Denise Richards Designs Charity Shoes

first_imgShoeDazzle is pleased to announce its second annual partnership with actress and mother Denise Richards as part of its “Celebrity Shoe Design Program for Charity.”This year, Richards had someone special in mind to involve in the project as a shoe designer, Taylor “Tay” Filorimo.“Tay,” as her friends and family called her, was just 13 years old when she was diagnosed with a rare form of Type 2 Kidney Cancer. Despite her best efforts to fight the disease, she sadly passed in September. Filorimo became the youngest-known person in the world to fight this type of kidney cancer, the same strain Richards’s mother succumbed to in 2007.While Richards designed her own shoe, “Denise,” she helped Filorimo with her creation, “Tay.” 100% of the profits from the sale of both shoes will benefit the Kidney Cancer Association (KCA) and become available for purchase exclusively on, starting December 17th.“Denise” is a light pink open-toe, strappy platform heel with crystal embellishments. “Tay” is a taupe closed-toe pump with crystal embellishments, a hidden platform, and a special interior color, “Pray 4 Tay” green, a color Filorimo created. Both styles have the words “Live 4 Tay” stamped inside to commemorate Filorimo.“I am honored to have had the chance to work so closely with Tay on this project for ShoeDazzle,” says Richards. “Tay was so excited to design a shoe and I am heartbroken she will not get to see the finished product. I am so thankful to ShoeDazzle for giving both of us the opportunity to raise money and awareness for the Kidney Cancer Association for the second year in a row.”ShoeDazzle has previously partnered with the following celebrities for its “Celebrity Shoe Design Program for Charity:” LaLa Anthony, Carmen Electra, Perez Hilton, Carson Kressley, NeNe Leakes, Jenny McCarthy, singer Mel B and actresses Kristen Bell, Kristin Cavallari, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennie Garth and Vanessa Lachey. ShoeDazzle launched its first cause-marketing campaign in fall 2009.last_img read more

Women Take Center Stage At Milken Conference

first_imgAt the 18th annual Milken Institute Global Conference held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on April 26, women took center stage.Throughout the event, conference leaders triumphed the idea that women should be more prominent. This year, they created and met a goal of having at least 30% of the panelists as women. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg moderated a panel with three titans of finance – Timothy Geithner, Robert Rubin, and Hank Paulson – while actresses Freida Pinto and Patricia Arquette passionately expressed their desire to end the wage disparities between men and women in the work force in the U.S. and around the world.The mission of the Milken Institute and its annual conference is “to improve lives around the world by advancing innovative economic and policy solutions that create jobs, widen access to capital and enhance health.” The Global Conference continues to bring together the top leaders in the for-profit, non-profit, and public sector to discuss, debate and tackle the most pressing challenges that face our local, national and international community.For more information, all the panel discussions can be viewed on the website.Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

Wilmer Valderrama To Judge write4good Iam4 Campaign

first_imgProse, an innovative social platform where readers and writers create and consume literature, has partnered with unite4:good, a global movement for kindness and social good, to launch the first #write4good campaign.Kicking off on July 8 and running through August 28, the campaign asks participants to craft written responses over 500 words in length to a challenge prompt on the Prose platform. The top entry will receive $3,000, which will be applied to the student’s account at an educational institution. The campaign will also award second and third place winners with $2,000 and $1,000, respectively.A panel of selected judges from Prose and unite4:good will identify winning entries based upon the quality of the content, authenticity, and creative edge. The panel of judges include Anthony Melikhov, founder of unite4:good; Wilmer Valderrama, CEO of WVE; Geneva Wasserman, president of U4G Entertainment; William D. Garner, New York Times bestselling author; Susan Wright Boucher, writer and creator of Plugged In, a blog dedicated to social media, recruitment, technology and career management; and Kelly Knox M.A, artist and teacher of visual and performing arts. Throughout the competition, both Prose and unite4:good will share entries on their platforms and social media pages.“This campaign is one of countless opportunities provided to writers by Prose,” said H.B. Augustine, co-founder of Prose. “By establishing a more dynamic presence in the writing, education, and social good communities, we hope to reiterate the power of the written word and the global impact that writing can create.”The winning entries will be announced September 15, in tandem with the launch of the new unite4:good platform, which will connect the digital world with real world action by uniting individuals, brands, nonprofit organizations, thought leaders, and influencers for the common purpose of motivating people towards Acts of Kindness and creating a positive social impact around the globe.“The unite4:good movement is based on the knowledge that positivity and kindness are the keys to true happiness,” said Melikhov. “By creating positive, uplifting, and inspirational works through this writing initiative, we are asking individuals not only to dig deep and share what they stand for, but to also inspire others with their actions and words.”How the competition works: • Participants sign up for Prose via the Prose app or website, and join the unite4:good movement on • Participants respond to the #write4good #Iam4 challenge prompt on the Prose website. Qualifying entries will be over 500 words in length, with no word limit. • Entries will be accepted from July 8 to August 28, 2015. Only one entry will be accepted per participant. • The winners will be announced by Prose and unite4:good on September 15. • Three winners will receive $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively, which will be applied to their student accounts at an educational institution.To learn more about the #write4good challenge, please visit read more

