Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap recently commenced the shoot of his short film for the upcoming Netflix anhtology, ‘Ghost Stories’.The filmmaker posted a photograph on Instagram in which he is seen holding a clapboard, with the caption: “Ghost Stories Day one, shoot life.” Actors Shobhita Dhulipala and Pavail Gulati will also be a part of Anurag’s film. ‘Ghost Stories’ is an anthology of four short films directed by Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar and Dibakar Banerjee. This is the third time that the quartet is collaborating on an anthology project. They have previously co-directed the 2013 film, Bombay Talkies, and the 2018 Netflix movie, ‘Lust Stories’.
A woman who has spent months informing ’60s Scoop survivors about Ottawa’s class-action settlement says she’ll continue advising people to object to the deal, even after a federal judge approved the agreement.“The biggest problem for me is this entire process was set up to make sure that we as adoptees could not object,” said Coleen Rajotte, who is one of the survivors who spoke at federal court hearings on the settlement in Saskatoon last week.Rajotte says it took her months to get a copy of the agreement after it was struck last fall, and that survivors believed they would get two days in Saskatoon to tell their stories of being taken from their Indigenous homes as children and adopted out to non-Indigenous families.But one of the two days ended up focused on the lawyers’ cut in the deal. Survivors who wished to object got just three minutes and some who went over their time were cut off, in tears, by Justice Michel Shore.“Basically to us this looks like a complete sham, that they put on this day of hearings so they could say, ‘Well we listened to those survivors,’” Rajotte said.Shore ruled Friday that the settlement, which includes $750 million for the survivors, $50 million for an Indigenous healing foundation and $75 million for legal fees, could go ahead.Last October, the federal government said the proposed settlement was for about 20,000 survivors who were moved between 1951 and 1991.Survivors are each expected to receive between $25,000 and $50,000.Shore said he will issue his reasons for his ruling in a month or longer.Lawyer Tony Merchant, whose firm represents some of the victims, said after Friday’s decision that most of the people affected by the ’60s Scoop want to move on after nine years of fighting for compensation.But Doug Racine, another lawyer who also represents survivors, said the 90-day deadline for opting out of the deal is too short and that anyone who doesn’t opt out will be considered to have accepted it.Critics argue that accepting the deal could mean waiving the right to sue for sexual and physical abuse that some adoptees experienced.The clock will start ticking soon, which Racine said doesn’t leave much time for his clients to decide.“In order to advise your client, you would have to have their social services record. You’d want to determine whether or not when they were taken as a child whether or not it was legal, because if it wasn’t legal, then you want them to opt out because you have a good lawsuit,” Racine explained.“I would think you’d want a year. I mean, our law firm is having difficulty tracking down the adoption records,” he added.Opponents say there is a clause in the agreement that if 2,000 people agree to opt out it can be declared void.Rajotte, who was taken from her community in Saskatchewan when she was a baby and raised by a Manitoba family, said that she’s travelled to reserves across Canada and found many survivors who had no knowledge of the settlement.She said the government should have mailed information to every First Nation, and that survivors deserve an adjudication process for compensation similar to what residential school survivors received.“The Liberal government when they got voted in said that they wanted to form a new relationship with us. This is horrible the way they’ve treated us,” Rajotte said.Racine said his firm is considering an appeal and will be examining options this week.The deal is also under fire for leaving out Metis survivors. The federal government has argued that Metis weren’t recognized as having Indigenous rights at the time, so Ottawa can’t be held responsible for those children.
