OTTAWA – There is less than two months to go before the federal election and the NDP is struggling to get candidates for a campaign that could start in days.The New Democrats are well behind the other major parties when it comes to nominating candidates, with the CBC reporting the NDP has 175 people running so far in the 338 ridings. That’s 82 less than the Greens and the lowest number for the major parties.“Never, it’s never been this bad,” says Sid Ryan, a former labour union leader who has run for the NDP twice under Jack Layton. “At this stage, it seems to be a campaign of ‘save the furniture.’”He says this is the worst organizational mess he’s ever seen the party in. He’s bailed as a potential candidate because of that, and says he doesn’t know how anyone nominated now can put up a real fight.“You don’t have an office, you don’t have any money, and you don’t have any infrastructure, any organization in place, no campaign manager — nothing,” Ryan says, adding he’s heard from frustrated New Democrats across the country.“It’s Quebec, it’s B.C., Ontario, Newfoundland — it’s everywhere,” Ryan notes.This comes at a time when the New Democrats are struggling in the polls and having trouble fundraising. Ryan points the finger of blame directly at Jagmeet Singh, saying the buck stops with the leader.We have reached out to the NDP but have yet to hear back.Meantime, Singh is expected to be acclaimed in his riding of Burnaby-South Friday evening.
Madonna is in Malawi this week, where she has opened new classrooms at schools she has helped fund.The singer was serenaded by schoolchildren at Nkoko Primary School, where she partnered with BuildOn to build new classrooms.Madonna originally planned to build a 500-bed Raising Malawi Academy for Girls, but changed her plans to benefit more Malawians by funded a number of community schools.While in Malawi, Madonna will tour all 10 schools wings she helped fund.Source:news.yahoo.com
A group of celebrities is making a stand against nuclear weapons – and they need your support.Video: The World Must Stand TogetherPresident Obama will meet with President Putin on the side of the June 17-18 G-8 Summit in Northern Ireland, with nuclear weapons on the agenda. In the lead-up to this critical decision point, an eminent group of artists – including Alec Baldwin, John Cusack, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Whoopi Goldberg, Zoe Kravitz, Martin Sheen, Christoph Waltz and Naomi Watts – issued a stirring call for a world without nuclear weapons in a powerful new video released by Global Zero.The video is part of an international campaign urging President Obama to set the world’s course to zero nuclear weapons by negotiating further cuts in the massive U.S.-Russian Cold War stockpiles and bringing other leading nuclear powers into international nuclear arms negotiations for the first time in history.As part of these efforts, Global Zero delivered to the White House a letter to President Obama from approximately 75 former prime ministers, foreign and defense ministers and military commanders, an official declaration recently adopted by the European Parliament endorsing Global Zero’s plan to eliminate nuclear weapons, and a global grassroots petition – all urging Obama to set the world’s course to zero nuclear weapons. Over the last several weeks, a host of artists, musicians and bands have promoted the campaign on social media, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul McCartney, Tom Morello, Yoko Ono, Serj Tankian, Pearl Jam and R.E.M., among many others.“The message from national security experts and citizens around the world is clear: the only way to eliminate the global nuclear danger is to eliminate all nuclear weapons,” said Michael Douglas. “It’s time to set the world’s course to zero.”“Nuclear weapons are obsolete relics of the Cold War, they do not address today’s security threats, and they cost $1 trillion per decade globally,” said Morgan Freeman. “It’s time we get rid of them.”“To set the world’s course to zero nuclear weapons, President Obama will have to go beyond the bilateral process President Reagan started of U.S.-Soviet/Russian arms reductions and bring the other leading nuclear powers into international arms negotiations for the first time in history,” said Global Zero Co-Founder Matt Brown.Starting with President Reagan, whose aim was “the total elimination one day of nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth” and who began the process of arms reductions, the Global Zero position has become mainstream – and those who oppose it increasingly outside the mainstream. The Global Zero movement is now supported by hundreds of respected national security and military leaders, more than 150 university campus chapters and half a million citizens from around the world who understand that nuclear weapons have no place in the 21st century.Find out more here.
