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Susan Sarandon And Michelle Yeoh Visit Earthquake Victims In Nepal

first_imgSusan Sarandon has arrived in Nepal to help victims of the devastating earthquakes that hit the country.Michelle Yeoh In NepalThe actress is visiting with Live To Love International, and is following a visit by Michelle Yeoh last week.Sarandon is encouraging tourists to keep visiting Nepal to ensure the country’s tourism industry survives.“It is important to emphasize that by the fall, when monsoon ends, people should make their reservations now if they want to help and they want to come and visit because it is very, very important to keep all these jobs alive,” said Sarandon. “I think that would be the next wave – to think of Nepal not as an ongoing disaster, but as a country that has found its way back and has many monuments that haven’t fallen and many beautiful areas that can be still safe to trek.”Last week, Michelle Yeoh – a Live To Love ambassador – announced the construction of community halls, in a collaboration with on-ground partners like the Panchakanya group and the Drukpa Kung Fu Nuns, to house victims of the Nepal earthquakes, a crucial need as monsoon season nears and dry shelter becomes scarce.last_img read more

Jillian Michaels To Stand Up For Cancer On Night Nation Run

first_imgStand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is excited to announce Jillian Michaels, one of the nation’s leading health and wellness experts, will participate on behalf of SU2C in the Night Nation Run on Saturday, October 24th.The running 5k music festival, will take place at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, has been named the official charitable beneficiary of the Night Nation Run. The Running Music Festivals will be held in over 30 cities across the U.S. in 2015 and 2016.Similar to Michaels’ message of wellness, staying active and having fun, the Night Nation Run’s goal is to make a lasting impact by supporting SU2C and its innovative cancer research in a variety of ways through its races. Additionally, runners can create teams to help fundraise for SU2C through the SU2C website at www.su2c.org/nightnationrun.“I’m proud to be involved with Stand Up To Cancer and join the Night Nation Run,” said Jillian Michaels. “Cancer is a disease that impacts all of us. Through opportunities like this run, we can team up and work together to lead stronger, healthier lives. This event provides people across the country with an easy, fun and active way to truly give back and make a difference in the fight against cancer.”“We are so grateful to Jillian Michaels for joining this Night Nation Run on behalf of Stand Up To Cancer,” said Sue Schwartz, Co-Founder, Stand Up To Cancer. “Her inspiring approach to living a healthy, fit lifestyle while also having fun is a perfect fit for our collaboration with the Night Nation Run.”“We are so excited to have Jillian Michaels join Night Nation Run in support of our Official Charitable Beneficiary, Stand Up To Cancer,” said Carly Moskowitz, Director of Marketing for Night Nation Run. “Together we can continue to utilize Night Nation Run as a platform to allow our participants to contribute to innovative cancer research, all while celebrating music in a fun environment.”The Night Nation Run music festival is a 5K filled with lights, lasers, beats and music. For more info about where and when you can take part, click here.last_img read more

Bob The Builder To Join Mario Lopez And Habitat For Humanity In

first_imgBob the Builder, the loveable star of the recently launched and eponymously named series on PBS Kids, is on his way to Los Angeles from Spring City to team up with Habitat For Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Mario Lopez (Extra-TV) and a crew of very excited volunteers from Mattel, Inc. to help with the construction and beautification of three new Inglewood homes in partnership with low-income Los Angeles families.The build will take place between 3pm and 5pm on Tuesday, December 8, and feature children making gifts for the new residents as well as meet and greets with Bob the Builder.The fun construction day celebrates the re-launch of Bob the Builder on PBS Kids with beautifully updated, CGI-animation, a brand new look for the series and its namesake — Bob and Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt voicing one of the lead roles — Wendy. No job is too big or small for Bob and his team, as they approach every job with positivity, enthusiasm and their catch phrase, “Can we build it? Yes we can!” For more information and interactive content visit www.bobthebuilder.com. Bob the Builder is a production of HIT Entertainment in association with THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET.The build kicks off a partnership between Mattel, Inc. and Habitat for Humanity International, an organization aimed at creating and improving housing to help families achieve the strength, stability and independence to build brighter futures. Habitat’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to call home and to date has helped more than 6.8 million people in more than 70 countries.last_img read more

Lionel Messi Writes Words Of Encouragement To Communities Around The World

first_imgLionel Messi and Gatorade have publicly released the first of 10 handwritten letters from the FC Barcelona superstar and five-time World Player of the Year that offer words of hope, encouragement and perseverance to communities across the world.Lionel Messi and Gatorade partner to offer communities around the world words of encouragement, hope and perseveranceFor ten consecutive weeks, Messi will send a “Don’t Go Down” themed letter to an unsuspecting organization in select cities, with Barcelona being the first.The letter writing campaign was born out of the positive response and fan feedback following Gatorade’s recent “Don’t Go Down” video launch in February. The video highlighted Messi’s unique style, in which he refuses to dive, flop or give in during adverse situations, on and off the pitch. Messi’s message, according to the campaign and emphasized in his letters is “Don’t Go Down…life has more in store for you, if you just stay up.”“I was very touched by the incredibly positive response to the ’Don’t Go Down’ video and Gatorade’s willingness to support my efforts to spread this important message across the globe,” said Messi. “I model my actions on the field by the way I live my life, to keep moving forward through good times and adversity.”“When Messi came to us with this letter writing idea we felt it was the perfect way to extend our campaign and the important message of hope, resiliency and perseverance,” said Anuj Bhasin, Head of Gatorade Global Marketing. “We’re extremely proud to be aligned with a star like Messi and help spread his inspirational message of toughness and resilience.”Letters from Messi and Gatorade will be distributed around the world to five continents, including North and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Communities that will receive handwritten letters will be revealed in the comings weeks.last_img read more

