Macmillan Cancer Support’s prestigious Guards Chapel Christmas Carol Concert took place earlier this month.Hosted by Macmillan Vice President Martyn Lewis CBE, the soiree included readings from Dame Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Michael Fox (Downton Abbey) and Baroness Floella Benjamin.World-renowned classical pianist Janina Fialkowska, rising baritone star Benjamin Appl and Lithuanian accordionist Martynas Levickis performed in the beautiful setting of the Guards Chapel and were supported by the London Contemporary Orchestra.The evening is one of the most prestigious events in Macmillan’s annual calendar and all funds raised will go to help ensure that no one faces cancer alone.
96% of teachers nationwide bear the cost each year to equip their classrooms with the basic materials students need to learn. To help alleviate this burden, Adopt-A-Classroom, the award-winning national non-profit organization that helps students and teachers get the materials they need to learn and achieve in the classroom, has teamed up for the second consecutive year with the national off-price retailer, Burlington Stores to support teachers and students nationwide through a chain-wide point-of-sale campaign going on now through August 18.Showcasing his dedication to the cause is Oscar Winning Actor, Artist and Activist, Common, who is once again joining forces with AdoptAClassroom.org and their partner Burlington Stores this back-to-school season. Together with his mother, Dr. Mahalia Hines, a 35-year educator and Chicago Board of Education member, he has worked tirelessly to help hundreds of students have the resources and opportunities they need to have a successful future.On average, teachers spend more than $740 each year to equip their classrooms with the basic materials students need to learn, a spending increase of nearly 25% over the last three years. Further, more than 28% of teachers spend over $1,000 each year to equip their classrooms with basic school supplies. Through this campaign, Burlington’s goal is to fund classroom resources that teachers need to do their job, helping to ensure all students have an equal chance to learn and succeed.This morning, Burlington Stores, AdoptAClassroom.org, Common and Dr. Hines surprised P.S. 111 with a $10,000 donation. This school adoption provides all teachers with funding to ensure they can prepare their classrooms ahead of the school year. Common and Dr. Hines then spent time with fourth and fifth grade students from P.S. 111, viewing some of their creative works including paintings and songs and learning about the inspiration behind them.“Spending time with students and teachers from P.S.111 this morning was a great reminder about how important it is to support schools and get them the supplies they need,” said Common. “My Mother has been in the Chicago school system for more than 35 years, and I am honored to do my part to help teachers get the materials they need to help their students succeed.”The national point-of-sale campaign kicked off in all 640 plus Burlington Stores nationwide on July 8. Customers are encouraged to donate $1 or more at checkout through August 18 to support AdoptAClassroom.org. To further demonstrate Burlington’s commitment to giving back to the communities that it serves, funds raised will be donated to a nearby classroom where there is a Burlington store, and for the retailer’s new stores opening this fall and spring, each new location will ‘adopt’ every teacher in a local school.“At Burlington, we are dedicated to supporting the communities where we live and work and for the second consecutive year, we are pleased to partner with AdoptAClassroom.org and we are honored that Common has continued his commitment to our effort. The funding raised in our stores will help to support teachers as they fill their classrooms with the tools their students need to succeed. Last year, we were able to provide assistance to more than 3,000 teachers and their 75,000 students, and with this year’s campaign, we look forward to furthering our impact,” said President, CEO and Chairman of Burlington Stores, Tom Kingsbury.“It means a lot to AdoptAClassroom.org and the teachers we support to have Burlington as a second-year sponsor,” says Ann Pifer, executive director of AdoptAClassroom.org. “Our public/private partnership with Burlington, Common and Dr. Hines is a great example of the good we can do when we all work together.”For more information visit Burlington.com or AdoptAClassroom.org.
