OTTAWA — The organization in charge of providing physical security to Parliament is looking to up its cybersecurity.The Parliamentary Protective Service is considering using cloud software and needs advice on how to do it without putting its data at risk.So it intends to hire a contract cybersecurity specialist to teach staff about security standards and advise them on what to look for in software vendors.Storing data online can be more efficient but also risky.It means outsourcing not just the information-technology work to keep software updated and functioning, but the security that keeps sensitive material safe from hackers.In December, the Communications Security Establishment said China was responsible for compromising several service providers as early as 2016.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The Conservatives are asking the federal judicial affairs commissioner to investigate the leak of confidential information about former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s controversial choice for chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.Conservative justice critic Lisa Raitt has sent a letter to Marc Giroux arguing that the leak “strongly suggests” that “political actors” leaked information about an appointment to the country’s highest court.If so, Raitt says, it would be “an egregious case of political interference … that severely injures the independence of the judiciary.”Raitt’s letter comes two days after The Canadian Press and CTV reported that Wilson-Raybould and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau clashed over whom to appoint to the top court upon the retirement of Beverley McLachlin as chief justice in 2017.Sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss details of the normally confidential process, said Wilson-Raybould urged Trudeau to name Glenn Joyal, chief justice of Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench, to fill both McLachlin’s spot on the bench as a justice from western Canada but also the chief justice role.They said Trudeau was disturbed to discover that Joyal took a restrictive view of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and had criticized the top court for liberally interpreting it to include “new rights” not explicitly mentioned in the charter; the court’s broad interpretation has led to things like legalization of same-sex marriage and the striking down of Canada’s abortion law and prohibition on medically assisted dying.Trudeau ultimately appointed Alberta judge Sheilah Martin to fill the western slot on the Supreme Court and elevated sitting Justice Robert Wagner to the role of chief justice.Wilson-Raybould said Monday there was “no conflict” with Trudeau on the matter but otherwise declined to comment, saying the selection process for Supreme Court justices is confidential and any disclosure “could compromise the integrity of the appointments process and potentially sitting justices.”However, on Wednesday, citing an anonymous source, the Globe and Mail reported that Wilson-Raybould recommended Joyal as part of a broader plan to appoint an Indigenous judge to the role of chief justice of Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench — which would have been a first for a superior court in Canada. The newspaper also said Wilson-Raybould believed Joyal held a more liberal view on the charter of rights than Wagner, although the report cited evidence to the contrary.The Canadian Bar Association and the Manitoba Bar Association have also criticized the disclosure of information about the appointment process.The leaks suggest Trudeau may have had reasons unrelated to the SNC-Lavalin affair to move Wilson-Raybould out of the prestigious justice portfolio in a mid-January cabinet shuffle. She was moved to Veterans Affairs but resigned from cabinet a month later amid allegations that she had been improperly pressured last fall by the Prime Minister’s Office to intervene to stop a criminal prosecution of the Montreal engineering giant.Wilson-Raybould has since said she believes the move was punishment for her refusal to instruct the director of public prosecutions to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin. Such an agreement would have forced the company to pay stiff restitution but saved it from the risk of a criminal conviction, which could threaten the viability of the company.Raitt said Wednesday that the leaks about the Supreme Court appointment process are more proof of Trudeau’s disrespect for the rule of law.“The SNC-Lavalin affair has raised serious questions about the rule of law in Canada and the degree to which the Prime Minister’s Office has interfered in it,” she said.“This most recent episode of potential political interference from the PMO only further damages our democratic institutions and values and requires immediate attention.”Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press
LISTUGUJ, Que. — An Indigenous band in eastern Quebec is challenging the limits of its commercial fishing licence, saying the federal government should allow its members to sell lobster caught during its fall fishery in the Bay of Chaleur.The Mi’kmaq community of Listuguj, located near Cambellton, N.B., has the right to fish for lobster in the fall, but the catch can’t be sold because it’s supposed to be part of a sustainable food fishery — not a commercial enterprise.Under a ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada, known as Sparrow, Indigenous Peoples are allowed to fish outside the regular commercial season to feed their communities or to supply ceremonial gatherings — but they are barred from selling their catches.The Listuguj band issued a statement Monday, saying the federal Fisheries Department has refused to grant the band a commercial licence for its fall lobster fishery and has not offered an explanation.The First Nation signed a framework agreement with the federal government last November, leading to formal negotiations on fishing rights that are still ongoing.Listuguj Chief Darcy Gray issued a statement saying the community remains committed to the negotiations, but the band “cannot be made to wait indefinitely.”Fisheries and Oceans Canada did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday morning.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.The Canadian Press
