Amos Lee Supports Charity With New Tour

first_imgMusicians on Call supporter Amos Lee will tour the U.S. this fall in support of his fifth studio album, Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song, which will be released on October 8 by Blue Note Records.Amos Lee on TourThe headline run will kick off on November 5 at Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, and Amos will donate $1 from each ticket sold during the fall tour to Musicians on Call.Amos has been part of the Musicians On Call family for many years. He’s an ongoing volunteer at their WXPN Musicians On Call Bedside Performance Programs in Philadelphia, has inaugurated their Bedside Performance Program at the Philadelphia Veterans Community Living Center, performed a benefit concert in NY, and shared his MOC experience on CNN in order to raise awareness of their mission.“Some of my most meaningful moments as a musician have been with XPN Musicians On Call,” says Amos Lee. “You get to connect with people on more of a human personal level than at any other time. You get to witness the transformative power of music, and until you behold of something like that, it’s more of an abstract notion. It reminds me that music is not a means to an end but rather an ever-flowing body that nurtures us, challenges us and connects us all.”Tickets for the Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song tour went on-sale on Tuesday, August 6th at 10 AM, and are available for the first time directly on Amos Lee’s website. If you decide to make an additional donation to Musicians On Call when purchasing your tickets, you will be automatically entered into a contest to win an Epiphone Vintage Starburst PR-150 Guitar autographed by Amos Lee! Click HERE to purchase tickets.last_img read more

Nicole Kidman Urges Equal Rights For Women

first_imgIn her acceptance speech at last week’s Variety Magazine Power Of Women Awards event, Nicole Kidman urged equal rights for women across the globe.“UN Women works so that half of humanity—women—can finally enjoy the same rights and opportunities as men,” said the UN Women ambassador. “I became involved because I was raised by a feminist mother who planted the seed early in me to speak out against the fact that women are so often treated differently than men. She was very clear with me: she said stand tall, do not settle for less than what is fair. Discriminating against more than 50 per cent of the population just because they are female is terribly unfair.“But it is also not very smart.“We know that when women have money, they invest more in their children, and therefore in our future. But in many countries, women cannot own land and have no access to credit. And almost everywhere they earn less than men for the same work. We also know that where women have a say in politics, they put more emphasis on social issues, on education and the environment. But only one in five Parliamentarians worldwide is female. And by the way: companies -and this includes the film and television industry, of course- with more women in management positions turn a significantly higher profit. Only 21 women, however, lead Fortune 500 companies.“UN Women is a smart organization, and I have seen with my own eyes what they can do: they go and work directly with women in countries around the world. They support women to get elected into office and help them to have viable options to earn a living for themselves and their children. Right now, in conflict zones like Syria, where women and children are particularly affected, UN Women is rendering much-needed assistance to respond to women’s humanitarian needs. UN Women supports women in Syria and elsewhere to make their voices heard.“I have also seen UN Women address what to me is the greatest injustice and outrage of all: violence against women. No matter how long I devote my time to this, I will never be able to comprehend and I will never accept that one in three women and girls will be raped, beaten or otherwise abused in their lifetime. UN Women supports local organizations, right at the grassroots, to provide shelter and support for survivors of violence. It works to change laws so that there can be no impunity for violence and it works with youth to prevent violence from happening in the first place.“I am asking you today: join me in advocating for women’s rights, wherever you are, whatever you do. Support UN Women to fulfill its mission and vision of a world in which women can live free from discrimination and violence.”Source:UNWomen.orglast_img read more

Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation To Match RED Donations To Global Fund

