first_imgTORONTO – Doug Ford was the main target in the first debate ahead of Ontario’s provincial election, with his rivals suggesting Monday that the Progressive Conservative leader, who is leading in the polls, would slash jobs and shrink services if elected premier.Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath spent much of their time warning about what a Tory government would bring, while Ford hammered home his key messages of finding “efficiencies” and “respecting the taxpayers.”The race officially begins Wednesday, but the debate set the stage for the campaign and provided the leaders of the three major parties an opportunity to test drive their slogans.When both Horwath and Wynne used their questions during a leader-to-leader portion to ask Ford exactly what he would cut, the Tory leader repeated his key phrases.“The other Conservative leaders, Mr. (Tim) Hudak, Mr. (Mike) Harris — they were very upfront about what their cuts are going to look like,” Horwath told Ford.“Why don’t you have the guts to tell people what your cuts are going to look like? What is in store for the people of Ontario?”Ford didn’t provide specifics, though he has promised to cut four per cent from the budget.“I’m going to make sure we run a government that respects the taxpayers,” Ford said during his closing remarks. “You know me. I’m for the little guy.”Horwath repeated that voters “don’t have to choose between bad and worse,” several times stepping back when Wynne and Ford began to spar, attempting to set herself apart from them.Wynne said the election features “some pretty stark choices,” between what she calls her plan for care and Ford’s plan for cuts.The premier also suggested that Ford’s plan to find “efficiencies” really means firing nurses and teachers — harkening back to the Liberals’ warnings about former Tory leader Tim Hudak’s 2014 proposal to cut 100,000 public sector jobs.“Not one single person is getting laid off under our administration,” Ford vowed. “I love the nurses. I love the teachers. I’m going to support them 100 per cent.”“Yeah, but you’re going to cut their jobs,” Wynne shot back.Wynne also tangled with Ford over the placement of LCBO-run cannabis stores. In some cases, Ford said Wynne’s government placed them too close to schools, which the premier denied.“You have to look at the evidence, you have to look at what the experts say, you can’t just have a slogan that then becomes a policy,” she said. “That’s not how it works.”Ford also used the debate to announce that he would commit $5 billion more than what has already been allocated to build a regional transportation system in the Toronto area, including subways, relief lines, and two-way GO Transit to Niagara Falls.After the debate Ford told reporters the plan would also upload the TTC’s subway system to the province.Cristine de Clercy, associate political science professor at Western University, said Ford performed well given that this was his first debate against two more experienced leaders.He didn’t make any major mistakes and also announced his transit funding commitment but did little else to offer up details on his plan.“Mr. Ford spent most of his time on the defensive,” she said. “He didn’t layout his plan…and if you were looking for those answers it wasn’t a very satisfying debate.”De Clercy said Ford’s pledge not to layoff any public sector workers while cutting four per cent of the provincial budget could come back to haunt him, as both Wynne and Horwath effectively communicated, she said.“I think he’s really put himself in a box there,” she said.De Clercy said Horwath also performed well, staying upbeat and asking tough questions.Barry Kay, a political science professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, said given Ford’s position as front-runner in the polls he appears to have taken a low-risk approach to the debate. The Tory leader said little to get himself in trouble but at times looked out of place, he said.“He didn’t seem comfortable,” Kay said. “He was the least impressive in terms of style. He’s trying to make sure he doesn’t make any mistakes.”Kay said Wynne did a capable job of engaging both Ford and Horwath on policy, but it may not matter in the eyes of voters.“She came across as very knowledgeable but frankly, I don’t think it matters,” he said. “She needs one of the other leaders to make a mistake to win.”The Ontario election takes place June 7.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is expected to set the stage Wednesday for the Liberals’ much-anticipated defence policy by casting a glaring light on what senior defence sources say is a massive “hole” in military spending.The hole has been caused by years of under-investment in the Canadian Armed Forces, the sources argue, and resulted in little-to-no money for the replacement of essential but aging equipment.That includes new logistical vehicles and construction equipment such as bulldozers for the army, surveillance aircraft for the air force, and satellites for communications in the Arctic.The sources spoke on condition of anonymity.The shortfall, which adds up to tens of billions of dollars, also includes upgrades to the military’s current fleet of search-and-rescue helicopters and training for aircrews.The result is that work that should have already been underway to acquire a long list of equipment and services that the military needs to do its job has been stalled, the sources said, if it has started at all.Training and even support and benefits for military personnel have also failed to keep up.The full extent of the problem hasn’t been well understood outside National Defence even by experts, the sources said, and caught the Liberals by surprise when they took office in November 2015.It has since posed a real challenge as the government has drawn up its new defence policy, which is expected to be unveiled before NATO leaders gather in Belgium later this month.The hole will be Sajjan’s main focus when the minister addresses defence industry representatives and experts at a Conference of Defence Associations Institute luncheon on Wednesday.Sajjan is not expected to reveal how the Liberals plan to address the problem, including whether the government plans to put more money into the military or scrap some planned purchases.Those details will have to wait for the actual defence policy, which the government says will be fully costed.The Liberals ran in the last election on a promise to create a “leaner, more agile” military, but the sources noted the government wants more than the 65 new fighter jets previously promised by the Conservatives.Canada is also facing pressure from the U.S. and NATO to increase its defence spending, which currently sits at around one per cent of GDP — half NATO’s two-per-cent target.The presence of a gap between what the military needs and the money available won’t come as a surprise to some defence analysts who have been warning about such a problem for years.David Perry of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute has previously estimated a gap of about $2 billion per year between current funding levels and promised new equipment in the next few years.The Parliamentary Budget Office released its own assessment in March 2015 that said the country’s military structure would become unsustainable over the next decade under existing defence spending levels.A variety of factors have been blamed for the problem, including poor cost estimates during project planning and government’s refusal to add more money when delays result in cost increases from inflation.Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff, told The Canadian Press in an interview in March that he was eager to see the new defence policy, which has promised to put the military on a strong footing.“The here and now is fine, we’re delivering,” Vance said. “But going forward, that’s when the government committed to sustainable, progressive armed forces.”Sajjan has been under intense pressure over the past few days after having to apologize and retract comments he made about his role in Operation Medusa in Afghanistan.