WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold support from nations who don’t back the joint bid by the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup.Morocco also has bid to host soccer’s showcase. The FIFA Congress meets June 13 in Moscow to select the 2026 host, and a majority of the 207 voting FIFA members is needed. They also may pick neither bid, which would lead to the host process being reopened.Trump tweeted Wednesday: “The U.S. has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 World Cup. It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the U.S. bid. Why should we be supporting these countries when they don’t support us (including at the United Nations)?”Trump met this week with France President Emmanuel Macron. French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet told L’Equipe this month the FFF will vote for Morocco.
HALIFAX – The parents of a 13-year-old Cape Breton girl who took her own life on Father’s Day are speaking out about their ordeal, as the local school board also looks for more support in the wake of the deaths of two other students this year.Chris Royal and Amylynn Wilson of North Sydney, N.S., said bullying led the death of their daughter Madison Wilson and more needs to be done to ensure it doesn’t happen to other young people.They said their daughter was subject to verbal abuse at school and through social media.“We are speaking to help other children and other families not to go through what we are going through this week,” Royal said in a telephone interview Wednesday.Wilson said although her daughter had talked to some extent about her problems, both parents had no idea how severe they were. Wilson said other kids have to know that they can talk to others.“It’s OK to ask for the help and tell what’s going on, to let it out so they are not keeping it in,” she said.Darren Googoo, chairman of the Cape Breton Victoria School board, said Wednesday that three students have lost their lives this year and the board is drafting a letter to the provincial Education Department with the idea of starting a dialogue on the issue.“Our students are dealing with the trauma associated with the loss of a schoolmate and going into the summer months we want to make sure that we have a more co-ordinated approach with our provincial partners in health, in terms of providing services,” Googoo said in an interview.Googoo said one of the challenges facing schools is that they only provide support services for students from September to June.“We recognize that there may be some students that will be struggling with this over the summer so we want to make sure there will be services available,” he said.Googoo added that services are in place in the community that can provide help and it’s a matter of making people aware.“The mental health unit at the regional hospital is available, there are clinicians, so the mental health model is in place, we just need to make sure that our students are aware of it.”Royal said more should be done to encourage students to come forward to seek help within the school setting.“They say zero tolerance in the schools and we are told that, but yet it’s not zero tolerance,” he said. “That’s why the kids don’t trust going to the teachers because the next day they are going to face their enemy, anyway.”Wilson said she believes there is a crisis situation after three deaths in the school district within a six-month period.“Three is too many,” she said.In an email Wednesday, the Education Department said it has offered additional supports to the Cape Breton Victoria board.“We appreciate the concerns expressed by the families and members of our school community,” it said. “We will continue to work closely with the board, our partners in health and justice to help ensure that the school board staff, teachers, students and families are both aware of and have access to the supports and services they need.”Nova Scotia’s Liberal government has committed to introducing new legislation to replace its pioneering cyberbullying law inspired by the death of teenager Rehtaeh Parsons — although a firm date on when that will happen hasn’t been given.Wilson said it should happen as soon as possible.“If it doesn’t get passed now, is it going to get passed at all? Two months from now is a new school year — it needs to be done now,” she said.The original CyberSafety Act was struck down by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in December 2015, after Judge Glen McDougall ruled it violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.The law was passed in May 2013 in response to public outrage over Parsons’ death less than a month earlier. Parsons was 17 when she was taken off life-support after attempting suicide.The case attracted national attention when her family alleged she had been sexually assaulted in November 2011 at the age of 15 and then repeatedly bullied online after a digital photo of the alleged assault was shared among students at school.
The Alberta NDP is calling on United Conservative Leadership candidates Brian Jean and Jason Kenney to not only denounce the controversial Rebel Media, but also explain just how close they are with the site.Government House Leader Brian Mason said Thursday he’s concerned about the past interviews and events both candidates have participated in with the organization.“Explain to Albertans their association with Rebel Media,” Mason said. “Make sure that people in this province understand why exactly it has been that this racist media outlet, so-called media outlet, is something that has been promoting these kinds of views and is also something which they have regularly associated, by appearing on its programs.“I think it’s disgusting, I think that Albertans deserve better.”Both leaders have responded to Mason’s comments, with Jean saying in a statement that he’s always denounced hatred, bigotry and racism and that he doesn’t believe it is the role of elected officials to dictate who the media is.However, he also said he is concerned with the recent commentary and editorial direction coming from Rebel.“I have not appeared on the Rebel in seven months and unless their direction changes in a significant way, I will not in the future,” he said.Kenney also responded through Twitter saying it was sad to see Mason resorting to such tactics and that he’s been repeatedly attacked by the Rebel for criticising the site.“We can expect many more ridiculous attacks like this,” Kenney said, adding the government is “desperate to talk about anything but its disastrous economic record.”Kenney also claimed he hadn’t been interviewed by the Rebel in over a year, but videos posted on the website show him speaking to the organization in September and November of 2016.When that was pointed out to Kenney’s official fact-check Twitter account, it responded: “One appears to be some Qs in a parking lot in public (should he have run away?). Other a difference of a couple weeks. Splitting hairs, no?”Jean and Kenney are just the latest politicians to distance themselves from Rebel in the last few days following the backlash over its coverage of the chaos in Charlottesville.One of its correspondents on the ground called those marching on the neo-Nazi side as patriots and the coverage led to the resignation of co-founder Brian Lilley, as well as contributors Barbara Kay and John Robson.It also prompted the head of Rebel Media, Ezra Levant, to publish a memo denouncing the alt-right, calling it a racist movement and not conservative.Conservative Party of Canada Leader Andrew Scheer said he wouldn’t do any interviews with Rebel until it changes its ways and fellow UCP leadership candidate Doug Schweitzer has been outspoken in criticizing the site, calling for Jean and Kenney to do the same days before.Before Jean’s statement, he said earlier in the week that he hadn’t been on for months and had he been asked to go on now, he wouldn’t.But Mason said that wasn’t good enough.“Just quietly stopping appearing now that Rebel Media has been exposed for the racist outlet that it is, is not nearly enough,” Mason said. “They need to be held accountable, it’s too late in many respects.”There’s another connection between Jean and Rebel, as his campaign manager Hamish Marshall also serves as director on the company’s federal incorporation records.However, the Jean camp says Marshall was never part of any editorial decision-making and has been transitioning out of his role with Rebel since May, adding he had no day-to-day role in “quite some time.”When Mason was asked why Albertans who dislike the NDP would listen to him, he said that isn’t the point.“It’s the right thing to do and it’s something that Brian Jean and Jason Kenney should’ve done months and months ago and they haven’t done that,” he said. “It’s pretty clear where Rebel Media stands and it’s pretty clear that Brian Jean and Jason Kenney are standing with them.”
