Alexandra Burke Shows Off Her XFactor in New PETA Ad

first_imgX-Factor series five winner Alexandra Burke is turning the other cheek in her sexy new PETA ad, the latest in the group’s celebrated “Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign.In the ad, which was shot by internationally award-winning photographer Kevin Davis, Burke bares all above the words “Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin, and Let Animals Keep Theirs”.“I was nervous about posing nude as I’ve never done it before” says Burke. “It was uncomfortable initially, but the photographer made me feel relaxed and at ease. Ultimately I love my body, so it was great to do something for such a worthwhile cause.”Animals on fur farms are confined to cramped, filthy cages before they are drowned, beaten, strangled, electrocuted and often even skinned alive in order to produce fur coats, collars and cuffs. Animals caught in the wild can languish for days in traps, and mothers will often chew through their own limbs in an attempt to return to their cubs. In China, the world’s largest fur exporter, fur from dogs and cats is often falsely labelled as fur from other animals before it’s exported.Burke is one of the most successful X Factor winners to date. Her debut single, “Hallelujah”, set the European record for single sales in a 24-hour period, and the songs from 2009’s Overcome and 2012’s Heartbreak on Hold have continued to top the charts. Her much-anticipated third studio album will be out later this year.Burke is part of a long list of celebrities – including X Factor creator Simon Cowell and fellow X Factor contestant Rylan Clark as well as Penélope Cruz, Pamela Anderson, Joss Stone, Natalie Imbruglia and Eva Mendes – who have teamed up with PETA to speak out against fur.For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.last_img read more

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williams TRANS4M Concert Unites Hollywood for Youth Education

first_imgJanuary 23rd saw will.i.am and friends gather together to celebrate the third annual TRANS4M concert at the Avalon, and if Hollywood ever wanted to showcase its incredible diversity, this seemed to be the night.In a powerful show of unity for the cause, people from all walks of life came out to support i.am.angel foundation’s valuable work. The foundation strives to help young people become what they are capable of being, offering them educational opportunities, support and encouragement to achieve their dreams.Rosie Perez spoke to the crowd about the importance of the foundation’s educational work, and will.i.am lit up the stage with his passion for the cause. With heartfelt emotions, he urged the 1800 people in attendance to really listen and hear the night’s message: Support our young people, and we will create a better future for everyone.will.i.am has dedicated himself to the TRANS4Mation of the Boyle Heights community of East Los Angeles, where he grew up. The audience jubilantly received the news that thanks to his success at home, he is now expanding his foundation’s work to encompass new areas across the United States, starting with an event later this year in Detroit, Michigan.After the speeches, the party got started with special performances by Chaka Khan, Sergio Mendez, Bell Biv DeVoe, Biz Markie, Doug E. Fresh, Scarface, Slick Rick, Cody Wise, Leah McFall and We Are The Future, with the music raging all night long. will.i.am jumped up and performed with his musical guests, keeping everyone dancing until the early hours, while bandmate Taboo mingled with the crowd.Overall, the evening raised $2.5 million, allowing the i.am.angel foundation to continue its educational and transformational work, promoting their programs like STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) around the world.To learn more about how you can get involved in the TRANS4Mational movement, visit the i.am.angel foundation’s website.Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Join Bill And Hillary Clinton For A Private Lunch

first_imgBid now on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a private lunch with President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Clinton Foundation’s headquarters in New York City.The Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for women and girls, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change.Because of the Foundation’s work, more than 20,000 American schools are providing kids with healthy food choices in an effort to eradicate childhood obesity; 21,000 farmers in Malawi have improved their incomes by more than 500 percent; 248 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions are being reduced in cities worldwide; more than 5,000 people have been trained in marketable job skills in Colombia; more than 8.2 million people have benefited from lifesaving HIV/AIDS medications; $200 million in strategic investments have been made, impacting the health of 75 million people in the U.S.; and members of the Clinton Global Initiative have made nearly 2,800 Commitments to Action to improve more than 430 million lives around the world.The auction runs until May 29, and can be accessed here.last_img read more