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A 15-year-old student who drowned on a school-run camping trip this summer had not passed a required swim test, the Toronto District School Board said Wednesday, as it apologized to the teen’s family.The board’s director of education, John Malloy, said that of the 32 students who went on the multi-day canoe trip to Algonquin Park in July, 15 had failed the swim test. There was no documentation for two of the students, he said.Jeremiah Perry disappeared under the water after going for an evening swim with other students. His body was found a day later by search and rescue divers.“I’m deeply troubled by these findings, that such a critical safety requirement in our procedures appears not to have been followed,” said Malloy.“On behalf of the TDSB, I offer our most sincere apology and regret. I also want to apologize to the families of the other students who went on the trip, even though they did not pass the swim test.”Malloy said that the initial swim test took place in a lake, and that students who did not pass the first test would be required to take a second test at the C. W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute, the school Perry attended. However, the second test was neither provided nor offered, Malloy said.“The information that we have is the students did not pass the test and should not have been on the trip,” Malloy said.Two teachers who were on the trip have been placed on home assignment as a result of the incident, he added.New procedures have already been put in place, according to Malloy, who said that school principals will now have to see a list of students who passed or failed a required swim test before the trip takes place, and that parents will be notified if their child passed or failed the test.“I know that Jeremiah’s family wants us to take steps to ensure that this will never happen again,” said Malloy.He said that there will be a third-party review of all TDSB excursions that, like a canoe trip, are classified as ‘high care’ activities.Perry’s parents could not be reached for comment on Wednesday, but at the time of the incident, his father, Joshua Anderson, said the he had expected the school would keep Jeremiah and his brother, who was also on the trip, safe.“That was the least on our minds thinking about the safety because we know the school is supposed to have proper supervision, proper protocol, everything in place,” he told a Toronto TV station.Malloy said that an internal investigation is currently taking place to better understand how this incident could have happened. He said that the investigation is still ongoing because some members involved, including the two teachers on the trip, have “exercised their legal right not to speak” at the advice of their legal council.He added that the TDSB has scrutinized every trip scheduled to take place before Sept. 5, and confirmed that there are no similar issues with any of those trips.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – The mayor of Toronto is recommending that a stadium be named after his infamous predecessor — the late Rob Ford.In a letter to council, John Tory calls for the renaming of a stadium at Centennial Park, in the city’s west end, to Rob Ford Memorial Stadium.Tory notes that Ford, who was a lifelong west-end resident, became known for his “unique approach to public service” after being elected to city council in November 2000 and he carried it on after being elected mayor in 2010.But he says Ford’s community involvement went well beyond politics, and his passion for football led him to found the Newtonbrook North Stars in 1999 and a highly successful football program at Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School in 2002. He also established the Rob Ford Football Foundation, a program that helps fund football programs in high schools across the city.Tory says it would be fitting, in light of Ford’s many years of work on football programs, to rename a football stadium to honour Ford, who died in March 2016 from a rare and aggressive form of cancer.Ford became a certified celebrity in light of his admitted crack cocaine use, alcohol abuse, lewd comments and at times outrageous behaviour that transformed his mayoral office into an unprecedented spectacle.Ford, whose clarion call was “time to stop the gravy train,” died at age 46, 18 months after a cancer diagnosis scuttled his bid for a second term as mayor, although he easily won election as a councillor in his west-end ward.Tory also is recommending council honour two other city council members who have died recently — deputy mayor Pam McConnell, and Coun. Ron Moeser.In consultation with the McConnell and Moeser families, Tory said he would convene panels of councillors and community members in order to determine suitable public properties that could be renamed in their memory.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – “The proposed amendments will result in 260 avoided premature deaths, 40,000 fewer asthma episodes, and 190,000 fewer days of breathing difficulty and reduced activity — resulting in health benefits of $1.2 billion, from 2019 to 2055.” — Environment and Climate Change Canada, Feb. 16, 2018 on the effects of proposed regulations aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired electricity plants.—-The federal Liberal government says its new regulations to phase out power plants fired by coal and natural gas will cost more than $2.2 billion, but potentially save Canadians thousands of trips to the doctor and the country billions in reduced health care costs.The draft regulations are aimed at accelerating to 2030 the phase-out of coal-fired electricity plants, and setting new emissions requirements for new natural gas-fired plants or coal plants converted to run on natural gas.The government estimates the savings from reducing greenhouse gas-related health-care costs and avoiding climate change-related damage would more than offset the price of enacting the regulations.Environment and Climate Change Canada cites specific benefits associated with curbing the use of coal to create electricity, such as “260 avoided premature deaths” and “190,000 fewer days of breathing difficulty and reduced activity.” But is it possible to accurately measure health benefits against what’s being proposed in the regulations?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).This one earns a rating of “a little” baloney. Here’s why.THE FACTSMost of the electricity produced in Canada — about 80 per cent — is generated using non-greenhouse gas-emitting sources such as hydro electric dams, nuclear power plants, solar panels and wind turbines.Quebec, for example, produces the most electricity among the provinces and territories, relying almost exclusively on hydro generation.But Canada’s electricity industry still accounted for 11 per cent of the country’s overall greenhouse gas emissions in 2015, the most recent figures available, although there are indications that those emission numbers have since fallen.Federal, provincial and territorial governments say they are working together to increase renewable and low GHG-emitting energy sources.To that end, the federal government proposed two draft regulations. One aims to speed up efforts already underway to reduce dependence on coal-fired electricity generation while the other would impose stricter rules on the generation of power using natural gas.WHAT THE EXPERTS SAYEnvironmental and health experts say there is clear evidence that reducing greenhouse gas emissions — and more specifically pollutants produced by burning coal — can be directly linked to improving the health of humans.Just look at Ontario, where coal-fired power plants were phased out beginning in 2005, says Gideon Forman, senior climate policy analyst with the David Suzuki Foundation.“In Ontario, in 2005, there were 53 smog days,” Forman noted, pointing to the number of days that year when the province issued smog and air health advisories, which alert residents of persistently poor air quality.“After coal was phased out in 2014, it dropped to zero, essentially,” Forman added.But accurately quantifying and predicting specific health benefit outcomes is a tricky scientific manoeuvre, and a lot depends on how quickly coal is phased out and what alternative energy sources take its place, said Forman.“It depends partly on what they replace the coal with,” he said.