Shakira Thanks Fans For World Baby Shower Support

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first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira and FC Barcelona soccer star Gerard Piqué today thanked hundreds of thousands of fans for taking part in their interactive World Baby Shower and buying life-saving items for vulnerable children in support of UNICEF’s work around the world.“We are thrilled by the generosity that has been shown by the visitors to our World Baby Shower site,” said Shakira, who in January gave birth to the couple’s first child, Milan. “Thanks to you, over 80,000 children will be protected from polio, almost 200,000 oral rehydration salts sachets will be distributed in times of need, the 3.8 tons of therapeutic food collected will save many children from severe acute malnutrition, among other life-saving tools that were purchased to protect babies and children.”Polio is a highly contagious and potentially deadly disease that often leaves children crippled, while the oral rehydration salts are a simple cost-effective way to treat diarrhoea, the second leading cause of death in children aged under five.When Shakira and Gerard became new parents last month they shared the moment by using innovative social media tools to host an online baby shower with UNICEF from 16 January to 15 February. This unique event engaged fans by welcoming them into the virtual living room of Shakira and Gerard. There, guests learned about the many challenges around child survival and were able to purchase ‘Inspired Gifts’ to help give babies around the world a healthy start to life.“This virtual baby shower has been truly innovative and was only possible in a digital world where fans could not just follow but become a real part of the couple’s philanthropic initiative,” said Sarah Crowe, UNICEF Spokesperson for the Executive Director. “We are indeed grateful for the generosity – in spirit and in kind – of Shakira and Gerard and their fans.”
The many fans who visited the site also bought over 1,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to protect children from malaria. Every 60 seconds, a child in Africa dies from malaria. The bed nets work by creating a protective barrier against deadly malaria-carrying mosquitoes that bite at night and can greatly reduce malaria transmissions.
In addition, the generous donations included the purchase of over 150 portable scales to weigh babies and toddlers to help early detection of malnutrition and illness. One of the best ways to make sure malnutrition and illness are diagnosed early in very young children is to monitor their weight. The earlier the diagnosis the better chance the child has of survival.UNICEF will now begin to distribute these real, life-saving and life-changing items to children and communities in some of the poorest corners of the globe.last_img read more


The Band Perry And Dierks Bentley To Perform At ACM Party For

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first_imgThe Academy of Country Music announces the addition of ACM Party for a Cause Festival, a 2-day outdoor music festival during The Week Vegas Goes Country leading up to the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS on April 7, 2013.The ACM Party for a Cause Festival features a line-up of performances by country’s top hit makers and some of this year’s ACM Award nominees, all in the name of raising awareness and funds for a variety of charities. Donations on behalf of Big Machine Label Group, General Mills and ACM Lifting Lives will be made to the charities represented during this celebratory weekend for fans.Friday’s line-up will be sponsored by Outnumber Hunger, an initiative from General Mills, Big Machine Label Group and Feeding America. In its second year, Outnumber Hunger is a program that helps fight hunger in local communities by helping Feeding America secure meals for its network of local food banks. Concert attendees will have the opportunity to help secure meals for Feeding America through special on-site activities. Saturday will be hosted by Kix Brooks and will include a presentation of charitable donations to the military-inspired non-profit organizations Wounded Warrior Project, Folds of Honor and Nellis Air Force Base Youth Education Programs.Scheduled to appear on Friday, April 5th is headliner The Band Perry, along with performers Greg Bates, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope and Florida Georgia Line. Scheduled for Saturday, April 6th is headliner Dierks Bentley, along with performers Lee Brice, Kix Brooks, Hunter Hayes, Dustin Lynch, Eli Young Band and Love and Theft. The full schedule for THE ACM EXPERIENCE and tickets for Party for a Cause, as well as room and ticket packages, are available here through The Orleans Hotel and Casino or by calling 800-675-3267.“Party for a Cause Festival is adding another layer to THE ACM EXPERIENCE for fans to celebrate country music, as well as learn more about these very deserving organizations. The Academy has a long history of supporting charitable causes, and we’re honored to be partnering with Big Machine Label Group and these talented artists for such a worthy endeavor,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of The Academy of Country Music.The festival is part of THE ACM EXPERIENCE, a family-friendly country music lifestyle event including the free-to-the-public ACM EXPO, the ACM Party for a Cause Festival and much more, to be held April 5-April 7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The events will culminate in the already-announced ACM Fan Jam, a ticketed event headlined by Brad Paisley, on Sunday, April 7, 2013.THE ACM EXPERIENCE will take place in conjunction with The Week Vegas Goes Country, that includes the main event, the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, honoring country music’s top talent and the industry’s hottest emerging talent, to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.For updates on The ACM Experience, the ACM Awards and all Academy events, please log onto www.ACMcountry.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AcademyOfCountryMusic or follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ACMawards.last_img read more


Celebrity PSAs Address Male Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse

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first_imgThe Joyful Heart Foundation, founded by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and 1in6, a leading organization that provides support and information to male survivors of childhood sexual abuse have launched — in partnership with the NO MORE movement to end domestic violence and sexual assault – a new print series of the groundbreaking NO MORE PSA campaign.The new campaign speaks to the excuses and myths that male survivors of sexual abuse are confronted with. The print ads use bold, provocative messaging to engage bystanders and challenge preconceived notions about abuse, like NO MORE “That can’t happen to guys” and NO MORE “He just needs to get over it.” The campaign features 8 celebrities including Mariska Hargitay, co-stars of Law & Order: SVU Danny Pino and Ice-T, Blythe Danner, Katie Couric, Christopher Meloni, Maria Bello and Peter Hermann.“Being part of NO MORE from the beginning has been a great privilege,” said Joyful Heart Founder & President Mariska Hargitay. “Society continues to misplace shame and blame on survivors — both women and men. That has to end. By confronting the myths and excuses we rely on to avoid ending domestic violence and sexual assault, NO MORE fills me with confidence and renewed determination that we will put an end to the violence.”Steve LePore, Executive Director of 1in6 noted that, ‘’From the outset, everyone involved with NO MORE has shown a desire and commitment to be inclusive of men’s experience of violence. We’re grateful for that vision, which at every turn has proven beneficial to men, and we’re proud to partner with NO MORE and Joyful Heart on this campaign.”Over the years, Joyful Heart has helped to bring improvements in our society’s response to survivors by meeting them with compassion, greater access to justice and by having the necessary conversations to prevent violence and abuse from happening in the first place. But turning the tide of public awareness to lift the isolation and shame placed on survivors is still a work in progress.Our community response is a reflection of the myths and excuses surrounding these issues that blame and stigmatize victims. Frequently, we hear or read that because a woman dressed a certain way, she was “asking for it.” Or that if survivors don’t fight, run away or tell anyone, it is somehow their fault. Or that abuse doesn’t happen to guys.The “NO MORE Excuses,” campaign launched in September 2013 and was designed to help dispel many of the most common and pervasive myths about sexual assault and domestic violence, and to engage the public in an open dialogue about these important issues.The campaign, which includes over 40 celebrities and public figures urging bystanders to get involved, was developed in partnership with Y&R and world-renowned photographer Timothy White. The three-year PSA campaign has been rolling out across the country in local and national markets via print, broadcast, online and outdoor advertising, in movie theaters nationwide, and in major airports and medical facilities. Endorsed by the Ad Council’s Endorsed Campaign program and with the support of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, NO MORE has also secured major partnerships with Viacom, Lifetime Television, USA Networks, ConnectiVISION Digital Networks/ClearVISION and OK TV!. The video and print ads are available at no cost to non-profit organizations, universities and corporations to co-brand and increase support in their local communities for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and services.To date, 446,303,169 people have seen the campaign across TV, print, outdoor, digital and media placements, with millions more reached through social media. The PSAs have aired on television over 7,445 times, reaching over 98 million people in markets across the country and over 6 million people on AMC, Cinemark and Regal Theater’s movie screens nationwide.Over 10 million readers of the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, More, Allure, Glamour, People, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, Seventeen, Forbes and the New York Observer have seen the PSAs, as well as over 2 million attendees at the Daytona 500 and the NASCAR Ford Championship Weekend. Additionally, the PSAs have appeared on billboards across the country, including on Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles, and 20 locations throughout the Midwest.The NO MORE PSAs can be viewed at www.nomore.org/psas.last_img read more


Foreigner And REO Speedwagon To Rock TJ Martell Foundation Gala

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first_imgThe TJ Martell Foundation, “Music’s Promise for A Cure,” has announced a night of Top 40 performances for this year’s 40th Anniversary T.J. Martell Foundation New York Honors Gala to be held on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at Cipriani Wall Street.The theme of the highly anticipated star-studded event is “Top 40” and will be hosted by original MTV VJ’s Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman and Alan Hunter. Legendary rock band Foreigner has been added to all rock-star performance line-up along with REO Speedwagon and Train’s Pat Monahan.With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock n’ roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Feels Like the First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Hot Blooded,” “Cold As Ice,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Waiting for a Girl Like You” and the worldwide hit “I Want to Know What Love Is” Foreigner continues to rock the charts.At Foreigner’s core is founder and lead guitarist Mick Jones along with lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, bass guitarist Jeff Pilson and multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel. The band was founded in 1976 and hasn’t stopped recording or touring ever since. Their debut album and every album to follow gave Foreigner hits and impressive Billboard chart runs including record-breaking song sales and a legion of loyal fans worldwide.Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Pat Monahan, recently named the National Spokesperson of the Foundation’s 40th Anniversary will also perform. Monahan is best known as the lead vocalist for the band Train.The 40th Anniversary Honors Gala will honor John Amato, Co-President of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, Bruce Bozzi Sr., Co-Founder and Co-Owner of the Palm Restaurants and Palm Restaurant Group, Wally Ganzi, Co-Founder and Co-Owner of the Palm Restaurants and Palm Restaurant Group, Janice Min, Co-President and Chief Creative Officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, Dinesh Paliwal, Chairman, President and CEO of HARMAN International and John Varvatos, Chairman of John Varvatos and President and CEO of John Varvatos Records. In recognition of further research and medical treatments the Foundation will also announce the newly created Clive Davis Research Fellow Award, an annual grant bestowed upon a young investigator whose dedication has made innovative strides and extensive research in cancer and AIDS.Find out more about the event here.last_img read more