Cyndi Lauper Raises Awareness Of Psoriasis

first_imgSinger, songwriter, actress and activist Cyndi Lauper is partnering with National Psoriasis Foundation and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation on I’m PsO Ready, a national initiative highlighting the physical, emotional and social challenges of psoriasis.Cyndi Lauper joins National Psoriasis Foundation to bring national attention to the diseaseThe program aims to inspire people with psoriasis to speak up and celebrate their everyday successes.Today, Lauper reveals she is living with psoriasis, a condition that affects as many as 7.5 million Americans. Like many with this condition, Lauper has struggled physically and emotionally, and she has gone to great lengths to cover up her skin before public appearances. Learn more about Lauper’s psoriasis story at“My psoriasis made me want to hide, but being in the public eye I knew I couldn’t stay inside,” said Lauper. “During performances I have skin-colored fishnets that I wear to cover the redness and spots or I would wear long sleeves, leather pants. I also use makeup to cover my skin. When I would sweat, because I don’t stand still and sing, it would make the psoriasis even worse.”After her diagnosis in 2010, Lauper worked with a physician and sought home remedies to control her psoriasis. While some therapies worked temporarily, Lauper’s psoriasis would come back, leading to frustration and a sense of hopelessness. After learning more about this condition and talking to others, Lauper wants to share her story and help those affected by psoriasis.“I am usually a very vocal and open person, but I think sharing your psoriasis story is very personal and takes a lot of courage. Raising awareness and educating others is critical. It is very easy to feel isolated,” Lauper noted. “Through I’m PsO Ready, I want people living with the condition to understand that we don’t have to be embarrassed, we don’t have to cover up and we don’t have to settle for life the way it is.”I’m PsO Ready is part of a larger disease awareness initiative — More To PsOriasis — to help people communicate about the realities of life with psoriasis. features information and resources, as well as unique multi-media content including: • Cyndi’s experience – Lauper will share her personal journey with psoriasis through videos and inspirational quotes, including the ways she lives a healthy life. • That’s PsO My Reality – A one-of-a-kind docu-series that follows real people as they take on the daily challenges of managing psoriasis. • Regular updates from Lauper on lifestyle tips, psoriasis-specific events and access to additional patient resources.Psoriasis is a chronic, systemic disease of the immune system that most often appears on the skin as painful, red, itchy patches. Studies have shown psoriasis can have a similar impact as other serious illnesses, such as cancer and hypertension, with 94 percent of people reporting that psoriasis impacts their daily life.“For some people, living with psoriasis can be isolating and cause a lot of embarrassment and low self-esteem,” said Dr. Colby Evans, chair of the National Psoriasis Foundation Board of Directors. “Many people with psoriasis limit dating and social interactions because of their condition. Our hope is that I’m PsO Ready encourages and inspires people with psoriasis to realize they are not alone and to help them take control of their condition.”The most common type of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis, affecting 80 percent of people with the condition. People with psoriasis are at an increased risk for obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, hypertension, metabolic syndrome and Crohn’s disease, among other associated conditions.“At Novartis, we are continually inspired by the courage of the psoriasis community who struggle with this isolating condition every day,” said Christi Shaw, president of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. “By partnering with NPF and Cyndi, we want to unite the millions of Americans who have psoriasis through a message of empowerment and hope.”last_img read more

