A timeline of the cases of Meng Wanzhou and the Canadians detainedA timeline of the cases of Meng Wanzhou and the Canadians detained


first_imgOTTAWA — A timeline of the Meng Wanzhou case, and rising tension between Canada and China.Aug. 22: A New York court issues a warrant for the arrest of Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.Dec. 1: Canadian authorities arrest Meng at Vancouver’s airport while she is en route from Hong Kong to Mexico, after an extradition request from the Americans. The news becomes public on Dec. 5.Dec. 6: China demands Canada release Meng and “immediately correct the mistake” officials made in arresting her. The Chinese also say they were not briefed on the reasons for Meng’s arrest.In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Meng’s case is part of an independent legal process with no outside political influence.Dec. 7: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada’s envoy to China has briefed Chinese officials about Meng’s case. She declines to comment on suggestions from analysts and former diplomats that China will likely retaliate by jailing Canadians.In Vancouver, Meng appears in court, where allegations of fraud are laid out. The U.S. alleges Meng misled American banks in a bid to get around American sanctions on Iran.Dec. 8: Canada’s ambassador to China, John McCallum, is summoned to a meeting with China’s assistant foreign minister so the country can register complaints about Meng’s arrest. “China strongly urges the Canadian side to immediately release the detained Huawei executive … or face grave consequences that the Canadian side should be held accountable for,” the assistant minister, Le Yucheng, says in a statement.Dec. 9: China summons the American ambassador to China to lodge similar complaints about Meng’s case and demand the U.S. rescind the order for her arrest.Dec. 10: Chinese authorities arrest two Canadian men. Michael Kovrig, who was on leave from Global Affairs Canada, and entrepreneur Michael Spavor. Kovrig’s arrest becomes public on Dec. 11. Spavor’s becomes public on Dec. 12.Meanwhile, China’s vice premier, with responsibility for the domestic economy, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin talk about the ongoing tariff battle between the two countries.Dec. 11: In the morning, Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, tells reporters it is “absolutely false” to assume a political motive behind the Meng’s arrest.Later in the day, Meng is released on $10 million bail. In an affidavit submitted for a bail hearing, Meng, 46, details a lifetime of health issues, including thyroid cancer, sleep apnea and high blood pressure.The day ends with U.S. President Donald Trump telling Reuters in an interview that he would “certainly intervene” in Meng’s case “if I thought it was necessary” to help forge a trade deal with China.Dec. 12: China’s foreign ministry says it has no information about Kovrig, but says the organization he worked with — the International Crisis Group — was not registered in China, making its activities in the country illegal.The Liberals spend the day outlining how the extradition process will work, reiterating that it is an independent process. Trudeau reaffirms Canada’s commitment to the rule of law, “regardless of what goes on in other countries.” Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she takes her “extradition responsibilities and obligations very seriously” and that the final decision on extraditions lies with her. Freeland warns any comments made in the United States could be used by Meng’s lawyers before Canadian courts, which would have to judge their relevance in deciding whether to follow through on the American extradition request.Dec. 13: Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer accuses Trudeau of taking a “naive approach” to China, leaving Canada without “the leverage that we might otherwise have” to resolve the situation. He calls on Trudeau to reach out to the highest levels of the Chinese government.Earlier in the day, Trump’s trade adviser, Peter Navarro, says the arrests of the two Canadians were plainly a response to Meng’s arrest: “That’s the Chinese playbook and again the problem we always have with China is when we launch legitimate concerns over whatever it is, China comes back and does these kinds of actions.”China’s foreign ministry says Kovrig and Spavor have been detained on suspicion of “endangering national security.”Dec. 14: Canadian officials are granted consular access to Kovrig, and McCallum meets with him in Beijing. Meng’s case comes up during a meeting between Freeland and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with the two agreeing that no politics be injected into the extradition process. Pompeo publicly calls on China to release Kovrig and Spavor.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Trudeau says Canada will shortly be granted consular access to Spavor.Dec. 16: Canadian diplomats in China are granted consular access to Spavor.Dec. 19: Global Affairs Canada says a third Canadian has been detained in China. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government has no reason to believe the case is linked to the detention of Kovrig and Spavor. The next day, China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says the Canadian woman, Sarah McIver, received an administrative penalty for illegal employment.Dec. 20: Indictments unsealed in the United States allege two Chinese citizens targeted companies in Canada and around the world as part of a years-long hacking campaign to steal data.Dec. 21: Kovrig’s employer, the International Crisis Group, says he has not been given access to a lawyer while in custody. A source familiar with the conditions of Kovrig’s detention says he is questioned three times a day and kept in a room with the lights on continuously.Freeland formally demands both men be let go, calling in a statement “for their immediate release.” Similar statements come out from the United States, Britain and the European Union.Dec. 22: During a visit to Canadian peacekeepers in Mali, Trudeau says countries around the world are “extremely disturbed” by China’s detention of Spavor and Kovrig.Dec. 24: China’s foreign ministry calls out the U.S., Britain and EU, saying the trio should be condemning Canada for Meng’s arrest. Spokeswoman Hua Chunying says Canada should “correct its mistakes” and stop acting at the behest of the United States. She says Kovrig and Spavor’s rights are being respected in custody.Dec. 27: Chinese state media bring up the case of a Canadian man charged with drug smuggling. The Global Times, an English-language publication of the official People’s Daily, says Robert Lloyd Schellenberg appeal of his conviction will be heard on Dec. 29. Global Affairs says the case has been ongoing for several years.Dec. 28: Global Affairs confirms that McIver has returned to Canada after being released.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Acquittal of stepfather on sex assault charges based on stereotypes Appeal CourtAcquittal of stepfather on sex assault charges based on stereotypes Appeal Court


