Quebecs first male midwife feeling at home in uncharted territory

first_imgMONTREAL – While the word “midwife” seems to suggest a feminine-only practice, the first Quebec man to enter the profession is adamant that he doesn’t need a different title.Louis Maltais points out that the word, which comes from Old English, actually means “with woman” — and that it goes straight to the core of what a midwife does.“It’s about women, and it will stay like this, because it’s about women’s time and their experiences, and the name says that,” Maltais said. “We’re there for women.”Maltais turned heads earlier this year when he became the first Quebec man to enter and complete the province’s only university-level midwife training program.The months since then have been a whirlwind that included delivering his 100th baby over the summer, moving back to his hometown of Chicoutimi, and attending screenings of a documentary about his experiences, titled “Un homme sage-femme.”Maltais, who is a young-looking 31, said he feels his peers and his patients have been open to having a man in their midst.Part of the reason he allowed the documentary crew to follow him, he explained, was to share his experience with others — including men — who may want to enter the profession.“I think it’s not for every man because it’s very feminist, and that’s a very important part of it, but when you feel really comfortable with this, women are very open,” he said in an interview ahead of the film’s first Montreal screening at the Cinematheque quebecoise on Saturday.The documentary, which is showing until Wednesday, will also be broadcast on French-language TV at a later date.While about one woman in 20 doesn’t want him at their birth, Maltais said most are receptive — and they generally become more comfortable over time.Maltais said he debated becoming an osteopath or an acupuncturist before deciding to become a birth specialist, for reasons he’s not entirely sure how to explain.He was looking for a job where he could connect with people, and he started researching the Bachelor of Midwifery program at the Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, where he was attracted to the profession’s patient-centric approach.“I like the challenge, and to bring something different and something very important for women, to help women find their power to give birth,” he said.“This is huge, and I was looking for something huge that would have many meanings.”While midwifery has been practised in Canada for centuries, notably by Indigenous women, the practice began re-emerging in the mainstream in the 1960s and 70s along with the women’s right movement, according to the Canadian Association of Midwives.Currently, midwives are present at about 11 per cent of births in Canada, although that varies widely by province.Ontario had the most midwife-led births last year with over 23,400, although B.C. had the highest percentage at over 22 per cent.Midwives provide health care to women during pregnancy, labour and the post-partum period, with the goal of facilitating a positive experience centred on the mother’s needs.Like any other new midwife, Maltais says he’s still learning to navigate the tricky line that requires him to respect women’s wishes while occasionally having to set limits to minimize risk.“We are guides. We follow women, but we have to say no when we have to say no, because (safety) is the first thing,” he said.The Canadian Association of Midwives says it only knows of one other male midwife who was trained in Canada, although there may be a handful who did their training elsewhere.But while male midwives are extremely rare in Canada, the association points out that’s not necessarily the case in other countries.And as demand rises to the point where many midwives have long waiting lists, the group’s president said she’s more than happy to welcome Maltais into their ranks.“From the position of the Canadian Association of Midwives, we want more midwives practising in Canada, whatever gender they may be,” Nathalie Pambrun said.last_img read more

