CDRO condemns custodial death of Patnaik Harijan

first_imgNew Delhi: The Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO) condemned on Sunday the death of Patnaik Harijan, a 45-year-old undertrial from Kalahandi District in Odisha’s Niyamgiri area, who was brought to a government hospital in Burla by Bhawanipatna jail authorities, where he was under judicial custody for the last four months.Following the news of what CDRO called the custodial death of Harijan, villagers started gathering in angry protest, after which CDO said that the government imposed Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Section 144 in the area around the refinery plant when his body was brought to the village.The CDRO said, in its statement, that Harijan’s arrest and death have caused unimaginable distress to his family. “CDRO demands a judicial probe into the custodial death of the undertrial prisoner caused by sheer medical negligence. While in prison, his family or friends were not informed of his illness or his being taken to the hospital. This makes the circumstances of his illness and subsequent death even more suspicious,” the statement read. The organisation said that Harijan was one among the 29 randomly arrested after violence erupted in protests against the death of a contract worker who succumbed to injuries inflicted by a vicious lathi charge by the Odisha Industrial Security Force in March 2019 at the gates of the refinery plant.last_img read more

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Suicide of First Nations youth shows kids in care must be heard

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta’s child and youth advocate says the suicide of a 15-year-old indigenous boy reinforces how crucial it is that the voices of children in provincial care be heard.A report by Del Graff published Wednesday recounts the short and troubled life of the boy, called Levi for privacy reasons.The report details a household marred by addiction, mental-health issues and violence. There were intermittent stays in foster homes and with other relatives, where Levi seemed to do relatively well.Levi’s first encounter with child intervention services was when he was just two months old.“Levi’s life was unpredictable and lacked the stability necessary for his healthy growth and development because of his exposure to family violence, parental addictions and homelessness,” Graff writes in the report.Levi is described as kind and quiet.When he was 11, there were concerns he had nowhere to live. When he was 12, he was discovered living in a tent in a yard because of his mother’s drinking.Little is known about the final two to three years of Levi’s life.“It is unclear where he was living or how his basic needs were met,” Graff writes. “At times, community members gave him food and clothing.”The report outlines how shortly after he turned 15, Levi was taken to hospital for stomach pains after he’d been drinking for six days. He continued to drink after being released and went back to the hospital the next morning, but left without seeing a doctor.He said he was depressed about a friend who had killed himself and talked about his own suicide by alcohol poisoning.Four months later, Levi took his own life.The children’s advocate notes there were numerous occasions over the years when Levi made it clear he did not want to be around his mother when she was drinking, but there was no indication his feelings were acknowledged.“This investigative review emphasizes the importance of making sure that children’s voices are heard and their perspectives considered in decisions made about them,” Graff writes.“Children become invisible when they are not included in assessment and planning processes.”He says he has urged a more child-centric approach to decision-making in three past reviews, so there’s nothing new to add in Levi’s case.“Minimal progress has been made on these recommendations.”The report also stresses the need for the government to develop ways to identify children early on who may be at risk of homelessness.Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee says Levi’s story shows change is needed.“We need to do better. When a young person reaches out to us to ask for our help, our instinct is to do whatever we can to support them,” she said in a statement.“Albertans expect that their child intervention system would do the same. However, it is very clear that, in this case, Children’s Services did not do everything possible to support this young man to grow up safe and healthy.”The case of a four-year-old girl named Serenity, who died in 2014 under suspicious circumstances while in kinship care, has become emblematic of problems with Alberta’s approach to child intervention.Leaked reports to the media late last year revealed that before she died, Serenity was taken to hospital emaciated and hypothermic with signs of physical and sexual abuse. She died from severe brain trauma.No one has been charged.The case led to a political shakeup. Earlier this year, Notley carved out a separate Ministry of Children’s Services and assigned Larivee to run it.She also struck an all-party panel to examine ways to better protect children in care.last_img read more

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Ottawa launches 101million genderbased violence strategy by the numbers

first_imgOTTAWA – On Monday, Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef shed more light on which programs will get a share of the $101 million over five years — plus $21 million annually going forward — which the 2017 budget committed to a federal strategy on gender-based violence.The bulk of the money will go towards creating a Gender-Based Knowledge Centre within Status of Women Canada, which will get $77.5 million over five years, plus $16 million a year going forward, to co-ordinate efforts across the government, as well as research, data collection and programming.The remaining funds will be shared across several departments, as part of a strategy aimed at prevention, providing better support for survivors and helping the justice system become more responsive to the needs of those who experience sexual assault or other forms of violence.That includes:— $9.5 million over five years, plus $2 million annually after that, for the Public Health Agency of Canada to work on prevention, including looking at the maltreatment of children and teen dating violence;— $6 million over five years and $1.3 million a year afterwards, to boost efforts at Public Safety to tackle the online exploitation of children;— $4 million over five years, as well as $800,000 annually going forward, to increase funding to family crisis teams that support Canadian military members and their families affected by violence;— $2.4 million over five years, plus $600,000 a year after that, to train RCMP officers in “cultural competency;”— $1.5 million over five years to enhance the settlement program for immigrants and refugees.last_img read more