TORONTO (NEWS 1130) – Rogers Media and CBC have signed a new seven-year sub-licensing agreement for English-language broadcasts of Hockey Night in Canada and the Stanley Cup playoffs, beginning with the 2019-20 season.The new deal, which follows a previous four-year sub-licensing deal and one-year extension, runs through the end of the 2025-26 season which is when Rogers’ 12-year national broadcast rights deal with the NHL is due to expire.CBC extends Hockey Night in Canada partnership with Rogers until 2026 https://t.co/wBpCxavcJS pic.twitter.com/0mcc77Qzrs— HockeyNightInCanada (@hockeynight) December 19, 2017The agreement ensures that Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts continue to reach the maximum number of Canadians every Saturday night on CBC, Sportsnet, and City. In addition, Hockey Night in Canada games are also available on the CBC Sports app, the CBC TV app, CBCSports.ca, Rogers NHL LIVE and Sportsnet NOW.“CBC has been an excellent partner over the years and we are excited to extend our relationship,” said Rick Brace, President, Rogers Media. “Hockey Night in Canada is the most celebrated hockey brand in the country and is steeped in tradition. We are committed to working together to ensure it reaches the widest possible audience.”“The strong relationship we enjoy with Rogers Media paved the way for this new agreement. HNIC on Saturday nights is something Canadians have come to cherish and we’re thrilled that this long-standing tradition will continue for many years to come,” said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO, CBC-Radio-Canada.As part of the new deal, CBC will continue to broadcast nationally-televised regular season games on Saturday night plus all four rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The iconic Hockey Night in Canada brand will continue on CBC and across all Rogers Media platforms on Saturday nights. Sportsnet will continue to produce the games, retain all editorial control, and manage the advertising, with games continuing to be produced from Sportsnet’s Hockey Central Studio at the CBC building in Toronto.Since Rogers’s landmark broadcast and multimedia deal with the NHL began four years ago, Hockey Night in Canada has consistently ranked among the Top 5 programs, reaching on average 7.5 million Canadians each week. This season, Hockey Night in Canada has been the most-watched program in Canada every Saturday night, reaching a total of 18 million Canadians or 50 per cent of the country’s population. Riding the momentum of five Canadian teams making the playoffs last year, ratings continue to rise year-over-year for both the early and late match-ups.“Our priority in coming to this new agreement was to ensure Canadians continue to have access to Saturday night hockey on CBC and an overwhelming majority of our audience told us they want it to be on CBC,” said Greg Stremlaw, Executive-Director, CBC Sports & General Manager, Olympics.“Canadians have a profound love and deep-seated passion for the game of hockey,” said Scott Moore, President of Sportsnet & NHL Properties, Rogers Media. “Sportsnet will continue to fuel that passion by providing full-access coverage to our audiences at every opportunity. It’s a pledge we made to our fans when we won the rights in 2013, and one that we continue to deliver on every day.”Rogers’s 12-year national broadcast and multimedia agreement with the NHL, which began with the 2014-15 season, remains the largest media rights deal in NHL history and provides Rogers with all national rights on all platforms in all languages.In addition to Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet will continue to produce and televise national games on Sundays during Rogers Hometown Hockey and on Wednesday evenings with Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey.In total, Sportsnet will produce and broadcast more than 450 national and regional NHL games during the 2017-18 season.Rogers is the parent company of NEWS 1130.
VANCOUVER – WestJet (TSX:WJA) has filed an appeal after the Supreme Court of British Columbia refused to throw out a proposed class-action lawsuit that accuses the company of fostering a corporate culture that tolerates harassment against female employees.The airline argues Justice Mary Humphries was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action, repeating its argument that the dispute belongs before a human rights tribunal and workers’ compensation board.A court document filed last week by WestJet also says the two-year deadline has passed to file a claim and argues the original lawsuit should be put on hold until an appeal is resolved.Former flight attendant Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination, accusing her former employer of breaking its promise to provide a harassment-free workplace for women.Lewis has not filed a response to the notice of appeal.None of the allegations made in the lawsuit have been proven in court.The lawsuit proposes to represent all of WestJet’s past and current female flight attendants whose employment included a so-called anti-harassment promise, but it has yet to be approved as a class action.
