Edmonton taxi drivers rally at Legislature before ride-sharing bylaw debate

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EDMONTON — Local taxi drivers gathered at the legislature Monday afternoon to voice their support for what they call a fair and safe vehicle-for-hire industry.

Approximately 100 taxi drivers and their supporters turned out for the rally at the Alberta legislature, hoping the province will wade into the debate.

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“We want to remind people that this isn’t just a municipal issue in Edmonton,” said Pascal Ryffel, a spokesperson for Driving for Equality Campaign, Alberta Taxi Group. “It’s something that affects people right across Alberta.”

The group would like to see the industry municipally and provincially regulated.

He said the biggest concern is safety.

“The bylaw as it stands before council still does not address all the safety issues,” said Ryffel. “If you take a taxi, you are protected. There are safety cameras and panic buttons, and safety shields, but none of that would be required if Uber was to operate in Edmonton under the proposed bylaw.”

“It would essentially create a free for all.”

The proposed bylaw would make Edmonton Uber drivers very similar to taxi drivers. It would require Uber drivers to have a city license, undergo a criminal record check, have their vehicle inspected annually and pay for commercial insurance.

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Uber said the fee structure would shift costs from ride-sharing drivers to ride-sharing companies, making its business unsustainable in the city.

“As it’s written, the fee structure is actually the most expensive in the entire world for ride-sharing.

“And as a result, it’s completely unsustainable to continue ridesharing in Edmonton,” said Ramit Kar, Uber general manager for Alberta.

The ride-sharing company said several amendments need to be made to avoid a forced shutdown.

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The taxi industry also remains leery of the proposed bylaw, citing concerns about safety for the public and drivers. Also at issue: the number of drivers able to operate within city limits.

“If you have a completely open system, where there are an unlimited amount of drivers, it becomes impossible to have full-time, professional drivers in the city,” said Ryffel. “That makes it very unreliable.”

Taxi drivers have a list of amendments they would like to see made to the proposed bylaw when council discusses it on Tuesday.

In a statement Monday, Uber said a petition supporting the company has nearly 15,000 signatures.

“Riders love Uber because it connects them to a safe, reliable and affordable ride at the push of a button, drivers love Uber because it provides them a flexible earning opportunity and cities love Uber because it gives residents and visitors a reliable ride when they need one, reduces congestion and decreases impaired driving,” said Jean-Christophe de le rue. “Yet Edmonton city staff have chosen to look backwards and proposed bylaw revisions that will force Uber to shut down in Edmonton.”

“On Tuesday, we hope that city council will support innovation, ride sharing and Edmontonians,” he added.

Tuesday’s debate is expected to draw a large and potentially emotional crowd, so much so that in a rare move media members interested in attending have been asked to obtain accreditation.

READ MORE: Taxi drivers break out in angry protest at Edmonton city council meeting meeting

In September taxi drivers packed council chambers, yelling and protested when councillors discussed changes to the bylaw. Some people even started banging the walls on the concourse of council chambers.

At least one driver took off his shirt, saying it was a symbol of Mayor Don Iveson trying to take the shirt of his back.

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Uber currently operates in 40 cities across Canada.

The company has been in Edmonton for just under a year. Those looking for a ride use a mobile app to connect with a Uber driver, who picks them up with their personal vehicle.


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After the Paris attacks, two friends stand in solidarity with their Muslim roommate

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MONTREAL – If you were too busy looking at your phone or reading the paper as you passed through Berri-UQAM metro Monday morning, you may have missed it: A show of solidarity by three young men with a message.

New Yorker Matt Dajer standing tall, hand in hand with his two roommates, Ammar Kandil from Egypt and Thomas Brag, from France.

“We’re roommates and best friends and we wanted to show support for all cultures suffering at the hands of terrorism,” Dajer told Global News.

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They stood with a sign that read, “He is my roommate and best friend. These are my brothers. They cannot separate us.”

Their act was a simple one, but their message was strong.

“We realized that this is their [ISIS’] goal…to make us fear each other,” he said.

“We realized that by standing in solidarity with each other and publicly announcing [this], we’re refusing to play their game.”

Dajer admitted the last three days were an extremely difficult time in their apartment.