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Feds accept new info on planned nuclearwaste bunker near Lake Huron

first_imgTORONTO – A proposal to bury tonnes of radioactive waste in a bunker near Lake Huron has moved a step toward a decision on whether the multibillion-dollar project can proceed.Federal authorities say they are satisfied Ontario Power Generation has provided additional information they had asked for about the project.In a notice to interested parties this week, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency said it would now begin drafting a report to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, who will have final say over the deep geologic repository. The agency will also update any conditions it thinks should be imposed if the plan gets the go-ahead.The agency said the public will get a chance to comment on both the draft and any conditions before McKenna makes her decision, now expected by the end of the year. It also said it plans to have its draft report available sometime this summer.The contentious proposal, years in development, has drawn the ire of scores of communities that argue it is irresponsible to bury the low- and mid-level nuclear waste at the Bruce nuclear power plant near Kincardine, Ont. They worry about the danger the material — hazardous for thousands of years — could pose to Great Lakes drinking water.In 2015, an independent joint review panel concluded the Bruce site was appropriate, putting the ball in the federal government’s court. However, Ottawa has repeatedly delayed making any decisions.Last year, the agency requested information on other possible sites to bury the waste but was dissatisfied with OPG’s initial response and requested further information. The utility provided the additional data last month.OPG, which insists the proposal is safe and the best long-term storage option, said Tuesday the new information shows that building a storage facility elsewhere in Ontario would be more damaging to the environment, drive costs significantly higher, and cause years of delay — without offering any safety benefits.Critics, however, are far from persuaded the utility has provided meaningful information to the government.In a letter to the agency, the group SOS Great Lakes says the OPG report contains information that is wrong, vague and dismissive of the risks. The group also repeats its opposition to what it calls a “dangerous and deeply flawed” project, and criticizes the “political process” involved in getting Kincardine in midwestern Ontario to act as a “willing host.”“We find that OPG has in no way strengthened their case,” the letter states. “The fundamental flaws are still there in the additional information.”Currently projected to cost about $2.4 billion, the proposal calls for burying hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of radioactive waste 680 metres below ground in a rock bunker located about 1.2 kilometres from Lake Huron.OPG argues the rock is geologically stable and would provide a hermetic seal to prevent any radioactivity reaching the lake for tens of thousands of years.However, communities and environmental groups on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border argue such a facility could threaten drinking water for millions of people. Several American politicians have called on both the Canadian and American governments to intervene to stop the project.last_img read more

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New trial ordered for woman without lawyer over lack of disclosure

first_imgCrown prosecutors and a judge failed in their duties to an Ontario woman who represented herself at her arson trial, an appeal court said in overturning her conviction.In a decision released Tuesday, the Court of Appeal for Ontario ordered a new trial for Jeannette Tossounian, saying her ability to defend herself had been compromised by the Crown’s failure to properly share its evidence with her.Tossounian was arrested in February 2012 after witnesses said they saw her walking away from a fire at a building, where she ran an unsuccessful art gallery, with a gas can in hand, court documents show. She refused to hire a lawyer, deciding instead to represent herself, the documents say.The Crown had three packages of evidence to disclose, and the first two were given to Tossounian in person approximately three months apart, they say.The third — a package of more than 500 pages that included photographs of the scene and transcripts of witness statements — was delivered to the Vanier Institute, where Tossounian was being held in pretrial custody, the documents say.It was later discovered that the facility had not alerted Tossounian to the delivery, meaning she was not able to see the materials before trial, they say.The Crown argued that it had warned Tossounian early on that more material would be delivered and that it was up to her to check that it had been sent and received, the documents say.Tossounian, meanwhile, said she thought she had received all the promised disclosure when the second package arrived — an assumption the appeal court deemed reasonable.“I would conclude the Crown failed to make full disclosure,” Justice Russell Juriansz wrote on behalf of the three-judge panel.“I appreciate the complications in making disclosure to an unrepresented accused person who is in custody. The Crown must resolve these complications in order to fulfil its responsibility to ensure the relevant materials make it into the hands of an in-custody accused,” he wrote.“The only issue at trial was her identification as the woman seen walking away from the fire. The failure of disclosure detrimentally affected her ability to cross-examine and to diminish the reliability of the witnesses who identified her.”What’s more, the trial judge failed to give Tossounian the assistance she needed, particularly on the issue of disclosure, the appeal court said.“As soon as it seemed there was a problem with disclosure, it was the duty of the trial judge to make the necessary inquiries and to take the necessary steps to ensure that the unrepresented accused received full disclosure, and that she fully understood her rights to disclosure and the available remedies for infringement of those rights,” Juriansz said.Tossounian had raised three other issues in her appeal but the court found it unnecessary to address them since a new trial has been ordered.last_img read more

