Duff McKagan And Stone Temple Pilots Join MusiCares Event

first_imgDuff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses, Loaded, Velvet Revolver) and Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz are the latest performers announced for the ninth annual MusiCares Map Fund benefit concert, taking place May 30 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.They join previously announced performers Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) with surprise guests; Tony Alva and his band Chicken Noodle Project featuring Ray Barbee and Matt Rainwater; Early Morning Rebel featuring vocalist Nathan James, guitarist Dustin Bath and drummer Joshua Mervin; rock musician/songwriter Ida Maria with drummer Dave Krusen, bassist Jenni Tarma and guitarist Stefan Tornby; and GRAMMY-winning musician and songwriter Slash. Artist Mix Master Mike will DJ and comedian Andy Dick will make a special appearance.Bennington, lead vocalist of two-time GRAMMY-winning band Linkin Park, will be presented with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award by Mike Shinoda, co-lead vocalist and producer of Linkin Park, for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to the addiction recovery process. Alva, legendary skateboarder, surfer, musician, and original member of the skateboarding team Dogtown Z-Boys, will be presented with the MusiCares From the Heart Award by Anthony Kiedis, lead vocalist of multi-GRAMMY-winning band Red Hot Chili Peppers, for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization.All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.For MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert dinner and concert ticket information, contact Wynnie Wynne 310.392.3777 or wynniew@grammy.com. General admission seats are available via AXS.last_img read more

Light Up the Blues Film To Benefit Autism Speaks Is Available Now

first_imgLight Up the Blues, a documentary-style film recorded at last year’s concert to benefit Autism Speaks is available now through iTunes.Video: Light Up The BluesThe film captures an inspired evening of music emceed by Jack Black and featuring musical guests Crosby, Stills and Nash, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams, Don Felder, Chris Stills, and three gifted, budding musicians who are on the Autism Spectrum.To purchase the film in the U.S., click here.To purchase it outside the U.S., click here.Executive Director of Southern California for Autism Speaks Matthew Asner states, “We are so proud to have been involved in this magic evening and are ecstatic that the evening’s magic has been captured so beautifully in this wonderful film.”The film includes interview footage peppered with spontaneous backstage moments that give a realistic and touching look at the challenges presented by autism, as well as the tremendous hope and inspiration given to so many by individuals with Autism pursuing their dreams. All net proceeds from the film will benefit Autism Speaks.The 2nd Light Up The Blues concert to benefit Autism Speaks, hosted by Kristen and Stephen Stills, will take place on April 5th at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The sold out concert will feature Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Mayer, Don Felder, Brandi Carlile, and Chris Stills. Also performing are special guests—rapper Watsky, indie artist Xolie Morra and The Strange Kind, Rio “Soulschocka” Wyles, Adam Mandela Walden, and Neal Katz.To learn more, please visit www.AutismSpeaks.org.last_img read more