first_imgMONTREAL — The Quebec Court of Appeal has overturned a man’s acquittal on eight charges of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter, ruling that the trial judge was too quick to dismiss the testimony of the alleged victim.Asserting that “nobody saw anything” to assess the credibility of a young complainant is not in keeping with the law, the Appeal Court concluded in a unanimous decision released Thursday.“Certain comments of the judge suggest a stereotypical attitude concerning sexual assaults of children,” Justice Simon Ruel wrote for the three-judge appeal panel.Ruel said the trial judge, Denise Descoteaux of Quebec court, was wrong to imply the testimony of the alleged victim had to be corroborated to be credible. The assaults are alleged to have taken place over a period of six years when the girl was aged between six and 12. She was 15 when she testified at the trial in 2017.In her ruling, Descoteaux was skeptical of the stepfather’s claim that he was never alone with the child because he spent the entire day on his land cutting wood, year-round. The judge called his testimony “not transparent, not reliable, not sincere and not credible.”Yet she acquitted him, finding a reasonable doubt because of the limited reliability of the testimony of the girl, who had been unable to provide many details of the alleged assaults. The judge also questioned how the abuse could have gone on for so long without anyone noticing.The Appeal Court said the trial judge evaluated the complainant’s testimony as if she were an adult. It noted that it is understandable that a young child would not have the words to describe what she had suffered. And it said sexual abuse is a crime committed away from the view of others, often in the context of a relationship of trust or authority.It has ordered a new trial for the accused, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the alleged victim.Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Microsoft offers online protection to politicos amid preelection security fearsMicrosoft offers online protection to politicos amid preelection security fears


first_imgOTTAWA — As a federal election approaches, Microsoft is offering advanced online threat-detection tools to Canadian political candidates and parties to shore up their cyberdefences.Microsoft’s AccountGuard, designed to warn customers about cyberthreats — including attacks by nation-states — will be provided free to registered parties at the federal and provincial level, think-tanks and democracy advocacy organizations that already use the company’s Office 365, Outlook.com and Hotmail products.The company is also offering political officials, campaigns and related organizations practical guidance to help make their networks and email systems more secure — from proper log-in procedures to recognizing attempts to steal information.In providing the tools, the company is mindful that Russian intelligence agents stand accused of hacking Democratic party emails and computers during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.Jan Neutze, global director for cybersecurity policy at Microsoft, said one of the favoured techniques of cybercriminals and state-sponsored hackers remains the spear-phishing email — an innocent-looking message that can lure those who click on it into giving up their private credentials or other vital details.That can open the door to data theft or stolen emails that may be used for damaging leaks or extortion.Microsoft’s monitoring team will help detect malicious activity against accounts, try to determine the source of the attempted intrusion and inform customers of threats.Many organizations in politics have small staffs and modest budgets, Neutze noted. “Yet they’re facing nation-state adversaries. And so it’s a total mismatch in terms of their capabilities to defend themselves versus the threats that they’re facing.”Some, but not all, larger organizations such as political parties have started to take more protective measures, he said. “I think there’s a recognition that oftentimes organizations aren’t necessarily able to defend against these threats by themselves.”The Liberal government recently announced that an impartial group of senior bureaucrats would warn Canadians if malicious actors try to distort the outcome of the October election through serious cyberattacks or orchestrated disinformation campaigns via social media.The protocol is part of a series of measures aimed at preventing interference in the election.Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Veronique Hivon considered favourite for PQ leader says she wont runVeronique Hivon considered favourite for PQ leader says she wont run