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Edmonton suspects past didnt raise red flags during asylum process Goodale

first_imgOTTAWA – Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale tried Monday to assuage renewed concerns about the security of Canada’s asylum system after it emerged the suspect in a weekend attack in Edmonton entered Canada as a refugee in 2012.Abdulahi Hasan Sharif is facing 11 charges — including five counts of attempted murder — after a city police officer was stabbed and four people were struck by a cube van in what authorities have characterized as an act of terror.Sharif, a Somali national, became known to police in 2015 after a report was received that he may have been radicalized, but investigators determined at that time that he did not pose a threat.Nor is there any suggestion the accused was assessed as a public safety risk when he entered Canada at a legal border crossing in 2012, Goodale said Monday.“There was no deleterious information that was available at that stage,” Goodale said.Goodale said the procedures in place to vet newcomers are extensive, and include criminal background checks both in Canada and abroad, but would not discuss Sharif’s case further given the ongoing police investigation.That Goodale took pains to point out how Sharif entered the country highlights the current tension around Canada’s asylum system. Since the start of the year, upwards of 13,000 people have been arrested crossing illegally in Canada in order to seek asylum.Fears the border crossers aren’t being vetted properly is one of the concerns MPs say they keep hearing. Border officials were pressed extensively at a House of Commons immigration committee hearing last week on the security screening procedures in place.In the early part of the year, the majority of those who entered in Manitoba were Somali nationals.Edmonton police erroneously said Sunday that Sharif was in the process of applying for refugee status, but Goodale’s department quickly clarified that he’d actually been declared a refugee long ago.A spokesman for the minister was asked whether the current situation at the border was the reason the government sought to correct the record.“It’s a complex situation and we need to be precise with the facts so that Canadians can understand it,” Scott Bardsley said in an email.Among the complexities: how Sharif’s immigration status could affect what happens next. Different outcomes can await people with refugee status in Canada and who are later charged with serious crimes, ranging from deportation to a loss of their status as permanent residents.Opposition MP Michelle Rempel asked Goodale whether Sharif would be deported if he were to be found guilty.Goodale said it was too early to say.“Those charges, depending how they are dealt with in the final analysis by the courts, will determine the future prosecution of this case.”The general security of Canada’s immigration system is an ongoing concern for many Canadians.In focus groups held earlier this year by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship department, respondents discussing how many immigrants and refugees Canada ought to let in each year raised security as an issue.“We’re accepting all these people but are we making sure they’re safe to come to Canada? It’s a concern,” one participant told the group.Immigrants to Canada who were part of the focus groups were more likely to raise security as an issue, the report on the focus groups said.“Participants did not necessarily have any proof or examples that security measures were being relaxed or inefficient. They simply want reassurances that compromises are not being made to accommodate an immigration policy that is seeing 300,000 new people entering the country each year, including an important contingent of refugees.”last_img read more

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NS Mikmaq chiefs call for immediate removal of Cornwallis statue

first_imgHALIFAX – The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs is calling for the immediate removal of the statue of Edward Cornwallis from a downtown Halifax park.In a statement Friday, the assembly said that the municipality’s process to review the commemoration of the city’s controversial founder is taking too long.“We have been more than patient to see movement on this,” Chief Bob Gloade of Millbrook First Nation said in the statement. “The Mi’kmaq need to see action now, and that is why we voted for the statue to be immediately removed.”Amid a growing controversy over Cornwallis — a soldier who infamously issued a bounty on the scalps of Mi’kmaqs — Halifax councillors voted last fall to launch a special advisory committee to rethink how the city honours its founder.The assembly said it agreed to work with the municipality, and it submitted names of Mi’kmaq representatives to sit on the committee.However, the assembly said the committee has still not been formed, and the province’s chiefs unanimously agreed during a meeting this week that the process has taken “far too long.”The assembly passed a resolution calling on the city to remove the bronze statue immediately, and deal with all commemorations of Cornwallis.“It’s time that Nova Scotia represents all of our histories,” Chief Deborah Robinson of Acadia First Nation said in the statement. “The story has been one-sided for far too long.”She added: “The Mi’kmaq are the first people of these lands, we have stories that we are proud of and that should be recognized and told. Continuing to celebrate and commemorate only one part of history, and people like Cornwallis, is what we should all want to move away from.”The assembly said it has written to the municipality to call for the statue’s immediate removal.The decision by Halifax council to launch a committee to examine Cornwallis’s commemoration in the city was considered by some to be a historic step toward reconciliation with the Indigenous community.A similar motion, which would have had experts weigh in on the issue, was narrowly defeated in 2016.However, controversy over Cornwallis grew after Rebecca Thomas, Halifax’s poet laureate, went before council last spring with a poem chiding councillors for shutting down debate over how the city commemorates its controversial founder.Then last summer, the debate reached a boiling point when protesters converged on the statue and demanded it be pulled down.The city briefly covered up the bronze figure, and council later agreed to launch the special committee.It was expected to provide council with advice on what to do with a statue of Cornwallis in downtown Halifax, as well as make recommendations for honouring Indigenous history.The committee was to be made up of eight community members, four of which would be based on nominations put forward by the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs.It’s unclear how the city will move forward on the issue, but given the divisive nature of the debate, the city’s response could be contentious regardless of what it decides.For some, Cornwallis is a brave leader who founded Halifax with his entourage of soldiers and settlers trying to survive in a new world.But others see him as the commander of a bloody and barbaric extermination campaign against Mi’kmaq inhabitants, exemplified in the 1749 scalping proclamation.last_img read more

