NDPs Horwath urges Liberals to vote for her as only way to

first_imgTORONTO – Only the New Democrats can prevent the Progressive Conservatives under Doug Ford from forming government in Ontario next week, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said Friday in her most direct pitch yet to Liberal voters.Speaking at a campaign stop in Toronto, Horwath said she expected a close election on Thursday.“One thing is certain: Ontarians will elect a new premier to replace Kathleen Wynne,” Horwath said in the Liberal premier’s own riding. “The choice is between me and Doug Ford, (and) to those who have voted Liberal in the past, I invite you to join us to stop Doug Ford and vote for the kind of change that Ontario needs.”In past elections, voters opposed to the Conservatives have tended to coalesce around the Liberals as their best bet.This time, however, it appears the strategic vote is poised to break in Horwath’s favour. Horwath’s voting pitch — typically seen as Ontario and federal elections move into their final stretches — comes as polls suggest either she or Ford will become Ontario’s next premier.Myer Siemiatycki, a politics professor at Ryerson University, said polling suggests a shift to the NDP away from the Liberals began unusually early this campaign given the “fear factor” around the Tories, who’ve been criticized for not detailing how they’d pay for their campaign promises.“In the past, the Liberals have typically — either federally or provincially — been regarded as, and have been, the stronger party, so the messaging has been to NDP supporters not to waste their vote,” Siemiatycki said.Wynne, who has been making her own last-ditch appeal to both Liberal and NDP voters to go with her as the voice of pragmatic experience, has also tried to frame the election as between her and Ford’s Progressive Conservatives — despite polls suggesting the Liberals are trailing badly.In an interview with The Canadian Press this week, Wynne said it was too early to discuss strategic voting — or whether it was going to break in favour of the New Democrats for the first time in years.“I don’t think we’re there yet. I don’t think we can actually say that,” Wynne said. “The falling off of Ford’s support is just becoming clear. We won’t know for a few more days exactly where people are going to go. That’s my sense.”On Friday, Wynne stuck to her defensive pitch — that she would still make the best leader — saying people need to be “very careful” in deciding who would be best at building the province.Horwath, who also planned a campaign stop Friday in St. Catharines — another seemingly impregnable Liberal fortress — said she can sense the changed sentiment as she railed against both Wynne and Ford.“Ontario wants change,” Horwath said Friday. “Doug Ford is not the kind of change Ontario needs.”Brenna Keatinge, a self-described “very progressive” Toronto resident in the normally Liberal riding of St Paul’s, said she used to consider voting Liberal when the party seemed the only viable contender against the Conservatives. This time, she said she planned to cast her ballot on June 7 for the NDP to try to keep Ford out of the premier’s office.“If I think there is a really strong chance the Conservatives would get in, then I would tend to be more strategic and vote Liberal,” Keatinge said. “But this time around, the NDP actually has a chance so … I think overall voting NDP makes the most sense.”Peter Graefe, a political science associate professor at McMaster University, said the anti-Tory coalescing appears to have started in the Ontario campaign much earlier than usual.“The Liberal and NDP campaigns are set up on this idea that there’s going to be the first part of the election — which is a primary between the two of them and the winner will then go and fight the Conservatives,” Graefe said.“What’s really remarkable this time is that within about two days of this campaign starting, that decision had more or less been made — that it was quite clear that it was going to be the NDP against the Conservatives.”Brenda Stockdale, 54, a Cambridge, Ont., resident, might be one of those anti-Ford voters the Liberals have traditionally won over, but not this time. Her faith in the Liberals was shaken and her vote will go to the NDP, she said.“They’re for the working people. I’m the working people. And that’s important to me,” Stockdale said after attending a Horwath rally in Kitchener, Ont., this week.“Our health care system and our education system has been cut so much,” said Stockdale, a health educator. “(Horwath) gives me hope that she’s going to change that.”Ford’s claim to be “for the people” is just a “facade,” she said.— with files from Peter Goffin and Shawn Jeffords.last_img read more

Convicted murderer Sandeson granted copy of hard drive as he seeks laptop

first_imgHALIFAX – A former medical student serving a life sentence for murder has been granted a copy of his laptop hard drive, as he represents himself in a court bid to obtain the computer itself.William Sandeson is in the process of appealing a first-degree murder conviction in the death of 22-year-old Taylor Samson during a drug deal, though Sandeson said Thursday he doesn’t have a lawyer for that case yet.Samson’s body has never been found.In written submissions requesting the return of his computer, which was seized by police during their investigation, Sandeson said it contained personal information of a sentimental value to him and his family. The specific items were not revealed.Sandeson, who is in his mid-20s, appeared in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax via video conference on Thursday in an attempt to set a court date to get the computer back.Sandeson, sitting in a white room with his arms crossed, could be seen behind a small round table with documents spread out before him.During the brief court hearing, Justice Patrick Duncan read a portion of a letter from the Crown opposing the return of the computer while Sandeson’s conviction is under appeal.“Pending the disposition of any further proceedings in this matter, the Crown maintains its authorization to retain the computer,” the letter said, alluding to Criminal Code provisions on the detention of property during appeals.Duncan asked if Sandeson would like to reconsider his application given the Crown’s position.“I anticipated as much from the Crown,” Sandeson replied, and confirmed he would like to proceed.When asked if he had the chance to read over that section of the code, Sandeson said he looked at the section itself but didn’t recall the specific subsection where the relevant information was mentioned.On Thursday, Crown attorney Susan MacKay said while she opposed the return of the computer itself, the police were willing to give him a copy of the hard drive.Duncan asked Sandeson if he wanted it.“I would still like to proceed in trying to obtain the laptop in full,” said Sandeson.“It’s not an ‘or’ proposition,” the judge replied. “You can have the hard drive and you can continue your application anyway.”“Yes, absolutely, I would appreciate it very much if I could get the hard drive as well,” said Sandeson.MacKay said arrangements will be made to send a copy of the hard drive to Sandeson’s father.The judge was also unsure about if he had the jurisdiction to hear Sandeson’s request, noting that matters like this usually go where the case is being heard: in this case, the province’s Court of Appeal.MacKay said she would consult with appeals lawyers, and the matter will be back before Duncan on August 9.At the time of his arrest, Sandeson had completed one year of medical school in the Caribbean, was a track and field athlete, worked two jobs and had a girlfriend. He was due to start medical school at Dalhousie University within a week of the slaying of Samson, a physics student at Dalhousie.Samson went to Sandeson’s Halifax apartment on Aug. 15, 2015, to sell nine kilograms of marijuana as part of a prearranged deal. Sandeson, who did not have the $40,000 cash to pay for the drugs, shot him while he was sitting at a kitchen table.Crown lawyers had argued Sandeson devised a scheme to kill Samson and steal the marijuana to pay off his debts.Sandeson took a paralegal course while in prison so he could better understand his case.In May, Sandeson was awarded nearly $700 after accusing a former roommate of stealing $2,500 worth of sneakers and homemade wine from their Halifax apartment.Sandeson was living with Dylan Zinck-Selig when he was arrested.Zinck-Selig had been given limited access to the apartment to retrieve essential items during the police forensic investigation. Zinck-Selig admitted to taking some sneakers and four bottles of wine, but not all the items claimed by Sandeson.Sandeson also made headlines in January after he made a profile on Canadian Inmates Connects, a site that matches federal inmates to pen pals.last_img read more

