Regina woman suing after tip of sons penis cut off in circumcision

first_imgREGINA — A Regina mother has filed a lawsuit alleging negligence after the tip of her baby’s penis was severed during a circumcision.In an interview, the woman says she and her husband are worried about their son’s self-esteem as he grows up. The circumcision happened last November when the boy was nine-days old. The mother has filed a statement of claim against the doctor, his business, and an unidentified intern she believes did the procedure.The woman, whom The Canadian Press is not naming to protect the identity of the child, said she and her husband took their newborn to the Victoria East Medical Clinic in Regina for the procedure.The mother is of African descent and said circumcision is part of her family’s culture.“It was already taking too long,” she said, remembering how quick the procedure had been for her older son eight years earlier. “I could hear the baby crying so much.”She said Dr. Owen Miller, the physician they understood was going to perform the circumcision, came into the waiting area and was apologetic.“He came out and he said, ‘There’s a problem. We have to call the ambulance,’” the mother recalled.The lawsuit adds, “After the botched surgery, Miller informed the plaintiff (mother) that his intern performed the surgery.”The mother said she broke down and couldn’t control her crying.“Someone just told me he was performing some practice on my baby, that’s what it sounded like,” she said. “I couldn’t even talk.”Lawyer Kolade Oladokun, who’s representing the mother, said any damages awarded in the suit could help pay for future cosmetic surgery for the boy.The boy’s father said the family doesn’t care about money.“We just want to know if our son’s going to be OK,” he said. None of the allegations has been proven in court.In an email, Miller declined to comment, but in a statement of defence filed with the court he denies acting negligently.“At the close of the procedure, it was noted that a small piece of the glans of the infant’s penis (tip) had been removed with the foreskin,” the statement reads.“Immediate steps were undertaken to treat the wound and arrangements made to transfer the infant to specialists at Regina General Hospital for further treatment.”Miller is a longtime doctor who specializes in family medicine and has no previous disciplinary history listed on the Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons website.The mother said her baby bled for hours and wailed in pain while he was in the emergency room.Photographs taken by the woman show the infant lying in a hospital bed, hooked up to machines and a tube to carry urine.She said a surgeon informed them he was too young to have the severed tip re-attached.Dr. Todd Sorokan, a pediatrician based in British Columbia, said circumcision remains a relatively common procedure in Canada, with between ten to 30 per cent of babies having it done.Saskatchewan has seen an average of about 430 circumcisions performed annually out of medical necessity in recent years. Non-medically necessary circumcisions aren’t insured by the province, so those numbers aren’t tracked.Last year, a doctor in Regina was fined more than $10,000 for not dealing appropriately with complications arising from a circumcision done in 2014.Sorokan said it’s a straightforward procedure where minor bleeding can occur, but that’s estimated to happen in only one to two cases out of 100.“It’s certainly not a good result to trim part of the glans penis (tip) along with the foreskin,” he said. “I’m happy to hear that the family went and got urgent attention.”The boy’s next followup appointment is in September. His penis is mostly functional, but is disfigured, said his mother.“It’s healed up, but it doesn’t look normal.”The mother kept the severed part of her son’s penis and stored in the freezer, she said, in case he someday has questions about his body.“I just hope this doesn’t get to that point where the boy is feeling less of himself,” she said. “We don’t know.”Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Federal Liberals announce pay equity commissioner on eve of election call

first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberal government has announced Canada’s first-ever federal pay equity commissioner on the eve of the expected election call.Employment Minister Patty Hajdu says Karen Jensen will provide direction for the administration and enforcement of the new Pay Equity Act.A government release says Jensen is an experienced litigator who has represented clients in human rights, constitutional, administrative and labour law cases for more than 25 years.Hajdu says because the Act is not expected to come into force until 2020, Jensen will be appointed to the Canadian Human Rights Commission effective Oct. 16 to deal with the work required to establish the new pay equity division.She says Jensen’s term at the commission will end Sept. 30, 2020, or when the legislation comes into force.The bill introduced last October aims to ensure that women and men in federally regulated workplaces, including the federal private sector, the federal public service, Parliamentary workplaces, Prime Minister’s and ministers’ offices, receive equal pay for work of equal value.“Proactive pay equity isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s the smart thing to do, because when people are treated fairly and given an equal opportunity to succeed, we all win,” Hajdu said Tuesday night in a release.The government has said the Pay Equity Act will reduce the portion of the gender wage gap in federally regulated workplaces that is due to the undervaluation of work traditionally performed by women. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Scott L Schwartz Returns To Chicago To Support Alicias House Food Pantry

