October 18, 2019

Classaction lawsuit initiated over potentially defective cardiac defibrillators

first_imgTORONTO – Two Toronto law firms have launched a Canada-wide class-action lawsuit against the manufacturers of implantable defibrillators that can fail with little or no warning because of potentially defective batteries.About 8,000 Canadians were implanted with the cardiac defibrillators with the brand names Fortify, Fortify Assura, Fortify Assura MP, Unify, Unify Assura, or Unify Quadra, which were manufactured between January 2010 and May 23, 2015. Those made after that period are not affected by the defect.U.S.-based manufacturer St. Jude Medical Inc. and subsidiary St. Jude Medical Canada Inc. are named as defendants in the multimillion-dollar class-action suit, which has been filed with Ontario Superior Court, said Paul Miller, a partner in the law firm Howie, Sacks & Henry.Miller, whose company teamed up with law firm Waddell Phillips to launch the legal action, said the court has to first certify the case as a class-action, which he hopes will occur by late fall. He said a similar class-action suit in the U.S. is also in preliminary stages.Both Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have issued warnings about the St. Jude devices, which automatically shock the heart into normal rhythm in people who have potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias or heart failure.Those warnings were in response to the discovery that some of the devices’ batteries developed a lithium cluster formation, causing them to short-circuit and their power to rapidly deplete, leading to premature failure.Two European patients who had the defibrillators implanted in their chests died when the batteries failed, one of them just days before a planned surgical replacement. In Canada, there have been more than two dozen reports of patients losing consciousness due to lack of blood to the brain after their devices faltered.St. Jude Medical was purchased in January by Chicago-based Abbott Laboratories for about US$25 billion.In an emailed statement Thursday, an Abbott spokesperson said the company plans to “defend its position” in the pending Canadian class-action lawsuit, and noted that “the safety and quality of Abbott’s products is our top priority.”The representative patient plaintiff in the suit is Shirley Houle of Port Hope, Ont., who had a Fortify Assura defibrillator implanted in January 2014. According to the statement of claim submitted to the court, Houle was informed by doctors about the potential for her defibrillator to fail in October 2016, leaving her “enormously distraught and anxious” and fearful to drive by herself or to travel outside Canada.Her husband Roland is named as the representative plaintiff under the Family Law Act for damages suffered as a result of injuries and losses suffered by his wife, the statement of claim says.Houle’s defibrillator, which was not supposed to require replacement for another four years, was surgically removed in March and replaced with a different model.“You are causing someone to have a surgery at an earlier stage and at least an extra surgery,” said Miller. The lawsuit claims St. Jude Medical breached its duty of care in failing to warn patients, doctors and government regulators about the potentially serious defect in the devices.The defibrillators, introduced in 2010, are meant to last for at least seven years before their batteries deplete and the products need replacing. They are designed to vibrate at regular intervals once power begins to decline, a signal that patients should see their doctors about a replacement within 90 days.“Obviously, if you have an implanted device and you can have the battery deplete without any warning, it could be a serious problem,” said Miller.Last October, St. Jude Medical notified doctors about the defective battery in some of their defibrillators, which had been implanted in almost 400,000 patients worldwide. Following a recall of the products, 841 were returned to the company because their batteries had unexpectedly failed.But in an April 12 letter to St. Jude Medical, the FDA said the company had played down the battery failure and continued shipping the defibrillators from its Sylvan, Calif., plant for years before the devices were recalled last fall.The FDA also said the device maker had not shown it was taking sufficient action to repair the defects and ordered the company to provide a new reporting plan.However, Abbott’s spokesperson said Thursday the company has “worked to provide consistent updates to regulatory authorities and our global customers around ongoing analysis of performance data from the affected device population.“Recently, the company analyzed affected devices that were returned for product analysis due to premature battery depletion. Importantly, the rates of patient impact remain low and to date, the adverse event rates have shown no indication of acceleration.”– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

