“We want the whole world to hear their stories, and understand that this injustice cannot be tolerated, and that sorrow and compassion are not enough.“As one woman told me yesterday – we’ve had enough of words. We want action.“Many brave men and women have been fighting to protect victims of warzone rape for years, and many are with us today. But we as an international community have never done enough to stop this abuse.“And we do survivors a disservice when they know we are aware but do nothing to hold perpetrators accountable.“Our outrage does not help the woman who walks into her attacker on the street – free as a bird, free to abuse others, because of this global culture of impunity.“And today, we have an opportunity to begin to change that.“My plea to you today, is to see both the individuals who have suffered, and the bigger picture: To think what we would each be prepared to do, as individuals, to prevent those we love from suffering – and apply that protective instinct to the world’s most vulnerable people. And to remember, looking at the sweep of history, that we do have the power to eradicate injustice, with political will and determination.“These crimes of sexual violence are bigger than any one conflict or national interest.“And for all the things we struggle to agree upon as nations, the abhorrence of rape cannot be one of them.“So I ask all the governments here today, to move from condemnation to action: To be ready to change and improve your laws so they offer proper protections; To write the prevention of sexual violence into the training of your militaries and police forces; To support and implement the new International Protocol, to drive up the number of prosecutions; And to fund the UN efforts and NGO projects that work with survivors to heal them emotionally and help them, help them to gain support and justice.“Warzone rape is a preventable crime. So our response must never again be that these things simply happen. It can never be, that peace is more important than justice – or that money is in short supply – or that there are other priorities.“I have heard some people say that we have set ourselves an impossible task. But the greater the problem the greater our determination should be.“Look around you, look at how many of us are here, at all the countries represented, and think of what we could accomplish together. Think of what difference we will make if we apply all the lessons learned at this summit, and bring to bear all your influence and expertise. Think of what that would mean for millions of people.“I am hopeful that we can unite on this issue – and I thank all the governments that have taken a stand by supporting our declaration and coming to London.“This Summit is a model for a new way of working together. And this single issue is now a centre point.“It is just the beginning. There are many crimes, abuses in all forms, that we must confront together.“But let us begin here – and let us expand from here.”
Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson swapped out his racing helmet for a hard hat this past weekend and teamed up with longtime partner Lowe’s and Habitat For Humanity Las Vegas to raise the walls of a new home at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Nearly 100 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers joined Johnson and his pit crew to frame a four-bedroom Habitat home that will be transferred to Henderson, Nevada, and completed in partnership with a local family. Throughout the weekend, Lowe’s and Habitat gave race fans at the track the chance to sign up for a future Habitat build and encouraged them to enlist the help of a friend or family member to multiply their impact.Before stepping into his No. 48 Kobalt Chevrolet SS for the Kobalt 400 on Sunday, Johnson presented the family with the key to their new home.“I can’t think of a better way to have kicked off race weekend than raising the walls on Friday and celebrating with the family today,” Johnson said on Sunday. “It’s just amazing to see what happens when Lowe’s and Habitat team up.”“There’s a great need for affordable housing in Las Vegas, across the country and around the world,” said Colleen Finn Ridenhour, deputy director for Habitat for Humanity International. “We’re grateful to have the support of Lowe’s and Jimmie Johnson to help us build a home and raise awareness of the need for volunteers to help us in our mission. As we ramp up construction activity this spring, volunteers will be critical to our success in revitalizing communities and helping families obtain the dream of homeownership.”Lowe’s has partnered with Habitat for Humanity for more than a decade to build homes and revitalize communities around the country. Since 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat and helped nearly 4,000 families improve their living conditions. Anyone interested in volunteering can learn more at Habitat.org/Lowes. ”We’re proud to help Habitat Las Vegas continue its transformational work in Southern Nevada,” said Larry Edens, market director for Lowe’s Las Vegas stores. “We hope this extraordinary build inspires race fans to support Habitat projects in their own communities.”
Mediaplanet has announced the multiplatform distribution of “Water & Sustainability,” encouraging readers to take initiative in their homes, local communities and support technological advancements working to solve our international issue with water and sustainability.Innovations in technology have pushed the industry towards the greatest advancements of our time: but we still have work to be done.The print component of “Water & Sustainability” is distributed within this Wednesday’s edition of USA Today in New York, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas and Los Angeles with a circulation of approximately 250,000 copies and an estimated readership of 750,000. The digital component is distributed nationally through a vast social media strategy and across a network of top news sites and partner outlets. To explore the digital version of the campaign, click here.Jason Momoa, warrior on and off screen, shines on the front cover of the print publication. Through an in-depth and exclusive interview, he urges readers to become involved in their own local water projects. Atlanta rap native Michael Render aka “Killer Mike” drills deep into his passion for Atlanta’s 300 million dollar quarry endeavor. “It’s been the highlight of my year,” explains Render, an Atlanta native and philanthropist. “I strut with a different step, knowing there’s a drill named for me.”This campaign was made possible with the support of Viqua, charity:water, Pentair, Jason Momoa, 3M, Speakman, the U.S. Water Alliance and many more.
