Joan Osborne Teaming With DSO, Phil Lesh & Friends Members For All-Star Grateful Dead Tribute

first_img[Video: rober fontneau]AXIAL TILT will be open to all ages, with the option to buy first-come-first-served General Admission tickets or special VIP tickets, with the latter also including a private catered meet-and-greet reception with the band prior to the show, a limited-edition show poster, and early entry into the venue before GA ticket holders. The show will also offer free valet parking and a limited dining menu and full bar throughout the performance.For more information and for ticketing to the upcoming AXIAL TILT All-Star tribute to the Grateful Dead on Friday, October 19th, led by Joan Osborne and featuring members of Dark Star Orchestra, Phil Lesh & Friends, and more, head here.[Cover Photo by Marc Millman] [Video: TheFatManRocked]This will be a nice, long show, including one full acoustic set and two full electric sets of Grateful Dead nuggets. Keeping in the spirit of fully honoring the Grateful Dead’s immense history, for AXIAL TILT, the Grateful Dead’s own audio guru Howard Danchik will also be on hand to mix sound for the show.Dark Star Orchestra – “Eyes Of The World” – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – 7/8/18 On Friday, October 19th, famed Grammy-winning singer Joan Osborne will lead an all-star celebration of the Grateful Dead dubbed AXIAL TILT, featuring members of Dark Star Orchestra, Phil Lesh & Friends, and more. AXIAL TILT has been a hugely popular annual two-night event at Jazz Fest in New Orleans since its debut—timed with the Grateful Dead’s 50th-anniversary celebration—four years ago. The upcoming October show marks the first AXIAL TILT show outside New Orleans and will feature an A-list band comprised of some of the most beloved members of the Grateful Dead’s extended family, ensuring what will be a fitting tribute to the Grateful Dead’s enduring musical legacy.In addition to her own successful solo career, Joan Osborne has been associated with Grateful Dead-inspired spinoffs, having frequently performed with The Dead and Phil Lesh & Friends over the years. For AXIAL TILT, Osborne will be joined by guitarist Stu Allen (Phil Lesh & Friends), guitarist Rob Eaton (Dark Star Orchestra), keyboardist Mitch Stein (Groove Division), bassist Robin Sylvester (Bob Weir’s Ratdog), and drummer Dino English (Dark Star Orchestra) at 210 Live in Highwood, Illinois, just north of Chicago.The Dead (with Joan Osborne) – “Fire On The Mountain” – Bonnaroo 2004last_img read more

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Trail Mix – Rooster Walk Preview & Ticket Giveaway!

