Vote For Stars In The 2015 WebMD Health Hero Peoples Choice Award

first_imgWebMD Health Corp., the leading source of health information, today announced that Christina Applegate, Glenn Close, Carrie Fisher and Jeff Gordon have been selected WebMD Health Hero People’s Choice Award finalists for their passionate work to change the healthcare landscape by meeting a health challenge and giving back to others.WebMD Health Hero People’s Choice NomineesWebMD is encouraging the public to vote to determine which one of these four inspiring individuals will be chosen as this year’s WebMD Health Hero Award People’s Choice winner. People can visit here to vote for their choice once a day, every day through August 31.“The 2015 People’s Choice nominees encourage health and wellness by empowering, motivating and inspiring others in truly meaningful ways,” said Kristy Hammam, Editor in Chief, WebMD. “We look forward to celebrating their efforts and passionate commitment to raising awareness for their health causes and for those facing their own health challenges.”Last year’s People’s Choice winner, Martha Stewart, was honored for encouraging better health care for older adults through the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. This year’s nominees are being considered for their work in support of the following areas:• Christina ApplegateEmmy Award-winning actress Christina Applegate’s foundation, Right Action for Women, promotes the early detection of breast cancer and offers help to women who cannot afford screening tests. Applegate was diagnosed with the disease in 2008. She opened up about her double mastectomy in April 2014. Later that year she co-hosted and took part in the 21st annual EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women, which raised money for breast cancer research, treatment, and counseling. Right Action for Women partnered with ASICS America in 2013 to produce a line of products in “breast cancer pink,” with proceeds going toward the group’s efforts to help women get screened.• Glenn CloseWhen Glenn Close talks about mental illness, it’s a family matter. Her family’s history inspired the Emmy Award-winning actress and Oscar nominee to launch Bring Change 2 Mind in 2010. The national campaign works to dispel myths around mental illness and to provide support to those who live with it. The campaign is also educating a new generation to talk openly about bipolar disorder, depression, and other conditions. In 2014, Close and her foundation partnered with Indiana University to start the College Toolbox Project, which encourages students with mental health issues to get help and aims to reduce stigma on college campuses. The foundation also started a similar program for high schools, LETSBringChange2Mind.• Carrie FisherCarrie Fisher has turned her personal struggles with bipolar disorder and drug abuse into a chance to raise awareness and combat the stigma of mental illness. Fisher, who was diagnosed in her 20s, speaks openly about her condition and her treatment. She wrote about it in her 2008 memoir, Wishful Drinking, which was based on a stage performance and later became a television special. In 2001, she received the Purdy Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which honors a person who has made strides to end discrimination against those with mental health problems.• Jeff GordonFour-time NASCAR Cup Series champ Jeff Gordon doesn’t leave his winning ways on the racetrack. He puts them in play with the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, which funds medical research and programs that offer cancer treatments for kids. In 2012, the group helped launch the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence, a cancer care program in rural Rwanda. In 2011, Gordon became the spokesman — and driver — for the AARP’s Drive to End Hunger campaign, raising money to feed seniors who don’t have enough to eat.WebMD has celebrated its Health Heroes, people who have made meaningful contributions to improve health and wellness in America, for the last nine years. In addition to honoring a People’s Choice Award winner, WebMD will also honor winners in the following categories: Advocate, Prodigy, Scientist, and Hall of Fame. This year’s winners will be announced in October and will be featured online and within the November/December issue (print and tablet) of WebMD Magazine. To learn more about the WebMD Health Hero Awards, click here.last_img read more

Proceeds From Imagine Dragons Song To Help Refugees

first_imgWith hundreds of thousands of refugees in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, particularly across the Middle East and Europe, Imagine Dragons and SAP SE are joining forces to introduce the One4 Project to support refugee relief efforts.The One4 Project symbolizes the exponential power of one by encouraging people to download the Imagine Dragons’ newly released song “I Was Me,” now available exclusively on iTunes worldwide at Apple, KIDinaKORNER/Interscope and Imagine Dragons will donate their respective proceeds to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Further, SAP will also donate USD 10 cents for every download up to the first 5 million downloads from iTunes.KIDinaKORNER/Interscope recording artist Imagine Dragons is scheduled to publicly perform “I Was Me” tonight for the first time, live from the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany. The SAP Arena is among the first stops of the band’s Smoke + Mirrors European leg.“The refugee crisis is incredibly urgent in terms of the number of vulnerable people being affected every single day. As a band we wanted to get involved and decided to partner with SAP and Apple to try and make a difference,” said Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons. “‘I Was Me’ is a song about trying to regain your life, which is exactly what millions of people are going through right now. Whether it is by downloading this track or by other means, we hope people everywhere recognize the severity of the situation and find a way to assist these families in desperate need.”“SAP’s culture is reflected in our vision of helping the world run better and improving people’s lives. When one of our employees had an idea of how SAP could use two of our greatest strengths — our employees and our expansive network of customers, partners and friends — we felt compelled to see this idea through to fruition,” said Robert Enslin, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. “Uniting the passion that SAP and our friends at Imagine Dragons and iTunes share for social responsibility through the One4 Project is a natural extension of these networks in action and represents the power one idea can have when supported by many.”Funds raised will benefit the UN Refugee Agency in their efforts to provide aid and assistance to the increasing numbers of people forced to flee their homes due to conflict and violence, many of whom continue to risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea. As fall turns to winter, the challenges faced by these refugees will only increase.last_img read more