Facebook Advertisement The Little Potato Company’s “Little Chef Program” helps parents and kids spend fun and meaningful time together. The program provides tools and tips, Little Chef Approved recipes, age-appropriate tasks for kids of various ages, and information about the important skills they’ll learn as their kitchen skills evolve. The Little Chef Approved recipes are popular not only with kids, but with adults, too. Recipes include Smashed Potato Pizza, Bacon Wrapped Creamer Potatoes, Little Chef Potato Skins, and more.The contest is being promoted and featured at major retailers across Canada with “Little Chef Program” promotional material and programs. Advertisement Login/Register With: @MarilynDenisCTV @CTV_PR @CTV_Television @LittlePotatoCo Facebook.com/MarilynDenis Facebook.com/CTV Facebook.com/potatopower @themarilyndenisshow @littlepotatocompany pinterest.com/LittlePotatoCo Twitter Advertisement Social Media links LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment About The Little Potato CompanyThe Little Potato Company is the world’s leader in small Creamer potatoes. They sell unique and proprietary varieties throughout the U.S. and Canada and are celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2016. The Edmonton-based company currently has two sorting, washing and packaging facilities in Canada and five distribution centres throughout the U.S. and Canada, in addition to the newly announced U.S. production facility near Madison, Wisconsin.The Little Potato Company’s Creamers are sold in unique eye catching packaging and family-friendly sizes at most supermarkets. They are passionate about potatoes and about helping children learn more about food and cooking with their families.About THE MARILYN DENIS SHOWHosted by Marilyn Denis and taped before a studio audience, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW is a daily lifestyle and entertainment talk show featuring Canadian and international celebrities and experts. Celebrities who have appeared on THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW include Sir Elton John, Shania Twain, Diane Keaton, Bradley Cooper, Kim Cattrall, Hugh Jackman, Catherine O’Hara, Michael Bublé, Lionel Richie, Amy Poehler, Tatiana Maslany, Sarah McLachlan, Jann Arden, Andrea Martin, Carly Rae Jepsen, Barenaked Ladies, The Tenors, Robbie Amell, Erica Durance, and many more. Top lifestyle experts who have appeared on the show include Jamie Oliver, Dr. Oz, Rocco DiSpirito, Mike Holmes, Jillian Michaels, Randy Fenoli, Scott McGillivray, The Property Brothers, Bryan Baeumler, and more. THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW is produced by Bell Media Production, and Michelle Crespi is Executive Producer. John Simpson is Co-Executive Producer. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President, Bell Media Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. More information about THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, including ticket information, can be found at Marilyn.ca, as well on Facebook and @TheMarilynShow.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. CTV’s THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and The Little Potato Company announced the two finalists of The Little Chef Casting Call: Arnav Malholtra, age 11 from Brampton, Ont., and Owen Kennedy, age 11 from Beaumont, Alta.The two finalists will go head-to-head in a cook-off on CTV’s THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, airing Monday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. ET, with the top little chef winning the grand prize of a culinary trip for four to Rome, Italy. Courtesy of The Little Potato Company, the trip includes airfare, accommodation, and an ultimate culinary experience.Arnav and Owen were selected from the 10 semi-finalists after three weeks of voting at Marilyn.ca, where more than 8,000 votes were cast. The finalists were chosen based on votes, along with cooking skill, presentation, and personality. Arnav cooked “Little Potato Manchurian”, while Owen cooked “Potato Leek Soup”.
