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Help Fight Hunger At Bret Michaels Concert

first_imgBret Michaels will be rocking the NYCB Theatre at Westbury later tonight, September 20, and fans can help him fight hunger by bringing non-perishable food to the show.rock CAN roll founder Aimee Holtzman with Bret MichaelsThe singer is once again teaming with rock CAN roll to restock the shelves of local emergency food agencies.The NYCB Theatre at Westbury has been a great supporter and friend to rock CAN roll from it’s inception. rock CAN roll volunteers have been on site accepting donations at every show for the past four years. To date, rock CAN roll has delivered over 100,000 healthy and nutritious food items and basic necessities.Rock CAN Roll collaborates with rock concerts, schools, corporations and private individuals to collect healthy and nutritious and non-perishable food (and basic provisions) for distribution to local agencies and into the hands of children, seniors and families who live with hunger and poverty.To find out more about the show, click here. You can also visit the rock CAN roll website here.last_img read more

A Whole Lott More To Premiere At ReelAbilities NY Disabilities Film Festival

first_imgIt was announced today that the award-winning new documentary A Whole Lott More will have its New York Gala Premiere on Monday, March 10th, at 6:30 p.m., as part of ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival, at the JCC in Manhattan located at 334 Amsterdam Ave at West 76th street.The Premiere screening will be introduced by Emmy-nominee Victor Buhler, the director of A Whole Lott More, and by Wanda Huber, who is featured prominently in the film.Following the screening, Tamsen Fadal – Emmy-winning anchor, PIX 11 News – will moderate a Q&A with Executive Producer Loreen Arbus, President & CEO of The Loreen Arbus Foundation, Inc., Jacqueline Conley Director, Program Services, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City and John Sasso, Assistant Director, IT Services, Northeast AccessAbilities Leader, Ernst & Young, LLP.A Whole Lott More has already won the Audience Awards at both the Toronto HotDocs Festival and the Indie Memphis Film Festival, and Best Documentary at the Cincinnati Film Festival.A Whole Lott More began when director Victor Buhler, motivated by a car accident that left him in a wheelchair, decided to tell the powerful story of an Ohio company that hired primarily workers with disabilities, yet had been able to compete for decades, until the collapse of the auto industry gave the company a year to reinvent itself and find new contracts or close down. A Whole Lott More examines work and disability through new perspectives, revealing the struggles of over 8 million people in America with developmental disabilities to join the work force. It is a film about the great spirit of the American worker, about the economy, and about three unforgettable characters – who happen to have a developmental disability – and their quest for a job.A Whole Lott More will also have three other screenings: • Hunter College – March 6th at 7:00 p.m. • The Actor’s Fund in Brooklyn – March 10th at 7:00 p.m. • Jacob Burns Center (Pleasantville, NY) – March 13th at 7:30 p.m.To purchase tickets to the New York Premiere of A Whole Lott More at the ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival or additional screenings on March 6 and March 10th click here.
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Alan Titchmarsh And Ben Fogle Help Prince Charles Celebrate Countryside Fund

first_imgThe Prince of Wales hosted a reception at Highgrove House this week to mark the 5th anniversary of The Prince’s Countryside Fund.Prince Charles cuts a cake to mark the 5th anniversary of The Prince’s Countryside FundCredit/Copyright: Royal Highness met a number of Prince’s Countryside Fund Ambassadors at the event, including Alan Titchmarsh, Ben Fogle and Phil Vickery. The event took place during National Countryside Week, an annual awareness campaign celebrating the British countryside.Founded by The Prince of Wales, The Prince’s Countryside Fund was set up by Business in the Community in July 2010. The Fund supports people who take care of the British countryside and has distributed over £6 million in grants to date, helping 160,000 people living and working in rural communities.Projects include apprenticeships for budding hill farmers, training for young people to gain employment in the rural economy, community transport schemes in isolated rural areas and projects to educate school children about where their food comes from and why the countryside matters.The Prince said at the event: “I am thrilled that as a result of the fund being set up we’ve managed to support over 2,500 rural enterprises to start up or grow.“National Countryside Week, this week, has enabled us to announce that the latest round of successful applicants for the fund has produced fifteen new projects to bring the total of monies granted to projects right across the United Kingdom to £6 million over the last five years.” read more