first_imgTen years is a milestone for any festival.This year, Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival – the annual musical gathering in Martinsville, Virginia, celebrates is 10th birthday with a rich and wildly eclectic line up of musicians, including JJ Grey & Mofro, The Wood Brothers, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Dustbowl Revival, The Mantras, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Jerry Douglas Band, and many, many more!At the heart of Rooster Walk is the wide range of bands and collaborative sets you can see over the festival’s four-day run. Two particular sets have caught our attention here at Trail Mix – King & Strings on Friday and The Last Yaltz on Sunday. The former has youthful guitar giants Billy Strings and Marcus King joining forces to create a display of guitar wizardry you will not likely find at any other festival this summer, while the latter has Yarn and a cadre of special guests paying tribute to The Band’s iconic work. Both appear to be can’t miss events for festival goers.Also featured at the festival will be an incredible selection of libations, food, and artisans from around the region.I recently caught up with Jeremy Darrow, a longtime friend of mine and bassist for bluegrass outfit (and RW10 performer) Front Country, to chat about playing Rooster Walk, must have gear for the festival circuit, and who you should definitely catch on stage when you head to RW10.BRO – Do you remember the first festival set you played with Front Country? How did it go?JD – My first festival set – and first ever gig – with Front Country was at the String Break Festival in Brooksville, Florida. I’m not sure how it would compare to how we sound now, but it was a lot of fun. I had just met most of the band at that time and we bonded over sets by Steep Canyon Rangers and Balsam Range.BRO – Afternoon set or late night set? What’s your druthers?JD – I generally prefer late night sets. But if the crowd is fired up in the middle of the day, it can be hard to tell the difference. It all comes down to getting the energy back that you’re putting out. It’s easy to stay stoked if the crowd is on its feet and dancing.BRO – Favorite festival memory as a fan?JD – I’ve got some great festival memories. One that has really been on my mind recently was seeing Levon Helm at Merlefest in 2008. He brought a vibe that you could feel everywhere all weekend. Everyone was happy and bringing their A-game to their own sets because he was around. His set was incredible, one of the most joyful performances I’ve ever experienced. That’s something you can’t fake. It takes the genuine article to radiate joy and love like that.BRO – One piece of gear that you can’t hit the festival circuit without?JD – I can’t get through festival season without sunglasses. I lost my favorite pair of many years two months ago and finally replaced them. Original Wayfarers all the way.BRO – Other than Front County, who is your can’t miss artist at Rooster Walk this week?JD – Of course, you can’t miss Front Country! We play Thursday night at 7:30 on the Pine Grove Stage. Also, don’t miss our buddies Fireside Collective. They’re a killer young band from Western North Carolina and they’re on fire. My buddy Jay Starling is an artist-at-large, too. Anything he’s getting into will be worth catching.Check out tracks from Front Country, Fireside Collective, and a whole bunch of other artists on our very own “BRO’s Ten Artists For Rooster Walk 10” playlist on Spotify! Take an early listen below so you can plan your weekend accordingly!For more information on the bands playing Rooster Walk, ticket purchasing, or the schedule, please bounce over to the festival’s website.Win a pair of Four-Day Passes To Rooster Walk!Want to snag a couple tickets to the festival? Take a crack at the trivia question below. One winner will be selected tomorrow, May 23, at noon. The question is…Artist-at-large Jay Starling is the son of a founding member of what legendary bluegrass band? By submitting your answer, you are not being added to any mailing list. Your information is kept private and never shared with anyone.last_img read more

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New restrictions for northeast England as virus cases surge

first_imgThe Office of National Statistics, which uses broader criteria for counting COVID-19 fatalities, has said closer to 58,000 Britons have died from the virus.The government imposed new rules across England on Monday to limit socializing to groups of six people or fewer, as daily cases reach levels not seen since early May.According to government statistics, a total of 18,371 people tested positive in England in the week to September 19 — up 75 percent on the previous week.Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to observe the new rules to “stop the second hump” in the pandemic, comparing Britain’s trajectory of resurgent cases to a camel’s profile.He said it was “the only way to make sure the country is able to enjoy Christmas” and was an alternative to another full lockdown, which he has said would be financially disastrous.  ‘Stop the surge’ In an interview with The Sun newspaper, Johnson reaffirmed his position against shutting down sections of the economy, which has been battered by the outbreak.”We can grip it now, stop the surge, arrest the spike, stop the second hump of the dromedary, flatten the second hump,” he said.”Dromedary or camel? I can’t remember if it is a dromedary or a camel that has two humps? Umm. Please check.”Dromedaries are Arabian camels which have only one hump.Johnson had compared Britain’s first wave of virus cases to a sombrero hat, imploring people to “squash it” by obeying the nationwide lockdown in place from late March until June.But he has faced stinging criticism this week over the failure to achieve the “world-beating” testing and tracing system he promised would be in place over the summer months.The government admits that increasing demand for virus tests is posing problems, after hospital bosses warned delays in the system were jeopardizing healthcare services.It has blamed people without symptoms who do not need tests overburdening the system, with ministers vowing to unveil new rules to prioritize cases in the coming days.Johnson said the system was “really struggling with the real weight of demand”, as schools return and businesses start up again, bringing more people into close contact.He has promised to have testing capacity up to 500,000 a day by the end of October to help cope with increased demand as winter approaches and seasonal flu cases increase.As well as northeast England, a new local lockdown was coming into force in the Rhonda Cynon Taf region of South Wales.But the government removed Thailand and Singapore from its list of countries where travellers must quarantine for 14 days on their return to England. Pubs and bars will have to shut early by 10:00 pm (2100 GMT).”We do not take these decisions lightly,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock told parliament, acknowledging they would have a “real impact on families, on businesses and on communities”.But he added: “We must follow the data and act, and the data says that we must act now.”Britain has been the worst-hit country in Europe by the pandemic, with the government registering nearly 42,000 deaths. More than two million people in northeast England face new restrictions because of a surge in coronavirus cases, the government announced on Thursday, as it battled to contain a potential second wave of infection.Tighter regulations on socializing are due to come into force from Friday in Northumberland, North and South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, and County Durham.Residents will be banned from socializing in homes or gardens with people from outside their household, while food and drink venues will be restricted to table service only. Topics :last_img read more

