first_imgTORONTO – A new report says the rate of deceased organ donations has risen substantially over the last decade in Canada, while the rate for living donors has declined.The report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information and Canadian Blood Services shows that deceased organ donation increased by 42 per cent.Since 2011, the number of deceased donors per million population in Canada has gone up steadily, with notable jumps in 2015 and 2016.There were 758 deceased donors in Canada last year, providing almost 2,900 life-saving transplants. Each deceased donor can provide up to eight organs for transplantation.However, the report shows there’s been an 11 per cent drop in the rate of living organ donations since 2007, with 544 donors in 2016. Living donors can provide a kidney or part of their liver.Last year, there were 1,731 kidneys from deceased and living donors transplanted in Canada and more than 3,400 Canadians were still waiting for a transplant.The CIHI report shows there were 37,647 Canadians outside Quebec living with end-stage kidney disease, up 36 per cent since 2007.The number of people in need of a kidney transplant — which eliminates the need for dialysis — continues to significantly outpace the number of available organs.“More work remains to be done in living and deceased donation so that more patients with a treatable disease receive a transplant and subsequently come off the wait list,” said Kimberly Young, director of organ donation and transplantation at Canadian Blood Services.last_img read more

first_imgA smattering of retail chains closed their doors in another tough year for the industry in 2017, but the demise of Sears Canada seemed to resonate most with Canadians, many of whom grew up devouring its annual holiday wish book and shopping at the department store.The high-profile closure and ensuing controversies helped make Sears Canada’s demise the 2017 Business News Story of the Year. It received 47 per cent of the votes from journalists in an annual poll of the country’s newsrooms conducted by The Canadian Press.Small business tax changes received 16 per cent of the votes from a field of nine candidates, while trade talks and marijuana companies tied for third place at 14 per cent each.“For many Canadians, Sears is more than a store, it’s an institution,” said Allan Shifman, managing editor at Yahoo Canada Finance.“Add to that the horrible way the retailer wound down… This is a story that resonates with all Canadians, not just the ones tuned into the finance news cycle.”The struggling chain spent the bulk of the year attempting to re-invent itself — a hodgepodge process that included adding grocery stores to certain locations, hosting a pop-up shop in a trendy Toronto neighbourhood and developing dash buttons that would give customers the ability to restock favourite products from home.But those efforts failed to materialize and the long-time staple of Canada’s retail landscape filed for creditor protection in June, sold off some locations and decided to liquidate the rest of its roughly 190 stores, leaving some 15,000 employees out of work.The chain’s closure sparked a number of controversies.Sears Canada planned to dole out millions of dollars in retention bonuses to head office staff while grappling with a more than $260-million shortfall in its pension plan.A plan by executive chairman Brandon Stranzl that would see the company continue to operate was rebuffed in favour of liquidation, prompting further questions about whose interests were being prioritized.After the sales began, the Competition Bureau said it was investigating allegations that some merchandise was marked up ahead of the liquidation.The way Sears Canada treated its employees also struck a chord with many, given the chain was a big employer across the country, especially in smaller towns and cities, where few retailers are present.The company originally wanted to pay a total $7.6 million to 43 top employees, but, facing backlash, revised that to a total of $6.5 million to 36 employees.The reduction was approved by an Ontario judge, but some employees argued it was still too much money given the company was also facing a 19 per cent pension plan funding shortfall, meaning employees would likely see a similar cut to their benefits.The Sears story also points to a larger trend in business today — “the so-called retail apocalypse, in which brick-and-mortar stores lose out to online sales,” said Daniel Tencer, senior business editor at HuffPost Canada.The rise of e-commerce was one of several factors that led to Sears Canada’s struggles, said Brandon Stranzl, who stepped away from his position in August to lead an unsuccessful bid to buy the company and save it from liquidation.“The major moat of a department store was aggregation,” he said, explaining Sears Canada was once the go-to for all household needs.That model was upended when specialty retailers appeared and started to eat away at the department store’s mattress, appliance and other core businesses, while discount chains like Walmart forced prices down and internet-based retailers swooped into provide a direct to consumer option, he said.“The company would have had to execute flawlessly to avoid, you know, a restructuring,” he said, adding they did everything possible to avoid that fate, but it came down to time.“We didn’t have sufficient time to get through all the plans.”The closures are the latest in a string of department store exits in recent memory. Target, Zellers and now Sears Canada have left repeated vacancies at malls across Canada and shopping centres have struggled to fill the void with new anchor tenants.Now, former competitor and one of the few remaining department store chains in the country, Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC), appears to be struggling with similar headwinds.The company is in the midst of a transformation plan that includes laying off 2,000 people across North America and posted a $243-million loss in its most recent quarter.Interim CEO Richard Baker has said the company expects to benefit from the Sears Canada closure.But Stranzl isn’t so sure.He warned any sales bump to HBC after Sears Canada’s liquidation sales end is likely to be temporary due to the long-term challenges facing department stores.“I think their business model… fundamentally has to be altered for it to be, you know, successful over a long period of time,” Stranzl said.“Consumers just aren’t going to shop that way any more.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A prominent CTV News reporter has been suspended, hours after a woman made sexual misconduct allegations against him.Bell Media’s vice president of communications said Paul Bliss, who works at CTV’s bureau in the Ontario legislature, has been suspended and an investigation is underway.“Allegations have been made against a CTV News reporter,” Scott Henderson said in an email statement provided to The Canadian Press.“We take this very seriously and as a result have suspended Paul Bliss until an investigation is complete.”The allegations were made in a blog post by Bridget Brown, who describes herself as a Calgary-based entrepreneur and former CTV employee.Under a Friday post titled “MeToo in Canadian Broadcasting,” Brown detailed an alleged sexual incident in the spring of 2006 involving an unnamed CTV reporter.Brown wrote that when she began working at CTV, she reached out to a reporter she had met at a party a few weeks earlier and asked if he’d like to get coffee with her in the cafeteria and reconnect.The reporter “suggested instead I come to his office after his shift,” wrote Brown, and she agreed.Brown said the reporter showed her around “the storied building where he worked,” and ended the tour back in his office.She alleges that he then started kissing her and “pushing on the top of my head,” at which point she “bluntly” told him she wasn’t interested.Brown wrote that she kept silent about the alleged incident for 12 years, and had been struggling in recent months with whether to reveal it.She said she had been thinking about the #MeToo movement of women coming forward with stories of sexual harassment, and reading about the resignation of Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown.He stepped down early Thursday morning, hours after CTV reported that two women have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against him — allegations that haven’t been verified by The Canadian Press.In a post on Twitter Friday night, Bridget Brown wrote that she decided to come forward now because she had noticed a “dearth in #MeToo stories coming from Canada, specifically from media in Canada.”When reached by phone, she told The Canadian Press she had no comment on Bliss’s suspension.Her allegations have not been verified by The Canadian Press, and Bliss did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Bliss’s biography on CTV’s website describes him as a “veteran reporter … and occasional anchor for CTV Toronto.”It says he has won 13 awards for his reporting, including the Edward R. Murrow International Award for Best News Series.last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Winnipeg couple planning the trip of a lifetime realized they would need some help along the way, so they put up an online advertisement looking for a very specific person — a qualified caregiver with a serious love for cycling.Jill Oakes, 66, sat down at her computer earlier this week and thought about how to best explain the job: A four-month-long bicycle trip with her 76-year-old husband Rick Riewe, a retired senior biologist with Parkinson’s disease.Oakes typed into the Kijiji ad, “Duties include: helping wife monitoring external catheter or Depends; taking care of personal hygiene and dressing; keeping a watch out for safety” and the caregiver should have experience working with seniors, a health-care aid certificate, love cycling and have experience camping.Soon, a few emails started to trickle in.“It looks like we have several people who would like to come either for a month or two, or the full four months,” Oakes said with a beaming smile.Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease where the cells that produce dopamine, a chemical that carries signals between the nerves in the brain, start to die. Symptoms include tremors, stiffness, problems with balance and, as it progresses, cognitive changes.Riewe was diagnosed in 2013 and the couple were devastated to learn no medication would help, but his doctors suggested cycling could reduce symptoms.“When I found out I had Parkinson’s, I decided I better get off my backside and start exercising,” Riewe said.Cycling at a high rate of speed pushes information from the muscles Riewe is using to the brain, which triggers the release of neurotrophic factors, the couple explained.“There’s synapses between the cells and new pathways get formed. Just like when you wreck your ankle and you get new tendons sewn in from somewhere else, the brain has to tell that tendon to do something else,” Oakes said.“He’s got lots of extra cells in his brain, so we figured we should use them all while he’s got them.”They started biking together daily and it made a big difference. Not only was Riewe more mobile after a good ride, but his speech improved. He could chat about his time as a professor and reminisce about the years the couple spent working with the Inuit to help select lands that would eventually become Nunavut.They biked all winter and each summer they would do a longer trip, along the California coast or through British Columbia. Initially they were both on regular two-wheel bikes. But, as Riewe’s balance started to fail, he moved to a special adult tricycle. For the upcoming trip, they will be using a tandem tricycle.The past year has seen Riewe’s health decline, Oakes said. When they started planning the upcoming trip, they realized it was time to go big — this trip could be their last.Starting in Winnipeg in May, they plotted a path south along backroads to North Dakota, then to South Dakota and the Black Hills, a mountain range that stretches into Wyoming. They will cycle past Denver and then east on the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, eventually riding up to Riewe’s brother’s house in Michigan before making their way back to Winnipeg.Family members will be joining them along the journey for a few days at a time.The couple don’t have many concerns about cycling and they know their way around the woods and camping. But with Riewe’s health, some things are becoming more challenging and packing now includes things like external catheters.“It’s not just any old caregiver. It has to be someone who is a cyclist and loves adventure, that doesn’t mind sleeping in a pop tent,” Oakes said.So far, the couple have not been able to find the right person. But, like the rest of their Parkinson’s journey, it hasn’t stopped them from getting excited for the next chapter of their adventure.“There’s a whole bunch of stuff we can’t do anymore, I don’t even go there anymore. That doesn’t help at all,” Oakes said.“But there is so much that we can do.”last_img read more

first_imgThe parent company of grocery chain Sobeys Inc. was “a little slow on the trigger” to pass on the higher cost of food to consumers due to tariff costs, but it will inevitably happen in the future, Empire Company Ltd. CEO Michael Medline said Thursday.“It’s clear with what’s going on in terms of transportation cost and tariff-related cost that our expectation – although we’re not economists – is that there will be some inflation,” he said during a conference call with analysts after the company released its first-quarter earnings results.Multiple suppliers send the company letters each week wanting to pass on price hikes due to recently implemented tariffs, said Medline.The Canadian government announced it would impose retaliatory tariffs on July 1 on a wide range of American products in response to U.S. tariffs on some Canadian steel and aluminum products. The Canadian government targeted yogurt, coffee, maple syrup, cucumbers, salad dressing and other food items.Rising freight charges and increases in minimum wage in certain provinces are creating additional pressure, Medline said.Empire will do everything it can to stave off price hikes, he said, but admitted the company will need to pass some through in order to remain competitive.Sobeys’ biggest competitors have made similar predictions. Loblaw Companies Ltd. CEO Galen Weston Jr. and Metro Inc. CEO Eric La Fleche predicted higher prices in the near future due to the tariffs during their most recent quarterly earnings calls with analysts.Medline’s comments came as the company reported a first-quarter profit of $95.6 million, up from $54 million a year ago, when it was hit by $28.7 million in costs related to its Project Sunrise cost-savings plan.The program is aimed at finding $500 million in cost savings, of which $100 million was realized in the quarter, said analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets.“Realization of savings 1/8is 3/8 a key driver of margin growth, but first-quarter results demonstrate that Empire is stepping up focus on regaining lost ground on market share,” she wrote in a report.The profit amounted to 35 cents per share for the quarter ended Aug. 4, compared with a profit of 30 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Sales totalled $6.46 billion, up from $6.27 billion.Same-store sales excluding fuel sales were up 1.3 per cent, compared with a 0.5 per cent increase in the same quarter last year amid its best tonnage or unit sales growth in six years.The improvement was partially offset by the deflationary impact of drug reforms and the wind-down and closure of 10 stores in Western Canada during the quarter.On an adjusted basis, Empire said it earned $100.2 million or 37 cents per share for the quarter, up from $87.5 million or 32 cents per share a year ago.Analysts had expected an adjusted profit of 42 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Empire’s shares lost 77 cents or 3.1 per cent at $24.29 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX — Researchers studying the carcasses of Sable Island’s fabled wild horses have discovered many had unusual levels of parasites and sand, suggesting they are tougher than most horses, even as many died of starvation.A team from the University of Saskatchewan and Parks Canada performed necropsies on more than 30 dead animals during trips to the isolated sandbar about 160 kilometres off Nova Scotia in 2017 and 2018.“We showed up in 2017 not knowing whether there would be any dead horses to find,” said researcher Emily Jenkins.“Scientifically we really didn’t know anything about the causes of mortality in this population because the last work that was done was in the 1970s.”The horses have roamed there since the 18th century and become synonymous with the island’s romantic and untamed image.Jenkins said conditions on the wind-swept, 42-kilometre long island were particularly harsh in the early spring of 2017, and that had an effect on the horse population.“It was very hard on the horses,” she said. “When we got there they were taking shelter behind anything they could find.”With the help of Parks Canada, Jenkins said she and other University of Saskatchewan researchers were able to find 30 carcasses that were suitable for examination during their initial foray to the island.Jenkins said they estimated there were another 20 carcasses that were either unsuitable for examination or that were just too inaccessible to get to.She said the overall findings were “very similar” to a previous study carried out by graduate student Daniel Welsh in 1972.“The main finding was emaciation or starvation and hypothermia, especially for the young horses,” said Jenkins, who noted vegetation is sparse on Sable during that time of the year.The researchers found the yearlings in particular, had little or no reserves of body fat to rely on.“All of the young horses we looked at were just basically out of reserves,” Jenkins said. “They had nothing left, they were emaciated.”However, the adult animals, who would have higher social status and better access to the best grazing, were generally in better body condition and died of a combination of other causes.Jenkins said Sable Island’s omnipresent sand tends to grind down teeth, affecting nutrient intake, and also ends up in the horses’ system, blocking their gastrointestinal tract.“In several horses that we looked at there was quite a lot of sand. We were picking up the intestines and the stomach and saying ‘these weigh a tonne,’ because there was in many cases more sand than plant content.”Jenkins also noted that some pregnant mares had died while giving birth.The 2018 trip, meanwhile, focused more on looking for pathogens and diseases, and that’s where Jenkins said the researchers were able to find things such as respiratory and reproductive diseases including a parasite lungworm.She said, in fact, research over the last 10 years has turned up astounding levels of parasitic worms in these small horses, many of whom are no bigger than 14 hands long.  The average fecal egg count from the live horse study was 1,500 per gram.“I just about fell over because we call a high fecal egg count in a domestic horse 500 eggs per gram,” said Jenkins. “So the average Sable horse is walking around shedding three times more parasites than our domestic horses.”Jenkins said the horses’ genetic resistance to the parasites could render clues for horses in the domestic world, where veterinarians are “fighting a losing battle” to worms with a growing resistance to various treatments.The scientist said she believes domestic horses are dewormed too much to begin with, and the Sable research could help bear that out.“Look at what those guys are surviving with — massive levels of parasitism and no treatment. So we are probably overdoing it for most horses that are just companion animals.”Jenkins said the overall mortality rate in 2017 was about 10 per cent of the population, while the 2018 figure represented about one per cent, which is more the norm.She said the current population sits at around 500 horses, up from the 300 or so recorded in the 1970s.From a scientific perspective, Jenkins said it’s fascinating to see a system of untreated and unmanaged horses living in what amounts to their ancestral conditions.“But there’s the little girl in me who has always loved horses who can’t believe these horses are eeking out a living on this little sandbar,” she said.Keith Doucette, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Activists say it’s a crisis that can’t wait another minute for a coordinated global response.From increasing electric vehicle sales to the way we recycle, a lot has changed since the first ever Earth Day on April 22, 1970.However, the planet is facing dire consequences after a century of heavy carbon consumption, and activists are speaking out with the hopes of turning the 49th annual Earth Day into year-round action.In an op-ed, President of the Earth Day Network Kathleen Rogers and We Don’t Have Time CEO Ingmar Rentzhog say Earth Day has to be about launching into a greater effort: to shift policy and public support for the environment.“It is the people’s day, the one inspired by 20 million boots on the ground in 1970,” the op-ed reads. “The world is mobilizing again, tapping into the power of a conscious, concerned, and coordinated global citizenry to meet a crisis that can’t wait another minute.”The authors point to ocean acidification, fresh water depletion, and an epidemic of extinction as examples of a dire situation.However, despite the planet facing “major tipping points on climate change,” the pair says “the environment is not a top-tier political issue. Anywhere!”“Most people do voice care about the environment. But very few of them vote for candidates primarily based on their environmental stances. Politicians know they can shred environmental safeguards without suffering political consequences.”After the world’s annual carbon emissions reached an all-time high last year — which was the fourth hottest on record and saw massive wildfires — Rogers and Rentzhog add the environment must become a top-tier political issue around the world if we are to weather the storm that is global warming.Both groups plan to “raise the stakes” and focus on showing leaders that a lack of support for policies and technologies that address the environment will have consequences.They would like to see climate change action become the single-most important vote issue across the globe, and plan to “mobilize a huge, diverse, intense movement in the recognition that the crisis is urgent and that we don’t have time.”Rogers and Rentzhog are not alone — actor and environmentalist Robert Redford also took the opportunity on the 49th annual Earth Day to ask “What will it take for our short-sighted leadership to stop questioning the reality of this global crisis?”last_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON — Carbon-tax-fighting governments in Alberta and Saskatchewan say they have no plans to follow Ontario’s lead and force gas stations to put anti-carbon tax stickers on their pumps.Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has set Aug. 30 as a deadline for stations to have the stickers posted or face fines of up to $10,000 a day.The stickers say the federal carbon tax has added 4.4 cents a litre to the price of gasoline, which will rise to 11 cents per litre by 2022.In Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney’s office says his government is focused on a court challenge of the federal tax.A spokesman for Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says the government has no plan to make the stickers mandatory.The federal government has imposed a carbon tax on Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick because they opted not to bring in their own carbon pricing, and plans to do so in Alberta in the new year.Ottawa has promised to rebate much of the money collected directly to taxpayers in each of those provinces.In a statement, Kenney’s office said Alberta drivers already know the effects of a carbon tax on gasoline prices, because the previous NDP government had one that Kenney’s government repealed.“We are challenging the federal government’s constitutional authority to impose Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax, and are confident in our case. That is our focus at this time,” the statement said.A statement from Moe’s spokesman was brief.“Saskatchewan has no plans to mandate operators to display stickers showing the cost of the carbon tax on gas prices,” said Jim Billington.Legislation making the stickers mandatory in Ontario was included in the budget bill. The cost of printing 25,000 decals was pegged at about $5,000 and does not include the price of distributing them to the province’s 3,200 gas stations.The plan has been criticized by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, which has said its members have expressed concerns regarding the political nature of the stickers.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna blasted the stickers in a Facebook post Wednesday.“This is just par for the course for a government wasting taxpayers’ dollars to fight climate action instead of climate change,” she wrote.“And now they are impeding the free speech of small-business owners.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — A federal prosecutor says former hostage Joshua Boyle lied about likening his wife’s tendency to strip off her clothes to the nude protests of Russian dissenters who settled in western Canada.Crown attorney Jason Neubauer says Boyle slipped the fabrication into a fictional narrative in trying to defend himself against charges of assaulting wife Caitlan Coleman after the pair were freed from overseas captivity at the hands of Taliban-linked extremists.Boyle, 36, has pleaded not guilty to several offences against Coleman including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement in the period of October to December 2017 in Ottawa.Boyle has testified that Coleman would often disrobe when agitated, and that he had joked with her about behaving like a Doukhobor, a sect whose members sometimes protested in the nude.Under cross-examination this week, Coleman appeared to have no idea who the Doukhobors were and denied taking off her clothes when distressed.Neubauer says Boyle’s story was “simply untrue” and just one example of his attempts to create his own, more favourable version of events.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgRecycle Across America (RAA) is celebrating Earth Week 2014 by partnering with notable celebrities and Lamar Advertising to announce a simple solution that will deliver a profound impact on the environment and the economy – society-wide standardized labeling for recycling bins.Earth Week 2014 – Recycle Across America Encourages Americans to Recycle RightTo preface the solution, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recycling is the most important action society can do to improve the environment. Recycling and reusing the materials in manufacturing is the public facing action that can simultaneously: reduce CO2 levels, conserve water, reduce energy usage, protect finite natural resources, protect oceans, waterways, sea life, and wildlife, and create millions of jobs.However recycling has been underutilized, as demonstrated by EPA statistics indicating U.S. recycling levels are less than 35% and have barely improved in the past 15 years. In fact, recently the EPA released a report saying that recycling levels in the U.S. are declining.The culprit – thousands of different looking labels on public area recycling bins causing public confusion, apathy and skepticism, and a lack of society-wide messaging about the importance of recycling right. As a result, millions of tons of trash are being thrown in recycling bins every year, which cripples the economics of recycling and hinders the ability for manufacturers to reuse the materials.In 2011, RAA launched the simple non-profit solution of a society-wide standardized label system for recycling bins and without solicitation or outreach, many industry leaders have begun using the labels on their bins, such as: NBCUniversal, Hallmark, Kohler, Walt Disney World employee areas, Procter & Gamble manufacturing, SanDisk, AOL, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey beginning with the LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal, 2,000 U.S. K-12 schools – including all the public schools in Washington DC, many universities including University of Denver, George Mason University, University of Connecticut, Johns Hopkins University and thousands of other adopters. Today approximately half a million of RAA’s standardized labels are now in use throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.The standardized labeling system for recycling bins is a simple solution that has been proven to increase recycling levels by more than 50% and significantly reduces the amount of trash currently being thrown in recycling bins. Additionally the standardized labels, which make it easier for people to recycle right, has a profound impact on the future of manufacturing and their ability to begin using recycled materials that are of consistent quality and that will be competitively priced to virgin materials.For Earth Week, Lamar Advertising has donated 600 digital billboards across the U.S. to feature Recycle Across America’s “Let’s recycle right!” campaign which introduces the standardized labels and includes celebrities such as Kristen Bell, Angie Harmon, Stana Katic, Ian Somerhalder, Josie Maran, Alanis Morissette, Anthony Mackie, Gabby Reece, AnnaSophia Robb and Chris Salgardo, the president of the philanthropic brand, Kiehl’s Since 1851, who have donated over 200,000 standardized labels to K-12 schools through the U.S. The campaign also combines social media and digital out-of-home to engage consumers and promote the importance of recycling right.Recycle Across America will ask people on Twitter to pledge to “recycle right” using standardized labels. Those who re-tweet the pledge from @recycleacrossam or tweet with #LetsRecycleRight will have their twitter handle featured on digital billboards nationwide.Additionally, a segment featuring Recycle Across America and the standardized label initiative will also air throughout the day on Friday, April 25 on The Weather Channel.For more information, please visit www.letsrecycleright.org.last_img read more

first_imgSt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has dedicated and opened the Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration on the
St. Jude campus.The new center, which will sit atop the world’s first proton therapy center designed for and dedicated solely to the treatment of children, is critical to St. Jude in leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.The center is named for St. Jude National Outreach Director Marlo Thomas, and in recognition of a lifetime spent working for St. Jude to raise awareness and funds for the research and treatment of childhood cancer. Ms. Thomas was joined at today’s ceremony by former United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Secretary Clinton previously attended the dedication and opening of St. Jude’s Patient Care Center in 1994 when she was First Lady of the United States.The Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration is a key piece of a new $200 million, LEED Gold certified building on the St. Jude campus to usher in a new era of research, education, collaboration, care and treatment for children with cancer. In addition to sitting atop the world’s first proton therapy center dedicated solely to the treatment of children, the 38,000-square-foot center will become the hub for the St. Jude International Outreach Program, which aims to improve childhood cancer survival rates worldwide through 25 official partner sites in 17 countries. The center also will support the training and education of St. Jude’s postdoctoral and graduate fellows on their way to becoming tomorrow’s scientific and medical leaders. Other unique features of the center include a state-of-the-art medical library, two auditoriums, seating 75 and 400, and meeting rooms where doctors and researchers can work collaboratively, consulting on cases, sharing information and research with health care professionals around the globe.“This building is the celebration of a generation,” says Marlo Thomas, “and I am proud to stand as a symbol for all of us who heard the stories as children about how our immigrant grandparents came to this country and carved out a life for their families with their own hands. And how they stood shoulder to shoulder with my father as he envisioned this great hospital and became, as he called them, an army of ‘proud beggars’ for the world’s sickest children. That this new center bears my name is a tremendous honor to me, and in accepting it, I vow to continue to be a proud beggar on behalf of children around the world.”Marlo has worked tirelessly for the mission of St. Jude, which was founded by her father, the late entertainer, Danny Thomas. She has created a legacy as a champion for children at St. Jude and around the world as she has appeared in public service announcements, on national television programs and at fundraising events across the country to advance the St. Jude mission. Along with siblings Terre and Tony Thomas, she created the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign that encourages holiday shoppers to support the lifesaving work of St. Jude. Over the past decade, the campaign has raised nearly $500 million for St. Jude children and families.Marlo’s body of work, including her advocacy for patients and families battling childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases, recently earned her the nation’s highest civilian honor. She is one of 19 individuals who will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the White House on November 24, 2014.“This is a historic day for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as we celebrate the opening of this wonderful facility and honor our most dedicated volunteer and advocate, Marlo Thomas,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude. “Marlo’s tireless efforts to share the St. Jude mission have reached millions of supporters and have impacted the lives of countless families and children who have turned to St. Jude in their hour of need.”“One of the guiding principles of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has always been to share discoveries with the global research community to speed progress against childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases,” said James R. Downing, M.D., St. Jude President and Chief Executive Officer. “This center is a brick-and-mortar extension of that philosophy, offering researchers at St. Jude and around the world an innovative space to learn, to share, and to develop the next big advances in science and medicine.”last_img read more

first_imgThe City Gala Fundraiser honors former astronaut Buzz Aldrin and American businessman and philanthropist John Paul DeJoria (co-founder, Paul Mitchell, John Paul Pet, ROK Mobile, and The Patron Spirits Company) at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, immediately following The 58th Annual GRAMMYs on Monday, February 15, 2016.City Gala 2016 benefits Community Inspiring Today’s Youth (CITY), a non-profit organization that supports and mentors underserved teens and young adults in developing their own start-up businesses in Los Angeles. Keynote speaker is entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson (founder, Virgin Group).Aldrin, an American engineer, former astronaut and the second person to walk on the moon, has supported charitable and philanthropic efforts through Buzz Aldrin’s Share Space Foundation. At the event, The City Gala will present Aldrin with the City Gala Lifetime Achievement Award.Aldrin, age 86, says, “Well, I guess you could say that I’ve worked a lifetime to earn this award, and I’m blessed to receive it on such a beautiful charitable night, alongside some of the most brilliant minds of our time.”DeJoria, a member of The Giving Pledge, has supported charitable and philanthropic efforts through his Peace, Love and Happiness Foundation for over a decade. At the event, The City Gala will present DeJoria the Legacy of Inspiration Award. The honor is meant to inspire other high net worth individuals to tell the story of their rise to success, their challenges, and ultimately their accomplishment of being able to give forward.DeJoria says, “On the music industry’s biggest night, it is exciting to know that we have such an esteemed group of individuals coming together to celebrate and support CITY’s young entrepreneurs. Being honored by the organization supporting these kids is a reminder that we all had to start somewhere, and in the beginning, someone gave us a chance to succeed.”Emcee for the night is Jeff Timmons of the Grammy-nominated pop group 98 Degrees. The event is an exclusive invitation-only black tie fundraiser featuring an open bar, open buffet, honor ceremonies, live musical entertainment, a charitable poker tournament, tours of the Playboy Mansion grounds, celebrity meet and greets, a fashion show, as well as a live and silent auction.Sponsors include JetSmarter, Seed Invest, BELLA Magazine, OK! TV, Modern Luxury Angeleno, Hemp Blue, Imbue Model Management and AirVuz.Funds raised at the charity gala will support CITY and its non-profit programs for LA youth, as well From the Heart Productions, Fire Life Foundation, The Scheer Foundation and Supporting Our Servicemen (SOS).The first City Gala took place on Oscars night in 2014, featuring keynote speaker James Cameron and special guests Charlize Theron, Sean Penn, Halle Berry, Tyrese Gibson, Gene Simmons and Paris Hilton, as well as live musical entertainment provided by Ne-Yo. The event raised over $350,000 for charitable causes.For more details and event admission information, click here.last_img read more

first_imgThe Dream Builders Project is proud to present the 4th annual ‘A Brighter Future for Children’ black tie charity gala!This amazing, impactful and memorable night of charity will directly benefit the Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a comprehensive and innovative effort to apply visual arts, music, dance, poetry, and expressive arts in a pediatric medical setting. Art therapy programs have proven to aid in the healing of patients by alleviating pain, accelerating recovery time, decreasing stress and anxiety, improved treatment compliance and communication and more.The confirmed guest list includes Ariel Winter (Modern Family), Joseph Reitman (Money Monster), Tito Ortiz (MMA fighter), Brian Krause (Charmed), Vince Lozano (Father of the Bride 2), Jill-Michele Melean (MadTV), Ken Davitian (Borat), Massi Furlan (The Dark Night), Jimmy Van Patten (Saw), Ellen Hollman (Spartacus).The black tie gala will feature: • A Celebrity Studded Extended Red Carpet With Full Media Attention • Live Musical Performances • Live Art Performances and Exhibits • An Open Bar All Night • Hors D’Oeuvres & A Full Catered Dinner • A Celebrity Poker Tournament • A Silent & Live Auction • And Much, Much More!Attire: Black Tie (Strictly Enforced)‘A Brighter Future for Children’ 2017 is celebrity endorsed and promises to be bigger and more magical than ever while raising awareness and funds to an incredibly worthy program.DATE AND TIMEThu, March 9, 20176:30 PM – 11:30 PM PSTLOCATIONThe Taglyan Complex1201 Vine St.Los Angeles, California 90038For more info, click here.last_img read more

first_imgThe admiration is apparently mutual.“Out of the blue, she first started following us on Instagram. Then she kept giving us minishocks because she actually started liking our posts and commenting on them,” said Lakhesar, 22. Login/Register With: Twitter “She loves our work. She has some of our T-shirts. I paint on jackets and she has one of those. I think we’re just at a point where we’re almost like friends now, which is just really cool,” she added.“She started following my account last year and I obviously was freaking out because she’s one of my personal heroes. I look up to her not only as a person but also she’s amazing writer and she’s incredibly funny. I was just fan-girling all around,” said Qamar, 25.Both women, who sell their works online, began collaborating last year, starting with a fall show called Shame Shame at the Rally Gallery on Ossington Ave. Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Two Toronto artists have joined The Mindy Project, sort of.If you’re watching Season 5 of The Mindy Project, starring writer/actor Mindy Kaling, look closely and you’ll notice three artworks, one by Maria Qamar, one by Babneet Lakhesar a.k.a. Babbu the Painter and a third, which is a collaboration by both artists.Both women regard Kaling — who was a writer and character on The Office before getting her own series — as a “personal hero” and role model. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, April 26, 2017 – CTV along with producing partners Big Light Productions and Blue Ice Pictures announced today that production has wrapped on THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, following international production in Cape Town, South Africa and Mumbai, India earlier this year. The four-part, one-hour, comedic drama, starring international comedy sensation Russell Peters in his first scripted TV series, is set to premiere as part of CTV’s 2017/18 schedule.THE INDIAN DETECTIVE follows Toronto cop Doug D’Mello (Peters) as he becomes embroiled in a murder case while visiting his father, Stanley (Anupam Kher), in Mumbai. The investigation leads Doug to uncover a dangerous conspiracy while dealing with his own ambivalence towards a country where despite his heritage, he is an outsider.“Russell Peters is a comedic superstar,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. “Following a series of successful international shoots in Cape Town and Mumbai, Russell returns home as production wraps in Toronto. We are thrilled to be working with such an exceptionally talented group of cast and producers to bring this fish-out-of-water police drama, mixed with Russell’s comedic voice, to life.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement “I am thrilled to be working with the amazing Russell Peters and this incredible team,” said Frank Spotnitz, Big Light Productions. “This is a show with a huge heart that looks at different cultures with the kind of wit and insight that audiences around the world have come to expect from Russell.”“It is an honour to have developed and produced this international series with such renowned collaborators as Russell Peters, Frank Spotnitz and director Sandy Johnson,” said Executive Producers Lance Samuels and Daniel Iron of Blue Ice Pictures. “We are also thrilled to be making the show with our great partners at Bell Media. Beyond being a showcase for the inestimable talents and reach of Russell Peters, we are blessed with a wonderful international cast for this unique and wildly entertaining series.”“This production was truly representative of Russell’s commitment to diversity and the embracing of all cultures and orientations,” said Clayton Peters, Executive Producer, CPI Pictures. “I have never seen a crew and production team as reflective of those values as I have on THE INDIAN DETECTIVE.”As THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Peters is a charming, smart, ambitious Toronto cop of Indian heritage whose dreams of becoming a homicide detective are put on hold when he is unjustly suspended.Additional cast members also confirmed today include Canadian icon William Shatner (STAR TREK), who wrapped filming in Cape Town earlier this year playing a billionaire property developer from Toronto who may have ties to the criminal underworld.Additionally, award-winning actor and Bollywood veteran Anupam Kher (Silver Linings Playbook, Bend It Like Beckham) stars as Stanley D’Mello, Doug’s father, a retired airline pilot who moved back to India after the death of his wife. He’s a lovable rascal, trying to reconnect with his son in his golden years. Christina Cole (Casino Royale. SUITS) plays Constable Robyn Gerner, Doug’s tough, beautiful all-Canadian partner. Mishqah Parthiepal (Snake Park) stars as Priya Sehgal, an earnest and dedicated lawyer, born into an upper-middle class family in Mumbai; Priya has chosen to dedicate herself to serving the legal needs of the poor of the Annapuri Slum.Equal doses comedy and high-stakes drama, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE is executive produced by Golden Globe®-winning and Emmy®-nominated Frank Spotnitz (THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, THE X-FILES) of Big Light Productions and Lance Samuels and Daniel Iron (MADIBA, THE BOOK OF NEGROES) of Blue Ice Pictures.THE INDIAN DETECTIVE is a co-production between Big Light Productions, Blue Ice Pictures, Wonder Films, and Bell Media. The series was created, executive produced, and written for Russell Peters by Spotnitz and Smita Bhide (HUNTED, TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES). The series is directed by BAFTA award-winner Sandy Johnson (BENIDORM, JONATHAN CREEK) and produced by Trevor Hopkins (FORTITUDE, CUFFS). It is executive produced by Blue Ice Pictures’ Daniel Iron and Lance Samuels (MADIBA, THE BOOK OF NEGROES), Wonder Films’ Mark Burton (Water, Tallulah), Russell Peters (HIP-HOP EVOLUTION), CPI Pictures’ Clayton Peters (Breakaway, RUSSELL PETERS VERSUS THE WORLD), and Paul Canterna. Co-executive producer is Sharon Remmer (THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE).Production Executives for Bell Media are: Sarah Fowlie, who is Director, Original Programming, Comedy; Chris Kelley, Production Executive, Original Programming; and Corrie Coe, who is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. The project is financed by Blue Ice Pictures and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC).SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@CTV_TelevisionRussell Peters – @therealrussellpFacebook:www.facebook.com/CTVInstagram:@ctv_televisionAbout Big Light ProductionsAward-winning American writer and producer Frank Spotnitz founded Big Light Productions in 2013 to create and oversee a diverse slate of international television series including