By TOM GODFREY
U.S. educator and social activist Dr. Angela Davis loves Canada and was at home in Toronto with hundreds of union and human rights activists, who gave her a rousing welcome.
More than 400 members of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) packed a hall at the Toronto Convention Centre last Sunday in awe of Davis and to hear her address their human rights conference.
“The people of Canada has been good to me over the years and have given me a lot of support,” Davis told cheering fans. “I was facing the death penalty in the U.S. and I received so much support from the movement up here.”
Davis, 73, was in Winnipeg earlier in the week where a film Free Angela and all Political Prisoners was screened. It depicts her struggles from a California philosophy professor to a political icon in the turbulent late 1960s.
The author and speaker was born in Birmingham, Alabama and is best known as a radical African American educator and activist for civil rights and other social issues.
She is a former member of the Black Panthers and an all-black branch of the Communist Party, who over time has met with Cuban leader Fidel Castro, visited Russia, West Germany and was at one time on a list of the FBI’s “Top 10 Most Wanted.”
“That was a time when Richard Nixon was president, Ronald Reagan was Governor of California and J. Edgar Hoover was in charge of the FBI,” Davis told the convention. “I could have been dead if not for the public support of the people around the world.”
She tours the globe speaking on a range of social problems tied to incarceration and the criminalization of at-risk communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination.
Davis knew all about prejudice from her experiences growing up in Alabama. As a teen, she organized interracial study groups, which were broken up by police and knew several of the four young girls killed in a Ku Klux Klan 1963 Birmingham church bombing.
She loved teaching and became a professor at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and was fired by the administration due to her ties to communism and the Panthers.
Davis threw her support behind three black inmates of Soledad prison who were accused of killing a guard. She later charged for aiding in a botched escape attempt of radical George Jackson, and served about 18 months in jail before her acquittal in 1972. A judge and three others were killed in a 1970 armed takeover of the Marin County courthouse after supporters tried to free Jackson.
The charges against Davis led to a cross-country manhunt by the FBI, who arrested her on October 1970 in New York City.
Thousands of people from across the U.S. began organizing a movement to gain Davis’ release from prison. By February 1971 more than 200 committees in the U.S., and 67 in foreign countries, worked to free Davis. There were protests songs seeking her release written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. She was released on $10,000 bail.
Davis popularized the notion of a “prison industrial complex,” but now urges her audiences to think about a world without prisons and to help forge a 21st century abolitionist movement.
Her membership in the Communist Party led Reagan in 1969 to attempt to have her barred from teaching at any university in that state. She was twice a candidate for vice-president of the party and supported the Soviet Bloc for several decades.
Today, she is a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she teaches courses on the history of consciousness. Davis is the author of nine books, including Women, Race, and Class and Are Prisons Obsolete?
CLC executive vice-president Marie Clarke Walker told her members there has been a rise in human rights issues in racialized communities in recent years.
“Our work is far from over,” Walker promised. “This is just the beginning of the hard work that we have to do.”
The CLC convention takes place every three years and runs all week.
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Police not paid – ensure your teams are protected by professionals in Rio
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July 12, 2016
Huntsville, ONT. (TNWS) – There has been a spike in calls to private security firms by Canadian and international athletes and their teams who are preparing to leave for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, and are concerned about local police officers and firefighters, who are working under protest since they have not been paid for months.
At least two foreign TV news crews and two athletes; including one who is a Paralympian from Australia; were robbed of their equipment and money by street thugs and gangs who roam the streets of Rio, says Sunil Ram, President and Founder of Executive Security Services International (ESSI) that provides a wide-range of services including; Armed private security, bodyguards, close protection agents or even security drivers.
Ram says a number of international athletes and teams have contacted him and his licensed staff to provide professional security coverage while they are competing in Rio.
Dozens of that city’s police officers and firefighters recently took to Rio International Airport with a large sign that read: “Welcome to Hell. Police and firefighters don’t get paid; Whoever comes to Rio de Janeiro will not be safe.”
The lack of cash has also grounded Rio’s fleet of police helicopters and half its police cars in a bid to save on gas.
“The demand for executive security services has jumped in recent weeks due to continuing work disruption and protests by police officers who are disgruntled because they have not been paid,” he says. “I was recently in the area and experienced first-hand how terrible the situation is.”
