Elon Musk Visits Largest and Oldest Homeless Shelter in Los Angeles

first_imgFrom running from bullies to running the world, Elon Musk has always stayed one step ahead. And the man whose curriculum vitae reads like the greatest hits of the 21st century is no stranger to following his passions, whether they take him into outer space on a SpaceX rocket or across the country in one of his Tesla sedans.Elon Musk Visits Mondays at the MissionCredit/Copyright: Jeremy LoudenbackThis week at a very special edition of Mondays at the Mission, a career and life skills program for homeless teenagers at Union Rescue Mission created and led by Christopher Kai, Musk shared some of his far-flung experiences with the wide-eyed class.Despite his accomplishments, the impresario provided a humble persona, offering insight from his days growing up in South Africa to trying to find a place in the tech world as an aspiring programmer. He urged aspirational entrepreneurs in the audience to reach out to people they admired and put themselves in a position to succeed.“Find your way to those people who inspire you,” Musk said. “If you can, go to where those people will be and meet them.” After exhorting the students to follow their dreams, he answered questions from the group, fielding queries about the possibility of intelligent life in the universe to how he deals with his fears.Written by Jeremy Loudenbacklast_img read more

Tamsin Greig Interviews An Escapee Of Sex Trafficking

first_imgWhen someone offers you your dream, those oppressed by poverty tend to seize the opportunity. Sex trafficking, however, is one of today’s fastest growing crimes, which affects over a million children.Making lofty promises to needy children is an easy way to acquire the bodies needed for renting to men for sex.While in India filming a movie earlier this year, actress Tamsin Greig met children who had been rescued from traffickers and are now living in an Oasis safe house with the support of TEARfund. There she also interviewed a girl, Anisha, who had escaped the red light district in Mumbai on her own.Through an interpreter, Greig was told that Anisha was convinced to leave her village for a good job in the city, where she would earn good money and be able to make a home and take care of herself. Instead, she became a sex worker. She was taken to the red light area and forced to dance for customers and was given a room “where all the wrong things happened”. When she rebelled, says Anisha, she was beaten by the woman of the house.Determined to escape, one night she ran away in her nightgown, got into a taxi and asked the driver to take her to the police. A woman police officer brought her and two vans back to the house and asked Anisha to identify the perpetrators, resulting in three arrests: the woman of the house who brought her to Mumbai, her daughter and the pimp.Oasis provides up to three years of rehabilitation and support for rescued girls. Its goal is to give them a safe place where they can regain confidence, become more independent and learn skills to support their independence.Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

Gillian Anderson Id Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur

first_imgAs New York Fashion Week unfolds, PETA US has unveiled a gigantic billboard showing Gillian Anderson wearing nothing but a smile with the slogan “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur.”“I found it liberating to use my body to make an important statement,” says the usually modest Emmy-winning star of The X-Files and co-author of last year’s bestseller We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere, which will be out in paperback later this month. “People tend to look away from anti-fur ads showing mangled animals, but they’re drawn to PETA’s ‘naked’ campaign, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”The campaign featuring Anderson launches in the wake of announcements by Michael Kors and Gucci that they’ll no longer use fur, following years of protests and negotiations by the group. Other designers who’ve dropped fur include Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood, and Giorgio Armani, who made the decision after being targeted with this exposé of rabbit-fur farms narrated by Anderson.PETA has made a major push over the years to expose cruelty to animals who are caged, beaten, electrocuted, and skinned for angora, exotic skins, fur, leather, and wool.last_img read more

AutoNation Announces Give Love Drive Pink Tour to Celebrate Partnership with Andy