Ply Gem And Alan Jackson Launch The Home For Good Project

first_imgPly Gem Industries, a manufacturer of exterior building products in North America, is giving back by uniting with Grammy award-winning country superstar Alan Jackson and low-income families to build affordable housing in partnership with Habitat For Humanity.The Home for Good Project is a multi-year initiative that includes a donation of over $1 million worth of exterior building products and funds for Habitat for Humanity to use to help families build more than 300 homes throughout the year. In addition, Ply Gem will be the presenting sponsor of Habitat’s Home Builders Blitz, which brings together Habitat for Humanity affiliates and professional builders to build and renovate homes across the United States. The company will support the project with advertising and social media initiatives to encourage its associates, the building industry — including distributors, builders and remodelers — as well as consumers across the country to volunteer in their communities.The Home for Good Project is grounded in Alan Jackson’s song, “You Can Always Come Home,” from his recently released album, “Angels and Alcohol.” This song is the anthem that will be played throughout the program to remind individuals the importance of having a place to call home. Alan is the program’s ambassador and will help raise awareness through his fan base, social media following and support in a local Habitat Home Builders Blitz event in Nashville, scheduled to coincide with the 2016 CMA Music Festival.“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to use Ply Gem’s products, including performance siding, windows, stone and trim, to support families and communities across the country. Projects of this magnitude, demonstrating unity and passion toward an incredible cause, will no doubt be successful and change lives,” says Gary E. Robinette, chairman and CEO of Ply Gem. “We are motivated by Habitat for Humanity’s mission of bringing people together to build in partnership and are proud of our alignment with country music icon Alan Jackson. His personal motivation to communicate what home means through his music is now the foundation for the Home for Good Project.”“We are grateful to Ply Gem, Universal Music Group Nashville and Alan Jackson for their commitment to raise awareness and make Home Builders Blitz a success,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “In addition to providing home exterior products for Home Builders Blitz, Ply Gem’s communications efforts well in advance of the event will help connect more people to our mission of providing a foundation for families to build strength, stability and independence.”last_img read more

Andrea Iervolinos AMBI has two films at TIFF

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter It’s almost unbelievable that anyone could have built a production/distribution film empire at 28. In Hollywood, he was happy to find, there is no such thing as being too young. That was clear when Iervolino was named one of the top dealmakers of 2015 by Variety, the industry trade paper. A new movie mogul has taken up residence in Toronto.He speaks Italian more easily than English and he is only 28 years old.“I try to look older,” Andrea Iervolino told me over drinks at Soho House while gearing up for the Toronto International Film Festival. “In Italy in this business, they say you are young if you are 45.”last_img

Pamela Anderson gushes about her love for Julian Assange

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Relationship status: it’s complicated.Amidst the dating rumours, actress Pamela Anderson has declared her “love” for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but she remains vague. “My relationship with Julian — it’s no secret, he is one of my favourite people,” she wrote on Thursday in a post titled “Skavlan, Sweden.”The 49-year-old Baywatch star said she was introduced to Assange, 45, through British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, calling it a match “made in heaven, and hell, depending on the vantage point.” Advertisement Advertisement Facebook “I’m also not shocked that this may be interpreted, and ‘reduced’ to just a ‘sexual relationship,’ ” she continued. “That is the easiest perception. And appeals to the tabloids.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Alberta Ballet to produce original work featuring Tragically Hip music

first_imgA contemporary ballet inspired by the music of The Tragically Hip will be one of the focal points of the 2017-2018 season for Alberta Ballet. Login/Register With: The season also features the company’s first new family ballet in 10 years, “Cinderella,” using sets and costumes by the Cincinnati Ballet. “Tango Fire” by Buenos Aires, Argentina, will make its first visit to Alberta, while the season will also include a contemporary production of “After the Curtain” choreographed by “So You Think You Can Dance” star Travis Wall. There will also be a visit from American dancer-illusionists Momix with their show “Opus Cactus.” Advertisement “We are thrilled to be part of this series of wonderful ballet portraits set to the music of some of the greatest musicians of our time,” they said. “We are excited to see how our music will be interpreted through the vision of a renowned dance company.” Facebook Grand-Maître said he was honoured for the chance “to create a unique portrait to the music of one of Canada’s most beloved group of artists. I look forward to this journey and to exploring the music and the poetry of such profound humanists.” In a statement, the band members shared their enthusiasm for the project, pointing to the successes of Grand-Maître’s past collaborations. Grand-Maître has previously collaborated with artists including Elton John, Sarah McLachlan, k.d. lang and Joni Mitchell on ballets incorporating their music. Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître and executive director Chris George announced the lineup for the 51st season this week. Advertisement The proposal was first raised last fall with members of The Tragically Hip, which embarked on a cross-Canada trip widely expected to be the last with frontman Gord Downie, who was diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The season will be rounded out with local productions of “Dangerous Liaisons,” “The Nutcracker,” and “Paquita and Other Works.” It includes a new family ballet, three internationally acclaimed guest companies and the world premiere of “All of Us,” the Tragically Hip piece. Twitterlast_img read more