Solesourced contracts can be raw deal top officials said in navy ship

first_imgOTTAWA — New court documents show public servants discussing the risk to taxpayers as successive federal governments have turned to sole-source contracts to buy desperately needed equipment for the Canadian Forces and others.The documents were filed on behalf of suspended Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, who is charged with breach of trust in connection with one such contract. They land amid frustrations with Canada’s military procurement system — including because of political mismanagement — that have led to the need for quick fixes.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has chosen to sign several sole-source contracts to bolster the coast guard’s aging icebreaking fleet and the country’s fighter-jet force, buying time to find permanent replacements.Sole-sourcing does make sense in many cases, said defence analyst David Perry of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, particularly where there is an emergency or it’s clear that only one company can meet the government’s needs.“But if you’re sole-sourcing to fill a capability gap, that’s the result of mismanaging a procurement to the point where you are out of options and have no alternative,” Perry said. “That’s not really a good reason to be sole-sourcing.”The Tories under Stephen Harper once intended to buy a fleet of F-35 fighter jets on an untendered contract, but aborted that plan in 2012 once the full price became known.Then the Trudeau government planned to spend about $6 billion on 18 sole-sourced “interim” Super Hornets from Boeing because it said Canada needed more fighter jets to support its aging CF-18s until replacements could be purchased through a competition.The Super Hornets deal eventually fell apart because of a trade dispute with Boeing. So the government is buying 25 second-hand Australian fighter jets, also without a competition. Canada isn’t expected to get new fighter jets until at least 2025.The Liberals also recently bought three second-hand icebreakers from Quebec-based Davie Shipbuilding for the coast guard, whose existing fleet is on average 35 years old — with no immediate plan to replace it on the horizon.Suspended as the military’s second-in-command in January 2017, Norman was charged in March 2018 with one count of breach of trust for allegedly leaking cabinet secrets to Davie over a different contract. He has denied any wrongdoing and vowed to fight the charge.The case against Norman centres on a sole-sourced deal negotiated between Davie and the previous Conservative government in 2015, in which the Quebec shipyard proposed converting a civilian cargo ship into a temporary support vessel for the navy.The $700-million contract with Davie was not finalized before that year’s federal election. Although the newly elected Liberals at first wanted to delay it for a closer review, they signed off on the deal a short time later.Before Liberal ministers agreed to buy the converted ship, bureaucrats from the Privy Council Office, the government’s top department, wrote a secret briefing note in November 2015 that discussed the problems with not holding a competition.“The risk inherent with a sole-source contract is that much of the leverage in the contract negotiation resides with the company,” the bureaucrats wrote, even as they noted that the Conservatives had exempted the deal from the usual oversight for such projects.Despite these concerns, the officials recommended the government approve the deal. Partly because they had assessed that “risk mitigation measures” were in place, but mostly because the navy urgently needed a support ship for faraway operations.The court documents, none of which have been filed as exhibits or tested in court, include RCMP interviews with civil servants that suggest politicians’ desire for votes in Quebec also played a role in the decisions about the ship. But the navy’s need for the vessel was real.The navy at the time had just retired its 50-year-old support ships and while replacements are being built in Vancouver through the government’s national shipbuilding plan, numerous delays and problems mean they won’t be ready until the 2020s.The navy had originally expected to get new support ships in 2012.The briefing note said a competition could have been held to find another, perhaps cheaper, solution, but “a competitive process would take longer to deliver a solution — likely 10-14 months for a contract award, and then more time for the service to be ready.”RCMP interviews with several senior civil servants raise similar concerns about awarding a contract to Davie without a competition while also alluding to the sense of urgency in getting new support ships.The Defence Department’s head of procurement, Patrick Finn, told the Mounties that other companies were clamouring to compete to supply a temporary support ship in late 2014, and that “the information existed to say that this could be done competitively.”But Finn noted that Davie had already found a ship that it could convert for the navy, which “at that point had no replenishment ships.”Melissa Burke, an analyst with the Privy Council Office who attended various cabinet meetings about Davie’s proposal in 2015, told the RCMP that federal procurement officials were unhappy because “they felt the taxpayers were getting a raw deal.”Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Saskatchewan court allows all applicants to intervene in carbon tax case

first_imgREGINA — Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal is allowing all applicants to intervene in an upcoming court case involving the province and Ottawa over the national carbon tax.A written judgment says all submissions from interveners must be limited to legal issues surrounding the tax.The federal government had opposed a request by Alberta’s United Conservative Party to be an intervener on the side of Saskatchewan.Jason Kenney, the party’s leader and a former federal cabinet minister, has tweeted he is pleased with the ruling and would be stepping up to fight for Albertans.Saskatchewan has asked the court to rule on whether the federal government’s plan to implement a carbon tax on the province is constitutional.The case is to be heard in court in mid-February.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Dennis Oland murder trial Prosecutors try to build timeline in fathers killing

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. — Patterns of use on electronic devices in Richard Oland’s office are being scrutinized by Crown prosecutors in an attempt to pinpoint what time the multi-millionaire was bludgeoned to death.Oland’s son, Dennis, is on trial in Saint John for the second-degree murder of his father on July 6, 2011, and key to his defence is the uncertainty surrounding the actual time of the killing.Dennis is the last known person to have seen his father alive. He visited Richard at his uptown Saint John office late in the afternoon of July 6, staying an hour and leaving at about 6:30 p.m. He then headed home to the suburb of Rothesay on the outskirts of the port city.A central question in the case: Was his father dead when he left? Or did he die later, in accordance with an earlier witness at the trial who said he heard loud thumps and crashes coming from Richard Oland’s second floor office sometime between 7:30 and 8 p.m. that night?The later time would exclude Dennis Oland, 50, as the killer. He was caught on security video shopping with his wife, Lisa, in Rothesay at that time.Cell phone and computer experts on the stand at Oland’s trial on Thursday said computers in Richard Oland’s office fell idle shortly after Dennis arrived for his visit at around 5:30.Payman Hakimian, who is with the RCMP’s technological crimes unit in Fredericton, told the trial the last key stroke on Richard’s personal computer was at 5:39 p.m. on July 6, 2011.Under questioning by defence lawyer Alan Gold, Hakimian said his analysis cannot detect more subtle computer activity, such as using the up and down arrows on a keyboard to scroll through material.Hakimian also told Gold that he downloaded hundreds of pages of data from Dennis Oland’s home computers as well as those of Richard Oland. He said all of the data was sent to the Saint John police for examination. Nothing incriminating was found.Not only was there no more computer activity in Oland’s office after Dennis arrived for his visit, the prominent businessman and former executive at Moosehead Breweries Ltd. stopped sending and answering texts and calls on his cell phone — the only item taken from the crime scene.Sylvie Gill, an investigator with Rogers Communications in Montreal, went through call records at the trial, records which showed the date and time of all phone calls and text messages sent and received on Richard Oland’s iPhone on July 6 and 7.“The last communication was an incoming text message at 6:44 p.m.,” Gill told the court, referring to a text sent by Diana Sedlacek, a real estate agent with whom Oland was having an affair.The court already has learned this last message from Sedlacek, received by Oland’s phone, read: “You there?” Gill said the site of the cell tower that message pinged off was “Rothesay Road, in Rothesay.”It would have been around the time Dennis Oland was in Rothesay, having left his father’s office a few minutes earlier.Richard Oland did not answer Sedlacek’s message and after that last communication, the phone went dead. All incoming phone calls went directly to voicemail and text messages “were not delivered to the device,” Gill said.The phone has never been found.Dennis Oland has pleaded not guilty to murder. His father, Richard, died from repeated sharp and blunt force blows, mostly to his head. The 69-year-old businessman was found lying dead on the floor of his office on July 7, 2011.This is Dennis Oland’s second trial. He was convicted in a jury trial in 2015 but that verdict was set aside on appeal and the new trial ordered.The trial is expected to last until mid-March.Chris Morris, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