first_imgAutoNation, Inc., America’s largest automotive retailer, today announced the kick-off of its coast to coast Give Love Drive Pink tour. The tour celebrates a new partnership with multi-platinum pop singer, songwriter, and record producer, Andy Grammer, as well as spreads awareness about the company’s commitment to Drive Pink.Andy Grammer is a known philanthropist and this cause is close to his heart. Early detection and raising awareness became important to the pop artist, after losing his mother Kathy to breast cancer. This partnership includes AutoNation’s sponsorship of The Good Parts Tour Driven by AutoNation in select markets. Five dollars from every ticket sold at an AutoNation sponsored concert will be donated directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Andy first showed support for AutoNation Drive Pink when he performed at the 2017 AutoNation Cure Bowl Tailgate Party and Concert at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.Andy Grammer said, “I am happy to once again join AutoNation and the commitment to Drive Pink. I believe Give Love and Drive Pink are a perfect fit. Both were created to give love, hope, and support.”A vintage Shasta ‘Airflyte’ will make 10 scheduled tour stops across the country to major events in the communities AutoNation serves. The first stop on the Give Love Drive Pink tour was in Austin, TX, at the 14th Annual Bat Fest.The converted Shasta, which has been re-imagined into a modern photo booth experience, allows guests the opportunity to take photos and share their personal Drive Pink stories on social media. ‘Give Love Letters’ will be available for guests to fill out. The custom-made postcards will be mailed by AutoNation to local hospitals. Guests will be able to decorate commemorative quilt squares to honor loved ones who have been touched by cancer. The quilt squares will be used to create the Drive Pink Across America Community Quilt which will be unveiled at the 2018 AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida.“We are excited about our Give Love Drive Pink Tour across America. We hope to engage local communities in our mission and continued commitment to drive out cancer. AutoNation’s Drive Pink initiative has raised more than $14 million dollars for cancer-related charities from coast to coast,” said Marc Cannon, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of AutoNation.Cannon went on to say, “I cannot think of a better way to celebrate our partnership with Andy Grammer than to promote cancer awareness and Andy’s upcoming tour.”AutoNation’s commitment to community well-being and its fight against cancer has garnered recognition from around the country, including being named one of America’s top 100 Corporate Citizens by Forbes Magazine and Just Capital.last_img read more

After a lifetime of achievements Christopher Plummer takes the long view

first_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook When veteran actor Christopher Plummer accepts a lifetime-achievement award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television in March, he plans to tell the audience this country is lucky to have a film industry. Television viewers may prefer the Oscars to the Canadian Screen Awards, industry insiders may complain they can’t penetrate a domestic market dominated by Hollywood, but at the age of 87, Plummer takes a much longer view.“It was a hard-fought battle to get Canadians interested in the arts at all,” he said in a recent interview, recalling the start of his career taking unpaid work on the Montreal theatre scene in the 1950s. “Finally, Canada became proud of its own people and that indifference to the arts began to disappear. … At last, we have an industry, thank God. It took so long.”The gratitude is mutual: The academy will announce on Tuesday that it will present Plummer with its lifetime achievement award during its CBC telecast on March 12. Advertisement Growing up in Montreal, Plummer was a poor student who found his calling in high-school theatre. He was playing Mr. Darcy in a production of Pride and Prejudice when he was discovered by Herbert Whittaker, the critic for the Montreal Gazette and later The Globe and Mail, who raved about his performance and encouraged him to join the Montreal Repertory Theatre. Canadian theatre was largely amateur in those days; to make a career of it, Plummer went abroad. He made his Broadway debut in 1954, and his Hollywood debut in 1958, in Sidney Lumet’s Stage Struck, and was soon appearing in London’s West End.But it would be unfair to say he never looked back. The actor, who won his first Tony for the musical Cyrano in 1974 and an Oscar for Beginners in 2012, has always maintained links to Canadian theatre and film, and has particularly strengthened them in his later years. He appeared regularly at the Stratford Festival in the 1950s and 1960s, considering the title role in a bilingual production of Henry V, one of his favourites. After a long absence, he returned there to play the title role in King Lear in 2002 and Prospero in The Tempest in 2010. The many meaty screen roles he has been assigned in his 80s include the forgetful Holocaust survivor in Atom Egoyan’s 2015 film Remember.“How else are you going to learn unless you are pitted against the best of another country?” he says, speculating that if he were starting out today he could have had an international career while still living here. (He now lives in Connecticut.) “Then you come back and bring what you have learned. I hoped for an international career, but I might have stayed in Canada. I love Canada.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

BRENDAN FRASER SAYS ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT MAY HAVE DERAILED HIS CAREER

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement “On Fraser’s way out of the hotel, he was hailed by Philip Berk, a former president of the HFPA. In the midst of a crowded room, Berk reached out to shake Fraser’s hand,” the article reads. “Much of what happened next Berk recounted in his memoir and was also reported by Sharon Waxman in the New York Times: He pinched Fraser’s ass — in jest, according to Berk. At some point in the middle of the last decade, actor Brendan Fraser disappeared from the big screen. A once-leading man in hit movies like School Ties, Encino Manand The Mummy, it seemed as though Fraser dropped off the face of the Earth.In a new, revealing GQ interview, Fraser explains what led him away from Hollywood, and it’s a collection of unfortunate circumstances: his marriage was on the rocks, he was exhausted and he had some medical issues, but the biggest shocker is his claim that he was sexually assaulted.The alleged culprit? Former Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) president Philip Berk. Twitterlast_img read more