Revlon has announced the launch of its first-ever public service announcement campaign. Created in collaboration with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), the PSA features broadcast and print executions focused on the message: “Your Lips Can Save Lives,” encouraging women to talk about cancer and the importance of early detection.The campaign stars Revlon Global Brand Ambassadors Halle Berry and Emma Stone, along with Stone’s mother, Krista Stone, who is a triple negative breast cancer survivor.“Revlon is an iconic brand that has always stood for confidence and the empowerment of women. As we mark our 80th anniversary, it is important to bring attention to the real issues women face and to lead the conversation in generating awareness to combat cancer,” said Revlon Global Chief Marketing Officer Julia Goldin. “Philanthropy is a cornerstone of our heritage. We are proud to launch this campaign, which not only celebrates beauty, but also depicts the power each of us has to make a positive impact on the lives of others.”Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the broadcast public service announcement (PSA), “The Power of Lips,” features Revlon Global Brand Ambassadors Halle Berry and Emma Stone together, on screen for the first time. Set in a simple studio, opening with Berry and Stone’s lips, the piece features the women speaking straight to the camera about the importance of talking to loved ones about cancer and spreading the message about screening, since early detection can greatly increase chances of survival. The broadcast PSA will begin airing nationwide the week of September 17.“We came together to spread a message,” said Berry. “We sort of did a play on how we can use our lips, while wearing lipstick, to laugh, to flirt and to spread the word about cancer and encourage other women to do the same. I hope that our message will be well received, because early detection is really one of the best ways to fight cancer.”“Basically we’re saying that lips can save lives, because we can talk to the women that we love about getting screened today,” said Stone. “The best part about being a part of Revlon is all that they have done for breast cancer awareness and research.”In addition to the broadcast PSA, the print execution features a stunning black and white photo of Stone and her mother Krista embracing. Shot by Steven Klein, the print PSA will begin running in the October and November issues of national women’s magazines and regional publications.Like all Revlon Global Brand Ambassadors, Stone and Berry have been active supporters of Revlon’s philanthropic efforts. This past May, Stone and her mother walked together during the 15th annual EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women in New York, while Berry co-hosted the Los Angeles event.“EIF is thrilled to be collaborating with Revlon on this public service announcement campaign. We are truly grateful to Revlon for all of its support over the years in raising critical funds for research and education programs. We hope this PSA will encourage women to spread the word to get involved in our fight against women’s cancers and help save lives,” said EIF President and CEO Lisa Paulsen.
Students can’t buy a ticket to We Day; they earn it through service by making a commitment to take action on at least one local and one global initiative of their choice as part of the year-long educational program, We Act. The We Act program supports students and teachers with free educational resources, student-led campaigns and support materials to help turn the inspiration of We Day into sustained activation. The program enhances a school’s existing service learning initiatives or sparks new ones. Today the world’s largest youth empowerment event of its kind, We Day, will make its official debut in California at Oracle Arena.Thanks to the support of Co-Title Sponsors Microsoft, The Allstate Foundation and Unilever Project Sunlight, We Day will bring together renowned speakers and chart-topping musical acts including Seth Rogen, Selena Gomez, Magic Johnson, Orlando Bloom, J.Cole and Big Sean along with international activists and co-founders of Free The Children, Craig and Marc Kielburger, to engage and inspire 16,000 youth from over 400 schools across California to take action on local and global causes that are important to them.An initiative of international charity and educational partner, Free The Children, We Day is taking the philanthropic world by storm with events in the US, Canada and the UK and is one of the world’s largest registered charities on Facebook with 3.8 million followers. This year alone, over 180,000 young people will come together in stadium gatherings to take part in this unprecedented educational initiative.We Day California will bring some of the greatest social issues of today to the forefront, and provide the young people in attendance and tens of thousands more watching the live stream of the event online at www.ktvu.com, ways in which every young person can find their place within the movement to create global change. TV stars and siblings Rico and Raini Rodriguez along with Free The Children ambassador, Jesse Giddings and will lead the crowd through a day full of powerful educational speeches, inspirational moments and electric performances. A few must-see moments will include:· Actress and multi-platinum recording artist, Selena Gomez, will speak about the pressure young people face growing up.