first_imgHALIFAX – A newly elected Nova Scotia politician is tapping into personal grief and frustration when he takes on his new role.Tim Halman won the Dartmouth East riding for the Progressive Conservatives in Tuesday’s election which returned Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil to power with a second straight majority.But for Halman, the bittersweet victory came just weeks after his wife — the mother of his two young children — died from breast cancer.Halman told Global News his wife had been in remission following a diagnosis three years ago but that the disease returned in October as he was being nominated as a Tory candidate.He says he decided to carry on with the campaign to show his kids the importance of working for something they feel strongly about, adding that he was inspired to “be a strong voice on education matters in the House of Assembly.”The Dartmouth high school teacher says he became interested in politics when the McNeil government scrapped the film tax credit and then imposed a contract on the province’s teachers.Halman said health care will be his number 1 priority once he’s sworn-in as an MLA, but labour relations will also be high on the priority list.“In order to deal with some of the trauma you might be going through, you got to keep busy. You got to work,” he said. “It dawned on me that I could either go back to the classroom, or try to fix the classroom and certainly that’s what I’m attempting to do and I intend to be a strong voice on education matters in the House of Assembly.”(Global News)last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – The chief actuary’s latest report on the future costs for the federal government’s largest seniors benefit program, old age security, is painting a new picture of spending on the program between now and 2060. Here are a few numbers to keep in mind:5.8 million: Number of old age security recipients this calendar year9.3 million: Number of old age security recipients in 2030$52.2 billion: Projected old age security spending this year$104.3 billion: Projected old age security spending in 2030$246.5 billion: Projected old age security spending in 206021: Average number of years a senior today will receive old age security benefits24: Average number of years a senior will receive old age security benefits in 2060 due to a boost in life expectancy3.2: Old age security spending as a percentage of the overall economy in 20312.7: Spending as a percentage of the overall economy in 2060, levels similar to what was seen in the early 1990s.$3 billion: Savings expected in 2060 as a result of an expansion to the Canada Pension Planlast_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – Ontario is putting hundreds of millions of dollars toward social housing repairs and retrofits, with about half of the money going to Toronto, where the funds may also help repair a strained relationship between the city’s mayor and the province.Housing Minister Peter Milczyn announced Thursday that the up to $657 million over five years will come from cap-and-trade auction proceeds, with up to $343 million going to Canada’s most populous city.Toronto Mayor John Tory has long been advocating for the need for more social housing money from the province, saying there is an approximately $2-billion repair backlog, and had slammed Ontario’s Liberals for a lack of support in this year’s provincial budget.The relationship between Tory and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne hit the biggest speed bump earlier this year when Wynne denied him the power to enact road tolls. It would have been unpopular for provincial voters in the regions surrounding Toronto, and Tory has criticized it as a “politically motivated” decision.Up until that late January decision, the two held regular meetings but haven’t had one since, when they eschewed the traditional joint media availability and instead went their separate ways after a quick post-meeting handshake.In the meantime, Ontario’s other party leaders ramped up efforts to court the influential mayor of a vote-rich region with less than a year to the provincial election.But Tory’s comments Thursday suggested the social housing funding had started to thaw the chill between himself and the Liberal government.“Today is not the ultimate and overall answer, but I think it is a huge step forward to having us operate in a partnership,” he said.The announcement was delivered by the newly minted housing minister, who also happens to be a former Toronto city councillor and a friend of Tory’s.“I believe this announcement represents a strong indication that this premier…this minister, Peter Milczyn, and this Ontario government have stepped forward on housing, especially as it regards the most vulnerable residents of Toronto Community Housing,” Tory said.There is still much more to be done, he added, including counting on a national housing strategy from the federal government.“If you add it all up, in terms of responsibility that rests with all three governments, we’re still some distance from being able to say we’ve got the entire problem addressed,” Tory said.“I can only say that when you’re talking $300 million, that is a very significant amount of money and I acknowledge that and I am grateful for that.”The money will go toward such social housing improvements as energy efficient heating, better insulation and new windows.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said that while she applauds green retrofits, Toronto social housing needs funding for basic repairs.last_img read more

