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2019

Chris Pratt Visits Childrens Hospital In Louisiana

first_imgChris Pratt visited patients at Our Lady Of The Lake Children’s Hospital in Louisiana over the weekend.Chris Pratt Visits Patients at Our Lady Of The Lake Children’s HospitalCredit/Copyright: FacebookFrom the hospital’s Facebook page: “Our patients were all smiles and we are so thankful to Chris for lifting their spirits by visiting and handing out Jurassic World goodies.”Chris Pratt Visits Patients at Our Lady Of The Lake Children’s Hospital Over The WeekendCredit/Copyright: FacebookThe visit was coordinated by the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.Chris Pratt Brings Jurassic World To Our Lady Of The Lake Children’s HospitalCredit/Copyright: FacebookFor more photos, click here.last_img read more

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October
2019

Ellie Goulding And Professor Green Named UKs Hottest Vegetarians

first_imgNot only are Ellie Goulding and Professor Green two of the UK’s hottest musical acts, they’re also proud vegetarians who don’t hesitate to let others know about the benefits of a meat-free diet – and that’s music to PETA’s ears.That’s why the group has named the pair the UK’s Hottest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2015.Goulding is quick to credit her vegetarian lifestyle with giving her an athletic physique, saying that since she gave up meat, “my body’s different, my skin is different, my face shape is different, and my eyes are brighter, too”. Her Instagram account is full of photos of delicious plant-based foods, both home-cooked and picked up on the go, and the “Love Me Like You Do” singer also let the world know that the coat she wears on the cover of her newly dropped album, Delirium, is faux fur.Professor Green first shared his decision to go vegetarian on Twitter, citing numerous documentaries and naming vegan grime artist JME as his inspiration. He says, “[I]t’s not just the saturated fat that kills us, it’s the damage animal agriculture causes [to] the environment “. Since then, the chart-topping rapper has continued to tell others how delicious meat-free meals can be, posting photos of green juices and dishes like, chickpea curry, veggie burgers, stir-fried veggies with quinoa and more on his social media accounts.In addition to helping spare many animals a year the horrors of the abattoir, vegans and vegetarians are less likely to suffer from cancer, obesity and diabetes than meat-eaters are. They also have a smaller carbon footprint. These are just some of the reasons why millions of British people (including 20 per cent of 16- to 24-year-olds, according to the research group Mintel have chosen to ditch animal-derived foods.PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – previously awarded the title of Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity to John Bishop, Lily Cole, Leona Lewis, Eliza Doolittle, Jay McGuiness and Russell Brand.last_img read more

