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OTTAWA – Kelly Craft wants Canadians to know a few things about one of the least popular presidents an American ambassador has ever had to represent in this country.Among them: He’s taking the United States in a new direction, but that doesn’t mean navigating away from its good friend, Canada; He’s got way more in common with Justin Trudeau than you would think; He wakes each day seized with helping the working class people who elected him, but he could do a better job of explaining how he plans to do that.In a recent Ottawa speech, the Kentucky-born, basketball-loving U.S. ambassador to Canada presented those insights — some more candid than others — to decode President Donald Trump for bewildered and curious Canadians.Six months into her job, Craft is determined to put a more cheerful face on what many see as an ugly administration.It’s Craft’s attempt to smooth her president’s rough edges, like a shot of finely aged bourbon from her beloved state.“I want to explain why our president — with a clear mandate from the people across the United States — saw a need for sweeping change. Responding to this mandate doesn’t weaken our alliance,” Craft said in a speech earlier this week to a gala dinner at the Canadian War Museum.“I expect that some here who hear the slogan, ‘Make America Great Again’ are concerned about our country’s engagement in the world. I’m here to tell you that yes, the president will put America first, just as Canada will put Canada first. However, America (First) does not mean America Alone.”The speech was well received by the several hundred at the annual Macdonald-Laurier Institute event, and it broke new ground beyond her previous, carefully scripted public appearances.She said she understands why so many Canadians “are weighing American actions through a Canadian prism.”“But sometimes it’s useful to look at all sides. This too becomes a challenge with today’s competitive 24-hour news cycle. It is often difficult to discern what is current or old, real or fake, what is reporting versus advocacy,” she said.The Canada-U.S. relationship may be complex, and that includes the ongoing renegotiation of NAFTA, but Craft said it is as vibrant as ever “even when the signals coming from the media and thought leaders often suggest otherwise.”In her view, one of the biggest reasons for optimism is the relationship between Trudeau and Trump, both of whom are “strong-willed and charismatic.”Both leaders delivered similar messages at last month’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, about the need to extend economic prosperity to those who have been passed over, she said.Craft quoted Trudeau in Davos: “Over the past decades, citizens and workers have been calling for change. But too often their pleas have been ignored … We all know that to be competitive in this modern economy change is imperative. And the grassroots desire for change is there, it always has been, but it’s up to us to flip on the switch.”Then she delivered her punchline:“I can’t think of a better way to describe the wave that elected Donald Trump.”Mark Fisher, the president of the Toronto-based Council of the Great Lakes Region, listened with interest to her speech, and said it had all the hallmarks of an ambassador attempting to provide reassurance about a White House that is unorthodox and chaotic.He predicted she will grow into the role as her predecessors have, but it won’t be easy with musings about retaliatory trade action periodically coming out of the White House.“At some point, we’re going to have to sit down and say, ‘are we really on the same page here’ because the reassurances don’t seem to be lining up with what we’re hearing out of Washington?”Craft herself acknowledged that figuring out Trump is not an easy thing to do — even for her.But for any of the confusion he might create, she insisted that underneath it is a committed champion of working people who thinks like a businessman focused on getting results for them.“I don’t think that he is very good at expressing how we’re going to achieve those results. I think that would be very helpful if he laid that out for all of us,” she said, drawing laughter from the audience.“The people here tonight that have made it possible for us to be able to sit at these tables — wonderful china, the crystal — those are the people in America who voted for Donald Trump, and at the end of the day, those are the people that he cares about,” Craft added.“It’s about the people who voted him into office … and every day when he gets up, he will say, ‘I want to make America great again for those people, the middle class.’”
