Nothing used to say middle-class like a shiny new car—one that the whole family can jump in and take a road trip to the beach or to the grand parents’ place for Sunday dinner. But with successive generations, that value is on the decline, according to a poll by the Canada Project at Maclean’s.Families still tend to own vehicles but the value they represent is much lower with Gen-Xers and millennials than it was with their parent’s generations. In general, the so-called “silent generation” (those ages 75 and older) assigned a higher social value —and actual price—to family cars than later generations. Asked what they consider a fair price for a family vehicle, 27% of silents agreed to $30,000 or more a fair price, whereas only 17% of boomers and only 18% of Gen-Xers did. Why the difference?One reason may be that the older generation saw the car as a luxury item, whereas Gen-Xers and millennials see is as a more utilitarian buy. They may also simply not be as reliant on a car to get around, compared to earlier generations.“In the mid 1960s, there was really only one family car and the father was still master of the household,” says George Iny, executive director of the Automobile Protection Association in Toronto. “That generation saw the car as an asset, not an expense like today’s younger generation which tends to lease rather than buy.” Or not even have a vehicle, in many cases.Part of the past allure may have been the fact that a lot of older generation Canadians lived in the suburbs and they needed a car to get just about anywhere. It was also seen as a status symbol and something the family took pride in owning and maintaining. But millennials are different.“They’re into the environment and like biking and walking,” says Ayana Forward, a certified financial planner with Ryan Lamontagne in Ottawa. “Cars for the old generation was a connection to people. Now the younger generation has electronics to do that so it’s not as highly valued.”Iny largely agrees but notes that there lots of exceptions. In fact, he says, studies show that when Gen-Xers get their first steady job, they’re actually leasing luxury cars such as Mercedes, Lexus and BMWs. “The market for luxury cars and SUVs is steadily increasing with just a small number of sales being environmental small cars,” says Iny. How Canadians see our country at 150 THE CANADA PROJECT “So Gen-Xers say they’re green but they’re actually leasing larger luxury cars, trucks and SUVs. They’re just more comfortable and you can throw stuff in the back so they’re handy too. It’s a bit of a conundrum and shows the dissonance between what people think and what they’re actually doing.”For the Gen-X generation, it’s all about cash flow management. “If you can afford $500 a month for a car lease, then luxury vehicles for the family are very attainable,” says Iny. “As long as published leasing rates are low, people will buy. In fact, outside of cities, buyers are purchasing larger vehicles and taking longer periods for their financing—up to 84 months.” You might also be interested in…We asked 1,500 Canadians what they love about their country — and what they’d like to change This is very much contrary to what the previous generation did. “Those 75 years of age or older see possessions as assets and there’s more permanence to the things they owned,” says Iny.The lesson? Expectations have changed and with such easy financing, the younger generations are bound to keep the concept of the family car going—albeit, only if they can lease it.
TORONTO – They roared up in motorcycles and climbed out of Ubers, wearing high heels and flip flops, “Make Canada Great Again” hats, brocade blazers and sweatsuits.They were lawyers and truck drivers, retirees and students; those at the podium described them variously as civic nationalists, patriots, citizen journalists and crusaders — the last stalwarts of the traditional Western order.They gathered Saturday in Toronto in support of upstart Rebel Media, a controversial “news, opinion and activism” website often accused of propagating the sort of hatred-laced content that fuels right-wing extremism, not just in Canada but around the world.Ask them how they define themselves, however, and “frustrated” is the most common answer.In the Populism Project, The Canadian Press is looking at what’s behind the recent and ongoing upheaval in Western countries that’s been challenging the political status quo, to explore whether similar conditions exist in Canada.Populism is most widely understood as the belief that the status quo no longer represents the people’s best interests and must be changed, such as with the election of U.S. President Donald Trump or Great Britain’s decision to exit the European Union.Among the 800 registered for Rebel Media’s event Saturday was Cam Wright — neither a Conservative nor a Liberal, he said, but a skeptic about whether what he hears from politicians and the mainstream media is actually the truth.He’d never attended a political event in his life prior to Saturday, and hesitated to show up at this one, in part because of what he might find behind the doors.“The way the left makes it sound is what we’re doing here is a big racist convention,” Wright said after seven hours of lectures on topics like the Liberal tax record, Canada-U.S. relations and Christians in the Middle East.“But you get here, and it’s just not the case.”The Rebel’s reputation stems from incidents like its coverage a few months ago based on a trip to Israel by contributor Gavin McInnes, who posted a video called “10 things I hate about Jews” — later retitled, amid an uproar, “10 things I hate about Israel.”The Rebel was also a leading voice against M-103, the Liberal-sponsored House of Commons motion condemning and calling for an end to Islamophobia; Conservative critics framed it as the start of an effort to silence critics of Islam.Conference attendee Nick Peres said he didn’t quite see it that way, but was concerned it might be a harbinger of an increased government effort to regulate how people ought to think and behave.When he first came to Canada from Romania more than a decade ago, Peres said he saw multiculturalism as a virtue. Now, he said, it seems to mean some people’s values are more important than others.