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October
2019

Alfre Woodard To Be Honored At Women Of Power Summit

first_imgBlack Enterprise will present its highest honor in recognition of the achievements of black women when it presents the Women of Power Legacy Awards at the 2016 Women of Power Summit on March 10, 2016, in Hollywood, Florida.The Women of Power Summit is the nation’s No. 1 executive development and leadership conference for women of color, annually attracting more than 1,000 corporate executives, professionals, and businesswomen from across the country. The Women of Power Summit, hosted by ADP, will take place March 9-12, 2016, at the Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood.The Women of Power Legacy Awards recognize outstanding impact, achievement, and leadership by women in business, the arts, education, government, and other influential areas. Past Legacy Award recipients include luminaries such as the late National Council of Negro Women Chair and civil rights icon Dorothy Height; the late award-winning film and stage actress Ruby Dee; and former FedEx Express Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Cathy Ross.Honorees to be recognized at the 2016 Women of Power Summit Legacy Awards Dinner, hosted by PepsiCo, include the following outstanding achievers:Alfre Woodard, with an extensive acting career spanning more than 39 years, Woodard stands as a versatile and accomplished actor with multiple memorable roles. Many may recall Woodard for her work on Hill Street Blues for which she earned her Primetime Emmy Award; L.A. Law; Cross Creek; The Piano Lesson; Down in the Delta; Star Trek: First Contact; State of Affairs; Love & Basketball; 12 Years a Slave; Desperate Housewives, American Violet; True Blood; Crooklyn; and countless other film and television appearances. She is currently working on film drama, So B. It, based on the 2004 novel by Sarah Weeks and upcoming Web television series Luke Cage, developed for Netflix. Woodard’s career accolades are bountiful and include an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Cross Creek, three Golden Globe nominations with one win for Best Actress in a Miniseries of Television Film for her work in Miss Evers’ Boys, 18 Primetime Emmy nominations with four wins, seven SAG Award nominations with three wins, 21 NAACP Image Award nominations with four wins, and many other honors. She received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Boston University.Vanessa Williams, is one of the most respected and multifaceted performers in the entertainment industry today. Having sold more than 7 million records worldwide, Williams is one of just a few artists to score No. 1 and Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Album and Singles charts in the combined areas of Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Holiday, Latin, Gospel and Jazz—the latter is where her release, The Real Thing, debuted at No. 1 in June of 2009. Her critically acclaimed work in film, television, recordings and the Broadway stage has been recognized by every major industry award affiliation including four Emmy nominations, 17 Grammy nominations (of which 11 were for her individually), a Tony nomination, three SAG award nominations, seven NAACP Image Awards, three Satellite Awards and ultimately a Golden Globe, Grammy, and an Oscar for Best Original Song for her platinum single Colors of the Wind, from the Disney film Pocahontas. A strong advocate for equal rights, especially concerning the gay community and minorities, William’s was honored with the Human Rights Campaign “Ally for Equality” Award for her humanitarian contributions. She also achieved a career pinnacle with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.Renee Powell, LPGA/PGA, professional golfer and educator Renee Powell is one of only six African American women to ever play on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour. She is the first woman of color to be elected to membership in the PGA of America. She is the daughter of the late William Powell, the only African American to design, build, own, and operate a golf course in the United States.N. Joyce Payne, Ph.D. (Barbara Graves honoree), founded the nationally recognized Thurgood Marshall College Fund in 1987. The TMCF is designed exclusively for exceptional students at the nation’s 47 publicly-supported historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Before joining Advancement of Public Black Colleges (OAPBC), Payne was the president of Global Systems Inc. and was a senior staff member under the Carter administration with the President’s Advisory Committee for Women; President’s National Advisory Council on Women’s Education Programs, and the White House Conference on Families. An authority on women’s issues in relation to higher education and labor force participation, Payne has published and presented a number of papers on the pursuit of equality for women and African Americans in higher education.“We are thrilled that we will have this opportunity to pay well-deserved honor to women who are gifts to the world,” says Women of Power television show host Caroline Clarke, who also serves as editorial director of the Women of Power Summit. “Their examples are proper tribute to the Legacy Award honorees before them, and powerful motivation for those to come.”The Women of Power Summit will host more than 1,000 women attendees who will engage in three immersive days of executive development sessions and activities designed to train, equip, and encourage industry leadership, career strategies and effective peak-performance and work-life balance techniques. Topics will include mastering corporate politics, building a loyal team, strategies for the C-suite, and classes such as executive coaching. Confirmed speakers include Carnival Corp. President and CEO Arnold Donald; BET Networks Chairman and CEO Debra L. Lee; Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, NBA Pam El; media executive and author Amy DuBois Barnett, Founder/Executive Director, The Mask Project Atira Charles, Ph.D.; Rep. Joyce Beatty D-OH); President, Professional Diversity Network and National Association of Professional Women Star Jones; and CEO and Founder, Malecon Productions, Carmen Rita Wong. Attendees can also expect to be entertained by special musical guest Johnny Gill.The host sponsor of the 2016 Women of Power Summit is ADP. Presenting sponsors include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Buick, EMC, Macy’s, PepsiCo, State Farm, and Walmart. Platinum Sponsors are Intel, and Southwest Airlines; and Corporate Sponsors are AARP, Abbott, Cigna, Carnival Corp., FedEx Express, Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, and Hilton Worldwide.For more information on the speakers and agenda of the 2016 Women of Power Summit, go to www.blackenterprise.com/wps.last_img read more

