Two years after shootings recovery continues for Quebec Citys Muslims

first_imgQUEBEC — Almost two years after being hit by seven bullets in Quebec City’s biggest mosque, Aymen Derbali says the nightmares have finally stopped.The 42-year-old was one of more than 50 people attending evening prayers when a shooter opened fire on Jan 29, 2017, killing six people and wounding several others including Derbali. He was left paralyzed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair to get around.After a long and painful recovery, Derbali said he’s now in a better place.Last summer, he was able to move out of the rehabilitation centre where he’d lived since the shooting and into a new wheelchair-accessible home that was bought for him after a fundraising campaign raised more than $400,000.While his own plans are unsure, he said he is grateful for the support he has received, and grateful he’ll be able to watch his three children grow up.“My future is for them now,” he said in a recent interview.The mosque shooting claimed the lives of six men: Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42, Abdelkrim Hassane, 41, Khaled Belkacemi, 60, Aboubaker Thabti, 44, Azzeddine Soufiane, 57, and Ibrahima Barry, 39.Alexandre Bissonnette pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder last March.For Said Akjour, who was shot in the shoulder, recovery has been a slow process.He remembers everything: crouching in an alcove with his “brothers,” watching Derbali get shot, the bullet that pierced his own left shoulder “like an arrow,” and the fear in the eyes of the responding police officers.“There were many bullets, and time was like an eternity, even if it’s only two minutes,” he said.Akjour had to undergo a year of physiotherapy, and his arm still bothers him sometimes as he carries out physical tasks at the seniors’ care facility where he has returned to work part-time.He has also struggled with feelings of shame, helplessness and guilt.“Why didn’t I do more?” he said. “It was a feeling that was present. It was changing between gratitude at being alive, but at the same time, brothers were dead.”Akjour, 46, said his recovery was made easier by writing Arabic poetry and by the solidarity he felt from colleagues, family, and the public.He briefly considered moving to Ontario, but decided to stay, in part because he feels it’s his responsibility to talk about what happened. “In 10 years, will there be (the victims’ children) coming to ask me about how their father died?” he said. “I will be here to pass on memories.”Mohamed Yangui, a former president of the mosque, is worried about the message broader society is sending to Muslims.He feels let down by the new provincial government’s plan to ban religious face coverings for public servants in positions of authority, which he said targets Muslim women. And he is troubled by the rise of right-wing, anti-immigrant sentiment.“We haven’t yet found a way of bringing together people who have lived here 20 years with those who have lived here 50 years, or two centuries,” he said.After guiding the mosque through the tumultuous year following the shooting, he said he’s too tired and sad to go back to a place that is haunted by painful memories.Another former president of the mosque is hopeful things are slowly “returning to normal” at the Islamic Cultural Centre.The bullet holes in the wall remain, and some people are still fearful no matter how many new security measures are brought in. But Mohamed Labidi said hateful incidents directed at the mosque have declined significantly in the last year, and the community continues to receive messages of solidarity from across Canada and the world.“It’s still a trauma for the community, and there are people who have been weakened,” he said in an interview at the mosque. “But there is a big dose of resilience in our lives, in our principles. It is a fundamental part of our religion.”Labidi said the Feb. 8 sentencing of Bissonnette will be an important moment in the community’s recovery. The killer faces a potential prison term of 150 years before being eligible for parole if a judge decides the six life sentences should be served consecutively.Labidi said the community is “waiting for justice” and is “almost unanimous” in believing that a 25-year sentence would not be enough, considering six lives were taken. “Each life is important,” he said.Labidi said the mosque is slowly moving from a recovery phase towards creating a legacy for the victims. The rooms in the building are being renamed, one for each of the six men who died.And the administration has worked with the city on a new, more permanent memorial to be announced in the coming days. It has also spoken out in support of the province’s new long-gun registry and called for stronger background checks for those seeking gun permits.Some of the other victims’ loved ones have begun initiatives of their own. The Quebec Guinean Association began a fundraising campaign to dig wells in the African hometown of the two Guinean victims, Mamadou Tanou Barry and Ibrahima Barry, according to association member Souleymane Bah. So far, the $36,000 project is about half funded.And Labidi said the mosque is still committed to outreach, both hosting and attending events designed to build bridges with other communities.“Everything we do is to show that from this bad, we will germinate good,” he said, “not just for us but for all of society, for Quebec and for Canada.”Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Skies clear rain stops just in time for start of Calgary Stampede

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — Mother Nature gave a reprieve to hundreds of thousands of people lined up to see the Calgary Stampede parade.Umbrellas and plastic ponchos covered a sea of cowboy hats and western shirts as a night of heavy rain continued into the early morning.But the rain stopped just before the procession started with this year’s parade marshal, actress Amber Marshall from the TV series “Heartland.”Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is also riding in his first Stampede parade since winning the April election.He says the event is an opportunity to forget the economic downturn that has left many in the province down and out.The parade kicks off the annual 10-day exhibition, which runs until July 14.last_img read more

