KINGSTON, Ont. – Via Rail says its trains are back on schedule after a freight train derailment delayed trips between Toronto and Montreal or Ottawa for hours on Saturday.The widespread delays came about when two cars at the back of a Canadian National Railway train carrying paper derailed just east of Kingston at 1:20 p.m.The incident caused hours of delays for rail passengers across the province on Saturday, but Via spokeswoman Marie-Anna Murat says there aren’t any delays expected between Toronto and Montreal or Ottawa.Murat says 647 people were on passenger trains at the time of the derailment, and more than a thousand were believed to be affected by Saturday’s delays.Murat says all trains on the route were cancelled that evening, and passengers were given the option of either exchanging their tickets or receiving a full refund.She says Via Rail provided buses and other forms of alternate transport for most of the passengers stranded at the time of the derailment.
NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. – An apartment fire in North Vancouver has killed two people and sent a dozen to hospital for treatment of various injuries.The victims were trapped when the blaze tore through one of four buildings in the 170-unit complex around 2:30 a.m. Monday, said Wayne Kennedy, deputy chief with District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue.“One half of the building was fully affected by the fire and the other half was affected by smoke and water,” Kennedy said.RCMP said in a news release that 17 units in the wooden, two-storey complex were extensively damage, leaving about 70 people permanently displaced.Flames were visible as firefighters pulled up, Kennedy said, but residents from other suites were already rushing to assist people and that was a huge help to crews.As a precaution, crews evacuated other buildings in the sprawling 4.5-hectare complex and sent more than 100 residents to a nearby reception centre.Fire crews didn’t immediately realize two people were trapped, Kennedy said.“There was some mention to us, early on, that there were a couple of people who weren’t accounted for, but due to the intensity of the fire and the amount of units that were involved it wasn’t a safe alternative for us to get into some of the units until we had a better control of the fire.”Firefighters were able to check the suites several hours later and found both people in the same unit.The BC Coroners Service confirmed via email that it is in the early stages of an investigation into two deaths.The victims were from the same family, but their names and ages have not been released, police said.Mounties added that 12 survivors were treated in several area hospitals for injuries ranging from smoke inhalation to burns.Most residents were allowed to return to their suites in unaffected parts of the complex within hours.Crews continued to douse hot spots on the fire Monday, and Kennedy said an assessment of the structural integrity of the building would also be required.He said it was still unclear what sparked the blaze and work to determine a cause would begin as soon as possible.An RCMP arson unit, the fire department and the coroners service are all working on the investigation.
LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A southern Alberta man with mental health issues has been sentenced to five years in jail for stabbing his parents.Nigel Vermeulen, who is 29, had pleaded guilty in Lethbridge court to one count of attempted murder and another of assault with a weapon.Court heard he stabbed his 72-year-old father in the neck and his 62-year-old mother in the leg.The sentence was recommended as part of a joint submission by the Crown and defence.An assessment at the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre determined that he was fit to stand trial and did not meet the criteria to be found not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder.Vermeulen has been diagnosed as having autism spectrum disorder, selective mutism, delusional disorder and an unspecified personality disorder.“It seems to me there is no rational explanation for the perpetration of these crimes by Mr. Vermeulen,” Provincial court Judge Eric Peterson said Wednesday before delivering the sentence.“He is mentally ill, but not to the extent that it would excuse his conduct.”Court heard that Vermeulen’s parents became aware of his mental health problems when he was still very young.He continued to live with them as an adult, having quit school early and never got a job.Vermeulen would only leave the house to go for walks with his father or to get groceries with his mother.On Feb. 11, Vermeulen’s mother woke to her husband screaming and a sharp pain in her knee.She called out to Vermeulen but then found her husband bleeding heavily from the neck and called 911.The Crown says he was lucky to survive the wound.Lethbridge Police later found Vermeulen not far from home and took him into custody.During an interview in which he would only respond by writing, Vermeulen said he felt the only way he could start his own life was by killing his parents.Police also found a journal entry that Vermeulen had entered into his computer before the stabbing attacks.