Autopsy report shows Canadian killed fighting ISIL died from head injury mother

first_imgAn Ontario woman whose son was killed secretly fighting against Islamic State militants in northern Syria last year says she was devastated to finally learn the details of his death.Tina Martino says an autopsy report she received last week concluded her 24-year-old son, Nazzareno Tassone, died from a blow to the head, not a gunshot wound as she had previously been told.Martino says the autopsy, which was conducted in northern Iraq, also found her son had broken bones, cigarette burns to his body and face and marks that suggested he had been bound.After days spent believing her son had been tortured, Martino says she learned Tuesday those injuries were incurred after his death.Tassone was killed on Dec. 21 in the city of Raqqa while fighting militants associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIS or ISIL.Months before, Tassone had told his family that he was going to Iraq to teach English, but he secretly slipped into Syria to join forces with a U.S.-backed Kurdish group known as the YPG.The young man’s family learned of his death in early January after receiving a letter from the group. The letter also said Tassone’s body had been taken by ISIL militants. His body was recovered last month.The autopsy report initially confused the family, because it described Tassone as six feet three inches tall, in his 30s and with blond hair, when in fact he was five feet 10 inches tall, several years younger and had brown hair, his mother said.That gave the family hope that it was about a different man, she said.“It was the first time in five months of not having him home that anger… overpowered most of the emotional crying,” Martino said.“There was also a lot of hoping and praying that it wasn’t him,” she said.Dental records eventually confirmed the report had correctly identified Tassone, however, she said.Still, the report leaves many questions unanswered about Tassone’s fate, his mother said. “Nobody’s saying what they think happened,” she said.Martino said her son’s body could be flown back to Canada as early as this weekend, though she wouldn’t be surprised if they encountered other delays.Tassone’s body would arrive in Toronto and be brought to Niagara Falls, Ont., in a repatriation ceremony, then laid to rest there, she said.The family had planned a memorial service last month but then decided to wait for the return of his body.last_img read more

Book prize creator Jack Rabinovitch dead at 87 Family

first_imgTORONTO – Jack Rabinovitch, the beloved businessman who created the lucrative and prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize literary award that boosted the profiles and sales of countless Canadian fiction authors, has died.Rabinovitch died Sunday afternoon in Toronto, his daughter Elana confirmed. He was 87.An obituary posted on the website of Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel, which was handling the funeral said Rabinovitch died as a result of a “catastrophic fall” at this home last week.The Montreal-born, Toronto-based Rabinovitch tackled several careers throughout his life, including journalism, food retail and real estate. But it was his Giller award that made him a recognizable face across Canada and internationally.The idea for the renowned honour was hatched not over boardroom coffee but over bar drinks with author Mordecai Richler.“It started at a pub in Montreal called Woody’s and ended up at a famous restaurant in Montreal called Moishes, and over chopped liver we decided what to do,” Rabinovitch told The Canadian Press at the Giller Prize gala in October 2012.The prize was established in 1994, a year after the death of Rabinovitch’s wife, literary journalist Doris Giller.Rabinovitch wanted to create a literary award to honour Giller while also recognizing excellence in Canadian fiction — in long format or short stories.“The only real major (literary) prize (back then) was the Governor General’s and most people just felt that it wasn’t right to just let the government handle the situation,” said Rabinovitch, who was named Maclean’s magazine “Man of the Year” in 1999.“So private people like myself and various other people have started new prizes to highlight and admire new writers.”The Giller Prize initially endowed a cash prize of $25,000, which was the largest purse for literature in the country.In 2005, the award teamed up with Scotiabank and the prize grew to what is now $50,000 for the winner and $5,000 for each of the finalists.According to the prize’s website, more than 2.5 million Giller-nominated books were sold in the first 10 years of the award, resulting in headlines about the so-called “Giller effect” on finalists.“We learned a long time ago that authors are really interested in selling their books, that’s how they make a living, so that’s what we’re trying to do — is help them make a living,” said Rabinovitch, whose signature line at every Giller gala was: “For the price of a dinner in this town you can buy all the nominated books. So, eat at home and buy the books.”Beyond the spike in sales and the exposure, the Giller also gives authors the opportunity to break away from their typically isolated writing lives and dress up at the annual awards gala, where a who’s who of the literary world and beyond come together for a night of fine dining and entertainment.“I think it’s amazing for books to get this kind of attention at an event like this. It’s unparalleled,” said Giller nominee Alix Ohlin at the October 2012 bash.“It’s a long way from working in your kitchen and making sure the cat’s water dish is full, which is more like what writers deal with,” quipped fellow nominee Russell Wangersky.Rabinovitch’s love of literature blossomed when he studied at McGill University and graduated with a B.A. in Honours English in 1952.He then worked as a reporter and a speechwriter before entering the worlds of food retailing, distribution, and building and real estate development.In 1986, he became executive vice-president of property development company Trizec Corporation and joined the board of the Princess Margaret Hospital. He was also on the Board of the MaRS (Medical and Related Science) Project.Rabinovitch eventually became president of Nodel Investments Ltd., a real estate/venture capital firm, and became an officer of the Order of Canada in 2009.Rabinovitch is survived by his three daughters — Noni, Daphna and Elana — and three grandchildren — Jacob, Saffi and Luca.Members of the literary community took to Twitter Sunday afternoon to express condolences.“It was an honour to work with Jack Rabinovitch,” wrote Irish novelist John Boyne, author of The Boy In The Striped Pajamas and a member of the 2015 Giller jury. He called Rabinovitch “a gentleman, a book lover, and philanthropist.”“RIP Jack Rabinovitch,” wrote fantasy writer and Order of Canada recipient Guy Gavriel Kay. “His creation of the Giller Prize was a major moment in CanLit culture, and his generosity was extreme. A real loss.”Former Ontario premier Bob Rae, a friend of Rabinovitch, also expressed his grief on Twitter. “Lost a dear friend, #JackRabinovitch, whose body succumbed to injuries suffered on Thursday, but whose spirit will live on in all of us.”“We will miss him!!!” Former governor general Adrienne Clarkson tweeted.Scotiabank, which joined with Giller in 2005 issued a statement expressing its sadness at Rabinovitch’s death.“We remember Jack as a trailblazer, someone who sought to honour his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller, and their love of Canadian literature, in founding the Giller Prize in 1994,” John Doig, Scotiabank’s Chief Marketing Officer, said in a statement.The funeral will be held Wednesday.last_img read more

