TORONTO – Violence and other anti-social behaviour among Grade 7 to Grade 12 students in Ontario has dropped significantly over the past two decades, according to one of the longest-running mental-health studies of its type.In addition, results from the latest Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey being released Wednesday show a sharp overall drop in bullying, although cyberbullying remains a consistent problem.“This decline in risk behaviours over time parallels the declines seen in drug-using behaviours … suggesting a wider cultural shift to less externalizing or rebellious behaviours among young people today compared with previous generations,” the researchers from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health say. “Ongoing monitoring will determine whether these trends reflect more enduring changes or temporary fluctuations.”Other findings include 81 per cent of students saying they like school to some degree, with nearly half liking school quite a lot or very much.The survey of students has been done every two years since 1977, making it the longest ongoing school survey of adolescents in Canada and one of the longest in the world, the researchers say. More than 11,000 students in Grade 7 through 12 from 214 schools took part in last year’s edition.One of the most dramatic changes uncovered by the survey relates to the prescription of opioid pain relievers to students — an important finding given the current addiction and overdose crisis that has killed tens of thousands of people across North America in recent years. Over the past decade, medical use of prescribed opioids among students has plunged to 18 per cent from 41 per cent, the survey finds.Among concerning trends, the survey indicates a growing number of the students — particularly girls — have symptoms of depression and anxiety. In fact, the study finds, slightly more than half of female students in Ontario show signs of moderate to serious psychological distress — the first time that threshold has been crossed since the survey started tracking the issue in 2013.“Female students are more than twice as likely than males to report elevated stress, poor mental health, seeking mental health counselling, thoughts of suicide, and being prescribed medication for anxiety or depression,” said Dr. Hayley Hamilton, the survey co-lead.While 19 per cent of students rate their mental health as fair or poor — sharply higher since 2007 — more than half say theirs is very good or excellent.A key question for further research is the impact of technology on students’ well-being, in particular in light of the surge in time spent on social media in recent years.In total, 20 per cent of students said they spent five or more hours on social media a day — almost double the finding in 2013. One in 20 high school students reported symptoms suggesting they had a serious problem with technology — such as a loss of control, withdrawal symptoms, and issues with family and friends.“While the survey can’t tell us whether technology use causes mental health issues, or vice versa, there is some evidence from other studies that there may be a link,” said Dr. Robert Mann, also survey co-lead.When it comes to bullying at school, about one in five students reported being victims — down sharply from one in three since 2003. However, the same number reported being cyberbullied — unchanged from previous surveys.For the first time, the survey asked about concussions. More than one-third reported the injury in their lifetime, and 15 per cent — about 130,700 students — said they had experienced one in the past year — invariably from playing hockey or another team sport.The study also turned up marked differences between girls and boys. For example, males are much more likely to engage in daily physical activity and get at least eight hours of sleep. They are also more likely to be anti-social, gamble, or spend excessive hours playing video games. Girls, however, are more likely to report inferior mental and physical health, physical inactivity, and fears of harm at school.
KELOWNA, B.C. – Though nearby wildfires are still wreaking havoc on the area, boaters on British Columbia’s Okanagan Lake continue to enjoy the best of a B.C. summer — and that’s causing problems for firefighters working in the area.Glen Burgess of the BC Wildfire Service said the boaters are impeding the response of firefighters’ support aircraft, which use the lake as a bucketing tool and water source.Burgess said the wildfire had spread down to the shoreline but was not keeping boaters away from well-known recreational hot spots, and the RCMP was eventually called in to help keep the public away.“Boaters are still trying to use them despite the fire being literally right there, and it began to interfere with our bucketing operations,” Burgess said during a briefing Saturday.Fire Information Officer Noelle Kekula said in an interview Sunday that boaters were getting too close to the helicopters and skimmers, amphibious tanker planes that can hold more than 3,000 litres of water or fire-retardant chemicals, and need room to take off once they fill up.“Think of (the lake) like an airstrip: the skimmers need to come in and land, and then they need enough room to take off again,” she said, adding that both the helicopters and skimmers become significantly more heavy when full of water.The helicopters lower a 950-litre bucket into the water to fill up, said Kekula, and can drop the water more precisely than the “shotgun” approach the skimmers take when emptying above a blaze.Kekula said she’s especially frustrated by the repeated warnings to boaters whose actions are putting firefighters and their communities in danger and creating “incredible safety issues.”She said she did not know the motivation behind the boaters getting dangerously close to the aircraft, but said she would not be surprised if they were thrill-seekers trying to ride the large wakes created by the skimmers.“It’s the million-dollar question as to why people are interfering with our operations,” said Kekula.Kekula hopes the warnings to the public, along with RCMP involvement, will help boaters manage themselves properly.The wildfire in Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park has grown to nearly 14 square kilometres and is classified as out of control by the BC Wildfire Service.— By Spencer Harwood in Vancouver (Follow him on Twitter @SpenceHarwood)
TORONTO – The Canadian government and several airlines have issued travel advisories because of hurricanes and tropical storms churning towards the U.S. east coast, Caribbean and Hawaii.Ottawa urged Canadians to avoid all travel from Edisto Beach in South Carolina to the North Carolina-Virginia border due to hurricane Florence.It also warned against non-essential travel to Martinique, Guadeloupe and Dominica because of tropical storm Isaac.Air Canada and WestJet Airlines also issued travel advisories and offered to allow passengers to change certain flights free of charge to affected areas in the U.S. southeast, Barbados and Hawaii.Porter Airlines warned that flights to Newark, N.J. could be delayed or cancelled because of unfavourable weather.Hurricane Florence is expected to pose the greatest challenge with 380 to 635 millimetres of rain forecast and up to 1.14 metres of rain in isolated spots.
