Charitybuzz, the luxury charity auction site changing the face of fundraising, announces that it has raised $100 million for charity to date through its online auctions.By auctioning exclusive access and coveted experiences, the socially conscious company has funded the work of more than 2,250 nonprofits around the globe. Charitybuzz will celebrate the achievement by ringing the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange on Black Friday, November 29, 2013, the biggest shopping day of the year.“Charitybuzz’s guiding philosophy has always been that it’s good business to do good. We’ve spread that vision to thousands of celebrities and brands, and together, along with our generous bidders and incredible nonprofit partners, we’ve reached this truly awesome milestone,” said Charitybuzz CEO and Founder Coppy Holzman. “Charitybuzz bidders make a difference simply by shopping for the unique experiences and luxuries they love. With holiday shopping season kicking off this week, there’s never been an easier way to give.”Charitybuzz, founded in 2005, is known for auctioning intimate access to thousands of celebrities, icons and world leaders, such as President Clinton, the Pope, the Dalai Lama, Oprah, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, George Clooney, LeBron James, Anna Wintour, and Tim Cook. The company also offers access to luxury getaways, VIP events and rare memorabilia. Eighty percent of each auction benefits a designated nonprofit.Over 50,000 once-in-a-lifetime experiences were auctioned to reach the $100 million milestone. Funds have benefited a diverse list of organizations, from small schools to international NGOs, working to alleviate poverty, champion equality, educate children globally, eradicate disease, protect our planet, and much more.Ben Klein from Englewood, New Jersey is one of the bidders around the globe whose support helped Charitybuzz reach the milestone. This fall, Klein won the chance for his daughters to meet One Direction at the premiere of their film This Is Us to support anti-bullying programming in schools across the country. (Watch their experience here).“When it comes to giving gifts, nothing beats Charitybuzz. Most of my family and close friends are blessed with having pretty much everything we need, so finding birthday and anniversary presents that will wow them isn’t always so easy to find,” said Klein. “Charitybuzz gives me the ability to buy experiences, which are better then material items because the memories last forever and people love them. Plus the money goes to charity.”Said Niall Horan from One Direction, “We supported an anti-bullying campaign because everyone’s been to school and you see a lot of people being bulled. It’s not good, so we wanted to get involved.”Earlier this fall, Charitybuzz unveiled a redesigned website and sleek, new iPhone app to further empower its community to live their dreams and make a difference.This holiday season, Charitybuzz is auctioning more than 1,275 gifts and experiences that give back, with exclusive access to some of the world’s biggest celebrities and events, from Scarlett Johansson and Elton John to The GRAMMYs and the Super Bowl, at www.Charitybuzz.com/Holiday.
Award-winning actress Jennifer Garner will host the 5th Annual Thirst Gala on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.The gala, in partnership with Skyo and Relativity’s “Earth to Echo,” will educate guests by connecting them to the people and communities the non-profit organization is helping and honor those who have contributed in the fight against the world water crisis.The Thirst Project joined with Relativity to launch a campaign with their family movie, “Earth to Echo” (in theaters July 2, 2014). Every day, the voices of 780 million people without safe water go unheard. Consequently, The Thirst Project and Relativity decided to call on everyone to take action against this global crisis through a simple text. By texting the keyword ECHO in all caps to 51555, followed by a message of hope to someone in a community without clean drinking water, Relativity’s “Earth to Echo” will donate to build wells that will provide clean water to those in need. In addition, the hopeful messages will appear on murals on the wells funded by this campaign.Awards will be presented to those who have made incredible contributions to the cause: VISION AWARD: FollettThe 2014 Vision Award will be presented to Follett.By making education easily accessible, they have been able to foster imagination and ignite discoveries in this generation and the next.“We work each day to ensure that everyone has access to the necessary tools for learning,” said Don Germano, President, Follett Higher Education Group. “Together with The Thirst Project and across our Follett businesses, we’re making an impact by eliminating a huge barrier to education—creating new opportunities for learning—one clean, sustainable well at a time.” PIONEERING SPIRIT AWARD: Actress and Singer, Bella ThorneBella will be receiving the highest honor of the evening, the Pioneering Spirit Award, which actor Kevin Nealon will be accepting on her behalf. In addition to donating extremely generously to fund her own wells, Bella signed on to be the official spokeswoman for The Thirst Project’s “Dirty Little Secret” campaign, promoting the organization through press outlets. By using her voice, leveraging her supporters, and giving countless hours of her time, Bella has positively impacted many lives.“The first time I saw Seth [president and CEO of The Thirst Project] at the Do Something Awards, I saw the most passionate and kind human being on the planet. I would like to thank The Thirst Project and Seth, not only for this award but, more importantly, for opening my eyes to the needs around me,” said Bella Thorne.To learn more about the cause and The Thirst Project, please visit www.thirstproject.org.Source:PR Newswire read more
Grammy Award-winning artist Estelle will perform at Face Forward Foundation’s Fifth Annual Gala, “A Venetian Masquerade” September 13, at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.When Estelle first burst onto the scene in 2008 with the #1, double-platinum hit song “American Boy” featuring Kanye West, she quickly became an R&B sweetheart. Now slated to release her highly anticipated fourth studio album, True Romance, November 4th, and out with a triumphant and inspirational single “Conqueror”, the international sensation teams up with Face Forward in their mission to spread awareness and mend the physical and emotional wounds of domestic violence.Founded by Deborah Alessi, Face Forward Foundation provides pro-bono reconstructive surgery for victims of domestic violence. As its most important fundraising and awareness-building event of the year, The Fifth Annual Gala, “A Venetian Masquerade” will raise funds with a goal of $500,000 for 2015 to support their patients and celebrate the lives and accomplishments of survivors.Alongside the special performance, the star-studded event will be masquerade-themed, with celebrity guests, a silent auction and an honorary awards ceremony dedicated to raising funds and awareness for this increasing epidemic. Face Forward Foundation will honor celebrity and community