Constitution gives Ottawa right to impose carbon price on provinces McKenna

first_imgOTTAWA – Ottawa is completely within its rights to impose a carbon tax on any province because protecting the environment falls under federal jurisdiction, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Thursday.“Let me be very clear,” McKenna said in the foyer outside the House of Commons. “It is well within the federal government’s right to take action to protect the environment.”McKenna’s comments seemed to be aimed directly at Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, the only premier holding out against any form of carbon pricing, which he says will hurt his province’s recovering economy.Wall reiterated Thursday his plan to take Ottawa to court to keep it from imposing a carbon tax next year.“This federal government white paper is frankly more like a ransom note,” he said in Regina.McKenna released a discussion paper Thursday on the details of a federal carbon price plan which will be imposed on any province that doesn’t have at least a $10 a tonne price on carbon as early as next spring. The exact date will depend on when the legislation, expected this fall, passes.The federal plan mimics the Alberta carbon program, with a direct tax on heating and transportation fuels and a separate levy on large emitters who don’t cut their emissions by a targeted amount.Provinces that have their own system can choose how the revenues are spent. B.C. returns them to people through income tax cuts. Alberta divides its take between direct rebates to individuals, small business tax cuts and investments in green energy and clean technology.Ottawa will decide how the revenues collected by the federal tax are rebated, although McKenna stressed “every penny” will go back to the province where it came from. She is looking at rebates to individuals and businesses which would bypass provincial governments completely.Wall acknowledged his government has thought about whether revenues from a carbon tax could be used to cut other taxes in Saskatchewan, such as the provincial sales tax which his government just hiked by one point this year. But he said the Saskatchewan economy can’t afford a carbon tax and he won’t agree to do it, even if that means Ottawa could control the revenues.“We’d rather not have a carbon tax, so we’ll take our chances in court,” said Wall.Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec already have plans which McKenna’s office deems sufficient to meet Ottawa’s requirements up to 2020. At that point, they all have to raise their carbon tax or cut the caps on emissions in cap-and-trade programs, to keep up.All other provinces but Saskatchewan have indicated they are preparing to introduce a carbon price, although some have indicated it may be better to let Ottawa bear any political fall-out from a tax.The technical paper says every $10 levy per tonne of emissions will add 2.33 cents to a litre of gas and 1.96 cents to each cubic metre of natural gas. By 2022, that would mean a 50-litre tank of gas would cost about $5.82 more. The natural gas heating bill for the average single, detached home would rise by about $264 a year.The goal of a carbon levy is to persuade people to save money by reducing the use of fossil fuels. That could mean using public transit instead of driving, buying a more fuel-efficient car or improving home efficiency with new windows or a better furnace.Ian Bruce, director of science and policy at the David Suzuki Foundation, said there are multiple studies which showed after British Columbia introduced a carbon tax in 2008, people’s fuel consumption fell.B.C.’s emissions did fall in the first few years after the carbon tax was introduced, however they have crept back up in recent years, a fact many experts blame on the fact the carbon tax hasn’t risen since 2012.Wall however pointed to B.C.’s rising emissions as proof carbon taxes don’t work to cut emissions. He said Saskatchewan isn’t against doing its part to help fight climate change, but thinks plans such as eliminating coal-fired electricity plants and investing in clean technology are the answer, not new taxes.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

List of ministers named to NS Premier Stephen McNeils 17member cabinet

first_imgHALIFAX – The list of ministers named to Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil’s 17-member cabinet:Stephen McNeil — premier, minister of intergovernmental affairs, aboriginal affairs, regulatory affairs and service effectiveness, military relations, youth.Karen Casey — deputy premier, minister of finance and treasury board.Keith Colwell — minister of agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture.Leo Glavine — minister of communities, culture and heritage, minister of seniors and the voluntary sector.Kelly Regan — minister of community services, responsible for the Status of Women Act.Geoff MacLellan — minister of business, minister of energy, minister of Service Nova Scotia, minister of trade.Zach Churchill — minister of education and early childhood development.Randy Delorey — minister of health and wellness, minister of Gaelic affairs.Tony Ince — minister of public service commission, minister of African Nova Scotian affairs.Lena Diab — minister of immigration.Labi Kousoulis — minister of labour and advanced education.Mark Furey — attorney general and minister of justice, minister of labour relations.Lloyd Hines — minister of transportation and infrastructure renewal.Margaret Miller — minister of natural resources.Patricia Arab — minister of internal services, minister of Communications Nova Scotia.Iain Rankin — minister of environment.Derek Mombourquette — minister of municipal affairs.last_img read more