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Fouryearold girl killed by float at Santa Claus parade in Yarmouth NS

first_imgYARMOUTH, N.S. — Police say a four-year-old girl is dead after a tragic accident at a Santa Claus parade in Yarmouth, N.S.An RCMP spokesperson says it happened just before 7 p.m. Atlantic time Saturday on Starrs Road in the small port town on the Bay of Fundy.Cpl. Dal Hutchinson says the girl had been running alongside a passing parade float when she fell underneath it.She was taken by paramedics to the Yarmouth Regional Hospital, but was pronounced dead a short time later.Hutchinson says the force’s thoughts are with the victim’s family, as well as anyone who witnessed the tragedy.He urges anyone who was there to speak with a crisis counsellor or mental health professional.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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What is the future of the car And who builds it

first_imgYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca. General Motors announced the impending closure of its Oshawa, Ontario plant yesterday, a move that will eliminate almost 3,000 jobs. In explaining its decision, the company said it was refocusing on the future of the automobile, looking at electric, self-driving and connected options. So, what does that future look like? We’ve seen glimpses so far, and big promises, but nothing like the pivot that requires a massive change of direction from traditional automakers.We’ve been hearing about self-driving vehicles for years, but they’re not on streets yet, except as tests that sometimes go horribly wrong. Electric cars are here already, but haven’t exactly achieved critical mass or a price point that works. And everything is connected now, so of course cars will be. What, then, is the car of the future, exactly? What sells it? And more importantly, who builds it? How does the industry change in the decade to come? Is GM’s move a sign of a shift away from Southern Ontario by car makers, or is GM just behind its peers and hoping to catch up?THE BIG STORY PODCAST GUEST: Tim Dimopoulos, Automotive SpecialistToday’s Podcast – What is the car of the future? And who builds it?Audio Playerhttp://radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_11272018.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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Exam question on climate change draws anger memes from Quebec students

first_imgMONTREAL — A Quebec high school French exam question that asked students about adapting to climate change has drawn a torrent of online criticism, as teens used memes and videos to denounce what they see as government inaction on climate issues.The question on last week’s ministry exam for Grade 11 students asked: “Can we adapt to climate change?”It quickly drew the ire of students like 17-year-old Francis Claude, who feels the way the question was phrased suggests the government has accepted climate change.“It’s like they want to abandon the fight against climate change, and just make do and adapt,” said Claude, whose Facebook group dedicated to the exam has exploded to almost 37,000 members in recent days.Claude said the members of his generation are committed to fighting environmental destruction, not adapting to it.“What’s the point of studying for a future we’re not going to have?” said Claude, who attends Mont-Ste-Anne School in Beaupre, 40 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.Claude said he started the Facebook group so students could exchange study tips and share jokes and memes about the exam process. But it has now morphed into a sort of environmental forum, where students direct their anger at the government and its perceived inaction.He said many students find it ironic that the Quebec government is testing them on climate change at all.“I couldn’t believe that they’d dare to give us that question when we are the ones who are most concerned with climate change,” he said.Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge reacted on Twitter last week, saying it would have been better had the exam asked students how to fight climate change, rather than how to adapt to it.“On the other hand, I’m proud that the youth are so sensitized and mobilized on this issue,” he wrote.Olivia Ralston, another student at Mont-Ste-Anne school, said some students found the question confusing since it didn’t really match up to the study materials. She also questioned the use of the word “adapt.”“We are living in this world, and we’re not going to live anywhere else, so why shouldn’t we try to change it?” she said.Ralston said some students put a green dot on their exam to signify climate change, and others have since started wearing the symbol as a call for action.Seventeen-year-old Montreal student Kiaira Morand-Tremblay says many young people are frustrated that older generations don’t seem to feel the same sense of urgency.“We’re able to raise, I don’t know how much money to rebuild the (Notre Dame) Paris cathedral, but for the climate, it’s like they do nothing,” she said.The controversy comes as tens of thousands of students across Canada have been staging demonstrations and school strikes as part of a global youth-led movement to demand action on environmental issues.Claude said many of the students commenting on the exam are planning further action, including another major protest in Montreal and Quebec City on May 17.Organizers’ demands include a government commitment to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius and to partner with environmentalists to establish an education program to sensitize the public to the climate crisis, he said.Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Bid On Jism 2 Star Sunny Leones Lingerie For Charity

