HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge will allow constitutional arguments in a case where the province decided a man’s personalized licence plate was offensive to women.Lorne Grabher had his licence plate with the text “GRABHER” — his last name — revoked last year after government officials agreed with a complainant that it was a “socially unacceptable slogan.”In a court hearing on Wednesday, lawyer Jay Cameron of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms asked for the right to argue that the wording of regulations for personal licences are so vague that they violate the guarantee of freedom of expression in the Charter of Rights.Cameron said in an interview that Justice James Chipman allowed Grabher amend his original motion.Grabher’s lawyers can now make constitutional arguments against the regulation, rather than simply seek to have the government’s ruling overturned.The court also set fresh dates for a trial, with the matter now scheduled for one year from now, on Sept. 5 and 6, 2018.
TORONTO – Ontario’s newly elected Opposition leader is vowing to spend much of the next three months on the road campaigning for a spring election, saying his party is focused on forming government so it can find efficiencies and shape up the province’s finances.Doug Ford, who narrowly won the Progressive Conservative leadership late Saturday, laid out his plans to topple the governing Liberals during an unannounced first visit to the province’s legislature on Monday, where he met with his new staff.“I have to be out there non-stop,” Ford said. “As my Dad always said, in business, you aren’t getting sales in the office. You’ve got to get sales outside. We’re going to be out on the road. You won’t see me in here too often.”Ford said he will leave much of the work in the legislature to the party’s now former interim leader, Vic Fedeli, who was installed in the post after the sudden January resignation of Patrick Brown amid sexual misconduct allegations.“I just look forward to getting in here and moving forward,” Ford said. “Our focus is going to be on straightening out the finances of this province.”Ford won the Tory leadership following a chaotic convention that saw results delayed over seven hours because of the narrow margin between him and runner-up former Tory legislator Christine Elliott, who initially questioned the vote and took nearly a full day to concede.Ford, who met with Elliott Sunday night, said they were putting the heated competition behind them.“We’re going to move forward as a cohesive group,” he said of the party that has been plagued by infighting in recent weeks. “I talked to numerous MPPs, endless candidates. We’re all excited.”Ford also said he spoke with Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne on Monday, saying he had great respect for her.“She’s a great campaigner, a great debater. I never underestimate her,” he said. “But she’s never debated Doug Ford before and I can’t wait.”Ford, who has curried favour with social conservatives and vowed to wrest power from political elites, also said Monday that he would review the Liberal government’s sex-education curriculum, but denied he wanted to debate access to abortion in the legislature, despite raising questions about the matter last week.“(Abortion) is not on the top of my priority list,” he said. “We’re going to reduce hydro rates, start attracting great-paying jobs and business.”Ford also repeated his plan to do away with a carbon tax proposed under Brown to replace the Liberals’ cap-and-trade system, but has so far not provided details on how he’d make up for the billions from the tax that were to fund major Tory campaign promises, including a income tax cut.Wynne said voters will have a “stark” choice between her Liberal party and Tories when the province heads to the polls in June.“Mr. Ford and I disagree on a lot of things,” she said Monday morning. “I think what we are putting forward as a platform is very, very different than what any of the Conservatives were putting forward, which is cutting and removing supports from people.”Wynne said Ford’s selection as Tory leader won’t change how her party plans for the spring vote, pitching herself as the candidate ready to invest in people.“I need to focus on what it is that people are saying to me in terms of what they need,” she said.Western University political science professor Cristine de Clercy said it’s difficult to say just where Ford will take the Tories when it comes to policy, but noted that his populism could pose a problem for his rivals.“Mr. Ford’s populism carries with it the promise to corrode the bases of the other two parties,” she said. “The New Democrats and the Liberals both have to worry about losing key voters to Mr. Ford because they’re attracted to his populism regardless of his ideology.”“We actually don’t know much about him as a leader,” she added. “His biggest challenge is now to define himself for voters so they can understand what exactly he proposes to do.”Barry Kay, a political science professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, said comparisons between Ford and U.S. President Donald Trump, who also embraced populism, are inevitable, if not entirely accurate.“Obviously, there are parallels,” he said. “We’re talking about somebody who shoots from the hip. Somebody who speaks frequently before he thinks. Somebody who clearly feels comfortable in the role of street fighter.”Ford’s top challenge will be to stay on message, Kay said.“The question is can Ford hold (the Tories’) lead in the polls. I think Elliott would have,” he said. “I think he’s more accident prone.”