“If there’s a heavy reliance on natural gas after the coal is phased out, that is more troubling from a health point of view.”“If, however, a sizable chunk of that coal phase-out is replaced by renewable energy — wind and solar, primarily — then we’re looking at avoiding even more deaths.”The Suzuki Foundation advocates for replacing coal power with renewables, especially solar and wind power, saying it has big concerns about converting power plants to burning natural gas.Like the Suzuki Foundation, the Pembina Institute, an energy research and consulting body, advocates for replacing coal-fired electricity with wind and solar. It has conducted studies that show an even greater positive impact on the health of Canadians through eliminating the use of coal for electricity generation.In a research document called ‘Out with the coal, in with the new’ published in November 2016, the institute predicted that a national coal phase-out no later than 2030 would result in 1,008 fewer premature deaths, 871 fewer hospital emergency room visits and savings to governments of nearly $5 billion between 2015 and 2035.Pembina was still crunching numbers this week to determine why the federal government’s latest predictions appeared to be significantly lower than the institute’s projected health cost savings.But the factors that affect those projections vary widely, said Pembina electricity analyst Binnu Jeyakumar.“Really what dictates these numbers is how early coal units are shut down, where they are located . . . how much these coal units are run while they are still online . . . and how these coal plants are replaced,” she said.The Canadian Electricity Association has complained that the new regulations will impose another layer of red tape on the electricity industry, but said it could not provide any information on the potential health-related benefits of switching to renewable power-generation sources.And while it had not carried out any specific studies of its own linking health outcomes to air pollution from electricity production, the Canadian Medical Association pointed to a policy resolution it released that warned of the health dangers associated with not taking action to curb greenhouse gas emissions.“Climate change is increasingly recognized as a significant threat facing society and has the potential to be one of the greatest threats to human health in the 21st Century,” the CMA said, citing a 2003 report on the human health risks of climate change from the World Health Organization, the World Meteorological Organization and UN Environment.“While the damage is being done now, many of the health effects may arise only decades in the future.”The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, known as CAPE, said it had also been unable to fully assess the government’s predicted health outcomes from the proposed new regulations. But the association’s executive director Kim Perrotta said, at first glance, she was both skeptical and disappointed.“We’re thrilled that they’re moving forward with the 2030 deadline,” said Perrotta.But it all comes down to assumptions, she said, about how quickly the coal-fired plants will be phased out, and what’s going to be used in their place to create electricity.“I think that their statement might be accurate,” said Perrotta.“What’s kind of disappointing is that it’s far less in terms of health benefits relative to what we were hoping for.”THE VERDICTExperts say the federal government’s predictions of the health benefits attributable to its new regulations could very well be accurate.But they caution that those predictions can vary widely based on a range of assumptions that have yet to be tested through scientific analysis and compared with previous, similar projections.For that reason, the statement from Environment and Climate Change Canada rates “a little” baloney.METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurateA little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney — the statement is completely inaccuratelast_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER – The Tsilhqot’in Nation has signed a first-of-its-kind agreement with the federal and British Columbia governments that recognizes the First Nation as a full partner in wildfire response.Through the agreement, the three governments will work together to identify best practices, define roles and build the First Nation community’s capacity to manage emergencies.Tl’etinqox Chief Joe Alphonse said he’d like to see a culturally-appropriate First Nations evacuation centre established, as well as a training facility.Alphonse’s community, which he said has 400 trained firefighters and understands fire response better than anyone, defied an evacuation order in 2017.Although wildfires encircled three quarters of his community, Alphonse said the flames posed less of a threat than the federal and provincial governments, which failed to acknowledge the First Nation’s jurisdiction and expertise.“Those fires this summer, they were never a threat to us — government officials were. A lot has got to change,” said Alphonse. “I think this is where it starts.”Alphonse said he doesn’t expect concrete changes in emergency response to be in place in time for the coming wildfire season, which is two months away. But he said he’s hopeful that the tripartite agreement will lay the groundwork for future change.Both the B.C. and Tsilhqot’in governments have yet to release reviews of the 2017 wildfire season, which was the worst in B.C. history and displaced tens of thousands of residents.Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould described the agreement as “truly historic.”“The result of this work will be a foundation for a new relationship that respects the jurisdiction of the Tsilhqot’in chiefs to protect their people, property and assets in an emergency,” Wilson-Raybould said.B.C. Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser said he heard from several First Nations in the wake of the crisis that they did not feel they were treated as equal partners and experienced institutional racism in the government’s emergency response.“Those are hard truths for any government to face and hear. Government has work to do. There are lessons to be learned and they’re being learned,” Fraser said.He said the agreement is an important step toward reconciliation.last_img read more

first_imgFREDERICTON – It has been a big year so far for Willie O’Ree — full of accolades as he marked 60 years since becoming the first black player in the National Hockey League — but there’s one more honour O’Ree, his friends, and fans are hoping for.The league will announce Tuesday if he’ll be among this year’s inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame, as a builder.The New Brunswick-born O’Ree said he plans to stay close to the phone, hoping to get a call from Lanny MacDonald, chairman of the Hall of Fame board.“I’m just leaving Tuesday open,” he said, but added that he’ll have his fingers crossed.O’Ree played just 45 games in the NHL, but his supporters say his true legacy will be the work he continues to do as diversity ambassador and the Hockey is for Everyone program to encourage children of colour to play the game.“He is just like a pied piper. He has influenced tens of thousands of children to have a dream and to chase that dream,” said David Sansom, a close friend in O’Ree’s hometown of Fredericton, N.B., and one of the people responsible for a 76-page submission to the Hockey Hall of Fame.“Getting into the Hall of Fame — it’s long overdue,” Sansom said.O’Ree’s first game with the Boston Bruins was in a 3-0 win over the Canadians in Montreal on January 18, 1958, but he didn’t know the significance until reading a newspaper the next day that said he had broken the NHL’s colour barrier.“It was a nice feeling. I just happened to be playing and just happened to be black,” he said.He would play just one more game with the Bruins that season.O’Ree would return to the Bruins for the 1960-61 season, playing a total of 45 games in the NHL — scoring four goals and 10 assists — all while keeping a secret that would have kept him out of the league. He was blind in one eye.O’Ree left Fredericton at the age of 17 to play junior hockey with the Quebec Frontenacs, and the next year he moved to Kitchener, Ont. It was during that second year in junior that he had an unfortunate accident.