In the news today May 10

first_imgFive stories in the news for Thursday, May 10———VAN ATTACK ACCUSED DUE IN COURTThe man accused of killing 10 people and injuring 16 others in a van attack in Toronto last month is set to appear in court today, where it’s expected he’ll be charged with three new attempted murder charges. Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ont., allegedly drove a rental van down a busy sidewalk on April 23. He is already charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.———G7 SECURITY BOLSTERED BY 3,000 OFFICERS, DOGSWhen G7 leaders gather in Quebec for their summit next month, they’ll be guarded by some 3,000 police officers and dozens of police dogs being flown in from across the country. The federal government plans to spend more than $2.2 million on the airlift. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his fellow G7 leaders will meet June 8-9 inside a high security zone in the town of La Malbaie.———MIXED RESULTS IN ROUND 2 OF ALERT TESTSMobile phones in Atlantic Canada buzzed and squealed as more tests were conducted on Canada’s new emergency alert system, but glitches appeared to continue in Western Canada, where some wireless subscribers got the test signals and others did not. The operators of the system said they were learning from the failed tests earlier this week in Ontario and Quebec, although they still could not say what caused problems in Ontario on Monday.———JAMES COMEY TO SPEAK IN TORONTOFormer U.S. FBI director James Comey visits Toronto today. Among other things, Comey will discuss his book, “A Higher Loyalty,” at an event called Leaders and Icons. Comey will be interviewed by Canadian business executive Heather Reisman at today’s event. U.S. President Trump fired Comey last May, an act now under investigation for possible obstruction of justice.———WINNIPEG JETS SET FOR GAME 7A nervous day lies ahead for fans of the Winnipeg Jets. The team is in Nashville to face the Predators tonight in the seventh and deciding game of their NHL Western semifinal. The loser goes home and the winner will move on to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Conference final. Winnipeg had a chance to clinch in Monday’s Game 6, but fell 4-0 on home ice to send the series back to Nashville.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada will release the new housing price index for March.— A Commons committee will hear witnesses on the breach of personal data involving Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.— Gov. Gen. Julie Payette will invest 45 recipients into the Order of Canada during a ceremony in Ottawa.— The National March for Life demonstration will be held in Ottawa.last_img read more

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BC heading to court in Alberta to stop fuel restriction law may

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia is preparing to file a lawsuit as early as next week to have Alberta’s new fuel restriction law declared unconstitutional.Attorney General David Eby says B.C. will file its lawsuit in the Court of Queen’s Bench in Alberta.He says B.C. will apply for an injunction and seek damages if Alberta uses the new law to restrict fuel flows to the West Coast.The Alberta government is expected to pass its Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act as early as today.Kathleen Ganley, Alberta’s justice minister and solicitor general, says in a letter to Eby that Bill 12 protects Alberta’s economic interests and those of all Canadians.The legal dispute between Alberta and B.C. is part of an ongoing and escalating national feud over the $7.4 billion Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion project from northern Alberta to Burnaby, B.C.last_img read more

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Sea Lion drags little girl into water at Vancouver area wharf

