Cuba Gooding Jr Takes A Stand Against Kidney Disease With NephCure

first_imgCuba Gooding Jr. may be best known for his roles as a high-energy football player, dedicated lawyer, or honor-bound solider. Off-camera the beloved actor and father of three is stepping into a new role: advocate and activist.The Academy Award winning actor is partnering with NephCure Kidney International to raise awareness about kidney disease.“Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States, but is one of the most underfunded in research. FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis) and Nephrotic Syndrome are some of the most devastating kidney diseases affecting children and adults. NephCure is the only organization in the world focused on raising money for research to get better treatments and a cure for these diseases. When I learned about these conditions I knew I had to do something. I’m proud to partner with NephCure to help them raise awareness,” Mr. Gooding said.Kidney Disease Statistics • Chronic kidney disease plagues more than 26 million Americans • Nephrotic Syndrome is the leading cause of kidney failure in children • Every day 12 people die waiting for a kidney transplant • There is no cure for these conditions, and currently no standard of care. • Treatments can include high-dose steroids and chemotherapy-type medicines. • Even with these treatments, many patients progress to kidney failure within 5 years. • African Americans are at a higher risk for kidney disease and are FIVE TIMES more likely to get FSGS than other populations.“Numbers are important to underscore the urgency, but this is about more than numbers – it’s about people battling to keep themselves, their spouses, their children alive. We need better treatments now for patients who are suffering every day,” Mr. Gooding said. “The government gives very little money to kidney disease research, and we need to change how research is funded. That’s why we need to support organizations like NephCure who lead the way as a catalyst for accelerating kidney disease research.”Mr. Gooding will join NephCure at their Annual Fundraising Gala at New York’s Chelsea Piers on December 4. A select number of tickets are available for purchase until December 2. Can’t come to the event? You can still join the cause and support NephCure in their quest to end debilitating forms of kidney disease, FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome. Simply text the word “CURE” along with your donation to 50155, or click here to pledge your support today.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Brad Paisley Launches Fundraising Campaign For West Virginia Flood Victims And Donates

first_imgGoFundMe, the world’s largest online fundraising platform, is pleased to announce that country music superstar Brad Paisley has launched a GoFundMe campaign and made a $100,000 donation to help the victims of the West Virginia floods that killed 23 and left thousands homeless.To view Brad Paisley’s GoFundMe Campaign, click here.To raise awareness for the fundraising campaign, Brad Paisley hosted a Facebook Live event yesterday at 2pm CT. To watch the event, visit this page.“Now that the waters are receding it’s time to pitch in and help in any way we can. One of the best ways I have found that hopefully will raise the largest amount of money the quickest and get it to the people in need the fastest is through GoFundMe. I have set a goal of $1 million — this is doable and only a small portion of what is needed. Join me as we help West Virginians together,” says Paisley.“We couldn’t be more pleased that Brad Paisley is working with the GoFundMe community to help victims of the recent devastating floods in West Virginia,” said CEO Rob Solomon. “We hope the online community rallies around Brad’s campaign to give comfort and relief to West Virginians in need.”The GoFundMe community has a history of coming together in the aftermath of natural disasters. Donors raised over $1 million for those impacted by the Fort McMurray fires in Canada. Over $1 million dollars was raised for the victims and their families of the earthquakes in Ecuador in April, and $7 million was raised on GoFundMe in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquakes.last_img read more

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Gabrielles Angel Foundation Hosted The Angel Ball Launch Party 2016

first_imgDenise Rich and Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research celebrated the generous support of the foundation through its Angel Ball Launch Party 2016 at TAO Downtown on Thursday, October 6th, 2016.Guests toasted the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation with cocktails by Manhattan Moonshine, the world’s first premium silver whiskey. Manhattan Moonshine served up its signature Earl Grey Sour cocktail, which is a delicious Whiskey Sour infused with Earl Grey tea. Due to its naturally sweet, grain forward flavor, Manhattan Moonshine makes the perfect whiskey for cocktails. Founder and CEO William Kehler was on site to serve up these delicious cocktails. Sufi Wines also served guests its perfectly balanced red and white wines.Attendees included: Denise Rich, Will Kehler, Lauren Day Roberts, Amrita Singh, Sam Bhatia, Michelle Herbert, Paola Bacchini-Rosenshein, Alisa Roever, Cynthia Ott, Jasper Ott, Morris Moinian, Michelle Rella, Frank Rella, Tatiana Byron Marx and Brad Marx.For more information and tickets to the Angel Ball 2016 on Monday, November 21st, 2016 at Cipriani Wall Street, please visit www.gabriellesangels.org.last_img read more

