Eyewear brand Revo has debuted a new capsule collection of sunglasses in collaboration with U2 lead singer and activist Bono as part of the Buy Vision, Give Sight campaign to prevent vision impairment and blindness in more than 5 million people by 2020.Video: Buy Vision Give SightRevo will donate $10 from the sale of every pair of Revo sunglasses, including Bono’s “Vision over Visibility” collection, up to a total of $10 million to the “Buy Vision, Give Sight” initiative. These funds will go to the Brien Holden Vision Institute who work around the world to provide eye care to those who cannot access or afford it.“This is personal for me. I’ve been dealing with glaucoma for 20 years,” says Bono in an exclusive video released today. “The Brien Holden Vision Institute is leading the fight to end the kind of blindness and vision problems that can be prevented or cured. They now have an ally in Revo, and me.” He goes on to explain that without the medical care he has received, he would be blind.An estimated 625 million people worldwide are blind or vision impaired simply because they cannot afford, or access basic eye exams and a pair of glasses. According to the Brien Holden Vision Institute, almost 75 percent of all vision impairments can be prevented or cured with proper access to preventative eye care and treatment.Yehuda Shmidman, CEO of Sequential Brands Group, the owner of the Revo brand, comments, “Revo’s pioneering lens technology has always put eye health as a central focus and Bono’s new collection is no exception. Our partnership with Bono and the Brien Holden Vision Institute supercharges our efforts and will help reach more people, in more places, much faster.”A leader in expanding access to eye care in the developing world, Brien Holden Vision Institute will use the funds to provide eye care services, including eye tests and prescription glasses, and to build sustainable eye care services where they currently do not exist by training local people to provide eye care and detect eye diseases.“Most of us take basic eye exams for granted but millions of people around the world cannot access or afford them,” says Kovin Naidoo, CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute. “We are committed to changing that.”“The scope of the problem is huge, but the path to progress is also in plain sight. We know we can end vision impairment and unnecessary blindness for millions of people. We also know that you can help,” says Bono in the video.
The Swiss watch manufacturer Frederique Constant was delighted to support the sixth edition of the Global Gift Gala Foundation charity event held on November 30th .Eva Longoria, Peter Stas and Maria BravoOver 200 guests attended the Global Gift Gala at the Four Seasons Park Lane in London, where the actress Eva Longoria was the Honorary Chair.The Global Gift Gala is a unique international initiative from The Global Gift Foundation, a charity founded by Maria Bravo and Alina Peralta, that is dedicated to philanthropic events worldwide; to raise funds and make a difference towards children and women across the globe. Last year, $1,418,528 were raised at the galas that took place in Paris, Cannes, Marbella, London, and Dubai.Since 2008, Frederique Constant has pledged to support charities such as the World Heart Federation and Variety Power of Women. To continue in that Path Frederique Constant offered two beautiful timepieces, which were auctioned during the Global gift Foundation event. In order to improve the lives of families in need all over the world, the fund raised at the London Gala were donated to charitable causes of all three foundations: the Eva Longoria Foundation, the Diana Award and the Global Gift Foundation. A total of £330,000 was raised this evening for the Foundations.Victoria Beckham at Global Gift GalaThe funds raised for The Eva Longoria Foundation will reinforce entrepreneurship programmes and micro loans for latin women in the United States.The Diana Award was established in memory of the Princess of Wales and pays tribute to her belief that “Young people have the power to improve the world”.The Foundation has the support of her two sons which honour their mother’s legacy through a mission: to inspire and recognize the social actions of the youngest. The foundation which has celebrated its 16th anniversary fighting against bullying among others activities. Among the programs developed by the foundation, “The Diana Award” highlights ‘Anti-Bullying’ for the prevention of bullying suffered by children. Over 15,000 ambassadors train young people through workshops and meetings in more than 3,000 schools in the UK.Meanwhile, Maria announced that funds corresponding to The Global Gift Foundation will be used for its own project that they are working on: La Casa Global Gift in Marbella that is a multifunctional centre for children with special needs and their families, providing psychological help, medical treatment and therapy to children affected by rare diseases.Among those attending the Global Gift Gala in London were personalities from various fields such as culture, fashion and sports as the likes of Eva Longoria, Victoria Beckham, Sheeva Moshiri, Katie Piper, Jessica y Robert Pires, Ken Paves, Lorena Bernal, Miquel Arteta, Anastacia, Mago Pop, Tallia Storm, Ronan Keating, Kym Mazelle together with entrepreneurs and businessmen committed to charitable causes and the values of the Global Gift Foundation.
