Stars Attend Poker Tournament Benefiting Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation

first_imgFor 45 years stars from TV, Film, Music and Sports along with community members have come together to show support for the men and women who protect and serve Los Angeles. On September 10, 2017 they joined together again to help raise funds for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation at Avalon Hollywood.Larry King and Tommy Lasorda as they celebrated Tommy’s 90th birthdayCredit/Copyright: Michael Kovac / Getty ImagesProceeds from this event benefitted LAPD employees and their immediate family members, who have experienced unforeseen catastrophic circumstances, including death, illness and injury. The Memorial Foundation is the cornerstone of the Los Angeles Police Departments employee wellness program and has granted over $17 million without any direct taxpayer money.This year, the event also featured a surprise 90th Birthday celebration for one of the Foundation’s biggest supporters, baseball legend Tommy Lasorda. The surprise was led by media icon Larry King. The evening included red carpet arrivals, a celebrity poker tournament, casino games, great food, cocktails, music, photobooth, raffles and auctions. Along with dozens of unique and priceless entertainment & sports items in the auction, guests had the chance to win an LAPD airship ride, LAPD SWAT Training Day, Training at the Emergency Vehicle Operation Center to learn pursuit & pit maneuvers, dinner with Tommy Lasorda and more.PokerStars Helping Hands, the charitable arm of PokerStars, (The Stars Group) the world’s largest online poker company has been the event’s biggest supporter since it began in 2013. “Without their support, we may not be able to hold this event that is right now the sole fundraiser to assist LAPD families in their time of need. We are grateful to PokerStars Helping Hands for the continual support”- Al Atkins, Executive Director.PokerStars Helping Hands also donated the Grand Prize for the Celebrity Poker Tournament. The winner will head to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at the Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island in January 2018 for a chance to win huge cash prizes. This is one of the most prestigious poker events across the globe where in 2018 participants will have a chance to play with superstars Kevin Hart, Usain Bolt, DJ Zedd, Sergio Garcia and the top poker players in the world. “PokerStars is proud of our long-standing support for the LA Police Memorial Foundation and the support they provide for the men and women in blue who protect and serve their communities,” said Eric Hollreiser, Vice President of Corporate Communications for PokerStars and The Stars Group.Poker Central is a new supporter of the event. The company delivers poker’s most premier content when and where you want it including for live events, Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Masters, and the WSOP Main Event.Additional Sponsors included: Los Angeles Retired Fire & Police Association Inc., Charity Bids, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Aflac, Original Tommy’s, Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club, City Employees Club of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Police Relief Association, Los Angeles Police Protective League, Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union, Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke, Sherwin & Lee LLP, McNicholas Law, Park Regency Realty, Milken Family Foundation, Caliber Photoworks, Candy Vixen, Robo Records, LA Rams, LA Lakers, LA Dodgers.“One of the many special things about this event is the diversity of celebrities, community members and sponsors from different backgrounds and different generations that come out to support this cause”. Said Traci Szymanski, CEO of Co-Star Entertainment and Producer of the event.last_img read more

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Effects you can see feel and smell at Canadas first 4DX cinema

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment It didn’t take long before someone’s popcorn went flying.Canada’s first 4DX movie auditorium debuted Friday at Cineplex Yonge-Dundas with a screening of Marvel’s new superhero saga Doctor Strange.The technology combines 2D or 3D films with about 20 different types of effects — including seats that vibrate and lurch — making me forget at times that I wasn’t actually riding a rollercoaster or standing outdoors in the thick of winter. Login/Register With: Knowing we could take off at any moment, I was cautious to only reach for my drink during dialogue-heavy scenes, paranoid it would end up all over me the moment a punch was thrown on-screen.But the reporter next to me at Friday’s media preview was not so fortunate, having a gust of wind blow the bag of popcorn out of his hands and onto the floor as we stood atop Mount Everest with Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Leonard Cohen buried quietly on Thursday in Montreal

first_img Facebook The evidence of his burial lies beneath a conspicuous covering of fallen brown leaves in front of an unmarked gravestone, which cover the unsettled earth, wet cement and the tracks of an industrial digger. Advertisement Leonard Cohen had already been buried at a Montreal cemetery before his death became publicly known.The legendary singer-songwriter received a graveside memorial service on Thursday, according to a statement released by Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, an Orthodox synagogue in Montreal’s Westmount neighbourhood of which he “was a beloved and revered member.”Cohen died on Monday in Los Angeles, though his death at age 82 was only made public on Thursday night in a post on Facebook. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Submissions Open for Canadas National Pictures of the Year

