The art and reality of Native life: an interview with Carmen Moore

Two Row Times - 4 hours 12 min ago

Carmen Moore is an accomplished actress from British Columbia of Wet’suwet’en, Scottish, and Irish ancestry.

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Style House Salon, Open for Business

Two Row Times - 4 hours 45 min ago

The opening of a new business is always a cause for celebration, and so it was especially for the Grand Opening of Style House Salon at 292 Dundas Street in London,

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Powwow time in New Credit

Two Row Times - 5 hours 19 min ago

FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestThe 28th Annual Mississaugas of the New Credit Three Fires Powwow was visited by [Canadian] dignitaries, Dave Levac, Provincial Liberal MPP and Speaker of the House, along with Regional Chief of the Chiefs of Ontario, Stan Beardy, who walked with New Credit Chief Bryan LaForme (centre) to open this year’s event. The powwow was well

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Yoga in the Womb

Two Row Times - 5 hours 29 min ago

Yoga is becoming more and more popular within our community. Although yoga is an ancient tradition from the East, its teachings are very similar to ours.

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3 day camp to bring youth together to prevent diabetes

Two Row Times - 5 hours 33 min ago

Six Nations Health Promotion and the Diabetes Hope Foundation are inviting community members to attend our 2014 Aboriginal Diabetes Retreat at Tim Horton’s Onondaga Farms on the weekend of September 12-14,

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Highway #6 crash takes two Six Nations lives

Two Row Times - 5 hours 36 min ago

SIX NATIONS — A crash at the intersection of Highway #6 and Fifth Line Road took the lives of two men and severely injured a third just outside of Caledonia at around 1:45 early Monday morning. A black pickup truck broadsided a southbound transport truck at the intersection when it appears the pickup did not stop at the stop

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Where faith meets an open mind

New Internationalist - 5 hours 44 min ago
Joe Ware on discussing ‘the greens and the gays’ at British Christian arts festival Greenbelt.
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Gay Veteran Stricken With Cancer Pleads With Arizona Judge to Recognize His Marriage

AlterNet.org - 7 hours 54 min ago
Under state law, George Martinez won't be able to leave his spouse his military benefits when he dies.

A same-sex couple from Arizona asked a federal judge to recognize their marriage because one is dying of cancer and wants to leave his spouse his military veteran's benefits.

George Martinez and Fred McQuire, who have been together for 45 years, were married in July in California, a month after Martinez, 62, was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer and told he only has months left to live.

They met in Arizona in 1969 when McQuire was serving in the Air Force, and became a couple one year later.

McQuire, 69, has chronic pulmonary disease and Parkinson's disease, but "gives George his shots, helps him shower, does all the grocery shopping, gives George medications, makes the bed, takes him to doctors and chemotherapy appointments, and runs all of their errands," the motion for preliminary injunction states.

Their attorneys at Los Angeles-based Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund claim Arizona's ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.

"These two lovely men, both of them in poor health, which makes travel difficult, were forced to make an arduous journey to California to get married because of Arizona's discriminatory marriage ban," Lambda Legal senior counsel Jennifer Pizer said in a statement. "But they endured because they know their time together is short, only to return home where their marriage is not recognized."

Arizona banned same-sex marriage in 1996, and a voter-approved initiative in 2008 amended Arizona's constitution to include the ban.

The men say in their August 20 request for an injunction that Martinez, a Vietnam vet, is ineligible for increased veteran's disability compensation through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs because his marriage to McQuire, also a military veteran, is not recognized under Arizona law.

If the same-sex ban stands, Martinez will be prevented from receiving veteran's disability compensation typically available to spouses, and Arizona will refuse to issue a death certificate to McQuire, making it difficult for him to get survivor's benefits.

Without the ban, "George would be eligible to receive a higher amount of veterans disability benefit if his marriage was recognized by the state because, under the federal statute that governs veterans benefits, a marriage is considered valid if it is 'valid ... according to the law of the place where the parties resided at the time of the marriage or the law of the place where the parties resided when the right to benefits accrued,'" the motion states.

"Because of George's dire health situation and Fred's vulnerable position, they cannot wait for this litigation to run its course - with potential appeals and stays due to other marriage cases - before a final and permanent affirmation of the constitutional rights of all plaintiffs in this case," according to the motion.

The couple also fear what could happen if Martinez is hospitalized for his cancer.

"On prior occasions, George was prevented by staff in Arizona hospitals from being with Fred because the staff did not consider George to be a legally recognized family member to Fred," the motion states.

"All we're asking is that Arizona respect that marriage, respect the life we've built together for almost half a century, and allow us to spend these last months together in peace and love," Martinez said in a statement. 

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Not Even Toxic Waste Stops Gentrification: 3 New York Superfund Sites in Developing Neighborhoods

AlterNet.org - 8 hours 48 min ago
Archive articles, federal documents, slideshows and more on the three big cleanups now underway in New York.

In the past five years, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has designated three sites in New York City to be part of the Superfund program, which goes after past polluters for financial penalties that it then employs to offset the massive cost of cleaning up decades-old industrial toxins.

