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Liberals set to decide on future of Social Security Tribunal sources

first_imgOTTAWA — Federal cabinet ministers will soon decide whether and how to reform the oft-maligned tribunal Canadians use to appeal federal benefits rulings, potentially undoing changes made six years ago intended to make it work better.The Social Security Tribunal hears appeals of government decisions on things like eligibility for Employment Insurance and the Canada Pension Plan. It replaced four separate bodies in 2013.One key change was cutting the number of people hearing most cases from three to one. Another was to replace part-time hearing officials in many places with full-time staff in fewer locations.A report last year from consulting firm KPMG estimated the moves saved about $22.6 million a year. Timelines for decisions also spiked as the tribunal was undermanned and overwhelmed with cases, and didn’t have a proper transition plan. The KPMG report argued the tribunal wasn’t designed with the appellants in mind.Labour and employer groups have each told the government they want a return to the system as it existed before the tribunal’s creation. Still, KPMG warned against a return to that old system, saying the current one could be improved without a total makeover.Officials are now expected to ask ministers to consider partially reverting to the three-person panels that once heard cases, or to go with a hybrid system of old and new, or simply make tweaks, say sources with knowledge of the recommendations, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss issues under cabinet review.A spokesman for Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the minister’s office couldn’t speak to, or verify the authenticity of, documents related to matters of cabinet confidences, which are closely guarded government secrets legally protected from unauthorized release.In the fall, Duclos asked the new chairman of the tribunal to create a “client-centric culture” to make appeals move quickly and transparently.The tribunal now allows people to choose whether to have their hearings in person, on the phone or by videoconference. Rule changes have also made it easier to launch an appeal and waiting times have dropped. The backlog of cases has fallen from about 7,250 in April 2017 to 3,925 at the end of last year.The tribunal has made “a lot of progress, but there is still more to do,” said chairman Paul Alterman in a public post this month.Over the last few months, the government held closed-door consultations with stakeholders, labour and employers groups, as well as experts who offered six options for officials to mull over before presenting them to cabinet.Sources described how officials talked about improving the qualifications of people hearing appeals, including whether to have multi-member panels for disability claims involving complicated medical histories. There was a sense that officials, including Duclos, were taking the ideas seriously.Stakeholders say a benefit of the previous system was that people had their cases heard in their communities by people who understood the lie of the land locally. When someone talked about conditions at a particular company, for instance, the panellists knew what they were talking about.Hassan Yussuff, president of the Canadian Labour Congress, said the previous system was fair and equitable for workers. The Liberals, he said, will have a “terrible time” explaining any decision other than a return of the three-person panels.“We have no foundation to make any argument to keep that (tribunal) system based on the experience of our members and, to a large extent, what the unemployed have had to experience,” Yussuff said.Monique Moreau, vice-president of national affairs for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said her members want any changes aimed at getting people through the system quickly, and in a way that makes them feel comfortable, as well as ensuring employers feel represented.“We were actually fans of the previous system and I think some of the changes that have come in the newer model, they haven’t really lived up to expectations,” Moreau said.Officials are likely to label a return in any way to the old system as the most expensive option for the government to consider. Tweaks to the tribunal would be the cheapest. The sources weren’t able to put a dollar figure to any of the options being discussed.Jordan Press, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Inmate who spent four years in solitary subject to abhorrent treatment judge

first_imgA mentally ill Indigenous man kept in isolation in an Ontario jail for more than four years endured treatment so “abhorrent and “inhumane” it affected his ability to stand trial for murder, a judge ruled while staying the charge.Superior Court Justice John Fregeau ruled that Adam Capay, whose case sparked a public debate on solitary confinement in correctional facilities, endured permanent memory loss and had his pre-existing psychiatric disorders greatly exacerbated after spending four and a half years in segregation, often without proper sleep or access to mental health services.Fregeau’s late January decision, which resulted in Capay’s release, was subject to a publication ban that only lifted once prosecutors indicated this week they did not plan to appeal the stay of the first-degree murder charge in the case.Capay, 26, was accused of stabbing Sherman Quisses twice in the neck while both were at a correctional facility in Thunder Bay, Ont. While the judge acknowledged that Capay was responsible for Quisses’ death, he said the man’s subsequent years of isolation amounted to cruel and unusual punishment that violated his charter rights and left him unable to proceed to trial.“The treatment of the accused was, in my opinion, outrageous, abhorrent, and inhumane,” Fregeau wrote in his Jan. 28 decision. “There would be ongoing prejudice to the accused if forced to proceed to trial.”Fregeau’s ruling outlined a litany of difficult circumstances Capay faced beginning during his turbulent childhood on the Lac Seul First Nation in northwestern Ontario.Capay grew up in a family dominated by substance abuse and violence, the judge said. Capay was repeatedly sexually abused as a child, exposed to alcohol at age seven and had inhaled solvents by age eight, Fregeau wrote. Capay’s father once tried to force his son to kill him when he was 10, the judge added.Fregeau’s ruling said Capay was placed in segregation at the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre immediately after his 2012 attack on Quisses.Between June 4, 2012 and Dec. 6, 2016, Capay was largely kept in isolation for 23 hours a day.For much of that time, Capay languished in cells where the lights were kept on 24 hours a day. For long stretches, the detention blocks he was held in did not allow him to flush the toilet from inside the cell.Over his four and a half years in segregation, Fregeau found Capay received less than 11 hours of mental health support from jail staff.Capay’s long-standing isolation was known to correctional officials, who repeatedly signed off on extending his time in segregation even as the total number of days climbed up over the 1,600 mark.Fregeau noted Capay’s plight only came to light in 2016 after a guard tipped off Ontario’s human rights commissioner while she was visiting the facility.Calling the segregation review process “meaningless” in Capay’s case, Fregeau cited the testimony of an expert witness who described the system in dehumanizing terms.“People are filling out forms. They’re checking boxes, but it’s as if Adam Capay’s disappeared,” Michael Jackson, a British Columbia-based professor with expertise on the Indigenous people within the justice system, told court.Fregeau accepted testimony from other experts who said Capay suffered permanent memory loss and considerable deterioration in his mental state as a result of his long time in isolation.Crown lawyers had conceded his treatment while incarcerated amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, but said there were steps the court could take to ensure Capay still stood a fair trial. Defence lawyers contended the impacts of his segregation compromised his ability to stand trial or mount a credible defence.Capay’s lawyers said the decision to stay the first-degree murder charge is an indictment of the treatment their client endured.“A stay of proceedings was the only appropriate remedy,” Karen Symes and Adriel Weaver said. “The Crown’s decision not to appeal affirms that conclusion.”The lawyers acknowledged, however, that the decision is “a painful one” for Quisses’ family and community, saying they too suffered “profound harm” due to the actions of corrections officials.Capay’s case prompted the provincial Liberal government of the day to order a review of the use of segregation in jails. It also announced a 15-consecutive-day limit on inmates being held in disciplinary segregation, down from 30.The review, released in 2017, called for an end to indefinite segregation of inmates in the province’s jails, but stopped short of urging an outright ban on the practice.The province’s ombudsman has also urged the government to end indefinite segregation and said no inmate should be kept in isolation for more than 60 days in a year.Correctional Services Minister Sylvia Jones said the Progressive Conservative government respected Fregeau’s decision. Her thoughts were with the Quisses family, she said, noting the government has taken steps to manage inmates more effectively.“We must prevent a similar case from happening again,” she said.Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Miranda Lambert And PEDIGREE Brand Unite To Help Shelter Dogs

