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MEDIA ALERT: This Thursday, Buy a Burger and Help Canadians Living with Multiple Sclerosis – Canada NewsWire

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To prioritize the safety of Canadians, A&W Canada is launching the first-ever Take Out Burgers to Beat MS Day on Thursday, August 20th, where $2 from every Teen Burger® sold across Canada will be donated to the MS Society of Canada.

On this day, Canadians from coast-to-coast can eat good food while making a difference for those living with MS by safely purchasing a Teen Burger® through any of the following methods:

  • A&W Mobile Ordering: Order a Teen Burger® ahead and prepay using A&W’s mobile app. Simply choose a location that is convenient and select drive-thru or front door pickup (where available). 
  • Drive-Thru: A&W restaurants with drive-thrus are open, with the option to order as normal at the window, or order ahead using A&W’s mobile app for contactless payment.
  • Delivery: Teen Burgers® will be delivered through A&W’s third-party delivery partners, including Uber Eats, DoorDash and SkipTheDishes. Select A&W partners offer contactless delivery options. Delivery partners vary from restaurant to restaurant. 

A&W Canada hopes to raise more than $1 million for the MS Society through this year’s campaign, bringing the campaign total to more than $16 million raised in support of Canadians affected by MS. This initiative is close to the hearts of A&W Canada and wouldn’t be possible without the passion and unwavering support of A&W franchisees, who have worked tirelessly to ensure this year’s campaign supports the tens of thousands of Canadians living with MS. 

What:

A&W’s 12th annual Take Out Burgers to Beat MS Day


A&W restaurants across Canada will proudly be serving Teen Burgers® from open to close on Thursday, August 20. Guests are encouraged to celebrate by ordering a Teen Burger® for take-out to enjoy with their close family and friends at home. 



Where:

A&W Restaurants; visit aw.ca/locations to find a restaurant near you



When:

Thursday, August 20, 2020; all day from open to close



Why:

Show your support for Canadians living with and affected by MS and help raise funds in support of this disease. Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world. Approximately 1 in every 385 Canadians live with MS – more than 77,000 people in Canada.



How:

On Thursday, August 20, $2 from every Teen Burger® sold across Canada will go towards the fight against MS. Canadians can order a Teen Burger® for takeout using A&W’s mobile app, for delivery through a third-party delivery service or order through your nearest A&W restaurant drive-thru. 




Post on social media using #BurgersToBeatMS and tagging @AWCanada and @MSSocietyCanada.

Don’t want to wait until August 20th to make a difference? From now through Thursday, guests can raise funds by choosing to round-up their bill with any purchase, making an online donation at BurgersToBeatMS.ca, or when ordering through A&W’s mobile app. New this year, donations can also be made directly through the A&W mobile ordering app.

About A&W Canada 
A&W is proud to be a Canadian company – 100% Canadian owned and operated, and one of the most trusted brands in the country. A leader in the QSR industry, we believe that sourcing simple, great-tasting ingredients, farmed with care is the right thing to do. Our brand, our restaurants, and our people are known for being innovators who champion and embrace change. We serve Canadians coast to coast with nearly 1,000 restaurants across the country. For more information, please visit aw.ca.

About multiple sclerosis and the MS Society of Canada 
Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world. On average, 11 Canadians are diagnosed every day. MS is a chronic autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord). It is considered an episodic disease meaning that the severity and duration of illness and disability can vary and are often followed by periods of wellness. Most people are diagnosed with MS between the ages of 20 and 49 and the unpredictable effects of the disease will last for the rest of their lives. The MS Society provides information, support and advocacy to people affected by MS, and funds research to find the cause and cure for the disease, bringing us closer to a world free of MS. Please visit mssociety.ca or call 1-800-268-7582 for more information, to get involved, or to support Canadians affected by MS by making a donation. 

Join the conversation and connect with the MS community online. Find the MS Society on TwitterInstagram or like our page on Facebook 

Christine Sinclair is available for interviews on Wednesday, August 19th. Susan Senecal and Pamela Valentine are available to join Christine Sinclair for interviews on Wednesday, August 19th.

Susan Senecal, Pamela Valentine and other A&W and MS Society of Canada spokespeople are available for interviews between Wednesday, August 19th and Thursday, August 20th.

Editor’s Note: Your local A&W restaurant, MS Society of Canada representative and/or other Burgers to Beat MS partners may send you additional details about the campaign. 

SOURCE A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.

