BCCI CoA does Uturn observers wont monitor state functioning

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) met in the capital on Friday and addressed the various queries placed before them by state associations. Interestingly, CoA chief Vinod Rai also clarified the decision to appoint observers in the 10 state associations and said that they wouldnt be involved in any decision-making process. When asked of the decision to appoint observers in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Sikkim, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Bihar, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand and Pondicherry and whether the new BCCI constitution allows such appointments, Rai said that it was done only to observe the functioning of the states and the observers would not monitor any activity. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”The decision was taken because there were large number of queries. It is only to help. He is an observer, he is not participating in the decision-making. It is clear he will neither take decisions nor will he give any directions. He sits there and observes. He doesn’t monitor. It is not a question of giving answers,” Rai clarified. But the mail sent to the state bodies had clearly said that the observers would guide the state associations in cricketing matters.last_img read more

Longhouse not a protest of Canada 150 but celebration of time immemorial

first_imgFREDERICTON – A traditional longhouse has been erected near the New Brunswick legislature, with a First Nations elder saying it’s not to protest Canada 150 but to educate that indigenous people were present long before Confederation.Alma Brooks of the Wolastoq Grand Council says the temporary structure on the Fredericton riverfront is a place of teaching and “a chance to celebrate time immemorial.”“It’s not a protest. Hopefully it will be a way of opening the door a crack for discussions around many long term issues that have been ignored,” she said Friday.She said she was pleased that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that protesters who erected a teepee in Ottawa ahead of Canada 150 celebrations on Saturday had a right to be there.On Thursday in Charlottetown and later in New Brunswick, Trudeau said that Canada had failed indigenous peoples for centuries.“If that’s the way he feels, that gives me a little bit of hope because we need to build a better world for our children,” Brooks said.The birch structure in Fredericton, covered with tarps and cedar brush, is oriented east-west on a grassy strip along the edge of the St. John River.It’s an area frequented by people who walk and jog, and a good vantage point for Canada Day fireworks.Brooks said she hopes people will stop to ask questions.“I hope they come and learn something. This is a teaching lodge. Come and listen and learn,” she said.Brooks said most Canadians don’t know enough about indigenous history in this country.Senator Sandra Lovelace Nicholas said this week that, as an indigenous woman from the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, she won’t celebrate Canada Day until all treaties are settled, and all First Nations children enjoy equality.Brooks said she understands the senator’s position, and there needs to be more truth and reconciliation going forward.She said Canada 150 is like two grains of sand in the hourglass that measures the time her ancestors have occupied the land.The New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council hasn’t taken an official position on Canada 150, but Chief Wendy Wetteland said while she has no disrespect or disregard for Confederation, there’s a lot of the history of Canada that’s not recognized in that celebration.“That’s what makes me hesitant to celebrate a marker in Canadian history, because there’s so much more to Canada’s history than that,” she said in an interview Friday.Wetteland said the prime minister’s statements make her optimistic, but there needs to be concrete action.“Steps moving forward have to be made with indigenous people in order to repair all of the systemic issues,” she said.Still, Wetteland said she hopes for a day when reconciliation is complete.“I do see a day when that can happen. I just hope it’s within my lifetime,” she said.last_img read more

Jean Chretien says Canada is better shape to renegotiate NAFTA now

first_imgSASKATOON – Former prime minister Jean Chretien says Canada’s in a better position now to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement than it was when the treaty took effect 23 years ago.He says back in 1994, Canada had a surplus of $50 billion a year in trade.Now, the United States sells as much to Canada as Canada sells to the U.S., so even though some sectors will win and others will lose, he says both sides will benefit in the end.Chretien says Americans have always been difficult to negotiate with for softwood lumber and dairy.He also says it’s not uncommon in such negotiations for agreements to be signed on the last day.The third round of talks between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico concluded on Wednesday.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said some issues related to small- and medium-size enterprises were resolved, but an enormous amount of work still needs to be done on other, difficult matters.Chretien was in Saskatoon on Wednesday speaking to students at the University of Saskatchewan.He is the first of three former prime ministers to speak at the university as part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations — the other will be Kim Campbell and Paul Martin. (CJWW)last_img read more