UN Pledges Acts Of Kindness And Goodwill On Nelson Mandela Day

first_imgOn Nelson Mandela International Day, the United Nations pledged to promote “desperately needed” acts of kindness and goodwill and uplift poor and underdeveloped communities worldwide.“For the past five years, we have come together to celebrate the life and spirit of a unique individual who touched the entire world – Nelson Mandela – the Madiba,” General Assembly President John Ashe said during a special event on Friday at UN Headquarters.In 2009, the Assembly declared 18 July “Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom. Friday’s was the first observance since Mr. Mandela’s passing last December.“This year, for the first time, we celebrate his birthday without him. But while our hearts hang heavy with loss, we have his indelible memory and his important legacy to carry forward,” said Mr. Ashe.Every year on Mandela Day, people around the world are encouraged to devote 67 minutes to helping others – by volunteering in a hospital, tutoring a child, providing food for the homeless, or any other community service.“We may not be able to change the sorrows or the tragedies of the world singlehandedly, but indeed, it is in our hands to make a difference with our individual 67 minutes,” Mr. Ashe said.The campaign – Take Action, Inspire Change – is based on people devoting one minute of their time for every year that Nelson Mandela devoted to public service – as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and president of South Africa.“We cannot give in to despair and despondency, because each inspired action of service, kindness or generosity will bring us closer to the realization that if we give our all we can strive for a better tomorrow,” said the Assembly President.Hence, it is critical to involve “each and every one of us” in the process to craft a global development agenda, he added. A future plan must create a vision of justice, prosperity and opportunity for all the peoples of the world, while honouring the planet.“In this first year without Madiba, each and every one of us gathered here knows that he will be remembered and revered for many generations to come. His impact on the world was so profound and meaningful, that his name will be spoken by our children and our children’s children.”Also speaking at the event, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that “Nelson Mandela sacrificed his freedom for human rights. He was also a champion of sustainable development.”Mr. Ban remembered Mr. Mandela’s personal connection to the earth as a gardener. Even in jail, he gained the right to plant a garden on the roof of the prison.The Secretary-General quoted Mr. Mandela: “To plant a seed, watch it grow, to tend it and then harvest it, offered a simple but enduring satisfaction. The sense of being the custodian of this small patch of earth offered a small taste of freedom.”In tribute to that, Mr. Ban joined volunteers from MillionTreesNYC and UN staff to tend to dozens of newly planted trees near UN Headquarters and in the community of East Harlem.He said that New York City’s trees remove an impressive 2,200 tons of pollutants from the air each year. The city is also aiming to increase its urban forest by 20 per cent. These valuable initiatives show that everyone can be part of the climate solution.On a global sale, Mr. Ban said creative ideas were advancing progress and called for a major global push for action. In September, he will convene a climate summit at the UN with Heads of State and Government, along with leaders from business and finance, local government and civil society. Honouring Mr. Mandela’s legacy included addressing climate change, promoting sustainable development and helping all people to enjoy lives of dignity, he noted.Mr. Mandela wrote a letter to the UN in 2010, when the General Assembly declared this Day, asking the Organization to honour him by honouring millions of people who contributed to the struggle for freedom everywhere.“The best way to commemorate these struggles is for people everywhere to work with and within communities to make this a better world,” Mr. Mandela wrote.UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, in her message, said the Day is an opportunity for everyone to bring the best out of themselves by taking some form of action in solidarity with others, to be of service, and to inspire change in the world.She recalled watching him stand up for women’s participation, and noted that under his presidency, women’s representation in South Africa’s parliament increased from 2.7 per cent to 27 per cent. In addition, when it came time to choose his cabinet, Mr. Mandela made sure that one-third were women.“The call to action on Mandela Day is for each of us to go out and do something. For men and boys to support gender equality, for those with wealth to support those of lesser means, for collective action on climate justice. For those of us who have had an opportunity to learn, it is a call to teach and share our knowledge.”Also participating in Friday’s event were Reverend Jesse Jackson, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, and Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Kweku Mandela.last_img read more

Katy Perry Urges Viet Nams Young Professionals To Help Improve Childrens Lives

first_imgKaty Perry, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and global pop superstar, made a special stop-over to Ho Chi Minh City where she gave the keynote speech at Forbes Viet Nam first-ever Under 30 Summit.During her panel session, Perry took questions from the audience and moderated a discussion with young professionals who are working to make a difference for Vietnamese children’s lives.She also shared her own personal stories, including her wish to have had more consistent and better quality education. Perry then encouraged young people to use social media and technology as a modern megaphone to advocate for causes they believe in.“As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, I try to use my voice to help inspire other young, bright people like yourselves,” Perry said to over 1,200 young Vietnamese professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, activists and students. “I also want to amplify your voices on issues and concerns that are most important to you. You are the ones that can make the most difference to the future.”Viet Nam has made impressive gains for its young people over the past 20 years. However, the gap between rich and poor has widened, with many children and young adults left behind, lacking basic necessities such clean water, good nutrition, quality healthcare and inclusive education.UNICEF Viet Nam works towards ensuring that every child goes to school, has access to quality healthcare and nutrition and is protected from abuse and exploitation.“Katy Perry came to Ho Chi Minh City in her role as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to call on this country’s young professionals to act locally, show leadership and be socially conscious entrepreneurs to improve the lives of Vietnamese children,” said Mr Jesper Moller, UNICEF Viet Nam’s Deputy Representative.Under the theme: “The Next Generation”, Forbes Viet Nam’s Under 30 Summit focused on the generation of young people who were born in the 1970s and ‘80s. A full day conference including keynote speeches, on–stage interviews and panel discussions addressed the identity of this generation, their opportunities and challenges, their vision for Viet Nam’s future.UNICEF Viet Nam partnered with Forbes Viet Nam, IDG Ventures and YAN Media for this Under 30 Summit.Source:UNICEFlast_img read more

