The HMV Football Extravaganza is back. This year, the event will honour Ryan Giggs, the most decorated player in English Football history, having made his first appearance for Manchester United in 1990.He is the only player to have played in all 22 Premier League seasons since its inception in 1992. He has made an incredible 963 appearances for the Club, winning 13 Premier League titles, two UEFA Champions League titles, four FA Cups and four League Cups. Ryan has recently been appointed Assistant Manager at Manchester United.The HMV Football Extravaganza will take place on Tuesday 14 October 2014 at The London Hilton on Park Lane and will be attended by a host of football greats for a fantastic and unique night of football and fundraising.Now in its 19th year, the HMV Football Extravaganza has raised over £6million for Nordoff Robbins and continues to raise essential funds to provide much-needed music therapy for vulnerable and isolated people across the UK.Ryan Giggs said: “It’s an honour and privilege to be presented with the Legend of Football Award, particularly when I look back at the list of previous winners.“I am looking forward to the event, celebrating with friends and colleagues and raising money for Nordoff Robbins music therapy, a really incredible cause.”Brian McLaughlin, Chairman of the Football Extravaganza event, said: “We are honoured to be presenting Ryan Giggs, the most decorated player in the history of English Football, with the Legend of Football Award.“The Football Extravaganza, now in its 19th year, is raising funds for Nordoff Robbins. Since its inception we have raised over £6 million, enabling Nordoff Robbins to provide music therapy across the UK to people who really need it – those who are vulnerable and isolated, giving them an opportunity to communicate and to be heard.”Paul McGowan, Chairman of HMV, said: “With his unrivalled record in the English Premier League, Ryan Giggs is a truly deserving winner to follow on from Pelé, last year’s recipient.“We love being involved in this event. It’s a unique opportunity for music and football to come together and we get the chance to raise funds for Nordoff Robbins, one of HMV’s favourite charities.”Previous recipients of the Legend of Football Award, which recognises outstanding achievement in the world of football and contribution to the game, include Pelé (2013), Sir Bobby Robson (2001), Sir Alex Ferguson (2005), Eric Cantona (2010) and Jose Mourinho (2011). Giggs is no stranger to the HMV Football Extravaganza, having been one of 6 players recognised in 2102 for playing more than 500 Premier League games, celebrating 20 years of the Premier League. The other 5 members of the ‘500 Club’, at that time, were Sol Campbell, Emile Heskey, David James, Frank Lampard and Gary Speed (who was awarded the honour posthumously).Tickets for the event are available from Rae@TheFE.co.uk.
Vanity Fair Executive West Coast Editor, Krista Smith, and Dakota Johnson hosted Vanity Fair and L’Oréal Paris’ toast to “Young Hollywood” on Tuesday, in support of the Roar Foundation Shambala Reserve, a foundation established by host Dakota’s grandmother, Tippi Hedren, to provide sanctuary to exotic felines who have suffered from gross mistreatment and neglect.Krista Smith and Dakota JohnsonCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThis invitation-only event was held at Delilah and featured music by DJ Myles Hendrik. This event was part of Vanity Fair’s Campaign Hollywood.Guests included Jovan Adepo, Riz Ahmed, Rowan Blanchard, Luke Bracey, Madeline Brewer, Dove Cameron, Reeve Carney, Sofia Carson, Emmanuelle Chiriqui, Cleopatra Coleman, Amanda Crew, Poppy Delevingne, Nathalie Emmanuel, Cynthia Erivo, Erin Foster, Sara Foster, Eiza Gonzalez, Kat Graham, Grace Gummer, Chris Hardwicke, Colton Haynes, Lydia Hearst, Victoria Justice, Arielle Kebbell, Normani Kordei, Tali Lennox, Lola Lennox, Jane Levy, Natalie Alyn Lind, Zoe Lister-Jones, Melanie Lynskey, Ashley Madekwe, Max Minghella, Shay Mitchell, Cameron Monaghan, Shameik Moore, Natalie Morales, Jason Ritter, Naya Rivera, Emily Robinson, Holland Roden, Louise Roe, Halston Sage, Cara Santana, Angela Sarafyan, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Serayah, Yara Shahidi, Alia Shawkat, Lucky Blue Smith, Pyper America Smith, Lakeith Stanfield, Patrick Starr, Fuschia Kate Sumner, Brenton Thwaites, Hannah Ware, Zelda Williams, Scout Willis, Rumer Willis, Ariel Winter, Edgar Wright, Odessa Young, Maddie Ziegler and more.