first_imgOn September 7, 2012 Actor/Producer/Director Scott L. Schwartz will return to Chicago, IL to show his support for Alicia’s House Food Pantry for a week of fundraising events and appearances.Scott L. Schwartz visits children’s hospitalCredit/Copyright: Extreme Public RelationsLast year, Scott helped Alicia’s House Food Pantry raise over $50,000. While Scott is in town he plans to visit the children at Children’s Memorial Hospital and Lutheran General Hospital again. Scott is a essential part of the fundraising for Alicia’s House Food Pantry along with former Chicago Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas, and former Chicago Cubs catcher Randy Hundley. They will start the week of fundraising with “Tip A Star” (celebrities serving for tips) at Aurelio’s Pizza (1372 Main St., Crete, IL 60417) on Saturday September 8th from 5pm-8pm, a return visit to Manteno Veterans Home on the 12th and The Egg & I on the 13th.The most popular event on the agenda is the Celebrity Golf Outing on Saturday September 15th at Lincolnshire Country Club (390 East Richton Rd., Crete, IL), followed by dinner with the stars and the very popular silent auction.Scott L. Schwartz is widely known as the “Ultimate Bad Guy” from his acting career including: Ocean’s 11, 12 & 13, Starsky & Hutch, Spiderman, Fun With Dick And Jane, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Mentalist, Castle, among other feature films and TV shows. What most fans don’t know is that Scott is really “The Ultimate Nice Guy” and has been visiting children’s hospitals worldwide for the past 14 years after losing his sister to lung cancer in 1998. He realizes the value and impact of making a lasting impression on children with cancer and how important it is to make each child feel special. Scott enjoys visiting pediatric hospitals and bringing what joy he can into the lives of every child he visits. They are always smiling during his visits and usually begging him to return soon.Scott L. Schwartz on The MentalistCredit/Copyright: Extreme Public RelationsThis year we’re proud to announce Scott was the recipient of the CHOC Glass Slipper Guild Award (a prestigious award that others like David Beckham, Gwen Stefani among others have received).The Scott L. Schwartz Children’s Foundation is making a difference in the lives of each child in need by continuing to visit hospitals worldwide, helping Alicia’s House Food Pantry, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), Toys For Tots Foundation, and various Children’s Hospitals worldwide.Last September (2011) Alicia’s House Food Pantry closed out their week of celebrity charity events with donations totaling over fifty thousand dollars to help feed the needy. The week of fundraising started out with Scott L. Schwartz returning to WGN for an interview, making a first time appearance on NBC’s “The Talk” and visiting the South Chicago Heights Fire Department in Steger, IL. Later in the week Milt Pappas (Legendary All Star Chicago Cubs Pitcher) joined Kevin “The Butcher” Hughes and Scott L. Schwartz at Rasberry’s Pancake House for “Tip A Star” and Aurelio’s Pizza.The week of charity events ended at Lincolnshire Country Club for a day of golfing with the stars, dinner and silent auction. Some of the silent auction items included: Michael Jordan autographed picture, Mickey Mantle autographed baseball, Derek Jeter autographed picture, Michelle Monroe handbag, Other celebrity supporters included: Yoko Ono, The Chicago Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, Blackhawks and Bears. Top sponsors included: Goldie’s Auto Body (Mechanical & Towing) in Beecher, Aurelio’s Pizza (Crete), Desiderio Landscaping, Enterprise, Quality Inn (Bradley), Country Financial (Steger), Thrivent Financial for Lutheran and Winpak Portion Packaging.Thanks to their supporters, in 2011 Alicia’s House fed 4728 families, 17,616 people, and distributed 194,450 pounds of food. This year with our economy the way it is, they have seen an increase of over 28% in the amount of individuals they are helping. Alicia’s House is totally supported by donations from individuals, businesses, and our various fundraisers. All of the money raised goes directly to feed the hungry and run the pantry; no one at Alicia’s House is paid.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

CharityVision To Host Fight Night Featuring Oscar De La Hoya And Mario

first_imgCharityVision, a Utah-based non-profit providing medical equipment, clinics, vision screenings, eye surgeries, and training to doctors in poverty-stricken areas across the globe, is partnering with Golden Boy Promotions to host its second annual Fight Night fundraising event on Saturday, June 11 at 6:30pm at the Rail Event Center in Salt Lake City.Boxing legend, ten-time world champion in six weight classes and Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya and host of “Extra” and boxing enthusiast Mario Lopez will participate in the night’s main event. CharityVision will also partner with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions to put on three professional boxing undercard bouts, to be announced at a later date, which will precede the main event.“CharityVision is a great cause and I’m excited to be a part of this night for the second time,” said Mario Lopez. “I can’t wait to get into the ring with Oscar and have some fun with him, but most importantly, bring attention to the work that CharityVision does to give many deserving individuals the gift of sight. It’s a honor to be a part of their great work and we’re going to have a great night that will change many lives.”Josh Romney, CharityVision president, will serve as the night’s emcee and Jenn Blosil, a top 15 finalist on this season of American Idol, will sing the national anthem. Governor Mitt Romney, who participated in last year’s main event, will also be in attendance.With a $25 donation a commemorative Fight Night t-shirt is availableThis year’s black-tie event, which is using the hashtag #givesight25, is expected to raise $1 million, allowing CharityVision to perform 40,000 sight-restoring surgeries. At an average cost of $25, one person’s sight can be restored with a simple procedure. For about the same cost as lunch with a friend, a mother can see her children for the first time, a family can be lifted out of poverty because sight brings new opportunities, and hope can be brought back to families and communities. With a $25 donation a commemorative Fight Night t-shirt is available There, donations of any amount can also be made. All proceeds benefit CharityVision and its work to restore sight.“I am excited to get back into the ring with a good friend for a great cause. CharityVision Fight Night is an incredible opportunity to give back to so many across the world that live with blindness but who could see with a simple, low-cost procedure,” said Oscar De La Hoya. “CharityVision’s work is changing lives, families and communities and I’m proud to be a part of an event that will raise funds to help restore sight for thousands.”Last year’s Fight Night main event, headlined by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and five-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, raised $1 million. In 2015 Charity Vision saw almost 400,000 patients, donated over 70,000 pairs of glasses, and performed over 42,000 surgeries.For more information about Fight Night, visit read more