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Decisive Action From Russia Iran and Turkey Required to Avoid Needless Deaths

first_imgThe Elders strongly urge the three guarantors of the “Astana Process” – Iran, Russia and Turkey – to overcome their recent differences and work hand-in-hand to prevent heavy civilian casualties in Syria’s Idlib region. A large-scale offensive there appears imminent.Gro Harlem Brundtland, Acting Chair of The Elders and former Prime Minister of Norway, said:“Russia, Iran and Turkey have taken it upon themselves to work together to restore peace and security to Syria. As a result, they have a heavy responsibility to act decisively at this time to prevent further deaths and injuries to civilians in Idlib. The situation could not be more urgent.”Almost half Idlib’s estimated population of 2.9 million are people who have been displaced from other parts of the country. Among them, about a million children are most at risk. Indiscriminate aerial bombardments over the past days are already reported to have caused many casualties.Lakhdar Brahimi, Elder and the former UN and Arab League Special Envoy for Syria, added:“The people of Syria have suffered too much and for far too long. The Syrian Government and its supporters, Turkey and the armed groups can and must do all that is necessary to ensure that the vast civilian population in Idlib province receives the effective protection which international humanitarian law gives them.”The Elders have long urged the US and Russian Governments to work together, patiently and persistently, first to end the fighting and then to focus on a meaningful political process.
The UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura has called for a Syrian constitutional committee to meet in Geneva in the coming days.Martti Ahtisaari, Elder, Nobel Laureate and former President of Finland who has helped end several intractable conflicts, commented:“Any lasting solution to this war must of course be fully Syrian-owned. But, to get to that point, the external actors first need to work together. The reference point must remain UN Security Council Resolution 2254 of December 2015. It was approved unanimously and remains the agreed political route for Syria.”last_img read more

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Pamela Anderson to Gordon Ramsay Drop the Foie Gras at Flagship Restaurant

first_imgIn the lead-up to World Vegan Month (November), PETA Honorary Director Pamela Anderson is calling on TV chef Gordon Ramsay to remove foie gras from the menu of his flagship establishment in London, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, and replace it with faux gras for the month.“[F]oie gras is nothing more than a diseased liver produced in a real-life Hell’s Kitchen,” writes Anderson in her letter to Ramsay. “Given your exceptional talent, I have no doubt that you can create dishes to impress that don’t involve this cruelty.”To produce foie gras, ducks and geese are force-fed several times a day until their livers become diseased and swell to up to 10 times their normal size. PETA U.K. — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way” — has released exposés of foie gras farms that revealed that birds used for the cruelly obtained food were sick, dying, and dead and that some had holes in their necks from being impaled by the feeding pipes. Foie gras production is so inhumane that it’s illegal in the U.K. and more than a dozen other countries.last_img read more

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Women in PR Canada and USA Releases Global Gender Pay Gap Annual

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter When it comes to salaries women are also falling behind. Comparing like for like, the average salary for men in PR is US $61,284(CDN $76,365) compared to women US $55,212 (CDN $68,799), revealing a gender pay gap of US $6,072 (CDN $7,566).“Women are a driving force in PR. We are not just sitting back on the sidelines and watching change. We are making change happen. Women in PR USA marks growth and commitment, and a goal to continually advance our roles in the profession,” states Deirdre Breakenridge, CEO, Pure Performance Communications.By far the biggest gender pay gap is at the boardroom level. There is a staggering gap amongst the highest earners, with more than double the number of men (28%) earning over US $150,000 (CDN $186,915) compared to 12% of women.“The PR industry is nearly two-thirds female and we are still faced with some of the same challenges we had 50 years ago. We still have a wage gap in our profession and there are still only a few female CEOs at large PR firms. We still have unrealistic ideals and limitations in the work force for women,” says Daniela Kelloway, Founder and CEO, ClutchPR.The PR workplace does not appear to be more gender equal as we get older – 36% of women believe the PR industry is ageist, compared with 25% of men.The survey also provided an important insight into the work/life balance and working practices giving clues as to why more women are not better represented at the top of a profession where they dominate.“Women in PR USA is focused on elevating women and comprised of dynamic, industry-leading PR professionals. True success comes only when we support one another,” says Shannon Furey, Public Relations Director, M studio. “We are working to close the industry’s leadership gap and support the next generation of women PR leaders.”One noticeable finding in the survey was the confidence gap. Twice as many women (26%) say they are ‘not confident’ asking for a promotion or pay rise, compared to 13% of men. And when asked if they think they will reach the top of the career ladder – 28% of men believe they will ‘definitely’ get there, whereas only 18% of women believe this.“Fostering a community of collaboration versus competition is so important and often overlooked in our industry.  Shared insights and mentorship that drives cumulative success and confidence will always have the highest return.” – Christine Faulhaber, President & CEO, Faulhaber Communications.The results will be presented in a panel discussion at the Global PR Summit in Toronto on November 21, 2017. The discussion will be moderated by Talia Beckett Davis, Founder of the Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations and President of Pink Pearl PR.“One of our main goals when forming this organization in North America was to provide a place for women to thrive earlier in their careers and to strengthen the capabilities of established leaders in the PR industry,” explains Beckett-Davis.Speakers include: Colleen Harris, Former Press Secretary to Princes Charles, William and Harry; Sheri Morgan, Senior Communications Manager, PepsiCo Foods; Christine Faulhaber, President and CEO, Faulhaber Communications; Daniela Kelloway, Founder, Clutch PR; Cynthia Gutierrez-White, Senior Director, Strategic Marketing and Outreach Director, Administration, Johns Hopkins Medicine.The organization is building chapters across Canada and the USA. Through student, individual and corporate subscriptions, members have access to online courses, resources, case studies and networking opportunities. Memberships are reciprocal across Canada and the USA.For more information, visit www.womeninpr.caSocial MediaJoin the conversation online:#WomeninPRCanadaTwitter: @WomeninPRCanadaFacebook.com/WomeninPRCanadaLinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8445471Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WomeninPublicRelations/ Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO – The Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations (Women in PR Canada) and the Organization of American Women in Public Relations (Women in PR USA) together announce the annual gender pay gap survey results with sector group Global Women in PR.The results revealed that although women represent two-thirds of the global PR industry, 78% of the CEOs in the top 30 PR agencies worldwide are men and that they also occupy 62% of seats at the PR boardroom table.The data collected from the annual gender pay gap survey with Global Women in PR, into the working practices of the global PR industry, highlights the fact that very few PR women make it to the top of the profession.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Women in PR Canada and USA Releases Global Gender Pay Gap Annual Survey Results; Survey Reveals Significant Gender Pay Gap at the Boardroom Level (CNW Group/The Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations) Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

