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Mom of toddler found dead near Edmonton church attacked on social media

first_imgEDMONTON – Members of an indigenous community in central Alberta are angry that strangers are using social media to attack the mother of a toddler who was found dead near a church last month.The body of 19-month-old Anthony Raine was discovered April 21 outside the Good Shepherd Anglican Church in Edmonton. Police have said the boy had bruises all over his body and died from a severe blow to his head.His father, Joey Crier, 26, and Crier’s girlfriend, Tasha Mack, 25, face charges of second-degree murder, criminal negligence causing death, failing to provide the necessities of life and assault.Some people on Facebook discussion groups have blamed the boy’s biological mother, Dalyce Raine, and her family for his death.“His mother had no clue or concern as to how her baby was living,” reads one post. “A child who had no voice was murdered because not one person in his family reported what they knew.”Another post suggests the toddler probably had fetal alcohol syndrome and should have been put up for adoption.Yet another accuses the family of misusing money raised in a GoFundMe campaign for the child’s funeral.“They are sick people taking advantage of people’s generosity,” reads the post. “I see a trip to Vegas in their future.”Luci Johnson, a community worker with the Samson Cree First Nation, said the messages are full of hate and are putting pressure on a family that is still mourning Anthony’s death, she said.“They are blaming the mother, saying it is her fault,” Johnson said.“It is ugly. She just lost her little guy. All these people across the world judging her. They never even gave her time to grieve.”Johnson said she would like to file a hate crime complaint with RCMP, but there is little the Mounties can do because it’s difficult to confirm who posts messages on Facebook.A friend of the boy’s family said Raine has also been harassed by strangers in nearby towns who recognize her as Anthony’s mother from pictures posted on social media.The friend said Raine is afraid to take trips from her home in the Maskwacis area to buy groceries.“They are blaming her for the death of her son,” said the woman, who declined to be named for fear she, too, would be attacked on social media.“She didn’t have anything to do with it. She can’t go to town. She can’t even go without people saying things to her.”Friends of the boy’s mother were in court Monday when the accused couple made a brief appearance on closed-circuit TV.Crier is to appear in court again on June 5, while Mack’s case has been put over to May 29.last_img read more

Nova Scotia town grapples with deer problem considers contraceptives cull

first_imgTRURO, N.S. – If you drive through the central Nova Scotia town of Truro, chances are you will encounter a deer or two — or maybe three or even more.The town’s deer population has multiplied noticeably in recent years and officials are considering options including contraceptives and a cull in a bid to control the growing urban herd.The deer have become common sights on downtown streets and in people’s gardens, to the point where a public information session is to be held Tuesday night at the local fire hall as part of consultations aimed at producing a long-term strategy.“One of the basic questions we are asking is … do you think deer are a problem in town?” Truro’s chief administrator, Mike Dolter, said in a telephone interview Monday.“I think in some cases we are going to get a split on that. Some people see them as an issue and other people see them as just a nice part about being in town — that they are actually here in an urban setting.”Deer have even been spotted outside meetings held to discuss the deer problem, he said.One scampered across the parking lot during a meeting to organize the information session, he said, while others were spotted outside a recent town council meeting discussing, again, deer.“There were six deer on the lawn by the United Church right beside town hall,” he said.Dolter said options under consideration include stronger enforcement of the current no-feeding bylaws, a contraception program to reduce the deer population over several years, or even a potential cull.Dolter said although other Canadian communities have used culls, Truro officials see it as an “extreme last resort measure.”He said the idea of contraception might be “more palatable” to people and the town is in talks with the provincial Natural Resources Department.Dolter said one idea advanced by a retired U.P.E.I. veterinary professor involves using dart-borne contraceptives that can be fired with an air rifle.In the meantime, Dolter said one big problem is that some people are feeding the deer, and stronger public education is needed. The town fined a local woman $233.95 for feeding deer in her backyard in 2015.“It’s not good for the deer and it’s not good for the community,” Dolter said of such feeding.Truro is home to a large urban park that draws the deer because it touches on their rural habitat, he said.“If they stayed in the park we’d all be very happy, but obviously they migrate out because they are looking for food … and they stay in town.”Dolter said it’s hoped a strategy can be put in place by sometime this fall.— By Keith Doucette in Halifaxlast_img read more

