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first_imgGary Barlow will be heading back to the beautiful and intimate setting of London’s Royal Albert Hall for a very special night of music in aid of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, on Tuesday 22 April 2014.Gary Barlow said: “I feel really honoured to have been asked to perform for Nordoff Robbins. It is a charity that makes such a difference to people’s lives, using music to give a voice to those who don’t always have one. We had such an amazing time at the Royal Albert Hall the last time we were there so I know it’s going to be a very special, intimate show.”Dr Marcus Stephan, CEO at Nordoff Robbins said: “Gary Barlow is one the UK’s most successful and well-respected singer-songwriters and we are thrilled and delighted he is performing for Nordoff Robbins. “This is a perfect opportunity to raise funds and awareness for Nordoff Robbins, an organisation which has music at its very core. As a musician, Gary Barlow understands only too well about the power of music and the positive difference music therapy can make to people’s lives. All the money raised from the event will help Nordoff Robbins fund music therapy sessions across the UK for people who are vulnerable and isolated.“I would like to say an enormous thank you to the Royal Albert Hall for their incredible generosity in granting us their annual free charity let. This will substantially increase the amount of money we are able to raise at the event, thus enabling us to deliver even more music therapy sessions to those who really need it.”Chris Cotton, Chief Executive of the Royal Albert Hall, said: “It is a privilege for the Royal Albert Hall to continue supporting the inspiring work of Nordoff Robbins by awarding them our Annual Charity Free Let 2014. In addition, I am sure that we will continue to support them through our sponsorship of the Best British Act at the O2 Silver Clef Awards. Both charities believe in transforming lives through live music; it is very close to our hearts. We are delighted to welcome Gary Barlow back to the Royal Albert Hall for what will be an amazing concert. Come and join us to raise much needed funds for Nordoff Robbins”. This week also sees the release of Gary’s first solo studio album in over 14 years ‘Since I Saw You Last’.With Take That, Gary Barlow can count eight Number One albums, selling more than 30 million copies, to his name. He has also been party to fifteen No.1 singles, sold seven million concert tickets as well as being the proud recipient of six Ivor Novello Awards. He was awarded an OBE for his contribution to British music last year following the work he has done with BBC Children in Need and the hugely successful Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert. Gary currently sits as a judge on the UK’s No 1 show The X Factor for the third year running.Tickets are on sale now from:www.royalalberthall.comwww.ticketmaster.co.uk www.gigsandtours.comlast_img read more

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first_imgMulti-platinum Streamsound recording artist, Kristian Bush, will meet and greet Goodwill donors during an event from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, at the Rivergate Goodwill store, 2101 Gallatin Road in Madison.Bush, a Knoxville-born singer/songwriter, is half of the platinum-selling duo Sugarland. He is partnering with Goodwill Industries International for a #GiveItAway campaign based on the hit song, Trailer Hitch, which is the lead single from his debut solo album, SOUTHERN GRAVITY. A recent video for the song was partially filmed at Goodwill’s Brentwood store.At the Rivergate store, Bush will meet and greet Goodwill donors, sign autographs and pose for photos. Goodwill will give away an iPad mini to one lucky donor, and the first 50 people to deliver donations to the store after 3 p.m. will receive an autographed CD of SOUTHERN GRAVITY.Bush’s partnership with Goodwill is intended to raise awareness of Goodwill’s mission of transforming lives through the power of work. Since the partnership began last year, he has been performing around the country, encouraging music fans to donate clothing, electronics and household goods in their communities.“The song, ‘Trailer Hitch’ says, ‘I may not have that much but I don’t mind spreading it around.’ Almost everyone knows someone who is struggling to make ends meet, and unemployment in our country is still a problem,” Bush said. “The simple act of giving away what you no longer need to Goodwill can help someone find a job. That’s pretty amazing to me.”This is his first public appearance in the Nashville area to support Goodwill’s mission of providing job training and placement opportunities for those struggling to find work through the revenue from the sale of donated goods.last_img read more