From Atwood to Vallée and Plummer Canadian notes from the Golden Globes

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment When Elisabeth Moss won a best-actress trophy for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” she dedicated it to acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood, whose 1985 dystopian novel inspired the series. Quoting from “The Handmaid’s Tale” novel, about a totalitarian theocracy that makes women property of the state, Moss said onstage: “We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”Moss continued: “Margaret Atwood, this is for you and all of the women who came before you and after you, who were brave enough to speak out against intolerance and injustice, and to fight for equality and freedom in this world. We no longer live in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. We no longer live in the gaps between the stories. We are the stories. And we are writing them ourselves.”ATWOOD SHOUTOUT NO. 2“The Handmaid’s Tale” won best drama series — an honour it also nabbed at the Emmys in September. In accepting the trophy at the Globes, creator Bruce Miller paid tribute to Atwood, calling her “the mother of us all.” “The Handmaid’s Tale” has felt particularly timely as talk of the treatment of women in society dominates headlines amid a flood of sexual misconduct allegations. The subject hung heavy over the Golden Globes, with host Seth Meyers mentioning it and many guests wearing black in protest of sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry. Advertisement Facebook Nicole Kidman, Zoe Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Jean-Marc Vallée of ‘Big Little Lies’ attend HBO’s Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. EMMA MCINTYRE / GETTY center_img TORONTO — There were no direct Canadian winners at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, but this country was well represented in the show as well as in the main theme of the night — female empowerment.Here are some Canuck moments from the Beverly Hills bash:ATWOOD SHOUTOUT NO. 1 Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Announcing the Top 10 contenders in the Cogeco Fund Audience Choice Award

first_imgThere are a total of four (4) voting periods during which you may vote.Voting Period 1: Wednesday 1/17 1pm ET – Monday 2/5 11:59:59pm ET Only Online Voting with 10 Nominees  + Write-InHold tight while we tally your votes!Voting Period 2: Friday 2/9 1pm ET – Tuesday 2/20 11:59:59pm ET Online Voting + Social Voting with Final 10 nomineesVote tallying.Voting Period 3: Friday 2/23 1pm ET – Tuesday 2/27 11:59:59pm ET Online Voting + Social Voting with Final 5 nomineesVote tallying!Voting Period 4: Friday 3/2 1pm ET – Sunday 3/11 8:30pm Online Voting + Social Voting with Final 3 nominees LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION .WHEN TO VOTE Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Twitter ANNOUNCING YOUR TOP 10 It’s that time of year again!Time to vote in your favourite Canadian working in film, television or digital media.The voting process has changed this year – be sure to read ahead. Advertisementlast_img read more


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This year’s ceremony was held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. Notable nominees include Jada Pinkett Smith’s “Red Table Talk”, which scored its first Emmy nom for Outstanding Informative Talk Show this year, and “Entertainment Tonight”, which is up for its fifth Emmy in the Outstanding Entertainment News Program category.See the full list of winner below: Advertisementcenter_img 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Law firm in midst of residential school payout controversy shuts doors