Immune system plays role in tooth and filling decay UofT study

first_imgToronto researchers say they’ve shown for the first time that the body’s own immune system likely plays a role in both the decay of teeth and the breakdown of fillings.Bacteria remain the main culprit in tooth decay, but a recent study from a team at the University of Toronto shows in the laboratory that neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, contribute to the damage.“What we found is neutrophils are capable of causing collateral damage while fighting the bacteria,” said Yoav Finer, a professor in the faculty of dentistry and one of the authors of the paper published in the journal Acta Biomaterialia.Conventional wisdom based on decades of research held that bacteria alone caused both tooth decay and decay in the resin composites used in modern-day fillings and tooth restorations.“The bacteria takes sugar and produces acid, and that acid dissolves the tooth structure,” explained co-author Michael Glogauer, a professor in the same faculty and the team’s immunology expert.He said a maverick in the dental research field, John Gabrovsek of the Cleveland Clinic, first proposed the idea that immune cells also played a role in tooth decay, with a paper on the theory in the Journal of Dental Research in 1970.“They thought he was crazy because it went against the dogma,” Glogauer said, adding that Gabrovsek got in touch with him about 15 years ago to share his idea.“Based on what I know about neutrophils and what he knows about neutrophils, I thought there was a lot of credibility in that,” he said.Glogauer then approached Finer and the two got to work.Neutrophils are the only white blood cell that is routinely found in the mouth, Glogauer explained.In the lab, the research team used neutrophils isolated from blood to coat either parts of extracted teeth or the resin used to restore teeth.“We can actually see them breaking down using electron microscopy,” Glogauer said. The team also detected the breakdown byproducts that can only come from neutrophils, he said.The neutrophils become activated by the presence of bacteria in the mouth and release enzymes that attack the bacteria but also degrade the structure of the tooth and the resin, he said.Finer compared the white blood cells to a sledgehammer.“It’s like trying to eliminate a fly on the wall by taking a sledgehammer,” Finer said. “You may hit the bug, but the damage to the wall is quite significant.”Now the team is working on a variety of followups, including isolating the type of enzymes that damage teeth and translating the work to make it clinically applicable. For example, they said, a rinse could be developed that controls neutrophils to limit the damage they do to teeth.And new restoration materials can be designed for dental work to resist the damage from the immune cells.For Gabrovsek, now 85, the research is an important validation of his earlier work.“We just heard this morning,” said his wife, Rita Gabrovsek, as her husband laughed in the background on a phone call from their home in Twinsburg, Ohio.“He’s smiling, just smiling, a huge smile,” she said. “It bugged him all his life that his theory was totally brushed aside, so this is a big moment for us.”Gabrovsek said he never wavered in his belief.“I couldn’t believe for 50 years that scientists here in the United States didn’t believe me,” he said. “I thought, boy, they are very stupid scientists. Now others know I am right!”The couple planned to celebrate the news with their grandchildren Thursday afternoon by telling them that their grandfather was right all along.Liam Casey, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

