Southern BC bracing for round 2 of flooding as snowpacks melt

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first_imgGRAND FORKS, B.C. – Flood weary residents in southern British Columbia are being told to brace for round two as rising temperatures accelerate the melting of high elevation snowpacks.The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary says about 3,000 residents remain under an evacuation order due to the threat of a second flood, with rivers expected to rise by mid-week to levels close to those experienced on Thursday.The district is urging property owners in hard hit Grand Forks to keep sand bags in place and be prepared to leave again at a moment’s notice.Members of the public are also reminded not to enter evacuation order zones, even with boats, because of serious safety concerns.The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen said on Sunday that the Similkameen River was projected to reach historic levels by Friday, potentially pushing several feet of additional water back into Osoyoos Lake.Some dikes failed when overtopped by floodwaters last week and crews are repairing them in priority sequences, as well as pumping water from low-lying neighbourhoods close to the dike breaches, the regional district said.About 100 properties have been evacuated in the area and another 600 are under evacuation alert. All rural electoral areas and several municipalities are under states of emergency.Crews have been using digital assets, GIS technology and aerial surveys to map damaged areas and compile data about flood impacts.Premier John Horgan has said this may be a “one-in-one-hundred-years” flooding season and the provincial government will review its options for further supporting impacted communities Monday morning.last_img read more

Aurora Cannabis to buy rival MedReleaf in 32B recordbreaking deal

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first_imgTORONTO – Aurora Cannabis Inc.’s $3.2 billion all-stock offer to take over rival licensed marijuana producer MedReleaf will create what the target company’s CEO described as the “undisputed world leader in cannabis” and the largest-ever deal in Canada’s burgeoning cannabis industry.If approved, the deal announced Monday will create a cannabis behemoth capable of producing more than 570,000 kilograms of marijuana per year, a significant portion of projected demand as the country moves to legalize recreational pot in the coming months.The companies’ combined production capacity totals more than two-thirds of the roughly 800,000 kilogram annual domestic cannabis demand in 2019, as estimated by CIBC analysts in a report earlier this month.However, the acquisition of MedReleaf is about more than just the Canadian market —it is a global play to scale up and capitalize on the larger international medical marijuana opportunity, said Aurora’s chief executive Terry Booth.“This deal checks every box,” he said at a press conference in Toronto. “We’re leaders in every box now, and we’re not looking back and we’re not going to stop here.”Neil Closner, the chief executive of Markham, Ont.-based MedReleaf, said the takeover gives its shareholders an immediate premium and an opportunity for upside.The offer implies a price of $29.44 per MedReleaf common share, 18 per cent above its Friday closing price of $24.90.“This combination makes the two of us now the undisputed world leader of cannabis,” he said at the joint press conference.Edmonton-based Aurora and MedReleaf had confirmed on May 3 they were in discussions after media reports speculating that a deal was in the works, but said they had no agreement at the time.After the announcement Monday, shares of MedReleaf were up as much as seven per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange in morning trading but, by mid-afternoon, were up roughly one per cent at $25.18. Shares of Aurora rose by nearly three per cent on Monday morning, but by mid-afternoon its stock was down by roughly two per cent to $7.89 in Toronto.Vahan Ajamian, an analyst with Beacon Securities, said this was the biggest deal in the Canadian cannabis sector yet and could push other rivals to beef up their presence.“MedReleaf’s shareholders will be getting a healthy premium,” he said in a note. “We believe this development will spark (merger and acquisition) enthusiasm across the sector.”The deal is the latest sign of consolidation in Canada’s cannabis sector.Aurora has been particularly active.It recently completed its $1.1-billion acquisition of Saskatoon-based licensed producer CanniMed, previously the biggest deal in the sector. Aurora and CanniMed struck a stock-and-cash deal in January after an at-times terse takeover battle.Aurora’s rivals have been acquisition hungry too. In February, licensed producer Aphria Inc. completed its acquisition of B.C.-based Broken Coast Cannabis Inc., a transaction valued at more than $200-million in stock and cash.GMP Securities analyst Martin Landry said Aurora’s pace of acquisitions is “extremely fast” and could have negative consequences.“The integration of another major acquisition in such a short time frame could be challenging, putting a strain on management and a distraction on the daily operations,” he said in a note to clients.Booth said Monday the nascent cannabis industry is scaling up at a rapid pace and Aurora needed to act fast.“If we don’t do this now, we’d be doing this later at a higher price,” he said at the press conference.If the friendly deal is completed, current shareholders of Aurora would own 61 per cent of the combined company and MedReleaf shareholders would own about 39 per cent.The combined company would have a market capitalization of roughly $7.44 billion, surpassing that of Canopy Growth Corp., which has long been the largest Canadian licensed producer by market value.Meanwhile, Canopy announced separately on Monday that it has a non-binding agreement to buy the remaining 33 per cent stake of BC Tweed Joint Venture Inc. in return for up to $374 million worth of its shares. Canopy also announced it has applied to list its common shares on the New York Stock Exchange.Booth told reporters on Monday that Aurora too would consider listing in New York, in order to access the larger U.S. investor base, and that there were still more opportunities for acquisitions ahead.The combined entity will have nine production facilities in Canada and two in Denmark as well as distribution agreements with Alcanna liquor stores in Alberta, SAQ provincial liquor stores in Quebec, Pharmasave and Shoppers Drug Mart.The boards of both companies have approved the transaction but the deal requires approval by at least two-thirds of MedReleaf shareholders and a simple majority of Aurora shareholders.Aurora is aiming for completion of the deal by August.The agreement includes a break fee of $80 million if the transaction is terminated under certain circumstances. As well, the deal’s provisions allow for MedReleaf or Aurora to accept a superior proposal in certain circumstances, and both will have five business days to match it.Landry said the likelihood of a superior bid emerging is low, given the deal’s size and the strong support of MedReleaf’s shareholders.“We do not believe that Canopy Growth Corporation will make an offer for MedReleaf as Canopy appears to have enough domestic capacity to capture a leading share of the recreational market.”Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB, TSX:LEAF, TSX:WEED)last_img read more

