Angelina Jolie Visits Syrian Refugees In Lebanon

first_imgUNHCR chief António Guterres and Special Envoy Angelina Jolie have spent a second day visiting Syrian refugees who have escaped the violence in their country.Angelina Jolie meets today with a young Syrian refugee in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.Credit/Copyright: UNHCR/J.TannerFrom “Guterres and Jolie, his Special Envoy, visited the Bekaa Valley neighbouring Syria on Wednesday morning and met some of the 67,000 registered refugees in Lebanon as well as members of host communities. In the afternoon, they held talks with top officials, including President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Najib Mikati, on the situation and challenges facing Lebanon and the humanitarian response from UNHCR and others.“At a press conference after these talks, Guterres paid tribute to Lebanon for helping so many people at a time when it faced its own acute economic and security concerns. Urging the international community to help shoulder the burden, he said: “It is in everyone’s interest to support not only refugees, but also the states of the region.”“At the same briefing, Jolie spoke about her meetings earlier in the day with refugees living with host families near the Lebanon-Syria border. “I was moved to meet Syrian families … in homes where they are welcomed and protected,” she told journalists.“To show her particular concern for refugee children, Jolie visited the Bar Elias School where UNHCR and Save the Children run remedial classes and provide psychological and social support. Many of the children have missed up to two years of school and are traumatized. Lebanese children also attend the programme to promote integration.“Every day, some 1,000 refugees request registration appointments from UNHCR. To ensure that refugees are quickly registered and assisted, a new mobile registration team was established in the Bekaa Valley city of Baalbek last week, and a registration centre opened in Tripoli on the coast last month.“UNHCR will also establish a presence in the south of Lebanon, where some 7,000 refugees are believed to be residing. In the meantime, UNHCR continues to provide food vouchers and non-food items, shelter improvements, health subsidies and education grants to all refugees who approach its offices.”To read more, visit read more

Jo Brand And Meera Syal Become Dementia Friends

first_imgComedians and actresses Jo Brand and Meera Syal have become two of the first Dementia Friends as part of the Alzheimer’s Society’s trailblazing awareness movement.Dementia Friends is an initiative that aims to give a million people an improved awareness of the condition by 2015, as a new YouGov survey reveals that just under half (48%) of people think they have a good understanding of dementia. From today anyone in England can follow in Jo and Meera’s footsteps and register online for a Dementia Friend session too.Alzheimer’s Society ambassador Jo, who recently appeared in BBC4 drama series Getting On and the charity’s new supporter Meera, best known for The Kumars at No 42 took part in the first official Dementia Friends session along with other members of the public including a junior doctor and a member of the National Federation of Women’s Institute.The free volunteer-led information sessions are being rolled out from Bristol to Sunderland today. They aim to improve public knowledge of dementia, by helping people understand what living with the condition might be like, and the small things that they could do to make a difference to people living in their community.The roll out is being jointly funded by the Department of Health and the Cabinet Office , as part of the Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia. As well as encouraging people to sign up as Dementia Friends, Alzheimer’s Society is also calling on people to volunteer to be a Dementia Friends Champion. Dementia Friends Champions talk to people about being a Dementia Friend in their communities. They attend a training course, receive on-going support and are part of a growing network of people creating dementia friendly communities together.Jeremy Hughes, Alzheimer’s Society Chief Executive said: “With so few people feeling they know enough about dementia, we are so excited to be able to invite everyone up and down the country to become a Dementia Friend. Dementia Friends isn’t about creating experts, it’s about helping people understand a little bit more about what it’s like to live with the condition and then turn that understanding into action – anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend.“From helping someone to find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia, every action counts. Sign up to be a Dementia Friend and you can help us to transform England by changing public attitudes and making life better for people with dementia.”Meera Syal, who is speaking as an Alzheimer’s Society supporter for the first time today, said: “One of my close family members has dementia and many of my friends have parents and grandparents living with the condition. I wanted to be a Dementia Friend so that I could start to think about how I can help in my community. I am particularly keen to raise awareness of dementia within the Asian community, indeed in all communities where people may not know ehat support is out there and available. Dementia Friends would be a great way to get people talking and to ensure that people with dementia can be included wherever they live.”Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador Jo Brand, who has professional experience of dementia through her previous work in the health sector said: “Being a Dementia Friend is about being that little bit more aware because it’s the small things that make a big difference. I trained as a psychiatric nurse so know all too well how dementia affects people.“The Dementia Friends’ information session I took part in gave a real insight into what everyday life is like for someone with dementia. This really helps you to realise how showing a bit more understanding could make a huge difference.”There are already 60 Dementia Friend and 30 Dementia Friends Champion sessions lined up across England over the next three months with more due to be announced in the near future. To sign up and to find out where your nearest session is visit read more

