In the news today Oct 18

first_imgFive stories in the news for Thursday, Oct. 18———SOME POT SMOKERS STILL PREFER BLACK MARKETA short drive away from British Columbia’s first and only legal marijuana store, Bill Semeniuk inhaled deeply from a joint outside an illegal cannabis dispensary. The dispensary, Canadian Safe Cannabis Services, has been open in Kamloops for the better part of a decade, and Semeniuk doesn’t plan to switch to the swanky government-run shop — regardless of its legality. The owner of the dispensary declined comment, but his outlet was among those illegal pot shops that remained open across Canada on Wednesday, despite not holding the appropriate licences. Advocates say the black market will continue to thrive until small retail shops and craft growers are included in the regime.———PAYETTE TO MAKE FIRST OFFICIAL VISIT TO SKGov. Gen. Julie Payette is to make her first official visit to Saskatchewan, where she’ll meet with Premier Scott Moe today and take in a Humboldt Broncos hockey game this weekend. On Friday, the former astronaut will tour a Canadian Forces Base in Moose Jaw — the same base where she obtained her military pilot captaincy in the 1990s. On Saturday, the plan is for Payette to walk through the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Exhibit before watching the junior hockey team in action.———JURY TO GET INSTRUCTIONS IN CALGARY CHILD DEATH TRIALA jury is expected to begin deliberating today about whether a Calgary couple is responsible for their 14-month-old son’s death. Jennifer and Jeromie Clark have pleaded not guilty to criminal negligence causing death and failure to provide the necessaries of life for their son John. Queen’s Bench Justice Paul Jeffrey is to instruct jurors this morning on how to reach a verdict, after which they are to be sequestered. The Crown says John was on the verge of death when he arrived in hospital on the afternoon of Nov. 28, 2013, and that his parents played with his life by not seeking treatment sooner. The Clarks’ lawyers say doctors at the Alberta Children’s Hospital are to blame.———WINNIPEG POLICE ISSUE TICKET ON DAY ONE OF LEGAL POTWinnipeg police issued a ticket on the first day of cannabis legalization. Police posted a picture of a ticket for consuming cannabis in a motor vehicle on Twitter. The ticket carries a $672 fine. Police say the ticket was issued in the morning and they reminded people that while consuming cannabis is now legal — just like alcohol — consuming it in your car is not. In other parts of the country, police didn’t report any other violations for pot use.———TWO CHARGED FOR ALLEGEDLY FEEDING BEARSTwo people have been charged after British Columbia’s Conservation Officer Service says they posted photos of themselves on social media hand feeding Timbits and hot dogs to bears. Conservation officer Sam Harris says it’s alleged the man and woman were feeding bears from their vehicle as they drove along the Alaska Highway. The pair are due to appear in a Fort Nelson court next month. A photo tweeted by the service shows what Harris says is a young grizzly being hand fed a doughnut hole. Harris says someone tipped the service to the photos posted on social media, which led to the charge.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Final submissions will be made in the sex assault trial of a British sailor in Halifax.— Sophie Gregoire Trudeau will address this year’s Canadian Association of Midwives conference in Gatineau, Que.— Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will announce new regulations prohibiting asbestos and asbestos-containing products— Yu Chieh (Diana) Liao, accused in connection to a series of July 2017 homicides, has a bail hearing in Calgary.— Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will be formally inducted during an evening gala and ceremony.last_img read more

Preliminary phase of Lionel Desmond inquiry begins in Nova Scotia

first_imgGUYSBOROUGH, N.S. — An inquiry begins its investigation today into the death of an Afghan war veteran who killed his family and himself more than two years ago in Nova Scotia.The provincial government promised the inquiry in December 2017, almost a year after Lionel Desmond fatally shot his mother Brenda, wife Shanna and 10-year-old daughter Aaliyah, before turning the gun on himself.The 33-year-old soldier was diagnosed with PTSD after two tours in Afghanistan in 2007.Family members say Desmond sought help for his mental illness, but they say he did not receive the help he desperately needed.The inquiry opens today with hearings to determine who will take part when the inquest officially begins in September.Adam Rodgers, who represents Desmond’s estate and his family, has said the Nova Scotia Justice Department has already imposed unrealistic restrictions on legal fees and preparation time.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