A selection of books films about or referencing Juno Beach and DDay

first_imgOTTAWA — A selection of films and books about the Normandy invasion:FILMSStorming Juno (2010): Movies mentioning Canada’s role in the D-Day landings are hard enough to come by, let alone one actually focused on Juno Beach. Storming Juno attempts the feat, focusing on a group of Canadian soldiers who land in Normandy. Described more docudrama than feature film, it includes re-enactments and interviews with some of those who were there when the landing craft ramps dropped.D-Day: The Sixth of June (1956): The biggest invasion in history isn’t plot enough for this film, which uses it as merely the backdrop for one of those three-way wartime romances. Robert Taylor is the Yank and Richard Todd the Brit who are both in love with plucky Red Cross worker Dana Wynter. Both men end up part of the same British-American-Canadian operation that goes ashore ahead of the invasion to take out a big German gun, and only one comes back alive.The Longest Day (1962): Arguably the most comprehensive and authentic film about the Normandy invasion. Darryl F. Zanuck’s three-hour-plus, star-studded epic shows events from the German and French perspectives, but it is largely an American story featuring the likes of John Wayne, Henry Fonda and Robert Mitchum. There are two brief references to the Canadian involvement, and a brief scene showing a pair of Luftwaffe fighters strafing Juno and Sword beaches. Apart from that Canada is represented by Paul Anka, who wrote the theme song.Up From the Beach (1965): A sequel to The Longest Day but rather nondescript. It features some of the same cast as the original, including Red Buttons, as it tells the story of American GIs working their way up to the Normandy villages.A Foreign Field (1994): Leo McKern and Alec Guinness star in this little-known, highly emotional BBC-produced drama about British and American veterans gathering for the 50th anniversary commemoration of D-Day.Saving Private Ryan (1998): Steven Spielberg’s seminal war epic hailed as opening with the most realistically brutal filmed depiction of the Normandy landing ever. But it’s American all the way in its story of a squad of GIs assigned to find a private somewhere amid the chaos of the invasion and return him to America.Band of Brothers (2001): This epic HBO miniseries is a sort of followup to Saving Private Ryan, produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, with the same eye for bloody combat detail. The second chapter, entitled Day of Days, is quite visceral as members of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne parachute into France on the eve of the invasion to take out some German shore guns.Ike: Countdown to D-Day (2004): A bald Tom Selleck stars as Gen. Dwight Eisenhower overseeing the Normandy invasion plans. Several brief references to the Canadians are made but no actual battle scenes. Filmed in Australia by veteran writer-producer Lionel Chetwynd, a McGill University graduate who was also part of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.BOOKSThe Juno Beach Trilogy. By Mark Zuehlke. Douglas and McIntyre.D-Day: Juno Beach, Canada’s 24 Hours of Destiny. By Lance Goddard. Dundurn.Lena’s Story: The D-Day Landings. By Patricia Sinclair. Driverworks Inc.Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy. By Terry Copp. University of Toronto Press.On Juno Beach: Canada’s D-Day Heroes. By Hugh Brewster. Scholastic/Madison Press.Guns of Normandy: A Soldier’s Eye View, France 1944. George G. Blackburn. McClelland and Stewart.D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II. By Stephen Ambrose. Touchstone.The D-Day Landing Beaches: The Guide. By Georges Bernage. Heimdal.D-Day 1944, Vol. 4: Gold & Juno Beaches. By Ken Ford Oxford. Osprey.D-Day: The First 24 Hours. By Will Fowler. Lewis.Bloody Victory: Canadians and the D-Day Campaign. By J.L. Granatstein and Desmond Morton. Lester Publishing.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

In the news today June 24

first_imgFour stories in the news for Monday, June 24———SAINT-JACQUES SET TO RETURN FROM SPACE MISSIONDavid Saint-Jacques is getting ready to head home today after more than six months in space. The Canadian astronaut is set to return aboard a Soyuz capsule along with a NASA astronaut and Russian cosmonaut, landing just before 11 p.m. Eastern. Saint-Jacques’ mission began on Dec. 3 and will be the longest single spaceflight by a Canadian — 204 days in orbit. His mission included milestones such as a six-and-a-half hour spacewalk in April and operating Canadarm2 to perform a “cosmic catch” of SpaceX Dragon cargo in May. He also oversaw numerous health science experiments and chatted from space with children across Canada.———INDEPENDENT SENATORS GROWING MORE ASSERTIVEIn the final hours of Justin Trudeau’s four-year experiment with a less-partisan Senate, Independent senators came within a whisker of biting the hand that feeds them. On Bill C-48, which follows through on the prime minister’s 2015 election commitment to ban oil tankers from the northern coast of British Columbia, senators voted 49 to 46 to accept the bill, even though Trudeau’s government had rejected one of two Senate amendments to the controversial legislation. Those voting against included all the Conservative senators plus more than a dozen Independent senators.———SURVEY SUGGESTS CANADIANS HAPPIER AFTER AGE 55A new national survey suggests Canadians are happier after age 55 and when they earn a higher income, but it also indicates that most don’t consider money to be a key factor affecting their happiness. The Happiness Index compiled by Leger, asked Canadians across the country to rate their level of happiness on a scale of one to 10 and note which factors they believe influence their happiness the most. The online survey, conducted between June 11 and 17, found about half of respondents ranked their happiness as at least eight out of 10, with almost no difference between rural and urban areas.———MUST LOVE SNAKES: RATTLER WRANGLER ALWAYS ON CALLOne rattlesnake got caught in freshly laid tar under someone’s stairs. Others typically get trapped in garden netting. Ryan Heavy Head comes to the rescue of both the vipers and the terrified homeowners. “I call myself a rattlesnake wrangler,” says the 47-year-old, who runs a rattlesnake mitigation program in Lethbridge, southeast of Calgary. He’s also on call with the program’s rattlesnake hotline, which runs April to October. The line gets anywhere from 60 to 170 calls a year, and the number has been rising along with new housing developments on bluffs above the city’s river valley.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Finance Minister Bill Morneau in Kitimat, B.C. to announce the largest private sector investment in Canadian history.— Release of BC Court of Appeal ruling on the government application to preserve indefinite solitary confinement in Canadian prisons.— Conference in support of revitalization of Indigenous languages around the world opens in Victoria.— Pro-choice rally at Edmonton Legislature featuring speakers on bodily autonomy and reproductive justice.— Lethbridge, Alta., retrial of David and Collet Stephan who were convicted of failing to provide the necessaries of life in the death of their son.— OPSEU members from the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa to hold a rally against the Ford government.— Media invited to attend first crossing of refurbished Samuel De Champlain Bridge in Quebec.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Coleman denies trying to barter husband Boyle to get chocolate in captivity

first_imgOTTAWA — Caitlan Coleman denies trying to use her husband Joshua Boyle as a bargaining chip to get chocolate while the pair were held captive by extremists.Coleman told Boyle’s assault trial in Ontario court today there is no truth to his claim she attempted to get the treat in exchange for Boyle’s participation in a mock execution by their Taliban-affiliated captors.Coleman testified via video link from the United States as lawyers wrapped up their re-examination of witnesses in the case.Boyle, 36, has pleaded not guilty to offences against Coleman, including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement in the period of October to December 2017.The incidents are alleged to have taken place after he and Coleman returned to Canada five years after being taken prisoner in Afghanistan during a 2012 backpacking trip through central Asia.Coleman said today she was hoping the couple would be denied permission to enter Afghanistan, contradicting Boyle’s testimony earlier in the trial they were both keen to visit the strife-torn country.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 30, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

This country is fighting itself Alberta separatists push for independence amid federal

