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first_imgWith more than 29,000 tickets sold, Farm Aid 2012 is officially sold out. Fans at home can watch a special presentation of the concert event from Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 to 11 p.m. EDT at www.farmaid.org.Farm Aid has announced that Jamey Johnson and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals will join an already star-studded lineup at Farm Aid 2012. Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson; Neil Young, performing with Crazy Horse; John Mellencamp; and Dave Matthews, performing with Tim Reynolds, will headline the event. In addition, the stellar lineup to be hosted at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa., includes Kenny Chesney, Jack Johnson, ALO, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.“We are grateful for the overwhelming enthusiasm that Pennsylvania has shown for Farm Aid 2012,” said Jennifer Fahy, spokesperson for Farm Aid. “We hope that people across the country will tune in to farmaid.org to watch the “Farm Aid 2012: A Backstage Pass,” webcast. While we wish all our fans could join us at Hersheypark, we’re glad that those at home have a chance to be part of this music, food and farming event.”In addition to performances on stage, viewers of “Farm Aid 2012: A Backstage Pass” will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Farm Aid 2012, featuring interviews with artists, farmers and fans; demonstrations from the HOMEGROWN Village where concertgoers engage in interactive exhibits about farming and food; a look at Farm Aid’s signature HOMEGROWN Concessions, which brings family farm food to concertgoers; and a peek into the production side of things showcasing what it takes to produce this major music, food and farming festival.Farm Aid also announced that Willie Nelson will be joined onstage by special guests the Blackwood Quartet & the Bee Creek Gospel Singers. Brent James and the Contraband will entertain the crowd in the HOMEGROWN Village.The sponsors of Farm Aid 2012 are Giant Food Stores, Anvil Knitwear, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Horizon Organic, Weis Markets, Organic Valley, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, Silk Soymilk, Amy’s Kitchen, Bell & Evans Air Chilled, Martin Guitar, Messina Wildlife PLOTSAVER and UNFI Foundation.For updates about Farm Aid 2012, visit www.farmaid.org and join the conversation at www.facebook.com/farmaid and www.twitter.com/farmaid.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

first_img DOCUMENTARies for change – Sundance Institute, Documentary Film ProgramThe Sundance Institute is dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Kenneth Cole has been an advocate for the Sundance Institute’s mission and dedicated supporter of the Sundance Film Festival since 2003, when he joined the board of trustees. For over twelve years Kenneth Cole has been the Official Provider of volunteer uniforms for the Park City festival, donating nearly 30,000 jackets to date. This season, Kenneth Cole is supporting documentary storytelling through the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program which provides creative and financial support to cinematic feature documentaries from independent filmmakers globally.“For over 30 years, we have committed our resources to making a difference by addressing what people wear, while inspiring them to be aware and about what they stand in as well as what they stand for. This season, we are highlighting three charitable organizations by sending notable photographers and filmmakers into the field to document the inspiring accomplishments from three very different perspectives.” says Kenneth Cole.Source:PR Newswire Kenneth Cole, a pioneer in the fashion industry who has consistently demonstrated a deep commitment to social change for over 30 years, is introducing a new campaign for fall, LOOK GOOD, FOR GOOD.LOOK GOOD, FOR GOODBuilding upon the company’s heritage of promoting “style with a purpose,” as well as Kenneth Cole’s personally vested interest in raising awareness for these causes, the new campaign will support specific charitable projects under three company pillars – Collective Health, Civil Liberties, and Artistic Activism. For the Fall ’14 launch, The Kenneth Cole Foundation will support projects through the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti, HELP USA, and the Sundance Institute. As an extension of the campaign, Kenneth Cole enlisted three photojournalists to chronicle the work of each charity partner. The campaign is being brought to life digitally at kennethcole.com/ForGood that will feature exclusive photographer and video content from Haiti, Sundance and Help USA, as well as an interactive timeline