“I’m not saying this out of fear,” Peres said. “I’m not afraid. I’m just sad.”If there’s a common fear among the Rebel crowd, it seems to be that they’re losing the freedom to discuss the things they feel matter the most. On Saturday, several people declined to be interviewed, fearing online attacks by “leftist trolls.”During her speech on attacks against Christians in Muslim-dominated countries, Rebel personality Faith Goldy talked about calls to war in the Koran, and accused Muslims of being on a holy war against Christians.Some in the crowd booed and jeered in support; others shushed them for doing so.There’s been a complete breakdown in civil political discourse in Canada, suggested Kevin Topalian, a local college lecturer who said he came to the event specifically to hear dissenting views.“It’s terrifying because we can’t have a rational conversation,” he said. “If we are divided into two camps that look at each other with suspicion, that’s the end of the country. We can’t survive if we can’t talk.”The star of Saturday’s event was University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson.Peterson is a celebrity among Rebel fans for refusing to use the gender-neutral pronouns preferred by some students and faculty; his speech Saturday explored the question of why such a position has become so taboo.For Wright, it was eye-opening.“People like me who aren’t the most intelligent, or scholarly, or articulate, we just don’t understand how things like this happen,” he said.“I came to figure this stuff out because you aren’t going to hear it from anywhere else.”Ros Feldman has attended several Rebel events and has been a community activist in nearby Brampton, Ont., for decades.The tension between Islam and the West, free-speech issues like those raised by Peterson — such things don’t get the debate or discussion they deserve, she said: “I don’t think at the present moment our voices are being heard.”What that means for the political landscape in Canada is an open question.Many interviewed said they will continue to vote Conservative, although some are frustrated with issues like the federal party’s recent vote to support the Paris climate accord, or the Ontario PCs supporting changes to the sex education curriculum.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s promise to protect free speech on campus resonated with some, but others say they don’t trust him.“I don’t like religion in my politics,” said one, identifying himself only as Matt, troubled by Scheer’s ties to social conservatives.While former Tory finance minister Joe Oliver was among those who addressed the crowd Saturday, no current federal Conservative MPs were spotted roaming the floor, although some leadership candidates did attend Rebel events during the campaign.For his part, Rebel founder and chief spokesman Ezra Levant said he doesn’t see the need for a new political party. There’s enough of that splintering going on already, he told the conference at day’s end.“What we need to do is fill in the gaps left by the political parties,” Levant said. “Be there for the people who have no one else to be there for them.”
TORONTO – A judge says an Ontario woman with incurable erosive osteoarthritis fits a key requirement to receive a medically assisted death after her doctor refused to help her because he feared criminal prosecution.In a decision delivered in a Toronto court on Monday, Superior Court Justice Paul Perell ruled the woman’s “natural death is reasonably foreseeable.”He said the 77-year-old woman’s doctor had reached the same conclusion but changed his mind because he feared he would be accused of murder.Perell did not grant the woman’s request to declare unequivocally that she meets all criteria for medically assisted death, but he noted that clarifying the federal law on reasonably foreseeable death would help her case.Shanaaz Gokool, CEO of Dying with Dignity Canada, says she is pleased with the ruling and hopes it will give doctors more confidence in dealing with similar cases.Gokool praised the woman, identified in court documents only by the initials AB, for having the courage to take her case to court so she can die with dignity.“I want to applaud her for coming forward and putting herself in a very vulnerable position with this case,” said Gokool, who has met the woman. “Now that her physician has some comfort, I am hopeful she will be able make a decision of her choice and her making now that she knows that her natural death is reasonably foreseeable.”Under the law, adults can receive a medically assisted death if they have a serious and incurable illness or disability, are in an advanced state of irreversible decline, endure intolerable pain, and face a “reasonably foreseeable” death.The latter has been called too vague and has been a point of contention for health-care providers, Gokool said.AB could still live for years with her illness, Gokool noted, but she said her condition is deteriorating, there are no treatment options and she “is definitely in the trajectory toward death.”“I think this decision may be able to help others in similar situations and it might bring enough clarity that doctors who have been hesitant about providing an assisted death may look to this decision,” Gokool said.In his ruling, Perell said he considered the reluctance of the doctor and did not want to create a situation where civil courts grant immunity from Criminal Code prosecutions.“In my opinion, making this declaration of statutory interpretation would be useful and fall with this court’s jurisdiction to interpret and declare the civil law,” he said.He also noted that AB’s case, which he called “heartbreaking” and “pitiful,” was caused by doctors’ misunderstanding the new law and being overly cautious.
CALGARY – The Calgary Stampede has kicked off with a parade through the city’s downtown under a bright blue sky.Mayor Naheed Nenshi says this year’s event is special because the city is emerging from a rough couple of years.The downturn in oil prices has put tens of thousands of people out of work, but Nenshi says things are looking up.He says while there’s optimism, it isn’t unbridled and there is some uncertainty.The parade marshals this year are the seven chiefs of the Treaty 7 First Nations in southern Alberta.Chief Joe Weasel Child of the Siksika Nation east of Calgary says it’s one of the greatest honours he’s ever had and a dream come true.
