Receive email alerts Today’s installation took place exactly one month after an Algiers appeal court sentenced Drareni to two years in jail for covering the “Hirak” anti-government protests in Algeria. He has been imprisoned since the end of March. October 15, 2020 – Updated on October 19, 2020 Huge portrait of jailed Algerian journalist hung beside Paris ring road News News Organisation Who is Khaled Drareni, symbol of press freedom in Algeria?READ MOREDesigned by Parisian street artist C215 and printed on a 320-square-meter tarpaulin (measuring 18 metres by 18 metres), the portrait was hung on the facade of a nine-storey building in Paris’s 13th arrondissement that overlooks the Périphérique, which is said to be Europe’s busiest urban motorway. “The size of this portrait matches the size of our determination to obtain Khaled’s release – immense,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “We are happy and proud to see that the movement in support of this journalist is growing by the day and we thank the well-known artists and officials who have joined us today. Khaled Drareni’s continuing detention is absurd and unjust. He just did his job as a journalist and his release is a matter of the utmost urgency.” News Represented by his first deputy, Eric Offredo, 13th arrondissement mayor Jérôme Coumet said: “I am proud to have this gigantic portrait of Khaled Drareni by C215 in Paris’s 13th. We are committed to the defence of freedoms, including press freedom. I hope that this symbolic act will contribute to his release and that our message of support will reach him in his prison cell.” WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en AlgeriaFranceMiddle East – North Africa Europe – Central Asia Activities in the field Judicial harassment Help by sharing this information In the presence of two well-known figures from the worlds of French music and art, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) today installed a gigantic portrait of its imprisoned Algeria correspondent, Khaled Drareni, overlooking Paris’s Périphérique ring road. RSF expresses its deep gratitude to the social housing agencies RIVP, HÉNÉO and IN’LI for their logistic support for the operation. As well as the street artist C215 , the other well-known figure from the world of music and art at today’s installation was the singer, songwriter and guitarist Souad Massi. Each of them expressed full support for Drareni. AlgeriaFranceMiddle East – North Africa Europe – Central Asia Activities in the field Judicial harassment News to go further “I firmly condemn the arrests and harassment to which Hirak protesters are subjected in Algeria and, as an artist, I would also like to emphasize my unwavering attachment to freedom of expression and press freedom,” Massi said. “Journalism is not a crime. It’s the reason I support Khaled Drareni, who just did his job as a journalist and who is now the victim of an appalling injustice.” June 9, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 June 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance
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May 20, 2020 The 33-year-old Mariappa says he hasn’t had any symptoms and has felt “as fit as ever.” He says he has spent lockdown dividing his time between homeschooling and following Watford’s fitness program.Two members of Watford’s staff also tested positive for COVID-19. Burnley said assistant manager Ian Woan has also contracted the virus.Tests on 748 people were conducted from 19 of the 20 Premier League clubs on Sunday and Monday. The 20th club started testing on Tuesday.___The Portuguese soccer federation says six of the 15 stadiums seeking to host matches when the league resumes next month amid the coronavirus pandemic have failed health inspections. ___Mike Conley of the Utah Jazz has donated a total of $200,000 to five communities to assist with the coronavirus response.Conley’s donation will go toward addressing food insecurity, homelessness and remote learning needs.He is giving to the Utah Food Bank in Salt Lake City; CodeCrew in Memphis, Tennessee; Community Shelter Board and the Columbus Urban League in Columbus, Ohio; the Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation in Indianapolis; and the New Haven Missionary Baptist Church in West Helena, Arkansas.Conley says the pandemic “has reminded me that I am in this position because of the support and sacrifices of others I’ve encountered all along the way. I wanted to be there for the communities that have been fundamental to my personal growth.” Speaking on MSNBC, Notre Dame’s the Rev. John Jenkins says he expects to have clarity on how — or if — football season can happen in the next few weeks.“The team itself, I feel we can manage that one,” Jenkins said. “Then the question is people in the stands. We have an 85,000-person stadium. Can we get 85,000 people in there? That will be a big challenge to do that. But could we get a smaller number — 10,000, 15,000, 20,000? I don’t know. I don’t know the answer to that question. That’s something we’ll have to think through.”___The head of the organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup says a global recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic could affect the ability of fans to afford to travel to Qatar.The World Bank is forecasting a deep recession caused by the shutdown of economic activity around the world. The Kentucky-Michigan college basketball matchup scheduled for Dec. 6 in London has been postponed until 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic. And the three-game series has been restructured.The schools were scheduled to highlight the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase doubleheader at the O2 Arena. The series also included Marist against UMBC. Michigan will now host the Wildcats on Dec. 4 in Ann Arbor before the schools meet in London one year later. Kentucky will host the Wolverines in Lexington on Dec. 2, 2023.Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame President & CEO John L. Doleva says in a statement that the “unknown combination” of health, safety, international travel regulations and the economic viabilities for all parties required postponing the event.Kentucky coach John Calipari says he is disappointed to not go to London and looked forward to meeting Queen Elizabeth II.“But I’m glad we were all able to come together, figure this out and preserve this series for the future,” Calipari says. Those at the practice session at Liverpool’s training complex were still required to maintain social distancing. Video footage showed Mohamed Salah giving the thumbs-up before swerving to avoid Klopp as the forward ran onto the field to join teammates.Klopp compared the current period to a pre-season and is keeping things simple to start off with despite saying his players are “in good shape.”The German coach says the players are “getting used to the pitch, boots and ball, turns, passes, half-passes, softer passes, running, little accelerations and stuff like that.”Liverpool leads the Premier League by 25 points and needs to win two more games to clinch its first league title since 1990.___ Associated Press About half of NBA teams have begun arranging workouts, since Commissioner Adam Silver gave the go-ahead two weeks ago, subject to state and local guidelines.Only one coach and one player will be allowed on the court at Mayo Clinic Square, across the street from Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. They’ll be required to stay 12 feet apart. Workouts will be limited to 45 minutes, and areas beyond the court will remain closed. Staff members in the building must wear gloves and masks at all times. Players must wear masks, too, except when on the court. Symptom and temperature checks and contact tracing will also be conducted by team medical staff upon entry into the facility.“Being able to come in and do something basketball-related is, frankly, a release for a lot of players, especially at a time where they’ve been cooped up for a while. I think they want to do something,” Timberwolves vice president for basketball performance and technology Robby Sikka said. “But our first priority is their safety and their welfare.”___Former England soccer player Alex Scott will join a government task force that will examine ways for sports to resume in the country during the coronavirus pandemic. The following season is now scheduled to start on Sept. 1.Serie A has been suspended since March 9. There are 12 rounds remaining in the league and the Italian Cup is in the semifinal stage.___Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp says being back in group training with some of his players “felt like the first day in school.”The Premier League leaders were among the English clubs undertaking staggered workouts in small groups following a relaxation of national lockdown regulations amid the coronavirus pandemic. Organizing committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi says he is hopeful the tournament will be an opportunity for the world to come together again in November 2022. But he says there are “concerns about the global economy and the ability of fans to be able to afford traveling and afford coming and participating and celebrating the World Cup.”Al Thawadi says organizers want a “a price range that is affordable for fans and a price range that is workable, functionable for the industry, for service providers, for the supply chain that is responsible for delivering the World Cup.”___Watford defender Adrian Mariappa says he is one of the six people to test positive from the first round of coronavirus checks in the Premier League and is surprised that he contracted the disease.Mariappa says on the websites of British newspapers The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail he has been “scratching my head to try to work out how I might have got coronavirus” because he hasn’t “really left the house apart from some exercise and the odd walk with the kids.” The Latest: NBA’s Timberwolves to reopen practice facility ___If Major League Soccer resumes its season, it surely will be without fans in the stands.Goalkeeper Brad Guzan says that would be a huge blow to Atlanta United.The franchise has set numerous attendance records since joining MLS in 2017, averaging more than 50,000 per league game each of the last two seasons. Atlanta drew an announced crowd of 69,301 for this year’s opener at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but the season was shut down a few days later because of the coronavirus pandemic.“We’re lucky with the support and atmosphere and energy that’s created in our stadium,” Guzan said on a video conference call with Atlanta media. “We’re all eager to get back, but we have to get back in a safe and responsible way. If that means fans can’t take part, that’s a massive blow to us. That’s certainly something we feed off of on game day.” The 27-year-old right back has been forced to apologize twice for breaking lockdown rules during the suspension of the Premier League because of the coronavirus pandemic. He posted a video of himself running with a friend and also training with Tottenham teammate Moussa Sissoko.