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Advertisement VANCOUVER, BC – Prepare to be entertained by the one and only Michael Bublé. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC today announced that the 12-time JUNO Award winner and beloved Canadian crooner is set to host The 2018 JUNO Awards, which will be held at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Sunday, March 25, 2018 and broadcast live across Canada on CBC and CBC Radio and around the world on CBCMusic.ca at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET (6 p.m. MT, 7 p.m. CT, 9 p.m. AT, 9:30 p.m. NT).“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to host such an iconic night in Canadian music,”said Michael Bublé. “To be able to host the JUNO Awards in my hometown is both an honour and a privilege.”The multi-platinum singer released his most recent studio album, Nobody But Me, in the fall of 2016. The release followed the critically acclaimed album To Be Loved, Bublé’s fourth album to reach #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Charts. 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Facebook Advertisement Bravo’s #1 most watched series, THE HANDMAID’S TALE, returned with a two-part Season 2 premiere event on Sunday night. The award-winning dystopian drama has unsurprisingly amassed solidarity with viewers across Canada, its return was up 3% over the Season 1 two-part premiere with total viewers, and up 15% with among A25-54.The series once again strapped viewers in and took them for a ride into a harrowing season premiere that delivered the series signature visceral punch and glimmer of hope.The 13-episode season continues next Sunday, May 6 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo with Offred (Elisabeth Moss) adjusting to a new way of life and the arrival of an unexpected person who disrupts the Colonies. THE HANDMAID’S TALE — “June” – Episode 201 — Offred reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead. (Photo by:George Kraychyk/Hulu) Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Season 1 of THE HANDMAID’s TALE is currently streaming on CraveTV with Season 2 episodes streaming following their debut run on Bravo. Advertisement
APTN National NewsThe organization representing thousands of northern Ontario band members says a serious crisis is looming.The Nishnawbe Aski Nation says a ban on OxyContin will lead to a new set of problems.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.
APTN National NewsSome residents of Six Nations near Hamilton, Ont. are worried about their health over the community’s trash incinerator.The device was purchased from an inventor who sold just one – to Six Nations.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has the story.
(Barry Swan, centre bottom, speaks at the Manitoba Legislature)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsManitoba’s Liberals are poring over the province’s Workplace, Safety and Health Act hoping to find a part that will help protect workers willing to come forward to talk about an incident that killed a First Nations man in January.Todd Maytwayashing, 22, was working for the Manitoba Hydro contractor Forbes Brothers Ltd., when he was struck by a piece of falling steel at a job site near Gillam, Man.Liberal MLA Jon Gerrard said people working for Forbes, which is building a transmission line to carry power to Hydro’s $8.7-billion under-construction Keeyask Generating Station, want to share inside information.But they fear dismissal.“I understand there are others…who are ready to come forward to talk about the situation but are reluctant to do so for fear of losing their jobs,” said Gerrard (River Heights).Gerrard originally pitched the idea of expanding the Whistleblower Protection Act to Premier Brian Pallister earlier this week, suggesting coverage for employees at contract companies was needed to get information the Maytwayashing family wanted.But Gerrard switched gears Friday saying existing Workplace, Safety and Health legislation should provide the needed protection to get people to come forward.Maytwayashing’s father, Barry Swan, says he’s been hearing about “bullying and harassment and safety” from other workers.But he says those workers aren’t ready to share details with provincial Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) investigators without assurance their jobs are protected.“They are quite afraid and I am very afraid for them because they got young ones, they got mortgages, car loans, and if they’re black-balled from industry I wouldn’t want that to be our fault,” Swan said in an interview Thursday.Pallister, who paid a condolence call to Maytwayashing’s family last month, says he will personally look into the fatal workplace incident at the mega project.He also encouraged workers to speak up.Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister.“I would give assurance to anyone who has information that they would like to bring forward in the process of investigating this tragedy to bring that forward without fear of repercussions of any kind,” he told the Legislature Wednesday. “They deserve to feel entirely confident and safe in doing so.”Swan says he “was honoured” to have Pallister in his home.“He assured me that Hydro would come to my house and apologize face-to-face,” Swan said. “And he assured me this investigation would not be tampered with.”Gerrard said Friday he believes the WSH Act has enough teeth to protect workers who want to contribute information to the investigation.Swan says he just wants to know what led to his son’s death.