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Abbotsford BC police make easy arrest after suspect helps to capture himself

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – A 38-year-old man suspected of vehicle theft is under arrest in Abbotsford, B.C., but police say he actually captured himself.A tweet from the department says officers responded to calls early Wednesday about a parked van that was “shaking violently.”Police quickly determined the van was stolen.They opened the back doors of the vehicle to find the suspect had locked himself into the rear of the van and had no access to the front because a metal wall separated the cab from the back section of the vehicle.The man was taken into more conventional custody and remains behind bars.Abbotsford police say charges of possession of stolen property are being considered.last_img read more

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Emergency task force calls for safe supply of drugs in Vancouver to

first_imgVancouver’s mayor says he will direct staff to look for sites where drug users can access safe opioids to prevent overdoses as part of a plan recommended by an emergency task force calling for more services for people who are dying alone.Kennedy Stewart says the number of overdose deaths has remained about the same as last year despite the best efforts of front-line workers, first responders and health professionals who seem to be fighting a losing battle.The sites where hydromorphone may be supplied are part of an approved research project involving the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, which had already suggested making the opioid available in vending machines.Dr. Patricia Daly, the chief medical health officer for Vancouver Coastal Health and a member of the task force, says more people are dying alone in the city than elsewhere in the province because of the high number of single-room occupancy hotels and shelters, and they need alarm systems, apps or other ways to get help.Stewart formed the task force last month shortly after taking office.He says the report that also calls for $2.7 million in funding from the province and $770,000 from the federal government will go before city council on Thursday for approval.The B.C. Coroners Service recorded 369 deaths in Vancouver last year and by September this year, 297 people had died.Stewart says he has discussed Vancouver’s overdose crisis with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who seemed to be deeply sympathetic about the issue.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Single tax form in Quebec a nogo for federal Liberals Trudeau says

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal Liberals are throwing more cold water on the idea of amalgamating federal and Quebec provincial tax return forms.Quebec is the only province where Canadians must file two separate tax returns and the Quebec government wants Ottawa to allow the two tax systems to merge — with Quebec administering the process.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has promised to make a single tax form for Quebecers one of his first priorities if he wins the next election and today the party has introduced a motion calling on Parliament to endorse the idea.The Liberals say they will not support it.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it is the federal government’s responsibility to collect federal taxes and Ottawa should not cede that responsibility to a province.The Liberals also note amalgamating the tax forms would put Canada Revenue employees out of work and just yesterday announced plans to build a new tax centre to replace the existing CRA building in Shawinigan, Que.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Quebec government doesnt rule out buying SNCLavalin shares Legault says

first_imgBROMONT, Que. — Quebec Premier Francois Legault says his government isn’t ruling out buying shares in SNC-Lavalin in order to prevent the company from being sold or dismantled.Legault said Friday that all options are currently on the table when it comes to saving the troubled Montreal-based engineering giant and the thousands of jobs it provides.The province’s pension fund manager already has a stake of about 20 per cent in the company, but not enough to form a blocking minority.SNC-Lavalin is currently facing fraud charges stemming from alleged dealings with the Libyan regime under Moammar Gadhafi between 2001 and 2011. A conviction would mean a 10-year ban from bidding on federal contracts, which could cripple the company.Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould quit Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet last month, testifying later that he and his staff inappropriately pressured her to negotiate a remediation agreement that would allow the company to avoid criminal charges by admitting responsibility and paying a fine.Legault told reporters in Bromont, Que., that he has spoken with Trudeau on the need to find a way to save SNC-Lavalin and the jobs it creates.Meanwhile, Quebec’s justice minister said Friday that she’d refused a request to meet the engineering firm last fall to discuss a remediation agreement because she hadn’t believed it would be pertinent.Sonia LeBel did not rule out meeting with the company or the federal government to discuss the matter in the future, but she doesn’t see the need right now. “I don’t know. It will depend. I never rule anything out,” she told reporters in Trois-Rivieres, Que.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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New ballots more places and times to vote in federal election

