GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum announced this week their new charitable initiative called LadyAID, a philanthropic effort created to bring awareness to and generate support for children in need locally, nationally and globally.The multi-level organization will reach children across the state of Tennessee through grants to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. On a national level, LadyAID is supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and on a global level, myLIFEspeaks and The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The LadyAID Fund is a component fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.“The opportunity to play music on stages all around the world has given us so much happiness,” said Lady A’s Dave Haywood. “By establishing LadyAID, we’re going to be able to put a new focus on accomplishing an off-stage goal we have as a band, which is to help children in need.”“There are children all over the world who are suffering because they don’t have the resources to get the help they need,” added Hillary Scott. “My heart has specifically been lead to the children of Haiti. By partnering with organizations like UNHCR and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, we’ve already seen children be given access to medical care they wouldn’t otherwise have in their country. It’s so inspiring, and anything we can do to help that cause, we’re going to do.”“We’ve witnessed firsthand what these organizations are doing to help kids and their families. I’ve been personally touched by the children’s hospital visits we’ve made around the US over the last few years,” noted Charles Kelley. “We hope that with the help of our fans, we can all combine our energy and resources to help provide some relief to these families.”LadyAID will be funded by donations and fundraising efforts including the trio’s inaugural PING PONG & SONGS event. Inspired by a combination of the band’s favorite backstage hobby and their love of songwriting, the event will be held in early 2013.The creation of LadyAID and all that is come from the foundation’s efforts, brings a lot of excitement to Lady Antebellum and they are looking forward to becoming a lasting foundation.For more information on each of the partners connected to LadyAID, please visit www.LadyAid.org.Source:LadyAntebellum.com
A new online auction is giving you the opportunity to take a private tour of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash’s personal recording studio in Nashville, TN with their son, John Carter Cash.Proceeds from the auction will benefit the American Red Cross.John Carter Cash, having been involved in music all his life, is an accomplished and award winning record producer. However, his activities in the creative world reach far beyond just music production. He is also a singer-songwriter, and author. The grandson of Maybelle Carter and the only son to Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, he preserves the family legacy and is a caretaker to the heritage of his musical ancestors.The Cash Cabin Studio is a private recording studio with an astounding history. Not only did Johnny and June Carter Cash record most all of their later music here, but many other talented musicians and famous entertainers have made music within these walls. Johnny Cash built the original cabin in 1978. It was then, as it is now, a place to find solace and make music. However, the idea of it being a studio did not arrive for some years. Through the years, a spacious recording room, booths, and a comfortable mixing room were installed.Now the the Cash Cabin Studio is a state of the art recording studio. The Cabin also has a natural reverb chamber, which offers it’s unique sound to the recordings made here. The studio is now owned and operated by John Carter Cash. It sits on forty-acres of woods and fields. John Carter raises European Fallow Deer on the property. There is also a large fishing pond stocked with Large-Mouth Bass, Bream, and Catfish.Other celebrities to have visited the famous studio include Reece Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Taylor Swift, Snoop Dogg, Dolly Parton and more.The auction is open until September 18, and can be accessed via CharityBuzz.com.
