Cancer survivor and advocate Lance Armstrong delivered a keynote address this week before 2,000 dignitaries at the World Cancer Congress in Montréal.He announced that his Foundation was making a $500,000 commitment and entering into a three-year joint initiative with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) – Expanding Global Access to Essential Medicines and Technologies.“We believe improving access to essential medicines is crucial for helping cancer patients worldwide live longer, healthier lives, free from pain,” said Armstrong.During Armstrong’s presentation, Survivorship: Changing the Way the World Fights Cancer, he spoke about the importance of empowering patients to take control of their own health and health care, fighting the stigma that still surrounds cancer in many parts of the world and assisting in cancer patient transitions now that more people are surviving cancer.“I’m humbled to be in the presence of many of my personal heroes today, champions in the fight against cancer who have shared their wisdom and experience with me for 15 years,” said Armstrong. “They have profoundly influenced me and the work of the Lance Armstrong Foundation and I am forever grateful.”Speaking at the UICC World Cancer Congress, the organization’s CEO, Cary Adams, said, “The strength of UICC’s efforts is founded in our partnerships. We are delighted to announce our increased collaboration with the Lance Armstrong Foundation. We look forward to seeing the impact that our mutual efforts can have in enhancing global cancer control measures.”Since the Foundation expanded their efforts globally in 2009, Armstrong has been at the forefront of the first unified global movement to combat cancer around the world and the Foundation is making tremendous progress in that arena. The Foundation is presenting on the success of their global partnerships and projects during Congress sessions, including: How to Win Financial Support Through Corporate Partnerships Innovative Strategies to Empower Survivors in the Global Fight Against Cancer Shattering Global Perceptions of Cancer: How Awareness Campaigns are Changing the Course of This Disease Palliative Care Advocacy Through the Social MediaEarlier in the week, Foundation President and CEO Doug Ulman was re-elected to the UICC Board of Directors during the UICC General Assembly.The Foundation recently reported on the success of their anti-stigma campaigns in South Africa and Mexico with implementing partner John Snow, Inc. and announced during the Congress their plans to expand programs into Japan and China to diminish stigma and empower patients in those nations. The Foundation will collaborate with the American Cancer Society and the Health and Global Policy Institute on the Patient Empowerment Project in Japan.Hand in hand with barriers like stigma come lack of access to quality medical care and pain relief for many of the 28 million people affected by cancer throughout the world. The Foundation has worked tirelessly at the national and global level to help promote a shift in policy and funding — away from the traditional disease-centric approach and towards strengthening health systems that serve all the people.The Foundation is continuing its efforts to expand access to health and palliative care by investing $500,000 in a new three-year partnership with UICC. Expanding Global Access to Essential Medicines and Technologies, the initiative with UICC, will advance international advocacy to ensure targets for essential medicines at global and national levels; create an on-the-ground success story for access to essential medicines and elevate patient voices.The Foundation and UICC plan to set ambitious, but achievable targets for essential medicines. They are developing a replicable, cost-effective model for improving access to pain relief in collaboration with Partners in Health and the Global Access to Pain Relief Initiative, beginning with two hospitals in Haiti. They plan to elevate patient voices by providing key roles for cancer survivors at major conferences and in public awareness campaigns around the world.On Wed., Aug. 29, Armstrong also participated in A Conversation with Global Leaders on Cancer Survivorship hosted by The Cedars Cancer Institute at the McGill University Health Centre. The conversation, moderated by Ulman, included panelists Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, director general of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation, and Cary Adams, CEO, UICC. Among the 300 guests were more than 100 cancer survivors, distinguished members of the Canadian cancer community and friends and supporters from across the globe. Proceeds from the evening benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Cedars Cancer Institute and the UICC.During the event, Ulman announced a new partnership between the Foundation and The Cedars Cancer Institute that will bring Cancer Transitions, a program designed to support, educate and empower people with cancer in the transitional period after treatment is over, to patients of Cedars.