OTTAWA – Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 2.2 per cent in February, Statistics Canada says. Here’s what happened in the provinces (previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador: 1.7 per cent (1.1)— Prince Edward Island: 3.0 (1.6)— Nova Scotia: 2.3 (1.4)— New Brunswick: 2.7 (1.8)— Quebec: 1.5 (1.3)— Ontario: 2.1 (1.8)— Manitoba: 2.4 (2.1)— Saskatchewan: 2.9 (2.5)— Alberta: 2.2 (1.4)— British Columbia: 2.8 (2.1)
OTTAWA – The Conservatives vowed Friday to employ new tactics next week to force testimony from Justin Trudeau’s national security adviser over the prime minister’s recent trip to India.The Tories made the pledge after ending a marathon overnight voting session that began Thursday and kept members of Parliament answering roll calls in the House of Commons for nearly 21 hours.Conservative House leader Candice Bergen called a halt to the procedural stunt after MPs had voted on hundreds of motions deemed confidence measures. After she did, the calendar on the clerk’s desk finally flipped over to Friday and the sitting wrapped up.Bergen thanked parliamentary staff, from the Speaker to security guards to cafeteria workers, for hanging on through the prolonged sitting.Soon afterwards, the bleary MPs — some clad in sweats and clutching pillows and blankets — emerged from the chamber pumping their fists in the air in a victory gesture.At issue was the Liberal government’s refusal to support a Conservative demand that national security adviser Daniel Jean be called to testify before a Commons committee about a briefing he gave journalists during the prime minister’s ill-starred visit to India.Jean suggested to reporters covering Trudeau’s trip last month that rogue factions in the Indian government had sabotaged the visit. Since then, Opposition MPs demanded that Jean explain his reasoning about how one-time Canadian Sikh separatist and convicted attempted murderer Jaspal Atwal was invited to a Trudeau event in India.Atwal’s appearance, and Jean’s statements about the Indian government, have harmed Canada-India relations, said Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole.“We’ve already seen the Indian government express outrage, raise tariffs,” said O’Toole.“We’ve angered a major Commonwealth partner … and the prime minister clings to this conspiracy theory that directly contradicts his own MP, Randeep Sarai.”While Trudeau has defended Jean as a professional, non-partisan, veteran public servant who only says what he knows to be true, Sarai took responsibility for getting Atwal on the guest lists for Trudeau events in India after Atwal said he requested an invitation.Only one of those two scenarios can be true, said O’Toole: either Atwal was invited by a Liberal MP or he was an Indian government plant and Jean should be allowed to testify so he can clear the air over the controversy.But Liberal House Leader Bardish Chagger said it was entirely up to MPs on the national security committee — the majority of whom are Liberals — to decide whether Jean should be called to testify.“The committee should be able to choose if they would like him to come and testify or not,” said Chagger. “And that’s a choice for committee members to make.”NDP members, however, noted that the committee had not voted on a motion to compel Jean to testify. Instead, committee members adjourned debate before a vote could be called.Either way, it’s up to Trudeau to “come clean with Canadians about his trip to India,” Bergen said in a statement.“Canadians deserve to know the truth about what happened during the Atwal Affair,” she said. “Justin Trudeau is trying to hide the one person who can set the record straight. That’s not right.”O’Toole insisted the fight will carry on next week, although he wouldn’t say what new tactics his party might use.“We’re going to bring this back in a new way,” said O’Toole.