“Can’t sleep, hungry, so might as well kill my parents,” he wrote according to the agreed statement of facts. “Going to knife them and hope it works … all that matters is killing them.”The Crown also noted that aside from the remorse demonstrated by entering a guilty plea, Vermeulen hasn’t shown any other signs of empathy towards his parents. (LethbridgeNewsNow)
HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. offered a glimpse inside one of its coming cannabis stores Wednesday, showcasing a unique retail hybrid not likely found anywhere else in the world.NSLC president and CEO Bret Mitchell took media on a tour of the cannabis store that’s inside the NSLC on Joseph Howe Drive in Halifax, saying Nova Scotia is the only jurisdiction that brings cannabis and alcohol sales under one roof.“We have a very unique situation here in Nova Scotia and one that’s definitely going to be setting the stage for the world,” said Mitchell inside the new cannabis store, located in a renovated section of the liquor store.“It hasn’t been done to my knowledge anywhere else in the world, and so it’s going to make it a very different retail environment than you’ll experience in any other jurisdiction.”The entrance to the 130 square-metre rectangular-shaped store — which will be one of the largest in the province — is located in the back left corner of the liquor store beneath large letters that read “cannabis.”Customers walk through an opening with frosted glass and around a corner into a brightly-lit space with light-coloured walls.Behind the counter and spanning an entire wall are dozens of white boxes that will eventually contain types of cannabis. The available products will be displayed on TV screens and are divided into four distinct categories: relax, unwind, centre and enhanced.Mitchell calls this a “discovery guide approach.”“The four categories are how we will be grouping our assortments to hopefully help those who are new to the category have an ability to choose what they’re looking for when they buy cannabis,” said Mitchell.For example, a sign on the wall explains that, “relax” products offer “relaxing and calming experiences that are generally more focused in the body than the mind.”There are a number of tablets at wood grain countertops that will contain information to help customers choose a product. Mitchell said “hosts” will greet customers as they come in, firstly to determine if they’re legal age, and secondly to show them how to shop.The cannabis will be provided in a sealed bag, and must be purchased before leaving the cannabis store boundaries.Products and accessories will be displayed in cabinets on the walls. Customers will not be able to smell the product, except for at its Clyde Street store in downtown Halifax. NSLC says the products will have descriptions regarding their “nose.”There are also a number of safety messages posted on signs throughout store, including warnings against smoking and driving.Barriers that weave in front of the checkout counters will help control the expected lineups, but Mitchell said the hope is to eventually remove them once the initial rush dies down and customers become more familiar with the process. The store can comfortably accommodate roughly 60 people.Mitchell conceded that the store’s opening would not come without growing pains.“This is a new experience for us and it’s going to take time to figure out,” he said.He said in order to have a cannabis store within the liquor store, they must abide by a number of federal regulations, including that it be totally separate from the liquor store. No one under the age of 19 is allowed in the cannabis section.“There’s going to be some learning. Do people shop the same way? Do they come at the same time of day? How do they interact with staff? It’s going to be a very different experience,” he said, adding the average alcohol transaction is three minutes, whereas cannabis transactions will take up to 20 minutes.Twelve cannabis stores will be opening inside NSLC locations on Oct. 17, said Mitchell. He said they’re anticipating up to 90 people an hour will use the cannabis store at the Joseph Howe Drive location once it opens.The introduction of cannabis is expected to double that location’s retail sales, from $11.5 million a year to $22.5 million, said Mitchell.