first_imgWhen you cast your ballot in this fall’s federal election, you’ll now have more places — and time — to do so.Elections Canada announced Tuesday advance polling stations will be open longer, and there will be more locations to vote ahead of election day on October 21.RELATED: Time ticking down for expat voters, chief electoral officer saysThis year, advance voting days are Oct. 11 to Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can find your polling station location when your voter information card comes in the mail.Over 500 Elections Canada offices have been opened across the country #elxn43— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 17, 2019“Voters can also register and vote by special ballot at any of the more than 500 local Elections Canada offices at any time until Tuesday, October 15, whether they are in their electoral district or outside of their district,” says Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer Stephen Perreault.Read about ways to vote here.RELATED: New voting rules for Canadians living abroadNew paper ballots are also being rolled out this year.“A new paper ballot design with larger font and other features to make it easier to read was introduced at by-elections earlier this year, and will be in use for the general election,” Perreault says.He’s also appealing for people to work at the polls. If you’re 16 and older, you can apply at here.– With files from Peter Wagner, CPAClast_img read more

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Exclusive Interview Jeri Ryan Talks Charity

first_imgThe enigmatic Jeri Ryan recently visited Australia for the first time to attend the “First Contact Convention” in Melbourne. Look To The Stars’ Shane Tyler Greaves sat down with Jeri during her Oz trek to discuss her life, her charitable contributions and of course the role that solidified her as part of Sci- fi royalty.With a coffee in hand and smile to boot, Jeri was ready for her first Australian interview and looked genuinely thrilled to be in Australia and happy to discuss her many charity passions.It became clear very early on in the interview that Jeri is a woman who is clearly confident, intelligent and has a strong opinion she is not afraid to express. Jeri, who is ever-present in the forefront of many charitable causes, is always careful to align herself with organizations and causes that resonate on a personal level.“Charity work and giving has always been important to me, my mum was a social worker so I grew up amongst it and it’s always been apart of my life. I definitely try to stick to causes that are close to my heart and that I have a personal connection to – I think that’s really important.”Supporting the high profile NOH8 campaign came naturally to Jeri. NOH8 was formed as a silent protest again Proposition 8 in California which amending the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage across the board. The photographs in the campaign feature people from all walks of life photographed with duct tape over the mouths and NOH8 painted on one check as a symbol of the countless voices being silenced by the proposed amendment.Besides a killer photo, I asked why she was attracted to NOH8 and Jeri speaks of her innate soft spot for all GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender) organizations.“I’ve always had so many gay friends and the fact that Prop 8 was started in California to prevent gay marriages is heartbreaking.” Clearly moved by the discussion and topic, Jeri is clear to define her reasons for supporting the cause as well as various other GLBT organizations.“To begin with, when the divorce rates are so high in heterosexual marriages, to be talking about the sanctity of marriage and excluding an entire group of our population is ludicrous, it’s just ludicrous! These are people who love each other and are in committed relations and have every right to get married”Growing up in the south Jeri understands the traditional attitudes toward general GLTB issues and marriage equality itself, however, despite her strong love for the south and while being a Christian herself, she is clear and unfaltering in her views.“To put it simply, being gay is not a choice that anyone would make! No-one would choose to make their life more difficult knowing what the obstacles are. I am not going to buy into the notion that this is a personal choice or wrong in any way… This is the way that God made people and it’s time for total equality.”When asked what she thinks it is that has made the GLBT audience connect with her on such a massive scale she says with a laugh “it was probably the outfit! Let’s face it, ‘Seven’ was just a little bit fabulous!”Another charity that Jeri is proud to support is GLSEN. GLSEN is the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network which plays a vital role in providing education and support for kids at school who may be affected by bullying. Primarily targeted at GLTB adolescents, the core mission of the organization is about educating and nurturing an understanding for school children whilst facilitating and cultivating the concept of equality and respect, regardless of your sexual preference. A key mission for the organization is to develop safer environments for today’s youth and provide them with support to grow their own identify without fear of repression.