Akon To Launch First Solar Academy In Africa

first_imgAkon and Akon Lighting Africa initiative have just announced the creation of a “Solar Academy” to develop skills and expertise in sustainable energy in Africa.This professional training center of excellence is a first on the continent and targets future African entrepreneurs, engineers and technicians. It will open its doors this summer in Bamako, Mali and welcome any Africans wanting to help develop the use of solar power.This project is being introduced under the patronage of Solektra international, a partner of Akon Lighting Africa, in collaboration some European experts who will supply training equipment and programs. It aims to reinforce expertise in every aspect of installing and maintaining solar-powered electric systems and micro-grids in particular, which are really taking off in rural Africa. With its 320 days sunshine a year, the continent is perfectly suited to the development of solar power, particularly since 622 million Africans still do not have access to electricity.“We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise and that is our objective” explained Samba Bathily at the second United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum last month. “We are doing more than just investing in clean energy. We are investing in human capital. We can achieve great milestones and accelerate the African transformation process on condition that we start training a new generation of highly qualified African engineers, technicians and entrepreneurs now” he added.With 70% of the population aged under 35, Africa is the continent with the youngest population today. One of the biggest challenges it faces is training and creating sustainable employment. “We expect the Africans who graduate from this center to devise new, innovative, technical solutions. With this Academy, we can capitalize on Akon Lighting Africa and go further,” Thione Niang said.Indeed, Akon Lighting Africa adopted a sustainable business model from the outset – providing training and creating jobs enabling local populations to embrace technical solutions and become self-sufficient. The Solar Academy will help to extend this business model and promote inclusive growth throughout Africa.Source:Akon Lighting Africalast_img read more

Chris Young To Headline Labor Of Love Concert

first_imgCASE Construction Equipment will host “Labor of Love” 2016 on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 5, 2016), featuring headliner and award winning country music star Chris Young.Video: Labor of Love 2016 with Chris YoungProceeds from the concert will benefit Team Rubicon, a disaster response organization comprised of more than 36,000 veterans and first responders, with the goal of helping the organization expand its skills training programs.Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at Doors open at 11:30 AM and Chris Young takes the stage at 2:30 PM. The concert event, taking place at Racine Festival Park in Racine, Wisconsin (5 5th St, Racine, WI 53403), will also feature local food vendors, and a silent auction will further benefit Team Rubicon.The partnership with CASE and Team Rubicon is a natural one for Young – his father works in construction and multiple family members, including his younger sister, are either in the Marines or are US military veterans.“I appreciate the CASE commitment to helping veterans fill the skills gap through Team Rubicon’s focus on training and development,” says Young. “I’m glad to support the important work they do in not only giving veterans the opportunity to improve job skills but also serve the community.”“Labor of Love” launched in 2015 with the goal of connecting veterans with jobs and training in the skilled trades. The concert raised $10,000 for Wounded Warrior Project in 2015.“We launched Labor of Love last year to build a bridge between job-seeking veterans and a critical shortage of qualified equipment operators and technicians,” says Scott Harris, vice president – North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “This year, we’ve worked with Team Rubicon on their operator training program by providing equipment and support. It’s a natural progression of our relationship and we’re excited to work with TR and Chris Young to further this initiative.”CASE will also be raising funds for Team Rubicon through an online fundraiser. To donate and show support for “Labor of Love” and Team Rubicon, visit more information on the festival, visit read more