Patrick Brown made a career of sailing into stormy political seas, fighting the tides and landing career victories against long odds. But the 39-year-old politician many believed was on his way to becoming the next Ontario premier has now encountered a political storm he could not weather.Just six months shy of a provincial election, Brown was forced to step aside as leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative party amid allegations of sexual misconduct.Brown has denied the accusations from two women and vowed to defend himself against them, but announced he was resigning the party leadership after consulting with friends and family. The allegations against him were reported by CTV News and have not been verified by The Canadian Press.Brown’s reversal of fortune struck a number of observers as unusually rapid, even in light of the serious allegations.For some, the moment was even historic.“It’s unprecedented,” said University of Windsor political science professor Cheryl Collier, adding the swift response was likely fuelled in part by a growing emphasis on addressing sexual misconduct claims voiced by women. “Especially this close (to an election) … this kind of quick turnaround is just unprecedented.”Henry Jacek, political science professor at McMaster University, noted that people, including Brown’s own staff, were surprisingly fast to abandon him within moments of a hastily called news conference late Wednesday in which he asserted his innocence and made no mention of relinquishing the party leadership. Four hours later, however, Brown stepped down.“We don’t normally see things happen that quickly in politics where, boom, you go from being almost on top of the world, you’re likely to win the next election, and hours later you’re out of a job,” Jacek said in a telephone interview.Up until now, Brown has enjoyed a long run of political victories at the municipal, federal and provincial level. His interest in politics, however, predates his time in public office.While studying political science in his hometown of Toronto, Brown was serving in the Progressive Conservative Youth Federation where he worked two terms as president.He formally entered politics in 2000 when he was elected to city council in Barrie, Ont., a feat he accomplished while completing a law degree at the University of Windsor.He won re-election three years later, but made the jump to federal politics in 2006 as Stephen Harper swept into power. Brown was re-elected in the federal riding of Barrie twice more, but remained a backbencher in Harper’s Conservative government.His lack of profile was one of many factors that positioned him as a long-shot candidate when he announced his intention to replace Tim Hudak as leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives following the party’s defeat in the 2014 provincial election.He had no seat in the Ontario legislature, was supported by only five members of the PC caucus, and had virtually no provincial presence until he launched his leadership bid by attacking the Tory establishment he blames for four consecutive election losses.Brown trumpeted his outsider status as part of his leadership bid, arguing he wasn’t involved in any of the party’s past “policy disasters” such as pledging to cut public sector jobs, and contending he could give the party a fresh start.Opponents, however, warned of the socially conservative leanings he had revealed during his time in federal politics, likening his views to those held by members of the United States’ far-right-leaning Tea Party movement. During his time in Ottawa, Brown voted in favour of reopening both the abortion and same-sex marriage debates, a move he said he was making on behalf of his constituents.In the end, however, he powered past his more seasoned provincial rivals, ultimately defeating runner-up and long- time provincial legislator Christine Elliott and assuming the party leadership in May 2015.Brown didn’t shed his social conservative leanings immediately upon jumping to provincial politics. Social conservatives claim they helped him win the party leadership in 2015, after he told them — in private — he would repeal the Liberals’ sex-education curriculum.But when his staff sent around a letter saying as much during a 2016 byelection, he disavowed it, changed his stance and told social conservatives their activism wasn’t welcome in his party.“I mean it when I say everyone is welcome in this party no matter who you love, where you’re born, what the colour of your skin is, what faith you have, what language you speak,” Brown told the Canadian Press at the time. “If you want to be in the party on the basis you want to exclude another group, that’s not on for me.”Brown risked alienating another faction of the PC base by pushing to replace Ontario’s current cap-and-trade system with a carbon tax that he said could be made revenue neutral with the help of additional tax relief elsewhere. It was an unpopular policy within the base, but Brown remained unapologetic.“I believe climate change is man made and it’s serious and it’s a threat we need to respond to,” he said. “I don’t think it’s inconsistent with conservatism to care about the environment.”Recently, Brown began encountering troubles from outside his party as well.Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne filed a defamation suit against him last year after he told reporters that she was standing trial at a court proceeding in which she was offering testimony.Those tensions had not spilled over to the polls, however. Buoyed by historically low approval ratings for Wynne, Brown was riding high ahead of Thursday’s resignation and seemed poised for further success.The allegations, however, have not only put an end to his quest to become the next Ontario premier, but cast his party’s prospects in doubt as they scramble to plot their way forward.Jacek, for one, suspects Brown’s personal run of political luck has ended for good.“I don’t know how he comes back,” he said. “Maybe he goes over and works in the third world and does some Mother Theresa type job or something…It will take very dramatic things for him to do, and it will take time.”