leaders for their inspirational work and on-going efforts to draw awareness to domestic violence.Confirmed guests include: Missy Piles (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Artist), Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie, Legally Blonde), Shohreh Aghdashloo (24), Bonnie Somerville (Ugly Truth), and Shaun Toub (Iron Man).To purchase tickets, click here.Since its creation in 2007, Face Forward has worked with advocates around the nation to identify victims of domestic violence who are working towards recovery, yet carry the physical evidence of past abuse. Face Forward does more than just provide pro bono reconstructive surgery to adults and children who have suffered from traumatic and physical abuse; they also create a welcoming and safe environment for the victims to start a new life and reclaim their confidence.Deborah Alessi, Founder of Face Forward Foundation says, “The work that we do turns our victims of abuse into victors in life and we have been fortunate to impact many lives with profoundly life changing results. Changing the outward appearance gives them the confidence to address the scars on the inside and move beyond their past to obtain fulfilling futures.”With domestic violence occurring every 15 seconds in the United States, Face Forward Foundation strives to alleviate the internal and external scars of victims and those affected. Ninety percent of all rape and abuse cases lead to physical disfigurement and Face Forward provides treatment to victims who are not able to afford medical assistance. read more
Vanity Fair announced today that Campaign Hollywood, their annual weeklong celebration leading up to the Academy Awards, will return for its eighteenth year. Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood 2017 will benefit a different charity each night while highlighting this year’s top films and standout performances.Vanity Fair and partners Barneys New York, Genesis, Lancôme, and L’Oréal Paris will host events throughout the week leading up to the Oscars. Barneys New York returns for the fourth year as Campaign Hollywood’s premiere luxury retail partner. L’Oréal Paris and Lancôme are returning for their twelfth and fifth years, respectively, as the beauty partners of Campaign Hollywood, while first-time partner Genesis will be the luxury automotive sponsor, providing luxury transportation and experiences for VIP guests to Campaign Hollywood events throughout the week. Dom Pérignon will be the exclusive champagne partner at Vanity Fair’s Campaign Hollywood events.Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood 2017 events will benefit charities including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Roar Foundation Shambala Preserve, the American Civil Liberties Union and more.“Campaign Hollywood essentially takes over Hollywood the week before the Oscars, not just to celebrate the year’s biggest talents and brightest stars, but also to support a range of amazing charities, which is something we’re especially proud of,” said Vanity Fair Chief Business Officer Chris Mitchell.Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood reflects the beauty, art, and excitement of Oscar Week in Hollywood, while spotlighting brands and charities in a way that only Vanity Fair can.More information soon. read more
Advertisement The era of R&B groups dominating the charts has come and gone — today’s music industry is largely dominated by solo acts. But in the midst of the independent superstar, Canada has been quietly producing a number of innovative duos who are staking claim on the R&B scene. Quite often, these duos are made up of one talented vocalist and an innovative producer, the two merging their talents to create sounds that draw from a variety of genres, steadily transforming our very understanding of R&B.Here are five Canadian R&B duos that you should definitely keep your eye on.Majid Jordan Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Made up of singer Majid Al Maskati and producer Jordan Ullman, this duo initially met as students at the University of Toronto and began making music in dorm rooms and family basements. Since then they’ve been signed to Drake’s OVO Sound, toured the world, released two studio albums and have become vanguards of the atmospheric, moody pop-R&B sound dominating the airwaves.READ MORE Twitter read more
(Photo courtesy Ben Powless)APTN National NewsTORONTO–Calling the last three years an honour and privilege, incumbent Shawn Atleo said First Nations today have much to learn from historic battles waged over rights and resources.“Today we face some of these very same challenges and just as they did we must listen to one another and to our sacred duties. Just as they did we must be ready to act. And just as they knew, our greatest strength will be by uniting and supporting one another,” he said.Atleo said that First Nations have arrived at a moment of reckoning. He says his first term has allowed him to formulate a clear plan for the next three years.“It’s a plan that builds on the efforts of our ancestors, honours all of our citizens and looks to confirm a fair game for our children,” he said.Atleo, a former British Columbia AFN regional chief, is one of eight candidates vying for the position of national chief of the AFN. He was speaking during the candidates’ forum during the AFN gathering in Toronto where chiefs will vote for national chief on Wednesday.Atleo said his plan has four main elements including acting on treaties, building governments and economies, caring for the environment and education.“We must act on our treaties and our inherent rights. We must build governments and economies while caring for our waters and our lands. We must achieve change for our kids delivering excellence in education and health,” he said. “We must support every First Nation to deliver safety, security and healing.”Atleo spoke of different First Nations across the country who are fighting for their rights and says he stands firm with them.“Treaties and inherent rights must form the foundation of the relationship with the Crown, not the Indian Act,” he said.He said the AFN must move toward eliminating legislation that keeps First Nations from resource revenue sharing.“The Indian Act is a relic of the colonial past and it violates the treaties and inherent rights. We must overcome the Indian Act, a hypocrisy which costs over a billion dollars each year. Money that should be rightly sent directly to you,” he said.Atleo also called for a full national inquiry into the hundreds of missing & murdered Indigenous women and girls.“Let’s make a personal commitment, a commitment to end to end violence in our hearts and our homes. This is necessary and it will strengthen us and it will lead us forward,” he said.Atleo finished his presentation with a further call for unity among chiefs and communities.“We are stronger together. I will stand with you and I am prepared to lead this effort. Together we will succeed,” he said. read more
APTN National NewsCan First Nations kill legislation they say tramples on their rights?Two political scientists say it’s possible.But they need to look to their neighbours for help.APTN National News reporter Tim Fontaine explains.