first_imgBy Kathleen MartensAPTN National NewsThe Calgary law firm at the centre of a residential school compensation scandal is closing its doors at the end of the month.A lawyer for Blott & Company surprised a B.C. Supreme Court hearing Friday with the news.His client is laying everyone off, lawyer Roy Millen told Justice Brenda Brown, and will cease to operate as of June 30, 2012.David Blott’s practice, which only worked on compensation or IndependentAssessment Process files, was being wound down by the court anyway. It was punishment for what Brown described in a June 5 court order as a violation of clients’ trust and breaching the IAP, in part, through a “loan scheme.”Blott’s dealings – and those of his associates – with physical and sexual abuse victims of Indian Residential Schools were investigated after complaints were filed with the court late last year.The judge kicked him out of the IAP earlier this month and froze the 15 per cent commissions the government of Canada paid on each file. Blott had approximately 3,200 files yet to put through the IAP.The judge appointed a “transition co-ordinator” to oversee those files and their transfer to new lawyers. That person is retired B.C. Supreme Court justice Ian Pitfield.Pitfield attended the hearing today and heard suggestions from a variety of parties involved in the IAP on how to handle the transfer of files.He also listened to Millen demand Blott be paid for the work he’d already done on the files – although much of that work will have to be redone – even the 1,159 files not yet submitted to the IAP, despite a looming deadline in September.Millen’s equation could net Blott nearly a quarter of a million dollars.Blott’s firm has already earned more than $10 million from the IAP, and the associated company Honour Walk, also of Calgary and operated by Thom Denomme, has earned at least $6 million, according to the investigator’s report.In a written ruling released late Friday, Brown agreed Blott should be paid between $500 and $1,500 for work on some of the files, plus the commission fee.The lawyer for the government of Canada, Catherine Couhglan, instead argued that money should go towards paying off the $3-million cost of the investigation.Brown will rule on who pays for the investigation at a later date. As well, parties to the hearing are still waiting for her decision on whether to censure the lending companies – BridgePoint Financial of Toronto and Settlement Lenders of Edmonton – for their role in the Blott-loan-lending arrangement that at times charged what court heard were criminal rates of interest.Loans and other third-party services for profit are prohibited under the IAP. This is to protect survivors and their compensation awards.Another associated company – Funds Now – operated by David Hamm of Calgary may also be censured. It charged Blott clients 20 per cent for finding the loans then later reduced the amount to 10 per cent.All of these firms, investigators noted, operated for about 5 years – the length of time the IAP has been in place.Further, Brown has allowed the Law Society of Alberta access to the files to check the quality of work and other issues.Meanwhile, Blott’s move to close his doors puts the pressure on Pitfield to move quickly. Brown says Blott and his associated companies must deliver the claimant files and related paperwork to Pitfield before the end of June.Sources say Pitfield wants to meet with claimants and discuss new lawyers with them in person.The Law Society of Alberta put Blott under the supervision of a lawyer-manager at the end of April in response to the court’s investigation. Its president, Steve Raby of Calgary, told APTN National News Blott met the test for interim suspension at that time but doing that would confuse clients and further delay their compensation claims.Raby said earlier this week that decision may be revisited.kmarterns@aptn.calast_img read more

Man who filed human rights complaint still sitting in solitary confinement

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhile the case of Michael Nehass plays out in the courtroom, the Tahltan man remains in solitary confinement.Nehass is waiting to be sentenced for a 2011 conviction for aggravated assault and unlawful confinement.His story made national news after he filed a human rights complaint after being dragged, shackled and naked in front of a judge.APTN’s Shirley McLean reports.smclean@aptn.calast_img

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces new legal framework for Indigenous people

