Stars Support 21Day Vegan Kickstart

first_imgPCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) has just won $25,000 thanks to actress Marilu Henner and all of PCRM’s supporters who voted for her Live with Kelly! Grilling with the Stars recipe. She beat out eight other celebrities competing with their favorite recipes to win $25,000 for their favorite charity.Marilu is a coach for PCRM’s 21-Day Vegan Kickstart and longtime PCRM supporter.September is full of back-to-school excitement and change, so it’s a perfect time to learn how to start a healthy new approach to diet and fitness. That’s why doctors and dietitians with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine are teaming up with actresses Marilu Henner, Alicia Silverstone, NBA champ John Salley, and one of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite chefs to lead the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart.The online program — going live Sept. 3 at www.21DayKickstart.org — will provide all the knowledge and support adults and teenagers need to maintain a healthy weight, increase energy, and feel great by following a nutritious plant-based diet. There is no cost to join.“A growing number of high school and college students are embracing vegan and vegetarian diets,” says PCRM dietitian Susan Levin, M.S., R.D. “Our 21-Day Kickstart program offers expert guidance and a supportive step-by-step program that can help anyone start a nutritious, well-planned plant-based diet. It’s a fun, easy way to stay trim and healthy.”Kickstarters will receive daily e-mails with recipes and cooking tips, as well as a 21-day meal plan, an interactive vegan restaurant guide, and a free iPhone application. They’ll also get complete access to online videos, forums, and discussion boards featuring registered dietitians and physicians, such as PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D., Dean Ornish, M.D., and John McDougall, M.D.Celebrity diet counselors, including best-selling authors Kathy Freston and Rory Freedman, actress Maggie Q, vegan firefighter Rip Esselstyn, and ultramarathon champ Scott Jurek will offer advice on food choices and grocery shopping, as well as personal stories about the challenges and benefits of new eating habits.Adopting a vegan diet is surprisingly easy, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Study participants lost weight, lowered their blood sugar, and reduced their need for medications used to treat diabetes and other health conditions. Other studies have found that vegan diets provide easy weight maintenance, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.And if you want to know Marilu’s recipe, here it is:Marilu Henner’s Healthy/Easy Grilled Mushroom and Heirloom Tomato Summer DishYield: 4-6 servingsINGREDIENTS:large container of organic mesclun greens 
3 organic heirloom tomatoes, (sliced 1/4-inch thick)
2 cups organic green grapes
6 cloves garlic (unpeeled)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (divided, plus 1/3 cup olive oil)
kosher salt
pepper
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
6 large portobello mushrooms
nondairy mozzarella-flavored cheese
grill basketDIRECTIONS:Preheat the grill to medium-high.Marinate the grapes in olive oil, salt, and pepper.In a small bowl, toss the garlic cloves with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and salt. Wrap the garlic cloves in tinfoil and place on the grill. Cook until tender, about 20 minutes.In a medium bowl, whisk together the balsamic with the 1/3 cup olive oil and mustard. Cut tomatoes in thick slices and set aside.In a medium bowl, toss the mushrooms in the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt. Place them, cap side down, on the grill and close the lid. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes.Turn on the other side and cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Re-season them lightly with salt and slice diagonally 1/2-inch pieces.Take mushrooms off, and put grapes in a grill basket and grill until the skins begin to blacken in spots, about 3 minutes.Remove the garlic from the grill. Squeeze the garlic pulp out from their skins and whisk it vigorously into the dressing.Arrange greens in center of plate, then alternate sliced mushrooms and sliced tomatoes on top and garnish with grapes and top with the dressing and a sprinkle of nondairy mozzarella-flavored cheese. Serve immediately.last_img read more