APTN National NewsWinnipeg played host to the 2014 Indspire Awards this past weekend.First Nation, Inuit and Metis high achievers from across the country came to take part.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson was at the ceremony and has this story.
Isadore Day seen on election day for the Chiefs of Ontario in June. Photo was found on COO’s Facebook page.Kenneth JacksonPaul BarnsleyAPTN NewsThe Chiefs of Ontario (COO) racked up a deficit of more than $1.3 million in the last fiscal year that continues to grow each month by tens of thousands of dollars.It has an ongoing workplace harassment investigation into complaints from two former female employees against the previous chief operating officer and other employees.One alleged her sexual orientation was repeatedly targeted.Unexplained purchases on the former chief operating officer’s credit card and other unapproved expenses were also discovered in a financial review completed in July by the federal ministry of Indigenous Services.And while that review was going on the political organization – representing 133 First Nations and thousands of people – had lawyer figure out how it could restructure and got an earful from chiefs when they were asked for their opinion.Much of this became public at COO’s election June 27, and was first reported by Turtle Island News, a Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation based weekly newspaper, but APTN News has since obtained internal documents and interviewed stakeholders to help shed some light on the trouble within the COO.It would appear that all of these negative developments happened during the watch of then Regional Chief Isadore Day, since the regional chief is the main spokesperson for the COO and also has a high profile position as the Ontario representative on the Assembly of First Nations executive board.Day, who was defeated by current Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald at that June election, told APTN something fostered the “chaos” within the organization.He said the reality is he had little influence within the COO power structure during his three-year term and believes the board of directors must bear the responsibility for the problems.The financial review conducted by Indigenous Services, which provides funding to the organization, revealed that COO’s board rarely met.The organization is actually controlled by its four-member board, which is made up of grand chiefs of the provinces four political territorial organizations (PTO).The regional chief is an ex-officio member of the board but doesn’t have a vote.Day said two board members didn’t attend regular meetings – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Grand Chief Francis Kavanaugh of the Grand Council of Treaty 3.In fact, he said the board met only once during his run as regional chief.That is, he said, until he uncovered the financial state of the organization around March of this year and got legal advice to force meetings.He said by not meeting, although meeting was required by law, COO was effectively a ship without a rudder as it couldn’t reach a quorum to make decisions.“They basically prevented the work that was desperately needed at the Chiefs of Ontario and they essentially crippled the organization,” he said. “It’s been an issue of money. Flat out. It’s about resources and it’s about political influence.”Asked to explain what he meant by money, he explained PTO’s and other organizations have always jockeyed for government funding. The COO, as a political entity that represents all Ontario chiefs, was in direct competition for funding with other more local tribal councils whose leaders made up the COO board.Day also said by not meeting, the former chief operating officer, Nathan Wright — who reported to the board and not the regional chief, even though their offices are in the same building — was allowed to operate without a boss and continued to provide employment to people when there was no funding for their positions, which is the main reason for the deficit according to a draft report of the financial review that was still being shared by Indigenous Services in August.The review said the deficit continues to grow each month by nearly $58,000 due to people having jobs that have no funding.But the review didn’t just find a growing deficit and unexplained expenses, but a broken management structure.“There appears to have been limited governance activities and oversight of the financial administration of COO by its Board of Directors (BOD) and a great deal of authority was placed with the Chief Operating Officer,” auditors said in their report in July.The report confirmed that once the financial issues came to light that is when the board started meeting.“As yet, there is no clear reason or cause for the lack of BOD meetings,” the report states.The report identifies one person who could not be interviewed for the audit: Alvin Fiddler.NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler.APTN reached out to Fiddler for an interview on Aug. 10, leaving a message on his cell phone. But we didn’t hear back. A spokesperson for NAN, Michael Heintzman, did respond to a subsequent email from APTN.Heintzman said Fiddler agreed to an interview but asked APTN to wait until after NAN’s election on Aug. 15. APTN had no intention of publishing the story before the election as we were just beginning to look into the issues. We asked NAN for a firm date to do the interview after the election.Follow up emails were not addressed until Aug. 21 when a spokesperson said NAN would now issue a statement.Later that day, about an hour after APTN confirmed an interview with the new regional chief, NAN wrote again saying Archibald would be speaking for NAN and Fiddler.APTN countered that Fiddler’s involvement as a director was something he should address. Heintzman did say Fiddler participated in the financial review without providing any explanation as to how.APTN then reached out to Kavanaugh, who was out of the country on vacation. The Grand Council of Treaty 3 provided its executive director, Gary Allen, for an interview. Allen also ran against Day in the last election.APTN asked Allen if personal differences played a role in why the board didn’t meet.“I don’t view it in that way. I know essentially we’re all trying to work together; we’re all on the same team. I don’t see that was the issue,” said Allen.He said the reason the board didn’t meet is because they didn’t know they had to.“I think it’s just from a lack of understanding,” said Allen. “There wasn’t really a clear understanding of what the clear responsibility was for the board of the directors.”Day doesn’t see it that way.