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Saskatoon and Regina hold events advocating for more harm reduction supports |

Saskatoon and Regina hold events advocating for more harm reduction supports  |

The number of overdose deaths in Saskatchewan has more than tripled over the past six years.

That’s according to the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service, who said 366 deaths were reported in 2021, compared to 92 in 2016.

Wednesday is International Overdose Awareness Day, and people gathered at the Saskatoon Indian and Metis Friendship Centre to get the point across that this was a growing issue, and supports are needed.

Jocelyn Trotchie works with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan, and said the province needs to know.

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“We need to keep reminding the government, the health officials, that this is a crisis right now,” said Trotchie.

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Jade Creelman is the harm reduction coordinator at Choke Cherry Studios, and said these deaths could be stopped.

“It’s all preventable, and I think that’s what upsets me most. If funding were going into harm reduction, and if there were a safe supply these deaths would not be happening,” said Creelman.

The province said they’ve invested $470 million into mental health and addictions services for  2022-23, but organizations like Prairie Harm Reduction have said they’ve been denied provincial funding for the third year in a row, have had to work limited hours, and had to fight to keep the lights on.

Elizabeth Plishka is the director of support services for Prairie Harm Reduction, and echoed the sentiment that more help was needed.

“More funding. More support for people who are transient, who do use substances,” said Plishka.

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She listed things like housing supports, support for safe consumption sites, more wrap-around services, and more help for healthcare as things that needed to be focused on.

Daniel Hern was an addict for 23 years, but got clean five and a half years ago. He started a podcast called Hard Knox Talks to advocate for change and to give a voice from the perspective of someone who has used drugs.

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Hern said we needed to do more than just talk to the government about this crisis.

“Education. More advocacy. We live in a democracy, don’t we? So, instead of just advocating the government, I think the voice towards the general public needs to be amplified so that we can bring education to people who think differently than we do,” said Hern.

An event also took place at the mâmawêyatitân centre in Regina, and event organizer Ronnie Nordal said education was made available for anyone who wanted it.

Event held in Regina for International Overdose Awareness Day.

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“We can each take naloxone training, carry naloxone kits. Training is available today, naloxone kits are here for the taking. Each one of us has the ability to save a life,” said Nordal.

Medavie Health Services West noted at the beginning of August that over the past two years, they’ve seen an increased potency in illicit drugs, and have had to increase the amount of Narcan given to patients while they were being transported to the hospital.

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Carissa Issac’s mother died from an overdose back in 2020, and she said events like the ones held in Regina and Saskatoon are important.

“My mom had written in her diary, ‘I just want my daughters to be proud of me again,’ and she never got that opportunity to get better because it took her. Events like this I feel are very important because it allows for reality to kind of be seen,” said Isaac.

— with files from Montana Getty

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Global Edmonton supports: 3rd Annual Fringe Theatre Telethon – GlobalNews Events

Global Edmonton supports: 3rd Annual Fringe Theatre Telethon - GlobalNews Events

Join us July 27 from 12 pm – 8 pm for the 3rd Annual Fringe Theatre Telethon, LIVE on FringeTV!

Enjoy live performances, Festival sneak peeks, artist interviews, and more, all in support of the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. The generosity of individual donors supports essential Fringe Theatre operations so that they can continue to amplify and illuminate artist stories.

Phone lines will be open to accept your gifts from 12 pm to 8 pm at 780-448-9000 or donate online 24/7 at

Give Now, Fringe Forever!

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Art from the heart event Thursday supports local mental health

Art from the heart event Thursday supports local mental health

Organizers created the July 14 event to provide a safe space where people can participate in movement therapy and art workshops

From 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, the community can come out to the Kinbridge Community Association, at 200 Christopher Dr., for Art from the Heart.

The event was created by Rhythm and Blues Cambridge to support people’s mental health by coming together to process what happened over the last few years.

The ‘Processing Night’ will provide movement therapy and art workshops.