first_imgAPTN NewsThe Liberal government is planning to implement a new legal Indigenous framework that includes building a new relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Metis.During a speech in the House of Commons Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the goal of the framework is to lead to self-determination and the “full and meaningful” implementation of treaties and agreements.“With this framework, we have a chance to develop new tools to support the rebuilding of Indigenous communities, nations, and governments; and advance self-determination, including the inherent right of self-government,” he said.Trudeau said the framework would replace policies around comprehensive land claims and the self-government “with new and better approaches that respect the distinctions between First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.“This will give greater confidence and certainty to everyone involved.”The Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations will lead “national engagement activities” throughout the spring to determine the contents of the new framework. It should be introduced later this year and implemented by October 2019, the Trudeau government said.NDP MP Romeo Saganash Indigenous said there was “hope” from Trudeau’s words but Indigenous people have waiting too long for Canada to keep their promises.“We need to make sure this time it is for real,” said Saganash.NDP MP Romeo Saganash speaks in the House of Commons Wednesday.The news comes after a Saskatchewan jury delivered a not-guilty verdict in the shooting death of 22-year-old Red Pheasant First Nation member Colten Boushie.The Friday verdict spurred cross-country rallies calling for changes to the criminal justice system.Read below excerpts from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s speech Wednesday on his Liberal government’s plans for a new legislative framework for relations with Indigenous people:___“I just finished up a series of town hall visits in communities all across Canada. And everywhere I went, there was at least one person who wanted to know what our government is doing to combat racism, to help advance reconciliation, and improve the quality of life for Indigenous Peoples.“There were questions about fishing rights, and land claims, and pipeline approvals. Questions about the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, about clean water, and about the alarming number of Indigenous children in foster care.“These were thoughtful questions … and it was immediately clear that every time these kinds of questions were asked, the room shifted. This was, in part, a show of support for the people who stood up and asked some tough questions. But it was also a signal that these are questions that Canadians want answered.”___“One of those questions is how we, as a government, recognize and implement the rights of Indigenous Peoples. We’ve seen those questions grow in number and intensity in just this past week, as more and more Canadians come to grips with the fact that we have so much more work to do.“More work to push back against the systemic racism that is the lived reality for so many Indigenous Peoples. More work to deal with the fact that too many feel and fear that our country and its institutions will never deliver the fairness, justice, and real reconciliation that Indigenous Peoples deserve.”___“Yesterday, I had the honour of spending some time with Colten Boushie’s family. With his mom Debbie, cousin Jade, and uncle Alvin.“And through all their grief and anger and frustration, their focus was not on themselves and the tragedy they have endured, but on how we must work together to make the system and our institutions better. Better for Indigenous youth, for Indigenous families, and for all Canadians.“We have a responsibility to do better. To be better. To do our best to make sure that no family has to endure what they have gone through.“Mr. Speaker, the criminal justice system is just one place in which reforms are urgently needed.“Reforms are needed to ensure that – among other things – Indigenous Peoples might once again have confidence in a system that has failed them all too often in the past.“That is why we will bring forward broad-based, concrete reforms to the criminal justice system, including changes to how juries are selected.”___“Last year marked 35 years since Aboriginal and treaty rights were recognized and affirmed through Section 35 of the Constitution Act.“You might recall, Mr. Speaker, that the government of the day – led by my father – did not intend to include these rights at the outset.“It was the outspoken advocacy of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples, supported by non-Indigenous Canadians, that forced the government to reconsider.”___“You see, Mr. Speaker, the challenge – then and now – is that while Section 35 recognizes and affirms Aboriginal and treaty rights, those rights have not been implemented by our governments.The work to give life to Section 35 was supposed to be done together with First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. And while there has been some success, progress has not been sustained, or carried out.And so over time, it too often fell to the courts to pick up the pieces, and fill in the gaps.More precisely, instead of outright recognizing and affirming Indigenous rights – as we promised we would – Indigenous Peoples were forced to prove, time and time again, through costly and drawn-out court challenges, that their rights existed, must be recognized and implemented.“___“To truly renew the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples – not just for today, but for the next 150 years – we need a comprehensive and far-reaching approach. We need a government-wide shift in how we do things.“We need to both recognize and implement Indigenous rights because the truth is, Mr. Speaker, until we get this part right, we won’t have lasting success on the concrete outcomes that we know mean so much to people.“Indigenous Peoples in Canada should be able to drink the water that comes out of their taps. They should be able go to sleep in homes that are safe, and not overcrowded. Indigenous children should be able to stay with their families and communities, where they are known and loved.“And Indigenous youth should not grow up surrounded by the things that place them at elevated risk for suicide – things like poverty, abuse and limited access to a good education and good health care.”___“All of these things demand real, positive action – action that must include the full recognition and implementation of Indigenous rights. We need to get to a place where Indigenous Peoples in Canada are in control of their own destiny, making their own decisions about their future.“And so today, I am pleased to announce that the government will develop – in full partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people – a new Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework that will include new ways to recognize and implement Indigenous Rights.This will include new recognition and implementation of rights legislation. Going forward, recognition of rights will guide all government relations with Indigenous Peoples.“___“Mr. Speaker, Indigenous Peoples and all Canadians are ready for change. Ready for a new relationship based on recognition, rights, respect, co-operation and partnership. With a Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework, we can build that new relationship, together.“It won’t be easy, Mr. Speaker. Nothing worth doing ever is. But it will be worth it. It will be worth it because we will have taken more steps toward righting historical wrongs.“It will be worth it because we will have replaced apathy with action, ignorance with understanding, and conflict with respect. We will have laid the foundation for real and lasting change – the kind of change that can only come when we fully recognize and implement Indigenous rights.”-with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Watchdog calls for ethics inquiry into allegations involving PMO WilsonRaybould

