Holly RobinsonPeetes Autism Charity Helps Sandy Victims

first_imgSpecial Needs Network is partnering with Los Angeles-based autism organizations The HollyRod Foundation and Wake Up For Autism for a disaster relief drive to help families impacted by autism and related developmental disabilities affected by Hurricane Sandy.“Because our South L.A. families know about the hardships of scarcity,” said SNN President & Founder Areva Martin, Esq., “we know how important it is to come together and help the families on the East Coast during hard times like this.”From now until Thursday, November 15th, they are collecting donations at the SNN headquarters, located at 3530 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 1670 , Los Angeles , CA 90010 . Among items needed the most are: coats, jackets, sweaters, and similar warm clothes, shoes, socks, pajamas, hats, gloves, blankets, sleeping bags, diapers, and other children and baby items. Well wishes included in handwritten notes are also appreciated, as folks who have lost their homes could use a little cheer!“Our thoughts are with everyone who suffered losses as a result of Hurricane Sandy and we hope our donations will aid in their recovery,” said actress and HollyRod Co-Founder Holly Robinson-Peete.In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall in Atlantic City , NJ on Monday night with winds up to 90 mph that killed at least 102 people, millions have been left with no power, no gasoline, and no inclination on when their lives may return to normal. While businesses are expected to get power back by Saturday, it could be another week or more for homes in the suburbs and more distant towns along the coast.Estimates currently place the total damage at $20 billion in insured losses and $50 billion in economic losses, making Sandy the 4th costliest U.S. catastrophe, just behind Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the 9/11 attacks, and Hurricane Andrew in 1992.“The need is great and will be ongoing, and we are humbled to be in a position to be able to provide assistance to all those who have been affected by this unprecedented disaster. I’m pleased to be working with my friend Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, who will receive and distribute the items we collect for families”, said Jodi Gomes, Founder of Wake Up For Autism.The Sandy Disaster Relief will go from now until November 15th. Special Needs Network’s office will receive all donations and is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. They are located at 3530 Wilshire Boulevard, Ste. 1670, Los Angeles , CA 90010. If you have any questions, contact them at (213) 389-7100 or info@specialneedsnetwork.org. For more information on Autism or Special Needs Resources, please also visit www.wakeupforautism.com and www.hollyrod.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Kamala Harris To Join Hillary Clinton At LA Promise Funds Girls Build

first_imgTen thousand young women from public schools across Los Angeles County will come together to hear Hillary Rodham Clinton and Kamala Harris speak about activism and leadership on December 15th at the LA Promise Fund’s Girls Build Leadership Summit held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.The event, the largest of its kind in the nation, emboldens young women to engage with the issues they care about and prepares them to solve the problems of tomorrow.The event was oversubscribed within hours of its announcement, with 5,000 girls attending and a waitlist of more than 10,000. The event’s capacity has now been expanded so that as many girls as possible can participate and benefit. “These girls, many of whom face incredible challenges on a daily basis, are smart, curious and determined to make a difference. I love that Girls Build provides a platform for the students to work collaboratively to create and implement solutions to big problems in their communities,” said Megan Chernin, LA Promise Fund Co-Chair.This year’s event is designed around the themes of technology and social impact, and includes performances and appearances from accomplished professionals in the technology and entertainment sectors, including Moj Mahdara, CEO of Beautycon; Bozoma Saint John, Chief Brand Officer at Uber; Beatriz Acevedo, founder of mitú; Tara Deveaux, Chief Marketing Officer at BBDO; and Christy Haubegger, Agent at CAA and Founder of Latina magazine.“There has never been a more important time to empower girls to achieve their dreams and shape the future,” said Bozoma Saint John, Chief Brand Officer at Uber. “Our future depends on the success of girls, and I’m determined to support building the space and opportunity to have their collectives voices heard!”Three returning teams participating in the Girls Build Challenge will present their projects on stage, including a team from San Fernando High School, which developed a solar-powered tent to support the homeless in Los Angeles. Their project has been written about on Mashable and in the British Independent; it won them a grant from MIT.Girls Build has received significant support from the LA County Board of Supervisors each year since its inception. The Board of Supervisors has donated buses, meals, and funds, as well as passing a resolution, along with the LA City Council, Los Angeles Unified School District, and LA County Office of Education, designating October “Girls Empowerment Month.”“For the third year in a row, the County is providing its full-throated support to the thousands of students who participate in Girls Build,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “I have seen what this program provides to girls across the County: confidence, experience, and the platform to improve the future for themselves and their communities.”Girls at the Summit will also participate in a group meditation led by Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe. It will be the largest live meditation ever coordinated by Headspace. Additionally, girls will have the chance to take photos in front of an art installation designed specifically for this event by Shepard Fairey’s design team, Studio Number One.At the culmination of the Girls Build initiative in May 2018, participants will gather together to present solutions to the various challenges they have identified. Last year, 500 young women participated by becoming change agents, engaging 5,000 peers in STEM and maker fairs and coding clubs, and another 5,000 in health and mindfulness fairs and workshops.In its third year, the Girls Build Leadership Summit celebrates the girls who participate in the Girls Build program, an initiative run by the LA Promise Fund that challenges young women from public middle and high schools to use STEM principles and 21st Century learning skills to effect social change. Over the past two years, Girls Build engaged 20,000 girls, and awarded $120,000 in scholarships.To find out more, click here.last_img read more

Denzel Washington Ryan Gosling Jennifer Garner Mark Wahlberg expected at TIFF 2016

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Other talent expected to attend includes Xavier Dolan, Tom Ford, James Franco, Ewan McGregor, Adam Driver, Aaron Eckhart, Dakota Fanning, Woody Harrelson, Denzel Washington and Scarlett Johansson.Actors expected at TIFF 2016 include: (top row, l-r) Michelle Williams, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, Tatiana Maslany; (centre row, l-r) Denzel Washington, Michael Fassbender (with Brendan Gleeson), Lupita Nyong’o; (bottom row, l-r), Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton, and Amy Adams. (TIFF)The festival also announced Mark Wahlberg will sit down for an intimate chat in front of an audience.The Oscar-nominated actor-director, who will be seen at the festival in Deepwater Horizon, is among the stars in the In Conversation WithΓǪ lineup. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Ryan Gosling, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are among the stars bound for the Toronto International Film Festival.The festival made its final programming announcements including its list of stars expected to walk the red carpet.Actors and guests expected at TIFF 2016 include: (top row, l-r) Chris Pratt, Mark Wahlberg, Richard Gere; (centre row, l-r) Masai Ujiri, Armie Hammer and Brie Larson (with Cillian Murphy), Rachel Weisz; (bottom row, l-r), Casey Affleck, Nathalie Portman and James Franco. (TIFF) Twitterlast_img read more

WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES STARS TO WATCH

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Whistler, B.C. (November 19, 2018) – With 10 days to go until show time, the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has just announced the four Canadian actors selected for its Stars to Watch program presented by UBCP/ACTRA. The performers selected as WFF’s Stars to Watch finalists and connected to films at this year’s festival include: Cara Gee with lead roles in the World Premiere of RED ROVER and Western Canadian Premiere of TROUBLE IN THE GARDEN; Richard Harmon with the lead role in the World Premiere of WOODLAND; Marc Senior with a lead role in the World Premiere of IN GOD I TRUST; and Taran Kootenhayoo with a lead role in the World Premiere of BELLA CIAO!.“We are excited to celebrate these masters-in-the-making with our 2018 Stars to Watch, a diverse and impressive group of four talented actors arising from Western Canada, each on a trajectory for international success,” said Julie Di Cresce, WFF’s Director of Industry Programming.WFF’s 5th annual Stars to Watch program is a four-day immersion experience for UBCP/ACTRA member actors, all of whom are poised for international recognition and are connected to features premiering at the festival. The initiative draws on homegrown talent from the four Western Provinces, with a specific focus on British Columbia. WFF will formally acknowledge the four Stars to Watch with an official awards presentation at its Awards Celebration on December 2. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The selection committee included Roger Cross – Actor; Murray Gibson – Agent/Manager & Partner, RED Management; Judy JK Lee – Casting Director, Red Card Productions; and Ben Silverman – Managing Director, Integral Artists & Partner, LevelFILM. Stars to Watch is sponsored by the Union of BC Performers (UBCP/ACTRA).WFF’s Stars to Watch is one of the festival’s 11 talent programs that provides creative and business immersion experiences for 80 Canadian artists – including screenwriters, directors, producers, actors and musicians – with 78% of the talent pool coming from British Columbia and 50% being female. Geared towards the advancement of business and creative opportunities for emerging and mid-career Canadian screen content creators and their projects, programs include the Producers Lab, Praxis Screenwriters Lab, Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship, Power Pitch, Stars to Watch, Doc Lab, Women on Top Mentorship and Music Showcase. WFF also collaborates with several industry organizations by hosting specific third party initiatives including the Women in the Director’s Chair Industry Immersion, Women in Film & Television Film Market Preparation Mentorship, and the MPPIA Short Film Award Pitch with the Motion Picture Production Industry Association and Creative BC.From November 28th to December 2nd, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 18th edition featuring fresh films from Canada and around the world, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination. The Whistler Film Festival combines an international film competition with a focused Content Summit dedicated to the art and business of filmmaking in the digital age. The Summit features four themed days with 30 interactive sessions designed to foster business connections and collaborations for filmmakers and dealmakers through high-level keynotes and panel discussions on topics that range from finance, marketing, distribution and technology to export. With up to 14,000 attendees expected including 1,000 industry insiders from across North America and beyond, Whistler is the place for industry to get intel, connect, deal and see great films.WFF’s film lineup and schedule, and Content Summit schedule and guest lineup are now available at whistlerfilmfestival.com, and will be updated regularly.The Festival’s online box office at whistlerfilmfestival.com/tickets is now open for Film, Industry and Patron Passes as well as Ticket Packages. Individual film tickets go on sale on November 15 and the WFF Box Office Kiosk opens for walk-up sales on November 23. Exclusive air travel and ground transportation deals, as well as best accommodation rates from WFF’s 20 accommodation partners, are now available at whistlerfilmfestival.com/attend.The Whistler Film Festival is funded by the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada, and by the Province of British Columbia and the Resort Municipality of Whistler through the Resort Municipality Initiative, is supported by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, Cineplex, Encore Vancouver, NETFLIX, RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate, Gibbons Whistler, Tourism Whistler, Whistler Blackcomb and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.The Whistler Film Festival Society is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, industry and audiences in Whistler. Find out more at whistlerfilmfestival.com.———————————-WFF18 STARS TO WATCH BIOSCARA GEECara Gee is an accomplished actor who recently moved to Los Angeles and is now living and working in Hollywood. Gee is currently shooting a lead role in the film, CALL OF THE WILD (20th Century Fox). Other notable film credits include: PULLING INWARD and EMPIRE OF DIRT where she was nominated for a 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Gee is a series regular on The Expanse. Prior to that, she starred as the series lead in the CBC series Strange Empire. Other selected TV credits include Republic of Doyle (CBC), King (Showcase), Darknet, Carmilla, Inhuman Condition and Seraphim. Gee was named one of the Top 13 People to Watch (Toronto Star, 2013), a TIFF Rising Star (TIFF, 2013) and one of the 15 Canadian Rising Stars (Deadline Hollywood, 2017). She is attending WFF with lead roles in the World Premiere of RED ROVER and Western Canadian Premiere of TROUBLE IN THE GARDEN.RICHARD HARMONComing from a family thoroughly involved in the entertainment industry, Richard’s start in film and television was natural. The Vancouver actor has worked in a large spectrum of small screen roles including A&E’s Bates Motel and the critically acclaimed AMC/Netflix series The Killing. Richard has also had pivotal roles on the big screen, including a lead role in the indie JUDAS KISS, RUFUS, IF I HAD WINGS, AGE OF ADALINE and I STILL SEE YOU. Richard can currently be seen in the hit CW series The 100 and the upcoming films THE RETURN and ANDERSON FALLS. He is attending WFF with the lead role in the World Premiere of WOODLAND.MARC SENIORMarc Senior is an actor, whose passion is bringing people closer through story-telling.  With an extensive background in theatre, stand-up, sketch & tv/film he brings a unique skill set to every story he tells. Toronto born, and now Vancouver based, Senior’s notable television credits include ‘Sammy Davis Jr’ on NBC’s show Timeless, ‘Victor’ on CW’s hit show Supernatural and a recurring role on ABC’s The Whispers.  Other memorable television appearances include The Magicians (SYFY), Supergirl (CW), Arrow (CW), Alcatraz (FOX). Marc Senior can next be seen in a lead role as ‘Detective Fiore’ in the TV movie RADIO SILENCE on THE MOVIE NETWORK. He is attending WFF with a lead role in the World Premiere of IN GOD I TRUST.TARAN KOOTENHAYOO Born in Cold Lake, AB (1993) Taran Kootenhayoo is a Denesųłįné & Stoney Nakoda actor, playwright and spoken-word poet based in Vancouver. Taran is a member of the Full Circle First Nations Performance Ensemble, signed on with Premiere Talent and is currently producing work with Savage Society. Recent credits include: Remy in “Literally” a Web Series, Him in Him/Her, Corbin in Corbin, Ohanzee in Ohanzee, Himself in Lelum’, Riot/Construction in No Reservations. He also received the REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award from The Hnatyshyn Foundation (2017). He is attending WFF with a lead role in the World Premiere of BELLA CIAO!. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