From Canada’s national alpine ski team to real estate entrepreneur, Calgary businessman Scott Hutcheson has been tasked with leading the group that will formulate a vision and budget for a potential 2026 Olympic bid.“This is a giant task, of course it is,” the Aspen Properties co-founder said at the Olympic Oval Thursday. “But that’s what we’re supposed to do, we’re supposed to step up.”Hutcheson’s appointment comes as the BidCo. faces tight deadlines ahead of a potential decision by council to submit a formal bid to the International Olympic Committee.Later this month, the Canadian Olympic Committee will decide whether to give initial approval for a Calgary bid, followed by the development of a multi-party agreement.Along with presenting a fully-costed budget, that agreement will lay out which stakeholders will pay for what parts of a potential bid, including the three levels of government, COC and IOC.There’s also a plebiscite anticipated to be held in November and Calgary’s bid book – should council vote to move ahead – is due in January.“I’m not nervous about it, I’m keen to get my sleeves rolled up,” he said. “It’s a tight timeline, but we’ll do that.”Hutcheson will have to name a vice-chair and CEO soon and already has a briefing planned for Friday.“It’s the job of this board to gather the information with accuracy and disclose that information and engage in our community,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s not up to me to make a decision as to whether this community wants the Olympics or not.”“The last poll I saw though said 63 per cent of Calgarians are keen to go forward with an Olympic bid, but they need more information and that’s our job.”The BidCo. group will build on the work done by the previous Calgary Bid Exploration Committee, which pegged the total cost of a 2026 Calgary Olympiad at $4.6 billion, although that cost didn’t take into account several planned infrastructure projects.Mayor Naheed Nenshi has previously said that a more accurate idea of how much the Games could cost would probably be known in late June, while the just as important multi-party agreement is planned for September.Meanwhile, Calgary’s Olympic oversight committee is mulling over public engagement options, ahead of the planned November plebiscite.Double Olympic speed skating champion and former CBEC member Catriona Le May Doan said it’s a day of relief and excitement.“I think everybody just kind of said, finally,” she said. “This will happen very quickly, so as much as people were saying, when are things happening, now we’re going to see things at a pace that’s escalated.”“People have said to me, well you’re from sport, you would’ve of course want that,” she said. “I do not want to leave my children with a legacy if it’s not going to make financial sense, so we all need all the information.”Along with his business work, Hutcheson is Chair of the Board of Directors of Arts Commons, co-chair of the Board of Directors for Witnerstart and Chair of the Board of WinSport.
OTTAWA — Sept. 30 might become a new statutory holiday commemorating victims of residential schools.The House of Commons heritage committee approved a measure Tuesday to make the last day of September a National Truth and Reconciliation Day.That date is already used as an informal occasion to commemorate the experiences of residential-school students, called Orange Shirt Day.It’s called that in memory of a piece of a clothing one First Nations girl in British Columbia had taken away from her on her first day at a residential school in 1973.The heritage committee put the new federal holiday into Bill C-369, which also creates a National Indigenous Peoples’ Day on June 21 — one day would be for commemoration, the other for celebration.The bill has yet to go to the Commons for a final vote.The Canadian Press
BOWDEN, Alta. — A man who strangled his wife and concealed her body in a wall of their home after enduring what he described as years of domestic abuse is scheduled for his first parole hearing today.Allan Shyback was convicted of manslaughter and indignity to a body in the 2012 death of Lisa Mitchell.He was originally sentenced to seven years in prison, but the Alberta Court of Appeal increased it to 10 years.Shyback testified at his trial that he killed Mitchell in defence as she attacked him with a knife.He said he panicked, put her body inside a plastic bin and cemented it into a basement wall of the Calgary home they shared with their children.Last fall, the Appeal Court, in adding more time to his sentence, noted the severity of Shyback’s crimes“For two years, the respondent led the deceased’s family to believe that she was alive and there was some hope of her returning. He maintained this deception until the Mr. Big operation revealed the truth,” Justice Jack Watson wrote on behalf of the three-member panel.“It was particularly cruel for the respondent to suggest to the children that their mother had abandoned them but might return one day, even though he knew she was entombed in the basement of the house in which they were all living.”An undercover police operation began in 2013 and ended with Shyback’s confession and arrest in Winnipeg.The parole hearing at Bowden Institution, south of Red Deer, Alta., will assess any risk he may present to the community if he is released. In most cases, board members give their decision and reasons the day of the hearing.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press