Jane Goodall Urges UPS To Stop Shipping Hunting Trophies

first_imgJane Goodall has penned a letter urging UPS to stop shipping wildlife trophies.“In the wake of Cecil the Lion’s cruel and untimely death, I am writing to you in the hope that UPS will join many of the world’s major airlines and impose a ban on transporting hunting trophies as soon as possible,” she wrote. “As I’m sure you know, Cecil was illegally lured out of the safety of his protected territory at Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. He was shot by a Minnesota dentist with a crossbow, left to suffer for 40 hours, shot again — this time with a gun — and killed. He was then beheaded and skinned, leaving his family of cubs fatherless and vulnerable. As lions attempt to take over a pride, they eliminate the genes of their rivals and because of Cecil’s murder, one of his cubs has already been killed by a rival male.“Cecil’s story was special because he was an icon in Zimbabwe, but the story of suffering and impact on family is similar for hundreds of animals each year as a result of trophy hunters – who consider their behavior “sport”. One of the goals of a trophy hunter is to take the head or other body parts of the animals he has killed and proudly exhibit them in his home for all his friends to admire. It would make a huge difference if it became more and more difficult to achieve this despicable goal.“It would be wonderful if UPS would join the other companies who are now refusing to ship body parts of rhinos, elephants, lions, tigers and other wild animals. I am sure that you are as horrified as I am by this killing to gratify the ego.”last_img read more

Jude Law Takes To The Stage At Refugee Camp In France

first_imgOn Sunday 21st February 2016, Jude Law, Juliet Stevenson, Tom Odell, Sir Tom Stoppard, Matt Berry, Shappi Khorsandi and Toby Jones alongside a number of displaced refugees, took to the stage to perform a one off Letters Live performance in association with Good Chance at the refugee camp in Calais, France.Barbak (a refugee), Jude Law, Shappi Khorsandi and Toby Jones at the Good Chance theatre in the Calais CampCredit/Copyright: Help RefugeesThe performance was held in aid of Help Refugees, a humanitarian organisation providing much of the aid on the ground, and took place at Good Chance Theatre, a temporary theatre based in the Jungle which offers a varied programme of art, theatre and music events.Ten letters from the renowned Letters Live series were staged alongside new writing penned and performed by refugees currently living in the jungle, read in English and translated into Arabic, Farsi, Pashtu and Kurdish. There was live music from the the camp’s most popular rappers and musicians, as well as Tom Odell, Maria Friedman and Adrian der Gregorian who rounded off the event.The show included a reading of a letter to David Cameron which was delivered earlier this week as well as Ghandi’s letter to Hitler ‘For the sake of humanity’ and ‘We Are Just Ordinary People’ a letter from a refugee to the people of Europe.Juliet Stevenson read her heartfelt message to the refugees saying: “You have already made incredible journeys to get here, journeys that required strength and courage that we can only dream of possessing. I am so ashamed of the Europe that has refused you and of the politicians who have failed you. They do not speak for us. There is another Europe, which will fight on your behalf, and where you will always be welcome.”Liz Clegg, a British volunteer who runs the makeshift Women and Children’s Centre in the camp read a letter to one of the young unaccompanied boys she cares for, telling him of her fears for him, adding “I can’t promise to solve this, but I am trying…I will fight to the bitter end to keep you safe”.Performed to an audience of around 200 refugees the unique and unprecedented event was mounted two days before the proposed official eviction of more than 3500 people from the southern section of the Calais camp, which is being challenged by Help Refugees, L’Auberge des Migrants and several other organisations on the ground in the French courts, with a hearing set for Tuesday in Lille at 2pm.The section of the camp which is due to be demolished is largely occupied by unaccompanied children and families. A recent census conducted by L’Auberge des Migrants & Help Refugees found over 3,000 people and more than 440 children living in this section of the camp, 291 of which are unaccompanied. Over 100 of the unaccompanied children are currently being helped by Citizens UK to claim their legal right to be reunited with their families in the UK.Letters Live, Good Chance, Help Refugees and Citizens UK hope that today’s performance will raise awareness of the plight facing these refugees.Speaking of their experience,Jude Law said: “It’s our responsibility as humans to look after our children. The children in the camp at Calais need us. It isn’t a big ask. It is simply the right thing to do.”Taj, a Afghani refugee from the camp who performed at the event said: “We are not soldiers, we are not politicians, we are not terrorists. We are ordinary people who want to live a peaceful life. Please open your hearts and borders to us, and help to end the war.”Sir Tom Stoppard and Sabrina Stoppard said: “An inspiring and humbling day, a wonderful day and we regret to say, shaming too.”Tom Odell said: “Today was one of the most humbling and inspiring experiences of my life. Something needs to be done.”Help Refugees said: “We are overwhelmed by the level of support from everyone coming together today in a show of solidarity to highlight the plight facing the refugees in Calais and Dunkirk. The bulldozing of the camp must be postponed until the children have adequate and safe alternatives, which are currently not on offer. We would like to thank Letters Live, all the British artists who performed, Good Chance, and most of all the refugees who took part in today.”Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson of the Good Chance Theatre said: “Today was an example of the energy that can be produced if we work together. This is an unjust set of circumstances. Children should not live like this in any country of the world. We want this day to draw deserved attention to the situation these people find themselves in. It was a pleasure to work with Help Refugees, Citizens UK and Letters Live to achieve this moment.”Earlier this week Letters Live, Help Refugees, Citizens UK and Good Chance delivered a letter to David Cameron calling for urgent action to delay the demolition of the southern part of the camp to allow time for intervention to ensure adequate protection of the camps refugee children. More than 110,000 people including over 150 public figures have now signed this letter.Find out more here.Source:Help Refugeeslast_img read more