first_img Login/Register With: Corus Radio is bringing Winnipeg listeners a new station to get excited about with the launch of Peggy @ 99-1, Feel Good Winnipeg! Launched yesterday, Peggy is an upbeat 80’s pop and current adult contemporary station that has all the hits that Winnipeggers want to hear. Rebranded from 99.1 FRESH RADIO, Peggy’s unique new format aims to reflect the positive, energetic and fun vibe of Winnipeg while giving listeners the music they want.With a new look, website and sound, the station plays the biggest 80’s pop artists and today’s superstars in music intensive mode, giving listeners an opportunity to indulge in Peggy’s playlist at work, in the car, or on their smart phones.“Peggy @ 99-1 was made for Winnipeg, not just in the name, but in the playful, sassy and confident attitude the station brings to the city,” says Tammy Cole, Program Director, Peggy @ 99-1, Corus Radio. “Our listeners will enjoy the stations upbeat music, fun personality and local flare while they’re at home or on-the-go. From running errands to putting the kids to bed, Peggy will be there for you to tune-in to the big hits and tune-out the noise.” Facebook Global News and Corus Radio are a part of the Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien tops Macleans fiction

first_imgFICTION Advertisement 1. (1) Do Not Say We Have Nothing _ Madeleine Thien 10. (3) Night School (A Jack Reacher Novel) _ Lee Child Facebook 6. (-) The Underground Railroad _ Colson Whitehead 3. (7) Swing Time _ Zadie Smith 4. (4) The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories _ P.D. James 5. (8) The Wonder _ Emma Donoghue 9. (6) Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations _ Thomas L. Friedman Login/Register With: 7. (5) 99: Stories of the Game _ Wayne Gretzky with Kirstie McLellan Day Advertisement 10. (8) The Science of Why: Answers to Questions About the World Around Us _ Jay Ingram NON-FICTION 8. (9) Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis _ J.D. Vancecenter_img 6. (10) Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood _ Trevor Noah LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement 3. (4) Testimony _ Robbie Robertson 8. (10) Moonglow _ Michael Chabon 4. (2) The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds _ Michael Lewis Here are the top 10 hardcover fiction and non-fiction books in Canada for the week ending Jan. 1 as compiled by Maclean’s magazine. The previous week’s position is in parentheses. 7. (5) Rather Be the Devil _ Ian Rankin 5. (7) The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo _ Amy Schumer 9. (6) The Witches of New York _ Ami McKay 2. (3) Born to Run _ Bruce Springsteen 2. (2) The Whistler _ John Grisham 1. (1) The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from A Secret World _  Peter Wohlleben Twitterlast_img read more