Advertisement For example, while working with Feed Nova Scotia, Give Agency volunteers looked at fundraising efforts like formal galas and didn’t think it matched the brand of a non-profit that supplies food to the province’s food banks. One of the ideas The Give Agency gave to the non-profit was “Nova Scotia’s Biggest Potluck,” which encouraged people across the province to hold potlucks in their own home, encouraging guests to make a donation before showing up for dinner. It raised $30,000.“That is much more aligned with the spirit of what they’re trying to accomplish, and also their brand,” Maloney says. ” [Non-profits] are so busy just working to keep the lights on they don’t always have the time to take a step back and think about some of these more strategic things.” Advertisement Advertisement A pop-up ad agency focused on providing top-tier work to deserving non-profits at no cost is preparing to bring its services to Toronto.The Give Agency was first launched last year in Halfiax by creative Brian Hickling (currently a creative advisor and a former CD at Extreme and Publicis), PR and media relations strategist Mike Maloney and creative strategist and filmmaker Chaz Thorne. The three brought together a group of volunteers from across different disciplines to create a pop-up, full service agency that would work with area non-profits to help solve their business problems. Supported by the National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS), the Halifax initiative worked with Feed Nova Scotia, Habitat for Humanity and Bridgeway Academy.“It started as a fun way to work with people we might not otherwise be able to work with, but it has evolved into something that’s more like an idea hackathon,” Maloney says. “You get creatives and PR people and strategists together in one, you also get a high-powered ideation machine going to help a non-profit solve an issue and offer suggestions of how to improve nearly every aspect of their business.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Oscar voters showered the neo-musical “La La Land” with 14 nominations on Tuesday, a tie with “Titanic” and “All About Eve” for the most in Academy Award history. But the academy also moved past two #OscarsSoWhite years by honoring six black actors — a record — and including diverse films like “Moonlight,” “Fences” and “Hidden Figures” in the best picture race.[ The list of nominees | Where to stream them | Who got snubbed? ]Nine movies will compete for Hollywood’s top prize, including several box-office hits. Joining “La La Land” and “Moonlight” (eight nominations total), “Fences” (four), and “Hidden Figures” (three) in the best picture race were “Arrival,” a science-fiction thriller; the cops-and-robbers drama “Hell or High Water”; the subtitled tear-jerker “Lion”; “Manchester by the Sea,” about a mournful New England handyman; and “Hacksaw Ridge,” Mel Gibson’s true story of World War II heroism. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter
Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Of all the good things that I might wish for our friends and neighbours to the south, the most frequent is surely health care.That is, publicly funded, universally accessible health care of the kind we enjoy in Canada; it may be an imperfect system, but at least it seems pretty fair. So, I applauded when former U.S. president Barack Obama succeeded in expanding health insurance to millions more Americans, and I watched with alarm as President Donald Trump tried to claw that progress back. Sure, he failed, but don’t think he won’t try again once he gets this Congress thing figured out.So, that’s why, in these disheartening times, I have turned to Designated Survivor. Accidental chief executive Tom Kirkman, a fundamentally decent guy tossed into the Oval Office when a bomb kills the president and the entire cabinet, will get that health-care thing happening. I’m sure of it. After all, president Kirkman is played by the Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland, grandson of Tommy Douglas, the premier of Saskatchewan who introduced North America’s first universal health-care system in the 1960s – and a beloved figure who television viewers voted greatest Canadian ever in a 2004 contest on the CBC. Health-care reform must run thick in Kirkman’s veins.Since the great success of The West Wing in the 2000s, American TV has thrown up all kinds of shows that feature the president as a fictional character and, whatever their initial dramatic impetus, audiences soon fashion them as alternative political realities, more comforting, more truthful or more interesting than the actual times in which they are aired.