“As a three-time cancer survivor, I know first-hand what a difficult time this can be,” said Ulman. “Survivors are often left thinking, ‘I survived cancer. Now what?’ And they find themselves struggling to redefine ‘normal.’ Cancer Transitions can help survivors address all those feelings and set them on the right course to a happy, productive life after cancer.”Cancer Transitions was developed in 2006 in partnership between the Cancer Support Community and the Lance Armstrong Foundation to help survivors move beyond treatment. The six-week series incorporates support groups, education, nutrition and physical exercise, as well as addressing other medical management, psychosocial and quality of life issues. The program also provides survivors with practical tools and resources to formulate a personal action plan for survivorship beyond their participation in Cancer Transitions.The Lance Armstrong Foundation has spent the last two years adapting the program for use in Canada. The Foundation, The Cancer Support Community and the British Columbia Cancer Agency partnered together to pilot the program in 17 cities from British Columbia to Ontario and already nearly 400 Canadians have participated in the program. For more information on Cancer Transitions at Cedars, visit www.cedars.ca.Source:Livestrong.org
On Super Bowl Sunday, February 2nd, for a period of just 24 hours, a new U2 song titled “Invisible” will be globally available via iTunes as a free download to benefit (RED).U2 Announces New Song Invisible Free For 24 HoursFor every download, the Global Fund – via (RED) – will receive a $1 donation from Bank of America with the total donation dependent on how many people worldwide download the track. This new partnership sees Bank of America committing $10m to (RED), and has resulted in a $10 million match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as $1 million each from both SAP and South Africa’s Motsepe Family – bringing the total commitment to $22 million. “Invisible” is produced by Danger Mouse and mixed by Tom Elmhirst. The video for the track is directed by Mark Romanek (Jay Z – 99 Problems; Johnny Cash – Hurt; Nine Inch Nails – Closer), 60 seconds of which will be shown during a Super Bowl ad break on February 2nd, and on YouTube from 8:00pm GMT the same day.(RED) was set up to channel funds to the Global Fund to fight Aids, TB and Malaria and has already generated more than $240 million since being founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver. 100% of the funds raised by (RED) go to the Global Fund as no overheads are removed.(RED) funds are fighting AIDS in 8 African countries — Rwanda, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa – where they pay for AIDS treatment, testing and prevention services, with a focus on ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV and achieving an AIDS free generation. (RED) and its partners – from Bank of America, to Starbucks, Apple and more – are united in a global push to end mother-to-child transmission of the deadly HIV virus by 2015, in accordance with the UN Millennium Development Goals.
The 20th Anniversary of the LA Art Show kicked off with a star-studded benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital last week.Jesse Tyler Ferguson at LA Art ShowThe opening night premiere party, which welcomed more than 7,000 celebrities, philanthropists, collectors, and art patrons was hosted by Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo.Amy Adams and Darren Le GalloThe evening hosted numerous high-profile celebrities and political officials including James Franco, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Melanie Griffith, Nikki Sixx, Seth Green, Olivia Holt, Yara Shahidi, Dania Ramirez, Josh Bowman, Joanna Cassidy, AFI’s Davey Havok, U.A.E. Consul General Alsabusi among others.Olivia Holt at LA Art ShowSt. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Thanks to support from events like this one, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.“We are excited to partner with St. Jude at the 20th Anniversary LA Art Show,” said Kim Martindale, general manager and producer of the LA Art Show. “By sharing their knowledge freely and exchanging ideas openly, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital inspires more collaboration between doctors and researchers worldwide, and as a result, more lifesaving treatments for children everywhere.”
