Most vessels obeyed emergency Gulf speed limit to protect endangered whales

first_imgOTTAWA – Almost 90 per cent of the ships that passed through the Gulf of St. Lawrence over the last five months complied with an emergency speed limit to help protect the whales that plied those same waterways — and the department will reimpose the limit immediately if the whales return this year.In August, Transport Canada imposed a limit of 10 knots on all ships longer than 20 metres after a dozen right whales were found dead in the Gulf, a 240,000-square kilometre area that ties the St. Lawrence River to the Atlantic Ocean via the Cabot Strait and the Straight of Belle Isle.In seven cases where the cause of death is known, five whales were killed by ships and two drowned after being caught up in fishing gear.Transport Canada says there were 4,711 ships affected by the speed limit in the Gulf between Aug. 11 and Jan. 11, when the speed limit was lifted. Of those, 542 were found by the Canadian Coast Guard to be moving faster than 10 knots.Further investigation resulted in 14 ships being fined — all of them the minimum $6,000. Evidence was insufficient to levy fines in 450 cases. There are 78 cases still pending.Sonia Simard, director of legislative and environmental affairs for the Shipping Federation of Canada, said factors like currents and waves can have an impact on a ship’s speed at any given moment and have to be factored into a decision to levy a fine.In total, 17 right whales died last summer off the east coasts of Canada and the United States, a significant loss for one of the most endangered species in the world. There are believed to be just 451 right whales left in the world.Their presence in the Gulf of St. Lawrence hasn’t been tracked well until recent years, but scientists believe the whales are spending a lot of time there, with more than 100 spotted in the Gulf last summer.In addition to the speed limit there were restrictions placed on some fisheries to try and keep whales from getting caught up in their lines.Delphine Denis, spokeswoman for Transport Minister Marc Garneau, said the department is working on plans to mitigate human impacts on the whales both for this year and the long term.“We will continue to monitor the situation and will not hesitate to impose the speed restriction again if the whales migrate back to the area,” Denis said.Simard said the shipping industry wants to do what it can to help, but said last year the limit was imposed in a huge area and it would be more effective to impose it only in the areas where the whales are congregating, rather than right across the Gulf.Simard said there was most certainly an economic impact on the shipping industry from the speed limit, adding between five and eight hours to the time most ships took to travel across the Gulf. That affects everything from cruise ship schedules to cargo port times, often forcing ships to go faster than usual in other areas to make up the time, burning more fuel in the process.Kristen Monsell, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity in the United States, said slowing down ships is a proven and effective way to protect whales. She said the size of the area for the speed limit should be based on science and what is needed to protect right whales, “not drawn to appease industry.”Monsell’s organization launched a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service in the United States this week arguing it failed to prevent whales from getting trapped in fishing lines. She said the organization is still considering its options in Canada.— Follow @mrabson on Twitterlast_img read more

Canadas Mali mission will emphasize deployment of female peacekeepers

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canadian military’s upcoming foray into Mali is expected to include a marked female presence as the Trudeau government looks to have Canada lead by example in the push to have more women on peacekeeping missions.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan on Monday will unveil details of Canada’s mission to Mali, which will be centred around the deployment of up to six military helicopters.The aircraft will include a combination of Chinook helicopters tasked with providing medical evacuations and logistical support and smaller Griffons to act as armed escorts for the larger transports.The exact numbers are still being finalized, a senior government official said Sunday on condition of anonymity since an official announcement had not been made.The decision to send military helicopters to Mali follows a direct request from the United Nations and fulfils the Trudeau government’s promise in November to make such aircraft available to a future peacekeeping mission.But Canada will also take the opportunity to make good on another commitment made in Vancouver, the official said, namely to champion an overall increase in the number of female peacekeepers.The UN has adopted a target of having women represent at least 15 per cent of military personnel serving as peacekeepers by 2020, and 20 per cent of police officers.But many countries are falling short of those targets — including Canada even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled several measures in Vancouver aimed at getting other countries to do more on the issue.Of the 19 Canadian police officers deployed on UN missions at the end of February, five were women, which equates to 26 per cent. But only two of 22 military personnel were women, which is just over nine per cent.Canada has a way to go, the government official acknowledged, which is why the military will attempt to ensure women are well represented among the 200 to 250 Canadian military personnel deployed to Mali.“One of the key things that we committed to in Vancouver was to increase the participation of women in missions, and we will be seeking to meet our objectives as much as possible,” the official said.“So within that entire deployment, we will seek as much as possible to meet our objectives to increase the number of women.”The Canadian helicopters will be deployed later this year to the northern city of Gao, which serves as a main staging area for the UN into northern Mali where Islamic militants and Tuareg rebels are active.Canada is expected to take over from the Belgians, who are currently in the midst of replacing the Germans after filling the gap for several years.The plan is for Canada to hand the mission over to another country, perhaps Jordan or the Netherlands, in 2019. Trudeau spoke to the leaders of both countries in recent days.Mali has long been seen as a frontrunner for where Canada would deploy peacekeepers, after the Liberals promised a return to UN missions during the last federal election.But the government had nonetheless dragged its feet for several years, in part because of perceptions that it was an extremely dangerous mission given that dozens of peacekeepers have been killed in attacks there since 2013.Most of those killed were peacekeepers from developing countries, who are responsible for patrolling and guarding against attacks from the militants and rebels.Two Germans were killed last year when their helicopter crashed due to what was later deemed to be a technical error, while two peacekeepers from the Netherlands died in a similar incident in 2015.But one foreign diplomat whose country has experience operating helicopters in Mali nonetheless told The Canadian Press that the risk was relatively low, with the country’s harsh climate posing perhaps the greatest risk.“There are no concerns about anti-aircraft weapons. So it’s safe,” the diplomat said.“The issues that might cause a challenge are more the climate: it’s the strong winds with the sands in the desert, which are really tough for highly sophisticated helicopters. That and the heat.”last_img read more