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement NPAC is constantly trying to strengthen this competition for its members and we welcome suggestions on how we can make the NPOY competition bigger and better. Please feel free to email: President@npac.ca and: Advertising@npac.ca with any comments or questions.Deadline for all entries, except for Student Photographer of the Year and Student Multimedia, is 11:59PM (Pacific Standard Time) January 31, 2017. Deadline for Student Photographer of the Year and Student Multimedia entries is 11:59PM (Pacific Standard Time) April 15, 2017.For more information visit: http://npac.ca/national-pictures-of-the-year-rules-and-submission-guidelines/. Submissions are now open for Canadian photojournalists to have their best 2016 images considered for recognition for excellence in photojournalism. Judging will be held in February, 2017 (exact date to be announced) in Toronto and will be live-streamed.The News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) has a long tradition of honouring and celebrating the great photojournalists whose work told the stories of our country and world the previous year. The Canadian Pictures of the Year Awards (NPOY) represent the best in Canadian photojournalism.One of the categories, the National Photographer of the Year Award has new and improved changes, so entrants should refer to the revised instructions at (http://npac.ca/national-pictures-of-the-year-rules-and-submission-guidelines/). LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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ITS BEEN VERY CHALLENGING MOVIE PRODUCTIONS VYING FOR SPACE AND STAFF IN

first_imgAdvertisement Crew members work on set for the television series, The Arrangement in downtown Vancouver in August, 2017. (Rafferty Baker/CBC) Advertisement Tara Cowell-Plain has been working in film production in Vancouver for the past 22 years, but she says this summer has been one of the most difficult of her career when it comes to finding suitable crew members and scene locations.“It’s been very challenging,” said Cowell-Plain, currently a line producer on Dragged Across Concrete, an upcoming film starring Mel Gibson, Jennifer Carpenter and Vince Vaughn.“Everything from trying to find crew who have experience, to working with local city officials, in terms of shooting downtown with other productions and their schedules, and obviously the efficiencies the city needs to maintain for residents.” Facebook Advertisementcenter_img The City of Vancouver says there are 70 film, television and commercial shoots taking place on city streets in August alone — and Dragged Across Concrete has to compete with all of them.“For instance, Deadpool is shooting quite a lot of sequences downtown and we’ve had to work with their schedule,” said Cowell-Plain.‘At capacity right now’According to the union that represents many of the people who work in the B.C. film industry, last summer’s production demands broke records — but this year appears to be even more intense.“We’re a significant margin — probably about 10 per cent higher than we were last year,” said Phil Klapwyk, business representative for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 891.“We’re actually at capacity right now,” added Klapwyk, whose union represents everyone from artists and carpenters to people working in hair and makeup departments.A sign directs the crew to the set of The Arrangement, a TV series being shot in Vancouver. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)He partly credits the boom to the surge of online streaming platforms, like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon.“This is the cycle we go through every time a big push for content is put on, like we experienced the same situation back when HBO first came into existence,” he said. “We expanded rapidly at that point as well.”IATSE has added more than 1,600 people to its membership list in the past year, swelling the organization to 7,600 members, along with about 6,000 people who work as permittees.‘Not as experienced as we’d like’For Cowell-Plain, the movie has to be made regardless of hurdles, but the pressure from so many productions forces hard choices to be made.“Some of the people on the crew are not as experienced as we’d like. I kind of look at all films as a great training ground for people that are coming into the industry, and we need those people in the industry so there’s a responsibility there,” she said.Cowell-Plain said the positions are mostly being filled, but rather than 10 candidates, she’s choosing from just one or two in some cases.Piles of cable and film gear are a common sight around downtown Vancouver all year round — but especially during the summer months. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)“I would say that, considering the size of movie this is and the level of cast we have, I was expecting it to be quite a bit easier to find people to work on the film. That was a surprise to me.”In addition, she’s also had to choose shooting locations farther from downtown Vancouver, including Surrey.“Prices for things have risen dramatically. What people are expecting you pay for, rentals of locations, rentals of parking … has risen quite a bit,” she said. “It’s been dramatic. Over the last five to ten years, it’s just gone up, up, up.”And Klapwyk doesn’t have good news for anyone hoping a downturn might ease up production resources in the next little while.“I don’t anticipate any immediate slowdowns. It’s looking like we’re going to have a strong fall … it’s looking pretty good.”By Rafferty BakerFollow Rafferty Baker on Twitter: @raffertybaker Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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CBC AND WARNER BROS INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION PRODUCTION ARE ON THE HUNT FOR