Ram, who has been in the security field for more than 25-years, says some foreign delegations are not taking chances and are hiring security companies as a precautionary measure to protect their high-priced athletes.
“International teams are not taking chances and want to protect their athletes, coaches and other staff in Rio,” warns Ram, who is widely-respected in the business and is often called upon by Media Outlets for his views. “The threat of providing the best security for their squads, coupled with the Zika virus are presenting quite a challenge for teams.”
ESSI’s staff includes former government, law enforcement and individuals from elite counter-terrorism units who currently work globally providing high-risk protective-security services.
Their Close Protection Teams have provided services for VIPs attending the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Olympic Games, international celebrities and businessmen. They also provide security for Board or Directors or Annual General Meetings, executive security, pageant security, award ceremonies, dignitary protection, witness protection or court hearings.
The 2016 Summer Olympics is the world’s largest international sporting event that is held every four years. It will be attended by as many as 500,000 people from more than 100 countries.
Some 85,000 Brazilian police and soldiers are slated to be deployed in Rio during the Olympic Games that runs from August 5-21.
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Visit our summer-long pop-up lounge in the Bloor and Ossington area
JUNE 27, 2016
TORONTO, ONT. (TNWS) – If you love vaping and the good life, then don’t miss Toronto’s most talked-about CloudFest 2016 hookah, vape, spirits and food festival that takes place on August 26 to 28 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
The much-anticipated CloudFest 2016 will be buzzing with things to see and experience. It will feature the world’s largest indoor hookah vape lounge and cocktail bar, which is always a crowd favourite.
There will be all-inclusive cocktails, wine, beer and e-juice hookahs, live entertainment, special guests, product giveaways and free samples to choose from in the hookah, vape, spirits and food industries.
“Vaping is popular and at an all-time high and this is the event that Toronto has been waiting for,” says Justin C.D., founder of CloudFest 2016. “We invite you to join us on a one-of-a-kind journey that tantalizes all of your senses and entertainment desires.”
Justin urges fans to indulge in a premium “cloud” experience by enjoying hookah and vape, with exotic flavours and delectable pairings that they will not soon forget. Fans will also be treated to VIP experiences; which includes unlimited clouding.
“Taste and savour your way through a wide-array of gourmet fare, incredible wines, cutting-edge cocktails, stunning beers and so much more,” he boasts. “Our CloudFest Ambassadors will dazzle you with their extensive knowledge of premium flavor pairings and out-of-this-world service.”
“Our unique blend of engaging, educational and exciting content, will change the way you drink, eat and cloud forever,” Justin promises.
A general admission CloudFest pass, which provides an all-inclusive experience with unlimited drinks and hookahs; or a weekend pass can be purchased online at http://cloudfest.ca/tickets/
Fans are also encouraged to visit our pop-up lounge running all summer at 901 Bloor St., W., near Ossington Ave., Toronto, Information on the lounge can be found under the Lounge Tab of our website at http://cloudfest.ca/
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Finding Dory to screen as charity fundraiser at NIFF 2016
MAY 12, 2016
NIAGARA FALLS, ONT. (TNWS) – The Niagara Integrated Film Festival is delighted to announce that a special charity screening of Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory will take a prime space in this year’s festival lineup. This screening is made possible by the continuing generosity of Walt Disney Studios Canada, who last year provided the festival with a sneak preview screening of the Academy Award winning Inside Out.
The overwhelmingly successful 2015 screening of Inside Out raised money in aid of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, a charitable cause that NIFF will once again be fundraising on behalf of. A significant portion of the box office revenue from this year’s screening of Finding Dory will go towards supporting the charity, whose mission statement is “To provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.” www.bgccan.com/
Finding Dory is the highly anticipated sequel to the Academy Award winning Finding Nemo (2003), and is the latest family feature from Pixar Animation Studios. The film reunites everyone’s favourite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. Director Andrew Stanton is back, along with Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks, as well as a host of new characters, voiced by the likes of Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy, Diane Keaton and Idris Elba.
Also screening with Finding Dory is Piper, the new short film from Pixar that tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore. Piper is directed by Alan Barillaro.
NIFF’s charity screening of the film will take place on June 17 in Partridge Hall, at the newly completed FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, in downtown St Catharines.