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — With the federal election fast approaching, a group advocating for Alberta to separate from Canada is hosting meetings in several cities in Alberta to gain support and the attention of federal party leaders.The association dubbed Wexit Alberta, or Western Exit, envisions the future of Alberta as a sovereign republic with sole governance and legislation over its affairs. During a stop in Calgary, it’s founder Peter Downing renewed his call for independence in earnest citing Alberta’s lack of influence in Ottawa.“Right now we have 34 seats in Alberta, our vote federally does not count,” he argued. Ontario holds 121 seats in the House of Commons while Quebec has 72 out of a total 338.Despite the opportunity to elect a new government in the upcoming election, Downing is unconvinced that any of the parties would put Alberta interests first.“The Conservative Party of Canada still has to pander to Ontario and Quebec because that is where all the votes are, that’s why they are talking about their carbon tax scheme and all of their social justice stuff,” Downing said.“And again if you want to be that way that’s fine, there is nothing wrong with that, but Eastern Canadians are different from Western Canadians.”Wexit’s bones of contention surround equalization payments, pipelines, and market access, which Downing says has been stifled by interprovincial spats.While there is a tendency to point fingers at the federal government for Alberta’s economic suffering, Lori Williams, a political science professor at Mount Royal University, says there are much larger factors at play.“The reality is that the economic condition of Alberta is not really caused by this or that government, it’s caused by economic factors that are well beyond any government’s control,” she argued.“Even with a conservative government in Ottawa and without Bill C-48 or C-69, the economic conditions in Alberta are not going to change until access to other markets is achieved.”The passage of Bills C-48 and C-69 in the Senate riled Alberta energy proponents who say the Bills will harm economic interests, arguing C-69 makes the regulatory process tougher to get projects like pipelines approved. In September the Alberta government launched a constitutional challenge to Bill C-69.Tonight the #SenCA has chosen to keep the “Closed For Business” sign in the window of Canada by adopting Bill #C69. This is bad for Canada and I will continue to work for our collective family business – the natural resource sector. #cdnpoli #abpoli #ableg— Senator Doug Black (@DougBlackAB) June 21, 2019Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has pledged to hold a provincial referendum to remove equalization from the constitution if there is no progress on pipelines.“We don’t trust the government in Ottawa, we don’t trust that they are going to do the right thing,” Downing said.“This country is fighting itself. Whether it’s B.C. to our west, the lower mainland, and Quebec in the east, each of these provinces is blocking our pipelines east and west.”Meanwhile, Williams noted the calls for independence have become louder.“I get the frustration, I think a lot of people are just hoping that this will somehow or another impact the outcome of the election or shift government policy,” she said.The reality is that the economic condition of Alberta is not really caused by this or that government, it’s caused by economic factors that are well beyond any government’s control.The one thing that looks like it’s got a chance of making a difference is getting our oil products to other countries besides the United States.”last_img read more

David Attenborough To Host Ape Alliance Gala Dinner

first_imgApe Alliance cordially invites you to a spectacular gala dinner hosted by David Attenborough, celebrating the power of apes on screen – in the company of the world’s leading wildlife film professionals and renowned ape conservationists.The evening includes a celebrity auction and live music and aims to raise awareness and support for the plight of world’s apes.Proceeds from this once in a lifetime event will help raise funds for pedal-power cinemas and education projects in ape range states across Africa and Asia. With your help the organization can take the conservation message to the remotest communities, changing thousands of lives while saving critically endangered species, giving Hope 4 Apes.The event takes place at The Savoy in London on September 27. For more information, click here. The event is now sold out.last_img read more

Blake Shelton And Friends Raise 65 Million For Tornado Relief

first_imgLast week’s “Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert” hosted by Blake Shelton and NBC raised more than $6.5 million for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund, doubling what had been raised to date.Blake Shelton concert raises millions for United Way Oklahoma tornado recoveryThis was the most successful telethon ever held for United Way’s rebuilding efforts, and donations are still coming in. Other concert performers included Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Ryan Tedder, Usher, and Darius Rucker.“United Way of Central Oklahoma and our community partners are committed to empowering people to get back on their feet,” said Debby Hampton, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Central Oklahoma. “The United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund will not only care for immediate needs but also provide important long-term support like social services and mental health care, which is essential for community recovery. We’re proud to partner with Blake Shelton and all the artists who donated their talents to help raise awareness, resources and volunteers to improve lives and keep communities strong.”The United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund will support community partner agencies that are providing immediate relief services, as well as ongoing long-term recovery and rebuilding assistance for those affected by the May tornadoes in central Oklahoma. In recent years, United Way of Central Oklahoma and local community partners have implemented essential programs, including physical and mental health care, the 2-1-1 hotline for social services and much more.“We’re so thankful for the incredible outpouring of generosity from people who want to help Oklahoma rebuild,” said Stacey D. Stewart, U.S. President, United Way Worldwide. “United Way is working every day in communities across the nation to create long-lasting change in education, income and health. When disasters strike, United Way brings partners together to address immediate and intermediate needs, and we stay the course for long-term recovery.”Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores Inc. provided underwriting for the event. Facebook was the exclusive social partner for the event. To support the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund, visit Facebook.org/unitedway. Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Celebrities Celebrate World Oceans Day At Oceana Event