“We’re trying to work with workplace safety to have an honest and fair investigation,” he said. “If Hydro and Forbes are willing to share information with us that doesn’t jeopardize anything is what we’re looking for at this point.”Meanwhile, Forbes has completed its own investigation.Senior manager Brenda Madley says Maytwashing was doing a “high-risk” part of the job when he was killed and the company has since made changes to try and reduce the danger of loading and unloading material.“Fatalities don’t occur very often at Forbes,” she said, noting the death of Maytwayashing and two others in eastern Canada last summer during a tower collapse “are the only three fatalities that we’ve had in 40 years.“Our workers are part of our family. I mean I can’t even tell you how difficult it is on every single individual that’s in the organization,” she added in a telephone interview from Edmonton.Madley said workers shouldn’t fear for their jobs if they want to report problems.“We want to know about unsafe conditions so that we can correct them,” she said.“We have several safety advisors on our Manitoba project. They are encouraged to report unsafe conditions.”Maytwashing’s is the second death at a Keeyask-related site since the project began in 2014. Carpenter Joseph Head suffered a brain bleed in 2017 that ultimately led to a fatal heart attack.His widow is suing Hydro alleging her husband died a “wrongful death.”
A new class-action lawsuit wants to seek damages for inmates subjected to solitary confinement.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA class-action lawsuit is seeking damages for time spent in solitary confinement on behalf of thousands of inmates in B.C. jails.The suit, filed last week in B.C. Supreme Court, still needs to be certified by a judge.If approved, lawyer James Sayce said he will pursue compensation for “lasting and permanent harms” incurred by people subjected to isolation.“In our view there are international standards which apply to the use of solitary confinement in jails,” he said from Toronto.“Solitary confinement should be a tool of last resort.”B.C. Corrections declined to comment for this story but said it intended to file a statement of defence.“With this matter before the courts, it would be inappropriate to comment further,” a spokeswoman added.Sayce, of the Koskie-Minsky firm, said B.C. uses solitary confinement for two reasons – administrative or disciplinary.But, he said, there aren’t “sufficient safeguards” to protect prisoners from being subjected to an abuse of those reasons.“The prison authorities will often justify the use of solitary confinement in inappropriate means,” he said in a telephone interview.Solitary confinement, Sayce said, should be used “sparingly” and, for some inmates, not at all.And when used, “a person should be released from solitary at the earliest possible time.”Concerns about practiceThe lawsuit applies to anyone – male and female – who spent time in solitary confinement while serving a sentence of less than two years in a B.C. correctional facility, Sayce added.“The harms associated with solitary for those groups, we say, rises to the level of cruel or unusual treatment, which is unconstitutional in this country,” he said.“People suffering from serious mental illness and people that are young – under the age of 18 – are not properly equipped to deal with the stresses of solitary confinement.”A large proportion of those inmates would be Indigenous people, like his representative plaintiff Cody Cragg of Vancouver Island, because he said Canada has an “over-representation” of Indigenous inmates at all levels of the system.Sayce said Cragg was kept in solitary for lengthy periods while serving time at the Prince George Regional Correctional Centre despite being diagnosed with mental health issues.“It’s our submission he’s a person who should never have been placed in solitary confinement,” he said.“He’s a person who should have been given treatment in a clinical setting.”Sayce said solitary confinement is used in all provincial and federal correctional institutions.He has already certified class-action lawsuits on behalf of inmates subjected to solitary in Ontario and while serving penitentiary time.In his 2017 report, Canada’s correctional investigator said Indigenous inmates were subjected to segregation more than other inmates – and, at the same time, found the use of segregation declining for non-Indigenous prisoners.Ottawa has since moved to eradicate the practice in the federal system by tabling Bill C-83.Sayce noted there is a syndrome associated with time spent in solitary confinement and damages will be higher for prisoners who spent the most time in a cell alone – sometimes up to 22 hours a day – with no human firstname.lastname@example.org@katmarte
It’s been a busy year for the Regal Cat Cafe which recently marked its 100th adoption since opening six months ago.Owner Tia Wheeler said everyone has been so welcoming. “It’s absolutely amazing, I can’t believe the response,” Wheeler said. “I can’t believe everyone is falling in love with these kitties. It’s just so fantastic to be able to help and support the MEOW foundation.”Wheeler adds the longest resident they’ve had inside the ‘kitty kingdom’ has been a month.She credits the big appeal to a love for cats and the fun space they’ve provided for people to relax.