Magic Johnson Leads Panel At Fifth Annual Ladylike Day At UCLA

first_imgLadylike Foundation hosted its Fifth Annual Ladylike Day at UCLA on Saturday, December 17th.Magic Johnson Attends 5th Annual Ladylike DayLadylike Day at UCLA is a program of classes that promotes and educates young ladies between the ages of 12-17 from L.A.’s inner city in the areas of Finance, fashion, health and fitness, etiquette, job interviewing and preparing for their future. Cookie Johnson opened the day, welcoming the young ladies and encouraging them to be the best that they can be.Each year, Ladylike Day at UCLA culminates with an open platform celebrity male panel where the young ladies attending are given the opportunity to ask the men on the panel any questions they wish without any restrictions or limitations, from advice about romance and relationships to how to handle bullying. This year, the panel was lead by Magic Johnson, and included Devon Franklin, Film Producer/Author/Motivational Speaker; Chris Spencer, Actor/Comedian and Creator of Real Husbands of Hollywood; Marcellus Wiley, NFL Veteran & ESPN Broadcaster/Analyst; Dondre Whitfield, Emmy-nominated actor and star on OWN Network’s Queen Sugar; and a surprise guest panelist, recent SAG and Golden Globe nominee, Anthony Anderson.Founded by Leah Pump, the LadyLike Foundation is a faith-based nonprofit organization whose purpose is to educate, empower and inspire young women living in underprivileged communities. Through cutting edge resource programs, workshops, mentorships and life lessons, young ladies are challenged to reach their highest potential and become the successful, well-rounded “Lady” they were created to be. Each year, the organization hosts two main events: LADYLIKE DAY AT UCLA and the Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon, which is the primary fundraiser for LadyLike Foundation. For more information, please visit www.theladylike.com.last_img read more

Vince Vaughn To Be Honored At John Wayne Cancer Institute Odyssey Ball

first_imgThe John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary will honor internationally recognized medical oncologist Steven J. O’Day, MD, with “The Duke” Special Service Award and award-winning actor, producer and screenwriter Vince Vaughn, with the “True Grit” Humanitarian Award at the 32nd annual Odyssey Ball, Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, Beverly Hills.The Best is Yet to Come casino-themed gala fundraiser benefits the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center and is organized by John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary co-chairs Martha Harper and Shirley Lipstone.“It gives us great pleasure to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of Dr. O’Day and his commitment to our mission,” said Patrick Wayne, chairman of the board at the Institute and son of the legendary actor John Wayne. “His worldwide collaborations and dedication to advance knowledge of melanoma cancer research and treatment, embody all that ‘The Duke’ Special Service Award symbolizes.”Steven J. O’Day, MD is Professor of Medical Oncology, Director of Immuno-Oncology and Director of Clinical Research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. Dr. O’Day is recognized as one of the preeminent melanoma specialists in the world. He provides expert clinical care while incorporating teaching and leading clinical research. He lectures extensively, both nationally and internationally. He has been at the forefront of new drug development in melanomas over the last two decades. Dr. O’Day played a leadership role in the development of the breakthrough immune checkpoint inhibitor ipilimumab. He has been a principal investigator in more than 100 clinical trials and has published more than 200 manuscripts, abstracts and reviews in prestigious medical journals. He has served on the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Education Committee for melanoma and recently completed a three-year term on the prestigious ASCO Cancer Communications Committee where he moderated ASCO Immuno-Oncology press conferences.“The ‘True Grit’ Award was established to recognize individuals who embody the American values that were characteristic of John Wayne,” said Anita Swift, Auxiliary president. “We are honored to celebrate Vince Vaughn for his generosity, commitment and support of America’s servicemen and women.”Vince Vaughn has become one of Hollywood’s most highly acclaimed triple threats – as an actor, producer and screenwriter. A Chicago native, Vaughn first caught the attention of critics and audiences in Doug Liman’s cult classic Swingers. He was most recently seen in Mel Gibson’s WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge, which was nominated for 6 Academy Awards & 3 Golden Globes, and recently wrapped production on Craig Zahler’s Brawl in Cell Block 99. He also appeared in the critically acclaimed HBO series True Detective. Vaughn’s film credits include: Wedding Crashers, The Internship, The Watch, The Dilemma, Couples Retreat, Four Christmases, Fred Claus, Into The Wild, The Breakup, Old School, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Rudy, The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2, among others.About the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health CenterSince 1981, the family of John Wayne has been committed to pioneering cancer research in memory of their father, who died of cancer. The courageous and dedicated researchers at the John Wayne Cancer Institute have made groundbreaking discoveries that have changed the way cancer is detected, diagnosed and treated around the world. Today the tradition of excellence continues as the Institute spearheads new research advances, while training the next generation of leaders in the fight against cancer through its renowned Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program. The Institute’s programs focus on melanoma, breast, neuro, prostate and gastrointestinal cancers, as well as innovative research in cancer genomics, molecular biomarkers, and chemo- and immunotherapies. With its unique ability to rapidly turn scientific discoveries into novel approaches for early detection and treatment, the Institute provides immediate hope to cancer patients everywhere.About the John Wayne Cancer Institute AuxiliaryEstablished in 1982 by two breast cancer survivors, the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary is currently helmed by president Anita Swift, granddaughter of John Wayne. The Auxiliary has raised more than $19 million to fund a wide array of the Institute’s priorities including groundbreaking research, vital new laboratory equipment and the nationally renowned Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program, which trains the next generation of surgical oncologists. For more information, please click here.For event information and sponsorship packages, please contact Amanda Flores Dunn at 562-221-8772 or email jwciaevents@gmail.com.last_img read more

