Manitoba civil servant policy says booze OK marijuana not at office parties

first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba civil servants will be able to swig a beer at office parties, but smoking a joint will still be a no-no after recreational cannabis is legalized, says a draft policy obtained by The Canadian Press.It’s an issue that many employers, both public and private, will have to deal with once marijuana becomes legal this year.“Alcohol is ingrained in our ways of doing business. Marijuana isn’t,” said Sean MacDonald, who teaches business administration at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business“Particularly within corporate Canada, there is still a long distance in terms of both education and cultural transformation before they’re going to view (alcohol and marijuana) on the same level.”The five-page draft policy from Manitoba’s civil service commission, to take effect once recreational pot is legal, says booze will still be OK at some functions, but pot won’t be.“Consumption of alcohol may be acceptable when in conjunction with a workplace event or social function where consumption has been authorized by the appropriate employing authority,” the document states.“The use of cannabis is prohibited at all times in relation to working hours … and work-related events or social functions, unless it has been prescribed (medically).”There will also be different rules for buying liquor and cannabis on a lunch break under the draft policy.“Employees who purchase alcohol during a rest period or meal break may store the alcohol, unopened, in a discreet location in the workplace until the end of that work day,” the policy states.“The possession and/or storage of cannabis in the workplace is prohibited at all times, unless it has been prescribed.”MacDonald said many employers will initially be cautious when it comes to cannabis and set down strict rules.“I am sure over time they will evolve and probably loosen up to some degree.”The Manitoba civil service commission would not comment on the draft policy, other than to say it is still a work in progress.“An updated policy on workplace impairment is being drafted and will be made available publicly once finalized,” the commission said in a brief written statement.last_img read more

Meet Jamie Baillie Veteran Tory leader takes second kick at election can

first_imgHALIFAX – A sketch of Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie:Age: 51Hometown: Truro, N.S.Job before politics: A chartered accountant, he worked as a senior partner at human resources consulting firm Robertson Surrette; vice-president of finance for CitiGroup Properties; chief of staff to former premier John Hamm; and president of Credit Union Atlantic.Leadership history: Elected leader in August 2010; was first elected to the legislature in an October 2010 byelection.Notable moment from campaign: Baillie faced questions after defending a male candidate for online postings while ousting a female one. Baillie insisted there was no double standard in dropping Jad Crnogorac in Dartmouth South for making racially tinged and other jokes, while standing by Matt Whitman in Hammonds Plains-Lucasville, who jokingly acted out what he called a “Chinese fire drill” in a video.Spotted in his office: A small print of the late U.S. president John F. Kennedy sits next to a baseball signed by former Red Sox and Expos lefthander Bill “Spaceman” Lee.Quote: “Ultimately, political parties want their leaders to win for them. I would like to win for my party, but also for all Nova Scotians, and I do believe that we are going to win.”last_img read more

Waterloo police to probe handling of assault case by Toronto officer last

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders has asked police in Waterloo, Ont., to investigate how his force handled a case involving the alleged assault of a teen by an off-duty Toronto police officer.The province’s police watchdog has said Const. Michael Theriault was off duty when he allegedly assaulted a 19-year-old in Whitby, Ont., last December.The Special Investigations Unit has said there was an interaction allegedly involving Theriault, a civilian and the teen.The SIU says the teen was taken to hospital with undisclosed serious injuries.Theriault has been charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, and public mischief.Saunders says the Toronto police force did not initially contact the SIU after the alleged incident based on the information they had at the time.He says when a new version of events emerged, the SIU’s involvement was required.Saunders says he took the extra step of asking Waterloo police to investigate how the matter was handled given the circumstances of the case.last_img read more

Trial in Michigan airport stabbing put off until July 30

first_imgFLINT, Mich. – The case of a Canadian man charged with stabbing a police officer at a Michigan airport isn’t on a fast track.A judge agreed Friday to extend important deadlines while federal investigators and defence lawyers collect and review evidence, especially in Montreal where Amor Ftouhi (ah-MOOR’ fuh-TOO’-ee) lived.Ftouhi is accused of stabbing a police officer in the neck at Flint’s Bishop International Airport last June. Investigators say the native of Tunisia yelled “Allahu Akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.” Lt. Jeff Neville survived.Federal Judge Linda Parker set a July 30 trial. She also set May 23 as the day for any plea deal.Ftouhi legally entered the U.S. at Champlain, New York, on June 16, five days before the attack.last_img read more

