VANCOUVER – Animal rescuers at the Vancouver Aquarium’s marine mammal centre say they’re trying to save a California sea lion that was shot in the face.The adult male, which the team named Senor Cinco after he was found on the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo, was spotted on the beach at Spanish Banks, emaciated and unresponsive.The aquarium says in a news release that it took several days to stabilize the animal, and on Tuesday a team was able to give him a full examination under a general anaesthetic where they discovered he had been shot at least twice in the face.Dr. Martin Haulena, the aquarium’s head veterinarian, says the sea lion’s teeth are shattered, he is blind in one eye and the injuries indicate he’s been in distress for weeks.Haulena says it’s too early to tell if Senor Cinco will be a candidate for release, but he has a long road to recovery ahead.California sea lions breed off the coast of Southern California and the Baja Peninsula, but during non-breeding season a large number of males migrate north to B.C.
Highlights from the news file for Thursday, June 1U.S. WITHDRAWS FROM PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD: President Donald Trump has announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, but will begin negotiations to “re-enter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction.” Trump said during a White House Rose Garden announcement that the U.S. will exit the landmark climate agreement aimed at reducing carbon emissions to slow climate change. Trump says the deal “disadvantages” the U.S. and is causing job losses and lower wages.———CANADA ANNOUNCES COMPENSATION FOR SOFTWOOD PRODUCERS: Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and other members of cabinet have unveiled an $867-million package of supports to help lumber producers and employees weather the impact of new U.S. tariffs on Canadian softwood. The package announced Thursday includes loans and loan guarantees to help ease the burden for forestry companies and to help them explore new markets and innovations. In April, the Trump administration slapped countervailing import duties as high as 24 per cent on softwood, arguing Canada unfairly subsidizes its industry.———FORMER ONTARIO NURSE PLEADS GUILTY TO MURDER: The former Ontario nurse charged in the slayings of eight seniors has pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder. Elizabeth Wettlaufer appeared in a Woodstock, Ont., court Thursday. Police have said the killeds took place over the last decade in three long-term care facilities where Wettlaufer worked as a registered nurse, and at a private home. Wettlaufer also pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted murder.———FORMER ENGINEER ACQUITTED OF CHARGES IN MALL COLLAPSE: A northern Ontario court has acquitted a former engineer of criminal negligence charges in the collapse of an Elliot Lake shopping mall. Robert Wood had declared the Algo Centre Mall structurally sound just weeks before the collapse in 2012. Two women were killed when part of the roof-top parking deck at the mall caved in.———COUILLARD SAYS TIME TO REOPEN CONSTITUTION: Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says Canada’s 150th birthday is the right time to reopen constitutional discussions. Couillard told The Canadian Press that while the issue took a backseat to the economy and health care for the first half of his mandate, he would have been disappointed had his first term finished without tackling the subject of Quebec-Canada relations. There is no timeline for opening constitutional negotiations, but Couillard is hopeful the vast coast-to-coast discussion he is launching will eventually lead there.———FIGHTER JET TALKS IN LIMBO: The federal government says it’s not talking to other companies about replacement fighter jets in spite of its trade dispute with Boeing. The parliamentary secretary for Procurement Minister Judy Foote says the government has suspended talks with Boeing about plans to purchase Super Hornet fighter jets. But Steve MacKinnon says the government is not talking to other companies about supplying fighters. The government says it is disappointed that Boeing has petitioned the U.S. government to investigate subsidies for Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft that it says have allowed the Canadian company to export planes at well below cost.———TAKEOVER SPECULATION FUELS BLACKBERRY STOCKS: BlackBerry Ltd. shares were on the rise Thursday after a research report identified the Canadian company as a likely target for an acquisition. The shares rose nearly 11 per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange at one point in the wake of the report by Citron Research. It is predicting the company’s shares are likely to reach US$20 on the Nasdaq within 24 months and is a likely buyout target at a sizable premium.———HOUSING STRATEGY TO CLOSE EQUALITY GAP: The head of the federal agency crafting a national housing strategy says he’ll try to close the equality gap between the haves and have-nots. Evan Siddall of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says inequality threatens the very fabric of western society. The comments are a change of tone from Siddall, who months ago tried to temper high expectations that the strategy would meet hopes that a national plan would move people out of shelters and into homes and deal with concerns about affordability in the country’s biggest cities.———FORMER SECURITY OFFICIAL CALLS FOR BEEFED UP CYBER DEFENCE: The former head of the American National Security Agency says the U.S. and and Canada need a new cyberdefence program to prevent hackers from economic attacks. Retired Gen. Keith Alexander tells The Canadian Press that the potential benefits from the Liberal government’s core economic plan to encourage investment and innovation are at risk of being stolen and undermined by hackers. He says with Canada staking its economic future on technological innovation, it mustn’t allow the products and advancements that might come from that to simply be stolen.———PHILIPPINES HOTEL COMPLEX ATTACKED: An attack on a hotel and casino complex near Manila’s airport sent hundreds fleeing early Friday morning. Gunshots rang out as police rushed to the Resorts World Manila complex. The Islamic State group took responsibility for the attack, but a police official says there is no evidence the casino attack is terrorism and no confirmed reports of gunshot wounds. Police believe just one gunman was involved.———
FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – A wildfire that forced 80,000 people in northern Alberta to flee more than a year ago has finally been extinguished.Wildfire information officer Lynn Daina says the Horse River fire that started on May 1, 2016 and destroyed more than 2,400 buildings in Fort McMurray and area was deemed officially out on Aug. 2.She says they had to wait for winter to be over to see if any smoke or heat remained from the massive fire, dubbed “The Beast” because it was so fierce and unpredictable.Daina says they also used advanced heat detectors from helicopters to ensure there were no remaining hot spots coming from the ground.Wildfire crews will continue to monitor all areas.The fire spread into Saskatchewan and burned nearly 6,000 square kilometres in total.“With a fire that size it takes time to make sure it is fully extinguished so we wait for a winters worth of snow and then in the summer we check to see if any smoke pops up and if not we use advanced heat detectors from helicopters and make sure there is no remaining heat,” Daina said.“Once we determine there is no remaining heat left on the fire, we determine it is extinguished and out.”The fire caused an estimated $3.8 billion in insured damage.(CJOK, The Canadian Press)
TORONTO – An Ontario judge blasted the legal system’s lack of resources on Thursday while postponing for nearly a year the trial of five men accused of running a multimillion-dollar financial scam.No judge in the Toronto area has time to try the men until at least January 2019, nearly five years after they were arrested, Superior Court Justice John McMahon told a Toronto courtroom Thursday.“This case is very important, the gentlemen are presumed innocent, the public interest in a $14 million alleged fraud is important but the only way this case goes ahead before January is if there’s another case the Crown wants to pull (to free up a judge),” McMahon said.“It is frustrating, but we can only deal with what we have.”McMahon added that he had tried to find judges in neighbouring jurisdictions who would be available before January but had been unsuccessful.The case involves Vincent Villanti, Revendra Chaudhary, Andrew Lloyd, Shane Smith and David Prentice, all charged with fraud over $5,000 and conspiracy to commit a crime in connection with an alleged investment and tax avoidance scheme. All have maintained their innocence.The matter has already exceeded the 30 month time limit for criminal trials, established by the Supreme Court in 2016, and the accused applied last year to have their charges stayed on the basis they have been denied their right to be tried within a reasonable period.A judge denied their application in September, ruling the case fit certain exceptions built into the rules due to its complexity and the fact that prosecutors “mitigated” delays by making evidence more accessible and working with one defence lawyer’s illness.But all five accused, who are out on bail, indicated in court Thursday they would ask for stays in light of the new delay, Crown lawyer Michael Lockner said.“Facing a potentially additional 11 months … I think there’s really extreme jeopardy for this case,” Lockner told the court.The Ontario Superior Court, which handles all civil cases and serious criminal offences, has over 330 judges, of whom about 90 are assigned to Toronto.The court’s Chief Justice, Heather Smith, has made repeated calls for the federal government to increase the number of judges in Ontario and more quickly fill vacancies on the bench.The federal government’s recently-released budget for 2018 pledges to create six new judge positions for the Ontario Superior Court over the next fiscal year, though it remains to be seen how many of those positions will be in Toronto.Toronto, in particular, is in need of more judges, said Criminal Lawyers Association president Michael Lacy said.“The most serious cases get priority because of the requirement that cases be tried within 30 months in Superior Court, and then cases like a fraud case — which also raise serious issues — tend to get put on the back burner because there’s not enough judges,” Lacy said.McMahon noted that in Toronto, there are 44 murder trials scheduled this year.After Thursday’s court hearing, one of the accused noted that he was now representing himself to save money.“The financial resources don’t allow you to continue, when you’re looking at half a million dollars for a lawyer to step up and just be here to do this,” Shane Smith said. “I’ve lost two houses and had a heart attack or two.”The Crown claims Smith and his co-accused ran an investment program through two companies, raising over $13 million from approximately 5,000 people. Investors were allegedly told their money would be used as start-up capital for small businesses, and that they could claim any resulting business losses on their personal income taxes, the Crown said.The men allegedly used most or all of the investment money to pay their own salaries, expenses and company expenses, leading them to claim deductions on their taxes that were ultimately disallowed by the Canada Revenue Agency, the Crown said.A sixth man charged in connection with the alleged scheme pleaded guilty last year.
TORONTO – The CN Tower is closed for a fourth consecutive day due to the risk of ice falling from the Toronto landmark.The downtown attraction was first closed on Monday after chunks of ice fell onto streets and buildings below.“We are all working around the clock to monitor the situation,” officials with the CN Tower said in an email Thursday. “Based on this morning’s inspection, the majority of the ice has come off the tower and the situation has improved considerably.”However, officials said for safety reasons, the CN Tower will remain closed until “further notice.”“Our top priority is the safety of guests, employees and neighbours and we continue to collaborate with the authorities and our partners,” they said.The falling ice has affected traffic and neighbouring businesses, including Ripley’s Aquarium, which has also been closed since Monday.“If you’re wondering how our animals are doing through the closure — rest assured they’re safe,” Ripley’s Aquarium said in a tweet Thursday. “Our husbandry team has been hard at work to ensure they’re fed and thriving.”The tumbling ice also made a hole in the roof of the nearby Rogers Centre on Monday, forcing the cancellation of a baseball game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals.The stadium opened for games Tuesday, but certain entranced were blocked off.The closures come following a weekend ice storm that hit much of southern Ontario, causing widespread power outages, as well as hundreds of collisions and flight cancellations in the region.