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CBC and Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP) today announced the return of the Format Incubator for a third round. Beginning today through April 23, Canadian producers are invited to submit ideas for original primetime unscripted formats with strong Canadian and international appeal. Format Incubator is a collaborative venture between CBC, WBITVP and the independent production community in Canada, aimed at boosting the creation of original, exportable television formats. Full submission details are available at cbc.ca/formatincubator.“In partnership with Warner Bros., CBC is committed to investing in Canadian formats with broad appeal for audiences in Canada and around the world,” said Jennifer Dettman, executive director, unscripted content, CBC. “The first two rounds of the Format Incubator have produced two original factual series that have resonated with Canadians, both through broadcast and social engagement: THE STATS OF LIFE and UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT. We’re thrilled to announce that they have both been renewed after successful runs on the schedule in 2017, and are now being shopped on the global stage at MIPTV. For the 2018 Format Incubator, we are looking for primetime entertainment concepts that feel big, bold and innovative and appeal to the core CBC audience.”The first program to come out of the Format Incubator initiative was Frantic Films’ factual series THE STATS OF LIFE which debuted as a pilot (1×60) in spring 2016, followed by a four episode half-hour series in fall 2017. The series reached over 2 million viewers* and has now been renewed for a second season. THE STATS OF LIFE  is a fun, factual entertainment series that layers graphics of statistics over intimate stories of real people, exploring how households across the country compare to one another while allowing the viewer to discover where they themselves fit into the bigger picture. The format is represented in the international marketplace by Zodiak Rights, part of the Banijay Group (formerly Banijay International). Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Produced by Proper Television and hosted by DRAGONS’ DEN investor Arlene Dickinson, UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT was selected as the winning format for the second year of the Format Incubator. Featuring Dickinson as she took budding entrepreneurs shopping for the right small business to fulfill their dreams, two back-to-back specials premiered in November 2016 and reached one million viewers on CBC.** Under New Management will be distributed internationally by Warner Bros. International TV Production.Format Incubator is open to applicants with all levels of experience, from students to established producers, and will support up to three new unscripted pilots through the development and production process, including primetime broadcast on CBC. Submissions must be original, non-derivative primetime entertainment formats that are fun and family-friendly with the potential for multiple seasons and broad appeal for both Canadian and international audiences. Chosen formats will benefit from development and creative editorial support from CBC and Warner Bros. International Television Production, and an expedited distribution process to bring their concept to the international market.Pilots will be financed by CBC and WBITVP, along with provincial and federal tax credits and CMF funding when applicable. Canadian producers will retain copyright of the program, and the format will be owned equally and jointly by the production company, CBC and WBITVP.*Source: Numeris TV Meter, Nov. 24- Dec. 15, 2017, CBC, Total, Total Canada, AMA, generated by InfoSys+TV**Source: Numeris TV Meter, November 16, 2017, CBC, Total, Total Canada, AMA, generated by InfoSys+TVAbout CBC/Radio-Canada:CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.About Warner Bros. International Television Production:Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP) produces local scripted and non-scripted programming through its network of local production operations in 15 countries across the UK, Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand. WBITVP’s production operations are responsible for both original programming as well as local versions of formats owned and controlled by the Warner Bros. Television Group, such as “The Bachelor,” “First Dates,” “Little Big Shots,” “500 Questions,” “Impractical Jokers” and “Who Do You Think You Are?” Where WBITVP has no local production capability, it licenses Warner Bros. formats to third parties.last_img read more

