Boozing before game leads to teams ejection from World Curling Tour event

first_imgA curling team skipped by Jamie Koe that featured 2014 Olympic champion Ryan Fry was ejected from an Alberta bonspiel over the weekend for what organizers called unsportsmanlike behaviour resulting from excessive drinking. The team was tossed from the Red Deer Curling Classic on Saturday night. The move was announced via Twitter on Sunday by the World Curling Tour, which oversees the $35,000 event.“They were upstairs in our lounge beforehand and everything kind of seemed normal I guess,” Red Deer Curling Centre manager Wade Thurber said Monday. “Our bar staff eventually cut them off and then it was time for them to go curl.“That was probably the unfortunate thing was they had to go curl.”Fry, who won Olympic gold at the 2014 Winter Games, normally plays third for Team Brad Jacobs. He was filling in as a substitute on a Koe team that included Chris Schille and DJ Kidby.Koe, who has represented the Northwest Territories at several national championships, tried a practice slide before Saturday’s game but it did not go well and he decided to sit out.  “He was too drunk to play,” Thurber said from Red Deer. “They played three-handed.”Thurber said Kidby and Schille did their best to get Fry to focus on the game, but were unsuccessful.“On the ice, he broke three brooms, Thurber said. “There was of course foul language, and a little bit of disruption with the sheets beside them.”“The other guys were trying to control Ryan and they couldn’t,” he added. “He just got past that point of being able to tell him anything. There was some damage in the locker room and some broombags kicked around. It was just conduct that was unacceptable.”The opposing team, skipped by Kody Hartung, went on to post a 10-5 victory. The teams shook hands after seven ends.“I would like to sincerely apologize to the fans, participants and organizers of the Red Deer Curling Classic,” Fry said in a statement issued by Curling Canada on Monday. “I came to the event to play and enjoy the sport, but a bad lapse in judgement affected the experience for others. My actions were truly disrespectful and embarrassing — the committee was right to disqualify us from play.“I allowed myself to lose control — I offended people with my actions and I wish nothing more than to apologize to everyone individually. I will be taking proper steps to ensure this problem can never happen again. I will continue to strive to become a better version of myself while contributing positively to the sport and curling community that I love so much.”Team Koe’s last game on Sunday was declared a forfeit.“Due to lapse in judgment on Saturday, we contributed to (an) unpleasant experience for others,” Koe said Monday in a statement. “Although I removed myself from the last game before it started, the actions from the team led to our disqualification. We were disrespectful and the committee was right to disqualify us from further play, which we did not argue.“I would like to sincerely apologize to the athletes, fans and organizers at the event. I will be taking steps to ensure this never happens again.”The competition was set to wrap later Monday. The event committee had yet to decide on the team’s future participation in the event and the WCT has asked for a full report.“I’ve seen brooms broken before, we’ve seen smash marks in the ice, guys get a little heated out there at times,” Thurber said. “But it’s usually a quick one-minute incident and it’s done. This was kind of the whole game.”Fry normally plays on a team with Jacobs, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden. In addition to their Olympic title, they won the Tim Hortons Brier in 2013 and won silver at the world championship that year.“We’re all very disappointed,” Jacobs said from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. “We in no way support that type of behaviour, whether it’s displayed on or off the ice. It’s absolutely unacceptable. We’ve shared that with Ryan. Really at this point, we’re just taking the necessary steps to handle it internally and that’s really where we’re at. So nothing more to add.”The team won a Grand Slam title earlier this month in Thunder Bay, Ont. “We are handling it as a team,” Jacobs said. “We do need to have further discussions about this. Our plan is to move forward with Ryan and hopefully resolve this as quickly as possible and not have it affect our play on the ice.”Thurber said Fry and other members of the Koe team have since reached out to the Red Deer club and were very apologetic.“He’s offered to pay for damages,” he said of Fry. “He’s been very courteous, I guess we’ll say. Hasn’t been a problem at all, was just regretting his actions on Saturday.”Fry did not immediately return a text message. Curling Canada said his statement would be his only comment on the matter.“We’ve had this spiel for maybe 20 years,” Thurber said. “This is the first time we’ve had to kick someone out. It’s hopefully just one isolated incident and hopefully everybody learns going forward from it.”———With files from Canadian Press reporter Ken Trimble.Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter.Gregory Strong, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Alberta rancher heading to California to help horses displaced by wildfire