OTTAWA – The auto sector rates nary a mention in the published list of U.S. objectives for the renegotiation of NAFTA.But senior Canadian officials privately believe the automotive industry is actually at the root of American demands for changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement and will be the key to the success — or failure — of negotiations to revamp the trilateral deal.Donald Trump, they note, rode a wave of anti-trade sentiment to victory in last fall’s presidential election, propelled by an unabashedly protectionist, America-first agenda, including a threat to rip up NAFTA, which he called “the worst trade deal in the history” of the United States.It was a populist message that tapped into long-simmering resentment over the exodus of American manufacturing operations — including the Big Three automakers and auto parts plants — to Mexico. And it resonated particularly loudly with voters in the 14 auto-producing states, 12 of which ultimately delivered their electoral college votes to Trump.Now, Canadian officials believe the success of the NAFTA renegotiation, set to start Aug. 16, hinges on Trump’s ability to claim a win on the auto front. And they believe the route to that victory lies in stricter labour and environmental standards to minimize Mexico’s low-wage advantage.It’s an issue on which Canadian and American interests are largely aligned. Some stark statistics compiled by Unifor, the union representing autoworkers in Canada, explain why:— Mexico buys just eight per cent of North American-made vehicles but employs 45 per cent of the continent’s auto workers.— Since NAFTA came into effect in 1994, four assembly plants in Canada and 10 in the United States have closed; eight new plants have opened in Mexico.— U.S. and Canadian vehicle and auto parts trade deficits with Mexico have grown exponentially — a four-fold increase for Canada, from $1.6 billion pre-NAFTA to $8.7 billion now.And all those disturbing numbers are explained by another stark statistic: Mexican autoworkers earn an average of about $4 per hour, compared to $30-$35 per hour in the U.S. and Canada.Rebalancing the auto industry so that all three countries get a fair share of investment and jobs “will be the biggest piece of the puzzle, I would suggest, in NAFTA,” says Unifor president Jerry Dias.On that score, there’s some urgency for Canada and the U.S., both of which hope to regain a bigger share of the pie as the auto industry embarks on historic investments in the next generation of vehicles: electric and self-driving cars.While the U.S. list of objectives for NAFTA negotiations doesn’t mention the auto sector specifically, it does call for stiffer rules of origin and more stringent, enforceable environmental and labour standards — which would have a direct bearing on the automotive industry.Unifor supports those American objectives. The union wants to see the rules of origin beefed up so that vehicles must have at least 70 per cent North American-made content — up from the current 62.5 per cent — to be eligible to move duty-free between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.That’s aimed primarily at forcing Asian and European automakers and Chinese producers of auto electronics to build more plants in North America.Automakers, however, are vehemently opposed to raising the minimum content requirement, which they argue is already the highest of any trade agreement in the world.“Any changes to the duty-free access and content rules will disrupt the highly integrated supply chains and reduce the massive benefits, undermining the global competitiveness of that integrated automotive industry we talk about,” Mark Nantais, president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association, told the House of Commons trade committee last May.David Paterson, vice-president of General Motors Canada Ltd., reminded the committee that a vehicle built in North America can cross borders seven times during the manufacturing process. Tracing the content of every part already requires “a lot of bureaucracy.”“Under the category ‘do no harm,’ we must set out to reduce, not add, red tape,” he said. “We would prefer to see tracing eliminated.”On this issue, the government appears to be siding with the automakers.Rather than focus on rules of origin, senior Canadian officials — speaking anonymously because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter — said strengthening labour and environmental standards would be a more effective way to reduce Mexico’s disproportionate share of auto investment and jobs.The objective, one official stressed, is not to stop auto production in Mexico, but to close the wage gap so Mexican workers benefit while making the other two NAFTA partners more competitive.Mexico would not be averse to measures that would raise the standard of living for its workers, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton, suggested in an interview.“The question really is over what period of time and how you achieve that,” MacNaughton said.“Also, we need to make sure that living standards and good paying middle-class jobs in Canada and the United States continue to be created, too. So the question is, can you find a way to create that win-win-win?”Currently, NAFTA includes side deals on labour and the environment — essentially just aspirational goals to improve working conditions and committing each country to enforce its own labour and environmental standards.That has allowed Mexico to take advantage of its low wage rate, lack of free collective bargaining and non-existent health, safety and environmental standards to lure auto companies looking for the cheapest place to set up shop, says Dias.That advantage would diminish if companies operating in Mexico were compelled to abide by standards similar to those applied in the U.S. and Canada. Dias advocates strict timelines for raising wages and penalizing companies that don’t meet them.“There’s going to have to be a wholesale change in the system,” Dias says.“Corporations are going to have to be more responsible, they’re going to have to start to treat people better, they’re going to have to start to pay them respectfully.”— With additional reporting by Alexander Panetta in Washington
NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. – A library user who returned cash found in a book has drawn the RCMP into a detective whodunit.Cpl. Richard De Jong says the mystery began July 24 when the unnamed book borrower returned a significant amount of money that had been found in the pages of a library book in North Vancouver.De Jong says library records didn’t uncover any recent readers of the book who were also missing cash.The book is back in circulation but De Jong says the Mounties are hanging onto the money.Officers will return the cash to any bookworm who can name the book and the amount involved.
