Liberals pass Canada Post back to work bill

first_imgLegislation ordering postal workers back to work was passed in the House of Commons during a special session that dragged on into the wee hours of Saturday morning.Bill C-89 passed third reading by a vote of 166 to 43.The Senate is now set to sit Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday, to deal with the bill, which would go into effect at noon eastern time on the day following royal assent.The legislative push came as Ottawa, as well as smaller towns in Ontario, B.C., and Quebec became the latest targets of rotating strikes by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.Despite the rush to pass the legislation, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu encouraged Canada Post and CUPW to remain at the bargaining table.“They can still pull a deal off,” she said.That said, Hajdu added: “Obviously, we would prefer that the parties are able to negotiate an agreement together, but the time has come that we need to be prepared to take action if they cannot.”Hajdu referred to mail delivery as an “essential service” and said small businesses that rely on the postal service to deliver their goods over the busy Christmas season could go bankrupt if the situation isn’t remedied quickly.“And when I say small, I mean really small. I mean people that, you know, sell marmalade or handmade goods, that this is the most profitable time of their year and if they are unable to make their earnings this time of year, they very well might be facing the end of their business.”Labour leaders and New Democrat MPs slammed the government for undermining the collective-bargaining process. The government has removed all incentive for Canada Post to reach a negotiated settlement now that the agency knows workers will be ordered back to work by early next week, they charged.“The right to strike is an integral part of the collective bargaining process,” said Canadian Labour Congress president Hassan Yussuff. “Without it, an employer has no incentive to bargain in good faith, and workers have no recourse to demand a fair process.”Canada Post seems to have convinced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Christmas wouldn’t come without a back-to-work bill, added CUPW president Mike Palecek.“The mail was moving, and people know it,” he said. “People have been getting their mail and online orders delivered. That was the point of our rotating-strike tactics, not to pick a fight with the public.”NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh accused the Liberals of hypocrisy, professing to believe in the right to collective bargaining while bringing in what he called the “worst, most draconian” back-to-work legislation.“They’ve shown their true face … that this government is not a friend of working people,” Singh said.New Democrat MPs voted against the motion to speed up debate on the back-to-work legislation, with many making an elaborate show of walking out of the Commons after voting, raising their fists in salute to postal workers watching from the public gallery. The votes of those who walked out were not counted.Six New Democrats remained in the chamber – representative of the small number the party maintained would get a chance to speak during the subsequent expedited debate on the bill.CUPW maintains the bill is unconstitutional and is threatening to challenge it in court.The union won a court challenge against back-to-work legislation imposed on postal workers in 2011 by the previous Conservative government. The court ruled in 2016 that by removing workers’ right to strike, the bill violated their right to freedom of association and expression.Hajdu argued that her bill is “dramatically different” from the “heavy-handed” approach taken by the Harper government and takes into account the concerns of both the union and Canada Post.But two independent senators, Frances Lankin and Diane Griffin, wrote Hajdu to express their concern that the bill may not be constitutional. The pair said Hajdu had promised to issue a government analysis detailing how the bill does not violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms but it still had not materialized by Friday evening.CUPW members have held rotating walkouts for a month, causing massive backlogs of unsorted mail and packages at postal depots, though Canada Post and the union dispute how big the pileup is.Canada Post says it could take weeks – even stretching into 2019 – to clear the backlog that has built up, especially at major sorting centres in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.CUPW’s 50,000 members, in two groups, are demanding better pay for rural and suburban carriers, more job security and minimum guaranteed hours.Waseem is a letter carrier for #CanadaPost. He tells us why these striking postal workers are in MP Morneau’s Toronto constituency office. #CDNpoli @CityNews @680NEWS pic.twitter.com/bhX5GhbfQo— Tony Fera (@tonyfera1) November 23, 2018last_img read more