VANCOUVER – Canada inched closer to a much-anticipated return to peacekeeping on Wednesday as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered the UN badly needed soldiers, equipment and a fresh feminist perspective on peace missions.But while UN officials were effusive in their praise for Canada’s commitments and leadership, two key questions remained: When and where will Canadian peacekeepers be deployed?Trudeau unveiled the package of measures and commitments during an address to hundreds of foreign dignitaries and military officials on the second day of a major peacekeeping summit hosted by Canada.The package represented Canada’s most tangible step back into peacekeeping since the Liberals promised last year to provide up to 600 troops and 150 police officers to the UN.Canada is specifically offering up to six helicopters and two transport aircraft, plus their associated pilots and support personnel, as well as a 200-strong quick reaction force to the UN.It has also pledged $21 million to help double the number of women deployed on peacekeeping operations around the world, which Trudeau emphasized as critical to bringing peace and stability to conflict-ridden areas.“Women bring a unique and valuable perspective to conflict resolution,” Trudeau said.“They look beyond the interests of warring parties, bring the wider community to the table and focus on root causes. Including women and girls in peace operations is a smart, practical pathway to lasting peace.”Canada is also planning to make dozens of trainers available to the UN and other countries to help professionalize militaries from developing countries that are often involved in peacekeeping.Some of those trainers will be deployed to UN centres in Africa, such as Kenya, Ghana and Uganda. But officials say up to 50 could also be sent to other countries and may even deploy on missions with their students.“Six-hundred Canadian armed forces personnel is significant for Canada as a commitment, but let’s remember that there are close to 100,000 peacekeepers deployed around the world,” Trudeau said.“So we have to focus on how Canada can best help. What we will do is step up and make the contributions we are uniquely able to provide.”The government’s plan was warmly welcomed by the UN’s top peacekeeping official, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, who asserted that the values that guide peacekeeping are the same espoused by “this great nation of Canada.”“And with Canada on our side, we feel stronger,” Lacroix said. “We feel more empowered to confront the many challenges that peacekeeping is facing.”Yet when it came to timelines and specific locations, especially for the deployment of Canadian troops and military equipment, Trudeau remained vague.That is because Canada has offered them without dictating when and where they must be used, which is what the UN has asked countries to start doing so it has flexibility in filling critical gaps in different missions.Canada is looking at basing a transport plane in Entebbe, Uganda, that will help ferry UN personnel, equipment and supplies for seven different peacekeeping missions.“They are exactly consistent with the critical needs that we have in terms of capability, but also the flexibility in which these offers have been made,” Lacroix said of Canada’s pledges.But government officials told reporters on background that Canada and the UN have only just started what could be six to nine months of discussions about when and where any of those capabilities will be deployed.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said the discussions aren’t just about the UN finding the right fit for Canada’s troops and equipment, but also making sure they have the right support and rules of engagement.“They’ll do that proper assessment,” Sajjan said of Canadian military officials during a news conference marking the end of the summit.“I can’t put a timeline to that, but one thing is sure: we’re going to move as rapidly as possible to make sure when we provide those resources, it’s going to have the impact the (UN) needs.”The lack of detail nonetheless sparked criticism from some observers and foreign dignitaries, who questioned why Canada was only now starting discussions with the UN about where to send military equipment.They noted, for example, that the UN has told member states for years that it needs helicopters, while the number of Canadian peacekeepers in the field reached a new low last month.Canada had 62 military personnel and police officers deployed on different missions in October, which was down from 68 in September and 112 in August 2016.“The Vancouver conference provided an excellent opportunity for Canada to live up to (its) promise,” Royal Military College professor Walter Dorn, one of Canada’s top experts on peacekeeping, said in a statement.“But Canada has not done so. The delaying and dithering continues.”Trudeau refused to confirm during a news conference shortly after his address whether the government was still interested in sending helicopters or troops to Mali, as has been widely expected since last year.The prime minister also sidestepped questions about what level of risk the government is willing to accept when it comes to deciding on a mission, saying that would be only one factor taken into consideration.“We will always look at the impact that we can have along with the risk profile,” he said.“What Canadians expect is that we will engage in ways that will make a positive difference around the world, and we will do so in a way that minimizes risks to Canadians.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.