“There was a slapshot, and I’m on the ice in front of the net. A ricochet came up and the puck struck me in the eye. I lost 97 per cent vision in my right eye. I was out of action for about six weeks,” he said.Following his stint within the Bruins, O’Ree played in other leagues for teams in Ottawa, Los Angeles and San Diego — where he continues to live.Now, at the age of 82, O’Ree serves as the NHL’s diversity ambassador, and for the last 20 years he has been going to schools and elsewhere to speak to young people as part of the Hockey is for Everyone initiative.O’Ree said it’s overwhelming to know there’s a chance he could get into the Hall of Fame.“It would mean a lot. Being selected to the Hall of Fame is like the top of the cake. I don’t think you can go any farther than that,” he said.“I’m just very pleased with my work and the things I’ve accomplished working with the National Hockey League and the Hockey is for Everyone program.”O’Ree said he’s pleased that so many more children of colour are playing the game, and has followed the progress of many he has mentored.“For example Gerald Coleman, who was with the Chicago Hockey is for Everyone program back in 1997. He was a goaltender and wanted to play in the NHL. Just a skinny, little 13 year old kid. I had him for several clinics,” O’Ree said.“He set his goals and he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning and played in the NHL. That’s just one example of the opportunities and an example of the things you can do if you feel strongly in your heart and in your mind. If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you’re right.”Sansom said it’s that can-do attitude that has gotten O’Ree so many supporters who wrote letters to be included in the Hall of Fame submission.Among them: Karl Subban, whose five kids include sons P.K. (Nashville Predators), Malcolm (Las Vegas Golden Knights) and Jordan (AHL Utica Comets).“Willie stepped on the ice with the Boston Bruins in 1958, the year when I was born, and made hockey history. He is a pioneer and a trailblazer. Willie achieved in the face of adversity. He changed the game and he changed society and he changed minds,” Subban wrote.“Willie O’Ree’s story must not be forgotten. He has made it possible for my boys to have the NHL dream and to believe they could achieve it. He changed hockey which is now for everyone. Hockey needed him and so does the Hockey Hall of Fame. The time is right!”A group of O’Ree’s friends plan to gather at a Fredericton restaurant Tuesday to watch the Hall of Fame announcement on television, with the hope of hearing O’Ree’s name on the list.last_img read more

first_imgGAO, Mali – A car-bomb explosion in northern Mali killed three civilians on Monday, and one group reportedly claimed that Canadian soldiers and other foreign forces were targeted.The Canadian Armed Forces said in an email Monday that it was aware of an explosion in the city of Gao, adding that all Canadian personnel were safe at Camp Castor.The Ministry of Security and Civil Protection of Mali says on its Facebook page that a trapped vehicle burst into flames in a courtyard in Gao.The ministry says three people were killed, two were injured and neighbouring homes were damaged.SITE, an American group that monitors jihadist websites, says an organization posing as al-Qaida’s branch in Mali has claimed “a suicide bomb blast on the headquarters of foreign forces, including British, Canadian and Germans, in Gao.”A Canadian peacekeeping contingent took over from Germans and Belgians in Mali in early July, and its main task is to evacuate the wounded peacekeepers by helicopter.The Canadian mission includes eight helicopters and 250 crew members and soldiers.Mali has been torn apart by conflict since a rebellion in the north and a coup in the capital in 2012. The turmoil has been aggravated in recent years by poverty, drought and the influx of Islamic extremists.Dozens of peacekeepers have died in attacks in Mali and dozens more have been wounded since the creation of the UN mission in 2013.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — As the frigid air of an Ottawa winter howled outside in January 2013, Jody Wilson-Raybould stood at the centre of a mass of national media, trying to be a peacemaker as First Nations chiefs from across the country battled over how to secure a meeting with the sitting government on their terms.Some wanted to reject a meeting with prime minister Stephen Harper, because they felt their talks should be directly with the crown, or its representative in Canada, Gov. Gen. David Johnston.Wilson-Raybould was the British Columbia regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations, and she was going to build the bridge between the chiefs, and then between the chiefs and a government many felt was hostile to Indigenous issues.When the meeting with Harper finally happened, she would later say, she realized change was going to be easier if she was on the inside. So she ran for the Liberals in the 2015 election and won in a downtown Vancouver riding.Shortly afterward Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would name her Canada’s justice minister.Fast forward six years, and in the frigid air of another Ottawa January, Wilson-Raybould was grim as she faced the reality that three years after getting one of the highest portfolios in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, she was being demoted.With the enthusiasm of a child being asked to apologize for stealing a cookie, she delivered the agreed-upon line, that moving from Justice to Veterans Affairs was not a negative, that there was “no world” in which serving Canada’s veterans had a downside.But the reality is she wasn’t being moved because she was universally loved and doing a bang-up job.She was being moved because she had become a thorn in the side of the cabinet, someone insiders say was difficult to get along with, known to berate fellow cabinet ministers openly at the table, and who others felt they had trouble trusting.Less than a month later, Wilson-Raybould is at the centre of one of the biggest storms to hit the Trudeau government: allegations the prime minister or his aides pressured her to help Quebec corporate giant SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal prosecution, and demoted her at least partly because she wouldn’t co-operate.Trudeau has flatly denied the allegations.Several Liberals approached Friday said they were confident the story came from Wilson-Raybould herself.“She’s always sort of been in it for herself,” said one insider who didn’t want to be identified. “It’s never been about the government or the cabinet. Everything is very Jodycentric.”The fear of reprisal for speaking about anything to do with the situation was running so high Friday most Liberals approached flatly refused.Treasury Board President Jane Philpott, said to be one of Wilson-Raybould’s closest friends and allies in cabinet, was not available. One former senior staffer said it was too uncomfortable to talk about.Those who did spoke of a woman who went through staff at a breakneck pace (she has had four chiefs of staff in three-and-a-half years), and only showed up to meetings when she felt like it.“I think I saw her at Indigenous caucus just once,” said one Liberal.But there is another view of her from outside government that is far more flattering, a description of a woman who is exceptionally smart and exceptionally driven.Born into a political family, her father, Chief Bill Wilson, once told Pierre Trudeau, father of Justin, that his daughters were going to be prime ministers one day. Her relationship with her father is sometimes troubled, and one Indigenous source said it is “impossible to talk about Jody without talking about her dad.”Bill Wilson, who issued words of support for his daughter on social media this week, helped get Indigenous title to land and treaty rights enshrined in the Constitution.Wilson-Raybould does leave a significant legacy as justice minister. She shepherded two of the biggest changes to Canadian social policy in a generation: physician-assisted dying and legalized marijuana.