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first_imgFREDERICTON – Scientists in one of Canada’s snowiest cities will help a sunny Caribbean island switch to a green energy grid, leaving fossil fuels in its wake.University of New Brunswick researchers have received $4.3 million from Ottawa and Emera Inc. — the parent company of Barbados Light & Power Co. — to develop potentially breakthrough renewable energy technology.The five-year project, led by electrical and computer engineering professor Liuchen Chang, will be based at the university’s smart-grid research lab in Fredericton.“At this stage, we’re getting the data from Barbados and doing the research and modelling,” Chang said Wednesday. “In the next stage, we are going to bring the technologies to Barbados and work with Emera on the installation and testing in the field.”With roughly 120,000 power customers and a grid capacity of 240 megawatts, the Lesser Antilles island is the right size to test green technology in a small-scale, energy-hungry market.“What we want to do is use the island as a demonstration project and showcase these technologies,” said Chris Huskilson, Emera president and CEO.“The reason we’re talking about Barbados is because it’s an economy that actually has the opportunity to go 100 per cent renewable more rapidly than most other places. It has a mandate from the government to do that, and also a tremendous solar resource and a very good wind resource.”In 2010, the island’s electricity generation was 100 per cent oil-fired, which has since been reduced by about 20 per cent. The country has pledged to transition to a fully renewable energy grid by 2045.However, one of the long-standing issues with renewable energy is its intermittent nature — the sun has to be shining or wind blowing for energy to be produced.It’s one of the challenges Chang and his UNB team plan to address through electric vehicle storage systems, shaping customer demand and encouraging a proliferation of small-scale generation.“We’re focused on … battery storage and electrical vehicles, small generators such as rooftop (photovoltaic) systems and customer load,” Chang said, adding that the smart-grid technologies can enable an electricity grid to shift to 100 per cent renewable energy without being crippled by the intermittent nature of renewables.A focus of the Barbados project is so-called distributed energy resources, which includes small-scale renewable projects like rooftop solar or wind systems.“About three-quarters of the solar energy that is being produced today is from rooftops, so there will be a combination of larger scale and distributed,” Huskilson said. “Part of what the smart-grid technology being developed at UNB will allow us to do is to control those rooftop devices and add storage and the ability to actually have them support the grid in a much better way.”Chang said rooftop solar and wind may be small in size “but you aggregate them together and they are huge.”Barbados Light and Power plans to offer incentives to customers to plug in their electric vehicles as a cost-saving measure.The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is investing $2.8 million through the Atlantic Innovation Fund while the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has contributed $82,100. Emera has put $1.4 million towards this project.Huskilson said the smart-grid technology being developed at UNB can be deployed anywhere in the world, including in Atlantic Canada.— By Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – Given prior experience, the Canadian helicopter contingent bound for Mali will probably face greater danger from the risk of a mechanical failure and crash than it will from a terrorist attack, the chief of the defence staff suggested Monday.That’s in part because Canada’s contribution to support the United Nations peace force there will likely be based in a well-defended military base in the country’s eastern city of Gao, Gen. Jonathan Vance told The Canadian Press.“There is an environmental threat just by being in Africa. It’s been said by many people, and I agree, Mali is a dangerous place,” Vance said.Four UN peacekeepers have been killed in helicopter crashes, “all of which have been associated with mechanical failure of the helicopters. None have been associated with belligerent activity that affected those helicopters.”Asked whether the Canadian air crews would have the authority to shoot back at any ground threats if necessary, Vance replied: “Yes, absolutely.”Vance offered several details about the upcoming mission, which Canada’s official Opposition said should be the subject of a full debate in Parliament after the Liberal government announced it Monday.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the House of Commons the government has contacted the Opposition “to find a way to move forward” on a debate that could take place in the coming weeks.Canada’s defence and foreign affairs ministers confirmed the Liberal government’s 12-month commitment to the west African country. It includes two Chinook helicopters to provide medical evacuations and logistical support and four smaller, armed Griffons to act as armed escorts for the larger transports.“Mali is a war zone. This is a combat mission,” said Conservative defence critic James Bezan, who expressed concern about the potential for Canadian casualties, noting the deaths to date of more than 160 UN peacekeepers in Mali.Bezan and fellow Tory MP Erin O’Toole, the party’s foreign affairs critic, suggested the Liberals are using the peacekeeping announcement as a way to divert public attention from the negative publicity surrounding recent overseas trips Trudeau, most recently to India.O’Toole said Monday’s announcement is all about Trudeau trying to curry favour with the UN, where Canada is seeking a temporary two-year seat on the powerful Security Council.“What are the rules of engagement? Who decides when that Griffon or that Chinook is deployed?” asked O’Toole. “This seems to be a patchwork to meet Justin Trudeau’s peacekeeping commitment. Mali is not a peacekeeping mission.”Vance said the Canadian air personnel will always conform to “Canadian standards.”