Five lucky and talented chefs from Alberta will get a chance to show their mastery of pork at a prestigious competition in Banff.It’s the first time the event, known as Cochon555, has come to Canada.Cochon is the brainchild of American chef Brady Lowe. It’s a celebration of heritage pork breeds and launched in 2008.Since then it’s become one of the signature events on the North American culinary calendar.“For Alberta to have it, for Banff to have it, and for us to be able to host it at the hotel, it’s a very big deal in the industry, for sure,” said J.W. Foster, Executive Chef at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.He says any chef worth their salt wants to be included.Among the others showing their stuff will be chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson from Charcut and Charbar and Matthias Fong of River Cafe in Calgary, Shelley Robinson of Banff Hospitality Collective and Randy Luft of the Rimrock Resort Hotel.The farmers are Malorie Aubé of Country Accent Heritage Breeds, Allan and Joanne Vanden Broek of Broek Pork Acres, Danny and Shannon Ruzicka of Nature’s Green Acres, Mark Lahoda and Antonio Matriz of Alberta Pork Company/Sunhaven Farms and Jessica and Chris Fasoli of Bear and the Flower Farm.You can get tickets to the April 28 event here: https://www.banfflakelouise.com/cochon555-tickets
TORONTO – Thomson Reuters Corp. reported a loss in its first quarter as it took a one-time charge related to the sale of its financial and risk business announced earlier this year.The news and information company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said the loss attributable to shareholders amounted to US$339 million or 48 cents per share compared with a profit attributable to shareholders of $297 million or 41 cents per share a year ago.Revenue in the quarter totalled $1.38 billion, up from $1.33 billion.The loss in the most recent quarter reflected an $844-million deferred tax charge associated with the proposed sale of a 55 per cent interest in the company’s financial and risk business to a consortium led by U.S.-based private equity firm Blackstone.On an adjusted basis, Thomson Reuters says it earned 28 cents per share in the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of 25 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 27 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRI)
PARIS — Grassroots protests over hikes in taxes on diesel fuel and gasoline have continued in France, though on a far smaller scale than the ones that paralyzed traffic around the country.Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Sunday increased the number of people reported injured during Saturday’s protests to 409. He said 14 of them had serious injuries. Castaner told RTL radio 28 firefighters and member of police forces also were injured.A protester struck and killed by a car that accelerated in a panic at a roadblock in the Savoie region was the only death. French media reported on Sunday that the driver of the vehicle was handed preliminary manslaughter charges.Castaner said 157 people were detained for questioning — up from 73 reported Saturday night.Protests continued at 150 sites.The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Eight former employees at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store have filed a race and age discrimination lawsuit against the high-end store and its corporate parent.The suit was filed Tuesday in New York.Attorney Derek Sells says the black, white and Hispanic men were subjected to a hostile work environment and then fired.He says managers made it difficult for them to get customers from store foot traffic, berated them, didn’t promote them and allowed younger, white colleagues to harass them.Some of the plaintiffs say that even when they made sales targets, managers would find other metrics to evaluate them poorly.Saks’ parent organization, Hudson’s Bay Co., says it is committed to diversity and inclusion and takes the allegations seriously. It is declining to comment on the litigation.Deepti Hajela, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — House and Senate negotiators have reached a deal on