In the news today April 5

first_imgFour stories in the news for Friday, April 5———HUMBOLDT ONE YEAR AFTER DEADLY CRASHSaturday marks the one-year anniversary of a crash between the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team bus and a semi-trailer that killed 16 people and injured 13 others. The collision changed the lives of the 29 people onboard the bus and their loved ones, but also the small Saskatchewan city that the team calls home. Residents in Humboldt are preparing to mark the anniversary after a year spent grieving and trying to rebuild their lives. There are fewer than 6,000 people in the city, so everyone is somehow touched by what happened. Mike Yager, who runs a local sportswear store, says the demand for Broncos gear has not stopped.———DETAILS OF SAUDI-CANADIAN FEUD LAID OUT IN MEMOA newly released federal document provides a close look at Saudi Arabia’s retaliation against Canada following criticism by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland on Twitter of the regime’s arrest of women’s rights activists. A briefing note to International Trade Minister Jim Carr offers more detail on how events were unfolding on the ground about a month after the start of the dispute. The document lists numerous measures, including denial of access to military bases, rerouting of flights for product supplies, prevention of a Canadian company from importing and selling medication and various shipments from Canada being completely stopped at Saudi ports.———CANADA TO SUSPEND LICENCES FOR BIOCELL IMPLANTSHealth Canada says it will suspend licences for Biocell breast implants unless the company that makes them provides new evidence about their safety. The Health Department says it conducted a scientific assessment of macro-textured implants as part of its larger ongoing safety review of breast implants and a rare associated cancer, which was launched in November 2018. Health Canada says it continues to monitor and review all available scientific and clinical information regarding the safety of textured breast implants, including any new evidence provided by Allergan, the company that manufactures the implants, in the next 15 days.———ALBERTA’S POLITICAL LEADERS SPAR OVER PIPELINES, MINORITY RIGHTSAlberta’s political leaders traded shots over everything form pipelines to minority rights in last night’s election debate. United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney and NDP Leader Rachel Notley both told reporters after the debate that it would be up to Albertans to decide who won. Notley says Kenney had a chance to clear up concerns about the UCP leadership race and comments his candidates have made around Islamophobia and homophobia, but he didn’t do it. Kenney says Notley only brings up those issues because she’s trying to avoid talking about the NDP’s failed economic record. Albertans go to the polls on April 16th.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will make an announcement about money for energy efficiency and climate change adaptation projects.— Nova Scotia’s Gaelic Affairs Minister Randy Delorey will introduce an act today that will designate the official tartan for the House of Assembly.— Social Development Minister Shane Simpson and Education Minister Rob Fleming will attend an announcement by the United Way of the Lower Mainland over the period promise campaign and menstrual products in B.C. schools.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Liberals to announce plan to ban singleuse plastics as early as 2021

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government will announce a plan Monday to ban harmful single-use plastics such as drinking straws as early as 2021.A government official with knowledge of the plan says no list of banned products will be unfurled immediately.Rather, the government wants to look at the best evidence and conduct studies to determine which products should be outlawed to help reduce the millions of tons of plastic waste that end up in oceans.The idea is to come up with a comprehensive plan to ban the sale and use of toxic plastic products within a couple of years. The announcement will be made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in Toronto and Fisheries and Oceans Minister Jonathan Wilkinson in British Columbia.The Canadian Press granted the government official anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly prior to the announcement.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Study says rents in most cities are unaffordable for lowerincome earners