MIRVISH PRODUCTIONS PROVIDES BUS SERVICE FOR MATINEEGOERS IN FIVE ONTARIO LOCATIONS

first_imgThe Ed Mirvish Theatre is one of the drop-off and pickup spots for Mirvish Productions’ new out-of-town bus service, the Mirvish Express. (DAVID COOPER / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Mirvish Productions is taking a page from the Stratford and Shaw festivals and providing a direct bus service for its patrons.Whereas those theatre festivals bus people from Toronto to Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake and back, respectively, Mirvish’s service will ferry theatregoers between here and London, Woodstock, Kitchener, Morriston (just outside Guelph) and Milton.The Mirvish Express is available for people attending Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday matinees beginning July 4, and will cost between $30 and $50 return depending on the pickup spot, although discounts are available for the first 500 who book in either price range. There are also special seven-trip packages for matinee subscribers. The air-conditioned, wifi-equipped Great Canadian Holidays coaches will drop patrons at the Royal Alexandra, Princess of Wales or Ed Mirvish theatres in time for lunch with pickup at the theatres post-show.See mirvish.com for a list of pickup points and to book, beginning Thursday.by DEBRA YEO | Toronto Star Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

A lotto heartbreak

first_imgAPTN National NewsA lot of people dream of winning the lottery.Big money can lead to some big dreams.This next story is more a lesson on what not to do with your lottery ticket and about not letting your hopes get the best of you.last_img

Longawaited 60s Scoop class action began Tuesday adjourned to December

first_imgDelaney WindigoAPTN National NewsHundreds of Indigenous people from across Ontario rallied Tuesday in Toronto ahead of a landmark court hearing on whether the Canadian government robbed them of their cultural identities during a two-decade period in which Indigenous children were taken from their homes and placed with non-Indigenous families.Some, who travelled for as long as two days to attend, listened as speakers denounced the ’60s Scoop and what they called the “cultural genocide” perpetrated by the government against Indigenous people. Speakers called the practice a deliberate effort to assimilate the children.“I just want to say to Canada: We will not allow the harm of our children. We need to bring our children home, the ones that were lost, the one’s that were stolen,” lead plaintiff Marcia Brown Martel told the crowd.“(It’s) such a harm and injustice as a human being to have our children taken from us.”Martel, a member of the Temagami First Nation near Kirkland Lake, Ont., was one of an estimated 16,000 Indigenous children who ended up in non-Indigenous homes. She later discovered the Canadian government had declared her original identity dead.The ’60s Scoop depended on a federal-provincial arrangement that operated from December 1965 to December 1984. The $1.3-billion class action argues that Canada failed to protect the children’s cultural heritage, with devastating consequences to victims.“Treaties do not give you permission to take our children,” Regional Chief Isadore Day said.Following the rally, the crowd marched behind traditional drummers to the nearby courthouse, where they filled the courtroom, to listen as their lawyer, Jeffery Wilson, called on Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba to decide the case, which began in early 2009, based on the evidence he already has.The unproven claim – it seeks $85,000 for each affected person – alleges the children suffered emotional, psychological and spiritual harm due to the devastating loss of a cultural identity that Canada negligently failed to protect.The ’60s Scoop, which occurred without any consultation with First Nations, may have been part of the government’s hidden agenda to “remove the savage Indian from the child,” Wilson told court, but what exactly motivated the “abomination” is not clear.By robbing the children of their First Nations identities, Wilson said, they were denied the kind of crucial cultural and language experience other Canadians take for granted. The harm is “profoundly ongoing,” he said, even if the events in question are now historical.“A moral calamity occurred,” Wilson said.Canada, which has tried on several occasions to have the case thrown out, argues among other things that it was acting in the best interests of the children and within the social norms of the day.As had been previously agreed, Belobaba adjourned the hearing until Dec. 1, when the federal government will make its case – if it does not decide in the interim to try to negotiate a deal to settle out of court.Last week, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said she would like to see that happen, a theme picked up on at the morning rally. Speakers, including New Democrat Charlie Angus, urged the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau to be on the “right side of history” and make good on his promise of a new era in Canadian-Indigenous relations.Before court ended, Wilson cited a few words in Algonquin which he spelled out.“Ati kati ci wepik,” he said. “We must never let this happen again.”In an interview, Glen Hare, deputy grand council chief of the Anishinabek Nation, said he planned on doing his part to ensure it doesn’t happen again. His one regret, he said, is once having signed adoption papers for one of his band’s babies, who he believes was taken abroad.“I will never sign another adoption, I don’t care who it is. You can lock me up first or shoot me,” Hare said. “Our kids are not for sale, that’s the bottom line.”— with files from the Canadain Presslast_img read more