Orlando Bloom To Receive Britannia Humanitarian Award

first_imgThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) is pleased to announce it will honor award-winning actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom with the Britannia Humanitarian Award presented by the Beazley Group.The award will be presented at the 2015 Jaguar Land Rover British Academy Britannia Awards Presented by American Airlines on Friday, October 30, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.“At BAFTA Los Angeles, we recognize that our industry’s power to raise social awareness and push for change is enormous. Orlando Bloom’s incredible work with UNICEF and many other charities demonstrates that immense power, and he has consistently gone above and beyond as an active, engaged campaigner for real solutions to urgent global issues,” stated BAFTA Los Angeles Chairman, Kieran Breen. “We are delighted to honor Orlando with this award and to draw a spotlight on the issues he cares about most.”The Britannia Humanitarian Award is presented to a colleague who has used the art form of the moving image or their position in the entertainment industry to create positive social change, and actively shine a light on important humanitarian issues. The award has previously recognized Idris Elba, Richard Curtis, Don Cheadle, Colin Firth and Mark Ruffalo. Bloom has used his voice for years to highlight great causes, including We Day, Children’s Defense Fund and Global Green. One of Bloom’s passionate initiatives has been his partnership with UNICEF, the human rights non-profit, which focuses efforts on children in underdeveloped parts of the world. Bloom has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2009, visiting countries like Nepal, Liberia, and Russia to aid in UNICEF’s efforts, which include everything from education, to clean water acts, and battling Ebola.As previously announced, Meryl Streep will receive this year’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, Sam Mendes will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing presented by The GREAT Britain Campaign, James Corden will receive the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year presented by Burberry and Amy Schumer will receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy presented by Kodak. World-renowned television and event production company Done + Dusted will produce this year’s ceremony. British automotive company Jaguar Land Rover are this year’s title sponsor of the event, and American Airlines the presenting sponsor.“We applaud Orlando’s passionate commitment to the rights of young people around the world,” commented Event Co-Chairs, Deborah Kolar and Adam Bialow.The British Academy Britannia Awards evening is BAFTA’s big night out in Hollywood, where Brits and anglophiles alike come together to take over Los Angeles for an evening to honor individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the US, UK and beyond. This cross-cultural collaboration allows the BAFTA community to shine a spotlight on the Hollywood industry while hosting an evening of fun and British irreverence. The awards are BAFTA Los Angeles’ highest accolades, and a celebration of achievements honoring individuals and companies that have dedicated their careers to advancing the entertainment arts. The evening recognizes outstanding British talent or exceptional American talent by virtue of their strong connection to the British industry through their body of work, and celebrate the long-standing collaboration between the British and American industries.The annual ceremony will take place Friday, October 30, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Additional honorees will be announced at a later date. The British Academy Britannia Awards is a key event in the awards season, which continues with the BAFTA Tea Party in Los Angeles on January 9, 2016 and culminates with the EE British Academy Film Awards in London on Sunday, February 14, 2016.Proceeds from the gala ceremony support BAFTA Los Angeles’ on-going education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects.For more information on table sales please contact MTA Events at or 818.906.0240.last_img read more

Elton Johns Good Heart Boosts Love Bravery Range

first_imgThe Elton John AIDS Foundation and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation have launched a new website – – to promote love and compassion.The website showcases how every second on twitter someone is bullied with words such as ‘bitch’ or ‘loser’ and calls on viewers to fight hate with words of love.The website also showcases unique footage of Elton John and Lady Gaga talking about love and compassion, and how it inspired them to launch the Love Bravery clothing brand.“The words Love and Bravery have real power” commented David Furnish, Chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “I was honored to help launch the Love Bravery line at Macy’s with Lady Gaga. It’s amazing to think that not only are these clothes and accessories super cool, with LOVE or BRAVERY emblazoned across your t-shirt, your hoodie or your purse, you’re really making a statement about what’s important!”Elton makes that statement in a new video released today for his single A Good Heart. The video is Elton’s first for over a decade. In it he wears a heart shaped pin badge from the Love Bravery collection. The video explores the power of love in its many forms – that of lovers, friends and family members. Anne Aslett, Executive Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation feels “the song and the video for A Good Heart beautifully echo the spirit of Love Bravery.”Macy’s are donating 25% from every Love Bravery purchase to support the work of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. To celebrate the release of ‘A Good Heart’ Macy’s are running a special promotion with a further 25% discount on all items in the Love Bravery range. To find out more and claim your discount go to John AIDS Foundationlast_img read more