ORegan urged to make Grassy Narrows visit more than a precampaign photo

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan is being urged to ensure a long-awaited visit to an Ontario First Nation is substantive and not a pre-election photo opportunity.O’Regan is set to visit Grassy Narrows First Nation today — a community poisoned by mercury after industrial waste was dumped English-Wabigoon river system, causing symptoms in residents including impaired peripheral vision, hearing, speech, and thinking.Help for the community seemed to be on the way when the federal government promised a specialized treatment facility on the reserve in November 2017 and a feasibility study was produced last fall outlining costs and design ideas.But Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle has said there has been little action on the project since then.The federal government has issued a media advisory ahead of O’Regan’s visit indicating it plans to sign a memorandum of agreement with the community — a document that is not legally binding.Ahead of the trip, the secretary general of Amnesty International Canada, the honorary chairperson of the Council of Canadians and the president of Ontario arm of the Canadian Union of Public Employees also issued an open letter saying the onus is on the Trudeau government to demonstrate that O’Regan’s visit is about more than repairing the Liberal brand.last_img read more

De Adder replacement says hes been caught up in social media backlash

first_imgThe Canadian Press An editorial cartoonist says his character has been maligned and career prospects damaged after he was caught up in the online backlash resulting from a New Brunswick newspaper group cutting ties with another artist.Greg Perry issued a statement to CBC News saying he has opted not to accept an offer from Brunswick News Inc. to replace Michael de Adder, who drew international support after his contract was terminated last week.Perry did not respond to repeated requests for comment from The Canadian Press.De Adder learned his 17-year arrangement with the New Brunswick media powerhouse was being scrapped a day after he posted a cartoon online showing U.S. President Donald Trump playing golf next to the bodies of two migrants who drowned trying to cross into Texas.De Adder says he was not given a reason for the termination, but says he believes his online presence, which includes strong anti-Trump opinions, played a role.Brunswick News has said it struck a deal to work with Perry weeks before de Adder was let go and noted that the decision had nothing to do with the Trump image, which it was never offered for publication.Perrry told CBC the use of his name in connection with the entire saga led social media users to “destroy” both his character and cartoon work.Brunswick News says it offers its full support to Perry, who it describes as a talented cartoonist who has been “unfairly maligned” by recent online commentary.De Adder has also expressed his support for Perry, issuing a tweet Tuesday that stressed that his fellow cartoonist found himself in a “situation that has nothing to do with him.”Perry told CBC he wouldn’t wish what had happened to him on anyone.last_img read more

Alberta boy 9 surprised with ice cream truck to help him raise

first_imgCALGARY – A Grande Prairie boy continued his fundraising success in Calgary with a little bit of a helping hand.Nine-year-old Haylen Astalos has been raising money for the Ronald McDonald House from selling ice cream and today was surprised with a McFlurry food truck for assistance after reaching his $10,000 goal.Come get a McFlurry from Haylen at Sandy Beach Park in CALGARY pic.twitter.com/l87CwlXuZT— Haylen’s Shop (@HaylensShop) August 18, 2019And Haylen says the ice cream truck is a big change from his usual little stand.“I’ve never sold McFlurries before. What I usually do is I have my little freezer beside me and then my stand and I have all the ice cream in there,” explained Haylen, who said he started with a $1,000 goal, but that quickly jumped to his next goal of $12,023.“One day I went up to my mom and I asked her, ‘Can we build an ice cream stand? I want to earn money.’ And she asked, ‘What for?’ and I said, ‘I want to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House,’” he explained.“I want to help kids out there and let them still be close to their family.”Haylen Astalos, 9, has been raising money for the Ronald Mcdonald House from selling ice cream. This photo was shared on Haylen’s Twitter account, celebrating the last four years of fundraising. Over the last four years, he’s raised more than $30,000 for the charity. (CREDIT: @HaylensShop on Twitter)Over the last few years, Haylen has raised more than $30,000 for the charity.“[The money] goes to food and baking and helping people stay in their rooms longer and stuff.”And according to the fundraising champion’s mom, Tabitha, nothing will slow her son down.“He says he wants to help all the sick kids in the world,” smiled Tabitha.“We did not think he would keep going after he reached his first goal. He just keeps saying he has to keep going and set a higher and higher goal each time.”Tabitha said his last goal took a while to reach and she thought after meeting the $10,005 goal he would take a break from raising money, but that was not the case.“He came to me and said, ‘Mom, we’re going, we’re doing this and my new goal is $12,023.’ And I said, ‘Let’s go!’”She said she is so proud of her son and it’s hard to put into words.-with files from Derek Brade, CityNewslast_img read more