first_imgOLDS, Alta. — A retired Alberta rancher is getting ready for a long trip to help hundreds of horses that have been displaced by wildfires in California.Darrell Glover says when he saw news reports about the destructive fires he knew he needed to do something for the animals that have suffered because of the disaster.He says horse owners who were forced to flee the flames couldn’t take their horses with them, so they let them go fend for themselves.Glover is planning to haul more than 6,300 kilograms of donated feed to a California ranch that is looking after the displaced animals.“As a horse owner, that created some emotional moments for us, so we started thinking that with all those horses, and there are hundreds of them running free in the hills … somebody had to help and try and feed these horses,” he said from his rural property north of Olds.Glover is also taking donated tack and medical supplies.His destination is the Camelot Equestrian Park in Orville, Calif.“They had the fire just about 100 metres from their front gate, so they almost lost their place as well,” said Glover.“Those folks have taken in a couple hundred horses so what we’re going to do is take down this trailer load of feed and help them out.”Glover said he wants to help all he can, especially because everyone in the region has lost so much.The Camelot Equestrian Park Foundation knows Glover is coming.“To Darrell Glover and all our Canadian Friends, there are no adequate words to express our gratitude for all of your compassion and generosity,” the Foundation said on Facebook.“It is awe inspiring that our neighbours to the north are willing to put this very special delivery together.”Glover said he plans to start heading south to California on Monday. (CTV Calgary)  The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Huawei CFO arrested in Vancouver as US seeks extradition Justice Department

first_imgVANCOUVER — The Justice Department says the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies, who is sought for extradition by the United States, has been arrested in Vancouver.Justice Department spokesman Ian McLeod says in an email that Wanzhou Meng was arrested Saturday.A clerk at the B.C. Supreme Court said Meng appeared in court on Wednesday and a bail hearing is scheduled for Friday.McLeod says further details cannot be provided on the case because a publication ban is in effect at Meng’s request.In a statement, Huawei says Meng is being sought for extradition to face unspecified charges in the Eastern District of New York.It says she was arrested when she was transferring flights in Canada.“The company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng,” the statement says. “The company believes the Canadian and U.S. legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion.”The U.S. Justice Department could not immediately be reached for comment.The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that U.S. authorities were investigating whether Huawei violated sanctions on Iran.Huawei says the company complies with all laws and regulations in the countries where it operates, including applicable export control, sanction laws and regulations of the United Nations, the United States and the European Union.The company’s website also lists Meng as its deputy chairwoman and The Associated Press reports that she is the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei.— With files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Foreign Affairs Minister says theyve lost contact with another Canadian in China

first_imgChrystia Freeland said Global Affairs was contacted by a Canadian who was being questioned by Chinese authorities but have not heard anything since, “We have not been able to make contact with him,” she said.“We have also raised this case with the Chinese authorities,” Freeland added.The news comes amid a growing dispute after Huawei’s CFO was arrested in Vancouver over charges she is facing in the U.S.Freeland said Michael Kovrig still works for global affairs but is on leave from his job to work for an NGO, which is why he doesn’t have diplomatic status. He was detained on Monday by the Beijing state security bureau.Ministrer Freeland asked in French if she can provide more details about the second Canadian…an employee, a tourist? Freeland says she doesn’t want to say any more because it is a sensitive situation. Consular officials have been in contact with their family #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) December 12, 2018While Canada has been in touch with Chinese officials, Freeland said they still don’t know where kovrig is, what charges he is facing, or if he is okay.Canada has not changed its travel advisory to China, but still tells people heading there to exercise a high degree of caution. OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – As the Chinese government confirms it has detained Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig, we hear about another Canadian possible facing troubles in China.Foreign Affairs Minister says they’ve demanded to see Kovrig right away, but noted that a second Canadian may have been detained.WATCH: Canada committed to rule of law in Meng case: Trudeaulast_img read more

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MMA star Georges StPierre announces his retirement