first_imgAt the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last week, (RED) – the AIDS organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver – marked ten years since its 2006 inception at the same location.Founded to create a sustainable flow of private sector money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and heat around the AIDS issue, (RED)‘s partners, special events and many extraordinary collaborators have generated $350 million for the AIDS fight since 2006. To mark the anniversary and doubling (RED)’s impact, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it will match every dollar generated by (RED) for the Global Fund in 2016, up to $50 million.With UNAIDS data showing that mother-to-child transmission of HIV could be effectively ended as early as 2020, América Móvil, Apple, Bank of America, Belvedere, GAP, SAP, Starbucks and The Coca-Cola Company have renewed their partnerships with (RED) in support of reaching this goal, with NetJets, Salesforce and Tradeshift also announcing new partnerships with (RED) to fight AIDS.As the world reaches a critical point in the fight, the impact of (RED) partner money has never been clearer. The $350 million raised by (RED) has impacted the lives of 60 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services. Life-saving ARV medication now costs as little as 30 cents a day in sub-Saharan Africa; it not only saves the lives of mothers living with HIV, but also prevents transmission of the virus to their unborn babies. By getting the medicine to those who need it most, an AIDS-Free Generation can become a reality in as few as five years.“The $350 million (RED) has raised is important — particularly to the people who are alive because of it — but (RED) isn’t just about cold cash, it’s about political heat,” said Bono, cofounder of (RED). “When Bobby Shriver and I started (RED), people said we were mad. We were mad, we were outraged that where you lived would decide whether you lived – and that’s exactly what was happening with the AIDS crisis. But this isn’t a last decade fight, it’s the next decade where we really need to show up and see this off. I’m really touched that in this next year what we raise will be matched by the Gates Foundation. Let’s make sure we get to $100 million.”“Over the past decade, (RED) has enrolled millions of people and dozens of brands in the global fight against AIDS,” said Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “Today’s match will provide the Global Fund with up to $100 million to help save 60,000 lives, prevent 2.3 million new infections and generate more than $2 billion in economic gains for developing countries. That’s an amazing return on investment.”last_img read more

