Matthew Morrison To Support Human Rights Campaign With New Album

first_imgEMMY, TONY, and Golden Globe-nominated star Matthew Morrison is proud to announce that he is partnering with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in support of LGBT equality.Video: Matthew Morrison for HRC’s Americans for Marriage EqualityPartial proceeds from the pre-sale of his new studio album, Where It All Began, will benefit HRC. The album, which will be released on June 4, 2013, features an assortment of classic standards, many of which were first made famous in Broadway musicals. Morrison turned to legendary producer Phil Ramone, along with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Gregg Field, to create the 12 songs featured on Where It All Began. The record marks the first release from 222 Records, the newly formed label from Adam Levine. Place your pre-order of Where It All Began now, on Amazon.com, and 222 Records in partnership with Matthew Morrison will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Human Rights Campaign.“I’m thrilled to join HRC in their vital work to bring full equality to all Americans,” said Matthew Morrison. “At this decisive moment, when there is so much work still ahead, I’m standing with HRC and LGBT people across the country until this fight is won.”Matthew has used his platform to publicly support LGBT equality and today released a video for HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality. The public engagement campaign features prominent Americans who support committed gay and lesbian couples getting married. The campaign draws from a cadre of supportive professional athletes, film and music celebrities, and political and civic leaders.“It was so great working with Matthew on Where It All Began. He is an amazing artist and we are longtime friends,” said Adam Levine. “We’re both huge supporters of the LGBT community and I’m glad that partial proceeds from the pre-sale of this album will go toward such a great cause.”“Not only is Matthew a brilliant musical talent, but perhaps more importantly he is a fantastic human being,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “His support for equality at this critical time in our nation’s history is something that is important to all fair minded Americans.”last_img read more

COACH To Host StarStudded Party To Benefit NYCs High Line

first_imgCOACH is to host the third annual star-studded Summer Party on NYC’s unique High Line.Among the stars expected to attend are Zachary Quinto, Anna Kendrick, Zosia Mamet, Cecily Strong, Tim Robinson, Aidy Bryant, Vanessa Bayer, Mia Moretti. Music will be supplied by DJ KISS.Guest will be amazed with the transformation of the Chelsea Market Passage which will be turned into a vintage inspired Carnival featuring games, fortune tellers, jugglers, magicians, and much more.100% of proceeds from the ticketed event go to the maintenance andoperations of the High Line, thanks to generous underwriting of the event by COACH.WHERE: High Line Entrance on 14th Street and 10th Avenue Red Carpet to be held at bottom of stairsWHEN: Tuesday, June 11th 7:00 pm – 10:00 pmlast_img read more

Hugh Jackman Supports Childrens Hospital On Location

first_imgKim Fraser, a spokesperson for the MCH foundation, was thrilled about the donation. “It’s so generous. It came out of the blue,” she told The Star.Although the hospital has not yet decided where the money will go, the main focus of MCH is on specialized surgery (cardiac, neurosurgery, transplantation and reconstructive) and care of critically ill infants and children.Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars From a small house on Guy Street, Montreal in 1904, when paediatric medicine was a new specialty, the Children’s Memorial Hospital of Montreal grew to become a university teaching hospital in 1920 (affiliated with McGill University) and, now called Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH), is recognized worldwide in the fields of genetics, oncology and epidemiology, and is at the forefront of children’s care.Actor Hugh Jackman, in Montreal filming scenes for the next X-Men film, donated $10,000 to MCH. Jackman’s wife made the donation on behalf of herself, Jackman and the film cast and crew. last_img read more

Bill Maher Calls Students To Stop Cat Cruelty

first_imgEveryone at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) got a surprise phone call today from Real Time host Bill Maher on behalf of PETA: a voice message recorded by the comedian to stop the school’s cruel cat experiments.Maher’s call to UW students and faculty, members of the Board of Regents, and all Madison residents living near the UW campus—more than 100,000 phone numbers in total—comes just days before his October 13 performance at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison.“Many things in life are funny, but cruelty to animals isn’t one of them,” Maher says in the message. “I want to make sure that you know about the terrible things done to cats right here at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.” Maher goes on to explain that, as PETA exposed last year in graphic photographs from inside the school’s laboratory, UW experimenters screw steel posts into open wounds on cats’ heads and implant metal coils in the animals’ eyes in archaic brain experiments and the cats are starved for up to six days at a time to force their cooperation.“It strikes me that it’s not the cats who need their heads examined, because being mean to animals isn’t just stupid—it’s wrong, especially when there are better options that are actually relevant to humans, as there are in this case,” he says.Maher isn’t the only celebrity to join PETA’s campaign against cruelty to cats at UW. In February, actor James Cromwell, who recently won an Emmy for his role in American Horror Story, was arrested after interrupting a Board of Regents meeting to protest the same experiments.A federal report released last week revealed that the National Institutes of Health suspended this cruel project for six months this year in response to complaints filed by PETA about cats’ infected open head wounds and other animal welfare problems. The government also required substantial improvements in the laboratory and experimental protocol.For more information, please visit PETA.org/UWCats.last_img read more

Ariana Grande To Perform At 10th Annual DKMS Gala

first_imgDKMS announced today that international superstar Ariana Grande will perform at the 10th Annual DKMS Gala, taking place Thursday, May 5 at Cipriani Wall Street.DKMS also announced today that the benefit gala will honor Angelina & Monte Lipman and Daniele & Alexandre Behring for their continued support and dedication to help delete blood cancer. The event will raise funds for the largest bone marrow donor center in the world.Dr. Angelina Lipman and Monte Lipman are pillars of the New York philanthropic community. Not only are they integral to the heartbeat of DKMS, but they also remain active for other great causes and serve on the board of TJ Martell Foundation, Amy Winehouse Foundation, and recently honored by UJA-Federation of New York. Dr. Lipman’s experience includes serving as Professor at the Business School of Columbia University while also working in the corporate sector. Her forthcoming literary debut, Blocking The Noise, is scheduled for release later this year. Mr. Lipman is the co-founder and chief executive of Republic Records — the music industry’s #1 label for four consecutive years according Nielsen’s Soundscan.Alex Behring is a co-founder and the Managing Partner of 3G Capital, a global investment firm. Behring serves as Chairman of Restaurant Brands International since December 2014, following 3G Capital’s acquisition of Burger King in October 2010 and subsequent combination with Tim Hortons in December 2014. Mr. Behring also serves as Chairman of the Kraft Heinz Company since July 2015, following Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital’s acquisition H.J. Heinz Company in June 2013 and subsequent combination with Kraft Foods Group in July 2015. He also serves as a Director of Anheuser-Busch Inbev since April 2014. Daniele Giacomazzi Behring is an untiring advocate of the children’s health cause. Mrs. Behring worked in corporate marketing and human resources, and complemented her studies at Tavistock Institute London. In 2011, her ties with Brazil put her in contact with the work developed by Hospital Pequeno Príncipe – the biggest pediatrician Hospital in Brazil and the Pelé Little Prince Research Institute since then, she has been working to engage Corporations and individuals to the cause. The Behrings work to help individuals and corporations become supporters that help in the advance of many of the institution’s projects related to Health as DKMS.“We are so thrilled to have the support of Ariana and can’t wait to see her performance!” stated DKMS co-founder Katharina Harf. “The efforts and support of the Lipmans and Behrings over the years also make them overdue for the recognition they deserve. We’re so pleased both families could be with us this year so DKMS could give them the appreciation they deserve.”This year also marks the 25th anniversary of DKMS, whose mission is to continually increase the number of suitable bone marrow donors. This year’s Corporate Founding Sponsor is COTY Inc. and COTY Global Ambassador Georgia May Jagger. Event Honorary Chair members include interim CEO of COTY Inc., Bart Becht, EVP & CFO of COTY Inc., Patrice de Talhouet, and Delete Blood Cancer DKMS Co-Founder Katharina Harf. Katharina and her father, Peter Harf, founded DKMS in honor of their mother and wife, Mechtild Harf. Carina Ortel is the Delete Blood Cancer DKMS Chief Executive Officer.More info will be available here.last_img read more

Sport Relief Returns For 2018

first_imgSport Relief is back in March, and events are now being revealed.Live on stage at the National Television Awards, Freddie Flintoff announced four fearless celebs that will go head-to-head in a charity celebrity boxing match. Ex-footballer Wayne Bridge will take on television personality Spencer Matthews, whilst S-Club 7 singer Hannah Spearritt will take on The Saturdays star Vanessa White. All four celebs will pursue a gruelling training programme in the lead up to the big match, which will be aired on BBC One during Sport Relief’s Night of TV on Friday 23rd March.It’s Made in Chelsea vs ‘played in Chelsea’, it’s two of the biggest girl band rivalries; it’s a sporting event you definitely will not want to miss.Sport Relief culminates in a week of unmissable events, hilarious TV moments and physically-demanding celebrity challenges encouraging the nation to get active, raise money and change lives in the UK and around the world.To find out more about Sport Relief, click here.last_img read more

RIDE Dance For Freedom Honoring Carrie Ann Inaba

first_imgRIDE Foundation (Robyn & Italo Dance Events), formed by Pro-Am ballroom dance partners, Robyn Shreiber and Italo Elgueta, has announced that its 2nd annual gala event, DANCE FOR FREEDOM, will benefit two of Los Angeles’ leading organizations who are dedicated to fighting human trafficking – CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking), and Journey Out.RIDE was established in 2016 to create one-of-a-kind dance events for difference-making charities, encompassing humane and ecological causes and featuring the talents of compassionate stars of the dance world. Dance For Freedom will be held at 6PM, at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, with a program featuring top dance and vocal performances produced by Tony Award-winning producer Scott Mauro.“We are thrilled to have both CAST and Journey Out as the beneficiaries of our 2nd annual gala event,” say Robyn and Italo in a joint statement. “CAST CEO Kay Buck, and Journey Out Executive Director Dr. Stephany Powell, are two incredible women whose tireless work and unwavering advocacy has saved the lives of many women, children and men. We both had learned so much from Kay and Stephany about this horrendous crime, and had the opportunity to experience the work that both organizations do to fight human trafficking. We are truly honored to honor them with the RIDE Champion Award,” they add.“Survivors of human trafficking are some of the most resilient individuals I have ever met- resilience that is strengthened by healing arts programs. Trafficked from over 59 countries to Los Angeles, CAST uses dance and music therapy modalities to bring healing and rehabilitation to survivors, and helps them build a community among each other. Dance is one of the unique languages that everyone can speak at our shelter, and demonstrates the extraordinary power of dance to support survivors in their journeys to heal and rebuild their lives, ” says Kay Buck. “There is so much more critical work that must be done to stop human trafficking, and help those who have been victimized. We are incredibly grateful to Robyn, Italo and everyone at the RIDE Foundation for choosing CAST as a beneficiary of Dance for Freedom,” she adds.“Journey Out provides girls and women the critical tools and support necessary to help them break free from commercial sexual exploitation and to rebuild their lives,” says Dr. Stephany Powell. “Each individual we help, is one step forward in ending the sexual exploitation and trafficking of girls and women. We are grateful to the RIDE Foundation for supporting our mission and choosing Journey Out as a beneficiary of Dance For Freedom.”Brooke Burke is Dance for Freedom’s emcee. Dancing with the Stars’ Cheryl Burke and actress Kate Bosworth are presenters. This year, RIDE will present Carrie Ann Inaba with its inaugural Artistic Integrity Award. The RIDE Artistic Integrity Award celebrates members of the entertainment industry for their outstanding professional accomplishments in dance and choreography, and for their heartfelt humanity that has made a difference for a multitude of worthy causes. Inaba, a veteran choreographer most recognized as a judge on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning “Dancing with the Stars,” as well as for her work on such popular series as “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” is a spokesperson and advocate for many causes, including Drea’s Dream, a national program that raises funds for dance therapy for pediatric cancer patients, as well as The Animal Project Foundation and Best Friends Animal Shelter, for which she serves as a celebrity ambassador. Actress Constance Marie will present the Award to Ms. Inaba.Dance for Freedom sponsors include Tito’s Handmade Vodka, LeNique exclusive designer dancewear, and doTERRA Wellness Advocates. Los Angeles magazine is Dance for Freedom’s media partner.In 2017, RIDE held its inaugural gala event, Dance for Africa. The star-studded event raised funds for the African Wildlife Foundation, whose mission is to ensure that wildlife and wild lands thrive in a modern Africa.Tickets to Dance For Freedom can be purchased online at www.RIDEvents.org.last_img read more

Riverdale Star in LateNight Car Crash After Working 16Hour Day on BC

first_imgK.J. Apa – David Livingston/Getty Images Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img The crash has ignited a firestorm of protest on the set, which requires shoots that last until the early morning hours..The star of Riverdale was involved in a late-night car crash last week after a grueling 16-hour work day outside Vancouver, Canada, prompting the cast and crew of the hit CW show to demand better safety protections during production..K.J. Apa, 20, who plays Archie in the Warner Bros.-produced Archie Comics adaptation, apparently fell asleep driving the 45-minute trip home after midnight. He was taken to a local hospital for observation and later discharged without serious injuries. His car, however, didn’t fare as well. The passenger side was apparently destroyed after striking a light pole, and the vehicle was rendered inoperable..The crash has ignited a firestorm of protest on the Riverdale set, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The show routinely requires shoots that last until the early morning hours, and the cast and crew are not provided transportation to and from the set. Actor Cole Sprouse, who co-stars as Archie’s pal Jughead and is one of Apa’s close friends, had apparently planned to be in the car as well that night but changed plans at the last minute. Sprouse, a leader of sorts of the actors on the show, has asked that the Greg Berlanti-produced series provide transportation to cast members working late hours.. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES 7 REASONS TO WATCH THE FEMALELED SERIES

first_img Login/Register With: Twitter THE ALL-FEMALE LEAD CASTThe series may be called Frankie Drake Mysteries, but it’s full to the brim with strong and smart women able to take on dangerous cases. “There’s four female leads in this show, which is pretty unusual,” says Smith, whose character is joined by her partner Trudy, Morality Officer Mary Shaw (Rebecca Liddiard), and Morgue Attendant Flo (Sharron Matthews). “The four main characters are these vastly different women but all equally kick ass, equally ahead of their time, and doing things that are a little bit unconventional for the time. It’s great to see these gals all in their get-ups, throwing punches and kicking butt.”READ MORE Facebook Advertisement CBC is bringing a new female role model to the forefront with Frankie Drake Mysteries. The series, which premieres Monday, November 6, stars Lauren Lee Smith (This Life) as title character Frankie Drake and TV newcomer Chantel Riley as her crime-solving partner Trudy, two private detectives living in Toronto in the 1920s. It follows their adventures, tackling the cases that the local police won’t take.“It has elements of everything,” Smith told The TV Junkies during a visit to the set. “The period aspect, the action-adventure aspect, the drama aspect, and the somewhat procedural aspect in that every episode the audience will know that there’s some conflict that needs to be resolved. It melds the best of all of these little worlds.”We could tell you all the reasons why we’re excited about the series, but instead we thought we’d let stars Smith and Riley explain why Frankie Drake Mysteries is a show you won’t want to miss. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Shaw Festivals 2018 Season Kicks Off With The Enchantment And Magic Of

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img All good epic adventures begin somewhere. A new adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s The Magician’s Nephew by Michael O’Brien makes its world premiere and opens the Shaw Festival’s 2018 season. Under the direction of Artistic Director Tim Carroll, the creative team and cast bring the story of Narnia’s origins and its mythical multiverse to the Festival Theatre stage.Inspire or rekindle that child-like wonder by taking part in Creating The Magician’s Nephew – A Pre-Show Workshop – an hour-long interactive experience for both grown-ups and children held prior to all matinee performances ($5 with a ticket to the day’s performance of The Magician’s Nephew). Contribute to the action of The Magician’s Nephew by building a keepsake prop, creating a soundscape, learning a song and discovering what the heck a Dream Detective really is.Tricked into using his Uncle Andrew’s (Steven Sutcliffe) enchanted rings, young Digory (Travis Seetoo) and his new friend Polly (Vanessa Sears) stumble into a magical portal that takes them to other worlds. Before returning home to Victorian London, they travel to the desolate world of Charn and unwittingly unleash Queen Jadis (Deborah Hay), a malevolent sorceress bent on domination. With the assistance of Aslan (Kyle Blair), Digory must undertake a valiant quest to the mysterious locked garden that holds the key to defeating evil and defending the new world of Narnia. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Cameron Bailey Appointed CoHead of TIFF

first_imgImage courtesy of TIFF, Photo by Matt Barnes Advertisement Facebook “Piers has done a remarkable job during his tenure as Director & CEO and Artistic Director before that,” continued Tory.  “We are indebted to him for the vision and strategy – and the elegance he brought to the role.”“I have tremendous respect for Cameron and his longstanding contribution to TIFF’s success,” said Piers Handling. “His passion and vision for the future of the organization underlines his deep leadership skills. It gives me great comfort to know TIFF is in such good hands.”“I’ve been fortunate to work alongside Piers for so many years. We programmed Canadian films together, we made our first programming trip to Burkina Faso together and we’ve spent countless hours working out how best to engage audiences with the power of film,” said Cameron Bailey. “I am honoured to be entrusted with guiding the future of TIFF.”A search committee of the Board of Directors has been working with Caldwell Partners to identify candidates for the Managing Director & Co-Head role.  The search is international in scope and is expected to result in an announcement prior to this September’s Festival.Social Media:Twitter:  @TIFF_NETFacebook:  Facebook.com/TIFF Advertisement Twittercenter_img TORONTO — The Board of Directors of TIFF announced today the appointment of Cameron Bailey to the newly created position of Artistic Director & Co-Head of TIFF.  The role is a promotion and expansion of Bailey’s current position of Artistic Director, which he has held since 2012. Prior to that, Bailey held the role of Festival Co-Director from 2008-2012. Bailey will report directly to the Board of Directors effective October 1, 2018.Since CEO Piers Handling’s announcement last July that the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival would be his last, the TIFF Board engaged in a process for CEO transition, including a review of the organization’s current structure. After their assessment, the Board decided on a two-headed structure for TIFF, with one position (Bailey’s) focused on the artistic direction of the organization, and the other, Managing Director & Co-Head, focused on the business and revenue optimization. These two positions will work closely together to set the tone and lead the organization, bringing the new strategic plan to life.  They will both report directly to the Board of Directors.“With a five year strategic plan for TIFF launched this year, and more changes on the horizon for our industry, we believe a two-headed structure is right for the future success of TIFF,” explained Jennifer Tory.  “Cameron is a film industry veteran who has earned a reputation for discerning, expansive curation since joining TIFF as a programmer in 1990. Combined with his accomplishments as TIFF’s Artistic Director,  we have full confidence in his vision for the direction of the organization.” Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

NETFLIX HIKES SUBSCRIPTION PRICES IN CANADA

first_imgAdvertisement Quebec’s political parties formed a common front on Tuesday to demand companies such as Netflix pay provincial sales tax. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press) Another price hike is on the way for Netflix subscribers in Canada as competition heats up among the biggest streaming video services.The company behind Narcos and Orange Is the New Black is introducing its biggest price increase yet for both new subscribers and current members.The basic Netflix Canada plan — which does not offer ultra high-definition 4K video and allows streaming on one device at a time — rises a dollar to $9.99 a month. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Netflix’s standard plan will now cost $3 more — or $13.99 a month — to watch content on two devices at the same time.Premium plan subscribers pay $3 more — or $16.99 a month — to watch TV shows and movies on four devices at the same time and in HD and ultra HD video.Netflix says the higher prices are effective immediately for new subscribers, while existing users will be notified by email before their bills rise in the coming weeks.The company increased prices for most plans by a dollar about a year and a half ago.Helps fund new series, filmsNetflix says the move will help fund upcoming TV series and films as well as overall improvements to the Netflix platform.But the company also faces intense competition next year as the number of streaming platforms in the Canadian marketplace with attractive offerings grows.Earlier this month, Bell Media introduced a higher tier of its Crave streaming service that includes a selection of recent Hollywood movies and new HBO programs. The package, dubbed Crave+, costs about $20 per month. Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Next year, Disney jumps into the market with its own streaming platform. Disney+ is expected to be stocked with movies and original series like a prequel to Star Wars: Rogue One and a Marvel superhero show based on the character Loki from Thor and The Avengers.Other platforms could make headway, too, including a new service operated by Criterion that specializes in classic films, and CBS All Access, which is beefing up its library of original shows that include Tell Me A Story and Strange Angel.Analyst Jeffrey Wlodarczak of New York-based Pivotal Research Group says the last Netflix price increase in the United States didn’t lead to an appreciable loss of subscribers, but “I would not be surprised to see some churn out of the gate in Canada, given the per cent increase on the standard service.”“However, given the still very low cost of the service and the lack of real alternatives, I would expect NFLX to eventually see most of those that churn return,” Wlodarczak said in an email.last_img read more

Grief follows deadly Valley River First Nation fire

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn entire community near the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border is grieving tonight.A fire on the Valley River First Nation, roughly 400 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg claimed the life of a 76 year-old elder.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson has the story.last_img

Attawapiskat also facing health crisis residents

first_imgAPTN National NewsHousing conditions on Attawapiskat are capturing the headlines.But the sad truth is there are many challenges that the community faces.As APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin found out in Attawapiskat, many are struggling daily just to stay alive.last_img

Minister of Public Safety responds to Sapers Report saying they only target

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government only targets criminals and Aboriginal peoples are likely to be victims of crime so they’re “taking action” to ensure their safety said the office of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews when asked to comment on the Sapers report.“Our government is taking action to ensure our correctional system actually corrects criminal behaviour. The only identifiable group that our tough on crime agenda targets are criminals,” said Julie Carmichael, a spokeswoman for Toews. “Fact – Aboriginal Canadians are more likely to be victims of crime. We are taking action to ensure that all Canadian communities are protected.”Howard Sapers released his long-awaited report Thursday that found there’s been a 23 per cent increase in the number of Aboriginal peoples in the federal prison system in the last five years.In comparison, Aboriginal peoples make up four per cent of Canada’s population. One of three female inmates are First Nation, Metis or Inuit.Critics don’t agree with the Toews’ office and slammed the government for inaction.But Carmichael said “our government’s action to date” includes a recent announcement to fund Aboriginal police forces for the next five years.She also pointed to “bringing in stronger laws to keep our streets and communities safe including mandatory minimum penalties for serious crimes, cracking down on people who sell drugs to children, eliminating house arrest for serious crimes, ending the faint hope clause and eliminating two for one sentencing credits.”last_img read more

Pimicikamak Cree Nation elder turns 100

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhen Helen Jane Ross was a child World War 1 was still raging.It’s believed she was born on her parents trap line sometime before 1914.Her northern Manitoba community is celebrating her 100th birthday.APTN reporter Tim Fontaine has the story.last_img

Quebec politicians exploring violence against Indigenous women

first_imgAPTN National NewsA dozen members of Quebec’s National Assembly are learning about the sexual and physical abuse experienced by Indigenous women in the province.The special commission was created before allegations of abuse surfaced against Quebec provincial police in the community of Val d’Or.APTN’s Danielle Rochette found that the commission is hearing about things that goes far beyond any one particular incident.last_img

Tears 4 Justice Walk in BC rolls into Smithers

first_img(Tears 4 Justice walkers leave Moricetown, B.C. and head south towards Smithers where the MMIWG Inquiry starts up Tuesday. Photo: John Murray/APTN)John Murray APTN National News Surrounded by autumn colours and mountain-side mist, people gathered for the Tears 4 Justice Walk to honour and recognize those who are missed and gone, and make the journey from Moricetown, B.C. south to Smithers where the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is holding three days of hearings.Gladys Radek, whose niece Tamara Chipman, 22, vanished in 2005 along Hwy 16, continues a walk that she has done for the last seven years.“We all walked for this national public inquiry,” she told the gathered crowd. “We would not stop walking until we got our national public inquiry.”Following a ceremony and reflection, walkers left Moricetown, B.C, accompanied by commissioner Michele Audette.The walkers split the seven-hour walking journey into sections – different groups covered the walk along Hwy 16, also known as the Highway of Tears because of the number of Indigenous women who have gone missing or have been murdered, to Smithers.“There are many families that will be in Smithers this week and we need to pray for them, we need to send them love, send them strength, and give them all the energy they need because they are making history this week,” said Audette.“They are writing a new chapter for Canada.”(Rhonda Lee McIsaac came from Haida Gwaii to join the walk. Photo: John Murray/APTN)People from across Canada travelled to join the walk.Rhonda Lee McIsaac, an Anishinaabe woman living in Haida Gwaii, felt her presence was necessary.She also felt strongly about wearing her jingle dress.“My teachings simply say that when the dress is needed, when this medicine is needed, this is why I am walking,” she said. “There are other people who cannot walk so I am walking for them.“It is an honour to be responsible to carry those teachings and to actually live those teachings, and infuse this dress with the power of other people.”Chief Commissioner Marion Buller joined the walkers for the last hour of the walk into Smithers.Radek warned those gathered that the inquiry won’t satisfy everyone.“It might not be the answer for everybody, but it is the answer for somebody,” she said. “All of our families need answers.”The hearings in Smithers starts Tuesday.Contact John here: jmurray@aptn.calast_img read more

Police make another arrest in triple homicide case of Six Nations friends

first_imgFlags of Six Nations of the Grand River (APTN file).The Canadian PressPolice say they’ve made another arrest in the triple homicide of three members of an Ontario First Nation.Ontario Provincial Police say they’ve charged a 33-year-old man with three counts of accessory after the fact to murder in the case of the friends from Six Nations of the Grand River.Officers began their probe on Nov. 4 after the bodies of 37-year-old Melissa Miller, 33-year-old Alan Porter and 32-year-old Michael Jamieson were found near a pickup truck in a field in Middlesex County, Ont. Miller was seven months pregnant at the timePolice had announced earlier this month that Nicholas Shipman faces three counts of second-degree murder, Thomas Bomberry faces two counts of first-degree murder and Jamie Beaver faces one count of the same charge in the case.Earlier this week, police charged a 21-year-old man with three counts of accessory after the fact to murder, and last year had also charged a 36-year-old woman with three counts of accessory after the fact to murder.Police say they arrested the 33-year-old man on Thursday, making him the third person charged with accessory after the fact in the case.The bodies of the three friends were found about 120 kilometres west of their home community.last_img read more

Sprint and TMobile agree to combine in 265 billion deal

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – T-Mobile and Sprint reached a $26.5 billion merger agreement Sunday that would reduce the U.S. wireless industry to three major players — that is, if the Trump administration’s antitrust regulators let the deal go through.The nation’s third- and fourth-largest wireless companies have been considering a combination for years, one that would bulk them up to a similar size as industry giants Verizon and AT&T. But a 2014 attempt fell apart amid resistance from the Obama administration.The combined company, to be called T-Mobile, would have about 127 million customers. Consumers worry a less crowded telecom field could result in higher prices, while unions are concerned about potential job losses.In a conference call with Wall Street analysts, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure acknowledged that getting regulatory approval is “the elephant in the room,” and one of the first things the companies did after sending out the deal’s news release was to call Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.The companies stressed that they plan to have more employees following the combination, particularly in rural areas, than they do as stand-alone companies now.They also emphasized that the deal would help accelerate their development of faster 5G wireless networks and ensure that the U.S. doesn’t cede leadership on the technology to China.And they said the combination would allow them to better compete not only with AT&T and Verizon but also with Comcast and others as the wireless, broadband and video industries converge.“This isn’t a case of going from 4 to 3 wireless companies — there are now at least 7 or 8 big competitors in this converging market,” T-Mobile chief executive John Legere said in a statement. He would be the CEO of the combined company.The all-stock deal values each share of Sprint at slightly more than 0.10 T-Mobile shares. Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s parent, would own about 42 per cent of the combined company. Japan’s SoftBank, which controls Sprint, would own 27 per cent, and the remainder would be held by the public.The companies said they expect the deal to close by the first half of 2019 and would result in about $6 billion in annual cost savings.Investors have been anticipating a deal like this for some time. In addition to the thwarted attempt three years ago, the two companies were poised to combine in October, but the deal was called off after what analysts said was a disagreement over control of the combined company.The deal will have to be reviewed by the Justice Department and the FCC.National carriers had not been able to get a deal through under President Barack Obama. But the FCC in September deemed the wireless market “competitive” for the first time since 2009, which some analysts say could make it easier to present a deal.The 5G aspirations are at the heart of the agreement, and the new technology could allow companies to provide faster service to people’s homes.Sprint’s Claure likened going from 4G to 5G to switching from black-and-white television to colour. The combined company plans to invest up to $40 billion in its network in the first three years, which executives said would drive more hiring and better service for customers.Sprint has a lot of debt and has posted a string of annual losses. It has cut costs and made itself more attractive to customers, BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk said, but hasn’t invested enough in its network and doesn’t have enough airwave rights for quality service in rural areas.T-Mobile, meanwhile, has been on a yearslong streak of adding customers. After the government nixed AT&T’s attempt to buy the company in 2011, T-Mobile led the way in many consumer-friendly changes, such as ditching two-year contracts and bringing back unlimited data plans.Consumers are paying less for cellphone service thanks to T-Mobile’s influence on the industry and the resulting price wars.Verizon and AT&T have been expanding their video-content businesses, while cable companies have been moving into wireless. That allows a single company to combine home and wireless internet and use content to support the communications businesses.Comcast, the cable giant that finished buying NBCUniversal in 2013, offers customers wireless service by reselling access to Verizon’s network. So does another dominant cable company, Charter.last_img read more