OTTAWA – Thwarting inappropriate behaviour amongst those who wield power and building on international trade agreements are both essential elements to creating a better country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday as he rallied his party’s caucus a day before Parliament was set to resume sitting after its six-week winter break.Trudeau told Liberal MPs that change is needed to encourage more women to enter politics.“Add women, change politics is how we will make a better country,” Trudeau told the gathering as he referenced a social media campaign the prime minister said was more than just a hashtag.“Sexual harassment is a systemic problem. It is unacceptable.”His comments came as the recent movement against sexual misconduct, which saw the resignations since Wednesday of the Progressive Conservative leaders in Ontario and Nova Scotia, was felt within the federal Liberal caucus room.Absent from the meeting was Trudeau’s former sport and persons with disabilities minister, Kent Hehr, who resigned last week after being accused of sexual misconduct while he was a member of the Alberta legislature.Liberal party whip Pablo Rodriguez confirmed Sunday that he had received another complaint about Hehr and passed it to the person in charge of the inquiry into the former minister’s behaviour.Meantime, Science Minister Kirsty Duncan was to formally take on Hehr’s portfolio Monday at a Rideau Hall ceremony and retain it at least until the investigation is complete.While Hehr remains a member of the Liberal caucus, the Prime Minister’s Office said he decided not to attend the meeting.Had he been there, however, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould said she wouldn’t have felt uncomfortable because of his presence.“Sexual harassment on the Hill is a very serious issue, and we need to take it seriously,” she said.“But we also need to make sure that we’re allowing due diligence.”Other Liberals, however, struggled over questions of why Hehr was allowed to remain in caucus while a fellow Alberta MP, Darshan Kang, resigned from the caucus last summer after being accused of sexually harassing two female employees in his office. Kang has denied the allegations and a PMO staffer said he resigned voluntarily.Members of Parliament were expected to debate legislation Monday designed to strengthen sexual harassment protections for federal employees, including those working on Parliament Hill.Labour Minister Patty Hajdu, who acknowledged there is a “whisper network” operating around the Hill, said part of the goal of Bill C-65 is to prevent misconduct. But she suggested it won’t be easy.“We’re in an environment where we have high degrees of power, with parliamentarians, and often staffers who have very little power and are in often precarious work,” she said outside caucus. “So it sets up an environment that is ripe for this kind of behaviour.”As Sunday’s caucus meeting began, Trudeau also boasted about last week’s signing of a new, comprehensive international trade agreement — known as the CP-TPP — that he said included significant gains for Canada over the former Trans-Pacific Partnership approved by the previous Conservative government.The prime minister said his government hopes to make similar gains during negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement with the United States and Mexico.As the sixth round of talks to reach a deal were wrapping up in Montreal, Trudeau also set aside non-partisanship over NAFTA, accusing the Opposition Conservatives of being willing to bend to U.S. demands for changing the pact.“They wanted us to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership with no improvements,” Trudeau said of the Tories.“And if they had their way, we’d give into American demands on NAFTA.”While visiting Washington earlier this month, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said his party was united with the Liberals in seeking an updated NAFTA. Scheer has in the past, however, accused the Trudeau government of not properly spelling out a plan for the NAFTA talks.The Conservatives said the resumption of Parliament will give Scheer an opportunity to once again pounce on the prime minister over his 2016 vacation with the Aga Khan.Mary Dawson, whose tenure as federal ethics commissioner ended last month, found that Trudeau violated four provisions of the Conflict of Interest Act when he and members of his family stayed on the billionaire religious leader’s Bahamian island.
OTTAWA — Former Liberal cabinet minister Scott Brison says he will step down as an MP this weekend.Brison says he’ll cease to be the representative for the Nova Scotia riding of Kings-Hants — which he’s represented for 22 years as both a Progressive Conservative and a Liberal — as of Feb. 10.In a farewell speech in the House of Commons, Brison says he has enjoyed his time in federal politics.He is telling his fellow MPs to never take for granted the honour of serving their constituents and changing their lives.Brison resigned from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet in early January after deciding he won’t run for re-election this fall.Brison said he was ready for a change and was looking forward to spending more time with his four-year-old twins.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The federal opposition is calling for an emergency committee meeting to investigate allegations the Prime Minister’s Office may have tried to politically interfere with criminal proceedings against Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the explanations from the prime minister and his team in the wake of the allegations, reported in the Globe and Mail, simply aren’t good enough.That’s why he says his party will request an emergency Justice Committee Meeting to call witnesses and get answers.“This matter strikes at the very heart of our rule of law and calls into serious question the ethics and conduct of those at the highest level,” he said.Conservative Leader @AndrewScheer says his party is exploring legal avenues if Liberals try to block an attempt to launch a Justice committee investigation #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 8, 2019He is also warning the Liberals not to block the efforts for a meeting.“If the Liberals vote this down, it is quite clear that there is a cover up going on,” he added.The Conservatives want to call witnesses such as former Justice Minister @Puglaas, current Justice Minister @DavidLametti, and top PMO Officials. #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 8, 2019Scheer says he supports an NDP call for an investigation, noting the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is calling for a criminal investigation.Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has said the prime minister should have nothing to fear from an independent investigation by the federal ethics commissioner if, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists, the allegations are not true.