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first_imgFor the last 30 years, Nosey the elephant, who was taken from her family and her home in the wild as a baby, has been beaten with a bullhook, kept all alone in chains and in a dark and cramped trailer, and forced to perform tricks and give rides to tourists.Actor Carol Burnett shot a video for PETA highlighting Nosey’s plight, but before it could be released, the elephant was found neglected in Alabama without shelter, hay, or water. Lawrence County authorities seized her from notorious animal exhibitor Hugo Liebel, and she was transported to an accredited sanctuary in Tennessee, where we hope she’ll remain once the legal battle with her owner is resolved.Today, the Hollywood icon sent a letter to county commissioners:“I was so thrilled to hear from my friends at PETA that Nosey has been transported to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!“Nosey’s tragic story very recently compelled me to record a PSA for PETA urging for her retirement and encouraging kind people everywhere to act in her behalf to give her the chance of living a happy life in a sanctuary. She has been on the road nearly since her infancy. She has worked, day in and day out, carrying people on her back and performing difficult tricks under the threat of a bullhook. Her “home” on the road has been a dark, cramped trailer or the end of a chain. She deserves so much more — as do all other elephants.“I recorded this PSA mere weeks ago, when I didn’t think anyone in a position to help Nosey cared — so it warms my heart to see that Lawrence County does.“I hope Nosey is able to live permanently at The Elephant Sanctuary — where she can be with other elephants, unbridled by chains, and enjoy the simple pleasure of feeling the grass beneath her feet and the sun on her back — and that she may continue to roam its vast acreage for the remainder of her years. There’s a chance that Nosey’s story will have a happy ending — and who doesn’t love a happy ending?”PETA notes that Liebel’s history of animal neglect includes nearly 200 citations for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act, including for chaining Nosey so tightly that she could barely move and repeatedly denying her adequate veterinary care.last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement CBC’s newest crime drama has a composer.Quebec’s Mario Sévigny, who has created music for TV shows like The Art of More and Mohawk Girls, and movies like Pinocchio 3000 and Human Trafficking, will score the series Bellevue.The drama, a mystery series set in a small blue-collar town, stars True Blood’s Anna Paquin, Downton Abbey’s Allen Leech and Canadian actor Shawn Doyle (House of Cards). Facebook He has also scored short films, many movie trailers and the animated sci-fi series Tripping the Rift.BY DEBRA YEO The Montreal-made show is to debut in winter 2017.Sévigny scored his first TV series at 26, the Canadian animated series Edward, which premiered on Teletoon. Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgActivists, celebrities and journalists were among those boycotting Twitter Friday, after the social media platform suspended the account of actress Rose McGowan, a vocal critic of Harvey Weinstein’s conduct.The boycott started at midnight Thursday in New York and was set to last all day. Many signified they were taking part in the action with the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter.The idea was raised by Kelly Ellis, a software engineer, who tweeted that, in response to McGowan’s suspension, people should consider boycotting the platform. Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img “#WomenBoycottTwitter Friday, October 13th,” she wrote. “In solidarity w @rosemcgowan and all the victims of hate and harassment Twitter fails to support.”McGowan announced Wednesday that her Twitter account had been locked over violations of the platform’s terms of service. Twitter initially did not explain its decision, but it later said it had temporarily suspended the account because one of McGowan’s tweets had included a personal phone number, in violation of its rules.READ MORE Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter said it had temporarily suspended Rose McGowan’s account because one tweet included a personal phone number, in violation of its rules. Twitter clarified that the offending tweet had been removed, and that McGowan’s account had been unlocked. (MICHAEL LOCCISANO / GETTY IMAGES) last_img read more

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first_imgHarry Rosen is one of Canada’s most recognizable names in men’s fashion, so it might be surprising that two new spots, created by Isaac Reputation Group, mark the 70-year-old retailer’s first foray into TV.Past advertising for Harry Rosen – typically seen as the store for “Bay Street” professionals – has relied on print and, recently, targeted online ads. But what it means to dress “professionally” has changed, so HR wants to reach a broader audience and challenge lingering notions of its image. Facebook “There’s a customer [Harry Rosen] wants to speak to that isn’t seeing ads in newspapers,” says Isaac partner and CD, Bob Goulart, who has been a consultant for Harry Rosen 20-plus years. “We can target them on digital, but it’s harder to tell a robust story there. TV allows us to express a contemporary air of confidence and youthfulness, and the diversity of [men’s clothing].” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Throw an abrupt cancellation at a devoted fanbase these days and, instantly, a campaign is born to save the show. But when it’s the creators themselves who decide it’s time to fade to black, that decision is bittersweet.“We are so grateful to have been given the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with a final chapter that we had envisioned from the very beginning. It’s not lost on us what a rare privilege it is in this industry to get to decide when your show should take its final bow,” the Levys said in a statement.“We could never have dreamed that our fans would grow to love and care about these characters in the ways that you have.