Ontario Tories significantly more popular with male voters than Liberals poll

first_imgTORONTO – A new poll indicates a dramatic gender divide in how Ontarians plan to vote in the spring election, with the Progressive Conservatives significantly more popular with men than the other two major parties.A phone survey conducted by Ekos Research Associates found just over 50 per cent of men said they would vote for the Tories “if the election was held tomorrow,” or were leaning towards voting for them.That’s compared with roughly 27 per cent of men who said they would support or were leaning towards supporting the governing Liberals, and almost 16 per cent who said they would choose or were leaning towards choosing the New Democrats.Among the women voters polled, around 35 per cent said they would vote for or were leaning towards the Tories, compared with nearly 32 per cent for the Liberals and about 26 per cent for the NDP.“(Gender gaps) are a common faultline in Canadian politics but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one this large ever,” said Ekos’s president, Frank Graves.“If the election was just held with men, (Tory Leader Doug Ford) would get over half the votes and win pretty well almost every seat in parliament. Not every one, but he’d win a huge majority,” Graves said.“But if the vote today were held with only women, it’s a highly competitive race — the parties are only a few points apart.”There are other key faultlines, however, Graves said.The survey found the Tories, led by Ford, draw strong support from a demographic that “mirrors the populist constituency that propelled Donald Trump to victory in the United States.”It shows the party is very popular with middle-class voters and has a large lead with working-class voters, as well as a small lead with low-income voters. The Tories also do much better with voters who have a college or high school education.Voters with a university education, meanwhile, are more solidly aligned with the Liberals, the survey shows.“There has been a tendency, including in the recently concluded (Tory) leadership campaign but elsewhere for the Conservatives, the institutional establishment has a blind spot to the depth of the emotional resonance of populism right now,” he said.“This is the most important new divide and it really isn’t the traditional left-right, it seems to be more this ordered versus open outlook.”Overall, the poll shows the Progressive Conservatives in the lead with 43 per cent of respondents saying they would vote for them or were leaning towards voting for them, compared with about 29 per cent for the Liberals and roughly 21 per cent for the NDP.The numbers show the New Democrats are not benefiting from Liberal fatigue as many expected, and are instead stuck at roughly the same level of support as they were after the last election, Graves said. This suggests they could split the centre-left vote in June, he said.The Tories’ apparent lead does not guarantee them the win, Graves said, noting the Liberals have staged dramatic comebacks to emerge victorious in the last three elections.But if they want to stay in power, the Liberals “have to make progress with males,” he said. “You can’t surrender that kind of difference and win the election.”The survey was conducted between March 20 and April 5 with a sample of more than 1,000 Ontario residents 18 and older.It included households with landlines, cellphones or both and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points, 19 times out of 20.last_img read more

No winning ticket for Saturday nights 7 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $7 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Quebec.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on July 11 will be approximately $9 million.last_img

Canadas finance minister touts USMCA but says dairy steel sectors need help

first_imgVANCOUVER – Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Canada’s new trade deal will bring more economic stability, even as the government works to fairly compensate dairy farmers and deal with the dissatisfied steel and aluminum industry.Morneau told members of the Vancouver business community that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement means Canada is now the only country to have deals with all its G7 partners but will continue its efforts to diversify trade around the world, including with China.He says dairy farmers will be compensated to make up for access to 3.59 per cent of Canada’s market by American dairy producers under the new agreement.Morneau says that’s slightly higher than the 3.25 per cent that was agreed to under another deal — the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership — with 10 countries including Mexico, Japan and Australia.The latest trade agreement, with the United States and Mexico, continues tariffs the U.S. imposed last spring on Canadian steel and aluminum, prompting the industry to criticize the government for selling out the sector.Morneau says Canada is working to ensure producers are protected from potential diversion of steel and aluminum from other countries while also balancing the needs of users.He called the USMCA a positive deal for Canada overall.“We’ve created stability with our largest trading partner this week with the new deal with the United States, Mexico and Canada,” he told reporters after touting the agreement to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.“I’m not in any way in agreement with people who are saying that there’s any problem with the agreement,” he said. “We’ve been able to come to an agreement that creates more stability and a greater level of confidence in the business community, confidence in making investments in Canada and as well investments in the other North American economies.”He said the country’s economic future is further solidified with a $40-billion liquefied natural gas deal announced Tuesday by five companies that will build the project in northern British Columbia.Morneau said in his earlier speech that Canada is looking to create tourism, education and financial-service opportunities with countries such as China as it works to expand its oil and gas industry to foreign markets with the building of the Trans Mountain pipeline.He said Canada is also aiming to remove interprovincial trade barriers for “frustrated” Canadians as it works with all provinces including two new governments — in Quebec and New Brunswick.last_img read more