Radon tests to be required for Yukon day homes child care centres

first_imgWHITEHORSE – The Yukon government will make radon testing a licensing requirement for new and existing child care centres and day homes in the territory.If the tests are positive, those same facilities must also act to reduce radon gas concentrations, the government announced Wednesday.“I’m really proud to say that Yukon is leading the way on this,” Health and Social Services Minister Pauline Frost said in an interview.Currently, no other Canadian jurisdiction mandates radon testing to obtain a day care or day home licence, the minister said.The territory has alerted all licensed child care centres and day homes to make them aware of the impending requirement, Frost said.A timeline for the changes has yet to be established, but it will occur in phases.Radon is a naturally-occurring, colourless, odourless, radioactive gas that is created through the breakdown of uranium in soil and rock.If the gas seeps into a structure and accumulates in high levels, radon inhalation can result in lung damage and an elevated risk of cancer, said a bulletin on the Health Canada website.“The health and safety of all Yukon children is the top priority for this government. So this new requirement will ensure that all children in licensed day care centres and day homes throughout the Yukon will be protected,” Frost said.Yukon NDP Leader Liz Hanson asked the government last week if it had decided to add mandatory radon testing to a 72-point assessment checklist that covers everything from ensuring the water supply meets Canadian standards “to placement of thumbtacks,” which the centres must comply with to get a licence to operate.In a 2017 capital asset management report, the Auditor General of Canada noted that the Department of Health and Social Services has known about “unacceptable levels of radon in some of Yukon’s licensed day cares and day homes,” since 2008, Hanson told the legislature.Erik Simanis, the owner-operator of Radon Measurement and Mitigation Yukon, said radon levels vary across the territory.“There’s potential for it to be everywhere. I’ve done lots of work in Whitehorse and in the communities as well,” he said.“There are certainly some spots that are worse and some that are better.”Testing for radon in a two-storey, six- to eight-bedroom building would cost a few hundred dollars, he said.The price of radon remediation can range between $1,500 and $5,000 depending on a building’s size and construction.Foundations, crawl spaces and unfinished rooms are common areas to test for high concentrations of radon presence in a building, he explained.Last winter and spring, the Yukon government tested care facilities, group homes, and young offender facilities that Health and Social Services is responsible for, Frost said.She could not confirm whether a particular facility was found to contain high levels of radon.(Whitehorse Star)last_img read more

People in Calgaryfunded art say their photos were used without consent

first_imgCALGARY – A comedian from the United Kingdom says photos of her and her colleagues were used without their knowledge in artwork funded by the city of Calgary.A series of giant photographs called “Snapshots” was installed along an underpass in the city’s southwest in 2015 at a cost of $20,000.The city has a photo of the installation on its website.Comedian Bisha Ali posted on social media that she’s upset because neither she nor any of the other subjects gave their consent to the artist for their photos to be used.She says all the photos were taken as promotional head shots for a show that she and other comedians were involved in.Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says he has asked staff to investigate and the city says it is working toward taking the photos down.“No one ever asked if they could use my giant face, so it was a kind of a surprise to me, and certainly (to) the photographer who took the photo,” Ali said Tuesday in a Skype interview with CTV Calgary.“Certainly, no one asked her because we’re friends. I’m sure it would have come up that this massive installation was happening.”(CTV Calgary)last_img read more

Head of Toronto school board reassures teachers on interim sexed curriculum

first_imgTORONTO – With just a week to go before a new school year begins, the head of Canada’s largest school board has sent a letter to teachers assuring them Ontario’s interim sex-ed curriculum still covers many important topics.John Malloy, the director of education for the Toronto District School Board, published a letter online Friday saying the board is doing its best to take the “‘guess work’ out of determining what can be taught and when.”He says while the Ministry of Education “has the right to set curriculum for Ontario students,” educators are responsible for how it is taught.Malloy’s letter comes just days after TDSB chair Robin Pilkey said the Progressive Conservative government needed to spell out the differences between the interim sex-ed curriculum and the document it replaces.The government issued the interim curriculum on Wednesday, warning teachers who use the scrapped version would face consequences — and inviting parents to anonymously report potential breaches to the province. The government also said it’s launching a website where parents can file such complaints, which critics have dubbed a “snitch line.”In his letter, Malloy says that under the interim document, teachers can still discuss topics such as diverse families, online safety and consent to their students. But while “many important topics remain” in the interim curriculum, Malloy acknowledges “there may be other areas that are no longer reflected.”last_img read more

