Kristin Bauers True Blood Sweatsuit Auctioned To Finance Documentary

first_imgThe Walmart sweatsuit worn by Kristin Bauer on the first episode of True Blood’s fifth season is going under the hammer to help finance the documentary Out for Africa that Kristin and her husband Abri van Straten will shoot in Kenya this summer.Kristin Bauer’s SweatsuitThe actress has been asking fans for donations to help fund a new documentary that looks into the poaching and slaughter of Africa’s majestic animals. She has already raised $64,000, and is hoping the sale of the piece of True Blood’s wardrobe will raise even more.“This year my husband Abri van Straten and I are going to Kenya with a camera crew to see majestic Elephant families and Rhino in their natural habitat and to meet with the real heroes who work tirelessly for the African wildlife to shine a light on the crisis facing Elephants and Rhino due to rampant poaching for the ivory and horn trades to supply the growing Asian market,” she said.Upcoming items for auction are a Sookie modesty patch and bra signed by Anna Paquin and a one of a kind, Authority necklace from the True Blood Costume Department.The sweatsuit is up for auction on eBay until August 30 – you can access the auction here.To find out more about Kristin’s documentary project, click here.last_img read more

Designer Vivienne Westwood Launches Young Poetry Competition

first_imgBristish fashion designer and activist, Dame Vivienne Westwood and YOUYOU Mentoring, have joined forces to launch an exciting new project for aspiring young poets.The partnership will give young people the opportunity to create the first-ever collection of Climate Revolution poems to help raise of climate change and the environment.Dame Vivienne said: “I’m delighted to be supporting YOUYOU Mentoring and opportunities for young creatives, because the world needs poets.”Brenda Ramsey, Founder of YOUYOU Mentoring said: “The collaborative project with Dame Vivienne is a fantastic opportunity for young poets to learn from one of the world’s most creative and truly original artists. This will give them a much-needed springboard to promote their talent at an early stage in their careers, which will be an invaluable and unforgettable experience.”The partnership will give young people the opportunity to create the first-ever collection of Climate Revolution poems to help raise awareness of the plight of the planet.The opportunity will be open to FIVE poets aged 17-21, who will take part in:Bespoke Masterclasses led by contemporary poets and invited special guests to write and develop their climate poems. Poets will record their poems at The Premises solar-powered ‘A’ Studio in London and take part in a portrait shoot. The project will be documented in a film and will culminate in October with the poets performing for a celebrity audience at a special poetry reading hosted by Dame Vivienne at Keats House, the former home of poet John Keats.The Climate Revolution Project is open to all poets aged 17-21 living in London. The application process is open from 20 May – 24 June 2013.The Climate Revolution founded by Dame Vivienne Westwood encourages people to take action on climate change and to save our future by doing simple things in their daily lives that can make a difference, like signing a petition to Save the Arctic and the Rainforests and to limiting consumption; ‘buy less, choose well, make it last’.The FIVE poets selected and their journey will be unfolded on the YOUYOU Mentoring, Climate Revolution Poetry Project facebook page and twitter. ‘Like’ their page and watch the promo video here.Keep posted on all the latest news at @FollowWestwood, @youyoumentoring, @climate_rev.Source:YOUYOU Mentoringlast_img read more