WINDSOR, Ont. – Health officials in southwestern Ontario say two people have died from West Nile virus in the last week, the first deaths linked to the infection in the area since 2012.The public health unit in Windsor, Ont., says the two cases are unrelated but gave no other details about them.It says the deaths are a warning to the public that West Nile continues to be a risk until temperatures drop below the freezing point, though most people infected never develop symptoms.Ontario has seen by far the most human cases of West Nile this year, with the province’s public health agency reporting 37 confirmed or probable cases as of Sept. 2.The latest data collected by the Public Health Agency of Canada, meanwhile, shows only one confirmed human case outside of Ontario as of Aug. 19 — someone in British Columbia who showed no symptoms.There were 104 human cases of West Nile confirmed last year, though the federal agency says others likely went undetected.
EDMONTON – Alberta’s environment minister says she’s not responsible for a controversial tweet advising people to eat less meat.Shannon Phillips tweeted on Friday that the message, which was posted on her Twitter account on Jan. 2, came from a staff person during a period when Phillips says she was away from her Twitter account.Phillips says the tweet was regrettable and that she has been assured it won’t happen again.The tweet began by suggesting anyone who needs a New Year’s resolution should consider taking the Green Challenge by Environment Lethbridge, which is an organization based in Phillips’ constituency.The tweet says the challenge advises people to “reuse shopping bags, take shorter showers, unplug electronics devices, eliminate vehicle idling and eat less meat.”Opposition Leader Jason Kenney tweeted in response that people are free to eat what they want, and it should stay that way.“As someone who supports Alberta’s farmers and ranchers — and enjoys a good steak from time to time — I will not be taking the NDP’s advice,” said Kenney, of the United Conservative Party, on Twitter.While Alberta’s oil industry has typically commanded many headlines in recent years, the beef industry is still a massive economic driver in the province.The Green Challenge by Environment Lethbridge runs between Jan. 15 and Feb. 15 and encourages people to reduce their climate footprint by focusing on five areas. It asks for people to go meatless for one day each week.Its website says meat production and consumption is one of the leading generators of greenhouse gases.The explanation from Phillips about the tweet followed a series of other tweets on Friday where she noted her support for the meat sector. She said she comes from a family of beef producers, adding that her grandfather came to Canada in 1919 and his cow-calf operation became one of Alberta’s most successful farm family operations.“My tweet was about a local enviro challenge and was in no way meant to offend the industries that are vital to our province’s culture and economy. We know that the rhetoric from Jason Kenney and the UCP is often overheated,” Phillips said on Twitter.The series of tweets went on to blame the staffer.“So all this is to say, I was away from my twitter account around NY Day, and the tweet that came from a staff person was regrettable,” the tweet said.
TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $9.6 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for next Lotto 649 draw on Mar. 14 will be approximately $13 million.
VANCOUVER – The suspected overdose deaths of 11 people last week in Vancouver has set what the mayor calls a “ghastly” death-count record for 2018.The city says the week of July 23 was the worst on record this year for suspected overdose deaths based on statistics from the police department.So far in 2018, 206 people have died in Vancouver from suspected overdoses.The latest overdose statistics for the province show there was a dip in the number of suspected illicit drug deaths in June compared with the same month a year earlier.There were 105 illicit drug overdose deaths across B.C. in June, a drop from 123 in the same month last year.Mayor Gregor Robertson called last week’s death count for the city “simply ghastly” in a news release.“We don’t see signs that we’ve turned a corner on this public health disaster in Vancouver,” he said. “A poisoned supply of street drugs continues to kill our loved ones and devastate families across our city. Lives are on the line — people need access to safe prescription drugs rather than being forced to turn to the deadly drugs from organized crime on our streets.”The number of deaths due to overdoses last week must still be confirmed by the BC Coroners Service.The fire department says it responded to 147 overdose calls last week, a 47 per cent increase from the previous week, and 24 per cent higher than the weekly average for 2017.The city says frontline workers suspect the increase in overdoses and related deaths are due to high toxicity in street drugs.In Vancouver last year, 366 people died from suspected overdoses.Across B.C., fentanyl has been detected in 81 per cent of the drug overdose deaths in the first six months of 2018, the coroner’s service said this week. The powerful painkiller appears to account for the spike in illicit drug overdose deaths since 2012, as the number of deaths excluding fentanyl has remained relatively stable since 2011, it said.Illicit drug overdose deaths climbed to more than 1,400 in 2017 from about 300 in 2012, surpassing suicide and car accidents to become the leading cause of unnatural deaths in British Columbia.
LANGLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, B.C. — The RCMP say five people were injured after a series of hit-and-runs in Langley and Abbotsford, B.C., on Wednesday night.None of the injuries are considered life-threatening, and the RCMP say many of those who were taken to hospital for treatment have been released. A dog was killed in one of the Langley incidents.A 24-year-old man from Abbotsford has been arrested by police, who allege he was in breach of a recognizance over a condition that he was not be in a vehicle without the registered owner. The first incident was reported just after 8 p.m. involving a small pickup truck that police say was stolen in neighbouring Abbotsford.They say it was found on fire about 2 1/2 hours later on Highway 1.Shortly after, police say a car was stolen and the suspected was arrested in that vehicle.The RCMP is asking for anyone with dashboard cameras to review their footage to see if they may have recorded the pickup truck. The Canadian Press
CRANBROOK, B.C. — A four-day gap in the whereabouts of a 15-year-old girl is enough to dispute whether she was removed from Canada in 2004 to marry a member of a fundamentalist sect in the United States, a lawyer argued Tuesday at the trial of a former member of the church.Joe Doyle, who is serving as an amicus curiae or friend of the court to ensure a fair trial, said Crown prosecutors haven’t proven that the girl was in Canada when the leader of the sect called James Oler and allegedly ordered him to bring the child to the United States to get married.Oler is charged with removing the girl from Canada to marry a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which practises polygamy in Bountiful, B.C., and the United States.He was acquitted in 2017 by a judge who was not convinced Oler did anything within Canada’s borders to arrange the girl’s transfer to the U.S. But the B.C. Court of Appeal agreed with the Crown that proof of wrongdoing in Canada was not necessary and ordered a new trial.Oler is self-represented and did not call any witnesses or make a case in his defence.In his closing argument, Doyle argued prosecutors hadn’t accounted for the window when the girl was last seen in Bountiful but then identified by a witness four days later in northern Idaho at a highway rest stop on June 24, 2004.Doyle raised the possibility that the accused and the girl were potentially already in the United States visiting other communities associated with the fundamentalist sect when Warren Jeffs allegedly called Oler.Special prosecutor Peter Wilson questioned Doyle’s suggestion that Oler and the girl may have already been in the United States in the four-day window, describing his argument on their movements as “fanciful.”“Maybe it did — anything can happen,” he added.Doyle also questioned the credibility of church records seized by U.S. law enforcement officials a decade ago at the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Texas.The court has heard the girl’s marriage was documented by priesthood records kept by Jeffs, the church’s president and prophet. One priesthood record describes the phone call that Jeffs made to Oler.Some of the documentation was incomplete and uncertified, which is contrary to the church’s doctrine, Doyle said.“What is not known about these records and is still not known … is which person or persons prepared them, when were they prepared, what information led to their preparation and where that information came from,” he said.In his closing arguments on Monday, Wilson contended that Oler should have known the girl would be subject to sexual activity following her marriage based on the nature of church doctrine and the role of women in the faith.Women do not have financial assets and need permission to travel or pursue post-secondary education, former church members told the trial. They were taught that their role within the religion was to be a celestial wife in polygamous marriages and to bear children.Justice Martha Devlin of the B.C. Supreme Court has reserved her decision and tentatively scheduled a ruling on June 24.(Cranbrook Daily Townsman)Trevor Crawley, Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook Daily Townsman
Meryl Streep has been honoured with the Ally For Equality Award at the Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC.The award-winning actress spoke of the importance of equality, the work of the HRC and the bigotry of the new US government.“I am grateful to this incredible organization for what you’ve done, in such a smart, systematic and strategic way, to secure and safeguard the fundamental rights of LGBTQ Americans,” she said. “Much of the credit for the advances in acceptance, advocacy and law comes in a straight line from your efforts. When I was a young girl growing up in middle-class New Jersey, my entire artistic life was curated by people who lived in the straightjacket of conformist suburban life. The goal was to put pennies in your loafers, to look alike and act alike. Standing out, being different was like drawing a target on your forehead. You had to have a special kind of courage to do it. Some of my teachers were obliged to live their whole lives hidden, covertly.“Human life has been organized in a certain way, the hierarchies set, who’s in charge, who makes the laws and who enforces them, pretty much the same way for, oh, about 40,000 years. Yes, I know, there were a small number of matrilineal cultures, some outliers who were more tolerant of difference, some so-called democracies 2,000 years ago (who excluded women and slaves, of course), but pretty much, throughout history, might made right, the biggest and richest and baddest was the best, and “The Man” was pretty much always a man. But suddenly, at one point in the 20th century, for reasons I can’t possibly enumerate in my two remaining minutes, the clouds parted. Something changed. For the first time in 39,999 years, women began to be regarded as, if not equal, at least deserving of equal rights. Men and women of color demanded their equal rights. People of sexual orientation and gender identification outside the status quo also demanded equal regard under the law.“Which brings us to now. We should not be surprised that fundamentalists, of every stripe, are exercised and fuming. We should not be surprised that these profound changes come at a steeper cost than we originally thought. We should not be surprised that not everyone is actually cool with it.“If we live through this precarious moment, if his catastrophic instinct to retaliate doesn’t lead us to nuclear winter, we will have much to thank our current leader for. He will have woken us up to how fragile freedom is. His whisperers will have alerted us to potential flaws in the balance of power in government. To how we have relied on the goodwill and selflessness of most previous occupants of the Oval Office. How quaint notions of custom, honor and duty compelled them to adhere to certain practices of transparency and responsibility. To how it all can be ignored. How the authority of the executive, in the hands of a self-dealer, can be wielded against the people, their Constitution and Bill of Rights. The whip of the executive, through a Twitter feed, can lash and intimidate, punish and humiliate, delegitimize the press and imagined enemies with spasmodic regularity and easily provoked predictability.“Here we are in 2017, the year the browser seems to have gone down. In danger of losing much of our information, we seem to be reverting to factory settings. But we are not going to go back to the bad old days of ignorance and harassment, oppression and hiding who we are. Because we owe it to the people who have died for our rights (and who died before they got their own). We owe it to the pioneers of the LGBTQ movement, like Paula Grossman, and to the people on the frontlines of all civil-rights movements, not to let them down.“Yes, I am the most overrated, overdecorated and, currently, over-berated actress, who likes football, of my generation. But that is why you invited me here! Right?“The weight of all these honors is part of what brings me to this podium. It compels me, against my normal instinct (which is to stay home), it compels me to stand up in front of people and say words that haven’t been written for me, but that come from my life and my conviction and that I have to stand by. It’s hard to stand up. I don’t want to do it. I want to read and garden and load the dishwasher. It’s embarrassing and terrifying to put the target on your forehead. And it sets you up for troll attacks and armies of brownshirt bots and worse, and the only way you can do it is if you feel you have to. You have to. You have no choice, but you have to speak up and stand up and act up.”