March Of Dimes To Honor Jennifer Hudson At Celebration Of Babies

first_imgMarch Of Dimes, the leading non-profit organization for pregnancy and baby health, is pleased to announce the 2016 honorees for the sixth annual March of Dimes Celebration of Babies: A Hollywood Luncheon, taking place December 9th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.The 2016 honorees include Grammy Award-winning singer and Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group Jody Gerson and Mary Kerr, M.D. for their various contributions to the cause. Celebration of Babies is co-chaired by Jimmy Horowitz, President of Universal Pictures, and his wife Joi, along with producer Wyck Godfrey.March of Dimes Celebration of Babies will bring together celebrities and prominent individuals in the entertainment community who care about the health of moms and babies. For the first time in eight years, the rate of premature birth in the U.S. has increased, driven by worsening rates among specific racial and ethnic groups as well as geographic areas, across the country. The preterm birth rate among Black women is 48% higher than all other women. In addition to the unfair toll on mothers and babies, preterm birth accounts for more than $26 billion annually in avoidable medical and societal costs in the United States. Prematurity affects 15,000,000 babies each year globally and nearly one million of them die before their first birthday. March of Dimes strives for a world where every baby has a fair chance, with a mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.Grammy and Academy-Award winner Jennifer Hudson will receive the 2016 March of Dimes Grace Kelly Award, which recognizes her commitment to help families and give all babies the healthiest start in life. From humble beginnings, Hudson rocketed to worldwide acclaim with her acting and music recording career. Her memorable roles have garnered her numerous honors and awards over the years, including Academy, Grammy, Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG Awards. Hudson has also made a global impact through her extensive philanthropic work, championing children, women’s issues and poverty around the world.“It’s such an honor to be recognized with the March of Dimes Grace Kelly Award,” said Hudson. “I’ve been privileged to have gone through a healthy pregnancy with my son, but I know it’s not like that for everyone. Having healthy and happy babies is every mother’s wish. But in the United States, premature birth is the number one cause of death of babies. I’m proud to support March of Dimes in their ongoing commitment to healthy pregnancies and families, striving for a world where every baby has a fair chance.”Jody Gerson, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group, will be honored by March of Dimes as the 2016 Inspiring Woman of the Year for her accomplishments as a leader in the entertainment industry and as a dedicated mother.“I am delighted to be honored as the March of Dimes Inspiring Woman of the Year and represent working parents everywhere,” said Gerson. “March of Dimes continues to make a huge impact in communities across the world to prevent birth defects and fight premature births, and as a mother of three children, I am an advocate of their invaluable work.”Dr. Mary Kerr, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, will be honored with the 2016 March of Dimes Prematurity Champion Award, for her dedication and special interest in caring for patients with high-risk pregnancies. She has been honored as one of the top Obstetrician and Gynecologists in America and is a faculty member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Los Angeles Obstetrics and Gynecology Society, the American Women’s Medical Society and the American Medical Association. Dr. Kerr is also a national honoree for United Cerebral Palsy for her work with embryonic stem cell collection and Special Needs Network LA, which provides needs for low-income families of children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.“I am thrilled to be receiving the March of Dimes Prematurity Champion Award,” said Kerr. “I witness the reality of preterm births and infant mortality every day in my practice, and have seen an increase in late preterm births, especially among Black and Hispanic women. Babies who survive an early birth often face serious and lifelong health problems, including cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, chronic lung disease, blindness and hearing loss. March of Dimes leads the charge with ground-breaking transdisciplinary research centers as well as promoting and educating medical professionals and the public about the best practices for a healthy pregnancy. I am an avid supporter of their continued campaign to raise awareness and fight prematurity.”President of Universal Pictures Jimmy Horowitz and producer Wyck Godfrey serve as Celebration of Babies event chairs, alongside their wives.“Honoring Jennifer and Jody this year is a dream come true for everyone involved with the Celebration of Babies and I’m confident March of Dimes can count on another year of generosity from Hollywood at the luncheon,” said Horowitz. “As parents of a premature baby, Joi and I know the importance of building a world of healthier moms and babies, and are proud to be longtime supporters.”Godfrey added, “I’m proud that our industry has been so quick to get involved in this important cause and I want to thank this year’s honorees and March of Dimes for their tireless efforts that make this special event possible.”Returning again this year, Nick Cannon will serve as master of ceremonies for the exclusive luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.Event co-chairs include: Shelli and Irving Azoff, Catherine and Marty Bowen, Kate and Paul Brooks, Sir Lucian Grainge and Lady Caroline Grainge, Paula Kaplan and Billy Goldberg, Lisa Kasteler, Chris Meledandri, Graehme Morphy, Ronald O. Perelman and Dr. Anna Chapman, Daniel Seah, Damien Smith, and Molly Sims and Scott Stuber.Host committee members include: Michele Anthony, Steve Barnett, Steve Berman, Lauren and Jason Blum, Liza Chasin and Matthew Velkes, Marc Cimino, Jeff Frasco, Alex and Brad Fuller, Risa Gertner, Jeff Harleston, LaTanya and Samuel L. Jackson, John Janick, John Josephson, Michelle Jubelirer, Alicia Keys, Ashley and David Kramer, David Lande, Avery Lipman, Monte Lipman, Richard Lovett, Elizabeth Matthews, Boyd Muir, Deborah Newmyer, Mike O’Neill, Gavin Polone, Terry Press, Anna Rawson and Ted Chervin, Kelly Rowland and Tim Witherspoon, Jackie and Adam Sandler, Erika Rose Santoro, Will Tanous, Talin and Scott Tenley, and Carrie and Bill Zotti.Past honorees include 2015 Grace Kelly Award recipient Jessica Alba; and 2015 Inspiring Woman of the Year Bela Bajaria, President of Universal Television. New in 2015 March of Dimes Prematurity Champion Award Michele Hakakha, M.D.; 2014 Grace Kelly Award recipient Elizabeth Banks; 2014 Inspiring Woman of the Year Elizabeth Gabler, President FOX 2000; 2013 Grace Kelly Award recipient Jennifer Lopez; 2013 Inspiring Woman of the Year, Nancy Dubuc, President and CEO, A+E Networks; 2012 Grace Kelly Award recipient Reese Witherspoon; 2012 Inspiring Woman of the Year Cyma Zarghami, President of Nickelodeon Group; 2011 Grace Kelly Award recipient Donna Langley, Chairman of Universal Pictures; and Stork Club Ambassador Molly Sims.Celebration of Babies: A Hollywood Luncheon is the top fundraising special event for March of Dimes and raised a record $1,453,000 in 2015. Since the inaugural event in 2011, Celebration of Babies has helped raise awareness of March of Dimes and the preterm birth health crisis while raising nearly $5,700,000 to help give every baby a fighting chance.last_img read more

