Ontario Liberals promise to put unspent money towards lowering debt

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario Liberals promised new legislation on Saturday that would reduce the province’s debt, saying they were presenting the only realistic financial plan between the three major parties.Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne said that in years when the province beats its own fiscal projections — something she noted her party has done for the past four years — the proposed legislation would require 100 per cent of unspent money to go towards reducing debt.The governing Liberals made the promise as they launched their full campaign platform, much of which was similar to the government’s latest budget released in March.The promise to use unspent money to reduce debt comes amid rhetoric from Wynne that writes off the New Democrats and Progressive Conservatives as having economically unfeasible plans for government. She took particular aim at the NDP, which both the Liberals and Tories have labelled as radical.“We’ve got some really good momentum in terms of our economy, so we do not need … to have policies from a government in Ontario that are going to slow that down,” Wynne said Saturday during a campaign event in Toronto. “That’s what I’m worried about when I look at what the NDP are suggesting.”The Liberals have also taken their fair share of criticism, however, particularly over the ballooning provincial debt during their time in power.In March, Ontario’s publicly held debt for 2018-19 was projected at $337.4 billion — up from $285.4 billion in 2014-15.The Liberals promised for years, after a decade of deficits, to return Ontario to the black by 2017-18. They did — presenting a balanced budget that year — but promptly plunged the province back into deficit in this year’s budget with a host of new spending promises. They now project a $6.7-billion deficit in 2018-2019, with no plan to return to balance until 2024-2025.Wynne pushed back against her opponents’ critiques on Saturday, noting that Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford has yet to release a detailed fiscal plan, and alleging that NDP leader Andrea Horwath’s is full of errors.The Liberals, who are running far back in third place according to multiple polls, have also accused the Tories of using consumer-friendly promises to distract voters from their lack of a platform.In a move aimed at beer drinkers, Ford promised this weekend he would set the minimum price of a bottle at $1 plus deposit if elected.The Liberals said the policy is akin to the Tories proposal to sell beer at corner stores, which the party introduced a day after allegations were raised about it potentially benefiting from stolen toll-highway data.“Ford’s Conservative team is promising cheap beer instead of explaining his expensive promises,” read a Saturday release from the Liberals.“At this rate, he’ll show up for Sunday’s leaders’ debate with a carton of smokes and a round of shooters for voters.”In response to that attack, Progressive Conservative spokeswoman Melissa Lantsman said Ford trusts consumers and retailers to make responsible choices about the sale of alcohol.“It’s time for the government to stop gouging the people,” Lantsman said in an email. “Change is coming and help is on the way.”Meantime, an association that promotes the interests of licensed brewers said it was committed to working with the next government of Ontario to sell their products in a socially responsible way.“In terms of price, almost half (44 per cent) of the price of beer in Ontario is tax,” read a statement from Canada’s National Brewers. “It’s simple — the best way to lower beer prices is to lower the tax on beer.”The three major parties are now preparing for the final leaders’ debate on Sunday, and have less than two weeks to go until voting day on June 7.Wynne acknowledged her party is clearly in third place at this point in the campaign, but said there’s still time to bounce back.“It’s a big hill. I know we have a big hill,” Wynne said. “But we’ve been in tough places before, so what I’m going to do is fight our way back.”last_img read more

Nenshi believes legal age for pot should be 21

first_imgCalgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has some strong opinions on the legalization of pot.First of all, he’s not happy with the planned roll out on Canada Day next year.“A public holiday when you invite hundreds of thousands of people downtown is just not the best first day to try such a major policy change that would impact the hundreds of thousands of people on the streets,” he said. “Even July 2nd or 3rd maybe.”Nenshi also thinks the legal age should be 21 years old, saying science has proven using pot before then can stunt brain growth.last_img read more

