Shivakumars daughter Aishwarya deposes before ED

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Karnataka Minister and senior Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar’s daughter Aishwarya on Thursday deposed before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning in a money laundering case. Aishwarya, who was summoned by the ED on Tuesday, deposed before the financial probe agency around 10.40 a.m. She, however, refrained from speaking to media while going in the ED office. According to the ED officials, Aishwarya will be questioned about the financial dealings of a trust handled by her. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The official also said that Aishwarya will be confronted with documents of the financial transaction of the trust. Aishwarya was also part of the 2017 business deal in Singapore with Coffee Day and Soul Space, he said. The official said that Aishwarya will also be questioned about investment of several crores on her name. In his 2018 election affidavit, Shivakumar had declared Rs 618 crore assets and Rs 108 crore properties in the name of his daughter. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The ED arrested Shivakumar on September 3 after questioning him for over two days in connection with case. A day later, a Delhi court sent Shivakumar to 10-day ED custody. Shivakumar has been on the radar of the Income-Tax Department and the ED since demonetisation in 2016. An Income-Tax search at his New Delhi flat on August 2, 2017 led to seizure of Rs 8.59 crore unaccounted cash. Thereafter, the I-T Department lodged cases against the Congress leader and his four associates under sections 277 and 278 of the Income-Tax Act, 1961, and sections 120(B), 193 and 199 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).last_img read more

Jailhouse suite Bride groom arrested in Edmonton after postwedding bar brawl

first_imgEDMONTON – A bride and groom spent their first night of wedded bliss in jail when Edmonton police arrested them after a post-wedding brawl in a downtown bar.It’s unclear how it all started, but photos and videos posted on social media show the fight on the weekend spilling out of the Denizen Hall bar and onto the street.Witnesses say the bride was right in the middle of it.Police say she was charged with assault and the groom was charged with mischief.Their names have not been released.Witness Matt Machado told CTV Edmonton that the doors to the bar just exploded open and bodies stared piling out.“It was just absolutely ridiculous and absolutely absurd,” Machado said.“The bride is just swinging and the melee ends up on the sidewalk,” said another witness.“As we’re watching, you just see this girl in a wedding dress right in the middle of it,” a third witness recalled.Images and videos of the brawl were posted online. “Your wedding is trash,” one user wrote in a tweet, which included a photo of the bride sitting outside next to security staff.(CTV Edmonton)last_img read more

Gaystraight bill could allow covert sex ed Alberta United Conservatives

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta’s United Conservatives say they’re concerned the government is using a bill on gay-straight alliances to prepare for kids to be taught sex education without parents being told.“Now is the time for the government to reassure Albertans that they have no intention of coming after their rights as parents,” United Conservative critic Mike Ellis told the legislature Thursday.“Now is the time for the government to prove that it doesn’t have anything up its sleeve.”The bill makes it illegal for school officials to tell parents when a child joins an alliance.Ellis, saying it would clear up the issue, proposed an amendment.Premier Rachel Notley’s New Democrats, using their majority, rejected the amendment on the grounds the bill already makes it clear that student-led social clubs such as gay-straight alliances do not teach the sex-ed curriculum and therefore are exempt from automatic parental notification required by law.“Health lessons, for example, are taught in health class, but GSAs are peer support groups. There’s a clear differentiation there,” said Education Minister David Eggen.Ellis said it’s a grey area given teacher instructional documents for the alliances talk about bringing in speakers or holding educational activities.Gay-straight alliances are peer-support clubs set up by students to promote understanding and help LGBTQ kids feel safe and free from bullying.They have been lightning rods of debate in Alberta given they overlap the areas of religion, education, parent and student rights.Debate was renewed this past spring when Jason Kenney, before he became leader of the United Conservatives, said parents should be notified if their children joined a gay-straight alliance unless that put a child at risk.Advocates say it must remain a child’s choice to tell anyone, including parents, about his or her sexuality.The NDP has labelled Kenney’s stance a cynical, cruel Trojan horse — advocating for the alliances while promising changes that would, in effect, scare away students from joining them.Kenney said the bill diverts attention from other issues such as the budget deficit and mounting public debt.Earlier this week, he said teachers are in the best position to decide whether to notify parents if a child joins an alliance.The Alberta Teachers’ Association supports the bill. It argues that having a student — not teachers — inform parents of participation in a gay-straight alliance s the best way to ensure safety and privacy.The NDP say the United Conservatives want to out students, but Ellis told the legislature the party believes parental notification is not mandatory so they are not advocating outing students.On Wednesday, Notley labelled that reasoning “fundamentally dishonest” and “Orwellian doublespeak.”“If you’re going to vote against this bill, own why it is you are voting against this bill — you believe that adults should have the right to out gay kids against their will,” said Notley.“You know as well as I do that only one person and one person only has the right to out a gay kid.“And that, of course, is the kid.”last_img read more

NS Tories dealt headon with Baillie misconduct allegation party president

first_imgHALIFAX – Former Nova Scotia Premier John Hamm addressed the resignation of former provincial Tory leader Jamie Baillie after an allegation of inappropriate behaviour Friday, saying he was “heartsick” at the turn of events.In a surprise address at the opening of the party’s annual general meeting in Halifax, Hamm commended the party’s executive for its handling of “recent events that have left so many of us disappointed and saddened.“Jamie Baillie is a friend of mine,” said Hamm. “Like many of you, I was shocked and saddened to read media reports of what transpired and I am heartsick for both the victim and Jamie’s family.”Hamm said immediate action was taken, putting the interest of the victim ahead of personal friendship and party loyalty.“The hard decisions were made for the right reasons,” he said. “We all know smart people who have made stupid decisions and bad choices. No one should ever condone such behaviour, but neither should we erase of forget all they have accomplished.”Hamm then made an appeal for understanding, noting that both the victim and Baillie participated in the party’s investigation and accepted its findings.“Politics is unforgiving, but politicians — and friends and family — must have compassion,” Hamm said.Baillie announced plans last fall to step down after serving as Tory leader since 2010, but he resigned suddenly Jan. 24 after a party investigation determined he had acted inappropriately and breached the legislature’s policy on workplace harassment.In an earlier speech, party president Tara Miller said the party set a precedent in the way it swiftly dealt with the allegation.Miller also acknowledged that the two weeks since Baillie’s resignation have been hard.“There is no disguising that this has been a difficult and confusing time for our party,” Miller told the gathering of rank-and-file Tories.“We are not alone in having these conversations, as they are taking place across the province and across the country. Our party set a precedent by facing a difficult situation head-on.”Miller did not offer any more details around the alleged incident or the party’s investigation in her speech, but she has previously said she was told by “multiple sources” about a single incident involving “one individual” in December.She said by treating the allegation seriously, the party ensured there was due process through a prompt investigation by an independent third party organization that was “just and fair.”That stance has been backed by the party’s 16-member caucus. The majority who have been asked have said party officials did the right thing after the complainant and Baillie — neither of whom have spoken about the incident — chose not to follow the formal process laid out in the legislature’s harassment policy.Miller said the party had acted decisively, “to ensure all Nova Scotians are afforded a healthy, safe and supportive working environment where they are treated with respect and dignity.”She told supporters the party has the “resilience to weather this storm.”Miller and interim leader Karla MacFarlane were keynote speakers, taking the spot that had formerly been reserved for Baillie’s farewell speech to the party.“We look forward again now, with optimism and excitement, for the future of our party and who our new leader will be,” Miller said.Five candidates are currently vying for that leadership.Three caucus members are in the contest, including veterans Tim Houston and John Lohr, who were the first to announce, and rookie MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin.Smith-McCrossin, who announced her candidacy Tuesday, had been the first woman to ever run for the party’s top job. She was joined Thursday by Julie Chaisson, executive director of the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market.The fifth and perhaps highest-profile candidate is Cecil Clarke, a former Tory cabinet minister under premiers Hamm and Rodney MacDonald.Clarke, who is the mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, made headlines just prior to jumping into the race a week ago, announcing publicly that he is gay. He said he decided to speak out after someone had threatened to expose his personal life.All five candidates were scheduled to give short speeches on Friday.Federal Leader Andrew Scheer is set to speak at a luncheon event on Saturday, while the party plans to release details and rules for the provincial leadership race on Sunday.last_img read more

Mother charged with manslaughter in death of fouryearold son in Hamilton

first_imgHamilton police have charged a 39-year-old woman with manslaughter in the death of her four-year-old son.Police say the boy’s death in September 2017 initially did not seem suspicious as he had been born with a number of medical issues and undergone several surgeries.But three months later, police say toxicology results indicated the child had died as a result of a lethal dose of unspecified drugs.Police say in February 2018 they notified the boy’s parents that they were suspects in their son’s death, at which point they stopped co-operating with the investigation.As the probe continued, police say they learned that the boy’s mother had moved to Newfoundland and given birth to another child, who is now in protective custody.Police say they arrested the mother in Newfoundland earlier this week and brought her back to Ontario to face the manslaughter charge. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Montreal animal shelter grappling with growing number of abandoned chickens

first_imgMONTREAL — Animal welfare officials in Montreal are adding chickens to the list of abandoned creatures landing at their doorstep.While dogs, cats and rabbits are par for the course, it appears a recent rise in urban farming has led to an increase in the number of unwanted chickens.A spokeswoman for the Montreal branch for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says Montreal reported 20 abandoned chickens in 2016, and last year there were 38.Anita Kapuscinska says part of the problem is that a lot of people don’t know what they’re getting into when they decide to begin backyard egg production.In some cases they fail to consider what they’ll do once the chicken stops producing eggs, or if they end up with a rooster.Kapuscinska says the SPCA does not encourage urban chicken farming, even though the practice is driven by not wanting to encourage factory farms.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BC father denies he made plans to kill himself on Christmas Day

first_imgVANCOUVER — A Crown attorney suggested that a Vancouver Island father stopped opening mail, paying bills and ignored a Christmas invitation from his sister in 2017 because he had decided to end his life.Patrick Weir suggested Andrew Berry made no plans for after Christmas because he was going to kill himself on that day.Berry denied the suggestion at his B.C. Supreme Court trial.He’s is charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of his daughters, six-year-old Chloe Berry and four-year-old Aubrey Berry, in his home in Oak Bay on Christmas Day 2017.Berry has told his trial he owned thousands of dollars to a loan shark, and the man’s two henchmen visited his apartment several times before the murders.The Crown has told the jury that it believes Berry killed the girls and then tried to kill himself.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stephen Fry Presents The Lonely Dodo For Conservation Charity

first_imgToday sees the worldwide release of The Lonely Dodo, a four-minute Aardman short created for international conservation charity, Durrell, to highlight the worldwide plight of endangered species.Stephen Fry Recording The Lonely DodoHeadquartered in Jersey, Channel Islands, Durrell is committed to conserving the diversity and integrity of life on earth. Since its formation over fifty years ago by author and naturalist Gerald Durrell, Durrell has developed a worldwide reputation for its pioneering conservation techniques.The Lonely DodoTo raise awareness of its vital work Durrell secured input from long-term supporters and friends of the charity Stephen Fry and Alistair McGowan, who share the organisation’s passion for its vision of saving species from extinction.Durrell collaborated with Academy award-winning animation studio Aardman and brand agency TheFrameworks to produce an endearing film around an incredibly powerful concept. It uses the dodo’s extinction, imagined from the perspective of the very last dodo on earth, to communicate the plight of other species around the world that are now in danger of extinction.We watch The Lonely Dodo travel across the globe in search of another of his kind, and cannot help but be moved by the flightless bird’s fruitless quest to find a mate. Fry’s dry narration is superb, conveying the serious message in an amusing and memorable fashion. The short film was specifically scripted and produced to engage with potential supporters on an emotional level; telling the story of the lonesome dodo, who has been entertainingly brought to life by McGowan, as he realises he is in fact the very last of his kind. 
When developing the concept for the film, TheFrameworks aimed to strike at the heart of what Durrell stands for. Most humans struggle to comprehend what extinction really means; by drawing a parallel between loneliness and extinction the team added emotional punch to the story.

David Alexander, senior designer at TheFrameworks explained: “We were moved by footage of the Last Tasmanian Tiger, lonely and resigned to extinction. Pairing this idea with the dodo, which is central to Durrell’s brand and a symbol of extinction, led us to the concept of The Lonely Dodo.”Staff at Durrell have dedicated themselves to bringing The Lonely Dodo story to life for over twelve months; it is anticipated to be the most successful fundraising campaign in the charity’s history. The team hopes that 250,000 people will view the short over the next year, and that they will be inspired to support Durrell by signing up to a committed giving programme.Commenting on his involvement, actor and comedian Stephen Fry said: “We know that currently there are more species either in the process of becoming extinct or in grave danger of doing so, than ever before in the history of man. Stemming this otherwise inevitable flow towards the loss of nature and all that it provides requires engaging the next generation, I wholeheartedly support the work of Durrell as they aim to inspire young hearts and minds to empathise with, and thus care, for the plight of endangered species.”Along with the dodo, the film also features a range of other Critically Endangered species with which Durrell works including the Hispaniolan Solenodon, Pied Tamarin, Mountain Chicken Frog, Ploughshare Tortoise, Floreana Mockingbird and Pink Pigeon.Discussing the project Aardman director Matthew Walker said: “It was a truly wonderful experience working with Durrell to create The Lonely Dodo. They gave us the freedom to produce what we hope is a funny and informative film, which is significantly enhanced by the exceptional vocal talents of Stephen Fry and Alistair McGowan. We really hope that it reaches the global audience it deserves!”Alistair McGowan added: “It’s not often one is asked to become a dodo, especially given that we already know how that story ends! Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust exists to make sure that it doesn’t go the same way for other endangered species, so I became their dodo to help spread that message! Glad to say that I’m still here, and it was actually rather fun, despite the seriousness of the subject!”Thrilled with the final result Durrell’s CEO Hugh Roberts said: “Gerald Durrell’s books were the gateway to discovery of the natural world for many. He was enormously aware of the effect mankind was having on other species with which we share this planet. He realised that without intervention the loss of species would continue with a devastating effect to life on earth. Gerald sadly died in 1995, but his message continues to be extremely topical and important.last_img read more

Touré Roberts Talks Charity

first_imgAuthor, motivational speaker and humanitarian Touré Roberts recently talked to LookToTheStars.org about some of the issues close to his heart.Toure Roberts Talks To LookToTheStarsCredit/Copyright: MS|PRTell us about the Artist Resource CenterIn LA, as you know, people come from all over the world to pursue their dreams. Hollywood has this way to paint a picture, many have bought into the dream, people show up realizing they won’t be millionaires overnight. That left a lot of people displaced. They are sad they can’t get into the “in crowd”. I have pastored hundreds of people in that situation. The primary function of the ARC is to be a creative space. Artists can come FREE of charge, with other artists, use equipment, and receive mentorship. The facility has a computer lab, editing suite, dance space, production and meeting rooms, a conference room, etc, so now the artists that don’t have anything can create. For some if it weren’t for the ARC they would have quit, given up on god, career, and moved back home. We also have successful entertainers and industry experts who come out to speak and do workshops and seminars. We also do mentoring. All of this is 100% free to the artist. It is also a place where we encourage them to create purposeful content. We inspire artists to inspire the world.Can you talk a little bit about some of the other causes that you supportI sit on the board of a few charities: Unlikely Heroes (provides homes for victims of human trafficking), the Executive Board of The American Friends of the MDA which provides the blood supply to Israel and the neighboring regions, as well as the paramedic and rescue services. l also support Saving Innocence, a local anti-human trafficking and victim’s advocate organization, Britticares International (who encourage and provide resources for room makeovers for families that have children with cancer). My philosophy is that every human should sense an obligation to be a humanitarian to some degree.What is the most annoying thing about people that don’t help charities and why?If we breathe air, we have a social responsibility to help, to be alive is to be blessed. To be blessed is to find a way to be a blessing.And how important do you think it is for celebrities to get involved in charity?Celebrity isn’t a privilege, it’s loaned influence. If you don’t support a charity and never give back it’s almost as if you are stealing by not using your influence for what it was given to you for.What plans do you have to make an impact on society this year?I’m really excited about my book “Purpose Awakening”, which is doing very well and is all about getting people to embrace their unique calling to create change in the world. As this book and others like it continue to succeed, the world will change. I’m so grateful this generation has a social conscience. Additionally, I’ve been entrusted with influence in and on the entertainment industry. I hope to start production on a high quality inspirational feature film by the end of the year.Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

Cody Simpson Visits Patients At Childrens National Medical Center

first_imgAustralian pop star Cody Simpson – who is finishing up a swing of East Coast dates before heading to Europe – has made a point of quietly stopping in to visit patients at children’s hospitals as his schedule permits.In addition to a stop at Dell Children’s Medical Center when he was in Austin last month performing at the SXSW festival, Simpson spent time this past Saturday afternoon with cancer patients at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.During this visit coordinated by the Hope for Henry Foundation which brings performers, athletes, authors and other celebrities to DC-area hospitals to brighten the days of seriously ill children, the singer spent considerable time with each patient, including signing CDs and taking cell phone selfies and Polaroids, which he printed and signed for the children.Simpson shared some of his own memories from the visit with his fans through social media, including Instagram.Simpson performed later that evening at a club in Washington. His newest CD Free comes out later this year – a single from the album, Flower, with artwork contributed by his friend Miley Cyrus, was made available in February. According to a Rolling Stone article, Cyrus has enlisted Simpson to support her own charity work on behalf of the homeless.last_img read more

Autism Speaks To Host Annual Into The Blue Fashion Gala

first_imgAutism Speaks is thrilled to announce the Into The Blue Fashion Gala taking place on Saturday, October 21 at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles.The Annual Signature Gala brings together over 400 influencers from the Southern California area to raise vital funds for autism research, advocacy, and resources for every stage of life. Into The Blue will take a seat at the forefront of fashion entertainment as it partners with the iconic fashion brand ESCADA to present the runway looks.The gala will feature a variety of one-of-a-kind surprises to delight and entertain throughout the evening. Upon arrival, celebrity and VIP guests will walk the signature blue carpet for top press and photographers. From 6:30pm – 8:30pm, guests will enjoy a cocktail reception featuring gourmet craft cocktails, surprise live performances, a silent auction, and the opportunity to mix and mingle. At 8:30pm, all guests will be seated in the grand ballroom and treated to a curated fashion show by luxury women’s wear line ESCADA. Celebrity models including Alessandra Garcia and America’s Next Top Model winner Naima Mora will walk the runway with ANTM stars Hannah Kat Jones, Courtney Paige, and Delanie Dischert, among others.Following the runway show, awards will be presented to designated leaders and individual honorees for their dedication to enhancing lives today and accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. This year’s Awareness Award will be presented to Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studio’s THE GOOD DOCTOR, starring Freddie Highmore who portrays a young surgeon with autism.“Autism Speaks recognizes the influence and impact that the entertainment industry has on advancing the awareness of autism,” stated Angela Geiger, president and CEO of Autism Speaks. “We are grateful for the support and are thrilled to recognize community leaders who have made a committed effort to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism..”Autism Speaks will also honor the following leaders for their dedication to supporting people with autism – Dr. Connie Kasari with The Acceleration Award, the Stills Family with The Legacy Award, Cintas with The Influencer Award, and Skip Keesal with The Advocate Award.Gala sponsors include ABC Studios, Sony Pictures Television, Walt Disney Studios, Keesal, Young & Logan, Forever 21, Fox Filmed Entertainment, Inner Images, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.To learn more about the Autism Speaks Fashion Gala, please click here.last_img read more

Drew and Jonathan Scott Join Habitat For Humanity To Kick Off Home

first_imgDrew and Jonathan Scott are raising the walls on two new Nashville homes as part of the start to Habitat For Humanity’s second annual nationwide Home is the Key campaign. The campaign, which runs the month of April, convenes sponsors, celebrities and community leaders to drive support for the critical need of affordable housing across the United States.Drew and Jonathan Scott help future homeowners Ashlee and Amanda raise the walls of their new homes in Nashville“We have been longtime supporters of Habitat for Humanity because we know the real meaning of home,” said Jonathan Scott, one half of the world-renowned, entrepreneurial construction and real estate expert brothers. “A safe and affordable place to live is the key to building a strong family foundation. The families we’re working alongside in Nashville are just two examples of the thousands of people that Habitat serves across the country every year.”As profiled on NBC’s TODAY Show, the Scott Brothers are working alongside future Habitat homeowners Ashlee and Amanda to build their homes today. Throughout the month, campaign sponsors will engage additional volunteers to help finish the homes by April 26.“Purchasing a home is increasingly out of reach for far too many people across the country,” Drew Scott said. “By supporting the #HomeIsTheKey campaign, we can all play a role in building more homes and more opportunities for families.”“At Habitat for Humanity, we have long known that home is the key to a better life,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “For more than 40 years, we have helped more than 13 million people become empowered to build better lives for themselves and their families. But with more than 18 million U.S. families paying more than half their income on housing, it is clear that so much more work needs to be done. Home is the Key is the opportunity for everyone to be part of the solution. By raising your voice, donating directly to Habitat or shopping with one of our generous partners, you can help us unlock the future for many more families who need a hand up.”People across the United States can join and support the campaign by purchasing products from participating partners, donating directly at habitat.org and by sharing their support using #HomeIsTheKey on social media. Money donated by and through campaign partners will go directly to fulfilling Habitat’s mission of addressing urgent affordable housing needs. Participating sponsors include:At Home Stores: Returning for its second year as a Home is the Key sponsor, the home décor superstore will donate to Habitat $25 from every sale of a specialty patio umbrella and 100 percent of the sales of specially branded Habitat for Humanity coasters.Chico’s FAS, Inc.: A cultivator of specialty retail brands, Chico’s FAS, Inc. will donate a portion of sales to Habitat from products sold by its family of brands, up to $650,000:Chico’s will donate $2 from every Slub tee sold in store from April 1 to May 31, up to $450,000.White House Black Market will donate $5 from each Comfort Stretch Slim Ankle Pants sold from April 17 to May 31, up to $125,000.Soma will donate $1 from each Cool Nights Pajama separate sold from April 23 to May 31, up to $75,000.Last month, Chico’s FAS, Inc. and Habitat announced their new national partnership to empower women to build strength, stability and independence through housing.Nissan: Also in its second year as a Home is the Key sponsor, Nissan will donate $1 to Habitat for every time #HomeIsTheKey is shared on social media, up to $250,000. Nissan and Habitat have partnered together for over a decade and have helped families all over the world build and own their home.O-Cedar: Marking its inaugural sponsorship, from April 1 to June 15, the home cleaning product company will donate $1 to Habitat for every ProMist Max Microfiber Spray Mop sold by O-Cedar to any U.S. retails channel, up to $200,000.Kum & Go Convenience Stores: Customers of the family-owned convenience store chain will have the opportunity to donate to Habitat at checkout for the fifth year in a row. Kum & Go associates and customers will build a new Habitat home in their hometown of Des Moines in the month of April, mirroring the Home is the Key home builds in Nashville.Schneider Electric: Building on its 17-year partnership with Habitat, Schneider Electric will use its social media channels to drive awareness of the campaign and encourage donations to Habitat to help more families thrive through affordable homes.Inaugurated in 2017, Habitat’s Home is the Key campaign aims to demonstrate how a decent, affordable home creates a better life for families and individuals. The campaign recently won two PR News CSR & Nonprofit Awards and was named as a finalist for Engage for Good’s Halo Awards and Ragan’s PR Daily Awards.last_img read more

Exhibitionists is back The second season starts today on CBC

first_imgThis season will feature another batch of provocative artists working in all mediums who are disrupting the status quo while celebrating their cultures, from rapper Horsepowar to photography duo Our Wild Abandon to multi-dimensional, genre-spanning artist Vivek Shraya.Preview some of the segments you can look forward to this season below, and tune in this Sunday, October 9 at 4:30pm/5pm NT on CBC-TV or on demand online. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Twitter Ready for another round?  This Sunday, CBC Arts’ flagship series Exhibitionists returns with host Amanda Parris, and we could not be more excited for you to see what we have in store.last_img

Shawn Mendes talks about escaping earthquake donates 100k

first_imgIn an email to The Associated Press, Mendes said he was in his hotel getting ready for his show the next day when the quake hit. Shawn Mendes has launched an online fundraiser to help those affected by the Mexican earthquake just days after he escaped safely from the quake ahead of a planned show in Mexico City, an incident he called “pretty scary.” Advertisement “The whole building was shaking pretty severely, but we were fortunate to be somewhere that was structurally sound enough to withstand it,” he wrote. “At first I didn’t know what was happening, and then pretty quickly, after about 30 seconds, I clued in that it was an earthquake. Shortly after that we heard sirens and the emergency evacuation announcements from the hotel, and were able to make it down to the street safely.” Advertisement The Canadian singer-songwriter and his manager, Andrew Gertler, have gotten things started with a $100,000 donation to the fundraiser on GoFundMe’s Crowdrise platform. The money will go to “directly to disaster relief in Mexico” via American Red Cross. Advertisement “There were just so many people out on the streets trying to stay safe and that had been evacuated from buildings, and as we were walking saw quite a few buildings that had collapsed facades, windows shattering on the streets,” he wrote. PHOTO BY JOHN LAMPARSKI/WIREIMAGE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook “I want to come back as soon as possible. It is an incredible city and the people there are so strong and resilient,” he said. The quake has reduced buildings to rubble in Mexico and left hundreds dead. Mendes said he sends his prayers to everyone effected and would love to return when he can. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

CANADIAN PERFORMERS WELCOME COMMITMENT TO BUILDING A CREATIVE CANADA

first_imgTORONTO, ON (September 28, 2017) — The Canadian union representing over 23,000 professional performers working in film, television and digital media welcomes Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s announcement today as a result of last year’s Canadian Content in a Digital World consultations.“Canada’s talented creators have built an internationally-renowned creative industry that generates thousands of jobs and millions in economic activity,” said ACTRA National President David Sparrow. “We are pleased to see minister Joly’s commitment to creators, which will allow our industry to both compete and thrive in this digital age.”“The Minister’s focus on stable production funding for the Canada Media Fund, a stronger CBC and increased support for exports is music to our ears,” added Sparrow. Advertisement Advertisement National Executive Director Stephen Waddell added a note of caution about the government’s new agreement with Netflix, “We welcome Netflix’s investment in Canada, but let’s be clear: while other broadcasters play by Canada’s regulatory rules Netflix has been allowed to write their own rules. That will continue to undermine our broadcasting system.”ACTRA’s submission can be found online at: http://www.actra.ca/wp-content/uploads/ACTRA-National_DigiCanCon-Submission-FINAL.pdfACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community. Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Brampton Actress Snags Canadian Screen Awards Nomination

first_imgBrampton actress Olunike Adeliyi has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards for her role in the feature film Boost, which opens in Canada on March 2nd.An accomplished stage actress and the co-creator/producer of the acting competition Monologue Slam, Adeliyi was previously nominated for Best Performance by a Female at the Canadian Comedy Awards for her role in the 2012 film French Immersion, and she won the 2014 Black Canadian Award for Best Actress for her overall performances that year. Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebooklast_img

Innu elders gather to keep knowledge alive

first_imgBy Ossie MichelinAPTN National NewsSHESHATSHIU,Nfld.— Over 300 Innu from across Quebec and Labrador are heading home.For the past week, they’ve been meeting in Sheshashiu, Labrador, for a gathering called Healing our Elders.This year’s gathering focused on passing the knowledge to the next generation.last_img

Mayerthorpe inquiry begins

first_imgAPTN National NewsA public inquiry into the shooting deaths of four RCMP officers in Mayerthorpe, Alta., is underway.The four constables were killed in 2005 during a criminal investigation on James Roszko’s property, which sits north of Edmonton.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has more on the inquiry.last_img