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Meet Sheila Lumsden the first Indigenous person to crack the top 24

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National NewsFor Inuit, food is culture and culture can be food. From char to caribou, Inuit treasure the connection to the land and the people that country food brings.Iqaluit’s Sheila Lumsden is about to bring that joy for northern cooking to a national audience.Lumsden is the first indigenous person to crack the Top 24 in MasterChef Canada, a reality cooking show that pits home chefs from across the country against each other, to determine who is the Master Chef.For an Inuk chef like Lumsden, if you’re going to show the country something, it might as well be country food.“I would say, if people have a chance to try our seal meat, especially baby seal, which is a delicacy, that would not only help to educate people on how yummy our food is, but also help the cause in supporting the seal hunt,” said Lumsden.To support Inuit food often means defending Inuit culture, which is intimidating for one Inuk to do.Lumsden faced another intimidation, the actual competition. The clock is merciless, and so are the judges.She is much more relaxed in her kitchen, telling her story while picking the tiny bones out of a piece of arctic char, but remembers her time in the pressure cooker well.“Then of course, having the chef judges standing there, while we’re preparing food, you see, was very intimidating,” she said.Lumsden was the last chef to arrive in Toronto due to travel from Nunavut. When she arrived, she was greeted with cheers from her competitors.Then, questions started.“Country food, that’s the food I prefer to prepare, that I choose to prepare and cook. The other 23 home cooks, in out down times, I had unending questions being shot at me,” said Lumsden.MasterChef keeps their secrets close, but did reveal to us what Lumsden’s audition dish was.She made the cut with wild arctic char ceviche with avocado salad garnished with daikon and chives.That is what she wants for other indigenous home chefs, to cook the food that makes them feel like home.“It is wide open. Indigenous cuisine and Inuit cuisine is a wide open page that can be filled by people like myself or other indigenous or Inuit cooks or chefs, that want to explore that. We can help educate other Canadians,” said Lumsden.MasterChef Canada premiers next week, and Lumsden will be the first Inuk to ever compete on it – and Nunavut will be watching closely to see what she does with tuktu (caribou) from their nanook (polar bear).kdriscoll@aptn.caFollow @kentdriscolllast_img read more

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Ottawa wont get involved in police shootings in Nunavut

first_imgKent Driscoll Mark BlackburnAPTN National NewsA spokesperson for the minister responsible for the RCMP says it’s too early for the department to get involved in the Mounties’ affairs despite the number of police shootings in the territory over the past few months.“It’s premature to comment while the Ottawa Police Service investigations are on-going,” said Scott Bardsley, a spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. “The results of these investigations will provide an impartial review of the incidents.The RCMP is responsible for policing the 1.7 million square kilometre territory and the 35,000 people who live in its remote communities.In the last six months, officers have been involved in the deaths of three men.The latest shooting occurred May when police shot and killed Jeremy Nivviaq in Hall Beach, NU.Ottawa Police have been called in the investigate the shooting.The results of the investigation will not be released to the public.To date, no Mountie has been charged or disciplined for any of the shootings.Paul Okalik, former premier and minister of justice in Nunavut said the reviews of police shootings in Nunavut must be more transparent.In March, Okalik called for a study on whether Nunavut should have its own police force.“I want to see a review of perhaps aboriginal policing in our smaller communities so that we can recruit our own, and serve smaller communities with local police forces, that can so a job that is currently the job of the RCMP,” said Okalik.But the review Okalik is calling for won’t be done by Goodale.APTN asked the minister if he was concerned about the number of shootings in such a short period of time.The minister’s office did not answer that question.Instead, in an email statement said the RCMP is trained to deal with these situations.“All members are trained in de-escalation techniques and are instructed to consider all intervention options based on subject behaviour, situational factors, tactical considerations and officer perceptions,” said Bardsley.The other men shot and killed in Nunavut in recent months are Charles Qirngnirq, 21 who was killed in Gjoa Haven Dec. 19, 2016. And a 20-year-old man in Pond Inlet who died in March, 2017. Police are not releasing the man’s name or whether officers shot him or he killed himself.Calls requesting an interview with RCMP Nunavut Superintendent Mike Jeffrey were not returned.Police have also been a target in Nunavut. In 2007, Const. Douglas Scott was shot and killed in Kimmirut. RCMP Const. Jurgen Seewald was killed in March 2001, in Cape Dorset, NU.Hunter Tootoo, the Member of Parliament for Nunavut, said the shootings show more resources are needed.“The shootings are very tragic and unfortunately serve as a reminder of something that I have long advocated for – the need for more Mental Health Resources in Nunavut,” he said in an email.kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img read more