Human Rights Campaign Announces Honorees For 2016 LA Gala Dinner

first_imgOn Saturday, March 19, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, will honor critically acclaimed television series “Empire” at the 2016 HRC Los Angeles Gala Dinner.Producer Nina Jacobson, whose work includes the blockbuster hit “The Hunger Games” and FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” will be honored with the HRC Visibility Award. Jacobson will be presented with the award by Ryan Murphy, creator of “Glee” and “American Horror Story”.The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBT people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.Expected to attend are event Co-chairs Gwen Baba, Chris Boone, and Travis Pham, HRC President Chad Griffin, and Honorees Nina Jacobson and, representing “Empire”, Lee Daniels, Ilene Chaiken, Jussie Smollett, Gabourey Sidibe, Serayah, Kaitlin Doubleday, and Ta’Rhonda Jones. Presenter Ryan Murphy, and additional special guests including Dan Bucatinsky, Guillermo Diaz, Cheyenne Jackson, Dana Goldberg, DJ Young 1, Jim Obergefell, Bradley Bredeweg, Charlie Carver, Betty DeGeneres, Jonathan del Arco, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, Alec Mapa, Peter Paige, Jonathan Slavin, Wrabel, and many more.The event will take place at JW MARRIOTT LA LIVE – Platinum Ballroom, 900 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA.Find out more here.last_img read more