In the news today Dec 20

first_imgFour stories in the news for Thursday, Dec. 20———WOMEN’S HOCKEY TEAM ADDS VOICE TO SEATBELT PUSHPlayers with the University of Alberta Pandas women’s hockey team are adding their voices to calls for mandatory seatbelts on team buses. The women’s team was returning to Edmonton from a game in Calgary on November 24th when its chartered bus clipped a semi that was pulled over on the highway. Several of the players say their first thoughts were about the Humboldt Broncos crash. Sixteen people were killed and 13 players were injured in April after a bus carrying the Saskatchewan junior hockey team and a semi collided.———MAN GUILTY OF KILLING CALGARY WOMAN AND HER DAUGHTERTearful loved ones stood and applauded after a jury found a man guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of a Calgary woman and her five-year-old daughter. Edward Downey, 48, had testified he didn’t kill Sara Baillie and Taliyah Marsman in July 2016. “Now, I can go home and bury Sara and Taliyah’s ashes and forever let them rest in peace,” Baillie’s mother, Janet Fredette, said after Wednesday’s verdict. The conviction comes with an automatic life sentence, but it has yet to be determined whether Downey will have to wait 25 or 50 years to be eligible for parole.———BILL TO PREVENT STRIKE AT OPG EXPECTED TO PASSThe Ontario government is expected to pass legislation today that would prevent a strike or lockout at a utility that provides roughly half of the province’s power. The government called legislators back from the holiday break on Monday in an effort to end the dispute between the Power Workers’ Union and Ontario Power Generation, saying the move was necessary to stave off outages. The Progressive Conservatives say their bill, if passed, will send the matter to arbitration so it can be resolved without jeopardizing the province’s electricity supply.———SMOKE TOP WEATHER STORY IN CANADA THIS YEARChoking from smoke, sweltering in the heat or cursing early or late snow, Canadians could be forgiven for asking just what the heck happened to the weather in 2018. “It was almost a smorgasbord of everything that could go wrong,” said David Phillips, senior climate scientist for Environment Canada. Smoke, said Phillips, was Canada’s top weather story this year. Driven by hot, dry conditions, the number of fires was higher than last year and the area burned was double the 25-year averages. Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia and down the Pacific Coast to California darkened skies and soured air for more than 10 million Canadians.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— A court appearance is scheduled today for three people who pleaded guilty to a naked kidnapping near Leduc, Alta., in November 2017.— Unifor national president Jerry Dias holds news conference following a meeting with General Motors on the future of the Oshawa, Ont. assembly plant.— BlackBerry will hold a conference call today to discuss financial results from its fiscal 2019 third quarter.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

First of 17 remote First Nations connected to Ontarios power grid

first_imgTORONTO — The first of 17 remote First Nations has been connected to Ontario’s power grid under a $1.6-billion expansion project.The diesel generating station in Pikangikum First Nation, more than 200 kilometres north of Kenora, Ont., was shut down Thursday as the transmission lines to the provincial grid were energized.The work is part of the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line Project launched in 2015, which will connect remote communities to the grid over an 1,800-kilometre transmission line.Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler called the connection an “enormous achievement.“A reliable power source will finally end Pikangikum’s reliance on diesel generation and help the community advance plans for growth and development,” he said in a statement Thursday.The full project is expected to be completed by 2023, and will shift the communities from dependence on diesel fuel for power to the provincial electricity grid.“Connecting our remote communities to the provincial grid is better for the environment and will help improve the lives of our members,” Fiddler said.A 2014 study by Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator determined there was a positive business case to extend the electricity grid to 21 of the 25 First Nations that depend on diesel.The federal government is covering the cost of the project.When the plan to build the line was announced, it was billed as the largest Indigenous-led and Indigenous-owned infrastructure project in the province’s history.Wataynikaneyap Power, which is heading up the project, is a licensed transmission company that is equally owned by 22 First Nation communities in partnership with power company Fortis.Ontario Energy Minister Greg Rickford said access to reliable and affordable electricity will help Pikangikum connect to greater economic opportunities.“This transformational project is expected to provide more than 14,000 people living in remote First Nation communities in northwestern Ontario with a reliable, clean supply of electricity,” he said in a statement.“It’s also bringing something even more significant — the promise of a brighter future.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Leo Messi Help End Child Deaths