Toni Collette Named As Global Ambassador For Concern Worldwide

first_imgEmmy and Golden Globe-winning actress and star of the Broadway play “The Realistic Joneses,” Toni Collette, has joined the international humanitarian organization, Concern Worldwide, as its first official Global Ambassador.Award-winning actress Toni Collette joins humanitarian organization Concern Worldwide as Global Ambassador.“I am deeply honored to join Concern as their first Global Ambassador,” says Ms. Collette. “I know I am becoming part of a global team of men and women committed to transforming care and empathy into real, direct and effective action that creates lasting change in the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.”As a Global Ambassador, Ms. Collette will work to shine a light on the challenges facing those impacted by poverty, war, conflict, and natural disaster. In this role, Ms. Collette will travel to Concern’s program areas, which include 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Caribbean, to bring much-needed attention to the conditions of those living in extreme poverty and in emergency and conflict environments.“We’re so grateful that Toni has agreed to make Concern Worldwide her chosen cause because we know that she can have a transformative impact on our work,” says Dr. Joseph Cahalan, CEO of Concern Worldwide U.S., the organization’s affiliate headquartered in New York City. “Toni has a rare ability to translate concern into action, having helped us reach countless new friends and donors as part of our Concern Gifts program in the last two years. Now, as our ambassador, she can help us reach millions more and strengthen our effort to change the lives of the world’s poorest people.”Video: Toni Collette talks about Concern WorldwideIn 2012, Ms. Collette lent her celebrity to Concern’s global campaign to fight malnutrition and hunger and later to a holiday appeal to make a difference to families across the world through gifts such as livestock, clean water, and health care. Together, the campaigns raised money that helped Concern fight poverty, hunger, and disease, and ultimately save lives.Ms. Collette is currently starring alongside Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, and Marisa Tomei on Broadway in “The Realistic Joneses,” a play written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Will Eno and directed by Sam Gold. Her upcoming films include “Lucky Them” (May 2014), “The Long Way Down” (July 2014), “The Boxtralls” (September 2014), and “Glassland.” She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in “The Sixth Sense” and won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for “Best Actress in a Comedy Series” for her performance in Showtime’s hit series “The United States of Tara.”last_img read more

Robin Roberts Opens Up In AARP The Magazine

first_imgRobin Roberts, who at 54 enjoys so much personal and professional success, has also overcome a great deal of adversity along the way.Cover of AARP The Magazine’s April/May IssueThe first to admit that she never dreamed she’d go so far, so fast, Roberts opens up in an emotional interview with AARP the Magazine, in which she reminisces about some of her most memorable experiences. In a wide-ranging interview, covering everything from the time she openly wept on-air while covering Hurricane Katrina to the day she returned to co-anchor ABC’s Good Morning America after her bone marrow transplant, the television broadcaster expresses fear and gratitude, happiness, and pride, as she talks about the path that led her to being the gutsy, go-for-it — but empathetic — woman she is today.The following are excerpts from the April/May issue of the AARP The Magazine cover story featuring Robin Roberts, available in homes today and online now at www.aarp.org/magazine.On looking forward after facing her life-threatening illnesses: 
”I think of September 20, the date of my transplant, as my birthday more than my real birthday, on November 23. I don’t try to be like people who have had life-threatening illnesses and say, ‘Every day is a gift.’ But everything that happens from now on is lagniappe, as we say in the Gulf.”On returning to Good Morning America after her bone marrow transplant: 
”Just the emotion of seeing people who I know didn’t think they were going to see me again. Some people were, like, why were you in such a hurry to get back? It wasn’t about being back on TV. It was about being back in life. I could’ve stayed longer in an isolated room, but I didn’t want life to continue to pass me by. I wanted to participate in life. Put me in, Coach. I’m ready to play.”On remembering the historic interview between her and President Barack Obama: 
”Yes, for the president of the United States of America to change his stance on marriage equality, that was huge. And to be the person across from him asking that question! But see the little look on my face? I’m reacting to my producer on the side, who’s just held up one of those blue cards. I was guessing the sign was going to say, ‘You rock!’ Instead, it says, ‘Lipstick on teeth!’ As my mama used to say, ‘When you strut, you stumble.’”On openly weeping on air while covering the devastation of her hometown by Hurricane Katrina: 
”Covering Hurricane Katrina was a real moment for me, personally and professionally. On the air, I broke down and cried when Charlie Gibson asked about my family. I had just found my mother and sister within the hour. They hadn’t been able to evacuate because my mom was ill. The family house was damaged, but they were fine. After the broadcast, I remember taking my earpiece out and thinking, ‘I don’t have a job anymore.’ Because it was a time when you didn’t show emotion like that.”On the day she honored both her father and the Tuskegee Airmen: 
”Good Morning America had said to me, ‘If you could do anything, what would that be?’ My father was from the famed Tuskegee Airmen. I said, ‘I want to fly a plane like my dad did.’ Now, I didn’t mean I actually wanted to fly a plane that he flew! But we went back to Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, and this old thing comes chugging down the runway. I’m, like, ’I’m getting in that?’”On her friendship with Pat Summitt, Head Coach Emeritus for the University of Tennessee Lady Vols: 
”Pat [Summitt] was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. I keep in touch, and she has more good days than not. I had always wanted to be a Lady Vol under her at the University of Tennessee, but, thinking about it, we probably wouldn’t have the friendship we have now if I’d been her player. I’ve got her back. And I love that she’s got a hashtag: #WeBackPat.”For the complete interview, along with behind the scenes video and images, click here.last_img read more