Welcome Back RCAF

first_imgAppleMark Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook And there’s a third time to catch it Sunday January 1 at 7 p.m. Got all that?I even got to attend last Friday’s taping of the “hour” which took three hours at CBC’s Toronto studios because skits had to be repeated and sets had to be dismantled and others nailed into place.The audience took all these delays with good humor –the audience was an older one although I noticed a smattering of kids and teens as well.I’ve been covering RCAF since the gang first appeared at Hamilton Place in 1976 for tapings for their CBC Radio show.And the passage of time means Dave Broadfoot, Roger Abbott and John Morgan have all passed. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Best news of the festive season is the return of Royal Canadian Air Farce for the annual New Year’s hour long special.But since New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday this year you can catch the special a day earlier on Friday December 30 at 8 p.m.Then the repeat will be on Saturday night following the love NHL game at around 10 p.m. Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Twitter DIRECTOR’S BIO:  Renuka Jeyapalan is a Toronto-based writer/director and graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab. Her Genie-nominated short film BIG GIRL (05) screened at the Berlinale, the Tribeca Film Festival, and TIFF, where it was awarded Best Short Film. Her other short films include ARRANGED (14), which she made for TMN, Movie Central and the Harold Greenberg Fund, and A BICYCLE LESSON (16), a finalist on CBC’s Short Film Face-Off.In 2010, Renuka won the WIFT-T Kodak New Vision Mentorship Award and was mentored by director Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Twilight). Renuka was also one of 10 directors to be chosen from across Canada to be a part of the inaugural writer/director incubator TIFF Studio (16). She has also completed the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program (16) and the CBC’s Development Workshop for Diverse Creators (16). She has directed episodes of KIM’S CONVENIENCE and MURDOCH MYSTERIES for CBC and was one of three directors on the Telefilm funded feature film ORDINARY DAYS (17), which screened at Halifax, Calgary, Whistler, and is currently on the festival circuit.Currently, Renuka is developing several feature projects as well as the comedy TV series GIRL IN THE BOYS ROOM for the CBC. She has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto and worked on a Bay Street trading floor for six years. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement FILM: Ordinary DaysDIRECTED BY: Renuka Jeyapalan, Kris Booth, Jordan CanningWHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR FILM?The film was inspired by two separate thoughts about the human experience. The first was about exploring lives in transition; specifically when it comes to parent and child relationships. The natural march of time forces family structures to change but it’s always a challenging, messy and sometimes, painful process. In Ordinary Days, we have struggling empty-nesting parents, a father-to-be who can barely take care of himself and a young woman determined to follow her own path alone. The second thought is that we all have these ordinary, normal, boring days: we work, we study, we sleep, we pick up the kids from school, we vacuum, we pay the bills – our time is spent on all this minutiae. But everyone has experienced those moments when suddenly something extraordinary happens – there’s a phone call with happy or tragic news, or, as in the film, an unexpected incident occurs and those ordinary days are interrupted and possibly, lives are changed forever. How do we react? Do we panic or stay calm? Can we rise to face the adversity? What happens to us afterwards? It’s always under this type of pressure and stress that we find out who we really are.WHAT WERE THE GREATEST CHALLENGES YOU FACED DURING THE FILM?I would say one of the biggest challenges was figuring out how to make a self-contained story cinematic and emotional. I directed the third segment of ORDINARY DAYS called “Cara.” It was a unique section in that it was a very self-contained story. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but there were many story restrictions in the Cara section and I had to work hard to make sure the story never felt boring, but always kept moving.WHAT APPEAL DO YOU THINK YOUR FILM WILL HAVE FOR AUDIENCES?This will appeal to anyone who enjoys a crafty suspense thriller. The film is a emotional rollercoaster with slow burn tension that builds to a twisty but satisfying ending and features an intriguing lead female character. It’s a bit of a mystery-box story in that each new chapter reframes the one before, allowing the audience to play along, picking up clues and connections as more is revealed.WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CREATOR?I’ve always loved movies and have been obsessed with them for as long as I can remember. But I never thought it could be a career until I took a film class at university. We analyzed a scene from THE GODFATHER where we discussed how the form and aesthetics of the film were used to tell the story and elicit emotion. Something clicked with me in that moment and I realized that I could do that. I could use all those cinematic elements to tell a story. From then on, I knew I couldn’t do anything else. Ultimately, what inspires me to keep creating and telling stories for the screen is a desire to express a feeling or emotion that will connect with an audience in a meaningful way. Telling stories is a form of self-expression, but it’s also a means to connect.WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NEXT?I’m currently developing a half-hour workplace comedy called GIRL IN THE BOYS ROOM for the CBC. I’ve also started to mull over ideas for my next feature film.WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING FILMMAKERS?If you know that filmmaking is 100% what you want to pursue, without any reservations, then go do it and don’t let anything or anyone stop you. The only way it won’t work out is if you give up. So don’t give up. There will be highs and many, many lows. But if you keep going and keep learning and bettering your craft, it will happen.WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 FAVOURITE FILMS OF ALL TIME?This is an impossible question. But I’ll say: THE GODFATHER, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, and Kieslowski’s DECALOGUE.IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE YOUR FILM IN THREE WORDS … WHAT WOULD THEY BE?Tense. Emotional. Hopeful.IF YOU COULD RESHOOT ANY FILM MADE IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND HOW WOULD YOU CHANGE IT?I would never want to reshoot any film.WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS? (AND WHY)Al Magee. He’s the producer of my show GIRL IN THE BOYS ROOM. He’s also a story genius. I have learned so much about how to tell a rigorous story by working with him. He’s such a collaborative, patient, and positive person and he loves what he does. It’s very inspiring to work with him and I have learned so much.WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL SHOWTIMES:– DECEMBER 2, 2017, 9:30 PM – MYACGET YOUR TICKETS AT: Cara Cook is a bright, athletic, college student who disappears without a trace. Five days play out three times from a trio of perspectives; her spiraling parents, the troubled detective assigned to her case and finally, Cara herself.CASTING AND CREDITS:Executive Producer: Relay Station, SeedaylightProducers: Glenn Cockburn, Brian Robertson, Ramona Barckert, Bryce MitchellCast: Jacqueline Byers, Michael Xavier, Torri Higginson, Richard Clarkin, Joris JarskyCinematographer: Michael McLaughlinEditing: Aren HansenScreenplay: Ramona Barckert Jacqueline Byers Michael Xavier Joris Jarsky Torri Higginson Richard Clarkin Mena Massoud Kimberly Laferriere Ordinary Days GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL TODAYlast_img read more