“She’s very serious, she’s very credible,” said Sheila North, former grand chief of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, the northern Manitoba chiefs’ organization.She is bare-legs-in-minus-30-C-windchill tough — that’s how she publicly accepted her new job outside Rideau Hall — a former B.C. Crown prosecutor who is assertive and knows her own mind. Any criticism of Wilson-Raybould for sticking up for her convictions, said North, is rooted in sexism.“Someone who is very strong and assertive, when it’s a male, it’s not even considered anything that’s negative,” she said.Mia Rabson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — The Trudeau government has tabled its promised child welfare legislation aimed at stopping the over-representation of Indigenous children in foster care.The bill emphasizes the need for the child welfare system to promote more preventative care and support for families instead of apprehending Indigenous children from their mothers.Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan calls the legislation “historic” and says the main goal is to provide more opportunities for First Nations, Inuit and Metis to exercise jurisdiction over child and family services in their communities.Indigenous leaders are applauding the bill, which was one of the first five calls to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations says the number of First Nations children in care — over 40,000 — is a human rights crisis and that more attention must be paid to the needs of First Nations children in Canada.Bellegarde says the legislation is an important first step, but stresses the need to have it passed before Parliament dissolves for the October election.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — An Ontario court has extended an order that suspended legal proceedings against three big tobacco companies.JTI-Macdonald Corp., Rothmans, Benson & Hedges and Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. were granted protection from their creditors last month after they lost an appeal in a multibillion-dollar case in Quebec.On March 1, Quebec’s highest court upheld a landmark judgment that ordered the companies to pay more than $15 billion to smokers who were part of two class-action lawsuits.The companies quickly secured creditor protection in Ontario, putting all legal proceedings on hold so that a global settlement could be negotiated with all those who have claims against them, including the class-action members and several provincial governments.The stay was set to expire at midnight Friday but Ontario Superior Court Justice Thomas McEwen agreed to push the deadline to June 28.However, McEwen has yet to rule on a motion that could lift the stay and send the matter back to the Quebec court of appeal. That decision is expected the week of April 15.Lawyers representing the class-action members argued earlier this week that the stay in their case should be revoked if the companies intend to appeal the Quebec ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada.Appealing would mean the companies do not recognize their debt to the class-action members, which means they would not be negotiating a settlement in good faith, the lawyers argued Thursday.What’s more, the possibility of an appeal that would further prolong the case could be used as leverage in negotiations, they said.The lawyers said if the companies intend to seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court, they should instead ask the Quebec appeal court to suspend the implementation of its judgment until the appeal process is over.The companies have said they had no choice but to seek protection from their creditors, and said the Ontario court was the appropriate venue to deal with the issue.Lawyers representing several provinces — including British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick — have opposed the class-action members’ application, saying it would give preferential treatment to claimants in one province over the others.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, April 16———DESTRUCTION AT NOTRE DAME TOUCHES CANADIANSThe Archbishop of Toronto said the fire that heavily damaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is a tragic event that has touched people everywhere. Thomas Cardinal Collins pointed out that the fire has come in the week before Easter, the holiest time of the year for Christians. In Montreal, the bells of the city’s Notre-Dame Basilica rang out in solidarity this afternoon as the Paris landmark was consumed by flames. Pastor Miguel Castellanos said in a post on the Montreal church’s Facebook page that he’s in shock over the news of the fire at Notre Dame de Paris, which he described as a jewel of architecture and an exceptional cultural, historical and religious symbol.———INDIGENOUS CANNABIS ENTREPRENEURS FACE OBSTACLESLewis Mitchell, a former police chief on the Mohawk territory of Akwesasne, chuckled when asked if he thought he would have trouble finding customers when his first batch of cannabis is ready for sale around summertime. But he does not believe the customers will be from his community. It has been six months since the federal Liberal government legalized marijuana in Canada, leaving it up to the provinces to manage sale and distribution. First Nations people have jumped in on the action, but reserve politics and jurisdictional issues have complicated legalization in Indigenous communities. Akwesasne is a glaring example.———BROTHER OF BRONCO SURVIVOR IN WEEKEND CRASHThe family of paralyzed Humboldt Broncos player Ryan Straschnitzki is hoping their run of bad luck ends with three vehicle accidents. Straschnitzki’s 16-year-old brother, Jett, was driving a car that was hit over the weekend in Airdrie, Alta. He wasn’t injured but he and his parents were shaken. Tom Straschnitzki says the teen called late Saturday after the vehicle he had been driving was hit by an alleged impaired driver. Jett was upset, particularly because of what happened to his older brother, said the father. ———APPEAL TODAY FOR WOMAN WHO PLOTTED MALL MASSACRENova Scotia’s top court will hear the appeal today of an American woman who plotted a Valentine’s Day shooting spree at a Halifax mall. Lindsay Souvannarath was jailed in April last year after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in a 2015 plan to shoot people at the Halifax Shopping Centre food court. The 26-year-old woman has argued in provincial Appeal Court documents that her sentence of life imprisonment with no chance of parole for 10 years should be revised to a fixed sentence of 12 to 14 years. The Chicago-area woman has provided five grounds for appeal, including suggesting that the presiding judge committed an error by imposing a burden on her to prove she was remorseful and had renounced anti-social beliefs.———CANADIAN SENT TO US PRISON FOR RISKY TUNNEL SCHEMEA Canadian cab driver has been sentenced to 16 months in a U.S. prison for sending desperate immigrants through a risky international tunnel under the Detroit River. Juan Garcia-Jimenez wept and apologized Monday in federal court in Detroit. Besides prison, he was fined $8,680, the amount of money paid by nine people who were caught last year when they emerged on foot on the Detroit side of a railroad tunnel.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Albertans go to the polls today— The Parliament Budget Officer releases a report on its website titled “Bill C-266: Increasing the duration of parole ineligibility.”— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tours the Communitech startup space, and makes an innovation and technology jobs announcement.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgLast week, the conservation group, along with five others, met with some 40 partners in order to discuss how to maintain corridors in southern Quebec that are essential to the survival of species like lynx, which need about 70 square kilometres each in other to survive.Monticone said the effort will also require more passages between Canada and the United States as animals will have to move to new areas in response to environmental changes.“It’s more and more needed if we’re thinking about climate change,” said Monticone, the conservation science manager for the Nature Conservancy of Canada in Quebec.