https://petitions.noscommunes.ca/fr/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1137 Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment JUN 30, 2017 — IMPORTANT UPDATE: The CRTC ruling cancelling MuchFACT & Bravo!FACT is now officially being appealed! Please sign the House of Commons petition to send this ruling back for review and reversal.https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1137AVIS IMPORTANT : La décision du CRTC d’annuler les sources de financement de MuchFact et Bravo!Fact est maintenant officiellement en appel. SVP, signez la pétition à la Chambre des Communes afin que cette décision soit révisée et renversée. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter
Ryan Gosling is seen at a press panel at Hotel Adlon on September 18, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (SEBASTIAN REUTER / GETTY IMAGES FOR SONY PICTURES) Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Kumail Nanjiani will host the season’s third show on Oct. 14. He stars in the HBO comedy Silicon Valley and recently wrote and starred in the acclaimed film The Big Sick. Pink will be musical guest.This season NBC’s Saturday Night Live will air live simultaneously across the U.S Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook NEW YORK—Saturday Night Live says it’s kicking off its 43rd season Sept. 30 with guest host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay-Z.For Gosling’s encore host appearance he’ll be on hand to promote his new film, Blade Runner 2049, directed by fellow Canadian Denis Villeneuve. Jay-Z will be plugging a world tour that starts next month.On Oct. 7, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot will be guest host, with musical guest Sam Smith.
Advertisement Advertisement VANCOUVER, Dec. 14, 2018 – Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc. (TSXV: TBRD) (“Thunderbird” or the “Company“), is pleased to announce that its popular series Heavy Rescue: 401, will return to Discovery Canada this winter with 14 new episodes. A Top 5 series on Discovery Canada last season, Season 3 of Heavy Rescue: 401 will air Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 8, 2019.Heavy Rescue: 401 chronicles the dramatic recoveries along Ontario’s 400-series highways – extending from Windsor in the west to the Québec border in the east. The series tells the stories of heavy recovery tow truck drivers who continue the good fight across North America’s busiest and most unforgiving series of highways. The stakes are high, every minute counts, and every job is vital…because closure is not an option. In addition to picking up additional episodes of Heavy Rescue: 401, Discovery Canada also recently commissioned an eighth season of another fan-favourite Thunderbird production, Highway Thru Hell.“Like Highway Thru Hell, audiences are connecting with Heavy Rescue: 401 because of its cinematic storytelling approach and the way characters develop as the series progresses,” explains Mark Miller, president of Thunderbird Entertainment. “In addition to being a top 5 series for Discovery Canada last season, Heavy Rescue: 401 is also a staple for audiences around the world.” About Season 3 of HEAVY RESCUE: 401:The new season of Heavy Rescue: 401 promises to surprise audiences with nail-biting drama, chronicling familiar characters stepping up to bigger responsibilities, incredible stories of wintery wrecks, and dangerous challenges with new trucks. Storms and freak accidents attack the 401, pushing first responders, heavy rescue crews, and maintenance teams to their limits.After making a big move to the competition, Sonny Subra faces another major decision about his direction in heavy rescue – and new pressure when he gets the opportunity of his career. In the snowbelt north of the city, Bubba Semplegets an opportunity of his own at Classic Towing – but it’s one that will challenge him at every turn.At Preferred Towing in Sarnia, Ont., Gary Vandenheuvel’s crew faces a whiteout blitz lasting for days. However, his biggest challenge comes when his son Collin is faced with a dangerous close call.Down in Windsor, Ont., Eric Goddard of Coxon’s Towing works to train a new generation of heavy operators. And when a raging river destroys a bridge and strands a dump truck, it forces Ross’ Towing to embark on a bigger recovery than anything they’ve ever attempted.At the eastern end of the province, Scrappy Algonquin Towing enlists 50-year-old hardware in the fight against a frozen pileup, Herb’s Towing works to rebuild after a huge shakeup in the crew, and David Davidson at Unique Towing fights a lonely battle that will ultimately end his career on the road.Heavy Rescue: 401 continues to work closely with the Ontario Provincial Police and Sgt. Kerry Schmidt to execute on-the-spot accident