Pitbull To Perform At CareOne Masquerade Ball For Puerto Rico Relief Effort

first_imgDaniel E. Straus, owner and operator of senior care company CareOne, aims to raise substantial funds for the Puerto Rico relief effort at the upcoming Starry Night Masquerade, organized by The Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Charitable Fund of CareOne.The event is taking place on October 19th from 7-11pm at Skylight Clarkson North in New York City, and will feature celebrity guests and special performances by Pitbull and JoJo.Uniting to challenge themselves and partners to raise millions of dollars to rebuild the star of Puerto Rico, 100% of the ticket and sponsorship proceeds will be made immediately available through the family’s Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Charitable Fund for Puerto Rico relief efforts.With deeply rooted family values of compassion and charitable giving, Daniel E. Straus and his daughter, CareOne Executive Vice President Elizabeth Straus, mobilized the effort to provide aid and raise funds for Puerto Rico. “Given our family’s businesses, we are in a position to help and did not hesitate. This is also personal for us as we have several facilities in Puerto Rico where staff members and their families have been deeply affected,” says Elizabeth Straus.CareOne has continued to provide assistance to the victims of Hurricane Maria in concert with its sister company in Puerto Rico, InnovaCare. In their most recent initiative to provide on-ground support, planes were deployed transporting physicians and medical supplies to Puerto Rico, as well as bringing several people requiring immediate medical attention back to the mainland U.S. for hospital treatment.For additional information and to purchase tickets to the Starry Night Masquerade, please click here.last_img read more

1000 Girls In Pakistan To Receive Education Through Big Heart Foundation And

first_imgThe Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), a global humanitarian charity based in Sharjah, UAE, is funding the second phase of a school for girls in Pakistan in keeping with its dedication to ensuring children have access to education, enabling them to contribute to the development of their communities.Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi and Malala Yousafzai witnessing the signing between TBHF and Malala FundThe project will be funded by the TBHF ‘Girl Child Fund’, in cooperation with the Malala Fund, launched by Nobel Laureate and education activist, Malala Yousafzai.The initiative was announced in the presence of Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, The Big Heart Foundation’s Humanitarian Envoy, and Malala Yousafzai following an agreement signed in Oxford by Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of TBHF, and Farah Mohamed, CEO of the Malala Fund.The school is being constructed in Swat Valley, Yousafzai’s home district in Pakistan. The TBHF donation of USD 700,000 will fund the school’s second phase of development, which is set for completion in April 2018. It will open its doors to 350 girls in its 11 classrooms. Gradually, the educational services and school infrastructure will expand to accommodate 1,000 students of all grades.TBHF Girl Child Fund will also partially cover the first two years of the school’s operational costs, including staff salaries, medical and security expenses, transportation, uniforms, books and stationary.Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi said: “Under the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council Ruler of Sharjah, and the directives of His Wife, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, the emirate of Sharjah believes educating future generations is a fundamental responsibility of every society.”Commenting on the agreement, Malala Yousafzai, said: “I overwhelmingly thank The Big Heart Foundation for believing in my dream of a world where girls can choose their own future path. With their support, the Malala Fund can provide education for girls in my hometown Swat Valley in Pakistan.”In June 2015, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi officially launched The Big Heart Foundation to coincide with the World Refugee Day. The foundation aims to protect and enable vulnerable and marginalized children and their families, focusing primarily on the Arab world, but extending support to areas most in need.last_img read more