Toronto cop who shot teen appears in court for attempt to obstruct

first_imgTORONTO – The case of a Toronto police officer found guilty of attempted murder in the fatal shooting of a teen on a streetcar and now charged with attempting to obstruct justice and perjury will return to court next month.Const. James Forcillo appeared in court Friday and is set to appear by video link on Jan. 12 to schedule a bail hearing on the charges, which were laid last week.Even if he is granted bail on those charges, however, Forcillo would remain in custody to serve his sentence in the shooting of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim.The officer had been out on bail living under house arrest as he appealed his conviction, but his bail was revoked in November after he was charged for breaching his bail conditions.Forcillo was sentenced to six years in prison last year for his role in the shooting, an incident that set off a wave of public outrage after video of what happened went viral.He has since asked the appeal court to substitute a not-guilty verdict or order a new trial in his case.He is also seeking a declaration that the mandatory minimum sentence for attempted murder is unconstitutional, and wants to be granted a suspended sentence. Barring that, he wants his sentence reduced to the minimum five years.last_img read more

Newfoundland police investigate sudden death of teen amid reports of bullying

first_imgGANDER, N.L. – Police are investigating the sudden death of a 14-year-old Newfoundland girl, saying they are aware of social media allegations in the case but don’t yet know what precipitated the death.Gander RCMP said Friday numerous investigators have been assigned to look into the circumstances of the tragedy and will be conducting interviews and inquiries across the northeastern part of the island.Sgt. Chris Dawe said police are aware of recent social media posts and encourage anyone with information related to this case to contact them.“With technology and social media expanding on a daily basis, it’s something that law enforcement is having to pay close attention to and contend with,” he said, adding that investigations become “far reaching endeavours.”Comments on the social networking website Facebook suggest the girl was the victim of bullying by another teen shortly before her death.A relative of the girl posted what she said was a conversation “days before she was taken from us so tragically.”In what appears to be a series of screenshots of text messages from a smartphone, another teen appears to push the girl to take her own life.One text message said: “I really just want u to die before u have the time to have a life.”In what the relative said was the girl’s response, one text message simply said “stop.”A memorialized Facebook account of the teen includes photos of a smiling girl with long brown hair and glasses.An outpouring of grief and support for the teen’s family appeared on Facebook.“I just wish I could turn back time and fix this. I wish there was more time and more memories,” said one friend in a social media post. “I wish that this didn’t happen to you. This doesn’t feel real. Rest In Peace beautiful, I love you so much.”Another friend of the teen said news of her passing “hit hard for a lot of us around here.”“What some people are capable of saying to one is so sickening,” the post said. “How much does it take to be a decent human being? Just please everyone, please, be kind.”The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office is also investigating the teen’s death, which occurred on the afternoon of Feb. 6.Ken Morrissey with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District said in an email that a crisis response team, including guidance and educational psychologist supports, have been deployed to a school in Gander in response to a tragic circumstance.— By Brett Bundale in Halifax.last_img read more