A colossal polar bear puppet the size of a double decker bus descended on Shell’s South Bank headquarters in London today.Acclaimed British actor and screenwriter Emma Thompson joined 64 activists and puppeteers who manoeuvred the towering creature to rest just metres away from Shell’s front entrance.It’s intended the polar bear titan will remain fixed there until Shell’s Arctic drilling window ends later this month. Six protesters are inside the bear, locked to her so she can’t be removed.Emma performed an original poem to Shell bosses that she has penned for the occasion, and then became one of the first people to break a legal injunction banning Greenpeace UK staff and activists from crossing a line drawn around the Shell building on the South Bank. Emma is one of more than seven million people who joined the Save the Arctic movement by signing up at savethearctic.org. More than 600,000 of them are from the UK.The three-tonne polar bear, named Aurora after the northern lights above the Arctic, will thunder a polar bear roar through Shell’s front door at intervals throughout her stay – demanding Shell turn off its drilling rigs and get out of her Arctic home. Audrey Siegl, a First Nations activist from Canada, will be performing a traditional song with the same drum she used to confront Shell’s Arctic-bound rig at sea in June.Just over two weeks ago Shell got the final permits it needs to start drilling for oil in the melting Arctic Ocean. Shell is there right now, hastily boring holes to look for new oil reserves. It’s got a window of mere weeks to strike oil and billions of dollars are on the line. But every second it drills it’s risking an oil spill in icy waters that would be almost impossible to clean up and potentially disastrous for the people and unique wildlife that call the Arctic home.“I’ve been to the Arctic, I’ve seen the beauty, I’ve seen the wildlife, and my heart breaks to think that Shell is up there right now, drilling for the oil that threatens not only their habitat but ours,” said Emma. “Make no mistake about it, we’re next. That’s why I’ve come to their HQ. I’m here to say no. I’m here to say this has to end. I’m one of millions of people demanding that this company pulls out of the Arctic, and this huge polar bear is roaring with our voices.”Patrick Earls, activist, said: “We’re a determined bunch and spirits are high. It makes sense to me that this giant polar bear has come to London, because Arctic drilling affects all of us, not just the people who live in the Arctic. It’s outrageous that a company headquartered in the UK is getting away with doing something this bad for the planet. I feel like because it’s a UK company, we’ve got a big responsibility here to stop them.”Climate change is melting the Arctic sea ice at an alarming rate, and this March the Arctic experienced the lowest sea ice maximum ever recorded. As the ice recedes, it becomes easier for oil companies to push their drilling rigs further north.Researchers concluded Arctic drilling is incompatible with limiting global warming to 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels, a target agreed by most governments. An analysis of Shell’s own data has shown the company is betting on a four-degree temperature rise by the middle of the century – twice the increase described as “dangerous” by scientists.Two weeks ago, the Obama Administration gave Shell the final permissions to begin drilling into the Arctic seabed. It now has until 28 September to strike oil, at which time it must close up its operation for the winter.The extreme Arctic conditions, including giant floating icebergs and stormy seas, make offshore drilling extremely risky. The US administration acknowledged a 75% chance of a large oil spill over the lifetime of the wells. And experts say that an oil spill in the Arctic would be impossible to clean up adequately, endangering the Arctic’s unique wildlife.Greenpeace UK Arctic campaigner Elena Polisano said: “Arctic drilling is a threat to the Arctic and a threat to millions of people living on the frontline of climate change, yet Shell is ignoring all this in blind pursuit of profit. Shell says we don’t want to have a debate with them about the world’s energy needs, but we’ve asked them several times to meet and they’ve refused. We’d be very interested to hear how they think putting the world on track for a four-degree temperature rise by the middle of the century is going to benefit the people of this planet.”Shell’s past attempt to drill in the Arctic in 2012 was plagued with multiple operational failings culminating in the running aground of its drilling rig, the Kulluk. Shell has returned to the remote Chukchi Sea with the same contractor, Noble Drilling, which pled guilty to eight felonies following its last Arctic venture. Shell’s second rig contractor, Transocean, was implicated in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. This season, Shell has already suffered set-backs, including a one-metre tear in the hull of one of its support vessels.This year Shell has faced increasing public pressure over Arctic drilling. Shell’s Arctic rig the Polar Pioneer faced multiple protests as it travelled to the Arctic, including activists boarding it in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a several thousand strong ‘Kayaktivist’ protest movement in Seattle, and an Indigenous activist protest at sea as it sailed through Canadian waters. Shell’s icebreaker ship the Fennica, part of its Arctic fleet, was delayed in Oregon by a 40-hour ‘hanging blockade’ from the St John’s Bridge, Portland.In recent weeks, other figures from the arts and entertainment world such as Peter Capaldi, John Hurt and Maisie Williams spoke out against Arctic drilling. And public figures such as Al Gore, Hillary Clinton and the Archbishop of Canterbury expressed concerns about Arctic oil drilling.Shell has already spent $6 bn, and is expected to spend a further $1 bn this year on Arctic exploration.Source:GreenPeace UK
Last Chance for Animals’ (LCA) annual benefit gala honoring actresses and animal rights activists Pamela Anderson and Priscilla Presley will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.Anderson will receive the “Vegan of the Year” award and Presley the “Celebrity Award” for their devotion and tireless efforts on behalf of animal rights. Additional honors will go to actress Shera Danese-Falk, wife of the late Peter Falk, who will be given the “Albert Schweitzer Award”, best-selling author Martha Grimes, who will receive the “Sam Simon Award” (named after the late co-creator of The Simpsons and long-time LCA supporter), and attorney, philanthropist and animal activist Steve Bernheim, who will receive the “Philanthropist of the Year” award. Actress Katie Cleary and radio host Mark Thompson, both animal activists, will co-host the evening’s festivities, which will begin with cocktails and vegan hor d’ oeuvres, followed by a vegan dinner and dancing to ’60’s era live music performed by “That Vibe.”“The honorees presented at the LCA Gala are very special people who commit not only their money but also their time to make this world a better place for all beings,” commented Chris DeRose, President of LCA.For tickets and information, visit www.lcanimal.org/.Last Chance for Animals (LCA) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation through education, investigations, legislation, and public awareness campaigns. Since its formation in 1984, LCA has succeeded as one of the nation’s pioneer animal advocacy organizations. LCA’s Sam Simon Special Investigations Unit documents abuse in research labs, puppy mills, factory farms, and the entertainment industry, and works with prosecutors to put animal abusers behind bars.