Highlights from the news file for Friday, Dec. 8———SUPREME COURT HANDS OUT RULING ON TEXT MESSAGE PRIVACY: The Supreme Court of Canada said on Friday that Canadians should be able to expect text messages they send to remain private, even after they’ve reached their destination. The Supreme Court set aside a firearms conviction of a man who sent messages that were discovered by Toronto police. The court ruled the man who had been convicted had a reasonable expectation of privacy concerning the messages, meaning he had a right to challenge a police search of a mobile phone owned by an alleged accomplice.———SKI COACH GETS 12-YEAR PRISON TERM: A Quebec court has sentenced a former national ski coach to a 12-year prison term for 37 sex-related charges involving teenaged skiers. Bertrand Charest was found guilty earlier this year of 37 of 57 sex-related charges. All but one of the complainants were under the age of 18 at the time of the offences. Judge Sylvain Lepine described the sexual assaults as “inexcusable and criminal,” especially given the victims’ young age and his position of authority over them.———STAKES RAISED IN SOCCER SHOWDOWN: The mayors of Toronto and Seattle are making a friendly wager on who will take the MLS Cup as their cities’ two teams prepare to do battle on Saturday. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan says she’ll send over a basket of treats including Starbucks coffee, cheese, jerky, and smoked salmon if Toronto wins. If Seattle wins, Toronto Mayor John Tory says he’ll send over a basket with Tim Hortons coffee, a peameal bacon sandwich and maple syrup. Tory says he’ll also light the Toronto sign in front of city hall in green and wear a Seattle Sounders FC scarf.———BOEING BREAKS SILENCE ON CANADIAN FIGHTER JET DECISION: Boeing has finally commented on Canada’s decision to abandon a plan to purchase fighter jets from the U.S. aerospace giant in favour of buying used F-18 fighter jets from Australia. Boeing says it respects the decision but won’t abandon its trade dispute with Canadian rival Bombardier, which is the reason Canada turned its back on the Boeing purchase.———QUEBEC SURGEON BONUS APPEALS HEALTH MINISTER: Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette says he can’t believe that surgeons and anesthesiologists get bonuses just for arriving at work by 8 o’clock in the morning. But Barrette says he can’t do anything about the policy because it comes out of an overall budget and it’s up to doctors to decide how it’s spent. A Montreal newspaper says the province’s surgeons and anesthesiologists shared $86.1 million over the past three years for getting to work on time.———DRUG OVERDOSE CALLS CONTINUE TO SOAR IN VANCOUVER: The city of Vancouver says firefighters have responded to more than 6,000 overdose calls so far this year, a 28 per cent increase over last year. Mayor Gregor Robertson says the numbers underscore the magnitude of the “horrific” opioid crisis that the city faces. The city says the number of calls is putting a strain on front line emergency resources. Vancouver Fire responded to 81 overdose calls last week alone.———CRITICS DECRY LONDON STRIP CLUB RESTRICTION: Some advocates for sex workers say a municipal ban on sexual touching in strip clubs is putting sex workers at risk, hampering their ability to make money. They want the prohibition to be lifted, saying that adult women should be free to consent to touching and being touched. One advocate says the ban on touching drives women away from clubs that have security guards and panic buttons into more vulnerable, private situations.———NEW TRIAL FOR NOVA SCOTIA MAN ON MURDER CHARGE: Nova Scotia’s appeal court has ordered a new trial for a man who was convicted of first-degree murder in 2003 in a killing allegedly ordered by the Hells Angels. Dean Kelsie has been serving a life prison sentence for the slaying of the man in a Halifax-area apartment building. But the appeal court ruled on Friday that trial judge erred in his legal instructions to the jury. No date has been set for a new trial.———ONTARIO TO RELOCATE CARIBOU: The Ontario government intends to airlift endangered caribou on an island in Lake Superior to a new home. The caribou on Michipicoten Island face danger from a small number of wolves who have been able to get out to the island when the lake ices up in the winter. The wolves have been systematically slaughtering the caribou in the past few years to the point that officials are worried about the population being wiped out completely.———ISRAEL URGES OTHERS TO FOLLOW U.S. ON JERUSALEM: Israel’s UN ambassador is urging all nations to follow the United States and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Danny Danon told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday that President Donald Trump’s announcement “recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a critical and necessary step for peace.” He stressed that “there will never be peace without Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.———
FERGUS, Ont. – Police in southwestern Ontario say a toddler has been found safe after a car was stolen with the child still in it on Christmas Day.Ontario Provincial Police say a man and his accomplice stole a car that was left unlocked and running as a woman went into a store in Fergus, Ont., on the evening of Christmas Day.They say the man was able to get into the car and fled after witnesses tried to stop him.The car was found shortly after, abandoned at the side of a highway with the child still in the vehicle, unharmed.Police are investigating the incident and are asking anybody with information about the suspects to contact police.
OTTAWA – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is visiting Washington this week to form a united front with the Liberal government and help promote the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement.He will lead a delegation of Tories who will meet with U.S. officials, including U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.Scheer’s spokesman Jake Enwright says that before trip the Tories asked the Liberal government about key messages it wanted the delegation to deliver to their American counterparts.He says the Tories also asked the government to suggest names of stakeholders that it wanted them to meet with in Washington.Scheer will also meet with Neil Herrington of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Sen. Lisa McCormick, former World Bank president Robert Zoellick and Canadian Ambassador David MacNaughton, and also participate in a roundtable with a Canada-U.S. business group.He will be joined by Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt, parliamentary trade critic Dean Allison, agricultural critic Luc Berthold and Colin Carrie, critic for Canada-U.S. relations.“The goal of this trip is to do our part in putting up a united front in the protection of Canadian jobs that are created by NAFTA,” Enwright said.