MMIWG Inquiry taking time for teambuilding

first_imgKathleen Martens Martha Troian APTN News Canada’s embattled national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is holding a team-building event in Toronto next week, APTN News has learned.Commissioner Michele Audette confirmed the exercise will be held at the Four Points Sheraton hotel, saying it should have happened a long time ago.“We are running at resource capacity,” she said Friday. “We are burning (out) staff.”The commission of inquiry has been mired in controversy, with criticism coming from families, Indigenous leaders and politicians.Nearly two dozen employees – and one of five commissioners – have resigned or been fired. Current commissioners have been told to step down and the Trudeau government advised to re-set the proceedings.But Audette suggested the meeting in Toronto could help focus the inquiry team for the final 10 months remaining on its two-year mandate.Unless it receives the two-year extension it is seeking.She confirmed it is tweaking the request it plans to submit in the coming weeks.“For sure it will be a document presented to the prime minister and the minister responsible for this inquiry very soon,” she said. “Maybe next week or in two weeks.”Chief Commissioner Marion Buller promised to submit the request before Christmas but missed the self-imposed deadline. She was not made available for an interview to explain why.A resolution supporting an extension if Buller resigned was passed at a recent special chiefs meeting of the Assembly of First Nations. But it hasn’t been received by the government yet either.Audette explained the deadline was missed for a few reasons, not the least of which was her desire to have the request translated.“We said clearly that it was going to be presented before Christmas…we were hoping to present it in December we said. And when I saw the document I said I would need to have it in French to make sure I understand every word of it, and that brought a small delay.”Audette, who lives in Quebec, said an extension would give them time to “breathe” between cross-Canada hearings, which are intense and emotional experiences for survivors, families and commissioners.She also said they needed time to hire more employees.Two sources told APTN News between 50 and 70 inquiry employees would be attending the all-staff event at a cost of $6,000 each for travel, accommodation and meals.The inquiry operates three offices in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Ottawa but not Toronto.It has a budget of $53.8 million announced by the Trudeau government in August 2016.last_img read more

Google parent chair says company owes Canada worried about USCanada relations

first_imgTORONTO – The head of Google’s parent company contrasted divisive U.S. politics against Canada’s innovation and immigration-friendly policies Thursday, adding his company owes this country a favour — one the Prime Minister said he’d be sure to call in.Alphabet Inc. chairman Eric Schmidt said during an onstage chat with Justin Trudeau in Toronto that his company is “enormously thankful to Canadians” for the country’s artificial intelligence innovations.“We now use it throughout our entire business and it’s a major driver of our corporate success,” he said at Google’s Go North conference. “So we owe you, right. And we remember.”Trudeau replied that Canada would make sure to hold him to it, now that it was “on record.”“We’ll make sure that works out,” the prime minister quipped.Google is among the backers of the Vector Institute, a Toronto-based artificial intelligence research lab which is part of Ottawa’s strategy to drive innovation in Canada. Ottawa is putting up to $50 million into the institute, Ontario is investing $50 million and more than 30 private-sector companies are set to invest $80 million.That’s in addition to Google’s AI lab in Montreal, which the tech giant launched in November 2016.But as Google’s relationship with Canada becomes increasingly cozy, relations between the U.S. and its northern neighbour have come under pressure.The U.S., Canada and Mexico have been in prolonged negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement, a deal Schmidt said has been “enormously successful.”Schmidt added that he was worried about the impact that U.S. identity politics under Donald Trump — in contrast to Canada’s focus on inclusivity and diversity — would have on the countries’ dealings.Schmidt noted that the U.S. is “critically dependent” on supply chains from Canada, “including the back and forth that we have in the tech industry.”“I’m concerned that the politics in the United States are going to drive various wedges between the excellent historical relations between Canada and the United States,” said Schmidt, who wore socks were emblazoned with the Canadian flag.The former Google CEO added that the North American Free Trade Agreement has been very successful and asked the Prime Minister about a timeline for when the negotiations will be complete.Trudeau said Canada is “carefully evaluating everything they put forward” and warned of dire consequences if the deal collapses.“As soon as you thicken that border, or shut things down, there are going to be negative impacts on the American economy, on American workers,” he said.“Of course there can be way more impacts on Canada because we are much smaller and more dependent on the U.S. But, at the same time, it’s gonna hurt if we fail to move forward with NAFTA.”He also noted Canada recently signed a trade deal with Europe and said the country is engaging with Asia as it looks to “diversify a certain bit.”Meanwhile, Trudeau said there is a “unity of approach and purpose on this” across the political spectrum in Canada, which is an “advantage.”“We are not going to be pushed into accepting something that is bad for Canada.”last_img read more