The chief of Attawapiskat First Nation has launched a personal war on illegal drugs because he says he is tired of waiting for others to deal with a problem that is destroying his small community in northern Ontario.Chief Ignace Gull, who was elected in 2016 following a state of emergency triggered by a spate of youth suicides, says he’s using the authority under the Indian Act to search suspected drug dealers.Gull and four other local officials search everyone who lands at the fly-in community’s airport, including local police officers.“It’s a success so far,” the chief said Wednesday in a phone interview.“These (drugs) are destroying the community.”Police say the drugs come in through the airport or by mail.Gull said he’s sick of waiting for police whose hands are tied by the weeks it often takes to get search warrants signed by a justice of the peace in Sudbury, Ont.“Police can’t come to the homes without a search warrant, so I have to do it,” he said.The chief began the searches on May 27, working with a small team that includes two councillors and two volunteers.He brought in a drug-sniffing dog along with a handler and guard from a security company in Timmins, Ont., to help out on a recent three-day blitz.They’ve seized fentanyl, speed, marijuana, other opioids and large shipments of alcohol, Gull said.The community has been demanding action since the 2015 suicide crisis, Gull said, and drugs were part of the problem.“The drug dealers aren’t hiding anymore, people just line up to get them, like getting coffee at Tim Hortons,” Gull said.Since it’s a small community with about 1,500 people, Gull said they know the alleged dealers. So he just goes to their house, grabs the drugs and gives it to police.“We need help, we want the government to step in and do something to help us instead of watching us from the sideline,” he said.A few weeks ago, Gull met with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who told him to apply for funding that is available to help.A spokesman for Goodale said they are aware of the challenges Attawapiskat faces and noted the federal government is investing $291.2 million over five years in a First Nations policing program.“These investments include increased and ongoing funding for (program) recipients to support priorities such as additional officer positions, officer safety, policing equipment and salaries,” said Scott Bardsley.He said the force for the region, Nishnawbe Aski police, recently finished a three-year deal through the program, which “will strengthen policing in Attawapiskat and bolster its response to these challenges.”He said there is money available for crime prevention projects and for initiatives to reduce gang and gun violence.“This funding would include a portion provided to Indigenous organizations to help build capacity through education, outreach and research, addressing the unique needs of Indigenous communities and urban populations,” Bardsley said.Nishnawbe Aski police Sgt. Jackie George said the chief’s approach is common in northern First Nation communities.Airport screenings are particularly effective at keeping drugs out of fly-in communities, she said.“It keeps people from trafficking contraband into the communities because they know they’re going to be searched,” she said.Last November, the Mushkegowuk Council, a regional organization that represents northern First Nations that includes Attawapiskat, declared a state of emergency on illegal drugs and alcohol.“This pandemic has reached serious levels where it’s clearly destroying our people and communities,” said Grand Chief Jonathon Solomon at the time.Chief Gull said he is considering buying a drug-sniffing dog to help.“We can’t just sit around and wait for somebody to do it for us, we have to do it ourselves,” he said.
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his front benches Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election. Here’s a look at some of the winners and losers of the shuffle, and areas where the jury is still out:WinnersPablo Rodriguez – The four-term MP from Quebec and current chief government whip takes over as heritage minister from Melanie Joly. Now the first-time minister just needs to find a way to appease Quebecers angry at the government’s deal with Netflix. The agreement didn’t require the online streaming giant pay a content levy to fund production of Canadian content, which has sparked fears it will push out Quebec companies that do have to charge tax. Netflix has agreed to invest $500 million into Canadian programming over the next five years, but critics say there is nothing binding the company to its promise to create French-language content. The issue is seen as one of the Liberals’ biggest Achilles heels in the province heading into the 2019 federal election.Mary Ng and Bill Blair — Ng’s star is rising, as the Toronto MP becomes minister of small business just over a year after being elected to Parliament in a byelection. Former Toronto police chief Blair is being rewarded with the new post of minister of border security and organized crime reduction for helping the Liberals stickhandle the legalization of recreational marijuana.Ontario and the GTA — The Liberal cabinet got more Ontario-centric with the addition of Ng, Blair and Hamilton MP Filomena Tassi as minister for seniors. The province now accounts for 15 of 35 seats at the cabinet table, of which nine are filled by MPs from the Greater Toronto Area.Dominic LeBlanc — As fisheries minister, LeBlanc oversaw a department with a large budget and hundreds of employees. He loses all that as minister for intergovernmental and northern affairs as well as internal trade. But the New Brunswick MP and long-time Trudeau friend, who has never shied away from a fight, is now responsible for dealing with Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his ideological soulmates in other provinces that could threaten the Trudeau government’s agenda.Jim Carr — The Manitoba MP’s move from natural resources to international trade comes at a time when Canada desperately needs to find new trading partners given the uncertainty around NAFTA and as the Canada-EU trade deal faces increasing resistance across the Atlantic.Bill Morneau, Harjit Sajjan, Lawrence MacAulay, Carolyn Bennett, Marc Garneau, Ahmed Hussen — There was speculation heading into the shuffle that one or more would be demoted due to controversy, poor communication skills or their length of tooth. In the end, all emerged largely unscathed.The LosersMelanie Joly — Her rocky tenure as heritage minister came to an abrupt and inglorious end upon being shuffled into the more junior ministerial position overseeing tourism, official languages and la Francophonie. The writing had been on the wall for a while as the first-term Montreal MP drew poor reviews for failing to sell her home province on the Netflix deal.Northern Canada — It has been more than two years since Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo resigned as fisheries minister to seek treatment for alcohol abuse. Since then, Trudeau’s cabinet has been bereft of northern representation despite the fact the Liberals swept the territories in 2015.Alberta — Some might say the province came out ahead as Edmonton MP Amarjeet Sohi was moved from infrastructure to natural resources, meaning an Albertan is directly responsible for the Trans Mountain pipeline. But Trudeau did not promote anyone from the province to replace Kent Hehr, leaving Alberta with one seat at the cabinet table.Jury’s Still OutFederal-Provincial Relations — The battlelines are already being drawn between the Trudeau government and Doug Ford as the Ontario premier makes clear his intention to fight the feds on a number of fronts. Provincial elections are also looming in Alberta and Quebec that could result in governments opposed to Trudeau’s agenda, even as the Liberals continue to face resistance from B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline. It’s unclear whether the shuffle will improve things.Francois-Philippe Champagne — There were big expectations the Quebec MP was in line for a promotion from international trade given his communication skills and energy. His appointment as infrastructure minister is instead being viewed as a lateral move at best given that Sohi had already done much of the heavy lifting on the file.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly described Netflix’s deal with the federal government.
OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has said the trustee for a bankrupt Alberta energy company cannot simply walk away from unprofitable wells on agricultural land without having to clean up.The high court’s 5-2 ruling overturns an Alberta Court of Appeal ruling that upheld a 2016 decision in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench that effectively allowed a bankrupt energy company to sever its connection with unprofitable and unreclaimed wells when the company’s assets were sold off to creditors.READ MORE: Supreme Court to rule on the cleanup of abandoned oil wellsThe Supreme Court ruled today that the bankruptcy trustee, Grant Thornton Ltd., cannot walk away from its end-of-life obligations to render abandoned wells environmentally safe.The ruling turned on the conflict between federal bankruptcy law and provincial jurisdiction over the environment and energy sector.Alberta’s provincial energy regulator ordered the trustee for Redwater Energy Corporation to comply with end-of-life requirements to render the abandoned properties environmentally safe.The company’s trustee did not comply, and filed its own counterclaim that included a challenge to the regulator’s action, citing the paramouncy of federal bankruptcy law.Since the case came to court, an estimated 1,800 wells representing more than $100 million in liabilities have been abandoned.Alberta’s energy regulator and the Orphan Well Association, an industry-funded group that cleans up wells that have been left unreclaimed, appealed the ruling to the high court.A group with the support of thousands of farmers also wanted to see the high court reverse the decision.The Action Surface Rights Association intervened in the case because it believes rights of landowners have been overlooked in the case.Orphan Well Association provided the following statement:Failed to fetch
FREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s Tory premier is vowing to balance the current books and next year’s budget, without raising taxes, in an effort to get the province’s finances under control and lessen reliance on federal transfers.Blaine Higgs made the commitment Thursday night as he delivered his first state of the province address to a business audience in Fredericton since being sworn in as premier last November.“Balancing the budget should not be a partisan issue. It should be a basic expectation of government,” Higgs said.The previous Liberal government delivered a small surplus last year, the first in a decade.New Brunswick has a net debt of $13.9 billion and Higgs said the province pays seven cents out of every tax dollar in interest.Higgs said the province is too reliant on public money to keep the economy going, and it’s a problem that must be corrected.“We want to grow the private economy so it can pay for the public services that we want. And we can tax everyone less,” Higgs said.And he said there is a sense of urgency to make the changes.“I see a province that has said yes to taxes and no to industry so often that we are sending the next generation out west to do jobs that we have turned away here at home,” he told the crowd.Higgs said he’s calling for an era of “big citizenship” where private business drives the economy.“We need a big citizenship that doesn’t ask ‘How does this help me?’ but asks instead ‘How can we move New Brunswick forward?”Part of that, he said, is reducing New Brunswick’s reliance on federal funding. Right now, 36 per cent of the provincial budget comes from federal transfer payments.He said that means that huge parts of the economy and the social safety net depend on decisions that others make.However, Higgs said he’s calling on the federal government to provide support for priorities that drive the province forward, rather than directing federal money towards ribbon cuttings and good news announcements.“We need to change the belief that every time Ottawa offers us a 50-50 funding project, we need to take the deal or we are losing money.”His comment comes just a day after pulling the plug on financing for the 2021 Francophonie Games because of escalating costs and Ottawa’s funding formula.Kirsty Duncan, the federal sports minister, was critical of the decision, saying that Higgs was “leaving federal dollars on the table.”Higgs also used his speech to repeat his criticism of Quebec for standing in the way of the construction of a revived Energy East pipeline to move oil from the west to Eastern Canada and a refinery and export terminal in New Brunswick.He said Quebec wants to look at transmission lines to allow them to sell electricity to the New England market.“As a Canadian, I want that for them too. But it won’t be a one-way exchange,” he said.“I will expect equal concern from them for our economic future.”Higgs touched on a variety of other topics including French immersion, the management of salmon stocks and social assistance.The premier said he wants social workers to look for various solutions in an effort to break the welfare trap that keeps many people from getting jobs and breaking free of social assistance.“If a ride, or child care, or a housing subsidy will help people break the welfare trap, we should be empowering social workers to find the right solution,” he said.Higgs won a minority government last year. It is propped up by the three members of the People’s Alliance party who have promised to support the government on votes of confidence for at least 18 months.Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The source of the first public photo of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in brownface says his sole motivation in providing the image to Time was his belief the public needed to see it.Michael Adamson says he has never been a member of a political party and did not receive any payment for providing the photograph to the American magazine.Adamson says in a written statement that he was aware of gossip surrounding the existence of the photograph because of his position as “a past member of the (West Point Grey Academy) community.”The man who released the @JustinTrudeau brownface photo to Time Magazine has released a statement #elxn43 #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/LsHvRZ41Hk— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 27, 2019Because of that association, he was able to provide a copy of the school yearbook to the Time reporter, Adamson says.The revelation that Trudeau appeared publicly in blackface and brownface roiled the federal election campaign when the instances became public Sept. 19.Adamson said he will not be making any more public comments on the issue..The Canadian Press