A correction to the TugAgroundLawsuit story

first_imgVANCOUVER – In a story published Wednesday, The Canadian Press said the Heiltsuk incurred costs associated with testing and its investigation in the millions of dollars. In fact, the First Nation says compensation for damages, missed harvesting opportunities, its costs for testing and its own investigation would be in the millions.last_img

The night the RCMP secretly kept an eye on future prime minister

first_imgOTTAWA — He was almost a decade away from becoming prime minister but the two RCMP constables on surveillance duty that January night seemed to have no difficulty recognizing Pierre Trudeau, even if they misspelled his name.The Mounties in the shadows diligently noted he was among eight people who entered a Montreal home in the early evening 60 years ago this Wednesday.A four-page RCMP memo says Pierre Elliot Trudeau (the constable who wrote up the report omitted the second ‘t’ in Elliott) arrived at the home of artist Jean Palardy, who lived in an apartment not far from Mount Royal.The declassified, though still heavily censored, memo provides a glimpse into the workings of the national police force’s attentive Cold War security apparatus.The RCMP would later keep a watchful eye over Trudeau, who became prime minister in 1968, to protect him from harm. They would also become well-acquainted with his children, including young Justin, who followed in his father’s political footsteps.But on Jan. 16, 1959, the Mounties secretly took note of the 39-year-old Trudeau’s presence at the Friday gathering of prominent members of the era’s cultural intelligentsia.The future Liberal leader was then a university lecturer and public intellectual, playing a key role in the influential journal Cite Libre. Just days earlier, a plaster cast had been removed from the leg he’d broken in a skiing accident.The Canadian Press obtained the RCMP memo, filed under “Revolutionary & Subversive Activities — Montreal, Quebec,” from Library and Archives Canada through the Access to Information Act. It was among hundreds of pages the force’s security branch compiled on another Quebec luminary, Rene Levesque, who would become Trudeau’s prime foil in the national-unity battles to come.Levesque, a journalist with the French-language CBC at the time, was not there that winter evening, nor is he mentioned in the portions of the memo made public.However, his CBC colleague Herbert Steinhouse and wife Tobie — a painter whose work now hangs in many fine galleries — were among those who arrived at Palardy’s home, as the Mounties duly recorded, between 5:15 and 6:30 p.m.Other guests were poet and legal scholar Frank Scott and wife Marion (misidentified in the RCMP memo as Miriam), who was behind the wheel of their green Meteor sedan. Trudeau had been friendly for more than a decade with Scott, a founding member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, forerunner of the NDP.Documentary filmmaker Jim Beveridge and wife Margaret, who met while working at the National Film Board, arrived at the soiree in their grey Chevy station wagon.The focus of the RCMP’s attention, however, appeared to be Abdelkader Chanderli, the North American chief of the liberation movement fighting for Algerian independence. He had travelled from New York to speak to a meeting of Quebec’s Social Democratic Party.Chanderli, the Steinhouses and an unidentified woman left Palardy’s home at 8:30 p.m., climbed into a 1952 Hillman and headed to the speech at the nearby Workmen’s Circle Centre, the RCMP memo says.Herbert Steinhouse, a senior CBC producer, was keenly interested in strife-torn Algeria, having travelled extensively in North Africa in the late 1940s. Steinhouse’s well-received 1958 novel “Ten Years After,” drew on his knowledge of the troubled French colony.The author was in great demand at the time among the couple’s circle of acquaintances, Tobie Steinhouse, 93, recalled in an interview. “They were anxious to speak to my husband because his book had just come out, and there was great fuss about the book at the time.”She crossed paths with Trudeau from time to time during those years and remembers his “wonderful mind” and seemingly boundless curiosity. “He could encompass all kinds of things and all kinds of people.”The fact Trudeau was mentioned in the RCMP memo — though not the focus of attention — suggests he was a target of security-service interest to some degree, said Steve Hewitt, a senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham and co-author of the recent Just Watch Us, a history of RCMP scrutiny of the women’s movement.The Mounties viewed social connections as a kind of spiderweb, following strands to see who might warrant further investigation, said Hewitt. “So in this case Trudeau is known to them, he is under surveillance. He doesn’t seem to be the main target, but they certainly were able to identify him without any trouble.”The RCMP security branch’s widespread surveillance of people and groups suspected of challenging the established order would not become commonly known until two decades later.Dubious tactics — such as unauthorized break-ins and opening of mail — would lead to disbandment of the RCMP security branch and creation in 1984 of the civilian Canadian Security Intelligence Service.Upon learning the Mounties were watching that evening in Montreal decades ago, Tobie Steinhouse voiced some uneasiness, suggesting it’s even easier to keep tabs on people in the current age of advanced electronics.“You never know who’s looking over your shoulder, or for what.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter  Jim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