Garth Brooks And Trisha Yearwood Join National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

first_imgThe Lumineers, Garth Brooks, and Trisha Yearwood have been added to the lineup for the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.They will join James Taylor, Chance The Rapper, Kelly Clarkson, and Yolanda Adams in performing a collection of holiday favorites.Taking place on Thursday, December 1, on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House), the special event wraps the National Park Service Centennial year and celebrates the launch of a second century of discovery and stewardship. Through a partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, the National Christmas Tree Lighting will be televised exclusively on Hallmark Channel on Monday, December 5.Dates to note:December 1: National Christmas Tree Lighting takes place on the Ellipse in President’s ParkDecember 5 at 7 p.m. ET/PT: National Christmas Tree Lighting telecast exclusively on Hallmark ChannelAn American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is a great example of the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark. Launched in March 2015, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs. Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and setting the stage for the Service’s next 100 years, Find Your Park invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation’s natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.last_img read more

A Huge Success For Concert For America Stand Up Sing Out

first_imgConcert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! brought together artists from Broadway, TV and beyond to spread a message of unity and hope during the weekend at Town Hall.The first concert in the monthly series raised more than $100,000 to benefit the NAACP, Planned Parenthood, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center, and the Sierra Club Foundation.The audience took to their feet several times throughout the concert. Featured moments included Tony Award winner Chita Rivera performing “America” from West Side Story with some of the original Broadway production choreography; dance legend Ben Vereen breaking down into tears singing Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”; and Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn inciting gasps throughout the audience when it was announced she would sing “Colors of the Wind” from Disney’s Pocahontas, for which she originated the vocals.Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP, also attended and introduced Brian Stokes Mitchell singing “America the Beautiful,” followed by “Wheels of a Dream” from Ragtime. The entire cast of artists joined together on stage to sing an arrangement of “What the World Needs Now is Love,” which Concert for America co-producers Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley produced in response to the Pulse nightclub shooting in June 2016, and “Let the Sunshine In” from Hair.Rudetsky and Wesley announced on stage last night that the next dates for the Concert for America series will be back at Town Hall on February 25, 2017, followed by a performance in Chicago on March 19, 2017.The sold-out show featured performances and appearances by Betty Buckley, Michelle Collins, Lilla Crawford, Brian d’Arcy James, Sharon Gless, Judy Gold, Richard Kind, Judy Kuhn, Anika Larsen, Liz Larsen, Caissie Levy, Beth Malone, Carrie Manolakos, Stephanie Mills, Jessie Mueller, Kate Mulgrew, Julia Murney, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelli O’Hara, Piper Perabo, Rosie Perez, Billy Porter, Randy Rainbow, Caroline Rhea, Alice Ripley, Chita Rivera, Shayna Steele, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ben Vereen, Lillias White, Betsy Wolfe and morelast_img read more

Jay Leno And Bryce Harper Join Vegas Strong Concert Benefiting Victims Fund

first_imgJay Leno and Bryce Harper are joining the force of Las Vegas entertainers and homegrown talent to take the stage Friday, December 1 at T-Mobile Arena for the Vegas Strong Benefit Concert, a special evening of entertainment supporting the victims of the October 1 tragedy.Leno, a Las Vegas headlining comedian; and Harper, Washington Nationals outfielder and Las Vegas native; will join Boyz II Men, Cirque du Soleil, David Copperfield, Imagine Dragons, Penn & Teller, The Killers, and more for an unprecedented fundraising event benefiting the Las Vegas Victims Fund.Harper said, “I was born and raised in Las Vegas, and my pride for this great city runs deep. In the wake of this terrible event, the world has seen what I’ve always known to be true: how strong our city is and what a tight-knit, supportive community we have. I’m proud to be a part of the Vegas Strong benefit to support and honor those impacted by this tragedy and the city that I love.”Tickets range from $75 – $125 and are available online at or by calling the AXS Call Center at 888.929.7849. Tickets also may be purchased at any MGM Resorts International Box Office or Concierge Desk.T-MOBILE OFFERS TEXT-TO-GIVE TO SUPPORT VICTIMS:Anyone can donate directly to the relief of those affected by the Las Vegas shooting by simply texting VEGAS to 20222 to give $10 to the National Compassion Fund. T-Mobile customers will see the donation on their next T-Mobile bill. Message & data rates may apply for customers who aren’t with T-Mobile.The National Compassion Fund continues to support the immediate and long-term needs of the victims of the October 1 shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada and donations are providing critical support to the victims and their families. 100 percent of the funds raised will be distributed to the victims of Las Vegas.For more information on text-to-give, click here.last_img read more

Catt Sadler CoProduces New Documentary Women Like Us

first_imgOn February 25, 2018, Women Like Us Foundation will present the documentary Women Like Us, Three Journeys. One Mission. To Change the World.Women Like Us, Three Journeys. One Mission. To Change the WorldThe film, executive produced by Women Like Us co-founder Linda Rendleman, and co-produced by Women Like Us Global Ambassador Catt Sadler, is a rallying cry for women to continue the fight for equality for all.Women Like Us is a film that lifts and motivates the spirit. This story follows three women on a moving journey of exploration, adversity and evolution, in addition to witnessing the unimaginable social injustices women face around the globe. Award winning journalist Catt Sadler and her mother, Linda Rendleman, activist/author and cofounder of Women Like Us Foundation, along with Sally Colon, film director, travel the US and Kenya to engage in conversations with astounding women tackling unimaginable social injustices such as female genital mutilation, human trafficking, teen suicide, homelessness and more.“I’m thrilled to be coming back to Indy to connect with all the wonderful women who are making change for the community. It was the first place I wanted to come to and share our film. Indy means so much to me and my mom, Linda,” commented Catt Sadler.The Women Like Us Foundation promotes gender equality and social justice through funding women’s nonprofits fighting sexual abuse, mitigating homelessness, and supporting women’s leadership through education. Rendleman formed Women Like Us in Indianapolis ten years ago.Included in the film are local resident and international artist Nancy Noel who supports the NA Noel school in Kenya and Fishers resident Deb Myers, founder of the One Girl at a Time Foundation.“Our work of 10 years has created awareness and funded initiatives led by women with an emphasis on gender equality and social justice,” emphasizes Linda Rendleman, the CEO and President of Women Like Us Foundation. “This film allows us to take their stories across the country with a call to action for women to find their passion and speak their voices for change.”Event sponsors include KAR Auctions, Faegre, Baker, Daniels , LLP, Raymond James Network for Women Advisors, Baritone Sales Group, One Girl at a Time Foundation, Sharonweb Autism Foundation, Network of Women in Business and You Can Free Us.The documentary will screen on February 25th at 6:30pm at the Indianapolis IMAX Theatre (650 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, Indiana 46204), preceded by a 5:00pm VIP/Media Red Carpet reception. Catt Sadler and Linda Rendleman will co-host a Q&A at 8:00pm, following the film.Tickets are available at IMAX.last_img read more

Broadway reviews of Canadian 911inspired musical Come From Away

first_img– Ben Brantley, The New York Times – Linda Winer, Newsday One can see why. Landing on Broadway at this famously divided and fear-stoked moment, the warm-as-toast show functions as a shrewdly timed commercial for Canada’s growing brand as the most welcoming North American host for international refugees (no wonder Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to attend in coming days). Sunday night marked the official New York opening for “Come From Away” following several weeks of previews. Prior to its arrival on Broadway, the show received raves during engagements in La Jolla, Calif., Washington, D.C., Seattle and Toronto. Here are a few excerpts of reviews from American critics sharing their thoughts on the Canadian stage show: Advertisement “The show’s accomplishments seem all the more surprising considering that the only previous theatrical credit for the Canadian husband-and-wife team responsible for the book, music and lyrics is something called ‘My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding.’ This musical, based on interviews with many of the real-life participants, features a savvy mixture of humour and emotion in its fast-paced story, expertly staged by (director) Christopher Ashley.” ——— Advertisement “Come From Away … reflects a triumph of the human spirit and an honourable mention of the theatrical. It’s by no means the best musical on Broadway, but it’s surely the goodest. If that sounds cynical, perhaps New Yorkers may be permitted a bit of side-eye about a work that borrows our local tragedy as background for 100 minutes of Canadian civic boosterism.” — Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune “We’ve been exposed of late to impressions of Canada as an inordinately decent place. One has only to read about terrified immigrants, fleeing across the United States’s northern border in search of sanctuary, or to reflect on Canada’s vigorous and civilized prime minister, Justin Trudeau, to become sentimental about a place where generosity still seems to be a growth industry. (Irene) Sankoff and (David) Hein’s portrait of Gander will only intensify that longing.” ——— Facebook – Peter Marks, The Washington Post LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment And, beyond both its patriotism and celebration of small-town folks, the show makes the proud declaration that ordinary people, when faced with the other walking right into their kitchen, live and in person, can be counted on to do the right thing.” – Allison Adato, Entertainment Weeklycenter_img The production is set in the remote town of Gander, N.L., which provided refuge to thousands of passengers and crew from planes diverted after U.S. air space was closed following the Sept. 11 terror attacks. – Jesse Green, New York Magazine NEW YORK — The reviews are in and Canadian 9/11-inspired musical “Come From Away” appears to be Broadway’s newest critical hit. Login/Register With: “Well, ‘Come From Away’ may not be Broadway’s first feel-good musical about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, but it is a feel-pretty-nice musical. Think of the simple 100-minute show as psychological training wheels, perhaps a way to ease us into the unbearable stories our playwrights might someday ask us to confront.” Twitter “The show’s creators, the Canadian husband-and-wife team of David Hein and Irene Sankoff, have set for themselves a unenviable challenge — to make engaging musical numbers from the following situations: Idling on a tarmac; stocking up on toilet paper, tooth brushes, diapers and tampons at a chain store (‘Shoppers,’ which again made those seated near me titter in regional recognition); and experiencing the unsettling sensation of wearing strangers’ donated clothing when your own is stuck in the hold of a 737. Hummable tunes aren’t really the point here, but the music is confident and lively, and the direct, if not necessarily poetic, lyrics keep the character-based story moving at a pleasant clip.” – Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter “You might think of this populist musical, which was written by the Canadian team of Irene Sankoff and David Hein, directed by Christopher Ashley with breathless, intermissionless bonhomie, and that features one of the older casts ever seen in a Broadway musical, as an idealization of human selflessness. For the record, it was received with atypical warmth and affection on the night I saw the show. Truly atypical. “‘Come From Away’ — set, you should know, on and after the world-shaking date of Sept. 11, 2001 — pushes so many emotional buttons that you wind up feeling like an accordion. That does not mean that you’ll leave thinking you have been played. ——— Advertisement ——— ——— ——— For this Canadian-born production, written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein and directed by Christopher Ashley, is as honourable in its intentions as it is forthright in its sentimentality. And it may provide just the catharsis you need in an American moment notorious for dishonourable and divisive behaviour.”last_img read more