NS could see some rough surf gusty winds as tropical storm Jose

first_imgHALIFAX – A weakening post-tropical storm Jose could bring some gusty winds and rough surf to Nova Scotia as it chugs west.The Canadian Hurricane Centre says the system is forecast to drift slowly offshore, well southwest of the province, before making a turn southeastward Saturday.The centre says the storm has maximum sustained winds of 85 k/h and will take a couple of days to dissipate completely.Winds could gust up to 50 km/h over coastal areas around Yarmouth and Shelburne counties, but will quickly diminish.Rough surf along the Atlantic coast is also expected to subside, with swells up to two metres on the coasts of Shelburne and Queens counties.The centre says people should be careful along the coast due to the risk of dangerous rip currents.The hurricane centre is keeping its eye on another storm as well.The eye of Category 3 hurricane Maria was near the Turks and Caicos islands and expected to pass east of the Bahamas over the weekend.“If the current forecast guidance (for Maria) holds true through the weekend, the Canadian Hurricane Centre will likely begin to issue messages as early as Monday,” the centre said in an alert Friday.last_img read more

First visit to Saskatchewan Gov Gen Payette calls her job a great

first_imgREGINA – Julie Payette is making her first official visit to Saskatchewan more than a year after taking office and says being Canada’s Governor General is a great privilege.There have been questions about Payette’s work ethic and she has faced criticism recently for how she has approached her role as the Queen’s representative.But, when asked about the barbs in Regina, she invited her critics to spend a few days in her office and see what it is like.The Governor General arrived at the provincial legislature to a 21-gun salute and shook hands with Premier Scott Moe.On Friday, she is to tour a Canadian Forces Base in Moose Jaw, the same base where the former astronaut obtained her military pilot captaincy on a Snowbird jet in the 1990s.Payette says she specifically chose to come to Saskatchewan in mid-October to see the final air show of the season.On Saturday, Payette is to walk through the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Exhibit before watching the junior hockey team in action.Sixteen members of the Broncos died and 13 were injured in April when the team’s bus and a tractor-trailer collided at a rural intersection.Payette’s office says she will make her first visit to Manitoba at the end of November, but not before she makes a state visit to Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Nigeria at the end of October.She has yet to go to Yukon.“We have to do the entire country (and) it’s a big country,” Payette said.— Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitterlast_img read more

Incumbent BC mayor wins election decided by pulling a name out of

first_imgPEACHLAND, B.C. – The winner of the mayor’s race in Peachland, B.C., has been decided by a pulling a name from a box because the top two candidates remained tied after a judicial recount on Monday.Provincial court Judge Ellen Burdett oversaw the manual count of the vote, which was tied at 804 votes each for incumbent Cindy Fortin and challenger Harry Gough.In keeping with Peachland’s election procedures, Burdett drew a name out of the box and declared that Fortin was selected for a four-year term.The race in the small community drew attention because of how the tie was settled in a process similar to drawing a name from a hat.It’s not the first time a political race was decided by chance.In 2015, Liberal Alan McIsaac won a seat in the P.E.I. legislature after a tie was broken by a coin tosslast_img read more

Canadian handed death sentence in China

first_imgBEIJING – A Chinese court has sentenced Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to death for drug smuggling.Schellenberg was originally convicted in 2016 and sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of being an accessory to drug smuggling.Last month, an appeals court agreed with prosecutors who said Schellenberg was punished too leniently, saying evidence suggested it was possible he played a more important role.This case comes amidst rising tensions between Canada and China that started with the arrest of the CFO of Huawei last year in Vancouver.Two Canadians have been detained since the arrest. Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are both still in Chinese custody.“It is of extreme concern to us as a government, as it should be to all our international friends and allies, that China has chosen to begin to arbitrarily apply the death penalty in cases as in this case facing a Canadian,” Justin Trudeau told reporters on Monday.On death penalty for Canadian China, Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau expresses deep concern. #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) January 14, 2019last_img read more