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img “Noooo!” “What!?” “Why?” Disbelief plus a GIF parade of both people and animated characters crying. These were the online reactions that met Dan and Eugene Levy’s announcement Thursday that they’ve decided to end their hit comedy Schitt’s Creek after next season. pic.twitter.com/WiiMKGbwnm— TheLoopyKnot (@Pbarb31) March 21, 2019 Twitter Annie Murphy, from left, Daniel Levy and Eugene Levy appear in hit CBC comedy Schitt’s Creek. The Levys, who created the show, announced Thursday that its upcoming sixth season would be the last. (CBC) Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The number of First Nations under drinking water advisories has grown by nearly 40 per cent since 2006, the Liberals said Friday.Using numbers provided in by the government in response to a question placed on the Order Paper, the Liberals said conditions have worsened on reserves since the Conservatives took over in 2006.The number of First Nations living under drinking water advisories grew to 131 in 2011 from 95 in 2006, according to the numbers provided by the government in response to a question submitted by interim Liberal leader Bob Rae.“The Conservative government says it is making progress to improve water quality for First Nations, but evidence clearly says otherwise,” said Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett in a statement.The number of communities under drinking water advisories grew nearly every year between 2006 and 2011. Only 2007 saw a drop with 93 communities under advisories, according to numbers provided by Health Canada. The number of First Nations under advisories jumped to 103 in 2008, 111 in 2009, 119 in 2010 and 131 in 2011.Oil-rich Alberta saw the number of communities under advisories grow from eight to 33 between 2006 and 2011. Every other province, except Ontario, saw their numbers rise or remain the same over the same time period. In 2006, Ontario had 38 communities under advisories, which dropped by one to 37 in 2011.Quebec only had one community under an advisory in 2011, the same as 2006. Manitoba, which has a number of communities with residents living with no running water, only had two First Nations living under an advisory in 2011.British Columbia had 31 communities under advisories in 2011, up from 30 in 2006, Saskatchewan rose from 11 to 20 over the same time period and Atlantic Canada went from six to seven.Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan has said the government has no plans for major new investments in improving the water situation on reserves. Instead, Duncan has said the government will focus on passing legislation to set regulations and standards for reserve water and wastewater systems.A government commissioned study, released in June, found that the federal government needed to spend a total of $4.7 billion over the next decade to keep water and waste-water systems up to standard and meet the needs of growing First Nations population.The study, by firm Neegan Burnside, said the federal government needed to immediately invest about $1.2 billion to raise reserve-based water and sewage systems to standards set by Aboriginal Affairs.The study concluded that it was not “credible” to implement a new “regulatory regime” unless the government also provided funding to allow First Nations to meet the new rules.A spokesperson for the federal Aboriginal Affairs department referred the issue to Health Canada. Health Canada could not provide an immediate response.In its response to Rae’s question, Health Canada said drinking water advisories are put in place for things like line breaks, equipment failure, absence of trained water treatment plant operators and chlorine residuals.Health Canada said an advisory may only impact one building and does not always represent a “community-wide drinking water problem.” The department said the number of advisories on First Nations “fluctuates.”The advisories include orders to boil water and do not consumer orders, Health Canada said.last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Environment Minister Peter Kent said a Haida-owned company was in “apparent” violation of Canadian environmental law after initiating an experiment to dump 100 tonnes of iron dust into the Pacific Ocean to boost plankton levels.Kent, responding to a question from the NDP during question period, said his department had not approved the experiment.“Environment Canada was not asked to approve this apparent violation of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act,” said Kent. “Anyone who contravenes environmental law should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”Kent only found out about the project three days ago, said his spokesman.The Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation launched the $2.5 million experiment to boost the level of available plankton for salmon and create a carbon sink to tap into the potentially lucrative carbon credit market. The experiment was carried out under the direction of Russ George, a businessman who has been hounded by environmentalists for years.The experiment, the largest geoengineering project in the world, was carried out in July, in an area around 320 kilometres from the Haida Gwaii islands of British Columbia’s coast. It has been roundly criticized by some environmental groups who say it violates at least two UN moratoria and that it’s a dangerous to artificially alter ecosystems.John Disney, head of the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation and economic development officer for the Old Massett Village, said the experiment is simply recreating natural conditions to boost the survival rates for Pacific salmon which form one of the cornerstones of Haida diet and culture.Disney says he has also met several times with Environment Canada officials who have known about it for several months. Because the experiment fell outside Canada’s jurisdiction, there is little Environment Canada can do about it, he said.