“We are excited to be in business with the incredibly creative minds behind this innovative new series,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. “There is so much to discover, and this series will take us on a fascinating journey as we explore the exciting developments in the world of A.I. and glimpse into the future.”“Robert and I share a curiosity for A.I., a complicated and often polarizing subject. Our aim is to explore A.I. through a lens of objectivity and accessibility, in a thoroughly bold, splashy, and entertaining way. We’re thrilled to bring this project to life along with Network Entertainment, Sonar, and YouTube Red,” said Susan Downey.Downey is represented by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller, L.L.P. Network Entertainment is repped by UTA.YouTube Red is a subscription that gives you access to YouTube Red Original movies and series, a premium music service and an uninterrupted experience across YouTube. YouTube Red is currently available in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Korea.About YouTubeLaunched in May 2005, YouTube’s mission is to give everyone a voice and show them the world. We believe that everyone deserves to have a voice, and that the world is a better place when we listen, share and build community through our stories. YouTube is a Google company.About Team DowneyTeam Downey is an entertainment company founded by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey that produces film, television, and digital properties. Team Downey is currently producing Universal Pictures’ THE VOYAGE OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE written and directed by Stephen Gaghan and starring Robert Downey Jr. Other features currently in development include an adaptation of the Reply All Podcast MAN OF THE PEOPLE that Richard Linklater is writing and will direct for Annapurna, and the third installment in the SHERLOCK HOLMES franchise for Warner Brothers. In television, Team Downey has several high profile projects at various networks including PERRY MASON at HBO and an adaptation of Karen Russell’s novel SWAMPLANDIA! at HULU.About Network Entertainment* Network Entertainment, founded and headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, produces premium content for global audiences. Network’s documentaries and docu-series showcase the lives of the world’s most inspiring cultural icons and their endearing legacy. Our films have featured a compelling lineup of icons from the worlds of Music, Movies, Comedy, Sports, Politics and Business. The Network premium brand of programming features outstanding casts and highly cinematic, richly crafted storytelling. Our productions are consistently embraced by both popular and critical acclaim garnering awards, record ratings and unparalleled media coverage.Network’s broadcast and distribution partners include: AHC, AMC, Discovery, CBC, CMT, CTV, Entertainment One, FremantleMedia, HBO Canada, History Channel, iTunes, Lionsgate, National Geographic, Paramount Network, Spike, Sundance TV, Thunderbird and TMN. Our work has been recognized by the Academy Awards, The Emmys, Realscreen Awards, The Gemini’s, The Leo’s, the Los Angeles Film Festival, Washington D.C. Silver Docs, Seattle International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Houston International Film Festival, VancouverInternational Film Festival, Banff Television Festival, and the International Film and Television Festival of New York. For additional information on Network Entertainment Inc., visit www.networkentertainment.caAbout SonarSonar Entertainment is a leading independent entertainment studio that develops, produces, finances and distributes content for global audiences. Our financial strength and independence provides us with the freedom to fund development and productions on a global scale and partner with the most innovative storytellers in the industry. Sonar Entertainment premium scripted series include Mr. Mercedes, written by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Stephen King, with the AT&T AUDIENCE Network for DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse; The Son, starring Pierce Brosnan for AMC; and Das Boot, an eight-part series inspired by the acclaimed movie, for Sky. Sonar Entertainment also distributes internationally, outside the UK, Taboo, for FX and BBC One, starring Tom Hardy and executive produced by Ridley Scott. Factual and lifestyle series include Texas Metal for Discovery and Food’s Greatest Hits for Scripps. Sonar Kids and Family series include Counterfeit Cat, airing on Disney XD in the US, Teletoon in Canada, on Hulu and in over 200 countries worldwide; and Go Away, Unicorn! for Disney.*For additional information on Network Entertainment Inc., visit www.networkentertainment.caNeither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Cautionary Statement on Forward-looking InformationExcept for historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including the Company not obtaining required TSX Venture Exchange approval of the Transaction and the Transaction not being completed as proposed or at all. These statements are necessarily based upon management’s perceptions, beliefs, assumptions and expectations, as well as a number of specific factors and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management of the Company as of the date of such statements, are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies that could result in the forward-looking information ultimately, perhaps materially, being incorrect. All forward-looking information in this news release involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are beyond the control of the Company and may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Except as required pursuant to applicable securities laws, the Company will not update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Robert Downey Jr. will bring his genuine enthusiasm and curiosity for the subject to the screen, narrating the series and uncovering insights from researchers and leading experts who will share their unique perspectives. The series will explore the impact of A.I. and how it is transforming the way we live and work — both now and in the future.The Untitled A.I. Series will be executive produced by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey, through their production company, Team Downey, with Team Downey’s Emily Ford also serving as executive producer, and Evan Mooreoverseeing the project. Jenna Santoianni and Tom Lesinski of Sonar Entertainment will executive produce, while Derik Murray and Paul Gertz of Network Entertainment will produce the series. VANCOUVER, May 17, 2018 – Network Media Group Inc. (TSX: NTE.V) (OTCMKTS: NMGGF) and Network Entertainment Inc. (“Network” or “the Company”) are pleased to report that YouTube announced its order for an expansive new series on artificial intelligence that will be executive produced by Team Downey partners Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey, Network Entertainment’s Derik Murray and Paul Gertz, and Sonar Entertainment’s Jenna Santoianni and Tom Lesinski. The series will feature the brightest minds in science, philosophy, technology, engineering, medicine, futurism, entertainment and the arts to tell the dynamic story of A.I. The 8-episode hour-long series will debut exclusively on YouTube Red in 2019.