first_imgFormer Justice Minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured here in 2015, are at the centre of an unfolding controversy surrounding allegations of political interference.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsA government watchdog is calling on the federal ethics commissioner to delegate an inquiry into the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) after allegations surfaced Thursday of political interference by the PMO in a matter under the authority of Canada’s former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould.Democracy Watch says the allegations warrant an official investigation.But the Ottawa-based group says Canada’s Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, Mario Dion, should not lead the inquiry.The commissioner “should not be ruling on any situations involving Liberals as he was hand-picked by the Trudeau Cabinet through a secretive, very questionable process,” Democracy Watch co-founder and University of Ottawa law professor Duff Conacher said in a statement Friday morning.Instead, Dion should “delegate the investigation to a provincial ethics commissioner,” Conacher wrote.The call comes just 24 hours after the Globe and Mail published allegations by an unnamed source that Wilson-Raybould—of the We Wai Kai Nation and Canada’s first Indigenous justice minister and AG—“blew off the PMO” after Trudeau’s office allegedly pressured Wilson-Raybould to intervene in the Public Prosecution Service of Canada’s handling of Montreal-based engineering giant SNC-Lavalin’s fraud and corruption charges stemming from the company’s work in Libya.“It is a violation for anyone covered by the federal Conflict of Interest Act, including the Prime Minister and PMO staff, to ‘use his or her position as a public office holder to seek to influence a decision of another person so as to… improperly further another person’s private interests,’” the Democracy Watch statement reads, citing Section 9 of the federal Act.“If anyone in the PMO tried to pressure the Attorney General to intervene and stop the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, they violated the federal ethics law, and so a full, independent investigation is needed,” Conacher said in the statement.According to the federal lobbyist registry, SNC-Lavalin representatives have met with MPs and government officials dozens of times on issues related to “justice” and “law enforcement”, including 14 with PMO staff.Democracy Watch is also calling for an investigation into “whether anyone in the PMO used secret information they learned” from the meetings “in an effort to influence the Attorney General, and whether anyone from SNC-Lavalin has a relationship with anyone in the PMO that would cause them to give them preferential treatment by trying to influence the Attorney General.”If either of these were true, they would violate Section 8 and Section 7 of the Conflict of Interest Act, Conacher explained.Conacher told APTN News Friday that Dion “can delegate authority” to a provincial commission, and that the transfer of authority has been done in provinces like Alberta, where that province’s ethics commissioner, Margeurite Trussler, recused herself from investigating a complaint because she personally knew individuals she would have to investigate.Democracy Watch co-founder Duff Conacher says an investigation from the federal ethics commissioner only requires Dion to have “reasonable belief that there’s been a violation based on the evidence presented.” APTN photo.In its letter to Dion, Democracy Watch asked the commissioner to step aside and delegate the inquiry to a provincial authority.“If we disagreed with his ruling and wanted to challenge it in court, it puts us in a better position if we asked him to step aside in advance as opposed to after the fact complaining about him not stepping aside,” Conacher explained.The group has previously argued in court that Dion’s appoint was unethical, “because the Office of the Ethics Commissioner was investigating Trudeau and other cabinet ministers at the time they hand-picked Dion through a secretive process,” Conacher said, explaining Democracy Watch is currently challenging a federal court ruling on the matter.He said in order for Dion to launch or delegate an inquiry into the new allegations against the PMO, the commissioner “has to have a reasonable belief that there’s been a violation based on the evidence presented.”Conacher said though the Globe and Mail’s sources are unnamed, that “doesn’t mean they aren’t real.”On Thursday Trudeau repeatedly denied his office “directed” Wilson-Raybould on the SNC file.But the allegations published by the Globe never specified “direction” from the PMO, only that Wilson-Raybould “came under heavy pressure” from Trudeau’s office.“Trudeau didn’t deny that there was influence, yesterday,” Conacher told APTN.“All you have to do is attempt to influence someone. That’s all you need to violate section 9 [of the Act].Instead of denying the allegations, Wilson-Raybould told the Globe she would not discuss the matter.“That is between me and the government as the government’s previous lawyer,” she said in an interview.Asked by the Globe if she had refused a request from the PMO, she reportedly said, “I cannot comment on that. That is legal advice between me and the government at the time.”Conacher wonders why, if the allegations are false, Wilson-Raybould didn’t just say they were false.He said Wilson-Raybould’s response that she can’t comment because it would constitute sharing “legal advice between me and the government” doesn’t hold up in this instance.“It’s not a situation where it’s solicitor-client privilege,” he said. “This is a situation of whether they called her, not about what advice she gave them.”“There’s nothing preventing her from saying it’s false, no one ever contacted me.”Following her move from the justice and attorney general portfolio to veteran’s affairs last month, Wilson-Raybould penned a lengthy statement on her webpage.In it she said that “the role of the Attorney General of Canada carries with it unique responsibilities to uphold the rule of law and the administration of justice, and as such demands a measure of principled independence.“It is a pillar of our democracy that our system of justice be free from even the perception of political interference and uphold the highest levels of public confidence,” she continued.“As such, it has always been my view that the Attorney General of Canada must be non-partisan, more transparent in the principles that are the basis of decisions, and, in this respect, always willing to speak truth to power. This is how I served throughout my tenure in that role.”APTN requested comment from Dion on Democracy Watch’s call for a delegated inquiry into the allegations but had not received a response by the time of publication.Also on Friday, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer announced his party and the NDP are jointly calling for a committee investigation into the allegations.The opposition parties have “called for an emergency meeting of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to question Trudeau’s PMO and other government officials over their potential interference in an ongoing criminal prosecution,” Scheer said in a written statement.“If the Prime Minister has nothing to hide, then members of his government should have no reason to oppose these officials from testifying. Members of Parliament, and all other relevant authorities, have a responsibility to determine what happened here, and both Trudeau and his officials must be forthcoming. We believe this committee investigation is a necessary first step.”The committee would invite as witnesses Wilson-Raybould, current Justice Minister and AG David Lametti, Trudeau’s Chief of Staff Katie Telford, Director of Public Prosecutions Kathleen Roussel, Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick, Trudeau’s Principle Secretary Gerald Butts, senior PMO advisors Mathieu Bouchard and Elder Marques, and Veteran Affairs Chief of Staff Jessica Prince.The committee would report to the House of Commons “no later than February 28, 2019,” Scheer’s statement said.The NDP are also calling for an investigation by the ethics commissioner.Party leader Jagmeet Singh said in a statement Friday that if Trudeau “truly believes there is no wrongdoing here, he should invite the Ethics Commissioner to investigate his office’s dealings with SNC-Lavalin and whether or not that was a factor in the removal of Ms. Wilson-Raybould from her position as Attorney General.” read more