Four stories in the news for Thursday, May 23———TRUDEAU TO EXONERATE CHIEF POUNDMAKERPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is to visit a Saskatchewan First Nation today to exonerate a chief unjustly convicted of treason more than 130 years ago. Trudeau is to vindicate Chief Poundmaker during a ceremony at the reserve that bears his name — Poundmaker Cree Nation — about 200 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon. Members of the First Nation describe Poundmaker as an important political leader who spoke out against Treaty 6 and stood up for his people at the time of the 1885 Northwest Rebellion. They say Poundmaker was inappropriately labelled a traitor even though he stopped First Nations fighters from going after retreating federal forces that had attacked them.———PARTIES SHOP FOR HOUSING IDEAS FOR PLATFORMSFederal parties are preparing to chase voters with ideas for dealing with what a new survey suggests is a major concern across the country — housing affordability. The ideas being shopped around to stakeholders in the housing sector include spending on certain groups, such as veterans, and more spending to increase the supply of lower-cost housing units to further cool housing prices. The struggle with affordability and the price of housing in some markets is shaping up to be a key campaign issue. A survey being released today, conducted for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, suggests the cost of housing is seen as having the largest effect on quality of life in Canadian cities.———ACCESSIBILITY BILL A STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING LAWCanada’s accessibility minister says the government will be acting on the Senate’s proposed recommendations to strengthen the country’s first piece of accessibility legislation for people with disabilities. Carla Qualtrough sent a letter to disabled advocates saying the government planned to accept all the amendments senators had proposed for the Accessible Canada Act. Earlier this month, the Senate committee on social affairs, science and technology adopted several amendments that nearly a hundred disability organizations said were necessary to make the law effective. Chief among them was a call to set a timeline requiring the act to be fully implemented by 2040, as well as recognition of sign language as an official language among deaf Canadians.———CLEAN-ENERGY SECTOR GROWTH OUTPACES CANADA’SCanada’s clean-energy sector says it’s growing faster than the economy as a whole and is rivalling some better-known industries for jobs. Clean Energy Canada is releasing a study today it commissioned to try to paint the first real picture of an industry it feels nobody knows much about but that is critically important to the future both in terms of climate change and the economy. Nearly 300,000 people are directly employed across the industry, which encompasses everything from renewable-energy production and transfer to public transit and entrepreneurs developing products to help us live our lives producing fewer greenhouse-gas emissions. The clean-energy industry accounted for three per cent of Canada’s GDP in 2017.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will address the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations at its annual general assembly today in Meadow Lake, Sask.— The verdict is expected today in the case of a Halifax police officer charged with assaulting a homeless man outside a shelter.— Meteorologists from the Canadian Hurricane Centre will be in Dartmouth, N.S., today to discuss the general outlook for the upcoming 2019 hurricane season and the steps Canadians can take to be prepared.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The Canadian military plans to send a team back to Mali next month to work with Romanian peacekeepers and minimize a gap in providing medical evacuations to United Nations and Malian forces and civilians.Canadian peacekeepers will cease operations in Mali on Saturday and begin packing up their helicopters and equipment after more than a year in the sprawling West African country.Yet while their Romanian replacements have started to arrive, with help from Canadian Forces transport aircraft, the Romanians aren’t expected to be ready to fly missions until the middle of October.To ensure they are ready, Col. Travis Morehen, commander of the Canadian contingent, says some of his troops who returned home last month will be back for a week in September to teach their Romanian replacements the ropes.The 12-month Canadian mission was scheduled to wrap up all operations at the end of July before the federal government extended medical evacuations another month to the end of August.The UN had asked Canada to keep all its peacekeepers in Mali until the middle of October to prevent any gap between the end of the Canadian mission and the start of Romanian one.The Canadian Press
Foreigner and the Grammy Foundation have launched a Public Service Announcement campaign in support of music education!High schools across the United States. can submit a 15-30 second PSA stressing the importance of music in schools and the great music teachers who have encouraged them along the way.The background music of the PSA should be a Foreigner song of the school’s choice, performed in any style by the school choir. Suggested talking points are:• Who was the music teacher who inspired you? Why was he/she so inspirational?• What was the most important lesson about music you learned?• Why is music education important?• What are your memories of your first music teacher?• What would you say to other kids who want to pursue a career in music?Schools should upload their entry to YouTube and email the link to email@example.com.The program runs from now through Oct. 31, 2013.One winner will be chosen by the band and will receive a $10,000 grant for use in their music and audio/visual departments.The winning PSA will be posted on GRAMMYInTheSchools.com.