“Quebec, for example, will be a climate change refuge because animals are going north, about 45 kilometres per decade, so they need ecological corridors to be able to move north and be sure they survive.”She said the absence of passages from one natural area to the next can lead to species being isolated, unable to maintain their biodiversity or move to a new area if their habitat changes.RELATED: Baby boom expected for wildlife: conservation group And while space is essential to predators like lynx and wolves, she said it’s equally important to smaller species such as turtles, and many species of plants.She said securing a natural corridor can mean making agreements with landowners as well as negotiating with urban and regional planners to ensure they integrate natural areas into development plans.But it also means ensuring animals have a way to cross existing highways.She said organizations such as Montreal’s Concordia University and the Quebec’s transport ministry have been studying the effectiveness of measures such as underpasses to allow animals to cross safely and reduce roadkill — which also benefits humans by reducing the number of animal-vehicle collisions.Monticone said there has already been work done recently to strengthen the natural passages to allow passages between eastern Quebec, the Maritimes, and the states of Maine and Vermont. But she said the work is slow going, requiring negotiations with municipal and regional governments as well as hundreds of individual landowners.“Every time we collaborate with an owner, we’re talking about little puzzle pieces that are being added to connectivity, and we need several puzzle pieces to really create the ecological corridors we need,” she said.Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press MONTREAL — For several years, conservationists have been stressing that ecological corridors, which allow wildlife to move between natural areas, are essential to preventing habitat fragmentation and ensuring the survival of animals such as lynx and bears.But the need for corridors is becoming more urgent, given a UN report that concludes a million species are threatened with extinction, and the fact that many Canadian provinces could become ‘climate refuges’ for animals heading north to escape rising temperatures, according to Kateri Monticone of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.RELATED: 1 million species at risk of extinction: U.N. reportlast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Garth Webb was a 25-year-old lieutenant when he landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, one of thousands of Canadian soldiers to take part in the greatest amphibious landing in military history and the turning point in the Second World War.When Webb joined other veterans in commemorating that pivotal event five decades later, he was struck by the lack of a tangible reminder of the sacrifices that he and the rest of the Canadians made on D-Day — and he set out to build a centre dedicated to that purpose.The Juno Beach Centre in Courseulles-sur-Mers, France, was the result of that effort, and while Webb died in May 2012 at the age of 93, the centre remains as a tribute not only to his perseverance, but that of all Canadians during the Second World War.Some 15 years after it opened, however, the Juno Beach Centre is starting to feel the pinch, which is putting its immediate and long-term operations under pressure, if not at risk.“We are just at the covering-costs phase right now,” said Mike Bechthold, executive director of the Juno Beach Centre Association.“And if things continue unchanged, the cash reserves of the organization are going to be gone in three years — maybe less, because we’re having to fund that operational shortfall.”The Juno Beach Centre was officially opened in 2003 after years of fundraising by Webb and other veterans and volunteers, including donations from the federal government and Walmart Canada, both of which continued to provide financial support over the next decade.About 1.1 million visitors have been to the museum, while the not-for-profit association behind it has hosted groups of Canadian teachers and students in France and organized exhibits and other activities at home to raise awareness of Canada’s Second World War history.Walmart, which between 2009 and 2013 had contributed an average of $660,000 to the centre and the association, officially ended its support in 2015.And while the federal government recently renewed its annual $500,000 contribution for the next five years to help with the museum’s operations, which Bechthold said was welcome, Ottawa’s contribution has remained the same for 16 years — even as expenses have gone up.“Inflation is certainly part of it,” he said of the rising costs. “One thing that people don’t generally think about is the security environment has changed considerably since 2003, and now there are significant new costs that we have to deal with every year for security.”Last year, the centre and association posted a $236,000 loss. One reason was the costs associated with a fundraising campaign that Bechthold admitted fell far short of its goals, thanks in part to donor fatigue from the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017.Yet the Juno Beach Centre Association also posted weak financial returns in 2017, and there are fears their new normal will endanger the organization’s different projects, such as a teacher-training program and the centre’s overall renewal.“The museum is getting to that point in its lifecycle where it’s time to revisit some of the exhibits,” said Bechthold. “Things need to be overhauled, renewed and changed.”One example is the Canada Room, the last room in the museum, which is intended to tell the story of Canada today, 75 years after D-Day. The room, Bechthold said, is “tired” and in desperate need of a $750,000 upgrade the museum can’t afford.“We’ve drawn up everything, we’ve gone as far as contracting a museum-services company to get the thing done, but we don’t have the money to make it happen.”The federal government does have a special fund to help museums and organizations commemorate Canada’s military history, but it only covers commemorations on Canadian soil, which means the Juno Beach Centre does not qualify.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, more of us than ever before are burning out at work. The rise in this kind of stress, in fact, is pronounced enough that last week the World Health Organization categorized “burnout” as an official occupational syndrome. That means no, you might not just be having a rough couple weeks. You might really need help. Because we know now that the end of this path isn’t pretty.Why are we more stressed at work than we’ve ever been? Will having WHO-approved medical language help employers and employees address the problem? What do you do when a weekend away doesn’t fix anything? How can you tell when someone’s in danger of flaming out, and how do you talk about it with them?GUEST: Hamza Khan, educator, speaker, author of The Burnout Gamble(For more from Hamza you can watch his TED talk on burnout right here.)Audio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_06052019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to the Big Story for free on Apple Podcasts, Google or Spotify.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Podcasts.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