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Stars Join Young Voices For Nordoff Robbins

first_imgPlatinum award winning singer Katie Melua, Soprano star Laura Wright, X-Factor winner Ben Haenow and singer, songwriter and producer Lemar all took to the stage to perform at the Young Voices Gala last week, which raised £75k for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.Ben Haenow, Laura Wright, Jo Carter, Ben Lewis, Tom Miserendino, Katie Malua, LemarYoung Voices, the world’s largest Children’s choir organisation, is now celebrating its 20th year of providing unrivalled musical experiences across the UK. To mark this very special occassion, they named Nordoff Robbins Charity Partner for the 2016 concert series.Last week over 8 thousand children and their dedicated teachers came together to perform in a special gala celebration and were joined by renowned artists, friends and family, all raising awareness and funds for Nordoff Robbins.“I was delighted to perform at the Gala event to celebrate the work both Young Voices and Nordoff Robbins do,” said Katie Melua. “We all know that music can have a profound effect on people’s lives, sometimes all it takes is 3 and a half minutes to change your day for the better and there are so many incredible stories to demonstrate this from within Nordoff Robbins and Young Voices.”Ambassador Laura Wright added: “I am honoured to have taken part in the Young Voices Gala. As a long standing Ambassador for Nordoff Robbins and a dedicated believer in the power of what they do, I am thrilled to have been part of this event. To see two musically-focused organisations join together and celebrate their work in delivering music to people in their own unique ways is really special; music is such a wonderful tool, and both Young Voices and Nordoff Robbins give so much to so many through it.”Source:Nordoff Robbinslast_img read more

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Bid On Jeff Gordons Worn And Autographed Helmet Uniform Gloves And Shoes

first_imgBid now to own a rare “head-to-toe” autographed Pepsi MAX helmet, uniform, shoes and gloves from Jeff Gordon’s personal archives!This uniform was worn by Jeff Gordon at Auto Club Speedway in 2010.You will receive:Jeff Gordon 2010 Pepsi MAX HelmetJeff Gordon 2010 Pepsi MAX UniformJeff Gordon 2010 Pepsi MAX GlovesJeff Gordon 2010 Pepsi MAX ShoesThe winner of four NASCAR Cup Series championships, Jeff Gordon helped transform auto racing into a mainstream American sport.The auction will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.To find out more and make a bid, visit CharityBuzz.com before May 31.The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) is dedicated to being the end of breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF-funded investigators have been deeply involved in every major breakthrough in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. This year, BCRF has awarded $59.5 million to support the work of more than 275 scientists at leading medical and academic institutions across 15 countries, making BCRF the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide. BCRF is the highest rated breast cancer organization in the U.S.—the only one with an “A+” from CharityWatch and Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars. Visit www.bcrf.org to learn more.last_img read more

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Uzo Aduba Announced as Heifer Internationals First Ever Celebrity Ambassador to Africa

first_imgHeifer International has announced Emmy Award winning actress Uzo Aduba as the organization’s first-ever celebrity ambassador to Africa.Uzo Aduba and William Matovu collect milk at the East Africa Dairy Development project in Dwaniro, UgandaDuring her two-year appointment, Aduba will act as an advocate for Heifer’s mission in Africa to end world hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth and lifting small-scale farmers to living incomes.For more than 70 years, Heifer has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income.“Being an Ambassador to Heifer International is a true honor,” Uzo Aduba said. “I have tremendous faith in this organization and their desire to help change the lives of those living below the poverty line. What makes Heifer different is simply this: they look to offer those they serve with a hand up, not a hand out. That is how each of us can change a life, and that is a cause, a fight, I will always support.”Aduba saw Heifer’s impact first-hand on a trip to Uganda in 2016 where she met with farmers, participated in a Passing on the Gift ceremony and helped process milk at a community-owned dairy center. The visit made a lasting impression, and she returned to Uganda in March 2018 where she checked on the progress on the projects she visited two years prior. Uzo worked with dairy farmers in the Koboga District at the East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) Cooperative Society. Additionally, Aduba made a return visit to farmer Grace Atusimirwe’s thriving farm as she is a successful member of the co-op.“We are thrilled to have Uzo join us in our work,” Pierre Ferrari, Heifer President and CEO, said. “As a passionate champion of small-scale farmers, particularly women, Uzo’s commitment to empower farmers is inspiring. We are working together to build communities and resilient farm-based businesses to lift them to living incomes. By achieving living incomes, they will have the resources they need to feed their families daily; educate all their children; get needed medical care; and have proper housing, water, hygiene and other essentials.”In her role as Ambassador to Africa, Aduba will continue to support and raise awareness for the organization and its life-saving work to help communities become more self-reliant and lift farming families to a living income. Aduba will continue to mobilize support for small-scale farmers in Africa and around the world and will serve as a passionate and inspiring advocate for Heifer’s mission and project participants.last_img read more