The Canadian Film Fest Announces Call for Submissions

first_imgEnter your film for possible inclusion in our 2017 CFF!Canadian Film Fest runs March 21-25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.We want Canadian films! Best of luck to all! February 6, 2017Notification Date WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR– 99% of the films we show are at least a Toronto premiere (so no problem if you’ve screened elsewhere in Canada or internationally)– Please keep in mind that it’s rare we show something that has already shown in Toronto– We screen and are looking for ALL GENRES as long as there is a narrative, a story to follow. We’re looking for great stories!SELECTIONA selection committee is appointed by the Festival to view all submissions, for both pre-selection and final selection. Decisions of the programmers and selection committee are final.NOTIFICATION/SHIPPINGParticipants will be notified via email of the selection results in February 2017, around 6 weeks before the Festival. Shipping instructions for films selected for the Festival will be included.Exhibition formats must arrive at the Festival by March 1, 2017The Festival does not accept responsibility for technical damage to films, loss or theft for the period of time that the prints are in the Festival’s possession.ELIGIBILITYGuidelines:– Films must be Canadian productions– Canadians must be in creative control of the production– Premieres and films completed within the last two years are preferred– Accepting feature films (50 mins in length or longer) and shorts (under 50 mins) of any genre– Must not be available online in any form (this includes BluRay/DVDs for purchase in any region)ENTRY FEES– $20 for shorts and $35 for features for regular deadline– $30 for shorts and $50 for features for extended deadline– Entry fees are non refundable.RULES AND REGULATIONS1. Films completed within the last two years and Toronto premieres are preferred.2. Short films must not exceed 50 minutes in length— including credits.3. Feature films must be at least 50 minutes in length.4. All non-English language films must have English subtitles.5. Films must be available for Festival screening on 35mm, ProRes (for all shorts) or SDCam or similar. Should you be chosen you’ll receive this info in detail.6. Submissions may not be withdrawn from the Festival once they have been accepted and you have confirmed, except at the sole discretion of the Festival.7. All selected films may be excerpted for publicity purposes.8. A separate entry form and additional entry fee must be submitted for each film.9. All filmmakers who submit will be contacted electronically so please provide an email address. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US VIA EMAILTEL:  416.846.3378WEBSITE: Rules & Terms Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisement March 21 – 25, 2017Event Date January 4, 2017Extended Deadline Awards & PrizesThe Canadian Film Fest offers awards for:Best FeatureBest ShortPeople’s Pick for Best FlickReel Canadian Indie Award sponsored by William F. White InternationalAnd other jury prizes LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: WHAT WE’RE ABOUTThe CFF is dedicated to supporting Canadian independent films and cultivating emerging and established filmmaking talent. Film-loving audiences come to enjoy a diverse selection of 100% Canadian film screenings (feature & shorts), and filmmakers flock to the CFF’s various industry events to take advantage of essential networking and learning opportunities.Held annually in downtown Toronto the CFF showcases short and feature films and also includes opening and closing galas, an amazing Industry Series, parties and other networking opportunities. November 30, 2016Regular Deadlinelast_img read more

Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards rocks Winnipeg

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg played host to this year’s Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards.This year, over 300 submissions from 140 artists were narrowed down to 21 categories.The star-studded event took place last Friday.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler was there.last_img