“I never relinquish national command of the helicopters. They will be allocated to a UN force with a command and control relationship with the UN force, which will basically task them.”Vance said he expects the mission will include “about 250” personnel overall, and will replace a German contingent that leaves in the summer. As for when the Canadians take their place, Vance said: “I’m aiming for some time in the late summer.”Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland say the force will include a marked female presence as the Trudeau government looks to have Canada lead by example in the push to have more women on peacekeeping missions.Vance said he can’t say for sure what percentage of the contingent will be women, but that he expects it to be a higher proportion than other counties.“We recognize the value and importance of women in peacekeeping — keeping in mind that a helicopter force is going to be projected with helicopters. The differentiation between male-female, while we’re doing that, will be a bit hard for the population to tell.”The announcement follows a direct request from the UN and fulfills Trudeau’s promise in November to make such aircraft available to a future peacekeeping mission.Trudeau first pledged to return Canada to UN peacekeeping during the 2015 federal election campaign but has faced criticism for taking too long to decide on an actual mission.The Mali mission has been a dangerous one for the UN — which is why the government took the time to carefully consider the situation and decide on the best course of action, Freeland said Monday.“We are very aware of the complexities and the difficulties of the situation in Mali.”last_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – The man who went on a deadly shooting rampage before killing himself in Toronto’s Greektown this summer was an emotionally disturbed loner and did not appear to act out of any particular ideological motivation, police documents released on Thursday indicate.The redacted documents, drawn up by officers in support of obtaining search warrants, also indicate Faisal Hussain was arrested for shoplifting two days before the incident but was released unconditionally. The papers go on to say Hussain had three dealings with police as an “emotionally distressed person” in 2010.In a summarized interview with police, Hussain’s twin brother told investigators his sibling had once robbed a store with a gun and had called police to say he wanted to kill himself.“For the last couple years, Faisal has had no real friends,” the brother is quoted as saying. “He started attending the mosque with his father but did not seem that interested in religion.”On July 22, Hussain, 29, shot and killed Julianna Kozis, 10, and Reese Fallon, 18, on the city’s east-end Danforth Avenue. He also injured 13 others. In one instance, the documents show, the shooter “stood on top of a woman and shot her four times.” He then shot himself, the documents show.The late evening rampage in the popular restaurant and shopping district sparked panic, sending people running for their lives, and triggered outpourings of grief. Some in the area were hailed as heroes for doing what they could to aid the wounded. The attack also prompted questions about what motivated Hussain’s actions and how he got access to a gun.According to one detective cited in the documents, Hussain’s cellphone was ringing repeatedly when he was found. An officer answered the phone to discover it was Hussain’s parents frantically trying to reach him, the documents show. The officer spoke to them and advised them to go to a police station.Police used a dog trained to detect explosives when they searched Hussain’s home. What the dog found is partially redacted in the documents, but a white powdery substance — possibly cocaine — was found in a drawer.The papers also describe several witness statements, including one man who said Hussain walked casually and was smiling as he fired his lethal rounds. The attack only ended after Hussain exchanged fire with two officers and was found dead nearby.A day after the shooting, Hussain’s parents issued a statement outlining their son’s battle with depression and psychosis. They also decried Hussain’s “senseless violence,” described his actions as “horrific,” and offered condolences to families of the attack’s victims.In a interview with police, however, Hussain’s father said his son had no mental health issues, the documents show.Hussain’s mother told police she had never seen her son with a gun, the documents say, but she described him as a loner who had never had a girlfriend.On the night of the shooting, she “told her son that he should get married and find a nice wife,” the documents state. “He left the house that evening to go for a walk around 8:30 p.m. never to return.”According to his mother, Hussain didn’t use drugs, had shown no major changes in behaviour and never talked about guns or appeared angry, the documents state. His father described taking him on a trip to Pakistan a few years ago.“Faisal was happy on the trip and did not want to return because people left him alone there,” the documents cite his father as saying.The father also told an officer that he forced Hussain to attend mosque “as he does not go willingly” and that his son didn’t smile much and stayed in his room playing video games.“Faisal’s only companions appear to be his parents and they do not even know him that well and what he has been up to,” Det.-Const. Bobbi-Jo McKillop says in the document seeking authorization to examine Hussain’s electronic devices.“The only way of understanding the true extent of what occurred or was planned is to go to the only place Hussain spent time ­— which is on these devices.”No one else has been arrested or identified as a suspect in the shootings.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version carried an incorrect figure for the number of shooting victims.last_img read more

