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first_imgSASKATOON – A Saskatchewan man has welcomed his new wife to Canada with a single red rose, some fancy dance steps and a big warm hug.Vaibhav Thakar surprised his bride Himadri as she walk off a plane at Saskatoon airport after a 34-hour trip from Bahrain.“My wife was coming for the first time, so it has to be magical,” said Thakar, who lives in North Battleford.As she walked through the gate Vaibhav danced some Bollywood-style steps with some friends before taking her into his arms and kissing her gently on the forehead.The couple, who met three years ago in India and married last month, had been apart for most of their relationship.Himadri said she was thrilled despite suffering lots of jet lag.“I came outside and was like, ‘Wow!’ They were like dancing to the beautiful songs, the Bollywood songs. It was mesmerizing. Of course he dances great,” she said.The couple said they hope many more dances are in store for their future.A video of his greeting is posted on Facebook. (CTV Saskatoon) read more

first_imgTORONTO – When University of Victoria basketball coach Dani Sinclair went into labour in the middle of a hard-fought playoff run, she struggled with a dilemma no male coach ever faces: should she recover and cocoon with her newborn in those precious first days after birth, or power through exhaustion to attend her team’s crucial game?In the end, she tried to do both — after delivering at 4:30 a.m., she badgered her doctor into discharging her from hospital at noon, and was on the bench to root for the Vikes at 6 p.m., with her newborn in the stands with her husband.“I think I freaked some of my girls out,” she admits of her decision, made back in March 2016.“(But) with all three of my kids I’ve had this hit of adrenaline 24 hours post-labour, post-delivery and so I was fine. Even after not sleeping I felt energized. It was the next night I felt terrible.”Still, she showed up for the next game, too, feeling obliged after making such an effort the previous night. Looking back now, Sinclair wonders if subconscious insecurities pushed her above and beyond the call of duty, describing herself at the time as “a young coach who still really needed to prove myself.”“There may have been a part of me that was like: ‘Well, I’ve been able to reach this point, I have this job, I can’t give anybody any reason to think that I can’t do this,’” she admits of a field that has proven tough for women to break into.“That’s one of the things as female coaches that we battle. We are questioned a little bit more, possibly, than male coaches are, just because there’s fewer of us.”The gender disparity in coaching is evident as Canada prepares to send its athletes to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, where just 10 per cent of coaches are female, says Isabelle Cayer, senior coaching consultant at the Coaching Association of Canada.That’s down from 17 per cent at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio and 13 per cent at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.And so the Coaches Association of Ontario has launched a campaign dubbed “Changing the Game — Changing the Conversation” to drive home the message that women have the skills and the drive to coach and mentor athletes at all levels.The dearth of female coaches is a national problem, says Allison Sandmeyer-Graves of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity.She cites federal data from 2015 that found just 25 per cent of Canadian coaches were female. Slightly more enrolled in the Coaching Association of Canada’s certification program, where 30 per cent were women, but that, too, is disconcerting.“You see women are being trained, but that’s not necessarily translating into active coaches,” says Sandmeyer-Graves, adding that across 54 national teams, only 16 per cent of head coaches and 19 per cent of assistant coaches were female, according to Sport Canada data in 2016.The problems are myriad, she says, citing gender stereotypes that don’t see women in leadership roles, lopsided domestic obligations that make it hard for mothers to volunteer at evening and weekend games, unconscious biases that don’t value female expertise, and few role models.And it exists from grassroots soccer and baseball games all the way up to the elite level, adds Cayer, worrying that youngsters who encounter exclusively male coaches develop a distorted world view that can shape gender expectations both in and out of the sports world.“My message at the grassroots level is really the importance of seeing men and women on the field coaching (and that) anyone is able to be a coach at that level,” says Cayer, noting that part of the campaign is directed at encouraging women to volunteer, even if they believe they know nothing about sports.“There’s only a few things that you need to be able to do and some clubs can do it really well, they can offer some training that is about safety and basic rules around the game and how to set up some practices, your warm up, your cool down, what that looks like and that it’s about fun.”Sandmeyer-Graves says women are better represented — although still under-represented — at the grassroots level, but that drops as you go up the levels of competition.“Unfortunately, those are some of the most visible coaching roles, the most influential coaching roles and also the better paid coaching roles.”Even seasoned athletes who transition to coaching can be plagued by doubts.Back when Sinclair was an assistant coach and learned she was pregnant with her first child, she immediately thought: “My coaching career is over.”“I wholeheartedly believed that,” says Sinclair. “And it took a lot to change my perspective of that.”She found support at the University of Victoria and went on to ascend to the head coach position, crediting a flexible, accommodating work environment — along with strong family help at home — with allowing her to have two more kids while leading the women’s basketball team.“If the leadership within organizations aren’t willing to look at it from a different perspective, I don’t know if change can happen, even if we have all these great initiatives happening,” she says, noting past awareness campaigns seemed to have had little impact.“I have a really positive example here at UVic … they’ve had to approach my job description differently than a lot of our other coaches. I’ve had a lot of flexibility at times to work at home and have my kids in the office with me or in the gym with me, or on the road.”If the problem was easy to solve, it would have been done long ago, agrees Sandmeyer-Graves, wondering if it’s time for government to play a stronger role.She sees merit in tying federal and provincial funds to equity measures, a step that could motivate organizations to take intentional action to close the gender gap.