HALIFAX — At 30 years of age, Syrian refugee Kawthar Barho had seen her share of suffering and death before she came to Canada with her family.Together with her husband Ebraheim and their children, she fled the northern city of Raqqa, where Islamic State militants had established their provisional capital.“This is one of the most devastated cities in Syria,” says Imam Abdallah Yousri of the Ummah Mosque in Halifax. “It has been totally destroyed.”The Barhos arrived in Nova Scotia in September 2017, and thought they would be safe in Canada.Early Tuesday, fire raced through their new home in Halifax, killing seven children and burning Ebraheim Barho so badly that he remained in critical condition in hospital on Wednesday.Halifax’s Muslim community is now preparing for a funeral at the mosque for the couple’s children: Ahmad, 14; Rola, 12; Mohamad, 9; Ola, 8; Hala, 3; Rana, 2 and Abdullah, who was born in Canada on Nov. 9.“They thought that they were fleeing from the war over there to be safe here, and they ended up as if they were back there,” says Yousri, who has been offering support to Kawthar Barho since the early morning fire.“It is a tragedy for her, for us, for everybody.”Yousri says the young woman remains in a state of shock.“She is in terrible condition right now,” says Yoursi. “She keeps thinking this is the time for her to breastfeed (Abdullah). She keeps calling him.”The family moved to the Halifax neighbourhood of Spryfield only five months ago, having left the more rural community of Elmsdale, N.S. — but the transition wasn’t working out, despite a warm welcome from neighbours.The large family was among 1,795 Syrian refugees who have come to Nova Scotia in recent years.However, Yousri says it would appear that only the Barhos came from Raqqa.“They don’t even have friends here,” he says. “They feel lonely here, without any relatives, without any friends.”Spryfield resident Nicole Snook, whose home is just down the street from where the Barhos lived, said she and other neighbours reached out to the family, but the language barrier got in the way.“We baked them cookies at Christmas, gave a gift for the baby and talked to the kids on the street,” she said as her toddler fussed in her arms.“The kids were very active. They were always out on the street playing.”Photos from Facebook show the Barhos enjoying a fall trip to a local farm. A picture of three-year-old Hala shows her smiling as she hugs a small pumpkin. A photograph of 12-year-old Rola show her holding a Student of the Month certificate from the Riverside Education Centre in Milford, N.S.Snook says she was particularly taken with the oldest girl, Rola, whose mastery of English and outgoing demeanour made her a pleasure to talk to.“I was blown away by her — she was beautiful,” says Snook.“You could tell she was an exceptional human being. She had an openness and a real social nature … She wasn’t bold, it was more like a healthy assertiveness … She struck me as someone who would go far in life with such an indomitable spirit.”Snook recalled how polite the children were when they showed up at her doorstep on Halloween.“I was struck by their willingness and openness to engage in conversation,” Snook says, adding that their kindness and poise seemed remarkable for children who had endured a vicious civil war that has claimed more than 400,000 lives since 2011.At first, the family lived in Elmsdale, where they received support from the Hants East Assisting Refugees Team, the Nova Scotia group that sponsored their refugee claim. The Barhos lived there for a year, then moved to Spryfield to be closer to refugee support services, such as English-language training.But the children missed their old school and the friends they had made there, so the plan was to move back to Elmsdale next week.The Hants East group said in a Facebook post: “For the past year and a half, the children have been able to enjoy life as kids should be able to: going to school, riding bicycles, swimming, having friends, running in the yard, celebrating birthday parties and hanging out with the neighbours on their porch swing. They loved every minute of it, and it seems impossible we won’t hear their laughter and feel their hugs again.”Yousri says he has been receiving calls for support from around the world.“We appreciate that sympathy and help,” he says. “We’re trying out best to focus on the wife and help her as much as we can.”Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — A former top public servant in the federal, Alberta and Ontario governments will head up the RCMP’s fledgling board of civilian advisers assigned to help the police force modernize.Besides Richard Dicerni, others appointed to the 13-member board Wednesday afternoon include former Fredericton police chief Leanne Fitch, Canadian Football League commissioner Randy Ambrosie and former British Columbia attorney general Wally Oppal.The Liberal government announced plans for the board in January to transform the RCMP’s dated culture and make the force more innovative and forward-looking.The government wants the board to focus at first on updating business practices and ensuring employee health and well-being.Over time, the board will work on effective use of RCMP resources, labour relations, and corporate and strategic direction.Dicerni served as the federal deputy minister of industry for six years before becoming head of the Alberta public service.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Protests raging in Hong Kong are threatening to become yet another irritant in Canada’s fraught relationship with China.China’s embassy in Canada on Thursday denounced the Canadian government’s recent comments on the ongoing protests as “irresponsible” and “erroneous.”That appeared to be a reference to a statement from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, which expressed Canada’s concern over the unrest and described freedom of expression and assembly as the “bedrock” of society in Hong Kong.Protesters in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory have been out in force in recent days over a proposed extradition law that would allow suspects to be sent to China for trial.Thursday’s statement from the Chinese embassy accused Canada of interfering in the affairs of the region and urged Ottawa to get behind the proposed law.Freeland said any legislation should preserve Hong Kong’s autonomy, judicial independence and rule of law.“Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs, (which) no other country, organization or individual has the right to interfere in,” the embassy statement said.“No country should interfere in the internal affairs of other countries on the grounds of caring for its expatriates. Canada also has many foreign expatriates. What really affects Hong Kong’s business confidence and international reputation is not the amendment of the ordinance, but those acts of violence, which have been incited by external forces and damage social peace and disregard the law.”Hong Kong police reportedly fired rubber bullets and beanbag rounds at the thousands of protesters who broke through barriers outside government headquarters and the legislature Wednesday, leaving 81 people injured, according to Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority. Police said 22 officers were among the injured.Officers at one point “had no choice but to escalate the use of force to disperse the crowd,” Stephen Lo, the Hong Kong commissioner of police, told reporters Thursday. “The behaviour of the violent protesters yesterday (Wednesday) imposed a serious threat to the public order.”Police used more than 150 rounds of tear gas during Wednesday’s clashes, Lo said. That’s nearly double the amount used in major 2014 protests.