first_imgCanada’s Georges St-Pierre is retiring from mixed martial arts.The 37-year-old from St-Isidore, Que., made the announcement on Thursday at the Bell Centre.St-Pierre, a two-division champion, leaves with a record of 26-2-0 and a 13-fight winning streak. He holds the record for most 170-pound title defences at nine.“It takes a lot of discipline to become and stay champion. It also takes a lot of discipline to stop while still feeling that you’re in the best physical and mental shape of your life, but I’ve always planned to leave the sport when I’m at the top and in good health,” St-Pierre said in a statement.“I want to thank my family, my fans, my coaches, trainers and training partners, my sponsors and my agents for their … support during all these years. I will forever be grateful for the work of (former UFC bosses) Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, as well as (UFC president) Dana White and all UFC employees for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skills before the world, from UFC 46 to UFC 217.“I also want to thank each of my opponents. All of them are incredible athletes who brought out the best in me. I retire from competition with great pride at having had a positive impact on my sport. I intend to keep training and practising martial arts for as long as I live and I look forward to watching the new generation of champions carry our sport into the future.”St-Pierre debuted on the big stage with a unanimous decision win over Karo Parisyan at UFC 46 in 2004. He won his first welterweight championship via knockout over Matt Hughes at UFC 65 in 2006.After losing the title to Matt Serra, he later recaptured the belt via TKO in their rematch at UFC 83 in Montreal.While he has fought just once since stepping away from the sport in late 2013 after nine straight welterweight title defences, St-Pierre made headlines in November 2017 when he dethroned middleweight champion Michael (The Count) Bisping in his comeback bout at UFC 217.St-Pierre gave up the 185-pound crown a month later, citing health issues (ulcerative colitis). Despite that limited activity, he still stands eighth in the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings.“Georges has cemented his legacy as one of the pound-for-pound greatest fighters ever,” White said. “He beat all the top guys during his welterweight title reign and even went up a weight class to win the middleweight championship. He spent years as one of the biggest names in MMA and remains one of the best ambassadors for the sport. He put Canada on the MMA map.”In 2011, St-Pierre set the largest UFC gate outside the U.S. at US$12.075 million when he headlined UFC 129 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The event had the second largest attendance in UFC history with 55,724 fans.St-Pierre won Sports Illustrated fighter of the year in 2009. He was nominated for best fighter at the ESPY Awards in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2018.last_img read more

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Just for Laughs founder asks appeal court to toss class action lawsuit

first_imgMONTREAL — Just for Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon’s lawyer asked Quebec’s highest court Thursday to throw out a $10-million class action lawsuit claiming that the comedy impresario abused at least 20 women.Lawyer Raymond Doray argued against a 2018 Quebec Superior Court decision authorizing the lawsuit on allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct.Rozon denies the allegations by a group of women calling themselves “Les Courageuses,” which date between 1982 and 2016.The accusations have not been tested by the courts.In the Quebec Court of Appeal on Thursday, Doray argued that Superior Court Justice Donald Bisson was attempting to facilitate the denouncing of sexual assaults — a “commendable” goal but one that he said doesn’t fall within the criteria for a class action.Doray argued that while the class action was born in the wake of the #MeToo movement, the fact it’s a “collective movement” doesn’t justify a “collective action.”He argued that there were other avenues for lawsuits against Rozon, but a class action wasn’t one of them.Doray said there’s no common link between the allegations, nor the women bringing them.That means there is no way to look at them as a group and each case will have to be analyzed separately, and each woman will have to testify to her particular situation and lack of consent before a judge can conclude whether there is fault or not, he said.Actress Patricia Tulasne, who represents the group, is the only one publicly identified. The other women’s identities are protected by a publication ban.Bruce Johnston, one of the lawyers representing the women, called Bisson’s judgment “impeccable.”“Where is the error?” he asked the high court on Thursday.“There are few areas where class action are as useful,” Johnston said of sexual assault. “It’s often the difference between recourse and … no recourse.” The Court of Appeal will rule at a later date.Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Tory senator signals plan to drop probe of ViceAdmiral Mark Norman case

first_imgOTTAWA — Conservative senators are expected to drop their bid to conduct an inquiry into the failed prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.Members of the Senate defence committee will meet later this afternoon where Conservative Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais has indicated he plans to withdraw his motion to hear from Norman and other witnesses about the case.Dagenais’s motion to examine the circumstances that led to the military’s second-in-command being suspended and charged with breach of trust was successfully adopted last month with help from fellow Conservatives as well as Independent Sen. Diane Griffin and unaffiliated Sen. David Richards.But in a letter to committee chairwoman Gwen Boniface, Dagenais says time has run out for the committee to hear from Norman, chief of defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and others.Dagenais says Liberal senators need to agree for the committee to sit past Thursday, but that such agreement does not appear to be forthcoming.The National Post has reported that Norman’s lawyer Marie Henein also wrote a letter to the committee on Sunday, questioning the value of the committee’s planned probe given its lack of time and the complexity of the case.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Barenaked Ladies musician awarded 60000 in legal battle over painting