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Tamsen Fadal To Return As Host Of Santa Project Party

first_imgEdward R. Matthews, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC), announced today that UCP of NYC will kick off the holidays with the 5th Annual Santa Project Party & Auction on Wednesday, December 10, at the West Village’s hot new bistro, Clarkson Restaurant.The Santa Project Party & Auction, a benefit for UCP of NYC, will be co-hosted by Emmy-winning anchor of PIX 11 News, Tamsen Fadal, and meteorologist for Fox 5’s “Good Day New York,” Mike Woods. This marks the second consecutive year Ms. Fadal has co-hosted the Santa Project Party.Mr. Woods, a past co-host and co-chair, returns to the benefit for his fifth consecutive year. The event features a silent auction with a range of luxury goods and services for attendees to bid on. In addition to a strong showing of support from a diverse young professional crowd, the event attracts VIP guests from fashion, film, television, and Broadway.Camilla Barungi, entrepreneur and model of “Project Runway” fame; Javier Gomez, fine-art photographer; Scott Stanford, lead sports anchor PIX 11 News, and host, WWE; and Isiah Whitlock Jr., currently co-star of the hit HBO series “Veep,” are co-chairs of the Santa Project Party.UCP of NYC’s Santa Project began when committed supporters expressed a desire to do more during the holiday season. Beyond the core programs and services UCP of NYC delivers year round, proceeds from the Santa Project Party & Auction help fund special needs equipment requests and holiday gift cards for children with disabilities in UCP of NYC’s programs.“UCP of NYC is extremely grateful this holiday season for our hosts, corporate sponsors, donors, and friends,” says Edward R. Matthews, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. “Their support and concern for our neediest children and families truly exemplifies the spirit and generosity of New Yorkers.”“I am thrilled to return as co-host of the 5th annual UCP of NYC Santa Project Party,” says Tamsen Fadal. “I am a big supporter of UCP of NYC and their ongoing work to provide programs and services for children, families, and adults with disabilities.”The Santa Project Party & Auction kicks off the holiday season on December 10th, 2014, from 7:00pm – 10:00pm at Clarkson Restaurant in the West Village at 225 Varick Street, New York, NY (between W. Houston St. & Clarkston St.).Individual tickets are $100, sponsorship levels and packages are also available. Tickets and sponsorships are available at www.ucpnyc.org/santaproject or by contacting Sheila Lennon at slennon@ucpnyc.orglast_img read more

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VeganSmart Goes Glam With Hollywood Vegans

first_imgVeganSmart, a dominant force in the vegan lifestyle community for their networking events, partnered with Thrive Magazine and Wanderlust Hollywood to host Thrive Magazine’s Los Angeles launch and Grammy award winner Moby’s birthday party in Hollywood last month.The star studded event, held at the newly opened Wanderlust Hollywood, was the first successful celebrity partnership event presented by VeganSmart. VeganSmart has already proven that the vegan lifestyle could be fun through its brunch event series, but now, VeganSmart is ready for its close up and excited to introduce its product to some of Hollywood’s finest in entertainment.Over 300 vegans, yogis, health influencers and animal activists attended the Hollywood bash, including some of Hollywood’s elite like Moby, actress Vanessa Williams, actor Joaquin Phoenix, actress Heather Graham and actress Francis Fisher. Passed hors d’oeuvres from vegan caterers and trays of VeganSmart shakes were readily served while the DJ kept the party going with a set list mixed with today’s Top 40 hits as well as some welcomed blasts from the past.Since the beginning of summer, VeganSmart has been on a whirlwind tour of the United States to introduce its products to the masses through in-store sampling and brunch events. By partnering with Thrive Magazine to host a birthday party for Moby as well as to launch the first issue of Thrive Magazine, VeganSmart is not only attempting to establish itself as the premier choice for vegan protein shakes and vegan recipes, but to also stake its claim as the most entertaining and most innovative brand for vegan outreach.Whether mixing and mingling with the A-list or at a backyard BBQ with friends, VeganSmart is dedicated to introducing better health and wellness for all and bridging the gap between wanting healthier food alternatives and having access to better food alternatives.Naturade owner and CMO Kareem Cook’s passion for health and impacting his community is one of the driving forces behind VeganSmart’s outreach and partnerships: “We at Naturade believe that the world is headed in a catastrophically unhealthy direction. We are dedicated to offering healthy alternatives and bringing our products to the communities that need them most. Whether you are vegan or are just trying to eat a more healthy diet, VeganSmart is for you.”Together, Naturade and VeganSmart are committed to the education and the introduction of healthier lifestyles for the community. For more information about the VeganSmart products, recipes, wellness tips, or upcoming events, visit www.livevegansmart.com.last_img read more