first_imgQUEBEC — One of the most popular advocates for Quebec sovereignty and the woman considered the favourite to take over the embattled Parti Quebecois has announced she will not run for leader.Veronique Hivon told reporters today her family has never needed her more since she entered politics, and passing up a run for PQ leader was the only decision she could make given her family circumstances.Hivon was first elected for the PQ in 2008 and represents the riding of Joliette, about 70 kilometres northeast of Montreal.She earned respect from members of all parties for her work on Quebec’s assisted dying legislation, the first of its kind in Canada. She introduced the bill in 2013 while in government with the PQ and the Liberals took up much of her work when they came to power a year later. The legislation was adopted in 2014.Hivon ran for PQ leader in 2016 but withdrew for health reasons. The winner, Jean-Francois Lisee, recognized Hivon’s popularity and named her deputy leader ahead of the 2018 provincial election.Both Lisee and Hivon’s faces were featured on PQ campaign material and on the leader’s bus, but her star power wasn’t enough to save the struggling party from finishing third with just 10 seats.The PQ quickly fell to fourth after its youngest member, Catherine Fournier, quit to sit as an independent in March 2019. Fournier said the PQ had become irrelevant.Hivon remains a member of the legislature for Joliette. The PQ has not yet set a date for its leadership campaign. Hivon says it won’t take place before 2020.Hivon says the party and its members deserve someone who can offer the level of commitment necessary to rebuild the party. She told reporters the PQ can put itself back together “one brick at a time.” But given her family situation, she can’t be the one to lead that process.“It happens in life, that we go through personal and family challenges, and I think we don’t have the choice but to live them,” Hivon said.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Trent Tucker Hosts All 4 Kids Celebrity Golf And GalaTrent Tucker Hosts All 4 Kids Celebrity Golf And Gala


first_imgNBA legend Trent Tucker will once again host his All 4 Kids Celebrity Golf and Gala in September.The event raises funds and awareness every year to provide students of the Trent Tucker Youth Program academic, social and physical benefits that would never be otherwise possible.This year, the All 4 Kids Foundation has teamed up with the Max Cure Foundation for pediatric cancer to present the event on September 9 and 10 in New York. Joining Trent at the event will be Patrick Ewing, Steve Weatherford, Charles Oakley and many others.Over the last 13 years, the event has received the support of Michael Jordan, Kris Humphries and more.The Trent Tucker “All 4 Kids Foundation” is dedicated to empowering underprivileged youth by developing the skills they need to make positive choices in social and academic environments.To find out more, click here.last_img read more


Book Review Bear Grylls Survival Guide For LifeBook Review Bear Grylls Survival Guide For Life