Crown argues Toronto Eaton Centre shooter knew what he was doing

first_imgTORONTO — A man who killed two people and injured several others when he opened fire at Toronto’s Eaton Centre may have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, but prosecutors said Monday that doesn’t mean he had no control over his actions.Crown lawyers said the psychiatric experts who assessed Christopher Husbands agreed he had PTSD but were split on whether he could have been in a dissociative state when he fired 14 bullets in the downtown mall’s crowded food court on June 2, 2012.In his closing submissions, Crown lawyer John Cisorio said one of the doctors noted that the act of aiming and firing a gun is more complex than what you would expect from someone experiencing dissociation.Cisorio showed jurors stills from security video that shows Husbands holding a gun with his arms shoulder height, then at a 45-degree angle, then again higher up.“This was not someone blindly shooting. This was someone who was purposely aiming … He knew exactly what he was doing,” the lawyer told jurors.After the shooting, Husbands ran from the food court and left the mall, Cisorio said.“He was aware and conscious of the fact that he did what he did and he had to get away,” he said.Defence lawyers told the court Friday that Husbands was in a dissociative state as a result of his PTSD, which was triggered by an encounter with some of the men who had brutally beaten and stabbed him months earlier. They have argued that he should be found not criminally responsible.Husbands has testified he felt his arms come up and twitch, heard a loud bang and everything went dark.He has pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, five counts of aggravated assault, one count each of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and reckless discharge of a firearm.Two men were killed in the shooting and six others — including a 13-year-old boy who was shot in the head and survived, and a pregnant woman who was trampled by fleeing shoppers — were injured.Prosecutors have said Ahmed Hassan, 24, died on the floor of the food court while Nixon Nirmalendran, 22, died in hospital nine days later due to complications from a bullet wound.Court heard Nirmalendran was one of the men who ambushed Husbands and stabbed him more than 20 times in February 2012.The Crown has argued Husbands sought revenge against his attackers and carried out the shooting as a form of “street justice.”“He wanted Nixon to feel the same pain…and he was going to make sure Nixon was dead,” Cisorio said Monday.Far from threatening Husbands, the group was moving away from him in the food court, Cisorio argued.“There was no threat to Mr. Husbands on June 2 — it was Mr. Husbands who was the threat,” he said.The fact that Hassan was not involved in the stabbing and was “killed by mistake” does not absolve Husbands, whose actions were “consistent with someone who wanted to kill,” the prosecutor said.He also noted Husbands did not tell anyone he had experienced dissociation in the aftermath of the shooting.“These murders had nothing to do with PTSD but had everything to do with payback,” Cisorio said. “He was in total control from beginning to end.”Jurors have heard Husbands faced a previous trial, but were not told the outcome or the reason for a second trial. They are expected to begin their deliberations on Thursday.Paola Loriggio , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Record amount raised during McHappy Day

first_imgTORONTO (660 NEWS) – McDonald’s Canada says that nearly $7 million was raised during McHappy Day on May 8.The exact total was around $6.6 million, the most raised in McHappy Day history.“McHappy Day captures the hearts of Canadians across the country, banding together for a great cause that helps families at an incredibly hard time in their lives,” said Cathy Loblaw, President and CEO of RMHC Canada. “We’re so thankful for all the amazing crew members, franchisees and McDonald’s Canada guests who truly make this a day to remember each year.”READ MORE: McHappy Day helps support sick kids, familiesMcDonald’s says that more than 25,000 families will stay at Ronald McDonald Houses and family rooms in Canada. The charity was established in 1977 and currently has 15 houses and 16 family rooms across the country.last_img read more

