HALIFAX – Somewhere in Halifax, a large statue honouring British commander Edward Cornwallis — founder of the historic port city — is gathering dust.In a move that made international headlines, city council ordered the statue cut from its downtown pedestal and hauled away this winter amid a heated debate over Cornwallis’s role in a bloody conflict with Nova Scotia’s Indigenous people in the mid-1700s.Local resident Beth Anne MacEachen says the statue should never have been erected in the first place.“He didn’t deserve that type of notoriety,” she says. “To celebrate him is not what we should be doing.”But the source of MacEachen’s disdain for Cornwallis extends beyond his sordid deeds in Canada.Cornwallis, as it turns out, was no friend of Scottish Highlanders, many of whom would later emigrate to Nova Scotia, which is Latin for New Scotland.“I don’t think Nova Scotians realize that what happened with the Mi’kmaq was part of a second wave of Cornwallis’s cruelty … It wasn’t taught in school,” says MacEachen, a descendant of Scottish immigrants and president of The Scots North British Society, based in Halifax.“If they knew about Cornwallis and what he did to their great, great, great grandparents (in Scotland) … then more people would be up in arms about this monument.”Almost a third of Nova Scotia’s residents can trace their roots to Gaelic-speaking settlers from the islands and Highlands of Scotland, according to the provincial government’s Office of Gaelic Affairs. To this day, about 2,000 residents still speak Gaelic, and the language is taught at the Gaelic College in Cape Breton.Still, it’s a safe bet most Nova Scotians have no idea what Cornwallis did before he founded Halifax with a group of settlers and soldiers in June 1749.“He, as a figure, is not someone I would want to celebrate, knowing my history,” says Allan MacMaster, member of the provincial legislature for the Cape Breton riding that shares its name with the Scottish city of Inverness.MacMaster, whose ancestors came from the Highlands to Nova Scotia in the early 1800s, says the British had engaged in the systematic “ethnic cleansing” of Gaelic Highlanders for hundreds of years, and Cornwallis was part of that deadly drive.In 1745, four years before Cornwallis arrived in Halifax, he was dispatched to Scotland to help crush a rebellion led by Roman Catholic Scottish leader Charles Edward Stuart, later known as Bonnie Prince Charlie.And on April 16, 1746 — 272 years ago Monday — British soldiers killed as many as 2,000 Jacobite warriors in a decisive battle at Culloden.But the killing wasn’t over.British troops pushed farther into the Highlands to hunt for fleeing rebels.Cornwallis led 320 soldiers to “pacify” an area of northwestern Scotland. Properties were looted and burned, livestock was driven off, crops were destroyed and some Jacobite families were burned alive in their homes.“They had full permission to plunder, burn and destroy through the western part of the Highlands — the part of Scotland where many of the ancestors of the people of (Nova Scotia’s) Inverness County and Antigonish County and eastern Pictou County come from,” MacMaster says.The details of Cornwallis’s terror campaign are detailed in a journal kept by Michael Hughes, one of his soldiers.“What Cornwallis did (in Nova Scotia) to the Mi’kmaq was no different than the attitude that was shown to the Gaels in Scotland,” says MacMaster, whose grandfather’s first language was Gaelic.While the story of Cornwallis’s grim tour of duty in the Highlands is not well known in Nova Scotia, his ugly legacy remains raw in Scotland.After his statue was removed on Jan. 31 in Halifax, Scotland’s national newspaper, The Scotsman, carried a story that described the lieutenant-general’s harsh treatment of the Mi’kmaq, as well as his previous orders to “plunder, burn and destroy” in western Scotland.John Reid, a history professor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, says Cornwallis’s punitive campaign went on for months.“With the involvement of Cornwallis, among others, there certainly was a great deal of violence after the battle of Culloden,” he says.“The reality is that they were doing more than killing rebels, though the evidence is pretty sparse … But it’s reasonably clear there were some elements of random killing.”However, MacMaster stressed that recalling Cornwallis’s brutal behaviour in Scotland should in no way diminish what he did to the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia.Though the Mi’kmaq had initially greeted Cornwallis with hospitality, he quickly asserted British control over the region and signed a treaty with Maliseet chiefs — leaving the Mi’kmaq as the sole Indigenous group opposed to colonial rule.The Mi’kmaq declared war on the British, attacking military, shipping and trade targets.On Oct. 2, 1749, Cornwallis and his military council approved an infamous proclamation to “take or destroy the savages.” The decree promised a reward of “ten Guineas for every Indian Micmac taken, or killed, to be paid upon producing such savage taken or his scalp.”In recent years, there has been a spirited debate in Nova Scotia over Cornwallis’s legacy, as activists repeatedly staged protests at the foot of the statue to denounce the former governor as a genocidal tyrant.As for his bloody campaigns in Scotland, those gruesome stories are adding a new dimension to the public discussion.Later this month, on April 21, near the rural community of Knoydart, N.S., hundreds of people are expected to gather at a coastal cairn that commemorates those killed at the Battle of Culloden.The cairn, erected in 1938, pays tribute to Angus MacDonald, Hugh MacDonald and John MacPherson, three men who fought for Clan Ranald Regiment and are now buried near the monument.The ceremony has been held every year since 1982.“If you go along the coast in Antigonish County, you’ll see (Scottish) place names like Arisaig, Moidart, Knoydart,” says MacMaster. “Those are the very places where Cornwallis was plundering, burning and murdering.”Despite Cornwallis’s ignominious past, Halifax city council voted last fall to launch a special advisory committee that will provide advice on what to do with Cornwallis commemorations, as well as make recommendations for honouring Indigenous history.“There is no commitment to any course of action on the statue at this point,” Shaune MacKinlay, spokesperson for Halifax Mayor Mike Savage, said last week in an emailed statement. “This will be determined at a later date by council with the benefit of the recommendations from the committee.”MacEachen says if the Cornwallis statue is returned to public view, it should be accompanied by displays that offer historical context.“The statue does have a place in Halifax’s history, but I do not feel that Cornwallis deserves to be commemorated with something like a park,” she says.“We could tell people why he came here and where he had come from, instead of just celebrating the man. I don’t think this man deserves to be celebrated at all.”