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Guzan expressed some skepticism about the idea of resuming the season with all teams based in Orlando, a proposal that has been floated as the best way to get the season going again after a two-month layoff.“A lot of questions have to be answered from a league perspective before something like that can take place,” Guzan said. “I don’t think it would be for every game left in the season. I don’t think you can ask the players to relocate to another city for the rest of the season.”___The Italian soccer federation has given the country’s top three leagues until Aug. 20 to complete their seasons.The federation has also come up with alternative plans if the leagues have to be halted again because of the coronavirus pandemic. They could resort to playoffs or decide positions by applying coeffecients. ___Soccer players in Africa and the Americas are receiving food packages from their union while the sport is shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.Players in Botswana, Egypt, Colombia, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay were identified as getting food aid by world players’ union FIFPro.FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says some players “are being stranded in terms of income.”FIFPro represents players in 65 countries. The union says most players have contracts paying them salaries comparable to national averages. Michigan coach Juwan Howard says: “The Hall of Fame took the time to review what is happening around the world and explore all options — all the safe options for the teams and most importantly the fans. The best thing is this tremendous event isn’t canceled, it’s just delayed.”___The presidents of the University of Miami and Notre Dame say in separate interviews that they expect the football season to be played, though both raised the very real possibility of crowds being much smaller than usual or eliminated entirely.Appearing on CNN, Miami’s Dr. Julio Frenk says he hopes the Hurricanes can play this fall and that safety would be the top priority.“They will probably play in empty stadiums, like so many other sports,” Frenk said. “But we hope to have a season and we hope to have a winning season.” All stadiums must comply with a series health measures established by local authorities to be able to host matches.The federation says the stadiums for league leader Porto and second-place Benfica were among the nine stadiums that passed the inspections conducted by local health authorities.The stadiums that failed belong to smaller clubs. They will be allowed to make changes to their venues before another inspection is conducted.The Portuguese league was set to resume at the end of May but its start was delayed until June 4 so there was time to rigorously inspect stadiums and conduct medical tests on all professionals involved in the matches.The league was stopped with Porto leading Benfica by one point with 10 rounds to go. While the Women’s Super League season looks as if it’s being curtailed, the men’s Premier League still hopes to resume next month.Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden says Scott “will help us think through how we can get sport back safely in a way that helps both clubs, players and supporters alike.”Scott has been working as a television presenter and soccer pundit since retiring from playing in 2017.At a Downing Street news conference, Dowden also said he hopes some Premier League games will be available for free on television if the season can resume because fans won’t be allowed to attend.All 380 Premier League games are aired globally apart from in Britain, where only 200 a season are broadcast live on pay TV to ensure fans still attend games. Baer-Hoffmann says the vast majority of soccer players are “under the same financial pressures as the rest of society.”___Tottenham is looking into whether defender Serge Aurier has broken social-distancing rules for the third time.Aurier posted a picture on Instagram on Tuesday appearing to show off a new haircut and sitting next to a stylist who was tagged in the post.The Premier League club says it is “investigating the circumstances and will deal with the incident appropriately.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Minnesota Timberwolves are poised to reopen their practice facility. They will schedule voluntary sessions for players starting Thursday.
“So boxing is done, set aside for now, and just focus on work.”The southpaw, winner of world titles in eight different weight divisions and the first sitting senator to win a world boxing championship, has not ruled out fighting again.The former congressman, who has a 59-6-2 win-loss-draw record, said after Saturday’s bout that he would like a rematch with retired American Floyd Mayweather Junior who beat him last year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With another world title won, Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao touched down in Manila yesterday keen to get back to the real work of politics.The 37-year-old senator claimed the WBO welterweight title with a unanimous points victory over American Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas on Saturday, his first bout since April.“I went back after the fight because there is still work at the office and I’m excited to get back to work,” Pacquiao, wearing a flower garland, told reporters at the airport alongside Philippine National Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa.