first_imgOTTAWA — A minimum-wage worker could afford to rent in just a few neighbourhoods in Canada, suggests a new analysis of the country’s rental market that also raises questions about a promised federal rent-supplement program.The report being released Thursday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says someone earning minimum wage would only be able to afford a one-bedroom rental in nine per cent of 795 neighbourhoods in Canadian cities in the study.The figure drops to three per cent of neighbourhoods when looking at the affordability of two-bedroom units.The federal Liberals’ decade-long national housing strategy includes programs to build more rental housing, hoping a boost in supply will drive down costs.At the same time, negotiations with provinces are winding along on the design of a new rent supplement for low-income tenants that will average about $2,500 a year.Study author David Macdonald said the benefit could provide some short-term help while the country awaits new rental units. But he said the benefit may not be enough for low-income renters to close the affordability gap.The report defines “affordable” rent as 30 per cent or less of a renter’s pre-tax income, the same cut-off used by federal officials.The new portable housing benefit is to roll out next year, which will be tied to a person rather than a unit — meaning the person can carry it with them through the housing market rather than losing the financial help when they move out of a government-supported dwelling. Its design will be tailored to each province.Spending is set at $4 billion — split among federal and provincial governments — which will require tough decisions about who gets it, how much they can receive, and when it gets taken away.“You really have to ration it based on some simple criteria, otherwise you blow through your (spending) cap,” said Macdonald, a senior economist at the centre.“Second of all, it’s likely not generous enough to substantially reduce the rent for renters, particularly at the lower end of the income spectrum and particularly in big cities like Vancouver, Toronto, Victoria, Calgary, Ottawa.”Roughly one-third of households, or 4.7 million, are renters and they are often low-income earners, or young adults, or newcomers to Canada.Average rents, adjusted for inflation, have increased since the early 1990s as construction of traditional apartments declined in favour of homes and then condominiums, Macdonald said.In the 1970s, he said, it wasn’t uncommon to see 100,000 new, purpose-built rental units being constructed each year, “which is an incredible amount of new rental housing being put into the market.”While there has been some uptick in rental construction over the last decade — mostly in the luxury rental market, Macdonald said — the Liberals hope to use billions in federal funding to help finance more than 100,000 new rental units.At the rate that money is being committed to projects, the study estimates most units won’t come open until the late 2020s. Combining provincial and federal commitments, the study projects an average of 15,400 new rental units annually, well below the number the country saw decades ago when the population was smaller.“The Canada Housing Benefit is a good short-term solution as we wait 10 years for the rental housing market to build up and then hopefully increase vacancy rates and also stabilize rents,” Macdonald said.Jordan Press, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Risk of student loan defaults rising say documents warning system is broken

first_imgOTTAWA — Federal officials warned in a presentation earlier this year that the risk of student loan defaults and delays was on the rise, noting bleakly: the “system is broken.”Federal student debt alone is approximately $17 billion and the federal government has to regularly write-off millions of dollars in loans it will never collect.The documents, obtained by The Canadian Press, say the costs for post-secondary education have increased at rates “above wage growth and inflation” over the last decade, while the cost of living has also jumped, creating an affordability crunch for new and graduating students.And yet, the documents acknowledge that post-secondary education is a must for many entering the job market.Recommendations for how to address the problem were redacted from the documents, but student groups say they should include more non-repayable grants and waiving interest payments on student loans.The Canadian Federation of Students and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations are each readying to launch get-out-the-vote campaigns on campuses to get students to the polls during the fall federal election.‘No surprise’Meantime, those with the B.C. Federation of Students say they’re not surprised by the federal report suggesting the loan program is broken and in need of fixing.“You know, we hear on the ground the struggles students are having, even paying for their education as they’re attending school,” Jenelle Davies with the federation says. “Those stories only multiply when people graduate and have to then start repaying back the loans they have taken.”Davies says there really isn’t a choice about getting a post-secondary education.“I know on average the federal student loan interest is about $5,000 for students, and when you’re already struggling and living in cities that become increasingly more unaffordable, it’s a real challenge to keep ahead of your repayment schedule,” she adds.This problem isn’t just isolated to the big city, like Vancouver, she notes. Davies says places like Victoria, Nanaimo, Terrace, and Prince George are just some examples of cities that are becoming out of reach for students, who are also faced with “skyrocketing” education costs.“But wages don’t go up to match that increase,” she explains. “When young people are graduating with a $30,000 student loan, it’s a real struggle of how you’re going to repay that. But there’s no other option for folks than getting a student loan, because the student loan program is a needs-based loan. You have to financially qualify for it.”The B.C. Federation of Students has two main suggestions for the federal government to help: To eliminate interest on student loans and putting more money “up front” in a “needs-based grant system.”Davies explains it’s important to note that the cost associated with education is “widely provincial.”last_img read more

Prince Harry To Join Injured Soldiers In Antarctica

first_imgPrince Harry has hailed the courage of 12 wounded servicemen and women who are about to race each other across Antarctica.Prince Harry poses with Team UK during the Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge departure in Trafalgar Square, LondonCredit/Copyright: 29-year-old will join a team of four injured British soldiers as they take on groups from the Commonwealth and the United States in the 200-mile Walking With The Wounded charity trek.The teams gathered in Trafalgar Square in central London last week to unveil the trophy they are competing to win.In a speech, Prince Harry said: “All the men and women behind me have achieved so much just to get here, let alone actually walk to the South Pole.“I think it’s just a wonderful display of courage from their part and it means so much to everybody else, as it should do, here.“The cause is for one cause and one cause only, and that’s to raise awareness for all the wounded, sick and injured, whether it’s in military life or whether it’s in civilian life.“These guys aim to achieve something quite remarkable, and in doing so will prove to everybody else that even though you’ve lost a leg or lost an arm, or whatever your illness may be, that you can achieve pretty much anything if you put your mind to it.”The Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge 2013, of which Prince Harry is patron, will see the teams race across three degrees to the South Pole.All 12 injured service personnel from Britain, America, Canada and Australia have overcome life-changing injuries and undertaken challenging training programmes to prepare themselves for the conditions they will face in Antarctica.The UK Team Glenfiddich will be joined by Harry, Team Soldier On from the Commonwealth will include actor Dominic West, while the US Team Noom Coach will line up alongside actor Alexander Skarsgard.Each team also has a mentor and a polar guide.Prince Harry said: “This trip is another way of reminding everybody that as Afghanistan draws down – and these guys aren’t in the news any more so than they already are – it’s a reminder to everybody that the support must continue.“Antarctica is the only place on earth that is still as it should be. May we never taint that.”He added: “I can assure that the boys and girls behind me will do their very best.”The teams left the UK for South Africa on Sunday before flying to Novolazarevskaya Station in Antarctica on 19th November, where they will spend a few days getting used to the conditions.Once acclimatised, the teams will fly to 87 degrees south, where they will spend further time acclimatising to the altitude.The expedition to the South Pole will begin from 87 degrees south on 30th November, with the teams hoping to reach the geographic South Pole by December 16.The distance will be divided into managed stages and checkpoints, and due to the hostile conditions and the nature of the injuries involved, the expedition teams will be followed by a support team who will be on hand in case of emergencies.Each team will represent and raise funds for military charities from the constituent nations: Soldier On from Canada, Soldier On from Australia, Soldiers to Summits from the US and Walking With The Wounded from the UK.Trekking around 15km to 20km per day, the teams will endure temperatures as low as minus 45C and 50mph winds as they pull their 70kg sleds, known as pulks, towards the southernmost point on the globe.Source:PrinceHenryOfWales.orglast_img read more

Mariel Hemingway To Be Honored By Mental Health Awareness Movement

first_imgOscar nominated actress, best-selling author, and acclaimed subject of the documentary film “Running From Crazy”, Mariel Hemingway, will receive a Leadership in Media Award for her work as a strong Mental Health Advocate and Anti-Stigma Speaker at the National Alliance on Mental Illness Westside Los Angeles Gala.She will also discuss the impact seven suicides have had on her and her family including her grandfather, Ernest Hemingway.Fact: One in four people in the world will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime. That’s 25% of all people. It’s a startling statistic, but the National Alliance on Mental Illness is there to help people when they are hit with this illness. NAMI Westside Los Angeles (NAMI WLA) raises funds to provide free help with local support groups, phone crisis assistance and educational programs for families and their loved ones to get information on mental health issues. These issues often come as a shock to families and NAMI WLA is there to help them. They have helped thousands of families and want to continue to help many more with additional funding and contributions from the public and Corporate Sponsors.Dr. Marvin J. Southard, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, known as one of the largest mental health organizations in the world, will receive his award for helping hundreds of thousands in our community to receive mental health assistance: The “Excellence in Public Service Award”.Another important honoree, longtime NAMI WLA Board member, David Wright, has worked tirelessly over the years to help those in need of mental health assistance. He is one of the founding members and will receive an “Excellence of Service” award for his generous contributions and many years of service to NAMI WLA.Tickets and Sponsorship Opportunities are available now. Also, a matching grant has been generously put in place by David Wright and his business partner, Kenneth L. Sleeper. Please contact Lisa at NAMI WLA (310) 889-7200 if you would also like to purchase tickets, tables, and/or sponsor their efforts and donate to help to continue to provide these free services in their communities to thousands of families.WHEN: Wednesday, May 28th, Cocktails 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Awards Ceremony and Dinner begins at 7:30 PM ~ Business AttireWHERE: SLS Hotel, 465 S. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CaliforniaNAMI Westside Los Angeles is a grassroots organization that provides support, education, and advocacy for families and individuals of all ethnic and socio economic backgrounds who live with mental illness. As one of the largest affiliates of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the organization works with state and national affiliates, and with other stakeholders in the community, to educate the public, advocate for legislation, reduce stigma, and improve the mental health system.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

WE Day To Be Broadcast On ABC Next Week

first_imgWE invites Americans to tune in to the second annual US national broadcast of WE Day on August 28, 2016 at 7 pm/6 pm CT.Zooey Deschanel and Kermit the Frog share why it’s important to be green during the WE Day broadcast on ABCCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesCharlize Theron, Demi Lovato, Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen, Selena Gomez, Natalie Portman, Common, Big Sean, Jennifer Hudson, Ciara, Jacob Tremblay, Zooey Deschanel, Tyrese Gibson, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Paula Abdul, Hannah Simone, Rico Rodriguez, Raini Rodriguez, Kermit the Frog along with other Muppets and more will come together to lend their voices to WE Day, part of the WE Movement that brings people together and gives them the tools to change the world locally and globally, achieving transformative outcomes for themselves and others.Demi Lovato inspires during the WE Day broadcastCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThe WE Day broadcast will bring families across America together for an evening of empowering conversations about important social issues, sparking ideas and inspiring action. Featuring high-energy performances combined with motivating speeches and documentary-style features highlighting young Americans making a difference, the WE Day broadcast is the manifestation of the WE Movement–inspiring people to live WE by taking action on issues and creating change in communities around the world.WE Day events bring people together, filling stadiums around the globe to experience the world’s greatest classroom for a full day live event. Youth can’t buy a ticket to WE Day — they earn their way through service by taking action on one local and one global cause. WE Day engages students of all socioeconomic backgrounds through WE Schools, an educational program that helps to further students’ learning and develop life skills. Globally over 2.4 million students are part of the WE Movement, taking part in service learning programs and campaigns.“I’m proud to be a part of the WE Movement—part of a community made up of world-changers who are coming together to make a lasting, positive impact across America and the world,” said singer, songwriter and actress, Demi Lovato. “WE Day will unite and inspire Americans, reminding them that there is so much good and love in the world. I live WE every day and believe that by supporting one another we can truly change the world together.”To support the WE Movement and share their commitment to living WE, iconic celebrities including Natalie Portman, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Hudson, Common and others, make appearances in the WE Day broadcast and take the WE Pledge. Americans can join this star-studded lineup and become part of the WE Community by taking the pledge at, demonstrating their commitment to make a deeper impact in their communities and around the world.For every pledge taken, $10 will be donated to WE Charity, the charitable division of WE that empowers change with resources that create sustainable impact. Through the pledge, up to $1 million will be donated to support WE Charity’s domestic empowerment programs and sustainable development programs in communities overseas. By taking the pledge, people will receive valuable information and opportunities to help them live WE in their daily lives.“I pledge to live WE — working to ensure that every girl around the world has access to an education,” said Natalie Portman, Academy Award-winning actress and WE Ambassador. “We can all make a difference by the choices that we make, our actions and intentions, and by the way we treat and support others. By pledging to live WE, Americans are committing to join a collective community that is making better choices, spreading love, not hate, and working together to make the world a better place. I am honored to be a part of the WE Movement and believe that change is within each of us and that together we can change the world.”“Everyone is invited to take part in the WE Movement and take the WE Pledge, whether you’re a parent looking for support in raising caring and compassionate children, or a young person looking to take action in your own backyard,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “Being empowered to change the world is what WE Day and the WE Movement are all about, and taking the pledge is where it all begins — encouraging everyone to join together and make a lasting impact on issues they care about.”WE Day is made possible by national title sponsor Allstate, presenting sponsors Unilever, Walgreens and Microsoft. Click here to watch the PSA.Join the WE Movement and take the WE Pledge today at read more

JamieLynn Sigler Joins 24 Hour Musicals Los Angeles

first_imgToday, The 24 Hour Musicals: Los Angeles announced that Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos), Retta (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Isabelle Fuhrman (Master of Sex), Sam Tsui (singer/songwriter), Herizen Guardiola (The Get Down), Grace Parra (The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore), and Maria Thayer (The Catch, Table 19), will join the star-studded line-up of performers in the first ever Los Angeles presentation of The 24 Hour Musicals, a one-night-only performance at the United Artists Theater at Ace Hotel on Monday, July 17.Jackson Gay (Atlantic Theater Company) will join as a director of one of the musicals, and Tyce Diorio (So You Think You Can Dance) as a choreographer.They join previously announced participants including: Wayne Brady (Kinky Boots, Whose Line Is It Anyway?); Michelle Visage (RuPaul’s Drag Race); Jesse Eisenberg (The Spoils) as a composer/lyricist, Nellie McKay (singer/songwriter), Alex Newell (Glee), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood, Daredevil), Garrett Clayton (Hairspray Live!); Janina Gavankar (True Blood); Alicia Witt (The Walking Dead); Vella Lovell (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend); Shoshana Bean (Wicked); Donna Lynne Champlin (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend); Ashley Fink (Glee); Amanda Seales (Insecure); and Andrew Leeds (Bones, Groundlings). Creative team includes Rachel Axler (VEEP), Matt Schatz (Love Trapezoid), J. Holtham (Pitch), Rona Siddiqui (One Good Day), Tasha Gordon-Solmon (I Now Pronounce); directors Bart DeLorenzo, Kate Sullivan, Casey Stangl and more! Playwright Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly) will be the featured speaker for the evening.The 24 Hour Musicals: Los Angeles is an intensive theatrical endeavor where a team of over 100 (including artists from Broadway, film, television and music) will come together to write, compose, rehearse and perform four original musicals within a 24 hour time span at the beautiful Theater at Ace. For 22 years, The 24 Hour Plays have brought together extraordinary artists to create time-limited theater around the world, raising millions of dollars for charity.In this historic theater (built in 1927 by United Artists), The 24 Hour Musicals: Los Angeles will celebrate and support the work of the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit arm of the Dramatists Guild of America which advocates for the freedom of expression on behalf of all who are confronting censorship on stages across America.“We’ve staged many memorable evenings of The 24 Hour Plays in Los Angeles, while The 24 Hour Musicals have run off-Broadway for eight wonderful years,” said Mark Armstrong, Executive Director of The 24 Hour Plays. “This magical event brings together the best of both worlds for a magical evening of musical theater in one of the country’s most beautiful venues. We’re particularly proud, in this moment, to support the great work of the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund, which supports playwrights and defends freedom of expression.”The marathon process for The 24 Hour Musicals begins at 9 p.m. the night before the performance. Writers, composers, directors, choreographers, actors, music directors, musicians and production staff—many of whom have never worked with or met each other before—gather for an orientation where they are asked to share one costume piece, one prop, a special skill, and to reveal something that they have always wanted to do on stage, as well as some singing and dancing. At 11 p.m., the composers and writers get to work crafting 15-20 minute musicals overnight; at 9 a.m. the next morning, the actors receive their roles and the directors, choreographers and musicians arrive to begin rehearsal. Less than 12 hours later, they must be ready to perform in front of a live audience.“The DLDF is honored to be a part of the 24 Hour Musicals adventure,” said John Weidman, President of the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund. “We are delighted to be aligned with, and supported by, this unique high-wire event which captures the creative impulse which drives writers to write, and which the DLDF exists to defend.”THE 24 HOUR MUSICALSJuly 17, 2017 at 8pmThe Theater at Ace929 South BroadwayLos Angeles, CA 90015Tickets start at $175 and VIP access tickets are available.Tickets for THE 24 HOUR MUSICALS are available for purchase online here.last_img read more