On a recent evening at Philo Ridge Farm in Charlotte, the baths of a few (real) sheep intermingle with the classical music played by a string sextet. It was the group’s first of eight summer performances.“It was so joyful,” said Myra Handy of Shelburne, Vermont, who had been waiting to see the ballet since she heard about it last summer. The talent, music and exuberance exceeded her and her husband’s expectations, she said. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook CHARLOTTE, VT.—At the height of the summer, corn fields are getting taller, tomatoes are starting to ripen, cows are grazing — and ballet dancers are pirouetting and leaping across the grass.The Farm to Ballet project is trading a stuffy auditorium for the open air and evening skies of farms around the state of Vermont. The goal is to expand the audience for classical ballet while helping raise funds for local agriculture, organizers said.The 25 dancers — some professional but many of them amateurs and ranging in age from 18 to 74 — prance and twirl on the grass in colourful costumes. Dressed as lettuce, tomatoes, bees, a cow, pig or farmer, they tell the tale of the growing season. “It was a highlight of our summer.”The idea for the farm-based ballet grew out of a summer class the dancers took outdoors with Chatch Pregger, a professional dancer-turned-teacher at Spotlight Vermont, a performing arts school. Twitter
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Promotional art for the film Building the Room. (VIA FACEBOOK) VICTORIA — Mounting protests against a filmmaker who planned to charge higher admission to white men attending the premiere of his movie have led a Victoria theatre society to cancel its contract to show the film.Blue Bridge Theatre Society president Evan Roberts says the society will cancel its facility rental agreement with Shiraz Higgins of Made You Look Media to show Building The Room.Higgins used the false name Sid Mohammed when he announced a so-called justice-pricing model to charge white men as much as $20, while others would pay $10 based on the purchasing power of individual groups and “price discrimination.” Advertisement Advertisement Facebook In a news release, Roberts says the society regrets the effect the decision will have on the artists involved in making the film but it can’t support what it considers irresponsible actions.The society says it must distance itself from the “illegitimate pricing scheme” to preserve the faith of its audience members.“Making this announcement without the knowledge or consent of (the society) has resulted in a storm of negative response aimed at Mr. Higgins and (the theatre society),” the release says. Roberts says Blue Bridge Theatre Society does not believe in any form of prejudicial pricing.He says the contract was cancelled because Higgins breached the deal by unveiling the pricing model without the society’s knowledge or consent. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement
Advertisement Advertisement Movie Maker Magazine continues to rate Metro Vancouver as one of the top places in North America for filmmakers to live and work.Although Vancouver tied with New York City for first place last year, the magazine rated Vancouver as the number-two city in this year’s assessement, published on January 16.Atlanta, Georgia, reclaimed the top spot, as it had been named number one back in 2016 as well. The publication credited its incentive program for its attractiveness. Advertisement Vancouver’s Ryan Reynolds contributed to B.C. booming film production industry last year by filming Deadpool 2 here. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter In Vancouver’s favour, the article cited Hollywood blockbuster productions that shot here over the past year, such as Skyscraper, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Neve Campbell, and Deadpool 2, starring Vancouver’s own Ryan Reynolds.
Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Among the tales he spins for his followers are those of giants who live in the forest — and who may just be real.Staging the play’s Canadian premiere has been a “monster endeavour,” says Cushman. It’s a co-production between his company, Outside the March, and Company Theatre (in association with Starvox Entertainment) that has been several years in the planning and involves a budget of upwards of $300,000. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Designer Nick Blais and director Mitchell Cushman on the set of Jerusalem. They bought an old Airstream to serve as the home of main character Rooster Byron. (ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE / TORONTO STAR) There’s an audience advisory on the web page for Jerusalem, the award-winning play opening this week.The show contains “adult language and copious references to drugs and alcohol.” It also “may contain traces of fairies, giants, ogres, spirits and other secrets of the English forest.”“The play has this magic running through it,” explains director Mitchell Cushman. It’s the story of a charismatic former daredevil, Rooster Byron (played by Sons of Anarchy star Kim Coates), who lives in the forest outside of Wiltshire, in the southwest of England, and is something of a countercultural folk hero for local youth and other outsiders. Twitter
Singer Alexander Stewart began posting covers of popular songs on YouTube about three years ago. When the videos started to take off, he began to consider his aspirations more seriously. (CHRIS YOUNG / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Facebook Twitter Advertisement “It was such a healing moment and a beautiful thing for the community to come together like that,” Stewart says of the experience, which marked the opening of the area’s Taste of the Danforth Festival.The young singer had already sung “Hallelujah” at the Danforth candlelight vigil last month. His performance led organizers to ask him to return for the annual street festival and he was also invited to open Billy Talent’s benefit concert for the victims on Saturday.It’s a sombre point to Stewart’s burgeoning music career, which he’s built from his parents’ home in the Danforth neighbourhood where his father also owns a recording studio. Both his parents worked at The Canadian Press several decades ago. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Stewart began posting covers of popular songs on YouTube about three years ago. When the videos started to take off, he began to consider his aspirations more seriously. Eighteen-year-old singer Alexander Stewart has played for big crowds and pulled in millions of views on his YouTube videos, but performing a rendition of “Hallelujah” for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a public tribute was something special.Stewart delivered a poignant rendition of Leonard Cohen’s classic on Friday to honour the victims of the Danforth shooting that shocked the Greektown community where he grew up. The prime minister quietly sang along while standing beside him. Login/Register With: Advertisement
Advertisement Facebook Geno Segers (Banshee) and Outsourced alum Rizwan Manji are set as series regulars opposite Bradley Whitford and Anna Camp in Perfect Harmony (fka Untitled Bradley Whitford), in NBC’s comedy pilot starring and executive produced by Whitford, from Lesley Wake Webster (Speechless), Jason Winer (Single Parents)and his Small Dog Picture Company, and 20th Century Fox TV.Written by Webster and directed by Winer, the comedy is about a rural church choir that gets the director it never thought it needed when a salty, Ivy League music professor (Whitford) stumbles through their door. Geno Segers & Rizwan Manji (APA/Abrams Artists Agency) Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook OTTAWA – The Ontario South Asian Community Association (OSACA) is pleased to announce the launch of its annual showcase event, the South Asian Festival (www.southasianfest.net), the largest such festival in North America to celebrate the cultural heritage of the south Asian region.The 10-day festival is sponsored by the TD Bank Group as its title sponsor as well as Fineqia International Inc. Financial support has also been provided by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport via its Celebrate Ontario 2019 program, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF), Human Concern International, the City of Ottawa and the Rangar family.Branded as the “TD SouthAsianFest,” it offers visitors a glimpse of arts, crafts, food, music and dance performances, primarily from the Indian sub-continent from Aug. 9 to Aug. 18. This year’s festival is being held in honour of the founder of the festival, Hunsdeep Singh Rangar (“Huns”), who tragically died in June this year (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/festivals-ottawa-film-asian-lgbtq-indigenous-1.5239969). Twitter Advertisement Advertisement The festival, running for the eleventh year, with its kick-off Splash! dinner and dance boat cruise on the Ottawa river on Aug. 9, which offers dinner and dance to the tune of Bollywood and bhangra music. This is followed by Ticket to Cricket event on Aug. 11, in collaboration with the Defence Cricket Club at Rideau Hall.The festival adds a new event in the form of Women of Influence at the National Arts Centre on the evening of Aug. 12. Aside from networking opportunities, it will feature a panel of notable south Asian women from Canada and the US. Opening remarks will be provided by Hon. Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport as well as a spokesperson from the Human Concern International.Other eminent persons addressing the festival include the former Minister of Employment and Social Development Mr. Pierre Poilievre, the former Minister of State for Multiculturalism Mr. Tim Uppal and Ontario’s Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, the Hon. Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria.“We’re grateful to have such a show of attendance from community leaders and those interested in south Asian culture, at a time of deep sadness for our family,” said Bundeep Singh Rangar, President of OSACA and brother of the festival’s founder. “SAF2019 has only been possible by the countless hours of behind-the-scenes work by OSACA’s TeamHuns support team.”On Aug. 13, visitors get a 15% discount at select Indian restaurants across the capital by simply stating they’re part of the celebration of south Asian food called FoodFest!From Aug. 14, the festival shifts to the Ottawa City Hall, with dance lessons from professional dancers, including Masala Bhangra at the Dance Showcase. On Aug. 15, artwork from local artists of south Asian background, or else influenced by the region, is featured in The Focus is ART!On Friday Aug. 16, the Vedic Sanskruti organisation partners with the festival for live Gujarati dancing via the Garba in the Park show. On Aug. 17 and Aug. 18, the family-friendly shows continue with star south Asian singers from Canada, India, Pakistan, the UK and the US such as Sharry Mann, Miss Pooja, Raghav, H Dhami and Nasreen Shoshi performing on stage.In addition, approximately 20 local singers, musicians and fashion designers will present their talent during the final two days of the festival. Festival fun will include entertainment such as henna artistry, face painting, magicians, bouncing castle installations, video games, among other items.On the final day, an India Day parade will be held to celebrate India’s Independence Day, whereby a flag will be hoisted by His Excellency Vikas Swarup, High Commissioner of India to Canada.During the entire weekend of Aug. 16-18, stage performances as part of the Mirch Masala Mega Mela are accompanied by vendor booths displaying culinary delights, arts and crafts from the Indian subcontinent and supported by Mirch Masala radio programs on CHIN Radio 97.9 FM.OSACA’s TeamHuns members include Jagdeep Singh Perhar, Meeta Singh, Jyoti Bhullar, Meenakshi Sharma-Vadnais, Sheryl Singh Bagga, Becky Dipa Khan, Lovejot Singh Deo, Maipal Singh Bali, Chetan Sharma, Farid Pirzada, Anuj Joshi, Virender Chopra and Ilon Tyan, who has been the lead coordinator of activities.The 10-day event is proudly supported by the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce, the India Canada Association and Cistel Technology among other organisations and companies.For more information, please visit www.southasianfest.net.ABOUT OSACAThe Ontario South Asian Community Association (OSACA) was founded in 2009 as an Ottawa-based, Not-for-Profit Corporation with a mandate to promote Cultural Awareness through an Annual Event showcasing South Asian Talent in the National Capital Region targeted towards the Canadian Mainstream. 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APTN National News“Assignment” is a legal term referring to “signing over” money to another person. Chief Justice Brenner’s ruling reflected a section of the Indian Residential Schools settlement agreement which sought to protect compensation recipients from being taken advantage of.Jon Faulds said that runs contrary to normal procedure, where lawyers are allowed to pay monies owed to third parties by their clients if they receive an assignment.“The lender lends the money to the claimant, the claimant signs a portion of their ultimate recovery back to the lender as security for the loan, the lender sends a copy of that assignment to the lawyer through whose hands the money is going to be passing and the lawyer is bound by that assignment. That is the normal course,” he said. “What we have here is something unusual because the settlement agreement has made this specific provision that such assignments are not to be allowed in order to protect the claimants and to ensure that they get the full amount that’s coming to them. It’s a bit of an unusual situation for lawyers to have to say to someone who’s served them with an assignment that ‘sorry, that doesn’t work.’”Faulds emphasized that loans are not necessarily a problem, but assignments certainly are.“The lender is perfectly at liberty to pursue all its other rights to collect the loan that it’s made, assuming the loan is otherwise a proper loan,” he said. “They are just not allowed to scoop it out of the lawyer’s hands before it reaches the clients. That’s the issue that we’re concerned with here. What the settlement agreement says is that no assignment of any money payable under the settlement agreement is valid and what the Financial Administration Act also says is more or less the same, that monies payable by the government of Canada cannot be assigned.”
