Quebec party leaders continue immigration attacks after Englishlanguage debate

first_imgMONTREAL – Francois Legault tried to divert attention from his immigration policies Tuesday, as a report from a research institute undercut his campaign rhetoric on newcomers and two new polls placed his Coalition Avenir Quebec in a virtual tie with the Liberals.Following Monday night’s English-language debate in which he was attacked for wanting to expel immigrants who fail to pass a values and French-language test, Legault came out hard against Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard.The Liberals can’t defend their record on education and health care, Legault told reporters on Day 27 of the 39-day campaign. Furthermore, the Coalition leader brought back a thus far under-used weapon against Couillard: corruption allegations.“(Couillard) is trying to run a fear campaign,” Legault said south of Montreal. “He doesn’t want to talk about the investigation into corruption in his party.”Corruption scandals have dogged Couillard’s government since he won the 2014 election, primarily involving alleged misdeeds committed by the previous Liberal government under his predecessor, Jean Charest.Le Journal de Montreal reported in June that investigators with Quebec’s anti-corruption unit had grown frustrated with the length of probes into the Liberals and lamented how arrests of former party fundraisers had been postponed.Immigration-related matters aren’t the only issue voters should be thinking about ahead of the Oct. 1 election, Legault said.“Quebecers need to take everything into account when they go to vote,” he said. “Don’t forget the past 15 years (of Liberal rule).”Couillard, speaking to reporters after delivering a speech to the Montreal Board of Trade, dismissed the allegations he was running on fear.“I’m the one making people afraid?” Couillard asked rhetorically. “I think the people who are afraid are those would be subjected to a (French-language) test and then expulsion.”The Liberal leader reiterated his past comments about the Coalition leader, some of which he used during Monday’s debate.“Legault doesn’t talk about immigrants in a positive light,” Couillard said. “But these people help Quebec.”Earlier on Tuesday, a Montreal-based research institute released a report revealing immigrants are having an easier time finding work and more of them are choosing to remain in the province.The study said the unemployment rate for immigrants between the ages of 25 and 54 has declined dramatically since January, from 8.1 per cent to six per cent in August, and that 84 per cent of newcomers who arrived in Quebec in 2010 were still in the province by 2015.Legault has often stated an older statistic indicating one-quarter of immigrants who arrive to Quebec eventually leave the province.The study also revealed, however, immigrants who have arrived in the province in the past five years and who are between 25 and 54 are having a more difficult time finding work, as their unemployment rate is at a stubborn 14 per cent, compared to 9.3 per cent in Ontario.Also on Tuesday, two polls were released that indicated the Coalition’s support was tending downward.Mainstreet Research released a poll conducted Sept. 14-15 that surveyed 1,665 Quebecers, indicating the Coalition was at 29.1 per cent and the Liberals at 28.6 per cent.The Parti Quebecois came in third at 21.5 per cent and Quebec solidaire had 17.1 per cent in the poll, which had a margin of error of 2.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.A new Leger poll that surveyed 3,017 Quebecers between Sept. 14-17 who participated in the company’s online panel, put the Coalition at 31 per cent and the Liberals at 30 per cent. The PQ finished with 21 per cent and Quebec solidaire at 14 per cent.Tuesday was a difficult day for Legault.He was incapable of naming the only Canadian province that is officially bilingual.After he tried to avoid answering, he told reporters, “I’ll take that (question) into deliberation.”A reporter then told him the correct answer: New Brunswick.Earlier on Tuesday, PQ Leader Jean-Francois Lisee reiterated his party’s position on immigration, saying only those who already speak French should be admitted into the province.He said it is possible to fill job vacancies across Quebec and at the same time ensure newcomers speak French.There are 270 million people around the world who speak French, he said east of Montreal.“It’s possible to find tens of thousands of those people per year to come here.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story; a previous version said the study was conducted by Quebec’s statistics bureaulast_img read more

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Canadians to watch US midterms unfold at viewing parties across the country

first_imgTORONTO – People are expected to gather at viewing parties across Canada tonight to watch the American midterm elections unfold.The U.S. Consulate General in Toronto is hosting one event, which will be attended by representatives of both Democrats Abroad and Republicans Overseas.In the nation’s capital, the Harvard Club of Ottawa and Democrats Abroad are both set to throw viewing parties.Democrats Abroad will also host events in eight other cities, including Vancouver, Edmonton and Montreal.All 435 seats in the U.S. House are up for re-election, and 35 Senate seats are in play, as are almost 40 governorships and the balance of power in virtually every state legislature.While he is not on the ballot, U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged on Monday that the 2018 midterms represent a referendum on his presidency.The Democrats have run a super-charged campaign to end the Republicans’ hold on power in Washington.Should they win control of the House, the Democrats could derail Trump’s legislative agenda for the next two years, along with subpoena power to investigate Trump’s personal and professional missteps.last_img read more

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Man who killed Const Sarah Beckett gets partial parole for rehab treatment

first_imgThe Canadian Press ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — A drunk driver who killed RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett in a crash has been granted limited day parole to attend alcohol abuse treatment.Kenneth Fenton was handed a five-year, six-month prison sentence in July 2017 and his first parole hearing was held today at a medium-security prison in Abbotsford, B.C.Fenton told a parole board panel that driving drunk was the “most devastating decision” he has ever made and he understands it’s unfair that he’s still here while an “innocent mother” can’t go home to her children.Parole Board of Canada member Catherine Dawson told Fenton that he still struggles with being honest and she’s concerned that it took him so long to realize that he’s an alcoholic.She and another board member decided to allow Fenton to go to a treatment centre in the Fraser Valley to complete a program lasting about 70 days, before he returns to prison and the board decides next his steps.Beckett, a 32-year-old mother of two boys, had recently returned from maternity leave when she was killed in the Victoria suburb of Langford in April 2016.Fenton’s trial heard that his truck was travelling at up to 90 kilometres an hour when it rammed Beckett’s  RCMP cruiser at an intersection.The court heard that he was speeding away from another police cruiser that had just turned on its lights to pull him over seconds before the crash.last_img read more

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Federal fire officials update forecast for this years wildfire season

first_imgEDMONTON — Officials say the wildfire danger is already high to extreme in areas of Western Canada.Natural Resources Canada’s Northern Forestry Centre in Edmonton is providing a briefing today on this year’s fire season forecast.The forecast shows the fire danger is extreme in Yukon and parts of the southern prairies.In British Columbia, an aggressive wildfire is burning west of Osoyoos near the U.S. border, and crews spent the weekend battling fires near some northern communities.Alberta has 26 active fires, one of which is classified as out of control north of Peace River.Federal officials say more than half of all wildfires are caused by humans and lightning strikes account for the rest.The department works with provinces and territories on wildfire management, provides maps of daily fire weather and behaviour, notes fire locations and does monthly seasonal fire severity forecasts through an online information website.Monthly forecasts help to determine trends expected for the upcoming fire season.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Woman fired after working 20 years as hospital nurse without a license

first_imgMONTREAL — Health officials in Quebec have discovered that a woman who had been working as a nurse and caring for hospital patients for 20 years was an impostor.The health authority in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of eastern Quebec fired the woman this month from her position at the hospital in Jonquiere.The health authority said the woman managed to get hired and keep her job by providing the nursing license number of someone with the same name.Her ploy was discovered a few weeks ago when she enrolled in a training course. An official noticed that the age listed on her license number did not match up with her actual age.She was immediately suspended pending an investigation, which led to her dismissal.Before being exposed, the woman had worked in several departments of the hospital, including the operating room.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Clients fall off Calgary program helps recently released prisoners with hep C

first_imgCALGARY — Imagine adjusting to life after serving prison time, then add mental- health struggles, addiction or homelessness.Now, throw in hepatitis C, a blood-borne virus that can cause serious liver problems and is several times more prevalent in federal prisons than the general population.A specialist in addictions and internal medicine who focuses on vulnerable populations has launched a pilot program in Calgary to ensure recently released inmates with a history of injection drug use are screened and treated for the virus.“It takes a lot of willpower and effort on their end to come out of this. And if we don’t provide them with enough support, they’re not going to be able to,” says Monty Ghosh, a University of Alberta professor who splits his time between Edmonton and Calgary.The program connects newly released prisoners with so-called peer navigators who have lived through similar experiences. The navigators accompany the former inmates to medical, legal and social services appointments — interactions that many avoid for fear of judgment or because more pressing issues are at hand.“Clients often tell me that they’re confused about resources in the community. They don’t know where to go or how to get there sometimes. They have very little money to take a bus to get to where they need to be,” says Ghosh.“Sometimes they have to decide between food and lining up to get into the shelter versus actually making their medical appointment.”In a best-case scenario, Gosh says, it can take five months to clear the body of the hepatitis C virus. Usually, it’s more like nine or 10 months. There are numerous blood tests and followups a patient must go through over that time.“We find that every time we add another step, clients fall off. But if you add a peer navigator, they make it to each and every one of those steps at a high, high rate.”The program, which began in April, aims to reach 120 clients in its first year and have 80 per cent of them follow through with their treatment to the end. Ghosh says about 40 per cent of incarcerated people usually complete the treatment.The initiative is funded with $46,000 through what pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences Canada calls a “micro-elimination” grant. The grants are meant to help organizations combat hepatitis C in the most affected groups.“We recognize that it will take more than just science to eliminate the burden of (hepatitis C) on patients, our health system and Canadian society as a whole,” says Gilead general manager Kennet Brysting.The Correctional Service of Canada says hepatitis C rates in federal prisons dropped to just under eight per cent in 2017 from 32 per cent in 2007. In the general population, the decrease is less than one per cent.Spokeswoman Stephanie Stevenson says 80 per cent of federal inmates with the virus are diagnosed before incarceration or at intake. The rates are higher than the general population because there is often a history of high-risk behaviour, such as injection drug use or unprotected sex, she says. The virus can also be spread through snorting drugs or getting a tattoo.In addition to medical treatment, Corrections also offers educational, counselling, peer support and harm reduction programs, including needle exchanges.“Prior to release, (Corrections) health-care professionals liaise with community health-care providers, including infectious disease specialists, to facilitate effective transition and followup in the community,” Stevenson says. “Once in the community, provinces and territories are responsible for offenders health-care needs.”The head of the John Howard Society of Canada, a group that advocates for an “effective, just and humane” criminal justice system, says inmates are sometimes released without a provincial health-care card and only a few weeks worth of medication.“If they’re going into a halfway house or going into a parole situation, those with whom they’re staying will go to great lengths to try and make sure that their health-care needs are being met,” Catherine Latimer says.“But it’s often challenging.”Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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LacMegantic marks sixth anniversary of rail disaster that claimed 47 lives

first_imgLAC-MEGANTIC, Que. — The sixth anniversary of the rail disaster in Lac-Megantic, Que., will be marked this weekend with events aimed at remembering those who were lost and recognizing how the community has grown since the tragedy.Lac-Megantic has steadily rebuilt since the disaster, and Mayor Julie Morin says she wanted to recognize how the town has forged ahead.In the early hours of July 6, 2013, a runaway train hauling tanker cars loaded with volatile crude oil barrelled into the town of 6,000, derailed and exploded, killing 47 people and destroying a large swath of the downtown area.A commemorative church service is to be held at the Ste-Agnes Church on Saturday afternoon in memory of those who perished under the theme “remembering to rebuild.”The service will end with a moment of silence and a ringing of the church bells.Gilles Baril, the priest of the local parish, says in a statement he wants to emphasize a message of life winning over death and locals providing each other with the comfort and strength needed to rise above.“We did not choose the tragedy that killed 47 of our own and destroyed our downtown core,” Baril said. “But we have chosen not to be slaughtered under the weight of suffering, thanks to the solidarity that has been woven between us and thanks to the tenderness we have received from everywhere beyond anything we could have imagined.”Other events are planned, including a number of annual weekend races and a concert involving a choir from Belgium on Friday night at the church.The federal and provincial governments have agreed to fund a 12.8-kilometre bypass that will take rail traffic away from the downtown area in the coming years.“This time will allow us to pay tribute to those we’ve lost, but also to highlight the progress made over the past six years,” Morin said in a statement. “It is important to recognize the evolution of the community since the events.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Mob Citys Jon Bernthal Gets Tough On Animal Cruelty‏