Louis Vuitton launching global initiative to support UNICEF and children in need

first_img Login/Register With: Since January 2016, the Louis Vuitton for UNICEF partnership has helped raise $2.5 million to help bring children life-saving humanitarian support in Nigeria and Syria. In doing so, it has brought hope to children who have endured the horrors of war and deprivation. For example, in 2016, 4.5 million children and their families in Syria were protected through the life-saving provision of water.“They say it takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes great partners like Louis Vuitton working together with UNICEF to ensure all children survive and thrive,” said David Morley, UNICEF Canada President and CEO. “The more partnerships and innovative alliances we’re able to form with corporations like Louis Vuitton, the more children we’ll be able to reach with life-saving assistance.”$200 donated to children for every Lockit soldFor each sale of the Silver Lockit pendant (US $600) or bracelet (US $500), US $200 is donated to UNICEF.On this occasion, Louis Vuitton renews its promise to help children and invites people around the world to join the movement. Guests will be encouraged to come accompanied with someone close to make a pinky promise and to share their promise online with a special hashtag: #makeapromise. As a way of inviting people to spread the word, a special offer will be available that day for those who purchase two Silver Lockits (offer available in all Louis Vuitton stores and on for January 12, 2017).“Charity starts at home,” said Michael Burke, President of Louis Vuitton. “Last year, we challenged our teams to come up with a symbolic gesture that would federate people around our cause. The idea of the #makeapromise campaign comes from children: when they make a promise, they mean it and they seal it with a pinky promise. Children show us a simple way to change the world. One year after our successful launch, our teams have come up with this idea to keep our promise alive. It’s about joining forces worldwide to raise funds and awareness for children. We believe in the word of mouth. Our goal is to reach as many people and to make a real difference.”UNICEF is the leading humanitarian and development organization working globally for the rights of every child. The aim of the partnership “Louis Vuitton for UNICEF” is to raise funds for UNICEF and help support children who are exposed to conflict, diseases, natural disasters and other situations that threaten their safety and well-being.Millions of children at risk of violence, conflict, disease“Millions of children, the foundation of tomorrow’s stable, healthy societies are today experiencing violence, conflict and diseases. Now more than ever, the need to stand together for and with children is critical. By making a promise for children, particularly those affected by conflict situations, the customers and employees of Louis Vuitton are showing their commitment to bring hope to the most vulnerable children,” said Gérard Bocquenet, Director of Private Fundraising and Partnerships at UNICEF.UNICEF is there, before, during and after humanitarian situations. In Syria, since the beginning of 2016, UNICEF has reached four million children under five with polio vaccinations, 14 million people with drinking water and nearly 140,000 children with school supplies.Louis Vuitton is also inviting its clients to make direct donations to UNICEF throughout the year and will do so especially during emergencies.UNICEF does not endorse any brand or product.To make a direct donation to the children of the world, please visit For more information on the partnership, visit Louis VuittonSince 1854, Louis Vuitton has brought unique designs to the world, combining innovation with style, always aiming for the finest quality. Today, the House remains faithful to the spirit of its founder, Louis Vuitton, who invented a genuine “Art of Travel” through luggage, bags and accessories which were as creative as they were elegant and practical. Since then, audacity has shaped the story of Louis Vuitton. Faithful to its heritage, Louis Vuitton has opened its doors to architects, artists and designers across the years, all the while developing disciplines such as ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, watches, jewelry and stationery. As a House that treasures its past while embracing the future, Louis Vuitton has always cherished the values of transmission and often been associated to charities in link with children.For more information, please visit www.louisvuitton.comAbout UNICEFUNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. We work tirelessly to help children and their families, doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. We provide children with healthcare and immunization, clean water, nutrition and food security, education, emergency relief and more.UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps children regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN, we are active in over 190 countries – more than any other organization. Our determination and our reach are unparalleled. Because nowhere is too far to go to help a child survive. For more information about UNICEF, please visit Facebook One year after the launch of its global partnership with UNICEF, Louis Vuitton is launching its first #makeapromise day on January 12, 2017 to raise funds for children in urgent need, through its global network of stores.Nearly 250 million children live in countries affected by conflict and millions more face risk from natural disasters, climate change and fast spreading epidemics. Every day, somewhere around the world, millions of children wake up to lives filled with violence, persecution and hardship. UNICEF works to bring hope for a better life to these children.On January 12, in 460 Louis Vuitton stores across more than 60 countries, 12,000 Louis Vuitton Client Advisors will act as special advocates of the “Louis Vuitton for UNICEF” partnership and promote the sales of the Silver Lockit: a product specially designed to raise funds for UNICEF. Advertisement Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment ExpandTanja-Tiziana Not only did Crow’s Theatre’s artistic director oversee the opening of the company’s handsome new east-end space, which has already altered the geography of our theatre scene, but he helmed a huge range of shows, from the farcical The Wedding Party (RSVP for its return next month!) and the poignant The Boy In The Moon to a pair of pieces that wooed the indie music crowd (True Crime and A&R Angels). He also found a way to theatricalize Claude Vivier’s haunting Musik Für Das Ende for Soundstreams. Meanwhile at Stratford he directed an elegant yet gut-bustingly funny production of Tartuffe that had up-to-the-minute Trump jokes. For the past couple of decades, my late colleague Jon Kaplan would lovingly compile this list, and he’d run the names by me so we could discuss them. Of course, Jon loyally monitored all of these artists’ careers – sometimes (as is the case with the number-one artist) from their first show. I’m following his rule that to be considered for inclusion, an artist has to have presented at least two shows in the year. “We want to turn on the east end at night,” says Crow’s Chris Abraham at the company’s new Streetcar Crowsnest. Expand Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook 2. TOM ROONEY, ACTORThere’s no question that Rooney is one of the country’s best actors. What’s incredible is how effortless he makes his craft look, whether he’s tossing back Tartuffe’s ridiculous mane, bitching out juicy bons mots while wearing a ridiculous wig in The School For Scandal or – most memorably – playing contrasting twins in The Wedding Party. In The Wedding Party, Tom Rooney, here with Moya O’Connell, delivered a master class in effortless acting. (Photo by Guntar Kravis) Expand 1. CHRIS ABRAHAM, DIRECTOR/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Login/Register With: 3. CHRISTINE HORNE, ACTORHorne got lots of press last year when she wrote in Intermission magazine about not being able to pay her rent at the same time that she was on the cover of NOW Magazine’s Fall Stage Guide and starring in lots of plays. Let’s hope the ecology has changed enough so she can keep giving us performances as varied as her ones this year.READ MORElast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Canadians heading to Cannes will be in good hands this year with Telefilm Canada’s delegation who will be present at the Festival de Cannes to facilitate networking; particularly when it comes to export and coproduction, participate in events and represent in all the right places.From May 14 to 23, 2019, please join us at the Canada Pavilion at the festival’s Marché du Film market. Always action-packed with productive networking events, film screenings and other activities to help you make the most of your time on the Croisette, the Canada Pavilion is the perfect meeting spot! For updates, details, and all the Cannes news you need, please keep your eyes on our programming page. Meanwhile, here are 5 of our business events you won’t want to miss.And now, meet Telefilm’s delegation at Cannes: Facebook Christa Dickenson, Executive DirectorChrista Dickenson is the Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. She has over two decades of experience spanning broadcast television, technology, telecommunications and interactive digital media, having worked at CTV, CPAC, Rogers and Interactive Ontario. Ms. Dickenson possesses an unparalleled talent for innovation coupled with a strong business acumen. With brand advocacy expertise honed over many years, she is a highly effective screen-based industries advocate and spokesperson. In addition to a professional background spanning both the creative and business sides of the broadcast, technology, telecommunications and interactive digital media industries, Ms. Dickenson has a BAH and Masters of Fine Arts in Film Studies.Marielle Poupelin, Specialist, International Business DevelopmentAfter completing a degree in administration at the University of Angers in France, Marielle Poupelin immediately began working in film production. In 1990, Ms. Poupelin moved from France to Canada, where she continued her career working in film and TV production. In 2004, she joined Telefilm Canada as an investment analyst. She was part of the team that selected projects to be financed as feature films. In 2010, Ms. Poupelin was appointed Deputy Director, Coproduction. In this role, she is in charge of managing the team responsible for evaluating coproduction projects submitted by Canadian producers in film and television. She also assumed the interim leadership of the International Promotion sector from 2016 to 2019.Marie-France Godbout, Interim Director, Project FinancingMarie-France Godbout joined Telefilm Canada in 2002 as Specialist, Distribution – Feature Films, responsible for managing requests for commercialization, dubbing, alternative distribution, and international marketing support. She has a wide range of experience as a film industry professional, having held various management positions at C/FP, Motion Int’l, and Ciné-Entreprises, among others. In her role as National Director, Feature Films, Ms. Godbout leads the team responsible for decisions on French-language feature films at the national and regional levels and is in charge of industry relations with her counterparts in the English-language market.Mélanie Hartley, Advisor, New InitiativesMelanie Hartley has held a number of positions at Telefilm Canada since her hiring in 2002, including Deputy Director of the Feature Film Unit, Regional Director of English Production, Regional Director of Business Development and Project Manager for National Promotion in Quebec. She is currently Advisor, New initiatives, International Promotion. Prior to joining Telefilm, she worked in distribution for more than seven years on many aspects of the field, including development of marketing strategies, media relations, communications and international and television sales.Clémence Bradley, Advisor, Promotion – Event ManagementA graduate in marketing communications from the Université du Québec à Montréal, Clémence Bradley has more than a decade of experience in the cultural and advertising sectors. She has held various positions in event and project management with organizations like Just for Laughs, Infopresse, and Radio-Canada. Clémence has been with Telefilm Canada for over five years as an advisor in Promotion – Event Management, where she’s responsible for the organization and implementation of activities in major film industry markets, including Cannes and TIFF. She is currently completing a Specialized Graduate Diploma in Management – Organizational Development at the HEC Montréal.Danielle Bélanger, Advisor, Promotion – Event ManagementAfter studying film and communications at Concordia University, Danielle Bélanger spent nine years running an international distribution company, handling marketing, sales, acquisitions and promotion at markets and festivals. She then headed distribution and circulation for an artist-run centre specialized in museum videos before joining Telefilm Canada’s international sector as Project Leader in 2005. Danielle currently holds the position of Advisor, Promotion – Event Management.Come and meet our dedicated team at the Canada Pavilion ready to welcome you!CLICK HERETo stay up to date on all our networking activities and programming! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Blueribbon education panel quietly unveiled draws immediate fire