the multibillion-dollar farm bill after months of contentious talks.The tentative deal scraps a plan backed by House Republicans and President Donald Trump that would have added new work requirements for some food stamp recipients. Lawmakers expect to vote on the bill next week.Democrats and many Senate Republicans opposed the work requirements, the biggest stumbling block holding up an agreement. The impasse threatened to scuttle a bipartisan bill that sets federal agricultural and food policy for five years and provides more than $400 billion in farm subsidies, conservation programs and food aid for the poor.In a statement Thursday, House and Senate agriculture committee leaders say they have reached agreement but are working to finalize the bill’s language and costs.Matthew Daly And Juliet Linderman, The Associated Press
NEW YORK — In “Pass It On,” Associated Press beat reporters ask executives to share experiences and insights that will resonate with anyone managing a business.The AP interviewed Susie Jaramillo and Nuria Santamaria Wolfe, co-founders of Encantos Media Studios. It’s the family-owned company behind Canticos, a brand of bilingual books, interactives apps and videos inspired by classic Spanish-language nursery songs. Nickelodeon adapted Canticos this year to create a series for toddlers, available on its digital platforms.Santamaria Wolfe is a former head of multicultural strategy at Twitter and Jaramillo is a former co-owner of a Latino-focused ad agency.Q: Nickelodeon saw mainstream appeal in your Hispanic-inspired brand. What advice do you have for other multicultural brand developers?Jaramillo: People will find your culture appealing. When it comes to products, sometimes people get narrowed-minded, thinking, if I leverage culture I won’t appeal to my general market. My mantra is, “Yes you will, if you do it well.” If you leverage culture elegantly, you will create a product with global appeal.Q: What were the biggest hurdles in launching your company and how did you overcome it?Jaramillo: The hardest thing to do is finding partners you can trust, taking a risk and not being afraid of failure. Seek out partners that see your audience as a business imperative. And when I say partners, I mean distribution partners, clients who you go into business with. Seek out like-minded professionals who are really passionate about the same ideas you are and don’t be afraid to trust them.Q: Canticos was first released on its own YouTube channel and individual apps. How do you harness digital technology and social media to reach your target audience?Santamaria Wolfe: I understood the power of tech and digital to really enable a small brand to gain customer attention just as a bring brand would. One is having a presence. Moms are on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Two, is making sure you are connecting with the customer on an emotional level. Create little moments so that they know that you are a brand for them. We are brand by moms for moms.Alexandra Olson, The Associated Press
By offering this new out of school care program, the hope is to encourage youth in their studies and artistic endeavours. There will also be a French tutor available during the after school hours to help children attending Ecole Central.Over the next few weeks, NPCC will decide if there is a need for full-day programs on Pro- D days and school holidays.For more information on the out of school programs should contact the North Peace Cultural Centres office at (250)785-1992 or email; email@example.com. FORT ST. JOHN B.C. – Oscare Child Care Centre has closed their doors as of Tuesday, and the North Peace Cultural Centre was quick to make room for children by expanding on their out of school childcare programsOctober 30, 2018, the doors were officially closed at Oscare Child Care Centre yet two blocks down the street, the North Peace Cultural Centre (NPCC) has been making room and implementing programs to help accommodate children before and after school.The NPCC has offered after-school programs in specific art classes since 1992, yet in 2014 they expanded to include the first fine arts preschool in Northern B.C.
