THUNDER BAY, Ont. – An Indigenous woman who was hit by a trailer hitch apparently thrown from a passing car in Thunder Bay, Ont., in January has died, police said on Tuesday.Barbara Kentner, 34, underwent emergency surgery after the incident Jan. 29, but never fully recovered.“A young Indigenous mother died today, and a young girl is without her mother,” Anna Betty Achneepineskum, deputy grand chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, said in a statement. “This should not happen. What do you say to a young girl that loses her mother?”Kentner told police she and her sister were walking in a residential neighbourhood when someone threw the hitch from a moving car. Her sister, Melissa Kentner, said she heard someone in the vehicle say: “I got one.”An 18-year-old man who was in the car has been charged with aggravated assault. Police have not said whether they planned to upgrade the charge in light of Kentner’s death.Family members of the victim had previously called what happened a “hate crime.”Achneepineskum said such incidents were disturbing and frightening, adding violence had escalated in the city. She urged against minimizing the “horrible” situations.“We must all work together to acknowledge that racism exists. We must combat and report racism. We must take this very seriously,” Achneepineskum said. “This has been going on for far too long. This is our reality, as many Indigenous Peoples, especially our women, have come to me with their stories.”
The federal government and the governments of Ontario and Quebec are readying relief supplies, including baby formula and cribs, for victims of hurricane Harvey.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the governments are working with the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency to co-ordinate the help.The storm left vast swaths of Texas and parts of Louisiana flooded and forced tens of thousands of people from their homes.“We reached out to offer whatever support is needed, from airlift capacity to helicopters to whatever is necessary,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference Friday in Saskatoon.FEMA, he said, responded by providing Goodale a list of badly needed provisions, and Canada was more than happy to oblige.Goodale said the relief supplies include hygiene kits, bed pillows, bath towels, baby formula, baby disposable bottles, baby cribs and baby linens.The Royal Canadian Air Force is preparing a cargo plane to fly the goods to Texas and it is expected to leave soon.Trudeau and President Donald Trump spoke Thursday about the floods and relief efforts.“We are there for our friends suffering this terrible calamity of hurricane Harvey, and we will stand by them and offer them whatever support they need,” Trudeau said.“This is who Canadians are; we’re there for each other in times of difficulty.”The American embassy in Ottawa expressed gratitude for Canada’s offer of support.“The people of the United States and Canada have a long history of supporting each other in times of need,” Elizabeth Aubin, the charge d’affaires at the embassy, said in a statement.“We once again thank our Canadian friends and neighbours for their heartfelt offers of solidarity and assistance.”Goodale said Canada stands by the United States, saying the country’s thoughts and prayers are with those affected.“I want to commend local volunteers, first responders and residents who continue to work selflessly to keep their neighbours and communities safe,” he said in a statement.On Thursday, Trump’s homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said Canada’s “neighbourly gesture” of help was much appreciated, telling a White House briefing, “It’s an international expression of what we’re seeing here at a very local level.”Related:Trudeau offers Trump condolences, assistance in aftermath of hurricane Harvey
SUDBURY, Ont. – A trial is set to begin Thursday for two Ontario Liberals on Election Act bribery charges. The pair, including a former top staffer of Premier Kathleen Wynne, is accused of offering a would-be candidate a job or appointment to step aside for Wynne’s preferred candidate in a February 2015 byelection. Both deny the charges.That would-be candidate, Andrew Olivier, is quadriplegic and records conversations in lieu of taking notes. He posted the audio from his conversations with Premier Kathleen Wynne’s then-deputy chief of staff Pat Sorbara and Gerry Lougheed, a Liberal operative in Sudbury, online. Wynne spoke to him in between those conversations, but he was unable to record that chat.Wynne has said that she had already decided Olivier would not be the byelection candidate and as a result there was no need to offer him anything in exchange for not running.The following are key quotes from Sorbara and Lougheed’s recorded conversations with Olivier:Quotes from a Dec. 12 conversation between Olivier and Sorbara:“So Andrew let me ask you this, I mean, of course you recognize the position that we’re going to find ourselves in here, right, where she’s going to have to make a decision around the appointment, right, versus, allowing this to go ahead.” — Sorbara“I think she’s going to, to move ahead with the appointment, then what, you say, ‘I’m unhappy and I’m not going to help, I’m no longer a Liberal?’ What’s the next step then? It’s not going to – you think because you’re stepping back she’s going to say OK, we’re going to have a race?” — Sorbara“We should have the broader discussion about what is it that you’d be most interested in doing and then decide what shape that could take that would fulfil that, is what I’m getting at, whether it’s a full-time or part-time job at a constituency office, whether it is appointments to boards or commissions, whether it is also going on the exec.” — Sorbara———Quotes from a Dec. 11 conversation between Olivier and Lougheed:“So I come to you on behalf of the premier and on behalf of, I guess, Thibeault more indirectly, to ask you if you would consider stepping down – more than that Andrew, nominating him. In the course of that deliberation the premier wants to talk to you. They would like to present to you options in terms of appointments, jobs, whatever, that you and her and Pat Sorbara can talk about.” — Lougheed“The premier up to now has always said to me she’s in favour of a nomination process, so I want to make that really clear. She’s never said to me, ‘I’m going to appoint him,’ and to be fair to Glenn, Glenn has never said, ‘I want to be appointed.’” — Lougheed“I hate to sound kind of Machiavellian about it, but at the end of the day, if you take the high road on this, what is your, what is your reward?” — Lougheed.“This is the issue. The premier may stay with a nomination, she may go with an appointment. You don’t know. I think you and her need to talk about it.” — Lougheed
SMITHS FALLS, Ont. – An American woman who was rescued with her family last week after five years held by a Taliban-linked group has been hospitalized, her Canadian husband said.Joshua Boyle told The Associated Press in an email that his wife Caitlan was admitted to a Canadian hospital on Monday and remained there on Wednesday. He did not specify why she was taken to the hospital.“My wife has been through hell, and she has to be my first priority right now,” Boyle wrote.Pakistani troops rescued the Boyles and their three children on Oct. 11, five years after the couple was abducted in Afghanistan on a backpacking trip. The children were born while the family was being held by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network.Boyle said their three children are now 4, 2 and “somewhere around 6 months.”The Pakistanis caught the group at some point after the kidnappers had moved across the border from Afghanistan. The country’s Foreign Ministry said that was based on a tip from U.S. intelligence.In Washington on Wednesday, a senior State Department official said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stayed up all night at home monitoring the progress of the “extraction.” The official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss details of the event, spoke only on condition of anonymity.On Tuesday, Vice-President Mike Pence spoke with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi by phone to thank the Pakistan government for helping recover the family. A statement from Pence’s office said the vice-president noted that the release of the family being held captive by the Haqqani militant network in the tribal areas of Pakistan was “an important development in Pakistan’s support to the U.S. strategy against terrorism in the region.”The statement said, however, that co-operation from Pakistan to counter militant groups “must be continued and sustained.”“Just as he did during the meeting the two had in New York last month, the vice-president again discussed ways that Pakistan could work with the United States and others to bolster stability and security for all in South Asia,” the statement said.___Associated Press Writer Matthew Lee in Washington contributed to this report.
Canada’s dietitians and pediatricians are discouraging parents from relying on plant-based drinks — such as rice, coconut and almond milks — as the main beverage for babies and young kids.Dr. Catherine Pound of the Canadian Paediatric Society said Wednesday that some plant-based beverages are not fortified with any minerals or vitamins and often contain sugar as the second ingredient after water.“There’s a bit of a push from the health movement where people think or feel that plant-based nutrition is better than meat-based nutrition, which may be true in adulthood where we are recommending to move away from eating meat very frequently, but the same doesn’t hold true for children who need the protein,” says Pound.“We see parents that are well-intentioned that are moving to a plant-based beverage for their children thinking they are doing a good thing while actually they are withholding important nutrients and proteins.”Kids aged two to eight need 13 to 19 grams of protein per day, which can be met with two cups of cow milk or two cups of fortified soy beverage.Meanwhile, almond, coconut or rice drinks contain little to no protein and would require kids to also eat two child-sized servings of meat or two half-cup servings of lentils. Almond drinks only contain about four almonds per cup.The experts say the best foods for growing children are whole, fresh and unprocessed fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, dairy and meats.And while fats are avoided by many adults, they are a valuable nutrient for young children, says Pound.“Fat is extremely important for a child or a toddler because it certainly contributes to brain growth,” she says.“We do not want to restrict fat at all for the first couple years of life.”In the case of allergies or other concerns, Pound says parents should consult a dietitian.The joint statement with the Dietitians of Canada also warned that drinking too much of the plant-based beverages can displace hunger and cause children to eat less food.If possible, infants should be exclusively breast fed for the first six months, and continued for up to two years or longer with appropriate complementary feeding. Otherwise, babies can drink formula or pasteurized human milk from screened donors.Cow milk is not recommended before nine to 12 months of age. Full fat homogenized cow milk is then recommended for kids until age two.