Patti LaBelle And Denise Rich Light Up Empire State Building For Angel

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first_imgPatti LaBelle and Denise Rich, Co-Founder of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, “flipped the switch” to light the world-famous Empire State Building tower lights in red and purple this week in honor of Angel Ball 2015.Patti LaBelle and Denise Rich light the Empire State Building in honor of Angel Ball 2015Credit/Copyright: Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesAngel Ball – which took place at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City – is Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research’s annual fundraiser to support their work to fund the nation’s best and brightest scientific investigators whose research focuses on finding less toxic treatments for patients with leukemia, lymphoma and related cancers. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $25 million in grants.LaBelle performed at the gala along with pop rock sensation OneRepublic and Tony Award winner Billy Porter. The evening honored the work of Heidi Klum; Amy and Brian France, Chairman and CEO of NASCAR, Founders, The Luke and Meadow Foundation; Mary Kitchen and Jon Orszag, Co-Founder of Compass Lexecon, Co-Directors of The Orszag Foundation; for their significant humanitarian and philanthropic contributions in support of cancer research.last_img read more


Prince Charles Attends StarStudded Garden Party For Princes Trust

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first_imgThe Prince of Wales hosted a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace today to mark 40 years of His Royal Highness’s charity The Prince’s Trust.Dame Joan Collins and Gemma Arterton with Prince CharlesCredit/Copyright: www.princeofwales.gov.uk/The Prince was joined by Prince’s Trust Ambassadors, including Sir Ben Kingsley, Fearne Cotton and Pixie Lott, alongside more than 5,000 of the charity’s supporters and beneficiaries. In the last 40 years, the charity has supported 825,000 young people.During the garden party Dame Joan Collins and Gemma Arterton presented His Royal Highness with a portrait of himself created from hundreds of images of people whose lives have been touched by the work of The Prince’s Trust.A digital book of memories containing messages recorded by young people and supporters of The Prince’s Trust was also presented to The Prince by Sir Ben Kingsley.Sir Ben Kingsley presents HRH with a Digital Book of MemoriesCredit/Copyright: www.princeofwales.gov.uk/The Prince’s Trust was founded by The Prince of Wales in 1976, and supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school or at risk of exclusion.Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping to develop self-esteem and skills for work.Singer Pixie Lott, who became a Trust Ambassador aged 18, said: “I just think that the work it does is amazing, giving young people a chance is so good. I’ve met some amazing people today, it’s lovely to hear their stories and how much more confidence they have from working with the Trust, and the way they’ve turned their lives around.”Source:www.princeofwales.gov.uklast_img read more


⚓ Luminato Festival comes home for 2017

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WERE LIKE THE STONES STEVE MARTIN AND MARTIN SHORT TALK ABOUT LIFE

Posted On Oct 15 2019 by

first_img Facebook Over the years, every time Steve Martin and Martin Short have got together it has been nothing but fun times.So when the comedy greats were asked to interview one another onstage at the 2011 Just for Laughs fest in Chicago, it was an automatic yes.And as it turns out, it was the beginning of a stage show that has morphed over the years into a touring act — dubbed An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life — that finds the duo riffing on showbiz, singing songs, performing stand-up and roasting one another. Their routine, which stops at Toronto’s Sony Centre this Friday and Saturday, was turned into a Netflix special in 2018. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Steve Martin and Martin Short “It went really well,” Short, 63, recalls during a joint interview with Martin. “But more importantly, we had great fun doing it. We went out for dinner the night before and then we had a great dinner afterwards. Then we were asked to do it again and we agreed.”The SCTV veteran and Saturday Night Live alum liked structure, but wanted to do something more. “So the show has evolved,” the Hamilton-born comic adds.The friendship goes back nearly 33 years to when they first starred together alongside Chevy Chase in the 1986 comedy ¡Three Amigos!Their cinematic partnership continued in two Father of the Bride films and the 1998 animated feature The Prince of Egypt.last_img read more


Fair Elections Act wont affect voting in Nunavut Aglukkaq

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first_imgAPTN National NewsWhile critics are panning the government’s new Fair Elections Act, ministers responsible for selling it say it won’t get in the way of people’s ability to vote no matter where they live.That includes Nunavut.APTN’s Kent Driscoll reports.last_img