Higgs swornin as New Brunswick premier names francophone as deputy premier

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s new Tory government has taken power, with a 17-member cabinet that includes four women and the party’s lone francophone MLA as deputy premier.“Today it has been entrusted upon us for the next chapter in New Brunswick’s story,” Premier Blaine Higgs said after being sworn-in as the province’s 34th premier.The ceremony, in the provincial legislature Friday, came just a week after the Liberal government of Brian Gallant was defeated on a confidence vote.At the age of 64, Higgs is the oldest person to assume the job of premier in a province with a history of choosing young leaders.Higgs thanked friends, family and supporters, and asked for the help of all New Brunswickers to fix the problems facing the province.“I humbly ask each and every one of you to help me in meeting that responsibility. This cannot be accomplished alone,” he said.Higgs named a cabinet of 17 ministers, including himself.Robert Gauvin, the Tories’ lone member in northern New Brunswick, has been named deputy premier and minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.The entertainer and playwright said while he’s a francophone from the north, he looks forward to working with people from across the province.“We’ll have to roll up our sleeves and talk to each other, find ways to respect each other, and get the job done,” he said.There are four women in cabinet, including rookie Andrea Anderson-Mason, who becomes minister of Justice and Attorney General.Ted Flemming returns to cabinet as minister of Health — a position he held under the former government of then-premier David Alward.Flemming said he’ll work quickly to help find a solution to the paramedic shortage that has impacted ambulance service in the province.“I’m going to study the situation, and we’re going to move forward, and you’re not going to have to wait around a long time,” Flemming said.On Friday, Higgs repeated a pledge to find a solution in a week, saying he’ll be able to make an announcement by next Friday.At the age of 71, former member of Parliament Greg Thompson has been named minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.Dominic Cardy, the province’s former NDP leader who ran for the Tories in September’s election, was named minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.Higgs issued a challenge to the new cabinet ministers.“You are the first new cabinet of a new era in government — a new era that will bring change for our province — positive change that will get us on the road to recovery, one where collaboration is more important than winning an argument,” he said.Standings in the 49-seat legislature are 22 Tories, 21 Liberals, three Green party members and three People’s Alliance MLAs.The three members of the People’s Alliance party have committed to supporting the Tory government on votes of confidence for at least 18 months, but have not signed any formal agreement with them.People’s Alliance Leader Kris Austin said Friday he thought the choices for the Tory cabinet were good and he looked forward to working with them.It won’t be difficult for Austin’s members to meet with Tory members — the new seating arrangement has them on the government side of the house, while the Green members will sit on the other side of the house with the Liberals.Gallant, meanwhile, says he hasn’t yet decided if he’ll stay on to lead his Liberal party.“Many people have asked me to stay on to be the leader of the Liberal party, the leader of the Opposition, and go into the next election as leader,” he said Thursday.“All of these words of encouragement are perhaps what’s making (my wife) Karine and I think long and hard about exactly how we wish to contribute to the province going forward.”However, Gallant said he won’t let the decision process drag on, and will announce his intentions soon.“I do think I can be an effective leader of the Opposition. I really do think we could continue some of the momentum we started if ever we were given the chance to govern again,” he said.Gallant said if he was to quit as leader, he would remain as MLA for his riding of Shediac Bay-Dieppe.He has close ties with a number of key players in the federal Liberal party, including his friend, Dominic LeBlanc, the minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Northern Affairs and Internal Trade – but Gallant said he has no intentions to make a run at federal politics in next year’s election.The new Tory government is expected to deliver a throne speech on Nov. 20.Higgs said he’ll present a short list of priorities rather than a long shopping list of promises.last_img read more

Its heartbreaking Manitoba premier says increase in child deaths is shocking

first_imgWINNIPEG — Manitoba’s premier says it is shocking to see a spike in the number of children who have died in the province.Manitoba’s children’s advocate released her annual report Monday which showed 187 children died in 2017-18 — the highest number of deaths in nearly a decade.Most children died from natural causes, like a premature birth or disease, followed by accidental deaths including drowning.Thirteen of the children who died were in government care, four of them died by suicide.Premier Brian Pallister says any time a child dies, it’s heartbreaking.He says if there is anything the province can do better, the government must do it.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Boot Cooper from Tory caucus over comments on online hate Liberal MP

first_imgOTTAWA — A Liberal MP says Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer should eject colleague Michael Cooper from the Tory caucus over things the MP said about online hate in a parliamentary hearing last week.Randy Boissonnault says Scheer’s refusal to boot Cooper from caucus shows there’s a “revolving door” for bigots into the Conservative party.During a May 28 meeting on the topic of online hate, Cooper quoted from the manifesto of the man charged with the mass murder in Christchurch, New Zealand in March.Cooper was arguing with a Muslim witness that conservatism should not be linked to extremist attacks like those on the two mosques in that city, which left 51 dead.On Saturday, Scheer released a statement on Twitter saying he had stripped Cooper of his place on the justice committee but considered the matter closed.Cooper’s actions in committee came the same day Scheer gave a speech in which he said bigots are not welcome in the Conservative party, saying “there’s the door” to anyone who believes race, religion, gender or sexual orientation makes them superior.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