Gymnastics coach arrested in Edmonton for alleged sex crimes in Montreal

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first_imgMONTREAL – An Alberta-based gymnastics coach is facing sexual assault charges in Montreal dating back to the 1980s and early ’90s, Quebec provincial police said Wednesday.Michel Arsenault was arrested in Edmonton by Quebec detectives and local authorities.A Quebec provincial police spokeswoman said an arrest warrant for Arsenault identifies six alleged female victims and that Arsenault faces seven charges, including four of assault and three of sexual assault.Sgt. Audrey-Anne Bilodeau said the women were all between 10 and 20 at the time of the alleged crimes.Arsenault, 56, is expected to appear in a Montreal courtroom May 24.Police say he is free on a promise to appear in court but must respect certain conditions.Bilodeau said all the alleged crimes detailed in the arrest warrant occurred in Montreal, and investigators have not ruled out other potential alleged victims elsewhere in the province.Last January, Quebec provincial police informed the public of the ongoing investigation without naming a suspect.Wednesday’s arrest comes after a report last December by the CBC’s French-language network, which brought some of the allegations to light from at least three women.Following the Radio-Canada broadcast, Gymnastics Canada announced it had suspended Arsenault, citing the serious allegations.Around the same time, Champions Gymnastics, the Edmonton gym founded by Arsenault in 2002, barred him from the facility and said he would no longer be associated with it.Arsenault has been living in Alberta since 1994.last_img read more