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO — A Toronto gallery must now pay tens of thousands of dollars to a Canadian musician who alleged he was sold a fake painting purported to be by the renowned Indigenous artist Norval Morrisseau.Ontario’s top court says the trial judge made several errors in dismissing the legal action by Kevin Hearn, a member of the Barenaked Ladies, against the Maslak-McLeod Gallery.Hearn purchased the painting, titled “Spirit Energy of Mother Earth,” in 2005 after receiving assurances that it was authentic and being promised a valid provenance statement attesting to that fact.Court documents say Hearn launched his legal battle after an official at the Art Gallery of Ontario told him the painting was likely a fake, and the gallery’s now-deceased owner refused to investigate the allegation or issue a refund.At trial, an expert testified that while the painting drew on Morrisseau’s “visual vocabulary” it did not fit in with his other works from that time and she believed it to be a forgery.In a ruling released today, the court of appeal says the trial judge erred in rejecting the expert’s testimony based on his own research, which was not entered as evidence.It says the judge also misapprehending the evidence regarding the agreement between Hearn and the gallery, particularly in relation to the issuance of a valid provenance statement for the painting.The appeal court says the gallery must pay Hearn $50,000 plus interest for breach of contract and breach of the Sale of Goods Act, as well as $10,000 in punitive damages. If Hearn receives the money, he must return the painting to the gallery, the ruling says.last_img read more

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Four Mounties sue attorney general over 2014 Moncton shootings

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. — Four RCMP officers who responded to the 2014 shootings in Moncton, N.B.,  that claimed the lives of three of their colleagues are suing the attorney general of Canada for negligence.Mathieu Daigle, Martine Benoit, Robert Nickerson and Shelly Mitchell say in the filings they were inadequately trained and outfitted to deal with a heavily armed shooter on June 4, 2014.In motions filed with the Court of Queens Bench dated last week, the four say they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and other ailments and are seeking damages to be determined by the court.The four say a Sept. 29, 2017 conviction of the RCMP on Labour Code charges made clear that the RCMP did not act with due diligence in the rollout of carbines for members, putting their lives at risk.In that ruling, Judge Leslie Jackson found the force guilty of failing to provide its members with the appropriate use-of-force equipment and user training when responding to an active threat or active shooter in an open environment.Constables Fabrice Gevaudan, Dave Ross and Doug Larche were killed, while constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen were wounded when Justin Bourque targeted police officers in hopes of sparking an anti-government rebellion.Bourque was given three consecutive life sentences without chance of parole for at least 75 years.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Hang Out With Castles Nathan Fillion For Charity

first_imgWant to hang out with Richard Castle? You and a guest can spend a day with Nathan Fillion in LA and help charity.Nathan Fillion plays novelist Richard Castle on the hit TV series Castle and is also known for his role as Captain Malcolm Reynolds on the popular TV series Firefly. Nathan has been named one of “TV’s Sexiest Men” and is a two time People’s Choice Award winner.A new auction is giving you the chance to hang out with Nathan and benefit Team HEAL – Team HEAL Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides full-time Certified Athletic Trainers to under-served public high school athletic programs. Team HEAL aims to protect the health and future of student athletes by providing world class medical care. This includes injury prevention and treatment services, strength and conditioning, nutrition education, and exposure to careers in health related fields.The auction is open until March 19, and can be accessed at CharityBuzz.com.last_img read more

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Stars Announced For 2013 Toyota ProCelebrity Charity Race