Mark Hamill Visits Great Ormond Street Hospital

first_imgStar Wars legend Mark Hamill visited patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) this week.Mark Hamill visits GOSHCredit/Copyright: Alex Lentati via GOSHHamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the legendary films, was visibly moved on a visit to the hospital where he met dozens of patients and staff including four-year-old Jake, from Barnet, who recently had a kidney transplant.As he handed out presents on the wards, he called on readers of the Evening Standard to donate to their Give to GOSH appeal.He said: “One of the greatest things I am given, because of the profession I am in, is the ability to give back. It feels wonderful. It can be harrowing emotionally because your heart goes out to these children but it’s also very uplifting. You walk away thinking that being an actor is so trivial compared to helping needy children.”Hamill said he chose to go to the hospital rather than appearing on the Graham Norton Show, which some of the Star Wars cast were filming during his visit on Thursday. “Rather than going on TV chat shows I would rather give back somehow by going to hospitals. I want to do more of that.“Star Wars movies are meant to be a couple of hours of diversion from reality, and we need that. They are optimistic and hopeful stories. But in comparison to what we can do with this [the hospital], last night [the Star Wars premiere] is very trivial.”Hamill visited patients and their families as part of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity’s long-standing partnership with Disney.To read more about Mark’s visit, click here.Source:GOSHlast_img read more

Sit Down To Lunch With Paul Rudd

first_imgPaul Rudd hosted his 5th annual All-Star Bowling Benefit for SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young, held on February 13 at Lucky Strike Lanes and hosted by Hamilton’s Brandon Victor Dixon, and there are still several ways to support this great cause.Stars including Paul Rudd, Sutton Foster, Andy Karl, Orfeh, Everett Bradley, and more are offering up exclusive opportunities to join them, all while supporting SAY.Now up for auction at Charitybuzz.com are items such as: • Sit Down to Lunch with Paul Rudd in NYC • See Bon Jovi in Concert and Enjoy a Pre-Show Hang with Band Member Everett Bradley • Meet Sutton Foster During a Visit to the Set of “Younger” in NYC • 2 House Seats to Groundhog Day Plus Lunch with Andy Karl and Orfeh in NYC • 2 House Seats to Sunday in the Park with George • 2 House Seats to See Billy Joel in Concert at Madison Square Garden • 2 Tickets to Present Laughter on Broadway Plus a Backstage Tour • 2 House Seats to The Book of Mormon on Broadway Plus a Backstage Meet & GreetBidding closes on March 8th at 3:00pm ET. You can access the auction here.last_img read more

Body Percussion Festival to Return to Harbourfront Centre This December

first_img Facebook Body Percussion Festival is curated by Artistic Director Viv Moore, whose eccentric journey in dance has led her through English Music Hall, Clog, and, Butoh, amongst many other forms. The festival highlights the contagious energy of rhythm, playfulness and surprising humour that emerge from skilled improvisation, choreography and interplay between artists and the audience.READ MORE Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Body Percussion Festival returns to the stage at Harbourfront Centre Theatre for the second time since its sold-out inaugural festival back in 2014.The festival includes a vibrant group of local, provincial and national artists and will take place on December 1st and 2nd at 8:00pm with a matinée on December 3rd at 3:00pm.The first festival of its kind in Canada, Body Percussion Festival features dance, voice and movement arts that create music and rhythm through the body, footwear, and instruments that act as extensions of the body. Join the excitement and take part in the participatory workshops on Saturday, December 2nd led by artists performing in the festival. Twitterlast_img read more