This is the day of retribution Accused van killers chilling police interview

first_imgWarning: The video and story below contain disturbing content.Editor’s note: 680 NEWS and CityNews have decided not to publish the entire video of the interview between Toronto police and Alek Minassian. This decision has been done with careful consideration of the potential impact of what publishing the entire video could have had on the victims’ families and friends. Instead, we chose to publish portions of the video as part of the larger story about what seemed to have motivated the accused. After eight hours of restful sleep, Alek Minassian woke up around 7 a.m. on the morning of April 23, 2018, had breakfast, brushed his teeth, and ventured out to pick up the van he had rented. Just days prior, the 25-year-old completed his final exams at Seneca College. But instead of becoming a computer programmer, he would soon become one of Toronto’s most notorious accused mass murderers.After signing some obligatory paperwork, Minassian jumped behind the wheel of the van and headed towards Yonge Street.“I’m thinking that this is it, this is the day of retribution … and then as soon as I saw there was pedestrians, I just decided to go for it.”“I floor the pedal.”Those chilling words were uttered by Minassian just hours after the van attack that killed 10 and injured 16 along a busy stretch of Yonge Street in North York over a year ago.On Friday morning, a publication ban was lifted on the statement Minassian gave police after his dramatic arrest, providing a disturbing glimpse into what may have inspired him to allegedly get behind the wheel of a rented van and plough down innocent civilians.As Minassian coolly explained to Senior Detective Rob Thomas in a nearly four-hour long interview, it was a growing resentment towards women — fuelled by like-minded individuals on the dark recesses of the internet — that spawned the attack he’s accused of carrying out.Minassian told Thomas he was “kind of a nerd in high school” but said he was treated well by other students. He got along with his family and said his parents were supportive.But when he went to college to study software development, he began to develop a growing resentment towards women.Incel rebellionMinassian described what he called a humiliating “defining moment” when he attended a Halloween house party in 2013.“I walked in and attempted to socialize with some girls, however they all laughed at me and held the arms of the big guys instead.”“I felt very angry,” he explained.Minassian, who described himself as “ultraconservative” and a “hardcore gamer” soon found a community of sympathizers on online chat boards like 4chan and Reddit.When he wasn’t playing violent video-games up to five hours a day to “let out all my urges,” he was often chatting about his sexual frustrations from his laptop at home or at the library computer at Seneca.He joined a sub-Reddit called “Forever Alone,” where he learned about and began to identify with the incel community — a term that stands for “involuntarily celibate.”It’s also where he claims he began chatting with two other incels, Elliot Rodger and Chris Harper Mercer, both of whom went on to commit mass killings that ended in their respective suicides.“We discussed our frustrations at society and being unable to get laid and we were plotting certain timed strikes,” Minassian explained.When 22-year-old Rodger killed six people and injured more than a dozen others near the University of California in 2014, Minassian said he was inspired, calling Rodger the “founding forefather,” of the incel rebellion — a plan to eliminate alpha males so incels could reproduce with attractive women.“It’s basically a movement of angry incels, such as myself, who are unable to get laid, therefore we want to overthrow the Chads (alpha males).”Minassian says he last spoke to Rodger just days before the California attack.“He told me he has to go, he’s on a very important mission and he might not make it back alive,” Minassian told Thomas. “I felt kind of proud of him for his acts of bravery.”“I started to feel radicalized at that time,” he continued. “Meaning I felt it was time to take action and not just sit on the sidelines and just fester in my own sadness.”Minassian said Rodgers’ killing spree prompted him to take action.“I was at Seneca College and I decided to phone Ryder and book either a truck or a van with them and they had a 10-foot van available … so I figured that this is perfect … it’s big enough to have an effect but not too big that I can’t maneuver with it, so the van was the perfect medium sized to use as my weapon,” he said.“I was thinking that I would inspire future masses to join me in my uprising as well.”Before allegedly committing the deadly attack, Minassian said he shared his plans on 4chan, and posted a final Facebook message, stating that the incel rebellion has already begun“Quite a few people were congratulating me because I suspect they probably knew what I meant by what I said,” he explained.Minassian, who will face a judge-only trial starting in February, went on to describe using the van as a weapon to strike civilians, saying he only stopped when a drink splashed on the van’s windshield, obstructing his vision.“I wanted to do more but I’ve kind of been foiled by a lack of visibility,” he said.He added that he was hoping to die by police gunfire, but said an officer didn’t shoot when he pulled out his wallet as though it was a gun.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>“Not the usual everyday experience,” he concluded.“I’m feeling good.”last_img read more