Ontario NDP leader pledges end to longweekend gas pump gouging details vague

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first_imgOTTAWA – The leader of Ontario’s New Democrats pledged in vague terms on Sunday to tackle long-weekend spikes in gasoline prices, alleging that opportunistic gas companies are gouging hard-pressed motorists at the pumps.Campaigning in Ottawa ahead of the June 7 provincial election, Andrea Horwath took aim at a trend she said was the result of corporate greed.“We think that it is an abuse to simply gouge people at the pumps because there’s a long weekend coming,” Horwath said. “We’re going to prevent that spike from happening.”Gas prices routinely jump ahead of long weekends, which the industry attributes to market dynamics — increased demand and distance to distributors.While Horwath said she wasn’t looking to repeal the laws of supply and demand, she said people who have no choice but to drive shouldn’t be penalized. The idea, she said, would be to fix prices a week ahead of long weekends.“We won’t allow the industry — on a whim and for the purposes of sucking more profits at an opportune time — to do so at the expense of everyday people who have no other choice but to get into a car and fill up the tank,” Horwath said.Gas prices have also been on the minds of the other two party leaders. Last Wednesday, the Progressive Conservatives’ Doug Ford stood outside a gas station in Oakville, Ont., to promise a reduction in gas prices by 10 cents per litre if he becomes premier.Ontario drivers now pay 14.7 cents per litre in provincial tax and 14.3 cents on diesel. Ford said the Tories would reduce both to nine cents. He also promised to scrap the province’s cap-and-trade system, which has added 4.3 cents a litre to gasoline.Drivers “are frustrated at being gouged at the gas pumps,” Ford said. “This will stimulate the economy when we put money back into their pocket.”Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne, meantime, said it’s normal for prices to move up and down, and said Ford’s promise to bring prices down was dubious. Global forces, Wynne said, tend to be the largest factor in gas prices.“I know he’s saying that he’ll take 10 cents out — we know that most people won’t feel that,” Wynne said. “The reality is that the prices fluctuate — vastly, wildly.”Horwath was vague on the details of her scheme, but said she would not look to cap gas prices. She said she recognized that gas prices are set in New York, but other jurisdictions have systems for stabilizing the cost of filling up and an NDP government would look at best practices before moving on the pledge.The party said the Ontario Energy Board, which currently regulates the price of natural gas and electricity to homes, could take on the task of regulating pump prices.In a statement responding to the NDP pledge, the Liberals cited results of a study commissioned by the Ontario Energy Board suggesting regulation in places such as Newfoundland had in fact led to higher gas prices.“Regulation can affect fuel prices by altering the competitive dynamics of a market and its prices in ways that may not necessarily benefit consumers,” the report said.“In some provinces, regulations have resulted in prices that were higher — though less volatile — than would likely be experienced in an unregulated setting.”In response, Horwath said transparency and predictability would result from her proposals — both important to consumers.Horwath also said people in a given region should pay similar prices. The idea of going on a drive and running into different prices is frustrating and unnecessary, she said.“You get to the next destination and, all of a sudden, the gas is say five cents cheaper and you feel like you’ve been ripped off because you’ve just paid five cents more 40 kilometres down the highway,” Horwath said.“That’s got to stop.”last_img read more

Police search for owner of Stanley Cup ring after car thefts in

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first_imgNANAIMO, B.C. – A valuable piece of sports memorabilia has been recovered by RCMP in Nanaimo, B.C., after a group of men accused of breaking into vehicles was arrested.Const. Gary O’Brien says a Stanley Cup ring from the 1930s engraved with the name of one of the original teams playing in the National Hockey League was among the items found by police.The RCMP is withholding the team name.O’Brien says the lawful owner of the ring should be able to identify the team when contacting police to retrieve it.Seven different teams won the Stanley Cup between 1930 and 1939, including repeat victories for the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings.The ring was among a range of items seized by police including perfume and cellphones on Friday as they arrested three men.last_img

Ottawa very relieved after 2 Canadian women abducted in Ghana rescued

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first_imgOTTAWA — Global Affairs Canada says the federal government is “very relieved” that two Canadian women who were abducted in Ghana earlier this month have been rescued.A spokesman for the department says consular officials are providing assistance to the two women and their families after what he called their “harrowing experiences.”Guillaume Berube says no further details will be released.Ghana’s information ministry says national security operatives completed the rescue mission in the country’s south-central Ashanti region early Wednesday.The ministry has sought to assure travellers that the West African nation remains safe despite a recent uptick in kidnappings for ransom. The country has been considered one of the safest in the region for foreign travellers.The country’s national police force said last Thursday that the two Canadian women, aged 19 and 20, were volunteers with a non-governmental organization. The Associated Presslast_img read more

Canada imposes sanctions on some Nicaraguan govt members for human rights abuses

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first_imgOTTAWA — Canada says it is imposing sanctions against key members of the Nicaraguan government for what it calls gross and systematic human rights violations.Global Affairs Canada says the sanctions are in response to a systematic campaign of repression and state-sponsored violence against public protests and the activities of opposition groups.The measures include asset freezes and dealings prohibitions with nine members of the Nicaraguan government, including Gustavo Eduardo Porras Cortes, president of the Nicaraguan National Assembly.Global Affairs says the human rights violations include violating the right to life, security, free speech and free assembly.It says there have also been well-documented reports of extrajudicial killings, torture and abuse of protesters.Global Affairs says it is taking the action in co-ordination with the United States.“The Government of Nicaragua must be held accountable for its action and must bring an end to the current crisis through real dialogue with opposition groups,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday in a release.“Canada will continue to stand with the people of Nicaragua and their legitimate demands for democracy and accountability.”In Washington, the U.S. government said it was taking action against Nicaraguan government officials who persecute Nicaraguan citizens exercising their fundamental freedoms.“The Government of Nicaragua continues to violate the human rights of the Nicaraguan people, implementing exploitive and violent laws and holding hundreds of people as political prisoners,” said Sigal Mandelker, Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. “The United States is sending an unequivocal message to President Ortega and his inner circle: we stand with the Nicaraguan people on their calls for reform and a return to democracy.” The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Quebec delays sprinkler requirement for private seniors homes to 2022