first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and football star Leo Messi is making an urgent plea to strengthen efforts in child survival to save the lives of thousands of children dying every year from preventable causes.Video: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Leo Messi – help end child deaths“We all can help to stop child deaths from preventable causes,” says Mr. Messi. “These children don’t have to die, but they do.”Despite impressive strides in child survival, some 19,000 children under the age of 5 die every day from causes such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and measles. These deaths do not have to happen.Child deaths have fallen dramatically, plummeting from nearly 12 million in 1990 to 6.9 million in 2011. Progress has been made because the world has not only the knowledge and technology to reach the most vulnerable children with such life-saving interventions as new vaccines and improved healthcare practices, but also the resolute determination of many development actors and members of the international community to save children’s lives.However, progress continues to elude too many children.Much more can – and must – be done, which is why Mr. Messi is putting his personal focus on child survival and urging others to do the same.Leo Messi is a strong advocate for vulnerable childrenNamed the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009 and winner of three Golden Ball awards for the best European footballer of the year, Mr. Messi was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in March 2010.Since then, he has been a strong advocate for some of the world’s most vulnerable children and has visited Argentina, Costa Rica and Haiti to help raise awareness and support for the work of UNICEF and its partners.Source:UNICEFlast_img read more

Bill Clinton Honored At GLAAD Media Awards

first_imgGLAAD honored former President Bill Clinton, entertainment attorney Steve Warren, and the best in film and television on Sunday night at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.Actress Drew Barrymore hosted the event.The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD’s work to amplify stories of LGBT people and issues that build support for equality.At the ceremony, Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and Harvey Weinstein introduced former President Bill Clinton who received the inaugural Advocate for Change Award from his daughter Chelsea Clinton.In accepting the award, President Clinton called for the end of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” or DOMA: “I’m very honored to join with Edie Windsor […] and with so many others, including President Obama and Vice President Biden, the whole Obama administration, urging the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act. I want to keep working on this until not only DOMA is no longer the law of the land but until all people no matter where they live can marry the people they love.”President Clinton continued, “I want to thank GLAAD for the award and congratulate the other honorees […] I think that the staff, the board of directors, and the most active supporters of GLAAD deserve the award I’m getting because they are the real agents of change. They had this idea, a long time ago, GLAAD did — there would be a lot of people lobbying Congress, but somebody ought to be personalizing and humanizing these issues for the LGBT community. They actually believed you could reach a human heart. They actually believed that people could think and feel differently.”Leonardo DiCaprio and Charlize Theron presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to entertainment attorney Steve Warren. During his acceptance speech, Warren called on the Supreme Court Justices to join the majority of Americans in supporting full equality for all couples: “Four weeks ago, Justice Anthony Kennedy remarked that the court is heading into uncharted waters. It can lead to a wonderful destination, he said, or to a cliff. I almost wept when I heard these words. They are so true. In fact, all of us in the LGBT community have been living our entire lives in uncharted waters. Each time one of us comes out, each time we commit our love, whether privately or publicly, each time we decide to create our own families with children and partners of our own, we plunge head first into those waters and it can be terrifying. But those waters have been calmed and made more welcoming over the past fifty years with greater and greater effectiveness by the work of organizations like GLAAD.”GLAAD also presented an award to GLAAD co-founder Dean Hansell, who spoke about the organization’s early efforts to change the way LGBT people are portrayed in the media.Ryan Murphy, the co-creator of The New Normal, accepted the award for Outstanding Comedy Series with cast members Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Georgia King, and Jayson Blair. Murphy also accepted the trophy for American Horror Story: Asylum which received the nod for Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series. Writer, director Stephen Chbosky accepted the award for Outstanding Film – Wide Release for his film The Perks of Being a Wallflower. He was joined by cast members Logan Lerman, Johnny Simmons, and Mae Whitman. Raising Hope received the award for Outstanding Individual Episode for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Me What to Do.” The award for Outstanding Daily Drama went to Days of Our Lives for the second consecutive year.The capacity crowd enjoyed performances by Kelly Rowland and Glee’s Darren Criss. Guests include: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Great Gatsby); Charlize Theron (Snow White and the Huntsman); Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games); Betty White (Hot in Cleveland); brothers Chris Evans (The Avengers) & Scott Evans (Behaving Badly); Tobey Maguire (The Great Gatsby); Alex Pettyfer (The Butler); Elle Fanning (Ginger & Rosa); Beth Ditto (Gossip); Kirsten Dunst (On the Road); Naya Rivera, Alex Newell (Glee); Matt Bomer (White Collar); Sara Ramirez, Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy); Cloris Leachman, Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope); Ted Danson (CSI) and Mary Steenburgen (30 Rock); Lana Parrilla (Once Upon a Time); Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart-Dane; Ioan Guffudd and Alice Evans; Ali Larter and Hayes MacArthur; Sara Gilbert (The Talk) and musician Linda Perry; Molly Shannon (Enlightened); Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries); Trevor Donovan (90210); Thomas Roberts (MSNBC); author and advocate Chaz Bono; Kori Boccumini, Cori McGinn (The Real L Word); Avan Jogia (Twisted); Maria Menounos (Extra); Jane Espenson, Brad Bell (Husbands); LGBT advocates Zach Wahls and Jennifer Tyrrell; GLAAD National Spokespersons, Wilson Cruz and Omar Sharif, Jr..This year, over 200 youth were able to attend the event at no cost through the Young Adults at the GLAAD Media Awards program. The Young Adults program was presented in Los Angeles by Fox. Students affiliated with Environmental Charter High, Compton High, Fairfax Senior High, Pepperdine University, and Arizona State University joined GLAAD for the event.last_img read more

