TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $60 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.However, four of the 15 Maxmillion prizes of $1 million each were won — three going to ticket holders in Ontario and one in Quebec.The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on May 18 will remain at approximately $60 million, but there will be 29 Maxmillion prizes up for grabs.
VANCOUVER – A sketch of John Horgan, leader of British Columbia’s New Democratic Party:Age: 57.Born: Victoria.Family: Married Ellie in 1984; two grown sons, Nate and Evan.Education: Bachelor of Arts, Trent University in Peterborough, Ont,; Master of History, Sydney University.Career: A former backroom NDP strategist from southern Vancouver Island. He was acclaimed party leader on May 1, 2014.Riding: Juan de Fuca.Lives: Langford.Quote: “I’ve seen the film several times and I keep thinking, ‘I could have been that! I could have been that!’ So that was my life’s ambition, to get on that set. And apparently there’s a ‘Star Trek Four’ coming and Vancouver’s in the mix, so perhaps if I’m successful on Tuesday, I’ll have more pull to get on the set.” — Horgan speaking about his ambition to appear as an extra in a Star Trek film.
OTTAWA – As Canadians celebrated the country’s birthday on Sunday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was on the road highlighting the stand he has taken against the U.S. government’s decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.Speaking in Leamington, Ont., Sunday morning, Trudeau thanked residents and Canadians for always standing up for one another and for Canadian values.“This is who we are, we’re there for each other in times of difficulty, in times of opportunity. We lean on each other and we stand strong and that’s what we do from coast to coast to coast,” Trudeau said.The Ontario town is one of three cross-country stops the prime minister scheduled on Canada Day, and one of two designed to reflect the looming trade war between Canada and the United States.Trudeau met with workers at a major canning and food processing operation in Leamington, where the tomato paste used in French’s ketchup is made. Later in the day, he visited a major steel refinery in Regina. The two industries are at the heart of the trade dispute.Trudeau’s counter-tariffs on a range of products took effect on Sunday — a month after the Trump administration slapped duties on U.S. steel and aluminum imports from Canada and other allies.Canada’s response includes imposing $16.6 billion worth of tariffs on a long list of consumer products that come from a wide range of sectors — from beer kegs, to ballpoint pens, to ketchup.On Friday, Trudeau spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump by telephone, reiterating that Canada has had “no choice” but to take countermeasures against the U.S. tariffs.It appears Trump, too, is not backing down.In an interview that aired Sunday morning, Trump said he will delay signing a revised version of the North American Free Trade Agreement until after the U.S. mid-term elections in November in hopes of reaching a better deal.He said he could quickly sign an agreement with Mexico and Canada, “but I’m not happy with it. I want to make it more fair.”In the interview on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo,” Trump again threatened to impose tariffs on imported cars, trucks and auto parts, saying, “The cars are the big ones.” The move has been viewed as a possible negotiating ploy to restart NAFTA talks, which could resume following Sunday’s elections in Mexico.U.S. tariffs on auto imports would be a major blow to Canada’s economy because of the importance of the auto industry plays in the country. The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to hold hearings on auto tariffs in late July and to complete its investigation into auto imports later this summer.Despite the tense political rhetoric among leaders, Trudeau kept his remarks upbeat and patriotic on Canada Day as he spoke to a crowd in Leamington. He praised Canadians for their supportive attitudes in the face of a trade dispute with its largest trading partner.“There is so much to be proud of as a country, but the thing we always have to be most proud of is Canadians ourselves — the way we step, the way we lean on each other, the way we’re creative and optimistic about the future, the way we look at challenges as opportunities, to grow, to build, to be there for each other. That’s the message we’re celebrating on Canada Day,” he said.Trudeau was speaking on the front steps of Highbury Canco with CEO Sam Diab.Diab said in an interview that the tomato-processing facility will face increasing cost pressures as a response to the Canada-U.S. trade dispute.However, the company does not plan on laying off any workers or shrinking its production, Diab said.Trudeau got a tour of the facility and the two spoke about the trade environment and how Diab supports Trudeau’s retaliatory tariffs.“We just need closure so that we can move forward and companies can start investing again,” said Diab, adding that the prime minister’s visit to the company made him feel more “confident” in the market.“Our company will survive no matter what.”Later in the day in Regina, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Canada’s tariffs were designed to offer a clear message that the Trump administration’s trade action against Canada is “illegal and absurd” and that Canada is responding, dollar-for-dollar, in retaliation.“We will not just be victims of American policy, we’re going to fight back.”He said Trudeau wanted to be on the ground with steelworkers at a family event on the day Canada’s counter-tariffs came into effect to “make it really tangible what this is about.“It’s not about corporate board rooms and decision-making at some 30,000-foot level. This touches families and lives and homes and communities.”Meantime, revellers on Parliament Hill who braved scorching temperatures to take in the festivities in Ottawa also expressed support for Trudeau’s hard line against Trump on trade.Angela Egan said she feels Trump is trying to “bully” Canada into submission.“I’m glad that Justin Trudeau is standing up to him, because I feel like that’s his modus operandi, he just tries to bully to get his way and we need to stand up for ourselves,” she said.“I think if you stand up to him, he’ll back down.”Ian Cross of Prince Edward Island said he does not believe Canada-U.S. relations are being damaged too deeply by the current trade spat.“I think we’ll get through this. Everybody has to go through different arguments and discussions. People do it, families do it, so I don’t think this is a big deal.”The prime minister ended his long Canada Day tour in the Yukon where he was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of about 600 people in Dawson City.Arriving a little late, Trudeau waded slowly through the crowd that had gathered for a barbecue at the city’s Waterfront Park, shaking lots of hands and posing for photos and selfies.Premier Sandy Silver and Mayor Wayne Potoroka were there as Larry Bagnell, Yukon’s Member of Parliament, gave Trudeau a rousing introduction as “the first prime minister in decades who has been outside Ottawa on Canada day.”Sounding a little hoarse, but still energetic, after his cross-country day of speech making, the prime minister said it was great to be back in the Yukon.“Happy Canada Day, Dawson City,” he shouted to his cheering audience.“You know, I’ve been right across the country all day, starting in Leamington, Ontario, through Regina, Saskatchewan, and ending here, and the sun is a long way from setting, so we’ve got a lot of time to party still.”He then returned to his themes from earlier in the day, talking about Canadians being “there for each other,” looking to the future “with optimism and strength,” and “facing down any challenges that come our way.”—With files from Alanna Rizza in Leamington, Ont., Sam Maciag in Regina, Dan Davidson in Dawson City, and The Associated Press.Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.
The largest and most precise study yet done on acid emissions from Alberta’s oilsands suggests they could eventually damage an area almost the size of Germany.The study finds that in 2013 more than 330,000 square kilometres in northern Alberta and Saskatchewan absorbed acid deposits high enough to eventually damage life in rivers and lakes.“This work is a warning,” said Paul Makar, an Environment Canada scientist and lead author on the paper published in the Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.“If emissions continue at 2013 levels, there will be ecosystem damage over a very large area.”Some industry players have invested heavily in recent years to reduce sulphur and nitrogen emissions, which lead to the acidification of water and soil. But it’s not clear whether overall oilsands emissions have fallen.The research involved scientists at Environment Canada as well as their counterparts in Alberta and Saskatchewan and from Trent University in Peterborough, Ont.Their work began with a study of 90,000 lakes to determine how different water bodies responded to acids and at what point they would no longer be able to buffer them. That data was used to create a map of carrying capacities across a large swath of the northern prairie provinces.Previous studies used grids of 45 square kilometres. This one resolves to 2.5 square kilometres.The team used the latest datasets and techniques — including satellite imagery — to model how 2013 emissions were likely to affect forests, rivers and lakes. Predictions were checked against measurements in the field and the model was then refined.“If those emissions levels continue, there will be ecosystem damage for aquatic ecosystems over an area that’s about the size of Germany,” Makar said.The study says if emissions continue at the level studied, tree growth would be stunted. Water plants would suffer from increased toxins. Fish and the bugs they prey on would get sick and reproduce less easily.Although previous studies have suggested dust from plant operations would provide a buffer, Makar said that effect falls off well before the acidification does.The study also shows some ecosystems are much more sensitive than others. A nearby lake could remain relatively healthy if it could buffer lots of acid, but the research suggests sensitive lakes could be affected as far east as Manitoba.“There’s quite a far-reaching effect hundreds of kilometres downwind for ecosystems that are sensitive,” Makar said.The paper’s conclusions rest on 2013 measurements. Syncrude and Suncor say they’ve substantially improved their performance since then — Syncrude installed a sulphur scrubber in 2014.But production increases mean Suncor’s overall oilsands emissions — which also include some other chemicals — increased 20 per cent from 2013 to 2017.Terry Abel of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers acknowledged sulphur has been an issue in the oilsands “as far back as I can remember.”Abel said oilsands facilities scrub the vast majority of sulphur from their stacks and he cautioned the study remains a modelling exercise.“It’s a prediction of what might be happening, not necessarily what is happening.”Actual field data pointing to rising acid levels in waterways and soils remains inconclusive, Abel suggested.“There are studies out there that say there are changes. There’s others that say changes are well within natural variability. Direct measurement is inconclusive as to whether there’s any significant change taking place.”Abel said industry-funded, government-run monitoring programs are in place.Makar said the paper can’t estimate the rate of acidification.“This ecosystem is being pushed past its buffering capacity and it will eventually go. I don’t have the when.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960
CALGARY – Jurors are continuing to deliberate the guilt of a man accused of raping and killing a Calgary mother of four.The jury was given instructions by Queen’s Bench Justice Charlene Anderson on Thursday evening and they deliberated until 9 p.m. without reaching a verdict.The Crown says Curtis Healy, who is 29, should be found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 31-year-old Dawns Baptiste.Crown prosecutors say Healy became enraged when Baptiste told him to leave her alone and that he stomped her head, dragged her into a back yard, raped her and struck her in the head with a large rock.The Crown says it was first-degree murder because the murder, sexual assault and unlawful confinement happened together early on Feb. 11, 2015.The defence asked the jury to convict Healy of the lesser charge of second-degree murder because the sequence of events was unclear.
HALIFAX — A big Belgian tug is using a high-powered water cannon to extinguish a fire aboard a container ship that has been burning off Canada’s east coast for the past five days.A spokesman for the international shipping company Hapag-Lloyd says the 320-metre container ship Yantian Express is about 1,300 kilometres from Halifax, its intended destination.Tim Seifert says the 71-metre offshore supply vessel Smit Nicobar is carrying all 22 members of the container ship’s crew, none of whom were injured after the fire started inside a container on Thursday, then spread to several other containers.Seifert confirmed the fire is still burning among containers on the ship’s forward deck, though he did not provide details about the extent of damage, the cause of the fire or what the ship is carrying.The German company, based in Hamburg, had previously said there were 23 crew members aboard the ship, including eight officers and 15 seafarers.Seifert now says there are 14 seafarers among the 22 crew members, including two from Germany, three from Poland and 17 from the Philippines.The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — Rothmans, Benson & Hedges has become the third tobacco company to receive a temporary reprieve from compensating 100,000 Quebec smokers after securing creditor protection in an Ontario court on Friday.Imperial Tobacco Canada and JTI-Macdonald Corp. were both granted creditor protection earlier this month.The three companies lost an appeal of a landmark $15-billion class-action lawsuit in the Quebec Court of Appeal on March 1.Rothmans, Benson & Hedges said in a statement that the Ontario Superior Court has stayed legal proceedings against all three companies until April 4-5.The Quebec Council on Tobacco and Health led two class actions against the companies and won in 2015, when Quebec Superior Court Justice Brian Riordan ordered the companies to make payments of more than $15 billion to smokers who either fell ill or were addicted.At the time, the ruling was believed to be the biggest class action award in Canadian history.The tobacco company’s managing director said the creditor protection could provide an opportunity for the company to resolve all the pending Canadian litigation against it.“While RBH disputes liability in the Canadian litigation given the widespread awareness of the health risks of smoking, we are optimistic about reaching an arrangement that could resolve all pending litigation and allow RBH to focus on the future,” Managing Director Peter Luongo said in a statement.A spokesman for the Canadian Cancer Society accused the companies of seeking a “sweetheart settlement” that would allow them to avoid paying the bulk of the damages.“The tobacco industry has engaged in decades of wrongful behaviour that has caused disease and death on a massive scale,” Rob Cunningham said in a statement.“Court judgments in Quebec have been highly critical of the tobacco industry and have ordered the companies to pay billions of dollars. Now the companies are trying to avoid paying what they have been ordered to pay.”The Canadian Press
FREDERICTON — A University of New Brunswick professor denounced by colleagues for promoting what they say are racist arguments about immigration has agreed to retire.The school announced today that Ricardo Duchesne has provided his notice of early retirement to focus on his own pursuits as an independent scholar.Duchesne has been a professor in the department of social science at the university’s Saint John campus since 1995.Last week, more than 100 faculty members signed a letter denouncing him for arguments about multiculturalism and immigration that they labelled “racist and without academic merit.”Petra Hauf, vice-president of UNB’s Saint John campus, said in a notice on the university’s web site that the school accepts Duchesne’s decision, thanking him for 24 years of service.In the face of criticism from colleagues and the Canadian Historical Association, Duchesne said last week he had no intention of resigning.The Canadian Press
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness says the federal government will be sending assistance for the recovery efforts of the Air Saguenay flight that crashed in Newfoundland and Labrador earlier this month.Ralph Goodale announced on Friday that he and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan accepted a request from Newfoundland and Labrador’s government for help.The statement says the government will be sending personnel and equipment from the Canadian Armed Forces to help recover remains and other things in Mistastin Lake.A spokesperson for the Department of National Defence says the recovery effort is still being led by the RCMP but the CAF’s underwater search team is providing unique capabilities.The RCMP’s B Division will have military assistance from the Joint Task Force Atlantic to search for missing passengers under water between July 29 to August 6.The DND says six members of its Fleet Diving Unit from Halifax and special equipment to help find items under water consistent with the depths of Mistastin Lake will be sent.They say some of the equipment includes a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) portable inspection device, a sonar device, and an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) with an advanced tracking system and a deep-water ROV.Seven men, including the pilot, were on board the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver travelling from Three Rivers Lodge to Mistastin Lake when the plane crashed on July 15.The bodies of four men have been found and the search continues for the three others.The Canadian Press
A star-studded host committee, Academy Awards nominees and presenters, along with some of the most powerful industry influencers converged on February 23rd, 2013 for the 11th annual “Night Before” party to benefit the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation.Funds raised during the now-legendary evening will be used to support the MPTF in providing its services of healthcare, financial relief and retirement living to the more than 150,000 people it helps each year in its effort to achieve its goal of “taking care of our own.”The 2013 host committee included a lineup of the industry’s most elite talent, including Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, Tanya Haden Black and Jack Black, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Tom Cruise, Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Susan Downey and Robert Downey Jr, Jamie Foxx, Deborra-Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller, Pauletta and Denzel Washington, Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, and Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth.Attending guests included Jessica Chastain, Russell Crowe, Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Anna Faris, Sally Field, Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen, Salma Hayek, Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones, John Krasinski, Gary Oldman, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, Jacki Weaver, and Bruce Willis, among others.This year’s generous presenting sponsors included FIAT, L’Oreal, HP, McDonald’s, Target, and The Hollywood Reporter. The event was once again held at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel, where star chef Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem provided his signature cuisine for guests.“The ‘Night Before’ is a tribute to what goes on day after day at the MPTF,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation and Chairman of MPTF Foundation. “At this wonderful event, Hollywood’s leaders of today help make it possible for the MPTF to do its outstanding work for the dedicated and talented individuals who have come before us.”“The ‘Night Before’ is the singular event during the awards season that exists purely to bring the film community together in the name of charity,” said Ken Scherer, CEO of MPTF Foundation. “We all are truly winners tonight.”The “Night Before,” held annually the night before the Academy Awards, was produced for the 11th consecutive year by Robyn Leuthe Norris , with Silver Birches creating the decor for the party. The event, now a much-anticipated awards season tradition, has become one of the most coveted invitations in town since its inception in 2003.
Legendary rock musician Sting and Omaze.com have partnered together to offer one lucky fan the summer concert of a lifetime.Meet Sting with Omaze.comCredit/Copyright: Omaze.comFor the next four weeks, anyone can enter to win a chance to see Sting on his critically acclaimed world tour, Back to Bass, at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut on June 22nd. Not only will you and guest of choice get to spend the night singing along in prime seats, but you also get to meet Sting himself backstage before the show. The best part? It’s all for a great cause: Aid Still Required’s efforts to provide trauma relief for rape and PTSD victims in Haiti. Anyone can enter to win this dream day by visiting Omaze.com and making a $10 donation to Aid Still Required.How is this possible? Well, Omaze offers everyone the opportunity to engage in once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities, athletes and the world’s greatest thinkers with the proceeds benefiting a social cause. The process works similar to a charity raffle. The user-friendly site allows anyone to enter to win an Omaze experience of their choice by donating just $5 or $10. Once the deadline to enter for the experience passes, Omaze collects all the entries and selects the winners through a third party computer-generated random selection process. The proceeds are delivered to benefit a specific social cause. The goal of the campaign is clearly quantified and they track the impact overtime so participants can see how their donations are impacting lives.Find out more here.
The Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute announced today that Boston Red Sox third basemen Brock Holt and Pablo Sandoval will serve as Jimmy Fund Co-Captains for the 2015 baseball season.Holt and Sandoval join the ranks of past Jimmy Fund Co-Captains including Clay Buchholz, Tim Wakefield, Daniel Bard, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Will Middlebrooks and David Ross. Holt and Sandoval will be ambassadors for the Jimmy Fund to raise awareness and build support for cancer care and research for adults and children at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. They will also lend their support to Jimmy Fund events, visit adult and pediatric clinics, and more.“In the year since he came to Boston, Brock Holt has made sincere connections with our patients during his many visits to the Institute, and we are now thrilled to welcome him as a Jimmy Fund Co-Captain,” said Suzanne Fountain, associate vice president and director of the Jimmy Fund. “We’re excited that one of the newest Red Sox players, Pablo Sandoval, will be going to bat for our mission this year as a Jimmy Fund Co-Captain. The Jimmy Fund is so grateful for more than 60 years of support from the Red Sox organization, Red Sox Foundation, and Red Sox Nation, and for the willingness of players like Brock and Pablo to help us in raising awareness and critical funds for patient care and research at Dana-Farber.”“Supporting the Jimmy Fund is important to all of us at the Red Sox. I was honored to meet many brave patients at Dana-Farber over the past year, and look forward to doing more for the organization this year as a Jimmy Fund Co-Captain,” said Brock Holt.“I am proud to support the critical work in cancer care and research at Dana-Farber, and honored to be part of this long-standing partnership between the Jimmy Fund and the Red Sox,” said Pablo Sandoval.Rally for the Jimmy FundAs they step into the Jimmy Fund Co-Captain roles, Holt and Sandoval are supporting Rally for the Jimmy Fund, a fundraising initiative that allows Boston Red Sox fans to “rally” in their workplaces and schools leading up to Fenway Park’s Opening Day. Rally for the Jimmy Fund encourages co-workers, classmates, and friends to form Rally teams in which each member contributes $5 or more to the Jimmy Fund. In exchange, they wear Boston Red Sox gear to work or school on Monday, April 13 when the Sox take on the Washington Nationals at Fenway Park in the home opener.The top fundraising workplace and school (K-12, college, or university) will win a visit from Holt, Sandoval or another Boston Red Sox player this spring. There will be another opportunity to win: all teams that raise $5,000 or more (workplace or school) will be entered to win a visit from a player.Since 2006, Rally for the Jimmy Fund has raised more than $4 million to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber. To start or join a Rally team or to learn more, please visit www.RallyForTheJimmyFund.org.
Nichelle Nichols – best known as ‘Uhura’ in Gene Roddenberry’s iconic television show ‘Star Trek’ – has announced her role as a founding celebrity and launch partner of STARPOWER, the largest philanthropic endeavor in social media history, to benefit and support her favorite charities.Video: Nichelle Nichols – Welcome to StarPowerNichols, who volunteered with NASA to promote recruitment of women and minorities into the space agency, is joining forces with STARPOWER to harness the power of her fans online to raise funds and awareness for deserving charities that continue those missions she cares so much about. Effective immediately Nichelle Nichols will be hosting fan events, offering giveaways, signings, competitions, and more to fans that follow her through her STARPOWER account.Fans of Nichelle and of Star Trek can JOIN here.“Nichelle Nichols is a woman of many historic firsts,” said Terri Hitchcock, CEO of STARPOWER. “She has broken boundaries throughout her entire career. From her role as the first African-American woman to play a non-stereotypical television lead, to her pioneering work in the space program, Nichelle has chosen to take on a new historic undertaking with the launch of STARPOWER. We’re truly honored that she’s chosen to join us.”“StarPower makes it possible to share with my fans in ways I’ve always wished I could do, said Nichols, speaking from her Los Angeles home. “I’m excited to not only have a closer relationship with my fans than ever before, but to be doing it for my favorite causes.”Nichols is noted for her dedication to her fans whom she calls ‘many of her best supporters, her cheerleaders, and her very close friends’.Nichols continues to tour the world, attending conventions and performing on stage for both her own work, and for Star Trek. “I wish I could spend more time with each and every one of them,” says Nichols, “and now, thanks to StarPower, I can.”Nichols’ charitable recipients include The Technology Access Foundation which works to aid and equip minority students for success in college and life through an education in the sciences and engineering, and the Planetary Society which sponsors projects that will seed innovative space technologies, nurtures creative young minds, and is a vital advocate for our future in space.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center announced this week that legendary artist Macy Gray and comedian Fortune Feimster will perform at its annual An Evening with Women benefit on Saturday, May 21 at the Hollywood Palladium. An Evening with Women is both a star-studded celebration of women and a fundraiser for the world’s largest LGBT organization, featuring a cocktail reception, dinner, and live performances by internationally-acclaimed talent. Last year’s sold-out event included performances by No Doubt, Sia and Sarah Silverman. Additional performers and special guests for this year’s event will be announced in the coming weeks.Since 2009, the event – co-chaired by Linda Perry, Kelly Lynch, Annie Goto and Brent Bolthouse — has raised more than $4 million for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s services specifically for women and girls. The Los Angeles LGBT Center is working to build a better world where LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal and complete members of society through programs that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Cultural Arts and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. No other organization does more for LGBT people.Tickets are now available for purchase at www.AnEveningWithWomen.org.Performers and special guests at previous An Evening with Women events have included: Christina Aguilera, Cyndi Lauper, Heart, Pink, Joan Jett, Ozzy Osbourne, Courtney Love, Camp Freddy, Cat Power, Juliette Lewis, Kat Von D, Aimee Mann, Wanda Sykes, Sarah Silverman, Kathy Griffin, Linda Perry, Evan Rachel Wood, Rumer Willis, 4Non Blondes, Margaret Cho, Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Gina Gershon, Ellen DeGeneres, Sharon Stone, Renee Zellweger, Billie Jean King, Melissa Etheridge, KD Lang, Lily Tomlin, The Fosters’ Sherri Saum and Teri Polo and more. An Evening with Women’s 2016 Presenting Sponsor is Toyota Financial Services; Diamond Sponsor is The Annenberg Foundation; Platinum Sponsors are The Ariadne Getty Foundation and Wells Fargo; Gold Sponsors are American Airlines, Anita May Rosenstein Foundation, CBS Diversity, Foley & Lardner LLP, Herbalife Nutrition, Pauley Perrette, and Pond North LLP; Silver Sponsors are Bank of America, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Erika Glazer, KPL Select Mortgage, Hollywood Forever, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, OUT@Warner Bros, Ralphs/Food4Less, U.S. Bank, & U.S. Trust.; and Contributing Sponsors are Frontiers Media, Lesbian News, Perrier, The Advocate, and Pride.com.
Singer/songwriter Halsey has teamed up with the GRAMMY Foundation to give one of her fans a chance to win a movie night with her in Los Angeles.Anyone can donate, exclusively through Prizeo, at www.prizeo.com/halsey to be entered. Fans who donate more than $10 will receive extra entries and rewards, including a signed “Badlands Tour” poster or a signed “Castle” lyric sheet. Donate now through July 21 for a chance to meet Halsey!“Let’s help the GRAMMY Foundation and bring music education to people all around the world!” said Halsey.
PEN International has launched Make Space, a new campaign aimed at creating opportunities for writers who have experienced forced displacement.Below is a mission statement signed by over 300 writers – including Stephen Fry, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Neil Gaiman, and Ai Weiwei – from around the world. You can add your name here.“Our world is in crisis. People have always been forced to move against their will: they’ve fled wars and natural disasters, persecution and violence. But never before has the forced movement of people occurred at such a rate. 1 in 113 people in the world today have been driven from their homes. Simultaneously, a rising climate of nationalistic xenophobia among host nations has made resettlement for those who’ve experienced forced displacement increasingly dangerous and uncertain.“We recognize how many displaced people are without the most basic needs of shelter and security, and the urgent necessity in addressing the human rights violations and extreme injustices that so many face. We also acknowledge the disadvantages faced by exiled writers: the fear of suspicion and violence, the difficulties in publishing in different and often hostile linguistic markets, the lack of the basic conditions that allow for the cultivation of creativity, and the absence of familiar networks — the faces, words, streets, songs — that come with being home.“Some of us have been displaced; some of us are refugees and asylum seekers; some of us have lived in exile, or have been forced to go into hiding in our own countries. But we are all writers and use words in ways that can shift and inform the society around us. And – whoever we are, wherever we are – when we consciously make space for the stories of displaced communities within our own, we make space for a shared cultural understanding that enriches us and connects us, disrupting the systems of division that alienate and dehumanise. It is time to act, and to act together.“Therefore, we commit to PEN International’s Make Space campaign. Together we must shape a context for free expression in which all voices and stories have worth. Together we must challenge xenophobia and racism. Together we will shape a world with space for everyone and – as writers – it is with words and stories that we start.”Find out more about the campaign here.
Award winning actor, writer, composer and humanitarian Lin-Manuel Miranda has unveiled a new Salsa-music remix of “Almost Like Praying,” his all-star benefit single recorded last Fall to benefit the Hispanic Federation’s “Unidos” Disaster Relief Fund, for hurricane recovery and rebuilding initiatives in Puerto Rico.“The benefit single ‘Almost Like Praying’ has had tremendous success with audiences worldwide,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda. “As we now continue to help establish long-term self-sustainable initiatives to rebuild Puerto Rico, we are thrilled to bring this new version to Salsa-music fans. Although it has been over four months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the island still needs much help to get its most basic infrastructure up and running – including electricity, roads and bridges, healthcare and other vital programs.”The original “Almost Like Praying” was released for download and streaming on October 6, 2017. Within its first week, it hit number one in digital sales in 17 countries. 100% of the proceeds have gone to the Hispanic Federation’s “Unidos” Disaster Relief Fund, which has sponsored hundreds of initiatives to assist in the relief, recovery and now rebuilding of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory since 1898.“Lin-Manuel Miranda fans couldn’t be more excited about the release of ‘Almost Like Praying,’ and we’re incredibly thrilled that LaMusica’s App partnership gives our subscribers early access to this long-awaited Salsa-Remix,” said Raúl Alarcón, Chairman, President, CEO of SBS. “Together, SBS and LaMusica App are connecting people who are passionate about music with the world’s most iconic artists through unique experiences like this – and there are many more to come.”“We have a long history of collaborating with Lin-Manuel Miranda in innovative ways over the years,” said Jesus Salas, EVP of Programming of SBS & Multiplatform Coordinator. “He’s once again proved that he’s a true innovator, and we are honored to partner with him on the historic launch of his new Salsa-Remix. Our nationwide world premiere of ‘Almost Like Praying’ will reach millions of Lin-Manuel’s fans across the country – while creating millions of new ones.”Both the original (dancehall beat) and the new Salsa-remix of “Almost Like Praying” are distributed by Atlantic Records.The lyrics of “Almost Like Praying” are a rhyming arrangement of all 78 municipalities of Puerto Rico….78 hometowns, 78 communities, 78 sets of individuals who together make up the Puerto Rican culture. The track also samples “Maria” from WEST SIDE STORY in order to reclaim the name of the hurricane which destroyed everything Puerto Ricans know and love on their island.To download and streaming “Almost Like Praying,” click here.For more information about the Hispanic Federation’s “Unidos” Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund, click here.
Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO — Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk are no strangers to putting their marriage on display for public scrutiny, but in their new documentary “I’m Going to Break Your Heart” the musicians go a step further by inviting cameras into some uncomfortably tense situations.In one scene, the couple spiral into an argument over creative freedom while composing a song together, and in another the layers of their emotional disconnection are peeled back with the help of a marriage counsellor.It’s the kind of access you rarely see from Canadian musicians, who don’t often speak openly about relationships. But Maida suggests there’s value in revealing the steps they’ve taken to mend fractures that formed throughout 19 years of marriage and parenting three children. “I don’t think we’re embarrassed by it,” the Our Lady Peace frontman says while sitting alongside his wife. “I would’ve been five years ago.”Canadian musical couple Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida (Publicity photo)Kreviazuk chimes in with a more decisive perspective on the emotional rawness she portrays in the counselling sessions.“I think it would be great to not be embarrassed of that — if we could all not be so worried about what other people think,” she says.“I love excellence but the place I most want it is in my home and with my partner. That’s my No. 1 priority.”At the centre of “I’m Going to Break Your Heart,” showing at Calgary’s National Music Centre on Feb. 8, is the quest for the couple to rediscover passion for each other through music.After five years of stalled plans, they resolve to escape their daily demands and temporarily resettle in Saint Pierre and Miquelon, a self-governing archipelago off the coast of Newfoundland that’s a territory of France.The isolated environment offers the setting for their project Moon vs. Sun, in which they create and perform music as a duo, to finally take shape. Kreviazuk and Maida push through late-night songwriting sessions where they clash over how to express their vision. Their single “Lowlight” is due for release on Friday.Planning to bring their project to cities across the country as part of a concert tour later this year, they’ll also launch a podcast tentatively called “The Together Space” which interviews other couples who collaborate in their work.“I don’t think you’d really understand these songs if you don’t (see) how they were conceived — that context is so crucial,” Maida says.“It doesn’t really make sense to just show the songwriting if you don’t show the process of us in a relationship.”Shaping that footage into a documentary proved more frustrating than either of them expected, Maida says. Certain editors felt the story thrived on the clashes, rather than the creation of their album, so he says they would splice together separate therapy sessions to ratchet up the conflict.“We saw some edits that we were like, ‘Why are you trying to make us look like we don’t love each other?”‘ Kreviazuk adds, pointing out they’ve participated in marriage coaching for 12 years.“You can really play with that (and) make it look like dart after dart with no space for healing.”Maida, 48, says watching an outsider’s version of the film take shape led him to seriously consider learning post-production software so that he could recut the film himself.“I saw how quickly a choice could be made that just shifted the whole thing,” he says.“It was inauthentic. Never mind it made us look terrible, it was like you’re telling lies now. We’re trying to be as real, open and honest as possible and now you’re manipulating that. And so, you’re fired. And so we went through this process for a year.”Eventually the documentary began screening for test audiences in Los Angeles and the couple listened while others dissected their relationship. Fingers were pointed in both directions, with some saying Maida acted like a jerk while Kreviazuk came across as needy.“People were laughing,” Maida remembers. “They were angry. They said, ‘Would you get divorced?”‘Kreviazuk, 44, says she’s come to accept that viewers might insert their own experiences into her marriage, but she prefers to focus on the positivity the documentary is bringing out.Since the film’s trailer debuted earlier this month she’s heard fans say it inspired them to reconnect with their own partners. She’s saving those messages on her phone as a reminder that speaking about the ups and downs of their marriage has rewards.“I don’t really care if somebody thinks it’s a fail, because all I see here is a massive success,” Kreviazuk says.“I often feel like we’ve been together so long that it’s him and I against the world. I really love that.”By David Friend | The Associated Press – Follow @dfriend on Twitter.
APTN National NewsThe leader of the Enoch Cree Nation announced there may be unexploded munitions on their land.Part of their land was used as a practice bombing range during the Second World War.On Tuesday, Enoch’s chief called on Canada to investigate.APTN’s Keith Laboucan has this story.
APTN National NewsNDP leader Tom Mulcair made a campaign stop in Saskatoon Monday.He promised millions to support ending violence against women.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf also reports he repeated a promise for missing and murdered women, too.