first_imgMore than four million dogs enter shelters each year – and the PEDIGREE Brand is dedicated to helping change the lives of shelter dogs in a big way.Miranda Lambert And PEDIGREE Brand Unite To Help Shelter DogsTo show their support, today PEDIGREE announced plans to improve shelters across the country through a shelter renovation project. This project is a continuation of the documentary-style See what good food can do campaign that launched in earlier this year to show first-hand how good food can change the lives of shelter dogs, like those featured in the campaign.“Shelter staff and volunteers work around-the-clock to provide love and attention to these pets. Providing much needed improvements to the shelters is a natural next step for us,” said Merritt Gilbert, brand manager, PEDIGREE Brand. “We hope that through the shelter renovation project – and by giving the shelters good food to feed their dogs – we will create a more welcoming and healthy environment. We believe this will lead to more dogs finding their loving homes.”Shelter Renovation ProjectThe PEDIGREE Brand, with the help of independent charitable organization GreaterGood, PEDIGREE associates and community volunteers, is facilitating shelter improvements in every state across the country – such as painting, installing new signage and enhancing kennels and play areas. And, to kick-off the shelter renovation project, PEDIGREE visited special friend and dog-lover, Miranda Lambert, at the Tishomingo Animal Shelter, in her hometown. Miranda, along with her family and friends, rolled up their sleeves to help more than 50 PEDIGREE Associates from across the Midwest transform the Tishomingo Animal Shelter into one that’s more welcoming for the dogs and potential adopters. Together, they cleaned, painted and constructed agility courses – all to help more pets find forever homes.“I’m so happy to be working with PEDIGREE because they are as committed as I am to helping all these beautiful dogs find loving homes. I started supporting this shelter to ensure every dog in my hometown would have a safe place to stay and enough food to fill their bellies. And, PEDIGREE has helped me deliver on both those promises,” said Lambert during the work day at the shelter.Sharing the See what good food can do StoryAlong with the debut of the PEDIGREE Brand’s documentary-style See what good food can do campaign earlier this year, dog loving friends David Ortiz and Josh Duhamel shared their stories through documentary films. In David’s film, he shared his favorite memories about his own dogs Foxxy and Happy while spending time at his local animal shelter, and Josh reminisced about his beloved rescue dog, Meatloaf, and the importance of dog adoption to him and his family. Now, dog lover Miranda Lambert is unveiling her story with a film that showcases her passion for dog adoption and showcases the renovation of her hometown shelter. Check out Miranda’s story – as well as David’s and Josh’s – at Facebook.com/Pedigree.Every dog owner has a tale to tell – stories of lives transformed by shelter dogs who have found their forever homes, the impact a family pet has made on their life, the difference good food has made in the life of their pet and more. PEDIGREE is continuing to rally the support of dog lovers nationwide by calling on them to share their stories – like Miranda, David and Josh have done – with #DogTales on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. For each story shared, the Brand will donate an additional bowl of food to a shelter in need. Together, we can see the impact that good food can make in the life of a shelter dog.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Bill Clinton To Travel To AsiaPacific Region

first_imgOn July 16-23, President Bill Clinton will travel to India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Australia to visit the work of the Clinton Foundation and deliver remarks at the 20th International AIDS Conference.The trip will highlight President Clinton’s longstanding commitment to the Asia/Pacific region, as well as the work of the Clinton Foundation on a number of issues that are critical to the region, including global health and improved access to medicines; climate change; and economic development.President Clinton has a long commitment to the Asia/Pacific region. As President, he helped enhance global economic growth by responding quickly to the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997, and promoted economic development by elevating the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to a head-of-state event. President Clinton also encouraged inclusive, democratic governance across the region, and worked to promote peace and defuse conflict.Since leaving office, President Clinton has focused on the Asia/Pacific region – working to improve access to life saving medication through the Clinton Health Access Initiative; supporting commitments to global philanthropy through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI); and addressing the causes of climate change through the Clinton Climate Initiative. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, President Clinton was named U.N. Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery. Along with President George H.W. Bush, he headed an international effort to help countries devastated by the disaster recover, rebuild, and enjoy stronger economic opportunities. President Clinton traveled to the Asia-Pacific region fourteen times – eleven as President, and three times as U.N. Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery.last_img read more

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Leona Lewis Joins Cast Of Cirque du Soleils One Night For ONE

first_imgGRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Leona Lewis will make her honorary debut in the fourth edition of One Night for ONE DROP imagined by Cirque du Soleil on Friday, March 18 at The Smith Center for Performing Arts.Leona Lewis Rehearses For One DropCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesKnown for her many chart-topping hits including number one song “Bleeding Love,” the platinum selling recording artist will share the stage with some of the world’s greatest acrobatic performers for a one-night-only performance created by Hassan El Hajjami. Presented by MGM Resorts International, One Night for ONE DROP is an annual celebration to raise funds and awareness for critical water issues worldwide.“Access to safe water and basic sanitation is an absolute crisis for more than half the world’s population,” said Catherine Bachand, CEO of ONE DROP. “With Leona’s evident devotion to giving back, we are excited to have her join us in our effort to provide safe and sustainable water across the globe. Her participation will make for an even more spectacular evening where we celebrate life and raise awareness and funds to solve these global water issues.”“I’m so excited to be performing in this amazing production,” said Lewis. “I’m always looking for new, thrilling ways to give back to the community and can think of no other resource more precious than water. One Night for ONE DROP is going to be an unforgettable experience and I truly hope everyone joins me in making a positive impact on our world.”With her instantly recognizable mezzo-soprano voice, Lewis has earned the title of “best-selling act to emerge from The X Factor.” The record-breaking artist has garnered a total of seven BRIT Award nominations and three GRAMMY nominations, with her quadruple-platinum hit “Bleeding Love” named the “best-selling digital song of 2008.” Among her many accolades, Lewis is known for making history by becoming the first female solo artist from the UK to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in more than 20 years. I Am, her most recent album and the first to be released by Def Jam Recordings, features a special collaboration with GRAMMY Award-winning artist Diane Warren and includes stunning hit singles such as “Fire Under My Feet,” “Thunder” and “I Am.” Lewis has also contributed her voice to film, performing the GRAMMY and Golden Globe nominated theme song for James Cameron’s Avatar. In addition to her music, Lewis is an extremely passionate humanitarian and animal rights activist whose “I Am Empowered” social campaign has become known worldwide.All proceeds will benefit ONE DROP’s global initiatives, along with innovative educational programming in Nevada through a partnership with the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. Individual, tax-deductible VIP tickets, which include the post-show extravaganza and after-party, are available for $3,000, with show-only tickets starting at $100. Sponsorship packages and individual tickets are available at www.onedrop.org/onenight or by calling 1.844.33.WATER. In addition to the show, packages will include pre-and-post-show parties complete with live performances, breathtaking attractions, Cirque du Soleil artists, delectable hors d’oeuvres, celebratory cocktails and more.last_img read more

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Malala Yousafzai Accepts An Honorary Canadian Citizenship

first_imgIn her second attempt, activist Malala Yousafzai was successful in coming to Canada’s capital to accept an honorary citizenship.During her first attempt in October 2014, she was stopped at the airport due to an attack at Ottawa’s Parliament Hill. This time, however, went off without a hitch, while Malala’s 20-minute speech to Parliament received several standing ovations. The first ovation came in reference to the 2014 incident.“The man who attacked Parliament Hill called himself a Muslim, but he did not share my faith,” Malala said. “He did not share the faith of one and a half billion Muslims, living in peace around the world. He did not share our Islam, a religion of learning, compassion and mercy. I am a Muslim and I believe that if you pick up a gun in the name of Islam and kill an innocent person, you are not Muslim anymore.”In her speech she also spoke about world refugees, the violence many are fleeing and praised Canada’s efforts thus far yet holds out hope for more. “Your motto and your stand ‘Welcome to Canada’ is more than a headline or a hashtag,” she said. “It is the spirit of humanity that every single one of us would yearn for if our family was in crisis.”Malala said she was impressed with Canada’s first gender-balanced cabinet, but she also had a message for her new fellow citizens.“I would like to tell something to the children of Canada: You do not have to be as old as the very young Prime Minister Trudeau to be a leader,” she said. “I have learned that even a child’s voice can be heard across the world. To the young women of Canada I want to say, step forward, raise your voices, and the next time I visit, I hope to see more of you filling these seats. And to the men of Canada, be proud feminists, and help women get equal opportunities as men.”But her bigger ask was for the leaders in the room: to seize every opportunity to ensure that all girls in all countries receive an education. After reciting several statistics showing the economic benefits to countries that educate their boys and girls, Malala said: “Education is vital for the security of the world because extremism grows alongside inequality, in places where people feel they have no opportunity, no voice, no hope. “You can see Malala’s full speech here.Copyright ©2017Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Indiecan20k Reveals Winners from Northern Southern Ontario and Northwest Territories