“All this cries out for some serious investigation,” Singh said in a telephone interview with the Canadian Press. “At the end of the day, Canadians deserve to have a government on their side, on the side of justice, not on the side of a multinational corporation.”The New Democrats have since officially requested an investigation from the Ethic’s Commissioner.He noted the timeline of events is suspicious.SNC-Lavalin was charged in 2015 by the RCMP and openly called for a remediation agreement to avoid damaging the company, a major employer in Quebec. After lobbying by the company of government officials, including those in the PMO, the government included in its 2018 budget a Criminal Code amendment to allow such agreements to be negotiated in cases of corporate crime, as is done in the United States and the United Kingdom.The Globe reports top officials in the Prime Minister’s Office tried to pressure then-Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to drop criminal prosecution against the company.In a brief statement to the media, Wilson-Raybould — who is now the Veterans Affairs Minister — says she can’t discuss the matter because she is bound by solicitor-client privilege.Meantime, the parliamentary secretary to justice has offered the most sweeping denial yet from the Trudeau government.“At no point has the current minister of justice, or the former minister of justice, been pressured or directed,” Arif Virani said.NEW: Former Justice Minister @Puglaas has released a short statement on the SNC/PMO influence story. “As the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, I am bound by solicitor-client privilege in this matter.” #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 8, 2019
The RCMP are getting some help from the Canadian military as they continue the hunt for two young homicide suspects in northern Manitoba.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale tweeted last night that the military have been called in to give the Mounties air support in combing the unforgiving terrain around Gillam, Man.Police have said that Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and his 19-year-old friend Kam McLeod, may have changed their appearance to try to evade the intense manhunt that includes officers from several jurisdictions searching on foot, with dogs and using drones.The two Port Alberni, B.C., teens are charged with second-degree murder in the death of Leonard Dyck, a botany professor at the University of British Columbia, and are suspects in the fatal shootings of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese. All three homicides happened in northern B.C.A burned-out RAV4 that Schmegelsky and McLeod were travelling in was found near Gillam this week and police have said there have been no reports of stolen vehicles since.Mounties are asking anyone who may have unwittingly helped the suspects give police in the area the slip to come forward. Cpl. Julie Courchaine said police aren’t saying that’s what happened, but they aren’t ruling out any possibilities.“It is possible that someone may not have been aware of who they were providing assistance to, and may now be hesitant to come forward,” she said at an RCMP update in Winnipeg on Friday.Courchaine urged the public across the country to keep a careful watch out for the pair.She also stressed there have been no confirmed sightings since one Monday in the Gillam area — an isolated region of bog and bush with one access road — so the search for the two was still focused there.Courchaine said police were planning to go door to door in Gillam and on the Fox Lake First Nation over the next three days looking for leads. The Canadian Press
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is honoring actress Katherine Heigl, singer-songwriter Josh Kelley, R&B artist Ne-Yo, and PEOPLE Magazine as the 2012 National Angels in Adoption for their dedication and commitment to adoption and foster care issues.CCAI will recognize them, along with local Angels recognized by 143 Members of Congress, at their 14th annual awards gala in Washington, D.C. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and Representative Karen Bass (D-CA) will present the awards; musical entertainment will be provided by award-winning musician Steven Curtis Chapman.“The Angels in Adoption Program proves that all it takes for a child’s life story to have a happy ending is for someone to step in and be their hero,” said CCAI Executive Director Kathleen Strottman. “Katherine, Josh, Ne-Yo and PEOPLE Magazine chose to get involved and make a difference. We are hoping others will hear their stories and feel inspired to do the same.”Even before they were married, Heigl and Kelley had agreed on the importance of adoption in their future family. Heigl has spoken often of her strong feelings about the issue, as her sister was adopted from Korea. Two years after their wedding, Heigl and Kelley adopted their daughter Naleigh from South Korea when she was only 10 months old. Kelley also wrote the song “Naleigh Moon” for her and Heigl produced the song’s music video. The couple recently adopted their second daughter, Adalaide, from Louisiana this past spring.“Adoption has always been a part of my life and my family,” Heigl said. “Josh and I are honored to be selected as National Angels in Adoption and we hope this recognition will help raise awareness of the millions of children worldwide who are without families.”In 2007, Grammy Award winning R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo founded the Compound Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to increasing awareness about the status of those in the child welfare system. The foundation supports and partners with residential care facilities and independent group homes through programs aimed at teaching entrepreneurship and life skills that will empower youth to become productive, successful, and independent adults.“I am deeply honored to be recognized as an Angel in Adoption. The fact is that every youth in foster care should receive the love and support that a family provides. The Compound Foundation works to help make that possible.”PEOPLE Magazine has written countless stories on celebrities who have adopted children and has also covered adoption and foster care stories in its weekly section, “Heroes Among Us.”“I am honored that Angels in Adoption has recognized PEOPLE’s rich history of reporting these beautiful stories of the utmost importance to families and children,” said Betsy Gleick, Executive Editor of PEOPLE. “We know they mean a lot to our readers.”“Angels in Adoption is unlike any other program in the Nation’s Capital. Because of it, over 1900 Angels have come to Washington in celebration of adoption and left with a renewed appreciation of all that adoption makes possible,” said Kathleen Strottman. “On Capitol Hill, knowledge is power. The Angels in Adoption Program gives Members of Congress the knowledge they need to use the power they have to help make the dream of a family a reality for every child.”The Angels in Adoption Program was established in 1999 as a Congressional press conference to honor outstanding individuals. Since then, the program has evolved into a yearlong public awareness campaign that culminates in an annual awards gala and celebration in Washington, D.C.Source:PR Newswire