first_imgIn the starring role in TNT’s new miniseries Mob City, Jon Bernthal’s character often finds himself in morally ambiguous situations. But in real life, Bernthal knows that when it comes to animal abuse, the issue is black and white: animal cruelty is a crime.Jon Bernthal Gets Tough On Animal CrueltyCredit/Copyright: Humane SocietyThat’s why Bernthal and his two rescued pit bulls, Boss and Venice, star in The Humane Society of the United States’ new campaign – shot by renowned celebrity photographer, Art Streiber – calling on the public to report suspected or witnessed animal abuse.Countless dogs, cats and other animals fall victim to unnecessary cruelty and neglect. Every state has laws prohibiting animal cruelty, and 49 of them contain felony provisions. However, a law is only as good as its enforcement, and that’s why animals rely on us to protect them.“There is no excuse for animal cruelty,” says The Walking Dead alum. “Animals are among the most vulnerable beings on this planet. That’s why I am urging everyone to speak up if they see or suspect cruelty; don’t expect that someone else will.”Turning a blind eye to cruel and inhumane behavior can even lead to deadly results. Many studies have shown that those who are cruel to animals are more likely to turn their violent behavior towards fellow humans.Bernthal joins a long list of celebrities who’ve supported The Humane Society of the United States including Paul Wesley, Kellan Lutz, Kristen Bell, Ian Somerhalder, Kaley Cuoco and Woody Harrelson, to name a few.Click here for The Humane Society of the United States’ tips on reporting animal cruelty.last_img read more

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Stars Take Part In LilySarahGrace Color Outside The Lines Campaign

first_imgLilySarahGrace (LSG) today announced its latest fundraising campaign, “Color Outside the Lines,” based around drawings from more than 40 artists in film, television, music and visual art that were specially created for LSG.The campaign will officially launch on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the first-annual LSG Gala at Jack Studios (601 W 26th St).Featured artists in the campaign include Adam Scott, Ben Harper, Bruno Mars, Carole Feuerman, Casey Affleck, David Copperfield, Diane von Furstenberg, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Banks, Elle Fanning, Eric Bogosian, Helen Ficalora, Jack Black, Jason Bateman, Jason Schwartzman, Jemima Kirk, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Biel, Joaquin Phoenix, Johnny Knoxville, Julianna Marguiles, Julianne Moore, Justin Theroux, Justin Vivian Bond, Laura Dern, Laurie Simmons, Lena Dunham, Lionel Richie, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mario Batali, Mark Seliger, Mary-Louise Parker, Naomi Watts, Natasha Lyonne, Nigel Sylvester, Rufus Wainwright, Sage Vaughn, Scott Caan, Tina Fey, Tom Arnold, Whoopi Goldberg, Will Ferrell and will.i.am.As part of “Color Outside the Lines,” LSG has launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish these one-of-a- kind drawings into a book, titled You Can’t Memorize This. For more information about “Color Outside the Lines” and to donate to the cause, click here.“My daughters were creative beings, each with their own individual passions and gifts. All three shared challenges in literacy. I witnessed Grace flourish in a creative, art-infused classroom, and Lily panic in a rigid, traditional one. No child should be frightened by school. Sadly with the removal of the Arts, this is very common in Public Education today,” LSG Founder Matthew Badger said. “This campaign is all about promoting the joy of creativity. I just think it is really awesome that so many creative people showed up for this and took the time to do a drawing. The family of LilySarahGrace suddenly just got so much bigger! I hope this campaign furthers our reach into the classrooms across America. The country is filled with public elementary school teachers that are desperate to bring the arts into their classrooms. They know how art creates a love of learning for their students.”LSG provides underfunded schools with supplies and educational tools to teach their curriculum through the arts. Whoopi Goldberg, Charles Best and Hans Tullman will be honored at the Gala for their significant contributions and dedication to arts education.LilySarahGrace was founded by Matthew Badger and his partner, Abby Ballin, after his daughters – Lily, Sarah and Grace – tragically passed away in a fire on Christmas of 2011. Lily was 9 and twins Sarah and Grace were 7. Badger witness firsthand how vital the arts in school were for his girls because of their dyslexia. Art was their passion. Since April 2012, LSG has given $1 million in supplies to teachers in underfunded public elementary schools to teach their curriculum through the arts. Because of LilySarahGrace, 140,000 children have learned through this method in classrooms all over America. To learn more, visit www.lilysarahgrace.org.In addition to “Color Outside the Lines,” the Gala will feature specially designed charms from Helen Ficalora, based on a drawing by Sarah Badger. The charms are available in yellow, pink or white 14k, solid-gold – with a diamond charm or without – and sterling silver. Pricing ranges from $75 to $300. 25% of the proceeds go to LSG. Charms will be available for purchase at the LSG Gala.The evening will also feature a performance by Rufus Wainwright and a DJ set by Andy Rourke of the Smiths. Creative direction for the Gala is conceptualized and executed by Abby Ballin and Periel Aschenbrand. To purchase tickets for the Gala, click here.The Host Committee for the 2014 LSG Gala includes Laura Dern, Mindy Goldberg, Jenny Levy, Genevieve Lynch, Timory King, Tim Ives, Gaby Basora, Doug Halbert, Stacy Wall, Jake Bernstein, Michael Goldberg, Cindy Sherman, Rebecca Blumhagen, Liana Pai and Bridget Goodbody.last_img read more