reconstructions, manage pileups, and oversee toxic spills. Once again, this season, the series follows the crew at the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s massive control centre to get a bird’s-eye view of the intricate and high-stakes highway system.Subscribers can access live streaming of Heavy Rescue: 401 through the Discovery app, and stream Season 1and 2 on demand on the Discovery app and Discovery.ca.Heavy Rescue: 401 is produced by Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc. in association with Discovery Canada. Executive producer is Mark Miller. Series producer is Todd Serotiuk. For Discovery, Bruce Glawson is executive producer. Edwina Follows is general manager, Discovery Networks. Shawn Redmond is vice-president, Discovery Networks and TSN. Mike Cosentino is president, content and programming, Bell Media.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Heavy Rescue: 401 on Twitter: Twitter.com/HeavyRescue401Heavy Rescue: 401 on Facebook: Facebook.com/HeavyRescue401/About Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc.Thunderbird Entertainment Group is a Vancouver-based global multiplatform entertainment company with offices in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Toronto, Ottawa and London. Thunderbird creates award-winning scripted, unscripted and animated programming for the world’s leading digital platforms, as well as Canadian and International broadcasters. Thunderbird’s vision is to produce high quality, socially responsible content that makes the world a better place. The Company develops, produces and distributes animated, factual and scripted content through its various divisions, including Atomic Cartoons, Great Pacific Television, Thunderbird Productions and Thunderbird Releasing Limited.About Bell Media Original Programming:Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL; the record-breaking Canadian formats THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA; the original international TV format THE LAUNCH; satirical news series THE BEAVERTON; new comedy series JANN; new lifestyle series MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH; and CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; Bravo’s mystery dramedy CARTER; Comedy’s CORNER GAS ANIMATED; Crave’s hit comedy LETTERKENNY and recently announced mockumentary NEW EDEN; and SnackableTV’s interactive stand-up series JOKEOFF and upcoming animated series LITTLEKENNY. In addition to adventure drama FRONTIER, Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchises HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, in addition to new original series DISASTERS AT SEA, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About Discovery:With compelling real-life programming that inspires and entertains, Discovery reveals the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. Discovery offers a signature mix of adrenaline-charged stories, larger-than-life personalities and vivid imagery for viewers with curious minds. With the best factual programming from Canada and around the world, Discovery captures the excitement of a passion for life – one lived fully and at its most extreme. With exceptional and immersive storytelling, the channel offers in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the extraordinary people and places that shape our world. Discovery Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Find more information and interactive online features at Discovery.ca Advertisement Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:
TORONTO — Music videos have struck another sour note at cable channel Much amid fading interest from viewers.The channel’s owner Bell Media says it’s chopped the weekday block of mainstream videos by six hours.Bell spokesman Scott Henderson says Much will broadcast a single hour of retro music videos from the ’80s, ’90s and aughts during the “teen-popular” lunchtime window. Advertisement The decision comes as Much faces what Henderson calls a “significant erosion” of TV audiences interested in music videos.Over the past decade, the explosion in popularity of YouTube and Vevo helped wear away at the appeal of music videos on traditional cable channels. Record labels uploaded their seemingly bottomless libraries of classic videos to the streaming platforms, while rising stars used the services to debut their latest clips.That left channels like Much and MTV looking for other ways to attract audiences, bulking up their programming schedules with reality TV and movies.But for years, Much still maintained “Playlist,” a weekday slate of music videos that aired from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET.Henderson says the most recent figures showed “Playlist” drew less than 4,000 viewers on average each day.Shrinking audiences were