SASKATOON – A court hearing related to money raised following the Humboldt Broncos bus crash will be the first real test of Saskatchewan’s efforts to regulate crowdfunding campaigns, says a lawyer for the fund.The Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund Inc. is to ask Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench on Wednesday for an initial order that would declare a GoFundMe campaign a public appeal, authorize the money to be held in trust and approve an interim payment of $50,000 each to the 13 survivors and the families of the 16 people who died after the April 6 crash.The GoFundMe campaign raised $15.2 million in donations from all over the world.The money has yet to be distributed because Saskatchewan has legislation known as the Informal Public Appeals Act, which outlines court-supervised payouts.“This is a new law that was enacted in Saskatchewan in 2015,” said Jeff Lee, a lawyer who represents the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund Inc.The legislation was recommended in 2012 by a national body called the Uniform Law Conference, which proposes changes when gaps are identified in existing laws.“Saskatchewan was the only province that stepped up and actually enacted that statute into law and this would be the first occasion in which it’s been considered in court,” said Lee.Under the law, a court hearing can be requested by a trustee, a donor, a person who benefits from a fund, the attorney general or anyone the court considers has a sufficient interest in a fund. In the Broncos case, a hearing was requested by the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund Inc.Some have expressed concerns that the courts could take too long, but Lee said that’s why there will be a request for an interim payment.He and other legal experts said the law is meant to improve the overall process and deal with any disputes that could tie money up for years.Peter Lown, chair of the committee on program development and management with the Uniform Law Conference, said the law was initially recommended because of an increasing number of public fundraisers.“Everybody says, that’s terrible, that’s the most awful thing that’s happened — I should help out with that,” he said. “So what does that mean? How are they going to be helped? Is there a differential for survivors and non-survivors or families? What can it be used for? How much of it can be used?“Somebody has to take responsibility for doing all of that. Otherwise it’s just total chaos.”Lown, who’s also a retired law professor at the University of Alberta, said courts can act as guides by introducing “some structure without suffocating it and without turning it into a long process of litigation.”Potential legal traps identified included questions about what to do with a surplus if too much money is raised or an insurance company picks up some costs. The Saskatchewan law also offers legal protection to people who spearhead fundraisers.As part of the initial order Wednesday, the court will be asked to approve a committee to determine how the rest of the Broncos GoFundMe money is to be distributed.It would be made up of retired Saskatchewan justice Dennis Ball; Mark Chipman, chairman of the company that owns the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets; Olympic gold medallist Hayley Wickenheiser; Dr. Peter Spafford, who’s in charge of head and neck surgery at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine; and Kevin Cameron, executive director of the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response.The committee would prepare a report with recommendations to the memorial fund board within the next couple of months. The board would then return to the courts for final approval.— By Colette Derworiz in Edmonton. Follow @cderworiz on Twitter
TORONTO – Ontario’s correctional services minister said he was “shocked and disappointed” that a woman convicted in the 2009 murder of an eight-year-old girl has reportedly been transferred from prison to a healing lodge in Saskatchewan.Michael Tibollo told the legislature on Tuesday that he will be speaking with federal officials about the decision involving Terri-Lynne McClintic.“Decisions like this made by our federal government can seriously impact the public’s confidence in our correctional systems,” he said. “My ministry will continue to monitor this matter as it unfolds to see what we can do in this unfortunate situation … and try to correct what has been done.”McClintic was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Tori Stafford in 2010 and was sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 25 years.The London Free Press reported Stafford’s grandmother saying Correctional Service Canada notified her family of McClintic’s move to the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge.The lodge in Maple Creek, Sask., is run by Correctional Service Canada and is for offenders that require a minimum to medium security level. Women at the facility learn how to live independently by cooking, doing laundry, cleaning and doing outdoor maintenance chores, according to Correctional Service Canada’s website.Tori’s father expressed his frustration at McClintic’s move in several Facebook posts.“She gets her life back in multiple ways and we will NEVER see our little Victoria again,” Rodney Stafford wrote. “Do we not get a notice or a say in ANYTHING?”A spokeswoman said in an email that the Correctional Service of Canada could not comment on the reported transfer due to the Privacy Act.Correctional Service Canada’s website says such lodges are correctional institutions where Aboriginal values, traditions and beliefs are used to design services and programs for offenders.Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal offenders can live at the facilities but all must follow Indigenous programming and spiritually, the website said.“In all cases, we thoroughly assess an offender’s risk to public safety before a decision is made to move him or her to a healing lodge,” the website said.McClintic’s co-accused Michael Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for kidnapping, sexual assault causing bodily harm and first-degree murder in Tori’s death.