Wish Kid Attends Premiere Of Marvels Avengers Infinity War

first_imgKids Wish Network recently helped a young boy meet his heroes at the premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War.Zack meets Chris PrattZack’s seizure-like staring spells in school led to testing and a diagnosis of Chiari malformation, a condition that causes the cerebellum to push into the space occupied by the spinal cord. He’s undergone surgery, and is not able to enjoy a carefree childhood of running, jumping and playing sports like most other kids. Zack is very sweet, caring and big-hearted – he enjoys helping others and makes everyone around him feel loved. Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life threatening illnesses, wanted Zack to feel just as special. After finding out about his love for superheroes, Kids Wish Network created an epic wish for Zack that would be super “Marvel”ous!Leading up to Zack’s big wish, his mom Kellie and Kids Wish Network arranged a superhero party surrounding Zack with family and friends to reveal and celebrate his exciting news. For his wish, he’d be on the red (purple) carpet of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War world premiere! Zack and his family would also receive the full movie magic experience visiting Universal Studios Hollywood.Kids Wish Network flew Zack and his family from Texas to Los Angeles. On his big day, First Class Limousine chauffeured Zack and his mom to the Avengers: Infinity War premiere. Zack was face to face and spoke with many of the film’s directors and star-studded cast as they walked the purple carpet. He also got autographs from many of his favorite actors and “selfies” capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments. Afterward, Zack and his mom navigated the Hollywood Walk of Fame following the stars to the stars who also attended the film’s world premiere screening. “I had an awesome time seeing all the stars,” said Zack. “And the movie was great!”With so many of the blockbuster’s stars in attendance, he was able to see actors Chris Pratt, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Hemsworth, Bradley Cooper, Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Evangeline Lilly, Clark Gregg, Paul Bettany, Dave Bautista, Letita Wright, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, Karen Gillan, Tom Hiddelston, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland, Benedict Wong, Samuel L. Jackson and director Joe Russo.“He had the best time of his life,” said his mom. “He was also so happy to go on a trip and not have to see doctors. Thank you for everything.” Other family members back home also saw the happiness the wish created for Zack. “It put a big smile on his face that I haven’t seen in a long time,” said his grandma Rebecca.”During the wish, Zack’s family was also indulged in upscale accommodations at the London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills where he also met resident bulldogs Winston & Churchill, and Hotel Indigo Houston at the Galleria. Memorable dining experiences were enjoyed at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., WeHo Bistro, Samba Brazilian Steakhouse and Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House.“Wish Kid Zack has been through so much, and his positive outlook greatly inspires others,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai. “We’re so thrilled that we could give him a wish of such magnitude with all of his favorite superheroes. It was very heartwarming for me when Zack’s mom said, ‘look at him, he can’t stop smiling.’ When he has tough days, he’ll always have memories and photos of this once-in-a-lifetime experience to bring him a dose of happiness.”last_img read more

2019 Jimmy And Rosalynn Carter Work Project To Head To Nashville

first_imgJust hours after hanging up their tool belts at the completion of the 35th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Indiana, the former president and first lady announced they will take their work project to Nashville, Tennessee, in October 2019.Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter show off their handiwork at the 2018 Carter Work Project in Indiana“It is such an honor to host a former President of the United States and his wife, especially such a notable couple who have done so much humanitarian work on behalf of affordable homeownership, not just in the United States but around the world,” said Danny Herron, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville. “We are excited about the opportunity to work alongside the Carters, hundreds of volunteers who may be visiting Nashville for the first time and all of the future homeowners.”Country music stars Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Eric Paslay, as well as talk show host David Letterman swung hammers and raised walls on new Habitat for Humanity homes in St. Joseph County, Indiana, this week.In Indiana, President and Mrs. Carter worked alongside future homeowners and hundreds of volunteers to build 22 new, affordable homes in Mishawaka. With additional construction projects throughout the year, a total of 41 homes will be built, renovated or repaired in Mishawaka and South Bend as part of the 2018 Carter Work Project.“After 35 years, no one would question if President and Mrs. Carter wanted to take a break from the build site. But the words ‘Carter’ and ‘retire’ aren’t even in the same vocabulary,” said Trisha Yearwood, who, with her husband Garth Brooks, has volunteered with Habitat alongside President and Mrs. Carter for over a decade. “Everyone deserves a decent place to live, but not everyone can afford it. That’s true in our town too, which is why we’re so excited to give a big Nashville welcome to the Carters.”“President and Mrs. Carter know the cause of affordable housing is only becoming more urgent, and so we are so grateful they will once again mobilize hundreds of hands and thousands more voices to this cause,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Through the 2019 Carter Work Project, President and Mrs. Carter will shine the light on not only Nashville, but our country’s struggle to address the real challenges facing the families who cannot afford safe and decent housing in their communities.”Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have traveled around the world with Habitat to build and improve homes. Their time and efforts help to raise awareness of the critical need for affordable homeownership around the world. For 35 years, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside more than 103,000 volunteers in 14 countries to help build, renovate or repair 4,331 homes.Affordable housing is an urgent need in Nashville. According to the latest housing report from the Davidson County mayor’s office, more than 200,000 people living in Nashville cannot afford the cost of housing. Nashville has lost over 20 percent of its affordable housing since 2000.last_img read more