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October
2019

The Red Nose African Convoy

first_imgAs the UK gears-up for this year’s Red Nose Day, the Red Nose African Convoy sees six celebrities swap their home comforts for life on the road as they take the British public on a journey to show how the money they raise is helping to change lives every single day.The documentary follows David Baddiel, Hugh Dennis, Katy Brand, Michaela Coel, Reggie Yates and Russell Kane as they take to the wheel and act as outriders to a convoy of HGVs travelling from Kenya to Uganda to deliver crucial supplies to Comic Relief funded projects.With a cast of comedy favourites, old friends and new acquaintances coming together to see Comic Relief cash in action, viewers can expect more than a few twists and turns and bumps in the road, as the famous six turn expert convoy outriders and DIY superstars to assemble delivery beds, hand out mosquito nets and take on challenging driving terrain.Their epic journey takes the famous six through communities affected by many of the health issues that Comic Relief works to address, including remote villages with no access to healthcare and a massive slum with small healthcare facilities serving thousands of people. They meet inspiring individuals dedicated to changing lives in their community and discover the huge difference Red Nose Day money is making.Katy Brand, who is paired up with fellow comedian Russell Kane, said: “I’ve watched Comic Relief on TV for as long as I can remember and I have donated every time, like millions of others have, so to be given the chance to go and actually see projects that have benefitted directly from the money was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Plus I have always longed to spend six days in a car with Russell Kane.”Money raised this Red Nose Day will be spent helping some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the UK and some of the world’s poorest communities. Visit rednoseday.com to find out more.The Red Nose African Convoy airs on Thursday 23rd March at 9pm on BBC One.last_img read more

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October
2019

Daniel Henney Calls For An End To South Koreas Dog Meat Trade

first_imgKorean-American actor Daniel Henney has taken time out of his filming schedule to support a campaign in South Korea close to his heart – protecting dogs from the dog meat trade.Daniel Henney with ClintThe ‘Criminal Minds’ actor stars alongside Clint, a dog rescued from a dog meat farm, in a new advertising poster hitting the Seoul subway this week calling for all dogs to be treated with compassion. The campaign for Humane Society International will also see a PSA video of Henney and Clint launch across social media, as well as a revealing interview in which the star talks fondly of his love for canine ‘best friend’ Mango. The campaign is timed to hit during the hottest days of summer in July and August, known as the Bok Nal days, when the majority of dog meat is eaten in South Korea.In his video interview with HSI, Henney talks about his dog Mango, a 14-year old golden retriever. Mango is originally from South Korea where more than 2.5 million dogs a year are bred and killed on thousands of dog meat farms for human consumption. Henney said: “Mango is from Korea and I only speak Korean with her and although she’s been very fortunate, she didn’t have to live a difficult life, she just as easily could have. So I think in my personal opinion every dog out there in Korea is my Mango and they deserve to live a life like she has, they all deserve to be a companion, to be loved because they all have that potential to be amazing like she is.”Henney also reflects on when he was first confronted by the dog meat trade, whilst filming in Korea in 2007. He said: “I looked down this road and it’s a row of restaurants, and each restaurant in front they all have these bins or cages. And they had dogs inside of them, probably 20 dogs in each cage just piled on top of each other. The restaurant owners come out one by one, open the top of the bin, rip out a dog and take them into the restaurant clearly to be butchered, killed, slaughtered. I didn’t know what I’d seen and it was very affecting to me.”Humane Society International has rescued more than 800 dogs, including golden retrievers just like Mango, as part of its ongoing campaign to see an end to the industry. Working in co-operation with dog farmers keen to get out of the trade, HSI has so far permanently closed down eight dog farms where dogs are confined their whole lives in barren metal cages with little food or protection from the harsh climate. The charity plans its ninth dog farm closure in mid July.Henney’s campaign co-star, Clint, is a Tosa rescued by the HSI team in 2015. He was languishing on a dog meat farm in Chungcheongnamdo along with 119 other dogs. If not for HSI, Clint would have ended up at one of South Korea’s live dog markets or slaughterhouses where his grim fate would have been to be killed by electrocution for meat. HSI hopes that seeing Henney with Clint and hearing him talk about his love of all dogs, will prompt South Koreans to rethink the common misconception of ‘dog meat’ dogs as stupid and soulless.Nara Kim for HSI said: “Daniel and Clint are the perfect partnership for our efforts to end the cruel dog meat trade. Clint’s photo will be seen by millions of people across Seoul, representing the millions of dogs not as lucky as him to have escaped the cruelty. Every dog on a dog meat farm is as special as Clint, capable of being loving and loyal friends if only given the chance. Daniel is helping us spread that message of compassion to change hearts and minds.”Henny’s posters are the first of a raft of public awareness raising initiatives that HSI will be rolling out in South Korea across the summer. You can support their campaign by signing their global petition.HSI believes that no culture in any country, East or West, must ever be used as an excuse for cruelty. More and more South Koreans want a new culture of compassion and are challenging the so-called tradition of dog meat. Whilst dog meat consumption remains contentious, a growing animal protection movement within the country is rightly opposing traditional practices that cause animal suffering. Change is coming from within South Korea and HSI supports that change, actively partnering with South Korean animal protection groups.Facts: * Most people in South Korea don’t regularly eat dogs, and the practice is increasingly out of favour with the younger generation who is rejecting dog meat. * During the Bok Nal days, 70-80 percent of dog meat is eaten in South Korea, mainly as a peppery soup called bosintang that is believed to improve stamina and virility. * Most people in South Korea never visit a dog meat farm and are unaware of the suffering experienced by the dogs. HSI is keen to dispel the widespread misconception that farmed dogs are somehow different in nature to companion dogs. * There are an estimated 17,000 dog meat farms in South Korea, breeding more than 2.5 million dogs annually. * In addition to their life of suffering on the farm, the method used to kill the dogs is brutal – death by electrocution is most common, with dogs usually taking up to five minutes to die, although there have been instances of dogs taking up to 20 minutes to die. Hanging is also common. Dogs are killed in full view of the other dogs, and their final moments will be terrifying and extremely painful. * The dog meat industry is in legal limbo in South Korea, neither legal nor illegal. Many provisions of the Animal Protection Act are routinely breached, such as the ban on killing animals in a brutal way including hanging by the neck, killing in public areas or in front of other animals of the same species.For more information on our campaign visit hsi.org/dogmeatlast_img read more