David Cameron To Hold Hunger Summit In 2013

first_imgBritish Prime Minister David Cameron has announced he will be holding a hunger summit in 2013 – a big win for the thousands of Save the Children supporters who have joined the Race Against Hunger campaign.The meeting will follow on from the hunger summit Mr Cameron held on the last day of the Olympics which delivered progress in the tackling the global malnutrition crisis.Every year more than 2 million children die because they don’t get enough of the right food.Since the Olympic Hunger Summit Save the Children and its supporters have been urging the Prime Minister to keep tackling hunger at the top of the global agenda in 2013.Historic opportunityToday’s announcement is a big step to meeting that goal and Save the Children chief executive, Justin Forsyth, warmly welcomed the move: “David Cameron’s leadership will help transform the lives of millions of children. 2013 is an historic opportunity to launch the biggest push against hunger in history.’He added: “Malnutrition is the silent killer of 2.3 million children each year, yet it is entirely preventable. With high food prices more children’s lives are at risk and urgent action is required.’No child goes hungry“Putting hunger and malnutrition at the top of the global agenda while Britain holds the Presidency of the G8, will be a crucial step in ensuring that no child goes hungry and every child gets a fair chance in life.’“We hope this summit galvanises support for helping those children who desperately need help, while taking action on the drivers of high food prices.”Source:Save the Children UKlast_img read more

The Duke Of Cambridge Rocks With Taylor Swift And Jon Bon Jovi

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge rocked out at a charity event as he came face-to face with rock royalty Jon Bon Jovi and pop star Taylor Swift – and performed an impromptu rendition of Living On A Prayer.The Duke of Cambridge performs on stage with Bon Jovi and Taylor SwiftCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgThe trio were the main attraction at the Winter Whites Gala in Kensington Palace on Tuesday to support homeless charity Centrepoint.The Duke met rock star Bon Jovi and American pop star Swift in the Kings Gallery at the State Apartments before hitting the red carpet, which was actually blue in line with the night’s winter theme.But the night ended on a high note as, dressed in full dinner suit and black tie, The Duke took to the stage alongside the performers at the finale of the event to belt out the rock classic at the gala event.Throughout the evening, The Duke met young people that Centrepoint has been supporting through housing and other opportunities – and joked that he was going to twerk.Swift, who performed hits Trouble, Love Story and 15, said she was honoured to perform at the palace.“This is my first time playing at Kensington Palace or any palace for that matter,” she said. “I want to thank you for having me Prince William, this is just amazing.”Swift said it was important the gala concert was supporting at-risk youth, given they were dealing with more than most people were at what was already a difficult age.Other guests at the event included Benedict Cumberbatch, James Blunt and Tinie Tempah.Gala convenor Danielle Alexandra said the event took six months to create.“But really it all comes down to the prince, who is a remarkable man,” she said. “He wanted to do whatever he could to help the cause.”The Duke, who has been a patron of the Centrepoint charity since September 2005, presented the Centrepoint Great Britain Youth Inspiration Award to Bon Jovi for his humanitarian work.Bon Jovi, who also performed, founded Soul Foundation in the United States in 2006 which aims to break the cycle of people falling into poverty and homelessness by helping them gain access to food and affordable housing along with job training programmes.Bon Jovi said: “Nights like this happen once in a lifetime but the chance to affect change can last a lifetime.“Each one of you tonight have that chance to affect change.”Centrepoint works with hundreds of young people to help them tackle issues that can lead to homelessness.Source:dukeandduchessofcambridge.orglast_img read more

Peaches Geldof A Life Spent Giving

first_imgWhether she was attending a charity event to raise awareness of those in need, donating her clothes and time to charity auctions or supporting initiatives aimed at making a positive impact on the world, Peaches Geldof was at the forefront of philanthropy in the UK, one of the young stars who genuinely wanted to use their fame to make a difference.A mother, animal lover and daughter of Bob Geldof, Peaches passed away on Monday, April 7.Peaches was never far away from the coal face of charity – a trait her father was proud of.“She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us,” said Sir Bob in a statement. “Writing ‘was’ destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever.”A model and TV presenter, Peaches Geldof supported a number of charity campaigns, including Bottletop – an initiative that creates exquisite fashion items out of recycled bottle tops to benefit the health and well-being of young people world-wide – as well as the Environmental Justice Foundation’s Pick Your Cotton Carefully campaign to clean up the cotton industry and bring fair trade to cotton producers in third world countries.“I think that philanthropy in any way is a good idea,” said Peaches. “Any charity that raises awareness for people who are impoverished is obviously a good thing.”Peaches regularly donated her iconic fashion items to auctions raising money for those in need, and let her own dresses be hired out for charity campaigns. In 2009 she let a group of elderly women from second-hand clothing stores give her a makeover to raise awareness of the work of charity shops.“I want to be a good wife, a good mother, a good person,” she once said.Peaches will be missed by all those who knew her and looked up to her.Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