“Because what’s clear is that good intentions and time just aren’t enough,” she says.last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG – Indigenous people continue to suffer from racism connected to hydroelectric development in northern Manitoba, the grand chief for the area said two weeks after a review found abuse and violence dating back to the 1960s.“Our people have been oppressed. Our people have been treated as if they are second-class citizens in their own lands,” said Garrison Settee, head of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak.“There’s going to be a paradigm shift in how business is conducted in MKO territory.”Settee was joined by Martina Saunders, an Indigenous woman who has filed a complaint with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.Saunders said she resigned last year from a board of directors that has been overseeing construction of Manitoba Hydro’s Keeyask generating station, because she and other Indigenous members were being ignored and bullied.“I didn’t feel safe to voice my concerns or to speak up on behalf of my First Nation any more, sitting at that board, so I had to step down.”Boards and committees set up by Manitoba Hydro — a provincial Crown corporation — in conjunction with Indigenous communities are ineffective because they are dominated by the utility’s representatives, Saunders said.A spokesman for Manitoba Hydro said the corporation had been unaware of the human rights complaint.“We are aware of Ms. Saunders’ views, but do not agree with them,” Bruce Owen wrote in an email.“We did not know until today’s media reports that she had filed a complaint with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission. We will fully co-operate with that process if it moves forward.”A report released last month by the province’s Clean Environment Commission — an arm’s-length review agency — cited racism, discrimination and sexual abuse at Manitoba Hydro work sites in the 1960s.Much of the development at that time was centered around the community of Gillam and the nearby Fox Lake Cree Nation.The report said the arrival of a largely male construction workforce led to the sexual abuse of Indigenous women, some of whom said their complaints were ignored by the RCMP.There was also racial tension, environmental degradation and an end to the traditional way of life for some Indigenous people, the report said.Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires called the allegations disturbing and said she is referring the issue to the RCMP to examine how complaints were handled.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – After seeing his party’s lead in the polls evaporate, Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader Francois Legault tried to humanize his controversial position on immigration Thursday before hitting his Liberal opponent hard on secularism and corruption.Legault has been dogged over the past few weeks for repeatedly stating that immigrants who fail a French-language and values test cannot stay in Quebec — a stance that has allowed his rivals to paint him as heartless toward newcomers.In a previous debate Legault said he wasn’t planning on “expelling” citizens, but “people” who don’t pass the test.In Thursday’s third and last leaders’ debate, the Liberals’ Philippe Couillard brought up that comment, prompting Legault to try to neutralize the line of attack with what he called a “mea culpa.”“I am not perfect,” Legault said directly to Couillard. “It happens, I make mistakes, when I answer certain questions on immigration.“I listen, and I correct my mistakes.”But Legault didn’t specify exactly what he was talking about, nor did he renounce his position that newcomers should be forced to pass a French and values test if they want to stay in the province and become a citizen.After the debate, at least four journalists tried to get him to answer, yes or no, if immigrants would be “expelled” from Quebec if they fail a French-language test.“I want to ensure immigrants are well integrated,” he responded several times without answering the question.Legault did, however, brandish a new line he used three times Thursday night.“The only people I want to expel are the Liberals!” he said.After the testy exchange on immigration, the debate turned to another thorny issue: the secular nature of the Quebec state.Three of the four parties who have seats in the legislature want to ban certain state employees from wearing religious symbols on the job such as the hijab or the turban.Legault, in a one-on-one exchange with Couillard, accused the Liberal leader of ignoring the wishes of the majority of Quebecers.Polls indicate most citizens in the province want the state to ban people such as police officers and judges from wearing religious symbols at work.“Do you want a police officer to wear a hijab?” Legault asked Couillard, noting that people in positions of authority should be dressed in a religiously neutral way.Couillard responded by asking Legault, “Why do you want to remove people’s rights?”Legault shot back: “Why do you ignore the majority of Quebecers?”Because a society has to respect and defend its minorities and not legislate based on polls, Couillard said.“How many police officers are wearing hijabs right now?” he asked, knowing the answer is zero.Legault responded: “A premier needs to foresee things. It’s going to happen.”If Legault sounded feisty, Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee raised many an eyebrow when he launched a strange tirade at Manon Masse, a co-spokesperson for the left-wing Quebec solidaire.Quebec solidaire has no official leaders but has Masse and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois as co-spokespersons — and Masse looked somewhat frustrated as Lisee kept questioning her about who holds the real power in the party.“Who pulls the strings in Quebec solidaire?” Lisee asked, ignoring pleas from the debate moderator for him to stick to the subject of health care.Masse answered that in her party, “we learned how to share power.”The polls have suggested the fourth-placed Quebec solidaire has been gaining ground and could pick up seats at the expense of the PQ in Montreal.Toward the end of the night, the moderator brought up an issue that has dogged Couillard since he won the 2014 election: corruption allegations targeting the government of former Liberal premier Jean Charest.Quebec’s anti-corruption unit has confirmed publicly it was investigating Charest over alleged political fundraising allegations, and his former deputy premier, Nathalie Normandeau, is awaiting trial on fraud-related charges.