Bill Clinton To Match Donations To Clinton Foundation Until December 31

first_imgMake a donation to the Clinton Foundation before December 31 and Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton will match it.“When the Clinton Foundation started 13 years ago, I never dreamed we’d be able to achieve all that we have,” wrote Clinton to his supporters. “We’ve helped over 8 million people in developing countries access HIV/AIDS medication. We found a way to help smallholder farmers throughout Africa improve their incomes by providing training and lowering the cost of seed and fertilizer. Every day, we help more people lead healthier, happier, and more productive lives.“Support the life-changing work of the Clinton Foundation with a tax-deductible gift now, and we will match your donation dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000.“It’s an exciting time at the Clinton Foundation. We’re planning significant expansions of some of our most innovative programs, like our Anchor Farm project in Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania, and rolling out new partnerships with women entrepreneurs in South America.”To make a donation, click here.last_img read more

Mario Lopez And Komen Chicago To Celebrate 20th Anniversary At Ignite The

first_imgSusan G. Komen Chicago will hold its Ignite the Fight Gala presented by Wintrust on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Westin River North, celebrating 20 years of funding global research and providing critical breast health services for the underserved in the Chicago area.Komen Chicago will hold its Ignite the Fight Gala presented by Wintrust on Oct. 21The anniversary celebration will feature Mario Lopez, Emmy-winning host of “Extra,” as the Celebrity More than Pink Ambassador, as well as 20 More Than Pink Heroes, who will be honored for their exceptional compassion, bravery and leadership in the fight against breast cancer.The Gala will kick off with the Dearborn Street and Clark Street bridges over the Chicago River being illuminated in pink. The lighting ceremony, led by Ed Wehmer, president and CEO of Wintrust, will celebrate extraordinary people who have “bridged the gap,” by fighting to even the playing field for those who lack resources.More than 1,000 people in the Chicago area die from breast cancer each year, and there is a large disparity in the city, with the mortality rate of African-American women being 40 percent higher than Caucasian women, according to Komen Chicago executive director Bonnie Gordon. Many of those deaths could have been prevented, with an earlier diagnosis and optimal care. Komen Chicago has distributed $17.4 million in community grants over the past 20 years, to ensure the underserved throughout the Chicago area get the care they need.The bridge lighting takes place at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner, awards and dancing. Pink ties and pink cocktail attire encouraged. Tickets are now on sale at“All of us have been touched by cancer. Wintrust is excited to help give everyone a fighting chance for survival as we partner with Komen Chicago’s incredible 20th anniversary celebration,” Wehmer says. “We’re honored that so many inspirational people are lending their voices and sharing their stories to help Komen Chicago achieve the goal of providing Quality Care for All in Chicago.”In addition to Lopez, an appearance client of, special guests and More Than Pink Heroes include Nancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen, and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton. Other Heroes include those who have faced the disease or lost loved ones, volunteers and caregivers. Gala co-chairs are the mother/daughter team of Marcy and Katie Twardak.last_img read more

Stars Added To Lineup For Fleetwood Mac MusiCares Person Of The Year

first_imgOn January 26, Fleetwood Mac will be honored with the MusiCares Person Of The Year award, and more artists have been announced to perform.Miley Cyrus will join Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band, and GRAMMY nominee Brandi Carlile at the event. Previously announced performers include Haim, Lorde, OneRepublic, Harry Styles, and Keith Urban. Fleetwood Mac — Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Stevie Nicks — will close the show with a special performance.Fleetwood Mac will be honored as the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of their significant creative accomplishments and their longtime support of a number of charitable causes, including MusiCares, the premier safety net of critical resources for the music industry.For more info, click here.last_img read more

Tamsen Fadal To Host 12th Annual Moving Families Forward Gala Benefiting Ackerman