VANCOUVER – A man charged with murdering a 12-year-girl in British Columbia over 40 years ago should be found guilty after confessing to undercover police that he abducted, sexually assaulted and killed her, a Crown attorney says.Mark Sheardown told jurors in his opening statement Monday that Garry Handlen also took RCMP undercover officers to the crime scene and provided details about snatching the girl while she was riding her new bike near Merritt, in the province’s Interior.He said Handlen’s “truthful, reliable confession,” which the jury will watch on video, will demonstrate he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in the death of Monica Jack on May 6, 1978.Sheardown said Jack’s mother saw her riding her bike as the woman was heading home in her vehicle, a few days before the girl’s 13th birthday.“Monica was offered a ride home but turned it down,” he said, adding Madeline Lanaro never saw her daughter again.Handlen, who sat in B.C. Supreme Court wearing a grey and black plaid shirt and listened to proceedings wearing headphones, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.Sheardown said 17 years after the girl disappeared, Jack’s skull and some bones were found by a crew doing work for the Forests Ministry. The remains were linked to her through dental records.Handlen was living in Minden, Ont., when he became the focus of an undercover police operation starting in May 2014.Sheardown said Handlen allegedly provided a supposed crime boss with details of the murder, saying “he grabbed her, took her in his camper, went up a hill and had sex with her, in Mr. Handlen’s words, and killed her by strangling her.”Handlen then accompanied three officers, who he thought were members of a crime group, to Merritt, Sheardown told the jury as Jack’s sister and other family members sat in the courtroom.“Together, the three officers and Mr. Handlen drove out to the Merritt area where Mr. Handlen attempted to find the area where he abducted Monica Jack,” Sheardown said of the girl who lived on the Quilchena Indian Reserve with her mother and siblings.“This took place over the course of two days,” he said, adding Handlen provided more details about the abduction and murder during that time.Four witnesses gave police statements about what they saw in the area where the girl was last seen near a pullout on Highway 5A, he said.“Collectively, the Crown expects these four statements will indicate that a truck and camper had stopped at the pullout right around the time Monica was passing through the area, a bicycle was seen almost directly across the road from the camper, that a sound of someone crying out was heard and that it was thought to be a girl because of the high pitch.”Jack’s brother went looking for her and spotted her bike, court heard, before their mother reported the girl missing.Handlen worked for the supposed crime group as a debt collector, loan shark and repossessed personal property such as all-terrain vehicles, Sheardown said.A former undercover officer who posed as the crime boss told court he met Handlen at a restaurant in Orillia, Ont., on May 22, 2014.He said Handlen talked about his childhood on a farm, being a handyman in Ontario’s cottage country and his work as a pipefitter in the Toronto area, which he’d left for Minden, as well as his supervisory job in Alberta’s oil sands for several years.Handlen was arrested in November 2014.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.
REGINA — Saskatchewan’s attorney general says he has no doubt the constitutional challenge against Ottawa’s imposition of carbon tax will end up in the Supreme Court of Canada.Don Morgan says his government will respect the ruling from the provincial Appeal Court, which will hear two days of arguments starting Wednesday.But he says other provinces will look carefully at what is decided and could take the matter further.Morgan says he agrees climate change is a national concern, but believes Ottawa should be working to find other ways to mitigate emissions.The Saskatchewan Party government argues a federally imposed carbon tax is unconstitutional because it will not apply evenly across all of the provinces.Ottawa says it has the authority under the Constitution to put a price on pollution because climate change is a national concern.The federal government’s carbon tax is set to take effect in Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Ontario and Manitoba starting in April.The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG — A labour leader in Manitoba has resigned from her job over what she says have been sexist remarks and dismissive treatment by some of her male colleagues in the labour movement.Basia Sokal surprised about 50 people at a Winnipeg Labour Council meeting Tuesday night when she announced she was resigning as president after two years on the job. The council is an advocate on municipal labour issues in the city and is part of the Canadian Labour Congress.“In the last 12 months alone, I have seen and heard and been experiencing some of the worst things that you could ever imagine,” Sokal told the crowd.