Best Buddies International, a groundbreaking nonprofit that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), is pleased to announce its 21st Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala at Ice Palace Studios in Wynwood on Friday, November 17.The 21st Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala is a spectacular event with hundreds of prominent locals and international guests gathering to celebrate the Best Buddies mission. This year’s Best Buddies Miami Gala will celebrate the organization’s expansion into India.Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner, partake in a top-notch auction and witness dazzling entertainment. During the Gala, Ralph Winter will be honored with the Spirit of Leadership award for his $1 million gift to Best Buddies that will be used to promote and expand the organization’s mission of friendship, jobs, and leadership development for individuals with IDD around the world.“We are incredibly excited to celebrate Best Buddies’ expansion into India, where we hope to exemplify the true spirit of friendship and inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” says Anthony K. Shriver, Founder, Chairman & CEO of Best Buddies International. “Moreover, I am proud to celebrate the Best Buddies mission with some of our most dedicated supporters, participants, and volunteers. The Miami Gala is a fantastic way to thank and celebrate the achievements of our participants and supporters, as well as remind everyone of our mission and importance of the work that we do on behalf of individuals with special abilities.”Each year, the Gala brings together Miami’s most notable residents and celebrities from around the globe. Among those expected to attend this year’s event includes: Best Buddies International’s Founder, Chairman & CEO Anthony K. Shriver and his wife, Alina Shriver; Actors Nolan Gould, Jason Lewis and Kevin McHale; Actress and Model Charlotte McKinney; Four-time Tour de France Winner Chris Froome; Miss Teen USA 2017 Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff; and International Pop-Artist Romero Britto. The evening will conclude with a special musical performance by four-time Grammy nominated, multi-platinum Australian rapper Iggy Azalea!There will also be a number of one-of-a-kind items up for auction, including a limited edition Hublot Best Buddies Cycling Timepiece, a custom portrait by Romero Britto, and a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to be a part of Dolce & Gabbana’s Ready to Wear show in Milan, Italy, which includes a special meet and greet with Mr. Domenico Dolce and Mr. Stefano Gabbana.The day’s festivities will kick-off bright and early with the Best Buddies Challenge: Miami, a 100K six-star cycling event, limited to just 50 cyclists, that starts and finishes at Marlins Park. The Challenge will be led by Tour de France winner Chris Froome, and pro cyclists George Hincapie and Christian Vande Velde.As a result of phenomenal support from generous sponsors and donors, Best Buddies is able to extend its reach globally, and will continue to develop its presence through its eight formal programs — Best Buddies Ambassadors, Citizens, Colleges, e-Buddies, High Schools, Jobs, Middle Schools and Promoters— across the United States and in nearly 50 countries. Proceeds from the Gala will allow Best Buddies to continue making a meaningful impact in the lives of individuals with special abilities on a global scale.Sterling Foundation Management and the The Ferraro Law Firm are the Friendship Sponsors of the event; Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, Carnival Corporation & PLC, Carnival Foundation, Celebrity Cruises, Chateau Gaby, Tracfone Wireless are the Employment Sponsors. Leadership Sponsors include the Abaco Wines, Braman Motors, Capital Trust Group, The GEO Group Foundation, Inc., IPC, Sheba Lucas, Mack Cycle & Fitness, Park West Foundation, Pepsi-Cola, Michael Schlesginer, Sandy & Tony Tamer and WSVN 7News.