Musical instrument loan program available in 12 city libraries

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook “By increasing and diversifying the service offering in its libraries, the city is able to retain and increase the number of subscribers who frequent their neighbourhood libraries. It also contributes to the cultural vitality of the metropolis and to the quality of life of people of all ages who frequent them, in particular, young persons, who have the chance to discover and to practise a musical instrument thanks to the musical instrument loan program in Montreal libraries,” said Ms. Manon Gauthier, executive committee member in charge of culture, heritage, design, Space for life and the status of women.“In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, Sun Life is thrilled to be expanding the highly successful Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library Program to more cities across Canada. To help meet the high demand of instruments, we are also donating an additional 50 instruments to the existing Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal programs,” said Paul Joliat, Assistant Vice-President, Philanthropy and Sponsorships, Sun Life Financial. “Music and the arts can have a profound impact on a person’s life and we’re proud that we are able to provide the opportunity for more Canadians to experience and enjoy the positive power of music.”Remember to subscribe to one of the participating libraries in order to borrow a free musical instrument. It is also possible to reserve a musical instrument at bibliomontreal.com. Only one instrument can be borrowed at a time, with a borrowing time of three weeks and the possibility to renew it three times, if the instrument has not been reserved.About Bibliothèques de Montréal (Montréal libraries)The Bibliothèques de Montréal have a network of 45 libraries located in the 19 boroughs. Passionately committed to neighbourhoods, the mission of the Bibliothèques de Montréal is to provide everyone with access to reading, information, knowledge, culture and leisure. Backed by bold programming and dedicated teams, the Bibliothèques de Montréal are prime destinations where visitors can acquire knowledge through all its forms. 4.2 million documents are available at the libraries, 7 days a week, and offer lively spaces for meetings and exchanges for all.About Sun Life Financial in the communityAt Sun Life Financial, we are committed to building sustainable, healthier communities for life and we’re proud to hold the Caring Company designation from Imagine Canada. Community wellness is an important part of our sustainability commitment and we believe that by actively supporting the communities in which we live and work, we can help build a positive environment for our Clients, Employees, advisors and shareholders. Our philanthropic support focuses on two key areas: health, with an emphasis on diabetes awareness, prevention, care and research initiatives through our Team Up Against DiabetesTM platform; and arts and culture, through our award-winning Making the Arts More Accessible TMprogram. We also partner with sports properties in key markets to further our commitment to healthy and active living. Our Employees and advisors take great pride in volunteering over 40,000 hours each year and contribute to making life brighter for individuals and families across Canada. Read more about Sun Life Financial in the community. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement MONTRÉAL – The musical instrument loan program which has been very successful since its launch in 2016 in eight Montréal libraries has been expanded to five more libraries thanks to an additional donation of 50 musical instruments from Sun Life Financial. This addition brings the total number of musical instruments available for lending in participating libraries to 150, enhancing the program, which is also available in Toronto and Vancouver libraries.At its weekly meeting, the Montreal executive committee endorsed the resolution to accept Sun Life Financial’s latest donation of instruments worth $27,500. Guitars, basses, violins, ukuleles, portable keyboards, drums and xylophones that have been available since November 2016 in the Du Boisé, Georges-Vanier, La Petite-Patrie, Maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord, Plateau-Mont-Royal, Saint-Léonard, Saul-Bellow and Jacqueline-De Repentignylibraries, will be available in October at the Octogone, Saint-Michel, Rivière-des-Prairies, Benny and Pierrefonds libraries.“It is with great pleasure that we accept this new donation from Sun Life Financial to the musical instrument loan program. This generous gesture will increase the number of loans in 12 libraries and reduce the waiting time for this program, which has a borrowing rate of 97%. The excellent lending rate percentage demonstrates that the program responds to a need and illustrates the dynamic character of this cultural rendezvous, which is highly frequented in the metropolis,” declared the Mayor of Montreal, Mr. Denis Coderre. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

In Tribute to Gord Downie CTV Advances World TV Premiere of LONG

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LONG TIME RUNNING premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews. The film was previously announced to make its world television premiere in mid-November. LONG TIME RUNNING will encore on its original airdate of Sunday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV, before it begins streaming on Canada’s premium TV streaming service, CraveTV.Commissioned by Bell Media, the film is directed by renowned Canadian documentary filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier (Manufactured Landscapes, Act of God, Watermark), and produced by Banger Films’ Scot McFadyen (HIP-HOP EVOLUTION, RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE), and Rachel McLean, in association with Shed Creative (a division of Universal Music Canada). Executive Producers are Bernie Breen, Patrick Sambrook, Scot McFadyen, Sam Dunn, Randy Lennox, Jeffrey Remedios, Dave Harris, Naveen Prasad, and Jeremy Smith. Music Consultant is Tyson Parker, Bell Media. TORONTO, Oct. 18, 2017 – In celebration of the life of the unforgettable Gord Downie, CTV announced today it will now present the acclaimed film about The Tragically Hip, LONG TIME RUNNING, in a special advance, commercial-free world television premiere event this Friday, October 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The 95-minute film was previously scheduled to debut in November.“Canadians from across the country are grieving the passing of this extraordinary individual, and in consultation with the band, we thought this was the right time to share with fans this intimate peek into last summer’s tour,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “Gord Downie’s talent, passion, and heart made this country a better place. Gord, we miss you already.”From award-winning directors Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas De Pencier, LONG TIME RUNNING chronicles The Tragically Hip’s iconic 2016 Man Machine Poem tour and emotional final concert in their hometown of Kingston, ON. Viewers are given a unique and exclusive perspective into The Tragically Hip’s world through interviews, verité, intimate behind-the-scenes moments, fan testimonials, audience experience, and performance footage. Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Here’s your chance to literally step into the shoes of a celebrity.A North Vancouver warehouse will be in the spotlight this weekend during a set sale featuring mid-century modern décor, and clothes and accessories worn by the actors from the popular Netflix sci-fi series Travelers starring Eric McCormack.Designer suits worn by McCormack and his co-stars that normally cost $1,700-$2,000 will be up for grabs for $50-$100. One lucky scavenger will score the actual time machine itself from the show. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Facebook Actor Eric McCormack stars in the sci-fi series Travelers. photo supplied, The Canadian Press/AP, Invision – Richard Shotwelllast_img read more