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2019

Complaint filed over treatment of German shepherd on Winnipegarea film set

first_img“I am shaken and sad to see any animal put in a situation against its will,” Gad wrote. A publicist for the actor confirmed the post was authentic. Login/Register With: Animal Justice says footage apparently shot near Winnipeg in November 2015 shows the filmmakers forcing the dog into turbulent water. A Toronto-based animal law organization has filed animal cruelty complaints over the treatment of a German shepherd on the set of the film “A Dog’s Purpose.” Animal Justice says it has filed complaints with the Winnipeg Humane Society, the Chief Veterinary Office of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg police department alleging violations of federal and provincial animal protection laws. Actor Josh Gad, who lends his voice to a dog in the film, issued a statement on Twitter saying he has asked the studio and production team for an explanation of what he calls “disturbing images.” Facebook “There were several days of rehearsal of the water scenes to ensure Hercules was comfortable with all of the stunts,” the statement said. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has called for a boycott of the movie, which stars Dennis Quaid and is directed by Lasse Hallstrom, and is set to be released later this month. Advertisement The film’s producer, Amblin Entertainment, and distributor, Universal Pictures, said in a joint statement that they are reviewing the footage, but they are confident that “great care and concern was shown” for the dog. The American Humane society has also launched an investigation into the incident and says it has suspended its safety representative who worked on the film. The footage, which first surfaced on the website TMZ, shows the distressed dog fighting to stay out of the water by repeatedly clawing at the edge of the pool. Twitter “Throwing a terrified German shepherd into rushing water is blatant animal cruelty,” Camille Labchuk, a lawyer and executive director of Animal Justice, said in a news release. “It is illegal to inflict suffering and anxiety onto animals, and there is no loophole that lets Hollywood moviemakers get away with abusing animals on a film set.” He said that while the finished film is “one of the most beautiful love letters to animals I have ever seen,” he was troubled by the video. Advertisement A subsequent shot shows the dog submerged under the water while a voice is hear yelling “Cut it!” and handlers moved in to pull the animal out.last_img read more

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October
2019

MICHAEL J FOX GETS HIS FIRST TATTOO

first_img Login/Register With: Michael J. Fox is showing off his very first tattoo at the age of 57.The Back to the Future star took to Instagram on Thursday to share a photo of his new ink – a sea turtle design.“First tattoo, sea turtle, long story,” he captioned the shot of his forearm. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Michael J. Fox (Photo by Mark Seliger) The actor became the latest client at Bang Bang Tattoos, a spot frequented by celebrities.In another post on the social media site, Mr. K, the artist behind the bold look, also marked the occasion.“thank you for the trust as well as letting us fan out a bit after!” he wrote. “Thank you for sharing the story of your tattoo with me. Keep following that turtle.”Fox has yet to reveal the significance of the image he chose. Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