Dr Whos Peter Capaldi Joins Stars At Carols By Candlelight Service

first_imgPeter Capaldi – the recently announced new Dr Who – joined a line-up of stars reading at the 
Operation Smile UK Charity Carols by Candlelight service last week, which raised a staggering £50,000 to help provide free surgery for children born with facial deformities.Peter Capaldi at Operation Smile UK’s Carols By Candlelight eventCredit/Copyright: Andy Perkins/Operation Smile UKOperation Smile, the cleft lip and cleft palate charity, hosted the Carols by Candlelight service at the beautiful City church, St Botolph’s without Bishopsgate. Hundreds of Operation Smile supporters queued outside the church to catch a glimpse of the fantastic readers and performers including Honor Blackman, Peter Capaldi, Mishal Husain, Lucy Kellaway and Sir Clive Woodward.The Overtones at Operation Smile UK Carols By Candlelight eventCredit/Copyright: Andy Perkins/Operation Smile UKThe service was filled with traditional carols, readings and live performances from the MOBO Nominated IDMC Gospel Choir and We Sing U Sing children’s choir. Five-piece vocal harmony group The Overtones, also gave a special performance of their Christmas Single in aid of Operation Smile, a festive version of the 1954 Nat King Cole classic ‘Smile’. After the service, guests mingled and enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine.Commenting on the evening, actor Peter Capaldi said: “It was a lovely, festive evening, with fantastic performances from The Overtones and IDMC gospel choir. I’m thrilled to be supporting such an important and life-transforming cause.”Supporters listened to seasonal readings from the celebrity guests and saw films from Smile Ambassadors Duncan Bannatyne and The Overtones volunteering on medical projects in Mexico and Rwanda. Operation Smile Ambassador and BBC presenter Mishal Husain commented: “It can cost as little as £150 to repair a cleft and change a child’s life forever. It’s amazing to think that the money raised from this evening will help change 300 children’s lives.”All proceeds from this service and the Operation Smile Mayfair Carols by Candlelight Service which also raised £50,000 for the charity, thanks to the support of their high profile readers including Bill Bailey, James Cracknell and Barbara Windsor will go towards supporting activities to provide free, safe surgery for all children in the developing world born with cleft lips and cleft palates.“We are so grateful for the support shown by the celebrity readers and performers. They not only help to raise the profile of our events but leave inspired by the amazing work of our volunteers and are motivated be involved further” said Alex Talbot, Chief Executive of Operation Smile.The Overtones Smile EP in aid of Operation Smile is available to download on iTunes & Amazon now.For more information, click here.last_img read more