· Actor, writer, director and producer, Seth Rogen, alongside his wife actress and screenwriter, Lauren Miller, will encourage the young people in attendance to use their talents to follow their passions and create positive change on issues they care about – with a comedic-twist.· Renowned a cappella group from Oakland School for the Arts, Vocal Rush, will perform two songs to sing along to: I Was Hereby Beyoncé and Perfect by Pink.· Known as the ’World’s Cutest Dog’ with 11 million fans on Facebook, Boo will be interviewed on stage by Disney channel’s Raini Rodriguez.Spearheading its arrival in California are long-time Free The Children supporters and We Day California Co-Chairs, Natalie Portman and Magic Johnson along with philanthropic thought leaders Jeff Skoll, Founder and Chairman of the Skoll Foundation, Participant Media and the Skoll Global Threats Fund and Daniel Lurie, CEO and Founder, Tipping Point Community.“I have been working alongside the tens of thousands of youth involved with We Day for several years now, and we’ve developed a good group dynamic for social change,” said Magic Johnson, co-chair of We Day Seattle. “This dream team of young trail blazers and student leaders with a like-minded attitude to make the world a better place are inspiring everyone around them to be a part of this movement. When we return next year for We Day California we’ll get to celebrate all the wonderful actions that have been taken and I’m so excited to be a part of this team.”The lineup of acts who will take the We Day California stage include: Seth Rogen, Selena Gomez, Magic Johnson, J. Cole, Big Sean, Martin Sheen, Orlando Bloom, Rico and Raini Rodriguez, Evanna Lynch, Laila Ali, Clemantine Wamariya, Martin Luther King III, Lauren Miller, Jesse Giddings, Hannah Simone, Boo, The Tenors featuring Young Stitch, Spencer West, Hannah Alper, and Craig and Marc Kielburger.We Day California will also see local young leaders and performers take the stage including Vocal Rush, a renowned a cappella group from Oakland School for the Arts, the Oakland Youth Orchestra, dance group, Culture Shock and spoken word group, Youth Speaks. NFL sports teams also lending their voice include the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers.We Day is free of charge to the thousands of students and educators in attendance, thanks to the extraordinary support of sponsors, led in California by Co-Title Sponsors Microsoft and The Allstate Foundation and Unilever Project Sunlight.
Smashing Pumpkins announced today that they are partnering with Easter Seals Dixon Center to raise awareness and resources for communities to provide meaningful jobs, education and wellness for veterans and military families.During The Smashing Pumpkins 2015 Live Nation summer concert series, “The End Times” tour, the band will work in collaboration with Easter Seals Dixon Center in its joint partnership, “New Beginnings: Reaching America’s Vets.”“The Smashing Pumpkins summer tour, The End Times, is dedicated to America’s Veterans and Military Families in conjunction with Easter Seals Dixon Center. The Smashing Pumpkins and Easter Seals Dixon Center collectively launch the “New Beginnings: Reaching America’s Vets” campaign. The objective of the campaign is to raise awareness to the challenges and trauma that so many of our veterans and military families face while reintegrating back into civilian society. We stand shoulder to shoulder with Easter Seals Dixon Center in reminding fans and industry affiliates that we must partake in their emotional journey home. Their honor, service and sacrifice should never be forgotten,” said Billy Corgan, creator and lead singer of The Smashing Pumpkins.Easter Seals Dixon Center is the military and veterans arm of Easter Seals, which has been supporting all generations of veterans since World War II. The organization is a resource for veterans, military families, employers and organizations that want veterans to reach their potential and participate fully in their communities.“We are honored that Billy Corgan and The Smashing Pumpkins are committed to supporting veterans and their families and turning that support into a voice for those touched by military service,” said Colonel David W. Sutherland, U.S. Army (Ret.), Chairman of Easter Seals Dixon Center Military and Veterans Services. “The critical work of Easter Seals Military and Veterans Services will be brought to thousands of The Smashing Pumpkins fans this summer through the band’s concert tour. We are grateful for The Smashing Pumpkins support and look forward to collaborating with the band on the needs and successes of the veteran’s community.”In communities across the country, Easter Seals affiliates deliver services that veterans and military families need to live productive, successful lives. To date, Easter Seals Dixon Center has trained more than 30,000 military and veteran caregivers through a partnership with the Veterans Administration, in addition to providing direct services to 165,000 veterans and military families through community-based services ranging from adult day care, to job training, to camping, recreation and respite programs.“New Beginnings: Reaching America’s Vets” launch coincides with The Smashing Pumpkins’ “The End Times” tour that kicks-off July 7 in Concord, Calif.For more information, please visit EasterSealsDixonCenter.org.
