From now until June 10, Live Nation Entertainment will work once again with (RED) to raise awareness and money for The Global Fund to fight AIDS.Fans can take action locally by donating up to $25 when purchasing tickets on the Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster.ca and LiveNation.com websites.“When we first worked together in 2013, we created nearly 100 million impressions and raised more than $130,000 for (RED), through the power of music, sports and live entertainment fans across the world,” said Live Nation Entertainment CEO and President Michael Rapino. “Now, we want to take it a step further and see if we can double these numbers in 2014. So many people see the importance of coming together to help begin the end of AIDS, and we want to do our part in helping to deliver an AIDS Free Generation in our lifetime. I look forward to seeing everyone work together to pull off this critical campaign.”Fans purchasing tickets to select live entertainment, sports, theater, family and music events can support (RED) and the critical work of the Global Fund by making monetary contributions at the end of their ticket purchase on the aforementioned websites. 100% of these donations will go directly to the Global Fund, an international financing institution that delivers programs which provide prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Life-saving medication can cost as little as 40 cents a day, meaning that a $25 donation can deliver more than two months’ worth of medicine.Said Deborah Dugan, CEO, (RED): “We are excited to build upon our relationship with Live Nation in support of (RED)’s mission to help end mother-to-child transmission of HIV. We thank everyone for rallying around this incredibly important goal.”Founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver, (RED) has currently generated more than $250 million for the Global Fund. Last November and December 2013 was the first time that Live Nation Entertainment worked with (RED).Find out more here.Source:PR Newswire
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Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: French company ON Entertainment, an internationally recognized leader in film and animation, today announced the opening of its North American studio in Montréal. The new subsidiary, ON Animation Studio, Montréal, plans to hire 300 animation specialists over the next three years.ON intends to increase production to one feature-length animated film every two years by investing in innovative, cutting-edge technology.“Our new Montréal studio gives us a foothold in North America and provides us with the resources we need to ramp up production and extend our reach with films intended for international release,” said Thierry Pasquet, Co-founder of ON Entertainment. “Montréal is a magnet for global talent and has a rich pool of creative minds” he added. Facebook ON Entertainment’s portfolio of iconic brands includes Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince as an animated series and feature-length film, along with Peter Pan and Iron Man. Both The Little Pince and Mune: The Guardian of the Moon were produced in Montréal in partnership with a local studio.In addition to receiving funds for the project from the governments of Québec and Canada, ON Entertainment also benefited from the support and expertise of Montréal International, Greater Montréal’s investment promotion agency.The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED, that ON Animation Studio, Montréal, would receive $2.44 million in financial support from the Government of Canada to open its new studio in North America.“The Government of Canada is proud to support creative and cultural industries. Enterprises such as ON Entertainment are a good example of how culture, technology and innovation come together to provide opportunities for growth and economic prosperity,” explained Minister Joly. “The arrival of this new global player is sparking world-wide recognition of Montréal’s expertise and increasing Canada’s influence on the international scene.”Dominique Anglade, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy, announced a $2.44-million loan granted through Investissement Québec to help ON Animation Studio, Montréal, open its new studio.“With fast-growing, forward-thinking companies like ON Animation Studio expanding in the province, Québec can develop its animation expertise and enhance Montréal’s global reputation as a leading technology hub. That is why we are proud to support such an ambitious project, which will create 300 specialized jobs in Québec,” explained Ms. Anglade.“The new studio helps cement Montréal’s position as a global animation hub while supporting the local digital production ecosystem,” said Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal and President of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal. “The investment also confirms that Montréal is truly a smart city—a place where art and technology meet,” he added.“By opening a studio in Montréal, ON Entertainment helps enhance the value proposition of the city’s animation and special effects industry, which currently ranks fourth in the world,” said Hubert Bolduc, President and CEO of Montréal International. “Big industry players and major productions flock to Montréal because of our high-quality academic programs and rich pool of highly skilled talent,” he added.Greater Montréal is already home to close to 40 studios accounting for 3,000 jobs in the special effects and animation industry.About ON Entertainment (www.onanimationstudios.com)ON Entertainment produces world-class films by attracting top talent and securing substantial funding to create iconic brands. The Company brings together creators and partners to develop brands across multiple platforms, including film and animation, cinema and television, and merchandising.About Montréal International (www.montrealinternational.com)Established in 1996, Montréal International is a non-profit organization funded by the private sector, the governments of Canada and Québec, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal and the City of Montréal. Its mission is to attract foreign investment, international organizations and skilled talent to Greater Montréal.