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first_imgQUEBEC — Owners of privately owned Quebec retirement homes will have an extra two years to retrofit their residences with sprinkler systems.The Quebec government also announced today they’ll provide quicker and better financial help to owners to get the work completed.Seniors’ Minister Marguerite Blais says a program put in place in 2015 has failed and measures needed to be taken to accelerate the pace, as only half of residences have been retrofitted with sprinklers so far.The province moved to oblige all private seniors’ homes to install sprinklers in the wake of a major fire in January 2014 that claimed the lives of 32 seniors in L’Isle-Verte, Que.Owners of the residences will now have until December 2022 — instead of December 2020 — to install sprinkler systems which can cost as much as $300,000.There are 1,791 such private residences in Quebec, and just 799 are equipped with sprinklers.Blais says there were a number of irritants in the previous Liberal government’s program — particularly in terms of financial assistance — which led some owners to shut down rather that make the costly change.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

As busiest holiday season begins Quebec provincial park employees could strike

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first_imgMONTREAL — As Quebec’s busiest summer holiday season kicks off, vacationers may have their holiday plans affected by the threat of a general strike looming among provincial park workers.Some 300 workers are already off the job at Quebec’s provincial parks network, known as SEPAQ, and the union says 2,500 members could be joining them Saturday.The threat comes as thousands of the province’s construction workers embarked on their annual two weeks of summer holiday, ending on Aug. 3.Negotiations were ongoing Friday to come to an agreement and avoid a potential wrench in people’s vacation plans.Offers and counter-offers filed this week by the employer and the union were rejected, and a conciliator was appointed, but there has been no breakthrough yet.Union members want a single salary structure for all employees and annual cost-of-living increases.In the event of a strike, management has said it plans to keep parks open to the public with reduced services, and officials have asked vacationers to check on the status of services before arriving.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Evacuation ends and rail line reopens after Alberta train derailment

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first_imgIRVINE, Alta. — Residents of a southern Alberta hamlet are back in their homes after an evacuation that followed a train derailment and chemical spill.Cypress County posted on its website Saturday that the spill, which Canadian Pacific Railway says happened Friday afternoon and involved styrene, has been contained and the evacuation was lifted late Friday night.A state of local emergency remains in effect remains in Cypress County, but the county says it’s due to a grass fire that’s been burning since last weekend, and not because of the derailment.An emailed update from the railway says the leaks on the two styrene cars were contained to their top valves, and that about eight litres of the substance leaked.The railway says the line reopened Saturday morning at 11 a.m. MT after track repairs and safety inspections were completed.An investigation into the cause is ongoing, and CP thanked firefighters, government and Red Cross officials for their support in responding to the derailment.“We also thank local residents for their patience and understanding and apologize for the inconvenience this incident has caused,” the railway said in its update.Styrene is a synthetic chemical used in the manufacture of rubber, plastic and fibreglass, and is flammable.A provincial government spokeswoman said Saturday that Alberta Environment and Parks is monitoring the company’s response.“The environmental impacts related to this incident are being observed and measured by our department,” Jess Sinclair said in an email.There was no report of any injuries.Part of the Trans-Canada Highway east of Medicine Hat, Alta., was ordered closed but was reopened in both directions Friday night. Witness Trehia Stevenson said the derailment included about a dozen rail cars, which she said did not appear to be tanker cars. She said it was right on the western edge of Irvine, less than a kilometre from homes.Stevenson said she could only see one car on fire, but there was a grass fire as well.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Roger Taillibert designer of Montreals Olympic Stadium dead at 93

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first_imgMONTREAL — Roger Taillibert, the architect who designed Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, has died at the age of 93.The renowned French architect also created the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris and the Khalifa Stadium in Qatar.Taillibert’s success in France in the 1960s and early 1970s attracted the attention of then-Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau, who asked him to design a stadium to house the 1976 Olympics and later the Montreal Expos baseball team.Taillibert’s vision for the Olympic Stadium included a massive concrete dome with a retractable roof, held up by cables suspended from the world’s largest inclined tower, at 165 metres high.He remained proud of the design and continued to defend his creation over the years, despite criticism over its malfunctioning roof and an original price tag that ballooned to several times its original estimate.Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante writes on Twitter today that Taillibert has left the city a great legacy, noting that his stadium is known around the world.This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 3, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Kevin Bacon CoChairs Woodcraft Rangers 90th Anniversary Dinner

