FORT CHIPEWYAN, Alta. – The body of one of four men who went missing in northeastern Alberta a week ago has been found.The RCMP say the body of 42-year-old Walter Ladouceur of Fort Chipewyan was recovered Sunday from the Rocher River.An RCMP release issued Sunday night by the Fort Chipewyan detachment says a search and recovery effort is continuing for the three other men, who along with Ladouceur were reported missing on April 24.The four had left on a hunting trip the previous night to an area known as Devil’s Gate which is near Fort Chipewyan.The local Mounties are being aided in the air and ground search by an underwater recovery team from British Columbia, a police dog team and Parks Canada personnel.Police say the Edmonton Medical Examiners’ Office will be conducting an autopsy, however, the date has yet to be determined.
The members of Radiohead say they are “appalled” that charges stemming from a fatal concert stage collapse in Toronto in 2012 were stayed.On Tuesday, a judge ruled the justice system had failed by allowing the case to take far too long to come to trial.In a statement, the band said the decision “offers no consolation, closure or assurance that this kind of accident will not happen again.”They added it was “an insult to the memory of Scott Johnson, his parents and our crew.”Johnson, a 33-year-old British drum technician, was killed on June 16, 2012, a few hours before Radiohead was set to take the stage at Downsview Park. Three others were injured.A year later, entertainment company Live Nation, engineer Domenic Cugliari and contractor Optex Staging were charged with a total of 13 offences under provincial health and safety laws.The subsequent trial was derailed when the presiding judge, Shaun Nakatsuru, declared he had lost jurisdiction given his appointment to a higher court. That decision led to a senior justice declaring a mistrial in May, and a new hearing was set to begin Monday.But Ontario court Judge Ann Nelson noted the Supreme Court of Canada has set a presumptive ceiling of 18 months for proceedings in provincial courts, and this case — which would have taken a total of almost five years to complete if it had gone to a second trial — would have lasted three times longer than that limit.The judge acknowledged her ruling would have a “negative impact” on the victims of the stage collapse, especially on Johnson’s family.“No doubt, this decision will be incomprehensible to Mr. Johnson’s family, who can justifiably complain that justice has not been done,” Nelson said.
Highlights from the news file for Monday, Sept. 18———TRUDEAU DELIVERS REBUKE TO BOEING: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is dropping the gloves in his fight with Boeing, saying his government won’t do business with a company that he’s accusing of attacking Canadian industry and trying to put aerospace employees out of work. The comments are the strongest since the U.S. aerospace giant launched a trade dispute with Montreal-based rival Bombardier earlier this year. And they leave little doubt Trudeau’s Liberal government is serious about walking away from a plan to purchase 18 Super Hornet fighter jets from Boeing if the company doesn’t stand down.——-TRUDEAU CALLS ON SUU KYI TO SPEAK OUT ON ROHINGYA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Aung San Suu Kyi must publicly condemn the atrocities being committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, or else her rhetoric and global reputation as a champion of human rights will mean nothing. “It is with profound surprise, disappointment and dismay that your fellow Canadians have witnessed your continuing silence in the face of the brutal oppression of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim people,” Trudeau wrote Monday in a letter to Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar who is also an honorary Canadian citizen. Myanmar’s military is accused of burning down the homes of Rohingya Muslims, forcing more than 400,000 to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.———CANADA, U.K. USING CETA AS NEW TRADE MODEL: The leaders of Canada and Britain say the two countries are working towards a new bilateral free trade deal to take effect after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Theresa May say the template for a deal would be the long-heralded Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, or CETA, that comes largely into effect this week between Canada and the EU. The Canada-EU trade deal eliminates well over 90 per cent of all barriers in trade between Canada and the European Union.———QUEBEC MAN IN AMBER ALERT CASE CHARGED: A 41-year-old man who was the subject of an Amber Alert involving his six-year-old son was charged on Monday in the slaying of the child’s mother. The single charge of second-degree murder was filed at the courthouse in Saint-Jerome, Que. It is unclear, however, when the suspect will appear in court as he is hospitalized in Ontario after an alleged suicide attempt. Police issued an Amber Alert on Thursday after the boy’s mother was found dead inside a home in Saint-Eustache, Que., north of Montreal. The child and his father were stopped by police in eastern Ontario nearly 24 hours later.———EQUIFAX TO UPDATE CANADIANS ON CYBERATTACK: Equifax Canada said Monday it plans to provide an update this week on the impact of its massive data breach, but would not say how many individuals north of the border may have had their personal information compromised. The credit data company told The Canadian Press that it is working with Canada’s privacy watchdog, which announced an investigation into the cyberattack on Friday. The privacy commissioner said Friday that Equifax has committed to contacting Canadians whose data may be at risk, in writing, as soon as possible, and to provide them with free credit monitoring.———REPORT CALLS CANADA’S NEW SECURITIES REGULATOR FLAWED: A forthcoming report says that Canada’s proposed national securities regulator has key flaws that need to be addressed before it’s launched prior to the end of next year. The new paper by the C.D. Howe Institute, available Tuesday, says the Capital Markets Regulatory Authority is a significantly compromised plan that will lack the ability to unilaterally impose its regulatory authority across the country. The think tank says there is no assurance or even likelihood that key provinces Quebec and Alberta will join the new regulator following its launch within about a year.———B.C. TEACHING MATERIAL PULLED OVER ALLEGED RACISM: A package of education materials used in B.C. secondary schools has been removed for review after a First Nations woman learned her 14-year-old daughter had been asked to define the word “squaw,” an offensive term for a First Nations woman. A woman took to social media to express her outrage over the weekend about exercises of “violent colonialism” that her daughter was being asked to complete at Templeton Secondary School in Vancouver. The material centres around the book “Susanna Moodie: Roughing it in the Bush,” which was originally published in 1852.