MMIW vigil held in the shadow of the Peace Tower

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN News There were vigils for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across Canada Wednesday.In Ottawa, in the shadow of the Peace Towers, families and supporters gathered to remember loved ones lost. <> A look at the Sisters in Spirit Vigil 2017 in Ottawa. Images Todd Lamirande/APTN.last_img

Executive director of MMIWG inquiry stepping down

first_imgAPTN NewsThe controversial executive director of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is stepping down.Sources say the news broke at a staff team-building event in Toronto this week.Debbie Reid was hired in October as the second executive director of the two-year MMIWG inquiry.She came in with a heavy hand under a mandate to clean up an under-performing team and fired several people. More employees resigned in protest.Reid is from Skownan First Nation in Manitoba. She is said to be leaving for personal reasons.Debbie ReidThis brings to 21 the number of employees that have left the federal inquiry as it criss-crosses the country hearing from families and survivors of violence against Indigenous women and girls.Its operation, with a budget of $53.8 million, has been roundly criticized – leading to the resignation of the first executive director and one of five commissioners.So far it has hosted eight public hearings; one is scheduled for Yellowknife later this month.Reid was vocal on Twitter at the start of her tenure, posting about throwing off the chains of government bureaucracy and blasting the work of an APTN reporter as “irresponsible.”She was known for quoting an army general in her emails but recently she dialled back her online presence. She surfaced briefly in Maliotenam, Que., where she contradicted a commissioner on whether the inquiry would host a hearing in Montreal.last_img read more