Qimmiit named Qimmiq should non Inuit be allowed to name dogs in

first_imgThis is Pearl, the author’s dog. She is what the local vet euphemistically calls an “Iqaluit Special”, a short legged, big headed, local breed. Every time she goes for a walk, she meets other qimmiit named “Qimmiq.” Photo courtesy: Noah Kanayuk-DriscollKent DriscollAPTN NewsHere is a sentence that only makes sense if you know a little Inuktitut – every time I take my qimmiq for a walk, we meet qimmiit named “Qimmiq.”Qimmiq is Inuktitut for dog – qimmiit is plural- and every time I take my dog for a walk in Iqaluit, we meet dogs named “dog.”We’ve met dogs named “Nanuq” – polar bear in Inuktitut – and a dog named Nuna which translates to land, which is why Nunavut has its name, Nunavut means our land.Most often, these dogs with Inuktitut names are owned and named by non-Inuit.The dogs we meet named by Inuit families generally have names in English (or Inuktitut names that don’t translate to “dog”).There are exceptions on both sides, and Iqaluit’s dog culture is one of the areas where all Iqaluit’s residents join in. There are many, many dogs.How many?That is a hard figure to put an exact number on. In the last 10 years, the Iqaluit Humane Society has rescued and re-homed more than 7,500 dogs, in a city of just 7,000 people.Their best guess at the current Iqaluit dog population is around 3,500.I count eight dogs – not including ours – within 200 m of my home.Traffic stopped for a stray isn’t just common in Iqaluit, it is routine. There is even an island in Frobisher Bay named “Dog Island”.(These qimmiit are sled dog racing on Frobisher Bay. Check out the ropes and harnesses, they are fanned out in the traditional Inuit style. Beginning in the 1950s, these dogs were reduced in number drastically by the RCMP, forcing many Inuit to give up life on the land. Qimmiit in Nunavut are a long standing sensitive issue. APTN File)Dogs have been more than just house pets for Inuit.The Qikiqtani Truth Commission studied the changes in the eastern Arctic between the 1950s and 1970s, and one of those changes was in the dog population.According to the report, in the 1950s, men were judged on the condition and ability of their dog team.Qimmiit were transport for Inuit via sled, qimmiit would find a seal hole humans wouldn’t have noticed, and qimmiit were an alarm bell when wolves or bears approached.And if the dog died, dog fur is ideal parka trim (that’s why Canada Goose still uses coyote fur to trim their parka hoods).Read: The Truth Commission ReportStarting in 1950, RCMP were tasked with controlling dog populations in what is now Nunavut.Many Inuit told the commission how they would visit a community, only to have the RCMP shoot their dogs.This stranded those families in the community and took away their livelihood.By the mid 1970s, almost all the qimmiit teams on Baffin Island were gone.It was a disaster for Inuit.So after meeting yet another qimmiq named Qimmiq, I had to wonder – considering what happened to Inuit dog teams and increasing scrutiny of cultural appropriation – is it OK that so many non-Inuit are using Inuktitut to name their dogs?(This is Umik, a proud resident of the Apex neighbourhood in Iqaluit and a member of the Watson family. Umik means “mustache” in Inuktitut, and you can easily see how he earned that name. Photo courtesy: Marlene Watson)When you have a question like that, time to turn to Twitter, which responded with a firm, ‘Maybe?” At the time of this writing, the poll is deadlocked 50/50, but the responses are far more interesting than the arbitrary vote.Poll Link:Non-Inuit giving dogs Inuktitut names. Yea or nay (because if I meet another dog named Qimiq, I’m gonna lose it.)— Kent Driscoll (@KentDriscoll) April 24, 2019Jimi Onalik used to work at the airport in Rankin Inlet, and remembers one “teacher escape day” – first day after classes end and all the imported teachers fly south, usually on the same flight – where it got out of hand.When I was working luggage on teacher escape day in Rankin, there were six dog kennels lined up for the Winnipeg flight. Four “Qimmiq”’s and two “Nanuq”’s. Someone said “Hey Qimmiq” and the place went nuts.— Jimi Onalik (@kivalliqboy) April 25, 2019Ryan Oliver is the man behind the Pinnguaq program that teaches computer coding to Nunavut youth. He started the program in nearby Pangnirtung, and he noticed the odd naming conventions.Pangnirtung 2014All Qallunaat owned dogs have Inuktitut names (Nanuq, Siku, Takulik)All Inuit owned dogs have English names (Rex, Dog, Spot)Definitely an exaggeration to say ‘all’… But more impactful for the purpose of this tweet!— Ryan Oliver (@NuRyanOliver) April 25, 2019Bernadette Dean is the Chair of the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation, and she understands the value of a good name for a dog, and good mitts. the definitive word goes to filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, producer of The Grizzlies and maker of the acclaimed documentary Angry Inuk.I actually don’t mind when they give them an Inuktitut name. It’s just dumb to name your dog…. “dog”.— Alethea ArnaquqBaril (@Alethea_Aggiuq) April 25, 2019The poll is available for voting and commenting until Friday read more