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CTV TAPS THE BEAVERTON TO DELIVER ITS NEW YEARS EVE MARQUEE SPECIAL

first_img Facebook TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2017 – CTV announced today that it’s recruiting the minds behind THE BEAVERTON to highlight its New Year’s Eve must-watch viewing schedule with the year-end special event, THE BEAVERTON’S YEAR IN REVIEW: 2017, THE YEAR THAT SADLY WAS. Debuting Sunday, Dec. 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, the up-to-the-minute special helmed by co-anchors Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas is charged to deliver a satirical audit of the year’s unbelievable news with the same unapologetic and biting wit of its wildly popular online incarnation, TheBeaverton.com. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement In the last 12 months, the world has survived Twitter wars, said goodbye to several cultural icons – either due to physical or social death – and witnessed the power of a can of Pepsi. Needless to say, there’s a lot to cover. So before 2018 starts blasting out headlines, THE BEAVERTON’S YEAR IN REVIEW: 2017, THE YEAR THAT SADLY WAS feasts on the year’s opioid-induced highs and apocalypse-adjacent lows, as it revisits the most-talked about topics of the year. Here’s a peek at what’s in store for viewers:Hosts Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas weigh in with the Top 17 explosive (and often surreal) news stories which include plenty of ‘TNT’, a.k.a., Trudeau and Trump.The Beaverton Sports Network checks out the Top 10 sports highlights of the year.Miguel and Emma face off in an epic battle, in 2017’s final Point/Counterpoint segment.The special also airs on The Comedy Network on Monday, Jan. 1 at 10 p.m. ET, and will be available on demand at CTV.ca, CTV GO, TheComedyNetwork.ca, and CraveTV, following its Comedy broadcast.Fueled by the no-holds-barred wit of a writing room led by co-creators and series showrunners Luke Gordon-Field and Jeff Detsky (CALL ME FITZ, SEED), The Comedy Network’s original series THE BEAVERTON hits above, below, and to the right and left of the belt, casting a Canadian lens on global issues with timely and topical viral-ready segments. Delivering the critical blows are comedians and co-anchors Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas, along with correspondents Aisha Alfa, Dave Barclay, Laura Cilevitz, Donavon Stinson, and Marilla Wex.Seasons 1 and 2 of THE BEAVERTON are currently streaming on CraveTV. Viewers can also engage with the series and access exclusive digital content 24/7 across The Beaverton and Comedy’s social media accounts, and TheBeaverton.com. New episodes of THE BEAVERTON return to The Comedy Network Wednesday Jan. 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.THE BEAVERTON is the brainchild of co-creators Luke Gordon Field and Jeff Detsky (CALL ME FITZ, SEED) of TheBeaverton.com, as well as website senior editors Jacob Duarte Spiel and Alexander Saxton. Directors are Shelagh O’Brien (JUST FOR LAUGHS GALAS), Andrew Bush (PICNICFACE), Craig David Wallace (TODD AND THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL), and Henry Sarwer-Foner (THE RICK MERCER REPORT). Pier 21 Film’s Laszlo Barna and Melissa Williamson serve as Executive Producers. Nicole Butler serves as Producer.THE BEAVERTON is produced by Pier 21 Films in association with The Comedy Network, with the participation of Canadian Media Fund, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Original Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Production executive for Bell Media is Bill Lundy. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:CTV on TwitterThe Comedy Network on TwitterThe Beaverton on TwitterEmma Hunter on TwitterMiguel Rivas on TwitterFacebook:facebook.com/ctvThe Comedy Network on FacebookThe Beaverton on FacebookInstagram:CTV_TelevisionAbout Pier 21 FilmsPier 21 Films is a television and film production company that builds on founder Laszlo Barna’s history of creating award-winning scripted and non-scripted television series, mini-series, movies of the week, and feature films. Pier 21’s reputation for the development, production, financing, and packaging of innovative top quality programming within North America and for the international marketplace is growing rapidly. Following the success of Pier 21’s G-SPOT, DA VINCI’S INQUEST, WRATH OF GRAPES: THE DON CHERRY STORY II (2012), and TREASURES DECODED, Pier 21 is continuing their tradition of delivering innovative programming. www.pier21films.comAbout Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA, new original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL, and the upcoming international TV format THE LAUNCH. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON as well as the upcoming CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.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.About The Comedy NetworkCanada’s first specialty comedy service, The Comedy Network airs comedy of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service at thecomedynetwork.ca. Launched in October 1997, Comedy broadcasts, uncut and uncensored, an eclectic mix of scripted, stand-up, sketch, improv, and animated comedy – as well as topical comedy talk shows, game shows and classic situation comedies. Offering an unrivalled slate of original Canadian programming, Comedy reinvests nearly 50 per cent of its revenues into home-grown productions. Comedy is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and is available in nearly six million households across the country. “In the crowded landscape of late-night satire, THE BEAVERTON has broken through boundaries, and carved out its own space” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “Capping off the year with a stand-alone special on CTV made perfect sense, as we continue to champion this show and expand its reach.”“THE BEAVERTON’S YEAR IN REVIEW will help us figure out 2017, a year that was strange to live, but funny in hindsight,” said Executive Producer and President of Pier 21 Films, Laszlo Barna. Twitterlast_img read more