Stars Attend TWO X TWO For AIDS And Art

first_imgOn Saturday, October 25, the 16th annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art benefit dinner and contemporary art auction raised a record $7 million with funds benefiting amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Dallas Museum of Art.Close to 465 people attended the sold-out black-tie event, chaired by noted art patrons and longtime TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art supporters, John and Lisa Runyon, and hosted annually by Cindy and Howard Rachofsky at their Richard Meier-designed home, The Rachofsky House.“Our heartfelt thanks go to the artists, gallerists, and TWO x TWO supporters. Their generosity has allowed us to raise $7 million, bringing our 16-year total to $52 million. TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art continues to play a monumental role in fundraising for amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art,” said Howard Rachofsky.The fundraising total was announced this morning by Howard Rachofsky at a private brunch hosted by Amy and Vernon Faulconer and Cindy and Howard Rachofsky. The brunch event was held at The Warehouse, a private art storage facility, owned by Howard Rachofsky and Vernon Faulconer, which includes an extensive library, and 18,000 square feet of exhibition space.Gavin Delahunty, the Dallas Museum of Art Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, spoke about artist Wade Guyton and his work, followed by Eric Muscatell, Vice President of Development, amfAR, who presented Wade Guyton with amfAR’s 2014 Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS.The Saturday evening gala was designed by Todd Fiscus of TODD Events, who carried out a golden hued theme within the Freedome, a 7,000-square-foot geodesic dome which stood at 48 feet tall in the center and seated the gala guests.The night included cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a seated, multi-course dinner. The evening began with thank yous to the sponsors by Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, TWO x TWO Director Melissa Meeks Ireland, and award-winning actor and longtime TWO x TWO supporter John Benjamin Hickey, who also served as the emcee for the gala.Maxwell Anderson, the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, also addressed the guests. Actor Allison Janney, a guest of Presenting Sponsor Audi of America, introduced the featured entertainer CeeLo Green, the multi Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter. Also in attendance were Erykah Badu and Tyson Chandler.There were 125 works of art offered in the live and silent auctions this year. The live auction, conducted by Jamie Niven, Chairman, Sotheby’s, North and South America, featured works by 2014 amfAR honoree Wade Guyton as well as Do Ho Suh, Jeff Koons, Sadamasa Motonaga, Frank Bowling, Roni Horn, and Shinro Ohtake. Guyton’s piece went for a record-breaking $2.6 million.The annual black-tie gala, part of a week-long series of events, is the largest U.S. fundraiser for amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art. Since its inception, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art has raised $52 million in support of essential AIDS research at amfAR and for the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art.Source:amfARlast_img read more