The Beginning Of Life A Movie About A New Beginning For Humanity

first_imgThe Beginning of Life, a groundbreaking feature documentary that explores the impact of a child’s early environment on their cognitive, social and emotional development, will be released worldwide on Netflix, iTunes and Google Play on 1 June 2016.The film, supported by UNICEF and featuring supermodel Gisele Bündchen and Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences winner James Heckman, is the brainchild of Director Estela Renner (Way Beyond Weight) and was produced by Brazil-based Maria Farinha Filmes.The 90-minute feature documentary was created in response to advancements in neuroscience that uncover the crucial role that the early years of children’s lives play in determining their futures successes.Filmed across Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Italy, Kenya and the United States, The Beginning of Life documents the early lives of children and their families; and features interviews with specialists from the early childhood development arena.“Effective early childhood development takes place when children feel nurtured, cared for, protected and loved. When children receive all of these key elements in their formative years of life, they have the best possible chance of developing fully,” UNICEF Chief of Early Childhood Development Pia Britto said.“This beautiful film, which we are so proud to support, depicts how social environments are as important as genetics in influencing children’s development. The evidence should compel governments and policy-makers to act now and prioritize investment in the earliest years of children’s lives – from parenting to care and early learning programmes for all children,” Britto said.The families starred in the film are from a range of cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds, including supermodel Gisele Bündchen in Brazil, and Phula, a girl who cares for her siblings by herself in India. Maternity leave, the role of fathers, co-parenting, poverty, child rights, violence and neglect are explored throughout the film, providing a unique basis and understanding of early childhood development.“Emotional recollections for both good and evil have a much greater weight during this period, which is a time of formation, creation and structuring of individuals,” said film director Estela Renner.In a testimony in the film, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences winner James Heckman said “taking proper care of our babies is the best investment that can be made in humanity”.In addition to UNICEF, the film is also supported by Maria Cecília Souto Vidigal Foundation, Bernard Van Leer Foundation and Alana Institute. It is dubbed in six languages and subtitled in 21 languages.last_img read more

Steven Woloshen to receive 2016 René Jodoin Award on November 26 201

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Scratchatopia Films is proud to announce that award-winning independent animator Steven Woloshen (The Babble on Palms, Crossing Victoria) has been selected to receive the coveted René Jodoin Award for outstanding lifetime achievement in animation at the 2016 Sommets du cinéma d’animation in Montreal. This year’s recipient was announced today by Marco de Blois, Artistic Director at the Sommets du cinéma d’animation, and Marcel Jean, Executive Director of the Cinémathèque québécoise. Woloshen has directed and produced over 40 animated and experimental films since 1982, including his latest work, Casino, a musical short which will premiere at the award ceremony.The René Jodoin Award, named in honour of the renowned filmmaker and founder of the National Film Board of Canada’s French animation studio, recognizes the exemplary work of a Canadian figure in animation. Last year’s recipient was NFB Academy Award-winning producer, Marcy Page. As one of the highlights of the 16th Sommets du cinéma d’animation, the award will be presented at an informal ceremony at the Cinémathèque québécoise, Salle Norman McLaren (official times TBD). For further information on this and other awards to be presented at the festival, please visit their website: http://www.cinematheque.qc.ca/en/sommets/jury-and-prizes.Steven Woloshen, considered one of the masters of hand-drawn, cameraless animation, has received several awards for 1000 Plateaus (2004-2014) (2014) and Cameras Take Five (2003), in addition to being nominated three times for Best Animation at the Gala du cinéma québécois for Playtime (2009), Two Eastern Hairlines (2004) and Curse of the Voodoo Child (2005). He has also been twice nominated for Canada’s Governor General’s Award in Media Arts, received the Avi and Dora Morrow Fellowship while completing his master’s degree at Concordia University, and was awarded the 2015 Prize of the Cultural Office of the City of Wiesbaden, Germany. He is the author of two practical manuals on handmade filmmaking techniques, Recipes for Reconstruction: The Cookbook for the Frugal Filmmaker, published in 2010, and Scratch, Crackle & Pop! A Whole Grains Approach to Making Films Without a Camera, published in 2015 (also available in French: Scratch! Crac! et Pop! Une méthode simple et conviviale pour réaliser des films sans caméra). LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Live With Kelly and Ryan coming to Niagara Falls Ontario

