Trudeau names Ontario Metis lawyer Yvonne Boyer to upper chamber

first_imgOTTAWA – A Metis lawyer and scholar who has complained of “racist assumptions” in Canada’s health system has been appointed to fill one of a dozen vacancies in the Senate, making her the first Indigenous person from Ontario to take a seat in the upper chamber.Yvonne Boyer, who has been vocal in criticizing both the real and the perceived inequalities in how medicare is provided in Canada, was named as an independent senator Thursday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.She is a member of the Metis Nation of Ontario, a professor in the law faculty at the University of Ottawa and associate director at the school’s Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics.Boyer co-authored a report with Metis physician Dr. Judith Bartlett last year which laid out in graphic detail the sterilization of seven Indigenous women in Saskatchewan, noting how — as recently as 2015 — women have been coerced into being sterilized.That report led to an outpouring of horror stories from women across the country who described inhumane treatment under Canada’s health care system.“I am confident that Parliament will benefit from Dr. Boyer’s knowledge and experience, and that she will be a great ambassador for Ontario, the Metis Nation, and all of Canada,” Trudeau said in a statement about her appointment.Boyer received her law degree at the University of Saskatchewan and earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Ottawa.Much of her career has focused on inequalities between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous people in health-care services and delivery.She has advocated for “structural changes” so Indigenous people can become full partners in the health system, including allowing Indigenous Canadians to become co-designers of a system that meets their needs.In January she pointed to Winnipeg’s Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre and the First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia as effective models that Ottawa could study as it moves to transform what she described as Canada’s “already broken” health system.Boyer is the 33rd person to be appointed to the Senate on the advice of Trudeau under a process that allows any Canadian to apply for a seat.Trudeau appointed another Indigenous woman to the chamber in December, naming Mary Jane McCallum, a residential school survivor and dentist of Cree descent, to represent Manitoba.The Prime Minister’s Office said Thursday that the independent Senate appointments advisory board will consider applications received by April 3 to fill vacancies still open in 10 provinces and territories.last_img read more

Avengers Endgame sank Titanic director James Cameron says

first_img Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies Marvel Disney The Avengers Step inside Disney’s Pandora – The World of Avatar 3:41 “To Kevin and everybody at Marvel,” he wrote in an Instagram post, which shows the ill-fated ship hitting the Avengers logo. “An iceberg sank the real Titanic. It took the Avengers to sink my Titanic. Everyone here at Lightstorm Entertainment salutes your amazing achievement. You’ve shown that the movie industry is not only alive and well, it’s bigger than ever.” How to watch every Marvel movie in the perfect order 0center_img Cameron apparently changed his tune since last year, when he expressed hope that people would start feeling Avengers fatigue.The superhero epic earned $2.189 billion in the first 12 days since its release in late April, passing Avengers: Infinity War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the $2.187 billion Cameron’s 1997 movie made in their theatrical runs. Now it’s second only to 2009’s Avatar — also from Cameron — which earned $2.788 billion during its run.Regardless of which movie ends up holding the crown, Disney wins. It owns the Marvel and Avatar franchises (as well as Star Wars). There are eight Marvel movies coming before the end of 2022, with Avatar sequels coming in 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027.First published at 5:45 a.m. PT.Update, 6:16 a.m.: Adds more detail. Post a comment 56 Photos Tags Share your voice Titanic director James Cameron has congratulated the team behind Avengers: Endgame on the movie’s box office success. Speed Media/ Icon Sportswire Watch out, Avatar.Titanic director James Cameron on Wednesday congratulated Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige and his team for the box office success of Avengers: Endgame after it snatched his movie’s spot as the second highest-grossing film of all time.last_img read more

Elon Musk changes Twitter name to Elon Tusk amid reports he may

first_imgElon Musk, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tesla Inc., speaks at an unveiling eventRobyn Beck-Pool/Getty ImagesTesla CEO Elon Musk is not new to odd Twitter behaviour and the frenzy that it creates. And he has kicked up a storm on the micro-blogging site once again changing his name from Elon Musk to “Elon Tusk.”The billionaire changed his name on Wednesday, February 27, afternoon and also put up an elephant emoji next to his new name. Musk then changed his profile picture and put up an image of Mars, which he has been speaking of colonising through SpaceX. In addition, Musk also promised to announce some Tesla “news” on Thursday, February 28, at 2 pm California time.While Musk did not elaborate on what the “news” could be and a spokesperson for the company also didn’t respond to Fox Business’ request for comment, the tweet created quite some curiosity and Tesla shares gained 5.67 percent on Wednesday.Some Tesla news— Elon Tusk (@elonmusk) February 27, 2019 Thursday 2pm— Elon Tusk (@elonmusk) February 27, 2019 After Musk teased the announcement, many believe that it could be about the Model Y SUV, which Tesla had earlier spoken about unveiling in March 2019. The CEO had in 2018 said that Tesla would unveil the model in March 15, 2019, but later stated that he made up the date as “the Ides of March sounded good.” However, he added that March was most probably when the model would be unveiled.”But consider it real,” he added. “We could unveil Model Y anytime from late this year to mid next year, so March 15 is about right,” he tweeted.Meanwhile, Musk has raked up a fresh controversy with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) calling the regulator “broken.” Musk was responding to the SEC’s accusation that the CEO had violated the terms of a court endorsed deal between him and the agency that he would not tweet any information that would affect the shares of the carmaker. On February 19, Musk had tweeted that Tesla would make 500,000 cars in 2019, but corrected the figure later and said it was about 400,000.Meant to say annualized production rate at end of 2019 probably around 500k, ie 10k cars/week. Deliveries for year still estimated to be about 400k.— Elon Tusk (@elonmusk) February 20, 2019 But the information caught the eye of the federal judge, who then gave Musk two weeks to explain why no action should be taken against him for disregarding his deal with the SEC. This, according to Charles Elson, a corporate governance specialist at the University of Delaware, is not something that can be easily ignored.”No CEO would survive this,” he told the Agence France-Presse, and Stephen Davis, a senior fellow at Harvard’s program on Corporate Governance seems to agree. “If the board wishes to get ahead of the problem, they may have to take action as serious as relieving Musk of his executive responsibilities, at least for a period of time,” Davis explained.The SEC started an investigation into Musk and Tesla after the CEO announced on Twitter that he planned to take Tesla private and had even secured funding for the same. While this turned out to be a false information, several investors who had made bets against Tesla lost huge amounts of money.As a result, the 47-year-old CEO stepped down as Tesla chairman and he and the company had to pay a $20 million penalty to settle fraud charges.last_img read more