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Two youth in custody for Iqaluit Northmart fire RCMP

first_imgRaven flies over charred remains of Northmart warehouse in Iqaluit after devastating fire. (Kent Driscoll photos)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsRCMP in Iqaluit have two youth in custody in connection to a multi-million-dollar fire that destroyed a major grocery warehouse in the Nunavut capital Thursday.The say charges of arson and disregard for human life are pending against the pair, who can’t be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.Police allege the two youth set six fires over six hours to four vehicles, garbage containers, an empty structure and the Northmart warehouse.The last fire was spotted by patrolling officers at 1:40 a.m. on Nov. 8, who were able to get employees working overnight out of the building and evacuate a nearby seniors’ complex.“We would like to thank the community for its patience despite the devastating loss,” Insp. Mark Crowther said in a release.“The investigation is ongoing and the RCMP would like to remind the public to report any suspicious activities that they observe.”The Northmart warehouse, owned and operated by The North West Company of Winnipeg, was “a total loss,” the company said Thursday.It housed a supply warehouse, furniture sales, snowmobile repair, Tim Hortons coffee outlet and retail grocery store.North West has not provided a financial estimate of damage or said how many employees were out of work.“All staff working in the building were safely evacuated,” the company said in a release.No injuries were reported and the city said firefighters – with reinforcements flown in from other communities – worked more than 22 hours to bring the blaze under control and stop it from spreading.Fresh food reaches Iqaluit by plane from the south because the territory has no highway system connecting its many remote communities.One of the airlines – Canadian North – said it is looking to increase flights to meet demand.The city and territorial government said they are monitoring the food supply and keeping an eye on prices to make sure they don’t run out or spike.Nunavut has some of the highest grocery costs in Canada.Two major Inuit organizations said they “are working with the Qajuqturvik Food Centre to monitor the impact of the Northmart fire on food security in Iqaluit” and starting a food-drive.“Tonight our volunteers will be delivering seal meat to the elders,” the group tweeted Friday.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

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Haida Elders receive honorary degrees for their commitment to language preservation