Andre Desmarais back at Power Corp after medical leave last year

first_imgMONTREAL – Power Corp. of Canada says Andre Desmarais has resumed his full executive duties at the company.Desmarais, deputy chairman, president and co-chief executive, had taken a temporary medical leave from his day-to-day activities at the conglomerate in April last year.Power Corp. (TSX:POW) says Desmarais continued to be involved in major issues affecting the company last year and resumed his full duties on Jan. 3.last_img

CLC head accuses Unifor of leaving lobby group to raid another union

first_imgSevered ties between the Canadian Labour Congress and Unifor have culminated in the head of the national lobby group for the labour movement accusing Canada’s largest private sector union of raiding another union for members.Unifor’s president says the union’s decision to leave the CLC this week was due to concerns including what it says are some U.S.-based unions stifling workers’ rights to change the group representing them. The head of the CLC retorts that Unifor left so it could lure members away from other unions to boost its own membership, a move that is forbidden under the CLC’s constitution.Just one day after Unifor announced it was leaving the CLC, Unite Here Local 75, which represents hundreds of hotel workers in Toronto and Mississauga, Ont., announced it was seeking to leave its U.S.-based parent union and join Unifor.“Since the disaffiliation, they are now involved in raiding Unite Here in Toronto,” CLC president Hassan Yussuff said.“If you leave the congress, then, of course, you’re free to go and solicit any members that they wish to join their union. And that’s what they’re doing right now.”Unifor president Jerry Dias insisted leaving CLC is not about boosting its membership.“I have zero interest in raiding any unions. We will respond to those that attempt to raid us, but this has absolutely nothing to do with raiding,” he said.The infighting has left some inside the movement scratching their heads over who is to blame and others asking why they are blaming each other at all, given the challenges the entire movement faces, including an overall decline in unionization rates.“There’s some elements of truth on all sides,” said Stephanie Ross, an associate professor at McMaster University’s School of Labour Studies.However, she added, there are many critics within the movement of the CLC’s difficult process to make a change in union representation, and it would be in the movement’s best interest to re-examine its process.“Because a disunified labour movement is a serious problem.”Unifor has recently struggled to expand its membership by attracting new workers, said Ross, pointing to a recent failed effort with some Toyota workers in Ontario.There’s likely some internal frustration that the union is unable to recoup the members they’re losing due to factors such as job losses through new union drives, she said. But whether that is a factor in their decision remains to be seen, she said.Dias said the CLC rules that give disgruntled unionized workers an avenue to choose different representation don’t work, particularly because U.S.-based unions that are also part of the CLC don’t want them to be effective.Among the CLC’s 65 members, there are 33 international unions. The Air Line Pilots Association International, for example, is an affiliate that represents pilots at airlines in both the U.S. and Canada.While unionization rates have fallen drastically over the past two decades in Canada, the drop in the United States has been even larger.For U.S. organizations, there’s financial incentive to keep Canadians in their unions, said Dias, considering 28 states have so-called right-to-work laws that make union dues unenforceable.“Canada is a major cash cow,” he said. “So there is one heck of a push amongst the U.S.-based unions to ensure that their members can never leave their union.”Unite Here Local 75 outlined several frustrations with its parent Unite Here when announcing the vote to switch unions. It said Unite Here put the local into trusteeship in January, removed elected officials and seized the local unit’s assets.Unifor is the product of a variety of unions that broke away from their American parent, said Ross. So their viewpoint is one that is very sympathetic to union members in situations like those that Unite Here Local 75 describes, she said, where they disagree with the parent chapter over the union’s direction, including on upcoming collective bargaining.Yussuff disagreed with Dias’s assertions that the CLC has failed to act on member complaints, adding its received 46 complaints between May and December last year and all have been resolved. The group can’t address complaints it doesn’t receive, he added.If Unifor has issues with the group’s constitution, Yussuff said, the union should have worked within the system to build a consensus around how to improve the structure.“Leaving and interfering in the relationship with other affiliates is not a way to demonstrate your solidarity.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Electronic driving systems dont always work tests show