first_imgWho better than the team of the new film Jism 2 to show that there is nothing sexier than compassion for animals? Director Pooja Bhatt and co-producer Dino Morea have donated the wardrobe of Jism 2 to benefit PETA India’s homeless-dog adoption campaign and other initiatives.Costumes, including Sunny Leone’s lingerie, dresses and gowns as well as attire worn by the male actors Randeep Hooda and Arunoday Singh, will go on auction on eBay for ten days starting 3 August, the first day of the film’s release. The details of the auction can be found at PETAIndia.com.“With Jism 2 supporting PETA it’s clear, compassion for animals is super sexy”, says PETA India Chief Functionary Poorva Joshipura. “The proceeds from the auction of Jism 2’s wardrobe will go directly toward PETA’s efforts to encourage homeless dog adoption, spay and neuter and toward our other lifesaving campaigns. If you respect animals, one easy and fun way to help stop their suffering is to make a bid.”In India, tens of millions of homeless dogs struggle to survive on the streets. Many of them go hungry, are injured or killed, are hit by vehicles or are abused by cruel people. Countless others are kept in animal shelters because there aren’t enough good homes for them. Every time a dog has a litter, it means fewer homes for the dogs who are languishing in animal shelters or roaming the streets. The answer is simple: always have your dog sterilised. PETA India’s homeless-dog adoption campaign encourages all prospective dog guardians always to adopt from an animal shelter or take in a homeless animal from the streets and never to buy from a breeder or a pet shop – both of which only add to the problem.Both Leone and Morea have separately shot ads for PETA India’s homeless-dog adoption campaign. Bhatt has rescued and adopted eight dogs from the streets, and Hooda helps animals in distress. Those who wish to take part in the auction are invited to visit PETAIndia.com for details.last_img read more

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Elton John To Be Joined By Tennis Legends For Smash Hits Charity

first_imgAndre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Martina Navratilova and Andy Roddick are expected to be at Elton John and Billie Jean King’s 20th annual Mylan WTT Smash Hits next week.The event will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, and will take place on Tuesday, October 16“It is always such a pleasure to co-host this wonderful event with my dear friend Billie Jean King,” said Sir Elton John. “I’m so pleased that we will be teaming up with the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force to raise awareness about the continuing challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic both locally and nationally and to raise urgently needed dollars for community-based HIV prevention, education, treatment, and care services. I urge all othe tennis fans and concerned citizens in the Greater Pittsburgh area to support this event and bring their families for a wonderful evening of tennis for a great cause.”The event is produced by World TeamTennis in association with the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force. Smash Hits has raised more than $10.5 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and various local AIDS charities since 1993. This year’s event will benefit EJAF and the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force. A portion of the funds raised at the pre-match Smash Hits VIP Reception will be specifically targeted for local programs.Captained by King and John, the players will form two teams and play a match using the World TeamTennis (WTT) coed team format. The music legend will also participate in a celebrity doubles match to open the event. John, King and all the players will participate in the pre-match live auction, which will include an Elton John signed piano bench and King’s Wimbledon tickets among other items.The event takes place at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh. For more information, click here.Source:WTT.comlast_img read more

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Susan Sarandon To Feature On CNNs Impact Your World

first_imgSusan Sarandon will feature on today’s edition of CNN’s Impact Your World, and will talk about her work with Heifer International, a nonprofit focused on ending hunger and poverty while caring for the earth.“Heifer International works to empower women in their communities until they overcome hunger and poverty. I watched this amazing work in progress on a trip with Heifer in Cambodia, and will be sharing my experience on CNN’s Impact Your World on Tuesday, October 22,” says Sarandon.Susan Sarandon was recently honored by Heifer International at the Beyond Hunger event in LA for her long-time support of the organization. Susan even traveled Cambodia with her daughter, Eva Amurri, to meet with women empowered by Heifer International’s work.Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant.CNN’s Impact Your World is an empowerment initiative that gives people an opportunity to interact with and respond to the news. CNN connects our worldwide audience to the interests, passions and causes they care about through the people and stories covered by our award winning journalists, as well as by those presented by prominent figures and celebrities.It’s a movement inspired by the audience’s desire to be a part of the solution as they consume CNN news coverage on television, online and on their mobile devices. People are informed and connected to organizations that allow them to act easily and on demand, and then share with the CNN community their own personal impact on the world.To find out how you can watch CNN’s Impact Your World, click here.last_img read more

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Idris Elba Partners With African Soccer Stars To Fight Ebola