Is the right to vegan food a human right Ontario firefighter argues

first_imgAn Ontario firefighter alleges his human rights were violated when he was not provided sufficient vegan food while battling a massive blaze in British Columbia.Adam Knauff has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario against his employer, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, over his treatment and subsequent suspension while fighting a fire near William’s Lake, B.C., in 2017.“The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry discriminated against me and failed to accommodate my sincerely held ethical beliefs (creed) when it failed to provide me with food that accommodated my personal commitment to ethical veganism, and then disciplined me and suspended me because I attempted to assert my right to accommodation of that sincerely held ethical belief,” he wrote in his application to the tribunal.The ministry, in its response, denied Knauff’s allegations of discrimination and human rights violations.The case centres on whether veganism is a form of creed — the definition of which was expanded by the Human Rights Tribunal in 2015 to include non-secular beliefs.Knauff, based in Kenora, Ont., has worked with the ministry since 2008 and is often dispatched outside the province. He filed the complaint based on the grounds that his creed was not accommodated.“I am an ethical vegan in that I not only follow a vegan diet, but I extend the philosophy of non-consumption of animal products to all other areas of my life,” he wrote. “I do not think that humans have the moral right to oppress other beings, or to cause them pain and suffering.”Knauff, now 40, arrived in northern B.C. on July 15, 2017, and was one of about 1,000 firefighters battling a massive forest fire — working 14 to 16 hours per day.About 10,000 homes were evacuated in William’s Lake, and the only store open was a Tim Hortons that police were helping run, he wrote in his complaint. He said the ministry had long known about his dietary constraints, and he had also filled out a standard food information form for the trip.“On some days during my deployment to William’s Lake, I was not provided with any food that was vegan or not otherwise contaminated with animal products, and therefore forced to go hungry,” he wrote.On July 16, he ate salad and side dishes. The next day, he wrote, there were no vegan meals, so he ate plain bagels and coffee from Tim Hortons. The day after that he was given “beans, oatmeal and fruits.”“After working 16-hour days for four days with inadequate nutrition I began to feel physically ill and mentally groggy,” Knauff wrote. “Until that point I had been trying to push through my hunger and exhaustion, sustaining myself on nuts and fruits.”He complained to the supervisor who said he’d “work on it,” the documents say.On July 20, he wrote: “The only source of protein in my dinner was a single black bean.” The next two days he had “inadequate dinners.”He asked for personnel to buy tofu during one of their service runs. He got three blocks of tofu, gave it to the camp’s chef, but never saw it again, he wrote.Things came to a head on July 23 when he was looking forward to a big barbecue dinner, where vegan burgers would be served.But, he wrote, the chef handled beef patties before touching the vegan patties with the same gloved hands.Knauff said he swore at the chef, who swore back. His supervisor gave him a warning, he wrote.“No one seemed to take my ethical beliefs seriously,” he wrote.The next night at dinner, he was served stir-fry with no protein. He was promised beans the following day, he wrote.He took his plate to his supervisor and asked him if he could see any protein on his plate. The supervisor offered him protein bars.“I was upset and told him ‘no,’” and then he told him — with a curse word — to fix the problem.“I know that I should not have sworn … but I was starving, exhausted, humiliated and defeated,” he wrote. “I had reached my breaking point.”But the real breaking point came the next day when he picked up his lunch, where, he alleged, half of the food was non-vegan.He poured it out in front of food staff and said, repeatedly, “this isn’t vegan.”That’s when his supervisor sent him home.The ministry says Knauff was sent home and suspended three days without pay due to his “inappropriate, insubordinate, unprofessional and aggressive behaviour.” He was also banned from fighting fires outside the province for the remainder of 2017 and all of 2018. The ministry also alleges Knauff threw the non-vegan food at staff, which Knauff denies.Base camp was difficult for all involved, as was trying to feed 1,000 firefighters with the closest towns with open stores hours away, the ministry says.It also argues that Knauff’s “vegan status is a sincerely held lifestyle choice, but does not meet the legal definition of creed.” It further argues that it “supported the employee and accommodated his food restrictions as if it were a component of his health needs or part of a recognized creed.”Camille Labchuk, the executive director of the advocacy group Animal Justice, said it hopes to intervene in the case because veganism in the workplace isn’t limited to Knauff.“Ethical veganism has never been ruled a form of creed,” Labchuk said.“This is a test case, but it’s important to have a clear statement from the tribunal.”Liam Casey, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Prominent Montreal lawyer James Duggan among victims of Quebec plane crash

first_imgMONTREAL — A prominent Montreal-area lawyer was among the three victims of a plane crash that occurred in a remote region of northern Quebec on Friday.Quebec provincial police say 67-year-old James Duggan was aboard the float plane that went down near Lac Boulene, southeast of Chibougamau.Duggan was a prominent labour lawyer who was instrumental in the battle to unionize RCMP officers, as well as spearheading a class-action lawsuit on behalf of officers alleging harassment in the force.Frederic Serre of the Quebec RCMP Members’ Association describes Duggan as a tireless advocate for the rights of officers who approached sensitive situations with dignity and respect.A search and rescue team on a separate mission responded to the distress call for the plane on Friday evening and later found three men without vital signs.Duggan died alongside Jacques Bissonnette, 69, and Claude Laplante, 77, as they travelled to a fishing trip. A fourth man survived the crash.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Petra Nemcovas Happy Hearts Fund Partners With Clinique