Wab Kinew to seek provincial NDP nomination in Winnipegs Fort Rouge riding

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first_imgAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG – Wab Kinew has confirmed reports that he is looking to get into politics.Kinew said on Twitter he seeking the nomination to be the provincial NDP candidate for the Fort Rouge riding in Winnipeg.“I need your help on this journey and would appreciate all of your support! Miigwech,” he tweeted Tuesday.Political analyst Paul Thomas says Kinew’s decision could be a setback for the Manitoba Liberal Party, because its leader, Rana Bokhari, is trying to get her first legislature seat by running in that constituency. Thomas says getting a star candidate such as Kinew could boost the NDP’s chances in the April 19 election. Several opinion polls have suggested NDP support has plummeted since the government raised the provincial sales tax in 2013. Recent polls suggest the party is 20 points behind the Opposition Progressive Conservatives and very close to the Liberals. “It’s impressive that (the NDP) could pick up a star candidate given where they stand in the polls,” Thomas said Tuesday. “A star candidate, who I think would be very engaging in townhall meetings and on doorsteps with voters, makes it tougher for Rana Bokhari to get her first election victory.” Kinew’s decision could also translate into more NDP support from the Indigenous community, especially in central Winnipeg and the province’s north. The Liberals recently secured two high-profile Indigenous candidates – activist Althea Guiboche and youth leader Tyler Duncan. Duncan sat on the NDP executive until last month, when he moved to the Liberals. Kinew is the associate vice-president for Indigenous relations at the University of Winnipeg and author of the bestselling book “The Reason You Walk.” He also worked as a journalist with the CBC and hosted the documentary series “Eighth Fire.” The Fort Rouge seat is currently held by Jennifer Howard, a former finance minister who stepped down from cabinet after openly challenging Premier Greg Selinger’s leadership. She announced last week she will not seek re-election. – with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more


Indigenous sexual abuse likely to dominate inquiry into murdered missing women

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first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA _ Sharon Acoose remembers being groped as a child by an uncle who paid her in pocket change for her trouble _ the earliest roots of a life scarred by sex work, drug use and jail time.“He would give me a quarter … or a nickel or a dime, whatever he had,” Acoose, 63, recalled during an interview with The Canadian Press.“You wouldn’t believe all the candies that I bought.”Despite the longest of odds, she managed to turn her life around, eventually becoming a professor of social work. Countless others who followed a similar trajectory are no longer alive to tell the tale.To this day, that same cycle is repeating itself with alarming frequency in Indigenous communities across Canada, a CP investigation has found.And with its insidious links to suicide, violence and mental health problems, the issue of child sexual abuse is poised to be a key theme in next year’s long-anticipated national inquiry into the tragic phenomenon of murdered and missing Indigenous women.Acoose was just three years old and living in Regina when it started _ three separate uncles, all of them now dead. The memory later manifested as emotional, spiritual and physical self-punishment, fuelled by the cocktail of drugs and alcohol she used to numb her pain.“That was just my destiny,” she said. “That’s exactly why I became what I became, because I grew up bitter, against men.”Indeed, experiences of sexual and physical abuse among Indigenous women and girls are so pervasive they are expected to overwhelm next year’s national inquiry, where commissioners will examine and report on the systemic causes of the violence.Hearings are expected to begin in early 2017 and will undoubtedly draw attention from around the globe, said chief commissioner Marion Buller.In May 2014, the RCMP documented 1,181 murdered and missing women between 1980 and 2012. A year later, it said 32 additional Aboriginal women had been murdered and 11 more had disappeared since it first reported on the issue.The force also cited an “unmistakable connection” between homicide and family violence.Aboriginal women are vulnerable precisely because they’re Aboriginal and women, said Dr. Yvonne Boyer, a Canada Research Chair at Manitoba’s Brandon University.Boyer co-authored a report on trafficking of Aboriginal women for the Public Safety Department in May 2014 that noted many of its participants suffered sexual abuse as a child, contributing to a pattern of exploitation that carried on into their adult years.“I see it as all being on a continuum,” she said in an interview.“You have children who are abused, you have young teenagers that are abused, they go through life, then it is just normalized behaviour … some of them, we just don’t hear their voices anymore because they’re gone.”The links between missing and murdered women and childhood sexual abuse are undeniable, added Wally Oppal, who led B.C.’s hearings on how authorities handled cases in the wake of the Robert Pickton investigation.Pickton _ one of Canada’s most notorious serial killers _ was convicted in 2007 of the murders of six women and charged in the deaths of 20 others. A number of them were Aboriginal.Oppal’s report found Aboriginal women experience higher levels of violence in terms of both incidence and severity and are disproportionately represented among the missing and murdered.“I still think of those women and what had happened to them … the abuses that had taken place and why they had left home,” he said.Indigenous women who have been incarcerated like Acoose commonly suffer from abuse and share similar vulnerable backgrounds with those who go murdered and missing, said Kim Pate _ longtime head of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and one of Canada’s newest senators.These women are at risk of being re-victimized. They find themselves over-policed yet underprotected from the violence and exploitation that enters all too often into their lives, she said.“If they end up on the street or in communities where they are being victimized, they’re often trying to figure out ways to survive that violence,” Pate said. “They’re trying to negotiate their lives.”Indigenous women are also more likely to be criminalized for fighting back, Pate added.While The Canadian Press has a policy of not identifying the victims of sexual assault, Acoose agreed to be identified in this story as part of her ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the issue.In her work at the First Nations University of Canada’s Saskatoon campus, she finds herself pondering a lingering question: why wasn’t there a national public inquiry 20 years ago?“I am so fortunate to be able to talk to people and tell my story,” Acoose said. “I should have been dead by the time I was 20.”news@aptn.calast_img read more