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Walter Bryant Jr.

first_imgWalter Bryant Jr., 78, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Friday, January 19, 2018 in Aurora, Indiana.He was born October 30, 1939 in Dearborn County, Indiana , son of the late Walter Bryant Sr.and Dorothy Eloise Bryant.He served his country as a member of the United States Army.He was a member of the Aurora Moose, Chapter #71 Vietnam Veterans, and the Korean War Veterans Chapter #4. Walt was a 20 year career military man. He served during Vietnam, receiving the CIB, Purple Heart with 1 OLC, Bronze Star Medal w/V device and 2 OLC, the Army Commendation Medal w/V device & 1 OLC, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Bronze Star, and the Parachutist Badge as well as several other Medals. Walt received the “Excellence in Competition Badge for Rifle” as a member of the All Army Shooting Team. He served on the local Color Guards for KWVA and Rising Sun several years.  Walt was instrumental in his help with the Wreaths Across America, he would help every year.  Walt, along with his late wife Betty, loved to sing karaoke and in their younger days they both loved to dance.Surviving are siblings, Don (Debbie) Bryant, James Bryant, Hope (Gary) Denison and Deborah (Michael) Abbott; several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 56 years Betty L. Bryant and their daughter, Faith Craig; siblings, Leymen Bryant, Joe Bryant, Sandra Smith, Susan Duckworth, and Della Lozier.Friends will be received Friday, January 26, 2018, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Aurora, 6060 Blair Road, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the church on Saturday at 2:00 pm with Pastor Rick Johnson and Pastor Mary Jane Johnson officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Welcome Home Warriors or Home for Our Troops . If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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Lakers’ Byron Scott occasionally offers sharp tongue following losses

first_imgThe Lakers have lost plenty this season, obviously. So much that they are only 10 losses away from tying last season’s 25-57 record, which marked the team’s worst performance in L.A. franchise history. Through that, Scott mostly has succeeded in ensuring his team still plays hard before eventually folding in the final moments. But Scott has occasionally used his postgame press conference to call out the team for a poor effort. Scott blistered the team’s defense in losses in New Orleans on Nov. 12, against Golden State on Nov. 16 and in Dallas on Nov. 21. Scott lamented how the Lakers did not follow his game plan in their loss against Minnesota on Nov. 29. Scott called the Lakers’ “soft” following a loss to the Clippers on Jan. 7.“When he feels like we played (poorly), he lets us know,” Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson said. “There’s been a few times this year. We always come back the next game and put the pedal down and make sure we don’t make the same mistakes.” Scott’s latest rant included a few punch lines. On how a 17-win team could overlook an opponent: “Exactly. How can you look at anybody in this league and say this is going to be an easy win?” On Knicks coach and former Lakers guard Derek Fisher: “I’m sure D-Fish would like to play us 10 more times before the season is over. If I was him, I would.”On if Scott thinks the Lakers will respond better in future games: “If we haven’t learned our lesson about looking at other teams, thinking that we’re better than them, we’re not very bright, obviously.”On how Scott copes after losses: “I go home and beat up the dog. I’m just joking. There’s a lot of people who are animal activists that might think he beats his dog? I don’t even have a dog. I go home.”Scott’s comments went beyond frustration over a loss. He conceded that such performances will influence how he evaluates how the current roster fits into the Lakers’ rebuilding plans. “It’ll be a little bit of it, no doubt about it,” Scott said. “Obviously we want good players. We want good people. But we want guys who want to win every single game too. I have no place for guys who are selfish and guys who are looking out for themselves.” By this point, Lakers coach Byron Scott should be in a good mood. Scott said he would spend the team’s off day Friday with his grandchildren, something he said “puts everything in perspective.” But when the Lakers (17-47) resume practice today before hosting the Atlanta Hawks (50-14) on Sunday at Staples Center, it will be interesting to see how much Scott’s mood shifts. Scott is only two days removed from offering a blistering critique on the Lakers’ effort in their 101-94 loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday at Staples Center. It likely only fueled Scott’s frustration that the Lakers lost to the NBA’s worst team.“I hate losing, no matter what,” Scott said. “I hate losing. I can accept it, but I hate losing.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Jets hire Eagles’ Joe Douglas to be new general manager