City Harvest Hosts StarStudded Evening Of Practical Magic

first_imgCity Harvest’s 23rd annual gala, Evening of Practical Magic, held at Cipriani 42nd Street, raised nearly $2.7 million to support City Harvest’s anti-hunger programs – enough to help feed over 9,860 families for a year.Ja Rule performs onstage with Geoffrey Zakarian and Bethenny Frankel at the City Harvest’s 23rd Annual Evening Of Practical MagicCredit/Copyright: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for City HarvestCity Harvest’s Evening of Practical Magic paid tribute to the efforts of individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to support City Harvest’s work. Lise and Michael Evans received the Harry and Misook Doolittle Heart of the City Award, Geoffrey Zakarian, City Harvest Food Council chairman, was presented with the Mnuchin Family Award for Excellence, and Chelsea Clinton was awarded the City Harvest Award for Commitment. City Harvest also acknowledged Food Bazaar as 2017 Food Donor of the Year.Hosted by fashion designer Zac Posen, the evening featured appearances by: City Harvest Food Council member and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen; lifestyle expert Martha Stewart; actress Bridget Moynahan; Sirius XM Radio host and actress/comedienne Sandra Bernhard; reality TV personality Bethenny Frankel; actors Jean Reno and JJ Field; as well as renowned culinary experts Eric Ripert, Ted Allen, Marc Murphy, Sunny Anderson, Marcela Valladolid, Masa Takayama, Donatella Arpaia, and Michael Anthony. At the end of the evening, Ja Rule took the stage for a special performance presented by Fyre with “backup dancers” Geoffrey Zakarian and Bethenny Frankel.The live auction, led by Nicholas Lowry, President of Swann Auction Galleries, gave one lucky bidding attendee and nine of her closest friends the chance to be wined and dined in the luxury of her home by the co-hosts of Food Network’s Emmy Nominated Daytime Talk Show, The Kitchen’s Geoffrey Zakarian, Marcela Valladolid, Katie Lee, and Sunny Anderson. A bidding war arose when the night’s honoree, Geoffrey Zakarian called on his table guest, Grammy-nominated recording artist, singer, songwriter, Ja Rule to guest bartend the event. Once on stage, Ja Rule upped the excitement by adding a private performance to the lot which was sold for $150,000.Highlights from the live auction included:· CALIFORNIA DREAMINGGuided by Aldo Sohm, “Best Sommelier in the World in 2008”, Wine Director at Le Bernardin and namesake of New York City’s acclaimed Aldo Sohm Bar, and Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits, four guests will receive VIP treatment at Napa’s most exclusive cellars, including Harlan Estate, Colgin Cellars, Chateau Montelena, Screaming Eagle, Shafer Vineyards and Arnot-Roberts Winery. Guests will also enjoy two vintner-housed lunches, two dinners and a dreamy, four-night stay in a three-bedroom guest house.Winning bid: $140,000· TV DINNERTen lucky guests will receive the chance to be wined and dined in the winner’s home by the co-hosts of Food Network’s Emmy Nominated Daytime Talk Show, The Kitchen’s Geoffrey Zakarian, Marcela Valladolid, Katie Lee and Sunny Anderson. The night will also include a hands-on cocktail demo by Geoffrey and special performance by recording artist, singer, songwriter, Ja Rule.Winning bid: $150,000· INSTAGLAM COCKTAIL PARTYThe lucky winning bidder and 19 of his closest friends will receive the chance to sip on craft cocktails and tasty bites in the luxury of Isaac Mizrahi three-bedroom home in Greenwich Village and enjoy a menu curated by Danny Meyer and Isaac Mizrahi.Winning bid: $38,000· HOST A LEGENDARY FEASTThe winner of this exciting lot will receive the chance to turn his/her home into a Michelin-starred restaurant for 20 lucky guests with dinner by culinary legend Eric Ripert, the chef and co-owner Le Bernardin, one of the finest restaurants in the world.Winning bid: $340,000· OMAKASE DINNER PARTYThe winning bidder will receive the chance to savor the magic of Masa’s Omakase experience with a private tasting dinner for six by Chef Masa, the man behind Masa & Bar Masa in Columbus Circile, Kappo Masa on the Upper East Side, and the forthcoming Tetsu in Tribeca, opening this summer. The dinner will be in the winner’s home. Winning bid: $220,000· VIOLINIST VIRTUOSOThe winning bidder will receive the chance to join world-class violinist and Grammy-award winner, Joshua Bell, in his sophisticated Gramercy Park penthouse for a private performance and cocktail party for 20 of her closest friends.Winning bid: $55,000City Harvest is grateful to event sponsors Stella Artois, Citi, Evian, Patrón Tequila, Westfield World Trade Center, Breville, Mandarin Oriental New York, and I.Halper.last_img read more

Sam Neill and Jane Goodall Want to Ban the Bag

first_imgGreenpeace have an important message from their most recent plastic campaign recruit, actor Sam Neill.Video: Sam Neill and the humble plastic bagSam jumped on board because he wants to see the New Zealand Government ban single-use plastic bags, something tens of thousands of New Zealanders have been pushing for, too.So far, Greenpeace have had major successes in this campaign, getting New Zealand’s two largest supermarkets – New World and Countdown – to announce a ban in their stores, but they are not stopping there.At noon on Tuesday, 27 February, Greenpeace was joined by Dr Jane Goodall, and Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand patron, former NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark, along with members of local councils, businesses, non-governmental and community organisations, and scientists. They gathered at the steps of parliament in Wellington to present a letter to Ministers as well as a petition signed by more than 61,000 New Zealanders – all asking for a change in law.They are calling for a nationwide ban to make sure plastic bags can no longer find their way into our oceans, devastating marine life.One in three turtles found washed up on NZ beaches has eaten plastic – a tragic last meal that causes them to die slowly and in agony.Greenpeace think our marine life deserve better than to swim in our garbage, and now is the time to act.In the words of David Attenborough, who saw plastic pollution first hand on the set of Blue Planet II, we have to act now and we have to act together.last_img read more

Canadas new wave of cinema

first_img Facebook “I loved it,” Mann says. “And what was shocking to me,” he laughs, “was I knew none of the actors or the director or the crew!”It’s not that Mann is out of touch, mind you; he probably sees more Canadian movies than I do. But it’s becoming very difficult to keep up with the wealth and breadth of filmmaking talent exploding out of English Canada, and Toronto in particular.There’s a new wave happening, and we’re smack in the middle of it. Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CANADIAN FILM NOW & THEN: A 35-YEAR RETROSPECTIVE IN 29 COVERS at Brookfield Place (181 Bay), from Monday (April 10) to April 23.When Ron Mann isn’t making movies, he’s releasing them. The Toronto documentarian – one of the very first Canadian filmmakers to be featured on NOW’s cover, all the way back in November 1982 – co-founded the distribution company Films We Like a few years back,focusing largely on documentaries and independent art cinema. Its latest release, I Called Him Morgan, opens Friday (April 7) at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.Earlier this year, Films We Like acquired Daniel Warth‘s new feature, Dim The Fluorescents. The arch drama, which won the narrative feature grand jury prize at Slamdance in January, charts the travails of two Toronto actors (Claire Armstrong and Naomi Skwarna) who tackle corporate training sketches as though they were performing Strindberg or Ibsen. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Facebook Director Simon Curtis’s The Art of Racing in the Rain is based on Garth Stein’s beloved novel. Curtis (Goodbye Christopher Robin) and screenwriter Mark Bomback (War of the Planet of the Apes) have adapted the film, about a race car driver, his philosophical dog (yes, you read that correctly), and the growing family they both love. The film stars Milo Ventimiglia as Formula One race car driver Denny Swift, Amanda Seyfried as his wife, Eve, and Ryan Kiera Armstrong, and later Lily Dodsworth-Evans, as their daughter, Zoë. The film is narrated, however, by the family’s dog, Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner), who loves racing as much as Denny. Enzo’s dream is to get to Mongolia, where, according to a documentary he watched, dogs get reincarnated into people.Denny’s life is seen through the eyes of Enzo, who is there with him through thick and thin. It turns out that life can be quite a bit like driving a Formula One race car; the conditions will change quickly and uncontrollably, and survival is as much about adaptation as it is about skill. Yet the analogies to race car driving can only take you so far. Enzo will be by Denny’s side for challenges that will seem to be, at first blush, insurmountable. The biggest is when Eve gets sick—what follows will test Denny in ways no track ever has. Advertisement Advertisement The Art of Racing in the Rain LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