It’s a year of “firsts” for Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard: the pair, who welcomed their first child in March, have just become the first couple to win the male and female divisions in PETA’s annual Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity contest.The Veronica Mars superstar snagged the title over such tough competition as Jenna Dewan Tatum and Tia Mowry – who, like Bell, are new vegan mums – not to mention Anne Hathaway, Edie Falco and Portia de Rossi, while the Parenthood funnyman triumphed over former US President Bill Clinton, Marco Antonio Regil, Peter Dinklage and Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker, among others.“I had a hard time disassociating the animals I cuddled with – dogs and cats, for example – from the animals on my plate, and I never really cared for the taste of meat. I always loved my Brussels sprouts!” Bell says. Vegetarian for many years, she then went vegan, and Shepard joined her, loving the results. “I have fewer body aches”, he says. “My skin looks better. I’m never starving, and I never need to ride the couch feeling completely full and disgusting.”Previous winners of PETA US’ Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity contest include Woody Harrelson, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand, Olivia Wilde, Carrie Underwood, Prince, Natalie Portman, Shania Twain, Leona Lewis, André 3000, Tobey Maguire and Alicia Silverstone.
In a TED talk earlier this year, former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, outlined for the audience how she sees that climate change is actually a human rights issue, something she had not connected when she began as UN High Commissioner of Human Rights in 1997.When travelling in Africa, however, she kept seeing how climate change was stymieing villagers’ ability to grow food properly and prepare for their future. She cites Uganda’s long periods of drought, followed by flash flooding and then drought again, destroying harvests, livelihoods and infrastructure. She also cited Malawi, which suffered from unprecedented flooding in January 2015, which killed 300 people and lost livelihoods for hundreds of thousands.Robinson says that while the average Malawian emits about 80kg of C02 per year, the average American emits 17.5 metric tonnes. Ironically, people not contributing to global warming are suffering the consequences of it.Although it is generally agreed that we need to stay below two degrees Celsius of warming of pre-industrial standards, Robinson’s concern is that we’re on course for about four degrees. “We have to go to zero carbon emissions by about 2050,” she says, “if we’re going to stay below two degrees Celsius of warming. And that means we have to leave about two-thirds of the known resources of fossil fuels in the ground.”Although she sees great progress to cut emissions here and there, it is not enough, and she’d like to see better cooperation. “The reality is that this issue is much too important to be left to politicians and to the United Nations,” she says. “We face an existential threat to the future of our planet. And that made me realize that climate change is the greatest threat to human rights in the 21st century.”Copyright ©2015Look to the Stars
A number of stars have signed an open letter calling for the UK Government to help reduce the suffering of those with mental ill health by increasing investment into the provision of mental health services.Among those who have signed the letter are Bob Geldof, Ruby Wax, Matt Lucas, Joanna Lumley, Sir Ian McKellen, Danny Boyle, Mumford & Sons, Bill Nighy, Graham Norton, Richard Curtis, Alan Rickman, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Richard E. Grant, Miranda Hart, Lenny Henry, Annie Lennox and many more.“As ministers make final decisions on the Spending Review, we urge them to treat mental health equally with physical health,” reads the letter. “We ask for the same right to timely access to evidence based treatment as those with physical health problems.“We accept, and urge ministers to accept, that this will require additional investment in mental health services. But we are strongly persuaded that sustained investment in mental health services will lead to significant returns for the Exchequer, both by reducing the burden on the NHS through the improved wellbeing of our citizens, and by helping people to stay in, or get back into work.”To read the full letter, and sign the petition, click here.