bioLytical Laboratories Inc., a world leader in rapid infectious disease tests and developer of the 60 second INSTI HIV test, commends Prince Harry for drawing attention to the fight against HIV.Prince Harry Raises Awareness of HIV with bioLytical’s INSTI Prince Harry took the INSTI HIV-1/HIV-2 Antibody Test at Guy and St. Thomas’ Hospital in London live on The Royal Family’s Facebook page to help raise awareness of HIV and AIDS amongst the younger generation. People all over the world watched Harry get his finger pricked by Lead Advisor and Specialist Psychotherapist Robert Palmer at the Burrell Street Sexual Health Center in South London.“It’s amazing how quick it is,” said Harry about the test; his results were negative. INSTI is the world’s fastest HIV test providing instant results compared to other rapid point-of-care tests where individuals have to wait 15 to 20 minutes (after the test is conducted) for a result to be produced or several weeks in the case of laboratory tests. With just one drop of blood, INSTI is simple to conduct and yields greater than 99% accuracy.“Once you get people through the door, that’s the hardest bit out of the way,” Harry said to Palmer, who administered the INSTI test. Getting tested for HIV is the first step in taking control of one’s health and preventing transmission to others, and it is a step that can be the hardest to take. “Accessibility, inconvenience, anxiety, lack of awareness, stigma and discrimination are some of the reasons why a person may hesitate to take an HIV test,” said Rick Galli, Chief Technical Officer of bioLytical Laboratories, “and this is exactly why we commend Prince Harry’s efforts towards the cause.”A statement from Kensington Palace released after the event said, “Prince Harry believes until everyone feels relaxed about taking HIV tests – whether from high risk groups or not – then tackling the stigma and fear surrounding HIV testing will continue to allow the virus to win.”“It’s better that everyone goes and gets tested. Why wouldn’t you?”, said Prince Harry “Whether you’re a man, woman, gay, straight, black, white, whatever, even ginger, why wouldn’t you come and have a test?”.Kensington Palace stated that one of the reasons HIV rates in the UK continue to rise is that up to 17% of HIV-positive patients are unaware of their status and therefore could unintentionally pass on the virus to partners. The point-of-care INSTI HIV-1/HIV-2 test is a market leader in both the UK and France. Additionally, starting in the fourth quarter this year, the INSTI HIV Self Test will be available online and in retail locations to the many consumers who wish to test themselves in the privacy of their own home without the anxiety of waiting to learn their status.Prince Harry co-founded Sentebale, a charity to assist the most vulnerable children in Lesotho affected by extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS. Prince Harry will take his campaign and Sentebale’s mission to Durban, South Africa this week when he speaks at the 2016 International AIDS Society conference and shares a stage with his late mother’s friend, anti-AIDS activist and rock star Sir Elton John. The conference runs from July 18 through July 22 where Mr. Rick Galli and others from bioLytical will participate in roundtable discussions, workshops and conference sessions to further expand HIV testing to help end the epidemic.
Over the weekend, actresses Shailene Woodley, Rosario Dawson and Riley Keough joined a group of over 30 Native American youth to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline in front of the White House and in Union Square in NYC.“We have taken Native American’s land and not honored the treaties that were established,” said Riley Keough. “The living conditions on the reservations are already unacceptable and we cannot allow a pipeline to run directly through the water supply. It would be disgraceful.”“It is our responsibility to learn the narrative in which Native Americans recall their own history and are walking their own history, and this is a beautiful opportunity for that,” added Shailene Woodley. “Because not only are we saying enough is enough to the fossil-fuel industry but we’re saying enough is enough to silence. That’s why this fight is so profound to me.”You can see Shailene Woodley’s Facebook live recordings of the DC event here, see Riley Keough’s Instagram posts from DC here, and watch Rosario Dawson speak at the NYC event here.