first_imgThe CDC Foundation, actor Idris Elba and a global team of African soccer stars, international health and aid organizations today announced the launch of Africa United, a global health communications campaign aimed at preventing the spread of Ebola in West Africa.Africa United will leverage campaign partners and celebrities to provide critical education and resources for the people of West Africa. A central campaign public service announcement focuses on building trust for and showing solidarity with healthcare workers battling Ebola on the front lines of West Africa.The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, infecting nearly 16,000 people with more than 5,600 deaths to date. While the spread of Ebola is a threat to people, health systems and economies around the globe, West African communities in particular are being crippled by the disease as a result of already-strained healthcare systems, mistrust of healthcare workers and fear and stigmatization of those infected.“For me the battle against Ebola is a personal one. To see those amazing countries in West Africa where my father grew up and my parents married being ravaged by this disease is painful and horrific,” said Idris Elba, actor and the creative force behind the development of the campaign public service announcements. “Imagine having to sit down and tell your family that you were going to fight this disease. That conversation is happening across West Africa and around the world every day. I am in awe of the bravery of these health workers, who put their lives at risk day in and out to stop the spread of this terrible disease. My hope is that, in some small way, through the development of these PSAs and the creation of the Africa United campaign, we can ensure that these workers get the support they need and that health messages are delivered to people on the ground to help them in their fight. #wevegotyourback. We will support you.”Elba has rallied a group of soccer stars, including Yaya Touré (Ivorian), Carlton Cole (Nigerian and Sierra Leonean descent), Kei Kamara (Sierra Leone-born), Patrick Viera (Senegal-born), Fabrice Muamba (Democratic Republic of Congo-born) and Andros Townsend, to share this message of solidarity with healthcare workers in a new public service announcement titled We’ve Got Your Back. In the video, the players acknowledge that, although fans regard them as heroes, healthcare workers tackling Ebola are the true heroes. Each player wears the name of a healthcare worker on his back as a symbol of respect for “the world’s most important team.” The PSA will be featured during the Official Draw for the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on December 3, through a partnership with Africa United partner, the Confederation of African Football (CAF).In another campaign video titled West Africa vs. Ebola, Elba stars as a soccer coach giving a rousing and educational team talk to West Africa in preparation for its “life or death” game against Ebola. Elba explains the symptoms of Ebola and tactics for how to beat the virus, which includes spreading the word and working as a team.The PSAs and other multimedia educational materials — including video and radio messages, billboards and posters — will be available on the campaign website, www.WeAreAfricaUnited.org, in English, French, Krio and additional local languages. The educational materials are designed to be adapted and distributed by Africa United partners such as ministries of health, health clinics, government and non-governmental organizations, media and sports organizations. These may include organizations such as Africa 24, SuperSport, ONE, UNICEF and Voice of America. CDC and UNICEF staff working in the affected countries contributed to the development and distribution of messages, and Africa United will continue to develop and provide critical communication tools to CDC and partners in real time based on changing needs in country.“Private and public partnerships like Africa United are critical to aligning organizations fighting Ebola and to ensuring quick, effective responses to changing circumstances and needs,” said Charles Stokes, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation. “The CDC Foundation remains committed to advancing response efforts in West Africa through public education and resources for use on the front lines of the Ebola battle.”To further leverage the power of soccer to reach Africans, Africa United will distribute FIFA and CAF’s ‘11 Against Ebola’ messages through Africa United partners. “Stopping Ebola is an emergency, and CAF is committed to using the powerful platform of football in service of our brothers in West Africa who are suffering from Ebola,” said Mr. Issa Hayatou, President of CAF.“I wanted to support this campaign for so many reasons. I could not sit back without doing something to help fight Ebola. It is important we don’t treat this as something we just discuss with work colleagues or simply follow on the news for updates – instead our focus should be to do something,” said Yaya Touré, Ivorian professional football (soccer) player. “I also wanted to get involved with this campaign as it pays tribute to the many, many African heroes who are in the villages, towns and cities using their skills, resourcefulness and intelligence to battle Ebola. Those people on the front line are often forgotten. African mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters are doing everything they can to fight Ebola – we have to support them. #WeveGotYourBack”Visit www.WeAreAfricaUnited.org to join the campaign by sharing educational materials or donating to support the life-saving work taking place in West Africa.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Troops Ring In The New Year With Beyonce And Jay Z