meant to educate the consumer on the brands 30 year philanthropic history.The advertising campaign will be supported by a robust national print, outdoor, digital, and social media plan. The campaign was shot in New York City by fashion and portrait photographer Gregory Harris (whose previous work has appeared in prestigious magazines including Interview, WSJ Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Russia and Teen Vogue). Featuring models Mirte Maas, Kai Newman, Baptiste Radufe, and Sung Jin Park, the imagery depicts modern, utilitarian looks with a focus on accessories, styled in an urban, industrial backdrop. In the spirit of social impact, the cast and crew each donated 5 % of their fee to support one of the charitable projects that the company is supporting.In a strategic shift from raising awareness of social issues to encouraging action, the brand is teaming up with TakePart.com. The digital magazine and social action platform of Participant Media will produce original editorial pieces covering the impact of Kenneth Cole’s charity partner projects as well as enable visitors to take actions benefiting each nonprofit through TakePart.com’s proprietary Take Action Platform (TAP). Directly integrated into each article, TAP actions include signing petitions, pledging, donating, sending messages of support, and measuring the influence of social sharing. To further incentivize participation, Kenneth Cole will provide rewards for each action taken. HEALTHCARE IN HAITI – St. Luke Foundation for HaitiPrompted by the earthquake in Haiti, Kenneth Cole collected clothing, footwear, and funds to build The Kenneth Cole Haiti Health Center in Cite Soleil, which is part of a medical system accessible to over 1.5 million people. The St. Luke Foundation for Haiti (a Haitian-run organization employing more than 1,000 Haitian staff) provides education, medical care, and dignified humanitarian outreach through key programs. This season, Kenneth Cole is supporting healthcare in Haiti by funding the continued development of St. Luke Hospital. ENDING HOMELESSNESS – HELP USA, Youth Scholarship FundFor over 30 years, Kenneth Cole has sought to end homelessness in the United States. In 1986, he helped to found the non-profit HELP USA – a leading national provider of housing and services for homeless and low income families, and veterans, serving 20,000 people each night. This season, Kenneth Cole is supporting HELP USA’s Youth Scholarship Fund, which will furnish financial assistance to families moving from transitional shelters into permanent housing.last_img read more

first_imgActor and cancer advocate Patrick Dempsey is lending his image to Fifth Third’s new Stand Up To Cancer #howifight campaign, which honors the many ways people fight cancer.Video: #howifight – Fifth Third Bank Commercial 2015Dempsey, who is a passionate cancer fighter after losing his mother to ovarian cancer in 2014, is participating in the campaign on behalf of SU2C, and is a supporter of #howifight. He will be featured in a Fifth Third Bank and SU2C TV spot highlighting ways people can fight cancer, including partaking in a new promotion from Fifth Third Bank.Fifth Third Bank will support SU2C in a promotion that allows new bank customers to help fight cancer when they open Essential Checking Accounts. The promotion, at howifight.53.com, follows the national trend of companies giving customers ways to give back as they shop or do business. Through this campaign, Fifth Third Bank will give customers $150, and give $150 to SU2C when customers open a new Essential Checking Account with direct deposit, and make three online bill payments. Fifth Third also will donate $1 to SU2C when people share eligible posts using the #howifight hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine, up to $100,000 during the campaign (which runs through October 17).last_img read more

first_imgRussell Wilson, Pete Carroll and Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks, Lily Collins, Allen Stone, Grace VanderWaal, Buzz Aldrin, Jordan Fisher, Yara Shahidi and more lit up the WE Day stage over the weekend.Russell Wilson at WE DayCredit/Copyright: Suzi Pratt Getty for WE DayYouth from across Seattle shared empowering stories and the KeyArena at the Seattle Center was packed with 15,000 young change-makers who earned their WE Day tickets by taking action in their local and global communities.“Speaking on the WE Day stage and hearing the brave and inspiring stories of youth across America who are making a difference, has given me strength to speak publicly about my own story in my new book Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me” said Golden Globe nominated actress and author, Lily Collins. “I’m so excited to be back at WE Day Seattle surrounded by thousands of young people who encourage and support one another, embrace diversity and stand up for what they believe in with the goal of working together to make the world a better place.”