first_imgDETROIT — Testing by AAA shows that electronic driver assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash.The tests brought a warning from the auto club that drivers shouldn’t think that the systems make their vehicles self-driving, and that they should always be ready to take control.AAA also said that use of the word “pilot” by automakers in naming their systems can make some owners believe the vehicles can drive themselves.“These systems are made as an aid to driving, they are not autonomous, despite all of the hype around vehicle autonomy,” said Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of automotive engineering. “Clearly having ‘pilot’ in the name may imply a level of unaided driving, which is not correct for the current state of the development of these systems.”The test results released Thursday come after several highly publicized crashes involving Tesla vehicles that were operating on the company’s system named “Autopilot.” The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating some of the crashes, including a March fatality that involved a Model X that struck a freeway barrier near Mountain View, California.The AAA findings are the second tests showing that the systems can’t handle every situation in real-world driving, including some that are relatively common. In August, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released tests that showed similar problems to the AAA study.The auto club tested the systems on four vehicles that had adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and automatic emergency braking. Vehicles tested included the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S Class, the 2018 Nissan Rogue, a 2017 Tesla Model S and a 2019 Volvo XC40. In addition to Tesla’s Autopilot, Volvo calls its system “Pilot Assist,” while Nissan’s is named “ProPilot Assist.”Automakers generally say they tell drivers that their cars aren’t fully self-driving and that they should always be alert and ready to intervene.AAA says all four vehicles drifted out of lanes and hugged lane markers, struggling with moderate traffic, curved roads and streets with busy intersections. Three of the four would have failed to avoid a crash when the vehicle ahead of them changed lanes and a simulated stopped vehicle was ahead.“As a result we had to take evasive action,” said Brannon, who wouldn’t identify the vehicles that failed to stop in time.The vehicles’ owner’s manuals say that spotting a stationary vehicle after a lead vehicle changes lanes is a design limitation for the systems, Brannon said. But he said researchers expected the vehicles to see stopped vehicles and react in time.Automakers generally say that the systems are designed to supplement a human driver and they make it clear the vehicles don’t drive themselves.Nissan said its system name contains the word “assist,” showing that it’s designed to help the driver.“Mercedes-Benz has always stressed that this technology is designed to assist the driver, not to encourage customers to ignore their responsibilities as drivers,” the automaker said in a statement.Tesla says that it reminds drivers to keep their hands on the wheel. “Tesla has always been clear that Autopilot doesn’t make the car impervious to all accidents,” the company said in a statement earlier this year.A message was left Thursday seeking comment from Volvo.Brannon said that despite their shortcomings, the systems have great potential to save lives and stop crashes from happening.“Anything that can serve as a backstop to a good driver is going to enhance the safety of the system, of the driver,” he said.Tom Krisher, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Hospital Foundation Chair confirms departure of Executive Director

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Chair of the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors has confirmed that Executive Director Jennifer Moore is no longer with the Foundation.Foundation Board Chair Chris Maundrell confirmed today that Moore is no longer employed as the Foundation’s Executive Director. Maundrell did not give a reason for why Moore is no longer with the organization, saying that the Foundation’s Board will be issuing a press release “when the time is correct.” He added that the release would likely be issued in the next week or two.Moore was announced as the Foundation’s Executive Director less than a year ago. At the time, she also served as the Regional Economic Development Officer at the North Peace Economic Development Commission. The Commission announced last year that it would be ceasing operations on December 31, 2017. Moore’s last announcement with the organization came less than a week ago, when it was announced that the Hospital Foundation had brought in over $1 million in donations during the last fiscal year. The Foundation had set a goal of raising $650,000 during the 2017/18 fiscal year, an amount it exceeded by over $350,000.last_img read more

School Board likely open to partnerships for additional Northeast Elementary School facilities

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River North School Board will likely be open to forming partnerships with other levels of government or non-governmental organizations to add to the new two-storey elementary school on the City’s northeast side.School District #60 Superintendent Dave Sloan said that the school district is ecstatic about the June 28th announcement by the government that the district had been approved to receive funding to build the new school, which will have space for 505 Kindergarten to Grade 6 students. The Province said that plans for the new school include a neighbourhood learning centre with child care, before-and-after school care and multi-purpose spaces for community use.Sloan said that currently, the school board has not yet partnered with the City of Fort St. John about contributing funds toward the school’s construction. The City contributed $2.5 million towards the construction of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s gymnasium, which doubles as a community recreation centre. Sloan added that at present, the new school’s gymnasium is planned to be smaller than the gym at ‘Ma’ Murray, but larger than gyms at other elementary schools in the city. Despite the June announcement not including funding for the operation of a daycare at the new school, Sloan again said that the school board will most likely be open to the possibility of partnering with other organizations in order to allow such a facility to operate.“At this point, it’s so new that we have no partners to announce. I think it’s not a secret that having a sufficient number of daycare spaces for the community is a concern not just of the school district’s, but right across the community. If there’s an opportunity for us to provide and an opportunity for other organizations to partner with us, this is too good an opportunity to pass up. There’s been a lot of ‘let’s be ready in case this happens’ and now it’s happening. So now it’s a case of translating those aspirational plans into actual plans.”last_img read more