first_imgVANCOUVER – The man who shot heart stopping video of a sea lion snatching a little girl off a Vancouver-area wharf says at first he froze.“I was just in shock. I didn’t know what to do at first,” Michael Fujiwara said a day after he shot the video on Saturday that shows the sea lion lunge up, grab the little girl’s white dress and pull her down into the water at the Steveston Wharf in Richmond, B.C.The terrifying video that Fujiwara posted online shows a man immediately leaping into the water, scooping up the child and hauling her to safety.Fujiwara, 23, said he believes the man is the girl’s grandfather, and he grabbed both of their hands to help pull them back up to the dock.“I was just panicking, actually. I’ve never seen anything like that before. I just didn’t know how to react,” said Fujiwara who was having coffee at the wharf when he decided to pull his phone out to take some video of the sea lion swimming by the wharf moments before it snatched the girl.“Everyone just thought it was super friendly and all, but seconds later the girl decided to sit on the side of the dock and that’s when the sea lion decided to jump out and drag her into the water,” Fujiwara said.The family was visibly shaken by the incident, Fujiwara added, and immediately left the area.Fujiwara posted the video online Saturday and by Sunday afternoon, the video had been viewed more than 2.6 million times on YouTube, and shared more than 700 times on Twitter.Bob Baziuk, general manager of the Steveston Harbour Authority, said watching the video made his stomach turn.“It’s an unfortunate incident, first and foremost. I hope the little girl’s okay,” he said. “But we’ve been trying to get that message out for years and years — don’t feed the animals. You’re just asking for trouble when you do that.”California sea lions often visit the area on their migratory cycle, hoping for handouts from fisherman, but signs are posted warning people not to feed any of the animals, Baziuk said.“It’s kind of staggering and it’s a really unfortunate incident. But it happened and now that video is the poster child for why you don’t (feed the sea lions),” he said.Danielle Hyson, a senior marine mammal trainer at the Vancouver Aquarium, said there has been an uptick in people feeding wildlife around the Vancouver area, from bears to birds. That behaviour leads to an increased number of dangerous close encounters.“The more and more we feed wild animals, the more and more we’re putting our selves at risk for those situations,” she said.Hyson said Fujiwara’s video appears to show the sea lion getting increasingly frustrated as the feeding stops.“You saw him kind of initially lunge out of the water and give a little huff. That’s what we would call an aggressive precursor,” she explained. “So he’s letting the people know that he’s starting to get frustrated. And in that situation, the people should have backed off right away.”Frustration can lead to aggression, Hyson added, noting that male California sea lions are powerful animals that can weigh more than 200 kilograms.Despite their power, the marine mammals have big eyes and whiskers that can tug on human heart strings.“They look cute and I know people have a natural fascination with them. They look like they’re water dogs but they absolutely are not,” Hyson said.The trainer said she’s also concerned about the little girl’s health after watching the video. If the child suffered any sort of puncture or broken skin, she could be at risk of an infection that doctors could find difficult to treat.“Seals and sea lions can carry some pretty nasty bacteria in their mouth,” Hyson said.The Vancouver Aquarium is encouraging the family to get in touch for more information on how to handle a possible infection.last_img read more

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Five stories in the news for today Aug 16

first_imgFive stories in the news for Wednesday, Aug. 16———NAFTA RENEGOTIATION TALKS BEGIN TODAYCanada’s lead minister for the renegotiation of NAFTA has arrived in Washington for the first round of talks, which get underway today. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland exchanged pleasantries and a hug with her Mexican counterpart after touching down Tuesday. A day earlier, she announced some of Canada’s priorities for the talks, which included so-called Buy American rules for public contracts and freer movement of professionals.———ALBERTA MLA RESIGNS FROM UCP CAUCUSA member of Alberta’s new United Conservative Party has resigned from caucus amid controversy over his conduct. Derek Fildebrandt says media controversy over what he calls honest mistakes is distracting from the work of the party, and its leadership race. Last week, it was revealed that Fildebrandt has been renting his taxpayer-funded apartment out through Airbnb. This week it was reported he double-billed the government for some meals and was charged last year with leaving the scene of an accident in Edmonton.———CONFEDERATE PLAQUE REMOVED FROM MONTREAL BUILDINGA commemorative plaque honouring a former president of the Confederate States of America has been removed from a Hudson’s Bay Co. building in downtown Montreal. Spokeswoman Tiffany Bourre told The Canadian Press in an email the plaque of Jefferson Davis, who was president of the Confederate states during the Civil War, was taken down Tuesday evening. A statue of Davis was removed in Louisiana last May. The Montreal plaque had been there since 1957 and was supplied by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a non-profit organization dedicated to “honouring the memory of its Confederate ancestors.”———HALIFAX GATHERING PROTESTS WHITE SUPREMACYMore than 100 people rallied at the statue of Halifax’s controversial founder to show solidarity with the victims of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Va. Speakers at Tuesday evening’s protest criticized the rise of the white supremacist movement in the United States and recalled racism’s role in Canadian history. Mi’kmaq groups have long argued the bronze statue of Edward Cornwallis should be taken down. Cornwallis, as governor of Nova Scotia, founded Halifax in 1749 and soon after issued a bounty on Mi’kmaq scalps in response to an attack on colonists.———LUCKY CARROT — WOMAN PULLS LOST RING FROM GARDENA woman who lost her engagement ring 13 years ago while weeding her garden on the family farm is wearing it proudly again after her daughter-in-law pulled it from the ground on a misshapen carrot. Mary Grams, 84, said she can’t believe the lucky carrot actually grew through and around the diamond ring she had long given up hope of ever finding again. Colleen Daley found the ring while harvesting carrots for supper with her dog Billy at the farm near Armena, Alta., where Grams used to live. The farm has been in the family for 105 years.last_img read more

