Guess whos back Liberals Conservatives alike embrace Harpers return

first_imgOTTAWA – Suddenly, Stephen Harper is turning up everywhere.In the past couple of weeks, he’s made headlines for writing a book, telling an American audience in February he could still “easily” lead the Conservative Party and for adding his name to a full-page ad in the New York Times praising President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran.On Monday he was in Montreal to mark Israel’s 70th birthday and Tuesday he tweeted he was pleased to be back in “la Belle Province”, adding it was great to see one-time colleagues including former Conservative MPs Denis Lebel and Christian Paradis and Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos.Harper’s re-emergence bodes well for the Liberals’ strategy to brand the Opposition as “Harper Conservatives.”For their part, the Conservatives seem to be saying: Bring it on. They’re not hesitating to embrace their former introverted leader who left the party with 99 seats and mixed emotions.In some parts of the country, there is still antipathy towards Harper, and the Liberals are trying to stoke those negative opinions, said Tim Powers, a Conservative strategist and vice-chairman of Summa Strategies. On the other hand, “hardcore Conservatives will love it,” he said.Powers said the Liberal strategy “makes sense” because Harper is visible.Whether that’s deliberate or not, it might help the Liberals a little bit.”Still, Scheer “can’t be looking over his shoulder for the ghost of Stephen Harper,” he added.While Harper’s re-emergence seems to be coinciding with the Liberal branding exercise, he’s been active in global commentary and events since leaving office, said Rachel Curran, Harper’s former director of policy who currently works as a senior associate with Harper and Associates Consulting.Curran said the Liberal attempt to paint Scheer and Harper with the same brush won’t hurt the Conservatives because Harper left the party in a strong position. She said if Scheer is able to build on that in 2019, the party will be in good shape.As for whether Harper is looming over Scheer, Curran said there’s room for both of them.“I don’t think Stephen Harper has to disappear entirely to make room for Andrew Scheer. Similarly I think Andrew Scheer has done a good job at putting his stamp on the party and developing his own policy direction certainly without any help from Mr. Harper.”Curran said when the Liberals label Scheer’s party as “Harper Conservatives” it’s because they want to re-fight the 2015 election.“Given the number of times they’re now referring to Stephen Harper in question period and elsewhere, it’s clearly a strategic decision.”Many Conservatives allege the Liberals have polling numbers that show they need to attract or keep voters who could be tempted to vote NDP — and that’s what is motivating the strategy.Since the Liberal convention in April, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Liberal MPs following his lead have been persistent in linking Scheer and Harper as cut from the same cloth.“And if there’s one thing — and there may be only one thing — we’ve learned about the Conservative party under Mr. Scheer’s leadership, it’s this: It may be Andrew Scheer’s smile. But it’s still Stephen Harper’s party,” Trudeau said at the convention in Halifax.At the same time, Harper has seemed to be “popping his head out of the gopher hole” as long-time Liberal Susan Smith, co-founder of Bluesky Strategy Group, describes his re-emergence.Harper’s remarks to the Stanford Graduate School of Business in Stanford, Calif., which have been posted on YouTube, was the subject of a Liberal party fundraising blast Monday entitled: “Stephen Harper as leader?”“Andrew Scheer may be the Conservative leader today, but it’s still Stephen Harper’s party,” the email said.Smith called Harper’s re-emergence a “tremendous challenge” for Scheer, who has yet to put an imprint on the party and has not distanced himself from the Harper years.“The more Harper speaks, the worse it is for Scheer.”If Scheer distances himself from Harper, he risks alienating people in his party who like Harper, but if he fully embraces his old boss, it may alienate moderates the party hopes to attract, Smith said.“In terms of the Liberals working on that narrative, I actually think that works. In 2015, voters said, ‘No thank you’ to Stephen Harper, so if the option being presented is Harper-lite or Stephen Harper with a smile, I think the odds are high they’ll likely say, ‘No thank you’ yet again,” said Smith.last_img read more