HAPPY NATIONAL CANADIAN FILM DAY

first_imgAdvertisement ABOUT NCFD: National Canadian Film Day has always been about encouraging all Canadians to celebrate the incredible achievements of our nation’s filmmakers.In 2017, NCFD 150 was an event of unprecedented size and scope, which reached an astonishing number of people across the country and around the world. In April 2018, nearly 900 events were held on the fifth annual NCFD, and thousands of Canadians here and abroad helped it take root as an annual tradition.Film – more than any other medium – has the power to capture the soul of a nation, and when we only watch movies from somewhere else, we lose a part of ourselves. There’s nothing wrong with loving Hollywood films, but they’re no substitute for the connection you can feel when you watch something from your own backyard. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Happy National Canadian Film Day! ?We’re celebrating 100 years of Canadian cinema with 1,000 screening events across the country and around the world. #CanFilmDayFind an event near you — or discover the great films being streamed and broadcast today: https://canadianfilmday.ca Advertisementlast_img read more

Indian Affairs books on schools are a mess PBO

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn 2009, Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page examined the way Indian Affairs oversees on-reserve schools.Page said the record books at Indian Affairs are in terrible condition and, as a result, the schools are suffering.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis tells us what Page discovered in Indian Affairs’ files.last_img

Shrine survives while surrounded by raging fires

first_imgAPTN National NewsFires continue to rage across the Northwest Territories.Nearly 200 forest fires are actively burning throughout the region.The fires have touched nearly one million square hectares.As APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports, there are some in the territory who believe one area in particular was saved by an act of divine intervention.last_img

Lynn Beyak could be charged with hate crime says Indigenous senator

first_imgKathleen Martens APTN News Embattled Sen. Lynn Beyak could be charged with a hate crime says fellow senator Lillian Dyck.Dyck is referring to letters Beyak, 68, recently posted on her Parliamentary website that support the “good” that Indian residential schools did.“I looked it up,” Dyck told APTN News Friday. “Hate speech is communicating statements in public that incite hatred against any identifiable group. “Someone could look into this…Check all the letters and make a determination as to whether it met the high standard for hate speech. She could be charged.”Dyck is from the Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan and chair of the Aboriginal Peoples committee. Beyak was removed from that committee last year when she expressed support for the schools.Beyak was then removed from the Conservative Party of Canada caucus late Thursday.“On Tuesday, January 2, 2018, I learned that Senator Lynn Beyak posted to her Parliamentary website approximately 100 letters from Canadians in support of her position on residential schools,” CPC Leader Andrew Scheer said in a statement.Scheer said he demanded Beyak remove the content from her website, but she refused.“As a result of her actions, the Conservative Senate Leader Larry Smith and I have removed Senator Lynn Beyak from the Conservative National Caucus,” Scheer said. “Racism will not be tolerated in the Conservative Caucus or Conservative Party of Canada.”Scheer’s spokesman said there would be no further comment.Many consider the letters and Beyak’s position on the notorious school system to be racist.Dyck said the national outcry against Beyak could put her in the same boat as David Ahenakew, an Aboriginal leader from Saskatchewan charged with hate after making remarks about Jews in December 2002.Ahenakew was found not guilty after two trials.Dyck said some of the letters, which don’t reveal the authors’ full names, are “outrageous and offensive.”She said they promote false and negative stereotypes about Indigenous people that, in turn, lead to discrimination and negative treatment.Dyck praised Scheer for booting Beyak from caucus but says that frees the now-Independent senator from any censorship.“She is not alone,” Dyck added. “This is a symptom of the racism in our country.”Beyak’s views that some Indigenous children benefitted from forced residential school have been condemned by the Anglican church and Thunder Bay city council.It was churches that ran the schools – known for emotional, physical and sexual abuse – for the Canadian government.Beyak has not responded to APTN’s request for comment.Beyak was nominated to the senate by former prime minister Stephen Harper. It was Harper who apologized in 2008 for the residential school system.Dyck said reconciliation is meaningless if Canadians can’t address racism in society.“I’m 72 years old. Is it going to change before I die? I hope so,” she said.Meanwhile, she said she would not make the complaint to police to investigate Beyak.last_img read more

Airline owned by Metis woman taking shape and getting ready to take

first_img(Editor’s Note: APTN News originally reported that Teara Fraser was First Nations. This was incorrect. Ms. Fraser is Metis.)Tina HouseAPTN NewsCanada’s First Indigenous woman owned airline is getting ready to hit the friendly skies next year.Iskwew Air is owned by Teara Fraser who is Metis from Hay River, NWT.The airline will fly between small, remote communities.thouse@aptn.ca@inthehouse7last_img

Two decades after quitting politics McKenna carves out premier emeritus role

first_imgFREDERICTON – Twenty years ago Friday, Frank McKenna fulfilled a promise and resigned as New Brunswick premier, exactly one decade to the day after he took power.He did not, however, leave the public stage.Instead, he has carved out a new role — a sort of “premier emeritus” who both cheerleads for the Maritimes and offers harsh truths about its economic malaise.“He’s candid. He says what’s on his mind and he has a very good mind. He has never forgotten New Brunswick and has never forgotten his roots,” said Nova Scotia MP Scott Brison, president of the federal Treasury Board.Brison said it’s no surprise that McKenna continues to speak out on public policy — and that people want to listen.On Wednesday night, he was in Halifax, speaking on trade and immigration at the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies.When Energy East died last week, there was McKenna — on BNN, CTV and elsewhere, saying the Maritimes were “royally steamed at losing out of being part of the national dream with all of those jobs and opportunity.”The 69-year-old deputy chairman of Toronto-Dominion Bank has pushed for greater immigration as an antidote to a declining population base, and warned about “alarming levels” of government debt in New Brunswick.“Our destiny is looking increasingly desperate. A tsunami is coming and the early waves are starting to hit our shore. It is not hyperbole to say that we are literally facing an extinction event if we do not take action,” McKenna said in a November 2015 speech.In an interview, McKenna said he tries to “pick my spots,” and usually talks to current leaders before he speaks out. But he wants the region to have some needed conversations.“I just feel that I’ve had enough experience and knowledge that I can contribute to the debate and at least provoke the debate,” said McKenna, who lives in Toronto but maintains a vacation property in his home province.“I do think it’s helpful for all of us who have left public life to maintain an interest and be part of the debates. We should have learned something from our mistakes, if not our successes and we should be able to pass that on.”Don Desserud, a political scientist at the University of Prince Edward Island who closely follows New Brunswick politics, said “premier emeritus” is a good way to describe McKenna.“He has a very strong reputation for being a clear speaker, a clear thinker, a person with a lot of integrity, a lot of intelligence. Not everyone agrees with Frank McKenna’s take on economic and political issues, but everyone agrees that he brings thought to it, and brings a sincerity that the public craves,” Desserud said.“You always got the sense that he believes strongly that New Brunswick could succeed, that Canada should succeed, and that everything he said was designed to help and bring some level of greater prosperity to the province and the region of the country.”McKenna was born in rural Apohaqui, N.B. He established a successful law practice in Chatham, N.B., before entering provincial politics in 1982. Three years later he became Liberal leader, and on Oct. 13, 1987, the party captured all 58 seats in the legislature.He quit a decade later, later serving as Canada’s ambassador to the United States and making his mark in business and banking. He has served as chairman of CanWest Global, and on the boards of Noranda, Shoppers Drug Mart and General Motors. He is currently chairman of Brookfield Asset ManagementMcKenna would likely have been the front-runner for the federal Liberal leadership in 2006, but chose not to run in the race to replace Paul Martin. Donald Savoie, a Moncton professor and author, said McKenna would have likely become prime minister had he run.But Savoie said his friend has carved out a valuable role for himself in his political retirement.“His commitment to the province is still as strong as when he was first elected,” said Savoie, Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Governance at the University of Moncton.“He’s still not only saying things, but also doing things. He’s moving TD jobs to New Brunswick, being front and centre on the pipeline debate. There’s no question that his heart is in New Brunswick,” Savoie said.In May, McKenna announced plans for a new TD call centre in Moncton — the bank’s second in the province — that the New Brunswick government said would create up to 575 full-time jobs.“Every day I work on projects that will be good for our region. Even within TD Bank we’ve been able to bring jobs this way and would like to bring more,” McKenna said.“I really enjoy what I do now. I have a lot of freedom to become involved in humanitarian issues and political issues at various levels that I find very stimulating and I love doing it.”last_img read more

BC government sets out new rules for provincial infrastructure projects

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. – British Columbia government projects worth billions of dollars will now be built under a so-called community benefits agreement that sets out job training, who can work on the projects and the wages to be paid.The agreement is aimed at boosting apprenticeship opportunities and hiring more women, Indigenous people and other under-represented workers who will be organized under a new Crown corporation — BC Infrastructure Benefits Inc.Premier John Horgan said Monday the framework will make it a priority to hire local workers and provide good wages for people building roads, bridges, transit and hospitals.However, independent contractors and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation say it’s really a sweetheart deal for unions that will force costs up for public infrastructure.Horgan said the framework will allow everyone to bid on the projects.“Our objective here is to make sure that we can, to the greatest extent possible, hire local contractors to make sure they hire local workers,” Horgan said. “I’m confident there will be no shortage of work.”The first two projects to be delivered under the plan will be the new $1.3-billion Pattullo Bridge and the four-lane expansion between Kamloops and the Alberta boundary on Highway 1.The Canadian Taxpayers Federation said it has deep concerns with the B.C. government’s new “union first” rule for taxpayer-funded infrastructure projects.Contracts for bridges, roads and hospitals should go to groups with the best bids, said Kris Sims, B.C. director of the federation.“It’s very troubling to see the NDP government creating a new Crown corporation just to hand out contracts to their favourite unions, all at taxpayers’ expense.”The Independent Contractors and Business Association said there are nearly $30 billion in government construction projects planned over the next three years and overpaying by creating a union monopoly will cost taxpayers billions of dollars.The government’s announcement was long on taxpayer costs and short on details, said Chris Gardner, president of the association.“Procurement should be open, fair and transparent, not a payoff for political favours.”Horgan said the framework is flexible, would maximize the number of quality bidders and ensure public projects are competitive.“This is a new way of doing business in British Columbia, the previous government delayed and slowed projects by putting obstacles in the way,” he told a news conference at the ironworkers training facility at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.Tom Sigurdson of the B.C. and Yukon Building Trades Council said the best news coming out of the announcement is for apprentices currently in the system.He said the province is facing a severe shortage of skilled labour with more workers leaving than are entering the workforce.“One of the reasons that we have a shortage, or incompletions in the apprenticeship system, is because apprentices are not given job opportunities,” he said. “This is going to allow for apprentices to be on publicly funded projects. It’s something we’ve been calling for for years.”Sigurdson said the agreement means the government will, essentially, be the employer.The Crown agency will work with winning contractors to hire trades and will do the payroll and all the paperwork.“We do have a number of contractors that do not play in the legitimate economy,” Sigurdson said. “In the construction industry there are a lot of workers who are in the underground economy and the contractors are very happy to pay them cash. That’s going to end.”— By Terri Theodore in Vancouverlast_img read more

Global trade tensions fuel St Lawrence seaway shipments as grain demand soars

first_imgMONTREAL — The St. Lawrence Seaway saw its highest cargo numbers since 2007 last year, propelled by a spike in grain shipments and global tariff wars that worked in Canada’s favour.The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. says traffic hit 40.9 million tonnes in 2018, a seven per cent year-over-year increase.Grain made up close to one-third of all tonnage on the 60-year-old waterway, rising 20 per cent from 2017.Bruce Burrows, president of the Chamber of Marine Commerce, says trade tensions between the U.S. and other countries worked to the advantage of Canadian exporters.A Chinese tariff on U.S. soybeans and European counter-tariffs on U.S. corn spurred more shipments from Canada, which enjoyed a strong corn crop last year.Burrows also says early snowfalls fuelled more road salt shipments, while infrastructure demand across the eastern part of the continent yielded higher volumes of other dry goods such as gravel and cement.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Trev Talks – Kinder Morgan Court Decision

first_imgThis week on Trev Talks, we discuss the recent court decision that stopped construction of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.  Alan Yu of Fort St. John for LNG joins Trevor to talk about the decision and what it means for our region and the country.They also discussed LNG, Prime Minister Trudeau, Premier Notley and of course all things Energy.You can watch the Youtube version of the show above or watch it on Facebook below. Listen for Trev Talks every Friday at 10 a.m. on Moose FM and shared live on Facebook and Youtube.last_img

Resident doctors ratify agreement under provincial mandate

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Ministry of Finance has announced that members of the Resident Doctors of B.C. and the Health Employers Association of B.C. have ratified an agreement under the Government’s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate.According to the Government, the mandate focuses on improving services for people and ensuring fair and affordable compensation.Nearly 1,350 resident doctors working for publicly funded health-care employers in B.C.’s hospitals and public health facilities are represented by RDBC. The agreement includes a three-year term, general wage increases of two percent in each year, and a collaborative approach to addressing workload that will support greater engagement with resident doctors, with the intention of retaining them in B.C. when they complete their programs.To learn more about public sector bargaining in B.C., you can visit the Government’s website.last_img read more

Fort St John and District Kennel Clubs Dog Show takes place this

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John and District Kennel Club is hosting their annual Dog Show this weekend May 18 to the 20 at the District of Taylor Ice Centre.Each year, the annual event is held on the Victoria Day Long Weekend and features six All Breed Championship shows, showcasing 175 dogs from all over Canada.The first round of judging takes place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, for Hounds, with the last round of judging taking place at 2:55 p.m. on Monday, May 20, for Non-Sporting Dogs. This year’s confirmed judges include Honey Glendinning (BC); Michelle Scott (ON); Carmen Haller (BC); Grant Townsend (BC); Terry Gains (BC); Jocelyn Gagne (ON).Along with a ribbon competition, cash prizes are also available, with a chance to earn points under the Canadian Kennel Club’s Championship Show Program.The Dog Show judging schedule can be found here.The Fort St. John and District Kennel Club’s Annual Dog Show is taking place this Victoria Day Long Weekend, May 18 to 20, at the District Ice Centre.For more information, you can visit Dogshow.ca.last_img read more

Premier artifact collectors to travel to Bdesh for showcasing rare collections on

first_imgKolkata: Five artifact collectors from Kolkata will be travelling to Bangladesh, to display their rare collections for a showcase exhibition.It is for the first time that artifact collectors from Kolkata have been invited in Bangladesh to showcase their collection. The programme titled “Chinhamela” will be held at the Shahidullah Kalabhavan of Rajsahi University, one of the premier academic institutions in Bangladesh. The team will leave for Bangladesh on March 9. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersGopal Biswas, a well known picture post card collector in India, is going to Bangladesh with his collection. Picture post cards used to play an important role in the social life of people in the non-digital era. People travelling to other states or countries used to send picture post cards to their near and dear ones, narrating their experience. Many receivers of the picture post cards used to preserve them. Biswas has in his possession a few thousand picture post cards and he will be taking some of the rarest and best ones to Bangladesh. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSouvik Mukherjee will display his collection on the development of transport system in Bengal. Some of the tickets of trams and buses will be displayed, along with photographs of horse-driven carriages. People from East Bengal on reaching Sealdah station used to go to the houses of their relatives in horse-driven carriages in the 1930s and 1940s. There were very few taxis and American car brands like Chevrolet, Hudson and Pontiac were used for the purpose. Ujjal Sardar, collector of manuscripts will display some of the rare manuscripts in his collection. Falguni Dutta Roy will display some of the newspapers which carried interesting news items during the freedom movement in Bangladesh in 1971. Chandranath Chattopadhyay, editor of Kinjal magazine and a well known collector, is also travelling with the group. Many rare stamps used before the Partition in 1947 will be displayed, along with letters including those written by the Governor General, matchboxes used during the Swadeshi movement in 1905, letters written by Nawab Salimullah of Dhaka, advertisement designs made by important personalities and booklets of Bengali cinema and theatre. Till the late 1970s, the audience visiting cinema halls could collect the booklets and lobby cards free of cost, containing the storyline of the movie, along with details of the songs. Satyajit Roy had designed the lobby cards of some of his famous films like Nayak and Parash Pathar. “It will be a wonderful exhibition and will strengthen the cultural ties between India and Bangladesh,” Chattopadhyay said.last_img read more

Top Venezuela court calls to strip Guaidos immunity

first_imgCaracas: Venezuela’s top court called on the ruling Constituent Assembly Tuesday to strip opposition leader Juan Guaido of parliamentary immunity. The decision by the Supreme Court of Justice could open the way for President Nicolas Maduro’s rival Guaido, recognised as interim president by more than 50 countries, to be prosecuted. The court ruling cited Guaido’s violation of a ban on his travel outside Venezuela when he visited Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Paraguay from late February to early March. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIt came as Guaido and Maduro are locked in a battle for power in the oil-rich country, which is facing a crippling and deepening economic and political crisis. The competition has been escalated into a geopolitical struggle, drawing in the United States and its allies that support Guaido, and Russia, Cuba and China backing Maduro. Though unpopular in a country spiraling ever deeper into economic chaos, Maduro has the upper hand at home, thanks to loyalty from his military chiefs and, more recently, the presence of 100 Russian troops. Abroad, Guaido is buoyed by US sanctions against Maduro’s regime funnelling funds his way, and efforts to have his envoys recognized over Maduro’s in diplomatic missions and international organisations. Maduro, who so far has heeded US warnings to not arrest Guaido under threat of unspecified repercussions, appears nonetheless more confident since Moscow’s overt protection.last_img read more

Samsung still has time to correct its foldable dream

first_imgNew Delhi: Just when the industry through innovation in the smartphone business had hit stagnation, Samsung wowed us with its first foldable device “Galaxy Fold,” worth a whopping $2,000. A super-premium phone that took almost a decade in the making and opens like a book when unfolded, shouted everything next-generation. However, the expectations took a beating when reports of the Galaxy Fold issues surfaced. The units given to international tech reviewers encountered display distortion and screen flickering issues, forcing the South Korean giant to postpone its launch in Hong Kong and Shanghai on April 23 and 24 respectively, and issue a recall of review units. The big question lingers: Will the “Foldgate” make a dent in Samsung’s image like the Galaxy Note 7 with exploding batteries did in 2016? According to CyberMedia Research (CMR), the smartphone major has been mature and pragmatic enough by postponing its launch and sorting out all the issues before its general availiability. “All said, for Samsung, there is no race for first past the post with its foldable smartphone. It is more imperative for the company to focus on not delivering a flawed product, but rather ensuring highest consumer experience when the device goes on sales,” Prabhu Ram, Head, Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CMR, told IANS. Defending its devices just days before its roll-out, a Samsung spokesperson assured that the firm would “thoroughly inspect” the units. According to market research firm Gartner, foldable phones would make up 5 per cent of high-end phones sales by 2023 with around 30 million units. According to Faisal Kawoosa, Founder and Principal Analyst of market research firm techARC, from a technology-rich company like Samsung, “one would expect things out only after reliability of desired levels are achieved”. The Galaxy Fold is expected to be priced around Rs 1,40,790 in India. “Nevertheless, the lab and real-world conditions play differently. I don’t see it as a big issue as the product has not exchanged hands with consumers yet. They have time to correct this aberration,” Kawoosa told IANS. Some units of the Galaxy Fold, which became the first phone with a foldable OLED display, is encountering two primary issues: the foldable screen seems to have a layer of protective layer that is similar to a cheap screen film. Several units reportedly failed after the layer was taken off. Few other screens failed because the hinge exposed areas which allowed debris to get inside of the display, thus, damaging the unit. “We expect that users will use a foldable phone as they do their regular smartphone, picking it up hundreds of times a day, unfolding it sporadically and typing on its plastic screen, which may scratch quickly depending on the way it folds,” Roberta Cozza, Research Director at Gartner had earlier said. However, according to market research firm techARC, this is primarily a material issue than a design. “I think till the time it’s a plastic-based screen, the chances of such mishaps remain high. I would certainly like to see a glass display, that too from credible makers like Corning, to have a reliable foldable screen,” stressed Kawoosa. Moreover, there’s no denying that the second-generation of foldable devices would be better that the experimental and ambitious first generation iterations. “The first generation of an innovation is always experimental, and which over successive iterations achieves perfection. Let’s’face it. The Galaxy Fold was just a mistake in timing. It does not take away anything from its manufacturing capabilities,” Ram noted.last_img read more