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Dr Jill Biden to Keynote San Francisco Climate Ocean Conservation Museum Initiative

first_imgAs San Francisco bids farewell to the thousands of scientists, business and political leaders from around the world from last week’s Global Climate Action Summit, the city is poised to demonstrate visionary and world-class climate leadership close to home.Bay.org, one of the largest non-profit watershed conservation groups in the Bay Area which includes the Smithsonian affiliated Aquarium of the Bay, is marking its transformation to become a first of its kind Bay Ecotarium – an immersive, sustainability-driven and multi-disciplinary education, research and climate leadership facility.The vision for this landmark institution will be unveiled on October 5, 2018 at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco. The key note address for this beacon of hope for the future will be delivered by Dr. Jill Biden with opening remarks by Dr. Sylvia Earle. An international team of experts from across the US, France, Germany and the UK are involved in its planning and design phases.The visionary initiative, conceived by world renowned museum leader Bay.org President & CEO George Jacob, reflects a concerted envisioning of the future with priorities for protecting and preserving the San Francisco Bay and its watershed. A cornerstone of the transformation will be its Climate Literacy and Ocean Conservation Living Museum with free education for all children and evocative experiential learning of the regional environmental challenges, innovation and indigenous cultures to exponential technologies, bio-mimetics and clean-tech energy alternatives, among others.Drawing from the iridescence of fish scales, ocean geometry, ohlone shell-mounds and rippling waves, the design elements incorporate bio-mimetic facades, an unusual micro-grid using fish waste, native plant palettes, immersive story-telling, free education for all children, machine learning devices, wet-labs, deep ocean exploration learn and launch center, an enhanced aquarium experience with 30,000 animals and portals into the world of exponential technologies, prototypes and possibilities that could change the way carbon could be sequestered, sea-level rise/ sea-wall mitigation measures, pollution and energy dependencies could be transformed, materiality could be morphed, and equations of sustainability in a growing framework of population increase and scarcity of resources, would be addressed.VIP Sponsorship available at www.bluemarblebenefit.eventbrite.comEstablished 37 years ago as the Bay Institute, Bay.org/Bay Ecotarium and its six branches are united under one mission to enable conversations on climate resilience and ocean conservation globally, while inspiring actionable change locally by protection and preservation of the San Francisco Bay and its ecosystems, from Sierra to the Sea. Visit www.Bayecotarium.org.last_img read more

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The Eagles settle lawsuit against Canadianowned Hotel California

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: There can evidently be only one Hotel California.The Eagles have settled a lawsuit to stop a Mexico hotel from using the name Hotel California, arguably referencing the country-rock band’s most famous song, after the hotel’s owners withdrew their application to trademark the name in the United States.The band had accused Hotel California Baja of wrongly encouraging guests to believe the Eagles authorized using the song’s name, such as by playing the band’s songs throughout its property. (Hotel California Todos Santos/Facebook)A joint dismissal of the band’s lawsuit against Hotel California Baja LLC, which runs the Todos Santos hotel in Baja California Sur, was filed on Wednesday with the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.Located about 1,600 km south of San Diego and 77 km north of Cabo San Lucas, the hotel had been called Hotel California when it opened in 1950. It underwent some name changes, but the original name was revived after John and Debbie Stewart, a Canadian couple, bought the property in 2001. Advertisement Members of the Eagles, from left, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh are seen in 2013. The surviving members of the band have settled a lawsuit to stop a Mexico hotel from using the name Hotel California. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Drake surprises University of Miami student with 50K scholarship before impromptu concert