The energy sector was helped again by crude oil prices, which rose on Saudi Arabia’s energy minister reassuring that its oil production and exports are falling sharply. West Texas Intermediate prices are up 23 per cent from its December low.The February crude contract was up US$2.58 at US$52.36 per barrel Wednesday and the February natural gas contract was up 1.7 cents at US$2.98 per mmBTU.Canada’s financial sector was helped by the Bank of Canada’s decision to hold its key rate at 1.75 per cent while the economy absorbs softness from a 44 per cent drop in oil prices from its October peak.“The banks tend to be a play on Canadian GDP growth and with the Bank of Canada having a supportive stance to keep the Canadian economy running smoothly that’s certainly positive for the banks,” said Chopra. The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 199.58 points to 14,804.73 in a broad-based rally that saw all sectors rise.It was the third day of triple-digit gains so far this year and the best four-consecutive day performance since January 2016.“There seems to be a lot more optimism about a U.S.-China trade deal and when it comes to Federal Reserve interest rate hikes it appears to be that they’ll take a pause,” Chopra said referring to minutes released from the central bank and recent comments from several bank governors.The cannabis-heavy health care sector rose by 6.25 percent as Canopy Growth Corp. surged 13.3 percent, while Aurora Cannabis Inc. and Aphria Inc. gained 7.3 and 6.2 per cent respectively.The key energy sector followed, with financials, industrials and materials also rising.Financial and energy stocks were the biggest gainers on the day led by Sun Life Financial Inc., Royal Bank of Canada, Manulife Financial and Suncor Energy Inc. Meanwhile, BCE Inc. and Nutrien Ltd. lost ground while Imperial Oil and TransCanada Corp. posted small gains. TORONTO, O.N. – Canada’s main stock index posted its strongest four-day gain in three years Wednesday as it was propelled by a large increase in the price of crude oil and the Bank of Canada’s latest rate announcement.The Toronto Stock Exchange continued its rebound from a dreadful autumn and tough December helped by positive news about the trade dispute between China and the U.S. and minutes from the Federal Reserve confirming its patience about raising interest rates, says Anish Chopra, managing director with Portfolio Management Corp.“A fantastic four-day stretch,” he said in an interview. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 91.67 points at 23,879.12. The S&P 500 index was up 10.55 points at 2,584.96, while the Nasdaq composite was up 60.08 points at 6,957.08.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 75.64 cents US compared with an average of 75.23 cents US on Tuesday.The February gold contract was up US$6.10 at US$1,292 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 0.1 of a cent at US$2.66 a pound.
The School District is reminding parents to register directly at your home school. If you are uncertain of the school boundaries (also known as catchment areas) you can contact the nearest school or check the School Catchment Locator. It is strongly recommended that you register at your earliest convenience.French Immersion Kindergarten is available at École Central Elementary School of the Arts only. You can call the school, at 250-785- 4511, for further information regarding the French Immersion Program. For students entering Grade One, French Immersion is also a possibility at Ecole Central depending on space.Blended kindergarten learning and distributed learning are available at the Key Learning Centre only. You can call the school at 250-261-5660 for more information.Busing will be provided for rural Kindergarten Programs. Availability and times vary for each school. You are encouraged to contact your school for details.For further information on the registration process, you can visit the School District 60 website or you can call Stephen Petrucci, Assistant Superintendent, at 250-262-6017. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 is now accepting Kindergarten Student Registrations.Registration for Kindergarten Students for the 2019/2020 school year will take place in all Elementary Schools during regular school hours.Children who will be five years of age by December 31, 2019 are eligible for registration in Kindergarten at their local schools.
“I think it’s important and I don’t think we give it enough focus in that industry. I want to inspire others as well and give everyone the opportunity to get out there and learn those lessons. For anyone who doesn’t hunt but wants to, we can help out with that. They’re all good lessons to have.”Skage, being a life-long hunter, says the inspiration for the show was based on seeing how excited his son was when he first took him hunting.“When I seen how he was when I took him for the first time into the woods, just that excitement, I got excited and it revitalized me.”The show will premiere on Wild TV on April 16 at 8:00 p.m. EDT. FORT NELSON, B.C. – A locally produced TV series will be premiering this Tuesday on Wild TV.For the past year, Fort Nelson Resident, Mark Skage, has been producing episodes for a series called Start ’em Young.According to Skage, the show aims to inspire and teach youngsters the skills and knowledge of hunting.