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is proud to be identified as the top funder for LGBTQ health issues according to a new report by the Funders for LGBTQ Issues, the sole organization dedicated exclusively to increasing institutional giving for LGBTQ issues.The analysis, which examined LGBTQ health disparities and LGBTQ philanthropy, found that EJAF, along with the Ford Foundation, topped all other giving for LGBTQ health issues at over $4 million.The report, Vital Funding: Investing in LGBTQ Health and Wellbeing, assessed the scale and character of foundation giving for the health and wellness of LGBTQ communities and is one of several special reports by Funders for LGBTQ Issues that tracks domestic foundation giving to LGBTQ causes. The report also provides critical information for mainstream and LGBTQ funders to push both groups to make donations and investments in LGBTQ health issues.“This groundbreaking study by Funders for LGBTQ Issues shines a light on how far we’ve come and how far we have left to go,” said EJAF Executive Director Scott Campbell. “We are proud to be the largest funder and stand with strong allies like Ford, but believe that the foundation community and corporate funders can and must do more. Every foundation on this list should see this as a challenge to help even more people gain access to the healthcare they need. We will continue to work every day to mobilize resources to create creative and courageous programming that advance LGBTQ health rights.”Sir Elton John created EJAF over twenty years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993. Through hard work and with the help of a network of kind, amazing, creative, and generous friends and supporters, the two foundations together have raised more than $300 million over the past two decades to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS.In addition to granting more than $4 million annually to a cross section of national and local HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations – including Positive Women’s Network, the ACLU National Prisons Project, SERO, the Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP), the Transgender Law Center, the National Black Justice Coalition, and the Point Foundation, among others – EJAF has been particularly invested in funding grants that address the needs of people living in the rural south and the health disparities rampant in the African-American community. Currently, EJAF allocates more than one third of its annual investments to the Southern U.S., and in 2013, EJAF supported the establishment of the first LGBTQ health clinic in Mississippi.The report found that while over $50 million has been donated to LGBTQ health issues, there is still vital work to be done. Beyond looking at the infection rates and health disparities, the report also looked at the stigma and tangential needs that impact people living with HIV/AIDS. Some of the report’s key findings include: • Despite making up only 2 percent of the population, gay and bisexual and other men who have sex with men account for 64 percent of new HIV infections • LGBTQ people are more likely to lack health insurance: 18 percent have none, compared to 13 percent of the general population • $23.2 million, or nearly half of all LGBTQ health funding goes to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, however, only 21 percent of HIV/AIDS funding targets LGBTQ communities • 41 percent of transgender people report having attempted suicide compared to 1.6 percent of the general population • On average, less than half of one percent of foundation funding for health is for LGBTQ communitiesSource:Elton John AIDS Foundation
Shane’s Inspiration, an international nonprofit dedicated to creating inclusive playgrounds and educational programs that foster social inclusion for children with disabilities, is hosting its 15th annual fundraising gala on Saturday, March 5, 2016.The “Carnivàle of Play” theme invites guests to don attire that represents their personal style and creativity. The evening will include celebrity red carpet arrivals, cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, an awards program and live entertainment.Honorees include Patrick McClenahan, President & CEO of the Special Olympics World Games, and brothers Hunter & Braden Gandee, award-winning special needs advocates. Special guests scheduled to attend include Academy Award-winner JK Simmons (Whiplash”), Actress Pauley Perrette (“NCIS”), Actress & Down syndrome advocate Jamie Brewer (“American Horror Story”), and the Smallest World Champion Salsa Dancers Kevin & Gabby, among many others. Past Celebrity Gala Supporters have included Kaley Cuoco, Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romjin, Paula Abdul, Halle Berry, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jill Hennessey, Kathryn Hahn, Laura SanGiacomo, Sean Hayes, Monica Potter, Dakota Fanning and Joe Mantegna – just to name a few!Scott Williams (Executive Producer “NCIS”) and his wife Catherine Curry-Williams co-founded Shane’s Inspiration in memory of their son Shane, who passed away in infancy from Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Realizing that their son would have spent his life in a wheelchair with a disability that would have prevented him from playing on a playground with other children, the Williams decided to create the first fully inclusive playground in the western United States as a tribute to Shane. Since then, Shane’s Inspiration has grown into a global movement with 60 inclusive playgrounds in the U.S., as well as in Russia, Ecuador, Mexico, Israel and Canada. Part of the Clinton Global Initiative, this international nonprofit has 100 additional projects currently in development worldwide. These playgrounds are designed to be challenging and fun for typically developing children, as well as children with disabilities.For tickets and additional information, click here.WHERE:The Globe Theater at Universal Studios Hollywood100 Universal City PlazaUniversal City, CA 91608WHEN: Saturday, March 5, 2016
Slipknot’s Corey Taylor will be honored at the Rock To Recovery 2 benefit concert on September 16 at Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.Video: Rock to Recovery 2 – Sat. Sept 16th – Concert/Fundraiser – Sizzle ReelFounded by Korn guitarist Wesley Geer, Rock To Recovery was created to help soothe the restless souls of those in recovery. They do this by creating a “band” and writing and recording songs together with Rock to Recovery’s staff of professional musicians, who are also in recovery. They help bring fun into treatment and recovery by offering a natural escape from the fear-based mind. This helps people grow a sense of belonging and self esteem. They help to vent emotions by writing lyrics and singing together for release, in real-time. They tie in a positive theme of hope in recovery throughout the whole process. When the session is done, “band” members feel a new energy all throughout their minds and spirits.Rock to Recovery gives people, such as recovering addicts/alcoholics, victims of abuse, troubled teens, or any individual in recovery, a chance to have fun expressing themselves, working as a group, and experiencing the natural high only music can produce.Also being honoured at the event will be MC5’s Wayne Kramer, and the evening will also feature a performance by Kings Of Chaos, featuring Matt Sorum.For more info, click here.