NWT leaders fear tar sands means disaster for key watershed

first_imgAPTN National NewsAs APTN reported last week, a new study on the Mackenzie River Basin has raised new concerns in the Northwest Territories.The report suggests that waterways there are unprotected from ongoing development at the toxic Alberta tar sands.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier has more on this story.last_img

2015 Indspire recipients announced at ceremony on Parliament Hill

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN National NewsThe annual Indspire awards were announced Tuesday in a special ceremony on Parliament HillThe 14 Metis, First Nation, and Inuit recipients of the awards were hosted by Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the House of Commons.Paulette Tremblay, a Mohawk from Six Nations is the recipient of the education award.  Tremblay has worked for the past 40 years in the public sector, an author of many education reports and the associate professor with the Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Six Nations Polytechnic.Tremblay said she’s delighted to be acknowledged for the work she’s done and continues to do to encourage youth to achieve their goals.“I’m now working with administrators and financial managers and certification programs across the country, educating them to help them become better leaders in their communities and I think youth are the people who are going to lead the knowledge and skills to make a difference in this world,” said Tremblay.Brenda LaRose, a Metis from Manitoba is the winner of the business and commerce award.LaRose runs Higgins International, an executive search firm she owns that has been recognized for its success in placing Indigenous executives at senior management positions across Canada.She said she’s honoured and privileged to receive the award.“There’s so many opportunities now. Our communities have a lot of support, a lot of mentors from Indspire in the last 10 years,” she said. “You can reach out and you can ask people for help or for advice or mentorship and I know all the award winners would be willing to do that.”The awards will be presented at a gala in February at in Alberta.For a complete list of the recipients click here.afrancis@aptn.calast_img read more

Saskatchewan government Saskatoon Tribal Council face off in court over child welfare

first_imgJaydon Flett APTN National NewsLeaders from the seven Saskatoon Tribal Council First Nations are fighting the province of Saskatchewan over the jurisdiction child welfare cases. They were joined by over 100 supporters and community members in traditional regalia in Regina court Tuesday. The high interest in the case forced media to be seated in the jury booth. Media interest was piqued earlier this month when the province announced they would be terminating the 1996 Bilateral Accord, which was entered into with the Ministry of Social Services through the Indian Child Welfare and Family Support Act (ICWFSA). The Act outlines a general standard for First Nations child welfare agencies in the province, as well as a provision allowing individual agencies to develop their own standards and practices. The 1996 Bilateral Accord was negotiated between the province and First Nations to provide “joint protective mechanisms”.“The bilateral agreement we signed declared us equal partners in caring for our children,” said Chief Felix Thomas. “Our sovereign rights as nations are not being honoured.” Those agreements have been terminated by the province because of the STC’s refusal to hand over child welfare case files. The Social Services ministry filed an application in court to assume jurisdiction of child welfare cases on STC member reserves. There are reportedly 101 children in care living on STC member reserves. The province holds the files and information for 34 of those children, whereas the STC refuses to hand over files for the other 67 children. The STC believes that the province’s objective is “subordination of First Nations people to policies that undermine inherent treaty rights.” Thomas brought attention to the ‘irreparable harm’ caused by the Sixties Scoop and residential school system.  “We don’t want to go down that road anymore,” he said. The tribal council said it is willing to share data with the province, providing that the it respects the sovereignty of STC First Nations. The judge is expected to make her decision in the coming weeks. read more