first_imgClinique, a leader in global beauty, is on a mission to spread smiles across the globe, by reinforcing its long-standing commitment to children and education. Today the brand announced a multi-year partnership with Happy Hearts Fund, an international charity founded and led by Petra Nemcova, helping to build and rebuild schools in areas affected by natural disasters.Petra Nemcova, Founder and Chair of Happy Hearts Fund, Partners with Clinique.“Education is the single greatest opportunity one can give to a child,” said Lynne Greene, Global Brand President, Clinique, Origins and Ojon. “It is the passport to brighter possibilities, transforming individuals, families and communities along the way. With Happy Hearts, it is our mission to put a smile on the face of every child we touch. Petra’s passion and commitment to this cause have been an inspiration to everyone at Clinique, and we feel that together we can accomplish great things.”Clinique chose to partner with Happy Hearts Fund to reinforce the brand’s long-term commitment to children and education. Happy Hearts Fund is active in six countries and has built or rebuilt over 70 schools and kindergartens. Since its inception, the Fund’s programs have benefited more than 41,000 children and 340,000 community members. Through this partnership, Clinique and the Fund will develop educational institutions for children globally.Petra Nemcova, Founder and Chair of Happy Hearts Fund, echoes Clinique’s emphasis on education and sentiments about the partnership, saying, “I am very excited about this partnership as we share so many of the same philosophies with Clinique and I know that together we can give more children access to education, the most important and empowering tool for their futures. Together we will create many Happy Hearts.”Nemcova launched Happy Hearts Fund in 2006 to bring hope to the lives of children affected by natural disasters. As a survivor of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami in Thailand, Nemcova witnessed the devastation of communities, families, and children. By focusing on rebuilding and building schools in areas affected by natural disasters, the fund helps provide a safe haven for children, and a sense of normalcy.On December 1, 2012, the brand will introduce a limited edition Happy Heart 30ml fragrance for $37 (SRP). $10 from the sale of each fragrance will go directly to Happy Hearts Fund. Clinique has also created a limited edition T-shirt for $16 (SRP), with the message “Make Someone Happy,” a mantra the brand hopes will inspire everyone to consider the act of giving and sharing during the holiday season. $5 from the sale of each T-shirt will go to Happy Hearts Fund. Both products will be sold in the US and Canada, exclusively.last_img read more

Stars Support Montblancs Signature For Good

first_imgSaturday, February 23, 2013 marked the official launch of Montblanc’s Signature For Good Collection with UNICEF, whereby Montblanc hopes to provide children access to quality education.This collection reinforces Montblanc’s long-term commitment to children’s education and UNICEF.To celebrate the launch of the collection, Montblanc hosted a pre-Oscar charity brunch with UNICEF at the Hotel Bel-Air. Academy award winner Hilary Swank made a special appearance to speak about the importance of the initiative and shed light on her recent visit to Ethiopia with Montblanc and UNICEF.For every piece in the Signature For Good Collection sold between March 1, 2013 and March 1, 2014 Montblanc will donate part of its proceeds to raise at least $1.5 million to support the UNICEF education programs worldwide.Additional celebrities who lent their support to the cause and attended the brunch were Emmy Rossum, Rosario Dawson (actress), UNICEF Ambassador Alyssa Milano, Louise Roe, Alan Arkin, Billy Zane, Jesse Metcalfe, Peter Fonda, Jesse Williams, Jane Seymour, Clemens Schick, Rachel Griffiths and many more.Montblanc Signature For Good Collection includes a special edition of writing instruments, jewelry and leather accessories, all of which feature a unique brick design symbolizing the joint effort of building a better future for all children and their communities by improving access to quality education, including the construction of schools – brick by brick. For every piece in the “Signature for Good” Collection sold between 1 March 2013 and 31 March 2014, Montblanc will donate part of its proceeds to raise at least $1.5 million dollars to UNICEF’s education programmes, focusing on the most vulnerable children, through the Schools for Africa and Asia initiatives, and programmes in Latin America.With a heritage deeply rooted in the culture of writing, Montblanc has always been committed to the support of education and literacy. For nearly a decade, Montblanc has taken an active role in supporting UNICEF’s efforts to enable more children to learn how to read and write, with several global initiatives together raising over $5 million dollars to date. With the new “Signature For Good” Collection, Montblanc is building on the success of the first “Signature For Good” initiative launched in 2009 and pledging to raise in 2013 at least $1.5 million dollars.For this special Montblanc “Signature For Good” Collection, the design of the Meisterstuck has been revisited with unique detailing. Available as a Classique Fountain Pen, Rollerball, and Ballpoint Pen and in the bolder LeGrand size, the black precious resin writing instrument features a cap top ring designed with the symbolic rectangular brick pattern. The blue sapphire set in this ring is inspired by UNICEF’s blue colour and the work it accomplishes to improve children’s lives. Other pieces in the collection include handcrafted leather wallets, cardholders, a pen pouch and notebook with blue lining decorated with the symbolic brick design. The leather used by Montblanc for the Signature For Good Collection is Italian full-grain printed calfskin. The distinctive pattern on the leather is a series of diagonal lines. Cuff links with reversible surfaces of onyx and stainless steel, bracelets and key rings, all embellished with a sapphire, make up the jewellery selection.Each writing instrument, leather item and jewellery piece features an individual serial number associated with a “brick,” a reference to the building and running of schools: indicating that the owner of the product has a symbolic share in the programme and is contributing to building better and brighter futures one brick at a time. By registering the number on the product at www.montblanc.com/signatureforgood, the owner of the piece can monitor the progress of the initiative and find out the many ways in which UNICEF is improving educational opportunities for children. Not just by building schools but also by transforming them into a safe and protective place where children can learn and play.Lutz Bethge, CEO Montblanc International explains, “With 61 million children in the world not yet enrolled in school, it is our duty to take the necessary steps to empower these children with an education so they have the knowledge, skills and confidence to shape a better future for themselves and their communities. Our aim was to create a collection that not only appeals through its design, style and fine craftsmanship, but that has a greater purpose by enabling real change.”For UNICEF, the ongoing relationship with Montblanc is a meaningful and important one. As Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF says, “Thanks to our partnership with Montblanc and the vital contribution to UNICEF’s work, UNICEF has provided more children a quality education that will significantly better their chances in life. The impact of their investment is truly noticeable and we are grateful for the contribution they make in raising global awareness for UNICEF’s work with vulnerable children around the world.”last_img read more

The Art Awakens With Star Wars And UNICEF

first_imgIn celebration of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm and HP proudly present “Art Awakens.”Art Awakens“Art Awakens” is an exciting new program for Star Wars fans old and new, across the country to revitalize creativity by “Bending the Rules” of the Force, themed around a galaxy far, far away.“Art Awakens” kicks off August 11th with the launch of a two-month-long nationwide fan art competition across the US. Amateur artists can submit their Star Wars: The Force Awakens inspired art on ArtAwakens.com for a chance to be featured in an upcoming professional art exhibit later in the year.Additionally, coming this November to Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is a three-day Star Wars: The Force Awakens art exhibit featuring top professional and emerging contemporary artists. All new original pieces will be auctioned off in the name of Star Wars: Force for Change to benefit UNICEF Kid Power, which gives kids the power to save lives. By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power band, kids earn points which unlock food packets for malnourished children around the world.Five lucky winners of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Fan Art Contest, chosen by a judging committee that includes members from Disney, Lucasfilm and the legendary visual effects house Industrial Light & Magic, will have their art featured in the professional gallery exhibit. The winners will also have the opportunity to be flown out to Los Angeles to attend the VIP opening night, among other prizes from HP.Additionally, an HP “Bend the Rules” Award will be granted to one of the five grand prize winners upon completion of a questionnaire with the highest score in the Innovative Use of Technology category. The HP “Bend the Rules” Award winner will receive an HP Notebook Computer to help them push the boundaries of art and creativity.last_img read more

LinManuel Miranda And Vanessa Nadal Offer Chance To Attend Hamilton London Opening

first_imgLin-Manuel Miranda, his wife Vanessa Nadal, and Prizeo, the online platform that democratizes giving, announced today that they are offering the chance for one lucky fan and a guest to attend the West End opening night of the musical Hamilton in London on December 21, 2017.Beginning Nov. 13, Miranda and Nadal are inviting fans to make a donation to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and UK-based nonprofit 10:10 at prizeo.com/hamilton. For only $10, donors will receive 100 entries for the grand-prize opportunity to join the opening night celebration in London’s West End, including two VIP tickets to the performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre, two tickets to the exclusive opening night after-party, a meet-and-greet and photo with Lin-Manuel, roundtrip airfare, and hotel accommodation for two at five-star Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, located in the heart of London. The Prizeo campaign closes Dec. 6.Lin-Manuel and his wife Vanessa announced this campaign with a video in partnership with NRDC and 10:10. Watch here: prizeo.com/hamilton.“With Hamilton’s first international production, we think it is appropriate to tackle an issue that affects the international community: climate change,” Miranda said.Vanessa Nadal continues, “Yes, climate change is real. The U.S. federal government just this month released a comprehensive scientific report concluding that humans are the major cause of global temperature rise. And we see that humans around the world are paying the cost with extreme weather events and resulting devastation. We want to bring awareness and help slow the tide.”NRDC is an international environmental nonprofit working to safeguard the earth — its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends — for nearly 50 years. NRDC’s team of scientists, lawyers and policy experts are at the forefront of the international fight against climate change, from informing United Nations negotiations, to blocking the Trump administration’s attempts to derail U.S. progress, and building up clean energy sources from America to Asia.“From hurricanes to drought, wildfires to heat waves — no one, and nowhere, will be untouched by the impacts of climate change,” said NRDC President Rhea Suh. “Despite the Trump administration’s best efforts, the international community is responding. We must continue to work together to usher in a brighter, more prosperous tomorrow for our children and for future generations.”In honor of the Hamilton opening in London, a portion of the funds will support 10:10, a London-based organization, which brings people together to take positive, practical action on climate change, at home, work, school or in their community. From installing solar panels, cooking up a vegan feast, celebrating the power of onshore wind, or lighting up places with LEDs, they are dedicated to cutting carbon. The funds raised through this initiative will support a tree-planting project in 10 communities at risk of flooding in the UK. Through the project, 10:10 is aiming to plant 100,000 trees between fall 2018 and spring 2019.“While many around the world are already feeling the impact of a changing climate, we’re still not doing enough to protect them,” said Amy Cameron, Director of Operations at 10:10. “But we have many of the solutions, what’s needed now is action – at a local, national and international level. Hamilton reminded us of the incredible things people have done in the past to create a better world for the future, now it’s up to us to do the same.”The Mirandas and Prizeo are coming together as concerned citizens to work together for change.“We are thrilled to be closing out the year with yet another incredible opportunity to join our friend Lin-Manuel Miranda at Hamilton,” said Jan Friedlander Svendsen, Chief Creative Officer of Charity Network, Prizeo’s parent company. “Not only can we not wait to see the show in London – especially the portrayal of King George – but we’re genuinely honored to work with Lin-Manuel and his family, all of whom are genuine philanthropists. The Mirandas never shy away from taking on challenges, big or small. Climate change is an urgent global issue, and NRDC is the perfect partner to affect meaningful change.”This campaign is launching in London with the support of official hotel partner the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, official promotional partner OfficialLondonTheatre.com and official media partner BroadwayWorld.The Hamilton in London campaign runs from Nov. 13 through Dec. 6 at prizeo.com/hamilton.last_img read more