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A timeline of key events in the SNCLavalin political controversy

first_imgOTTAWA — A chronology of key developments in the SNC-Lavalin controversy, according to public documents, reports and testimony to the House of Commons justice committee:Feb. 19, 2015 – The RCMP lays corruption and fraud charges against Montreal-based engineering and construction firm SNC-Lavalin over business dealings in Libya. SNC-Lavalin says the charges are without merit.March 27, 2018 – The Liberals table a budget bill allowing for “remediation agreements,” plea-bargain-like deals for corporations to avoid criminal proceedings by making reparations for bad behaviour. SNC-Lavalin lobbied for such a provision in Canadian law.Sept. 4 – The Public Prosecution Service rejects SNC-Lavalin’s request to negotiate a remediation agreement. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is informed of the decision.Sept. 5 – Justice Department deputy minister Nathalie Drouin speaks with Wilson-Raybould about the decision and agrees to provide the minister with advice on the powers of the attorney general around remediation agreements.Sept. 12 – Finance Department officials tell Drouin that SNC-Lavalin is in discussions with the prosecution service about a remediation deal, suggesting to Drouin the decision not to pursue a deal isn’t set in stone.Sept. 17 – Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould discuss SNC-Lavalin. Wilson-Raybould says Trudeau asks her to “find a solution” for SNC-Lavalin to avoid job losses, talks about the Quebec election and notes he is a Quebec MP. She said she asked him if he was interfering politically in her role as attorney-general and he said no.Trudeau later says mentioning he was a Quebec MP was not in a partisan context, adding it is up to MPs to advocate for their constituents, and that concern for job losses in Quebec and elsewhere were top of his mind. He says he asked Wilson-Raybould to reconsider her decision and she agreed.Sept. 27 – SNC-Lavalin provides the prosecution service with a presentation detailing a possible plan to split the company in two, move its offices to the U.S. and eliminate its Canadian workforce if it didn’t get a deal to avoid criminal prosecution.Oct. 9 – The prosecution service confirms it will not negotiate an agreement with SNC-Lavalin. The company challenges the decision in Federal Court.Oct. 15 – Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick takes a call from Kevin Lynch, the chairman of the board of SNC-Lavalin and a former clerk of the Privy Council. Lynch asks about a remediation agreement and what can be done. He tells Lynch the decision is up to Wilson-Raybould.The president of the company sends Trudeau a letter outlining SNC-Lavalin’s concerns about the implications of a conviction and asks for a meeting.Dec. 5 – Wilson-Raybould and Gerry Butts, Trudeau’s principal secretary, meet for dinner at the Chateau Laurier. SNC-Lavalin is discussed, but the two later give differing accounts of the tone of the conversation.Dec. 18 – Wilson-Raybould’s chief of staff Jessica Prince meets with Butts and Katie Telford, Trudeau’s chief of staff. Afterwards, Prince texts Wilson-Raybould, citing Butts as saying, “there is no solution here that does not involve some interference” after being told what is being proposed is political interference in a prosecution. She cites Telford as saying “we don’t want to debate legalities anymore.”Butts later tells the justice committee that he didn’t — or wouldn’t — have used the word “solution” and denies anything nefarious in his comments. The point of the meeting, and anything said, was about getting a second opinion from someone like a former Supreme Court justice because the law had never been applied in Canada before.Dec. 19 – Wernick warns her she is on a collision course with Trudeau, who wants to get a deal done. Wilson-Raybould tells Wernick that if she intervened, it would be viewed as political interference and she wants to protect Trudeau from such a perception.Jan. 6, 2019 – Trudeau talks with Jane Philpott about becoming Treasury Board president and having her help convince Wilson-Raybould to take over Indigenous Services. Trudeau later says Philpott asks him if the move is related to SNC-Lavalin, which he denies.Jan. 7 – Trudeau tells Wilson-Raybould she is being shuffled out of the justice portfolio. Wilson-Raybould says the PMO denies the move is over the SNC-Lavalin file. Butts testified Wilson-Raybould refused Indigenous services, citing her opposition to the Indian Act.Jan. 14 – Trudeau shuffles his cabinet. David Lametti, a Montreal MP and former law professor, becomes justice minister. Wilson-Raybould becomes veterans-affairs minister.Feb. 7 – Citing unnamed sources, the Globe and Mail newspaper reports that Trudeau’s aides pressed Wilson-Raybould to intervene in the SNC-Lavalin case. Trudeau calls the allegations false.Feb. 11 – Trudeau says Wilson-Raybould’s continued presence in cabinet speaks for itself and that he told her any decision on SNC-Lavalin was hers alone. Meanwhile, ethics commissioner Mario Dion launches an investigation.Feb. 12 – Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet. Trudeau says she had a duty to tell him about any undue pressure applied to her in her role as attorney general.The same day, Oshawa, Ont., Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes tells Trudeau she won’t seek re-election. Trudeau’s office later says it was an “emotional” conversation; Caesar-Chavannes claims he yelled at her through the phone.Feb. 15 – Trudeau says Wilson-Raybould asked him in September whether he would direct her on SNC-Lavalin. He says he told her he would not.Feb. 18 – Butts resigns. He denies any impropriety, but says his presence in the PMO has become a distraction.Feb. 19 – Wilson-Raybould addresses a cabinet meeting but cabinet confidentiality means nothing can be revealed about what was said or why.Feb. 21 – Appearing before the justice committee, Wernick calls allegations of political interference false and even defamatory and says none of his conversations crossed any lines.Feb. 25 – Trudeau partly waives solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality so Wilson-Raybould can speak publicly, but not about communication with Kathleen Roussel, the director of public prosecutions.Feb. 27 – Wilson-Raybould tells the justice committee she came under “consistent and sustained” pressure — including veiled threats — from the PMO, the Privy Council Office and Morneau’s office to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. Trudeau rejects her characterization of events. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer calls on Trudeau to resign. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for a public inquiry.March 4 – Philpott quits cabinet, saying she has lost confidence in how the government has dealt with the ongoing affair.March 6 – Butts tells the justice committee that Wilson-Raybould never complained about improper pressure to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin until Trudeau decided to move her out of her coveted cabinet role. Wernick disputes parts of her testimony as well. Drouin provides more details about the timeline.March 7 – Trudeau holds a press conference where he says he should have been aware that trust had eroded between his office and Wilson-Raybould, but denies anything inappropriate took place. He talks about learning from the events; he does not apologize.March 8 – The Federal Court strikes down SNC-Lavalin’s request for judicial review of the prosecution service’s decision not to negotiate a remediation agreement.March 15 – Wilson-Raybould tells her Vancouver constituents she intends to run for re-election as a Liberal.March 18 – Trudeau appoints former leadership rival Joyce Murray to replace Philpott as Treasury Board president. Hours after being at the swearing-in ceremony, Wernick announces he will step down before the fall election, having concluded he has lost the trust of opposition parties.March 26 – The Liberal-dominated ethics committee votes down an opposition motion to begin another probe of Wilson-Raybould’s allegations. Wilson-Raybould provides the justice committee with her written evidence.March 29 – The justice committee releases Wilson-Raybould’s written evidence and a 17-minute recording of her Dec. 19 conversation with Wernick. Earlier in the day, Trudeau announces Wernick will leave on April 19.April 2 – Trudeau removes Wilson-Raybould and Philpott from the Liberal caucus and as party candidates in the 2019 election.July 20 – Media reports begin to emerge saying Butts is back in the Liberal fold and will play a central role in the party’s re-election campaign.Aug. 14 – The federal ethics watchdog says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act by improperly pressuring former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Battleground Ontario Trudeau Scheer hope Golden Horseshoe proves lucky