Idle No More blockader wants CN to reveal their dirty hands in

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsCN Rail refuses to hand over correspondence between them and an Ontario judge that issued several court injunctions for the railway company during the throes of the Idle No More movement.The company also won’t discuss how they contacted Superior Court Justice David Brown to get the injunctions or his past work history with CN before he became a judge after it came to light Brown had represented CN and acted as a witness for them in the United States before being appointed to the bench in 2006 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.This is important information for First Nations man Ron Plain and his team of lawyers who are defending him against a contempt of court charge in Sarnia according to one of his lawyers Peter Rosenthal.CN alleges Plain was behind a blockade on the Aamjiwnaang First Nation within Sarnia’s city limits from Dec. 21 to Jan. 3.Rosenthal had been trying for weeks to have CN provide the information as disclosure but they have refused so Rosenthal filed a motion to have the judge presiding over the contempt trial force CN to do so.Justice John Desotti is expected to address the motion Friday when the contempt trial begins in Sarnia.CN won’t hand over the information because it doesn’t feel it’s relevant according to emails between Rosenthal and CN’s lawyers at Borden Ladner Gervais in Toronto.The emails were submitted as part of the motion and obtained by APTN National News.“The only matters relevant to the contempt motion are whether Mr. Plain had personal service or knowledge of the injunction order, and whether Mr. Plain deliberately, wilfully or knowingly breached the injunction order,” said Christopher Bredt in a May 10 letter to Rosenthal on behalf of CN.Rosenthal wrote back quoting case law to support his request and said on the chances Plain is found guilty “we expect that evidence of CN’s ‘dirty hands’ would support our position that a very minimal sentence should follow any finding of contempt.”From his bench in Toronto Brown issued injunctions in Sarnia at the end of December and another Jan. 5 for a separate blockade of a CN line in Tyendinaga near Belleville, Ont.Police did not act on either injunction to remove protestors. Brown later said police needed to follow the law.APTN then reported that Brown had worked for CN but never disclosed to the protestors.Plain said CN has made several offers to settle the matter outside of court but he has refused each one wanting his day in court threatening to “run this up the flag pole.”Rosenthal wants to know how Brown came about issuing the injunctions in Sarnia, when did CN meet with Brown and for how long and if CN called Brown on his home phone.Rosenthal not only wants information between Brown and CN involving Sarnia but Tyendinaga from Dec. 10 and Jan. 10.He first made the request for disclosure April 22 but it became apparent CN wouldn’t budge on May 14.But that’s not all that Rosenthal is asking for.He wants all correspondence between police in Sarnia and CN police, as well as all documents that show CN has the right to use the spur line in Sarnia something Plain intends to argue they don’t.kjackson@aptn.caTwitter: @afixedaddresslast_img read more

Nunavut leads country in suicides and its getting worse

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut leads the country in suicide and in recent years the problem has been getting worse.Iqaluit residents took to the streets Tuesday to show their pain for who are gone and support to finding a solution.APTN’s Kent Driscoll has the story.last_img

Woman brings complaint against Thunder Bay police after disparaging comments about Indigenous

first_imgWillow Fiddler APTN National NewsIn July, the City of Thunder Bay asked a facilitator to work with police to sensitize them to missing and murdered Indigenous women, residential schools and treaties.The facilitator says some of the officers in the course were doing everything but paying attention.One even questioned her about the numbers of Indigenous women who have gone missing.wfiddler@aptn.calast_img

Sheriffs department backed by National Guard state police move in on Oceti

first_imgDennis WardAPTN National NewsOfficers from the Morton County Sheriffs Department backed by the National Guard, State Police and out of state forces made good on a promise and moved in on the Oceti Sakowin camp Thursday.Military vehicles and troops dressed in combat fatigues broke up the camp that was the centre of the resistance against the Dakota Access pipeline.Thursday’s action led to a standoff on the Cannonball River.dward@aptn.calast_img

Oil money allowing Alberta First Nation to break free of Ottawa

first_imgChris Stewart APTN NewsIn November, the Fraser Institute released a study that shows First Nation’s across Canada are generating billions of dollars of their own revenue.And by doing so becoming less dependent on federal money.Alberta’s Fort McKay claims to be one such success story.Chief Jim Boucher says investments in oil is the reason.cstewart@aptn.calast_img