“The youth at WE Day Seattle inspire us to continue to make an impact in the community — together we can change the world,” Russell Wilson and Ciara said. “They are truly leading the way towards positive changes by teaching us to support each other and to strive to make a difference every day. We are overjoyed to play an even bigger role in supporting WE Day Seattle and elevating today’s youth.”“Every year, more than 200,000 students from over 10,000 schools around the globe earn their tickets to WE Day through the yearlong WE Schools program, creating positive impacts in their communities,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “WE Day Seattle will unite and celebrate thousands of young leaders who are working passionately for the causes they care about most, creating sustainable change in their own backyards and around the world.”“We’re so proud of these students and educators who continue to be dedicated to creating positive change in our world,” said Pete Carroll, Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks and WE Day Seattle Co-Chair. “It fires us up to see the WE movement that started here in Seattle continue to spread across the country.”last_img read more

first_imgRussell Simmons, and Danny Simmons will host Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation the 2017 ART FOR LIFE benefit on July 15.The evening will honor Esi Eggleston Bracey, Chuck D, Bozoma Saint John, Stephen G. Hill and 2017 Featured Artist, Sanford Biggers for their support of the arts, career achievements, and overall commitment to our communities.The evening, themed “Midnight at the Oasis” will feature a performance by TONY and GRAMMY Winner Cynthia Erivo as well as other surprise performances. Honorary Chairs include Darlene & Jorge Perez, Kimora Lee Simmons, Tim Leissner, Xin Li and Lyor Cohen. Event Chairs include Shannon Curtin, Kimberley Hatchett, Kelli Richardson Lawson, and Racquel Oden. Luxury Auction Chairs include Coppy Holzman, Chloe Flower, and Camilla Olsson. Art For Life Art Auction Chairs include Franklin Sirmans and Andrea Fiuczynski. This year’s benefit is supported by silver sponsors Merrill Lynch, UBER, and bronze sponsor Coty Inc.; online auction partner CharityBuzz; Art For Life Art Auction partner Artsy, and many more! This year’s media partners include Hamptons Magazine, and Hamptons.com.Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (RPAF) is dedicated to providing inner city youth with significant exposure to the arts, as well as to supporting emerging artists with exhibition opportunities.Over the past 20 years with the help of a broad base of friends, collaborators and supporters, Rush has been able to develop it’s main two program areas – Rush Education art programs for our youth and Rush Arts Galleries supporting and featuring emerging artists nationwide – working together in a seamless way to open up the arts to populations facing hurdles to the joy and benefits of these experiences. Designed to inspire students, provide positive alternatives to high-risk behaviors and support increased academic performance, Rush Education programs – Rush Little Kids, Rush Kids, Rush Teens and Rush Galleries in Schools – directly serve over 3,000 students annually. In addition, each year through our Rush Arts Galleries – Rush Arts Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan and Corridor Gallery in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn – exhibit the work of over 100 emerging and community-based artists; welcomes over 10,000 gallery visitors; and provides unique opportunities for young people interested in careers in the arts.WHEN: Saturday, July 15th 5:00 PM: Media Check In 6:00 PM: Arrivals and Cocktails 7:00 PM: Dinner & ProgramWHERE: Fairview Farms 19 Horsemill Lane Water Mill, NYTICKETS: To purchase tickets, please contact Tracey Doolin at Inez Weinstein Special Events, Inc., at (212) 254-6677 or via email tdoolin@inezevents.com. Tickets available online here.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook This interview has been edited and condensed.The TV Junkies: You’ve had such an interesting and varied career working in journalism, as a television executive and now running a production company with your sister. Can you share a little bit about how you got into the industry and whether making TV was something you always wanted to do?Amy Cameron: It wasn’t what I wanted to do. I remember telling my best friend in high school that I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, but if I could figure out a job telling stories then that would be great. I found myself circling various storytelling jobs and TV is just another way of telling stories. However, I went to university for fine arts and painting, found myself in New Brunswick and ended up working as a journalist. I then went to Maclean’s where I decided I would write a book and started freelancing as a journalist. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Stories can change our lives. Stories are an important tool for communication and in getting people to relate to one another. They matter. Telling good and interesting stories is exactly what producer Amy Cameron has strived to do for her entire career. It’s one of the driving reasons that she, along with her sister Tassie Cameron, started the production company Cameron Pictures Inc. Together, the sisters have used their independent production company to back Mary Kills People for Global TV and Lifetime, starring Caroline Dhavernas as an ER doctor who performs doctor assisted suicides, as well as the upcoming CBC comedy series Little Dog, created by and starring Joel Thomas Hynes as a boxer on a quest for redemption.Amy Cameron’s path to production company head was anything but straight-forward. She has worked at various positions, in and outside of the television industry, as a writer, journalist and network executive. As the former executive in charge of production in the drama department at CBC, Cameron oversaw projects such as Heartland, Republic of Doyle and The Book of Negroes. She was an editor for Maclean’s and contributed to publications such as The Globe and Mail, as well as a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre.Cameron recently spoke with The TV Junkies as part of our Women Behind Canadian TV series. She shared with us the principles used by Cameron Pictures when staffing their shows, and how they try to find diverse, sometimes young and inexperienced voices, and give them an opportunity to find new and exciting ways to tell stories. She also touched on positive initiatives she sees happening in the industry that give her hope things will continue to become more diverse and more inclusive moving forward. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have their work published on CBC Books.Four finalists will win $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work published on CBC Books.You may submit original, unpublished poetry or a collection of poems up to 600 words in length. Advertisement A team of readers from across Canada will read the entries and determine the longlist. The shortlist and winner will be decided by the 2018 jury.CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgNelvana’s laugh-out-loud series 6Teen, and CGI interactive series Little Charmers are also included in the deal. Cinedigm will release Babar and Father Christmas, Babar: King of the Elephants, Babar: The Movie, Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure and Pippi Longstocking for digital purchase in November.“The Nelvana catalog includes both exciting newer properties as well as beloved series which have entertained and engaged multiple generations over the years,” said Yolanda Macias, Executive Vice-President of Acquisitions. “Through our broad digital and physical reach in the U.S., we are thrilled to expand Nelvana’s distribution of these well-known programs and help bring them to both long-time fans and new audiences alike.”Cinedigm has also renewed streaming rights for six Nelvana series, including Babar and Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, for its Dove and ConTV streaming networks..About NelvanaNelvana is Canada’s premier animation company and a world-leading producer and distributor of children’s content. Nelvana has delighted audiences around the globe for more than 40 years with a vast library of more than 4,000 episodes from original, award-winning series like Babar and Franklin. Nelvana’s content is distributed in more than 160 countries worldwide and broadcasts across Corus Entertainment’s suite of leading kids networks. Nelvana Enterprises, the global licensing and merchandising arm of Nelvana, manages the organization’s portfolio of in-house and third-party brands with offices in Toronto and Paris. Nelvana Studio, with offices in Toronto and Montreal, employs more than 300 Canadian artists working with local and international producers to create premium children’s content for a global stage.  