Vancouver actor Michael Coleman denies allegations of sexual harassment

first_imgVANCOUVER – Actor Michael Coleman has denied what he calls a “whisper campaign” of sexual harassment allegations that have been made against him, saying they have damaged his reputation and his career could be ruined.Coleman, who co-founded an acting school in Vancouver and is known for his role as Happy the dwarf in the television series “Once Upon a Time,” told a news conference Friday he has never kissed or inappropriately touched any acting student, staff member or fan.He directly addressed four separate allegations, which he said date back to 2009, including one involving inappropriate comments that he says came from a fake Twitter account in his name.The complainants have not been identified and none of the allegations have been proven.Coleman called the complaints an anonymous attack on his reputation.“What I’d like to speak to today is the importance of words matter. I have seen my name in headlines with words like sexual misconduct and sexual allegations. And if you ask anybody what they are, the answer would be, ‘Well I’m not sure,’ ” Coleman said.Coleman said the first allegation came out in October 2017 at a town hall meeting held by the Union of B.C. Performers, which did not immediately return a request for comment. He said the union invited people to discuss sexual harassment in the entertainment industry after allegations were made against producer Harvey Weinstein.After that, Coleman said SchoolCreative Institute of the Arts launched an investigation.“When there were allegations involving my name, as per our own protocol, I took a mutually agreed upon leave of absence and we initiated our own internal investigation,” he said in a later interview.He said he voluntarily stepped aside from an active role in the school so it could take place. However, Coleman said he took issue with fact it was conducted by a staff member and not a third-party investigator.The staff member reached out to the woman from the town hall and asked if there was anyone else she should speak to, Coleman said. That’s how the three other complaints were lodged, he said.Coleman said his career could be ruined by the allegations, which have sparked a rumour mill. His IMDb page says he has also appeared on “Stargate: Atlantis,” “Smallville” and “Supernatural.”He said a shareholders’ dispute that resulted in his departure from GO Studios and SchoolCreative escalated because of them. The owners decided they no longer wished to be in business together, he said.He also said he voluntarily stepped aside from an active role in the school to allow an investigation into the allegations to take place, but it was never completed.Scott Gamble, admissions director at SchoolCreative, said to its knowledge none of the allegations involved the school.“Out of respect for the complainants and in the interests of protecting everyone’s privacy, SchoolCreative has no further comment on this matter,” he said in a statement. “We are focused on continuing to deliver first class education to our students in a safe and respectful environment.”He said 14 instructors who resigned returned to the school after Coleman left the company.A group of about 10 protesters holding signs reading “We believe the women” were allowed to watch the news conference.Lisa Ovies, who was among the protesters, said there is a support network for women making allegations.“We have a whole bunch of people here listening. If anybody wants to come forward privately or publicly, you have a community behind you,” added Ovies, who said she worked with Coleman for four years at a children’s acting school.She said watching the news conference was difficult.“It’s hard to express what you’re going through, from tears to anger,” Ovies said.last_img read more

BC government says demand safety behind longawaited riding hailing plan

first_imgVICTORIA — Ride-hailing companies could begin operations in British Columbia by next fall under legislation introduced today.Transportation Minister Claire Trevena says the government’s bill strikes a balance between meeting consumer demand and protecting public safety.Among other things, the bill would give the Passenger Transportation Board the power to accept applications and set terms and conditions for licences covering taxis and ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.It would also set rates and determine the number and coverage areas of the services.The legislation would see the creation of a legislative committee to review and make changes to the system as well.Green Leader Andrew Weaver says the NDP’s bill is a step forward, but he questions why the government has chosen to require driver training and class five licences rather than class four, which he says have been used successfully in Quebec.Trevena says the experience of other jurisdictions has been used to develop British Columbia’s legislation, which is aimed at preventing gridlock, maintaining ridership on public transit, and reducing accidents caused by unsafe or inexperienced drivers.Vancouver is one of the few major cities in Canada that does not permit ride-hailing.The New Democrats, Liberals and Greens promised to bringing in ride-hailing during the 2017 provincial election campaign.An all-party committee of the legislature made 32 recommendations last February to help pave the way for ride-hailing.The report highlighted five key areas that needed to be considered when establishing regulations for the industry including pricing, insurance, licensing, and public safety. The committee also recommended updating legislation that regulates the taxi industry to “allow for equitable and fair competition.” The Canadian Presslast_img read more

NewsAlert Passengers treated at Quebec City airport

first_imgQUEBEC — Five people have been taken to hospital from Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport after passengers fell ill just before takeoff.Air Transat Flight 782 destined for Fort Lauderdale was at the airport’s de-icing station shortly before 11 a.m. this morning when passengers complained of feeling faint.Airport firefighters were called and the flight was immediately evacuated.Airport spokeswoman Laurianne Lapierre said 12 passengers were affected, including five who have been taken to hospital by ambulance suffering from symptoms such as vomiting, dizziness and sore eyes.The plane was carrying 180 passengers.More comingThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Imperial Tobacco Canada gets creditor protection in 15B Quebec lawsuit

first_imgMONTREAL — Imperial Tobacco Canada is the latest company to receive a temporary reprieve from compensating 100,000 Quebec smokers after securing creditor protection in an Ontario court.A judge granted Imperial Tobacco Canada creditor protection Tuesday, and JTI-Macdonald Corp. was granted creditor protection last Friday.The two companies, along with Benson & Hedges, lost an appeal of a landmark $15-billion class-action lawsuit in the Quebec Court of Appeal on March 1.The Ontario Superior Court decision suspends legal proceedings against all three companies until April 5, even though only Imperial Tobacco Canada amid JTI-Macdonald sought protection from creditors.The Quebec Council on Tobacco and Health led two class actions against the companies and won in 2015, when Quebec Superior Court Justice Brian Riordan ordered the companies to make payments of more than $15 billion to smokers who either fell ill or were addicted.At the time, the ruling was believed to be the biggest class action award in Canadian history.“Imperial Tobacco Canada continues to disagree with the judgments by the Quebec Court of Appeal and the Quebec Superior Court,” the company said in a statement Tuesday. “Canadian consumers and governments have been aware of the health risks associated with smoking for decades, and the Company has always operated and sold its legal products within a regulatory framework dictated by governments.”The Quebec Council on Tobacco and Health has said that the Ontario court’s ruling can be extended beyond April 5 and victims could never see any money.“Companies are very good at finding strategies to avoid paying damages they were ordered to pay,” spokesman Mario Bujold said Monday.“The Superior Court in Ontario is suspending the rights recognized by six judges in Quebec. It’s unacceptable.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

In the news today May 15

first_imgFive stories in the news for Wednesday, May 15———VETS WANT OTTAWA TO AUTHORIZE POT FOR PETSVeterinarians are lobbying MPs today to authorize the use of medical cannabis for animals. The vets are bringing five dogs to Parliament Hill to draw attention to what they see as glaring omissions in the legalized regimes for medical and recreational marijuana. The law does not allow veterinarians to prescribe pot for pets, even though preliminary research suggests it could be beneficial in treating pain, seizures and anxiety. Dr. Sarah Silcox, president of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine, says some people using products sold for human consumption or unregulated “black market” products marketed for animal use, but about which veterinarians have concerns about safety and purity.———CANADA IN ‘CLIMATE-CHANGE EMERGENCY’: LIBERALSBoth the Liberals and the federal New Democrats are pushing motions this week to declare climate change a national emergency. The Liberal motion, which is to be debated Thursday, asks MPs to recommit to the Paris climate-change accord by meeting the existing targets for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and toughening them. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna was not hiding the strategy behind the Liberal motion — get the Conservatives to declare their support for the Paris agreement targets, or tip their hand on Andrew Scheer’s yet-unreleased climate-change plan by voting against them.———COURT TO RULE ON REFERRAL POLICY FOR DOCTORSOntario’s highest court is expected to rule today on whether doctors in the province are obligated to give referrals for medical services that clash with their moral or religious beliefs. A group of doctors has asked the Court of Appeal for Ontario to overturn a divisional court decision that upheld the referral requirement. The requirement is part of a policy issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to address issues surrounding, among other things, assisted dying and abortion. Last year, the divisional court found that while the policy does infringe on doctors’ religious freedom, the benefits to the public outweigh the cost to physicians.———UPDATED FISHERIES LAW COULD STEM STOCK LOSSAn ocean conservation group says changes coming to the way fisheries are managed in Canada could give hope for the rebound of some species and the protection of others. Bill C-68 was introduced a month after the Liberal government was sworn in and had its second reading in the Senate in December. Josh Laughren of Oceana Canada says the proposed amendments to the Fisheries Act would prompt the government to rebuild stocks that fall below sustainable levels. An expert panel convened by the Royal Society of Canada in 2012 found Canada had seen more than half of its fish biomass disappear since 1970.———100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WINNIPEG GENERAL STRIKEToday is the 100th anniversary of the start of one of Canada’s most notorious strikes. The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 brought the city to a virtual standstill as some 30,000 workers walked off the job. Mounted police and special constables were brought in, strike leaders were arrested and one worker was shot and killed as police charged at a massive group of workers on Main Street. After six weeks, workers returned to their jobs in what was a defeat for the labour movement. But in the long run, the Winnipeg strike led to many changes. A royal commission that examined the strike warned that workers were suffering while the manufacturing class was prosperous.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is in Washington to meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and lawmakers on Capitol Hill to discuss U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, the new North American trade deal and relations with China.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in Paris today for Christchurch Call, a meeting with global leaders aimed at stopping social media being used to organize and promote terrorism.— Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Toronto Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy with a departure ceremony as part of the commemorative journey across Canada. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Walmart wrestles with how to respond to active shooters

first_imgNEW YORK — Like most retailers, Walmart is accustomed to the everyday dealings of shoplifters. Now, it’s confronting a bigger threat: active shooters.Three days after a man opened fire at one of its stores in El Paso, Texas, and left at least 22 dead, the nation’s largest retailer is faced with how to make its workers and customers feel safe.The discounter has long dealt with violent crimes at its stores across the country, including one that took place less than a week ago in Mississippi where a disgruntled employee killed two co-workers and wounded a police officer. In early November 2017, three customers were killed at a Walmart in Colorado in a random shooting by a lone gunman.The El Paso store shooting, however, was the deadliest in the company’s history, Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove confirmed. No workers were killed but two are recovering from injuries.“No retailer is immune to a violent act,” Hargrove said. “That’s why we take training so seriously.”Robert Moraca, vice-president for loss prevention at the National Retail Federation, said he’s fielded lots of calls from retailers around the country over the weekend, many of whom just wanted to go over their security protocols.“We naturally have a heightened security awareness,” he said. He noted that most retailers have active shooting training programs for workers so there’s not “a lot of knee jerk reactions.”Walmart launched computer-based active shooter training in 2015 for all its employees and then in 2017, it made its workers take it on a quarterly instead of annual basis. Last month, Walmart started incorporating virtual reality technology in its active shooter training.The training focuses on three pillars: avoid the danger, keep your distance and lastly, defend.In store locations with high crime, Walmart has off-duty policemen who patrol the parking lots. It also uses a wide variety of technology including towers that have surveillance cameras in its parking lots, Hargrove said.But most of its efforts are focused on curbing shoplifting, including putting more unarmed greeters at the door. Hargrove noted that like with any catastrophic event, Walmart is reviewing its protocols.Melissa Love, a 26-year-old store associate in Long Beach, California, said Walmart’s active shooter training is inadequate and does not make her feel prepared. She said employees essentially watch a video and there is no chance to practice.“It’s kind of boring to be honest. It wasn’t like you were going to learn anything,” said Love, who has worked at Walmart for three years. “It’s like, oh, we have to do this again, and nobody takes it seriously enough. You wouldn’t know what to do if it actually happens.”Jesus M. Villahermosa, Jr., who leads a security consulting firm, says there’s not much that retailers can do to stop the next active shooter. But he noted that retailers make the mistake of doing their active training on computers.“You don’t give people a chance to ask questions,” he said.In the end, however, he says it’s not the responsibility of a retailer like Walmart to save people’s lives.“You need to have your own plan,” he said. “You don’t need to be paranoid; you just need to be prepared.”One Walmart employee in El Paso said she had worked for years at the store where the shooting occurred but now works at another store nearby. The employee, who spoke on condition that only her first name, Gabby, be used because the company has discouraged people from speaking publicly about the shooting, said she drove to work on the day of the shooting but spent four hours trying to cross the border back to her home in Ciudad Juarez because of heightened security.“I am always prepared that the Lord will take me when and how he decides to, but I am afraid for the people who love me if something were to happen to me at work,” she said.____Retail Writer Alexandra Olson in New York contributed to this report.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Presslast_img read more

James Gandolfini Hosts LA Police Memorial Foundation Poker

first_imgOn Saturday night, April 27th, over 60 Celebrities along with LAPD Officers & members of the community showed up at the historic Saban Theatre for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament & Party hosted by James Gandolfini.The street was packed with fans and press as each celebrity made their way to the carpet and into the event.The 1920’s Rotunda of the Theatre was filled with unique and priceless auction items like a Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant autographed Collage and an item from Muhammad Ali as well as a plethora of food and cocktails, a 3D photobooth, a high-end Cellupedic bed to lounge on and a dozen+ poker tables.The evening began with the Al Atkins, Executive Director of the Foundation presenting a plaque to James Gandolfini for his service to the cause. Gandolfini took the microphone and while looking at the plaque responded that he did not expect this. He recently moved to the area and thought “what’s a better way to give back to the community than to support his local law enforcement, the LAPD”.The poker tournament was a diverse mix of celebrities from all genres, including Michael Cudlitz and C. Thomas Howell (Southland), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Vanessa Marcil, Rob Riggle, Neal Mcdonough, Rocky Carroll (NCIS), Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS LA), Karina Smirnoff (Dancing with the Stars), Brian Baumgartner (The Office), Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory), Adam Rodriguez and Omar Benson Miller (CSI Miami), Katherine LaNasa (Deception), Grant Show (the original Melose Place), Shaun Sipos (the new Melrose Place), Roger Cross (Continuum), Neal Flynn (The Middle), Michael Trucco (Revenge), Paul Johansson (One Tree Hill), Tony Denison (Major Crimes), Sarah Brown (Days of Our Lives), Kate Linder (Young & the Restless), Aaron Hil (Greek), Marlon Wayans, Billy Burke (Twilight), Rory Cochran (Argo), Carl Weathers (Rocky), Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side), Ken Davitian (Borat), AJ Mclean (Backstreet Boys), Adrian Young (No Doubt), Bryce Sodeberg (Lifehouse), Blake Lewis (American Idol), UFC Fighter Tito Ortiz, Detroit Piston Corey Maggette, former NFL player and Olympic Gold Medalist Willie Gault, Jack Osbourne, Shanna Moakler, Alexis Bellino and Jim Bellino (Real Housewives of the OC), Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi (Shahs of Sunset), Omarosa (Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars), Jennifer Tilly, Jamie Gold, Maria Ho, Jason Sommerville, Tiffany Michelle and more.The Memorial Foundation recently brought in Producer Traci Szymanski to help bring a new and fresh energy to the scene. “The Foundation has had great success over the years with very loyal supporters in the community and in the Entertainment Industry. I think we’re creating something for everyone… the wonderful long-time supporters and introducing new names to the Foundation. A non-profit organization has to constantly evolve and grow with the environment and I think we’re helping the Foundation to do just that.”During the event, a live auction was held including an LAPD Helicopter Ride-Along, an Aqua Expeditions cruise down the Amazon River and the Main Poker table autographed by James Gandolfini and all attending celebrities was auctioned off to the crowd. Officers, celebrities, sponsors and supporters all excitedly participated in the festivities. NBA player Corey Maggette took home both the Cruise & the Poker Table (after the tournament had concluded).As the night was winding down, the Final Poker Table left in the tournament was half-filled with celebrities including Billy Burke, Jeremy Sisto, Adrian Young and Paul Johansson. The Grand Prize was graciously donated by PokerStars, the biggest online gaming company in the world who makes it a priority to give back to charitable causes worldwide. And the lucky winner is One Tree Hill’s, Paul Johansson. Johansson has won himself a $10,000 Main Event Seat at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at the Atlantis Resort & Casino in the Bahamas and a flight there provided by Latin Escapes.Proceeds from this event benefit officers and their immediate family members, who have experienced unforeseen catastrophic circumstances, including death, illness and injury. The Memorial Foundation is the cornerstone of the Los Angeles Police Departments employee wellness program and has raised over $14.5 million without any direct taxpayer money.The support of the entertainment community helps enable the Memorial Foundation to raise needed funds to support officers in their time of need.last_img read more

Danica Patrick GoDaddy Go Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness

first_imgDon’t expect to see Danica Patrick behind the wheel of her iconic “GoDaddy green” Chevrolet on the NASCAR track this month – Danica’s GoDaddy No. 10 is sporting a bright pink paint scheme for each of the four October races as a way to raise breast cancer awareness.“GoDaddy has been such a strong partner in the fight against breast cancer … the fact GoDaddy wanted to ‘go pink’ for the whole month of October really says a lot about our commitment to this cause,” Danica said.Wearing her pink GoDaddy sneakers in New York City this week, Danica unveiled GoDaddy’s 2013 No. 10 Chevrolet on network television. Danica’s first ‘pink’ race is set for the Hollywood Casino 400 Sunday in Kansas City.In addition to the eye-catching pink color scheme, GoDaddy is teaming up with the Public Interest Registry to donate $50,000 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. GoDaddy is also engaging customers with its ‘Round-up’ for charity program, which encourages customers to round their purchase up to the nearest dollar with proceeds going to support breast cancer research. Fans at the track who buy merchandise from Danica’s NASCAR trailer will be contributing because GoDaddy is also donating a portion of the October proceeds to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. Of those, nearly 400,000 succumb to the disease.GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving is one of the many people whose family has been impacted by breast cancer. His mom has the distinction as the longest-surviving breast cancer patient in New Mexico. “My mom is an amazing woman, who not only is surviving breast cancer, but is thriving … living an active lifestyle and giving a lot of inspiration to the people she meets,” Irving said. “Our commitment to the cause right now at GoDaddy is to stand up and do our part financially, but also to inspire more people to join the fight against breast cancer.”GoDaddy driver James Hinchcliffe is looking to add a little inspiration on the IndyCar side. ‘Hinch’ is driving a pink version of his No. 27 Chevrolet in this weekend’s Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston races, both Saturday and Sunday.“I’ve been told real men wear pink, so I am all for it,” said Hinchcliffe, who like Danica is wearing pink GoDaddy sneakers today as a visible sign of solidarity. “But seriously, it’s a great opportunity to support a fantastic cause and I’m really happy GoDaddy invited us to be a part of their campaign. They have been tremendous supporters of breast cancer research in the past. It’s great to see GoDaddy keep this effort going and for us to help out in our little way.”To learn more about GoDaddy’s charitable causes, visit: read more

Pope Francis Releases Papal Encyclical On Climate Change

first_imgYesterday saw the release of Pope Francis’ Papal Encyclical, in which the leader of the Catholic Church deplored climate change as one of the principal challenges facing humanity and called for a ‘new dialogue’ about shaping the future of our planet.The encyclical’s findings acknowledge the “very solid scientific consensus” showing significant warming of the planet’s climate system and that such warming is “mainly a result of human activity.”In addition, the Papal declaration describes climate change as a critical moral issue requiring respectful dialogue with all parts of society.The encyclical has been welcomed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said that he and Pope Francis agree that climate change is a moral issue that requires collective urgent actions.“It is an issue of social justice, human rights and fundamental ethics,” continued the UN chief, urging the international community to “do far more to help the poorest and most vulnerable members of society, who are suffering most from climate impacts yet had least to do with causing the problem.”Mr. Ban deeply thanked Pope Francis for taking such a “strong stand” on the need for urgent global action. His moral voice is part of a growing chorus of people from all faiths and all sectors of society speaking out for climate action.The United Nations Foundation also acknowledged the encyclical, stating: “Pope Francis has shown great leadership with his encyclical on the environment and climate change. The encyclical comes at a critical time and serves as a ‘reset button’ in the global dialogue on how we address climate change. The Pope’s voice engages new participants around the globe and changes the tenor of the discussion.“Many reasons inspire us to protect our climate and environment – to safeguard our health and our economy, among others – but the most important motivation must be a moral one. Human activities are disrupting the Earth’s delicate balance – polluting our air and water, cutting down our forests, and leading many species to extinction. Climate change, caused primarily by the use of fossil fuels for energy, threatens the viability of our human existence on Earth. Carbon pollution is transforming the very chemical makeup of our atmosphere and oceans, with devastating consequences – extreme weather, droughts, floods, and rising seas. A warming planet will hurt us all, but the world’s poorest will suffer first and most.“With his encyclical Pope Francis is calling on us to pursue a more sustainable path – for the sake of the least among us and for generations to come. As his namesake Saint Francis said: “Remember that when you leave this Earth you can take nothing of what you have received, but only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.” May we apply what each of us has been given to protect the Earth we all share.”UN Foundation Board Member Kofi Annan commented, “This is real leadership. Let’s hope others follow his lead.”last_img read more

Farm Aid 30 Rocks Chicago

first_imgThe message from Farm Aid 30 rang clear at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago on Sept. 19: Every action each one of us takes makes a difference for family farmers.Farm Aid’s 30th anniversary brought thousands together to celebrate the progress that has been made for family farmers since 1985 and to emphasize the importance of the Good Food Movement. At the concert, Farm Aid reaffirmed its commitment to creating a future of family farm agriculture.“When we started Farm Aid, a crisis was gripping farm country,” said Willie Nelson, president and founder of Farm Aid. “Farm Aid called on America to stand up for family farmers. They showed up then, and they’re still showing up. All different types of people are coming together for family farmers, and we’re making a difference.”The day-long festival kicked off with farmers, farm advocates and eaters joining Farm Aid board members Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews in a conversation from the Farm Aid stage about the roots of the family farm movement and the future of family farm agriculture. The conversation, moderated by WBEZ radio’s food and agriculture correspondent, Monica Eng, focused on the many actions people have taken in fields, kitchens and communities since 1985 and how those actions have added up to make a huge difference for family farmers and the food system.The farmers, advocates, activists and eaters shared stories about how Farm Aid has inspired action and influenced policy changes that are making a difference for family farmers and good food. In 1985, family farmers faced bad policies and big business with few alternatives. With Farm Aid’s leadership, the rise of farmers markets and CSAs, sustainable food companies, organics and local food has given family farmers more economic opportunities than ever before. More new and beginning farmers are breaking ground every day. People are placing their trust in family farmers to grow good food in ways that protect the climate and their health. But all acknowledged the work that must continue.“Thanks to 30 years of action by farmers, activists and eaters, we’ve experienced big change, and we’re poised for more,” said Farm Aid Executive Director Carolyn Mugar. “But we’re up against some of the same policies and corporate influences that gave rise to the need for Farm Aid in 1985. Now, more than ever, we are rallying to put power — and our food system — into the hands of the people.”To honor the hard work of farmers, eaters, activists and advocates to build the Good Food Movement, Farm Aid launched the #Road2FarmAid, a virtual campaign that inspired hundreds to share the actions they are taking to support family farmers and grow the Good Food Movement.More than 26,000 concertgoers had the chance to experience family farm food through Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Concessions. Traditional concert menu items, such as pizza topped with local produce, seasonal roasted non-GMO corn, pasture-raised turkey legs, and pork BBQ, were sourced following Farm Aid’s criteria: food that is sustainably produced by family farmers, utilizing ecological practices, with a commitment to a fair price for farmers.In the HOMEGROWN Youthmarket, Chicago youth involved in urban agriculture sold apples, pears, grapes, dried cherries and fresh baked zucchini bread prepared by students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Concessions food service promoted a zero-waste protocol. All compostable waste at the concert will be turned into valuable agricultural material to improve the health of the soil. A sizeable volunteer effort helped concertgoers differentiate between landfill-bound trash, recyclables like plastic, and compostables, such as food waste and compostable food service ware.Concertgoers also found inspiration in Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village, which featured hands-on activities that emphasized the experience of agriculture. Concertgoers were invited to take action in support of farm-to-school legislation, learn about the health of the soil and water, and have fun with farming by making seed balls and playing food and farming trivia. In the HOMEGROWN Skills Tent, concertgoers had the opportunity to engage with food, farming and crafting. Some of the workshops included cheese making, beekeeping and composting.Farm Aid 30 featured performances by Nelson, Mellencamp, Young and Matthews — who performed with Tim Reynolds — as well as Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Mavis Staples, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jamey Johnson, Holly Williams, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs Robots, Ian Mellencamp and Blackwood Quartet.The concert was broadcast live on “Farm Aid 30 Live Presented by Amy’s” at and on SiriusXM channel, Willie’s Roadhouse (59).Sponsors of Farm Aid 30 include Amy’s Kitchen, Horizon Organic, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Applegate, Canidae Natural Pet Food Company, Greener Fields Together, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Organic Valley, FirstMerit Bank, Rudi’s Organic Bakery, and Time Out Chicago.Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. For 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised $48 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.last_img read more

Stars Talk Giving Back In The Back Seat

first_imgChideo, part of the Charity Network, has announced a partnership with Circa, a new mobile-friendly, video-driven news and entertainment portal that launched today.Under the new deal, Chideo, a leader in cause and entertainment content, will produce a celebrity-driven web series called, “In the Back Seat with…” that will stream on Circa’s various digital platforms, including its website and mobile app.The new web series, which can be accessed at, will focus on in-depth, one-on-one celebrity interviews about their charitable causes and their latest projects as they ride around in the back seat of a luxury SUV. Each celebrity guest can drive direct donations to their favorite charity or cause through tie-ins with the Charity Network’s fundraising platforms Charitybuzz and Prizeo. Initial “In the Back Seat with…” interviews will feature music and sports legends including LL Cool J supporting Jump and Ball, Kevin Love supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Mike Rowe supporting mikeroweWORKS and Cardinal Timothy Dolan in support of the Archdiocese of New York.“As we continue to build the Charity Network, we want to make cause-centric content readily available to people across multiple platforms, which is why Circa is such a great partner,” said Charity Network founder and chairman Todd Wagner. “Chideo’s new web series will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at each celebrity’s life and how they give back, resulting in increased awareness and donations for the causes they care about most.”John Solomon, Circa’s chief creative officer, said the partnership offers a chance to inspire a new generation of volunteers and philanthropists. “We know the next generation of consumers have a healthy appetite for cause-focused content, and we’re excited to be partnered with Chideo, the leader in this space, to create an entertaining series that will drive people to learn, think and become engaged themselves,” Solomon said.“In The Back Seat with…” will be hosted by Circa’s Los Angeles Bureau Chief Stephanie Abrams and Chideo’s Cash Sirois, both longtime experts on Hollywood and charitable giving. Abrams has been a journalist in Los Angeles and the national scene for two decades and has chronicled the rise of charitable giving in the digital era through her regular Give Back News reports. Sirois is an Emmy Award-winning sports journalist and co-host of the “Cirque du Sirois Show” on Dallas’ SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket.The new project builds on an existing partnership Chideo struck in May 2015 with Circa’s parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group (Nasdaq: SBGI), the largest television broadcaster in the country. Through this unique distribution deal, Sinclair connects approximately 43 million homes with Chideo’s inspirational and entertaining content – all to benefit the world’s leading charities.last_img read more

Joe Biden To Address Inaugural Concordia Europe Summit In Athens

first_imgConcordia, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that builds partnerships for social impact, will welcome former Vice President of the United States, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and leader of the new Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania, Joe Biden, to address the inaugural Concordia Europe Summit in Athens, Greece on June 6-7, 2017.The Summit will also feature addresses from Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, and Non-Executive Chairman of Goldman Sachs International and former President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.As its first major European event, the Concordia Europe Summit is an important convening of over 400 leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors that will provide attendees with an opportunity to participate in meaningful discussions on how public-private partnerships can address pressing issues facing the continent and beyond, including the mounting refugee crisis, the future of the European Union, and regional investment in achieving the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Concordia Co-Founders, Nicholas Logothetis and Matthew Swift commented, “Building meaningful partnerships at the intersection of business and government in and around Europe is key to ensuring that the global community at large remains on a steady path to achieving the SDGs, sustainable solutions for refugees, and opportunities for investment. We are honored that former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, and former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso will lend their leadership as we come together to identify solutions for a more prosperous Europe.”Additional information about the inaugural Concordia Europe Summit including the livestream and Day of Engagement can be found on the event website here.last_img read more

FOX News Channel Names Torontos John Roberts as Chief White House Correspondent

first_imgFOX News Channel (FNC) has named John Roberts chief White House correspondent, announced Jay Wallace, Executive Vice President of News for the network. In this new position, Roberts will relocate to Washington, DC and will be responsible for covering the White House, specifically the president’s domestic and international activities. He will begin his new role on Inauguration Day 2017.In making the announcement, Wallace said, “John’s 30 years of experience and reputable journalism skills were showcased throughout his coverage from the campaign trail during the 2016 election season. We are proud to welcome him to the Washington bureau and look forward to him leading the network’s coverage of incoming President-elect Donald Trump.”Roberts added, “Donald Trump’s presidency will be the predominant news story worldwide in the next four years. I am honored that FOX News has allowed me a front-row seat to history as it all unfolds.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement An award-winning journalist, Roberts, who joined FNC in 2011, previously served as FNC’s senior national correspondent based in Atlanta, GA. He has covered every presidential election since 1996 and, most recently, during the 2016 election cycle, he reported on the Republican presidential primary and eventually President-elect Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Throughout Roberts’ tenure at FNC, he has provided coverage of numerous breaking news and political events, including the 2012 and 2016 presidential debates, the 2012 and 2016 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, midterm elections, the murder trial of real estate heir Robert Durst, the U.S. Ebola outbreak, the 2013 EF5 tornado in Moore, OK and the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in 2011.Prior to joining FNC in 2011, Roberts was the co-anchor of CNN’s American Morning. He also served as CNN’s senior national correspondent and as anchor of This Week at War, the network’s program examining international wars. Before joining CNN in 2006, Roberts spent more than 14 years with CBS News, during which he was the chief White House correspondent and chief medical correspondent, anchor of the weekend editions of the CBS Evening News and CBS Morning News. While there, he was embedded with the U.S. Marines during the war in Iraq and anchored the CBS Evening News coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the death of Pope John Paul II.From 1994-1995, Roberts anchored the evening news on WCBS-TV in New York, where he earned an Emmy and a New York Press Club award. Roberts began his career in Canada, where he worked as an anchor and correspondent for City TV in Toronto and also co-anchored CTV’s morning news program, Canada A.M., from 1990-1992. Earlier, he was an anchor for CBS affiliate WCIX-TV in Miami. He has received three national Emmy Awards for his coverage of the Atlanta Olympic bombing, the death of Princess Diana and the TWA crash. He also earned a National Headline Award for his coverage of the crisis along the Israeli-Lebanese border in 2006.About Fox News ChannelFOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. A top five cable network, FNC has been the most-watched news channel in the country for more than 14 years and according to a Suffolk University/USA Today poll, is the most trusted television news source in the country. Owned by 21st Century Fox, FNC is available in more than 90 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top ten programs in the genre. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

The Royal Ontario Museum Receives Landmark 5 Million Gift from Entrepreneur and

first_imgTORONTO, April 27, 2017  – The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is pleased to announce it has received a gift of $5 million from entrepreneur and philanthropist Dan Mishra, which represents the largest donation to the Museum’s South Asian section. With this landmark gift, the Dan Mishra South Asian Initiative establishes a newly endowed curatorial position and sustainable funding for exhibitions, public engagement, research, and learning activities that will support and enhance the Museum’s commitment to South Asian art and culture.Dan Mishra, who came to Canada from India as a student in 1969, has chosen to make the full donation this year. He sees the donation as “an opportunity to give back” to his adopted home. “Throughout its long history, South Asian art and culture has had an important influence on shaping our modern world,” says Mr. Mishra. “I am thrilled to support the ROM’s commitment to bringing a greater public understanding and appreciation of South Asian culture, and broadening the institution’s stewardship and expertise in this area.”With 10,000 objects that encompass over 5,000 years, the ROM’s South Asian collection is one of the foremost in the Western world. The new curatorship and funding will allow the Museum to expand its current presentation of South Asian artifacts to more fully represent the diverse range of the region’s visual culture, develop thought-provoking exhibitions, public programs and learning activities—and engage in outreach within and beyond the South Asian communities. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: “We are extraordinarily grateful to Dan Mishra for his visionary gift, which will have a lasting impact on the Museum and future generations of ROM visitors,” says Josh Basseches, ROM Director and CEO. “The Dan Mishra South Asian Initiative represents a transformational opportunity to enhance the Museum’s research, exhibitions, public engagement, and learning activities. Through Dan’s generosity, the ROM will have the resources to build on its global reputation as a leading centre of scholarship in South Asian art and culture. As we celebrate Canada’s 150th year, I can think of no better gift than one that deepens the ties within the culturally diverse mosaic that defines Canada.”The new Dan Mishra Curatorship of South Asian Art & Culture will be held by Dr. Deepali Dewan, ROM’s Senior Curator, Department of World Cultures. Says Dr. Dewan: “Establishing a South Asian curatorial position that will continue in perpetuity highlights the Museum’s commitment to this cultural area, and enables one of North America’s leading museums to develop an ambitious and sustainable range of programming, research and educational activities around South Asian art and culture that reinforces the ROM’s position as a destination for visitors, researchers, academics and learners from around the world.”Funding for the Dan Mishra Curatorship of South Asian Art & Culture was generously matched by the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust. The ROM and the ROM Governors thank Gary Weddel and Lisa Saunders, Trustees of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust, for their ongoing support of the Museum.Almost 20 years ago, families, individuals and organizations from the South Asian community came together to help the ROM create the Sir Christopher Ondaatje South Asian Gallery, Canada’s first—and still only— permanent gallery of South Asian art. Their contributions also made it possible to partially endow the first Curatorship of South Asian Art & Culture, establish an acquisition program and endow the Ancient Echoes/Modern Voices Programs Fund..About Dan MishraFor more than 30 years, Dan Mishra has built successful companies that help North America’s leading public and private sector companies achieve their most important business goals. As CEO, Dan has been the driving force behind CSDC Systems, propelling the North-America-based company to become a recognized leader of a world-class software platform (AMANDA), that help governments engage their citizens.In addition to establishing a thriving international company, Dan’s accomplishments include: introducing Smart Governance Systems to emerging countries in Asia and Africa, establishing a Young Entrepreneur Award for aspiring young students, investing in businesses led by young entrepreneurs, speaking and teaching management skills to business people.Because of his passion and foresight, Dan is regarded by leaders in the public and private sectors as an approachable visionary and successful entrepreneur. Dan is a philanthropist as well as a Kriya Yoga Master.About Dr. Deepali DewanAn art historian with a special interest in the visual cultures of South Asia, Dr. Deepali Dewan is the Dan Mishra Curator of South Asian Art & Culture in the ROM’s Department of World Cultures; Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Toronto; affiliated with the Centre for South Asian Studies; and is part of the Toronto Photography Seminar, a group of scholars from Ontario institutions who read, produce, and edit collaborative research on the history and theory of photography.Dewan’s research, which has been presented in publications and exhibitions, encompasses 19th and 20th-century visual culture of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. She is the author of Raja Deen Dayal: Artist-Photographer in 19th-Century India (2013, co-authored with Deborah Hutton), Embellished Reality: Indian Painted Photographs (2012), and the editor of Bollywood Cinema Showcards: Indian Film Art from the 1950s to the 1980s (2011). She is one of the curators of the upcoming ROM original exhibition The Family Camera.Previously, Dr. Dewan worked at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and The Asia Society, New York City. She has received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the American Institute of Indian Studies, the College Art Association, the MacArthur Program/Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change at the University of Minnesota, the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.ABOUT THE ROMOpened in 1914, the ROM showcases art, culture, and nature across time and around the globe. Among North America’s most renowned museums, the ROM is Canada’s largest with the dual mandate of natural history and world cultures. The Renaissance ROM expansion project (2007) preserved the best of the Museum’s beautiful historic architecture while merging its iconic heritage building with the Studio Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. The ROM is the country’s largest field research institution and an international leader in areas encompassing the visual arts, material culture and archaeology, biodiversity, palaeontology, and earth sciences — originating new information towards a global understanding of historical and modern change in the natural and cultural worlds. For tickets and 24-hour information in English and French, visit or call 416.586.8000. For Membership enquiries, please call 416.586.5700. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Introducing a new wave of AfricanCanadian pop music

first_imgTalk to most Canadians about African music and – if they have anything to say at all – they’ll more often than not reference something at least 30 years old: the sound of Paul Simon’s 1986 album Graceland, the fiery seventies funk of Fela Kuti, sixties pop hits by Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela, or the percussionist Olatunji, who sold millions of records in the 1950s and launched an amorphous industry dedicated to “world music.”Only recently, on Drake’s 2016 smash single One Dance, featuring Nigerian rapper Wizkid, did North American ears perk to the idea that African music might sound remarkably similar to modern pop and R&B – and is, in many ways, pushing it forward.Back in 2011, the British DJ Abrantee called this new sound Afrobeats (plural) – not to be confused with Afrobeat (singular), the genre defined by Fela Kuti and practised today by Brooklyn’s Antibalas or Ottawa’s Souljazz Orchestra. Afrobeats (plural) simply refers to modern African pop music from anywhere on the continent, music of the digital age that wouldn’t fly at most folk festivals or with self-appointed purists snapping up seventies reissues in Western record shops. In the past five years, it’s become the new sound of the London underground and bubbling up to the pop charts there. Facebook Advertisement African-Canadian artists such as Montreal-based Pierre Kwenders don’t necessarily fit into typical labels such as Afrobeats or ‘world music’ – a distinction they seek intentionally. – PHOTO BY PHILIPPE RICHELET Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Canadian country singer and TV host Ronnie Prophet dead at 80