Quebec teen suspended for donning sports jersey in support of Humboldt victims

first_imgMONTREAL – A Quebec high school student who wore a jersey to school to show support for the victims of the crash involving the Humboldt Broncos says he was kicked out of class for his gesture.Philippe Volek, 14, decided to wear a red and blue soccer shirt to his high school in Ste-Adele, north of Montreal, on Thursday after hearing about a nationwide Jersey Day event to honour the 16 people killed in the Saskatchewan crash.He said he was motivated to take part because he has a one-hour bus ride to school each day and realizes accidents can happen to anyone.“If it (were to) happen here, they’d probably do a movement like this and I thought it was important to support the families,” Volek said in a phone interview with The Canadian Press.But Volek said his teacher sent him to the principal’s office for violating the school’s dress code.There, he was given a choice: either replace the jersey with a school-approved polo shirt or accept a suspension from class.Volek chose to go home.“I wanted to stay loyal to my beliefs and I want to support (Jersey Day),” he said.“It’s for a good cause and I believe it makes a difference for the families.”A spokesman for the school board confirmed the suspension, pointing out the jersey had nothing to do with hockey or the Broncos.Bernard Dufourd said officials at Augustin-Norbert-Morin high school believed the student, who he says has a history of dress code violations, wore the soccer top as a “pretext” to avoid the standard attire.“If the student had chosen to wear a Broncos sweater, we would have understood his gesture was noble,” he said in a phone interview.Across the country Thursday, people showed up to work and school decked out in sports jerseys as part of Jersey Day, inspired by a group of British Columbia hockey moms to send a message of support for the families who lost loved ones in the Humboldt crash.Many employers, including the Canadian Forces and Toronto’s transit authority, relaxed their uniform rules to allow their staff to take part.Dufourd said Volek’s gesture had nevertheless made the school aware that jerseys could be a way of showing solidarity.He said the school will work with students to find a way to honour the victims of the crash.last_img read more

Hormone help Calgary Zoo hopes unusual step will result in healthy baby

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — Staff at the Calgary Zoo have adopted an extraordinary measure in an effort to ensure a pregnant giraffe becomes a mother for the first time.Emara, a Masai giraffe, is expecting for the fourth time, but her previous pregnancies ended in two miscarriages and the death of a third calf with severe birth defects.Emara’s fecal samples, collected after the calf died, indicated a decrease in her progesterone levels throughout her pregnancy.The decline in the hormone is believed to have been the cause.So when zoo staff discovered last year that Emara was pregnant again, a decision was made to give her progesterone supplements.Zoo officials say there are no records of such treatment on a giraffe, although it has been successfully used on a rhinoceros.Progesterone supplements are commonly provided to women, as well as domestic animals, with a history of miscarriage.“Her zookeepers were devastated when Emara experienced two late- term miscarriages and, subsequently, a calf that died within 48 hours after birth in recent years,” said Dr. Doug Whiteside, senior staff veterinarian for the zoo.“Pregnancy issues is giraffes are rare so we have been working with specialists and zoos across North America to help Emara successfully become a mom.”Whiteside said Emara’s hormone levels have been in a good range and staff are optimistic she’ll have a healthy baby this time.Emara’s due date is in mid-October. The average gestation period of a giraffe is 15 months.“As soon as we see signs that she’s going into labour, then we’ll actually move her into one of the back bedroom areas, so she can be on her own, away from the other giraffes so they don’t disturb her.”Emara arrived at the Calgary Zoo in the summer of 2016 from the San Diego Zoo. (CTV Calgary)This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2019.last_img read more

New Zealand All Blacks Partner With UNICEF

first_imgNew Zealand Rugby (NZR) and UNICEF have announced an international partnership which will see the All Blacks, and all other New Zealand Rugby teams, support UNICEF’s work in improving the lives of children and communities around the world.The partnership between NZR and UNICEF brings together two of the most highly-respected global brands, harnessing the power of sport to raise awareness and funds for the world’s most vulnerable and excluded children.The new partners share a common vision of sport and play as essential to the health, happiness and wellbeing of children and young people, and as key tools for teaching strong values and important life skills. Both organizations also believe in the power of sport to inspire and unite people behind a common goal, in this case, children.NZR Chief Executive Steve Tew explained that by forging an international partnership with UNICEF, New Zealand Rugby would be playing a part in bringing attention to the important issues UNICEF tackles.“Making a meaningful difference to people’s lives beyond the action on the field is a commitment we take very seriously. Our teams spend a great deal of time away from home and by supporting UNICEF we are ensuring we can use the power of rugby and the All Blacks to connect with people wherever our teams play.”UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said, “In our work we see firsthand how sport can change the lives of even the most disadvantaged children – children in poor communities, children living through emergencies and conflicts, children with disabilities – helping them overcome challenges, restoring a sense of normalcy, and providing the simple joy of play.“We are excited to welcome New Zealand Rugby and the All Blacks family to #TeamUNICEF and look forward to working together to get more disadvantaged children off the sidelines and into the game.”The All Blacks, All Blacks Sevens, New Zealand Women’s Sevens, Black Ferns, Maori All Blacks and New Zealand Under 20 teams will contribute to UNICEF’s work as they play rugby around the world. They are joining UNICEF’s existing team of international sports partners and ambassadors, including FC Barcelona and Manchester United and sporting champions David Beckham and Serena Williams. UNICEF also works with sporting bodies such as the International Olympics Committee and is an official partner for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.In New Zealand, All Blacks Conrad Smith, Charlie Faumuina and Tony Woodcock marked the launch at an event at Melville Intermediate School in Hamilton, where the team was based ahead of Saturday’s test match against England.Dennis McKinlay, Executive Director of the New Zealand National Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF New Zealand) said, “Children are at the heart of UNICEF’s partnership with New Zealand Rugby and the All Blacks, so it’s fantastic that children from Melville Intermediate can meet their heroes and take part in this exciting event.“UNICEF New Zealand already works closely with schools in New Zealand to help kids learn about sport and fair play, and we are also proud to have the support of All Black legend Jonah Lomu as an Ambassador. The New Zealand Rugby teams have an incredible following around the world and we look forward to seeing the impact their support will have for children on a global scale.”To celebrate the partnership launch, New Zealand Rugby is auctioning off a limited edition signed Dan Carter framed jersey to mark his 100 Test caps. The auction will run on www.allblacks.com until 28 June, 2014. All funds raised from the auction will go to UNICEF.Throughout the partnership, the All Blacks will also raise funds at www.supportunicef.org/allblacks. As well as supporting UNICEF’s global work for children, the All Blacks partnership will have a special emphasis on UNICEF’s 100% immunization campaign which aims to reach every child with life-saving vaccines.last_img read more