The U.K. government has replaced its “stay at home” coronavirus slogan with a “stay alert” message, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday introduced the stages to lift that country’s lockdown amid the pandemic.The government-ordered lockdown, which began March 23, has significantly reduced the transmission of the virus in Britain. However, the daily death toll remains high, with 32,000 fatalities as of Sunday, for the most in Europe and the second-highest pandemic toll worldwide.Johnson, who returned to work two weeks ago following his hospitalization for the virus, announced in a prerecorded televised address some minor changes to the lockdown.Meanwhile, governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have already extended their lockdowns for another three weeks.Ahead of the speech, Johnson detailed the meaning of the new “stay alert” slogan as telling the public to “stay at home as much as possible,” to keep two meters (over 6 feet) apart “where possible” when going out, and to also limit their contact with other people.The leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland said they would stick with the “stay at home” message. Up to now, the four nations of the U.K. have moved in lockstep on virus regulations.Among the changes:-Some workers will be permitted to return to their jobs-People will be allowed to exercise outside more than once a day-Garden centers will reopen-Everyone who flies into the U.K. will be required to quarantine for 14 days unless they are coming from IrelandJohnson said, “It would be madness to throw away that achievement by allowing a second spike,” regarding the country’s progress. “We must stay alert. We have been through the initial peak, but it is coming down the mountain that is often more dangerous.”
Venus Williams, of the United States, reacts after a shot against Sara Errani, of Italy, during the third round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)NEW YORK (AP) — Sara Errani wagged her finger and cupped her hand to her ear for the U.S. Open fans who tried to will Venus Williams to victory.“I think I will remember forever that moment,” Errani said.Two points from defeat, the diminutive Italian rallied to force a third-set tiebreaker and outlasted Williams in a match that was both lopsided and tight.Errani won 6-0, 0-6, 7-6 (5) in the third round Friday after Williams had a chance to serve out the match in the final set.Williams twice came back from down a break in the third but was done in by too many unforced errors — she made 52 in all. Trying to close out the match at 5-3, the 19th-seeded Williams had one of her eight double-faults.Sara Errani, of Italy, reacts after defeating Venus Williams, of the United States, during the third round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)The 13th-seeded Errani next faces qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who stunned second-ranked Simona Halep 7-6 (6), 6-2. The 32-year-old Lucic-Baroni hadn’t made a Grand Slam round of 16 since 1999, waylaid by injuries and financial struggles.“I feel like a little kid, like this is the first time ever happening,” Lucic-Baroni said.Errani, who wasn’t thrilled with fans yelling out support for her opponent during her serves, won just 12 games in three previous meetings with Williams. But in the first set, Williams couldn’t take advantage of her power, making just 30 percent of her first serves.Errani used her quickness to run Williams around the court, and the 34-year-old seemed sluggish after playing a long doubles match with her sister on Thursday night.But in the second, Williams looked like the seven-time major champion she is, pouncing on Errani’s soft serves.“She’s playing unbelievable,” Errani said. “I really don’t know how I won today.”Errani just had a little more left in the final set. And in the tiebreaker, Williams made four more unforced errors.Errani’s quick reflexes, honed in doubles, gave her match point when she stabbed a backhand volley to return what looked like a sure winner by Williams.“Unbelievable,” Errani said. “If I don’t do that, maybe I lose.”The 5-foot-4 Errani reached the final at the French Open and the semis at the U.S. Open in 2012, but both times she was routed by power players: Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams.Big sister Venus couldn’t do the same Friday, though she had another chance at victory in a doubles match later with Serena.Sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber also was upset, losing 6-1, 7-5 to Swiss teen Belinda Bencic. Bencic, 17, is coached by Martina Hingis’ mother, Melanie Molitor, and was coming off a third-round showing at Wimbledon.“I started believing that I can play with these players,” Bencic said.Earlier, Peng Shuai again beat a seeded player to reach her second straight Grand Slam round of 16. Two days after upsetting fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, Peng defeated 28th-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-3.The Chinese veteran had gone two years without making it past the second round at a major tournament before her Wimbledon run this summer. But she didn’t meet any seeded players in the first three rounds there before losing to eventual champion Petra Kvitova in straight sets.This time, Peng, ranked 39th, will face 14th-seeded Lucie Safarova to try to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.Peng said she’ll need “more courage” in that match.She’ll have the momentum of two straight sharp performances. With third-ranked Li Na sidelined by a knee injury, Peng’s success is giving the fans in China something to cheer.“I don’t know how it’s on Sunday,” she said. “I hope I will be same.”The 31-year-old Vinci had made the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open the past two years, but lost in the opening round at the first three major tournaments of 2014.Ninth-seeded Jelena Jankovic advanced by routing Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-0. The 96th-ranked Larsson had upset Sloane Stephens in the second round.On the men’s side, fourth-seeded David Ferrer advanced to the third round when Bernard Tomic withdrew because of a left hip injury.Seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov and 12th-seeded Richard Gasquet both moved on in straight sets.
