first_imgAllyson MacIvor says she felt violated when a Rogers Place employee told her she wasn’t allowed to kiss her female friend at a concert Friday night. (CBC) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Within moments, the two were confronted by a Rogers Place usher.“I embraced my girlfriend, and some staff member came in between us, and she said, ‘This is not allowed here,’” MacIvor said.The usher placed her hand in between them and asked them to stop, MacIvor said.“It was very violating and invasive,” MacIvor said. “It’s not something I’d ever imagine experiencing, honestly.” Login/Register With: Allyson MacIvor will never forget her first concert experience at Rogers Place, but it wasn’t the experience she wanted.MacIvor and her friend were watching Jack White as he played The White Stripes’ hit Seven Nation Army Friday night when they turned to each other for a kiss.While they are not in a relationship, the women were caught up in the moment.center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

AFN election pricing itself out of reach

first_imgVoting is underway in Vancouver for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA First Nations’ activist is questioning the cost of electing a new national chief in Vancouver.Pam Palmater, who is also a lawyer and educator in Toronto, says it now costs several million dollars to pick a leader for the Assembly of First Nations for the next three years.“It literally costs thousands of dollars if you want to attend,” she said of the three-day annual general assembly at the waterfront convention centre.“The majority of our people are nowhere able to afford that.”About 2,620 people were registered at the event so far, the AFN said Wednesday morning.When they each pay the $350 entry fee, hotel rooms, flights – and receive per diems for attending – it adds up to seven figures.Quite the jump in funding from the Trudeau government compared to Harper government. From $13 million to $32 million.— Kenneth Jackson (@afixedaddress) July 24, 2018Palmater says it’s not the “old school” way of doing things.“We used to volunteer at these things,” she told host Dennis Ward during a special AFN election edition of InFocus. “We would literally live on baloney and bannock.”But it meant families and children could be there, she added, something that doesn’t happen today.Palmater says she’s able to attend because her employer, Ryerson University, supports her advocacy and picks up the costs.AFN’s revenue jumped by about $9 million the last fiscal year from $23 million to $32 million.— Kenneth Jackson (@afixedaddress) July 24, 2018As part of calls to reform the AFN, which is a national lobby group for chiefs, critics want to see non-chiefs eligible to vote.But Palmater says calls for change often die down after the [email protected]@katmartelast_img read more