“We have lawyers watching our back,” he said. “I kept (Environment Canada) in the loop on this.”A spokesperson for Kent said in an email that officials informed the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation that its experiment violated Canadian environmental law whether it happened inside or outside Canada’s 200 mile limit if it was done without a permit, which was never issued.Environment Canada has been investigating since Aug. 30, said Adam Sweet.“Canada does not condone the practice of ocean dumping unless the proper procedures are followed first,” said Sweet, in the email.last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsSo much is unknown about First Nation economic development zones or urban reserves.A discussion was held in Winnipeg to help dispel myths and educate.Urban reserves are not uncommon in Saskatchewan, so who better to inform the people.With more on this story here is APTN National News reporter Matt Thordarson.last_img

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first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA – The federal Conservative election campaign will face yet another legal distraction Monday as the criminal trial of a former top aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper begins.Bruce Carson is set to appear in an Ottawa court on an influence peddling charge in connection with the proposed sale of water-filtration systems to aboriginal reserves.The former senior adviser to Harper is also accused of three counts of illegal lobbying, charges which are expected to be dealt with at a later date, likely early next year.The Carson case follows on the heels of the trial of Senator Mike Duffy, which forced the Tories off of their campaign message over a two-week period in August.It’s the latest in a string of accusations that have been aired against Conservatives and Harper appointees, including the jailing of Harper’s former parliamentary secretary Dean Del Mastro for election fraud. Del Mastro is appealing his conviction.In Carson’s case, the Tories have pointed out the allegations against him came to light after he had left the Prime Minister’s Office.Carson has denied doing anything illegal and has pleaded not guilty to all charges. None of the allegations against him have been proven in court.His lawyer, Patrick McCann, says the trial, which was previously delayed as Carson dealt with some personal health issues, has been trimmed to a single day, down from an originally planned six days, under an agreement with the Crown to base it on transcripts of witness testimony already obtained at a preliminary hearing.Those transcripts are in the hands of the judge, said McCann, who predicted the case won’t draw the same kind of media attention that was attracted by the Duffy trial.“I suspect it won’t be quite as large (a media presence),” said McCann. “I’m sure there’ll be a few cameras around.”The influence peddling charge against Carson is related to his work with a company that employed his girlfriend, which was hoping to sell water purification equipment to First Nation communities.He is alleged to have directed that 20 per cent of any revenue gained through the sale of the water-filtration systems go to his then-fiancee, Michele McPherson.It was Harper’s office that first called in the RCMP after the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network reported that Carson had allegedly been lobbying  Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and the then-minister’s office on behalf of the now-bankrupt Ottawa-based H2O Water Professionals (H2O Pros).Revelations that subsequently emerged about Carson, including his criminal record and disbarment by the Law Society of Upper Canada — which he disclosed when he was hired by the Prime Minister’s Office — prompted opposition questions about whether the PMO was conducting adequate security screening of its staff.Carson had worked in politics for decades and was one of the more experienced hands in Harper’s government when it came to power in 2006. Carson had also worked for Harper as his policy and research director when the Conservatives were in opposition.last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThe former regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations in British Columbia has won the riding of Vancouver-Granville for the Liberals.Jody Wilson-Raybould is now riding a Liberal majority wave to Ottawa where the party will take command of Parliament.The Liberals went from third place in the House of Commons to being in power.Wilson-Raybould’s boss Justin Trudeau has made some big promises to First Nation, Metis and Inuit people over the course of the historic 78 day campaign.Trudeau said during his victory speech that he is ready to start a new relationship.last_img read more