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Soccer Aid 2014 Raises Record Breaking £6525072 For UNICEF

first_imgUNICEF UK can today announce that Soccer Aid 2014, broadcast on ITV, has raised a final total of £6,525,072 for its vital work to save children’s lives around the world.Thanks to the generous response from ITV viewers, and the UK Government matching all public donations pound for pound, this figure has smashed all previous records set by the biennial event.Soccer Aid 2014 took place at a packed out Old Trafford on 8th June 2014 and was broadcast live on ITV. The match saw celebrities and football legends team up for a fifth time to play an enthralling game of football whilst raising crucial money for Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation.A crowd of nearly 70,000 turned out to see Robbie Williams lead the England team with Welsh movie star Michael Sheen returning to captain The Rest of the World. Star players including John Bishop, Dominic Cooper, Marvin Humes, James McAvoy, Olly Murs, Jeremey Renner, Adam Richman and Jack Whitehall took part in the electrifying match which saw the Rest Of The World defeat England 4-2.Throughout the match short films were broadcast presented by Unicef Ambassadors David Beckham and Cat Deeley and Unicef supporters Dame Judi Dench, Lewis Hamilton, Keeley Hawes and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley showing how Unicef helps protect children around the world from the dangers they face.Robbie Williams, Unicef UK Ambassador and co-founder of Soccer Aid said: “Soccer Aid was just a dream a few years ago and look at it now. Being able to walk out in front of a packed Old Trafford – with some of the world’s best footballers – whilst at the same time raising money for Unicef to help keep children safe is absolutely incredible. Thank you so so much to everyone who donated on the night or bought a ticket to the match – we couldn’t have done it without you.”Michael Sheen, Unicef UK Ambassador and Rest of the World captain added: “I can’t deny that it was a real privilege to captain the Rest Of The World to victory in such a hotly contested match, but arguably the best bit of all is knowing the difference that this game of football makes. Thanks to the public’s generous donations and the pound for pound UK Government Aid Match, this year’s Soccer Aid raised more money than ever for Unicef’s vital work to protect children around the world from the danger. On behalf of Unicef, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated.”All the money raised through Soccer Aid will go to save and change children’s lives. Examples of how money will be spent include providing children with vaccines to protect them against killer diseases; with clean, safe water to drink; and with emergency supplies such as life-saving emergency food.Soccer Aid was produced by Initial, an Endemol Company for ITV and was broadcast live on Sunday 8th June on ITV. Tesco were the fundraising sponsor for Soccer Aid 2014.The five Soccer Aid events in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 have together raised over £18 million for Unicef’s work for children.Source:UNICEF UKlast_img read more

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William And Elizabeth Shatner With Wells Fargo To Host Check Presentation

first_imgWilliam Shatner will join his wife Elizabeth, Wells Fargo Greater Los Angeles Lead Region President, David DiCristofaro and Wells Fargo Senior Vice President, Jonathan Weedman at a news event to announce a major contribution to support therapeutic service for military veterans, Thursday, December 17 at 10:00 AM at Shadow Hills Riding Club, 10263 La Canada Way, #2, Shadow Hills, Calif.As part of the news conference, Wells Fargo will make a check presentation to The All Glory Project, an organization seeking to promote, foster and support programs and institutions that utilize animal-assisted and adjunct therapies in aiding military veterans and their families.The All Glory Project’s mission is to educate the public about opportunities to support equine-assisted therapy.last_img

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Jessie Chris Joins SYLVANIA Lighting By LEDVANCE Be The Light Campaign

first_imgRadio Disney Country Artist and Massachusetts native Jessie Chris announced today that she will serve as an Ambassador for the SYLVANIA Lighting by LEDVANCE “Be The Light Campaign”.Chris, who herself was a victim of extreme bullying as a kid, is no stranger to helping promote the benefits showing kindness to others, has spent her career to date helping educate America on the effects of bullying and the benefits of being supportive of one another. Just last October, Chris was one of the faces of Disney’s National Anti-Bullying Campaign and recently was featured on The Human Race, a healing anthem which included Chris, Kelsea Ballerini, Scotty McCreery, LOCASH and other young country stars.Chris is now very excited to join SYLVANIA Lighting by LEDVANCE to help spread the message of being the light for others in our everyday lives. Chris will be visiting SYLVANIA HQ in Wilmington, MA on Tuesday, February 7th at 11AM to perform and tour the facility. She will also be featured in a PSA which emphasizes how performing small acts of kindness can go a long way for others. “It’s such an honor to be part of such an important campaign with an amazing brand like SYLVANIA. Taking just a few minutes to do something for others can make you feel good for the entire day,” said Chris.Holding the elevator for a stranger. Buying a coffee for the next person in line. Cheering up a friend who is down. Giving a warm smile while working the drive-thru window. Doing a podcast that makes people laugh during their long commute. These are just some of the little ways people who “Be the Light” make our country a brighter place. LEDVANCE is working with the Be the Light Campaign to issue a call to action to find and recognize people who give off positive energy and joy, and reward them for spreading light. In North America, LEDVANCE offers SYLVANIA advanced LED lamps as well as a wide range of traditional light sources, standardized luminaires and connected lighting solutions.Now through February 10 at www.sylvania.com/BeTheLight, you can nominate anyone who exemplifies what it means to “Be the Light” as a way to thank that special person that makes your day brighter. Examples could include a person who exudes positivity, is always willing to help out when needed, or is an inspirational role model. You could nominate a friend, family member, co-worker, anyone you know, or even yourself as a way to inspire others. Out of the nominations, 50 people who best embody the “Be the Light” concept will receive a Thank You Gift that includes a $50 Amazon Gift Card and SYLVANIA lighting products. If your nominee is selected, we will reward you with a $10 Amazon Gift Card and lighting products too! Starting on National Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17), these selected stories of light-hearted people will be shared online with the hope they will ignite a movement toward positivity and help inspire others to Be the Light.“The Be the Light Campaign emphasizes the profound impact small acts that spread light have on individuals and communities. SYLVANIA lighting has been illuminating homes and businesses for over a century, and by joining this cause now we want to shine a light on people who Be the Light, meaning people that are a source of positive energy for those around them,” said David Geyer, Head of Brand Management – US and Canada, LEDVANCE. “With the start of the New Year, now is the time to set the tone for 2017 by encouraging light and positivity.”“Be the Light is focused on the importance of hope. We believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and that small moments of kindness can alter the course of someone’s day. These can have a rippling effect that positively impacts more and more people over time,” said Melissa M. Syler, founder of the Be the Light Campaign. “Working with LEDVANCE’s SYLVANIA lighting team, we invite the nation to be an agent of change. Be a part of something larger than yourself. Be the Light.”last_img read more