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University of Toronto researchers contribute to work done by Nobel Physics Prize

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario researchers were part of the large team that contributed to the work done by three U.S.-based professors who were awarded the Nobel Physics Prize for their detection of gravitational waves, a theory first put forward by Albert Einstein more than 100 years ago.The three scientists won the prize on Tuesday for detecting the faint ripples flying through the universe.University of Toronto astrophysics professor Harald Pfeiffer and several students helped the team discover that the collision of two black holes caused the waves.“It’s great to be part of a team doing such good research,” Pfeiffer said in a telephone interview from his family home in Germany.Pfeiffer and his team were among about 1,000 scientists in more than 20 countries who collaborated on the project that was about 50 years in the making.The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences that awards Nobel Prizes said the detection of the waves promises a revolution in astrophysics.Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Barry Barish and Kip Thorne of the California Institute of Technology won the 2017 prize for a combination of highly advanced theory and ingenious equipment design, the academy announced.Gravitational waves are “perturbations in space and time itself that travel at the speed of light,” Pfeiffer explained.These waves can be created by a variety of ways, Pfeiffer said, although the collision of two black holes or two neutron stars are “the best sources for gravitational waves.”The waves were predicted by Einstein a century ago as part of his theory of general relativity, which states that gravity is caused by heavy objects bending space-time, which itself is the four-dimensional way that astronomers see the universe.Weiss in the 1970s designed a laser-based device that would detect gravitational waves. He, Thorne and Barish “ensured that four decades of effort led to gravitational waves finally being observed,” the Nobel announcement said.The laser device, called an interferometer, must be both exquisitely precise and extremely stable.The first detection of gravitational waves involved two of the devices about 3,000 kilometres apart — in Hanford, Wash., and Livingston, La. The wave first passed the Livingston facility and 7 milliseconds later at Hanford, consistent with the speed of light.Pfeiffer said when one of these gravitational waves passes through Earth, the diameter of Earth changes by roughly the size of a proton.“It’s incredible that the detectors are actually able to measure these ridiculously small changes in length space,” he said.Pfeiffer’s contribution to the project involved computer calculations of colliding black holes. His work helped predict the waveforms the detector should be looking for, he said.Thus far, he said, the team has detected four gravitational waves, all from black holes colliding with each other.Pfeiffer says he is celebrating with his family tonight in Germany, but will get back to work tomorrow as the team hunts for more gravitational waves.— with files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Liberals not ruling out joining US on ballistic missile defence Sajjan

first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government is taking its time deciding how to protect Canada from ballistic missiles as part of a larger review of North American defences, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan revealed Wednesday.“When we look at what BMD (ballistic missile defence) is, what the threats are, we need to actually spend more time to making sure that we do get this right,” Sajjan said outside the House of Commons.The comments are the first confirmation that the Liberals have not ruled out asking the U.S. to participate in its continental missile shield, which Canada famously opted not to join after a national debate in 2005.Sajjan insisted Canada’s official position has not changed, and that ballistic missiles are only one threat being considered as the government prepares to talk to the U.S. about upgrading North American defences.“What I don’t want is people to get fixated on one thing,” he said. “When we look at North American defence, there are other threats out there that we need to make sure we have a proper system in place.”But he said the threat to Canada from ballistic missiles “is real,” and that they will be on the agenda when Canadian and U.S. officials meet to talk about upgrading the North American Aerospace Defence Command, known as Norad.“We will monitor this threat and make sure that Canadian security is protected,” Sajjan said.Hours earlier, federal Conservatives called on the government to start immediate talks with the U.S. about joining its ballistic-missile — something the Tories themselves refused to do during their near-decade in power.Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole explained his party’s change of heart by pointing to North Korea’s recent sabre-rattling, as well as revelations last month that official U.S. policy is to not defend Canada from a ballistic missile attack.“The last six months have been a game changer,” O’Toole said. “Accordingly, we’re urging the government to fill the one gap that exists in North American defence.”North Korea has conducted several provocative nuclear and ballistic missile tests in recent months and some fear Canada could be caught in the middle of a conflict between that country and the U.S.Those fears grew after Norad deputy commander Lt.-Gen. Pierre St-Amand revealed to a parliamentary committee last month that the official U.S. position is not to intercede in a missile attack on Canada.St-Amand acknowledged U.S. officials could ultimately intervene, but such a decision would be made “in the heat of the moment,” meaning it was not guaranteed.The U.S. actually invited Canada to join its continental missile-shield system more than a decade ago, but then-prime minister Paul Martin opted against it in 2005 following a divisive national debate.Canada has been on the sidelines ever since as the U.S. spent more than $100 billion building a series of land- and sea-based interceptors to stop the type of limited attack North Korea might launch.One of the big questions facing any discussion with the U.S. about missile defence will be how much Canada should contribute to the controversial program, whose actual effectiveness has been questioned.But Sajjan said any costs would be part of upgrading Norad and the North Warning System radar network, which together allow Canada and the U.S. monitor North America’s air and water approaches.It is only a matter of time before North Korea can directly attack North America, former national security adviser Richard Fadden warned Wednesday at a conference hosted by the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.“The discussion is academic whether they can do it today or tomorrow or next week, because they’re going to be able to do it,” said Fadden, who has advised both Harper and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Fadden lamented the lack of political discourse over whether the government plans to address the threat.“The (prime minister) and ministers have gone out of their way since the policy became public not to talk about it except to say everything is on the table, but nothing is on the table,” Fadden said.“We can do a whole variety of things. But not talking about it, it seems to me, is unhelpful.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