The Prince of Wales last week announced the launch of a new Blue Economy Initiative during his keynote speech at the Our Ocean Conference in Malta.Video: The Prince of Wales delivers a speech at the Our Ocean Conference in MaltaThe initiative, a collaboration between The Prince’s International Sustainability Unit (ISU) and the World Resources Institute (WRI), aims to build ocean resilience and encourage ocean related investments and policies to support sustainable development.In doing so, the Blue Economy Initiative will aim to create a balanced relationship between the ocean and those who benefit from its resources. It will also endeavour to reverse the cycle of decline and pollution which has affected the oceans for too long.As part of the initiative the ISU has already been working with The European Commission and World Wildlife Fund, of which His Royal Highness is President, to develop financing principles for the Blue Economy, including a working group comprised of banks, insurance companies and NGOs which will be launched next year.During his keynote speech The Prince of Wales said: “Yet while we should be relieved that the health of the Ocean is now understood, alongside rainforests, to be one of the essential prerequisites for our physical and economic survival, and I’m afraid I really do wonder if the Ocean’s fragility is yet truly grasped and how susceptible it is to the impacts of our economic activities?”In addition to his keynote speech, The Prince of Wales and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco convened two high-level meetings examining the future of the sustainable Blue Economy and the action required to address the current plight of the world’s coral reefs.
Advertisement Facebook Advertisement It’s part of the overall film boom in Surrey as the city experiences a busy year for productions.“In 2015 we issued 97 film permits and in 2016, year to date, we have issued 120 film permits,” said Surrey film liaison James Monk.Feature film Why…Killing Gunther setting up to shoot in D/T #cloverdale @CloverdaleNews @CityofSurrey @yvrshoots pic.twitter.com/J5e9GVuHUD— Paul Orazietti (@Paradeguy) August 17, 2016However, he says the majority of shoots in Surrey are typically for the small screen. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Think of Vancouver film locations and some places will instantly come to mind: Robson Street. UBC and SFU. The Steveston waterfront in Richmond.But a small stretch of a community in Surrey is increasingly making its mark.Eight productions have been shot along 176th Street in Cloverdale this year. The latest, Why We’re Killing Gunther, stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and is being filmed in the community’s historic district this week. Twitter
Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment B.C. actress and filmmaker Mary Galloway has been awarded $10,000 by the Kevin Spacey Foundation.The prize will assist Galloway on the production of her directorial debut Unintentional Mother, described as “the story of Anna, a young Aboriginal nanny, who must choose between running from her abusive father or staying as a devoted nanny. Family is all about perspective.”The film will be produced this fall by Galloway’s Bright Shadow Productions.