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Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Remember this name, Varun Saranga, he’s on the rise!Varun recently joined the cast of Wynonna Earp, you’ve seen him on Odd Squad, Orphan Black, Workin’ Moms, Schitt’s Creek and so much more.Varun Saranga was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario, where he attended Woburn Collegiate Institute. He became interested in acting through filmmaking, directing and starring in two student films Nerdman and Small Fry. Both films were praised at the Toronto Youth Film Festival, especially for his performance. Varun was inspired to pursue an acting career professionally, and landed his first major role playing the geeky but lovable AJ Mehta on the hit YTV show How to Be Indie. Other roles soon followed on Cartoon Network’s Unnatural History, Showcase’s Cra$h and Burn, and ABC’s Lucky 7, and CityTV’s Young Drunk Punk alongside Kids in the Hall alum Bruce McCulloch. and leading role on CBC’s mini-series The Best Laid Plans.eBOSS Canada asked Varun 10 Questions:1. What was your big break?My big break into the industry was the YTV television show “How To Be Indie”. I had read about an open call so I decided to take my chances and go. Months later they had called me back for a second audition, followed by another audition, followed by a screen test. It was a very lucky break.2. What project are you most proud of and Why?I am most proud of my work on SyFy’s Wynonna Earp. It was my biggest role to date and it allowed me to stretch both my comedic and dramatic muscles. I challenged myself daily to try my best on the project.3. What advice do you have for anyone at the beginning of their performancecareer?Take as many classes as possible and always try to get as much on-screen time wherever you can. Film and TV acting has many nuances and idiosyncrasies that you will not pick up until you are actually on a set.4. How do you prepare for an audition?I often read the full script if it is available to get a better context of the tone. I also pick out key phrases from the casting breakdown of the character. Then I just begin to memorize and figure out what the scene is trying to achieve.5. What tips do you have for someone when they are in the audition room?Try not to let the nerves get the best of you. Realize that the casting directors are on your side and want you to succeed. They look good if you look good.6. Is it necessary for performers to continually promote themselves in order toadvance their performance careers?I’d like to believe that your acting work speaks for yourself. However, I think promoting yourself through creating your own work is the most positive way to promote yourself. It gives you control and still allows you to be creative.7. Do you think appearing in a tabloid magazine can help one’s career?It’s certainly not going to help you become a better actor. Although it depends on what kind of career you’d like to have. I think fame is a negative by-product of acting because it is completely separate from the craft.8. What are some of the challenges performers face on film/TV sets?Often it’s distracting acting on set because there are so many extraneous distractions. People are moving lights, there is a boom hanging above your head, not to mention a camera 2 feet away from your face. It’s all about forgetting for a moment that there is any of that stuff and connecting with your scene partner.9. What do you feel the film/TV industry can do differently in order to grow?Take more risks on projects and really try and challenge your audience. More often then not we tend to produce things that are simple and easily consumable.10. We all have mentors. These are the people who give us the hope, inspiration,and the drive to keep going. In the industry, who are the people who have beenyour mentors and why?I’ve been very lucky in that I started very young and had many people in the industry help guide me. Eventually I was able to find my own voice from that. I think there are so many generous people in the film industry that will help steer you in the right direction.VARUN SARANGA’S SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3532853/FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/varunsarangaTWITTER: https://twitter.com/VarunSarangaINSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/varunsaranga/VARUN IS REPRESENTED BY:Ryan Goldhar at THE CHARACTERS TALENT AGENCY – TorontoTiffany Kuzon at PRIMARY WAVE ENTERTAINMENT – L.A.PUBLICIST:Amy Saunders at AlphaPR Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter
Advertisement The image of runway as battlefield is stoked by cultural touchstones, from the quick-cut memories of FashionTelevision through the model walk-offs of Zoolander. In Toronto, the runways of this city have been embattled since U.S. conglomerate IMG pulled out of the fashion show game here in the summer of 2016.Last season, a confusing blitz of four separate events over six weeks vied for eyeballs and ticket sales.The next round of shows this fall (nominally for Spring-Summer 2018, but interspersed with “see-now buy-now” capsule collections) boasts a shiny, new player. Peter Freed, of Freed Developments, who reimagined the King West neighbourhood as a starchitect, high-design condo lifestyle, bought the rights from IMG to the trademark name and assumed the official status of Toronto Fashion Week. Login/Register With: As things shake down, the season ahead now looks like this: the new TFW will be held in Yorkville from Sept. 5 to 7, with grand tenting transforming the streets of Toronto’s golden shopping mecca into runways. The timing is to just precede TIFF , as well as the circuit of international fashion shows starting in New York and continuing through London, Milan and in Paris.READ MORE Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Advertisement