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October
2019

CBC ALLEGES FORMER MANAGER ENGAGED IN DESTRUCTIVE MISCONDUCT

first_img Facebook According to the CBC’s statement of defence in her subsequent suit, James was found to have violated the CBC’s code of conduct and policies on harassment and ethics, after a series of complaints made around the spring of 2017. Among other things, they allege James “made scheduling decisions…based on the negative relationships James had with her colleagues.”James’s lawyer tells CANADALAND that his client denies the allegations.The CBC also claims that she treated her 12 employees poorly, from discouraging employees from taking vacation to making a subordinate do her child’s homework. The statement includes remarks James allegedly made to her employees like “If you get pregnant, I will push you down the stairs” and “One day your daughter is going to jump in front of the train and kill herself.” The broadcaster has accused the former senior director of English Television scheduling of being abusive toward subordinates and making “scheduling decisions” based on her “negative relationships” with colleaguesWhen the CBC was sued by a former employee for wrongful dismissal last year, the public broadcaster filed a statement in response that included a laundry list of alleged bad behaviour that would get almost anyone fired from their job.Audrey James, CBC Television’s former senior director of scheduling, was terminated for just cause on March 2, 2018, ending a 29-year career at the broadcaster. Audrey James Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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October
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BLESSED BE … THE HANDMAIDS TALE RENEWED FOR SEASON 4 ON HULU

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: ‘THE HANDMAID’S TALE’ RENEWED FOR SEASON 4 ON HULUThe streamer’s Emmy-winning series will keep expanding the world of Margaret Atwood’s novel. The resistance in Gilead isn’t finished yet.Hulu has renewed its flagship series The Handmaid’s Tale for a fourth season. A return date for the Emmy-winning drama starring Elisabeth Moss hasn’t been set. READ MORE‘THE HANDMAID’S TALE’ RENEWED FOR SEASON 4 BY HULU – TCATen episodes into The Handmaid’s Tale’s third-season run, Hulu has renewed the Emmy, Golden Globe and Peabody Award-winning drama series for a fourth season. The announcement was made at TCA. READ MORE Facebook The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu) Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment ‘THE HANDMAID’S TALE’ RENEWED FOR SEASON 4 AT HULUOffred and co. are coming back for more. Hulu has renewed “The Handmaid’s Tale” for a fourth outing. The news comes with three episodes of the third season still to air. “Handmaid’s” has become a signature original series for Hulu, which claims that it is the most watched show, original or acquired, on the streaming service.The series picked up a hatful of Emmys in its opening season, including one for drama series, one for lead actress Elisabeth Moss and one for supporting actress Ann Dowd. At last year’s ceremony, the series came home with three Emmys. A trio of episodes from season 2 are eligible at this year’s Emmys and picked up nominations in 10 different categories, while the entirety of season 3 will compete at the 2020 edition.  READ MORE Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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October
2019

Attawapiskat thirdparty manager sitting on funds for new houses NDP MP Angus

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The outside consultant hired by the federal Aboriginal Affairs department to manage Attawapiskat’s finances “is sitting on” funds the community needs to prepare site work for new modular homes awaiting transport to the community, according to NDP MP Charlie Angus.Angus said officials from diamond company De Beers, which operates a diamond mine near the community, are ready to prepare the site for the 22 modular homes the department purchased in response to the housing crisis in the community. The homes, built in New Brunswick, are current awaiting shipment in Moosonee, Ont.Angus said in question period Wednesday that the third-party manager has not only “cut off” funds preventing site work for the homes, but also for Attawapiskat’s education system.“Canadians expect a just resolution to the Attawapiskat crisis, but the minister prefers to punish the community,” said Angus, MP for Timmins-James Bay. “It has been two months since he has cut off all the funding to the education system and to students. He has cut off the funding that is needed to actually prepare the site so the modular homes can be brought in.”Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said the funds haven’t been released because the band leadership has refused to give the third-party manager requested information.“We have a manager in place and he wants to work with the First Nations leadership in the community,” said Duncan. “He has asked for and not received the information he needs in order to pay the bills that this member from Timmins is asking for.”Angus accused Duncan of treating the community “like a hostage population” while paying a consultant, who is based in Winnipeg “$50,000” while the technical team from De Beers “does not have a dime” to lay the ground work for the new homes.Duncan called Angus’ claims a “fabrication,” but added he could not comment on the third-party manger because the issue is before the courts.Attawapiskat has gone to Federal Court seeking to overturn the department’s decision to impose the third-party manager. A hearing was held in Toronto Tuesday and a decision is expected soon.The federal government imposed the third-party manager last November as the scandal over the dire and life-threatening housing conditions on the reserve gripped the Canadian public.Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Duncan both blamed the band leadership for creating the housing crisis by mishandling money.Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has said her administration was working to rectify the band’s finances and, as proof of their commitment to transparency, posted all their financial data online.In a speech opening the Crown-First Nations Gathering last Tuesday, Harper said a “new day” had dawned on the relationship between First Nations and Canada.last_img read more