first_imgIt was a New Year’s Eve to remember for approximately 2,000 troops stationed in Kuwait and Afghanistan as they were treated to USO screenings of HBO’s “ON THE RUN TOUR: BEYONCÉ AND JAY Z,” courtesy of the couple themselves.Troops stationed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan pose for a photo on New Year’s EveThe USO screenings, which took place during the countdown to 2015, were attended by servicemen and women stationed at Camp Arifjan and Camp Buehring in Kuwait, and at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The New Year’s-themed concert events kicked off with a pre-taped, heartfelt message from Beyonce – who thanked troops for their service and sacrifice, and wished them (and their families back home) a happy new year. Throughout the first full week of 2015, photos, video and New Year’s Day messages from troops poured into the USO reflecting the moment-filled experience.Troops from all branches united as one and brought in 2015 simultaneously at all three overseas military installations. Brought together by the USO and their love of music, the screenings were designed to bring a touch of home to troops during the holidays and serve as a welcomed distraction from day-to-day challenges and responsibilities. To do this, the USO Camp Arifjan center hosted the New Year’s Eve screenings on multiple screens throughout their facility and passed out fruit and coffee flavored holiday mocktails to troops in attendance. Not too far away, the USO Camp Buehring center hosted the special screening at its annual, festive Glow Party – complete with laser lights, glow sticks and a midnight balloon drop.“It was awesome to see the message from Beyonce before the show, it made me feel special,” said LT Cross at Bagram Airfield. Echoing Lt Cross’ sentiments was SPC Johnson of the 101st BSB 1st Brigade 1ID at Camp Buehring who said, “the message was heartfelt and it is amazing that someone at her level has the awareness and appreciation for what we do. The concert is (also) exquisite… the attention to details, the precision, and the energy is the same thing we try to bring into our training.”Meanwhile, more than 2,000 miles away at Bagram Airfield, hundreds of troops poured into two of the base’s new MWR Coalition Theaters at 8 p.m., counted down to 2015 and danced-in the new year. They swayed in their seats and rocked out to such mega hits as “Bonnie & Clyde,” “Crazy in Love,” “Tom Ford” and “Part II (On the Run),” among 40 other memorable hit performances. An encore USO screening was shown on January 1st; so that more troops could experience HBO’s “ON THE RUN” USO screening in a movie-style setting, similar to that from back home – complete with surround sound and plush seating.“Watching the ‘ON THE RUN’ concert made me forget I was in Afghanistan for the holidays… thank you,” said SSGT Ferguson, who is stationed at Bagram Airfield.As the world celebrates another new year, the USO once again invites Americans to join them – as well as USO supporters Jay Z and Beyonce – in showing their gratitude to our nation’s troops and military families. Moments like HBO’s “ON THE RUN” screening is just one example of how the USO is working to create, share and thank troops for their service in 2015. Last year, the USO created nearly 11 million special moments for our nation’s military community and is setting out to deliver another 11 million moments worldwide this year. For more information about the Every Moment Counts campaign, visit USOmoments.org or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter using #USOMoments.last_img read more

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Chris Daughtry To Rock TJ Martell Foundation New York Golf Classic

first_imgThe TJ Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer & AIDS Research has announced the New York Golf Classic to be held Monday, July 20, 2015 at Hudson National Golf Club in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.International recording artist and American Idol alum Chris DaughtryThe event will feature a special musical performance by international recording artist and American Idol alum Chris Daughtry. The event will start with Registration & Lunch at 11 a.m. followed by a 12:30 p.m. Scramble, Shotgun Start and a 5 p.m. Reception & Musical Performance.“I am thrilled to be a part of such an important event with the T.J Martell Foundation and look forward to seeing all these great golfers on the links. It is going to be a great day!” says Daughtry.“We’re so pleased to have a beloved artist like Chris Daughtry performing at this year’s New York Golf Classic,” says CEO Laura Heatherly. “This is a fabulous opportunity for golf lovers to come out to play one of the best courses in the country, enjoy some great music and raise much-needed funds for prostate cancer.”The T.J. Martell Foundation funds innovative prostate cancer research at Columbia University Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine.At this year’s event, the Foundation will be presenting Mitchell Benson, M.D., Emeritus Chair, Department of Urology, Columbia University Medical Center with the Scientific Achievement Award for Excellence in Prostate Cancer Research. “We’ve made significant progress in prostate cancer treatments and quality of life for patients over the past five years. My colleagues and I commend the T.J. Martell Foundation for their continued support and appreciate their demonstrated commitment to funding innovative research,” says Dr. Benson.Hudson National Golf Club was rated one of the “Top 100 Golf Courses in America in 2014” by Golf Digest. The golf club opened in June of 1996 and quickly forged a national reputation around its traditional design, supreme conditioning, and spectacular Hudson River views. Hudson National hosted the 2004 Metropolitan Open, August 23-26, making it the first club ever to host three Metropolitan Golf Association events in its first eight years. It has also held The Carey Cup (1996) and The Metropolitan Amateur (2001). The Met PGA Championship was contested here in 2000.For more event information as well as tickets and sponsorships, please call the New York office at 646.841.1394, email Gregory Plage at newyork@tjmartell.org or visit tjmartell.org.last_img read more