first_imgOTTAWA — Ontario: A place to take a stand, a place to grow your votes.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and Liberal rival Justin Trudeau are each hoping to discover a bountiful crop of support as they focus today’s federal campaign efforts on the densely populated suburbs north of Toronto and the rest of the so-called Golden Horseshoe.For Trudeau, it’s his second straight day courting suburban family voters; he spent Sunday in Brampton, Ont., promising the picket-fence crowd a big-ticket tax cut worth billions and a 25 per cent reduction in their cellphone bills.Given the task ahead for Trudeau, who is in Hamilton today, it’s hardly surprising that he’s bringing out the expensive china: the questions about last week’s shocking blackface controversy may have abated, but they have not disappeared, and this week a clearer picture of the extent of the damage is sure to emerge.Scheer, meanwhile, arrives in the suburban community of Vaughan, Ont., after a visit to Prince Edward Island, where he made a commitment of a  different kind: a pledge to veterans to personally oversee efforts to reset the Conservative party’s relationship with Canada’s ex-soldiers.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Leader Elizabeth May take their undercard battle to Atlantic Canada, where Singh is introducing a new “star candidate” in Bathurst, N.B., before moving on to Halifax; May makes an announcement in Fredericton.Scheer not only promised to correct a host of the reasons why veterans in Canada are mad at both the Liberals and the Conservatives — clear the benefits backlog, overhaul their hated pension plan, improve transition supports — but he also promised to oversee the efforts himself and enshrine respect for veterans in legislation.“As prime minister, I will take a personal interest in ensuring the commitments we made today are followed through on,” Scheer said.On Sunday, Singh continued to make public concern about climate change and natural disasters a priority.During a stop in Gatineau, Que., Singh pledged to add $2.5 billion to the federal government’s disaster mitigation fund. The idea, he said, is to help people — like those in west Quebec who recently faced severe flooding — avoid disasters and be able to stay in their current homes.“We can’t just close our eyes” to the prospect of more weather-related disasters, he said.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2019.— With files from Kelly Geraldine Malone and Morgan LowrieThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Tiesto Collaborates With Bono For RED