Shocked and horrified Politicians respond to RCMP interrogation video

first_imgJustin Brake and Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsPoliticians in Ottawa responded Wednesday to a video published on APTN News’ web site that shows a Kelowna RCMP officer interrogating a female Indigenous teenager who reported she was sexually assaulted while in the B.C. child welfare system.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale called the video “absolutely abhorrent,” after being asked by Conservative leader Andrew Scheer how the Liberals will respond to the matter.The video, which depicts a male police officer alone in a room with the Indigenous youth, has been viewed tens of thousands of times on APTN’s Facebook page and has prompted outrage.“The apparent attitudes and techniques that were on display in 2012 are profoundly outdated, offensive and wrong,” Goodale said in the House of Commons Wednesday.“The RCMP and all police forces must work continuously to conduct themselves appropriately. No survivor of sexual assault should ever fear that their case will not be taken seriously or that they will be revictimized in the process.”Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said he was “shocked and horrified” by the video.He called the RCMP officer’s line of questioning “appalling and insensitive to the young woman who was coming forward with her story.”He asked Goodale what is being done to prevent repeat incidents.Goodale didn’t respond during Question Period but his office emailed a statement to APTN, saying the RCMP “has made major improvements to how its employees respond to victims and investigate allegations of sexual assault,” and that the federal police force “has taken action to strengthen police training and awareness, investigative accountability, victim support, and public education and communication.”(NDP MP Nathan Cullen said the video of an RCMP officer interrogating an Indigenous youth who reported a sexual assault is evidence the relationship between Canada’s federal police force and Indigenous peoples is “still fraught”. Justin Brake/APTN)Public Safety points to an RCMP review of sexual assault cases in Canada in 2016 that found of more than 10,000 reported sexual assault cases in that year, 2,225 were classified as unfounded.Of those, 1,260 of the unfounded cases were discovered to be misclassified.As a result of the review, the RCMP identified 284 files for further review.An investigation by the Globe and Mail published in February 2017 found that one in five sexual assault allegations reported to police are dismissed as unfounded.According to Statistics Canada, around 635,000 sexual assaults occurred in 2014. Upward of 90 percent of those incidents were not reported to police.In June the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will release its final report.Throughout its information gathering process the inquiry heard from hundreds of Indigenous women about their experiences with Canada’s justice system.On Tuesday inquiry Chief Commissioner Marion Buller responded to the video, telling APTN “it was inappropriate to ask, in my view anyway…the young woman whether she was sexually aroused even in the slightest degree by the assault.”In the video, during a two-and-a-half hour interrogation, the officer asks the youth if she was “at all turned on” during the alleged assault. “Even a little bit?’ the officer said.“You understand that when a guy tries to have sex with a female and the female is completely unwilling it is very difficult,” he added.Read more:‘Were you turned on by this at all?’: RCMP officer asks Indigenous youth during sexual assault reportMMIWG Inquiry head says RCMP interview video is ‘typical’ of what they heard from families and survivorsBuller said the incident resembles stories she heard during MMIWG Inquiry hearings.The youth, who was often alone in the room with multiple male officers during the interrogation, told APTN said she was “terrified” during the interrogation, and that “there was no parental support for me there at all.”The reported assailant was an acquaintance of the youth, and the alleged assault happened while the girl was in foster care.Minister Goodale’s office said in its statement that “any individual who feels that their case was not investigated properly can request that their file be looked at again at the detachment level.”Public Safety also said complainants can file complaints about the RCMP’s handling of their case with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission.After seeing the video, NDP MP Nathan Cullen called for an investigation of the incident, “and this officer reprimanded at the very, very least.”Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Cullen said the incident is just one example of how the justice system fails Indigenous people.“We’ve heard and seen these instances before,” he said. “I think for me, and Canadians broadly — Indigenous people in particular — [we] want to see a fundamental change.”The RCMP responded to APTN’s request for comment on the incident.“Unfortunately, the RCMP is not in a position to provide further context or perspective as the case is subject to restrictions under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, an ongoing Criminal Code matter and civil litigation proceedings,” a spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “We are also mindful of the Privacy Act, in addition to a number of other considerations.”Cullen said the incident shows that the relationship between the RCMP and Indigenous peoples is “still fraught.”Goodale’s office said the RCMP administers “new training” for officers around “myths surrounding sexual assault and consent law,” and that cultural competency training, trauma-informed investigations training and a course for sexual assault investigators are currently “under development.” read more