Advertisement Twitter Esi Edugyan and Patrick deWitt will go head to head for one of Canada’s top literary prizes once again, with the celebrated writers shortlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize.Organizers announced this year’s five finalists for the $100,000 prize, which honours excellence in long or short-format fiction writing by Canadians, in Toronto Monday morning. They are:Songs for the Cold of Heart by Eric Dupont.Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.French Exit by Patrick deWitt.Motherhood by Sheila Heti.An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim. Login/Register With: Advertisement Washington Black, Edugyan’s latest novel, is also a finalist for the U.K.’s Man Booker Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.Dupont, Heti and Lim are first-time finalists for the annual prize.‘Fruitful and interesting discussion’The jury includes journalist Kamal Al-Solaylee, Toronto International Film Festival executive Maxine Bailey and writers Heather O’Neill, Philip Hensher and John Freeman.“One of the nice things [during deliberations] was to hit upon books where everyone said ‘Yes, this one,’” juror Hensher noted shortly after the announcement. Facebook Canadian writers Patrick deWitt and Esi Edugyan are among the 2018 finalists for the $100,000 Giller Prize for Fiction. (Canadian Press) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Former Giller-winner Edugyan and past finalist deWitt faced off in 2011, when their earlier novels Half-Blood Blues and The Sisters Brothers were nominated for several literary awards in Canada and the U.K. Last month, a Hollywood film adaptation of deWitt’s The Sisters Brothers screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. Advertisement
APTN National NewsAt a campaign stop in Yellowknife, Stephen Harper promised that Nutrition North would transfer subsidies from shipping companies to consumers.But, as APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll reports, this is not what’s happening. He follows the money in this story.
By Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsOttawa – The fast may be over, but the fight continues.That was the message delivered Thursday as Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence and Elder Raymond Robinson officially ended their weeks-old fast.“It does not end because the hunger strike ends. The fight continues. We have mobilized a nation,” said Spence spokesman Danny Metatawabin at a press conference Thursday. “You, Canadians, we want our rightful place as well…We will stand up. We will persevere. We want to be acknowledged.”Spence couldn’t attend the press conference but Robinson was there, as well as Liberal leader Bob Rae, NDP MP Romeo Saganash and Saskatchewan Assembly of First Nations regional chief Perry Bellegarde.Metatawabin said Spence was bedridden under doctors’ orders. She went to the hospital Wednesday and was put on an IV. She may be released later Thursday or Friday.Robinson, from Cross Lake, Man., said he also attended the hospital but when he was being seen a by a nurse he said she questioned why he was there, how he got there and had no clue Robinson had been on a fast for 43 days. Robinson said he felt the nurse was almost racist and walked out without being assessed.He said his fast, next to Spence’s side, was a rollercoaster ride for him and his family.“It is with mixed emotions, a lot of stress, joy, jubilation that I make the statement today that the journey of my hunger strike ends,” said Robinson before taking questions from media. “It’s a rollercoaster ride for my sake, my family’s sake…for the journey I took upon myself to try and get some kind of word out to general population in respect to the way my people have been treated over the course of these generations.”Robinson said it’s amazing in this day and age that First Nation people still struggle to control what’s theirs – land, water and resources – while the federal government tries to take control of it all.He said when Europeans first arrived they survived because of Indigenous peoples.“We nurtered you guys and gave you our medicine. You guys would have died without our medicine, without us teaching you how to live and survive in this country,” he said. “We forged a relationship with you guys hoping that you would be our partners in everything – 50/50. You smoked our Pipe to symbolize the relationship we wanted to forge with you.”But it didn’t work that way.Through time the non-Aboriginal society thought they could take everything from the First Peoples said Robinson.That includes their children and Indian Residential Schools.“I’m an Indian Residential School survivor. I went to three Residential Schools,” he said. “The government of Canada tried to take my identity away from me, my life, my language, my being a First Nation person to try assimilate me into a foreign culture I don’t know about.”This rooted his 43-day fast that began a day after Spence began hers on Dec. 11. They survived on tea and fish broth.But there was more to the fast.“To tell the world, to tell Canada that enough is enough,” said Robinson. “Can’t you just leave us alone, can’t we just be ordinary people in this land, can we have the same opportunities you guys live in a daily basis…can I be received as a human being in my own land.”He said Bill C-38 gives the government power to do what they wish in First Nation territories. Bill C-45 takes control of their resources he said.To make changes such as Robinson is saying the government is to consult with First Nations as per the Constitution Rae reminded reporters in the gallery.That was the main reason behind the Idle No More movement that now includes hundred of years of oppression.