Tuticorin (TN): Former Vice President of Maldives Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor, who had sought political asylum in India after arriving on a cargo vessel on Thursday, has been sent back to the island nation, with authorities not allowing him to deboard as he did not possess the required documents. “The Maldivian leader left Tuticorin coast by midnight Friday,” a police official told PTI in Tuticorin. Adheeb arrived in the cargo vessel along with nine crew members but was not allowed to disembark from the ship. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He left for his home country in the same ship, police said. Coast Guard personnel oversaw the vessel leaving Indian waters. He was questioned on-board by various central agencies, they said. Adheeb had sought political asylum in India as he faces a serious risk to his life in his home country, a UK lawyer representing the politician had said. Official sources in New Delhi said the Maldivian leader was not permitted to enter India as he was not entering through a designated entry point and did not possess valid documents. They said reports about his deportation are incorrect. “Again, because he is not in India, news about his detention or arrest in India are false,” a source said.
Noida: Noida is all set to go “plastic-free” as the Noida authority has adopted several environmental friendly options under their initiative “Say No to Plastics” which has been started from Wednesday. Noida authority CEO, Ritu Maheshwari said that the main purpose of initiative is to make people aware to switch over to cloth bags and completely do away with plastic bags when they go to purchase groceries. Under the drive, the authority distributed cloth bags during Jansunwai at Noida Authority premises at Sector-6. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”To make people aware about the negative environmental impacts of plastics and encourage them to use environmental friendly alternatives, the Noida Authority has come up with ‘Say No to Plastics’ initiative under which the authority proposes to make Noida a plastic-free zone. Under this drive, awareness will be created among Noida residents regarding negative impacts of using single use plastic bags and also encourage them to switch over to sustainable options available. This will reduce the plastic waste to be generated and it will also be good for city’s long term environmental health,” said Maheshwari.
OTTAWA – New mental health workers arrived in Pikangikum First Nation on Tuesday to help hundreds of people seeking support in the northern Ontario community, Health Minister Jane Philpott says.Additional nurses are also being sent to the reserve that has long struggled with a high prevalence of suicide including — most recently, the deaths of two girls.Health Canada is working with other departments and provincial ministries to co-ordinate an immediate response following the recent deaths, Philpott added, noting she had a conference call Tuesday with members of the community, including the chief, who are “exhausted and shaken” as they try to address the situation and plan funerals.“There have been literally hundreds of people in this one community alone that have come forward asking for counselling,” Philpott said in an interview. “We are needing … to supply … safe spaces for people to receive counselling, looking at accommodations for health workers who are going into the community.”Many frontline workers and community members in other reserves are also experiencing a high-degree of burnout due to the suicide crisis, said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, who leads an umbrella organization representing 49 First Nation communities in northern Ontario.Communities including Wapekeka First Nation have also struggled to tackle the issue of youth suicide in recent months.“That’s something that is unfortunately not unique to Pikangikum,” Fiddler said. “That’s a reality for many of our communities and we can’t sustain the current ways of trying to address this.”Fiddler said he plans to address the push for long-term solutions at a meeting in Ottawa next Monday with Philpott and Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins, noting communities must find a way to move beyond living crisis to crisis.Each suicide is different, he said, and individuals factors need to be examined by police to expose root causes.Fiddler and others have linked the prevalence of prevalent sexual abuse in northern Ontario communities and the deaths of young people in those communities, particularly young women.Indeed, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said Tuesday that sexual and physical abuse, incest, poverty, overcrowding in homes and low levels of education all contribute to a loss of hope in some First Nation communities.“Within that mix … how do young people see that there’s a way through that?” Bellegarde said in an interview, noting bureaucratic red tape often stands in the way of delivering mental health services.“The message that I try to get to all of our young people is ‘Hey, you are valued, you are important, you are special, you have a purpose’.”Philpott said Tuesday she was struck by a recent discussion that she heard during a visit to Wunnumin Lake First Nation, also located in northern Ontario, where the chief and community members openly discussed widespread sexual abuse at a community meeting.“The chief himself brought up the topic and others spoke to it including nurses and health workers who were in the room,” Philpott said.“My sense would be from my understanding of the issue is when it is … brought out in the open and discussed more openly, it gives courage to people who have been abused to come forward and seek counselling.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitter
MONTREAL – A young woman who was murdered as she worked in a busy Montreal grocery store was a luminous, loving and peaceful girl whose life was stolen, her parents said during sentencing arguments Wedneday.“You were ripped from us,” Nathalie Beaulieu and Luc Patry said as they remembered Clemence Beaulieu-Patry, 20.They asked that a photo of her be projected on a screen in the court and they frequently broke down in tears as they delivered their emotional victim impact statement.Randy Tshilumba was convicted by a jury last Friday of premeditated murder in the stabbing death of Beaulieu-Patry in April 2016.The jurors rejected the defence’s argument the accused was not criminally responsible for his actions.Tshilumba pleaded not guilty and testified he acted in self-defence because he believed Beaulieu-Patry wanted to kill him and other people in the store.During the sentencing arguments, Beaulieu-Patry’s parents told the court they have trouble sleeping and haven’t worked since the murder.“We so want to see your smile…touch your hair,” Beaulieu said through tears. “The house is empty without you.”Later in the day, Quebec Superior Court Justice Helene Di Salvo handed Tshilumba an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole before 25 years.“Her name was Clemence, she was 20 years old and she had her entire life ahead of her,” Di Salvo said before reading out the sentence.Beaulieu and Patry attended every day of the trial and Di Salvo hailed their “courage and dignity.”They said that while the process was traumatizing, the verdict brought them some peace.“If in 25 years we’re still alive, we’ll be there to oppose his bail,” they promised.Several of the victim’s friends also spoke on Wednesday.Some said they had become fearful about sleeping at night; others spoke of losing confidence and of the void caused by Beaulieu-Patry’s death.— With files from Pierre Saint-Arnaud
TORONTO – Minor hockey players paid tribute to their fallen teammate in their first game since their star goalie was killed in an alleged triple homicide east of Toronto.Fifteen-year-old Roy Pejcinovski, described as a promising hockey player, was found dead in his family’s home in Ajax, Ont., on Wednesday, alongside his mother Krassimira Pejcinovski and 13-year-old sister Vanallia, who was badly injured and later died in hospital.Police have charged 29-year-old Cory Fenn, who was in a relationship with the mother, with second-degree murder in the deaths.On Sunday, Pejcinovski’s team, the Don Mills Flyers, played the Toronto Marlboros in a friendly game where both sides wore jerseys with an “R” emblazoned on the front to tribute the goalie.The mood at the Toronto ice rink was sombre, with no cheers ringing out when either team scored a goal.The score board for the game remained at 7-4 throughout to represent Pejcinovski’s jersey number.There was no winner declared.Greater Toronto Hockey League strength conditioning coach Phil Zullo said being able to play was like meditation for the teens, some of whom were close friends of Pejcinovski.He commended the league’s decision to pay tribute to Pejcinovski and hold a moment of silence.“I don’t know if the kids would have been able to play without this. Nobody thought twice about it, it was an amazing idea,” Zullo said.“Some of his good friends got in touch with me, and they took the news really hard, it was shocking for them.”A GHTL spokesperson said the whole community would stand together in condolences.“It’s difficult to know what to say to people,” he said over the hockey’s PA system before the game.“In time I hope your thoughts will turn to good times.”He said that the league will remember Pejcinovski as a teammate and a friend, and said he hopes the community can stick together and support each other in the wake of the tragedy.
VICTORIA – British Columbia’s coroners service says 134 people died of illicit-drug overdoses in July, a 25 per cent increase from June.The latest fatalities are the second-highest figures of any month so far this year, after an all-time monthly high of 162 deaths in March.The service says about four people fatally overdose every day in the province, which leads the country in illicit-drug deaths.Vancouver, Surrey, and Victoria experienced the highest number of overdoses last month.Figures from the coroners service show that compared with the latest monthly deaths, 24 fatalities were recorded in July 2008, the highest of any month that year.The coroner service says most of the victims so far this year were men between the ages of 30 and 59.
TRURO, N.S. – Nova Scotia’s fight against Canada’s growing opioid crisis is showing notable progress, the province’s chief medical officer says.Dr. Robert Strang told a news conference Friday that the number of opioid overdose deaths in Nova Scotia has remained stable in the past year, which is considered a success in a country where the number of accidental opioid-related deaths continues to rise.“The fact that we’re not increasing is an indication of the positive impact of the work we’re doing and the investments made,” Strang said in an interview. “Our initial investment in harm reduction is making a difference.”Between January and August of this year, there were 38 probable or confirmed opioid overdose deaths in the province, a figure that is in line with the average since 2011, Strang said. There were 63 opioid-related deaths in 2017.Across Canada, there were 3,671 accidental apparent opioid-related deaths in 2017, according to the latest federal figures. That represents a 40 per cent increase when compared with the previous year.The problem is particularly acute in British Columbia, where the per capita rate is three times the national average. There were 1,399 opioid-related deaths reported in B.C. in 2017, up from 974 in 2016.The British Columbia government declared a public health emergency in 2016.“Our problem in Nova Scotia is not to that extent,” said Strang.Nova Scotia’s issue is mainly with misuse of prescription drugs rather than street drugs.“But we are starting to see greater indications of illicit opioids in our street drug supply, but not to the same extent as other parts of the country,” he said.Strang said the Nova Scotia government has committed stable, annual funding to combat the problem, which has resulted in the opening of three new treatment centres, a substantial increase in the number of people receiving treatment, and reduced waiting lists and wait times.In fact, there is no longer a waiting list for treatment in the Halifax area, he said, adding that the wait times in rural areas have been reduced to days instead of weeks.The province has also distributed 5,000 take-home naloxone kits to at-risk Nova Scotians and their families. Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse an opioid overdose.To date, the province has received reports that 90 of the kits have been used to save people from opioid overdoses.“Those were the only ones that were reported,” Strang said. “I think it’s safe to say there were probably more that weren’t reported.”Earlier this week, the British Columbia government filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies in an attempt to recoup the costs associated with opioid addiction.The lawsuit names 40 defendants, including OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma. None of the allegations made in the lawsuit has been proven in court.Last month, New Brunswick said it was considering launching or joining a similar lawsuit, and in March a Saskatchewan judge rejected a $20-million national settlement against Purdue Pharma (Canada), saying it was inadequate.Meanwhile, Nova Scotia is considering its options.“That’s something that we’ll be looking at, in collaboration with other provincial and territorial governments,” Strang said.In the U.S., drugmakers are facing hundreds of lawsuits from governments claiming the companies played a role in sparking opioid overdose crisis that killed 42,000 Americans in 2016.— By Michael MacDonald in Halifax.
HALIFAX – Halifax is moving ahead with a sweeping ban on smoking on municipal property as of Oct. 1, roughly two weeks before the federal legalization of recreational cannabis comes into effect.Council decided Tuesday not to adopt an amendment that would exclude tobacco from the Nuisance Bylaw and instead voted to accept housekeeping amendments, such as renaming it the Nuisance and Smoking Bylaw.Municipal staff had recommended that the bylaw amendment approved nearly two months ago remain the same — keeping its prohibition of smoking any substance on public property, including tobacco and cannabis.Their report said restricting the bylaw to a single substance, such as cannabis, would make enforcement more difficult.But Coun. Sam Austin, who had brought forward the motion to remove tobacco from the bylaw, says the ban will require a lot of time, effort and resources and won’t likely be effective.The bylaw must still pass second reading and a public hearing.(Global News)
Three stories in the news for Monday, Jan. 21———KEEP CAMPAIGN POSITIVE, PM TELLS MPsJustin Trudeau sharpened his core re-election message on Sunday, telling his MPs to present a positive message to Canadians while he branded his Conservative opponents as a detached party of the elite. The prime minister delivered a campaign-style speech at the start of a two-day Liberal caucus retreat on Parliament Hill, characterizing his party as a beacon of hope for Canadians in a world of upheaval. At the same time, Trudeau attacked the opposition Conservatives as a party rooted in the past and mired in the divisiveness of its former leader, Stephen Harper.———VAN KOEVERDEN WINS LIBERAL NOMINATIONFormer Olympic flag-bearer Adam van Koeverden will carry the Liberal banner into the next federal election, after securing the nomination in the southern Ontario riding of Milton. The 36-year-old kayaker, whose four Olympic medals are the most by any Canadian paddler, will be looking to defeat deputy Conservative leader Lisa Raitt, who’s held the riding since 2015. A website laying out the details of van Koeverden’s candidacy says his campaign will focus on traditional Liberal values with an emphasis on youth, sport, physical education and healthy communities.———INMATE SUES OVER ‘SARDINE-CAN-STYLE’ VAN TRIP A federal inmate who says he was shackled in a cramped transport van for almost eight hours — despite a heart condition and other ailments — is suing the government for compensation. The lawsuit comes after a federal ombudsman called the prison service’s escort vans inhumane and unsafe, and recommended they be replaced. Edwin Nott, a 65-year-old inmate who identifies as Metis and uses a walker, is serving a six-year sentence at the medium-security Bath Institution in eastern Ontario. He’s seeking $1 million for his alleged pain and suffering.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau will meet with his provincial counterparts in Montreal— The federal Liberal Caucus Retreat continues on Parliament Hill.— Health Canada will provide a technical briefing in Ottawa on the new Canada’s Food Guide.— OPSEU president will reveal new research into how Ontarians feel about Premier Doug Ford and his policies.— Edmonton trial of American Jason Steadman on first-degree murder charge in the 2016 death of Edmonton limo driver Dwayne Demkiw.— NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in Burnaby, B-C to make a housing announcement.—The Canadian Press
Western premiers say the SNC-Lavalin affair is distracting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a time he should be focused on jobs in their region.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has taken aim at the prime minister’s comments about the 9,000 jobs tied to the Quebec company.Moe says Trudeau needs to be reminded he is not the premier of Quebec and that thousands of jobs have been lost in the energy sector.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley released a statement this week about China blocking shipments of Canadian canola to say Trudeau needs to get back to work defending jobs and farmers.She suggested the federal government is navel-gazing at its own controversy.The Canadian Press
In today’s Big Story podcast, while many may think of abortion as a non-issue in Canada, the movement against it still exists… but it looks a lot different than it once did. Young people (Gen Zers to be specific) are increasingly labelling themselves as pro-life, attending anti-abortion marches and supporting pro-life politicians.What’s changed in the decades since abortion was a federal election issue? How are young people being recruited? Will this strengthen the anti-abortion movement or hurt it? And could the issue ever really come back up again in Canada as it has recently in the US?GUEST: Sydney Loney, FLARE.comAudio Playerhttp://radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_05222019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.
OTTAWA — The Liberals and the Conservatives are both boasting of record-breaking fundraising results this spring, with each party pointing to a different measure of success.Newly released figures from Elections Canada show the Conservative Party of Canada raised just over $8.5 million in the second quarter of this year, which came from about 53,000 donors.The party says that breaks the previous second-quarter record, which the Conservatives set in 2011.The Liberals, meanwhile, say the $5 million they raised came from just over 41,500 contributors from April 1 to June 30, which the party calls its best-ever second quarter when it comes to the number of donors.The NDP, meanwhile, was bested by the Greens when it comes to second-quarter fundraising totals.The Greens raised nearly $1.44 million from about 14,600 donors and the NDP raised just over $1.43 million from about 14,900 contributors.The numbers came as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tested out his campaign message Wednesday on a friendly crowd of Liberal candidates, gathered to prepare for the coming election.The choice is clear, he told his team, as he characterized the coming battle as one between Conservative cuts and Liberal investments in improving the lives of middle-class Canadians.He also compared Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to Ontario Premier Doug Ford, as well as former prime minister Stephen Harper, even as he claimed his campaign would not stoop to personal attacks.“The middle-class can’t afford another Doug Ford,” he said, “and it’s up to every single person in this room to make that case by sharing our positive, ambitious vision for the future.”Some 200 Liberal candidates — out of 230 nominated so far — are attending training sessions in Ottawa this week, where they are learning about everything from how to canvas voters to how to tell their personal stories.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, meanwhile, spent the day in Kenora, Ont., where Rudy Turtle, the prominent chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation, will be running under the New Democrat banner.The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press BIARRITZ, France — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the other G7 leaders are wrapping up their two-day summit today in Biarritz, France, where the meetings have been largely upstaged by U.S. trade tensions and a surprise visit by Iran’s top diplomat.Trudeau began the day with a one-on-one meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, who is hosting this year’s summit.The two discussed a number of topics, including Macron’s attempts to broker a deal to save the 2015 Tehran nuclear accord and ease growing tensions between Iran and the West.France’s invitation to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif led to sidebar meetings with French, German and U.K. officials in Biarritz on Sunday — but also led to some tense discussions about Iran among the G7 leaders.Trudeau and Macron also discussed climate issues ahead of a larger summit session on climate, oceans and biodiversity that included G7 leaders and the heads of other countries invited to participate as guests.Climate action is among many issues Trudeau and Macron see eye-to-eye on — something that cannot be said of U.S. President Donald Trump, who was not present for the beginning of the climate session.Instead, Trump held one-on-one meetings with Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.He told reporters ahead of those meetings the U.S. will soon begin serious negotiations with China — amid a mounting trade war between the countries.Trump hiked tariffs on China last week after China taxed some U.S. imports in retaliation for a previous round of imports levied by Trump.Meanwhile, Trudeau has used his one-on-one meetings with his G7 counterparts on the margins of the summit to promote trade and economic issues.He has also joined Macron’s call for action on the fires that have been devastating Amazon rainforest and, it now appears, Canada is prepared to pitch in regardless of what other countries do.Foreign Affairs Minister Chystia Freeland spoke to her Brazilian counterpart and offered Canada’s support.
OTTAWA — Jagmeet Singh and Elizabeth May are continuing on the campaign trail today while the leaders of the bigger parties take a break from the road.Singh is to be in Toronto campaigning with Andrew Cash, a former NDP MP who’s trying to take back his Davenport seat from the Liberals.They’re starting with a discussion on precarious work at a neighbourhood coffee shop.May is in Winnipeg, where she’s to make an announcement in the morning and campaign with Manitoba Green candidates at The Forks later.After keeping up full-tilt schedules since the federal election call on Sept. 11, both Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer are taking pauses in Ottawa.They’re both heading back out on the trail on Sunday.The Liberals do have Catherine McKenna, the environment minister, making an announcement this morning about banning single-use plastics from federal government buildings.People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier is in northern Ontario for a plowing match and a rally in North Bay.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 21, 2019.The Canadian Press
CHIME FOR CHANGE, the global campaign for girls’ and women’s empowerment founded by Gucci, has announced the launch of its storytelling platform, designed to shine a light on stories celebrating and spotlighting courageous girls and women around the world.Through a combination of short films and journalistic content, the powerful stories are centered on the individuals who live them, and aim to inspire conversation and community participation by raising awareness among a global audience.To mark the launch of the storytelling platform, CHIME FOR CHANGE, led by a founding committee comprised of Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyonce Knowles-Carter, has released five original short films, told through the lens of creative filmmakers who have been inspired to share previously untold compelling stories with the world. The films first premiered earlier this month during THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE concert event on June 1, which gathered together some of the world’s most talented artists and renowned activists to raise funds and awareness for girls’ and women’s empowerment. The films are available to view and download through the CHIME FOR CHANGE homepage www.chimeforchange.org and www.youtube.com/chimeforchange.“We will shine a spotlight on those who are fighting for education, health and justice for girls and women by sharing stories about real people who are speaking out and rising up to change the course of history,” said Salma Hayek Pinault, Executive Producer of the CHIME FOR CHANGE film unit. “These films tell intimate, personal stories – but these stories represent universal themes. And now we can all play a part by turning inspiration into action.”In addition, Mariane Pearl, Managing Editor of CHIME FOR CHANGE, has assembled a team of international journalists who will document the pivotal time in history we are currently experiencing as girls and women courageously stand up to demand that their voices and stories are heard. Ms. Pearl will work with independent journalists from all over the world and with the support of content partners including the International Herald Tribune and the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Ms. Pearl said: “Journalism is about holding those in power accountable and giving a voice to the voiceless. We will do both, denouncing the violence and discrimination women are facing because of their gender and giving a voice to those who may have never spoken out until now.”Ms. Pearl added: “One by one these individuals’ stories demonstrate that women everywhere are ready to stand up for themselves and for one another, ready to live to their full potential.”The journalism platform will serve as an inspiration for women and girls everywhere to connect and learn each others’ stories, using the power of narrative and storytelling to create a global network, and support those working individually to transform their environments.The five short films released this week illustrate some of the many critical issues faced by girls and women around the world, and focus on real life stories connected to the three pillars of CHIME FOR CHANGE: Education, Health and Justice. The films include: • SEPIDEH: LETTERS TO EINSTEIN directed by Berit Madsen, the story of Sepideh, a young Iranian astronomer who dreams of becoming an astronaut. The film tells the story of a young woman who dares to pursue her dream despite the many societal pressures and familial obligations that threaten to block her path. • REACHING FOR THE SUN by Jehane Noujaim, which follows the journey of 30 grandmothers chosen from remote corners of the globe who are trained as solar engineers, enabling them to return home and solar power their own villages. • Dan Reed’s #SHOUTINGBACK, which tells the story of Laura Bates, a UK journalist and activist who uses social media to highlight the issue of sexual harassment and objectification of women. • DYNAMIQUE DES FEMMES JURISTES by Hi-Sim Studios, an animated film about a group of female lawyers in eastern Congo fighting for women’s rights. • JESSICA’S STORY by Libby Spears profiles Jessica as she shares her story of being sex trafficked as a child. Artist Lydiaemily Archibald paints a large mural in Los Angeles’s infamous Skid Row to capture Jessica’s spirit and resilience.In addition, a special version of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s HUMAIRA: THE DREAM CATCHER with a voiceover from Madonna has been released this week by CHIME FOR CHANGE. All of the new films on the storytelling platform join the extended trailer of THE SUPREME PRICE by Joanna Lipper, the first short film to be released by CHIME FOR CHANGE to coincide with the launch of the campaign in February.The launch of the CHIME FOR CHANGE storytelling platform follows The SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE held at Twickenham Stadium on 1st June. The concert event was headlined by CHIME FOR CHANGE co-founder Beyonce, along with an incredible line-up of all-star performers and presenters who brought girls’ and women’s empowerment to the world’s stage.Immediately prior to THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE concert event, Ms. Pearl hosted a five-day ‘Reporting Women’ journalism summit, in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The course explored topics ranging from the safety of female journalists, to female stereotypes and narratives in the media. Participating journalists were recruited from all parts of the world, and will have their work featured as a part of the storytelling platform on the CHIME FOR CHANGE website.The funds raised through the CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign will be donated to projects presented by more than 80 non-profit organizations in over 70 countries through CHIME FOR CHANGE partner Catapult, the first crowdfunding platform solely dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women.Many of the CHIME FOR CHANGE short films are represented by an associated project on Catapult, so that viewers can become personally engaged in the individual stories of the girls and women in the films. These include: helping Humaira Bachal build her Dream Model Street School on the outskirts of Karachi; supporting Laura Bates’s Everyday Sexism project; helping survivors of human trafficking, with stories like Jessica’s, through organizations such as the Nest Foundation; and training the next generation of women leaders through the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND) in Nigeria as illustrated through Hafsat Abiola’s story in THE SUPREME PRICE.The feature length films of SEPIDEH: LETTERS TO EINSTEIN, REACHING FOR THE SUN and THE SUPREME PRICE are past recipients of the Spotlighting Women Documentary Award, presented by the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund in partnership with the Kering Foundation and administered by Tribeca Film Institute.CHIME FOR CHANGE comes at a historic and pivotal moment for girls and women globally, as the world’s attention is drawn to international stories ranging from the fight for girls’ education in Pakistan to headlines of violence against women in all corners of the world. The campaign brings together a coalition of organizations and individuals to effect meaningful change for girls and women worldwide. The campaign’s strategic partners include the Kering Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Facebook, Hearst Magazines and Catapult.The Advisory Board of CHIME FOR CHANGE includes Hafsat Abiola, Muna AbuSulayman, Valerie Amos, Jimmie Briggs, Gordon and Sarah Brown, Lydia Cacho, David Carey, Joanne Crewes, Minh Dang, Juliet de Baubigny, Waris Dirie, Helene Gayle, Yasmeen Hassan, Arianna Huffington, Musimbi Kanyoro, Alicia Keys, Yang Lan, John Legend, Madonna, Pat Mitchell, Alyse Nelson, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Francois-Henri Pinault, Julia Roberts, Jill Sheffield, Alison Smale, Jada Pinkett Smith, Caryl Stern, Meryl Streep, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mpho Tutu, and Monique Villa.Source:PR Newswire
WWE is joining forces with Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes through a global online auction on Charitybuzz.com, featuring unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences in support of “Answer The Call,” the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund.Answer The CallFans can now visit www.Charitybuzz.com/WWE through Tuesday, August 25 at 12 noon ET to bid on exclusive experiences with WWE Superstar John Cena, Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Messier, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin, talk show hosts Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa and many more. WWE’s support of “Answer The Call” is part of WWE’s community outreach initiatives in celebration of SummerSlam, which takes place on Sunday, August 23 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.“We are thrilled to have WWE’s support as they ‘Answer the Call’ for the families of New York City’s fallen first responders,” said Mark Messier, Vice President of Community Affairs for the NY Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund. “Our partnership will ensure that we continue to provide a network of support and financial assistance for those who have lost a loved one in the line of duty.”“WWE is committed to using the power of our brand to help improve the lives of families around the world,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer. “We are proud to support ‘Answer The Call’ and the families of the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect their city.”Online auction highlights include: • Mark Messier’s personal New York Rangers tickets and a meet and greet with the Hockey Hall of Famer. • Meet and greet with John Cena at Monday Night Raw. • Take over the court at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. • Backstage tour and meet and greet with Stephanie McMahon at Monday Night Raw. • Meet and greet with Stone Cold Steve Austin at a live taping of the Stone Cold Steve Austin Podcast on WWE Network. • Rookie mini-camp at MetLife Stadium for 50 people. • Suite at a Brooklyn Nets game during the 2015-2016 season and an autographed team photo. • Meet and greet with Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman at a WWE event. • Meet and greet with Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa and four tickets to LIVE with Kelly & Michael. • Attend the season finale of WWE Tough Enough and meet Daniel Bryan, Paige, Lita, Booker T and Billy Gunn. • Two tickets to Late Night with Seth Meyers and a mug autographed by Seth Meyers.For more information or to bid on the full list of auction items, visit www.Charitybuzz.com/WWE. Proceeds will provide assistance to the families of New York City Police Officers, Firefighters, Port Authority Police and EMS Personnel who have been killed in the line of duty.
For the first time, eight of the leading U.S.-based international relief organizations have joined forces to urge the American public to donate to the new Hunger Relief Fund in response to looming famines and persistent hunger threatening millions of people in South Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, Somalia and neighboring countries.Video: George Clooney: Famine & drought in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, YemenMore than 20 million people face starvation in the coming months and, without immediate help, 1.4 million children who are severely malnourished could die.“Drought, displacement and conflict have converged with alarming consequences,” according to the chief executive officers of the organizations in the Global Emergency Response Coalition. “In the 21st century, innocent children should not be dying from hunger. People caught in this crisis are generously opening their homes and sharing what little they have, but they have run out of time and resources – they need our help now.”George Clooney has lent his support by narrating the campaign’s PSA.Over 40 celebrities and influencers – including including Minnie Driver,Camila Cabello,Marianne Williamson,Daniel Gillies,Gael Garcia Bernal, Jay Ellis, Linkin Park, and the Indigo Girls.have lent their considerable support and social media platforms to the #FightFamine campaign, which runs through July 28.In Yemen, a child under five dies every 10 minutes because of the lack of food and basic resources. In South Sudan, families have been forced to flee their homes and are surviving on water lilies alone while hiding in swamps. In Somalia, teenagers walk for hours just to get enough water to last their families one day. In Nigeria, there have been reports of people eating sand to ward off starvation. Families are dying not only from hunger, but also from diseases such as cholera and measles because they lack clean water and sanitation.The Global Emergency Response Coalition will use Hunger Relief Fund donations to help those already going hungry and on the brink of famine survive and lay the groundwork for recovery. The coalition is comprised of CARE, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, Plan International, Save the Children and World Vision. Together, these organizations are working in 106 countries to reach millions of the world’s most vulnerable people with urgent assistance such as food, water, shelter, education and medical care, as well as resources to build resilience to future food crises.Partners including PepsiCo, Google and Twitter are working with the Global Emergency Response Coalition to help raise awareness and funds during the two-week appeal, and PepsiCo Foundation will generously match donations up to $1 million.“We can make a difference together and give people who are suffering more than food and resources. We can give them hope and show them they’re not invisible – and they’re not alone,” says Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook.The appeal lasts through July 28, 2017 and donations to the Hunger Relief Fund can be made at www.globalemergencyresponse.org.
Facebook It’s understandable if you’ve been too busy binging on the latest plethora of hit TV series, web series, mini series, etc. to notice the changes happening in the TV industry. TV is changing. Or rather, has changed. There are numerous ways to consume content now and a range of new platforms for viewers to choose from – there is more content and more options for viewers than ever before. The demand for fresh and exciting content is higher than ever as viewers hunger for new shows. That’s why our renowned program, the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program, remains one constant in the TV industry: it’s a go-to source for scouting new talent and original voices who go on to create must-watch TV (in all its forms).The Bell Media Prime Time TV Program, presented in association with ABC Signature Studios, delivers a real-world story room experience and an intense professional and project development process for six TV writers a year. The program has attracted some of Canada’s most prolific and successful showrunners to lead the story room as Executive Producer in Residence (like Michael MacLennan [ Bomb Girls], Graeme Manson [Orphan Black], Karen Walton [Orphan Black, The Listener] and Brad Wright [Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe], to name a few), but what’s more is that the program draws some of Canada’s finest creative talent, that studios and networks seek out as being the next hot writers and showrunners. Many alumni of the program have gone on to create their own series and to write for hit TV series.Tara Armstrong, a 2014 alumna, is currently in production on Season 2 of her series Mary Kills People(Global TV). Comedy series What Would Sal Do?, created by 2008 alumnus Andrew De Angelis, premiered on HBO Canada and CraveTV in March 2017. Blain Watters, who was part of the 2013 program, wrote for Season 1 of Between (Netflix). Karen Nielsen, an alumna of last year’s program, has been hired to write an episode of the next X-Files revival season.“CFC helped me launch the career I’ve been working towards my entire life. Since graduating, I have had the script I developed through the [Bell Media] Prime Time Program, ‘Parker’s Fall,’ optioned by ABC Signature Studios, as well as another one of my original series has been optioned, and I’m now writing an episode of The X-Files.” – Karen Nielsen LISA CODRINGTONLisa Codrington is an actor and writer based in Toronto. She has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Drama and is a recipient of the K.M. Hunter Theatre Award and the Carol Bolt Award for Playwrights. Selected playwriting credits include The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God (Shaw Festival); Up the Garden Path (Obsidian Theatre); The Aftermath (The New Groundswell Festival – Nightwood Theatre); The Colony (Opera to Go – Tapestry); Cast Iron (Nightwood Theatre & Obsidian Theatre). Originally from Winnipeg, she holds a BA in Criminology from the University of Manitoba and a BFA in Acting from Ryerson University. Advertisement A.J. DEMERSA.J. Demers is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright and producer. He has written and performed 100 episodes of his satire segment, The Spin (Sam Ross Award) for CityTV. His television writing credits include shows on Viceland, CMT, and CBC. He is an alumnus of the NSI’s Feature First Program and his feature film Rust, a punk rock mother-daughter drama, with producer Trinni Franke and director Anita Doron, is slated for production in 2018. Demers is currently developing two original series, the horror/police drama, Dunwich, and the private investigator procedural, Impossible. In addition to his writing, as an improviser, Demers has performed in well over two thousand stage shows around the world and spent three years touring with the ABBA tribute band, Bjorn Again, where he rapped for Bill Gates. Demers holds an MFA from UBC in creative writing. JORDI MANDJordi Mand is a Toronto-based playwright who has worked with some of Canada’s most prominent theatre companies. Her first play, Between the Sheets, was produced by Nightwood Theatre in 2012 and has been produced nationally, internationally and was published by Playwrights Canada Press. Her second play, Caught, was produced by Theatre Passe Muraille in 2016. Mand has been a Playwright-in-Residence with Theatre Passe Muraille, Carousel Players and Nightswimming Theatre. She is a past member of the Tarragon Theatre’s Playwrights Unit and the Stratford Festival’s Playwrights Retreat. Upcoming: world premiere of her new plays This Will Be Excellent (Carousel Players) and Brontë: The World Without (Stratford Festival). Mand is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. JULIA HOLDWAYJulia Holdway is a Vancouver-based screenwriter with two produced TV movies and a third one going into production in October 2017. Her pilot Infamouswas a finalist for the Sundance Episodic Lab. She has written and directed four short films, which have screened at festivals and art galleries in New York and London. Holdway has worked on the production side of television and film as a script coordinator and producers’ assistant on various shows, including Bates Motel, Warcraft and Roadies. Last summer, she was invited by the Executive Producers, Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse, to be part of the writers’ room in LA for the final season of Bates Motel. She began her career working in the art world in London and then Los Angeles before pursuing her career in screenwriting. Holdway holds a BFA from Ryerson University Image Arts Film Program and an MA in Contemporary Art and Critical Theory from Sotheby’s Institute of Art (an affiliate of Manchester University. Advertisement Additionally, eOne recently announced that 2010 alumna Sandra Chwialkowska will pen their co-pro, the French-language series Mensonges, which it is adapting for English-speaking markets, and they tapped 2013 alumna Marsha Greene to pen their short-form series, The Six. The program also helped develop smash-hit Emmy Award-winning series Orphan Black, which recently saw its series finale, in the 2008 story room, and Travelers, whose second season is set to premiere this Fall on Netflix, began its development during the 2014 Prime Time TV Program.What’s next for the program? Six new writers will join the ranks of these CFC alumni as they embark on the 2017 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program, which officially starts on September 18, 2017.“We have remarkable TV writers in Canada,” said Kathryn Emslie, CFC’s Chief Programs Officer. “Year after year, we are excited to welcome talented TV creators into our program and learn what sorts of stories and themes drive them. This year was another very strong year of applicants, and we are delighted to have these six writers on board.”With award-winning writer/producer Dennis Heaton at the helm of the 2017 story room, these writers are armed with an amazing showrunner and mentor, as well as the talent and skills to take on the changing TV industry, pens (keyboards?) blazing.Meet the 2017 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program residents: Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment RJ LACKIERJ Lackie is a writer-producer and a graduate of Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media. He has written and co-written more than 100 produced episodes of dramatic digital series, includingInhuman Condition (Canadian Screen Award 2016 nominee), All For One (Official Selection, T.O. Webfest 2017), forthcoming dark thriller Damaged, and LGBT personality Kaitlyn Alexander’s Couple-ish (Streamy Awards 2016 nominee). His feature debut as a screenwriter, sci-fi adventure Darken(dir. Audrey Cummings), will premiere later this year. His work in digital series has been praised in The Guardian, Vox and AfterEllen, and called “a step forward for the medium” by Bloody Disgusting. Advertisement LAURIE ANNE SMITHLaurie Anne “LA” Smith is an adventurous storyteller who has spent the last 15 years in unscripted TV as a writer and director, and in senior story positions. Smith travelled the world as a story producer for the last two seasons of The Amazing Race Canada, and has been a passionate leader on other competition series such as Game of Homes and the UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs Australia. Smith has crafted stories for more than 60 hours of television with story editor credits that include Discovery’s hit shows Highway Thru Hell and Heavy Rescue: 401. Her work has aired internationally and on North America’s top-rated networks. Smith has conducted hundreds of hours of interviews and specializes in coaxing out stories and transforming them into entertainment. She graduated with distinction from the University of Regina’s post-graduate Journalism program, and holds a BA in English and Psychology from Carleton University.By Cory Angeletti-Szasz
Advertisement TORONTO, June 6, 2019 – CTV announced live today from the #CTVUpfront in Toronto that Canadian TV icon Mike Holmes and his family are coming to Bell Media. The new partnership is anchored by the development and production of the all-new original television series HOLMES FAMILY RESCUE, featuring Holmes teaming up with his children Mike Jr. and Sherry in their biggest show yet, a Summer 2020 tent-pole series for CTV.Something never seen before from Mike Holmes, the CTV Original Series HOLMES FAMILY RESCUE is an all-new lifestyle program featuring the fan-favourite TV host and professional contractor taking on the biggest and most challenging journey of his career. Helping homeowners MAKE IT RIGHT® in epic fashion are Mike’s kids – Mike Jr. and Sherry – who join their father to change lives and turn this inspirational new series into a family affair. Over the course of the season, the Holmes family works tirelessly to drastically improve and transform the lives of homeowners with their trademark relatable, hilarious, and heartfelt family dynamic. “I’m absolutely thrilled about this new partnership with CTV,” said Mike Holmes, President, The Holmes Group. “I look forward to bringing new content to CTV’s portfolio of networks and spreading the MAKE IT RIGHT® message with even more Canadians across the country.” Login/Register With: “We’re very happy that Mike Holmes has chosen CTV as his new home,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “In addition to being a Canadian TV icon, Mike is someone who transcends television and has become a trusted part of the lives of Canadians. Now joined by Sherry and Mike Jr. for HOLMES FAMILY RESCUE to headline Summer 2020 on CTV, we’re also thrilled to introduce construction’s first family to help anchor our newly rebranded CTV Life Channel.” Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement
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