Crosby, Stills and Nash (CSN), John Mayer, Don Felder, Brandi Carlile, Chris Stills and many special guests will return to Los Angeles on April 5 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel for the 2nd Light Up The Blues Concert—An Evening of Music to Benefit Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.Also performing are special guests—rapper Watsky, indie artist Xolie Morra, Rio “Soulschocka” Wyles, Adam Mandela Walden, and Neal Katz. The benefit concert will begin at 7:30 PM. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, February 22 at 10 AM PT through all Ticketmaster outlets, and online here.The April 5 event spotlights Light It Up Blue, Autism Speaks’ annual global awareness and fundraising campaign celebrated by the international Autism community during World Autism Awareness Day and throughout Autism Awareness Month in April. Proceeds from the Light Up The Blues Concert will go towards Autism Speaks’ research and advocacy efforts for families and individuals impacted by the disorder.“We are so thrilled to be doing this again. Last year’s Light Up The Blues benefit was such an incredible event, life changing for all involved. We are so grateful to be able to bring such a special night of music to the Autism community and to support Autism Speaks,” says Kristen & Stephen Stills. Light Up The Blues will celebrate the many gifts of autistic individuals, while supporting Autism Speaks in their mission to raise awareness and continue to enact their successful advocacy on behalf of all those who navigate through the journey of Autism.“We value our partnership with the Stills family on this amazing event that not only has great music, but also highlights the incredible talents of individuals on the spectrum, and lets them shine bright for a wonderful evening,” said Matt Asner, Executive Director of Southern California for Autism Speaks.
As Nickelodeon celebrates this year’s five HALO Awards honorees this Nov. 30 for their commitment to service; the network is adding two pro-social elements to the telecast that will let audiences deepen their connections and commitments to the causes they care about.Nickelodeon is taking its HALO Effect initiative into 2015 with $50,000 of grants to fund kids’ charitable efforts, and is also launching on Nov. 15 a pro-social project with DoSomething.org designed to connect kids and teens to the community service initiatives championed by this year’s five Nickelodeon HALO Awards honorees. The HALO Awards is Nickelodeon’s annual event that recognizes real-life kids who are doing extraordinary things in their communities and ‘Helping and Leading Others’ (HALO).This year’s HALO honorees — Lulu Cerone, Yash Gupta, Cassandra Lin, Nicolas Lowinger and Alanna Wall — are being commended for their work to raise awareness across numerous issues relevant to kids today, including environmental sustainability, volunteerism, helping the underprivileged, and building awareness for youth philanthropy. Kids and teens can visit DoSomething.org/HALO and click on the profile of each HALO honoree to sign up and participate in activities that include creating activity books for kids in hospitals, encouraging friends and family to decrease oil waste, donating gently worn eyeglasses and backpacks, and teaching internet safety tips to friends and family. Additionally, users can upload images showcasing how they participated in these activities and earn an opportunity to be nominated for Nickelodeon’s year-round pro-social initiative, HALO Effect.The HALO Effect initiative recognizes one deserving teen every month for “helping and leading others” (HALO) in their community. Over the past year HALO Effect has awarded more than $50,000 to 10 kids across the country to help fund their charitable organization of choice. HALO Effect awards a $5,000 grant to a charity of each teen’s choosing. Teens selected are also featured in an on-air profile on TeenNick and highlighted on TeenNick.com throughout each month. This year’s HALO Awards will showcase the work of the 2014 HALO Effect winners during the hour-long concert special.“The Nickelodeon HALO Awards celebrates what is truly a generational movement among kids and teens about the need to address the most pressing issues of our time,” said Marva Smalls, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Nickelodeon Group. “Our hope is that the platform we are giving this year’s HALO Awards honorees will serve as inspiration to kids across the country.”“The impact of the Halo Awards will extend beyond the screen and into the homes and communities of young people across the country. We built five custom campaigns, influenced by the rockstar Halo honorees and their causes, so inspired viewers can take an immediate action for social good. It’s simple: tune in, take action,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, Chief Marketing Officer at DoSomething.org.The sixth annual HALO Awards will celebrate the work of five teens that are actively helping others in their communities with a concert special featuring performances by Jessie J, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, The Roots, Echosmith, The Vamps and Fifth Harmony; along with appearances by Zendaya, Victoria Justice, Carlos PenaVega, and Nickelodeon’s live-action stars. Led by host/creator/executive producer Nick Cannon the hour-long concert will premiere across Nickelodeon’s networks (Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons) on Sunday Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) and stream live for the first time ever on Nick.com, the Nick App and Nick Radio.Nick.com/halo and the Nick App are the official digital destinations for all things HALO. Kids will be able to learn all about the HALO Awards, relive the best performances from last year’s show, watch videos featuring Nick Cannon and all of this year’s musical acts, flip through photo galleries featuring kids who have HALO’d, find out which celebs will have a front row seat to this year’s concert event, and score some exclusive sneak peeks before the show.Presenting sponsors of the annual Nickelodeon HALO Awards are Green Giant, Reese’s Puffs Cereal and Dave & Buster’s.The Nickelodeon HALO Awards is produced by Superfly in association with Nickelodeon Productions. Nick Cannon, Alex Coletti, Jay Schmalholz and Shelly Sumpter Gillyard are executive producers.