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Garth Brooks And Trisha Yearwood Join Jimmy Carter To Build Homes In

first_imgCountry music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood raised walls on a Habitat for Humanity home this week in Memphis, Tennessee, alongside former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter.Trisha Yearwood helped build a home in Memphis, TennesseeThey will return next year to build and repair more homes during Habitat’s 33rd Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, scheduled to take place Aug. 21-27, 2016.Garth Brooks helped build a home in Memphis, TennesseeCredit/Copyright: Ezra Millstein/Habitat for HumanityEach year, President and Mrs. Carter join Habitat for Humanity volunteers in a different location to build homes and improve communities, and raise awareness of the critical need for decent and affordable housing in the U.S. and around the world.President and Mrs. Carter helped build a home with Habitat for Humanity in Memphis, Tennessee“Rosalynn and I are thrilled to play a role in helping Habitat continue the great work underway in the Uptown neighborhood of Memphis,” said President Carter. “We look forward to returning in August next year and by then, I know a wonderful family will have made this house we are starting today a home – where they can find the strength and stability they need for a brighter future.”Since 1983, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis has been dedicated to eliminating substandard housing throughout the city, where more than 29 percent of the population lives below poverty level, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Habitat for Humanity has served more than 445 Memphis families through new home construction and an additional 80 families through critical home repair projects in the Uptown neighborhood. With support from volunteers and donors, Habitat will help improve living conditions for Memphis families during the Carter Project, as well as continue to improve communities in the city and surrounding areas.Habitat’s Carter Project volunteers will conduct multiple projects during the build week, including new home construction, beautification projects such as minor repairs, painting and landscaping, and Aging in Place projects, including critical home repairs, weatherization, and modifications to enhance accessibility and mobility for low-income seniors.“We are excited to work alongside President and Mrs. Carter, our volunteers and the partner families in Memphis next year,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “The efforts in Uptown are great examples of what can happen when members of the public, private and social sectors invest in a neighborhood. Tremendous opportunities lie ahead for families who will have a mortgage they can afford and the stable foundation they need to build strength and self-reliance.”Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s involvement in the 2016 Carter Project will make it the country music stars’ eighth time to volunteer with President and Mrs. Carter. Brooks and Yearwood have been supporting Habitat since 2007, including building homes after Hurricane Katrina and in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.last_img read more

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Fred Savage And Ashley Argota To Host StarStudded 2016 Looking Ahead Awards

first_imgThe Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead Program will present The 2016 Looking Ahead Awards on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.Hosted by Fred Savage and Ashley Argota, The Looking Ahead Awards honors leaders in the current and former young performer community who inspire the world by living the program’s core values of growth, education, leadership and community service. Wilmer Valderrama will honor his parents, Sobeida Valderrama and Balbino A. Valderrama, with The Judy and Hilary Swank Award for Parenting. (Sobeida Valderrama will accept on their behalf); “black-ish” stars Miles Brown, Marsai Martin and Marcus Scribner will receive The Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness from Naomi Wilding and Tarquin Wilding (Elizabeth Taylor’s grandchildren); Jordana Brewster will receive the Looking Ahead Award for Education from her sister Isabella Brewster; Lance Bass will receive The Looking Ahead Award for Community Service from his husband Michael Turchin; and Paul Petersen will be honored with The Shirley Temple Award by his “The Donna Reed Show” co-star and longtime friend Shelley Fabares. Tickets are now on sale at www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwardsThe gala features exciting “blue carpet” arrivals, cocktail hour, gourmet dinner and celebrity-studded awards ceremony. Individual tickets are $150 per person. To purchase tickets or tables please visit www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards or contact Kathleen Cahill at 323-933-9244 or kcahill@actorsfund.org.The Looking Ahead Program was created in 2003 in partnership with SAF-AFTRA to work with youth between the ages of 9 and 18, helping them develop the values, skills and confidence they need to make successful transitions to fulfilling adult lives. Now serving more than 300 youths per year, their families and alumni, the program aims to create a nurturing environment where young performers get support through individual, family and education counseling, leadership development, community service and social events. Looking Ahead is guided by an Advisory Committee of professionals in youth development and youth-related entertainment, which is co-chaired by actor, director and producer Fred Savage and freelance casting director and former head of casting at Nickelodeon Sharon Lieblein.The 2016 Looking Ahead Awards is generously sponsored by Disney Channel, Disney XD, Nickelodeon, SAG-AFTRA, The Osbrink Agency, Kelly and Lou Gonda, Devotion Vodka, Hint Water and Sextant Wines.last_img read more