“This again goes back to kids. GLSEN is such a great organization, they work closely with schools to create gay and straight student alliances to make the GLTB kids feel safe and let them know that there is a place they can go where they won’t be judged and have people they can talk to. Everyone gets teased on some level, people go through bullying in many different ways and GLSEN help to combat it at it’s core. They provide ‘Safe Space’ kits directly to the children and schools making all those in the school level of our society aware of resources and support”In today’s world where young adults have so many pressures, worrying about being bullied as a result of your sexuality or personal identity is not a concept that Jeri is prepared to stand for: “Kids today are going through so much already, the whole idea of having extra pressure and fear based on their sexuality is devastating, this shouldn’t be happening in a civilized society and that’s why this particular cause is so important to me… as a mother I’m strongly apposed to any kind of bullying – in all forms. Bullying should not be tolerated at all, whether it is at school, work or at home. Developing educational programs for the younger generation is such an important mission and I’m proud to be able support them.”When moving onto Jeri’s impressive professional body of work, we discuss the ever-changing entertainment industry. To have enjoyed a constant career whilst remaining relevant in a notoriously fickle industry is no short order. As a working mum, juggling a career with the role of both wife and mother is also an ongoing challenge but Jeri has found a way to make it work. “I’m now fortunate enough to be able to select roles that suit my lifestyle but it’s definitely something I’m very aware of. Coming off the back of Star Trek which was a really, really tough schedule, I worked all the time. My son is now 17 and my daughter is 4, back then I was working 16 hour days and now its really important for me to take more time out with my family and take roles where I am apart of an ensemble cast and wont have to be in every scene – its definitely a luxury that I’m very thankful for!”There has been one re-occurring theme within many of the roles that Jeri has accepted over the years. They are all positive, powerful role models for young people. As the star of TV’s current hit show ‘Body Of Proof,’ Jeri plays chief medical examiner Dr. Kate Murphy and stars alongside an ensemble cast consisting of 2 female leads. Again, Jeri plays another intelligent, strong and self-assured woman.Accepting these styles of roles are certainly a conscience decision for Jeri, “I’m always conscience of what young people are watching, I want there to be positive role models for girls and boys growing up. Everybody needs to see the whole spectrum of what humanity is and what people are and know that not all people are homogenous and they shouldn’t all be homogenous and they need to know that. They need to know you can’t judge people by the way they look, or the way they dress or the way they talk. Yes, I want to play a strong positive intelligent character, I want my children to see characters with substance and be something that they can look up to.”After working on some of TV’s most popular shows including ‘Body Of Proof,’ ‘Law and order SVU,’ ‘Two and A Half Men,’ and ‘Boston Public’ to name a few Jeri is nostalgic when looking back at the role that immortalized her in Sci Fi history. As ‘Seven of Nine’ in Star Trek Voyager, Jeri played the much-loved Borg who classically re-discovered her humanity throughout the show. “I really enjoyed the dichotomy of Seven, how she looks a certain way and acts completely different. She looks overtly sexual but her personality is nothing like that. It was such a rich character as an actor to play, there was so much growth….she didn’t even start off human!”As for what’s next – Jeri says that for now she is simply enjoying balancing her family, her career and her life. “I feel like I’m in a really great place, I have an amazing family that I adore, I love my work and I feel like I’ve achieved many of my professional goals… for now, I’m having fun. I’m just along for the ride.”For such a caring and genuine person who supports so many charitable organizations with such conviction and pride, the phrase ‘Resistance is futile,’ rings true.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Brooke BurkeCharvet Honored By American Cancer Society

first_imgOn Sunday, July 28, The American Cancer Society hosted its 29th Annual California Spirit Gala at the Pacific Design Center. Guests joined Barbara Lazaroff and Sherry Lansing, co-founders and co-hosts of the gala, in honoring thyroid cancer survivor Brooke Burke-Charvet.The California Spirit Gala is an annual philanthropic food and wine celebration founded in 1984 by chef Wolfgang Puck along with Lazaroff and Lansing as a benefit event for the American Cancer Society. The event features unique fare from premier Los Angeles restaurants, wines from renowned California vintners, live entertainment and spectacular silent and live auctions.Sunday’s gala included guests Heather Locklear, Adrienne Maloof and Project Runway designer Nick Verreos, in addition to honoree Brooke Burke-Charvet and her husband David Charvet. The evening culminated with Verreos presenting the Inspiration Award to Brooke. During her touching acceptance speech, Brooke spoke about her personal fight against the disease while David watched proudly from the audience.To date, the event has raised over $15 million for the American Cancer Society to support their ongoing efforts to finish the fight against cancer.last_img read more

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Martha Stewart Writes To NY Mayor Over Horse Death

first_imgPETA supporter Martha Stewart has sent a letter to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio asking for an independent investigation into the recent mysterious death of a horse in the carriage industry.“Would you ask the Department of Health to investigate and share the results of a necropsy?” wrote Martha. “The investigation needs to be independent, using a veterinarian who isn’t paid by the carriage industry. We need to know the truth about how Tickles was treated and if he received the proper care before and after his injury.”The questionable death occurred at the same stable exposed last year by the Associated Press for switching an old, sick horse’s ID with that of a young horse in order to keep him working.last_img read more