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The members of a promised blue-ribbon panel to study First Nations education have been quietly named and the selection is already drawing fire from a key First Nations chief.The names of the three panellists were posted on the government tendering website Merx on Sunday as an “advanced contract award notice.”The notice names David Hughes, president of charitable organization Pathways to Education Canada and former head of Habitat for Humanity Canada, as chair of the panel.Hughes will be joined by George Lafond, from Muskeg Cree Lake Nation, Sask., and currently an Aboriginal initiative special advisor to the University of Saskatchewan’s president, along with Caroline Krause, a faculty associate at the University of British Columbia and former principal an elementary school in one of Vancouver’s poorest neighbourhoods.The independent panel is expected to be officially unveiled sometime between March 14 and 18.Their final report on elementary and secondary First Nations education is expected for release in July during the Assembly of First Nation’s annual general assembly held this year in Moncton, N.B.The panel is also expected to submit an initial report in late May to Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo and Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan.The panellists will each be paid $200,000 for the contract which runs until July 31.While Atleo could not be immediately reached for comment, a source indicated the national chief was aware of the initial concerns raised by some chiefs over the appointments. Atleo, however, is urging chiefs to work through the panel to force their concerns onto the agenda, including a close study of funding levels.Duncan’s office issued a statement saying the three panelists were the best choices for the job.“The national panel consists of three very qualified and respected individuals, each of whom bring an informed perspective to the discussion,” said the statement. “This government is committed to First Nations students and we continue to work with the AFN on this important issue.”Duncan announced the creation of the panel in the House of Commons last December, saying it was a joint initiative between the government and the AFN.The panel announcement came in response to consistent calls from First Nation leaders for a major overhaul of First Nations education.The blue-ribbon panel has been touted by Duncan and the AFN as a major step in reforming First Nations education. The panel’s recommendations, while non-binding, could also lead to legislative changes, Duncan has said.In December 2009, Kitigan Zibi First Nation Chief Gilbert Whiteduck, with a roomful of chiefs standing around him in in support, dramatically demanded then Indian affairs minister Chuck Strahl make education a pressing priority.Whiteduck, who sat on a senior education advisory council involved with the creation of the panel, said he was disappointed with the choices.Whiteduck said he was informed during a council meeting Friday that the panel had been selected but the names would be kept secret until the Merx notice appeared on Sunday.Whiteduck said he had no idea how the panellists were selected, despite several regions submitting suggestions for candidates.He said he is upset about the decision to appoint a non-First Nations member as chair of the panel.“They selected a chair that is not First Nation. What message are we sending to our students that we can’t even lead this thing?” said Whiteduck.Whiteduck said he was also upset at the appointment of Krause.Whiteduck said an internet posting by Krause on the Macdonald-Laurier Institute website should have disqualified her as a candidate.“Is it the intent of the AFN to unconditionally support the candidacy of Ms. Krause who obviously views First Nation education administrative practices as being corrupt? This is unacceptable,” wrote Whiteduck, in an email to Ghislain Picard, Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador.Krause wrote on the website that she supported the creation of individual education accounts for First Nations students to pay for university because “the current funding system is not working and…it is open to serious abuse, favouritism and other discriminatory practices.”The proposed Aboriginal Post-Secondary Savings Account has been promoted by the likes of First Nations thinker and author Calvin Helin.The idea, however, has received lukewarm reception from many>last_img read more