“I’ve got about six pages of things that have been said to my face … and I just want to mention that these were all said by brothers — brothers in the movement, brothers of labour.”Some men made comments about her breasts, Sokal said. Others told her to just agree with what she was being told.“‘You women are all the same. If you don’t like what is going on, why don’t you just leave?’” she said one man told her.She did not mention anyone’s name.It became clear, Sokal said, that she was expected to keep her opinions to herself and defer to others.In an interview Wednesday, she said she took her concerns to the Canadian Labour Congress last spring and was told there would be some sort of followup. She also spoke to officials at Manitoba NDP headquarters about one man who was on a party committee, she said.Sokal was directed to the federal party, she said, which told her in February it was still looking into the matter but had been busy with other things.Sokal said she felt she was running out of options.“There are several people … higher up in the labour movement, that knew what was going on,” she said.“The systems don’t allow for change.”Kevin Rebeck, president of the Manitoba Federation of Labour, said he was surprised by Sokal’s resignation and suggested that workplaces need to improve.“Those are serious issues. They’re unacceptable. They’re wrong in the labour movement. They’re wrong in any kind of work environment.”The Canadian Labour Congress did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Sokal said she would like to see changes in the labour movement, starting with a more inclusive environment.“I want to see different voices at the table and not just the typical Old Boys club that it actually continues to be.”Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press
SURREY, B.C. — British Columbia Premier John Horgan says he hopes the retirement of the legislature’s sergeant-at-arms will mark a turning of the page for the institution after allegations of misspending were first raised almost a year ago.Gary Lenz, who was embroiled in the spending scandal, announced Tuesday he is retiring, saying the damage to his reputation can no longer be fully repaired after he was placed on administrative leave last year.Horgan says Canada and the province have strong democratic institutions and although those working at the B.C. legislature have had a cloud hanging over them for the past year, he has confidence in those who work there. Former clerk of the house Craig James announced his retirement in May after Beverley McLachlin, the former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, released a report into overspending allegations against him and Lenz.She concluded James improperly claimed benefits and used legislature property for personal reasons, but Lenz did not engage in misconduct.Both Lenz and James have denied any wrongdoing.The Canadian Press
Registration is open for the highly anticipated 3rd Annual Boot Ride and Rally! Hosted by cast members from FX’s Sons of Anarchy, the Boot Ride and Rally is a unique Ride experience followed by an incredible party, all in the name of cultivating awareness and providing assistance for our nation’s defenders through the national nonprofit, The Boot Campaign.3rd Annual Boot Ride and Rally August 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.The 3rd Annual Boot Ride and Rally is Sunday, August 25th in Los Angeles, CA. Register now here.“I’m proud to be an Ambassador for the Boot Campaign, and couldn’t be more excited to participate in the 3rd Annual Boot Ride & Rally,” said Theo Rossi, actor on FX’s Sons of Anarchy. “I am in complete awe of our military men & women and their families, and seeing the general public come from all over to participate, wear their boots and embrace this event, is truly inspiring.”This one-of-a-kind ride allows you to role alongside cast from FX’s Sons of Anarchy and our nation’s fearless military veterans. Spots are extremely limited to ensure a VIP experience for all who ride.The party keeps going with the Boot Rally at the Happy Ending Bar and Restaurant on Hollywood’s Sunset Blvd. With live performances by Blackberry Smoke and other surprise guests, a military tribute ceremony, an up-close-and-personal experience with the stars of FX’s Sons of Anarchy, and much more… this is a party like none you’ve ever experienced.Single Boot Ride tickets start at $150/person, Rally tickets start at $35/person. Specialty packages are available.In 2010, the cast of FX’s Sons of Anarchy joined the Boot Campaign’s network of celebrity endorsers when they posed for their official “Boot Photo.” Since then, the cast has become a powerful advocate of the Boot Campaign not only through the annual Boot Ride and Rally, but also through various speaking engagements, media appearances and fundraising events throughout the year.The Boot Ride and Rally is an annual event that has raised more than $100,000 to provide direct assistance to military, past and present, and their families through the Boot Campaign.