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: PRESS RELEASE:Indiecan20k Reveals Winners from Northern & Southern Ontario and Northwest TerritoriesToronto/Canada – December 20, 2016 – Avi Federgreen, founder of the first-time feature filmmaker initiative INDIECAN20K, is pleased to announce the three winning filmmaking teams representing Northern and Southern Ontario, and the Northwest Territories. The winning films selected are: FUGUE (Northern Ontario) by writer-director Tomas Street, with Christine Rochon producing; MY GIRL MOLLY (Southern Ontario) written by Dave Roberts, with director Brandon Ludwig, who is also producing with Sheldon Ludwig; and, DARK SKY (Northwest Territories) by writer-director Jennifer Walden with Jeremy Emerson producing.“With stories about a broken character searching for identity, a young transgendered protagonist, and the adventure of a lost boy and a mythical creature, the winning scripts selected represent a real boldness emerging from the next generation of filmmakers in Canada. I am proud to provide the opportunity to get these films off the page,” commented Federgreen.FUGUE by writer-director Tomas Street (Northern Ontario): Malcolm wakes up in an unfamiliar room, unsure of whom he is. When his friend pays him a visit Malcolm begins to suspect things are not entirely as they seem.Parry Sound-based Tomas Street has nearly two decades of experience as a script supervisor with over 30 credits. He is the creator and writer of the entire first season of the award-winning webseries Kid’s Town.MY GIRL MOLLY directed by Brandon Ludwig, written by Dave Roberts (Southern Ontario): A young transgendered girl starting over in a new school is met with relentless teasing and bullying but when she stumbles across a suitcase of pills she suddenly finds a new popularity. Except the people who lost the suitcase now want it back.Brandon Ludwig is an actor and director. His on-camera credits include Conviction, Lost & Found Music Studios, and Man Seeking Woman. He has co-directed several short films including I’ll Love You Hallways, and The Dictator’s Speech.DARK SKY by writer-director Jennifer Walden (NWT): When separated from his mother on a family camping trip, a young boy meets a mythical Rock Creature that helps him find his way back home.Yellowknife-based writer-director Jennifer Walden is a well-established visual artist who is becoming known as one of the North’s up-and-coming filmmakers. Her short films include, Painted Girl and Preserved.As the winners of Indiecan20K the film teams will receive in-kind production and post-production services, additional funds, and mentorship to get a first feature completed. All combined, each filmmaker will make a film with a budget of up to $250K.In addition to in-kind services, the filmmakers are responsible for raising $20K in cash towards the budget but several organizations have stepped forward to get the filmmakers started towards that goal. For the filmmakers of FUGUE, Music & Film In Motion (MFM) is putting in $5K, and for the filmmakers of MY GIRL MOLLY, the Harold Greenberg Fund (HGF) is contributing $5K towards that budget. For DARK SKY, Northwestel Community Television is providing $3K while the HGF is contributing $2K.The following sponsors are providing in-kind services:Ontario Service Provider and Post Production Facilities Sponsors:Grip and Lighting Equipment –William F. White International Inc.Camera Equipment – Clairmont CameraPost Production Facility –Deluxe TorontoSound Editing and Supervision – ParachuteInsurance – Front Row InsuranceScript Clearance – The Rights CompanyLegal – Brenda Blake LL.B.Music Supervision – Instinct EntertainmentDCP’s – Red Square MotionDVD & Blu ray Replicators – The Media ConciergeClosed Captioning – Caption EasyPublicity – Raw Sugar PRDigital & VOD Aggregation – Juice WorldwidePoster Creation – Small Dog DesignNorthwest Territories Service Provider and Post Production Facilities Sponsors:Grip and Lighting Equipment – Western Arctic Moving Pictures (WAMP)Camera Equipment – WAMPPost Production Facility – Avatar MediaInsurance – Front Row InsuranceScript Clearance – The Rights CompanyLegal – Brenda Blake LL.B.Music Supervision – Instinct EntertainmentDCP’s – Red Square MotionDVD & Blu ray Replicators – The Media ConciergeClosed Captioning – Caption EasyPublicity – Raw Sugar PRDigital & VOD Aggregation – Juice WorldwidePoster Creation – Small Dog DesignMajor Financial Support provided by:Northern Ontario – Music & Film in Motion (MFM)Southern Ontario – Harold Greenberg Fund (HGF)Northwest Territories – Northwestel Community Television and Harold Greenberg Fund (HGF)Major Supporter for the Northwest Territories:The NWT Film CommissionThe film teams for FUGUE and MY GIRL MOLLY will be co-mentored through the filmmaking process by writer-director Warren P. Sonoda (TRAILER PARK BOYS, SWEARNET: THE MOVIE) and Federgreen, while writer-director-producer, Kirsten Carthew (THE SUN AT MIDNIGHT) and Federgreen will mentor DARK SKY’s team.The filmmakers must develop, shoot, and complete their films by April 30, 2018 with the goal to hit the 2018 film festival circuit. Federgreen’s Indiecan Entertainment will release the films in Canada once they have travelled around the festival circuit.AVI FEDERGREEN brings over 20 years of experience in the Canadian film industry to the Indiecan20K project. His experience includes music videos to TV series to feature films. Federgreen’s current releases include KISS AND CRY, PRISONER X, and HOW TO PLAN AN ORGY IN A SMALL TOWN. Some of Federgreen’s other producing credits include STILL MINE, SCORE: A HOCKEY MUSICAL, ONE WEEK, RELATIVE HAPPINESS, RANDOM ACTS OF ROMANCE, THE COCKSURE LADS MOVIE, MOON POINT, I’M YOURS, HUNGRY HILLS, HIGH LIFE, LESLIE MY NAME IS EVIL, and the documentaries MILK and AS SLOW AS POSSIBLE.INDIECAN ENTERTAINMENT focuses on independent, low-budget films. As a distributor, Avi Federgreen follows the same principle that earned him his reputation as a filmmaker; bringing audiences films they want to watch. Indiecan has distributed PRISONER X, END OF DAYS, INC., SEX AFTER KIDS, DOWN RIVER, THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE, MOON POINT, MILK, THAT GUY DICK MILLER, THE SHEEPDOGS HAVE AT IT, and more. Aside from the traditional distribution route, Indiecan leans heavily on digital delivery. Indiecan helps films find more opportunities with audiences through TV, Netflix, iTunes, websites, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. Indiecan’s vision is to not only support Indie production but to encourage the viewing of quality independent films by audiences around the world. http://indiecanent.com/HAROLD GREENBERG FUND: The English-Language Program of the Harold Greenberg Fund, with contributions from The Movie Network and Viewers Choice Canada, provides reimbursable financial assistance for the development and production of feature films, as well as sponsoring industry workshops, training programs, festivals, special events, and awards. Since its inception in 1986, the Fund has supported nearly 4,000 projects and initiatives, for an investment of over $85 million to date in the Canadian film and television industry. It is proud to support the vision and works of Canadian storytellers. http://www.bellmedia.ca/harold-greenberg-fund/MUSIC AND FILM IN MOTION (MFM), a division of the not-for-profit organization Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION), is dedicated to fostering and promoting the music and film industries in Northern Ontario, as well as providing educational programming to cultivate the advancement of Northern Ontario’s emerging talent. MFM works within the boundaries of Northern Ontario, which includes a population of approximately 760,000 people. MFM strives to connect music and film artists and practitioners with opportunities and resources to advance their projects and their careers. MFM’s ongoing advocacy for Northern Ontario music and film production output is carried out with the primary objective of contributing to the further development of Northern Ontario’s thriving cultural industries. http://www.cionorth.ca/en/NORTHWESTEL COMMUNITY TELEVISION tells northern stories, helps develop northern screen media talent and fosters northern audiences through public-access non-commercial programming on its community television channels in Yellowknife, NT and Whitehorse, YT. www.nwtelcommunitytv.caTHE NWT FILM COMMISSION is a division of the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment providing funding, support, and production assistance to local and guest productions in the NWT to build a more vibrant film community. www.nwtfilm.com Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Congratulations to Jen Walden and Jeremy Emerson – Winners of Indiecan20k Northwest Territories with their project DARK SKY; to Tomas Street and Christine Rochon – Winners of Indiecan20k Northern Ontario with their project FUGUE and to Brandon Ludwig, Sheldon Ludwig and Dave Roberts – Winners of Indiecan20k Southern Ontario with their project MY GIRL MOLLY. Looking forward to helping you make your FIRST FEATURE FILMS!!! We’re going to kick ass and take names!Many thanks to The Harold Greenberg Fund, Music and Film in Motion, Northwestel Community TV and NWT Film Commission for all of their support and also to all of the Amazing Sponsors for the kindness and belief in this initiative. I also need to give a HUGE thanks to Warren P. Sonoda and Kirsten Carthew for all of their help, support, knowledge, passion and talent! I am truly forever grateful!” ~ Avi Federgreen. Twitterlast_img read more

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Mike Myers had to rewrite Waynes World 2 at the last minute

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Funnyman Mike Myers had to rewrite the script for Wayne’s World 2 after movie boss Sherry Lansing realized he had based the whole plot on a 1949 British comedy.In an extract from Stephen Galloway’s new Lansing biopic, Leading Lady, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the writer reveals the then-Paramount chief was furious to learn the sequel was a rip-off of Ealing comedy Passport to Pimlico and laid into Myers.Producer Lorne Michaels tells Galloway, “I think he (Myers) believed they (studio bosses) had bought the rights to the other movie so that he was free to use it.” Advertisement To avoid production delays, Lansing demanded Myers rewrite his script.One source tells the author, “She said, ‘How dare you? How dare you put us in this position?’ She turned to Mike and said, ‘We’ll sue you. We’ll take your f—ing house. You won’t even own a f—ing home’.“(She added), ‘If I were you, Mike, I’d go to Lorne’s office right now, and stay there until you come up with a new script. We’ll slide food under the door’.”Galloway points out Myers did as he was told and rewrote the script. He never worked for Lansing again. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Global Unveils Its Explosive 201718 Primetime Lineup Featuring Six New Dramas and

first_img7:30 p.m. 10 p.m. 8 p.m. 9 p.m. SEAL Team     7 p.m. Saturday Night Live  Advertisement Entertainment Tonight Canada TORONTO, June 5, 2017 – Today Global unveiled its 2017/18 primetime lineup featuring six new captivating and powerful dramas and four new coveted comedies joining 23 returning primetime series. With a solid 16 hours of weekly simulcast, Global’s fall schedule builds on the Network’s historic season last fall where Global celebrated #1 hit series for drama, reality, and comedy. Global is positioned for another powerhouse fall season with a robust schedule packed with unparalleled star power, entertaining and compelling storytelling, and buzz-worthy series.New dramas joining the fall schedule are SEAL Team, a military drama starring David Boreanaz (Bones) that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan, and execute the most dangerous missions; S.W.A.T., a series inspired by the 1970s television show, that stars Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) as a S.W.A.T. sergeant in Los Angeles; Wisdom of the Crowd starring Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winner Jeremy Piven (Entourage) as a visionary tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter’s murder; The Brave, a fresh, heart-pounding drama that follows a team of highly trained analysts and Special Ops forces who work together to execute missions in some of the most dangerous places in the world; and Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders starring four-time Emmy® Award-winner Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) as lead attorney Leslie Abramson, in this gripping in-depth dramatization of the notorious murder case that explores what drove two young brothers to kill their parents, examining their upbringing and issues that brought them to that horrible moment.Global’s comedy slate adds three new series this fall including the return of one of the most successful comedies in television history, Will & Grace. As home to the original hit series from 1998-2006, Global welcomes back the fearsome foursome including Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally, and executive producers Max Mutchnick, David Kohan, and legendary director James Burrows. Brand new comedy 9JKL stars Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains) as an actor who’s newly single and returns home to live in an apartment sandwiched between his doting, meddlesome parents on one side and his brother, sister-in-law, and their new baby on the other. And Season 2 of Great News, an office comedy starring Nicole Richie (Candidly Nicole), and Canadian Andrea Martin (Working the Engels) as a stay-at-home mom who decides to return to work and lands an internship at her daughter’s news show. Kevin Can Wait 9:30 p.m. 8 p.m. 10 p.m. Entertainment Tonight Canada Saturday The Brave NCIS: LA Facebook Tuesday Great News Thursday Hawaii Five-0 7:30 p.m. Advertisement 7 p.m. 7 p.m. Chicago Fire / S.W.A.T. 9 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 11:35 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Entertainment Tonight Advertisement 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Entertainment Tonight Canada 8 p.m. Entertainment Tonight 11:30 p.m. 10 p.m. 10 p.m. Survivor 7:30 p.m. The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Entertainment Tonight The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Entertainment Tonight Twitter Chicago PD Bull 8 p.m. 10 p.m. 9JKL Madam Secretary 9 p.m. 7 p.m. 9 p.m. Wednesday Friday 11:35 p.m. SERIES DESCRIPTIONS FOR NEW PROGRAMMING COMING TO GLOBAL:NEW DRAMAS:SEAL TeamSEAL Team stars David Boreanaz in a military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan, and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions. Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice, and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEAL team displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication, even in the face of overwhelming odds.SEAL Team stars David Boreanaz (Bones) as Jason, Max Thieriot (Bates Motel) as Clay, Neil Brown Jr. (Insecure) as Ray, A.J. Buckley (CSI:NY) as Sonny, Toni Trucks (NCIS: New Orleans) as Diaz and, Jessica Paré (Mad Men) as Mandy.S.W.A.T.Inspired by the television series and feature film, S.W.A.T. stars Shemar Moore as a locally born S.W.A.T. sergeant newly tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles. Torn between loyalty to the streets where he was raised and allegiance to his brothers in blue, former Marine Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson (Moore) has everything it takes to successfully bridge the divide between his two worlds and excel at leading his dedicated team of brave men and women as they risk their lives to protect the community.S.W.A.T. stars Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) as Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, Stephanie Sigman (Narcos) as Jessica Cortez, Alex Russell (Unbroken) as Jim Street, Jay Harrington (Benched) as David “Deacon” Kay, Lina Esco (Kingdom) as Christina “Chris” Alonso, Kenny Johnson (Chicago Fire) as Dominique Luca, and Peter Onorati (Goodfellas) as Mumford.Wisdom of the CrowdWisdom of the Crowd stars Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winner Jeremy Piven as a visionary tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter’s murder, and revolutionizes crime solving in the process. Inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jeffrey Tanner (Piven) develops “Sophe,” an online platform for publicly shared information, and recruits the original cop who searched for his daughter’s killer, Det. Tommy Cavanaugh (Richard T. Jones), to work with him. As Tanner taps into the “wisdom of the crowd,” his unexpected success fuels his determination to solve even more cases than just the one that’s personal to him.Wisdom Of The Crowd stars Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winner Jeremy Piven (Entourage) as Jeffrey Tanner, Richard T. Jones (Hawaii Five-0) as Det. Tommy Cavanaugh, Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones) as Sara Morton, Blake Lee (Parks and Recreation) as Josh Novak, Jake Matthews (Bosch) as Tariq Bakari, and Monica Potter (Parenthood) as Alex Hale.Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez MurdersStarring the incomparable Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winner Edie Falco, this new eight-episode true-crime installment of the powerhouse Law & Order franchise delivers a gripping in-depth dramatization of the notorious murder case that changed America forever. When the Menendez brothers were tried for brutally killing their parents in Beverly Hills, and their trial broadcast on TV, their story became a national obsession. Now, the first edition of this anthology series delves into the players, the crime, and the media circus, detailing the day-to-day battles of the trial and unveiling the shocking truth of what really went down when the cameras stopped rolling.Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders stars Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie).The BraveFrom Keshet Studios and Avi Nir (executive producer of Homeland) comes a fresh, heart-pounding journey into the complex world of America’s elite undercover military heroes. While D.I.A. Deputy Director Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche) and her team of analysts wield the world’s most advanced surveillance technology from Washington, D.C., Adam Dalton and his heroic Special Ops squad of highly trained undercover specialists use their unbreakable bond and commitment to freedom to save lives of innocent people and execute missions in some of the most dangerous places in the world.The Brave stars Anne Heche (Men in Trees) as Patricia Campbell, Mike Vogel (Under the Dome) as Michael Dalton, Sofia Pernas (Jane the Virgin) as Hannah Archer, Tate Ellington (Quantico) as Noah Morgenthau, Natacha Karam (Homeland) as Jasmine “Jaz” Ervin, Demetrius Grosse (Westworld) as Anthony “Preach” Carter , Noah Mills (Sex and the City 2) as Joseph J. McGuire, and Hadi Tabbal (Circumstance) as Amir AL-Rasani.NEW COMEDIESWill & GraceThat’s right, honey! A decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, comedy’s most fabulous foursome is back. Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally reprise their infamous roles as Will, Grace, Jack, and Karen in this exclusive 12-episode event. The legendary James Burrows, director of every original Will & Grace episode, returns along with a slew of razor-sharp jabs and dirty martinis. Behold once again, from the minds of Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, TV’s wittiest ensemble ever.Will & Grace stars Eric McCormack (Travelers) as Will, Debra Messing (Smash) as Grace, Sean Hayes (Grimm) as Jack, and Megan Mullally (Bob’s Burgers) as Karen.9JKL9JKL stars Mark Feuerstein in a family comedy inspired by his real life. Josh Roberts (Feuerstein) is a new divorcé and actor between projects who moves home to New York to regroup, living in an apartment sandwiched between his doting, meddlesome parents on one side and his brother, sister-in-law, and their new baby on the other. As Josh’s family literally comes at him from both sides, he realizes he desperately needs to establish some personal boundaries, because his loving family is always going to be right there for him. Always.9JKL stars Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains) as Josh Roberts, Linda Lavin (The Intern) as Judy, Elliott Gould (Ray Donovan) as Harry, David Walton (Bad Moms) as Andrew, Liza Lapira (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) as Eve, Matt Murray (Rookie Blue) as Nick, and Albert Tsai (Dr. Ken) as Ian.Great NewsGetting along with office colleagues can be rough, but working with your mom? That’s a whole different story, and it’s the headline for Katie Wendelson (Briga Heelan), a smart, ambitious news producer at national cable news show The Breakdown. After 30 years of being a stay-at-home mom, Carol (Canadian Andrea Martin) decides that it’s never too late to follow your dreams and lands an internship at her daughter’s news show. This is Katie’s worst nightmare, until she comes to realize that with her biggest cheerleader at her side, she and her mom both might just make it after all. Sitting in the co-anchor chair at The Breakdown is Chuck Pierce (John Michael Higgins), the blowhard, difficult-to-please news desk veteran. Chuck intimidates everyone on staff except for Carol, who uses her polished mom skills to deal with him. Alongside him is Portia (Nicole Richie), the young, very hip co-host who brings a different perspective to old-fashioned journalism. Leading the news team is Greg (Adam Campbell), the dashing young executive producer. Katie’s closest friend at the office is Justin (Horatio Sanz), the laid back video editor who has seen it all and is always more than happy to dole out his zen-like advice. Rounding out the newsroom is Beth (Tracey Wigfield), the creepy resident meteorologist who is far from your stereotypical weather girl.Great News stars Briga Heelan (Love) as Katie, Andrea Martin (Working the Engels) as Carol, Adam Campbell (NCIS) as Greg, Nicole Richie (Candidly Nicole) as Portia, Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live) as Justin, and John Michael Higgins (Yes Man) as Chuck.MID-SEASON:InstinctInstinct stars Alan Cumming as a former CIA operative who is lured back to his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer. Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Cumming) is a gifted author and university professor living a quiet life teaching psychopathic behaviour to packed classes of adoring students. But when top NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic) appeals to him to help her catch a serial murderer who is using Dylan’s first book as a tutorial, Dylan is compelled by the case, comes out of retirement, and taps into his old skill set. Though Dylan and Lizzie initially clash, when it comes to catching killers, they realize they will make an ideal team if they both trust their instincts.Instinct stars Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) as Dr. Dylan Reinhart and Bojana Novakovic (Shameless) as Lizzie Needham.Superior DonutsBased on the play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning writer Tracy Letts, Superior Donuts stars Judd Hirsch as an owner of a doughnut shop in Chicago who, after a half-century in business, hires young go-getter Franco who is bent on freshening the shop. With his business in jeopardy, Arthur grudgingly realizes that he had better embrace the change around him and that Franco could be exactly what he – and the doughnut shop – need to thrive.Superior Donuts stars Judd Hirsch (Independence Day) as Arthur Przybyszewski, Jermaine Fowler (Friends of People) as Franco Wicks, and Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy) as Randy DeLuca.Source: Numeris PPM Data, Total Canada, FL’16 (Sept 12-Dec 18/16), conventional rankers based on AMA (000), 3+ airings, excludes World Cup of Hockey and Rio Paralympics, key demos (A25-54, A18-49, F18-49, F25-54) and A18-34 unless otherwise noted, *Ind.2+, **Ind.2+ avg wkly reach, *** SP’17 std (Jan 2 – May 7/17) ranker excludes NFL & NHL playoffsSOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@Global_TV Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/globaltelevisionInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/globaltv/Global Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. 11:35 p.m. 9 p.m. Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders 11:35 p.m. The Late Show With Stephen Colbert The Late Show With Stephen Colbert NCIS “On the heels of Global’s most successful fall season in a decade, this year we have strategically selected new series that build on the Network’s momentum, creating a schedule with the most outstanding series and the brightest stars,” said Maria Hale, Senior Vice President, Global Entertainment & Content Acquisition, Corus Entertainment. “Our 2017/18 lineup combines some of the most anticipated and sought-after new series including Will & Grace, S.W.A.T., SEAL Team, and Law & Order: True Crime, joining our impressive roster of returning hits like Bull, Kevin Can Wait, Survivor, and the NCIS franchise.”The new series joining Global’s schedule are teamed with a dynamite lineup of returning hits. Last fall’s #1 drama Bull* is back on the schedule along with last fall’s #1 new comedy Kevin Can Wait. Reaching more than 5.5 million Canadians every week last fall** the blockbuster NCIS franchise – including NCIS, NCIS: LA, and NCIS: New Orleans – returns, and the power of the franchise continues with Chicago Fire, Chicago PD heating up the schedule, with Chicago Med moving to mid-season. Following Season 34 which averaged more than 2 million viewers (2+) each week***, the perennial Top 10 program and last fall’s #1 reality series, Survivor returns with its 35thseason titled Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers. And freshman drama Taken comes back to the schedule joining Global’s Friday night lineup alongside Friday night’s #1 and #2 series MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0.  Then, Canada’s #1 late-night series Saturday Night Live returns, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – which saw a 9% growth in audience year over year*– continues weeknights on Global.Newly acquired series also join the Network’s mid-season schedule including Instinct, a drama starring Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) as a gifted author, university professor, and former CIA operative who is lured back to his old life by the NYPD when they need his help to stop a serial killer; and Superior Donuts, a comedy about the owner of a small doughnut shop that’s located in a quickly gentrifying Chicago neighbourhood. Viewers can catch up on Season 1 of Superior Donuts on CMT Canada this fall before Season 2 joins Global’s schedule in 2018. Rounding out Global’s mid-season lineup are additional returning series including fan-favourite Timeless, last fall’s #2 new comedy Man with a Plan, Season 3 of Jennifer Lopez’s gripping cop drama Shades of Blue, and Season 6 of the Sherlock Holmes procedural Elementary.GLOBAL’S FALL 2017 PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE-AT-A-GLANCEAll times are ET and subject to change. New programs bolded. The Good Place  10 p.m. Taken LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 8:30 p.m. The Simpsons 11:35 p.m. Sunday 7 p.m. Border Security Entertainment Tonight Canada Superstore Monday MacGyver 8 p.m. Entertainment Tonight NCIS: New Orleans Entertainment Tonight Canada 9 p.m. 8 p.m. Will & Grace Login/Register With: Wisdom of the Crowd  7:30 p.m.last_img read more