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Stars Set To Shine Spotlight On Five Extraordinary Students And Their Inspiring

first_imgThe Children’s Defense Fund–California will host its 25th Annual Beat the Odds Awards ceremony on December 3, 2015, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.The celebration will honor five Los Angeles high school “stars” in recognition of their excellence in academic achievement, despite the overwhelming obstacles that stand in their way.The momentous occasion will be hosted by the Children’s Defense Fund President, Marian Wright Edelman, along with support from co-chairs, Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams, Jurnee Smollett-Bell & Josiah Bell, Carol & Frank Biondi, Ruth-Ann Huvane, Kevin Huvane, Katie Sharer & Mark Mullen, Liza & Conan O’Brien, and Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth.O’Brien will serve as the night’s emcee, with co-chairs Witherspoon, Abrams, Kevin Huvane, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell pulling double duty as presenters to the night’s honorees. They will also be joined by longtime CDF supporter Jennifer Garner, and additional special guests to be announced at a later date.Each honoree’s story will be told through a special video presentation, directed by a prominent member of the entertainment community. John Cho, best known for his role in the Star Trek films, is confirmed to direct one of the reels.Thanks to generous support, each student honoree will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and support services including: private tutoring, one-on-one college counseling, ongoing mentoring, internship placements, life skills development, SAT prep, and week-long college tours at no cost.Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Children’s Defense Fund Beat the Odds program serves to identify and reward remarkable high school students who have achieved excellence in their overall academic performance, community participation and personal goals. These impressive scholars have demonstrated the qualities necessary to become future leaders.last_img read more

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Bill Murray to headline Royal Conservatory season gala

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement He’s the second Hollywood star to headline a gala, after Meryl Streep in 2015. His only other appearance with Vogler is scheduled for New York’s Carnegie Hall. Actor Bill Murray is headlining an event in Toronto in October, but it’s about classical music, not movies.The 66-year-old, beloved for films like Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and The Grand Budapest Hotel, is to perform with his friend, cellist Jan Vogler, at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s 2017-18 Season Gala, Oct. 13 at Koerner Hall.The conservatory says Murray “will read Mark Twain and dance a tango while Vogler plays works from Bach, Piazzolla, Ravel and Bernstein.” Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Canadas Yannick NezetSeguin becomes Met Operas music director next season