On February 27th at La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts in La Mirada, CA, songwriters and long-time friends Jackson Browne, Steve Noonan and Greg Copeland will return to their hometown for an evening benefitting the Steve Noonan Medical Fund and the Fox Fullerton Restoration Project.The show begins at 8PM. General Tickets ($40/$60/$80) and Golden Circle seats go on sale at 12 Noon PT on Saturday, February 1st and are available here or by calling the theater box office at 562-944-9801 or 714-994-6310.For over eighty years, The Fox Theatre has been a dominant feature in the heart of downtown Fullerton. In 2001 the Fullerton Historic Theater Foundation- a 501c3 nonprofit- formed to meet the challenge of saving the Fox Theater, restoring it and helping to create programming that will allow the Theater to be a self-sustaining cultural center. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be put towards helping the Fox Fullerton achieve this goal. The other portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to the Steve Noonan Medical Fund. Noonan, like so many musicians, was uninsured when he was faced with the astronomical costs of surgery and treatment for prostate cancer.Browne, Noonan and Copeland went to high school in Fullerton, CA and began writing songs and working together at that time. Noonan landed a recording contract with Elektra Records, and together he and Copeland wrote the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s first hit, “Buy For Me The Rain.” His 2008 album, “Bringin’ It Back Home,”—his first CD after returning to music full time—garnered rave reviews in the foreign press. Noonan is currently finishing work on a solo release.Copeland and Browne wrote “The Fairest Of The Seasons,” recorded by Nico on her Chelsea Girl album, which was featured in the Wes Anderson film The Royal Tenenbaums. Copeland continued writing songs, some of which were recorded by Joan Baez, Jackson Browne and David Lindley. In 1982 Copeland recorded his first solo album, produced by Browne for Geffen Records. His second solo album, Diana and James, was produced by Greg Leisz, another Sunny Hills High School graduate. It was released in 2008 on Browne’s Inside Recordings.Greg Leisz, one of the most acclaimed and sought after musicians and producers to emerge from the Los Angeles music scene in the last twenty years, has worked and recorded with Bill Frisell, K.D. Lang, Eric Clapton, Emmy Lou Harris, Dave Alvin, Joe Cocker, Joe Henry, Jackson Browne and many others. He joins Steve Noonan, Greg Copeland and Jackson Browne for this return to Orange County by four of its native sons.Don’t miss an incredible evening of songs and stories with Jackson Browne, Steve Noonan, Greg Copeland and Greg Leisz at La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts in La Mirada, CA.For more information visit: www.jacksonbrowne.com.
The Apl.de.ap Foundation International, the charity established by apl.de.ap of the Grammy Award-winning group, Black Eyed Peas, and The Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the leading center for the care of children with complex eye diseases, are launching a partnership to prevent blindness in newborns.The “Campaign for Filipino Children” is a two-year initiative that will provide a sustainable approach to the diagnosis and treatment of a pediatric eye affliction in premature babies that is a widespread medical and economic concern in the Philippines.Apl.de.ap, a Filipino-American musical artist who suffers from an eye ailment and is considered legally blind, has pledged to raise approximately $650,000 in part through a series of concerts. The first event takes place Sunday, June 8 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, where he will be joined by will.i.am and Taboo to raise funds for the campaign as well as the rebuilding efforts in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. A second concert at Agua Caliente’s 2014 Summer Extravaganza in Palm Springs, Calif. is set for August 16 where a key raffle prize is a 2014 racing red Ford Mustang. Additionally, lead campaign sponsor Western Union has committed $150,000 to the effort, and the public will be able to make donations to support the campaign via www.ForFilipinoChildren.com (site goes live on 6.5.14).Visit www.greektheatrela.com/events or www.hotwatercasino.com for more event information.Every year, at least ten percent of all premature births in the Philippines are caused in part by the relative deficient prenatal care available to the poor, and at least thirty percent of those develop retinopathy, a disease that causes abnormal blood vessel growth in the retina. If not treated within 48 hours of diagnosis, these premature babies become permanently blind.Most medical practitioners and hospitals in the Philippines do not have the training or equipment to recognize, diagnose and treat the affliction to prevent blindness. The campaign intends to enter into four pilot hospital partnerships in the Philippines, who will undergo extensive medical training from Thomas Lee, MD, division chief of The Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and his team of specialists, who will also supply retinal imaging systems called RetCams to assist in diagnosis. By training at least six to ten medical practitioners in four hospitals, more than 4,000 babies can be saved from blindness caused by retinopathy of prematurity every year.Dr. Lee and his team have previously executed a similar multi-year program to address retinopathy of prematurity in Armenia under the auspices of USAID Armenia.Source:BusinessWire.com