The corporate climb women locked out of old boys club in misguided

first_imgTORONTO – A lawyer is asked whether a male executive should leave the door open when meeting with a woman.A consultant’s longtime male client will only take a meeting with her if someone else is in the room.A public relations executive hears from senior business leaders who say they are shying away from mentoring young women.The revelations relayed to The Canadian Press about being a woman in corporate Canada in recent months offer a glimpse into a male-dominated workforce that is quietly grappling with the unintended consequences of the Me Too movement.The movement emerged late last year following a slew of sexual misconduct allegations against film industry heavyweight Harvey Weinstein and other high profile American businessmen. Allegations of inappropriate behaviour have spread to a range of sectors north of the border as well — from politics to theatre to sports — but leaders in corporate Canada has so far been left unscathed.Still, women in business say they are facing a resulting “chilling effect” on their relationships with male colleagues and supervisors.They reported a noticeable decline in invitations to meetings, business trips and dinners — gatherings considered invaluable for career advancement.More importantly, they added, senior executives are increasingly hesitant to mentor female employees.It is a development that poses a threat to women who aim to rise to the highest corporate roles at a time when two-thirds of the companies included on the TSX 60 index of Canada’s largest companies did not include a single woman among top earners last year, according to a Canadian Press analysis.Most of the dozen women who spoke with The Canadian Press were hesitant to discuss the unintended consequences of Me Too because they didn’t want to detract from the progress they hope the movement will make towards improving opportunities for women.They fear the misguided actions of some male leaders could instead reinforce the door to the old boys’ club, further hindering the hard-fought progress made by the few women able to climb to the top of the corporate ladder.Lori McIntosh flew to Miami in early spring to meet with a client of 12 years, only to be told the company no longer allows its executives to take meetings alone, including with her.The founder of business consulting and executive search company Vim and Vixin said she agreed to the new terms because “business is business” and she was determined not to let the policy stand in the way of her company or career.“It is the new reality, but why should having someone in the room with me and the CEO hold me back?”Toronto employment lawyer Sunira Chaudhri has fielded an increasing number of calls from her corporate clients worried about sexual harassment in their workplace — mostly from those wondering whether they need to change policies around co-ed one-on-one meetings, mentorship, office parties, business trips and dinners.“Some asked, ‘Should we be having the boardroom door open if it is just me and a female alone in a room?’” Chaudhri said.“Holiday parties were a huge issue too and of course, business travel is big as well because often you are sitting side-by-side 12 to 16 hours a day and you are not just working together, you are eating together, you are staying at the same hotel, consuming alcohol, entertaining clients, it can make for a very intimate scenario.”While Chaudhri has seen some workplaces show concern around how they should be handling business travel or dinners after Me Too, she said many small- and medium-sized workplaces don’t have the resources to formally train workers and managers around handling sexual harassment or office dynamics.Others, she said, simply don’t have the nerve.“Forget about serious misconduct. Employers are still afraid about confronting that person that shows up at 9:05 every day, when they are supposed to be in at nine.”Lisa Kimmel, the Toronto-based president and chief executive officer of public relations and consultancy company Edelman, said she has had conversations with “a number of senior male business leaders in Canada,” who told her they were shying away from providing mentorship to female subordinates “out of fear of what might potentially happen” and in an effort to “reduce their risk profile to zero.”“When I first started hearing this, I had a literal allergic reaction,” Kimmel said.“Once the anger subsided, I realized that I wanted to raise awareness around this issue because if that is the way that they feel, it means it might be a step backwards for (women) in terms of their advancements of their own careers.”To stamp out such repercussions, Kimmel started hosting discussions between men and women in Edelman’s offices, in which employees were encouraged to be honest about their feelings around Me Too and ask questions about what is acceptable.But many women questioned why conversations about drawing a line suddenly need to be had and why boundaries aren’t already clear to some.Sarah Kaplan, director of the University of Toronto’s Institute for Gender and the Economy, worries that focusing on such unintended consequences will prompt people to wonder if the Me Too movement has gone too far.In her opinion, it hasn’t gone far enough.“It is just one more way that even an effort to lead to more liberation and equality has been co-opted,” she said.“It is as if people don’t understand what they shouldn’t be doing. As long as you don’t grab someone or proposition them, you can take someone to lunch…It is completely obvious how to be professional.”last_img read more