The Black Rock Coalition, Nona Hendryx, and Sweet Relief Musicians Fund present ”All The WOO In The World” – A Benefit for Bernie Worrell on Monday, Apr 04 2016 at the Webster Hall in New York.Bernie Worrell Benefit ShowBernie Worrell is a keyboardist and composer best known as a founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and for his work with Talking Heads. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic. Bernie is currently fighting stage-four lung cancer. He’s also been diagnosed with prostate cancer.Get your TICKETS here.Featuring appearances by legendary performers Bernie has collaborated with over the course of a five decades-plus career, including: Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Living Colour, Questlove, Jerry Harrison, Jonathon Demme, Meryl Streep, Rick Springfield, Maceo Parker, Mudbone, Fred Schneider, Steve Scales, Leo Nocentelli, Nona Hendryx, Sarah Dash, Ronnie Drayton, Melvin Gibbs, The WOO Warriors, Screaming Headless Torsos, Mark Ribler, Paul Shaffer and The World’s Most Dangerous Band and The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra, led by Gene Williams AND MORE.Support Bernie in his fight against cancer by donating to the Bernie Worrell Fund.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The last time I sat down to write about Syfy’s stellar summer slate, it was with the frame of the female experience firmly front of mind. The math is there: Each series is led by a complexly badass lady or Two (or Five, or Android) whose lived experience as a woman constantly fighting for her own agency and bodily autonomy dictates the shape of the series’ respective action-adventure narratives.This time, though, as all three near their season finales, the frame I can’t shake is goo. Killjoyshas some (green); Dark Matter has some (black). For all that it is the more serious, high-budget cousin of these summer romps, Syfy’s late winter space epic, The Expanse, even has some (blue).“HA! Is it seriously blue goo, black goo, green goo? Is that true?” Michelle Lovretta, Killjoyscreator and showrunner exclaims when I comment on it. “And I think Emily has goo, on Wynonna [Earp]!” Fact check: true. Wynonna’s is demonic, and borne of Hell—at least when it’s not spit from the glands of immortal witch widows, or from body-snatching worm demons, or painted like a permanent bullseye on your forehead by a demonic cult leader—but it’s still goo.This goes with the territory, of course, both Syfy’s and sci-fi’s. In sci-fi (the genre), some alien threat is all but required; on Syfy the network, production costs impose some hard limitations. “Not to pull the curtain back,” Lovretta says, “but the reality is, if you want aliens, and you don’t want to spend twelve hours in a makeup chair with the expense and production time that that takes, then you deal with aliens in a way that you can deal with the us versus them, the horror, all those deep, rich themes that we enjoy poking at while enjoying our romp on Killjoys—since we want fun to be the centerpiece—you do it in a way that you can manage.”READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter
Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement NEW YORK — At 87, Christopher Plummer isn’t just working — he’s busy.He has five movies scheduled for release, including “A Christmas Carol” origin story called “The Man Who Invented Christmas.” And he plans to work until the very end, literally.“I love my work. I love what I do. And I’m so sorry for a majority of people who do not like their jobs, and can’t wait to retire, which of course, is death. I’ll never retire. I hope to drop dead onstage. That’s what I really want to do.” Plummer, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge in the film, recently toured a Charles Dickens exhibit at the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York. Plummer admits that Dickens, especially “A Christmas Carol,” was a big part of his upbringing.“All my family had grown up on Scrooge, and some of them had actually seen Dickens lecture and tell stories. So you took it for granted that it was part of Christmas cheer,” Plummer said.Plummer also has begun shooting scenes for the upcoming Ridley Scott film “All the Money in the World,” replacing Kevin Spacey as billionaire J. Paul Getty. Spacey was ousted from the movie in the wake of a series of sexual misconduct allegations.The actor credits his wife for maintaining his stamina. “I have a very good chef as a wife. She knows how to cook wonderfully balanced food. She’s a real artist at it, and that’s one good reason.” Login/Register With: Facebook In this July 25, 2013, file photo, Christopher Plummer poses for a portrait at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
APTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Harper government doesn’t appear prepared to move immediately on recommendations issued Wednesday morning by a national First Nation education panel created by Ottawa and the Assembly of First Nation to find fixes for the crumbling school system on reserves.The National Panel on First Nation Elementary and Secondary Education called for immediate funding increases for First Nation education to coincide with the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.The $3.1 million panel, created last June, also recommended the creation of a First Nation education ministry in conjunction with new education legislation, to be introduced within the next 18 months, and the creation of regional education boards.Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan, however, called the timelines issued by the panel’s report “aspirational” and wouldn’t say whether the federal government would be injecting new funds toward First Nation K to 12 education in the coming budget.“We are very much concentrated on jobs and the economy. The timelines in the report are indeed very tight,” Duncan told reporters on Parliament Hill. “Those timelines are aspirational. They are based on what they would like to see happen…We will do what we can.”Assembly of First Nations, National Chief Shawn Atleo, however, released a statement highlighting the tight timelines as the right response to the urgent need for change.