TORONTO – Bedbugs have been found in a classroom at Toronto’s Ryerson University, the school said Wednesday, noting that it was working to exterminate the insects.A spokeswoman for the downtown university said staff used a canine unit to search two classrooms in its Victoria Building on Tuesday, and found bedbugs in one of the rooms.“Bedbugs were found in a single desk in VIC 205,” Johanna VanderMaas said in a statement. “VIC 205 was treated with steam immediately.”VanderMaas said a canine unit will be brought back into the room on Thursday to ensure it is clear of the bedbugs.“Only once the room is deemed to be clear will students and faculty will be allowed back in,” she said.The school’s efforts came after a student newspaper, The Eyeopener, published a report of insects found inside tables in a classroom. The paper said it took photos of the bugs and sent them to five exterminators, who all said they were bedbugs.Jacob Dube, a student who worked on the piece, said Tuesday that Ryerson students reported seeing insects they believed to be bedbugs in a classroom in the school’s Victoria Building as far back as December.Several students who spotted the insects, including Eyeopener reporter Stefanie Phillips, later said they found what appeared to be bug bites on their skin.Dube said the university had been receptive to the student newspaper’s reporting, with officials asking the students to show them exactly where the bugs were spotted in order to independently verify their information.On Tuesday, Ryerson said it was looking into the matter and noted that students had been helpful in bringing their concerns forward.The university’s campus is located in the downtown core, close to the city’s bustling Yonge and Dundas square.
MONTREAL – A second project by famed Quebec director Robert Lepage has been cancelled following widespread criticism of content judged culturally insensitive.“Kanata,” a play about the relationship between whites and Aboriginal Peoples, will not be performed in Paris in December as planned after American co-producers withdrew their interest in the project, Lepage and his Ex Machina production company said in a statement Thursday.The announcement came one week after Lepage held a six-hour meeting with about 30 members of the Indigenous community who had signed an open letter in Le Devoir newspaper denouncing the production for being an example of cultural appropriation.They were upset the play contained no Indigenous actors and little input from their community.The cancellation also follows a decision by Montreal’s jazz festival earlier this month to drop Lepage’s “SLAV” show, which featured a predominantly white cast picking cotton and singing songs composed by black slaves.In his statement, Lepage noted the “complex and often aggressive controversy surrounding (Kanata).”“Sooner or later we will need to try to understand — calmly and together — what cultural appropriation and the right to free artistic expression fundamentally are,” he said.Nakuset, the executive director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, attended last week’s marathon meeting with Lepage and said she was “so happy” about Thursday’s news.Lepage could have chosen to include more “authentic” Indigenous elements in the show, she said, such as an inviting an elder to do an opening performance.“He could have said: ‘We’re bringing in a fantastic seamstress who will redo the costumes — that’s a change,” Nakuset said in an interview. “He had a golden opportunity to make changes, instead he was like: ‘Nah, (it’s) my money.’”The controversy surrounding the two theatre performances sparked a debate in Quebec society over the rights of white people to tell stories about minority groups.Lepage and his entourage have said they are the victims of an attack on artistic freedom.Many Quebec pundits agreed, including politicians such as Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee, who tweeted Thursday, “this reversal of artistic freedom is intolerable.”He added that those who withdrew their support had “weak morals” and called on the Quebec premier to intervene.Activists protested outside the performance of SLAV in late June, accusing Lepage of making money off the pain and history of black people.Nakuset, who hasn’t seen Kanata, said she hadn’t thought about who was set to benefit financially from the project.“I hadn’t thought about the money,” she said. “I was thinking more about how this was going to reflect on Indigenous people and how this is going to shape their viewers watching it.”Nakuset says North American society has a tendency to use native imagery to portray commercial products such as buildings and sports teams as “strong and brave,” yet no one listens or wants to work with Indigenous Peoples or cares about them when they are homeless.Kanata claimed to explore Canada’s history “through the lens of the relationship between white and Aboriginal Peoples.”The co-producers’ interest in the project waned amid the controversy ahead of the planned debut in France in December by the Theatre du Soleil acting troupe.“Certain (co-producers) have now announced their withdrawal,” Lepage’s statement noted. “Considering what we recently went through, we certainly understand their concerns. But without their financial support, we are unable to finish creating Kanata with Theatre du Soleil.“Therefore, we are putting an end to the project.”“SLAV” is scheduled to be presented elsewhere in Quebec next year and Ex Machina says it will meet with those opposed to that show.Lepage and Ex Machina say they won’t comment further on Kanata’s cancellation.