The Elders today expressed their condolences at the passing of Shimon Peres, former President of Israel and Nobel Peace laureate, who has died at the age of 93.Together with the late Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres won the Nobel Prize in 1994 for his role in securing the Oslo Accords with the Palestine Liberation Organisation.The Elders hailed his long life in the service of his country and in the quest for peace with the Arab world. He combined steadfast patriotism with a long-lasting belief in a two-state solution as the only way of bringing peace, justice and security to Israelis and Palestinians alike.The Elders recall their meetings with Shimon Peres during trips to Israel in 2009 and 2012 as examples of open and frank dialogue. As President and subsequently, through his work at the Peres Peace Centre, he continued to speak out about the need for an end to Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the creation of a viable Palestinian state.Following the announcement of his death, many Elders recalled their meetings with the late Israeli leader with affection. Among the personal tributes made were the following:Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said:“Shimon Peres was a truly remarkable man who was known not just for his sharp intellect and visionary politics but also for his warmth and sense of humour. His story is inseparable from the history of the state of Israel itself. Never afraid to stand up for his ideals, he laboured tirelessly for peace over violence and dialogue over confrontation. Israel has lost a founding father, the world a great statesman and I have lost a friend.”Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair, who was Prime Minister of Norway at the time of the Oslo Accords:“Shimon Peres showed his commitment to peace and always remained a vocal advocate of the two-state solution even as the political and security situation deteriorated after the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993. I hope current and future leaders of Israel recall his warnings about the futility of continued occupation of Palestinian lands.”Jimmy Carter, Honorary Elder and former President of the United States who led several Elders’ delegations to Israel and Palestine:“Shimon Peres worked for many years to bring peace to Israel and Palestine, and he showed great courage in his work on the Oslo Accords, which had the potential to transform the region. He was a gracious host during my visits to Israel while he was in office.”Ernesto Zedillo, Elder and former President of Mexico:“One of the remarkable founding fathers of modern Israel, Shimon Peres will be missed immensely – for his wisdom, serenity and unwavering dedication to the peace and prosperity of his beloved nation.”Ela Bhatt, Elder, founder of the Self Employed Womens Association (SEWA), and a disciple of Mahatma Gandhi:“I remember meeting him for the first time at the Histadrut trades union federation headquarters in Tel Aviv. Later, when I met him again, together with the Elders, in 2009, I was impressed to learn that he was familiar with the thinking of the Mahatma about labour relations, especially his principle of trusteeship to ensure good cooperation between workers and managers.”
VegWeek 2018 is now officially underway — and the 7-Day VegPledge Challenge is on! More than 8,000 people including pro-plant celebrities, athletes, and other world-changers are exploring and enjoying the many flavors and fun of plant-based eating from April 16-22.The message is simple yet impactful: Together, we can change the world one week at a time!Hosted by Compassion Over Killing since 2009, this annual healthy-eating campaign, has taken root around the planet — and for the planet. VegWeek is celebrated around Earth Day (April 22) to highlight the powerfully protective environmental impact of choosing plant-based food.Raising animals for food is wreaking havoc on our planet and causing tremendous suffering. We can change this through our dietary choices. By putting plants on our plates, we can benefit the Earth, our health, and animals.To keep up this meatless momentum, stars are inspiring their fans to join them on the green carpet! VegWeek 2018 celebrity Endorsers include: Mya, Grey, Belinda Carlisle, and many others.Actress Alicia Silverstone even hand-picked a Moroccan Couscous With Saffron recipe from her book The Kind Diet, for her blog urging followers to eat green for Earth Week.Silverstone writes, “Making changes to your diet has one of the most powerful impacts on reducing one’s carbon footprint and helping heal the planet. Loved ones can take the ‘VegPledge’ for the week and receive tons of support and recipes.”VegPledgers receive exclusive offers and discounts from VegWeek Gold Sponsors: A Well-Fed World, Eat for the Planet, Follow Your Heart, The Jackfruit Company, Lady Freethinker, Miyoko’s Kitchen, Treeline Treenut Cheese, Veestro, and Vegan Essentials.Empowered by the many resources provided throughout VegWeek, many happy VegPledgers continue with vegan or vegetarian eating long after enjoying the campaign.For more information, please visit: VegWeek.com.