Unpopular Saskatchewan budget hangs over leadership race to replace Brad Wall

first_imgREGINA – Retiring Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall’s austerity budget from last spring has not been popular with voters and whoever takes over from him could still have to deal with the fallout.The budget cut library and education funding, as well as grants to municipalities and money for funeral services for poor people. It raised the provincial sales tax and added it to things that had been exempt such as children’s clothing and restaurant meals.The measures were part of the Saskatchewan Party government’s effort to tackle a $1.3-billion deficit.Shawn Davidson, president of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association, says the impact on students will be great if there are deeper cuts and he hopes whoever becomes the next premier recognizes that.“Education certainly did its part in the world of austerity for the province in helping to balance the budget, and there were a lot of tough decisions that came with that,” said Davidson.“But we’re at a point now where we need to see our funding be sustainable moving forward, so that we can do the best things for our kids.“This idea there’s still a bunch of fat to cut in education is just simply false.”Ken Rasmussen, a political scientist with the University of Regina, said Wall’s successor may face divisions in caucus between those who were not keen on the budget and those who are very much pro-austerity.Rasmussen suggested Wall was able to keep a lid on any kind of unrest, but that might not last.“That kind of division that clearly exists in cabinet is going to become more visible,” he said. “Whoever is the new leader is going to have a harder time tamping that down.”The budget is “already a bit of a shambles and whatever plan they had has sort of unravelled through piecemeal changes.”On Thursday, the government backtracked on a planned 10 per cent funding cut to community-based organizations such as mobile crisis services, detox facilities and youth centres.Health Minister Jim Reiter — who is considering whether to enter the race to lead the Saskatchewan Party and, ultimately, become premier — said the province decided after a review that it wasn’t appropriate to take money away from the groups.Public outcry had already led the government to reverse plans to cut the library and funeral funding.Tina Beaudry-Mellor, who has stepped down as social services minister to enter the leadership race, said there is a budget challenge.“Given that human services portions of our ministries have three-quarters of the budget, there’s no question that we need to look in those areas for efficiencies when we want to balance the budget. But there might be better ways of going about it than we currently are,” she said.“For example, I’m not certain that having the same level of savings across every ministry is perhaps the wisest approach.”Finance Minister Kevin Doherty, also considering a leadership bid, said he’ll continue to defend the budget, even though it might put him at a disadvantage.“Will I wear it? Probably more so than other people. That’s probably a fair statement. But again, this is a government decision and the government should all stand behind it.”Parks Minister Ken Cheveldayoff and Justice Minister Gord Wyant are also deciding whether to run.Rasmussen said he can’t see any new leader of the Saskatchewan Party abandoning austerity.It would be a risky political move, he said, but whoever becomes premier could lessen some of the impact with a “reset” in the next budget.“I imagine that we’ll see a kinder, gentler austerity budget.”last_img read more