Ghanaian Football Star Becomes Global Alliance For Clean Cookstoves Ambassador

first_imgThe Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves announced today that Ghanaian football legend Stephen Appiah will become the Alliance’s newest Ambassador.Appiah will join a distinguished group of current Ambassadors, including Academy Award-winning actor Julia Roberts, chef Jose Andres and musician Rocky Dawuni.The announcement comes at the conclusion of a successful Ghana National Clean Cookstoves and Fuels Conference, during which more than 100 government, business and NGO representatives gathered to continue progress toward the goal of 100 million households adopting clean cooking solutions by 2020. Stephen Appiah was able to join the Alliance for this important convening in Accra.In announcing Appiah as an Alliance Ambassador, Executive Director Radha Muthiah said, “Today, in this country that is so passionate about football – and in a World Cup year, no less – I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that Ghanaian soccer legend Captain Stephen Appiah will become our newest Alliance Ambassador for clean cooking. Stephen represents the first athlete and sports star to take on the pressing issue of household air pollution. I have no doubt that he will be a strong advocate who will spur action in Ghana and around the world, and I look forward to working closely with him in the future.”Stephen Appiah is best known as the former captain of the Black Stars, the Ghanaian national football team. He led Ghana to its FIFA World Cup debut in 2006, and he also played for the team that won the Under-17 World Cup in 1995. Later in his career, he played for Ghana’s oldest football club, Hearts of Oak, and for well-known European clubs including Juventus and Fenerbahçe. He is respected worldwide for his inspirational leadership both on and off the field.Today in Ghana, Appiah is involved in a variety of charity work focused on giving back to society and inspiring young football players.“I am delighted to have the opportunity to fill the role of Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves,” said Appiah. “For me, it’s very simple – cooking should never be a hazard to the health and wellbeing of families. If cooking kills, then I don’t want to eat. I hope to be able to use my voice in this role to raise awareness about this important issue and encourage governments, businesses and other organizations to make clean cookstoves a priority.”The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership hosted by the UN Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance’s 100 by ’20 goal calls for 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020. The Alliance is working with its public, private and non-profit partners to help overcome the market barriers that currently impede the production, deployment, and use of clean cookstoves in developing countries. Find out more here.last_img read more

Stars Give Back To Singapore

first_imgA huge number of stars are giving back to Singapore as part of the Sands For Singapore Festival auction.As the hotspot for international stars and sports celebrities, Marina Bay Sands has inspired these celebrities to contribute a personal item of their own to be auctioned off during the Sands for Singapore Festival. Whether they were there as a VIP guest, a special movie premiere or a store opening, these generous celebrities have a left a bit of themselves right here in Singapore, joining the integrated resort in giving back to Singapore.Proceeds from the auction will go to the Budding Times Budding Artist Fund – which helps underprivileged children develop their talents in music, dance, theatre and the visual arts – as well as the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, which gives a monthly stipend to students from low-income homes to help them with school-related expenses.Among the items up for auction are soccer boots signed by David Beckham, a Rio Ferdinand signed jersey, items from Victoria Beckham and Eva Longoria, a silk scarf signed by Jackie Chan, a CD signed by Engelbert Humperdinck, and much more.The auction is open until August 1, and can be accessed here.last_img read more