APTN National NewsPotential casino developments in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake have been voted down twice in the past. But some say that the community is finally ready for a casino, and they’re pushing for residents to vote ‘Yes’ at the end of this month.Ryan Rice has been managing the latest version of the development, and he believes that after consultations with more than 30 Aboriginal community-owned casinos, the third time will be the charm.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin spoke with Rice and with community members ahead of the April 28th vote about the casino development and the potential influx of income.
By Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsAn Algonquin private investigator has been summoned to court in Toronto in an effort to stop him from giving anymore documents to APTN National News in its on-going investigation into the Canadian National Railway.Derrick Snowdy, who is a band member with Kitigan Zibi, says it’s simply an effort by CN Rail to gag him.But CN, in court documents, said he’s in possession of “confidential and commercially sensitive information” and the company wants them back.“They want all their info back and they want a gag order to stop me from discussing what I know,” said Snowdy.Snowdy will be cross-examined by CN’s lawyers Thursday.The documents have been used, in part, as the basis of several APTN stories that allege the misuse of taxpayer dollars in the expansion of a Toronto commuter rail line.The first story published Sept. 24 sparked an internal audit by the Ontario government after APTN reported a former supervisor at CN had gone to the Ontario Provincial Police with hundreds of documents, including internal billing invoices and emails, where he alleged improprieties on the part of CN during the expansion of GO between 2004 and 2008.The audit is still on-going according to a spokesperson at Metrolinx, who, in 2009, took control of GO and is Crown corporation in Toronto.CN Rail has categorically denied any wrongdoing.The documents in question come from a Crown disclosure in CN’s attempt to have former employee Scott Holmes convicted of fraud. The charges were stayed in 2010 with a promise to never have them reinstated. It was the second attempt by CN to have Holmes convicted of fraud. The first attempt resulted in a stay as well.Holmes’ former criminal lawyer Michael Lacy said the stay was a result of the conduct by CN’s private police force.Lacy persuaded the Crown at the time to hold a preliminary hearing focusing on the role CN police played in collecting evidence against Holmes, as they were the police force to handle the investigation.“It’s clear to who ever reads the transcript the Crown’s case would have been completely decimated at trial,” said Lacy in a Sept. 27 APTN story. “(CN Police) acted in a biased way. They had no regard for their role as police officers and they were really just acting as tools for the CN management for the complete purpose of assisting the CN corporation with their civil claim. In terms of my career one of the most egregious examples of abuse of power by police, if not the most egregious because it wasn’t one or two renegade police officers it was abuse of power at an institutional level with no real oversight by anyone. The internal structure of CN police is they report to CN.”At the hearing it came out that the corporate side of CN was directing CN police on how to conduct their investigation. CN police officers testified it was a “joint venture” between CN head office and CN police, who are supposed to run independent investigations like any other police force in Canada.Holmes was fired in 2008 on allegations he defrauded CN. CN sued Holmes in the hopes of recovering the alleged stolen money. They also seized his assets and former businesses. Holmes counter-sued.They’ve been caught in a bitter legal battle ever since.The civil case has never gone to trial and after stories of alleged fraud surfaced in September CN called for an immediate injunction to find Holmes guilty of giving up the Crown disclosure documents that were subject to an implied undertaking to refrain from divulging to third parties such as Snowdy or the media.Snowdy said he has over 100,000 pages of documents relating to CN, which includes phone records for one of CN’s private lawyers Monique Jilesen.He also says he has mobile and home phone records of members of CN police and the former civil judge on the CN civil suit against Holmes Colin J. Campbell, who retired after the allegations of fraud surfaced in September.Snowdy said he’ll show up Thursday but won’t provide any documents CN is requesting.CN has also asked Holmes to ask the OPP to return the documents in questions but he has refused.The OPP met with Holmes five times. At the first meeting Holmes gave a video statement and provided stacks of documents.The four other meetings were to go over the documents as a detective from the OPP’s corruption unit had many questions.The detective also emailed Holmes a number of times with follow up questions.The OPP has refused to confirm or deny if they are email@example.com