For more information, visit www.nelvana.comAbout CinedigmCinedigm powers custom content solutions to the world’s largest retail, media and technology companies. The global company provides premium feature films and series to digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, cable and satellite providers including Comcast, Dish Network and DirecTV, and major retailers including Wal-Mart and Target. Leveraging Cinedigm’s unique capabilities, content and technology, the company has emerged as a leader in the fast-growing digital-first channel business, with seven networks under management that reach hundreds of millions of devices while also providing premium content and service expertise to the entire digital-first ecosystem. With reciprocal distribution partnerships in both the United States and China, Cinedigm’s growing stable of platforms has unprecedented availability in the two largest markets in the world. Learn more about Cinedigm at cinedigm.com. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, CANADA – Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana has inked a significant multi-year home entertainment deal with Cinedigm for multiple titles from its world-famous children’s content library including classic series like Babar, Babar and the Adventures of Badou and Bakugan Battle Brawlers.Los Angeles-based Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) has taken DVD and transactional digital rights for more than 3,000 episodes and will be kicking off the deal with Nelvana’s hit preschool series Ranger Rob, which focuses on the adventures of the Big Sky Park ranger and his gregarious group of friends. Additionally, Cinedigm will be releasing DVDs of The ZhuZhus, the Disney Channel series based on the US$2-billion toy brand.“These extensive home entertainment deals with first-in-class partner Cinedigm, broadens Nelvana’s North American footprint, enabling U.S. fans to access our iconic library of children’s content wherever and whenever they want,” said Pam Westman, Head, Nelvana Enterprises. Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment ADDITIONAL DATA HIGHLIGHTSLongstanding hit NCIS continues to deliver strong audiences with 1.9 million viewers (2+), cementing a place in the Top 10 (2+) and Top 20 across all key demos**Season 3 of cult favourite The Good Place grew its audience by 16% versus last fall’s premiere, securing a spot in the Top 20 for A18-34, A18-49, A25-54, F18-49, and F25-54**Season 2 premiere of action series S.W.A.T. increased its audience by 10% versus its series average last year and remains a Top 20 hit for A18-49, A25-54, F18-49, and F25-54**Friday night drama MacGyver landed in the Top 20 for 2+ and A25-54**Global’s social media accounts were also buzzing premiere week with @GlobalTV reaching 16 million people – 6 million above last year’s reach***. With over 5 million engagements and over 554,000 mentions of Global’s series, social standouts include Saturday Night Live as the #1 most mentioned comedy, followed by The Good Place coming in a close second, and new dramas New Amsterdam as the second most talked about new drama, with FBI claiming the #3 spot****.New episodes of Global’s powerhouse fall schedule continue into the fall. Viewers can catch up on full episodes of Global’s new and returning series following their broadcasts the next day on GlobalTV.com, Global GO (available on Apple TV and Google Chromecast), and Global on demand. Additionally, viewers can live stream episodes on GlobalTV.com and Global GO by signing in with their TV service provider credentials.Sources: *Numeris PPM Data, Total Canada, Premiere week 2018 (Sept24-30/2018) vs. Premiere week 2017 (Sept25-Oct1/2017) – confirmed data. Based on national core primetime program schedule Mo-Su 8-11p, AMA(000), A25-54 unless otherwise noted**Numeris PPM Data, Total Canada, Premiere week 2018 (Sept24-30/2018) – confirmed data, Ranker based on Cdn Conv Com Eng stns, total viewers = 2+, key demos = A25-54, W25-54, A18-49, W18-49***Source:  Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat internal data. Collected from the date ranges of September 21 – September 30, 2018 based off of campaign and organic analytics data****Source: Brandwatch queries based off of mentions volume of Show hashtags, names and handles. Date ranges of September 21 – September 30, 2018SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@GlobalTV @GlobalTV_PR@CorusPRFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/GlobalTVInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/globaltv/Global Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.Corus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 44 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter TORONTO, Oct. 15, 2018 – With the 2018 Fall TV season underway, Global celebrates a triumphant premiere week (September 24-30) winning four of the seven nights with a high-calibre schedule featuring breakout hits FBI and NewAmsterdam, and perennial favourites Survivor and NCIS. Final data confirms Global as the most-watched Canadian network on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday nights, increasing its core primetime audience for the week across all key demos including: 15% (2+), 5% (A18-34), 24% (A18-49), and 25% (A25-54).