JLS And Leona Lewis Support Cancer Research UKs Little Star Awards

first_imgChart-topping boy band JLS and Olympic hero Mo Farah are amongst a group of top celebrities who have joined forces to applaud the bravery of British children who have faced cancer by supporting Cancer Research UK’s Little Star Awards in partnership with brands-for-less retailer TK Maxx.The awards, which launch today (Wednesday 14 November), are also being supported by pop sensation Leona Lewis as well as England football captain Steven Gerrard and team mates Ashley Young and Joe Hart.“We’re really delighted to be able to play a part in celebrating the bravery of all the young people who have encountered cancer by supporting Cancer Research UK’s Little Star Awards,” said JLS. “When a young person is diagnosed with cancer, often they face gruelling treatment which affects not only the young person but also impacts on the lives of their family and friends. This is why the Little Star Awards are so fantastic in helping to recognise the brave young heroes who are fighting the disease and are also crucial in helping to raise awareness of the advances being made in children’s cancer.“We’d really like to encourage anyone who knows a brave young person to nominate them for an Award and we’d also ask everyone to please help raise as much funds as possible to fight the disease, to give all young people the possibility of a bright future.”Relatives and friends of young cancer patients or survivors from across the UK are being urged to nominate them for a Little Star Award now for special recognition in the run up to Christmas. Recipients get a unique trophy, a £50 TK Maxx gift card and a certificate signed by the celebrities involved.And members of the public who simply want to make a donation to help beat children’s cancers can get involved at cruk.org/littlestar.Or they can donate to Cancer Research UK’s work into children’s cancers by texting ‘STAR58 £5’ to 70070 to donate £5 from their phone bill.Cancer is the most common cause of death from illness in children aged between one and 14. Each year around 1,600 children are diagnosed with cancer and around 250 die from the disease.“All young people who are diagnosed with cancer demonstrate such an incredible fighting spirit that I’m honoured to be supporting Cancer Research UK’s Little Star Awards again this year,” said Leona Lewis. “The Little Star Awards are such a great way of recognising the bravery and courage of young people who have been affected by cancer, whilst also celebrating the amazing progress that is being made in the fight against children’s cancer. I’d urge anyone who knows an inspirational child to please nominate them now for this fantastic award.”TK Maxx has supported the Little Star Awards since 2008 and Cancer Research UK since 2004. To date they have raised a staggering £9 million to help beat children’s cancers.“Every child nominated for a Cancer Research UK Little Star Award is a real winner and it is a privilege to be able to support such a great cause,” said Mo Farah. “Having recently witnessed a young family friend battle the disease so bravely, I’m determined to help raise awareness of progress in cancer research and bring a little bit of happiness and a sense of pride to these inspirational children and their families.”Last year more than 410 children from across the UK received a Little Star Award.Unlike many other children’s awards, there is no judging panel because Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx believe each and every child who confronts cancer is extra special.The awards are open to all under 18s who have cancer or who have been treated for the disease in the last five years.To nominate a Little Star visit cruk.org/littlestar.last_img read more