“The ongoing protests in Hong Kong, which are among the largest in the city’s history, demonstrate the deep concern among the people of Hong Kong about their future,” Freeland said in a statement Wednesday.“Canada remains concerned about the potential effect these proposals may have on the large number of Canadian citizens in Hong Kong, on business confidence, and on Hong Kong’s international reputation…. Freedom of expression and assembly are the bedrock of Hong Kong’s free society. It is vital that any legislation preserve Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, rule of law, and independent judiciary.”It was the first time Hong Kong police have used tear gas since the 79-day, pro-democracy “Umbrella Movement” demonstrations in 2014, which marked the beginning of a shift to a tougher police approach.Officers also fired several rubber bullets and 20 beanbag rounds, which Lo said other countries deployed as non-lethal methods to quell riots and rebellions, and also used batons, pepper spray, and pepper based solution. Many protesters wore hard hats, masks, plastic wrap and carried umbrellas as protection. Eleven were arrested.“We are unarmed,” said Daniel Lee, a 42-year-old doctor who noted the police wore respirators to protect against tear gas. He said it was the last chance to fight for Hong Kong’s future.“It’s expected that we will be hit. There’s no way. If no one stands by the kids’ side, they will not have any help. This is it.”Canada and China are locked in a diplomatic standoff over last December’s arrest in Vancouver of high-tech scion and Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who is the target of a U.S. extradition request on charges of violating American sanctions against Iran. China has detained two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, in apparent retaliation.Freeland firmly rebuffed China’s latest demand Thursday to free Meng, saying it would set a dangerous precedent that could endanger all Canadians abroad.The unapologetic rejection came in Washington, where Freeland ended two days of meetings with top Trump administration officials and U.S. lawmakers, a table-setter for next week’s White House meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump.“It would be a very dangerous precedent indeed for Canada to alter its behaviour when it comes to honouring an extradition to treaty in response to external pressure.”— With files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Press
BANFF, Alta. — Marie-Eve Marchand and Tanealle Shade stand on a grassy knoll in Alberta’s Banff National Park hoping to catch a glimpse of the bison herd.As they look at a small warden’s cabin, Marchand raises her binoculars to Divide Pass.“They’re there, they’re there,” she says.Marchand, who was part of the Bison Belong campaign to bring the animals back to Banff, looks a few more times to make sure she’s not imagining things, then passes the binoculars to Tanealle.“I just froze and just a little tear ran down my face,” says Tanealle, 15. “I never thought I’d see the day when we had free-roaming buffalo.“They’re home.”The herd of wild plains bison, which was reintroduced in the park in 2017, has been free to roam in 1,200 square kilometres of backcountry on the park’s northeast side for the past year.“They are incredibly adaptable,” says Karsten Heuer, manager of the park’s bison reintroduction project.“For them to come back after a 140-plus year absence and integrate and adopt the landscape to the extent that they have has really been rewarding to witness.”Most of the 36 animals have stuck together, other than three lone bulls that are off on their own.Marchand puts her fingers to her ears — mimicking bison horns — and quietly says “buffalo” to alert others in the group. They walk over and take turns with the binoculars. Others shed tears as they spot the herd, which included two new calves.The group of women is one of the first to see the herd since they were brought back to Banff, but their trek was far from easy.They met at the Bighorn campground on a Saturday evening to get organized for a week-long trip into the rugged backcountry.They hitched a wagon ride to the park boundary with a local outfitter, hiked more than 65 kilometres, carried more than 20 kilograms of weight on their backs and crossed numerous creeks in their quest to find the bison.All the while, they saw signs: a bison wallow, bison tracks on the trails, fresh bison dung.Each of the women on the backcountry hike have a connection to bison — or buffalo, as they are traditionally known by Indigenous people.Tanealle’s grandfather, Leroy Little Bear, is involved with the Buffalo Treaty, an agreement between First Nations in the United States and Canada to protect and restore bison herds in the wild.Kansie Fox, an environmental protection manager, and Diandra Bruised Head, a climate change co-ordinator, work with the Blood Tribe or Kainai First Nation in southern Alberta.Fox says they are working to bring buffalo back on the reservation as a way to connect Blackfoot people to their history.“I just wanted to be a part of it to see if we could join forces in whatever we are trying to do in order to support the buffalo coming back,” she says.It felt like a dream to see the buffalo in the Rockies, she says.“We’re so used to seeing them out on the plains and to see them here in the mountains is so cool,” says Fox.Bruised Head says she was looking for a place to make a tobacco offering when the bison were spotted.“It left me speechless,” she says. “They are my relatives, they are my cousins, they are what connect me to my ancestors. It was almost sacred seeing them, even in the distance, letting them be wild.”Glinis Buffalo, a member of the Samson Cree Nation south of Edmonton, says she’s always wanted to see buffalo in the wild.“It took me a second to see them, but then when I spotted them, I actually just put the binoculars back down because I was actually kind of shocked,” she says. “I couldn’t even stare at them for more than a second.”She says it was a beautiful sight to see these “tiny specks of brown” off in the distance.“It made me think about when my ancestors, who would hunt, and that’s probably what they would see,” she says. “So this is how they felt when they spotted a herd of buffalo to go hunt.’”Heuer says he’s heard from five different groups that have attempted to see the bison in the Banff backcountry.“It’s not a super easy place to access,” he says. “Even if you do go back there, everything has to come together for you to actually see the animals. They are quite ghost-like a lot of the time, despite their size.“It’s a pretty massive, complex landscape to find them in.”Marchand says she had her doubts about whether the group would see the bison, but she had a good feeling.“I can’t believe how lucky we were,” she says. “But we believed it — and we did it.”Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — Quebec’s largest English-language school board says it is taking the province to court over whether a forced transfer of schools violates minority rights.In its latest legal salvo, the English Montreal School Board is asking Quebec Superior Court to rule on the section of the provincial Education Act used to transfer two of its east-end Montreal schools to a neighbouring French-language board.It also wants the provincial government to seek the Court of Appeal’s opinion on whether school board governance by the province’s anglophone minority is protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.In July, a judge rejected the board’s request for an injunction stopping the transfers, saying that it had failed to show the matter was urgent and that the French board would suffer more harm if the transfers were halted.Now, while waiting for that case to be heard on its merits, the board’s lawyers are asking the court to rule on whether the section of the Education Act used to transfer the schools respects English minority rights in Quebec.Chairwoman Angela Mancini says her board is also asking that before the Quebec government tables promised legislation eliminating school boards it seek a court opinion on whether the bill respects minority language rights.The Canadian Press