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—A Canadian rapper angered by the sentence handed to a man convicted of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in Newfoundland has taken to social media to draw attention to the case.Classified — whose real name is Luke Boyd — took to Facebook to encourage his supporters to let the judge in the case know they were upset with the sentence handed down in St. John’s on Wednesday.The Facebook post came after Justice William Goodridge sentenced Christopher Butt to five years in prison followed by three years’ probation following Butt’s guilty plea to sexual assault and uttering threats. The sentence — the minimum for the offence — was jointly recommended by the Crown and defence. Facebook Advertisement Twitter
Advertisement Login/Register With: The Vancouver Economic Commission has named David Shepheard as the first Vancouver film commissioner. A specialist in running film commissions in global markets, Shepheard brings 16 years of experience to the position, including his most recent role running the film commission services for Film London, the U.K. capital’s media development agency.The commissioner will market Vancouver and its $2 billion-plus creative industries to strengthen its position as North America’s third-largest production centre, assume an advocacy role for the film and TV industry with all levels of government to keep growing the business, and help bring in future investment.“There are few cities around the world that has both the brand and recognition that Vancouver has, both in day-to-day life but also in this industry,” said Shepheard. “Vancouver has such a successful and vibrant industry with a massive opportunity to grow it further.” Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement
Login/Register With: Cineplex (CNW Group/Cineplex) TORONTO – On Saturday, October 14, Canadian movie-lovers and their families are invited to visit their local Cineplex theatre and enjoy a morning of free films for a good cause. For the seventh consecutive year, Cineplex Community Day (“Community Day”) will treat guests to a selection of popular, family-friendly movies, with all proceeds from donations and select concession sales supporting the company’s national charitable partner, WE Charity, part of WE – a family of organizations that makes doing good, doable.“We are proud of our continued relationship with and support of WE and remain committed to supporting initiatives that empower young people across the country,” said Ellis Jacob, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cineplex. “As one of the country’s largest employers of youth, we know firsthand that Canada’s youth have the power to inspire and create positive change to make a lasting impact on the world around them. We are proud to play a role in making that happen.”This year’s line-up of free films includes popular releases for movie-lovers of all ages, such as Kung Fu Panda 3, Trolls, Ice Age: Collision Course, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. Guests can enjoy concessions like popcorn, soft drinks and select candy for just $2.50 each and, in exchange for a $2.00donation, theatres will also be selling a fun variety of ME to WE Cineplex ‘Change Bracelets’ which feature motivational statements to inspire youth to create positive change. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook “Community Day brings families and friends together to celebrate amazing young change-makers who are creating long-lasting impacts in their local and global communities,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder, WE. “Thanks to Cineplex and all the support from Community Day, we are able to continue inspiring young people through our domestic WE Schools program while empowering them with the tools they need to dream up ways they can make a difference.”Cineplex theatres across Canada will open their doors at 9:00 AM on Saturday, October 14, with tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Movies will begin at 9:30 AM, and all locations will return to regular programming in the afternoon. Films will be shown in English and French, depending upon the market, and guests are encouraged to visit Cineplex.com/CommunityDay for a list of participating theatres, show times and available languages.Cineplex is proud to acknowledge its numerous corporate employees and theatre cast members who volunteer their time each year as well as Mars Canada and Wrigley Canada for providing products or services to help make Community Day a reality.To show your support for Community Day, please join in Cineplex’s online conversation via Facebook (Facebook.com/Cineplex), Twitter (@CineplexMovies), Instagram (@CineplexMovies), and Snapchat (@CineplexMovies).About CineplexA leading entertainment and media company, Cineplex (TSX:CGX) is a top-tier Canadian brand that operates in the Film Entertainment and Content, Amusement and Leisure, and Media sectors. As Canada’s largest and most innovative film exhibitor, Cineplex welcomes 75 million guests annually through its circuit of 163 theatres across the country. Cineplex also operates successful businesses in digital commerce (CineplexStore.com), food service, alternative programming (Cineplex Events), cinema media (Cineplex Media), digital place-based media (Cineplex Digital Media), amusement solutions (Player One Amusement Group) and an online eSports platform for competitive and passionate gamers (WorldGaming.com). It also operates a location based entertainment business through Canada’s newest destination for ‘Eats & Entertainment’ (The Rec Room), and will be opening new sports and entertainment complexes in communities across the country (Topgolf). Additionally, Cineplex is a joint venture partner in SCENE, Canada’s largest entertainment loyalty program.Proudly recognized as having one of the country’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Cineplex employs over 13,000 people in its offices across Canada and the United States. To learn more visit Cineplex.com or download the Cineplex App.
Facebook Login/Register With: Each year, in addition to the festival, VFF hosts an awards show to highlight the talentand celebrate the arts as a whole in the community. To date, VFF has contributed $23,000 in scholarships to local students for their post-secondary education. Grade 12 Students can apply for a chance to win a $1,000 towards their College or University tuition using any medium. Finally, all Ontario high school students can submit their short films to be showcased on the big screen and the winning school will receive $2,000.00.This year’s festival will run from May 14 – 17, 2018. Both International and high schoolstudent submissions deadline is January 31, 2018.Please see website for further information; https://www.vaughanfilmfestival.com. Advertisement Advertisement International & Student Film Submissions Close On January 31stVaughan, Ontario: The deadline is approaching for submissions and the 2018 festival is looking like it is going to be better than ever. This year’s judging panel includesGemini Award winners Amy Jo Johnson and Ellen Dubin as well as Oscar winner Tom McCarthy.Now in its 6th edition, this exciting five-day event proudly showcases both local and international talent – on all levels. Last year’s winners include Lieven Vanhove from Belgium who took home three awards including Best Film, Best Cinematography andBest Director for Nimmer! Canada’s own Alexandre Gourgeon won Best Documentary for his film I Am The Wolf. Italian Director Luigi Pane won the Audience Award for his film Black Comedy. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter
Drake delivers dollars in the video for “God’s Plan.” (NULL / VIA YOUTUBE) Drake first held top rung of Billboard’s main singles chart for that long when “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla, clung to the highest spot for 10 weeks in 2016.He narrowly missed that same marker when “Work,” a song he recorded with Rihanna, was knocked out of the pole position after nine weeks by “Panda,” a song from rapper Desiigner. Drake is making history on the Billboard charts again with his song “God’s Plan.”The Toronto rapper struck another milestone this week as the first male solo performer to achieve two 10-week chart toppers on the Billboard Hot 100.“God’s Plan,” whose music video features the rapper bestowing cash to charities and paying bills for shoppers around Miami, debuted in the No. 1 spot in January and has maintained the position ever since. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Despite hints on his recent album “More Life” of plans to take time off, Drake hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. He released the Scary Hours EP earlier this year, which features “God’s Plan” and another track called “Diplomatic Immunity.”Over the weekend he posted a photo of himself on Instagram Stories hinting about a new project in the works.“You can see the album hours under my eyes,” he wrote.Drake has previously said his next album will be dedicated to his hometown. Login/Register With: Twitter
APTN National NewsIdle No More demonstrations kept busy in Edmonton over the weekend.They filled the streets on Friday and then took their voices to West Edmonton Mall two days later.In a movement that seems to be getting larger by the day APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan finds out if there are any signs of it slowing down.
APTN National NewsThe legacy of residential schools is alive and well.School survivors tell their stories of the horrors they went through.One survivor has written a book about her experience.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has the story.
FORT WORTH, Texas – American Airlines and a subsidiary will pay $9.8 million in stock to settle claims that they failed to help disabled employees return to work.Federal officials say American and Envoy Air fired or put some workers on unpaid leave instead of making reasonable efforts to reassign them.The workers’ disabilities ranged from cancer to back and knee injuries.A lawsuit and consent agreement were filed Friday in federal court in Phoenix by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for 12 named former workers and others in similar circumstances.The agency says violations of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act occurred from 2009 until August 2015.American spokesman Matt Miller said the policies were legacies of carriers that merged with American, which then worked to “harmonize legacy policies” with present standards.
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia – Malaysia’s prime minister says he will seek to cancel multibillion-dollar Chinese-backed infrastructure projects that were signed by his predecessor as his government works to dig itself out of debt, and he blasted Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya minority as “grossly unjust.”Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad made the comments during a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press on Monday, days before the 93-year-old leader heads to Beijing for his first visit there since returning to power in an electoral upset three months ago.Mahathir said he wants to maintain good relations with China and welcomes its investment, so long as the investment benefits Malaysia. But he wants to cancel an east coast rail link and two gas pipelines estimated to cost more than $22 billion.
TOKYO — Japan has adopted new defence guidelines that include plans for its first aircraft carrier and increases in defence spending and arms capability in coming years, citing the need to counter potential threats from North Korea and China.The defence plan was approved Tuesday by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet along with a record 27 trillion yen ($240 billion) five-year defence spending from April 2019.The plans call for refitting an existing helicopter carrier into a ship that can deploy F-35B stealth fighters.Defence officials say Japan needs higher deterrence and increased missile defence and fighter capability to cope with potential threats amid regional tensions.Critics say possession of an aircraft carrier would give Japan a strike capability in violation to the country’s pacifist constitution.Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press