OTTAWA — Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada will be ready to up its emissions-cutting game when the Paris climate-change agreement kicks in.McKenna is heading to Poland next week for the annual United Nations climate-change meeting, where the nations of the world intend to decide on rules for how each country will be held accountable for meeting its promised cuts to carbon emissions.Environment groups around the world say no country is doing enough to slow climate change and the Paris targets aren’t good enough.McKenna says Canada is focused on meeting its existing Paris-agreement targets to reduce emissions to 70 per cent of what they were in 2005 by 2030 and isn’t immediately toughening that goal.But the Paris agreement requires signatory nations to increase their goals in 2020 and she says Canada will be ready to do it by then.The elections of governments less enthusiastic about multilateral deals such as the Paris accord is going to make setting the rules harder and McKenna says she isn’t certain the Paris agreement itself would be signed if it were being negotiated today.The Canadian Press
TORONTO — There was no winning ticket for the $9 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Dec. 12 will be approximately $12 million.The Canadian Press
Quebec’s public security minister is urging people in regions at risk of flooding not to take any chances and to follow the advice of civil security officials.Genevieve Guilbault spoke today as two days of heavy rain were forecast for the province, aggravating the danger in areas where water levels are already high.Guilbault’s advised citizens in municipalities deemed at risk to be prudent and to leave their homes if asked to do so.In Beauceville, south of Quebec City, where flooding has struck at least 230 homes, Environment Canada says between 25 to 50 millimetres of rain could fall through Saturday.Officials are keeping an eye on other swollen rivers as well — Montreal has experienced some minor flooding and the Monteregie region directly to the south is also impacted.Guilbault says civil security will keep close tabs on the situation throughout the weekend.The Canadian Press
When Milton Tootoosis thinks about the planned exoneration of Chief Poundmaker, he breaks down.A headman and councillor at Poundmaker Cree Nation, about a two-hour drive from Saskatoon, Tootoosis says absolving the chief of any guilt in a battle with federal forces almost 135 years ago makes him think about the resiliency of his people.“Our people went through a lot,” Tootoosis, choking back tears, said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press.“A lot of hurt. A lot of anger. A lot of mistrust.”Tootoosis has been part of an effort that he says has spanned years to press Ottawa to exonerate Poundmaker.That’s finally set to happen on Thursday when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits the First Nation.“It’s not about the prime minister,” Tootoosis said. “This is about Chief Poundmaker. It’s about a great leader, a diplomat, a peacekeeper, who saved a lot of lives when he took action into his own hands.”Poundmaker, whose Cree name was Pitikwahanapiwiyin, was born in 1842 near Battleford, Sask.The First Nation that bears his name remembers his legacy as that of a political leader who was critical of Treaty 6 while it was being negotiated and spoke up for the plight of his people under the federal government.On May 2, 1885, in the Battle of Cut Knife Hill, Col. William Otter and members of the North West Mounted Police attacked a camp established by First Nations in the area.“The idea that there was a plan to exterminate us is unthinkable,” said Tootoosis, his voice shaking with emotion.The First Nations pushed the attacking forces back and Poundmaker intervened to stop warriors from going after the retreating troops.“He was unfairly labelled as a rebel,” said Russell Fayant, who teaches Indigenous history and Metis culture at the University of Regina.“He was a peacemaker who urged his people to have reserve and to not attack.”Poundmaker was tried in Regina for treason and was sentenced to three years at Stony Mountain Penitentiary in Manitoba.“Really, that conviction was about ‘let’s put an Indian in jail so that Canadians can see that we’ve sent somebody to jail,’” said Fayant.Poundmaker was released in 1886 because of poor health and died that same year.Tootoosis said while many elders and people in the region consider Poundmaker a peacemaker, history has painted him as a traitor.He and others believe the exoneration is a chance to set the record straight.“The broader public needs to know.”Fayant said it also forces Canadians to see another version of history and correct past misinterpretations.“What is the Indigenous side of the story?”Fayant believes Poundmaker’s absolution could reignite discussions about the legacies of other First Nations and Metis leaders from the 1885 NorthWest Rebellion and uprising. Those figures include Cree Chief Big Bear as well as Louis Riel.The ceremony on Thursday will include an apology from Trudeau.“Advancing reconciliation is a priority for the prime minister and our government, and a vital part of that work is addressing the injustices of past colonial governments,” said Eleanore Catenaro, spokeswoman for the Prime Minister’s Office.Last November, Trudeau apologized to the Tsilhqot’in community in British Columbia for the hanging of six chiefs more than 150 years ago and delivered an “statement of exoneration” in the House of Commons.While he believes the ceremony will be emotional and even surreal, Tootoosis said his First Nation still has grievances with the Crown over full treaty implementation.Poundmaker’s words about the treaties still ring true today, he said.“Attempts to exterminate our rights, our treaty rights, our inherent Aboriginal treaty rights, is ongoing.”Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press