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first_imgWoodcraft Rangers, the leader in after-school programs for Los Angeles at-risk youth, proudly celebrates their 90th Anniversary with a dinner, silent auction and entertainment on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes in downtown Los Angeles. Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon serve as Honorary Co-Chairs.Actor, producer and director Dennis Haysbert will be an award presenter. One of the awards will be presented to Academy Award nominee for Best Actress for her role in the 2009 movie Precious, Gabourey Sidibe, for being an inspiration to today’s teens. Musical guests included a special performance by Scott Shriner from the hit band Weezer.“I’m really proud to be honored by Woodcraft Rangers,” said Sidibe. “Being able to inspire teens is really important to me. I’m excited to be a part of this great evening. Kids are my jam!”“Woodcraft Rangers gives youth the amazing chance to express themselves through music — this is a priceless gift,” said Shriner. “I’m thrilled to be performing with one of the talented kids who has benefitted from this great program. The 90th Anniversary celebration is a great way for people to get involved and have a blast.”“Woodcraft Rangers is literally shaping the lives of over 6,000 students every day,” said Sedgwick. “This organization provides an outlet for otherwise at-risk youth to follow their passions, everything from technology to music and from dance to the arts.”“We are very excited about our fundraising event this year,” said Woodcraft Rangers CEO Chris Johnson. “We have so much enthusiasm, passion and commitment this year from a lot of people who believe in our mission. All the funds raised at the dinner and auction will go to our Nvision program, which is one the most successful after-school programs in Los Angeles.”Since 1922, Woodcraft Rangers has provided innovative after-school programs to underserved youth in the greater Los Angeles area. These programs operate on 60 public school campuses and reach over 15,000 students annually by helping children, across all grade levels, mature into healthy, productive adults through positive experiences and age-appropriate challenges. Woodcraft Rangers serves at-risk youth in neighborhoods where access to positive, structured activities is limited and kids are left with little or no adult supervision during non-school hours. Woodcraft Rangers offers a positive alternative to the boredom and negative peer pressures that can lead to juvenile delinquency.The organization promotes self-discovery and supports academic achievement by involving youth in experiences that engage the imagination, stimulate thinking, uncover talents and reveal potential. WR’s signature after-school program is Nvision. Nvision consists of school-based afterschool club for youth designed to promote academic, social, and physical development with activities that include cooking, etiquette, jewelry making, drawing and painting, and computer skills.Within Nvision program is the youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education component that was singled out by Senator Barbara Boxer, the Afterschool Caucus Chair, in a speech on the Senate Floor recently stating, “Woodcraft Rangers exposes middle school students to cutting-edge STEM activities, including robotics. This highly engaging program allows students to configure high-tech robotics, enhancing their STEM skills, unlocking their imaginations, and exposing them to real-world problem- solving situations.”Recognition events, to which parents, faculty, and other youth are invited to celebrate participants’ accomplishments, are held at regularly. These events may include an exhibit, team competition, performance, or awards ceremony. WR also provides field trips to educational, cultural, and recreational venues. For more information on Woodcraft Rangers, click here.The event starts at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes at 501 N. Main Street, Downtown Los Angeles. For more details about the event and to purchase tickets, click here.last_img read more

Play Ping Pong With The Jonas Brothers For Charity

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first_imgYou and a guest can enjoy the ultimate Jonas Brothers experience on August 16 in Los Angeles with this fantastic celebrity charity auction.

Spend time with each of the boys when you take a tour of the stage with Nick, play a game of ping pong with Joe and sit down for coffee or tea with Kevin!