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GLOBAL RENEWS EONES HIGH STAKES DRAMA RANSOM FOR THIRD SEASON SET TO

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, July 16, 2018 – Today Global announced a fourth renewal to its slate of Canadian content for the 2019 broadcast year, as suspense drama Ransom has been greenlit for Season 3. From global studio Entertainment One (eOne), Korda Studios, Big Light Productions, and producers Sienna Films, the 13-epsiode series will shoot in Budapest, Hungary, beginning in October 2018 and premiere next year on Global in Canada and CBS in the U.S. This announcement comes on the heels of Global’s recent renewals for Mary Kills People, Private Eyes, and Big Brother Canada.“Continuing Global’s dedication to deliver compelling and powerful original content, we are pleased to renew this intense drama for another season,” said Lisa Godfrey, Vice President of Original Content, Corus Entertainment. “Teaming up once again with our broadcast and production partners, we are excited to see what type of high stakes situations the crisis resolution team will be up against next season.”“It is thrilling for us to continue the heart-stopping and adrenaline-driven action of Ransom with its fantastic cast, crew, writers, and our production partners,” said Jocelyn Hamilton, eOne’s President – Canada, Television. “Ransom has found fans across North America and the around the world as viewers tune-in to see the crisis resolution team tackle situations in all parts of the globe.” With principal cast returning including Luke Roberts, Nazneen Contractor, Brandon Jay McLaren, and Karen LeBlanc, Season 3 of Ransom follows the world of international crisis and hostage negotiating with Eric Beaumont (Roberts) and his elite team as they save lives when no one else can. Eric understands criminals better than they understand themselves and uses his insight into human behaviour to resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases.Viewers who missed any of the action from Season 2 can catch up on Ransom now on GlobalTV.com, Global GO(available on Apple TV and Chromecast), and On Demand.Ransom is inspired by the professional experiences of distinguished crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert, who, along with his partner, Marwan Mery, are among the top negotiators in the world. They travel the globe to help multinational corporations and government agencies with complex negotiations and conflict resolution.Ransom was created by David Vainola (Diamonds, Combat Hospital) and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, The Man in the High Castle) who also serves as Executive Producer. Ransom is a Canada–Hungary treaty co-production, produced by Entertainment One (eOne) with executive producers Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny (Sienna Films); Daniel Kresmeryand György Rajnai (Korda Studios) are co-producing. The series executive producers include Valerie Pechels and Odile McDonald (Wildcats Productions). Ransom is developed in association with Corus Entertainment Inc., with the participation from the Canada Media Fund, and produced with the financial assistance of the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.eOne controls worldwide rights to the series.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@GlobalTV @GlobalTV_PR@CorusPRFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/GlobalTVInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/globaltv/Global Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.Corus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 44 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About Entertainment OneEntertainment One Ltd. (LSE: ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.Entertainment One’s robust network includes newly-launched MAKEREADY with Brad Weston; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production company Renegade 83; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 80,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.About Korda StudiosKorda Studios is a new state-of-the-art filmmaking facility opened in 2007, just outside of Budapest, Hungary. The facility features 3 permanent backlot sets and 7 sound stages, including the Superstage, the largest sound stage in Europe. Over the last 10 years Korda Studios has been home to blockbuster features such as Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, The Martian, and Blade Runner 2049, and television series such as The Borgias, Emerald City, and The Last Kingdom. In 2016 Korda Studios launched its production arm, Korda Productions, with the aim of developing content and fully servicing productions on and off the studio lot, and also founded Korda Finance, offering banking, financing, and executive producing services to producers.About Sienna FilmsHelmed by Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny, Sienna