BC fish farms treating sea lice outbreak with hydrogen peroxide

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first_img(Sea lice attached to a juvenile salmon in Clayoquot Sound.  Photo courtesy Alexandra Morton, May 2018)Laurie HamelinAPTN NewsCermaq Canada, a salmon farming company now a fully owned subsidiary of the Mitsubushi Corporation, is dealing with a sea lice infestation using a number of methods including hydrogen peroxide.“We are using multiple tools in the immediate term, including depopulating affected farms while treating others with an environmentally safe hydrogen peroxide bath now that we have received a licence for that approach,” says David Kiemele, the managing director of Cermaq Canada in a statement.The outbreak is at seven of their 14 open-net farms in Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island.The infested farms are located on wild salmon migration routes, which could pose a serious threat to already low numbers of wild fish.Sea lice attached to juvenile salmon in Clayoquot Sound. Photo courtesy Alexandra Morton, May 2018The company’s audits showed counts of sea lice increasing exponentially as early as January and February.Under the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) regulations, salmon farms must ensure adult fish aren’t infected by more than three active sea lice. But Cermaq’s March and April reports show fish were infected by up to 30.In an email to APTN News, DFO said  “we are aware of the sea lice exceedances at Cermaq Canada’s facilities in Clayoquot and have been in ongoing discussions with the company since January 2018 about measures to reduce sea lice levels.“The Department is reviewing Cermaq Canada’s sea lice management practices at these farms to determine if relevant licence conditions have been followed appropriately.”Juvenile farmed salmon start out their lives still lice-free, but once in the ocean the fish are exposed to sea lice through wild salmon stocks.Alexandra Morton, an independent biologist who has published 18 papers on sea lice in the last 20 years, says millions of fish swimming in one place are breeding grounds for the parasite.“Fish farms are a soup of fish, feces, and mucus.  It’s a rich environment for sea lice to reproduce and multiply.”Sea lice epidemics plague the Atlantic salmon farming industry worldwide.Each year outbreaks cost the global industry over $1 billion.“Sea lice have an exceptional ability to become resistant to drugs,” says Morton.“The industry has tried using neurotoxins, thermolicers, lasers, fish that actually eat the lice off, bath treatments, and they just can’t beat the sea lice.”Morton, who went to Clayoquot Sound in early May to see the outbreak for herself, says DFO should have done something months ago to protect wild fish now swimming out to sea.”“Cermaq was always reporting their numbers.  When DFO first saw those high levels of sea lice they should have made the company bring them down right away.“Instead, lethal levels of sea lice are now feeding on wild salmon.”In an effort to get rid of sea lice on the farmed fish, the Province granted Cermaq permission to use hydrogen peroxide, even though the government hasn’t yet finished their review on pesticide use on open-net pens in coastal waters.“They’re literally burning the lice off”, says Morton.“Imagine what that’s doing to a tiny half gram juvenile fish, they don’t even have scales yet.”But DFO says “hydrogen peroxide is widely used around the world, including elsewhere on Canada’s west coast, with excellent effect and no demonstrable effects to the ecosystem.”In April, Canada’s environmental watchdog reported that DFO “had not set limits or thresholds for when to take action if it observed declines in wild fish stocks in areas where aquaculture was prevalent.”Environment Commissioner, Julie Gelfand, added that “the department is at risk of being seen to promote aquaculture over the protection of wild salmon.“The research gaps are extensive enough that there’s no way to determine the impact of fish farms on wild fish.  Those gaps include a lack of knowledge about the risk of disease, as well as the impact of the drugs used to treat those diseases.”Skookum John from Ahousaht First Nation, says no one is looking out for wild salmon.Skookum John, from Ahousaht First Nation, says what’s happening in his traditional territory is devastating.“No one is protecting our wild fish.”Ahousaht First Nation has a partnership with Cermaq Canada, so speaking out against the company is not allowed.“It’s difficult because people are worried about keeping the very few jobs that the fish farms actually bring to Ahoushat.  If they speak out they’ll lose their jobs.”“But I’m not going to be silent, these fish farms are stealing from future generations, this generation as well.”John doesn’t work for Cermaq, he owns his own water taxi and whale watching business.His love for the coast and his culture makes speaking up for wild salmon easy.“Without wild salmon, we wouldn’t have the whales, the eagles, the trees, even my people.”“Everything is connected.  We need wild salmon to be able to breathe.”APTN contacted Cermaq Canada for this article, but did not receive a response.lhamelin@aptn.ca@Laurie_Hamelinlast_img read more


Candidates taken aback by ministers visit to AFN on election day

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first_imgRob SmithAPTN NewsIt’s election day at the Assembly of First Nations gathering in Vancouver.538 chiefs and proxies will vote for the person who will lead the AFN for the next three years.What matter the most is getting 60 per cent of those 538 votes – or 323.Thrown into the mix at the assembly on Wednesday was Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett.Four of the candidates took issue with what they saw as political interference.rsmith@aptn.ca@kingcomevjlast_img


Dynamic Duo Mother and daughter get through nursing program in NWT together

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first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsTwo dozen nursing students, tired from late-night studying, shuffle into their morning class and begin thumbing through their notes on antibiotics.Their professor has prepared dozens of slides for the final review of a pharmacology class.She answers questions from students who are closing off four grueling years of post-secondary education with the hopes of becoming a nurse north of 60.Jordan Erickson and Jody Prince have both excelled in Aurora College’s Bachelor of Science – Nursing program in Yellowknife – but soon they will not have their instructor to rely on.Luckily for them they can and have always relied on each other.That’s because these two students are mother and daughter.Erickson laughs as she prepares an IV drip during the interview.“There were moments where I thought, ‘can I really do this? This is a lot,’” she said. “But you push through it and we don’t really get at each other’s throats too much.”“We actually ground each other.”The lightheartedness extends as Jody reflects on all of the unique experiences she has had while sharing a classroom with her daughter.“One of the first days we had to sign a photo consent and she wasn’t allowed to sign it because she wasn’t old enough to consent so I was in her class and she passed her form over,” Prince said.Prince, who was working in child education before going to nursing school explains that while Erickson did not mind having her mother hit the books with her, there were some who doubted the idea.“There was an instructor who said when she heard that there was a mother and daughter in the program ‘this is not going to turn out good,’” Prince said.”For Erickson, she said she found all of her classes to be very interesting, but adjusting to the demands of a new found career was a learning curve.“The only hard parts I can think of in terms of our practicum was just time management between going to clinical and everyday life,” she said.“You are just so tired to do the things you regularly want to do.”Prince who works at the laboratory on campus and proudly sports her Aurora College t-shirt, said she is grateful to be a mature student, but she can’t shake her number one job of being a mother.“I guess for me you know as a student you worry about your own marks. ‘Am I going to pass this?’ For me it is twofold. ‘Am I going to pass this test and is she going to pass this test? Is she going to do well?’”As their academic classes wind down for the fall semester, this mother and daughter duo is ready for what lies ahead – a final practicum and then graduation.“I will just be looking forward to our grad day. But walking across that stage especially walking across the stage with her [Prince] will be really, really good,” Erickson said.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img read more


Heres why two women are staying on site after a Nova Scotia

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgAngel MooreAPTN NewsA judge may have granted Alton Gas an injunction to clear an access road to a contested site in Nova Scotia, but don’t tell that to Madonna Bernard and Paula Isaac.The company says water protectors are trespassing and preventing access to the work site.The protectors say the land is unceded territory.“As l’nu to be told what to do by a corporation that don’t even belong here in the first place, so, no I’m not, I’m not leaving,” says Bernard.For years, community members have been opposed to the Alton Gas storage project.(A makeshift shack near the Alton Gas site in Nova Scotia. Photo: Angel Moore/APTN)It proposes to carve out salt caverns to store natural gas, and then dump the salty brine into the Sipekne’katik River.Protectors fear environmental damage from the plan.“We’re protecting the river from these corporations coming in and doing what they want to do,” says Bernard.“They want to throw all that salt brine into the river where the bass spawn, where all the fish spawn here.Another protector on the site says stopping the project is to protect the entire ecosystem.“For the animals too, it’s not just for the people, it’s for the animals and the balance of life,” says Isaac.A judge granted a temporary injunction on the basis that the water protectors were trespassing and blocking access to the company’s work site.It is in effect until a permanent injunction is decided in court.(Madonna Bernard, left, at the Alton Gas site. “I’m going to sit here until the grandmothers tell me otherwise.” Photo: Angel Moore/APTN)The grandmothers and Elders have asked the women to stay at the treaty camp which is on at the entrance to the Alton Gas work site.“It’s always been matriarchal and when our grandmothers and our Elders tell us what to do, what the next steps are,” says Bernard.“That’s who we follow, that’s who we are guided by.”Two of the women are at the camp in shifts, and there is always someone onsite.“We’re here to protect, we are always going to be here to protect were protecting for the unborn for the animals our medicines,” says Isaac.Bernard and Isaac say they  are protecting the past and the future of the Sipekne’katik River.People here say by protecting the river –  they’re  also defending their treaty rights.“I’m going to sit here until the grandmothers tell me otherwise there’s nothing, there’s nothing legal that the RCMP can do to enforce them taking us out of here because everything we do is legal and justifiable in our sovereign laws, in our treaty laws,” says Bernard.A date will be chosen for a hearing for the permanent injunction.amoore@aptn.ca@angelharksenamoore@aptn.ca@angelharksenlast_img read more


Suncor Energy buys minority stake in product distributor owned by James Bay

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgVAL-D’OR, Que. – PetroNor, a petroleum products distributor operating in northwest Quebec, has a new equity partner — Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU).Financial terms of the arrangement weren’t disclosed but the companies said the Calgary-based oil and gas company would have a 41 per cent stake in PetroNor, which is owned and operated by the James Bay Crees.Suncor will also continue to supply PetroNor with fuel and distillate from the Suncor Montreal refinery.PetroNor distributes petroleum products across the James Bay and Abitibi-Temiscamingue regions of Quebec.PetroNor president Ted Moses says the business relationship with the James Bay Crees “demonstrates a shared belief in the long-term growth opportunities for PetroNor and the northwestern regions of Quebec.”Kris Smith, a Suncor executive vice-president, said the agreement builds on a 14-year relationship that the Calgary-based company has had with PetroNor and “we’re looking forward to working together to grow this business.”last_img read more


US factory output flat for 2nd straight month

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. factory output was unchanged in January for the second straight month after three months of healthy gains.The Federal Reserve said Thursday that production fell in wood products, aircraft and a category including concrete and glass. Yet factories also cranked out more cars and computers.Manufacturers posted a solid year in 2017, expanding production and adding nearly 200,000 jobs. A cheaper dollar and healthy economies overseas boosted exports, while stepped up consumer spending in the U.S. lifted domestic sales. The past two months’ readings suggest, however, that factory production has slowed in the new year.Overall industrial production, which includes mines and utilities, slipped 0.1 per cent. Mining production fell 1 per cent, while utility output climbed 0.6 per cent.Other recent data point to healthy manufacturing growth, a sign production may turn up in the coming months. A survey of purchasing managers found that factory activity expanded rapidly last month, though at a slightly slower pace than in December. New orders and production rose, but also more slowly than in December.And a separate government report showed that orders for long-lasting manufactured goods, such as autos and appliances, jumped in December.The Fed’s report also sheds light on whether manufacturers are running at or above their normal capacity. When that happens, they may feel compelled to raise prices to cover the cost of overtime work or other extraordinary expenses. That can feed higher inflation.For now, there is little sign that this is happening: Manufacturing plants are running at 76.2 per cent of capacity, the Fed said, the same as last month but up from 75.4 per cent a year ago. That is about 2 percentage points below its long-run average.Once manufacturers run up against capacity limits, they may also invest more to expand their facilities and equipment, which can spur greater economic growth.last_img read more