NL hunter suffers hoofshaped bruise in brawl between man and moose

first_imgGRAND BANK, N.L. – Predator turned into prey during a brawl between man and moose in Newfoundland after a gunned-down bull bounced back with a vengeance, sending its hunter to hospital in a helicopter with a hoof-shaped bruise on his forehead.Rodney Buffett said he set out into the woods near Grand Bank on Newfoundland’s south coast Saturday with his friends and his fiancee in the hopes of getting an early start on moose-hunting season, but wound up being hunted by his game.It all began when Buffett, an avid hunter, spotted a massive bull moose about 200 yards in the distance, he said.Buffett sized up his target and fired two shots. The moose dropped in its tracks, he said, so he ran over to inspect the wounded animal.His fiancee was standing on a hill with his buddies, Buffett said, looking at the scene through a pair of binoculars. He called for them to bring him a knife — then the moose flicked its legs.“I just thought it was the nerves going out of his body,” said Buffett. “When I turned around again, he was on his four legs running with his head down and his antlers coming after me.”Buffett said the moose plowed into him, piercing his skin and thrashing around its 14-point antlers.The bull tossed its head and chucked him into the air, he said. When Buffett hit the ground, he said the moose trampled over him several times, branding him with its hooves.The moose-man tango seemed to go on “forever,” he said, but likely lasted about five minutes.Buffet said he grabbed the animal by the antlers and kicked him in the head and after a struggle, the moose ran off and presumably died.“He was too old to be doing that. He definitely bled out,” said Buffett. “The adrenaline going through him too, I guess.”Buffett’s friends ran to the road to flag down paramedics, who called for a helicopter to airlift the 38-year-old man to a hospital in St. John’s.Buffett said his wounds were stitched and his punctured ribs were stapled, but he managed to escape serious injury.He spent a night at his sister’s house in the city before heading back to his home in Fortune.He was still taking pain medication Monday, but said he’s otherwise been in good spirits, with a slight caveat.Maybe it’s the hoof print on his forehead, but Buffett can’t seem to get his mind off the moose that got away.“I really was disappointed I never got him,” said Buffett. “There’s a lot of meat going to waste there.”Despite the trauma of his last excursion, Buffett said is eager to get another chance to bag a moose this season, hopefully sooner rather than later.“I’d go back hunting tomorrow if they’d let me. Nobody will let me go,” he said. “I’d go this evening, if they let me.”– By Adina Bresge in Halifaxlast_img read more

Ottawa urged to consider environmental impacts of legal marijuana

first_imgVANCOUVER – Dan Sutton always assumed cannabis had to be grown indoors.The former technology professional was new to the marijuana industry in 2012 when he founded Tantalus Labs. The stereotypical image of a large industrial warehouse, with pot plants growing under bright lights and fans, loomed large in his mind.But when Sutton asked academics, horticulturists and engineers for advice, they all told him that no crop on the planet is grown indoors on a commercial scale.“It just doesn’t really make a huge amount of sense to replace the energy of sunlight, which is so abundant and obviously healthy for leafy green crops, with a synthetic alternative,” he said.So he was focused on plant health, not sustainability, when he decided to build SunLab, a 120,000-square foot greenhouse in Maple Ridge, B.C. It was only after he crunched the numbers that he realized it would use 90 per cent less electricity than a traditional indoor facility, he said.As Canada moves closer to legalizing cannabis, experts are warning it isn’t so green for the environment. Growing pot indoors gobbles electricity through the use of high-intensity lamps, air conditioners, dehumidifiers and more, while irrigation for outdoor grow-ops in California has been shown to be sucking some streams dry.Sutton said cannabis is so lucrative that companies don’t need to control expenses, such as electricity costs, efficiently. Regulators should help newcomers prioritize sustainability — for example, through building standards or green tax credits — but there’s been little discussion of that in Canada so far, he said.“We just let ourselves get to a place where cannabis is so profitable that people aren’t considering the future of the planet,” he said.A peer reviewed study in 2012 estimated that one per cent of U.S. electricity use came from indoor marijuana operations. In California, the top-producing state, indoor cultivation was responsible for about three per cent of electricity use, or equivalent to that of one million homes, wrote Evan Mills, a senior scientist in energy technologies at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.Several Canadian cannabis companies are investing in greenhouse production. Canopy Growth is developing 1.3 million square feet of greenhouse capacity in B.C., while Aurora Cannabis bought a greenhouse-design firm to oversee the construction of its 800,000-square-foot production facility at Edmonton’s airport.Of course, illicit pot growers have traditionally kept their crops indoors to hide them from police. If they join the legal industry, it’s possible some will switch to outdoor cultivation, said Jonathan Page, a University of British Columbia botany professor.Page wrote to the parliamentary committee handling legalization in August and urged it to include outdoor cultivation in Canada’s cannabis regime. In November, Health Canada released proposed regulations that would allow indoor and outdoor producers.But while outdoor production generally uses less energy, it may also use more water. Indoors, it’s important to control water use to keep humidity low and prevent mould, said Emily Backus, chairwoman of a workgroup on cannabis sustainability set up by the City of Denver.A study published by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2015 looked at outdoor marijuana grow-ops and greenhouses. Researchers concluded that weed cultivation was excessively diverting water from creeks that are home to threatened salmon populations.Lead author Scott Bauer said researchers used an industry estimate that a marijuana plant needs about 22 litres of water a day, compared with a wine-producing grape plant, which uses about 12 litres a day.Many cannabis greenhouses in California use lights, raising concerns about energy use and light pollution outdoors, he added.Health Canada’s proposed cannabis regulations do not specifically address energy use or water consumption. The rules would require that legal cannabis products meet quality standards, be produced in sanitary environments and be tested for contaminants and the presence of unauthorized pesticides.In a statement, Health Canada said cannabis facilities, like all industrial facilities, will be subject to Environment and Climate Change Canada rules including pollutant release reporting obligations, water pollutant prohibitions and carbon pollution pricing.“At this time, however, Environment and Climate Change Canada is not planning any new regulations specifically focused on this sector,” it said.Health Canada has asked for feedback on the proposed regulations by Jan. 20. The department is also assessing the environmental impacts of cannabis production, among other impacts, and will publish its findings alongside the finalized regulations, it said.Boulder County in Colorado requires cannabis growers to either offset their electricity use with renewable energy or pay a fee. The fee goes toward a special fund that is used to educate and encourage best marijuana cultivation practices.As the industry has grown, companies have focused more on reducing energy costs to be more competitive, said Ron Flax, the county’s chief building official.“There’s actually an unbelievable level of innovation that’s taken place in the last couple years in terms of more energy-efficient operations.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