Thousands rally across country to remember murdered missing

first_imgAPTN National NewsThousands of people across Canada spent Valentine’s Day remembering Aboriginal women who have either gone missing or have been murdered.Rallies were held in major centres with families and organizations demanding that police and government do a better job of tackling the problem and taking the issue seriously.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith has this story.last_img

PM GG given 72 hours to respond to Attawapiskat Chief Spences request

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence won’t end her hunger strike until a requested treaty meeting begins and she expects a response from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston within 72 hours, aides say.Spence met with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo and Charlie Angus, among others, Thursday and stated she won’t give up her hunger strike on just a commitment from Harper and Johnston to meet with First Nations leadership on the treaties.“She is tired of the broken promises, she wants to see the actual meeting,” said Danny Metatawabin, one of Spence’s closest aides.Spence also expects a response to her request from the prime minister and the governor general within 72 hours. If the deadline passes, mass demonstrations will unfold across the country, said Metatawabin.“There will be mass demonstrations,” he said.During the meeting, Atleo was told that the meeting to discuss the treaties should happen sooner than the Jan. 24 date Atleo offered in an invitation letter sent to Harper and Johnston on Jan 1.First Nations chiefs are planning to meet on Jan. 24 in Saskatchewan to discuss the treaties, but Spence’s aides say that date is too far off with the chief’s health failing as her hunger strike continues.“It is too far for Theresa, Raymond (Robinson) and Emil Bell,” said Matatawabin, referring to two elders who are on a hunger strike along with Spence.Spence began her hunger strike on Dec. 11. Spence has said she doesn’t need to be present at the meeting.Metatawabin said Atleo was told to include the 72 hour deadline in his Jan. 1 letter to Harper and Johnston.There was no mention of a deadline in Atleo’s letter.A spokeswoman for the governor general said the office received Atleo’s letter and will respond in “due course.”The Prime Minister’s Office said they would also respond to Atleo’s letter in “due course.” The PMO said in a statement that the “government remains willing to work with the First Nations leadership to deliver better outcomes for First Nations communities.”last_img read more

Kingcome looks to the future after flood nearly washes out community

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn September 2010 the people of Kingcome, B.C. experienced a massive flood like no one in the community has ever witnessed.A daring rescue saw most villagers taken by helicopter to safety in neighbouring Alert Bay.But more than a dozen people spent a harrowing night in a school as a river rattled the floorboards.Two years later the village has been rebuilt but not everyone evacuated that day has returned.The event forced the people to take stock. Environmental, social and economic issues threaten the existence of a home that has stood for thousands of years.Kingcome is the home of APTN’s Rob Smith and he has this story.rsmith@aptn.caTwitter: @kingcomevjlast_img read more

Tears flowed as families of missing murdered forced to select roundtable delegates

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA—Tears flowed and old pain surfaced Thursday as the families of murdered and missing Indigenous women were forced to select their representatives for a roundtable Friday with federal and provincial politicians.The process left many family members shaken, said C.J Julian, sister of Norma George who was found murdered in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in 1992.“I just think what they did was re-victimize the families by picking four ceremonial witnesses for the national roundtable. It felt like we had to go against each other… I saw a lot of people walk away with heavy hearts,” said Julian. “It was like we all went against each other. It was like lateral violence. We had to pick looking at each other.”The families of the murdered and missing were told they could only pick four people to attend the national roundtable. The were told to pick delegates representing the four directions: North, South, East and West.Julian was not one of the delegates selected to attend the roundtable which will be held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Ottawa. She will be part of a parallel gathering for families and the public at Carleton University.Friday’s roundtable meeting will be chaired by Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod and attended by provincial leaders, including Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynn.Federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt and Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch are scheduled to attend Friday’s meeting.Representatives from Indigenous organizations will also attend the roundtable, which will be closed to the public.Families gathered Thursday at the Delta Hotel to select their delegates for Friday’s meeting.Some of the family members wept after realizing they would not get a chance to share their voice and pain at the national roundtable.Bev Jacobs, who is from Six Nations and a former president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, was picked as one of the delegates.Jacobs said each of the representatives would only be able to speak for four minutes at the roundtable. She said she would reflect the pain and tears from the family members at Thursday’s meeting.“I’m going to share their pain. I’m going to tell them what I am seeing right now,” said Jacobs. “I’m going to share their voice.”Jacobs said she was against the roundtable from the beginning arguing it would just hurt families again.“I’m disappointed in the process. I don’t know who designed it, but it’s not respectful of the families,” she said.Jacobs said she’s like to see a Royal Commission.The other delegates selected to represent the families at the roundtable included: Judy Maas, from Blueberry River in British Columbia, whose sister Cynthia Mass was killed in 2010 in Prince George, B.C.; Darlene Osborne, from Norway House Cree Nation, Man., and the cousin of Helen Betty Osborne who was kidnapped and murdered in The Pas, Man., in 1971; Diane Lilley, whose 21-year-old sister Cindy Burk was murdered along the Highway of Tears in 1990.Prime Minister Stephen Harper is personally against a public inquiry and has told two successive Assembly of First Nations national chiefs he won’t be calling read more