Meet Hugh Jackman With Groupon

first_imgGroupon yesterday announced a campaign to raise funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, as well as campaigns to raise funds for Kiva, and ioby.To join in the spirit of Giving Tuesday, Groupon will match funds collected for each of these campaigns in the United States, up to $25,000 per campaign and $100,000 total. In addition, each $10 donation to the Groupon campaign for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will automatically enter contributors into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to New York City, including VIP tickets to the new play, The River, on Broadway and a meet-and-greet after the show with the star and two-time Tony Award-winner, Hugh Jackman.All details can be found at“One of my favorite charities is Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS,” said Hugh Jackman. “Please join me in supporting this worthwhile organization that is making a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children across the country who are facing serious health challenges. And I look forward to you seeing The River and saying hello after the show.”One winner of the sweepstakes will receive: • Two VIP tickets to see the evening showing of The River on Saturday, January 17, 2015 • Post-show meet and greet with Hugh Jackman • Backstage tour of The River at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre • The River poster, autographed by Hugh Jackman and the cast • $250 for dinner at a New York City restaurant • Round trip coach airfare for two to New York City • Three-night stay in a junior suite with one king bed at the 4-star DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan New York • Ground transportation from the NYC airport to the hotel and from the hotel back to the NYC airportThe sweepstakes ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15. The winner will be drawn on Tuesday, December 16.Groupon will match up to $100,000 in contributions to the campaigns (maximum of $25,000 per campaign): • Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS – Even after the curtain falls, Broadway actors find ways to give more and share with their audiences. Many of the talented artists who draw crowds into the Circle in the Square, Belasco, Shubert, St. James, New Amsterdam and other historic Broadway theatres dedicate their time offstage to helping others. For more than two decades, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has been at the forefront of the fight against AIDS. Since its founding in 1988, the organization has raised awareness and more than $250 million to ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses have access to the medications and support they need for their treatments to be effective. • Kiva – Kiva is a non-profit organization working to alleviate poverty by connecting people around the world through microlending. With as little as a $25 loan, anyone can help a borrower create new opportunities for themselves and their family. Together with more than 750,000 Kiva lenders and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva has created economic opportunity for more than 800,000 borrowers. Since its inception in 2005, Kiva lenders have funded more than $325 million in loans with a 98.9% repayment rate. Visit for more information. • – is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. To support a classroom, you can make a donation of any size at • ioby – ioby is a crowd-resourcing platform for citizen-led neighbor-funded projects. The mission is to strengthen neighborhoods by supporting the leaders in them who want to make positive change, engaging their neighbors, one block at a time.Source:BusinessWire.comlast_img read more

Wet Wet Wet To Help Celebrate Nordoff Robbins 40th Birthday

first_imgScottish band Wet Wet Wet will help music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins kick off their 40th Birthday festivities this year with a special, intimate performance at Koko in London on Wednesday 20th May.The band, who have sold in excess of 15 million records whilst notching up over thirty UK chart hits including three number 1’s, has a long history with Nordoff Robbins dating back to when they received an O2 Silver Clef Award for new music in 1988.They went on to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in 1992 in aid of Nordoff Robbins, which subsequently opened a much needed library at their London-based music therapy centre in 1993 thanks to the funds raised. The band have since been staunch supporters and have decided to mark the longevity of their relationship with Nordoff Robbins with this very special show.Marti Pellow, lead singer of Wet Wet Wet said: “We get to do two things we love – play live to our fans and support a charity we have believed in since day one. The work Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy does is special and it works. They are so dedicated and we wanted to wish them happy birthday by putting on this show.”Drummer Tommy Cunningham added “Music has given us a lot in life, and it’s great to be able to use music to give something back, we are very proud of our association with Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.”The band are a renowned live act having played to over four million people across 25 countries and although they are normally seen performing in massive arenas, the smaller surroundings of the Koko gig will allow fans to get a lot closer than normal. With a massive catalogue of much loved songs including Julia Says, Somewhere Somehow, Sweet Little Mystery and Goodnight Girl, this is a chance to see how the band earned their reputation as one of the most powerful live artists around.To book your tickets, visit read more