By Tim Fontaine APTN National News SAGKEENG FIRST NATION, Man. –Tina Fontaine’s family is shocked and angry that Winnipeg Police had the 15-year-old in their custody on August 8, a day before she disappeared.“And I just found out today that they’ve known for three weeks prior to them telling me (Wednesday),” said Thelma Favel, the great-aunt who raised Fontaine, in an interview Thursday with APTN National News.Favel is also shocked that Fontaine was hospitalized later that same day after being found unconscious in a city alley. After spending about 4 hours in the Children’s Hospital, Fontaine was released into the custody of a child & family services worker. She then escaped from the worker.But Favel had no idea about Fontaine’s hospitalization until a $500 ambulance bill arrived at her home on the Sagkeeng First Nation. Favel says the bill arrived shortly before the family buried Fontaine’s ashes on September 20.“I got it on a Thursday and we buried her ashes on Saturday. And then I got this bill, “Favel said. “and it’s for $500 and it says where she was picked up and where she was taken.”Favel says the news that Fontaine was interacting with authorities so soon before she disappeared is more painful than learning she had been murdered.“Because she could have been saved,” she said. “They had the opportunity to save her and they didn’t.”Fontaine’s body was wrapped in a plastic bag when it was pulled from the Red River on Aug. 17. Police say she was firstname.lastname@example.org@anishinaboy
APTN National NewsA grassroots movement aimed at getting Aboriginal people to the polls feels they made an impact on Winnipeg’s election this week.With a federal election on the horizon organizers of “Rock the Indigenous Vote” say they have no plans of going away.One high profile candidate in Winnipeg is hinting his political career is far from over too.APTN’s Dennis Ward has more.
(Frances Neumann, sister-in-law to Mary Johns, speaks during the opening day of the MMIW inquiry)APTN National NewsThe long-awaited start to the murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls national inquiry began with the story of Mary Johns who was murdered by a serial killer and buried in a potter’s field years before the family ever discovered her fate.The inquiry lurched its way to Tuesday’s opening hearings after suffering through criticism from the families of the missing and the murdered who said it wasn’t communicating enough and seemed restricted by bureaucrats in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s department, the Office of the Privy Council.The inquiry plans to hold three days of hearings involving families in the Yukon this week. It will then hold hearings exclusively with experts until the fall when it will again call on families to testify.The inquiry was created, at the urging of families, by the federal Liberal government and tasked with examining the crisis that leads to the disproportionate number of Indigenous women who die violent deaths, go missing or whose deaths remain unsolved.“Today is a turning point in our national history,” said lead Commissioner Justice Marion Buller opening the first day of hearings in Whitehorse. “Now there is a national stage for the stories and the voices of the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls through their families.”Inquiry lead Commissioner Marion Buller speaks to open the hearing. APTN/PhotoAnd the first story told was of woman, a mother, a residential school survivor, murdered by a serial killer who would preyed on Indigenous women with impunity for years.Johns left her home in the Yukon for Vancouver in 1975 heartbroken over the crib death of her six month-old child Howard Clifford two years prior. The death of the infant destroyed her marriage. When she went to Vancouver, she left behind another son, Charlie Peter Johns.For seven years, Mary Johns lived on the streets of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside until July 1982 when she was found lying face down on a foam mattress inside a barber shop owned by serial killer Gilbert Paul Jordan.