Facebook Edward Asner Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Canadian born Writer/Director Bryan Michael Stoller is the author of “Filmmaking For Dummies” – Jerry Lewis wrote the foreword, and Dan Aykroyd wrote the cover endorsement. He is also the author of “Smartphone Movie Maker“. At the age of eleven, Stoller hosted his own TV network series on the CBC called, “Film Fun” showing pr-teens how to make their own super-8 movies. Stoller attended the American Film Institute (AFI) in Hollywood. Stoller produced, directed and wrote comedy shorts for, “”Foul-Ups, Bleeps and Blunders”” and “”TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes.”” Stoller directed the 1987 “”Tales from the Darkside”” episode, “”The Bitterest Pill”” starring Mark Blankfield.WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR FILM?To make a magical Christmas movie. WHAT WERE THE GREATEST CHALLENGES YOU FACED DURING THE FILM?To make a magical Christmas movie.Made the film with a crew of five people.WHAT APPEAL DO YOU THINK YOUR FILM WILL HAVE FOR AUDIENCES?I never know and never guess.WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CREATOR?I get bored easily. The world needs more inspiring films because films are an escape, not a trap.WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NEXT?To try and get distribution so a worldwide audience can experience the film and have fun.WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU COULD GIVE ASPIRING FILMMAKERS?Believe and be passionate about your story and characters.WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE FILMS OF ALL TIME?E.T. and The Sixth SenseIF YOU COULD RESHOOT ANY FILM MADE IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, WHICH ONE WOULD CHOOSE AND HOW WOULD YOU CHANGE IT?I would want a bigger budget so there would have been less compromise and enough money to hire people in every department so I didn’t have to do everything.WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS? (AND WHY)Nobody wanted to mentor me.WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL SHOWTIMES:– DECEMBER 2, 2017, 4:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 8– DECEMBER 3, 2017, 4:30 PM – SLCCGET YOUR TICKETS AT: http://whistlerfilmfestival.com/film/santa-stole-dog-merry-doggone-christmas/SYNOPSIS:On a snowy and cold Christmas Eve, Santa Claus accidentally steals the family Dog. So begins an epic journey through the twelve days of Christmas as the family ventures to the North Pole to get their beloved canine back.CAST AND CREDITS:Executive Producer: Bryan Michael Stoller, Yvette RachelleProducers: Bryan Michael Stoller, Yvette Rachelle, Gary Bosloy, Winterland EntertainmentCast: Samuel Portugal, Tim Peyton, Ed Asner, Yves Bright, Yvette RachelleCinematographer: Bryan Michael Stoller, Douglas MazellEditing: Bryan Michael StollerScreenplay: Bryan Michael Stoller Edward Asner and Yvette Rachelle Edward Asner and Chase Pollock Yvette Rachelle Edward Asner Edward Asner Edward Asner Bryan Michael Stoller GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL TODAY Login/Register With:
Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement “Creating experiences is my passion and seeing guests enjoy themselves at our venues is the ultimate motivator,” says Charles Khabouth, CEO, INK Entertainment. “I extend my congratulations to all of the other finalists at last night’s gala. To work in this industry and be recognized by EY is an incredible honour. I can assure you INK Entertainment has much more to come.”Headquartered in Toronto, INK Entertainment is Canada’s largest hospitality and entertainment company. Helmed by Khabouth, INK employs more than 1,600 people and serves millions of customers each year.****About INK EntertainmentINK Entertainment is Canada’s leading lifestyle and entertainment company. Operating since 1982, INK Entertainment has demonstrated an enviable ability to read the pulse of ever-changing cultural times and tastes, responding with a host of successful enterprises, including critically acclaimed global restaurant brands Byblos (Toronto & Miami), Weslodge (Toronto & Dubai), FIGO, Estia, La Société (Toronto & Montreal), Patria, Sofia, and STORYS Building; Canada’s largest Dance Music Festival VELD Music Festival; a number of trendy clubs, including REBEL, Uniun, CUBE, Cabana Pool Bar and Dragonfly Nightclub; and Taglialatella Galleries first Canadian location.Headquartered in Toronto and helmed by visionary entrepreneur Charles Khabouth, INK Entertainment’s innovative approach, fusing dining, lifestyle, entertainment and design has led the company to team up with several significant industry partners including Loews Hotels & Resorts and Lifetime Developments for Bisha Hotel & Residences, the newest private label hotel and residence brand to originate in Toronto since The Four Seasons in the 1960s. For more information, visit www.inkentertainment.com or connect with INK Entertainment on Facebook and Twitter. Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment October 26, 2018 (TORONTO, ON) – INK Entertainment is proud to share CEO and Founder, Charles Khabouth, has been named The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2018 Ontario in the entertainment and hospitality category.Leading the entertainment and hospitality scene since the early 1980’s, Khabouth is known and respected for his risky out of the box ideas. From Toronto’s ground-breaking Club Z and nightclub Stilife, award-winning restaurants, luxury boutique hotel brand Bisha and a recent venture into the art world, Khabouth’s 30-plus year career has been nothing short of inspiring.The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2018 Ontario awards program honours the visionaries who dare to think differently to pioneer new solutions, combinations and possibilities. This year, 46 finalists across nine categories were recognized for their entrepreneurial spirit, unyielding high standards and commitment to purpose-driven leadership. Twitter