Vancouvers conversion therapy ban more than symbolic for identity experts

first_imgVICTORIA – A ban on the practice of so-called conversion therapy in Vancouver sends a powerful message of rejection for controversial “pray the gay away” treatments, say advocates and experts.The city’s unanimous support for a bylaw prohibiting techniques that attempt to persuade people to change their sexual orientation or gender identity gives people reinforcement to reject the therapy, said Coun. Tim Stevenson, who spearheaded the bylaw.Registered psychologist Ashleigh Yule said she has had young adults tell her stories of how as teenagers they were pushed into such programs.“My youth pastor thought it would be important for me to go or my friend thought it would be good for me to go and see if I could pray the gay away,” she said in an interview from Calgary about what some young people have told her.Yule, who works with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited youth, said the Vancouver bylaw is hugely symbolic in its public support to many people, but it’s also practical because it offers non-judgmental direction to those examining their sexuality.“My professional opinion would be having these pieces of legislation that are either at a municipal level, at a provincial level, ultimately at a federal level, would be very helpful,” she said. “I don’t feel conversion therapy is a form of therapy. I feel it is a harmful practice.”She said conversion therapy is happening in Canada, but is difficult to track because it is often linked to private events held by faith-based groups.“Certainly, these groups exist,” she said. “It’s hard to find if you are doing a web search or looking in the Yellow Pages. I know for certain it’s happened at the clinical level because I see people who have survived that.”Stevenson, 73, said he expects the bylaw to offer hope to many people facing dark times in their lives.He said he struggled with his sexual identity until he was 30, and knowing there was a law offering support during his time of inner turmoil would likely have provided some comfort.“I think it’s more significant than you might think at first blush because it really does show an attitudinal change within society,” said Stevenson, a former New Democrat member of the B.C. legislature and United Church minister. “Can you imagine 20 years ago this coming forward?”Prof. Elizabeth Saewyc, director of the school of nursing at the University of B.C. and an expert on vulnerable youth, said Vancouver’s city council has shed light on an often hidden issue.“It’s more than symbolic,” she said. “By doing this, they actually make visible, make public for people that this isn’t accepted practice.”Saewyc said in the past she has had parents approach her about issues with their children’s sexuality, but she always steers them away from conversion therapy.“This is not an evidence-based approach,” she said. “In fact there is evidence it can cause harm. The better strategy would be to better support and nurture the child, with whatever orientation they have.”The Vancouver bylaw, passed June 5, highlighted other bans on conversion therapy by Ontario and Manitoba in 2015, and included this year’s vote by the European Union to prohibit the practice on the grounds that it is harmful.It also cited opposition to the therapy by the World Health Organization, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association and the Canadian Psychological Association.The Canadian association says in a policy statement that it is against any therapy that has a goal of repairing or rejecting an individual’s sexual orientation, regardless of age.“Scientific research does not support the efficacy of conversion or reparative therapy,” the association says in its statement. “Conversion or reparative therapy can result in negative outcomes such as distress, anxiety, depression, negative self-image, a feeling of personal failure, difficulty sustaining relationships, and sexual dysfunction.”last_img read more