VANCOUVER — The Liberal candidate running against NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in a Burnaby, B.C., byelection has bowed out of the race after singling out Singh’s ethnicity in an online post.Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background and her choice of words wasn’t well-considered and didn’t reflect her intent.She says she “sincerely” apologizes to Singh and has deep respect for him as the leader of his party and for his public service.Wang says after consideration with her supporters she has decided to step aside as the Liberal candidate in the Burnaby South byelection.She says she believes in the progress that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal team are making, and doesn’t wish for her comments to be a distraction.StarMetro Vancouver reported Wednesday that Wang wrote on Chinese social media platform WeChat that she was the “only” Chinese candidate in the riding, rather than Singh, who she identified as “of Indian descent.”More to come.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The parents of Jack Letts, a British-Canadian man imprisoned in northern Syria, are chastising Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer for saying he wouldn’t lift a finger to help their son.John Letts and Sally Lane say in a newly released statement that Scheer might react differently if his own child was locked in a foreign dungeon without access to a lawyer or contact with his family.They say it is time for Canadian politicians to show leadership and demonstrate that Ottawa is able to protect the rights and freedoms of all citizens.Questions about the fate of Jack Letts, who is being held in a Kurdish jail in Syria, recently resurfaced following word that Britain had revoked his citizenship.Letts’ parents say their son, who still holds Canadian citizenship, went to Syria for religious and humanitarian reasons, not to fight for the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.They say it is irresponsible of Scheer, and the U.K. government, to ‘pass the buck’ and let other countries deal with the westerners being held in Syria following the demise of ISIL.The Canadian Press
Sparked by her arrival in New Zealand, a major destination for China Southern Airlines, and upset that the airline is one of two remaining major airlines that still ship primates to laboratories, where they are caged, cut into, poisoned and killed, Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson has written on PETA Asia-Pacific’s behalf to the president and CEO of China Southern Airlines via its New Zealand office to urge him to use his influence to help end this cruel practice.“You may not be aware that after being torn from the wild or rounded up at dreadful breeding farms, the monkeys you ship from China to laboratories in the U.S. and elsewhere end up imprisoned in tiny, desolate laboratory cages, where they are cut open, addicted to drugs, infected with debilitating diseases, intentionally poisoned, and crippled in cruel experiments”, Anderson writes. “I … urge you to have a heart for animals this Valentine’s Day and stop shipping monkeys to their deaths in laboratories.”She also makes a promise: until China Southern stops shipping primates to laboratories, she says, “as a frequent traveler, I will avoid flying your airline and am also encouraging my friends, family members, and fans to do the same”.Many of the largest and best-known carriers in the world – including Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Philippine Airlines, EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, United Airlines and American Airlines – now refuse to ship primates to laboratories.Source:PETA Asia-Pacific
Celine Dion is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win a trip for two to Las Vegas to meet her backstage before her show, have a photo taken with her by her personal photographer, and watch her new show from VIP orchestra seats!The winner will be flown in from anywhere in the world and treated to hotel accommodations.To enter, all fans need to do is make a small donation ($5 per entry) to Aid Still Required to help women, children and farmers who are still struggling after Haiti’s devastating earthquake four years ago. Proceeds from this offer will support ASR’s programs for women who have been attacked in Haiti’s notorious shantytowns; at-risk kids in the northern slums; and farmers battling the effects of massive deforestation.If fans choose to donate more or share the campaign with their friends, they can increase their chances to win prizes. The top 3 sharers will each get a CD signed by Celine. Fans can also earn a campaign-exclusive t-shirt for a larger donation.Visit www.prizeo.com/celine for all of the details and to enter to win!