Gloria Estefan is funding treatment for a young boy with Cerebral Palsy.The boy’s family wanted to start an amazing new treatment program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, but the $36,000 fee was going to be a struggle. The singer found out about the plight of 8-year-old Nico Fernandez when a fan tweeted her.“I clicked the link and I saw that Nico’s mom had been doing everything in her power to get him to the institute,” Estefan told PEOPLE. “I knew there was a deadline because she was trying to get him into a summer program.”Nico’s mother had started a GoFundMe page to try and raise the money for the treatment.“I told her to keep the money that had been raised on GoFundMe to help with her other important expenses,” said Estefan.To find out more about Gloria Estefan’s mission to help Nico, click here.
With the names of politicians and the rich and famous making the headlines since the Panama Papers scandal, tax avoidance is front and centre on the minds of many, including some with the power to do something about it.In mid-June, a collection of countries are scheduled to introduce a financial transaction tax (FTT) called the Robin Hood Tax. This tax collected on financial transactions is to go towards the protection of public services, and to tackle poverty and climate change.Actor Bill Nighy has appeared on the front page of e-activist petition #TheTimeIsNow, where it says that leaders aren’t saying how much the tax will be because of pressure from banks. Those in favour of the tax are welcome to go to The Time Is Now webpage and fill in the rest of the statement, which begins: “The time is now for an FTT because…” The petition’s goal for 5,000 signatures is over half way there. The best reasons proposed will be sent directly to leaders.“History could be made this year with a tiny tax on transactions,” says Nighy. “They have a chance to make a profound and historic change in the way we order a chronically imbalanced world.”Copyright ©2016Look to the Stars
GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students, will honor Jess Cagle, Editorial Director of Time Inc.‘s Celebrity, Entertainment and Style Group at GLSEN’s Respect Awards – Los Angeles to be held Friday, October 21, at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills.Jess Cagle joins previously announced YouTube star and #Gamechanger Award recipient Connor Franta as an honoree for the event.The GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of students, educators, individuals and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.“I am thrilled to announce Jess Cagle as an honoree for the 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles,” said GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard. “Jess is a committed advocate and philanthropist who advances our message of respect for all.”Jess Cagle will be honored with the Visionary Award. His dedication to LGBTQ youth is evidenced by his participation in the GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles year after year, as well as his ongoing philanthropy. In addition to his advocacy on behalf of GLSEN’s constituents, under his direction, People and Entertainment Weekly have brought attention to issues of race and gun violence among others in a way that demonstrates a commitment to GLSEN’s vision for a world where everyone is respected for who they are.GLSEN has led the way on LGBTQ issues in K-12 education since 1990. Through ground-breaking original research, innovative program development, student leadership and educator training, community organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy, GLSEN has seen the impact of its work with the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and national programs like GLSEN’s Day of Silence, GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, and GLSEN’s Ally Week.Previous GLSEN Respect Awards honorees have included Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel; Zachary Quinto; Julia Roberts and Danny Moder; Derek Hough; Matthew Morrison; NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt; Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg; Bob and Harvey Weinstein; former NBA player Jason Collins; Darren Star; Shonda Rhimes; Michele and Rob Reiner; Andrew Tobias; John Mack, CEO of Morgan Stanley; NBA executive Rick Welts; the National Education Association; Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak; Simon