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October
2019

Senator Brazeau calls for national inquiry into murdered missing Aboriginal women

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Senator Patrick Brazeau is adding his voice to calls for a public inquiry into murdered and missing Aboriginal women.Brazeau, an Aboriginal Conservative Senator, tweeted a photo of a pile of reports from the Cohen inquiry into the decline of salmon stocks in British Columbia with a comment saying he wished the same could be done for Aboriginal women.“Wish we could have the same for our missing and murdered Abo-women!”In an emailed statement to APTN National News, Brazeau said an inquiry is needed.“If we can have an inquiry into declining salmon stock in Canada, I’m sure we can do the same for our missing and murdered Aboriginal women,” said Brazeau. “I have called on and supported an inquiry because this would be the right thing to do. After all, our Aboriginal women are no less important or worthy than any other women in Canada.”The Conservative government has deflected calls for a national inquiry into the high number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women across the country.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo made the push for a national inquiry one of his central planks in his re-election campaign.last_img read more

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October
2019

Oskana Cup wraps up in Regina

first_imgAPTN National NewsRegina was the site of the eighth Oskana Cup hockey tournament.Hundreds of First Nation and Metis youth from across the province converged in Regina.Players under 18 and as young as four competed.One kid wearing Number 99 has some great moves already.APTN’s Chris Stewart has the story.cstewart@aptn.calast_img

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2019

Only 1 AFN national chief candidate pledges to release campaign expenses donor

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsOnly one of the three candidates for national chief pledged Tuesday evening to publicly reveal their campaign expenses and donor information submitted to the Assembly of First Nations chief electoral officer.All candidates are required to submit their expenses and donor lists to the chief electoral officer before they appear at the AFN assembly all-candidates forum, which was held Tuesday. Each of the candidates faces a $35,000 campaign spending limit.Chief electoral officer Loretta Pete Lambert told chiefs gathered in Winnipeg for the special assembly to elect a new national chief that all the candidates had submitted their required campaign financial information.APTN National News asked each of the candidates Tuesday evening, following their speeches and question and answer session, whether they would release the information they submitted to the chief electoral officer.Candidate Leon Jourdain, a former Treaty 3 grand chief, was the only one of the three who said he would release his campaign finances.“If it’s ready yeah,” said Jourdain. “I got into the race late and I also made a commitment to myself that I would not accept any money from corporations.”Jourdain said he didn’t have the information on him, but would get it from the person in charge of finances for his campaign.Ghislain Picard, who was regional chief for Quebec and interim national chief of the AFN, said he would have to consult with his campaign team before committing to releasing his campaign financing information.“I will consult with my team first before I make any commitment,” said Picard.Bellegarde, the regional chief for Saskatchewan, would not answer the question one way or another. He said he did not have time to answer questions because he had to run to a meet and greet for chiefs and proxies at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre.“We got to go,” said Bellegarde, riding the escalator away from an APTN reporter. “We are going to keep going. Excuse me…We are going to go to my event, we are going to go to my event.”APTN National News has been told by legal counsel working with the AFN electoral team that it is up to the candidates to release their campaign financial information, not the chief electoral officer.The vote is expected to begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. Only chiefs or their proxies can vote for national chief of the AFN.APTN National News will be following up with all three camps Wednesday on the question of releasing their campaign expenses.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarrera UPDATE HERElast_img read more