Advertisement The television adaptation has received a plethora of critical praise, including from The Washington Post, which says “The Handmaid’s Tale is magnificent and effectively haunting.”“Already renewed for a second season, The Handmaid’s Tale has instantly been recognized as one of the most compelling dramas on television,” commented Ferne Cohen, Executive Director of the Banff World Media Festival. “MGM Television has masterfully adapted a complex and important novel, and we are delighted to celebrate this series’ international success as Program of the Year at BANFF 2017.”The show has become an instant hit around the world. The premiere episode on Hulu in the United States has been watched by more Hulu viewers than any other series premiere on the platform, while in Canada, The Handmaid’s Tale is the most-watched series in Bravo history. The series is available internationally in Australia on SBS, Canada on Bravo, Central Europe on HBO CE, Israel on HOT, New Zealand on Lightbox, the Nordics on HBO Nordic, Poland on Showmax, Russia on TV1000, Spain on HBO Espana, UK on Channel 4 and coming soon to Orange in France.The 10-part series was created for television by Bruce Miller (The 100) who serves as the series’ showrunner. Executive Producers are Miller, Warren Littlefield (Fargo), Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, and Illene Chaiken. The Handmaid’s Tale is produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by MGM.For additional information about the Banff World Media Festival visit: http://www.banffmediafestival.com/About the Banff World Media FestivalThe Banff World Media Festival is the world’s largest and most important gathering of entertainment industry and digital media executives dedicated to media content development, production, broadcast and distribution within TV and digital media. BANFF provides a platform for the evolving media industry to develop its creative and business objectives – it serves as the leading destination for co-production and co-venture partners and is an unparalleled marketplace for over 2,000 international decision-makers to connect with new partners, learn from industry leaders and execute new business deals. The 38th annual BANFF World Media Festival will take place June 11-14, 2017 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Canada.About MGM TelevisionMGM Television is a leading producer and global distributor of premium content for television and digital platforms, with distribution rights to original productions and a robust catalog of television episodes and feature film titles including such premiere entertainment franchises as James Bond, Rocky, Stargate and The Hobbit trilogy. Current scripted and unscripted multi-platform projects include Fargo (FX); Vikings (HISTORY); The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu); Get Shorty (EPIX); The Voice (NBC); Survivor (CBS); Shark Tank (ABC); Teen Wolf (MTV); Steve Harvey‘s FUNDERDOME (ABC); Beat Shazam (FOX); Lucha Underground (The El Rey Network). Through its finance and distribution entity, Orion TV Productions, the syndicated courtroom series Lauren Lake‘s Paternity Court is currently airing its fourth season. MGM’s television programming regularly airs in more than 70 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.mgm.com. Facebook BANFF, AB, June 1, 2017 – The organizers of the 38th annual Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) are thrilled to announce MGM Television’s The Handmaid’s Tale will be honoured as the 2017 Program of The Year presented by Bell Media at its prestigious Rockie Awards. The 38th annual BANFF World Media Festival will take place June 11-14, 2017 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Canada.The Handmaid’s Tale star Yvonne Strahovski and Executive Producer Warren Littlefield will be in attendance at the gala ceremony on June 13 to accept the honour for the series Vanity Fair says is “especially current, cutting, and vital.” Littlefield and Strahovski and will also deliver an exclusive Master Class for BANFF delegates on June 14, closing out the festival.Based on the award-winning, best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, which recently topped the best-seller’s list once again, The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birth rate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement
APTN National News Manitoba has declared a state of emergency. After torrential rain ripped through most of the prairies earlier this week Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger is calling on the military for help with flood fighting efforts. APTN’s Shaneen Robinson has the story from Sioux Valley Dakota Nation in western Manitoba.
Justin Brake APTN NewsAn old sport is quickly gaining traction among Mi’kmaq youth in the Maritimes.Rugby is becoming so popular on Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqey reserves in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia that youth have formed the first all-Indigenous team to compete at the national level.The Indigenous Spruce will play against New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I, B.C. and Ontario in Vancouver this week.“This isn’t really a provincial team for us. I sort of consider this our Mi’kmaq and Maliseet national team,” said Jason Peters, CEO of Aboriginal Sport and Recreation New Brunswick.Given the worldwide popularity of rugby sevens, Aboriginal Sport and Recreation New Brunswick decided to put the ball in the hands of its youth.“We thought, wow, what a great opportunity — all we would need is seven players to actually play,” said Peters.They now have about two-dozen girls and 18 boys on the roster for the U-18 teams.And Peters said he expects 1,500 Indigenous youth will be playing rugby by August.Isaiah Saulis, one of the team’s senior players, says he’s looking forward to playing at the nationals this week in Vancouver.“It’s a great learning experience,” he said. “Playing at the highest level in Canada, at provincials, there’s nothing better that a team can get than that.”Blake Edwards, a coach with Indigenous Spruce, was recruited to visit reserves, introduce youth to the sport, and coach the teams.“That’s the greatest joy I have out of it, seeing kids walking off the field with a big smile on their face, or the beads of sweat coming down their faces as well, knowing they’ve played a hard game — be it win or lose, they still have fun doing it, learning a new game, learning new skillset.”Peters said it’s all about bringing two cultures together.“We’re introducing an old sport to an ancient culture – the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet.”After the Indigenous Spruce compete in the nationals, they’ll be heading overseas to compete against teams in England, Ireland and Wales this summer.Next year, they’re bound for New Zealand.