“There was no justice for my sister-in-law,” said Frances Neumann, during her testimony to the inquiry. “He wasn’t even charged and she was the fourth one to die in this man’s company.”Jordan was linked to the deaths of 10 women over 20 years and all of them were Indigenous except one. He would entice women with alcohol and coax them with cash to drink until they passed out. He would then pour more alcohol down their throats. Jordan was finally convicted of manslaughter in 1988 and he died in 2006.Police never found Johns’ family after her death and she was buried in a section of Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery known as a “potter’s field” because it’s reserved for those who died alone and were unclaimed.Mary Johns holding son Charlie Peter.Johns’ family never knew what happened to her until 1988 when Neumann, who was living Vancouver, saw her photograph in a newspaper article about missing women. Neumann then contacted the police saying the woman pictured in the newspaper was her sister-in-law.“So they came out to my home and my husband was with me and they asked me if I had any family photos of Mary and I brought out these pictures that sit before you and we identified Mary through our family pictures with morgue pictures,” said Neumann, during her testimony. “Mary was a young mother, full of life and full of promise. She loved to laugh and when she’d laugh, her whole body would jiggle and everybody would laugh.”Johns’ only son Charlie Peter never managed to come to grips with the loss of his mother and he died of an overdose in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.Neumann implored the inquiry to complete its monumental task.“Every fiber of my body is shaking to my boots. Please, please see this through. We have come and waited for many years to see the results. Don’t sweep it under the carpet,” said Neumann.email@example.com@APTNNews
Holly Moore APTN InvestigatesEditor’s Note: Material in the story below may be disturbing to some readers.As some Indigenous survivors of so-called Indian hospitals gear up for class action lawsuits, others like Paul Aliktiluk are being flooded with memories of abuse.“I don’t care about the money,” he said. “I just want people to know what happened to us.”Aliktiluk’s voice trembled with emotion as he told his story to APTN Investigates for the first time outside of his immediate family.“What I remember is that there were a bunch of us over there. I remember their faces,” he said. “I was just little, four or five years old.”He recalled being given strong medication at the Ninette, Man. sanatorium where he was sent for tuberculosis treatment. He said his body wasn’t able to handle it.“I could not hold it in my stomach,” he said.Nurses would scold him for vomiting on the floor or the bed. They made him scoop it up and put it in a bowl of custard.“They would mix it and they made me eat it.”Caption: Ninette Tuberculosis Sanatorium(source: Manitoba Archives, L.B Foote fonds) That was far from the worst abuse experienced by the now 58-year-old.“There were times I was taken to the washroom and they would put me in a little collar and they used to chain me in the washroom and turn off the lights,” he recalled, “Some nurses used to fondle my boyhood and stick their fingers in my rear. It hurt very much.”Aliktiluk was among 80 Inuit sent to the Ninette, Man. sanatorium during the 1963 Eskimo Point tuberculosis outbreak. The area is now known as Arviat, Nunavut.Caption: Map drawn by Dr. Percy E. Moore illustrating the 1963 tuberculosis outbreak at Eskimo Point (source: Manitoba Archives)He said he doesn’t know how long he was at Ninette but by the time he returned home, he could no longer communicate with his Inuktitut-speaking parents.“I remember going home. I only spoke English and when I got home I couldn’t understand my parents,” he said.He explained he tried to tell his parents what happened in his teens.“I didn’t bring it up again while they were alive because they didn’t believe me,” he said. “I just quit talking about it.”The memories of the abuse at Ninette haunted him through the years, leading to suicidal thoughts and angry outbursts. He eventually became a peace officer in Arviat, acting as a liaison between the RCMP and the community. After he married in his early 20s, he finally told his wife what had happened.“She just hugged me for a long time.” he said. “That lifted me up, I felt a little better.”Survivors coming forwardDozens of survivors and their families came forward with stories of physical, sexual and emotional abuse after a series of stories about Indian hospitals and sanatoriums on APTN National News and APTN Investigates.A $1.1-billion class action lawsuit was filed earlier this year with others in development.Aliktiluk said he is encouraged by the attention and hopes it will lead to healing for survivors like him.“You can’t keep it bottled up inside, It has to come out,” he said. “I want people to know the truth of what happened to us.”