SCTV fans rejoice Rick Moranis joins Sunday reunion chat in Toronto

first_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Rick Moranis plays guitar in his apartment, Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, in New York. (DIANE BONDAREFF) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img For many SCTV fans, especially those in Toronto, the final piece of the puzzle has fallen into place: Rick Moranis will be there on Sunday to tape a reunion chat with the rest of the cast at the Elgin Theatre.Netflix revealed Thursday that the previously announced event before a live audience — part of a comedy special directed by Martin Scorsese that will reunite former SCTV co-stars Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short and Dave Thomas — will now feature their old castmate Moranis, the Toronto-born funnyman who has kept a very low profile over the last decade. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement The clip features lead singer Adrian Sutherland playing guitar and harmonica in a boat filled with his family and friends.The video was captured last October near Sutherland’s home as part of a marathon five-day shoot that included filming for two other songs.Midnight Shine’s Heart of Gold introduces new elements to one of Young’s most beloved songs, including a heavy drum beat, slide guitar, pow wow singing and the translated Cree verse.Sutherland performs the Indigenous chant and the vocals, while the Trews’ Chris Gormley appears as a guest drummer.The singer said in a press release that it proved difficult to directly translate the English into Cree words because gold is described as “money rock.” He said that wouldn’t do justice to Young’s meaning, so instead of “heart of gold” he chose to say, “good hearted.”Heart of Gold appears on Midnight Shine’s third album High Road. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Indigenous rockers Midnight Shine have added fresh glitter to Neil Young’s Heart of Gold with new version that features a verse in Mushkegowuk Cree.The Attawapiskat band released a music video for their cover that’s filmed entirely in the northern Ontario community. Indigenous rockers Midnight Shine released a music video for a new version of Neil Young’s Heart of Gold that features a verse translated into Mushkegowuk Cree. (David McDonald/The Canadian Press) Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Starlight tours go largely unreported expert

first_imgAPTN National NewsAs APTN National News reported Tuesday, an OPP officer is currently under suspension after leaving a man on the side of a highway outside Red Lake, Ont.Stanley Fiddler was forced to walk several kilometres home.The practice is often called a starlight tour.As APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler finds out, the pleasant-sounding phrase hides a grim reality.last_img