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “They need guidance. They need leadership,” Nezet-Seguin said Thursday. “If this can be something to stabilize the future, my advanced presence, then I’m happy to provide this.”He gave up European guest conducting next January and will lead 17 performances next season, adding a revival of Debussy’s “Pelleas et Melisande” to his previous commitment of a new production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” and a revival of Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmelites.” He will conduct three operas in 2019-20, then at least five each season starting in 2020-21.“I think he realizes how important it is for the Met to have a music director who can also handle the important decision-making that only a musical director from a contractual point of view can do in terms of tenured positions in the orchestra,” Met General Manager Peter Gelb said. “This obviously has not been the easiest time for the company with the news about maestro Levine, so it will be very comforting and reassuring to the orchestra and the chorus to know his tenure is starting earlier than originally planned.”Nezet-Seguin turns 43 next month and represents a generation change. He felt an impetus to move up the timetable after returning to the Met last spring for the first time since appointment.“I became even more eager to get started with the orchestra and the chorus and the music staff, seeing and feeling they needed the leadership at that moment,” he said.Gelb said the Met’s investigation of Levine is getting “very, very close to its conclusion.” Levine, who turns 75 in June, is not scheduled to conduct next season.While Levine helped raise the Met orchestra to among the world’s best in the 1980s and ’90s, his physical ability started to deteriorate in 2001, when he began to conduct from a chair. Tremors in his left arm and leg became noticeable in 2004, and his health worsened with shoulder and kidney surgery followed by three back operations. His frequent absences led to orchestra players feeling a lack of direction, and many left. An improved relationship with the orchestra and other unions could be significant heading into labor negotiations this summer, when the Met is expected to ask for permission to schedule regular Sunday performances for the first time.“As fellow musicians excited by Yannick’s vision for the future, it is our hope that the Met’s inspired investment in his brilliance underscores its commitment to the musical artists and artistry that are the lifeblood of the Met Opera,” Jessica Phillips, a clarinetist who chairs the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Committee, said in a statement.Next season will have just four new productions, the fewest for the financially challenged Met since 2005-06. Gelb said the reduction was due to the need for stage time to rehearse a revival of Robert Lepage’s controversial staging of Wagner’s four-part Ring Cycle in the spring of 2019. Paris Opera music director Philippe Jordan leads a cast that stars Christine Goerke as Bruennhilde.Darko Tresnjak’s new staging of Saint-Saens’ “Samson et Dalila” opens the season Sept. 24. Nico Muhly’s “Marnie” gets its North American premiere Oct. 19 conducted by Robert Spano in his Met debut. Michael Mayer directs “La Traviata,” which opens Dec. 4, and the last new production is David McVicar’s staging of Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur,” opening New Year’s Eve with Gianandrea Noseda conducting a cast led by Anna Netrebko.Acclaimed Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel makes his Met debut Dec. 14 in Verdi’s “Otello.” Gelb said Lepage’s “Ring” set with its giant planks starts a three-month remediation next week at a warehouse in Middletown, New York, to get “back in fighting shape.” The set will be reprogrammed to make movements quieter.The ticket price range remains unchanged at $25-$480. Paid percentage of box office realized is in the upper 60 percent range this season, Gelb said, the same as last year. Gelb said the Met is considering collaborating with other institutions in New York to present a “chamber-sized opera in a more appropriate venue other than the Met.”Nezet-Seguin is moving forward with plans for the Met premieres of the French versions of Verdi’s operas that premiered in Paris plus contemporary projects. Advertisement NEW YORK (AP) — Yannick Nezet-Seguin will become the Metropolitan Opera’s music director next season, two years earlier than planned, providing a leader to an orchestra fighting drift and defections for more than a decade.Nezet-Seguin’s appointment was announced in June 2016, two months after Parkinson’s disease caused the end of James Levine’s 40-year run. The company announced Nezet-Seguin would start a five-year contract in 2020-21 after three seasons as music director designate.Levine became music director emeritus but was suspended in December following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct from the 1960s to ’80s.last_img read more

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TorontoStrong – United we stand against hatred and violence

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Our hearts are heavy with yesterday’s tragic events in Toronto. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones and the first responders.A GoFundMe page has been set up for the victims and their families.If you cannot afford to donate financially, please consider donating blood. The city and Toronto police have also set up hotlines to offer support to those affected by the incident, and for witnesses who may be able to help with the investigation.#TorontoStrong Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

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As TIFF CEO Piers Handling prepares to leave industry talent reflect on

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: “I’m a big outdoors person. I’m a big skier. So I’ll be able to ski every day of the week now, whenever I want to, as opposed to just the weekends,” Handling said in a recent interview.“All the summer sports have been taken away from me for basically over 35 years — tennis, swimming, kayaking, sailing — so I’m looking forward to that.”Handling joined TIFF in 1982 and has been CEO and director since 1994, building what was once known as the Toronto Festival of Festivals in the Yorkville neighbourhood into one of the biggest of its kind in the world with its own permanent downtown home and year-round film hub in TIFF Bell Lightbox.“I feel really proud about the year-round programming we’ve built up,” said Handling, sitting in a lounge in the Lightbox, which includes screening rooms, exhibitions, programs and lectures.“I don’t think people thought that a festival could actually do that. We’ve turned ourselves into a one-stop shopping, very comprehensive film organization, and into the top echelon of international film festivals.”When Handling leaves, he’ll be replaced by a two-headed structure. One co-head is current artistic director Cameron Bailey and the other is Joana Vicente, who has also been appointed executive director.He’s a remarkably bold thinker for a man who seems quite quiet and reserved in many ways, but he’s revolutionary. – Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s artistic directorHandling hired Bailey in 2008, and together they travelled to screening rooms in far-flung locales as they crafted the festival over the years. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter After nearly four decades of sitting in darkened theatres, Piers Handling is looking forward to exploring the outdoors.The longtime director and CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival is stepping down from his position after this year’s instalment, its 43rd, which runs Sept. 6-16.And while he plans to continue attending TIFF as a cinephile, he is excited to start other ventures — from travelling and reading, to hitting the slopes and writing a book on the history of film festivals.last_img read more

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SANDRA OH ROCKED THREE FABULOUS DRESSES ON HER BIG GOLDEN GLOBES NIGHT

first_imgSandra Oh was a fashion queen at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards.The Killing Eve star co-hosted the show with Andy Samberg and won Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama all on the same night. The woman of the hour had multiple outfit changes (as she should) and each stunning dress was custom designed by female designers.A Vision in White Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Sandra Oh (Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images) Oh kicked off the evening on the red carpet dressed to the nines. She was the epitome of Old Hollywood glamour in a white draped gown created by Donatella Versace that fit her like a glove. The elegant ensemble was complemented by Forevermark jewelry and a chic, voluminous wavy bob.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

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Chiefs pledge to publish salaries

first_img(Grand Chief Doug Kelly proposed motion to publish chief salaries. APTN/Photo)APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Chiefs from across the country have committed to publishing their salaries.Chiefs who were gathered for an Assembly of First Nations meeting in Gatineau, Que., passed a resolution that would require them to make the salaries of reserve politicians public.The resolution, adopted by consensus, comes on the heels of a campaign launched by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) over the levels of reserve politician salaries.“This is not about responding to the CTF, but changing the nature of public debate,” said Grand Chief Doug Kelly, attending as a proxy for Soowahli First Nation in British Columbia, who proposed the resolution. “What is at issue is the inadequacy of government investment.”The resolution, however, also blasted a Conservative MP’s bill to force reserve politicians to publish their salaries.The resolution said the bill was “unnecessary” and “heavy-handed.”The AFN also released an analysis that the organization said blew holes into the CTF’s campaign against reserve politicians.The AFN said the organization had manipulated the numbers to make First Nations leaders look bad.last_img read more

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Inside time leads to changes on the outside

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt looks like a former inmate of an Alberta correctional centre has turned his life around.Jeff Chalifoux was well known among corrections staff as an advocate for inmate rights.While that reputation may have gotten him into trouble on the inside, life on the outside is a little different these days.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has that story.last_img

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Have you seen Lorna Blacksmith

first_imgAPTN National NewsA young Aboriginal woman from Winnipeg has gone missing.Now police are asking for public assistance in locating her.Lorna Lynn Blacksmith, 18, was last seen leaving the Marlborough Hotel in downtown Winnipeg on Jan. 12.She was wearing a red jacket, a white hoodie, black pants and white boots.She’s described as 5’4 with blond hair and hazel eyes.Anyone with information is asked to call Winnipeg police or crime stoppers.last_img

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Militarys counterintelligence unit monitored Elsipogtog antifracking protests documents