Ontario relaxes rules on supports for people with disabilities

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario residents with disabilities are seeing major changes to provincial programs offering financial support and medical coverage.Effective Friday, the government is loosening some of the stringent rules governing the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Works (OW). The two are the primary social support systems for disabled residents, although Ontario Works assists non-disabled residents as well.One of the most notable changes significantly relaxes the rules concerning how much money recipients are allowed to have as assets or savings before having their benefits clawed back.Singles receiving ODSP will see their asset limits jump from $5,000 to $40,000, while limits for couples will climb from $7,500 to $50,000.Individuals using Ontario Works will see those limits quadruple from $2,500 to $10,000, while couples’ limits triple from $5,000 to $15,000.The government is also increasing the limits on how much ODSP or OW recipients can receive in a year as cash gifts.Among other changes going into effect is a two per cent increase in monthly social assistance benefits for both programs.Program users and advocates hailed the changes as definite progress for a system they say had long lagged behind the needs of those who relied on it. But they said the changes still fall short of what’s needed.In particular, they cited the small increase to social assistance benefits.Individuals on ODSP, for instance, receive just $1,151 per month, including a maximum shelter allowance of $489. The total monthly income for couples on ODSP is currently set at $1,688.Kyle Vose, chair of the ODSP Action Coalition, said the changes that took effect Friday represent a necessary and welcome first step to overhauling the program.“We are grateful for what we’re getting and for the changes that are being made,” said Vose, who cited the increase to asset limits and cash gifts as among the most exciting of the changes.Those were long-standing sore points within the community, he said.Ron Malis, a financial advisor focusing on people with disabilities, agreed.With the previous limits, if a social assistance recipient were to receive an inheritance that would put them over those low thresholds, they would have to isolate the money in a registered disability savings plan or other exempt asset in order to keep receiving monthly aid, Malis explained.Going over the limit, he said, could result in short or long-term suspension of benefits.If people wanted to access some of those funds for reasons not related to their disability, they would then run afoul of another set of rules — those governing cash gifts and voluntary payments.Under the old system, both ODSP and OW recipients were barred from receiving any cash gifts greater than $6,000 over a 12-month period. Malis said this would include withdrawals from trusts or other exempted savings vehicles.The new rules are raising the cash gift limit for both groups to $10,000. But Malis said the change is not in line with the more substantial increases to asset limits.“You increase the size of the water barrel, but you do not allow people to open the tap much more than is currently possible today,” Malis said. “It makes things so complex for people who are struggling.”Still, Malis praised the measures as significant progress, though he argued the Ontario government could have followed the lead of provinces such as British Columbia. Asset limits there were recently raised to $100,000 without limits on cash gifts.Graeme Dempster, a spokesman from the Ministry of Community and Social Services, said Ontario is looking to B.C.’s approach to see if it’s an appropriate blueprint for future changes.“We do not know yet how that affected clients or if that is the appropriate amount to which the limit should be increased,” he said. “This policy change in British Columbia gives us an opportunity to see how results there can inform future changes to ODSP, which we are always looking for ways to improve.”Dempster said the ministry recognizes the need to “fundamentally change social assistance.” A reform group is slated to release recommendations on the issue this fall.At least one group is calling for more drastic improvements than those that went into effect Friday.The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty called the two per cent boost to monthly payments “measly” and said it falls well short of what’s needed, particularly when contrasted with the roughly $1,900 people with disabilities could expect to receive under Ontario’s basic income pilot program.Other changes taking effect are modest increases for ODSP recipients living in remote communities, relaxed ajudication rules for people re-entering either ODSP or OW, and the addition of batteries and mobility device repairs to the list of items covered under the ODSP health benefits plan.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version carried an incorrect figure for the maximum shelter allowance for individuals on ODSP.last_img read more

NS Tory leader resigns amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie was forced to resign Wednesday after an investigation found he acted inappropriately and breached the legislature’s policy on workplace harassment.Party president Tara Miller said the Tories launched an independent, third-party probe into Baillie’s behaviour after a sexual harassment claim was brought to the party’s attention late last month.“As soon as we became aware of those allegations we took immediate steps to address them,” she told reporters at Province House in Halifax. “The PC party of Nova Scotia does not and will not tolerate sexual harassment in the workplace.”Miller said she is only aware of one individual who has come forward with allegations, but she would not say whether the allegations result from one incident or multiple incidents over time.“In order to respect the confidentiality and privacy of the individual involved, we’re not going to be sharing any more details than what we’ve already disclosed,” she said.Miller said the decision to ask Baillie to step down was supported unanimously by the party caucus.Although caucus members were provided with the “appropriate information” to make a decision, Miller said the investigator’s report has only been disclosed to legal counsel.“We’re very confident that the individual we retained to do this report did a very thorough and careful analysis of the issue,” she said. “The report concluded there had been a breach of the harassment policy.”Miller said the scope of the party’s involvement in the harassment allegation has concluded.A spokeswoman for the Halifax Regional Police said the force has not received a report or complaint against Baillie.“In order to investigate a sexual assault allegation we would need a complainant, we would require somebody like an individual victim or victims,” said Const. Carol McIsaac. “It wouldn’t be our victim-centered approach to investigating this to go and seek out a victim.”Baillie surprised the legislature by announcing his resignation on Twitter, saying he wanted to focus on his family and was “resigning for personal reasons.”“It has been an honour and privilege to lead the PC party for the past seven years,” said Baillie, who became party leader in 2010 after the Tories were ousted from power.“I am resigning for personal reasons,” he said. “My priority is my family and I ask that our privacy be respected.”The announcement came nearly three months after Baillie revealed plans to leave the helm of the official Opposition once a new leader was chosen.Within hours of his tweet, the party issued a statement about the harassment claims, shedding light on why Baillie left so abruptly.The party confirmed Wednesday that caucus chairwoman Karla MacFarlane would immediately become interim leader.MacFarlane, the MLA for Pictou West, said she was “very disappointed (and) sad.“It’s a delicate, delicate issue and it’s been a difficult process,” she said. “It’s a lot to digest but as we all know, no one is above the law.”Rob Batherson, a former party president, called the allegations “shocking.“It’s difficult to square the finding of sexual harassment with the person that I know, knew, and worked with,” he said. “We’re all trying to reconcile it. It’s shocking. It’s not the Jamie that we know or knew.”Baillie, a chartered accountant, rebuilt the Progressive Conservatives from a bruised and battered third-place party into a solid Opposition.“It is strong, it is debt-free and it has the world’s best caucus,” he said last November during a news conference. “We have built a modern, dynamic, truly progressive party that will be a real alternative government for the people of Nova Scotia.”In recent years, Baillie has made ending sexual violence a key political issue.In 2016, the opposition Progressive Conservatives tabled a bill calling for free legal representation for some victims of sexual violence.Baillie said in a statement at the time the bill would enshrine the right of victims to legal representation.MacFarlane said the party will announce the date of a leadership convention in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Searchers to return to avalancheprone peak near Vancouver looking for snowshoer

first_imgVANCOUVER — Rescuers intend to make another attempt to find a snowshoer who has been missing since an avalanche in the backcountry of Vancouver’s North Shore.North Shore Rescue team leader Mike Danks says in an email that a team is ready to be airlifted at first light into the area around Runner Peak, north of Mount Seymour.A 39-year-old Surrey man, identified by his mother as Remi Michalowski, has not been seen since Monday morning when an avalanche hit him and a companion as they snowshoed through the steep and challenging area.The 30-year-old man with Michalowski was able to call for help while clinging to a tree and was airlifted from the area several hours later.Search efforts were temporarily halted Tuesday as a snowstorm swept across parts of Metro Vancouver, but the weather cleared overnight, although the avalanche danger remains considerable.Dank has already said that rescuers are hoping for the best but fear the worst because overflights of the avalanche area on Monday found no trace of Michalowski. (The Canadian Press, CTV)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Live onair licking of TV reporter sparks outrage

first_imgTORONTO — An incident in which a man nuzzles and licks the ear of an on-air TV journalist reporting on a comedy event was roundly condemned on Wednesday, with some arguing the actions amounted to an assault.In a widely seen clip, CBC’s Chris Glover is talking back to the studio when one man leans into the frame behind him and mugs in front of the camera before leaving while a second man, dressed in a green Saskatchewan Roughriders hoodie, moves in on the reporter.This is so disturbing and I get more uncomfortable every time I watch this creepy guy assault @chrisgloverCBC on live television. Why do people think it’s OK to #harass & #assault reporters while they do their job?! It’s gotta stop! @chrisgloverCBC @CBCToronto #Toronto #reporter pic.twitter.com/rSeTStQI5L— Jeffrey Vallis (@jeffrey_vallis) February 27, 2019The man, identified by multiple viewers as comic actor Boyd Banks who has appeared on CBC shows, proceeds to demonstratively lick Glover’s ear and kisses his neck while the journalist continues speaking, before throwing it back to the studio with the line:“Things are getting a little awkward out here, so I’m going to pass it back to you,” Glover said.“Yeah, that’s a little strange. It’s really unnecessary,” host Dwight Drummond told Glover. “Just move away from that gentleman.”Neither Glover nor Drummond responded to a request for comment. However, a spokesman for CBC denounced the man’s actions and praised the reporter.“Chris Glover showed remarkable composure and professionalism in the face of a very awkward situation,” Chuck Thompson said. “Unfortunately, the trend of harassing reporters continues and is something we take very seriously.”Thompson called the incident “troubling as they are unacceptable.” He did not say what, if anything, the broadcaster planned to do about the situation. Toronto police said they had no record of a complaint.Saskatchewan-born Banks, who has multiple film and TV credits including the CBC’s “Little Mosque on the Prairie,” could not be immediately reached for comment.In recent years, female reporters in particular have been the subject of crude, harassing catcalls which, in some cases, have resulted in charges against the perpetrator. More recently, other journalists have been physically assaulted while doing their jobs in public.The 40-second clip of Glover sparked outrage on social media, with some condemning what happened as an assault, and others saying they would not have remained so calm.“This is disgusting,” CBC reporter Lorenda Reddekopp tweeted. “I also can’t believe none of the bystanders did anything.”“This is so disturbing and I get more uncomfortable every time I watch,” said Toronto-based writer Jeffrey Vallis on Twitter. “Why do people think it’s OK to harass and assault reporters while they do their job?”Thompson said the particular assignment was viewed as “low risk” but noted situations can be unpredictable. Regardless, Thompson called the incident troubling.“This type of harassment is completely unacceptable from any individual,” he said.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Toronto man to be sentenced for trying to get into Syria to

first_imgTORONTO — An Ontario judge is expected to deliver a sentence today for a Toronto man who tried to join Islamic State militants in Syria.Pamir Hakimzadah, 29, pleaded guilty in early February to one count of leaving Canada to participate in a terrorist activity.The prosecution is seeking a six-year sentence while the defence is asking for sentence of three years and seven months.Hakimzadah admitted to leaving Toronto for Turkey in 2014 where he tried to find a way into Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.A taxi driver who believed Hakimzadah was trying to join the terrorist group turned him in to authorities, who sent him back to Canada.A family member told police about Hakimzadah’s support for ISIL two years later.The Canadian Presslast_img

Rain could bring relief as crews battle wildfires in Alberta

first_imgThe High Level wildfire continues to grow, now up to 280,000 hectares. That’s larger than the Greater Vancouver area. #yeg #yyc #abfire #absmoke pic.twitter.com/cuakpWa3Xv— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) June 1, 2019The Chuck Egg Creek fire, near High Level stretches, 100 kilometres, long from the northern tip to the southern.Thick, acrid smoke continues to blanket much of the province south of the fires, causing poor air quality.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says Ottawa has granted Alberta’s request for help from the Canadian Forces.READ MORE: Federal government will provide support for Alberta wildfire The military will help airlift evacuees, transport supplies and provide medical assistance.There were 29 active fires Friday — including 10 considered out-of-control.People in Slave Lake, a town of 65-hundred that was partially destroyed by a wildfire in 2011, have been told to be ready to leave with eight hours notice.The Alberta government is warning that any hot, dry, windy weather will make fighting the fires difficult.Crews from across Canada are in the province doing their best to help. ALBERTA — Crews fighting more than two dozen wildfires in Alberta are hoping Mother Nature will help them out Saturday.There’s some rain in the forecast that could dampen some fire activity, but officials aren’t counting on the weather.So far, more than 10-thousand people have been forced from their homes and at least one energy company has shut down some operations.Derek Gagnon, provincial information officer with Alberta Wildfire says High Level has seen some scattered showers.“It’s hopeful we will see a little bit more over the next while but there is nothing that is really rain, like a sustained rain that sees a lot of precipitation fall within a short amount of time and it has been weeks since we’ve seen that, High Level is seeing drought like conditions right now,” added Gagnon. “So without rain, it is very difficult for these wildfires to get contained because the fuels around them are so dry and so ready to ignite.”last_img read more

Fix could be delayed for Cape Breton town plagued by stinky sewage

first_imgINVERNESS, N.S. — Residents of a small community in Cape Breton are worried they’ll have to suffer through another year of putrid fumes wafting from an overworked sewage lagoon despite a highly publicized public protest.Rose Mary MacDonald, president of the Inverness Development Association, says town council approved a plan in August that calls for completion of the final design for a new sewage treatment plant by November.However, MacDonald says a provincial funding application for the new plant has yet to be submitted to the federal government, which means construction probably won’t be completed until the end of next summer.The provincial Municipal Affairs Department couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.The former coal mining town is known for its two world-class golf resorts, but the stench from the lagoon has often left residents — and some golfers — gagging.The fetid facility is adjacent to Cabot Links, which opened in 2011 — marking the start of the revival of a hardscrabble town that withered after its last coal mine closed in the 1990s.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Bryan Ferry To Perform At Winter Butterfly Ball For Charity