first_img Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Drake had no trouble drawing crowds as he visited Miami to shoot a music video.Images shared by fans on social media show Miami Senior High students singing along as Drake performs God’s Plan from a crane above the school’s baseball field. A drone captured Monday’s surprise concert by the rap superstar.DRAKE SHOOTING GODS PLAN MUSIC VIDEO AT MIAMI HIGH, LIFES CRAZY MAN @OfficialJoelF @Drake @miamiseniorhigh pic.twitter.com/6ohD8bipNh— Edgar ? (@TheRealEdgy) February 5, 2018 The Miami Herald reports that before he left, Drake gave the school a $25,000 cheque and said he would help design new school uniforms. School alum Edgar Grant Santiago rushed over when a friend told him of the visit, and said “that was truly God’s plan to bless the school.”VIDEO: @Drake gives UM student Destiny James a $50,000 scholarship check outside @frostschoolum before performing on the @UMiamiSCC Moss Terrace. pic.twitter.com/yOlEE0zZbD— The Miami Hurricane (@MiamiHurricane) February 5, 2018Drake also gave an impromptu concert at the University of Miami, where he awarded a $50,000 scholarship to a lucky student. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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VANCOUVER ACTRESS SERINDA SWAN TO STAR IN NEW CBC DRAMA CORONER

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Swan most recently starred in the role of ‘Medusa’ in Marvel’s Inhumans, as well as playing the role of ‘Anne Bancroft’ in Ryan Murphy’s critically acclaimed Feud.  Other recent television credits include a season-long recurring arc opposite Dwayne Johnson on the third season of HBO’s hit comedy series, Ballers, as well as starring roles in Breakout Kings and Graceland. Feature credits include James Franco’s recently wrapped Blood On Wheels, Disney’s Tron, and Fox’s Percy Jackson franchise.  She is repped by APA, Elevate Entertainment, Performers Management in Canada, and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.A CBC original series, CORONER is produced by Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films. Morwyn Brebner is creator, executive producer and showrunner, Adrienne Mitchell (Durham County, Bellevue) is lead director and executive producer for Back Alley Films, and Jonas Prupas is executive producer for Muse Entertainment. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Helen Asimakis is Senior Director, Scripted Content; and Sarah Adams is Executive in Charge of Production. Bonnie Brownlee is Executive Director, Marketing.About CBC/Radio-Canada:CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.About Muse Entertainment:Muse Entertainment is a leading film and television production company and international distributor known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions. It has development and production offices in Montreal, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver. Muse productions have won critical acclaim, large audiences, over 100 international awards, including Emmy Awards, and more than 300 award nominations. Muse produces a wide range of primetime comedy and dramatic series, miniseries, television movies, feature films, documentaries, factual entertainment, family programs and animation. www.muse.caAbout Back Alley Films:Back Alley Film Productions Ltd, founded by Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell, has been producing entertaining, award-winning television for over 25 years. With strong backgrounds in producing, (Lundman/Mitchell), and showrunning/directing (Mitchell), they have created and produced award-winning dramatic television series for Canadian and American networks which have sold worldwide. Back Alley’s most recent production was the drama thriller Bellevue, starring Oscar®-winning actress Anna Paquin. Other work includes the WWII drama series Bomb Girls, the critically acclaimed crime series Durham County, as well as the series Played, Bliss, Straight Up and Drop the Beat. Back Alley has offices in Toronto and Montreal. For more information visit: www.backalleyfilms.ca CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, in association with Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films, today announced that Vancouver-born actress Serinda Swan (Inhumans, Ballers) is set to star in the new CBC original drama CORONER (8×60), created by Morwyn Brebner (Saving Hope). Inspired by the best-selling series of books by M. R. Hall, the one-hour series centres on a newly appointed coroner investigating suspicious deaths in Toronto.  Production will begin in late summer 2018 in and around Toronto with the series set to premiere on CBC in winter 2019.Swan will play the title role of ‘Jenny Cooper’, a brave, determined yet vulnerable coroner driven by an intense desire for the truth. A former ER doctor and recently widowed mother, the passing of her beloved husband has unlocked a primal connection to death, tied to a secret in her past that is only now coming to the surface. She loves her son more than life itself and strives to support him while also trying to take care of herself. With storylines based on real-life cases, Jenny is a coroner for our time, an advocate for the dead even when it’s inconvenient for the living, and defender of those who are powerless or in peril.“We at Back Alley Films and our partners at Muse Entertainment are so excited to realize our dream of a creative collaboration with Morwyn Brebner to launch the exciting world of Jenny Cooper, played by the awesome Serinda Swan as a Toronto coroner, on CBC,” said executive producer and director Adrienne Mitchell. Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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CANADAS FOLK LAUREATE GORDON LIGHTFOOT TURNS 80

first_img Twitter Advertisement This Nov. 17 marks Gordon Lightfoot’s 80th birthday, and the singer-songwriter has chosen to celebrate the milestone by giving a gift to his hometown.He’s making a stop in Orillia, Ont., on his birthday, to perform a benefit concert for the Opera House and the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.In 1967 when CBC-TV’s Telescope profiled the young “folk laureate,” the program opened with Orillia as the backdrop. Gordon Lightfoot, from the Jan. 1, 1967 CBC TV special 100 Years Young. (CBC Still Image Library) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Telescope host Fletcher Markle summed up Lightfoot as “a country boy whose home territory encouraged an awareness of nature and weather, and the simplicity of open spaces that is echoed lyrically in many of his songs.”‘The country that I grew up in’Lightfoot talked with Telescope about the influence of of the countryside of his boyhood on his music, as he sat, surrounded by the rocks of the Canadian Shield.He went on to explain that the “little landscapes, or images” that come up in all his songs are not particular images, but just a backdrop for the “idea and the concept that you’re working on.”center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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CAROLINE DHAVERNAS ON FAMILY FRIENDS AND FOES IN MARY KILLS PEOPLES FINAL

first_img Facebook We are two episodes into the final season of Mary Kills People, and it is shaping up to be the most intense and emotional of the series. During a visit to the set earlier this year, I sat down with star Caroline Dhavernas to discuss the complicated threads in Season 3, and saying farewell to her groundbreaking character.There’s an interesting “circle of life” layer to this story with the revelation in the first episode that Mary is pregnant.Yes, this happening in Mary’s life is huge. Her choices have always had an impact on her family life, but more than ever now because she’ll be responsible for a vulnerable little being. Advertisement Jess also knows the truth about what her mother does. How does that affect her relationship with Mary, and is that knowledge a burden for Jess?She finally knows the truth and Jess says, it’s way better for her to know even though it’s difficult. It’s going to have an impact on Jess’ personal life in a way that we could never imagine.Joy’s is open and has become a family business, making Nicole a much larger part of the story. How has that changed the dynamic of the show overall?Nicole used to be Mary’s confidant, but now she’s part of Mary’s day-to-day, complicated life. She used to really want to join in and be there for Mary, but now the reality of it all is sinking in and it’s complicated. Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Inuk artist creates new life from roadkill