World Premiere of Sgt Stubby An American Hero to Benefit Variety the

first_imgFun Academy Motion Pictures, the studio behind the upcoming animated family film Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero and Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California, one of the entertainment industry’s most respected and generous non-profit institutions, are co-hosting the world premiere of the animated family feature as a fundraising event to benefit Variety – the Children’s Charity of Southern California and the Boys and Girls Club of Boyle Heights on Tuesday, March 27 at the Regal L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles.Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero opens nationwide on April 13Red carpet is 4:30 p.m.; with a reception at 5:00 p.m. and screening at 6:00 p.m.Tickets and event sponsorships are available to allow kids from underserved L.A. communities to attend the premiere. All net proceeds will be donated by Fun Academy to Variety – the Children’s Charity of Southern California, which has been serving the Los Angeles area since 1941.Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, in theaters everywhere April 13, is based on the incredible true story of the unbreakable bond between a young Soldier and a stray dog who, for his valorous feats, is still recognized today as the first dog promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army. Stubby is the most decorated dog in American history and is widely considered the forerunner to the U.S. Army’s working dog program. Set against the backdrop of America’s entry into World War I, this computer-animated feature shows the world that the greatest heroes can come from the unlikeliest of places in a heartwarming “tail” for the entire family.On March 28th, the day following the world premiere, Fun Academy and Variety – the Children’s Charity, will co-host screenings in 14 cities across the U.S. and Canada – a first in the charity’s 90-year history – to further benefit Variety programs that provide life-saving, life-changing and life-enriching equipment and services to children who have a disability or are disadvantaged.“We are delighted to partner with Variety – the Children’s Charity to host the world premiere screening and multi-city tour of Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” said Richard Lanni, director of Sgt. Stubby and founder of Fun Academy. “We are excited to host 500 children and their families from organizations supported by Variety SoCal, including the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Boyle Heights, at our world premiere to enjoy this dog’s eye view of American history that kids will love, parents and educators will appreciate, and all ages can enjoy together.”“Variety – the Children’s Charity of Southern California is honored that Fun Academy Motion Pictures will premiere this heartwarming story to benefit children with special needs in our community. The children whom Variety supports overcome adversity every day. The inspiring story of Sgt. Stubby is one that the kids will really enjoy,” added John C. Hall, President of the Board of Directors of Variety of Southern California.The March 28th screenings locations are spread across North America and benefit causes selected by each local chapter (or “tent”) of Variety – the Children’s Charity:UNITED STATES:• Cathedral City, California – Variety Tent #66: D’Place Entertainment Mary Pickford Theatre 14 • Redwood City, California – Variety Tent #32: Cinemark Redwood Downtown 20 • Deltona, Florida – Variety Tent #70: Epic Theatres of West Volusia • Wheaton, Illinois – Variety Tent #26: Studio Movie Grill • Gurnee, Illinois – Variety Tent #26: Marcus Gurnee Cinema • Grand Rapids & Lansing, Michigan – Variety Tent #27: Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North / Celebration! Cinema Lansing • Chesterfield, Mississippi – Variety Tent #4: Marcus Theatres Chesterfield Galaxy 14 Cine • Downtown, Nevada – Variety Tent #39: Brendan Palms 14 • Williamsville, New York – Variety Tent #7: Regal Transit Center Stadium 18 • Brooklyn, New York – Variety Tent #35: National Amusements Linden Blvd. Multiplex • Harker Heights, Texas – Variety Tent #17: Cinemark at Market Heights • Fairfax, Virginia – Variety Tent #11: Cinema Arts TheatreCANADA: Sgt. Stubby: An Unlikely Hero• Alberta, British Columbia – Variety Tent #61: Westhills Cinemas • Winnipeg, Manitoba – Variety Tent #58: Scotiabank Theatre Winnipeg • Vancouver, British Columbia – Variety Tent #47: Scotiabank Cineplex TheatreOpening on approximately 3,000 screens across the U.S. and Canada and coinciding with the year-long 100th commemoration of the United States’ role in the “War to End All Wars,” Sgt. Stubby was directed by award-winning documentarian Richard Lanni in his feature film debut and stars Logan Lerman (Fury, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Percy Jackson & The Olympians), Helena Bonham Carter (the upcoming Ocean’s 8, the Harry Potter films, The King’s Speech, Sweeney Todd) and Gerard Depardieu (Life of Pi, Cyrano De Bergerac, The Man in the Iron Mask, Green Card).Featuring an original score by Patrick Doyle (Brave, Thor, Cinderella, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Sgt. Stubby is produced and distributed by Fun Academy Motion Pictures with animation by Mikros Animation, a Technicolor company. Screenwriters are Richard Lanni and Mike Stokey II (Band of Brothers, The Pacific, Alexander, Born on the Fourth of July), with editing by Mark Solomon (Frankenweenie, Chicken Run, Shark Tale, the upcoming Sherlock Gnomes). Produced by Laurent Rodon and Emily Cantrill; and executive produced by Frank Lumpkin III, Tom Sheehan and Richard Lanni.As documented in history books but largely forgotten today, the true story of Sgt. Stubby will resonate with parents, educators, animal lovers, military supporters and history buffs alike. The film has been selected as an official project of the United States World War One Centennial Commission and its French counterpart, La Mission du Centenaire 1914-18; additional endorsements and educational partners include the Connecticut State Library, the National Infantry Museum Foundation, the National World War I Museum & Memorial, and the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes.Beyond his military exploits, Stubby’s status as an adopted stray has resulted in nearly a century of recognition by animal rescues and welfare organizations and Fun Academy has partnered with more than 70 regional and national animal organizations across all 50 states to shine a light on the human-animal bond and the amazing things adopted animals can do when given a chance in life.last_img read more