Producer and Writer Peter Weed of Florida-based Peterbuilt Productions will begin filming his new film “Wheeler” this fall. “Wheeler” is a feel-good, family film based on the novel “Ordinary Guy Wheeler” written by Weed.Written by Jaime Jessup, James J. Ruscella and Peter Weed, “Wheeler” is a heartwarming story about veteran truck driver named Guy Wheeler who returns home to Tennessee from Afghanistan. Despite being surrounded by his loving and colorful family of fellow truck drivers, “Wheeler” struggles with adjusting back to home and his wife who is having difficulty becoming pregnant.While dealing with his inner turmoil, “Wheeler” befriends a nine-year-old boy over the CB Radio who lifts his spirits and warms his heart. His newfound faith is tested, however, with a major event that includes an action-packed sequence involving explosives and a school bus that will leave audiences cheering for our truck driver turned hero.“This story will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will tug on your heartstrings,” says Weed. “Break out the popcorn and enjoy.”Weed launched Peterbuilt Productions in 1996 and graduated with a degree in Film Technology in 2000. Weed has written several screenplays and worked on many feature films. Weed strives to create “God honoring, family friendly features with all the action, romance, drama and comedy of Hollywood’s best movies without taking away the family value.”Lucille Elmer, a partner of Peterbuilt Productions, will also be on board as a Co-Producer and Production Designer.Peterbuilt Productions is excited to be partnering with independent Hollywood producer Suzanne DeLaurentiis and participating in her Operation Hollywood program, which hires and trains veterans to work on Hollywood movie sets.Some of Suzanne’s independent filmmaking credits include 10th & Wolf, The Grief Tourist, How Sweet It Is, Area 407, Out of the Black, Shut-up Kiss and Me, A Month of Sundays, Black Gold. She has been involved with making over one hundred features films.Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars
As part of Celebrate Enterprise week, The Prince of Wales recently attended a reception for the global network of his charity, Youth Business International (YBI), in the St James’s Palace State Apartments, London.Video: Celebrate Enterprise: The Prince of Wales makes a speech at a YBI receptionThe Prince, who is President and Founder of the charity, met entrepreneurs from around the world who have been helped to set up businesses by YBI as well as delegates from the 2013 Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit taking place in London this week.His Royal Highness met Nimali Gunawardana, a pioneering young Sri Lankan entrepreneur who has set up her business Nimali Chip and Fibre Mill in the rural district of Hambantota’s Ambalantota with the help of The Prince’s Youth Business International charity.Within a year she has created an environmentally-friendly enterprise producing and exporting coir for mattresses and coir piths and, more uniquely, making coconut husk chips.Guests at the reception included prominent businessmen Pierre Nanterme, Chairman and CEO Accenture; Sir David Walker, Chairman of Barclays and Arup Banerji, Global Director for Social Protection and Labor, World Bank.Founded in 2000 by HRH The Prince of Wales, Youth Business International (YBI) is a global network of independent non-profit initiatives helping young people start and grow their own business and create employment.YBI supports under-served young entrepreneurs, aged 18-35, with a combination of training, access to capital, mentoring, and other business development services.YBI members have helped over 100,000 young people to create their own business and generate employment. An estimated 70 per cent of these businesses are still trading after three years, with many going on to create significant levels of employment and further benefits for their communities.The Prince’s Youth Business International (YBI) will host the 2013 Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit from 9th-12th September. The summit will take place in London, and will be hosted by the Institute of Directors, Goldman Sachs and the VC Club, amongst others.Source:PrinceOfWales.gov.uk
Gwyneth Paltrow joined her mother, Blythe Danner, at Capitol Hill this week to campaign against a bill allowing states to pass individual laws regarding GMO labeling on foods.“My kids are normal American children and they eat everything everybody else eats,” said the Goop founder in her speech. “I’m a home cook and I’m a cookbook author, and I’m a proponent of organic food and healthy food when I can, but we all eat genetically modified food. It’s in the food supply. I also believe I have the right, and we as Americans all have the right to know what’s in our food,”Despite the fact that nine out of 10 Americans support mandatory GMO labeling, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 1599, otherwise known as the Deny Americans the Right to Know – or DARK Act. Not only would it block all states from labeling genetically engineered foods, but it would also make it much harder for the FDA to ever mandate national labeling. If we’re going to stop this reprehensible bill from becoming law, we need to show the Senate and President Obama how serious we are about GMO labeling.Gwyneth Paltrow also presented a petition on behalf of the Just Label It campaign.Just Label It is a project of Organic Voices, which was formed in 2011 to educate and empower consumers by promoting the benefits of organic food and advocating for mandatory GMO labeling. Without labeling, the public cannot make informed choices about what they eat and the marketplace lacks the information needed to make decisions about innovations that meet consumer demand.Celebrity Moms including Sara Gilbert, Jillian Michaels, Jordana Brewster, Constance Zimmer, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Sarah Michelle Gellar have released a PSA to illustrate the concerns moms everywhere have on this issue.Video: Conceal or Reveal
As part of the International Women’s Day commemoration, UN Women is launching a new initiative aimed at leveraging the arts for gender equality – HeForShe Arts Week.The launch event will take place at the Public Theater (425 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003), an inaugural partner, and bring together two UN Goodwill Ambassadors, Emma Watson (UN Women) and Forest Whitaker (UNESCO & UN Advocate on the Sustainable Development Goals) for a lively conversation on gender equality and women’s rights.Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women and Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater will speak at the event.The HeForShe Arts Week will run from March 8-15, 2016, during which time partner institutions, throughout the city of New York will highlight efforts towards gender equality and women’s rights, and support UN Women’s work by donating a percentage of proceeds.Find out more here.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) today announced a second year of grant awards made in partnership with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF).With the support of $100,000 in funding from The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, EJAF has awarded $330,000 in grants to five organizations addressing the AIDS epidemic in the Southern United States. EJAF is excited about the continued impact this partnership will have in advancing the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Southern United States where it is needed most.