first_img Le’Veon Bell says relationship with Jets coach Adam Gase ‘is great’ The Jets have their new general manager.New York has agreed to terms with Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas to take over as the team’s GM, the team announced Friday. Jets expand GM search, reportedly request more interviews Douglas will work alongside Adam Gase to build the Jets around second-year quarterback Sam Darnold.The Jets fired general manager Mike Maccagnan in May.The Eagles also looked at Bears assistant vice president of player personnel Champ Kelly, Vikings assistant GM George Paton and Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer for the open job.center_img We’ve agreed to terms with Joe Douglas to be our next GM. pic.twitter.com/tzQiWzNmkp— New York Jets (@nyjets) June 8, 2019Douglas has been with the Eagles since 2016 and was a big part of building up the roster that won the Super Bowl in 2018.The deal is for six years according to ESPN. Related News Jets are giving former Eagles’ vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas a six-year deal to become their GM, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 8, 2019He was rumored to have turned down the job on Thursday, but that report appears to have been false.It was also reported by The Athletic, that the Eagles were doing all they could to convince Douglas to stay with the team.But ultimately, it appeared the chance to run his own team won out.last_img read more

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At The Finish Line … Where Only the Truth Matters

first_imgHappy 4th of July everybody. Enjoy the ribs. Steeler camp . . . 5 weeks and counting. Soccer be damned! If the basketball gods are still with me (you know the Spurs beating The Knicks thing) please let “Carmello” go to the Lakers with Kobe and Pau Gasol. Please baby. Please baby. Please! You all have to admit we played soccer in the World Cup and you got excited . . . yes you did . . . yes you did!! < You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line > Who do the Pirates remind you of? Last year’s Pirates of course. Here we come baby, raise that Jolly Roger! BILL NEALlast_img read more

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Voters Reject $28.1 Million School Spending Plan

first_imgBy John BurtonSHREWSBURY – Borough voters sent a strong message of “no” to the Board of Education with the outcome of this week’s school referendum.Borough residents defeated the four-part $28.1 million referendum which was intended for some upkeep and improvements, to purchase a neighboring property and to cover the cost of constructing an addition for the Shrewsbury Borough Elementary School, 20 Obre Place.As of Wednesday afternoon, according to the county clerk’s office, the unofficial vote totals –which include mail-in ballots but not provisional ballots – had the vote for Question 1 at 844 no and 525 for yes, for whether the public school district could bond for $13.4 million to do upgrades to the existing building, including putting on a new roof and installing new windows and improving the heating and ventilation system; for Question 2, to spend roughly $11.2 million for an addition, the tally was 1,048 no and 309 yes; Question 3, which asked for approval to install roof-mounted solar panels for approximately $1.6 million, the vote was 1,011 no and 348 yes; and for Question 4, to purchase property for an addition, 1,098 voted against the proposition, while 248 endorsed it.The district would have been eligible to receive 40 percent state aid reimbursement for portions of the projects.School Superintendent Brent A. McConnell was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday following the vote.Residents were clearly divided on the proposals, waging battle by way of social media and competing lawn signs, with supporters touting the benefits the projects mean for the greater community, while opponents voicing fear of the tax impact on property owners. Referendum critics sent a mailer to borough voters just prior to the vote laying out their objections to the proposal.Resident and parent Maura Galligan said of that mailer, “They were misleading and muddied the water.”Three of Galligan’s four children attend the school, with her youngest attending in a couple of years. She actively supported the referendum believing it was in the best interest of children and the community.As to the results, “I’m saddened and upset,” said Galligan, especially for Question 1’s defeat. “In my heart of hearts I believed number one would have passed,” given the work to the school’s infrastructure is vital, she said.Jim Halpern, a former board of education member who opposed the referendum, observed “the thing that was most significant was that 43 percent of registered voters came out” on an off-election, less than two weeks to the holidays. “Which I think we got a pretty good read on how the town really feels about this,” he said.Halpern offered a more nuanced perspective on the vote: “It’s not ‘no.’ That’s not what the town said,” he said. “In my opinion the town wants the board of education to rework the referendum taking input from everybody this time. That’s the difference.”That lack of input from some quarters of the community was what, in part, had Jacqui Caruso-Smith vote against all four provisions. Caruso-Smith, also a former board member and a former educator, said “There needs to be better communication,” between the board and the greater community.“You have to consider there is a senior population in town,” and they and “more of the stakeholders needed to be involved in the planning,” she said, criticizing the board for an alleged “lack of transparency.”“If you want to have something pass, you have to involve the stakeholders and listen to what they’re saying and not just come up with this expensive proposal and not communicate what’s in it for everyone,” Caruso-Smith said.The board conducted a series of public information sessions and tours of the existing building.Pam MacNeill, a retired educator, voted for the solar panels and infrastructure work, thinking, “it’s too bad it was bundled together like that,” with four provisions. If school officials had tried to get what was most needed now and waited to try for the addition at some other point the referendum might have stood a better chance, she said.Given the price tag attached, “I’m wondering if that might not have scared people,” MacNeill said.“It involved a lot of what the school needed but some of what the school wanted and I just thought there were more cost effective ways of doing what they wanted to do,” was how it boiled down for Caruso-Smith.“I don’t think there was a lot of constructive criticism,” coming from opponents, Galligan said.“Hopefully, on the bright side, we’ll be able to mobilize the community to move in the positive way,” in the near future.The next board of education meeting is Dec. 20 and Galligan plans to attend to hear what the next move will be.last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — KVR Gilnockie Ruttin Bucks