BBC AND CBCRADIOCANADA ANNOUNCE COMMITMENT TO CONTINUING COLLABORATION

first_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement The BBC and CBC/Radio-Canada today announced a commitment to future collaboration across a range of different areas. The agreement was made between Tony Hall, Director-General BBC, and Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada, on the occasion of the 82nd General Assembly of the European Broadcasting Union in Oslo, Norway last week.In a joint statement, Hall and Tait commented:“In an increasingly global marketplace, Canadian and British audiences want programmes and services about their lives and their culture. In divided times, it’s never been more important to reflect and represent every part of our diverse communities. And in a world where disinformation spreads in a flash, we need public media to bring the whole of society the news and analysis that it can trust – what is really going on and why it matters.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “As we reinvent how we deliver our services for new generations, we are coming together to share ideas, and our teams are exploring new ways to work together: amplifying our public service missions, bringing our audiences the best ideas, and investing in our local creative industries. Through this partnership we will bring the best stories to audiences across the UK and Canada, and around the world.”Read the full agreement between the BBC and CBC/Radio-Canada, here..About the BBCThe BBC is the world’s leading public service broadcaster. We’re impartial and independent, and every day we create distinctive, world-class programmes and content which inform, educate and entertain millions of people in the UK and around the world. We do this across a portfolio of television services and ten UK-wide radio networks, providing the best live music broadcasting in the UK, as well as speech radio which informs, educates and entertains. We also have two national radio services each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and 39 local radio stations across England and the Channel Islands, providing an invaluable and unique service to listeners across the UK. Our digital services include BBC News, Sport, Weather, CBBC and CBeebies, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds. Around the globe, BBC World Service is on television, radio and online in more than 40 languages. Our commercial operations include BBC Studios, the BBC’s award-winning production company and world-class distributor, which generates additional revenue for investment in new programming and services for UK audiences..About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. Twitterlast_img read more

Rising boxing star killed in Edmonton

first_imgAPTN National NewsA rising First Nations boxing star was killed in a car accident Sunday night.Jonathan Andre, who is originally from Fort McPherson, NT., was killed after he was struck by a car in Edmonton.Andre, 30, was a two-time Alberta amateur champion.He made his professional debut last year. He was 2-0 as a pro.Police said the vehicle that hit Andre may have been racing.No charges have yet been laid.last_img

RCMP search for missing Garden Hill First Nation youth

first_imgAPTN National NewsPeople living on the Garden Hill First Nation in Manitoba are preparing for the worst after several youth went missing during a boat trip.They set out on the water this past Saturday and were reported missing on Monday.An RCMP search the next day found their boat stuck in rapids and a 21 year-old male survivor sitting on shore.He said the group had tried to swim to safety, but the others were taken by the strong current.The RCMP continues the search.last_img

Manitoba government failed to protect Phoenix Sinclair Report

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn death, Phoenix Sinclair may save another child’s life.At least that’s what an inquiry into her murder may help happen after a long list of recommendations for the province of Manitoba came out Friday in a report following months of testimony from the very people who should have been able to protect Sincliar from her neglectful and “cruel” mother and “sadistic” violent boyfriend.“I believe that the social workers who testified at this inquiry wanted to do their best for the children and families they served, and that they wanted to protect children, but their actions and resulting failures so often did not reflect those good intentions,” wrote inquiry commissioner Ted Hughes, a former judge who presided over the inquiry.In that, the government of Manitoba apologized as they admitted the child welfare system failed to protect Sinclair.“On behalf of the government of Manitoba, I want to offer an apology for the child welfare system’s failure to protect Phoenix Sinclair. My sympathy goes out to all who cared for her. Today is about remembering a little girl and doing everything we can to learn from her death,” said Minister Family Services Kerri Irvin-Ross. “We thank commissioner Ted Hughes for his dedication, his hard work and the invaluable insights that will help us better protect our most vulnerable children.”Sinclair, 5, was in and out of foster care from the day she was born.She was murdered by her mother and her boyfriend after Sinclair was returned to them from child welfare. Her body was found at a dump on the Fisher River First Nation in 2006.Hughes heard from 126 witnesses during 91 days of testimony that examined the circumstances surrounding the death of Sinclair.From that he has made 62 recommendations to improve the child welfare system and the underlying issues of poverty.The government said they’ll immediately act on the recommendations.The cost of the inquiry was $14 million and the implementation team will cost $350,000. The report and recommendations can be found here.last_img read more