“Poor access to HIV testing and good healthcare, as well as pervasive inequality for people most vulnerable to the disease, continue to make the U.S. South an epicenter of today’s AIDS crisis,” said EJAF Chairman David Furnish. “This is particularly true for LGBTQ individuals and Black Americans living in the Southern states. A recent CDC report has projected that, if HIV infection rates remain unchanged, half of all Black gay men will test positive for HIV at some point in their lifetime, as well as one in four Latino gay men, and one in eleven white gay men. By making these grants, both Foundations commit to relentless advocacy and investment until we see meaningful and lasting change in the course of this epidemic.”The projects being supported include: • A Birmingham, Alabama center providing a safe, supportive, and affirming space for LGBTQ youth; • A Georgia-based advocacy center focused on the impact of HIV/AIDS on young black gay men; • A Jacksonville, Florida organization providing young LGBT people with access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); • A Memphis, Tennessee program supporting the needs of Black gay families; and • An Atlanta-based community organization engaging transgender people of color, the larger LGBTQ community, and supportive allies to advocate for the end of policies that criminalize HIV/AIDS.“Far too many people are denied equal rights and equal access to health care in this country, especially in the Southern U.S. This partnership helps to address the serious inequities that exist in the provision of education, diagnosis, and treatment for the people most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS,” said ETAF Managing Director Joel Goldman. “At The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, we are thrilled to join the Elton John AIDS Foundation to help right this imbalance and address the needs of the hardest-hit areas and populations in the U.S. South.”“In the 1980s when the AIDS epidemic began, Elizabeth Taylor was the brightest star in Hollywood, one of the greatest celebrities in the world,” said EJAF Founder Elton John. “But she was also willing to get her hands dirty. She stood up for gay people when few others would, and she got right into the nitty-gritty of AIDS policy and fought for the cause, without a moment’s hesitation or thought for her own reputation. Elizabeth was my dear friend, and she remains one of my heroes. I am extremely proud of EJAF’s partnership with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation to help carry her great legacy forward.”
Naomi Campbell, Dinho Diniz, Felipe Diniz, Marc Jacobs, Isabeli Fontana, Ricky Martin, Ivete Sangalo, Sabrina Sato, and Riccardo Tisci were among those who gathered at the sixth annual amfAR Inspiration Gala São Paulo to honor Kate Moss, Dean Caten, Dan Caten, and Carlos Jereissati Filho for their commitment to the fight against AIDS.The event, presented by Harry Winston, raised over $1.6 million for amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research programs.Other guests in attendance included Mert Alas, Carla Amorim, Rômulo Arantes Neto, Bruno Astuto, Fabio Bartelt, Pedro Bial, Giovanni Bianco, Johanna and Alexandre Birman, Helena Bordon, Daniela Fãlcao, Rodrigo Viel Faro, Vera Viel Faro, Di Ferrero, Isabella Fiorentino, Marília Gabriela, Luciana Gimenez, Hugo Gloss, Mariana Goldfarb, Lucas Jagger, Seu Jorge, Bruna Linzmeyer, Renata Kuerten, Fernanda Paes Leme, Grazi Massafera, Donata Meirelles, Ana Cláudia Michels, Marina Morena, Fernanda Motta, Laura Neiva, Carolina Parsons, Beto Pacheco, Marcus Piggott, Cleo Pires, Maria Prata, Cauã Reymond, Carol Ribeiro, Ronaldo, Andressa Salomone, Deborah Secco, Lea T, Marlon Teixeira, Carol Trentini, Didi Wagner, and Anitta, among others.Event Hosts Felipe Diniz and Naomi Campbell welcomed guests and thanked the night’s sponsors before introducing amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost, who spoke about amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative and the establishment of the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research at the University of California, San Francisco.The amfAR Award of Inspiration was presented to three extraordinary individuals for their support of the organization. Felipe Diniz returned to the stage to present the first award to Carlos Jereissati Filho, President and CEO of Iguatemi São Paulo, who spoke about the “responsibility as a company to dedicate resources to support the incredible work of amfAR.” Isabeli Fontana presented the next award to Dean Caten and Dan Caten of DSQUARED2, who stated that their “biggest dream yet is to see an end to this disease.” Marc Jacobs presented the final award of the evening to Kate Moss, who spoke about amfAR’s passion for finding a cure.The evening also featured two spectacular live performances. Multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Ricky Martin brought the crowd to their feet with a set of his biggest hits, including “La Bomba,” “Pégate,” and “The Cup of Life.” Martin also invited Latin Grammy Award-winning Brazilian artist Ivete Sangalo to the stage for an incredible duet of “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” Sangalo then performed a lively set to start the after party that kept the room dancing late into the night.Guests enjoyed bidding on an array of exclusive items and experiences during the live auction, conducted by Simon de Pury with assistance from Ivete Sangalo and Sabrina Sato. Highlights included:• A kiss with Ricky Martin, a surprise experience in the auction, sold for $90,000. The kiss with the lucky winner, which took place shortly after bidding, brought the crowd to a frenzy. • A once-in-a-lifetime photo shoot by fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott with amfAR Award of Inspiration honoree Kate Moss, which took place at the event and will appear as a full page spread in Vogue Brasil, sold twice for a total of $220,000. • A signed Mr. Brainwash artwork titled “Kate and Dave,” featuring Kate Moss and David Bowie, sold for $50,000. • A unique piece by Os Gêmeos, Brazilian brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo who have become a major force in the urban art world, sold for $100,000. • Two tickets to the Givenchy runway show in Paris during the 2016-2017 season, as well as a ready-to-wear Givenchy outfit with private shopping experience and Givenchy bag, which sold for $55,000. • The ultimate Grammy Awards package, including two tickets to the 2017 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, two invitations to the official Grammy Awards after party, a two-night stay in a suite at the Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard, and a signed Mick Jagger Ibanez Gio guitar presented on stage by his son Lucas Jagger, sold for $60,000.Naomi Campbell, Dinho Diniz, Felipe Diniz, and Riccardo Tisci served as Event Hosts. Chairs of the event included Achille Boroli, amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, Fran Cutler, Sergio Degese, Isabeli Fontana, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Nayla Hayek, Marc Jacobs, Holger Marquardt, Lorenzo Martone, Marina Morena, Sean Patterson, Vincent Roberti, and Andressa Salomone.Harry Winston was the Presenting Sponsor. The event’s Signature Sponsors were Andressa Salomone, Iguatemi São Paulo, Karavelle, and Moët Hennessy. Fasano, Mercedes-Benz, Schutz, and Vogue Brasil served as Associate Sponsors.The Inspiration series was launched in 2010 by amfAR and Josh Wood Productions to celebrate men’s style and fashion while raising funds for the Foundation’s lifesaving AIDS research programs. Inspiration galas have taken place in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, Miami, and Rio de Janeiro, raising more than $26 million to date for amfAR’s programs, and the Inspiration Gala São Paulo accounts for over $10 million of that remarkable total.Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline Partner. Moët Hennessy is the Official Wine and Spirits Partner. The amfAR Inspiration Gala São Paulo is produced by Josh Wood/Josh Wood Productions.