first_imgA host of celebrities are expected to turn out for an intimate performance by pop icon, Bryan Ferry, in London next week.Bryan Ferry To Perform At Winter Butterfly BallCredit/Copyright: Caudwell ChildrenFerry, famed for his string of hits as part of Roxy Music during the 70’s and 80’s is performing at the Winter Butterfly Ball in aid of national charity, Caudwell Children on Thursday 15th November.The UK-based charity, which provides practical and emotional support for disabled children, is renowned for its star-studded fundraisers which regularly attract some of the charity’s celebrity supporters including Sir Elton John, Elizabeth Hurley, Rod Stewart, and Sir Bruce Forsyth.Trudi Beswick, CEO of Caudwell Children, commented: “The Winter Butterfly Ball is our celebration of the work that we’ve done throughout the year and an opportunity to share some of the success stories with our loyal and passionate supporters.“In 2012 we have helped more families than ever before and we couldn’t have done that without the support of our donors and volunteers, this is our chance to say thank you and show them just how important their support is to us.”As well as the headline performance from Bryan Ferry, guests will be entertained by performances from the Swann Band, Jonathan Bremner and a speech by one of the triumphant members of this summer’s Team GB Paralympic squad, footballer Matthew Dimbylow.Mrs Beswick continued: “We are all excited about what should be a really fun and exciting event, topped off by an intimate performance from a true music and style icon.“We obviously hope to raise lots of money to support the charity’s work next year but this is also about saying thank you to the people who have supported us throughout 2012.”For more information about Caudwell Children and the Winter Butterfly Ball visit www.caudwellchildren.com or call the events team on 0845 300 1348.last_img read more

Keha To Perform At amfAR India Event

first_imgOn Sunday, November 17th, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, will present the inaugural amfAR India event.Hosted by Sharon Stone and Aishwarya Rai, the event will feature a cocktail reception, dinner, live auction, and world-class entertainment. amfAR’s international events in cities including Cannes, Dubai, Milan, Paris, Rio, Rome, São Paolo, Toronto, Venice, and Vienna are not only among the most high-profile and eagerly anticipated fundraisers in the world, they have generated over $100 million in support of the Foundation’s lifesaving AIDS research programs.The evening will feature a special performance by Ke$ha.Like all amfAR events, amfAR India will draw an exciting and diverse range of distinguished guests, including international celebrities and famous names from the worlds of music, business, art, and society.Find out more here.last_img read more

Amy Poehler And Will Ferrell Raise Funds For Suicide Prevention

first_imgAmy Poehler, Will Ferrell and director Andrew J. Cohen are helping to raise awareness and funds for the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center by offering a chance for a walk-on, nonspeaking-role in their upcoming New Line comedy film.For each $10 contribution made through this CrowdRise campaign, participants will be automatically entered to win a day on the set with cast and crew on Nov. 2 and the once-in-a-lifetime experience of being an extra in a major Hollywood film. The campaign runs until noon on Oct. 28, when a winner will be chosen and notified.Director Andrew J. Cohen – who was an associate producer on The 40-Year-Old Virgin, executive producer of Neighbors and Neighbors 2 and co-producer of Funny People — sponsored the campaign. He and his wife, Crystal, are longtime supporters of the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center.The winner of the sweepstakes will: • Visit the Warner Brothers closed set and be a part of the behind-the-scenes experience on November 2nd • Meet the cast including the stars of the film, Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell • Receive a walk-on, non-speaking extra role in the movie • Get a photo with Director, Andrew Cohen; and stars Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell“We are extremely grateful for Andrew’s support and excited that Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell are part of this innovative campaign to raise awareness and funds for the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center,” says Lyn Morris, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. “Anything we can do to educate people to recognize and respond to suicide warning signs helps save lives.”More than 41,000 Americans died by suicide and about one million people attempted last year. The renowned Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center — the nation’s first — answered more than 62,000 calls, chats, and texts in 2014 and has comprehensive programs to help people at risk of suicide and those who have been affected by suicide.To learn more about the Suicide Prevention Center, click here.last_img read more