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsTaalgyaa’adad (Betty Richardson) had no idea that she would ever be celebrating an honorary degree when she joined the Skidegate Haida Immersion Program (SHIP) two decades ago.“Never, never in my wildest dreams did I think anything like this would ever happen,” said Taalgyaa’adad.“But here we are, we’ve got our Doctorate and it’s wonderful, it’s just heartwarming.”Taalgyaa’adad is one of nine Haida Elders who received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Vancouver Island University (VIU) for recording and revitalizing the Skidegate dialect of Haida’s oral language.(Taalgyaa’adad at the ceremony at the Vancouver Island University. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)Since the group began 21 years ago, it’s translated and produced hundreds of CD Roms, developed an app with thousands of words, wrote a glossary and many children’s books.“It’s the most important thing in the world for our language to be preserved because it means it’s preserving us as people,” said Taalgyaa’adad.“We’re preserving our language and carrying it on to the next generation.”Taalgyaa’adad joined SHIP in 2000 after her husband passed away.The group met five days a week, ten months a year and Taalgyaa’adad says it gave her a purpose.“It’s given me the will to wake up every morning,” said Taalgyaa’adad.“I can’t die today I have to go to school,” she says while laughing.The Elders lived through Residential school and were forbidden to practice their culture and speak their own language.Learning or holding onto their traditional language wasn’t easy.“Fortunately we lived with our grandmother until I was 13 years old and my grandmother spoke fluent Haida, in fact she spoke very broken English,” said Taalgyaa’adad.“And I had an Aunt who also lived with us who spoke fluent Haida so the two of them speaking back and forth to one another is where I learned.”The Elders’ family members and Haida political leaders attended the Convocation in Nanaimo B.C. on June 3.Everyone packed the ballroom of the Coast Bastion Hotel after the ceremony to celebrate with dinner and speeches.Taalgyaa’adad’s oldest son, Kilslay Kaji Sting spoke at the event.“Language is who we are, language is how we articulate and express our world view,” said Kilslay Kaji Sting.“Our story as a nation is an ancient one, we’ve been in our homelands for thousands of years, for hundreds of generations and thrived and developed a culture as good as any on this earth throughout all of history,” she said. “And right now it’s fighting against this colonial narrative that puts us less than the other people, less than general society, not even being human enough to have rights.“And to do that they attempt to separate us from our lands, they separate us from our stories and the worst trick they tried was separate us from our culture and language.”(Elders on stage at the Vancouver Island University ceremony. Photo courtesy: VIU)Kilslay Kaji Sting is proud of his mother’s hard work and wants to see his entire community speak Haida again – like it was before colonization.“I want it to be functional in Haida business and I want to be able to go to a Haida feast and talk in Haida and talk to other people in Haida,” said Kilslay Kaji Sting.“I’m one generation removed from that.  My mom and dad could do that, I’m the first one that couldn’t.“Well we’re changing that, by the time I check out it will be changed.”Chancellor Louis Mandell from Vancouver Island University says it is fitting that SHIP be recognized during the United Nations Year of Indigenous Languages.“This year we seek healing, from the violent disruption and interruption of language transmission and recovery of humanity’s linguistic heritage.“Indigenous languages are disappearing around the world at unprecedented rates, with Canada one of the worst examples.”“We are overwhelmed with admiration and inspiration, and celebrate SHIP’s love and lasting legacy.”Now that the Elders have reached such remarkable success, it doesn’t mean the project is finished says Taalgyaa’adad.“A lot of the times I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about a word and I’ve got a pen and paper by my bed and I’ll write the word down that has come to me.”“I’ve known it, but it’s been sort of hidden in the back of my mind.”“Words are added every day, in fact words are being added today as we speak.”lhamelin@aptn.ca@laurie_hamelinlast_img read more

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University of Winnipeg Lung Association looking for TB patients from the past

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsA new project was launched this week in Winnipeg that is trying to identify patients who had tuberculosis (TB) and were sent to hospitals in Manitoba and the doctors who treated them.For decades Indigenous people living with tuberculosis were sent to so-called Indian hospitals or sanatoriums across Canada.Many children there faced the similar abuse experienced in residential schools.The Manitoba Indigenous Tuberculosis Photo Project is a collaboration between the University of Winnipeg and the Manitoba Lung Association, formerly known as the Sanatorium Board of Manitoba.The team is tasked with identifying patients and doctors from a series of approximately 150 photos donated by the Manitoba Lung Association.“Our number one goal is to share the photos back to patients and back to communities,” said Erin Millions, a post-doctoral fellow at the U of W and one of the leads on the project.“A lot of academic research projects aren’t designed to put the needs of the communities first and our goal is to respond to community requests and give those photos back.”Don Courchene’s older brother Leonard was sent to a hospital for TB.Now he’s flipping through a photobook filled with unidentified toddlers in cribs and children in matching pajamas with the hope of finding him.Find more information here on Facebook and TwitterCourchene remembers the day Leonard was taken from their family home is Sagkeeng First Nation.It happened in the early 60s when Courchene was a young child.“One day you’re living together and then the next day he’s gone and we don’t know where he’s gone,” said Courchene.Leonard was in his early teens when he was sent to a sanatorium in Manitoba.It would be years before Leonard returned home.“It’s a lost feeling like where are they gone? You don’t see them anymore,” said Courchene.Courchene took some time to scan the photos while on a short break.While he didn’t find his brother, he said he would be back to finish viewing the rest of the photos.The project set up a booth a block away from the second National Elders Gathering in Winnipeg with hopes of reaching a wide audience.The project was originally supposed to be a social media campaign but Millions said this changed with direction from the university’s Indigenous Advisory Council.“Indigenous ex-patients, their families, their descendants and communities are sort of clamouring for this sort of engagement with them about these histories of Indigenous health history,” she said.A class action lawsuit was launched by survivors against the federal government in 2018.Millions said hearing some of the stories from survivors has been ‘heartbreaking.’“These are kids who were sent away for medical treatment. We know that in the hospitals and sanatoriums, as in residential schools, it was underfunded, it was underpaid, patients received sub par treatment. There was abuse,” she said.Millions hopes to take the photos to other communities in Manitoba.In the meantime, the group will be posting photos on their Facebook and Twitter pages.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