In a new video for PETA, the host of HBO’s Real Time, Bill Maher, unleashes some real talk to Texas A&M University, denouncing its muscular dystrophy (MD) experiments on golden retrievers and other dogs.In the video, he calls on viewers to put pressure on the college until it stops funding the experiments by Joe Kornegay — a man Maher calls “dogs’ worst enemy.”“For 35 years, experimenter Joe Kornegay has been using public money — yours and mine — to … [make] dogs sick with a debilitating, incurable disease that ravages their bones and bodies,” Maher explains in the video, which goes on to reveal how dogs used in Kornegay’s experiments were fed a watery gruel because it was difficult for them to eat without choking. “It’s as if Oliver Twist wandered into the Island of Doctor Moreau.”The eyewitness footage of the labs shows thin dogs with disease-ravaged bodies struggling to walk, swallow, and even breathe because of their swollen tongues and weakened jaw muscles, with strings of saliva hanging from their mouths. Dogs without symptoms but who carried the gene for the disease were kept caged and used for breeding, and they restlessly paced and gnawed at the cage bars.“This shouldn’t be happening to dogs, but it is,” Maher concludes. “This cruel, irresponsible, and fruitless waste of money must be stopped and the resources put to better use — supporting studies that don’t abuse helpless, trusting dogs.”PETA notes that no applicable cure for humans with MD has been discovered in over 35 years of experimentation on dogs. Maher joins Miami Dolphins quarterback and TAMU alumnus Ryan Tannehill in urging the university to put a stop to these tests and adopt the dogs out to loving families.
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Paul Simon has reached the midpoint in his month-long tour to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the planet’s biodiversity.Last month, Simon plugged the tour on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Simon is inspiring audiences across the U.S. with new and beloved songs, and donating tour proceeds to the Half-Earth Project, an initiative of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.Simon first met E.O. Wilson at TED over a decade ago. In 2016, Simon reviewed Wilson’s book, Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight For Life, for The New York Times, saying, “Half-Earth is compulsory reading if we care about the lives of our children, our children’s children and all of the species alive today.”Simon has talked about Half-Earth at each of his shows, often donning a Half-Earth cap. According to the CincyMusic website: “Throughout the show, a baseball cap with a small ‘e’ rested on his mic stand. Simon returned for Encore No. 2 with it atop his head for the first time. He explained, ‘This cap that I’m wearing…it represents an organization called Half-Earth that was started by a scientist, E.O. Wilson… his book, Half-Earth – which I recommend to anyone who is interested in ecology and the planet and saving what we’ve got – had a great effect on me.’”Wilson said of the tour: “I am delighted that Paul Simon is helping raise awareness of Half-Earth. Paul believes strongly in our work to save the planet’s biodiversity.”“Species are the basic units of biodiversity, yet we are driving them to extinction up to 1,000 times faster than before the coming of humanity,” said Wilson. “If we do not move quickly to reverse our negative effects on the rest of life, its diversity will be diminished drastically to our loss and even endangerment.”Remaining concert cities include: Billings, Missoula, Spokane, Bend, Lake Tahoe, Denver and Milwaukee.The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation fosters stewardship of our world through biodiversity research and education initiatives that promote and inform worldwide preservation of our biological heritage. The Half-Earth Project has science at its core and our moral obligation to the rest of life at its heart. To learn more about Half-Earth, visit www.half-earthproject.org.