Twitter introduces 360degree video live streaming

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: Twitter is taking another step into getting into live video by introducing 360-degree live streams through Periscope.Anyone on Twitter and Periscope can watch 360-degree live video, though currently only select partners can go live in 360 via Periscope, the company announced in a blog post. While it’s only available for a limited number of partners for now, it makes sense that Twitter would start rolling out a tool like this as live streaming becomes increasingly popular on platforms like Facebook.So, Twitter is trying to release yet another new product as it continues to try to find a new future for itself in 2017. This was a very challenging year for Twitter, which saw itself as the subject of a potential major acquisition before those talks fell apart. Since then, Twitter has struggled to figure out new ways to grow and has only incrementally added new products and features. Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement TORONTO, Canada – Canada’s most trusted contractor, Mike Holmes, helps families unlock the secrets of home buying in the series premiere of Holmes: Buy It Right, starting September 10 at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada. In each episode (14×30), Mike lends his eye for detail and expert advice to guide buyers through a top-to-bottom assessment of three potential homes. Coaching veterans and newbies alike, these future home owners learn how to size-up a home like a contractor before making the most important purchase of their lives.For more than 30 years, Mike has dedicated his career to the safety and reliability of home building, unearthing make-or-break risks that can jeopardize a family’s future. In Holmes: Buy It Right, Mike helps families lay down their roots by revealing what to look for in making a smart investment. From driveways and staircases to water damage and electrical circuits, Mike uncovers dangerous hazards that can threaten their safety in addition to their budget. After a thorough Mike Holmes-guided assessment, these buyers are armed with the information they need to ensure their dream home doesn’t turn into a nightmare.In the first episode, Mike travels to the beautiful island of Hilton Head, South Carolina, to advise first time homebuyers Caroline and Diego. Having narrowed their search to three contenders, Mike guides the couple through each home, illuminating hidden concerns that could be detrimental to the family and their children. Holmes: Buy It Right is produced by Warm Springs Productions and Scripps Networks Interactive.Following the premiere of Holmes: Buy It Right on September 10, catch Mike Holmes in the series premiere of Sarah Off The Grid, starting at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada.– 30 –SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter: @CorusPR, @HGTV Canada, @Make_It_RightFacebook:, @hgtvcanada, @make_it_right#HolmesBuyItRightHGTV Canada is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Vancouver street youth photograph socalled best place on earth for exhibit

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement A photograph shows a single dried rose on a white wall. The actual rose can be found in the Downtown Eastside bachelor suite Sarah White shares with her partner and father of her two children, who live with White’s parents.“[The rose] is just saying that our love is forever,” says White. “It’s really hard to have relationships, especially when addiction, homelessness, and all these issues come up.”White, now 30, says she’s battled addiction since she was 19, and chose to photograph items around her apartment as part of a photo essay called “Undying Love.” Twitter Dayna Fast (left) and Sarah White are part of a new photography exhibit featuring work from street-involved youth. Photo Bronwyn Beairstocenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement “That’s supposed to be my sanctuary, my nest, my safe zone,” she said. “Because once you step out your door, you never know what’ll happen, especially living in Downtown East Side.”last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement “What we’ve learned after five years of being a voice for factual TV workers is that they need and want union contracts similar to those in the scripted TV industry but tailored to factual,” CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon said. “They’re done with being treated as poor cousins. This alliance will help them improve their working lives.”IATSE, which represents factual/reality workers in the United States and a large majority of workers in scripted TV in Canada, brings its experience and influence to the campaign.“Workers in factual TV need a strong, experienced voice that can represent them when they are fighting for better working conditions,” said John Lewis, IATSE International Vice President and Director of Canadian Affairs. “We have decades of experience representing entertainment industry workers and understand their unique needs.”Independent contractors and employees often work side by side in the factual TV industry and misclassification is common, which robs workers of their legal rights, such as overtime and vacation pay. That is the subject of a $35-millionclass action filed by Cavalluzzo LLP last October against Cineflix, one of the biggest production companies in Canada’s industry.CWA Canada represents more than 6,000 workers at newspapers and other media companies coast to coast, including the CBC.For more information on the Fairness in Factual TV campaign visit: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook TORONTO, Jan. 29, 2019 – Two of Canada’s top media and entertainment unions announced an innovative partnership today to improve working conditions and organize workers in factual/reality television.The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), North America’s largest entertainment union, is joining forces with media union CWA Canada in its Fairness in Factual TV campaign.The campaign was launched five years ago by CWA Canada and its biggest local, the Canadian Media Guild, in an effort to improve health and safety, and establish fairness in pay and working conditions in the industry.last_img read more