HALIFAX – Protesters had a minor scuffle with a member of a Calgary-based group with controversial views on immigration Friday evening during a gathering the group held in a downtown Halifax park after it was refused three indoor venues.The National Citizens Alliance had arranged to meet in Victoria Park, after being told they were no longer allowed to host a town hall at a Royal Canadian Legion in Halifax.Three or four members of the alliance gathered near the park, while more than two dozen protesters loudly chanted their opposition to the group’s views.Reporters watched as several members of the alliance retreated across the street toward the entrance area of the Lord Nelson Hotel, where protesters followed them.One protester argued with an alliance member while another wrestled a sign out of his hands and tore it to pieces.Flanked by police, the two sides engaged in a shouting match before the alliance members walked away to an unknown location.“We definitely showed them that Halifax won’t stand for xenophobia and Islamophobia,” said activist Jessica Dueling after the men left. “We showed them that we stand together as a community today, that we stand with all our neighbours.”The National Citizens Alliance had been set to host its meeting at a legion branch in Halifax’s north end Friday evening, but the event was cancelled by the legion on Thursday.“The original booking was made by an individual for a private function. When RCL Branch 27 learned that the booking was intended as a town hall meeting for the National Citizens Alliance, the booking was cancelled,” Valerie Mitchell-Veinotte, executive director of the Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command, told Global News.The alliance promotes the idea of “integration” of new arrivals into what it calls the “basic cultural norms of Canada,” as well as a belief that political correctness threatens Canada’s identity and culture.The group was recently banned from participating in the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival, whose organizers apologized on Sunday after the NCA walked in its parade.“We apologize to anyone who may have felt unsafe at the Grand Street Parade because of this political party’s attendance and derogatory messaging,” organizers of the week-long festival in Kentville, N.S., said in a statement.Stephen Garvey, leader of the NCA, said on Thursday that he rejects the characterization of the alliance, adding that no one in his party made hateful comments or uttered any hate speech.Garvey added his group doesn’t tolerate racism, and argued that his organization was taking part in the parade just like other political parties were. The NCA is not an officially registered party but has committed to running candidates in the 2019 federal election.“They’re the ones dividing people,” he said. “If we offended people, that’s their problem, not ours. As far as we’re concerned, we probably added some nice spice to the festival.”Garvey said the group wanted to host a town hall at the Halifax legion to clear up the confusion that has plagued it since it made headlines with its role in the apple blossom festival.Among the group’s core tenets is the goal of implementing a “strong no-nonsense immigration policy that puts the well-being and safety of the Canadian people first and implementing a temporary pause and substantial reduction in immigration.”
VANCOUVER – Researchers say an endangered orca’s “tour of grief” is over after she spent nearly three weeks towing her dead calf around the Pacific Ocean.The Center for Whale Research says the killer whale, known as J35, was spotted without her baby while she “vigorously chased a school of salmon” for about a kilometre over the weekend.The centre says J35 appears to be in good health based on telephoto images, in spite of concerns that she may not be able to forage for food while carrying around the carcass.It says there had been reports “from brief sightings by whale-watchers” two days ago of J35 without her calf in the Georgia Strait near Vancouver.The centre says the carcass likely sank to the bottom of the Salish Sea, and researchers may not get a chance to perform a necropsy.J35 was spotted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada while they were searching for another of the 75 southern resident killer whales, labelled an endangered species in both Canada and the United States.Her calf was born and died on July 24, and researchers say she towed it around for more than 1,500 kilometres.
TORONTO – Members of Canada’s Muslim community say recent tensions between Ottawa and Saudi Arabia are affecting some people’s ability to perform what’s seen in the faith as a fundamental religious right.They say many currently embarking on hajj, a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, are anxious about their travel arrangements in light of the simmering spat, which has seen the country’s state airline cancel flights to and from Canada.At least one travel agent also says some would-be pilgrims decided not to follow through on their travel plans after tensions between the two countries flared up unexpectedly earlier this month.The diplomatic dispute began when Canada’s Ministry of Global Affairs sent a tweet calling for Saudi Arabia to “immediately release” two women’s rights activists currently detained in jail.The kingdom reacted by severing diplomatic ties, suspending future trade, recalling students from Canadian schools and cancelling the state airline’s operations in Canada.People in contact with hajj participants say the move involving the airline has complicated return travel plans for many, and add that they are anticipating other post-pilgrimage issues.“We are having a lot of problems,” said Syed Ahmed, Operation Manager at King Travel agency specializing in trips related to hajj and other religious occasions. “Almost we can say 25 per cent of people are asking for a refund.”Ahmed said travellers booked with the Mississauga, Ont., agency frequently flew to the kingdom using Saudia, the state airline that previously operated at least two direct routes departing from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.But Saudia cancelled those routes effective Monday, leaving travellers who used their services to reach the country with questions as to how they can return home.Ahmed said Saudia has offered to cover the costs of transferring tickets to other airlines, but said spaces — already at a premium during the hectic hajj season — are extremely hard to find.But logistical arrangements are only part of the problem, according to Imam Syed Soharwardy, head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada.Hajj, which officially gets under way later this week, looms large in the consciousness of all practising Muslims, Soharwardy said.All followers of Islam with the physical and financial means to make the pilgrimage are expected to do so once in their lifetime, he said. Those who undertake the trip to Mecca seek forgiveness of past sins and hope to draw closer to God.The annual pilgrimage draws people from around the world to Saudi Arabia each year. The crowds, squeezed shoulder to shoulder in prayer five times a day, fill the city of Mecca and surrounding areas to perform a number of physically demanding and intricate rites.Soharwardy said members of congregations spanning from Montreal to Vancouver who are making the trip fear they won’t be in a fit state to deal with the hassles of shifting, uncertain travel arrangements.“Whether the person is a very young man or woman or old man or woman, they get so tired because hajj is not easy,” he said. “Hajj is a very cumbersome, tiring ritual and some people get sick.”Many, he said, also feel anxious about the prospect of travelling on a Canadian passport at a time when open suspicion of Ottawa seems to dominate among Saudi authorities.But Soharwardy said many wary travellers will forge ahead with their plans, saying most have spent years saving up for a once-in-a-lifetime journey or may fear their physical condition could change and leave them unable to go through with the arduous pilgrimage another time.Soharwardy called on the Canadian government to offer support to pilgrims who may encounter difficulties.The Canadian government has maintained talks with Saudi authorities, but has refused to back down on its critical stance against the kingdom’s human rights practices.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently said Ottawa would like to improve its relationship with Saudi Arabia, but will not sacrifice Canada’s position on human rights.
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Next month’s Remembrance Day marks a century since World War I ended, and Maclean’s Magazine has put together an ambitious project to honour each Canadian killed in the fighting.The latest issue has 66,349 different covers — each one with a name and a story, plus one for the Unknown Soldier.Maclean’s Editor-in-Chief Alison Uncles was inspired by the War Museum in Ottawa, moved by a Vimy Ridge display with a wall of lights, each representing a soldier who died.“When you walked closer to the wall, your presence could make the light shine brighter, and that concept just took my breath away. I found it so moving. The idea of the present illuminating the past, and the present interacting in some way with the past,” she said.An online database allows readers to look up the attestation papers of the person whose name is on their cover.“The name that I have is Edgar Charles Drury. He’s the magazine that’s on my desk, and he died April 1, 1916, and he was 26 years old,” Uncles said.“He was born in Wales, he was a farmer, he lists his mother as his next of kin. His mother’s name is Jane, and it’s just so — so personal. Those details are so granular, and moving.”Canadians can also request a special copy be printed, honouring a family member.Uncles said this year, more than ever, it is important to remember and take that moment of silence.“Really take the time to say some names, and understand what a sacrifice it was, and the degree to which that has helped form and shape the Canada that we are honoured to live in today,” she said.“I’ve made that connection with someone who died 100 years ago, and that’s a pretty incredible thing.” Listen to 660’s Audrey Whelan’s full interview with Alison Uncles, Editor-in-Chief of Maclean’s Magazine:Audio Playerhttps://www.660citynews.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/8/2018/10/11/alison-uncles-raw.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
WASHINGTON — Weather in Toronto has thrown a wrench in the foreign-affairs minister’s plans for an international gathering in Washington where world leaders are talking about the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.Chrystia Freeland had been scheduled to attend events throughout the day at the State Department meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, but flight delays kept her away from the morning plenary session, as well as the group photo with leaders from the 79-member coalition.A spokesman for Freeland says she is attending today’s working lunch, as well as this afternoon’s speech by President Donald Trump, before heading to Capitol Hill for a meeting with the chairman of the Senate foreign-relations committee.The U.S.-led coalition is wrestling with Trump’s plan to pull troops out of Syria, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is insisting the administration will not abdicate its leadership role.Trump has suggested he wants to continue to use U.S. resources in Iraq to monitor the situation in Syria, and that American assets can be quickly mobilized if a return to the country is necessary.Pompeo says U.S. tactics may have changed, but the mission to eradicate the group, which is variously also known as ISIL, ISIS and Daesh, has not.The Canadian Press
A self-styled online media personality whose websites frequently air anti-Muslim content has been ordered to pay the owner of a prominent Middle Eastern restaurant chain millions of dollars after publicly accusing him of funding terrorism.Ontario Superior Court Justice Jane Ferguson ordered Kevin J. Johnston to pay a total of $2.5 million in damages for defamation to Mohamad Fakih, the owner and founder of Paramount Fine Foods.Johnston, who operated websites including FreedomReport.ca and recently came in second place in Mississauga’s mayoral race, posted multiple videos attacking Fakih.In the videos, shot in 2017, Johnston made a series of incendiary statements including a claim Fakih was an “economic terrorist” with backing from the Pakistani spy agency.He also alleged restaurant policy barred staff from admitting anyone who wasn’t a “jihadist.”Ferguson says Johnston’s words amounted to hate speech that called for particularly strong condemnation from the court.“In this fractious 21st century — where social media and the internet now allow some of the darkest forces in our society to achieve attention — (issues raised by the case) are numerous and profound, and their impact extends well beyond the borders of this country,” she wrote in her decision released Monday.“Motivated by ignorance and a reckless regard for acceptable norms, the Johnston defendants’ behaviour reflects a contempt for Canada’s judicial process, an abuse of the very freedoms this country affords them and a loathsome example of hate speech at its worst.”Johnston did not respond to a request for reaction to Ferguson’s ruling, and the paralegal who represented him during the defamation suit could not be reached for comment.According to Ferguson’s decision, Johnston and another man shot the video footage on July 20, 2017, while a fundraiser for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was taking place at Paramount’s flagship location in Mississauga.Ferguson said the men repeatedly tried to disrupt the event and made a number of defamatory statements about the restaurant and Fakih, who founded Paramount in 2007 and has seen it expand to roughly 40 locations across Canada.The footage yielded at least eight event videos that contained a number of what Ferguson deemed to be defamatory statements.The videos also featured Paramount’s facade and logo and a photograph of Fakih altered to present him with blood on his hands, Ferguson wrote.When served with notice of the defamation suit, Ferguson contends Johnston doubled down on his claims in a series of new videos in which he described Fakih as a “radical Muslim” who “hates white people.”Tensions escalated in April 2018, she wrote, when Johnston allegedly approached Fakih while he was at a Mississauga shopping mall with his children aged between 13 and four.The resulting encounter, briefly posted to Johnston’s online platforms, left Fakih’s youngest child waking in the middle of the night asking about “the scary man who hates his dad,” Ferguson said in her decision.The other man who appeared in Johnston’s videos and who was originally named in the defamation suit saw the action against him dismissed after he issued an “unqualified apology” for his words and actions.In contrast, Ferguson alleged Johnston repeatedly failed to co-operate with the court process and cast public aspersions on both the case and the judge overseeing it.At one point, her decision said he went so far as to accuse Fakih of launching the suit in league with the woman who ultimately defeated him during Mississauga’s 2018 mayoral race. While the incumbent was re-elected with 76 per cent of the vote, city election results show Johnston took 13.5 per cent of ballots cast and placed second in the contest.Ferguson awarded Fakih damages based on his standing in the community, the seriousness of the defamatory statements, the extent of their publication, the lack of an apology from Johnston and the defendant’s conduct.She accepted Fakih’s contention that both his business interests and personal reputation were impacted by Johnston’s baseless claims.“The serious damage to the plaintiffs’ reputations from the Johnston defendants’ repeated and widely disseminated false statements … may never be able to be undone,” she wrote. “As recognized by the Court of Appeal, given the ‘extraordinary capacity’ of the internet to replicate defamatory statements ‘almost endlessly,’ the truth rarely catches up with a lie.”In a statement, Fakih said Ferguson’s ruling is a triumph over racism and hate speech.“When someone falsely calls you a ‘terrorist’ simply because you are a Muslim, that is Islamophobia,” he said. “This judgment sends a clear message that such Islamophobic comments are wrong and defamatory. I feel vindicated. This decision is an important step towards demonstrating that those who are spewing hate online are going to have to pay.” Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press
Following a rigorous three-month campaign, which saw A-list celebrities, including Paul McCartney and Pamela Anderson, join tens of thousands of people in calling for the release of an elephant from a temple in India, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) UK can confirm that Sunder will soon be freed and on his way to a better life.Thanks to an order just issued by Forest Minister Dr Patangrao Shripatrao Kadam, the 13-year-old elephant, who has been kept chained inside a dark shed at Jyotiba Temple in the Indian district of Maharashtra for seven years, is to be moved from the temple and rehabilitated at a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre near Bangalore.Paul McCartney interrupted his Olympic rehearsals to plead for the elephant, and Pamela Anderson was reduced to tears by Sunder’s plight.Sunder, a prisoner of the temple since 2005, has a hole in his ear caused by an ankus – an iron rod with a hook at the end – in addition to scars all over his body and a severely injured eye that’s probably the result of a beating. Two weeks ago, Sunder became violent and uncontrollable in response to the abuse that he has suffered at the hands of his mahout (or handler) and temple authorities, tearing down a pillar and trying to flee his captors. He was subdued and returned to his life in chains.“The difference between Sunder’s cruel life in chains at the temple and his new journey to freedom, love and care is like night and day”, says PETA UK Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi. “Daily walks and mental stimulation are essential to an elephant’s mental and physical health. Lack of exercise and years spent standing in one position on hard surfaces amid their own waste often lead to painful and crippling foot ailments and arthritis. We are grateful to the Forest Minister for agreeing to liberate Sunder and let him enjoy things that are natural and important to him for the first time in his life.”The abuse of Sunder highlights the growing scandal over the way elephants used in Indian temples to represent the Hindu god Ganesha are being housed and mistreated. Frequently controlled through beatings and prodded and gouged in sensitive areas behind their knees and ears, they often languish without veterinary care and are fed unsuitable food. Many elephants at Indian temples also show signs of severe psychological distress – such as swaying, head-bobbing and weaving – behaviour not found in healthy elephants in their natural habitats.Source:PETA UK
Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge joined more than 70 SportsAid athletes past and present – including several Olympians and Paralympians – at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park last week for her first engagement as the charity’s patron.The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of SportsAid, sits in on a SportsAid Athlete Workshop at the Copper Box, in east London, to see how young athletes are benefiting from help from one of her charities.Credit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgWhile the athletes played CP football, badminton, wheelchair basketball and volleyball, and tried their hand at fencing, the Duchess was introduced by SportsAid’s Chief Executive Tim Lawler to 14-year-old badminton player Callum Hemming from Milton Keynes, 17-year triathlete Eliza Cottington from Teddington, 17-year-old boxer Jenna O’Reilly from Eltham, 17-year-old sprinter Kyle Powell from Heston, 16-year-old wheelchair basketball player Megan Wood from Hythe in Kent, 20-year-old judoka Nekoda Davis from London, 17-year-old fencer Rubin Amsalem from London and 18-year-old volleyball player Toby French from Chelmsford.The Duchess even gave volleyball a go herself, playing several rallies with a group of SportsAid athletes including England men’s volleyball squad member Jordan Dalrymple, who is 20 and from London.After this the athletes learnt about social media and media interview techniques from Fiona Cotterill and James Pearce with swimmer Karen Pickering and wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan, got top nutrition tips from Jenny Tschiesche with rower Steve Williams, and later enjoyed the rare chance to ask diver Leon Taylor, rower Katherine Grainger, swimmer Steve Parry and middle-distance runner Danny Crates what it takes to compete at the top of your sport.As SportsAid’s patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge is helping to shine a light on the achievements and potential of young athletes throughout the UK – an inspiring generation who one day hope to represent the nation at the Olympic or Paralympic Games.SportsAid alumnus Sir Chris Hoy welcomed the patronage by saying, “SportsAid played an important role when I was starting out so I know what a huge boost this will be to the young sportsmen and women the charity helps today. As patron Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will give them the profile they deserve.”Source:SportsAid.org.uk
In celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 and throughout the month, the Avon Foundation for Women is proud to be working with Megan Fox to spread awareness of domestic violence.Megan Fox Wearing BraceletShe is partnering to with Avon to spread awareness for the Empowerment Tennis Bracelet, which will donate 100% of the net profit from the bracelet to the Avon Foundation Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative to fund programs to end violence against women.The Avon Foundation is also hosting a series of events throughout the entire month to celebrate women’s empowerment worldwide.“The Avon Empowerment Tennis Bracelet is a simple way to raise funds to help break the cycle of violence against women. In honor of International Women’s Day, I urge you to join me in making a difference by purchasing, wearing or giving the Empowerment Bracelet to help women everywhere live a life free from violence,” said Megan.The bracelet costs only $5, and is available here.
A native of Sarepta, Louisiana, Trace Adkins is coming home to headline a concert at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 5 during “Muddin’ for the Military” at Muddy Bottoms ATV & Recreation Park.Muddin’ for the Military is presented by SuperATV. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. on July 3 and the park remains open through Sunday, July 6 for the muddiest July 4th weekend event in the country.“This is my hometown,” said Trace Adkins. “It’ll be nice to come back home and see something that’s not only great for the area and the folks who live there, but also puts Sarepta on the map because it’s the biggest, baddest mud park in the country.”Muddy Bottoms and H.O.P.E. Outdoor Adventures have teamed up to host the 3rd Annual Muddin’ for the Military. Proceeds from the event will support Lone Star Warrior Outdoor, which provides all-expenses-paid hunting or fishing trips for wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.“I can’t think of a more fun way to support and celebrate our country’s war veterans than what we’re doing at Muddy Bottoms, the nation’s premier ATV park, over 4th of July weekend,” said Harold Hunt, Owner of SuperATV. “We’ll have a great time doing our duty to raise funds that will be used to reward our troops for the sacrifices they’ve made.”“In addition to the Trace Adkins concert on Saturday, events will be happening all weekend at the park that are sure to create lasting memories for the mud riders who turn out,” said Jeff Drost, Park Manager of Muddy Bottoms. “There will be a huge fireworks show on July 4th at 9:00 p.m., live and silent auctions with proceeds benefiting Lone Star Warrior Outdoor, as well as races with some of the fastest ATVs and SXSs around as part of the Xtreme Mud Racing Series. It will be an action-packed weekend, supporting a great cause.”Tickets for Muddin’ for the Military are on-sale now for $55 a person at www.muddybottomsatv.com; admission is $60 at the gate. In addition to the concert, the entrance fee is good for the entire weekend of mud riding fun.From live music at the giant outdoor amphitheatre and ATV races, to a wide array of mud bogs and miles of trails that are sure to challenge riders of every skill level, Muddy Bottoms is an ATV-rider’s paradise. To stay up to date on everything happening at Muddy Bottoms, like them on Facebook at www.FB.com/muddybottomsatv.
Jack Johnson recently signed the One Ocean, One Island Earth Pledge in support of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage.Founded on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, the Polynesian Voyaging Society seeks to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging through experiential educational programs. Covering 47,000 nautical miles, 85 ports, and 26 countries, the current Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage will highlight diverse cultural and natural treasures and the importance of working together to protect them.Jack along with Nainoa Thompson visited Mālama Honua Charter School this month to share the message of caring for our oceans and Island Earth.You can join the movement, at www.hokulea.com.Source:JackJohnsonMusic.com
Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan, actor/singer Ioan Gruffudd, and Zachary Levi come together at Carnegie Hall on Friday, December 4th to perform at Tim Janis The American Christmas Carol.The American Christmas Carol benefit concert for Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation and The Sarah McLachlan School of MusicThe benefit concert is put together by Music of Hope for Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation, which celebrates and fosters awareness of those living with autism and The Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which provides top-quality, no-cost music instruction in a safe and nurturing environment for at-risk and underserved children and youth.Additional guest performers include Dove Award-winner Cindy Cruse Ratcliff, The Montclair State University Symphony Orchestra, The American Boychoir, and conductors Julien Benichou and Matt Vanzini.Tickets for Tim Janis, The American Christmas Carol will be available via CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800 and at www.carnegiehall.org starting October 16th at 11am. A special 20% fan appreciation discount code will be offered Oct 16 @ 11am, expiring Oct 19 @ 11:59pm. Code: JAN22780Get your tickets here.
On Monday, February 29, 2016, experience An Evening With Neil Young when Fathom Events, Warner Bros. Records and AARP present a special, one-night screening of the critically-acclaimed post-apocalyptic musical comedy, “Human Highway,” along with the Neil Young’s concert feature, “Rust Never Sleeps,” in select movie theaters nationwide live at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT / 6 p.m. MT and tape-delayed to 7:30 p.m. PT, HI and AK.The special cinematic event also features an exclusive live Q&A with Cameron Crowe interviewing Young and his eclectic cast, which includes Gerald V. Casale of Devo, Russ Tamblyn and Charlotte Stewart.Audiences will first enjoy “Human Highway,” Young’s 1982 comedy starring Tamblyn, Stewart, Dean Stockwell, Dennis Hopper and Devo, in an all new digital restoration. Then, “Rust Never Sleeps,” the full-length feature about Young’s 1978 concert tour, will give cinema audiences a spectacular set list full of Young’s most popular songs, showcasing classic hits such as “I Am a Child,” featuring Crazy Horse, “Cinnamon Girl,” “Like a Hurricane” and both the acoustic and electric versions of his landmark song “Hey Hey, My My.”Tickets for “An Evening With Neil Young” can be purchased online beginning Friday, January 15, by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network.With multiple GRAMMYs, Juno Awards and many other notable accolades earned during his illustrious career, Neil Young is one of the most influential musicians of the generation. The New York Times described “Rust Never Sleeps” as offering “some of [Young’s] strongest songs, both new and old, in performances as fine or finer than those on his recent, partly live record album of the same title,” and said “the intensity of the singing and playing of Crazy Horse, Mr. Young’s longtime partners for electric-rock projects, is as moving as rock can offer.”John Rubey, Fathom Events CEO, said, “We are proud to present ‘An Evening With Neil Young’ to fans across the nation. Music lovers will get a unique opportunity to experience over three-and-a-half hours of landmark rock n’ roll entertainment from one of music’s most beloved singer-songwriters.”“Neil Young is a singular talent and an icon of American popular music, and we are proud and honored to support this event, knowing full well how much our members will enjoy it,” said Robert Love, editor in chief of AARP The Magazine. “I have many fond memories of seeing Neil and Crazy Horse at the Fillmore East in New York City, solo at Carnegie Hall, and have followed his career since Buffalo Springfield.”
The Blue Card, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding Holocaust survivors, will host its annual benefit gala on Monday, November 21, 2016, at Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. The event will be hosted by Tony Nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe Award-Winning Actor Tony Shalhoub.This year’s benefit will feature a cocktail reception, seated dinner and performances by Broadway and film stars Linda Lavin, Lainie Kazan and Raul Esparza. It will also feature a special performance from the cast of the upcoming Broadway play “Indecent” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel.The evening will include the presentation of awards to individuals dedicated to supporting the needs of Holocaust survivors and advancing human rights worldwide. This year, The Richard C. Holbrooke Award for Social Justice will be given to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. The Blue Card will also present the Irene Hizme Tikkun Olam Award to Brooke Goldstein, Human Rights Lawyer and Founder of the Lawfare Project.Additional honorees include: New York City Council; Leo Rechter, Founder and President of The National Association of Jewish Child Holocaust Survivors (NAHOS), who will receive the Max L. Heine Humanitarian Award; and Broadway, film and television actor Mimi Lieber, The Blue Card President Emeritus.“The Blue Card is proud to recognize Senator Schumer, Brooke Goldstein, the New York City Council, Mimi Lieber and Leo Rechter, for their dedication to raising awareness of the current plight of Holocaust survivors in the United States who are so critically in need of financial assistance,” said Masha Pearl, Executive Director of The Blue Card. “For those individuals that survived the atrocities of the Holocaust, many are struggling to make ends meet in the face of a growing number of medical issues, the rising cost of living and challenges navigating the health systems. The mission of The Blue Card, to help survivors live their remaining years in dignity, is incredibly time-sensitive as at least 50 percent of Holocaust survivors alive today will pass away within the next 10 to 20 years. We greatly appreciate the work of this year’s honorees, and are looking to the larger community to help spread awareness about those still in need.”The cocktail hour will begin at 6:00pm and the dinner will begin at 6:30pm. Individual tickets start at $400 and tables at $4,000. Tickets can be purchased by calling Milana Baazov at The Blue Card at (212) 239-2251 or by visiting: www.bluecardfund.org.The Blue Card’s 2015 Annual Benefit Gala honored Nobel Peace Prize laureate, human rights activist and Holocaust survivor the late Elie Wiesel, and was presented by Academy Award winner Michael Douglas and author and journalist Kati Marton. Past event attendees and honorees have included Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow, Ambassador Emeritus Thomas Pickering, philanthropists Zach Lonstein and Shoshanna Lonstein, former New York City mayor Ed Koch, musician Regina Spektor, journalist Jonathan Alter, and actors Danny Aiello, Cynthia Nixon and David Hyde Pierce.
Comic Relief, the nonprofit behind Red Nose Day, has announced that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match up to $1 million in donations to Red Nose Day’s US campaign through Facebook’s range of charitable giving products.The joint effort enables people across the country to double the impact of their donation to Red Nose Day in the US, which supports programs that keep children safe, healthy and educated here in the United States and abroad.Red Nose Day is all about coming together to have fun and make a difference for children in need. Red Nose Day supporters can take advantage of the match in a number of ways using new and existing Facebook products:• Set up a Facebook fundraiser for Red Nose Day USA and encourage friends to donate. • Use #RedNoseDay or #NosesOn in posts to prompt the option to add a donate button (text posts only). • Go live on Facebook from a smartphone and add a donate button for Red Nose Day. • Donate directly to the campaign from the Red Nose Day USA page. • Support friends’ Facebook fundraising efforts for Red Nose Day USA by making a donation.People on Facebook can make it more fun by doing a challenge or activity if their fundraising goal is met, or challenging their friends and family to do the same.Facebook users launch their own personal fundraisers here, or make a donation at facebook.com/rednosedayusa.Richard Curtis, founder of Red Nose Day, said, “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been a completely key partner of Red Nose Day and it’s so wonderful to have their continued involvement this year. With the Foundation’s match and Facebook’s innovative fundraising tools, it’s now easier than ever for people across the country to get involved and help raise money that will truly save and change children’s lives.”Rob Rosen, Director of Philanthropic Partnerships at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said, “Donating money should be meaningful and fun. Red Nose Day is both. We’re excited to partner with Comic Relief and Facebook to reach as many people as possible to inspire them to join us in ending child poverty.”Janet Scardino, CEO of Comic Relief, said, “Facebook’s latest donation and fundraising tools are the ultimate way to let our fans be our fundraisers. We see Red Noses all across social, and now Facebook has made it easy to turn that into a new and personal way to give.”The 2017 Red Nose Day campaign runs from now through Red Nose Day (Thursday, May 25) and everyone can get involved. Buy and wear a Red Nose, available exclusively at Walgreens and Duane Reade stores nationwide, take on a fundraising challenge and share personal stories of involvement on social media to encourage others to make a difference for children in need using #RedNoseDay and #NosesOn.On Thursday May 25, tune into NBC for a special night of Red Nose Day programming in support of the charity featuring: “Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day” (8 p.m. ET); “Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day” (9 p.m. ET), featuring Julia Roberts in Kenya; and the third annual “Red Nose Day Special” (10 p.m. ET). The three-hour primetime block will both entertain viewers and give them an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children in need here at home and around the world.Follow Red Nose Day on social media @RedNoseDayUSA.