100 Women Who Care donate 10100 to Fort St John firefighters charity

first_imgWhen all was said and done, it was the firefighters who ended up walking away with the big cheque for $10,100. Winn said that his organization will use the funds to continue to support North Peace residents that need to travel out of the Peace Region for medical treatments and emergencies.The Fort St. John chapter of 100 Women Who Care steering committee presents a cheque for $10,100 to the Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society. Photo by Chris NewtonThe 100 Women Who Care will be hosting their third meeting on September 11th. Joined by 22 other members of the local fire department, Firefighters Charitable Society President Adam Winn said that during its first year operating, the firefighters charity has helped 22 families with medical travel expenses. His voice wavering with emotion several times, Winn told the group of women about four families that had benefitted from the funding, including the family of 4 year-old Natalie Small, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma last December and is currently undergoing chemotherapy at BC Children’s Hospital.Roxanne Chmelyk with the Fort St. John & Area Seniors Foundation during her presentation to 100 Women Who Care. Photo by Chris NewtonSpeaking for the Seniors Foundation, Roxanne Chmelyk told the audience about the work her organization does for local seniors to improve their quality of life. Chmelyk said the organization currently runs a Meals on Wheels program, as well as its Better at Home program which provides light housekeeping and personal care items for seniors who wish to remain at home. The organization is funded through government grants and fundraisers.North Peace SPCA Branch Manager Candace Buchamer is joined by Grover during her presentation to 100 Women Who Care. Photo by Chris NewtonLast but not least, North Peace SPCA Branch Manager Candace Buchamer told the audience about the large number of animals that the shelter helps, saying it costs over $300,000 per year to run the shelter. Buchamer also got emotional while telling the story of Grover, a mixed-breed dog that was abandoned by the Beatton River and was so emaciated when he was brought into the SPCA that his skin had become necrotic and was sloughing off. Grover has since recovered, and made an appearance onstage during Buchamer’s presentation. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The second meeting of the Fort St. John chapter of 100 Women Who Care was a big success as 101 ladies came out to the Lido Theatre last night.Members of the audience had a tough vote on which of the three presenting charities was most deserving of the group’s donation. The Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society, Fort St. John and area Seniors Foundation, and the North Peace SPCA all made their case to the group of women.Firefighters Charitable Society President Adam Winn is joined by members of the Fort St. John Professional Firefighters Association during his presentation to 100 Women Who Care. Photo by Chris Newtonlast_img read more

Enerplus focuses 600 million budget on growing North Dakota oil production

first_imgCalgary-based Enerplus says it produced an average of 97,800 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the fourth quarter, up from 88,600 boepd in the same period of 2017.In a three-year forecast, it says it plans to increase average production this year by nine percent and by 10 to 13 percent in 2020 and 2021.Enerplus peers with most of their crude oil production in Canada, including Whitecap Resources Inc. and Crescent Point Energy Corp., have announced cautious budgets for 2019, citing volatile Canadian oil and natural gas prices. CALGARY, A.B. – Enerplus Corp. says it will increase spending and production this year while continuing to focus on its North Dakota Bakken light oil play.The mid-sized producer says it plans to spend between $565 million and $635 million this year, with the mid-point of $600 million set slightly higher than actual spending of $594 million in 2018.Only 7.5 percent of the funds are to be spent in Canada in 2019. Eighty percent is allocated to fund a net 42-well drilling program in North Dakota and the rest is earmarked for its assets in the northeastern U.S. and Colorado.last_img read more