Alberta chiefs councillors lead the way in pay

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-A First Nations band politician in Atlantic Canada has pulled in nearly $1 million in yearly pay, according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.The tax watchdog group has released a second round of documents outlining the levels of pay chiefs and band councillors receive across the country.The documents show that 82 band chiefs and councillors made more money than the prime minister’s $317,574 salary in 2008-2009.In Atlantic Canada, one reserve politician made $978,000 that year.The Atlantic Canadian band chief or councillor is from a community with a registered population of 304, the documents show.The documents obtained by the organization have the names of individuals blacked out.Alberta has the highest paid chiefs and councillors in the country, according to the documents.In Alberta, home to the largest oil reserves in the world outside Saudi Arabia, 47 chiefs and councillors made more than the prime minister in 2008-2009.British Columbia had the second highest number of band politicians making more than the prime minister with 18, followed by Atlantic Canada with nine, Manitoba with five, Saskatchewan with two, Ontario with one and Quebec with none.A Saskatchewan Conservative MP recently tabled a private members bill to make all chief and band councillor salaries public.Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau issued a statement Monday saying the recently released numbers show the need for the bill to become law.last_img read more

Aboriginal political organizations should seek corporate sponsorships says Duncan during Enbridgesponsored event

first_imgAPTN National NewsA week after announcing major cuts to First Nations advocacy groups across Canada, Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan made an appearance in Edmonton.The topic was how industry and Aboriginal communities can work together.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.last_img

Pharmacies First Nations health centres probed over alleged abuses of noninsured health

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government is taking aim at health providers allegedly involved in abuses of the non-insured health benefits program.That program provides health benefits to First Nations and Inuit people not covered by provincial or private health plans.Documents obtained through the Access-to-Information Act show that several pharmacies and First Nation health centres across the country are under investigation and in some cases the RCMP have been called to investigate.At least of two of those cases involve First Nations in the Maritimes.APTN National News reporter Tim Fontaine has been following the story.last_img read more

Grieving First Nations family sent home with wrong casket in Manitoba

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National newsA grieving family is speaking out after they returned home with what they believed to be their loved one’s remains only to find out the casket was empty at Red Sucker Lake First Nation in Manitoba.The right casket carrying their loved one’s remains arrived in the community hours later.But the family and members were already devastated by what happened.last_img

Little practical progress has been made on the TRCs calls to action

first_imgAPTN NewsCanada has made little progress implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 10 calls to action related to the imprisonment of First Nation, Metis and Inuit peoples in the country’s penitentiaries.That’s according to the latest report from the Office of the Correctional Investigator Ivan Zinger.Read the report here: Office of the Correctional Investigator Annual Report 2017-2018The calls to action include eliminating the over-representation of Indigenous peoples behind bars, providing money to communities for alternatives to imprisonment, and to address Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder.“To honour the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s ‘calls to action,’ I recommend that CSC (Correctional Service of Canada) spending, budget and resource allocation should better reflect the proportion of Indigenous people serving a federal sentence,” wrote Zinger in the report.“Over the next decade, re-allocation of resources and delegation of control to Indigenous communities should be the stated goals of CSC’s contribution to reaching the TRC’s ‘calls to action.’”The picture for First Nation, Metis and Inuit people locked behind bars in Canada has not changed since the office started writing these reports – in some cases the situation is worse.(Canada’s Correctional Investigator Ivan Zinger at a news conference in Ottawa Tuesday. Photo: APTN)Indigenous offenders made up 30 per cent of all admissions to federal custody in 2017-18 compared to 22.5 per cent ten years earlier said the report.And Indigenous peoples are still over-represented in Canada’s prisons.According to the report between 2009 to 2018 the Indigenous population increased by 42.8 per cent. The total population now stands at 28 per cent of the prison population despite comprising just 4.3 per cent of the overall population.Zinger says for Indigenous women it’s worse where 270 First Nation, Metis or Inuit women are incarcerated making up 40 per cent of the prison population.“For federal corrections, the heavy lifting has hardly begun,” Zinger reports. “A bolder direction is clearly required. To address the enormity of the challenge of Indigenous over-incarceration, CSC and the Government of Canada must more fully devolve responsibility, but most of all resources and control, back to Indigenous people.“In practice, this could entail a reallocation of spending to match the proportion of Indigenous people with a federal sentence.”Watch APTN Investigates: Indigenous People in Canada behind bars More concerning are the changes that the CSC has undertaken that seem to be working for non-Indigenous inmates.According to Zinger, while use of segregation has declined overall, it has not for Indigenous peoples. Segregation used for non-Indigenous inmates dropped by 23 per cent compared to only 10.3 per cent for First Nations, Metis and Inuit.And 39 per cent of Indigenous offenders returned to federal custody on a revocation, compared to 31 per cent for the total population.Zinger also takes aim at the Pathways program.According to Correction Canada’s website, the program provides a healing program within the prison for prisoners who demonstrate a commitment to “follow traditional healing as a way of life 24-hours a day.” The Elder led program “reinforces a traditional Aboriginal way of life” with “Aboriginal traditional values and beliefs.”The Pathways program could lead to early release – but Zinger says non-Indigenous inmates are not asked to follow the same protocols.“CSC does not require a non-Indigenous person entering prison to follow their spirituality, healing or cultural traditions in order to engage in programming. To expect a person of Indigenous ancestry to follow an Aboriginal healing path or cultural traditions when imprisoned is one thing, but to make that a determinant for release is quite another. Indigenous people walk in the “two worlds” all their lives,” wrote Zinger.“The approach to Pathways and the AICs seems somewhat parochial, if not patronizing.”Zinger said there are some bright spots.More Indigenous inmates are being supervised in the community over the past ten years.Zinger is also making the yearly call for CSC to create the position of deputy Indigenous commissioner.That recommendation has been made on a number of occasions but has never been acted upon by government.“Loosening the levers and instruments of correctional (some might say) colonial control is consistent with the path toward reconciliation between Canada and its First Nations,” he said.“Of course, devolution of correctional power will only happen if there is courageous and visionary leadership at the top of the Correctional Service – a vision and commitment that must be duly supported and directed by the Government of Canada.” read more