Family questions RCMPs handling of 20 yearold Ojibway womans death

first_imgRocelyn Gabriel, 20, was found dying at a recycling depot in Portage la Prairie, Man., Sunday. She later died in hospital. Gabriel’s family is upset with the RCMP over the initial handling of her case. Facebook photoBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsIn her final hours early Sunday morning, Rocelyn Gabriel desperately tried to flag down passing cars before darting back behind bins at the recycling depot in Portage la Prairie, Man., according to her aunt Loretta Traverse.Gabriel, 20, entered the depot at about 4:45 a.m. Sunday and was found nearly frozen to death at 8 a.m. in the snow. She later died at the Portage General Hospital.The RCMP said in a terse statement that Gabriel died from frigid temperatures that morning. The temperature with the wind-chill dropped to -34C at the time. Gabriel was wearing only a sweater when she was found.The RCMP statement said “foul play is not suspected.”Gabriel was a recent high school graduate and was planning to study nursing.Traverse said RCMP investigators who arrived when Gabriel was found did not secure the area as a possible crime scene.“They did nothing, they did not close off the area. They weren’t doing their jobs and that leads me to believe, well, I don’t like bringing up the Aboriginal fact,” said Traverse. “She was indeed an Aboriginal young lady. She didn’t end up there because she wanted to pass out.”Traverse said she doesn’t believe Gabriel went to the depot alone.“Someone took her there,” she said.Traverse said Gabriel was at a house party the night before she died. Gabriel’s house sits between the house where the party was held and the depot. The location of the house party is about three kilometres from the depot.“Nobody walks miles through their community to end up at a secluded location, bypassing her home, her cousins, everyone lives there,” said Traverse. “She was cold, she would have knocked on the first door to get that kind of help. She didn’t have that opportunity.”Gabriel went to the party wearing a coat. Her cousin and sister also attended the party but did not see her leave, said Traverse.Traverse said she asked RCMP Cpl. Darcy Paul why they weren’t treating the death as suspicious.“When I asked him why they didn’t do a rape kit or investigate further, his words were, ‘We didn’t think there was a need for that,’” said Traverse. “It’s common sense, if you find a young lady somewhere in an industrial area, I would think that is the first thing you would do.”Traverse said the RCMP told her they saw footage of Gabriel captured by the depot’s security cameras.“I am told she hid behind some bins and would run out to try to flag vehicles to stop,” said Traverse.Traverse also said the RCMP told her that Gabriel’s purse, which contained her cell phone, was found down the road from the depot.The RCMP requested an autopsy which has not yet been completed.Traverse said she is frustrated with the RCMP’s initial handling of Gabriel’s case. She said investigators have yet to conduct interviews in relation to the death and that the lead investigator on the file is now on holiday.A spokesperson for the RCMP said the case is still under investigation, but that the officers’ initial reaction to the scene would have been based on years of experience.“We have police with a lot of experience who are arriving on scene and they are going with their reaction on that,” said RCMP spokesperson Tara Seel.Seel said she would be looking into Traverse’s belief that the lead investigator was going on holidays.Seel said RCMP investigators have interviewed people who were in contact with Gabriel that night before her death.“There are interviews being done. I can’t confirm how many or who we spoke to,” said Seel.A candlelight vigil is set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. local time at the depot where Gabriel was found.On Dec. 24, 2013, Gabriel posted a photo of a highway at dusk on her Facebook page with words inscribed across the front: “Sooner or later the things you love, you lose.”On Sunday, several of her Facebook friends posted messages of sorrow beneath it.“Never thought it would be you,” wrote one Facebook read more

28 people involved in protests against the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in

first_img(A group of land protectors occupy the offices of Nalcor Energy, the provincial agency in charge of the Muskrat Falls energy project. A number of the occupiers have had criminal charges laid against them. Photo: Justin Brake)Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsThe RCMP in Labrador have charged more than two dozen people in relation to the protest that took place in October 2016 against the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project about 30 kilometres west of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NFLD.That’s when rallies against the massive project picked up steam. Three people went on a hunger strike, dozens camped outside the Muskrat Falls construction gates, and about 35 people occupied the offices of Nalcor Energy, a provincial corporation for a short time shutting down operations for several days.While dozens of people have faced civil charges for violating a court injunction obtained by Nalcor last year, these are the first criminal charges come out of an ongoing investigation by the RCMP.18 men and 10 women face a total of 60 charges including:• Disobeying a court order• Mischief over $5000• Mischief• Taking a motor vehicle without consent• Breaches of a court orderIn a media release, the RCMP said it respects and protects the right to peaceful demonstrations as guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Watch video from the Land Protectors being charged here: Muskrat FallsNot everyone involved has been served.Innu Elder Bart Jack lives in Sheshatshui and is waiting to hear whether he’ll be charged.Jack describes the rallies and occupation of the Muskrat Falls site as peaceful.“We were all together, the settlers, Inuit and Innu,” said Jack. “It all culminated in the fact that we appreciated each other and felt had a common cause.”The group who shut down the Nalcor site only came out after Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball reached an agreement with the Innu and Inuit leaders to address environment concerns over Muskrat Falls.Many feared the trees and soil in the flood zone of the dam will create methylmercury and contaminate traditional food sources downstream, and many still have concerns over the structural integrity of the dam in an area called the North Spur.Labrador land protectors continue to oppose the project calling for Muskrat Falls to be shut down and are planning another day of Action in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Sunday.The 28 people charged will make their first court appearance on April 11.troache@aptn.caFollow @trinaroachelast_img read more