Jaclyn Stapp, children’s book author, national anti-bullying spokesperson, philanthropist and wife of the Grammy-award winning lead singer of Creed, Scott Stapp, is excited to launch the children’s foundation CHARM (Children Are Magical) whose mission aims to heighten awareness of children’s issues and provide underprivileged youth with the tools of life through education, mentoring, and community resources.CHARM officially launches this month as 501c3 non-profit organization at www.childrenaremagical.org.“The name ‘CHARM’ speaks to my heart and is part of my own personal philosophy. I believe children are magical, spirited, full of promise and can be encouraged and challenged to fulfill their dreams,” Jaclyn says. “I learned as a child, that people with a big heart and a little time could make a big difference in my life. The goal of developing CHARM is to reach out to many others with even bigger dreams, because dreams do come true as they have for me.”Jaclyn’s charity will partner with other foundations to support children and their families by providing resources to overcome many of life’s obstacles caused by neglect, abuse, lack of education, and other hardships at home.Jaclyn has also tagged on to CHARM her motto, “I AM STRENGTH” as her personal reminder of hope and encouragement to adults going through tough times. Jaclyn learned to persevere and search within herself for a beam of strength to face her own challenges. I AM STRENGTH offers a community of support and a sounding board for adults and families of all backgrounds.“Children need safe environments, healthy guardians and happy homes to thrive. The vision of ‘I AM STRENGTH’ will target needs because parents, families and children speak a universal language,” she says. “With access to the proper resources and support, folks can better handle issues while developing a purpose for creating the healthy, positive home life that every child deserves.”In the spirit of hope and fun, Jaclyn invites all fans to join her I AM STRENGTH mission with a photograph (selfie) of themselves and the words I AM STRENGTH written on their hand or any favorite part of their body. Jaclyn will share your creative photos on social media with the hashtag #I AM STRENGTH. Selfie supporters will have the opportunity to be featured on the CHARM website. With enough support from local communities and the public, Jaclyn hopes to ensure that every unsupported child in this country will one day be properly nurtured and cared for.Please support CHARM’s mission with your donation or with the purchase of the beautifully designed Masonharlie, ‘I AM STRENGTH’ ID bracelet. Visit the CHARM website at www.ChildrenAreMagical.org to get involved, make a donation or purchase your customized bracelet; 20% of proceeds will benefit CHARM.
David Arquette, Kristin Chenoweth, Whitney Cumming and Natalie Jawher attended “FOX’s Cause for Paws” event in Santa Monica, Calif. where they got an exclusive look at Banfield Pet Hospital’s first children’s book, “My Very, Very Busy Day!”David Arquette With My Very, Very Busy Day!Credit/Copyright: Coyne PR“FOX’s Cause for Paws” is the first-ever rescue dog telethon aiming to find homes for the thousands of shelter dogs in need. The two-hour special, hosted by Hilary Swank, will air Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 27.Kristin Chenoweth With My Very, Very Busy Day!The book, “My Very, Very Busy Day!” was written to entertain and educate children on what it means to be a responsible pet owner and the importance of preventive veterinary care. Actress Quvenzhané Wallis contributed to the book’s foreword, sharing her love of animals and aspiration of becoming a veterinarian. The book is available at all Banfield Pet Hospital locations nationwide for a suggested donation of $10 to Banfield Charitable Trust, to provide preventive care to pets in need.
It was a sparkling night for wildlife at the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s annual Wildlife Ball.Kerry Ellis and Dr Brian MayCredit/Copyright: CPG PhotographyHosted by The Dorchester in London on Friday October 9th, 300 guests mingled with celebrities to help raise over £150,000 for endangered wildlife. A stunning set from legendary Queen guitarist, Dr Brian May and singer Kerry Ellis – which included the premier of Brian’s launch video for Cecil’s Law and an acoustic version of Crazy Little Thing Called Love – was followed on the big screen by a heartfelt appeal from former Spice Girl, Melanie C, for everyone to play their part to help save wildlife.“It was an incredible night for wildlife,” says CEO Sally Case. “The depth of support that we, as a small charity, generate illustrates just how important wildlife is to so many people and to the sustainable future of our planet and all of us, where ever we live.”Calling for supporters to be part of the generation that cares, David Shepherd’s granddaughters – the artist Emily Lamb and the Foundation’s event manager, Georgina Lamb – echoed the call for the younger generation to take up the baton to protect precious wildlife and wild spaces.Adding additional excitement to the evening were Mark King from Level 42 (who sang happy birthday to a guest raising £1,000), TV presenter and auctioneer Charlie Ross who helped command almost £60,000 in the live auction of artwork donated by the Shepherd family, British designer and supporter Elizabeth Emanuel, TV presenter Kate Silverton and Olympic gold medal winning rower Alex Gregory.