Darshan Kang vows to fight sexual harassment allegation at all costs

first_imgOTTAWA – Liberal MP Darshan Kang is vehemently denying allegations that he repeatedly sexually harassed a young female staffer in his Calgary constituency office and is vowing to defend his reputation “at all costs.”Kang issued a statement Tuesday proclaiming his innocence even as a damning new allegation surfaced that he tried to buy the woman’s silence and the NDP demanded that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau immediately suspend the Calgary MP from the Liberal caucus until an investigation is completed.For the second consecutive day, Trudeau refused to comment on the matter, saying only that it’s being handled through a recently created independent process for resolving such misconduct complaints and that he’ll let the process “unfold as it should.”But Kang’s vow to exhaust all efforts to defend himself suggests that process could drag on for weeks or even months.Under a process adopted by the House of Commons in December 2014, when there is no mediated resolution to a harassment complaint, an external investigator is hired to review the facts and interview the complainant, the respondent and any witnesses before determining whether the complaint is partially or fully substantiated, not substantiated or frivolous.Either the complainant or the respondent can appeal if they’re unsatisfied with the investigator’s final report, requiring an appeal panel to be appointed consisting of one member chosen by the complainant, one by the respondent and an external expert.There is no time limit on either the investigation or the appeal.According to Kang’s statement, the allegations against him are currently the subject of “an open, ongoing investigation.” He left little doubt he’ll appeal should the investigator rule against him.“Since the allegations of sexual harassment were levelled against me I have been under a tremendous amount of stress and subsequently I was placed on medical leave,” Kang said.“While I cannot comment directly on an open, ongoing investigation, I continue to proclaim my innocence and will defend my reputation at all costs.”Sheila Malcolmson, the New Democrat critic for women’s issues, called on Trudeau to immediately suspend Kang from the Liberal caucus — as he did with former Liberal MPs Scott Andrews and Massimo Pacetti when they were accused in 2014 of sexually harassing two female New Democrat MPs.“I am at a loss as to why he has refused to take similar action in response to these allegations,” she said in a statement, adding that Trudeau’s silence on Kang is at odds with his professed “zero tolerance” approach to sexual harassment.“That is not the leadership of a feminist prime minister.”However, the independent process Trudeau is now relying on to sort out the Kang case did not exist when the accusations of sexual harassment were levelled against Andrews and Pacetti.In the absence of a process, and fearing the NDP would accuse him of covering up the allegations if he did not act immediately, Trudeau suspended the pair while an outside lawyer was brought in to investigate. After four months, Andrews and Pacetti voluntarily resigned permanently from the Liberal caucus, jumping before they were pushed.Trudeau faced considerable criticism of his handling of the matter, particularly over his decision to bounce the pair from caucus, leaving their reputations in tatters, before the allegations against them had even been investigated.That experience likely accounts for Trudeau’s apparent relief that he can consign the Kang case to the independent process and keep his own hands clean.“Over the past two years, we have developed here in Parliament a strong series of processes to deal with harassment allegations and complaints of this type and we are pleased that there is a process in place where there hasn’t been in previous years,” he said Tuesday.The Toronto Star reported Tuesday that Kang allegedly offered the staffer as much as $100,000 if she didn’t tell her parents about the harassment. The Star cited the woman’s father, who was not named, alleging that Kang repeatedly harassed his daughter over a period of four or five years.Among the father’s accusations: Kang gave his daughter unwanted hugs, stroked or held her hand, once took her to an apartment where he tried to remove her jacket and followed her the next day to her hotel and tried to get into her room to talk.last_img read more

Ontario judge who wore Trump hat in court suspended without pay for

first_imgTORONTO – An Ontario judge who wore a hat in court bearing Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan has been suspended without pay after an oversight body ruled his behaviour constituted a “single aberrant and inexplicable act of judicial misconduct.”In a decision released Tuesday, the Ontario Judicial Council said it struggled to reconcile Justice Bernd Zabel’s actions with his stellar record as a judge, and found his conduct warranted the most serious reprimand possible short of removing him from the bench.“Justice Zabel’s conduct that day gave rise to a perception by many that he was a Trump supporter and that he agreed with Trump’s views and policies. In doing so, he violated a fundamental principle of judicial ethics and, particularly in view of the controversy surrounding Trump’s campaign, engaged in serious misconduct,” the council panel wrote.“His conduct on Nov. 9, 2016 was completely at odds with the exemplary judge he has been for the past 27 years. We are satisfied that Justice Zabel does not hold any of the discriminatory views that the complainants attribute to Donald Trump,” it said.The council received 81 complaints about the incident, including several it said expressed concerns that people from vulnerable communities would fear they would not be treated fairly by a judge who supported Trump. This, because of the U.S. president’s “many well-publicized statements perceived to indicate misogynistic, racist, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and homophobic views,” it said.However, the council said, “we are satisfied that members of vulnerable groups need have no fear about the treatment they would receive from Justice Zabel.”Zabel will be suspended for 30 days. The Ontario Court of Justice said in January that Zabel, who is based in Hamilton, was no longer being assigned cases.At his hearing last month, Zabel said he meant to lighten the mood by wearing a baseball cap with the Trump slogan while walking into court on Nov. 9, 2016 — the day after Trump won the U.S. election.He testified that it was only after his actions made headlines that he realized some believed he was showing support for the controversial American president and his policies.Zabel wore the hat while walking into a courtroom and said it was “just in celebration of a historic night in the United States,” according to an agreed statement of facts. He then took it off and placed it on the dais until the break, when he took it back to his office, the document says.When asked about the hat’s disappearance later, Zabel quipped that he had taken it off because it had angered other judges who “all voted for Hillary,” according to the agreed statement of facts. “I was the only Trump supporter up there, but that’s OK,” he said.Zabel later apologized publicly for his behaviour, calling it a “lapse in judgment.”The judge testified at his hearing that he meant to say he was marking an unprecedented historic event rather than celebrating Trump’s victory, and was simply “gloating” at having predicted the outcome of the election better than his colleagues.last_img read more