Annie Lennox Performs In Italy For Womens Circle Event

first_imgAnnie Lennox performed live at The Ice Palace in Milan during the Women’s Circle 2012 fundraising event on November 22.The funds raised will be used to strengthen the commitment of Oxfam Italy in the fight against poverty and the promotion of women’s rights.In 2008, together with Oxfam, Annie set up “The Circle” – a group of influential women who have come together to use their profiles, ideas, skills and resources to connect with women living in poverty around the world. These like-minded women are bringing a fresh approach to the challenges women face both now and in the future, with funds raised from Circle events supporting Oxfam projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America.The Circle is making a real difference to women’s lives, empowering women to earn a living and giving girls the chance of an education, fighting HIV and AIDS, adapting to climate change and protecting women’s rights.Source:AnnieLennox.comlast_img read more

Tony Robbins And Feeding America Launch New Partnership To Help Families In

first_imgAs a child raised in a food-insecure home, best-selling author, entrepreneur and philanthropist Tony Robbins has partnered with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to help provide 100 million meals to families in need.Launching this week, Robbins invites the public to help match his personal gift of 50 million meals to Feeding America so, together, 100 million meals can be provided through Feeding America and its network of 200 local food banks over the next year.All of the author’s profits of his recently published book, Money Master the Game, have been donated in advance by Robbins, which in conjunction with an additional personal donation, will provide 50 million meals to those facing hunger this year. Food will be distributed through Feeding America’s network of food banks that reaches every county in the United States.“Feeding America is deeply grateful to Tony Robbins for his incredibly generous gift,” said Bob Aiken, Chief Executive Officer for Feeding America. “Tony’s newest commitment to our organization is not only an extension of his long-time support for Feeding America, but also a tremendous expression of his 37-year passion for fighting hunger in our nation. Tony is taking his leadership in this cause to the next level by making this unprecedented gift, while at the same time inspiring countless others to join his efforts in the 100 Million Meals Challenge – a campaign that will provide nourishment and hope to millions of Americans struggling with hunger.”Tony Robbins faced food insecurity as a child and has supported the hunger cause for over three decades. In addition to several years’ worth of personal donations toward providing hunger relief across the country, Robbins made a gift of 1,000,000 meals to provide support to individuals affected by Superstorm Sandy.“It’s a tragedy that in the United States, the richest country in the world, 49 million people, including 16 million children, may go to bed unsure if they will have a meal tomorrow. I know that those are more than startling statistics – those numbers are human beings suffering – and I came from one of those families,” said Tony Robbins. “I’ve now worked with Feeding America for more than five years and I can tell you that their dedicated nationwide network serves every day to alleviate not only hunger but fear and uncertainty as well. I hope you’ll join us in this mission; together let’s create a deeper, lasting impact.”Now, Tony invites all hunger-relief supporters to help match his personal gift of 50 million meals to Feeding America so, together, we can provide 100 million meals to Americans who are supported by the Feeding America network. When combined with Tony’s gift, every $1 given to Feeding America helps secure and distribute 20 meals. To learn more about Tony Robbins and to get involved in the 100 Million Meals Challenge visit feedingamerica.org/100millionmeals.last_img read more

Empire Fans Can Help Music Charity

first_imgFans of Fox hit show Empire listen up.Join FOX PRESENTS EMPIRE Behind the Beat and music charity Notes for Notes to help elevate and inspire the next generation to create its own musical voice.Music is a universal language that has the power to transcend any socioeconomic barrier. Donate today to inspire a new generation with a powerful means of musical expression. With your help, Notes for Notes will establish FOX PRESENTS EMPIRE Behind the Beat music studios across the country. By raising $200,000, you can help build the first FOX PRESENTS EMPIRE Behind the Beat music studio in Chicago in Spring 2016.Empire stars Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollett and Taraji P. Henson.Find out more here.last_img

Ian Somerhalder And Nikki Reed Receive The JARR Humanitarian Award At Napa

first_imgCelebrity activist couple, Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed, were presented with the Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Award on Thursday, November 9, at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville as part of the 7th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival.Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed Receive the Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Tribute at the Napa Valley Film FestivalJARR Co-founders, Monica and David Stevens presented an etched Robert Foley Vineyards, Howell Mountain Cabernet 3Liter, 2013 on stage with a special guest, a pig called Mr Moo who clearly stole the show.The Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Award celebrates those individuals who have shown outstanding compassion, advocacy and dedication to animal protection issues. The recipients, actors Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries, Lost) and Nikki Reed (The Twilight Saga, Twilight, Thirteen), exemplify JARR’s mission to show compassion to all animals in need and by using their unique platform to bring a spotlight to animal welfare issues help further the work to end animal cruelty in all it’s forms.“Ian and Nikki are changing lives with their outstanding humanitarian and environmental work and we are honored to present them with the award for their incredible work through the Ian Somerhalder Foundation,” said Monica Stevens, Co-founder Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, “They are a beacon of light in a challenging world and we look forward to collaborating with them more in the future. It is the hope of JARR and ISF that we inspire humans to show compassion, reverence and gratitude toward all living creatures.”Visit the JARR website here for more info on their work with companion and farmed animals in need.last_img read more