Nordoff Robbins has announced that this year’s recipient of the Nordoff Robbins Legends of Football Award will be former West Ham United, Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard.Frank’s glittering career has seen three league titles, 609 top-flight appearances and 177 goals, and he is rightly recognised as one of the all-time great Premier League players.He will join Sir Stanley Matthews, Sir Bobby Robson, Kenny Dalglish and last year’s recipient Steven Gerrardin receiving one of football’s greatest honours.Lampard said: “It’s a real honour for me to receive the Legends of Football award this year. Just seeing my name mentioned among those past winners is something to cherish.”And speaking specifically about Nordoff Robbins, Frank said in an interview on Friday with TalkSPORT’s Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs: “It’s a special charity working on incredible stuff. There’s a lot of care involved and music therapy covers so many areas, it’s a pleasure to be involved.”In marking Lampard’s achievements, the Legends of Football evening, held in partnership with the Premier League, will raise funds for Nordoff Robbins.Premier League Executive Chairman, Richard Scudamore said:“Legends of Football is a fantastic event that combines the power and popularity of the Premier League and the music world to support the crucial work of Nordoff Robbins.“This year we look forward to celebrating the career of Frank Lampard, who had a remarkable playing career and is a Premier League icon.“His professionalism on and off the pitch makes him a great role model for young people and his support for this year’s Legends of Football promises to make it a very special event.”Nordoff Robbins CEO, Julie Whelan, said:“Events like the Legends of Football are vital to us as a charity,” said Julie Whelan, CEO of Nordoff Robbins. Nordoff Robbins receive no government funding and we rely on the generosity of our supporters to keep our services going. We thank everyone involved in this event for their hard work and dedication and a big thank you to all who attend – every penny raised goes directly towards our music therapy delivery, helping us to change more lives through music.”Legends of Football will celebrate the career of Frank Lampard on 8 October at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
TORONTO, March 7, 2017 /CNW/ – Second City Works, the business-to-business arm of the iconic comedy theatre The Second City, and The Second City Training Centre are launching RewireU, a brand new educational program designed to help businesses increase workplace efficiency and collaboration by teaching employees and leaders new techniques through the art of improvisation.RewireU’s course structure will introduce the use of improvisation techniques to help participants develop attitudes and skills such as being nimble, adaptable and accepting of ideas within the workplace. These tools can dramatically change the way leaders engage with their workforce and find success in their approach to daily challenges, all coming together to improve workplace efficiency.“We are excited to offer businesses in the Toronto area this new tool to help employees and leaders explore workplace development through this new program,” said Kevin Frank, artistic director, The Second City Training Centre. “Business is an act of improvisation: being agile, other’s focused, managing change and collaborating with audiences. RewireU combines the time-tested methods of Second City’s famous training program with the insight gleaned from thousands of business engagements at Second City Works to create something unique and astoundingly practical.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement The launch of RewireU in Toronto continues Second City Works’ efforts in using improvisation for real-life improvement. Other courses offered include those aimed at promoting self-care, development of teens and children, and most recently, a partnership between The Second City and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business that will explore how evidence-based insights and practices of improvisation can enhance communication, collaboration and well-being in everyday life.To-date, three sessions for RewireU are planned, each totaling three days: April 5–7, May 10–12 and June 7–9. For a full RewireU class schedule and more information about the program, visit secondcity.com/rewireuTO.About Second City WorksSecond City Works (SCW) is the B2B arm of the world-renowned theatre, The Second City. SCW brings the skills of improvisation and the authenticity of humor to over 600 organizations each year through events, workshops, and digital content. With expertise in audience dynamics, ensemble building, co-creation, and agility, Second City Works’ mission is to create a more empowered, creative, and collaborative business culture worldwide.About The Second City Training CentreThe Second City is the leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy. With theatres and training centres in Chicago, Toronto and Hollywood, 11 full time touring ensembles, thriving corporate communications and theatricals divisions, as well as television and film operations, The Second City has been called “A Comedy Empire” by The New York Times. The Second City Training Centre has a current student body of 3,500 students per week and is the largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook
Login/Register With: 21 Thunder: A Must See TV Series Emmanuel Kabongo Stars in CBC’s new show 21 THUNDER premiering July 31st at 9 pm!Star Emmanuel Kabongo was born in The Democratic Republic of Congo and relocated to South Africa with his family before moving to Toronto in 1998. He began his acting career in short and independent films and has since made guest appearances on TV shows such as Flashpoint, Nikita, Call Me Fitz, Murdoch Mysteries and Rookie Blue. In 2013, Kabongo played a lead character in The Animal Project (Ingrid Veninger, director; TIFF 2013 Official Selection) and appeared in the feature film Pompeii in 2014. He produced and starred in the web series Teenagers, which won three awards at the 2014 LA WebFest. Kabongo completed the Theatre Arts Program at George Brown College and was awarded with the Actors Conservatory Program scholarship at the Canadian Film School. Advertisement Twitter 21 Thunder shows the cutthroat world of pro soccer, a club lives and dies by the stars on its under-21 team. They are the future and lifeblood of any franchise, but most will never make it. 21 THUNDER is the story of the Montreal Thunder U21 team, following the team’s star players on and off the field. A story of love, crime, race, sex and athletic glory, at its core the series is about how a group of players and coaches unite as family in the whirlwind of life, one step away from the pros.READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter TORONTO, Aug. 31, 2017 – Loki Box Design, a Canadian international award-winning design firm, is bringing mobile architecture to the forefront of the marketing world at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The firm will support Bell and L’Oréal by creating nontraditional structures out of shipping containers to host the two largest activations of TIFF, held from September 7 to 17, 2017.Loki Box Design (Loki) creates fully mobile structures out of recycled materials that can be reassembled for use at multiple locations, for any purpose. By serving the needs of big brands across North America, the firm is showcasing how mobile architecture is not only a strategic marketing investment, but an eco-friendly and functional architectural solution.