Accused in Quebec City mosque shooting to go straight to trial Crown

first_imgQUEBEC CITY, Que. – The accused in the slayings of six men at a Quebec City mosque last January will bypass his preliminary hearing and go straight to trial, the Crown announced on Monday.Prosecutors filed a direct indictment against Alexandre Bissonnette during a brief hearing before Quebec court Judge Jean-Louis Lemay.Crown prosecutor Thomas Jacques also announced another charge — one more count of attempted murder with a restricted weapon.The new charge involves 35 people, including four children, who were in close proximity when the alleged attack occurred, Jacques explained.But the indictment won’t include any terrorism charges, Jacques added.Boufeldja Benabdallah, vice-president of the Islamic Cultural Centre, lamented the lack of terror-related charges.“This terrorist act must be recognized and condemned, so that it serves as a strong lesson for Quebec society, Canadian society and … globally,” Benabdallah said.Jacques said the charges reflect what the Crown had to work with.“All the evidence gathered by the various police forces involved in this large scale investigation has been rigorously analyzed and the charges laid are the result and the evidence gathered, the available evidence and the current laws in Canada,” Jacques said.Bissonnette, 27, now faces six counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder using a restricted firearm.Six people, aged between 39 and 60, were killed when a gunman stormed the mosque and opened fire on men who were attending prayer.Jacques told reporters that the evidence disclosure process is also now complete, allowing the Crown to go the direct-to-trial route.“The preferred indictment has been filed today — the consequence is that there will be no preliminary inquiry in this file and at the next date Dec. 11th, the Crown will be ready to fix the trial date in front of a judge and a jury,” Jacques said.The Crown added many factors were considered before going the preferred indictment route, including speeding up the trial date.“It’s not the only purpose of a direct indictment,” Jacques said. “It’s one of the many factors that has been considered.”Among those in the courtroom on Monday were five of the six widows of the victims, attending for the first time.Often in tears, the women left the courthouse without speaking to reporters as did Said El-Amari, who was seriously wounded during the January attack.Benabdallah spoke on their behalf, saying the situation is extremely difficult for the women, noting their “pain is not gone yet.”“They still wait for their husbands every morning and they aren’t there,” Benabdallah said.He said he was pleased a charge was added to reflect the 35 others present inside the mosque and tremendously affected.“They were physically, morally and psychologically wounded, and it’s justice that will play a fundamental role in resolving these wounds,” he said.last_img read more

Security concerns sink plans for Calgary nudist swim at public pool

first_imgCALGARY – An escalating debate over a nudist swim at a public swimming pool has prompted the City of Calgary to cancel the event over concerns about security.“We’ve had a review completed by Calgary Police Service and corporate security that has led to these arising concerns,” James McLaughlin, acting director of Calgary Recreation, said Thursday.“Safety concerns are related to the volatile public commentary regarding this public booking and they cause concerns for all users of the facility.”The Calgary Nude Recreation club had sold tickets for a swim night on Sunday at the Southland Leisure Centre. The club described the private, after-hours event on its Facebook page as a way of snubbing winter.Word of the event prompted an online petition urging the club to cancel the swim or ban children from attending. The leisure centre’s Facebook page was inundated with negative comments about the event including some that threatened to bring “cameras and baseball bats.”Calgary police say they received a report of a threat Monday to the leisure centre due to the swim event. Although they say officers determined there was no immediate danger, the incident is still under investigation.Event organizers posted reaction to the city’s decision on the Calgary Nude Recreation club Facebook page. They called the move a “terrible precedent.”“It is outrageous that lawful recreation can be prohibited by an incredibly vocal minority. These people must NOT be allowed to dictate public policy with threats against law-abiding citizens engaged in lawful activities,” reads the post.“Calgary Nude Recreation recognizes that the City of Calgary is not the bad guy here. We will continue working with the city to reschedule a future event.”The group also said its new goal is to establish a legal clothing-optional stretch of river within reasonable distance of the city core. It warned that cancelling the event at the pool won’t make nude activity go away.McLaughlin said city facilities have held nude swims for years. The cancellation was not due to the nature of the activity, but solely because of security, he said.“It actually speaks to the concern the administration has for the safety and security of all our users.”By Thursday afternoon, an online petition opposing the event had racked up 20,000 signatures.“Respect the concept and believe in an 18+ setting it could be a popular event. However, having naked children around a bunch of naked adults doesn’t seem like a good idea for any reason,” said the petition posted by April Parker.“Sexual predators will be on the prowl — having an event like that is just like Christmas to them.”Calgary Coun. Jeromy Farkas, whose ward includes the city-operated leisure centre, said his office was contacted by a lot of people concerned about the swim. He suggested there may have been a solution to the debate.“Given that I’m very live and let live … I am disappointed that we couldn’t proceed with this in an 18-plus manner.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

BC family says care home switched their moms cat with robotic version

first_imgDUNCAN, B.C. – The family of a British Columbia woman who has dementia say staff at a care home removed her cat and replaced it with a robotic stuffed animal.Dawn Douglas has been living at the Sunridge Place care home in Duncan for nearly two years and her family says they’ve been working to reunite her with Snoop.Bill Court says he was told Snoop could move in with his mother if they supplied appropriate documentation from the family doctor and a veterinarian, and also agreed to be responsible for the cat’s hygiene and vet bills.Lisa Douglas says negotiations took some time to reunite her sister with Snoop.“It took a year-and-a-half to jump through all the loops and hoops and permissions,” she said.Within a day of the reunion, Court alleges staff at the care home told his mother they were taking Snoop for a bath, then replaced her with a robotic stuffed toy, leaving his 66-year-old mother distraught.A spokeswoman for Park Place Seniors Living, which operates the home, said a staff member had a severe allergic reaction and the cat had to be removed.“What we ended up having to do was rehome the pet with a staff member who is lovely and real animal lover until we could find a resolution and work with the family,” said Lynda Foley, vice-president of quality assurance.Foley said she could not comment on allegations that Douglas was told the cat was being removed to have a bath, but she said Park Place does use robotic animals for some residents.She said live-in pets are not permitted at any Park Place facility and she had not seen documents the family believe show permission for the cat’s permanent stay at Sunridge Place.“My side of the story continues to be that the well being of our residents and our staff comes first,” she said.Court, who now has Snoop, and Douglas say they are pursuing the matter with the Vancouver Island Health Authority.“She was so much more calm and focused and that was the whole point of her having the cat, was to relieve her of her anxiety,” said Douglas.— By Beth Leighton in Vancouver.last_img read more

Woman who orchestrated Rengel killing to appear before parole board

first_imgKITCHENER, Ont. — A young woman who sexually blackmailed her boyfriend into killing a 14-year-old girl she saw as a rival more than a decade ago is set to appear before the Parole Board of Canada today.Melissa Todorovic was convicted in 2009 for masterminding the murder of Stefanie Rengel, a girl she had never met but who became the focus of her jealousy.Rengel had briefly dated Todorovic’s then-boyfriend, David Bagshaw, years earlier and Todorovic threated to break up with him or withhold sex unless he killed his former flame.He eventually carried out her command, stabbing Rengel six times and leaving her to die in a snowbank outside her house on New Year’s Day, 2008.Todorovic was sentenced in 2009 as an adult to life in prison with no chance of parole for seven years, the maximum adult sentence for someone her age. She challenged the ruling but it was upheld on appeal.Bagshaw is also serving an adult life sentence after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.At a hearing late last year, the parole board granted Todorovic three unescorted three-day absences from prison, saying she had made progress in handling her emotions but still needed to work on her self-esteem and other issues.Todorovic said at the time she planned to use the absences to continue therapy after her sessions were discontinued in prison, and work with an employment counsellor to see what she could do once released.During that hearing, Todorovic said the plot against Rengel was fuelled by intense jealousy and rage, as well as a desire to exert power over Bagshaw.Todorovic also told the panel she had asked him to kill at least two others she considered rivals, and said she had made a similar request of a previous boyfriend, which caused him to end the relationship.Todorovic, who for years insisted she didn’t believe Bagshaw would go through with the killing, said during the hearing that she now felt like a “monster” for telling him to do it.She also said she didn’t want anything to do with Bagshaw anymore, despite a recent attempt he made to reach her.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

China formally arrests two detained Canadians in case linked to Huawei

first_imgOTTAWA – Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government is “deeply concerned” about China’s decision to formally arrest two Canadians citizens it has been holding since December.Goodale says the move is an “arbitrary action” and that Canada will continue to demand the appropriate treatment of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.He says no evidence has been produced to indicate any validity to allegations made against them.…”We will take all the relevant factors into account as we make the decision.” On top of usual talking points, he adds “the international context is obviously very very relevant.”Also says there is more than one company and one country who can provide 5G infrastructure #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) May 16, 2019A Chinese foreign-ministry spokesperson says Kovrig and Spavor have been arrested for stealing state secrets but provided no further details.Kovrig is a former Canadian diplomat and expert at the International Crisis Group and Spavor is a businessman with lengthy experience in North Korea.Both were arrested on Dec. 10 after a senior executive with Chinese telecom giant Huawei was arrested in Vancouver on Dec. 1 at the request of U.S. authorities, who want her extradited to face fraud charges.last_img read more

Tiny increase in young appointees to federal posts after Liberal overhaul

first_imgOTTAWA — Newly released documents show Liberal changes to the federal appointments system has yielded a small increase in the number of younger people getting government posts.Documents from the Privy Council Office show that as of last year, fewer than five per cent of all appointments made under the Liberals’ system were of applicants between the ages of 25 and 34.That age group is just under 20 per cent of the population.A spokesman for the Privy Council Office says the government plans to “continue to increase youth representation” by working with organizational heads, boards and decision makers.The government’s recently released youth strategy aims to have one youth representative on the boards of 75 per cent of Crown corporations within the next five years.Months after taking power in late 2015, the Liberals changed how the government makes hundreds of appointments each year to positions such as the boards of Crown corporations and tribunals that make decisions on benefit payments and immigration claims.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Male stripper who performed lap dance on woman gets new sex assault

first_imgTORONTO — A male strip-club performer convicted of sexually assaulting a woman who paid him for a lap dance should get a new trial because the judge relied on stereotypes of how women behave, Ontario’s top court ruled on Thursday.In quashing the conviction against Damir Cepic, the Court of Appeal faulted the judge’s reasoning in deciding the complainant, 23, did not consent to sexual activity with him.“The trial judge’s path to conviction rested largely on a series of erroneous assumptions about what a young woman would or would not do in the circumstances of this case,” the court said. “The conviction must therefore be set aside.”The case arose in March 2016, when the woman, identified only as OI, and seven girlfriends went to the Foxxes Den in Toronto to celebrate a birthday, court records show. It was OI’s first time at such a club.During the evening, OI paid Cepic $10 for a lap dance. He would testify she reached into his pants to touch his private parts, something she would deny. She then paid Cepic, 29, another $40 for a private lap dance. This time, court heard, she performed oral sex on him and he briefly penetrated her.Cepic testified at trial before Superior Court Justice Anne London-Weinstein that he was already having intercourse with the woman and about to ejaculate when the woman said, “no, I have a boyfriend.” She denied saying that and testified she told him, “no” and tried to push him off her.After the dance, OI texted a friend wondering what to tell her boyfriend. She also said she was worried her father, a police officer, would be furious, court heard.When her then-boyfriend arrived to pick her up, she told him she had been sexually assaulted, court heard. She reported the incident to police several hours later. Police charged Cepic with sexual assault.The only issue at trial was consent. OI argued she was forced into fellatio and intercourse. Cepic, described as a hard-working and trustworthy father, said the woman had been a willing participant.London-Weinstein sided with OI, saying she found the complainant reliable and credible, and Cepic self-serving.For example, the judge rejected Cepic’s evidence that OI had touched him sexually, saying it was unlikely the woman would have done so on her first-ever lap dance. The judge also called it “completely implausible and nonsensical” that OI would have told the accused about her boyfriend just as he was about to climax.London-Weinsten convicted Cepic and jailed him for two years less a day.Cepic appealed, arguing the judge had relied on stereotypes and assumptions, while OI maintained London-Weinstein was entitled to rely on common sense assumptions about basic human behaviour.In its analysis, the Appeal Court warned the common-sense approach to assessing credibility is “fraught with danger,” and London-Weinstein had unfairly made assumptions about female behaviour in accepting OI’s testimony and rejecting Cepic’s.“The trial judge started from the assumption about what a young woman would do in a strip club and carried that theme throughout her analysis,” the Appeal Court said. “(Her)determinations about what ‘made no sense’ or was ‘implausible’ were blatant assumptions, unsupported by the evidence.”The judge, the Appeal Court said, ignored the context in which OI found herself.“The context was significant: a women’s only party in a highly sexualized environment involving alcohol and male dancers,” Justice Mary Lou Benotto said for the Appeal Court.London-Weinstein, the higher court said, also appeared to resort to stereotypes about male aggression when she rejected Cepic’s evidence that OI had come on to him and found he had taken advantage of a “stunned and confused” young woman.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Pet store owners lose bid to suspend rules forcing them to sell

first_imgThe Canadian Press MONTREAL — A Quebec judge has rejected an application by Montreal pet store owners for the suspension of a new city bylaw that bans the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits that don’t come from shelters or veterinary clinics.In a decision released Wednesday, Superior Court Justice Johanne Mainville denied the request by 25 store owners to have the rules temporarily stayed while a legal case brought by the group is argued on its merits.The bylaw went into effect in July and says pet stores are only allowed to sell animals from refuges and veterinary clinics. Montreal’s new rules were part of a wide-ranging municipal pet bylaw passed in August 2018.Yves Pepin, lawyer for the applicants, says he’s disappointed with the ruling. But he says the judge who heard the request noted the broader issues argued in the case merited a full hearing.Pepin says the new rules give a monopoly to animal shelters, create a black market for certain kinds of pets and punish store owners.The SPCA says in a statement it welcomes the ruling. The animal-rights group adds it is confident the measure is valid, noting other North American cities, including Toronto and Chicago, have similar laws.last_img read more

Terry Wogan To Be Honored At Evening With The Stars

first_imgJoin guest of honour Sir Terry Wogan and MC Jon Culshaw for a spectacular evening with the stars in aid of BBC Children in Need at Grosvenor House Hotel, London, in October.This superb evening is a real ‘A list’ event and your chance to rub shoulders with the many stars who attend, as well as enjoying some first class entertainment. As a feature this year, stars from the world of sport will be taking on the challenge of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.The event takes place on October 28. For more information, click here.last_img

John Clayton To Perform At Hollywood Helps Flint Event

first_imgA number of professionals in the entertainment industry have joined together to do a benefit for their hometown of Flint, Michigan in response to the city’s devastating water crisis.Hollywood Helps FlintThe event, created by publicist Howard Bragman, manager Tulani Bridgewater and director Alex Grossman will be held Sunday, February 21 from 4-6:30 p.m. at Spaghettini (184 N. Canon Dr.) in Beverly Hills.The fundraiser will feature performances by Flint native and triple Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tamir Hendlemen and John Clayton. Guests will be treated to Angelo’s Coney Island hot dogs—a Flint staple, and Vernor’s ginger ale.“We have left Flint, but Flint never left us,” explains Grossman. “We have families and friends there who have been ravaged and we can’t stand idly by.”The host committee consists of a number of Flint natives and Michiganders who have banded together to send a message of love and support to their hometown. It includes Alex Grossman, Howard Bragman, Tulani Bridgewater, Dave Koz, Cary Hardwick, Sandra Bernhard, Sam Gottlieb, Carter Oosterhouse and Amy Smart, attorney Adam Kaller, agent Rhonda Price, television personality Bob Eubanks, designer Steven Rachwal, Jill Rosenbaum, director Wendey Stanzler, filmmaker Laurie White, actor Ben Cain, writer Gordon Young, talent booker Krystyn Price, super agent Sam Gores, attorney Adam Kaller and author Ben Hamper.The venue is being donated by jazz legend Dave Koz and Spaghettini owner Cary Hardwick. There will be a cash bar and tickets are $100 at Indiegogo.All monies raised will go to, a local charity that addresses the health needs of children affected by the situation.last_img read more

Ninth Annual Kiehls LifeRide A Huge Success

first_imgThe ninth annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR kicked off in Los Angeles on August 6, 2018, beginning a week-long initiative that raised funds for HIV/AIDS research.The five-day motorcycle charity ride made eight stops at Kiehl’s stores across Southern California, ending in San Diego on Friday, August 10. At each stop, the public was encouraged to meet the riders, learn more about amfAR, and contribute to the Foundation. Kiehl’s donated a total of $150,000 over the course of the ride.Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR has covered a total of more than 12,000 miles and raised more than $1.9 million since 2010, funding 10 cure-related research projects.Chris Salgardo, Kiehl’s Brand Ambassador, and Kevin Robert Frost, CEO, amfAR, rode from Los Angeles to San Diego with Gilles Marini, actor, Days of our Lives, tattoo artist Luke Wessman, top men’s style influencer Blake Scott, and music photographer Travis Shinn.The proceeds from the 2018 Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR will fund a specific grant to aid the research of Dr. Gabriel Ozorowski, a scientist at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA.Dr. Ozorowski received a grant under the Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research, an annual research initiative created to support bright young scientists seeking innovative solutions to HIV/AIDS. Dr. Ozorowski plans to use an innovative technique called cryo-EM in the search for new antiretroviral drugs in a class called fusion inhibitors. Only one fusion inhibitor – initially characterized by amfAR-funded researcher Dr. Carl Wild – has ever been approved for use. Cryo-EM is a technique that freezes molecules in action and can reveal exquisite detail about their structure. The technique earned its inventors the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry.last_img read more

Dave Grohl Steps Up to Headline Autism Speaks Into The Blue Gala

first_imgDave Grohl, frontman for the multiple Grammy award-winning band Foo Fighters – and who headlined the Autism Speaks “Blue Jean Ball” in 2013 – returns to headline the organization’s “Into the Blue” gala on October 4, 2018 at The Beverly Hills Hotel.This year’s honoree is Jeff Apploff, founder of Apploff Entertainment and Executive Producer / Creator of “Beat Shazam,” the mega-hit game show hosted by Jamie Foxx and deejayed by his daughter, Corinne Foxx. When Jamie Foxx, originally slated to perform at the gala, bowed out due to a scheduling conflict, Grohl stepped in.The star-studded evening will be hosted by Corinne Foxx and will feature a cocktail reception with music by DJ Irie, a live performance by the glow-in-the-dark dance sensation iLuminate, an exciting dinner program and an exclusive celebrity fashion experience. Celebrities and VIPs scheduled to participate in the fashion experience include Emmy award-winning co-hosts of “The Real” Jeannie Mai and Adrienne Bailon Houghton, “The Talk” host Eve, E! News host Carissa Culiner, television host Victoria Recana, model Lori Harvey, actresses Garcelle Beauvais and AnnaLynne McCord, Too Faced CEO Jerrod Blandino, and media personalities Kym Douglas and Rachel McCord, among several others.Past celebrity participants have included Pink, Freddie Highmore, Sarah McLachlan, Conan O’Brien, Diane Kruger, Molly Sims, Raphael Saadiq, JK Simmons, Rick Springfield, Kevin Frazier, Nikki Reed, Maria Menounos and Cirque de Soleil, among others.Celebrity blue carpet arrivals will take place between 6:30-7:30 pm during the cocktail reception that will conclude at 8:00 pm. Guest will be seated for dinner at 8:00 pm and the program will wrap at 10:00 pm.“Into the Blue” raises funds to support the mission of Autism Speaks, the research and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting solutions across the spectrum and throughout the life span for the needs of all those affected by autism.Individual tickets are sold out. For event sponsorship opportunities and additional information, visit read more

DHX Media licenses Teletubbies Season Two to Nick Jr channel for US

first_imgDHX Media (or the “Company”) (TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B; NASDAQ: DHXM), the world’s leading independent, pure-play children’s content company, has licensed exclusive U.S. broadcast rights for 30 brand-new half-hour episodes of Teletubbies which will begin airing on Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr. preschool channel in 2017.Josh Scherba, SVP Distribution of DHX Media, said: “The new Teletubbies series is winning fans worldwide, and the pickup of another season in the U.S. points to the enduring appeal of this global brand. With all the recognizable favorites as well as new features, the second season is a real treat for audiences both in the U.S. on Nick Jr., and the U.K. where it will premiere exclusively on CBeebies next year.”As the flagship property in DHX Media’s strategy to build global brands, the new Teletubbies continues to perform extremely well and is gaining global momentum. The global licensing program is growing rapidly, with more than 85 top-tier licensees already on board, underscoring its position as one of the best-loved and most recognizable international properties. Licensees in core categories include Character Options (award-winning Master Toy line, with distribution in North America and Northern Europe by Spin Master and Southern Europe by Giochi Preziozi) and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (DVD and EST) as well as book  publishers Egmont (global rights excluding North America and China) and Simon & Schuster (North America). Advertisement Advertisement Season two of Teletubbies introduces exciting new elements to delight another generation of devotees. Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po continue to laugh, learn and play as they discover a new area of Teletubbyland called the Hidey Hup–a beautiful hidden glade containing equipment for physical Teletubbies fun, including the Tubby Bouncy, Tubby Slidey, Tubby Uppy Downy and the Tubby Spinny.  In typical Teletubbies style, they drive to the Hidey Hup in their brand-new honk-honk Tubby Car, singing the infectious Tubby Car song as they travel. The Teletubbies extend their friendship to the adorable and intrepid little Tiddlytubbies–Mi-Mi, Daa Daa, Baa, Ping, RuRu, Nin, Duggle Dee and Umby Pumby–who have their own sing-along signature song. Also, look out for the story of pink tubby custard turning green and a very special Tubby Custard ride carriage for the Noo-noo.In addition, multi-talented author, comedian, actor and presenter David Walliams and girl band star turned TV presenter Rochelle Humes join the voice cast for season two, alongside Jim Broadbent, Fearne Cotton, Jane Horrocks, Daniel Rigby and Antonia Thomas from season one, as they lend their voices to Teletubbies’ distinctive and much-loved Voice Trumpets.The new TV show was commissioned and premiered in the UK by CBeebies, and has been picked up by 23 broadcasters worldwide to date, as well as Amazon Prime Video in the U.K.The new Teletubbies follows the same well-loved characters and styling as the original but has been visually modernized by DHX Media and award-winning U.K. production company, Darrall Macqueen, bringing a refreshed and contemporary look and feel to one of the world’s best-loved preschool properties.About Nick Jr.Nick Jr., the 24-hour network from Nickelodeon dedicated to preschoolers and moms, currently reaches almost 73 million households via cable, digital cable and satellite TV. For more information or artwork, visit Nick Jr. and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).About DHX MediaDHX Media Ltd. ( is the world’s leading independent, pure-play children’s content company. Owner of the world’s largest independent library of children’s content, at more than 11,800 half-hours, the company is recognized globally for such brands as Teletubbies, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, In the Night Garden, Inspector Gadget, Make It Pop, Slugterra and the multiple award-winning Degrassi franchise. As a content producer and owner of intellectual property, DHX Media delivers shows that children love, licensing its content to major broadcasters and streaming services worldwide. Through its subsidiary, WildBrain, DHX Media also operates one of the largest networks of children’s content on YouTube. The company’s robust consumer products program generates royalties from merchandise based on its much-loved children’s brands.Headquartered in Canada, DHX Media has offices in 15 cities globally, and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (DHX.A and DHX.B) and the NASDAQ Global Select Market (DHXM).DisclaimerThis press release contains “forward-looking statements” under applicable securities laws with respect to DHX Media, including, without limitation, statements regarding the broadcast, distribution, licensing, growth, demand, viewership and business strategies in respect of Teletubbies. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on information currently available to the Company. Actual results or events may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations, among other things, include risk factors discussed in materials filed with applicable securities regulatory authorities from time to time including matters discussed under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent Annual Information Form and annual Management Discussion and Analysis, which also form part of the Company’s annual report on Form 40-F filed with the SEC. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement We’re at midday and roughly eight hours before the commencement of the first date of a sold-out, two-night homecoming stand at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall that also happens to be the first date of Lennon Stella’s first tour ever and, while she professes nerves, she’s not really betraying them.“All my family is coming,” says the 19-year-old Oshawa expat. “Like, everyone. That makes it so much more nerve-wracking. So much more nerve-wracking.” Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Stella doesn’t sound nervous, though. And why should she? She’s been onstage and in front of microphones and cameras for years, most notably alongside little sister and sometime singing partner Maisy playing sisters Maddie and Daphne on the CMT series Nashville between 2012 and 2018.For someone who’s not yet old enough to drink legally in any of the many U.S. venues that await her on the Love, Me tour — more than half of which has been sold out since it was announced in January — she’s already something of a seasoned industry pro and a known quantity. The strange thing is that it’s taken this long for Lennon Stella to get a record out and go on the road. Twitterlast_img read more

Manitoba school shutdown due to asbestos

first_imgAPTN National NewsA remote northern Manitoba First Nation has shut down its school.They did so amid fears that generations of children may have been exposed to cancer causing asbestos.About 300 kids have been removed from the school on Berens River First Nation.APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot has more on the story.last_img