Were not going to give up Cowichan families hold out hope for

first_imgCullen CrozierAPTN InvestigatesMonica Patsy Jones carefully places a stack of missing persons posters on the passenger seat of her vehicle.She turns the engine over and begins her daily routine that takes her through the Cowichan reserve and into the City of Duncan B.C.“We’ve had family drive up and down the island with posters and put them all on every gas station, any store, wherever we could go,” Jones says.“We put posters up and try to get it out there that we’re still searching.”The posters are of Jones’ three nephews; Desmond Peter, Ian Henry and Everett Jones.Over the last 12 years, all three men have vanished without a trace from the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.“It’s been a real tough go,” Jones says, turning onto the busy highway that divides communities.“The not knowing is the hardest part, the not knowing of where they are, who they’re with. You know people don’t just disappear.”Jones is no stranger to family tragedy.Her older sister Catherine Teresa Joe was only 27 years old when she went missing from Duncan in January of 1977.“She was friendly to everybody,” Jones recalls. “She helped everybody, she brought the joy into sadness.”Jones was just a young girl at the time but still remembers the toll her sister’s disappearance had on their family and the small tight knit community.“Everyone was worried,” Jones says. “We couldn’t talk about her without tears in our eyes, it just broke our hearts because it hurt so much.”(Catherine Teresa Joe “Every day there was people calling saying they seen her here,” says her old sister)The family received a number of possible sighting over the next few months but nothing was confirmed.Her older sister, Helen Joe, still remember the sinking feeling every time the phone rang.“Every day there was people calling saying they seen her here, they seen her there,” Joe recalls. “And my brothers and uncles and dad would go out and look for her.“They’d always come back empty handed.”The family was still searching for Cathy Joe six months later, when a hiker found her body in a ditch in North Cowichan, less than 10 kilometres from her front door.She had been raped and murdered.“I just remember everybody being there and just sitting there crying because it’s not the answer we wanted,” Jones says.“It was a day that turned our lives upside down and our lives were never the same after.”The case is still unsolved but the family has never stopped searching for answers.It’s part of the reason that Jones has taken such a lead role in helping to locate her missing nephews.“You know we want answers, we want closure,” Jones says. “You know our parents went to their graves without closure and we want someone accountable for taking our sister’s life.“We want answers on who took our nephews.”(Peter Joe, left, Helen Joe, Monica Patsy Jones. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN)Desmond Peter was 14 years old when he went missing on March 12, 2007.His mother, Elizabeth Louie, was the last person to see him walking along the highway that cuts through Duncan.“I don’t understand how he could just disappear,” Louie says. “Somebody knows something.”Louie still passes the busy intersection nearly every day – it’s hard not to. It’s less than five minutes from their family home.“When I first start driving around, I couldn’t go anywhere without crying,” Louie says. “Everywhere I go I’m still looking, I’m always looking for him.”According to Monica Patsy Jones, the RCMP labeled Desmond Peter as just another runaway and for the first two weeks he was missing – she says there was little effort made to find him by the authorities.“They really had him categorized as a runaway child,” Jones says. “And they kept telling them, he wouldn’t do that. That he always checked in with them and you know he always made his way home.”(“I don’t understand how he could just disappear,” says Elizabeth Louie of her son Desmond. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN)Ian Henry was 26 years old when he went missing on August 21, 2015.Henry was suffering from schizophrenia at the time he disappeared.Because of his condition and his tendency to wander, family members didn’t realize he was missing at first and there was some confusion as to when he was last seen.“My kids were so hurt,” Henry’s mother Phyliss remembers. “They kept phoning me and calling me and I wouldn’t respond right away because I was so hurt and lost at the time.“I couldn’t even take it.”The family banded together and organized searches throughout the community with no luck. They were also displeased with the response efforts made by the local authorities.“Search and rescue didn’t do a search until maybe over a month, almost two months after he was reported missing,” Henry’s cousin Joeldine Allen remembers.“So, I don’t feel like the urgency was taken with care.”(“My kids were so hurt,” says Phyliss Henry about her Ian when he disappeared. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN)Everett Jones was 47 year old went missing on February 10, 2016.Jones was born with cognitive disabilities and had a daily routine that took him through the City of Duncan.When he didn’t return home his mother Myra Charlie knew that something wasn’t right.“I kept hoping that he would come home, some miracle he’d come home,” Charlie says. “But also I had that dreadful feeling that something terrible happened to my son.”Jones would often be seen walking through town, greeting local merchants as he made his rounds.It’s a path his older brother Eric has walked many times since the day he went missing.“I often wonder what became? What happened? Did anybody see him? Does anybody know where perhaps he could be?” Jones says. “Of course we’ve asked all around the community.“He was very well liked in the community by the people that did know him.”The family believed that Jones might have fallen and injured himself and was unable to call for help.The RCMP along with search and rescue conducted land, air and water searches for weeks but nothing turned up. (Myra Charlie: “I kept hoping that he would come home, some miracle he’d come home.” Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN)Some community members believe that the disappearances are connected and there are similarities.All three men were Cowichan Tribe members and known to wander around the community.Both Ian Henry and Everett Jones had mental health issues and both disappeared within five months of each other.There is a growing fear that the men were preyed upon.“It brings a lot of heartache, a lot of anger,” says Cowichan Tribes member Mary Jim. “It brings me back to the day that my daughter Tyeshia went missing.”Mary Jim’s daughter, Tyeshia Jones, was only 18-years-old when she went missing on January 22, 2011.“She was good hearted. She loved everybody equal, no one less.” Jim remembers.“She was outgoing, loved to dance, she had a real heart of gold.”(Tyeshia Jones. Photo courtesy: Mary Jim)The day she went missing was like any other Jim says.When her daughter said goodbye, Jim didn’t realize it would be for the last time.“I gave her a kiss and a hug, not knowing that they would be the last I ever received from her.” Jim says.When the next day came and Jim still hadn’t heard from her daughter, she started to worry.They usually kept in touch and it wasn’t like Tyeshia to not answer her calls.Jim contacted the local RCMP detachment and that night they started to search the community for her.The family was still searching six days later when they got the news they had been dreading.“We were out searching, calling her name when the RCMP told me that they believed they found her,” Jim remembers. “I didn’t want to believe it. They asked if I wanted to go home and I said no, I want to keep searching.“So the RCMP just left us there.”When Jim returned home that night, she says that reality slowly started to sink in.Her daughter had been murdered.Tyeshia Jones’ killer was eventually caught and sentenced to life in prison.It’s a fact that has brought little comfort to the family.“Justice for me would be for the killer to go through what he put my daughter through, that’s justice,” Jim says. “Right now he’s getting his three meals and family can visit him in prison – I can’t do that for my daughter.“I have to go see her at her grave site.”(Mary Jim with her son LaTrell Jim. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN)We reached out to the RCMP for comment and updates on the cases of Desmond Peter, Ian Henry and Everett Jones but were told that they weren’t able to provide us with anyone to speak with.In an e-mailed statement to APTN Investigates, the RCMP gave little information.“There is nothing to indicate that these files are related in any way. The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP remains committed to finding answers for the families. The investigations remain open and active,” the statement says. “The public is once again encouraged to bring forward any information that might assist.”Monica Patsy Jones carefully places a small bouquet of flowers on the grave of her sister, Catherine Teresa Joe.She is buried in a small cemetery that overlooks the Cowichan reserve.Her death and the disappearances of Desmond Peter, Ian Henry and Everett Jones are still felt throughout the community.The families still hold on to the hope that they might one day find answers.“I carry a prayer in my heart that we’ll bring them home and we’re not going to give up until we bring them home,” Jones says. “However long it takes and however long it take to find out who did this to my sister.“We’re not going to give up.”(Valerie Bob, left, Sylvia Alphonse, Monica Patsy Jones. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN)Anyone with information on the murder of Catherine Teresa Joe or the disappearances of Desmond Peter, Ian Henry or Everett Jones are asked to contact the North Cowichan Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)crozier@aptn.ca@cullencrozierlast_img read more