Metallica Donates Prize Money To Charity

first_imgMetallica have announced they will donate their prize money from the Polar Music Prize to three charities.The band were awarded the $130,000 prize in Stockholm by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden on June 14. 50% of the prize will go to the Stockholm City Mission, while 25% will go to The World Childhood Foundation, and the remainder will go to the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.“Our primary thing for the last year has been, all over where Metallica goes to, to support local food banks,” said drummer Lars Ulrich. “We write checks in every city. We just played a 39-day European tour where we wrote checks to the local food banks.”Last year, Metallica established their new charity, the All Within My Hands Foundation, dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger and other critical local services.last_img read more

Jon Platt Honored at StarStudded City of Hope Gala

first_imgCity of Hope raised more than six million dollars at a black-tie gala honoring Warner/Chappell Music Chairman and CEO Jon Platt.Jay-Z and Jon PlattCredit/Copyright: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for City of HopeThe funds will go toward the nonprofit’s research and treatment of cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Held at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar, the annual event was hosted by Pharrell Williams and featured a performance by Beyonce, with Jay-Z presenting Platt with the prestigious Spirit of Life award.JAY-Z praised Platt’s many accomplishments and commitment to his craft, calling him an “incredible, passionate person” and “the Obama of the music industry.” Adding, “I can’t think of anyone more deserving to be prized in front of their peers, in front of the world, than my brother, Jon Platt.”In his acceptance speech, Platt commended City of Hope’s important work: “At a time in our country when so much is broken, I think it’s important that we focus on those who are doing great in the world. People who devote their lives to fixing what ails us, to the people that are saving lives. And over the last few months I’ve had the privilege to meet with the people of City of Hope, the people that give City of Hope its name.”Though initially hesitant about taking the spotlight, Platt emphasized how seriously he takes this honor – especially as an opportunity to shine a light on others: “As an African American CEO, I proudly embrace the responsibility to lend a helping hand to people of color who are coming up in this industry, as well as to represent my friends and my colleagues that are already doing good in this game.”He thanked numerous people who he credited for getting him to where he is and helping him along the way, including the songwriters themselves: “I’d like to thank songwriters… songwriters who represent diversity in all its forms, as you continue to prove every day, that genius does not discriminate.”The star-studded celebration, which kicked off with performances by Mary Mary and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, culminated with the nonprofit’s first-ever after-party, deejayed by Jermaine Dupri.Luminaries like Dr. Dre, Derek Fisher, Tiffany Haddish, Quincy Jones, Wiz Khalifa, Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha, Kelly Rowland, Timbaland, Justin Tranter, and Usher were in attendance.last_img read more

Get Acquainted With An Actress Sunita Prasad

first_img Login/Register With: Twitter There was a lot of driving involved haha! At the time there was more going on in Regina for film and television than there was in Saskatoon. There was one acting coach in particular that was instrumental in having me get more serious about acting and she happened to live in Regina. She had come to Saskatoon to do a weekend workshop and I found myself being pushed and challenged in a way I had never been before. She exposed me to acting methods and techniques they weren’t teaching in high school. And I loved that. So from then on I started making the two and a half hour trek out to Regina to attend more of her classes and do one on one coachings with her. What was great was she’d also occasionally bring in casting directors/directors from Vancouver and LA to give workshops. Being able to get in front of those casting directors at that point in time helped take away some of the nerves down the road when I did eventually move to Vancouver and get in the audition room with them.Is your character of London on Lifetime’s hit dramedy “UnREAL” similar to you?There are definitely aspects of her character that are similar. She’s very sure of what she stands for and isn’t someone you can easily convince to stray from her beliefs. She’ll speak up for herself if she’s not okay with a certain situation. That’s the way I am too. Advertisement Lifetime’s hit breakout comedy UnReal is pleasing critics and audiences alike. The show mimics reality television and explores the producing side of it in all its chaos and glory. Because it’s filmed in the Lower Mainland, many local actors are finding guest and recurring roles on the show. It was even renewed for a third season prior to its second season debut.Sunita Prasad is a Vancouver-based actor who landed the role of London this season, she plays a conservative contestant on the fake dating show setting. We chatted with Sunita to learn more about her acting career and work she’s done:How did you first pursue acting in Saskatoon before moving to Vancouver? Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