Last Saturday saw The National Basketball Wives Association (NBWA) gather at the Women’s Empowerment Summit Luncheon, alongside the other activities of the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend.Moderated by Gayle King, panelists included Cookie Johnson, Ayesha Curry, Jada Paul, Elaine Baylor, Tracy Wilson Mourning, Adrienne Bosh.Gayle King and Cookie Johnson start off the panel discussion at the NBWA Women’s Empowerment Summit Luncheon on Saturday, February 17, 2018Credit/Copyright: The National Basketball Wives AssociationThe women were each able to bring their own style and expertise to the summit, with decades of experience in the field of philanthropy between them.Cookie Johnson has been working with her husband’s Magic Johnson Foundation since it was founded in 1991. She has created fundraising jeans and T-shirts through her clothing line and has spoken at schools to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS.The panel at NBWA Women’s Empowerment Summit Luncheon on Saturday, February 17, 2018, covered the importance of empowerment and mentorship.Credit/Copyright: The National Basketball Wives AssociationTracy Wilson Mourning believes that building up children’s self-esteem is key in helping them achieve greatness. She and Gayle King hosted the “Power of Influence Through Sisterhood” event in support of Tracy’s Honey Shine, Inc., a mentoring organization under the Mourning Family Foundation (MFF) umbrella. Tracy has also been involved with LEAP (Ladies Empowerment and Action Program), a program that helps women at the Homestead Correctional Institution understand how to start a business, seek employment and develop skills needed for success after leaving prison.Jada Paul helps boost young women’s confidence every year with her prom dress, shoe and purse giveaway. She takes girls shopping, offering style and etiquette tips to help them feel their best on their special night. She also works alongside her husband, Chris, in their CP3 Foundation.Adrienne Bosh participates as a panelist at the NBWA Women’s Empowerment Summit Luncheon on Saturday, February 17, 2018Credit/Copyright: The National Basketball Wives AssociationAdrienne Bosh keeps herself busy with a variety of social good and charity endeavors, such as fundraising for Team Tomorrow, Inc., a non-profit organization, started by husband Chris Bosh, dedicated to supporting community-based organizations that promote the upliftment of children, families and the community. She has also organized the “Chris Bosh Presents Home Strong Celebrity Gala” and the “Welcome Home” Veteran’s Day Ceremony in Miami in support of US troops, served Thanksgiving meals to less fortunate residents of Miami and brought Christmas cheer through the “Annual Christmas With Bosh & Team Tomorrow” program. She strives to bring confidence to women through programs such as “Today I Can”, the Dress For Success Gala, and opened the doors of her Sparkle and Shine shop to people who wanted to join her in making signs for the Women’s Rally in South Florida.Ayesha Curry cracks a laugh during the panel at the NBWA Women’s Empowerment Summit Luncheon on Saturday, February 17, 2018Credit/Copyright: The National Basketball Wives AssociationAyesha Curry uses her company, Little Lights of Mine, to raise money for No Kid Hungry, and has previously volunteered with Feed the Children to help deliver food and personal care items to 400 families. The celebrity cook has raised funds for the Ada Jenkins Center and urged people to donate to the Red Cross and UNICEF to help families in need. She and her husband Stephen joined #Ham4all, a viral campaign which encouraged donations to the Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition, an immigrants’ rights advocacy effort by the Hispanic Federation. She has also backed a campaign that urges women to realize how remarkable they are.
Josh Scherba, SVP, Distribution at DHX Media, said: “Following on our recently announced exclusive deal with Amazon Prime Video in the US, this newest Amazon agreement for the UK and Germany highlights the global appetite for our well-loved brands. With our deep library, we are seeing considerable demand for our kids’ content, and we are delighted that our growing relationship with Amazon will allow Prime members to enjoy so many terrific DHX Media shows.”About DHX MediaDHX Media Ltd. (www.dhxmedia.com) is the world’s leading independent, pure-play kids’ content company. Owner of the world’s largest independent library of kids’ and family content, at more than 11,500 half-hours, DHX Media is recognized globally for such brands as Teletubbies, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, In the Night Garden, Inspector Gadget, Make It Pop, Slugterra and the multiple award-winning Degrassi franchise. DHX Media is comprised of four main business units: DHX Studios creates high-quality original entertainment at its Vancouver and Halifax animation studios, its Toronto live-action studio, and in working with top international producers; DHX Distribution is a major provider of content to the global market; DHX Television, home to the Family suite of channels, is dedicated to delivering best-in-class programming to Canadian families; and DHX Brands specializes in creating, building and managing high-profile global entertainment brands within the children’s and young-adult markets. DHX Media also owns the full-service international licensing agency, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group Ltd. (CPLG), which represents numerous entertainment, sport and design brands. DHX Media has offices in 15 cities worldwide, including Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Munich, Amsterdam and Beijing. The Company is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol DHXM, and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols DHX.A and DHX.B.DisclaimerThis press release contains “forward-looking statements” under applicable securities laws with respect to DHX Media including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company’s library of content, Amazon Prime’s offering of the Company’s content and the availability of such content via Amazon Prime, the Company’s digital presence in the UK and Germany, the business strategies and operational activities of the Company, and the markets and industries in which it operates. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on information currently available to the Company. Actual results or events may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations, among other things, include risk factors discussed in materials filed with applicable securities regulatory authorities from time to time including matters discussed under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent Annual Information Form and annual Management Discussion and Analysis, which also form part of the Company’s annual report on Form 40-F filed with the SEC. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law. DHX Media (or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: DHXM; TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B), the world’s leading independent, pure-play kids’ content company, has grown the digital presence of its shows in the UK and Germany in a deal with Amazon Prime Video, which will see the subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) service offering more than three-dozen DHX Media kids’ shows to its subscribers.Amazon Prime Video in the UK has licensed a number of titles, including season one of each of the new Teletubbies, Messy Goes to Okido and Looped; seasons one and two of Hank Zipzer; season three of In the Night Garden; and seasons four and five of Caillou.In Germany, Amazon Prime Video has licensed a variety of titles including a first-run exclusive of Messy Goes to Okido, season one of each of classic Teletubbies and Slugterra plus seasons one and two of Hank Zipzer; and season five of Fireman Sam. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter