NORWAY, P.E.I. – Marine mammal experts have released their initial findings after hauling three of the six North Atlantic right whales found dead in Canada’s eastern waters to the shore for post-mortem examinations.The Marine Animal Response Society says preliminary observations suggest that two of the endangered animals suffered blunt trauma, but it’s too early to rule out other underlying problems.The group says a third whale suffered from “chronic entanglement,” and all of the carcasses were in an advanced state of decomposition.It says experts will continue analyzing the results and are set to release a final report within the next two months.The society says more than 40 people were involved in the animal autopsies conducted in Norway, a tiny hamlet near P.E.I.’s northwestern tip.It says the “unprecedented die-off” of six North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence last month represents about one per cent of the estimated 525 endangered animals now in existence.
QUEBEC – Muslims in Quebec City are going to have their own cemetery after all.The cemetery will be located on a parcel of land of about 6,000 square metres the city is selling for about $270,000 plus taxes, Mayor Regis Labeaume and members of the Muslim community said at a news conference Friday.It is expected to be ready this fall.The news came just three weeks after a proposal aimed at setting up a Muslim cemetery in a town southwest of Quebec City was defeated in a referendum by a 19-16 margin.Quebec City’s Muslims have been looking for a cemetery for two decades, but made a renewed push after they completed the payment for the city’s main mosque in 2011.It was there last January that a gunman shot dead six men in the main prayer hall and injured 19 others. The bodies were sent overseas and to Montreal for burial.The mosque’s Mohamed Labidi praised Labeaume for keeping his promise to forge ahead with plans for the cemetery.“It’s a great day,” Labidi said. “It is a historic day for Quebec City. Today, we are reaping the benefits of 20 years of hard work.”Boufeldja Benabdallah, interim co-ordinator of the cemetery project, also welcomed the news.“Earlier, Mr. Labeaume was praising the land and its beauty,” he said. “I told him, ‘You’re going to push us to die earlier because we want to take advantage of the land.’ It’s just to say there is joy today and we are all going to die in peace and with respect.”Benabdallah also stressed the importance of remembering those who died in the shooting in January.“I’ll finish up with a fraternal thought for our six brothers who died in the tragedy last Jan. 29,” he said. “Today’s announcement will put a bit of balm on this tragedy.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also endorsed the decision.“An important and courageous step for dignity and decency. Congratulations Mayor Labeaume for taking action,” Trudeau tweeted Friday..
An eastern Ontario city is mulling the idea of scrapping discounts on municipal programs and services for seniors and youth in order to boost supports for low-income residents of any age.The City of Kingston says that while it already has a Municipal Fee Assistance program for those in need, the approach it’s considering would raise the qualification threshold so more people could access the savings.Seniors and youth are currently offered age-based discounts at recreational and cultural facilities such as theatres and museums as well as city transit.The city has set up an online survey to seek input from residents on the idea.Kingston has had an income-based system, in addition to the age-based discounts, in effect for about seven years.Cheryl Hitchen, the city’s manager of social policy, says the proposed program has potential to help more people living in poverty regardless of age.“This is primarily about increasing access to our services to adults who are living in poverty, including those who may be working part time and in low-paying jobs,” she said in a statement posted on the city’s website. “The discounts would go to those in the greatest financial need regardless of age.”For example, Hitchen said in an interview that the current cutoff for a single person is about $17,000 and the proposal would raise that to about $22,000.“I don’t think anyone would argue that an individual earning $22,000 is probably not struggling,” she said.The proposed change would make about 6,000 more people from all age groups eligible for income-based discounts, Hitchen said, noting that the city’s numbers suggest the change would be revenue neutral.Currently, people seeking the means-based discounts must prove their income level and are issued a card they can use to get discounts on municipal services such as transit.The results of the survey and focus groups will be tabulated after the consultation period ends in the middle of December and a proposal is expected to go to city council early next year, Hitchen said.“Across all ages the feedback has been mixed,” she said.The idea of moving to an income-based system isn’t new and Hitchen said Kingston looked to other jurisdictions in its effort to have discounts reach those most in need.She cited London Transit which is dropping its seniors’ discount and implementing an income-related bus pass discount program for all ages on Jan. 1.Municipalities have been discussing the financial stresses of discounts for the baby boom generation for a few years, Hitchen said, noting that the discounts for seniors originated after the Second World War “when there were a significant number of seniors living in poverty.”“Now that we face the baby boomers … it’s time to take a look and say ‘does this make sense from a policy perspective any more,’” she said.“We have a significant number of seniors who are well above the overall median income and some would argue they can afford to pay the full price of a recreation program or to ride the bus and that that money should be used for those who can’t,” Hitchen said.“It’s a change and it’s hard to take things away from people who’ve had it for a while,” she acknowledged.— With files from Michelle McQuigge
VANCOUVER – Vancouver police say there’s a new twist on a Canada Revenue Agency scam they’ve been warning the public about and the swindle involves being arrested.Police say a 58-year-old woman received a phone call on Wednesday afternoon from someone claiming to be from the agency, who said she owed $6,000 in taxes and there was a warrant for her arrest.The woman was contacted again by a person claiming to be with the RCMP and he convinced her to give out personal information, including her location.Police say two men showed up at her door, dressed as RCMP officers complete with what appeared to be firearms, handcuffed her and put her in the back seat of an older-model sedan.The woman was driven to a Bitcoin machine in Surrey, B.C., to deposit the cash and the two men left the area without the victim.Const. Jason Doucette says taking control of someone like that can be considered kidnapping and they remind people to hang up if anyone calls claiming to be from the Canadian Revenue Agency.
SURREY, B.C. – The Crown prosecution service says a former Vancouver police detective who worked on the force’s counter-exploitation unit has been sentenced to 20 months in jail after kissing a teenage girl and a woman.James Fisher pleaded guilty to two counts of breach of trust and one count of sexual exploitation, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 90 days in jail.Before his arrest, he was a 29-year decorated veteran of the force and member of a team that investigates prostitution, criminal exploitation and child sex abuse.His sentencing hearing heard that he kissed a 17-year-old girl on three occasions for up to 10 minutes and kissed a 21-year-old woman once.Both complainants told provincial court in emotional victim impact statements that Fisher’s actions shook their faith in police and triggered downward spirals in their lives.The Crown had recommended 18 to 20 months in jail, while the defence had asked that Fisher serve his mandatory three-month sentence on weekends.Defence lawyer William Smart did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the sentence.The B.C. Public Prosecution Service says the sentence was handed down Tuesday in Surrey provincial court. Fisher was also sentenced to two years of probation after the jail sentence is served.Fisher apologized at his sentencing hearing to the two young women, saying he is “embarrassed and ashamed” of his actions and he especially regrets causing the younger complainant to lose her faith in police.“I know that she trusted me and for the rest of my life I’ll regret that breach of trust,” he said.The court heard audio recordings of conversations with both complainants in which Fisher admitted to kissing them.In one recording, he coached the teenage girl on what to tell an officer investigating his inappropriate behaviour. In another audio clip, he assured the 21-year-old woman that he hadn’t told anyone about her involvement in a stabbing.Smart told court that Fisher was simply counselling the teenager to tell the truth, and that Fisher thought the older complainant was just a witness to the violent crime.Both complainants’ identities are protected by a publication ban.The woman who was 17 when Fisher kissed her told the court that his actions caused her to relapse with a drug addiction and drop out of school.“Those memories are still some of the most painful ones of my life,” she said in a video played in court. “It feels like the ultimate breach of trust from someone when I was most vulnerable.”
MONTREAL – In an election campaign where Quebec independence is not a defining issue, party leaders held an historic English debate Monday and tried to woo roughly one million anglophones who have traditionally voted overwhelmingly for the federalist Liberals.All four leaders spoke about the importance of Quebec’s anglophone minority, despite the fact a mini-controversy erupted in the province about the fact the televised debate was even going to take place.Francois Legault, leader of the Coalition Avenir Quebec, which is leading the polls, said the Oct. 1 election is unlike previous ones in the province.“I want to build a strong Quebec within Canada,” Legault said, explaining the position his party has taken to be a federalist alternative to the Liberals and a nationalist alternative to the Parti Quebecois.“You’re no longer forced to choose between Quebec and Canada, the PQ and the Liberals,” Legault added. “On the one side, the old and tired Liberal government; on the other my party — which will bring about positive change.”While the debate themes were targeted to the province’s anglophone minority, such as access to the labour market for English-speaking youth, the election campaign’s hot-button theme of immigration quickly surged to the forefront.Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard, responding to a debate question from an anglophone refugee from Nigeria, said, “the way we talk about immigration and immigrants is not always positive.”“It’s distressful the way you speak about immigrants,” he said directly to Legault, whose party wants to expel immigrants who fail to pass a French test after three years in the province.“Immigrants need to feel welcome by their political leaders.”Legault fired back that his party’s policy is “reasonable and done in other countries.”While Quebec’s first English-language TV debate was historic, it wasn’t without controversy.Pundits on French-language television said the English-language debate set a “dangerous precedent” because future party leaders will be under strong pressure to attend similar debates in following elections.Quebec’s common language is French, they charged, and holding a debate in English is duplicitous.A nationalist group went so far as to accuse PQ Leader Jean-Francois Lisee of “betraying” his people for participating.Lisee reminded Anglos during the debate his party has promised to not hold a sovereignty referendum duuring a first PQ mandate, effectively removing one of the Liberals’ strongest weapons against the pro-independence party.“I recognize the value of Quebec’s English-speaking community,” Lisee said. “I stood with you in battles against the Liberal government when it took away control over English hospitals and tried to scrap English school boards.”Manon Masse, co-spokesperson for the fourth-placed party, Quebec solidaire, had the poorest grasp of the English language of the four leaders, which made it somewhat difficult for her at times to get her ideas across.She said her party is committed to addressing a long-standing complaint among anglophones: their under-representation in the civil service.Quebec solidaire will institute hiring quotas, she said, to ensure the civil service has a certain percentage of visible minorities and representation from the English-speaking community.Despite the controversy over the debate’s existence, all four leaders spoke warmly of Anglo-Quebecers.“French is the official language in Quebec,” Couillard said. “But English is not a foreign language.”He asked Lisee if he could say the same thing.“Yes,” said Lisee. “French is the official and common language. English is a Quebec language.”Legault said “anglophones are part of Quebec history and the anglophone community played a huge role in building Quebec society.”It remains to be seen whether Legault’s performance on Monday moved any Anglo votes to his party — but he knows he can become the next premier without them.Anglophones are heavily concentrated in a few ridings across Quebec, with most located in and around Montreal.Pollsters say the Coalition can form a majority government in the 125-seat national assembly without winning any of the 27 ridings on the island of Montreal.The first debate took place last week, while another French-language showdown is scheduled for Thursday.
OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The Trudeau government is releasing more details about its plan to tackle homelessness in Canada.The minister for social development says beginning in April, the feds will be ramping up the amount of cash handed out to communities struggling with a homelessness problem. It will increase the number of communities receiving the funding the following year.By 2022, the federal government plans to spend $237-million to address the issue, which is double the amount that was allocated when the Liberals first took office.It is all part of a 10 year, $2.2-billion strategy, called ‘Reaching Home.’The government is also expected to soon introduce legislation in parliament to set an official poverty line for the country, and set out a goal of slashing the poverty rate in half by the year 2030.The law would also create a council on poverty to advise the minister and require annual reports to Parliament on the government’s progress.Ottawa is promising dedicated funding for the territories and says there will also be new spending targeting Indigenous Peoples.-With files from the Canadian Press and Sonia Aslam
WINNIPEG — The University of Manitoba says it has cut ties with an Ebola vaccine researcher pending the results of an RCMP investigation.A spokesperson says the school is ending the non-salaried adjunct appointments of Dr. Xiangguo Qiu and her husband Keding Cheng.Qiu, a renowned virologist who received her original medical training in China, helped develop a vaccine for the Ebola virus at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.Cheng also worked at the lab as a researcher.The Public Health Agency of Canada said on Monday that it was taking steps to address an “administrative matter” at the lab after it advised the Mounties of possible policy breaches.The laboratory is Canada’s highest-security infectious disease research facility dealing with deadly contagious germs.Public Health said there is no risk to the public and the work of the lab continues.The Canadian Press has been unable to reach Qiu or Cheng for comment.The RCMP in Manitoba has confirmed it received a referral from the health agency, but has not confirmed whether Qui or Cheng is being investigated.The Canadian Press
This is a bit outdated but here’s a map of Belgrade that you can save as PDF (that tiny button at the top) and then print it out for him:https://t.co/QKtgTjbcsZ— Matija Pa (@LushkiTrp) August 16, 2019 Here is a glimpse of the beautiful Montréal, Québec, Canada!https://t.co/Kt6lrD5CRkThank you @maxdenoncourt!— STM (@stminfo) August 16, 2019 VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A transit enthusiast in the U.S. is receiving a special package from Metro Vancouver’s transportation network.Jada Natalie Stevens, a designer for TransLink, posted to Twitter on Aug. 15 saying a California family had reached out to the organization asking for one of its transit maps. Their son, who has autism, loves memorizing them.The family of an autistic boy in Cali wrote to my team @TransLink requesting one of our transit maps as he loves memorizing them.But we can do better than that! We’re sending him transit maps that we’ve collected from all over the world, to inspire his young, curious mind. pic.twitter.com/ZLpVJkyvNt— Jada Natalie Stevens (@cityjada) August 15, 2019Stevens said in a tweet that TransLink has collected maps from other systems all over the world, and decided to send them all to the boy to inspire his “young curious mind.”She said: “There is little else that pulls my heartstrings more than a kid who loves transit maps.”In the Twitter comments, other transit companies jumped in to offer additional maps and commenters posted links to transit blogs.Maty from https://t.co/izqVHXiSHy is a similar case here in the Czech Republic. See what he and his family can do with all the maps: https://t.co/9WIvcaLhaK— Roman Meliška (@happy_roman) August 16, 2019
TORONTO — Ontario’s top court is set to grapple this month with just how much weight should be given to systemic racism when it comes to sentencing black offenders.In a case that could change how judges punish black people, the Court of Appeal is scheduled to hear the Crown’s challenge to what it calls a manifestly unfit 15-month sentence handed to a black Toronto man for carrying a loaded firearm.Last year, Superior Court Justice Shaun Nakatsuru handed Kevin Morris, a 26-year-old first-time offender, a sentence of 15 months in custody — further reduced by three months for charter breaches related to his arrest — on account of the disadvantages and systemic anti-black racism he had faced growing up in Toronto.“Social structures and societal attitudes that were born of colonialism, slavery, and racism have a very long reach,” Nakatsuru wrote. “We must not forget this. Our memory of past injustices must be long enough to do justice in an individual case.”The prosecutor had asked for a four-year sentence, arguing illegal gun possession is an urban scourge resulting in the “often immeasurable” human cost of gun crimes. The defence wanted 12 months.Nakatsuru, after taking into account two expert reports commissioned by the defence, said he could not give into the community’s fear.“In our system, a sentence is not just about the crime,” Nakatsuru wrote. “It must be also about the offender.”Currently, the courts are required to take into account the backgrounds of Indigenous offenders before sentencing. A defence win in Morris’ appeal could lead to a similar requirement to assess the impact of race and culture on black offenders.Such assessments — written by qualified experts — attempt to explain an offender’s experience with systemic racism and how that should factor into sentencing. In Nova Scotia, such reports are called cultural assessments and can be requested by a judge or submitted by the defence counsel.Morris was raised by a single mother in a neighbourhood with high levels of violence and criminal activity, according to court documents. He was stabbed twice in his youth and never graduated high school. He said he felt unsafe to go to work, because he would have to travel through rivalling neighbourhoods. In 2013, he was diagnosed with PTSD and paranoia after being stabbed and critically wounded for a third time.“You clearly did not feel you got the help you needed,” Nakatsuru wrote in his sentencing judgment.The defence also submitted an expert report — accepted by the judge — on the impact of crime and criminal justice on black Canadians. The report details how they experience barriers to education, employment and discrimination in social services.According to a 2016 report by the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, black people make up 8.5 per cent of the Toronto population but represent 40 per cent of children in care. The expert report also stated black students are twice as likely to be suspended or expelled from school compared to white students.“It’s clear to everyone in the Toronto area that there are disproportionate numbers of young black men that are prosecuted and sentenced by judges based on pretty rudimentary information on who they are, where they came from, and why they got to the point of committing the crime they are being sentenced for,” said defence lawyer Faisal Mirza.Still, the prosecution maintains there was no clear evidence of a link between systemic discrimination and Morris’s crime. The rise of gun violence in Toronto, the Crown argues in its factum, required the judge to have given an “exemplary sentence.”There are 14 interveners in the appeal, including civil rights activists and legal clinics that serve racialized communities.“Indisputably, for many black offenders, the coalescence of historical and systemic background factors have played a role in bringing them before the courts,” the Criminal Lawyers Association says in its factum. “This appeal provides this honourable court with an opportunity to craft a framework for admitting evidence during sentencing of these unique historical and systemic factors.”In a joint submission, several other interveners — the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic among them — call for culture assessments to apply to all minority groups, not just black offenders.“The over-representation of racialized communities among those living in poverty is well established,” their factum states. “These communities are over-policed and, consequently, over-represented in the justice system.”Lidia Abraha, The Canadian Press
Olivia Wilde is raising money for Haiti via Crowdrise, and giving you the chance to win a limited edition, signed Shepard Fairey poster.“Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and 50% of the population there lives on less than $1.25 per day,” writes Olivia on her Crowdrise fundraising page. “Over 80% of students drop out of school after 6th grade because they can’t afford to continue their education.“We’re trying to change that. Artists for Peace and Justice encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty around the world. Our immediate goal is to serve the poorest communities in Haiti with programs in education, healthcare, and dignity.“We are committed to long-term, sustainable development in direct partnership with the Haitian people. Our model is simple: we believe in empowering local communities, fostering economic growth, and above all the power of education to change a nation.”By donating at least $30 before November 27, you go into the draw to win a Shepard Fairey poster signed by both Olivia and Shepard. For more info, visit Olivia’s Crowdrise page. You can also help Artists for Peace and Justice win $50,000 as part of the Mozilla Firefox Challenge – for more information, click here.
Fred Funk, one of the most recognizable names and personalities in professional golf, is partnering with Stryker and Fisher House Foundation to help support our military families by making the same Stryker GetAroundKnee hat that he wears on tour available for golf fans.For every hat purchased Stryker will donate 100% of the net proceeds directly to the Fisher House Foundation to support our injured or sick military veterans and their families. Fisher House is a non-profit organization that provides a home away from home that enables family members to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury. Hats may be purchased by visiting www.getaroundknee.com.In 2012, Fisher House served more than 19,000 military families by donating “comfort homes,” built on the ground of major military and Veteran’s Affairs medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times–during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease or injury. Since 1990, Fisher House has been able to offer over 4.7 million days of lodging to military families, resulting in savings of more than $200 million to families in lodging, and transportation costs. There are currently 60 houses in operation to date.For its part, Stryker has had a long history of supporting our nation’s military though education, residency programs, products, and donations and is a leading supporter of the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons (SOMOS), so the Fisher House sponsorship just made sense.“Our partnership with Fred Funk and Stryker is extremely important to Fisher House Foundation and to the tens of thousands of military families that we serve annually,” says Derek Donovan, Vice President of Fisher House Foundation, and Colonel, USMC (Ret.), who joined the Foundation in 2007 following 26 years of active duty service in the United States Marine Corps. “We know that Americans want to support our military men and women, and we’re delighted that through the sale of Fred’s popular hat, we can help to make this happen,” adds Donovan.Whether it’s the stress and fatigue from travel to and from events on tour, or even his recovery from knee replacement surgery, Fred understands the importance of having family around for support. A 20-year veteran of the sport and current member of the Champions Tour, Funk underwent a total knee replacement with Stryker’s GetAroundKnee in November 2009 which enabled him to get back out on the course and back to competing.Funk’s return to golf post-knee replacement has been an inspiration to golf fans around the world and he’s picked by the Champions Tour as a top player to watch for the past 2 years. A perennial fan favorite Funk continues to receive the support of fans that have been eager to wear his same hat. What started out as Funk tossing a few hats to fans post-round has grown into a program poised to give back in a big way through the Stryker/Fisher House partnership.“I’ve always been extremely grateful for our service men and women. That’s why I’m excited to partner with Stryker and Fisher House to support such a great cause,” says Funk. “I know firsthand how important family can be when recovering from physical challenges. When I was recovering from my knee surgery a few years ago, I was fortunate to have the strength and support of my family, who was there to encourage me every step of the way and get me back into the game that I love,” adds Funk.For more information about how to purchase a Stryker hat to support America’s military families, please visit www.getaroundknee.com.Source:PR Newswire
Donna Karan, together with the CFDA and eBay, celebrated the launch of “Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts” on Thursday, April 11th with a celebratory cocktail reception at Urban Zen.Hugh Jackman, Donna Karan, Deborra-Lee Furniss, Steven KolbCredit/Copyright: Billy Farrell, via FTP EdelmanDesigners and industry influencers gathered to support the project which will benefit the Haitian Artisan Project – a special project from Donna Karan’s Urban Zen organization. Among those who attended were Hugh Jackman & Deborra-Lee Furness, Kenneth Cole, Vera Wang, Rachel Roy, Charlotte Ronson, Nicole Miller, Mara Hoffman, Monica Botkier, Pamela Love, Olivier Theyskens and Anna Corinna Sellinger.Hugh Jackman at Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts Launch EventCredit/Copyright: Billy Farrell, via FTP EdelmanThe “Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts” collection will be auctioned off exclusively on eBay, eBay.com/fashionforhaiti, beginning on Monday, April 22 at 11AM ET / 8AM PT through May 2. During this time, you can bid on the designer-embellished hearts ornaments, with 100% of proceeds from the auction benefitting Urban Zen’s Artisan program, which is dedicated to creating jobs, vocational education, and highlighting the creativity of Haiti’s artisans. eBay has a legacy of partnering with designers and celebrities to raise funds for charitable causes and celebrating original design is an important part of that vision. With “Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts,” eBay will provide its global platform to raise awareness and financial support for this important cause.The world’s largest marketplace and leading platform for charitable giving eBay has partnered with Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation and the CFDA (Council for American Fashion Designers) for “Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts,” a collective partnership that brings together more than 150 CFDA designers, including Donna Karan, Diane Von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez, Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta, Olivier Theyskens and more in an effort to raise social consciousness and funds for the Haitian Artisan Project.
A furious Sir Roger Moore has independently financed the production of hundreds of thousands of new leaflets condemning Fortnum & Mason for still selling foie gras – the diseased livers of abused birds – despite massive public outcry.The new leaflet, which volunteers will distribute to shoppers outside Fortnum & Mason every day in the lead-up to Christmas, features Moore, Ralph Fiennes and Joanna Lumley above the words “Why Have These People Spoken Out Against Fortnum & Mason?”The back of the leaflet cites undercover video footage from Fortnum & Mason’s foie gras suppliers exposing how birds have pipes shoved down their throats and huge amounts of grain pumped into their stomachs to sicken and enlarge their livers. The leaflet also features quotes from actors, MPs, chefs, Royalty and other celebrities, including Moore, who says, “The callous treatment of geese filmed by investigators at the very farms in France from which Fortnum & Mason’s distributor sources foie gras, was far more violent and cowardly than anything James Bond ever faced at the hands of villains”.“I want shoppers to hear the simple fact that foie gras is so cruel that it is illegal to produce in the UK and to know that Fortnum and Mason keeps selling this bird-abusing foodstuff although the British public is up in arms about it”, says Moore.“James Bond always took a stand against bullies and stood up for British values, so it’s fitting that Sir Roger would pay for a campaign against Fortnum & Mason’s sale of unBritish foie gras”, says PETA UK Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi. “His leaflets will help remind Christmas shoppers that the biggest tradition in Fortnum & Mason’s foie gras hampers is cruelty to animals.”For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.
Former Baywatch star and Bigg Boss alum Pamela Anderson was delighted to learn that after banning the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals, India’s Ministry of Health & Family Welfare is now considering amending The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, to include a ban on the import and sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals anywhere in the world.That’s why Anderson has written to Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to urge him to have a heart for animals and go forward with extending the animal-testing ban.In her letter, Anderson writes, “Please resist special interests and ‘dinosaur’ companies who still test in crude and cruel ways and do the right, kind thing. Please pass the proposed ban on the import and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients have been tested on animals without delay”.If introduced into The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, the new rule could state, “135-B. Import of cosmetics tested on animals prohibited. — No cosmetic tested on animals shall be imported”. A decision to ban the import and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients have been tested on animals would bring India in line with Israel and the European Union, which have already passed similar bans.“The European Union and Israel have already banned the marketing and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients were tested on animals, and more than 1,400 companies around the world have also banned all animal tests in favour of modern, non-animal and human-relevant test methods”, writes Anderson. “They no longer drip substances into rabbits’ eyes, smear them onto guinea pigs’ abraded skin, spray them into dogs’ and monkeys’ faces, and force them down animals’ throats, the thought of which makes me sick.”After learning about the issue from PETA India, many other stars – including Raveena Tandon-Thadani, Jacqueline Fernandez, Dia Mirza, R Madhavan, Rahul Khanna, Sunny Leone, Pooja Bhatt, Lara Dutta, Trisha Krishnan, Dino Morea and Esha Deol-Takhtani – petitioned India’s Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in support of a sale ban on cosmetics and household products tested on animals.This is not the first time that Anderson has spoken up for animals. Among dozens of international actions over the years, she recently supported PETA India’s successful campaign to free the chained temple elephant Sunder, who now lives in a spacious elephant park. While she was in India filming Bigg Boss, Anderson adopted a desi dog she named Pyari. The long-time vegan also wrote to then-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2010 and asked him to help the cows who are abused and slaughtered in the gruesome leather trade.
Grammy nominated rap artist, 2 Chainz, is steadfastly continuing his philanthropic endeavors.Video: 2 Chainz Donates a 5 bedroom House to a Family of 11 (9 kids)Following a charitable holiday season, which included assisting a disabled veteran pay her rent for a year and hosting “TRU 2 Hoops Holiday Basketball Classic” at North Clayton High School where concession stand proceeds benefited a now paralyzed former student, 2 Chainz remains altruistic by recently donating a five bedroom house to a family of eleven for an entire year.After Atlanta’s Progression Church adopted a family for the holiday season, they started a Go Fund Me campaign to assist with some of the family’s needs. 2 Chainz and the TRU Foundation found the family’s Go Fund Me page, and decided to help.“This is just a part of extending giving back past the holidays. A lot of people do it around the holidays; it’s the beginning of the year, and I’m looking forward to seeing their smiles. I’m looking forward to the kids growing up knowing that Uncle 2 Chainz came through. All you gotta do is pray; you gotta have faith,” stated 2 Chainz in his video documenting his latest charitable moment.This home donation was made possible through his organization, TRU Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting balanced, respectful , and enriched relationships. The organization also creates life changing moments and helps build positive outcomes for the young generation.To learn more about TRU Foundation, their Facebook page.Copyright ©2016Look to the Stars
Next week, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign will bring together more than 125 youth and advocates from 26 states for its annual Champion Summit, a three-day event to train and mobilize the next generation of grassroots leaders in the fight against malaria.United States National Security Advisor, Ambassador Susan Rice, along with soccer star Abby Wambach, will speak to the Nothing But Nets Champions, inspiring them to use their voices in their communities and help ignite progress against this deadly disease.During the Summit, Champions will learn the necessary skills to help build awareness about malaria and how to talk with their elected leaders about the power of funding for the President’s Malaria Initiative and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.Summit participants will hear from additional speakers including: • Kelly T. Clements, Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR • Alan Court, Senior Advisor, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria • Thon Chol, Refugee Advocate & Malaria Survivor • Ivan Blumberg, CEO, Athletes For Hope • Dr. Andrew Baldwin, US Naval Officer, Ironman Triathlete, Humanitarian, ABC’s “The Bachelor” • Kathy Calvin, President & CEO, United Nations Foundation • Chris Helfrich, Director, Nothing But Nets • Donya Nasser, U.S. Youth Observer to the UNEvery two minutes, a child dies from malaria. Nothing But Nets is the world’s largest grassroots campaign fighting this disease caused by a single mosquito bite. Now in its tenth year, the campaign has raised $60 million and delivered nearly ten million nets through its UN partners to protect refugees and families across sub-Saharan Africa from malaria. Since 2000, there has been incredible progress made to defeat the disease – more than 6.2 million lives have been saved, and child mortality rates have decreased 71% in sub-Saharan Africa.Recently in his last State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called to end the scourge of malaria and urged Congress to increase funding. President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request called for $874 million for PMI, a $200 million increase, and $1.35 billion in vital funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.When: February 21 – 23, 2016Where: Washington Marriot Georgetown, 1221 22nd St NW
Fresh off his Tony Award nomination, Josh Groban has teamed up with Prizeo to offer one lucky fan a chance to see him in his final week of performances of Broadway’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.Through June 12 when fans and friends donate as little as $10 they’ll receive 100 entries for the chance to win tickets to the final week of Groban’s Tony-nominated performance in Great Comet. The monies raised will support his Find Your Light Foundation – dedicated to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to experience a quality arts education.While giving to worthy causes is reward in itself, it’s always nice when you get an added bonus. Because of this special collaboration with Prizeo, one lucky winner will get to see one of Groban’s final performances, meet him backstage at the Imperial Theatre, and even take home his character’s signature glasses that he wears in the show. Travel and accommodations are also included! For the lucky winner, this is truly a dream come true, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.Visit prizeo.com/joshgroban to learn more about this special contest.
Advertisement TORONTO, June 28, 2017 – Hot on the heels of last week’s @CTV_PR #MeetTheRacers team announcements on Instagram and Twitter, CTV unveiled two new innovative viewer experiences ahead of the epic fifth season of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, beginning July 4 on CTV and CTV GO.First, CTV revealed today a new game, RACE PLAY, that integrates race action from the broadcast into in-show polls and trivia, prompting viewers in real-time to answer on their second screens – mobile devices and desktop – during all original broadcasts across the country. Powered by CTV.ca, viewers can weigh in on pivotal moments throughout the episode, such as what Detour to take, and predict the order teams hit the mat. The results will appear on a leaderboard on their second screen so viewers can see how they stack up with the rest of the country. Fans who create an account will have their answers count towards a season-long leaderboard. RACE PLAY is powered by iPowow, worldwide leaders in participation television.CTV also announced today new THE AMAZING RACE CANADA VR360 experiences that bring fans right to the starting line and inside some of the most grueling challenges throughout the race. The VR360 experience begins by featuring the season premiere episode, which CTV confirmed today will kick-off in St. John’s N.L., and see Racers travel more than 5,000 kilometers across the country to Vancouver. Facebook Using VR360 immersive video capture, audiences can share and explore THE AMAZING RACE CANADA environments, incredible places, and some of the most exciting moments of the season, including the starting line at Signal Hill National Historic Site in St. John’s N.L. Narrated by host Jon Montgomery, VR360 was captured in five Canadian legs of the race in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation. The VR360 experience is available on CTV.ca and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA Facebook Page, as well as the SamsungVR app, the YouTube VR, and Facebook 360, and is accessible via mobile, desktop, and Oculus (VR headset). THE AMAZING RACE CANADA VR360 experience is produced by Tyger Shark Inc. with the financial participation of the Bell Fund.“With RACE PLAY and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA VR360 experience, we’re engaging RACE fans like never before, while also extending the brand across multiple platforms,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming.“It’s been a lot of fun integrating RACE PLAY and the VR360 experience into the show,” said Executive Producer John Brunton. “Whether it’s inviting viewers right to the starting line or testing their knowledge of the Racers and the places we visit, we are thrilled to deliver a new and layered viewing experience to audiences for the new season of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA.” Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment To get to know the roster of Racers competing on the new season of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, fans can visit http://www.ctv.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada/Teams and explore the team pages presented by Chevrolet. The site features videos, bios, fun facts, and exclusive content. For full episodes, sneak peeks, and extras, head to the site after the Season 5 premiere on July 4.Season 4 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA averaged 1.9 million viewers per week, making it the #1 series of the summer for four consecutive years and a Top 20 program in Canada in 2016.Hosted by Olympic Gold Medalist Jon Montgomery (@jonmonty), Season 5 will see Racers travel across Canada and beyond, tackling non-stop challenges in the country’s favourite summertime adventure. Canadians can also look forward to special challenges and storylines to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation throughout the season.This season’s grand prize is a Next Generation 2018 Chevrolet Equinox True North Edition for each of the winners, a once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world for two, $250,000 in cash, and the coveted title of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA champions. Racers will also be competing for special leg prizes, awarded to the first team to cross the mat in each of the episodes leading up to the finale.Encore presentations of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA air Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Sundays at 5 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. Visit CTV.ca to check local listings. Previous seasons are also available for streaming now on CraveTV.Season 5 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA welcomes back returning partner Chevrolet, which has been with the series for all five seasons, and BMO, which enters its third consecutive season as a partner. New partners this year are Sinorama, Canadian Tire’s Woods brand, and Campbell’s.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@CTV_Television@AmazingRaceCDA @jonmonty#AmazingRaceCanada #MeetTheRacersFacebook:Facebook.com/ctvFacebook.com/AmazingRaceCDAInstagram:@amazingracecdaSnapchat:Follow amazingracecdaAbout Insight ProductionsInsight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer. Headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted. The Amazing Race Canada, The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration; The JUNO Awards 2016 and How To Change The World collectively took home 14 Canadian Screen Awards in 2017. Smash hit and Top 20 series Big Brother Canada delivered huge audiences, and was one of the highest engaged Canadian TV programs on social. Past productions include Intervention Canada, Project Runway Canada, Battle of the Blades, Ready Or Not, Falcon Beach, The Truth About Alex, and Canadian Idol. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content. In 2015, Insight received the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s inaugural Icon Award in recognition of its 35th anniversary.About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.Source: Numeris, Summer 2016: May 23 – Sep 11, 2016. 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LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment With production budgets getting smaller and smaller, and content creators having to develop multiple skills such as video and audio, micowave.studio offers on array of recipes developed over the years, and tested on thousands of advertising projects. “Technology has only recently allowed us to bring this project to fruition” says Martin Rouillard, who runs research, development and innovation at Audio Z.YouTubers, podcasters, video editors and multimedia studios, will now have the possibility to offer a better audio experience, without having to go through the painstakingly complex process of putting a professional audio mix together. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement MONTREAL – On May 23rd 2018, Montreal studio Audio Z launches it’s latest service: microwave.studio (https://microwave.studio/) ; an innovative intelligent audio mixing platform, created specifically with digital content creators in mind. Just like the microwave in our kitchens never replaced a high-end restaurant or a master chef’s talent and skills, microwave.studio doesn’t replace professional sound recording studios. “But for projects like a 3 hour podcast, a quick radio ad or an audiobook, microwave.studio can be a great solution”, stated Serge Laforest, Audio Z’s founder and président.Audio Z – Located on the 26th floor of the Stock Exchange tower, Audio Z has made a name for itself as a key player among Montreal’s audio post-production studios. Aside from 8 fully-equipped studios, music composition and mixing services, Microwave.studio is the third online service created by Audio Z, the two others being Webcargo.net and MSTR.TV.