first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement The 2017 iHeart Radio MMVAs are here, and we seriously cannot wait for the festivities to begin. From the star-studded guest list to the extravagant red carpet arrivals, here are 6 reasons why we’re excited for this year’s MMVAs :1. It’s all about the fans.One thing that is always clear about the MMVAs is that it’s always about the fans. Wristbands to attend the show are free, and if you line up early enough you can even snag a spot on the red carpet! The unique thing about getting a red carpet spot is that you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of your favourite celebrities. We even had the chance to experience this first hand at the 2016 MMVAs because I’m Virgin Mobile Member! 2. The Red Carpet arrivals.The MMVAs are notorious for their insane red carpet arrivals. In the past, Katy Perry has showed up in an ice cream truck, Marianas Trench has rolled down the carpet in a zorb, and one year Billy Talent even showed up riding an army tank!  If you’re Virgin Mobile Member you could enter to win a VIP package to the MMVAs where you get to walk the red carpet and potentially see this all yourself. With celebs such as Hedley, Niall Horan, and Lilly Singh attending this year, we absolutely cannot wait to see how they decide to make their entrance and you can count on us being there with our Virgin Mobile Member perks.3. Alessia Cara & Joe Jonas are hostingAlessia Cara blew us away with her beautiful performance at the 2016 MMVAs, and this year she is back to host it with Joe Jonas! This will be Joe’s second time hosting (the first was back in 2009 with the Jonas Brothers) and if this time around is anything like the first, we know we’ll be in for an insane party when he teams up with Alessia.4. Lorde is performingIt’s been quite a while since the last time Lorde was in Toronto, and we can’t wait to see her take the stage at this year’s MMVAs.5. The star-studded list of presentersShay Mitchell, Dove Cameron, Lights, and Darren Criss are just some of the big names who will be presenting the awards this year.6. Bonus: The Virgin Mobile Canada Member experience!We’re excited for the pre and after party and getting to watch the show from a Members box. Be sure to turn notifications on and follow LIL’s social to see it all go down on June 18th!The iHeart Radio MMVAs takes place tonight on Sunday June 18th at 9pm EST, with red carpet festivities kicking off at 8pm EST. Be sure to set your PVRs or head downtown to witness the event for yourself as you definitely won’t want to miss it.BY SEAN CHIN – LIVE IN LIMBO Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more


first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jeremy and Tunebug is designed as a multi-platform entertainment brand that includes fully-animated television half hours, digital shorts, a play-to-play-music/play-to-read-stories app, and a website where kids can interact with Jeremy, listen to his music, and learn to play music online. Parents, caregivers, and educators will have the opportunity to bring Jeremy and Tunebug to the classroom or see a live concert performance. Social Media Links:Website: jeremyfisherjunior.com veritefilms.ca hiddenpony.caTwitter: @JFishJunior @VirginiaTV – Virginia Thompson @VeriteCanada @HiddenPonyFacebook: Facebook.com/JeremyandTunebug  Facebook.com/Verite.Films.Canada  Facebook.com/HiddenPonyRecordsInstagram: @jeremyfisherjunior @hiddenpony Advertisement Advertisement Jeremy and Tunebug animated image courtesy of Vérité Films Advertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO – Vérité Films, the boutique production house behind Canada’s #1 comedy brand, Corner Gas, is thrilled to announce their return to children’s television with Jeremy and Tunebug. The animated children’s television, music, and multi-platform digital brand stars three-time JUNO-nominated singer-songwriter Jeremy Fisher Junior and is produced in association with Jeremy Fisher Music and Hidden Pony Records & Management. With support from the Canada Media Fund-Shaw Rocket Fund Kids Digital Animated Series Program, Jeremy and Tunebug will begin its first phase of production in Fall 2019.Jeremy and Tunebug brings to life the whimsical characters, stories, and songs from Fisher’s acclaimed debut children’s album Highway to Spell (available on Spotify and Apple Music). The series revolves around Jeremy, a story-telling singer-songwriter (voiced by Fisher), and Tunebug, his best friend and magical recording studio on wheels. Together they share their animated adventures to Destination: Imagination, where they discover how feelings and emotions inspire story and song. Facebooklast_img read more

Toronto police testify at Debassige inquest

first_imgBy Donna SmithAPTN National NewsTORONTO–The two Toronto police officers involved in the 2008 shooting of a 28-year-old First Nations man are scheduled to testify Tuesday at the coroner’s inquest looking into the death.Byron Debassige was shot in the chest by police in a city park after he had stolen two lemons from a food market.Debassige, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, was chased by the store owner. Debassige then pulled out a knife with a three-inch blade and threatened the store owner.Police, responding to a report of an armed robber, found Debassiage drunk and signing in the park and wielding a knife. They shot him after a confrontation.Debassige’s family issued a statement saying they hoped the inquest would give them some answers.“We are sorry this day had to come. Byron’s death was senseless. It is our hope that the coroner’s inquest can help us in answering questions about Byron’s death,” said the statement.dsmith@aptn.calast_img read more