Burnaby appeal to Supreme Court over pipeline showboating Alberta premier

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says a decision by the City of Burnaby, B.C., to take its fight over the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion to the Supreme Court is showboating.Notley said the city doesn’t have any hope of stopping the pipeline expansion in the courts.“If I were a taxpayer in Burnaby, regardless of my position on the pipeline, I would be very irritated to see my mayor throwing good money after bad in terms of a legal fight which I’m sure every single lawyer who has given him advice has told him they don’t have any hope of succeeding in,” she said in Calgary Wednesday.“He’s going to showboat all he wants and people will judge them accordingly.”Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said Tuesday the city will ask the country’s highest court for leave to appeal a lower court ruling last week.The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed a bid by Burnaby and the B.C. government to challenge a National Energy Board decision that cleared the way for Kinder Morgan Canada to bypass local bylaws during pipeline construction.The expansion project would triple the amount of diluted bitumen from Alberta to Burnaby’s port for shipment overseas.The federal government approved the pipeline expansion in 2016, but the project faces significant opposition in B.C. Thousands of people have rallied in protest and the provincial government has raised concerns about the pipeline’s possible environmental and economic impact.There are still a number of other legal decisions pending on the pipeline, including a review by the Federal Court of Appeal of the decision by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet to approve the project and a review by B.C.’s highest court of the decision by the former provincial government to approve the pipeline.Premier John Horgan is also seeking a legal ruling on whether his province can restrict increased amounts of oil from coming into B.C. while his government reviews oil-spill safety measures.Notley said “willy-nilly” legal challenges — like Burnaby’s leave to appeal to the Supreme Court — will not deter investors.“I think the idea is that you hope to make investors uncertain but, at a certain point, investors have good lawyers too and they understand when they’re real legal challenges and when they are showpieces.”(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

German government urges automakers to pay diesel upgrades

first_imgBERLIN – The German government is calling on automakers to pay for upgrades to diesel vehicles with excessively high emissions, as part of a deal to avert driving bans next year.A spokesman for the environment ministry said Friday that the government “can’t tolerate this refusal” by German automakers to shoulder the cost of fixing diesel cars.The head of Germany’s powerful auto lobby group VDI, Bernhard Mattes, had told Deutschlandfunk radio that manufacturers favour giving car owners rebates to buy new vehicles over hardware upgrades to millions of diesel vehicles.The ministry spokesman, Nikolai Fichtner, told reporters in Berlin that the upgrades have to start “very, very quickly” otherwise car owners may find themselves banned from driving in certain cities from October 2019.last_img read more