The organizers hope to provide a safe space where people can talk about their emotions, mental health and chat while having fun through, art, music and movement.

“In Jamaican culture when you’re grieving, we do something where you play a lot of music and let your feelings out,” said Krysanne Mclean, the organizer of the event and one of the founders of Rhythm and Blues. 

She mentioned how they wanted to show the community that there are different ways to grieve and let feelings out. Dancing is encouraged, she added.

Rhythm and Blues aims to provide safe spaces to empower, inform and inspire the Black community in the city.

“This year I wanted to focus on mental health and continue that in different forms.”

Mclean knows the pandemic has impacted people’s mental health locally and they want to provide events this year where people can feel connected again.

In addition to the unique non-traditional therapies and workshops at the event this evening, there will be face painting, food trucks and door prizes.

The three women who organized the event met during Rythm and Blues’ Black Girl Excellence program and wanted to create events where people can come let their feelings out, similar to how they do in their culture, which is generally more celebratory.

One of the organizers, Alannah Decker, is a local visual artist who will be conducting a Paint and Flow Music Healing Workshop.

“Alannah wanted to do art therapy in a different way,” said Mclean about the workshop.

The third organizer of Art from the Heart, Nicole Brown Faulknor, is a registered psychotherapist, child and youth worker, yoga instructor and embodied coach of ‘Mama Soul-House Rides.’

Faulknor will be hosting ‘yoga soul’ a movement therapy and stretch class, combining her passion for mental health with her knowledge of yoga.

“We can always be working on our mental health in different settings,” Mclean said.

The event is free and open to everyone.

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Global Edmonton supports: Pets in the Park – GlobalNews Events

Global Edmonton supports: Pets in the Park - GlobalNews Events

The Edmonton Humane Society is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Pets in the Park festival, returning in-person to Hawrelak Park from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, June 26!

Raise the rooooooof and celebrate the special bond we have with our amazing animals through plenty of paw-some events and activities for people and pets at this annual fur-tastic festival.

There will be plenty to wag about when you come to visit and help give back to the animals who need us most.

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Global Edmonton supports: Imagine Monet The Immersive Exhibition – GlobalNews Events

Global Edmonton supports: Imagine Monet The Immersive Exhibition - GlobalNews Events

Claude Monet is considered to be the leading artist of Impressionism, a movement that was called after his now-famous painting Impression Soleil Levant (1872). With his unique artistic approach, Monet is the father of Impressionism, the pioneer of Abstraction and one of the most famous, beloved and admired painters of all time. Imagine Monet is an immersive exhibit that will take you through all the major periods that have marked Monet’s work.

Tickets available now at

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Global BC Supports The Canadian Mental Health Association – GlobalNews Events

Global BC Supports The Canadian Mental Health Association - GlobalNews Events

Give Hope Campaign
Through June

Through this pandemic, over a third of us say our mental health has declined. Together, we can help those who need it most.

The Canadian Mental Health Association provides mental health programs and services in your local community, and your gift makes it possible to support more people in need. Help give hope today at

Global BC is a proud sponsor.

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630 CHED supports Kids With Cancer Society Meet & Greet – GlobalNews Events

630 CHED supports Kids With Cancer Society Meet & Greet - GlobalNews Events

Come on down to the Kids with Cancer Society’s Meet and Greet! Meet the incredible Kids with Cancer Society families, learn more about fundraising, register for future Kids with Cancer events, and engage with other participants.

The free BBQ takes place June 5 from 10 am – 2 pm at Cycle Works Motorsports.

If you are a motorcyclist who is interested in riding in support of children with cancer, please contact Emily at 780-496-2459.

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Live Events Reinsurance Scheme supports over £400 million of investment and paves way for busy summer events season

Live Events Reinsurance Scheme supports over £400 million of investment and paves way for busy summer events season
  • Almost 15,000 jobs and more than 150 events supported by the scheme, including Wimbledon, The BRIT Awards and Virgin Radio’s Big Thank You Tour
  • UK live events sector is worth more than £70 billion annually to the economy and is bouncing back from the pandemic with a vibrant summer programme of events

Nearly three million people are expected to have attended events supported by the Government’s Live Events Reinsurance Scheme by the end of the summer.