Rafael Nadal, Ana Ivanovic, Stefan Edberg, Martina Navratilova and Daniela Hantuchova will be joined by leading, current and past, ATP/WTA players along with Sir Richard Branson in the 2nd annual Necker Cup Pro-am on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands.The event is organized by Premier Tennis Travel, a leader in luxury tennis travel and event management.Sir Richard Branson is excited to host the event again. “Last year’s first ever Necker Cup was a huge success & incredible fun for everyone involved. It’s an honour to have Necker Island host this unique tennis experience again this year and I’m very much looking forward to seeing everybody again and some new faces too.”Amateurs can book a 4 night/5 day all-inclusive team package to the world’s most exclusive tennis Pro-Am by calling (001) 800.376.0975 or clicking here.Amateurs can also win a trip to compete in the Necker Cup Pro-Am by participating in the Corporate Challenge to be held October 4-6th, 2013 at The New York Athletic Club in New York City.Beside world class tennis, Necker Cup Pro-Am guests will enjoy cocktail and dinner parties and also get the chance to meet with top tennis stars and Sir Richard Branson. The final day concludes with a charity exhibition match, dinner, auction and “End of the World” party in the main room of Necker Island’s Great House. 2013 Necker Cup guests will be some of the first to ever see Necker Island’s highly anticipated, newly rebuilt, Great House.Last year’s Necker Cup raised over $1,000,000 for worthy causes. Auction bidders can win unique, once in a lifetime experiences such as: one on one hitting sessions with some of tennis’ best pros, luxurious trips and merchandise, premier tickets to sporting events, signed memorabilia and much more. One hundred percent of all donations from the auction will directly benefit the local BVI community, Virgin Unite, the National Tennis Foundation, Rafa Nadal Foundation and other ATP and WTA player charities.Sir Richard Branson, in conjunction with Premier Tennis Travel, will host a five-day world-class Pro-Am tennis event on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands November 12-16. Sir Richard will join 15 current and former ATP and WTA legends to pair up with 16 amateur teams of all levels. A handicapped scoring format will be used making it competitive tennis for all tennis levels. Teams consist of one pro and up to two amateurs. Teams compete to win their bracket and earn a chance to play in the Necker Cup Final. As well as the tennis, participants can engage in typical Necker Island activities including paddle boarding, Pilates, sailing, kite boarding, wake boarding, snorkeling, massage therapy, beach tennis, parties and more. On the final night, the “End of the World” party will take place and will include an exhibition, a charity dinner and an auction. A portion of event profits and 100 percent of all auction proceeds will go to Virgin Unite, the National Tennis Foundation, and other leading ATP and WTA player charities.
On January 28th at 10 AM songwriters Joel Rafael and Lance Canales will pay tribute to the 28 ‘Deportees’ on the 66th anniversary of their untimely death.The event will air on KFCF 88.1 Rick Flores’ Waste Land of the Free radio program.During WWII the U.S. Federal government created a program to bring Mexican workers to the U.S. while troops were fighting abroad. Once they had completed their work they were taken back to Mexico. On January 28, 1948 a group of these workers were returning to Mexico when their plane crashed in Los Gatos Canyon killing everyone on board. Rather than being given a proper memorial, the 28 victims were buried in a mass grave with a plaque labeled “Mexican Nationals.”The incident inspired Woody Guthrie’s “Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)” which both Rafael and Canales along with Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen have all recorded. After much research the victims were identified last year, and a headstone with their names was installed and dedicated on September 2, 2013 at Holy Cross Cemetery.On the anniversary of the crash, Lance Canales and Joel Rafael will appear on KFCF 88.1 Rick Flores’ Waste Land of the Free radio program, during the hour that the accident occurred, to talk about the incident and the event from 10AM- Noon. They will be joined by writer Tim Z. Hernandez and descendent of two of the victims, Jaime Ramidez.Source:PR Newswire
Public housing provides homes and services for approximately 2.2 million people in the U.S.; however, the need is much greater than that. Given current economic and federal budget conditions, public housing availability continues to decrease, while the need for it continues to grow.Today, ReThink Ambassador and four-time Grammy Award nominated singer-songwriter Jewel invites Americans to take a minute to think about their home and share why housing matters to them. Jewel will be writing a new song about “Why Housing Matters” to raise awareness of the benefits of public housing and to encourage Americans to rethink their perceptions of public housing.Now through Wednesday, May 14, Americans are encouraged to go to www.ReThinkHousing.org and submit a short essay and optional photo describing why home matters to them. Soon after, Americans will have the chance to cast a vote for their favorite entry at www.ReThinkHousing.org. The top 10 entries will serve as inspiration to Jewel as she creates a new song about “Why Housing Matters.” The person with the winning entry will meet Jewel in Los Angeles and attend an exclusive performance of the song they inspired her to write.Once homeless, Jewel understands the importance of having a stable place to live. She remembers what it was like to not have a roof over her head or not know where her next meal was coming from. As ReThink Ambassador for the second year, Jewel will continue to spread news about the initiative through media appearances in the coming weeks and launch the new song about housing later this year.