first_imgCelebrity Ocean Activists celebrated World Oceans Day in Santa Monica, CA on Saturday evening at the Inaugural Oceana Beach House presented by Nautica with support from LA Confidential Magazine.Keegan Allen, Aimee Teegarden and Tyler Blackburn celebrates World Oceans Day at Nautica’s Oceana Beach HouseThe event focused on the victories of Oceana, the world’s largest international nonprofit organization dedicated solely to protecting the world’s oceans and ensuring our seas can increase in biodiversity and help to feed the one billion people who depend on the oceans for food.The event co-hosts Aimee Teegarden (lead of CW’s forthcoming Star-Crossed and formerly on NBC’s Friday Night Lights), Keegan Allen and Tyler Blackburn (ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars – returning with new season Tuesday, June 11th on ABC Family) were joined by celebrity supporters Elsa Pataky, Sam Trammell (HBO’s True Blood – returning with new season June 16th), Bethany Joy Lenz (new to cast of Showtime’s Dexter – returning June 30th and formerly on CW’s One Tree Hill for 9 seasons), Maya Gabeira (Champion Big Wave Surfer), Jesse Spencer (NBC’s Chicago Fire) Nadine Velazquez, Emily Osment, Leonor Varela, Ryan Newman (Nickelodeon’s See Dad Run) and more. Teegarden’s Star-Crossed co-stars, Chelsea Gilligan, Greg Finley and Grey Damon came to learn more about the cause from Aimee and show their support. Recording artist Brett Dennen and DJ Benjamin Walker, provided a live performance and tracks, respectively.“I grew up in California, so it means a huge deal to me to work with an organization that has action behind what they say. I’m hoping that tonight will inspire another wave of supporters to get involved with Oceana,” said Teegarden during a speech to the party’s attendees.Oceana Beach House guests were treated to Hors d’oeuvres on the beach at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, CA, and served drinks generously provided by Chandon, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water.This inaugural event was presented by Nautica, a long-time supporter of Oceana. Nautica has generously supported Oceana’s mission to protect the world’s oceans since 2008. The evening was also supported by the exclusive media partner LA Confidential.last_img read more

Vanity Fair Announces Campaign Hollywood 2015

first_imgVanity Fair has announced its calendar of events for Campaign Hollywood 2015, its annual, weeklong celebration leading up to the Academy Awards.In addition, Vanity Fair Social Club is returning to Hollywood’s WeWork creative co-working space for the second year in a row, providing bloggers and online journalists with a fun and inspiring space to write, work, and be entertained while in Los Angeles for the week of the Academy Awards.From Monday, February 16 through Sunday, February 22, Vanity Fair and presenting sponsors Chrysler and L’Oréal U.S.A. will host several events at the V.F. Social Club space centered around the Oscars, the glamour of the biggest awards night of the year, and, of course, social media. V.F. Social Club guests also will be treated to a Twitter-powered vending machine offering giveaways from sponsors, a Chrysler virtual-reality experience with Oculus Rift technology, beauty offerings from L’Oréal U.S.A, a menu curated by Foodink Catering, Inc., as well as cocktails by Grey Goose. Vanity Fair Social Club and Campaign Hollywood reflect the beauty, art, and excitement of Oscar Week in Hollywood, while spotlighting brands and charities in a way that only Vanity Fair can.“Campaign Hollywood will be the biggest it’s ever been. I’m really excited about how robust this experience has become,” said Vanity Fair Publisher Chris Mitchell. “From the incredible lineup of sponsored events, to the packed V.F. Social Club programming, it will be an Oscar week to remember.”The Chrysler and Fiat brands have returned for the fifth year as the automotive sponsors of Campaign Hollywood. By partnering with Vanity Fair, Chrysler will allow the magazine’s V.I.P. guests to arrive in luxury throughout Oscar Week in Chrysler 300s. On Thursday, February 19, Chrysler will host a private cocktail party at Cecconi’s to toast the cast of the Academy Award–nominated film, Boyhood. The evening will benefit the Austin Film Society, an organization that empowers the community to make, watch, and love film and creative media, and will feature a Chrysler 300 on site. On Tuesday, February 17, Fiat will host the “Young Hollywood” event with Vanity Fair executive West Coast editor Krista Smith and the host of CBS’s The Late Late Show, James Corden, at No Vacancy, in Hollywood. The event will benefit the Terrence Higgins Trust.L’Oréal U.S.A. once again is the beauty sponsor of Campaign Hollywood 2015. L’Oréal Paris, Lancôme, Clarisonic, and Giorgio Armani Beauty brands will be represented at select events and at V.F. Social Club throughout the week by way of product displays, sampling, and touch-up stations. L’Oréal Paris will conclude Campaign Hollywood with D.J. Night, on Friday, February 20, hosted by actress Freida Pinto, and featuring Taryn Manning as the headlining D.J. in support of the charity Girl Rising. On Thursday, February 27, Lancôme and Clarisonic will hold a beauty-inspired luncheon and spa day at Ciel Spa, at the SLS Hotel, hosted by Vanity Fair beauty director SunHee Grinnell to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.Throughout the week, Grey Goose Vodka will celebrate those who achieve the extraordinary within the film industry, and those who, like the brand, truly “fly beyond,” with its Awards Season Cocktail Collection, to be served throughout the week’s evening events and at V.F. Social Club. Grey Goose Vodka’s 2015 Award Season Cocktail Collection includes the Grey Goose L’Oxymore, Grey Goose Martini Précis, Grey Goose Vert L’inconnu, Grey Goose Je Crois, and Grey Goose Le Fizz cocktails. D.J. Night with L’Oréal Paris – Friday, February 20 – Actress Freida Pinto, along with Vanity Fair and L’Oréal Paris, will host a chic party at 1Oak, in West Hollywood, featuring an exclusive D.J. set by Taryn Manning. This invitation-only event will benefit Girl Rising. Oxfam Benefit Dinner Hosted by Barneys New York and Rooney Mara – Wednesday, February 18 – Vanity Fair, Barney’s New York and Rooney Mara host an intimate dinner at the Chateau Marmont to benefit Oxfam, an international confederation of organizations working together to combat worldwide poverty and injustices around the globe. Alfa Romeo Luncheon at the Polsky Residence – Friday, February 20 – Vanity Fair, Alfa Romeo, filmmaker Alan Polsky, and restaurateur John Terzian invite guests to Polsky’s private residence for a luncheon and scenic ride-and-drive through Beverly Hills in the all-new Alfa Romeo’s 4C. This invitation-only event benefits the Best Friends Animal Society. Makeup Artist Appreciation Spa Day and Luncheon with Lancôme and Clarisonic – Thursday, February 19 – Vanity Fair will join Lancôme and Clarisonic for a day of pampering hosted by Vanity Fair beauty director SunHee Grinnell at the Ciel Spa, at the SLS Hotel. Hollywood’s top makeup artists will be treated to Clarisonic facials and pedicures, Lancôme makeup touch-ups, and a light lunch at this intimate, invitation-only event to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Campaign Hollywood 2015 schedule of events is as follows: Vanity Fair and Fiat Celebrate “Young Hollywood” – Tuesday, February 17 – Vanity Fair executive West Coast editor Krista Smith and host of CBS’s The Late Late Show, James Corden, host Vanity Fair and Fiat’s toast to “Young Hollywood” in support of the Terrence Higgins Trust. This invitation-only event will be held at Hollywood’s No Vacancy. Vanity Fair and Chrysler Toast Boyhood – Thursday, February 19 – Vanity Fair and Chrysler will host a private cocktail party at Cecconi’s to toast director Richard Linklater and the cast of the Academy Award–nominated film, Boyhood. The event is being held in support of the Austin Film Society, an organization that empowers the community to make, watch, and love film and creative media.last_img read more