first_img(RED) has announced a collaboration with one of the world’s leading DJs and electronic dance music pioneers, Tiesto.Tiesto and Bono collaborate for (RED) on U2’s ‘Pride’ at Converse Rubber Tracks StudioOn November 27, Tiesto will release an exclusive compilation album, DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES, followed by a global livestream – powered by YouTube – from Melbourne’s Stereosonic Festival over World AIDS Day weekend on December 1st and 2nd.Dance (RED), Save LivesThe compilation features artists including Calvin Harris, Avicii and Diplo, as well as an exclusive collaboration between Tiesto and Bono on U2’s ‘Pride’.Mobilizing the huge global community of dance music fans in the fight against AIDS, Tiesto and his fellow DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES artists will, for the first time ever, livestream their sets from the Stereosonic Festival on YouTube, bringing fans an unforgettable live global music experience. The stream will be available at www.youtube.com/joinred.The announcement comes as (RED) and its partners mark an important milestone in the fight against AIDS, having generated $200 million for the Global Fund.Speaking about his collaboration with (RED), Tiesto said; “When I went to Africa in 2006, I was struck by the devastating effect of AIDS. Now the world has an incredible chance to make sure that babies are born HIV free by 2015, and the dance community is going to make a lot of noise to help make this happen.”The war against AIDS faces a critical battle: to deliver the first AIDS Free Generation since HIV was diagnosed 31 years ago. In 2003, new childhood HIV infections peaked with more than 1,500 babies born with HIV every day. For only 40 cents a day, mothers can be treated to prevent transmission to their unborn children, and just over 900 babies are now born daily with the virus. By 2015, that number can be near zero. Ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV is a component of the UN Millennium Development Goals.Deborah Dugan, CEO of (RED), said “Tiesto represents a generation of young music fans with incredible passion and energy. We want to tap into that passion to help deliver an AIDS free generation by 2015; a monumentally important milestone in the fight against AIDS. What Tiesto and his friends in the dance music community are bringing to this fight is invaluable. They bring the kind of heat that is so desperately needed to keep this issue at the top of the agenda. This World AIDS Day, I want fans to buy the album and DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES! Go to www.joinred.com.”Richie McNeill, Managing Director of Totem OneLove Group, said; “We are really excited to have Stereosonic involved in such a great cause. AIDS is one of many things we should all aim to help research and destroy, and (RED)‘s mission to fight AIDS in Africa is a noble one we are simply honored to be a part of. If by music we can spread the word with the generous support of the DJs, artists and record labels, then we will! Big thanks to Tiesto, Complete Control Management’s Josh Neuman and the (RED) crew for inviting us to be a part.”In addition to being on YouTube, the livestream will be available throughout World AIDS Day weekend across the web on leading sites such as Rolling Stone, Mashable, Huffington Post, Wired, Thrillist, VEVO. Promotion for the DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES campaign includes a pro bono media campaign by Hill Holliday, across leading digital platforms, television networks and print publications including Twitter, IFC, A&E, Los Angeles Times, AOL and Klout.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Stars Donate Items To 2014 SAG Awards Holiday Auction

first_imgThe SAG Awards Holiday Auction benefiting the Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s Children’s Literacy and Assistance programs is currently online at sagawards.org/auction.The SAG Awards Holiday Auction features a VIP package to attend the SAG Awards ceremony and gala on Saturday, January 25, 2015 and offers autographed film and television collectibles from Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Amy Poehler, Carl Reiner, and Emma Thompson as well as the casts of “Game of Thrones,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “True Blood,” “The Walking Dead” and more.Also up for bid are unique gifts such as a Round of Golf for 4 at the Trump National Golf Club with a $1,000 Pro-shop gift certificate, a one week stay at a Timbers Resorts Escape Private Residence Club and a “Hollyscoop” Red Carpet Makeover. Bidding concludes on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 6 p.m. (PT) at sagawards.org/auction. Proceeds from the SAG Awards Holiday Auction support the SAG Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy programs: BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), reading to over 60,000 children monthly in classrooms and hospitals nationwide, and Storyline Online, the interactive literacy website that attracts over 4 million global views each month. The auction also supports the SAG Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund, Emergency Assistance and scholarships for performers and their families. All Holiday Auction items will be featured in a display for invited media and publicists at the SAG Awards Nominations Announcement. Nominations will be announced Wednesday, Dec. 10, from the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood by Ansel Elgort, star of the feature films “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Divergent” and actress/director/producer and SAG Award recipient Eva Longoria. The nominations announcement will be carried live at 9 a.m. (ET)/ 6 a.m. (PT) on TNT and TBS, as well as online at sagawards.tntdrama.com. center_img The following is a list of items up for bid at the SAG Awards Holiday Auction:

Experiences, Tapings and Packages• SAG Awards VIP Package – 2 Tickets to the 21st Annual SAG Awards Ceremony and Gala, Backstage Tour, • 2 United Airline Tickets and 3-Night Stay at the Montage Beverly Hills • One Week Stay at A Timbers Resorts Escape Private Residence Club • “Hollyscoop” Makeover Package and 2 Red Carpet Bleacher Seats -Arrive in style to the 21st Annual SAG Awards With a Red Carpet Makeover by the “Hollyscoop” Glam Squad, which will be featured on the “Hollyscoop” National News Show • Round of Golf for 4 at Trump National Golf Club, Westchester, NY, including a $1,000 Pro-Shop Gift Certificate • SAG Awards Backstage Tour and 2 Red Carpet Bleacher Seats • 4 Front Row Red Carpet Bleacher Seats to the 21st Annual SAG Awards • “Hot In Cleveland” 4 VIP Tickets to a Taping + Cast Signed Script & Photo • 2 Tickets to a live taping of “The Soup” with Joel McHale • 4 VIP Tickets to a Live Taping of “Conan!” • 4 Front of the Line Park Passes to Universal Studios Hollywood • Disney World Park Hopper Package • Florida Attractions Pack: Busch Gardens, Florida Aquarium, Museum of Science & Industry • Orlando Attractions Package: SeaWorld, WonderWorks, Gatorland • Miami Package: Miami Dolphins merchandise, Miami Zoo, Butterfly World, Flamingo Gardens • Central Florida Theatre Package • Central Florida Museum Package • 2 Tickets to a taping of NBC’s “The Voice” Season 8 Battle Rounds!Autographed Collectibles and Memorabilia • “Game of Thrones” signed script by George R.R. Martin • “American Horror Story: Coven” script signed by the writers • “Happily Divorced” script signed by Fran Drescher, Rita Moreno & more • “Hot in Cleveland” script signed by the cast • “The Book with No Pictures” hardcover book signed by B.J. Novak • “One More Time: a Memoir” hardcover book signed by Carol Burnett • “Struck by Lightning” paperback book Chris Colfer • “The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell” paperback book signed by Chris Colfer • “True Blood” signed DVD Box set by Alan Ball, Alexander Skarsgard & more • “How to Get Away with Murder” poster signed by the cast • “I Remember Me” hardcover book signed by Carl Reiner • “The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit” hardcover book signed by Emma Thompson • “The Walking Dead” Compendium One and Two signed by Robert Kirkman • AMC Swag Bag with “The Walking Dead,” “Breaking Bad,” And “Mad Men” merchandise • “Yes Please” hardcover book signed by Amy Poehler • “Sons of Anarchy” DVD box set signed by Ron Perlman • “Airplane” DVD signed by Robert Hays • “Rectify” poster signed by Ray McKinnon, J Smith-Cameron, Abigail Spencer & Mark Johnson • “The Mindy Project” memorabilia package signed by the cast • “I Don’t Know What you Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star” hardcover book signed by Judy Greer • “A Most Violent Year” mounted poster signed by Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac & JC Chandor • “True Love” hardcover book signed by Jennifer Lopez • “Watch Me” hardcover book signed by Anjelica Huston • “Not My Father’s Son” hardcover book signed by Alan Cumming • “Easy Street (The Hard Way)” hardcover book signed by Ron Perlman • Joe Mantegna signed “Criminal Minds” and “Simpsons” 8×10 character photos • “Choose Your Own Autobiography” book signed by Neil Patrick Harris • “Fault In Our Stars” mini poster signed by the cast • “Nightcrawler” poster signed by Jake Gyllenhaal • “Choose Your Own Autobiography” hardcover book signed by Neil Patrick Harris • “Paddle Your Own Canoe” hardcover book signed by Nick Offerman • “Marcel the Shell” hardcover book signed by Jenny SlatePremium Items • Champagne Taittinger Bottle Signed by 20th Annual SAG Awards Winners • 20th Annual SAG Awards Signed Tote Bag • Keurig K2.0-K450 Brewer and Coffee Selection • 2 Bottles of Wine from Mercury Geyserville • Ultimate Titleist Full Golf Club Set including a Titleist Premium Stand BagFor additional information, please visit sagfoundation.org.last_img read more

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Bill Clinton To Speak At Clinton Health Matters Initiatives Northeast Florida Progress

first_imgOn Friday, November 20, President Bill Clinton will provide keynote remarks during the Northeast Florida Blueprint for Action progress update of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation.In January 2013, CHMI, the PGA TOUR and THE PLAYERS Championship partnered to establish a community transformation region in the five county area of Northeast Florida. Since then, CHMI has been working diligently with community stakeholders and national partners to implement the “Bold Actions” Northeast Floridians co-created in the Blueprint for Action.CHMI believes that it is imperative to start at a local level when working to transform the health landscape in the United States. In CHMI’s six focus communities – Coachella Valley, Central Arkansas, Northeast Florida, Greater Houston, Adams County, Mississippi, and Knox County, Illinois – CHMI brings together local stakeholders from across sectors, sets local priorities, and creates a five-year plan to improve health indicators unique to each community. By working with strategic partners at the local level, CHMI will affect the lives of 8 million Americans with their goal of reducing health disparities and creating safer, healthier communities for generations to come.WHAT:Clinton Health Matters Initiative’s Northeast Florida Blueprint for Action Progress UpdateWHO:President Bill Clinton – Founder, Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United StatesTim Finchem – Commissioner, PGA TOURRain Henderson – CEO, Clinton Health Matters InitiativeWHEN:Friday, November 20, 2015Program: 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM ET, Preset: 1:15 PM ETWHERE:TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse110 Championship WayPonte Vedra Beach, FL 32082last_img read more

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Paul McCartney Experience Package Benefits MusiCares

first_imgThe latest GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions is offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience with multi-GRAMMY-winning artist Paul McCartney.Presented in partnership with Kompolt, the package is available for bid now through June 23 at ebay.com/grammy.This spectacular package includes: • Two (2) passes to attend a soundcheck • Two (2) passes to meet Sir Paul • Two (2) tickets to a concert (select dates in July & August) • One (1) official photo (sent to winner after the show) • Two (2) roundtrip Delta One Business/First-Class Air tickets within the Continental U.S.The auction benefits MusiCares.last_img read more