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN National NewsManitok Thompson has been working with a lot of animals lately … the ones killed by the side of the road.“I just like to use the skin because my father who was unilingual would be disgusted to see an animal on the side of the road and nobody picked it up to make something out of it,” said Thompson.Ever since Thompson moved to Carleton Place, a small town west of Ottawa, last September, she started collecting roadkill.“I’ve been doing roadkill skins and just trying to make something out of the roadkill,” she said.Thompson, originally from Coral Harbour, Nunavut, said it’s unheard of to just throw away a dead animal.So far she’s gathered, or been given deer, beaver, coyote, and plenty of raccoons.She tans the skins herself. The animals here are different than at home, so she’s had to experiment. Thompson came up with her own concoction of laundry soap and oil.“I’ve done a lot of sort of experimental stuff,” she said. “Just rubbing it on the skins, tying it up and let it soak overnight.”Thompson has made some useful items, like hats, or mitts. She’s sold some and donated other items.“Like the parka I made with the raccoon fur. I’m donating it to a hockey team from my hometown, they’re going to Yellowknife, they can raise enough money right now so I’m I’ve donated stuff to sports teams to get them out of their little towns and experience something else,” she said.Thompson wanted to share these skills so she opens up her home ever Saturday to people who want to “think outside the box.”“Sometimes I’ve had ten people, I’ve had people in my sewing room, I have ladies there, I have two other lady friends, Inuit friends that are doing skins over there because there’s a lot of blood. This is not a clean job and I have ladies here cutting mittens or parkas and I’m teaching them how to do this and other ladies teaching them how to do skins,” said Thompson.According to Thompson, since the word’s gotten out, there’s been a lot interest in her roadkill creations. She’s also been invited to Norway to reach the process of tanning and crafting.“It’s creativity, innovation, thinking outside the box, you can make something out of that dead raccoon and sell it for $150.00, if you can do the skill you can make money, we’re survivors,” she said.last_img read more

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A Roof Overhead Overcrowded and getting worse Nunavuts housing crisis

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National NewsWhen you ask Iqaluit’s Joamie Lyta to explain just how many people live in her small apartment, she needs to stop and count on her fingers.“Let me count, there’s me, him, my son, my granddaughter, my grandson, my other granddaughter, my nephew, my other son. There’s nine of us,” explained the social housing resident in Iqaluit.Nine in the day time. At night she often adds two more to her over crowded home.“My other two brothers, they come to, to sleep at my house, they got no place to stay,” she said. “So sometimes there’s 11 or 12 in my house.”It sounds extreme, but for Nunavut, this isn’t the exception, it is the rule.Fifty per cent of all homes in Nunavut are social housing – homes with subsidized rent for people who can’t afford it. Of those social units, 63 per cent are in need of major repairs.The wait list to get into those beat up homes is long. One in five of all Nunavut residents are on a waiting list for social housing. And just like Lyta’s home, one in three Nunavut homes house someone who would otherwise be homeless.The unit next to Lyta’s caught on fire, forcing her and her entire family to evacuate. Luckily for them, they were placed in another social housing unit. Until she got the good news, she wasn’t sure what she was going to do.“I was gonna cry, I guess. Or look for a place to stay a while. They gave this house to me, I was so happy, I was crying when they gave it to me,” said Lyta.Why does she do it? Why does she take in so many? She was raised that way. “My Mom taught me, when I was a little girl, to take care of them. To make sure you take care of them, or if they don’t have a place to stay. So I do,” she said.Iqaluit has two realities. Up on the hills overlooking the Nunavut capital, there are private homes that start at $500,000 and can go as high as $900,000. Closer to the downtown, social housing.That difference isn’t lost on Iqaluit’s mayor, Madeleine Redfern.“There is definitely a disparity, even in Iqaluit,” said Redfern. “We need more than social housing. Don’t get me wrong, there are over 250 families in Iqaluit alone on the waiting list for social housing. Those are the types of pressures we’re dealing with.”The Government of Nunavut is scheduled to build 202 housing units over the next two years, in 16 of Nunavut’s communities. Just to get caught up to the current wait list, you would have to build 3,580 homes for 10,500 people.Nunavut’s Housing Minister George Kuksuk turned down APTN’s request for an interview for this story. His staff said the minister was too busy.Redfern said she sees how that backlog and wait feeds into all of Nunavut’s numerous medical and social problems.“It adds to not only pressure for food security, but, school attendance, health issues, there are tremendous other costs because they don’t have enough housing,” she said. “It is a lot of money the government is spending on those other costs, whether it is to deal with health issues,or people who get into trouble with the law, because they’re hurting themselves or their family because they’re in that pressure cooker situation.”Of the 202 homes scheduled to be built over the next two years, 17 of them will not be for social housing, they will be for Government of Nunavut staff housing, usually for people brought in from the south for a specific job.That has the President of Nunavut Tunngavik incorporated (NTI), the group that represents 85 per cent of Nunavut residents who are Inuit, wondering aloud.Aluki Kotierk said that the 85 per cent doesn’t do nearly as well as the remaining 15 per cent.Average income for an Inuit family in Nunavut is just $20,000 a year. For a non-Inuit family, $85,000.“Ninety-nine per cent of the houses in social housing, the tenants are Inuit. Staff housing units are held by non-Inuit. Many of the homes, we hear in the Legislative Assembly, are held vacant, (for jobs) that are to be filled, most often by non-Inuit. Given out great need for Inuit to have housing, one would think that those houses could be built as social housing,” said Koterik.Kotierk sees some hope. There are Inuit who, with training, could build those homes. By getting paid to build those homes, they could afford to live in them. The missing ingredient is training.“I’m starting to become of the view, very much, that the money we invest in Nunavut has to be invested in the people of Nunavut,” said Kotierk. “I think that’s the same for many of the issues we face in Nunavut.”NTI will get their chance to push that trades training. They are sitting on $175 million from a lawsuit against the federal government for not implementing the Nunavut Land Claim. The money came from an out of court settlement, and is earmarked for training.They are facing a ticking time bomb in Nunavut’s demographics. Nunavut has Canada’s youngest and fastest growing population, and many of those young people are already living in a home with three generations. When those kids are having kids, will there be homes for them, or will the cycle continue?kdriscoll@aptn.caFollow @kentdriscolllast_img read more