first_imgBear Grylls is no stranger to overcoming adversity in the wild, but in his new book – “A Survival Guide For Life” – the TV adventurer shows us how his hard-won skills can be adapted for those of us who aren’t usually found parachuting into dangerous situations, eating bugs and sleeping on mountaintops.Bear Grylls – A Survival Guide For Life“A Survival Guide For Life” lets us into the mind of former SAS soldier, honorary Lieutenant Commander of the Royal Navy, author of 11 books and TV host Bear Grylls, whose Man Vs Wild series has reached 1.2 billion viewers in over 200 countries. The lessons he has learned have been hard-earned, his tales are inspiring. And in his new book, he shares some of his secrets to achieving goals and thriving in adversity.Bear Grylls’ expeditions have raised millions of dollars for children’s charities. He is Chief Scout to the Scouting Association, an Ambassador for Global Angels, Vice President for the JoLt Trust – which takes disabled and disadvantaged children on expeditions – and a supporter of Comic Relief, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Hope and Homes for Children and the ONE Campaign. Giving back is an important part of his life – a theme he explores and explains in his book.Faith is also high on the adventurer’s agenda in the book – he uses his favorite quotes from the Bible to draw strength from. The book also includes quotes from many of Bear’s heroes, including Winston Churchill, Edmund Hillary, Warren Buffett and even Harrison Ford!“A Survival Guide For Life” is an easy read, and shows us how to seize every moment and opportunity to live life more fully. It is a guide to how to make every day an adventure, how to motivate ourselves when the odds stack up, and how to weather the storms life seems to throw us every day.“It is there somewhere inside you: the heart of a survivor. Courage. Tenacity. Strength. So don’t shy away from hard times, they are your chance to shine.”The book is available at Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more


Stars To Line Up For Online Hollywood Poker Charity TournamentStars To Line Up For Online Hollywood Poker Charity Tournament


first_imgOn Saturday, December 22nd, more than 60 celebrities are expected to play to win for their selected charity.The HOLLYWOOD POKER ONLINE HOLIDAY CELEBRITY CHARITY TOURNAMENT is an Online-Only Event with an Exclusive Celebrity Prize Pool to the winning celebrity’s charity. Previous tournament winner actor James Woods brought home $10,000 for his charity but this time around they are upping the ante to $25,000.A brand new feature now available to fans and media is the “Celebrity Spectator Mode” which allows you to follow your favorite celebs and watch them play as well as get a sneak peek into their live chats with their celebrity opponents.Among those expected to take part are celebrity ambassadors Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects) and Dennis Quaid (Vegas) as well as Hollywood Poker Celebrity players Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Series), Billy Burke (The Twilight Series/Revolution), Dule Hill (Psych), Josh Malina (Scandal), Andy Milder (The Artist), Mekhi Phifer (ER), Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side), Adrian Paul and many more.PLAOR’s first game for Facebook, Hollywood Poker, is a fun celebrity interactive free to play game. Hollywood Poker allows fans the opportunity to rub virtual elbows with celebrities and win prizes including trips to star-studded events to meet and mingle with their favorite stars. Celebrities are able to connect directly with their fans, promote their current projects, and win money to support their charities of their choosing.You can check out Hollywood Poker via Facebook page at facebook.com/HollywoodPoker or at HollywoodPoker.com; Connect with Hollywood Poker via Twitter at @HollywoodPoker.WHEN: Saturday, December 22nd, 201210:00 am PST – 1:00 pm PSTWHERE: Note this is an online only event. Play from home on your computer. Click here to play!last_img read more


Bruce Willis Auctions Fifth Motorcycle For CharityBruce Willis Auctions Fifth Motorcycle For Charity


first_imgCalling all motorcycle enthusiasts – you can be the new owner of one of Bruce Willis’ motorcycles.The action film star donated five motorcycles from his garage for an online auction to benefit military, past and present, through the national 501c3 nonprofit, Boot Campaign. Now up for auction is a 1972 Harley Davidson Ironhead Sportster with a reverse shifter. Place your bid now through December 3, 2013 on Charitybuzz.This is the final bike being auctioned from Willis’ personal collection so don’t miss your opportunity to own this beautiful Harley. San Diego Harley Davidson recently restored the motorcycle. Renovations include: new carburetor, intake, and manifold, cleaned up wiring, new exhaust system, new battery, and new tires.Born on a military base in Germany, Bruce Willis has a long-standing commitment to supporting U.S. Forces. “I wanted to use my bikes in a way that would benefit our military service members, and I am thankful to have found the Boot Campaign as the catalyst for using my bikes in a way that will give back to our country’s true heroes,” said Bruce Willis. “These bikes have been a lot of fun to ride, and my hope is they can do a lot of good for our veterans.”The fifth and final bike of Bruce Willis’ five donated motorcycles will be auctioned online starting on November 5, 2013 at Charitybuzz.Motorcycles from Willis’ collection that were previously auctioned to benefit the Boot Campaign include: 1956 Cushman Eagle, 1988 Yamaha TW, 1991 Yamaha XT 350, 2005 Ducati 1000DS.The Boot Campaign is a national 501c3 nonprofit that is dedicated to showing tangible appreciation of our active military, raising awareness of the challenges they face upon return, and supporting their transition home. The Boot Campaign cultivates awareness, promotes patriotism, and provides assistance to military, past and present, and their families. Through the sale of its signature military combat boots, general public donations, and corporate sponsorship, the Boot Campaign operates five distinct initiatives – Jobs, Housing, Wellness, Urgent Assistance, and Family Support – that are caring for military personnel, past and present, healing from a variety of physical and emotional combat wounds, embodying the campaign motto that, “When They Come Back, We Give Back”.last_img read more