Stars Attend Eva Longoria Foundation Dinner

first_imgA dinner celebrating The Eva Longoria Foundation last week raised funds to support the Foundation’s mission to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship.Eva Longoria Attends Eva Longoria Foundation DinnerThe dinner took place on Thursday, November 5th at Eva Longoria’s restaurant, Beso, in Los Angeles. Attendees included Eva Longoria, Mario Lopez, Zachary Levi (“Heroes Reborn”), Roselyn Sanchez (“Devious Maids”), Judy Reyes (“Devious Maids”), Amaury Nolasco (“Prison Break”, “Telenovela”), Holly Robinson Peete, Rodney Peete, Alex Meneses (“Telenovela”), Diana Maria Riva (“Telenovela”), Izzy Diaz (“Telenovela”), Jadyn Douglas (“Telenovela”), Steven Bauer (“Ray Donovan”), Robin Antin (Pussycat Dolls), Rebecca Da Costa (THE BAG MAN) and philanthropist and activist Henry Muñoz.Guests arrived at Beso Hollywood for cocktails followed by dinner and remarks from Eva Longoria and Laysha Ward, President of Community Relations at Target.Host Eva Longoria spoke about the launch of the Foundation’s nationwide Latina mentorship network and its 2015 Parent Engagement Convening, which brought 40 top experts together to find ways to involve exponentially more parents in their children’s education. Longoria also described the Foundation’s signature STEM education programs, which have helped more than 2,600 Latinas develop technology skills, such as coding and robotics.Actress, producer, and star of “Devious Maids” Judy Reyes spoke about the Foundation’s commitment to cultivating the full potential of Latinas. Actor and host of EXTRA Mario Lopez and CEO of Muñoz & Company and Foundation Board Member Henry Muñoz also made remarks about the value of the Foundation’s work to Latinas and the country as a whole.Premiere event sponsor Target announced an additional $100,000 contribution to the Foundation. Event sponsors included HBO/Time Warner, The Jacki and Gilbert Cisneros Foundation, Creative Artist Agency, and the Televisa Foundation. Denim designer Henry & Belle and apparel brand good hYOUman provided guests with complimentary women’s jeans and men’s shirts. Executive Chef Angel Estrada prepared an exquisite four-course meal for guests.The Eva Longoria Foundation was established in 2012 by actress, activist and philanthropist Eva Longoria. The Foundation gives Latinas the tools to succeed through education and entrepreneurship. There are currently 25 million Latinas in the US and by 2015, they will make up 15% of the total population. The Foundation works to improve the futures not only of the Latinas they serve, but also of the US as a whole.If you would like to donate to the Eva Longoria Foundation, click here.last_img read more

MakeAWish And ESPN Team Up To Showcase LifeChanging Wishes

first_imgMore than 60 life-changing wishes and 13 years later, Make-A-Wish and ESPN announce an all-star lineup of four new, inspirational sports stories as part of the annual “My Wish” series.The summertime series presented by Dove Men+Care on SportsCenter focuses on the incredible joy and strength that children with critical illnesses receive from a wish-come-true. Starting the evening of Sunday, July 15 and continuing Monday, July 16, Tuesday, July 17, and Thursday, July 19, sports fans can catch different stories of Make-A-Wish kids meeting their sports heroes. The series will come to a conclusion on Friday, July 20 with a compilation feature highlighting the full roster of this year’s wishes.From end zones and three-point lines to outfields and race tracks, ESPN cameras have been there from the initial surprise when wish kids find out their wish will come true until they meet the athletes they idolize the most. Throughout the years, the series has featured elite athletes of all kinds, including global superstars, world champions, gold medalists, hall of famers and MVPs. This year’s participants are equally as impressive with involvement from golf champion Jordan Spieth; 27-time World Series winning team, The New York Yankees; NFL all-time great Larry Fitzgerald; and NBA all-star Jimmy Butler.For the 13th consecutive year, Emmy-award winning reporter Chris Connelly brings these stories to life through eye-opening, first-hand interviews and best-in-class storytelling.“Every year, we witness how sick kids internalize the toughness and determination that professional athletes display on a nightly basis,” said Connelly. “When wish kids meet their favorite athletes and teams, they are empowered to stay strong and positive no matter what health obstacles come their way.”“Wishes have proven physical and emotional benefits that can give children with critical illnesses a higher chance of survival,” said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “That’s because when a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope. The ‘My Wish’ series invites SportsCenter viewers to witness this power and see as the lives of wish kids, their families and their favorite athletes change forever.”Make-A-Wish extends its thanks to Disney and ESPN for their support of the “My Wish” series as part of their Team of Heroes initiative centered around improving the patient and family experience in children’s hospitals. Beyond assisting with this year’s series, Disney – which owns ESPN – has been a steadfast friend of Make-A-Wish for 38 years and has helped the organization grant more than 120,000 Disney-related wishes, including the first official wish in 1980.For more information about Make-A-Wish and the ESPN “My Wish” series, visit wish.org/mywish.last_img read more