Selected tarsands projects may avoid new environmental assessment rules

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA — Tarsands projects that use steam to release bitumen from deep underground will likely get a pass from new federal environmental assessment rules _ but Ottawa is still considering how to deal with those that use solvents instead of water.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna introduced the new Impact Assessment Act in February in hopes of giving more credibility to the federal environmental review process. It sets new timelines for reviews, eases restrictions on participants, adds transparency to the science behind decisions and requires assessments to account for social, health, economic and climate change impacts.In addition to the legislation, the government also sets regulations that determine what types of projects will be covered by the new act _ and environment groups are furious that so-called “in situ” tarsands projects are not on the draft project list.“We see that as a federal abdication of responsibility,” said Patrick DeRochie, climate, and energy program manager at Environmental Defence.In situ production is one of the two ways of extracting bitumen from the tarsands in Alberta. Pit mining is used for deposits near the surface, but about 80 per cent of tarsands reserves are too far beneath the surface to allow for pit mining.That’s when steam is injected deep into the ground to liquefy the bitumen, allowing it to be pumped to the surface _ a process that requires a lot of energy, resulting in heavy greenhouse gas emissions.Under Ottawa’s new legislation, projects can only trigger a federal assessment if they could have an impact on areas that fall under federal jurisdiction, which include emissions, as well as fisheries, species at risk and Indigenous rights.The government says while in situ projects can fall under Ottawa’s jurisdiction because of their potential impact on emissions, they can be exempted when already subject to emissions rules _ such as in Alberta, which is planning a hard cap on tarsands emissions at 100 million tonnes.If the only area of federal concern for a particular project is climate, and that provincial laws exist to address that concern, it only makes sense to exempt those projects, said a government official familiar with the measures.There’s a wrinkle, however: new in situ technology is emerging that uses solvents instead of steam, requiring less energy and resulting in fewer emissions, but posing different environmental risks that might fall under federal jurisdiction _ fisheries, migratory birds, or Indigenous rights, for instance.“Those still need to be looked at,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity since a final decision hasn’t been made.It’s a catch-22 of sorts: technology that allows in situ tarsands projects to avoid a federal impact study by lowering greenhouse gas emissions could end up triggering just such a review by running afoul of different environmental issues that are also Ottawa’s purview.No matter, said DeRochie, who wants such projects reviewed federally, no matter what.Alberta’s plan for a hard cap has yet to be introduced, and could easily be repealed by a future government once it is, he argued. And in-situ projects can impact water, land use and species at risk, whether they use solvents or not, he added.DeRochie also noted that the government’s language is almost identical to a request made by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers last summer, suggesting Ottawa is caving to industry pressure at the expense of the environment.“It’s really problematic,” he said. “It fits a pattern of industry attempting to delay, stall, block or water down regulations and legislation and they’ve been fairly successful at it thus far.”In situ projects shouldn’t require federal permits because existing provincial review processes provide sufficient oversight, said Patrick McDonald, CAPP’s director of climate and innovation.Investors are already skittish about Canadian energy project prospects, McDonald said, adding that Ottawa’s attempt to find a balance between the environment and the economy is tilting towards the former.“Right now there are challenges in getting major projects built in Canada, and in order to ensure a strong economy, we need to remove those barriers,” said McDonald.“How do we find the balance to be able to get investment confidence in the industry?”The whole point of overhauling the assessment rules is to instill confidence to the system for everyone, said McKenna’s spokeswoman Caroline Theriault.“Our government is strongly committed to changing the way decisions on projects are made so that they are guided by science, evidence, and Indigenous traditional knowledge,” she read more

Cruise ship market pops up in Iqaluit featuring cheaper gift ideas

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsNunavut’s capital has found a way to cater to cruise ship passengers looking for a souvenir to take home with them.A pop-up market featuring gifts that are on the less expensive side of things seem to fit the bill with people passing through

Montana First Nation hosts job fair to get people into the oil

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsThe Montana First Nation hosted a job fair for people in the community in the hopes of getting people jobs in various industries.More than a dozen companies, mostly in the oil and gas sector, and agriculture came looking for workers – good ones.Adam Hodge from Hodge vegetation was one of them looking for labourers.“This is very exciting to showcase our company to the members of the Nation. To hopefully have a pipeline where we can provide jobs and have good employees and assets in our company as well,” he said.Chief Leonard Standing on the Road says the people in Montana would be a good fit.“We have a lot of graduates now that are pondering what kind of career they want to get into,” said Standing on the Road. “And this is an example of what they can get into.“So it’s a really exciting time for this community.”Vickie Wetchie is the executive director of the Akamihk Development Society for Montana.She said there are many different trades here looking for workers.“We have a lot of environmental companies… it’s not just all pipeline. It’s other industries that are related to, or do other services that can be used with first nations and other communities,” she said.The people APTN News spoke with are hoping to work in oil and gas.“Actually, I’m looking into oil and gas because it’s a booming business and it’s not going anywhere soon,” said David Rabbit.“It’s probably going to be around as long as they can.”“I can see myself getting into welding or the pipefitting,” said attendee Peggy Cowston. “I have a bit of experience and education background in that.“Labourer, that’s easy for me, so I can do that.”The Montana First Nation sits abut 90 kilometres south of Edmonton.It’s the smallest First Nation that makes up the four Nations of read more