———ISLAMOPHOBIA STUDY BEGINS ON PARLIAMENT HILL: The House of Commons heritage committee began its study Monday of systemic racism and religious discrimination in Canada, part of a controversial motion condemning Islamophobia that passed last spring. The debate around the motion set off showdowns between right and left wing groups on Parliament Hill and beyond, and saw the Liberal MP who sponsored it receive thousands of hate-laced messages and death threats. Liberal MP Hedy Fry, who chairs the committee, said all parties worked together to draw up the witness list and are intent on learning and listening.———CANLIT COMMUNITY CELEBRATES ‘HANDMAID’S TALE’: The Canadian literary community is celebrating the success of the series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which is based on Toronto author Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel. The show won eight trophies at Sunday’s Emmy Awards, including best drama series, and Atwood was onstage with the team to accept the honour. The Halifax store Bookmark II says “The Handmaid’s Tale” has been “phenomenal” for sales in recent months and it expects another spike after the Emmys.———TRIBUTE PLANNED FOR LEONARD COHEN: Sting, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, and Philip Glass are among the luminaries who will pay tribute to the late Leonard Cohen at a memorial concert marking the first anniversary of the singer’s death. The Cohen family said in a statement that Tower of Song: A memorial tribute to Leonard Cohen, will be held at Montreal’s Bell Centre on Nov. 6. Numerous musical acts are already on the bill to honour his legacy, in addition to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.———
OTTAWA – The federal government has agreed to give the provinces and territories a 75 per cent share of the tax revenues from the sale of legalized marijuana.Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the agreement Monday after a day-long meeting with his provincial and territorial counterparts.The original model put forward by the federal government proposed an even 50-50 split, a plan that was immediately shot down by the provinces, many of which wondered aloud what sort of costs Ottawa would be incurring to deserve such a share.Earlier Monday, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said the federal Liberal government had successfully made the case that it, too, would have costs, but was showing flexibility on related revenue and cost-sharing questions.After a meeting with his Atlantic counterparts in Halifax, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil let slip that a two-year deal had been reached, and that provinces would have the ability to include a markup above and beyond existing taxation levels.Ottawa’s initial estimates suggest the total pot of tax revenue from marijuana sales could reach $1 billion per year.
VANCOUVER – A lawsuit has been filed against a minor hockey association, a team representative and 60 unidentified players and parents alleging more than $200,000 in damage was caused at a hotel in Squamish, B.C.A notice of civil claim says water from a damaged line leaked into the hallway and down an elevator hoistway after an ice machine was allegedly kicked or pushed by one or more players, causing damages to the structure and contents of the hotel.The claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court on Tuesday said the incident happened in February 2016 when players and their parents stayed at the hotel for a tournament.The Abbotsford Minor Hockey Association and a team representative named in the lawsuit could not be reached for comment, and no statements of defence have been filed with the court.None of the allegations have been proven in court.The hotel says it signed an agreement with the team’s coach or manager representing the hockey association stating minors would be supervised by a legal guardian at all times and the association would be responsible for any damages or losses.It contends that adequate supervision was not arranged for the players and the alleged incident involving the ice machine was not promptly reported to its staff.The notice says the hockey association, team representative, players and parents “owed Coastal Hospitality a duty of care” and the agreement it had was breached “by failing to ensure that the players were supervised at all times by a legal guardian.”The hotel is seeking costs, general and special damages, and claims it suffered a loss of income.
OTTAWA – An environment professor at Dalhousie University says Canada’s push to lead the G7 into a war against plastic garbage would get a whole lot more heft if the federal government started enacting stronger policies at home.Tony Walker says Canada is actually lagging behind many other countries, at least 40 of which have enacted some sort of national policy to curb the use of single-use plastic drink bottles, plates, straws, and grocery bags.In a new article published in the journal Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Walker argues Canada would be sending the right signals if it steps up with a national ban on plastic bags.“I think they could send a message, a very strong message,” Walker told The Canadian Press.Several small Canadian municipalities have banned plastic bags and Montreal became the first major city to do so in January. Victoria will follow suit in July. However Walker says it’s too ad hoc of an approach and doesn’t encourage manufacturers to streamline their products to make for easier recycling. He also notes many attempts at the municipal level to enact bans in Canada and the U.S. have failed, including in Toronto in 2012.Walker says he knows a ban is a heavy handed approach but in our “use once and then discard” mentality, we need to force people to think harder about what happens to their products of convenience.He noted Canada banned the manufacture of microbead plastics already, deeming them to be toxic to human health or the environment, and will ban the sale of shower gels, face scrubs and toothpaste that contain them in June. Given that plastic bags and straws that end up in the ocean have been proven to be toxic for marine life, he wonders why Canada can’t use the Canadian Environmental Protection Act to do with plastic bags and bottles what it did with microbeads.