To kick off the school year, students at Laurel Springs School – an accredited online private school – received an inspirational presentation from Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace.Jane Goodall presenting to Laurel Springs studentsCredit/Copyright: Jane Goodall InstituteThe world-renowned conservationist spoke with students about her life’s work, including her global environmental and humanitarian youth program, Roots & Shoots, which comprises hundreds of thousands of young people inspired to help Dr. Goodall make the world a better place for all living things. This presentation is a part of an online symposia for Laurel Springs School students called “Meetings with Remarkable Men and Women.”“Dr. Jane Goodall is an inspiration to people across the globe, and we are so very grateful to have had her discuss her life’s work and demonstrate how our students can be instrumental – no matter how small a role they play – in working to improve the environment and our world,” commented Head of School, Darby Carr. “Our symposia aims to inspire, enlighten and educate our students by hearing from great leaders in a wide range of industries. Dr. Goodall’s global activism and work to inspire and empower youth across the world was the perfect fit for our symposia and had a tremendous impact on our student body.”Laurel Springs School’s “Meetings with Remarkable Men and Women” is an exclusive offering for students featuring inspiring stories from celebrated leaders in their respective fields. Previous speakers have included Ted Turner, philanthropist and businessman; Dr. Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, who served as the first Romanian astronaut; and Marion Stoddart, a community leader committed to positive social and environmental change.
Advertisement Cable giants are stepping up their legal battle to stamp out the fully loaded Android TV box business. Their method of attack: adding more retailers to the hit list.According to court documents, Bell, Rogers and Quebec’s Vidéotron are now going after about 45 Canadian companies for selling Android boxes loaded with special software.Customers connect the box to their televisions and watch everything from TV shows to movies to live sports — for free. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Some industry experts say it’s impossible to shut down the Android box business.But some industry insiders claim that, no matter how many dealers get hit, legal action is not going to stop the growing loaded Android box industry.“I don’t see this court case changing anything,” says Patrick O’Rourke, a Toronto-based writer for the tech site MobileSyrup. “You shut down these companies, there’ll be hundreds more that will pop up.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The three TV and content providers launched their case in Federal Court in June, naming just five retailers. They have continued to add defendants and will keep doing so if the opportunity strikes, Bell told CBC News in an email. Twitter
Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Here is how to work for your favourite rapper:The first day of work is never easy. You hope that your new peers will like you; you hope your new boss will be impressed. Well, today is your first day at your new job… except your job is a cross-country rap-tour, your peers are world-class musicians and your boss, who invited you on said tour, has won a triplet of Grammy awards. He’s 24, and he’s your favorite rapper.As a 22-year-old yourself, freshly graduated, you harbor the powers of the internet and somehow secure the dream job from your thrifty confines in Sydney, Australia – a temporary shelter from the true responsibilities of the motherland – Canada. Life can happen as swiftly as a resume goes viral, and since your application happened to do so, about three weeks will pass before your first day on the job.“Welcome to the tour! What do you do here?” You’re not really sure, yet. But you’re excited anyway. “I’m the intern!” Advertisement Fortunately, your meager sense of professionalism will protect you from coming across as too much of a fan during your first encounter with your new colleagues, and boss. A littered table, a MacBook Pro (acting as a rolling tray), and several extended hands are the first things you encounter. Don’t say much; being known as that quiet new kid is better than being known as the ‘OMG do you remember the first thing that kid said to us??!?’