Will misconduct scandals make men wary of women at work

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Some women, and men, worry the same climate that’s emboldening women to speak up about sexual misconduct could backfire by making some men wary of female colleagues.Forget private meetings and get-to-know-you dinners. Beware of banter. Think twice before a high-ranking man mentors a young female staffer.“I have already heard the rumblings of a backlash: ‘This is why you shouldn’t hire women,’” Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg wrote in a recent post .“So much good is happening to fix workplaces right now. Let’s make sure it does not have the unintended consequence of holding women back,” said Sandberg, author of the working women’s manifesto “Lean In.”Ana Quincoces, a Miami-based attorney and entrepreneur who owns her own food line, says her business and its success involves working mostly with men, and sales and other activities are often concluded over lunch or drinks. Those opportunities, she says, are dwindling, because many of the men she knows through her business “are terrified.”“There’s a feeling of this wall that wasn’t there that is suddenly up because they don’t know what’s appropriate anymore — it’s disconcerting,” Quincoces said. “I feel that they’re more careful, more formal in their relationships with co-workers. And I can’t say I blame them, because what’s happened is pervasive. Every day there’s a new accusation.”She said many of the men she knows are now avoiding one-on-one social occasions that were normal in the past.“This is going to trickle down into all industries. … It’s going to become the new normal,” Quincoces said. “It’s a good thing because women are not afraid anymore, but on the other side, it’s a slippery slope.”Americans were already edgy about male-female encounters at work: A New York Times/Morning Consult poll of 5,300 men and women last spring found almost two-thirds thought workers should be extra careful around opposite-sex colleagues, and around a quarter thought private work meetings between men and women were inappropriate.But in a season of outcry over sexual misconduct, some men are suddenly wondering whether they can compliment a female colleague or ask about her weekend. Even a now-former female adviser to the head of Pennsylvania’s Democratic Party suggested on Facebook that men would stop talking to women altogether because of what she portrayed as overblown sexual misconduct claims.Certain managers are considering whether to make sure they’re never alone with a staffer, despite the complications of adding a third person in situations like performance reviews, says Philippe Weiss, who runs the Chicago-based consultancy Seyfarth Shaw at Work.Philadelphia employment lawyer Jonathan Segal says some men are declaring they’ll just shut people out of their offices, rather than risk exchanges that could be misconstrued.“The avoidance issue is my biggest concern, because the marginalization of women in the business world is at least as big a problem as harassment,” Segal says. A recent report involving 222 North American companies found the percentage of women drops from 47 per cent at the entry level to 20 per cent in the C suite.Vice-President Mike Pence has long said he doesn’t have one-on-one meals with any woman except his wife and wants her by his side anywhere alcohol is served, as part of the couple’s commitment to prioritizing their marriage. The guidelines have “been a blessing to us,” the Republican told Christian Broadcasting Network News in an interview this month.Employment attorneys caution that it can be problematic to curb interactions with workers because of their gender, if the practice curtails their professional opportunities. W. Brad Johnson, a co-author of a book encouraging male mentors for women, says limiting contact sends a troubling message.“If I were unwilling to have an individual conversation with you because of your gender, I’m communicating ‘you’re unreliable; you’re a risk,’” says Johnson, a U.S. Naval Academy psychology professor.Jessica Proud, a communications professional and Republican political consultant in New York City, said it would be wrong if this national “day of reckoning” over sexual misconduct resulted in some men deciding not to hire, mentor or work with women. She recalled a campaign she worked on where she was told she couldn’t travel with the candidate because of how it might look.“I’m a professional, he’s a professional. Why should my career experience be limited?” she said. “That’s just as insulting in a lot of ways.”___Associated Press writers Verena Dobnik in New York, David Klepper in Albany, N.Y. and Andrew Welsh-Huggins in Columbus, Ohio, contributed to this report.last_img read more

Montreal becomes hot spot for Chinese real estate shoppers says Juwai report

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal was the hot Canadian real estate market for Chinese nationals last year as interest slipped in Toronto and Vancouver following the introduction of foreign buyers taxes, says a report from a website for buyers of overseas said Chinese buyers inquired about US$1.45 billion worth of Canadian properties in 2017.Interest in Montreal grew by 84.5 per cent in 2017 and 43.3 per cent a year earlier.Consideration of properties in Canada’s largest city dropped by 25 per cent in 2017 after nearly doubling between 2015 and 2016.Vancouver inquiries fell 18 per cent last year after growing by 9.3 per cent the previous year.Metro Vancouver has had a 15 per cent tax on foreign home purchasers since 2016. The new provincial government hiked the levy to 20 per cent and imposed it in the Victoria and Nanaimo areas, as well as the Fraser Valley and central Okanagan.A 15 per cent tax was imposed in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area — stretching from the Niagara Region to Peterborough — on buyers who are not citizens, permanent residents or Canadian corporations. In the first month after the tax was imposed in late April, foreign buyers made up 4.7 per cent of home sales in the region, according to Statistics Canada.A separate report says no additional foreign buyers taxes are expected to be imposed in Canada and Australia this year, and New Zealand is the only major investment destination considering one this year.Chinese were unfairly blamed for property price increases, the report’s authors said, pointing to data that suggested other factors were at play, including historically low interest rates and population growth, said Juwai.“After retreating from an exuberant peak in 2016 of US$101.1 billion, Chinese international real estate investment again appears to be on a growth path, although more steady and restrained that what we saw in that golden year,” stated Juwai’s Foreign Buyer Restrictions Report 2018-19.Realtor Mike Donia of Re/Max Realty, who specializes in Asian buyers, says he has not seen any waning interest in Toronto real estate.“I’m still getting the same amount of calls, the same amount of leads. In fact, even more,” he said in an interview, adding that interest is growing because of anti-Trump sentiment.The foreign buyers tax had an initial impact on “mom and pop” buyers, but most Chinese will just purchase through a corporation to bypass the penalty, Donia added.More than half of Chinese buyers considering Canada were motivated to invest for their own use, nearly 26 per cent for investment and 17 per cent for education, said Juwai.Chinese parents often buy properties for their children studying overseas. Canada is a top education destination for Chinese students, hitting a record 138,467 in 2017 or 28 per cent of the international student population, said the report.More than 40 per cent of wealthy Chinese buy property abroad to live in. Six in 10 intend to buy overseas properties over the next three years.Canada is the second most popular emigration destination for high net-worth Chinese, with 64 per cent having already migrated or planning to move overseas.Nearly ninety per cent of Chinese interest came from 153 cities in China, led by Beijing and Shanghai. Almost seven per cent lived in Canada.Ontario attracted the most interest with inquiries for US$500 million worth of properties. The top four cities were Toronto, Ottawa, Waterloo and London.It was followed by British Columbia at US$328 million with Vancouver leading, followed by Victoria, Richmond and Kelowna.Quebec attracted views of US$112 million of properties. The largest interest was in Montreal and then Lachenaie northeast of Montreal, Laval and Westmount.Inquiries in Alberta increased almost nine per cent last year, worth US$56 million, after increasing by 223 per cent in 2016.The most viewed property listing was a Vancouver mansion listed at C$18.8 million, with other property listings ranging in price as low as C$500,000.last_img read more

