Sinead OConnor Makes Video To Raise Awareness Of Mental Illness Struggle

first_imgSinead O’Connor posted an emotional video on Facebook last week, in which she talked openly about her struggles with mental illness.The singer wanted to use the video to help people understand mental illness, and talked frankly about her thoughts of suicide.“Mental illness, it’s like drugs, it doesn’t [care] who you are, and equally what’s worse, the stigma doesn’t care who you are,” she said in the 12 minute video. “There’s absolutely nobody in my life except my doctor, my psychiatrist – the sweetest man on earth, who says I’m his hero – and that’s about the only thing keeping me alive at the moment… and that’s kind of pathetic.“I want everyone to know what it’s like, that’s why I’m making this video.”“I am one of millions… people who suffer from mental illness are the most vulnerable people on earth, we can’t take care of ourselves, you’ve got to take care of us,” she added. “My entire life is revolving around not dying, and that’s not living. And I’m not going to die, but still, this is no way for people to be living.”A spokesperson for the singer has since said that O’Connor is now receiving care and is surrounded by love: “She is safe, and not suicidal. She asked for this to be posted knowing you are concerned for her. I hope this comforts those of you were concerned.”To watch the video, click here.last_img read more

Jonathan And Drew Scott Named Habitat Humanitarians

first_imgEntrepreneurs, TV personalities, best-selling authors and world-renowned construction and real estate experts Jonathan and Drew Scott have been selected as Habitat Humanitarians in recognition and furtherance of their dedication to Habitat For Humanity’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.Receiving the highest recognition offered by Habitat for Humanity, the Scott brothers join former President Jimmy Carter, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood as the fifth and sixth Habitat Humanitarians named by the organization.“We’re honored to take on this role as Habitat Humanitarians to help build a world where everyone has a safe and affordable place to live,” Drew Scott said. “Building or buying a home is not easy work for anyone, and a Habitat home is no different. Rather than a handout, Habitat offers a hand up by partnering with homeowners to build homes and pay down an affordable mortgage.”“We have seen firsthand how affordable homeownership changes lives,” Jonathan Scott said. “A home is more than four walls and a roof. It’s a safe place to sleep at night, a place for children to play and grow, and a place for families to build brighter futures.”As Habitat Humanitarians, the Scott brothers will serve as ambassadors for Habitat for Humanity, raising awareness of the challenges facing affordable housing and supporting Habitat’s mission.“We are honored to have Jonathan and Drew take on this role and continue to use their voices to lift up the cause of affordable homeownership,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Anyone who has seen them in action knows Jonathan and Drew’s dedication to helping people turn their houses into homes, and stretching every dollar to realize their dream. We are inspired by their passion and privileged to have them join the Habitat family.”Buying, selling, building and renovating homes for more than 15 years, the Scott brothers have also long participated in Habitat builds in the United States and Canada. As Habitat Humanitarians, the brothers will volunteer on Habitat build sites, speak out for affordable housing and help fundraise so that more families can achieve their dreams of homeownership.For more information, visit habitat.org/humanitarians.last_img read more

One Refugee to Host Human Rights Advocate Ishmael Beah

first_imgOne Refugee, a nonprofit organization supporting refugees in Utah through education and career initiatives, will host an evening of inspirational storytelling with New York Times bestselling author and human rights advocate Ishmael Beah on August 17, 2018.The public is invited to attend the event at 7 p.m. at the LDS Conference Center Theater, sponsored by LDS Charities.A former child soldier in Sierra Leone during the Sierra Leone Civil War, Beah was rescued by UNICEF in 1996. He has since gone on to become a New York Times bestselling author of two books, a memoir titled “A Long Way Gone” and a novel, “Radiance of Tomorrow.” A UNICEF Ambassador and advocate for Children Affected by War, Beah is also a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Advisory Committee.“Ishmael is an incredible example of overcoming a history of violence and poverty, and acting as a vehicle for change across the globe,” said One Refugee CEO Steve Ostler. “He has made an impact on countless lives by sharing his story, and we are lucky to be able to learn from him. I hope our own community of refugees within Salt Lake are able to draw from Ishmael’s experience as they look towards building their own lives and careers.”Prior to the event, Beah will spend the day at O.C. Tanner at One Refugee’s fifth-annual conference that is expected to be attended by more than 120-150 student refugees within the One Refugee program. There, Beah will discuss the practice of storytelling and share his experience as a boy soldier. The initial welcoming will begin at 10 a.m., with remarks from One Refugee’s Steve Ostler and Amy Wylie, and continue until 4 p.m. with workshops on storytelling, writing practice and a discussion led by Beah. The evening event will go from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. More information can be seen here.last_img read more