HALIFAX – Not one North Atlantic right whale calf has been spotted in the species’ usual breeding grounds, raising fresh concern over the long-term fate of the endangered mammals following a record number of deaths last year.Clay George, a biologist with Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources, said Monday that the whales tend to give birth off Georgia and Florida from December until the end of March, with the peak period being in January and February.But, he says coastal surveys have not turned up one mother-calf pair — a grim discovery after one of the highest mortality rates for the imperilled animals in recent history.“We’re kind of running out of time at this point to see them with calves and every day that goes by, it gets a little more concerning,” he said from Brunswick, Georgia. “And it’s concerning mainly because of the high level of mortality that’s been occurring over the last year.“When deaths start exceeding births, then the population is going to decline and that’s where right whales appear to be at this time.”At least 18 North Atlantic right whales were found dead in Canadian and U.S. waters over the last year — dropping the global population to less than 450. It’s suspected that many of them died after getting ensnared in fishing gear or hit by large vessels as they transited from southern waters into the Gulf of St. Lawrence and other areas.Philip Hamilton, a research scientist at the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life in Boston, said the apparent lack of calves could be linked to a lack of food, a shift in the calving grounds or environmental changes that could be affecting the breeding females, of which there are only about 100 left in the world.Hamilton, who has been specializing in right whale photo identification since 1986, said they have never seen a year without calves, which is particularly alarming combined with the right whales’ high death toll.“It’s actually heartbreaking in general,” he said. “I’m concerned about this being a more prolonged, permanent shift.”He said there has been a shift in the whales’ migration habits over the last 30 years, with some heading to Cape Cod Bay, the Bay of Fundy and the Gulf of St. Lawrence to feed in the spring and summer. The speculation is that the endangered animals tend to go where there is an abundance of their main sources of food, zooplankton.Scientists suspect the quantity of food has been poor in some years, sending the whales in other directions, leaving them in poorer condition and lowering the calving rate. Hamilton said the lack of food may leave the females less capable of becoming pregnant, which was possibly seen in 2000 when a single calf was born and the adults appeared thinner and less healthy.Chronic entanglements and noise may also cause the females stress, which could be linked to lower reproduction rates, he said.George said there has been a decline in calving since 2011. Where once there was an average of more than 20 calves born every year, the rate has since been cut to about 12.But he says there can be great fluctuation in the calving numbers, suggesting that this may be a blip. There was only one calf born one year in the late 1990s, but 31 calves were born the next. Five calves were born last year.Both researchers say they will be closely watching to see whether mother-calf pairs are seen in their typical feeding grounds this spring and summer.There have been concerns that if the mortalities continue, the species could go extinct by 2040.Hamilton said the whales, which are thought to have the same average lifespan as humans, used to give birth every three years. But, it has now dropped to about every seven years.– Follow alison_auld on Twitter
Canada is leaving billions of dollars on the table due to a lack of pipeline capacity.Those are the findings of a report from the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy.The price differential of Western Canadian Select (WCS) relative to West Texas Intermediate (WTI) reflects the lower quality of WCS and transportation costs, but pipeline capacity constraints have dramatically increased the discount to historical levels.Research Associate Kent Fellows said prior to 2013, the WCS/WTI discount generally stayed between nine and 13 per cent of the WTI price but as of February 2, 2018, the differential is at 47 per cent.“The historical differential when we still had some excess capacity was sort of in the range of $10 to $15, maybe a little bit higher than that, but the current one is close to $40 so a pretty big difference,” he said.Fellows explained the larger discount means Alberta is getting lower revenues for each barrel of heavy crude exported, costing the provincial government $6.60 on every barrel of heavy oil exported to the U.S, which is an annual loss of $7.2 billion.Private companies are missing out on $5.3 billion and the federal government is leaving $800 million on the table.Fellows argued this shows why governments need to push for pipelines that are in the public interest.