-guy. Your new boss and his friends will take in the Bulls game before show time, so just chill. You’ll spend most of your first day quietly strolling about, meandering as if a regular – notebook out, diligently note-taking as if this will give the impression of a sort of established journalist rather than the internet-kid-turned-shitty-blogger that you are/were/may well become.The first few weeks will be blurry, abstract, and smoked out. Every experience eye opening; some burdening, most reddening. The hotel rooms are bigger than your future. Every time someone asks you “So… I know you’re the intern, but what do you actually do here?” you become less sure of yourself. What nobody will warn you about touring with 90 others is the loneliness. Individual loneliness, but collectively as well – impersonal, half-day rendezvous the crew will make at each venue or hotel will leave much to be desired. As a family though, the growth is rich. Around those deeply eased by each other’s presence, quickly, you will find comfort as well. You’re thankful for this family, even if you are never truly able to externalize these feelings besides rolling out of your bus-bunk each day and greeting everyone with whatever designated handshake you’ve become privy to.As your tenure continues, the daily happenings (consisting of: movie-club, games 21, chain-smoking Backwoods, and digesting barely-palatable catering) feel like second nature. As routine as the schedule may feel, the lifestyle will be anything but. Unforeseen circumstances constantly arrive and must be dutifully accounted for. Appointments will have to be re-arranged to accommodate story time with Dave Chappelle. You will have to fit in dinner time drinks with Fonzworth Bentley. Physical activity is a must – try hoops with the Migos ft. Myles Turner, or perhaps a private volleyball game at Bonnaroo. Downtime will consist of a quiet New York eve; a casual 5-star meal, family style, followed by GQ’s NBA Playoff viewing party should suffice. Twitter
Advertisement TORONTO – (March 6, 2018) – Tonight the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards commenced with the Gala Honouring Excellence in Non-Fiction Programming, sponsored by Boat Rocker Media and Eagle Vision, at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle. Hosted by Canadian Screen Award nominee and co-anchor of The Comedy Network’s The Beaverton, Miguel Rivas, everything non-fiction, from news shows to sports, documentaries and reality TV, creators, journalists and storytellers were spotlighted to highlight their winning achievements.“What a great way to kick-off Canadian Screen Week, and the Canadian Screen Awards, with tonight’s award gala honouring excellence in Non-Fiction Programming,” said Beth Janson, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “It’s important to recognize those who dedicate their lives to gathering news and information to keep Canadians informed about local and world events. 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We are dedicated to recognizing, advocating for, and celebrating Canadian talent in the film, television, and digital media sectors.Our more than 4,500 members encompass industry icons and professionals, emerging artists, and students. Collectively, we deliver professional development programs and networking opportunities that foster industry growth, inclusion, and mentorship.The Canadian Academy produces Canadian Screen Week. This annual celebration of excellence in media features a multi-platform, national program of events and celebrations, and culminates with the Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala live on CBC, Sunday March 11, 2018 at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. AT/ 9:30 p.m. NT). Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement CBC News Network host Heather Hiscox said she shared her best national news anchor trophy, in part, with her morning viewers. (David Donnelly/CBC) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
Advertisement Facebook Paul is an actor represented by Anderson Talent Management. He has appeared in Film, TV and Commercial projects.We chatted with Paul recently, check out the Q and A below:As a child, did you want to be an actor, or did it fall into place through other activities?As a child , I never really thought about being an actor. I did grow up in an entertainment family. My father’s hobby was as a professional pantomime(lip sync) artist and my brother is a professional ventriloquist. I followed in my father’s footsteps and at age 9, created my own lip sync show under the name of Mr.Mimic. Our father was our agent and manager and often the three of us would be on the same bill with other performers. It was this experience that gave me the taste of live performing for others. I learned about professionalism and that it’s a “hurry up and wait” business. I learned how things worked back stage behind the scenes. I performed that for about 4 years and then continued to be a “roadie” for my father for a number of years during school on the weekends. Who inspired you to follow your dream to pursue acting?It wasn’t until grade twelve when I got involved in the theatre arts program and performed in our high school musical that I thought I would want to work in theatre all my life. I attended post secondary in theatre arts, and although it was more on the technical side. I enjoyed it and learned lots but missed the performance side. It wasn’t until 27 years later that I re-trained and I was fortunate enough to find representation with Anderson Talent.What challenges have you faced in the entertainment industry? What has been your most rewarding experience?Some of the challenges