Canadian politicians welcome opportunity to host World Cup games

first_imgTORONTO – The chance to co-host the 2026 World Cup is an opportunity to put Canada on the world stage, politicians said Wednesday after soccer’s international governing body voted in favour of a joint North American bid for the event.Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton are all candidates cities for games at the tournament that will be hosted by Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.“It’s an opportunity to bring the world together and highlight how well things work between Canada, Mexico and the United States,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said of the bid approved by FIFA, which came amid complex trade negotiations between the countries.Toronto’s mayor noted that Canada had little chance of hosting the international soccer tournament on its own, but will now reap the benefits resulting from its participation in the joint bid.“It really is a once-in-a-generation opportunity,” John Tory said. “This is a good investment for tourism, a good investment for sports, a good investment to put Toronto on the map.”FIFA will select up to 16 host cities from the 23 candidates proposed in the North American bid. Canadian officials have said they will push to have games played in all three of their host cities.Tory said co-hosting would cost Toronto an estimated $30 million, which would be split between the three levels of government, but he did not provide an estimated dollar value for the expected return on investment.A spokesman for Ontario’s incoming premier said Doug Ford is looking forward to the prospect of hosting games in the province, but did not respond to questions about funding.Federal Minister of Sport Kirsty Duncan touted the benefits of hosting the games.“This opportunity will allow the government of Canada to continue playing a crucial role in the development and success of athletes at an international level,” she said in a statement.“Moreover, this event will potentially provide Canadian athletes the opportunity to play on home soil, allow Canada’s soccer communities to grow and inspire our next generation of athletes.”Duncan noted that the federal government has pledged up to $5 million to support planning around the event.Meanwhile, Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said she is thrilled the joint bid was successful.“It’s excellent news,” she told the city’s executive committee on Wednesday. “I’m very enthusiastic and soccer fans, and sports fans in general and everyday citizens are very favourable to this announcement. They see great potential.”In Edmonton, Mayor Don Iveson’s excitement was tempered with realism. He noted more has to happen before the Alberta capital makes the cut of host cities by 2020.“Overall we scored solidly in the bid and we know we have the best stadium in the country to host soccer,” he said.Iveson said host cities need between about $30 to $50 million to cover transportation and security costs and other improvement, and that he is looking for provincial money to help support that bid.Canada failed in its lone previous World Cup bid — to host the 1986 tournament after Colombia pulled out as host. That remains the only World Cup the Canadian men have ever qualified for.Mexico has twice hosted the World Cup, in 1970 and 1986. The U.S. hosted in 1994.last_img read more

Quebec premier urges crane operators back to work as illegal strike continues

first_imgMONTREAL – Premier Philippe Couillard warned Quebec’s crane operators Tuesday there will be consequences for what he called an illegal strike, as construction sites were paralyzed across the province for a second consecutive day.The premier said workers who refuse to return to their jobs could face penalties from the province’s construction commission.“In a society of laws there are consequences for holding an illegal strike — consequences for individuals, consequences for organizations,” Couillard said in Quebec City. “It’s Quebec’s construction commission that oversees that, they have the power to act and I believe they will act.”Crane workers are protesting changes to training requirements that will permit people without a vocational diploma to obtain an operator’s certificate.The union representing operators says the new program is less thorough and could lead to a rise in workplace accidents.Couillard said he was open to a discussion regarding workers’ safety concerns but he urged operators to get back on the job.Striking workers emerged from a closed-door meeting Tuesday in Montreal and refused to say what they had discussed or whether the strike would continue.Construction sites across the province have been disrupted since Monday after many of Quebec’s 2,000 crane operators walked off the job.Operators working on the city’s replacement bridge connecting Montreal with its south shore have been striking since last week.Quebec’s construction commission has said the strike is illegal because it violates the workers’ collective agreements.last_img read more

Natural gas in BC limited through the winter after pipeline blast FortisBC

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – A British Columbia natural gas supplier is warning its one million customers to expect reduced supplies and “challenges in times of high demand” as winter looms.FortisBC says in a statement that the Oct. 9 rupture and explosion of the Enbridge natural gas pipeline northeast of Prince George will mean a reduced supply for months.Although Enbridge says it expects to have the ruptured pipeline in service by mid-November, it also advises that the pressure in that line, and in a smaller natural gas pipeline nearby, will remain below maximum levels until spring.FortisBC says that means natural gas supplies provincewide will be limited to 50 to 80 per cent of normal levels during the coldest months of the year.Company vice-president Doug Stout says more gas is being routed through a pipeline across southern B.C., which feeds the Interior from Alberta, and Fortis is working to provide enough fuel to keep logging, mining and other industries operating.Fortis says it is also seeking additional natural gas in the open marketplace, but urges all customers to turn down thermostats, cut back on hot water and conserve wherever possible.“We will have a shortage of gas compared to what we would normally have to operate with during the cold periods,” says Stout in a video statement.He says conservation will ensure all British Columbians are able to access natural gas for essential uses, and he thanks those whose efforts had reduced natural gas consumption by about 20 per cent within a week of the fiery blast on the Enbridge pipeline.There were no injuries when the pipeline exploded earlier this month and the RCMP says it does not suspect criminal activity, but the cause of the blast has yet to be determined.Investigators from the Transportation Safety Board and the National Energy Board continue to investigate a cause.Companies mentioned in this story: (TSX:FTS) (TSX:ENB)last_img read more