also blamed when Quebec company Groupe V Media announced last month it will shut down Montreal-based MusiquePlus in August and replace it with a different channel format.Groupe V Media had also relaunched sister channel Musimax as a more general entertainment channel called Max three years ago.Changes at Much have already taken effect with “Much Retro Lunch” landing on the schedule from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET on weekdays.The rest of the morning hours will be filled with a back catalogue of Canadian reruns, including “Just for Laughs: Gags” and standup comedy showcase “Comedy Now!”Henderson says music programming still “remains a key element” at Bell Media, which produces reality series “The Launch” and the annual street party the iHeartRadio MMVAs.David Friend ~ The Canadian Press Facebook The shoes of Jillea are shown on the red carpet during the Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday, June 19, 2016. Music videos have struck another sour note at cable channel Much.After decades of dominating airwaves in the daytime hours, the channel’s owner Bell Media is reducing its weekday block of mainstream hits and classics from seven hours to a single midday hour.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
TORONTO – The lifestyle brand Miniso Canada launches the first Marvel x Miniso concept store in Canada.On Saturday, August 31st, the first ever Marvel x Miniso concept store was launched in Canada, at the Miniso Vaughan Mills location. Marvel x Miniso launches in Canada (CNW Group/Miniso Canada) Marvel x Miniso (CNW Group/Miniso Canada) Marvel x Miniso products at Vaughan Mills (CNW Group/Miniso Canada) The launch began with a private media and VIP preview before the store opened to the public. The grand opening commenced with a ribbon cutting done by members of Miniso and Miniso Canada’s management team. The opening activities also included a Marvel-themed photo booth, live traditional drumming, and giveaways. The turnout was one of the largest openings for Miniso, which saw over 500 excited customers waiting in line before the store opened, to explore the collection which features Miniso housewares and lifestyle products branded with Marvel superhero characters. Customer reaction the store and the products was overwhelming, with thousands of social media posts, mentions and comments. The concept store is now fully open to the public.Also in attendance were top executives from Disney, Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre, and Miniso business partners, as well as an array of top Canadian lifestyle and parenting influencers.The collaboration is a result of Miniso wanted to introduce a special and culturally relevant collaboration, and Marvel was the ideal partner considering their massive brand appeal. After launching in a few other countries, Miniso moved forward with this huge launch for the Canadian market, with the goal of introducing the Marvel x Miniso concept stores into other Miniso Canada locations soon.About MINISOEstablished in 2013 in Tokyo, MINISO is known for their millennial appeal – delivering stylish, high quality lifestyle products including cosmetics, home furnishings, kitchenware and electronic accessories at an affordable price point. As one of the world’s fastest growing global retailers, MINISO’s ambitious approach to expansion includes 50 stores in Canada and continues with a goal of opening 6,000 new stores globally by 2020.For more information visitWEBSITE: www.miniso.caINSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/miniso.canadaFACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/minisocaAbout MarvelMarvel Entertainment, founded in June 1998, is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, and is mainly known for its Marvel Comics, Marvel Animation, and Marvel Television units. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement
APTN National NewsThe search continues for a young First Nation man who vanished in Thunder Bay, Ont.Jordan Wabasse left his home on a northern Ontario First Nation to attend school. While his family hopes for the best, police say they believe Wabasse will probably not be found alive.If the worst happens, it won’t be the first time that a young person from a remote northern Ontario community has met tragedy in Thunder Bay.Jaime Monastyrski, for APTN National News, reports.
APTN National NewsA new batch of WikiLeaks cables includes some interesting details about the botched raid in 2004 of Kanesatake.The cables show that U.S. officials were closely monitoring the situation in the Mohawk community that was at the centre of the Oka crisis.Some Kanesatake community members are now renewing their calls for a public inquiry.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette explains why.