The Canadian PressThe chief of a northern Ontario First Nation plagued by mercury contamination will be running under the NDP banner in the fall federal election.Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh are to make the announcement later today in Ottawa.Turtle is being acclaimed as the NDP candidate in the federal riding of Kenora, where the party’s nomination period has closed.Mercury issueThe chief has been outspoken about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, and has suggested his community wants to see further evidence of progress on the mercury issue, including a promised medical treatment facility.Grassy Narrows First Nation has suffered from the health impacts of mercury contamination from a paper mill in Dryden, Ont., that dumped 9,000 kilograms of the toxin into the English-Wabigoon River system in the 1960s.Earlier this year, Turtle publicly called for the federal government to put $88.7 million – the estimated 30-year cost for the facility – into a trust fund to ensure the project moves ahead no matter the election results.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Amazon’s first-quarter profit more than doubled from a year ago, fueled by the growth of online shopping and the cloud-computing service it provides to businesses and government agencies.Its results blew past Wall Street expectations, and the online retailer’s shares soared 7 per cent in after-hours trading.Amazon has grown rapidly since its start as an online bookstore in 1995. It makes Echo speakers, designs furniture and delivers food from restaurants. Still, online retailing is its biggest business: Sales from Amazon’s online stores rose 18 per cent to $26.9 billion, accounting for slightly more than half the company’s total revenue.The company recently disclosed for the first time that it had more than 100 million paid Prime members worldwide, who get faster shipping and other perks. It announced Thursday that it will soon raise the price of its annual Prime membership to $119 from $99 in the U.S.At its cloud-computing business, called Amazon Web Services, sales rose 49 per cent to $5.4 billion.Overall revenue jumped 43 per cent to $51 billion, beating the $49.9 billion analysts expected.The company earned $1.63 billion, or $3.27 per share, in the three months ending March 31 — almost triple the $1.24 per share analysts expected, according to FactSet. It’s the second time Amazon’s quarterly profit has topped $1 billion. In the previous quarter, which included the busy holiday shopping season, it had a profit of more than $1.8 billion.The blockbuster profits come as the company and its chief executive have been criticized by President Donald Trump, who has tweeted several times that the company doesn’t pay enough taxes, should pay the U.S. Postal Service more for shipping, and that The Washington Post, owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, is a lobbyist for the company.Trump signed an executive order earlier this month to study the post office’s finances and costs, including its pricing the package delivery market. The executive order did not mention Amazon by name.Amazon.com Inc. has been silent about the attacks from Trump, and executives in a call with investors Thursday did not mention the president. They did say, however, that the company plans to invest further in its own shipping services, which includes planes and on-the-ground logistics that can ship its boxes.The Seattle-based online retailer’s stock, which closed at $1,517.96 on Thursday, soared past $1,620 in extended trading.
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index was shut down early Friday afternoon after technical issues prevented users from accessing the Toronto Stock Exchange, while U.S. markets were mixed.Before an “internal technical issue” prompted the TMX Group to shut down its exchanges at 3 p.m., the latest data reading at 1:39 p.m. showed the S&P/TSX composite index was up 31.34 points to 15,668.93. Canada’s biggest exchange operator said it planned to release updated closing prices later on Friday.Kash Pashootan, CEO and chief investment officer of First Avenue Investment Counsel, said in his 20-year career this kind of shutdown was “rare” to see.“It’s premature to really assess what this means, but certainly it’s not an everyday occurrence,” he said in an interview. “And that in itself will raise questions.”The TMX Group said in a statement Friday that it had identified the issue and was working to fix it, and expects to resume trading on Monday.Meanwhile, U.S. markets were largely flat despite strong earnings including from Amazon Inc., whose shares surged to an all-time high on the e-commerce giant’s better-than-expected results. Amazon shares later closed up 3.6 per cent to US$1,572.62 on the Nasdaq.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 11.15 points to 24,311.19. The S&P 500 index closed up 2.97 points to 2,669.91 and the Nasdaq composite index closed up 1.12 points to 7,119.80.Earnings season is halfway through and has produced robust results, but it has not been reflected in the equity markets, said Pashootan.“You’re seeing the market take a cautious approach to share price appreciation, despite the fact that the numbers have been strong,” he said. “That speaks to the fact that there is more concern in the market for some of the variables that can cause a selloff.”He said concerns include the 10-year treasury yield creeping above the psychological level of three per cent earlier this week, which spooked investors, before retreating slightly towards the end of the week.The competition between stocks and bonds is heating up, he added, while geopolitical concerns continue to stoke concern.“Some new risks, many old risks, but the market is taking a more wait-and-see approach than it has in previous years,” Pashootan said.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.78 cents US, up 0.03 of a US cent.The June crude contract was down 9 cents to US$68.10 per barrel and the June natural gas contract was down 7 cents to US$2.77 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was up US$5.50 to US$1,323.40 an ounce and the July copper contract was down 7 cents to US$3.07 a pound.