Freshii CEO says growth still underway but bottlenecks forced revised timelines

first_imgCALGARY – The CEO of healthy fast-food chain Freshii says bottlenecks in new markets, delays from major franchise operators and the setback at outlets in Target stores combined to force the company’s revised growth outlook late last month.Speaking at a small business conference in Calgary Thursday, Matthew Corrin said the combination meant fewer outlets could open this year, but that the stores are still going ahead.“As a fast-growing company, we learned things that we didn’t have the benefit of a year ago that caused additional bottlenecks in opening those stores,” Corrin said.On Sept. 26, Freshii revised down expected store openings for the year to between 90 and 95 from 150 to 160, and total expected stores open by the end of 2019 from at least 810 to 730 stores.But Corrin says the stores are still on their way.“It wasn’t a matter of if those stores opened, but when,” he said. “For all intents and purposes, nothing at all changed in the business.”Permitting and construction delays, along with slower than expected timelines for major franchise operators, pushed store opening timelines from the expected nine months to twelve, he said.“Every city we go into has a different permitting timeline, different landlords for the most part, different general contractors.”Corrin said the company has made numerous new hires this year, and changed some policies to help store roll-outs and that the timing is now back to nine months — but not in time to recover the store opening numbers for this year.He said the company’s decision to end an 18-outlet pilot with Target, because a lack of foot traffic at the retailer, also cut into net growth numbers.The revised growth outlook sent the company’s stock, which only listed in an IPO in January, down by a third.“I’m the biggest shareholder by a long shot. My family and I own 30 per cent of the company. And so, as you can imagine, I am personally disappointed in the share price,” Corrin said.But he said he no longer looks at the daily stock price, and is focused on continuing to adapt to changing markets and pressures.Corrin said companies that scale fast, that grow ahead of inflation and that cultivate a culture where employees are more productive and passionate can better adapt to changes like the minimum wage increases rolling out in several provinces.“When you bring all that together, your minimum wage issue becomes way more defendable than your competition,” he said. “So that’s why we sleep well at night.”last_img read more

BC grapples with future of Site C as Premier Horgan sends ministers

first_imgVICTORIA – The fate of the largest public project in British Columbia’s history, the Site C hydroelectric dam, will be the focus of intense scrutiny this week as provincial cabinet ministers travel north for last-minute consultations.The New Democrats promised to decide Site C’s fate by the end of the year after a review by the B.C. Utilities Commission, the province’s independent energy regulator, concluded the dam is over budget and behind schedule.Construction work on the $8.3-billion project began near Fort St. John in the northeastern part of the province more than two years ago.The heat is on, said Premier John Horgan, who is sending his ministers of Indigenous relations and energy to the region for consultations with First Nations and community representatives this week.Horgan said he will continue to crunch numbers and try to decide what’s best for rate payers.“This is not an easy choice. This is not an easy decision,” he said. “We’re going to be grappling with it for the next couple of weeks. I’m not underestimating the challenge ahead of me.”Deciding the project’s future is the first major test of the minority New Democrats, who have said it will impact the entire province. Site C has been marked by environmental, economic, technological and Indigenous rights concerns that have become the front lines of political battles in the province.“I, now as the leader of the government, have to look at what the consequences are of what our decision will be going forward,” Horgan said.Environmental studies expert Karen Bakker said the utilities commission’s recent report shows the project’s cost could grow to $12 billion, all to provide energy that isn’t required.“It’s a very expensive project,” said Bakker, who led a team at the University of British Columbia that produced five reports on Site C. “That’s the conundrum the province is facing. This could be a huge money sink for the province.”The utilities commission was asked by the NDP government to confirm whether Crown-owned BC Hydro is on target to complete construction of Site C on budget and by 2024. It was also asked to provide advice on three possible outcomes: proceeding with the project, suspending construction until 2024 or terminating it.The commission concluded suspending and restarting the project in 2024 is the least attractive option, and would add at least $3.6 billion to the price tag.The review didn’t make a recommendation on whether the province should proceed with or cancel the dam, but said terminating Site C would cost $1.8 billion while completing it could cost more than $10 billion.The commission also said there are viable alternative energy sources, including wind, geothermal and industrial curtailment, that could provide similar benefits with an equal or lower cost.“The commission’s report is very clear that there are high economic risks,” Bakker said.She said the project also faces potential lawsuits from Indigenous groups.But Liberal Mike Bernier, who represents the Dawson Creek area near the dam, said killing Site C would result in the province losing $4 billion, with nothing to show for its investment.He said more than 2,000 people are currently working on the dam and their jobs are now under threat.“Site C is a generational opportunity to help the province grow, give us cheap renewable power and have opportunities for my kids and everybody else’s kids,” Bernier said. “To me that’s why this project is something I’m fighting for because I see the opportunities of building our province.”He said six of eight Indigenous groups near the dam site have signed benefits agreements with BC Hydro.Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser said he will speak with supporters and opponents of Site C when he visits northeastern B.C. this week.“We will be meeting with all of the nations regardless of their take on the project or their involvement in any benefits agreements or their opposition,” he said. “It’s to listen because we don’t know what we are going to do.”Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nation, which is opposed to the dam, had a message for the government during a recent protest at the legislature.“It’s not this government that approved this project, but it is this government that has the ability to stop this thing,” he said.last_img read more