READ MORE: Trudeau broke law by kicking Liberal MPs out of caucus: PhilpottIt led to a political controversy that caused the Liberals to drop significantly in the polls ahead of the federal election in October.More to come. OTTAWA (1310 NEWS) – Former Liberal cabinet ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott will run for re-election as independent candidates.WIlson-Raybould made the announcement in her home riding of Vancouver-Granville, while Philpott followed suit in Markham, Ontario.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked Wilson-Raybould and Philpott out of caucus in April after both had publicly said they had lost confidence in the Trudeau government’s handling of the issue and both resigned from the federal cabinet.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A funeral for an experienced fishing guide and father of three is to be held in Deer Lake, N.L., today, one week after a float plane that he and six others were on board crashed into a lake in Labrador.An obituary for Dwayne Winsor, 47, by Parsons Funeral Home announced his July 15 death and featured tributes from his wide circle of friends and family.Winsor was a guide at Three Rivers Lodge, the starting point for last Monday’s fishing excursion to Mistastin Lake that never returned to the lodge. Debris from the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane was spotted in the water last Tuesday.A short biography of Winsor on the Three Rivers Lodge website describes him as a guide with 20 years of experience in the Labrador bush, who shared the river with guests and had a knack with a fishing net.Three bodies, including Winsor’s, have since been recovered, while four men, including Quebec pilot Gilles Morin, American brothers Matthew Weaver and John Weaver III and another fishing guide from Newfoundland and Labrador are still missing. An RCMP spokesperson said police divers searched the water at Mistastin Lake, about 100 kilometres southwest of Nain, over the weekend, but so far none of four missing men have been found. The cause of the crash is still unknown.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — An organization aimed at getting more women into politics is facing fallout after firing three employees who have racialized backgrounds.The move by Equal Voice, which works with women from all political parties, has sparked a social media campaign calling its commitment to equality into question.Four members of the board of directors have also stepped down over the controversy.Executive director Eleanor Fast says she can’t comment on internal human resources matters, but denied the firings had anything to do with ethnicity, race or religion.The online conversation, taking place under a hashtag called “not-so-equal voice,” has included stories shared by young women who were delegates at the Daughters of the Vote conference, which brought 338 young women to Parliament Hill this spring.That event saw dozens of delegates turn their backs on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons, with others walking out as Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer began to speak.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Jagmeet Singh continued his push to win progressive votes on Tuesday by promising an NDP government would invest billions of dollars in affordable housing to help Canadians struggling to make ends meet.The commitment was the NDP’s latest pledge to expand social programs. The party’s promises have included universal pharmacare and free tuition for post-secondary education while promising higher taxes on large corporations and the wealthy.Yet Singh also deflected questions about how and when an NDP government would tackle the federal deficit, saying only that he would make different choices from Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and that his priority is helping Canadians now.“We want to take the budget very seriously, and we’ll look at what that means in the future,” Singh said during a campaign event at a non-profit housing complex in downtown Ottawa, a few kilometres from Parliament Hill.“But right now our priority’s investing in some of the crises that people are going through.”Singh’s stop in the capital on Tuesday meant a return to Ontario, where he spent the first few days of the campaign before a tour of western Quebec over the weekend. He was in Ottawa Centre, where Liberal Catherine McKenna defeated New Democrat Paul Dewar in 2015. The seat has historically flipped back and forth between the Liberals and the NDP.After kicking a soccer ball with some children, Singh announced that an NDP government would build 500,000 new affordable homes over 10 years, starting with an immediate investment of $5 billion.“Our priorities are the people behind me, the families who need affordable housing, the people who tell me that they cannot find a place to live,” Singh said during the low-key campaign event before attacking the Liberals’ record.The NDP leader cited a report by parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux in June that found under the Liberals’ plan, spending on affordable housing is slated to fall as a percentage of the economy over the next decade.While the raw dollar figure is set to increase, Giroux found federal spending on housing is slated to decline from 0.13 per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product in 2017-18 to 0.11 per cent in 2027-28.Meanwhile, census data released Tuesday shows roughly one-third of Canadian households, 4.7 million, live in rental housing and they are often low-income earners, young adults, or newcomers to Canada.In addition, 44 per cent of renters under age 30 spend 30 per cent or more of their incomes on housing. More than half of young renters in Toronto, Metro Vancouver and Ottawa do.Similar affordability issues are found among seniors (including for 64 per cent of those renting in Regina), recent immigrants to Canada, and single mothers.“We hear Mr. Trudeau talk about there is a housing crisis with more of those pretty words,” Singh said during the campaign event. “You know, acknowledging the problem, but then when it comes to the actual solving of the problem, empty promises.”Yet Singh was hard-pressed to say where he would find $5 billion for affordable housing in the first year of his mandate, and instead pointed to the Liberal government having found billions to pay for corporate tax cuts and the Trans Mountain pipeline.Singh painted the $4.5 billion for the pipeline and $14 billion in corporate tax cuts, which the government has said were needed to help Canadian companies compete with U.S. competitors following similar cuts down south, as a handout to the wealthy.Some experts have said such a characterization is misleading as it does not acknowledge how ordinary Canadians might benefit, too, by driving investment in the country and getting Canadian oil to more lucrative markets.“When something is a priority, Mr. Trudeau seems to go out and do it,” said Singh. “But it hasn’t been a priority to make people’s lives better. We believe our priority should be investing in people, investing in housing, and that’s what we’re going to do.”While Singh noted his previous promises to hike taxes on corporations and the wealthy, close various tax loopholes and crack down on tax evasion, he indicated all revenues from those measures will be put into social programs.“With these measures we’re going to increase revenue and we’re going to use the revenue towards programs that actually invest in our country,” he said of the tax hikes and other initiatives. “We know that if we invest in people, we build a better future.”Both the New Democrats and Conservatives promised in the last federal election to run balanced budgets if elected, while the Liberals were elected on a promise to run modest deficits during the first few years of their mandate before returning to balance.In the three full fiscal years since the Liberals came to power, however, the federal government has posted $52 billion worth of shortfalls even though the economy has had a solid run of growth.Ahead of next month’s election, the Liberals have laid out projections calling for five more years of deficits of at least $10 billion. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is promising to pull Canada out of the red in about five years.Green Leader Elizabeth May has also committed to returning Canada to budgetary balance in five years. Maxime Bernier’s new People’s Party of Canada is the only political party that’s promised a quick path to balanced books — within two years.—With files from Jordan PressLee Berthiaume, The Canadian PressNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misnamed the pipeline project the federal government bought.
Some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry celebrated the 80th birthday of Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine Saturday, April 13 at the 17th annual Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Whoopi Goldberg, Sir Michael Caine and will.i.am at Keep Memory Alive’s Power of Love GalaCredit/Copyright: Multivu.comThe star-studded event raised funds for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and its fight against neurodegenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis, ALS and memory disorders of all kinds.Jennifer Hudson performing at Keep Memory Alive’s Power of Love Gala Credit/Copyright: Multivu.comHighlights from the night included heartfelt musical tributes from Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder, hysterical stand-up comedy from Chris Tucker and nostalgic remarks about the guests of honor from Whoopi Goldberg. At the end of the evening, Wonder led a “Happy Birthday” serenade to Jones and Caine, followed by an awe-inspiring performance of “We are the World” by the entire celebrity lineup.Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine at Keep Memory Alive’s Power of Love Gala Credit/Copyright: Multivu.comPerformers and celebrity supporters who attended the event included music and film luminaries Amy Poehler, Arsenio Hall, Bebe Winans, Bono, Carlos Santana, Chaka Khan, Chris Tucker, Greg Phillinganes, Herbie Hancock, James Ingram, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Larry King, Marcus Miller, Nikki Yanofsky, Patti Austin, Paulinho Da Costa, Rashida Jones, Siedah Garrett, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), Stevie Wonder, Tom Scott, Vinnie Colaiuta, Whoopi Goldberg, will.i.am and Will Smith.Continuing with its 17-year history, the Power of Love Gala showcased a celebrity-chef-packed dinner prepared by award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay. Guests were treated to a Dom Pérignon reception and bid on one-of-a-kind live and silent auction items including an 11-day Mediterranean cruise and a football helmet signed by the 2013 NFL champions, the Baltimore Ravens.In addition, donors from across the country were able to contribute to Keep Memory Alive’s cause for the first time through a text-to-donate campaign. Now through the end of the year, donors can text “MEMORY” to 80888 to give $10 to support brain health research at Cleveland Clinic.The Power of Love Gala was produced by headlining sponsor Bill Edwards Presents Inc. in partnership with Las Vegas, official sponsors HARMAN and Playground Sessions, and Keep Memory Alive, the fundraising arm of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The birthday celebration for Jones and Caine honored a lifetime of achievement for the entertainment marvels and raised funds for clinical programs, caregiver support and testing of new treatment for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s. For more information about Cleveland Clinic’s fight against brain disease, visit www.clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth.Source:Multivu.com