Facebook13Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston CountyCommunity Health Plan of Washington (CHPW) has joined Boys & Girls Club of Washington (BGCWA) as a Nutrition Partner to combat childhood obesity in Washington State.CPHW is partnering with BGCWA to support new and existing programs that encourage healthy lifestyle behavior changes and have lasting impacts on their health and wellbeing. Programs will emphasize health and wellness, including kitchen snack programs, scratch cooking, nutrition education and related activities that underscore portion control, a balanced diet and healthy food choices.“We are thrilled to be working with the Boys & Girls Club of Washington to tackle the growing epidemic of childhood obesity in our community. This partnership creates an incredible opportunity for our youngest and most vulnerable members to get on the path to good nutrition and lifelong health,” said Leanne Berge, CEO, Community Health Plan of Washington which provides free Boys & Girls Club memberships for youth enrolled in its Medicaid health plan.In the last Washington State DOH report on child weight and physical activity, 10% of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders were obese and another 13-14% were overweight. Among 10th graders, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Blacks, Hispanics and Pacific Islanders were more likely than Whites to be overweight or obese. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has tripled since 1980 with nearly one in every three children being overweight or obese. Children from low-income and low-education households are three-times more likely to suffer from obesity, which is a leading risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and many cancers. America’s Health Rankings®, an annual comprehensive assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis, reports that 26 percent of people in our state are obese.Serving more than 79,000 Washington youth, the BGCWA exist to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The clubs provide a safe place to learn and experience life enhancing programs and character development.“We are so pleased to receive support from Community Health Plan of Washington,” said Matt Watrous, executive director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington. “We appreciate the support in our efforts to prevent youth obesity of our Club members. This funding will provide a safe environment to educate our members about the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, and the relationship between food and health.”
Mourinho names Ronaldo Nazario as greatest player of all-timeby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho has named Ronaldo Nazario as the greatest player of all-time.Having enjoyed a glittering managerial career, which has seen him take charge of Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United, Mourinho knows a thing or two about talented footballers. “Ronaldo, El Fenomeno, Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi have had longer careers, they have remained at the top every day for 15 years,” Mourinho told LiveScore.“However, if we are talking strictly about talent and skill, nobody surpasses Ronaldo [Nazario]. When he was at Barcelona with Bobby Robson, I realised that he was the best player I’d ever seen take to the field.“Injuries killed a career that could have been even more incredible, but the talent that that 19-year-old boy had was something incredible.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Angel MooreAPTN News SaturdayImagine listening to recordings of your ancestors that are more than 100 years old.They’re hauntingly, beautiful traditional songs saved on scratchy wax cylinders.When Jeremy Dutcher found his ancestors’ recordings stored as artifacts at the Canadian Museum of History he knew they had to be shared.“For me the whole point was to take it back and not ask for permission and just say, ‘This belongs with the people’,” Dutcher says.Dutcher’s debut album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa ‘the songs of the people of the beautiful river’ is a medley of his operatic voice and the original recordings of his ancestors.It is recorded entirely in the Wolastoq language, which only has about one hundred fluent speakers left.The album is getting noticed for its musical and historical significance. He was awarded the prestigious Polaris Prize in September.He is grateful for the recognition, and says it is recognition for the work already done.A bonus was he was able to meet his idol Buffy Sainte Marie.“She tweeted about me today,” he says. “She was like go listen to this album.“It was so beautiful just because she’s somebody like I’ve really idolized.”Buffy Sainte Marie has been the trailblazer for Indigenous artists for decades, and Dutcher says he is following her lead.This album is opening doors for conversations about reconciliation and he is working to keep it going.“Is Canada still ready to be engaging in these conversations or have we moved on to talking about trade deals? Are our allies still going to show up?”Dutcher spoke to APTN News at Cape Breton University before he gave a talk at the Mi’kmaq Basque Cultural Exchange conference.“I am a regular person, so it is personal. Being here is to enter the conversation of global indigeneity – there are people all around the world dealing with cultural and linguistic resurgence,” he says.Dutcher believes it is the artist’s job to challenge, provoke and push boundaries. And two- spirited and queer people have always been at the centre of pushing their culture forward and carrying on important messages in the community.