“This is your fight too. These acts, these bills will kill us all,” said Robinson. “Fight with us and make sure these bills don’t go anywhere.”Bill C-45 became law just before Christmas.APTN National News reported early Wednesday morning that Spence had already decided to end the fast but news of the end came much later in the day.Spence and Robinson officially agreed to end their fast based on a 13-point plan endorsed by the Assembly of First Nations, the Native Women’s Society of Canada, the NDP and Liberal caucuses. The plan calls for such things as proper funding for education, respecting treaty rights and consulting First Nations on changes to their lives.Spence, however, was facing pressure from her own band council to end the fast and a delegation from Attawapiskat was to leave for Ottawa Wednesday to hand-deliver a letter urging her to quit the protest or face removal as chief.Her health was also starting to fail and she had been considering a way to end the protest on a high note after realizing she would not be able to obtain her goal of forcing a meeting between the prime minister, the governor general and First Nations leaders.Spence’s teepee on Victoria Island became a type of pilgrimage destination for many First Nations people across Canada who came to visit her, offer her gifts and blessings.“We end our hunger strikes with signed commitments from elected First Nations leaders and opposition parties to urgently carry forward our action plan which ensure that our treaty rights are recognized, honoured and fully implemented,” said Spence in a released statement. “Indigenous peoples have lived well below the poverty line in a country that is considered one of the wealthiest in the world. We are no longer idle and precedence has been established over this past six weeks. There’s no going back, our voices have been heard and now I ask for your involvement to move our agenda forward.”The opposition leaders said they will use the 13-point declaration as a “blue print” going forward to push Prime Minister Stephen Harper on First Nation issues.“I view this document as a blueprint for the future in our relations with First Nations in this country and what the NDP is saying, essentially, is we are endorsing this document because we want to accompany you on this road, on this journey to a better future, for a better tomorrow for your communities,” said Saganash.Rae said the document is also a sign of political will.“I think you have to see the document as an expression of political will on our part, and on the part of the AFN, and on part of the (NDP), and on part of a lot of other people on behalf of lot of other Canadians. I think there are a lot of Canadians who want us to move forward,” he said. “Is it something that the Conservatives are going to sign on to tomorrow? Some of it they might, some of it they might not. I think there is a process of public persuasion that needs to go on. I accept that.”That begins with education said Metatawabin.“We need to educate the Canadian people of who we are. I hold this feather in honour because it recognizes a symbol, a closeness I have with the Creator, but you, the average Canadian, probably just think it’s a feather,” he said. “This is who we are. We are spiritual people. It goes back to the treaties. There is a spiritual intent and we have to bridge that gap.”email@example.com@afixedaddress
By Jorge Barrera APTN National News REXTON,NB–Beneath an overcast October night veiling the moon, with police lights spraying the darkness red and blue, a group of four women walked up the exit ramp blocked by the RCMP cruisers.As they lit thick strands of sweetgrass, two RCMP officers with flashlights approached them and asked what they were doing.“We’re out here walking,” said one of the women.The RCMP officer said he had no problem with them walking. He said the exit was shut down because the ramp led to a section of Route 134 that has been reduced to one-lane by the anti-fracking encampment that remains despite Thursday’s heavily armed RCMP raid on the site.“We got some complaints from the public,” said the officer. “Some of them were concerned for their safety.”“That’s funny, you guys on that side over there have a totally different story,” said one of the women.“Listen to what I’m telling you, do your own opinion,” said the officer. “We have to deal with the complaints ourselves.”The women had just returned from the exit ramp on the other side of Hwy 11, which was also blocked by RCMP cruisers. The officers there told them a different story. The women said they were initially told the exit was shut for public safety reasons stemming from an incident with CTV journalists, who were evicted from the site and were forced to leave behind a satellite truck.CTV journalists were separated from their satellite truck by a small group of demonstrators early Saturday. The satellite truck has since been returned and none of the journalists were harmed. Global journalists were also separated from their vehicle and equipment, which have also been returned.The women then asked the officer if they could smudge him with the smouldering sweetgrass, but he refused. The women then circled the RCMP cruisers, smoke trailing them.After the smudging, the women gathered in a circle and began to drum and sing.About an hour after the women finished their singing and drumming, the RCMP opened the exits.Back at the encampment people gathered around fires amid more drumming and singing as rumours swirled of police cars amassing here, or travelling there and fears of impending action.In nearby Richibucto, RCMP officers were seen by an APTN National News reporter packing riot gear into duffle bags which were put in police cruisers.A senior officer at the detachment said he was on standby for word from his command.Hours earlier, over 100 Mi’kmaq and supporters briefly blocked a main highway in New Brunswick Saturday afternoon in response to the RCMP raid.Shortly after 2 p.m. local time, waving red and white Mi’kmaq and red Mohawk Warrior flags the group marched a few hundred metres from the remains of the raided encampment and occupied the Hwy 11 overpass that crosses above Route 134.Hwy 11 runs north from Moncton to the Miramichi and onto Bathurst,The blockade lasted a little over an hour and ended amid rumours a heavy police reaction was headed toward the scene.The encampment sits about 15 kilometres northeast of Elsipogtog First Nation, which has been at the heart of anti-fracking actions, and 80 kilometres north of Moncton.