For further information: For further information or to request an interview, please contact: Lexa Newell, Strategic Objectives, [email protected], C: 647.802.2363; Jennifer Asselin, MS Society of Canada, [email protected], C: 1-800-268-7582 ext. 3144

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Three charged with intimidation for social media post – My North Bay Now

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A social media post has led to three people being charged by North Bay police for Intimidation of a Justice Participant.

Police began an investigation in August to look into the intimidation of someone involved in a court case. Police say that someone who provided information to an ongoing court case had been the subject of a social media post that garnered negative comments, creating a safety concern.

Constable John Schultz says that it was the negative comments on the social media post that warranted investigation.

“Part of what the individual had provided as information, [the accused] posted that information online. That in and of itself may or may not be an offence, but it’s the way they posted it and the fact that it created a lot of feedback that created a safety concern for this person,” Schultz said.

As a result of the investigation, a 54-year-old woman from North Bay, a 42-year-old woman from East Ferris and a 42-year-old man from Powassan have all been charged with one count each of Intimidation of a Justice Participant.

Schultz says that the three people charged “worked together” on the social media post. He was unable to comment on what the court case is as it is still ongoing, and says that the social media post hasn’t impacted the case “at this point”.

Schultz says that Intimidation of a Justice Participant is not a commonly-used charge by North Bay police.

“The charge has been laid here in North Bay another time, but I’ve been involved in policing for 36 years and I’ve never laid it. It doesn’t happen too often,” he said.

The importance of the charge, however, is significant. Schultz says that the charge is in place to protect the court system.

“If you’re going to be involved in a court case, no matter who you are, you should not feel afraid because you’re involved in a court case,” he explained. “If you intimidate somebody to a point where they’re concerned, maybe they’ll recant on their statement.”

Scott Tod, Chief of the North Bay Police Service, also stresses the importance of the charge.

“Public confidence in our courts being ethical and trustworthy means police have the added responsibility of identifying and charging people who try to intimidate or threaten a person involved in our judicial process. North Bay Police Service, like all our provincial and national policing partners, will vigorously investigate these types of offences that protect the integrity of our judicial system,” Tod said in a statement.

The two women who were charged will appear in North Bay court on October 20, with the man set to appear on November 3.

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Mi'kmaw journalist assesses media coverage of fisheries dispute – CBC.ca

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Some media coverage of tension between Mi’kmaw and non-Indigenous fishermen, like what’s happening right now in Saulnierville, N.S., fails to tell the true story, says Trina Roache.

She’s a long-time journalist with APTN News who has covered the implications of the 1999 Marshall decision for years. The historic ruling recognized a First Nations’ right to earn a moderate living from fishing but the government has never defined what that means. 

Last year, Roache released a documentary on the 20th anniversary of the Marshall decision asking what had changed. 

Now, she’s covering the same tensions in Saulnierville where the Sipekne’katik First Nation launched their moderate livelihood fishery on Thursday. It’s being opposed by non-Indigenous fishermen who’ve cut traps and paraded their boats around the harbour in protest. 

Roache spoke with host CBC Mainstreet host Jeff Douglas about what the journalist can do to better report on Indigenous issues and why an understanding of the treaties is so important.  

Their conversation has been edited for clarity and length.

In general, are we driving you nuts?

A little bit, to be honest. A little bit. 

It’s a story I’ve spent a lot of time on, and then sometimes when I read the headlines and when I see the mainstream coverage, it’s frustrating because there’s an imbalance sometimes or a language that happens in the coverage that to me creates a narrative that the Mi’kmaw are doing something wrong, which isn’t the case. 

Can you give us an indication of some of that coverage or the imbalance? 

The Mi’kmaq, they have a right. The Supreme Court of Canada decided in the Marshall decision that they agree, yes, the Mi’kmaq have a treaty right to make a living from fishing and hunting and gathering. They came out with the term “moderate livelihood,” didn’t define it, so it’s a little confusing. But they upheld that treaty right. 

And so the problem is, is that when we call it an illegal fishery, that’s only because the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has not implemented their own law, like they haven’t addressed the Marshall decision to date. So there are no rules to govern a moderate livelihood fishery. And so in the eyes of DFO, it might be an illegal fishery, but in fact, the Mi’kmaq have a legal right, a constitutional right to go fish and make a living. 

APTN journalist Trina Roache spoke with host Jeff Douglas about what the mainstream media can do to better report on Indigenous issues at a time when many eyes are on Saulnierville, N.S. That’s where Sipekne’katik First Nation launched a self-regulated fishery this week. It’s been met with resistance and anger from commercial fishermen. 14:49

Chief Terry Paul also said that they have been waiting for essentially 21 years for DFO and for some sort of governance. 