drama, comedy, and documentaries, and has since become one of the fastest-growing independent production companies in Europe. The London and Paris-based production company’s projects include the acclaimed drama series THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE; RANSOM; MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE with Richard Madden and Dustin Hoffman, which set viewing records on Rai1 in Italy; CROSSING LINES (Season 3), and TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES (Season 2) for the U.S., Canada, and international markets. Spotnitz’s credits also include eight seasons of the hit series THE X-FILES and its two feature films, as well as HUNTED, STRIKE BACK, NIGHT STALKER, ROBBERY HOMICIDE DIVISION, THE LONE GUNMEN, HARSH REALM, and MILLENNIUM. For more information, visit www.biglight.com.About Blue Ice PicturesBlue Ice Pictures is an international film production, development, and finance company based in Toronto with offices in London and South Africa. The company acquired Foundry Films to bolster its Canadian division and bought Out of Africa Entertainment to establish a production base in South Africa. Blue Ice Pictures is responsible for more than 60 hours of international television including MADIBA, which is currently in production starring Laurence Fishburne, Orlando Jones, and David Harewood, the internationally acclaimed miniseries, THE BOOK OF NEGROES, starring Aunjanue Ellis, Cuba Gooding Jr., Louis Gossett Jr., SINGLE LADIES, and feature films including The Bang Bang Club, Cairo Time, Inescapable, Lucky, October Gale and the multi-award winning documentary, Watermark, by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky, as well as South Africa’s highest grossing film of all time, Schuks Shabalala’s Survival.About Wonder FilmsIndependent film Producer Mark Burton founded Wonder Films in 1995 to create and produce international independent film, and has made award-nominated, critically-praised features films all over the world. The company got its start helping to produce a number of Bollywood productions, working with international stars Shah Rukh Khan, Anil Kapoor, and Sri Devi. The company’s acclaimed feature Water was nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Film; The Terrorist was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film; and Asoka, which was the first Hindi language film to be released through major U.S. theater circuits. Most recently, Burton executive produced The Young Messiah with Ocean Blue/1492 and the Sundance 2016 hit Talullah, starring Ellen Page and Allison Janney.About 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 ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, hit drama CARDINAL, and upcoming original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and Ilana Frank’s new detective drama. Among the original series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are Space’s internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK as well as KILLJOYS and DARK MATTER; Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2; CraveTV comedies LETTERKENNY and WHAT WOULD SAL DO?; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON; and nine series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, 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 15 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. Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2017 – Audible Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content, today endorsed the “Creative Canada” policy framework released by the federal government and reiterated its commitment to developing new Canadian cultural works for the global market.Audible is investing $12 million over the next three years in Canadian authors and voices, developing rich and authentic audio content for its subscribers in Canada and around the world. “Canada’s distinctive literary and theatrical tradition speaks for itself, and we are proud to be working with a growing number of outstanding Canadian actors, voice artists, technicians and studios to produce vibrant Canadian spoken-word content for English- and French-speaking consumers,” said Don Katz, Audible’s founder and CEO. Facebook On September 13th, Audible launched audible.ca, a dedicated service for Canadians. Audible.ca will offer a broad selection of more than 300,000 audiobooks, original programs, lectures, comedy and more, including over 100 new titles from Canadian authors in English and French available at launch, as well as other long- and short-form local content specially curated by and for Canadians.ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ: AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio content, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 375,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes Store. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Steve Paikin of TVO s Agenda on the set in 2012. TVO has done the right thing by keeping Paikin on the air despite an allegation of sexual impropriety, Rosie DiManno writes. (COLIN MCCONNELL / TORONTO STAR) I don’t know who’s telling the truth and who’s lying. I don’t know if Steve Paikin made a stupid joke and Sarah Thomson took it seriously.But I do know that, amidst the tsunami of allegations of sexual impropriety against high-profile individuals, at least one employer has not taken shelter from the storm by pre-emptively firing or suspending or cutting off at the knees the alleged perpetrator.Keeping Steve Paikin on the air as host of TVO’s The Agenda until an independent investigator — Rachel Turnpenney, a lawyer specializing in workplace investigations, employment litigation and human rights law — finishes her probe of the complaint is the proper response. Because nobody should be taken down, have a lifetime career trashed, on the allegations of one person, even when, as in the case, the complainant has been identified.center_img Advertisement “Based on the evidence to date, TVO sees no reason to remove Mr. Paikin from his role of host for The Agenda pending the outcome of the investigation, CEO Lisa de Wilde said in a statement released Monday. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government has announced it will stop funding a band constable program next year.This could mean hundreds of job losses and safety concerns on reserves across the country.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson travelled to one First Nation in Manitoba where the chief and band are worried about what this will mean for their community.last_img

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National News OTTAWA—The federal Indigenous Affairs department’s discriminatory attitude that First Nation children were ‘not worth the money’ led to Tuesday’s scathing Canadian Human Rights Tribunal indictment of Ottawa’s on-reserve child welfare programs, says Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society.Blackstock, with the backing of the Assembly of First Nations, launched the initial human rights complaint against Ottawa in 2007 that led to Tuesday’s human rights tribunal ruling that ordered the federal government to launch a complete overhaul of on-reserve child welfare programs.“Why did we have to bring the government of Canada to court to get them to treat First Nation children fairly?” said Blackstock, during a press conference in Ottawa in response to the human rights tribunal’s ruling. “Why would it ever be okay to give a child less than other children? One of the non-Aboriginal children we worked with said, ‘discrimination is when the government doesn’t think you’re worth the money.’ So what would it be like if you weren’t worth the money? What would it be like if you were the parent of a child that wasn’t worth the money?”Blackstock, more than any other individual involved in the case, has paid a price for becoming the loudest voice calling for Ottawa to treat First Nation children the same as every other Canadian child.Blackstock faced documented retaliation from a senior official in the office of former Conservative Aboriginal affairs minister Chuck Strahl and she been under surveillance by Justice Canada and Indigenous Affairs officials as a result of her advocacy.The previous Stephen Harper federal government, while the current Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick was deputy minister for the then-named Aboriginal Affairs department, also battled Blackstock’s human rights complaint every step of the way.The federal government took the human rights case to the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal with the aim of having it thrown out. It lost at both levels.The federal government also failed to disclose 100,000 documents related to the case and was only caught because of an access to information request filed by Blackstock.As she spoke Tuesday, Blackstock was flanked by AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde, AFN Manitoba regional Chief Kevin Hart, AFN Ontario regional Chief Isadore Day, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Vice Chief Kimberly Jonathan and her daughter, along with Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Sheila North-Wilson.Bellegarde said he would be leading regional AFN chiefs to a meeting this week with Finance Minister Bill Morneau to discuss the upcoming federal budget. Bellegarde said he would be pushing the minister to increase funding for child welfare.“We want to see strategic investments in those areas,” said Bellegarde.Earlier Tuesday, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said the Liberal government would be putting more dollars on the table and overhauling the child welfare system.While Blackstock said she was pleased with the human rights tribunal’s ruling and the Justin Trudeau government’s promises, she said a lot of damage had already been done to children.Blackstock said an internal Indigenous Affairs Excel spreadsheet revealed that First Nation children in the child welfare system had spent 66 million nights, or 187,000 years of childhood, away from their parents between 1989 and 2012.“That just really struck my heart,” said Blackstock.During the press conference, Blackstock also told the story of two First Nation girls who fell victim to the jurisdictional battles over funding between Ottawa and the provinces that were supposed to be remedied under Jordan’s Principle, which was adopted by the House of Commons.The tribunal ruled that Ottawa must stop applying the principle–which is supposed to put the needs of the child ahead of jurisdictional funding squabbles–so narrowly.Blackstock recounted the story of one girl, aged 4, who suffered cardiac arrest and anoxic brain injury during a routine dental examination. The girl, whose case was mentioned by the tribunal in its ruling, needed special medical equipment, including a special stroller, bed and mattress to go home from the hospital.Health Canada refused to fund the equipment.“All she needs is some equipment to go home for Christmas and the government argued, between (Indigenous Affairs) and Health Canada for over a month. The Health Canada official writes, ‘absolutely not’ on the form. Absolutely not,” said Blackstock.An anonymous donation purchased the equipment for the girl.In another case mentioned by Blackstock, a nine-year-old girl was nearing the end of her life and wanted to go home. But she needed a special bed to prevent her from going into respiratory distress.“Instead of providing that, the government of Canada argued, with Health Canada again, over who should pay it,” said Blackstock. “It took over nine months for that little girl. All she wanted to do was breath and the government wouldn’t pay for it.”Blackstock said the usual excuses heard around Indian residential schools—that it happened in the past—couldn’t be used on this issue.“Well, this discrimination toward 163,000 kids is happening on your watch. Some people say it’s just, you can’t throw money at the problem, that is not going to make it grow better,” said Blackstock. “But throwing money at racial inequality for decades will solve the problem?”Blackstock said the Liberal government didn’t need to study the issue any more and it knows exactly what to do.“Children only get one childhood. They can’t wait for studies. They shouldn’t have to wait for studies. The government knows what to do for this generation of children, they just have to get down and do it and they know it from their own documents,” said Blackstock. “I pray we can finally use this as a nation to end racial discrimination that is happening in this country. This is our Mississippi.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

first_imgAPTN InFocusThe phenomenon of hoarding skeletal remains and cultural artifacts flies in the face of reconciliation, Indigenous leaders say.Many items are stolen from graves and sacred sites; others are found when land is disturbed during development.Ry Moran, director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, thinks it’s a problem that stems from attitude.“The idea that it was empty land and that people could just come in and collect whatever they saw fit,” Moran told InFocus Host Melissa Ridgen.“That kind of legitimized or allowed these collectors to come and feel like they had a right, which of course they never have had, to disturb sacred or ceremonial sites.”But, he adds, that while wrong, there’s a silver lining to certain public and private entities preserving these artifacts.“We turn to archives all the time to prove our rights were eroded or eliminated on a systematic basis,” he added.“The best way to win a legal argument is to use the government’s own words against it. And those archives provide a very important record of that — that we continue to turn to, to understand that longstanding abrogation.”APTN News reporter Martha Troian has covered the practice of collecting and keeping artifacts by non-Indigenous organizations and private collectors.In 2017, she surveyed 12 universities across Canada.“What I learned was that they are housing (everything from) full skeletons to bone fragments of Indigenous human remains,” she told Ridgen.“The University of Toronto had the highest number at 550 and then next was Memorial University, they had the second highest with approximately 200. But not all universities wanted to give their information to me. I did sense some resistance.”Troian said “there are some institutions that have repatriation policies and some universities that don’t have any at all. and if these institutions want to give back Indigenous human remains to communities, the cost is going to fall on the communities.”Moran said that’s part of the problem.In a time when many want to do what’s right – in the spirit of reconciliation – there’s a lack of infrastructure to return the items.And there’s a lack of ability in communities to preserve artifacts or return burial items to their resting place, he said.Troian has been following the story of an American man who collected thousands of artifacts and bones from Indigenous communities across the U.S and the world.And she has written about efforts to repatriate two Beothuk skulls to Newfoundland from a Scottish museum.“We have to recognize that, in accordance with the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People — and with just good relationships –, unilateral ownership by the state is not acceptable any more,” said Moran.“And we have to move, in the very least, into a process of co-ownership and a process of returning them to communities.”last_img read more