“It [the Paris attack] was very rough. Thomas’ friend was shot at the Bataclan,” he said.

“All of our friends from there are still terrified.”

Brag’s friend, police officer Arnaud Beldon, 38, remains in critical condition.

“He’s in coma, so it’s uncertain at the moment,” Dajer told Global News.

“He was shot in the spine three times protecting his wife.”

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Weapons recovered after vehicle almost hits Saskatoon police cruiser

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SASKATOON – Two women are facing numerous charges after a Saskatoon police vehicle was nearly hit early Saturday morning. The women were in a vehicle that ran a red light at the intersection of 22nd Street West and Avenue T at a high rate of speed and almost hit the patrol vehicle.

The vehicle continued westbound on 22nd Street. Police said they did not give chase on the ground, but the air support unit spotted the vehicle entering the city on 33rd Street.

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Officers deployed stop sticks at Lisgar Avenue and Diefenbaker Drive in an attempt to disable the vehicle. At that point, one person fled on foot while the driver continued her attempt to evade police.

She eventually crashed into a parked car on Douglas Crescent.

Both women were taken into custody with the help of a police dog.

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Police said they recovered a sawed-off shot gun and a sawed-off rifle that had been thrown from the vehicle while the women were attempted to evade police.

The two Saskatoon women, 22 and 23, are facing over 20 charges including evading police and weapons-related offences.


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French Muslim students condemn Paris attacks in moving video

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A group representing thousands of Muslim students in France released a powerful video in the wake of several coordinated attacks in Paris Friday night.

The Etudiants Musulmans de France (EMF), or Muslim Students of France,  posted a video to its website condemning the horrific events and expressing its ‘dismay, sadness, and emotion in the aftermath of the tragedy.”

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In the video, the EMF students hold signs simply reading ‘#NousSommesUnis’ – or ‘#WeAreUnited’ – while a narrator reads a monologue.

“They think they are fighting Crusaders, and they invoke the Qur’an, and quote its verses. But shedding the blood of an innocent has no justification… not in Islam or anywhere,” a narrator says.

“They wanted France to be weak, they made our French hearts strong.”

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Muslim groups around the world have condemned the attacks, but there is concern they could become targets in retaliation.

Police are investigating in Peterborough, Ontario after a fire at a mosque on Saturday that investigators are calling arson. Police said it is unclear if the fire was at all connected to the deadly attacks in Paris, but Muslim groups are calling for authorities to treat the fire as a potential hate crime.

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“In our experience, following these kinds of tragedies or when Islam or Muslims are portrayed negatively in the media, we do tend to notice a spike in the number of hate crimes and hate incidents that are reported to NCCM,” Ihsaan Gardee, with the National Council of Canadian Muslims, told the Canadian Press on Sunday.

“Obviously it’s challenging in terms of being able to draw a direct causal effect, to make a causal connection between the two, but there certainly seems to be a correlation.”

In the wake of the January attacks on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Muslim-owned businesses were burned and mosques attacked.

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The deadly attacks have also strengthened Republican opposition in the U.S. to accepting thousands of Syrian refugees. Michigan, Alabama, Texas and Louisiana have all said they will not accept any Syrian refugees following the tragedy in France.


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Obama says Paris attacks a ‘terrible and sickening’ setback in fight against ISIS

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ANTALYA, Turkey – President Barack Obama on Monday conceded that the Paris terror attacks were a “terrible and sickening setback” in the fight against the Islamic State, but forcefully dismissed critics who have called for the U.S. to change or expand its military campaign against the extremists.

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“The strategy that we are putting forward is the strategy that is ultimately is going to work,” Obama said during a news conference at the close of two days of talks with world leaders. “It’s going to take time.”

The president grew irritated amid repeated questions about whether he had underestimated the strength of the Islamic State, which now appears to be focusing on targets outside its base in Syria and Iraq. In addition to the terror spree in Paris, the group has claimed responsibility for attacks in Lebanon and Turkey, as well as the downing of a Russian airline in Egypt.

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The president said most of his critics are simply “talking as if they’re tough” and offering no real ideas. And he brushed aside those who call for sending U.S. ground troops into the region, saying that “would be a mistake” and wouldn’t work unless the U.S. was committed to being a permanent occupying force in the region.