“I don’t know the mechanism how (a plastic bag ban) could occur but I hope they’re very forward thinking and progressive about this,” Walker says.Last week Environment Minister Catherine McKenna was at the World Ocean Summit in Mexico, where she was pushing Canada’s desire to see the G7 nations sign a plastics charter, pledging to work towards 100 per cent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging.In a call with reporters she noted the equivalent of a dump truck full of plastic is dropped into the ocean every minute of every day, and at this rate, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. However she did not cite federal bans on plastic bags as one of the steps the government is currently pursuing.When asked about concrete policies of the government on plastic she talked about helping developing countries finance waste management policies, funding science to make plastic that is easier to compost and public awareness.Canada is already playing catch up to the world to address plastic garbage, including several other G7 nations.The European Union in January launched a strategy to get its member nations to aim for 100 per cent recycling by 2030. In France, all disposable tableware will have to be least 50 per cent compostable by 2020, and 60 per cent by 2025.Great Britain cut its addiction to single-use plastic bags by 85 per cent after implementing a five pence (less than a Canadian dime) charge for getting one in 2015.Italy enacted a ban on non-compostable plastic bags at grocery stores in January, although it got a rough ride from the public as it was executed.China banned plastic bags a decade ago although many reports suggest the ban is not enforced much.Kenya and Rwanda have laws that will see people sentenced to jail time for importing or selling plastic bags. Taiwan announced in February single-use plastics will be entirely banned there by 2030. Scotland is barring the use of plastic straws and plastic-stemmed cotton swabs.It’s estimated about three billion plastic bags are used in Canada each year, and anti-plastics advocates note most are used for less than 20 minutes each but take hundreds of years to break down.Walker says when plastic bags or bottles or straws are tossed away, and end up in the dump, the river or the ocean, they will eventually break down into smaller bits from friction, UV light, or salt water. Plastics account for about 85 per cent of the garbage found in the ocean and can often trap marine life, or be mistaken by fish and turtles as food.In 2015, Australian scientists found more than 90 per cent of the sea birds they studied had plastic in their digestive tracts.Walker says at a round table event hosted by McKenna’s department last month, academics, environment groups, plastic makers and representatives from the food industry all sat down to talk about what can be done and he thinks the government is getting ready to make some big announcements.This coming week, Stephen Lucas, Canada’s deputy environment minister, will be in San Diego at the sixth annual Marine Debris Conference sponsored by the United Nations where he is considered a keynote panellist.— follow @mrabson on Twitter.
TORONTO – Using World No Tobacco Day as a backdrop, Imperial Tobacco officially unveiled a vaping product to the Canadian market Thursday, saying the company is moving to help transition smokers away from combustible cigarettes to potentially less harmful products.At a product launch in Toronto, the subsidiary of British American Tobacco (BAT) introduced Vype, a fillable e-cigarette that produces an inhalable aerosol that comes in a number of flavours and is available with various levels of nicotine, including one with none of the addictive chemical.Jorge Araya, president and CEO of Imperial Tobacco Canada, said the aim of Vype and the company’s heat-no-burn cigarette Glo, launched last year, is to help Health Canada reach its goal of having less than five per cent of the population smoking traditional cigarettes by 2035.About 17 per cent of Canadian adults — or about 4.5 million — currently smoke combustible cigarettes. But over the last four to five years, almost two million Canadians have become “vapers,” and many of them are either current or former smokers, Araya said.E-cigarettes, in particular, are being touted as a means of helping smokers quit the addictive habit, which can cause lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cardiovascular problems.Imperial Tobacco, which sells such brands as Du Maurier, Players and Peter Jackson, has half of Canada’s market share for cigarettes, said Araya, and the company’s goal is to dominate the vaping market as well.“Our journey, which we call ‘transforming tobacco,’ places more control and choice in the hands of consumers…. Transforming tobacco is our acknowledgment that society and the industry is changing and it is our commitment to lead this change through empowering consumer choice.”But David Hammond, a professor of public health at the University of Waterloo who specializes in tobacco control policy, said any company that really wanted to reduce the smoking rate would stop marketing cigarettes and challenging public health measures like plain packaging and health warnings on cigarettes.“If they were really interested in doing that, they would stop those activities and get out of the smoked cigarette business,” he said. “The best outcome here is for nobody to be using e-cigarettes or vaping and nobody to be smoking — full stop.”Hammond said nothing else generates revenue and keeps a customer base like smoked cigarettes, so Big Tobacco “never really had a reason to cannibalize their key demographic.”“But, of course, once the market started to shift, they have an interest in being in that space,” said Hammond, stressing that he has no problem with companies selling and making profit from products.“What I do challenge is their claimed interest in reducing the number of smokers in Canada.”Last week, Bill S-5 to amend the Tobacco Act received royal assent, permitting the sale of vaping products to those age 18 and older, but restricting their promotion, including a ban on all lifestyle advertising as well as sponsorships and celebrity endorsements — similar to prohibitions placed on tobacco products.“The Canadian government in a way has been late to the game when it comes to vaping products,” Araya told an audience of stakeholders at a swank downtown hotel.But with the passage of Bill S-5, “these products are now legal in Canada, and we have now launched our line of potentially less harmful products called Vype across the country,” he said, noting that BAT has invested US$2.5 billion over the last six years in their development.Chris Proctor, BAT’s chief scientific officer based in Southampton, England, said studies suggest that vaping products are about 95 per cent less harmful to health than combustible cigarettes.However, Araya pressed the point that provincial regulations that treat vaping products like cigarettes — often restricting visibility at retail counters and prohibiting information about how they are used — will leave consumers who want to switch from tobacco without any knowledge of their existence on the market.“A smoker walking into a convenience store to buy combustible cigarettes will never know that potentially less harmful alternatives are available,” he said, noting that BAT has captured a significant portion of the vaping and heat-not-burn market in a number other countries.“This is where we need federal leadership to have a very homogenous policy across the country.”The Vype system is made up of a battery-powered heating unit, which will retail for about $40, with bottles of e-liquids selling for about $7 each. Both are subject to HST.The current device requires a user to fill a chamber with e-liquid from the bottle before turning it on, but Imperial plans to launch a version in July that uses a plug-in cartridge.— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.