TORONTO – On a summer afternoon, the sounds of children babbling behind closed doors spills into the otherwise deserted halls of an east Toronto student residence.Fifty four-bedroom dormitories at Centennial College now serve as temporary homes for 344 asylum seekers, including 96 families. Hundreds more are currently being housed in another student residence.But with less than a month before students return ahead of the school year, time is running out for refugee claimants who have yet to find a more permanent home.The Aug. 9 deadline has been the focus of political discussions in recent weeks, with the Ontario government saying the province will face a “crisis” without federal support.For some of the asylum seekers staying at the Centennial building, that date ushers in a new wave of uncertainty. But they say anything is better than what they left behind.A Nigerian couple, who asked not to be named for fear of retribution, said they fled their home in March after receiving threats from the militant group Boko Haram.They sold their belongings and took their two-year-old daughter to Orlando, Fla., they said. But anti-immigrant rhetoric there made them feel unwelcome and pushed them to head north into Canada, they said.“We realized that (U.S. President Donald) Trump does not want immigrants,” the woman said.“We saw on the internet that Canada accepts asylum seekers,” her husband added.From Florida, the couple went to New York state where they got on a bus to Montreal.It’s a common journey for many of the asylum seekers who arrived in Toronto this year, many of whom end up in the city’s shelter system.There were 3,304 refugee claimants in the shelter system as of late June, accounting for 47 per cent of its users, according to city data. More than half of them are part of a program for refugees in hotels and college residences.Toronto Mayor John Tory has said the city cannot accommodate more refugees and asylum seekers without added financial help from the federal and provincial governments.The Ontario government said Friday it has requested further funding to deal with the August deadline.The federal government has offered $11 million to Ontario to offset immediate housing costs, but the provincial government said that will cover a fraction of the costs incurred in Toronto alone.The province said earlier in the week that Ottawa should cover the entire cost of resettling asylum seekers because its policies were encouraging people to cross into Canada illegally.More than half of asylum seekers who entered Canada by the end of May filed a claim for refugee status from inside the country, meaning they crossed the border irregularly rather than at an airport or other official crossing, according to the latest data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.Under current rules, asylum seekers have 15 days to file a refugee claim once they arrive in Canada. If the claim is accepted, Canada has an obligation to protect those people and provide them with services such as housing until their claim is heard, says Mathieu Genest, spokesman for the federal immigration minister.“We are very mindful of the August 9 deadline and so we are working on a number of options,” he said, though he gave no further details.More than 85 per cent of the thousands of asylum seekers in Toronto come from Nigeria, according to city statistics.The Nigerian asylum seekers in the Centennial residence have formed a tight-knit community, travelling in groups to view potential homes or meet with organizations such as the Red Cross, some of them said.Many have received a social insurance number and a work permit, but said jobs and homes have been hard to find, as they can’t provide landlords with pay stubs or credit checks. A competitive rental housing market makes finding a suitable home even more challenging, they said.Agibola, a 37-year-old man who gave only his first name, said he has been viewing multiple apartments every day, some as far as London, Ont. He said he keeps getting rejected because he can’t give landlords the documents they’re asking for.“How can I look for an apartment when I don’t have a job? And if I have a job how can I look for an apartment?” he said.It also takes an emotional toll, he said, noting his two young kids think every apartment they tour will be their new home.Despite the looming deadline, Agibola said everyone is trying to remain positive and they’re thankful for the support they have received.“I know the government is trying their best. I know they’re trying to make us comfortable and I appreciate that,” he said. “We don’t expect the government to do everything for us.”