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement “Live has had a wonderful relationship with the city and the people of Niagara Falls. Our two previous visits are among our favourite Live remote broadcasts,” executive producer Michael Gelman said in a news release.The visit, of course, comes just in time for Canada 150 celebrations. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Go to KellyandRyan.com for information on how to get tickets to the broadcasts.Live airs Monday to Friday at 9 a.m. on CTV.BY DEBRA YEOcenter_img Advertisement Fresh off the announcement of their new daytime TV partnership comes news that Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest are heading to Niagara Falls, Ont., to tape two episodes of their show.The June 5 and 6 episodes of Live With Kelly and Ryan will broadcast from the Oakes Garden Theatre in the Canadian city, with its views of the American and Horseshoe Falls.It’s not the first time the series has made the trek north of the border. In 1996, when the show was known as Live With Regis and Kathie Lee, and again in 2006 when Ripa had joined Regis Philbin as co-host, the show was aired from the Oakes Garden Theatre. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Producer Star Trek Discovery delayed to maintain quality

first_imgAdvertisement Executive producers Akiva Goldsman, from left, Heather Kadin, Gretchen Berg, Aaron Harberts and Alex Kurtzman and actors James Frain, Sonequa Martin-Green, Mary Chieffo and Jason Isaacs participate in the “Star: Trek Discovery” panel during the CBS Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at CBS Studio Center on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) “Star Trek: Discovery” also stars Jason Isaacs, Michelle Yeoh and Shazad Latif. Executive producer Alex Kurtzman told the Television Critics Association Tuesday that they “spent a lot of time” discussing how to create this new world for TV that felt authentic to the “Star Trek” universe. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment LOS ANGELES — The premiere of “Star Trek: Discovery” on CBS’ subscription streaming service, CBS All Access, was postponed nine months to maintain the quality of the brand. “We are telling a story that we believe in. Everyone is so passionate. The craftsmanship here in our entire company, behind the camera and in front of the camera, is nothing short of stellar,” said Green. Kurtzman also debuted the theme song for “Star Trek: Discovery” performed by a 60-piece orchestra. It plays homage to the original theme and the entire song will play under a credit sequence in each episode. “Star Trek: Discovery” stars Sonequa Martin-Green of “The Walking Dead,” as central character, First Officer Michael Burnham. She’s the foster daughter of the Vulcan Sarek, who is Spock’s father. Also during that time, executive producer Bryan Fuller decided to exit the series as showrunner to focus on other projects. The timeline for the series is 10 years prior to the original series, or TOS, as Trekkies say. Kurtzman said “it became clearer and clearer” that the targeted January debut would “compromise the quality of the show,” so it was pushed with the blessing of CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves. The series premiere will broadcast on CBS Sept. 24. Immediately following, the first and second episodes will stream on CBS All Access. New episodes going forward will be available on Sundays. Executive producer Akiva Goldsman said, “We are going to cross paths with components that ‘Trek’ fans are familiar with, but it is its own standalone story with its own characters and its own unique vision of ‘Trek.’” Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