Fallout continues for Weinstein and his former company

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Fallout from sexual harassment and abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein continued Wednesday as the disgraced producer was hit with a new lawsuit, lost an honorary degree and his former company forced to sell off a major film asset because of the scandal.Weinstein and his former company were hit Wednesday with a proposed class action lawsuit that targets what it called the producer’s “casting couch” harassment and abuses. The suit, filed in Los Angeles federal court by an unnamed aspiring actress who claims Weinstein harassed her in a building occupied by his former company, Miramax, also names The Weinstein Co. as a defendant and accuses its leadership of being complicit in Weinstein’s systematic harassment and abuse of women.Representatives for Weinstein and the company did not respond to messages Wednesday seeking comment.The company is reeling from the allegations against its co-founder, and on Wednesday announced it had sold the distribution rights to its biggest upcoming release, “Paddington 2.” Warner Bros. will now release the film, which is based on late author Michael Bond’s famous “Paddington Bear” stories.“Paddington” producer David Heyman earlier said he intended that the Weinstein Co. name to be “nowhere near” ”Paddington 2,” which was wholly financed by Studiocanal.Trustees from the State University of New York and the SUNY chancellor on Wednesday revoked the degree granted to Weinstein in 2001. He was an English major at the University at Buffalo from 1969-1973.In a statement, the University at Buffalo says Weinstein’s alleged conduct is “inconsistent” with the values and policies of the university and “contradicts the spirit of the honorary degree” and “undermines the accomplishments” that were cited to bolster the awarding of the degree.It is the latest honour lost by Weinstein, who has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and received lifetime bans from the television academy and producers guild.Dozens of women, including actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong’o and Ashley Judd, have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, while actresses Asia Argento, Rose McGowan and others have accused the Oscar-winner of raping them.Weinstein’s representatives have denied all accusations of non-consensual sex, but no charges have been filed.Weinstein, 65, is being investigated by police in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, New York and London.The harassment and abuse allegations against Weinstein have led to numerous women coming forward with allegations of harassment and abuse against powerful men, including actor Kevin Spacey, numerous entertainment industry executives and politicians in the United States and abroad.Actor Terry Crews named a talent agency executive he said groped him, likening the experience on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday morning to being a prisoner of war. Crews said he felt emasculated by the incident, and he has filed a police report.The scandal in Hollywood has prompted Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey to establish a task force to handle any forthcoming criminal complaints. The advocacy group Women in Film also plans to make a help line and panel of pro-bono legal experts available beginning next month to provide counselling, referrals and legal advice to harassment victimsThe Workshop production company announced Wednesday it will begin work this month on an eight-part documentary series that will be called “Shame: The Story of Sexual Harassment in Hollywood.” The project aims to explore issues starting with the “casting couch mentality” that dates back to the days of silent films. It will stretch from the disgrace of “Fatty” Arbuckle nearly a century ago to modern-day offenders like Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein, shining a light on how actors, directors and producers have routinely used their power to engage in unsolicited, abusive behaviour.___AP Film Writer Jake Coyle and Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy in New York and AP Entertainment Writers Sandy Cohen and Anthony McCartney in Los Angeles contributed to this report.last_img read more