Tickets for this year’s festival are now on sale https://niagarafilmfest.com/
About the Niagara Integrated Film Festival
The Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) is the brainchild of Toronto International Film Festival founder Bill Marshall. The festival partners with Niagara’s world-famous wineries to screen films under the summer sky in the breathtaking beauty of the region’s vineyards. More than 9,000 moviegoers savoured Niagara’s delectable wines paired with sumptuous food last summer with screenings of nearly 50 Canadian and international films. The summer of 2016 marks the festival’s third year. With ten Canadian premieres already secured including Meera Menon’s Equity, the Vincent Cassel-starring One Wild Moment, and Hong Kong crime thriller Trivisa, this year’s festival is not to be missed.
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High Impact PR,
Come see the Fonz, top comics and wrestling stars at this year’s star-studded show
MAY 11, 2016
NIAGARA FALLS, ONT. (TNWS) – This year marks the 5th anniversary of Niagara Falls Comic Con and organizers are pulling out all the stops with iconic TVand movie characters, movie cars, prop exhibits, comic artists, seminars and more.
“We’re really excited to be celebrating our fifth anniversary, and promise to bring fans the biggest and best pop culture experience yet,” says Chris Dabrowski, Show Manager, of Niagara Falls Comic Con. “This year’s line up of star-studded celebrities and attractions will be sure to excite fans spanning all generations.
”Celebrities confirmed for the June 3 – 5 event include: Henry Winkler (The Fonz); Kevin Smith; Jason Mewes; Kevin Dillon from Entourage; Walter Koenig (Star Trek); C.J. Graham) Jason Voorhees; Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy); Verne Troyer (Mini Me: Austin Powers); Peter Davison (Fifth Doctor Who); Tom Payne (The Walking Dead); Caroll Spinney (Big Bird & Oscar The Grouch); The Original Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno; Doug Bradley (Pinhead: Hellraiser), and a Legends of Wrestling Reunion including Shawn Michaels, Ricky Steamboat, Hillbilly Jim, Howard Finkel and Jake The Snake Roberts, and many more!
“This year’s event features some of pop cultures biggest names. Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes will be together on stage performing a Jay & Silent Bob Get Old LIVE Podcast on the Saturday of the three-day weekend event. “This is a rare treat for fans, and tickets for that event are limited, so we encourage fans to get theirs fast before they sell out.”
The much-anticipated Niagara Falls Comic Con will feature more than 200,000 square feet of comics, artists, pop culture and geek-related memorabilia, as well as an 1980s Video Game Zone, Falls Horror Fest, TV / Movie Cars including The General Lee, the largest Jaws movie prop collection in the world, Superheroes, Costume Contests, photo-ops and more.
“It is a very family and fan-friendly event,” says Dabrowski. “Fans are super excited about the show, which features many popular celebrities and keeps on getting bigger every year.”
Niagara Falls Comic Con is presented by Niagara College Canada and takes place from June 3 – 5, 2016 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, at 6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Tickets start at $25 and are available online at www.nfcomiccon.com or at the door on the days of the show.
For further information, please contact
Niagara Falls Comic Con, Show Manager.
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Niagara New Vintage Festival welcomes Hometown Country Music Festival
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May 4, 2016
St. CATHARINES, ON. (TNWS) – June 2016 marks the inaugural year of the Homegrown Country Music Festival in Niagara. The festival will take place at the Grape Grower of the Year’s vineyard in Niagara-on-the-Lake on June 19 from noon until 7 pm. As an extension of the Niagara New Vintage Festival, this celebration of local talent and Niagara’s agricultural abundance will be a showcase of an all Canadian New Country artist lineup. Each performer selected for the showcase has a deep rooted tie to the Niagara region and a passion for the local community.
Artists with roots in Niagara will be scheduled to perform, including well-known Country singer and multi-genre songwriter, Tebey; high energy singer/songwriter Ryan Creelman, who grew up in Thorold and now resides in London, Ontario; and St. Catharines’ own Brad Battle. A new twist to the Country festival scene is Country mash-up by DJ Dave Stiles and DJ Tanner.
“I’m really looking forward to being back at the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival this year. Playing the Niagara region is always a homecoming of sorts, as my wife is from St. Catharines and we spend our summers there,” said Tebey of his upcoming performance at the Homegrown Country Music Festival.
Enjoy the soothing sounds of Country music in a unique vineyard location, sipping VQA favourites and singing along amongst the vines. Food trucks will take the stage, offering Niagara sourced produce from local chefs who believe in making the most of the farm-to-table freshness the region has to offer.