Halls and Matt Bomer; MTV; Disney-ABC Television; Johnson & Johnson; and HBO, as well as student leaders and educators from around the country.Co-chairs for this year’s event are Jim Fielding, Dave Karger, Patrick Moran and Chip Sullivan. The event is co-hosted by Lawrence Angrisani, Greg Berlanti and Robbie Rogers, Brad Bessey and Frank Sanchez, Edison Briones, Kevin Brockman and Dan Berendsen, Jess Cagle, Jessica Capshaw and Christopher Gavigan, Terry Clark, Donald De Line, Andrew Hotz and Kevin Friedman, Lauren Huff, Mike Irvin, Richard Konigsberg and Craig Olsen, Duncan Millership and Simon Thomas, Cody Morris and Christopher Landon, Corey Palent, Jonathan Rollo and Joey Gonzalez, Ben Roy, Mimi Slavin, and Ben Spector.Sponsors of the 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles include Presenting Sponsors Wells Fargo, Target and The Walt Disney Company.For more information about the GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles, click here.
Fans can come up with several reasons for why it’s good to eat dessert first. But the Dairy Queen system has come up with the best reason yet.On Thursday, July 27, for that day only, the Dairy Queen system is encouraging fans to Eat Dessert First during the 12th Annual Miracle Treat Day, when $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat sold at participating DQ Grill & Chill and Dairy Queen locations throughout the U.S. will be donated to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH).Annually at CMNH one in 10 children is treated and 32 million treatments are provided. Funds raised during Miracle Treat Day fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care to help save and improve the lives of those children. While CMNH raises funds and awareness for more than 170 children’s hospitals across the U.S. and Canada, all funds raised during Miracle Treat Day stay in local communities.“When you visit a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, you are inspired by how brave the children and their families are,” said Barry Westrum, executive vice president of marketing for American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ). “Then you see how passionate the doctors and nurses are and you realize what a significant impact the dollars we raise can have on so many lives. We have two great moms this year, Hoda Kotb and Tia Mowry, who are joining us in supporting Miracle Treat Day.”New mom and co-anchor of the fourth hour of Today, Hoda Kotb is the honorary chair of Miracle Treat Day. Kotb has ties to CMNH. She lifted the spirits of children with cancer and raised money for pediatric cancer as part of Today’s Shine a Light series a few years ago that included the shooting of a music video with pediatric patients at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, part of the CMNH network.Also this year, Tia Mowry, actress, cookbook author and mom, will deliver Blizzard Treats and visit with patients and their families at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in advance of the DQ Miracle Treat Day.“July is a special month for the Dairy Queen system. It’s National Ice Cream Month and we are celebrating by giving back to our local communities in a big way with Miracle Treat Day,” said Westrum. “We thank Hoda and Tia for their support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and can’t wait to raise money on Miracle Treat Day.”Last year, DQ operators across the U.S. and Canada raised more than $4 million on Miracle Treat Day for their local CMN Hospitals. Since 1984, the Dairy Queen system has raised more than $125 million for the charity through fundraising efforts including Miracle Treat Day, the Miracle Balloon campaign and other local initiatives.The featured Miracle Treat Day Blizzard Treat of the Day is Oreo, the most popular Blizzard Treat to date. All other Blizzard flavors are also available that day.For more information about Miracle Treat Day, visit MiracleTreatDay.com and connect on Twitter using #MiracleTreatDay.For more information about the Dairy Queen system, visit DairyQueen.com.
APTN National NewsIt was the final opportunity to say farewell.The Nishiyuu walkers that trekked for two months to Ottawa were preparing to head back home Wednesday after arriving Monday.But what they accomplished in their 1,600 kilometre walk has touched thousands.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has the story.