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SomaliCanadians left reeling after bombing in Mogadishu call for Canada to help

first_imgSomali-Canadians left reeling after a bomb blast killed hundreds in Mogadishu over the weekend are calling for Canada to offer help to those affected by the horrific attack.More than 300 people were killed and nearly 400 others were injured after a truck bomb targeted a crowded street in Somalia’s capital on Saturday. It was one of the world’s deadliest attacks in years. Somalia’s government blamed the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, though the Islamic extremist group has not claimed responsibility.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his condolences to the Somali-Canadian community and the family and friends of those who lost their lives.“The attacks in Somalia are horrifying and Canada condemns them strongly,” he said on Twitter.Jibril Ibrahim, president of the Somali Canadian Cultural Society of Edmonton, said Somalia has been devastated by the blast and Canada’s government should be offering assistance.“Our prime minister has made a statement, and I think the statement is good, but not what we need at this moment,” Ibrahim said in an interview on Monday, adding that the federal government should be helping get the wounded out of Mogadishu and into places where they can get adequate medical treatment.Global Affairs Canada said it was closely monitoring the situation.“At this time, the government of Somalia has not made any specific request of Canada,” spokeswoman Brittany Venhola-Fletcher said in an email Monday afternoon. “We will consider any such requests if received and determine an appropriate response.”Hospitals in the region have been overwhelmed, and are struggling to assist injured victims, many burned beyond recognition.More than 70 critically injured people have been airlifted to Turkey for treatment, and Somalia’s information minister said countries including Kenya and Ethiopia have offered to send medical aid.Some in the Somali-Canadian community said Ottawa needs a more active reaction to what happened.“Yes, the prime minister tweeted about the issue, but it shouldn’t stop at tweeting, it should be helping in any way,” said Mohamed Adem, another Somali community organizer. “Even if they only send one airplane filled with medicine or they offer financial help to hospitals. The next few days are critical, really.”Medical supplies provided by foreign governments in the early days could mean the difference between life and death, said Adem, noting that the death toll from the attack had been rising.“The other 200-something died after that because there’s no medical equipment there,” he said. “There’s no blood. There’s so many different things that are missing.”Venhola-Fletcher said Canada has allocated $28.75 million to address drought- and conflict-related humanitarian needs in Somalia since December 2016.“This funding has been channelled through UN agencies, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, and non-governmental organizations to help provide food, water and sanitation, treatment for acute malnutrition and other medical support, shelter, and protection to those in need,” she said.Omar Warfa, executive director of Dixon Community Services in Toronto, said news of the attack has hit many Somali-Canadians hard.“It touches me because I’m a Somali. I grew up there,” said Warfa, who has been in Canada for more than three decades but still has friends and extended family in Somalia. None of them were killed or injured in the blast.“It is quite traumatizing for the community.”— with files from the Associated Press.last_img read more

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Youth found Manitoba pot ads boring prompted changes government documents

first_imgWINNIPEG – Before going public with its cannabis awareness ad campaign, the Manitoba government turned to experts for advice — teens and young adults.Three different focus groups with participants from 16 to 24 years old were held in September.Documents obtained by The Canadian Press under freedom-of- information law show the young people found the proposed ads boring, sometimes didn’t get the intended message, and rejected a proposed slogan tied to former United States first lady Nancy Reagan.One ad features a pirate-style skull and crossbones, except the bones are made of joints. The ad originally featured the phrase “Black Market Cannabis Isn’t Worth The Risk.” Some people in the focus groups didn’t seem to understand that the implied risk was an overdose or other negative effects.“A common risk mentioned was not knowing the THC level of the marijuana purchased, but in most cases, the concern was about getting marijuana that was not strong enough, rather than purchasing marijuana that had an elevated THC level,” said a focus-group report prepared by PRA Inc. for the province.“Most participants who had purchased street drugs felt that their sources were reliable and were not concerned about their drugs being laced.”The government took some advice to heart and ended up replacing “black market cannabis” with “street cannabis.”“Participants suggested that it should be called ‘street cannabis’ because black market cannabis ‘sounded like a place where you can buy a kidney,’” the report stated.Much of the feedback was positive — the ads were described as “bland or “boring” but the informational approach was welcome. An ad warning about the dangers of impaired driving was applauded for showing how cannabis use can affect others.One ad that showed a sullen pair of eyes against a black background, accompanied by a warning about cannabis potentially leading to depression and anxiety, got a thumbs-down.“Some participants did not connect the image to the message, saying the eyes looked ‘like a sad high,’” the report said.The government ended up using “Know The Risks” as its main slogan for the ad campaign. The report said it tried other options on the focus groups, including “Just Say Know” — a play on words connected to the “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign led by Reagan in the U.S. in the 1980s.Some people in the focus groups interpreted “Just Say Know” as a “subtle message not to use cannabis as opposed to learning more about the risks,” the report states.Combined with another ad campaign, the Manitoba government has spent $450,000 on raising awareness of the potential dangers associated with cannabis use. The ads have been in online videos, posters and mailouts.last_img read more

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Ottawa Citizen says NHLs Senators refused to let reporter on charter

first_imgThe Ottawa Citizen said Friday that hockey reporter Ken Warren was denied access to the Ottawa Senators’ team charter to Tampa Bay for a weekend game against the Lightning.The development came two days after the newspaper said it would not take down a secretly recorded video of several Senators players from an Uber vehicle in Arizona despite a legal notice from the NHL team insisting that leaving it online violates provincial privacy laws.Warren, a Senators’ beat writer, had been given a travel itinerary but was told at the airport that he could not board the flight, Ottawa Citizen editor-in-chief Michelle Richardson said.“I can confirm it happened this morning,” Richardson said. “For us, it doesn’t really change our fundamentals. We’re still committed to covering the Senators, both the good and the bad. Our coverage is important to our readers and to their fans and that’s not going to change.”Depending on the market, reporters, broadcasters, photojournalists and other travelling media members sometimes fly on team charters, which can be more timely and convenient than commercial flights. The Citizen, like most outlets, pays employee transportation costs when charters are used.The Senators didn’t immediately comment when asked about the story. Warren declined comment Friday afternoon, referring questions to Richardson.“He’s still going to make it for the game,” Richardson said from Ottawa. “Just a little bit of a delay.”Earlier this week, the newspaper flatly rejected a legal notice from the NHL team, saying a video shot surreptitiously by an Uber driver was circulating on social media when the paper decided to report on it.In the video, seven players can be seen ridiculing Senators assistant coach Martin Raymond and scornfully discussing the team’s penalty-killing performance. The video was shot without the players’ knowledge by the driver of the Uber vehicle they were riding in while on the road in Phoenix.The video shared by the Citizen also appeared on websites of other publications owned by Postmedia Network Inc., the paper’s parent company. The players later apologized for their remarks.“We’re committed to being fair and accurate,” Richardson said. “We’re committed to giving everybody a chance to respond and to being really impartial in our coverage. Our duty is to report on the facts as we know them and that doesn’t change.”An Uber spokesperson said the recording was a “clear violation” of the company’s community guidelines, adding that Uber had helped to have the video taken down from YouTube.The Senators nearly reached the Stanley Cup final in 2017 but have dealt with a string of problems on and off the ice since. Ottawa has a 6-7-3 record this season.———With files from Canadian Press reporter Michelle McQuigge. Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter.last_img read more

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Public safety minister says floods teaching governments expensive lessons

first_imgREGINA — Canada’s public safety minister says flooding is teaching all levels of government some expensive lessons.Ralph Goodale says climate change means annual flooding that damages homes isn’t going away and it is only going to get worse.Goodale made the comments as several communities across New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario are struggling with rivers that have spilled their banks, and there is more heavy rain in the forecast.Goodale says in Quebec, 3,150 residences have been flooded, 1,111 people are out of their homes and 12 municipalities have declared emergencies.In New Brunswick, Goodale says 140 roads have been flooded, 290 people are out of their homes and downtown Fredericton is closed, while in Ontario, the City of Ottawa and several other municipalities have declared emergencies.Goodale says more than 1,000 soldiers are helping with the flood fight in Quebec, 310 are in New Brunswick and about 400 are being deployed in Ontario.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Bruce Willis Motorcycles Raise 25000 For Charity

first_imgA year-long online motorcycle auction has raised nearly $25,000 — monies that will go toward furthering the Boot Campaign’s dedication to cultivating awareness, promoting patriotism, and providing assistance to military, past and present, and their families.The auction was made possible by a generous donation from actor Bruce Willis. In 2012, the Boot Campaign was blown away when it received news that Bruce Willis would be donating five motorcycles from his garage to use as a fundraiser for the national nonprofit organization.Hosted on the website, Charity Buzz, the auction featured these five bikes from Willis’ personal collection:1972 Harley Davidson Ironhead Sportster 
1956 Cushman Eagle 
1988 Yamaha TW 
1991 Yamaha XT 350 
2005 Ducati 1000DSBorn on a military base in Germany, Bruce Willis has a long-standing commitment to supporting U.S. Armed Forces. “I wanted to use my bikes in a way that would benefit our military service members, and I am thankful to have found the Boot Campaign as the catalyst for using my bikes in a way that will give back to our country’s true heroes,” said Bruce Willis. “These bikes have been a lot of fun to ride, and my hope is they can do a lot of good for our veterans.”The Boot Campaign would like to thank San Diego Harley Davidson, Hog Alley and ML Transports for their dedication to making each bike ready for auction and ensure its safe arrival at the homes of each auction winner.The Boot Campaign is a national 501c3 nonprofit that is dedicated to showing tangible appreciation of our active military, raising awareness of the challenges they face upon return and supporting their transition home. The Boot Campaign cultivates awareness, promotes patriotism, and provides assistance to military, past and present, and their families. Through the sale of its signature military combat boots, general public donations, and corporate sponsorship, the Boot Campaign operates five distinct initiatives – Jobs, Housing, Wellness, Urgent Assistance and Family Support – that are caring for military personnel, past and present, healing from a variety of physical and emotional combat wounds, embodying the campaign motto that, “When They Come Back, We Give Back.”Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

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Authors Launch Tiny Stories For UNICEF

first_imgOver 200 prominent writers – including Chimamanda Adichie, Paulo Coelho, Christina Lamb and Nuruddin Farah – have joined a global literary campaign this week, penning ‘tiny stories’ of around seven lines each to highlight Universal Children’s Day and the injustice so many of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged children still face. The short story series kicks off UNICEF’s commemoration of its 70th year working to bring help and hope to every child.The short stories will be shared by some of the world’s most celebrated writers with their own social media audiences. The First Lady of Finland, Jenni Haukio, introduced the concept, which gained global momentum with writers joining from Asia, Africa, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Australia.“As writers we are able to advocate through the simplicity of storytelling. With this worthy and necessary campaign, we advocate for the protection of the rights of precious children all over the world,” said celebrated Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie.The group of writers, whose genres range from fairy tales to fiction, include one the world’s youngest published authors, seven-year-old South African, Michelle Nkamankeng. Written in over 10 languages and varying in style, all stories illustrate that the rights of many children are still neglected.The campaign comes at a time when there are increasing threats to child rights. Over 50 million children have been uprooted from their homes due to conflict, poverty and climate change and millions more are facing unspeakable violence in their communities. Around 263 million children are out of school and last year nearly six million children under five died from mostly preventable diseases.“It is shocking to see that the lives of many children are still so heavily impacted by the horror of conflict, inequality, poverty and discrimination. I hope these Tiny Stories can remind the world that we must sustain our commitment to all of these children whose lives and futures are at stake,” said Paloma Escudero, UNICEF Spokesperson.Chimamanda Adichie used her ‘Tiny Story’ to launch the series today, which will run until November 20 – the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.To read the stories, click here.last_img read more

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SCARBOROUGH ACTOR STEPHAN JAMES ON CREATING A BLUEPRINT FOR ACTORS OF COLOUR

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Somewhere across the Greater Toronto Area today, a young kid will be reading this success story about Scarborough-born actor Stephan James, finding inspiration and wishing they could follow in his footsteps.That’s how James, 25, felt growing up on Scarborough’s Bay Mills Blvd., dreaming of a Hollywood film and television career that is now at full throttle for him on screens big and small. He’s the male lead in Barry Jenkins’ newly opened and Oscar-tipped If Beale Street Could Talk and he co-stars opposite Julia Roberts in the hit Amazon series Homecoming, for which he’s Golden Globe-nominated for Best Actor in a TV Drama.If Beale Street Could Talk is one of three films by Black directors garnering major awards buzz — the others being Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman and Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, which have also had the effect of creating leading roles for Black actors. Back when James was a kid, this son of Jamaican immigrants didn’t have an abundance of Black role models to follow in the movie industry, especially Canadian ones. He’s happy to see the situation changing and delighted that he’s considered part of this positive development — although he cautions that there’s still much more work to be done.“How crazy is that?” a smiling James said in an interview while visiting family in Toronto for Christmas.“Even if it’s just one kid (who views him as a role model), because where I come from, it’s not typical for kids to have these sorts of dreams. It’s hard to conceptualize the idea when you don’t have any tangible example of it. But to know that you’re a part of creating a blueprint for something that could potentially live for a very long time, it just feels like a special, special thing, and it’s a responsibility that I take pretty seriously.” Login/Register With: Facebookcenter_img Stephan James, star of the new movie If Beale Street Could Talk, in Toronto on Dec. 20. The Scarborough-born actor spoke to the Star’s Peter Howell about taking roles highlighting racial injustice and his responsibility as a role model. (ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE / TORONTO STAR) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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HOW KEANU REEVES PREPARED FOR JOHN WICK 3

first_imgThe subtitle of the third John Wick movie is Parabellum which translates to “prepare for war” from Latin. That translation is appropriate for what the excommunicated assassin will likely be going through given where the last movie left off, but it could also apply to how the franchise’s star Keanu Reeves trains for the role. Beginning with the first John Wick movie Reeves has taken his physical and tactical preparation deathly serious.Before each installment Reeves, 54, spends days on the gun range being put through drills by Navy SEALs and rehearsing stunts with the legendary crew from 87eleven Action Design. Then during the shoots he will be thrown through windows, taking falls, and riding horseback through city streets, for example. Advertisement John Wick / Keanu Reeves ~ Courtesy Of Lionsgate Facebook This level of physical intensity would be difficult for a man half Reeves’ age, which where Patrick Murphy comes in. The Los Angeles native not only a physical trainer, but also a movement specialist able to think about these projects holistically, making sure that the actor is still able to walk when director Chad Stahelski calls wrap.“Keanu is an animal,” says Murphy. “I never have to convince him to do another rep. But our workouts are designed to make him feel good and strong, not destroy him. Because he is getting so beat up during the shoot as it is.”John Wick / Keanu Reeves ~ Courtesy Of LionsgateIn order to get Keanu’s body where it needed to be Murphy programmed huge circuits with a large volume of reps and minimal rest. There was also a wide range in the variety of exercises to match how dynamic the character of John Wick is as a physical force, being about to get as hard as he gives.“John Wick needs crazy endurance, a powerful core, and grip strength,” says Murphy. “I spent a lot of time dreaming up different combinations and pairings of exercises.” There was also special attention paid to the shoulders, which got a lot of use during the jiu jitsu, gun-fu, Judo, wrestling, and other stunts.“I pay a lot of attention to the lines that the body naturally wants to make,” says Murphy. “That is what I am doing with Keanu, working to encourage proper posture and alignment, which in the end gives him better leverage and strength.” These adjustments, along with recovery methods like massage and acupuncture, allowed Reeves to survive the shoots, while Murphy admits just barely.“I am always blown away by his level of commitment,” Murphy says. “There are no quick edits to save him, he is stunt fighting with dozens of guys at a time, and really selling it. By the end of filming he is almost as battered and bruised as the character he is playing. There is the heart of a warrior in there.”Here is a shoulder workout from Murphy that will get you strong enough to Judo throw bad guys over your back.A Look Inside Keanu Reeves’ Training For John Wick 3By Patrick MurphySome Rules of Engagement:Keep the back of your head aligned with your spine, avoid forward head or head down.Keep shoulders down; avoid elevation and shruggingKeep core tight.Shoulder CircuitPerform 3 rounds of this circuit with perfect form and no rest periods.Band External Rotations: 20 reps (each arm)Band Reverse Fly With Scapular Retraction: 20 repsBand Lateral Raises: 20 repsBrand Front Raises: 20 repsBand Presses: 20 repsPush-Up Bridge Alternating Hand Taps: 20 repsFloor Prone Handcuff Drill: 20 repsJohn Wick 3 hits theaters May 17th, 2019. Check out training programs from Patrick Murphy HEREBy Charles Thorp ~ Men’s Journal Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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EVENTBRITE REFUNDS TICKETS TO ROXODUS ABRUPTLY CANCELLED MUSIC FESTIVAL

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Acts such as Aerosmith, Alice Cooper and Lynyrd Skynyrd had been set to perform.Eventbrite says it will “continue to aggressively pursue the return of funds from the festival’s creators,” but that the company believed fans deserve their money back now.Roxodus wristbands began arriving in festivalgoers’ mailboxes last month and included tap payment technology built into them.Organizers urged people to load money onto their accounts, saying the event would be cashless.A spokeswoman for Eventbrite says those wristbands were fulfilled by Intellitix, which is also issuing refunds.Representatives for event organizer MF Live did not immediately respond to emails.The Canadian Press Twitter TORONTO — The online retailer that sold passes to Roxodus says it is refunding ticketholders after the music festival was cancelled a week before it was set to get underway.Eventbrite says it is making the refunds after trying and failing to get a hold of the event’s organizers.Roxodus was supposed to begin in Clearview, Ont., on July 11, but organizers recently announced that they were cancelling the event because “tremendously rainy weather” made it difficult to ready the grounds. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Oxford House students still without school

first_imgAPTN National NewsStudents in a northern Manitoba community will be forced to wait another two months before they can go back to their school building.The school in Oxford House, which sits approximately 950 kilometres north of Winnipeg, has been shut for a year due to mould.The current school building does not have enough classrooms to allow the 400 students to attend classes regularly.A spokeswoman for Indian Affairs said more money will be committed to fix the problem.Last September, band members staged a protest at the Indian Affairs office in Winniepg.last_img

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Storm hit Mikmaq community contemplates higher ground

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Mi’kmaq community in northern New Brunswick is still recovering after a storm surge ripped through the reserve in December.The Eel River Bar First Nation will be receiving emergency money from the federal government to repair some of the damage to homes caused by flooding and gale-force winds.As APTN National News reporter James Hopkin found, the latest surge has some people contemplating a move to higher ground.last_img

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Carsons alleged Top Secret access troubling NDP MP

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Conservatives need to come clean on whether Bruce Carson had access to Top Secret information on the Afghanistan war, says NDP MP Paul Dewar.“We need to know what he knew and who he shared the info with,” said Dewar. “Now that we know he was in the inner circle when it came to the Afghan file.”The Toronto Star reported this week that Carson was involved with the Afghanistan file and had access to Top Secret information. Carson only had a lower echelon, Secret-level security clearance.Prime Minister Stephen Harper has faced question over how Carson managed to work in the Prime Minister’s Office when he had five criminal convictions and faced two bankruptcies.Carson is currently facing an RCMP investigation. The PMO asked the RCMP to investigate Carson after a meeting with APTN reporters.APTN was investigating Carson’s involvement with Ottawa-based water company seeking to sell water filtration systems to First Nations communities.The water company had a financial arrangement with Carson’s fiancee, a former escort.last_img read more

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