StarStudded Glastonbury Album Dedicated To Memory Of Jo Cox

first_imgIn the first live Glastonbury album of its kind, world-famous musicians will collaborate with the world’s best-loved festival and Oxfam to Stand As One with people forced to flee con-flict, disaster and poverty.Artists including Coldplay, Muse and Foals will contribute a song recorded during their forthcoming Glastonbury sets to Oxfam Presents: Stand As One – Live at Glastonbury 2016, a special live album in support of Oxfam’s work with refugees worldwide.The album is dedicated to the memory of Jo Cox, MP, a former Oxfam activist, who campaigned tirelessly for refugees.“We are making this special live album from Glastonbury this summer because the scale of the refugee crisis is so huge we simply had to do something,” said Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis. “We want people who are far from home and frightened to know we are doing whatever we can to help. To know the artists who play here are doing whatever they can. To know the people who love their music are doing whatever they can. Now it’s time for world leaders to do the same. All of us – Glastonbury, Oxfam, musicians and music-lovers everywhere must Stand As One to demand action for refugees.”Coldplay said “Right now there are more refugees in the world than at any other time in re-cent history. They could be us and we could be them. The good news is: we can all help.”
Sigur Rós, The Last Shadow Puppets, Chvrches, Wolf Alice, Laura Mvula, Jamie Lawson, John Grant, Jack Garratt, Two Door Cinema Club, The 1975, Editors, Years & Years and Fatboy Slim are also confirmed for the album, with more expected to join.The world is in the middle of the most serious refugee crisis since the Second World War. More than 65 million people have been forced to flee their homes by brutal conflict and violence, millions more by natural disaster and poverty.The crisis has prompted the biggest humanitarian response in Oxfam’s history with the international agency delivering aid to almost nine million people last year -the vast majority of whom were fleeing conflict and disaster.The album is part of Oxfam’s new campaign, to put pressure on world leaders to welcome more refugees, to prevent families from being separated and to keep people fleeing their homes safe from harm.Ahead of two major summits on the global refugee and migration crisis in New York in September, Oxfam is calling on governments to do everything in their power to help and protect people on the move, and for the UK to play a lead role in making this happen.Pre-order the album Oxfam Presents: Stand as One – Live at Glastonbury 2016 here. 
Profits from the album will go to Oxfam’s Refugee Crisis Appeal.Mark Goldring, Oxfam GB Chief Executive said, “We are very grateful to Glastonbury for bringing the weight of the music world in support of people in desperate need. I urge people to stand as one with the millions forced to flee and add their voices to some of the most famous voices in the world – buy the album, sign our petition, and make world leaders meeting in New York in September listen. Given Jo’s tireless work to help refugees both at Oxfam and beyond it felt appropriate to dedicate the album to her.”Now is the time to show that we stand together #StandAsOnelast_img read more

Bono UNHCR Needs More Support To Aid Boko Haram Displaced

first_imgBono is warning that thousands of children are facing hunger as UN agencies confront funding shortfalls.According to an article on the UNHCR website, the lead singer of Irish rock band U2, and co-founder of international campaigning and advocacy group The ONE Campaign, highlighted the needs during a recent visit to displaced men, women and children at a settlement in Maiduguri in Borno state.“There are 50,000 children who are going to die if the UN doesn’t get what they need. This is an extraordinary country, but you can see the people in the north-east struggling — they’ve had their country stolen from them,” Bono said during the visit with Nigerian businessman Alhaji Aliko Dangote.“This is our next door neighbour and if their house catches on fire, our house catches on fire, it’s just that simple,” he added.UN agencies and other NGOs have this year sought nearly US$200 million to meet the immediate needs of more than half a million people forcibly displaced by Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad and Niger, but currently have less than a quarter – 24 per cent – of the funding they need.To read the full article, click here.last_img read more