Needs go unmet 6 months after Maria hit Puerto Rico

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Generators are still humming. Candles are still flickering. Homes are still being repaired.Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria exactly six months ago, and the U.S. territory is still struggling to recover from the strongest storm to hit the island in nearly a century.“There are a lot of people with needs,” said Levid Ortiz, operating director of PR4PR, a local non-profit that helps impoverished communities across the island. “It shouldn’t be like this. We should already be back on our feet.”Some 250 Puerto Ricans formed a line around him on a recent weekday, standing for more than two hours to receive bottles of water and a box of food at a public basketball court in the mountain town of Corozal. Many of those waiting were still without power, including 23-year-old Keishla Quiles, a single mother with a 4-year-old son who still buys ice every day to fill a cooler to keep milk and other goods cold amid rising temperatures.“Since we’re a family of few resources, we have not been able to afford a generator,” she said. “It’s been hard living like this.”Crews already have restored water to 99 per cent of clients and power to 93 per cent of customers, but more than 100,000 of them still remain in the dark and there are frequent power outages. Justo Gonzalez, former interim director for Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority, said he expects the entire island to have power by May, eight months after the Category 4 storm destroyed two-thirds of the island’s power distribution system — and just as the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season is about to start.Gonzalez was replaced on Tuesday by Walter Higgins, former president of a power company that provided electricity in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.Officials in Puerto Rico have pledged to inspect dozens of wooden and cement poles still leaning haphazardly across the island after a wooden telephone pole fell on a car. It killed an elderly couple on Sunday as they returned from a town fair in the mountains of western Puerto Rico. The deaths of Luis Beltran, 62, and Rosa Bosque, 60, have angered Puerto Ricans and raised concerns about the safety of people as they recover from the hurricane.“It worries me because … it can happen anywhere,” Mayor Edwin Soto told The Associated Press, adding that crews were going to inspect poles across the mountain town of Las Marias to ensure they are in good condition.Beltran’s youngest sister, Migdalia Beltran, said her brother was living in New Jersey when Hurricane Maria hit, but that he moved back three months ago to be with family.“He was No. 1,” she said as her voice cracked and she began to cry. “He was the one who gave me support to keep going.”The storm caused an estimated $100 billion in damage, killed dozens of people and damaged or destroyed nearly 400,000 homes, according to Puerto Rico’s government.In the six months since the hurricane, more than 135,000 people have fled to the U.S. mainland, according to a recent estimate by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York.More than 40 per cent of them settled in Florida, followed by Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania, the study found.Meanwhile, those who stayed behind say they need more help.The AP recently found that of the $23 billion pledged for Puerto Rico, only $1.27 billion for a nutritional assistance program has been disbursed, along with more than $430 million to repair public infrastructure. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency also has spent more than $6 billion from its standing emergency fund.Tom Bossert, U.S. President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser, said Tuesday that Puerto Rico would soon receive another $10 billion for various restoration efforts.“We’re going to redouble our efforts to work as fast as we can on their behalf,” he said of Puerto Ricans during a three-day visit to the island. However, he said the administration of Gov. Ricardo Rossello needs to come up with a plan on how to rebuild a stronger power grid and create financial accounting methods to ensure federal funds are being appropriately spent. “It makes no sense for the people of the United States to continue to pay money for repetitive loss in these disasters.”He also said federal hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico have exceeded his expectations.“That doesn’t mean I’m satisfied. It doesn’t mean the president is satisfied,” Bossert said. “We still have some challenges.”Meanwhile, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources issued a letter on Friday demanding that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers explain why it is reducing the number of crews helping restore power when there are still people who remain in the dark.“While we recognize that much progress has been made in restoring power to the majority of customers, the job is not done,” the letter stated.Col. Jason Kirk, who is overseeing power restoration efforts for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Tuesday that Puerto Rico’s power company will be primarily responsible for restoring electricity to remaining customers.last_img read more


Crescent Point criticizes dissidents nominees in lengthy letter to investors

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgCALGARY – Crescent Point Energy Corp. is doubling down in its battle with an activist investor, criticizing the company, its leader and even the ages of two of the four directors it has nominated for election at the annual general meeting next month.A lengthy letter to shareholders asking them to reject the dissident slate repeats criticism Crescent Point levelled Monday of activist Cation Capital Inc.’s “unreasonable” bid to have four new directors elected, saying it will disrupt the oil and gas producer’s five-year business plan.Crescent Point says the nominees are unqualified or offer experience that isn’t needed on the board and two nominees, Dallas Howe and Herbert Pinder, are close to the company’s director retirement age of 75, which means they wouldn’t be able to serve very long.In a response letter, Cation says Crescent Point CEO Scott Saxberg is attacking its nominees and placing blame to divert attention from the company’s “disastrous track record,” which includes a poor market valuation, high administration costs and executive pay and rising debt.CIBC analyst Dave Popowich says in a report to investors that Cation’s campaign “strains the limit of credibility” and is unlikely to succeed.He says Cation’s complaints about executive compensation at Crescent Point have been raised by shareholders in the past and added it has offered few details on how it would force change at the company to deliver more value to investors.The two sides seem entrenched in their opposing positions.“We welcome directors who will be a positive catalyst for shareholders, but these nominees will be a destructive force in the boardroom and on the share price,” said Crescent Point in its letter released late Thursday.“Our view is simple: This broken company needs new leadership that is committed to restoring the market’s confidence, significantly enhancing Crescent Point’s share price and ensuring long-term sustainability,” countered Cation president Sandy Edmonstone in the response on Friday.He and Thomas Budd are Cation’s third and fourth nominees.The company’s annual meeting is set for May 4.Companies in this story: (TSX:CPG)last_img read more


Mortgage debt increases at slower rate amid decreasing home sales CMHC

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgTORONTO – The Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation says the country’s mortgage debt increased at a slower pace in the last quarter of 2017 compared to the year before.The Crown corporation attributes the slowdown to rising interest rates and decreasing home sales.In its quarterly mortgage and consumer trends report, CMHC also reveals that the growth rate of home equity line of credit debt more than doubled when compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, trailing credit card and auto loan debt.Meanwhile, the demand for new mortgage loans was sluggish with the number of loans opened in the last quarter of 2017 falling by 7.7 per cent from the year before to reach 234,000.CMHC says the number of consumers with a mortgage loan in the fourth quarter reached its highest point in the last three years.last_img read more