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WHATS SHOOTING IN ONTARIO – AS OF NOV2417 – LINKS BY DGC

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment ACTRA – CLICK HEREIATSE 873 – CLICK HERE.LOOKING FOR A JOB?  CHECK OUT OUR CASTING, JOB & CREW NOTICESCASTING A PRODUCTION? HIRING CREW? POST YOUR NOTICE HERETO VIEW OR POST CASTING NOTICES: CLICK HERETO VIEW OR POST CREW & JOB NOTICES: CLICK HERE.ARE YOU CREW?ARE YOU A PRODUCTION COMPANY?DO YOU PROVIDE A SERVICE TO THE INDUSTRY?Register & List your company in the FREE eBOSS PRODUCTION DIRECTORYCLICK HERE.DEALS AND DISCOUNTSCheck out our deals page for discounts on events, restaurants, industry services, health and fitness, auto services and much more – CLICK HERE.FOLLOW eBOSS CANADA ON SOCIAL MEDIA  The Entertainment Business One-Stop ShopFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/eboss.canada/Twitter: https://twitter.com/eBOSSCanadaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/eBOSSCanada/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/ebosscanadaDOWNLOAD THE eBOSS CANADA APPFor up-to-date News, Job Notices, Casting Notices, Events, and much more WHAT’S SHOOTING IN ONTARIO – AS OF NOV-24-17DGC (Director’s Guild of Canada) Hotlist – CLICK HERE (52 page PDF)OMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation) MEDIA LIST – CLICK HERE (3-page PDF) Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Play about journalism and political intrigue making waves

first_imgAPTN National NewsA play about intrepid journalists hot on the trail of political intrigue is getting a second life in Winnipeg.The play has already garnered rave reviews across the country.APTN’s Dana Foster has a look at the play by Ken Williams.last_img

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Winnipeg monument unveiled for missing and murdered Aboriginal Women

first_imgAPTN National News A monument was unveiled Tuesday honouring Aboriginal women who have been murdered or gone missing.It’s location in Winnipeg has a significant meaning to First Nation, Metis and Inuit people.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot caught up with one family who has been struggling to find out what happened to their family member.last_img

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Indigenous offenders keep serving longer prison sentences less likely to get parole

first_imgAPTN National NewsIndigenous offenders are less likely to be released on parole and when they do finally get out they’re more often being released into the community from a maximum or medium security institution according to the latest report from the federal auditor general.Auditor General Michael Ferguson said the same doesn’t apply to non-Indigenous offenders serving time in prisons who get day parole easier and with more support.Ferguson’s investigation into Correctional Service of Canada found during the 2015-2016 fiscal year 740 of 1,066 Indigenous offenders were passed over for parole and served time until their statutory release date.“This is a significantly higher rate than for non-Indigenous offenders (about 18 per cent higher), and it has persisted over several years,” Ferguson said in his report.By serving until their statutory release they were less likely to be part of a gradual release plan, such as day-parole in a supervised halfway house with programs to help offenders return to the community on their own.Statutory release means the offender serves the final third of their sentence in the community like someone on full parole.And many of them are being released directly into the community walking out of a maximum or medium security prison.Ferguson found 102 came from maximum prisons, while 483 from medium.He also from that CSC is less likely to look at reducing their security levels before release after successfully completing a correctional program.Ferguson also found Indigenous inmates have a difficult time accessing cultural programs while in prison, and because of their security level they can’t be moved to one of nine healing lodges across the country. The lodges operate at minimum security, but 80 per cent of Indigenous inmates are in medium or maximum.That’s leaving the lodges with beds empty as they operate at about 74 per cent capacity.“CSC had not assessed the feasibility of expanding Healing Lodges to medium-security for men or to other regions,” Ferguson said.He said CSC couldn’t document how offenders’ taking part in culturally specific programs contributed to their “successful” release into the community.“As well, staff was not provided with sufficient guidance or training on how to apply Aboriginal social history factors in case management decisions,” he said.last_img read more

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Putting Handlen away is a long time dream says Monica Jacks sister