First Nations students build birch bark canoe and launch its maiden voyage

first_imgAPTN National NewsSummer vacation is traditionally a time for students to kick back enjoy the warm weather and relax before heading back to school in the fall.But as Wayne Rivers reports – a group of high schoolers in a small First Nation community in Ontario – is doing anything but relaxing.They are using their time off to reconnect to their traditional past.wrivers@aptn.calast_img

Mountie being investigated for racist comments not the only one

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsA shocking online comment about Colten Boushie by an RCMP officer has the force investigating one of its own and others saying scrap the service altogether.“Disband the RCMP,” tweeted retired Vancouver police officer Lorimer Shenher with a link to Wednesday’s APTN story.“She is not the only one with that attitude,” Shenher added in a telephone interview Friday.“In Saskatchewan and Alberta – let’s face it – and in B.C. too, these kind of sentiments are pretty common among law enforcement.”APTN reported a female Mountie in Alberta posted Boushie “got what he deserved” on a private Facebook page called ‘News Stories that Matter to or May Impact RCMP’.Related: RCMP Facebook group claims Colten Boushie ‘got what he deserved’The shooting death of Boushie, from Saskatchewan’s Red Pheasant First Nation, and subsequent acquittal of farmer Gerald Stanley revealed a racial divide across Canada.“I’m not on Facebook myself but I would imagine these kinds of things have been going definitely since Colten was shot,” said Shenher, who worked with Indigenous people and members of the RCMP as lead investigator on the missing women investigation that eventually led to serial killer Robert Pickton.Shenher, who has since written a book about that case and blogs about reforming police culture, says the comment was “horrifying.”“This obviously affects the public’s trust in the RCMP and it affects Indigenous peoples’, I would venture to say, hope for any reconciliation.”The force has told APTN it is investigating the private page with 1,200 members that admitted an APTN reporter as a member who screen-grabbedthe shocking post and others. But it won’t comment further.Shenher thinks that’s a mistake. He says now would be a good time to do things differently – more transparently, for example – to rebuild relationships.“And, to show the RCMP are even sensitive to these issues.”Vice-chief Kimberly Jonathan says the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations in Saskatchewan has been assured the RCMP are taking this latest scandal seriously.“Despite the challenges, I can assure you that we’ve been in close contact with the RCMP,” she said Friday in Saskatoon, “and we’re working towards resolve and accountability for people who write and incite hate.”Although she didn’t know what the end result would be.“What that looks like, I guess, is dependent on the community. There’s so much that needs to be said.”The Boushie family and its supporters have been bombarded with hate speech since the not-guilty verdict came down Feb. 9.Rallies in their name are being held across Canada and politicians are promising to reform the justice system. Again.But only they can say how this latest attack feels on top of all the other discrimination they say they have had to deal with. Although they weren’t available for comment Friday.“We’re very aware of the effects,” Jonathan added. “We’re very aware of how huge and troubled this could be.”APTN has made numerous attempts to contact the officer who made the controversial post on Facebook. But she was not the only person to make questionable comments on the page.An APTN reporter took screen captures of numerous conversations about the trial, defence and verdict. Officers appear to use their real names, describe their detachment areas, name the provinces they work in, and complain about issues of under-staffing and Indigenous communities.“If there was a failing in this trial, it was with the law as it currently stands, not the jury or verdict,” said a male in a post on Feb. 14.“It’s not about race,” a female posted a few hours later. “I don’t care if someone is green or has a tail, if you trespass with intent to harm, steal or cause damage, how can you expect bad things not to happen?”There are links to media stories on the trial. And debate about the issue of the lack of visibly Indigenous members of the jury.“So the family and friends are now going to drive the karma bus and become vigilantes for justice? That’s the sentiment I’m getting from this…as if the people from that area haven’t been terrorized by these upstanding model citizens off the Rez?” added the female APTN has confirmed works at a rural Alberta detachment.Shenher says the officer may find sympathetic ears among her peers but to him it sounds like she should leave the field.Although he knows that’s likely to backfire.“I know that firing them probably isn’t going to decrease the world’s population of racists by one or two because then they’re just going to be bitter, fired racists,’ he said.“But they’re still going to be racists and they’re just going to be bitter because they’re going to say, ‘Oh, somebody played the race card …and now I don’t have a job.’”kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