Alphabet Northrop Grumman and Perrigo skid while Nike rises

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday:Nike Inc., up $4.84 to $72.37The athletic gear giant reported strong second-quarter results.Northrop Grumman Corp., down $8.38 to $235.24Defence contractors fell after President Donald Trump said he’s withdrawing U.S. soldiers from Syria.Dominion Energy Inc., up 7 cents to $74.89Utilities and other high-dividend stocks did better than the rest of the market Friday.CarMax Inc., up $2.24 to $58.96The used car dealership chain had a bigger third-quarter profit than analysts expected.Alphabet Inc., down $32.33 to $991.25Technology and internet stocks took large losses as the former market favourites continued to struggle.Perrigo Co., down $15.33 to $37.03The drugmaker said Irish authorities want the company to pay almost $2 billion in back taxes.Cintas Corp., up 93 cents to $159.97The uniform supplier raised its annual profit and revenue projections after its second-quarter report.Emergent BioSolutions Inc., down $2.84 to $55.85Smaller companies fell sharply again and extended a brutal losing streak.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Lawsuits ramp up pressure on family that owns opioid company

first_imgThe legal pressure on the family behind the painkiller OxyContin intensified this week and is likely to grow.The Sackler family came under scrutiny when a legal filing in Massachusetts detailed how family members and other Purdue Pharma executives sought to push prescriptions for the drug and downplay its addiction risks.A lawyer who has sued the family on behalf of New York’s Suffolk County says he expects similar claims against family members to be added to hundreds of lawsuits seeking to hold the drug industry accountable for an opioid crisis.Documents used in the claims could also be used in more than 1,000 suits against the drug industry that have been consolidated under a federal judge.Purdue has blasted the accusations as an attempt to vilify the company.Geoff Mulvihill, The Associated Presslast_img read more

4th Annual Pride Walk – Remembering Stonewall 1969 – 2019

first_imgThe Fort St. John Pride Parade and Festival take place June 1st, 2019 starting at 2 pm at the WI Centennial Park near CM Finch School, travelling down 100th and reaching the destination at the bowl in Centennial Park next to the Museum.This is a family-friendly event, with Road Worn headlining the Pride Festival, as well as entertainment by local performers, a dance troop, speeches by City Council and more.There will be pizza and cupcakes as well as a bubble station.Trans Care BC will have an information booth set up as they aim to enhance the coordination of trans health services and supports across the province, bringing gender-affirming care closer to home wherever possible.As well as a booth by Peace Area Trans*Two Spirited Support (PATTS)The North Peace Pride Society is still welcoming vendors to come and participate at the festival, by reaching out to their FB Page, CLICK HERE There is also an upcoming information session for volunteers for the Pride Parade on Wednesday, May 15th, for more information; CLICK HEREStronger Together Pride Walk FB Event Page; CLICK HEREThe North Peace Pride Society would like to share they now have an official web space; CLICK HEREPeace Area Trans * Two-Spirited Support; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fourth Annual Pride Walk planning is underway and the Pride Society is welcoming vendors and volunteers.This years theme, Stronger Together remembers Stonewall, a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations in 1969 by members of the gay community against a police raid named after Stonewall Inn, a popular gay club in Greenwich Village. Stonewall signifies a turning point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. As its participants shaped a new cultural awareness of a population that was largely ostracized.“It’s considered the birthplace of the gay rights movement,” said Dustin Carnell, one of the Directors of the North Peace Pride Society.last_img read more