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WhyHungers Hungerthon Raises 11 Million To Fight Hunger In The US

first_imgWhyHunger has announced that for the second year in a row, their annual Hungerthon campaign raised $1.1 million for the fight against hunger and poverty in the U.S.WhyHunger teamed up with its radio partners and celebrity ambassadors for a coordinated month long effort including radio broadcasts, merchandise, social media and an extensive celebrity-driven online auction to raise awareness and critical funds for their work. WhyHunger staff, celebrity ambassadors and community-based partners were also heard participating in over 40 substantive radio interviews and live broadcasts, educating the public on hunger and its intersections.“We are proud of and thankful for our community of supporters, artists, radio partners – Entercom Radio New York, SiriusXM, Cumulus New York and iHeartMedia – and celebrities who have again come together to raise another $1.1 million for our work to fight hunger and poverty in the U.S.,” said Noreen Springstead, WhyHunger Executive Director. “With impending legislation threatening to cut critical services that families depend on, these funds raised will bolster our work to help more families access healthy, affordable food and advance social justice.”Thousands of individual donors contributed financially to the campaign. Funds raised through Hungerthon support innovative community-based solutions to hunger across the U.S. to ensure everyone has access to nutritious food and communities are able to build a future free from hunger. From increasing local food access, to supporting sustainable food production and strengthening efforts to organize and advocate, WhyHunger focuses on supporting and connecting grassroots-led efforts for long-term change.With over 150 auction items and experience packages hosted on charitybuzz.com, this year’s top auction items included: • Bruce Springsteen Autographed 1952 Fender Telecaster Guitar • Guest DJ on SiriusXM’s 70s on 7 in New York City with Set of Autographs • Guest DJ on SiriusXM’s Big 80s on 8 in New York City • Meet Willie Nelson with 2 Tickets to Willie Nelson & Family New Year’s Show • Have your Child Co-Host “The Absolutely Mindy Show” at SiriusXM Studio • Meet Kenny Chesney & Receive 2 Sandbar Tickets to 2018 Tour Stop • Visit the Set of “The NFL Today” & Meet the Hosts in New York City • Visit the Osgood File Radio Studio & Have Lunch with Charles Osgood • 2 Tickets to See Billy Joel Live at MSG, Plus a Signed Guitar • Acoustic Guitar Signed by James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet and Sarah McLachlan2017 Hungerthon Ambassadors included Tom Morello, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Jon Batiste, Southside Johnny, Mark Weiss and KWL Management’s Jojo Brim, all of whom used their public platforms to educate and engage their fans as they help raise awareness and funds for the campaign.Additionally, WhyHunger’s long-time board member and Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Tom Chapin and legendary musician Peter Yarrow joined the team at Entercom Radio New York to play and support the live radiothon on Nov 21st.Special thanks goes to over 100 volunteers who gave their time and talents, our incredible radio partners; SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Entercom Radio New York, Cumulus New York and iHeartMedia, and this year’s corporate sponsors PSS Distribution Services, RLB Wealth Planning and ShopRite Wines & Spirits for their support.You can still get involved at Hungerthon.org through the end of the year and donations are accepted year round at WhyHunger.org.last_img read more

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Worlds Biggest USO Tour Brings USO Mission To Life