“It was political. If you want to be political, fine, but you are a director. You have to meet. You can’t expect someone is going to teach you your role. If you are a grand chief, and you have connection to the Chiefs of Ontario, you also have an obligation to understand what that role is,” he said.In subsequent interviews with Day he alleged to APTN that the political maneuvering wasn’t just about the board not meeting, but also about how the June election unfolded.He said Treaty 3 and NAN both had candidates in the race against him. He said NAN picked Archibald and Treaty 3 flagged Allen.There’s no written rule saying grand chiefs or PTO’s can’t support certain candidates but Day believes the grand chiefs role as corporate directors puts them in a conflict.“At the end of the day these grand chiefs should not be interfering in the elections. It’s like me, if I am the regional chief, and I am interfering in the NAN election. If I am saying well we want to run a candidate that is going to be to our liking,” said Day.Before announcing she was going to run for regional chief Archibald worked briefly — from January to about April — for Day as a consultant when he was still regional chief. Day said her job was to build bridges between COO and NAN because it was no secret there was a disconnect.She was at COO when Day said he first learned about all the problems it faced. She then ran on a campaign to clean up the organization.Day said Archibald told him she had NAN’s support.“I was actually warned by RoseAnne. She told me that NAN is going to run the block vote,” said Day.That meant Allen would run and then shift his chiefs (and their votes) to Archibald after the first ballot.Whether or not this in fact was planned in advance, it did unfold that way.Gary Allen on election day for Chiefs of Ontario as seen in this photo on COO’s Facebook page.It was very easy to see how the support shifted during the election because the COO use a voting system where the chiefs line up behind the candidate they support.Before the third ballot was counted the 15 chiefs behind Allen walked to Archibald’s line.The end result was 67 votes for Archibald, 37 for Day and 13 for Six Nations Chief Ava Hill.So if the 15 Allen delegates didn’t go to Archibald and they went to Day instead, it have forced a fourth ballot with Day and Archibald tied at 52.That could have changed the result since it would have been up to Ava Hill’s 13 delegates to decide in the fourth ballotNeither Treaty 3, NAN or COO would comment on Day’s allegation that grand chiefs interfered in the election. Allen had previously told APTN a chief asked him to run and that’s why he did.“At the end of the day, for me, there was nothing I could do,” said Day.But there were two other grand chiefs on the board: Patrick Madahbee, who didn’t seek reelection as chief of the Anishinabek Nation Grand Council this summer and Joel Abram of the Association of Iroquois an Allied Indians, who became a COO board member in June 2017.Day said Madahbee and Abram were always willing to meet as part of their fiduciary duty to COO.Madahbee declined to be interviewed saying he served his people for 46 years and was on a beach reading a book enjoying his retirement.Abram spoke to APTN and said the financial problems didn’t start until April 1, 2017.“There’s established financial policies and policies about spending authorities and those were pretty much ignored,” he said. “The majority of the deficit was the unfunded positions. They did have funding at one time but once those funding agreements ran out those positions should have ended as well. But for some reason they weren’t.”As for the problems with the board Abram thinks it’s an “aberration.”“I can’t really explain that part. My main intention is to make sure it doesn’t happen to the current board or a future board,” he said.***A deeper look into the documents detailing the problems at COO shows the current deficit may have begun in April 2017 but the organization’s broken structure and political divide has been longstanding.According to a restructuring report done, the organization has always talked about the need to restructure due to “the unclear and uncertain role of the Chiefs of Ontario.”That is a quote from a report dating back to 1980.“Throughout the years, the Chiefs of Ontario have conducted a number of restructuring reviews that were mandated to explore ways that the Chiefs of Ontario should be restructured to fulfill and clarify its roles and responsibilities. These past restructuring reviews have failed to be fully implemented,” wrote lawyer Jenny Restoule-Mallozzi in her June 2018 report.As part of the report, 57 questions were put to chiefs to gauge their understanding of the organization and thoughts on such things as the board.The majority of chiefs felt the board needed to be restructured.Here are just a few of the highlights (their identities were kept confidential in the report):“Political people should not be sitting at a corporate board. It should be made up of experts in HR, finance, legal etc.,” one chief said.“The current structure they set up is not working … due to continuing north/south divisions and PTOs ‘opting out’ by ‘boycotting’ meetings by simply not attending or even joining conference calls,” another said.“Is the Board of Directors really the problem here? I think not,” said a chief but added no additional information as why.To view the full restructuring report click here.The chiefs were also asked about the Political Confederacy (PC) which is made up of the four PTO’s, Six Nations and Awkesanse and two independent tribal councils.The report found in a previous structural review in 2011 that COO acted on the “whim” of the PC “and is often unable to act on resolutions of the Chiefs in Assembly (the 133 First Nations) due to political interference.”These are some of the complaints chiefs made about the PC in the latest report when asked what role it plays:“No idea what they do. Not transparent or accountable.”“The PC is an advisory board to the (Ontario Regional Chief). The PC provides guidance and experience while representing all regions in Ontario. It should never try to make unilateral decisions behind the back of the Office of the Regional Chief.”Other chiefs expressed concerns with Wright, who is no longer with COO after taking a leave of absence Mar. 7. It’s believed when that leave ended, COO moved on from Wright.However, when interviewed by APTN, Wright said he couldn’t discuss the details on his exit as the chief operating officer. He also couldn’t discuss the workplace harassment investigation but said he will make himself available to be interviewed by investigators.As for the issues with the board, Wright said he did try to get them together.