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October
2019

Imprisoned Cree mother prevented from attending 23 yearold sons funeral

first_img(Joseph Carry speaks about upcoming wedding and wanting to see his mother before his death. APTN/video)Connie spoke to her family Wednesday morning and wept on the telephone from the Edmonton Women’s Institution which is about 700 kilometres northwest of Nekaneet, located  in Cypress Hills of southern Saskatchewan.“She called me this morning crying and told me to say goodbye to Joe for her and to tell him that his mom loves him so much,” said Linda Oakes, who is Connie Oakes’ aunt.“It is just a travesty that Connie has been denied this opportunity to see her son before he died and then to bid him farewell,” said Kim Pate, executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, who has known Oakes for several years.Pate said prison staff was supportive of Oakes’ application. She said she knows of no instance where an imprisoned mother has ever attempted to escape while seeing a dying child or attending their funeral.“No mother that I know of has ever attempted to escape in those instances,” said Pate, who filed a sealed affidavit in support of Oakes’ appeal application. “It think it is an absolutely unjust and unfair decision.”Oakes is appealing her second degree murder conviction partly on a fresh evidence submission. The Crown’s main witness in Oakes’ murder trial now says she doesn’t believe Oakes was at the trailer where Medicine Hat, Alta., resident Casey Armstrong was found dead in his bathtub in May 2011.Scott says in a sealed affidavit filed as part of Oakes’ appeal that Medicine Hat police fed her information about the case while she was stoned during interrogation sessions that lasted six months longer than disclosed to the defence before trial, according to a summary of the affidavit contained in the appeal application.With no DNA, murder weapon or fingerprints, the police and Crown relied on Scott to build their case against Oakes. Scott, a self-described small time crack dealer with an IQ of 50, accused three other people of Armstrong’s murder before pointing the finger at Oakes.Medicine Hat police could also never determine the source of a man’s size 11 bloody boot print found on the bathroom floor.Oakes’ appeal hearing is scheduled for Nov. 12.Oakes oldest son Jameson John was killed on Halloween in 2002, two weeks after Oakes stepped out of federal prison in Edmonton after serving a sentence for drug possession and trafficking.She still has one son, Jared, who is 13.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarrera (Connie Oakes in an undated photo supplied by the family) Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA Cree woman imprisoned for a murder she says she didn’t commit was denied a chance to attend the funeral of her 23 year-old son who was buried Wednesday in Nekaneet Cree Nation territory.Connie Oakes managed to send a beaded hawk feather and a starblanket she crafted for her son Joseph Carry who was buried with the items, according to family members.Oakes was prevented from attending Carry’s funeral by the National Parole Board who rejected her second compassionate leave application this week. The National Parole Board last week denied Oakes’ first compassionate leave application to see her son before he died.Oakes’ physical fitness regime inside prison worked against her release, said one of her appeal lawyers Alexandra Simic.“The National Parole Board claimed that because she was in such good shape, that they considered her to be a flight risk because she could run,” said Simic.Carry died early Saturday morning from cancer, days after a Calgary judge issued a separate ruling against Oakes’ application for appeal bail.Carry was given three weeks to live by his doctor in mid-April. He married his long-time sweet-heart on May 16. They have a two year-old son.last_img read more

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2019

Climate change impacts already real in the Yukon

first_imgAPTN National NewsAs the climate change talks continue in Paris some Yukoners say they are already experiencing the impacts of climate change.Warming in the North is occurring faster than the rest of Canada. Canada is also warming at twice the global rate.With warmer temperatures, the permafrost in the Western Arctic is beginning thaw.APTN’s Shirley McLean has this story.last_img