A huge number of stars helped out at the Los Angeles Mission End Of Summer Block Party this weekend.Jen Lilley paints children’s faces as part of the Los Angeles Mission End of Summer Block PartyA national survey indicates that school supply prices have jumped again this year, significantly outpacing the rate of inflation. That means it is even more difficult for poor families especially those living in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, to prepare their children for school this year.According to the National Retail Federation, school supplies will cost $581 for elementary students. The cost rises to $682 for middle school students and $683 for high school students, up an average of 5% from 2013.But the Los Angeles Mission has encouraged generous donors to help bridge that gap. Today, nearly a thousand children received backpacks full of school supplies and other goodies in the Mission¹s annual End of Summer Block Party Saturday.“We’re here to give the children a much-needed chance to have some fun,” said Herb Smith, president of the Los Angeles Mission. “But there is a serious side to this back to school event. We want to encourage these children to insist on going to school. Through no fault of their own, children suffer the consequences when families find themselves without a home. School attendance is a key predictor of success in life. We want the best for these little ones. So this annual event has come to mean a lot to the Los Angeles Mission. And, for the last 14 years, it has been a fun time for all.”Some thousand backpacks full of schools supplies were handed out to school-aged children on Saturday. The day was the result of a combined effort by nonprofits, businesses and people who just wanted to help children and families get the help they need.In order transform the mean streets into a safe place to play; the Los Angeles Mission closed 5th Street in front of the Mission. Inflatable bounce houses, giant slides, and kid-friendly games and crafts, along with a dunk tank, were set up for the kids to enjoy. The goal is nothing less than giving some fun to kids who don¹t get the chance to have very much fun. And, it is an exceptional, life-giving experience for those who volunteer.For more than 78 years, the Los Angeles Mission has been helping the addicted and the poor who lose themselves in the Skid Row area. What started as a soup kitchen in the Great Depression in 1936 continues to serve the newly needy in 2014.U.S. Bank has provided substantial financial support for this event.“Our employees are excited to volunteer for the Los Angeles Mission at its End of Summer Block Party. Like in the past, they enjoy distributing backpacks and school supplies to the children to help them get a great start to the school year,” said Sean Foley, president of U.S. Bank in Southern California. “In addition to the ‘tools for school’, U.S. Bank will donate $25,000 to Los Angeles Mission for its End of Summer Block Party. This is an event that is great for the children, their families, teachers and the community.”Much-needed financial support also came from ExakTime, the high-tech innovative time clock company.“It’s so great to give back to the community and the kids,” said Scott Prewett, an ExakTime founder. “We thank the Los Angeles Mission for giving us the opportunity to make a difference in a significant way.” ExakTime applauds the Mission’s many successful efforts to bring help, hope and opportunity to our city¹s needy families.All school-aged children from age 4 to 17 were eligible to receive a backpack. Nearly 1,000 backpacks and the school supplies that are so vitally necessary for the start of school were distributed. Supplies including pencils, notebooks, crayons, erasers, folders and arts & craft items were donated to fill the backpacks. Jackson-Hewitt and Office Depot contributed a variety of back-to-school items. While Amcor provided utensils and the necessary supplies for the meals.The Los Angeles Fire Department brought their fire fighting equipment with fire safety information for adults and kids alike.Celebrity volunteers are always a big part of every Los Angeles Mission event. Once again this year, celebrities worked their magic to make sure that everyone had a good time. They helped Block Party participants enjoy a tasty picnic of good food from three of L.A.’s popular food trucks: In-N-Out Burger, King Taco and The Grilled Cheese Truck.Among the stars were Jen Lilley, Brandon Molale, Brandon Tyler Russell, Dylan Riley Snyder, Kwesi Boakye and many more.In addition, volunteers from the marketing firm, Russ Reid, provided treats to families in the form of refreshing snow cones.Several hundred volunteers from all over the greater Los Angeles area gave of their time to make this event happen. Tens of thousands of volunteer hours are given by the many thousands of Mission volunteers each and every year.The famous “Nickel” – the name that Fifth Street has had ever since the Mission was founded back in the 1930’s - was closed to automobile traffic by 6:00 AM. Vehicular traffic was re-routed around the street between Wall and San Pedro so the street party set up could get started by early Saturday morning. That’s when families started arriving so they could get a place in line and still have plenty of time for food and fun before getting their back to school backpacks.Representatives from the Los Angeles Christian Health Centers and volunteer nursing students from all over the area provided health screenings including height and weight, body mass index calculation and nutrition information.