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first_imgREGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says he will apologize to survivors of the ’60s Scoop in January.About 20,000 Indigenous children were seized from their birth families and relocated to non-Indigenous homes starting in the 1950s until the late 1980s.The practice stripped children of their language, culture and family ties.Moe’s government concluded sharing circles with survivors last month.The government says it has an agreement with an association of ’60s Scoop survivors that compensation will not be part of the apology.Alberta and Manitoba have already apologized for their role in the apprehensions.Saskatchewan had promised to deliver an apology during this legislative session.The apology is to be delivered on Jan. 7.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgWASHINGTON — Canada suddenly became a little less lonely in the world after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s meeting in Washington with President Donald Trump this week.Trudeau and Trump found a new simpatico over their shared desire to see the new North American trade deal fully ratified. Trudeau pushed the deal with Trump’s Democratic opponents in Congress, who want to see a major toughening of the labour enforcement provisions of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.While Trudeau was cagey on exactly how Trump would do to help free Michael Savoir and Michael Kovrig, the two Canadians imprisoned in China, when he meets China’s President Xi Jinping at next week’s G20 leaders’ summit in Japan, it was clear the president was happy to help. The two Canadians have been languishing behind bars in China since shortly after Canada arrested high tech executive Meng Wanzhou in December in response of a U.S. extradition request.Canada was has been caught in the crossfire of the China-U.S. trade war after it tried to do the right thing by arresting Meng as per its extradition treaty with the U.S.If Xi doesn’t want to talk to Trudeau, Trump said he would: “I’ll represent him well, I will tell you.”It was a sea change from Trump’s dumpster fire of a visit to Canada a little over a year ago to the G7 summit in Quebec where he insulted Trudeau over Twitter. And it marked a return to the traditional Canada-U.S. dynamic: friends and allies who have the others’ back.Moving forward, it has real ramifications for Canada’s standing on the world stage and it gave Trudeau a much-needed jolt domestically as he heads into an October federal election.Both leaders are working to ratify USMCA, but Trump faces still opposition among some Congressional Democrats. But as he extolled the benefits of the deal, Trump was unusually conciliatory towards his country’s two neighbours — countries he regularly disparaged during the acrimonious renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.“This means a lot of jobs for our country; a lot of wealth for all three countries. And we’re really competing against the world. You know, we’re not competing with each other so much,” Trump said sitting next to Trudeau in the Oval Office.“We’re competing against big sections of the world, including Asia and including other areas.”Trump’s declaration of solidarity amounted to “mission accomplished” for Trudeau in Washington, said Dan Ujczo, a cross-border expert with the Ohio law firm Dickinson Wright.“The focus was on common cause issues between Canada and the United States — confronting China, the intertwined trading relationship, and shared culture with the Toronto Raptors — as opposed to the dispute-centric focus that has dominated these meetings over recent years,” said Ujczo.“When President Trump starts talking about Canada, the U.S. and North America against the world, it is a good day for the continent. Let us hope it lasts.”Scotty Greenwood, the chief executive of the Washington-based Canadian American Business Council, said the American path to ratifying USCMA in Congress will likely be part of a “grand bargain” between Republicans and Democrats — one she suggested that Trudeau could be useful with, notwithstanding his stated desire Thursday to stay out of internal U.S. politics.  “The Liberals in Canada are philosophically aligned with the Democrats in the United States,” said Greenwood, who was also a U.S. diplomat in Ottawa when Bill Clinton was president. “So if Canadian Liberals can see their way clear to a deal, one would hope that the same sort of arguments that caused them to get over their initial concerns would be persuasive with Democrats in the Congress.”The visit also underscored the shared security partnership the U.S. and Canada share across the globe.Trudeau was immediately enmeshed in the latest escalation in U.S.-Iran tensions when news of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shooting down a U.S. surveillance drone broke hours before he was to meet Trump.Trudeau noted how Canadian soldiers are in nearby Iraq as part of a NATO effort to train the country’s military forces.“We look forward to discussing with our closest ally their perspectives on this and how we can move forward as an international community.”Trump showed he was willing to draw Trudeau into broader international security discussion when the president was asked whether he was concerned some members of his administration might be trying to push him into a conflict with Iran. It came when he riffed about his desire to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan and Syria.“We beat the caliphate. We took back 100 per cent of the caliphate. When it was 99 per cent, Justin, I said, ‘We’re going to get out. We’re going to start peeling back,’” Trump said.But some are wary that Trump hasn’t really changed, and they question whether he could turn on Trudeau again.“All smiles, I dare say, until the next presidential Twitter burst,” said Fen Hampson, a global security expert with Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.Trump is a counting in Trudeau “to deliver Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats to ratify USMCA before the presidential election.” And his comments on Thursday for a potential snap back on steel and aluminum tariffs was not reassuring, said Hampson.