More Than 100 Authors Sign Greenpeaces Pledge for Free Speech and Forest

first_imgMore than 100 authors from around the world, including Nobel Prize winner John Maxwell Coetzee (Disgrace); writer and comedian Stephen Fry (More Fool Me); Man Booker Prize winners Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Yann Martel (Life of Pi); and thought leaders Michelle Alexander (The New Jim Crow), Rebecca Solnit (Men Explain Things to Me) and Naomi Klein (The Shock Doctrine) signed a pledge with Greenpeace to support free speech and stand up for forests.This pledge follows two multi-million dollar lawsuits filed by Resolute Forest Products, a Canadian company, to silence Greenpeace’s criticism of its controversial logging in the boreal forest. The lawsuits could set a dangerous precedent for free speech if they succeed in silencing public comment on corporate behavior.“The endings of The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984 and Brave New World are written. Ours is not. This is a chance to stand up for freedom of speech, the freedom to advocate for change, and the freedom to question authority, and to strengthen their protection under law. As a society, we need a positive outcome to this story,” said Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale, which recently became Hulu’s record breaking television series and depicts a dystopian future where all but the most powerful women are forbidden to write and are denied access to books.Authors signing the pledge committed to defend “freedom of speech as a pillar of democratic and peaceful societies, the right of individuals to organize and protest without intimidation, [and] those who peacefully protect the world’s forests.”“Speaking as a serial blasphemer, I take freedom of speech very seriously,” said author and actor Stephen Fry, “It’s not just about the satisfaction you get from speaking your mind, it’s also about telling uncomfortable truths that need to be heard, and Greenpeace has been incredibly successful at exposing what the powers that be want to keep secret. But this case goes beyond Greenpeace to threaten every whistle-blower and watchdog with information that the rich and powerful want suppressed. I’m worried, and I think you should be too.”On May 16th, Greenpeace published a report that showed major international publishers are purchasing paper from Resolute. Greenpeace is inviting these global publishers to join this call to protect freedom of speech and work with Resolute to become more sustainable.Other notable authors who signed the pledge include Man Booker Prize winners Julian Barnes (The Sense of an Ending) and Ian McEwan (Atonement), Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Doerr (All The Light We Cannot See), MacArthur Award winner Deborah Eisenberg (Twilight of the Superheroes), Lev Grossman (The Magicians), Lauren Groff (Fates and Furies), William Shatner (Up Till Now), Alec Baldwin (Nevertheless), Jane Fonda (My Life So Far) and many more.“Publishers and authors are natural allies in our fight to protect free speech. Our campaign celebrates the power of words and the incredible work that authors and publishers do every day to ensure critical thinking and the spread of ideas in our society. Now, we’re asking publishers to disavow this heavy-handed attempt by a paper company to silence dissent,” said Greenpeace USA Senior Forest Campaigner Amy Moas.Greenpeace will be at Book Expo this week in New York, connecting with publishers and readers, and displaying an art installation called Treewhispers by artist Pamela Paulsrud, an ongoing international collaboration awakening our heartfelt connection to trees.last_img read more

Matthew McConaughey Joins Celebrity Charity Softball Game

first_imgMatthew McConaughey and Marcus & Morgan Luttrell, join an all-star lineup for the Red River Celebrity Softball Game to be held October 12th at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas.The fundraising event to benefit The Lone Survivor Foundation will include University of Texas Alumni battling it out with Oklahoma University alumni. Both teams will include combat veterans representing the various military branches.Leading the University of Texas team will be UT Alumni: Frisco Mayor, Jeff Cheney; MLB pitcher, Roger Clemens; and NFL players Vince Young and Ricky Williams. Oklahoma University’s team will be led by the following OU Alumni: Country Recording Artist, Toby Keith; NFL standouts Tommie Harris, Mark Clayton and Juaquin Iglesias.“Tickets are selling out fast,” stated Jeff Cheney, Mayor of Frisco and UT Alumni player. “We are so grateful to our alumni celebrities and combat veterans for donating their time to help us bring awareness to the issues faced by our veterans and to be able to provide financial support and services.”Enjoy the event in style by entering to win two VIP tickets that include suite accommodations, food, beverages, an autographed poster and photo opportunities. Click here to enter to win.For more information, to purchase tickets or to reserve a suite please visit more information on the Lone Survivor Foundation, please visit The Lone Survivor Foundation restores, empowers, and renews hope for our wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support.last_img read more

Meet the new head of Torontos Inside Out film festival

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: The 33-year-old, dressed today in a tan shrunken blazer over a black shirt and pants, founded Halifax’s OutEast film festival, now in its fifth year.“When we started OutEast, it was like a fish-to-water situation,” she says. “When you get a chance to speak about the thing that you are the most passionate about in front of an audience that is also there for the same reason, it becomes the easiest thing in the world.” Advertisement Scott Ferguson, Inside Out’s outgoing executive director who is stepping down after 15 years, applauds the hire. “There is an opportunity to look at people coming up in the ranks who are young and are going to approach things with a slightly different eye,” he says. Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter In July, Andria Wilson and her girlfriend Jules Hobin packed their two cats into a U-Haul and left Halifax to start a new life in Toronto.“I just decided to go all in,” she said in an interview this week at a coffee shop on Richmond St.Her gamble paid off. Following a year-long international search, Inside Out announced Thursday that Wilson is the LGBT film festival’s new executive director. Inside Out is the third largest film festival in Toronto (following TIFF and Hot Docs) and Canada’s largest LGBT film festival. Facebooklast_img read more