“We are not going to turn around and we are not going to back down from what we are protecting. The government is not going to scare us in any way,” said one camouflaged-clad women going by the name of Spiked Black.“Think about your future generations and your grandchildren. Would you like them to grow up in a chemical desert,” said Jason Milliea, from Elsipogtog First Nation.The RCMP raid, which included camouflaged clad officers wielding assault weapons and firing rubber bullets, has done little to dissuade people here. In some ways, it has increased their resolve to keep up the opposition to shale gas exploration in the area. The raid freed exploration trucks owned by Houston-based SWN Resources which had been trapped by the encampment. SWN is conducting shale gas exploration in the area.The RCMP’s announcement it had seized three rifles, ammunition and improvised explosive devices also had little impact here.Several individuals who spoke to APTN National News on condition of anonymity said they didn’t know who the weapons belonged, quickly adding that it was an Aboriginal right to hunt.Thursday’s raid led to 40 arrests and a day of chaos on Route 134. Several RCMP vehicles were torched and their burned-out shells still sit along the road.One local resident, a mother whose children attend an English school in the area expressed exasperation at the RCMP for not removing the charred remains.The events that day have since sparked sympathy actions across the province and the country.All eyes are now on Elsipogtog.Assembly of Manitoba Grand Chief Derek Nepinak visited the encampment late Saturday night.The Assembly of First Nation of New Brunswick Chiefs issued a statement condemning the actions at the encampment and Saturday’s blockade, including hostility toward the media.“The Chiefs fully endorse (Elsipogtog) Chief Aaron Sock’s call for peace, and agree emphatically that a cooling off period is required. This means an end to violent protests, an end to the blockades, and an end to violence by all parties in all its forms,” said the firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera
APTN National NewsAnother blockade popped up in Ontario.This time on a rail line in downtown Toronto.The blockaders are calling on the federal government to hold a public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has the story.
Willow FiddlerAPTN NewsThe body found on a Thunder Bay golf course late Sunday morning is that of a missing 17-year-old youth, the chief of Webequie First Nation confirmed.Chief Cornelius Wabasse told APTN News the family met with police around 7:45 p.m. Sunday.“The forensic team came in first and then the coroner called to reaffirm that it was Braiden, the body that was found this morning,” said Wabasse.Braiden Jacob was reported missing Dec. 6.His family had last seen him on Wednesday night when he left the hotel they were staying in. They started searching for him when he didn’t return later that night.Community volunteers began an organized search for the missing teen on Thursday afternoon.The youth was in the city for ongoing counselling services for trauma and grief, according to Wabasse.“They’re very distraught, I mean it’s very emotional. Not just with the family but the extended family too,” he said.“Even the community is impacted by the loss of a young man.”Jacob was from Webequie, a fly-in community approximately 600 km north of Thunder Bay.On Saturday, Thunder Bay police released further details of Jacob’s disappearance including a description of what he was wearing.They said the youth was last seen in the early Thursday in the Limbrick area. His body was found on the golf course in Chapples Park less than 3 km away.In a media release Sunday afternoon, police said they were dispatched to the park area around 11:30 a.m when a passerby reported a possible body.It’s the same area where Tammy Keeash was found drowned in the floodway that runs through the park May 2017 – and the body of 32-year-old William Wapoose was discovered in September 2014.His homicide remains unsolved.Anna Betty Achneepineskum of Nishnawbe Aski Nation expressed frustration on Facebook over the of health services available on-reserve.“Why is it that we have to bring our children out to an urban centre to get counselling service?” said Achneepineskum.“It’s not right that we have a system that continues to jeopardize our children’s safety.”Community members from Thunder Bay and other First Nations gathered on Sunday to offer support to Jacob’s family and community.The body has been taken to Toronto for a email@example.com@WillowBlasizzo
COPENHAGEN – American rapper G-Eazy has cancelled a partnership with H&M after the Swedish clothing retailer was accused of racism over a promotional image of a black child dressed in a hoodie reading “coolest monkey in the jungle.”The rapper, whose real name is Gerald Earl Gillum, tweeted that he decided “our partnership needs to end” after seeing “the disturbing image,” joining singer The Weeknd, who has said he would end his ties with the company where he has a clothing line.H&M reiterated Wednesday its “humble apologies,” adding “we have got this wrong.”The retailer said in an email that “we completely understand and agree with the reactions by The Weeknd, G-Eazy and others.”NBA star LeBron James and rapper Diddy were among those who earlier had responded with outrage.