that I am faced with is auditioning with actors that have been performing since childhood. In the same token, there is a huge opportunity for my demographic as some of these performers have retired or become less busy. And in most cases have become great mentors within this industry with coaching, teaching etc.My most rewarding experience is difficult to assess as I am grateful for all of the projects I have had an opportunity to work on. I did get to work on a film with my son so that was quite special.What is your favourite type of character to play?My favourite type of character to play is the bad guy! It’s so opposite to who I am in real life. It is fun to play. The truth is that I like the challenge of freeing myself up enough to play any character presented to me.What market do you currently work in? Are there other areas you would like to work?I primarily work out of the Toronto market in Film, Television, TV, Commercial, Commercial Print and Voice work. I’ve discovered there are so many branches on the entertainment tree that maybe someday I might get involved in scouting,casting,or executive producing. I love to paint and draw so who knows maybe special effects make-up!! Or scenic painting.What advice would you give to someone new trying to make it in the acting industry?I would like to think that actors are doing it because it is their passion, not for fame or fortune. You need to build up your skills and training first before you can even begin to seek representation or audition for roles. Even then when you get an agent, you need to be prepared to work harder than they do to brand yourself. Its a two-way streak. Take workshops, Improv classes, always be working on your craft. Write stories, make short films, anything to keep you involved. Treat it like a business, its show “business” not show up or show off. Treat all auditions the same you would a job interview. Have patience, even though your career may not be where you want it to be right now. When you complete an audition, forget about it afterwards. You will drive yourself unnecessary stress. Also don’t look for validation in your work.What fuels your passion?The whole process I find rewarding. I enjoy auditioning for different roles and different mediums, networking with fellow actors and industry personal. And if I am blessed to book a job, the complete production process and seeing the client happy with the final product.What is something about you that most people would never guess?Tough question!!… I don’t know… my older brother and sister were adopted. Growing up I was jealous of that and wanted to be adopted too!If you were to do it all over again, would you do things exactly the same? Do you have any regrets? Successes that make you proud?I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve learned so much, and I continue to learn and improve my craft whenever I can. I used to think that I should have found my passion earlier, but I realized that life gets in the way for the positive: Raising a family and running two successful franchises the last 23 years. I have surrounded myself with a great team whom I’m very proud of. This has allowed me to pursue my passion today. I’m very proud that I have tried my best to be a very generous and giving actor, not only to my fellow actors but to EVERYONE that is involved in a project or production. It truly is a team effort and the reality is that it’s the crew behind the scenes that makes us actors look good. They are the real stars!!Written By: Darlene MorrisonIf you are an aspiring talent and would like to be featured in our Aspiring Talent SeriesContact Darlene via email at firstname.lastname@example.orgOpen to all (e.g. Actors, Models, Singers, Dancers, Producers, Directors, etc.) Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Deciem stores are back open—praise be.Representatives from Deciem stakeholder Estée Lauder announced yesterday that the Toronto-based beauty company is officially up and running again after spending several days in existential limbo.THANK GOD ! Deciem is lifeeeee— Rose (@_atkhrhm) October 14, 2018 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: The news comes following the announcement that company’s founder Brandon Truaxe—whose erratic behaviour culminated in the brand’s temporary closure last week—was ousted Friday by a court application by Estée Lauder.Truaxe has since been banned from posting to Deciem’s social media and from contacting any employees. Advertisement Twitter
APTN National NewsOntario’s ombudsman has released a report on security at the G20 and G8 summits that slams the police and government.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith has the details.
APTN National NewsUsually when a bravery award is handed out – the community comes together to celebrate.But not in Akwesasne.Three weeks ago a constable was given the award for trying to free a couple trapped in a burning car after it was involved in a collision.The problem here is – some believe the collision was caused by the officer.APTN’s Annette Francis has that story.