Ashley BrandsonAPTN NewsA report by Manitoba’s advocate for children and youth says that Indigenous youth are overrepresented in the province’s justice system calling it a “persistent legacy of colonization and residential schools.”The report, which was released Thursday, focuses on the use of solitary confinement and pepper spray in youth custody facilities in Manitoba, also sheds light on criminal justice issues facing Indigenous youth.“What we discovered through the course of the two year investigation was extremely concerning, unacceptable and must immediately change,” said Daphne Penrose, Manitoba’s youth advocate.Read the report: Manitoba Advocate for Children and YouthAccording to the report, Indigenous youth in Manitoba are, “16 times more likely to be incarcerated than non-Indigenous youth. This over-representation signals the persistent legacy that colonization and residential schools have had on Indigenous Peoples.”Penrose’s report says that while nationally, Indigenous males make up 47 per cent of the jail population, and Indigenous females make up 60 per cent, in Manitoba the numbers are “significantly greater at 81 per cent and 82 per cent, respectively.”The main findings in the report centred around the use of solitary confinement and pepper spray inside the institutions.The report looked at 1,400 cases of solitary confinement, and 98 incidents where pepper spray was used.According to Penrose, central to this report are the stories of several youth – four out of the six youth are male, five of the six youth are Indigenous and all were under the care of child and family services. Four of the five youth became involved with community disability services during their time in custody or after their release.She said all the youth have “significant vulnerabilities and experienced trauma during childhood. Five out of six were diagnosed with FASD or alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder (ARND), and all live with significant mental health issues.”But the report states that Manitoba’s justice department was not able to track the length of stay in solitary confinement for individual youth, how frequently they used it, the reasons for use, or “any trends associated with its use.”“There is a disproportionate number of Indigenous youth and young people living with mental illnesses and cognitive vulnerabilities in the criminal justice system. However, we do not have enough information to determine how often these populations were placed in solitary confinement or subjected to pepper spray in Manitoba youth custody facilities,” said the report.“The Manitoba Advocate of Children and Youth is concerned that this lack of comprehensive and systematic data collection and analysis decreases the ability to ensure accountability and transparency of practices in youth custody facilities.”The report also found that 92 per cent have endured trauma such as physical or sexual abuse prior to custody, 80 per cent have been sexually exploited by adults before entering custody, between 11 per cent and 22 per cent have FASD, and nearly half of youth have borderline to lower intellectual functioning, with 14 per cent having extremely low functioning (IQ below 70).“Due to complex social, historical, neurobiological, and structural factors, youth who are Indigenous, experienced trauma, and live with mental illness or cognitive vulnerabilities are more likely to enter the justice system,” the report said.Penrose is making six recommendations including ending solitary confinement over 24 hours, using pepper spray only in life-threatening situations, and offering more mental health supports for youth in custody.Manitoba Justice Minister Cliff Cullen said the report is still being reviewed.“Youth and segregation are there because they’re behaviour possess a risk to themselves, to other inmates or staff,” said Cullen.Penrose said the justice department has not responded to her firstname.lastname@example.org@ashleybrandson
Tourism firm Transat A.T. Inc (TSX:TRZ) and Thomas Cook Group Airlines say they have signed a deal to share aircraft on a seasonal basis.The companies say the seven-year partnership will allow both to utilize their fleet of planes more efficiently as their flight destinations shift with the seasons.Air Transat uses smaller aircraft in the winter to fly to the Caribbean, Mexico and Florida and larger aircraft in the summer for transatlantic flights.Meanwhile, Thomas Cook uses smaller aircraft in the summer for Mediterranean travel and larger aircraft in the winter for destinations such as Cuba.Under the agreement announced Monday, every winter Thomas Cook will make available some narrow-body Airbus planes for Air Transat and receive at least one wide-body Airbus plane in return.
LONDON – Drivers of older, more polluting cars will face an additional charge when entering central London as the city battles air pollution blamed for thousands of premature deaths each year.Starting Monday, cars registered before vehicles were forced to meet new European emissions standards now face a toxicity charge of 10 pounds ($13.50) a day in addition to the congestion charge of 11.50 pounds every time they enter central London. The new rules apply primarily to cars registered before 2006 and may include some registered before 2008.London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he plans to clean up the capital’s air and the so-called T-Charge will “encourage motorists to ditch polluting, harmful vehicles.”The city says almost 95 per cent of Londoners live in areas where particulate pollution exceeds World Health Organization standards.