first_imgGisselle Acevedo, the new President & CEO, Ackerman Institute for the Family, announced today the host and honorees for the 12th Annual Moving Families Forward gala to take place at the JW Marriott Essex House on Monday, October 22nd in New York City.Cynthia McFadden to be honored at Moving Families Forward GalaThe event benefits the vital programs and ongoing services for children and families at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.The 2018 honorees will be:· Cynthia McFadden, Senior legal and investigative correspondent for NBC News, will be honored with the Ackerman Family Advocate Award.· Lois Braverman, President Emeritus of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, will be honored with the Ackerman Innovative Leadership Award.· Arnold Syrop, Principal and creative director of Arnold Syrop Architects, will be honored with the Ackerman Distinguished Service Award.Tamsen Fadal, eleven-time Emmy award-winning Journalist & PIX 11 News Anchor, will return to host the evening.“I support the Ackerman Institute for the Family because Ackerman therapists know that when one member of the family is in distress, all members of the family suffer,” says Tamsen Fadal. “Ackerman believes that family members who truly feel understood by each other develop a kind of resilience that allows them to cope effectively with the complexities of this turbulent world.”“We are thrilled that Tamsen Fadal is returning to host the Moving Families Forward Gala,” says Gisselle Acevedo, President & CEO, Ackerman Institute for the Family. “By generously giving of her time and talent to help lead our event to success speaks volumes about her commitment to family mental health. I am grateful to Tamsen for lending her support and celebrity in this way for the fifth consecutive year.”“This year, Ackerman Institute for the Family honors three amazing leaders who have significantly helped families and the challenges which families often face,” says Gisselle Acevedo. “Cynthia McFadden’s work as one of the world’s most respected journalists has shined a media light on a national scale covering key issues including mental health issues affecting families. As the President and CEO of Ackerman for over twelve years, Lois Braverman has provided tireless dedication, leadership and inspiration to this organization. Arnold Syrop is one of America’s most respected architects and remains one of Ackerman’s most dedicated members of the board of directors.”2018 Moving Families Forward Gala Co-Chairs are Leslie Roberts and Deborah Werner; Honorary Co-Chairs are Martha Fling and Alice K. Netter; Gala Planning Committee is Vicky Kahn, Gisella Lemos, Jeanette Monninger, Emilie Dubois Poteat, and Nicole Poteat.About The 2018 HonoreesCynthia McFadden is the senior legal and investigative correspondent for NBC News. Her reporting appears across all platforms of NBC News and MSNBC, including NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, TODAY, Meet the Press, Dateline, and joining NBC News in 2014, McFadden has continued to cover a range of stories across the United States and around the globe as she did for the previous 20 years at ABC News. Known for a diverse portfolio of powerful investigations, her work has won broadcasting’s most prestigious awards including the Emmy, duPont, and Peabody as well as a Foreign Press Award. She was honored by the Matrix Award for Broadcasting in 2014, given annually to an exceptional woman in the field.During her years at ABC News, she worked as both an anchor and correspondent including ten years as the co-anchor of the network’s celebrated broadcast, Nightline. McFadden’s work has often focused on social issues and human rights abuses both here in the United States and around the world. She has reported extensively on various national security issues as well as mental health issues affecting families.In addition, she has interviewed a number of world leaders while reporting from a wide variety of international hot spots. McFadden received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Bowdoin College and a law degree from Columbia University.Lois Braverman, LCSW is President Emeritus of the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She was the Institute’s fourth president from 2006 to 2018. Ms. Braverman is a highly regarded educator and clinician with over 40 years of experience in the field. Her many publications and international presentations challenge the assumptions implicit in major schools of family therapy about women’s role in the family, in the workplace, and in the psychotherapeutic setting. Her special areas of interest have been women’s friendships and marital relationships, depression and marital dynamics, motherhood and mothering, and issues of power in family therapy. Currently, her clinical research project is seeing families with a young adult who suffers with serious mental illness. She is founding editor of the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy and author of Women, Feminism and Family Therapy, (The Haworth Press). She was the recipient of the 1994 American Family Therapy Academy’s “Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy Award” and the 2012 University of Iowa, College of Arts and Sciences’ Distinguished Alumni Award. She maintains a private practice specializing in couple and family therapy.Arnold Syrop is the principal and creative director of Arnold Syrop Architects and the architect responsible for the design of the Ackerman Institute’s new, state-of-the-art training facility in the Flatiron District.Arnold Syrop’s New York based office renders architectural and interior design services to hospitality, corporate, and institutional clients, on a national basis. Clients include Hilton Hotels Corporation, Loews Hotels, World Yacht, Marriott International, Renaissance Hotels, Carlson Industries, The Princeton Club of New York, Millennium Hotels, Universal Studios, The University Club, and the Waldorf Astoria. Arnold Syrop Architects has designed hospitality facilities for major urban clients, including Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station and Madison Square Garden.Arnold Syrop Architects have been included in the book “Restaurants That Work – Case Studies of the Best in the Industry”, featuring work of the top ten Restaurant Designers in America. “We have been selected as a national finalist in the Gold Key Awards for the best restaurant design of the year and are featured in the book “Hospitality and Restaurant Design 4” published in 2005. Our creative design of the public spaces, lounges and restaurants at the New York Marriott Marquis and Peacock Alley at The Waldorf Astoria have been widely published in professional and industry publications.”Arnold Syrop was raised and educated in New York City. He graduated with Honors from Pratt Institute and was awarded the Dean’s Medal in Architecture. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Architecture and worked as a designer with Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and with Marcel Breuer, prior to founding Arnold Syrop Architects. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, the Selz Foundation, and a Fellow of the Culinary Institute of America.To purchase tickets to the Moving Families Forward Gala call 914-579-1000, email:, or click here.last_img read more