Aboriginal Affairs changed water project once floated to Bruce Carson

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera and Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Federal bureaucrats once directed Bruce Carson, a former advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper now under an RCMP investigation, to the $5 million water pilot project for First Nations unveiled this week by Ottawa and Ontario.The Ottawa-based water filtration company Carson promoted, however, would likely not qualify for the pilot project announced Tuesday because it sold a different type of system than what was outlined in guidelines announced by the federal Aboriginal Affairs department.The department also changed the way bids will be considered for the pilot project from what was described to Carson in an email written by a department official last year.The pilot project aims to test technologies and try new ways to improve water quality on four selected Ontario communities. Alderville First Nation, Lac Seul First Nation, Munsee-Delaware First Nation and Zhiibaahaasing First Nation were selected to participate.Despite repeated requests by APTN National News to discuss the apparent change in the program, Aboriginal Affairs refused to discuss the announcement and the pilot project’s guidelines.According to information that was released by the department, the pilot project will favour bids from water filtration firms providing “point of entry” water systems that treat all water entering homes and are installed in a heated enclosure outside the building.Carson was lobbying Aboriginal Affairs officials on behalf of H2O Global Group and H2O Pros, which only sold point-of-use water filtration systems that treat water after it enters the house and before it reaches the tap.In discussions with the department, Carson referred to H2O’s product as “point-of-entry” filtration systems.The Prime Minister’s Office asked the RCMP, the Lobbying Commissioner and the Ethics Commissioner last March to investigate Carson after an APTN National News investigation into Carson’s ties to the water company and his lobbying efforts at the department. The company had a financial arrangement with Carson’s fiancée at the time, Michele McPherson, who was a former Ottawa escort.The systems sold by the company, which has since gone out of business, were eligible for the pilot project and the department was considering inviting H2O Pros to bid on the pilot project, according to a Feb. 17, 2011, email from a department official to Carson.“H2O Pros may be on the list of potential vendors invited to bid on this pilot-project,” wrote Lysian Bolduc, a senior infrastructure engineer for the department.Carson and H2O Pros were at the time trying to convince the Mohawk community of Tyendinaga, near Belleville, Ont., apply for department funding to install between 50 and 100 water filtration systems in the community.On Wednesday, March 16, 2011, Carson forwarded Bolduc’s email to a Tyendinaga band official with the note, “fyi-bc.”About two hours later, Tyendinaga Chief Donald Maracle phoned Patrick Ku, manager of technical services in the federal department’s Toronto branch asking him if H2O Pro was the “supplier of choice” for the department.“I received a call from Chief Maracle…10 minutes ago. He asked if H2O Pro is (the) supplier of choice,” said a March 16, 2011 email from Ku to three other officials that was obtained under the Access to Information Act. “I explained to him that (the department) does not endorse H2O Pro as the company to install their equipment in Tyendinaga.”The department has also changed the process for selecting firms to take part in the project. According to Bolduc’s email to Carson, which was written following a meeting between the former political PMO aide and department officials, a “pilot-project team” of federal and Ontario officials would pick the firms from a list compiled after a tendering process.“The pilot-project team is currently in the process of preparing a list of potential technologies and vendors,” wrote Bolduc. “Final technologies/vendors selected for evaluation through pilot-testing would be chosen by the project team through a tendering process that will consider both technical merit and anticipated life-cycle costs.”A few months after the email and following the eruption of the Carson scandal, which preceded the May 2 election, Aboriginal Affairs issued a press release announcing Ottawa and Ontario were launching three-year pilot project. But the July 6, 2011, press release stated that it would be up to the selected First Nations communities to pick and choose the companies it wanted to work with.“The First Nation communities selected for participation in this pilot project will be responsible for commissioning appropriate design and technology solutions for their communities through a request for proposals process,” said the release at the time.In Tuesday’s announcement, however, the selection process changed. Now, a committee with representatives from the selected First Nations, the federal Aboriginal affairs department and Ontario’s ministry of environment would select the winning bids.“Selecting appropriate design and technology solutions for these communities through a request for proposals (RFP) process conducted collaboratively with representatives from the First Nation communities, Ministry of Environment of Ontario and AANDC,” said the release.Joe Kim, spokesperson for Ontario’s environment ministry, said “no solutions have been excluded from consideration.”Kim confirmed the initial plan was to select companies from a list.“It was later decided that an open, transparent bidding process would be better,” he said.Kim said the First Nations would still have final say on who gets the winning bids, but Ontario and Ottawa officials would assist them with the technical review of the proposals.The pilot-project will also accept bids for improving existing infrastructure, new water trucks and pre-fabricated water treatment plants, along with “other approaches deemed appropriate,” according to the department’s statement.Kim said Ottawa had the lead on the file and that the province was primarily providing technical assistance.jbarrera@aptn.cakennethbrianjackson@gmail.comlast_img read more