OTTAWA – A civil liberties group is urging the Canadian government to end the “unjust and immoral” imprisonment of Monika Schaefer, a German-Canadian woman on trial in Germany for publishing videos denying the Holocaust.The Ontario Civil Liberties Association says it’s concerned about Canada’s apparent unwillingness to come to the aid of Schaefer, who it describes as a Canadian “political prisoner” who was charged with a German criminal law that does not exist in Canada and is contrary to international law.In a letter signed by executive director Joseph Hickey, the association calls on Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland to act immediately, starting with appointing a consular observer and direct contact for Schaefer.“We ask you both to do everything you can to save Monika Schaefer from her ongoing unjust and immoral imprisonment in Germany,” the letter says. “Every day that Canada refuses to act or acts ineffectively is a day that Ms. Schaefer spends in a foreign jail. Therefore, we express the required urgency.”Schaefer ran for the Green party three times in Alberta’s Yellowhead riding before the party rejected her candidacy in 2015. The next year, she appeared in a YouTube video denying the Holocaust, which prompted the party to publicly condemn her views.In the video titled, “Sorry mom, I was wrong about the Holocaust,” Schaefer says she was born and raised in Canada after her parents emigrated from Germany in the 1950s.The Munich public prosecutor’s office says Schaefer was in Germany visiting family members when she was arrested in January. She was charged with six counts of “incitement of the people” for publishing videos denying the Holocaust.Schaefer has been in custody since her arrest and her trial is set to continue until August 17, the office says, adding the maximum penalty for each count is three years’ imprisonment.The civil liberties group says in the letter that the 2016 video was made in Canada and published from Canada.It says Germany’s law against Holocaust denial is contrary to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights law ratified by Canada in 1976. The United Nations Human Rights Committee has interpreted the covenant to be incompatible with laws that penalize the expression of opinions about historical facts, it says.“The covenant does not permit general prohibition of expressions of an erroneous opinion or an incorrect interpretation of past events,” the human-rights committee has said, according to the letter.The Department of Justice referred questions to Global Affairs Canada, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Holocaust, in which the German Nazi regime murdered approximately six million Jewish people, is one of the most studied and documented atrocities of the modern era.Germany developed strong laws against denial of the Holocaust in order to prevent another Nazi faction from rising in the country, and it’s currently worried about growing far-right extremism, says Helmut-Harry Loewen, a retired University of Winnipeg sociologist who studies hate groups.He describes Schaefer as a key figure in the Holocaust denial movement.— By Laura Kane in Vancouver
VAUGHAN, Ont. – Canada’s Wonderland says the amusement park north of Toronto will feature a record-setting roller-coaster when it opens for the 2019 season.It’s called the Yukon Striker, which Canada’s Wonderland bills as the “longest, fastest and tallest dive roller coaster in the world.”The park says it will be the first such dive coaster in Canada and the 17th at the centre in Vaughan, Ont., placing it among the world’s top three amusement parks with the most roller-coasters.Yukon Striker will zip along more than 1,100 metres of mountainous track and include a 90-degree, 75-metre drop into an underwater tunnel.Canada’s Wonderland says the Yukon Striker will claim several world records, including the longest, tallest and fastest dive coaster at 130 kilometres per hour.The ride will be part of the park’s Frontier Canada section, which will depict the Yukon backcountry during the Klondike Gold Rush era of the late 1890s.
Animal rescue charity Bideawee will welcome 300 guests at Gotham Hall in NYC tonight as Adrian Grenier hosts the 2012 Bideawee Ball.Sonja Tremont-Morgan of The Real Housewives of New York City is among the guests expected to attend this year, as well as Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Tinsley Mortimer. Last year saw vegan and animal rights activist Loretta Swit act as host.Having opened its doors in 1903, Bideawee is one of the oldest humane organizations in the United States, offering one facility in New York City and two in Long Island, all devoted to rescuing dogs and cats, caring for their needs and finding loving homes for them.To learn more about how you can support their work, visit the Bideawee website.Copyright ©2012Look to the Stars
The UN Special Envoy for Climate Action, Michael Bloomberg, announced on Sunday a contribution of $4.5 million to the United Nation’s Climate Change Secretariat, the UNFCCC.The billionaire philanthropist and former Mayor of New York City, pledged last June to make up the Secretariat’s funding shortfall, caused by US President Donald Trump’s announced withdrawal from the historic 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.The contribution will go towards general operations, including assisting countries to meet targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in line with the accord; agreed by 193 States in the French capital.In late March, the United States Congress announced that it was cutting funding for this year to the UNFCCC by $4.5 million; from $7.5 million, down to $3 million, according to a media release from Bloomberg Philanthropies.Mr. Bloomberg made the announcement of his contribution on the CBS television programme, ‘Face the Nation’, saying that “America made a commitment and as an American, if the government’s not going to do it, we all have a responsibility.”UN Secretary-General António Guterres said via Twitter that he was “very grateful to Michael Bloomberg, not only for his generous support to the United Nations, but also for his global leadership on climate action.”The UNFCCC said that with many contributions from signatories to the agreement still outstanding and “a decline in voluntary contributions” the funding was arriving at “a critical time”.It “strengthens UN Climate Change’s capacity to support developing countries” and allowed more “strategic outreach to promote climate action among stakeholders including cities, regions, business and civil society,” said the Secretariat statement.The UNFCCC’s Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa, said that “when countries adopted the historic Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise, they also recognized that achieving that goal would take broad-based global climate action in all sectors, public and private.”“I welcome this generous contribution from Bloomberg Philanthropies as an important, practical recognition of our need to work together and to step up our response to climate change,” she added.Mr. Bloomberg added that despite the US withdrawl from the Paris Agreement and funding cuts, he was confident that the US would “meet its commitment by 2025 to reduce greenhouse gases by an agreed amount, and if we do it, hopefully other countries will do it as well.”