WHATS SHOOTING IN VANCOUVER

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Polaris Music Prize and Music Canada partner to improve equity and access

first_img“Music Canada is committed to challenging the status quo and advancing practical solutions to improve equity and representation in the Canadian music industry,” says Amy Terrill, Executive Vice President of Music Canada and Polaris Board Chair. “Polaris Music Prize, an organization focused on artistic excellence with a history of celebrating diverse sounds and viewpoints, is the perfect host for this program.”Participating organizations in the 2018 Community Development Program can be found at polarismusicprize.ca/sponsors.The 2018 Polaris Music Prize Gala takes place on Monday, September 17th at The Carlu in Toronto. Canadian non-profits interested in participating in the 2019 Community Development Program are encouraged to contact Claire Dagenais at claire.dagenais@polarismusicprize.ca.About Polaris Music PrizePolaris Music Prize Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics then judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. For more on the Polaris Music Prize, please visit www.polarismusicprize.caAbout the 2018 Polaris Music Prize GalaThe Polaris Music Prize Gala is produced by CBC Music. This year’s gala is set to take place on Monday, September 17th, 2018 at The Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, 7th Floor. The gala will be webcast live worldwide on CBC Music’s Facebook and YouTube. This year’s host is CBC’s Raina Douris.About Music CanadaMusic Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents the major record companies in Canada: Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada. Music Canada also works with some of the leading independent record labels and distributors, recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters, managers and artists in the promotion and development of the music cluster. For more on Music Canada, please visit www.musiccanada.com LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In 2018, each participating organization will receive tickets to the Polaris Music Prize Gala to distribute to individuals who directly impact or participate in the organization’s music programming, courtesy of Music Canada. The program also includes additional opportunities for participants to connect with Polaris staff, Board members and other community members on the night of the Gala.“Our objective is to provide aspiring music professionals, who normally lack the means or access to music events, an opportunity to participate in the industry and community that Polaris attracts,” says Steve Jordan, Founder and Executive Director of the Polaris Music Prize. “Our hope is that by lifting these barriers we can in a small way help develop diversity in the next generation of music supporters and protectors.” Advertisement Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO – Polaris Music Prize and Music Canada have partnered on a new initiative called the Polaris Community Development Program. Launching in advance of the 2018 Polaris Music Prize Gala, the program will partner with 10 Canadian not-for-profit music organizations each year to support and develop the music community by eliminating barriers to access for engaged music creators, entrepreneurs and change makers.last_img read more

Akwesasne flashes its fashion on the runway

first_imgAPTN National NewsDesigners and models were strutting their stuff at the annual fashion show in Akwesasne.The show is becoming an annual tradition at Christmas.More than 1,000 people came out to watch the action on the runway.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette was there to check out the latest fashions.last_img

American Lakota woman accuses border guards of racial profiling after they probe

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsAn American Indian woman is accusing border guards in Saskatoon of racial profiling after she was stopped while entering Canada and asked her heritage and if she was part of the Idle No More movement.Patricia Stein told APTN National News her flight arrived in Saskatoon at about 3:20 p.m. Friday and was questioned by a Canadian Border Services Agency officer about where she was going and who she was going to see.The officer ordered her to a “secondary” meeting and Stein was ushered to a waiting area before being interrogated by a different officer.“The first question the officer asked me was my heritage,” said Stein who told him she’s Lakota and German. “He literally had a pad of paper in front of him and wrote ‘Native American’ down and circled it.”The officer wanted to know who she was going to see. Stein said a friend. In fact Stein was using frequent flyer miles to fly to Saskatoon and had to use them up by a certain time or they’d expire.“Then he came back to the Native questions and asked “have you participated in Idle No More?’” said Stein.She said the officer then asked if she’d ever been paid for her “activism.”“No one gets paid for that. Who in the world is going to pay us for that?” said Stein, who during the throes of the Idle No More movement in December and January was in Egypt and held her own rally in front of the Canadian Embassy.She is also outspoken about Indigenous rights, especially missing and murdered women.“The questions were all very, very weird,” said Stein who after an hour and half was allowed into Canada. “It was the most blatant racism I have ever seen.”When she asked why they were asking her all the questions she claims the officer said it’s “routine.”A call to the CBSA was not immediately returned. A spokeswoman for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews needed more information and didn’t immediately provide comment.But it didn’t end there according to Stein who claims she had to show the officer how much money she had in her bank account.She pulled it up on her phone.“According to him (they ask for bank records) to make sure people don’t come in and stay here but that’s weird as I have my return flight in six days,” she said. “They wanted bank statements from me but everything kept coming back to how active are you with Native activism.”She described the office she was in as typical with a desk with a computer. She didn’t get the name of the officer but said he was a middle-aged man with red hair and a thick build.Stein said border guards asked her over and over again if it was her first time in Canada. She told them it is.kjackson@aptn.caTwitter: @afixedaddresslast_img read more