first_imgSource:PR Newswire The red carpet and race cars are ready as Toyota announced today the participants from film, television, music, sports and the military who will compete for checkered flag glory in the 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.The 37th annual charity race will take place April 20 on the 1.97-mile street course in downtown Long Beach, Calif., as part of the 39th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.The field of racers will navigate the new 210-horsepower Scion FR-S race vehicles through high speed turns to benefit Racing for Kids, a national fundraising program supporting children’s hospitals throughout the United States.This year’s field of popular celebrity racers includes: • Cristian Castro: Grammy Award-nominated and best-selling Mexican pop singer. Famous from a young age, one of his best known albums is ” Mi Vida Sin Tu Amor ,” with four singles in the top ten of Billboard’s Hot Latin tracks. In April, he will release a new album ” Primera Fila ,” celebrating 20 years as a singer. • Kate del Castillo: Mexico’s most acclaimed actress, best known for her starring role in long-running mini-series “La Reina del Sur.” Other credits include “Under the Same Moon,” “Trade” and a guest appearance on the Showtime series “Weeds.” • Brett Davern: Actor who stars as Jake Rosati in MTV’s hit series “Awkward.” Other credits include the film, “Beautiful Ohio” and appearances in “Cold Case,” “CSI: Miami,” “In Plain Sight,” and “Medium.” • Jenna Elfman: Actress known for her quirky role on the TV series “Dharma & Greg,” which earned her a Golden Globe Award. She now stars as the first lady in the family comedy “1600 Penn.” Film credits include “Friends with Benefits” and “Keeping the Faith.” • Jessica Hardy: A multiple world record-holder in swimming and a 2012 Olympic medalist. A Long Beach, Calif. native, she also does motivational speaking and served as an ambassador for the United States Olympic Committee Team For Tomorrow. • Jesse Metcalfe: Actor best known for his role as a teen gardener on “Desperate Housewives” and who currently stars in the TNT continuation of “Dallas,” based on the 1978 series of the same name. Film credits include “John Tucker Must Die” and “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.” • Dakota Meyer: Former U.S. Marine who received the Medal of Honor for his 2009 actions in Afghanistan. He wrote, Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War, fundraises with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, and has partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the Hiring Our Heroes program. • Jackson Rathbone: Actor best known for playing Jasper Hale in the hit “Twilight” movie series. Other film credits include “The Last Airbender.” • Michelle Rodriguez: Film actress best known for her tough girl physical roles, including starring in the record-breaking sci-fi film “Avatar,” the successful “Fast & Furious” franchise, the 2012 hit “Resident Evil: Retribution” and as a tough LAPD cop in TV’s “Lost.” • Jeremy Sisto: Actor best known for playing Billy Chenowith on the series “Six Feet Under.” He also played Detective Cyrus Lupo on “Law & Order” and currently stars in the series “Suburgatory.” • Mark Steines: Emmy award-winning journalist and host of the Hallmark Channel’s new how-to show, “Home & Family.” He spent more than 17 years on “Entertainment Tonight,” establishing himself as a trusted and charismatic figure in entertainment news. • Wanda Sykes: Emmy award-winning comedian, writer and actress who ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America. She has hosted her own late night talk show, “The Wanda Sykes Show” and has appeared on TV shows including, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and films such as “Evan Almighty.” • Michael Trucco: Actor best known for playing Samuel Anders on SyFy’s acclaimed series “Battlestar Galactica” and Justin Patrick on the USA Network series “Fairly Legal.” Other credits include appearances on “Revenge,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “One Tree Hill.” • Rutledge Wood: Auto racing analyst on Fox Sports/SPEED and co-host of “Top Gear USA.”Pro drivers competing against the stars for the title include motocross champion and MTV’s “Nitro Circus” star Andy Bell, 2012 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race winner and comedian Adam Carolla, Olympic gold medalist swimmer Tyler Clary and National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) driver Melanie Troxel.“This talented and inspiring celebrity group will not only help Toyota share the story of this long-running charity event, but they also will feel the rush behind the wheel on the famous Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach track,” said Les Unger, Toyota national motorsports manager. “The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race thrills both the participants and the crowds while giving back to kids in our communities through donations to Children’s Hospital of Orange County and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.”Rounding out the field is Glenn Faber, partner and general manager of Los Angeles area Keyes Toyota, as well as two charity auction winners: Dave Pasant, a retired insurance executive, and Carter Lay, philanthropist and LAY’S chips heir.The Toyota Pro/Celebrity race is one of the longest-running, corporate sponsored events of its kind. Since 1991, Toyota has donated more than $2 million to the Racing for Kids organization, on behalf of this race and its participants. In addition to Toyota’s contributions, a $15,000 donation will be made in conjunction with the 16th annual “People Pole Award.” Sponsored by People magazine, the award honors the pole-position winner of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race qualifying session on April 19.To learn more about the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, visit www.toyotaracing.com/series/toyota-pro-celebrity.html.last_img read more

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Jilly Cooper Wants To End Experiments On Cats And Dogs

first_imgOne of Britain’s most beloved authors, Jilly Cooper, has posed with one of her two pet greyhounds in support of Our Best Friends, a BUAV campaign calling on the Government to end the use of dogs and cats in experiments.Jilly Cooper supporting the BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaignCredit/Copyright: Judy ZatonskiJilly said: “My two greyhounds truly are my best friends and I adore sharing my home with them and enjoy our adventures together. It is utterly appalling to hear about the high numbers of dogs still used in experiments in the UK who never experience the love of a family or the joy of playing in a park. I am supporting the BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaign to call on the UK government to ban this hideous experimentation on dogs and cats and I urge you please to do the same.”In 2012, 3,214 dogs and puppies suffered in 4,843 tests in Great Britain. This is a 6% increase in the number of dogs used compared to the previous year (2,865 in 2011), and a rise of 12% in the number of experiments carried out (4,552 in 2011).Most experiments carried out on dogs are for toxicity testing. The dogs may be injected with or force fed drugs and chemicals and then observed for signs of adverse (toxic) effects including vomiting, diarrhoea, internal bleeding and organ damage, seizures, paralysis – even death. They are killed at the end of the experiment.The BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, said: “Over 11 million families in the UK share their home with either a dog, or a cat yet these much loved animals are still being used in cruel and unnecessary tests. We thank Jilly for her support and urge the public to join our campaign to end these experiments. Please sign our petition today and help us consign this cruelty to history.”Other celebrities who have backed the campaign include Ricky Gervais, Kimberly Wyatt, Helen Skelton, Dave Spikey, Wendy Turner Webster and Chris Packham.last_img read more