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2019

Bellegarde urged Trudeau in letter to declare UNDRIP support at UN

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Justin Trudeau government was lauded Tuesday for officially embracing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) during a presentation before the world body’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett officially indicated Canada’s decision to fully embrace UNDRIP during a speech at the permanent forum in New York City.“I am here to announce on behalf of Canada, that we are now a full supporter of the declaration, without qualification,” said Bennett, during her speech. “We intend nothing less than to adopt and implement the declaration in accordance with the Canadian Constitution.”First Nation leaders were quick to praise Bennett’s declaration.“Canada is sending an important message to Indigenous peoples, to all Canadians and the international community that Indigenous rights are human rights,” said Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde in a statement. “(UNDRIP) is a framework and essential tool to guide the work of reconciliation that will move us all forward.”Quebec’s regional AFN Chief Ghislain Picard said the Trudeau government’s commitment lays a “strong foundation for the way in which we should work together: respectfully.”Marie-Claude Landry, the chief commissioner for the Canadian Human Rights Commission, also praised the government for its embrace of UNDRIP.“This important moment in history is a key step towards supporting and rebuilding the nation-to-nation relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples,” said Landry, in a statement. “Canada’s decision to acknowledge the unique and inherent rights of Canada’s Indigenous peoples sends a strong message to Canadians and the world.”Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, said he welcomed Canada’s “statement of good will” but expressed concern the Trudeau government was still qualifying its support for UNDRIP by saying it would be interpreted through section 35 of the Constitution.“Section 35 is the legal floor upon which to build in more robust, consent-based processes between Indigenous peoples and the Government of Canada that are based on our right to free, prior and informed consent, which is a much stronger standard than ‘consultation,’” said Obed, in a statement. “Unfortunately, these qualifying statements based on Canada’s interpretation about how the Declaration will be implemented are fundamental departures from the spirit and intent of the Declaration itself.”While the Trudeau government has previously said it would be adopting and implementing UNDRIP, it was urged behind the scenes by prominent First Nation leaders to make a public and political commitment on the document.Bellegarde wrote to Trudeau in April requesting the government declare its support for UNDRIP at the permanent forum.The letter also asked the government to officially withdraw qualifications attached to the previous Conservative government’s endorsement of UNDRIP in 2010, which reversed its 2007 vote against the document.Bellegarde’s letter stated the previous administration of Stephen Harper submitted an “explanation of vote” (EOV) in relation to its stance on UNDRIP during the World Conference of Indigenous Peoples in 2014.“These statements were clearly aimed at diminishing the importance of the rights recognized in the declaration and are inconsistent with international human rights law,” said Bellegarde, in his April 15 letter to Trudeau, which was obtained by APTN National News. “In view of the progressive and welcome positions of your government, the AFN strongly believes it is time for Canada to formally and explicitly withdraw its EOV.”Bennett said Monday, during a press conference, the government was formally removing its “permanent objector status” to UNDRIP. Bennett couldn’t explain exactly what that meant during a teleconference with reporters following the press conference.Indigenous Affairs officials were also not able to explain what this meant and whether this move covered Bellegarde’s request to remove the EOV. The department had not provided a response to a request for comment as of this article’s posting.Global Affairs referred questions on the issue to Indigenous Affairs.Paul Joffe, a lawyer with an expertise in international human rights, said the term “permanent objector status” exists in legal theory in reference to concerns from states over certain rights and obligations becoming customary in international law.Joffe, who was involved in the process that created UNDRIP, said Canada could never claim permanent objector status on the document because its objections focused on certain provisions and only surfaced after the Conservatives took power.Joffe said the Conservatives essentially eliminated any possibility of Canada claiming permanent objector status when it decided to endorse UNDRIP in 2010.“Anyone who endorses an instrument would be laughed out of the forum if they said, ‘we are permanent objectors,’” said Joffe, who also represents the Grand Council of the Crees in Quebec. “The two are totally contradictory.”Joffe said the UN doesn’t keep track of which states have permanent objector status to the various international agreements because not all believe such a position is even valid.“No one keeps track…some don’t believe in the theory,” said Joffe. “The onus is on the state to show they are permanent objectors and it doesn’t mean they will believed. Countries say all types of things in these political negotiations, so it doesn’t mean it has any validity.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Elder accuses Budweiser of using his art to sell beer

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsRobert Yelton looks up at the totem pole and says the eagle is his daughter Lenora and the raven below is him.His son, Peter, is the wolf. At the very bottom is his mother – holding them all up.Yelton carved the pole in 2009 and it sits among others in the Vancouver’s Stanley Park.So when his family saw it on a beer advertisement during a trip in Hawaii a few months ago he couldn’t believe it.“How could Budweiser do that, you know?” he said. “Just to come and take our culture and not even to ask or have any consideration is not right.”Shain Jackson is a former lawyer and now a full-time artist and thinks it’s blatant copyright infringement.“Would they have been so arrogant to go and take a non-Indigenous artists work? Do they come after our Indigenous artists work because they know we don’t have the resources to after them in court?” he said.Robert Yelton standing with his memorial totem pole he carved for his late mother Rose Cole Yelton. It’s located in Stanley Park. PHOTO: APTN’s Tina HouseLuckily for Yelton lawyers from across Canada and the United States have agreed to represent him pro bono and have ensured his copyright on the totem pole.Adding insult to injury is the fact that Yelton is a recovering alcoholic since 1976 and became a drug and alcohol counsellor.He said there’s no way he’d let his work represent something he’s been fighting all these years.Budweiser didn’t immediately respond to questions from APTN News.thouse@aptn.calast_img read more