MacLeans release Canadas most dangerous places report for 2019

first_imgFort St. John is on a declining trend in crime as compared to last year when the Crime Severity Index was at 122. The Violent Crime Severity Index has dropped significantly when compared to last year’s number of 133.For the rank number, the highest number means the safest, while the lowest listed number means the most dangerous. The index is the number of incidences reported.Some of the categories include all-crime, violent crime, and youth crime.Here is how Fort St. John compares to other cities within the Peace.All Crime:Fort St. John – Rank #33 – Criminal Severity Index: 118Dawson Creek – Rank #16 – Criminal Severity Index: 148Grande Prairie – Rank #14 – Criminal Severity Index: 163Prince George – Rank #10 – Criminal Severity Index: 175Violent Crime: Fort St. John – Rank #36 – Violent Criminal Severity Index: 104Dawson Creek – Rank #31 – Violent Criminal Severity Index: 115Grande Prairie – Rank #20 – Violent Criminal Severity Index: 143Prince George – Rank #9 – Violent Criminal Severity Index: 167Youth Crime:Fort St. John – Number of Incidences: 4Dawson Creek – Number of Incidences: 0Grande Prairie – Number of Incidences: 3Prince George – Number of Incidences: 94Overall, Fort St. John ranks quite well in community safety and crime rates when compared to other neighbouring cities within the Peace.For further statistics and information, you can visit MacLean’s website FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – MacLean’s Magazine has released their annual report for Canada’s Most Dangerous Places for 2019 and Fort St. John is considered to be the safest city within the Peace.Each city, a total of 237 across Canada, was ranked based on statistics within various categories. Fort St. John’s Crime Severity Index sits at 118, with the Violent Crime Severity Index down to 104.last_img read more

Consultation meeting held on for new Seniors Housing

first_imgIn a study, conducted by Northern B.C. Housing, the population of Fort St. John is expected to grow by 46 percent by 2036, with the senior population, 65 plus, expected to grow by 172 percent.With the senior population expected to rise, Brar says there is a real short-coming for senior housing.“We see there is a real short-coming here. We want to come up with a solution, we want to have the right team, and we want to make it based on what your needs are.”Brar and Pearson presented the six levels of Continuum of Care, that features six designs of potential senior housing.The six design levels for the Continuum of Care for Senior Living. Source Peace Enterprises Ltd.Attendees were given surveys to fill out, asking them to list each level on an importance scale; one being most important on the priority list, with six being the least important. The information collected from the surveys will be used as input for further planning.Both Brar and Pearson encourage everyone to complete the survey as this project is not just for the seniors of today, but for the future as well.Focus groups for the project will take place from January 23 to 25, 2019.Surveys can be submitted by visiting the Fort St. John Century 21 Realty. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A consultation meeting for the Continuum of Seniors Housing was held on December 13 at the Fort St. John Seniors Hall.Senior citizens attended the meeting to learn about the future of senior living in Fort St. John, presented by Ron Brar and Kevin Pearson of Peace Enterprises Ltd. and Peace Holdings Inc.Currently, Peace Enterprises Ltd. is in the process of designing a community that accommodates a full continuum of care for older adults.last_img read more

Death outside Pouce Pub deemed not suspicious

first_imgThe adult male was unresponsive and taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.The RCMP wish to thank the public for their assistance in this investigation. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The RCMP say the death of an adult male found in Pouce Coupe on December 8th is not suspicious.In a press release Thursday, the RCMP say the case has been referred to the B.C. Coroner Service for further investigation.  Although the cause of death will not be released by the RCMP, there is no evidence of foul play.On December 8, 2018, the RCMP were called to the parking lot of the Pouce Pub for a man laying down.last_img read more