StarStudded Salute To MusiCares Person Of The Year Lionel Richie Planned For

first_imgThe Recording Academy will unite four artists across the country, pop, and R&B music communities to salute four-time GRAMMY winner Lionel Richie on the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards.Luke Bryan, John Legend, Demi Lovato, and Meghan Trainor will take audiences on a musical journey through the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year’s songbook, spanning Commodores-era classics to memorable hits that earned Richie a GRAMMY Award for Album Of The Year in 1984. As part of the segment, Richie will also take the stage to join the artists in performing a special collaborative rendition of one of his all-time classics.Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J will host the GRAMMYs for the fifth consecutive year. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Additional performers will be announced shortly.Bryan, Lovato, and Trainor will each make their GRAMMY debuts this year.Four-time GRAMMY winner Lionel Richie is the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year. MusiCares, The Recording Academy’s affiliated health and human services charity, provides emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery resources for music people in need. Since it was established in 1989, MusiCares has provided more than $40 million in direct financial assistance, and helped nearly 80,000 people. Learn how you can support music people in need at read more

Princess Grace FoundationUSA to Present Tim Daly with the Prince Rainier III

first_imgThe Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) is proud to announce that award-winning actor, director, producer, and philanthropist Tim Daly will accept the distinguished Prince Rainier III Award for his outstanding artistry and exemplary give-back.Daly will be honored at the Princess Grace Awards Gala at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York on October 16, 2018.It was also announced that the Awards Gala will be hosted by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Bebe Neuwirth, and will feature Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Tyne Daly, singer-actress Katharine McPhee and Tony Award-winning actor Leslie Odom Jr. (2016 Princess Grace Statue Award Recipient) as presenters. Additionally, the evening will include a special musical performances by Chicago Med actress Emma Duncan (2014 Princess Grace Award Winner), American Housewife actress Carly Hughes (2003 Princess Grace Award Winner), and dance performance by A.I.M (Abraham.In.Motion) dancer Marcella Lewis (2018 Princess Grace Award Winner).The 2018 Princess Grace Awards Gala continues the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during Her lifetime. In total, the Foundation is awarding over $1 million to artists in theater, dance, and film annually. In the presence of Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco, the evening is co-chaired by Dennis and Phyllis Washington and Anne Sweeney and Phillip Miller. Major Gala supporters include Rod & Karen Gancas and Dennis & Phyllis Washington as Crown Sponsors.The Prince Rainier III Award recognizes a renowned leader in the arts whose own accomplishments are coupled with demonstrated service to their community. Past recipients of the Award include Julie Andrews, Mikhail Baryshnikov, James Cameron, Glenn Close, Queen Latifah, George Lucas, Mandy Patinkin, Sibylle & Robert Redford, Twyla Tharp, Pauletta & Denzel Washington, Cicely Tyson, and Dick Van Dyke. The Prince Rainier III Award includes a grant of $25,000 to the philanthropic organization of the recipient’s choice and a uniquely designed sculpture by artist Alex Soldier. Soldier designed a stunning work of art incorporating symbols representing all three disciplines lauded by the Foundation: theater, dance, and film.Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco said, “It is a privilege to preside over this year’s Princess Grace Awards Gala and participate in a celebration supporting the great work of inspiring artists in theater, dance and film. It is my distinct honor to present Tim Daly with the Prince Rainier lll Award. In addition to his impressive work as an actor on both stage and screen, I applaud his devotion to supporting the arts by way of his decade long commitment as the President of The Creative Coalition, a group that educates leaders in the arts community on issues of public importance, specifically arts advocacy and education.”Toby E. Boshak, Executive Director of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA shared, “Recognizing Tim Daly with the 2018 Prince Rainier III Award reinforces the Foundation’s commitment to celebrating noted artists who use their own celebrity to make an impact on their community. Tim’s leadership of The Creative Coalition ensures that the arts continue to be part of all our lives and that artists are empowered to have their voices heard.”As previously announced, the evening will also honor Sam Gold, Tony Award-winning director for Fun Home and Kyle Abraham, MacArthur Genius Fellowship Award winner and founder of the dance company A.I.M (Abraham.In.Motion) with 2018 Princess Grace Statue Awards for their continuing excellence in their chosen disciplines.last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Like many, Grace Dove is fascinated with the post-apocalyptic narrative.“I feel like in some way it could happen, and I think a lot of people think about that,” Dove said. “What would happen if the grid shut down? How would people react? And especially, who would they turn to?”Hailing from the Canim Lake Band and growing up in Prince George, B.C., Dove believes she has the answer to that last question. “I truly believe that Indigenous peoples have a lot to offer, and I think that if that ever did happen, they would be running to us to help,” she said.‘Every role matters’Dove’s latest film, How It Ends, tells the story of a man in search of his pregnant fiancée in the aftermath of just such an apocalypse.The Secwepemc actor rose to international prominence when she appeared alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the critically acclaimed 2015 film The Revenant. Since then, she’s taken it upon herself to authentically represent her people and their stories on the big screen. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Halifax police locate Loretta Saunders body

