VICTORIA – Highlights of British Columbia’s 2018-19 budget presented Tuesday:— Effective Wednesday, a tax on foreign homebuyers increases by $5,000 to $20,000 and expands from Metro Vancouver to include homes in the Victoria-area, the Fraser Valley, the central Okanagan district in the province’s Interior, and the Nanaimo Regional District.— A new speculation tax will be introduced in the fall aimed at foreign and domestic homeowners who don’t pay taxes in B.C., affecting properties in Metro Vancouver, the Victoria area, Fraser Valley, Nanaimo Regional District, Kelowna and West Kelowna.— The property transfer tax on homes with a fair market value of more than $3 million increases to five per cent from three per cent.— More than $6 billion will be spent over the next 10 years to create 114,000 housing units for families, seniors, students and women and children escaping domestic violence.— Medical service plan premiums will be eliminated on Jan. 1, 2020, saving an individual up to $900 a year and families up to $1,800 annually.— Starting Jan. 1, 2019, employers with payrolls of more than $500,000 will pay a new employer health tax, which is forecast to raise $1.9 billion in revenue in 2019-20.— Beginning April 1, funding will be provided to licensed care providers to provide a $350 a month cut in the cost of a child care space.— A new affordable child care benefit will start in September providing up to $1,250 a month per child.— An additional $1 billion will be spent over the next three years to expand access to licensed child care, which the province says is part of its plan to create more than 22,000 new spaces.— Fares will be frozen on BC Ferries’ three major routes and fares will be cut by 15 per cent on small routes.— A forecast surplus of $219 million, with projections for surpluses to continue through the 2020-21 fiscal year.— The government estimates it will spend $53.6 billion in the next fiscal year, up from an updated forecast of $51.8 billion for 2017-18.— Economic growth for 2018 is forecast at 2.3 per cent, down from 3.4 per cent in 2017.
EDMONTON – Edmonton’s annual Pride parade ground to a halt for more than half an hour on Saturday, when demonstrators upset that police officers were allowed to march in the event blocked its route.The demonstrators handed out leaflets calling for the parade’s organizers to uninvite city police, RCMP and military members from marching in future parades.The leaflets also demanded the Edmonton Pride Festival Society “restructure its board and staff hiring practices to have more representation from people of colour and trans folks.”The society, the city’s police and the RCMP announced last month that officers would take part in Saturday’s parade along Whyte Ave., but would wear T-shirts instead of their uniforms.One protester held a sign that said “Racism is a Queer Issue,” but some spectators grew impatient with the demonstration and chanted “We want Pride!”Alexis Hillyard, a spokeswoman for the protesters, says the parade resumed after Pride organizers agreed to their demands.“Yes, people were grumpy that the parade was stopped and I understand that. But the parade got to continue and it was a beautiful parade,” said Hillyard, who was participating in the parade as a marshal and then stopped to be in the protest.“The Pride society listened and accepted and pledged to meet all of the requests, which is a really huge win for everyone because that just means safer participation for all people, not just a certain type of people,” she added.The society said in a statement late Saturday afternoon that it agreed with the demands, and that police and military members would not march in the parade “until the community feels that they have taken the necessary steps for all community members to feel safe with their presence.”The decision to allow police officers to march, but not in uniform, followed meetings between the society, city police and RCMP that were initiated after police vehicles were restricted from participating in the 2017 parade.The society explained at the time that in many communities, police enforcement agencies were seen to make marginalized people feel unsafe.A news release on behalf of the protesters said that people of colour were invited to be parade marshals, but that when those marshals raised concerns about police participation in the parade, their concerns were repeatedly ignored.“The Edmonton Pride Festival Society views people of colour as decorations, to be seen and not heard,” the release stated.The demonstrators included in their demands that “mainstream Pride spaces clearly acknowledge and honour Pride’s history as a demonstration against police oppression,” and that “more well-funded spaces specifically designed for people of colour and trans folks be included in the festival.”The news release says all of the demands were met.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and members of her NDP caucus marched in the parade. The premier posted numerous photos and video from the event on Twitter and Facebook, but did not mention the delay.The Edmonton Pride Festival Society said its board will hold community meetings to decide how to move forward with the demonstrators’ demands, and how to support communities suffering from systemic racism and oppression.
TORONTO – Bystanders leapt into action to rescue a blind man who accidentally fell onto the subway tracks in Toronto, a witness said Friday.Julie Caniglia said in an interview that a man on her eastbound train jumped down to the tracks Thursday afternoon and crossed over to the westbound platform to help the man.“You just don’t know if there’s another train coming. He didn’t even think about it,” said Caniglia, adding the man had “guts.”She said she was inside the stopped subway train at Broadview station when she and other passengers heard cries for help. They got out of the train, she said, and looked across to the westbound platform.“We noticed someone lying on the tracks … he had hurt himself,” she said.A man next her then ran to the end of the platform to shut down the power to the tracks, she said. The Toronto Transit Commission driver told the bystander to be careful, as he could get electrocuted.“The (driver) hit buttons to alert the oncoming train to stop and everything just shut down,” she said. “There was a lot of screaming about getting electrocuted.”Two other men, who arrived on the westbound platform, also jumped down to help the first bystander pull the man back onto the platform, she said. The man who fell looked to be in shock, she added.“Truly I was trembling. I just sort of walked out in a haze,” she said.But Caniglia said she wanted others to know who the good Samaritans were, so she posted a photo she took of them to social media. All three rescuers haven’t been identified.“It was amazing. We all need a bit of positive reinforcement that there’s some great people out there,” she said.Sheri Hebdon was also on the same train as Caniglia, heading eastbound when she heard the cries for help.“People’s first instinct was to run and help. It was clear people jumped down to the tracks, even before the power was off,” she said. “It was quite a dire situation.”Hebdon said it’s nice to see the good in people.“It can take an extreme moment to bring that out,” she said.The incident has left Caniglia, a co-owner of the Rashers sandwich shops in the city, concerned about accidental falls onto the tracks.“I have young kids, what if they accidentally tripped? We’re so vulnerable standing there on the platform,” she said.Hebdon agreed with Caniglia.“This idea of guards on the subway platform, hopefully that helps that along. The subway should be as safe as possible,” Hebdon said. “It’s worth considering.”The call for subway barriers to be installed on platforms has been renewed after a 73-year-old man was allegedly pushed to his death on June 18.At the time, the TTC said it would cost more than $1 billion to install the barriers at every station. The TTC has already commissioned a study on the issue that is set to be completed in 2020.A spokesman said the TTC was aware of Thursday’s incident, but have not identified the rescuers.Kadeem Griffiths said the man was transported to hospital soon after.He added that he recommends riders notify TTC personnel if there is an incident on track level.
TORONTO – A Toronto newspaper photographer said he opted to file a complaint with police about being attacked while covering a protest in order to raise awareness about the dangers of escalating anti-media sentiment.Longtime Toronto Sun staff photographer Stan Behal said what he experienced last weekend — which included being hit on the head — was different from other incidents over his 35-year career, alleging it appeared to be fuelled by animosity toward journalists.The occurrence, coupled with increasing anti-media rhetoric from south of the border, made him feel the need to put the matter before police, he said.“The public is getting the message that you can get away with this, especially when someone as high-profile as the President of the United States says that we’re the ‘enemy of the people,’” Behal said. “That’s scary. That really makes what we do very difficult.”Toronto police said in a news release Thursday they were looking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in an alleged assault on a 63-year-old man in the city’s downtown last Saturday. A police spokeswoman confirmed the victim of the alleged incident was Behal. Police said the suspect is a man in his 20s, with a muscular build and short brown hair. He was wearing a grey T-shirt at the time.Behal said the incident took place while he was covering an anti-hate rally in downtown Toronto on Saturday.A coalition of religious, labour and social justice groups had convened to counteract a planned demonstration by the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam, which is open about its anti-Muslim and white supremacist agenda. That group ultimately did not go through with its rally but those against it gathered nonetheless.Behal said that while many espoused messages of tolerance, a specific contingent made him feel targeted as he accompanied a Toronto Sun columnist and snapped photos of the event.Those individuals, who covered their faces with bandannas, followed, photographed and challenged him as he tried to complete his assignment, he said.Suddenly, a man whose face was not covered lunged at him, Behal said.A video posted on the Sun’s website shows a man rush up to Behal, swat at his head, grab his arm and eventually yank off his cap. Several people, including police, look on as the incident takes place.“I think he meant to do damage,” Behal said. “It looks like he’s just swiping to try and get my hat, but his hand comes down pretty strongly on the top of my head … It was quite painful.”Groups organizing or endorsing the rally criticized what happened, saying it undermined the purpose of the event.United Jewish People’s Order spokeswoman Lia Tarachansky, one of the event organizers, apologized to Behal for his ordeal and said no one should ever feel unsafe at an event denouncing hatred.“We did not go there to be violent, but to unite Toronto against hate groups,” she said.Evan Balgord, executive director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, said hat-grabbing has become a feature of some protests and typically involves people removing the “Make America Great Again” caps that have become prevalent since Donald Trump launched his successful bid for the U.S. presidency.But Balgord said disrupting journalists in the course of their duties crosses the line.“The guy who did this should not have done this,” he said. “You do not lay hands on journalists at demonstrations.”At least one industry group said Behal’s experience raises alarms about the treatment of journalists in society at large.“In an era where epithets like ‘fake news’ are undermining the integrity of journalists around the world, we are seeing real, tangible effects of a concerted effort to establish distrust between the public and the press,” Cole Burston, the president of the News Photographers Association of Canada said in a statement.“The incident with Mr. Behal underscores the growing challenge our colleagues face in simply doing their jobs, and that’s not acceptable.”
HALIFAX – A mugger got the worst of it in downtown Dartmouth when a woman fought back, hitting and kneeing him and forcing him to flee empty-handed.Police say the man was hiding in the bushes as the woman walked on a path off Alderney Drive near the waterfront at about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday.They say he grabbed her and tried to take her purse.Halifax Regional Police say “the suspect fled the scene and did not get anything from the female.”Police described the suspect as white, between 45 and 55, and between five-foot-seven and five-foot-nine.Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
TORONTO – A new survey suggests Canadians of all generations are more likely to honour military veterans by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony this year.A poll commissioned by Historica Canada, the organization behind the popular Heritage Minutes videos, found a 10-per-cent spike in the number of respondents who planned to take part in a ceremony this year compared to 2017.The online poll, conducted by Ipsos, found 39 per cent of those surveyed had firm plans to attend a ceremony on Nov. 11 compared to 29 per cent the year before.The survey found plans were relatively consistent across demographics, with millennial respondents expressing the most consistent enthusiasm for attending Remembrance Day events. It found 41 per cent of 18- to 34-year-olds polled planned to attend, compared to 40 per cent of respondents over 55 and 38 per cent of participants between 35 and 54.Historica CEO Anthony Wilson-Smith called the findings around millennials gratifying, saying the poll results challenge the theory that the generation with the fewest tangible connections to the two World Wars would be most likely to ignore Remembrance Day.“We are now at a point where we have to contemplate that the day will come when there aren’t any more World War Two veterans,” Wilson-Smith said in a telephone interview.“That leaves you to wonder if, when everyone is gone, will people still be able to grasp the significance of war, of sacrifice, of the causes that drove people to war, and the outcomes,” he said.“The answer would appear to be yes.”Wilson-Smith speculated that at least part of the surge in interest in Remembrance Day ceremonies stems from the fact that this year’s events will mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice that brought the First World War to an end after four years of strife.But he said the younger generation’s apparent connection to the day may also come from personal ties to those who served in more recent conflicts, such as the war in Afghanistan in which 158 Canadian soldiers and two civilians were killed.The poll found 95 per cent of those surveyed felt Remembrance Day ceremonies should honour veterans of recent conflicts. It also found 83 per cent of respondents planned to wear a poppy in the run-up to Nov. 11, with baby boomers showing the most enthusiasm for that idea.The online poll of 1,002 Canadians also surveyed how many respondents had visited a cenotaph or other war memorial in their community or elsewhere.Participants in British Columbia were most likely to have done so, the survey found, noting the provincial response rate of 64 per cent was well above the national average of 46 per cent.The Ipsos survey was conducted between Oct. 25 and Oct. 29, Historica said.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.
The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Swallows are evolving smaller, more manoeuvrable wings to help them dodge buildings and vehicles.Some fish are growing mouths that are smaller and harder to hook.Large animals from caribou to tuna are disappearing.Meanwhile, it’s boom time for anything not too fussy about where it lives or what it eats.“It’s a reshaping of the tree of life,” said Sarah Otto, a University of British Columbia researcher, whose paper was published Wednesday by the London-based Proceedings of the Royal Society.Otto, a much-awarded and highly regarded theoretical biologist, says the activities and presence of human beings have become one of the largest drivers of evolutionary change everywhere on the planet.“Human impacts on the world are not just local,” she said. “They are changing the course of evolutionary history for all species on the planet, and that’s a remarkable concept to ponder.”Earth scientists have long discussed the idea of the Anthropocene — a period of Earth’s history defined by geological markers of human impact. Otto, after reviewing dozens of research papers, concludes the planet’s biology is becoming similarly marked as plants and animals respond to human pressure.Her paper is replete with examples from bird species slowly forgetting to migrate to mosquito breeds adapted specifically to underground subway tunnels.Backyard bird feeders are behind changes in the beak shape and strength of house finches. Different mammals are becoming nocturnal as a way to avoid human conflict. Introduced species change the ground rules for native plants and animals.It’s a mistake to think evolution requires millennia, said Otto.“Evolution happens really fast if the selection regimes are strong. We can see sometimes in plant populations evolutionary change in the course of years.”If the changes come too fast for evolution to keep up, there’s always extinction.Rates of species loss are now estimated to be 1,000 times higher than they were before human domination. More than one in five of all plant and animal species are considered at risk.Extinctions have always happened. But Otto said they’re happening at such a pace and in response to such similar pressures that they are reducing the ability of evolution to respond to change.“We’re losing the ability for evolution to bounce back.”Forcing species into a human-formed box reduces variability, leaving evolution less to work with in response to future changes. And wiping species out removes them forever.“If we’re eliminating the large-bodied mammals, even if humans went extinct on the planet, we’re not going to see an immediate return of ecosystems to have the right balance of small, medium and large species,” Otto said. “We’re cutting off options. We’re cutting off options both within species by eliminating variability, and we’re also cutting off options at the tree of life level by cutting off species.” Species that are doing well are generalists — crows, coyotes, dandelions.“The ones that can both tolerate and thrive in human-altered environments,” said Otto. “The pigeons and the rats.”The biggest single human-caused evolutionary pressure, Otto said, is climate change. “The No. 1 thing we have to do is tackle climate change. If we don’t do that, we’re going to lose a lot more species.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on Twitter
Andrew Scheer says he spoke with Ontario’s Conservative premier about the cancellation of a planned French-language university, but did not ask him to reverse the decision. Scheer told reporters at a news conference that he “expressed his concerns” about the cancellation while meeting with Doug Ford at the province’s Progressive Conservative party convention, but says the decision was the premier’s to make. Ford’s government announced the move on Thursday, in its first fiscal update since taking office.Plans for the university were announced in July 2017 by the province’s previous Liberal government.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he was “deeply disappointed” by Ford’s move, while Melanie Joly, the minister of official languages, tweeted that Ford and Scheer should know Francophones “cannot and will not be shortchanged.”Scheer says the Liberals are just trying to politicize something that has nothing to do with him.He says when voters go to the polls in next year’s federal election, they’ll be voting on federal issues, not provincial ones.The Canadian Press
FREDERICTON — The premier of New Brunswick says he believes he can convince Quebec’s skeptical premier of the benefits of reviving the Energy East pipeline project.Higgs, along with a number of premiers and federal politicians, are pressing for a restart of the $16 billion Energy East pipeline project to get oil from Alberta to refineries in Eastern Canada and to an export terminal in Saint John, N.B.The pipeline would have to pass through Quebec, but Premier Francois Legault has signalled he’s not interested.Higgs says he’s hoping to convince Legault that Energy East would benefit all provinces including Quebec when the two men are face-to-face this week at a first ministers’ meeting in Montreal.Alberta is cutting production and buying rail cars in an effort to address slumping prices for its oil.Higgs says he’s worried the level of transfer payments to provinces like his could be at risk if Alberta’s oil revenues aren’t addressed, and he believes a pipeline to move western crude to Eastern Canada and foreign markets could be the solution.TransCanada, the original proponent of the pipeline, has stated it has no plans to revisit the project.Higgs suggests that a holding company be formed to start the application process to the National Energy Board, and that TransCanada or another company could become interested then.The Canadian Press
CHARLOTTETOWN — P.E.I.’s governing Liberals are planning a “special announcement” tonight, amid mounting speculation of a spring election on the Island.The party issued an advisory this afternoon saying the announcement would come during a candidate nomination meeting at a Charlottetown hotel.Premier Wade MacLauchlan doesn’t have to take voters to the polls until Oct. 7 under the province’s fixed-date election provisions, but there have been indications the Liberals want to go early in an effort not to overlap with the federal election this fall.Despite a booming economy, polls suggest the Liberal party is likely facing a rough ride, with the Green party seen as a legitimate contender for power.A Corporate Research Associates poll released this month suggests the Greens had a healthy lead, followed by the Progressive Conservatives, who picked a new leader, Dennis King, in February.The Liberals were in third place, the poll suggests.The Island has only ever been governed by the Liberals or Tories.Green Leader Peter Bevan-Baker became the first party member elected to the legislature in 2015, and he has worked to build the Green brand, mainly by challenging the notion that the party is devoted to nothing more than environmental activism.The party snagged a second seat when Hannah Bell, the 48-year-old head of a businesswomen’s association in Charlottetown, won a 2017 byelection.The Liberals have been in power since 2007, and there are signs MacLauchlan — a longtime academic who began his political career in 2015 as premier — is personally unpopular.The last time a minority government was elected in P.E.I. was 1890.Whenever it comes, the P.E.I. election will also include a binding referendum on electoral reform — asking voters if they wish to stay with the current first-past-the-post system or change to a mixed-member-proportional-representation model.The Canadian Press
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador’s Tory leader has opened his election campaign with an apology to one of the province’s best-known musicians.Ches Crosbie apologized Thursday morning after former Great Big Sea member Sean McCann objected to the Tory campaign’s use of his song, “Victory Song,” at the party’s campaign launch in St. John’s on Wednesday night.McCann said the song is about his successful battle over addiction and the Tories did not ask for or get his permission.He asked them to stop using it.Crosbie said the party had been late contacting McCann for permission, and should have waited for his approval.He called it a mistake, apologized, and said it won’t happen again.“Sean, you’re an inspiration to NLers everywhere. Wasn’t intended to be a ‘campaign song,’ but was played at campaign HQ. It is a great song. No harm intended, keep making amazing music,” Crosbie said on Twitter.Premier Dwight Ball called an election for May 16 on Wednesday evening, in what’s shaping up as a close race between the ruling Liberals and opposition Tories.The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says immigration is a significant reason why Canada’s technology sector has been thriving.The prime minister was the first keynote speaker at a technology conference in Toronto.This is the first time the event, called Collision, is being held in Canada and organizers are calling it North America’s fastest growing technology conference.Trudeau stressed that Canada has become a major source of talent for tech all over the world and that it’s attracting entrepreneurs to start their business in the country.He says immigration as well as the federal government investing in education and research has boosted the economy and allowed Canadian companies and startups to flourish.Trudeau also spoke about the federal government’s recent announcement to create a digital charter that would combat hate speech, misinformation and election interference, saying the framework would focus on Canada working collaboratively with tech companies.The Canadian Press
Music blog, limited edition book, record and scholarship The Noise Beneath The Apple (TNBTA) has announced the launch of a RocketHub campaign to raise funds for their new recording project, celebrating New York City’s street music culture.TNBTA has gathered over 30 of New York City’s best buskers to record Billy Joel’s hit song, “New York State of Mind,” at Grand Street Recording in Brooklyn, New York on May 14th.The recording will be arranged by Best Revenge Records recording artist Keaton Simons, and co-produced with TNBTA’s Editor-In-Chief, Heather Jacks. The track will feature the sounds of Penn Station, Times Square and the L Train — unique vocalists, an accordion, cello, harmonica, banjos, musical saw, and even a washboard. “Think Michael Jackson ‘s ’We Are The World’ meets New York City street musicians,” says Jacks.Proceeds from the RocketHub campaign will cover the multiple-use licensing of the song, the entire recording process including studio rental and staffing, the editing, mixing and mastering of the track, and the production of the finished product, to be determined. After all costs are covered, additional proceeds will go towards TNBTA’s scholarship at Brooklyn College for an arts/journalism student. RocketHub supporters can choose from an array of awards including MP3 downloads, time in the studio on the day of recording, and dinner with the directors in NYC amongst others.The “New York State of Mind” recording project is just one of many successful offshoots to The Noise Beneath The Apple’s initial endeavor, which is a limited edition, hardcover, art-style book celebrating the busking culture and street music scene of New York City. The book is over 200 pages long and includes photos, interviews, and commentary from notable artists such as Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger, as well as an audio component on vinyl. It is the vision of music journalist Heather Jacks . A book release party is currently scheduled for May 16, 2013 at Martin Lawrence Galleries in NYC.“While working on this book, we thought it would be cool to bring all of these street performers together under one roof,” says Jacks. “We wanted to create something truly genuine, authentic and unique, to capture a piece of the busking culture in a way that would be far bigger than any one of us individually.”To learn more about TNBTA’s “New York State of Mind” recording project and/or to support the RocketHub campaign, please visit: Let’s Record New York State of Mind.Source:PR Newswire
Music fans interested in sitting in a VIP suite with Ryan Seacrest at Wango Tango, or getting a signed bass guitar from Motley Crue now have the chance to access these experiences with IfOnly.com!You only have until April 26th to make a bid and support The American Red Cross.Experiences also include the chance to meet or attend sold-out performances with A-list luminaries across the sports, comedy and dance worlds offered exclusively via IfOnly.com.Links to the above experiences are here with more details:· See Shakira, Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Christina Aguilera, and More at Wango Tango- Enjoy this amazing concert in Carson in a VIP suite with Ryan Seacrest, five of your friends and a gang of celebrities. Access the auction here.· Tickets to Motley Crue’s Farewell Performance- Attend this coveted performance in Irvine and experience one of Motley Crue’s final concerts and get signed bass guitar. Access the auction here.· Private Piano & Voice Lessons with A Great Big World. – Join the band known for their hit single “Say Something” and enjoy a private piano and voice lesson in LA with your closest friend. You will get one hour with the band in LA plus a digital piano to take home. Access the auction here.There are many more experiences with your favorite stars – including Justin Timberlake, Shania Twain, Chelsea Handler, Lionel Richie and many more – up for auction. Click here to see more.
The Who hits 50 at Shepherds Bush Empire on November 11 with a special star-studded gig featuring some of the biggest names in music performing Who songs for the Teenage Cancer Trust.The house band for the evening is The Who’s band featuring Simon Townshend, Zak Starkey, Pino Palladino, Billy Nicholls, Frank Simes, Loren Gold and John Coury, and they will be joined onstage by some of the best artists in the world all performing Who classics.Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Liam Gallagher, Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield, Geddy Lee from Rush, The Strypes, Brody Dalle, Tom Odell, Amy Macdonald, Andy Burrows and Rizzle Kicks as well more to be announced soon, have chosen their favourite WHO songs to perform in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.The Who’s Roger Daltrey is a long-standing patron of Teenage Cancer Trust and has been curating the charity’s annual flagship event, Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, for 15 years. In that time the shows have raised over £19 million to help young people with cancer and the charity has grown to include 28 specialist units and 48 expert teenage cancer nurses and youth-support coordinators.Tickets to the gig go on sale on Friday, October 31, here.
Earlier this week, the Clinton Foundation hosted the fourth annual Health Matters Activation Summit.The summit brought together leaders in healthcare, public policy, veterans affairs, business, education, and professional sports to identify and implement strategies for systemic health improvement.The summit, sponsored by Tenet Healthcare Corporation, included panels on health innovation and health and the economy. Summit attendees participated in discussions on topics including universal access to sport and physical activity for youth, behavioral health in primary care, scalable solutions for health communities, and connectivity in healthcare.“Through Health Matters, we are committed to empowering people to change their lives and communities to change their own futures by employing the best available technique – creating partnerships among diverse stakeholders,” said Bill Clinton. “At this year’s Health Matters Activation Summit, we announced strategic partnerships that make lifesaving drugs more available, encourage physical activity for youth, and inspire innovation in the health field.”During the event, actor and comedian Wayne Brady discussed his battle with depression and why it is important that individuals take an active role in addressing their whole body health, particularly men, who are least likely to pursue the course of action or treatment they require.Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders also took part.
Prince Harry was very pleased to host The First Lady of the United States Mrs Michelle Obama for tea at Kensington Palace this morning.Prince Harry And Michelle ObamaCredit/Copyright: www.princehenryofwales.org/They discussed their shared interest in support for veterans and their families. His Royal Highness was also interested to hear from the First Lady about the Let Girls Learn initiative to further adolescent girls’ education around the world, which is the focus of her visit to the United Kingdom.Source:www.princehenryofwales.org
Adrian Paul and The PEACE Fund are pleased to announce the donation of 90 Microsoft Surface Tablets to the Los Angeles Unified School District.A selection of 33 elementary, middle, and high school classrooms are participating in a class project contest where 9 of those classrooms will be awarded 10 tablets each. The chosen classrooms will submit a class project, such as, a short video, picture collage, anything the children and their teachers choose to do – letting their imagination guide them to what will work for each individual class. The topic for the project will be “How Will the Surface Tablets Help Improve our Class” – their project will demonstrate the positive aspects of having access to these tablets on a daily basis.The “New Year, New Opportunities” contest will take place January 11th, 2016 through January 29th, 2016. The public voting for the winners will be open online February 1st – Midnight February 3rd, 2016.This is a wonderful opportunity to get the community involved with the school district and our charity, coming together for a greater good. This is not a “hand-out” from The PEACE Fund, but rather a “hand-up” for the children. It is their sincere hope that we, as a community, will support the children across all grade levels by participation in the public, online voting during the first week of February to determine the classrooms that will be awarded the Microsoft Surface Tablets.Find out more about The PEACE Fund here.
The LA Art Show & the Los Angeles Fine Art Show are pleased to welcome Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman as the 2016 Hosts of the Opening Night Premiere Party benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.The event will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in the heart of downtown. A VIP Patron Reception will begin at 7 p.m., with the public opening beginning at 8 p.m.“We are thankful to Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman for their continued support of our lifesaving work and for hosting this special event,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “St. Jude has made great progress in the fight against pediatric cancer, but it’s a fight that wages on. This annual fundraiser helps St. Jude continue to advance its mission of finding cures and for children fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Thanks to support from events like the LA Art Show & The Los Angeles Fine Art Show, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.“We are thrilled to have St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital return as our benefiting organization,” enthused Kim Martindale, general manager and producer of the LA Art Show. “St. Jude is the leading researcher in pediatric cancer. They freely share their research protocol worldwide, and as a result, more lifesaving treatments are available for children.”The Opening Night Premiere Party will feature exclusive performance art pieces, special installations and a live musical performance.More than 7,000 guests attended the 20th Anniversary LA Art Show in 2015, which was hosted by 5-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo. The evening welcomed several distinguished guests including Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Melanie Griffith, Nixx Sixx, Seth Green, Olivia Holt, Yara Shahidi, Dania Ramirez, Josh Bowman, James Franco, Joanna Cassidy, AFI’s Davey Havok, U.A.E. Consul General Alsabusi, Eli Broad, Councilman Tom LaBonge, and Lubov Azria, among others.In recent years, the LA Art Show has become the most internationally diverse art platform in the Western world, bringing in the largest groupings of Korean, Chinese and Japanese galleries outside of Asia. Beginning in 2010, the Show has actively developed its international gallery offerings to provide collectors with a unique opportunity, to spot international trends and zeitgeist through art, a medium that has the ability to transcend language.The Los Angeles Fine Art Show, a new art fair dedicated to historic & contemporary traditional works will launch in conjunction with the LA Art Show on Jan. 27-31. With a focus on historic and traditional contemporary works, the Los Angeles Fine Art Show provides a dedicated experience for collectors of traditional works, from paintings, to sculpture and works on paper.The LA Art Show and the Los Angeles Fine Art Show take place from Jan. 27-31 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall 1201 South Figueroa Street, 90015. The shows open on Wednesday, Jan. 27 with a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Benefit tickets are: $250 for Patron Level; $200 for Vanguard Level and $125 for Friend Level. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.laartshow.com. General admission to the LA Art Show is $20. Media inquiries please contact Agnes Gomes-Koizumi at email@example.com or call 323-937-5488.