WINNIPEG – An agreement in principle has been reached to restore the only land link, along with hope for a solid economic future, to the town of Churchill in northern Manitoba.The federal government and a consortium of northern communities said Wednesday night they had reached a deal to transfer ownership of the area’s rail line and port from Denver-based Omnitrax.“The rail line is one of the foundational pieces of transportation infrastructure for the northern portion of the province,” Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said in a written statement.“The announcement today is a signal that negotiations are moving forward and a made-in-Canada solution is imminent.”The rail line was severely damaged by flooding a year ago and Omnitrax said it could not afford the tens of millions of dollars to fix it.Without rail service, goods and tourists have had to be flown in to Churchill at much higher prices and the port has been virtually idle.The town of 900 people, known for its polar bear tourist season, has suffered economically and residents feared some of their neighbours would have no choice but to leave to find jobs elsewhere.Churchill Mayor Mike Spence said the agreement to transfer ownership of the rail line and port on the shore of Hudson Bay is historic.He said the community is looking to the future.“Climate change is here. We are going to take advantage of that opportunity,” Spence said. “The federal government has made it known that reviewing Arctic policy — Churchill will play an important role in that.”The town shared the news with residents in a community update posted on Facebook.“The residents and businesses of Churchill have shown tremendous patience and resiliency during this very difficult time during the loss of rail service and reduced port operations,” reads the message.“The Town is pleased the federal government has recognized the importance and value of the port and rail line which are truly strategic assets of Canada.”Omnitrax had said the rail line was no longer viable and suggested it be run as utility, with government support likely needed.Merv Tweed, president of Omnitrax Canada, said it is very pleased to see an agreement in place that will ensure the long-term operations of the rail line.“We believe this is the best outcome for all stakeholders and look forward to working with Fairfax Financial and Grand Chief Dumas to facilitate a smooth transition of ownership,” he said in an email.Christian Sinclair, co-chairman of One North – a consortium of northern communities – said details of the agreement still have to be finalized.“By next week, those details will go out and will be shared with the public,” Sinclair said.“But the fact that we’re at this point is great for us because it allows us to still salvage a season (at the port) this year.”Also part of the agreement are Fairfax Financial Holdings and AGT Food and Ingredients Inc.AGT is a Regina-based supplier of value-added pulses and staple foods, and could replace some of the business at the Port of Churchill that was lost when the Canadian Wheat Board, the port’s biggest customer at the time, ended its monopoly on western grain and barley in 2012.“Over the last six months we have been working diligently with our many partners to come together, develop a business plan and satisfy the principles for successful new ownership,” Fairfax president Paul Rivett said in a written statement.“The federal government acknowledges the value and importance of our inclusive group and is supportive of our efforts to acquire the assets.”The rail line was owned by the federal government until 1997, when it sold it to Omnitrax. The federal government has faced calls in the last year to buy it back.— With file from Kelly Geraldine Malone
NEW YORK, N.Y. – A New York judge has ruled that an aspiring actress can sue Harvey Weinstein for violating sex trafficking laws because the proverbial casting couch, in which women are asked to trade sex for Hollywood opportunities, could be considered a “commercial sex act.”U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet said the lawsuit filed by Kadian Noble last fall was fairly brought under sex trafficking laws Congress passed that had an “expansive” definition of what could be considered a commercial sex act. His ruling, dated Monday, was filed publicly Tuesday.He rejected arguments by Weinstein’s lawyers that nothing of value was exchanged between Noble and Weinstein in 2014 when they watched her demo reel in a Cannes, France, hotel room before Weinstein allegedly molested her and forced her into a bathroom to watch him masturbate.Weinstein denies wrongdoing. His lawyer, Phyllis Kupferstein, said she planned to ask for an immediate appeal if the judge will allow it.