“I think you have helped the Liberal family more than Quebec families,” Legault said.Couillard fired back, “name me one single case of corruption in my government.”The Liberals and Coalition are in a statistical tie, according to recent polls, after Legault’s party had been leading the opinion surveys for months.In his final statement, Legault addressed Quebecers directly and said: “Tonight I spoke to you with my heart.”“For me, the biggest quality of a premier is to love Quebecers,” he said. “That is why I have been able to put together an exceptional team.”Couillard told Quebecers to not break the momentum his party has created after several balanced budgets and surpluses.“Today, we are in a better position than yesterday and better prepared for tomorrow,” said Couillard, whose government has helped create more than 200,000 jobs in four years.“Our economy is one of the strongest in Canada. On Oct. 1, we have a choice: take advantage of our momentum or break it. To welcome talent or close ourselves off. To unite or to argue among ourselves.”last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t ruling out the possibility that Canada will ratify its new North American trade deal with the United States and Mexico even if U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum exports are still in place.In an interview with CNN, portions of which are airing as U.S. voters cast ballots in pivotal midterm elections, Trudeau says Canada still wants the tariffs lifted before the new version of NAFTA goes into effect.But when asked if he trusts U.S. President Donald Trump to honour the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Trudeau says his father taught him to trust Canadians.He says it was Pierre Trudeau’s way of telling him that he didn’t have to scare or pander to voters in Canada, since they are capable of making intelligent, rational choices.Pressed on the question of whether he trusts Trump, Trudeau says he respects the fact that every leader has a different approach to the job of defending their country’s interests.Trump is using national security grounds to justify tariffs of 10 per cent on aluminum produced outside the U.S. and 25 per cent on steel, and has not lifted his threat to impose a similar 25 per cent tariff on autos.“What my father taught me was to trust Canadians,” Trudeau said when asked whether the elder Trudeau’s advice to “trust people” would apply to the U.S. president.“It was a way of looking at the electorate as saying you don’t have to dumb it down for them, you don’t have to scare them into this or that — you can actually treat people like intelligent, rational actors and they will rise to the occasion.”Trudeau was pressed on whether he trusts Trump to stand by the terms of the USMCA.“Every leader has the job of sticking up for their own country, and they will do it in their own ways,” he said.“I respect the fact that people have different approaches to it. My approach is to trust Canadians and deal in a way that is direct with other leaders.”last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER — West Vancouver police and the BC Coroners Service are investigating the death of a man who was found lodged in a clothing donation bin.Police say an off-duty physician walking near Ambleside Park found the unresponsive man stuck in the bin’s opening on Sunday morning.The man couldn’t be resuscitated, despite efforts by a BC Ambulance Advance Life Support team and West Vancouver Fire crew members.A police news release says the 34-year-old Vancouver resident was pronounced dead at the scene.The man’s family has been notified and his name is not being released.While the cause of death hasn’t been confirmed, police say there’s no indication of foul play.The Canadian Presslast_img

first_imgThe use of heavily armed RCMP officers to enforce a court injunction and breach an Indigenous blockade along a remote northern British Columbia logging road Monday was unnecessary given the circumstances, an expert says.Kevin Walby, an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Winnipeg, said social media video that has emerged shows no escalation of violence from protesters that would have necessitated the substantial intervention.Fourteen people were taken into custody Monday at a blockade southwest of Houston, B.C., where members of the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation had set up a camp to control access to a pipeline project across their territory.TransCanada subsidiary Coastal GasLink had obtained an injunction from the Supreme Court of British Columbia ordering the removal of obstructions so preliminary work could begin on a pipeline carrying natural gas from the Dawson Creek area to Kitimat.The RCMP said officers moved in for the midday arrests after it was determined there could be no resolution, even after meeting with locals a day earlier. It gave warning the blockade would come down.As for the use of its tactical and emergency response teams, the force said they were deployed in addition to other officers “as part of our measured and scalable approach to enforcing the court-ordered injunction.”Images that emerged from the camp on social media — most media were not permitted near the actual site — showed a chaotic scene as officers attempted to jump the barricade.Some protesters were thrown to the ground in a tight area, and several officers were armed with assault-style rifles.“You also see an embarrassing sequence of events where highly trained police are pushing people to the ground,” said Walby, who has studied the increasing militarization of police. “I don’t think any SWAT team member or leader or trainer would look at those images and say that’s a best practice in Canadian policing.”Typically, police employ a “one-plus-one” rule of escalation that says officers use one level of force greater than the resistance they’re facing. But Walby said he saw no indication police, confronted with a seemingly peaceful blockade, followed that rule “in an appropriate manner.”Carla Lewis, a local who was at another roadblock on Monday, said the police buildup in recent days was quite apparent.“It was absolutely crazy the police force they had out there,” she said Tuesday. “I think we ended up counting about 23 cruisers, just tons of police, a lot of them had camouflage gear. They looked like military, so there was a lot of confusion about whether the military was there, but it was just the tactical unit.”Lewis said there was a commitment to peace and a political resolution at the blockade. “But it escalated quickly as you can see in the video,” she said. “There were no weapons out there. It definitely wasn’t a violent camp.”The B.C. intervention is another example of the increasing use of such SWAT units when they aren’t needed, Walby said.“We found that all these police services have these teams now, but they don’t really have anything to use them for,” he said. “So they end up getting used for things they are not intended for.”But Michel Wilson, a former Montreal police officer for 31 years who commanded tactical and anti-riot units during his career, said police would want to be prepared.“Police officers don’t take any chances, and they have the equipment on hand,” he said, noting the RCMP team on the ground was comprised of a mix of tactical and other officers.Sometimes, heavily armed officers are viewed as an offensive weapon but can be employed as a defensive, dissuasive measure. Ultimately, the security of everyone involved is the police priority, Wilson said.Wilson said during his career, the tactical units were deployed about 400 times a year in Montreal, mainly in high-risk settings.“It’s always the goal — we don’t want excessive violence and they (tactical officers) have to have the equipment in case something happens,” Wilson said.Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to face a fresh round of questions on the SNC-Lavalin controversy today when he hands out some money to a technology firm.Trudeau will be in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata to announce $40 million of federal money for BlackBerry, the one-time smartphone leader that is now working on software to enable self-driving cars.BlackBerry says its QNX software is already in tens of millions of cars, guiding systems related to driver assistance, hands-free features and entertainment consoles.A government official says the federal money, to come from the Strategic Innovation Fund, will go towards software development and skills training for workers.The company is putting $300 million of its own money into the initiative, expected to create 800 jobs over the next decade at BlackBerry’s Kanata campus as well as support 300 existing jobs there.But the federal announcement could well be overshadowed by ongoing fallout over allegations of undue political pressure on criminal justice.Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from the federal cabinet this week, leaving unanswered questions about whether Trudeau’s aides leaned on her to help engineering firm SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.Trudeau has denied Wilson-Raybould was pressured to instruct the director of public prosecutions to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin rather than pursue a criminal trial on charges of bribery and fraud linked to the company’s efforts to secure business in Libya.He says Wilson-Raybould should have come to him with any concerns she might have had about the matter.The Liberal-dominated House of Commons justice committee has agreed to hear from a handful of witnesses, but the list does not include Wilson-Raybould.Federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion has begun his own investigation into the matter, specifically whether there’s been a violation of the Conflict of Interest Act.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says it is likely that malign foreign actors will meddle in Canada’s federal election in October.In fact, she says it is likely that efforts have already been made by foreign entities to disrupt Canada’s democracy.Freeland made the remarks in France, while attending a G7 ministers’ meeting.The G7 is seized with the issue of foreign meddling in democratic countries, and Freeland made the issue a top priority when Canada hosted the bloc last year.She did not specifically mention Russia, but there were widespread reports about that country interfering in Ukraine’s recent presidential election.Freeland says Canada has a lot to learn from countries like Ukraine, which is seen as a veritable laboratory for malign Russian cyber meddling and disinformation.last_img read more

first_imgMISSISSAUGA, Ont. — A spokesperson for Jazz Aviation says five people were taken to hospital after a fuel truck collided with a plane on the tarmac at Toronto Pearson airport this morning.Debra Williams says of the three crew members and two passengers who were hospitalized, four have since been released. She gave no more details about the person who remains in hospital.Earlier in the day, a spokeswoman for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, which operates Pearson, said three people suffered minor injuries in the incident.Beverly MacDonald wrote in an email that an arriving Air Canada Jazz plane collided with a Menzies fuel truck at 1:36 a.m.The aircraft was evacuated and passengers were allowed to leave the airport.MacDonald says the incident had no impact on airport operations. Companies in this story: (TSX:AC)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — Ontario’s top court is set to thrash out the legalities of last year’s unprecedented intervention by Premier Doug Ford’s rookie government in Toronto’s municipal election.The battle, slated for Monday and Tuesday, pits the city against the province over legislation that slashed the number of councillor seats to 25 from 47 partway through last fall’s municipal election campaign.In new filings, the city urges the Court of Appeal to declare the Better Local Government Act unconstitutional — but to then leave things as they are until the next election in 2022.“There is no reliable evidence to support the province’s suggestion (the act) was necessary because city council is dysfunctional,” Toronto says in its filings. “The rhetoric from the premier or members of the legislature is not reliable evidence.”Carissima Mathen, an Ottawa law professor, said the city faces an uphill battle in persuading the Appeal Court to its viewpoint.“There’s no question that the deck is stacked against them,” Mathen said. “What they do have on their side is this sense that there was something deeply unfair and there was something deeply troublesome about the way the province went about this.”In passing the legislation, Ford’s Progressive Conservatives  maintained that fewer councillors would ensure a more effective council. Critics called it crass political interference from Ford, a failed mayoral candidate and one-term councillor under his late brother, former mayor Rob Ford.In its factum, the province renews its claim the legislation was necessary.