First Contact launches second season on APTN

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsLove it or hate it, the controversial show First Contact debuted its second season this week on APTN.Over the course of a month six Canadians with racist views and prejudices travelled to several Indigenous communities to learn more about Canada’s role in cultural genocide.Their trip included visits to Kanesatake, Que., to learn more about the Oka Siege from Ellen Gabriel and Elder John Cree; to Natuashish in Labrador to spend time with local Innu people; to Thunder Bay to learn about exposed racist attitudes toward Indigenous people; as well as to Saskatoon to speak with Colten Boushie’s family.For Stephanie Pituley things started to change after she visited an old residential school in southern Ontario.“Just the idea of children being taken away from their parents gives me the heebie jeebies. I can’t imagine somebody coming in and taking my child from me for no reason,” the mother of five told APTN.In a twist, Pituley herself is Metis.She obtained Metis citizenship with the Manitoba Metis Federation three months before filming.It’s something she struggled with while filming the show.“Halfway through our journey this is when I started to feel I shouldn’t even recognize myself as that because there are so many people that do recognize as Metis and they know their heritage, they know their culture, they know the history behind it. I know nothing,” said Pituley.After the first season debuted last fall social media lit up with praises for the program, which takes its premise from the Australian show of the same name, but also many criticisms, especially from Indigenous people.The main concern being it shouldn’t fall on Indigenous people’s shoulders to educate others.Vanessa Loewen, a producer with Animiki See Digital Production, said this is the position they wanted to take while creating a Canadian version.“We decided that our efforts toward reconciliation and trying to build a better relationship was to take this approach,” she said.During a reunion panel on Thursday one participant argued it is up to Indigenous people to educate others after saying he was at the blunt end of ‘hostile’ attacks on social media.“All I would like is Indigenous people if you’re online and you see someone legitimately wanting to learn about the culture and asking questions and you see them getting attacked please help,” said Brennen Kovic.“Indigenous people want allies. People that want to learn want allies in you as well.”Stephanie MacLaurin was a community host to three of the participants while they visited Fort William First Nation in Ontario.She took the opportunity to engage in peaceful dialogue with the participants, including Pituley, but says Indigenous people should not apologize for their anger.“I think that Indigenous righteous rage is important…we have more than enough right to be angry over what’s happened,” said MacLaurin.MacLaurin doesn’t regret the decision to participate in the show and even says if the opportunity came up again she would do it, but she believes non-Indigenous people have to step up and educate themselves as well.“I want to turn one of the misconceptions about Indigenous people around and one of them is we’re lazy. I think as non-Indigenous people they’ve been extremely lazy in learning their history and the truth around Canadian society,” said MacLaurin.First Contact is available to stream online at read more

Alberta court grants Unifor injunction blocking Suncor from random drug testing

first_imgEDMONTON – A union that represents 3,000 oilsands workers at Suncor Energy sites in northeastern Alberta has won a court injunction against random drug testing.Unifor Local 707-A had argued that random testing would be a violation of workers’ rights and privacy.Calgary-based Suncor (TSX:SU) has said random tests are needed to bolster safety and wanted to start the program this month.In his ruling, Queen’s Bench Justice Paul Belzil said the privacy rights of employees are just as important as safety.“In my view the balance of convenience favours granting the injunction,” Belzil said in a written judgment released Thursday.“The request by Suncor to increase the scope of drug and alcohol testing by implementing random testing would necessarily impact employees who have no drug and alcohol issues and who have not been involved in workplace incidents.”Belzil noted that Suncor already has non-random drug and alcohol testing. He said granting the injunction would not result in an unsafe work environment.He said both parties agree that the Suncor workplace is dangerous, but agree on virtually nothing else.Sneh Seetal, a Suncor spokeswoman, said the company would be filing an immediate and expedited appeal of the injunction ruling.“We are surprised and disappointed by the decision, especially in light of the evidence that we put forward of the pressing safety concerns associated with the ongoing alcohol and drug problems in the workplace in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo,” Seetal said from Calgary.“Preventing Suncor from taking steps to address known safety hazards associated with workplace alcohol and drug use is not reasonable.”Ken Smith, president of the union local, said Unifor members are happy with the judge’s decision.“We are very pleased with the ruling and that weight was given to a person’s dignity on the job and that human rights are being upheld for the time being,” he said from Fort McMurray.“Worker safety is the No. 1 priority here.”Suncor and the union have been battling over random drug tests since 2012. Unifor has sought leave to appeal an earlier court ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada.Belzil said if leave to appeal is granted, both sides should co-operate to resolve the case as quickly as possible.If the high court decides not to hear the case, Suncor and Unifor should go to arbitration, he suggested.Suncor presented evidence in court last month that 59 union employees have tested positive for alcohol or drugs over the last four years.The company said drugs — including marijuana, ecstasy, cannabis resin, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine — and prescription pills such as oxycodone have been found at Suncor operations and work camps.The company’s oilsands projects around Fort McMurray operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Employees work 12-hour shifts operating some of the biggest and most complicated industrial equipment in the world.last_img read more