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Sharon And Kelly Osbourne Join Pink Army For Cancer Research UK

first_imgSharon and Kelly Osbourne have joined the Pink Army for Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life.Sharon and Kelly Osbourne Join Pink Army“I’m honoured to be supporting Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life this year,” said Sharon. “As a cancer survivor myself, I know it takes all your strength and the support of your family and friends to overcome this disease. I’m asking every woman – mother, daughter, grandmother, sister and auntie in the UK to step forward and unite to defy cancer. Let’s show cancer that hell hath no fury like a woman in pink.”Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of women-only events raising money for research into all 200 types of cancer. To find out more, click here.last_img read more

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Brands And Celebrities Joining Forces For Good

first_imgSeeing a brand and celebrity team up together to support a charity can make a big impact. Through the philanthropic efforts of your favorite brands, you too can support charitable actions. Consider supporting these following brands that have notable and exciting celebrity partnerships for good causes:Denis Leary & Guinness for the Leary Firefighters FoundationGuinness and Denis Leary have been partners in raising money for the Leary Firefighters Foundation (LFF) for over three years. Guinness has raised more than half a million dollars for the organization, which goes toward providing firefighters nationwide with quality equipment, training, education and technology. The company focuses on giving back to those who are “Made of More,” like their founder and firefighters, who show great courage without asking for recognition. They raise money through the sale of limited edition products, such as special T-shirts and an Extraordinary Irish Beers Variety Pack.And if you need even more of a reason to support Guinness, try out their new Guinness Nitro IPA. Cheers to drinking to help out the community!Jillian Michaels & Kmart for March of DimesKmart has been a supporter of March Of Dimes for 32 years, and in 2015 Jillian Michaels joined Kmart to raise funds. Michaels designed a special shirt exclusively for those participating in a March for Babies walk in their local area.March of Dimes is committed to reducing premature births and researching treatments. As a mother and Kmart ambassador, Michaels is proud to be a part of this project and helping babies get a healthy start. Kmart also accepts in-store and online donations for March of Dimes during its yearly campaign.Kate Moss & Rimmel for Comic ReliefRed Nose Day, held by Comic Relief, may be the most well-known philanthropic event in the world. Dedicated to ending poverty, it is held annually by the British organization.Kate Moss, the icon for all Rimmel London products, has her own lipstick line for the company. For last year’s event, the company released a limited edition lipstick in Red Nose Red, with proceeds going to Red Nose Day. Moss starred in a fun commercial for the lipstick with comedian David Walliams, proving that besides being a supermodel, she is able to laugh at herself to support a good cause. Rimmel even swapped out their classic catchphrase for the updated “Get the Red Nose Look.”Macy’s & Various Celebrities for American Heart AssociationThe American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign has been a popular cause in recent years. It supports women’s heart health and raises awareness by encouraging people to wear red. Macy’s has been a partner for years, and recently sponsored its Red Dress Collection fashion show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Celebrity models included Ciara, Laverne Cox, Star Jones and Zendaya. Each celebrity who partnered with Macy’s for this event modeled a red dress. The models further raised awareness for the cause with testimonials explaining why they Go Red for Women.Being a responsible patron can be as simple as researching common brands you use to assess their corporate responsibility. Put your money with brands who support good causes, and you will make a difference while you shop.last_img read more

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Get Your Hands On Cool Stuff With C​haritybuzz Curates Music​

first_imgCharitybuzz.com is changing the tune of online fundraising with the opening of their latest auction, Charitybuzz Curates: Music.On the heels of this year’s GRAMMY Awards, and as the spring and summer tours and festivals start to heat up, Charitybuzz is proud to announce their first-ever curated music auction.Bidding is now open for the chance to meet Céline Dion at a July show in Paris, or to win some one-on-one time with Cher or George Strait in Vegas, Carrie Underwood at the Grand Ole Opry, Sting —and soundcheck with him—in Europe, or James Taylor at Wrigley Field. Meetings with top music executives such as C. Michael Brae and Ben Vaughn, and limited edition signed guitars by Les Paul, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, BB King, Willie Nelson, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Weir, and more are also on the auction block. Even the chance to be a roadie for a day for Bryan Adams’ US Tour, have a private audition with Founder & CEO of Republic Records Monte Lipman in NYC, or join Journey’s Jonathan Cain at the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductions are up for bid.Featuring exclusive meet & greet opportunities with a Who’s Who of the music industry including artists Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Alice Cooper, Blondie, Duran Duran, George Strait, Bonnie Raitt, Earth, Wind & Fire, Train, Depeche Mode, Peter Frampton, Good Charlotte, Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Lionel Richie, The Beach Boys, Sam Hunt, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews Band, and more. The Charitybuzz Curates: Music auction is live now through March 30, 2017.The specially curated experiences and one-of-a-kind items included in the Charitybuzz Curates: Music auction turn the beat around. Charitybuzz is helping to raise important funds for a wide range of organizations such as WhyHunger, Autism Movement Therapy, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, Musicians on Call, Chris Evert Charities, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, MusiCares, Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, HeadCount, TJ Martell Foundation, Amnesty International, Vetpaw, Youth Vision, The Raining Season, California Fire Foundation, and more.The Charitybuzz Curates: Music auction is the first in a new series of specially curated auctions hosted on Charitybuzz.com that will help charities raise even more money for worthy causes all year long. The full slate includes CB Curates: Music – March 14–30 , CB Curates: Golf – April 18–May 4 , CB Curates: Broadway – May 23–June 13 , CB Curates: Fashion – August 8–24, CB Curates: Hollywood – October 3–19 , and CB Curates: Entrepreneur – November 1–16 .last_img read more