first_imgThe United Service Organization made history this week with the debut of its World’s Biggest USO Tour – a first-of-its-kind entertainment tour with a star-studded lineup featuring multi-platinum superstar duo Florida Georgia Line.Adam Devine and multi-platinum, superstar duo Florida Georgia LineLivestreamed from D.C.‘s newest concert venue, The Anthem, the event brought the nonprofit’s iconic tour experience to the worldwide stage, paying tribute to service members and military families watching from nearly 90 USO watch parties around the globe.“Tonight’s event is a new way for the USO to deliver on its mission to connect service members to family, home and country, as we bring together USO centers and performers with this single worldwide event,” said USO Senior Vice President of Brand Advancement Paul Allvin. “What made it all the more special was the talent who donated their time to perform. You cannot do better than Florida Georgia Line, Adam Devine, and Chef Robert Irvine. The whole evening combined to remind us all how connected we really are as Americans, military and civilian alike.”USO CEO and President J.D. Crouch II opened the evening by welcoming the 800 guests, including senior military leadership, service members and their families, media influencers, USO partners and supporters in attendance at the D.C. concert venue. Attendees were immersed in the iconic tradition of USO entertainment tours, programs and services, while enjoying smash hits from the award-winning duo like current chart-rising single “Simple,” red-hot collaboration with Bebe Rexha “Meant to Be,” which has reigned the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for an unprecendented 41 weeks, and breakout debut “Cruise.” In tribute, FGL took a moment to honor the military community with “Dirt,” as they regularly do during their live show.“Every single night we give thanks for our service members, and we sing this one for you guys every single show – it’s powerful,” FGL’s Tyler Hubbard told the crowd during the song “Dirt”. “So tonight, as we think about how many people are tuned into this, we want to join forces one more time, not just for the people who serve and wear the uniform but all the others who sacrifice – the wives, the husbands, their families.”Before the event began, FGL’s Brian Kelley also reflected on what it feels like to perform his first USO entertainment tour.“There is nowhere else we’d rather be,” Kelley said. “We can feel all of the troops around the world tonight while we are playing. It’s going to be special.”USO tour veteran, actor-comedian Adam Devine, hosted the evening’s program and longtime USO supporter Chef Robert Irvine, a 14-time USO tour veteran, served as special guest. Both expressed how moved they are by the organization and its innovative tour.“Traveling with the USO has given me the chance to perform for military audiences all over the world for some of the most appreciative crowds I’ve even seen,” said Devine, who joined the USO’s 2017 Holiday Tour. “And tonight was no different for the World’s Biggest USO Tour.”Irvine shared in Devine’s excitement around the evening.“Today is really special because we’ve taken the USO into what I call the 22nd century. We’re going to touch people that we could never touch all at once,” he said. “The concert feed is going live to bases around the world and that’s why tonight is really important. It’s the beginning of something really big.”Throughout the evening, the crowd heard from service members and senior leaders directly impacted by the USO’s mission. This included live video connections to three remote USO locations – USO Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, USO Yokosuka in Japan, and USO Alaska Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson – led by Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Paul Selva; Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. James McConville and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein, who thanked the USO for connecting service members back to the things that give meaning to their service.“I can tell you it personally gives me very deep satisfaction knowing every morning when I wake up that what I do really matters,” Selva told the crowd before turning it over to Goldfein, who shared his support for the military support organization.“At the center of the USO is a very big seven letter word that best defines why we are here – service. But, tonight is also about the first word in the USO – united,” he said. “And we are united tonight in celebrating the positive mission the USO has been accomplishing decade after decade for those who serve.”Before the concert, guests got to see that mission first hand via unique, interactive experiences, including touchscreen kiosks to build virtual care packages, virtual reality tours of USO center locations and a replica of a USO expeditionary tent.USO Chairman of the Board, retired Army Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., summarized the importance of the evening in his onstage remarks, stating that the 77-year-old organization is not resting on its laurels.“The USO is continuing to improve the ability to support you and your families from the day you walk in the door at the MEPS station until you transition back into civilian life,” he said. “The USO is a wonderful reminder of what’s great about America – people coming together from all walks of life to give back to others who do so much for this country.”The night was memorable for an estimated 10,000 service members and their families who enjoyed the tour remotely by tuning in online or hosting a watch party. A signature event at FGL HOUSE – a four-story dining and entertainment destination in Nashville, Tennessee – brought together service members and the public, representing the importance of the military-civilian connection.“There really isn’t a better night at work than when you get to connect a thankful American public to the service members and families that sacrifice so much,” said Kari Moore, USO center director at USO Nashville. “Military guests and their families were thrilled to be invited and delighted to learn that FGL House and the USO made this event possible for them.”The USO thanks all of its partners who helped make the evening possible: Altria, The Boeing Company, The Coca-Cola Company, FTD, Huntington Ingalls, Lockheed Martin, Lyft, Mission BBQ, Northrop Grumman, Oath Inc., Old Camp Whiskey, Sandboxx, United Airlines, USAA and Wawa Foundation.last_img read more

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Comedian Mike Ward appeals Human Rights Tribunal decision

first_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Comedian Mike Ward is appealing the Human Rights Tribunal decision which ordered him to pay $42,000 to a former child singer who he made the butt of jokes in his stand-up show.Quebec comedian Mike Ward will appeal $42K rulingMike Ward’s Human Rights Tribunal decision, explainedThe appeal was filed at the Quebec Court of Appeal Friday.The tribunal ruled last month that Ward made discriminatory comments about Jérémy Gabriel’s handicap during shows between 2010 and 2013. It ordered Ward to compensate both Gabriel and his mother. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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Congratulations to Brandon Jay McLaren

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Brandon Jay McLaren (born October 15, 1982) is a Canadian television actor. He is best known for his roles on Power Rangers S.P.D., Harper’s Island and Slasher. (Wikipedia)BRANDON’S IMDB PAGE:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1564963/A huge congrats to @brandojay on his #UBCPACTRA nomination for BEST ACTOR in @SlasherSeries!A huge congrats to @brandojay on his #UBCPACTRA nomination for BEST ACTOR in @SlasherSeries! pic.twitter.com/VpYeJgEeRW— UBCP/ACTRA (@UBCP_ACTRA) October 14, 2016 Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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WHATS SHOOTING IN ONTARIO – AS OF OCT2717 – LINKS BY DGC