Soledad OBrien To Speak At Texas Conference For Women

first_imgThe 2014 Texas Conference for Women has announced that Soledad O’Brien – award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer – and Diana Nyad, endurance swimmer and author, will appear as keynote speakers at the 15th annual Texas Conference for Women on November 13, 2014 at the Austin Convention Center.At CNN, O’Brien created the “Black in America” and “Latino in America” documentary franchises, redefining in-depth story-telling. Today she is CEO of Starfish Media Group where she continues producing segments that focus on empowering, personal stories that challenge the issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity. Nyad last year became the first person to complete the 103-mile swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. She did so on her 5th attempt at the age of 64.O’Brien and Nyad are joined by Shiza Shahid, CEO and co-founder of the Malala Fund, Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer-Prize winner and New York Times best-selling co-author of Half the Sky, and Debbie Sterling, the founder and CEO of GoldieBlox.“We are thrilled to celebrate our 15th anniversary by hosting women of such courage, creativity and vitality,” said Texas First Lady Anita Perry, host of the Texas Conference for Women. “Soledad O’Brien, Diana Nyad and our other speakers will inspire women to aim high and reimagine the impact they can have in their own lives and in their communities.”Other speakers include Louis Van Amstel, champion ballroom dancer and Dancing with the Stars instructor; Jenny Bowen, founder and CEO of Half the Sky; Jane Hyun, leadership strategist and author of Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: The Essential Guide to Getting In, Moving Up, and Reaching the Top; Tara Sophia Mohr, creator and founder of Playing Big; Danielle Laporte, author of The Desire Map and The Fire Starter Sessions; Ritu Sharma, co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide; Gail Sheehy, New York Times best-selling author of Passages; Kate White, former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan and New York Times best-selling author of If Looks Could Kill and Hush and Joan Williams, author of What Works for Women at Work. These speakers are among the 100+ to be featured at this year’s Conference.“There is no better way to celebrate our 15th anniversary Conference than hearing from this diverse and strong-spirited group of leaders,” said Johnita Jones, President of the Board of the Texas Conference for Women. “Our attendees will gain valuable paths to success in career and in life, and new insights into finding happiness and balance in their busy lives.”The 15th annual Conference hosts thousands of women from across the state for a full day of networking, inspiration, professional development and personal growth. The one-day Conference features keynote addresses, and breakout sessions led by more than one hundred experts in the fields of business, philanthropy, health, finance, media and professional development. The nonprofit, nonpartisan event draws women of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in building communication skills, leadership strategies and work-life balance tools.The Texas Conference for Women is generously underwritten by AT&T, AAA Texas, Austin American-Statesman, AW Media, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Cisco Systems, Clear Channel Outdoor, Dell, Freescale, Hail Merry, HEB, Pfizer, Phillips 66, Rackspace, Shell, The Texas Tribune, USAA and United Airlines.Registration is now open and early bird pricing is valid through August 15, 2014. To register or learn more about the 15th annual Texas Conference for Women, visit our website at www.TXConferenceforWomen.org. To apply for media credentials, please contact Julia Ballantyne, jballantyne@conferenceforwomen.org.last_img read more

New Study Shows BRCA Testing Rates Soared Following Angelina Jolies Double Mastectomy

first_imgBRCA testing rates surged nearly 40% in the week of Angelina Jolie’s announcement that she carried the BRCA 1 gene mutation and had an elective double mastectomy, according to a new AARP Public Policy Institute study released today.This is the first report quantifying an increase in BRCA testing rates among women enrolled in a large US health insurance carrier.Prior to Ms. Jolie’s announcement, women with a cancer diagnosis had more BRCA tests than women who did not, the AARP study found. However, during the week of her public announcement, the increase in BRCA testing among women who did not have a cancer diagnosis was nearly twice that of women with a cancer diagnosis. BRCA testing helps identify treatment options for women with the gene mutations before or after they are diagnosed with breast and/or ovarian cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.“Our study showed that the BRCA testing rate increased about 40% and stayed at an elevated level for the rest of the year after Angelina Jolie’s announcement,” said AARP Executive Vice President for Policy Debra Whitman, PhD.On May 14, 2013, Angelina Jolie announced in The New York Times that she tested positive for the BRCA 1 gene mutation and underwent a preventive double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer. Ms. Jolie’s story gained immediate and widespread international media attention.About 5–10% of breast cancers are thought to be caused by hereditary genetic defects, according to the American Cancer Society. BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations are the most common cause of hereditary breast cancer. Women with either mutation have a high lifetime risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.“By revealing her personal story, Angelina Jolie did an incredible job of raising public awareness about the BRCA gene mutations and the increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer,” added Whitman. “We found that Baby Boomer women ages 50- to 64-years-old had the highest increase in testing rates for the BRCA gene.”To better understand the so-called “Angelina Jolie effect”, AARP, in collaboration with Optum Labs, compared BRCA testing rates based on claims among commercially-insured women ages 35 and older in the US, before and after Ms. Jolie’s story was publicized in 2013.Study Highlights• BRCA testing rates increased nearly 40% per week, from an average of 350 tests per week to an average of 500 tests per week and remained elevated for the rest of the year. • Women ages 50–64 had the highest BRCA testing rate increase (44%), followed by women ages 35–49 (40%). • BRCA testing rates increased for women among all racial and ethnic groups: 43% among white women; 43% among Hispanic women; 23% among black women; and 16% among Asian women.AARP’s Public Policy Institute examined the number and rates of BRCA tests among women covered by a large, national U.S. health insurance carrier before and after Angelina Jolie’s May 2013 announcement (January–December 2013). Using data from the Optum Labs database of retrospective administrative claims data, the report also analyzed the age, race/ethnicity, and cancer diagnosis status of women ages 35 and older who received the tests.last_img read more

Vote Now DoSomethingorg Announces Nominees For Celebs Gone Good

first_imgDoSomething.org, one of the largest organizations for young people and social change announces voting for its 8th annual Celebs Gone Good list honoring celebrities who use their platform for social good.Beginning today, fans can vote for the celebrity they believe has done the most good at CelebsGoneGood.com. Fans can vote once per day until December 24 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The list of the Top 20 Celebs Gone Good of 2015, Top 5 Celebs to Watch, and Top 5 Internet Celebs will be released on Tuesday, December 29.“Doing good isn’t a fleeting trend,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, Chief Marketing Officer at DoSomething.org. “Standing for something, participating in a movement, and using your voice for social change is an integral part of being a celebrity. With Celebs Gone Good, we’re applauding celebs who recognize the power of their platform to spark change and rally their fans worldwide to take action on important issues.”Taylor Swift has topped the list for the past three years and other celebrities that have made the list include Beyoncé, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Ellen DeGeneres, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Kerry Washington, Lady Gaga, and more.The winners of Celebs Good Good, Celebs to Watch, and Internet Celebs are compiled as a result of a three-part methodology: votes from the public, celebrities’ STARmeter ranking on Internet Movie Database, and input from industry experts.For more information about Celebs Gone Good, visit CelebsGoneGood.com.last_img read more

Joanna Lumley Joins Stars To Encourage Companies To Hire Veterans

first_imgJoanna Lumley, Ray Winstone and Richard Wilson are among celebs who will appear in a series of short films which aimed at getting more military veterans into ‘civvy street’.Video: VETERANS WORK | WHAT DOES AN IDEA SOUND LIKE?Downtown Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, DIY SOS star Nick Knowles and ex-EastEnders Larry Lamb and Michelle Collins also highlight the skills, attitude and knowledge ex-soldiers, sailors and airmen can bring to employers.Entitled, ‘Veterans Work’, the films, by The Drive Project, were produced to encourage UK businesses to consider veterans as viable options to fill vacancies.Their release follows a study by Deloitte and the Officers’ Association and the Forces in Mind Trust, which revealed UK plc is failing to realise the potential of veterans, putting ex-military personnel at a disadvantage.The alarming revelation emerged despite nearly 2,000 British businesses having signing the Armed Forces Covenant – a Ministry of Defence scheme designed to encourage companies to hire veterans.According to the study, while 71 per cent of employers said they would consider employing a veteran, just 39 per cent would employ someone without industry specific experience, which is often a major stumbling block for veterans who have only known military service.Joanna Lumley, herself the daughter of a Royal Gurkha Rifle Officer, said: “I think that people who’ve served our country- whether land, sea or air, deserve the greatest protection and affection and support that we can possibly give them.Lumley added: “The idea that they leave service and then find themselves cut off at a loose end. These are the people you want, they know everything.‘’They can do everything, they’re punctual, they’re used to hard work, they take responsibility – they are just the people you need.”When it came to defining the term ‘veteran’, additional polling carried out by Deloitte and the Officers’ Association, found there was a ‘chronic lack of understanding’ among civilians.In the survey 2,000 British adults were asked what challenges they thought armed forces veterans might face when entering the civilian workplace.The results revealed 65 per cent of respondents thought veterans would probably suffer from some form of physical, emotional or mental health issue such as PTSD.This is despite official Government statistics showing only four per cent of Service leavers suffer from the condition – broadly equivalent to the incidence rate amongst the civilian population.Deloitte Partner and Head of the company’s ex-military employment programme, Chris Recchia said: “With no formal A-Levels or degree, but 13 years of military Service, someone took a gamble on me 17 years ago.’’I’m proud to say I am now a partner with a firm that is part of the world’s largest professional services network.“Since we started our ex-military employment programme at Deloitte, we have employed over 200 veterans, all of whom have flourished and all of whom I can say unequivocally, have made a significant contribution to this business’s bottom line.”The study also found some ambiguity about what the term ‘veteran’ stood for – with almost half of 18 to 24 year-olds believing it refers exclusively to people over the age of 70, despite the fact that 56 per cent of all veterans are below the age of 70.There are an estimated 2.6 million military veterans in the UK . Of that, 900,000 are estimated to be of working age. Despite these figures, one in five people aged 18 to 34 say they most associate the phrase ‘armed forces veteran’ with the word ‘retirement’.Perhaps more bizarrely, one in 20 people in the younger age group thought a veteran was someone who looked after sick animals, and two per cent think they repair vending machines.Chief Executive Officer of the Officers’ Association, Lee Holloway said: “Some of the statistics show a chronic lack of understanding of those leaving the military which is troubling.’’But hopefully these films go some way to promoting the transferable skills and benefits veterans can bring to a civilian employers.”Other celebrity appearances come from ‘Judge’ Rob Rinder, BBC presenter Claire Balding, West End stars Ray Fearon and Olivia Poulet and ex-soldier and TV presenter Rav Wilding.Comedian Matt Barber and actor Paul Copley also star.As well as the famous faces, the films also feature veterans and business leaders from some of the biggest veteran employers in the UK, including: Jaguar Land Rover, BT, Deloitte and Alexander Mann Solutions.Catherine Sermon, Employability Director at Business in the Community said: “At a time when many employers are suffering skills shortages and recruitment challenges, veterans can represent an attractive talent pool.’’But employers need to take more active, yet simple, steps if they want to be more armed-forces friendly.”The ‘Veterans Work’ film series was produced by The Drive Project whose Founder, Alice Driver was behind the award winning West-End stage show, The Two Worlds of Charlie F.Miss Driver said: “The films are a creative interpretation of the Veterans Work report produced by Deloitte, the Officer’s Association and FiMT. It is wonderful to have support from famous faces, business leaders and the veterans themselves to highlight this report.’’I hope these films continue to change perceptions and help raise awareness of the transferable skills that veterans have and the positive impact they can have on employers businesses.”last_img read more

Director Tim Miller quits Deadpool 2 over issues with Ryan Reynolds

first_img Twitter Director Tim Miller has left Deadpool 2 after creative differences with the movie’s star, Ryan Reynolds.Miller, who directed Deadpool, has parted ways with film studio Fox after butting heads with Reynolds over certain issues relating to the sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.The 39-year-old, who plays the Marvel anti-superhero, was a producer on the original movie along with Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner, but sources told the publication his influence on the sequel has increased “exponentially”. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Miller hadn’t signed a formal deal for the sequel, but he was reportedly working on the script. Facebooklast_img read more