“And though he says he will provide running interference with the Chinese on Canadian detainees and Trudeau’s desire to meet with Xi at the G20 summit, the only way that issue is going to be resolved is if the Americans drop their criminal charges against Meng Wanzhou.”Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgPolice are investigating the death of a one-year-old boy who was discovered with several bite marks on him in the northern Quebec village of Kangiqsujuaq last Saturday.Police say the infant’s body was found on June 29 surrounded by dogs on a lot near his home in Nunavik, in Quebec’s far north.Sgt. Nancy Fournier says provincial police investigators went to the scene to clarify certain circumstances about the apparent mauling.The body of the youngster was transported to Montreal for an autopsy.Fournier could not say what happened to the dogs near where the child was found.No charges have been laid in the case.Kangiqsujuaq is an Inuit village near the shores of Hudson Strait, about 1,800 kilometres northeast of Montreal.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA — The Canadian government is looking for new ideas and technology to protect satellites from natural and artificial threats, according to a tender issued Friday.Satellites are vulnerable to everything from space debris and solar weather to cyberattacks and lasers, the tender says.The request, titled “Shields up!”, calls for submissions of concepts, designs and prototypes to cover the range of threats.It notes several contracts could arise from the request for proposals, and the maximum single-contract funding is up to $200,000.The tender says space is becoming increasingly contested and the government must be able to defend Canadian satellites.The request for proposal was put out by the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security Program, part of the Department of National Defence. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgTake Our PollThe industry has many Conservative supporters in Alberta with Williams saying the biggest one being Premier Jason Kenney.“When the pipeline announcement was made, Andrew Scheer said ‘show me the pipeline,’ whereas Jason Kenney provided a brief but very effective commentary about the legacy of the Liberal government and his concerns about their support for the energy industry.”On Tuesday, the UCP government officially filed its constitutional challenge to Bill C-69, the Environmental Assessment Act. CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Voters in Calgary and Alberta will be watching the election campaign closely to make sure their voices are heard.In 2015, 29 of the 34 seats in the province went to the Conservatives with the Liberals winning four seats and the NDP capturing one.Mount Royal University Political Scientist Lori Williams said the Conservatives are looking to make sure the whole province is painted blue.“They’re focusing on the connections, the corporate connections with the Liberal government and how those corporate connections are the real indication of the priorities of the Liberal government and also the ethics.”Williams expects a fairly negative campaign, especially from the Liberals who will be opposing the Conservatives on several fronts.“They’re focusing on the opposition to progressive, saying their cutting taxes for the wealthy and services for everybody else to try and make the connection to Doug Ford which they know is a real vulnerability for the Conservatives.”READ MORE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to start election campaign Wednesday morningMeanwhile, the Calgary Chamber of Commerce released its to-do list for federal parties with the biggest goal being of people back to work.“What we’re asking for is to have a competitive environment in our businesses, to grow businesses, create jobs, invest in Canada and most importantly give back to our communities,” said President and CEO Sandip Lalli.Lalli says the Chamber has five main priorities for the election: develop a climate policy, expand trade, create a globally competitive tax system, close the skills gap and plan for the fiscal future.In advance of the upcoming federal election, we are launching a joint federal election platform with @EdmontonChamber. Our platform includes 12 recommendations across five pillars for all parties’ consideration. Learn more: https://t.co/BU8K3JKBIO #PodiumofRecord #cndpoli pic.twitter.com/9DWGZvLZM7— Calgary Chamber (@CalgaryChamber) September 9, 2019Despite policies and pushback from the federal government, Lalli said Calgary’s oil and gas industry is here to stay.“Our bedrock industries are still our bedrock industries and there’s an infusion of innovation into those industries.” What do you expect will be the outcome of the federal election?Liberal minorityLiberal majorityConservative minorityConservative majorityOtherVoteView Resultslast_img read more

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first_imgThe TJ Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research has announced that legendary recording artists and songwriters Crosby & Nash will take the stage at the 37th Annual Honors Gala on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at the legendary Cipriani on 42nd St in New York.David Crosby and Graham Nash, best known as the harmony vocalists for folk rock supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY) are noted for their intricate harmonies and lasting influence on American music and culture. Both Crosby and Nash have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum twice as part of CSNY and have made an indelible mark on American music history.Over $1.1 million has been raised to date for the T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala and is supported by generous partners American Airlines, the official airline