Gene Simmons Partners With iHeartDogs To Surprise Local Dog Rescue

first_imgKISS star Gene Simmons together with Shannon Tweed Simmons and their Alaskan Malamute George made a surprise family visit to local Los Angeles dog rescue Wags & Walks this week to help raise awareness about dog rescue and deliver hundreds of toys and treats to loving dogs in need of homes. Gene Simmons with Shannon Tweed Simmons made a surprise family visit to local Los Angeles dog rescue Wags & WalksHis appearance coincided with a public dog adoption event that included a dog kissing booth, a puppy ball pit, and a very special dog cake in Gene’s image from The Dog Bakery.Everyday, a number of sweet and healthy dogs are being euthanized due to overcrowded shelters. In Los Angeles, Wags & Walks aims to break the stigma that rescue dogs are damaged goods by rescuing dogs at high kill shelters and caring for them at their adoption center, placing them with loving fosters, and helping them find their forever homes. Dog lover Gene Simmons, who has four rescue dogs himself, partnered with iHeartDogs to make a surprise visit to Wags & Walks to deliver a number of toys and treats to make the stay of the rescue dogs more enjoyable before they find their forever is the leading “profit for purpose” pet goods manufacturer and e-commerce retailer, supporting animal shelters and rescue organizations around the nation. Veteran-owned and operated, iHeartDogs was founded in 2014 as a Facebook page inspired by a rescued Siberian Husky named Splash, and has grown to over 20 million online followers and 1 million loyal customers. Through each customer purchase, iHeartDogs is able to fund millions of meals for shelter animals, provide hundreds of thousands of safe toys to shelters and helps fund service and companion animals for veterans. Named one of the nation’s fastest-growing companies by Inc. 500, iHeartDogs runs on the simple belief that every dog matters.Founded by Lesley Brog, Wags and Walks is a nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to match people with dogs that need a home and to save dogs’ lives on death row. Wags and Walks is a nonprofit 501c3, tax deductible organization run completely off of charitable contributions and volunteer support.last_img read more