Senate committee approves dozens of energyindustryfriendly amendments to C69

first_imgOTTAWA — A Senate committee has approved dozens of amendments — primarily aimed at mollifying the energy industry — to the Liberal government’s controversial environmental assessment legislation.Bill C-69 is supposed to improve the way the environmental impact of major energy and transportation projects are evaluated, making the assessments more stringent so that they are less likely to fail court challenges.But the oil industry, backed by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, has launched ferocious opposition to the bill, which it claims will sow uncertainty and prevent major projects, such as pipelines, from ever getting built.Kenney, who has labelled the bill the “No More Pipelines Act,” has gone so far as to warn of a national-unity crisis if the legislation were to pass unchanged.The amendments approved by the Senate’s energy, environment and natural resources committee would reduce cabinet discretion to intervene in the assessment process, make it harder for anyone to initiate court challenges to decisions on projects and change how climate-change impacts are considered; some are word-for-word what was proposed by energy lobby groups.The Senate as a whole must now decide whether to accept or reject the amendments, which environmentalists say would gut the bill.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has indicated the government is open to amending the bill but he and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna have refused to comment on amendments proposed by senators until the upper house makes a final decision on them.Conservative senators, who proposed 90 amendments, hailed the committee’s acceptance of them as a win for Canada’s regions and for energy-industry workers.The amendments to C-69 come less than 24 hours after another Senate committee voted to kill the Trudeau government’s proposed ban on oil tankers on the coast of northern British Columbia. The ban was promised by Trudeau during the 2015 election campaign.The full Senate must still weigh in on that decision.Any amendments to government bills approved by the Senate must go back to the House of Commons, where the government decides whether to accept, reject or modify them and sends the bill back to the upper house. So far during Trudeau’s mandate, appointed senators have not insisted on any of their amendments after they’ve been rejected by the elected chamber.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Dr Oz To Take Part In CAMO Dallas Family Fitness Day

first_imgChallenge America Military Opportunities (CAMO), a national veteran’s support organization, announced today that Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of the nationally syndicated Emmy award winning “The Dr. Oz Show” will be joining an expanding multi-disciplinary team of experts and organizations participating in the inaugural CAMO Dallas Family Fitness Day on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.Dr. Oz, will be joined by Dallas-area health professionals to provide information and support to active-duty military, veterans and their families on health issues.Part festival and part educational and support program, CAMO Dallas will link returning military veterans with experts, organizations and groups who can help them with health, employment, housing, education, family, emotional and other issues military veterans face as they transition from combat and active duty back into mainstream life. Local sports celebrities also will be in attendance and will participate with attendees in fun sports activities. The day will end with a family-style picnic and evening concert on the field, hosted by music legends and CAMO Honorary Co-founders Vince Gill and Amy Grant. The complete artist line-up of the concert will be released at a later date. The event is open to all active-duty military, veterans and their families. A full schedule of event activities is available at www.challengeamerica.com/camo/dallas.In addition to the Saturday event, Challenge America and the F7 Group, a women’s veteran support organization, will sponsor a transitional workshop and reception for women of the military. The time and location of the workshop will be announced at a later date.Admission to all events is free, but tickets are required. Registration for the events is open here. Members of the military and veterans may register for up to six concert tickets (Family Pass) and up to four concert tickets (Neighbor Pass) for members of a guest non-military family.“Dr. Oz has been a tireless advocate for the physical and emotional health of our returning military veterans, and we are so pleased that he will join our team in working with our military and veterans here in Texas,” said Houston Cowan, CEO and founder of CAMO. “Many returning veterans face critical physical and mental health challenges when they leave the military, and it is vital that they have ready access to the resources and support they need for themselves and their families with they return home.”CAMO Dallas is the first of five events Challenge America will stage across the country to assist veterans with transitional issues. While the setting is festive and fun, the ultimate goal of the effort is to connect military, veterans and their families to the communities of care across the country. Other CAMO events will be held in Florida, California, Virginia and North Carolina, states that join Texas in having the nation’s highest concentrations of active duty military and veterans. Honorary chairpersons for the events include former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalyn Carter. Other honorary chairpersons will be announced at a later date.“Charity is not the answer when it come to supporting our veterans. Community is the answer,” Cowan said. “Our goal is to unify what is typically a very fragmented effort to serve and support veterans. We want to tear down the silos that exist and create an integrated infrastructure of support in each community – families, non-profits, support groups, healthcare professionals and businesses – that makes it easier to find and access the resources they need to make that transition back to mainstream life.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Pauly Shore Gets Daring For Parkinsons Research

first_imgPauly Shore – stand-up comedian and actor (Encino Man, Entourage, Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star) – is partnering with Darelicious, the premiere online destination where you can dare yourself, a friend or even a celebrity to take on a dare to raise money for your favorite charity, in raising awareness and funds for Parkinson’s research with a side-splitting dare campaign in support of The Michael J. Fox Foundation.The fans have spoken! Pauly Shore has been dared to get rid of all tour busses in Hollywood. He will walk the Sunset Strip, flag down Hollywood tour busses in hopes of getting the patrons themselves to sign off on this petition. In order to see Pauly go through with this dare, he must meet his funding goal of $5,000 for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.With this campaign, Pauly takes a comedic approach to raising awareness for a cause that is close to his heart.Between SEPTEMBER 17 – OCTOBER 11, 2014 supporters can go to www.Darelicious.com to pledge funds towards Pauly’s dare campaign. When the funding goal is met, Pauly will take on the dare and provide a video recap as proof for all to see and thoroughly enjoy.last_img read more