This package also includes: • Two tickets to the show • Access to the soundcheck party • Meet and greet passesDon’t miss your chance to hang with the Jonas Brothers as they close out their 2013 summer tour! Proceeds from the auction will benefit Change For The Children, the charity set up by the Jonas Brothers to support programs that motivate and inspire children to face adversity with confidence, determination and a will to succeed.To access the auction, which ends August 14, click here.last_img read more

Clive Anderson To Host Save The Rhino Heroes Dinner

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first_imgJoin British TV presenter Clive Anderson at this year’s Save the Rhino Heroes Dinner in London next week.The event will take place at ZSL London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London.The Save the Rhino Heroes Dinner will take place on Wednesday 6th November 2013. On arrival at ZSL there will be a drinks reception, followed by a three-course dinner and silent auction. In between courses there will be a range of speakers to keep you entertained throughout the evening. Each speaker will be taking on this year’s theme of Heroes.Speakers will include injured serviceman and adventurer Jaco van Gass, actor and author Natascha McElhone, conservationist Fuzz Dyer, journalist and former cricketer Ed Smith and author William Fiennes.Save the Rhino International works to conserve viable populations of critically endangered rhinos in Africa and Asia.To find out more about the event, click hereUpdate: Tickets have sold out, but it’s possible to bid for auction items in advance of the event.last_img read more

Tom Arnold To Be Honored With Humanitarian Award

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first_imgPeggy Albrecht Friendly House Los Angeles, will honor Tom Arnold with the “Humanitarian Award;” Oscar De La Hoya with the “Man of the Year” award; and Kelly Meyer with the “Woman of the Year” award at their 25th annual Awards Luncheon, Saturday, October 25 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.Sydney Holland and Sumner Redstone serve as Honorary Co-Chairs; Peggy Albrecht and Michael Hollingsworth, Co-Chair. Celebrity fashion stylist and television personality Brad Goreski will emcee.The “Humanitarian of the Year” award is being presented to writer, producer and actor Tom Arnold. Although he’s known as a funny man, he’s successfully broken out of the comedic stereotype by landing more mature and dramatic roles featured at film festivals. Going back to his roots, Arnold has established a writing scholarship and runs an acting workshop for students at the Indian Hills Community College in Iowa in addition to supporting a number of other charities.Peggy Albrecht Friendly House’s “Man of the Year” honoree is Oscar De La Hoya, Olympic gold medalist and 10–time world boxing champion. Since retiring from the ring in 2009, De La Hoya has focused his attention on building his company, Golden Boy Promotions, into the most successful boxing promotion company in the world.Kelly Chapman Meyer, environmental activist and health advocate, will be honored with the “Woman of the Year” award. Meyer is a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and co-founder of the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens.Find out more here.last_img read more

Clive Davis Honored At Lively Order Of The Golden Sphinx Gala

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first_imgThe Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 held their annual Order of the Golden Sphinx Gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City earlier this week.Legendary Music Producer and SONY Entertainment Music Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis was the 2015 recipient of the Order of the Golden Sphinx award, the highest honor bestowed by the Institute, which recognizes individuals in the entertainment industry for their extraordinary contributions to the performing arts.The evening included a number of lively and memorable performances, including the now traditional opening number “Your Lucky Night” written and composed by Larry O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, and performed by CBS’s Mo Rocca with current and past cast members of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals and Harvard Krokodiloes. Larry, Nell and Mo are all alumni of the Hasty Pudding. The Harvard Krokodiloes showcased the impressive vocals and quirky choreography that has made them famous the world over with renditions of “I’ve Got the World on a String” and “Sing, Sing, Sing” arranged by the students themselves. The evening concluded on a high note with a special tribute song arranged by Larry O’Keefe and Dan Ring, “Clive Davis’ State Of Mind”, a mash up of Barry Manilow’s “Mandy” with Jay Z’s and Alicia Keys’s “Empire State of Mind” with new original lyrics hailing a “Music genius that dreams are made of ’, performed by the Theatricals and Krokodiloes and led by Pudding alum Matt DaSilva.Upon being presented with the Order of the Golden Sphinx award by Andrew Farkas, Chairman & Grand Sphinx of the Hasty Pudding Institute, Clive Davis gave a gracious and heartfelt thank-you speech and treated the audience with a wonderful surprise performance of “A Song For You” by his new artist Avery Wilson, 19, who brought the house down.In addition to being a celebration of talent, the Order of the Golden Sphinx gala is also the opportunity for the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 to present its philanthropic work and thank its supporters. This year the Pudding doubled its Philanthropic giving, expanding its grants to BAM’s Arts + Justice program, the Arthur Miller Foundation and Institute of Play, The West End House Boys & Girls Club, and renewing its Fellowships with The Black List and the American Repertory Theatre. The Institute also announced new grants and partnerships with Ghetto Film School (the first Film High-school in the land) and the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare OFF the Common program.In typical Pudding fashion, guests were served the traditional “Hasty Pudding” for dessert and the event concluded in a brisk 95 minutes. Attendees to the event included Clive Davis’s family, Adrienne Arsht, Tita Cahn, TruTV’s Rikki Klieman, Courtney B. Vance, Victor Garber, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Jennifer Mieres, Stanley Buchthal, Jeff Blau and Bruce Biel from RELATED (one of the evening’s main sponsors with Beacon Capital Partners, Equinox and Soul Cycle), Denise Rich, Ann and Andrew Tisch, and Arnold Stiefel, to name just a few.
The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770’s philanthropic mission is to provide educational and developmental support in all aspects of the performing arts for the underprivileged, to encourage satire and comedy, and to cultivate young talent around the world. The Institute is comprised of The Hasty Pudding Club (the oldest social club in the United States), The Hasty Pudding Theatricals (the third oldest theater group in the world, after the Comedie Francaise and the Oberammergau Passion Players) and the Harvard Krokodiloes (the foremost collegiate a cappella group in the United States). Over the last two centuries, it has grown into a premiere performing arts organization, a patron of the arts and comedy, and an advocate for satire and discourse as tools for change worldwide.For more information about the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770, click here.last_img read more