Chetwynd Fire Department responds to fire at Canfor Sawmill

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – The Chetwynd Fire Department responded to fire Saturday night while the temperature was minus 27.Crews were called to the Canfor Sawmill in Chetwynd just after 11 p.m. February 2, 2019.  The fire was in a portable air compressor at the sawmill.The compressor was quickly extinguished by the fire department.  One employee suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to a hospital.  The employee is commended for her quick response.last_img

Audit results for Access to Emergency Health Services

first_imgYet targets in Rural and Remote areas are being met.The Fire Department First Responders play an essential role in supporting BCEHS providing a quick response but the BCEHS does not have a coordinated approach with the Fire Department.The Auditor General shares improved collaboration with fire departments is needed to support the consistent application of medical standards, information sharing, and improvements to patient care.Yet improving this coordination will not be easy for several reasons, as the fire department first responders are employed by local governments, while BCEHS is part of the provincial government. As well, BCEHS and some municipalities have different views on how the fire department first responders can best support BCEHS in providing effective access to emergency health services.These challenges may require support from the provincial government shared the Auditor General to creating solutions. VICTORIA, B.C. – B.C. Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) was recently audited and knows where they are succeeding and where they need work.The BCEHS is usually the first point of contact for someone that requires medical attention as they are being transported to a health care facility or hospital. The goal of the BCEHS is to provide timely and appropriate access to health care when provided.The BCEHS struggles to get out in a timely matter to provide critical care yet their greatest disadvantage is in urban centres where the desired time of arrival is 9 minutes and the actual time is reached 50 percent of the time, shared the audit report. This increases the risk to patients not receiving care in the time they need it.last_img read more

Game of Thrones throne found near Tumbler Ridge

first_imgA true queen goes anywhere #ForTheThrone, even beyond the Wall. Birgit has staked her claim​. #ThroneofIce https://t.co/G3iIU2Y2Rx pic.twitter.com/AYtvawLdJ3— HBO Canada (@HBOCanada) March 26, 2019Kevin Sharman told the CBC “My wife and I headed out pretty much right away … and as we drove up, we could see the throne sitting there right beside the creek!”Here are directions to the throne from Brigit Sharman:  To get to see the throne, drive south of Tumbler Ridge on Hwy 52 for 20 km, which is 1 km past the turnoff to the Peace River Coal Mine on the Core Lodge Rd. There’s a pullout on the right side. The throne is there, beside Babcock Creek.HBO shared the following video as a tip where the throne was hidden near Tumbler Ridge.Other thrones have already found thrones in Puzzlewood England, Bjorklinden Sweden, Castillo de Atienza Spain and Beberibe Brazil. TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – Game of Thrones fans have found a throne hidden near Babcock Creek in Tumbler Ridge.The TV show will start it’s last season this April and held a contest to find six thrones hidden all around the world.According to social media posts, Kevin and Birgit Sharman found one throne near the community on Tuesday. HBO has not released what the prize will be for any of the contestants that have found the throne.last_img read more

Reevaluating the conventional notion of femininity

first_imgAgaaz, a group show that strikes out to be different – combining a delicate balance between quality art, a relevant theme, and an art coterie of competent practitioners who have managed to breathe fresh aspects into the theme of femininity, has been organised at India Habitat Centre.Artists like Anitta Sethi, Bharti verma, Dhiren Shasmal, Gaurav Chawla, Manan Negi, Manjusha Athani, Nanda Gupta, Nitasha Jaini, Rajib Deyashi, Ruchi Chadha, Sakshi Talwar, Sangeeta Kumar Murthy, Siddharth Jharia, and others have displayed their work, which will be on view until April 11, 2019. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain’We’re adopting a more fluid scale of traits, temperaments, and capabilities, and we have to change our methods of self-evaluation in the process’ is the claim of its participants. In this quest. these artists have turned the feminine image into a vibrant movement. Beyond the thrust to depict a strong message of the new-age feminism that characterises our times, this showing also brings in focus the many sided artistic strengths of the participants. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardBy not compromising on their individuality in a conceived attempt to fall in step, this multi-pronged coterie of artists has widened the scope of their art with visual and sensual takes on the topic, identifying them as a complex integration of opposite binaries, ranging from the tender to the tenacious, from the traditional to the trendy. Besides depicting the womanly images through many interpretations, the show also aims to keep viewer’s interest alive. Visitors will be able to watch an in-situ installation of painted shoes being put up by the contributing artists, taking shape right in front of them. In the exhibition, artist Gaurav Chawla has depicted power and courage within each woman. Artist Ruchi Chadha who is inspired from nature, uses different colours and fluidity to show femininity. Artist Manjusha Athani takes the onlooker into a vibrant mystical world where her mysterious women of uninhabitated sensuality captivates the viewer. Artist Nanda Gupta who works in abstract forms, depicts her journey of life, a life of self discovery beyond the realms of understanding. Artist Nitasha Jaini talks about man and women relationship in the Indian urban environment and how their role play is well defined. She states that a slight shift in attitude can create a sense of imbalance.last_img read more