It was an evening of awareness and fighting the stigmas against mental illness on Thursday night, as two-time Golden Globe-nominated actor Chris Noth hosted the National Alliance on Mental Illness-NYC Metro’s (NAMI-NYC Metro) annual “Seeds of Hope” gala in New York City.Chris Noth Speaks At Seeds Of Hope GalaApproximately 500 supporters were in attendance which was the highest attendees to date and the $260K was the highest ever raised for the many programs of NAMI-NYC Metro including its three psycho-education courses, peer-to-peer support groups and public education events that help thousands of New York City residents each year.Video: Chris Noth talks about fighting mental health stigmaIn addition to the honorees, the event featured a live performance by local music artist Jenna Kyle who was featured on the recent #IWillListen album. Those honored included Representative Patrick Kennedy for his commitment to mental health being treated with the same importance as physical health; Shari Goldfarb, Director, Benefits, HR for Deutsche Bank, for her leadership in the corporate community and overseeing the first #IWillListen Campaign; and Dr. Lisa Dixon, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and Director of the Center for Practice Innovations at New York State Psychiatric Institute and NAMI-NYC Metro Board Member.“Tonight was a very special evening and an important one for NAMI-NYC Metro,” said Wendy Brennan, Executive Director. Through our #IWillListen campaign, we asked our country to listed to their loved ones impacted by mental illness. 75% of people who will be diagnosed with mental illness will show signs and symptoms by age 24. Tonight we introduced our Young Adult Programming and emphasized the importance of early detection and treatment.”Notable attendees included: Silvia Alvarez, State Press Secretary, Senator Cory Booker’s office; Joe Pyle, President of the Thomas Scattergood Foundation, and Bob Dibble, Managing Director and Head of Human Resources, Deutsch Bank. Celebrities in attendance included Zach Grenier (The Good Wife), and Otoja Abit (The Blacklist).
Today, Feeding America and Ad Council launched new public service announcements (PSAs) featuring actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry to help spread the message about childhood hunger in America and inspire people to take action.Video: Stop Hunger with Tyler Perry | Hunger Prevention | Ad CouncilThe new PSAs are an extension of Feeding America’s national Hunger Prevention campaign in partnership with the Ad Council, which is designed to raise awareness about hunger in America and encourage audiences to support the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks. Tyler Perry donated his time and talent for the project and is a member of Feeding America’s Entertainment Council of celebrity supporters.“As a member of the Feeding America Entertainment Council, I recognize our mission to spread the word and rally the country in the fight to end hunger,” said Tyler Perry. “15 million children suffer from hunger in the U.S. and through our newly released PSA, we will continue to raise awareness and provide meals to children and families in need across the country.”According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), one in five children in America – 15 million kids – struggle with hunger. While food insecurity affects people of all ages, it is particularly devastating for children because of the potential for long term consequences. Research has shown that good nutrition has positive implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, and academic achievement.“Childhood hunger is an unacceptable problem that affects far too many children and reaches into every community in America,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “We’re so appreciative that Tyler Perry is joining us in bringing national attention to this vital issue. By providing a strong voice for children who struggle with hunger, he can help inspire more people to engage with their local food banks and make a true difference in the lives of millions in need.”The new PSAs feature Tyler Perry discussing the disproportionate effects of hunger on children, highlighting the fact that there are billions of pounds of surplus food wasted each year in the U.S. that could help feed families in need. The PSAs encourage audiences to visit FeedingAmerica.org to learn more about hunger in their communities, and to get involved in the fight to end hunger by volunteering at a local food bank, contacting their Members of Congress, and donating food or funds.“No child should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “We believe that Tyler Perry’s support will inspire communities to take action and give back to people who need our help.”Per the Ad Council’s model, all PSAs will run in advertising time and space entirely donated by the media. Since the launch of the Hunger Prevention campaign, media outlets across the country have donated more than $373 million in support for the PSAs.
YouCaring, the world’s trusted leader in free crowdfunding for personal, medical, and charitable causes, has announced that Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt’s Houston Flood Relief Fund reached $10 million, officially becoming the largest and fastest-growing charitable crowdfunding campaign in the industry’s 10-year history.JJ Watt kicked off the campaign on Sunday afternoon with a personal contribution of $100,000. With the help of over 100,000 donors across the US, including recording artist Drake, who issued a video message of support to the city, Tom Brady, Ellen DeGeneres, Walmart, Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk and Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul, the campaign surpassed its initial $200,000 goal in less than two hours, and has now surpassed $11 million. The vast majority of donations are under $100 each from Americans across the country.As a certified B-Corporation with a focus on helping people faced with hardship, YouCaring does not take a cut of each donation, but instead relies on voluntary donor tips to fund operations.“We’re a small team of about 50 people,” said Dan Saper, YouCaring’s CEO. “The influx of donations and support has been overwhelming, and we’re proud to announce that we are giving back $50,000 of donor tips to JJ’s fundraiser to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.”“Unlike other crowdfunding platforms, we have always been free to use, ensuring more money goes to the people who need it most,” said YouCaring’s CMO, Maly Ly. “I am amazed and humbled by the many tens of thousands of individual donations that have been coming in since Sunday, and which testify to Americans’ ability to empathize with those in need and their willingness to help however they can.”In addition to JJ Watt’s campaign, YouCaring is now supporting over 1,000 active Hurricane Harvey relief fundraisers.Watch a video timeline of the JJ Watt campaign.Click here to donate to his fundraiser and support the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Of all the legendary concert venues in Toronto, Nirvanna the Band frontmen Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol are interested in playing a show at only one: the Rivoli, a Queen St. W. club known these days for its standup comedy scene and cavernous pool hall.In fact, playing a show at the Rivoli is entirely the premise of Nirvanna the Band the Show, Johnson and McCarrol’s hilarious new “semi-scripted” television series that’s to debut weekly on Viceland on Feb. 2 and on City in March.“It’s unanswerable why these guys want to play at the Rivoli,” says real-life Johnson, the director of the show, who plays a hyperactive version of himself in Nirvanna. “Nobody could give you an answer. It’s not like they need to play the Silver Dollar and it’s not like they need to play Massey Hall. Either of those would have seemed stupid, but the Rivoli, for whatever reason . . . ” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement
Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Technically the 11th season of The X-Files, this new run will air on Fox’s schedule either later this year or early next. Starting off with strong ratings, the previous six-episode revival of the FBI conspiracy drama debuted January 24, 2016 on the very revival friendly Fox. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter After all the teasing and complex corporate conversations, the truth is finally out there today – The X-Files is coming back for the 2017-2018 season.Just more than three years after the last revival of the Chris Carter-created series was announced, Fox said Thursday a new 10-episode run of the Gillian Anderson – and David Duchovny-starrer is set to start production this summer.“Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators – these are the hallmarks of great TV shows. And they are some of the reasons why The X-Files has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide,” said Fox president David Madden. “Chris’ creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of The X-Files.” Advertisement
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter Domino on a Ducati. That was the Deadpool 2 sequence for the mutant who can manipulate probabilities in downtown Vancouver yesterday and today. First with a stunt double riding the bike. And then with Zazie Beetz riding the bike on a process trailer. Last week, I saw the stunt double ride the Ducati up and down Triumph Road below the Boundary Road set, where Domino hung out with Deadpool. But so far, we’ve seen no indication that Domino knows Cable, or was ever a member of his crew as she is in the comics. READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement
Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Neil Young is many things — a songwriter, poet, activist, pioneer of audio and clean energy technology — but above all, he is a musician’s musician.The legendary Winnipeg artist has spent more than half a century inspiring musicians globally while pushing his own musical boundaries, whether solo or in the form of Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and collaborations with his backing band, Crazy Horse. From his infamously intense performance inThe Last Waltz to his nearly five-decade-old song recently setting the scene for HBO’s biggest new hit, Young’s voice has stood the test of time (and technology).In honour of his Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame induction this week, we’ve asked artists how Young has influenced their careers. Musicians from Cadence Weapon, the Barr Brothers, Jenn Grant, Alan Doyle and more picked a song of Young’s that has affected them the most — personally, professionally, but most often, both. Scroll down for picks taken from Young’s magnum opus, Harvest, to the more overtly political like Living With War — and a lot in between.All answers have been edited for clarity.Artist: Jolie HollandNeil Young song: “Don’t Cry No Tears;” “Revolution Blues;” “Welfare Mothers Make Better Lovers”“Neil’s work is really everything to me. I couldn’t name a single song. It’s his entire ethos that inspires me. He doesn’t shy away from the beauty or the brutality, but he’s never gratuitous. ‘Don’t Cry No Tears.’ ‘Revolution Blues.’ ‘Welfare Mothers Make Better Lovers.’ Among the big songwriters, he’s the lord of uncomfortable honesty. In that sense, he stands alongside Daniel Johnston. Neil’s always a model of aiming to the heart of the matter, but he never loses step with the muse. If she needs him to veer off in some crazy course, he’s right there with her. In that sense, Neil is among the most faithful of songwriters. You can feel it in all his work, his most transcendent songs as well as his most embarrassing ones. He knows meaning, but the music sends us right through the end of meaning, because Neil is that trusting, that available, to the muse.”.Artist: Brad Barr (the Barr Brothers)Neil Young song: “Don’t Let it Bring You Down”“The first time I heard this song, it reminded me of the way low-flying cumulus clouds break up the sunlight on bright days; thick shadows between moments of strong light. Even someone who knows little about music theory knows that most musical compositions are either in a major key or a minor key. In a nutshell: happy or sad. Classical composers often move freely between the two, but it’s rarely heard in classic rock, country, pop, etc. Neil does it on this song.READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment RICH FURY/AP Advertisement Twitter
Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook The Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter of “Stompa” and “What I Wouldn’t Do” has toured extensively since her teens, and has seen a lot of changes in the industry in the last three years.“The thing I find completely different right now is that there is much more of a sense of community,” she says. “When I started touring, it felt like being a woman in rock was me against the world. My survival strategy was becoming one of the boys. I was really good at drinking. I felt like I had to be strong all the time and never show my emotions. It’s only when I started having more relationships with other women my age in the art community, my life got much better.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement There’s never been a shortage of famous and successful Canadian woman in music. Anne, Joni, Buffy, k.d., Shania, Alanis, Celine, Feist, Alessia – A-list stars and global ambassadors for Canadian creativity across all genres. But recently, campaigns like #MeToo and #JunoSoMale have shone a light on the inequalities that many women still face behind the scenes, and renewed a desire for change.While Canadian Music Week is gathering industry players in Toronto this week, we’ve gathered seven women who are thriving in their fields, and using their voices to make things better for other female performers in the studio, on the road, in music videos and the boardroom.Being a woman in rock was me against the world. Serena Ryder ~ Singer/SongwriterSerena Ryder can always tell when she’s playing a music festival with women on staff. “They put garbage bins in the bathrooms!” she says, laughing. “It’s one of the many little things than men don’t think about.”
APTN National NewsFlood waters are continuing to rise in Manitoba, forcing one First Nation to evacuate.Peguis First Nation, which sits about 200 kilometres north of Winnipeg, is facing flooding from the Fisher River and the waters are threatening to shut access to the entire community.APTN National news reporter Meagan Fiddler has the story.
APTN National NewsA protest in front of the White House has resulted in hundreds of arrests.The demonstrators want U.S. President Barack Obama to halt the development of an oil pipeline that would run from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.
APTN National NewsEvery year, hundreds of tourists come to the small community of Brackendale in British Columbia to count the eagles. But in recent years, the count has dwindled — from a height of 3,500 to last year’s low of just 700.APTN National News reporter Tina House visited the annual Brackendale Eagle Festival to find out what’s causing the population decline.