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Soledad OBrien To Be Honored With Civil Rights Award

first_imgAward-winning broadcast journalist, executive producer, advocate and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien will be awarded the Dorothy I. Height Award at the YWCA USA Annual Conference on Thursday, June 12, 2014 in Washington, D.C. at the Grand Hyatt Washington.This award is presented to an individual who has had a national impact in the field of racial justice in the United States. Honorees are selected based on criteria that reflect Dr. Dorothy I. Height’s significant civil rights contributions: service in a leadership role, commitment to racial equity and a high standard of courage, integrity and steadfastness in support of the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women.“For more than two decades, Soledad O’Brien has brought issues of racial justice to the forefront, and right into our living rooms,” said YWCA USA CEO Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D. “From her coverage of major news stories, like Hurricane Katrina and the crisis in Haiti, to her examination of what it means to be black and Latino in America. Through her professional commitment to racial justice, and her personal mission to help disadvantaged young women across the country get a college education, Soledad O’Brien exemplifies the life and work of civil rights pioneer Dorothy Height, and we are honored that she will join us at the 2014 YWCA Annual Conference.”“I am humbled to receive an award named for civil rights icon Dr. Dorothy Height, who spoke out on issues of race, class and gender, and devoted her life to furthering justice and freedom for not only women, but for people of all races and gender,” said Soledad O’Brien. “Journalism provided me with a national platform to talk about racial issues, to ask the tough questions and have those uncomfortable conversations, and I am committed to continuing that dialogue.”Soledad O’Brien is a dedicated philanthropist and advocate in the fields of racial justice. Over the past decade, she was at the forefront of the biggest news stories, and she was the originator of the critically acclaimed documentary series on race, Black in America and Latino in America. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, O’Brien co-founded with her husband Brad Raymond “The Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation,” which awards scholarships to 25 disadvantaged young women to attend college.The Dorothy I. Height Award is presented as part of the annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, which celebrate women from across the United States who have demonstrated excellence, leadership, and integrity in their fields and in their communities, serving as role models for other successful women. For more than 150 years, the YWCA has honored leaders whose work has truly made an impact on women’s empowerment and racial justice. In addition to the Dorothy I. Height award, the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards include honorees for contributions in four key areas of public life: Corporate Social Responsibility, Military/Veterans Affairs, Philanthropy and Policy, and Civic Engagement. Previous honorees at the Women of Distinction Awards gala include former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, actress and activist Eva Longoria, philanthropist Patty Stonesifer, Sharon Love, co-founder of One Love Foundation, and Allstate Insurance Co.last_img read more

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March Of Dimes Launches New Campaign To Fight Birth Defects And Premature

first_imgGive them tomorrow, a new nationwide campaign uniting the March Of Dimes, corporations, organizations, and individuals that launches today, seeks to generate awareness and funding to fight birth defects and premature birth, the #1 killer of babies in the United States.Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke Hernandez, a celebrity ambassador for the March of Dimes, is taking part in Give them tomorrow.“As a premature baby myself, my family faced many challenges in ensuring that I had a healthy start at life. There are so many obstacles for these babies and their families that each new day is a milestone,” Ally says. “I’m working with the March of Dimes to help make sure more babies have the chance of tomorrow.”Beginning this fall, Give them tomorrow will encourage supporters and consumers nationwide to take an action to help give a fighting chance for every baby, such as sending a message of hope to a family of a baby in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU), which the March of Dimes will hand-deliver; sharing your baby’s first milestones at #babysfirst with our social community; learning about prematurity research that saves babies’ lives; and engaging with the annual World Prematurity Day on November 17. The March of Dimes has set a goal to generate a minimum of 380,000 actions to save babies’ lives through the website, marchofdimes.org/tomorrow, to symbolize the number of babies born too soon in the U.S. each year.Premature birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) is the #1 killer of babies. Even babies born just a few weeks too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk for lifelong disabilities including breathing problems, vision loss, cerebral palsy, and intellectual delays.In the United States, about 380,000 babies are born too soon each year – that’s 1 in 10. The premature birth rate in our country is higher than that in most other high-resource nations.The March of Dimes is setting the gold standard at our nationwide network of five Prematurity Research Centers, where about 200 of the brightest minds are collaborating to create major breakthroughs in prematurity. By working together, March of Dimes-funded scientists and researchers are finding answers to the unknown causes of premature birth.Give them tomorrow is supported by corporate partners who are committed to saving babies’ lives. Partners in 2016 include Mud Pie, Philips Avent, Famous Footwear, ALEX AND ANI, ALDI, Bon-Ton, and Anthem Foundation. More information about these partnerships and how to get involved can be found at www.marchofdimes.org/tomorrow.The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.last_img read more