On September 14 Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will introduce Jackson Browne as he receives the Gandhi Peace Award from Promoting Enduring Peace at the Lyman Center for the Performing Arts starting at 7:30 pm.Kennedy, the second son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is an American environmental attorney, author, and activist who serves as president of the board of Waterkeeper Alliance, a non-profit environmental group that he helped found in 1999.Dr. Joseph Bertolino, president of Southern Connecticut State University, will greet the audience, as will Andrew Wolf, New Haven’s Director of Arts, Culture and Tourism. Ben Grosscup and Luci Murphy of the People’s Music Network will begin the evening with musical tributes. Chris George of IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services) and Frida Berrigan, columnist for Waging Peace and daughter of Philip Berrigan, will also speak.Jackson Browne is the first artist to receive the Gandhi Peace Award. He is being honored for extraordinary contributions of time and talent to the inseparable causes of world peace, environmental harmony, and social justice. The Award comes with a cash prize and a medallion forged from peace bronze composed of metals salvaged from the control systems of U.S. nuclear missiles. The Award Ceremony will feature short musical tributes by local performers, an appeal for action on the local and planetary levels, and the presentation of the Award itself. Consistent with tradition, Browne has been invited “to present a message of challenge and hope” to those in attendance.The Gandhi Peace Award, named after Indian anti-imperialist and nonviolence advocate Mohandas Gandhi, derives its international renown from those who have accepted it over the years, beginning with Eleanor Roosevelt in 1960. Among the other 53 awardees are Linus Pauling, Martin Luther King, Jr., Norman Thomas, William Sloane Coffin, Benjamin Spock, Wayne Morse, U Thant, Dorothy Day, Daniel Ellsberg, Kay Camp, César Chávez, Marian Wright Edelman, and George McGovern. Since 2011 the Award has been accepted by Arik Ascherman (Rabbis for Human Rights), Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!), Bill McKibben (350.org), Medea Benjamin (Code Pink), Omar Barghouti (BDS), and Ralph Nader (Public Citizen).Jackson Browne has composed and performed songs widely regarded as among the most literate and moving songs in popular music, defining a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion, and personal politics. Inducted in 2004 into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and in 2007 into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he has three albums counted among Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 greatest albums of all time and Rolling Stone numbered him among the top 40 “greatest songwriters of all time.”Browne has organized or participated in numerous benefit performances to support the environment, social justice, and human rights as well as causes such as music and arts education in public schools and has worked with two former Gandhi Peace Award recipients, Amnesty International (1978) and the Children’s Defense Fund (1990). He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music by Occidental College for “a remarkable musical career that has successfully combined intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of social justice.”Several of his albums, such as Lives in the Balance, World in Motion, Looking East, and Standing in the Breach, directly challenge imperialist foreign policy, environmental short-sightedness, and corporate greed, and question the sustainability of the present civilization. The title track of Lives in the Balance calls out the “shadow on the faces / Of the men who send the guns / Of the wars that are fought in places / Where their business interest runs” in civil wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala.In response to the Three Mile Island nuclear near-catastrophe in 1979, Browne co-founded the groups Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) and in more recent years, Nukefree.org. During the 1980s he was active in the Central America solidarity movement, co-organizing concerts in Nicaragua, Cuba, and elsewhere. Lately he has turned his attention to the seas as a founding member of the advocacy group Ocean Elders.Last December Browne released the moving song “The Dreamer” to shine light on the new deportation threat under the Trump administration for those who have been protected temporarily under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.Reservations for the open-seating event are $10 each (suggested donation).