Also included in the farm-to-table celebrations of Niagara’s wine country is the Annual TD Tailgate Party, taking place June 18 at the Pillitteri Icewine Farm. Join more than 35 of Niagara’s celebrated wineries as they share their stories alongside ten local chefs who will wow you with fresh culinary delights from our own backyard. It promises to be an unforgettable summer solstice best paired with friends, old and new.
Grape Grower of the Year, Jamie Slingerland, looks forward to welcoming festival goers to the Pillitteri Icewine Farm in Niagara-on-the-Lake. “As Grape King, please accept my invitation to the award-winning Reserve Vineyards of Pillitteri Estates for the 2016 Tailgate Party and Homegrown Country Music Festival. The vineyards are nestled in the heart of wine country in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake where great 100% Ontario wines are grown.”
For those looking to tour Niagara’s wine country, the New Vintage Discovery Pass is the key to two weekends of wine and culinary adventures at wineries across Niagara. Discovery Pass holders can enjoy eight experiences per pass during Festival weekends June 11-19. Designated drivers can also indulge in culinary offerings with the Driver’s Discovery Pass.
For fans of the vine, these are the weekends to visit wine country. Sip and savour the best of Niagara’s farm-to-table favourites and delicious VQA wine pairings at the Niagara New Vintage Festival and Homegrown Country Music Festival.
For a complete listing of all Niagara New Vintage Festival programming and events, visit us at www.niagarawinefestival.com
For further information, please contact
Niagara Grape and Wine Festival
Our office is located at 8 Church St., Suite 100, St. Catharines, L2R 3B3.
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April 28, 2016
Toronto, ONT. (TNWS) – Business is on the rise at the much-anticipated Bakery Showcase 2016, which will feature top names in the industry starting this Sunday, May 1 and running until Tuesday May 3, at the International Centre, at 6900 Airport Rd., Toronto.
About 5,000 industry professionals are expected to attend the Bakery Showcase, which will feature new education programmes, enhanced B2B business opportunities and a new Knowledge Centre to support Canada’s baking industry’s efforts in delivering innovative and nutritious products to our consumers.
The Bakery Showcase, that takes place every two years, is Canada’s largest and only industry trade show and conference with some 100,000 square-feet of exhibits featuring baking ingredients, equipment, services, technology and finished baked goods.
“The Bakery Showcase keeps innovating and attracting more people every year,” says Paul Hetherington, President and CEO, Baking Association of Canada (BAC). “There are many new and exciting speakers this year and there will be plenty for people to see and experience.”
Hetherington says the BAC is Canada’s largest baking industry trade association that represents the country’s $8.6 billion commercial, retail and in-store bakeries. Its members represents more than 80% of the nation’s production capacity within the industry producing a wide range of products including breads and rolls, cakes, pastries, cookies and other sweet goods with semi-finished & frozen products.
On the agenda on Sunday May 1, from 11 am to 12 am, is the amazing “Road to Paris” story by Alan Dumonceaux, Captain of Bake Team Canada, as he relives his team’s triumphs in getting to the Baking World Cup.
On Monday May 2, from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, Harold Lloyd, who is well-known for his consumer studies, will talk about productivity and 24-ways to build sales in an engaging presentation called “Holy Donuts Batman.”
From 10:45 am to 12 noon, Lloyd will lead a Baker Panel discussion on where the industry is today and where it is heading.
On Tuesday May 3, from 9 am to 10 am, Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Director of McGill University’s “Office of Science and Society,” will provide the latest in nutritional advice; and from 10 am to 10:45 am Globe and Mail columnist Leslie Beck, who is a best-selling author and registered dietician, will talk about crafting a nutritional message and getting it heard.
Finally, our State of the Industry panel will explore how the baking industry in Canada and the U.S. are responding to both consumers and governments regarding today’s food and nutrition challenges.
Join about 5,000 industry professionals including bakers from retail, wholesale, commercial & in-store bakeries, grocery chains, restaurateurs, bakery cafes owners, caterers and other foodservice outlets for the Bakery Showcase. The trade show floor is almost 100,000 square feet, with vendors from across Canada, the U.S. and a few International showcasing baking ingredients, baking equipment, services, technology and baked goods, including fresh, proof and bake, par-baked, freezer-to-oven, thaw and serve.
For more information, please contact
President and CEO,
Baking Association of Canada
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