Radio Show Talks To Stars About Making A Difference

first_imgFor celebrities, philanthropy offers a chance to give back to society by opening their hearts and wallets. But who are some of the nation’s most charitable stars and what are their favorite causes?WIOD and WSBR radio personality Keith Singer’s new radio segment Making a Difference, offers high profile guests who are giving back to their communities an open mic to discuss their philanthropy and charitable involvement.Among his recent guests – Opera Singer Andrea Bocelli, Actor {celebrityChazz Palminteri}, Former NBA Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning, Former NFL Quarterback Randall Cunningham, Actor Patrick Dempsey, the late Comedienne Joan Rivers and Philanthropist Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Founder of Best Buddies International.During the month of February, join Singer for a series of exclusive interviews with top celebrities who have made an indelible mark on the entertainment and media landscape. On his special radio segment Making a Difference, Keith will feature interviews with legendary Media Personality & Emmy and Peabody award winning host Larry King, (a media innovator in his prime). King will discuss two charities he supports, The Larry King Cardiac Foundation established in 1988 after King’s quintuple bypass heart surgery and the Catskill Resort Museum Project.On February 22nd at 10:45 am on 610 WIOD, Singer interviewed Actor and Impersonator Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men and The Usual Suspects), who is performing with Comedian Richard Lewis (Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO), February 27th at a Catskill Resort Museum Fundraiser. The event, at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale, is being billed as “A Hilarious Night of Comedy.” Proceeds support the Catskill Resort Museum Project, a 501c3 organization.On Monday February 23, on 740 WSBR, Actor Chazz Palminteri (The Usual Suspects, The Bronx Tale) discusses his charity The Child Reach Foundation as well as his Play, A Bronx Tale which debuts at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, in South Florida on February 26th.And rounding out the February interviews on Making A Difference, is retired NBA pro Shane Battier, who shares details about the charity near and dearest to his heart, The Battier Take Charge Foundation. Airdate TBA.Keith Singer hosts the radio show Prosper With Keith Singer on 610 #WIOD & WSBR Radio and is the owner of Singer Wealth Management, a full service money management firm in Boca Raton.Learn more about Keith Singer and Making a Difference here.last_img read more

Stevie Wonder And Kai Milla Host Their Sons 3rd Annual Kailand Obasi

first_imgKailand Obasi Morris, Youth Ambassador for All it Takes, along with his parents Stevie Wonder and Kai Milla and All it Takes, will be hosting the 3rd Annual Kailand Obasi Hoop-Life Youth Basketball Tournament and FriendRaiser on August 30, 2015.Four teams of 13-15 year old players will make up this tournament, with one team being Kailand and his selected teammates. The other three teams invited will be from community-based organizations, like the Frogg All-Stars. Professional athletes, coaches, and celebrities will coach the four teams, and there will be a halftime performance. DJ Prophet is confirmed to perform throughout the event.All it Takes was co-founded in 2010 by Lori Woodley and her daughter, acclaimed actress Shailene Woodley, as a conduit to create powerful, measurable, and meaningful change for youth in the L.A. area and beyond. Please click here for more.Invited guests include: Usher, Nick Jonas, Zendaya, Mike Epps, L.A. Laker’s Head Coach Byron Scott, L.A. Lakers Nick Young and Roy Hibbert, L.A. Clippers Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and ESPN Commentator Mark Jackson.WHAT: The 3rd Annual Hoop-Life Youth Basketball Tournament and FriendRaiser will benefit All it Takes. This unique charity basketball tournament brings together some of LA’s most earnest and talented young athletes ages 13-15 and will consist of a four-team basketball tournament, with a playoff game to determine the champion.Hoop-Life will host a half time performance, celebrity guests, autographs, prize giveaways, live music by DJ Prophet, and gourmet food.WHEN: Sunday, August 30, 2015, from 2PM to 6PMWHERE: Galen Center, University of Southern California (USC)Sponsors: Kai Milla and Stevland Morris, Morgan Stanley, Iris and Michael Smith, Torches Design Studio, WG&S Business ManagementSource:PR Weblast_img read more