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Jamie Foxx To Headline Autism Speaks Gala

first_imgGrammy and Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx will headline the Autism Speaks “Into the Blue” gala on October 4th at the Beverly Hills Hotel.The star-studded evening will feature celebrity ‘blue’ carpet arrivals, a cocktail reception with music by DJ Irie, an exclusive celebrity fashion experience, and a four-course dinner. “Into the Blue” raises funds to support the mission of Autism Speaks, the research and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of children, adults and families affected by autism.This year’s honoree is Jeff Apploff, Founder of Apploff Entertainment and Executive Producer and Creator of hit game shows such as “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!” and “Beat Shazam,” the mega-hit hosted by Foxx and deejayed by his daughter, Corinne Foxx. Apploff is a longtime supporter of Autism Speaks.“We appreciate Jeff’s dedication and tireless efforts to raise funds that help us meet the diverse needs of the autism community in California and throughout the country,” said Autism Speaks President and CEO Angela Geiger. “And we’re so grateful to Jamie Foxx, whose performance is sure to make the evening even more memorable.”Past gala honorees have included the Stephen Stills Family, FX’s COO Chuck Saftler, ABC’s “The Good Doctor,” Hollywood talent manager and producer Steven Grossman, and City National Bank’s SVP Harry Topping, Jr. among others. Previous celebrity and VIP performers have included Dave Grohl, Freddie Highmore, Sarah McLachlan, Pink, Conan O’Brien, Diane Kruger, Molly Sims, Raphael Saadiq, J.K. Simmons, Rick Springfield, Nikki Reed, Maria Menounos and Cirque de Soleil, among others.“Into the Blue” tickets, sponsorship opportunities and additional information are available here.The CDC estimates that 1 in 59 children is on the autism spectrum. Since 2012, Autism Speaks has provided more than 18 million people with programs and resources such as the Autism Treatment Network, which includes Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at UC Irvine. Autism Speaks also provides free tool kits to help manage a wide range of challenges, at every stage of life.last_img read more

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Toronto music venue Hughs Room shuts its doors

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “I’m basically insolvent and I’m going to be taking the next few days to figure out what my options are,” said Carson when reached by the Star.“I have not filed for bankruptcy. I would like to figure out a way to continue. I don’t know if that’s going to be possible, so I just need a few days. Right now, I don’t feel it’s fair to go on in the dire current situation that we’re in.” Carson says the business has “been a struggle for years.”“It’s difficult and I’ve got two tough businesses — a restaurant and a music venue,” he said. “Up until this last Friday, I’ve been able to sort through it and do what I can to continue on. But it really was on Friday where I called the line. I can’t continue until I can answer some questions.”center_img Advertisement One of Toronto’s most beloved music venues closed its doors over the weekend, potentially for good.Hugh’s Room, a 200-person capacity club and restaurant on Dundas St. W. that was known as Toronto’s “ best listening room” and as a hub for roots musicians both local and international was shuttered Friday — hours before a local James Taylor tribute was to take the stage.Venue owner Richard Carson says he had no choice but to make the difficult decision to put his 16-year-old business on hold, cancelling a week’s worth of shows immediately and putting the venue’s remaining future shows in jeopardy. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Cinema Spectacular in Vancouver

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Vancouver, BC – Billed as An All Canadian Motion Picture Variety Show, Cinema Spectacular has been carving out a reputation as a compelling and unique event with a stellar line up of shorts, live music, and mingling galore in the Vancity Theatre atrium. Meeting with founder Laurel Brown in her airy Mt. Pleasant kitchen, her zest for filmmaking is palpable as we sip coffee in kitschy cups. After graduating the film program at SFU and struggling to get her own films made and into festivals, she started looking for other options. In 2014, she decided it was time to showcase indie shorts from outside the mainstream festival circuit, invited fellow filmmakers to submit their work and booked the VIFF theatre on Seymour in the heart of the city. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Julian Fantino new Conservative candidate