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UK EU hail Brexit breakthrough despite unresolved questions

first_imgBRUSSELS – Britain and the European Union hailed a breakthrough Friday that allows them to begin talks on their post-Brexit relations without answering some key questions about how their divorce will play out.With pressure building on British Prime Minister Theresa May’s fragile government, the sides agreed on the last sticking point in Britain’s divorce terms: the border between EU member Ireland and the United Kingdom’s Northern Ireland.They both accepted that the border must remain open once Britain leaves the bloc in 2019, although they left it unclear how that would happen in practice. After a hectic night of phone diplomacy, the Northern Ireland party blocking a deal __ and propping up May’s Conservative government — said it was satisfied.Negotiators also reached a broad agreement on the other divorce terms, which the EU had required before it would allow the talks to move on to the weighty questions of future relations, including trade, which had been keeping businesses and financial markets on edge.The sides agreed on the rights of both British citizens in EU countries and EU nationals in the U.K. The also ironed out the terms of Britain’s financial obligations to the bloc, which could total some 50 billion euros ($59 billion), though the exact size of the bill cannot be calculated.Just after dawn, with the British flag flying outside its headquarters, the EU’s executive body, the European Commission, said it was finally satisfied with May’s proposals and recommended that the talks move to the next phase. Leaders of Britain’s 27 EU partner countries are expected to ratify that decision at a meeting on Thursday in Brussels.“I believe that we have now made the breakthrough that we needed,” Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said during a news conference with May. EU lawmakers, who must ratify any full Brexit agreement, also endorsed the deal.The arrangement buys time, particularly for May’s government, which EU negotiators have complained of being indecisive in what it wants amid an internal fight over the direction the country should take.A majority of British voters decided 18 months ago to leave the EU, but this first phase of talks — focused on preliminary issues that many had expected to be resolved quickly — has dragged on amid disputes over the divorce bill and the Irish border.A final Brexit agreement must be found by next autumn, to leave time for national European parliaments to endorse it.If EU leaders endorse this deal, Brexit negotiations are likely to resume in early January, officials say.Still, the first phase is not really over. Friday’s deal seems to simply delay decisions on some key points, including how to keep the Irish border open.Britain is promising to withdraw from the European tariff-less single market and customs union while saying there will be no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland — although the former will remain within the EU single market and the latter in the U.K.So complex are the issues — and couched in such vague language in Friday’s deal — that experts will try to resolve the contradictions in a separate strand of talks over the 10 months of negotiating time that remains.Even the European Commission acknowledged the size of the challenge in a report to EU leaders that said the wording “seems hard to reconcile with the United Kingdom’s communicated decision to leave the internal market and the Customs Union.”The parties involved in the agreement appear satisfied, for now.“I very much welcome the prospect of moving ahead to the next phase, to talk about trade and security and to discuss the positive and ambitious future relationship that is in all of our interests,” May said.Ireland’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar, welcomed the compromise as a step in the right direction, saying “this is not the end but it is the end of the beginning.”EU heavyweights Germany, France and Spain also cautiously welcomed the Brexit developments, while warning that perhaps the most difficult negotiations lie ahead.Those further from the talks were angry.Nigel Farage, who led the drive to leave the EU as head of the U.K. Independence Party, said May had caved on critical points. Farage tweeted that the deal was “good news for Mrs. May as we can now move on to the next stage of humiliation.”On the other side, anti-Brexit London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it is “extremely disappointing” that Britain is pledging to leave the single market and customs union.“Despite the progress today, it looks increasingly unlikely that we will get a deal that works in London’s best interests and protects jobs and growth across Britain,” he said.Already, precious time has been lost. The real drama — sketching out future ties, the parameters of a trade agreement and fixing the outstanding divorce issues — lies ahead.European Council President Donald Tusk, who will chair next Thursday’s summit, grimly pointed out that 18 months have passed since Britain voted to leave the EU, yet the hardest work must still be done.“So much time has been devoted to the easier part of the task and now to negotiate a transition arrangement and the framework for our future relationship we have de-facto less than a year,” Tusk said.“We all know that breaking up is hard, but breaking up and building a new relation is much harder,” he said.___Lawless reported from London. Danica Kirka contributed to this report.last_img read more