The Mi’kmaq are doing that work themselves. And that’s what you’re seeing today down in Saulnierville, near Digby. The Sipekne’katik First Nation in particular is down there issuing these moderate livelihood licences. They’ve got a management plan, they’re celebrating the anniversary of the Marshall decision, you know, kicking off this moderate livelihood with ceremony, the Grand Council’s there. This is not an illegal fishery. They have every legal right to do what they’re doing.

The Mi’kmaq are not protesting. So, again, we have to be very careful of the words we use when we’re describing what’s happening. But the protest part is that the non-Mi’kmaw fishermen down there are out on the water in their boats and trying to sort of stymie the Mi’kmaq, and not allow them to drop their traps or maybe cut their traps and not allow them to sort of carry out this moderate livelihood fishery. So that’s the protest part. 

Trina Roache reports for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, or APTN. (Trina Roache)

In addition to language use, like substituting the word protest instead of celebration or ceremony, illegal fishery, is there just a lack of understanding surrounding treaty issues? 

We have a really important job in providing that balanced view. You sort of have the tenets of journalism, right? We all want to do fair, balanced, accurate, objective reporting. And as an Indigenous journalist, well, that’s what I do, too. And so sometimes what can happen, though, I think, is that we sort of assume that somehow mainstream journalism, predominantly white journalism, that is just sort of unbiased … Because I’ve been asked, well, how do you keep your journalism from turning into advocacy? And I’m like, that’s a terrible question, because you’re making an assumption somehow that because I’m Mi’kmaw reporting on Mi’kmaw issues that I can’t be fair and accurate and balanced. 

And instead, when CBC or other media are calling this fishery an illegal fishery or keep referring to it within the report as this illegal fishery, to me that’s bias, right? That betrays an inherent bias in the reporting and not including enough Mi’kmaw voices. If you’re going to do a story about the Mi’kmaw, you have to make sure you’re talking to the Mi’kmaw. And you have to make sure that if you’re going to do a story about this, I hope you’ve read the treaties … So even if you’re not going to do Indigenous stories, as a journalist in Canada or wherever, you should know the history of the land that you’re standing on.

To be dismissive or refer to it as an illegal fishery is really covering over all this backstory and history and this treaty relationship that’s very important and really matters today. The treaties might have been signed before but they still count today, and if we’re going to report on these stories then we really need to understand what it means. 

The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs declared a state of emergency on Friday in response to “violence occurring over Mi’kmaq fisheries across the province.” (Steve Lawrence/CBC)

Going back to your point about where people get their information from, particularly on Indigenous issues, it’s from us and so we are then mis-educating, inadvertently?

It’s true because we do play an important role in just public information … I was thinking of this earlier because the battle cry of the non-Mi’kmaw fishermen or fish harvesters back in 2000 after the Marshall decision came down was they’re going to ruin the lobster stocks. I mean, I remember hearing that again and again on the wharves from fishermen up near Burnt Church: the Mi’kmaq are going to ruin the lobster stocks. 

And you still hear that today … and so as a journalist, sometimes, like, you have to question and educate yourself and question DFO so that the listener has a full picture and education because it’s misinformation. They haven’t ruined the lobster stocks in 21 years. What the Mi’kmaw do is a drop in the bucket compared to the commercial fishery … There’s only conflict when there’s money at stake, right? This is a multi-billion dollar industry, and so there’s a lot at stake. When inherent rights butt up against Canadian interests, that’s when it’s a problem. 

Everyone can be nice and talk about reconciliation and all that nice stuff, but it’s when we butt up against the larger interests that you start to see the media sort of breakdown in how it’s reporting on these issues.

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Three charged with witness intimidation over social media – BayToday.ca

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North Bay Police have charged two women and a man after an investigation found that a witness involved in a criminal case was being intimidated over social media.

Police began an investigation in August and say “an individual who had provided information during an investigation before the courts had been the subject of a post shared on a social media site attracting several comments from people that created a safety concern.”

The investigation resulted in the arrest of three people in early September.

North Bay Police have arrested and charged Cindy Morin,  54, of North Bay, Lisa Cormier, 42, of East Ferris, and Raymond Prudhomme, 42, of Powassan with “Intimidation of a Justice Participant.”

All three were released from custody. Morin and Cormier will appear in the North Bay Courthouse on October 20.

Prudhomme will appear in the North Bay Courthouse on November 3.

Chief Scott Tod said “Public confidence in our courts being ethical and trustworthy means police have the added responsibility of identifying and charging people who try to intimidate or threaten a person involved in our judicial process. North Bay Police Service, like all our provincial and national policing partners, will vigorously investigate these types of offences that protect the integrity of our judicial system.”

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