“I thank the members of the panel for their effort and acknowledge the tight timeframe for this work to be completed,” said Atleo. “I am encouraged that this report acknowledges the urgency as well as the need to build First Nation education systems that respect First Nation rights and responsibilities.”The panel’s report, titled Nurturing the Learning Spirit of First Nation Students, is the result of months-long consultations across the country.The report calls on the federal government to increase funding for First Nations schools equal to the percentage increases for schools in their respective provinces. The report also recommends teachers working in First Nation schools receive pay equal to what their counterparts earn in provincial schools.Duncan, however, said money wasn’t the only thing the education system needed.“I am not going to speculate on the budget,” said Duncan. “Money can’t do everything, what we need is to change structures.”The structural changes called for by the panel’s report will cost money.In addition to calling for an immediate increase to education funding, the panel recommended the creation of a First Nation Education Commission to act as a ministry of education for reserve schools. The panel also recommended the creation of regional First Nation education organizations which would act like school boards.Increased funding was also top of mind for many of the people the panel met on their consultations across the country.“It was the single most frequently mentioned issue as we talked to people across the country,” said panel chair Scott Haldane, president of YMCA Canada. “We believe in order to close this gap there is going to need to be more money invested than the average investment in the provinces.”The NDP called on the Harper government to immediately begin implementing the panel’s recommendations.“The fact is the gap between delivery of education of First Nations and non-First Nations students has widened,” said NDP Aboriginal affairs critic Linda Duncan. “First Nations students should not be forced to wait any longer for their right to education to be honoured.”The Liberals issued the same call.“Any reform to First Nations education must put the child first and funding must be based on real, community needs,” said Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett. “The Harper government must implement the national panel’s urgent fiscal recommendations in the upcoming budget.”
APTN National NewsAlbertans wrapped up celebrating Metis week Friday.Festivities ended with a commemoration of the Metis’ most inspiring leader, Louis Riel.APTN National News reporter Noemi Lopinto has more on the celebrations.
APTN National NewsThe federal government has been accused of violating the privacy of First Nation child welfare advocate Cindy Blackstock.The alleged incidents of spying began after Blackstock filed a human rights complaint against the feds claiming they underfund child welfare.Both parties have been battling it out at the Canadian human rights tribunal this week in Ottawa.APTN’s Annette Francis has an overview of the last three days.
TORONTO – Gildan Activewear Inc. said Hurricane Florence and retailers shifting towards carrying their own private label hosiery and underwear hampered the company’s performance, but it still managed to post a profit.The Montreal-based clothing manufacturer that keeps its books in U.S. dollars saw its third-quarter profit edge lower compared with a year ago as its sales grew 5.3 per cent.The company said it earned $114.3 million or 55 cents per diluted share for the quarter, down from $116.1 million or 52 cents per share a year ago and that its sales totalled $754.4 million, up from $716.4 million in the same quarter last year.However, the brand said about $30 million of its sales were impacted by U.S. weather that disrupted its distribution operations in the Carolinas.“We estimate that we could have shipped another $30 million in the quarter had it not been for the disruption we faced with Hurricane Florence,” said Rhodri Harries, Gildan’s executive vice president and chief financial and administrative officer.“We lost shipping days in our larger distribution facilities in Eden, N.C. and Charleston, S.C. as both in-bound and out-bound shipments were effected due to port and rail closures and the need to temporarily shut down to evacuate employees.”He estimated that half of the sales lost because of the incident would be recuperated next quarter.The company, he said, also continues to face struggle in its hosiery and underwear categories because mass retailers are shifting towards private labels, resulting in Gildan’s lower unit sales of products including socks.Harries expressed optimism about the forthcoming quarter, saying Gildan has secured a private label underwear manufacturing deal for 2019 with its “largest mass retail customer,” which he did not name.He said the deal will mean more shelf space will be allocated to the company’s men’s underwear offerings.“We are well-positioned because the size of the program is quite large,” he said. “There are not a lot of businesses out there that can pull that off…Activewear, T-shirts, sweatshirts and underwear really is our sweet spot.”Harries also revealed that on an adjusted basis, Gildan earned 57 cents per share for the quarter, up from 53 cents per share in the third quarter last year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 58 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.“With three quarters now behind us, we feel good about delivering on our financial targets for 2018, despite the various headwinds we have faced this year,” said the company’s president and chief executive officer Glenn Chamandy. “We continue to feel good about our long-term growth prospects and the way our strategy is unfolding.”Companies in this story: (TSX:GIL)