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EU opens antitrust investigation of air ticket distributors

first_imgBRUSSELS — European Union regulators have launched an investigation into flight ticket distribution services on concerns that their agreements with airlines might result in more expensive plane tickets.The EU’s executive Commission said Friday that it has opened an antitrust investigation into Amadeus and Sabre, two major “global distribution systems” for airline tickets.The Commission is examining whether their contracts may restrict airlines and travel agents from using other suppliers.EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said she’s concerned any possible restrictions “could create carriers to innovation” and push up distribution costs for airlines, “ultimately raising ticket prices for travellers.”Amadeus of Spain and Sabre, a U.S. company, provide flight booking systems and reservation management software.The Commission said the opening of a formal investigation “does not prejudge its outcome.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Ecuador 550 million needed to respond to Venezuela exodus

first_imgQUITO, Ecuador — Officials in Ecuador say it will cost the small South American nation $550 million to respond to the influx of Venezuelan migrants.Vice Minister Santiago Chavez said Friday the price of health, education and other services migrants require is quickly adding up.Chavez made the remarks as leaders from throughout Latin America gathered in Ecuador’s capital to discuss a joint response to the exodus. The United Nations says more than 3 million Venezuelans have fled their country’s economic and humanitarian crisis in recent years, putting a strain on governments throughout the region.The World Bank recently estimated it will cost Colombia upward of $1 billion over the next year to tend to the surge of migrants.The Associated Presslast_img

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White House names scaledback delegation for Swiss forum

first_imgWASHINGTON — The White House has named the members of a scaled-back delegation that will represent the Trump administration next week at an annual economic conference in Switzerland.President Donald Trump had planned to attend the World Economic Forum in Davis, but cancelled his trip because of the partial government shutdown.The White House said Tuesday that a smaller delegation led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) will still attend. Joining Mnuchin are Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.Dropped from the delegation are the labour, transportation and homeland security secretaries, and the small business administrator.Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner — both senior White House advisers — also are no longer attending the forum.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Stage North Theatre Societys latest production opens tonight

first_imgThe cost of admission for “Mary’s Wedding” is $25 for adults, and $20 for students and seniors. Tickets will be sold at the box office one hour prior to the event“Mary’s Wedding” runs from April 26th – April 28th and curtains open at 7:30 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Stage North Theatre Society is set to bring Fort St. John their latest production. “Mary’s Wedding” opens tonight at the North Peace Cultural Centre.The play takes place the night before Mary’s Wedding in 1920. The play journeys through Mary’s dream, her past, and the moment she meets her first love Charlie before he volunteers for World War One. Charlie’s side of the story takes place in the trenches along side his mentor and sergeant. The play is as much about history as it is about romance.Emry Mika, who would be best remembered for her roles in the Stage North Theatre Society’s productions of Chicago and Legally Blonde, plays the roles of Mary, as well as Charlie’s mentor the Sergeant. Charlie will be played by Cody MacGillivray who is best remembered for his role as the fed ex guy in the Stage North Theatre society’s production of Legally Blonde.last_img read more

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