“This is not an abstraction,” Obama said. “When we send troops in, those troops get injured. They get killed.”

While Obama did not single out his critics by name, some Republican presidential candidates, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, have called for sending U.S. forces into Syria. Bush has also suggested that any U.S. assistance to refugees fleeing the Middle East should be primarily focused on Christians, another idea that rankled Obama.

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“That’s shameful,” Obama declared. “That’s not American. That’s not who we are.”

Republicans and also some Democrats have challenged Obama’s approach to the Islamic State, saying he lacks a clear strategy. The president’s approach centres largely on airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, as well as programs to train and equip moderate opposition forces. He’s also sent more than 3,000 troops to Iraq to assist that country’s security forces and recently announced plans to send up to 50 Americans into Syria.



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Obama said he envisioned escalating that strategy, not overhauling it. And he called on other nations to step up their involvement in the fight against the extremists.

France has already ramped up its response following the attacks that killed at least 129 people and injured hundreds. In its heaviest strikes yet, French military bombarded Raqqa, the Islamic State’s stronghold in Syria, in hopes of killing Islamic State organizers and trainees

Obama announced a new effort to share intelligence with France following the co-ordinated terror spree across Paris that killed at least 129 people and injured hundreds. Officials said the U.S. was already using intelligence to help France identify targets for the airstrikes.

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The Islamic State’s increasing focus on targets outside the military has raised questions about whether Obama underestimated the group. He once referred to the extremists as a “JV team” and said shortly before the Paris attack that their capacity in Iraq and Syria had been contained.

The president conceded there were challenges in defeating the Islamic State given that its fighters have a “willingness to die.”

“If you have a handful of people who don’t mind dying, they can kill a lot of people,” he said.

While officials say the U.S. had been aware of the Islamic State’s desire to strike targets outside the Middle East, Obama said he had not been briefed on any intelligence that indicated an attack in Paris was likely.

“I’m not aware of anything that was specific,” he said.

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Obama’s comments followed a two-day meeting with leaders from the Group of 20 rich and developing countries. The meeting in the seaside city of Antalya, just a few hundred miles from the Syrian border, was planned before the Paris attacks, but the carnage there ratcheted up the urgency in the talks.

The discussions about the Islamic State came amid a glimmer of progress in efforts to end the Syrian civil war, which created the chaos that allowed the extremist group to thrive. A foreign ministers’ meeting in Vienna over the weekend resulted in a new diplomatic plan that envisions negotiations between Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government and opposition groups starting by Jan. 1.

Still, sharp differences over Assad’s future and disagreements about what militant groups in Syria should be considered terrorists have dampened hopes for a breakthrough.

Obama voiced optimism about the plan, saying he had “some degree of hope” that the plan would provide a path forward. But he added, “We are very clear eyed about the very, very difficult road ahead.”

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Saskatchewan couple sells the farm to bike across Canada for 2nd time

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SASKATOON – Two retired Saskatchewan farmers biked from coast to coast this past summer. Rob and Nancy Howse also did it 37 years ago on their honeymoon.

Both trips started at the water’s edge in Victoria, B.C. and ended at Cape Spear in Newfoundland, which is the most easterly point in the country.

Although the reason why is hazy, both agree it was Rob’s idea for the newlyweds to attempt such an adventure after exchanging vows.

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“Rob got the idea when we were first married and we did this cross-Canada trip as our honeymoon in 1978,” said Nancy.

“We hadn’t seen much of the country. I bought my first 10-speed bike the fall before. We really had no idea what we were getting into but when you’re 20 or early 20s, you can do, with a little bit of determination, whatever you want,” said Rob.

“It helped that I had an uncle who laughed, scoffed at me, and said ‘you’ll never make it.’ That was probably the best encouragement I had.”

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After completing the more than four-month journey in 1978, Rob mailed his uncle a postcard from the east coast.

“And it turned out to be a fantastic journey,” said Rob.

But how romantic was it for the couple to bike across the country? Rob laughed when asked the question and conveyed that the “romance” was witnessing the infinite beauty of Canada with his wife, twice.

“All along the way, the sunshine coast of B.C., stopping and hiking to Berg Lake at Mount Robson, going through The Narrows in Manitoba, seeing the Gaspé Peninsula, Cape Breton Island … it was just all so. I’m sorry. I’m a little bit at loss of words. It was so thrilling, so wonderful and just my jaw drops at the awesomeness of this country,” said Rob.

“Some people think ‘oh that must have been so hard’ but it wasn’t. It was one big holiday really, for people who like doing that kind of stuff which we are,” said Nancy.

The honeymooners slept in a tent for all but two nights on their first journey. One of those was after a rainy day in Banff. Alta. and Rob said, jokingly, they decided to treat themselves.

This photo shows Rob and Nancy completing their journey back in 1978 at Cape Spear, Newfoundland.

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This photo shows Nancy Howse on a rural Saskatchewan road back in 1978.

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Here’s a photo of the newlyweds on their first trip across Canada in 1978.

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Here’s a photo of the couple enjoying a meal on the east coast of Canada in 1978.

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Here’s a photo of the couple by the shore of Lake Superior in 1978.

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Here’s of photo of the tent Rob and Nancy used while camping in British Columbia in 1978.

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This photo shows Rob and Nancy at the half-way marker on the Trans-Canada Highway back in 1978.

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Here’s Rob and Nancy in 1978 beginning their journey in Victoria, B.C.

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The newlyweds made their home in Saskatoon and farmed for many years near Porcupine Plain, Sask. Meanwhile, the thrill of the open road burned bright in them.

“Even since 1978, we vowed when we finished [farming] that first trip, that someday we would do it again. But then we started farming, had a family and continued farming even as the family grew up. We could never figure out how to do a cross-Canada bicycle trip and farm at the same time,” said Rob.

“I thought, ‘if we’re going to do this trip, if we’re really going to do it, we have to rent the farm or sell it. I have to take a year off and we’re going to do the trip’ and when we let the word out that we wanted to rent it out. We wound up getting offers to buy it and reluctantly, I have to say, we sold it.”

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To prepare, the now grandparents trained for months and went on bike tours. The challenge, once again, was getting used to biking such long distances with all their camping gear.

“Really, to get in shape for something like that, you just have to start doing it. So we took it a little slow to begin with until we got used to it for a couple weeks or maybe a month, at our age it takes longer,” said Nancy.

“I wasn’t as cocky or sure of myself at age 61 as I was at age 24 … by the time we got to the half-way mark, we were feeling in pretty good shape, we’d learned the ropes of camping, we’d fine-tuned our skills, we’d survived way out into Ontario, I was pretty sure we’d make it,” said Rob.

This past summer’s trip started May 26 and concluded Oct. 5. The couple estimates they travelled approximately 12,120 kilometres.

The routes they took for each journey was not the same. The trek started and ended in the same place, but the travel enthusiasts tried out some new experiences along the way in 2015.

“Mostly, we tried to do a different way than the way we went before,” said Nancy.

“We tried to stay off the main highways as much as possible, because they’re just too busy and noisy and we didn’t enjoy them. Even though, they usually have room for a bicycle on the edge.”

“Cycling around the north shore of Lake Superior, I would say, is the quintessential Canadian experience for cycling and there’s no way we were going to take any different route through that area,” said Rob.

Thirty-five millimetre photos were used to capture their first trip but this time around a digital camera recorded their progress as Nancy, simultaneously, created an online blog on Facebook.

This photo shows the retired Saskatchewan farmers in Ottawa this past summer.

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Here’s a photo of Nancy Howse taking a well-deserved rest along the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon this past summer.

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This photo shows Rob Howse biking in July 2015 near Lake Superior.

Rob and Nancy Howse / Facebook

Here’s the couple celebrating on Oct. 6, 2015 after reaching Cape Spear, Newfoundland.

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This photo shows Rob and Nancy Howse reaching the end of their second journey across Canada via bicycle.

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The couple visited the Terry Fox memorial in St John’s, N.L. in 2015.

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Here’s a photo of the retired farmers starting their 2015 adventure in Victoria, B.C. this past summer.

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This photo shows Nancy Howse at Berg Lake. The couple hiked there as one of their side trips in 2015.