Facebook TORONTO — The Ontario government should form a working group to examine the processes involved in the live performance industry, including the construction of temporary stages like the one that fatally crushed a drum technician before a Radiohead show nearly seven years ago, a lawyer told a coroner’s inquest Tuesday.Lawyers made their closing submissions at the inquest into the death of Scott Johnson, with the coroner’s counsel laying out a list of 25 proposed recommendations for jurors to consider including in their verdict.Among them are recommendations for the provincial and federal governments, the engineering industry, and various members of the entertainment industry, including promoters and venue operators. Advertisement They include creating a permanent working group to address the concerns raised during the inquest, such as the need for consistent design drawings, the need to have a trained supervisor on site at all times during construction and for a prohibition on having people on stage while work is happening overhead unless safety measures are in place.The group should involve experts from the live entertainment and staging industries as well as Johnson’s father, Ken Johnson, who is also a scaffolding expert in the United Kingdom, coroner’s counsel Prabhu Rajan said in his submissions.“Scott’s death was preventable,” and the inquest provides an opportunity to improve conditions for others in the industry, Rajan said.Jurors are not required to adopt the proposed recommendations or make any recommendations at all as part of their verdict, said the presiding coroner, Dr. David Cameron. They are also not to assign blame for Scott Johnson’s death but rather examine the circumstances that led to it.Johnson was killed when the stage roof came crashing down hours before Radiohead was set to play at Toronto’s Downsview Park on June 16, 2012.Charges were laid under the Occupational Health and Safety Act against the show’s promoter, Live Nation, contractor Optex Staging and Domenic Cugliari, the engineer who signed off on the stage plans. They were later stayed because the matter took too long to get to trial.Johnson’s family and friends have expressed disappointment and frustration with the justice system over the outcome of the case, as has Radiohead. They have decried the lack of accountability in the incident that claimed the life of the promising music professional.“We’re hopeful that this proceeding has given you some answers,” Rajan said in his closing arguments.The lawyer representing Live Nation said more has been revealed about what caused the collapse through the inquest than in the roughly nine weeks of court proceedings, likely because witnesses are being more forthcoming “without charges hanging over everybody’s head.”“You might just ensure that another Scott Johnson lives to a ripe old age,” Jack Siegel told the jury.The inquest has heard the plans for the stage were riddled with mistakes, the wrong building components were used in key areas and the construction was running behind schedule.Cugliari, the engineer, testified he did not check the right parts were being used because he trusted the contractor.There was also no independent oversight of the construction plans or process because the show was to take place on federal land, meaning there was no requirement to apply for a building permit, the inquest has heard.Other recommendations proposed by the coroner’s counsel include changes to the building code as it relates to temporary stages, and amendments to occupational health and safety laws that would require such structures to be inspected by an engineer.An engineer should also be present throughout the construction process, the proposal said.The association representing the province’s engineers, Professional Engineers Ontario, should also ensure its guidelines specify the need for clear and consistent design plans, a checklist of components to be used and a joint review of what’s to be done before construction begins, according to the proposal.A lawyer representing the association said given the organization’s governance structure, it could not guarantee the adoption of any particular recommendations made by the inquest jury.Paola Loriggio ~ The Canadian Press Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment People look at a collapsed stage at Downsview Park in Toronto on June 16, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette Login/Register With: Twitter