TIFF announces four international participants for Rising Stars Programme

first_imgAdvertisement All of the international Rising Stars have experienced recent success on the big screen.Athie was most recently seen in the breakout hit Patti Cake$ (2017) and will soon be seen in Oscar-winner Brie Larson’s Unicorn Store (2017). Larson’s directorial debut will see its World Premiere at this year’s Festival. Bennett recently appeared in the sci-fi thriller Ghost in the Shell (2017), and landed his first starring role in director Nic Gorman’s debut feature, Human Traces (2017).After starting her career on stage, El Arabi was chosen by filmmaker Stephanie Strecker to play the lead role in her recent feature A Wedding (2016). She appears next in Eye on Juliet (2017), the latest film from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Kim Nguyen, which will premiere at this year’s Festival. Buckley most recently appeared on the small screen in the BBC’s 2016 adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, and in Taboo (2017–present),starring Tom Hardy. She stars in the feature film Beast (2017), playing a troubled young woman who falls for a mysterious outsider, which will premiere at this year’s Festival in the Platform programme..Mamoudou AthieNY-based Mamoudou Athie is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. In 2015, Athiemade his New York stage debut in The Mystery of Love and Sex, for which he received critical praise. He starred as Grandmaster Flash in The Get Down (2016–2017) for Netflix, and he can be seen alongside Emma Watson and Tom Hanks in The Circle (2017). Athieappears in Brie Larson’s directorial debut, Unicorn Store, which will receive its World Premiere at TIFF 2017.Vinnie BennettNew Zealand actor, Vinnie Bennett has appeared in both television and film. His television credits include Power Rangers Dino Charge (2015–2016), The Shannara Chronicles(2016–present), and Filthy Rich (2016–present).  His film credits include Fantail (2013),Ghost in the Shell (2017) and Beyond the Known World (2017). He takes a starring role in the new feature film Human Traces (2017). Login/Register With: TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival® announced today four outstanding actors who will participate in the newly expanded TIFF Rising Stars programme. Renowned as an annual showcase of emerging Canadian talent poised on the brink of success, the additional set of talent hails from across the globe and consists ofMamoudou Athie (USA), Vinnie Bennett (New Zealand), Lina El Arabi (France) andJessie Buckley (Ireland).They will join the four previously-announced Canadian Rising Stars — Daniel Doheny, Mary Galloway, Théodore Pellerin and Ellen Wong — in specialized programming and events organized by TIFF’s Industry team, including seminars with casting directors, one-on-one meetings, sessions with leading filmmakers, media training and a series of unique networking opportunities.“These four actors impressed us with their nuanced performances and on-screen charisma,” said Kathleen Drumm, TIFF Industry Director. “We are thrilled to be able to showcase their talent and support their creative development, at a point where they will be discovered by audiences at TIFF and around the world.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Lina El ArabiLina El Arabi is a Paris-based actor who has appeared in Ne m’abandonne pas (2016) and A Wedding (2016), which received the award for Best Actress at the Angoulême Francophone Film Festival. El Arabi will appear on stage this autumn in a one-character play called Mon Ange, in a solo performance that has already received rave reviews. She stars in Eye on Juliet, which will make its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and will screen at TIFF 2017.Jessie BuckleyJessie Buckley is an actor from Killarney, Ireland. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, her stage credits include the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (2008–2009), The Tempest (2013), and Henry V (2013). Buckley recently appeared in BBC’s 2016 adaptation of War and Peace and in Taboo (2017–present), starring Tom Hardy. She will star in the upcoming TV series The Woman in White and The Last Post. This year, Buckley stars in Beast, which has its World Premiere at TIFF.The actors were chosen based on nominations from TIFF’s international Festival programmers, with a TIFF Jury (Rising Stars Producer Natalie Semotiuk, Industry Programming Manager Lynne Crocker and Industry Director Kathleen Drumm) deciding the final selection.Festival tickets go on sale September 4 at 10 a.m. (TIFF Member pre-sale September 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Buy tickets online at tiff.net, by phone at 416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433, or in person at a box office. See box office locations and hours at tiff.net/tickets.TIFF prefers Visa.Social Media:@TIFF_NETFacebook.com/TIFF#TIFF17About TIFFTIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world, through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution programme, Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandeland Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.center_img The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation is the Presenting Partner for TIFF Rising Stars.TIFF Rising Stars is supported by IWC Schaffhausen and Telefilm Canada.L’Oréal Paris is proud to be the TIFF Rising Stars Hair and Makeup Sponsor.TIFF Industry is generously supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation and Telefilm Canada.TIFF’s Industry initiatives are supported by the Share Her Journey campaign. Facebook The Toronto International Film Festival is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, L’Oréal Paris and Visa, and Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada and the City of Toronto. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

TV vets Nicholas Campbell and Daniel Kash join cast of Jerusalem

first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter Philip Riccio, co-artistic director of the Company Theatre, is also in the cast as are several Shaw and Stratford Festival vets, including Diana Donnelly (Shaw’s Dancing at Lughnasa), Michael Spencer Davis (Stratford’s Timon of Athens) and Katelyn McCulloch (Stratford’s Treasure Island).READ MORE Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement A couple of veteran TV, movie and theatre actors are joining Kim Coates in the Canadian premiere of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem.Toronto native Nicholas Campbell is known for Da Vinci’s Inquestand Da Vinci’s City Hall on TV, Through the Leaves and Festen onstage, and Goon and Cinderella Man on film.Montreal-born Daniel Kash has appeared onstage in Toronto, Stratford and New York, as well as in films like Aliens and RoboCop, and TV series including The Strain and Orphan Black. Login/Register With:last_img read more

INTRODUCING THE 2018 CFC BELL MEDIA PRIME TIME TV WRITERS

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is delighted to announce the six new residents who will be joining the 2018 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program, presented in association with ABC Signature Studios, beginning Monday, September 24.The program has attracted some of Canada’s best showrunners to lead the story room as its Executive Producer in Residence, including Dennis Heaton, Avrum Jacobson, Michael MacLennan, Graeme Manson, Karen Walton and Brad Wright. It helped develop smash-hit Emmy Award-winning series Orphan Black and most recently, the critically acclaimed series Travelers, which premieres its third season this fall.This year’s residents are especially fortunate to work with in-demand CFC alumna and writer-producer,Alexandra Zarowny. Her work spans Degrassi: The Next Generation to Wynonna Earp, Murdoch Mysteries to Bellevue and Private Eyes. Zarowny is ready to come full circle: “It cannot be understated, the enormous impact that the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program had in my own creative awakening as a television writer and content creator. The tools and insight gleaned from my training at the CFC still firmly clasped in hand, along with 15 years of career experience, will now be passed on to a stunningly talented team of young writers who are, I’m sure, thrilled to begin this journey, but who also have no idea just how significantly their lives are about to take a sharp turn into unimaginable adventures. Buckle up, everyone! There be a new group of writers coming down the CFC pipeline. As much as this program will change their lives, there’s no doubt in my mind that these new voices emerging in the television landscape will change yours as well.” Jessica Meya is a writer, community leader and co-founder of Working the Scene in Colour, a diversity initiative organizing live reads of original scenes written by writers of colour. Meya is a 2018 recipient of the Breakthrough Artist Award at The Toronto Screenwriting Conference. Read full bio here. CFC Twitter: @cfccreatesFacebook: facebook.com/cfccreatesInstagram: @cfccreates Bell MediaTwitter: @BellMediaPR Facebook: facebook.com/bellmediaincInstagram: @BellMediaPRABC Signature Studios Twitter: @ABCStudiosFacebook: facebook.com/ABCStudiosInstagram: @abcnetworkAbout CFC The Canadian Film Centre (CFC), celebrating 30 years, is a charitable cultural organization that supports, develops and accelerates the content, careers and companies of Canadian creative and entrepreneurial talent in the screen-based and digital industries. Its uniquely designed programs and initiatives span film, television, screen acting, screen composing and songwriting, and innovative work in the digital media and entertainment technology industries, all of which continue to push boundaries and generate world-class content, products and companies for the global marketplace. cfccreates.comAbout Bell Media Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, digital media, and more. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services. Bell Media is Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 109 licensed radio stations in 58 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of more than 30,000 faces in five provinces. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; video streaming services including CraveTV, TSN Direct, and RDS Direct; and multi-channel network Much Studios. The company produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; owns a majority stake in Pinewood Toronto Studios; is a partner in Just for Laughs, the live comedy event and TV producer; and owns Dome Productions Inc., one of North America’s leading production facilities providers. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Learn more at www.BellMedia.ca.About ABC Signature Studios ABC Signature Studios is a division of ABC Studios spearheading development and production in all cable and streaming platforms. The artist-driven arm provides a year-round destination for development and production across the cable and streaming landscape. They are in production on the series Godfather of Harlem, for EPIX created by Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein with Forest Whitaker starring and producing along with one of the first pilots through Amazon’s YA initiative, The Wilds, created by Sarah Streicher with Jamie Tarses and Dylan Clark producing. Signature and Hello Sunshine received a straight-to-series order from Hulu for the event limited series, Little Fires Everywhere, with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington attached to star and produce. These projects join a robust slate of returning series, including the critically acclaimed comedy SMILF for Showtime; grown-ish for Freeform; Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger for Freeform and Marvel’s Runaways for Hulu. Veronika Paz is an actor, playwright, director and television writer. She studied sketch writing at New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade, trained as a performer at Pro Actor’s Lab in Toronto and Barrow Group Theatre in New York, and is a 2018 recipient of the Toronto Screenwriting Conference’s Al Magee Diverse Screenwriters Award. Read full bio here. Advertisement Advertisement “The Bell Media Prime Time TV Program is a creative wellspring that nourishes our entire industry, and Bell Media is exceptionally proud to sponsor it,” said Tom Hastings, Director, Original Programming, Bell Media. “We are delighted to be working with the inimitable Alexandra Zarowny, a singular talent with passion and wide-ranging experience across a number of genres and all aspects of the Canadian television industry.”This year’s six writers have credits in film, television, theatre, music videos, branded content digital projects, along with an exciting range of professional and life experience.“We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with the CFC and the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program,” said Tracy Underwood, Senior VP, ABC Signature Studios. “Every year we have discovered extraordinary talent and ideas coming out of one of the most successful, well regarded incubators of its kind. Our sponsorship is an important pillar of ABC Signature’s dedication to celebrating the next generation of original voices.” Michael Rinaldi is an actor and writer for theatre, television and film. His play, Toothpaste and Cigars (co-written with TJ Dawe), was adapted as Michael Dowse’s 2013 feature film, The F Word, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver. Read full bio here. Mackenzie Sinclair, originally from Edmonton, is a 2017 Toronto Screenwriting Conference’s Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award recipient, where he developed his half-hour dramedy series, Snowflake, under the mentorship of writer/director Pat Mills. Read full bio here. Login/Register With: Sophia Fabiilli is an award winning playwright, writer, actor and producer. Her play, The Philanderess, won the 2015 Second City Award for Best New Comedy and her co-created comedy-horror web series, Fatal Murder, is in development with Shaftesbury. Read full bio here. Advertisement MEET THE BELL MEDIA PRIME TIME TV RESIDENTS Heather Taylor is a writer, director and co-founder of the creative studio, Cereal Made, in New York, with writing credits that include: the feature The Last Thakur; the sci-fi web series Raptured, currently in development as a TV series; and the award-winning short Stitched. Read full bio here. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

CASTING CALL STARS NAB A NEW ROLE

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Jacob Tremblay Joins Sequel To ‘The Shining’“Room” Oscar nominee Jacob Tremblay has joined the cast of “Dr. Sleep”, the upcoming big-screen adaptation to Stephen King’s sequel to “The Shining”. The B.C.-born actor will star alongside Ewan McGregor, who’ll portray the adult Danny Torrance, who was just a child in the original. “Dr. Sleep” is slated to hit theatres in 2020.Anna Paquin Joining ‘The Affair’Former “True Blood” star Anna Paquin will be joining Showtime drama “The Affair” for its fifth and final season. According to Deadline, the series will return after a major time jump, with Paquin to play Joanie Lockhart, the now-adult daughter of Cole and Alison. The season is reportedly set years in the future in “a climate-change ravaged Montauk,” where she must “piece together the truth about what happened to her mother and bringing the whole story full circle.”Christopher Plummer Is Bringing The ‘Knives Out’Veteran actor Christopher Plummer is in the works to join Rian Johnson’s murder mystery “Knives Out”. Plummer adds star power and talent to a movie not lacking any star power or talent. Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon and Jamie Lee Curtis are just a handful of the names involved in “Knives Out”.Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson Join ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard 2’Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson have signed on for a sequel to 2017’s “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” (which is currently in production). Salma Hayek will also return to the franchise.‘King Of The Jungle’Seth Rogen and Michael Keaton are set to star in the John McAfee’s dark comedy “King of the Jungle”. The movie will be directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. It focuses on the wild true story of the creator of the McAfee Antivirus software, who cashed-in his fortune and moved to the jungle in Belize. Advertisement By ETCANADA.COM STAFFWelcome To The ‘Addams Family’It is not all that often such close friends get to work on the same project. That is exactly the case for Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara. The two Ontario natives will join the all-star cast of The “Addams Family” animated movie.“Catherine O’Hara and I are doing voices in the ‘Addams Family’ movie that is being done now. We insisted that we record together. Because we play husband and wife. So that is always beneficial,” Short told Metro. “Catherine is a life-long friend and co-worker so it comes with a very rich short-hand. So there’s an advantage to having us two together in the same room. Often you don’t get to meet the cast members.” Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

I MISS MY BUDDIES GEDDY LEE REFLECTS ON RUSH AND HIS LOVE

first_imgGeddy Lee Advertisement Geddy Lee is on the road again in Canada.But not in the way fans of his beloved Toronto prog-rock outfit Rush — who packed it in after four decades following the final show of their R40 tour on Aug. 1, 2015 at the L.A. Forum — might imagine.The 65-year-old bassist-singer is making his way across the country to promote Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass, a glossy, 400-page book that includes photos of his own massive bass collection, its history and interviews with fellow famous bassists like the Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, U2’s Adam Clayton and Metallica’s Robert Trujillo. Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The book, co-written with Daniel Richler, came about because Lee began collecting basses “in earnest around 2012” and now owns about 280 of them along with 80 guitars.“It was so hard to find information and I thought, ‘You know what? There’s a real hole in the world of books about vintage instruments when it comes to the bass guitar,’” said Lee. Facebooklast_img read more

WADDINGTONS CANADIAN AND INUIT FINE ART AUCTION MAY 27

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook ALFRED JOSEPH CASSON, O.S.A., P.R.C.A. ROADSIDE STORE, Oil on masonite, Estimate $200,000-$300,000 (CNW Group/Waddington McLean & Company Limited) Carefully sourcing each item for this auction was of critical importance, with provenance a key criterion, exemplified by two major Group of Seven pieces, Alfred Joseph Casson’s ‘Roadside Store’ (estimate $200,000-300,000) and Alexander Young Jackson’s ‘Sun and Fog, Great Bear Lake’ (estimate $350,000–400,000.)  Both paintings have been in the same families since their original acquisition, and are in impeccable condition. Research also always plays a major role in preparing our auctions. One of the more interesting investigations led to uncovering the true identity of the subject in Laura Muntz’s portrait ‘Lady in White’, courtesy of a Globe & Mail photograph circa 1899, and Facebook.Significant historical works also feature prominently in the auction, including important works by Cornelius Krieghoff, Frederick Arthur Verner and William Armstrong.Following the AGO’s recent exhibition of Rita’s Letendre’s work, we are proud to feature ‘Dynamique vs Statique’ 1966 as our catalogue cover. Painted during a seminal period for the artist, Letendre would go on to explore in large scale many of the themes that are evident in this energetic and subtle painting.A number of very special works by Norval Morrisseau, Daphne Odjig and Arthur Shilling are also represented in this sale, as well as important works by Inuit artists Marion Tu‘luuq, Jessie Oonark, Kenojuak Ashevak, Osuitok Ipeelee, Pauta Sailaand Aisa Qupirualu Alasua, and others.Marion Tu‘luuq’s works on cloth speak eloquently about her attachment to her remote homeland. ‘Together in Spring’ (estimate $20,000–$30,000) is coloured by her experience living in the Canadian Arctic and the social, economic, and political transformations that have marked the North. Well known as a textile artist, Jessie Oonark’s wool and felt wall-hangings reveal her as a master of colour and form. ‘A Winter Day’ (estimate $15,000-20,000) is typical of the artist’s graphically bold work.Osuitok Ipeelee is particularly revered for the balance and delicacy of his sculpture. ‘Standing Caribou’ (estimate $15,000–20,000) is characteristic of the graceful, delicate rendering, yet often precarious sense of balance in his stone sculpture.View the Auction: https://www.waddingtons.ca/auction/canadian-inuit-fine-art-may-27-2019/AUCTION INFORMATIONMonday, May 27, 7:00 pmWaddington’s275 King Street EastToronto, Ontario M5A 1K2PREVIEW INFORMATIONFriday, May 2412:00 pm – 7:00 pmSaturday, May 2511:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday, May 2611:00 am – 5:00 pmMonday, May 2710:00 am – 12:00 pmOr by private appointment. Please contact us at: canadianart@waddingtons.caWADDINGTON’S SPRING AUCTION SEASON CONTINUESOur Spring 2019 season continues with the following auctionsDecorative Arts and Design, June 8 – 13International Art, June 8 – 13Asian Art, June 15 – 20Fine Jewellery, June 18 at 7:00 pmABOUT WADDINGTON’SWaddington’s is Canada’s most diversified provider of auction and appraisal services. We specialise in Asian, Canadian, Inuit, International and Contemporary Art, as well as Decorative Arts and Design, Fine Jewellery and Fine Wine & Spirits. TORONTO – Waddington’s launches its Spring 2019 Auction Season with Canadian and Inuit Fine Art on May 27 at 7:00 pm in Toronto.Waddington’s strives to deliver a unique experience for collectors – the opportunity to see works they haven’t seen before – and to experience Canadian art through a fresh lens. This spring Canada’s oldest auction company presents a unique combination of works by artistic masters from all regions of Canada, a less-restricted interpretation of what is Canadian art.  The auction features excellent examples by the Group of Seven, Painters Eleven, important Quebec Abstractionists as well as some of the most significant, internationally-acclaimed Inuit artists. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Iran considering bringing First Nations leaders to Tehran diplomat

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe Iranian government may arrange a Tehran trip for First Nations leaders to address that country’s parliament, according to a senior diplomat with the Iranian embassy in Ottawa.Kambiz Sheikh-Hassani, charge d’affaires for the Iranian embassy, said the request made by former Roseau River First Nation chief Terry Nelson and two Dakota chiefs to meet the Iranian parliament had been sent up Tehran’s chain of command.“They have…requested to travel to Iran and to speak at the Iranian parliament,” said Sheikh-Hassai, in a statement sent to APTN National News. “Their wish has been sent to the relevant officials for consideration.”Sheikh-Hassani said Iran emphasized its respect for “the sovereignty of Canada” during Monday’s meeting with Nelson, Canupawakpa Dakota Nation Chief Frank Brown, Dakota Plains Wahpeton First Nation Chief Orville Smoke and former Sioux Valley First Nation chief Ken Whitecloud.“In accordance with our constitution and principles of foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the door of our embassy is open to all Canadians,” said Sheikh-Hassani’s statement. “We believe that all countries should respect their international obligations and responsibilities through cooperation with their Indigenous communities to find a just and sustainable resolution.”Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s office issued a statement earlier condemning Iran for using the First Nations leaders as “pawns” to distract from its own “abhorrent record” on human rights.Baird’s spokesman Joseph Lavoie said in an emailed statement that Iran was exploiting “tragedy” and playing a “sad game” with the First Nations leaders.“The Iranian regime is now attempting to exploit tragedy and feign concern as yet another PR stunt to distract from its own abhorrent record,” wrote Lavoie. “We hope the Aboriginal leaders in question won’t allow themselves to be used as pawns in this sad game the Iranians are playing.”Iran has repeatedly called out Canada over the treatment of First Nations people on the international stage over the years.In the mid-1920s, Iran, then known as Persia, supported a request by Haudenosaunee hereditary Chief Deskaheh to have the League of Nations consider a Six Nations Confederacy for formal membership as a state. The attempt eventually failed, and the federal government dissolved the Six Nations Confederacy Council and imposed an Indian Act government.Iran, however, has a history of repressing its own Indigenous population.The Iranian Kurds, which occupy the northwestern region of Iran, have faced repression from both the Iranian government under the Shah and the Islamic Republic that emerged after the Shah was overthrown.Iranian Kurds, who have tried to establish a degree of autonomy in Iran, faced not only violent repression and the assassination of its political leaders, but also systemic discrimination in everything from employment to political participation, according to Amnesty International.Kurdish regions are economically neglected, Kurds have “restricted access to adequate housing,” and Iran bans parents from registering their children with select Kurdish names, according to the human rights group.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Igloolik man dies while in RCMP custody

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn Nunavut, another death has occurred in a jail cell under RCMP supervision.This time, the death happened in Igloolik.An investigation into what happened to the 26 year-old man is unfolding now.APTN National News reporter Malaya Qaunriq-Chapman has this story.last_img

Winnipeg police fatal shooting of Aboriginal man nearly 7 years ago has

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsNearly seven years ago an Aboriginal man was shot dead by Winnipeg police on the front lawn of his home.And to this day the family of Craig McDougall, from Wasagamack First Nation, have been trying to find out what happened.All they know is that their son is dead and the officers involved were cleared.Police shootings in Manitoba are subject to an automatic inquest but in the case of McDougall, 26, the province of Manitoba didn’t call one until last August.“The question is why on earth would it take seven years?” said the family’s lawyer Corey Shefman. “It’s a little bit crazy and it makes the rest of the inquest that much less influential, because, of course, witness seven years down the road are not going to remember something other than what’s in their notes.”After McDougall was killed the case was reviewed by up to three “outside” agencies, said Shefman.“It first went to an outside police force, it then went to an outside Crown attorney (outside of Manitoba), then we believe it went to another outside police force for a follow-up investigation,” said Shefman. “But we’re not entirely sure because those reports haven’t been released to us and that is one of things we’re going to be asking for.”Still, he said those investigations shouldn’t have taken so many years.A date for the inquest hasn’t been set but Shefman expects the earliest it can happen is November.McDougall’s family came to a routine hearing in February despite knowing they weren’t going to learn anything. Shefman said they are desperate for answers and waiting for “justice.”They want to know what happened in the early morning hours of Aug. 2, 2008.Police said they were responding to 788 Simcoe St. on a disturbance call. They said at the time that McDougall had a knife when they shot him. APTN has confirmed McDougall was found with a kitchen knife. But it’s unknown how he got it.Bob Norton is a former inspector with the RCMP and was hired as a private investigator to look into the shooting several years ago. The following narrative is based on portions of his report.McDougall lived at 788 Simcoe St. with his dad Brian McDougall.Brian returned home from a local bar at about 2:30 a.m.People were having a few beers and about 45 minutes later an argument breaks outs forcing Brian to tell everyone to leave.He also tells Craig to leave and not come home until he’s sober.Craig is then seen in the lane behind the residence upset and arguing with people. One witness recalled Craig saying he wanted to kill himself.Shortly after three females leave the back lane and Craig follows them onto Notre Dame Avenue. They allege he assaults them, pulling one of the females to the ground. Witnesses said he was yelling and screaming but didn’t know why.The girls flag down a truck and the driver calls 911.Craig returns home, shirtless, talking on his cellphone. He was calling his girlfriend.The three females tell police Craig assaulted them and give officers his home address. While on the phone with his girlfriend police then show up at the house at about 5 a.m. and the girlfriend hears a female officer say “drop the knife”. Then she hears a male officer yell “drop the damn knife”. She then hears four gunshots followed by a voice saying “man down, man down.”Craig’s brother Johnny McDougall is at the house too and remembered seeing six officers outside and recalled hearing an officer say “He’s got a weapon. Put that knife down.”Johnny saw two officers with their guns drawn.It’s dark out with the scene lit only by a street light across the street.He said Craig took a few steps towards police then they started shooting and he fell on his back. He said police were on the sidewalk and Craig was in the yard. Between them was a four-foot fence.Police then handcuffed Brian, who was trying to get to his son. They also handcuff Johnny and a woman. An ambulance doesn’t arrive within the 20 minutes following the shots and until police took Brian, Johnny and the woman away for questioning.A total of five witnesses told Norton they never saw Craig with a knife in the period leading up to the shooting.It’s not known where Craig would have gotten the knife because he never entered the house and it was too big to fit in a pocket.The family have told Shefman they don’t trust police and want the relationship between Aboriginal people and the Winnipeg police to be part of the inquest’s mandate.But Shefman said Winnipeg police have objected.“I don’t think you can look at the death of a young First Nation man by police without exploring the larger issue of the relationship between police and Aboriginal people,” he said. “Craig McDougall’s father has said to us they don’t trust police.”kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddresslast_img read more

NDP promise on core First Nation education richest among three main federal

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsA comparison of the platforms from the three main federal parties vying to form government after Oct. 19 shows the NDP is offering the richest promise on core, K to 12 First Nation education.Key to commitments from the Conservatives, Liberals and NDP on First Nation education is the $1.9 billion the Stephen Harper government set aside in its 2014 budget.That money was contingent on passage of the First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act, which died on the Order Paper after it was rejected by the majority of Assembly of First Nations chiefs.According to numbers provided by Aboriginal Affairs, about $1.2 billion of that money is still set aside in the fiscal framework for First Nation education. The federal Finance department also confirmed the money exists.“The remaining funds are still available, but as we said all along, investment will follow reform, not replace reform, so we are working with willing First Nation partners to help provide First Nations children with quality education,” said Amanda Gordon, a spokesperson in Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office.The Conservatives have used $700 million of that money for their existing First Nation education commitments, said Gordon. The 2015 budget committed $200 million over five years for First Nation education and $500 million has been slated for education-related infrastructure on reserves over seven years.NDP leader Thomas Mulcair on Wednesday announced his party, if elected to govern, would invest $1.8 billion in new money for core First Nation education over four years. Mulcair told reporters later that total would be added to whatever money the Conservatives have left in the fiscal framework for on-reserve education.This would bring the NDP total to $3 billion.Liberal leader Justin Trudeau announced in August that his party, if elected, would invest $2.6 billion into core First Nation education, but that total assumed $1.7 billion remains in the fiscal framework from the Conservatives.The Liberal party’s platform costing document has the party committing $900 million for First Nation education in new money over four years.If only $1.2 billion remains in the fiscal framework, that would mean there is a $500 million gap in the Liberal’s total education promise for First Nations.Both the NDP and the Liberals have committed to lifting the two per cent cap on transfers to First Nations.For comparison purposes, the total NDP promise for core First Nation education tops up at about $3 billion if the fiscal framework dollars are included.The Liberal core First Nation education promise, including the fiscal framework dollars, totals $2.6 billion. If only $1.2 billion remains in the fiscal framework, then the Liberal total would drop to $2.1 billion.The Conservative commitment on core education would total $1.4 billion if the party used every dollar set aside in the fiscal framework plus the $200 million already budgeted to flow this fiscal year.Polls currently show the NDP now trailing the Liberals and the Conservatives as the election race hits the final stretch.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more