Before Wayne and Dr Evil An excerpt from Mike Myerss new book

first_img Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Over the course of his career, Mike Myers has created dozens of memorable, larger-than-life characters on both the small and big screens – but in his new book, Canada, the comedy icon unveils his most passionate persona yet: true-blue patriot. In this exclusive excerpt, Myers recounts his childhood in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough – and why nearly every Canadian kid was jealous of the neighbours down south.In Canada, you can support even the most outrageous claims of deviant human behaviour simply by saying it happened “somewhere in the States, eh?”For example, “Did you hear about that lady? That would steal babies from the hospital? And raise them? Convincing them that they’re deaf?” “That didn’t happen!”“Yes, it did!”“Where?”“Somewhere in the States, eh?”“Wow, those people are crazy, eh?”“Right, eh? If I had to live in the States, I’d have to smoke a bag o’ dope every day.”Of course, we Canadians frequently envy Americans. As a kid growing up in Canada, I was envious of the American space program. How come Canada didn’t have a rocket? How come Canada didn’t have a NASA? And come to think of it, how come Canada didn’t even have its own car? Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Canadas Most Beautiful 2017 See who made the list

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement They’re actors, recording stars, TV personalities, athletes and models – and these 50 Canadians have one thing in common: a spot on Hello! Canada‘s 50 Most Beautiful Canadians list for 2017!We’re happy to celebrate them at a time when their star is rising (think newly minted Juno winner Ruth B.) or burning more brightly than ever (hello, Ryan Gosling!). They’re all photogenic, to be sure, but they exemplify what it means to be beautiful on the inside, too, thanks to their creative pursuits, charitable efforts and obliging nature with fans. For all those reasons and more, superstar Celine Dion kicks off our list.last_img

MEET THE HELM

first_imgDavid Cranor and Gillian Marr – The Helm Advertisement Advertisement Canadian production veterans David Cranor and Gillian Marr have launched The Helm, a full-service commercial production company based in Toronto.Together, Cranor and Marr have a combined 35 years of international production experience, which the pair will leverage to offer adaptable solutions and an integrated approach to commercial and digital media projects.Cranor’s 20-year career as a Line Producer and Executive Producer began in the music video industry, where he produced videos for some of Canada’s most iconic bands. Since 2003, David has expertly straddled roles as an Executive and Line Producer at two prestigious production companies in Canada, Industry Films and Brown Entertainment, where he worked alongside and developed deep relationships with directors, creative directors, agency producers, and creative teams. Twitter Marr is an internationally reputable Line Producer and Executive Producer with over 15 years of experience. She’s produced more than 200 commercials in 17 different countries and over 40 North American cities. She brings to The Helm her expertise and passion for problem solving and client service. Her work has garnered international acclaim, with a number of spots going on to win Cannes Lions, the Marketing Awards, Applied Arts and London International Awards.As Executive Producers/Managing Directors, Cranor and Marr will offer a hands-on approach, personally line producing when needed, in addition to executive producing.center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Norm Macdonald is getting his own Netflix talk show

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 3, 2008 file photo, actor and comedian Norm MacDonald is shown at the “Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget” in Burbank, Calif. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Canadian comedy star Norm Macdonald is getting a talk show on Netflix.The streaming service says it’s ordered 10 episodes of Norm Macdonald Has a Show.The program will feature one celebrity guest per episode, with the Quebec native as host and Adam Eget as his sidekick. Advertisement The two are also co-hosts of the podcast Norm Macdonald Live.Macdonald, a former Saturday Night Live cast member, will also be an executive producer and co-showrunner. Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: David Letterman, who also has a Netflix talk show, will be the location scout.Norm Macdonald Has a Show is produced under Macdonald’s Anchor Spud Productions, along with Pygmy Wolf Productions in association with Lionsgate Television.“The show will deliver great and unexpected conversation, jokes and a behind-the-scenes look at Norm’s world,” Netflix said Friday in a statement.last_img read more

Hearings begin on Northern Gateway pipeline

first_imgAPTN National NewsPublic hearings are set to being Tuesday into Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.APTN National News reporter Tina House has this story.last_img