first_imgThe KVR Gilnockie Ruttin Bucks are back in the winner’s circle as Western Pond Hockey champs after posting a 27-16 win in the 2011 final Sunday in Rossland as part of the Winter Carnival. The Bucks, winners of the inaugural tournament in 2008, put a licking on the Top Shelf Construction team to to claim the title.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute Ruttin Bucks with Team of the Week honours.The members of the team include, back row, L-R, Balfour’s Derek Diener, Peter Sheets of Trail and Aaron Shrieves of Nelson.Front, Dion Resicini and Shane Glover  of Castlegar and Nelson’s Jarod Seminoff.last_img read more

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OPINION: Three more reasons to love the Canucks

first_imgReason number three, Trevor Linden and the NHL Players’ Association.Trevor Linden is regarded as a Vancouver Canucks hero.  In 2008, his jersey was retired as a symbol of how meaningful his career as a Vancouver Canuck has been to the fans and franchise.  Linden not only led the Canucks to game seven in the Stanley Cup Finals with a work ethic that legends are made of, he also worked on behalf of all players in the NHL Players’ Association.In the two countries where NHL teams are located, the U.S. (24 teams) and Canada (6 teams), the disparity between the rich and poor is growing considerably.  Right now in the U.S., the top one-hundredth of one percent make an average of $27 million per household, while the average income for the bottom 90 percent is $31,244 (6).  Similarly, within the past 12 years in Canada, there’s been a 444 per cent salary increase for the country’s top CEOs.  The top 10 earners collected $330.3 million in 2007 from $60.7 million in 1995 (7).Hockey players go on the ice every night and give 100% for their teammates, their communities, and the millions of fans that look up to and draw inspiration from them.  Just like working class women and men, hockey players deserve a fair wage. Trevor Linden’s work on behalf of NHL players in the NHL Players’ Association is tantamount to his work on-ice as the Canuck’s captain.  During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Linden worked tirelessly to ensure a fair deal between players and the owners was reached.  As the disparity between the rich and poor continues to grow, we can look to the hard work of the Vancouver Canuck hero Trevor Linden as an inspiration to work towards a more egalitarian society, where wealth is more evenly distributed. The work of these players off the ice, compounded with their hard work, skills and determination demonstrated on the ice, gives us even more reason to celebrate the Vancouver Canucks.  For their work with international solidarity, sick children, collective bargaining, positioning, passing, hitting, saving, and scoring, we have many reasons to love the Vancouver Canucks.Michael Scott is an activist and blogger from Robson, BC. This article originally appeared in his blog.References:1.  http://yvesengler.com/2010/10/20/un-vote-reveals-what-world-thinks-of-ca…2.  http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/34464-THNcom-Blog-Hamhuis-hopes-people-dont-forget-about-Haiti.html3.http://www.theprovince.com/business/shamed+global+stage+legislated+poverty/3921119/story.html4. http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ph-sp/determinants/determinants-eng.php#income5. http://www.theprovince.com/sports/sedins+donate+million+toward+children+…6. http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/02/income-inequality-in-america-chart-graph7. http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/05/01/the-rising-salaries-of-canadas-top-50…8. http://bcchf.wordpress.com/2010/03/11/bc-childrens-scores-a-goal-with-the-help-of-the-sedins/9.  http://canucks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=453227 As I write this, the Vancouver Canucks are in the number one spot in the National Hockey League (NHL).  