Rebecca Adlington Supports Be Seen In Green Campaign

first_imgThe chance to win a visit from double Olympic champion swimmer Rebecca Adlington is up for grabs for local schools and businesses who sign up to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity’s fundraising campaign, Be Seen in Green sponsored by Ryman Stationery.Rebecca Adlington Be Seen In GreenThe campaign asks participants to wear something green, the colour of the charity, to school or work in return for a £1 donation to the charity.Schools and businesses registering before 14th June will be entered into a draw to win a VIP visit from Becky, who will take part in a Q&A session and personally thank all those taking part for their support of the charity.The Be Seen in Green campaign has been sponsored since its launch in 2011 by Ryman, the UK’s leading specialist stationery and office supplies company, whose chairman is Theo Paphitis, longtime star of BBC’s Dragon’s Den.Theo said: “I hope that this summer you will choose to support Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, a charity which I myself have been proud to support on both a business and personal level for the last five years.”Becky, who was awarded the OBE in 2009 for services to sport, has recently moved to the North West from her hometown of Mansfield. Earlier this month she paid a visit to the Children’s Hospital, meeting young patients on the oncology and Elective Treatment wards.She said: “Having seen for myself the extraordinary work undertaken every day by the staff of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, I am very proud and pleased to support the Be Seen in Green campaign. The money raised by the charity does so much to make being in hospital a much more comfortable and less frightening experience for their young patients.“Be Seen in Green is a very simple way for schools and businesses to show their support for this fantastic cause and to raise funds that will make a genuine difference to poorly children from throughout the North West.”Funds raised by this year’s campaign will be donated to the hospital’s specialist burns unit, the largest of its kind in the country. Patients attending the burns unit have suffered from a wide range of thermal injuries which are extremely painful and can require years of treatment and aftercare.The charity is hoping to raise £135,000 throughout the year to fund a project of therapeutic artwork, designed to reduce the clinical feel of the environment in which a patient is treated, thus providing a powerful distraction from their pain and distress, which lessens stress and can help to speed up a child’s recovery.Toni Leden, Acting Head of Charity for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, said: “We are thrilled to have a sports star of Rebecca’s calibre lending her support to our fundraising campaign. To have achieved so much at such an early age makes Becky a truly outstanding role model for all young people and we very much hope that her involvement will encourage a great many schools and businesses to take part in this year’s Be Seen in Green day.”All organisations that apply before the 5th July will be sent a free fundraising pack and will also be entered into a prize draw to win £500 of stationery from campaign sponsor Ryman.Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity is raising money to ensure continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the hospital – improving the lives of thousands of children each year across the North West and beyond.The support of the Charity means that the hospital can provide additional resources that make life easier for patients and their families who use the hospital.The charity has three main areas of work:• to support research projects to improve our understanding of children’s illnesses • to help to create an environment that’s more child-friendly • to provide state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and treatment.Find out more about Be Seen In Green here.last_img read more

Joe Jonas Volunteers In Kenya

first_imgOut of the city and into rural Maasai Mara – Joe Jonas, from the Grammy nominated, multi-platinum band the Jonas Brothers, recently spent eight days on a Me to We experiential volunteer trip to Kenya.Joe Jonas in KenyaHis itinerary included volunteering with Me to We’s charity partner Free The Children, interacting and learning from local community members, and immersing himself into the rich history and culture of Kenya.By visiting and volunteering in communities run by Free The Children, Joe Jonas interacted with the local school children and worked on various school-building projects. Simultaneously, he wrapped himself in learning more about the culture – from learning Swahili, to beading with local Maasai Mamas, to participating in a traditional water walk.Joe Jonas – Maasai Warrior Training“My brothers and I have been supporting Free The Children for a number of years now,” said Joe Jonas. “In fact, this fall we will be performing at one of its youth empowerment events, We Day Minnesota, in front of 18,000 students from across the state. I’ve never been to Kenya before and I was able to see first-hand the value and role education plays on the lives of children. In fact, my brothers and I will have a special message to share with our fans while we are on tour this year.”“We were thrilled to host Joe Jonas in Kenya this summer and give him a chance to get involved, learn and support communities in need,” said Marc Kielburger, co-founder of Free The Children and Me to We. “Whether you’re a celebrity or not, giving back to people who need it most is an incredible feeling – whether it is traveling and volunteering oversees like Joe did, or supporting your community and giving food to your local food bank. Everyone has an opportunity to make a difference.”last_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg And Priscilla Chan Give 75 Million To San Francisco General

first_imgSan Francisco General Hospital Foundation (the Foundation) will receive an historic grant of $75 million from Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan’s donor advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation for San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (The General), the City’s largest safety net provider and only trauma center.This grant is the largest single gift the Foundation has received since it was established in 1994, and is believed to be the largest single private gift from individuals to a public hospital in the United States.This grant is the vital piece necessary to complete The General’s new acute care and trauma center. This grant will fund critical state-of-the-art equipment and technology for the new building and will help convert the existing hospital building into an ambulatory care facility. The new acute care and trauma center will open in December 2015. The grant builds on the earlier investment made by San Franciscans in 2008 when voters overwhelmingly approved an $887.4 million bond to begin the process of building a new facility.Additionally, the grant will enable the Foundation to provide ongoing support to The General and to the more than 100,000 patients it serves each year. It will also support the Foundation’s efforts to increase awareness for the key role The General plays in public health throughout the community.“As someone who has seen firsthand the quality of emergency care at San Francisco General, I can say that I am personally grateful for this $75 million grant from Mark and Priscilla – the largest gift to our City’s hospital ever,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. “This grant illustrates my call for 21st Century philanthropy and is a game changer for the rebuild of San Francisco General, leveraging more investment for state of the art technology to treat some of the most critically injured patients and deliver innovative high quality, compassionate patient care. San Francisco’s residents and visitors will benefit from this grant for generations because thousands of first responders and health care providers will have the 21st Century hospital they need to save lives around the clock. I know this gift will inspire others to support our General.”“Through my training at The General, I know firsthand the vital health care and trauma services this hospital provides to anyone who lives, works or travels through San Francisco,” said Dr. Priscilla Chan. “Day in and day out, I witness the compassion and dedication of my colleagues as they work tirelessly to deliver the best available care to all of our patients. Mark and I are proud to support such an important public hospital.”“Priscilla and I believe that everyone deserves access to high quality health care. The General serves anyone who lives, works in or visits San Francisco. We can think of no better place to focus our philanthropy in San Francisco than The General,” said Mark Zuckerberg. “The Bay Area is our home, we work here, we live here, and we want to invest in efforts that can make a difference in people’s lives here.”“We are profoundly grateful to Mark and Priscilla for their support and investment in The General and its future. We know that private philanthropy is increasingly important for public hospitals and public health and expect Mark and Priscilla’s leadership to inspire additional private support from the San Francisco community,” said Amanda Heier, CEO of the Foundation. “We look forward to continuing to work with them to support our hospital and community for generations to come.”“As the only trauma center in the City, The General saves lives every day, no matter who you are. The generous grant from Mark and Priscilla will help transform The General into a state-of-the-art hospital and trauma center and enable us to better serve our patients,” said Sue Currin, RN, MSN, CEO at The General. “Located in the Mission, The General also serves as a community hospital and a safety net to more than 100,000 patients annually. We provide high quality care with compassion and respect to all regardless of their ability to pay.”“I know personally that San Francisco General Hospital saves lives every day. It’s one of our most important institutions that serves San Franciscans of every community, regardless of income. I’m enormously grateful to Mark and Priscilla for this historic contribution to our community and I look forward to shepherding acceptance of this unprecedented gift to a public hospital through the Board of Supervisors.” London Breed, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.“We are profoundly grateful to Priscilla and Mark for this investment in the City’s health care system,” said David Sanchez, San Francisco Health Commissioner and member of the SFGH Foundation board. “As a trauma center, The General provides life-saving care to everyone in need, and as a community hospital it serves generations of families in the Mission, Bayview, Chinatown, and across the city.”The new hospital will include two additional trauma rooms and three more operating rooms. The new Emergency Department will double in size from the existing one and has the capacity to more than quadruple the number of beds in the event of a major emergency. Other enhancements for patients include 90 percent private patient rooms, 28 more intensive care beds, two additional palliative care rooms, four pediatric exam rooms and one dedicated pediatric waiting room in the Emergency Department. The General will be the only hospital in the City with a base-isolated foundation, the most advanced seismic resistant design known today. It will be a “green” building for reduced water and energy use, and is seeking LEED Gold Certification. In recognition of this transformative gift, the City has begun the process of adding their names to the hospital which will be named Priscilla and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.The General has served the City and County of San Francisco and northern San Mateo County for 140 years, from the Gold Rush to the 1906 earthquake to the HIV/AIDS epidemic to the 2013 Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport. As the City’s public hospital, The General is a member of the San Francisco Health Network, an integrated delivery system operated by the Department of Public Health that provides all levels of care to San Franciscans.Today, The General remains at the forefront of health care. It became the first hospital in the country to be certified for a Traumatic Brain Injury program in 2011 and is the only Baby-Friendly certified hospital in San Francisco. The General houses nationally recognized Centers of Excellence, including those in neurotrauma, stroke and orthopaedics and it provides groundbreaking programs that improve access and quality of care to the most vulnerable populations. In partnership with University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, The General provides valuable training for future leaders in health care. With the new hospital opening in December 2015, The General’s capabilities will continue to grow, serving diverse patients with some of the City’s most complex and chronic problems.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more


first_imgWolfville, NS (July 20, 2017)- Devour! The Food Film Fest is thrilled to welcome Canadian film icon Gordon Pinsent as our guest curator for the 2017 Opening Night Gala Thursday, October 25 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Pinsent will attend the Opening Gala Reception at the Fountain Commons at Acadia University.The presence of the Newfoundland-born actor is the perfect pairing to this year’s festival theme, A Celebration of Canadian Cinema & Cuisine. The 2017 festivities will shine a spotlight on Canadian film and food in recognition of our nation’s sesquicentennial. Pinsent has personally selected The Hundred-Foot Journey directed by Lasse Hallström to screen at the opening of the festival.  “It has long been a desire of ours to invite Gordon Pinsent to our festival,” said Devour! Executive Director Michael Howell. “Having an iconic Canadian open Devour! as Guest Curator fulfills a long-time dream. In this year of celebrating Canada 150, it is only fitting that one of our greatest actors launches our Festival celebrating food and film.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Gordon Pinsent is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, director and playwright from Grand Falls, Newfoundland. Film roles include Away from Her, The Shipping News, and The Grand Seduction. Pinsent is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2010, he gained notoriety with a new generation of admirers when a CBC  comedy sketch of him reading Justin Bieber’s autobiography went viral. The autobiographical film River of My Dreams has been seen internationally this year, revitalizing our understanding of Pinsent as a Canadian treasure.Devour! is also pleased to announce that it has secured provincial funding to support the growth and development of the festival for the 2017/18 year through the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.“The Government of Nova Scotia is proud to invest $85,000 to support Devour! and to increase international exposure for the province’s film and culinary sectors,” said Leo Glavine, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “Events such as Devour! not only showcase our culture and heritage to national and international audiences, they also enhance communities’ pride of place. Stronger, richer communities help to build a more vibrant province. In addition, Devour! increases the profile of our local filmmaking community while providing employment opportunities for many businesses including the local food and beverage and event management sectors.”Leading up to the October event, Devour! will be cultivating interest in the food film festival at home and abroad. August 2nd sees the team in New York partnering with The Long Beach International Film Festival to present Chefs & Shorts, a gala dinner with wine pairings inspired by short films.  Back in Nova Scotia, the team collaborates with Le Caveau Restaurant at Domaine de Grand Pré to present Devour! The Vines, an intimate five-course meal paired with wine and films set amongst the grapevines August 4, 25 and September 1. Finally, organizers will announce the full program August 22nd at George Brown College in the heart of downtown Toronto. A special public-ticketed event will follow on August 24th, A Taste of Devour! at the Luxe Appliance Studio featuring celebrity chefs cooking up dishes inspired by films from the upcoming 2017 program. Festival packages, film and industry session tickets will be available August 29th.“We’ve had a busy year of satellite events across Canada and around the world and already have a full roster booked for 2018,” said Devour! Managing Director Lia Rinaldo. “This is what will make Devour! sustainable for the long-term–working with global partners to bring a little piece of Devour! to them directly if they can’t make it to us in Wolfville this fall,”For more information about Devour! and to purchase tickets now to our summer events please visit: devourfest.com/program.About Devour!Combining cinematic talent with extraordinary culinary and wine creations, Devour! The Food Film Fest is the world’s largest festival focused on food and film. Taking place in the culinary epicenter of the province, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, the seventh edition of Devour! is slated for October 25-29, 2017.The LocationOnly one hour from Halifax and Stanfield International Airport, is the agricultural heartland of eastern Canada, a thriving wine region and the home of Acadia University, one of Canada’s pre-eminent educational institutions. A rich cultural landscape infuses the region and its people with a respect for the riches around us. No place could be more perfect as the home of Devour! Acclaim for Devour!“One of the 23 Top Festivals for Foodies in the World” -American Express Essentials“The New Napa of the North” -Gusto TV“Canada’s Secret Foodie Destination” -The Hollywood ReporterDiscover Devour!Devour! The Food Film Fest recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians. 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Selma Blair Rachel McAdams share James Toback harassment stories in Vanity Fair