John Oliver And Bruce Springsteen To Stand Up For HeroesJohn Oliver And Bruce Springsteen To Stand Up For Heroes


first_imgStand Up for Heroes, New York’s most impactful night of comedy and music, returns to the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m.Presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) and New York Comedy Festival (NYCF), the star-studded occasion honors the sacrifice of returning service members, veterans and their families.The charitable event will feature performances by Louis C.K., John Mulaney, Bruce Springsteen, John Oliver, Brian Williams and other surprise guests. Now in its 8th year, Stand Up for Heroes has raised more than $21 million in funds to help post-9/11 injured service members and their families thrive long after they return to the home front.Tickets for Stand Up For Heroes are on sale through bobwoodrufffoundation.org or www.nycomedyfestival.com. Corporate sponsor packages and VIP benefit packages can be purchased by emailing jasmin.guerra@bobwoodrufffoundation.org.“Lee and I are so humbled by the generous contributions of the talent, sponsors, and variety of organizations in honor of our nation’s heroes and their families. Each year the show gets bigger and better, demonstrating the unwavering support of all those involved,” said Bob Woodruff, ABC News Journalist and co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “We, as well as the show’s talented performers, want to show our appreciation for and give back to the brave men and women who served our country and have come home injured. We are inspired and moved by the grand presence of all these groups on such an incredible night for us to commend and remember our heroes.”“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Bob Woodruff Foundation for the eighth consecutive year for Stand Up for Heroes,” says Caroline Hirsch, Bob Woodruff Foundation board member and founder of the New York Comedy Festival and Carolines on Broadway. “It’s a testament to the tireless work of everyone involved with Stand Up for Heroes and to the support of all of the great performers who have donated their time and considerable talents to this worthwhile event over the years,” Hirsch adds.last_img read more


Be Your Favorite Imagine Dragons Band Member And Help CharityBe Your Favorite Imagine Dragons Band Member And Help Charity


first_imgPlay STAGE RUSH: Imagine Dragons as your favorite Imagine Dragons band member and help families fight pediatric cancer.Stage Rush: Imagine DragonsCreated by mobile game publisher Zig Zag Zoom, this fun and fast-paced endless runner game launched today on iOS and Android. In STAGE RUSH: Imagine Dragons, you run as a member of the band to the beats of their hit songs, weaving your way through the streets of their hometown Las Vegas and the enchanting streets of Paris.For every $1.99 download purchase, $1 will be donated to Imagine Dragons’ foundation, the Tyler Robinson Foundation, during the first month of release. The Tyler Robinson Foundation was created by Imagine Dragons and Tyler Robinson’s family in 2015 to help families deal with the financial and emotional costs of childhood cancer. The more games downloaded, the more money will go to TRF. After the first month, 25% of the revenue from a game download will got to TRF.Here is what Imagine Dragons had to say: “The ability to incorporate meaningful charitable components in ordinary, everyday activities and purchases is something the younger generation appreciates like no other. We teamed up with Zig Zag Zoom to bring that giving spirit to mobile gaming, an area not really explored in the past. The game is a blast, but we’re even more excited about the money it will raise to rescue pediatric cancer families by way of our charity, the Tyler Robinson Foundation.”To download the game or find out more, click here.last_img read more