Canadian actress Shay Mitchell is pregnant.The Pretty Little Liars star announced she is expecting a baby with her longtime boyfriend, TV host Matte Babel, in a maternity video posted on her YouTube channel on Friday, when she showed off her bulging belly.The clip was titled, Guess Who’s Preggers, and in the accompanying caption, she wrote, “There is something in the oven and it’s not my pizza!!! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “WOW … It’s kind of surreal processing the fact that another human is growing inside of you. It’s exciting, nerve-racking, difficult and emotional all at the same time. Everyone waits for the right time to make the announcement and for me it wasn’t until I couldn’t hide it anymore and was tired of wearing oversized sweatshirts.”Shay continued, “We’re beyond excited and looking forward to starting a family. I’ve learned so much about myself and parenthood over the past six months, and feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface! It’s going to be a wild ride!!”The video features the 32-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., posing for a topless photoshoot, wearing a pair of baggy black pants and boots, while it also shows Shay undergoing an ultrasound and discussing the rollercoaster of emotions she has experienced during her pregnancy.The happy news comes six months after the actress revealed she had suffered a miscarriage last year. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Shay Mitchell Advertisement
APTN National NewsIqaluit is in mourning after RCMP confirmed four bodies discovered earlier this week belonged to the same family.
APTN National NewsThe Taseko Mine proposal is back before the Federal Government.According to First Nations in British Columbia the proposal is worse for the environment than the first one the company submitted last year.They were back in Ottawa to voice their concern.
APTN National NewsNews that a Federal Court judge is ordering the Human Rights Tribunal to take a look at a discrimination case against Canada may be big news to some, but it seems to the majority it has largely gone unnoticed.Justice Anne Mactavish ruled the head of the Human Rights Tribunal erred on several fronts when dismissing the case.To many advocates the First Nations child welfare human rights complaint is the important story in the country.But the reaction from federal politicians has been underwhelming.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis wonders why.
APTN National NewsA First Nation woman who was the victim of a brutal attack in northern Saskatchewan says she doesn’t want to be just another statistic, according to a local report.The family of Marlene Bird says she has asked a Prince Albert court to lift a ban on publishing her name in the media. The court has agreed, the Prince Albert Daily Herald reported Tuesday.The Herald is reporting that a letter was read aloud in court from Bird. In it, she says she consents to media using her name.“We just didn’t want just a faceless nameless person as usual in these cases, we just didn’t want this horrendous crime to be forgotten.”Normally in cases involving sexual assault, a judge will automatically impose a ban on publishing the name of the alleged victim. But Bird’s aunt Lorna Thiessen told the Daily Herald that it’s important the story gets out.“We wanted all the information out through the media so we could follow through with all the fundraising and Marlene’s story to be told.”Leslie Ivan Roderick Black, 29, was arrested and charged with attempted murder and aggravated sexual assault in connection with the brutal attack on Bird, 47, who was left for dead in the parking lot and is now recovering in an Edmonton email@example.com@APTNNews
Steve MongeauAPTN National News After a long winter, the people of Iqaluit, held their annual festival to mark the arrival of spring.A very welcome time of year in the Nunavut firstname.lastname@example.org
A key focus of the work with government is getting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples implemented and framed in Canadian law.He took note of the activities on the government side, saying that Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett was conducting a policy review for specific claims, comprehensive claims, additions to reserves and the inherent right to self-government policies.And with the recent creation of an Indigenous Services Department, headed by Minister Jane Philpott, additional work is possible, he added.Bellegarde said the AFN is also meeting with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to review spending and support for First Nations policing.“The program hasn’t been updated since 1992. And the budget hasn’t changed since 2009,” the national chief said.Generally, Bellegarde said he is pushing the government for “long term, sustainable and predictable” funding for all program areas. The AFN is seeking to have government commitments written into legislation that can’t be changed or cancelled at a bureaucrat’s whim.Bellegarde has asked the prime minister to call a first ministers meeting on Indigenous issues for 2018.He made the argument to the chiefs.“Because let me be very clear – participating in a side-meeting that is separate from the main event is just not good enough. In fact, it has to change and we will push for that change,” he said. Bellegarde also wants the AFN to be involved in another set of high profile negotiations.There was another important first this year, and that was the invitation to provide input to Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement – an agreement where we were not involved the first time.“Not back in 1994. We weren’t there,” he said. “We need to be involved in international trade deals to protect our territories, to protect our rights, and to secure economic opportunities for our people.”“It sets an important precedent for First Nations on international trade.”He believes all government policies should include an Indigenous chapter.“All the countries of the world have now endorsed the UN Declaration.Having Indigenous Peoples Chapters in all those agreements to give effect to the Declaration only makes sense,” he explained. Well into his speech, Bellegarde raised an issue that has many First Nations people wondering about the sincerity of the Liberal government’s various promises on First Nations issues.“Some things are taking too long to change. I’m talking about our children stuck in the child welfare system, waiting for services they have been guaranteed under Jordan’s Principle,” he said.“Waiting, when we know there is discrimination in the system and few resources for our children, compared to children in provincial care. This is unacceptable and it is wrong.The national chief raised a point that has long been held by First Nation leaders: Even when the politicians are persuaded to act, action doesn’t always follow.“This year we have had an unprecedented number of interactions with ministers. They get it. We need the bureaucracy to keep up with the pace of change.“Our Chiefs Committees and our technical teams have been working hard with the officials on the government side. You see, there has been progress. I will continue to stand up for our rights.”***Minister raising hopes like never beforeCrown-Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett sounded more like a First Nation leader than a minister of the crown when she addressed the chiefs-in-assembly Tuesday morning.She spoke of the “straight jacket of the Indian Act” and said Indigenous self-determination “should never have been taken away.”Bennett acknowledged the long history in Canada of “racist policies” directed at First Nations’ people and vowed to bring in transformative reforms.“We are at a pivotal moment in our country where there is political will,” she said.Saying that her government was finally implementing a recommendation made by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People in 1996 to create a ministry that dealt only with services to Aboriginal people, Bennett repeated her claim that it was not a splitting of the Indigenous Affairs department but a “redoubling” of the government’s efforts to deal with First Nation matters.She told the chiefs that the oft complained about First Nation and Inuit Health Branch had been transferred from Health Canada to Minister Jane Philpott’s new Indigenous Services Department.Bennett worked hard to assure the chiefs that she gets their point of view.“We have to deal with the imperative of forging a new relationship,” she said. “Sadly, the settlers thought that they and their ways were superior.”She listed a number of things that were lost as a result of that approach.Bennett, a physician, said the medical wheel approach of maintaining good physical and spiritual health was preferable to the “repair shop” medical model of Europeans. She said “true leadership of asking not telling” was something the newcomers could have learned from Indigenous peoples.She assured the chiefs that she shared their desire to end the talk and start the action.“I know all of you are impatient. I want to tell you that our government is impatient too,” she said.Bennett served as the Indian Affairs critic during the Harper years.She made a lot of statements as the critic that AFN observers remember. She appeared to be aware of that and talked of bringing a “recognition-based approach” to Aboriginal rights issues.“First Nations go through an arduous process to prove their rights exist. We have completed 47 comprehensive claim and self-government agreements in half a century,” the minister said. “That is not a pace we’re comfortable with.”The minister will have to deal with a great deal of suspicion if she is to convince the chiefs that she will be able to keep her promises.When she said, referring to a hope that self-government will eliminate the need for a department to look after the needs of First Nations that “we look forward to the day when this brand new Department of Indigenous Services will no longer exist,” one long-time AFN observer reminded APTN that a minister once said he intended to be the last Indian Affairs minister and he would be the one to “turn out the lights” when they shut the place down forever. That minister was Ron Irwin, who was appointed in the early 1990s and the ministry is still there and bigger than ever.***Justice minister challenges chiefs to confront internal governance issuesJody Wilson-Raybould is a former member of the AFN executive committee, a former British Columbia regional chief. But now as the federal justice minister, when she talks about “confronting and ending the legacy of colonialism,” it’s time to sit up and pay close attention.“Self-government and colonialism are antithetical,” she told the chiefs when she spoke after Bellegarde and Bennett. “We need something wholly new. There must be a sharp break with the past.”Veteran AFN watchers have heard such promises from ministers in the past. The “transformative change” of the Paul Martin era came and went without much in the way of any change at all. Those veterans will remember then Six Nations chief Dave General shaking a jar full of pennies at then Indian Affairs minister Andy Mitchell and telling him the jar held his “transformative change.”When the late Andy Scott was the Indian Affairs minister, he held a press conference to announce that termination of rights was no longer government policy. But again, not much changed.But both federal ministers who addressed the chiefs on Day 1 of the assembly worked hard to convince the chiefs that this time it’s for real. Both ministers said their government is about recognition of rights.“First Nations have the right to autonomy in their internal affairs,” the justice minister said. “And they have a right to the ways and means.”Wilson-Raybould committed herself and her government to serious reform, embracing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). While the previous government dismissed UNDRIP as a mere aspirational document, the Trudeau government appears to be working towards making it a part of the everyday function of government.Wilson Raybould told the chiefs of her support for Bill C-262, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, a private member’s bill put forward by NDP MP Romeo Leblanc and former Liberal MP Tina Keeper, that is making its way through the legislative process now.She said it would help “remove the structures of colonialism” and help with “reconstituting [Indigenous] nations.”Reconstituting nations is something the justice minister spent a significant amount of time on during her speech.“The Indian Act cannot survive the implementation of UNDRIP,” she said, before telling the chiefs that they will have a big role to play in a post-Indian Act era.“The imposition of band councils must be addressed. The quality of government is important,” she said.Wilson-Raybould challenged the chiefs to think about how self-determination would look, asking a series of questions.She wanted them to think about how they will organize their governments, what mechanisms will provide effective governance while being true to traditional governance, how will they be able to ensure these governments have legitimacy, what capacities will be required.“We must accomplish this together and we must move now,” she added. (AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde at the opening of the AFN SCA in Ottawa. Photo courtesy the AFN)Paul BarnsleyAPTN NewsPerry Bellegarde seems to have no doubt that the Justin Trudeau government wants to deliver on its promise to make profound changes in its relationship with First Nations.The national chief opened the three-day Assembly of First Nations’ (AFN) December chiefs’ confederacy Tuesday morning with an address to the 1,200 registered delegates, including more than 200 chiefs.During a press conference after his speech, the incumbent confirmed he would be seeking re-election.In the final chiefs assembly before the next election for national chief this coming July, Bellegarde updated the chiefs on the work that’s been done in his term so far and described the work that is still to be done.He said progress has been made as the AFN and the federal government work to create a new fiscal relationship, but added, “some things are taking too long to change.”As he listed the various issues the AFN and the federal government have been working on as the result of an agreement signed in July 2016, the national chief said this was “a pivotal moment” and a “tremendous opportunity” to make real progress with a federal government that says it’s ready to confront First Nation issues. Bellegarde reported that the AFN was working on a number of key issues: housing, water quality, education, child and family services, pollution clean-up and language preservation.He acknowledged that the Trudeau Liberals has committed $11.8 billion to First Nations in the last two federal budgets.“But we won’t be totally happy with that until the money flows more efficiently out to your First Nations where your people will feel it,” he told the chiefs.Watch Todd Lamirande’s story from the opening of the AFN SCA here:
(Tori Stafford, 8, was murdered in Woodstock, Ont. in April 2009) Melissa RidgenBeverly AndrewsAPTN NewsLess than 24-hours after receiving a report from Corrections Canada, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale ordered Terri-Lynne McClintic back to prison.The 28-year old is serving life in prison for the first degree murder of eight year old Tori Stafford in 2009.“I hope everyone can sleep easier knowing Terri-Lynne, a child killer, has been moved from their community and back where she belongs,” said Rodney Stafford, Tori’s father.APTN InFocus put healing lodges under the microscope Wednesday.The Stafford family has been in the spotlight since it was revealed McClintic had been down-graded to a medium-security risk – despite several violent offences in prison – and moved to the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge in Saskatchewan.McClintic’s brother told Global News that they are not indigenous.(Rodney Stafford after a rally on Parliament Hill to have McClintic moved back to prison)Stafford said he was elated after receiving word that McClintic, the woman who lured his daughter to a car so her boyfriend could rape and kill her, is out of a healing lodge and back behind bars.McClintic has now been transferred to the women’s prison in Edmonton.Stafford said he’s relieved for the Nekaneet First Nation, where the healing lodge is located, and the town of Maple Creek.On Thursday, Marlene Orr, the director of the Stan Daniels Healing lodge in Alberta, told APTN InFocus that healing lodges are an important option in the rehabilitation of some offenders.She said an inmate is closely vetted and must show she really wants to make changes in her life.