YARMOUTH, N.S. – Twelve-year-old Josh Cochrane of Yarmouth, N.S., watched the news of a deadly shooting in Fredericton on Friday afternoon with a heavy heart.He thought of the fear the responding officers must have felt, and the children of the victims whose parents wouldn’t be around to tuck them in at night.Cochrane wanted to do something to help comfort the grieving community, so he wrote and recorded a tribute song, to the tune of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” called “A Police Hallelujah.”In the two days since his mother posted his song to Facebook, the video has been viewed more than 300,000 times.“I wanted the song to show the world their braveness and sacrifice they made to save others,” Cochrane said.“I believe music heals people, it helps you see from your heart, it helps bring calmness.”Cochrane said he has received responses from grieving people across the country, including a colleague of Const. Robb Costello and Const. Sara Mae Burns — the two police officers killed — saying Cochrane’s song is helping him and his colleagues through the difficult time.The young Canadian’s message is just one of many shows of support from people who never knew the victims, but are still grieving with the small New Brunswick city.Police forces across the country lowered flags to half-mast on Friday afternoon, while thousands of people posted on social media with the hashtag #FrederictonStrong.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited families and colleagues of the victims on Sunday afternoon, and told reporters his message to the families was one of solidarity in grief.“When you have a whole community, and indeed a whole country, supporting you through terrible grief, it does make it a little bit easier — not much easier, but a little bit easier,” Trudeau said.For Cochrane’s part, he hopes his song will spread his belief that love and kindness are more powerful than anger and hate — a lesson he learned when he lost someone close to him while that person was serving in Afghanistan.“We have to stop losing lives to violence by changing the world one kind act at a time,” Cochrane said.From the comments he’s received so far, he thinks he has achieved what he set out to do.“I believe the song is doing what I hoped,” Cochrane said.“It has people talking, people knowing that it’s not weak to speak about how they feel, it’s important,” he said.“It is OK to not be OK sometimes. … someone is always there to help them get through, and people do care, even if it is a kid.”— By Nicole Thompson in Toronto and Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John’s, N.L.
Member of Parliament Leona Alleslev is crossing the floor of the House of Commons and leaving the Liberals to join the Opposition Conservatives.The Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill MP made the stunning announcement as MPs returned to Ottawa following their summer break.Alleslev argues the Trudeau government must be openly and publicly challenged, but to do that she must join the Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives.“The leader of her majesty’s Opposition and his team have a firm grasp of the urgent issues we face as Canadians and the resolve to confront them, and it is my duty to align myself with those values,” she told the House.“To my Liberal colleagues, thank you, but my oath is to country, not party, and my sacred obligation is to serve my constituents.”Scheer welcomed Alleslev to the Conservative fold, making his new MP the critic for global security.Alleslev has represented the new Toronto-area riding of Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill since narrowly defeating her Conservative challenger by 1,093 votes in 2015.Prior to politics, Alleslev served for several years in the Canadian military before joining IBM and Bombardier Aerospace.As an MP, she has served on the immigration and defence committees and as chair of the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association.
FREDERICTON — New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs says his government will change regulations to allow limited shale gas development —and could have it done before the end of the year.The throne speech of the minority Tory government passed in the legislature today, including a subamendment that urges government to allow limited natural gas development in the Sussex area.Saint John Harbour Liberal MLA Gerry Lowe voted with the Tories and the People’s Alliance parties to support the subamendment, but he voted with his party and the three Green members in opposition of the throne speech.Lowe says increased activity for the LNG terminal near Saint John would mean more tax dollars flowing into his riding.The governing Tories still won the confidence vote 25-23, and Higgs says that gives him the ability to amend the province’s fracking moratorium without a further vote of the legislature.The Tories took power earlier this month after the Liberals were defeated in the confidence vote on their throne speech following the September election.Environmentalists have raised concerns about fracking for shale gas, and say the government should be looking to end fossil fuel development and instead develop more renewable energy sources.The Canadian Press
QUEBEC — The gunman who killed six worshippers in a Quebec City mosque is appealing his sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole for 40 years.Lawyers for Alexandre Bissonnette filed the motion today with the Quebec Court of Appeal.Bissonnette, 29, was sentenced Feb. 8 for his Jan. 29, 2017 attack on the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre.It was the harshest prison sentence ever in Quebec and one of the longest in Canada, which since a 2011 Criminal Code reform has allowed consecutive life sentences for multiple murders.But it was well under the six consecutive life sentences — 150 years before being eligible for parole — sought by the Crown.The six life sentences were automatic after Bissonnette pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, but the defence had asked that they be served concurrently, meaning he would have been eligible for parole in 25 years.The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press 8 p.m.Love of the Raptors has translated into record spending in bars in Canada.Payments firm Moneris says spending in the Greater Toronto Area was up 95 per cent during Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday, compared with the same day last year.Nationally, spending jumped 63 per cent as fans gathered to watch the Raptors play against the Golden State Warriors in Toronto.The city that saw the biggest spending increase during Game 5, which the Raptors lost by one point, was Edmonton, with a 279 per cent jump.Game 6 of the NBA Finals is tonight in Oakland, Calif.
