Fort St. John Arts Council faces funding cuts

first_imgThe budget blames the unanticipated shortfall in energy revenues, and the overall global recession as contributing factors to the deficit. In February, the provincial government estimated the deficit to be almost six times less, at $495 million dollars.O’Donnell says it’s unfair that arts programs across B.C. have to pay for the deficit. She says that the arts are one of the first areas to face the chopping block when times get tough.[asset|aid=1823|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=cae5a3b1c75520b30a7c494e7fcf39c4-ODonnell 2_2_Pub.mp3]The Arts Council is still waiting for word on its Basic Assistance Grant. The grant totals around $8,000 and goes to funding programs.Advertisement *Update: The Provincial Government announced on Wednesday that it will renew it’s $20 million in arts funding. Finance Minister Colin Hansen said the money will come from the government’s contingency fund. It’s too early to tell if this change will affect the Fort St. John Arts Council. The Fort St. John Arts Council is reeling from an announcement that the Province is cutting $20 million in arts funding.Executive Director Tara O’Donnell says the local Arts Council’s $20,000 Direct Access Grant was turned down.- Advertisement -But, she says the council wasn’t fully depending on that money.[asset|aid=1822|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=cae5a3b1c75520b30a7c494e7fcf39c4-ODonnell 1_2_Pub.mp3]Finance Minister Colin Hansen released the provincial budget on Tuesday, which announced the forecasted $2.8 billion dollar deficit.Advertisement She says no programs will have to be cut this year, but if the grants continue to be downsized, it could affect the fate of future programs.last_img read more

RCMP search for suspect in armed robbery

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP is on the search for a male after an armed robbery at Veronica’s Closet.On Monday afternoon at 2:45pm, the RCMP responded to a report of an armed robbery at Veronica’s Closet near 93rd Avenue and 100th Street. A male suspect entered the store, took an adult product from the shelf and proceeded to the front counter.The clerk bagged the item and passed it to the suspect who then proceeded behind the counter. The suspect produced a knife with a blade that was approximately ten inches in length and demanded she open the till.- Advertisement -The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money left the store in an unknown direction with the money and the adult product.The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 20 to 30 years of age, was wearing a black touque, dark aviator style sunglasses, a black heavy windbreaker type jacket, dark coloured pants and brown coloured shoes.Members of the Fort St. John Detachment have conducted extensive patrols and at this point do not have any suspects. The RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the person responsible for this incident.Advertisement If you have any information, please contact the RCMP at 250-787-8140. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppersfsj.calast_img read more

MAJELLA: “WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD ‘CANCER’ IT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S THE END”

first_imgMajella on The Late Late Show – donegaldaily.comMAJELLA O’Donnell has spoken of her battle with cancer – and told other people getting the illness: “You can fight back.”The brave wife of singer Daniel also choked back tears on the Late Late Show on RTE1 as she spoke of how she fought cancer as her father died.And she also revealed that she had told Daniel to continue his work because she wanted him to do it – even though he wanted to stay with her. Majella was speaking to Ryan Tubridy just days after having a double mastectomy.“It’s not very nice but it’s doable,” she said of her battle with cancer.“When you hear the word ‘cancer’ it doesn’t mean it’s the end. I’m here now seven months later and I’m cured.”She revealed that Daniel is set to quit the music industry for at least 18 months so that the couple can spend time together. Majella said it had been “a huge decision for him” and went on: “We might do a  long cruise – it is going to be amazing, not thinking about ticket sales, or CDs or the next concert.”She spoke lovingly of the Kincasslagh man saying he had “cemented himself as my soulmate” over the past year.And she said she wanted to make it clear that it was her decision that Daniel continued his UK tour while she continued chemotherapy.“Even some of my friends were saying that was wrong but I said ‘you don’t understand’ because this was my decision. You don’t understand that this is what I want.“It did look bad on him and if it was down to him he’d have been there but that is not what I wanted. I want him now that I’m well again.” Majella said Daniel’s career break would be fun.She also discussed getting her hair shaved off on the Late Late Show last year – with Ryan admitting that even RTE had doubts about doing it.“It could could have backfired,” admitted Majella.“Maybe people wouldn’t like it.” However it had worked – and €600,000 had been raised for the Irish Cancer Society.And Majella revealed that an incredible 623,000 people had read a ‘thank you’ comment she had left on Daniel’s Facebook page on Tuesday.She finished her interview by speaking into the camera to warn people about cancer.“Get to know your body, get to know changes – men and women – it doesn’t mean it is an absolute catastrophe – don’t disregard it, go and check it out. The earlier you find it the better it is. I’m here now and I’m cured,” she said.MAJELLA: “WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD ‘CANCER’ IT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S THE END” was last modified: February 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:canccerdaniel o’donnellLate Late ShowMajellaO’Donnelllast_img read more

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