“All I can say is there was communication back and forth by way of emails trying to seek certain dates (to meet). Those certain dates did not work for all of [the board] for me to achieve quorum but every attempt was made to meet on a quarterly basis just to go over a number of items whether that be financial or (human resources),” he said.The Indigenous Services financial review looked at a sample of purchases made on Wright’s corporate credit card and a found there was a lack of receipts and invoices or approval.Wright said he would try to seek approval from the board if there were large purchases.“I made every attempt not to go over certain amounts,” he said.Nathan Wright. Facebook photo.The report found the majority of payments made with the card were eligible, even without approval, except $2,807 for what the report described as a “donation, an online casino, a video website membership and cash withdrawals.”Wright couldn’t recall what the online casino payment was for but said the COO was looking at an online data system.While regional chief, Day didn’t have a corporate credit card. He said he declined to have one.The review did look at sample payments made to reimburse him for travel and other expenses.It found the majority of payments were approved and were eligible except two.One was for $2,500, and while it was approved, there was no receipt or invoice.Day said it was for a cost of living increase that everyone at COO received. The other expense was for towing charges and a parking ticket in Toronto on May 11, 2017.Day said Wright approved all his expenses.As for what he thinks of Day, Wright had nothing but good things to say.“I will speak very highly of him. I thought he did probably one of the most bang up jobs as an advocate bringing our issues to the forefront. It was a pleasure working with him,” he said. “To this day I am very proud of the work he and I did in those three years.”He said one area he is most proud of is the work the COO did, along with other chiefs, on Hydro One and securing energy shares for First Nations, as well reducing hydro rates on-reserve.***Day said when he first learned about the financial situation of the COO he was in “shock” but was prepared to address it, even if it was just a couple months before the election.“I had no choice. I had to find a way to address it,” he said. “At the end of the day I forced the restructuring. I forced the workplace investigation and the (Indigenous Services financial review),” he said. “I was able to stand up with a high degree of integrity and to say, ‘Chiefs I have done everything I could. It’s unfortunate the organization has went through this. But this is a chiefs organization, not a grand chiefs organization.’”But he said he also wanted the people to know, the rights holders. The mothers struggling to keep their kids from child welfare agencies or the kids who want to attend school on-reserve.“They have a right to know what has been happening,” he said. “The structure and the system is broken and it has to be fixed.”He may have gotten the ball rolling, however fixing it no longer falls to him to see it through.Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald, right, with Carolynn Bennett, minister of Indigenous-Crown Relations, in a photo found on the Chiefs of Ontario Facebook page.As mentioned earlier, RoseAnne Archibald’s election platform was fixing COO.“I am known as a fixer, somebody that comes in and knows how to fix situations that are difficult,” said Archibald, adding she has over 30 years of experience doing so.She said the first step was organizing a restructuring committee and then writing proposals for funding.“Indigenous Services Canada who has already committed to work cooperatively with us on the restructuring project in terms of providing some funding,” said Archibald.“My goal is to get back to zero by March 31. I know that’s possible. I don’t want people to think there’s a big deficit at Chiefs of Ontario that’s not solvable. It is solvable. It is solvable and I am going to solve it and you will be able to see that by March 31. People will be able to see that. We are making the organization better.”She also intends to have a clear picture of how the COO will restructure by June 2019.When asked what went wrong at the COO, Archibald couldn’t say.“In terms of what’s happened in the past, I don’t know. I just don’t know what went wrong. I really don’t,” she email@example.com read more
The Canadian PressA complex trial involving a novel claim to a large swath of Lake Huron lake bed and allegations of broken promises is set to kick off in Toronto today.The trial pits the Saugeen Ojibway Nation against the federal and Ontario governments.The two nations who make up the Saugeen Ojibway Nation launched their claims about two decades ago.They say their traditional territory includes what is now the Bruce Peninsula and lands south stretching from Goderich, Ont., to Collingwood, Ont.The territory, they assert, includes most of the waters of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.The case will likely take years to wind its way through the court system.“We’re working on the schedule,” lawyer Cathy Guirguis, who represents the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, said in an interview on Wednesday. “What’s been requested of the court is over 200 days.”Essentially, two separate claims by the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, known as SON, against Ottawa and Ontario are in play.The first, which appears to be unprecedented in Canada, involves recognition of Aboriginal title to land underwater that forms part of the Indigenous groups’ traditional homelands that weren’t surrendered by treaty.As far as she knows, Guirguis said, the courts have never ruled on title to lakes.Chief Lester Anoquot of Saugeen First Nation said the issues at stake are of profound importance.“This trial is not only a watershed moment for SON seeking recognition of our rights, but also for Indigenous peoples and Indigenous rights across Canada,” Anoquot said in a statement.“This is about legally recognizing how integral our waters are to us as Anishinaabe people, and how the relationship we have with, and the responsibilities we have to, our lands and our waters has survived to present day.”The second claim involves the Bruce Peninsula, which separates Lake Huron from Georgian Bay.Under a Treaty in 1836, SON gave up more than 600,000 hectares of rich agricultural land south of Owen Sound, Ont. In exchange, the claim asserts, the Crown promised under Treaty 45-1/2 to protect forever what is now the Bruce Peninsula from settler incursion.However, just 18 years later in 1854 under Treaty 72, the Crown demanded the surrender of the peninsula on the basis the government could no longer protect the lands from settlers.SON now asserts that the Crown misled the First Nations and could have protected the peninsula as initially promised.The claim calls for the return of lands on the peninsula still owned by Ontario or Canada or that have not been bought and paid for by third parties.It’s not clear how much of the peninsula could be affected.Any compensation will be dealt with at a later phase of the trial.For their parts, the governments maintain they have dealt with the First Nations properly, have lived up to their treaty obligations and deny Aboriginal title to the lands exist. They want the claims thrown out.Currently, court dates have been scheduled through the fall.This week will see two days of opening statements, with a week of evidentiary hearings scheduled for next week in Nawash or Cape Croker.After a week off, the court will then travel for another week of hearings in Saugeen First Nation. read more
OTTAWA – The human resources and pension management firm at the centre of the conflict-of-interest controversy raging around Finance Minister Bill Morneau broke its silence with a flourish Friday, denying strenuously any suggestion that it has benefited from having its former boss in cabinet.Opposition critics have been attacking Morneau over his links to Toronto-based Morneau Shepell, urging the federal ethics watchdog to investigate the fact that minister spearheaded pension reform legislation that could benefit both the company and the man who used to run it.However, the only thing Morneau shares with Morneau Shepell these days is a name, the company said in a statement aimed at countering “a growing amount of misinformation” about the firm and its contracts with the federal government.“Morneau Shepell severed all contact with Finance Minister Bill Morneau upon his election to the House of Commons in October 2015; this includes any discussions about his financial investments,” the statement said.“Morneau Shepell wins business because we are good at what we do. We stand behind our success in the open, transparent, competitive process for government contracts.”Nor was the company ever consulted about Bill C-27, the legislation introduced by Morneau that now has ethics commissioner Mary Dawson — who signed off on the minister’s decision to forgo a blind trust for his considerable assets — double-checking for signs of conflict.The firm acknowledged Friday that it has expressed its support for the concepts in the proposed legislation, but it doesn’t expect a windfall if the legislation becomes law.“Bill C-27 is not expected to have a material impact on our company,” the statement said.“If passed, it would allow federally regulated pension plans the option to implement target benefit pension plans. They would not be required to do so.”Several provinces have adopted similar laws, but few employers have changed their pension systems, the company said.The statement refutes media reports that suggest Morneau Shepell obtained and renewed contracts with the federal government after the Liberals came to office. All contracts were awarded fairly and competitively, and “nearly all” of them were awarded when the Conservatives were in power, the company said.“In the interests of the thousands of Canadians who we proudly employ and the millions of Canadians who benefit from our services, we are restating the following facts,” the statement begins.It ends with this: “While we understand that we cannot always control the context of how our name is referenced, we will defend our reputation, our employees and our clients.”Morneau, who built the company alongside his father into a large, successful firm, stepped down as executive chairman shortly after the 2015 election and before he was named finance minister a couple of weeks later.He has denied he was in conflict of interest regarding Bill C-27, although Dawson is looking into the situation following a complaint last week from NDP ethics critic Nathan Cullen.“Your letter leaves me with concerns in relation to Mr. Morneau’s involvement with Bill C-27,” Dawson wrote. “Consequently, I will follow up with Mr. Morneau and will inform you of the outcome in due course.”Morneau announced last week that he will sell all of his roughly one million shares in Morneau Shepell — holdings worth at least $21 million, according to current stock prices — and put all his other considerable assets in a blind trust.On Thursday, following continuing opposition accusations that his actions as minister could have increased the value of those shares, he went a step further, saying he will donate to charity the difference in the value of the shares between the date he was elected in 2015 and the day they’re sold.Cullen labelled the donation “guilt money.”Conservative MP Gerard Deltell called Thursday’s news “proof, without a shadow of a doubt, that he was in a pure, profitable conflict of interest for the last two years and he only acted when he’s trapped in a corner.”Morneau introduced C-27 just over a year ago and it has sat on the Commons order paper ever since, with no debate and no attempt by the government to move it along. read more
Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,108.09, up 33.79 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 50 cents, or 7.42 per cent, to $7.24 on 19.8 million shares.Acerus Pharmaceuticals Corp. (TSX:ASP). Drug manufacturer. Up 6.5 cents, or 25.49 per cent, to 32 cents on 4.1 million shares.Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE). Oil and gas. Down four cents, or 0.26 per cent, to $15.42 on 3.7 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up eight cents, or 1.97 per cent, to $4.14 on 3.6 million shares.Raging River Exploration Inc. (TSX:RRX). Oil and gas. Up 11 cents, or 1.47 per cent, to $7.61 on 3.5 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up 92 cents, or 9.9 per cent, to $10.21 on 3.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:CMED). Health care. Down 33 cents, or 1.57 per cent, to $20.65 on 351,162 shares. The company fired back at Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB) — which formally launched its hostile takeover bid Friday — saying Aurora’s management “has not demonstrated an ability to execute competently” and its all-stock offer is based on an “inflated Aurora share price.” Aurora formally tabled its hostile takeover bid for CanniMed on Friday, valued at $24 per share, with the condition that the medical marijuana producer cancel its own planned acquisition of the Tragically Hip-backed marijuana company Newstrike Resources Ltd. (TSXV:HIP) read more