Robin Roberts Patricia Arquette To Speak At Texas Conference for Women

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first_imgThe 2015 Texas Conference for Women announced today that “Good Morning America” co-host and author Robin Roberts will appear as a keynote speaker at the 16th annual Conference on October 15, 2015 at the Austin Convention Center.Roberts joins Academy Award winning actress Patricia Arquette and Candy Chang, urban space artist and designer and TED Senior Fellow, and founder of the “Before I Die…” project, who will also deliver keynotes at the Conference.Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007. Five years later she was diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow once known as pre-leukemia. Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant in September of that year. She was honored with a George Foster Peabody Award, Gracie Award and CINE Award for “Robin’s Journey,” reports on her MDS that inspired hundreds of potential bone marrow donors to register. Additionally, Roberts was recognized with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY’s in July 2013.Roberts’ first book, From the Heart: 7 Rules to Live By, was published in 2007. In her latest memoir Everybody’s Got Something, Roberts tells the amazing story of her courageous battle against a life-threatening illness, the life lessons she continues to learn, and her inspiring return to the GMA anchor desk.Roberts, Arquette and Chang are among 100+ speakers appearing at the Conference, including Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family and president of New America Foundation; Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva and Profounder; Mary Spio, CEO of Next Galaxy Media and author of It’s Not Rocket Science: 7 Game-Changing Traits for Uncommon Success; Aliza Licht, DKNY PR GIRL and author of Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job, Kill It in Your Career, Rock Social Media; Elizabeth Thornton, author of The Objective Leader: How to Leverage the Power of Seeing Things As They Are; Azita Ardakani, founder and CEO of LoveSocial; Gloria Feldt, New York Times best-selling author and co-founder of Take The Lead; Major MJ Hegar, Foreign Policy 100 Leading Global Thinker; Gloria Mayfield Banks, world-renowned leadership coach and many more.The 16th annual Conference hosts thousands of women from across the state for a full day of networking, inspiration, professional development and personal growth. The one-day Conference features keynote addresses, and breakout sessions led by more than one hundred experts in the fields of business, philanthropy, health, finance, media and professional development. The nonprofit, nonpartisan event draws women of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in building communication skills, leadership strategies and work-life balance tools.The Texas Conference for Women is generously underwritten by sponsors
including: Cisco; United Airlines; United Healthcare; Mercer;­­ Phillips 66; Shell; Cancer Treatment Centers of America; State Street; Austin Woman; Clear Channel Outdoor; Statesman Media; and The Texas Tribune.Registration is open for the Conference. To register or learn more about the 16th annual Texas Conference for Women, visit www.TXConferenceforWomen.org.last_img read more