Toronto Film Critics name Moonlight best picture

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Adam Driver was named best actor for his role as a bus driver and a would-be poet in Paterson. Michelle Williams won for best supporting actress for her role in Manchester by the Sea.Manchester also took the award for best screenplay. Zootopia was named best animated film. Moonlight, about a young African-American man’s struggle to overcome a troubled childhood and to grapple with his own sexuality, has been named best picture of the year by the Toronto Film Critics Association.Mahershala Ali was named best supporting actor for his role as Juan, who mentors young Chiron.German comedy Toni Erdmann, about a woman whose father has a penchant for pranks, won three awards, including Maren Ade for best director, best actress to Sandra Huller and best foreign language film. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The series extends online with exclusive bonus digital content including: a tour of the brand new Top Chef Canada kitchen, behind-the-scenes culinary articles, photo galleries, deleted scenes, prize giveaways and more. For this bonus content as well as competitor and cast biographies and full episodes after they premiere, visit: Chef Canada is the homegrown version of the hit Emmy Award-winning NBCUniversal Series Top Chef and is produced by Insight Production Company Ltd. in association with Food Network Canada. Executive Producers are John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Mark Lysakowski, and Supervising Producer is Eric Abboud. Advertisementcenter_img SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow Food Network Canada on Twitter @FoodNetworkCA Facebook Food Network Canada and Instagram @FoodNetworkCaFollow Top Chef Canada on Twitter @TopChefCanada and Facebook @TopChefCanada and discuss using #TopChefCanadaWatch full episodes and see exclusive content at Network Canada is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at Insight ProductionsInsight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer. Headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted.  The Amazing Race Canada, The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration; The JUNO Awards 2016 and How To Change The World collectively took home 14 Canadian Screen Awards in 2017.  Big Brother Canada continues to be the most watched reality program across specialty channels in Canada.  Past productions include Intervention Canada, Project Runway Canada, Battle of the Blades, Ready Or Not, Falcon Beach, The Truth About Alex, and Canadian Idol. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content. In 2015, Insight received the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s inaugural Icon Award in recognition of its 35th anniversary. Twitter TORONTO, March 15, 2017 – Canada’s most prestigious and high-stakes culinary competition is back with Top Chef Canada: All-Stars. For the first time in Canadian franchise history, Top Chef Canada brings some of the country’s most accomplished chefs from past seasons to battle it out for a chance to earn what has eluded them all: the title of Canada’s Top Chef. Twelve all-star chefs compete in cutthroat challenges and receive bold critiques from the judging panel which includes recently announced host Eden Grinshpan, head judge chef Mark McEwan and esteemed resident judges Chris Nuttall-Smith, Mijune Pak, and Janet Zuccarini. This season, the returning chefs unpack their knives and fight for a chance to win a $100,000 grand prize courtesy of Interac Flash and a Monogram kitchen valued at over $25,000. Top Chef Canada: All-Stars premieres Sunday, April 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network Canada.Meet the 12 chefs returning to the Top Chef Canada kitchen for a second chance at winning it all:Connie DeSousa – Season 1, Calgary, AB.Dustin Gallagher – Season 1, Toronto, ON.Andrea Nicholson – Season 1, Toronto, ON.Todd Perrin – Season 1, Quidi Vidi Village, NL.Trevor Bird – Season 2, Vancouver, BC.Jonathan Korecki – Season 2, Ottawa ON.Curtis Luk – Season 2, Vancouver, BC.Elizabeth Rivasplata – Season 2, Toronto, ON.Trista Sheen – Season 2, Toronto, ON.Nicole Gomes – Season 3, Calgary, AB.Dennis Tay – Season 3, Toronto, ON.Jesse Vergen – Season 4, Saint John, NB.Throughout the competition, the chefs serve up refined dishes for acclaimed culinary guest judges including: Chopped Canada judges Lynn Crawford, John Higgins, Susur Lee and Antonio Park; Sugar Showdown host Josh Elkin; television personality, cookbook author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich; culinary superstar, chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud; chef/owner of Raymonds in downtown St. John’s Jeremy Charles; celebrity chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Maneet Chauhan; chef/owner of Montreal’s Maison Publique Derek Dammann; food writer and cookbook author Sabrina Ghayour; chef/owner of Montreal’s Toqué! and Brasserie T! Normand Laprise; owner of Big Gay Ice Cream Doug Quint, and chef/owner of Toronto’s Bar Raval, Bar Isabel and El Rey Mezcal Bar, Grant Van Gameren. Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgDonald Sutherland (Photo Courtesy of HBO) Login/Register With: The festival will also screen his latest film, ‘The Burnt Orange Heresy.’Donald Sutherland will receive a lifetime achievement Donostia Award at this year’s 67th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival, running Sept. 20-28 in the Spanish city. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img The festival will also host a special screening Sept. 26 immediately following the award of the Giuseppe Capotondi-directed, Italy-set neo-noir thriller The Burnt Orange Heresy, in which Sutherland stars alongside Elizabeth Debicki, Claes Bang and Mick Jagger. Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Group hopes to shoot down Indigenous stereotypes at Pan Am games using

first_imgAPTN National NewsHighlighting Indigenous arts and culture has been a big part of the 2015 Pan Am games in Toronto.On Tuesday, the Aboriginal pavilion unveiled an art exhibit curators hope will give visitors a look at what it means to be Indigenous while at the same time tackling stereotypes.APTN’s Delaney Windigo reports.dwindigo@aptn.caFollow @delaneywindigolast_img

Infant two toddlers identified among nine killed in Pikangikum fire

first_img(Ireland Peters, 4 (left), Amber Strang, five months (centre) and Aubree Strang, 2, died in a fire the broke out in a home late last Tuesday on the Pikangikum First Nation. Facebook/photo)APTN National NewsThe Ontario Provincial Police on Monday released the names of the six adults and three children who died in a fire that consumed a home on the Pikangikum First Nation last Tuesday.The youngest of the victims was identified as five-month-old Amber Strang, who died along with her siblings Ireland Peters and 4, Aubree Strang, 2.The children’s parents Dietrich Peters, 35, and Faith Strang, 24, also died in the fire.Faith Strang’s parents, Dean Strang, 51, and Annette Strang, 49,  died in the fire, along with son Gilbert Strang, 31 and his girlfriend Sylvia Peters, 41.According to the OPP statement the home destroyed by fire was the primary residence of Dean and Annette Strang.The OPP said the cause of death for all nine victims was smoke inhalation.The OPP said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but foul play is not suspected.The fire broke out at the Dunsford Rd. home shortly before 11:44 p.m. last Tuesday.Pikangikum Chief Dean Owen told APTN National News previously neighbours tried to rescue the occupants of the home but the fire spread too quickly.Pikangikum, a fly-in Ojibway community, sits about 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, read more

Program in the NWT hopes to produce the next crop of farmers

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-Jacobs APTN National NewsSustainability in farming has been buzzworthy among agricultural groups across Canada.Now one training institute is expanding their educational workshops to create students who are stewards of the land in the Northwest Territories.Cmorrittjacobs@aptn.calast_img