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A provincial cabinet minister in Newfoundland and Labrador has apologized for comments deemed racist by one of the province’s largest Indigenous groups.Environment Minister Perry Trimper apologized to the Innu of Labrador on Thursday after the group released an audio recording in which Trimper is heard saying the Innu are prone to “playing the race card.”The recording starts with a low-key voicemail message from Trimper to an Innu Nation staff member about drivers’ licences, but the recording continues to pick up a conversation Trimper has with someone after he fails to hang up his phone.Trimper later issued an apology to the grand chief of the Innu Nation, Greg Rich, and his executive assistant Dominic Rich, who received the message.Premier Dwight Ball issued a statement saying he also apologized to the grand chief, saying Trimper’s comments don’t reflect the views of his Liberal government.Ball says his government values its relationship with the Innu Nation and holds the group in the “highest respect.”The Canadian Press
Hallmark Channel and the American Humane Association have announced that popular television, film and Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth will host the 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, a star-studded evening honoring America’s most courageous canines.The Hero Dog Awards, which are presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and produced by Emmy award-winning MRB Productions, will air as a 90-minute special on Hallmark Channel November 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm ET/PT. The program will air as part of Hallmark Channel’s Pet Project, the network’s cross-platform campaign designed to celebrate the joy and enrichment animals bring to our lives.“I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this unique program with American Humane Association,” says Chenoweth, a passionate advocate for animals who founded her own charity, Maddie’s Corner, to benefit shelter pets. “I was a judge at last year’s Hero Dog Awards and am delighted to host the best and most heartwarming animal show on television.”“Kristin Chenoweth is one of my personal heroes,” says American Humane Association President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert. “Not only is she a tremendous talent, beloved by millions of her stage, screen, and television fans, but she has a heart of gold when it comes to animal advocacy. As host for the top animal awards show in the country, she will help us capture the hearts of the nation and bring major support to the lifesaving programs that make a difference for millions of children and animals each year. She is a true heroine to them and America’s noble hero dogs!”“Kristin Chenoweth is an extremely talented and beloved stage and television personality, as well as a passionate advocate for the welfare of animals — making her the perfect choice for host of the 2012 ‘Hero Dog Awards,’” says Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Crown Media Family Networks. “Kristin will bring her signature warmth, compassion, and off-beat comedy to this year’s show and I am positively delighted to welcome her to Hallmark Channel where she is sure to be a huge hit with our audience.”Chenoweth joins a roster of celebrity supporters of the Hero Dog Awards, including special honoree Betty White, red carpet host Joey Lawrence and celebrity judges Whoopi Goldberg, Victoria Stilwell, Candy Spelling, Miranda Lambert, Kristin Bauer Van Straten, Michelle Forbes, J.R. Martinez, Tinsley Mortimer, and Megyn Price, among many others.Two Million Ballots Cast for NomineesFollowing nationwide voting in which more than two million ballots were cast by the American public, eight remarkable finalists were chosen, one winner in each of the following categories: “Jynx” for Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs; “Holly” for Service Dogs; “Stella” for Therapy Dogs; “Gabe” for Military Dogs; “Tabitha” for Guide Dogs; “Soot” for Search and Rescue Dogs; “Tatiana II” for Hearing Dogs, and “Daniel” for Emerging Hero Dogs (ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things). These eight finalists will be flown to Beverly Hills with their human handlers, where they will walk the red carpet and be presented with a special Hero Dog award, following moving video tributes that bring their stories to life. The evening will be capped off when one of the eight finalists will be announced as the winning American Hero Dog of the year.Voting is currently underway at www.herodogawards.org, where a full list of the eight category winners, along with a summary of each dog’s poignant story, can be found.Source:AmericanHumane.org
On Valentine’s Day, activist Eve Ensler received a welcome gift. People around the world walked out of their offices and schools to dance on the street to protest the violence that is occurring against women and girls.When she launched the One Billion Rising campaign a year ago, Ensler’s plan was to get a billion people around the world to take action to end violence against females, the action being a specific dance preformed globally on 14 February 2013.“Think of the alarms raised about the impact of violence against women and girls during the past 15 years, since we launched V-Day to raise awareness about the horror,” Ensler wrote in The Guardian. “Think of how, when I have spoken out about the women and girls who have been raped in Congo’s 13-year war for minerals to parliaments around the world, I have often been cautioned that my language is inflammatory or extreme, when in fact I have not come close to finding the words with which to express the horrors I have heard and witnessed.”Last Thursday, thousands of events took place in over 200 countries in support of One Billion Rising, from tiny gatherings to flash mobs to parties of hundreds, endorsed by the UN, prime ministers and celebrities.“One billion women and young girls will be raped or beaten in their lifetime,” says actor and activist Robert Redford, a supporter of the campaign. “I am one of the billion rising to help stop violence against women. Statistics tell us that one in three women will become victims to violence, but it is not a women’s issue. It’s a global crisis. One billion rising is the movement that seeks to put an end to violence against women.”Actor-activist Jane Fonda, another supporter of the campaign, said, “I’m rising because my mother was sexually abused when she was eight years old and it damaged her life forever. She was never able to really love or to not feel guilty. She killed herself when she was 42 and those two things are related. I’m rising because I work with young girls, most of whom are poor, most of whom have been victims of sexual abuse, and I’m rising because I’m over it. We have to stop violence against women. And when that happens, everything in the world will change.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars
Glenn Close was at the White House today to take part in a panel as part of the National Conference on Mental Health.The panel focused on how addressing negative attitudes about mental illness is essential to making sure more people seek help; what we know about why these attitudes exist and the misperceptions they are grounded in; and what we can do to break down the barriers preventing too many people from seeking the help they need.Also in attendance was Bradley Cooper.During the conference, President Obama applauded the dozens of commitments made by organizations representing media, educators, health care providers, faith communities, and foundations to increase understanding and awareness of mental health.The Obama Administration has taken a number of steps to raise awareness and improve care for Americans experiencing mental health issues, including expanding mental health coverage for millions of Americans through the Affordable Care Act, improving access to mental health services for veterans and supporting initiatives to help educators recognize and refer students who show signs of mental illness.The National Conference on Mental Health is designed to increase understanding and awareness of mental health. As part of this effort, today the Administration is launching mentalhealth.gov, a new, consumer-friendly website with clear and concise tools to help with the basics of mental health, the signs of mental illness, how to talk about mental health, and how to get help. The website also includes a series of videos featuring celebrities and ordinary Americans whose lives have been touched by mental illness.Among the stars who have recorded messages for the new website are Demi Lovato, Cher and Glenn Close.In 2009 Glenn Co-Founded Bring Change 2 Mind, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. The idea for this movement evolved out of Ms. Close’s first-hand observation of battles with mental illness within her family. Ms. Close’s sister, Jessie, is living with bipolar disorder and Jessie’s son, Calen, is living with schizoaffective disorder. Bring Change 2 Mind produces science based Public Service Announcements aimed at tackling the stigma and discrimination of mental illness where they live – in all of us.Several commitments were made as part of the conference, including launching new efforts to raise public awareness through television, radio, social media campaigns, and other platforms.Commitments include:• The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), representing local television and radio stations and broadcast networks throughout the country, is creating a national public service campaign to reduce the stigma around mental illness. The multiplatform campaign, launching this summer, will include TV and radio ads, online ads and resources and a robust social media platform to raise awareness – specifically among 13-24 year olds, their friends and caregivers – that it’s okay to talk about mental health and help is available. • Blue Star Families, a non-profit organization created by military families to strengthen military families and connect America to her military, is producing a second series of public service announcements entitled “This Country Cares,” featuring country music stars telling our military heroes with mental health problems that they are not alone and encouraging them to seek help if they are struggling with these issues. • As part of their Love is Louder campaign, MTV and The Jed Foundation will promote help seeking and challenge the stigma surrounding mental health by encouraging members of MTV’s audience to take any action that supports their or a friend’s emotional health, and then share that action with @LoveisLouder. MTV will amplify the best responses through several of its social media channels, which in total reach nearly 160 million fans and followers.• The Entertainment Software Association and leading video game companies Activision Blizzard, Inc., Activision Publishing, Inc., Bethesda Softworks, Blizzard Entertainment Inc., and Microsoft Corporation will promote consumer resources for mental health and wellness information through their consumer web sites and online communities, which reach tens of millions of people every month. • Other organizations committing to help raise awareness through television, film, and social media include the Entertainment Industries Council, Facebook, Google, SchoolTube, and Twitter.
International charity and educational partner Free The Children, in partnership with Title sponsors Cheerios, Green Giant and Yoplait, announced the second group of names joining the star-studded lineup set to inspire 18,000 students who have earned their way through service to attend the first-ever We Day Minnesota at the Xcel Energy Center on October 8.Sharing their passion for change, international experiences and energizing the crowd with unforgettable performances will be multi-platinum, chart-topping artists the Jonas Brothers and Carly Rae Jepsen along with renowned speakers including Barbara Pierce Bush, award-winning actress and activist Mia Farrow, international activists and Free The Children co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger. Also joining via Skype for an important message will be award-winning singer-songwriter and Free The Children ambassador, Demi Lovato.Considering We Day has been called the Super Bowl for service, the event’s all-star roster will fittingly include NFL players from the Minnesota Vikings and other local dignitaries and personalities, including We Day co-chairs and siblings, Dean Phillips and Hutton Phillips, the Governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, Minnesota Commissioner of Education, Brenda Cassellius, Mayor of St. Paul, Chris Coleman, Jack Jablonski and spoken word poet and rapper Dessa.In the year of the 50th anniversary of his father’s memorable I Have a Dream speech, an exciting addition to the lineup is human rights advocate Martin Luther King III, who will be speaking at all We Day events across North America in 2013.Leading the electrified crowd as a co-host will be platinum selling artist and star of Disney’s Good Luck Charlie, Bridgit Mendler.“I had the opportunity this past summer to participate with Free The Children’s communities in Kenya, and see first-hand the lasting impact that youth in North America are making through their charitable work,” said Joe Jonas from the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum band the Jonas Brothers. “I understand what it means to these communities to have access to clean water and an education and I was thrilled to get involved by committing to help build two schools overseas with Free The Children. It may seem like a simple assignment to make one local and one global commitment, but these efforts fundamentally impact the lives of people around the world.”We Day is a stadium-sized educational event and a movement of young people leading local and global change. We Day is tied to the year-long program, We Act, which supports students and educators with free educational resources, student-led campaigns and support materials to help turn the event’s inspiration into sustained activation. Since 2007, youth involved in the We Act program have raised $37 million dollars for over 1,000 local and global causes and logged more than 9.6 million volunteer hours.The 2013/2014 We Day season will be the largest season to date. We Day will see more than 160,000 in attendance in 12 cities across North America, and internationally for the first time with We Day UK in spring 2014, truly making this a global movement for change.We Day and the We Act program are free of charge to the thousands of students and educators in attendance at the event and state-wide, thanks to the generous support of sponsors led in Minnesota by Title Sponsors Cheerios, Green Giant and Yoplait along with other supporters, including Bremer Bank, the Otto Bremer Foundation, The Edward J. Phillips Family Foundation and the Carlson Family Foundation.