Stars Attend BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party 2018

first_imgThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) celebrated the 2018 Awards Season with their annual Tea Party on Saturday, January 6, 2018.Emilia Clarke Attends BAFTA Los Angeles Tea PartyThe BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party is one of the most prestigious events in the annual awards calendar, celebrating excellence in the craft, and wishing the best of luck to all nominees for the awards season ahead.Awards Season Nominees along with leading executives, celebrities and BAFTA members enjoyed British tea and scones, and cocktails in the uniquely relaxed surroundings of a traditional British Tea Party.Among the stars who attended were Sean Baker (The Florida Project), Claes Bang (The Square), Jacqueline Bisset (Amant Double), Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), Mark Bridges (Phantom Thread), Graham Broadbent (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Lisa Bruce (Darkest Hour), Amanda Brugel (The Handmaid’s Tale), Guy Burnet (Counterpart), Carter Burwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Naomi Campbell, Robin Campillo (BPM), Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name, EE BAFTA Rising Star Award Nominee), Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Pete Czernin (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project), Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water), O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale), Feras Fayyad (Last Man in Aleppo), Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale), Peter Fonda (The Ballad of Lefty Brown), James Franco (The Disaster Artist), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Mimi Polk Gitlin (The Breadwinner), Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver), Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick), Gordon Greene (The Choir Director), Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name), Armie Hammer (Call Me by Your Name), Liz Hannah (The Post), David Harbour (Stranger Things), Justin Hartley (This Is Us), Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya), Erik Hemmendorff (The Square), Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor), Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Downward Dog), LilRel Howery (Get Out), Isabelle Huppert (Claire’s Camera), Allison Janney (I, Tonya), Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water), Nick Jonas (Ferdinand), Doug Jones (The Shape of Water), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, EE BAFTA Rising Star Award Nominee), Elliot Knight (Life Sentence), Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), Diane Kruger (In the Fade), Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why), Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman), Anthony Leo (The Breadwinner), Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery), Tom McGrath (The Boss Baby), Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird), Marco Morabito (Call Me By Your Name), Ramsey Naito (The Boss Baby), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Dave Neustadter (The Disaster Artist), Scott Neustadter (The Disaster Artist), Lawrence O’Donnell (The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell), Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), Ruben Ostlund (The Square), Amy Pascal (The Post), Jordan Peele (Get Out), Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project), Issa Rae (Insecure), Sarah Rafferty (Suits), Dee Rees (Mudbound), Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Steven Rogers (I, Tonya), Andrew Rosen (The Breadwinner), Howard Rosenman (Call Me By Your Name), Lois Smith (Marjorie Prime), Aaron Sorkin (Molly’s Game), Sebastian Stan (I, Tonya), Taura Stinson (Mudbound), David Thewlis (Fargo), Charlotte Tilbury, Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner), Daniela Vega (A Fantastic Woman), Lotte Verbeek (Outlander), Diane Warren (Marshall), Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast), George Waud (Ghosts of War), Ed Weeks (The Mindy Project), Erin Westerman (The Disaster Artist), Bradley Whitford (Get Out/The Post), Michelle Williams (All the Money in the World), Edgar Wright (Baby Driver), Joe Wright (Darkest Hour), and many more.As well as honoring the year’s nominees and winners, the Tea Party also raised awareness of BAFTA Los Angeles’ wider work including its Access for All campaign, a commitment to ensuring that talented individuals are offered a clear pathway to careers in the entertainment industry, uninhibited by background, demographics or personal circumstance. The campaign drives funds towards BAFTA LA’s acclaimed scholarship, education and community initiatives, allowing the organization to discover, support and nurture talented professionals.The BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party was presented by BBC America and the GREAT Britain campaign. Event sponsors included Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Heineken, and American Airlines.last_img read more