“We give new life to raw materials that would otherwise be wasted,” said Pierre-Mathieu Roy, President at Loki. “Our structures are designed to not only amplify a brand’s image, but are constructed to be fully mobile so they can travel to any indoor or outdoor event, any time of the year.” With a short four-year history, Loki has won numerous awards for their distinctive architecture and has worked with prominent brands across Canada and the United States.Their practical business model and high-quality structures demonstrate the marketing potential of mobile architecture and are quickly gaining traction with brands who are pushing the boundaries of experiential marketing.This year’s Bell activation is composed of four fully-branded shipping containers and will host up to 150 visitors at a time. Guests will have the chance to experience virtual reality among other tech demonstrations and gain access to an exclusive view of the red carpet.L’Oréal will welcome guests to their fully-mobile structure composed of three shipping containers and a glass box where they can test beauty products and visit a photo booth alongside other digital elements. The structure will host more than 10,000 beauty fans this year. L’Oréal Paris Canada activation at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Structure by Loki Box Design. (CNW Group/Loki Box Design) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement
Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the federal government still has no intention of imposing a Netflix tax because it would result in a financial hit for middle-class Canadians.Morneau’s remarks about the online streaming giant come a couple of days after Heritage Minister Melanie Joly insisted she never agreed to exempt Netflix from any sales tax as part of a deal that has been a political nightmare in her home province of Quebec.Pressed about the issue on Friday, Joly said anyone with concerns about the lack of federal taxes on online streaming services should talk to Morneau because he’s in charge of taxation. Facebook Twitter Advertisement Joly unveiled a cultural policy in September that secured a $500-million pledge by Netflix to set up a Canadian office and fund original homegrown content — but the plan did not include taxes on the company’s service.The ensuing weeks have seen the provincial government in Quebec vow to tax foreign online businesses, including Netflix, if Ottawa didn’t do so.The issue has sparked outrage from artists and producers in Quebec’s cultural industry who have described it as an unfair subsidy.Morneau insisted Sunday that Ottawa has no intention of changing its promise not to tax Netflix, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself has repeatedly and categorically ruled out a Netflix tax.Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao said Sunday that he plans to raise the issue with Morneau when federal, provincial and territorial finance ministers meet for two days of talks in Ottawa. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Bill Morneau – Photo by Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press Advertisement Login/Register With:
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “There was a time obviously when what we were going through, I just knew my (career) would have to be put aside and I didn’t know what I was going to do or how I was going to do it. The truth is none of that really mattered at the time. But now things are good.”So good that Buble is releasing a new album, Love (or the red heart emoji), on Friday — the same day he’ll get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — and has just announced 11 tour dates in Canada including July 26 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.“I can’t wait, I’m so excited,” he said of going back on the road, adding either his family will be with him or he’ll never be away from home for more than three weeks at a time.Love, meanwhile, is mostly full of American songbook standards but there is one Buble-penned original called Forever Now that seems to be addressing Noah, but he’ll only say is about fatherhood.“I wanted the song to be about the journey of parenthood,” he said. “Of that unconditional love and care for someone or something that can’t care for itself. And sort of the sentimentality of moving through time and how fast it goes. Part of it began autobiographically for me. I was writing it about my experience as a father, and as I continued to get through the song, I really wanted to try and leave it open for the interpretation of the listener.”He will admit though that being a dad to a daughter for the first time is different.“My newborn is just talking, talking, talking, talking. She’s so cute,” said Buble of Vida.“I think it’s her mom. Her mom seems to like to talk a lot. I’m more of a pensive guy (said sarcastically). I think I realized within the last few weeks that we have a new sheriff in town already … I think she’s the boss of my boys. She’s the boss of us. Whatever she says, goes. And my wife (Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato) keeps laughing at me because I (tell) her — it sounds so weird — I can’t wait for Barbie parties. It’s been five years of Spider-Man and Thor and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and now it’s time for some red lipstick and princess parties.”The retirement rumours started when The Daily Mail reported Buble as saying Love would be his final album; that he wanted to go out on top; and that he would no longer do interviews or tour.“They took a two-year-old story when I wrote the statement that I would be stepping away from music to take care of my family, my son, and then they added out of context quotes to make the story seem like it would be better for clickbait,” Buble explained.“I can’t really express to you how disappointed I was about it. I thought it was really low. They just lied. It’s funny because it’s been kind of rotten because every time I go down the street someone says to me, ‘Congratulations on your retirement.’ ” Twitter Juno host Michael Buble and his wife Luisana Lopilato attend the red carpet arrivals at the 2018 Juno Awards at Rogers Arena on March 25, 2018 in Vancouver. (Phillip Chin/Getty Images) Advertisement Facebook Michael Buble is hardly retiring, contrary to what you might have read.In fact, the Vancouver crooner is back with a new perspective after his five-year-son Noah battled liver cancer the last two years and is currently in remission.“Listen, I didn’t think about anything but my son (since his 2016 diagnosis),” said Buble, 43, down the line from his Vancouver home where he’s watching his other son, Elias, 2 (who he puts on the phone a few times), and daughter, Vida, born in late July, while Noah’s at kindergarten. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement