IFIC announces key appointments

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton CETFA elects new board leader Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Investment Funds Institute of Canada She joins the investment funds industry trade association from TD Wealth, where she was most recently an associate vice president. She has also worked as senior counsel at Royal Bank of Canada and has practiced law at a variety of firms, including Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Donahue, Ernst & Young and McInnes Cooper & Robertson.Carolyn Quick joins IFIC as vice president, public affairs. Most recently, she was vice president, corporate communications and public affairs with TMX Group Ltd.Also readIFIC requests creditor protection for RDSP beneficiaries“Canada’s securities regulators have an active agenda for 2018 that will include proposed rules on targeted reforms and further consultations on measures to address conflicts of interest. They and the industry will also be monitoring the impact of CRM2 and considering expanding disclosure to include the full MER. The additions of Ms. Quick and Ms. Upadhyaya put IFIC on a strong footing to represent both industry and investor interests as these proposals and consultations move forward,” says Paul Bourque, IRIC president and CEO, in a statement. The Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) on Wednesday announced two new appointments to its senior management team.Minal Upadhyaya will join IFIC as vice president, policy and general counsel on March 19. PenderFund names new SVP for investments TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Toronto Skyline at dusk, Ontario, Canada vichie81/123RFlast_img read more

Federal judge hears arguments in Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist case seeking right to operate homeless shelter near Old Town Lenexa

first_imgProject 1020 is providing motel rooms for clients experiencing homelessness, like this man who asked not to be named.A federal judge on Thursday oversaw a hearing in a lawsuit filed by Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church against the city of Lenexa, which has denied the church’s request to house clients of Project 1020, a cold weather homeless shelter previously based in Olathe.Because Project 1020 has no permanent space, it is putting clients in motel rooms. Some are declining a room to save money for Project 1020; in those cases, the organization is providing sleeping bags and tent supplies.Judge Daniel Crabtree, a United States District Judge, heard arguments from both the church and the city on the case. The courtroom at the Robert J. Dole Courthouse was filled with orange, as about 75 supporters of the homeless shelter came out in support of the church.The church is asking the courts to grant a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, which, if granted, could allow the church to begin operating a homeless shelter for a certain period of time while the case is ongoing and pending a full trial.The church’s argument for a preliminary injunction asks the courts to maintain the status quo — the status quo being that a homeless ministry is core to the church’s beliefs and should be protected as a First Amendment right.On the other hand, Lenexa has asked the courts to dismiss the case, arguing that the church did not exhaust its options by going through the city’s appeals process to reconsider the request or by coming up with alternative solutions.The city’s argument for a preliminary injunction makes a similar request regarding the status quo — only it argues that the status quo is that throughout the church’s history, it has not operated a homeless shelter at that site.The church property, located at 9400 Pflumm Road in Old Town, is zoned residential. Surrounding it are commercial and retail properties for businesses, single-family homes and train tracks to the north. The church is the former home of Bonjour Elementary.Dan Dalton, the attorney representing the church, said the church “didn’t have any other options” besides moving forward with a lawsuit. In his oral arguments, he said the city of Lenexa doesn’t have any zoning districts that allow for homeless shelters, which means it’s up to the discretion of city staff to grant or deny the church’s request to operate a homeless shelter.Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 9400 Pflumm Road in Old Town.“In a lot of communities throughout the United States, that’s intentional, the idea being is if they don’t define, they don’t conditionally permit it, then they don’t allow it,” Dalton said. “It really discourages homeless shelters from trying to apply to be in a community because they’re not even allowed.”In a letter Oct. 23 to the church, Magi Tilton, planning and development administrator for Lenexa, had noted that the high density of the proposed homeless shelter operation — 40 people each night — is similar to the density of a hotel, which would make it too dense in comparison with the neighboring single-family homes.When Crabtree asked if the city had proposed alternative locations, David Jack, assistant city attorney, said no, but that they had thought conversations with the church would be ongoing. City legal staff said the city had hoped to work with the church on finding an alternative location for a homeless shelter and was therefore not expecting to be served the lawsuit.Additionally, the city argued that overnight parties and temporary crisis shelters (like in the event of a natural disaster) would be permitted at the church, but a homeless shelter is considered to be permanent, like a home.“The city is willing to try and work with the church to see if we can find some alternatives,” Jack said. “We just don’t think this use in a residential area is appropriate.”Barb McEver, co-founder of Project 1020, said they hope to operate a cold weather shelter from the beginning of December through the end of March. Clients would arrive in the evening, eat a hot meal, and have a place to sleep. All she needs is a building.“In my mind, it’s just so simple. People need to know they matter, and I think that is the first start,” McEver said. “I want to provide an environment where they come in and they feel some reprieve, they feel welcome, and they feel like they matter.”Project 1020 has been looking for a space for a homeless shelter since the city of Olathe denied its request to operate in a building on West Park Street.There is one shelter in Johnson County that offers four beds for single adult women, but no shelter for single adult men, according to court documents. Last year, Project 1020 served 240 homeless individuals.In an email to the Shawnee Mission Post, city spokeswoman Denise Rendina shared the city’s goal moving forward.“We acknowledge that homelessness is an issue for our county and we would like to be part of a permanent solution for the county as a whole,” she said.Rendina noted that the Lenexa city council on Tuesday, after its meeting in executive session, unanimously agreed to accept the filing of an appeal by the church, so long as it does so by Feb. 3, 2020.One client asking for temporary housing; neighbors share mixed feelingsOne client who let the Post visit his motel room Thursday evening shared his frustrations with being homeless. He asked not to be named because it could damage his relationship with his employer. Even though he had a full-time job, a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and grew up in Overland Park (he’s a 1991 graduate of SM South), he lost his home after back-to-back tragedies stunned him.He lost his wife in a car accident with a drunk driver, and his son to suicide about a month later. Because of his savings, it took two years for him to lose everything else he owned, including his house in Overland Park.“It’s a hellish existence,” he said. “It consumes you when you don’t know where you’re going to stay the next night.”He noted that he has a new full-time job now, but it’s not enough to pay for housing on top of other expenses. And his situation grew even more precarious after his employer found out he wasn’t getting good rest because he didn’t have a steady place where he could sleep each night.“Nobody else at my job has to prove they had a place to sleep last night,” he said. He said a homeless shelter in Johnson County would help him get him back on his feet and let him save up for permanent housing on his own.Neighboring residents and business owners have shared mixed feelings on the homeless shelter. In person, homeowners and businesses close to the church told the Shawnee Mission Post they support the church’s initiative.“If there’s people on the street around this area and they’re willing to find a home for them, I have no problem with that,” Heidi Seman, a neighboring business owner, adding that she hasn’t seen homeless people in Lenexa. “Why is it going to bother me?”“I think it’s perfect for them to have a better future, to have a place to sleep at night so they don’t have to worry about tomorrow,” said neighboring resident Carlos Alvarez.Neighbors on Nextdoor, however, raised concerns and said they wanted more information from the church.“As a Christian, I feel we need to help the less fortunate,” said Michael Elliott, a resident of Old Town who ran for city council in 2017. “I’m glad that they’re doing that, I just have a problem with the place.”Elliott said he thinks it’s not an appropriate area because he believes the clients being served are not from the area.In response, McEver said Project 1020 only serves clients in Johnson County, including some who are from the area but have day jobs in Kansas City, Missouri.Crabtree said he may make a decision on the church’s request for a temporary restraining order sometime early next week. A hearing for a preliminary injunction may occur at a later date. In the meantime, he told both parties to try to work things out, noting that once he rules, “one of you is going to walk away disappointed.”last_img read more

Cricket: Ravichandran Ashwin wary of facing Australia in their own den

first_imgAdvertisement 4o85NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs64b1Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eti( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) b898Would you ever consider trying this?😱662iCan your students do this? 🌚2rt6Roller skating! Powered by Firework Image Courtesy: India.comAdvertisement The Men In Blue face a stern challenge ahead on Aussie shore with the test series not far away. With the hosts at their vulnerable peak, the odds are on India to capitalize on the situation for a rare series victory away from home.Advertisement Speaking to reporters after a hard day out in the field against the Cricket Australia XI, Ashwin claimed that beating the World Champions in their own den is not an easy task. He elaborated:“The whole talk about India starting favourites, even when Australia came to India they were talking us up, and it looks like more of a strategy for us. I personally think you have to go one day at a time. It’s never easy to come over to Australia and win series. In the Ashes, they almost whitewashed England, knocked them over, and so as far as I’m concerned they are starting favourites. It’s very important for us to chip away every single day, every single ball, and if we can get our noses ahead, stay ahead,”Advertisement The off-spinner also commented on his efforts in the warm-up fixture that is underway. He said: “I thought the ball came out pretty well (off my hand). I haven’t played an international game for a while so it felt good the way it came out. In the next 4-5 days, I will prep up a bit more for the game,” Furthermore, the Kings XI Punjab spinner explained the team’s strategy for the first test in Adelaide. He stated:“You have to stitch together partnerships even when bowling and it’s very important to ascertain your role to get what you can out of the game. It obviously changes the dynamics for the captain when he goes out with one bowler less or one bowler more. But as a bowler personally it’s still the same for me,” Read Also:POLL: KL Rahul deserve more chances?Twitteratis react to Prithvi Shaw’s brutal ankle injury Advertisementlast_img read more

Rising stars of the game

first_imgBy Russell Bennett If local young boxing stars Lockie Byrne and Jordan Seaborne progress as far in the next 12…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Worth their weight in gold

first_imgThe upcoming ‘Deadlift for Depression 2’ will be held specifically for people carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders, by those who only want to lighten the burden.It’s the simple, yet incredibly powerful message spurring on those behind south-east powerlifting gyms ‘Evolv: Healthy Bodies’ and ‘Peninsula Barbell’.The second, annual Deadlift for Depression event will be held at a humble Somerville gym next month with the simple aim of raising as much money as possible for mental health organisation, Beyond Blue.And if last year’s inaugural event is any indicator – with over $10,000 raised in 2018 – they could be set to record a staggering personal best this time around.One of the lifters taking part this year is Blind Bight local, and former Tooradin Cricket Club president, Kane Latham.Deadlift for Depression 2 is particularly close to his heart, with two of his friends taking their own lives in recent times after prolonged mental health battles.At next month’s event, Latham is aiming to record a whopping 600-pound (or 272-kilogram) deadlift in their memory.Those who sign up to compete in this year’s event will donate, upon entry, at least $30 each directly to Beyond Blue.So far, well in excess of $1000 has been raised through competition sign-ups alone – from which there’s no monetary interest to the gym.“Being a deadlift-only competition, a lot of the people here are already training elsewhere or have a coach somewhere else,” Latham explained from the Somerville gym recently.“This is just about getting everybody together for the cause.”Matthew Bund – the owner of Peninsula Barbell – explained that the concept of the event was the brainchild of Jackson Drew, from Evolv.The two have come together, as key cogs of the south east powerlifting scene, to gather as much momentum as possible for the cause.“In thinking of all the different charities we could raise money for, mental health probably had the broadest spectrum – it can literally affect anyone,” Bund said.“After we held the first event, we found that a lot of our gym members had been affected by their own mental health battles too. We didn’t realise the extent of it until after the event, but it really helped them open up.”For many, there’s still a very real stigma surrounding mental health battles, but Bund explained “this can help to break those barriers down”.There will be about 40 participants competing on the day – on 21 July at Factory 6/4 Guelph Street, Somerville.The likelihood is that all of those competing on the day would have been touched by mental health battles in some way, shape, or form – either directly, or indirectly.“It’s why I wanted to run it,” Drew said.“I’ve got friends who’ve lost people, and it’s horrible. It can just happen so quickly, out of nowhere.“This is just lifting weights off the floor, but if as much money as possible can go towards an organisation that supports people in need, then that’s all that matters. I want to run this bigger, and better, every year.”Drew was quick to add that anyone is welcome to the event on the day – whether they’re lifting, or not.“Everyone wants to help – to be a part of the raffle, or to help out on the day,” he said.“We also want people to just come down and be a part of the day, and not even necessarily have to do anything except show their support. That could mean something as simple as reaching out to someone and talking with them – making sure they’re ok.“The event, itself, is a platform that we can use to raise some much-needed money but we also want to help people feel better about themselves.“This is a friendly, welcoming environment and we just want people to feel comfortable in their own skin.”Latham pointed out just how strong the support network is within the burgeoning powerlifting community, particularly in the south east.“I know if I’m having a bit of a rough patch – whatever it may be – I’ll just come down and train, and so many other members are the same,” he said.“We’re really lucky in Australia to have such a rich powerlifting community. It’s really tightknit – everyone knows everyone, particularly down this way in the south-east.“People need to see that there’s really a huge support network within powerlifting – that it’s not like what some people from the outside make it out to be.”Drew explained that anyone, and everyone is welcome on the day – regardless of which gym they’re a part of.“Gyms can be quite competitive, but when we put our hands up to host this Deadlift for Depression event, everyone comes out of the woodwork in support of it,” he said.“We’re 100 per cent for the fundraising, and 100 per cent for the people. I want people to know that we’re right behind this.“And for lifters – you don’t have to lift anything more than your bodyweight. Hell, you don’t even have to lift anything more than the bar. Just rock up, and show your support.“Even if we can help one person by doing this, it’s worth it. Everyone needs a support network, and we’re more than happy to provide that.”For more information about the event, see the Facebook page at http://bit.ly/D4DIIFB. To donate, visit http://bit.ly/D4DII. By sports editor Russell Bennettlast_img read more

They’re still in

first_imgBy Melissa MeehanTWO incumbents have secured their positions in the relatively safe seats of McMillan and Flinders. Russell Broadbent and…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Selkirk College Saints Thump Eastern Washington University

first_imgRookie Saints forward Jack Mills started the scoring six minutes into the first period when he notched his sixth goal of the season. Despite out-shooting the Eagles 20-12 in the opening 20 minutes, the visitors managed to tie the score at ones with less than a minute left when Uriah Machuga beat Saints starter Austin Wells.Matt Martin gave Selkirk College the lead five minutes into the second period when he scored what would eventually be the game-winner. With just under four minutes left in the middle period, the Saints received goals from Dallas Calvin, Alex Milligan and Nathan Browne to make the score 5-1.Wade Johnson notched the lone goal of the third period as the Saints picked up their seventh win of the season and remained one point back of league leading Simon Fraser University.The Saints now travel west this coming weekend for two important games against Trinity Western University and Simon Fraser. With all three teams within a point of each other atop the standings, it will be a key moment in the first half of the season.The Saints return home to the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex on Friday, December 2 when they take on Trinity Western in the final game of the Fall Semester. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. A four-goal second period outburst helped the Selkirk College Saints to a 6-1 Saturday night win over the Eastern Washington University Eagles.The four-time defending British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) champion Saints hosted their regional rivals at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex for their only contest of the weekend. The Saints were looking to stay within striking distance of first place in the league, while the Eagles were still searching for their first victory of the season.last_img read more

Late Vees Comeback Falls Smoke Eaters In Overtime

first_imgWith just a minute remaining in overtime, David Silye banked a pass of the right-wing boards and was skated on to by Ryan Sandelin, who cut into the net on a breakaway and went to his backhand to lift the puck over a sprawled Marcoux to give the Vees a 4-3 overtime victory. Adam Marcoux turned aside 20 of the 24 shots he faced in the game in his 10th loss of the season while Derek Krall stopped 19 of the 22 shots thrown his way for his 3rd victory of the season. FINAL SCORE: 4-3 VeesSHOTS ON GOAL: 24-22 VeesSMOKE EATERS PP: 1/5SMOKE EATERS PK: 4/53 STARS:1) Ryan Sandelin (1-0-1)2) James Miller (1-2-3)3) Spencer McLean (1-0-1)Fortis Energy Player of the Game: Peter Muzyka (0-0-0)ATTENDANCE: 3,149The Smoke Eaters (8-10-4-2) return home to begin a three-game week with a midweek matchup against the Vernon Vipers (8-7-6-2) at the Trail Memorial Centre. It’s the first “Welcome Wednesday” of the season with tickets available for purchase at the Smoke Eaters front office as well as at the door ahead of the opening face-off, scheduled for 7 p.m.. The Trail Smoke Eaters got a late shorthanded goal from Spencer McLean but fell once again in overtime, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Penticton Vees on Saturday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre. The first period only had 10 shots to show on the score clock with offensive chances few and far between but it was the Vees who opened the scoring in the game at the 10:46 mark of the opening frame coming courtesy of David Silye. Luke Loheit had his shot from the right face-off circle stopped by Smoke Eaters netminder Adam Marcoux with the rebound being batted out of the air and past his glove side to give the Vees a 1-0 lead. Trail had an opportunity late in the period to try and even the score heading into the intermission as they earned a five-on-three-man advantage for the last 50 seconds of the frame, throwing a pair of shots on the Vees goal but goaltender Derek Krall turned those aside to keep the Vees ahead by a 1-0 margin.Although the Smoke Eaters were unable to score on the two-man power play, Trevor Zins got the game tied moments later just 22 seconds into the 2nd period. Zins took a wrist shot from the left-wing point that found its way through traffic and past Krall for his 6th goal of the season on the power play to get the score even at 1-1. It was another power play which changed the score of the game in the 2nd period as Penticton regained their lead with an extra man on the ice. James Miller crept down the left-wing side and threw the puck at the net before it was tipped through the legs of Marcoux from Eric Linell at the 5:00 mark to give the Vees a 2-1 advantage.Trail was able to get the game evened up once more at the 6:00 mark of the final regulation period as Michael Hodge walked down the right side and took a shot that got caught up in the air and batted in by Owen Ozar, who collected his 4th goal of the season and was able to get the game knotted up at 2-2.A Vees power play midway through the 3rd period helped the Smoke Eaters take their first lead of the game at the 10:28 mark with a shorthanded marker. James Miller had his point shot blocked and kick-started an odd man rush the other way with Spencer McLean dishing from the right wing to Jeremy Smith in the middle as he differed to go back to McLean as he beat Krall on the blocker side from the right face-off circle and his first goal of the season gave Trail a 3-2 lead with 9:32 remaining in regulation.Penticton got another power play late in the 3rd period which had some pressure and resulted in the score being tied just as the man advantage expired at the 18:21 mark of the 3rd frame with James Miller blasted a shot from the left side past Marcoux on the glove hand to even the game at 3-3 and force overtime.The Smoke Eaters had their best chance of the extra frame come at the 2:32 mark as Jeremy Smith was hooked from behind on a breakaway that resulted in a penalty shot. Smith tried to beat Krall with a backhand attempt but the Vees netminder kept the game alive. last_img read more

Free Accessibility Webinar: A11yFirst Project or Accessible Authoring

first_imgA11yFirst Project or Accessible AuthoringFunded by the University of Illinois Library Innovation fund, the goal of the A11yFirst project is to provide a rich-text authoring environment using the CKEditor that supports accessibility by default. Using A11yFirst, website authors will be able to write content in a content management system like WordPress or Drupal, without having to know about current accessibility standards or the technology that makes their content accessible.For the webinar, EASI will host Dr. Jon Gunderson, one of the two A11yFirst project leaders at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. Gundersen will discuss the project, progress of the plugins, and demo how A11yFirst works. The free webinar will be held April 26, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern Time. Register online by submitting your name and email address.SummaryI’ve attended dozens of EASI accessibility webinars over the past eight years, they’re always worthwhile. I always walk away with new techniques to implement and resources to reference. Personally, I’m excited to learn more about A11yFirst and when it might be available commercially. I plan to attend the webinar, hope you’ll join me! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWebinar: Evaluating Organizational Readiness for AccessibilityI get asked these questions all the time at our Refresh Detroit and Metro Detroit WordPress meetup groups: We know our organization needs to improve web accessibility. Where do we start? How do we get a strategy in place? How do we make sure it’s successful? Those aren’t uncommon questions…In “Accessibility”Top Takeaways from Zoom Accessibility WebinarLast week I attended the Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI) webinar on Zoom Accessibility, which included staff from the University of Washington (UW) and Zoom, a video conferencing service. From my past experiences, I knew the majority of video conference services/applications weren’t accessible. So when I heard about…In “Accessibility”Webinar: Digital Accessibility Support – A Guide to Trustworthy Free Online ResourcesImagine you’re a web designer, developer, digital marketer, project manager, or educator ready to learn more about web accessibility. You’ve heard of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) from the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). But you’re overwhelmed by the amount of information available:…In “Accessibility” If you’re a web writer or author that uses visual editors to create content for the web, you’ll want to attend the Equal Access to Software & Information (EASI) free webinar, A11yFirst Project or Accessible Authoring, on April 26, 2018. The webinar is helpful to anyone who:Publishes content on the webIs non-technical and knows little about web accessibilityWants to learn how to create accessible content that everyone can uselast_img read more

Video: Young cast shine in ‘Izulu Lami’

first_imgIzulu Lami (My Secret Sky), the first feature film by Madoda Ncayiyana, won two awards at the 2009 International Pan African Film Festival in Tarifa, Spain in May, including the Best Actress award for 11-year-old Sobahle Mkhabase.Telling the story of two children who travel from the countryside to the city after their mother’s death, Izulu Lami features a cast of mainly young children who had never acted professionally before, discovered through extensive casting from the townships and informal settlements of Durban to the rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal.The film received standing ovations at recent screenings in Japan and Zanzibar, and was a hit at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in France. Its had its South African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival in July before opening at cinemas countrywide on 17 August.Click arrow to view trailer.last_img read more