first_img“It is not smart for all of us to lament the end of the CWHL, while not changing the behaviours that led to its end,” she said.“Today’s top female players obtain a modest stipend ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 per year compared to the lowest annual salary in the NHL of roughly $1 million.“Successors to the CWHL must find a way for the best women to earn a full salary.“We therefore urge all hockey associations and levels of government to allocate dollars directly to the women’s game and to ensure that women are at the table when these decisions are made.”Walzak said the board received two offers of less than $20 to buy the league’s assets with no assumption of liabilities, which the CWHL declined.The league has raised $93,000 from an auction of memorabilia that went towards paying debt. Seven of the 10 CWHL trophies that were up for auction are headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The merger of those teams the following season reduced that revenue stream, however. A source has also told The Canadian Press that China wanted to renegotiate the licensing fees.“The League announced it was winding down one week after the Clarkson Cup because the League had payments due April first and was forecasting a significant deficit and believed based on response from the corporate marketplace that revenue would not increase materially in the upcoming 2019-2020 season,” Walzak wrote.Walzak wrote that $5 million to $6 million was required to keep the CWHL running, and closer to $10 million was needed for a fully functional pro league.The U.S.-based NWHL that sprung up in 2015 “fragmented the potential sponsorship dollars,” she added.The five-team NWHL continues to operate, but roughly 200 players including the female game’s stars refuse to play in it.Hilary Knight, Brianna Decker, Kendall Coyne Schofield, Marie-Philip Poulin, Brianne Jenner and goaltenders Noora Raty and Shannon Szabados are among those who believe the NWHL isn’t financially sustainable either.Widespread calls for one women’s league while two operated kept potential investors on the sidelines waiting to see what would happen.NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has said the men’s league is unwilling to step in as an owner while women’s leagues were already operating.The non-profit CWHL merging with a for-profit entity like the NWHL was not an option and if the CWHL went private, it would lose insurance coverage from Hockey Canada, Walzak added.While the CWHL board of directors supports the players in the collective action for one league, Walzak wrote there needs to be considerable change around attitudes towards women’s hockey.WATCH: NWHL announces interest in Canadian teams TORONTO – The NHL, Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames are among contributors helping the defunct Canadian Women’s Hockey League settle its debts.The Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, Hockey Canada and other private donations also helped the CWHL clear its books.“The CWHL is in the process of paying everyone and will be able to close in an orderly fashion,” CWHL board chair Laurel Walzak said Tuesday in a letter that called the donations “large and critical.”The letter wrote on behalf of the CWHL board detailed the demise of the league and what a women’s hockey league requires to survive.On behalf of the Board of Directors of the CWHL attached is the final public communication – OPEN LETTER TO FANS, SPONSORS, DONORS, PARTNERS AND HOCKEY INDUSTRY IN CANADA, THE USA, AND CHINA, PLUS THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT https://t.co/HnfUGMrI94— CWHL (@TheCWHL) July 3, 2019The six-team CWHL ran for 12 seasons and gave the stars of women’s hockey a league of their own.The Clarkson Cup — donated by former governor general Adrienne Clarkson — was awarded annually to the winning team.But the league was in “severe financial distress” on April 1, Walzak said.Licensing fees from the addition of two Chinese teams allowed the CWHL to begin paying players between $2,000 and $10,000 in 2017-18.WATCH: Players react as CWHL foldslast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — A new University of Calgary study is predicting Russian interference in the federal election campaign to serve what it describes as the Kremlin’s long-term interest of competing against Canada in the Arctic.The study’s author, Sergey Sukhankin, said in an interview that Moscow’s ability to inflict serious damage is relatively low because Canadian society is not as divided as countries targeted in past elections, including the United States presidential ballot and Britain’s Brexit referendum in 2016, as well as various attacks on Ukraine and the Baltic states.“The Kremlin has a growing interest in dominating the Arctic, where it sees Russia as in competition with Canada. This means Canada can anticipate escalations in information warfare, particularly from hacktivists fomenting cyber-attacks,” writes Sukhankin, a senior fellow with the Jamestown Foundation, a U.S. think-tank, who is teaching at the University of Calgary.“Perceived as one of Russia’s chief adversaries in the Arctic region, Canada is a prime target in the information wars, with Russia potentially even meddling in the October 2019 federal election. Ottawa should be ready for a new surge in cyberattacks, disinformation and propaganda levelled against Canada in the near future.”Sukhankin argues that Moscow’s disinformation efforts are designed primarily for domestic Russian consumption, and are not intended to sway Canadian voters.It is part of a broader Kremlin effort to show the “ugly side of democracy and liberalism” to a Russian audience, and to portray Canada as being unduly influenced by the United States and the “Ukrainian lobby” in Canada, he writes.“Russia uses patriotism and this anti-fascist sentiment to convince the domestic audience and Russian-speakers abroad, primarily in Ukraine, Belarus and the three Baltic states, that Russia is the only country to stand against far-right sentiments and nationalism. This is basically used by the Russian side to garner domestic solidarity,” he said in an interview.Sukhankin’s argument echoes previous warnings about potential Russian interference from the Liberal government, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and the country’s intelligence agencies.The government has appointed a group of five senior public servants to guard against foreign election meddling during the campaign. The public servants will be able to brief members of all political parties about potential threats and will have the power to go public during the campaign to sound the alarm against malign acts of interference that they together deem a fundamental threat.Canada expelled four Russian diplomats last year in connection with the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain that has been blamed on Moscow. (The Kremlin denies the charge).At the time, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the diplomats were intelligence agents who were undermining Canadian democracy.As Sukhankin’s paper notes, Freeland has been a frequent target of Russian propaganda as part of a broader attempt to brand Canada as “russophobic” and having an “affection for fascism,” including a soft-spot for Nazism that dates back to the 1930s.The goal is to justify Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula — the most serious breach of Europe’s border since the Second World War — which President Vladimir Putin has said was necessary to protect “Russian-speakers in Ukraine against their physical extermination,” writes Sukhankin.Russia’s disinformation about Canada also focuses on three other areas, according to the report.These include ridiculing Canada’s military presence in Latvia as part of NATO’s deterrent against Russia, portraying the country as a “useful satellite” of the U.S., and calling it a testing ground for “immoral Western values” because of its support of same-sex marriage and legalizing of cannabis.Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgIn celebration of National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 25, The Voter Participation Center joins with Balcony Films for a release of a new music video and original song, “L.O.V.E. (Let One Voice Emerge),” urging women and other unregistered voters to head to the ballot box on November 6.Video: L.O.V.E. Let One Voice Emerge: The Music Video“Let one voice emerge, let your voice be heard” at the voting booth, the song reminds voters. Unmarried women, persons of color and young people – the Rising American Electorate – comprise 53 percent of the voting eligible population, and yet represent 63 percent of all unregistered citizens.“We felt a music video with incredible star power in recognition of National Voter Registration Day would be an attention-getting way to encourage all eligible Americans to participate in our great democracy,” says Page Gardner, President of the Voter Participation Center. “The message is simple: Get registered and get to the polls on November 6. Let the voice of one join the voices of millions and be heard.”