JFL NorthWest announces nominees for firstever Vancouver Comedy Awards

first_imgJFL NorthWest states that they are “honouring the brilliant, the talented, the weird, and the rare in the Vancouver comedy scene”.Determined by a panel of veteran comics and industry folks, the winners will receive a Golden Kevin (the company’s owl mascot) and other prizes. The inaugural gala will be hosted by Paul Anthony of Paul Anthony’s Talent Time and Graham “Sparky” Clark of Stop Podcasting Yourself. With these two involved, the night should be a hilariously weird spectacle and I can’t wait.You can see the full list of nominees at the JFL NorthWest website. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Vancouver seems to have awards for everything in the art world except comedy. “Why is that?” you might be asking. Is it because comedy isn’t very glamourous? After all, it is an art form that primarily lives in small comedy clubs and in the back of restaurants late at night. Plus, comedy is damn hard, so many people try it for a while and then fade into the night like a local open-mic night.When that happens, it’s hard to keep track of who’s doing what and for how long. Unless you’re a “comedy nerd” or a comedian, you might not know the inner workings of the scene. There is so much great talent in this city and a lot of hardworking entertainers who work tirelessly to make comedy. JFL NorthWest has taken it upon itself to begin acknowledging these comics and improvisors, and will be rolling out the red carpet for the first-ever Vancouver Comedy Awards happening on March 5 at the Fox Cabaret.Submissions for the awards were open from November to December, and industry experts have since narrowed down that list to form a top four in 30 categories. These include Favourite Comedy Room, Best Monthly Show, Most Enlighting Provocateur, Best Twitter Account, and even Cutest Comedy Dog. Among the nominees are John Cullen, Kathleen McGee, Kevin Banner, Sophie Buddle, and Ivan Decker. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

BEST OF INTERNATIONAL DANCE FILMS SHOWCASED AT THIS YEARS CASCADIA DANCE CINEMA

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The 4th annual Cascadia Dance & Cinema Festival features some of the year’s best films about dance. The short films are screening Aug. 25 and 29 at the Vancouver International Film Centre, aka Vancity Theatre at 1181 Seymour St.The films showcase a variety of dance styles. The festival kicks off on Sunday, Aug. 25 with a Welcome to Cascadia and Programmer panel and Dancinema Shorts Showcase. On Aug. 29, the festival closes with another panel, Dance, Entrepreneurship and Media, and the Dancinema Shorts Showcase. This year’s festival also includes workshops, forums, and more. Advertisement Facebook Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: Still from Rumba in the Jungle—The Return. Rushlake Films – Sun City, South Africa. Advertisementlast_img read more

Ontario probes development on ancient FNs village site

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe province of Ontario has launched an investigation to find out whether human remains were extracted from a development on an ancient First Nations village site.An archaeologist hired by the developer initially told APTN National News that bones were found on the site, but then denied the claim.APTN National News reporter Wayne Roberts pulls the pieces together.last_img

Inuit politician retires from Manitoba legislature

first_imgAPTN National NewsA respected MLA from Manitoba has announced his retirement after two decades in provincial politics.George Hickes has represented Winnipeg’s Point Douglas neighbourhood since 1990.He also is the current Speaker of the House.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler caught up with Hickes at the Manitoba legislature.last_img

Lakota block trucks carrying Keystone XL equipment

first_imgAPTN National NewsOpposition to the Keystone XL pipeline is spreading, even as attempts are being made to restart the project.Now, the fight has moved to South Dakota, that’s where the Lakota blocked truckers from passing through their tribal lands.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img