WINNIPEG – Manitoba has appointed five new people to the Manitoba Hydro board after all but one member quit en masse earlier this week.Crown Services Minister Cliff Cullen says three women and two men will join backbencher Cliff Graydon on the Crown corporation’s board.He says Marina James, chief executive officer of a Winnipeg real-estate association, will be the chair. Michael Moore, who was recently head of the province’s home builders association, has been appointed vice-chair.The other board members are Indigenous filmmaker Lisa Meeches, Bell Canada lawyer Melanie McKague and former aerospace operations director Wade Linden.“Our government wishes to thank the outgoing members of the Manitoba Hydro board for their service and for the work they have done on behalf of all Manitobans, and recognizes the significant challenges that they were met with in terms of the financial position of the corporation,” Cullen said in a statement Friday.The chairman and eight other board members quit on Wednesday. They said they had been unable to secure a meeting with Premier Brian Pallister for more than a year to discuss key issues.Pallister said the dispute stemmed from the board’s plan to pay the Manitoba Metis Federation $67 million over several decades so the organization would not oppose current projects — as well as some future domestic transmission lines — for up to 50 years.Former chair Sanford Riley said the settlement made sense in light of recent court rulings that have supported Metis rights. He also argued the payment could be lower than the cost of legal challenges and compensation for upcoming Manitoba Hydro projects.The government quashed the deal calling the settlement “persuasion money.” Pallister argued the next generation of Metis might want the right to seek regulatory reviews or question future projects.David Chartrand, president of the Metis federation, accused Pallister of using “race card” tactics and said the money was partly to compensate for land cleared for hydro poles.James said in a statement that her new role as chairwoman provides an opportunity to tackle the challenges that face Manitoba Hydro.“While I will not comment on the statements made by my predecessor, my priority is to have an open dialogue with the minister of Crown services,” she said.The new board appointments were criticized by Grand Chief Sheila North, who represents northern Manitoba First Nations. North said there was no consultation and, as a result, there is no representative on the board for her people.“It is the First Nations communities in the north that experience the greatest effects from Hydro’s short-term and long-term decisions,” she said in a statement. “This was an opportunity lost by the premier.”
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The governor of Puerto Rico has signed several laws to help protect insurance policy holders as thousands of claims remain unresolved more than a year after Hurricane Maria.Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Tuesday that his administration was not pleased with how insurance companies handled complaints filed after the Category 4 storm hit last year.One law now requires companies to start making partial payments under certain conditions shortly after a state of emergency is declared. Another creates special courtrooms and allows for mediation when there’s a dispute over appraisals. A third lets officials fine insurance companies and take other actions if cases are not resolved promptly. A fourth will create micro insurance for low-income people.Puerto Ricans were hit with higher premiums after the hurricane.The Associated Press
EDMONTON — Alberta’s premier plans to announce Sunday whether her government will impose industrywide oil production cuts in the Canadian province.The government said Saturday that Premier Rachel Notley will lay out the next steps to ensure Albertans get the best possible value for their energy resources.The premier has released an op-ed piece in which she says the province must act now to deal with a growing glut of oil that she blames on a lack of pipeline capacity. Notley writes that there are two competing ideas for short-term relief — either let the market sort itself out, risking possible job losses and business closures, or intervene and temporarily restrict production.Alberta has the world’s third-largest oil reserves and is the top source of foreign oil for the U.S.The Associated Press
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It’s been a strange year for investors, and some financial advisors have been getting more calls from clients concerned about volatility and their RRSPs.As we look to 2019, we’re checking in with some of those investment specialists.The ups and downs have been a bit more extreme at points this year — a 1,000-point increase for the DOW on Boxing Day — then a 600 point drop at one point the next day, before eventually recovering.Matthew Bowyer at Bowyer Financial says his clients have been sharing concerns about the big jumps.“We’ve definitely had an increase in the amount of phone calls and emails we’ve received from clients,” he said. “Mostly along the lines of being concerned if this impacts whether or not they’re on track for retirement, or if they’re in retirement, if this is impacting their retirement, and basically if their financial plan is still on track.”So what should we do heading into 2019?“Not to panic, not to make rash decisions,” Bowyer said of advice he’s giving to those who have concerns.“Human beings have a long, long, long history of making the wrong decisions when it comes to the stock market, and particularly with their investments. It’s very normal for people when the markets go down, to panic and consider selling or moving more conservative, which is often the worst decision you can make — by that time, the markets have already gone down, so all you’re doing is locking in your losses.”Investment advisor Shaun Rickerby with TD Wealth Private Investment Advice in Richmond says it’s worth rebalancing your portfolio if needed — but don’t necessarily rush into big changes.“My own view is to always have a balanced portfolio at all times,” Rickerby said.“Even my most aggressive of clients, I’m going to recommend a certain degree of fixed income to their portfolio. It gives them the flexibility to make opportunistic purchases. Have a look at the portfolio, have a chat with your investment advisor, and form no judgement about the past — just learn from the experiences of the last year, and just have a reflection — is this the asset allocation moving forward?”RELATED: Toronto stocks up on final day of a difficult year for the market“If a tweak is appropriate, that’s great. But I use the phrase ‘an evolution’ of your portfolio might be called for. A ‘revolution’ in your portfolio is probably unwise.”Over at BlueShore Financial, financial advisor Scott Evans advises people not to rush into decisions based on the latest headlines.“Resist the temptation of market timing,” he said. “That can really be your own worst enemy if you let fear guide you. There’s nobody who’s been successful in getting in and out of the markets consistently and having a long term view is what’s going to pay off to help you achieve those longer term goals.”
OTTAWA — The Competition Bureau says a former executive of Quebec engineering firm Dessau received a 12-month sentence after pleading guilty Thursday in the Court of Quebec to rigging bids for City of Gatineau infrastructure contracts.Dave Boulay, formerly Dessau’s director and assistant vice-president, Outaouais, was sentenced to six months of house arrest and six months under curfew.He admitted to participating in a bid-rigging scheme from 2006 to 2008 in which several engineering firms conspired to divide up city contracts among themselves without the municipality’s knowledge.The regulator says Boulay received leniency in sentencing because of his co-operation with the investigation and the fact that he had no role in the instigation of the bid-rigging scheme.Court proceedings are ongoing against three co-accused: Andre Mathieu, formerly vice-president and associate of Cima+; Claude Marquis, formerly regional director, Outaouais for Genivar (now WSP Global) and Michel Famery, formerly regional vice-president, Dessau.Criminal charges were laid last June against the four men in connection with bid-rigging of 21 Gatineau infrastructure contracts awarded between 2004 and 2008. Companies in this story: (TSX:WSP)The Canadian Press
EDMONTON, A.B. — The Alberta Court of Appeal has upheld an injunction that stops random drug and alcohol testing at Suncor Energy sites.A Court of Queen’s Bench judge granted the injunction last December after the union representing thousands of oilsands workers requested one.Unifor Local 707-A had argued that random testing violates workers’ rights and privacy. Calgary-based Suncor said in its appeal that random tests are needed to bolster safety.Suncor and the union have been battling over the tests since 2012.Unifor is also seeking leave to appeal an earlier court ruling related to the issue to the Supreme Court of Canada.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Woman’s Resource Society, Poverty Outreach Store has put out the call they need help with food and hygiene products.As posted to the FB page they have lots of kidney and chickpeas, yet the food room is getting low and the shelves could use an infusion of items to help patrons. Items that could help the Outreach Store include; Powdered Milk Easy-open foods with pull tops Canned meat, veggies and fruit Soups School Snacks Juice Pasta Cereal Sauces CondimentsWinter ClothingHygiene ItemsThe FSJ Woman’s Resource Society asks all food and hygiene products must be unopened and have expiry dates.They also ask you call ahead if you have other donations; (250) 787-1121Fort St. John’s Woman’s Resource Society is located at 10051 – 100th Ave