Step Up To Honor Elizabeth Banks At Inspiration Awards

first_imgNational mentorship nonprofit Step Up will honor actress, director and producer Elizabeth Banks, Hudson Jeans Founder and CEO Peter Kim, and graduating Step Up senior Maria at its 12th annual Inspiration Awards on June 5, at the Beverly Hilton.The star-studded red carpet charity luncheon celebrates professional and philanthropic accomplishment, honoring influencers, executives, corporate partners and Step Up teens alike.“The Inspiration Awards shows us the power and impact of mentorship,” Step Up CEO Jenni Luke said. “We’re excited to recognize Elizabeth, Peter, and Maria as they inspire us all to continue to work to inspire girls, who are our next generation of professional women.”The program will include appearances by luminaries including emcee Cristela Alonzo and presenters Lea Michele (Scream Queens), Ester Dean (Pitch Perfect 2), Amanda Crew (Silicon Valley), Jane Wurwand (Dermalogica), and Emmy Award winner Julie Bowen (Modern Family). Luke and Step Up Founder Kaye Popofsky Kramer will also speak.Erin M. Collins and Vanessa Rodriguez Spencer serve as co-chairs of Step Up’s Los Angeles Chapter Board of Directors, while Willow Bay is the program’s honorary producer.In addition to the awards ceremony, the pre- and post-event reception will feature style lounges by sponsors including Hudson Jeans, The Container Store, Dermalogica, LUNA Bar, WineSimple and Angeleno magazine. The Hudson Jeans onsite boutique will allow guests to shop with 30% of proceeds benefiting Step Up. Other sponsors include Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Films, and media partners are InStyle, Angeleno and Variety.Find out more here.last_img read more

Bill Clinton Dedicates Anne Frank Tree Installation

first_imgLast week, President Bill Clinton joined nearly 1,000 guests who gathered on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, to celebrate the opening of the Center’s newest permanent installation, The Anne Frank Tree.Among the guests were 700 school children, family members of Holocaust survivors, members of the Quapaw Tribe, Japanese-Americans who were interned during World War II, and relatives of the Little Rock NineA partnership between the Clinton Foundation and Sisterhood of Congregation B’nai Israel, and in conjunction with the Anne Frank Center USA, the new installation conveys the complex history of human rights in Arkansas and throughout the world.“Young people should be able to go to places like this and see symbols of life, unity, and hope,” said President Bill Clinton. “And we will remember the wisdom of a 14-year-old girl, whose spirit is depending on us to redeem the years she didn’t have.”Other speakers on today’s program included Lexi Elenzweig, president of Federation of Temple Youth at Congregation B’nai Israel; Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House; and Stephanie S. Streett, executive director of the Clinton Foundation.The centerpiece of the exhibit is a young chestnut tree that was awarded to the Center by the Anne Frank Center USA’s “Sapling Project” in 2009. The sapling was taken from the white horse chestnut tree that stood outside Anne Frank’s Secret Annex when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis during World War II.“Anne Frank took great solace from the horse chestnut tree that grew outside the secret annex on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam, where she, her family and four others were in hiding during World War II. To Anne, it represented life in the face of death, the freedom to blossom and prosper,” Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House, said.The Center’s installation consists of five framed, etched glass panels – arranged to evoke the feeling of being inside a room – surrounded by complementary natural landscaping. The two front panels feature quotes from Anne Frank and President Clinton. The three additional panels convey the complex history of human rights in Arkansas through descriptions of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and the Little Rock Central High School desegregation crisis of 1957. These panels will feature quotes from Chief Heckaton, hereditary chief of the Quapaw during Arkansas’s Indian Removal; George Takei, Japanese-American actor who was interned at the Rohwer Relocation Center in Desha County, Arkansas, in 1942; and Melba Patillo Beals, member of the Little Rock Nine.In collaboration with the Clinton Foundation, Little Rock landscape architect Cinde Drilling and Ralph Appelbaum Associates, exhibit designer for both the Center and The National Holocaust Museum, assisted in the design of the exhibit. The installation has been made possible thanks to the support of the Ben J. Altheimer Charitable Foundation and other generous partners.The Center’s sapling is currently housed in a local nursery where it is acclimating to Arkansas’s environment. And although it will be present during the ceremony, it will be returned to the nursery where it will be cared for until it has matured and can thrive in its new home, located on the grounds of the Park. A similar chestnut tree will be temporarily planted in its place until the Anne Frank tree can be permanently transplanted.last_img read more

American Humane Association Gives High Marks To Hail Caesar

first_imgFew things excite moviegoers more than a new film written and directed by the Coen brothers, and the latest comedy from the award-winning duo is sure to excite any animal lover as well.Opening everywhere February 5, “Hail, Caesar!” pays homage to a bygone era in Hollywood and boasts a veritable galaxy of human stars… but animal stars including goats, horses, and one plucky little dog steal any scenes they are in throughout the film. Based on the extraordinary treatment of the animal stars, American Humane Association has awarded its highest rating, “Monitored: Outstanding,” to “Hail, Caesar!”Four-time Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (“No Country for Old Men,” “True Grit,” “Fargo”) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy fueled by a brilliant cast led by Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum.When the world’s biggest star vanishes and his captors demand an enormous ransom for his safe return, it will take the power of Hollywood’s biggest names to solve the mystery of his disappearance. Bringing the audience along for a comic whodunit that pulls back the curtain and showcases the unexpected humor and industry drama found behind the scenes, “Hail, Caesar!” marks the Coens at their most inventive.The comedy is produced by Joel and Ethan Coen through their Mike Zoss Productions, alongside Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (“The Theory of Everything,” “Les Misérables”), who have partnered with the brothers since their Academy Award-winning “Fargo.”While the film celebrates Hollywood’s Golden Age, one element in Tinseltown that is thankfully much better in the modern era is the way animal actors are now treated. In the past, animals were viewed as mere props, and their safety was often an afterthought. To protect the four-legged stars of this film, just as it has millions more of our favorite animal stars since 1940, American Humane Association and its famed “No Animals Were Harmed” program were on the set of “Hail, Caesar!” overseeing the safety and humane treatment of the non-human actors.Treating animals right on movie sets is essential. American Humane Association applauds the Coen brothers, their production team, the actors, the trainers, and Universal Pictures for working with the organization’s “No Animals Were Harmed” team and maintaining a safe and humane working environment for the animal stars in the film. The “No Animals Were Harmed” program oversees the protection of some 100,000 animal actors on 1,000 film and television productions each year and has kept millions of animals safe around the world for more than 75 years. The “No Animals Were Harmed” program, the only industry-sanctioned program with oversight of animals in filmed production, has made the protection of animal actors its duty and charter.To commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of this marquee program, American Humane Association President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert penned the book Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors. Published by New World Library, it offers unprecedented access to the fascinating world of animals and animal trainers in today’s film and television industry – and the celebrities with whom they work. Included in the book is the story of a horse who charmed actress Hailee Steinfeld while filming the Coen brothers’ “True Grit.”“I hail the Coen brothers for their commitment to the safe treatment of the animal stars of ‘Hail, Caesar!,’” said Dr. Ganzert. “American Humane Association is always proud when a production is able to achieve our highest rating for animal actor safety, because it shows that the production team, trainers, and actors are all extremely committed to the treatment and safety of their animal co-stars and doing things the right way.”“Hail, Caesar!” is in theaters everywhere February 5.last_img read more

Your Chance To Take Part In A Live Video Chat With Mark

first_imgYou are invited to gather with friends to watch Jon Bowermaster’s new film Dear President Obama, The Clean Energy Revolution Is Now! — and join narrator Mark Ruffalo for a live video chat… in the comfort of your own home!Video: Mark Ruffalo- House PartyDear President Obama is an eye-opening documentary that takes a journey through more than 20 states to examine the impacts of drilling and fracking for oil and gas — through stories from the people living directly on the front lines.The creators will be making the film available for a free screening for one night, 5/24, followed by a live video chat with Mark Ruffalo. Sign up to host a screening in your home and invite others to watch and participate with you!What: Dear President Obama — National Home Screenings
When: Tuesday, May 24 (suggested start time is 7 p.m. ET, video chat is 8:45 p.m. ET)
Who: You, all of your friends, and Mark Ruffalo!
Under President Obama’s watch, drilling and fracking expanded rapidly across the United States. And that means there are now more than 15 million Americans currently living within a mile of an oil or gas well. They’re facing the real-world consequences of our national energy policy. Shouldn’t they have a say in what that energy policy is?When you sign up to host a screening, you’ll be provided with instructions for bringing the film and the live video chat with Mark Ruffalo into your living room. All you need is some comfy seating and an Internet connection to stream the film. You can add your screening to a national map so members of your community can find it and sign up to join you.You and your friends will be inspired by the community members, whistleblowers and scientists exposing the impacts of President Obama’s “all of the above” energy policy and calling for a real clean energy revolution instead.last_img read more

Kylie Jenner Visits Smile Trains Local Programs In Peru

first_imgAs part of her ongoing commitment to helping children with clefts, pop culture phenomenon and entrepreneur Kylie Jenner, creator of Kylie Cosmetics, had the opportunity to visitSmile Train’s local programs in Peru and meet with the organization’s local partner surgeons, cleft patients and their families.During her journey, Kylie visited Smile Train’s partner hospital, the Delgado Clinic in Lima, as well as the home of a child who had recently received cleft lip surgery. Kylie’s fans and supporters were able to see her visit to Peru firsthand during the seventh episode of her reality show, Life of Kylie, which aired September 10 at 9pm EST on E!Kylie’s support of Smile Train has been incredibly impactful in a short time. In 2016, she launched a special-edition lip kit in collaboration with the charity — donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the pale pink lipstick (named “Smile”) to Smile Train. Kylie first launched the lip kit on World Smile Day, and then relaunched the kit in January, both times selling out almost instantly. Since beginning her partnership with Smile Train in October 2016, Kylie has donated almost a half a million dollars to provide new smiles to over 1,800 children born with clefts.“It’s an honor to be part of changing so many children’s futures, I’m excited to continue my relationship with Smile Train and see the difference we make together,” said Jenner.“We are so impressed with Kylie’s selflessness, huge heart and extremely generous giving spirit and are so excited to have her as a Smile Train Ambassador, helping to generate awareness about our cause,” said Smile Train’s CEO Susannah Schaefer.To learn more about Smile Train’s partnership with Kylie Jenner and to show your support, donate to smiletrain.org/kylie to help provide 100%-free cleft repair surgeries and comprehensive cleft care to children suffering with untreated clefts around the world.last_img read more