“I’m so honored to have the opportunity to continue to work with ReThink to raise awareness for people who may not have a stable place to live. ReThink is an important initiative that inspires people to think differently about the importance of home. I’m truly looking forward to gathering perspectives and inspiration about what your home means to you, and turning it into a song that I hope will help shed light on this important cause,” says Jewel.“There are simple things in life we take for granted, like having a safe and stable place to live, and some people don’t realize that public housing offers more than a roof over someone’s head. Public housing is a home, it builds community, and it provides services to people like you and me,” says Courtney Rice, Corporate Communications and Branding Manager at Housing Authority Insurance, Inc. “Jewel has been an incredible partner and advocate in sharing stories from her past. Now, we’re thankful to have her use her songwriting talent and voice to help connect with Americans on the importance of having a home.”ReThink: Why Housing Matters is an initiative challenging the sometimes negative perceptions Americans have about public housing by sharing stories of success made possible through public housing. Visit www.ReThinkHousing.org to hear Jewel’s perspective and experience inspirational stories of public housing – and rethink its impact on individuals, families, and your own community.Source:PR Newswire
During a musical event at the United Nations General Assembly today, UNICEF will unveil the #IMAGINE project as part of celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.The #IMAGINE project brings together artist Yoko Ono, renowned music producer and DJ David Guetta, UNICEF Ambassadors – including Katy Perry, Angélique Kidjo, Daniela Mercury, Priyanka Chopra, Yuna Kim – and a host of other high profile supporters with the aim of creating a unique moment in music history that will highlight the tremendous challenges children face the world over.A new interactive digital experience, powered by TouchCast, will allow everyday people to record their own version of Imagine, John Lennon’s iconic anthem of hope and peace, alongside their favourite stars, in what UNICEF hopes will be the largest ever global sing-along. These individual recordings, and those of UNICEF’s Ambassadors and other artists, will be made into a multi-lingual ‘world’ version of Imagine, produced by David Guetta. Everyone who records the song has the chance to have their vocals and videos used in the new UNICEF version of Imagine and in the accompanying interactive music video, created by TouchCast and TheBridge.co – both of which will be released in the lead up to New Year’s Eve 2014. ”The Convention on the Rights of the Child asked us all to imagine a better world for children – and calls on all of us to make that vision a reality,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “The #IMAGINE project gives people across the globe a chance to join a global movement for children, lending their ideas, their visions and, not least, their voices to advance the rights of every child, everywhere.”#IMAGINE participants can share their own recording of Lennon’s classic song with friends and family on social media and encourage others to perform Imagine too. They can also record personal messages describing what they imagine a better world for children would be like.“A dream you dream alone may be a dream, but a dream two people dream together is a reality,” said Yoko Ono.Participants will also have the opportunity to donate to UNICEF. Funds raised through the #IMAGINE project will support the organisation’s programmes providing education, nutrition, healthcare and immunisations, clean water and sanitation, protection and emergency relief for children in more than 150 countries and territories.“I’m really excited to be working with UNICEF on this incredible new project. Our ‘world’ version of Imagine will be like no other – I am proud to be a part of this collaboration,” said Guetta. “We have to get the word out that every voice counts and every child counts too.”The event at the United Nations General Assembly will include live performances by Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo, Brazilian singer-songwriter Daniela Mercury, Swedish-Iranian pop sensation Laleh, cellist Trey Lee from Hong Kong, Nigerian musician Don Jazzy and Kristian Kostov, the winner of the Russian The Voice.Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Hugh Jackman, Yoko Ono and Björn Ulvaeus from ABBA will also make special appearances during the event.The #IMAGINE digital experience will be available via the TouchCast app for iOS on the App Store on 20 November or at Imagine.Unicef.org.
Special guests including Bill Oddie, Alexei Sayle, Gillian McKeith, Celia Hammond and Bollywood actress Sofia Hayat are set to attend a glitzy gala screening and celebrity fundraiser in Leicester Square on Saturday December 6th for LION ARK, the multi-award winning critically-acclaimed documentary about the rescue of 25 lions from Bolivian circuses.WHEN: Saturday December 6th, 6pmWHERE: Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London, WC2H 7BYTICKET INFORMATION: Click hereFollowing sell out screenings at film festivals around the world, LION ARK is now screening in cinemas across the UK.More action adventure style than traditional documentary, feel-good movie LION ARK charts one of the world’s most ambitious and daring animal rescues, as a team from Britain’s Animal Defenders International (ADI) swoops on eight illegal circuses spread across Bolivia following a ban.The story begins when ADI secures a ban on animal circuses in Bolivia following a two-year undercover investigation across South America. The shocking findings lead to public outrage and calls for action across the continent. Bolivia is the first to act. Now ADI must help the government enforce the law. The team journey across a vast, hostile terrain to track down the illegal circuses defying the new law, save the animals and bring them to safety, and a joyous finale sees 25 lions airlifted to freedom in the US.LION ARK Producer and rescue leader Jan Creamer said: “People have been gripped by the way Lion Ark covers a serious issue about saving animals from circuses, but in a uniquely exciting and enjoyable way. The British public can be very proud that the seeds of this historic operation were sown at Animal Defenders International’s headquarters in London, which makes Lion Ark’s West End gala screening a very special event indeed.”A smash hit on the international film festival circuit, LION ARK is told through live action interviews, in the moment, as events unfold. This is up close and personal, in the thick of the action; you are as close as you can get to these animals and to understanding their life in the circus and feel the fear and joy of the rescuers as they journey through their incredible mission.LION ARK Director Tim Phillips said: “The response to Lion Ark has been fantastic, receiving