* With 11 of the Top 20 series for both total viewers and A25-54, Global owns more series in the Top 20 than any other network.**As the first two new high profile fall dramas to receive full-season orders, Global’s FBI and New Amsterdam claimed top rank as the hottest new series this fall. Garnering 2.3 million viewers (2+), Canada’s Missy Peregrym is no longer a rookie as her new drama FBI became the most-watched new series for total viewers. In addition, emotional medical drama New Amsterdam won the hearts of over 2.2 million viewers (2+), becoming the #1 new series in all key demos.**Global’s returning hits also solidified their blockbuster status during premiere week. Season 2 of last year’s breakout hit 9-1-1 was on fire as Global’s most-watched returning drama, bringing in nearly 2.2 million viewers (2+) and becoming a Top 10 program in all key demos. Meanwhile, reality champ Survivor continues to reign as the #1 reality series with over 2 million viewers (2+) tuning in to the 37th season, and Saturday Night Live took the top spot as the #1 late night program growing its audience by 31% versus its premiere last fall.**last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsFederal officials will be meeting with the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources to explore ways of saving an ancient Mi’kmaq burial ground.APTN National News brought you the story of the Malagawatch cemetery on Cape Breton Island in 2009.The graveyard has been a traditional gathering place to the Mi’kmaq people for hundreds of years.The cemetery, however, has been slowly slipping into the lake it’s situated by because of soil erosion.There are concerns that many of the gravesites will be destroyed.The federal government recently announced $500,000 in emergency funding for the cemetery.The meeting is expected to take place on Monday.last_img read more

first_img(Photo: Former Liberal candidate Andre Forbes called Aboriginal people “featherheads”)APTN National NewsOTTAWA-Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff has booted a Quebec candidate who founded a white supremacy group and called Aboriginal people “featherheads.”Ignatieff issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying Andre Forbes would no longer be the candidate in Manicougan.“As soon as I was apprised of past comments made by the Liberal candidate in Manicouagan…I immediately asked my staff to inquire about their validity,” said Ignatieff, in a statement. “As a result, Mr. Forbes has been informed he is no longer a candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada. Mr. Forbes’ comments have no place within the Liberal Party of Canada.”The NDP released a list of his quotes on Wednesday morning.Forbes questioned the work ethic of the Innu in an interview with Le Soleil in 2002.“We all know that Aboriginals will not keep their job,” he said.He also used a racist term to describe Aboriginal people.“Do you know how much a featherhead costs?” Forbes told L’actuality in 2004. “For you it’s 25 grand; for a prisoner 50 grand; for an Indian 100 grand.”Forbes also called the issue of Aboriginal rights “heinous politics.”Ignatieff was hit with the issue Wednesday morning and he told reporters during a campaign stop in Quebec that he would take “decisive action” on the matter.“The reported remarks of this candidate are utterly unacceptable…they do not reflect Liberal values,” said Ignatieff.Forbes was the founder and president of the Association for the Rights of Whites in Sept-Iles.This is the second time in recent days that a Quebec candidate’s disparaging remarks about Aboriginal people have landed their party leaders in controversy.Incumbent Bloc Quebecois candidate Yvon Levesque was forced to apologize after he told a Quebec news website that his NDP opponents Cree heritage would be a liability with voters in the riding of Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou.NDP candidate Romeo Saganash said Levesque should apologize to all Quebeckers for implying they were racist.Forbes is reportedly an active member of the group Metis Cote-Nord.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsSovereignty has always been a highly contentious issue in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake outside Montreal.And now a bridge is raising concerns about whether Kahnawake is losing its sovereignty.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has this story.last_img

first_imgAPTN National newsSaskatchewan RCMP announced the disappearance of a First Nations woman Thursday.Roberta Kreuger, 40, who also goes by the name Shelly Roberta Cappo, was last seen on Oct. 7 leaving Fife Lake, Sask., for Edmonton. She was wearing a black T-shirt, a dark sweater and blue jeans. She was driving a green 1995 Mercury sable with Alberta license plate BFV 2092.She has brown eyes, long brown hair, and wears thin, black-rimmed glasses. She is about 5’5 and weighs about 155 lbs.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsLast year one community in the Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories loosened it’s restrictions on selling booze.And the MLA for the area is saying the entire region is suffering because of that decision.Now he’s putting those restrictions back in place.APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports.last_img

first_imgAPTN National News and APTN Investigates have been digging into the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) all week long.APTN Investigates Indian Residential Schools Settlement AgreementIn this one-hour special, reporter Kathleen Martens digs into the history, the apology, abusers and survivors left behind. She examines how lawyers, judges and behind-the-scenes politics affected the largest class action settlement in Canada’s history.Here is the full episode of “Truth? Or Reconciliation?”.last_img read more

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN NewsWhen the RCMP called the chief of Thunder Bay police to let him know he had a leak in his department involving an investigation into the city’s mayor for alleged extortion they weren’t prepared for what they were about to hear, a court heard Monday.Just a few days had passed since the RCMP first went to Thunder Bay police on Dec. 14, 2016 with details of their extortion investigation into Mayor Keith Hobbs and Hobbs already knew.Three Mounties called Chief Jean-Paul Levesque Dec. 22 to let him know he had a leak and were expecting he would find out who it was.They learned in that call with Levesque it was he who told Hobbs.“I was stunned. I didn’t know what to say. There was nothing to say,” testified RCMP Cpl. Ron Miller in the opening day of Levesque’s breach of trust and obstruction of justice trial at the Thunder Bay courthouse.The call ended quickly and the three Mounties sat in silence for about 20 seconds just looking at each other.“Is that what we heard, that the chief told the mayor of the investigation?” said Miller describing to the court what he thought of Levesque’s admission.The RCMP was in the process of handing the file over to Thunder Bay police who were then going to ask the Ontario Provincial Police to investigate.Hobbs had spent 34 years as an officer on the Thunder Bay police before becoming mayor.The OPP had to wait for the RCMP to hand over all of its investigation, which was basically a lengthy recorded interview with the complainant in the case against Hobbs which needed to be transcribed.Miller sent the first 20 pages of the transcription Dec. 21 to now acting Deputy Chief Don Lewis, but after the call with Levesque he testified they stopped all communication with Thunder Bay police and in January directly forwarded the file to the OPP that would later charge Levesque in May.Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs.Levesque told the Mounties during the call on Dec. 22 he hadn’t told Hobbs who the complainant was but based on testimony in court Hobbs had a pretty good idea.The complainant was 36-year-old Craig Loverin, an Afghanistan war veteran, who was friends with local lawyer Sandy Zaitzeff.Loverin testified in the morning that Hobbs set up a meeting in the parking lot of a Metro grocery store and Tim Horton’s on the evening of Nov. 17.He said Hobbs got into his vehicle and gave him a white USB memory stick that contained several videos of Zaitzeff being recorded at his home.Loverin said he was directed to give Zaitzeff the memory stick that Hobbs claimed to have gotten from a Thunder Bay police detective.The court would hear later in the day from RCMP Const. Darryl Waruk, that Loverin said that Hobbs claimed to have two current Thunder Bay police detectives who “owed him” after he destroyed cellblock video when the officers had bodily fluid thrown at them back when Hobbs was still on the force.No more details were provided to the court.RCMP Cpl. David Leonard testified Loverin came to him and several other Mounties Dec. 8 and gave a full statement the following day.Leonard said Loverin told said Hobbs told him to give the videos to Zaitzeff so he “knows how much trouble he is in.”The court heard that Hobbs wanted Zaitzeff to buy his ex-girlfriend, Mary Voss, a home for $420,000, when he had only planned to purchase one for $250,000. If he didn’t Zaitzeff would be on the front page of a national magazine.By the time Loverin went to the RCMP last December Zaitzeff had already been charged in late November with several counts of sexually assault.Hobbs and his wife Marisa Hobbs were both charged with extortion and obstruction of justice in July.Voss was charged with extortion.Hobbs had been on leave as mayor but recently returned to the council chambers.The trial continues Tuesday.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

first_imgThe Canadian Press WINNIPEG – About two weeks before a 15-year-old Indigenous girl’s body was found in the Red River, her accused killer argued loudly with her and mentioned something about a river, a Winnipeg courtroom was told Thursday.The second-degree murder trial of Raymond Cormier, accused in the August 2014 death of Tina Fontaine, heard Thursday from Sarah Holland. Holland and her boyfriend at the time rented a townhouse and frequently let Cormier, who was homeless, sleep over.Holland testified that Tina Fontaine came to her house twice that summer, and was brought the first time by her much-older friend Cormier, who was 52.The second time, Holland said, Tina came over in the afternoon by herself and Cormier came later.Holland said she was in her room upstairs when Tina came to her complaining about Cormier.“She ran upstairs and asked if she could spend time in my room because he was creeping her out,” Holland said.Cormier came upstairs with Holland’s boyfriend and tried to grope the 15-year-old Tina, Holland said.“I observed him trying to grab her boobs a few times and (saying) ‘just do me’.”Holland said she told Cormier to go back downstairs and he did, while Tina stayed with her.A few hours later, Holland said, Cormier and Tina were outside on the street, arguing loudly.“I heard her yell she was going to call the cops,” Holland told the jury. “All I heard from Cormier was ‘river’.”Under cross-examination, Holland admitted she couldn’t hear much of what Cormier was saying because he was not talking as loudly as Tina.The dispute occurred on the night of August 6th, court was told.Two days after that, Tina ran away from a hotel where she had been placed by Child and Family Services. On August 17, her body was pulled from the river, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks.Court was told earlier in the trial Tina was a sexually exploited youth who had recently left her home on the Sagkeeng First Nation to visit her mother in Winnipeg. Her great-aunt in Sagkeeng alerted Child and Family Services when she couldn’t get ahold of Tina, and Tina ran away when placed in Winnipeg hotels and a youth shelter.Cormier told police in a videotaped interview two months after Tina’s death that he and Tina did indeed argue on the street outside Sarah Holland’s home.He said Tina was angry because he had sold her bicycle for drugs and walked away. He returned to the house and never saw her again, he told the officers.Cormier also told police there was a man on the other side of the street that night, a little behind Tina, who might have followed her.Cormier described the man as middle-aged with shoulder-length dirty blonde hair, and said he looked like Robert Plant, the singer for the 1970s rock group Led Zeppelin.last_img read more

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsThe Northwest Territories government is spending more than $300,000 to create a special RCMP unit dedicated to investigating missing people and unsolved murder cases.The news comes almost a month after the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls held hearings in Yellowknife.Freda Cardinal was among the many families at the hearings who pitched a specialized cold case unit for the Northwest Territories. Cardinal’s sister, Stella Cardinal, has been missing since the 1970s.Hers is one of 71 unsolved historical cases in the region.“I feel good about it in a way but where is it going from here is what I would like to know,” Cardinal said, adding she hopes the families will have a say in the creation of the unit. “Are they going to do some follow up with the recommendations and have something for us, some information? We need to know.”A total of $304,000 is budgeted for the unit which would consist of three members to organize, catalogue and investigate cases of suspicious deaths, unsolved homicides, missing persons and unidentified human remains.Currently the major crimes unit is responsible for these cases.last_img read more

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsCannabis has become a lucrative business for some Ontario First Nations – even ahead of it being legal on Oct. 17.And these business owners say they plan to keep it that way.When it coms to the new marijuana regulations, members of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Community say the province has no jurisdiction.afrancis@aptn.ca@aptnafrancislast_img