MONTREAL – Engineering firm WSP Global Inc. beat analyst expectations with revenue of $1.48 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017, versus $1.33 billion a year earlier, but net earnings came up short at $30 million, compared with $56 million a year ago.The Montreal-based company recorded a $16-million non-cash income tax charge to account for lower U.S. corporate taxes but said the change announced by the Trump government late last year will benefit its bottom line going forward.It added there were four fewer billable days in the quarter in 2017 versus the same period in 2016.CEO Alexandre L’Heureux pointed out that WSP completed 10 strategic acquisitions last year, expanding into the Australia/New Zealand region and Latin America and added 5,000 new workers.He said the company expects to have organic growth of one- to four-per cent this year.RBC analyst Derek Spronck said in a report that WSP’s growth profile from a combination of organic growth, acquisitions, and margin expansion makes it attractive for investors.Companies mentioned in this story: (TSX:WSP) read more
JOHANNESBURG – Chinese President Xi Jinping urged fellow leaders of the BRICS emerging economies to “reject protectionism outright” on Thursday during their annual summit in which the United States is being criticized for escalating tariffs on foreign goods.Xi along with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brazilian President Michel Temer and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa clasped hands and posed for a group photograph on the second day of their meeting in Johannesburg.The Trump administration’s trade war with China, the world’s second-largest economy, and other major trading partners has given focus to the summit to rally support for what Xi called “common prosperity.”The Chinese leader criticized the “escalation of protectionism and unilateralism” that he said has directly affected the development of emerging markets.“We must unlock enormous potential for economic co-operation,” he said, and fight back against protectionism by working through the United Nations, the Group of 20 nations and elsewhere.The BRICS leaders later signed a declaration in which they agreed to strengthen economic and security co-operation, uphold “multilateralism” and work toward “a fairer international order.”“We call on all WTO members to abide by WTO rules,” they said in a statement, referring to the World Trade Organization.A day earlier at the summit, Xi said the world faces “a choice between co-operation and confrontation” amid the trade dispute with the United States in which he warned there would be no winner. U.S. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, accused China of “vicious” tactics on trade.Putin, for his part, supported the idea of opening regional branches of the New Development Bank for BRICS. “We are negotiating with Brazil on this matter, starting from the fact that after the completion of the issue, the opening of the office in Russia will begin,” he said.___Follow Africa news at https://twitter.com/AP_Africa read more
New York: India and Afghanistan have been hurt by terrorism which is “like cancer” and threatens peace in the region, a top Afghan diplomat has said while appealing to the international community not to view his war-torn country as an isolated case. Speaking at an event organised at Asia Society here on Monday, National Security Adviser of Afghanistan Hamdullah Mohib said Pakistan talked about brotherhood and historical linkages but hardly shows any cooperation in combating terrorism. “We haven’t seen any cooperation from Pakistan,” Mohib said. Replying to a question on Afghanistan’s estimate of cooperation from Islamabad, the top diplomat said Pakistan is “always very nice, they speak about brotherhood, historical linkages and the likes but then all we see is terrorists coming our way and no brotherhood”. Mohib said India and Afghanistan were hurt by terrorism and both the countries have suffered a great deal. “We understand what the cost is that we are paying,” he said. “But it (terrorism) is not just a threat to India and Afghanistan. Terrorism is like cancer. It is our problem today but it will soon be someone else’s problem once it’s no longer ours,” Mohib said. Referring to the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS), he said the plan stayed only on paper and did not get implemented. “There hasn’t been any action (on APAPPS) and there is no interest from Pakistan to implement it. There is no cooperation with Afghanistan in any aspect,” he said. Mohib said Afghanistan had diversified its trade from Pakistan, stressing that if it had not done so, the prices of the food items would have skyrocketed this year due to drought. “We have diversified into our northern route through Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan now and through Iran by Chabahar connecting to India. It has opened up opportunities for Afghanistan not only to increase our trade but also to give us more options for import. We had to do that,” he said. read more
New Delhi: The Crime Branch of Delhi Police registered an FIR on Wednesday with regards to the piracy of NCERT books based on a complaint of an investigating official of NCERT itself. According to the registered report, hordes of pirated printed material including 805 pirated copies of NCERT’s 10th Class Mathematics books; 1100 pirated copies of NCERT’s 9th Class Hindi (second language) books; and 840 pirated copies of NCERT’s 9th Class English textbook were seized during a raid conducted by the complainant along with the ISC Crime Unit Branch. In addition to this, pirated copies of 12th Class Micro-economics and Chemistry-Part 1 books were also found. The complainant has accused one Rajan Kumar and his business Kumar Associates of infringing copyright, causing financial loss, and damaging NCERT’s reputation. A case under sections 63/65 of the Copyright Act and 420 of the IPC has been registered at Crime Branch. read more
New Delhi: Veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi was Tuesday dropped as a BJP candidate for the Lok Sabha elections, while Union minister Maneka Gandhi and her MP son Varun Gandhi swapped their seats as the party announced its 29 more nominees from Uttar Pradesh. BJP general secretary Arun Singh announced that Union minister Manoj Sinha has been fielded from Ghazipur, a seat he had won in 2014, and UP government ministers Rita Bahuguna Joshi and Satyadev Pachauri from prestigious Allahabad and Kanpur seats respectively. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Joshi, 85, had won from Kanpur in 2014 but was told by the party leadership that he would not be fielded in the coming elections. The party has not given the ticket to veterans like L K Advani, B C Khanduri and Kalraj Mishra among others. Actor politician Jaya Prada was fielded from Rampur hours after she joined the party Tuesday. UP BJP president Mahendra Nath Pandey has been repeated from Chandauli, Singh said. Maneka Gandhi will contest from Sultanpur and Varun Gandhi from Pilibhit. The BJP also announced its 10 candidates from West Bengal. read more