By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Opposition MPs said Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan seemed “tired” in an appearance before a parliamentary committee Tuesday that left them wondering if he’s still up to the job of leading a sprawling and “complex” department.During an hour-long appearance before the Aboriginal affairs committee, Duncan offered rambling answers to both opposition and Conservative MPs.At two points during his appearance, Duncan had his answers cut short by his own parliamentary secretary and by the Conservative chair of the committee.Duncan, who sat next to his department’s deputy minister Michael Wernick, also failed to answer a question from Conservative Saskatchewan MP Rob Clarke who wanted to know what water projects the department had recently completed.“I kept thinking, ‘wasn’t he given those (Conservative) questions in advance?’” said Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett. “He seems tired. I don’t know how to explain it, there just isn’t a lot of energy there for this file that is hugely important.”NDP Aboriginal affairs critic Linda Duncan said it was up to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to decide whether Duncan was still able to handle his portfolio.“It seems he gets a lot of assistance from the deputy minister,” said Duncan. “It’s a big, complex portfolio and we need a minister giving it his full attention.”Minister John Duncan, however, said his health was fine.“I’m great, yeah,” said Duncan, after he finished his appearance. “I’m fixed. I am all good.”Duncan was recently hospitalized as a result of complications stemming from his 2010 open-heart, valve replacement surgery.The news of his hospitalization surfaced in January after Duncan’s competency was openly questioned by the press during the Attawapiskat housing crisis. The crisis seemed to have caught the minister flatfooted. Duncan’s press aide pulled the minister away to safety several times after he was caught facing reporters’ questions he seemed unable to field.Opposition MPs are again wondering if Duncan is up to the task. His interaction with Conservative MPs Tuesday raised eyebrows among MPs on the committee.One exchange came when Greg Rickford, parliamentary secretary for Aboriginal affairs, asked Duncan a question about cooperation between First Nations and Ottawa. Rickford, a Conservative MP from Kenora, cut Duncan off after the minister spent about a minute and a half answering the question.“I am hearing from First Nations leaders in the great Kenora riding who appreciate the fact that they are getting a real opportunity to make inputs. I am sure you can concur with me that this has been positive and certainly determinate with some of the success you are having,” said Rickford.Duncan said, “I consider that a compliment. We believe that the best way to make progress is in partnership and with mutual respect so we, um, you know, I always go back to the water legislation, because the water legislation was basically presented with no First Nation support on the first go around now we have very significant First Nation support. We spent a year and a half saying, number one, we want to come to a place where both parties are pretty satisfied with the legislation. We did a lot of negotiations, I had to renew, or not renew, I had to, um, um, put some real political capital into that bill. My staff, departmental staff, there were a lot of officials that worked a lot of hours on that, many days, and I know that, particularly the Alberta and Atlantic Chiefs….”Rickford then stopped Duncan before he could finish the sentence.“Minister, sorry to interrupt you, I have a couple more questions on education I want to squeeze in here and my colleagues are going to ask you some tough questions on water,” said Rickford.“Fair enough,” said Duncan.Duncan was referring in his answer to a proposed government bill to create regulations for water systems on First Nations reserves that was introduced in the Senate last week. The previous incarnation of the bill died when the election was called last spring.When the round of questioning came around again to the Conservatives, Clarke lobbed another easy question at Duncan.“I am just hoping you can add some clarification just in regards to what water systems, on reserve, that the government has actually helped build, most recently,” said Clarke.“Your question is on bulk water systems?” said Duncan.“Water and wastewater infrastructure, what new projects have recently taken place, undertaken?” said Clarke.“Yes thank you for that. One thing I would like to start off by saying, the technology dealing with water and waste water is accelerating at a rate that is very helpful in terms of affordability going forward. The old systems were very expensive and we all know that we are facing a significant challenge even though we’ve invested huge monies since forming govt. The economic action plan, on top of our core funding, provided $187 million over two years to support the construction of 23 water and waste water projects, benefiting 44,000 FNs residents,” said Duncan, before taking an about 20 second pause.“We um, addressed 15 water treatment systems of both a high design risk and a high overall risk in the national assessment and we have work underway on 47 other such systems so that survey in assessment allowed us to set priorities and I have been to some of those plants and it’s most amazing. The main thing we have to make sure, we invest in the technology, we invest in the system and we have to make sure we have an operator and that the operator has the certification that is required and isn’t stolen by another jurisdiction because these people are very much in demand. So that has become a very big challenge. We have an operator training in place so this whole area is a great focus for us as well,” said Duncan, who referred to a government commissioned assessment of water and waste water systems on reserves across the country.Clarke then repeated the question.“What action is being taken to improve water and waste water services on the reserves?” said Clarke.By this time, Wernick had provided Duncan with a list and the minister rhymed off some of the department’s recent projects in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.firstname.lastname@example.org