UNICEF has launched a global sports initiative to engage people in its work for children.Sports enthusiasts worldwide can get involved in the Olympic and Paralympic action for free by signing up to Team UNICEF Get Active for Children, a scheme that unlocks a R$5 corporate donation every time participants complete 5km by foot or wheelchair.Users can also accumulate points by exercising and accomplishing other activities including completing a quiz at the Team UNICEF platform. The participant with the highest number of points will win a trip to see UNICEF’s work first-hand in Brazil (international travel is not included).“We want everyone to get into the sporting spirit and Get Active for Children to help raise vital funds for UNICEF’s work for the world’s most vulnerable children,” said UNICEF Representative in Brazil Gary Stahl.Estimates suggest 30 children and adolescents are murdered every day in Brazil. More than one in three adolescent deaths in the country is a result of murder, compared to one in 20 deaths caused by homicide among the total population. For Brazil’s most vulnerable children, exposure to violence and exploitation is commonplace. Major sporting events can put these children at an increased risk of atrocities including sexual abuse and child labour.To help prevent and respond to violence against children during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, UNICEF has also launched a new version of Proteja Brasil, an app that enables witnesses and victims to report violence, abuse and exploitation to the authorities. Reports on the time, location and circumstances can be filed online and anonymously.“Violence, abuse, discrimination and exploitation are a harsh reality for far too many children,” said Stahl. “Proteja Brasil gives everyday people the chance to make it personal and take action to help tackle children’s rights’ violations and get them the help they so desperately need.”Team UNICEF Get Active for Children was created by UNICEF and Ogilvy and supported by Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) and Save the Dream.
Country singer Eric Church hosted the sixth annual Eric Church Band Put A Club In My Hand golf tournament in Nashville on August 14.Michael Todd, Marshall Alexander, Christina Scholz, Craig Wright, Driver Williams, Lee Hendricks, Jeff Hyde Credit/Copyright: David Schenk/MusiCaresProduced by Big Hearted Babes, the invitation-only event raised over $200,000 for MusiCares. To date, the annual event has raised more than $800,000 for the organisation.“The Eric Church Band Golf Tournament is so uniquely special due to the unwavering support of the Eric Church Band and Eric, specifically to help music people in times of need. Year after year, Eric’s band and crew put this fundraising tournament together, and their efforts touch thousands of lives,” said Debbie Carroll, Senior Executive Director of MusiCares. “This event is a great reminder that we can all do our part to help make the world a better place.”