The Queen And The Duchess Of Cornwall Meet Medical Detection Dogs

first_imgIn the presence of The Queen, The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron of Medical Detection Dogs, attended its 10th Anniversary celebration and a demonstration by the charity’s bio detection dogs to showcase their ability to detect the odour of human disease.The Queen and The Duchess Of Cornwall Meet Medical Detection DogsCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukThe Duchess of Cornwall has been the charity’s patron since 2014. She has previously hosted Medical Detection Dogs at a reception in St James’s Palace and she has also paid a visit to their headquarters just outside Milton Keynes.Last December, Her Royal Highness participated in the ICAP charity day to support charities including Medical Detection Dogs and in 2015 donated the proceeds of her limited-edition honey from her private home in Wiltshire to the charity.Medical Detection Dogs is a charity at the forefront of medical research. It aims to transform disease detection by harnessing the extraordinary smelling power of dogs to develop tests for a range of life threatening conditions including cancer. In training trials, the dogs have proved to be 93 percent reliable, significantly higher than many existing tests.The charity’s ground-breaking work is already saving lives by providing a reliable, practical, affordable solution to one of the greatest medical challenges today. It trains assistance dogs for people with long-term, life-threatening conditions, giving them greater independence and improving their lives immeasurably.In most cases, the medical alert assistance dogs help people suffering from type one diabetes, who get no warning signs when a hypoglycaemic or hyperglycaemic attack is about to occur. The dogs are trained to detect changes in their partner’s blood sugar levels and alert them to take insulin or eat sugar.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more

How to score TIFF tickets

first_imgIf you’re just getting around to picking up TIFF tickets now, fear not. It’s not too late to score some of the hottest tickets in town.Passes are no longer up for sale, but individual tickets go on sale starting Sept. 4. Regular adult tickets start at $25, “rush” tickets start at $20 and premium screenings start at $49.For the under 25 and over 65 set, regular screenings start at $20 and premium screenings can set you back $38. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Tickets can be purchased online anytime at tiff.net and printed off or downloaded onto mobile devices. You can also purchase tickets by phone at 416-599-TIFF (8433) or toll-free at 1-888-599-8433 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Sept. 7 and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the festival, which runs Sept. 8-18. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Sarah Polley to adapt Zoe Whittalls The Best Kind of People

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Sarah Polley has optioned the film rights to Zoe Whittall’s novel The Best Kind of People and will write and direct the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Whittall’s novel was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a national bestseller in Canada. The Best Kind of People is set in a small, wealthy American community where a popular teacher at a local prep school is charged with sexual assault. The book explores the perspectives of his wife, teenage daughter and adult son, a prominent family in the community now facing social exclusion.“In these frightening times, I believe it is more important than ever to tell this tale of rape culture, and how a family and a community grapples with who should be believed, and how far empathy can stretch itself,” said Polley to The Hollywood Reporter. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Polley is no stranger to adaptations of CanLit. She earned an Academy Award nomination for best adapted screenplay for Away From Her, which was based on the Alice Munro short story “A Bear Came Over the Mountain.” She recently wrote and produced a six-hour miniseries adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace, which will star Sarah Gadon and air on CBC and Netflix.“I still can’t believe it’s happening,” said Whittall in an email to CBC Books. “She’s so iconic and makes such beautiful, meaningful films, that I’m just thrilled. Beyond thrilled. I know I can trust her with the material to transform the story for the screen.” Facebooklast_img read more

Enbridge refuses to name 26 First Nations behind pipeline

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn this final part of APTN’s interview with the president of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipelines says the impact of the pipeline wouldn’t be significant.The interview aired on APTN Tuesday night. In the first part of the interview Monday John Carruthers said 26 First Nations have signed on to support the pipeline.When pressed for the names he said it’s not a secret who the First Nations are but Carruthers still wouldn’t say who they are.“The community will have to make that determination…whether or not they want to make that public,” said Carruthers.last_img

Study calls on Montreal to improve services to Indigenous peoples

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsA new study is demanding that Montreal improve life for Aboriginal youth in the city.Since 2001, the Indigenous population in the city has grown by nearly 200 per cent and many are between the ages of 18 to 35.Most move here for school or work, but some are escaping a bad home life and fall through the cracks of the city.last_img