Manitobas child services watchdog to launch review of Tina Fontaine case

first_imgAPTN National NewsAt the time of her disappearance, Tina Fontaine was a ward of a child and family services agency and now Manitoba’s Children’s Advocate says they’re in the very early stages of an investigation into her case.“We’re still in the process of determining how large the review is going to be,” said spokesperson Ainsley Krone. “Our role is really to look at the quality and the type of service that was provided to the child.”Krone couldn’t discuss specific details or provide a timeline for their investigation but says when the review is completed, her office could provide recommendations to the province and agencies involved.The discovery of 15-year-old First Nation girl’s body in a Winnipeg river has sparked sadness and anger.Winnipeg police still haven’t said how Tina Fontaine died but they are asking the public to contact them with any details that may help the investigation. Her remains were reportedly found in a bag in the Red River.Police said her body was found while searching for another missing man Faron Hall. Police divers located her body then.It’s a case that has shocked even police.“She’s a child. This is a child that’s been murdered. Society would be horrified if we found a litter of kittens or pups in the river in this condition. This is a child,” Winnipeg police Sgt. John O’Donovan told reporters at a press conference. “Society should be horrified.”Fontaine was from the Sagkeeng First Nation, an Ojibway community 121 km north of Winnipeg. Police say she had only been in the city for a month before she disappeared on August 9.“She’s definitely been exploited and taken advantage of,” said O’Donovan.A monument to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls was only unveiled days ago in Winnipeg. On Facebook, provincial Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson expressed his outrage that Fontaine’s body was found not far from that same monument.“Last week we unveiled a monument and plaque to honor missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls,” wrote Robinson. “Little did we know a young girl would be found on the Red River, determined to have been murdered only 7 days later.”Robinson says it’s time the federal government calls a national inquiry.In May, the RCMP released a report that found nearly 1,200 Indigenous women had been murdered or went missing in the past three decades across Canada.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Province of Québec denies isolated Atikamekw community request for ambulance service after

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN National NewsThe Atikamekw Nation community of Manawan says the province of Québec has turned down its request for an ambulance after an eight year old girl drowned.Manawan is about 90 kilometres by gravel road to the nearest health centre.But the community couldn’t convince the province to pay for the service.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

Family critical of police for allowing crime scene photos to be taken

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN National News Ann Jirousek describes her niece as a wild bird. Beautiful, wild, free-spirited, strong and brave.That’s how the family of Tara Tailfeathers want to remember the 36-year-old.They’ve been losing sleep. Not only from the shock of Tailfeathers’s sudden death – but from the images of her found online, that followed days later.“Every time I closed my eyes. All I would see, is this image of her on the floor of her apartment,” said Elle-Maija Tailfeathers.Tara Tailfeathers was a member of the Blood Tribe in Alberta.She was found dead in her Calgary apartment on April 3 of a drug overdose.Photos of the incident were found on multiple websites three days later.A photo of her identification, the scene being searched by emergency medical services, and a photo of her, laying on the floor of her room just as she was found.Jirousek came across the photos while searching her niece’s name online.“I thought, that can’t be Tara. It can’t be Tara,” she said.A man named Jerzy Babkowski, who lived upstairs from Tailfeathers told APTN that he was the one who took the photos.He denied posting them online but wasn’t clear on how they got there.Babkowski said he was a friend of Tailfeathers, and that on April 3, Tailfeathers’s boyfriend asked him to check on her since he hadn’t heard from her for days.That’s when he found Tailfeathers’s body, called 911 and snapped some photos of her.When EMS arrived, Bobkowski continued taking photos.“Why was this man allowed in? Why were these pictures allowed to be taken? It hurts because aboriginal women are treated in such a manor,” said Jirousek. “They didn’t treat her like she had any dignity left.”The Tailfeathers family said they blame Calgary police for allowing Babkowski on the scene.They believe her death wasn’t handled properly because she is an Indigenous woman.But police say those photos were taken prior to their arrival.“When the police arrived, we removed him up to the second floor of the residence,” said Inspector Terry Larson.APTN asked EMS what their protocol is in these situations.“While we strongly support the respectful treatment of anyone in our care, paramedics have no policing authority to physically intervene in any circumstance,” EMS said in a statement.Calgary Police said Babkowski did nothing illegal.“We’ve looked at any charges that may be applicable with the crown and the crown says there is no criminal offense that has been committed.”For the family of Tara Tailfeathers the nightmare is far from over. Cousin, Elle-Maija says the memories of her cousin has been tainted.“The photos are horrific. I don’t want to have to remember my cousin that way. No one should ever have to see their loved ones in that way.”tpimentel@aptn.calast_img read more