Court clears way for commercial Indigenous fishery in BC

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsAnother legal victory has affirmed fishing rights for Indigenous peoples off Canada’s west coast.The decision delivered by the B.C. Supreme Court Thursday found Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) wrongly obstructed the fishing rights of five First Nations collectively known as the Nuu-chah-nulth (NCN).DFO Regional Director-General Rebecca Reid welcomed the 400-page ruling explaining it outlined needed details to negotiate fishing policy in Indigenous territories.“We think it’s extremely important,” she said in a telephone interview Friday. “It’s largely positive…because it provides some clarification.”The other side declared it a clear victory.“This is a win for all First Nations in B.C.,” said Hugh Braker, vice-president of the First Nations Fisheries Council of British Columbia.Braker said the ruling would help the Ahousaht, Ehattesaht/Chinekintaht, Hesquiaht, Tla-o-qui-aht and Mowachaht/Muchalat First Nations establish a commercial fishery.He said DFO spent $19.1 million on the court battle – even after the Supreme Court ruled First Nations had the right to catch and sell fish in their own territories.But Reid described it more as instructions Canada needed to write policy.It “provides some very helpful clarification on areas that we simply couldn’t come to an agreement on,” she said, noting it even specified the fishing area and types of boats.Reid said fishing policy “was complex” but Canada was committed to doing it “in reconciliation” with affected nations.She said the two parties would likely go back to court to hammer out a timeframe for implementing new policy. She said a decision on an appeal had not yet been made.However, NCN president Judith Sayers said the government should let the bands begin fishing immediately.“NCN must have (a) moderate living,” she said on Twitter.The ruling by Justice Mary Humphries applies to a variety of salmon, groundfish, crab, prawn and shellfish.Indigenous groups say they spent about $14 million defending their rights in the case that began in 2006.last_img read more

Bank accounts can be used to teach kids basic financial literacy lessons

first_imgOTTAWA – Omar Abouzaher remembers going to the bank with his daughter so she could make her first deposit into an account that was opened for her when she was just a toddler.The regional vice-president for the Bank of Montreal’s daughter was four when they took her piggy bank to deposit the coins.“She’s a banker at heart,” he said.While RESP accounts can help parents save for a child’s education, opening a savings account for a child can be the first step in teaching basic financial literacy, Abouzaher said.“I believe sometimes we wait too long until the kids are a bit older and try to cram all this financial information and throw it at them,” he said.Abouzaher recommends starting with teaching what it means to save and then build on that foundation.“The older they grow, they’ll understand as well the other components or the other pieces that are maybe a little bit more complex when it comes to understanding debt, understanding what it takes to pay tuition, what it takes to manage your credit,” he said.Parents hoping to teach their children the power of compound interest on their savings today will have a harder time than parents in the 1970s and 1980s, when interest paid on savings accounts soared above 10 per cent compared with rates today, when even the highest-paying savings accounts sit in the low single digits.But earning interest isn’t the only reason parents would want to help their children open a bank account of their own.Abouzaher said children can start to learn the basics of budgeting and saving for something down the road.Kids can be given a choice, he said, such as, “Do you want to spend it right now and buy whatever you want to buy … or do you want to save it and maybe look at something else in the longer run?”Parents should keep an eye on fees, just like they would with their own account, or else their children may learn an unwelcome lesson about having a bank account. While accounts for children often do not have a monthly fee, banks may charge for other services such as using a non-bank ATM, depending on where the account is opened.The amount of interest paid on savings accounts for children also varies by institution. According to rate-tracking website Ratehub.ca, youth accounts at Tangerine, the online bank owned by Scotiabank, pays the highest interest rate for young savers at 1.2 per cent compared with typically less than one per cent at the country’s big banks.At Tangerine, children hold their accounts jointly with a parent.If a parent is already a Tangerine customer they can open up an account for their child online by entering the information on the bank’s website, said Oliver Small, a senior manager at Tangerine.Small said you will need to have a social insurance number as well as one of several different pieces of ID to open the account such as a Canadian passport, a permanent resident identification or Secure Certificate of Indian Status.For children age 11 or under, parents may also use a birth certificate or a citizenship card or certificate.Small, who remembers his grandparents and parents teaching him early lessons of money management when he was a boy, said it is never too early to open an account.“Money management and financial literacy are really critical life skills and we know that if you instill good behaviours early on they can last a lifetime.”Companies in this story: (TSX:BMO, TSX:BNS)last_img read more