Manitoba strives to be beacon of restorative justice

first_imgAPTN National NewsManitoba’s Attorney General believes the province will become a beacon for restorative justice in North America.Wednesday in Winnipeg, Gord MacIntosh unveiled a plan that has the full backing of Indigenous leaders.The five year plan includes a nine person panel to significantly increase referrals to restorative justice programs.APTN’s Dennis Ward reports.dward@aptn.calast_img

Walmart Canada apologizes says its pulling Infant sleeper that has Twitter all

first_imgAPTN National NewsWalmart Canada says it is pulling a baby sleeper from its shelves after customers brought the writing on the questionable product to its attention.The storm started on Twitter when a user tweeted out a picture of a sleeper that was taken at a store in southwestern Ontario.The text on the sleeper reads: “I Still Live With My Parents,” while the graphics include an arrow, and two teepees.“He @walmart. You know that indigenous children are taken into foster care disproportionately don’t you?” @gindaanis wrote on Twitter with the hashtag #racism.Found at #NiagaraFalls @Walmart. Where Did you find your #Walmartonesie? pic.twitter.com/qJ1PkyQ2Dt— gindaanis (@gindaanis) July 14, 2017The photo was taken by Elizabeth Sault who is the Aboriginal healing and wellness coordinator for the Niagara Regional Native Centre in Niagara on the Lake, Ont.“Given my profession, my first thought went right towards child welfare and we have the highest rate of children in care in Canada,” Sault told APTN. “I was with my daughter, she is 13, I thought what a great education for her and how inappropriate it is. At first she was just like ‘oh mom stop,’ because I’m always educating her – and she is probably also of that mindset that it’s no big deal but now she sees that it’s gaining some momentum.”Sault posted the picture on her Facebook – it was then posted on twitter.The picture has been retweeted and liked hundreds of times along with dozens of comments since it was posted Thursday.“WOW … that is a whole new level of insensitive,” wrote @claudiasteinSault took the picture of the sleeper at a Walmart store in Niagara Falls, Ont., approximately two hours west of Toronto outside Niagara Falls.According to a message APTN received on Twitter, the manager of the store agreed to take the item off stores shelves when a complaint was lodged. APTN has not been able to reach the store manager.It’s not clear if the sleeper, made by the George clothing line, is sold in other Walmart stores across the country.The item does not appear to be sold online.APTN contacted Walmart Canada to get more information about the sleeper and received this response.“We thank our customers for bringing this matter to our attention,” said Anika Malik, senior manager of corporate affairs for Walmart Canada. “The graphic on this item does not represent Walmart’s beliefs and has no place in our stores. We are removing the product immediately and sincerely apologize for any unintended offence this has caused.”Malik did not explain how the item got into Walmart stores to begin with, or how many complaints the company has received.Sault, who is from the MIssissaugas of the New Credit not far from Niagara Falls, doesn’t think Walmart knew what it was selling.“I think it was out of ignorance,” she said. “It’s not intentional but because people who are unaware I think opening up the conversation around this onesie is key – it’s not necessarily all negative because the conversation is happening, the awareness is happening around this.”The “I still live with my parents” text appears on many sleepers – but usually without graphics.“It’s a kind of common onesie joke (where the joke is, like you said, that they’re expected to) but with the imagery, jesus,” wrote @christapetersoIt’s not clear when the product will be removed from Walmart Canada’s stores.“I think there will be mixed feelings – there’s always mixed feelings when it comes to anything with the Indigenous communities. Some people are aware, and are receptive – and other people are not,” said Sault.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Committee releases report on methylmercury issues downstream from Muskrat Falls