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment .WHAT’S SHOOTING IN ONTARIO – AS OF OCT-27-17DGC (Director’s Guild of Canada) Hotlist – CLICK HERE (56 page PDF) OMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation) MEDIA LIST – CLICK HERE (4-page PDF)ACTRA – CLICK HEREIATSE 873 – CLICK HERE.LOOKING FOR A JOB?  CHECK OUT OUR CASTING, JOB & CREW NOTICESCASTING A PRODUCTION? HIRING CREW? POST YOUR NOTICE HERETO VIEW OR POST CASTING NOTICES: CLICK HERETO VIEW OR POST CREW & JOB NOTICES: CLICK HERE.ARE YOU CREW?ARE YOU A PRODUCTION COMPANY?DO YOU PROVIDE A SERVICE TO THE INDUSTRY?Register & List your company in the FREE eBOSS PRODUCTION DIRECTORYCLICK HERE.DEALS AND DISCOUNTSCheck out our deals page for discounts on events, restaurants, industry services, health and fitness, auto services and much more – CLICK HERE.FOLLOW eBOSS CANADA ON SOCIAL MEDIA  The Entertainment Business One-Stop ShopFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/eboss.canada/Twitter: https://twitter.com/eBOSSCanadaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/eBOSSCanada/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM1DvYkRJ2YXSrJXJ7-3f0A.DOWNLOAD THE eBOSS CANADA APPFor up-to-date News, Job Notices, Casting Notices, Events, and much more Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

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TORONTO CAME THROUGH FOR CRAZY RICH ASIANS AND SIMU LIU LED THE

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement A film’s opening weekend is always the most crucial because it can mean the difference between box office success and barely breaking even. That’s why the push for fans to see “Crazy Rich Asians” during the first few days of its release was so huge — and people showed up in droves.Torontonians were among the thousands who turned up to support the film, rallied by Canadian actor Simu Liu, star of CBC’s “Kim’s Convenience.” The 29-year-old asked fans to join him on Sunday at the Yonge-Dundas Cineplex.“I want us to show up as a community, because one of the ways that Hollywood will create these opportunities for Asian creatives and Asian actors is through the success of a movie like ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’” Liu previously told the Canadian Press.center_img Advertisement Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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WHAT WENT DOWN AT TORONTO LIFES ANNUAL MOST INFLUENTIAL PARTY LAST NIGHT

first_imgAdvertisement Here’s restaurateur Patrick Kriss (number 24), chef and co-owner of Alo:ROM director Josh Basseches (number 36) was there:Condo developer Sam Mizrahi mingled with guests: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Last night, Toronto Life hosted a star-studded event to celebrate its annual list of the city’s most influential people. Over 350 guests gathered inside the Windsor Arms Hotel and toasted the 50 prominent Torontonians with a vast selection of libations, including Vieni sparkling wine, Grey Goose cocktails, Glenmorangie whisky, Lost Craft beer, Pommies cider and Foreign Affair Wine. Here’s a closer look at what went down at the party.Mayor John Tory (number three on the list):TIFF gatekeeper Cameron Bailey (number 22) was looking dapper as usual: Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

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first_imgThe Korean-Canadian actress, who’s well-known for her role as Dr. Christina Yang on the hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy from 2005 to 2014, has a lot to be proud of.A ‘moment’ that’s taken years to achieveShe currently stars as MI5 officer Eve Polastri obsessed with a psychopathic assassin on the critically-acclaimed BBC America series Killing Eve.She’s taken home multiple awards for the role, including a Golden Globe and a Critic’s Choice trophy.And she also became the first Asian woman to be nominated for a 2018 Emmy in the category of lead actress in a drama series. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement There was this year’s Golden Globe win. Her Screen Actor’s Guild Award. Last year’s ground-breaking Emmy nomination. And a stellar performance recently on Saturday Night Live. After years of hard work, Sandra Oh has been raking in the recognition lately.But getting appreciation from her home country with the prestigious Governor General’s Performing Arts Award holds special meaning for the Killing Eve star, who hails from the nation’s capital.“You always wish that your career starts with such opportunity, but you actually have to work on it for 30 years,” Oh told The National‘s Rosemary Barton during a sit-down interview in Ottawa ahead of Friday’s ceremony. “It forces me — because I’m also not really good at this — to be proud of things.”center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Sandra Oh Twitterlast_img read more

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One last ride across the mighty Mackenzie River

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s out with the old and in with the new.Visitors to the Northwest Territories will no longer have to wait to cross the mighty Mackenzie River.That’s because a new bridge is set to open this week to replace the winter ice road and ferry service.One of the territory’s hardest working ships, the Merv Hardie Ferry, will soon become a thing of the past.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier gives us one last ride across the river.last_img

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Qikiqtani Inuit Association signs iron ore mine deal

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the Baffin-land iron ore mine have a deal and recently signed it.Many of the details are still to be announced.APTN’s Kent Driscoll has this from Iqaluit.last_img

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New film Maina brings battle between Inuit and Innu to a Quebec

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe battle between Innu and Inuit will be coming to a Quebec theatre near you.‘Maina’ is a film inspired by the contact of two Aboriginal nations, thousands of years ago.APTN’s Danielle Rochette reports.last_img

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First Nation activists fear potential sting of new antiterror law

first_imgAPTN National NewsA newly-tabled bill has the House of Commons rising in opposition.Its intent is to keep Canadians safe, but many are asking if it goes too far.APTN’s Annette Francis has this story.last_img

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