CBCRadioCanada shares its Accountability Plan

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Already this year we are creating additional Indigenous content; investing in high profile events that bring Canadians together like Canada’s 150th anniversary; creating new evening content on ICI Radio-Canada Première; creating a new CBC digital service in London, Ontario; hiring new digital creators, and; expanding our international coverage with a new bureau in Istanbul, Turkey.Today’s Accountability Plan also includes new performance indicators so that Canadians can measure what the reinvestment in public broadcasting is able to do. We will continue to report on what we have been able to accomplish at the end of the year in our Annual Report and Corporate Plan.You can read the Accountability Plan here:About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight aboriginal languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. CBC/Radio-Canada is pleased to share with Canadians its Accountability Plan for the Government’s reinvestment in the public broadcaster.In Budget 2016, the government proposed to invest an additional $75M in CBC/Radio-Canada for 2016-2017, rising to $150M in the following years, and asked the Minister of Canadian Heritage to work with the public broadcaster to develop an accountability plan. As stated in the Budget, “Reversing past cuts will enable the CBC/Radio-Canada to invest in its Strategy 2020: A space for us all priorities, leading to the creation of Canadian content which will be more digital, local and ambitious in scope.”“CBC/Radio-Canada’s priority is to create more compelling, distinctive Canadian content on all of its platforms,” said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO. “We look forward to sharing our progress with Canadians in the years ahead.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

10 Things to Know Before Shooting Your Microbudget Part 1 Budgeting and

first_img Twitter Harrill kicked off his workshop with a central idea that many of us have heard before: the most important thing you can do to get attention and position yourself in the marketplace is to make a unique film. However, his approach to figuring out that unique element entertains a different kind of question. He encourages filmmakers to look at what’s out there and see what you think other movies are doing wrong—and then use that as a launchpad to get your story right. Here is the first of our two-part series on how to successfully plan a microbudget feature.Microbudget filmmaking is almost like the premise of a reality show: how do you make your vision come alive on the screen while spending the least possible amount of money? Even if you have the best screenplay since Manchester By the Sea, there is a veritable “Ultimate Beastmaster” set of obstacles between you and a finished product.One of the best tools in your kit for overcoming those obstacles is knowing the right questions to ask early on that can help you save time, money and headaches in the long run. In a daylong microbudget filmmaking seminar at New York’s IFP Made in NY Media Center, Paul Harrill of Self-Reliant Film laid out several questions that you will want to answer during development and pre-production.Below are the first five of 10 crucial microbudget queries that we’ll publish this week:1. What do you think other movies get wrong? Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

Robbie Robertsons Six Nations musical roots

first_imgAPTN National NewsRobbie Robertson’s roots are from the Six Nations territory in Ontario.Robertson said that is where he traces his musical roots.Here is APTN National News reporter Donna Smith with the third segment of her sit down with the music star.last_img

Bruce Carson investigation probes claims around 5000 cheque

first_imgBy Kenneth Jackson and Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe RCMP is investigating claims Bruce Carson received a $5,000 cheque to sponsor a table at the Assembly of First Nations Christmas party from the Ottawa water company he was promoting to federal officials in hopes of landing First Nation water deals, APTN National News has learned.Patrick Hill, owner of H2O Pros, also known as H2O Global Group, said he had the cheque made out at the request of Carson to pay for a portion of the $15,000 cost to sponsor a table at the Assembly of First Nations Christmas banquet on Dec. 16, 2010.APTN National News has confirmed a cheque was made out by the H2O Pros’ bookkeeper but it remains unclear what name was put on the cheque. It also remains unclear whether the cheque was ever cashed.Hill said the Calgary-based Canada School of Energy and Environment (CSEE), which Carson headed, was supposed to pay for the balance of the sponsorship cost.Hill’s company logo was placed next to CSEE’s as co-sponsors of the table at the December event which was held at the Lac Leamy Casino in Gatineau, Que., located across the Ottawa River from Ottawa.“I gave it to (Carson),that is correct. That money was supposed to be for that table which was supposed to be $15,000. You can check the bank accounts. I have nothing to hide,” said Hill.Hill’s bank records for November 2010 obtained by APTN National News, show that two $5,000 cheques were withdrawn from his account Nov. 22, 2010 and another Dec. 17, a day after the AFN event.Hill never provided bank records, however APTN had received copies during its initial investigation last February.APTN National News confirmed that the CSEE never received any $5,000 deposit in relation to the sponsorship.The AFN sent an invoice last April looking for payment for the sponsorship, but after Carson left the school under the cloud of scandal, the CSEE board decided not to pay it. The think-tank also pulled its involvement from an AFN-lead mining and energy conference which was eventually held in Niagara Falls, Ont., last year, AFN sources confirmed.Carson, a former advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is currently under investigation by the RCMP, the Lobbying Commissioner and the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner for alleged illegal lobbying and influence peddling. None of those investigations have reached their conclusion.The lobbying investigation is ongoing, while the ethics investigation is currently suspended.The OPP is investigating Hill’s company, which closed its doors last June, for allegedly defrauding clients.The subject of the cheque came up when the RCMP interviewed Nicholas Kaszap, who was a co-owner of H2O Pros until Kaszap left the company in October of 2010 over differences with Hill.The OPP, while conducting a separate investigation into Hill and H20 Pros only, is after the company’s financial records.A source at the centre of the investigation told APTN National News “every official in town” is after those records.APTN National News attempted to contact Carson Thursday morning, texting and calling his cell phone, which still uses the same 403 Calgary area-code number he answered while still with the CSEE.APTN National News has confirmed that the lobbying and ethics investigations have moved beyond Carson’s dealings with the water company to his time as head of the CSEE, which received $15 million in federal funding.Investigators with both agencies have obtained Carson’s emails and documents from his lap top from the think-tank, which was secured after he left.Investigators have also contacted the CSEE and former employees seeking information about Carson’s activities.In particular, the Lobbying Commissioner’s investigator has requested Carson’s expense account from the school.Carson still owes CSEE about $15,000. It was reported late last year Carson spent more than $28,000 in the month before he left, but APTN National News has learned the expenses covered about a two-year-long period.The school is making no efforts to retrieve the money, nor would they grant APTN an interview.Harper requested the probes on March 16, 2011, following a meeting between the Prime Minister’s Office’s director of communications and APTN National News reporters investigating links between Carson and an Ottawa-based water company seeking to sell filtration systems to First Nation reserves hard hit by contaminated water.Hill signed a deal with Carson’s fiancee, Michele McPherson, a former escort, giving her a share of the profits from the sale of water filtration systems to First Nation communities. Hill initially agreed to give McPherson 20 per cent of gross sales and later signed an additional contract lowering the cut to 15 per cent.kennethbrianjackson@gmail.comjbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

A call for more emergency housing for women in Yellowknife

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere are many reasons a woman in Yellowknife may need a safe place to stay.She may be out of house and home because of mental health issues, domestic abuse or simply not enough money to pay the rent.But right now – emergency housing is in very short supply – if available at all.But as APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports – some local artists in Yellowknife are hoping to change that.last_img

NWT Metis launch court fight over caribou

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Metis organization in the Northwest Territories claims their hunting rights are being denied.Two First nations groups in the territory can hunt the Bathurst caribou herd.The Metis were left out.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers has this story.last_img

Alberta premier thrilled Nebraska approved Keystone pipeline route

first_imgAPTN National NewsShortly after learning Nebraska approved an alternate route for Keystone XL pipeline Alberta Premier Alison Redford said it was good news for her province.“We were pleased to see (Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman) carefully reviewed a state report that concluded environmental concerns were minimal, economic benefits to his state were high and that a pipeline carrying oil sands crude should not be treated differently than any other crude,” said Redford.Heinman wrote United States President Barack Obama Tuesday to inform him of Nebraska’s decision.The 1,700 mile Canada-to-Texas pipeline will avoid the environmentally sensitive Sandhills region said Heineman in his letter according to USA Today.However, it will cut through the High Plains Aquifer.The deal is far from over, as the State Department must approve the project. Obama blocked a quick approval of the pipeline project last January.“We respect and understand that approval of the pipeline is a US domestic matter and that this is just one step in the process that will ultimately be decided by the president,” said Redford.Opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline began to spread last year.The fight moved to South Dakota in March 2012 where the Lakota blocked truckers from passing through their tribal lands.Redford said the pipeline is crucial for Alberta and give them “new market access.”last_img read more

Love and death in child welfare Kanina Sue Turtles last days

first_imgJolynn Winter, left, with Kanina Sue Turtle days before Kanina’s death in October 2016. Jolynn would also die by suicide about two months later. Facebook photo.Kenneth JacksonAPTN NewsJust over a year after Kanina Sue Turtle died by suicide in a Sioux Lookout foster home, the regional coroner said in his final report on her death that it didn’t appear anything could have stopped it from happening.“In this case, the final stress does appear to have been an interpersonal conflict. It is not clear what interventions would have made a difference,” wrote Dr. Michael Wilson Nov. 27, 2017.Wilson wrote this about 21 days after he requested that Kanina’s crisis intervention counsellor in Sioux Lookout send him all of her records.APTN News has those records and they make up a large part of this story, one that APTN has been investigating since February.Kanina died on Oct. 29, 2016 inside a foster home owned and operated by Tikinagan Child and Family Services.The records show missed appointments with Kanina’s counsellor before she died and how the counsellor struggled to talk to people at Tikinagan to find out why.APTN has already reported that Kanina was “chronically suicidal”, had hundreds of new self-inflicted cuts all over her body, made multiple hospital visits before her death and had the bruised outline of a noose around her neck that was clearly visible in a Facebook live video posted on her account.She also filmed her death on her iPod.That video showed Kanina was left alone for 45 minutes before anyone came to check on her. She had already been motionless for 40 minutes.But the records from Kanina’s counsellor at the Nodin Child and Family Intervention Services, detail portions of the child’s last days alive that have gone unreported until now – much like the coroner’s report into her death that family just received in August despite multiple meetings with the coroner’s office.And still, after all this time, her parents, Barbara and Clarence Suggashie, don’t know why she was left alone the day she died.They didn’t get answers from a report released this week into Kanina’s death and 11 other children that perished in child welfare. That report, organized the by Ontario’s chief coroner, Dirk Huyer, found no one person was to blame for any of the deaths but the system as a whole had failed each and every one of the kids. Eight of them were Indigenous.As APTN reported Thursday, Kanina’s parents are suing Tikinagan for $5.9 million alleging her death was preventable. They also hope it will finally give them the answers they have been looking for.‘They don’t give a lot of information about the place she stays’Violet Tuesday was Kanina’s counsellor but had difficulty reaching her in the days before she died.Tuesday’s case notes show missed appointments and unreturned calls by Tikinagan when she tried to find out why.Information pulled from the records for this story are published exactly how they were written by Violet Tuesday, including the misspelling of Kanina’s name.“I called Intake of Tik to let her know that Kenina never called or her escort (house sitter) they were to call me today for her apt.,” wrote Tuesday Oct. 24, 2017, five days before Kanina died. “The Intake was going to find out where she is/also her worker is Ashley.No one from Tikinagan called back.The next day Kanina was a no show, again.“Intake never called today or the sitter of the place where Kenina stays. They don’t give a lot of information about the place she stays. Waiting for them to call,” wrote Tuesday Oct. 25, 2017, four days before Kanina died.The next day Tuesday spoke to a Tikinagan worker at the hospital but didn’t recognize the girl sitting with the worker.It was Kanina.Kanina with her mother Barbara in April 2016 during a visit home. Facebook photo.“I saw her sitting in the waiting room with a girl (Tik worker) but I didn’t know it was her because she had her long hair down with red streaks,” wrote Tuesday Oct. 26, 2017, three days before Kanina died.“I saw her briefly. She has been cutting again. I asked her if shew as suicidal/stated no. I told her I was sorry for not recognizing her. The last time I saw her she really want to go home/her father wanted her to come home. I think she was frustrated/lonely.”They made an appointment for the following day.Again, Kanina didn’t show up.Tuesday called Tikinagan twice before Kanina’s worker called her back.“I called Tik Intake to ask about Kenina. I was told to call Ashley. I told her she doesn’t pick up her phone. Intake called Ashley. Ashley did call back,” Tuesday wrote Oct. 27, 2017, two days before Kanina died.Ashley explained that Kanina was not doing well and that she had taken off with a friend.The friend was Jolynn Winter, Kanina’s girlfriend.“Her friend was only 12 years old/suicidal together,” wrote Tuesday. “They got caught kissing each other. She stated she told Kenina she could get charged doing this to 12 year old.”In a video posted on Kanina’s Facebook both of the girls are giggling that day behind a building and kiss a couple times. APTN has reviewed that video and at one point a bruised outline of a noose is clearly visible across Kanina’s neck.Tuesday asked why Kanina didn’t show up for her appointment.“She is very angry/upset at everyone. She doesn’t want to come Nodin,” wrote Tuesday. “Ashley stated they are going to send her into treatment.”Tuesday said to bring Kanina for a counselling session the next day at 10 a.m.At 1:15 p.m. Tuesday called Tikinagan to see where Kanina was.Tikinagan told Tuesday they were taking Kanina to Dryden, about an hour from Sioux Lookout.“I asked her how she was doing now. She described Kenina as calmed down/talking now. She was going to bring her in for a few mins to see me but I told her to bring her Monday at 10 am for counseling,” wrote Tuesday on Oct. 28, 2017, one day before Kanina died.That same day Kanina tried to kill herself in a wooded area.She appears panicked and looks over her shoulder as though she thinks someone is looking for her.