Canucks forward Daniel Sedin currently has the most points in the league, and his twin brother Henrik has the third most points (Henrik won the Hart Trophy for most points in the NHL last season).  The Sedins are not the only reason why many feel the Canucks have a great shot at the coveted Stanley Cup this season, the Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo is fresh off leading Team Canada to a gold medal in Vancouver last year, and continues to have an extraordinary winning record.  With the additions of Keith Ballard and Dan Hamhuis, the depth of the Canucks defense is impressive.  Also, the Sedin brothers are not the only forwards finding the back of the net: many forwards, including Ryan Kesler, are having an outstanding season.There is no question about it, the Vancouver Canucks are an exciting team to watch this season based solely on their on-ice achievements.  However, I am going to give fans of hockey and social justice three more reasons to love the Vancouver Canucks.Reason number one, Dan Hamhuis and Haiti.In 2004, Canada helped back a coup against Haiti’s democratically elected President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.  This was an unfortunate decision, as it helped to further destabilize Haiti politically, instead of allowing Haiti to address the country’s immense poverty (Haiti is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere). Thus, on January 12, 2010, when a massive earthquake struck Haiti, the country suffered greatly due to the magnitude of the natural earthquake, as well as the country’s political turmoil and extensive poverty.Again, Canadian politicians were offside in responding to Haiti’s plight.  Instead of sending emergency rescue teams trained to deal with disasters like earthquakes, Canada militarized its aid to Haiti.  If I was ever trapped under a building, I would want an expert in search and rescue, backed by acute health care professionals sent to help me, not experts in hand to hand combat and the use of firearms (1).  Thus, when the Vancouver Canucks’ Dan Hamhuis visited Haiti in June 2010, half a year after the earthquake, the country was still in ruins (2). Unlike the armed soldiers Canada sent to Haiti, Dan Hamhuis went to Haiti armed with sports equipment donated by local stores from his home town of Smithers, BC; Hamhuis went down with an open mind and a good heart to show solidarity with the Haitian peoples and to raise awareness to their ongoing struggle.  Canadian politicians can learn a lot from the Vancouver Canucks blue liner, Dan Hamhuis.Reason number two, the Sedin brothers and Vancouver Children’s Hospital.Vancouver is world-renowned.  It consistently gets voted one of the world’s most livable cities.  Nevertheless, Vancouver has its problems.  It is the largest city in the province of British Columbia and BC has the country’s highest child poverty rate (one out of every ten children live in poverty) and the lowest minimum wage in the country: $8 and it hasn’t increased in ten years (3).Health Canada states that income is the number one determinant of health (4), as such, one out of every ten children in BC have the odds stacked against them for maintaining good health status; however, where the politicians and policy makers of British Columbia have failed the children of BC, good people like the Sedin brothers have helped.In March 2010, Daniel and Henrik donated $1.5 million dollars towards the new B.C. Children’s Hospital (5).  This money was donated quietly, with not too many people knowing about it (there was no “Sedin action plan” sign plastered for all to see following the donation).The Sedins came to Vancouver ten years ago, and they have ignited the province on and off the ice.  On the other hand, the province’s politicians have stagnated the minimum wage for ten years, compromising the health of the province’s people, including children.  BC politicians and employers can learn a lot from the compassion of the Vancouver Canucks elite forwards, Daniel and Henrik Sedin.last_img read more

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