(Sun TV host Ezra Levant has agreed to debate Ryerson professor and former AFN candidate Pam Palmater to a debate. Above is a video of Levant debating Gitz Crazyboy from Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Alberta.)By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsRyerson University professor Pam Palmater said she felt her security threatened when television personality Ezra Levant flashed a Google-map image of her Ajax, Ont., neighbourhood during a recent episode of his talk-show.Levant, who hosts the Sun News Network show, The Source, showed the image of Palmater’s suburban neighbourhood as part of an attack aimed at her opposition to the Conservative government’s planned tabling of legislation to introduce private property, or fee simple, ownership on reserve lands.The federal government is expected to introduce opt-in legislation sometime next year.Palmater said she doesn’t shy away from debates around issues, but it worried her Levant brought in her personal life as part of his attack on her position.“For me as a single parent, a single woman with two kids at home, I think the most dangerous, offensive thing he could have done is put a Google map of my neighbourhood on TV because we all know the kind of people that watch Ezra Levant…they are all the disturbed, fringe people,” said Palmater, who came in second during this summer’s race for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.“In his tirade he is showing hatred and in showing where I live there is an implication for those who aren’t stable…At the end of the day we are all individual beings, we are entitled to some modicum of safety and he jeopardized that,” she said.Levant responded saying Palmater’s concern was “laughable” and that her address is publicly available information.“We didn’t publish it, just a generic shot of her neighbourhood without identifying her address,” said Levant. “Sorry, she’s not a CIA agent whose cover I’ve blown. She’s just embarrassed that I’ve exposed that she owns property in Whiteville.”Palmater said she’s not ashamed of her success.“Yes, I make a good salary, I have four degrees I paid for myself with student loans and yes I spend my time working for First Nations,” she said. “I am not a chief or a band councillor, I work at Ryerson University…I do not make money off First Nations, I am paid by Ryerson….He had no facts by which to counter my arguments….The best he can do is call me a nut-bar, whatever nut-bar means.”Levant emulates the shock-style of U.S. television and radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. His network is steered, in part, by Kory Teneycke, a former communications director for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.Levant calls opponents of private land ownership legislation the “Indian industry one percenters,” in a riff off one of the Occupy movement’s slogans about how the rich one per cent holds most of the wealth in the U.S.“I have this daydream of a whole community of Indian millionaires. I think the first Indian billionaire is going to be in northern Alberta,” said Levant. “Do I want to take land away from Indians? I want to give more land to Indians, but not to official Indians, Indian industry Indians, professional Indians, Indian industry one percenters. Give it to the regular people. Unlike (AFN national chief) Shawn Atleo, I want to give land to Indians not him.”He says he’s uses the word “Indian” instead of First Nations and Indigenous because the word is in the Indian Act, it’s used by bands themselves and he doesn’t want to give in to political correctness.“Every Indian I know calls themselves an Indian,” he said.Levant’s show on the issue triggered a fierce reaction on Twitter which spawned the creation of a “hash tag” called #EzraLevantLogic which was still going strong Friday.“You don’t need to visit an Indian community or meet any actual Indians to be an Indian expert…#EzraLevantLogic,” tweeted @Hayden_King, a professor at McMaster University.“#EzraLevantLogic…The mortgage I took out to buy my on-rez house…my car loan…my credit card…all figments of my “liberal” imagination!,” tweeted @Mimiges, from Quebec.“#EzraLevantLogic Natives can’t hunt/fish for commercial use because they never traded pre contact. They just ate raw saying ‘GOONY GOO BOO,’” tweeted @chicosez, also known as filmmaker Christian Tyzia.“#EzraLevantLogic I’m not a racist, but I play one on TV,” tweeted @Urban_Su, from Vancouver Island.Levant dismisses his Twitter critics as “fancy pants Indian industry” types sitting at an office with nothing to do, far removed from the “real Indians” who are too poor to get on Twitter.“If you are on Twitter you are probably going to be a fancy pants Indian industry insider, a chief, a councillor, someone sitting at a desk playing solitaire,” said Levant. “I grew up in Calgary…There were Indian kids in my school until Grade Eight….There is an enormous gulf between normal Indians and the Indian industry. Normal Indians are pretty great. There is no…political correctness, they don’t freak out when you say Indian instead of First Nation.”Levant says most of his Indigenous critics are “Indian industry Indians” who he says want to maintain the status-quo.“The porch slaves are your Indian industry Indians and your field slaves are your regular Indian members on a reserve and so of course the port slaves love the system,” said Levant.Chelsea Vowel, who blogs and uses the twitter handle @apihtawikosisan, started the #EzraLevantLogic hash tag. A Metis from Alberta, Vowel, who now lives in Montreal and obtained law and education degrees, scoffed at Levant’s contention “normal Indians” can’t afford to use social media.