In the aftermath of April’s unfortunate earthquake in Nepal that affected nearly 2 million children, Bulgari’s partnership with Save the Children has benefited more than 28,000 children in the area through a series of programs to protect children, who are the most vulnerable during crises, from harm.Bulgari Global Ambassadors Adrien Brody, Italian actress Isabella Ferrari, Spanish model and actor Jon Kortajarena, and HSH Princess Lilly zu sayn Wittgenstein Berleburg visited the region earlier this week to witness these programs firsthand and learn about the continued recovery efforts in the region through the partnership of Bulgari and Save the Children.Following the earthquake nearly six months ago, Bulgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin donated half a million Euros to support the global humanitarian aid response, allowing Save the Children to enhance their relief and recovery efforts and meet the critical unique needs of children most affected.“Since the beginning of its collaboration with Save the Children in 2009, Bulgari has raised over 30 million Euros, an amazing result which is unique in the luxury sector,” says Babin. “Best of all, thanks to our partnership, living conditions have been improved for 700,000 of the world’s most vulnerable children to date in 25 countries, including Nepal.”The visit to the districts of Kavre and Sindupalchowk allowed the Global Ambassadors an opportunity to interact with children and their families in safe and temporary learning centers established by Save the Children, funded in part by Bulgari, where they are able to learn, play, socialize and return to a sense of normalcy and comfort. More than 5,000 schools in Nepal were destroyed, and many more were damaged, in the earthquake.“The boys and girls I met in Nepal were gentle and kind and full of dignity. Save the Children provides a place for these young minds to flourish. Education affords the tools for self-reliance and I remain impressed by Bulgari’s commitment to helping these children,” said Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody.In response to the quake, Save the Children has been engaged in Nepal to reunite children with their families, prevent children from being exploited or lured into hazardous and illegal labor, establish child protection committees (CPCs) and work in sync with local government officials, teachers and other caregivers to keep children safe from abuse or violence in their communities and with their families.Save the Children has worked in Nepal since 1976, and has extensive health, education and child protection programs throughout the country.“Nearly six months have passed since the devastating earthquake struck Nepal, but children are still in great need of support,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. “We are grateful to our long-term partner Bulgari for their commitment to our work. Together, we are helping Nepalese children feel safe and secure, so they can be kids again.”
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy mourns the passing and celebrates the legacy of its founder, Barbara Bush.Barbara Pierce Bush — a beloved first lady, proud mother of six children, accomplished author and passionate champion for family literacy — passed away on April 17, 2018.Mrs. Bush believed that every man, woman and child should have the opportunity to secure a better life through literacy. In 1989, this belief inspired her to establish the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, which has provided educational opportunities for Americans of all ages, in all 50 states, over the past 29 years.Jean Becker, member of the Foundation’s board of directors and chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush, shared, “Mrs. Bush was a mother first and foremost, and as such believed that the most wonderful gift she could give her children — and families across America — was a love of reading and learning.”Today, the Foundation remains committed to Mrs. Bush’s vision, providing innovative programs and strategies aimed to expand access to education for all Americans. Doro Bush Koch, daughter of President George H.W. and Barbara Bush, carries on her mother’s legacy as honorary chair of the Foundation.“My favorite quote from Mrs. Bush is, ‘Believe in something larger than yourself…get involved in the big ideas of your time,’” said Chris Frangione, interim CEO of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. “She believed in the power of literacy to strengthen families and our nation, now and for generations to come. Her passion for big ideas will live on through the Foundation, continuing to inspire us as we work toward literacy for all.”In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Bush requested that those wishing to honor her memory do so through contributions to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Visit www.barbarabushlegacy.org to make a memorial gift, share a tribute honoring Mrs. Bush’s memory, or learn more about her incredible life and legacy.
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Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Montréal, July 4, 2019 – Just For Laughs, in association with Loto-Québec, is excited to announce new artists added to this year’s Festival lineup.GALA SHOWComedian, writer, producer and podcaster, Anthony Jeselnik has found success on both television and the live stage. He currently hosts the weekly Comedy Central podcast The Jeselnik and Rosenthal Vanity Project opposite NFL Network analyst Gregg Rosenthal. He was the creator and star of Comedy Central’s The Jeselnik Offensive, and has written and appeared on many Comedy Central Roasts, most notably The Roast of Donald Trump and The Roast of Charlie Sheen. He wrote for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and has performed on many late-night shows. Jeselnik received praise for his hour-long special Thoughts and Prayers, which was released by Netflix in 2015. In 2019, he released his latest one-hour comedy special, Fire in the Maternity Ward, on Netflix which received rave reviews and critical praise. He will next serve as host of the Comedy Central half-hour series Good Talk, which will premiere this Fall and will feature conversation, insight, and humor with well-known comics. The Anthony Jeselnik Gala will take place on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM, at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Having been named one of Rolling Stone’s “50 Funniest People,” Buzzfeed’s “50 Hottest Men in Comedy,” and Variety’s “Top 10 Comics To Watch,” Michael Che has established himself as one of the biggest comedy players working today. Che’s comedy uses humour to identify humanity in the most controversial actions. He applies street culture to world issues with a delivery that The New York Times describes as “a reflective, laid-back stage presence with jokes that draw as much from his city upbringing…as from blunt, insightful points that bring the abstract into focus.” Che is currently the co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s iconic “Weekend Update” segment where he is also a co-head writer for