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Divorce bill deadlock EU laments progress on Brexit

first_imgBRUSSELS – Brexit talks have hit a deadlock on the key issue of Britain’s exit bill in the divorce, the European Union’s chief negotiator said Thursday, adding that the slow-moving talks won’t be broadened anytime soon to include future trade relations.Giving a downbeat assessment of the latest round of negotiations, EU negotiator Michel Barnier said despite the talks’ recent “constructive spirit … we haven’t made any great steps forward.”On the question of how much Britain has to pay to settle its financial commitments to the bloc, he said: “We have reached a state of deadlock, which is disturbing.”Barnier said he would not be able to recommend to EU leaders meeting next week that “sufficient progress” has been made to broaden the talks to discussing future EU-British relations, including trade.The leaders meet in Brussels on Oct. 19-20, and with time short to seal a deal it had been hoped they would agree to widen the talks.The EU says this can only happen when there has been progress on the issues of the financial settlement, the rights of citizens affected by Brexit and the status of the Northern Ireland-Ireland border.Britain is on track to leave the 28-nation bloc in March 2019. Many businesses are worried that Britain could leave the EU without a trade deal in place, which would mean tariffs on exports from both sides, reams of red tape and chaos at European ports.The British pound fell Thursday on news of the slow progress, trading 0.6 per cent lower at $1.3142.Britain says its exit terms are closely intertwined with those on future relations like trade and must be discussed together.“I hope the member states will see the progress we have made and take a step forward” next week, British Brexit envoy David Davis told reporters.“We would like them to give Michel the means to broaden the negotiations. It’s up to them whether they do it. Clearly I think it’s in the interests of the United Kingdom and the European Union that they do,” Davis said.Barnier said the two would work to achieve “sufficient progress” in time for a subsequent meeting of EU leaders in December.Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, but the talks must be completed within about a year to leave time for EU states’ national parliaments to ratify the Brexit agreement.European estimates on the size of the divorce bill have varied from around 60 billion euros to 100 billion euros ($70 billion to $120 billion), but British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative government has rejected such numbers without clearly explaining how the amount should be calculated.“The U.K. repeated that it was still not ready to spell out these commitments,” Barnier said. “There have therefore been no negotiations on this subject.”However, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson insisted the U.K. had “set out what we think are some pretty convincing ideas on citizenship, on money” and on other issues.“We’re looking for some urgency from our friends and partners,” he told reporters in London. “Time to put a tiger in the tank and get this thing done.”The negotiations appear to be moving at a snail’s pace and each round leaves a sense of deja vu, with Barnier lamenting the lack of movement and Davis appealing for more European flexibility.Thursday’s news conference, however, was brightened briefly by an unexpected visitor dressed as Superwoman promoting her book on why Europe needs one.Mindful that the clock is ticking, Barnier reaffirmed that parting with “no deal will be a very bad deal.”“To be clear, on our side, we will be ready to face any eventualities, and all the eventualities,” he said.The British government is under pressure from euroskeptic lawmakers at home to increase planning for a “no deal” Brexit — leaving the bloc without a trade agreement.Pro-Brexit lawmakers are urging May’s government to set aside money for new customs posts and other infrastructure that would be needed in the event of such an exit. Some even say Britain should walk away from the negotiations if the EU does not agree to start the next phase by the end of the year.The Brexit spokesman for Britain’s opposition Labour Party accused the government of risking a collapse in the talks with its infighting. Keir Starmer said crashing out without an EU trade deal “would be catastrophic for jobs and living standards and must be rejected as a viable option.”He urged Davis to ask for an emergency round of talks before next week’s EU summit in an attempt to unblock the logjam.___Lawless reported from London.last_img read more