Indspire program receives 1M donation and hopes to expand student program across

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsA $1-million donation from the Pathy Family Foundation of Montreal, Que. to Indspire will help the program expand across the country.Teach for Tomorrow: Build from Within – Ozhitoon Onji Peenjiiee works in partnership with the Winnipeg School Division and the faculty of education at the University of Winnipeg.Roberta Jamieson, president and ceo of Indspire says the program is about identifying young First Nations, Inuit, and Metis students in high school and building on their interest in becoming educators.“The partnerships work together to support these students to get them from high school, through university, and through to getting a job and serving our students.”Indspire is a national Indigenous charity organization that invests in the education of Indigenous people.“We provide different training programs, scholarships, and bursaries,” says Jamieson.Even though Indspire supports many students in the field of education, Jamieson says there needs to be more.“Honestly, our communities need many more of our own people at the front of the classroom.”After receiving the donation from the foundation, Jamieson says things are moving in the right direction for the program.“I’m thrilled to share the Pathy Family Foundation has committed $1 million to Indspire to support Teaching for Tomorrow – that will take us towards growing the program across the country,” says Jamieson.(Indspire President and CEO Roberta Jamieson. Photo: Ashley Brandson/APTN)In February, 27 Winnipeg high school students started working to earn an Education Assistant diploma.“I want to be a role model for the future generation,” says grade 12 student Jody Ross.It’s been five months since the students started the program, and Indspire, school, and university officials want to check in with some of them to see how they’re enjoying the program.“It gets tough sometimes, especially when you have a high school exam and a university test at the same time, so you really learn how to manage your time,” says Ross.She says she’s grateful for this kick start in her career and getting to meet instructors and other Indigenous students with the same goals really motivates her.For future students who want who would like to participate in the program, Ross says don’t give up.“It does get hard at times, but stay positive.  You’re doing something important for yourself and the future generation.”The students will graduate from the Teach for Tomorrow program in January 2020, with credits that go towards their university degree in education.abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more

MMIWG commissioner visits Winnipeg one last time as national inquiry wraps up

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsFamily members of Winnipeg’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls came together to stand hand in hand with commissioner Michéle Audette in what would mark the end of the national inquiry but more importantly mark the beginning of healing for many involved.Audette was in the city Tuesday for a community forum on the inquiry’s final report released last week.“You just shook a country,” Audette told the crowd. “Now the entire world knows that you are here, that you matter.”The day was an emotional one.Audette acknowledged the process wasn’t always easy for family members.“If I failed you I’m sorry,” the commissioner said fighting back tears. “There’s thousands of people that believe that a country failed our loved ones.“I know the movement created this…I’m so proud of you.”Over the course of the nearly three-year long inquiry commissioners heard from more than 2,300 families and survivors.Audette heard from some of those families again during the community forum.Among them was Isabel Daniels.She’s happy the Inquiry is over.“It was a two-year process of being stuck in grief and bereavement,” she said.(Isabel Daniels told the inquiry about her cousin Nicole Daniels. Photo: Brittany Hobson/APTN)Daniels testified during the Winnipeg hearings in October 2017.She shared the story of Nicole Daniels, her cousin, who was found dead in April 2009 at the age of 16.Police had concluded Daniels froze to death and closed her case after autopsy results showed alcohol as a contributing factor in her death.It’s a conclusion the family has never acceptedPrior to her death, Daniels had met up with an older man after connecting with him through a dating service.The family believes the man supplied Nicole with alcohol and left her for dead.As the public moves to act on the inquiry’s 231 calls to justice, Daniels urges governments to invest in mental health and addiction supports for women.But she says First Nations leadership also needs to step up as well.“I would like to see them take the bull by the horns and guide our communities for people that are struggling in our First Nations communities,” said Daniels.On Monday, Audette visited the city of Thompson in Northern Manitoba for a separate community forum.The Inquiry hosted hearings in March 2018 after hearing concerns from northern families.She said it was important to finish her tenure as commissioner by revisiting communities in the province.“Families from here were very vocal [and] very strong,” said Audette.“It’s important that I come back and make that closure with them.”Commissioners will be traveling to Saskatoon, Whitehorse and Toronto this week for similar presentations, Audette said.For Daniels, her experience with the Inquiry has come full circle.Now that it’s done she calls on families to support each other so they can move forward.“We’ve been grieving long enough. I think it’s time we try to find a way to live.”bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

Hibernia operator fined 80k after pleading guilty in crude oil spill

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The company that runs the Hibernia platform off Newfoundland has pleaded guilty after it continued to operate despite a leak in 2013 that spilled about 6,000 litres of crude oil into the North Atlantic.The Hibernia Management and Development Company was fined $80,000 and ordered to pay $170,000 into the federal Environmental Damages Fund.The company “deeply regrets this spill occurred,” spokeswoman Margot Bruce-O’Connell said Friday in an emailed statement. “The Hibernia offshore and onshore workforce is committed to operating in an environmentally responsible manner.“The cause of the incident was due to equipment failure, although the offshore loading system equipment was newly installed in 2012.”Hibernia is located 315 kilometres east of St. John’s and sits in 82 metres of water.Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore petroleum regulator announced in 2015 it had laid charges in connection with the spill.An agreed statement of facts says about 6,000 litres of crude oil leaked from Hibernia’s offshore loading system starting on Dec. 27, 2013.It describes “a persistent sheen” that the company observed on the surface of the sea close to a valve it didn’t realize was seeping. Instead of shutting down operations, it finished loading a tanker on Dec. 28.The leak was ultimately blamed on “undetected valve failures” — including a “false closure signal” emitted by one particular valve. A supply vessel fully sealed it about five days later on Jan. 1, 2014.Bruce-O’Connell said the company improved its operating, inspection and maintenance procedures after the spill.It was convicted under the Canada-Newfoundland Atlantic Accord Implementation Act.“Operations ceased, but resumed without ensuring that it could be done without causing pollution,” the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board said Friday in a statement.The shareholders of the Hibernia Management and Development Company are ExxonMobil Canada (33 per cent), Chevron Canada Resources (27 per cent), Suncor (20 per cent), Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation (8.5 per cent), Murphy Oil (6.5 per cent) and Statoil Canada Ltd. (five per cent).last_img read more