“It doesn’t resemble at all what we consider sex trafficking,” Kupferstein said. “We don’t read the statute and the case law the same way he does.”The lawsuit’s claims, she said, were “light years away” from what the sex trafficking law was intended to outlaw, such as when predators are “going after underage girls on the promise of a green card and locking them up in a basement and making them have sex with people.”In ruling, Sweet wrote: “For an aspiring actress, meeting a world-renowned film producer carries value, in and of itself. The opportunity, moreover, for the actress to sit down with that producer in a private meeting to review her film reel and discuss a promised film role carries value that is career-making and life-changing.“The contention, therefore, that Noble was given nothing of value — that the expectation of a film role, of a modeling meeting, of ‘his people’ being ‘in touch with her’ had no value — does not reflect modern reality,” the judge continued.He included a footnote at the word “reality,” citing sources that explain that the concept of the casting couch — in which aspiring actors and actresses are promised valuable professional opportunities in exchange for sexual favours — “has been in the American lexicon for nearly a century.”Weinstein claimed through his lawyers that letting the lawsuit proceed to trial means sex trafficking laws now cover all sexual activity between adults when one person holds power and influence over the other.Sweet said that even if the prospect of a film role, a modeling meeting or a continued professional relationship with Weinstein were not enough to constitute “things of value” necessary under the sex trafficking statute, then her “reasonable expectation of receiving those things in the future, based on Harvey’s repeated representations that she would, is sufficient.”Sweet also dismissed Weinstein’s brother from the lawsuit.
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — The U.S., Japan, New Zealand and Australia say they’ll bring electricity to 70 per cent of Papua New Guinea’s people by 2030, boosting the West’s response to growing Chinese influence in the South Pacific.The four countries and Papua New Guinea signed the electricification agreement Sunday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting behind held in the capital Port Moresby.U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence says it shows the strength of their commitment to the region.Only about 20 per cent of Papua New Guinea’s 8 million people have electricity and for a significant proportion of them the supply is not reliable.The announcement comes after the U.S., Japan and Australia in July announced a joint effort to finance infrastructure in Pacific island states which China has aggressively wooed with loans and aid.The Associated Press
CALGARY, A.B. – A production shutdown at Syncrude Canada’s oilsands mine and upgrader complex in northern Alberta is expected to free up pipeline space out of Western Canada and strengthen prices for Canadian heavy oil.The company has said production of upgraded bitumen could remain offline at its works north of Fort McMurray through July. The stoppage was caused by a power outage last week.The interruption should help alleviate pipeline congestion in Western Canada that has increased the difference in price for Western Canadian Select bitumen blend oil versus New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude oil, said Canadian analysts with Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. in a research report. The differential spiked at about US$30 per barrel in February, fell to the high teens in April and May as oilsands projects went through maintenance shutdowns, but rose again in the past few weeks as output again filled pipelines. It closed at US$25.50 last Friday.The differential will likely revert back to US$13 to $15 per barrel in July, Barclays analysts predicted in a report.Syncrude has the capacity to produce 350,000 barrels per day but Barclays estimated it has averaged only 245,000 bpd so far this year because of planned and unplanned downtime. It lowered its estimate of third-quarter production from 305,000 bpd to between 200,000 and 215,000 bpd, adding it expects Syncrude to post significantly higher costs per barrel.The analysts say the news is negative for Suncor Energy Inc., which owns about 59 percent of Syncrude, and Imperial Oil Ltd., with a 25 percent stake.On June 7, Suncor said in a news release it was ready for “strong production” this year after completing maintenance at facilities including Syncrude.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro is advising drivers that they can expect some traffic delays as part of the ongoing work for the Site C Dam Project.Currently, Hydro is moving large penstock segments from a manufacturing facility in Fort St. John to the Dam.According to B.C. Hydro, due to the size of the penstocks, there will be minor traffic delays along Old Fort Road as the equipment is moved on oversized trucks. The moving of equipment will be taking place now until June 2021.Another delay that drivers can expect is a short detour on Old Fort Road.As B.C. Hydro constructs a conveyor belt system, a section of Old Fort Road will need to be dug up as they lay the system under the road.This will be taking place at Old Fort Road and Shaman Industrial Way and is expected to last until the end of June.For more information, you can visit SiteCProject.com.