Winnipeg Friendship Centre cuts ties with main association and the money that

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN National NewsThe Indian and Metis Friendship centre in Winnipeg’s North End is fighting through a financial crisis.The situation has split the board of directors.And one faction said the centre could close its doors soon.bhobson@aptn.calast_img

Jennifer Podemski honoured for years of giving a voice to Indigenous stories

first_imgBeverly AndrewsAPTN NewsJennifer Podemski was given the Award of Excellence at the ACTRA awards in Toronto over the weekend for her work on and off the screen in Canadian film and television.During her speech she offered how Indigenous people can change the narrative set by colonialism.“If we’re not involved in film and television then we can’t change the narrative, we can’t, you know, tell our own stories and I think what’ s happening or what has happened over time,” she said. “You know the colonial experience has been celebrated and perpetuated sort of rendering the Indigenous voices almost silent.”It’s people like Podemski that has worked so hard to keep them from staying silent said Theresa Tova, president of ACTRA Toronto.“She has been so inspirational for so long, first of all as a fabulous actor, and then a writer and producer,” said Tova.Podemski began her career in 1988 as a background performer.As her career grew, she was aware there was a lack of Indigenous writers, producers and directors.So she started a company and became co-owner of Big Soul Productions, which produced the award-winning TV series Moccasin Flats in 2003.In 2005, she founded RedCloud Studios, dedicated to showcasing Indigenous narratives.“I always dreamed of becoming a performer just from when I was little,” she said. “If you know that’s what you want to do, you kinda just have to figure out a way to do it,” she said.bandrews@aptn.calast_img read more

Equifax takes down customer service web page after malicious content found

first_imgTORONTO – Equifax Inc. is reporting that a third-party vendor the credit rating agency uses to collect performance data on its U.S. Equifax website was serving malicious content.“Since we learned of the issue, the vendor’s code was removed from the webpage and we have taken the webpage offline to conduct further analysis,” an Equifax spokesperson said in an emailed statement Thursday.“Equifax can confirm that its systems were not compromised and that the reported issue did not affect our customer dispute portal.”Earlier Thursday, Equifax Canada said its U.S. parent company was temporarily taking down one of its customer services pages amid reports that hackers had allegedly altered Equifax’s credit report assistance page so that it would send users malicious software disguised as Adobe Flash.“We are aware of the situation identified on the equifax.com website in the credit report assistance link,” Equifax Canada spokesman Tom Carroll said in an emailed statement.“Our IT and security teams are looking into this matter, and out of an abundance of caution have temporarily taken this page offline.”Carroll did not respond to direct questions about any potential breach to Equifax Canada’s website.The news comes as Equifax Inc. continues to deal with the aftermath of a cyber breach earlier this year which allowed the personal information of 145.5 million Americans, and 8,000 Canadians, to be accessed or stolen.Since news of Equifax’s massive data breach broke last month, the company is facing investigations in Canada and the U.S., as well as at least two proposed class actions filed in Canada.The massive data breach has also led to a number of high-profile departures at the Atlanta-based consumer credit reporting agency, including its chief executive, chief information officer and chief security officer.In early October, Equifax revised the number of consumers potentially impacted in the breach — bumping up the total in the U.S. to 145.5 million and reducing the number in Canada from an estimated 100,000 to 8,000.For these Canadian consumers, Equifax says the information that may have been accessed includes name, address, social insurance number and, in “limited cases” credit card numbers.On its website, Equifax’s Canadian division says it has not yet mailed out any notices and made clear it would not be making any unsolicited calls or emails about the issue.In September, Equifax reported that its investigation had shown that hackers had unauthorized access to its files from May 13 to July 30. Equifax Canada said at the time it was working closely with its parent company Equifax Inc. and an unnamed, independent cybersecurity firm conducting the ongoing investigation.The cyberattack occurred through a vulnerability in an open-source application framework it uses called Apache Struts. The United States Computer Readiness team detected and disclosed the vulnerability in March, and Equifax “took efforts to identify and to patch any vulnerable systems in the company’s IT infrastructure.”— With files from The Associated Press.last_img read more