STORYHIVE announces top two femaledirected digital shorts

first_imgThe latest TELUS STORYHIVE digital shorts female directors edition winners have just been announced.Akashi-あかし- from Mayumi Yoshida won the top award in BC and This Is Not a Passport Photo from Stephanie Simpson got the top award in Alberta. Watch them both below. Akashi-あかし- is about a woman who returns to Japan after her grandmother passes only to find her modern ways clash with the traditional values of her homeland.This Is Not a Passport Photo follows Canadian photographer Stephanie Simpson as she takes family photos for resettled refugees.Winners were decided by a combination of community votes alongside an industry jury. Winners get distribution on TELUS Optik™ TV On Demand, customized career training from NSI and a scholarship to the Banff World Media Festival.• • •STORYHIVE is a community-powered funding program that allows members of the community to vote for their favourite projects.The program allows content creators in British Columbia and Alberta to submit their story ideas to an online public platform.NSI delivers training for the selected projects and their creators once they’re chosen through the STORYHIVE process. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgALEYSA YOUNG – RILEY SMITH PHOTO Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Sometimes big breaks can happen when we least expect them to or even are aware they are happening. That was certainly the case for director Aleysa Young who, thanks to the kindness of a friend, found herself unknowingly interviewing for the directing job during Baroness Von Sketch’s first season. Young ended up directing all six episodes of the CBC sketch comedy’s first season, even winning a Director’s Guild of Canada award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy for her work. Since that break on Baroness, Young has went on to direct episodes of Workin’ Moms and Kim’s Convenience, for which she was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award in Best Direction, Comedy.Young recently spoke with The TV Junkies as part of our Women Behind Canadian TV series to discuss her path of becoming an award-winning director. She shared with us her experience as a person of color working behind the scenes, and how she started off in casting before moving to directing commercials and then Baroness. Young also talked about she wants to see more diverse stories being told and more diversity on screen as well as off.The TV Junkies: Tell us a little about your background. Did you know you always wanted to be a director? Advertisement Advertisement Aleysa Young: I got started fairly late in life. I started off as a casting director and before that went to film school for about 2 years before dropping out. I realized I was going to learn more being in the industry than studying it. I wanted to get my hands dirty. I didn’t know yet that I wanted to direct, but knew I wanted to be behind the scenes. When I was a kid I went to a live taping of a sitcom and that was the first time I realized TV doesn’t happen live.After dropping out of film school, I moved to Toronto and my first job was as a PA, except that instead of dragging cables, it was a pasta commercial and I basically boiled noodles all day. I really tried to do more on-set stuff, but I had no skills or experience. I ended up getting a job as a casting assistant, where I stayed a few years, but slowly started to work on my own projects with my friends.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter Ewan McGregor will star as Danny Torrance in the upcoming film and has been claimed that King gave his blessing to cast McGregor in the lead role.Danny – the son of Jack Nicholson‘s alter-ego Jack Torrance – was played by Danny Lloyd in ‘The Shining‘, which was based on the author’s 1977 book, but in ‘Doctor Sleep’ he is an adult going by the name of Dan who, along with his mum Wendy, is still psychologically troubled by the events at the Overlook Hotel.Dan has been attempting to dull his “shining” powers – psychic abilities which allowed him to see the hotel’s terrifying past in the first film – with copious amounts of alcohol, but they will return in ‘Doctor Sleep’, and he finds out a young girl also has similar abilities.As well as this, Dan has to deal with alcoholism and rage he inherited from his father.Mike Flanagan will direct the forthcoming film, with Trevor Macy and Jon Berg set to produce.‘The Shining‘ – which was directed by Stanley Kubrick and starred Shelley Duvall as Wendy – has become a horror classic, despite initially appearing to disappoint at the box office, earning $44 million.JACOB TREMBLAY SCORES ‘SHINING’ PAYDAY FOR STEPHEN KING’S HORROR FLICKJacob Tremblay is continuing his pint-sized dominance of Hollywood, and has secured the bag for a new movie based on one of Stephen King’s horrifying tales.Tremblay, known for flicks like “Room” and “Wonder,” inked a $100,000 deal for a role in “Doctor Sleep,” according to his contract. The scary movie, which began shooting in October, is based on a 2013 book by King.The six-figure payment isn’t for months of work either, the 12-year-old star is making the fat stacks for only 2 days of work! If they need him to shoot additional scenes past the two required days, he will receive $50,000 per day.The young star actually signed his own contract, and his signature is just adorable.TheBlast.comTremblay’s role is only listed as “Role #24,” but “Doctor Sleep” is actually a sequel to the classic 1977 horror story, “The Shining.” “Doctor Sleep” follows the now-grown Danny Torrance as he struggles with psychic powers and alcoholism.Yadyap.Jacob Tremblay‘s stock keeps rising ’cause he keeps landing big roles … like his next one in the sequel to “The Shining.”The 12-year-old star child actor has scored a $100k deal to appear in the next movie based on Stephen King‘s work, tentatively titled “Doctor Sleep.” It’s slated to premiere in 2020 and it’s got a star-studded cast that includes Ewan McGregor.Jacob’s not even a teenager and already he’s landed some big roles in Hollywood … most notably and recently his part in “Wonder” alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. The flick was a monumental success … earning more than $305 mil worldwide.He also starred in “Room” and had a recurring role on the TV kids series “Pete the Cat.” Jacob’s been busy in La La land … he also lent his voice in the made-for-TV movie “Pete the Cat: A Very Christmas Movie” and is also in the comedy “Good Boys” slated for 2019. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment JACOB TREMBLAY’S 100K SHINING ROLEJacob Tremblay has landed a $100,000 role in ‘The Shining’ sequel.The 12-year-old actor – who shot to fame in critically acclaimed movie ‘Room‘ – has landed a role in ‘Doctor Sleep’, an adaptation of Stephen King’s book of the same name, which is a follow up film to 1980 horror movie ‘The Shining‘.According to TMZ, Jacob will be paid $100,000 for his new role. Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

The Hollywood Indian InFocus

first_imgAPTN InFocus with Francine ComptonThe Hollywood Indian is once again making headlines after some Native American actors walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s movie Ridiculous Six.Indigenous character portrayal has always been an issue in Hollywood.But lately, as our guests will tell you, things are being done to overcome those stereotypes in movies.last_img