Canadian entertainer Gordie Tapp of Hee Haw dead at 94

first_img Login/Register With: Tapp eventually took his act south of the border to the popular American variety series “Hee Haw,” inspiring other Canadian performers to follow his lead.Earlier this year, comedian Colin Mochrie visited the Lasalle Park Retirement Living Community facility, where Tapp and his wife Helen lived, to pay tribute to the entertainer.During an onstage chat with Tapp, Mochrie said his career was influenced in part by “Hee Haw.”“For me, it was the first show where I realized that Canadians could make it big in America,” Mochrie said. “It was sort of an inspiration.”Despite his successes with “Hee Haw,” Tapp was resolute about staying in Canada, said his daughter Kate Tapp Mock.“We were all up here and Dad didn’t really think of himself as American. He was very proudly Canadian and he had enough work here,” she said. “He was a good family man.”Tapp also had an undercover role that brought much joy to radio listeners: playing Santa for Hamilton radio station CHML.“We kids used to have to stay out of my parents’ bedroom because he would use that phone and they would make it sound like he was calling from the North Pole. And for hours he would have to sit there and listen to all the kids and what they wanted for Christmas,” Tapp Mock said.In more recent years, Tapp was also known for appearing in TV commercials for Ultramatic beds, and was a committed philanthropist, raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Easter Seals Society.He is survived by his wife and his children Kate, Jeff and Barbara. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Canadian entertainer Gordie Tapp, a comedian, musician, script writer and pitchman, died Sunday from complications of pneumonia at age 94.Born in London, Ont., the member of the Order of Canada and Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee kicked off his career in radio before moving into TV.During the 1950s, he was a founding member of “Main Street Jamboree,” a radio and TV show out of Hamilton, and hosted the CBC music-variety program “Country Hoedown” from 1956 to 1965. Twitterlast_img read more

AMI launches fully accessible apps for the blind and partially sighted community

first_img“Accessibility is at the forefront of everything we do here at AMI,” explains Peter Burke, AMI’s Vice-President of Marketing and Communications. “We knew that accessibility had to be considered from inception and the team at TWG was committed to ensuring that the apps underwent vigorous testing with our target audience.” TORONTO – Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today the launch of two accessible applications created especially for people living with sight loss.The AMI apps are available for iOS and tvOS and were designed by local Toronto developer, The Working Group (TWG). The project took approximately six months and included weeks of research and testing with members of AMI’s target audience to ensure the apps passed all accessibility requirements. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment From an accessibility standpoint, the apps feature closed captioning with all content, accessibility enhancements such as bolded text, a high contrast layout, handy tutorials explaining all the apps’ features and, most important to AMI’s core audience, integrated described video built into every program. End users can watch AMI original content on the go (iOS) or from the comfort of their home (tvOS) as well as download their favourite AMI programs offline for later viewing.The AMI apps are available in English (AMI-tv) and French (AMI-télé) and can be downloaded for free through the Apple App store.For further information on AMI and its programs and initiatives, please visit or Accessible Media on Twitter: @AccessibleMediaAbout Accessible Media Inc.AMI is a not-for-profit media company that entertains, informs and empowers Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, AMI’s vision is to establish and support a voice for Canadians with disabilities, representing their interests, concerns and values through accessible media, reflection and portrayal. To learn more visit and Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement For those who are adept at playing an instrument but not as comfortable manipulating technology, this idea might seem a bit daunting. Once you get the hang of it, though, it’s truly easy and the benefits can be huge. Broadcasting live is a valuable tool that all forward-thinking 21st-century musicians should be aware of. There’s really no reason not to do it. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Platforms for broadcasting live gigs include Facebook Live, Periscope, YouTube, YouNow, ConcertWindow, StageIt, and Gigee. They are not all created equal.If you perform live music, chances are you’ve broadcast yourself or participated in a live broadcast online. The speed of smartphone technology and the quality of the audio/video available to iPhone/Android users are pretty amazing — especially for those of us who have been professional musicians since before the tech existed. There are more streaming platforms and apps available than ever before, and the audio and video quality of the broadcasts gets better all the time with each new phone and software update.In my own experience, broadcasting my gigs regularly has led to new fans and a deeper connection with my existing audience. I have people who tune in for every broadcast! Very gratifying when you are playing to an empty restaurant; as long as there’s WiFi, I have a crowd online. And I made an extra $500 just from broadcasting in 2017 with very little promotion or effort beyond posting a tip jar link. My goal for 2018 is to improve that number with promotion, more targeted broadcasts aimed at my core audience, and more merch options. But that was still $500 I didn’t have before! That’s practically three weeks of groceries in the slow gig times. Twitterlast_img read more