DOVER, Del. — There’s no guarantee that four former executives of the only financial institution to be criminally charged in connection with the federal bank bailout program will be sentenced to prison for fraud.But even if a judge orders prison time for the former Wilmington Trust officials later this month, they won’t be led away in handcuffs.In a court filing Thursday, prosecutors say they won’t oppose the defendants’ requests to be allowed at least two months, possibly more, to “self-surrender” to prison.The defendants also are asking that any prison sentences be put on hold until their appeals are resolved, a process that could take a year or more.The defendants were convicted in May of misleading regulators and investors about the bank’s massive amount of past-due commercial real estate loans.Randall Chase, The Associated Press
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Republican legislative leaders have introduced a bill that aims to end a longstanding disagreement over shared revenues on the oil-rich Fort Berthold Indian reservation.The bill unveiled Thursday reworks a tax-sharing agreement that favours the Three Affiliated Tribes on the reservation that accounts for about a fifth of the state’s oil production.The legislation is the result of nearly two years of negotiations between tribal leaders, Republican Gov. Doug Burgum, legislative leaders, the state tax department and industry officials.Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox and Burgum say they support the legislation.The state Tax Department estimates the tribes will gain an additional $33 million in revenue over the next two-year budget cycle under the legislation.James MacPherson, The Associated Press
“Alerts can provide valuable information and notice, but individuals also have to do their part,” said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness. “As you ensure your devices have up-to-date software and are compatible for the alerts, also take the time to prepare your emergency kit and create a plan for hazards.”The emergency alerts will be issued, alongside routine television and radio tests, to compatible wireless devices, such as smartphones. The test message will read: “This is a TEST of the British Columbia Emergency Alerting System, issued by Emergency Management British Columbia. This is ONLY a TEST. If this had been an actual emergency or threat, you would now hear instructions that would assist you to protect you and your family. For further information go to www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca. This is ONLY a TEST, no action is required.” VICTORIA, B.C. – At 1:55 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2018, a test of the new wireless alerting system will be conducted for a second time as part of the national Alert Ready system to improve public safety in the event of an emergency.“The key to emergency alerting is to reach as many people on as many communication platforms as possible,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “The addition of emergency alerts on wireless devices is another valuable way to reach out to the public in an emergency. These alerts will be issued alongside routine television and radio tests as an added complement to these and other emergency alerting mediums already in use.”The expansion of the existing radio and television alerting system to include cellular devices was launched in B.C. on April 6, 2018, and an initial test was conducted on May 9, 2018. Emergency Management BC is responsible for issuing emergency notifications on the Alert Ready system in the province and will initially use wireless alerting for tsunami threats only, with plans to expand to other emergencies and hazards in the future.
GRANDE CACHE, A.B. – The Grande Cache RCMP are looking for the public’s help in location Tommy Harrington after his pick-up was found 70km north of Grande Cache.Tommy Lanc Harrington was last believed to have been with his pickup on the Cinch Road, 70km north of Grande Cache on the evening of Jan. 5, 2019, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Tommy’s truck has been located stuck at that location within sight of Hwy 40.It is not known if Tommy was picked up in the area. Tommy has not been in contact since that time. Tommy is described as:Indigenous5’8″145lbsBrown hairBrown eyesWearing jeansBlue hoodieThere is a general concern for Tommy’s safety and well-being. If you have seen Tommy or have any information on his whereabouts, please contact the Grande Cache RCMP at 780-827-3344.If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A new registered charity to assist low-income seniors with health-related costs has started up in the North Peace.The North Peace Seniors Mouth-Eye-Foot Care Foundation is a registered charity that aims to assist seniors with a low income to help cover the associated cost of dental, eye, and foot care.According to the Foundation, applicants are received and then vetted by an impartial social worker who is qualified to ascertain annual income. In order to provide these much-needed services to seniors, the Foundation is currently looking for financial support from the community.If you wish to get in contact, and for more information, you can call the Foundation at 250-787-0218 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.More information can also be found on the North Peace Seniors Mouth-Eye-Foot Care Foundation’s website or Facebook page.
Students are being encouraged to participate and support the games through competition, volunteering and spectating.To view the post; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Secondary School has posted to its website, School District 60 is a partner group to the BC Winter Games and its facilities will be closed during the games.Thursday, February 20, 2020, and Friday, February 21, 2020, the District is participating as a partner group in support of the games. The post shares, this is a substantial community initiative.For the two days, Thursday and Friday there will be no regular instruction at any school sites or bus service.