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first_imgJohn Murray APTN National NewsAfter schedule changes and delays, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) is set to begin hearings Tuesday in a community along the so-called Highway of Tears in B.C.Smithers sits halfway between Prince George and Prince Rupert along Hwy. 16, named the Highway of Tears because of the number of Indigenous women who have vanished or have been found dead along it.One of those women is Tamara Chipman, 22, who disappeared in 2005.Her aunt, Gladys Radek, has walked the highway every year for the last seven years.The final day of Gladys’ walk is Monday which takes her into Smithers.Chief Commissioner Buller, and commissioners Robinson and Audette will be joining Gladys for the final segment of her walk.The second round of hearings were originally scheduled in Thunder Bay, Ont., but those hearings were moved to December.Hearings in Saskatoon, and Rankin Inlet, Nunavut have also been postponed.Delays, rescheduling, and high-level resignations have dogged the inquiry since it was announced in August 2016.Recently the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Southern Chiefs’ Organization, Assembly of First Nations Manitoba, and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak voiced concerns and called for a Manitoba subcommission led by a Manitoban.While speaking to a Senate committee lead Buller cited restraints imposed by government policy and procedure contributed to delays, and she plans on asking for more time.Indigenous-Crown Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett told APTN National News that the government will consider an extension when the plan is formally requested.An interim report is due in November and a final report expected December 2018.Contact John here: jmurray@aptn.calast_img read more

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first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsThe federal government announced $5.6 million in funding for a crime prevention program for Indigenous students in Thunder Bay on Tuesday.As Willow Fiddler reports, it’s in response to the seven youth inquest recommendations.wfiddler@aptn.calast_img

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first_imgTORONTO – Google is putting fake news in its crosshairs as it rolls out a news initiative aimed at stopping the spread of misinformation and helping publishers attract more subscribers.The technology company said Tuesday it will spend $392 million over the next three years on the initiative, which will involve prioritizing “quality” publishers, making it easier to subscribe to news publications and educating readers on how to spot misleading reports.The announcement comes just as Google, Facebook and Twitter are facing criticism for providing a platform for false information to spread, potentially impacting the last U.S. election that saw Donald Trump elected as president.“We always haven’t gotten it right,” the company’s chief business officer Philipp Schindler admitted to a crowd of journalists in New York and many more watching via livestream at Google offices around the world, including one in Toronto, on Tuesday.He said the company was renewing the committment it has forged to news over the last 15 years because it has seen that we are in an era where “the last thing you want to see is a search engine that is not delivering quality content and with the open internet is simply becoming a race to the bottom.”Schindler revealed the company’s initiative will adjust algorithms and use new services to make users see links from publications they pay for higher up in their search results in a special carousel.It will also let readers buy subscriptions to news publications in as few as two clicks from a publisher’s webpage using their Google account.After subscribing, if users stay logged into their Google account, they won’t run into paywalls or be asked to repeatedly enter a username and password to access news from publishers they pay for.The subscription features will be rolled out to 17 launch partners, including the New York Times, Washington Post, the Financial Times and the Telegraph. None of the launch partners are located in Canada, but Google promised more publishers are coming soon.The company also said it will give journalists access to a more secure internet by allowing them to easily set up their own virtual private network on a private server through an offering they call Outline.Google said other planned initatives includes opening a Disinfo Lab that uses computational tools to monitor misinformation during elections and breaking news periods, and will launch a digital literacy curriculum called MediaWise to help readers distinguish fact from fiction online.A similar program to MediaWise was recently piloted in Canada under the name NewsWise, where it provided a program for school-aged children to learn to find and filter accurate information online.NewsWise was funded by a $500,000 grant from Google Canada, which partnered with the Canadian Journalism Foundation and CIVIX, a Toronto-based non-profit that aims to engage young Canadians in democracy.NewsWise will roll out to Ontario classrooms this spring and will arrive nationally sometime next year ahead of the federal election.On Tuesday, Google executives also pointed out that the journalism companies it is hoping to help are “facing challenging, even more complex times” as advertisting revenues shrink and many turn to paywalls.The Canadian Media Concentration Project previously reported that Google’s share of the Canadian digital media market is almost 10 times that of the daily newspaper industry and 60 times that of commmunity newspapers.It said in 2015 Google made $2.3 billion on online advertising revenue in Canada, while newspaper publisher TorStar made $125.9 million, Postmedia made $97.7 million and Quebecor made $88.7 milion.Schindler said last year Google paid out $12.6 billion to its publishing partners and drove 10 billion clicks for free per month to publisher websites.Under the new initiative, he said, “if you do not grow, we do not grow.”last_img read more