Sony Pictures And Scholastic Give Goosebumps

first_imgOn the heels of the Goosebumps movie release on Blu-ray and DVD, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) has joined together with Scholastic, the global children’s publishing and education company, to donate 20,000 books to children in underserved communities as well as those recovering from crises or natural disasters in the United States.The books, featuring a selection of Goosebumps books by bestselling author R.L. Stine, are being donated through the Scholastic Possible Fund and will be distributed by Save the Children.“These books will make a lasting difference in the lives of young children in some of our nation’s most under-resourced communities. We work to give children in need the best opportunity to succeed in school and life, and encouraging reading together as a family early in a child’s life is critical to that goal. Sadly, many families we serve have no children’s books in the home when we start working with them. We thank Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Scholastic for this generous donation,” said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children CEO.Scholastic is the global publisher of Goosebumps, one of the best-selling children’s book series of all-time. Today, there are more than 400 million Goosebumps books in print, 350 million in English and another 50+ million internationally in 32 languages. Goosebumps continues to be a powerful force in children’s lives for decades, making voracious readers out of reluctant ones. The motion picture adventure grossed $112 million worldwide and is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.“We are happy to partner with Scholastic and support Save the Children’s efforts to promote literacy nationwide. Just as the Goosebumps creatures were brought to life in the movie, we hope children are inspired to use their imagination and continue to bring R.L. Stine’s beloved stories to life,” said Lexine Wong, Sr. EVP, Worldwide Marketing, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.“R.L. Stine has brought delighted chills to millions of young readers around the world through his scary and funny stories, and we are so happy to work with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Save the Children to help even more children around the world have the opportunity to own a book and discover the joy and power of reading,” said Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic Trade Publishing.The Scholastic Possible Fund was established as part of the Company’s Open a World of Possible reading initiative to provide donations of quality books to children who need them most. Books from The Scholastic Possible Fund are distributed through non-profit partner organizations that work to help children and families understand the importance of books and reading with the goal of improving global literacy.GOOSEBUMPS is now available from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in Blu-ray and other formats. It stars Jack Black (School of Rock) as Goosebumps author R.L. Stine, along with Dylan Minnette (Prisoners), Ryan Lee (Super 8) and Odeya Rush (The Giver). The plot begins as Zach (Minnette) unwittingly unleashes magical monsters on the town, and must team with his new friends Champ (Lee), Hannah (Rush), and Stine (Black) to send the ghouls back into their books before it’s too late.last_img read more

Magic Johnson To Lead Panel For Ladylike Day At UCLA

first_imgLadylike Day at UCLA is a program of classes that promote and educate young ladies between the ages of 12-17 from L.A.’s inner city in the areas of Finance, fashion, health and fitness, etiquette, job interviewing and preparing for their future.The program features an open platform celebrity male panel where the young ladies attending can ask the panel any questions they wish without any restrictions, from advice about romance to how to handle bullying.WHO: Magic Johnson will lead the male panel.Additional celebrity male panelists will be announced shortly.WHEN: Saturday, December 17th, 20168:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.1:00 p.m. – Red Carpet Arrivals for Celebrity Male Panel1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Celebrity Male PanelWHERE: UCLA405 Hilgard Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90095Building: Engineering Building 4(Entrance through the main campus on Westwood Blvd.)Founded by Leah Pump, the LadyLike Foundation is a faith-based nonprofit organization whose purpose is to educate, empower and inspire young women living in underprivileged communities. Through cutting edge resource programs, workshops, mentorships and life lessons, young ladies are challenged to reach their highest potential and become the successful, well-rounded “Lady” they were created to be. Each year, the organization hosts two main events: LADYLIKE DAY AT UCLA and the Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon, which is the primary fundraiser for LadyLike Foundation.WEBSITE: www.theladylike.comlast_img read more

Stars Join Enough Is Enough Campaign For War Child

first_imgIn a moving new video released by War Child, a group of celebrities tell the true story of a Syrian teen forced to flee across the border, and the tragic events that follow.Video: Enough is EnoughThe video features Nicole Scherzinger, Jude Law, Carey Mulligan, Michael McIntyre, Sam Smith, James Bay, and Marcus Mumford.War Child has launched the Enough Is Enough campaign to end the targeting of children in war.On average, one child has been killed every hour since the war in Syria began.Right now, 400,000 are living under siege – with restricted access to food, water and medical supplies.Some 2.3m children are now refugees as a result of the war.More than 1,000 children have been killed in Yemen since the war began there nearly two years ago.The situation there is desperate; over 10 million children need urgent assistance and some 460,000 face severe malnutrition.To find out more about the campaign, click here.last_img read more

Meet Natasha Negovanlis Canadian Web series superstar

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement In an interview the day after the CSAs, Negovanlis replayed those adrenalin-spiked moments, and about her choice to call out the lack of gay representation in much of film and TV. “It definitely became even more political in the moment than I expected it to be, but it was important to me to be as honest as possible about who I am and who my fans are. After all, it is a fan’s choice award,” she says. “What’s special about our Web series is that it’s given a voice to queer youth who need that voice and need the representation.” Twitter ‘Most of you are wondering who the heck I am!” It’s Sunday night in Toronto at the Canadian Screen Awards and Natasha Negovanlis has just won the Fan Choice Award for her role as a lesbian vampire on the Web series Carmilla. She’s not wrong.Negovanlis is mostly an unknown name in the traditional world of film and TV, but online she is beloved by a global fan base of gay and queer millennials that watch her in three-to-seven-minute increments, adoringly. Those fans – who gave Carmilla more than 55 million views on YouTube – had spoken, and in so doing thrust their star into the spotlight of an audience of Canadian media institutions and gatekeepers, from Telefilm to the National Film Board, who were already wondering where the future of homegrown content and production is going. In the moment, the quick and dirty answer seemed to be: right where Negovanlis stood.The 26-year-old performer dedicated her win to her online fans and offered a rallying call for more diverse depictions of queer sexuality. “It has been an honour and a privilege to provide for more positive on-screen representation for the queer community – for my community,” she said. “This is for my fans who feel like they don’t belong, or who feel like an outsider – I’m still very much the little girl who used to get shoved into lockers – so this one is for all of you.” Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Terminator 2 will be as timely as it ever was says James

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement “I think that it’s we have to be on guard and constantly aware. So whether it’s climate change, or whether it’s the threat of an AI potentially replacing us or rapidly altering our word in a negative outcome for humans or weather it’s nuclear warfare — these are things we need to be constantly vigilant about.” The 1991 release — a sequel to the 1984 original — starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton and Robert Patrick. It followed Sarah Connor and her 10-year-old son John fleeing an advanced shapeshifting Terminator sent back in time to kill them. Schwarzenegger’s less advanced Terminator was also sent back in time to protect the pair. The film featured a scene in which Sarah Connor imagines a nuclear blast consuming Los Angeles. MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — James Cameron has taken time out from crafting the upcoming four “Avatar” sequels to return to one of his old films, one he says is as up-to-the-minute as ever — “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Twittercenter_img “I tend to be kind of an apocalyptic kind of guy. I look at all the worst case outcomes,” said Cameron, who said he started writing the film before the Berlin Wall came down and the collapse of the Soviet Union. “I think the film is as timely as it ever was, probably more so less on the nuclear side and more on the AI side and dealing with our relationship with our own technology,” Cameron said Thursday. “And how we do really stand the possibility of making ourselves obsolete?” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook As for any film reboot of the series, Cameron said the idea was being discussed but he wanted to make sure it had “fresh imagery, fresh characters” and wasn’t “mired in the past.” The director said any reboot must “feel like a new, 21st-century version of a “Terminator” story but still stay true to what that means.”By: Joseph Longo Cameron converted the 26-year-old film — in which one robot with artificial intelligence battles another to stop nuclear annihilation — into a 3D format that hits movie theatresAug. 25. It arrives just as escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions are in the headlines.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement It’s not a farewell, just a happy/sad “see ya soon.” But it’s still going to feel pretty weird when it finally sinks in, after Canada Day, that the beloved Toronto live venue Massey Hall will really, truly not be opening its doors again for at least two years.Sunday’s farewell show will be the last of three sold-out performances by seasoned Massey veteran Gordon Lightfoot, who’s already trod the boards in that storied, 124-year-old concert hall at least 166 times in his 79 years on this planet. After a staff party planned for July 3 — during which Deane Cameron, CEO of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, promises “you can be sure anyone who plays any kind of music will be up on that stage” — the tear-down begins towards a massive “revitalization” project that will include the restoration of 100 stained-glass windows ringing the theatre, the installation of removable seating on the floor, expansion of the downstairs Centuries lounge to create a secondary live venue beneath the main hall, and construction of a seven-storey tower to the south of the original building that will feature yet another 500-capacity live venue on the fourth floor. The plan is to reopen in the fall of 2020.As we prepare to bid temporary adieu to one of the cornerstones of our city’s endlessly lively music scene, the Star asked Canadian musicians who have been fortunate enough to play Massey Hall to share fond memories of the favourite shows they’ve seen and/or played there over the years. Unsurprisingly, we got a lot of enthusiastic responses. Twitter Facebook Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Airships in skies would annihilate remoteness for First Nations communities researchers

first_imgAPTN National NewsGetting goods and supplies to remote First Nations like Attawapiskat is a constant challenge.But now, a team of engineers and designers at the University of Manitoba hope they have a solution.They want to resupply fly-in communities by air, but they don’t want to use airplanes.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler reveals their invention.last_img