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Canadian filmmakers shaking things up at Sundance Film Festival

first_imgPremiering in Sundance’s Special Events section, Rise is billed as “a condemnation of colonialism and a celebration of Indigenous people worldwide.” Three episodes premiering at Sundance — Sacred Water, Red Power and Apache Stronghold — show how native North Americans and their global supporters are peacefully, but forcefully, fighting back against exploitation of their land: at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation spanning North Dakota and South Dakota, where the Dakota Access Pipeline threatens water supplies; and also at Arizona’s San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, where mining companies seek to dig up sacred ground. “As a filmmaker I think I have a very real responsibility to bear witness,” director/showrunner Latimer says via email. “How can I go work on a reality show about food or something when there are people in my own community dying because of lack of clean water, medical care and housing — and this is supposed to be in one of the most affluent countries in the world? Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment This is especially true regarding films from Canada’s indigenous communities. They’ve always been welcome at Sundance, but the selections this year have a new sense of urgency. Login/Register With: “With Rise, I really like the whole notion of young people and young voices telling these stories, which is part of the mission of that project.” One of the Standing Rock episodes includes an interview with Jesse Wente, a member of the Ojibwa nation and TIFF’s director of film programs. Twitter “Something is very, very wrong when you look at that picture. Making films gives me a platform to explore and communicate the things in society I disagree with. And it gives me a productive place to direct my anger. Because believe me, I’m angry at both the disparity and the privilege I see around me every day.” Advertisementcenter_img Canada’s filmmakers are out to get attention and shake up conventional wisdom at Sundance (Jan. 19-29). Advertisement Sundance director John Cooper is excited about Rise and Rumble playing his festival because these films are “taking it to a place where you can actually effect change through the storytelling itself. I think that’s what Rumble is going to do, because it’s interesting … and it brings you closer into looking at our world a little differently. “The rise of Indigenous media has really occurred in the last 10 years,” he says. “There’s absolutely a connection between the rise of things like Twitter, Facebook and other social media. The fact that you don’t need to have a desk in a mainstream newsroom to necessarily have a voice in today’s media has meant a lot for marginalized communities.” Rise and Rumble aren’t just the titles of two noteworthy Canadian productions headed to this month’s Sundance Film Festival. They’re also statements of purpose. Facebook It also allows these communities to correct the historical record, which is the impetus for Rumble, subtitled The Indians Who Rocked the World. It’s a documentary account of how musicians with aboriginal roots, including guitar greats Jimi Hendrix, Link Wray, Charley Patton and The Band’s Robbie Robertson, made a profound impact on popular music, along with such singers as Rita Coolidge, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Mildred Bailey and the rapper Taboo. Michelle Latimer / Courtesy of Sundance InstituteA still from RISE by Michelle Latimer, an official selection of the Special Events program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Rise, directed by Toronto’s Michelle Latimer, an Algonquin/Métis filmmaker, is an original series for Rogers Media’s Viceland TV channel, planned for broadcast early this year.last_img read more

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Production Underway in Toronto on Season 3 of Spaces MostWatched Original Series

first_imgSpace, Syfy, and Temple Street announced today that production is underway on Season 3 of their epic sci-fi adventure series KILLJOYS. Created by showrunner Michelle Lovretta (LOST GIRL), the 10-episode, one-hour Space original series sees the return of the heroic trio: Hannah John-Kamen as fierce rebel leader Dutch, Aaron Ashmore as the determined and tech-savvy John Jaqobis, and Luke MacFarlane as the steadfast and tactical D’avin Jaqobis. Set to return to Space this year in Canada and Syfy in the U.S., KILLJOYS is currently filming in Toronto.Listed as one of “Variety’s 25 Best Returning Shows of 2016”, KILLJOYS is a hit with critics and viewers alike. Currently the most-watched original series on Space, Season 2 of KILLJOYS reached nearly 1.1 million viewers each week in its initial run.Also returning to KILLJOYS this season are fan-favourites Thom Allison (KIM’S CONVENIENCE) as loveable bartender and former warlord Pree; Sean Baek (THE ART OF MORE) as level six Fancy; and Patrick Garrow (PURE) as senior RAC officer Turin. Joining the cast this season are Kelly McCormack (DEFIANCE) as Zeph, a new thorn in the team’s side; Karen LeBlanc (MOTIVE) as Banyon, a new high-ranking RAC official; Ted Atherton (THE EXPANSE) as Gander, lieutenant to Aneela; and Prince Amponsah (The Entertainer) as Havigan, a tough and respected owner of a hackmod bar. Guest stars this season include Saamer Usmani (REIGN) as Flik, Mac Fyfe (SAVING HOPE) as Lachlan, and Atticus Mitchell (YOUNG DRUNK PUNK) as Pippin. Additional KILLJOYS casting will be announced in the coming weeks. “Last season’s finale of KILLJOYS was so gripping that it left our devoted fan base hungry for more,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “With Lovretta’s layered storylines, the incredible chemistry of our lead trio, and Temple Street’s skillful production, this season is poised to top the best-of lists for critics and fans alike.”“Temple Street, along with the writers, are incredibly excited by the upcoming KILLJOYS storyline and the new characters audiences will meet this season,” said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, Co-Presidents of Temple Street and Executive Producers of KILLJOYS. “Michelle Lovretta and the cast led by Hannah, Aaron and Luke have brought to life intriguing characters and story arcs that continue to engage audiences across the globe. We are thrilled for fans to see where Season 3 takes our crew of interplanetary bounty hunters.”In Season 3 of KILLJOYS, war looms over the J Star System. After sustaining serious personal loss, Dutch, Johnny, and D’avin prepare themselves for what lies ahead. While the trio struggles to assemble an army, a dangerous force – Aneela – heads towards them. The unhinged daughter of Dutch’s late mentor Khlyen, Aneela is hell-bent on revenge for the death of her father. The team’s toughest challenge yet, and perhaps Dutch’s only hope of stopping Aneela, includes convincing a motley gang of bounty hunters to go from believing “The Warrant is All” to “The War is All.”Season 1 of KILLJOYS is streaming now exclusively on CraveTV™.KILLJOYS was created by Michelle Lovretta (Lost Girl, The Secret Circle) who also serves as executive producer and showrunner. Executive producers are David Fortier, Ivan Schneeberg, and Karen Troubetzkoy. Co-Executive producers are Stefan Pleszczynski, Trish Williams, and Adam Barken. Spearheaded by Lovretta, the writing team includes Adam Barken, Julie Puckrin, Andrew DeAngelis, Niko Troubetzkoy, Julian Doucet, Ashley Park, Derek Robertson, and Vivian Lin. Lena Cordina is Producer, Andrea Boyd is Supervising Producer, and Beth Iley is Associate Producer. Directors are Paolo Barzman, Andy Mikita, Ruba Nadda, Stefan Pleszczynski, April Mullen, Jeff Renfroe, Samir Rehem, and Peter Stebbings. Universal Cable Productions distributes the series worldwide with the exclusion of Canada.KILLJOYS is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Space and Syfy. Production Executives for Bell Media are Rebecca DiPasquale and Kathleen Meek. Tom Hastings is Director, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Star Trek Discovery adds several Canadian actors

first_imgAdvertisement In Canada, the first episode will premiere on CTV, on the same night as CBS. All remaining episodes will initially air on Space (in English) and Z (in French), and then later stream on CraveTV. Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Toronto’s Kenneth Mitchell has been cast as Kol, a commanding officer in the Klingon Empire. London native Shazad Latif was originally announced in the role of Kol but will now play Lieutenant Tyler, a Starfleet officer in the Federation. No date has been announced for the premiere of the series, which has been pushed back a couple of times. TORONTO — Several Canadians have joined the cast of the Toronto-shot series “Star Trek: Discovery.” Rekha Sharma of Vancouver will play Commander Landry, the security officer of the Starship Discovery. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment It will debut on CBS with all subsequent episodes available on the streaming service CBS All Access. Clare McConnell of Toronto is in the role of Dennas, a leader in the Klingon Empire. And Toronto native Damon Runyan will play Ujilli, another Klingon leader. Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

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Cineplex and The VOID Announce Canadian Expansion Plans

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, July 10, 2018 – Cineplex (TSX: CGX), a leading entertainment and media company, and The VOID, the critically acclaimed immersive entertainment company, today announced a new, exclusive expansion agreement that will see the opening of new VOID Experience Centers in communities across Canada. By combining state-of-the-art VR technology, physical stages and multi-sensory effects including touch and smell, The VOID invites fans to a social activity to enjoy with friends and family and become active participants in a new hyper-reality. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: With its first location already successfully operating at Cineplex’s The Rec Room in downtown Toronto, the agreement announced today will provide Cineplex with the exclusive rights to operate The VOID concept in Canada. The initial plan is to open a minimum of five VOID Experience Centers over the coming years, both inside and outside of Cineplex operated properties. Opening last summer, residents and visitors to the Toronto area have been able to step beyond reality and into the Ghostbusters: Dimension at the city’s favorite destination for ‘Eats & Entertainment,’ The Rec Room, at the historic Roundhouse.center_img Twitter Advertisement “In addition to announcing this Canadian market development plan with The VOID, today we are also sharing the news that this summer we will be opening a second location in Canada at our West Edmonton Mall location of The Rec Room,” said Ellis Jacob, President and CEO, Cineplex.  “Entertaining people is what we do best and this truly immersive, engaging and interactive experience is a great addition to our growing list of entertainment offerings.”“We’re committed to transporting everyone, everywhere on virtual adventures. To deliver on that promise, The VOID will continue to open our unique entertainment centers in key markets and major destination cities,” said Cliff Plumer, CEO of The VOID. “Through our partnership with Cineplex, The VOID will bring immersive VR – through sight, sound, touch, smell and motion – to a broad consumer audience.”Each VOID Experience Center consists of:Social Experience: The VOID is a shared, multi-person experience that creates a tangible emotional bond as people play together unlike most VR that isolates users.Original and Beloved Storylines: Enter unexplored worlds filled with immersive and entertaining experiences. Guests can step into some of the world’s favorite franchises, including Star Wars™: Secrets of the Empire developed by ILMxLAB and Ghostbusters: Dimensions.Physical Sets: Custom stages and a wide array of sensory effects, designed specifically by The VOID are used to fully draw participants into the digital world that has been mapped over the physical space.State-of-the-Art Gear: The VOID’s proprietary designed equipment melds the physical and digital worlds together through head mounted displays (HMDs), backtopTM computers and haptic vests, allowing sensory effects to be felt from multiple points using haptic feedback.Launched in collaboration ILMxLAB, Lucasflim’s Immersive Entertainment division, and The VOID, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire transports guests deep into the beloved Star Wars™ universe allowing them to walk freely and untethered throughout the full-sensory experience with friends and family. Under the orders of the rebellion, teams of four guests must work together to infiltrate an Imperial base disguised as stormtroopers where they’ll navigate through to steal critical intelligence with help from familiar Star Wars characters along the way. Its first location in Canada will open at The Rec Room at West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, later this summer and at The Rec Room’s Roundhouse location this fall.About CineplexA leading entertainment and media company, Cineplex (TSX:CGX) is a top-tier Canadian brand that operates in the Film Entertainment and Content, Amusement and Leisure, and Media sectors. As Canada’s largest and most innovative film exhibitor, Cineplex welcomes over 70 million guests annually through its circuit of 164 theatres across the country. Cineplex also operates successful businesses in digital commerce (CineplexStore.com), food service, alternative programming (Cineplex Events), cinema media (Cineplex Media), digital place-based media (Cineplex Digital Media), amusement solutions (Player One Amusement Group) and an online eSports platform for competitive and passionate gamers (WorldGaming.com). Additionally, Cineplex operates a location based entertainment business through Canada’snewest destination for ‘Eats & Entertainment’ (The Rec Room), and will also be opening new complexes specially designed for teens and families (Playdium) as well as exciting new sports and entertainment venues across Canada(Topgolf). Cineplex is a joint venture partner in SCENE, Canada’s largest entertainment loyalty program.Proudly recognized as having one of the country’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Cineplex employs approximately 13,000 people in its offices across Canada and the United States. To learn more visit Cineplex.com or download the Cineplex App.About The VOIDStep inside your favorite story with The VOID; the global leader of a new category of immersive location based experiences that utilize cutting edge tech and IP from Hollywood’s biggest players to mark a new frontier in interactive entertainment and storytelling. Combining state-of-the art VR technology, physical stages and multi-sensory effects- including touch and smell – The VOID invites fans to become active participants in a new hyper-reality. The VOID’s Experience Centers are located in: Downtown Disney in Anaheim, Calif.,  Glendale Galleria in Glendale, Calif., Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., Lindon, Utah, Disney Springs in Orlando, Fla., Westfield Stratford City in London, U.K., Hub Zero, City Walk in Dubai, U.A.E., and The Rec Room in Toronto, On.For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.thevoid.com and follow @voidvr on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.About ILMxLABFounded in 2015, ILMxLAB is Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment division which combines compelling storytelling, technological innovation and world-class production to create truly impactful, immersive entertainment experiences. The group develops experiences for virtual reality, augmented/mixed reality, real-time cinema, theme park entertainment and narrative-based experiences for future platforms. ILMxLAB is known for Carne y Arena, the Oscar-winning VR installation directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, and the critically-acclaimed hyper reality experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire. For more information, follow @ILMxLAB on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Facebooklast_img read more

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Beating the odds one nail at a time

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt doesn’t have reserve status so government funding is limited.It doesn’t have many of the things that most Canadians take for granted.But this small Anishinabe community in Quebec is getting some help.Two years ago, the community renovated three houses.It may sound insignificant, but it meant everything.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette was recently in the community and files this report.last_img

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Conditions wiped from Brazeaus cocaine possession assault case according to Quebec court

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsAll the conditions imposed on Independent Senator Patrick Brazeau have been removed from his cocaine possession and assault case, court records show.Brazeau is scheduled to appear Tuesday to face charges of assault, uttering threats and cocaine possession stemming from a 4 a.m. April 2014 incident that ended with his arrest and his belongings tossed into the snow in the backyard of a residence owned by his current girlfriendCourt records show that all the conditions stemming from the April case were removed on June 30.The conditions initially imposed on Brazeau included staying at his designated residence between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., abstaining from alcohol, staying away from a man involved in the April 2014 incident and undergoing counselling. A condition to stay away from his current girlfriend was removed at an earlier date.In a separate case against Brazeau, the Algonquin Senator is also scheduled to appear Tuesday for the continuation of his sexual assault trial which was adjourned June 30. Two conditions imposed on Brazeau as part of his sexual assault case were also removed. He is still required to be of good behaviour and stay away from the alleged victim of the sexual assault, who is a different person than his current girlfriend.The Ottawa Citizen is reporting that Brazeau is expected to plead guilty to simple assault and cocaine possession as part of a plea deal struck to end his sexual assault trial.The Quebec Crown handling Brazeau’s multiple criminal cases had been treating the cocaine, assault and uttering threats case stemming from the April 2014 incident separately from the sexual assault case.Crown prosecutor Sylvain Petitclerc would not comment on the Citizen report, telling APTN National News to wait and see Tuesday.A plea deal in the midst of the sexual assault trial would be a stunning turn given that Brazeau’s alleged victim had endured about five days of cross-examination by the defence that at one point left her in tears. The judge-only trial adjourned June 30.The Crown was expected to submit video evidence when the trial resumes Tuesday showing Brazeau’s statements to the police shortly after his February 2013 arrest for sexual assault.The trial also heard testimony in June from the alleged victim who said she feared for her life during a morning of strife with Brazeau at a Gatineau, Que., residence. The woman alleged Brazeau sexually assaulted her at the home after he pushed her down the stairs. She also alleged that Brazeau choked and spat on her.The trial also heard in June from the Gatineau police officer who was first on the scene. He testified the alleged victim was crying and trembling when he showed up at the door following a 911 call. He also testified he smelled alcohol on Brazeau’s breath as the Senator was cuffed.Brazeau’s defence has tried to counter the Crown’s case by portraying the alleged victim as an aggressor, who physically confronted Brazeau that February morning because he wanted to end their relationship.Brazeau’s defence lawyer Gerard Larocque has also tried to undermine the alleged victim’s credibility by highlighting her entry into Canada. It emerged during trial that the victim, a Colombian national, entered Canada from Mexico using fake Mexican passports for her and her children.Larocque also suggested she received Canadian residency in a quid pro quo with the RCMP for her help in their Senate investigation into Brazeau.Brazeau was also expected to testify in his defence when the trial resumed.Larocque could not be reached for comment.Brazeau is facing a separate set of charges across the Ottawa River in Ontario. He is scheduled to face trial in March 2016 on charges of fraud and breach of trust charges related to his Senate expenses.Brazeau was also charged in October 2014 with two counts of being in the care and control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and being over the legal limit. That is also being handled separately.Brazeau was kicked out of the Conservative caucus after his arrest for sexual assault. He was also suspended from the Senate. That suspension ended after the writ was dropped triggering the current federal election.Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Brazeau to the Senate.-with files from The Canadian Pressjbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Algonquins of Ontario push ahead with vote on controversial modernday treaty

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Ontario Algonquin organization says it is pushing ahead with ratification votes for its agreement-in-principle for what it hopes will lead to a “modern-day treaty” that is facing opposition from Quebec Algonquin First NationsThe Algonquins of Ontario announced Wednesday the ratification votes would be held between Feb. 29 and March 7.The group is made up of 10 Algonquin communities, but only one, Pikwakanagan, is a First Nation with reserve lands. The nine other communities were given legitimacy by Queen’s Park and Ottawa within the framework of the proposed modern-day treaty talks.The Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) face stiff opposition to completing the proposed modern-day treaty from three Algonquin First Nations in Quebec.The First Nations, Wolf Lake, Eagle Village and Timiskaming alleged the AOO claim threatens to extinguish their rights and title to about 855,271 acres of their claimed territory in Ontario.The three First Nations are contemplating legal action to stop the AOO’s process. The communities also allege that some of the members who have signed up as part of the AOO are not real Indigenous people.Wolf Lake Chief Harry St. Denis has called the AOO a “policy fiction” that lacks the legitimacy of a real Algonquin nation.The agreement-in-principle proses to transfer $300 million in capital funding and 117,500 acres of Ontario Crown lands into the hands of AOO. The $300 million will likely not be distributed in lump sums among the signatories.A final agreement may still be years away from completion.Negotiations around the AOO’s claim began in earnest in about 2004 when the 10 Algonquin communities in Ontario signed a protocol to pursue the claim together.“The choice is now in the hands of Algonquin voters,” said Pikwakanagan First Nation Chief Kirby Whiteduck in a statement.In addition to Pikwakanagan, the AOO is comprised of the Antoine, Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini, Bonnechere, Greater Golden Lake, Mattawa-North Bay, Ottawa, Shabot Obaadjiwan, Snimikobi and Whitney communities.The AOO, Queen’s Park and Ottawa initialed the agreement-in-principle on June 12, 2015.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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Trudeau government releases details on first phase of national inquiry into MMIW

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA – The road to a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women began Tuesday when the Trudeau government provided some details of the first phase of consultation that includes meeting with local families Friday.That private meeting will happen at a downtown Ottawa hotel as reported by APTN National News Monday.Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu made the announcement inside Centre Block on Parliament Hill. “Today’s announcement has been a long time coming,” said Bennett. “Over the last decade many, many voices have been heard asking for a national inquiry … this is a priority for me, my colleagues and the federal government.”The former Conservative government, under Stephen Harper, refused to call an inquiry saying they didn’t need another report. After Harper’s defeat the Conservative opposition surprised many by announcing recently they support an inquiry.“We’re very pleased to have the leader of the Opposition on side now,” said Bennett.Tuesday’s announcement follows Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign promise of an inquiry into the nearly 1,200 missing and murdered Indigenous women over the last three decades.The three ministers will hear from families across the country then meet with Aboriginal organizations, leaders and provinces to hear what they want the inquiry to look like.“We are already getting lot’s of advice. We have committed to listening to families first,” said Bennett. Starting with families is a sign of respect said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum.“The families must be comfortable with the inquiry as it unfolds and be able to participate at every step along the way,” said Achneepineskum in a statement. “We acknowledge their grief and know that this will be a difficult and painful process. We are prepared to participle in a process where the families are well supported, the appropriate resources are in place and the right people are at the table.”Following those meetings, Bennett, Wilson-Raybould and Hajdu will sit down and develop the scope of the inquiry that they hope to announce next spring.The second phase is the actual inquiry. “No inquiry can undo what happened, nor can it restore what was lost, but it can help us find a way forward,” said Wilson-Raybould.Families have already told the ministers that they hope the inquiry stops another family from feeling the pain they do.The Trudeau government’s approach to the issue is night and day compared to Harper’s. During his time in office almost 300 Indigenous women were found murdered, died under suspicious circumstances or went missing. Funding to the Native Women’s Association of Canada was also slashed year after year, as reported by APTN in September in this story.Canadians can also play a role in the first phase of the inquiry, said Bennett.“There will be an online component to this process. This will include a website that includes background information that can help all Canadians better understand this issue. It will also include an online survey and discussion guide available in the coming weeks,” said Bennett. “The discussion guide will help focus meetings by highlighting important elements and key questions about the inquiry’s design. The online survey echoes three – these questions and will provide access to all concerned Canadians.”Hajdu said Indigenous women represent four percent of the female population and yet 16 per cent of all murdered women in Canada.“Over the years, many studies have attempted to explain these disparities,” she said. “Some have linked this violence to the long-term impacts of racism, sexism, colonialism and the devastating impacts of residential schools on Indigenous men, women and communities.”She said a range of socioeconomic and health challenges such as poverty, unemployment, lack of transportation, mental health and substance use issues also contribute.“Indigenous women continue to live in poorer socioeconomic conditions than non-Indigenous women, which means that they’re at a heightened risk of experiencing violence,” said Hajdu. “That’s why family members and loved ones of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will be at the centre of this process. National Aboriginal organizations, provinces and territories and Indigenous women’s organizations, along with representatives from a range of frontline service workers will also be essential voices. We will make sure that they can be heard.”news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

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