Chris Cornell’s family has released a new PSA video vowing to continue raising awareness for the human rights causes their father was dedicated to set to the backdrop of his current Best Rock Performance GRAMMY-nominated song, “The Promise.”Video: Chris Cornell Vows to ‘Keep the Promise’As part of his long career as a songwriter and performer, Cornell wrote and recorded the title song for “The Promise” (2017), the first feature film to highlight the story of the Armenian genocide. All proceeds from the film have gone toward human rights causes, including creation of the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law. Cornell donated all of his proceeds from the song to the International Rescue Committee.The PSA video follows the announcement of the creation of an endowed fund of more than $1 million to support student scholarships at UCLA School of Law. The Chris Cornell Scholarship honors Cornell’s commitment to justice, human rights and advocacy for those in need.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: WHAT WERE THE GREATEST CHALLENGES YOU FACED DURING THE FILM?Directing and starring was hard. To be in a scene and simultaneously have to act and then also try and judge if everything else was working, like the camera etc was a challenge for sure. I also felt the scenes that were more sexual in nature were a challenge because it was hard to feel I was being taken seriously in a blonde wig and pasties.WHAT APPEAL DO YOU THINK YOUR FILM WILL HAVE FOR AUDIENCESI hope that young women see a version of their complicated identity in my character. I hope people think about how we live in two realities now, who we present ourselves to be online and who we really are and how both personas can be quite valuable and nuanced. Also, the costume designer Avery Plewes did an amazing job so I think it’s a fun movie visually as well.WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CREATOR?I was tired of just being an actress. I felt I had a lot more to say. I wanted some control over my life. Honestly, I think it just fits my personality. I like having creative control. I think it was a natural progression.WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NEXT?I have three television series in development that I have created. I am working on my first feature film that I will write and direct. I plan to make another short in the new year. I have four films coming out this year that I acted in and I am doing post on a webseries that Megan Park and I wrote, directed and created called We’re Adults Now.WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING FILMMAKERS?Never give up. If you can do anything else that would make you happy, do that because this industry is only worth it if it’s the only thing that will make you happy. Have a sense of humour. Don’t be afraid to ask people who are smarter and more talented than you for help.WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 FAVOURITE FILMS OF ALL TIME?Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Manhattan and Ed Wood.IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE YOUR FILM IN THREE WORDS … WHAT WOULD THEY BE?Provocative, Identity and Pink.IF YOU COULD RESHOOT ANY FILM MADE IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND HOW WOULD YOU CHANGE IT?I would reshoot Notting Hill and make it a very dark, gritty, naturalistic comedy about an actress who’s have a psychotic break and the depressed British man who tries to save her.WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS? (AND WHY)My mother is my mentor. She has helped me so much with all my projects and her faith in me is unwavering. Aside from being an amazing filmmaker she’s just a very inspiring woman. She was the third woman in the world hired by United Press as a photojournalist! Every photo of Terry Fox she took! She’s a queen!WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL SHOWTIME:DECEMBER 1, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTREGET YOUR TICKETS AT: https://whistlerfilmfestival.com/film/lolzita/SYNOPSIS: Angelina, a naive but social media-savvy young woman, navigates her boring suburban reality while maintaining a provocative and powerful fantasy life as an Instagram celebrity. A poignant exploration of how an online façade can hide a hidden vulnerability.CAST AND CREDITS:Executive Producer: Gail Harvey, Jennifer JonasProducers: Lauren Collins, Katie BolandCast: Sarah Gadon, Katie Boland, Jesse CamachoCinematographer: Jordan KenningtonEditing: Diane BrunjesScreenplay: Katie Boland Katie Boland Katie Boland Katie Boland Sarah Gadon Sarah Gadon Lolz-ita Katie Boland Don McKellar Lolz-ita James Kall Katie Boland and Jesse Camacho GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL TODAY DIRECTOR’S BIO: Katie Boland is an award-winning actress, writer and director. She has appeared in over seventy films and currently has three television series she created in development. She splits her time between Los Angeles and Toronto. Lolzita is her directorial debut.WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR FILM?I was inspired by young, very creative women online (instagram and tumblr) who used themselves and their bodies as their brand. I was curious about this kind of feminism where to be sexualized on your own terms seemed empowering, but I also would see the comments under the pictures and realized these young women were also victims of their sexuality. My character in Lolz-Ita is conflicted: she’s empowered by her sexuality online while not being particularly empowered in real life. Advertisement Facebook Twitter
APTN National NewsJenna Talackova has become a worldwide sensation following her battle with the Miss Universe Organization over her ability to compete in the Miss Universe pageants.But her heritage isn’t discussed as often.Talackova’s roots are in the Lake Babine Nation, in northern BC. Relatives say she returns often to potlatch, and credits her uncle for teaching her the importance of her native heritage.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has the details.
APTN National NewsVideo of Brian Sinclair’s last hours of life was released this week at the inquiry probing the circumstances of his death in Winnipeg.But the video is incomplete. Five minutes of footage is missing.Sinclair died in 2008 in a hospital waiting room after no one checked on him for 34 hours.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has the story.