Beothuk remains to be returned to Canada

first_imgThe remains of Demasduit, who died in 1820 and was one of the last living Beothuk, will be returned to Canada.Martha TroianAPTN NewsThe remains of two Beothuk people that had been kept in a Scottish museum are coming home.The National Museums Scotland announced an agreement has been reached with the Canadian government to transfer the remains.The remains, two skulls, belong to a Beothuk husband and wife named Nonosabasut and Demasduit from Red Indian Lake in central Newfoundland.The remains have been at the museum since the 1850s.It is believed that the Beothuk people of what is now called Newfoundland and Labrador have been extinct since 1829.The decision to transfer the remains was made by the Board of Trustees of National Museums Scotland following an official request from the Canadian government last year, and has been given approval by the Scottish government.APTN has been following this story:Canada finally makes request for Beothuk remains held in Scotland“We are pleased to have reached this agreement and to be able to transfer the remains of these two Beothuk people to the country where they lived and were buried,” said Dr. Gordon Rintoul, the director of the National Museums Scotland in a press release.“Following careful consideration in line with our Human Remains in Collections Policy, the board approved the request and we have subsequently sought and now received the required approval from the Scottish Government. We have informed the Canadian Government and the Canadian Museum of History and are now making arrangements to transfer the remains.”John Paul of the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chief Secretariat says the remains will be treated through ceremony once they return. John Paul, executive director with the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chief Secretariat, an advocacy organization for Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy and Innu communities, couldn’t be happier.“It’s very good news that they finally heard our voices in the wilderness basically to actually listen,” says Paul.“It is a positive undertaking on behalf of the museum and I think that [the remains] will be treated through ceremony when they’re brought back.”Paul was unaware of the news until APTN informed him.Miawpukek Chief Mi’sel Joe has been instrumental in the effort to have the Beothuk remains returned to Canada.Misel Joe, the chief of the Miawpukek First Nation, a Mi’kmaq community located at Conne River, could not be reached by phone, but has been instrumental in fighting for the return of these remains and even travelling to Scotland on several occasions.“Misel Joe from Newfoundland has been working on this for a number of years with the provinces, with the federal government and directly with the museum,” says Paul.Watch Todd Lamirande’s APTN Investigates episode ‘Extinction Event’ here.The National Museums Scotland, located in Edinburgh, is regarded as one of the leading museum groups in the United Kingdom and Europe that looks after collections of national and international importance.No mention of funeral objects associated with burial to be repatriatedIn November 2017, a formal request was made by the federal government to have the remains repatriated but a spokesperson with the department of Canadian Heritage wrote that the delay was because specific requirements were needed to complete the formal request.A provincial spokesperson with the government of Newfoundland said at the time the request was complex based on the fact that there are no genealogical descendants that can represent the interests of Demasduit and Nonosabasut.William Epps Cormack, the son of a Scottish merchant, stole the skulls and burial objects in 1827 and gave them to his mentor to be included in the collection at the University of Museum in Edinburgh, now called the National Museums Scotland.According to a press release by the National Museums Scotland, the remains of two Beothuk people will be repatriated, but the release does not mention the funeral objects associated with the remains.APTN asked the National Museums Scotland what will become of those items and was told by a spokesperson that “it is not our current policy to consider transfer of items in the collection outside of the category of human remains.”The spokesperson also stated the two Beothuk remains will be handed over to a representative from the Canadian Museum of History, and are currently discussing arrangements to make this happen.Not only are museums housing numerous Indigenous human remains and artifacts, but universities are too.APTN Investigates reported hundreds of human remains ranging from small bones fragments to complete skeletons and some from as far back as the ninth century held at universities across Canada.Hundreds of Indigenous human remains at Canadian universitiesMany of those human remains have been with the universities since the 1920s and are stored in plastic bins, wooden trays to even cardboard read more

The Latest Mexico slams US decision on solar panels tariff

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Latest on President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines (all times local):9:55 p.m.Mexico says it regrets the United States’ decision not to exclude it from tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels.It says it will “use all available legal resources in response to the U.S. decision.” It says its inclusion in the application of protections is “regrettable” given the U.S. International Trade Commission determined no damage exists to U.S. industry as a consequence of imports of Mexican washing machines.U.S. President Donald Trump says approving the tariffs will help U.S. manufacturers. The Republican casts Monday’s decision as part of his pledge to put American companies and jobs first.His administration is imposing an immediate tariff of 30 per cent on most imported solar modules, with the rate declining before phasing out after four years. For large residential washing machines, tariffs will start at up to 50 per cent and phase out after three years.___6:15 p.m.An association representing solar installers says a U.S. tariff on solar panels will lead to the delay or cancellation of billions of dollars of investment in solar energy.President Donald Trump said Monday he was approving tariffs on imported solar energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers. The Republican says it’s part of his pledge to put American companies and jobs first.The Solar Energy Industries Association says the tariff will result in the loss of 23,000 industry jobs this year.One of the group’s members is Bill Vietas, president of RBI Solar in Cincinnati. He says government tariffs will increase the cost of solar and depress demand, reducing orders and costing manufacturing workers their jobs.Whirlpool chairman Jeff Fettig say the decision on washing machines will create new manufacturing jobs in Ohio, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee.___5:55 p.m.President Donald Trump is approving tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers.The administration cast Monday’s decisions as part of Trump’s pledge to put American companies and jobs first.The administration is imposing an immediate tariff of 30 per cent on most imported solar modules, with the rate declining before phasing out after four years.For large residential washing machines, tariffs will start at up to 50 per cent and phase out after three years.The U.S. solar industry is split over the issue. Two small subsidiaries of foreign companies that made solar cells in the U.S. favour tariffs, but a larger number of companies that install solar-power systems say their costs will rise and jobs will be lost.last_img read more