5 Days 99 Events 72 Films 3 Celebrity Chef Dinners 1 Epic

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first_imgWOLFVILLE, NS, Aug. 22, 2017  – The world’s largest culinary film festival, Devour! The Food Film Fest (Devour!) today announced initial programming details for the seventh annual instalment. Celebrated chefs Jacques Pépin, Michael Smith, Bob Blumer and Mark Greenaway are joining previously announced festival Guest Curator, Canadian film icon Gordon Pinsent as 2017 participants.Devour! is the world’s largest film festival devoted to all things culinary. Each year, the festival showcases engaging cinema paired with extraordinary food and wine culture over five days in Wolfville, Nova Scotia from October 25 – 29, 2017. The seventh edition of Devour! is themed “A Celebration of Canadian Cinema and Cuisine” and will bring acclaimed filmmakers and chefs from across Canada and internationally. The festival features 99 events including 72 films in 34 screenings, 23 industry workshops, three celebrity chef dinners, 22 tasting tours, and 20 special events including dinners and parties.“In the span of just eight years, Devour! has grown to become a pre-eminent Canadian film festival and one of the most delicious events in this great country,” says Michael Howell, Executive Director, Devour! “We cannot thank our many partners and supporters enough, as they have shared our vision of becoming one of Canada’s must-visit festivals. We are grateful for the ongoing support of The Province of Nova Scotia and their invaluable commitment to helping the festival grow.” Advertisement The first round of tickets to the highly anticipated seventh edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest goes on sale Tuesday, August 29 at 10am AT. Tickets range in price from $10 to $999 for the exclusive Devour! The Festival Pass (limited quantities available). This all-access pass gives priority entry to the opening gala and all films, workshops, tasting tours, celebrity chef dinners, parties and special events. Devour! offers a round-trip shuttle from Halifax to Wolfville for $20.For additional information, visit https://devourfest.com/ Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

After Weinstein Scandal a Plan to Protect Models

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first_imgThe Harvey Weinstein news has spurred an outcry on sexual harassment from women far from Hollywood. Now some of that outrage is taking a new shape, beyond the repeated revelations, and has begun to influence the legal system.On Monday, New York State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, a Democrat from Queens, announced she would introduce an amendment to the state’s current anti-discrimination laws. If passed, it would extend certain protection to models, putting designers, photographers and retailers (among others) on notice that they would be liable for abuses experienced on their watch.Models in New York State would require specific provisions because of their convoluted employment chain. Many are classified as independent contractors, with their agencies claiming to act in an advisory capacity. This means that a client (a photographer, retailer, clothing brand) books them through the agencies but does not actually have a contract directly with the model. Like other independent contractors, including nannies and housekeepers, models have fewer legal protections than workers whose employment contracts are more tightly regulated. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Trish Goff, a former top model, preparing for a fashion show in New York City in 2004. Ms Goff recently discussed her alleged harassment by Harvey Weinstein with The New York Times. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: The spotlight turned to the fashion industry not long after the Weinstein investigations were published in The New York Times and The New Yorker. The model Cameron Russell solicited and began posting anonymous stories from fellow models of their own experiences on her Instagram account, along with the hashtag #MyJobShouldNotIncludeAbuse. Her account is now filled with wrenching stories from both women and men in the industry.READ MORE They have fallen through holes in the existing statutory safety net, including the “incidental booking exception clause.” That means that until now, in New York — regarded as the heart of the American modeling industry — it was unclear where legal liability for job-related sexual harassment lay.“The goal is to push back on the silence that has been so pervasive,” said Ms. Rozic, “and find a legislative solution to change the cycle. Advertisementlast_img read more

Canadian music festivals pledging gender equality in lineups by 2022

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first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter Advertisement TORONTO — Four Canadian music events are joining an international pledge to fight inequality in the industry by vowing to have gender parity across their lineups by 2022.Montreal’s electronic music festival Mutek, western Canadian-based conference BreakOut West, and both North By Northeast and Canadian Music Week in Toronto are among 45 global events agreeing to take part in the initiative.The move is being led by U.K. talent firm PRS Foundation, which founded a program called Keychange in the hopes of “empowering women to transform the future of the music industry.”So excited to announce that 45 music festivals and conferences have signed up to our 50:50 by 2022 pledge! Find out more (and how you can join us) here > https://t.co/T1QnbSudOQ pic.twitter.com/CQ8iF3KOpw— Keychange (@KeychangeEU) February 26, 2018 Vanessa Reed introduces the Keychange 50/50 pledge and says we’ve got lots to do, but we’re excited about this as a start! #keychange pic.twitter.com/qwku4ncZTU— Keychange (@KeychangeEU) February 26, 2018Gender imbalance has long been a conversation in the music industry, though pressure has ramped up in recent years, with both the Grammy Awards and Junos facing criticism over a lack of female representation among their nominees.Music festivals have come under similar scrutiny for poor representation of women among their performers. Some have suggested it’s a relatively easy fix for promoters to book more female artists. Keychange’s goals offer festivals roughly five years to implement their changes.Other international festivals and conferences among the participants for gender balance include Iceland Airwaves, NYC Winter Jazzfest, Liverpool Sound City and the Manchester Jazz Festival. Advertisementlast_img read more