Stars Donate To Hurricane Harvey Relief EffortsStars Donate To Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts


first_imgStars have been showing their support for victims of Hurricane Harvey this week. Leonardo DiCaprio has pledged $1 million dollars through the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund. “We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of Leonardo DiCaprio and his foundation,” United Way Worldwide president and CEO Brian Gallagher said in a statement. “Responding to Hurricane Harvey requires the best of all of us — and that’s what this gift represents.” Solange has organised a series of shows to raise money for relief efforts. Sandra Bullock has pledged $1 million to relief efforts. Miley Cyrus is accepting donations through her Happy Hippy Foundation, and donated $500,000 herself. Kim Kardashian and family have donated $500,000 to the Red Cross. Rita Ora volunteered at a shelter for evacuees in Houston. Kevin Hart donated $50,000 and started a celebrity challenge that has so far raised over $1 million.last_img read more


Sammy Hagar To Be Honored By Adopt The ArtsSammy Hagar To Be Honored By Adopt The Arts


first_imgOn Wednesday, January 31, 2018, Adopt The Arts (adoptthearts.org), the Los Angeles-based charity that preserves and creates arts programs in U.S. public schools, will honor rock icon Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Chickenfoot) for his humanitarian work at their annual Rock Gala at the historic Avalon Ballroom in Hollywood.EMMY award winning actor Jane Lynch will host the epic night featuring once in a lifetime musical performances and a live auction with priceless experience packages that will help fund music programs in LAUSD elementary schools.Adopt The Arts Co-Founder, Grammy winner Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), will take the stage to salute Sammy Hagar with an all-star lineup of some of the biggest names in Rock N Roll including STEVE STEVENS, (Billy Idol), MICHAEL ANTHONY (Van Halen, The Circle), FRANKY PEREZ (Apocalyptica), DUFFY (The Cult), STEVE LUKATHER (Toto), KENNY ARONOFF (John Mellencamp), PHIL X (Bon Jovi), STEVE SALAS (Rod Stewart), and ROBERT DELEO and DEAN DELEO (Stone Temple Pilots).Tickets to the event are now on sale with prices ranging from $100-$500 each. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.ADOPT THE ARTS – a 501c3 non-profit funding arts programs in public elementary schools – was founded by musician Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and activist Abby Berman and works to preserve arts programs in U.S. public schools. To raise awareness, ADOPT THE ARTS honors individuals who’ve had a long-lasting impact on music culture and who inspire young musicians to follow in their footsteps. Actress JANE LYNCH was the first celebrity to lend her support to ADOPT THE ARTS and is on the Board of Directors; the advisory board also includes: Slash, John Stamos, Billy Bob Thornton and more.According to Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 50% of elementary school children in the district are not receiving arts education of any kind. As in many school districts around the country, LAUSD has been slowly eroding its commitment to arts education, reducing the budget incrementally. The LAUSD district also estimates that 80% of its student body is living at or below the poverty line, which means the vast majority of these elementary school children will not have access to the arts outside of school.“Adopt the Arts was born out of the frustration for my own children losing education in the arts,” explains ADOPT THE ARTS Co-Founder Abby Berman. “When the system is failing, we have to take action. With influential people like my Co-Founder Matt Sorum adopting schools, we can preserve this valuable component to childhood development, which is also known to boost test scores. Because Federal and State funding is falling short, the responsibility is upon us as concerned parents and citizens to ensure we’re raising a new generation of healthy and well-rounded individuals.”ADOPT THE ARTS Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder Matt Sorum adds, “We’re starting in our own backyard here in Los Angeles, and we’ll continue to adopt schools across the nation. We believe that art is a universal and necessary language that unites us all, regardless of our backgrounds.”last_img read more


Stana Katic Says Her Exit From Castle TV Show Hurt And ItStana Katic Says Her Exit From Castle TV Show Hurt And It


first_imgActress Stana Katic is still scratching her head over her 2016 departure from “Castle”.Katic, now 39, played the role of Kate Beckett on the show for six years before her character was abruptly written out of the story.“It hurt and it was a harsh ending,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “I met so many beautiful people on that project, and we collaborated on something really unique in that it’s not every day that you get a show, or a series, that has eight seasons and that it was a hit for the network.” Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img