TORONTO — Alarm bells are being rung by Asthma Canada over the state of care for patients in this country, many who can not even afford their medication.The organization’s inaugural report was released Wednesday to mark World Lung Day.An estimated 3.8 million Canadians are living with asthma.We are excited to launch our inaugural annual asthma survey report – A Snapshot of Asthma in Canada! The full report is available on our website. Thank you to all our community members who filled our the survey! https://t.co/TZ5yuy4hoP #asthma #WorldLungDay pic.twitter.com/b8u9wjuwcg— Asthma.ca (@AsthmaCanada) September 25, 2019Vanessa Foran with Asthma Canada says their first-ever survey revealed some shocking results.“While many in Canada are covered by Employment Insurance and can get their medications that way, one-third report that their current drug coverage is insufficient and 21 per cent of people have skipped filling a prescription because they were not able to afford it,” Foran said.She says young adults especially have trouble because even though they’re working they don’t have benefits, and have to choose between paying rent and buying medication.The research also found issues with access to specialists and a huge problem with patients not knowing how to properly control their disease.
Best Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is pleased to announce that author, journalist and activist Maria Shriver and Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom will return as Honorary Co-Chairs of the 10th Anniversary Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle.More than 1,500 people are expected to participate in the Challenge – a charity walk, run and ride to benefit Best Buddies International – on September 7.“What I love about Best Buddies is that it’s based on a simple principle — that each and every one of us needs a friend, needs a job and needs a community, and that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities should be given the opportunity to find all three,” said Maria Shriver. “I am so very proud to, once again, be the Honorary Co-Chair of the Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle. I look forward to joining Team Maria members and the other event participants as we celebrate 10 years of riding together to advance the Best Buddies mission.”The event will kick-off with the Best Buddies Golf Challenge at the legendary Tehama Golf Club in Carmel on Friday, September 6. During the Golf Challenge, Best Buddies participants will tee-off alongside celebrities, professional athletes, and special guests. The day will conclude with an evening VIP reception hosted by Maria Shriver, which will also take place at Tehama Golf Club.On Saturday, September 7, hundreds of cyclists will take to the starting line at Quail Lodge Golf Club for the 100-mile ride down the majestic Pacific Coast Highway from Carmel to San Simeon. The Challenge, which is open to people of all ages and abilities and is designed to showcase the Best Buddies mission in action, also features alternative 62, 30 and 15-mile cycling routes, as well as the Carl Lewis Challenge, a 5K run/walk led by the Olympic gold-medalist himself.Several other celebrities, professional athletes and special guests are also expected to participate in the Challenge, including: actors Rob Lowe and Verne Troyer; actresses Maureen McCormick, Cheryl Hines, Kelly Hu, and Lauren Potter; “American Idol” Alumni Diana Degarmo and Ace Young; comedian Bill Engvall; and famed pilot of the “Miracle on the Hudson,” Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, III, all of whom will be encouraged to team-up with Best Buddies participants and compete in “Friendship Races” on tandem bicycles.The Challenge will be capped off by a barbeque, awards ceremony and concert by Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles, at Hearst Ranch.Audi of America will once again return as the Official Vehicle sponsor of the event. Additional Challenge sponsors include: The Hearst Corporation; Tupperware; Chevron; Pepsi; E. & J. Gallo Winery; Avid; Arco; Zenith Watches; Carnival Cruise Lines; FIJI Water, Official Water of Best Buddies; Natixis Global Asset Management; Pacific Gas & Electric; 20th Century Fox; Electus; Classic Party Rentals; Pilot Freight Services; Niche Media, Premiere Magazine Sponsor of Best Buddies; KPIX; San Francisco Chronicle; Getty Images, Official Photography Sponsor of Best Buddies; and Silicon Valley Bank.Additionally, Best Buddies is receiving the support of the Honorary Ambassador Committee, whose members are helping to promote not only the event, but also inclusion for individuals with disabilities. Committee members include: California Assembly Member Tom Ammiano; California Assembly Member Connie Conway; California State Senator Mark DeSaulnier; California State Senator Ted Gaines; Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson; San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee; and California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.Source:PR Newswire
The Jerry Garcia Foundation is joining Dead & Company on their 2016 summer tour at the Participation Row Charity Village — a collaborated effort of HeadCount and REVERB to promote equality, encourage voter registration and protect the planet.The Dead & Company Band features the Grateful Dead talents of Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann along with guitarist/vocalist John Mayer, bassist Oteil Burbridge, and keyboardist, Jeff Chimenti.“We are honored to be a part of The Participation Row charity village in the presence of music that continues to uplift and inspire,” said Manasha Garcia. “The Foundation is very grateful to Dead & Company, HeadCount and Reverb for their generosity.”Concert dates have been scheduled through July 30, 2016. The Jerry Garcia Foundation’s guest charity partners, including Musicians On A Mission, 1% For The Planet, Alive Inside Foundation, Shimer College, Fender Music Foundation and Playing for Change Foundation, will share the table at Participation Row on designated event dates.The Jerry Garcia Foundation is continuing its #RippleEffect #StoriesofGratitude Project by encouraging the community to write words of gratitude on a Gratitude Board provided at the Participation Row table. Concert attendees are invited to visit the JGF tent and to participate in this summer’s #StoriesofGratitude Art Project. The words written on the Gratitude Board will be collected and used to construct the #StoriesofGratitude Collage. It will then be added to the JGF website alongside the Playing for Change Ripple tribute video. The piece will make its debut on August 26, 2016, at an art/music event celebrating Jerry and being presented by Musicians On A Mission at the historic Strand Theater in Lakewood, New Jersey.The concert will feature the music of Rainbow Full of Sound with guitar prodigy, Corby Pryor.For more information, please visit The Jerry Garcia Foundation website.