Call him the Gangster of Love. Call him Maurice. Call him the Space Cowboy. Call for your Charity Preview tickets now because on Jan. 16, rock legend Steve Miller Band will perform at the largest single night fundraiser in the world: the North American International Auto Show’s Charity Preview.“Everybody knows that Steve Miller speaks ‘the pompitus of love,’” said Scott LaRiche, chairman, NAIAS 2015. “Steve Miller Band is legendary and we are absolutely ecstatic that he’ll be our very special musical guest at Charity Preview, helping us celebrate an amazing night and a spectacular week in Detroit.”Admittance to “An Evening with Steve Miller Band” will be permitted with the purchase of a Charity Preview ticket. The special performance begins at 9 pm.“When the show floor closes, the legend begins,” said LaRiche.Charity Preview will be held from 6-9 pm. Tickets are $400 each ($390 of which is tax deductible) and available now at charitypreview.com.Since 1976, the Charity Preview has raised more than $96 million for Southeastern Michigan children’s charities — more than $45 million of which was raised in the last 10 years alone. Beneficiaries of NAIAS Charity Preview include: • Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan • Boys Hope Girls Hope Detroit • Children’s Center • Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation • The Detroit Institute for Children • Judson Center • March Of Dimes Metro Detroit • Detroit PAL • DADA Charitable Foundation Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) is thrilled to announce the addition of Music for Relief, a global humanitarian assistance fund, to its philanthropic portfolio.Brad Delson of Linkin Park, EIF Board Chair Chris Silbermann, EIF Board Member Sherry Lansing, Rob Bourdon of Linkin Park, and EIF CEO Nicole SextonCredit/Copyright: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Entertainment Industry FoundationFounded by the band Linkin Park in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Music For Relief will become the official crisis relief program of EIF, and will provide aid to survivors of natural disasters around the world. Since its inception, Music For Relief has responded to more than 30 natural disasters across four continents – including Hurricane Katrina, and the earthquakes in Haiti in 2010, in Japan in 2011, and in Nepal in 2015.“The Entertainment Industry Foundation has the capability to activate the entertainment community around a cause, which is what we set out to achieve with Music For Relief,” said band member Brad Delson. “We look forward to working with EIF to continue this important work and maximize our impact in communities affected by disaster.”“For more than a decade, the members of Linkin Park have been true trailblazers in using their global reach and social impact to raise funds, provide humanitarian support and, quite frankly, save lives,” said EIF Chief Executive Officer Nicole Sexton. “It’s an honor to be their strategic partner in amplifying the Music For Relief mission, and mobilizing the creative community to respond immediately to future global disasters.”“EIF’s ability to mobilize the entertainment community to support victims and areas affected by disaster has been greatly accelerated by the vision and generosity of Linkin Park,” said EIF Board Chairman and ICM partner Chris Silbermann. “Music For Relief will allow EIF to activate the creative community worldwide, and swiftly respond in critical times of need on a global basis.”EIF, which is known for its stewardship of world-renowned programs like Hunger Is and Stand Up To Cancer, a division of the organization, is celebrating its 75th anniversary as the entertainment community’s first collaborative, industry-wide charity organization. EIF is deeply committed to working with key partners on the ground to coordinate and deliver vital services through the strength of its fundraising network. Contributions to the Music For Relief program will support front-line efforts and deploy critical aid and disaster relief services whenever and wherever they are needed.Sexton added, “EIF is honored to help magnify the vision of the generous founders of Music For Relief, the members of Linkin Park, and their donors, partners and fans. Music For Relief will allow EIF the capability to harness the power of the entertainment community to help make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by natural disasters around the globe.”To support Music For Relief, EIF’s Disaster Relief and Recovery Program, please click musicforrelief.org/donate
The 6th Annual Ed Asner & Friends Poker Tournament Celebrity Night brings together celebrities, friends and members of the entertainment industry for a night of fun, fame and philanthropy benefitting the new The Ed Asner Family Center, dedicated to helping differently “abled” individuals with special needs nurture and cultivate self-confidence and to embrace and support their families.More than 300 guests are expected to attend at this year’s star-studded event.Hosted by legendary Emmy-winning actor, comedian and autism advocate Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Lou Grant Show, UP), who has a son and grandson on the autistic spectrum. Asner leads a long list of celebrities, sponsors, and top movie studio execs who are ALL-IN this year including Thomas Gibson (Dharma & Greg, Criminal Minds), Richard Kind (Inside Out, A Series Man), Jim Beaver (Deadwood, Breaking Bad), Tom Arnold (Roseanne), Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond, Tangled), Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption, SpongeBob SquarePants), Elizabeth Perkins (Sharp Objects, Weeds), Lou Diamond Phillips (Courage Under Fire) and Jason Alexander (Seinfeld, Pretty Woman), among many others. More than 300 guests are expected.WHEN:SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th | 5:00 PM – MIDNIGHTWHERE:PLAYA STUDIOS11260 Playa Ct., Culver City, CA