One site is on the northern border of Brooklyn with Queens at Newtown Creek, tainted largely by oil. Another is the Gowanus Canal, whose bottom is coated with a sludge referred to as "black mayonnaise." The newest is the former Wolff-Alport Chemical Company on the Ridgewood-Bushwick border, a quiet spot adjacent to a cemetery where former owners had a habit of flushing radioactive material into the sewer.

All three sites are highly contaminated. But as a team reporting effort by Gothamist and City Limits' Emma Turetsky reveals, they also happen to sit in neighborhoods that are either deep into or on the verge of a wave of development, gentrification and all the complex impacts those forces will deliver.

Below you'll find key background info and archived articles on the sites and the issues at play there:

The Gowanus Canal

You can see the entire EPA case file on the Canal here, including its recent administrative order to the city related to some of the clean-up planning.

From our archives, check out our early probe into which companies might have to foot the bill for the clean-up. Later on, we reported on the EPA approving a clean-up plan for the canal.

Newtown Creek

See the EPA case history here. And to learn more about the combined sewage overflow or CSO problem—a big factor in the ickiness of both the creek and the Gowanus, our 2007 investigation may provide background.

Wolff-Alport

We first wrote about this site back in 2012 as part of a larger look at Brooklyn's brownfields. Last December, the EPA decided Wolff-Alport would joint Newtown and Gowanus as a Superfund site. The site's history and toxicity are detailed in the federal documentssupporting the Superfund designation.

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Star Dancers summer camp a huge hit with participants

Two Row Times - 10 hours 4 min ago

The Tsya:ta Nihati Tehotinonnyahkwenh / Star Dancers Summer Youth Camp wrapped up its programming with a social and free meal at Hank’s Place, the main site of activity for this year’s camp. This is the second year in a row that volunteers have put the free camp together for children and youth from the Six Nations and Brantford area.

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One over par

Two Row Times - 10 hours 9 min ago

A few weeks ago the Two Row Times participated in the 18th Annual Grand River Employment and Training Golf Tournament and it was a blast. Our team finished one over par after 18 holes of best ball play at the beautiful Greens at

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An Affinity for Fennel

Two Row Times - 10 hours 12 min ago

To be honest, I'm not sure where my appreciation for fennel came from. I was never really a fan of anise or black licorice flavoured candies as a kid. But once I started cooking in professional kitchens I quickly grew a fondness for its slightly sweet anise flavour. Not only does it have a diverse range of culinary uses, it also has a long list of medicinal qualities like helping with digestive and respiratory ailments.

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Rebels dynasty earns fourth Founders Cup

Two Row Times - 10 hours 18 min ago

HALIFAX, NS – The Six Nations Rebels are Canada’s best Jr. B Lacrosse franchise for four years running. This is unprecedented in Jr. B lacrosse and the well of Six Nations lacrosse talent coming up is deep enough to keep that dynasty going for a few more years to come.

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Canada’s wrongful conviction

Two Row Times - 10 hours 19 min ago

As I reflect on the passing of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, I recall information shared with me by one Vern Harper. Vern is my only source of information, as I never had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Carter.

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Rivermen in trouble after two losses

Two Row Times - 10 hours 21 min ago

COQUITLAM, BC – The Six Nations Rivermen fell behind 0-2 after Games #1 and #2 of the Presidents Cup Championships held in Coquitlam B.C. this

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There are other ways

Two Row Times - 10 hours 26 min ago

FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestIndigenous economics supported by the Canadian power elite is the large-scale sale of natural resources and the re-sale of petroleum and tobacco products produced by mainstream businesses. Indigenous decision-makers enter into agreements in the fossil fuel industry and for timber and so-called renewable resources. Also supported for its economic impact on the Canadian economy are

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The search for “Good Living” from northern Ontario to Ecuador

Two Row Times - 10 hours 29 min ago

In 2013, Darlene Necan, an Ojibwe woman of the Nation of Saugeen #258, built a cabin on her family’s trap line that she hoped would become a learning centre that could be used to educate natives and non-natives about their rich indigenous

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Mohawk man turns to crowdfunding to realize dream

Two Row Times - 10 hours 35 min ago

We use the Internet for all sorts of things, to keep track of our friends on Facebook, to watch silly cat videos on Youtube, maybe even to do our banking. One young Mohawk man from the Tyendinaga territory is using the Internet to fund his passion for carving. Rahkaratahkwas Will Fisher, Mohawk bear clan, has opted to use the “crowdfunding” website

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Despite NEB approval of Line 9, opposition continues

Two Row Times - 10 hours 35 min ago

The Line 9 campaign in Southern Ontario has been a movement that has used civil disobedience, education, and grassroots organizing to oppose tar sands

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Rebels are first to return to Six Nations with a trophy

Two Row Times - 10 hours 53 min ago

SIX NATIONS – The Six Nations Rebels Jr. B’s were the first of four teams spread from BC to Halifax to have returned to Six Nations for an impromptu parade down Chiefswood Road escorted by Six Nations Firefighters, sirens whaling.

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