Nominees Announced for 45th Annual JUNO Awards to be Hosted in Calgary on April 3, 2016

Juno-AwardsDrake, Justin Bieber and the Weeknd dominated this year’s Juno Award nominations. The Weeknd received six nominations including JUNO Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. Drake and Justin Bieber garnered five nods each and both are nominated for JUNO Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, and Artist of the Year. Drake also received a nomination for Rap Recording of the Year and Bieber was nominated for Pop Album of the Year. Alessia Cara was nominated for JUNO Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year and Shawn Mendes was nominated for JUNO Fan Choice, Album of the Year, Artist for the Year and Pop Album of the Year. JUNO Week runs from March 28 – April 3 and The 2016 JUNO Awards show will be broadcast live on CTV.

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Pride Tape Kickstarter Campaign in Support of LGBTQ Athletes Surpasses Goal And Heads For Production

Pride TapeThe Pride Tape Kickstarter campaign has surpassed its original goal of $54,000 (CAD)! Organizers  can now produce the rainbow coloured hockey tape designed to show support for young  LGBTQ athletes. Fittingly, the contribution that ultimately reached the goal came from the Burke  family who, in honour of their late son Brendan, founded the You Can Play Project – an organization aimed at promoting the inclusion of LGBTQ athletes in sports. Pride Tape is available free of charge for minor hockey teams and as a retail product, with proceeds going to You Can Play and the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services. The campaign generated nearly 1000 contributors from all over the globe and featured in: Upworthy, USA Today, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports, CBC National, the Huffington Post, and Hockey Night in Canada, as well as nearly every major daily newspaper across Canada.

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CCVO Invites Feedback to Potential Changes to Alberta’s Privacy Legislation to Impact NonProfits

Privacy AlbertaThe Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future is currently reviewing the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). The Act is intended to protect the personal information of customers, clients, and employees held by private sector organizations. It came into force on January 1, 2004. Nonprofits are largely exempt, except where they engage in certain forms of commercial activity. Some believe that the legislation sets out good business practices that should fully apply to nonprofits. Others are concerned that this would contribute to both administrative burden and a climate whereby organizations are afraid to exchange information for fear of running afoul of the law. CCVO is hosting a discussion on the PIPA legislative review as it relates to the work of nonprofits on Tuesday, February 9th, from 10:00am to 12:30pm. They would like to hear your perspectives as they develop a submission to the Standing Committee.

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Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter Hosts the 22nd Annual Turning Points Gala in Calgary on April 28

CWESThis year will mark “42 years of Taking a Stand Against Family Violence” for the agency and this year’s fundraising gala will commemorate this important milestone. This social event and charity fundraiser will feature speeches from local community leaders who are Take A Stand Ambassadors for the organization and terrific auction prizes. This signature event helps the agency raise much needed funds for its safety, healing and prevention programs which help women, children, youth and men recover from the effects of violence and abuse. Though the Emergency Shelter is the cornerstone of the organization, the agency is “more than a Shelter”, providing many free programs and services to the community. Since its inception, the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter has changed the lives of more than 160,000 Calgarians by helping them build safe lives and healthy relationships.

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