“It has gotten to the point where you hear about things happening through Twitter or Facebook before you get the call from your aunty,” said Vowel. “Everyone has taken to it. It’s not an elitist thing, everyone up north has an iPhone or BlackBerries.”Vowel said she’s not part of any elite. She said she works part-time and rents a three bedroom apartment she shares with her partner and four children.“I’m the only one with two degrees in my entire family, but it hasn’t meant that I am suddenly on the side of the Indian Act,” said Vowel. “The accusation is very interesting. It recognizes that the education system is about colonizing people, that you are part of the one per cent if you are working in that world. That would only be true if Canada was a colonial nation and we are helpless to resist that. I agree, Canada is a colonial nation and we can resist it.”For her part, Palmater said she’s willing to take Levant on in a debate.“If he wants to talk about chiefs or if he wants to talk about my background, I’m happy to do it,” she said.Levant said he would debate Palmater.“I’d love to, absolutely,” he said.Levant admits, however, that he’s still learning about Indigenous issues.“I haven’t scratched the surface, I am learning as I am going, I am an amateur here, I am a tourist,” said Levant.He’ll also continue doing shows on the issue because the online hit count makes it worthwhile.“The shows I’ve done Indian affairs are the absolute top-rated shows I do in terms of Internet traffic,” said Levant. “I can’t believe it. I always wonder if anyone is paying attention; does anyone care? When I compared the Indian Act to apartheid…it was one of the most popular shows I’ve done.”email@example.com
APTN National NewsThe Massachusetts State House is located in the historic Beacon Hill neighbourhood of Boston.It’s an iconic landmark and is where Kathryn Burton works as chief of staff for the state treasurer.But Burton is no ordinary Bostonian.APTN’s Tim Fontaine has the story in his second of a three part series looking at Boston’s Mi’kmaq.Tfontaine@aptn.ca
Dennis Ward APTN National NewsA class-action lawsuit has been filed in Manitoba on behalf of ‘60s Scoop survivors.Stripped from their families, language and culture, the survivors hope the action will bring to light what went on for more than three decades.
Dennis WardAPTN NewsA damning report alleging sexual abuse and racism at the hands of Manitoba Hydro workers has sparked calls for the province to immediately send trauma counselling to First Nations communities.The report, which documents allegations of abuse of Indigenous women by hydro development workers from decades ago, has reopened old wounds.And as Dennis Ward reports, an independent investigative unit is also looking into the matter.
Lee WilsonAPTN NewsThe countdown for the 2020 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) kicked off in Halifax Friday.This is the first time the games will be hosted in Mi’kma’ki territory.It will be the largest sporting event Atlantic Canada has seen.“This is history,” said Mike Savage, mayor of Halifax.“This is Mi’kma’ki, let’s make it and let’s make it big!”NAIG 2020 will be the 30th anniversary of the games.The first were held in Edmonton in 1990.NAIG draws thousands of Indigenous athletes from all over Turtle Island for sports such as lacrosse, archery, volleyball, and badminton.Athletes are looking forward to the games but also so much more.“I find it’s very interesting only competing against all Aboriginal people” said Johanna Edwards, from Team Nova Scotia. “You sort of feel like you’re all together and family.”Her teammate Faith Battiste agreed.”There are so many people from different from so many different communities and cultures, it’s amazing,” said Battiste.The athletes will spend the next year getting ready for the sport but the organizers also stressed the importance sharing cultural experiences.“It’s a beautiful celebration of culture, music, sport, dance in the spirit of competition,” said Kevin Sandy, CEO of 2020 NAIG. “It is also infused with the cultural side of it. That’s really what the games represent to me.“The spirit and beauty of who we are as Indigenous people from across the world”The games will take place from July 12 to 19, 2020, with 5,000 participants competing in 17 sports.There will be venues in Halifax and the Millbrook First Nation, an hour north of the city.The region is expecting a big economic boost.In 2017 the NAIG games in Toronto contributed 44 million dollars to the local firstname.lastname@example.org