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Besides a variety of vivid landscapes, Canada’s environment also had its challenges. Rob remembers being thrown a few curve balls along the way which included a heat wave in B.C., thick smoke from northern Saskatchewan wildfires and even the effects of Hurricane Joaquin as it grazed the Atlantic coast.

“We got hit by a hail storm on the road in Alberta. It snuck up behind us and it left the ditches white and there was no way to get off of the road, it left us frozen and drenched in about two minutes flat. We had helmets on but the hail stung the arms,” said Rob.

While camping in every province they made many friends; however, one encounter particularly stood out for them. It involved waking up around 3 a.m. in Quebec and peeking out the tent to come face to face with a skunk.

“I said [to the skunk], ‘I hung all the food up in a tree, there’s nothing of interest to you here you may as well leave’ but it wouldn’t leave. So it kind of went around behind some of my saddle bags that were stored under the tent,” said Rob.

“I slowly and carefully opened the zipper at the far side of the door and snuck out without trying to scare it. I got a long stick and I kind of reached under in kind of a sweep under the storage area, but I think it left while I was going to get the stick, so we we’re lucky.”

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Rob says they would love to do the cross-country trip again but they would much rather go back to the Maritimes next summer and see it in more detail.

“One of the hardest things on this trip, on the first trip too, was you’re in areas that are so beautiful and there’s hiking trails or there’s things to do, things to see, that you want to stay longer. But you have to average over 100 kilometres a day if you’re going to actually get across the country before the snow flies,” said Rob.

As incentive, the Howse’s left their bikes in Halifax.

“I consider myself very lucky to have had the chance to do it once and now even luckier that we’ve done it twice, it’s a pretty challenging trip, especially full-camping and taking full-gear along the way. I’m not sure it will ever happen again,” said Rob.

“I won’t say never.”

The Howse’s message to other travellers is that you don’t necessarily have to jet across the globe, there’s plenty of adventure just beyond your driveway.

“I’ve never felt more patriotic or privileged to live in Canada in all my life,” said Rob.

“I’ve seen a fair bit of Canada. Of course, there’s still lots I haven’t seen and I saw quite a few areas from this trip that I’ve never seen before but I repeat, it’s just a magnificent country.”


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‘Vengeful rage’ not the answer following Paris attacks: Premier Wynne

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TORONTO – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says “vengeful rage” is not the answer to overcoming the “evil” of last week’s attacks on Paris.

All three provincial party leaders rose in the legislature today to share condolences with Paris, where 129 people were killed in Friday night’s co-ordinated terrorist attacks.

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Wynne says “it is almost impossible not to react with anger and loathing at the cowardice of these attacks,” but while those emotions can be used to fuel the global response, they “should not be at the heart of the strategy.”

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The premier also says she was saddened to hear about a deliberately set fire Saturday at a mosque in Peterborough.

Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown condemned the “vicious acts of terrorism” in France and made reference to the fire in Peterborough, saying it’s important to remember that Muslim Canadians also share in the world’s grief.

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NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says everyone in Ontario must reach out to the Muslim community because “there is no place in our province for acts of hate and prejudice against any community in any form.”

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This Instagram account wants there to be more models of colour

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MONTREAL – In a time when multiculturalism seems so celebrated, one Instagram account is bringing attention to the persisting lack of ethnic models in the fashion industry.

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The @moremodelsofcolor account is taking to social media to promote models of colour  – and their portfolios – to overcome the idea of “tokenism” – having one ethnic model on a runway or in a photo shoot to “fill a quota.”

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The blog was started by a fashion design student, who told Global News they didn’t want to give their name, age or location because the point of the page was to remain anonymous.

“I really like Grace Bol. She’s beautiful, regal and is an absolute sweetheart,” the creator told Global News in an e-mail.

“I have many favourite models – Issa Lish, Pooja Mor, Fei Fei Sun, Kayla Scott, Tschan Andrews, Amilna Estevão, Bhumika Arora, Aamito Lagum. I’m happy for any model of colour.”

Indian model Pooja Mor.

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The creator admits the account was started to ask Alexandra Shulman, British Vogue’s Editor-In-Chief, why there hadn’t been a black model on the front page of the magazine since Naomi Campbell graced the cover in 2002 (Jourdan Dunn was recently put on the cover in February).