standing ovations, armfuls of awards and sell-out shows around the world and we are looking forward to welcoming so many celebrity supporters at the gala screening. This special event is open to the public so that everyone has a chance to enjoy the uplifting animal magic of Lion Ark on the big screen in London’s Leicester Square, and meet the rescue team directly from their latest mission in Peru.”A similarly ambitious rescue operation – Spirit of Freedom – is now underway in Peru, where ADI is once again assisting authorities to enforce an animal circus ban, having successfully secured legislation. ADI currently has 30 lions, 9 primates and several other animals in its care, and audiences will hear the very latest news from rescue team leaders LION ARK Director Tim Phillips and Producer Jan Creamer, who have come straight from their latest mission to hold Q&A sessions following each screening across the UK.The LION ARK rescue mission was backed by legendary and Emmy award-winning US TV ‘Price is Right’ game show host Bob Barker and CSI actress Jorja Fox (‘Sara Sidle’), whose company Seafox Productions is an Associate Producer and both appear in the film. Bob Barker’s support enabled the rescue team to empty Bolivia of its suffering circus animals and build new homes for them in the US.LION ARK has recently been signed into distribution for television, video on demand, DVD / Blu Ray and in-flight entertainment with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, one of the world’s leading distribution companies which has its own channels in Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle East, including flagship ITV broadcasting in 40 countries.Since opening at Raindance, London and Mill Valley Film Festival, California, LION ARK has taken the film festival circuit by storm with sell out shows, six awards, official selections for 14 prestigious film festivals, and an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding International Motion Picture.Tickets for LION ARK screenings at UK cinemas including the West End gala and celebrity fundraiser are on sale now. Tickets for the gala start at just £11: click here for more.
Jon Bon Jovi wants you to join him in wishing Bill Clinton a happy birthday.“I’ve had the privilege of knowing and learning from my friend, President Bill Clinton, for quite some time,” Bon Jovi wrote in an email to supporters of the Clinton Foundation. “His birthday is coming up next week, and I’m always inspired by his increasing energy to do more.“So for President Clinton’s birthday on August 19, I want to show him how much we all appreciate his ever-growing passion and selfless leadership in changing lives around the world. Will you join me in wishing President Clinton a very happy birthday by signing this card? You can even add your own personal message.“Some of you may know that President Clinton was the catalyst for my becoming much more involved in charity and philanthropy. In fact, the President himself came to Philadelphia 10 years ago to the launch of the JBJ Soul Foundation; he has also been to the Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, NJ. President Clinton and I are both driven by the same simple goal: to help people live their best life stories. Through the work of the Clinton Foundation, he’s dedicated to unleashing human potential and empowering individuals to shape their own futures.“Whether he’s traveling to Africa to meet one-on-one with the thousands of farmers whose lives have been changed by the Anchor Farm Project, or providing over 17 million kids in more than 29,000 schools access to healthier food and physical education – President Clinton is impacting more lives around the world each and every day.“But he isn’t finished yet. There’s more work to do, more barriers to overcome, more communities to transform, and more people to uplift. I am confident President Clinton and the Foundation will continue leading the charge to overcome these challenges for many years – and many birthdays – to come.”You can sign your name here.
The Palm Beach State College Foundation is proud to announce that Armando Christian Perez, professionally known as Pitbull, will be the keynote speaker for the Foundation’s 2017 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) luncheon presented by Bank of America.The event will take place February 1, 2017 at 11:30am at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion, West Palm Beach.“Everyone knows Pitbull is one of the most successful recording artists of our time, but what many don’t realize is that he is also a leading tech innovator and arts education proponent,” said event chair and nationally honored arts advocate, Yvonne Boice. “We are thrilled that he will be our speaker this year and that he will be sharing his inspiring success story that now melds so many aspects of the STEAM disciplines.”A first generation Cuban American, the young Perez was inspired by one of his high school teachers to pursue his musical dreams. Now, he wants to make sure other children are inspired and have that same opportunity to succeed.In 2013, Pitbull helped create the SLAM! (Sports, Leadership, Arts and Management) charter school in one of the Miami’s most impoverished neighborhoods. SLAM!, which educates students in grades 6-12, now has a school in West Palm Beach that could become a direct feeder to Palm Beach State College.Pitbull is also passionate about using and advancing technology. Besides utilizing social media to communicate with his fans and supporters, he is co-founder of eMerge Americas. This 3-year-old conference brings together high-tech firms from throughout the Americas to promote innovation and the development of disruptive technology across a myriad of industries.In 2017, the Foundation will enter the fifth year of its STEAM initiative to impact the projected shortage of local, skilled professionals in the STEAM fields. Goals include increasing student scholarships, business partnerships, internships and other academic program enhancements to prepare more graduates for these high-wage, high-demand positions.Sponsors of the event are: Bank of America, Modernizing Medicine, Florida Power & Light, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Tenet Florida Physician Services, The Palm Beach Post, WXEL PBS for the Palm Beaches and Alpha Media.For ticket information, click here.Individual tickets purchased before Dec. 15 are $175; after Dec. 15 tickets are $200.
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APTN National NewsIn Manitoba many communities continue to face record water levels.And the water is still rising, impacting over a third of the province’s 63 First Nations.Many in Manitoba’s Interlake region are facing added pressure because of the planned dike breach in the south.APTN National News reporter Loella Houle has the story.