first_imgAPTN National News HALIFAX–Halifax police said the body of a missing Inuk woman was found late Wednesday afternoon along the Trans-Canada in New Brunswick.Loretta Saunders’ body was found at about 4:30 p.m. local time in the median of the Trans-Canada near Salisbury, NB. Saunders was 26.Police said in a statement that forensic investigators from Halifax police and the RCMP are currently retrieving her remains.Halifax police said earlier in the day that they were treating Saunders’ disappearance as a murder and suspects had been identified. Charges are expected to be laid soon.Saunders, a university student originally from Labrador, was reported missing to police by her family on Feb. 17. Her car was located the next day in Harrow, Ont.Blake Leggette, 25, and Victoria Henneberry, 28, were both charged with stealing the car and are incarcerated in read more

New exhibit of the residential school experience opens in Regina to the

first_imgAPTN National NewsA new exhibit is now on display to the public at the university of Regina.The Witness Blanket is a unique display of artififacts and memories of people who were forced to attend residential schools.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf reports.last_img

Yukon government appealing Peel river watershed decision

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Yukon government wants to go back to court over the Peel river watershed.It’s appealing a recent Yukon Supreme Court decision the government says infringes on Aboriginal rights.APTN’s Shirley McLean has the story.last_img

History in the making highlights from APTNTrudeau

first_imgShout out to @CMc_Kenzie -grace under fire asking the hard questions! @APTNNews #aptntrudeau— Rachel Ann Snow (@RachelAnnSnow) June 3, 2016 Have to say @CMc_Kenzie is amazing: #aptntrudeau— Jorge Barrera (@JorgeBarrera) June 3, 2016This was the first time in history, the Prime Minister of Canada joined APTN for a sit down interview.Although some questions didn’t make it to air, Friday’s interview could set a precedent for all future Canadian Jaydon FlettAPTN National NewsFor the first time in history, a sitting Canadian Prime Minister sat down with APTN National News for an exclusive one-on-one interview.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined APTN‘s Cheryl McKenzie for a one-hour long discussion on indigenous issues. The discussion was broadcast nation-wide, streamed live on Facebook and the APTN website.@JustinTrudeau Thank you for making more history. So grateful to see you answering questions right there on @APTNNews. #aptntrudeau— Veronica Thornton (@thorntonv) June 3, 2016We asked our viewers to interact with us and tweet their questions using the hashtag #aptntrudeau.Viewers also had the chance to email or call-in to the studio during the show.“APTN is being watched by indigenous Canadians across the country, but it’s also being noticed by non-indigenous Canadians,” Trudeau said.It is clear those very viewers were looking forward to the chance to ask the prime minister tough questions.You better believe our National Aboriginal Caucus is tuned in to #aptntrudeau Call in NOW at 1-877-647-2786 #fcee16— CFS-FCEE (@CFSFCEE) June 3, 2016Among the first topics discussed was the Prime Minister’s stance on natural resources and development, pipeline projects, Site C and the Grassy Narrows’ mercury clean-up.#APTN viewer asks when feds will step in and clean up Wabigoon river system which has mercury poisoned Grassy Narrows residents #aptntrudeau— APTN National News (@APTNNews) June 3, 2016Some were not satisfied with his response.Trudeau makes giving vague non-answers to very direct questions an art form. Dancing around Grassy Narrows, Site C… #aptntrudeau— Paige Bennett (@peachbennett) June 3, 2016But the twitter community commended APTN National News host Cheryl McKenzie for moderating the difficult discussion.Wow, @CMc_Kenzie is doing a fantastic job with this interview! Holding PMJT to account & reminding him of previous promises #aptntrudeau— Elizabeth Malcolm (@emalcolm_) June 3, 2016last_img read more