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Albertas top court upholds injunction against drug testing of Suncor workers

first_imgEDMONTON – The Alberta Court of Appeal has upheld an injunction that stops random drug and alcohol testing at Suncor Energy sites.A Court of Queen’s Bench judge granted the injunction last December after the union representing thousands of oilsands workers requested one.Unifor Local 707-A had argued that random testing violates workers’ rights and privacy.Calgary-based Suncor said in its appeal that random tests are needed to bolster safety.Suncor and the union have been battling over the tests since 2012.Unifor is also seeking leave to appeal an earlier court ruling related to the issue to the Supreme Court of Canada.last_img

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Bluebird jet boat floats again 51 years after fatal crash

first_imgLONDON – The famed jet boat Bluebird returned to the water Saturday for the first time since a 1967 crash that killed pilot Donald Campbell during a world speed-record attempt.Watched by well-wishers including Campbell’s daughter Gina Campbell, the sleek blue hydroplane was lowered into Loch Fad on Scotland’s Isle of Bute, where it will undergo low-speed tests.Campbell had already set eight land and water speed records when he attempted to break his own 276.3 mph (445 kph) water-speed record on Jan. 4, 1967 on Coniston Water in northwest England’s Lake District.The jet-powered Bluebird roared past 300 mph (482 kph) before it vaulted into the air, flipped and crashed into the lake, breaking in two and killing the 45-year-old Campbell.It was 34 years before divers managed to raise the Bluebird’s wreckage from the bottom of 150-foot (45-meter) deep lake in March 2001.Human remains were found near the boat and confirmed by DNA testing as belonging to Campbell. In September 2001, his body was taken on a final boat trip around the lake where he died before being buried in a nearby churchyard.A team has been working for 17 years to restore the vessel and hopes to return it to the Lake District next year.The plans to rebuild the Bluebird faced some opposition, but gained support from Gina Campbell, who was 17 when her father died. On Saturday, she held her father’s mascot — a stuffed bear named Mr. Whoppit that was recovered from Coniston Water after the crash.She said she was “overwhelmed” by the occasion.“I hope my dad’s looking down from above and telling everybody what a good job was done,” she told the BBC.last_img read more

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Uber Lyft to offer rewards programs similar to airlines

first_imgDETROIT — Uber and Lyft are rolling out loyalty programs similar to airline frequent flyer miles.Uber Rewards starts Wednesday in nine U.S. areas and will spread nationwide during the next six months.Riders get points for every dollar spent on Uber rides or food deliveries. For every 500 points, they get $5 to be used for rides or deliveries. Other goodies come with more points.The areas are Miami, Denver, Tampa, New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta, San Diego and all of New Jersey.Lyft says its program starts in December in several cities it wouldn’t identify. The company plans to make it available to more riders next year but would not give details.Riders also get points for every dollar spent that can be used for rides and upgrades.The Associated Presslast_img

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