the show. Prior to joining SNL, he was a correspondent on Comedy Central’s Emmy & Peabody Award-winning program The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In 2016, he released his first hour-long stand-up special entitled Michael Che Matters on Netflix. Che has made numerous other television and film appearances. Most recently, he co-hosted the 70th Annual Primetime EMMY Awards on NBC. Che’s other appearances include Chris Rock’s Top Five, Comedy Central’s hit series @midnight, and as a weekly cast member on Vh1’s Best Week Ever. Catch The Michael Che Gala will take place on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 9:45 PM, at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.COMEDYPRO IN CONVERSATION ABC Presents Kenya Barris and Anthony Anderson: A Conversation about black-ish. Join creator and executive producer, Kenya Barris and star and executive producer, Anthony Anderson as they discuss ABC’s critically-acclaimed hit comedy series black-ish. Funny, truthful and timely, the Peabody Award winning sitcom has bravely tackled contemporary issues with humor and heart; becoming one of the most popular and influential series on television along the way. Join us for a conversation with Kenya and Anthony about what inspired the series, how it has grown over the past five seasons, and what they have in store for the future. ABC presents Kenya Barris and Anthony Anderson: A Conversation about black-ish will take place on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 3:45pm, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal.HOSTS of NEW FACES ANNOUNCEDOne of the “must see” showcases of the festival, New Faces returns this year with “must see” hosts!Comedian, actor, and writer Pete Holmes will host New Faces Group 1 on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 7:00pm; and New Faces Group 2 at 9:30pm, both at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at Monument-National. Holmes will return to host New Faces: Unrepped on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 9:30pm, at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at Monument-National.The inaugural New Faces: Canada will be hosted by comedian, writer and actor Ivan Decker on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 7:00pm at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at Monument-National.Comedian, and YouTube personality Franchesca Ramsey will host the New Faces: Creators on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 12:30pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal, in the Grand Salon Opera.OUTDOOR FREE CONCERT! Beginning as a stand-up comedian in Chicago, Craig Robinson first made his mark in the comedy circuit at the 1998 Just For Laughs Festival; and we’re delighted to welcome him back, this time to perform with his band, “The Nasty Delicious”! Robinson is best known for his role in NBC’s The Office, and movies including Knocked Up, This is the End, and The Hot Tub Time Machine Series. The Nasty Delicious formed in 2007, and has been rocking stages with Craig Robinson around the globe with their powerful fusion of electric funk, latin jazz, hard rock and soul. The members performing this evening include drummer Asa Watkins, guitarist David Sampson, bassist Brian Cockerham, saxophonists Lakecia Benjamin and Reggie Hines, trumpeter Wynston Byrd, and Craig’s younger brother and music director/keyboardist Chris “Rob” Robinson. All the members of the band have their own creative projects, and have also toured and recorded with countless legendary artists, including Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, Beyonce, Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Angie Stone, The Grateful Dead, Macy Gray, Anita Baker, and many, many more. The band has also been featured on Vh1’s Hip Hop Honors, Last Comic Standing, The Office, the Just For Laughs Festival and on the Hot Tub Time Machine soundtrack. This free, outdoor concert by Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious will be taking place on Saturday, July 27 at 9:15 PM at the main stage on the outdoor festival site. MORE PODCASTS RECORDED LIVE FROM MONTREAL!Recording live from Montreal this summer, The 500 Podcast with Josh Adam Meyers, and Starburns Audio presents The Patdown with Ms. Pat! Additionally, Mike Sweeney and Jessie Gaskell’s Inside CONAN: An Important Hollywood Podcast will be featured as part of An Afternoon with Earwolf.TBS’ CONAN writers, Mike Sweeney and Jessie Gaskell, take you behind the pompadour with exclusive and extended versions of their favorite interviews and stand-up from the week in late night, as well as the stories behind them. Discover the origins of characters like Crooner Ghost Artie Kendall, and meet people-who-should-be-characters like Jordan Schlansky. Plus find out why the second floor at Team Coco gets all the best snacks and who’s leaving dirty dishes in Andy Richter’s sink. Each week Mike and Jessie share the best and spill the dirt on everything CONAN, because they’re pretty sure their boss isn’t going to listen anyway. Come see them record Inside CONAN: An Important Hollywood Podcast live on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 4:00pm, in the Ovation Room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal.The 500 Podcast with Josh Adam Meyers counts down Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time with comedians, actors, and musicians. The 500 is the first Music Album Book Club representing the next decade of Josh’s life’s work, talking to creatives about the greatest recorded music in history. Bear witness to a live recording of Josh Adam Meyers’ The 500 Podcast on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 5:30pm, in the Ovation Room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal.Join Ms. Pat and her co-hosts Chris Spangle and Deon Curry as they bring their hit podcast The Patdown with Ms. Pat to JFL! After appearing on podcasts hosted by Joe Rogan, Marc Maron, Ari Shaffir, Tom Segura, and Eddie Ifft, Ms. Pat decided to start her own. She explains what it is like to appear on a podcast and have her career pop. Ms. Pat discusses her career in stand-up comedy, writing her autobiography Rabbit, and shooting her ex-boyfriend. Come see this podcast on Friday, July 26 at 5:30PM in the Inspiration Room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal.OFF-JFL’s NEWLY ADDED SHOWSFortune Feimster first made a name for herself as a performer and writer on E’s Chelsea Lately. She has since appeared on Idiotsitter, Mulaney, Glee, Two Broke Girls, Workaholics, Drunk History, @midnight, and Life in Pieces. Most notably recognized as series regular on NBC’s Champions, and as ‘Nurse Collette’ on Hulu’s The Mindy Project, she has performed stand-up on CONAN, Comedy Central’s @midnight, and has her own Comedy Central half hour special. Don’t miss Fortune Feimster when she performs on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at 10:00pm, at Katacombes.Adam Cayton-Holland is a national touring headliner who was named one of Esquire Magazine’s “25 Comics to Watch” and one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch”. He will be bringing his one-man show, Happy Place to JFL, which is loosely based off his memoir Tragedy Plus Time. Cayton-Holland was plugging away in the world of stand-up, steadily climbing the comedy ladder, when the unthinkable happened: his little sister Lydia killed herself. His best friend, his earliest collaborator, the funniest person he knew, gone in an instant and he quit stand-up. Through time, plenty of therapy, and constant soul-searching, eventually Adam was able to put one foot in front of the other, to find joy in comedy again. Never shying away from the tough subject matter of mental illness, depression and suicide, Happy Place is a darkly funny exploration of going through the unimaginable, and learning to find your sense of humor again. Funny, sad, touching and real, it is a refreshing and honest look at the way life throws bad at you with the good, and the desperate struggle of trying to not drown under the weight of it all. Adam Cayton Holland’s Happy Place will take place Tuesday, July 23 through Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 8:30pm at Le P’tit Impro.Comedian, actor Fahim Anwar is a former Boeing Engineer-turned-comedian with his stand-up special There’s No Business Like Showbusiness receiving rave reviews. The New York Times has called Fahim a “most promising future star” and his popular sketch show special with his comedy group Goatface, currently airs on Comedy Central. His additional TV credits include Drunk History, Carmichael Show and Superior Donuts, with film credits including Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and Neighbours. Fahim Anwar will be performing on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 and Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 10:00pm, at Le P’tit Impro.In this day and age if it were all heavy it wouldn’t be a comedy special, it would be a depression special, and Alonzo Bodden is very aware of this. That’s why he goes back and forth, from Heavy to Lightweight, because he knows we need a break from news in comedy. Police description might be “big, scary black guy” but he’s regularly on NPR. How scary could he be? He isn’t afraid to talk about topics like slavery, then cell phones, the #MeToo Movement then millennials, Kanye and Taco Bell and a little bit about Israel too. He likes to mix it up and he hopes you will join him for a laugh and a think or two. Come see Alonzo Bodden in his show, Alonzo Bodden: Heavy Lightweight, on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 8:30pm, and Saturday, July 27, 2019, at 7:00pm, both at Newspeak.Jay Pharoah, actor and standup comedian is best known for his uncanny celebrity impressions and characters honed during his six seasons as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. In 2015, he debuted his first stand-up comedy special, Jay Pharoah: Can I Be Me? on Showtime. He has appeared in several films such as Ride Along with Kevin Hart and Top Five with Chris Rock, and had his own Showtime TV series White Famous. He’s voiced various roles in the animated series Family Guy, Bojack Horseman, Robot Chicken, and the upcoming Supermansion. Don’t miss Jay Pharoah when he performs on Thursday July 25, 2019 and Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 7:00pm, at Katacombes.Garnering over 2 million views, Chris Fleming is most known for his YouTube series Gayle, in which he stars as the titular high-strung suburban mom Gayle Waters. He’s currently wrapping up a cross-country standup tour, with his rising popularity on YouTube with Gayle, and music videos like I’m Afraid to Talk to Men and monologues like Teens Who Drink Coffee. Catch Chris Fleming when he performs on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 10:00pm, at Katacombes.Benito Skinner is a Brooklyn-based comedian who initially gained notoriety for his impressions and characters. He debuted his live comedy show as part of the New York Comedy Festival in 2018 to a sold-out crowd. His one-man show depicts his childhood and transformation from high school football star to viral sensation. This year, he took his show on the road with The Overcompensating Tour selling out multiple shows within hours all across the country. Don’t miss Benito Skinner when he performs on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 11:30pm, at La Chapelle Theatre.Join comedians Jak Knight and Jordan Temple as they co-headline at OFF-JFL this summer. Don’t miss your chance to see two great comics packed into one show for double the laughs! Double Threat: Jak Knight and Jordan Temple will take place on Friday, July 26,2019 at 10:00pm at Le P’tit Impro.Pre-sale tickets will be available starting today, Thursday, July 4, 2019 as of 10:00 AM at www.hahaha.comTickets will be available to the public starting Friday, July 5,2019 at 10:00 AM www.hahaha.comLooking for the best way to experience the Just For Laughs Festival? Get a JFLMTL Pass! Passes available include: the JFL 2-Show Pass for $99.99, 3-Show Pass for $139.99 and 5-Show Pass for $215. Each pass includes one free ticket every day from July 24 to July 27 (some restrictions apply).The Just For Laughs Festival, in association with Loto-Québec, runs from July 10 – 28, 2019 in Montréal, Canada.Find us on social #JFLMTLFacebook: @justforlaughsTwitter: @justforlaughsInstagram: @justforlaughsThe Just For Laughs Festival would like to thank its public partners: Government of Canada, Gouvernement du Québec, City of Montréal and Tourisme Montréal, as well as their sponsors: Loto-Québec, Bell, Sleeman, Le Groupe Maurice, DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal, SiriusXM, Tim Hortons and La Capitale, for their support.For tickets by phone, online or in person:The Just For Laughs Box Office, 514-845-2322, hahaha.comAbout Just For LaughsFounded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group’s growth is concentrated on three major focal points: festivals (in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney); television production and stand-up specials (most notably Gags, seen in 135 countries and on 100 airlines); and live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jeremy Hotz, Amy Schumer, Danny Bhoy, and Family Guy Live! to name a few). The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, which will celebrate its 37th edition in 2019, is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event, welcoming more than 2 million people each summer. Advertisement Facebook Twitter
APTN National NewsGreenpeace says two of its ships tracking an oil rig on the Greenland side of Baffin Bay are being warned off by the Danish Navy.The environmental group wants to stop all drilling in the Arctic.And for once, Greenpeace and Nunavut are, for at least for the time being, on the same side.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has this story from Iqaluit.
APTN National NewsAn official with the Federal Aboriginal Affairs Department says not all Lake St Martin flood evacuees are eligible for compensation.He questions one hundred and seventy that didn’t even live on reserve during the Flood of 2011.APTN’s Tiar Wilson has the latest and what it means for evacuees.