of T.J. Martell Foundation, Greenberg Traurig LLP, BMI, Universal Music Group and Tom Corson, President of SONY Music.Crosby & Nash join a long list of celebrity performers, presenters and honorees scheduled for this year’s highly anticipated Honors Gala including Little Big Town, Grace Potter, Regis Philbin, Susan Lucci, Wendy Dio, Motown’s Barry Gordy, Joel Katz, Dr. Margaret Cuomo, Sandra Lee, Tony Martell and honorees Russell Simmons, Del Bryant, Edward Walson and Randy Jackson.The T.J. Martell Foundation’s gala has long been a who’s who amongst celebrities and musical performers. The special evening includes a star-studded red carpet, musical performances by some of today’s greatest performers and attendance by celebrity friends and families. The night also includes a fantastic cocktail reception, dinner, awards presentation and world-class silent auction to raise funds for cancer and AIDS research. Tickets and tables are available for purchase by calling the T.J. Martell Foundation at (646) 841-1394 or at www.tjmartellfoundation.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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first_imgThe Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) will host its inaugural celebrity golf tournament April 14-15, 2013 in Austin Texas.The tournament will take place at the Spanish Oaks Golf Club, lauded by Golf Digest as one of the top courses in Texas.Many of Andy Roddick’s friends – professional athletes as well as entertainers – as well as other high profile personalities will participate in the event.“I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of great performers and athletes over the years, and we’ve been able to support each others’ efforts to make a difference in our respective communities. I’m looking forward to many of them joining me in Austin for this first-ever event,” Roddick said.Amateur golfers of all skill levels are invited to compete in a four-person scramble format. This annual 18-hole golf classic will feature a variety of games and competitions, including longest drive and closest-to-the-pin contests as well as a silent auction and raffle. The kick-off party will feature the 1980s cover band Spazmatics on April 14, and the tournament will begin with a 10 a.m. shotgun start on Monday, April 15.Roddick, who recently announced his retirement from tennis, is now spearheading ARF’s new growth strategy with the foundation’s CEO, Jeff Lau. “We’re really excited about hosting the first-ever golf tournament to support the foundation’s efforts to help underserved youth learn lessons in character and leadership,” said Lau.In 2000, Roddick established ARF to make a difference in the lives of youth in underserved communities, and in 2004 was awarded the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for his charity efforts.For sponsorship or entry information, call 512-298-1960 or email inquiry@arfoundation.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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first_imgMeridian Health is pleased to present “Little Things: An Evening with Giuliana and Bill Rancic” at the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan on May 4, 2013 as part of Paint the Town Pink, a month-long event designed to raise awareness of the importance of annual mammography.Little Things: An Evening with Giuliana and Bill RancicAt this signature event, presented by Meridian Cancer Care, the couple will share how a mammogram forever changed their lives. A mammogram may seem like a little thing but it can be a life-saver. It was for Giuliana, which is why she and Bill have become tireless advocates for annual mammography and supporters of the mission of Paint the Town Pink.Together, the couple has coauthored I Do! Now What? and currently appear in Style’s Giuliana & Bill. Donald Trump ’s original Apprentice, Bill Rancic is an entrepreneur and international speaker. As anchor and managing editor of E! News, Giuliana reports on celebrity news and has hosted many red carpet events.The evening will begin with a pre-event cocktail party, featuring a PINK carpet at Firefly, 152 Main Street in Manasquan, at 7 p.m. As guests walk the pink carpet, they can tell Giuliana who they are wearing, and have a photo opportunity with the couple. Tickets for this exclusive Pink Carpet Event, which includes VIP seating at the show, are $125.Doors open at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street in Manasquan, at 8:00 p.m., and show time is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $50 and Premium Seating tickets are $75. Tickets are available by calling 855-PINK411.For more information about Paint the Town Pink, visit www.PaintTheTownPink.com. Be sure to follow Paint the Town Pink on Facebook to see highlights of this year’s campaign and for a complete list of Pink towns, events and activities.last_img read more

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first_imgDavid Backes, captain of the St. Louis Blues and his wife, Kelly, who visited the nation’s largest no kill animal sanctuary recently, says their visit has inspired them to “dream big” in their own efforts to help homeless pets.David Backes and FriendsThe couple celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary with a visit to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, which is owned and operated by the national animal welfare organization, Best Friends Animal Society. They wanted to learn about Best Friends’ operation as part of their research into successful animal rescue organizations as they consider starting their own animal charity. Back home in St. Louis, they are active in animal rescue and foster dogs.Kelly and David Backes“I’m blown away by the size and scope of the Sanctuary,” Backes said during the visit. The Sanctuary sits on more than 3,700 acres, surrounded by some 17,000 acres of undeveloped land in southern Utah’s scenic red rock canyon country.During their tour of the sanctuary, David and Kelly walked into the cat headquarters building and ran into a couple of St. Louis hockey fans. Lisa Adcock and her 12-year-old son, Jeff, were in the midst of adopting one of the sanctuary cats.