“I don’t know what to do anymore,” Turtle says in the short video. “I’m sorry for what … umm… I’m going to do.”Kanina was found dead the next day.After her death, Nodin’s files were reviewed.“The assigned counselor had considerable difficulty contacting the client as indicated on 4 case notes. One of those notes explains how the (Tikinagan) home staff took her to Dryden rather than come in for her session,” the review states.Love and DeathAPTN reported earlier this year that Kanina and Jolynn Winter were close but left out details of their relationship.They had met while in a Tikinagan treatment centre in Cat Lake several weeks before Kanina died.APTN reported that Tikinagan suspected both were suicidal and had separated them in the days before Kanina’s death. That included turning off the Wifi at the home Kanina was being kept at.This infuriated her. The day she died she ran away from the home and the Ontario Provincial Police apprehended Kanina and returned her to the home according the coroner’s records.Jolynn was hospitalized after Kanina’s death for over two weeks. Her grandmother told APTN she had tried to kill herself.In January 2017, Jolynn did die by suicide.Kanina Turtle, in the small screen, with Jolynn on Facetime a couple days before Turtle’s death.Both of their deaths were part of a so-called expert panel review of 12 deaths of kids in child protective services.But the panel didn’t dig into individual cases looking to hold any person or agency accountable, rather it reviewed files looking for systemic problems.Overall, it found the child welfare system was failing children.The panel highlighted the relationship between Jolynn and Kanina.“In the weeks and days prior to (Kanina’s) death, the two were together on a number of occasions. Although this relationship is referred to in various documents, there was no evidence of supportive discussions around Kanina’s sexual identity,” the panel wrote. “Additionally, it appears that staff indicated to her that she could be arrested for engaging in a sexual relationship with Jolynn, as a result of Jolynn’s age.“While this is accurate from a legal perspective, this position does not demonstrate responsiveness or recognition of the needs Kanina was endeavouring to meet.”When Jolynn was hospitalized after Kanina’s death she spoke to staff about their relationship.“There were no records suggesting that Jolynn’s sexual identity was ever discussed with her while in hospital or by staff of other organizations including (Tikinagan),” the panel wrote.There were no mental health treatment beds available when the hospital discharged Jolynn. So, Tikinagan sent her home to her father on an “extended visit” in Wapekaka First Nation. Her grandmother previously told APTN it was the first time she had ever been home.“A safety plan was agreed to by the hospital, (Tikinagan,, the family and Jolynn. There was, however, no evidence of active therapeutic intervention during the seven weeks she was in her father’s home,” the panel wrote.“At the age of 12, Jolynn died by suicide in her father’s home. Kanina’s death by suicide is felt to have been an influencing factor in Jolynn’s suicide.”The panel said Kanina left a note for Jolynn and her various members of her family but Kanina’s mother said they have never seen any letters.Suicide PactAfter the deaths of Kanina and Jolynn another person close to them was struggling.Her name was Amy Owen, who was also from Poplar Hill but living in groups homes in the Ottawa area.She was transferred to Prescott, Ont. just a few days before Kanina died.The owner of the home told APTN Tikinagan said she was in a suicide pact. The panel also found that Amy was in a suicide pact with two other youths but didn’t name them.APTN previously connected Amy’s death to Jolynn and Kanina.Amy Owen’s death was mourned by many people who knew her. Some of them made this collage of her.Amy was transferred to an Ottawa group home after an altercation with staff at the Prescott home. The owner also thought she would be safer in Ottawa as Amy kept trying to run to nearby railway tracks.It was during that transfer that she learned of Jolynn’s death.After repeated visits to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Amy died by suicide in the Ottawa group home.She was supposed to be placed under 24-hour supervision but, according to the coroner’s report into her death, a specialized home for that type of care was at capacity.All three girls were under the care of Tikinagan and each one was suspected of being suicidal before they died.In the Suggashie lawsuit against Tikinagan, it alleges that the Indigenous child welfare agency is incapable of caring for Indigenous kids.“(Tikinagan) failed to adequately monitor Kanina,” the claim alleges. “Its employees or agents had no or improper training, qualifications, education and experience to supervise and/or assist Indigenous children suffering from mental health issues, including Kanina.”Tikinagan has not responded to requests from APTN to address the lawsuit.APTN asked Ontario’s chief coroner if he agreed with the conclusion reached by his regional coroner that it didn’t appear anything could have prevented Kanina’s death.“The Expert Panel has provided their perspective about the system of care available to the 12 youth who were subject to their review.  They have identified many concerns about the system and provided a number of recommendations to inform change,” wrote Huyer in an email.APTN also asked if his office should have been subjected to the panel review.“We do not provide care to youth–unfortunately we are only involved after a death has occurred,” he said.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more