Winnipeg police identify mother of six found in recycling as Mary Madeline

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsThe Winnipeg police have identified a woman whose body was discovered among recycling at a local depot as Mary Madeline Yellowback.The 33-year old woman from God’s River in Manitoba was discovered on Sept. 28.Police have released photos of Yellowback on the night of Sept. 27.They believe she was in the downtown area the night before she was discovered.A photo from what looks like security camera footage captured Yellowback wearing a grey hoodie with a red R on the front.According to a statement released by the family, Yellowback had six children, aged three, four, six, nine and 13. She and her husband Clifford Yellowback had one child who died in a car collision in 2009 at the age of four.”Yellowback was a community care worker and is described in the statement as “happy go lucky,” the statement said.Anyone with information is asked to call the Winnipeg Police Service at 204-986-6508. news@aptn.calast_img read more

More resignations – including losing top lawyer – hit MMIWG inquiry

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is dealing with more resignations.APTN News has learned two key members of the inquiry’s communications team are the latest to depart, meaning nearly 30 staffers have left the federally-funded probe.Shaylen Smith and Nadine Gros-Louis are the latest to go, confirmed Catherine Kloczkowski, special advisor – project management.Gros-Louis took a provincial job with the Quebec government, Kloczkowski said in an email.And Smith is pursuing “new opportunities.”The inquiry is looking to fill two positions until it hands in its final report in spring 2019 on the root causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls.“As you can appreciate,” Kloczkowski added, “with the announcement in June of a six month extension instead of the anticipated two year extension requested, staff are understandably beginning to think about their next steps and career opportunities beyond the National Inquiry.”Smith and Gros-Louis aren’t household names but were go-to personnel for media outlets seeking information and arranging interviews with inquiry commissioners and employees.Jennifer Cox, the commission’s co-lead legal counsel, is also gone, APTN has learned.She followed Breen Ouellette  out the door to become the seventh lawyer to exit the inquiry.Cox was named Project Lead of the Enhanced Child Family Initiative at the Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative in October that will see the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia assume control over child welfare matters.Some former staff members have spoken out in the past – saying the inquiry is hobbled by poor management and infighting.But Chief Commissioner Marion Buller has declined to comment publicly on the turnover, citing privacy around personnel issues.And the lawyers sign contracts that forbid them from sharing any inquiry information.They swear in witnesses and handle sensitive testimony that will form the final report.The inquiry has two final hearings remaining – Nov. 26-30 in Calgary and Dec. 10-14 in Ottawa.The two-year inquiry was established by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in September 2016.His government rejected a request to double the time period – and $50 million in funding – of its mandate.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

Alberta premier threatens to broaden pipeline dispute with BC

first_imgNotley says if she sees more moves to delay construction, her government will pass legislation to give her the power to reduce the flow of oil and natural gas.In 1980, former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed cut oil exports in his fight with Ottawa over price controls and revenue sharing under the national energy program.The pipeline dispute began earlier this year when B.C. said it would not allow increased oil shipments until it could do more research on spill response. EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is threatening to expand a fight with B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline by reducing the amount of oil her province ships.Notley won’t say if she would cut off B.C. or the rest of Canada or both.She says it’s time to focus the country’s attention on lost jobs and reduced revenue due to a pipeline bottleneck.last_img read more

Site C stop work injunction dismissed

first_imgBREAKING: West Moberly FN attempt to get injunction to halt Site C dam has been dismissed. #bcpoli— Keith Baldrey (@keithbaldrey) October 24, 2018More to come… VANCOUVER, B.C. – A court injunction to stop work at the Site C Dam has been dismissed.According to tweets from reporters in Vancouver, the injunction filed by West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations in January of this year has been dismissed.The two First Nations applied for seeking a complete stoppage to work on the dam, or for work to stop in so-called “critical areas” for a period of 18 months – which is the period of time that an expedited trial for the treaty infringement suit is estimated to take.last_img read more