“They have to have good behavior while they are in the institution,” Orr said..“They can’t be affiliated with any security threat groups, they can’t have been breaking the rules while they’ve been in prison. They have to demonstrate a commitment to working with us in addressing those root issues.”Maximum security inmates are currently eligible to enter Stan Daniels healing centre, if they have worked their way to a medium- or minimum -security designation – regardless of the crime they were originally sentenced for.That means they can become eligible to transfer to healing lodges, Orr added.“And we very clearly lay out the expectations,” she said. “They also have to be supported by their team the institution which includes their parole officer and other correctional staff.”But Matt Willan, who works with offenders through Ogijiita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin in Manitoba, thinks some crimes are too serious to work off in a healing lodge.“There are some crimes you commit that you can’t come back from,” he said.Tori was walking home from school in Woodstock April 8, 2009, when McClintic approached her, promised to show her a puppy and lured her into a car driven by Michael Rafferty.McClintic pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in 2010 and testified at Rafferty’s trial in 2012, where he was convicted of first-degree murder.Rodney said he isn’t against healing lodges, but he doesn’t want McClintic there.“I do believe it is a good situation for some people who warrant going back out on the streets,” he said.“But when it comes to the heinous acts behind a monstrous killer, of a child at that, how does somebody even remotely of this magnitude get into one of these facilitates?”The Stafford family had started a petition to have McClintic returned to prison.
MONTREAL – The Quebec-based company that makes Sea-Doo personal watercraft is looking to accelerate U.S. sales by opening a headquarters in the Dallas area to service American dealers and customers.BRP Inc. (TSX:DOO) says about 20 employees who service the U.S. from the company’s facility in Sherbrooke, Que., will be affected, although most will likely be reassigned to other Quebec facilities.The office in Plano, Tex., will provide dealer and customer service, sales, human resources, parts, accessories and clothing for American callers.The area in Texas was chosen because it was central, has a major airport and is in the southwest area of the country where the company sees growth potential.Canadians will continue to be serviced by BRP employees in Canada.BRP’s main headquarters will remain in Valcourt, Que., where it conducts global functions such as human resources, sales, marketing, design and product development.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The World Cup soccer final where France defeated Croatia was seen by just over 16 million people in the United States on Sunday.While that made the Sunday morning telecast on Fox and Telemundo the most-watched program of the week, it represented a significant drop in viewership from the 2014 World Cup finale, which featured Germany and Argentina. That game had 26.5 million viewers on ABC and Univision, the Nielsen company said.While Croatia was a compelling underdog story, the small country probably wasn’t a big television draw. The World Cup in general had to fight for attention in the United States because the U.S. team did not qualify this year.The Fox telecast of the finale reached 11.3 million, with the remainder watching the Spanish-language station.The company Eurodata TV estimated that 163 million people in Europe and China watched the World Cup final, with China leading the way with 56 million. Even with two European teams competing, Eurodata said the World Cup final was less popular in that region than the competition four years ago. There was no worldwide estimate of viewership yet.In France, the final game against Croatia was seen by 19.3 million people — smaller than the audience for the Euro soccer final two years ago, Eurodata TV said.The 1.6 million people who watched in Croatia represented a nearly 90 per cent market share — meaning 90 per cent of the televisions in that country were tuned in, Eurodata said.NBC was the winner for the week in U.S. prime-time viewing, averaging 4.3 million viewers. CBS had 4 million, ABC had 3.4 million, Fox had 2.1 million, ION Television had 1.4 million, Telemundo had 1.13 million, Univision had 1.05 million and the CW had 900,000 viewers.Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.69 million viewers. MSNBC had 1.58 million, USA had 1.48 million, HGTV had 1.4 million and TBS had 1.07 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” led the evening newscasts with an average of 7.7 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.2 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.3 million.For the week of July 9-15, the top 10 prime-time shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.55 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.3 million; “Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC, 6.41 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), 5.98 million; “World of Dance,” NBC, 5.89 million; “Little Big Shots,” NBC, 5.84 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 5.83 million; “Hannity” (Monday), Fox News, 5.82 million; “Code Black,” CBS, 5.72 million; “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 5.69 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com