first_img(RCMP tactical officers scope the situation during Oct. 17, 2013, raid on Mi’kmaq Warrior anti-fracking camp. APTN/File)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Canadian military used its counter-intelligence unit to monitor the aftermath of last October’s RCMP raid on a Mi’kmaq Warrior Society-led anti-fracking camp in New Brunswick in preparation for the eventuality the situation went “sideways,” according to internal document obtained by APTN National News.Senior officers with Joint Task Force Atlantic, which is headquartered in Halifax, were also trying to assess who was leading the protests locally and the reaction protests planned across the country following the Oct. 17, 2013 raid, according to the documents, including email, released under the Access to Information Act.Camouflage and black-clad RCMP tactical officers wielding assault rifles dismantled a warrior-anchored camp blocking a compound in Rexton, NB, holding exploration vehicles used by a Houston-based energy firm to search for shale gas deposits near the Mi’kmaq community of Elsipogtog in New Brunswick.The raid triggered daylong clashes between the Mi’kmaq, their Acadian and Anglophone supporters and the RCMP that led to 40 arrests and the torching of several RCMP vehicles. The RCMP said it seized hunting rifles, ammunition and crude explosive devices from the warriors that day.The protests, driven by concerns the discovery of shale gas would lead to hydraulic fracturing and threaten the areas water, continued into late November and saw tires burn twice on an area highway before the company, SWN Canada, finally ended their exploration work for the season.According to the documents released to APTN National News and previous public comments by the RMCP and the military, no Canadian Forces personnel were involved in the raid. The military did provide the RMCP with space for a staging area at CFB Gagetown and the CF Moncton Detachment. The RCMP also requested the military provide its officers with field box lunches for between 60 to 100 personnel, according to a “Request for Canadian Forces Assistance” form submitted by the RCMP on Oct. 18.While the Canadian military couldn’t engage directly with the protest without an aid to the civil power request by the provincial government, the documents show individual officers were on alert even the Canadian Forces in the region did not shift posture.“My (commanding officer) just wants to have me link with you in regards to the current events in Rexton,” wrote Capt. Grant McDonald, with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Canadian regiment based in CFB Gagetown, in an Oct. 18 email to Capt. Don MacRea, with operation services of the 5th Canadian Division Support group also on the same base. “No panic here, we just want to have the right names and phone numbers if things go sideways.”At headquarters in Ottawa, the military’s public affairs team was also put on alert.“Team, please stay close to our Blackberries this weekend,” wrote Maj. Andre E. Salloum, in an Oct. 18 email to about 12 other people. “Just in case this situation escalates, we might have to man the office.”Senior officers with joint Task Force Atlantic, headquartered in Halifax, were also trying to gather information on the ongoing local protest and the reaction-protests planned across the country.Capt. Chris Hanley, with J3 Current Operations 2, sent an email on Oct. 18 to several individuals with a list of questions about the leaders of the protests and their level of coordination.“What is the primary group (s) involved in the shale gas protests in NB? Is there any evidence that recent and planned protests are centrally directed or coordinated, or are the uncoordinated?” wrote Hanley. “Is there a direct there a direct threat to (Canadian Armed Forces) personnel/installations?”APTN National News was not provided with the email containing the answer to those questions.The Canadian Forces National Counter-Intelligence Unit, however, issued a report the same day from its Halifax detachment. The content of the released version of the report is heavily redacted. It does show that the unit was relying on three “tried and trusted” sources to gather intelligence on the situation.The military was also receiving information from Government Operations Centre, which is the central nervous system for Ottawa’s response to incidents with potential national impacts. The federal government was preparing for nation-wide protests in response to the raid near Elsipogtog and distributed a map listing all the potential actions across the country.Download (PDF, Unknown)The Government Operations Centre was also providing situational reports to the military which linked the events unfolding in New Brunswick to the Idle No More movement.“While this incident was an environmental protest, it is linked to ongoing First Nation dissatisfaction with resource development and extraction in Canada as well as general dissatisfaction embodied in the Idle No More movement,” said the report.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Mikmaq report denounces Mother Canada statue

first_imgAPTN National NewsA report by a Mi’kmaq scholar denounces the controversial Mother Canada statue.The statue is part of a war memorial proposed for a National Park in Cape Breton, N.S.Critics say the statue will pave over a pristine part of the Cape Breton Highlands.The Mi’kmaq say it will also pave over Aboriginal rights and title.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.last_img

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Law society clarifies allegation against Kenora lawyer