Accused Winnipeg serial killer responds to family seeking information on murdered teen

first_imgAPTN National NewsA family hoping to find who is responsible for the murder of a loved one has reached out to an unlikely source: accused serial killer Shawn Cameron Lamb.Calray Bruyere wants to know if Lamb killed her cousin Fonessa.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img

Trying to calm the fraying nerves of those living near BC mining

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe massive tailings pond breach that washed over 10 million cubic litres of waste water into creeks and lakes in northern British Columbia has had a devastating affect on so many.APTN’s Tina House just returned from the front lines where politicians are trying to calm the frayed nerves of local residents and First Nations.last_img

Battle with Legal Aid forces Algonquin mother to pay for sons Gladue

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsOTTAWA – With time running out and feeling insulted, an Algonquin mother in Ottawa has taken it upon herself to ensure her son gets a Gladue report written before his sentencing next month for armed robbery.The mother has begun fundraising the money needed to pay for a private company to write the report in Ottawa because she said she never heard from the Ontario government’s writer in Nation’s capital since Justice Ann Alder ordered one for her 16-year-old son on Feb. 5.Her son’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Mar. 23.“I don’t know what he’s doing but it takes a few seconds to just pick up the phone, dial a number and leave a message,” said the mother who APTN National News can’t identify because her son is a young offender.She’s referring to Chad Kicknosway, a writer employed through Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto (ALST) who is funded by Legal Aid Ontario.“I gave (Kicknosway) a call and he has not called me yet. Sentencing is coming up and I don’t think he’ll have the time to interview everyone and write the report. I want a good report for my son,” she said.Instead of waiting, she decided Wednesday evening to start fundraising in her home community of Lac Simon First Nation in Quebec.She’s hired IndiGenius, a company in Ottawa that has been writing Gladue reports for about seven months and earned the praise of judges and lawyers.A Gladue report examines an offenders history, such as where they came from, what they have been through and basically what may have led to them to the courts. They’re known as the Gladue principles. Often judges learn of trauma due to colonization and residential schools. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 1999 that judges must apply the principles and look for alternatives to incarceration at sentencing.It was a matter of luck but several months ago when her son was first appearing in court IndiGenius co-founder Mark Marsolais was there too and met the mom and son. “Mark has been there from the very beginning. He cares and I know he can get the report my son needs,” said the mom, adding she tried to go with IndiGenius from the get-go but was told she had to go with Kicknosway. It turns out the mother and son found themselves in the middle of a behind-the-scenes battle with Legal Aid and IndiGenius, a private company that writes Gladue reports.Legal Aid had been funding IndiGenius since the summer but slowly began shutting the door on using the private company. That’s because last fall it commissioned ALST to provide a Gladue writer in Ottawa as part of an increase in funding across the province to provide more Gladue reports.ALST, led by Jonathan Rudin, has been a leader in writing Gladue reports in Ontario for more than a decade. APTN tried to reach Kicknosway for more than a week with no success. A spokeswoman for Legal Aid said he works out of the Wabano Health Centre but the receptionist there not only didn’t have a number for him but didn’t know who he was. He’s supposed to have been working there since September.The mother went to Wabano this week looking for him and left a letter saying she didn’t want to wait any longer and wanted IndiGenius to do the report.APTN reached out to his superior at ALST who said Kicknosway wouldn’t be commenting.“I don’t want to get into a fight into who is doing what. That’s not our interest. We’re just doing reports when we’re asked to do reports by the court,” said Rudin, who is called upon by many lawyers across the country to speak on the issue of Gladue principles. “We’re just going to do the work we’re asked to do.”Rudin declined to comment on the mother’s case and said they’d discuss it with her.“This is something we’re going to work out,” he said.He’s also going to find out why the mother never heard from Kicknosway.For the mother, it’s just a matter of getting a report done by the person she wants. “I’m really frustrated they don’t want to use Mark (Marsolais). They’re trying to make us go through (ALST), she said.According to Legal Aid there’s a protocol for who does the Gladue reports in Ottawa. They’ve asked Ottawa courts to order reports through ALST.“That’s the first stop. That’s where we want people to go first,” said Nye Thomas, director general of policy and strategic research at Legal Aid. “If (ALST is) unable to write a report for some reason … and there is another report writer, say IndiGenius, available we’ll fund that organization to write a report.”Thomas was then asked what if a client or a parent doesn’t want to use Legal Aid’s “first stop” for any reason, can they go with a company of their choice to get a Gladue done?“It depends that’s all I can say. The policy allows for certain exceptions but depends on the specific facts,” he said.He then said that question was better suited for ALST but when pressed on the issue of ALST being a contactor and Legal Aid provides the funding he confirmed there is a choice.“We want people to go to ALST as our first choice and if ALST is unable to do it and then you have lots of different reasons why they are unable to do it, including potentially the clients or the family’s choice,” he said.When it comes to the specifics of this mother’s case Thomas said due to privacy he couldn’t speak to it.Marsolais would like to know why lawyers keep telling him Legal Aid won’t fund reports through IndiGenius.“If there’s a choice then why have so many lawyers, in the last couple of months, kept telling us they can’t go with us?” he said.“And clients do. They specifically ask for us. We’re getting a lot of calls. Word has spread about the quality of our work.”Regardless, Marsolais is interviewing the mother’s son Tuesday and intends to have a report completed before sentencing.The cost is between $1,500 to $2,000. “I’m just so relieved Mark is going to do it,” said the mother. kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddresslast_img read more