first_imgAPTN NewsA committee looking into how best to mitigate the risk of potential methylmercury poisoning downstream from the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric plant in Labrador has released four recommendations.The Independent Expert Advisory Committee spent eight months studying the issue.* The IEAC recommends that a public information campaign be undertaken to communicate that, based on scientific evidence, current practices related to consumption of country food and water are safe.* The IEAC recommends that an independent body oversee the design and implementation of a monitoring program for the Lower Churchill Project, ensuring that it is community-based and that it provides information that is relevant to the protection of human health.* The IEAC recommends that the Province, Nalcor Energy, Indigenous groups and the local populations negotiate an Impact Security Fund prior to full flooding. The purpose of the fund is to guarantee continued access to local country food, or safe alternatives, if methylmercury exposures increase above pre-established thresholds, despite mitigation efforts.* In addition, while the IEAC was not able to achieve consensus with respect to mitigation, based on votes by three of the four voting members, the IEAC recommends that Nalcor Energy undertake targeted removal of soil and capping of wetlands in the future reservoir area before impoundment.The issue of methylmercury was raised in an environmental study by a researcher at Harvard university.When the mercury contained in the organic material found on the land is mixed with water, the toxin is released.The fear downstream from the Muskrat Falls dam is that the mercury will be washed towards them, and into the fish and wildlife they eat.In October, 016, the Innu and Inuit put pressure on the provincial government to stop the flooding of the reservoir adjacent to the dam.Three people went on a hunger strike. Dozens more occupied the construction site at the dam, shutting down operations for eleven days.The independent committee was formed as part of a deal the premier brokered with Indigenous leaders to end the protests.The committee is made up of four voting members including the Innu Nation, Nunatsiavut government, NunatuKavut Community Council and affected municipalities.The recommendations are not binding.“We have taken the concerns related to methylmercury associated with the Muskrat Falls Project very seriously and continue to work to ensure the health and safety of residents,” Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment Eddie Joyce said in a statement.“As we review the recommendations, we will continue to consult with Indigenous groups and municipalities.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

Transport disruptions hit Greece as union protests cutbacks

first_imgATHENS, Greece — Nationwide train and island ferry services have been suspended for a day in Greece, together with most Athens public transport, as the country’s biggest labour union strikes against persisting austerity measures.Tuesday’s strike is being organized by the GSEE umbrella private sector union, which also includes many categories of civil servants.The GSEE and a smaller Communist labour union are also planning separate protest marches through Athens to the house of parliament.The unions want the left-led government to scrap key income and pension cuts imposed at the demand of international creditors during Greece’s eight-year bailout program.The program formally ended in August but the measures are expected to remain in place for years to ensure Greece can keep its budgets balanced and pay off its bailout debts.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Dawson Creek Fire Department responds to house fire

first_imgThe cause of the fire is still under investigation. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Wednesday morning on 121 Avenue.The fire started in a home in the 900 block of 121 Avenue. According to the Fire Department, the fire was contained to the room of origin, but the whole home suffered heavy smoke damage.The Dawson Creek Firefighters Charitable Society has donated a $500 gift card from Walmart to the family.  This will help the family replace basic necessities that were lost in the fire.last_img

Drilling forecast cut due to lower expectations for 2019 oilpatch spending

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is cutting 1,000 wells from its 2019 drilling forecast due to what it calls deteriorating investor confidence in Canada.The industry group says it now expects 5,600 wells to be drilled in Canada this year, down from its November forecast of 6,600, and 19 percent behind the 2018 total of 6,948 wells drilled.In B.C. the number of wells remains unchanged at 382. PSAC CEO Gary Mar says a lack of market access continues to discourage investment in oil and gas exploration and production in Canada.“While we are excited about the final investment decision of LNG Canada for its Kitimat LNG project, development, and production activity to supply the natural gas for the facility is still years away”, continued Mar.He says Alberta’s decision to curtail oil production by 325,000 barrels per day as of Jan. 1 has added to uncertainty levels, leading to more delays on spending decisions by producers.He says his members are laying off workers and struggling to stay solvent with current active rig levels below 40 percent, down from over 50 percent at the same time last year.The forecast reduces the number of wells expected to be drilled in Alberta by about 580 to 2,950, and in Saskatchewan by about 450 to just under 2,000.last_img read more