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsMonica Jack’s younger sister Liz Kraus remembers her as beautiful, loving, caring – and her protector.“Monica took care of me all the time, not letting anyone hurt me,” said Kraus in an interview with APTN News.“Putting Handlen away will be a long time dream of mine – to take care of her as she took care of me.”It was an emotional first week at Monica Jack’s murder trial in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver.The jury heard a police recording of Garry Taylor Handlen from 2014 telling an undercover officer that he had possibly killed the 12-year old Jacks 40 years ago.The alleged confession was part of an elaborate RCMP operation where Handlen believed the undercover cop was ‘the boss’ of a fictitious crime organization.“I remember picking up a broad one time. Havin’ sex. Then I just lost it for some reason.” Handlen told him. “I think I strangled her. I’m not sure.“All I know is she was Indian.”Handlen, now in his 70’s, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, but Kraus hopes he’ll change his mind.“He has kept this secret for many years,” said Kraus. “I hope that he finally has a tiny bit of remorse and will let this all be over quickly.”Acording to media reports the trial has heard that on May 6, 1978, Monica Rose Jack was riding her bike home along Highway 5A near Merritt.She lived with her mother and siblings on Quilchena reserve on Nicola Lake.Monica’s bicycle was found the next day near a pullout by the lake.In the 90 minute video tape, Handlen told the officer, “I just grabbed her. Threw her bike in the lake, grabbed her, took her in the camper and went up the hill.”The officer asked Handlen what he did with the body.“I think I just threw it behind a log,” Handlen said.“I didn’t bury it. Just put it, uh, a clearing there. There was a log there, and I just put it behind a log.”Kraus says she and her family knew about Handlen’s confession long before the trial.“When I heard what he did to her it made me sick,” said Kraus.“I couldn’t breathe and I cried for days.”“I still cry today because losing her was the worst thing that ever happened to me.”Liz was 11-years old when her sister went missing.  She had last seen Monica as she passed her along the highway while driving with her mother, Madeline.In the family’s station wagon, she asked Monica if she wanted a drive, but she declined.“She never made it home,” said Kraus.“We searched for her for weeks.”It wasn’t until 17 years later that Monica’s remains were discovered by forestry workers about 20 kilometres from where her bike was found.Dental records confirmed it was her.And it took another two decades before Handlen was finally charged for Monica’s murder.“It’s taken a very long time, but I’m positive he’ll be convicted,” said Kraus.The trial is expected to last 10 weeks.lhamelin@aptn.ca@laurie_hamelinlast_img read more

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Feds cant solve Indigenous issues on their own says Clint Davis

first_imgInFocusThe chair of the Labrador Capital Strategy Trust (LCST) says the issues facing Indigenous communities run so deep Ottawa alone will not be able to solve them.Clint Davis leads the LCST, an organization that works to build economic and socioeconomic strategies to benefit the Nunatsiavut says private investment will be needed too, if the economic outlook for Indigenous people is going to change.“There has been support in this budget for infrastructure and the gap is significant. It’s at least $30 if not $40 billion and the government of Canada will not be able to address this gap on its own,” Davis told InFocus Host Melissa Ridgen.“The only way you can do this is to create the right private partnerships, be it public – private partnerships or some other type of model, to attract private capital too address this. And I didn’t see anything like that in the budget unfortunately.”But not everyone agreed with Davis who joined analyst Pam Palmater, Joseph Quesnel on InFocus to talk about the federal budget that was delivered Tuesday in Ottawa.Joseph Quensel, a Metis political and public policy analyst who has worked extensively in Indigenous governance and economic development, thought there were some good points to the budget, including funds to help Indigenous entrepreneurs.“With First Nation entrepreneurs, like any entrepreneurs, the issue is access to capital,” Quesnel said. “First Nations more than anyone are faced with that (hurdle) because of the land ownership restrictions. They can’t use land as collateral. First Nations need capital, this budget goes a long way for providing that.“The First Nation Major Projects Coalition has applauded the budget in terms of providing over a $100 million for First Nation communities to secure large resource projects.”The $100 million dollars has been allotted to establish an Indigenous growth fund to encourage investments in Indigenous led businesses by Aboriginal Financial institutions.Another $50 million over five years will go towards the Metis Capital corporations to support the start-up of small to medium sized businesses.Pam Palmater, a Mi’kmaq lawyer, professor, activist and political pundit.She has crossed the landscape fighting legal issues impacting First Nations including poverty, housing, child and family services, treaty rights and education.Palmater was critical of the lack of funding for women and children.“(Liberals) tout it as being about the children but in fact this budget is lacking a gender-based analysis, an Indigenous and human rights analysis, because you have this $1.2 billion in funding for Jordan’s Principle, however it’s flat funding,” she said. “There is no increase or accounting for population growth, and we’re the fastest growing population.“And we have to remember, this is no gift. They don’t get to be patted on the back for it. They’ve been dragged to this budget kicking and screaming by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and a fifth non-compliance order so this is nothing to celebrate.”Palmater also noted there’s nothing to address the CFS crisis affecting Indigenous families across the country.All three panelists were displeased with the lack of new housing initiatives but applauded the progress so far, and continued efforts to have all Boil Water Advisories lifted by 2021 on First Nations, replaced with clean drinking water infrastructure.@aptninfocuslast_img read more

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