APTN file photo.APTN NewsTrans Mountain Corp. has advised construction contractors to get ready for the restart of its pipeline expansion project to the west coast.Trans Mountain says its directive gives contractors 30 days to ready equipment, start hiring workers, secure goods and services and develop detailed plans.The company says work is to begin soon in communities along the right of way between Edmonton and Edson, Alta., and in the greater Edmonton area.Work is also to resume at the terminal in Burnaby, B.C., which is the end point for the pipeline that is to carry oil from Alberta to the coast for shipment to overseas markets.Trans Mountain says specific start dates in the remaining construction areas are subject to final regulatory approvals and permits.The federal government gave a second go-ahead to the expansion project in June after the courts overturned the original approval.The Liberal government spent $4.5 billion to buy the pipeline from Kinder Morgan Canada in 2018 in a bid to get the existing pipeline expanded despite significant political opposition in British Columbia.That plan was put on hold last August when the Federal Court of Appeal said the government had not done a good enough job consulting with Indigenous communities or studying the impact on marine life.Six British Columbia First Nations and at least two environment groups have filed new court challenges.Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) Chief Leah George-Wilson said following the government’s June decision to approve the pipeline that her Nation would launch a new court challenge to the government’s approval of the project.“We believe that the consultation, once again, missed the mark set by the Supreme Court of Canada — and we will defend our rights,” she said.“TWN continues to withhold our free, prior and informed consent and are prepared to use all legal tools to ensure our governance rights are respected.”Asked by APTN News in June what definition of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) the government adhered to in determining whether it had adequately consulted with First Nations, Trudeau said FPIC “is what we engaged in doing with Indigenous communities over the past number of months.“It is engaging, looking with them, listening to the issues they have, and responding meaningfully to the concerns they have wherever possible,” he explained.Trudeau said the consultations resulted in “changes to the process, to the NEB conditions…and that is an essential part of free, prior and informed consent.”In a press release Wednesday Trans Mountain Corp. President and CEO said the company is “confident that we have a path forward by which the expansion project construction can commence.”With files from The Canadian Press.email@example.com@aptnnews
OTTAWA – A Liberal backbencher has been informed of the price he’ll pay for breaking ranks with the Trudeau government on an opposition motion calling for more consultation on controversial tax proposals.Wayne Long has been notified of the punishment he faces for voting against the government, a staffer in the MP’s Saint John, N.B. constituency office said Thursday. But Jim Hennessy, Long’s executive assistant, declined to share details of the penalty.“Wayne has been made aware of the consequences and at this time it’s an internal matter,” Hennessy said.Liberal whip Pablo Rodriguez defended the decision to mete out punishment, although he, too, refused to go into details.“Whenever there’s a whipped vote, there’ll always be consequences (for defying the whip) related to that,” Rodriguez said.The CBC reported Thursday that Long was removed from two parliamentary committees for supporting the opposition motion.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has relaxed party discipline considerably, allowing free votes on most matters. But he still insists that Liberal MPs toe the party line when it comes to traditional confidence votes on things like the budget, votes related to implementing promises made in the Liberals’ election platform and votes that impact protections guaranteed in the charter of rights.Votes in which MPs are expected to support their party are referred to as whipped votes.Earlier this week, Long was the only Liberal to support a Conservative motion to extend consultations on proposed tax reforms that have unleashed a flood of criticism from farmers, doctors, accountants, shop owners and other small businesses and even from some other Liberal backbenchers.Rodriguez said the vote on the motion was whipped “because it was in the platform.”The 2015 Liberal platform included a promise to ensure that high-income earners couldn’t continue to use incorporation of their businesses to reduce their personal income tax burden — which Finance Minister Bill Morneau maintains is the objective of the reforms he’s proposed.However, the platform did not specify what measures would be taken to achieve that end. Nor did it say anything about consultations, much less specify how long they should last.Long has said he voted for the Conservative motion because he and his constituents wanted the consultation, which ended Monday, extended amid concerns that the unintended consequences of the proposed changes will hurt small businesses.The consequences of breaking ranks on a whipped vote range from relatively mild punishments, such as not being allowed to go on a parliamentary junket or being relegated to a minor Commons committee, to the ultimate penalty of being kicked out of the party caucus.In Long’s case the penalty is intended as a warning to him and any other Liberal backbenchers that there’ll be a heavier price to pay should anyone break ranks when the tax proposals themselves are eventually put to a series of votes.Morneau insists the proposals are designed to create a fairer tax system, while critics warn the plan will hurt entrepreneurs who take personal financial risks when they decide to open a business and have to save for retirement and prepare for economic downturns.Morneau has said there will be some changes to the proposals to address some of the concerns.