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CTV Celebrates the Canadian Heroes Among Us with the FirstEver THE AMAZING

first_img Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO – As 10 new teams congregate today at a secret location hosting the official starting line, CTV announced that Season 6 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will be comprised of 10 heroic teams featuring Canadian heroes. THE AMAZING RACE CANADA: HEROES EDITION premieres later this year on CTV.In addition, the network also confirmed this year’s race will kick off live on Facebook today as a result of a partnership with Chevrolet that will, for the first-time ever, bring fans to the official starting line. “Jon on the Road: Presented by Chevrolet” will stream on Facebook.com/AmazingRaceCDA later today. Stay tuned to that page for start time and additional updates.Hosted by ETALK Senior Reporter Devon Soltendieck, the Facebook Live event gives THE AMAZING RACE CANADA fans a never-before-seen glimpse of the starting location and the moment when host Jon Montgomery says “go” to start the race, in advance of the CTV broadcast premiere. It’s the first of five “Jon on the Road: Presented by Chevrolet” Facebook Live events taking place in secret locations throughout the race. Twitter Today’s event includes an interview with Jon Montgomery as he prepares for his sixth season as host of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA: HEROES EDITION, and will also reveal facts about the upcoming season throughout the stream. Fans can visit Facebook.com/AmazingRaceCDA for special messages from Jon Montgomery where he will reveal clues about the locations.ABOUT BELL MEDIA:  With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations… Login/Register With:last_img read more

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National centre increased police powers to tackle murdered missing women cases

first_imgAPTN National NewsVANCOUVER–The federal government announced Friday it was launching a “multi-pronged” approach to combat violence against Aboriginal women.Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose said the government was putting $10 million over two years toward the creation of a national centre for missing persons and other pilot projects, along with introducing amendments to the Criminal Code to make the investigation of missing and murdered women cases easier for police.“As minister of status of women I am very concerned with the pattern of violence against Aboriginal women and the impact it has on families who suffer as a result,” said Ambrose.Ambrose said she found the “nearly 600 cases” of murdered and missing women “and the details of each” to be “distressing and shocking.”Ambrose also said that Aboriginal women faced more violence and death than non-Aboriginal women in Canada. She said Aboriginal women were also more likely to face domestic violence than non-Aboriginal women.The federal government had set aside $10 million toward developing a national strategy to deal with murdered and missing Aboriginal women cases in the last federal budget.Ambrose said the funding would go toward the creation of a national police support centre for missing persons which would provide coordination and specialized support on missing persons cases.Ambrose also said the existing police database that contains missing persons information would be enhanced to include additional data.A new website will also be created where people can provide tips on missing persons cases.Ambrose said the government would also be introducing amendments to the Criminal Code to allow police to obtain multiple warrants for a criminal investigation on a single application to a judge.Ambrose said funding would also go toward improving “culturally appropriate” victim services, enhancing community safety plans along with school and community-based pilot projects “to help break the intergenerational cycles” of violence and abuse.“This is an important day in the safety of women, particularly the safety and security of Aboriginal women,” said Ambrose.last_img read more

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Carsons Valentines Day meal with Atleo and the pitch to Mike Holmes

first_imgKenneth Jackson and Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsDays before Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo announced in Winnipeg he would be pushing to abolish the Indian Act, he received a telephone call from Bruce Carson, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former aide and friend.In the phone call, Carson said he knew of a water company with a plan to clean dirty water on First Nations reserves and he wanted to meet with Atleo at the end of July.“This is the clean water proposal i (sic) spoke to (sic) about on the phone last week. I think it has real merit, especially as a pilot project,” Carson wrote in a July 19 email, obtained by APTN.Later that evening, Atleo responded, “Yes, this looks promising, and we should meet to discuss, asap (sic).”The next day, Atleo made a surprise announcement at the AFN’s annual general assembly that he would work to abolish the Indian Act within five years.Correspondence uncovered by APTN appears to show Carson and Atleo were in the process of hatching a deal.Sources within the water company said Carson told them he had a deal with Atleo.Based on emails written by Carson, the former Harper advisor said he planned to help Atleo scrap the Indian Act in exchange for his support in promoting an Ottawa-based water company named H2O Pros, which later created an entity called H2O Global Group to deal with Indian Affairs.“The AFN need my help getting rid of the Indian Act – so all of this will work together,” wrote Carson, in a July 26 email to company officials.The email was written the same day Carson and the company’s owners met with Atleo’s staff to show off the firm’s wares.“Thought we did as well as we could today – I told Michele (McPherson) and I will tell you because it means so much to her and I that we get this done … I think 6 months from now we will be well on our way,” he said, in the email.Three days later, Carson, 65, and company officials met with Atleo.Michele McPherson, 22, was an Ottawa escort known as Leanna VIP. Carson told APTN McPherson was his fiancee.McPherson was also working for H2O Pros and had signed a deal with the company’s president guaranteeing her 20 per cent of gross profits of all First Nations water deals landed by the company. Carson initialled the deal. Sources say a second contract was signed earlier this year.McPherson was working as an escort when she met Carson last March. She continued until August when a posting online indicated she would only be escorting part-time.The Prime Minister’s Office has asked the RCMP, the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner along with the Commissioner of Lobbying to investigate Carson’s activities in relation to H2O Global Group.The PMO requested the three-pronged probe following a meeting with APTN reporters.In an on-camera interview with APTN which aired Friday, Atleo admitted that he had discussed the Indian Act issue with Carson. Atleo, however, said he did not need Carson to access the prime minister. Atleo said he is able to pick up the phone and talk to Harper.A number emails obtained by APTN, however, appear to show Atleo and Carson working behind the scenes to push the company to Indian Affairs bureaucrats and well First Nations chiefs.“I thought this mornings (sic) meeting with Atleo and Richard Jacques (Richard Jock, Atleo’s chief of staff) was good and gave us a clear field to pursue our goals with support of the National Chief and his Chief of Staff,” wrote Carson hours after the first meeting with Atleo.A later email shows Atleo directing two of his top officials to identify companies it could target in the Ottawa area.“Can either of you touch base with bruce (sic) tomorrow to begin sourcing potential first nation pilot site around the Ottawa area?” Atleo said Sept. 6.In reply to Atleo’s email Carson wrote the company’s owners: “This came as a result of a call to me from the National Chief yesterday.”With Atleo in tow, Carson then proceeded to approach Indian Affairs. In an Aug. 19 email Carson, using his University of Calgary address, wrote Gail Mitchell, the department’s director general of community and infrastructure and another official.“I have been working with National Chief Atleo and his staff on water quality solutions on reserves – and have been directed to both of you as the folks at INAC to deal with on this issue,” he said. “I was wondering if the representatives of this company and myself could meet with you to explain the system and find out how best to get involved in the government initiative of providing clean drinking water on reserves.”That day, Mitchell asked her officials to set up a meeting in September.“I would be delighted to chat about some of the work we are doing on FN infrastructure and program development (sic),” Mitchell wrote Carson, on Sept 14.A flurry of emails ensued later that month.Carson to Irving “Bing” Leblanc, the AFN’s director of housing and infrastructure: “Do you have time for our meeting on Monday – Gail Mitchell as you know is ready to send someone – thxs for doing this-bc (sic).”Leblanc: “Haven’t heard from INAC Toronto if they got any direction from Gail or  Garry Best’s office regarding participating in this meeting.”Carson to Mitchell: “Do you have a contact that Irving could deal with.”Mitchell: “Garry Best is the contact. Irving Leblanc knows Garry quite well. He should have Garry’s contact info but just in case please let Irving know he can contact me. Cheers. Gail.”Carson to AFN officials: “$Gary is the guy (sic).”Garry Best is director of infrastructure operations for the department.In October, AFN provided provided Carson with a list of First Nations communities the company could target in late fall.The communities included: Tyendinaga, a Mohawk community near Belleville, Ont., and the remote northern Ontario communities of Slate Falls First Nation, Lac Seul First Nation and Marten Falls.But the AFN told Carson they don’t endorse any product sold by H20 Pros.“I want to make it clear that AFN does not endorse any product nor accept liability on the performance of the product marketed by H20 Pros,” said Leblanc to Carson.It was around that time H20 Pros changed their name to H2O Global Group, despite owner Patrick Hill telling APTN Global Group had been around for three years.With the list from AFN the company went to work.The first plan of action was to get in on the Mike Holmes pilot project the TV celebrity contractor is doing with a First Nation near Sudbury, Ont., and unveiled Friday.Carson said that Holmes’ people had recently asked H20 Global Group to forward some information and they were on the cusp of getting into the project.Carson said he met with Seth Atkins, a representative of Holmes, in Calgary last week.“We discussed a number of things. The Holmes Group and AFN have sent Global Group a letter or email requesting a lot of further information which will be responded to over the next day or so. I think that puts them into the mix of what could be providers to the Holmes Group,” Carson told APTN this past Sunday.Holmes partnered with AFN on a multi-million dollar renovation of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation. The project aims to turn the community into a showcase of cutting-edge green technology construction.Hill told APTN the company had secured a letter of intent from a Manitoba First Nation to use H2O Global Group product late last year. Hill said Indian Affairs refused to fund the project because the community’s water wasn’t dirty enough, so the deal fell through.Hill and Carson also said they were weeks away from securing a major deal with Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ont.APTN learned last week the band had more questions because the deal “appeared too good to be true.”Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan’s office has admitted staff met with Carson during the process.The department has also confirmed Indian Affairs officials met with Carson and company representatives several times. A departmental statement referred to them as “stakeholders.”Carson said Atleo was on board as was Duncan’s office.While Atleo said he cut all ties with Carson in October, the company had a booth at the special chiefs assembly in December, where they also co-sponsored a table with Carson’s Canada School of Energy and Environment.On Valentine’s Day of this year Atleo and his wife joined Carson and McPherson.Bank records show Hill was there too and paid a nearly $600 tab but didn’t sit with the two couples.Atleo said he paid for his meal and that of his wife.A well connected First Nation source told APTN Atleo believed Carson was his bridge to the PMO.Atleo has repeatedly denied that, saying he already has a direct relationship with the prime minister.Kennethbrianjackson@gmail.comjbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

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Vanquished Liberals return to Hill one last time

first_imgAPTN National NewsLiberals from across the country are cleaning out their offices on Parliament Hill this week.The party lost 43 seats in the recent federal election including its only Aboriginal MP.With a major defeat in the election, they’re in Ottawa for a last meeting and a few goodbyes.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has that story.last_img

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Fears surface Samson Cree chiefs family may be targeted by gangs

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere are fears on the Samson Cree First Nation in Alberta that the chief’s family is being targeted by gangs.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto said community members have told her gangs may be retaliating for some of the chief’s anti-gang positions.last_img

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Jumbo ski resort approved

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe British Columbia government has approved the Jumbo Glacier ski resort.This has the Ktunaza First Nation concerned about the environmental impacts this will impose on their sacred land.The resort company has consulted with Ktunaza and offered them an advisory position but the First Nation isn’t buying it.APTN National News reporter Tina House has more.last_img

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Kanesatake community at odds with council

first_imgAPTN National NewsA public meeting was planned for Wednesday night in Kanesatake to discuss the current council.A referendum was held last month asking people whether they supported the grand chief or an opposition group of chiefs.That referendum didn’t seem to accomplish much.APTN’s Danielle Rochette has the story.last_img

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Toronto police accused of racial profiling assaulting homeless First Nations

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsGabriel Jacobs spends most of his day bumming for change downtown Toronto on Yonge St.He hopes to get enough to buy a bottle of sherry.It was while he was panhandling during the 2010 G20 summit he was arrested trying to pick up a cigarette butt.Police said they thought the paraplegic was trying to pop a tire.“They put me in that cage which is not that big for 30 hours. They took my wheelchair. I had to lay there on the floor, shit and piss on myself, because they wouldn’t give me my wheelchair, they wouldn’t give me my medication,” recalled Jacobs recently in an interview with APTN National News.Jacobs is Ojibway from northern Ontario.He was later released without charge.After he filed a human rights complaint, Toronto police came to a financial settlement with him.The amount is confidential.While in jail he tried to reach one person.Doug Johnson Hatlem is a former street pastor in Toronto who said what happened to Jacobs isn’t uncommon.Especially to First Nations people.“I was just walking through (a park) one time following an officer who had just ticketed two First Nations people in a row and had walked right by similarly situated white people sitting down on a bench drinking and all he ticketed were people who were First Nation,” said Johnston Hatlem. “I called him out on it and I said ‘what is this Ticket-A-Native-Day?’They argued for a bit.“Finally he said to me well you know who you need to lobby is Queen’s Park and get these people more beer money I can’t do anything about this,” said Hatlem who for seven years worked at Sanctuary, a homeless day shelter in Toronto.But Hatlem said he’s noticed more than just discriminant ticketing.He claimed he’s tallied dozens of assaults on homeless people by police over the last seven years.He said the majority of them are First Nations.APTN spoke to nearly a dozen First Nations men who call the streets home.All said the Toronto police have a bad reputation.For being bullies.And racist.“Some are known to hit. Some are known to spit, kick, punch. Some are known to just throw you in the back of the car and arrest you for stuff you didn’t do,” said Peter Burrill, a homeless First Nations man.“They really like to pick on Native people here in the city,” said Greg “Iggy” Spoon. “If they can get away with it, give you a shot in the head, they will give you a shot in the head.”Johnson Hatlem encourages everyone who is harassed by police to file a complaint.He said not everyone receives a settlement like Gabriel Jacobs.In fact, many complaints don’t go anywhere.“Over time the system responded to wide spread complaints that the complaints system was ineffective by coming up with the new system called the Office of the Independent Police Review Director,” he said. “Now it’s supposedly independent but you send a case to them and nine-and-half-times out of 10 it goes right back to the same division where filed the complaint against.”Inside the offices of the Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto social workers and lawyers workers hear a lot of these stories.The ALST is a not-for-profit organization that advocates on behalf of Aboriginal peoples in Ontario.“As a lawyer I don’t expect every case that walks in the door with someone alleging misconduct is necessarily going to support that finding after an investigation, but what I find troubling is that none of them do,” said Emily Hill of ALST.The complaints range from racial profiling to assaults committed by police.“We hear concerns of racial profiling and being stopped on the street and questioned repeatedly for no reason,” said Hill. “We hear those concerns. Then we hear the concerns of excessive force and of violence and assaults.”Some say the assaults and insults just come with living on the streets of Toronto.Hatlam said there can be change.But that change will have to come without him.He’s moved to Chicago with his family.“We need to work at the roots of what’s causing the poverty and the racism and the things that are putting First Nations people out on the streets here, and allowing people who have terrible attitudes about people in that position, to be the ones carrying around guns,” said Johnson Hatlem.The homeless said they’ll miss him.As for police, APTN contacted the Toronto police on a number of occasions over several weeks to comment.No one was available.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

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Liberal leader Justin Trudeau excluded BC First Nations from clean water promise