first_imgSelma Blair and Rachel McAdams have added their names to the growing list of women who have come forward to allege that writer and director James Toback sexually harassed or assaulted them. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTOS) Advertisement Advertisement LOS ANGELES—Actresses Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams have added their names to the growing list of women who have come forward to allege that writer and director James Toback sexually harassed or assaulted them following a report Sunday in The Los Angeles Times detailing the accounts of 38 accusers.Since Sunday, the number of accusers has ballooned to over 200 alleging inappropriate encounters with Toback, an Oscar-nominee for his Bugsy screenplay. Speaking to Vanity Fair in an article published Thursday, Blair and McAdams describe encounters similar to those detailed in the L.A. Times report — many of which assert that Toback, now 72, would talk up his accomplishments and promise stardom, often referencing his friendship with Robert Downey Jr., before masturbating or simulating sex acts on the women.Blair had already filmed Cruel Intentions when her representative arranged for her to meet Toback for a possible role in his film Harvard Man. The meeting was set at a hotel restaurant, but Blair said when she arrived the hostess said that Toback wanted her to meet him in his room. Twitter READ MOREcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement 750 cards will be handed out at Oakville, Mimico, Pickering, and Scarborough GO Stations, each with $8.The promotion is to advertise the new name of the ACC: Scotiabank Arena. The company is helping to get fans to Toronto Maple Leafs games easier, partnering with Presto to do it.The giveaways start at 4 p.m. and continue until the cards run out. Lines started pretty early last time, so be prepared. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement For the second time this month, Scotiabank is giving away thousands of free Presto cards pre-loaded.1,000 cards will be given at Spadina, Wellesley, Kipling, Finch, Eglinton, Don Mills, and Kennedy subway stations.Wellesley is a new option, replacing College Station, which was a bit chaotic last time. The cards given away at these locations will be loaded with $6. Twitterlast_img read more

500 kilometre run one message on suicide

first_imgAPTN National NewsMany experts say suicide has become an epidemic among young people in Indigenous communities.Now, a Vancouver Island youth is determined to help heal the grief and hopelessness that affects so many of her peers.As APTN’s Tina House reports, the young woman has hit the road running with her message.last_img

Tahltan Nation protest along sacred headwaters in northern British Columbia

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Catholic bishops apologize to residential school survivors

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