first_img Twitter KURT RUSSELL IS FILMING A SANTA MOVIE IN TORONTO RIGHT NOWKurt Russell, 1980s hot guy turned legendary Hollywood actor, has been spotted around Toronto lately rocking a long white beard and sometimes a red velour twinset.The Tombstone, Hateful Eight and Escape From New York star is reportedly in town to film a Netflix original Christmas movie produced by Chris Columbus – the guy behind Home Alone.  READ MORE T’isn’t the season! Kurt Russell, 66, looks just like St Nick as he gets to work in Toronto filming a Christmas movieChristmas might be the furthest thing from most people’s minds right now. But not for Kurt Russell, who was dressed as Santa Claus in the middle of Toronto on Thursday. The 66-year-old was filming an upcoming Xmas movie for Netflix, and made a pretty excellent St Nick. READ MOREKurt Russell to Play Santa Claus in Netflix Christmas MovieJudah Lewis, the star of Netflix’s ‘The Babysitter,’ and ‘Big Little Lies’ actress Darby Camp are also starring in the fresh take on the holiday family film.Kurt Russell is bringing Christmas cheer to Netflix.The veteran actor is teaming with Judah Lewis, the star of Netflix’s horror-comedy film The Babysitter, along with Darby Camp of Big Little Lies, to star in an untitled Christmas movie for the streaming giant. READ MORE Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Burton Cummings recovering from several injuries suffered in LA car crash

first_imgAdvertisement Canadian music icon Burton Cummings says he is recovering from several injuries he suffered in a car crash last Sunday in Los Angeles.In a lengthy Facebook post, the Winnipeg rocker and former frontman for the Guess Who writes that he was struck by a driver who ran a red light and that there were five people in the other car, including a baby.Cummings said he suffered a concussion due to his head cracking the windshield in addition to cuts and “serious bruising on both arms,” a very painful left leg and intense back pain. Facebook He wrote that he’s in a “lot of physical pain” and needs some “serious healing time,” adding he’s “trying to focus on just how lucky” he is not to have been killed or crippled.Cummings said the worst thing is that his mind has been “reliving the crash … that sound and fear and unexpected horror.”“I know I’m going to have to get some help getting over the shock. That’s the worst part right now … trying to keep telling myself that I’m okay.”Cummings, 70, spent 10 years with the Guess Who until 1975. He wrote or co-wrote many of the band’s hits, including American Woman, No Time, Laughing and These Eyes.The Winnipeg native’s solo career included such hits as Stand Tall and My Own Way to Rock.Cummings wrote that the accident happened after he was summoned to Los Angeles for jury duty but was dismissed due to the Winnipeg Jets’ playoff status and was hoping to make it to Winnipeg to sing the anthems at a later game.Inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as a member of the Guess Who in 1987, Cummings won four Juno Awards as a solo artist and two with his former band. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Burton Cummings, the former frontman of iconic Winnipeg rock band the Guess Who, says he was injured in a car crash in L.A. over the weekend. (Matthew Sherwood/Canadian Press) Twitter . Login/Register With:last_img read more


first_img Facebook YouTube Premium has ordered “Dark Cargo,” a neo-noir thriller pilot from Entertainment One (eOne), Counterfeit Pictures and SEVEN24 Films.The pilot is written by “Sneaky Pete” alums Adam and Max Reid and will be executive produced by Ben Stiller and Nicky Weinstock under their Red Hour Productions banner. The project hails from studio eOne.Here’s the official logline for the pilot: “Dark Cargo” is a high-octane, cliffhanger-driven, neo-noir thriller set in the big rig cab of Joe Dobbs as he traverses the darkest nights of his life. What begins as a random encounter with a disturbed stranger turns into a race against time, the police, and even more malevolent forces. All the while, Joe just wants to get back to his family. Advertisement Advertisement No casting details have been released for the pilot, which, if ordered to series, will join a growing slate of originals at YouTube Premium, including “Karate Kid” spinoff series “Cobra Kai” and the Tom Felton and Natalia Tena-led “Origin.”Along with this project, Adam and Max Reid are currently writing the pilot for “Ice Cream Man” for Universal Cable Productions and Good Fear. They are repped by WME and The Cartel.By Jennifer Maas | The Wrap Ben Stiller (Getty Images)center_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