first_imgAPTN National NewsTYENDINAGA, Ont.–Few people know the former head of the OPP and the Conservative Party’s newest candidate Julian Fantino like Mohawk activist Shawn Brant.Fantino announced Tuesday that he would be running in an upcoming by-election for the Toronto-area riding of Vaughan.“If the good society of Canada decides to put Fantino in, those are consequences that they will have to bear,” said Brant. “We should only hope that this government doesn’t place him in charge of Aboriginal affairs… I don’t think his running for office will serve the people of Canada or their values and principles.”Brant and Fantino squared off several times over the past decade.Their first interaction came shortly after attacks of Sept. 11 when Brant was an activist with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty in Toronto and Fantino was police chief of Toronto.Brant was asked to respond to a letter from Fantino who had requested that poverty activists end their campaign against Ontario’s Mike Harris’ government in light of the terror attacks in New York City and Washington DC.“I said the circumstances of First Nations people were not affected by what happened on Sept. 11 and that plans would be continuing as they were,” said Brant. “I penned that letter in 2001 and that was the start of Fantino’s campaign against not only us, but First Nations people as well.”Their most intense confrontation, however, came on June 29, 2007, the first National Day of Action.Brant and several Mohawks had blockaded Canada’s busiest thoroughfare, Hwy. 401, along with a secondary highway and a main railway.Fantino’s OPP were preparing to raid the Mohawk positions if the blockades didn’t come down.Transcripts of Fantino and Brant’s telephone conversation during the early morning hours of June 29 have since been made public. They offered a rare, unvarnished glimpse of the former OPP commissioner in action.“(Fantino) doesn’t have any regard or consideration for Aboriginal people,” said Brant. “I think that became clearly apparent and evident in the nature of the conversation I had with him.”During the conversation, Fantino threatened to “destroy Brant” and warned him that “your world’s going to come crashing down.”Brant said Fantino was threatening him with death. A threat also issued to Brant’s brother.“He said to a family member, my brother, that the next time he would see me would be in a morgue,” said Brant. “That’s who he is and I don’t think that he will serve the vast majority of the Canadian public well.”The Vaughan riding was vacated when former Liberal MP Maurizio Bevilacqua gave up his seat to run for mayor of Vaughan.last_img read more

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Report on Aboriginal peoples overpopulating prisons a wakeup call Critics

first_imgAPTN National NewsReaction to the long-awaited report on the representation of Aboriginal peoples in the federal prison system came quick and not surprising condemned the federal government.National Inuit leader Terry Audla called Howard Sapers’ report a wake-up call for those on Parliament Hill.“The problem of the increasing number of Inuit in our prison systems must be managed better and I call on the federal government to take immediate action,” said Audla.But it’s a wake-up call on old, long-standing issues.“Many of these alarming issues have been raised years ago,” he said. “This report makes it clear that the status quo isn’t working and the federal government must engage directly with the Inuit to put in place support for those Inuit who are incarcerated.”Sapers found there’s been a 23 per cent increase in the number of Aboriginal peoples in the federal prison system in the last five years.In comparison, Aboriginal peoples make up four per cent of Canada’s population.The report “confirms the staggeringly disproportionate number of Aboriginal peoples filling our prisons, and the reality that this trend is intensifying at a rapid rate,” said Francis Scarpaleggia, the Liberal public safety critic. “In fact, under the (Stephen) Harper Conservatives’ failed crime agenda, the Aboriginal inmate population has increased by a shocking 43.5 per cent, compared to only a 9.6 per cent increase in non-Aboriginal inmates.”This independent report comes on the heels of another report last week which pointed to racism and systemic discrimination in the Ontario justice system by Justice Frank Iacobucci.“There is a crisis for First Nations people, their families and communities in Canada’s justice system and prisons,” said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. “With a near 40 percent increase in the incarcerated population of our people in the last decade, it’s time for urgent, substantive and meaningful change.”Atleo said more investments have to be made in early childhood, elementary and secondary education, as well as, skills training.Reports aren’t new when it comes to Aboriginal peoples. There’s been many, but as Atleo pointed out no one seems to do anything with them.That includes a report by the Canadian Human Rights Commission in 2003 on women in the correctional system.Nothing has really changed said David Langtry, acting chief commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.“We are still seeing a disproportionate number of Aboriginal women in solitary confinement, which creates barriers to access to rehabilitation programs,” said Langtry. “As a result, Aboriginal women in corrections do not get paroled early if at all. Not only are they over-represented, they are serving more time. These facts were confirmed by the Correctional Investigator today.”Sapers’ found one out of three federal female inmates are Aboriginal.“Female offenders are the most vulnerable inmates. They are twice as likely as male offenders to have a significant mental health diagnosis at time of admission, and they are far more likely than males to self-harm in prison,” said Langtry.Liberal Aboriginal Affairs critic Carolyn Bennett also pinned blame on Harper and the Conservative party.“This Conservative government’s reckless policies have exacerbated this glaring overrepresentation-rooted in long-standing social and economic factors, as well as systemic discrimination faced by Aboriginal peoples in our justice system,” said Bennett. “Unfortunately it will continue to worsen given the lack of funding for education and social services on reserves. As National Chief Atleo has counseled, when you open the door to a school, you close the door to a jail cell.”last_img read more

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