Got Your 6 has announced five new 6 Certified projects in recognition of film, television, theatrical, and digital content that normalizes depictions of veterans as leaders and community assets.HISTORY’s new military combat drama series SIXThe projects range from the re-creation of WWII soldier musicals in “Blueprint Specials” and SEAL Team Six-inspired scripted drama series “SIX,” to the portrayal of a veteran and single mother in “One Day at a Time” and a U.S. Army veteran-turned-police officer in “Patriots Day.”For the first time, Got Your 6 certified a piece of digital content, a nine-minute film produced by The War Horse News and featured in the online version of an article in Vanity Fair. The film follows the medical recovery of Medal of Honor recipient and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Kyle Carpenter.“Due to our smaller all volunteer force, fewer people today know a veteran than ever before in our nation’s history and are therefore more susceptible to the false narrative that veterans are broken heroes,” said Bill Rausch, an Iraq War veteran and executive director of Got Your 6. “By working with the entertainment industry, we have an opportunity to change commonly held misperceptions about our veterans by recognizing projects that go the extra mile to portray those who served in an accurate light.”Got Your 6 announced the following projects were awarded with 6 Certified status:“Blueprint Specials”The second theatrical production to be 6 Certified, the “Blueprint Specials” play scripts were recently rediscovered after going missing for half a century. The Special Services Division of the War Department originally produced this series of plays in 1944 and 1945 with the intention of engaging active duty service members in “GI shows for GI audiences.” Written by Army veteran and Pulitzer Prize winner Frank Loesser (“Guys & Dolls,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”), these “Blueprint Specials” served to boost morale and bring the arts to troops fighting overseas. Debuting January 6, these historical pieces will be brought back to life in performances by both veterans and Broadway stars aboard the USS Intrepid in New York. Waterwell“One Day at a Time”Launching January 6, this Netflix reboot of the 1975 original by WWII veteran Norman Lear centers on a present-day Cuban-American family. It stars Justina Machado as Penelope Alvarez, an Army veteran-turned-nurse and a single mom who excels at raising her teenaged son and daughter with the help of her traditionalist mother, played by EGOT Rita Moreno. The veteran community is also presented throughout the series by way of Penelope’s ex-husband and friends. Netflix“Patriots Day”“Patriots Day” focuses on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and follows the police officers, first responders, investigators, and survivors who sought justice in the aftermath. Like their previous collaborations “Lone Survivor” and “Deepwater Horizon,” Peter Berg and actor/producer Mark Wahlberg consulted with, hired, and cast veterans. In addition to these cast and crew, many law enforcement characters in the film were played by actual officers, many of whom are also real life veterans. Academy Award-winner J.K. Simmons also plays Army veteran and Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese, who is quoted as saying, “I don’t consider myself a hero—we’re just a group of ordinary guys who were put in an extraordinary situation, and we just performed extraordinarily.” “Patriots Day” is currently playing in limited release and opens in theaters nationwide on January 13. CBS Films and Lionsgate“SIX”HISTORY’s new military combat drama series “SIX,” follows members of Navy SEAL Team Six, modern American warriors, whose covert mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with terrorists. Inspired by real missions, the series authentically captures the inside world of America’s elite Special Operations unit – what these SEALs do, their personal lives, combat and the life-and-death decisions they make to protect and serve their country. Created and produced by veterans, the show also employed a retired Navy SEAL as the series’ technical advisor and associate producer. “SIX” premieres January 18. A+E Studios in association with Weinstein Television“The War Horse News” via Vanity FairAppearing as a video feature of November 2016’s Vanity Fair article “Inside the Painstaking Recovery Process of a Medal of Honor Marine,” medically retired Marine author and journalist Thomas J. Brennan worked with filmmaker George Steptoe to create a nine-minute digital short that follows the long medical recovery of then-Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter. An incredible amount of research was conducted over the course of the year to create this nine-minute multimedia project, which was further verified by Vanity Fair’s fact checking team. The War Horse News, a “nonprofit news outlet and community dedicated to investigating the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs,” is committed to the accurate and fair portrayal of veterans in media. Vanity Fair“The entertainment industry has the unique ability to reach into living rooms across America and help change the perceptions many of us have about our veterans,” said Bruce Cohen, producer of “American Beauty” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” “By developing scripts and characters founded on accurate depictions of veterans, content creators can help eliminate stereotypes and bridge the gap between civilians and those who served.”“The 6 Certified program has developed into a dynamic movement in Hollywood showcasing real impact with dozens of projects across all aspects of the entertainment industry joining the cause,” said Charlie Ebersol, chairman and founder of The Company. “It’s an honor to be a part of the effort to shift public perception of today’s veterans on a national scale by recognizing the work of content creators committed to getting it right.”“We are so honored to receive this distinction. There are so many veterans in America, each with a different and nuanced story apart from the stereotypes we sometimes see portrayed in the media. As writers, actors, and producers we have an obligation to take every opportunity to present accurate portrayals of veterans, which we hope we have begun to do on ‘One Day at a Time.’ Being recognized by Got Your 6 is truly rewarding,” said executive producers Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce.Got Your 6 launched the 6 Certified initiative in early 2015 as a way to challenge industry executives and content creators to craft more thoughtful narratives around veterans and military families. Since the launch, 41 projects have been certified, including Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Sully,” Lionsgate’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” and Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World,” as well as episodes and seasons of Netflix’s “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” FX’s “Justified,” Fox’s “Gotham,” FX’s “Fargo,” and ABC’s “Modern Family.”To become 6 Certified, a project must contain a representative and balanced depiction of veterans and fulfill at least one of the following pledges:DO YOUR HOMEWORKResearch or consult with real veterans, family members, or subject matter experts in an effort to create accurate representationsCAST A VETERANHire a veteran actor to play a substantial roleHIRE A VETERAN WRITEREmploy a veteran writer to contribute to the narrativePORTRAY A VETERAN