BC Government implements a new OffRoad Vehicle Trail Fund

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – A new Off-road Vehicle (ORV) Trail Fund has been created for outdoor groups interested in improving Off-Road riding conditions and safety.The total available funding in 2019 is $200,000, with 25% of the money set aside for safety promotion and 75% marked for construction and maintenance. The intention is to improve outdoor motorized vehicle opportunities for B.C. residents and visitors.Requests for funding from $1,000 to $20,000 will be considered. To apply; CLICK HERE Applications will be accepted by any legal entity in the province, except for individuals. This includes:First Nations;Local governments (such as municipalities and regional districts)ORV organizations (including those representing quads, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, motorbikes and side-by-sides)Non-profit societiesBusinessesThe deadline to apply is March 20, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified about a month after the application period closes.Created in 2017, the ORV Trail Fund was established as a part of the Off-Road Vehicle Act and regulations. The act requires registration of all off-road vehicles within British Columbia. A portion of the registration fees collected by ICBC is redirected to the ORV Trail Fund.This is the second year for the funding program. Future planned yearly disbursements will be between $100,000 and $250,000 per year, depending on the growth of the fund.Submissions will be adjudicated by provincial recreation staff, with input from provincial-level ORV representatives.last_img read more

Trican Well Service cuts 160 jobs during sharp slowdown in Q4 oilpatch

first_imgTrican reported a fourth-quarter net loss from continuing operations of $159 million as it recorded a $134-million goodwill impairment charge, compared with a net profit of $14 million a year earlier.It said its total job count in the quarter fell by 30 per cent to 2,054 from 2,909 a year earlier. In November, the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors issued a drilling forecast calling for little change in activity in 2019 versus 2018.But CAODC president Mark Scholz said Thursday activity is actually down substantially so far in 2019 and, if it continues on that trend, the industry will likely support 5,800 fewer jobs than the 30,000 expected in the forecast.He said more than 60,000 jobs were associated with the drilling industry before oil prices crashed in late 2014.Source Energy, which supplies the specialized sand used in fracking, reported in an operational update on Wednesday that sales fell by 33 per cent to 373,000 tonnes in the fourth quarter from 557,000 tonnes in the same quarter in 2017. CALGARY, A.B. – A 40 per cent decline in revenue in the fourth quarter due to a steep downturn in drilling activity in Western Canada resulted in 160 lost jobs at Calgary-based Trican Well Service Ltd.The well completion company posted $5.1 million in severance costs in its fourth-quarter results as its revenue dropped to just $168 million from $280 million in the same period of 2017.“2018 proved to be a lot more challenging than we anticipated at this time last year,” CEO Dale Dusterhoft told a conference call to discuss the results on Thursday.center_img “We saw a significant decline in activity from September onwards, which required us to adjust our business and adjust our overall cost structure.”He said the company’s overall head count at the end of 2018 was 1,841, down more than 11 per cent from 2,083 at the start of the year.Drilling contractors have moved at least 26 rigs from Canada to the United States since 2017 as Canadian producers reduce activity due to a shortage of investment capital blamed on volatile commodity prices and not enough export pipeline capacity.Well completion firms like Trican step in to make a well ready to produce oil and gas after it’s been drilled, using technologies including hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”Fracking involves injecting water, sand and chemicals under high pressure to crack tight rock formations deep underground and allow trapped oil and gas to flow into the well.The Petroleum Services Association of Canada said last month it expects 5,600 wells to be drilled in the country this year, down from 6,948 in 2018, due to what it calls deteriorating investor confidence in Canada.last_img read more

Toastmasters Business Challenge Open House

first_imgTo view the Achievers Toastmasters FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Achievers Toastmasters of FSJ is hosting their first Local Business Challenge & Networking Night in honour of February being Toastmasters month.Tonight, Thursday, February 28th at the Northern Lights College, Room 202 from 6:45 pm to 8:30 pm.Toastmasters is inviting the public to come and see what the club is about with their business challenge, open house ‘Tabletops with a Twist.’ Toastmasters asks attendees to bring a 1-2 minute elevator pitch on your business and constructive feedback will be provided.The event will host free pizza and prizes, with time to chat and network.Achievers Toastmasters regularly meets September-June, learning public speaking and leadership skills in a positive environment held on Thursdays, room 202 at the Northern Lights College.Toastmasters is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of promoting communication and public speaking skills.‘The mission of a Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.’ from the Toastmasters website.To view the FB Page Event; CLICK HERE last_img read more