Editors note: Following article previously stated Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said 74 First Nations supported private land ownership legislation. Duncan was referring to a different piece of legislation already in force.APTN National NewsAboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan says the Conservative government will introduce legislation allowing private land ownership on First Nations reserves sometime next year.Duncan told APTN National News that the legislation will allow First Nations to “opt in” to the legislation, once passed, which would introduce fee simple land ownership within reserve boundaries.The Assembly of First Nations, the country’s largest Indigenous organization, has come out against the introduction ofprivate land ownership on reserves.
APTN National NewsIt is being called a “Walk to Remember.”And it was done in remembrance of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada.A popular hip hop group is even getting behind the cause.APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot has this story.
APTN National NewsIn less than a week Labrador voters will go to the polls, again.The by-election was called after former Conservative cabinet minister Peter Penashue quit.Elections Canada found that Penashue had taken illegal donations and flights during the campaign in 2011.APTN’s Ossie Michelin has the story.Omichelin@aptn.caTwitter: @Osmich
APTN National News LAKETON, NB–Tensions are high north of Elsipogtog First Nation as a line of RCMP officers is now confronting Mi’kmaq gathering in an attempt to stop thumper trucks operated by SWN Resources Canada.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin said RCMP officers have formed a line in front of the trucks and are confronting increasingly angry Elsipogtog residents.A woman from Elsipogtog First Nation was arrested Thursday morning as SWN Resources resumed its controversial shale gas exploration north of the community.RCMP officers arrested Lorraine Clair, a high-profile Elsipogtog resident who has consistently opposed SWN’s exploration work.New Brunswick RCMP spokeswoman Jullie Rogers-Marsh confirmed one person was arrested for “causing a disturbance.” Rogers-Marsh said no charges have yet been laid.“Things are continuing to be peaceful other then the arrest,” said Rogers-Marsh. “We are going to continue to stay in the area and monitor the situation. We are going to continue to ensure public safety.”SWN’s thumper trucks returned to an area about 46 km north of Elsipogtog. The thumper trucks work with geophones, which were strung along Hwy 11 by SWN Wednesday, to capture images of shale gas deposits underground.RCMP officers were videotaped loading riot gear earlier in the day in Moncton, NB, which sits about 100 km away from SWN’s current exploration area.Heavily armed RCMP tactical units raided a Mi’kmaq-led anti-fracking camp on Oct. 17 to free SWN exploration vehicles which were trapped inside a compound owned by JD Irving Ltd.More to come
APTN National NewsIt was a historic and emotional day at the Manitoba legislature for survivors of the 60s Scoop.Premier Greg Selinger became the first provincial or federal leader to officially apologize for the suffering the practice and continues to cause.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.
Shirley McLean APTN National NewsMental health teams from across Canada have been meeting in Whitehorse this week.They’re sharing their knowledge on how to deal with mental health issues in their communities.Part of the discussions is using culture as alternative medicine.