Leaked document appears to give broad powers to MMIW national inquiry

first_imgTina House, Dennis Ward and Kenneth Jackson APTN National NewsThere will be five commissioners sitting on a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) and they appear to have the power to run the inquiry as they see fit, according to the Terms of Reference (ToR) obtained by APTN National News.The document, watermarked “sensitive and confidential,” appears to be a template for a final version. It does not name the five commissioners.The ToR document also appears to address a pivotal question asked by MMIW family members and their advocacy groups: how much power will the commission have.“Authorize the Commissioners to adopt any procedures that they consider expedient for the proper conduct of the inquiry,” the ToR states. But it doesn’t elaborate on how much power that is or whether the commissioners will have the power to compel people to testify.The ToR does call for the inquiry to bring the “ongoing national tragedy” of MMIW to an end and examine the “systemic causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada” and make recommendations.That means looking at the “underlying social, economic, cultural, institutional and historical causes” that have led to more than 1,200 Indigenous women and girls to be murdered or go missing in the last 30 years.Download (PDF, Unknown)The inquiry is to look into the “institutional policies and practices” that may have caused violence against Indigenous women and girls but there’s no specific mention of the role police departments may have played in the overall MMIW issue, something families have called to be looked into.The inquiry is to have “culturally sensitive” spiritual and psychological counselors available to people testifying.“Provide an opportunity for individuals, families and community members to express and share their experiences and view, including on how to increase safety and prevent and eliminate violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada,” the document states.There will be regional advisory boards, made up of families, loved ones and survivors, to advise on regional matters that fall within the scope of the inquiry, according to the document.It also appears the inquiry will happen in various parts of Canada. It doesn’t state where, but the commissioners have the ability to rent spaces and get funding to provide remuneration and reimbursement to any one granted standing.Families have been waiting for the inquiry to be announced, but it appears the government of Manitoba, led by Premier Brian Pallister, may have delayed the process over the issue of getting someone from the province named as a commissioner.Got a call moments ago from high ranking fed official: all provinces/territories agree to MMIW terms of reference, including Manitoba.— Kenneth Jackson (@afixedaddress) July 20, 2016Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said last week all the provinces and territories needed to sign off on the ToR before the inquiry could be announced.Bennett said they’re “very close” to announcing and APTN was told that could happen in early August.MKO Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson was among a number of First Nation leaders who met with province of Manitoba Tuesday asking them not to delay the inquiry. At that meeting APTN confirmed Manitoba provided a letter they sent Indigenous Affairs last week signing off on the ToR.“We shouldn’t hold up the process if we don’t have a Manitoban appointed as one of the five commissioners,” said North Wilson.North Wilson saw the ToR at Tuesday’s meeting and thought it lacked focus on police action or inaction. North Wilson says what she’s heard from almost every single family member she’s talked to is the issue of policing and the lack of respect families say they’ve received.“There’s nothing specific in the terms of reference that deal with the role of police agencies across this country on this issue,” said North Wilson.North Wilson said the ToR doesn’t go far enough “in scope to look at the effects indifferent or ineffective policing has had on the families of (MMIW).”But the ToR doesn’t specially mention any organization or group by name.It does say the inquiry can’t “jeopardize” any ongoing criminal investigation or proceeding, meaning police and court cases.However, she later added: “I’m glad Manitoba is signing on. We owe it to families and friends of MMIW who’ve been carrying much of this burden thus far, in fighting for answers, solutions and prevention.”The inquiry is also to take into account previous reports that apply to MMIW, including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report released in 2015, The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples of 1996, the RCMP’s report into the number of MMIW over the last 30 years released in 2014 and the inquiry into how police agencies handled the the investigation of convicted serial killer Robert “Willie” Pickton.thouse@aptn.cadward@aptn.cakjackson@aptn.calast_img read more