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Canadian country star Ronnie Prophet, who rose to fame in the 1970s through a string of singles and variety TV shows, has died.The singer’s widow Glory-Anne Prophet says in a Facebook post that “there are no words to express the heartache” of losing her “best friend and the love of (her) life.”A family spokesman broke the news with a Facebook post earlier in the day saying Prophet died Friday morning at age 80. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter They included CBC-TV’s Country Roads in 1973 and The Ronnie Prophet Show in 1974, and CTV’s Grand Old Country from 1975 to 1980, notes Historica Canada.Prophet’s widow, with whom he recorded several duets including 1984’s “If This is Love” and 1985’s “I’m Glad We’re Bad at Something,” said in her Facebook post that his sense of humour sustained her through the years.“Chet Atkins music was playing softly in the background till he left us for his heavenly home this morning at 8:40. He loved life, and friends, family and his fans were so important to him,” she wrote.“His passion for music was part of who he was and it was always his wish to keep people smiling wherever he went. Thank you for all the kind and encouraging words. I will continue to read them and they will help my grieving heart of losing him but knowing that he was loved and will be missed by others. God bless you all.”center_img Advertisement Ronnie Prophet in 1974.  (DICK LOEK / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO) He made his way to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Nashville but returned frequently to Canada to tour and host a succession of country music programs. Prophet recorded more than 25 albums and charted five singles during the 1970s on the Billboard Country charts, collecting accolades including the country male vocalist of the year Juno award in 1978 and 1979.The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame member was born in Hawkesbury, Ont., and raised in Calumet, Que., and began his career at age 15 in Ottawa before moving to Montreal to sing in various nightclubs. Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement As much as it pains us to say, the end of Killjoys will soon be upon us. The fifth and final season of the SYFY and Space Channel space adventure series premieres on Friday, July 19 at 10 p.m. ET. If you’re anything like us here at The TV Junkies, then you’re not prepared to say goodbye just yet to space bounty hunters Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen), Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) and D’avin (Luke Macfarlane) as they prepare to face their biggest enemy yet, The Lady. Killjoys (Photo courtesy of SYFY) Login/Register With:center_img Facebook When approaching the final season, showrunner Adam Barken said “there was certainly a feeling of ‘what do we have to pay off? What have we promised in the past?’” while we were on a set visit last summer during filming of Season 5. When SYFY and Space renewed Killjoys for Season 4, they also renewed it for Season 5, allowing the writers, actors and everyone involved with the show to give it a proper ending. This was something that John-Kamen said was especially nice because it allowed for “a wonderful kind of closure because we know that we’re going to say goodbye to the show.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Ontario Provincial Police investigating barroom brawl at Six Nations hockey game

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsAn all-out “barroom brawl” broke out in the stands of a youth playoff game between Six Nations and Tweed Saturday that was captured on video and posted online.The video shows a verbal spat between fans that quickly led to fisticuffs at the Ontario Minor Hockey Assoociation Bantam C finals in Tweed, Ont.But the melee started long before that said the president of Six Nations minor hockey.Blaine LaForme said four minutes into the game he complained to the Tweed representative of the OMHA that the game was too rough.LaForme was worried the game was going to get out of hand.“They said ‘well you guys were rougher than that last week; can’t you take it this week?’” he said Monday. “The refs didn’t have control over that game whatsoever. What happened on the ice reflected what was going on in the stands.”Just before the brawl erupted in the stands there was one on the ice said LaForme.The video was posted on You Tube by a person with the username Jane Hockeyfan and had 13,000 views as of 12 p.m. Monday.“On the video you see Six Nations parent calling on Tweed people for a fight, then you see group of Six Nations parents going over to do just that,” said the poster. “Tweed parent steps in to pull Six Nations person off Tweed teenager as he is pounding him and Tweed parent gets grabbed and punched from behind by Six Nations man.”LaForme said he takes offence the video pins blame on Six Nations.“She failed to mention on there all the bull-s*** that went on leading up to this. She lets it go like we went over there like a heard of wild Indians,” he said.LaForme said the Tweed fans were making sexual gestures and swearing at the Six Nations fans causing them to go over and confront them.“This went on for like 45 minutes and by the time game was over all the players on the ice were fighting. And one point, they all had stopped to watch what was going on in the stands,” he said.Ontario Provincial Police were at the game and apparently found nothing wrong with what happened at the time according to LaForme.Police did have one of the Tweed fans leave according to LaForme and the person who posted the video.However, Monday the OPP said they were looking into the incident in the stands but not the brawl that happened on the ice between the players.As for the hockey series, play went back to Six Nations Sunday where Tweed was defeated making the Six Nations team Ontario champs for their division.Local police were present but LaForme said there was no incident.Calls to the Tweed minor hockey association were not returned.kjackson@aptn.caTwitter: @afixedaddresslast_img read more

Personal story drives campaign against domestic violence in NWT

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Northwest Territories has one of the highest rates of family violence in the country, nearly 10 times the national average.But one man’s story of sobriety and rehabilitation is inspiring people.APTN’s Iman Kassam has this story.last_img

Facebook comments blame Tlicho hunters for demise of caribou stocks

first_imgAPTN National NewsComments made by an employee of a Yellowknife Catholic school board has enraged Tlicho hunters in the Northwest Territories.David Radcliff post a number of facebook posting blaming the hunters for the demise of caribou stocks.APTN’s Iman Kassam reports.last_img