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Bid Now In Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Art For Life Gala Auction

first_imgOn the heels of their annual Art For Life Gala event, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons) has launched an online auction to support their mission of providing disadvantaged urban youth with significant exposure and access to the arts, as well as providing exhibition opportunities to under-represented artists and artists of color.This year’s auction, hosted by partners at Charitybuzz, offers exclusive one-of-a-kind experiences unable to be found elsewhere. Now up for bid are items such as:• Meet Russell Simmons and Experience a 1-Week Internship at All Def Digital • Meet will.i.am with a Tour of His Creative Studio in Hollywood • Meet The Roots with 2 Tickets to “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” • Meet with Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos • Have Lunch with Jason Flom, CEO of Lava Records • Meet Ice-T on the Set of Law & Order: SVU • Meet Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall this August • 7 Night Stay in a Bayview Pool Villa Suite at Soneva Kiri in Thailand • Power Meeting with Daymond John, CEO of FUBU & Shark Tank Judge • 4 Tickets and Meet & Greet with Katy Perry on her “Witness: The Tour”
The full auction can be found at: charitybuzz.com/artforlifeThe 2017 Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Gala “Art For Life: Midnight at the Oasis” was held this past Saturday, July 15 at Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton, N.Y.last_img read more

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ColdFX class action lawsuit over misleading ads thrown out

first_imgAdvertisement But in a written decision released Wednesday, Justice Janice Dillon of the B.C. Supreme Court says Harrison failed to prove there is an identifiable group of people with the same complaint about the company’s advertising who bought Cold-FX.She also ruled that Harrison isn’t the best plaintiff to represent the interests of others in the class-action because he hasn’t established he has a complaint against the defendants.Dillon noted that the plaintiff only said he purchased Cold-FX in 2011, didn’t say what specific product he purchased and was “recruited by his lawyer.”“Harrison had expressed in public that he thought that Cold-FX was a ‘colossal scam’ based on a television documentary; however, there is no evidence that he had any idea about representations in the labelling or marketing of the product, or that he was even concerned or felt harmed by them,” she says in the ruling.Lawyer Alan D’Silva, who represents Valeant and Afexa, said the decision is exceptional because the judge decided not only was there no class of people with a valid complaint, but there wasn’t a single person who had a complaint.“It’s finally disposed of and dismissed and it can no longer be a distraction for the company because it never had any merit in the first place,” he said in an interview.But Harrison’s lawyer, John Green, said there will be an appeal.“He took the product,” he said after the decision was released. “It didn’t work, certainly that’s his allegation and I’ve never seen any research that would support that it would work.”The court only decided on the class-action issue and Harrison’s allegations against Valeant have yet to be tested in court.Green is also the lawyer in a similar lawsuit in Saskatchewan that covers the rest of the country. A separate case was started in B.C. because the province had different class-action legislation.The drug company is defending itself against allegations it misled customers about the natural-health product’s short-term effectiveness in reducing cold and flu symptoms, which its advertising claimed in the past.D’Silva said extensive evidence was filed about the product’s success along with consumer research showing that more than 90 per cent of users are pleased with the product.“A lot of time and money has been wasted on this already. It needs to come to an end,” D’Silva said. Facebook A judge has rejected a Vancouver Island man’s bid to launch a class-action lawsuit against the makers of the cold and flu remedy Cold-FX.Don Harrison launched a claim in 2012 against Valeant Pharmaceuticals and its subsidiary, Afexa Life Sciences, over advertising that said Cold-FX offered immediate relief of cold and flu symptoms if taken over a three-day period at the first sign of illness.He wanted other people who purchased the product to be able to join the lawsuit. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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