first_imgBy Paul BarnsleyAPTN InvestigatesThe Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) has amended an allegation it made against Douglas Keshen, a Kenora-based lawyer with an extensive First Nation practice.On June 10, the law society’s tribunal hearing division released a notice of application informing Keshen an investigation into complaints made by 17 Independent Assessment Process (IAP) clients about him had convinced them there was grounds for a professional misconduct hearing. A hearing date has not yet been set.The IAP was established under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement to compensate former students who suffered serious physical and/or sexual abuse in the schools.Six allegations were made by the law society.On June 22, almost two weeks later, the tribunal hearing division released a revised notice of application with a significant change to the sixth allegation.“The notice of application was amended so as to avoid any confusion as to which attorneys the law society was referring in paragraph six. The amendments did not change the law society’s position,” the LSUC told APTN Investigates in an emailed statement.The wording of that allegation was open to misinterpretation. It originally read that Keshen had transferred the client’s money to “his attorneys.”The word “his” could mistakenly be understood to refer to attorneys at Keshen’s firm when it fact the word referred to other attorneys working for the client.The amended allegation makes it clear the law society is saying that Keshen transferred the money to a person holding a power of attorney over a survivor’s financial affairs “when it was apparent that all of the monies transferred were not for the benefit” of the client.Daniel Naymark, a Toronto lawyer acting for Keshen, in a letter to APTN, said the law society has misread the situation.“The law society does not allege that Mr. Keshen or any other lawyer with whom he is affiliated ‘pocketed’ the funds in question. Rather, the law society apparently alleges that relatives of the client in question misused a power of attorney authorizing them to direct the spending of the client’s IRS settlement funds by spending the money on themselves, and that Mr. Keshen should have noticed this theft and stopped it,” he said. “The relatives whom the law society accuses of stealing the client’s money include a very prominent member of the Treaty 3 community. Mr. Keshen has the utmost respect for this individual. He does not doubt that he and the other relatives accused by the law society spent the settlement funds with their vulnerable relative’s interests at heart. He believes the law society’s allegations against these respected community members reflect a lack of understanding of Ojibway culture.”But the law society disagrees with that reading of the amended allegation.“The law society is concerned with Mr. Keshen’s conduct and not the conduct of the individuals appointed under the power of attorney,” the LSUC email states.last_img read more

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Family of man shot on Saskatchewan farm calls for out of province

first_imgThe Canadian PressThe family of Colten Boushie, a man fatally shot on a Saskatchewan farm in August is collecting names for a petition demanding an out-of-province lead investigator and a Crown prosecutor on the case.Jade Tootoosis, who was a cousin of Boushie, says the family is making the request because of how they feel they’ve been treated in the case as well as allegations that evidence has been mishandled.The lawyer representing Boushie’s family said last week that the SUV the 22-year-old was riding in when he was shot was outside in a towing company parking lot a month after the killing. He said it was then moved to a salvage yard.Chris Murphy said police told him a blood-spatter analysis hadn’t been done, and he says any evidence collected now could be tainted.The farm owner, 54-year-old Gerald Stanley, has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge and is free on bail.Tootoosis says the family feels a lead RCMP investigator and a prosecutor from outside the province would be less biased.“Saskatchewan just seems to be a very well-connected province, especially with it being so farmer-based,” said Tootoosis, who lives in Edmonton.“We feel that somebody from outside of the province would provide a more accountable process.”The petition is addressed to Saskatchewan Justice Minister Gordon Wyant and RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson. It says the ministry and the RCMP have lost the trust of those who have signed the document, and that a comprehensive investigation and a rigorous prosecution are the only way to restore confidence.The RCMP did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment on the petition. Saskatchewan’s justice ministry did not immediately offer any comment.Boushie’s cousin, Eric Meechance, who was one of the others in the car, has said they were heading home to the Red Pheasant First Nation on Aug. 9 after an afternoon of swimming when they got a flat tire and sought help.According to information RCMP used to obtain a search warrant of the farm, Gerald Stanley’s son, Sheldon, called police to report that five people drove onto his parent’s farmyard and were trying to steal vehicles.The information says Boushie was shot in the head with a handgun.The case has stirred racial tensions in the province. Some comments on social media sites have been anti-First Nation, while others have supported vigilante justice against the suspect.Tootoosis said family members began collecting names on printed copies of the petition on October 21 in North Battleford, Regina, Saskatoon and Edmonton. Other volunteers have helped in other cities, and she said the Assembly of First Nations helped set up an online version on Change.org last week.On Thursday, the AFN tweeted a link to the petition and asked people to support it.Tootoosis said the names will be gathered on Monday, which would have been Boushie’s 23rd birthday.“Given the fact that the investigation is already proceeding, we would like to submit it (the petition) as soon as possible,” Tootoosis said.last_img read more

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Namgis First Nation MMA fighter tough determined and humble on road to

first_imgTina HouseAPTN National NewsIn the wide world of sports, there is no doubt that mixed martial arts, better known as MMA fighting, is one of the toughest and brutal events to watch.And this past weekend in British Columbia, a fighter from the Namg’is First Nation showed he has what it takes to compete with the best – and made history.“I first got interested watching it on tv and I eventually got into competing to get away from binge drinking and like hanging out on the streets and gettin up to no good.”thouse@aptn.calast_img read more

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