Nanaimo byelection tests strength of NDPs minority government in BC

first_imgNANAIMO, B.C. — Voters in Nanaimo cast ballots today in a byelection that could leave British Columbia’s legislature deadlocked and Premier John Horgan’s minority New Democrat government on shaky ground.A Liberal win would give the party 43 seats, tying it with the 43 seats held by the NDP and Green party, which signed an agreement after the 2017 provincial election allowing the New Democrats to form a minority government.Nanaimo traditionally votes NDP, but Liberal candidate Tony Harris has deep family roots in the Vancouver Island city and has been campaigning to bring economic development and infrastructure to the often neglected community.Former New Democrat MP Sheila Malcolmson resigned her federal seat last year to run in the provincial byelection, saying she wants to ensure the policies of the former B.C. Liberal government do not return because they increased homelessness and the cost of housing in the city.Green candidate Michelle Ney, the daughter of longtime Nanaimo mayor Frank Ney, says she wants to help the city become a clean economy powerhouse.The byelection was called when New Democrat Leonard Krog resigned last year after he was elected the city’s mayor. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Man filmed committing hateful act against mother identified by Montreal police

first_imgMontreal police say they have identified a man seen in a widely shared video verbally harassing a woman and a crying child.The woman in the video has told media outlets she believes the incident was racially motivated, starting after the man heard her speaking Arabic on the street.Police said today they identified the man in the video after receiving a tip from the public. A police spokesman says investigators met him within the past 24 hours.Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante had appealed to the public to help identify the man in the video, describing his actions in a tweet this week as a hateful act against a mother and her daughter.In the video, first posted online on July 23, the man approaches a woman who is not seen on camera and uses a vulgar term to insult her. He then bends down to a crying child, who is also not seen on video, and asks if he can have sex with the child’s mother.Police say the investigation is ongoing and did not release any other information.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Health Canada eyes privatesector cash to fund opioids solution

first_imgOTTAWA — Health Canada is hoping to use private-sector dollars to fight opioid addiction because “conventional efforts are not enough” to address the national health crisis, newly released documents reveal.For months, the department has been quietly considering a pay-for-performance project to see if specific help targeted at a small group of opioid addicts reduces their dependence on the drug, improves their health and, above all, reduces deaths from overdoses.What makes the effort unique is that officials are looking at having private backers take on the financial risk to fund the experiment, which is estimated to cost more than $4 million, with federal coffers to pay out only if the work produces measurable success.The results of a study filling in details on the actual work and costs, as well as the level of private-sector interest in bankrolling the project, were delivered to Health Canada last week.If federal officials give the plan a go-ahead — a decision that has yet to be made — it would be a rare moment when a social-impact bond, as the financing model is known, is used to pay for a health-related research project.Social-impact bonds have helped fund about 20 health-related projects worldwide, including in Canada and the United States, officials wrote in one briefing note among almost 130 pages of documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.What makes the bonds appealing to governments is that they require a service provider, usually a non-profit, to get funding from private investors with the help of a broker.The government pays out only if certain benchmarks are met — meaning investors can earn back their investment plus a profit depending on the amount of risk in a project, the non-profits find new sources of funding beyond limited government dollars, and governments push the financial risk off their books.The federal Liberals, like the Conservatives before them, have shown a keen interest in the bonds and the larger concept of social financing, putting hundreds of millions into a fund designed to spur growth in the sector as part of a wider strategy. Overseeing the strategy and the fund will be an advisory council, which has an application deadline of Sept. 13.The path to this latest federal effort in the area began in June 2018 when the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing applied for government backing for a social-impact bond to tackle the opioid epidemic.A discussion paper CAMH researchers and the MaRS Centre provided to Health Canada last year proposed running a four-year study with 300 people to test ways to treat their opioid-use disorders.Among the early options proposed for the project were to use funding through the bond to cover the costs of a “care navigator” who would help keep participants on track, expand addiction and mental health supports at CAMH, and provide medications to reduce opioid dependence.The paper suggests some of the outcomes would be straightforward to measure — declines in opioid use and hospital visits compared to the general population, for example — while others would be more complicated.Tying payments to changes in the severity of each participant’s opioid-use disorder would be more difficult because it assumes “a standard, linear process” for recovery “that is directly related to a reduction in the incidence of opioid-related deaths.” For example, the document says a participant might see a drop in the severity of their disorder, but still have “an accidental opioid overdose” at any point.The feasibility study was to set a more detailed plan and see whether there was enough private-sector interest to create a social-impact bond, or whether Health Canada would need to fund the effort directly.CAMH declined an interview request. The MaRS Centre didn’t give a response to an interview request.Jordan Press, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Gwyneth Paltrow Hosts In goop Health Wellness Summit In Los Angeles

first_img An In goop Health retail hall, including a wellness pharmacy, an athleisure shop, a clean-beauty apothecary, and exclusive goop collaborations, such as a nontoxic polish by goop x Côte Nails. The hall also featured an installation from ecologically sensitive electric car company Karma Automotive, the official auto partner of In goop Health. A concluding party with cocktails by Ketel One Botanical, a 100% non-GMO vodka infused with natural essences. goop, the modern lifestyle brand founded and helmed by Gwyneth Paltrow, hosted the third installment of its popular wellness summit, In goop Health.GWYNETH PALTROW HOSTS IN GOOP HEALTH WELLNESS SUMMITThe consistently sold-out summit featured thought-provoking discussions with leading voices in the wellness space and showcased bespoke activations that spoke to our emotional and physical health.The summit featured: A full day of issue-focused panels with leading doctors, scientists, entrepreneurs, and boundary-pushing celebrities. Highlights included:Intimate fireside chats conducted by Paltrow with creatives such as Meg Ryan and Janet Mock;- A discussion on the cannabis industry with innovative scientists and entrepreneurs, moderated by actress Lake Bell and presented by MedMen. Goop also curated a selection of cannabis-adjacent products at MedMen’s new Abbott Kinney location, which opened today;- An exploration on intuition, creativity, and unlocking your potential led by author and poet Cleo Wade;- Inspired by The Sex Issue and The Post-Natal Depletion Cure – new releases from goop’s book imprint – a Tantra and polarity session with Michaela Boehm, and a Q & A with Loom’s Erica Chidi Cohen and Dr. Oscar Serrallach presented by Munchkin;- A Q & A with leading female entrepreneurs on “Career Health”- A breakout session on plant nutrition, moderated by actress Mena Suvari with Kelly Leveque and Keri Glassman and presented by Bolthouse Farms Plant Protein Milk;- Discussions on the autoimmune spectrum, longevity and health span, where scientists and doctors explained the art of maintaining, and even optimizing, your health at every age. Health-driven food options from top vendors, chefs and food purveyors, including Moon Juice, Gracias Madre, Café Gratitude, Methodology, Kye’s, P.Y.T., Blue Bottle Coffee, Four Sigmatic, Kreation, Dream Pops, Wanderlust Creamery and pizza with activated charcoal crust from Jewel. The VIP lunch was hosted by Jessica Koslow of Sqirl. Wellness experiences including facial stations and master classes by Tata Harper, Shiva Rose, Herbivore Botanicals, May Lindstrom, Anastasia Achilleos, Cyrohealth and Annee de Mamiel, and a LED eye mask station by Dennis Gross. The popular no-makeup makeup station by Glamsquad, and B12 shots from the Hydration Room were also back by popular demand. Complimentary limited-edition slides by vegan shoe company, Native Shoes, were provided to all guests upon entrance. Personalized sessions including scent blending with natural perfumer Douglas Little, human design with Lynette Hagins, life-path readings with Susan Grau, numerology by Josh Siegel, Akashic Record readings by Amor Luz, pulse readings by Martha Soffer of Surya Spa, tarot card readings from Angie Banicki, crystal readings with Kiki Matoba-Smith, Reiki classes with Kelsey Patel, breathwork with Ashley Neese, meditation with Light Watkins, chakra cleansing and psychic readings by Deganit Nuur of Nuurvana, manifestation workshops with Suzannah Galland, aerial yoga with Lululemon, and more. A gift bag stocked with goop-approved beauty, fashion and wellness products, including Tru Niagen, Rent the Runway, The Organic Pharmacy, Naturopathica, May Lindstrom and Olio E Osso. A Wellness Weekender package, which included a two-night stay at Hotel Casa del Mar, exclusive fitness classes, and an invite to a cocktail party the night before the summit. An “eat ugly” produce wall created by Imperfect Produce, which fights food waste by salvaging unclaimed goods directly from farmers. 20% of fruits and vegetables never make it off the farm due to cosmetic reasons alone. All produce from the welcome wall will be donated to LA Compost and reused as a resource for our ecosystems.In collaboration with Mother Denim, goop staff wore “goopfellas” tees, which were also available in the goop Hall for guests to purchase.In goop Health took place at 3Labs in Culver City, with additional events held at Shutters on the Beach, the official hotel partner of In goop Health.last_img read more

Your New Favourite Thing Featurette

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement What’s the deal?So, this one time, at band camp . . . no . . . no. Let’s not go there. Let’s start again upon the high road.So, yeah, Lexie Jay and Jon Fedorsen met four summers ago while they were both moulding young musical minds at the same Toronto music camp and, after discovering some common creative ground in the pop-ish songs classically trained vocalist Jay had been quietly tucking away in her back pocket since high school, decided they had a future together as an acoustic folk duo. At least until they realized they’d actually make a pretty crappy acoustic folk duo and that the nascent merger of Jay’s operatically inclined pipes and former Crash Parallel drummer Fedorsen’s command of rhythm might be better collectively suited to the dramatic potentialities afforded by a more electronic musical environment. Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

HOT DOCS SHORT DOC COMPILATION IN THE NAME OF ALL CANADIANS TO

first_imgHot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 25th annual edition from April 26-May 6, 2018. An outstanding selection of over 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and the Doc Shop. Hot Docs owns the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. The six shorts featured in In the Name of All Canadians include Last Resort (D: Vivian Belik; P: Jennifer Bowen-Allen), an exploration of the precedent-setting case which sees the first ever Indigenous freedom of religion challenge to go before the Supreme Court of Canada; Notwithstanding (D: Patrick Reed & Andréa Schmidt) which assumes a doomsday scenario in which Section 33, the notwithstanding clause, uses the Charter against itself; The Long Way Home (D: Aisha Jamal & Ariel Nasr), where mobility rights listed in the Charter are questioned by examining the case of a Sudanese-born Canadian refused entry into Canada after false allegations of terrorism; Lessons Injustice (D: Karen Chapman), in which a father and son share a touching heart-to-heart about the realities of being black in a white-dominated world; L’Inspecteur (D: Jérémie Wookey & Annick Marion; P: Jérémie Wookey & Janelle Wookey), a film that challenges language rights in the Charter, reveals how teaching French in Manitoba schools was banned in the 1930’s and 1940’s; and lastly, In Part (D: Khoa Lê) showcases the diversity of Canadians in a montage of portraits and interviews inspired by the Proust questionnaire.The Hot Docs Collection features past Festival and Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema selections, production fund recipients and market program alumni. In the Name of All Canadians and hundreds of other titles from the collection are available now on iTunes. For more information, please visit https://www.hotdocs.ca/p/hot-docs-collection LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Toronto, October 3, 2017 – Hot Docs is pleased to announce that the short doc compilation In the Name of All Canadians , which was commissioned by the organization earlier this year to commemorate Canada 150, will be released exclusively on iTunes in Canada and the U.S. from October 3-18 as part of the Hot Docs Collection. In the Name of All Canadians , which had its world premiere at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema this past June, compiles six short documentaries directed by a different Canadian filmmaker, each providing a thoughtful and compelling look at a Canadian story that has been impacted by Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.“We’re thrilled to be adding In the Name of All Canadians to the Hot Docs Collection on iTunes,” said Hot Docs executive director Brett Hendrie. “Online services like iTunes are vital in giving films life outside of the cinema, giving viewers access to our collection anytime, anywhere, and we’re proud to bring these unique stories of how The Charter has influenced our country’s civic life, culture and history into people’s homes.”Hailed by The Globe and Mail as “an impressively curated selection …that take a serious, sometimes heartbreaking look at this country we call home,” the film has had a successful run in Toronto following its world premiere, and then went on to screen internationally at the Guanajuato International Film Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico, and at Bertha DocHouse in London, UK, as part of the special screening series, Hot Docs London. In the Name of All Canadians has also been shown across Canada at the Gimli Film Festival in Gimli, Manitoba; the Lunenburg Doc Fest in Nova Scotia; The Bookshelf Cinema in Guelph, Ontario; Ottawa’s Bytowne Cinema; at Nuit Blanche in London, Ontario; and the Vancouver International Film Festival. Upcoming screenings include the Hot Docs Showcase in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; and Visioni dal Mondo in Milan, Italy.center_img Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

6 more women accuse exMontreal conductor Charles Dutoit of sexual misconduct including

first_img Twitter Allan, now chief executive of the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre in England, said she fled the room and encountered Ray Wellbaum, the Boston Symphony’s then-orchestra manager, who told her that officials had received complaints about Dutoit from other women and warned her not go into his room alone.“I said, ‘It’s too late. I’ve already been in there,’” Allan recalled.The symphony said it had received no complaints against Dutoit, a regular guest conductor since 1981, prior to Fiona Allan’s.Both women’s accounts were first reported in the classical music blog Slipped Disc.A friend who also is a pianist said he recalls Chai visiting him in 2000 or 2001 and telling him she had attempted to see Argerich backstage after a concert and that Dutoit “tried to kiss her on the lips with his tongue sticking out in front of everyone.” The friend asked not to be identified because he still works in the industry.Chris Stafford, chief executive at the Curve theatre in Leicester, England, said Allan told him in 2015 that Dutoit had groped her in his dressing room while at Tanglewood.The Boston Symphony was the first orchestra to announce that it was ending its relationship with Dutoit and has said it is hiring a law firm to investigate Allan’s allegations.The symphony said Wellbaum retired in 2016. He did not return a message left at his home seeking comment.Correction: This story has been corrected to show Boston Symphony says it had no prior complaints about Dutoit, not that it declined to say whether it did. Facebook Canadian soprano Pauline Vaillancourt told the AP that Dutoit tried to force himself on her in March 1981 after inviting her to dinner “to discuss work” after her performance as a soloist with the Montreal Symphony.As he drove her home, she said, he pulled the car into a dark spot, groped her breasts and legs and asked her to come back to his room. She told the AP she pushed him away and insisted he drive her home.“When I opened the car door to return home, he told me, ‘I need this after a concert. I need a woman to come home with me,’” she said. “He said it like he was angry that I had taken away something he needed.”Vaillancourt’s brother said his sister told him of the incident the next day. Dutoit had “touched her breast and made it clear that if she wanted to pursue her career it would help if she was more co-operative with him, which she declined,” said Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt, a pianist, conductor and classical music professor at the University of Montreal.In the light of the growing accusations against Dutoit, Pauline Vaillancourt, now 72, said she wonders: “Does that mean he did this to someone after each concert?” Fiona Allan said conductor Charles Dutoit pushed her against the wall and put his hand on her breast while she interned in 1997 at the Tanglewood festival.  (RICK RYCROFT/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) World-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit, right, has stepped down early from his role as artistic director and principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra following allegations of sexual misconduct, the orchestra said Wednesday. (ALEX BRANDON / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Advertisement Advertisement Canadian soprano Pauline Vaillancourt said that conductor Charles Dutoit tried to force himself on her in March 1981.  (YVES DUBE VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)   Musician Mary Lou Basaraba was in her early 20s and working as a journalist in the winter of 1977-78 when the Montreal Symphony Orchestra asked her to interview Dutoit for an in-house publication, she said. She said she was told Dutoit had specifically requested her for the interview, to be held at his apartment.Within minutes of her arrival, she said, Dutoit forced himself on her, kissing her and placing his hands on her breasts and crotch. “It was so uninvited, it was so crass,” said Basaraba, now the chorus master for the California Philharmonic and Golden State Pops Orchestra.She pushed him away, she said, insisting she was there to work. He later walked her to a cab, where she remembers him saying: “’I find you very charming. I’d like you to be the woman in my life when I’m in Montreal.’”Basaraba’s ex-husband, conductor Clyde Mitchell, who played French horn in Montreal under Dutoit, said she told him about the maestro “attacking her on the sofa in his apartment.” A friend, Nancy Newman, also said Basaraba told her years ago that Dutoit “chased her around the room” and “asked her to be his mistress.”Years later, in 1991, when Dutoit was conducting at the LA Opera, Basaraba said, he called her twice on the day of a performance and asked her to come to his hotel room after the show. She did not go, she said. Jenny Q. Chai said conductor Charles Dutoit leaned forward, kissed her cheeks and lips and tried to put his tongue in her mouth while touching her body during an encounter with him in the early 2000s.  (LÉA GIRARDIN/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Pianist Jenny Q. Chai, now 34, said she encountered Dutoit by chance after a Philadelphia Orchestra concert in the early 2000s. Chai had gone backstage hoping to meet acclaimed pianist Martha Argerich, one of Dutoit’s ex-wives, but instead was greeted by the conductor, who she said spoke with her, then leaned forward, kissing her cheeks and lips and trying to put his tongue in her mouth while touching her body.And Fiona Allan, now 50, said Dutoit pushed her against the wall and put his hand on her breast when she delivered documents to his dressing room while interning in 1997 at the Tanglewood festival, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The new accusers said they were angered by Dutoit’s initial denial and wanted to show the scope of his sexual misconduct during his globe-trotting career. They said the Swiss-born conductor attacked them in Paris, Montreal and the United States over a four-decade period, starting in the late 1970s.Dutoit had been principal conductor and artistic director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Hours after the AP sent Dutoit and the Royal Philharmonic detailed summaries of the new allegations, the orchestra announced Wednesday that he was leaving those posts.Dutoit issued a statement saying he was “appalled and sickened” to be accused “of the heinous crime of rape.”“I am shaken to the core by this bewildering and baseless charge. To this, I submit my categorical and complete denial,” he said.Dutoit, who married Canadian violinist Chantal Juillet in 2010, was the artistic director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra between 1977 and 2002.He resigned amid complaints from the Quebec Musicians’ Guild about “offensive behaviour and complete lack of respect for the musicians.”Dutoit also has held such notable positions as chief conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.The woman who accused the conductor of raping her said the assault occurred when she was working with Dutoit at an orchestra on the East Coast of the U.S. The AP does not publish the names of people who say they are victims of sexual assault without their permission so, to protect her identity, the AP also is not disclosing the instrument she plays, her orchestra or the city where she said she was attacked.Three of her colleagues in the same orchestra told the AP that the woman confided in them after the encounter.One of the new accusers told the AP that the Boston Symphony was aware of the famed conductor’s behaviour and looked the other way.The musician accusing Dutoit of rape was then 28 and auditioning for an orchestra in early 1988 while he was guest-conducting. She said they were staying at the same hotel and rode the elevator together up to their shared floor one night.“As soon as I got to my room, the phone rang. It was Maestro Dutoit,” she said.She had heard rumours about inappropriate behaviour but said she thought nothing of it when Dutoit told her his luggage was broken and asked if she had a specific tool sometimes used to fix musical instruments. He invited her to come in when she brought it to his room, she said, first offering her a drink, which she declined. Within minutes, he forced himself on her, she said.“He came closer to me and tried to kiss me, and held my head so strongly it ripped my earring out,” said the musician, now in her 50s. “He pinned my wrists to the wall and pushed me to the bed.”“His pants were down in a split second and he was inside me before I could blink,” she said. She said she started crying, told him to stop and that she was married, but that it made no difference.When she blurted out that she was not on birth control, he quickly pushed her out the door, she said. “’I’ll get some condoms and I’ll get you back,’” she quoted him as telling her.AP spoke with two male musicians who said she confided in them immediately after the encounter. One of them recalled she was afraid to be alone and said he served as her chaperone at subsequent concerts. Another said he urged her to report Dutoit to police but that she never did. “I was so afraid I would never be asked to play again,” she told the AP.A third man who joined her orchestra after the attack said he had generally known for years that something had happened with Dutoit, but did not learn the details until a decade ago.All three spoke on condition of anonymity to protect the musician’s identity and because they remain professional musicians and said they fear retribution within the industry. SAN FRANCISCO — Six more women have stepped forward to accuse prominent conductor Charles Dutoit of sexually assaulting them in the United States, France and Canada, including a musician who says the maestro raped her in 1988.The women say they were compelled to speak out after The Associated Press published a story Dec. 21 detailing accusations from three singers and a musician who said Dutoit forcibly restrained them, groped them and kissed them without permission.The 81-year-old Grammy-winning conductor emphatically denied the accusations, but eight major orchestras immediately distanced themselves from him and two launched their own investigations. Anne-Sophie Schmidt was 31 in May 1995 when she said Dutoit began singling her out for attention.  (PETER KNAPP/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) French soprano Anne-Sophie Schmidt was 31 in May 1995 when she said Dutoit began singling her out for attention. She was singing the principal female role in Debussy’s “Pelleas and Melisande” with Dutoit conducting the Orchestre National de France in Paris.Dutoit offered her rides home in his chauffeured car, then started leaving messages on her answering machine telling her she was “marvellous” and that he desired her, she said. She said he became angry when she ignored his advances and began humiliating her in front of the orchestra — a tactic mentioned by other accusers in interviews with the AP.On the day of a dress rehearsal at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, she said, she found herself in an empty hallway with the conductor.“He came out of his dressing room and he jumped on me, pushed me against the wall and started to touch me everywhere, on my chest, between my legs. He forced me to kiss him. I fought back, and I pushed him away,” Schmidt, now retired from opera, said in a telephone interview from southern France.Shortly after the opera’s run ended, she said, Dutoit dropped her from future recitals and concerts around the world, she said.Two of Schmidt’s friends told the AP she described the experience to them several years ago.One, a Paris-based lawyer, said Schmidt told him Dutoit had “wanted to sleep with her and she refused, and he cancelled all their concerts.” The attorney, who works in the music industry, asked not to be identified because of fear of retribution.The other, Suzanne Delorme, recalled Schmidt saying that Dutoit had harassed her, humiliated her during rehearsals and at one point “cornered her and touched her all over her body.”“When I read what the other women were saying, how he cornered them against a wall, it was exactly what he did to me,” Schmidt said. Advertisement Mary Lou Basaraba said Dutoit forced himself on her after she arrived at his apartment to interview him. She was in her early 20s and working as a journalist.   (MARY LOU BASARABA VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Login/Register With:last_img read more

ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR GETS OSCAR® NOD

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter “We are so touched and honoured that Animal Behaviour has been recognized this way by Academy voters,” said Alison Snowden and David Fine. “We are grateful for the fantastic support the film has had from everyone who worked on it in Vancouver, Montreal and at the NFB. It’s wonderful to come back to making a short film with the NFB after so long and have this recognition. Humbling, to say the least.” Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Toronto, ON – The Vancouver-based Oscar-winning animation duo of Alison Snowden and David Fine has received another Academy Award nomination—for their hilarious new National Film Board of Canada (NFB) animated short Animal Behaviour, taking us inside a group therapy session for animals who grapple with issues not unlike like our own.Animal Behaviour is produced and executive produced by Michael Fukushima for the NFB’s English-language Animation Studio in Montreal.The NFB is bringing all Canadians into the Oscar celebration with two weeks of free streaming of Animal Behaviour, from February 11 to 24 on NFB.ca, Facebook, Vimeo and YouTube. Advertisement Image courtesy of NFB. Advertisementlast_img read more

28 CMFFUNDED PRODUCTIONS WIN 62 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS

first_imgAbout the Canada Media FundThe Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit cmf-fmc.ca. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto  – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) congratulates the winners and nominees of the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards, which have been recognized for their excellence by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and industry professionals at a series of events which culminated with last night’s televised gala.A total of 28 CMF-funded productions won 62 Canadian Screen Awards, including top winners such as Anne with an E, Baroness Von Sketch, Cardinal, Letterkenny, Schitt’s Creek, among others.Click here to access a complete list of CMF-funded projects that have won a Canadian Screen Award. Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

ED SHEERAN AND JUSTIN BIEBER TEAM UP IN NEW SINGLE I DONT

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Me and @justinbieber have got a new song out. It’s called I Don’t Care hope you like it,” Sheeran wrote on his Instagram page.Bieber offered a similar, but even shorter, Instagram post:: “Me and @teddysphotos. It’s out now. I don’t care.”In March, 25-year-old Bieber, a teenage heartthrob who shot to fame aged 15, told fans he was “focused on repairing some…deep rooted issues” and was putting new music on hold.A month later, he surprised revelers at the Coachella music festival by joining singer Ariana Grande onstage for an unplanned performance of his hit single Sorry, after which he said a new album would come “soon.”Bieber’s last album came out in 2015. Last year he collaborated with DJ Khaled and others on single No Brainer.Sheeran’s last album Divide, released in 2017 and featuring hit singles Shape of You and Perfect, topped charts around the world. Less than two months after telling fans he was stepping back from new music to deal with personal issues, Canadian pop star Justin Bieber gave them something to cheer about on Friday, releasing a new song with British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran.Sheeran has co-written a song for Bieber before, but their new single I Don’t Care was the first the two chart-toppers have released as a duet.Both singers, who each made news in the past year by getting married at secret weddings, had teased fans on social media this week about the track, in which they sing about feeling out of place at a party but finding support in someone close. Advertisementcenter_img Ed Sheeran, left, and Justin Bieber have released a duet called I Don’t Care. (Getty Images) Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

CANADIAN ACTOR MICHAEL D COHEN HAS SOMETHING TO SHARE I TRANSITIONED

first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter Actor Michael D. Cohen in Burbank, Calif. on April 16, 2019.Ryan Pfluger for TIME “I was misgendered at birth,” Cohen says. “I identify as male, and I am proud that I have had a transgender experience — a transgender journey.”Today, there are more actors than ever who are open about having had, as Cohen puts it, a transgender journey. This is in part because there is a proliferation of shows, including Pose and Transparent, that are portraying nuanced transgender characters. But Cohen is rare in that he worked in the entertainment industry for more than two decades before he chose to make this disclosure.. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: “We need more sweat!”On that command, a production assistant takes a spray bottle filled with glycerin and scurries over to actor Michael D. Cohen, making his bald head glisten as a crew stands by at a studio in Burbank, Calif. They’re filming the fifth season of Henry Danger, a farcical superhero saga that is Nickelodeon’s longest running live-action sitcom. In it, Cohen plays a character named Schwoz, a quirky genius who aids the show’s good guys much as Q aids James Bond. In this scene, as a goof, Schwoz is leading some of the show’s younger actors through an aerobic workout. Cameras roll as Cohen, clad in spandex and now suitably sweaty, breaks into action. “Your life begins where your comfort zone ends!” he barks while huffing through the routine.It’s just a line that Cohen is delivering in his character’s silly accent. But it also expresses an idea that the actor has come to understand intimately, one he is ready to embrace again, whatever it might mean for his future. Spurred in part by the political climate — which in recent years has seen fraught public reckonings around issues related to gender — Cohen wants to publicly disclose a private fact that he has been sharing with colleagues on the set of Henry Danger: Nearly twenty years ago, he transitioned from female to male.last_img read more

Fire officials in Saskatchewan dont know what caused blaze that killed two

first_imgThe Canadian Press LOON LAKE, Sask. _ Fire officials say they don’t know what caused the blaze that killed two children on a northern Saskatchewan reserve last week.Two-year-old Harley Cheenanow and his 18-month-old sister, Haley, died after the fire broke out at their grandmother’s house.The volunteer fire department in nearby Loon Lake was called but didn’t respond, because service to the reserve had been cut weeks earlier over unpaid bills.Investigators said Wednesday the source of the fire can’t be determined because of the  “complete burn” nature of the blaze.“(We) have confirmed that a battery-operated smoke detector was in the home at the time of the fire, but it is not known if it was in normal working condition,” said a statement from Emergency Management and Fire Services.RCMP officers were the only first responders that showed up to help as the fire raged.The grandmother managed to get out alive but the children, carried out of the burning home by their father, died at the scene.Chief Richard Ben of the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation has said his reserve has a working fire truck, but they don’t have enough money for proper equipment or to train crews to use it.Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said in a letter to the federal government last week that First Nations receive insufficient funding to ensure a safe and healthy environment.He said the situation has reached a “critical level” and asked for a meeting with Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt.Valcourt has said Makwa Sahgaiehcan, like all other reserves, gets sufficient funding for fire services and it’s up to band officials to decide how the money is spent.In his letter, Bellegarde also said the government policy that caps annual funding increases for First Nations at two percent needs to change.“The lifting of the two per cent cap and replacing it with an appropriate escalator is a good place to start,” he wrote.Valcourt’s office has indicated the minister has agreed to meet with Bellegarde.(The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Doctors angry at opposition to planned tax changes urge Ottawa to forge

first_imgTORONTO – Doctors across Canada who support Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposed tax reforms say they want their voices to be heard above the din of criticism from colleagues and medical societies.To make their point, they have been putting signatures on a letter they plan to send to Morneau this week.“We were really fed up with the narrative that our colleagues were putting forth and that our medical associations were putting forth as the only opinion out there,” said Dr. Sarah Giles. “We’ll probably have friends never talk to us again. People are ridiculously emotional about this.”Among other things, Morneau wants to stop allowing some tax-saving mechanisms through incorporation that physicians say are essential given that they have no access to benefits other employees enjoy. Angry medical associations say doctors will leave Canada for the U.S., and female physicians will be disproportionately hurt.The president of the Canadian Medical Association said in a recent statement that a delegation had told Morneau that doctors rely on the measures now in place for working capital needed for expanding their practices and, among other things, to deal with “unanticipated costs, sick or parental leave, staff turnover, and other business requirements.”Signatories to the open letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Canadian Press, see it much differently. They argue that scrapping the current system will promote tax fairness and give the government more money to spend on health care.“We need adequate tax revenues to fund social programs such as affordable housing, pharmacare, social assistance, legal aid, and the health-care system itself,” the letter states. “These programs directly impact the health of our patients, and we believe it is important for us to contribute to their sustainability through an adequate tax base.”Giles, who does stints working with remote Indigenous communities and abroad with Doctors without Borders, said diverting dollars from doctors toward improved care would benefit her money-strapped patients far more than it would harm physicians.“There’s a lot of catastrophising,” she said of those upset at Morneau’s plans. “Why are they hanging their hats on this issue? It feels very self-serving.”Canadian Medical Association data suggest a large majority of physicians are incorporated. That means they can access various measures to reduce their taxes despite earning significantly more on average — upwards of $225,000 annually before taxes — than other Canadians.“These benefits are advantageous mostly to certain incorporated doctors,” the letter states. “It also seems unfair that these benefits are not available to Canadians with similar incomes who cannot incorporate.”The physicians do say in their letter the proposed changes should come with a transition plan for those affected and as part of a “comprehensive review” of tax policy.Rita McCracken, a family doctor in Vancouver who said she was bombarded with advice on incorporating to save taxes even when she was in medical school, expressed disappointment at what she considers reactionary physician organizations who should be pushing for improvements to the health-care system. Any suggestion the proposed measures are “anti-feminist” is misguided, she said.McCracken contacted colleagues with the aim of expressing a fact-based alternative view, leading to the letter to Morneau.“It just seemed to us there was some motivation from very high earners who wanted to continue to be able to pay less tax,” McCracken said. “(But) people who make more money should pay more taxes.”Lesley Barron, an incorporated general surgeon in Georgetown, Ont., said she supports the proposals even though her family’s bottom line will take a hit. Morneau’s approach will help make the tax system more fair, she said.“I don’t believe it makes sense for physicians to fund retirement, benefits, and maternity leave through these tax loopholes,” Barron said.Another letter signatory, Ritika Goel, a family doctor with an inner city practice in Toronto, said the din of criticism from many doctors makes it important an alternative perspective be heard. The current system isn’t the way to address issues Morneau critics are raising, she said. Goel, who is currently on leave to look after her baby, says maternity benefits are in fact available to doctors in Ontario.“Beyond that, I’m in an income position that has allowed me to have savings to take maternity leave,” she said.last_img read more

Meghan Markle wears coat by Montreals Mackage at event with Prince Harry

first_imgMeghan Markle is continuing to boost Canadian fashion labels as she tours the U.K. with new fiance Prince Harry.At a charity event in Nottingham for World AIDS Day on Friday, Markle wore a long navy double-breasted wool coat by Montreal-based outerwear label Mackage.There were only four of the $790 Elodie jackets left in company’s online store early Friday and they sold out within minutes of photos of the Nottingham event appearing online, said Mackage’s communications director Hugo Thibault.“Our website traffic exploded,” Thibault said. “We had a 500 per cent increase today … mostly all in Europe, because North America (was) just waking up.”Markle has been a supporter of Mackage for years, attending the brand’s fashion show in Toronto seven or eight years ago, Thibault said. The company knew she owned several of their pieces but had no heads-up that she planned on wearing the jacket Friday.“I woke up this morning with tons of instant messages on my phone,” Thibault said. “Oh my god, oh my god, she’s wearing our jacket again!”In September, Markle wore a Bordeaux-coloured Mackage leather jacket to the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games. That colour sold out within 24 hours, Thibault said, and other colours followed quickly.The actress, who is from Los Angeles, has lived part-time in Toronto since 2011.In her time here, she’s supported many Canadian designers at a variety of price points, including luxury designers like Jason Wu and Erdem, high-end brands like Sentaler and Smythe, and mid-range retail brand Aritzia. In 2016, she partnered with the more affordable retail chain Reitmans for an advertising campaign and a “capsule collection.”On Monday, at a photo op to announce her engagement to Prince Harry, Markle wore a white wool wrap coat by Toronto brand Line the Label, which quickly sold out and was renamed the “Meghan.”Thibault said other celebrities have worn Mackage but no one has made quite the same impact that Markle is having now.“Everybody looks at what she’s wearing all the time,” he said. “The Meghan effect is much stronger than everything we’ve seen before.”last_img read more

Las Vegas rings in 2018 under unprecedented security

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. – Las Vegas welcomed 2018 with fireworks, big-ticket musical acts and unprecedented security in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. modern history just three months ago.Law enforcement officers kept a close eye Monday on the estimated 330,000 people who travelled from all over the U.S. and beyond to pack in the Las Vegas Strip and downtown’s Fremont Street. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department had every officer working throughout the weekend and was aided by the Nevada National Guard and federal agents.Rosy-cheeked visitors took selfies and livestreamed the celebration amid temperatures in the mid-40s (4 Celsius), much warmer than most of the U.S. They wore glittery hats, tiaras and other 2018-themed paraphernalia as they hugged and cheered on the new year.“One bad incident is not going to deter us from having a good time,” Honolulu resident Pettra Stark, who planned her trip after the Oct. 1 shooting, said while standing underneath the massive video canopy on Fremont Street.For Stark, the heavy presence of armed officers was reassuring. But not everyone felt the same way, including Adrian Dominguez, who travelled for the festivities with 10 other relatives.“It’s not pleasant to see so many officers,” Dominguez, a resident of the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Juarez. “They are everywhere.”The heightened security comes after a high-stakes gambler killed 58 and injured hundreds more after he shattered the windows of his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino on the Strip and unleashed gunfire on a country music festival below before killing himself.On Saturday, two security guards were fatally shot while investigating a disturbance at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, a hotel-casino just west of the Strip. Police said the suspect was hospitalized with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities described it as an isolated incident and assured that it was not terrorism-related.A roughly eight-minute fireworks display at the top of seven of the city’s world-famous casino-hotels started at the Stratosphere 10 seconds before midnight Monday and continued to Venetian, Treasure Island, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Aria and MGM Grand. More than 80,000 pyrotechnic firings that illuminated the sky in gold, red and green.Megastars performed at venues up and down the Strip. The Foo Fighters played at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan, Maroon 5 was at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and Britney Spears performed at The Axis at Planet Hollywood.At a lower-key celebration in downtown Las Vegas’ casino-flanked Fremont Street Experience, bands played under a massive video canopy while visitors danced and sipped giant beers.Las Vegas police officer Larry Hadfield on Monday said there were no incidents related to the festivities to speak of. The Nevada Highway Patrol on Twitter reported the arrest of two suspected impaired drivers near the Strip.Police cruisers, dump trucks and other large vehicles blocked key intersections during the night to try to prevent anyone from plowing into crowds.Strollers, backpacks, large bags, coolers and glass bottles were banned from the Strip for the night. Ticket holders for the celebration on Freemont Street Experienced went through checkpoints where security guards used hand-held metal detectors.New Year’s Eve is worth an estimated $254.3 million to Las Vegas, according to the city’s Convention and Visitors Authority. More than 97 per cent of the destination’s nearly 149,000 hotel and motel rooms were expected to be booked.___Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reginagarciakNOlast_img read more

Competition Bureau reaches anticompetitive agreement with software developer

first_imgOTTAWA – The Competition Bureau says it has reached an agreement with a Canadian developer of travel industry software alleged to have created barriers that prevented its competitors from participating in the marketplace.The bureau says that Softvoyage Inc.’s well-established control of the market for content management software used by most tour operators allegedly saw the company start including exclusivity clauses in its contracts.These exclusivity clauses would then allegedly force tour operators that were using Softvoyage’s software to use only the company’s software for the distribution and sale of their vacation packages, among other claims.The bureau says this created a barrier to entry or prevented the viability of any current or potential competitors in the marketplace.As part of its consent agreement with the bureau, Softvoyage will refrain from enforcing certain clauses or portions of its clauses contained in its contracts with its clients over a period of seven years.The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.last_img read more

Teck Resources lowers Q1 coal sales guidance works to complete Elkview repairs

first_imgVANCOUVER – Teck Resources Ltd. lowered its guidance for steelmaking coal sales for the first quarter as it worked to finish repairs to its coal drying complex in B.C. that was damaged earlier this year.The company says steelmaking coal sales volumes for the quarter are now expected to be about six million tonnes compared with earlier guidance for 6.3 million to 6.5 million tonnes.The coal dryer at Teck’s Elkview operations was damaged in January in what a union executive described as an explosion.Teck says the coal dryer has been recommissioned after a “pressure event” and full commercial production is expected to resume early next week.Production lost due to the incident was estimated to be about 200,000 tonnes of clean coal and repairs were estimated at less than $10 million, in line with earlier estimates.Teck says coal sales continued to be hurt by logistics issues during the quarter, particularly ongoing poor performance at Westshore Terminals.Companies in this story: (TSX:TECK.B)last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,100.94, down 36.63 points).Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up $2.87, or 15.53 per cent, to $21.35 on 20.6 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 49 cents, or 5.65 per cent, to $8.19 on 19.2 million shares.HEXO Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Up $1.21, or 20.5 per cent, to $7.10 on 11.9 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down eight cents, or 2.2 per cent, to $3.54 on 9.1 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Down $1.95, or 2.85 per cent, to $66.52 on 9 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Down 26 cents, or 1.1 per cent, to $23.20 on 7.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Transcontinental Inc. (TSX:TCL.A). Industrials. Down $1.64 or 5.23 per cent to $29.71 on 481,000 shares traded. The commercial printer and packaging company said its third-quarter revenue soared to $757.9 million but its profit plunged by 60.6 per cent to $19.3 million, mostly because of the printing and media company’s acquisition of Coveris Americas in May. Adjusted net earnings fell to $52.1 million, down 1.5 per cent from $52.9 million last year.HEXO Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Up $1.21 or 20.5 per cent to $7.10 on 11.9 million shares traded. An activist investor urged the marijuana company to launch a review of its strategic alternatives including a possible sale of the company. Riposte, its second-largest shareholder, praised the work of management at the firm formerly known as Hydropothecary, but noted that its shares trade at a discount compared with its peers.last_img read more