“The UK is such a multi-diverse country and their Vogue is so whitewashed,” they said.

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Though the inspiration behind the blog isn’t rooted in a personal experience in the industry, the creator of More Models of Color said they still take it to heart when a coloured model is left out in the cold.

“There is still a long way to go and lots to change,” they said.

“The difference should not only be on the runways, but also on campaigns, magazine covers, everything.”

Jourdan Dunn (L) and Naomi Campbell (R) in an ad for Burberry.

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Models from Naomi Campbell to Jourdan Dunn have already come out strongly against the lack of ethnic diversity in the industry.

“There are many races. With all the models that are out there, it’s possible to have a very diverse casting,” wrote More Models of Color.

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Surviving the slump: 5 tips for networking at Christmas parties

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CALGARY – Christmas parties aren’t just about mistletoe and eggnog, they’re also a great time for networking.

Whether you are recently unemployed or looking to climb the corporate ladder, Global News is getting advice on how to take advantage of holiday celebrations from professionalism expert Sue Jacques.

Do your research

Get familiar with the party you’re attending before you even walk through the door.

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“If we prepare in advance, we’re a lot more confident when we walk in the room because we know what to expect,” says Jacques.

Jacques suggests learning more about the company (or person) hosting the party, who might be in attendance and if a sponsor or charity is involved.

In addition, Jacques suggests making an effort to know the tone of the event before attending. For example, is it formal or casual? Knowing these details will also help you dress appropriately.

“There’s nothing like walking into a room wearing jeans and a T-shirt if everybody else is in tuxedos and taffeta,” Jacques adds.

Keep your body language in check

There are five poses that Jacques warns party-goers to avoid – because they will make you look uncomfortable:

– The Fig Leaf: standing with your hands clasped in front of you, below your waist

– The Superman: standing with your hands on your hips

– Hands in Pockets: standing with your hands in your pockets

– The Self-hug: standing with your arms crossed

– The Room-gazer: staring around the room instead of looking at the person you’re speaking with

The best way to appear confident is to stand with your hands by your side and maintain eye contact with the person (or people) you’re talking to.

Don’t socialize with the same people all night

“Sometimes we walk in with somebody we work with, we stick with them all evening and then we leave with them,” says Jacques.

Instead, Jacques recommends you divide and conquer.

“Depart from the person you walked in with, even if it’s just for a little while, and go approach somebody you don’t know.”

If you aren’t sure who to approach, Jacques suggests finding someone who is alone.

Learn how to listen

There’s no quicker way to kill a networking opportunity than by failing to pay attention to the person you’re speaking with.

“We get nervous and we think about what we’re going to say next, instead of listening to what the other person is saying to us,” warns Jacques. “When that happens, we can lose track of the conversation.”

One way to prove you’re a good listener is by asking open-ended questions.

Jacques suggests using the phrase “tell me about,” which gives the speaker plenty of room to elaborate.

Follow up after the event

A simple thank-you note, email or text is a good way to let whoever hosted the party (or invited you to attend) that you enjoyed yourself.

Jacques also recommends following up with any new contacts you made at the event.

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Football fans yell ‘Muslims suck’ during moment of silence, are chastised by Aaron Rodgers

Written by admin on 16/12/2018 Categories: 长沙夜网

Football fans yelling “Muslims suck” loudly interrupted a moment of silence for the victims of the attacks in Paris during a football game Sunday.

A handful of football fans at the Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions game Sunday afternoon yelled the statement during what was supposed to be a moment of silent tribute to the 129 people murdered in Paris on Friday.

Just before the moment of silence ended, another man can be heard yelling “have some respect.”

Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, was forced to comment on the outburst after the game, suggesting those type of “prejudicial” comments have contributed to current events.

“I must admit, though, I was very disappointed with whoever the fan was who made a comment that I thought was really inappropriate, during the moment of silence,” Rodgers told reporters.

“It’s that kind of prejudicial ideology that I think puts us in the position that we’re in today, as a world.”

The moment of silence during the Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals game Sunday night was also interrupted when some fans yelled “ISIS sucks.”

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