CIBC among top brands used in North American phishing attacks security firm

first_imgTORONTO – The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is one of the most commonly targeted brands used by cyberthieves in phishing attacks across North America, with a more than 600 per cent surge in fake email attempts in the third quarter, according to analysis by an email security firm.Vade Secure’s research shows that during that period CIBC was the lone Canadian company among the top 25 brands used by cybercriminals trying to trick people into handing over their credentials and confidential data, according to the France-based company’s engine.The Toronto-based bank was ranked 25th and used in an average of 5.3 new phishing links per day during the third quarter, an increase of more than 622 per cent from the previous quarter, the analysis showed.The email security firm’s chief executive Adrien Gendre said each of these links, which typically mimic official webpages, can be sent to thousands of users.It’s unclear what is behind the surge in phishing activity, but one factor could be CIBC’s launch of its Simplii Financial direct banking brand last year, Gendre said. When users are less familiar with what interactions to expect, they are easier to deceive with a fake email, he said.“Every new service, it’s a good target for phishing… People will click more on it,” Gendre said.Vade Secure, based in Lille, France, protects more than 500 million inboxes and its conclusions were based on the phishing attacks detected by its artificial-intelligence powered platform.CIBC said “cyber security is an evolving space that we monitor closely.“We have multiple layers of security in place and continuously invest to safeguard our clients,” spokesman Tom Wallis wrote in an emailed statement.The email security firm’s analysis comes as Canadian banks continue ramp up their spending on technology, including cybersecurity defences, and months after BMO and Simplii said that thousands of customers may have had personal and financial data compromised.In May, BMO said hackers contacted the bank claiming to be in possession of the personal data of fewer than 50,000 customers, and that the attack originated outside of Canada. At the same time, Simplii also warned that “fraudsters” may have accessed certain personal and account information for about 40,000 clients.A leak of user data is often followed by a wave of phishing attacks or a malware attack months later, Gendre said.A few years ago, grammatical errors or language mistakes would easily signal that it was fraudulent, but now these fake webpages are often indistinguishable from the real thing, Gendre added.The three top targets in North American phishing attacks during the third quarter were Microsoft, PayPal and Netflix, but other large Canadian banks were also among the 86 brands tracked by Vade Secure.Bank of Montreal was in 33rd place with phishing activity up 317.5 per cent from the previous quarter, followed by Scotiabank in 47th place with activity up 53.1 per cent. Royal Bank of Canada and Toronto-Dominion Bank saw a drop in phishing activity, down 91 per cent and 57.6 per cent from the previous quarter, respectively, to put them in the 49h and 62nd spots.However, during the second quarter, RBC was in the 21st spot with an 767.3 per cent increase in phishing links, according to Vade Secure.Gendre said cyberthieves typically cycle through different targets, switching to a new one as users become aware of the fake links and their attacks become less efficient.RBC’s vice-president of cyber operations and chief information officer Adam Evans said that as the bank increases its global footprint it becomes a bigger target for phishing attacks, but it has layers of security to protect against these kinds threats. The bank has also been increasing its cyber security budget and investing in technologies to mitigate this threat, he added.“Organizations that have a global footprint are going to be targeted more often and probably more frequently over time,” he said.BMO, Scotiabank and TD Bank did not respond to requests for comment.Companies in this story: (TSX:CM, TSX:BMO, TSX:BNS, TSX:TD, TSX:RY)last_img read more

Retail chain Cato to settle federal discrimination probe

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Federal officials say a nationwide investigation found that a North Carolina women’s clothing retail chain discriminated against pregnant workers and workers with disabilities.The Charlotte Observer reports The Cato Corporation has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s investigation. The agency announced Monday that the Charlotte-based company denied reasonable accommodations for those workers and made some workers take unpaid leave or terminated them because of their disabilities.The agency says Cato’s practices violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. An EEOC release says Cato has agreed to update its policies to prevent discrimination against those workers.It says a claims process will allow the settlement to be distributed to workers terminated because of their pregnancy or disability.Cato’s website says it has more than 1,000 stores in 32 states.___Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more