Keanu Reeves recalls being blacklisted by Fox

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Keanu Reeves has revealed that he was once blacklisted by Fox Studios for turning down a movie role. In an interview to GQ, the actor recalled being put in ‘movie jail’ when he turned down Speed 2 after the first instalment in 1994 became a box office hit, reports dailymail.co.uk. Reeves explained that he turned down the follow-up to play in a stage production of Hamlet in Canada. “I didn’t work with (Fox) again until The Day the Earth Stood Still,” the 54-year-old star remembered of being hired by the studio in 2008. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaFox ended up producing their sequel Speed 2: Cruise Control in 1997 with Jason Patric starring opposite Sandra Bullock. Reeves explained that he hasn’t done a studio movie since 47 Ronin in 2013, which didn’t do so well at the box office. When it comes to the John Wick franchise, Reeves says he will keep making more films as long as the demand is there. “As far as my legs can take me,” he said, adding: “As far as the audience wants to go.” The Matrix star said he never expected to be an action hero in his fifties and admits he had no idea what his career would look like at 54 back when he was starting out. “I haven’t really thought about my career future, or what was going to happen, until really recently,” Reeves explained, adding “‘really recently”, before clarifying “probably my mid-40s”.last_img read more

ICMR launches Malaria Elimination Research Alliance

first_imgICMR recently launched the Malaria Elimination Research Alliance (MERA)- India and organised the Stakeholders’ Meeting at ICMR headquarters, New Delhi to have vibrant discussions on the roadmap of the Alliance. National and International leaders of malaria research, officials from Government of India, NGOs participated in the day long meeting.Indian Council of Medical Research has established ‘Malaria Elimination Research Alliance-India (MERA-India)’, which is a conglomeration of partners working on malaria control. The principal activity of the Alliance is to prioritise, plan, conduct, scale up and translate relevant research in a coordinated and combinatorial way in order to have a tangible impact of this research on the population at risk for malaria. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainOver the past two decades, India has made impressive progress in malaria control. The malaria burden has declined by over 80% and malaria deaths by over 90%.The success has provided a strong foundation for commitment from the leadership of the Government of India to eliminate malaria in India by 2030. This situation highlights the need for a common platform and shared research agenda and resources through establishment of the Malaria Elimination Research Alliance (MERA) India. MERA India will facilitate trans-institutional coordination and collaboration around a shared research agenda which responds to not only to programmatic challenges and addresses gaps in available tools but also proactively contribute to targeted research. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardOn the occasion Preeti Sudan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Govt of India stated that MERA India alliance is very important to Ministry of Health and Family welfare because of the operational research. “WHO report has appreciated our research for decline in malaria and it is time to ensure its elimination by 2030,” she added. Dr Neena Valecha, Regional Adviser, WHO-SEARO, spoke on the need of support from the government. She mentioned about the need of coordinated approach, research inputs and tools which can guide national programme to develop strategies for the regular changes endemicity in the near malaria elimination era. Lt Gen Bipin Puri, DG, AFMS, said that Armed force implemented IRS that reduced malaria cases in 1996 from 12.6/1000 to 1.10/1000 nowadays. He also discussed about the measures taken in Northeast for malaria control in Armed Forces such as early diagnosis, treatment and chemoprophylaxis, regular practice of sundown sleeve down approach, and a lot more. Dr Sundeep Sarin, Adviser, DBT, said that DBT has initiated the programme and sponsored the vaccine project on malaria. Professor Balram Bhargava, Secretary DHR and DG ICMR mentioned the importance of malaria elimination, need of commitment for cutting edge research and to stick with the time line. Dr Neeraj Dhingra, Director, NVBDCP, Dr RR Gangakhedkar, Head ECD, ICMR, Dr Manju Rahi, Scientist at ICMR, Dr Anup Anvikar, Scientist at ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research discussed about aspects of Malaria elimination research alliance.last_img read more