Blood Tribe in Alberta struggling to find solution to prescription medication crisis

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National NewsEDMONTON –The chief of an Alberta First Nation said his community is struggling to find solutions to a soaring prescription medication problem.Chief Charles Weaselhead said after a meeting with Canada’s Health Minister Rona Ambrose this week that a lack of resources is holding the Blood Tribe back from getting people the attention they need.Weaselhead, who attended a symposium in Edmonton that focused on prescription medication, said in the last six months there have been 40 overdoses and 20 deaths related to the use of Fentanyl, a potent and dangerous drug disguised as Oxy80s.He said they are struggling to find access to proper treatment beds and detox facilities for community members.“That in itself compounds the issue of people who are ready to go to treatment and it’s not there,” he said.Ambrose met with various stakeholders to discuss ways of tackling the issue. She said the improper and recreational use of prescription drugs is threatening the health and safety of communities across the country.“Substance abuse and prescription drug abuse are very serious and complex health, social and economic issues and as such cannot be addressed or resolved in isolation,” said Ambrose.The federal government will fund $13 million over the next five years to undertake 1,000 annual pharmacy inspections across Canada.Rona Ambose announcing $13 million for pharmacy inspections. Photo APTN/Brandi MorinThe initiative is to help curb the increasing use of highly addictive pain prescription medications that are sold illegally on the streets.According to a 2013 international products control survey, Canada is now the second largest per capita consumer of prescription opiates.The 2012 Canadian Alcohol and drug use monitoring survey indicated that close to 1 million youth reported having used prescription drugs in the last 12 months. A large number of youth reported accessing prescription drugs at home in their own medicine cabinets.Weaselhead said what his community needs are resources to help people.“We do have a big problem and if we don’t find those beds, if we don’t find detox for them I’m afraid they’re going to go back to their habits. And we’ll continue to see over doses, we’ll continue to see the deaths and the number will continue to climb.”Alberta Health Services (AHS) have been working closely with the Blood tribe and First Nations/Inuit Health Services.AHS medical health officer of health for southern Alberta, Dr. Karen Goodison said while accessing resources is a challenge, addressing the situation is considered a top priority.The AHS currently distributes a take home Naloxone Kit that serves as an anti-dote for reviving individuals who are overdosing.“We will continue to build capacity for our community support and wrap around services, this needs to be a collective approach,” said Weaselhead.Blood Tribe chief Charles Weaselhead sitting down with Health Canada Minister Rona Ambrose. Photo APTN/Brandi Morin (Chief Charles Weaselhead speaking in Edmonton. Photo APTN/Brandi Morin) Weaselhead said that Blood tribe officials continue to work to provide information to members focused on intervention and treatment for prescription drug abuse.In April, Health Canada announced it will invest $13.5 million dollars over the next five years to First Nations communities across the country to enhance prevention and treatment capacity specifically for prescription drug abuse.This will include crisis intervention teams that provide First Nation communities with counseling and other supports.In addition Health Canada launched national TV ad campaigns to help equip parents with information on how to talk to teenagers about prescription drug use.They also urge all Canadians to take their unused medications back to their local pharmacy when they’re no longer needed.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

Northern First Nation asks neighbouring town to nix alcohol at events

first_imgIman Kassam APTN National NewsA chief in the Northwest Territories is asking a nearby town to stop serving booze at community events.A recent event saw nine people taken into custody.But the chief and mayor don’t see eye-to-eye.last_img