NBA Champion Matt Barnes will host the 5th Annual Athletes vs. Cancer Celebrity Football Game on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at Fairfax High School.In partnership with the legendary entertainer Snoop Dogg, Barnes will kick off the celebrity weekend with a Thursday Cannabis Summit #Smoke4aCure where physicians, scientists, botanists, and more will discuss the medicinal benefits amidst the backdrop of product displays and entertainment. On Friday the 10th, the AVC presents #Bowl4aCure at Lucky Strike DTLA.“Having lost my mother to cancer seven years ago, my mission is to support cancer patients and their families during one of the hardest battles of their lives,” said Barnes. “Through innovative research, we can enhance public awareness of the many ways to detect cancer in its early stages with the ultimate goal of cancer prevention.”The American Cancer Society estimates that 2018 will present 1,735,350 new cancer cases and 609,640 cancer deaths. Athletes vs. Cancer provides support services and inspires hope for those affected by cancer. Furthermore, the Foundation aims to help those living in communities with minimal resources to access regular cancer screenings. With proceeds supporting mobile cancer screening units and financial support for hospice patients, Barnes hopes to encourage young people to strive for lifestyle changes in the fight to eradicate cancer.Tickets for the Celebrity Football Game are $35 for adults and $15 for kids ages 7-12. Kids under the age of six get in for FREE. Event gates and the Family Fun Zone open at 6:00PM. Kickoff begins at 7:30PM.AVC’s Celebrity Football Game alumni have included the most recognizable and dynamic names in the NBA, NFL, professional sports and entertainment worlds.Tickets for single events during the entire weekend can be purchased online at AthletesVsCancer.com with a limited amount of tickets available at the entrance.For additional information on how you can support or become a sponsor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twitter Star Wars fans will be out in force at this year’s Saskatoon Comic and Entertainment Expo after the announcement of Carrie Fisher as a featured guest.The expo announced Fisher’s appearance Tuesday on Twitter. The event is scheduled at Prairieland Park on Sept. 16-17.Fisher, who reprised her iconic role as Princess Leia in last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will take part in a panel and be available for photos and autographs. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement
Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Rogers Communications says Guy Laurence has stepped down as president and CEO, less than three years after the former head of Vodafone UK was brought to Canada to turn the company around following a period of lacklustre growth.The early morning announcement Monday of his departure — no reason was given — came minutes before Rogers announced its latest financial report, which showed the company’s third-quarter profit was about 50 per cent lower than during the same time last year despite a slight increase in revenue.Laurence’s replacement will be former Telus CEO Joe Natale, who led the Vancouver-based company during a period when it made customer gains against Rogers in the important mobile communications market. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment NEW YORK—A television actress best known for playing a young Superman’s close friend pleaded not guilty Friday to sex trafficking after federal prosecutors said she worked as a slave “master” recruiting unsuspecting women to a cult-like group led by a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the stars.Allison Mack was accused in an indictment unsealed by the federal court in Brooklyn. She entered her plea and was remanded to custody after Judge Cheryl Pollak refused a request from Mack’s lawyers to release her without bail.Mack, 35, starred in the CW network’s Smallville. Since that series ended in 2011, she has played only minor roles. Prosecutors said she helped recruit women for leader Keith Raniere and his cult-like organization called NXIVM. She told the women they were joining what was purported to be a female mentorship group, prosecutors said. Advertisement But “the victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labour,” according to federal prosecutors.“Mack and other … masters recruited … slaves by telling them that they were joining a women-only organization that would empower them and eradicate purported weaknesses the NVIVM curriculum taught were common in women,” prosecutors said.Prosecutors said she required women she recruited to engage in sexual activity with Raniere, who paid Mack in return. Allison Mack told women they were joining what was purported to be a female mentorship group, prosecutors said. (TODD WILLIAMSON / INVISION/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO) Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter
Karaoke-style videos like the Caleons’ made the app famous in China just after it was founded by Beijing tech company ByteDance in 2016, but its August 2018 merger with similar social media platform Musical.ly catapulted it to success in North America and caught the eye of the GTA’s Gen Z (those born in the late 1990s).“We decided to check it out and do it for fun, but we had no idea it would become what it is today,” Samantha told the Star of how her sister cajoled her into trying Musical.ly together in 2016.“I noticed it was more younger, more elementary-age kids, but nowI see anywhere from high school age to adults using the app. There has been a large growth over the last few months.” Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Samantha and Madeleine Caleon are 22-year-old Toronto twins who choreograph and post roughly 10-second clips of them grooving and lip syncing every week on TikTok. COURTESY SAMANTHA AND MADELEINE CALEON Advertisement Advertisement Samantha and Madeleine Caleon haven’t had formal lessons in singing or dancing, but that hasn’t stopped them from building a fanbase of millions who adore them for both.The 22-year-old Toronto twins choreograph and post roughly 10-second clips of them grooving and lip syncing every week on TikTok – an app turning locals into stars as it becomes the talk of Generation Z and a challenge for parents just trying to keep up with whatever newfangled social media their kids are on. Facebook