“We were shocked and surprised to see the captain of the St. Louis Blues stroll in,” Adcock said. “My son is kind of bashful but he was really excited.” Adcock snapped a photo of her son and Backes. “And I could kick myself; I didn’t think to get a photo of myself with David.”The Backes not only toured the sanctuary, but helped with the day to day chores of taking care of some of the 1,700 dogs, cats, horses and other animals that find refuge at Best Friends on any given day. They played with kittens — which is an important part of helping the frisky felines become socialized and more adoptable. They walked a special needs older dog recovering from surgery and helped with the chores at one of the dog buildings.Backes even offered to scoop poop. “I’m a pro at that,” he said. “We have plenty of practice with our own four dogs at home.”Backes said hearing about how the Best Friends founders “built this place from the ground up with everybody coming together and working together” has given him and his wife Kelly “the inspiration to dream big” for their own charity.The couple also participated in Best Friends’ sleepover program, where volunteers can “check out” a dog or cat for an overnight visit. The program gives the animal special one-on-one time with people and provides the caregivers with invaluable information on how the animal does in a more home-like setting. They spent the night at one of the cottages on Sanctuary grounds with Vince, an affable pit bull. The next day Backes donned his #42 jersey for a photo with the dog.After his visit to Best Friends, meeting the animals and hearing the stories of how some of them ended up at the sanctuary, Backes said he was more convinced than ever that “the only way to save the lives of the millions of animals in shelters is to focus on the big picture, to fix the problems of why animals are going into the shelters.”Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

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first_imgOn December 12, Kelly Clarkson and Musicians on Call put on an intimate holiday concert for children and families at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt’s theater and spent the whole afternoon going room to room visiting and playing for kids who were not able to come down for the concert.Kelly Clarkson Visits Young Patients For ChristmasCredit/Copyright: Glenn Sweitzer, Fresh Films + DesignShe spent a total of 6+ hours with at the hospital.Kelly Performed Her Favorite Christmas SongsCredit/Copyright: Glenn Sweitzer, Fresh Films + Designlast_img read more

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first_imgJosh Duhamel, Building for America’s Bravest (BFAB) and automaker GMC have partnered for a new film as part of the #EnlistMe campaign.Video: #enlistme: Building for America’s Bravest with GMC and Josh Duhamel: Meet Ben TomlinsonThe goal of the campaign is to raise funds and awareness to build smart-homes that meet the needs of severely injured veterans, like Marine Sgt. Ben Tomlinson.In this documentary-style film, Josh meets Marine Sergeant Ben Tomlinson at his specially designed smart-home in Jacksonville, Alabama, to speak with Ben and his family about their journey and the positive impact this home has had on his life. On his second tour of duty Ben was shot by enemy fire while providing rooftop security for his team. As a result, Ben was paralyzed with limited mobility below his chest.Duhamel’s connection to the military began a long time ago. He grew up near an Air Force base in North Dakota, has an aunt who completed a number of tours with the National Guard and his grandfather was a proud Marine. In fact, Josh’s emotional visit with Ben and his family took place just after his grandfather was honored in a military funeral service.How You Can Help:· Join GMC donate now at ourbravest.org/enlistme or call 844-BRAVEST· Show your support for the cause by donating now or sharing #EnlistMe with @GMC via social medialast_img read more

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first_imgCommunities in Schools (CIS), the national organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future, is delighted to welcome NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal as the newest member of its national board of directors.“Over all the years I’ve known Shaquille, he has always shown himself to be a man of integrity and principle for whom giving back to his community is a top priority,” says Communities In Schools National Board Chair Elaine Wynn. “We are privileged to have him among the volunteer leaders of Communities In Schools.”Shaquille O’Neal, former NBA basketball player and Hall of Fame inductee, is currently a sports analyst on the television program, Inside the NBA, and is considered one of the greatest players in NBA history. O’Neal’s athletic accomplishments include a 19-year NBA career, four NBA championships (three with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Miami Heat), and 15 All-Star game selections. He is one of only three players to win NBA MVP, All-Star game MVP, and NBA Finals MVP in the same year.Rivaling his athletic accomplishments are O’Neal’s off-court undertakings, which include success in acting, music, television and gaming. Inspired by positive childhood experiences at the Boys and Girls Club in Newark, NJ, O’Neal has a long career of partnering with youth organizations and giving back to his community.“Every kid, no matter where they’re from or how much money their parents make, deserves the opportunity to get a good education,” said O’Neal. “My education was critical to my success on and off the court. Being in school gave me self-discipline and showed me the importance of hard work. I always knew that when my playing days were over, nobody could take my education away from me.”“Even more than Shaquille’s extraordinary athletic career, it’s really his passion and dedication to ensuring young people opportunities for success that makes him such an incredible role model,” said Communities In Schools Founder Bill Milliken.The Communities In Schools National Board of Directors is comprised of passionate supporters of the CIS mission, and leaders in a variety of fields including finance, education, marketing, law, civil rights and more. Click here to see full list of the board of national directors.last_img read more