Kolkata: App-cab owners and drivers have decided to not provide the comfort of air conditioners to the passengers from Monday.They said they were not using air conditioners as the money they are earning from the services is insufficient to meet their expenses. According to the app-cab owners, one of the two major app-cab service providers does not pay sufficient money in comparison to the amount of fare they take from passengers. According to the app-cab owners, at present they get fare at a rate of Rs 8-9 a kilometre. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe fare of the ordinary no-refusal taxi is Rs 15 a kilometre and AC taxis charge Rs 18.50 for a kilometre. App-cab owners have been demanding that the fare rates for app cabs should be at par with the fare of AC taxis. However, the concerned app-cab firm allegedly did not bother to address the demand of the cab owners. These cab owners allege that the service provider company charges fare at a high rate from the passengers but retains the maximum profit which should be divided equally. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAs they did get any fruitful solution to the problem, the cab owners have decided not to provide air conditioning facility to the passengers as it would save on the fuel. Though the authorities of the concerned app-cab firm claimed earlier that they support both the passengers and cab owners, but till date the company has allegedly not taken any concrete steps to meet the demands of the cab owners. It is alleged that if a driver fails to provide his services due to some reasons, the concerned app-cab firm immediately takes strict action against him. On Monday, several app-cab drivers were seen stopping other cabs which were using air conditioners. These drivers were requesting other drivers not to use the air conditioners to save fuel. They have also circulated a leaflet among drivers to create awareness about their demands. App-cab owners said that they would continue providing services but as normal taxis till their demands are addressed. read more
LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino fears the “spirit of football” is being changed by Video Assistant Referee (VAR) after his side fell victim to technology on Tuesday. As it turned out the penalty awarded by VAR against Danny Rose for handball was missed by Sergio Aguero and Tottenham went on to earn a crucial 1-0 win in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at their new ground. But that could not hide Pochettino’s unease at a system that will be rolled out in the Premier League next season. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhWhile a sliding Rose’s arm did make contact with the ball as he attempted to block Raheem Sterling’s shot, no City player appealed for a penalty — evidence in itself that the decision was the kind of marginal one that could be debated all night. Pochettino himself said in the letter of the law it could possibly have been a penalty, but rules on what constitutes handball appear open to interpretation. As it stands in the International Football Association Board (IFAB) rulebook, a player can be penalised for handball if their arms extend ‘beyond a natural silhouette’ — even if accidental. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterManchester United beat Paris St Germain thanks to a late VAR penalty this season after Diogo Dalot’s shot struck Presnel Kimpembe on the arm and went over the crossbar — a decision Neymar branded a ‘disgrace’. Pochettino was more measured, perhaps as the penalty was saved by Hugo Lloris, but still raised concerns that there are too many grey areas in deciding on handball. “There’s a lot of work to do with VAR,” he told reporters. “We know there are many decisions that no one knows if VAR is going to be used or not, to check or not. “Maybe technically it was a penalty because it was handball, but we do not know the protocol. There are a lot of question marks and a lot of work to do. I think it’s going to change the spirit of the game and I’m very worried about how it’s going to work next season.” Tottenham fans chanted “VAR VAR” shortly after Aguero’s penalty miss, when Harry Kane was challenged in the penalty area — a chant that might become a regular refrain at Premier League grounds next season. Even when they celebrated Son Heung-minute’s 78th-minute winner there was an anxious moment when the validity of the goal was checked by VAR — briefly ruining the spontaneity of the moment, which is an integral part of football. read more
NEW DELHI: Delhi Police has arrested a cheat Deepak, a resident of Panipat Haryana in connection with five cheating cases registered in Delhi, Chandigarh and Haryana.The cheat worked with a unique modus operandi and convinced an employee of a firm that he was a bank employee after the bank refused to deposit the money at the Connaught Place branch as he was late. The accused disguised as bank employee advised him to contact Branch Manager or any other higher officer of the bank. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe top most officer of the branch was not present in his cabin so the accused person convinced the complainant to go upstairs to deposit the cash there in the allied branch of the bank. The unknown person told the complainant not to deposit the lump sum amount with his own as the bank official would ask the reason for such a big amount to be deposited in the account. So, he opined that both of them would deposit Rs. 5 lakhs each in the same account by filling up separate deposit slips. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe unknown person filled up a deposit slip first and took Rs. 5 lakhs from the complainant but did not deposit the amount in the account with cashier. “While the complainant was busy in filling up the deposit slip the unknown person finding an opportunity slipped from the spot and ran away with the cheated cash i.e. Rs. 5 lakhs,” said Madhur Verma, DCP New Delhi. The accused was nabbed from Shalimar Garden Area Ghaziabad, UP. The accused was found to indulge in Satta rackets since 24 years of age nad was habitual to gambling untill he opted the way cheating the bank customers. read more