The scheme, which closes in September, has paved the way for a busy summer events season, giving event organisers the confidence to invest in future events – safe in the knowledge they can insure against the most severe coronavirus-related risk, providing job security and boosting the economy.

The Government acted as a reinsurer and guaranteed to make sure insurers offered products to event companies. Prominent insurers in the Lloyd’s Market including Munich Re, Beazley, Arch, Dale Underwriting Partners, Hiscox and Ark are carriers of the scheme.

The scheme has already provided well over £100 million worth of cover – supporting more than £400 million of investment and protecting almost 15,000 jobs, keeping the economy moving and driving growth across the country.

Events supported across the UK include national set-piece events such as Wimbledon, The BRIT Awards, Birmingham’s Spring Fair and the London Art Fair. It has also supported important community events such as the Shaftesbury Book Fair, the Cardiff Half Marathon and the Gloucester Quays Christmas Outdoor Ice Rink.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak said:

The UK is a rich cultural hub and puts on some of the best arts, sporting and music events across the globe.

Our Live Events Reinsurance Scheme backed these events, enabling them to take place in the midst of uncertainty caused by the pandemic – helping to support nearly 15,000 jobs and over £400m of investment.

Arts Minister Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay said:

This summer the public can look forward to a packed schedule of live events in sport, culture and business thanks to Government support for the live events sector and the incredible resilience and ingenuity of the people who work in it.

While it is right that the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme is being wound down as we bounce back from the pandemic, I am proud of the role it played in getting the live events sector back on its feet.

Virgin Radio UK content director, Mike Cass said:

The Virgin Radio UK Big Thank You Tour was one big rock star thank you to our key workers for everything they have done for us all during the pandemic.

The Live Events Reinsurance Scheme meant we could reschedule the tour for when it was safe to go ahead and ensure our key worker heroes were properly thanked by the best names in the business with three evenings of great music.

Patrick Davison, underwriting director, Lloyd’s Market Association, said:

Event cancellation due to covid was an uninsurable risk everywhere in the world. No one would touch it. But in co-operation with the LMA and Her Majesty’s Government – without whose support the scheme could not have been possible – specialist underwriters at Lloyd’s were prepared to innovate in support of the UK events industry, to get the country back on an even keel. I am proud of their willingness to risk their own capital to build confidence in the events sector and help restore the economy.

There are strong signs the vital events sector is bouncing back, with a full programme of concerts, music festivals, sporting competitions and other events throughout the summer. This is thanks to a number of successful Government policies such as the Events Research Programme and world-leading levels of support committed through the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

The Live Events Reinsurance Scheme has supported events across the country and in all four nations of the UK. In the West Midlands, events totalling £13 million in spend have been covered, including the National Running Show and MACH 2022 at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre. More than £3 million has been spent towards events in the North West, including Virgin Radio’s Big Thank You Tour and the Federation of Small Businesses Awards.

As the risk posed to events by Covid-19 has been significantly reduced thanks to the success of the Government’s vaccination programme, the reinsurance scheme is scheduled to end as planned on 30 September in line with the Government’s Living with Covid plan.


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Sally Bolton, Chief Executive, All England Tennis Club, said:

The AELTC welcomes the support of the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme in relation to The Championships 2022.

Mike Seaman, CEO Raccoon Events, Organiser of the National Running Show, said:

The pandemic was a difficult time for us as exhibition organisers. The reinsurance scheme gave us the confidence to delay any decision about postponing our event until the situation had improved markedly. We are a small business and could not have done this without the backing of the government and the net result was that we brought 20,000 people together, promoting exercise, improving mental health and stimulating trade, all as a result of the reinsurance scheme.