From the Real Housewives to Killing Eve the 10 best TV series

first_img Facebook Pose is a visual, musical and poetic feast of personality. One of Ryan Murphy’s many television offspring, it tells the tale of the New York City drag scene in the late ’80s. The AIDS epidemic lingers as we watch the poor and the privileged intersect behind closed doors with a genuine, un-exploitative eye. Pose also happens to feature the largest LBGTQ ensemble ever gathered for a scripted series, with Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson and Indya Moore, all trans women of colour, leading the way. Each episode packs an emotional punch.9.A VERY ENGLISH SCANDALForget Mary Poppins. The greatest English comeback of the year has been Hugh Grant’s. First, with the great Paddington 2. And here, where he plays the two-faced Jeremy Thorpe, a British MP who, in 1979, was accused of conspiring to murder his former lover, Norman Scott (a similarly two-faced Ben Whishaw), when homosexuality was still illegal. The witty, melodramatic three-episode miniseries follows what transpired after Scott threatened to expose Thorpe post-break-up. The entire affair is a promising sign of where Grant’s resuscitated career could take him, transforming his once indelible rom-commy charm into something much scarier. Advertisement There have never been more options on television. It’s worth keeping this in mind while reading from the end-of-year bemoaning that this year’s crop of series has been a sorry display. Truth be told: there’s simply too much to make a call. Any concept of “catching up” was left behind in 2017. From animation to drama to even procedural, the options are limitless as cable and streaming networks continue to duke it out in not only the battle for the best but the most.While that certainly leaves a lot of space for a lot of trash (of which we saw plenty this year), there have also been dozens of gems. Here’s a smattering of the best:HONOURABLE MENTION: BARRY (CRAVE)It’s long been said that the greatest comic talents have the deepest reserves of drama. In Barry, Bill Hader plays a depressed assassin who follows his latest target into an acting class, suddenly propelling him into dreams of a new life as a (very bad) actor. That is, if the mob who hired him lets him go. It’s a delicious new era for Hader, who captures a man seemingly devoid of emotion, so desensitized to the crime around him.10.POSE (FX CANADA) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Sharp Objects, Killing Eve, Forever. (Crave/Amazon/National Post) Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Wynne There may be more money for onreserve education

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe province of Ontario got a surprise last week. The economist they’d hired to help balance their books, Don Drummond, recommended cutbacks in every single government department — except for First Nations education.Ontario’s Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Kathleen Wynne, agrees with Drummond, and is calling on the federal government to work with Ontario to “upgrade the education on reserve for First Nations kids”.last_img

Quick Facts DauphinSwan RiverNeepawa

first_imgAPTN National NewsDuring the election, APTN will be profiling 51 ridings the Assembly of First Nations say Aboriginal voters can make a difference.Riding: Dauphin-Swan River-NeepawaCandidates: Quick facts:Incumbent Conservative Robert Sopuck was first elected to Parliament in a 2010 by-election for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette.In the 2011 general election, Sopuck took 63 % of the vote and beat out runner up NDP candidae Cheryl Osborne by nearly 11,000 votes.The riding is now called Dauphin Swan River-Neepawa.This is Laverne Lewycky’s 5th time running for a seat in the House of Commons.The NDPer worked behind the scenes for the party starting in 1980.In 1974 he started his run at Parliament representing Dauphin, winning once in 1980, and being defeated three times.Liberal Ray Piché is a 21 year veteran of the RCMP. After serving in Regina and Ottawa, Piché settled in Manitoba. The former Mountie isn’t new to politics. According to his website, he served briefly as a municipal councilor in the town of Emerson.According to the Green’s website,  candidate Kate Storey is an organic farmer, ecologist and community advocate who graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Botany, researching the effect of human activity on the habitat of Manitoba’s woodland caribou herd.The riding includes the Waywayseecappo First Nation and the Sioux Valley Dakota Nationlast_img read more

DAPL developer says no January 1 deadline looming despite report on controversial

first_imgDennis WardAPTN National NewsThe company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline says there are no contractual obligations tied to the beginning of 2017.And Energy Transfer Partners expects a different take on the construction of the controversial pipeline once President Elect Donald Trump is sworn in on January 20th.Earlier this month, a report called “The High-Risk Financing Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline: A Potential Stranded Asset in the Bakken Region of North Dakota” was released.The report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis and Sightline Institute states that the project has a deadline before losses will be felt.“DAPL faces a looming financial deadline,” researchers wrote. “The pipeline’s principal backer, Energy Transfer Partners, has conceded in court proceedings that is has a contractual obligation to complete the project by January 1, 2017. If it misses the deadline, companies that have committed long-term to ship oil through the pipeline at 2014 prices have the right to rescind those commitments and may well exercise that right.”And according to media sources in the United States, Sunoco Logistics Partners has announced a nearly $20 billion merger with Energy Transfer Partners.In an email to APTN, Energy Transfer Partners spokesperson Vicki Granado said is false.“There is nothing contractual tied to the January 1 date. That was an initial in-service target date. The contractual dates are further out and pose no issue to the project.”Granado said the company has no worries that investors will start pulling out of the project. The company currently has equipment on site and ready to drill under the water to complete the North Dakota portion of the four-state pipeline. The company is capable of drilling even during a harsh North Dakota winter.The company currently has equipment on site and ready to drill under the water to complete the North Dakota portion of the four-state pipeline. The company is capable of drilling even during a harsh North Dakota winter.The Army Corps of Engineers has hit the pause button on the project while it continues its discussions with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The prospect a re-route was mentioned by United States President Barack Obama. But the company says it is not interested in a reroute and has filed a lawsuit alleging there is political interference at play.The prospect a re-route was mentioned by U.S. President Barack Obama. But the company says it is not interested in a reroute and has filed a lawsuit alleging there is political interference at play.The IEEFA report also makes the case the regional oil transport infrastructure is overbuilt already and suggests DAPL is superfluous.The Dakota Access Pipeline Limited has resulted in violent clashes between heavily armed police and National Guard forces and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and thousands of Native Americans and First Nations people who have come together to support them.To date, hundreds of people have been arrested and injured during clashes with police.An eviction notice was issued by USACE for Dec. 5. The Corps then clarified it would not forcibly remove people.  That was followed by Executive Order by ND Gov calling for the camp to be evacuated.dward@aptn.calast_img read more

Assembly of First Nations granted intervenor status on BC Trans Mountain case

first_imgAPTN NewsAfter remaining relatively silent on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) announced Friday that is has been granted intervenor status in the B.C. government’s court of appeal case on the project.“The AFN has a long history of participating in judicial proceedings where our peoples, their rights and traditional territories are concerned,” said newly re-elected National Chief Perry Bellegarde in a statement. “Any decision in this reference case could have far-reaching impacts for First Nations across the country and the AFN is uniquely positioned to provide a national perspective on these potential impacts.“It is essential we be there and it’s positive that the court recognizes our unique role.”In April, the B.C. government asked the court to rule on whether it has the authority to regulate, and place restrictions on companies that transport bitumen through the province. The province has draft legislation written and is waiting on a ruling from the court.According to the release, the lobby group received intervenor status in June but the issue of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project was never raised on the assembly floor by chiefs or the AFN.The project was also never part of the resolutions chiefs voted on at the annual general assembly despite the fact that B.C. is the epicentre of opposition against the project – and a growing anti-pipeline camp being situated in nearby Burnaby.Bellegarde did comment on the fight over the pipeline extension to APTN’s Todd Lamirande.“The whole pipeline dialogue and discussion is very divisive.  Premiers are fighting each other.  Canadians disagree with it.  There’s all sides, even with Chiefs.  So you got to go to the rights and title holders.  And that’s where that decision rests.  It doesn’t rest with any council, the youth council, women’s council.  Go to the rights and title holders and that’s where the decision should be made.”A scan of news releases from the AFN shows that in May, Bellegarde released a neutral statement on the pipeline expansion project saying both sides need to be listened to.“First Nations have different positions on this project but they all agree and insist that their rights be respected, upheld and honoured by the Crown, and that includes the right to free, prior and informed consent,” Bellegarde said in a statement in May.The AFN did not say why it took until August to send a release on intervenor status in the case at the time of read more

Nunavuts NDP candidate in federal election is 25 just like the Inuit

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN News Mumilaaq Qaqqaq walks up to the agreed meeting spot wearing a light fall coat and purple hat to ward off the crisp air that has landed on Iqaluit early in this federal election.The city she now calls home is spread out behind her.Qaqqaq, 25, is the NDPs choice candidate to win the open riding.That’s young by federal standards, but things are different in Nunavut.Nunavut’s average age is 25, and there is a history of younger people getting things done.Qaqqaq was ready for the age question.She smiles as it is delivered- and has a quick response on hand.“When we think back to when Nunavut was first being created, all of those people, most of those people were in their 20s, all those Inuit,” says Qaqqaq.“When we look at other politics and other political leaders, often they start in their political career very young, in their 20s.”Winning the Nunavut riding and claiming a seat in the House of Commons wouldn’t be her first time taking a seat there.In 2017, Qaqqaq was a part of Daughters of The Vote, a program that brought young women together from across the country and put them on the floor of the House of Commons as MPs.She delivered a speech about suicide in Nunavut that brought the assembled women to their feet –twice- for standing ovations.She ended by asking, “where are our non-Indigenous allies?”The video took off online.“I took every opportunity that I could, and one of those ended up being Daughters of the Vote, where I got to speak in Parliament,” says Qaqqaq.“The video got way bigger than I thought it was going to, and what I had planned on. The aftermath of that was working with Inuit Tapariit Kanatami and working with Susan Aglukark for her Arctic Rose foundation.”Originally from Baker Lake – both her parents are teachers there and her brother is a full time hunter.She has called Iqaluit home since 2017.Her decision to run is based on those Baker Lake experiences, and what she learned next.“I’m running because I care, and I understand that there are things that need to change, and new things that need to be done, for us to see betterment for Nunavummiut, for Inuit. We all know that the suicide rate is higher here than anywhere else in Canada, and there are things that need to change.“I think it is important to see people like myself and people who look like me, in these kinds of positions,” says Qaqqaq.The Nunavut riding is unique in this election.There are three Inuit women running for the three leading parties.Qaqqaq is up against former Conservative cabinet minister Leona Aglukkaq and Liberal candidate Megan Pizzo-Lyall.For Qaqqaq, backing the NDP platform was a natural fit.“The NDP’s priorities line up with mine, and it’s a lot of things that we need up here. It’s a very diverse group, and they very openly promote that. 50 per cent of their candidates are women, they have a wide variety of LGBTQ and Indigenous people, and it’s really great to see that diversity.“One of their focuses is reconciliation, but true reconciliation, and putting things like the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People into law,” explains Qaqqaq.Aside from being Inuit women, the three candidates have things in common.All three are from smaller Nunavut communities, but all have lived in Iqaluit.All three favour handmade Inuit earrings – Qaqqaq’s new ones are bright NDP orange- and all three always manage to be wearing at least a little seal fur when campaigning.That’s surface stuff -the differences are in the policies- but Qaqqaq is happy to be joined by two Inuit peers.“It’s powerful, it’s so exciting – no matter what the outcome is- that’s what were going to see. Three Inuit women, that in itself is really amazing,” states read more

Shopify Inc to add up to 500 new jobs in Waterloo over

first_imgWATERLOO, Ont. – Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP) plans to add up to 500 jobs in Waterloo, Ont. which would triple its workforce there over the next couple of years.The Ottawa-based technology company says it plans to add between 300 to 500 full-time positions to focus on growing its Shopify Plus platform, which supports the largest and most complex retailers.Shopify says it is also set to open another building in Waterloo by the first quarter of next year to accommodate the workforce growth.The rapidly growing online platform builder for small businesses was founded in 2004 and has since grown to more than 1,900 employees, according to its 2016 annual report.Its shares plunged earlier this month after it was targeted by U.S. short seller Andrew Left of Citron Research, who alleged that the company is running an overvalued get-rich-quick-scheme.Shopify’s chief executive Tobias Lutke says he will push back against the short seller’s allegations during the release of their next financial results.last_img read more

Global vanilla prices squeeze margins for ice cream cupcake makers

first_imgTORONTO – Prepare to shell out a little more for the sweet treats of spring and summer as a global surge in the price of vanilla makes its impact at some small-batch ice cream shops and neighbourhood bakeries.The cost of the foodie staple has been on the rise for years, but is now starting to really be felt on retail shelves and mom-and-pop eateries that pride themselves on natural ingredients, say observers.That includes Toronto cupcake master Verge Manuel, who says the hike is exacerbating various financial pressures on his two gourmet shops, called Dlish.“There are certain forces that we have no control over which is the pricing of certain ingredients that we have to obviously pass along at some point because you can’t absorb it anymore,” says Manuel, whose brand revolves around the use of real Madagascar vanilla.“One of the rising costs is vanilla, absolutely.”When Dlish started seven years ago, Manuel says vanilla prices generally increased 10 per cent a year. But two years ago it doubled for him, and last year it went up five-fold.Vanilla prices are the highest they’ve ever been, says David van der Walde, director of Montreal-based vanilla importing company Aust & Hachmann Canada.He says the wholesale price now runs as high as C$850 per kilogram for premium beans — a 10 per cent increase from last year, which was 30 per cent more than the year before that.Five years ago, you could get vanilla for as little as US$20 per kilogram, adds van der Walde, calling that price “excruciatingly low.”It rose quickly as consumers began demanding natural ingredients in everything from chocolates to cakes to yogurt.So big food companies responded, with Hershey’s among the power players that announced a switch to real vanilla in 2015 for their chocolate bars.Meanwhile, increased demand coincided with shrinking supplies, says van der Walde, noting that less-established plantations outside of Madagascar gave up on the labour-intensive crop because prices were low.“And then the price starts to go up again,” he says.Things only got worse in March 2017 when a cyclone hit Madagascar, the world’s leading producer of vanilla, destroying a good portion of their output for 2018.Ever since then, ice cream maker Cyril Chalykoff says he can barely secure enough of the richly flavoured beans to keep production going.“We’re getting to the point now where it’s getting very, very, short supply,” says Chalykoff, president of London Ice Cream based in London, Ont.“We’re just scrambling. We’re scrambling.”Vanilla is pretty much synonymous with ice cream, he adds, scoffing at the possibility of dropping the flavour from his menu.“That’s like saying to a Canadian, ‘You can’t have coffee anymore.’”For now, he’s absorbing the cost, but with margins shrinking, he admits he’s weighed the pros and cons of charging more.“It’s unfortunate because a lot of people don’t really recognize the difference between one vanilla to the next, and you really get lumped in with (other) vanilla ice cream,” he says.“If we go up in our pricing a little bit then some customers won’t appreciate that, won’t understand it.”Even the big companies feel the impact, such as Nestle Canada and its naturally flavoured Real Dairy brand.Catherine O’Brien, senior vice president of corporate affairs, says in an emailed statement there are no plans to raise ice cream prices, but they are “continually managing ingredient and commodity costs across all of our product portfolios.”Smaller players are undoubtedly struggling, van der Walde says.“We sell vanilla beans directly to small ice cream shops here in Montreal who use them and they’re freaking out over the prices,” he said.Michelle Chow, president of the Vanilla Food Company, says she hears the same concerns from her ice cream clients, who tell her they expect to raise prices to keep pace.Chow’s online store sells to home bakers and commercial kitchens, with varied vanilla clients including soap makers, tea sellers and breweries.She says many have had to switch from whole beans or ground powder to more affordable options, such as extract or vanilla paste. But those, too, have gone up in price.“We kind of just changed a little of our focus to chocolate-supplying versus the vanilla so that our company can sustain as well,” says Chow, based in Markham, Ont.Chow admits she even finds herself rationing the product at home when she bakes with her kids.“Before it was more like, ‘Oh, a splash of this,’” she chuckles. “Now it’s like ‘No, no, no!’ You measure it to a T.”Chalykoff says his worst-case scenario would be to use vanillin, a common flavouring alternative that comes in natural and synthetic versions.“Our main vanilla supplier, what they’re offering now is a blend; they’re cutting it with a vanillin-type thing, which is a compromise,” he says.“We’re not at that point, yet. I’ll pay whatever I’ve got to pay but if it’s not available, it’s not available and what can you do, right?”Van der Walde says supply is actually on the upswing, and that prices are plateauing. But not all suppliers stock up if they know clients will balk at the price.As for this year’s Madagascar harvest, he says that runs May to August, but the beans — which are actually the fruit of an orchid — are harvested green, and need six months to prepare for export.That means a fresh influx isn’t expected before fall, with the best beans not expected until November or December, says van der Walde.The market is driven by big industrial buyers like the flavour company McCormick — not loyal customers of gourmet shops or grocery stores, he adds.“They buy 80 per cent of the vanilla out there, so they’re the ones that determine how high the market can go,” says van der Walde.“As long as they’re willing to pay US$550 or US$600 per kilogram, the market is happy to oblige them.”last_img read more

Feds mull further changes to carbon tax plan amid US tax changes

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal carbon pricing system for heavy emitters, softened last week to ease the impact on Canadian industry, could be amended even further this fall as Ottawa looks to address competitiveness fears in corporate Canada fuelled by U.S. tax cuts, tariffs and environmental policy roll backs.Environment Canada also now has to consult on the proposed plan with more than a dozen industrial sectors specific to Ontario that weren’t originally expected to be affected by the federal carbon pricing program because Ontario had its own system — now scrapped by Doug Ford’s new provincial government.That includes the auto sector, which is the next possible target for President Donald Trump’s tariffs, and breweries, who are paying more for their cans from the aluminum tariffs Trump has already imposed.Steel, which also had tariffs imposed by the U.S. in June, was one of the industries given the biggest break by Ottawa last week when Environment Minister Catherine McKenna increased the amount of emissions companies can produce before they have to start paying the carbon price. Those changes came after six months of consultations with affected industries who warned the government the proposed system was too onerous and could compel some of them to consider leaving Canada altogether.Manufacturers of steel, iron, lime, cement and nitrogen fertilizer will now have to pay the carbon price only on emissions that exceed 90 per cent of the average emissions in their sector. Other companies that produce more than 50,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year, will pay the carbon price on anything over 80 per cent.The original proposal McKenna made in January was to set that cap at 70 per cent for all industry.John Moffet, the associate assistant deputy minister at Environment and Climate Change Canada, said Thursday those changes may not be the last, and that economic pressures facing companies from things like U.S. tariffs are among the factors being looked at.“I would say the government is open to further changes across the board,” said Moffet.Environment Canada officials met with representatives from more than a dozen Ontario industries, including auto and auto parts manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and a number of chemical firms, last week to begin the process of assessing how their competitiveness might be affected by the carbon price. The federal system will only be applicable in provinces without a federally approved carbon price system of their own.Although Ottawa won’t be assessing which provinces have such plans until September, Moffet said when the original consultations took place, the federal government analysed and consulted industries only in provinces that were expected to use the federal pricing program.The changes to the system have become political fodder for carbon price opponents — particularly the federal Conservatives and their provincial counterparts in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta — who argue that scaling back the program to reduce the impact on business is an admission the carbon pricing system is bad for the economy. They want Ottawa to scrap the entire carbon pricing plan.The government says the plan all along was to set an initial target and then amend it after more specific review, and that the changes made will not have a material impact on the amount of greenhouse gases that will be cut from Canada’s total annual emissions. Moffet said the incentives to reduce emissions remain, even with a higher cap.Corporate Canada may also get help this fall from Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who is spending the summer listening to a wide range of perspectives on Canada’s competitiveness challenges. For months now Canadian businesses have been firing off warnings that Canada is at a deep disadvantage after recent changes like U.S. corporate tax reforms.Business associations want Ottawa to cut corporate taxes in Canada, arguing the U.S. tax changes could end up inflicting more damage on the Canadian economy than the possible termination of the North American Free Trade Agreement.A spokeswoman for Morneau said if he is to make any adjustments, they would be announced in his fall economic statement.The draft regulations finalizing the industrial component of Canada’s carbon pricing scheme are also expected this fall, with the final regulations not expected until the summer of 2019.last_img read more