Justin BrakeAPTN NewsOn the eve of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology to residential school survivors in Labrador, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Labrador MP Yvonne Jones met with Muskrat Falls land protectors for a sharing circle and to talk about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The event came just days after federal Justice Minister Judy Wilson-Raybould announced the Liberals would support NDP MP Romeo Saganash’s private members’ bill, C-262, which calls for the full implementation of the UNDRIP into Canadian law.Land protectors and the leadership of two of Labrador’s three Indigenous groups have maintained at various times since the inception of the controversial hydroelectric project at Muskrat Falls that free, prior and informed consent was not given to the provincial and federal governments, or to the provincial crown energy corporation building the dam, Nalcor Energy.Many have argued Muskrat Falls contravenes several articles from UNDRIP and calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.On Thursday evening, land protectors laid out their concerns for Bennett and Jones, arguing Muskrat Falls threatens Inuit and Innu communities’ food, culture and ways of life.“We have real genuine concerns about our families and our future, the future of our children and grandchildren on the land,” said Marjorie Flowers, an Inuk woman from Rigolet who was arrested in 2013 and 2016 for protesting the dam, and who spent 10 days in a maximum security men’s prison in St. John’s after refusing to promise a judge she would stay away from the project site.“We’ve lived here for hundreds and thousands of years. And this project moved in and ripped the land to shreds.”Linda Saunders-McLean, a social worker and occasional minister at the Moravian Church in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, told Bennett and Jones that the Indigenous-led resistance also was met with a frightening response from the RCMP, with the support of provincial Justice Minister and Attorney General Andrew Parsons.In a desperate, last resort effort to protect their country food from projected methylmercury poisoning last fall, dozens of land protectors blockaded and occupied the Muskrat Falls site, prompting Nalcor to apply for court injunctions, and subsequently for the RCMP to deploy hundreds of officers, at the time and in the months to follow, to the remote location in Central Labrador.Many, including elders and community members who had previously never been in trouble with the law, now face lengthy legal battles to defend their actions.“Social workers are here to protect children, but I feel like I can’t protect my children,” Saunders-McLean said, crying and holding a picture of her children and grandchildren. She said her family lives in the flood zone downstream of Muskrat Falls, and that she and many others are convinced once the reservoir is fully flooded, the dam will not hold. Their concerns are shared by independent observers, including retired engineer James Gordon, who has won awards for his work on large hydro dams around the world. Gordon and others have argued that a dam of Muskrat Falls’ size has never been built on the kind of sand and clay that make up the ground that stretches along the banks of the Churchill River. Many have called for an independent review of the North Spur, the natural geological feature on the river at the heart of the dam integrity concerns, and which Nalcor is figuring into its construction of the dam.“I feel like whenever I speak out against this, I have a fear that I’ll go to court, that charges will be laid against me and I’ll lose my job,” said Saunders-McLean. Land protector and event organizer Denise Cole asked Bennett to ensure her government moves “quickly” to align Canadian law with the rights outlined in UNDRIP, and to “look in retrospect at projects that have already been recently approved, such as Muskrat Falls…because that includes Gull Island, which has not officially begun yet.”Though the project has not yet undergone an environmental assessment and construction has not begun, a third dam on the Churchill River in Labrador, at Gull Island, a sacred place for the Innu, has already received approval from Labrador’s Innu Nation.“From coast to coast to coast, our waters, our lands, and our culture is being destroyed on this idea of resource projects for the country,” Cole said in the circle.“So we need to thoroughly look at what’s being approved, and sometimes we need to go backwards and change how things are,” said Cole. “We’ve very much asking for a suspension of the Muskrat Falls project until issues are addressed, including the fact that we no longer feel that we have ever been able to give our free, prior and informed consent to this project. “And UNDRIP specifically states that when it comes to duty to consult it is for the entire life of the project. The Crown should have automatically been triggered to do a new duty to consult as they are doing now in Clyde River.”Cole said in light of the new information and resulting concerns, Muskrat Falls “should have stopped and only moved forward with our free, prior and informed consent.”She maintains free, prior and informed consent “does not just include Indigenous leaders,” and that it “has to include the people.”Responding to the land protectors, Bennett said the government is working to bring Canadian law into accordance with UNDRIP, and that they will “go further than that in a Canadian way, in that here we have First Nations, Inuit, Metis rights, Section 35 rights and treaties, and so our legislation will be specific for Canada but will embody those principles.”However, Bennett indicated the Liberals are not likely to look at resource development projects that have already been sanctioned.She said, “going backwards is going to be very difficult.”But Cole said that if they need evidence as to why things that are anticipated to harm Indigenous people ought to be stopped before they inflict suffering, the federal government need look no further than their own present reason for being in Labrador.“They’re here apologizing for mistakes that were made many years ago. You can go back. You can do it right. You can change,” she said.The meeting was prompted by the actions of a Muskrat Falls solidarity group in Ontario, who occupied Bennett’s constituency office in Toronto last month and demanded the minister meet with land protectors in Labrador.Last week the provincial government launched an inquiry into Muskrat Falls, though the terms of reference do not mention environmental concerns or Indigenous rights.At the height of the Muskrat Falls protests last year, Jones, who is also Bennett’s parliamentary secretary, said she made recommendations to the Prime Minister’s Office regarding the province’s request for a second loan guarantee to continue construction of Muskrat Falls, which is billions over the originally estimated cost.On Friday Jones told APTN that when she offered recommendations to the PMO last fall, they did not include attaching conditions to the new loan guarantee. “At the end of the day it was an economic decision in terms of whether we would assist the province or not,” she said. “It wasn’t a project that was in financial jeopardy, it was a province in financial jeopardy, and the federal government was asked to intervene and provide that support.”One week after the Indigenous-led occupation of Muskrat Falls ended in 2016, and as dozens of land protectors, including elders, were being charged, the Trudeau Government announced a $2.9 billion loan guarantee to Newfoundland and Labrador to continue work on Muskrat Falls.
WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Sunday sketched a bright outlook for the U.S. economy and for inflation prospects in coming months, saying the impact of the recent hurricanes will likely slow economic growth slightly but only temporarily and should be followed by a rebound by year’s end.Her comments suggested that the central bank will soon resume raising interest rates to reflect the strengthening economy. Most economists foresee the next rate hike — the third this year — coming in December.Speaking to an international banking seminar, Yellen acknowledged that the persistence of undesirably low inflation this year has been a surprise. But she said she expected inflation to start picking up as the effects of temporary factors, such as falling prices for consumer cellphone service, begin to fade.“Economic activity in the United States has been growing moderately so far this year, and the labour market has continued to strengthen,” Yellen said in a speech to a panel that included central bank officials from China, Japan and the European Central Bank.Of the hurricanes that struck Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, Yellen noted that they caused enormous damage. But she added:“While the effects of the hurricanes on the U.S. economy are quite noticeable in the short term, history suggests that the longer-term effects will be modest and that aggregate economic activity will recover quickly.”Yellen said that the economy’s growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, might have slowed slightly in the July-September quarter as a consequence of the hurricanes but that growth is likely rebounding in the current quarter.The Fed chair’s speech Sunday followed the central bank’s decision at its meeting last month to leave its benchmark short-term rate unchanged in a range of 1 per cent to 1.25 per cent. At the same time, the Fed announced that it would begin parings its enormous portfolio of bonds, which it had amassed after the 2008 financial crisis in an effort to hold down long-term loan rates for consumers and businesses. The move to let its balance sheet gradually shrink could mean higher rates on mortgages and other loans over time.During a question period, Yellen was asked whether a booming stock market that some see as overvalued or potentially higher budget deficits resulting from the Trump administration’s tax cut plan had increased economic uncertainty.Yellen declined to respond specifically but noted that the Fed’s staff has described stock prices as elevated. At the same time, she said market levels should be viewed in the context of a banking system that she called “dramatically improved” since the 2008 financial crisis.The Fed chair said the administration’s proposed tax cuts may have boosted consumer and business confidence but so far appear to have had little effect on investment or spending decisions. She said the Fed was taking a “wait and see attitude” on how the tax program might affect the economy given the many unknowns about what it might look like when the plan emerges from Congress.In his presentation, Zhou Xiaochuan, head of China’s central bank, said that his country is trying to cut excess capacity in its steel and cement industries by 10 per cent but that China requires a sizable output in those areas to support an infrastructure construction program. The Trump administration has been pushing China to reduce production in such areas as steel, saying its overcapacity has depressed global prices for steel and hurt American producers.Haruhiko Kuroda, head of the Bank of Japan, said that his country’s economy was expanding moderately and that heightened global political risks so far haven’t destabilized financial markets. He did not say what risks he was referring to, but investors have been focusing on the standoff with North Korea over its increased missile tests and development of nuclear weapons.The officials spoke before the Group of 30, an international body of bankers and academics. Gary Cohn, who leads President Donald Trump’s National Economic Council, spoke on a separate panel about the administration’s efforts to scale back some of the tighter rules imposed on the U.S. financial sector after the 2008 crisis. In particular, he reiterated that the administration supported easing restrictions on smaller banks.Yellen’s appearance Sunday came as her future at the central bank is in doubt, with her four-year term as chair ending in February. Trump has been considering several candidates for the post, in addition to the possibility of offering Yellen a second term. The other candidates include Jerome Powell, a member of the Fed’s board; Kevin Warsh, a former member of the board; John Taylor, a Stanford University economist; and Cohn.Last week, administration officials said Trump is likely to announce his decision with a month.