Films is one of Canada’s preeminent production companies. Cardinal, a serialized 6 X 1 hour detective series for Bell Media, starring Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse, premiered as the #1 new Canadian series and ranked among the Top 10 new series overall in 2016/17. The series is currently in post-production on Season 2, with Season 3 in production. Previous television series include the 13-episode Combat Hospital for Shaw TV, ABC and Sony International, and Canada-South Africa mini-series Diamonds for CBC, ABC and Antennae with James Purefoy, Derek Jacobi and Judy Davis. The company also co-produced the Julian Fellowes-penned mini-series Titanic, a Canada-UK-Hungary co-production for ITV, Shaw Media and ABC. Sienna’s feature films have been released internationally and opened at film festivals including Sundance, Toronto International, Berlin and Rotterdam. They include How She Move (Paramount Vantage/MTV Films); Touch of Pink (Sony Pictures Classics); New Waterford Girl (Alliance Atlantis); I, Claudia; Marion Bridge and Saint Monica. Recently completed is the Canada-Irish co-production Unless starring Catherine Keener. Sweetness in the Belly, a Can/IRE co-production is set to shoot in Ethiopia and London in 2018.About Big Light ProductionsAward-winning American writer and producer Frank Spotnitz founded Big Light Productions Ltd. in 2013 to create and oversee a diverse slate of international television series including drama, comedy, and documentaries, and Big Light has since become one of the fastest-growing independent production companies in Europe. The London and Paris-based production company’s projects include Ransom; the upcoming Medici: Masters of Florence with Richard Madden and Dustin Hoffman; the upcoming comedy-drama series The Indian Detective with international comedian Russell Petersand CTV; the acclaimed Amazon drama series The Man in the High Castle; Crossing Lines Season 3, and Transporter: The Series Season 2 for U.S. and international markets. Spotnitz’s 20+-year career in television includes creating, writing and producing series with networks, cable, streaming services, and other production companies all over the world. His credits also include eight seasons of the hit series The X-Files and its two feature films, Hunted, Strike Back, Night Stalker, Robbery Homicide Division, The Lone Gunmen, Harsh Realm and Millennium. www.biglight.com Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Atleo preaches jobs education in Regina

first_imgAPTN National NewsAssembly of First Nation National Chief Shawn Atleo was in Regina this week speaking to youth about their education and career opportunities.The career fair brought in over 200 high school students.As APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo tells us, they’re all hoping for a bright future and looking for ways to reach their dreams.last_img

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Health Minister Aglukkaq accuses Liberal MP of crossing racial line during House

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq accused Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett of crossing the racial line in her questioning over health cuts to Aboriginal organizations.Aglukkaq, an Inuk MP from Nunavut, said she found Bennett’s questioning offensive to her Inuit heritage.“As an Aboriginal person, I take that type of line of questioning to be unacceptable,” said Aglukkaq, during question period Monday.Bennett, who is the Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic, accused Aglukkaq’s department of targeting the population with the worse health statistics with cuts.“(Aglukkaq) has cut programs for diabetes, youth suicide, Aboriginal health human resources,” said Bennett, who is non-Aboriginal. “Can the minister explain to this house why her cuts target the population with the worse health outcomes in Canada, the Aboriginal people of Canada.”Aglukkaq said the Conservative government was still concerned about Aboriginal health.“Our government ensured we protected the front-line services of all health care services across the sector,” said Aglukkaq. “We are funding $30 million annually for Aboriginal health research and last year we invested $2.2 million in First Nations and Inuit health programs.”Aglukkaq also said the government promised money in the latest federal budget to improve water and waste-water systems on First Nations reserves.Health Canada cut all funding to the National Aboriginal Health Organization, effectively shutting it down.Aglukkaq has also overseen 100 per cent health funding cuts to the Native Women’s Association of Canada, the Metis National Council and the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples.Health Canada also cut 40 per cent of its funding to the Assembly of First Nations and the Inuit Tapriit Kanatami, which serves Aglukkaq’s own people, the Inuit.last_img read more