HRH The Duke of Sussex, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, today announced that the fifth Games – to be held in May 2020 – will be hosted in The Hague, The Netherlands.Invictus Games Foundation Patron, HRH The Duke of Sussex said “I am delighted to announce that The Hague is taking up the challenge of hosting the fifth Invictus Games in 2020. The city will soon become the motivation for hundreds of servicemen and women using the Invictus Games to inspire their recovery from physical and mental injuries. The Netherlands has supported the Games from the very beginning, and I know that everyone there will fully get behind and support the soldiers and veterans who have served their countries so bravely. We have already seen in London, Orlando, and Toronto just how exciting hosting the Invictus Games can be, and I know this will be an incredible experience for everyone in the Hague as they embrace the Invictus spirit in 2020.”The Invictus Games The Hague 2020, will bring together over 500 competitors from 19 nations to compete in a series of adaptive sports.The Hague was selected following a competitive international tender process, with the Invictus Games Foundation Chairman, Sir Keith Mills GBE, noting that, in particular; ‘the bid exemplified the Invictus spirit.’He further added, ’Post-War, The Hague has undergone its own process of rebuilding and rehabilitation, a theme many of those competing can intimately relate to. A city transformed, The Hague inspired a nation. So too, we believe the 2020 Invictus Games will act as an inspiration to competitors and those attending or watching at home.”Events will be held across the city over the course of a week, with further details to be announced later this year.The Invictus Games The Hague 2020 Chairman, Lt Gen (ret) Mart de Kruif, said: ‘We are very honoured that the Invictus Games is coming to The Hague. 2020 is an important milestone for The Netherlands, marking 75 years since liberation. The Invictus Games provides the perfect opportunity for us to link the past to the present by paying a tribute to wounded, injured and sick service personnel who served, and are serving, the military. These role models have shown that the strength of the human spirit is unbeatable.’The announcement comes as competitors from across the world prepare to head to Sydney this October, for what will be the fourth iteration of the Invictus Games.Following consultation with stakeholders – including the participating nations – the Invictus Games Foundation plans to extend the period between Games to two years. This will happen over the next two games cycles following the completion of this year’s Games in Sydney.Dominic Reid, CEO of the Invictus Games Foundation said: “Ensuring that the beacon created by the Invictus Games remains lit for future generations of serving personnel and veterans is the Foundation’s priority. In moving to a biennial Games, the Invictus Games Foundation will use the intervening years to develop knowledge transfer and the sharing of best practice to allow the Invictus Spirit to flourish amongst all participating nations.”For more information on Invictus Games The Hague 2020, please visit www.invictusgames2020.nl.
Established in 1967, the Théâtre français de Toronto is one of the city’s most venerable theatre organizations, founded before Theatre Passe Muraille, Tarragon and Factory theatres, and the two companies that in 1987 merged to become Canadian Stage.But many non-French-speaking Torontonians may not think to attend its shows, because they don’t think they’ll be able to understand them.Think again. Joel Beddows, artistic director of Theatre francais de Toronto, says he is “shaking things up a bit” by including a lot of new work and by expanding its roster of established playwrights. (MANUEL VERREYDT) Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook It’s a not well known enough fact that, in 2005, TfT pioneered the use of English-language surtitles at selected performances, a practice that’s since been adopted at numerous other theatres across the country.“It’s always been central to TfT that there’s a place at the table for anyone who wants to come,” explains artistic director Joël Beddows. “So how do we make that as easy as possible?”Beddows underlines that the surtitles are not complete translations of the plays but rather “adapted versions of the text, a little bit like cheat sheets. Enough information to make sure you follow the dialogue, you follow the story.”
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