CHARACTERDevelop a multi-dimensional veteran characterTELL A VETERAN STORYDevelop a narrative with meaningful and accurate veteran themesUSE VETERANS AS RESOURCES ON SET OR IN WRITERS’ ROOMSHave veterans present for consultation throughout the filmmaking processAfter the project has met the requirements for certification, it may be submitted by a studio or production company once the project enters post-production. After the submission is complete, the project is evaluated by the 6 Certified Review Committee, an independent group of subject matter experts who review all submissions and grant 6 Certified status.The current members of the 6 Certified Review Committee include: Bruce Cohen, producer of “American Beauty” and “Silver Linings Playbook”; Greg Silverman, president, creative development and worldwide production, Warner Bros. Pictures; Charlie Ebersol, chairman and founder of The Company; Bonnie Carroll, president and founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS); Tim Norman, director of human resources, DreamWorks Animation; Seth Smith, director of campaigns and programming for Participant Media; Marjorie Williams, vice president, business and legal affairs, Endemol Shine North America; and Bill Rausch, executive director of Got Your 6Additional information on certification is available at gotyour6.org/6-certified.The 6 Certified program is operated by Got Your 6, the national veteran campaign that empowers veterans to lead a resurgence of community across the nation. The campaign believes veterans return home as leaders and team builders and is named after the military term meaning “I’ve got your back.”
Professor Stephen Hawking highlighted the pioneering work of his father, Frank Hawking, at a moving event to mark one billion treatments for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) hosted by UK non-government organisation (NGO) Sightsavers in Cambridge, UK (12 December).Professor Hawking was presented with a sculpture of the genetic structure of DiethylcarbamazineProfessor Hawking said: “Collaboration between partners across the world over the last five years has accelerated us closer to the elimination of NTDs than ever before.”NTDs are a group of infections that affect one in five people globally. They are most prevalent in developing countries causing severe and lifelong impairment. Frank Hawking was one of the first to research and develop a treatment for an NTD known as lymphatic filariasis (LF), which is still widely used today.Professor Hawking said: “Throughout his career [my father] made some important discoveries. He believed in humanity and our ability to find solutions to the most pressing problems he witnessed.”Hawking also talked of the care he received from his parents after being diagnosed with early onset motor neurone disease.He said: “After I arrived in Cambridge in 1962 it became clear something was not quite right with me. I couldn’t get up after having a fall ice skating. I spent weeks in hospital and had many tests. They never told me what was wrong, but I guessed enough to know it was something pretty bad. In fact, the doctor who diagnosed me washed his hands of me and I never saw him again. He felt there was nothing that could be done. To this day, I remain grateful that I was able to turn to my father for medical advice and support.”In a video address to the event hosted by UK NGO Sightsavers, US President Jimmy Carter said: “Sightsavers has been a valuable partner with The Carter Center in the fight against trachoma and river blindness in Africa.“No single organisation can hope to eliminate neglected tropical diseases on its own. The effort requires cooperation among a diverse team of players, taking advantage of the strengths each member of the team brings with it.”
The 2018 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games begin in less than one month and Jon Stewart confirmed he will return this year to emcee the opening ceremony on June 2, honoring hundreds of athletes, family members and caretakers participating in the Games.Free tickets to the opening ceremony event, featuring a concert by Kelly Clarkson, are now available at DoDWarriorGames.com.Now in its ninth year, the Warrior Games, held this year at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, will be free and open to the public from June 1 – 9.“It’s an honor to emcee the opening ceremony again,” said Stewart. “The Warrior Games is a truly inspirational experience for all involved, and I highly encourage families and communities to come out to support and learn from these incredible warriors. As a parent, you never know where your lessons will land. At the Games, you’ll witness resilience, integrity and maybe even the idea that you don’t have to be defined by the worst day you ever had.”Doors open for the opening ceremony at 5:00 p.m. and Grammy nominated country star Eric Paslay kicks off the all-star evening with an unforgettable performance. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis.“I am looking forward to performing for our wounded, ill and injured service members and their families,” Paslay said. “I can’t wait to cheer these heroes on to victory at this year’s Warrior Games in Colorado Springs.”The Warrior Games are a Paralympic-style competition for wounded, ill and injured service members. Athletes from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations Command, in addition to athletes from the U.K. Armed Forces, Australian Defence Force and, for the first time, the Canadian Armed Forces, will compete in the Games. They will go head-to-head in 11 events: archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball and, for the first time in Warrior Games history, indoor rowing, powerlifting and time trial cycling.“The Warrior Games are a great opportunity for the American public to experience a once in a lifetime event at no cost,” said Col. Gina Oliver, director of the 2018 Warrior Games. “In one spectacular evening, those attending will honor our warrior athletes and their families in an Olympic-level opening ceremony and enjoy first class entertainment. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at Falcon Stadium on June 2 and having them return throughout the week to witness amazing people doing amazing things.”The 2018 Warrior Games are an opportunity for everyone to witness true grit and determination, while celebrating the accomplishments of wounded, injured or ill service members.Visit DoDWarriorGames.com to learn more about the Warrior Games, the athletes competing this year, volunteer opportunities and the schedule of events.The Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured service members and to expose them to adaptive sports. The 2018 Warrior Games will be held June 1 – 9 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.The Warrior Games are free and open to the public. About 300 wounded, ill and injured service members representing teams from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), United Kingdom Armed Forces, Australian Defence Force and the Canadian Armed Forces will participate in the competition. They will go head-to-head in 11 sports including archery, cycling and time trial cycling, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, shooting, swimming, powerlifting, wheelchair basketball, track & field, engaging in friendly competition and experiencing the healing power of sports. For more information on attending, volunteering, covering or supporting the Warrior Games please visit DoDWarriorGames.com and follow the Warrior Games on Facebook.
Twitter Receiving the Cayle Chernin award in Theatre: Development is Ronit Rubinstein for her play, Bad. Bible. Bitches. Reimagined as modern-day reality TV stars, Biblical queens Vashti and Jezebel are determined to set the record straight. Recounting their roles in the events of the Book of Esther and I Kings with humour, strength and righteous female rage, we’re left to consider who has been telling women’s stories, what power lies in the narrative, and what we owe the subjects of our myths.The sixth annual awards celebration was ably hosted by the charming David Gale and Fargo star Linda Kash with Randy Vancourt (Oy to the World) on the piano at The Heliconian Hall in Yorkville this evening.Established in 2012 to honour the life and work of actor, documentary filmmaker, writer, teacher and mentor Cayle Chernin, the Cayle Chernin Awards (CCAs) are awarded to emerging or transitioning female artists in their creation, development or production of a new work. 2017 marked the first year the awards were presented in both production and development categories. The CCAs in Production are a $2,500 cash prize and access to a paid industry mentor through CSARN (Canadian Senior Artists Resource Network), plus in-kind equipment from William F. White for Media Arts. CCAs in Development are a $1,000 cash prize and access to a respected mentor through CSARN.“We are at a frontier of new connection to our audiences, marketing and distribution. New ideas, new ways and opportunities to make it happen…and we are ready.“ Cayle Chernin, Toronto, 2005. Advertisement Login/Register With: Toronto, ON — The Cayle Chernin Memorial Fund and Equity Showcase Theatre are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Cayle Chernin Awards.The recipient of the Cayle Chernin Award in Media Arts: Production is Annie Bradley for her short film Blowback. Dead set on getting ahead by any means necessary, Constable Jo Bellamy is headed off the rails trying to be one of the boys. When a twisted fellow detective refuses to let go of their sexual past, she humiliates him in front of their peers, unaware of the deadly game she has set in motion.The Cayle Chernin Award in Media Arts: Development was presented to Jillian Rees-Brown for her feature film Living Memory, the story of Demasduit, a Beothuk woman, stolen from her people in 1818 and left husband-less and child-less. Before succumbing to tuberculosis during a journey to reunite her with the vanishing Beothuk in 1819, Demasduit’s brief friendship with a care-giver ensures the survival of some of the Beothuk’s language and storiesThe Cayle Chernin Award in Theatre: Production went to Ruth Goodwin for the play Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons by Sam Steiner. A young couple struggles to communicate after the government introduces a draconian law limiting the amount of words one can speak in a day. Relevant in the current political climate, the play speaks to wider issues of democracy, free speech and oppression in the aftermath of a huge absurdist political event. Advertisement Cayle Chernin BiographyCayle Chernin’s professional journey began co-starring in Don Shebib’s 1969 classic film Goin’ Down the Road and came to a close with Mr. Shebib’s acclaimed sequel Down The Road Again, 40 years later. Chernin was loved for her generosity, imagination, perseverance, talent and her welcoming smile. She was valued for her commitment to women’s issues, serving as an elected councillor on the board of ACTRA Toronto, as Co-Chair of the ACTRA Toronto Women’s Committee (TAWC) and on the board of Equity Showcase Theatre until her passing in February 2011. Chernin’s career spanned four decades in film and on stage, developing new works and encouraging young artists. An overview of her career can be found at www.caylechernin.com. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement
Advertisement Login/Register With: The TIFF board will establish a search committee to find a successor.How has the festival changed during your time there?When I started it was a relatively small event that tended to focus on English-language films like The Big Chill and Midnight Express – those were the films that made people sit up and pay attention. We tried to build up the Canadian presence because that was my specialty and I’d taught it at university and had written a number of books. Then we grew it as an international festival and went to Asia and Latin America, France, Italy and Germany. That was an uphill battle in the 80s and 90s.What was the challenge?Filmmakers want awards so the big European festivals had a leg-up on us. Non-competitive festivals can suffer. We had a wonderful Asian programmer called David Overbey who began cultural relationships with the likes of Wong Kar-Wai and Edward Yang in the 80s. These young filmmakers saw the benefits of Toronto as a platform. We got North American premieres then we began to get world premieres. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Piers Handling, director and CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival, will step down from his role at the end of 2018.After 35 years at the festival – first as programmer, then as artistic director for seven, and finally in his current role since 1994 – Handling looks back and casts an eye to the future.The longtime festival executive was an Amry brat who was born in Calgary and educated in England, with spells in Germany and Pakistan. He lived in Ottawa when he worked for 10 years at the Canadian Film Institute, before moving to Toronto in 1982 to join the festival.