THIS INFINITY MIRROR ROOM WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT THE AGO FOREVERTHIS INFINITY MIRROR ROOM WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT THE AGO FOREVER


first_imgIf you missed your chance to experience Japanese conceptual artist Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Rooms” at the AGO this spring, you’re about to have another chance to experience infinity.According to the AGO, the critically acclaimed artist’s Infinity Mirror Room — Let’s Survive Forever is coming to the gallery permanently.We did it! Thanks to the over 4,685 #InfinityAGO donors and the David Yuile & Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve acquired Yayoi Kusama’s stunning artwork INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER. Thank you for making infinity happen! pic.twitter.com/VzblvrTISl— ArtGalleryofOntario (@agotoronto) December 4, 2018 Advertisement Facebook Following the successful #InfinityAGO crowdfunding campaign, the gallery acquired Canada’s first Infinity Mirror Room artwork by internationally renowned artist Kusama.The crowdfunding campaign, which had a $1.3 million goal, received over 4,700 donations, in addition to a fund from David Yuile and Mary Elizabeth Hodgson.According to the AGO, the exhibit features mirrored orbs suspended from the ceiling and arranged on the ground.This room is bigger than many other Infinity Mirror Rooms and can fit up to four people inside at a time.The installation “ups the ante” by placing an Infinity Room within an Infinity Room by installing a mirrored rectangular column inside a mirror installation.“If you peer through the holes of the column, you can see a seemingly endless array of steel orbs extending in every direction,” reads a release from the gallery.The work, which is currently under construction, is set to arrive in Toronto in Spring 2019. Donors will be the first to see it once it’s installed.By Ainsley Smith | DailyHive Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more


AG Ferguson finds Nunavut Crown corps not following own rulesAG Ferguson finds Nunavut Crown corps not following own rules


first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Auditor General of Canada frequently looks over the books of the government of Nunavut as it has since the territory was created in 1999.Michael Ferguson’s recent report shows Nunavut’s Crown Corporations are ignoring their own rules and they’re doing it often.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has this story from Iqaluit.last_img


Brandon starlight tour claim false but man says police did call himBrandon starlight tour claim false but man says police did call him


first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsBrandon – Brandon police have asked an outside police force to look into allegations made on social media that their officers took an Aboriginal man on a “starlight tour” on the weekend despite the man saying he made the claim up.The RCMP is investigating according to a press release issued Monday by Brandon police. The RCMP told APTN National News they confirmed Sunday the claim was fake and forwarded that information to Brandon police.Jay Moosetail posted on his Facebook page Brandon police took him outside of town to force him to walk home, otherwise known as a starlight tour.Moosetail told APTN Brandon police never contacted him to confirm what the RCMP told them. The RCMP said they spoke to one of Moosetail’s friends and were confident his allegation was false.However, Moosetail alleges Brandon police officers called him a “dirty Indian” and other things he wouldn’t repeat.“I am really sorry I made that up. It never happened. I was just mad because of the way they treated me,” he said Sunday and repeated Monday. “They made me feel worthless.”He said he was at a house party. When he went outside to wait for a cab, there were three or four cruisers outside and police asked him what he was doing. He said he was just going home.He alleges they searched him and pushed him against a police car twice.“They were trying to provoke me but I just kept my mouth shut,” he said. “They said ‘we should drop you off and make you walk home.’”He said he’s heard of starlight tours happening to other people but it’s never happened to him.He said he’s received multiple messages on Facebook from people claiming it happened to them.When police were leaving Moosetail said one officer said “idle no more mother****er.”Brandon police said they take these allegations seriously.kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddresslast_img read more


British Columbia reacts to Anaya reportBritish Columbia reacts to Anaya report


first_imgAPTN National NewsUN rapporteur James Anaya issued a report Monday urging the federal government to improve relations with Indigenous peoples across Canada.Anaya said that that relationship has deteriorated in the past few decades.Now reaction is pouring in from across the country.In British Columbia, chiefs are imploring Prime Minister Stephen Harper to listen.APTN’s Trina House reports.last_img


Symposium revisits Royal Commissions Marshall recommendationsSymposium revisits Royal Commissions Marshall recommendations


first_imgAPTN National NewsDonald Marshall spent 11 years in jail for a murder he didn’t commit.The Royal Commission that followed came up with a long list of recommendations.Many of them were aimed at ridding Canada’s justice system of racism. Now, 25 years later, leaders are gathering in Nova Scotia to see what worked and what still needs to be done.APTN’s Trina Roache has this story.last_img