“(The act) is a meaningful, proportionate measure to address the dysfunction caused by having too many councillors — ungoverned by party discipline,” the province says. “A smaller council can operate more effectively as a deliberative body, with a lower burden on city staff.”Passage of the act, better known as Bill 5, caused an uproar, sparking accusations the Ford government was riding roughshod over local democracy.The city initially prevailed in its legal fight when Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba, just weeks before the October election, declared the legislation unconstitutional and ordered a 47-seat vote to proceed. Ford further inflamed debate by threatening to invoke the notwithstanding clause in light of the decision.That proved unnecessary after the province won a stay of the ruling pending disposition of its appeal, and the 25-ward election went ahead.In his decision, Belobaba said Bill 5 violated the free-expression rights of candidates and voters under Section 2b of the charter, and “undermined an otherwise fair and equitable election process.” The Ford government, the judge found, had “clearly crossed the line” into undemocratic territory.The appellate court, however, called Belobaba’s reasoning “dubious” in granting a stay. While the legislation might have been disruptive and frustrating, that did not necessarily amount to a constitutional violation, the Appeal Court said.“The question for the courts is not whether Bill 5 is unfair but whether it is unconstitutional,” the higher court said. “We have concluded that there is a strong likelihood that (Belobaba) erred in law, and that the attorney general’s appeal to this court will succeed.”The city argues the Appeal Court should uphold Belobaba’s freedom of expression finding but, in its filings, also argues the legislation violates unwritten constitutional principles of democracy under Section 3 of the charter.“A province does not have the power (under the Constitution) to enact legislation that makes the election of a democratically elected municipal government undemocratic,” the city argues.The province counters that the Constitution does not guarantee any particular structure for local governments, which are essentially creatures of the province. It also argues Belobaba was out of line to order a 47-ward election rather than simply allow time for the legislature to pass new legislation.“There is no basis to conclude that the resulting election was not free or fair — for candidates, their supporters and voters — that it failed to reflect the will of a freely informed electorate, or that the elected city council lacks a legitimate democratic mandate,” the province says.The appeal hearing in which groups such as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Canadian Constitution Foundation are intervening will be available via livestream.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — A lawyer for a federal public servant accused of leaking cabinet secrets about a $700-million shipbuilding project is asking for a delay in the case until next year.Matthew Matchett was charged with one count of breach of trust in February for allegedly leaking cabinet documents to a lobbyist representing Quebec’s Davie shipyard, and was supposed to have a preliminary inquiry in October.At a court hearing this morning, Matchett’s lawyer, Matthew Day, is instead asking for delay the preliminary inquiry until next March because he needs more time to go through thousands of documents related to the case.Many of those documents were seized during the RCMP investigation dubbed Project Anchor that led to charges against Matchett and retired vice-admiral Mark Norman, while others were provided to Norman’s lawyers before his case was dropped in May.Crown prosecutor Mark Covan, however, is resisting a delay in part because he says the scope of the Crown’s case against Matchett — and the preliminary inquiry itself — is relatively narrow in scope.There are also concerns delaying the inquiry could eventually see Matchett’s case bump up against the Supreme Court’s Jordan decision from 2016, which imposed time limits on how long it can take for a criminal case to go to trial before it is deemed unreasonably delayed and tossed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgThe canned food drive “The Cold-EEZE & City Harvest Food Drive to Benefit Hurricane Sandy Victims” was hosted on December 14 by Kevin and Danielle Jonas from the hit TV show “Married to Jonas.”Kevin & Danielle Jonas Host the Cold-EEZE & City Harvest Food Drive to Benefit Hurricane Sandy Victims at NYC FDNY Station Dec 14The food drive was held for two hours and the couple assisted in the collection of non-perishable food donations to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims.Those who attended the event had the chance to meet, take pictures with and received autographs from the Jonas’ as well as local firemen.The Jonas’ helped collect 600 pounds worth of canned goods!last_img

first_imgJoining the charitable efforts emanating from Newtown, CT, to employ the performing arts as a healing mechanism in the wake of the horrific shooting tragedy which occurred there, the 12.14 Foundation announced today the selection of platinum-selling country music singer-songwriter Scotty McCreery as its first “National Goodwill Ambassador.”McCreery will play an active role in promoting the foundation’s arts programming, supporting its fundraising efforts, and building awareness for the organization’s plans to build a world-class performing arts and education center in Newtown.McCreery, who visited with families and school children in Newtown on December 12, 2013, just two days before the first anniversary of the tragedy, is internationally recognized as the winner of Season 10 of American Idol and who has since become one of the top new artists on the country music landscape.“I’m honored to support the 12.14 Foundation, and greatly admire both the mission and work of this remarkable organization,” said McCreery. “As a songwriter and performer, I know that music can bring hope and inspiration to those struggling to overcome great adversity. The foundation’s vision of helping children and others heal through the performing arts really hits home for me as an entertainer. I will do everything I can to help communities affected by tragedy to heal and gain strength through the work of the 12.14 Foundation.”As a goodwill ambassador, McCreery will promote the foundation’s mission and fundraising efforts through personal appearances and social media. For details about McCreery’s involvement with the 12.14 Foundation, click here.“Scotty is a terrific young man, and his support of the foundation’s work will be pivotal in raising national awareness for our arts programming and, ultimately, construction of a state-of-the-art performing arts center in Newtown,” said Dr. Michael Baroody, a Newtown resident who founded the organization shortly after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School which took the lives of 26 victims. “Our mission is to provide healing through the arts as a way forward — not just for those affected in Newtown but for people everywhere who have endured tragedy and trauma. Scotty provides joy, hope and inspiration through music, has a genuine compassion for others, and is an excellent role-model for perseverance and achievement at a young age.”
The 12.14 Foundation’s long-range goal is to build a landmark, multi-purpose performing arts and education center of historical significance in Newtown as a beacon of hope and positive change for use by and to benefit people everywhere. To be designed by a team of world-class professionals, the center is intended to attract top tier performers and will incorporate advanced multi-media capabilities to extend the foundation’s reach to a worldwide audience.Near-term and in advance of construction, the foundation provides arts programming in other venues, such as its recent production of “Seussical: the Musical,” which garnered national attention and included the participation of more than 100 children from the Newtown area in collaboration with award-winning Broadway leaders such as Michael Unger, Van Dean, John Tartaglia, Jeffrey Saver and Jennifer Paulson Lee.For more information and to make donations, click here. Mobile phone users can make a $10 tax-deductible donation to 12.14 Foundation by texting CTKIDS to 80077.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

first_imgHosted by ARIA Resort & Casino, the 13th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) returns to Las Vegas’ Shadow Creek April 3 – 6 featuring celebrity favorites plus first-time attendees including actors Ray Romano, Luke Wilson and Jesse Metcalfe, GRAMMY Award-winning R&B trio Boyz II Men and Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson.The new participants will join MJCI standout veterans including host Michael Jordan, Marcus Allen, Brian Baumgartner, Roger Clemens, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey, Jr., Penny Hardaway, Brody Jenner, Toni Kukoc, Mario Lemieux, Christina Milian, Jake Owen, and Aaron Rodgers as they swing for a cause.In its fourth year in Las Vegas, MJCI will gather dozens of celebrities for four days of star-studded events and golf at ARIA and Shadow Creek. Additional celebrity and athlete participants include defending champion Ozzie Smith, Jerome Bettis, Brandi Chastain, Chris Chelios, Josh Freeman, Dan Jansen, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Jonathan Ogden, Paul O’Neill, Mike Piazza, Ahmad Rashad, Stuart Scott, Bruce Smith, Jason Taylor, Alan Thicke and Winky Wright.The Celebrity-Amateur tournament, which pairs one celebrity with four amateur participants, will take place Thursday, April 3 and Friday, April 4. The MJCI two-person, 36-hole scramble format tournament, which includes only competing celebrities, will take place Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6.Since its inception in 2001, MJCI has raised nearly $7 million for charities including this year’s beneficiaries Make-A-Wish, James R. Jordan Foundation, Keep Memory Alive, Opportunity Village and Cats Care, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats’ charity arm.Tickets are now on sale and available at all 10 MGM Resorts’ box offices and concierge desks in Las Vegas, and online at, and Fans who wish to experience this exclusive event can purchase daily or weekly general admission and VIP ticket packages. VIP guests will enjoy added perks including free general admission parking at Shadow Creek (a $10 daily value), unparalleled views from the open-air Jordan Brand VIP Hospitality Deck, complimentary food and full-service bars.Discounted tickets are available for military service members, senior citizens 65 years of age or older and college/university students with valid identification. Each group will receive 25 percent off daily or weekly general admission tickets. Additionally, the tournament offers a “Bring the Kids for Free” general admission ticket pass which provides access to Shadow Creek for youth 17 years of age and younger when accompanied by a general admission ticketed adult (up to two children per paid adult).All ticketholders can enjoy complimentary shuttle service between ARIA and Shadow Creek. Shuttles will depart every 30 minutes from ARIA’s North Valet entrance Thursday and Friday of the tournament from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Continuous return service from Shadow Creek to ARIA will be provided until 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

first_img When: Monday, May 5, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. EDT
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The foundation funds more CF research than any other organization and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. The CF Foundation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization. For more information, go to Tickets are available starting at $85. To purchase tickets, please visit: Who: Lewis Black, Jon Stewart, Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg and Kathleen Madigan. Video appearances by Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Will Ferrell and Larry David. (Lineup subject to change.) Where: Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall
Broadway at 60th Street, Time Warner Center, New York City Grammy award-winning comedian Lewis Black will host a one-night-only variety show featuring comedy, song and dance, with some help from his friends, including Jon Stewart, Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathleen Madigan and others.Lewis Black Uses Star Power To Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation What: Lewis Black Presents Big Stars, Big Cure: An Unforgettable Night of Comedy and Music to Fight Cystic Fibrosislast_img read more

first_imgAvid Manchester United fan and cancer patient Lloyd Burton’s dream came true when he met his hero David Beckham.David Beckham With Lloyd BurtonThe pair met while filming for Stand Up To Cancer, the joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, which funds ground breaking research to bring new and kinder treatments to patients to beat cancer sooner.Beckham took time out of his busy schedule to meet the young fan, aged 11, whose budding football career was tragically cut short when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour (medulloblastoma) in May last year. Lloyd has undergone rigorous treatment for his cancer including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy which has left him with life-changing side effects and Lloyd now uses a wheelchair. Before his diagnosis, Lloyd had been scouted by clubs including Man United, Aston Villa, Port Vale and Shrewsbury for their junior teams.The surprise meeting – which was aired during Stand Up To Cancer’s TV show on Friday 17th October – shows Lloyd talking to David about their shared passion for Manchester United and what David’s been up to since retiring from his football career. David also quizzes Lloyd about any girlfriends he has at school and reveals some lessons about boys he’s teaching his little girl Harper, the youngest of the Beckham brood.Lloyd said: “I had no idea that I was going to meet David Beckham, it was such a brilliant surprise! He was really nice and we chatted lots. He told me a bit about his family and other normal stuff and we talked about football quite a lot too. I love football and Beckham is one of my favourite players so I’ll always remember that day.”Lloyd and his family – parents Di and David and his two older sisters Hannah and Issy – are all rallying behind the campaign.Lloyd’s mother, Di, said: “It’s an understatement to say that these past few months have been the hardest for our family; there are days that feel impossible to get through and unfortunately we know that there will be more difficult days to come. So it was such a joy to see Lloyd when he met David – he couldn’t believe his eyes, he was so excited and for a few minutes he was speechless. The meeting with David provided Lloyd with a small respite from his every day challenges and brought a little bit of sunshine into his life. David chatted and really put Lloyd at ease, he was totally thrilled by the whole experience.“Lloyd has been so brave and we’re really proud of him. Sharing his story as part of Stand Up To Cancer is incredibly important to our whole family. If our experience can encourage and inspire others to support the vital research that this campaign funds, then something positive will have come out of it.”Martin Ledwick, head information nurse at Cancer Research UK, said: “Thanks to research, today two thirds of children will survive medulloblastoma for five years or more. But unfortunately some children will experience long term side effects from the treatments used against the disease. The funds raised through Stand up to Cancer will speed up the development of more effective and kinder cancer treatments to help more people beat the disease and live a long life unaffected by side effects.”In 2012, Stand Up To Cancer’s fundraising total exceeded £8m funding 12 clinical trials across the UK and this year’s aim is to do even better. The 2014 campaign is encouraging people to join the front line against cancer this autumn by fundraising, buying merchandise and tuning in to the live TV show on Channel 4 on Friday 17th October. The culmination of activities will see stars from TV, music, film and fashion joining forces to galvanize the nation to show cancer, that it’s payback time.For more information about the campaign and how to fundraise, go to: or follow Stand Up To Cancer UK on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgYouth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp is thrilled to announced that Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally” star Calum Worthy has been named National Celebrity Spokesperson for this summer’s innovative leadership camps for youth ages 12-17.A life-changing camp for world-changing teens founded in 2009, YEA Camp has helped hundreds of teens and tweens learn how to get involved and make a difference on the social cause of their choice.“I’m thrilled to work with YEA Camp to let young people know that they can make a difference on the environment, bullying, human rights, animals rights, and so many other important causes,” said Calum Worthy. “There’s so much we can all do to make our world a better place.”Teens from across the country will be spending a week this summer developing their confidence and skills to change the world while at Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp. YEA Camp will offer four week-long overnight sessions in three states: California, Oregon, and New York. YEA Camp will be presented July 12-19, 2015 (Quaker Center in Santa Cruz, CA), July 25-August 1, 2015 (Camp Adams in Mollala, OR) and August 9-16, 2015 (Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in High Falls, NY). For the first time ever, YEA Camp will offer YEA Camp For Animal Advocates, a special session for campers passionate about this issue, also taking place August 9-16, 2015 (Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in High Falls, NY).“We are honored to collaborate with Calum Worthy, whose dedication to making our world a better place inspires young people to find their voice to make a difference,” said YEA Camp founder Nora Kramer. “Calum is so committed to protecting the environment and advocating for a better world. We are delighted to work with him as we support our campers to get active on social causes they care about.”Limited space is still available for this summer’s sessions. For more information please visit and on social media: @yeacamplast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement W Network invites Canadians to put down the dating apps and take a chance on IRL love with open casting calls for The Bachelor Canada. Beginning Wednesday, February 1 through to Sunday, February 12, The Bachelor Canada continues the search for this season’s male lead and the 20 eligible bachelorettes who will compete for his heart. Open casting calls take place in Winnipeg (February 1), Calgary (February 3), Vancouver (February 5), Montreal (February 7), Halifax (February 9), and Toronto (February 11 and 12).  Online applications continue to be available at until Friday, February 10. All entrants are invited to complete a short questionnaire, submit a headshot and upload an introductory video under two minutes in length.Open casting calls take place at the following locations:Winnipeg, MBWednesday, February 1, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.The Fort Garry Hotel222 BroadwayWinnipeg, MBR3C 0R3 Calgary, ABFriday, February 3, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.International Hotel and Spa Calgary220 4th Ave SWCalgary, ABT2P 0H5Vancouver, BCSunday, February 5, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.The Westin Bayshore1601 Bayshore DriveVancouver, BCV6G 2V4Montreal, QCTuesday, February 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.Loft Hotel334 Terrasse Saint DenisMontréal, QCH2X 1E8Halifax, NSThursday, February 9, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.The Westin Nova Scotian1181 Hollis StreetHalifax, NSB3H 2P6Toronto, ONSaturday, February 11, 10 a.m.-8:00 p.m.Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel123 Queen St WestToronto, ONM5H 2M9Sunday, February 12, 10 a.m.-8:00 p.m.Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel123 Queen St WestToronto, ONM5H 2M9How to AuditionTo be eligible for The Bachelor Canada, participants must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada and over the age of majority. Applicants must bring valid photo ID, either a (1) passport or (2) birth certificate, driver’s license, or government issued photo ID. Please bring originals only. Dress to impress and avoid wearing white, black, busy patterns and clothing with logos.Production on The Bachelor Canada begins in Spring 2017, with the series currently set to air in Fall 2017.The Bachelor Canada is produced by Good Human Productions Inc. The series is based on the U.S. format created by Mike Fleiss and produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Sales of the format are handled by Warner Bros. International Television Production.– 30 –SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow Corus PR on Twitter @CorusPRSubscribe to the W Network YouTube channel: W Network on Twitter @W_Network, Facebook and Instagram @w_networkFollow W Dish Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube       W Network is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at Good Human ProductionsGood Human is a boutique production company that delivers hit content for their broadcast and production partners. The company is built on strong relationships with talented artists, thinkers and top production personnel.  Good Humans have developed and supervised 1000+ hours of quality prime-time original programming. Some of the most recent titles include The Bachelorette Canada, The Bachelor Canada, The Bachelorette Canada After Show, Mind Control in partnership with Mark Burnett’s One Three Media, and the series, Cheer Squad for ABC Spark & Freeform.  For more information, please visit and @Goodhumanprods and LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Is Steven open to seeing “new faces”?What do Casting Directors look for?What do Casting Directors like or don’t like?What is the worst thing to do before, during or after an audition?What questions do YOU have for a Casting Director?“One thing is for sure… with Steven Mann you can expect the unexpected”.INTERVIEW DATE:TODAY! Thursday, March 30thINTERVIEW START TIME:4:30pm (EST)WHERE:On your screen via Facebook Live and/or YouTube Live.HOW TO VIEW AND INTERACTVIA FACEBOOK:eBOSS Canada and Mann Casting will be broadcasting via Facebook LiveVIA YOUTUBE:Click on this link at 4:30pm to watch/interact via YouTube Live: Host/Reporter for the show is Mariya Miloshevych.HASHTAG:  #manncastingUse the hashtag #manncasting to Tweet/Post your messages – via Facebook and TwitterInvite 3 friends to this online web-jam sessionLet’s get this trending!Let’s break the internet!.See you at 4:30pm!FOLLOW MANN CASTINGFacebook: MARIYA MILOSHEVYCH: FACEBOOK:…IMDB: is just the beginning folks – fasten your seat belts!  eBOSS Canada will be bringing you numerous Live & Interactive interviews. We want you to meet and “get to the people you need to know in order for your career to grow”.  Are you ready?FOLLOW EBOSS CANADAWebsite: https://www.ebosscanada.comFacebook: *** DID YOU MISS THE LIVE INTERVIEW?  NOT TO WORRY … CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE YOUTUBE RECORDING ***YOU’RE INVITED TOA LIVE AND INTERACTIVE INTERVIEWWITHCASTING DIRECTOR STEVEN MANN.This is your chance to ask questions and chatGet to know Steven Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more