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first_img Twitter Advertisement Two high-profile films of inter-racial love – Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike and Jeff Nichols’ Loving, starringJoel Edgerton and Ruth Negga – are also on the TIFF roster, the former a world premiere and the latter an arrival by way of Cannes. Nate Parker’s slave uprising chronicle The Birth of a Nation, set in a pre-Civil War Virginia and starring writer/director/actor Parker as a galvanizing black preacher, will have its hot-ticket international premiere at the fest, in advance of its Oct. 7 general theatrical release. Nate Parker’s slave uprising chronicle The Birth of a Nation, set in a pre-Civil War Virginia and starring writer/director/actor Parker as a galvanizing black preacher, will have its hot-ticket international premiere at the fest, in advance of its Oct. 7 general theatrical release.This searing fact-based drama won two top prizes at Sundance, where its January premiere also commanded a record $17.5-million (U.S.) distribution sale and sparked buzz of likely Best Picture contention at the Oscars. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Racially charged dramas of love and rebellion – including Sundance hit The Birth of a Nation – are coming to the 2016 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival.Unveiling dozens of selections Tuesday for the gala and special presentation programs at its Sept. 8-18 celebration of cinema, TIFF is demonstrating how movies reflect and respond to turbulent times of social disharmony. Jeff Nichols’ Loving, starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga is one of two high-profile films of inter-racial love on the TIFF 2016 roster.Oyelowo also stars in Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe, the fact-based story of a chess prodigy played by newcomer Madina Nalwanga. The film co-stars Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar winner for 12 Years a Slave.Strength through diversity, identity and family is the theme of writer/director/actor Noel Clarke’s BrOTHERHOOD, completing his urban violence “Hood Trilogy” that began with KiDULTHOOD in 2006 followed by AdULTHOOD in 2008.The festival also announced its opening and closing night galas. The Sept. 8 kickoff offers genre action: Antoine Fuqua’s remake of iconic 1960 ensemble western The Magnificent Seven, featuring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and… Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

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first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsAttawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has signed off on her will and is prepared for death, APTN National News has been told.Spence’s will includes a description of who will care for her daughters and she has also signed off on directions requesting non-intervention if her health takes a turn for the worse. The documents are in the hands of her lawyer, aides told APTN National News.Spence began her hunger strike Dec. 11 to force a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Gov. Gen. David Johnston and First Nations leaders.Harper is scheduled to meet with a delegation of First Nations leaders, youth and elders on Friday.Johnston’s office, however, has said he would not be attending.Spence has said she would not be attending the meeting if Johnston did not go and would continue her hunger strike.Spence’s spokesman Danny Metatawabin told chiefs Wednesday they should cancel or walk-out of the meeting if Johnston did not attend.Johnston represents the Crown, which entered into treaties with First Nations. The Johnston’s presence is viewed as essential by some because he represents the original treaty relationship.Spence has sent a letter to Queen Elizabeth II requesting she direct Johnston to attend.While some chiefs are seriously considering canceling or walking out of the meeting, Six Nations Chief Bill Montour said Spence should end her hunger strike on Friday.“For her own health, Jan. 11 should be the end of the hunger strike,” said Montour. “She has the attention of the world and let the world judge Harper.”This is not the first time a First Nations leader has asked Spence to end her hunger strike. Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak also asked Spence to end her hunger strike in a Christmas Eve letter.“I believe that you have accomplished the efforts for which you have set out to do and I plead with you now to take down your camp, return to your people and embrace your loved ones,” wrote Nepinak in the letter.Montour said First Nations leaders should attend the meeting with the prime minister, even if Johnston does not attend.“You never walk out of a meeting, if you walk out you are defeated,” said Montour.Spence has consumed no solid food, taking only on cups of fish broth, herbal teas and water since she began the hunger strike. Spence’s health is rapidly deteriorating, she has been complaining of pains from her stomach contracting over lack of solid food, has lost at least 22 lbs and is increasingly fatigued, her life partner Clayton Kennedy told APTN National News. Kennedy also said her blood-sugar level has been dropping.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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