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Mikmaw chiefs optimistic proposed changes to onreserve welfare will be dropped

first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National NewsEskasoni Chief Leroy Denny says while the news is unofficial he is expecting an announcement from the Liberals at the Assembly of First Nations meetings this week in Ottawa that the federal government will drop proposed changes to welfare on-reserve.Denny said he can’t comment other than what he put on Facebook. On Friday he posted, “Tonight we got news from a government source that the social changes will be delayed indefinitely. We are waiting for more details and an official announcement.”Denny said he won’t celebrate until the news “comes from the minister.”Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett will meet with the Mi’kmaw chiefs on Thursday at the AFN meetings in Gatineau, QC. Though word may come sooner in the week. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to address the AFN on Tuesday.The Mi’kmaq fought a four-year legal battle against the former Conservative government over its decision to mirror provincial welfare policies on reserve.The Liberals’ change of heart comes after news of a policy document that supported the Mi’kmaw position was found recently in the National Archives.Mi’kmag Lawyer Naiomi Metallic said the 1964 document outlines “that it’s not going to be possible to adopt all aspects of provincial policy and it goes on to say we need to adapt it to our circumstances. And that’s really key. It proves we were right. We were right along.”Though the chiefs won at the lower level court, they lost at the Federal Court of Appeal in January of 2015. It agreed Ottawa was only following policy. In October, the Supreme Court of Canada said it wouldn’t hear the case.The Mi’kmaq were out of legal options and hoped to lobby the new Liberal government.Millbrook Chief Bob Gloade also posted on Facebook, “Once the official announcement comes from the Minister things will look promising. Lots of hard work done by our legal team and lobbying government officials over the last several weeks is beginning to pay off as liberal government is showing a willingness to work together.”The Mi’kmaq have argued all along that the welfare changes on reserve would cause hardship because bands would get 30 per cent less funding for social assistance.But welfare works differently on-reserve, they argued. Block funding is used to pay for programs and actuals, like social housing, rent and utilities. Court documents showed that government was aware there would be negative impacts on housing and a risk that more kids would end up taken into care.Though the policy document has given the chiefs new hope, Denny was frustrated that Ottawa didn’t include it in the court documents submitted in the first place.“We can’t understand why it wasn’t produced,” said Denny when the chiefs first found out about the document. “It’s very discouraging because we put a lot of time and money into fighting this in court. We just want to be treated fairly. We were right all this time.”As word spreads on social media, there’s a sense of relief among the Mi’kmaq.Denny looks forward to meeting with Bennett. He’s optimistic and said, “The new government seems open minded.”No one from Indigenous Affairs could be reached for comment.troache@aptn.calast_img read more

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ICYMI APTNs Dennis Ward reports on weekend events in StandingRock North Dakota

first_imgDennis WardAPTN National NewsSupporters from more than 100 American Tribes converged on North Dakota to stand side by side with the Standin Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight against the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline project.On Friday, everyone was waiting for a U.S. Federal court judge would support an injunction to stop work on the site the Sioux Tribe says is sacred ground.dward@aptn.calast_img

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MeToo Movement in Indian Country is out there – but its under

first_img(Melanie Hart charged a former First Nation chief with assault)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsWomen around the world are calling #TimesUp on violence and abuse but not as many are saying #MeToo in Indian Country.At least not publicly.Melanie Hart of Manitoba says there’s a good reason for that.“We, as Indigenous women, we tell our stories. We go to court. We do everything that we’re supposed to do,” she said.“With no justice. None.”Hart could be forgiven for sounding bitter.She took then-partner, Wallace Fox, former chief of Onion Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan, to court for an act of domestic violence she alleged occurred in 2016.Fox received a peace bond that prevents him from contacting her.“I was so disgusted,” Hart said in an interview.“Why did they even give me the offer of going over there and testifying if that’s what going to happen anyway? Put me through all that hell.”Hart was forced to travel to Onion Lake, which straddles the Alberta border, to testify in court. Fox had been chief there for 30 years and declined to comment when APTN reached him via phone.His punishment was tougher in 2015 when he admitted hurting an earlier partner, Vicki Monague of Ontario.“Wallace actually pled guilty to a lesser charge, so he made a plea bargain,” Monague said.“At first, he had pled not guilty and then he changed his plea.”The sentence was 12 months probation with conditions to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.“I know a lot of men in First Nations politics,” said Monague,” and I know a lot of them, they have a lot of healing that they need to do on themselves to be good leaders, with respect to the #MeToo Movement.”(Vicki Monague says she was the victim of domestic assault)The chiefs of Canada’s 634 First Nations are mostly male.This week they select a new national chief for their lobby group, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), for a term of three years.They have never elected a female candidate, although two women from Manitoba – Sheila North and Katherine Whitecloud – are vying to be the first during this race.Whoever is crowned will be expected to address issues of violence as the #MeToo Movement grows.The Twitter hashtag emerged online near the end of 2017 to identify sexual harassment, abuse and assault. It helped victims bring down major players in the areas of business, politics and entertainment.It has even emerged during testimony at Canada’s National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) after two high-profile women used the arena to out their abusers.Both Inuk singer Susan Aglukark and Vancouver MMIWG advocate Bernie Williams encouraged more Indigenous women to “share their truths.”But Hart says it’s not easy.“The community can turn against you,” she warned.“People at court were afraid to look at me or say Hi to me…because they were afraid of him. That’s their leader.”A chief has power over people in a way unmatched in non-Indigenous communities.“A chief can take away your house, your job. He can cut you off of everything,” said Hart, who hopes the #MeToo Movement can burst that protective bubble around leaders.“I felt people believed him because of who he is.”(Pauline Fair helped convict a former chief of a First Nation in Ontario)In northwestern Ontario, a former chief pleaded guilty last winter to committing a sex crime in the 1970s.Eli Mandamin of Shoal Lake 39 was charged with rape and having sex with a minor. The rape charge was withdrawn after he pleaded guilty to sexual intercourse with a female between 14 and 16 years.Victim Pauline Fair waived a publication ban on her name.“The case…is a really huge victory for me,” she said in an interview.“It would take a dozen women to bring down a guy like that. And I brought him down by myself.”Fair was 14 when she says Mandamin – then a special constable with the Ontario Provincial Police – took her into custody. She says something caused her to black out and she came to with him on top of her.Fair became pregnant and gave birth to a son, which kept her from reporting the crime for decades.“I was protecting him,” she said, noting her son died a few years ago.“That’s why I didn’t come forward before.”Mandamin is expected to be sentenced this fall. His lawyer, Robin Parker, didn’t respond when asked for a comment for this story.But Fair says she wouldn’t have been able to seek justice if she still lived in the community.“I feel some safety being out of there,” she said.“I don’t think anyone would be mad at me for doing this except for maybe his family.”(The #mmiwg and #metoo movements are starting to come together.)Monague likes what the #MeToo Movement is trying to accomplish.But she has a theory on why it’s not being used widely by Indigenous peoples.“Because for us, as First Nations people, we’re focused on healing,” she said. “We’re not focused on vilifying,”She’s honest that it took a while for her to reach that conclusion as a part of healing from her relationship.“When I’m thinking about my case with Wallace nobody wins in this,” she added. “And nobody wins in the #MeToo Movement.“I find that it’s more about exposing people as being villainous but it’s not about getting to the root causes of what is causing the behaviour.”Monague would like to see an Indigenous #MeToo promote healing and wellness. Not just for women but also for men.“Leaders and First Nations men across the country need to start addressing the historical traumatic issues that they’re carrying,” she said, “that unfortunately are affecting their leadership.”kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

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Massive movie memorabilia auction earns more than 6M

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – An auction of more than 2,000 pieces of film memorabilia including props from “Star Wars” and “Terminator” films has earned more than $6 million.Profiles in History says Friday that a Harley-Davidson ridden by Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” sold for more $480,000, while a Death Star prop used in “Return of the Jedi” sold for $240,000.Other items that sold in the “Icons & Legends of Hollywood” auction include a practice chariot used during filming of “Ben Hur,” a rifle used by Jane Fonda in “Barbarella”The chariot sold for $144,000, while a chest used to house Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber in the original “Star Wars” sold for $132,000.A spacesuit worn by Sigourney Weaver in “Alien” fetched $192,000, while the bus used in “Speed” sold for $96,000.___This story has been corrected to show the “Ben Hur” chariot sold for $144,000, not $140,000 and that a lightsaber chest, not the lightsaber.last_img read more