“I’m hoping that being, you know, a big queer, Indigenous body on stage is going to show something and push those conversations forward,” he says.That evening, Dutcher gave a performance in a small church in Sydney, N.S. About 200 people attended, including the Basque delegates.Stephen Augustine, hereditary grand chief on the Mi’kmaq Grand Council, smudges on stage. He says he forgot his speech and introduces Dutcher. They embrace as old friends. The setting is intimate, you forget there is a crowd, and you are visiting friends.(Dutcher, left, and Hereditary Grand Chief on the Mi’kmaq Grand Council Stephane Augustine. Photo: Angel Moore/APTN)Dutcher refers to Augustine as the “spirit of the trickster” and he plays a few notes on the piano. He has the crowd’s attention.“Think about people my age in communities who have never had water from a tap. In this country, so loan me your heart to me this evening and I’ll give it back,” he says.The church fills with his ancestors songs and suddenly the 100 years is gone and it is like they are in the room.Idoia Arana-Beobide says she has not seen anything this original in Canada for a long time.“He brought the language alive in such a contemporary yet such a respectful traditional way; I’ve never seen anything as magnificent,” she says.She says Dutcher was not just singing, he was praying and the performance was powerful, original and inspiring.Dutcher plans to continue to inspire people.Next year, he is travelling across Canada to perform with symphonies.“For me, injecting this message and what I’m doing in this space and doing it in beauty and love that hopefully has potential to be transformative,” he says.One might say Dutcher is a messenger touched by his ancestors – his wisdom seems beyond his 27 years.“This is the story of human progression, it’s the story of time travel, it’s the story of us,” he [email protected]@angelharksen
When Ron Piovesan moved from Toronto to the United States for work in 2001 he never considered the country’s gun culture as a reason to stay home.It was only after he had kids that the relentless headlines about gun violence — like the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 students dead and this week’s incident at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, Calif. — really started to weigh on him.“These things add up, and I don’t know what the tipping point is, but you get to a point where you think, ‘I don’t want my kids to be scared anymore,’” says the father of two, choking up as he describes how his children have experienced frightening lockdown drills at their elementary school.“It hits you in a much deeper place and a much more profound place when you have kids who are actually in school — and then that problem becomes a lot more real to you.”Still, the 46-year-old tech executive isn’t planning to uproot his family and return to Canada.“For the moment, I’m choosing to stay and try to make a difference in my community,” says Piovesan, who led a successful campaign last year to stop a gun store from opening in San Carlos, Calif., where he lives.It’s a sentiment shared by attorney Dawn Robertson, who moved with her family to San Francisco just over four years ago when her husband Mike Beltzner was hired to work for Pinterest and more recently Facebook.They have not considered moving back to where they previously lived in Toronto, but have become increasingly distressed by the prevalence of shootings in the U.S.“It’s one of those things that even when it happens you still feel like it can’t happen to you,” says Robertson, 41. “But I think certainly since Parkland and most recently with YouTube being close to us, we’re increasingly concerned — as people who can’t vote here — that we’ve got a major public safety issue living here that is suddenly certainly a concern for us and for our children.“It does weigh quite heavily on us. It’s not enough to make us turn around and move but certainly it’s something that does give us pause.”Zoe Kevork, an immigration lawyer and co-president of the Southern California chapter of Canadians Abroad, says gun culture is something that’s frequently overlooked when Canadians consider a move south.“People do think of us as being so similar … we’re right across the border, we watch all the same television, we have so many things in common culturally,” says Kevork.“But you really start to realize there are some significant cultural differences which you probably didn’t expect when you made the move down here.”Kevork, who has lived in the U.S. for 14 years, says she’s still shocked when a mass shooting makes the news, but finds Americans are no longer as shaken as they once were.“I’m happy I still get shocked by it because they’re so acclimatized to it here, it’s just a part of life. The ability to be shocked I think is what makes us Canadian right now,” she says.“We’re a lot more attuned these days to the things that differentiate us as Canadians, whether that’s the gun culture, whether that’s our treatment of refugees or treatment of immigrants generally.”Piovesan says he wouldn’t be surprised if some of the Canadians taking advantage of the great opportunities in Silicon Valley and elsewhere in the U.S., do start to reconsider their options at home.“I do think where a lot of people thought, ‘Oh I’m never going to move back,’ I do think as things appear to get progressively worse in the United States there will be a tipping point for many people where people think it’s not worth it anymore.”