“L.O.V.E. (Let One Voice Emerge)” was co-written by Grammy-winning artist Patti Austin, Grammy-winner and twice Oscar-nominated singer/songwriter Siedah Garrett, five-time Grammy-winning producer/composer Mervyn Warren, and Grammy and Tony-nominated songwriter/artist Brenda Russell. The song was produced and arranged by Mervyn Warren. The new music video features hit artists Fergie (Black Eyed Peas), Keke Palmer (actress/recording artist), Patti Austin (entertainer/song writer), Siedah Garrett (song writer and performer), Sheila E (musician/actress), Brenda Russell (songwriter), Judith Hill (singer/songwriter), Lalah Hathaway (R&B artist), and Jenna Ushkowitz (“Glee”).Renowned producer Julie Bergman Sender and Oscar-nominated director Stuart Sender, through their production company Balcony Films, developed the L.O.VE. project and music video with director David Galvez, Jr. The L.O.V.E. music video and additional PSAs feature an array of committed celebrities, including Fergie, Kate Walsh (“Private Practice”), Alexa Vega (“Spy Kids”), Joe Johnson (Brooklyn Nets), Regina King (actress), Seth Green (actor), Quinton Aaron (“The Blind Side”), Reborn (Christian rap artist), Cody Horn (actress), Sophia Bush (actress), Amy Brenneman (actress), Amy Smart (actress) among others.In developing the project, producer Julie Bergman Sender explained, “We wanted to create an anthem – to show this group of American women how valuable their voices are to the health of our democracy and the power that one voice – each and every voice – really has. L.O.V.E. (Let One Voice Emerge) is our answer to the question ‘Why does my voice matter?’”The music video directs viewers to a new website, www.LOVEVoting.org, where visitors can view a special message from Dr. Maya Angelou, download the song for free, view outtakes from the recording and alternative versions, and register to vote through the Voter Participation website www.voterparticipation.org. Visitors to the LoveVoting.org site may choose to support the effort by donating to the Voter Participation Center and the song will be available on iTunes, Amazon.com music and other major online music distributors.“This is our L.O.V.E. song to America,” says L.O.V.E. co-writer and acclaimed vocalist and performer Patti Austin. “When I discovered that nearly 20 million unmarried women don’t vote, I had to do something. So I went to three of the most talented people I know to work with on this. We have never collaborated together before and I couldn’t think of a more auspicious reason to come together.”Also participating in the campaign are Rachel Leigh Cook (actress), Josh Hopkins (“Cougar Town”), Michael B. Jordan (“The Wire”), Sharon Lawrence (actress), Alyssa Milano (actress), Patrick Muldoon (actor/singer), Chris Olsen (actor), Danielle Panabaker (actress), Harold Perrineau (“Lost”), Reborn (Christian rap artist), Jessica Szohr (“CSI: Miami”) and many others.last_img read more

first_imgThe Music Circle is organizing a charity jumble sale in association with Oxfam on January 26, with celebrity donations from Paloma Faith, Tinie Tempah, Dermot O’Leary, Fearne Cotton, Marilyn Manson, Charlotte Church and many more.The sale is in aid of abused women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in tandem with Oxfam’s Get Together for International Women’s Day on 8 March 2013, and will be held at east London’s Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club.There’ll be a pop-up retro hair salon from Lipstick & Curls to give you instant Victory rolls, a stylists’ corner and photobooth featuring some surprises familiar faces, hyper ping-pong action from the mighty Pongathon crew, food from Gizzi Erskine, tea and cakes from Joe’s Tea Co and Drink, Shop & Do and DJs including Gizzi, Jen Long (Radio 1), My Ex Boyfriend’s Records and more all day long.Stalls are coming from the likes of presenter Gemma Cairney, designer Fred Butler, actress Vicki McClure, T4’s Georgie Okell, Smashbox with 6Music’s Lauren Laverne, presenter and journalist Kim Taylor Bennett, Run Riot’s Katie Antoniou (with stationery for New Year’s Resolutions), Krissi Murison (The Sunday Times), Emmy the Great and Elizabeth Sankey (Summer Camp) and many more.Rumble in the Jumble #2 is the follow-up to Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney and TV presenter Dawn Porter’s hugely successful event last year for Get Together, which raised an enormous £7k for Oxfam.The Music Circle has been busy blagging choice jumble from the music world and there’ll be plenty of clothes, accessories and bric-a-brac to snap up on the day, including donations from Schuh, ASOS, Pretty Polly and Marshall Amps. There’s room for the boys too, with donations from Tinie Tempah, The Vaccines, Wretch 32, Toddla T, Foals, Miles Kane, Russell Tovey, Benga and even Marilyn Manson, including a record stall assembled from DJs and bands’ personal collections.Bands, labels, DJs and magazines who have contributed to the record stall so far include Andrew Weatherall, Erol Alkan, Underworld, Chemical Brothers, Mary Anne Hobbs, 23 Skidoo, James Ford, Benji B, Fake Blood, Pure Groove, Friendly Fires, Gaz Mayall, Warp, Ninja Tune, Fabric, Ben Westbeech, 23 Skidoo, Time Out, FACT, Dazed & Confused, NME, Guardian, Q, Tayo, Daniel Avery, Greco-Roman, Slutty Fringe, Soul Jazz, Earnest Endeavours and more.All you need to do is turn up on the day with a bag of decent jumble to donate, pay £3 to get in, and get stuck into the rest!The Music Circle is a subsidiary of Annie Lennox’s The Circle. Set up in 2008 by Annie Lennox and Oxfam, The Circle is a partnership of influential women who work with Oxfam, bringing ideas, skills and resources to the table to help Oxfam fight poverty and inequality. To date, The Circle has raised almost a million pounds for Oxfam to date.To find out more, visit the event’s Facebook page.Source:Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgCharitybuzz.com launched “Share The Love,” its 5th Annual Valentine’s Day Auction, featuring more than 50 experiences that give back to charity.Whether paired up or celebrating solo, fans can bid on some incredible celeb TLC now through February 11th at www.Charitybuzz.com/ShareTheLove.Share The Love Auction highlights include:• Let Steven Tyler be your date for dinner and a movie in LA or Maui• Join John Legend and Chrissy Teigan for a romantic double date in NYC• Find TV bliss with a walk-on role in ABC’s Happy Endings• Let Jenny McCarthy single you out for a backstage meet and greet on the set of her new Vh1 show “The Jenny McCarthy Show”• Meet modern-day cupid Chris Harrison and Bachelor Sean Lowe at the taping of After the Final Rose in LA• Leave the boys at home for a girls night out with Mob Wives Big Ang at the Drunken Monkey in Staten Island• Learn all the right moves from Dancing with the Stars’ Tony Dovolani with a private lesson at Dance With Me Soho in NYC• The phone call you’ve been waiting for – KISS’s Paul Stanley will chat you up and send over a signed Washburn PS 150 Electric Guitar• Score a permanent piece of Alec Baldwin when you take home his Dressing Room Wall from 30 Rock plus meet him backstage on Broadway• Meet smooth-talking Top Chef favorite Fabio Vivani when he whips up a delicious meal for you and three friends, Italian accent included• Is Glenn Close always on your mind? Meet her when you score a walk-on role in her newest film Always on My Mind and walk the red carpet at the premiere.Plus experiences from Crystal and Hugh Hefner, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Tina Fey, Lady Gaga, James Cameron, Joan Jett, Metallica, Josh Groban, John McEnroe, Tiesto, James Patterson, Howard Stern, Amber Kelleher-Andrews and more, as well as romantic getaways, delicious dinners, sparkly jewels and adventures for two.Charity beneficiaries include the Voice Health Institute, Bring Change 2 Mind, Show Me Campaign, Somaly Mam Foundation, RainCatcher, Hollywood Schoolhouse, Generation Rescue, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Charna’s Kids Club, The Alan T Brown Foundation to Cure Paralysis, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and many more.Charitybuzz has raised more than $75 million for nonprofits through its online charity auctions with celebrities and luxury brands, giving bidders exclusive opportunities to live their dreams and make a difference.last_img read more