Nova Scotia distiller sending four barrels of rum on roundtheworld voyage

first_imgLUNENBURG, N.S. – A Nova Scotia distillery is sending its spirits on an around-the-world trip on a tall ship, promising it will taste better for the journey.Four barrels of rum from Lunenburg’s Ironworks Distillery will spend the next 15 months in the cargo hold of the three-masted tall ship Picton Castle.The Lunenburg-based ship is best known for its adventurous sail training voyages, and “this will be their 7th and last complete around-the-world circle,” said Ironworks co-owner Lynne MacKay.They decided to mark its final around-the-world trip with rum that will be bottled upon return in May 2019 as ‘Round the World Rum.The tall ship had been scheduled to set sail out of Lunenburg on Monday, but the sailing was postponed until Tuesday or Wednesday.MacKay said Captain Daniel Moreland is keeping the rum secure in the hold, under lock and key.“Everybody’s making jokes — ‘You’re sending rum barrels to sea and your expect them to come back whole, that’s a joke!’ But they’re pretty well secured. We sent it out under the auspices of Excise Canada and all of those customs things so that what goes out will come back, and we have faith that it will,” she said.MacKay said the other main comment is “Why?”“Aside from the sheer sexiness of the idea, there is theory and chemistry that supports the fact that rum at sea ages better. The movement of the ocean changes the nature of the aging process. The movement of the spirit in the oak actually makes it a more complex and interesting spirit when it arrives back on land,” she said.It’s part of rum history: In the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries when Caribbean rum was shipped to the U.K. and other points, people noticed the spirit was much better at the end of the voyage than when it started.Some of the Picton Castle rum has already been aging in Hungarian oak barrels for a few years.“We’re anticipating this one will come back kind of a medium amber colour, and we’re not going to be fussing with that colour at all. We want it exactly the way it comes out,” she said.MacKay said the lengthy voyage gives them more than a year to promote the rum and the programs offered by the Picton Castle to train people how to sail such large ships.Some of the proceeds from the rum will go to support the Picton Castle programs.Ironworks Distillery opened in June 2010 in a renovated blacksmith’s shop in the downtown of the coastal community, west of Halifax.MacKay said they originally looked at making different spirits but felt a moral imperative to make rum.“Just because of the history of Lunenburg, the history of the Atlantic Ocean, and the history of rum and sailing. So many things conspired to make it the logical choice,” she said.MacKay said a lot of people have asked to get their name on a list to be able to buy the ‘Round the World rum, but said they won’t consider a list until sometime next year.Links to the voyage will be posted on the distillery’s website and social media sites.— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.last_img read more

New report calls for ways to retain more immigrants in Atlantic Canada

first_imgFREDERICTON – A new report says if Atlantic Canada wants to solve its economic and demographic problems, it must become more than a stopover for immigrants.The report entitled “The People Imperative” will be released Wednesday at a one-day summit on immigration and revitalization, being held in Fredericton.The report is prepared by the Public Policy Forum, an Ottawa-based think tank with ties to business and government.It says increasing immigration won’t work for Atlantic Canada unless people choose to stay. Right now the region has the lowest immigration retention rates in the country.Nova Scotia has a five-year immigrant retention rate between 2011-2015 of 72 per cent, while Newfoundland and Labrador is at 56 per cent, New Brunswick is at 52 per cent, and P.E.I. is at just 18 per cent.No province outside Atlantic Canada has a retention rate below 80 per cent.Atlantic Canada needs to boost immigration and retention if it is to combat the demographic challenge of an aging population.Frank McKenna, deputy chair of TD Bank group, former premier and Canadian ambassador to the United States, said it’s a challenge when you see population numbers dropping in parts of the region.“We have a time bomb going off in that our population is not just declining, but it’s aging as well. On average our population is eight years older than that of Alberta. And that means that we face higher health care costs per capita,” he said.McKenna said more must be done to attract and retain immigrants, and that includes providing more services such as language training, and getting more employers involved.He’s quick to concede the difficulty when immigrants are being attracted to larger centres like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver that have a larger critical mass.“Not surprisingly they want to be with their fellow citizens in terms of the food they eat, the God they worship, the culture they respect, and we don’t have a lot of those tracks laid down,” he said.Nearly two-thirds of all immigrants to Canada in 2013-2017 arrived in one of the three largest centres, while the Atlantic region received 4.6 per cent of immigrants.“The literature is clear on why immigrants leave Atlantic Canada: they seek better job opportunities and higher compensation, better educational opportunities for themselves and their children, better social services and cultural amenities, and ties to ethnic community and extended family,” the report reads.Still, McKenna said the federally sponsored Atlantic Immigration Pilot program is working, but may need more resources.The Atlantic region is also losing many of its young people who are moving in search of better jobs and better pay.The report says despite that, the region has a lot of positive aspects that need to be promoted, including quality of life.“Immigrants note that the manageable pace of life, with safe communities and good service, makes Atlantic communities attractive for raising families, and the proximity to nature is a large lifestyle draw. These attractions are difficult to quantity, but they are important components of branding Atlantic Canada as a desirable destination,” the report said.The report said retaining more international students for the region would be a huge win, and governments should proactively recruit established entrepreneurs to Atlantic Canada.The summit kicks off a three-year research project on Atlantic revitalization with a special focus on immigrant retention.However McKenna said the situation may be more time critical than that, noting that he sounded the alarm on demographic change and the aging population in 1995.last_img read more