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first_imgSASKATOON – The United Way in Saskatoon is cutting staff and reducing funding to some programs to tackle a $1-million shortfall.The charity says donations from individuals and corporations were lower than expected in 2017 due to the economic downturn.United Way says its campaign revenue has declined 35 per cent over the last three years, but financial reserves and savings helped offset the shortfalls.The group, which raised just over $6 million in 2015, is projected to raise $3.9 million this year.CEO Shaun Dyer says the United Way will become more creative to deal with the drop in donations.He says the Collaborative Funders program, which provides grants to community-based organizations, will be reduced by 50 per cent. (CTV Saskatoon)last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is showing no apparent signs of toughening its stance on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, even after Canada’s spy chief heard a recording of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Speaking to reporters today in Windsor, Ont., Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland reiterated Canada’s position that no new arms-export permits will be signed for Saudi Arabia as the Khashoggi case is being reviewed. That’s no different from what Canada’s been saying for weeks.Khashoggi’s killing last month at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Canada and renewed public outrage over Ottawa’s controversial $15-billion deal to sell light-armoured vehicles to the kingdom.CSIS director David Vigneault recently travelled to Turkey to listen to the recording Turkish authorities have of the killing and briefed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as well as other top officials upon his return.Freeland says Canada is reviewing its arms sales to Saudi Arabia — but her government has come under pressure to cancel the armoured-vehicles deal.She also says she spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday to press for a credible, transparent investigation into what she calls Khashoggi’s “atrocious murder.”Under intensifying pressure, Riyadh has changed its story about Khashoggi’s death, first saying he walked out of the consulate the day he disappeared but eventually acknowledging he was killed inside the building. Saudi Arabia has also recently acknowledged Turkish evidence that showed the slaying was premeditated.The killing has prompted international condemnation, including from Trudeau himself, but the prime minister has offered no clue on how the recordings may have affected his thoughts on the matter.Trudeau has said the penalty for cancelling a $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia would be “in the billions of dollars.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s top firefighter says the state’s increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas.Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott leaves his job Friday after 30 years with the agency.He tells The Associated Press that government and residents must act differently to protect lives and property from fires that now routinely threaten large populations.That may mean rethinking subdivisions in thickly forested areas or homes along Southern California canyons lined with tinder-dry chaparral.Residents should train themselves to respond more quickly to warnings and be prepared to shelter in place if they can’t outrun the flames.Communities should prepare commercial or public buildings as fire evacuation centres with the expectation hundreds may shelter there.Don Thompson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_imgAir France is putting a woman in charge of the airline, a first for the French carrier and a rarity in the male-dominated industry.Air France’s parent company said Wednesday that Anne Rigail will take charge of the airline on Monday. She is currently executive vice-president.The airline has been led on an interim basis by Benjamin Smith, an Air Canada veteran who was hired this year as CEO of parent Air France-KLM Group.Air France faces contentious wage negotiations with pilots and flight attendants and has been hit by a series of damaging strikes.Rigail, a 27-year veteran of the airline, says she is extremely honoured by the promotion. Smith says Rigail has always paid special attention to employees, and he expresses confidence that the airline can meet its challenges.An Air France spokeswoman confirmed that Rigail is the first female CEO in the airline’s history, which dates to the 1933 merger of five French carriers.Women have led other large airlines. Carolyn McCall was CEO of British low-cost carrier EasyJet for seven years until leaving this year to run British broadcaster ITV. But in recent years, only about 5 per cent of all airline CEOs were women, mostly in developing countries.The Associated Presslast_img read more