first_imgEditor’s Note: Story has been updated with Liberal statement sent to APTN late Tuesday.Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsLiberal leader Justin Trudeau excluded British Columbia First Nations when he announced Monday evening that his government would fix the water woes afflicting 93 First Nations on Health Canada’s drinking water advisory list.Trudeau made the announcement during a town hall hosted by Vice News Canada.During the town hall, Trudeau said he agreed with Isadore Day, the Ontario regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations, who called for the next government to commit to ensuring no First Nation community remains under a drinking water advisory within five years.“We agree with that,” said Trudeau.When a Vice journalist pressed Trudeau on whether he was saying no First Nations would be under drinking water advisories within five years, he qualified his statement. Trudeau said it only applied to the 93 First Nations which are currently on Health Canada’s drinking water advisory list.“In all those 93 communities, yes,” said Trudeau.Trudeau excluded, in one fell swoop, the 25 First Nations in B.C. that are currently under drinking water advisories.Health Canada stopped reporting water advisories for First Nations in B.C. back in 2013. Those numbers are now reported by the First Nations Health Authority in the province.Russell Diabo, a policy analyst who helped developed the Liberal party’s election platform in the early 1990s, said it’s surprising Trudeau would exclude First Nations in B.C. in this announcement. One-third of all First Nation communities are in B.C.“You would think his advisers would give him better advice,” said Diabo, who helped craft the Liberal party’s Aboriginal affairs platform for the 1993 federal election. “He probably isn’t fully briefed on the complexity of all these issues.”The NDP has not released their Indigenous issues platform, but it’s doubtful the party will unveil any ground-breaking funding promises on First Nation infrastructure because leader Thomas Muclair has committed the party to balanced budgets, said Diabo.“They will be hamstrung in terms of what they are going to spend,” he said.That platform will be released Wednesday.The Conservatives have not made any new or major commitments to First Nations.The Harper government says it has invested about $3 billion in water and waste water infrastructure between 2006 and 2014. The federal 2014 budget also committed $323.4 million over two years to improving water and wastewater systems on reserves.The Liberal party issued a response late Tuesday evening on the apparent exclusion of B.C. First Nations from Trudeau’s promise.“The use of that particular stat was meant to highlight the scope of the problem. Rest assured, our commitment is to all First Nations communities across Canada struggling with issues surrounding clean drinking water,” said the statement.The party is also vague on how it would pay to fix the water issues facing the 93 communities listed by Health Canada.In Ontario, for example, some First Nations have been under advisories since the Liberals were in power.The Neskantaga First Nation has been under a drinking water advisory since 1995 while Deer Lake First Nation and Eabametoong First Nation have been under an advisory since 2001.In Quebec, Kitigan Zibi has been under an advisory since 1999.The majority of the communities currently on the Health Canada list were added under the Harper government.In this year alone, 12 First Nation communities from Ontario were added to the list.The Liberals have not earmarked any specific funds to deal with First Nation water woes in their platform costing document.The Liberal party sent APTN a statement saying some of the money in the party’s $20 billion green infrastructure fund would be used for First Nation water issues. The same fund, which is to be spread over 10 years, has been identified by the party for a number of other promised priorities.The Liberal party statement also said a Trudeau government would reengage with First Nations on the $5 billion Kelowna Accord struck by the Paul Martin Liberals in the dying days of that minority government.The 2005 Kelowna Accord took 18 months to negotiate and it was struck with all Indigenous groups, including First Nation, Metis, Inuit and off-reserve First Nations people. The $5 billion was to be spread out over 10 years.A Kelowna-level funding promise would fix First Nation water and wastewater infrastructure problems only if every single dollar was used on that specific issue.According a 2011 study commissioned by the federal Aboriginal Affairs department, it would cost about $4.7 billion over 10 years to get First Nation water and wastewater infrastructure up to the department’s own standards. The report said First Nation communities needed an immediate $1.2 billion to deal with high-risk systems.Aboriginal Affairs said in a response to the report that it planned to invest in 25 per cent of systems the study identified as high risk by 2015-2016.Water is only a portion of the staggering infrastructure deficit faced by First Nations.According to a 2012 study sponsored by Aboriginal Affairs, First Nation communities across the country need about $5.2 billion in capital investments to improve on-reserve housing.The study concluded that over the 2007-2031 timeframe, Ottawa needed to invest about $21.3 billion (in 2009 dollars) for First Nation housing.None of the three main federal parties are promising anywhere close to these funding levels.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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We want this project killed Chiefs send a message Premier Horgan over

first_imgTina House APTN NewsChiefs from Treaty 8 came to Victoria, B.C. last week to return three yellow stakes to NDP Premier John Horgan and two of his ministers.The stakes were part of the fundraising done for the Treaty 8 defence fund to stop the Site C dam project. They were purchased by the NDP before they were in power.Cheques from the NDP were also returned because now that the NDP is in power they support the project.“The Site C decision is a political decision. It’s got nothing to do with jobs or what’s good for B.C.,” said Chief Roland Wilson of Moberly Lake First Nation.“It’s got to do with getting re-elected.”The NDP made a campaign promise to send the project for review with the B.C. Utilities Commission and now that it is complete it shows that it’s cheaper to stop the project than proceed.However, the NDP approved the project.Wilson said they are currently taking the government to court for infringing on their treaty rights.“We want a forever injunction,” he said. “We want this project killed.”thouse@aptn.calast_img read more

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White House gets pressure from within US to spare Canada from steel

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration is coming under political pressure at home to exclude Canada from global tariffs on steel and aluminum, and while stating its preference for holding firm it’s leaving the door open just the tiniest crack to the possibility of adjustments.Lawmakers, businesses, and hosts on the Sunday political talk-shows all challenged the logic of slapping a national-security tariff on a peaceful next-door neighbour, pushing the administration to justify its move.The administration says a final announcement is coming next week. On Sunday, it signalled that President Donald Trump is leaning toward a no-exceptions-for-anyone attitude — but then added some potential asterisks.In the midst of an internal tug-of-war within the White House the administration was represented on the talk shows by two of its most prominent trade hawks, Trump advisor Peter Navarro and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.Both appeared to suggest the decision is close to final.While no countries will be excluded, Navarro said some industries could get exemptions. This is of keen interest to Canada’s auto sector, which is a leading supplier of steel and aluminum to the U.S.: “There’ll be an exemption procedure for particular cases where we need to have exemptions so business can move forward,” Navarro said on CNN.Ross held out the slim prospect of some changes: “We shall see,” he told NBC’s “Meet The Press.”“(Trump) has made a decision at this point,” he said of the 25 per cent tariff for steel and 10 per cent tariff for aluminum. “If he for some reason should change his mind, then it’ll change. I have no reason to believe he’s going to change his mind.”The administration is being deluged with demands from its own political allies to relax its policy. The same two top Republican lawmakers who shepherded Trump’s tax-cut achievement through Congress, Kevin Brady and Orrin Hatch, have pleaded for revisions.A senator of a border state said he’s already hearing from businesses at home. Angus King, an Independent senator from Maine, compared Trump’s plan to the devastating U.S. tariffs of the 1930s. He said companies in his state fear price increases for steel.King said any trade actions should be targeted to discourage Chinese dumping — not hit the entire world.“You want to do these kinds of things with a scalpel — not a chainsaw,” King told NBC.To apply the tariffs, the U.S. is invoking a rarely used clause in a 1962 trade law that allows the president to declare tariffs if required by national security. The White House argues that the wording is broad, and that national security also could include employment and economic stability of the domestic steel industry.“I don’t think we need to block Canadian steel in the name of national security. They’re annoying. You know, they’re too nice. But we don’t fear a war with Canada,” King said.Every host of the big weekly U.S. talk shows raised the Canada angle.Fox News’s Chris Wallace asked how the White House can possibly justify using a national security excuse for imposing tariffs on a close NATO partner, and legal member of the U.S. military-industrial complex.CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Navarro to imagine how Canada might see this: “From the perspective of Canada … Canada would say, ‘National security exemption? We fight with you in every war. Our soldiers are right next to your soldiers in every conflict. What possible scenario could you envision where we wouldn’t supply you with steel and aluminum?’”But the general response from Trump officials was that everyone should prepare for tariffs. When Navarro was asked on Fox whether Trump would exclude anyone, he responded in the negative.“That’s not his decision,” Navarro replied.“As soon as he starts exempting countries he has to raise tariffs on everybody else. As soon as he exempts one country his phone starts ringing from the heads of state of other countries.”He added more details in an interview with CNN: “Canada’s 40 per cent of the (American aluminum) market. If you exempt Canada, then you have to put big, big tariffs on everybody else. So this is a measured, targeted approach.”He was repeatedly pressed on the Canada issue in these interviews. Navarro did leave out the possibility of certain industries being exempted.The issue has sparked a ferocious debate within the White House. Last week, it appeared Trump had frozen out the free-traders in his office and made this announcement with the support of hawks like Navarro.American press reports have also described the president feeling angry and isolated in recent days. His administration has been hit with resignations, infighting and conflict-of-interest allegations involving the president’s own son-in-law, Jared Kushner.A South Carolina Republican called it folly.Sen. Lindsey Graham mentioned the Volkswagen and BMW plants in his state and expressed fear of how a trade war might affect jobs there. He said there’s reason to pursue China for intellectual-property theft and product dumping, but this is hitting all the wrong targets.He addressed Trump directly in his interview on CBS’s ”Face The Nation.””You’re letting China off the hook,” Graham said.”You’re punishing the American consumer and our allies. You’re making a huge mistake here. Go after China — not the rest of the world.”last_img read more

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