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Skills Canada Regional Results

first_imgPublic Speaking (Sec)Gold – Arya (Xinkai) Xu. – NPSSSilver – Erica Thomas Schulenburg – NPSSRobotics (Sec)Gold – Carl Berresheim & Jacob Van Volkenberg – NPSSBronze – Mathew Klassen, Daniel Bergen & Amos Janzen – PrespatouWelding (Sec)Gold – Mason MacDonald- NPSSWork Place SafetyGold – Tyler Kitt – NPSSSilver – Jacob McInnis – NPSSBronze – Harvansh Singh – NPSS To learn more about Skills Canada; CLICK HERE DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – School District #60 students participated in the Skills Canada Regional Competition.Skills Canada started in 1994 as a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of careers in technology and skilled trades. One of their major initiatives is the annual Skills Canada National Competition for students.February 22nd, 2019 School District #60 students had the opportunity to showcase their talents. Skills BC offers youth in K–12 and Post-Secondary environments to explore trade and technology careers and meet prospective employers.The Provincial competition is April 17th, 2019 in Abbotsford and the Peace Region will be represented by the students that received gold medals.The following students will be heading to the Provincials; Graphic Design (Sec)Gold – Shara Cote – NPSSHairdressing (Sec)Gold – Amanda Beuckurt – NPSSSilver – Paulina Prouse – NPSSBronze – Carissa Coy – NPSSJob Interview (Sec)Bronze – Kaitlyn Campbell- NPSSJr. Skills – Spaghetti Bridge  Gold – Hailey Loewen/Heather Sieman/Aubery Wall/Tyson Froese –PrespatouJr. Skills – Sumo Robot  Gold – Nathan Janzen – PrespatouSilver – Braden Fehr- PrespatouBronze – Melvin Dyck- PrespatouJr. Skills – Wind TurbineGold – Nicholos MacMillant & Brody Daniele (Dr. Kearney 2.14 Volt)Silver – Nathan Giesbrecht, Zach Swift & Charlie Gladne (Dr. Kearney 1.95 Volt)Bronze – Kinden Loch & Brady Michey (Bert Ambrose – 1.87 Volt) Carpentry (PS)Gold – Tommy Bullert – NPSSElectrical Wiring (Sec)Gold – James Velkjar – NPSSlast_img read more

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Cardinal Energy cleaning up after 320000 litres of oil and produced water

first_imgSWAN HILLS, Alta. — A large spill of crude oil and produced water at Cardinal Energy’s facility near Swan Hills is being cleaned up.The Alberta Energy Regulator has few details about Saturday’s spill on its compliance reporting website.It says 320,000 litres of the substances leaked after a problem with pump equipment. The regulator says no wildlife has been affected.Cardinal Energy could not immediately be reached for comment.The facility where the spill happened is near Swan Hills, Alta., which is about 220 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Peace Country Pickleball Skills Development Clinic

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Brook Siver, IPTPA Level 2 Certified Instructor and Elya Postma, IPTPA Level 1 Certified Instructor will lead an interactive Pickleball clinic to develop skills.Beginner Clinic – Monday, July 22, 2019(limited to 16 participants)5:30 pm-7:30pmIntermediate Clinic – Monday, July 22, 2019(limited to 16 participants)7:30 pm-9:30 pm $30.00 per person, paddles and balls will be availableTo register contact; rsipe@bluenova.ca or 250-262-5801To view the FB Event; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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Man arrested in Regina for sexual assault was in Dawson Creek and

first_imgDuke appeared in a Regina court on Friday and according to CBC Regina, was released on bail with no curfew or travel restrictions.  His next court appearance is August 20, 2019.Regina Police believe there is potential that other victims exist unreported. Duke has travelled across Canada, and was in Esterhazy from November of 2018 to February of 2019, and travelled from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta to Dawson Creek and Taylor, British Columbia, in June and July 2019. Duke also has a campsite at Craven Country Campground. His travels are not limited to these areas, but these areas are locations of travel of which police are aware.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500, or your local law enforcement agency, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).  The Regina Police Service thanks the public and the media for their assistance in this matter.Forty-nine-year-old Christopher Cameron Duke, of Regina, was charged with:2 X Sexual assault on a person under 16 years of age [CC 271];2 X Sexual Interference [CC 151]; and2 X Anal intercourse [CC 159(1)]. REGINA, S.K. – Regina Police are looking for potential sexual assault victims in Dawson Creek and Taylor after they arrested a 49-year-old man earlier this month.On August 1, 2019, at approximately 9:15 a.m., police were dispatched to a Regina residence for the report of a sexual assault of a 12-year-old female.  The incident occurred at the residence on the evening of July 31, 2019. An investigation into the incident led to a 49-year-old male, who was arrested and charged.Sexual Assault On A Minor https://t.co/gJMoSYsak1 pic.twitter.com/3Fw1CIAn9W— Regina Police (@reginapolice) August 7, 2019last_img read more

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